Alok Kumar Of VHP Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Clarifies Amid Row Over Remark


Clarifying, Alok Kumar said the VHP wants a “broad political consensus” on the Ram temple issue

New Delhi: 

Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Working President Alok Kumar on Sunday said his statement that his organisation would consider backing the Congress in the Lok Sabha polls if it includes the construction of Ram temple in its manifesto was over-stretched.

“This is nothing but an overstretching of my statement,” Alok Kumar told IANS soon after a row erupted over his reported remarks. “Neither are we considering to support the Congress nor will we do so in future.”

The VHP leader also said that there was less possibility of bringing a legislation for building a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya during the present dispensation.

Alok Kumar on Saturday reportedly said in Prayagraj that if the Congress includes the construction of Ram temple in its election manifesto, the VHP might think about backing the party.

Clarifying, Alok Kumar said the VHP wants a “broad political consensus” on the Ram temple issue.

“We want all political parties to support this issue. Whoever will support it, we will welcome. But it does not mean that the VHP will support any political party in the election,” he said.

He told reporters in Prayagraj that the Congress must remove restrictions on ‘swamyasewaks’ joining the party.

“One doesn’t become a Brahmin by just wearing janeau,” Alok Kumar said, while referring to Congress President Rahul Gandhi.





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VIDEO: MS Dhoni blast sensational 3 fifty in a row, first time in 4 years


नई दिल्ली: एमएस धोनी अपने उस जबरदस्त फॉर्म में लौट आए हैं, जिससे विरोधी टीमें थर्राती हैं. उन्होंने शुक्रवार (18 जनवरी) को ऑस्ट्रेलिया के खिलाफ तीसरे वनडे में फिफ्टी जमाई. उन्होंने यह पारी तब खेली, जब टीम अपने तीन सबसे बड़े स्टार गंवाकर बेहद दबाव में थी. ऐसे वक्त में धोनी ने जिम्मेदारी संभाली और केदार जाधव के साथ मिलकर टीम जीत की पटरी पर ला दिया. 

महेंद्र सिंह धोनी ने ऑस्ट्रेलिया के खिलाफ लगातार तीसरी फिफ्टी बनाई है. उन्होंने इससे पहले दूसरे वनडे मैच में 54 गेंद पर 55 रन बनाए थे. जबकि, पहले वनडे में 96 गेंद पर 51 रन की पारी खेली थी. धोनी ने साढ़े चार साल बाद लगातार तीन फिफ्टी बनाई है. उन्होंने इससे पहले साल 2014 में न्यूजीलैंड के खिलाफ लगातार तीन अर्धशतक बनाए थे. उन्होंने तब हैमिल्टन वनडे में 56, ऑकलैंड वनडे में 50 और फिर हैमिल्टन वनडे में 79 रन की नाबाद पारी खेली थी.

2017 की फॉर्म में लौटे एमएस धोनी 
एमएस धोनी साल 2018 में बेहद खराब फॉर्म में थे. उन्होंने पिछले साल 20 वनडे मैच खेले थे. इन मैचों में वे एक भी अर्धशतक नहीं लगा पाए थे. तब उनका सर्वोच्च स्कोर 42 रन था. हालांकि, 2017 में वे अच्छी फॉर्म में थे. उन्होंने 2017 में 29 वनडे मैचों में 60.61 की औसत से 788 रन बनाए थे. उन्होंने 2017 में एक शतक और छह अर्धशतक लगाए थे. उनकी पिछली तीन पारियों को देखकर लगता है कि धोनी 2018 को पीछे छोड़ 2017 की फॉर्म में लौट आए हैं. 

2019 में 3 फिफ्टी लगाने वाले दूसरे बल्लेबाज 
एमएस धोनी साल 2019 में तीन अर्धशतक बनाने वाले दूसरे बल्लेबाज हैं. वैसे, न्यूजीलैंड के रॉस टेलर भी इस साल तीन बार 50 से अधिक का स्कोर बना चुके हैं. टेलर ने इस साल तीन वनडे मैच खेले हैं. उन्होंने इन मैचों में एक शतक और दो अर्धशतक बनाए हैं. भारत को ऑस्ट्रेलिया के बाद न्यूजीलैंड के खिलाफ ही वनडे सीरीज खेलनी है. धोनी और टेलर दोनों ही मिडिल ऑर्डर में खेलते हैं. ऐसे में अगली सीरीज में दोनों के बीच अच्छा मुकाबला हो सकता है. 

स्पिनर युजवेंद्र चहल ने झटके 6 विकेट 
इससे पहले लेग स्पिनर युजवेंद्र चहल ने मैच में छह विकेट झटके. उन्हें पहले दो वनडे मैच में प्लेइंग इलेवन में जगह नहीं मिली थी. चहल ने इसकी पूरी कसर तीसरे वनडे में पूरी की. उन्होंने 10 ओवर के अपने स्पेल में 42 रन देकर छह विकेट झटके. उन्होंने इस मैच में शॉन मार्श, उस्मान ख्वाजा, मार्कस स्टोइनिस, जाय रिचर्डसन, पीटर हैंड्सकॉम्ब और एडम जंपा को आउट किया.





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Amid Karnataka Row, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy Watches Son Play Abhimanyu In Film Trailer Of Kurukshetra


HD Kumaraswamy was reportedly impressed by his son’s film, which will be released later this year.

Bengaluru: 

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy today took a break from the ongoing political conflict in the state to watch the trailer of a more entertaining one in the comfort of his home. Providing the welcome distraction was “Kurukshetra”, a movie based on the Mahabharata, with son Nikhil Gowda playing the role of legendary warrior Abhimanyu.

The script for the Kannada period drama comes from the poem “Gadayuddha”, written by litterateur Ranna. The film, slated to release at the end of this year, is produced by Congress lawmaker Muniratna Naidu and directed by veteran filmmaker Naganna.

Mr Kumaraswamy seemed pleased by the way the movie looked. “Kannada cinema has never before seen a movie of this scale, where every minute detail has been taken care of,” he said.

The Chief Minister watched his son’s performance on a day marked by high political activity, with two independent lawmakers — H Nagesh and R Shankar — withdrawing support from the coalition government. “Today is Makar Sankranti. On this day we want a change in government… so I am withdrawing my support,” said Mr Shankar.

The defection brought the ruling alliance’s numbers down from 120 to 118, still five short of the halfway mark of 113, but gave rise to fears of others jumping ship in the coming days. Nevertheless, Mr Kumaraswamy claimed that his government will survive.

“There is no threat, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi has to explain why the BJP and its friends are trying to destabilise a government. Modi criticises corruption and says he wants to clean up society. Is this how he wishes to clean society? By poaching MLAs?” Mr Kumaraswamy questioned.

Incidentally, the BJP and Congress had both been trading allegations of horse-trading for the last two days. While the Congress said four of its lawmakers had gone “missing”, the BJP shifted its members to a Gurgaon resort on Monday.

(With inputs from PTI)





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Canadian Drug Suspect In China Gets Death Sentence Amid Diplomatic Row


Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was sentenced to death after his previous prison term was deemed lenient.

Beijing: 

A diplomatic spat between Beijing and Ottawa intensified on Tuesday as Canada warned its citizens of the risk of “arbitrary enforcement” of laws in China after a Canadian drug suspect was sentenced to death.

The Canadian government updated its travel advice hours after a court in northeast China sentenced Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, 36, to death at a retrial after his previous 15-year prison term was deemed too lenient.

The punishment was handed down amid a clash between Ottawa and Beijing over Canada’s arrest of a top executive from telecom giant Huawei last month on a US extradition request related to Iran sanctions violations.

In a move observers see as retaliation over the Huawei case, Chinese authorities detained two other Canadian citizens a former diplomat and a business consultant on suspicion of endangering national security.

Mr Schellenberg was detained well before the diplomatic feud, back in 2014. He was originally sentenced to 15 years in prison and a 150,000-yuan ($22,000) forfeiture in November.

But in December, following an appeal, a high court in Liaoning ruled that the sentence did not fit the severity of his crimes and ordered a new trial.

The court in Dalian on Monday found Schellenberg guilty of being the main suspect in a case involving an international syndicate that planned to send some 222 kilogrammes (490 pounds) of methamphetamine to Australia. He can appeal the ruling.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed “extreme concern” that China had “chosen to arbitrarily” apply the death penalty.

The Canadian government then issued a new travel advisory urging citizens to “exercise a high degree of caution in China due to the risk of arbitrary enforcement of local laws.”

“Tough message to Canada”

China executes one or two foreigners every year nearly all for drug offences, according to John Kamm, director of the US-based Dui Hua Foundation rights group.

But the timing of Schellenberg’s sentence raised suspicion among observers that China seized on the case to pressure Canada over the Huawei arrest.

Experts said retrials are rare in China, especially ones calling for a harsher sentence, but rights groups noted that courts are not independent and can be influenced by the Communist Party.

“Many factors in this case raise serious questions of concern: particularly, that the retrial was rushed through so quickly and that state-run media drew such deliberate attention to the case,” William Nee, China researcher at Amnesty International, told AFP.

“Most likely, China wants to send a tough message to Canada,”Mr Nee added.

The Chinese foreign ministry has vehemently denied that the case was politicised.

The fate of the other two Canadians, who have been held in undisclosed locations, remains a mystery.

Last week, Trudeau accused China of “arbitrarily and unfairly” detaining former diplomat Michael Kovrig and business consultant Michael Spavor, who were rounded up nine days after Canada arrested Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

The Chinese foreign ministry rejected Trudeau’s assertion that Kovrig, who now works for the International Crisis Group, still enjoyed diplomatic immunity.

Meng, meanwhile, was granted bail by a Canadian court, allowing her to wait for the US extradition hearing in a Vancouver house.

 

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)





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Cutting Of Trees For PM Modi’s Helipad Sparks Row In Odisha


PM Modi is scheduled to address a BJP rally in the western Odisha town during his visit.

Balangir, Odisha: 

Two days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to Balangir district, a row surfaced on Sunday over alleged cutting of trees to prepare a temporary helipad.

Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Balangir, Sameer Satpathy said several trees were cut near the railway station ground in the district to prepare a temporary helipad without obtaining prior permission.

Mr Satpathy added that an inquiry in this regard has been ordered.

Union Petroleum Minister and senior BJP leader Dharmendra Pradhan, however, claimed that people who are “afraid” of the prime minister’s visit are trying to spread a false campaign by “misusing” forest officials.

“Following the direction of the DFO, a team will visit the site in order to ascertain the number of trees felled in the area,” said Assistant Conservator of Forests (ACF) Babaji Charan Raul.

Since the area happens to be under the jurisdiction of the railways, an official of the East Coast Railways (ECoR) said they are also conducting an inquiry into the matter.

“We are doing our own enquiry on the subject,” Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of ECoR, JP Mishra said, adding, preparation of such a helipad is the task of the public works department (PWD) of the state government.

Mr Pradhan added: “It is the local administration which decides as to where the prime minister’s helicopter will land.”

PM Modi is slated to attend an official function where he will launch a host of projects, besides addressing a BJP rally in the western Odisha town during his visit.





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Trump Holds Back On Emergency Declaration Amid Mexico Border Wall Row


Washington: 

President Donald Trump reversed himself Friday, saying he would hold back from declaring a national emergency to bypass Congress and fund his controversial plan to wall off the US-Mexican border.

Trump’s fight with Democrats over their refusal to approve $5.7 billion for the wall project has paralyzed Washington, with the president retaliating by refusing to sign off on budgets for swaths of government departments unrelated to the row.

As a result, 800,000 federal employees including FBI agents, air traffic controllers and museum staff, did not receive paychecks Friday.

The three-week government shutdown was on the verge of becoming the longest on record: at midnight on Friday (0500 GMT Saturday) it will overtake the 21-day record set in 1995-1996, under president Bill Clinton.

But despite a stream of hints that he would imminently declare a national emergency and attempt to go around Congress, Trump told a White House meeting with state and local officials: “I’m not going to do it so fast.”

Trump described an emergency declaration as the “easy way out” and said Congress had to step up to the responsibility of approving the $5.7 billion.

“If they can’t do it…, I will declare a national emergency. I have the absolute right,” he insisted.

Until now, Trump had suggested numerous times that he was getting closer to taking the controversial decision.

Only minutes earlier, powerful Republican ally Senator Lindsey Graham tweeted after talks with Trump: “Mr. President, Declare a national emergency NOW.”

It was not clear what made Trump change course.

But Trump himself acknowledged in the White House meeting that an attempt to claim emergency powers would likely end up in legal battles going all the way to the Supreme Court.

Opponents say that a unilateral move by the president over the sensitive border issue would be constitutional overreach and set a dangerous precedent in similar controversies.

‘Under siege’

The standoff has turned into a test of political ego, particularly for Trump, who came into office boasting of his dealmaking powers and making an aggressive border policy the keystone of his nationalist agenda.

Democrats, meanwhile, seem determined at all costs to prevent a president who relishes campaign rally chants of “build the wall!” from getting a win.

Both Democrats and Republicans agree that the US-Mexican frontier presents major challenges, ranging from the hyper-violent Mexican drug trade to the plight of asylum seekers and poor migrants seeking new lives in the world’s richest country.

There’s also little debate that border walls are needed: about a third of the frontier is already fenced off.

But Trump has turned his single-minded push for more walls into a political crusade seen by opponents as a stunt to stoke xenophobia in his right-wing voter base, while wilfully ignoring the border’s complex realities.

For Trump, who visited the Texas border with Mexico on Thursday, the border situation amounts to an invasion by criminals that can only be solved by more walls.

“We have a country that’s under siege,” he told the local officials in the White House.

Some studies show that illegal immigrants generally commit fewer crimes than people born in the United States, although not everyone agrees on this.

More certain is that while narcotics do enter the country across remote sections of the border, most are sneaked through heavily guarded checkpoints in vehicles, the government’s own Drug Enforcement Administration said in a 2017 report.

It said that most smuggling is done “through US ports of entry (POEs) in passenger vehicles with concealed compartments or commingled with legitimate goods on tractor trailers.”

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the House of Representatives and a key figure in opposing Trump’s agenda, said money should be spent in many areas of border security, but not on walls.

“We need to look at the facts,” she said.

But Trump accused the Democrats of only wanting to score points against him with a view to the 2020 presidential elections.

“They think, ‘Gee, we can hurt Trump,'” he said. “The Democrats are just following politics.”

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)





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Macedonia Votes In Favour Of Name Change, Settling Decades-Old Greece Row


The Friday vote brought an end to months of political bickering in Macedonia over the name change

Skopje, Macedonia: 

Macedonian politicians voted on Friday to change the country’s name to “Republic of North Macedonia”, settling a decades-long row with Greece and paving the way for NATO and EU membership.

Parliamentary speaker Talad Xhaferi said 81 MPs had voted in favour of the name change in the 120-seat chamber, securing the required two-thirds majority.

The name change will only be effective once it is also agreed by the Greek parliament.

Ahead of the vote, Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev had emphasised the historic importance of the decision.

“Without the accord with Greece, there will be neither NATO nor EU” membership, Zaev said.

“I changed my opinion on the name issue in the name of progress and at the cost of my political career,” he added.

Athens has promised to lift its veto on Skopje’s attempts to join NATO and the European Union on the condition Macedonia changes its name.

Greece has blocked the path to those international organisations since Macedonia broke away from the former Yugoslavia in 1991 because, it had said, the name Macedonia should apply solely to its own northern province.

For the Greeks, Macedonia evokes national pride as the cradle of Alexander the Great’s ancient empire.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday congratulated Zaev after the vote. “The prime minister congratulated Mr Zaev on the successful conclusion of the process to revise the constitution of the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia,” Tsipras’ office said in a statement.

Opposition boycott

The Friday vote brought an end to months of political bickering in Macedonia that included a controversial consultative referendum in September and a long parliamentary battle.

Officials of the main opposition conservative VMRO-DPMNE party, who refused to take part in the parliamentary debate, claimed the name change was national treason.

However several opposition MPs broke ranks and voted for the change, alongside the ruling Social Democratic party and their junior coalition partners from the ethnic Albanian minority.

Notably the outcome was enabled thanks to four MPs who received an amnesty for their alleged roles in the violent storming of parliament in April 2017.

That prompted VMRO-DPMNE leaders to denounce “bribes and threats” used by Zaev to reach the necessary majority.

Zaev’s triumph

The vote is a political triumph for the Social Democratic leader who analysts say was weakened by the low turnout in the September referendum.

Macedonia’s rightwing president, Gjorge Ivanov, has been a vocal opponent of the proposed name change and continues to speak out against it.

But the Macedonian constitution stipulates that as the measure was passed by a two-thirds majority, the president has no choice but to sign it into law.

Zaev, who came to power in May 2017, will now look to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to uphold his end of the deal, which was brokered last year.

“The prime minister congratulated Mr Zaev on the successful conclusion of the process to revise the constitution of the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia,” Tsipras’ office said in a statement, after the vote.

Tsipras has said he sees the Macedonia deal as “one of his greatest legacies” as premier, second only to leading Greece out of the bailout era.

He, however, also only has a fragile parliamentary majority, with 153 deputies in the 300-seat Greek parliament.

Further complicating matters, Greek coalition partner Defence Minister Panos Kammenos, the leader of a smaller party, opposes the deal and has threatened to resign.





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US House Passes Bill To Reopen Some Agencies Shut Down Amid Border Wall Row


Entering its 21st day, the partial shutdown on Friday tied the record for the longest in US history.

WASHINGTON: 

The Democratic-controlled US House of Representatives voted on Friday to restore funding for federal agencies that have been shut down by a fight with President Donald Trump over border wall funding, as some 800,000 government workers, from tax collectors to FBI agents, missed their first paycheck.

But a full resumption of government operations did not appear in sight because Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has said he will not bring the House bill up for a vote. Republicans who control the Senate have so far stood with Trump and insisted that any spending bills include money for his wall.

The House bill, which passed 240-179 with only a handful of Republicans supporting it, would restore funding for the Interior Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, two of the agencies that have been without funding since Dec. 22 amid the standoff over the proposed wall along the US-Mexico border. The bill provides $35.9 billion in discretionary funding, $6 billion above Trump’s budget request and $601 million above the fiscal year 2018 enacted level.

Facing the prospect of the longest US government shutdown in history, Trump has said he might declare a national emergency to bypass Congress to get funding for his wall, which was a central promise of his 2016 presidential campaign.

“Humanitarian Crisis at our Southern Border,” Trump said on Twitter on Friday, a day after he visited the Texas-Mexico border. “I just got back and it is a far worse situation than almost anyone would understand, an invasion!”

Entering its 21st day, the partial shutdown on Friday tied the record for the longest in US history. Some 800,000 federal workers did not receive paychecks that would have gone out on Friday. Some have resorted to selling their possessions or posting appeals on online fundraising outlets to help pay their bills.

“Most of them are living from paycheck to paycheck and now they approach this day on Friday having moved from paycheck to no check,” Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings said in debate on the House floor.

The head of the US Secret Service, which is responsible for protecting Trump, warned employees that financial stress can lead to depression and anxiety. “Keep an eye out for warning signs of trouble,” Director RD “Tex” Alles wrote in a memo seen by Reuters.

House approves back pay

The House also passed a bill by a bipartisan vote of 411-7 that would provide back pay to federal workers once the shutdown ends. That legislation, which has already been passed by the Senate, now heads to Trump’s desk to be signed into law.

Separately, Senator Rob Portman and eight other Republican senators introduced legislation that would permanently outlaw the closing of government operations during budget fights, underscoring the growing frustration in Washington.

During his presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly pledged that Mexico would pay for the wall, which he says is needed to stem the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs. But the Mexican government has refused and Trump is now demanding that Congress provide $5.7 billion in US taxpayer funding for the wall.

Democrats in Congress call the wall an ineffective, outdated answer to a complex problem.

With no Capitol Hill compromise in sight, Trump publicly ruminated on Thursday during the Texas trip about declaring an emergency.

A close Trump confidant judged the time for such a step had come. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said in a statement: “It is time for President Trump to use emergency powers to fund the construction of a border wall/barrier. I hope it works.”

Critics of the national emergency strategy have said it may be illegal. In any case, it was almost certain to trigger an immediate court challenge from Democrats, including an accusation of trying to circumvent Congress’ power over the national purse strings.

An emergency declaration would come with risks. Even some of Trump’s fellow Republicans in Congress have signaled worries about such an action. Given that the Constitution gives Congress the power to set spending priorities and appropriate money, they worry about a tough legal fight and an unwise precedent.

“I don’t think he should do that. It’s a bad precedent,” Republican Senator Chuck Grassley said on CNBC. “It seems to me that

An emergency declaration, however, would allow the government to be fully reopened while the judges weigh the case, which could take months.

Before the shutdown began, Trump said he would be “proud” to close the government over the issue of border security and would not blame Democrats, although he later did.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)





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Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul Suspended Amid Row Over Sexist Remarks


Edulji had initially suggested a two-match suspension for the duo but referred the matter to the legal cell after Vinod Rai agreed with her and recommended the same.    

“It is imperative that players be put under suspension till further course of action is decided for this misconduct as was done in case of (BCCI) CEO (Rahul Johri) when he was sent on leave on sexual harassment matter,” read Edulji’s response to the legal opinion. 

Their remarks on the show were also condemned by India captain Virat Kohli, who called them inappropriate. 

Earlier on Friday, NDTV sources revealed that Pandya and Rahul have been dropped for the first one-day international against Australia to be played in Sydney on Saturday.

Hardik Pandya’s sexist comments sparked social media outrage and prompted the player to apologise.

Pandya appeared on a popular TV show with teammate K L Rahul, who was a lot more restrained in his responses to questions on women and relationships. Pandya said he “got a bit carried away” as he explained his bragging about his prowess with women on the show that aired Sunday.

On Thursday, COA chairman Vinod Rai had recommended a two-match ban for the duo.

The recommendation came a day after the 25-year-old Pandya posted his apology on social media.

“After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way,” Pandya posted on Twitter.

“Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone’s sentiments. Respect,” he added.

Pandya, who was in the squad that beat Australia for the first time in an away Test series, boasted about his success with multiple women.

“You are just watching and observing how they move as I said I am a little from the black side (influenced by West Indies culture) so I have to see how they (women) move first,” he said.

Pandya also said he had bragged to his parents after losing his virginity.

He was quickly slammed for his views on women.

Later on Thursday, BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry called for an inquiry to find out whether or not the two sought permission from the BCCI to appear on the show, and if yes, Chaudhry wants to know who gave them the permission.

“The provisions of the earlier contracts and the practice in place would have required these contracted players to seek permission to appear on the show. Was such a permission sought? Was such a permission granted? If so, by whom?” he asked.

Pandya and Rahul also caused a social media stir for comments on the same show when they said current India skipper Virat Kohli was a better batsman than the country’s cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar.

(With inputs from Rica Roy and PTI)



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After Hardik Pandya Row, The Internet Digs Up Ranveer Singh’s ‘Sexist’ Remarks On Koffee With Karan


New Delhi: 

After Hardik Pandya came under fire from the Board of Control for Cricket in India or the BCCI for his sexist remarks on talk show Koffee With Karan, the Internet pulled out an old video of actor Ranveer Singh, currently among the top crop of actors, passing sexist remarks on the same show several years ago. Ranveer Singh, who is basking in the success of Simmba, appeared on the show with his Band Baaja Baaraat co-star Anushka Sharma in 2011 and two snippets from the episode are being shared on social media with words of criticism for Ranveer Singh for his callous comments about Kareena Kapoor and Anushka. “It’s unfortunate that the bar has been set so low for stars and cricketers (cough “Pandya” cough),” wrote a Twitter user. “Still people will glorify them,” added another.

In one of the videos, Anushka Sharma appears to be taken aback by Ranveer Singh’s comment and she also added: “You don’t speak to me like that.” Here are the now viral snippets from the episode which was a part of the third season of Koffee With Karan.

 

 

 

 

Here’s a glimpse of Twitter reaction to the videos:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently, Hardik Pandya was schooled by the Internet for his sexist remarks on Karan Johar’s chat show, for which he issued an apology on Twitter. On Friday, Indian skipper Virat Kohli also distanced himself and the team from Hardik Pandya’s offensive comments. “We as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers don’t align with those views, those were individual opinions,” he said in a statement. Meanwhile, Hotstar has pulled the episode down from their website while Star World has removed all the promos from their social media platforms.

Ranveer Singh is currently at the top of his game with two film releases in 2018 – “Padmaavat” and Simmba – and both being box office hits. He’s awaiting the release of Gully Boy and he’ll also star in Kabir Khan’s ’83.





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