Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat to release pan-India as SC lifts by six states

On Thursday, the Supreme Court stayed the ban of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat in six states. The top court also said that states must ensure law and order are maintained and they cannot ban the movie mentioning it as a problem. Every state is constitutionally grateful to maintain law and order and prevent any problematic incident during the screening of the film all over the country, the bench hearing the matter perceived.

The CJI Misra said during the hearing that “If we go by this (arguments leveled against films), 60 per cent of literature, even classical literature of India cannot be read”. Debating for the states, Additional Solictor General Tushar Mehta told the bench that history could be distorted to the extent that Mahatma Gandhi can be displayed as “sipping whiskey”. ASG Mehta added that “That’s distortion of history. Country will never allow that”. “That is not even distortion of history,” replied senior advocate Harish Salve, who was appearing on the behalf of producers. The film producers filed a petition on Tuesday before a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, following a day Haryana joined the list of states to ban the film.

Later, the producers moved to the apex court through senior lawyer Harish Salve and advocate Mahesh Agarwal and submitted that the movie has endured changes, including in its title, as suggested by the Central Board of Certification (CBFC). The bench approved to hear the issue today following the petitioners asked for an immediate hearing of the matter. The governments of Haryana, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, all BJP-ruled states, had announced that they will not allow the screening of the movie, which is set for release on January 25. Following making some recommendations including a change in the film’s title, the CBFC had cleared the film for release with U/A certificate.

UN must step up pressure on Pakistan: US diplomat Nikki Haley

Coming back from a UN Security Council visit to Afghanistan, US Ambassador Nikki Haley underscored on Monday that the Kabul government wants world powers to raise pressure on Pakistan. She joined the 14 other council envoys for talks with top Afghan leaders in Kabul at the weekend as the government reflects holding peace talks with the Taliban to conclude decades of insurgency.

Haley told reporters at UN headquarters, “They feel confident that the Taliban will be coming to the table.” As the peace talks will be Afghan-led, the Kabul government did request that the Security Council have influence in to bring Pakistan onboard. “They did ask us for consensus to put further pressure on Pakistan to come to the table and change their behavior,” the US Ambassador said. Haley said the Afghan government is making extended steps towards stability and added that “continue to make ten steps forward and with Pakistan, they feel like they continue to take steps backward”. “As long as they are supporting terrorism in Pakistan, the Afghan community is continuing to feel it is not safe,” Haley said.

However, Haley did not specify what measures could be taken to pressure Pakistan but the council does have the authority to enforce sanctions. Pakistan has been accused of supporting the Taliban and various militant groups in Afghanistan from a long time to the charges they deny continuously. The US President Donald Trump has stopped US payments of military help to Pakistan worth $900 million, claiming Pakistan is not doing enough to target Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani guerilla group. A question mark also looms over an additional $1 billion of US military equipment for Pakistan.

The US officials consider that Pakistan’s intelligence agency and military have long aided fund and arm the Taliban to fight increasing Indian influence in Afghanistan, whose government is backed by the US. The Afghan government also appealed council to help in addressing narcotics production and trafficking, looking at “every country that moves them,” said Haley.

India Vs SA Test series: Team India got a reality check of its performance in 5-day matches, many loopholes to work on

In the 3 Test match series with South Africa, India already loses first two test matches. Isn’t it shocking to see a world-class team like India losing these matches with such an ease? It is the same team that looks strongest the most on papers. India, in last some years, performing extraordinarily in every home series and was winning peacefully. But playing in South Africa is definitely not a bed of full roses for the team India. They not only have to learn from these easy defeats in these test matches but also work on many other things. We will talk about the most important places where team India really needs to work on.

World’s strongest batting line, but not used appropriately

There’s no question on the world-class batting line of team India. Actually, it’s the strongest part of our team. But it sounds unimaginable when we witness team India losing because of poor performances of Indian batsmen. Players like Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ravi Pujara and many more, again and again, failed to perform in the test matches against South Africa. The inconsistency in the performances of Indian players needs to be focused and analyzed on.

Indian Captain Virat Kohli’s inexperienced decisions

There is no doubt in the ability of Virat Kohli as a batsman. He’s the world’s best batsman and we believe in it. But he still needs to work on his captaincy skills. An ace Test match player like Ajinkya Rahane was being ignored by Kohli in the first two test matches and this decision of the Indian captain needs to be evaluated. Rahane is unarguably one of the finest test match player and his records convey the same. Even dropping India’s best current lot bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the second Test match was unexpected and shocking for all. The Indian captain has to look again at his decisions.

And the hunt for good Wicketkeeper/Batsman still goes on

The biggest setback team India is suffering from is a good wicketkeeper/batsman. There was a time when Indian team had Dhoni, who was not just a good wicketkeeper but also a great batsman and captain. Team India has to compromise on both now – a great wicketkeeper and a great captain. Parthiv Patel’s performance as a wicketkeeper in second test match showed how blessed team India was when MS Dhoni was the wicketkeeper. There’s no one who seems to even fit 20% of the place in the team as a wicketkeeper like MS Dhoni. The search for a good wicketkeeper still continues.

20 Mins Of Meditation is capable of Reducing PTSD Symptoms: These 5 Foods are helpful too


According a recent study it has been suggested that just 20 minutes of meditation twice a day, can reduce symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or what we call PTSD. The study was conducted on some war troupers in America. Researchers from Maharishi University of Management in Farfield, US, found a decrease in the symptoms of PTSD in the subjects who practiced Transcendental Meditation. After practicing for a month the meditation technique daily, the subjects experienced significant relief from the symptoms of PTSD. In fact, the study displayed that four out of five veterans were no longer suffering from severe PTSD.

Transcendental meditation might have similar effects on people who are suffering from other psychological disorders such as insomnia, depression and anxiety. These type of disorders are linked to PTSD and are often established as a result of PTSD. A person suffering from this type of disorder usually has trauma flashbacks, as a result of which signs of the other mental health problems are also developed. There are some foods which are also known for reducing the symptoms of PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Here I have got the list of five foods that may help relieve PTSD to some extent.

1. Blueberries

Researchers at Louisiana State University has found that blueberries are quite effective to lower PTSD symptoms in rats. Blueberries can control the mood of a person and help them to increase levels of serotonin in the brain, effectively bringing relief from PTSD.

2. Cheese and Milk

Dairy products such as cheese and milk are rich in amino acid known as tyrosine. Tyrosine is capable of triggering the production of dopamine, epinephrine and nor-epinephrine, thus increasing the levels of energy and alertness in the body. In addition to that, milk is rich in whey protein, which is hyped as a stress antidote.

3. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea has been known for the properties of fighting stress. Chamomile have calming effect on people who frequently get to experience agitation, irritation, depression and mood swings.

4. Walnuts

As we all know that Walnuts are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. People who are chronically lacking in fatty acids often report depressive symptoms, pessimism and impulsive behavior. These fats are not to be jumbled with the ones that come from oily foods such as burgers and fries, which on the other hand, gives you sluggish and fatigued feeling.

5. Green vegetables

Green vegetables namely, spinach and kale are rich in folic acid, the lack of which can cause depression, especially in men. Other food items rich in folic acid such as nuts, sprouts and oranges.

Patients of PTSD require special care and expert advice, counselling as well as guided mental health care. However, little changes in lifestyle and dietary can also go a long way in aiding treatment of the disorder.

Amazon Says Created Over 6,500 Temporary Jobs Ahead of Great Indian Sale

Amazon great India sale

Amazon India, the E-commerce giant said that it has created more than 6,500 temporary jobs for its mega sale later this month. From January 20 to January 24, 2018, is going to host its Great Indian Sale. Akhil Saxena, Amazon India Vice President (Customer Fulfillment) told PTI, ”More than 5,500 of these “seasonal positions” have been formed across Amazon India’s network for the fulfillment centers, sortation centers as well as the delivery stations.”

Saxena added, “Another 1,000 associates have been added to the company’s customer service sites in order to cater to higher customer demand expected during the period of SALE.”

Saxena said, “This development will be instrumental in driving an exceptional experience during the upcoming Great Indian Sale. These thousands of associates will help in expanding our capabilities to serve our customers with better service and enable us to deliver dependably high levels of customer experience.”

These seasonal positions have been created in metros as well as cities such as Hyderabad and Bengaluru, among others. Saxena said, “ The company’s service partner stations have also hired extra seasonal associates for enabling faster deliveries during the sale.”

Sealed in a penetrating battle for leadership in the e-commerce market of India with local rival Flipkart, has been belligerently invested in increasing its infrastructure and delivery abilities.

It has 41 fulfilment centres (warehouses), more than 25 sortation centres, close to 150 delivery stations and 350 service partner stations all-round the country.

These enable in pickups, packing, shipping, and delivery the orders during the SALE. Amazon India also has 13 customer service sites across 12 cities.

This US-based company has committed an investment of over $5 billion that is roughly Rs. 31,720 crores in the Indian market and has already pumped in a noteworthy portion of that amount.

Organ donors in Pune outnumbered by number of recipients on waiting list

Organ donation

Pune registered 56 organ donations in 2017, still the number of recipients in the waiting list continues to outnumber the number of organ donations in the city.

As per the Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC), Pune branch, in 2017 there were total 56 organ donations which includes 79 kidney donations, 53 liver donations, two donations of kidney and pancreas with 9 heart donations. Yet after this huge amount of recipients in the waiting list continues to increase with doctors emphasizing on the need for more people for coming forward and opt for organ donation.

According to the statistics available with the ZTCC, currently, there are almost 780 people in the waiting list for kidney transplant list, 280 in the liver transplant list, 13 for heart and 30 for kidney and pancreas. This report is enough to highlight the deficiency in the number of organs donated and the ever-increasing waiting list.

As per reports in 2017, Pune was second in the state with 56 organ donations, whereas in 2016, the city was at number one in the state with 58 organ donations. The total number of organ donations in 2015 was as low as 16 in Pune which grew ominously to 58 in 2016.

Aarti Gokhale, central coordinator of Pune’s ZTCC, said, “In the past two years, the body had worked extensively, both in public and private hospitals.” She said, “Earlier, when we visited hospitals to sensitise people about organ donations, we found that most people did not have any clue about it. Many transplant coordinators said that they had trouble when they talked to relatives of brain dead patients about organ donation. They said most had trouble accepting the idea.”

Gokhale added, “We started conducting regular medical education programmes for the hospital staff, especially the intensivists (a physician with advanced training and experience in treating critical illnesses). This may have resulted in the increased number of organ donations.”

With a opinion to continue to generating awareness regarding organ donations, many hospitals have been accompanying various programmes in the city that emphasizes on the importance of organ donation.

Recently, Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital felicitated both living donors and deceased donor families, who saved lives of the needy with end stage kidney, liver and heart disease. The families of deceased donors were praised for their unselfishness for turning their moments of personal disaster into an occasion for saving lives.

Lt Gen Dr Akhil Nagpal, chief of clinical services at Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital said, “There is still severe deficiency in the number of organs donated and the ever-expanding waiting list. The decision taken by people for donating their organs must be lauded and many more should join this social movement.”

21-year-old brain dead patient saves three lives

A 21-year-old brain dead patient aided save the lives of at least three people as he donated all his organs. The patient donated his two kidneys and one liver to save lives. The recovery of the organs was done at Sassoon General Hospital (SGH) making it the first recovery of the year for the government-run medical establishment.

According to information from the officials of Sassoon General Hospital, the 21-year-old donor died of brain damage after suffering from an electric shock. A statement was released by the hospital which says, “The boy was admitted at Sassoon General Hospital since January 3 and was declared brain dead on January 6. The medical staff and doctors at the hospital convinced his family to donate his vital organs to save three more lives.”

“In the past one and half years, Sassoon General Hospital witnessed six organ retrievals, among which three were women and three were men. The major operation of retrieval as well as donation happened for free at Sassoon General Hospital giving respite to economically-challenged families.” The dean of BJ Medical College, Ajay Chandanwale, said.

On Saturday, the recovered kidney was donated to Sassoon General Hospital, while the other organ was given to Aditya Birla Hospital in Pune. The liver was also taken to Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital in Pune.

Doctors at Sassoon General Hospital said, “The 40-year-old recipient at Sassoon General Hospital who received the kidney was in a critical stage as both his kidneys were not functional anymore.”

Padmaavat producers moved Supreme Court against ban of its release in four states

Following the ban in four states, the producers of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat have knocked the doors of Supreme Court after receiving clearance from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for a normal release in every state. The governments of Haryana, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana have banned the film saying its release may present law and order situation.

A Bench, comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud, measured the proposal of the counsel of the producer that the matter be heard instantaneously because of the ban by Rajasthan, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana mentioning law and order issues. The Bhansali’s film is based on Mohammad Jayasi’s poem Padmavat, starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in the lead roles. The film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali witnessed protests across India for allegedly distorting history, a charge that the makers of the film denied strongly.

The film was initially titled as ‘Padmavati’, which was later changed to Padmaavat as suggested by the CBFC. Padmaavat was cleared by the CBFC for release with U/A certificate and a set of five modifications. The film has been experiencing violent protests by the fringe group, Shri Rajput Karni Sena who guilt the ace filmmaker and lead actors of insulting Rajputs and the community’s honor. The protestors, on the other hand, also issued death threats against Bhansali and Deepika over allegations that the queen has a dream sequence with Muslim emperor Alauddin Khilji in the movie, which was clearly denied by the filmmakers.

The makers of Padmaavat released a new poster on Monday with no faces, noting the changes in bold and comforting everyone that the film “upholds the honor of the Rajput community”. The Bhansali’s film is all set to release on January 25, set for a box office clash with Akshay Kumar’s PadMan.