Friday, 29 January 2021

Dr Mohan Babu’s Son Of India First Look Unveiled

Dr Mohan Babu’s Son Of India First Look Unveiled
Dr Mohan Babu's Son Of India First Look Unveiled
Dr Mohan Babu's Son Of India First Look Unveiled

One of Indian cinema’s most versatile actors, Dr. Mohan Babu, who has an in-depth knowledge of each department in filmmaking, is playing a never-seen-before powerful role, besides providing the screenplay for his ambitious project Son Of India.

The first look poster of the film has been dropped today and it presents Dr. Mohan Babu in an intense avatar with wrath in his eyes. He is seen wearing rudraksha mala here.

It is evident that Mohan Babu tries a completely different getup with a new hairdo and even grew a beard for the role. Needless to say, it is one of the best looks of Mohan Babu in his decades of a film career and the first look poster raised expectations on the film to the next level.

Directed by Diamond Ratnababu, the storyline and genre are the first of their kind in Tollywood. It's the joint production venture of Sree Lakshmi Prasanna Pictures and 24 Frames Factory.

Vishnu Manchu's wife and Mohan Babu's daughter-in-law Viranica Manchu turns stylist with the film and she will be presenting Mohan Babu in a completely new avatar.

Maestro Ilayaraja scores music for the film, while Sarvesh Murari is the cinematographer.

The film has dialogues by Diamond Ratnababu and Thotapalli Sainath. Suddala Ashoka Teja pens lyrics, while Gautham Raju is the editor and Chinna is the art director.

Cast: Dr M Mohan Babu
Story And Director: Diamond Ratnababu
Screenplay: Dr M Mohan Babu
Producer: Vishnu Manchu
Banners: Sree Lakshmi Prasanna Pictures and 24 Frames Factory
Music Director: Maestro Ilayaraja
DOP: Sarvesh Murari
Dialogues: Diamond Ratnababu and Thotapalli Sainath
Stylist (Dr M Mohan Babu): Viranica Manchu
Lyrics: Suddala Ashoka Teja
Art Director: Chinna
Editor: Gautham Raju
PRO: Vamsi Shekar

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Kerala CM’s name will be decided by the party: Ramesh Chennithala

Kerala CM’s name will be decided by the party: Ramesh Chennithala

Kerala CM's name will be decided by the party: Ramesh Chennithala
Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 29 (SocialNews.XYZ) Leader of Opposition and senior Congress leader, Ramesh Chennithala, has said the Chief Minister’s post will be decided by the party only after the upcoming Kerala Assembly elections.

Chennithala said he does not have any issues even if he is not considered for any post and added that he is a disciplined foot soldier of the party and his only aim is to bring the party and the United Democratic Front (UDF) back to power in the state.

He spoke exclusively to IANS on the eve of his “Aishwarya Kerala Yatra” which he will be taking out from Kasargod in the northern part of the state to the capital Thiruvananthapuram which will conclude on February 26 after covering 140 Assembly constituencies of the state. Excerpts:

Q: There are reports that after former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy was reinstated as the Chairman of the Supervisory Committee of the Congress Election Committee there are chances of his becoming the Chief Minister if the Congress and the UDF come to power. Your comments on this?

A: Congress does not decide on the Chief Minister’s post before the election results are announced and former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has made it clear that he is the Chairman of the Supervisory Committee of the Congress for the upcoming Kerala Assembly elections. I am a disciplined foot soldier of the Congress party. My only aim is to bring the party back to power in the state and I am not bothered even if I am not considered for any post.

Q: Kerala government has referred the Solar sex scandal case to the CBI in which a woman had lodged a complaint against former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and other Congress leaders. Is this political vendetta?

A: This is nothing other than political vendetta. This case was investigated by the Vigilance department of the Kerala police and three Director Generals of Police (DGPs) had investigated this case and had not found any evidence against Oomen Chandy or other Congress leaders.

Communist Party Of India (Marxist) is indulging in political vendetta and is using the central agency to settle scores with the opposition leaders. How come the CPM which has been crying foul over the CBI investigating several other cases against their own leaders have referred this case to the same investigating agency. This shows the CPM’s mindset of vengeance against political opponents.

Q: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has clarified that there is no political vendetta and it was the aggrieved woman petitioning the government for a CBI inquiry?

A: This is the ‘joke of the year’. The current Left Democratic Front (LDF) government had a full five years to conduct the investigation, however, they did conduct it and did not find an iota of evidence.

This government never conducted a CBI investigation when two minor sisters committed suicide after they were raped in Walayar. Two Youth Congress workers Kripesh and Sarath Lal were butchered by the CPM men and this government went to appeal even in the Supreme court spending crores of rupees on prominent lawyers against the Kerala High Court ordering a CBI inquiry in the case.

No one will believe the statement of Pinarayi Vijayan that he had referred this case to the CBI only because of the petition from the affected woman. This is political vendetta at its peak.

Q: You are taking out a yatra from Kasargod in the northern part of the state to Thiruvananthapuram from January 31 to February 26 covering all the 140 Assembly constituencies. What are the major planks of your yatra?

A: I am taking out the “Aishwarya Kerala Yatra” to connect with the people of the state and to explain to them about the misrule and corruption that took place in the state for the past five years under the CPM government of Pinarayi Vijayan.

We are all for a transparent and people-friendly government and will explain to the people about our priorities of development. We want the people of the state to live in communal harmony and peace and prevent political killings, violence and lock-up murders. So our aim is for a prosperous Kerala and is titled “Aishwarya Kerala Yatra” for a prosperous Kerala.

Q: The CPM State Secretary A. Vijayaraghavan has in a press conference on Tuesday said that your visit to meet the Muslim League State President was to bring communal elements into the mainstream; your comments on this?

A: Vijayaraghavan is turning highly communal. Muslim League is the second largest constituent in the UDF after the Kerala Congress, and I and Oommen Chandy meeting the State President of the Muslim League at his residence is a natural phenomenon. People of Kerala know what Muslim League stands for and Vijayaraghavan and CPM are now fanning Hindu communalism and this is the language of the Hindu fanatics.

The CPM is now entering into a political alliance in Tamil Nadu with the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and the Muslim League so how can he speak like this. The CPM is a political party which thrives on such blatant lies and doublespeak.

Q: Will Congress spring some surprises in the list of candidates in the upcoming Kerala Assembly elections?

A: We have not entered into seat sharing discussions and there are broader inputs and studies on the probable candidates to be fielded in each Assembly constituencies. I can tell you that we will have several new faces and winnability is the only criteria as far as the Congress is concerned. Our leader Rahul Gandhi has already told this to the party state office bearers.

Q: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has been given the responsibility to prepare the Congress election manifesto. This is for the first time that he has been given such a responsibility by the Kerala state Congress. Will he be projected as the next Chief Minister?

A: Shashi Tharoor is a senior leader of the Congress and is a three-time Member of Parliament from Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency. The party is using his expertise and exposure in various fields to prepare the election manifesto.

He will be travelling across the state to meet people and finalise an election manifesto based on the feedback from students, youths, professionals, women and all sections of the society. As far as the Chief Minister’s post is concerned, Congress is a party which decides on the Chief Minister only after the election results and the party high command will finalise the name after taking feedback from elected legislators.

Q: Rahul Gandhi is a Member of Parliament from Wayanad in Kerala. Will he be actively involved in electioneering in the state?

A: Of course, both Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi will be actively participating in the campaigning for the Assembly elections. We will be focusing on the ‘Nyay’ proposal put forward by Rahul Gandhi to benefit the poorest of the poor s and our campaign will revolve around that.

Our leader Rahul Gandhi will be participating in my Kerala yatra and address people in the concluding session. The presence of both these leaders will give a major boost to the electioneering of the Congress in the state.

Source: IANS

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Myanmar faces threat of military coup

Myanmar faces threat of military coup

Myanmar faces threat of military coup
By Aarti Tikoo Singh

New Delhi/Naypyitaw, Jan 29 (SocialNews.XYZ) Just two months after Aung Sun Suu Kyis National League for Democracy (NLD) swept the general elections in Myanmar, the largest country in mainland Southeast Asia is facing the threat of a military coup.

The military-backed opposition Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) in Myanmar has disputed the results of the general elections held on November 8 last year, in which the NLD secured way above the 322 seats required to form the government. It was the second general polls since 2011, when the military rule ended in the country.

Earlier this week, the army had warned that it will take action if the complaints about “election fraud” were not addressed. It also hinted at the possibility of a coup.

Sources on Friday told IANS that a military coup appeared to be a likely outcome given China’s grip over the internal situation in the country.

Myanmar’s military junta, which ruled the country through the 90s and 2000s, has had the backing of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). After a long struggle against the military regime for nearly two decades, Suu Kyi led Myanmar’s transition to a partial democracy in the last five years.

Suu Kyi, a former Nobel laureate, however, faced widespread criticism from the West when her government expelled around 700,000 Rohingya Muslims accused of perpetrating Islamist terrorism and propagating separatism. In a case filed by a group of Islamic countries at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, she has been accused of genocide of Rohingyas.

However, her government, whose survival depends on the military, not only stood by the army, but also began engaging Beijing to secure investments. For China, Myanmar is of strategic importance due to its access to the Indian Ocean, the main route for China’s oil imports from the Middle East.

Beijing is keen on the development of overland routes for oil and gas pipelines via the Kyaukphyu special economic zone (SEZ) and deep-sea port, which will allow it to bypass the South China Sea where the US and Japan are challenging its sovereignty.

While New Delhi has been interested in Myanmar’s entry into Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) grouping against Beijing, China seems to have extended its backing to the military in Myanmar, amid the rapidly evolving situation in the region.

India and China remain locked in a stand-off along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh since last year, while Washington-Beijing relations also deteriorated over their bilateral trade and later over the coronavirus pandemic, which originated in Wuhan city of Hubei province in China.

On Friday, Australia, the sharpest critic of the Chinese government, along with other democracies including the UK and the US, warned Myanmar’s military against staging a coup.

A joint statement from the diplomatic missions in Myanmar, said, “We urge the military, and all other parties in the country, to adhere to democratic norms and we oppose any attempt to alter the outcome of the elections or impede Myanmar’s democratic transition.”

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has also issued a statement, calling on “all actors to desist from any form of incitement or provocation, demonstrate leadership, and to adhere to democratic norms and respecting the outcome of the November 8 general election. All electoral disputes should be resolved through established legal mechanisms”.

Source: IANS

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Category : Defence,Diplomacy,National,Politics,Security,South Asia,Top

Teaser of Megastar Chiranjeevi-Koratala Siva’s ‘Acharya’ creates a sensation, Film to release worldwide on May 13

Teaser of Megastar Chiranjeevi-Koratala Siva’s ‘Acharya’ creates a sensation, Film to release worldwide on May 13
Teaser of Megastar Chiranjeevi-Koratala Siva's 'Acharya' creates a sensation, Film to release worldwide on May 13
Teaser of Megastar Chiranjeevi-Koratala Siva's 'Acharya' creates a sensation, Film to release worldwide on May 13

Our tradition believes in ‘Acharya Devo Bhava’. For a change, Megastar Chiranjeevi is saying ‘Acharya Raksho Bhava’. If you want to know why the beloved actor is saying it so powerfully, you have to watch ‘Acharya’, the team of the most-awaited movie says.

Featuring the Megastar in the titular role, the film is directed by star director Koratala Siva. Presented by Smt. Surekha Konidela, it is produced by Ram Charan and Niranjan Reddy on Konidela Production Company and Matinee Entertainment. Its teaser was released on January 29. With Mega Power Star Ram Charan’s voice-over, it is superb. If Chiranjeevi is in the titular role, Mega Power Star Ram Charan will be seen as Siddha, yet another powerful character in the movie. Expectations from ‘Acharya’ are sky-high because it’s coming in the combination of the father-son duo. Mega fans are extremely eager to watch the Chiranjeevi-Charan combination on the silver screen.

‘ఇతరుల కోసం జీవించేవారు దైవంతో సమానం. మరి అలాంటి వారి జీవితాలే ప్రమాదంలో పడితే, ఆ దైవమే వచ్చి కాపాడాల్సిన పని లేదు.’

‘పాఠాలు చెప్పే అలవాటు లేకపోయినా, అందరూ ఎందుకు ఆచార్య అని అంటుంటారు, బహుశా గుణపాఠాలు చెబుతాననేమో’

The above lines in the action-packed teaser are a highlight. They suggest that Acharya will be doing heroic things for the protection of Dharmasthali. The phrases ‘ఆచార్య దేవోభవ’ and ‘ఆచార్య రక్షోభవ’ are heard in the background. Mani Sharma’s background score is a big asset.

‘Acharya’ is now in the filming phase. A huge set has been erected at Kokapet in Hyderabad. The temple set we see in the teaser was set up here. This is the biggest temple set in India. Tirru is the cinematographer. Kajal Aggarwal is playing a female lead.

The film will release in theatres in a big way on May 13 all over the world.

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CBI raid at magician P.C. Sorcar ‘s Kolkata residence

CBI raid at magician  P.C. Sorcar ‘s Kolkata residence

CBI raid at magician  P.C. Sorcar 's Kolkata residence

Kolkata, Jan 29 (SocialNews.XYZ) A team of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials on Friday carried out a raid at the house of noted magician P.C. Sorcar Junior in connection with the probe probe into Tower Group’s chitfund scam.

According to sources, federal investigation agency sleuths raided the premises of the magician’s Mukundapur residence located in the city’s Eastern Metropolitan (EM) Bypass.

Both the central agency officials and the family members of Sorcar remained tight-lipped about the reasons of the search operation. Besides the magician’s Mukundapur house, the CBI team also raided three more locations in connection with the probe.

Sources said that Sorcar reportedly signed an agreement with Tower Group and became their brand ambassador. The search operation was carried out to examine the details of the deal and some transactions between the magician and the chit fund company.

Source: IANS

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Category : Accident,Crime,Disaster,Human Interest,National,Society

India, World Bank sign $500m pact to improve school education

India, World Bank sign $500m pact to improve school education

India, World Bank sign $500m pact to improve school education
New Delhi, Jan 29 (SocialNews.XYZ) The Indian government and the World Bank on Friday signed a $500 million Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States Programme (STARS) to improve the quality and governance of school education in six states — Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, and Rajasthan.

Some 250 million students (between the age of 6 and 17) in 1.5 million schools and over 10 million teachers will benefit from the programme.

The STARS programme builds on the long partnership between India and the World Bank (since 1994), for strengthening public school education and to support the country’s goal of providing ‘Education for All’.

Prior to STARS, the bank had provided a total assistance of more than $3 billion towards this goal.

“India’s National Education Policy 2020 envisages equitable and inclusive education for all. The STARS project will help carry this vision forward,” Additional Secretary, Economic Affairs, C.S. Mohapatra, said.

“It will strengthen early childhood education and foundational learning; facilitate school to work transition through vocational education; improve learning assessment mechanisms; and support teacher development. This will help in the economic and social progress of the country,” he added.

The agreement was signed by Mohapatra on behalf of the government and Junaid Ahmad, Country Director, India on behalf of the World Bank.

India has, over the years, made significant strides in improving access to education across the country.

Between 2004-05 and 2018-19, the number of children going to school increased from 219 million to 248 million. However, the learning outcomes of students across all age groups continue to remain below par.

“India recognises the need to significantly improve its learning outcomes to fuel future growth and meet the demands of the labour market. STARS will support India’s response to this challenge by strengthening implementation at the local level, investing in teacher capacity and ensuring that no child of any background is left behind from the right to education,” said Ahmad.

“Investing more in the early years of education will equip children with the skills required to compete for the jobs of the future.”

STARS will support India’s renewed focus on addressing the ‘learning outcome’ challenge and help students better prepare for the jobs of the future — through a series of reform initiatives.

These include: Focusing more directly on the delivery of education services at the state, district and sub district levels by providing customized local-level solutions towards school improvement and addressing demands from stakeholders, especially parents, for greater accountability and inclusion by producing better data to assess the quality of learning.

At the national level, through the Samagra Shiksha, and in partnership with the states of Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, and Rajasthan, STARS will also help improve learning assessment systems; strengthen classroom instruction and remediation; facilitate school-to-work transition; and strengthen governance and decentralised management.

In line with the Sustainable Development Goal for education (SDG 4), the program will help produce better data on learning levels by improving the National Achievement Survey (NAS).

Source: IANS

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Category : Diplomacy,Education,National