Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Army's Research and Referral (RR) hospital in Delhi and met Lance Naik Hanumanthappa, who was miraculously found alive after remaining buried in snow for six days following an avalanche at the Siachen glacier. Narendra Modi today hailed Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, who was miraculously found alive after remaining under a huge mass of snow for six days at Siachen Glacier, stating that he is an "outstanding soldier" whose "endurance & indomitable spirit" cannot be described in words. “No words are enough to describe the endurance & the indomitable spirit of Lance Naik Hanamanthappa. He is an outstanding soldier,” he tweeted. “Team of doctors is attending to Lance Naik Hanamanthappa. We are all hoping & praying for the best,” Modi added. Hanumanthappa was flown from Siachen Glacier this morning in a special air ambulance and was admitted to the Research and Referral Hospital. His condition is critical, but stable and he is undergoing various tests in the hospital, army sources said. Just before visiting the hospital, the Prime Minister tweeted: “Going to see Lance Naik Hanamanthappa, with prayers from the entire nation.” By Premji
Sushil Koirala, the former Nepal prime minister, who was credited with promulgating the country’s first democratically drafted constitution, died at his residence in Kathmandu early on Tuesday at the age of 78. Koirala, was suffering from pneumonia and breathing-related ailments. His personal physician Karbirnath Yogi attributed the death to respiratory failure due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A lifelong bachelor, he was known for his corruption-free image and simple way of living. “Nepal and Nepalis will always remember him as someone who has dedicated his entire life to the nation to uphold freedom and democratic values and also his incomparable contribution towards drafting the constitution,” said a statement from Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s office. The government has declared a three-day period of national mourning and an official holiday on Wednesday. A cabinet meeting decided Koirala’s last rites would be performed with full state honours. Indian leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, has expressed condolences. External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj will go to Kathmandu on Tuesday evening to offer her last respects. Sushil Koirala ji's simplicity holds lessons for all of us. My condolences to the Koirala family & people of Nepal in this hour of grief. — Narendra Modi tweeted. By Premji
Talented actor Akshay Kumar has been busy with back to back films in his career and his latest movie Airlift directed by Raja Krishna Menon has been declared as a blockbuster. Nimrat Kaur played the female lead in this patriotic drama. Sharukh Khan is all set to romance Alia Bhatt and the movie will be directed by Gauri Shinde and the latest we hear is that Akshay Kumar is also set to romance Alia Bhatt in his next. Sriram Raghavan who impressed the audience with Varun Dhawan’s Badlapur will direct the movie. The movie is said to be a thriller and is based on a book ‘Gone with the Bullet’ penned by Sheeja Jose. The movie is about an 18 year old girl who falls in love with a 40 year old man. The movie is said to be a hatke romance with the background of bullets. The regular shoot of the film will start during the second half of this year and Sriram Raghavan is currently busy penning the script.
Energetic actor John Abraham is getting ready with his next project titled Rocky Handsome and the movie is getting ready for release on March 25th all over. Nishikant Kamat is the director and Sruthi Haasan is the heroine in the movie which has been produced by John Abraham Entertainments. He is currently shooting for his upcoming movie Force 2 which is being directed by Abhinav Deo. The movie unit wrapped up a schedule in Budapest, they were heading to China after which the Chinese government gave a shock. The government declined permissions for the film to be shot in China. Going into the news, Force 2 deals with intelligence agencies of multiple countries including India’s RAW and China’s Ministry of State Security. The government of China declined shoot as the film deals with sensitive issues. With nothing much to do, the movie unit returned back to India as the China schedule has been stalled. The next schedule will start soon informed producer Vipul Shah. Sonakshi Sinha is the heroine in Force 2.
Versatile actress Vidya Balan made a debut with traditional touch after which she made a transformation into glamorous roles. She got married to producer Siddarth Roy Kapoor and she has been selective with her movies. She has been last seen in Emraan Hashmi’s Hamaari Adhuri Kahaani which has been directed by Mohit Suri. The latest news is that she will be seen as a sex worker in her next upcoming project. The movie has been titled as Begun Jaan and is an adaptation of a Bengali movie Rajkahani. Vidya will be seen in the title role as the madam of the brothel in the film which is set in the backdrop of 1947 and is about 11 women living in a brothel house. The movie will start rolling in June and the other details will be revealed soon.
Talented actor Shahid Kapoor proved his acting skills but he has been falling short to score a huge commercial hit in his career. Though he received critical acclaim for his performance in Haider, the movie ended up as an average box-office grosser. His recent outing Shandaar has been declared as a debacle all over. It’s already known about the drift between Shahid Kapoor and Kareena. They were in a relationship during the shoot of Jab We Met after which they parted ways. They preferred to stay away from each other later on after which Kareena married Saif Ali Khan and Shahid got married to Mira Rajput. Now Shahid Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan seems to share a stupendous bonding on the sets of their upcoming movie Rangoon which made Shahid close to Kareena again. Shahid and Kareena have been in good terms after years now. Stepping ahead Shahid and Kareena teamed up for their upcoming movie Udta Punjab in the direction of Abhishek Chaubey. The update is that Shahid recommended the actress for the movie after which Kareena too gave her nod. Good to see that Shahid and Kareena are friends again.
To defeat Mamata, CPI (M) and Congress weigh some unique alliance strategies. a formula to unite against the ruling Trinamool Congress, by abandoning old enmities and establishing a sustainable collaboration for the 2016 assembly election, is what Congress and CPM is looking for. Leaders of the Congress from West Bengal officially declared on February 1 that an alliance with the CPI (M) -led Left Front is the imperative of the times, as a response to the build-up of anti-Trinamool discontent. On December 27, at the Brigade Parade Grounds in Kolkata, the collective leadership of the CPI (M) raised the same issue, albeit indirectly. Congress leader Om Prakash Mishra, who kick-started the “discourse”, said “we feel there has to be an alliance”. His reason: “Neither the Congress nor the CPI (M) can dislodge the TMC on their own”. The veteran former communist leader and the former Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Somnath Chatterjee said that “in the present political context, it is extremely essential for all opposition forces to come together in bringing about a change in the government and in restoring a civilized democratic administration in West Bengal.” “Till the Central Committee meets and decides, there is only speculation that the CPI(M) may enter into an understanding with the Congress in West Bengal for the elections,” Mohammed Salim, a member of CPI (M) Politburo, said. By Premji
Prominent Muslim leader Syed Ahmed Bukhari met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that the security agencies of our country should be more transparent while confining terror suspects. He asked the Prime Minister that innocent Muslims must not be targeted in the name of fighting ISIS. Shahi Imam had half an hour of meeting with PM at Prime Minister’s residence. “I urged the prime minister that while detaining people for terrorist activities or suspected links with the Islamic State, special care must be taken to ensure that the lives of innocent Muslim youth and their families are not ruined,” Bukhari said. Bukhari raised the issue of “innocent” Muslim youths languishing in jails and the need to reach out to young Muslim men and women to counter the propaganda of Islamic State in the country. “On the matter of deradicalising Muslim youth, I told the PM that lectures should be organised in educational institutions to tell children how Islam has no place for terror. He agreed with me and said he would discuss on these suggestions with officials,” he said. By Premji
An avalanche on February 3, Lance Naik Hanamanthappa and nine other soldiers were buried deep under the snow. A wall of ice, a kilometer wide and 800 metres high, came crashing down on their post. For six days, the army soldier Hanamanthappa was buried under 25 feet of snow at the Siachen Glacier, in temperatures close to minus 40 degrees. Late last night, a rescue team that had been chipping away ice for days, found him and was astonished to feel a faint pulse. Hanamanthappa was trapped in an air bubble, which has saved his life. He is stable and has been brought to the Army Research and Referral Hospital in Delhi. "Recovering of the soldier is nothing short of a miracle. A wall of snow as thick and hard as concrete had fallen on them," Lieutenant General SK Patyal said. "The operation was extremely difficult," he said. Five bodies have also been found after some 300 sorties and an intense search at a height of nearly 20,000 feet, where it is difficult to breathe, let alone dig. Four more soldiers are still missing. "All other soldiers are regrettably no more with us," said an officer. By Premji
Waris Ahluwalia, 41, who had been on a trip in New York-bound Aeromexico flight had been prohibited from boarding after he refused to remove his turban during a security check. 'This morning in Mexico City I was told I could not board my @aeromexico flight to NYC because of my turban," Ahluwalia wrote on his Instagram account, uploading a photo of himself holding up his now-useless Aeromexico plane ticket. The actor said that the crew of Mexico's national flag carrier first made him wait at the gate of Flight 408 to New York City to let other passengers board. Later, during the second round of security check, his feet and bag were searched, he was asked to remove his sweatshirt and was patted down. The airline crew asked him to remove his turban. “I responded matter-of-factly that I won’t be taking off my turban. And then they talked amongst themselves and said, ‘OK, then you are not getting on the flight’, ” The New York Times quoted Ahluwalia as saying. The airline later issued a statement saying that it was only following the Transportation Security Administration protocol in asking the US actor to take off his turban. The statement added that Ahluwalia had been offered alternatives to “reach his destination as soon as possible.” By Premji