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Star Wars’ actress Carrie Fisher dies at 60

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Los Angeles December 28: Carrie Fisher, the actress best-known for playing Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” franchise, has died aged 60, four days after she suffered a cardiac arrest on a flight.

Her daughter Billie Lourd said the actress passed away on Tuesday morning after being taken ill travelling from London to Los Angeles, reports telegraph.co.uk.

She is survived by her mother, the veteran Hollywood star Debbie Reynolds, who has been by her side along with her close family over Christmas.

Post her cardiac arrest, fans of Fisher had hoped for her recovery following reports that she was “stable”, with her uncle disclosing the family had believed there would be a positive outcome.

But a spokesman for the family said: “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8.55 a.m. She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”

“Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter. I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop. Love Carrie’s Mother,” said 84-year-old Reynolds.

Fisher had been in hospital since December 23, when she fell ill on a United Airlines flight.

Said to be initially “unresponsive”, she was rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles where she was treated in an intensive care unit but did not regain consciousness.

Four days later, after spending Christmas in hospital, Fisher’s daughter confirmed she had died.

Her uncle Bill Reynolds, brother of Debbie, said: “The family all had hope. That’s what the doctors told us, that she would recover. On Christmas Eve we all had dinner together at my sister’s house and said prayers. Everything looked positive and everyone seemed pretty upbeat.”

He added: “We don’t have enough details yet. But the family is all gathering. We all loved her and no one expected anything like this.”

Fisher was expected to make her final appearance on screen as General Leia Organa, after completing filming on “Star Wars: Episode VIII.”

Her death has already sparked speculation over how the franchise would proceed without her.

She had recently been undertaking a book tour for her autobiography, “The Princess Diarist”, making headlines with her mischievous confessions about her youthful affair with Harrison Ford.

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Religious tourism in India: Royal Orchid Hotels opens a new property in Somnath

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With the growth in religious tourism in India, Royal Orchid Hotels one of the fastest growing hospitality chain in India adds a new property ‘Regenta Central’ in Somnath.

Nestled in the coastal city of Somnath, Hotel Regenta Central is suitably located on the main highway of Veraval and a 5 minutes’ walk from main Somnath temple. Hotel is well linked and located within 5 km from Veraval and Somnath Railway Station.

Regenta Central offers a comfortable stay in well-appointed rooms which incorporates the highest service value along with unique design and modern facilities. The hotel offers spacious banquet halls and plush lawns which can accommodate up to 2000 people for various occasions such as large scale family social gathering, business presentations, seminars and confidential corporate meets. The guests can also indulge in various relaxation activities at the hotel’s gymnasium, spa and swimming pool.

The hotel includes two restaurants PINXX and Sugar N Spice. PINXX – a multi-cuisine restaurant, serves vegetarian and kathivyadi delicacies. Sugar N Spice – is an à la carte multi – cuisine restaurant offering a delicious range of fast food and quick bites.

Somnath meaning “Lord of the Soma”, an epithet of Shiva, is first of the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines. It is located on the western coast of Gujarat and is one of the oldest temples of the country. Reconstructed in the Chaulukya style of architecture, it portrays the fine skills of the oldest and best temple architects. The modern day Somnath Temple was built over five years, from 1947 to 1951 and was inaugurated by then President of India Dr. Rajendra Prasad.

Apart from the magnificent temples of Somnath, it is also known for its picturesque beaches. Somnath beach which is located at the southwest end of the Arabian coastline is a perfect way to enjoy a serene evening after a long day of travelling. Both the locations are just 6kms away from the hotel, providing travelers the perfect blend of divinity and serenity.

Chander K. Baljee, Managing Director, Royal Orchid Hotels at the launch of the hotel said, “We are excited to add another property to our portfolio, continuing our ambition of expanding hotels across India. With a constant surge in domestic travelers, not only we are benefitted but also the consumers have an advantage of having affordable stay with finest facilities and services.

The current year looks promising for the hotel industry and we plan to make the most of it by expanding our brand all over India.”

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I’ve never faced casting couch, says Ranbir Kapoor

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Mumbai, April 24: Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor says he has never faced the casting couch.

The actor commented when he was asked for his opinion on veteran choreographer Saroj Khan’s controversial statement that casting couch “provides livelihood at least” in the film industry.

“I have never faced it (casting couch). If it’s there, it is the worst thing,” Ranbir said at the teaser launch of his upcoming film “Sanju” here on Tuesday.

 

Khan’s comment drew ire on social media, following which she apologised.

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Neil Nitin Mukesh, wife to welcome first child

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Mumbai, April 24: Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh and his wife Rukmini Sahay are all set to welcome their first child. They are both excited about the new phase in their life.

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Neil took to Instagram to announce that they were going to become parents soon.

“Now we will be three,” Neil captioned a colourful photograph in which a stork is seen carrying a baby.

Now we will be THREE 👶🏼

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Neil’s father Nitin Mukesh too shared the same photographs with the caption, “… AND NOW THEY WILL BE “THREE” …

… AND NOW THEY WILL BE “THREE” …

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“The arrival of our first born hasn’t seeped in yet but I’m definitely very excited for the next phase in my life. I am lucky to have great support system at home who are constantly guiding Rukmini on the dos and don’ts. We are okay with a baby girl or a baby boy as long as the baby is healthy,” Neil said in a statement.

Rukmini is confident Neil will be a doting father.

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“He loves children. The family has been taking great care of me. We have been doing a lot of baby shopping over the past few months apart from doing a lot of activities like meditation, yoga and music,” she added.

Neil married Mumbai-based Rukmini in February 2017.

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The couple got engaged on the auspicious occasion of Dussehra.

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Neil had left the decision of finding his soulmate to his parents. It was an arranged match and they had a courtship of one month.

The actor, who is the grandson of legendary singer Mukesh and son of veteran singer Nitin Mukesh, is known for films like “Johnny Gaddaar”, “New York”, “David” and “7 Khoon Maaf”.

Describing it as the happiest moment, Nitin said: “This is the fourth generation of the Mukesh legacy. This means the world to us and we are very elated. The one thing Nishi and I were looking forward to after Neil got married was a grandchild. In fact, Nishi has started redesigning the family cot that has been passed on from generation to generation for the new arrival.”

The couple will be having a ‘godh bharai’ function here for family and friends once Neil wraps up his 45-day schedule opposite “Saaho” in Abu Dhabi. In Saaho, he will be seen playing the role of an antagonist, which also stars Shraddha Kapoor and Prabhas.

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