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Pakistan envoy calls Anupam Kher with visa offer, actor says no thanks

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Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit has called up Anupam Kher and offered him a visa to travel to that country if he has applied for the same but the Bollywood actor declined the offer, saying he has already taken up other assignments on the scheduled datesPakistan High Commission officials said Basit had called up Kher yesterday after the actor said he was denied visa to attend the Karachi Literary Festival while 17 others were issued the travel document.

Basit today tweeted, “@AnupamPkher you are always welcome Sir. You are a great artiste; we respect and admire you.”

Replying to Basit, Kher said, “Thank you Mr. @abasitpak1 for your call & offering me visa to visit Karachi. I appreciate it. Unfortunately i’ve given away those dates now.”

In another tweet last night, the Pakistani envoy had said, “@AnupamPkher sorry Sir I don’t know who told you about this so-called NoC, we are still to receive your visa application and passport.”

Kher has been denied visa by the Pakistan government to attend the Karachi Literary Festival, prompting him to suggest that the decision may have been influenced by his stand on the issue of Kashmiri Pandits and his support for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“Dear @abasitpak1, Reality remains that Pak Interior Ministry refused to grant NOC for my visa. 17 others invited also didn’t apply for visa,” Kher said in a tweet last night

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Now, TV’s other ‘Ramayan’ returns on Ram Navami

The 56-episode “Ramayan” is directed by Mukesh Singh, Pawan Parkhi and Rajesh Shikhre.

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Mumbai, April 1 : With Ramanand Sagar’s popular eighties mythological serial “Ramayan” returning on Doordarshan to entertain viewers amid the nationwide lockdown, another “Ramayan”, which had originally released in 2012 on Zee Tv, is also set to re-telecast from Ram Navami on April 2.

The show, which ran from August 12, 2012 to September 1, 2013, casts Gagan Malik as Ram, Neha Sargam as Sita, Malhar Pandya as Hanuman
and Sachin Tyagi as Ravan. It also features familiar faces such as Shikha Swaroop, Rucha Gujarathi and Divyanka Tripathi in various roles.

The 56-episode “Ramayan” is directed by Mukesh Singh, Pawan Parkhi and Rajesh Shikhre.

” ‘Ramayan’ undoubtedly is one of the greatest and timeless Indian epic tales, read and loved by all. What better day to celebrate this eternal saga of Lord Ram than Ram Navami itself? Knowing the devotional fervour with which families across India celebrate this day, this year amidst the countrywide lockdown, we chose to bring Lord Ram closer to our viewer’s hearts and homes through this show,” said Vishnu Shankar, Business Head, &TV.

“As the entire country unitedly fights the threat amidst us, there’s nothing better to bring the entire family together than this epic battle between good and evil,” he added.

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Vicky Kaushal donates 1 crore to COVID-19 relief funds

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Mumbai, March 31 (IANS) Bollywood actor Vicky Kaushal is donating Rs 1 crore to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s relief fund and Chief Minister’s (Maharashtra) relief fund, to lend support to the ongoing battle with COVID-19 pandemic.

Vicky on Tuesday took to Instagram, where he shared a note that read: “While I am blessed enough to be seated with my loved ones in the comfortsof my home, there are many who are not as fortunate.

“In this time of crisis, I humbly pledge to contribute an amount of Rs. 1 crore to PM-CARES and Maharashtra Chief Minister Relief Fund. We are in this together and we’ll win this together. Let us all do our bit for a healthier and stronger future.”

Many Bollywood celebrities like Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan, Kartik Aaryan, Diljit Dosanjh, Anushka Sharma among many others have come forward to contribute monetarily in these times of crisis.

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Kanika tests COVID-19 positive for 5th time

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Lucknow, March 31 (IANS) Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor’s fifth sample test for COVID-19 has also come out to be positive.

Sample tests are being carried out on the corona patients every 48 hours.Kanika is presently admitted to the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS).

Director of the institute, Prof. R. K. Dhiman said that the singer’s condition was stable and there was no cause for worry.

Kapoor has tested positive for coronavirus for the fifth consecutive time.Kapoor has been in hospital for over a fortnight. On March 20, she herself announced on Instagram that she had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Her announcement caused a major scare in the country as she had been to parties attended by several bigwigs. The UK returned singer forced the political elite like former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and her son Dushyant Singh into quarantine.

This was followed by the chain effect forcing other leaders like Derek O’ Brien, Anupriya Patel, Sanjay Singh and many others to go into self-isolation.

Kapoor has faced flak for not revealing her travel history and not going into self-isolation soon after arriving from London. The Uttar Pradesh government has also filed a case against her.

It all started when former BSP MP Akbar Ahmed Dumpy threw a birthday party on March 14, which was attended by many socialites and royals. In the list, were Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Jai Pratap Singh, Congress leader Jitin Prasada, Rajasthan’s former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia and her MP son Dushyant Singh among others. And, among the others was Kanika Kappor also.

The party was one among the three hosted by the father-in-law of former Union minister Jitin Prasada which high profile dignitaries attended.The singer stayed at Shalimar Gallante in Mahanagar in Lucknow.

She also paid a visit to her uncle’s family in Kanpur. She mingled with neighbours and admirers across the length and breadth of Lucknow, even obliging for selfie requests.

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