Cricketer Yuvraj Singh, his mother Shabnam and brother Zorawar, were named in domestic violence case filed by former Bigg Boss contestant and sister-in-law Akanksha on Wednesday. Akanksha was last seen in the 10th season of the famous reality show ‘Bigg Boss’. She refused to comment as of now, but assured to speak on the subject after the first hearing on October 21. Defending his client, Zorawar’s lawyer Damanbir Singh Sobti told ANI, “According to Akanksha’s own admission, legally, she left her matrimonial house in September 2014. She was residing with Zorawar Singh then and since September 2014 till now she has not filed any domestic violence complaint. Zorawar had filed a divorce petition against Akanksha first, against which she moved the Supreme Court She submitted a statement in SC that both the parties have compromised the matter and will convert the petition for a divorce by mutual consent. Thus, the petition was to be converted since all settlement happened between the families.” He further said that Akanksha, through counsel, had specifically said that everything is settled then filing of petition is a direct contempt of court. “Not even for a day, Yuvraj Singh has been in domestic relationship with Akanksha. She has said in court as well as in Bigg Boss that Yuvraj Singh has been very nice to her. My clients have faith in judiciary. They did not write down the settlements because the families have a good social status and both parties were consenting for the same,” he added. Meanwhile, Akanksha’s lawyer Swati Singh Malik confirmed the development and said, “Yes, Akanksha has filed a case of domestic violence against Yuvraj, her husband Zorawar and their mother Shabnam. Look, domestic violence does not mean just physical violence. It also means mental and financial torture, which can be attributed to Yuvraj. Yuvraj was a mute spectator to the suffering caused to my client by Zorawar and his mother.” “When Yuvraj and Zorawar’s mother was pressurising Akanksha to have a baby, Yuvraj too had joined in to do the same. He too told Akanksha ‘to have a baby’. He was hand-in-glove with his mother. Yuvraj would even tell her that she should obey his mother because she was the most superior person in the house,” she said. ANI : 19th. Oct,17




What one likes about Aamir Khan is that, with every act of his, he transcends as an actor. He surprises you by eerily getting into the skin of the character. With his various unconventional get-ups and demeanour, he makes you believe that he is the character he plays. And that too convincingly. In Secret Superstar, with highlighted hair, stylized beard and a flamboyant getup, he depicts an out-of-luck music director, Shakti Kumaarr who is looking for a muse to revive his failing career. His performance is surely outstanding and entertaining.  Narrated in a simple, old-fashioned, heartfelt manner, you expect the story to be that of an ambitious young girl pining to be a superstar at a reality contest. But instead what you get is a trite and cliched, yet sublime story of a prodigy and the bond she shares with her mother. Insiya is like any other teenager living in a middle-class locality of Vadodara, with a supportive mother Najma, loving brother (Kabir Sajid), an old relative and an abusive father. She dreams of becoming a famous singer, but the environment in her house is vitiated by the domestic abuse inflicted by her father. How she struggles to overcome her problems with the help of her school friend Chintan Parikh and the crass music director (Aamir Khan) to live a life on her terms, forms the crux of the tale. Director Advait Chandan’s writing is brilliant. The script it taut and focussed. The screenplay has the right combination of light and poignant moments. The characters are well-etched and the dialogues are lightly intense, packed with wit and sentiments which are well portrayed by the ace cast. Naturally then, this keeps you glued to the screen. The metaphors in the dialogues too, are fresh and apt, especially when Aamir compares the effervescence of the soda to the rise of the prodigy. Or when the mother and daughter are arguing and comparing opportunities with the train on the platform and planning of the journey. All the actors are natural and effortless. With a gamut of emotions, Zaira Wasim as Insiya is earnest and adorable. She is brilliant when she sulks with her classmate Chintan or reasons with her mother, “What is the use of getting up in the morning and not try fulfilling the dream that you saw during the night?” Meher Vij as Najma, the loving mother and an insecure wife, is equally sincere and arresting. She portrays the silent pain with ease. Balancing her part is Raj Arjun as the oppressive father and husband. He is overtly potent and effective. Farrokh Jaffer as the old relative living with the family, Mona Ambegaonkar as a lawyer, have their moments of onscreen glory. Technically, the film is well-mounted and the music adds an additional flavour to the narrative. The lyrics and the pitch of the songs hit the right chords. “Main kaun hoon” and the other one with the lyrics, “Meri pyari ammi jo hain” dedicated to mothers, go well with the flow of the narrative and the snazzy last number which runs through the end credits re-emphasises Aamir’s character. IANS : 18th. Oct,17


Actor Dileep is all set to become the main accused in the actress’ molestation case. The actor is currently out on bail after 85 days in jail. The investigation team will soon meet and decide on further action. The charge sheet has to be submitted. Dileep is currently Accused No. 11 in the case, in which Pulsar Suni is the main accused. According to reports, the Police believes that the charges of conspiracy against the actor are serious enough to be charged as the main accused. SIFY : 19th. Oct,17


Chinese President Xi Jinping opened a critical Communist Party Congress on Wednesday with a pledge to build a “modern socialist country” that will never copy the political systems of others and will remain open to the world. Xi’s wide-ranging speech kicked off the twice-a-decade congress, a week-long, mostly closed-door conclave that will culminate with the selection of a new Politburo Standing Committee that will rule China’s 1.4 billion people for the next five years. He set out his vision as he addressed more than 2,000 delegates in Beijing’s cavernous Great Hall of the People, including 91-year-old former president Jiang Zemin. “Through a long period of hard work, socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, this is a new historical direction in our country’s development,” Xi said in a speech carried live across the nation on state television. China will relax market access for foreign investment and expand access to its services sector, as well as deepen market-oriented reform of its exchange rate and financial system, while at the same time strengthening state firms, he said. China’s political system is the broadest, most genuine, and most effective way to safeguard the fundamental interests of the people, Xi said. “We should not just mechanically copy the political systems of other countries,” he said. FIRM ON GRAFT, TAIWAN Xi praised the party’s successes, particularly his high-profile anti-graft campaign. “The fight against corruption has formed an overwhelming posture and strengthened in development,” he said. Xi has waged a relentless fight against deep-rooted graft since assuming power five years ago, with more than a million officials punished and dozens of former senior officials jailed. He also said China had firmly opposed and prevented independence for self-ruled Taiwan, claimed by Beijing as its own, over the past five years. While the speech was high on aspiration and short on policy specifics, its language will be parsed for signals or policy directives, including on the direction of reforms for the world’s second-largest economy. Xi has consolidated power swiftly since assuming the party leadership in 2012, locking up political rivals for corruption, restructuring the military and asserting China’s rising might on the world stage. Focus at the congress will be on how Xi plans to put his expanded authority to use. Key questions include whether Xi ally and top corruption-buster Wang Qishan will stay on past traditional retirement age and to what extent Xi will promote allies to senior positions. Close attention will also be paid to any moves that would enable Xi to stay on in a leadership capacity after his second term ends in 2022. That could include resurrecting the position of party chairman, a title that would put him on par with Mao Zedong. One of the most important signals for that would be whether – or how often – Xi is referred to as “lingxiu”, or leader. That honorific has been bestowed on only two others since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949: Mao and his short-lived successor, Hua Guofeng. Such decisions will be formally announced at the end of the congress next week. WILL XI BE “CROWNED”? Another key measure of Xi’s power will be whether he manages to have his name “crowned” in the party constitution, elevating him to the level of previous leaders exemplified by Mao Zedong Thought and Deng Xiaoping Theory. As with other major set-piece events held in the capital, Beijing has been blanketed with security, with long lines at some suburban subways stations as passengers waited to go through metal detectors and be patted down. Coverage in state media and across the city has kicked into overdrive, with large red banners plastered around Beijing welcoming the congress, while censors have stepped up already tight monitoring of the internet. Tencent Holdings Ltd’s WeChat, China’s top social media platform with more than 960 million users, released a short statement late on Tuesday saying that, due to “system maintenance”, users will be unable to modify profile pictures, nicknames and tag lines until the end of the month. The disabled features are sporadically used to show solidarity for popular social and political causes. Tencent recently ramped up controls on chat services, making users legally liable for content deemed offensive to Communist Party values, as well as updating the firm’s privacy policies to clarify that message data is made available to government agencies. A war on smog, with an intention to clear smog and keep China’s skies was also mooted. SIFY : 19th. Oct,17


Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday said he has access to documents that suggest the property where Taj Mahal was built was stolen by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan from kings of Jaipur. “There is evidence on record that Shah Jahan forced the Raja-Maharajas of Jaipur to sell this land on which Taj Mahal presently is standing, and he gave them a compensation of forty villages, which is nothing compared to the value of the property,” Swamy told ANI. Swamy added he will release the copies of the evidence to the media soon. “The documents also suggest that there was a temple on the property. But it is still not clear whether Taj Mahal was built after the demolition of a temple,” asserted Swamy. He further said that the BJP has no intention of demolishing Taj Mahal, but only want three temples out of thousands demolished under the Muslim rule. “We have decided that of all the temples demolished, during the Islamic period, we want only three, which are Ayodhya’s Ram, Krishna’s Mathura and Kashi Vishwanath in Varanasi. These three, once they are restored, we won’t be concerned about the remaining forty thousand,” said Swamy. The iconic monument is caught in a storm since BJP MLA Sangeet Som said it was built by traitors and could not be included in the Indian history. Following Som’s statement another BJP leader Vinay Katiyar courted controversy on Wednesday when he claimed that the Taj Mahal was a Hindu temple and that its name should be changed.ANI : 19th. Oct,17


Twenty aircraft of the Indian Air Force, including AN-32 transport, Mirage 2000 and Sukhoi 30 MKI, will make a touchdown on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway on October 24, an official said. A traffic blockade will be put in place from October 20, to prepare the highway stretch for the event. The IAF will be conducting the aircraft touchdown exercise on the Agra Expressway near Bangarmau in Unnao district, according to PRO, Defence (Central Command), Gargi Malik Sinha. In all, 20 aircraft including AN-32 transport and fighter planes like Mirage 2000, Jaguar, Sukhoi 30 MKI will take part in the exercise, Sinha said. The aircraft will land and then take-off from the expressway, she said. “It is for the first time any transport aircraft will land and then take off. The AN-32 are meant for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief during floods or any other natural calamity. The aircraft can bring a large amount of relief material. It can also help in evacuating people,” Sinha said. The landing and take-off exercise will be held on October 24, but a traffic blockade will be in place from October 20, as decided by state government authorities to prepare the stretch for the event, she said. The : 19th. Oct,17


Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband has issued a new fatwa (decree) that bans Muslims from posting pictures on social media sites. Darul Iftaa, which issues edicts for the Darul Uloom Deoband, is reported to have announced that Muslims, men and women alike, should not post pictures of themselves or their family members on social media.  Earlier on October 9, the seminary had issued another fatwa banning Muslim women from plucking, trimming and shaping their eyebrows. Darul Uloom Deoband, which is one of the largest Islamic seminaries in India, is based in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur district. Justifying the move, Muslim cleric Mufti Mukkaram on Thursday said, “In Islam clicking picture with useless intention is totally illegal.” “If a picture is clicked to be used in Aadhaar Card, passport and other useful documentations it ok but for useless things such as to upload in social media it is not right”, added Mukkaram. The : 19th. Oct,17