Salman Khan ‘Doesn’t Want To Be A Part’ Of The Show Anymore


New Delhi: 

Salman Khan, so good to see you! Bigg Boss Weekend Ka Vaar started with Salman Khan taking us inside the Bigg Boss house, the contestants of which were busy with a task. With the three ‘jail mates’ release from the kal kothri, the housemates were given a task to label each other with tags such as “shatir, khalnaayak, kapti” and zero.” Surbhi was chosen as the villain by the end of the task while Dipika was tagged as ‘shatir.’ Saba was voted for ‘double standards’. But the interesting part of the episode arrived after the task, when Salman Khan interacted with the housemates personally.

 

 

The show host began by addressing Anup Jalota and Sreesanth, who are currently in the secret room. Salman Khan asked what Sreesanth plans to do as he had said earlier that he wants to ‘unmask’ a few of his fellow housemates. As the camera switched to the house, Salman had a detailed conversation with Dipika and Surbhi, who alleged the former of hiding her ‘real image.’

 

 

Next, Salman pulled up Shivashish for planning an attack on Deepak during the luxury budget task. Even after Salman trying to make Shivashish realise the repercussions of physically hurting someone, he remained adamant about his view. He continued to justify what he did was correct till Salman appeared to lose his cool. Later, Shivashish and Deepak repaired severed ties over apologies.

Talking about physical violence, Salman also pointed out how Srishty Rode and Saba Khan engaged in a fight during the captaincy task. Even the housemates agreed that Srishty was at fault and was difficult to deal with once she locked herself up in the washroom. By this time, the atmosphere got heated with Salman Khan threatening to throw out whoever poses physical danger to others. He also said: “This is not a show that I want to be a part of,” adding: “Even I don’t want to be seen like this.” However, the chapter ended with Srishty Rode and Saba Khan apologising to each other.

 

 

In other news, Shivashish gets nominated for this week’s punishment. Sunday’s episode will reveal who gets evicted from the show. Actress Kajol will also make a surprise appearance in the house on Sunday’s episode to promote Helicopter Eela and lighten the mood with fun and quirky tasks with the housemates.

Watch this space for more updates on Bigg Boss 12.





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Melania Trump Says There Are People In The White House She Doesn’t Trust


First lady Melania Trump said in an interview broadcast Thursday that there have been people in her husband’s White House whom she doesn’t trust, including some who still work there.

During the interview with ABC News, conducted during her recent solo trip to Africa, Trump also asserted that she is one of the most bullied people in the world, as she discusses her child-welfare initiative, Be Best, which includes a focus on combating cyberbullying.

Trump was asked by ABC’s Tom Llamas if the president has had people working for him that she didn’t trust.

“Yes,” she replied, adding that she has let her husband know.

“Some people, they don’t work there anymore,” Trump said.

Asked if there are still people in the administration she can’t trust, Trump said yes.

“It’s harder to govern,” the first lady said. “You always need to watch your back.”

Her comments come in the wake of an anonymous op-ed in the New York Times last month claiming there is a “resistance” within the Trump administration. The Times said the piece was written by a senior administration official, whose identity still has not become public.

During the interview, Llamas also asked Trump if she has the most control over her husband’s decisions of those in the White House.

“Oh, I wish,” she said, laughing.

“I give him my honest advice and honest opinions, and then he does what he wants to do,” Trump said.

During the interview, Trump also said, “I could say I’m the most bullied person on the world.”

Pressed on that assertion, she added: “One of them, if you really see what people are saying about me.”

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Vladimir Putin Says Khabib Nurmagomedov Doesn’t Deserve Harsh Punishment


Russian President Vladimir Putin met mixed martial arts champion Khabib Nurmagomedov on Wednesday, saying that he did not deserve harsh punishment for a recent post-fight brawl. The Russian strongman appeared on state television meeting the fighter, who defended his Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight title against Conor McGregor on Saturday, along with his father. Nurmagomedov faces a possible suspension over the post-fight fracas and has not received his prize money, though he will keep his title.

Despite the controversy, he has received a hero’s welcome in Russia and blasted his opponent as a “dimwit”.

Putin gave the fighter a mild lecture over his behaviour, but stressed that any Russian will respond forcefully to an attack from the outside.

“I will ask your dad not to punish you harshly,” the president told the 30-year-old fighter from the mainly Muslim Dagestan region, adding that “you won worthily and convincingly”.

Putin said that like other Russians he had “closely followed” the fight in Las Vegas and “got emotionally involved”.

After the fight, Nurmagomedov jumped over the fence and apparently tried to attack his opponent’s training partner. The crowd was so hostile that the UFC president Dana White did not present the Russian with his belt.

Nurmagomedov expressed no remorse, telling Putin he responded to “disrespect” and “provocations” from his opponent and that he hoped to be vindicated. 

Putin told him that a Russian must restrain himself while at home in his own country, which he called “a big family, but when attacked from the outside, may respond appropriately”.

“In a family anything can happen, (but) we never allow ourselves to go beyond certain limits,” Putin said.

“But if they attack us from the outside, of course, not just you — all of us can jump in such a way, they won’t know what hit them,” said Putin, nevertheless cautioning Nurmagomedov that “it’s better not to take things so far”.



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Nikki Haley Poses A Potential Threat To Donald Trump Even If She Doesn’t Run In 2020


Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the United Nations, speaks in the Oval Office at the White House.

Washington: 

Nikki Haley’s abrupt and unexpected resignation from President Donald Trump’s administration secured her membership in a singular club – the rare former White House official who leaves Trump’s orbit as a political force who could pose a potential threat to the president.

In a sign of her rising profile, the ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday simultaneously announced her resignation at the end of this year while also reassuring Trump that she has no plans to challenge his reelection.

“No, I’m not running for 2020,” she said, seated next to the president in the Oval Office. “I can promise you what I’ll be doing is campaigning for this one. So, I look forward to supporting the president in the next election.”

The blunt statement underscores both the loyalty demanded by Trump and the political complications Haley could pose to the president.

At 46, Haley has built her own political brand and has a long potential career ahead of her. The former South Carolina governor mixes homespun Southern charm with hard-boiled political savvy – a daughter of immigrants boasting both executive experience in her home state and foreign policy chops from two years as one of Trump’s top diplomats.

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US President Donald Trump and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, during a panel discussion at the UN General Assembly meeting in New York on September 18, 2017.

“She’s a rising star and he’s king, so there’s always an inherent tension there,” said Mike Murphy, a longtime Republican strategist and Trump critic. “Politically, any star in the party is a threat to Trump because in his Stalinesque way, there’s only one sun god and it has to be Trump.”

For now, at least, Christine Matthews, a pollster who has worked with Republican candidates, said that Haley seems to be leaving the Trump administration on her own terms and with her personal and political bona fides still intact.

“She has served very well and has only enhanced her reputation and I think she’s probably the only person in the Trump administration who you can say that about,” Matthews said.

She likened Haley to Condoleezza Rice – the secretary of state and national security adviser under President George W. Bush – who was often mentioned as a possible GOP vice-presidential candidate. “She’s one of these rare people in Republican circles who conservatives and moderates really like and women and men can both agree on,” Matthews said. “She is somebody who is outside of stereotypical Republican central casting. She’s Indian American, she’s young, she’s both pragmatic as well as conservative, and I feel that she very much has that image going for her.”

Yet for a rising star, it remains unclear where she will shine. In the hours after her surprise announcement, political operatives floated options ranging from a high-dollar private-sector gig to a television contributor deal and book contract. There was also chatter that Haley could seek the Senate seat occupied by Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. – an idea quickly dismissed by Haley confidants, Trump and Graham himself. “I have zero desire to be a Cabinet member,” Graham quipped.

Rick Tyler, a Republican strategist and former adviser to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said that while Haley’s departure was highly choreographed – “Who gets to resign in the Oval Office? It’s unbelievable” – the challenge for Haley will be how she bides her time, especially if Trump seeks reelection in 2020 as expected.

“If she runs in 2024, she’ll have to figure out how to keep her profile active for the next six years, and most politicians can’t manage that,” Tyler said.

The timing of Haley’s exit, less than a month before the 2018 midterms, struck many in the president’s circle as either savvy or suspect.

On the one hand, she leaves with foreign policy credentials, the credibility that comes from navigating an often chaotic White House and ahead of potential political fallout from the November elections or Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

“She’s shrewd, which is good in politics, but you have to keep an eye open,” said H. Boyd Brown, a former Democratic South Carolina legislator who has battled with Haley in the past. “She’s coming for you if you are in her way.”

The suddenness and secrecy surrounding her announcement Tuesday also prompted speculation about her motives. The expansive portfolio she enjoyed during Rex Tillerson’s tenure as secretary of state was diminished by the arrival of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton, who controlled foreign policy out of the White House and made themselves more visible than their predecessors.

Trump has also been leery of her ambitions at times, frustrated when she made announcements on television or when she garnered large amounts of glowing press coverage. Haley had been privately skeptical of some of the president’s politics and tactics, yet was careful even in private situations not to criticize him while marveling at his crowds and poll numbers.

“Resignations in national politics are highly calculated maneuvers – it’s not just like, ‘Uh, I think I’ll have chili for lunch,’ ” Murphy said. “This was so abrupt and the timing so politically weird that it sure reads like it’s preempting something . . . If it’s the political masterstroke, where’s the landing pad? Where’s the ooh and ahh?”

A polished campaigner, Haley already was a rising national star in the Republican Party when Trump began running for president in 2016. She did not hide her discomfort with his pugnacity and the racially insensitive aspects of his campaign, delivering criticisms of Trump’s rhetoric and demeanor, and ultimately endorsing a competitor, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

But Trump won the primary in Haley’s home state handily, so his move to make her U.N. ambassador was seen as an olive branch to the Republican establishment.

Haley – one of the few women in the Cabinet and one of the few minorities to hold a senior administration position – quickly became the face of Trump’s foreign policy, demonstrating political acumen and shrewdness in her dealings with the White House.

When speculation mounted last month that Haley might have authored an anonymous New York Times column claiming a “resistance” within the Trump administration, Haley penned a Washington Post column under the headline: “When I challenge the president, I do it directly. My anonymous colleague should have, too.”

In April, Haley revealed in a television interview that the administration would be rolling out new economic sanctions against Russia. Trump was upset because he was not ready to impose the new penalties, and National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said Haley had bungled the interview out of “confusion.”

The U.N. ambassador shot back the next day: “With all due respect,” she said, “I don’t get confused.”

Haley’s positioning on racial issues also stood in contrast with that of Trump. In August 2017, after Trump suggested both sides were to blame for the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Haley made clear she disapproved of the president’s response but stopped short of publicly breaking with him, saying that she had communicated her views to him in private.

Notoriously fearful of media leaks, Haley has long micromanaged her own image and career and has kept extraordinarily close counsel, discussing major career moves only with her family and a clutch of key advisers. During her 2010 gubernatorial campaign, she kept her own schedule, pecked out emails late into the night and personally monitored comments on her Facebook page.

Once based in New York City for her U.N. post, Haley sought to stand apart from the backbiting that has often defined the West Wing, balancing a desire to be seen as independent with not running afoul of Trump.

Katon Dawson, former chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party, said Haley’s whirlwind resignation was probably deliberate.

“She’s certainly not confused,” Dawson said. “What you saw was vintage Nikki Haley.”

The Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey and Anne Gearan contributed to this report.

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Man, Walking Aimlessly In Greater Noida, Doesn’t Remember Who He Is


Police were trying to find acquaintances of the man to assist him. (Representational)

Noida, Uttar Pradesh: 

A man believed to be a Nigerian national was found wandering in a village in Greater Noida yesterday, unable to recall his name or other details, police said.

The man, who appeared around 35 years of age, was found in Jaganpur village of Gautam Buddh Nagar at night. The villagers grew suspicious about his movement and alerted the police, an official from the Dankaur Police Station told PTI.

“When asked about his name and other details, he was clueless. He told the police he lives in Sigma 1 (a locality in Greatern Noida). When policemen took him there, he said he lives in Sigma 4. When the team reached there, he again had vague responses,” the official said.

He said the man appears to have some mental health issue and the police were assisting him.

Further probe was underway and the police were trying to find any acquaintances of the man, the official said. 





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Rahul Gandhi Doesn’t Know Difference Between Wheat And Paddy: Minister


Rahul Gandhi had said that there was agrarian distress in many parts of the country

Indore: 

Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat today refused to comment on Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s statement that farmers in BJP-ruled states like Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan were in distress.

Taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi, the Union Minister of State for Agriculture said that it would “not be appropriate” to comment on the statement of a person “who doesn’t know the difference between wheat and paddy crops”.

Mr Shekhawat was replying to a query on Mr Gandhi’s allegation about agrarian distress in several parts of the country.

“I am a farmer, an agriculturists’ leader and their representative in the Central government. So I know the condition of the agricultural sector better,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a function in Indore.

“It would not be appropriate to comment on the statements of a person who doesn’t know the difference between wheat and paddy crops, who doesn’t know the difference between a lamb and the offspring of a goat,” the minister added.

The minister claimed that farmers were getting the right price for their produce and this had strengthened the agricultural sector.

Speaking on the October 2 police action on protesting farmers marching towards Delhi, the minister said that the government would fulfil their legitimate demands but added that farmers were being “instigated” to reap political benefit in view of the upcoming Assembly polls.

Farmers marching towards Delhi as part of the Bharatiya Kisan Union’s (BKU) protest call over demands ranging from farm loan waiver to reduction in fuel prices were stopped at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border on October 2 with police using water cannons to disperse them.

Mr Shekhawat stated that the government was trying to increase the export of soyabean and other agricultural products seeing an opportunity in the ongoing US-China trade tussle.

“In view of the ongoing China-US trade war, there is a huge opportunity for agrarian economies like India. So our government is making efforts to promote the export of agriculture based products,” he said.

Mr Shekhawat said previous Congress governments betrayed farmers as well as those in the food processing industry.

This, he claimed, had led to an increased dependence on import of edible oil. “To reduce this dependence, our government increased the import duty on edible oil four times. We also increased the minimum support price of oilseeds so that farmers get the right price of their produce and more farmers get attracted to such crops,” he said.





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Amid Rafale Row, Russia Doesn’t Rule Out Delay In Defence Deal With India During Vladimir Putin’s Visit


Vladimir Putin will be India for the India-Russia summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (File)

United Nations: 

Days before Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India next week, during which the possible signing of high-profile defence deals worth more than $ 8 billion is on the agenda, the country’s foreign minister denied any knowledge of the ongoing controversy over the Rafale deal in India. 

Mr Putin will be India for a two-day visit on October 4 and 5 for the annual India-Russia summit with a focus on boosting bilateral ties between the two countries. 

But even as Russia could be gearing up to sign massive weapons deals India, Russia’s Foreign Minister denied any knowledge of the Rafale deal controversy in India. 

Answering NDTV’s question on whether Russia would be more thorough in following rules for their defence deal with India after the Rafale row, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, “We participated in the bid for that delivery (India’s proposal to buy warplanes) and we didn’t get it. I haven’t heard about this since”. 

India began the process to buy a fleet of 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) in 2007 after the Defence Ministry, headed then by Congress leader AK Antony, cleared the proposal from the Indian Air Force. The contenders for the mega deal were Lockheed Martin’s F-16s, Eurofighter Typhoon, Russia’s MiG-35, Sweden’s Gripen, Boeing’s F/A-18s and Dassault Aviation’s Rafale.

As for reports that the inter-governmental agreements for the defence deals signed in 2015 may not be signed as early as next week when Vladimir Putin will be in India, the foreign minister suggested that it was up to India to decide. “As for the other deals which are being negotiated, I haven’t heard anything about the timing, postponement, about putting anything on hold, and I understand that India will take sovereign decision on how to proceed and what kind of weapons India needs,” said Mr Lavrov.

In October 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed a deal worth Rs. 39,000 crore with the Russian president to purchase Moscow’s most advanced air defence system, the S-400.  The system can track some 300 targets and shoot down around three dozen targets simultaneously over a range of 400 kilometres. The sensitive radars of the system are thought to be able to detect even stealth aircraft which present a very small radar cross-section and are often impossible for other systems to track.

The 19th India-Russia summit summit is also expected to see India following up acquiring  five S-400 ‘Triumph’ missile systems, four Project 11356 frigates, 48 Mi-17V-5 helicopters and 200 Ka-226T helicopters from Russia. 

The last annual India-Russia summit was held in June 2017 during PM Modi’s visit to Russia. 





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Donald Trump Says China Doesn’t Want Me To Win Upcoming Elections


Donald Trump said he is the first president ever to challenge China on trade (Reuters)

United Nations, United States: 

US President Donald Trump accused China on Wednesday of working against his Republican party in upcoming midterm polls, saying Beijing wanted to see him suffer an electoral blow because of his hard line on trade.

“Regrettably we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election coming up in November against my administration,” Trump said at the United Nations.

“They do not want me or us to win because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade.”

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India Doesn’t Rule Out Sushma Swaraj-Pak Counterpart Meet At UN: Sources


The India-Pakistan ties nose-dived in recent years with no bilateral talks taking place

New Delhi: 

India does not rule out Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj’s meeting with her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York this month, said sources in the government.

According to the sources, Ms Swaraj’s schedule was still being worked out and nothing has been finalised.

Pakistan also has said it is “engaged” with India to facilitate a bilateral meeting between Mr Qureshi and Ms Swaraj.

“We are engaged in the matter,” Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said when asked about reports of the bilateral meeting and whether both sides have formally approached each other.

Ms Swaraj will lead the Indian delegation to the UNGA while Mr Qureshi is expected to head the Pakistani side.

The India-Pakistan ties nose-dived in recent years with no bilateral talks taking place. The ties between the two countries had strained after Pakistan-based terror groups launched attacks in India in 2016.

Earlier this month, Pakistan sought US help to ease tensions with India, saying it wanted peace on the Eastern border in order to concentrate on the Western border with Afghanistan.

During the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Mr Qureshi had reportedly raised the issue. “We want ease on the Eastern border if we have to look towards the Western side,” he had told reporters while briefing them on the outcome of his talks with Mr Pompeo.

India has made it clear to Pakistan that terror and talks cannot go together.





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Rahul Gandhi Doesn’t Know How Chillies Grow: Shivraj Singh Chouhan


Shivraj Singh Chouhan said Rahul Gandhi did not know if chiilies grew upside down or other way round

Rajgarh (MP): 

On the eve of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s visit to the state, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan Sunday took a swipe at him claiming the former did not know how chillies grew in a field.

“The leader who does not know how chillies grow in a field- whether upside down or the other way round is showing concern about farmers and farming,” Mr Chouhan said Sunday.

Mr Chouhan was speaking at a public rally in Narsinghgarh area.

Rahul Gandhi will arrive in Bhopal today and embark on a 15-kilometre road show from Lalghati Chowk to the Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd’s Dussehra Maidan.

“Rahulji, your government gave loans to farmers at a high rate of 18 per cent (in Madhya Pradesh). We are disbursing loans to farmers at zero per cent,” he added.

The chief minister said that the BJP government at the Centre and in Madhya Pradesh had vowed to make farmers prosperous and had, so far, transferred Rs 32,701 crore to them through various beneficial schemes.

 





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