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India and United States to join hands for making of 6 nuclear plants in India


India and the United States took a big decision on Wednesday as both the nation gave a nod to strengthening the security and civil nuclear cooperation. It was also finalized that six U.S. nuclear power plants will be made in India. The news came out as a joint statement from the two countries, after two days of the talks in Washington. It is very clear that under the leadership of President Donald Trump, the United States is all set to sell more energy products to India, the world third-largest oil buying nation.

The talks were between Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and the US undersecretary of state Andrea Thompson and were related to the international security and arms trade.

The joint statement read as, “They committed to strengthen bilateral security and civil nuclear cooperation, including the establishment of six U.S. nuclear power plants in India.”

However, there were no details about the nuclear plants included in the statement.
It’s been over 10 years that the US has been discussing the matter of supplying nuclear energy to India. It was the Indian liability rules which causes as an obstacles as they were believed to being against the international norms. As per the norms any cost related to any accident that occurs, is debited to the operator of the plant and not the maker.

For last six years, Pittsburg based Westinghouse was trying to negotiate with India for building nuclear reactors in India, however, the process was slow paced. The Westinghouse ran into bankruptcy and was later purchased by Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management in 2018. The Westinghouse thus resurrected and gained favor from US Energy Secretary Rick Perry seeking its goal to make six AP1000 reactors in Andhra Pradesh.

With these reactors in place, India will have its nuclear energy tripled by 2024.

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Tanishaa Mukerji faces racism in the US, opens about it in a post


Bollywood film actress and sister of Kajol, Tanishaa Mukerji has gained limelight recently because of an incident that involved her in the US. Tanishaa Mukherjee, who has been a part of the film projects like Tango Charlie, Sarkar and Sarkar Raj was attending an American charity event, CRY, where an African-American employee made an insensitive and racist remark on the actress.

The actress, during an interview with a leading media house, said that, “I don’t understand what triggered it as I was polite, but he turned rude. One of the employees, an African-American, said that we looked as if we were fresh off the boat and couldn’t speak English. That was insulting and blatantly racist. My friends and I were shocked. It’s traumatic to experience this kind of racism in the US; I have never faced it earlier.”

The actress said that she seeked help from the officials at the hotel, however was refused. Tanishaa even tried to record the whole argument but the staff stopped her from doing that as well. “I was trying to record the incident on my camera. The video I posted online ends abruptly because the guy stopped me and told me to switch my recorder off. It’s unfortunate when you experience something like this in a land that stands for rights and liberty. I am saddened that an African-American behaved like this, considering they have experienced discrimination themselves.”

Tanishaa expressed her disappointment over Twitter and wrote, “Shiftiest place ever.! Racist horrible people @JaneHotelNYC.”

It is not the first time that Indian celebrities are at the receiving end of racism in US. Many times before as well, people have had horrible incidents with the crowd of the US and their racist mentality.

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I draw inspiration from my Children, says Sussanne Khan


Sussanne Khan, an interior designer, entrepreneur and ex-wife of Hrithik Roshan says that she has received constant support from her mother and sisters, who play a vital role in her life. However, Sussanne does not keep from adding that it is her children that give her the strength and motivation. Sussanne has two sons with her marriage with Hrithik Roshan, Hridhaan and Hrehaan. The tow tie the knot in 2000 and after 14 years of blissful marriage, end their nuptial bond in 2014. But, despite dissolving the marriage, the two hold an amicable bond which is worth experiencing.

“My mum (Zarine) and sisters (Farah Khan Ali and Simone Arora) have been key players in my life and more importantly my careers,” Sussanne told leading news daily.

She also added that “Also, my boys give me all the inspiration I’ll ever need,” She said that she stands in support of the statement given by famous actor Ben Affleck that the kids should never pay the price of the fame.

“You have to let kids be kids. Robbing them of their childhood and/or adolescence is not fair,” she added.

When asked about her way of balancing both professional and personal life, Sussanne said.

“Drawing a line between work and home is something I strongly advocate for. Only by keeping that balance in check can you continue to be inspired at work and at peace at home.”

Talking about her career, she said: “I’m extremely grateful for the way my career has panned out. My journey thus far has been satisfying and especially as the Style Editor for The Label Life, curating The Power Dressing Edit, knowing we are catering to the modern Indian women.”

Sussanne also had a message for women entrepreneur. She says, “Always speak out. Even if what you think is a bad idea, always voice it. You never know who you may inspire and what that one seed idea can blossom into.”

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Latest EPF judgement by Supreme Court may affect take home salary


Earlier this month supreme court passed a judgement wherein all the allowances that are given to employees as a part of salary are to be merged with basic salary. This judgement by Supreme Court is surely going to hit the take home salary of employees. Not only employees are going to be affected but the company owners also are going to pay heavy price for the same.

All these allowances are going to be taken into consideration while computing EPF. Only those allowances can be left out which are variable in nature like overtime allowance. On one hand where take home salary is going to be affected, employees can be happy about the fact that there is going to be handsome savings to lead a life after retirement.
The equal percentage i.e. 12% of basic salary has to be invested in EPF account by both employee as well as employer. However those who are earning more than 15000 or whose EPF deduction is already been made at 15000 need not worry about the take-home salary as no deduction can be made beyond 15000.

Supreme Court has announced this verdict after analysing that most of the firms do not include these allowances to avoid paying larger EPF amount. This way they try to keep employees happy by increasing their take-home salary but on the other hand, they do it with a motive of decreasing the cost to the company.

The case between Regional provident firm commissioner, West Bengal and Vivekananda Vidya Mandir has been going for a long time and the Supreme Court after hearing lot of petitions has finally come to this conclusion.

It is to be seen that how employees are going to take this verdict of the Supreme Court.
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All Indian films and advertisement contents to be banned in Pakistan amid the tensions with India


In the wake of the recent events, Pakistan has banned the screening of all Bollywood films in the country. The action came after the IAF claimed to have invaded the borders of the neighboring country and destroying the prime camps of JEM, terrorist organization.

The confirmation of a counter attack was made by the Pakistan government on Wednesday in which Pakistan claimed that they have shot down two Indian jets in a raid in Indian-administered Kashmir. The Pakistan government also confirmed that they have captured one pilot of IAF, the videos of which were soon available on social media and other online platforms.

Amid the tensions rising on both side of the borders, the Pakistan’s Film Exhibitors Association has decided that it would completely boycott Indian content. The country’s information minister, Fawad Chaudhary, on Tuesday declared that in the wake of the recent events and strikes, “No Indian movies will be released in Pakistan.” He posted the same on Twitter.

He also instructed PEMRA, Pakistan’s Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, to restrict airing any Indian advertisements on any Pakistani Channel.
“In light of the prevailing situation, and in solidarity with the government, the film exhibitors fraternity has volunteered to focus on local content till the normalization of the current situation in the region,” Zoraiz Lashari, chairperson of the Film Exhibitors Association, said in a statement.

“We believe art and film is a universal language that transcends borders and brings people closer. We hope we can all play a positive role in reducing tensions, and supporting policies that bring peace and prosperity to the people of the entire region,” he added.

A similar action was taken by the Indian film and art fraternity after the Pulwama attack. The All Indian Cine Workers Association announced a ban on Pakistani actors saying, “If any organization insists on working with Pakistani artists, it will be banned by AICWA and a strong action will be taken against them. Nation comes first, we stand with our nation.”

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Bhumi Pednekar talks about her role in Takht on the occasion of completing 4 years in Bollywood


Bhumi Pednekar is a big name in the Bollywood with some of the biggest hits including Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, and more. She debuted in the Bollywood with her film Dum Laga Ke Haisha and never looked back since. The actress is all set to enjoy her 5 key releases n the year 2019 which would start with her upcoming film Sonchiraiya. The actress just complete her 4 years in the Bollywood industry and talking to a leading media house, talked about her journey so far.

The Dum Laga Ke Haisha famed actress was quoted saying, “It’s giving me goosebumps. I’ve always wanted to be an actor as this is the only thing I know how to do but since I don’t belong to a film family, I wasn’t sure. But my parents gave me a good education and the freedom to follow my dreams. Dum Laga Ke Haisha set the ball rolling and Toilet: Ek Prem Katha took it a notch higher. I lost my father a few years ago before I became an actor and today, I think he’s my guardian angel, guiding my career. All the characters I’ve played so far have been diversely different, none of them are from a rich background but they have been rich in emotions.”

Bhumi will also be a part of the star cast of Karan Johar’s big production Takht. She talked about her role in the film and said, “I can’t talk about it except to say there’s a project in which you will see me be the most modern I can be. Also, in Karan Johar’s Takht, I will look the richest you have seen me. Karan has made me Mughal-rich.”
She is all excited about her upcoming release Sonchiraiya in which she will share the screen with Sushant Singh Rajput, Ashutosh Rana, and Manoj Bajpayee.

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I am sad that it took Pulwama attack for Bollywood to ban Pakistani artists, Babul Supriyo


Babul Supriyo a former member of the Bollywood fraternity, BJP leader and Union minister expressed his anger towards the Bollywood for not keeping its promise when the movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, featuring Pakistani actor Fawad Khan was released. Babul took to its Twitter handle and said that there was a meeting organized by him which included Home Minister Rajnath Singh and some of the powerful personalities from the Bollywood, but sadly, Bollywood failed to keep to its promise.  “Sadly, it took a Pulwama tragedy for them to act,” he tweeted.

During the release, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil created a stir when Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) declared a total ban on the movie and said that they won’t let it release in Mumbai.
The statement from Babul came after All Indian Cine Workers Association (AICWA) declared a complete ban on Pakistani artists and said that anyone collaborating with celebrities from Pakistan would have to bear the consequences. The announcement was made after the Pulawama attack in Jammu occurred in which over 42 Jawans martyred. The attack is claimed as the worst terror attack which was taken responsibility by Jaish-e-Mohammed.

Some leaders from BJP as well as social media users demanded a complete ban on Pakistani artists in Bollywood after the heinous terror attacks.

Some similar kind of reaction is also experienced from people across the world, who have requested BCCI to boycott Pakistan in the upcoming World Cup match. BCCI however has released a statement that they will update after they receive a statement from the government, they however said that they would definitely agree to whatever the Government will decide.

BJP leader and minister in Yogi Adityanath cabinet Chetan Chauhan has however said that Indian should take part in all series of matches including the ones with Pakistan, however, should refrain from entertaining any bi-lateral series with the neighboring country.

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I was initially worried about her rise in Bollywood, says Priyanka Chopra’s mother


Priyanka Chopra was crowned Miss World after which she decided to start her career as an actress in Bollywood. Her first three films, Andaaz, Aitraaz and Mujhse Shadi Karogi were a major hit and since then, the actress has given many amazing hits to her fans. Recently, Madhu Chopra, Priyanka Chopra’s mother was talking to the press wherein she said that seeing her daughter grow at such a rapid speed was worrisome for her in the beginning. “There were times when I had doubts, if this is the right way she’s going. She was moving so fast. She was on a rocket propelled move. I thought she’s missing out on some aspects of her life because she’s so dedicated to her career, profession and her craft. As I saw her evolve, I started enlisting. Only in the initial days I was worried. Later, I was with her in her trajectory,” said Madhu Chopra.

Priyanka and her mother Madhu Chopra are the co-owners of Purple Pebble Pictures, a production house that will soon release the movie Fireband. The movie will be launched on Netflix platform. Lately, Priyanka has been more involved in her projects with Hollywood and her last movie in Bollywood was Jai Gangajal, released in 2016. However, she is active as a producer and films like Ventilator, Sarvann and Pahuna are a few of her production ventures.

“They said ‘Priyanka is in America how she is making films here?’ But Priyanka knows how to do things and is very up to date with gadgets, so remote controlling your company isn’t tough. The difficulty then was people taking you seriously. After Ventilator, people realized we mean business. Our films have been very well received. It was our mandate that regions should get a platform, all India or global,” Madhu Chopra added.

Priyanka’s next Bollywood film would be The Sky is Pink. However, last week her Hollywood movie Isn’t It Romantic was released which will be available on Netflix India from 28th February.

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Shanaya Kapoor to take up the role of an assistant director


Sanjay and Mahdeep Kapoor’s daughter Shanaya Kapoor is all set to make her decut in the big Bollywood Industry. However, unlike her cousins Sonam, Arjun & Jahnavi Kapoor, Shanaya won’t be seen acting on the big screen. In fact, she will take her responsibility behind the scenes. In an Instagram post, Sanjay and Mahdeep has broken the news that Shanaya has been selected for the role of assistant director for an upcoming project. The shooting for the particular project has already started in Lucknow. The parents did not spill the beans on the project, however, they wished a very good luck to their daughter. While Sanjay wrote on Instagram, “All the best Shanaya #newbeginnings #newjourney,” Mahdeep was all full of throwback photographs of Shanaya and captioned the post as, ‘My baby’s gone to Lucknow for two weeks #MissYouAlready #AssistantDirectorsLife #LoveYou #ProudMama.”

There was a rain of congratulatory messages, including ones from Malaika Arora, Delnaaz Irani, Amrita Arora and Navya Naveli Nanda.

Sanjay Kapoor and Mahdeep Kapoor have two siblings and Shanaya is the elder one. Their second child, Jahaan is 13 years old. Sanjay was spotted expressing Shanaya’s interest in Bollywood, but he never explained or admitted that she would be doing acting or not.

Shanaya, Suhana Khan (daughter of Shah Rukh Khan) and Ananya Pandey (Chunky Pandey’s daughter) are three good friends. While Ananya is all set for her debut movie, Student of the Year 2, to release in a few months, Suhana too aspires to act on the big screen.

It is not the first time that an offspring of the Kapoor family is working behind the camera. Even Sonam Kapoor started her career as assistant director with Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Black. Similarly, Arjun Kapoor was an assistant to Nikhil Advani for Kal Ho Naa Ho and Salaam-e-Ishq, before coming on screen with Ishaqzaade.

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