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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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Canadian PM ‘Justin Trudeau’ meets SRK, Aamir and other Celebs; See Pics

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Mumbai, Feb 21: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is on a week-long visit to India, spent an evening with Bollywood personalities like Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Anupam Kher and Farhan Akhtar discussing stronger ties between the Hindi and the Canadian film industries.

Trudeau met the Bollywood celebrities on Tuesday night here. He even shared a photograph with Shah Rukh and tweeted: “Tonight, we celebrated stronger ties and new co-production opportunities between Bollywood and the Canadian film industry. And who better to help than Shah Rukh Khan himself. Great to meet you!”

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He also tweeted the photograph with Mr. Perfectionalist, Aamir Khan, and wrote: Aamir Khan – our delegation was very happy to meet you! Thanks for joining us to celebrate a brighter future for the film industry in both our countries.

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Anupam, who met Trudeau and his family, said it was a pleasure meeting the Canadian Prime Minister.

“What a charming and great conversationalist he is. Talked about people, culture and, of course, cinema,” Anupam added.

Actor-director Farhan Akhtar too was delighted to meet Trudeau. He wrote: “Was an honour & a pleasure to meet the Hon. Prime Minister of Canada, @JustinTrudeau & his lovely wife, Sophie. Sir, your leadership in the discourse for ending gender discrimination serves as constant inspiration to us all.”

Madhavan was floored by the “grace and charm” of the Canadian PM. “@JustinTrudeau such a pleasure and honour meeting you sir. Your relatability, grace and charm was most endearing and its easy to see why you are the Pride and toast of Canada.Have a lovely rest of the tour,” he tweeted.

Trudeau arrived here on Saturday on an eight-day visit at the invitation of his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi.

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The visit is aimed at further strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries in key areas of mutual interest such as trade and investment, energy, science and innovation, higher education, infrastructure development, skill development and space.

Cooperation in security and counter-terrorism as well as exchange of views on global and regional issues of mutual interest will also form important components of the visit.

Modi will hold bilateral talks with Trudeau on Friday following which a number of agreements are expected to be signed.

The trip comes nearly three years after Modi visited Canada in April 2015. The last visit of a Canadian Prime Minister to India was in November 2012.

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‘Baaghi 2’ Trailer: Tiger Shroff, Disha Patani starrer is mixed bag of Love & Action

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New Delhi, Feb 21: The much-awaited trailer of Tiger Shroff-Disha Patani starrer ‘ Baaghi 2 ‘ is finally out! One look at the trailer and you would agree that Tiger gives out the ‘Rambo’ vibes.

Tiger Shroff steals the show with this one. Randeep Hooda, Manoj Bajpayee and Prateik Babbar are a surprise package and the trailer promises double the fun and action.

Starring Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani in the sequel, the Ahmed Khan directorial promises some fabulous action moments.

The film is a sequel to Tiger’s 2016 superhit action flick ‘Baaghi’ which also starred Shraddha Kapoor in the lead role.

Co-Produced by Fox Star Studios and Sajid Nadiadwala under the banner name Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, Baaghi 2 is directed by Ahmed Khan and is slated to release on 30th March, 2018.

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Neetu Chandra releases song on International Mother Language Day

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Mumbai, Feb 21: Actress-producer Neetu Chandra released a Bhojpuri song on her YouTube channel ‘Bejod’ on the occasion of International Mother Language Day, which is observed on February 21.

Titled “Ankhiyan ke paani”, the song has been directed by her brother and National Award-winning director Nitin Chandra. It aims at elaborating the significance of the Bhojpuri language and its rich culture, read a statement.

Watch the song here:

“I am proud of the fact that I got an opportunity to stand by my roots by showcasing this video on a digital platform. I intend to showcase my mother tongue, which is Bhojpuri, to the world and let people know about its vibrant and rich culture it stands for,” said Neetu, who has produced the project.

The video for the song has been shot across eight countries, including India, the US, Canada, Singapore and Australia.

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