Actor PrabhasInstagramBaahubali actor Prabhas has announced that he is gearing up to surprise all his fans with an update on his upcoming movie Saaho and requested them to stay locked to his Instagram account on Tuesday.Actor Prabhas, who is not much active on social media, took his Instagram page on Monday morning to make the announcement. He released a video on his Instagram account and captioned it with, “Hello darlings… A surprise coming your way, tomorrow. Stay tuned… #SaahoSurprise.” He is also seen saying a similar thing in the video.The Baahubali actor joined Instagram on April 10 and he registered over 7 lakh followers without a single post. Prabhas shared his first post a week after he created his account on Instagram. His fans expected him to share something interesting from Saaho, but he disappointed them by posting unseen photo from the blockbuster movie Baahubali 2.After seeing their response, Prabhas planned to release a promo of Saaho, but he was thinking about what to release. “Instagram is the place where he will post exclusive promos of Saaho. He has planned to share something exciting next month, but he is yet to decide on it. He may finalise it this week,” sources close to the actor had told IBTimes India.Saaho is a trilingual action film, which is being made with a whopping budget of Rs 350 crore. Sujeeth has written the script and directing the film, which is produced by UV Creations, T-Series, and Dharma Productions.Prabhas is playing the lead role in Saaho, which marks the Telugu debut of Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor, who is seen as heroine opposite him. The movie also features an ensemble cast of Neil Nitin Mukesh, Arun Vijay, Jackie Shroff and others in supporting roles. The film is being shot simultaneously in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu languages. It is set to hit screens on August 15.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan greets members of the parliament from his ruling AK Party during a meeting in Ankara Turkey 20 March 2018. Photo: ReutersThe United Nations called on Turkey on Tuesday to end the state of emergency in place since July 2016 that it said had led to widespread human rights violations including the arrest of 160,000 people and dismissal of nearly the same number of civil servants, often arbitrarily.President Tayyip Erdogan declared the emergency after a failed July 2016 coup and issued more than 20 decrees which have often led to torture of detainees, impunity and interference with the judiciary, the UN human rights office said.Turkey condemns UN report on its state of emergencyTurkey should “promptly end the state of emergency and restore the normal functioning of institutions and the rule of law,” it said in a report.“The sheer number, frequency and lack of connection of several [emergency] decrees to any national threat seem to … point to the use of emergency powers to stifle any form of criticism or dissent vis-à-vis the government,” it said.The Turkish government blames the network of Fethullah Gulen, a US-based Muslim cleric, for the failed coup attempt during which 250 people were killed. Gulen has denied any involvement in the coup, however.Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the numbers of people arrested or dismissed are “just staggering”.Nearly 160,000 people have been arrested and 152,000 civil servants sacked, “many totally arbitrarily”, in the past 18 months, he said in a statement.“Teachers, judges and lawyers dismissed or prosecuted; journalists arrested, media outlets shut down and websites blocked – clearly the successive states of emergency declared in Turkey have been used to severely and arbitrarily curtail the human rights of a very large number of people,” Zeid said.The 28-page report documents the use of torture and ill-treatment in custody, including severe beatings, sexual assault, electric shocks and waterboarding by police, gendarmerie, military police and security forces.In southeast Turkey, it said that “massive and serious” human rights violations continued to be committed by security forces. These included killings, torture, excessive use of force, and destruction of homes and Kurdish cultural heritage.The UN rights office called for full access to be able to assess the situation in the region.
Gov. Larry Hogan, center, with supporters signing one of 196 bills into law. (Photo courtesy of the Executive of the Governor)On Tuesday, Gov. Larry Hogan signed 196 bills into law. One of those was the Contraceptive Equity Act, which will make birth control more affordable and accessible to Maryland residents.Maryland’s insurance companies will now cover all forms of over-the-counter birth control and male vasectomies. Along with reducing the cost of contraception by removing copayments, the act makes it easier to obtain contraception as well. Women can now receive their birth control for up to six months at a time, and a prescription is no longer necessary to receive over the counter birth control. The bill also removed preapproval requirements for long-term reversible contraception including the implant and the intrauterine device (IUD).The bill, which will go into effect in January 2018, expands on the policies in the Affordable Care Act which require insurance companies nationwide to offer at least one type of birth control without a co-payment. The Contraceptive Equity Act goes even further by requiring all forms of birth control to be covered solely by insurance.Reproductive rights are often seen as a women’s issue, but the measure allows men to be more involved in family planning by removing the copayment for male vasectomies.“For the first time ever, men are included in these contraception laws,” said Karen J. Nelson, president and CEO Planned Parenthood of Maryland. “The modern guy knows that he has a role in reproductive rights.”Maryland’s bill also covers the morning-after pill, making Maryland the first state to require insurance companies to include emergency contraception. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 2006 and 2010 about one in nine sexually experienced women between the ages of 15 and 44 have used emergency contraception. Rather than paying $25 to $60, women can now get Plan B without a prescription or a copayment.While residents won’t pay for birth control out of their own pockets, the contraceptives are not entirely free. Some worry that insurance companies will raise their rates to compensate for the lack of copayments.Brian Griffiths, co-founder of the conservative network Maryland Red and co-host of Red Maryland Radio said he is worried about the economic impact of this decision. “It’s going to drive the cost of insurance up. Health insurance is already not affordable,” said Griffiths.Griffiths was also concerned about the bill conflicting with conservative values. He suggested that people who are not sexually active or do not believe in contraception will be at an “economic disadvantage” because they are paying higher insurance rates for something that they don’t believe in. Religious organizations are exempt from including these policies in their employee insurance plans.The bill will apply to all insurance plans statewide including Care First Blue Shield, a company with about 2.1 million consumers. The policies will also be enforced for Medicaid, a federal state insurance program for low-income citizens.“The state of Maryland is going to protect women and make sure residents in this area will have access to health care,” said Nelson.
Here’s an intriguing exhibition for the art lovers in the Capital! Stupid Eye – created by artist Vipul Amar and psychologist Harsheen K Arora brings together two very different disciplines – psychology and photography. Stupid Eye depicts the process of photographing one’s True Self as a technique to delve deeper into human psyche and bring out the real you! Vipul Amar Studio of Photographic Arts and Psychologist Harsheen K Arora initiated this project where the concept of self-actualization is explored by focusing on one’s Real Vs the Ideal Self. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Stupid comes from its Latin origins, stupere, meaning: be amazed or stunned, with what your inner eye can make you see.As Jung (1978) stated that, ‘It requires no art to become stupid; the whole art lies in extracting wisdom from stupidity. Stupidity is the mother of the wise but cleverness never.’ The study is based on the premise, that with a better understanding of one’s true self, one is better equipped to realize one’s actual potential. Stupid Eye is a culmination of photography with psychological therapeutic techniques to enhance an individual’s insight into their self. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOriginating from the Humanistic School of thought, Real Self stands for the way an individual actually is, whereas ideal self on the other hand is the person one wants to be…The idea behind Stupid Eye is to be able to bridge this gap between the two, and move toward self-actualization – the desire to become more and more what one is, to become everything that one is capable of becoming (Maslow, 2006). Through photography and psychology the aim was to o help each person look underneath and connect with their true self; to capture that true self as seen by them and that which emerges out of their therapy sessions into a photograph and to give them that picture of themselves – it being their own little mirror for life. Each member who registered became a part of the Stupid Eye family. It was the group at work! Every member was a wheel in the journey of every other member. In the first meeting a group was formed – where the discussion led to and revolved around every member’s Real Vs Ideal Self.This project began in June 2012 with the first meet-up of a group of people in Mumbai. A brilliant first meeting that was meant to be an hour but lasted six! led to the scope of this project becoming what it is today. Post the photo-shoots for Mumbai and Delhi with the members’ stories being captured beautifully in photographs and through videos made of the entire process reached completion. All the stories that were shared, shot and captured in time are now ready to be revealed to the world. WHERE: Triveni Kala Sangam WHEN: 29 April to 7 May, 11 am to 7 pm
Kolkata: Deepak Ghosh, block president of Trinamool Congress in Birbhum, who was shot at by some unidentified miscreants at Khairasol, succumbed to his injuries at Mission Hospital Durgapur on Monday.According to private hospital authorities, the victim died due to multi-organ failure after he received three bullet injuries. Two bullets were removed from his body by the doctors during an operation, while the third one could not be removed owing to the critical condition of the patient. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the authorities, the doctors decided to take out the third bullet if the patient had shown some signs of improvement. But the efforts went in vain when the victim succumbed to his injuries on Monday morning, triggering a war of words between the district leaders of Trinamool Congress and BJP. Birbhum district president of Trinamool Congress, Anubarat Mondal trained his gun at BJP saying a conspiracy was hatched by them to kill Ghosh as he had been instrumental in strengthening their party’s organisation in the district. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”I knew him very well. He was an active party leader. The goons of BJP killed him. They fired five bullets at him yesterday. He had been attacked by the BJP workers before but managed to survive,” Mondal said. Senior Trinamool Congress leader Firhad Hakim, who is also in charge of the party in the district, reacted sharply to the incident stating that RSS and BJP together are getting criminals into the state from Jharkhand with an intention to eliminate our party leaders. The BJP believes in violence. As they are unable to gain political ground in the state, they are trying to unleash violence. People in Bengal will give a befitting reply to them, Hakim maintained. The district BJP leaders have, however, denied the allegation and termed the incident a result of an intra-party clash within Trinamool Congress. It may be mentioned that Ghosh was returning home on a motorcycle on Sunday afternoon when some miscreants blocked his way and shot at him from a close quarter. Three bullets pierced his body and the victim fell on the ground. Alerted by the sound of gun shots, locals rushed to his rescue. The miscreants who reportedly came on motorcycles fled the spot immediately after the incident. After being informed police reached the spot and started a probe in this regard. Police are conducting raids to nab the culprits. It may be stated that Ghosh was attacked earlier as well by some miscreants.