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Besides claiming herself as an atheist, Akshara Haasan, the second daughter of legendary actor Kamal Haasan, has most recently converted as a Buddhist. And the actress says she has a growing faith for Buddhism and spiritually inclined towards the religion.
Akshara, who made her onscreen debut with a Bollywood film Shamitabh, will next be seen with Tamil star actor Ajith in an upcoming film Vivegam. At the promotions of this film in Chennai, Akshara had a brief chat with media folks.
The Haasan girl discussed her initial days as assistant director in Mumbai and how she’s grown interest for acting in the later days, like her sister Shruti Hassan. She further says, ‘As my dad, mom and sister are totally into films, I would love to make a film with all of them. But, only after I prove myself as an able filmmaker.’
When Akshara was quizzed about her father Kamal Hassan’s political interests and whether he would join politics, she replied, ‘it’s up to him and I will not make any comment on it.’
This post is originally published on Gulte.
Nitish Kumar has resigned as the Chief Minister of Bihar. Kumar is on his way to submit his resignation to Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi. The decision to quit was taken by Kumar at a meeting of JDU MLAs on Wednesday evening.
Nitish Kumar has resigned as the Chief Minister of Bihar. Kumar has submitted his resignation to Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi. The decision to quit was taken by Kumar at a meeting of JDU MLAs on Wednesday evening. The MLAs reportedly endorsed his decision to quit. The latest development will only widen the rift between the two parties.
Talking to media after his resignation, Kumar said his decision to step down in the interest of Bihar. “Ever since the corruption charges were levelled against RJD leaders, we have been asking them to at least explain those charges. We also met Tejashwi and told him that the image that is being created, he should clarify all that. But this did not happen. The situation got so worse that it became difficult for me to work. We had followed the Gathbandhan Dharma and had tried to protect it. But now my conscience does not allow me to continue,’ said Kumar.
He also said that he had spoken to Congress leaders including Rahul Gandhi on the matter. “There are many Congress leaders in Bihar. We also asked them to find a solution to all this. So now I have decided to keep myself away,” said Kumar adding that his resignation has been accepted by the governor.
The meeting of JDU MLAs was chaired by Kumar amid rift with RJD over the resignation of Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav. The resignation of Kumar came hours after RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav ruled out the stepping down of his son Tejashwi. “Tejashwi Yadav will not resign, Nitish Kumar didn’t ask for his resignation,” Lalu had said at a press briefing. He had maintained that there is no bitterness between him and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. “No bitterness between me and Nitish. Spoke to him yesterday. Media trying to crack our alliance,” Lalu Prasad said.
Nitish Kumar thanked Prime Minister Modi for congratulating him on his decision to resign as Bihar CM.
09:28 pm BJP’s JP Nadda and Sanjay Mayukh to visit Patna on Thursday.
09:13 pm BJP and JDU MLAs to meet Bihar governor Keshari Nath Tripathi
09:00 pm “Nityanand Rai Ji & I called Nitish Ji. BJP decides to support him, will support the government formed under him. Will inform Governor also”, says Sushil Modi.
08:40 pm Meeting underway at Lalu Yadav’s residence in Patna. Rabri Devi, Tejashwi Yadav, Tej Pratap Yadav and senior RJD leaders present.
8:23pm Lalu Prasad says that it’s a grand alliance, the Chief Minsiter has resigned, all three parties should have a meeting and elect the next leader for Bihar.
8:30 pm KC Tyagi says RJD has become untouchable for us.
8:20 pm “BJP does not favour mid-term poll in Bihar, wants all legislators to complete their term”, says Sushil Modi
8:17 pm “I’m targeted because I’m challenging Modi-Shah’s dictatorship & forging opposition unity to save country & constitution”, remarks Lalu Yadav.
8:06 pm Lalu Prasad Yadav addresses media gathering at his residence. “Ye (Nitish Kumar) mile hue hain BJP, RSS se. Kya setting hai, PM Modi turant tweet kar diye, Nitish Kumar ko badhaai de diye”, says Lalu.
8:10 pm BJP welcomes battle against corruption in Bihar. Not in favour of mid-term elections: JP Nadda after BJP Parliamentary Board meet
8:09 pm: We are deeply disappointed by the news of Nitish Kumar’s resignation. Congress respect Nitish Kumar as a leader: Randeep Surjewala
8:08 pm Mahagathbandhan was given a 5-year mandate by people of Bihar. We shall continue to strive the mandate given is fully respected: Congress leader Randeep Surjewala
8:06 pm Modi involved in all this crisis. He has congratulated Nitish after his resignation. I am reading all this. Clear involvement of Modi: Lalu
8:05 pm We have not broken the alliance. It’s Nitish who has gone away. Alliance is intact: Lalu
8:01 pm: Lalu Yadav hits out at Nitish Kumar. I advise him (Nitish) not to sit on the lap of the BJP’. “Earlier they were scared of Lalu, now they got scared by my son,” said Lalu
8:00 pm: Let MLAs of JDU, RJD and Congress select a new chief minister of Bihar: Lalu Yadav
7:58 pm I do not wish to push the state towards president rule. We are the single largest party in the state. It’s our right to form the government. But you (Nitish) can go with the BJP: Lalu
7:56 pm When Nitish was asked whether he is joining the BJP, he did not say no. I know has done deal with BJP: Lalu Yadav
7:55 pm Nitish met me and took my blessing before submitting his resignation. I advised him to resign but he said, he could not stay: Lalu
7:55 pm Had told Nitish that corruption cases against us are false. Resignation of Nitish painful: Lalu Yadav
7:54 pm Nitish Kumar knew that he is accused of section 302, one of India’s CM is main accused in murder and arms case: Lalu Prasad Yadav
7:54 pm: Lalu Yadav addresses press conference
7:40 pm: We are happy that Bihar CM didn’t compromise on issue of corruption and did not kneel down before RJD: Sushil Modi
7:36 pm A meeting of BJP MLAS took place soon after Kumar’s resignation
7:35 pm: We are not in favour of mid-term elections in Bihar:
Sushil Kumar Modi, BJP after Nitish Kumar’s resignation
7:11 pm: PM Modi has tweeted on Kumar’s resignation. भ्रष्टाचार के ख़िलाफ़ लड़ाई में जुड़ने के लिए नीतीश कुमार जी को बहुत-बहुत बधाई। सवा सौ करोड़ नागरिक ईमानदारी का स्वागत और समर्थन कर रहे हैं (Many congratulation to Nitish Kumar on his fight against corruption. 125 cr people welcome his decision)
7:10 pm देश के, विशेष रूप से बिहार के उज्जवल भविष्य के लिए राजनीतिक मतभेदों से ऊपर उठकर भ्रष्टाचार के ख़िलाफ़ एक होकर लड़ना,आज देश और समय की माँग है
(For a glorious future of India and specially Bihar, fight against corruption above political ideologies is the need of the hour.)
7:07 pm: Before resigning, I had informed Laluji and Congress Bihar in-charge CP Joshi: Nitish Kumar
This post is originally published on Indian Express.
New Delhi, July 23: AJ Styles is the current United States Champion on Smackdown Live. He has won the title at a live event hosted at the Madison Square Garden Arena by defeating Kevin Owens.
The rematch for the title is set to take place at the Battleground PPV where the fans can get to witness another dream contest between these two.
Now, it’s almost certain that Styles is not going to drop the title to Owens, this early. So, he will definitely walk out of Philadelphia with the title around his waist.
This brings us to the question that who his next challenger is going to be. Being the ‘face that runs the place’, he will be given a mega match for sure.
According to the reports of Bryan Alvarez from Wrestling Observer Newsletter, John Cena is the most probable opponent for him.
In a recent edition of Smackdown Live, the franchise of the company came face to face with the champion to tease the same. He appeared in the ring by accepting the US Open challenge thrown by Styles.
Since this contest never happened due to interference, the source suggests that Cena vs. Styles has the most chances to happen at the biggest event of the summer. However, we should remember that this was the same lineup during last year’s Summerslam, as well.
Plus, at the Royal Rumble PPV, we have already witnessed the third edition of this dream match between these two globally acclaimed superstars. So, the original chances of WWE creative rooting for this one contest are somehow less.
Although the crowd will not be unhappy to see this contest, the writers of Smackdown would not want to repeat the lineup. Hence, the chances are that John Cena will rather go after Jinder Mahal to claim his WWE Championship match at Summerslam.
On the other hand, Shinsuke Nakamura will become the number one contender for Styles’ title following his win against Baron Corbin. The tease has already been made on Smackdown after he demanded a shot at the US title. It means that we will get to see a preponed marquee match that was originally scheduled for next year’s Wrestlemania.
This post is originally published on OneIndia.
PHILADELPHIA — The Great Khali, a former World Heavyweight Champion and “personal hero” of WWE Champion Jinder Mahal, made his presence known at WWE Battleground.
The 7-foot-1 Punjabi Giant returned to WWE during Mahal’s Punjabi Prison Match against Randy Orton and came to the aid of his countryman. Khali arrived after Orton had dispatched of both Singh Brothers and stopped WWE’s Apex Predator from climbing out of the structure. Khali’s intereference allowed Mahal to escape the Punjabi Prison and retain his WWE Championship.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will withhold $50 million remaining in military reimbursements to Pakistan for fiscal year 2016 because Defense Secretary Jim Mattis believes that Islamabad has not done enough to blunt the Islamist militant Haqqani network, a U.S. official said on Friday.
The decision was not the first time that the Pentagon has declined to make military reimbursements to Pakistan. Last year, it withheld $300 million. Pakistan has been reimbursed $550 million of the $900 million it was authorized to receive in fiscal year 2016.
Of the rest, $300 million had already been reprogrammed for other purposes, but had not been previously reported. Mattis’ latest decision affects the remaining $50 million.
Relations between the two countries have been frayed over the past decade, with U.S. officials frustrated by what they term Pakistan’s unwillingness to act against Islamist groups such as the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network.
Adam Stump, a Pentagon spokesman, said the $50 million could not be released now because Mattis “could not certify that Pakistan has taken sufficient action against the Haqqani Network per the requirement in the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act.”
President Donald Trump’s administration is exploring potentially hardening its approach toward Pakistan to crack down on militants launching strikes in neighboring Afghanistan.
Possible Trump administration responses being discussed include expanding U.S. drone strikes and perhaps eventually downgrading Pakistan’s status as a major non-NATO ally.
Mattis told reporters on Friday that the decision was not linked to the administration’s broader South Asia strategy, which is still being reviewed.
“This is simply an assessment of the current state of play,” Mattis said. “It is not a policy, it is a reality.”
The United States in 2012 designated the Pakistan-based Haqqani network as a terrorist organization. The year before, U.S. Navy Admiral Mike Mullen, then the top U.S. military officer, caused a stir when he told Congress that the Haqqani network was a “veritable arm” of Pakistan’s spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence directorate.
Pakistan argues that it has done a great deal to help the United States in tracking down terrorists and points out that it has suffered hundreds of deaths in Islamist militant attacks in response to its crackdowns.
Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, said that Islamabad had continued to fight militants.
“It may be noted that the funds in question are a reimbursement of the expenses incurred by Pakistan towards achieving our common objectives in the fight against terrorism, and not an assistance,” Chaudhry said in a statement.
Pentagon spokesman Stump said the decision did not “reduce the significance of the sacrifices that the Pakistani military has undertaken over previous years.”
He said Pakistan still had time to take action against the Haqqani network in order to receive reimbursements next year.
This post is originally published on Reuters.