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Jacqueline Fernandez supports Bio Bridge project in India

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New Delhi, Sep 12: Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez is a big supporter of everything related to nature and keeping her ethos intact, the actress on Tuesday came out to support Bio Bridge project in Meghalaya’s Garo Hills.

It is a CSR initiative by The Body Shop India that has pledged to help protect the endangered Indian Elephant and Western Hoolock Gibbon by constructing the Bio Bridge with every transaction during a three month long campaign commencing from this month.

“I actually feel very strongly about environmental conservation. I feel we are in such a beautiful planet and so much we can and we must do to protect bio diversity. I worked in various projects in green conversation in Mumbai and Sri Lanka,” Jacqueline said.

“Even though all these are deeply satisfying, I do believe that there is so much more I can do,” she added at the announcement of the project on Tuesday.

“I think that as a celebrity, we have an amazing opportunity to urge, mobilise and motivate fan to do their bit and this can make huge difference,” said “A Gentleman” star.

The India Bio Bridge programme is a part of the brand’s existing commitment to protect and regenerate 75 million square meters of habitat as part of its Enrich Not Exploit commitment, launched last year.

Partnering with World Land Trust(WLT) and its local partner Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), The Body Shop will build a Bio Bridge in the Garo Hills districts of Meghalaya state of India, protecting and regenerating a corridor of land for endangered animals to pass though safety.

Shriti Malhotra, Chief Operating Officer of The Body Shop India, says they are very happy that Garo Hills has been selected as one of the locations.

“Having a project in India is a great platform not only to benefit the Garo Hills biodiversity of the area and encourages them to play their part in the conservation efforts,” she said.

Speaking on the intitiave Sunil Kyarong, Joint Director and Head-Wild Lands, Wild Life Trust of India, said: “The Garo Green spine is critical in North East India supporting about a 1000 elephants connecting two treasure houses of biodiversity- the Nokrek and the Balphakram National Park. The Garo community, with our support, takes it upon themselves to stitch together this landscapes by demonstrating the finest examples of community led and owned and conservation initiatives.”

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Rohit Shetty trends after netizens learn Vikas Dubey’s car overturned

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Mumbai, July 10 (IANS) Filmmaker Rohit Shetty has been trending on Twitter since Friday morning but for all the wrong reasons.

Rohit Shetty”s name started to trend after netizens learnt that the car carrying Kanpur-based gangster Vikas Dubey had overturned after skidding on the road due to heavy rain on Friday morning and he was allegedly killed in a police encounter as he tried to escape.

Rohit Shetty is one Bollywood director who is known for his fascination with flying cars. Not just this, cars blasting or overturning are a common stunt in his genre of cinema. Films like the “Golmaal” franchise, “Singham”, “Chennai Express”, “Dilwale” and “Simmba” bear testimony to this.

Hence, soon after netizens learnt about Vikas Dubey”s car getting overturned due to rain, they could easily relate it with a Rohit Shetty script!

As a result, throughout Friday, Rohit Shetty”s name trended on Twitter as memes and jokes targeted at the filmmaker went viral.

“When Rohit Shetty heard ”fake encounter” aur gaadi palat gayi (and the car overturned) #FakeEncounter,” tweeted a user along with a photo of the filmmaker.

“Rohit Shetty just CopyRight Claim to #UPPolice -for stealing his movie script,” joked another user.

“Rohit Shetty is happy that he won”t have to pay for the script of his new movie. Time and money saved,” announced another user.

A section of netizens felt that the death of the gangster would be an ideal script for an imaginary film titled “Singham 3” which they want Rohit Shetty to direct.

Similar jokes and sarcastic comments flooded Twitter as Rohit Shetty”s name continued to trend.

On the work front, Rohit Shetty”s next is the action flick “Sooryavanshi” which stars Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif in the lead.

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Bollywood actor Jagdeep passes away

He is best known for his role of Soorma Bhopali in the iconic movie Sholay.

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Mumbai, July 8 : Veteran Bollywood comedian Jagdeep is no more. He passed away here on Wednesday owing to age-related health problems at the age of 81.

The late actor’s sons Jaaved Jaaferi and Naved Jafri have also made their mark in the entertainment industry. Jaaved is a noted actor and dancer, and along with Naved, he hosted the longrunning and popular dance show, “Boogie Woogie”. The show was created and directed by Naved.

Born on March 29, 1939 as Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri in Amritsar, Jagdeep acted in over 400 films. He is best known for his role of Soorma Bhopali in Ramesh Sippy’s blockbuster “Sholay” (1975). New-generation Bollywood buffs would recall him as Salman Khan”s father in Rajkumar Santoshi”s “Andaaz Apna Apna” (1994).

Jagdeep started his career as a child artiste in BR Chopra”s 1951 release, “Afsana”, starring Ashok Kumar, Veena and Pran. As a child artiste he also worked in the Raj Kapoor-produced “Ab Dilli Door Nahin”, KA Abbas”s “Munna”, Guru Dutt”s “Aar Paar”, Bimal Roy”s “Do Bigha Zamin” and the AVM-produced “Hum Panchi Ek Dal Ke”.

Later, he would make a mark with roles in films such as “Bhabhi” (1957) and “Barkha” (1959).

Jagdeep’s golden patch would begin with GP Sippy’s 1968 film “Brahmachari”, starring Shammi Kapoor. His comic role in the film was widely appreciated. Through the seventies, eighties and the nineties, he became a familiar face in Hindi films, essaying the goofy funnyman in film after film.

His last-released film is “Masti Nahi Sasti” in 2017. The Ali Abbas Chaudhary-directed comedy also featured Kader Khan, Shakti Kapoor, Johnny Lever and Prem Chopra.

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Taapsee unhappy as CBSE curriculum skips secularism, federalism, citizenship, nationalism

The changes have been decided to rationalise the syllabus up to 30 per cent by retaining the core concept, owing to the ongoing pandemic.

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Mumbai, July 8 : Taapsee Pannu is unhappy with the decision of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to scrap chapters on federalism, citizenship, nationalism, and secularism from the political science curriculum of class XI owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

” Wah Wah. Is there an ”official” declaration of any sort I missed? Ya future mein ab iski zarurat nahi hai (Or, don”t we need thesse values in future)? If education is compromised with, there will be NO FUTURE!” she tweeted.

Many other netizens shared her concern. Among them was West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

“Shocked to know that the central Government has dropped topics like citizenship, federalism, secularism and partisan in the name of reducing CBSE course during the Covid crisis,” Banerjee tweeted.

“The chapters could have been reduced, or the syllabus for exam may be reduced. Removing things from textbook is a wrong step,” a user tweeted.

The changes have been decided to rationalise the syllabus up to 30 per cent by retaining the core concept, owing to the ongoing pandemic.

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