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Ruskin Bond conferred Lifetime Achievement Award

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New Delhi, Nov 26 : Noted author Ruskin Bond was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Times Lit Fest here on Saturday for his outstanding contribution in the field of literature.

Bond reminded his young readers of climate change during a conversation with writer Paro Anand.

“Nature has been really kind to me. So I think I can give back to nature by celebrating it. I am not an activist, but I can celebrate it in my writings,” the author said as he took a pause to think.

“For the sake of our children and grandchildren, we should try and save the planet,” he added.

Bond was speaking to a packed house, comprising of young school children and elderly, at India Habitat Centre here.

“I am not a pessimist so I will not say that life will end in 50 years. I am an optimist so I will say that life may end in 150 years,” said an emotional Bond, whose writings reflect his close proximity to  nature.

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“It has always been my observation that I have written better when I am in the lap of  nature. People have been my stories, animals have been my stories and when I run out of people and animals, I make stories out of ghosts. But there is an element of nature all through.”

He advised his young readers to become “one’s own best friend” and read as many books as possible.

“Reading books has sustained me right from a young boy to this age. It has always made me feel that life is beautiful,” he said.

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Bond also responded to questions from young readers and shared his answers on diverse issues, ranging from the current state of children’s literature in the country to the number of times he has fallen in love at first sight, second sight or at hindsight, for that matter. IANS

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Prithviraj Sukumaran tests positive for novel coronavirus

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Pithviraj Sukumaran has tested positive for the novel coronavirus recently. The actor took to Twitter to reveal that he is asymptomatic and will be in home quarantine till he tests negative.

The Ayyappanum Koshiyum actor was shooting for his upcoming film, Jana Gana Mana. The film’s director Dijo Jose and many of the crew members had tested positive for Covid-19. So, Prithviraj decided to get himself tested for Covid-19.

During the Unlock 5.0, the government has given permission to conduct film shootings with 100 people on the set following safety measures. Recently, Prithviraj participated in the shoot of his upcoming film Jana Gana Mana in Ernakulam, Kerala.

After the crew members of Jana Gana Mana tested positive for Covid-19, Prithviraj decided to get himself tested even though he was asymptomatic. The results of Covid-19 test turned out to be positive.

Taking to Twitter, Prithviraj revealed that he has tested positive. He wrote, “I’ve been shooting for Dijo Jose Anthony’s “Jana Gana Mana” since the 7th of October. We had strict protocols in place with regards to Covid regulations and associated safety measures. As is the norm, all involved in the shoot were tested before the schedule started and after the last day of shoot in the courtroom set we had put up, tests were repeated.”

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Sushant case: NCB arrests brother of Arjun Rampal’s S African girlfriend

Sushant was found dead on June 14 at his Bandra flat. The NCB registered the case on the request of Enforcement Directorate after several alleged chats relating to drugs came to the fore.

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Mumbai, Oct 19 : In another major development in a drug case related to death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Sunday arrested the brother of actor Arjun Rampal’s girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades.

According to NCB officials privy to the probe, the drug law enforcement agency has arrested Agisilaos Demetriades.

The NCB official alleged that Agisilaos, a South African national, was arrested after it came to the fore that he was in touch with the drug peddlers arrested in Sushant’s case.

He was produced before a local court and sent to NCB custody.

Earlier the NCB has arrested Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik, Sushant’s house manager Samuel Miranda, personal staff Dipesh Sawant and several others.

Rhea spent 28 days in jail before getting bail from Bombay High Court in the case.

The NCB has also questioned several Bollywood divas including Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, and Shraddha Kapoor in connection with the case.

The NCB has also arrested former Dharma Productions executive producer Kshitij Ravi Prasad in connection with the case.

Sushant was found dead on June 14 at his Bandra flat. The NCB registered the case on the request of Enforcement Directorate after several alleged chats relating to drugs came to the fore.

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Saqib Saleem to conduct virtual meet with trollers

Actor Saqib Saleem, who often finds himself at the receiving end of trolling, has decided to interact with the trollers via virtual meeting.

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Mumbai: On Sunday, he took to Instagram and posted a video, wherein he announced that he will have a virtual conversation with the social media users who pass hatred comments on him.

The interaction will happen on October 20 at 11 a.m.

“Dear Trollers,

There have been various accusations levied at you questioning your authenticity . Please let’s prove to the world that the bot theory is not true. Let’s meet on 20th October 11 am via a virtual meet . Will post the meeting ID in my story by tomorrow . Hoping to see you guys,” he wrote.

Earlier this year, Saqib was heavily trolled by many netizens who told the actor to “go to Pakistan”. After facing massive trolling, he even deleted his Twitter account.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Saqib will next be seen in the films “83” and “Comedy Couple”.

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