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Noted poet Rajesh Joshi returns Akademi award

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Bhopal: Noted Hindi poet Rajesh Joshi here on Monday announced he had returned his Sahitya Akademi award in protest against the attacks on the freedom of speech and expression in the country. He was conferred the award in 2002.

“The government is keeping mum on writers’ murders. On one hand the intolerance is on the rise in the country, on the other hand attacks are being perpetrated on the freedom of speech and expression,” Joshi said on Monday.

“The behaviour of the government following Dadri lynching (in Uttar Pradesh) reflects that the country is heading towards fascism,” he added.

A number of Sahitya Akademi recipients have returned their coveted awards recently since 77-year-old Kannada rationalist and thinker MM Kalburgi was shot dead on August 30 by two unidentified assailants at his residence in Dharwad, about 430 km from Bengaluru in Karnataka.

(IANS)

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Sunny Leone will not be attending the New Year bash in Bengaluru

Sunny Leone has made a statement of not attending the New Year bash in Bengaluru as the police publicly said they would be providing any security to the actress and the people attending the bash

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Sunny Leone will not be attending the New Year bash in Bengaluru
Sunny Leone will not be attending the New Year bash in Bengaluru. IANS
  • Famous celebrity Sunny Leone refuses to attend the New Year bash in Bengaluru
  • Sunny Leone was going to perform at Manyata Tech Park in the city suburbs
  • Bengaluru Police Commissioner T. Suneel Kumar denied permission for a New Year bash

Bengaluru, Dec 19,2017: Actress Sunny Leone on Tuesday said that she will not attend the New Year bash in the city after the police denied permission to the organisers.

“Since the police of Bengaluru have publicly said that they will not be able to ensure mine, and all who attend, safety for my New Years event, my team and I feel, safety of the people should always come first. Therefore, I cannot attend. God bless and I wish everyone a safe and Happy New Year,” Sunny tweeted.

Earlier on Saturday Bengaluru Police Commissioner T. Suneel Kumar denied permission for a New Year bash in the city where Sunny was invited to perform.

“We are denying permission for Sunny Leone’s musical show on December 31 night to maintain law and order and prevent any untoward incident in the city,” Kumar told reporters here.

Sunny was supposed to perform at the Manyata Tech Park in the city suburbs. However, the city police chief said it would not be possible to provide enough security at the venue as the entire force would be on duty across the city on that night.

“In view of a directive from the Karnataka High Court on Friday to ensure peaceful New Year celebrations and prevent untoward incidents in the city, we will not be able to deploy enough force at one place at the risk of other areas,” he said. (IANS)

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Attention Readers! Here are Five Books to Look Forward to in November 2017

While October saw a diverse bookshelf, ranging from "Finding my Virginity," by Richard Branson to "The Bhojpuri Kitchen," by Pallavi Nigam Sahay, the upcoming month is more about concrete titles by well-known faces.

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