Ayushmann Khurrana to play gay character in Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan who

first_imgAyushmann KhurranaTwitterAyushmann Khurrana, who had two back-to-back hits last year with Andhadhun and Badhaai Ho, has his hands full with projects. The latest news is that the talented actor will star in the second instalment of his 2017 sleeper hit Shubh Mangal Saaavdhan that had Bhumi Pednekar in the female lead.The second instalment in the series is titled Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan and will star another actor, who is yet to be cast. While the first movie from the franchise dealt with the theme of erectile dysfunction, interestingly, the second film will deal with another social taboo that is homosexuality. “The first draft of the script has been locked. This time the makers have decided to bring homosexuality as the main theme in a mainstream Hindi film,” a source told Mumbai Mirror.The source further said that the story revolves around how a conservative small town family comes to terms with the fact that their son is gay. Producer Aanand L Rai confirming the news said: “The Shubh Mangal Saavdhan franchise is our tribute to the churning that keeps our society alive. Every instalment will deal with a topic that touches every person but no one wants to speak about it publicly. Like the first film, this one too will broach a taboo subject with great sensitivity and light humour. I anticipate a lot of conversations and cheer around the second film too.”The movie is expected to go on the floors in the last week of August and the makers are targeting an early 2020 release.Before shooting for Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, Ayushmann will wrap up Bala that features him as a small town guy who is battling premature balding. Bala also features Bhumi Pednekar, Yami Gautam in key roles. Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar in Shubh Mangal Saavdhanlast_img read more

BNP activists clash with police AL men

first_imgRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) activists have locked in clashes with BNP activists escorting BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia to a makeshift court in Bakshibazar of the capital.As the former prime minister reached the Moghbazar crossing, several hundreds of BNP activists joined her motorcade, slowing the pace of Khaleda’s vehicle.But just as the motorcade crossed the Moghbazar crossing, it was met with a stones hurled from one side of the road. BNP activists retaliated and clashes ensued.Details of the clashes were not known immediately.BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia left her Gulshan residence to appear in the make-shift court in Old Dhaka’s Bakshibazar that is set to deliver its verdict in a graft case against her today.Khaleda Zia started around 11:45am from Gulshan as the city witnessed massive presence of law enforcement.The authorities have strengthened security around the court on the Alia Madrasa ground in Bakshibazar area for the announcement of judgement in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.The court on 25 January set 8 February to deliver the verdict in the case that implicated Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia, her son and senior BNP vice chairman Tarique Rahman and four others.The ACC filed the graft case, during the quasi-military regime of Fakhruddin Ahmed in July 2008, accusing them of misappropriating Tk 21 million that had come as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.The four other accused are former BNP lawmaker Salimul Haq Kamal and businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed, former principal secretary to the prime minister Kamal Uddin Siddique and nephew of late president Ziaur Rahman, Mominur Rahman.last_img read more

The Long Expensive Road To Montgomery Countys Commissioners Court Scandal

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /03:35 Share X Listen ScreengrabMontgomery County Road Bond Project MapMontgomery County wasn’t designed to handle today’s traffic. The rapid growth of the county is putting thousands more cars and trucks on the rural and suburban roads every year. And the congestion is only expected to get worse.So last August, Montgomery County Commissioners Court met to take citizens’ comments on a $280 million road bond. Ken Vaughn, a speaker from County Precinct 2, agreed with the need for the building program but not with how the commissioners proposed to pay for it.“We need to stop acting like Congress and burdening our children with our debt,” Vaughn said. “Our operations and maintenance should come out of our yearly budget. Whatever we need to do to do that, we need to pay that out of our yearly budget. We should never, ever again take up bonds to pay for maintenance.”County voters had defeated a road bond for $350 million the previous May. So when the court voted to put the smaller bond on the November ballot, and voters approved it, County Judge Craig Doyal breathed a sigh of relief. Houston Public Media spoke with Doyal this past February.“There’s just congestion out there because of growth that we were not able to address without those dollars. And this will give us an opportunity to start,” Doyal said.Courtesy of the Montgomery County website.County Judge Craig DoyalThe problem was that prior to that August session, Judge Doyal had held other meetings to discuss the road bond. These meetings, held in secret, included Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley, Precinct 4 Commissioner Jim Clark, and Marc Davenport, a political consultant and husband of County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport. That’s according to their indictments by a grand jury. The State Commission on Judicial Conduct has suspended Doyal from office.“The Texas Open Meetings Act is a fairly obscure law, but it serves a fairly common principle,” says Christopher Downey, the Houston attorney who has been named special prosecutor in the case, “and that is that it is designed in its core to prevent the participation of government officials in any backroom dealing or any secret side deals.”Montgomery County Attorney J.D. Lambright says Commissioners Riley and Clark can continue to do their jobs, despite their indictments. Judge Doyal cannot. That leaves four members on the court, and the potential for tie votes, with serious business coming up.“The most immediate thing, this is a very clear cut one, county starts their budget hearings next month,” Lambright says.Violations of the Open Meetings Act are considered misdemeanors. If they’re found guilty, Doyal, Riley, and Clark could lose their jobs, though County Attorney Lambright says that convictions would only be the first step in the process. “Then you’ve got to get a finding eventually that that conviction constitutes an act of official misconduct,” he says.Judge Doyal will have the opportunity to challenge his suspension in late July. Whether the commission upholds the suspension or not, it will take several months more for the criminal cases against Doyal and the other three defendants to play out.Brandon Rottinghaus, who teaches political science at the University of Houston, says the cases could have long-term consequences for Montgomery County, thanks to the massive road bond that started it all.“This is a lot of money, and the county is going to be on the hook for paying this back,” Rottinghaus says, “and if the perception is that the government can’t handle it, then the voters may lose faith in the individuals involved, and it may be that in the future they decide to simply not vote in favor of those bonds.”Judge Doyal had been hoping to go back to voters for additional bonds, in order to meet mobility needs estimated at around $6 billion. Raising any of that extra money may have just gotten a lot harder.last_img read more

Sanders Warren are Courting Black Pastors Millennials

first_imgBy The Associated PressCOLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are in Georgia making election appeals to thousands of Black millennial Christians.The senators are competing to be the leading progressive alternative in the 2020 contest to former Vice President Joe Biden, and younger Black voters could offer an important source of support.Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at the Iowa State Fair, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/John Locher)Biden remains atop primary polls partly because of his standing with older Black votes. Younger African Americans are more divided on their opinions about the large field of candidates.Sanders and Warren will have back-to-back question-and-answer sessions Saturday with Black pastors at the Young Leaders Conference. The gathering includes about 5,000 Black millennials of faith.Sanders struggled to get enough Black support early in his 2016 presidential bid and lost key states to Hillary Clinton because of it.last_img read more

RRI to celebrate Rash Behari Boses 100th marriage anniv

first_imgKolkata: The Rashbehari Research Institute (RRI) based in Chandannagore is celebrating 100 years of marriage anniversary of Rash Behari Bose and his Japanese wife Toshiko in a befitting manner.”100 years have passed and the duo has kept proving real love. Rash Behari Bose and Toshiko are connected by heart and promised each other to stay together for the rest of their life. Hence, we have decided to make this 100 years of marriage anniversary special,” said Kalyan Chakraborty, the director of RRI. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe RRI in association with some of their friends based in Japan has arranged an exhibition, which is aimed at boosting the cultural bond between the two countries.The two-day exhibition that kicked off on Monday at Rashbehari auditorium in Chandannagore, Hooghly district will showcase large Kimano (Japanese dress), Yukata (Japanese dress), Japanese dolls, Japanese paintings, rare Japanese books etc. Nakamuraya Curry hat was introduced by Bose in Japan in the late 1920’s and Japanese Black & White Rice will also be exhibited. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe exhibition will be followed by a Japanese Film Festival and films on freedom movement in the evening.The love life of Rash Behari Bose was brief with the sudden death of his Japanese wife Toshiko, who died of tuberculosis in 1925 only at the age of 28.Married in July 1918, Toshiko had accepted the life of a social outcast and shouldered all domestic responsibility so that Bose can pursue his goal of Indian freedom struggle with dedication.When Bose’s mother-in-law had proposed him to marry again as Toshiko died leaving two young children, Bose said it was impossible for him to love anyone else other than Toshiko. Rash Behari Bose, who has been instrumental in doing the spadework for the legendary organisation of Indian National Army or INA, had sacrificed his job as an officer of the British Raj (he worked as the head clerk at the Forest Research Institute in Dehradun) to join the IndianRevolutionary struggle.”He has been an unsung hero of India’s freedom struggle and 16 books written in Japanese by Bose is yet to be translated in local language. We will urge research scholars to come forward in this venture so that many unknown facts of his eventful life can come to light,” Chakraborty said.last_img read more

Pregnant Rani is perfectly fine Spokesperson

first_imgActor Rani Mukerji, who is expecting her first child with her husband filmmaker Aditya Chopra, was hospitalised here.Her spokesperson has confirmed that she is “perfectly fine and all is well”. She was taken to the hospital on November 14. It was reported that Rani was at a Diwali bash after which the Ghulam actor was left thoroughly exhausted and needed medical intervention.But Rani’s spokesperson has confirmed that she was hospitalised as she needed rest under “medical supervision”. “Rani Mukerji was admitted to the hospital as the doctor felt that she needed to rest for a few days under medical supervision. She was discharged, but has chosen to rest it out in the hospital for a few more days as the baby’s room is being prepared at home and she wanted to be away from the dust and noise. “She is perfectly fine and all is well,” Rani’s spokesperson said in a statement. The Kuch Kuch Hota Hai actress will be discharged on Thursday. Rani tied the knot with Aditya last year and is expected to welcome her first child in January 2016. There were reports of Pamela Chopra eagerly waiting to bring her grandchild home. Rani, who was last seen in ‘Mardaani’ was considered for a cola brand endorsement.last_img read more

Puja organisers use govt grant to promote road safety

first_imgKolkata: With the Mamata Banerjee government giving a grant of Rs 10,000 to each Durga Puja committee, the Puja organisers have utilised it by taking various steps to make people aware about road safety norms.In the past two years, a section of Durga Puja organisers were found taking steps to create awareness on road safety measures. But this year, almost all the Durga Puja organisers have made elaborate arrangements in and around their Puja pandals, so that people can pick up lessons on road safety while visiting the pandals with their near and dear ones. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had made the announcement of giving the Rs 10,000 grant to each of the 28,000 Durga Puja committees in the state.Subsequently, the Puja committees had submitted applications for the same with the police and cheques were distributed among the Puja committees after the Calcutta High Court decided not to interfere into the matter. The state government had decided to give the grant to the Puja committees for traffic safety campaigns. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Puja organisers had started making various plans since the day the Chief Minister announced that they will be receiving the grant.The Chief Minister had introduced the statewide Safe Drive Save Life campaign, which has helped in reducing the number of road accidents to a large extent.Now, with the help of the grant, the Puja organisers have taken initiatives to create awareness regarding the same. The song on Safe Drive Save Life is getting played in different pandals and is reaching people from all walks of life, including those who drive vehicles. At the same time, placards and banners carrying the message of Safe Drive Save Life have been put up at different places in and around different Puja pandals. There are many Puja organisers who have set up giant screens on which video clippings of different road accidents are being shown. Many people were found watching the video clippings ardently.A large section of the Puja committees have also left messages of Safe Drive Save Life in the leaflets that they are distributing to let people know their programme schedule during the Puja.Some have even deployed volunteers at the roads close to the Puja pandals to make people wear helmets while riding bikes. The volunteers were found wearing white t-shirts with the message of Safe Drive Save Life printed on it.last_img read more

Storj Labs new Open Source Partner Program to generate revenue opportunities for

first_imgAt the Linux Foundation‘s Open Source Summit in Vancouver, Storj Labs a leader in decentralized cloud storage company, launched their ‘Open Source Partner Program’. This program will enable open-source projects to generate revenue when their users store data in the cloud. The program was launched with the aim to bridge the “major economic disconnect between the 24-million total open-source developers and the $180 billion cloud market” as stated by Ben Golub, Storj’s executive chairman and interim CEO. How does the Open Source Partner program work? Open-source projects simply need to integrate Storj into their existing cloud application infrastructure. Since Storj uses an Amazon Web Services ( AWS) S3 compliant interface, this integration should be easy. Storj provides a blockchain encrypted, distributed cloud storage with facilitates data security, improves reliability, and enhances performance when compared to traditional cloud storage approaches. Using client-side encryption ensures that data can only be accessed by the data owners. While harvesting all these benefits, open-source projects that will use the Storj network will be provided with a continuous revenue stream. 60% of its gross revenue will be given to its storage farmers and 40% will be split amongst open-source developers. Through simple Storj data connectors that will be integrated with their platforms, Storj can track data storage usage. Partners will be given help desk support and tools to test the network’s performance and capabilities. What’s in it for open source companies? Monetization has always been a challenge for open source companies. They ultimately require revenue to sustain themselves. Open source drives a sizable majority of the $200 billion-plus cloud computing market which is inversely proportional to the revenue that currently makes its way directly back to their projects and companies. The ‘Open Source Partner Program’ will help open source companies to grow exponentially and meet other financial-related goals.  Ultimately, open source companies – even the ones that only provide free products – require revenue to sustain themselves, and the Storj Open Source Partner Program aims to help. What’s in it for Storj? While this revenue generation program will benefit open source companies, it can also be viewed as an effective marketing strategy for Storj.  Open source projects are all the rage these days and the more these companies turn to Storj for decentralized cloud-based solutions, the more popularity and recognition Storj gets. Storj, as well as open source companies, realize the importance of openness, decentralization, and broad-based individual empowerment, which is why this program strikes the perfect balance to support open source projects. The Storj Labs has already won over ten major open-source partners, including Confluent, Couchbase, FileZilla, MariaDB, MongoDB, and Nextcloud, to join its Open Source Partner Program. These partners will be given early, immediate access to the V3 network private alpha. You can get a complete overview of the program on Storj’s blog post. Read Next 5 reasons why your business should adopt cloud computing Demystifying Clouds: Private, Public, and Hybrid clouds Google’s second innings in China: Exploring cloud partnerships with Tencent and otherslast_img read more