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Amid Padmavati row, Deepika Padukone pulls out of Global Entrepreneurship Summit





Facing death threats, abuse for her portrayal of Padmavati, Padukone to skip the summit which will be inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi on Nov 28 in Hyderabad

Under vitriolic attack from right-wing fringe groups and facing death threats for her portrayal of Rani Padmavati in Bollywood director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming flick Padmavati, actor Deepika Padukone has reportedly decided to skip the Indo-US Global Entrepreneurship Summit that will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Hyderabad on November 28.

While Padukone has herself not commented yet on why she had decided to give the event, which will see US president Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka leading a powerful American delegation, a miss government sources have told some sections of the media that the actor will not be attending the summit.

Former Indian cricket team captain MS Dhoni has also reportedly dropped out of the event, sources said.

While Padukone has most likely dropped out of the event due to the abuse and threats she has been facing for playing the titular role in Padmavati and the fact that a majority of these attacks have been directed at her by people and outfits patronized by Narendra Modi’s BJP, ‘she has so far refused to comment on the issue.

The summit – an event that the Narendra Modi-led BJP government will no doubt showcase as a major endorsement from global entrepreneurs of the supposedly investor-friendly policies of the Centre – will have ‘Women First, Prosperity for All’ as its theme. Ironical, given the broadside that Padukone has been facing in recent weeks, with leaders from the BJP and fringe group Karni Sena announcing bounties for killing her or chopping her nose off.

According to Jayesh Ranjan, principal secretary, IT and Industry, Telangana government, who is part of the team of bureaucrats overseeing the preparations for the high-profile event to be held in the capital of the newly-formed state confirmed that Padukone, who had earlier agreed to participate in a panel discussion to be organised during the summit, has opted out.

“There is a panel discussion on ‘Hollywood to Nollywood (the Nigerian film industry) to Bollywood’. Earlier, Deepika Padukone was expected to be in that session, but she has now declined. We are trying (to see) who can replace her,” Ranjan told mediapersons in Hyderabad.

The senior Telganana government official added: “Others have also dropped. For example, MS Dhoni was supposed to be in one of the sessions. Now he has declined. People are declining for various reasons. Because Dhoni has declined, we have to now bring in Sania (Mirza), (Pullela) Gopichand,” Ranjan told reporters.

With days to go before Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, scheduled to be held between November 28 and 30, the event is already drawing some negative publicity.

Earlier this month, reports had emerged that the Telangana government, with the approval of the Centre, had engaged in large-scale ‘beautification’ drive of Hyderabad wherein state agencies were rounding up beggars and slum dwellers from across the capital and relocating them to shelters for the poor. The action was being taken in a bid to give foreign delegates, including Ivanka Trump, coming for the event, a false impression that Hyderabad is a beggar-free city.

On Tuesday, a section of the media reported that at least two women who had been rounded up as part of this cover-up drive and parceled out to an ashram, were actually English-speaking, educated women who had worked in foreign countries and had huge financial assets within Hyderabad and abroad. These two middle-aged women had been forced to take to begging as personal circumstances had made them mentally disturbed.

According to a report by news agency PTI, the Telangana Prisons Department, in coordination with the local police and civic administration, has caught and shifted as many as 235 male beggars and over 130 women beggars to Anand Ashrams since October 20 as part of the ‘cover-up’ drive.

“Two women, aged 50 and 44, both natives of Hyderabad, were among some 30 women caught begging near a dargah (shrine) in Langer Hauz. Police took them to Anand Ashram on November 11,” a senior Telangana government official was quoted as saying.

To their astonishment, the Ashram staff found that the two women spoke English well and the elder of the two even told the Ashram staff that she had an MBA degree, and once worked as an accountant in London before returning to Hyderabad. The 50-year-old woman’s son was reportedly contacted by the authorities and confirmed the story.

“The younger woman said she was a Green Card holder and had worked in the US”, said K Arjun Rao, superintendent of the Cherlapalli open-air jail and the Ashram in-charge.

Arjun Rao told mediapersons that: “The 50-year-old woman had lost her husband and was facing certain problems… she had approached a godman, and on his advise started begging near the dargah. Her son is an architect based in the US.”

Rao added that the younger woman had taken to begging after her relatives cheated her out of her share of the ancestral property.

The two women have been handed over to their relatives, Rao informed, adding that they were asked to give a written undertaking saying that they would not return to begging.

There is, however, no word from the Telangana government or the Centre on how they would ensure that the two women, and scores of other beggars detained as part of the drive, will refrain from returning to begging once the Global Entrepreneurship Summit concludes. There is also no roadmap on what the state and federal governments plan to do to provide for the destitute women and men who are forced into begging because of various personal circumstances. Clearly, the razzmatazz of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit or the imminent high-octane addresses expected from Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Ivanka Trump will not alleviate the condition of the beggars of Hyderabad.


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PM Modi inaugurates 3 major space infrastructure projects, announces names of astronauts for Gaganyaan mission

The four pilots have been training at the astronaut training facility in Bengaluru.



Prime Minister Narendra Modi today revealed the names of four pilots preparing for the country’s historic Gaganyaan human space travel program. Group Captain P Balakrishnan Nair, Group Captain Ajit Krishnan, Group Captain Angad Pratap, and Wing Commander S Shukla, are the four pilots who are selected for this mission.

The PM also bestowed astronaut wings to the four astronaut-designates.

PM Modi addressed the people there and said, he is happy that today he got the opportunity to meet these astronauts and present them in front of the country. He also congratulated the astronauts on behalf of the entire country. PM Modi also hailed the astronaut as the pride of the country.

Meanwhile, the PM inaugurated three major infrastructure projects of ISRO valued at 1800 crore during his visit to Vikram Sarabhai Space Center in Kerala on Tuesday. PM Narendra Modi is on a two-day visit to the southern states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu starting Tuesday, February 27.

The projects include the PSLV Integration Facility at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, the new Semi-cryogenics Integrated Engine and stage Test facility at ISRO Propulsion Complex at Mahendragiri, and Trisonic Wind Tunnel at VSSC, Thiruvananthapuram.

Before the inauguration ceremonyISRO chairman S Somanath extended his respects to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a felicitation ceremony held at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) in Thiruvananthapuram.

The ISRO chairman said, with the support of the honorable Prime Minister, the space sector is undergoing rapid transformation for expansion. He added that the long-term space vision for Amrit Kal had already been announced by the Prime minister. He further added that the vision had been created for Amrit Kal with the space sector as the torch bearer.

After the inauguration ceremony, the Prime Minister is scheduled to address public gatherings in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, and Tiruppur, Tamil Nadu. Additionally, he will participate in the program called Creating the Future – Digital Mobility for Automotive MSME Entrepreneurs in Madurai.

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Rahul Gandhi reacts to Hijab controversy, says what a person wears is their responsibility and nobody should decide what they wear

Rahul Gandhi said what a woman wears is her responsibility and it is her decision. He thought nobody should decide what they wear. His comments came after the Congress government in Karnataka allowed students to wear Hijab during competitive exams in October last year.



Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that women’s choice of clothing including a hijab should be respected and one should not dictate what a person has to wear. Rahul Gandhi was interacting with female students at the Aligarh Muslim University in Uttar Pradesh during his Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra.

During the interaction a girl mentioned the hijab controversy in Karnataka and asked the Congress leader about his views on the same. He said what a woman wears is her responsibility and it is her decision. He thought nobody should decide what they wear. His comments came after the Congress government in Karnataka allowed students to wear Hijab during competitive exams in October last year.

The issue erupted in Januray 2022 when Muslim students at a government pre-university college in Karnataka’s Udupi were denied entry for wearing hijabs, citing a violation of the college’s uniform policy. The incident has sparked widespread protests and counter-protests across the state.

The then BJP government issued an order that made mandatory for students to wear uniforms in educational institutes. The order banned the wearing of hijabs in these settings. This decision was challenged in court, and on March 15, 2022 the decision was upheld by the Haryana High Court.

The court said wearing a hiujab is not an essential religious practice in Islam and as result it does not fall under the protection of Article 25 of the Indian Constitution, which guarantees the fundamental right to freely practice one’s religion.

In October 2022, The Supreme Court pronounced a split verdict on the petitions challenging The Karnataka High Court order which refused to overturn a ban on hijabs in educational institutions in the state. The Top court’s split verdict means the issue will be revisited by a larger bench for final decision.In December last year, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced that his government will withdraw the order banning hijab in schools and colleges in the state .   

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Rajya Sabha election: Samajwadi Party leader Manoj Kumar Pandey steps down as Chief Whip, voting underway

Samajwadi Party MLA Manoj Kumar Pandey on Tuesday resigned from the post of party chief whip amid the voting for 10 Rajya Sabha seats.



In the midst of voting for the Rajya Sabha elections, Samajwadi Party leader and MLA Manoj Kumar Pandey resigned from his position as the party’s chief whip in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly on Tuesday.

His resignation from the position was announced barely one day after eight Samajwadi Party MLAs failed to show up for a meeting that the party Chief Akhilesh Yadav had called.

Eight BJP candidates and three Samajwadi Party candidates have applied for the 10 Rajya Sabha seats from Uttar Pradesh as the voting has begun.

The main opposition SP and the ruling BJP both have enough members to send seven and three members to the Rajya Sabha, respectively, without opposition. However, since the BJP is fielding an eighth candidate, a competitive race is expected in one of the seats.

The results will be announced by the end of the day.

The BJP has put up seven other candidates which includes, former Union minister RPN Singh, former MP Chaudhary Tejveer Singh, general secretary of the party’s Uttar Pradesh unit Amarpal Maurya, former state minister Sangeeta Balwant (Bind); former MLA Sadhna Singh, and former Agra mayor Naveen Jain.

Actor-turned-MP Jaya Bachchan, former IAS officer Alok Ranjan, and Dalit activist Ramji Lal Suman are the candidates officially nominated by the Samajwadi Party.

In Uttar Pradesh, a candidate needs around 37 first-preference votes to be elected to the Rajya Sabha.

Voting will end at 4 p.m., and counting will start at 5 p.m.

With 252 and 108 members, respectively, the BJP and the SP have the majority of seats in the 403-member state assembly. The SP’s alliance partner, the Congress, holds two seats.

Thirteen seats are held by the BJP ally Apna Dal (Sonelal), six by the NISHAD Party, nine by the RLD, six by the SBSP, two by Jansatta Dal Loktantrik, and one by the BSP. There are presently four open seats.

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