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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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Richa Chadha Requests PETA to ask India's railway ministry to implement safety measures to prevent elephant deaths on train tracks. 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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Atif Aslam refuses to promote Bollywood song, says film’s producer

Earlier this month, politician Babul Supriyo had asked for a ban on Pakistani artistes working in the Hindi film industry

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Atif Aslam refused to promote his own Bollywood song. Wikimedia Commons
Atif Aslam refused to promote his own Bollywood song. Wikimedia Commons
  • Atif Aslam is not promoting his new song
  • The song is called ‘Sehmi hai dhadkan’
  • It is from the movie ‘Daas Dev’ which stars Richa Chadha and Aditi Rao Hydari

“Pakistani singer Atif Aslam has been repeatedly shrugging off requests to promote his latest song “Sehmi hai dhadkan” from the forthcoming Bollywood film “Daas Dev”, says its producer Sanjeev Kumar.

Atif aslam didn't promote the song as he promised. Wikimedia Commons
Atif Aslam didn’t promote the song as he promised. Wikimedia Commons

“Atif said he will do it, but it hasn’t been done. I’m not sure why he isn’t taking part in the activity, but, as a producer, I see that work promised hasn’t been executed,” Kumar said in a statement.

“Sehmi hai dhadkan” was launched on February 22 as the first song from Sudhir Mishra’s film “Daas Dev”, a contemporary take on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel “Devdas”.

Earlier this month, politician Babul Supriyo had asked for a ban on Pakistani artistes working in the Hindi film industry. He had also objected to the inclusion of Pakistan singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s voice in the film “Welcome To New York”.

Aditi Rao Hydari will also be starring in this movie.
Aditi Rao Hydari will also be starring in this movie.

Kumar said: “Normally, such statements are made by fringe groups. When a minister says it, it leaves an impact on more people. But we needed Atif for this song. He has 20 million followers on social media. Imagine the kind of traction we would have got had he promoted it.”

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“Daas Dev” stars Richa Chadha, Aditi Rao Hydari and Rahul Bhat. It is scheduled to hit the screens on March 23. IANS

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