Vijay has every right to criticize GST, Digital India: Ex-Union Minister

Former Union Minister Kapil Sibal on Saturday extended his support to actor Vijay over the controversy surrounding the dialogues about GST in his ‘Mersal’ film. The senior Congress leader tweeted, “BJP to decide what is wrong or right for us:a new definition of free speech.Vijay in Mersal has every right to criticise GST,Digital India.”

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#TamiliansvsModi trending on Twitter

Following the controversy surrounding the ‘Mersal’ film for dialogues about GST, the hashtag #TamiliansvsModi is trending on Twitter. Earlier, Vijay fans and several others who support the ‘Mersal’ film tweeted with hashtag #MersalvsModi. Notably, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Mr. Modi, Cinema is a deep expression of Tamil culture and language. Don't try to demon-etise Tamil pride by interfering in Mersal”.

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‘Mersal’ scenes should not be removed for anyone: Actors’ association

The South Indian actors’ association has come out in support of the ‘Mersal’ film starring Vijay which garnered opposition from BJP for dialogues on GST. The association reportedly said the scenes should not be removed for anyone as such actions would cause big problems in the future. Making changes in the censored movie due to personal criticisms questions the freedom of expression, it reportedly added. Further, the association reportedly asked if there is no freedom of expression for cinema media and artists.

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Not right to remove ‘Mersal’ scenes: Top actor

Actor Prabhu has reportedly voiced his support for the controversial ‘Mersal’ film which released on Diwali day. The actor reportedly said, “It’s not right to remove the scenes from a censored film. Freedom of expression is needed.” The Vijay-starrer stirred up controversy for its dialogues about the GST, which was implemented by the BJP government.

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Man sexually assaults girl in public, video goes viral

A video of a girl being sexually assaulted in public at a bylane near Mavoor Road in Kozhikode is going viral on social media. Based on the video, the Nadakkavu police reportedly filed a suo motu case against a man for trying to sexually assault a girl. The incident happened last Wednesday on the pocket road from YMCA road leading to the Mavoor Road, say reports. The details of the victim are not known. The face of the attacker is clearly seen in the video and police are reportedly searching for the man.

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Linking Aadhaar to bank accounts mandatory? RBI clarifies

Following media reports quoting an RTI reply that said RBI has not issued any order, the apex bank on Saturday reportedly said Aadhaar linkage with bank accounts is mandatory. The central bank, in its statement, reportedly said, “The Reserve Bank clarifies that, in applicable cases, linkage of Aadhaar number to bank account is mandatory under the Prevention of Money-laundering (Maintenance of Records) Second Amendment Rules, 2017 published in the Official Gazette on June 1, 2017.”

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Following Mersal controversy, M K Stalin tweets

Following the controversy surrounding Vijay-starrer ‘Mersal’ film, DMK working president M K Stalin has come in support of the movie. Stalin tweeted, “BJP's attempt to muzzle criticism is contrary to democratic principles. The DMK always stands for freedom of speech & creative expression”. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi also tweeted in support of the film and slammed BJP for trying to “demon-etise” Tamil pride.

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AAP voices against re-censor

With too many political views against the Tamil movie 'Mersal', Delhi deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has tweeted that instead of re-censoring the movie, they can fix the problem with GST. A lot of other well-known personalities like Kushboo and Kamal Haasan had also tweeted supporting the movie.

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Here's what India's 1st transgender judge says

India's first transgender Lok Adalat judge, Joyita Mondal was appointed as a judge in Islampur Lok Adalat in July. She has allegedly said that there are many transgenders, who can do a lot if given a chance. According to media reports, she had been working for transgender rights since 2010, and the government viewed her as a social worker and not as transgender.

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'Dowry helps girls get married': college book

The students of St Joseph's College in Bengaluru reportedly gave photocopies from a book that listed "advantages of dowry". A report says that the book published had written, "The marriage of ugly girls, who otherwise would have gone without a partner, is made possible by offering a heavy amount of dowry." But after an investigation, the college said that they never have such views as a part of the college syllabus.

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Samsung phone catches fire during Jet Airways flight

A passenger reportedly said that her Samsung Galaxy J7 caught fire when it was in her handbag, during a Delhi-Indore Jet Airways flight on Friday. According to reports, crew members were serving passengers snacks when the cabin started filling with fumes, and the passengers started panicking. Reportedly, the fire was doused by pouring water on the handbag as the fire extinguisher was not working.

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Woman found dead semi-naked, rape suspected

An unidentified woman's dead body was found lying in a semi-naked state at a park in Noida. Reportedly, the police said the woman's head was forcefully smashed against a pole after which she died on the spot. According to reports, police suspect that she was raped before being murdered.

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10 die as truck overturns

According to reports,10 people were killed and five more were injured after a  truck carrying stone tiles overturned in Maharashtra's Sangli on Saturday. Reportedly, the truck flipped because of sharp turn amid low visibility. The death toll might go up as some of the injured were very critical.

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Rahul Gandhi asks PM Modi not to interfere in ‘Mersal’

Vice president of the Indian National Congress Rahul Gandhi gave his voice for Vijay’s ‘Mersal’ and told that cinema is a deep expression of Tamil culture and language. Rahul also asked the Indian Prime Minister Modi not to interfere in ‘Mersal’.

 

 


 

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Cockroach legs found in McDonald's cup of coffee

According to reports, a customer at a McDonald's outlet on Rama IV Road in Bangkok posted a picture of a cup of coffee with what appears to be cockroach legs in it. Facebook user Nostalgic Eik reportedly wrote, "I was given a new cup of coffee. But it seemed that the problem remained as the next cup of coffee had more cockroach legs in it". Later, McDonald's posted an apology letter and stated that they brought in the offending coffee machine for inspection and has sent in a team to the outlet to get its equipment and facilities cleaned.

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Halley's Comet meteor shower to happen over India

The annual Orionid meteor shower that occurs over India every year in October as debris from Halley’s Comet will be visible once again on this Sunday morning. If you look towards the sky on Sunday morning you might be able to catch around 20-30 meteors to burn in Earth's atmosphere each hour at speeds of 66 km/sec. The best time to watch the Orionids is just after midnight (Saturday, Oct 21) and right before dawn (Sunday, Oct 22).

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Dedicated doctors disheartened by Mersal: Tamilisai Soundararajan

Tamil Nadu BJP president Tamilisai Soundararajan accused Vijay’s ‘Mersal’ of showing doctors and ambulance drivers in a bad light. Tamilisai also questioned why should doctors take Rs 5 as fees while actors in movies get crores. Earlier, Tamilisai had asked for some scenes from ‘Mersal’ to be removed as they are critical of the Goods and Services Tax and the Digital India initiative.

 

 


 

 

 


 

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If I get to 618 wickets, that will be my last Test match: Ashwin

Indian all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin reportedly said that he will retire when he reaches 618 Test wickets. “I am a big fan of Anil Kumble and he has got 619 wickets and, if I get to 618 wickets, I will be very thankful too and, if I get to 618, that will be my last Test match,” Ashwin told Gulf News during his trip to the UAE. Ashwin currently has 292 wickets in Tests.

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You can only make documentaries praising government's policies: P Chidambaram

senior Congress leader P Chidambaram joined the list of politicians who have given their voice for Vijay’s ‘Mersal’. In a sarcastic way, Chidambaram told that a new law is coming and people can only make documentaries praising government's policies.

 

 


 

 

 


 

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Vijay's 'Mersal' gets Seeman's support

Naam Tamilar Katchi chief Seeman reportedly praised Vijay starrer ‘Mersal’ and wished the movie to become a success. Seeman further told that the movie ‘Mersal’ emphasises the need of free and quality medicine and wished director Atlee and the entire crew of the film a grand success.

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