Sony’s controversial soap ‘Pehredaar Piya ki’ taken off air

In a rather shocking move for its cast and crew, Sony’s most controversial daily soap- Pehredaar Piya Ki- was taken off air with effect from 28th August 2017. This is probably the first time that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has asked a show to be taken off the air, a decision taken by incumbent Minister Smriti Irani.

Since its inception about a month back, the show received huge flak and criticism from audiences because of its theme. The show revolved around a 10-year-old boy who gets married to an 18-year-old girl. The wedding was not for love nor any compromise, but only because the girl had promised the boy’s dying father to be his lifelong pehredaar (protector).

People had signed a petition citing the ill-effects of the show having on the society and urged for its ban.

The petition sent to Smriti Irani said, “Pehredar piya ki. A 10-year-old impressionable little kid(“piyaa”) caressing and stalking a lady who’s more than double his age and filling sindoor in her “maang” is being telecasted at prime time 8:30pm on Sony. (Family time) It is to be devoured by the entire Nation. Imagine the kind of influence it will steadily and perpetually infuse in the viewers mindset. We want a ban on the serial. We do not want our kids to be influenced by such TV serials. Join us in signing the petition to ban this serial.”

However, the producers of the show, Shashi and Sumeet Mittal remained defensive on it. They claimed that most people who signed the petition have no clue about the show. They were just being judgmental about the theme. Shashi and Sumeet added that they haven’t shown anything objectionable in the serial and that they know the boundaries.

Ironically, one of the ‘offensive’ scenes was that of the ‘suhagraat’ between the couple.

In a move of compromise, the Broadcasting Content Complaint Council (BCCC) had ordered the show to shift to a later slot and run a disclaimer scroll during the show stating that it doesn’t promote child marriage. Although the channel agreed to the terms and shifted it to 10:30 pm, this sudden notice to it off air came as a shock to all.

Sources: Indian Express and Hindustan Times

Ram Rahim’s son, Jasmeet Insan nominated as successor to lead Dera Sacha Sauda

After being convicted in two rape cases and a 20-year sentence in prison, Ram Rahim’s son Jasmeet Insan will lead the Sirsa-based religious sect Dera Sacha Sauda. Ram Rahim’s mother Nasib Kaur said that her grandson will be the new leader of Dera.

The appointment of Jasmeet Insan had come back in 2007 when Ram Rahim had been charged with rape and sexual exploitation of two sadhvis.

Sources confirm that the 45-member strong committee handling all Dera affairs had an emergent meeting with Nasib Kaur for the discussion of the next leader. Nasib also urged the followers of the sect to accept Jasmeet Insan as the new leader. She added that although many would not accept Jasmeet Insan as the new spiritual guru, he will be managing all Dera affairs.

Ram Rahim’s third daughter, Honeypreet Insan also remains a contender for the post. She is, however, no the biological chaild of Ram Rahim and was adopted by the Godman in 2009.

Another serious challenger for the post of Dera chief is Vipassana Insan, a 35-year-old sadhvi of Dera and the chairperson of the organization. Vipassana is considered to be the number two in the Dera after Gurmeet Ram Rahim.

The final decision on the successor will be made in a day or two as said by Nasib Kaur.

 

Sources: India Today, Zee News

Infosys co-founder, Nandan Nilekani appointed as non-executive chairman

Following a high-profile exit from Infosys in the previous week, the company’s co-founder and former chief executive, Nandan Nilekani, made a return to the company. Nilekani will assume the post of non-executive chairman of the firm.

After Vishal Sikka resigned as CEO of Infosys last week, the founders, led by N R Narayana Murthy, gathered support from investors to take back control of the Indian technology company and engineered the ouster of several other board members.

Along with Sikka, Chairman R Seshasayee, the executive vice chairman, and directors Jeffrey Lehman and John Etchemendy were also forced an exit from the tech giant.

The architect of Aadhar Card in India, Nileknai had co-founded Infosys 36 years back just at the age of 26. Being a part of UPA-II government as chairman of the UIDAI in 2009, Nilekani claimed that he did not plan on accepting a formal position in the board of Infosys.

While Infosys recorded a $4 billion drop in the company’s market value and downgrades from analysts following Vishal Sikka’s resignation, their shares advanced 2.2 percent in Mumbai on Thursday, the biggest gain in a week.

News Source: NDTV, TOI

Image Source: Moneycontrol

Cristiano Ronaldo grabs UEFA POTY, first to win three titles

Real Madrid ace Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed his second consecutive UEFA Player of the Year and became the first person to win the award three times in the UEFA Champions League draw held at Nyon on Thursday. Ronaldo tipped bitter rival Lionel Messi and Gianluigi Buffon for the award.

Cristiano scored 12 goals in the competition including his brace in the final and led Real Madrid to their record 12th title as well as the first team in the Champions League era to retain their title. Ronaldo leads the UEFA POTY tally now with three, ahead of Leo Messi’s two and one apiece by Andres Iniesta and Frank Ribery.

The Portuguese were also adjudged as UEFA forward of the year joining Luka Modric as best midfielder and Sergio Ramos as the best defender of the tournament. Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon won the top goalkeeper award.

Elsewhere, Lieke Martens of Barcelona won the UEFA Women’s POTY. The striker was instrumental in Netherland’s European Championship victory this summer, where she was named player of the tournament.

News Source: BBC, Goal

Image Source: Tribune

‘Wanted’ actor Inder Kumar suffers cardiac arrest, passes away

Bollywood actor Inder Kumar, popularly known for his supporting role in Salman Khan starrer ‘Wanted’ passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest at his residence in Mumbai on Friday, July 28. He was 45.

Making his debut in 1996 film ‘Masoom’ as the lead opposite actress Ayesha Jhulka, Kumar acted in almost two dozen films in his career including some well-known movies like ‘Wanted’, ‘Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge’ and ‘Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi’. He is also known for portraying the character of Mihir Virani in Ekta Kapoor’s TV soap ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’.

Inder Kumar’s former father-in-law Raju Kariya revealed the tragic news. He is survived by his second wife Pallavi Sarraf and daughter Khushi, who was from his first wife Sonal.

The actor last appeared in 2011 film ‘Yeh Dooriyan’ and was to also appear in in a film titled ‘Who Is The First Wife Of My Father’, which is still waiting for a release. Kumar was currently playing a role in a film titled ‘Phati Padi Hai Yaar’.

His last rites were conducted on Friday along with the cremation held at Yaari Road Shamshaan Bhoomi.

Sources: TOI, NDTV

BSP supremo Mayawati resigns from Rajya Sabha

Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati has resigned from the Rajya Sabha after she was not allowed to speak on atrocities towards Dalits and other minorities. Mayawati had threatened about the decision just hours before handing her resignation letter.

“I was speaking about the atrocities against Dalits since I belong to that community. But treasury benches did not allow me to speak about that. How can I continue in such an environment?”, Mayawati quoted as she handed over her resignation letter to the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

Speaking on the recent anti-Dalit violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur, Mayawati was asked by Deputy Chairman P J Kurien to stop her speech when she exceeded the three-minute time limit. Angered by this, Mayawati blamed PJ Kurien for asking her to ‘sit down’ instead of asking the ruling party MPs who were interrupting her. Following which she threatened to resign and ultimately did so.

In her letter, Mayawati said that her reason was similar to that of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, when he resigned from the Nehru cabinet in 1951 over differences on Hindu Code Bill.

The BJP however, dismissed the resignation letter, with senior Dalit leader Bizay Sonkar Shastri claiming it as a desperate move to grab attention and support. The decision to accept the resignation lies with the Chairman and states that the letter should be brief and not have any reason of resignation, which Mayawati’s does not comply with.

 

Sources-

  1. Times of India-http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/not-allowed-to-speak-on-anti-dalit-violence-mayawati-resigns-from-rajya-sabha/articleshow/59649861.cms

2. Mumbai Mirror-http://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/news/india/mayawati-quits-rajya-sabha-political-leaders-say-she-should-have-found-a-stronger-reason-to-quit/articleshow/59652979.cms

 

Image Source-

ANI – http://www.aninews.in/contentimages/detail/Mayawati1722.jpg

Dani Alves snubs Guardiola, joins PSG on free transfer

Following quite a lot of speculation of reuniting with his former manager, Pep Guardiola, at Manchester City, Dani Alves instead went for Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain. The Brazilian full-back agreed on a 2-year deal on a stunning £230,000-a-week paycheck.

After being sold by Barcelona to Juventus on a rather sour note, Dani Alves went on to win the Italian league double with the ‘Old Lady’ and also being runners-up in the Champions League.

A three-time Champions League winner, Alves said his only motive to join the French outfit was to be a Champion. A prospect of playing with Marco Verratti also influenced his decision. Ironically, Verratti was a summer transfer target for Barcelona, but the deal never saw the day of the light. Asked on whether if he has any regrets on not reuniting with his former manager, Alves said-

‘If Pep Guardiola and Manchester City feel hurt, I am sorry. But I have come here to be a champion.

‘There’s a very interesting project in Paris. I have friends here, I’m a man who loves challenges.

At the age of 34, Alves seems to have quite a lot of firepower left in him. He was instrumental in Juventus’ Champions League campaign, keeping a clean sheet against Barcelona in the quarter-final over both legs and then scoring against AS Monaco over both legs. Alves also scored the opening goal of a 2–0 win in the final of the 2016–17 Coppa Italia over Lazio.

 

 

Source: MetroUK, Dailymail

Image Source: AFP/ Firstpost