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  1. Bollywood stars Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan: File photoMUMBAI: The Indian government invited numerous Bollywood stars and film industry personalities to a private gathering on Sunday in an effort to garner support for a new citizenship law that has triggered weeks of sometimes violent protests nationwide. At least 25 people have been killed so far in clashes with the police during five weeks of protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA. If combined with a proposed national register of citizens, critics of the CAA fear it will discriminate against India’s Muslim minority and chip away at its secular constitution. Two industry sources told Reuters they had received invites to Sunday’s gathering at a five-star hotel in Mumbai. Roughly 20 to 25 people from both the Hindi and Marathi film industry are expected to attend the event, one of the sources said. An invitation seen by Reuters said the event hosted by two senior leaders of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) aimed to “facilitate a discussion on myths and realities pertaining to the (CAA)”. Wooing Bollywood stars, who have a huge social media following among Indians of all faiths, could help the BJP alter some of the negative narrative around the new law. The law, and the outrage it has prompted, pose a dilemma for a film industry that has some big-name Muslim personalities, but caters predominantly to India’s majority Hindu population. A handful of Bollywood figures have condemned the CAA, while some others have faced criticism for not weighing in on the issue. Modi, who spearheads the Hindu nationalist BJP, has often appeared alongside actors and film industry figures at public events. The industry has, in turn, produced films that some critics have said approached political endorsements. On Saturday, more than 100,000 people took part in a peaceful protest against the CAA in the southern city of Hyderabad. Further protests were planned on Sunday in Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and several other Indian cities. A source close to the BJP who is involved in organising Sunday’s private gathering said several party leaders had been enlisted to help explain the rationale of the CAA to various professional groups such as lawyers.
  2. Indians have defied bans on assembly with anger swelling against a citizenship law. AFP/Sajjad HussainIndian police fired tear gas and detained hundreds of people on Thursday as fresh violence broke out and demonstrators defied bans on assembly, amid growing anger at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's alleged anti-Muslim agenda. Security forces and protesters clashed in Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, and Karnataka states as elsewhere police bundled demonstrators onto buses, shutting Delhi metro stations and cutting cellphone access in some areas. The protests were sparked by a new law easing citizenship rules for people fleeing persecution from three neighbouring countries, but not Muslims, stoking accusations at home and abroad that Modi wants to reshape India as a Hindu nation — something he denies. Seven months after Modi swept to a second term, the past week has seen six people killed, dozens injured and, on Thursday, authorities banned gatherings across swathes of the world's biggest democracy that together are home to hundreds of millions of people. They included all of Uttar Pradesh and Bangalore, areas of the northeast and parts of Bihar, New Delhi, Hyderabad, and Chennai. All of them have seen protests in recent days, and in the case of the capital, riots, and police storming a university. Demonstrators draggedFresh violence erupted in Samhbal, Uttar Pradesh, where hundreds of protesters set fire to vehicles and threw stones at security forces who responded with tear gas, local police chief Yamuna Prasad told AFP. "We are trying to control the situation. People have been asked to return to their homes," Prasad said. Police fired tear gas and water cannon at several thousand protesters in state capital Lucknow while in Modi's home state of Gujarat, police said they baton-charged demonstrators and arrested 50 people. As others ignored the assembly bans in Delhi and elsewhere, authorities ordered telecom firms to cut calls, text messages, and data in parts of the city. India is already the world leader in cutting the internet, activists say, and access was also restricted in parts of the northeast and in Uttar Pradesh, home to a large Muslim minority. In Bangalore, one of those dragged onto a police bus was globally renowned historian Ramachandra Guha, while in Delhi, Harsh Mander — a prominent rights activist — was also detained. In the northeast, where the protests began last week — albeit for different reasons — around 20,000 people took to the streets in different locations. No violence was reported, however, after last week's deadly clashes. But the day's biggest demonstration so far took place in Malegaon in Maharashtra state — no assembly ban was in place — with as many as 60,000 people, police said. In Mumbai, a crowd of thousands including tattooed students and older Muslim men wearing skullcaps brandished Indian flags, posters of Mahatma Gandhi, and handed out copies of the constitution. "We cannot stay silent or on the fringes anymore. We have to act now," financial adviser Aman Verma told AFP. "Something has changed. This is the first time in a long time that people in Mumbai have come out in such large numbers to register dissent," said consultant Karishma V. The crowd in Kolkata was estimated at more than 40,000. 'Police brutality'The protests have been fuelled by anger about alleged police brutality including at a university in Delhi on Sunday night. Security forces in the capital have fired some 450 tear gas shells in the past five days, the Hindustan Times daily reported. One student reportedly lost an eye. The demonstrations in the city have at times turned violent with vehicles set on fire and protesters hurling stones at police in heavily Muslim parts on Wednesday. "If they show us the lathi (police baton), we will show them roses," a student in Delhi, Shivanji, told AFP as she handed flowers to police on Thursday. With international concern about the situation growing, Modi has insisted that his government does not aim to marginalise Muslims, tweeting this week that the new law "does not affect any citizen of India of any religion". But many in India's 200-million-strong Muslim minority fear that they will be the main target of Modi's plans to implement a national "register of citizens" to remove all "infiltrators" by 2024.
  3. It feels like the nickname 'Red Devils' may be befitting for the Manchester United defender, Chris Smalling who left the Barcelona FC forward and Argentine legend, Lionel Messi flat on the field with a disfigured nose dripping crimson blood all over the grass. Bloody nose for Messi, after Smalling went through him to win the ball in the air. But he's already back on the pitch.#MUNBAR #MUFCB #UCL pic.twitter.com/jglTiDusNz — Joga Bonito (@Jasoninho10) April 10, 2019 In the first leg of the quarter-finals of the Champions League, Barcelona FC were destined to go against a depleted Manchester United at Old Trafford. Going in as the dominant side of the rivalry, Ernesto Valverde's men never thought that they would be expecting such a tough fight by the English football club. In all of 90 minutes, Messi and team barely kept themselves afloat and only managed to win the game with the help of United defender Luke Shaw, who gifted them a score in the form of an 'own goal'. Having said that, the only thing to bring about a greater stir on social media was the incident in which the Smalling and Messi jumped to contest for the ball and the Englishman forearmed him in the face, drilling him to the ground as he did so. It was evident that the shot to the nose was unintentional and that the English defender was clearly going for the ball. During the post-game interview, Smalling spoke about the toughness and intensity his team brought to the game and how Barcelona has failed to foresee such a competition. “I think it [the challenge] came when we were right on the front foot,' he told BT Sport. 'We had to bring the intensity they're not used to every week and there's a lot to play for in the second leg.” “We pressed them high and made it difficult. It's a shame we couldn't get the goal. I thought we created some good chances. We had a spell in the first half where we went after them and then we looked nervy, but after half time we got at them.” 'The whole team, we nullified them. I think there was only one other save for David de Gea. We knew we had to bring that intensity that they're not used to.” “It was a good battle, my yellow card on Luis Suarez out of all the challenges I thought it was the softest.” However, the fans of Barcelona FC and those of Lionel Messi were livid with Smalling's overaggressive play and called him out for the charge: Bro the last time Messi got a bloody nose this happened, Smalling you f*cked up... pic.twitter.com/SDGtUTrLMm — Mod (@CFCMod_) April 10, 2019 They broke Messi's nose and think they will survive Camp Nou? I can't wait. Can't fugging wait for Man United! 𤨠pic.twitter.com/IzJDrLcvo1 — BeksFCB (@JoshuaUbeku) April 11, 2019 Man Utd fans praying that bloody nose hasn't made Messi angry... pic.twitter.com/paWEcJoxby — talkingbaws.com (@talkingbaws) April 10, 2019 Smalling is a cunt, knew exactly what he was doing there, guess someone forgot to tell him that it's Messi's legs that matter not his nose. — Harry ð´âª (@Umpteenthgooner) April 10, 2019 Smalling was cunt to injured messi nose but hopefully he is fine and did not give up.Even no yellow card question mark on refree so many fouls had been commited but refree was puzzle and didn't take any decision pic.twitter.com/oMm8ub2D8h — Muhammad Jawad (@Muhamma31263431) April 11, 2019 They also showed their respect for the fearless sportsman in the Argentine footballer for staying on the field with a broken nose and playing for his club amidst all the pain. Messi is playing with a broken nose. (MD) pic.twitter.com/J6BgNGoO0E — Goal Digger (@GoalDiggerFCB) April 10, 2019 Wow, Messi was playing with a broken nose and you're on Twitter making fun of him because he didn't score ? Your low self esteem shows... — devsploofeek (@sploofeek) April 10, 2019 ð¨[MD] | #MUFCBarça | Messi is playing with a broken nose!! pic.twitter.com/pVILAOs0pF — BarçaTimes (@BarcaTimes) April 10, 2019
  4. Manny Pacquiao (L) and Argentina's Lucas Matthysse will fight in Kuala Lumpur on SundayKUALA LUMPUR: Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao challenges Lucas "The Machine" Matthysse for the World Boxing Association welterweight belt on Sunday knowing defeat...
  5. Ravindra Jadeja and his mates at the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) were all in a celebratory mood, on Monday, after thrashing Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by five-wickets and dashing their hopes of progressing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018. Given the consistency in their performance this season, CSK and their players surely earned some downtime ahead of the all-important Qualifier 1 on 22nd May. © BCCL But, while Jadeja was busy celebrating his team's ascension in the IPL, his wife Riva Solanki was, sadly, physically assaulted by a policeman in what appears to be an incident of road rage. Riva was travelling in her BMW when the car allegedly hit the motorcycle of a police constable at Saru Section road in Jamnagar, Gujarat. Gujarat: Wife of cricketer Ravindra Jadeja, Riva Solanki, allegedly thrashed by a police personnel after the vehicle she was in, hit another police personnel's bike in Jamnagar. SP Jamnagar Pradip Shejul says 'Case registered. Departmental action will be taken against the cop.' pic.twitter.com/KUvl2NRSmg — ANI (@ANI) May 21, 2018 Enraged by the incident, the cop - identified as Sanjay Ahir - physically assaulted the Indian cricketer's wife. “The policeman physically assaulted Riva Jadeja after her car hit his motorbike. We are providing all possible help to her and will take strict action against the policeman,” Pradeep Sejul, Jamnagar district Superintendent of Police, told PTI. © Twitter According to an Indian Express report, Vijaysinh Chavda - a man claiming to have witnessed the incident - revealed that the policeman thrashed Riva "brutally". “The policeman mercilessly thrashed Riva and even pulled her hair during an altercation. We saved her from his clutches,” he was quoted as saying in the report. The incident stirred up massive backlash on Twitter where the Jadeja fans demanded a strict action against the policeman who shockingly assaulted a woman. #GujaratPolice should take a conscious action against the cops who think that they can flaunt any rule to their comfort. Strong action is required against such cops who don't follow the rules. - he was driving on the wrong side... — Sunil Yeole (@SunilYeole4) May 21, 2018 Why departmental action, why not action against them like ordinary citizen.... register case as per IPC and put them behind bars. — Tabrez Ahmad (@tabrezahmad) May 21, 2018 Nonsense police wala....arrest him — BIPLAV (@biplavsethi5) May 21, 2018 This is Gujarat model. Complete #goondaraj in Gujarat and Balatkar Pradesh. — riyazfarooqui (@riyazfarooqui) May 21, 2018 Arrest that bulldog cop who doesnt respect lady and assaulted her badly .Police wala gunda! — nirajyogi0004 (@nirajyogi0004) May 21, 2018 they might have thought she is kashmiri :D as this is normal for Kashmiri woman daily get attacked by Indian police. — XULQI MOON (@XULQIMOON) May 21, 2018 Great Gujarat — Iamanindian (@Indian2233) May 21, 2018 Har har modi @PMOIndia @narendramodi @GujaratPolice — himanshu sharma (@himansh86767578) May 21, 2018
  6. The whole country is burning in anger and rage right now, fighting for justice for the 8-year-old Asifa Bano, who was repeatedly gang-raped inside a temple before getting murdered in Kathua district. What was her fault? Was it her fault that she was born in the Muslim Bakherwal nomad community? Or that some people thought that by raping and murdering her they can “teach a lesson” to her community? The barbaric and gruesome details of the pain and trauma little Asifa had to go through are atrocious and still send shivers down our spines. Twitter On one hand where the country is struggling to come to terms with the barbarism after Asifa's story came in the limelight, we sadly realized on the other hand that Asifa is not alone. Many girls from different parts of the country are being raped and murdered and some are being threatened for life. Recently, according to a report in NDTV, a nine-year-old girl's body was found with nearly 86 injuries in Surat. In the postmortem it was found that the girl was raped and tortured for nearly eight days and was later strangled to death. Pexels (For Representation) Social media is furious and not in a mood to show even the slightest of mercy on the accused. And amidst all those posts, there was one strong-worded post that spoke volumes about how angry the nation is right now. That tweet was from businessman Anand Mahindra, who is known to have a calm and quiet presence on social media. BCCL After coming across the news of the 9-year-old kid, whose body was found with 80 wounds; he took to Twitter to condemn the act and said that he will “unhesitatingly volunteer” to execute the “brutal rapists and murderers of young girls.” He wrote, “The job of executioner is not an aspirational job. But for the execution of brutal rapists & murderers of young girls I would volunteer unhesitatingly. I work hard to stay calm, but my blood boils over to see this happen in our country.” The job of executioner is not an aspirational job. But for the execution of brutal rapists & murderers of young girls I would volunteer unhesitatingly. I work hard to stay calm, but my blood boils over to see this happen in our country.. https://t.co/1VXD5QfYKA — anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) April 15, 2018 Mahindra's words were appreciated by his followers on Twitter. You'll have to get in line Anand — atul kasbekar (@atulkasbekar) April 15, 2018 Your entire army of 6.6 million followers will be ready to be a part of this great deed. — Dinesh Joshi ð®ð³ (@dineshjoshi70) April 15, 2018 Would be more than happy to give you a hand if ever you get a chance chief ! — Andy Charles (@andymcharles) April 15, 2018 U hv penned it all....remarkable! — Ramni (@Ramni7979) April 15, 2018 This will remain one of the most memorable tweet for me & once again, I salute you for saying it the way it needs to be said, at the minimum, by all Indians. We should either give up our religion or fight these animals to their death — Aham Brahmasmi (@anuragkhurana7) April 15, 2018
  7. A helicopter drops water over a house on the hilltop in Bel Air, east of the 405 freeway heading north in Los Angeles, California, US, December 6, 2017. AFP/Frederic J. Brown LOS ANGELES: An inferno engulfed the Los Angeles region Wednesday, forcing more than 200,000 people to evacuate and threatening thousands of homes, including the luxe Bel-Air neighbourhood dotted with mansions. The flames have swallowed some 80,000 acres (32,000 hectares) in just over a day since the "Thomas" fire ? currently, the state's largest ? broke out, leaving at least one dead in an area about 45 minutes from downtown LA. High winds caused another wave of wildfires to erupt overnight, including one in Los Angeles' affluent Bel-Air neighbourhood. The area battled gridlocked heavy traffic as ash and smoke churned over the smouldering hillside. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said more than 230,000 people had evacuated Los Angeles and Ventura counties. "Very strong winds" blowing from the northeast to the southwest were causing the fire to balloon, he said, warning Angelenos to be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. "These are days that break your heart but also days that shows the resilience of our city," he said. The "Skirball" fire ignited before 5 am (1300 GMT) and quickly grew to engulf some 150 acres, with forecasters predicting that 40 kilometre-per-hour (25 mile-per-hour) winds could cause further spreading, threatening multi-million dollar homes and the acclaimed Getty Center museum. The Skirball fire ? near a cultural centre of the same name and captured in apocalyptic images ? also prompted authorities to close the 405 Freeway, a major commuting corridor famous for its traffic congestion. A cloud of black smoke was creeping across the city with a large, dark column rising into the air, leaving authorities concerned about the poor quality of air that was unbreathable in some places. Flames menacing art The acclaimed Getty arts institution ? home to masterpieces including "The Spring" by Edouard Manet ? was closed until at least Thursday, with museum authorities tweeting that "air filtration systems are protecting the galleries from smoke." Television footage showed the Bel-Air neighbourhood home to celebrities and billionaires, where both entrepreneur Elon Musk and pop superstar Beyonce own property. In 1961, a fire consumed 500 homes in the hillside district. Dozens of schools were closed Wednesday, as was Santa Monica College. Just north of Ventura County, the Thomas blaze continued unabated, after erupting in the hills of oak and scrub north of Santa Paula, powered by strong seasonal guests known as Santa Ana winds. The area was clogged with thick black smoke, forcing mandatory evacuations, road closures and school cancellations. Fire departments from across the state had arrived to help battle the ferocious wildfires, as heavy winds expected to continue through Thursday complicated their struggle to contain the flames. The National Weather Service predicted "extremely critical fire weather", saying wind gusts could hit 70 miles per hour in some areas. Authorities warned that winds will likely remain strong until Friday. State of emergency Firefighters were also on the scene of the Rye fire ? which had grown to 7,000 acres in the Santa Clarita area ? as well as the Creek fire north of downtown Los Angeles that had grown to more than 11,000 acres. California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency over the area Tuesday, announcing: "This fire is very dangerous and spreading rapidly. "It's critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so." The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said it had released funds for relief services. US President Donald Trump tweeted a message of "thoughts and prayers" to California as it nears the end of its deadliest year ever for wildfires. "I encourage everyone to heed the advice and orders of local and state officials," the president said on Twitter. "THANK YOU to all First Responders for your incredible work!"
  8. The incident happened after shots were fired from a pick-up vehicle at a car, which had hit a motorcycle few minutes earlier. Photo: Geo News 1 KARACHI: A road rage incident claimed the life of one person and injured three others on Sunday morning after a vehicle was fired upon at the Sea View Road following an accident. Sources said four people were on their way from Do Darya in DHA Phase 8 in a car when they reportedly hit a heavy bike from behind and sped away. A few moments later, their car was chased down stopped by a double-cabin vehicle, which was escorting the injured biker, and was fired upon by people from inside the pickup. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/f71cd50c54ca1766b81144cc15cd9b2a.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTIvMy8yMDE3IDEwOjQ5OjA0IEFNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9RVAxS0xjZ0NKaWhETjJYbUtVNXNJZz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] The men in the vehicle, after firing nine times at the car, disembarked at beat up the passengers, police said. A search for the pick-up vehicle and assailants is under way, while a forensic team is collecting evidence from the site, according to police officials. Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah has taken notice of the incident and also sought a report from the additional Inspector general of police on the incident. The deceased has been identified as 26-year-old Zafir.
  9. Fire officials reported further headway on Friday against devastating blazes in Northern California?s wine country but said the death toll of 32, already a record for the state, would likely climb higher with more than 250 people missing. Even as firefighters gained enough ground for authorities to consider letting some of the estimated 25,000 evacuees return home, they were bracing for more hot, dry winds that could rekindle danger. Ground crews raced to clear away drought-parched vegetation along the southern flanks of fires, removing highly combustible fuels adjacent to populated areas before extreme heat and winds were forecast to revive over the weekend. ?We?ve challenged the troops to get out there and secure mainly the south parts of these fires in preparation for those strong north winds,? Bret Gouvea, deputy chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), said at an afternoon press conference. As of Friday afternoon, 17 major wildfires - some encompassing several smaller blazes merged together - have consumed nearly 222,000 acres of dry brush, grasslands and trees across eight counties since erupting on Sunday night. Officials have said power lines toppled by gale-force winds the first night may have sparked the conflagration, though the official cause remained under investigation. The fires have destroyed at least 5,700 homes and other buildings, Cal Fire said, with much of the devastation centred in and around the Sonoma County town of Santa Rosa, where whole neighbourhoods were reduced to grey ash and smouldering ruins. Some victims were asleep when flames engulfed their homes, and many survivors had only minutes to flee. The Napa Valley town of Calistoga faced one of the biggest remaining threats. Its 5,000-plus residents were ordered from their homes on Wednesday night as one of the fiercest of the blazes, the so-called Tubbs fire, crept to within 2 miles (3.2 km) of city limits. On Friday evening, fires continued to rage along mountain ridges overlooking Calistoga, threatening to rain embers onto the town if strong winds blow out of the north as predicted, Cal Fire spokesman Dennis Rein said. Other communities drafted contingency plans in case of a weekend flare-up, while officials hoped to allow evacuees to return to portions of Santa Rosa that were no longer at risk, Gouvea said. The 32 confirmed fatalities mark the greatest loss of life from a single fire event on record in California, surpassing the 29 deaths from the Griffith Park fire of 1933 in Los Angeles. At least 17 people have died in the Tubbs fire alone, which now ranks as the deadliest single fire in the state since 1991. Officials expected the death toll to rise as the ruins of burned homes and businesses were searched by recovery teams. Most of the more than 1,000 people initially listed as unaccounted for have since turned up safe, Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano said at the news conference, but 256 were still missing. Giordano said 45 search-and-rescue teams and 18 detectives had been deployed to comb obliterated neighbourhoods for more victims. ?CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS? Winds of up to 60 miles per hour (100 kilometres per hour) and humidity of just 10 percent were expected to create ?critical fire weather conditions? and ?contribute to extreme fire behaviour? on Friday evening and into Saturday, the National Weather Service said. At a fairground converted to a shelter in the nearby city of Petaluma, about 250 cots were full by Friday, and people slept in tents in the parking lot as volunteers served porridge and eggs for breakfast. Yasmin Gonzalez, 28, her four children and husband, a grape picker, were anxious to leave the shelter and return to their apartment in Sonoma. ?It?s horrible to leave your home, and your things and not know what?s going to happen,? Gonzalez said on Friday.
  10. Radiohead NEW YORK: Experimental icons Radiohead and rock-activists Rage Against the Machine were nominated Thursday for the first time to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, vying in a field that includes singing legend Nina Simone. Two British acts who were major cultural forces in the 1980s -- New Wave duo Eurythmics and the darkly emotive Kate Bush -- were also in the running for the first time for spots in the shrine to rock culture, which will induct its latest class on April 14 in Cleveland. Radiohead and Rage Against the Machine received nominations in their first year of eligibility -- 25 years after releasing their first recording -- often a sign that chances of making the cut are good. Winners will be announced in December after voting by more than 900 artists, historians and others in the music industry, along with an online fan poll that accounts for one ballot. Radiohead emerged in the guitar-driven alternative scene of the early 1990s but helped reshape the direction of rock with 1997´s "OK Computer" and "Kid A" three years later. On the albums, the Oxford, England-based band led by Thom Yorke presciently sensed the growing power of the internet, embracing electronics in the music all the while warning of technology´s corrosive effects on society. Rage Against the Machine was a frontrunner in merging metal and hip-hop but became most identified with left-wing politics. With a punk spirit, Rage´s frontman Zack de la Rocha and guitarist Tom Morello have vociferously attacked US foreign policy and capitalism itself, while shedding an international spotlight on Mexico´s Zapatista insurgents. Rage Against the Machine The nomination of Simone comes as the Hall of Fame gradually expands the definition of rock ´n´ roll. As Ice Cube said while being inducted with gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A. last year, rock is not a musical style but "a spirit." Simone, who died in 2003 in France, brought a classical sensibility to Gospel and jazz to become one of the 20th century´s defining singers. She was also a passionate advocate for racial equality, with civil rights songs such as "Young, Gifted and Black." She has enjoyed a renewed spotlight following a 2015 Netflix documentary, "What Happened, Miss Simone?" Singers who influenced generations Another late singer nominated for the first time was Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Gospel singer of the 1930s and 1940s whose melodic voice and engaging stage presence influenced early rockers. Kate Bush in a later era also become a model for a generation of singers with the yelping cries of her dramatic soprano voice and an artistic approach that cared little about pop hits. Eurythmics, on the other hand, found worldwide success starting with the 1983 album "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These)." Singer Annie Lennox, who performed with producer David A. Stewart, has since been an outspoken advocate for human rights and global development. Also receiving their first nominations were three British bands -- blues rockers Dire Straits, R&B-influenced prog-rockers The Moody Blues and theatrical metalheads Judas Priest. Dire Straits -- whose hits included "Money for Nothing" and "Sultans of Swing" -- broke up in 1995, raising the prospect of a reunion if the band is inducted. The Hall of Fame could also bring back together the original lineup of Bon Jovi, one of 10 acts in the running that have been nominated before. Longtime Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, who quit in 2013, took to social media urging fans to vote for the arena-packing anthem rockers. Nods for late rockers Other acts in the running include The J. Geils Band, the feel-good rockers behind "Centerfold" whose namesake guitarist died in April, as well as Detroit punk forerunners MC5, British Invasion-era group The Zombies and late guitarist Link Wray, who popularized the three-fingered "power chord" so prevalent in metal. Depeche Mode, which has generated a string of synth-pop hits while maintaining an underground appeal, was nominated for a second straight year. Other nominees were rapper LL Cool J, New Wavers The Cars, Chaka Khan´s Chicago funk greats Rufus, and The Meters, the New Orleans funk band that backed up the late Allen Toussaint. One notable absence was disco titans Chic, who have been nominated a record 11 times without winning. But Chic´s main force, guitarist and producer Nile Rodgers, was inducted this year in a special category for his supporting role in music.
  11. Thom Yorke of Radiohead performs at Coachella Music and Arts Festival. This is Radiohead's first year of eligibility for the honor. Photo: AP NEW YORK: Experimental icons Radiohead and rock-activists Rage Against the Machine were nominated Thursday for the first time to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, vying in a field that includes singing legend Nina Simone. Two British acts who were major cultural forces in the 1980s ? New Wave duo Eurythmics and the darkly emotive Kate Bush ? were also in the running for the first time for spots in the shrine to rock culture, which will induct its latest class on April 14 in Cleveland. Radiohead and Rage Against the Machine received nominations in their first year of eligibility ? 25 years after releasing their first recording ? often a sign that chances of making the cut are good. Winners will be announced in December after voting by more than 900 artists, historians and others in the music industry, along with an online fan poll that accounts for one ballot. Radiohead emerged in the guitar-driven alternative scene of the early 1990s but helped reshape the direction of rock with 1997´s "OK Computer" and "Kid A" three years later. On the albums, the Oxford, England-based band led by Thom Yorke presciently sensed the growing power of the internet, embracing electronics in the music all the while warning of technology´s corrosive effects on society. Rage Against the Machine was a frontrunner in merging metal and hip-hop but became most identified with left-wing politics. With a punk spirit, Rage´s frontman Zack de la Rocha and guitarist Tom Morello have vociferously attacked US foreign policy and capitalism itself, while shedding an international spotlight on Mexico´s Zapatista insurgents. The nomination of Simone comes as the Hall of Fame gradually expands the definition of rock ´n´ roll. As Ice Cube said while being inducted with gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A. last year, rock is not a musical style but "a spirit." Simone, who died in 2003 in France, brought a classical sensibility to Gospel and jazz to become one of the 20th century´s defining singers. She was also a passionate advocate for racial equality, with civil rights songs such as "Young, Gifted and Black." She has enjoyed a renewed spotlight following a 2015 Netflix documentary, "What Happened, Miss Simone?" Singers who influenced generations Another late singer nominated for the first time was Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Gospel singer of the 1930s and 1940s whose melodic voice and engaging stage presence influenced early rockers. Kate Bush in a later era also become a model for a generation of singers with the yelping cries of her dramatic soprano voice and an artistic approach that cared little about pop hits. Eurythmics, on the other hand, found worldwide success starting with the 1983 album "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These)." Singer Annie Lennox, who performed with producer David A. Stewart, has since been an outspoken advocate for human rights and global development. Also receiving their first nominations were three British bands -- blues rockers Dire Straits, R&B-influenced prog-rockers The Moody Blues and theatrical metalheads Judas Priest. Dire Straits ? whose hits included "Money for Nothing" and "Sultans of Swing" ? broke up in 1995, raising the prospect of a reunion if the band is inducted. The Hall of Fame could also bring back together the original lineup of Bon Jovi, one of 10 acts in the running that have been nominated before. Longtime Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, who quit in 2013, took to social media urging fans to vote for the arena-packing anthem rockers. Nods for late rockers Other acts in the running include The J. Geils Band, the feel-good rockers behind "Centerfold" whose namesake guitarist died in April, as well as Detroit punk forerunners MC5, British Invasion-era group The Zombies and late guitarist Link Wray, who popularized the three-fingered "power chord" so prevalent in metal. Depeche Mode, which has generated a string of synth-pop hits while maintaining an underground appeal, was nominated for a second straight year. Other nominees were rapper LL Cool J, New Wavers The Cars, Chaka Khan´s Chicago funk greats Rufus, and The Meters, the New Orleans funk band that backed up the late Allen Toussaint. One notable absence was disco titans Chic, who have been nominated a record 11 times without winning. But Chic´s main force, guitarist and producer Nile Rodgers, was inducted this year in a special category for his supporting role in music.
  12. A firefighting plane makes a water drop next to the setting sun as a wildfire burns near the village of Kapandriti, north of Athens, Greece, August 15, 2017. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis ATHENS: Firefighters battled wildfires raging northeast of Athens for a third day on Tuesday as Greece asked for help from its European partners to prevent them from spreading. The fire started in Kalamos, a coastal holiday spot some 45 km (30 miles) northeast of the capital, and has spread to three more towns, damaging dozens of homes and burning thousands of hectares of pine forest. A state of emergency has been declared in the area. "The blaze is advancing with great speed. Because of the scale and intensity of the wildfires, the country submitted a request for aerial means," Stavroula Maliri ? the fire brigade spokeswoman ? told a press briefing. Cyprus offered a group of 60 firefighters and a Greek air force plane was headed there to pick them up. But a request for two pairs of CL-415 firefighting aircraft was turned down by France as it had to deal with its own wildfires, she said. Three firefighting planes and six water-throwing helicopters operated through the day, assisting 210 firefighters and about 100 military personnel battling the blaze on the ground near the town of Kapandriti. Rugged terrain dotted with small communities made the fire-fighting difficult, with winds rekindling the blaze at many spots. Thick, billowing smoke rendered operations from the air difficult. Across Greece, firefighters were battling more than 55 forest fires, an outbreak fed by dry winds and hot weather that fanned blazes in the Peloponnese and on the Ionian islands of Zakynthos and Kefalonia. Arson? On Zakynthos, an island popular with foreign tourists, a dozen fires burned for a fifth day. Authorities declared a state of emergency there on Monday. A government minister said there was no doubt the fires had been set deliberately. "It's arson according to an organised plan," Justice Minister Stavros Kontonis, the member of parliament for Zakynthos, told state TV. Late July and August often see outbreaks of forest and brush fires in Greece, where high temperatures help create tinder-box conditions. In Kalamos, community president Dimitris Kormovitis told Reuters TV, "If we don't manage to cut it off today, there will be terrible consequences. There has been devastation of a biblical scale in our area, which is one of the last lungs of the Attica region." Andreas Theodorou ? a local councillor in Kalamos ? said the blaze had damaged several dozen homes. "Help did not arrive fast enough, and if you don't stop a forest fire so large as soon as it breaks out, it's very hard to put it out," he said. In the Peloponnese region of Ilia, blazes that broke out in three areas on Monday and looked tamed early on Tuesday flared up again, fanned by winds. In 2007 the same area was the site of Greece's worst fires, with more than 70 people killed. "We asked for the evacuation of the village of Peristeri. The fire has gotten very close, it cannot be contained due to strong winds," Ilia vice-prefect George Georgiopoulos told SKAI TV.
  13. Wildfire evacuees from Williams Lake, Daniel and Hailey stand with their grandfather while in line for food outside of the evacuation centre in Kamloops, British Columbia. REUTERS/Ben Nelms VANCOUVER: British Columbia's government took the unprecedented step on Wednesday of extending a state of emergency by two weeks as it battled 140 wildfires that have forced about 45,000 people from their homes. The province's Premier John Horgan said evacuated households would receive C$600 ($476.53) from the government to cover basic needs for every 14 days they cannot return home. The government announced the first such payment earlier this month after establishing a C$100 million fund. "Traditionally when an emergency is declared, people are usually back in their homes within the two-week period. That may not be the case for many individuals," Horgan told reporters, in his first major announcement since taking office on Tuesday. On July 7, the Canadian province declared its first state of emergency since 2003 as gusty winds fanned fires that were caused by lightning and humans in the tinder-dry central and southern regions. The fires have shut mines and timber operations and damaged homes and electrical infrastructure. Canadian military aircraft have joined thousands of firefighters from as far away as Australia to battle the fires. On Wednesday, 140 fires were raging in the province, down from 163 on Sunday, British Columbia chief fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek said, attributing the drop to cooler, less windy conditions. The estimated area of land burnt since the beginning of the wildfire season on April 1 was 353,000 hectares (872,282 acres), costing the province C$105.3 million, Skrepnek said. The Insurance Bureau of Canada said it was too early to provide cost estimates of the fire damage. Skrepnek said heavy smoke made it difficult to gauge damage to homes and other infrastructure. Mining and milling operations at the Gibraltar copper mine had resumed after being shuttered for four days as fires restricted access to the mine site, owner Taseko Mines said. Major pipeline companies in the region, including Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd, a unit of Kinder Morgan Inc, have created fire breaks, installed sprinklers, and taken other measures to protect operations. West Fraser Timber Co and privately held Tolko, among the largest Canadian producers of forestry products, and Norbord Inc, have suspended some operations. Residents of Cache Creek, a small ranching town of 1,000 in south-central British Columbia, were allowed to return home on Tuesday after 11 days in shelters.
  14. Portugal's prime minister led calls Tuesday to find out why a highway now dubbed the "road of death" -- where most of the 64 victims of a giant forest fire perished -- had not been blocked off, as questions mounted over the disaster management response. More than 1,000 firefighters were still battling to control the flames which broke out in the central Pedrogao Grande region at the weekend and spread at breakneck speed to neighbouring areas. A civil protection spokesman told AFP that a firefighting plane crashed near the village of Ouzenda while battling the blaze, but his agency's chief later denied the report. "I confirm that no plane chartered by the civil protection authority... or in use across the country has crashed," civil protection head Vitor Vaz Pinto told a news conference. He added that the confusion could have been down to gas canisters exploding at the reported crash site, while refusing to rule out that a private aircraft could have gone down. Spain, France and Italy have sent a total of 11 water bombers to help the operation. Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa sought "immediate explanations" why the national 236 highway "had not been closed to traffic" and why it had been signalled by gendarmes as an alternative route after a nearby road had been sealed off, according to the Lusa national news agency. Forty-seven of the 64 forest fire victims died on the N236 which has been branded the "road of death" or the "road of hell" by the local media. Thirty of them burned to death in their cars, trapped by the flames. A survivor told Portuguese television that gendarmes directed them to the N236 as an alternative to the nearby IC8 route which had been closed and which the gendarmes used themselves. "When we arrived at the IC8, they told us we couldn't pass and directed us towards the N236. We thought that the road was safe but it wasn't," said Maria de Fatima. "We couldn't see anything, we couldn't even see the road, just the flames and the pine trees falling on the road." Costa also sought explanations into why the emergency services communications network had been interrupted amid media reports that the scorching heat had damaged antennae. The blaze around Pedrogao Grande was expected to be under control shortly, Vaz Pinto said Tuesday. Some people in the hamlets scattered through the rural region were unhappy with the response of the emergency services. Father Jose Gomes, the priest in Figueiro dos Vinhos, told AFP that some locals had "lacked the support of the firefighters, and sometimes even water". "There is a spirit of revolt towards the emergency services," he said. Pensioner Jose Antonio Jesus Marques said he had been told on Saturday that the fire was about eight kilometres (five miles) away from his home in Carreira. "I went to see it and in five minutes the fire was about 800 metres (yards) from my house," the 66-year-old said. "The police came and that's the only thing we saw. Not a single firefighter," he said in the courtyard of his home, which he managed to save by throwing buckets of water at the approaching flames which ravaged the eucalyptus trees nearby. In addition to the death, 157 people were listed as injured, including seven people in serious condition, one of them a child. Details were emerging of the victims, many of whom were caught in their cars as they tried to flee. They included a four-year-old boy, Rodrigo. His parents had left with him with relatives while on honeymoon and posted frantic messages on social media. The bodies of Rodrigo and his uncle were found burnt beside a car. This can't be nobody's fault As water-bombing planes made regular passes over the flames, there were growing suggestions that forestry practices and outdated emergency planning might have contributed to the disaster. Press reports suggested the fire plan had not been revised for four years and that there had been communications problems while trying to contain the blaze. Portugal's Publico newspaper reported that while the fire plan was meant to be revised every two years, lawmakers had not considered it a priority. Climate change expert Joao Camargo pointed to the industrial-scale planting of eucalyptus, which is highly inflammable. "These last decades, we have seen a rise in the frequency of forest fires" in Portugal, more than in Mediterranean countries, he told Publico.
  15. Delhi University, once known for being one of the most chilled out campuses in India, has now become a dreaded place for students and faculty alike and this issue does not look like it’ll die down anytime soon. The brutal attack on students of Ramjas College by the members of ABVP will forever haunt those who suffered the wrath and those who barely escaped it. Amidst the fights and controversies, one student, Gurmehar Kaur, stood up on behalf of her classmates and chose not to bow down in front of these unjustified attacks. However, in return she got hugely trolled on social media by prominent personalities and common men alike. Gurmehar Kaur is the daughter of Captain Mandeep Singh, a Kargil martyr. Recently, she posted a picture online holding a placard that mentioned she isn’t afraid of ABVP. © Facebook However, somewhere between the conflicting views on nationalism and anti-nationalism, justice for the victims of ABVP lost the battle as people started digging out instances from the past and started bashing Gurmehar for raising her voice. Last year, she had made a video where she had mentioned that Pakistan did not kill her father, war killed him; and she was trolled and bashed on the social media for those words. © YouTube Prominent personalities like Virendra Sehwag and Randeep Hooda were on the forefront with their tasteless humour. Bat me hai Dum !#BharatJaisiJagahNahi pic.twitter.com/BNaO1LBHLH — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 26 February 2017 While Virendra Sehwag posted this picture, actor Randeep Hooda seemed to have enjoyed this joke to his heart’s content and things started escalating after that. ðŸ‘ðŸ‘ðŸ‘ðŸ‘ðŸ‘👠@virendersehwag 😂😂😂😂 https://t.co/IcxuewcPMP — Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) 26 February 2017 While our beloved Viru Paji was already receiving flak for the tweet, Randeep Hooda’s response only worsened the matter. However, recently the actor shared his opinion on Facebook on how he liked “her video of peace between warring nations” and that his intention behind the tweet was not to instigate hatred against her. He further pointed fingers against “some journalists” who are trying to malign him. He also said that he is not worried about our nation’s future, because “we have such brave and outspoken youngsters around.” India is supposedly the largest democracy in the world, yet one cannot freely put forward their opinion without getting threatened or bashed for it. As for the ABVP incident, we want to ask you – is our patriotism so delicate that anyone can shake it to the core and cause you to resort to such violent measures to protect it?
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