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Four suspected Babbar Khalsa terrorists arrested in Ludhiana

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Chandigarh, Oct 2: Four suspected terrorists of Khalistani terror outfit Babbar Khalsa were arrested from Punjab’s Ludhiana district, police informed on Monday.

They were held after the interrogation of seven members of the Babbar Khalsa who were arrested on Saturday after the police busted a terror module with direct links to the Khalistani terror outfit.

Three pistols and some ammunition were recovered from the men arrested earlier.

Ludhiana Police Commissioner R.N. Dhoke informed that on Saturday that the group conspired to target those opposed to or writing against Khalistani ideology and radical Sikh organisations.

The arrested were allegedly linked to and were funded by Surinder Singh Babbar, who is said to be based in London.

Dhoke said that Babbar was providing money and weapons to the members of the group.

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PM supports media freedom for stronger democracy

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New Delhi, May 3 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday expressed unwavering support to media freedom, saying a free press makes a stronger democracy and makes the society more vibrant.

“A free press makes a stronger democracy. Today, on World Press Freedom Day, let us reaffirm our commitment towards steadfastly supporting a free press. It is the multiplicity of ideas and human expression that makes us more vibrant as a society,” Modi tweeted.

“I applaud all those who have been working tirelessly to uphold freedom of the press. It is due to these countless women and men that the spirit of a free press is significantly enhanced.”

Modi also appreciated the role of people on social media towards safeguarding the freedom of press and expression.

The UN General Assembly declared May 3 to be World Press Freedom Day to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press.

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‘102 Not Out’ Review : A heart-warming celebration of life

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Film: “102 Not Out”

Director: Umesh Shukla

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Jimit Trivedi, Mukesh Hariwala

Rating: ***

There have been few more funny and empathetic portraits of generational dramas than Director Umesh Shukla’s, “102 Not Out”. But what makes his film compelling is the presence of three superb actors: Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor and Jimit Trivedi – who balance the performance scales.

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The script written by Saumya Joshi is actually an adaptation of his Gujarati play of the same name, where he astutely mounts the banal observation of life as a journey. Also, his conceptualisation of the characters, infused with the right amount of dramatic ingredients inclusive of humour, is what makes this film rise above the regular Hindi films.

Slowly and delicately drawing attention and care from the audience, “102 Not Out”, comes to us as a simple story about one family matter. Never disrupting its slow, but steady pace throughout its 102 minutes of run time, it gives us a real slice of life through its intimate human drama filled with over-the-top characters. And, there are many scenes deeply resonating with empathy and understanding behind its composed but caring attitude.

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In the beginning, the rhythm of the mundane daily life of septuagenarian Babulal Vakharia (Rishi Kapoor) is established with a concise low-key approach. In direct contrast to him is his, centenarian father, Dattarey Vakharia (Amitabh Bachchan). With his joie-de-vivre demeanour, how he infuses zest into his son’s boring life and makes him realise that life is an uplifting journey and not a trudge, forms the crux of the tale. It both touches the heart and challenges the mind.

Through their natural performances, Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor play characters much beyond their years and the dynamics between them are rock solid.

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Both are aptly supported by Jimit Trivedi as the errand boy Dhiru, who is a witness to the father-son, love-hate relationship. Jimit is impressive with his subtle but over-the-top performance and he holds his own against the veterans.

The first half of the film is rudimentary and you need extra patience to hold on. But the second half, though predictable, steadily builds up emotional momentum. You get absorbed by its assured storytelling and would be frequently touched by several moving gestures of human decency. It is indeed a fiction, but it feels real, through its universal family drama and it gently tells us that we can do better than expected to ourselves, in our life.

Old Hindi film songs, especially, “Zindagi mere ghar aanaa” and “Waqt ne kiyaa” are interestingly meshed into the tale to enhance the flavour of the narrative.

Overall with moderate production values which include basic computer generated images that makes this telling appear like a fairy tale, the film is a heart-warming celebration of life.

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Who electrified over 5.5 lakh villages before Modi, asks Chidambaram

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New Delhi, May 1 (IANS) With Prime Minister Narendra Modi claiming that all villages in India have been provided electricity under his rule, senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram asked who had initiated and done the bulk of the process before he came to power.

“After connecting 18,452 villages, PM claims that all 5,97,464 villages have been electrified. Good. But will PM please tell us who electrified the 5,79,012 villages before Mr. Modi became PM?” he said in a series of tweets.

“Is it not true that 5,61,613 villages (94 per cent) had been electrified by October 2013, long before Mr Modi became PM? Mother bakes a cake. A guest puts icing on the cake. Guest claims that she baked a lovely cake!”

Noting Modi was fond of claiming that “nothing was done in the past 65 years”, the former Union Minister asked if nothing was done, how did the other villages get electricity.

He said the credit goes to all the governments before Modi’s and stressed that out of the 67 years since Independence till Modi became PM, Congress was in government for 54 years and other parties including Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government for 13 years.

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