BOLLYWOOD ACTORS AKSHAY KUMAR & SALMAN KHAN ARE AMONG FORBES’ HIGHEST PAID CELEBRITIES IN WORLD :

Bollywood actors Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan are among the world’s 100 highest-paid entertainers, according to a Forbes list topped by American boxer Floyd Mayweather.Akshay is ranked 76th on the Forbes list of the World’s Highest Paid Celebrities 2018 while Salman is on the 82nd spot.Forbes said the world’s 100 top-earning entertainers pulled in a combined USD 6.3 billion pretax over the past 12 months, up 22 per cent from last year and 11 superstars crossed the USD 100 million threshold, more than double the number from the last two years combined.Akshay, 50, had earnings of 40.5 million dollars.Forbes said “one of Bollywood’s leading men has transitioned to socially-conscious roles,” citing his films such as Toilet: Ek Prem Katha that focussed on government campaigns to improve sanitation, and Padman, about a man hoping to provide inexpensive sanitary pads to rural communities. He also mints millions from profits and endorsing about 20 brands.Salman, 52, had earnings of USD 37.7 million.  Forbes said he remains one of India’s top earners and the “Bollywood mainstay” continues to produce and star in hits such as Tiger Zinda Hai,” cashing in on backend profits.The list has been topped by Mayweather with earnings of 285 million dollars. Among the other highest-paid entertainers are actor George Clooney (second), reality TV star and businessperson Kylie Jenner (third), soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo (10), pop star Katy Perry (19), tennis icon Roger Federer (23), singer Beyonce (35), author J K Rowling (42) and golfer Tiger Woods (66).   The Rediff.com : 17th. July,18

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BSP CHIEF MAYAWATI SACKED PARTY LEADER JAI PRAKASH SINGH WHO CALLED SONIA GANDHI A FOREIGNER :

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati sacked newly appointed vice president Jai Prakash Singh today, a day after he said Congress president Rahul Gandhi could never succeed in Indian politics because his mother was a foreigner. Mayawati said she took very seriously his “personal views” against the leadership of rival political parties and was removing him as BSP national vice president with immediate effect. Singh had said at a meeting of BSP workers in Lucknow yesterday that had Rahul Gandhi been like his father, the late Rajiv Gandhi, there was some hope.  However, he has followed in the footsteps of his mother Sonia Gandhi, who is a foreigner and will therefore never succeed in Indian politics, the BSP leader had added.Mayawati said it was his personal opinion and against the party’s culture.”I came to know that yesterday he has made a statement against top national leadership of rival parties, thereby deviating from the policies of the BSP,” she said in a  statement.Distancing herself from the comment, Mayawati added that he has said a number of “unrestrained things which is completely against the culture of the BSP”.”Taking this very seriously and in the interest of the party and BSP movement, our party, which had appointed Jai Prakash Singh recently as national vice president, has with immediate effect removed him from the post,” Mayawati said.Singh has also been removed as national coordinator, the release added. The Rediff.com : 17th. July,18

SOCIAL ACTIVIST SWAMI AGNIVESH ALLEGED THAT HE WAS ATTACHED BY BJP WORKERS IN JHARKHAND :

Social activist Swami Agnivesh today alleged that he was attacked by Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha and ABVP members at Pakur in Jharkhand for his “anti-Hindu” stance.            He was in Pakur to take part in an event in Littipara of the district.”As soon as I came out of the venue, BJYM and ABVP activists attacked me without any provocation. They alleged that I was speaking against Hindus,” he told PTI.”I thought Jharkhand was a peaceful state, but my views have changed after this incident,” he told. A video of the alleged attack with a large crowd thrashing the social activist and his supporters did the rounds of social media and TV channels.Asked about the incident, Superintendent of Police, Shailendra Prasad Burnwal said he did not have any prior information about Agnivesh’s programme in the district.Pakur Sub-Divisional Police Officer Ashok Kumar Singh said the guilty would not be spared.   The Rediff.com : 17th. July,18

ISLAMABAD HIGH COURT REJECTED JAILED FORMER PAKISTAN PM NAWAZ SHARIF’s BAIL PETITION :

In a blow for jailed former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, the Islamabad high court has rejected their bail pleas. The Sharifs had filed an appeal in the court against the verdict in one of the corruption cases and sought their release on bail.Sharif, 68, and his daughter Maryam, 44, were arrested in Lahore on Friday on their arrival from London after an accountability court found them guilty on July 6 over his family’s ownership of four luxury flats in London.The Islamabad Accountability Court had sentenced Sharif to a total of 10 years in prison and imposed a fine of 8 million (Rs 72 crore) in the corruption case. His daughter Maryam was sentenced to seven years in prison along with a 2 million (Rs 18.18 crore) fine.In addition, Sharif’s son-in-law Captain Safdar (retired) was given a one-year sentence without any fine. The Rediff.com : 17th. July,18

PM MODI SOUGHT THE COOPERATION OF ALL PARTIES FOR THE SMOOTH FUNCTIONING OF THE MONSOON SESSION OF PARLIAMENT :

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today sought the cooperation of all parties for the smooth functioning of the monsoon session of Parliament starting tomorrow.Addressing the leaders of various parties in the Parliament House, Modi asked them to raise their issues in the Houses as people expected them to do so.The government claimed that the opposition parties had assured it of smooth functioning of Parliament.”The prime minister today sought the cooperation of all political parties for the smooth functioning of Parliament and a productive session. People expect Parliament to function and we all should ensure that,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told reporters after the meeting.The opposition parties also raised the issue of not granting of reservation to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in higher education.Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav said, “We will not allow the House to function till an assurance is given by the government on the floor of the House on reservation to SCs and STs in higher eduction.”Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh also raised the issue of alleged discrimination by the Centre against the Delhi government and hoped that the prime minister would address the issue.  The Rediff.com : 17th. July,18

 

BHARATIYA JANATA PARTY APPOINTED ANURAG THAKUR AS ITS CHIEF WHIP IN LOK SABHA :

The Bharatiya Janata Party  appointed Anurag Thakur, its MP from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh, as the party’s chief whip in the Lok Sabha, party sources said.Thakur replaces Rakesh Singh, who was recently made Madhya Pradesh BJP president and is busy with election strategy in the poll-bound state.Thakur, a key voice of the party in the Lower House, was president of the BJP’s youth wing.  The Rediff.com : 17th. July,18

RAHUL GANDHI WROTE LETTER TO PM MODI ASKING HIS GOVT. TO ENSURE PASSAGE OF WOMEN’s RESERVATION BILL IN PARLIAMENT :

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking his government to take up the long-pending women’s reservation bill in the upcoming monsoon session of the Parliament.”I write to you to request your support to ensure the passage of the women’s reservation bill in the upcoming Monsoon session of Parliament,” he said in the letter.According to sources, Rahul has told the PM that his party would support the bill in the House.The letter comes amid recent controversy over Modi’s allegation that Rahul has claimed the Congress is a party of Muslim men.In a rally in Uttar Pradesh, PM Modi on July 14 had said, “I have read in a newspaper that Congress president has said that Congress is a party of Muslims. I am not surprised as when Manmohan Singh was PM, he had said that Muslims have the first right over natural resources.””But I want to ask the Congress whether it is a party of Muslim men alone,” he added.  The Rediff.com : 16th. July,18

KASHMIRI SEPARATIST AASIYA ANDRABI SENT TO ONE-MONTH JUDICIAL CUSTORY FOR ALLEGEDLY WAGING WAR AGAINST THE COUNTRY :

Kashmiri separatist Aasiya Andrabi was today sent to one-month judicial custody by a Delhi court in connection with a case of allegedly waging war against the country with support from Pakistan.Andrabi, who is chief of the banned outfit Dukhtaran-e-Milat, was produced before the court along with her two women associates, after the expiry of their 10-day NIA custody.District Judge Poonam A Bamba sent the trio to judicial custody after the NIA said they were not required for further custodial interrogation.The NIA had claimed that a probe revealed that they were running a concerted campaign to elicit support from the neighbouring country and accused them of being involved in conspiracy and acts to “severely destabilize the sovereignty and integrity of India”.The three accused will be kept in Tihar Central Jail.Besides Andrabi, her associates Sofi Fehmeeda and Nahida Nasreen were also sent to judicial custody.The case was registered against the three women in April this year.Andrabi was in a prison in Srinagar after the Jammu and Kashmir high court cancelled her bail last month.The NIA, on directions of the Union Home Ministry, registered a case against them as well as the organisation, which is banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, in April this year.According to the FIR, the “central government has received information that Aasiya Andrabi and her associates namely Sofi Fehmeeda and Nahida Nasreen are actively running a terrorist organization named as ‘Dukhtaran-E-Millat’ which is proscribed under the First Schedule to the UAPA”.The agency also said in the FIR that Andrabi and her associates had allegedly spoken, written and also published “visible representations that bring into hatred and contempt apart from exciting disaffection towards the Government of India”. The Rediff.com : 16th. July,18

FORMER SENIOR BRITISH MINISTER JUSTINE GREENING CALLED FOR SECOND VOTE ON BREXIT TO END STALEMATE :

 

A former senior British minister called on Monday for a second referendum to solve a parliamentary stalemate on Brexit, saying Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposals for new ties with the European Union were a fudge that satisfied no one.Justine Greening, an ex-Education Secretary who quit the government in January, said May’s negotiating strategy would neither please those who wanted a clean break with the EU nor those who opposed Brexit altogether.”We’ll be dragging Remain voters out of the EU for a deal that means still complying with many EU rules, but now with no say on shaping them,” Greening wrote in the Times newspaper.”It’s not what they want, and on top of that when they hear that Leave voters are unhappy, they ask, ‘What’s the point?’. For Leavers, this deal simply does not deliver the proper break from the European Union that they wanted.”May has ruled out a rerun of the 2016 vote in which Britons voted 52-48 percent to leave the bloc.Her Brexit negotiating strategy, which aims for a close relationship with the EU after Britain leaves the bloc in March 2019, was only agreed with her cabinet earlier this month after two years of wrangling. Two senior ministers resigned in protest shortly afterwards.May is now facing a possible rebellion from Brexit supporters in her Conservative Party who want her to ditch her plan when lawmakers vote on amendments to legislation on the government’s post-Brexit customs regime on Monday.However, she has told unhappy lawmakers that they needed to back her or risk there being no Brexit at all.Greening said that with divisions in the Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party over how to proceed with Brexit, there should be another vote, with the public able to choose between May’s plans, a “no-deal” break with the EU or remaining in the bloc.”The only solution is to take the final Brexit decision out of the hands of deadlocked politicians, away from the backroom deals, and give it back to the people,” she said.   The News 18 : 16th. July,18

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