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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the sole non-Bollywood celebrity who has made the cut to the top 10 slots of most-followed Indians on Twitter in 2015, otherwise led by legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan, the micro-blogging site said on Monday.

Bachchan with 18.1 million followers till Dec 4, 2015 was followed the most, while Shah Rukh Khan was next with 16.5 million. Narendra Modi was ranked a close third with 16.4 million, while the 10th position was held by A.R. Rahman — 9.5 million.

The other actors in the list include Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Deepika Padukone, Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra and Akshay Kumar, in that order.

Twitter also pointed out some interesting new accounts that were opened in 2015: The Taj Mahal, former cricketer Kapil Dev, Tamil actor Suriya, and even the Delhi Police Commissioner and Safe City India.

The social media facilitator said while each Tweet was unique, only one could be termed as 2015 “Golden Tweet” in terms of the same being re-posted many times — a selfie by Shah Rukh Khan with British boyband One Direction’s former member, Zayn Malik at the Asian Awards in London in April.

It took Twitter by storm with over 141,000 retweets and viewed nearly 18.3 million times globally as fans were thrilled to see the two together in this rare selfie.

Popular Twitter hashtag trends in India saw a mix of sports, entertainment, political and social activism movements. Led by IPL, it was followed by SelfieWithDaughter, BiharResults, SaalEkShuruaatAnek (Modi’s e-governance and digital diplomacy initiative) and DDLJ20Years (20 years of the movie “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge”).

The most influential moments were the Cricket World Cup #INDvsPAK, DelhiElections, HappyDiwali, ChennaiRains and Independence Day. The year also saw many firsts from users, partners and brands — experimenting, innovating and campaigning on the platform.

In November, the “Make in India” — one of the largest economic development initiatives of the Indian government – became the first non-US brand to get its own Twitter emoji for a worldwide audience.

Given the millions of cricket fans in India, Twitter also created a special cricket timeline for the World Cup and Indian Premier League as a platform for tweets, commentary, expert analysis, photos and videos from the sidelines of the world’s biggest cricketing events.

From the corporate world, JetInstant was a first of its kind Twitter-based innovation that was introduced to help passengers check the lowest fares or view flight status with just a single Tweet.

Also introduced was SmartCare — a Twitter-based customer service allowing 120 million Reliance Communications users to access and manage their mobile phone accounts using #SmartCare, with options to pay bills, recharge, view and buy best deals, track usage and check the balance.

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‘Crime Patrol’ actress Preksha Mehta commits suicide

Her last few social media posts hint at mental agony she was going through. In her last Instagram story, Preksha wrote: “Sabse bura hota hai sapno ka mar jaana” (the worst thing is the death of your dreams).”

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Indore, May 26 : “Crime Patrol” actress Preksha Mehta has committed suicide. She was 25.

Preksha took her life by hanging from a ceiling fan on Monday night at her residence in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, reports timesofindia.com.

The actress reportedly left a suicide note but it does not mention why she decided to end her life. As per reports, Preksha went into depression due to lack of work amid the lockdown.

Her last few social media posts hint at mental agony she was going through. In her last Instagram story, Preksha wrote: “Sabse bura hota hai sapno ka mar jaana” (the worst thing is the death of your dreams).”

Apart from “Crime Patrol”, Preksha has appeared in TV soaps like “Meri Durga” and “Laal Ishq”.

This is the second suicide by a TV actor during the ongoing lockdown, when all shooting activity has come to a halt for two months now. A few days ago, actor Manmeet Grewal took his life by hanging from the ceiling fan at his Mumbai home. Reportedly, the actor was in a financial crisis and had run into huge debts.

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Amitabh Bachchan is in a state of confusion

The film was slated for a theatrical release earlier this year before the COVID-19 pandemic led to a complete lockdown of the nation.

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Mumbai, May 26 : Amitabh Bachchan’s new post is all about his confusion.

The veteran actor took to Instagram, where he shared a video of himself in slow motion. He then asked a funny question to fans and followers in the caption.

“I don’t know why it hurts when we bite our tongue mistakenly. But it didn’t hurt when we bite it intentionally. And I still don’t understand why you are biting your tongue now,” he captioned the video.

On the film front, the veteran actor will be seen sharing screen space with Ayushmann Khurrana in Shoojit Sircar’s “Gulabo Sitabo”, which will release on Amazon Prime Video on June 12.

The film was slated for a theatrical release earlier this year before the COVID-19 pandemic led to a complete lockdown of the nation.

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Karan Johar on self-isolation after two household staff test COVID-19 positive

“We will also ensure that the best treatment and care is provided to them during the illness, and we are sure that they will be fighting fit soon.”

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Mumbai, May 25 : Two members of Karan Johar’s household staff have tested coronavirus positive. While the filmmaker and his family have tested negative, they will be in self-isolation for the next 14 days.

On Monday, Karan Johar issued a statement which reads: “I would like to inform you that two members of our household staff have tested positive for COVID 19. As soon as the symptoms were detected, they were put under quarantine in a section of our building. The BMC was informed immediately, and the building has been fumigated and sterilized by them as per the norms.”

“The rest of us in the family and the staff are all safe and display no symptoms. We have all taken the swab test this morning, and have tested negative, but will remain in self isolation for the next 14 days for the safety of everyone around us. We stand by our commitment to safeguard everyone and have ensured that all measures prescribed by the authorities have been strictly adhered to.”

“We will also ensure that the best treatment and care is provided to them during the illness, and we are sure that they will be fighting fit soon.”

“These are difficult times but by staying in our homes and taking the right precautions, there is no doubt in my mind that we can defeat this virus. Stay home everyone and stay safe.”

Recently, the house help of another Bollywood producer, Boney Kapoor, tested COVID-19 positive. The help, Charan Sahu, has been placed under quarantine. As per reports, two more staff members at Kapoor’s house have tasted coronavirus positive.

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