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Richa Chadha Urges To Save Elephants From Being Mowed By Trains

Richa notes in her letter, Asian elephants are considered to be endangered, and there are at most only 50,000 of them left worldwide.

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It was happy accident: Richa Chadha on singing debut. Flickr
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Ahead of World Elephant Day August 12, actress Richa Chadha has urged People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to ask India’s railway ministry to implement safety measures to prevent elephant deaths on train tracks.

In a letter to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal Richa said: “Recently, a speeding train struck and killed a family of elephants in Odisha, adding to a toll that makes India the nation with the highest number of train accidents involving elephants.”

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Asian Elephant. Pixabay

The 31-year-old actress has requested “that among the solutions implemented, states be required to survey and monitor railway lines for elephant activity and to reduce and restrict train speeds in corridors frequented by these animals in order to save lives.”

Richa notes in her letter, Asian elephants are considered to be endangered, and there are at most only 50,000 of them left worldwide. Yet between 2016 and 2017, dozens of them were killed in India because of trains, and over the years, the number of these types of deaths has been increasing.

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In a span of 23 years – from 1987 to 2010 – 150 elephants died while crossing railway tracks, but in only eight years, from 2009 to 2017, 120 were killed in the same way, a statement from PETA read. (IANS)

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Richa Chadha Considers Her Singing Debut as a Happy Accident

As a listener, she enjoys light Hindustani classical music "because it's vast"

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It was happy accident: Richa Chadha on singing debut. Flickr

Actress Richa Chadha says making her debut as a singer with Punjabi track “‘Gwandian from Dr. Zeus’ album “Global Injection”, was a decision that came about as a “happy accident”.

What drew her to come up with a song?

“It was a happy accident at best. I met with some friends and they were looking for a vocalist. I hummed and they asked me to record it. We were done with the whole thing in about 5 hours,” Richa told IANS over email.

The song, launched on Thursday, features the dynamic duo Dr.Zeus and Zora Randhawa and Richa Chadha with her “Fukrey” co-star Varun Sharma. Its video has already received over 1,757,750 views.

“‘Gwandian’ is a party track and also could be a wedding song. Hence, we didn’t want to shoot it in a typical fashion. We wanted to give it a family feel and make it relatable for people who live in big cities in apartment complexes,” she said.

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Richa Chadha at an event, IANS

Is the response encouraging enough to follow it up with another track?

“Sure. Since I am an actor first and not a singer, if anyone wants to collaborate with me, I am more than happy to,” said Richa, who is not opposed to the idea of singing for a film.

“Why not? If some one trusts me with it, why not?”

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As a listener, she enjoys light Hindustani classical music “because it’s vast”.

“I listen to a lot of house and instrumental too. I like old Hindi songs and Sufi music. But my cardio playlist is usually hip-hop and pop,” the actress added. (IANS)

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