Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The league had selected Charlotte to host the 2017 All-Star game, but later moved the game to New Orleans because of the state law restricting the rights of LGBT people. However, a compromise was struck in March to partially erase the impact of the House Bill 2 law limiting anti-discrimination protections for lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people.“While we understand the concerns of those who say the repeal of HB2 did not go far enough, we believe the recent legislation eliminates the most egregious aspects of the prior law,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a release. “Additionally, it allows us to work with the leadership of the Hornets organization to apply a set of equality principles to ensure that every All-Star event will proceed with open access and anti-discrimination policies.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“All venues, hotels and businesses we work with during All-Star will adhere to these policies as well.”Despite Silver’s intentions, the Equality NC and the Human Rights Campaign has concerns that no protections for non-discrimination policies for the LGBTQ community have been put in place by the Charlotte or the state. 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Haffey/Getty Images/AFPCHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA—The NBA All-Star game is headed back to Charlotte in 2019, a couple of years later than anticipated.The NBA announced that the All-Star weekend will be held Feb. 15-17 in Charlotte and the game will be played at the Spectrum Center, home of the Charlotte Hornets.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo MOST READ Going, going, gone at French Open Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend “North Carolina’s discriminatory law prohibits the city of Charlotte from implementing non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ residents and visitors attending the All-Star Game. Nothing has changed that fact,” said HRC senior vice president for policy and political affairs JoDee Winterhof.The NBA is the latest sports entity to return events to North Carolina; the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference also are bringing events back to the state after changes were made to the law.The now-repealed House Bill 2 required transgender people to use restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates in many public buildings. That’s been dropped, but LGBT advocates have denounced the replacement law because state officials took no action barring sexual identity and gender discrimination in workplaces, restaurants and hotels and instead prohibited local governments from acting on their own.Hornets owner and longtime NBA great Michael Jordan said in a release he is “thrilled” the game is coming back to Charlotte.“We want to thank Commissioner Silver for his leadership throughout this process and for the decision to bring NBA All-Star back to Buzz City,” Jordan said in the release. “All-Star Weekend is an international event that will provide a tremendous economic impact to our community while showcasing our city, our franchise and our passionate Hornets fan base to people around the world.”ADVERTISEMENT Jordan asked Silver to keep the city in mind for 2019 after the league moved the 2017 game – hopeful the HB2 law would eventually be repealed.Silver honored that request.Hornets COO and president Fred Whitfield represented the Hornets and Spectrum Center in doing whatever he could to help facilitate a resolution, spending time meeting with legislatures and other business leaders in North Carolina.“From the very beginning I was in engaged to see if we could not only save the 2019 All-Star game, but the NCAA (basketball) regionals and the ACC Tournament, as well as concerts and events in the building,” Whitfield said. “We are operators of the building and we felt like we had to get engaged to assist to get some resolution.”Even as talks to repeal HB2 stalled at times, the Hornets continued to move forward with the league’s request to upgrade the arena.The $41 million renovation – $33.5 million of which came from the City of Charlotte – is almost complete, and has included a new scoreboard, new floor and renovations to suites and hospitality areas, among other upgrades.Charlotte previously hosted the All-Star game in 1991 at the Charlotte Coliseum, which has since been demolished.Pete Guelli, the Hornets executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer, estimates a $100 economic impact for the city, but said the reputational effect will be even bigger.“This city has changed significantly since the last time it hosted a game 28 years ago,” Guelli said, “and the opportunity to showcase that on an international stage is incalculable.” Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans View comments
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Scotland v Netherlands Scotland vs Netherlands: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 2 years ago 18:50 11/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Scotland v Netherlands Scotland Netherlands Friendlies Interim boss Malky Mackay leads an experimental squad into the friendly clash against a demoralised Oranje in Aberdeen Both Scotland and the Netherlands will be watching the 2018 World Cup from afar after they failed to qualify, so the final international break of 2017 will allow them to begin the process of recovery.Since the conclusion of their qualification campaigns, there have been a number of changes to both teams, with the Scots parting company with manager Gordon Strachan and the Dutch losing their star player Arjen Robben to retirement.Having endured the disappointment of missing the World Cup, both sides will be eager to give their fans something to cheer about at Pittodrie as they bring the curtain down on a year to forget. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Game Scotland vs Netherlands Date Thursday, November 9 Time 19:45 GMT / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM In the United Kingdom (UK), the match will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Football and by live stream via Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Go In the United States (US), the match will be available to watch live on television on ESPN 3 and by live stream using WatchESPN. US TV channel Online stream ESPN 3 WatchESPN SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Scotland players Goalkeepers Archer, Gordon, Marshall Defenders Berra, Cooper, Hanlon, Mulgrew, Paterson, Robertson, Tierney Midfielders Armstrong, Brown, Forrest, Fraser, Jack, McGinn, McGregor, McLean, Phillips, Shinnie Forwards Christie, Cummings Interim head coach Malky Mackay has named an experimental Scotland squad that is missing a number of key players. Captain Darren Fletcher and Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths have withdrawn from the squad.There are eight uncapped players in the panel, including Aberdeen captain Graeme Shinnie and Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor, but there is no place for the likes of Jordan Rhodes or Robert Snodgrass.Potential Scotland starting XI: Gordon; Jack, Berra, Tierney, Robertson; Forrest, Armstrong, McLean, Christie; McGregor; Phillips. Position Netherlands players Goalkeepers Cillessen, Vorm, Zoet Defenders Ake, Van Dijk, Hoedt, De Ligt, Rekik, Tete, Veltman Midfielders Van de Beek, Blind, Van Ginkel, Propper, Sneijder, Strootman, Vilhena, Wijnaldum Forwards Babel, Berghuis, Depay, Dost, Janssen, Locadia, Promes The Netherlands have one glaring absentee in the form of Arjen Robben, who announced his retirement from international football following their failure to qualify for the World Cup.However, Wesley Sneijder returns to the panel, as does Feyenoord’s Steven Berghuis, while Donny van de Beek and Jurgen Locadia could earn their first caps.Potential Netherlands starting XI: Cillessen; Ake, Van Dijk, De Ligt; Blind, Wijnaldum, Propper, Sneijder; Depay, Janssen, Promes.BETTING & MATCH ODDS The Netherlands are 21/20 favourites to win the game according to dabblebet, with Scotland priced at 5/2 to beat the Dutch. A draw between the sides in Aberdeen is considered a 9/4 bet.Click here to see all the dabblebet’s markets and odds for the game, such as first goalscorer, correct score and more.GAME PREVIEW Missing out on a place at the World Cup will have hurt both nations, but for three-time finalists the Netherlands, it is perhaps more keenly felt.Traditionally one of the chief forces of European football, the Dutch team’s inability to reach the biggest stage in football follows their failure to reach Euro 2016 and, as such, has prompted serious questions as to what the future holds.While they are now without stars such as Arjen Robben, the Netherlands still boast a clutch of high quality – and relatively young – players, such as Memphis Depay, Daley Blind and Virgil van Dijk. However, the new generation have much to prove in the coming years.The proverbial changing of the guard begins with their clash against the Scots – themselves in need of a radical overhaul – and they will be determined to end the year on a high note against Romania five days later.
Japanese Consumer Electronics giant and one of the leading consumer electronic companies in India, Sansui, launched a new range of technologically powered consumer durable and electronic products in the India market, recently. The diverse product portfolio includes smart Televisions, Washing Machines, Audio Devices, Air Conditioners, Refrigerators, Small Kitchen Appliances etc. and will be available in the market from Septembwer’19 across offline and online platforms. Sansui has collaborated with major players including leading global internet entertainment service providers Netflix and Dolby as well as technology partners Google and MediaTek, to ensure a smart and enhanced TV viewing experience in its latest range. Also Read – The Puja carnivalIn-line with the Government’s thrust on ‘Make in India’, Sansui also announced setting up of a state-of-the-art manufacturing unit for TVs, washing machines, refrigerators and air-conditioners spread over 30 acres in Gurugram by June 2020. The new facility will serve as a key manufacturing hub for Sansui in South East Asia besides generating around 3000 new employment opportunities in the country. Sansui, recently, announced a strategic partnership with Delhi-based business conglomerate Jaina Group to consolidate its presence in the India and South East Asian markets. The group plans to invest 1000 crores in Indian operations in the next three years and is eyeing a turnover of INR 3500 crore for the Sansui brand in India by FY 2022. Building on its expertise of handling global brands in India, Jaina Group will make Sansui products available through 6000+ retail partners and a robust after sales service network of over 400 service centres, 2250 + certified field engineers and pin code coverage of 96%. The products will also be available through online partners like Flipkart. With a focus on honest and fair pricing and keeping in mind the forthcoming festive season, Sansui’s latest range is priced attractively across product categories. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraSpeaking on the occasion, Pradeep Jain, Managing Director, Jaina Group said, “Jaina Group has been representing global digital brands in India for 25 years through localised solutions. With the Indian appliance and consumer electronics market expected to increase at a nine per cent CAGR to reach Rs 3.15 trillion (US$ 48.37 billion) in 2022, we are confident of growing Sansui’s market share in India and are eyeing double digit market share by FY22. Encouraged by the Finance Minister’s recent announcements aimed at boosting investments and supporting the Make in India initiative, we look forward to making India a global manufacturing hub for Sansui. Our extensive distribution network is our key strength and we will work towards strengthening the channel base further to ensure easy availability and after sales servicing of products across all corners of the country.” Visiting Sansui Executive Lim Jew Tim, Head- Global Licensing said, “India is a key growth market for Sansui and our partnership with the reputed Jaina group reiterates our intention to market our products across the country. We have a long-term commitment towards providing premium products at value for money prices to the end customer in the country and to ensure this we will soon be setting up our manufacturing unit in India in lines with the incentives provided by the Government under the Make In India initiative.” According to Dr Abhishek Garg, Executive Director, Jaina Group and Brand Head, Sansui India, “The video entertainment devices market will especially see a rapid growth and we hope to establish our niche in this segment through our focus on a series of technologically-driven, India specific products.” Through its renowned Japanese technology, Sansui brings the perfect combination of features and aesthetics with its new range of consumer durables and electronics. The range is targeted at millennials, who are brand conscious and have a preference for innovative lifestyle products.
Washington: India needs the S-400 ‘Triumf’ missile defence system and has apprised the Trump administration of its decision to acquire them from Russia, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said, exuding confidence that the US would appreciate its rational. India announced its intention to acquire Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air missile systems in 2015. The delivery contract worth USD 5.43 billion was signed during the visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to India last year. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Senior Trump administration officials have cautioned India that the S-400 deal could attract sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) law that restricts defence purchases from Russia, Iran and North Korea. Responding to a question on the S-400 missile system purchase, Jaishankar, who is here on an official visit, said, “India has made a decision on the S-400 and we have discussed that with the US government. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: Reports “I am reasonably convinced of the powers of my persuasion ,” Jaishankar said, responding to a question from a Russian journalist on the possibility of US sanctions on India under CAATSA if New Delhi goes ahead with its decision to purchase the S-400 missile defence system from Russia. “It would be my hope that people understand why this particular transaction is important for us, so I think of your question to me is hypothetical,” he said, during his appearance at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington DC-based top American think tank. The S-400 ‘Triumf’ is the most advanced long-range air defense missile system that went into service in Russia in 2007. It is designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, including medium-range missiles, and can also be used against ground installations. The S-400 can engage targets at a distance of 400 km and at an altitude of up to 30 kilometres. During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Far East Russian port city of Vladivostok last month, India and Russia decided to start manufacturing spare parts and components for the Russian military equipment in India under transfer of technology and set up joint ventures, as the two strategic partners tried to transform their existing buyer-seller relationship into one of collaboration. Prime Minister Modi and Russian President Putin also pledged to elevate India-Russia partnership to new heights of cooperation. Close cooperation between Russia and India in military and military-technical areas is a key pillar of bilateral and especially privileged strategic partnership, the two leaders said. According to a joint statement, the two countries expressed their commitment to upgrading their defence cooperation, including by fostering joint development and production of military equipment, components and spare parts, improve the after-sales service system. Both countries agreed to take forward ongoing engagement to encourage joint manufacturing in India of spare parts, components, aggregates and other products for maintenance of Russian-origin arms and defence equipment under the Make-in-India programme through transfer of technology and setting up of joint ventures.
New Delhi: Mahatma Gandhi had visited RSS shakha during the time of Partition, interacted with swayamsevaks and expressed joy over their discipline and the absence of divisive feelings over caste and creed among them, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat said.Sangh swayamsevaks recall Gandhi and his values as part of their morning prayer in Shakhas, he said while referring to ‘Ekatmata Stotra’ which is recited in the daily gatherings of its workers. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”Gandhiji… visited a shakha near his place of residence in Delhi during the tragic days of Partition. He spoke to the swayamsevaks in the shakha. Its report was published in the Harijan, dated September 27, 1947. Gandhiji expressed his joy over the discipline of the Sangh swayamsevaks and complete absence of divisive feelings of caste and creed in them,” Bhagwat said in an article posted on the RSS website as the country celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on Wednesday . Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka GandhiGandhi had also visited a Sangh camp near Wardha in 1936 and next day RSS founder Dr Hedgewar met him at his Ashram. The contents of the long question-answer session and discussion are now in public domain, he said. Emphasising on Gandhi’s Swadeshi vision for the country, the RSS chief said the Mahatma gave a thought process that was based on giving India its own identity in all spheres of life but people with “slavish mindset” accepted western set of values as a model. He said Gandhi advocated Swadeshi philosophy as the West, on back of its political power, promoted its systems and lifestyle by distorting education and making others financially dependent. “However, without understanding this, the people with a slavish mindset accepted the western set of values as a model, denouncing our forefathers, pride and culture as inferior and disgraceful and engaged themselves in imitating and flattering the West. Its massive influence is visible in the country’s direction and condition even today,” he said. Gandhi pitched for “reorganisation of Bharat” based on self reliance, he said adding that the Father of the Nation firmly stood for social equality and harmony.
Houston: Thousands of people from all walks of life turned out for the day-long ceremonies here on Wednesday to honour slain Indian-American police officer Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, who was shot dead on duty during a traffic stop. Dhaliwal, 42, was the first Sikh sheriff’s deputy in Harris County with a population of over 10,000 Sikhs. He made national headlines when he was allowed to grow a beard and wear a turban on the job. He was gunned down while conducting a routine mid-day traffic stop in northwest of Houston on Friday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report The fallen deputy’s funeral included processions, a traditional Sikh funeral and a law enforcement funeral with a 21-gun salute from fellow officers and a helicopter flyover. As ‘Amazing Grace’ was played on the bagpipes, members of Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) folded the American flag that covered his casket and Sheriff Ed Gonzalez presented it to Dhaliwal’s widow who clutched it to her heart. After final ceremonies from the law enforcement memorial service, the Dhaliwal family and members of HCSO headed to the Winford Funeral Home for a closed cremation. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests The procession route was lined with blue and white signs reading “Always in Our Hearts,” and “In Loving Memory of Deputy Dhaliwal.” People had posted custom yard signs, billboards and flowers all along the route and in the neighbourhood. At the service, Simratpal Singh, a US Army Captain, flanked by other members of the Sikh community in military service, described Dhaliwal as “humble, fearless, not dissuaded by negativity.” “Our lion may be gone physically but his legacy of selfless service and of breaking down barriers will continue to live,” he said. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaking before thousands during the Sikh part of the ceremony, addressed Dhaliwal’s wife and three children in saying the community “supports you and lifts you up.” “We are grateful for your father’s service, and his sacrifice and his legacy,” Cruz said. Dhaliwal, the father of three, joined the force 10 years back and was the state’s first law enforcement officer to receive permission to wear a religious turban and beard while on duty. Commissioner Adrian Garcia who hired Dhaliwal 10 years ago said the stadium full of people and the deputy’s celebration of life was “fit for a king.” As he addressed Dhaliwal’s father, he said, “Baba, you raised a good man. You raised him with a heart of gold. It is unfair that a father should outlive his son.” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said he doesn’t normally speak at public funerals but he was honoured to be invited to speak at Dhaliwal’s funeral. “Since 2015, we’ve lost 50… 50 men and women of law enforcement in the line of duty and Deputy Dhaliwal was the 50th,” he said. “He (Sandeep) did more in his life than some people do in a hundred years, he added. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said it was “moments like these when we fall on our faith.” “He (Dhaliwal) was the ambassador of all that is good. And the way he died does not erase that,” Turner said. “In a city that happens to be the most diverse in the country, is a city, because of this one person, on this day and hopefully days to come, will be the most unified it has ever been,” added Turner. Gonzalez said Dhaliwal was a trailblazer and wore his Sikh faith on the outside for all to see. “Sandeep was an inspiration to us all and was considered to be one of our finest deputies, with a bright future to match his beautiful bright personality. I will miss the gentle smile and embrace I received each time I saw him,” he said. New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, the nation’s first Sikh state’s attorney general, said Dhaliwal “inspired an entire generation of Sikhs” to join public service. The services on Wednesday followed a candlelight vigil by the sheriff’s office for Dhaliwal on Monday and a 48-hour-long prayer-vigil. Dhaliwal was killed in the town of Cypress after pulling over a vehicle for running a stop sign. Investigators said video from a dashboard camera shows the suspect, 47-year-old Robert Solis, getting out of his car, approaching Dhaliwal from behind and shooting him twice in the head. Police said Solis had a warrant for his arrest on parole violations and likely feared that his arrest would mean a return to prison. Solis, who has been charged with capital murder, was arrested at a nearby grocery parking lot.
New Delhi: A day after protesting outside Sonia Gandhi’s residence here over alleged irregularities in ticket distribution, former Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar on Thursday resigned from all election committees of the party but said he would continue to work as an ordinary party worker. In his letter to Congress president Gandhi, Tanwar said he was stepping down from various committees formed by her for the Haryana assembly elections but would continue to work to strengthen the party as its “ordinary soldier”. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadHe alleged the Congress in Haryana had turned into “Hooda Congress” as those who worked against the party’s interests have been given prominence over those who slogged to strengthen the opposition party in the state. “I am writing this letter with immense pain to inform you that after due consideration and exhausting all available avenues to get my voice heard. I have not been left with any other option but to resign …,” Tanwar said in his letter.
Ranchi: Two policemen were killed when Maoists opened fire on security forces in Ranchi district in Jharkhand on Friday, a senior police officer said. Following a tip that members of the banned CPI (Maoist) group had gathered near Dassam falls between Bundu and Namkum, security forces rushed to the area around 4 am, Additional Director General of Police Murari Lal Meena told PTI. “The Maoists opened fire on the security forces and two of our district jawans suffered bullet injuries. While one jawan was declared brought dead at the hospital, another succumbed during treatment,” the ADGP said. The security forces retaliated but there was no report of any casualty from the other side, Meena said adding search operations are under way.
Bengaluru: The All India HAL Trade Unions Coordination Committee (AIHALTUCC) has issued an indefinite strike notice effective from October 14, at all the nine locations of HAL with regard to settlement of wage revision effective from January 1, 2017. Earlier on June 26, 2019, the anomalies in the demands of AIHALTUCC were brought to the public through a media release and sought the co-operation of the unions based on “realistic and affordable expectations”, HAL said in a statement on Friday. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra The AIHALTUCC without realising the various limitations such as guidelines issued by DPE has decided to resort to an indefinite strike to fulfil their “untenable demands” and the “unreasonability” of their demands has been brought out in a number of meetings, the company claimed. The management is open for discussions and conclusion of wage revision effective from January 1, 2017 can be achieved only with the cooperation of the unions based on realistic and affordable expectations/demands, it said. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days The proposed indefinite strike by the unions would neither be in the interest of the organisation nor the employees, HAL claimed. “Management has brought out that acceding to unrealistic and unsustainable demands would, while on the one hand contravene Government’s guidelines and also impact the competitiveness of the company,” the statement said. In line with the extant statutory provisions, the proposed strike will be tantamount to illegal strike and workmen bound to loose various company benefits, HAL said.
Mumbai: Ali Fazal’s Hollywood journey started way back in 2015 with a special appearance in “Furious 7” and the actor slowly moved to playing a pivotal part opposite Judi Dench in “Victoria & Abdul”. Fazal, who has started shooting for Kenneth Branagh’s “Death on the Nile”, says while signing a project in the West, his endeavour has always been to not get slotted in cliche Indian parts. “I’m not giving back-to-back auditions for too many films. I make sure to not slip into the cliche parts where an Indian just plays a maharaja. Not to dumb-grade those parts, but then it becomes a type. I don’t want to fall into a zone,” the actor told PTI in an interview. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger Fazal adds his criterion stays the same for Indian projects as well. “Even in India, I’m constantly trying to break my image. Sometimes it doesn’t work in my favour as I’m not a guy with an image or I’m still not a guy who is bankable enough. So it has pros and cons.” In “Death on the Nile”, which marks Branagh’s second film adaptation of an Agatha Christie novel after “Murder on the Orient Express”, the actor plays one of the leads. The movie also features Hollywood stars Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Sophie Okonedo, Tom Bateman and Russell Brand. Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up Fazal says he is excited about the project as his character was not a part of the original book or the 1978 movie adaptation and the writers developed the part especially for this film. “There was no presence of a character from another country in the original book, or even in the first film. That’s why I really admire the diverse nature of the cast. I’m very excited. My accent is very different in the film. I have to work really hard.” The actor, who is in the UK since last month preparing for his part in the film, calls the project a “tough task”. “The whole film is on the cruise in the Nile. So it is going to be adventurous. But also it has a lovely cast,” he adds. Fazal believes the debate around the diversity in cinema has acted as a catalyst to the ever-growing presence of India and Asian artistes in Hollywood films. Referencing to legendary actor Marlon Brando’s decision to decline the best actor Academy Award in 1973 for his performance in “The Godfather” over “virtually no representation” of Native Americans, Fazal says these conversations should continue. “I believe both we and the conditioning we are living with should keep changing. It only reminds me of a time when Marlon Brando refused the Oscar and people booed him. People actually didn’t like what he did. But he talked about things that we are now discussing. “Now we have started to talk about how people of colour are treated or depicted. These conversations should happen all the time, be it on the political level or artistic level,” he says. “Death on the Nile” will be shot across London and parts of Europe.
New Delhi: Unsafe abandonment — including instances of infants found left in the open — diarrhoea and acute respiratory infections are among the leading causes of death of 776 children in specialised adoption agencies across India over the last three years, government agency CARA has said. Other reasons for the deaths of the children in the age group of 0-6 in SAAs, run both by state governments and NGOs, are pre-term birth complications and congenital anomalies, the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) said in response to an RTI query by PTI. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkIn July this year, Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani said in response to a question in the Lok Sabha that 776 children had died over the last three years in specialised adoption agencies (SAAs). According to data given in reply to PTI’s RTI query, of the 434 SAAs, 355 are run by NGOs and 79 by governments in various states. The deaths were reported from 44 government-run SAAs run and 283 SAAs run by the NGOs, the CARA said. According to an official, the SAAs have 7,074 children, some who have been orphaned or abandoned and some who have families but placed in the care of the adoption institutes. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: ReportsThe deaths would, therefore, account for 10 per cent of the total number of children in the institutions. The highest, 124 children deaths, at the SAAs between April 1, 2016, to July 8 this year were reported from Uttar Pradesh followed by Bihar at 107 and Maharashtra at 81, according to the RTI reply. In many cases, a senior official said, the children were brought to the SAAs in such a tenuous health condition that their chances of survival were very bleak. “Even if they were brought to the agency in time, they were extremely vulnerable to diseases and could not survive despite treatment,” the official said. A caregiver at a specialised adoption agency in central Delhi added that they have received babies who were found after 48 hours of being abandoned. Once, he said, a two-day-old child was found in a pool of water after a long night of rain in the city. “By the time he was brought in, he had developed severe pneumonia and passed away in a couple of hours,” he said.