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To come back in power, BJP has to build Ram Mandir: Hindu priest threatens to withdraw support

06 Jun,2018 Politics

NEW DELHI: There seems to be no end to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s troubles. On one hand, the Opposition is gaining footage with every passing poll, on the other hand, some of the party’s supporting organisations are pressing on the issue of Ram Mandir.

“If they (BJP) want to come in power again (in 2019) then they have to build the Ram Temple, else we will start a movement and make sure they are defeated,” Mahant Paramhans Das, a priest in Uttar Pradesh’s Chawani Temple told ANI.

Das’ was reacting to Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi statement.

Naqvi had earlier claimed that development will be the only issue for BJP in 2019 elections, further adding that Hindutva and Ram Mandir are not the primary issues for the saffron party.

“Today our government has made development as the mood of the nation. We have made development, a people’s movement. Prime Minister Modi has become ‘Vikas Nayak’ for the people of the country,” the minister said.

Naqvi further added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been the “biggest victim of political intolerance” and from Gujarat to Delhi “political conspiracies” were hatched against him by “frustrated forces” who have been defeated by the people of the country.

The Hindu Yuva Vahini, a youth wing formed by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, also reportedly threatened to cut off contact with BJP if building the Ram Mandir ceases to be one of the primary issues.

They added that the recent defeat in by-elections is due to the party’s slow move over the construction of Ram Mandir.

Clean India: Government launches sanitary pads at only Rs 2.50

06 Jun,2018 Business

Bringing yet another innovation in spreading cleanliness and hygiene, the government introduced sanitary pads that will be sold at Rs 2.50 on Monday, June 4. This is pad is also environment-friendly. Under the Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi project, the pad will be sold all over the country.

Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh L Mandavia told reporters in New Delhi that these sanitary pads, called Oxo-biodegradable facility, will be available at 3,600 Drug Centers across the country. This center is spread across 33 States and Union Territories.

The minister said that the price of these pads has been kept low for better reach and usage. In the market where the available pads are generally priced at Rs 8 per unit, the cost of the four unit packs is Rs 10.

The minister also added that the pad will help women of poor classes to maintain their basic needs related to cleanliness. He also said that competition from the new cheap pad market will increase and other companies can also reduce their prices.

Bepannah 5 June 2018 Full Episode Written Update: Rajvir Finds Out About Zoya and Aditya’s Whereabouts

06 Jun,2018 Entertainment

In yesterday’s episode of Bepannah, Aditya starts to feel very thirsty while being in the jungle. Zoya finds a pond and helps Aditya drink water. On the other side, the bankers reach Zosh Company and order to seal it. The employees plead for being given some more time but the bankers are reluctant in accepting their requests and further seal the company.
Aditya finds a phone booth and makes a call to Arjun. A police officer happens to stand beside Arjun while he attends the call thinking that it is Aditya who had called. Aditya also, very smartly, talks in Sheikh’s tone, tells his location in code language and easily fools the police officer while Arjun knows that it is Aditya on the line. Arjun cracks the code and comes to know that Aditya was in Badlapur. Rajvir tracks Aditya’s and Arjun’s phone call and is also able to know Aditya’s location. Aditya and Zoya find a tea stall and buy something to eat. Arjun is trying to get out of his house in order to reach Zoya and Aditya but the police don’t allow him to leave.
Zoya and Aditya see a car coming their way. Zoya assumes that it was Arjun’s car but Aditya tells him that it wasn’t Arjun and they both realise it is Rajvir. Zoya and Aditya again start running away and enter the jungle. While trying to find a place to hide Zoya’s foot gets stuck in a trap that is usually placed for animal hunting. Aditya helps Zoya to get out of it and further carries Zoya in his arms and continues to run.
Zoya and Aditya reach a place which looked busy as people could be seen around. They find a house where they could see no one and so they decide to go there to hide. Rajvir reaches the same place and orders the police to look everywhere for Aditya and Zoya.

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Sean Penn’s debut novel is trashed by critics

Sean Penn’s debut novel is trashed by critics

28 Mar,2018 Lifestyle

Sean Penn has written his first novel and it probably won’t be going down as the best book ever written.

Critics have slated Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, which is about a hitman working for US intelligence.

The book also references a fictional president, who is described as a “violently immature 70-year-old boy-man”.

It concludes with an epilogue that calls the #MeToo movement “a toddler’s crusade”.

“Cloaked in crazy”

Publicity for the novel describes Bob Honey as a “contract killer for an off-the-books program[me] run by a branch of US intelligence that targets the elderly, the infirm and others who drain this consumption-driven society of its resources.”

It has been described by the New York Times as “a riddle wrapped in an enigma and cloaked in crazy”. In his review, Jeff Giles says he had to “survive” reading the novel.

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Pleased to discover the new Sean Penn “novel” is all I’d dreamed it would be. 

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This was also reflected by The Huffington Post, whose critic Claire Fallon writes: “It’s physically impossible to dunk on a novel that is already dunking on itself so hard.”

Critics were keen to pick up on Mr Landlord, a character that could be a thinly veiled dig at Donald Trump.

He is described as a “violently immature 70-year-old boy-man with money and French vanilla cotton candy hair”.

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Everyone except Sean Penn will enjoy reading this book review. 

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Sean Penn, Satirist, Swings at America in a Wild Debut Novel

The actor spares no one in “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff,” about a hired killer (maybe) and politics (for sure): “We are a nation in need of an assassin.”

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Writing for Entertainment Weekly, David Canfield tries to explain Penn’s reasoning.

“Penn, like Bob, is a Baby Boomer, and it’s hard not to read the book as his loud, angry, absurdist response to the state of the world,” he writes.

The book also switches, without warning, between poetry and prose, while the epilogue contains an entire poem.

It calls #MeToo the “infantilising term of the day” and asks where all the “laughs” have gone.

Not everyone was disappointed with the book. British novelist Sir Salman Rushdie is quoted as saying it was “great fun to read“.

Penn, 57, won Oscars for his roles in Mystic River and Milk and also starred in such films as Dead Man Walking and Fast Times at Ridgemont High.