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Shabana Azmi Joins Campaign Against Domestic and Sexual Violence During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Shabana Azmi Speaks on How a Character in Brother Baba Azmi’s Film Redefines Masculinity

The Commonwealth Secretariat has launched a new campaign to tackle the alarming rise in domestic and sexual violence during the Covid-19 pandemic. Bollywood actress Shabana Azmi, who is supporting the campaign, said in a video message: “Violence against women and girls is a pandemic that destroys families, communities, and economies. “For far too long, society has not done nearly enough. For far too long, people have said it is a private matter of blame the victim or said she must have done something to deserve it. Shabana Azmi Speaks on How a Character in Brother Baba Azmi’s Film Redefines Masculinity

“My name is Shabana Azmi, I’m a film and theatre actress from India. And I say no more. No more shame. No more blame. No more excuses. Join me in taking the pledge ‘Commonwealth Says NO MORE’.”,The Commonwealth Secretariat and the NO MORE Foundation launched the campaign. The launch was held at a special virtual event on Wednesday, which was attended by representatives and advocates from across the Commonwealth nations, representing nearly one-third of the world’s population. Shabana Azmi Shuns the Hardliner Stance That Music and Art Is Prohibited in Islam

The ‘Commonwealth Says NO MORE’ campaign came at a time when organisations across the globe have seen calls to hotlines for victims of abuse and demand for support services rise by 25 per cent to 300 per cent during the Covid-19 lockdowns. Even before the pandemic, one in three women across the world were beaten or sexually abused within their lifetime, making it a leading cause of death in women and girls.

Besides Shabana Azmi, other celebrities who joined the campaign included Kiribati President Taneti Maamau, Antigua and Barbuda’s Governor-General Rodney Williams, New Zealand’s former Prime Minister Helen Clark, British singer and Royal Commonwealth Society’s Ambassador Geri Horner, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed, Pakistani actress Mahira Khan, Ghanaian actress Joselyn Dumas, British actor Colin Salmon and Australia actor Ryan Johnson.

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland, speaking at the launch of the portal, said: “It is indisputable that while the virus will pass one day, for many women, the ever-present threat of violence will remain. Covid has emphatically exposed just how urgently we need a cure to flatten the rising curve of domestic and sexual violence. Business-as-usual is not an option.”

The digital portal provides easy-to-use tools and resources to help governments and community-based organisations strengthen their efforts to support victims of domestic and sexual violence and those at risk.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Sep 10, 2020 07:10 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Bollywood Drug Probe: Deepika Padukone Leaves NCB Office After 5 Hours (See Pics)

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Deepika Padukone’s name surfaced in the drug probe into Bollywood by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). The actress was summoned last week by the officials, while she was in Goa shooting for a film directed by Shakun Batra. She returned to Mumbai on Friday with her husband, Ranveer Singh. As per reports, the couple stayed at the Taj, rather than heading for their residence, which could have been a tactic to avoid the media. On Saturday, the actress reached NCB office in Mumbai and stayed there for five hours. Now, she has been clicked leaving the NCB office, by the paparazzi. Deepika Padukone Fans Trend #StandWithDeepika On Twitter As She Reaches The NCB Office.

Earlier, during the day, as the actress reached the office, her legion of fans trended #IStandWithDeepika on Twitter to show support to her. Today, Sara Ali Khan and Shraddha Kapoor were also called for questioning by the NCB. Both of the actresses are still at the NCB office, at the time of writing this article. On Friday, Rakul Preet Singh was also questioned by the officials. Deepika Padukone Fans Trend #StandWithDeepika On Twitter As She Reaches The NCB Office.

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Deepika Padukone At NCB (Photo Credits: Yogen Shah)

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NCB has arrested over 20 people in the drug probe so far. The case was launched on the sidelines of death probe by CBI into Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. The late actor’s girlfriend, Rhea Chakraborty and her brother, Showik Chakraborty, have been arrested and will remain in judicial custody until October 6. Many of Sushant’s help, including Samuel Miranda and Dipesh Sawant have also been arrested. The NCB has nabbed about 16 drug peddlers.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Sep 26, 2020 04:51 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Boilywood Drug Probe: Khisitij Ravi Prasad Arrested by NCB

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Bollywood Drug Probe: Dharma Productions’ Kshitij Ravi Prasad Summoned by NCB, Likely to Join Investigation Tomorrow

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has arrested another person in the drug probe into Bollywood. A person named Kshitij Ravi Prasad has been arrested by the NCB, after almost 24 hours of questioning, as per reports. He has been taken for a medical examination by the officials, as per formalities, before the arrest, reports ANI. Kshitij’s name has made headlines because of his alleged association with Dharma Productions as an executive producer. However, the company’s head honcho, Karan Johar, clarified, last night, that Kshitij was only associated with Dharma’s sister company briefly on contractual basis for a project that did not materialise. Karan Johar Issues Statement Slamming Rumours of Drug Abuse, Clarifies Kshitij Prasad and Anubhav Chopra Are Not Associated With Dharma.

The NCB has arrested over 20 people in the drug probe apart from Kshitij. Late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s girlfriend, Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik Chakraborty will remain in judicial custody till October 6.  Sushant’s househelp, staff manager and about 16 drug peddlers have been nabbed by the NCB.

In the drug probe, NCB has also summoned Shraddha Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet Singh and Deepika Padukone in the drug probe. Bollywood Drug Probe: After Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor Arrives At NCB Office In Mumbai For The Interrogation.

Talking about Kshitij, and a certain Anubhav Chopra also being questioned by NCB, Karan said, “I would like to further state that several media/news channels have been airing news reports that Kshitij Prasad and Anubhav Chopra are my “aides” / “close aides”. I would like to place on record that I do not know these individuals personally and neither of these two individuals are “aides” or “close aides”. “

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Sep 26, 2020 04:00 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Remembering SP Balasubrahmanyam! Old Heartwarming Video of Late Singer Meeting His Fan Who Lost Eye Sight Goes Viral

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Remembering SP Balasubrahmanyam! Old Heartwarming Video of Late Singer Meeting His Fan Who Lost Eye Sight Goes Viral

India has lost one of the finest gems it had in its crown of music. Legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam passed away on Friday afternoon, leaving everyone tearful. The singing icon who has recorded over 40,000 songs in 16 languages over a period of five decades, was laid to rest with Police Honours on Saturday. As the fans are bidding him goodbye, a viral video also has surfaced where he is seen interacting with a fan. RIP SP Balasubrahmanyam: AR Rahman’s Tribute To The Late Legendary Singer Will Take You On a Nostalgia Ride (Watch Video).

The video that is going viral is about a fan from Eelam who lost his eyesight in an explosion. He is a huge fan of SPB and when the late singer had come to know about the same, he decided to surprise him. In the video, one can see the fan singing his song and a cheerful SPB surprising him and having a hearty conversation with him. Check out the video below.

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This video tuck at the heartstrings of many and hence started re-sharing it on social media. Not just the netizens, but music maestro AR Rahman also could not withhold the fan in him. He shared a wonderful tribute that was a collection of memories and his thoughts on SPB. It is indeed impossible to fill in his void but fans will always remember him through his amazing list of songs.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Sep 26, 2020 03:22 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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