Sunday 31 January 2021

Bigg Boss Weekend Ka Vaar Sunday Synopsis

 Chaat stalls, bull rides and a talk show: Salman Khan ensures an eventful Weekend Ka Vaar on Bigg Boss

The Weekend Ka Vaar episodes are always full of a surprises, drama and unlimited excitement as the master host Salman Khan takes stock of how the housemates have been performing. Salman starts with giving the housemates a very scrumptious task! Each housemate is called to step up on a chaat counter where they have to prepare a chaat for the counter that resembles their personality and feed it to them!

First up is Rubina who makes a chaat for Rakhi, where she mixes a bunch of interesting ingredients and serves it to her. Rakhi, too, has a go at making a chaat for Rubina and makes sure she serves the choicest of chutneys that resemble Rubina’s personality. Rahul is next, who chooses to make a deadly chaat for Arshi. When Arshi is called, she chooses Rahul in return and makes an equally distasteful chaat for Rahul who has to eat it!

Next is ‘The Ali and Devoleena Show’ where the two play two rounds of fun questions with the contestants. Rubina, Abhinav, Rakhi and the other housemates are asked a bunch of tough questions along with a smashing Rapid Fire Round which reveals a whole lot about the intentions and the game plans of all.

Mouni Roy enters the stage with a stellar dance number and  shakes a leg with Salman. The next task that Bigg Boss throws open is when the contestants have to ride a bull! The contestants have to ride a mechanic bull and answer questions posed by Salman and Mouni, and the rest of the housemates will say whether the contestant on the bull is telling the truth or not! Arshi, Rubina and the other housemates ride the bull as host Salman is in splits about the outcome!

Saturday 30 January 2021

SOTC Travel announces physical roadshows of 2021, offering fantastic holiday deals for customers

·    One day of the best deals

·    One Plus One offer: Book your holiday & get your companion’s holiday – free!

·    SOTC’s Holiday Experts will be present to guide and assist

·    Thomas Cook India & SOTC’s Assured-Insured-Secured Program


Mumbai, January 30, 2021: Indians are displaying a strong appetite for holidays with 89% respondents showing keen interest to resume travel. 71% respondents stated that they need human interface for guidance/reassurance and preferred to visit a physical outlet while planning their holidays in COVID era (Thomas Cook India & SOTC Travel Second Holiday Readiness Report (December 2020)As Indians demand a higher level of reassurance and human interaction, SOTC Travel Limited has announced physical roadshows of 2021 - SOTC Holiday Bazaar to guide and assist customers in their holiday planning.

These one day roadshows are scheduled to take place across 6 major cities of India - Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Lucknow, on Sunday January 31, 2021 - from 10 am-6 pm and offer the best holiday deals. SOTC’s Holiday Experts will be present to guide and assist customers with important elements, including health and safety protocols - aimed to re-instill confidence in travel during the COVID era. On offer are a wide range of international and domestic destinations such as Maldives, Dubai, Goa, Jaipur, Shimla, Hyderabad, Jodhpur, Kovalam, Kumarakom, Udaipur, Agra, Varanasi, Ooty, Rishikesh, etc.

Customers can choose from exciting options that include:

·         Private Villas with services of a Chef & Concierge; unique stays in forts, havelis or palaces

·         Camping, Trekking & Biking Trips to destinations such as Ladakh, Spiti

·         Romantic getaways for honeymooners or to celebrate Valentine’s Day include Maldives, Dubai, Goa, Udaipur, Kashmir, Alleppey, Nainital, Manali, Pondicherry, Hampi and North East

·         Spiritual Pilgrimage trips to Char Dham, Kumbh, Kailash Yatra, etc.

·         Wellness and Spa

Daniel D’souza, President and Country Head, Leisure, SOTC Travel said, “Given the success of our previous road shows, we are encouraged to launch the next SOTC Holiday Bazaar offering the attractive deals/offers. SOTC Holiday Bazaar is a great opportunity for Indians to avail of an unbelievable ‘One Plus One Offer’ - Book your holiday & get your companion’s holiday – free. Offering a more personalised experience the Holiday Bazaar gives customer complete peace of mind to plan and travel safely on their holiday.” 

Assured Insured Secured Program: To ensure health and safety of customers, Thomas Cook India and SOTC have put together a holistic three pronged customer confidence-building program in the form of the Assured-Insured-Secured that covers every aspect of physical safety as well as mental and financial security to give the customer complete peace of mind. The companies have launched several meaningful initiatives: Doctor on Call 24x7 service in partnership with Apollo Clinics; India’s first Safe Holiday Helpline, a free service offering expert guidance & assistance for safe holiday planning, visa assistance, country specific updates, on-ground health and safety measures, health certification, etc. and seamless COVID-negative certification services via a tie up with ICMR accredited labs.

About SOTC Travel

SOTC Travel Limited (Formerly SOTC Travel Pvt. Ltd.) is a step-down subsidiary of Fairfax Financial Holdings Group; held through its Indian listed subsidiary, Thomas Cook (India) Limited (TCIL). SOTC India is a leading travel and tourism company active across various travel segments including Leisure Travel, Incentive Travel and Business Travel and Foreign Exchange.

SOTC was established in 1949. Since then, it has escorted lakhs of travellers across the globe for more than 70 years to various destinations around the world. A new age innovative holidaymaker, SOTC strives to make holidays a priority for every Indian. ‘We are for holidays’ and we want Indians to prioritize their holidays.

Budget 2021: When a Robot has a request for the Finance minister


                Alton an indigenously developed humanoid robot requests Nirmala Sitharaman for a #futureready budget

                Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and other emerging technologies will help India grow faster

Mumbai, 30th January 2021: Inker Robotics, a technology based start-up and an industry expert in the field of Automation are developers of ALTON, an indigenously developed Humanoid Robot. Alton has put forward a request for Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman ahead of the Union Budget 2021. ALTON, developed at INKER’s R&D center, is a modular training Robot of its kind, designed to enable an experiential learning experience in Robotics.

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In an interaction with his CEO, Mr. Rahul P Balachandran, ALTON shared his view and expectations from the upcoming Union Budget, he said, “Globally Automation is currently a $168 Billion industry with an immense growth opportunity. As we move along this path, the nature of jobs and the skills required will be different from what we have currently. With progress also comes the need to innovate, reskill and upskill. Now is the time to drive adequate skilling initiatives and designing the strategic education roadmap by academia and industry leaders in the field.

To meet India’s vision of a $5 Trillion economy, incentivization of educational road map development with industry participation is required. Additionally, incentivization of relevant sectors to adopt the Industry 4.0 technologies should be provided to accelerate the demand for robotics and automation.

The expectation from the Finance Ministry during the Union Budget Announcement on February 1 is to support automation players in diving deeper into this mission, empower the student community to drive India’s Automation future, and help stakeholders across industries to drive this vision.”

Rahul Balachandran, Founder, and CEO, Inker Robotics  as an industry specialist in the world of machines and robots, Rahul foresees to open a whole new dimension of practical knowledge to the industry stakeholders about the opportunities that lie with Automation basis hands-on experience with their hi-end robotics equipment.

Sharing his views on the Budget and expectations, he said “India has been projected as the only economy that will grow in double-digit i.e. 11.5 percent in 2021. As we have seen, the challenging 2020-21 has made us realize the importance of adapting and adopting the latest technologies to drive the economy forward. To enable us to be future-ready it is important to expand on policies and programs like National Program on Artificial Intelligence.

There should be more focus in the budget on various constituents of Industry 4.0 like Robotics and automation, Digital manufacturing, AI among others where India is lagging behind many of its global peers when it comes to both innovations in the areas as well as their adoption across sectors.

The need of the hour is well-thought-out Policy formulation to support and nurture Unified support systems and comprehensive eco-systems that will bring together stakeholders across academia, research and development and industries. This will accelerate the translation of investment and innovation to value generation and impact creation. The expectation from the Finance Ministry during the Union Budget Announcement on February 1 is to support various stakeholders who are driving the mission - “Futuristic technologies to enable the Atmanirbhar Bharat vision by framing favorable policies, providing grants and strategic investments.”

ALTON is one of its kind educational companion for students. Every single aspect of this robot is designed and developed in a way that it makes learning robotics fun. With the countless number of hours researching, Alton is made as an educational robot that is engaging and interesting for students having great features unmatched by any other similar product.

He helps in familiarizing and training the kids on how robots are developed and can help in various activities. He is a trainer to school students via the “Hello Robots” free online workshop session which now marks 5000 hours conducted by Inker every week. He interacts, self-explanatory, and demonstrates for better familiarization of students about Robotics and machine learning.

ALTON also has a great image tracking feature helping it to respond to users in proximity to it taking humans to a new level. ALTON is developed as 100% modular and can be dismantled easily making it easy for students to learn the motors and joints and other mechanical elements. It's the visual age and with its intuitive GUI interface, it is very easy for users to control and work with the robot. Interacting with the robot is a walk in the park. Alton is stable and safe to use and can avoid obstacles during motion and has precise and controlled movements that make it safe to use in any given environment, all put together makes him the humanoid robot. Powered by Raspberry Pi and components are controlled by Arduino mega boards, the combination packs enough power to meet the needs of robotics students.


An industry specialist in the world of machines and robots, INKER ROBOTICs promotes inspired robotics solutions, collaborative partnerships, and a world class customer experience. Founded in 2018 by Rahul Balachandran, and building the vision upon 4 pillars i.e. Eco-system creation, Academics, Solutions ,and Incubation, INKER’s strength lies in the array of emerging technologies impacting the Fourth Industrial Revolution and facilitating a world-class customer experience by promoting inspired robotics solutions, collaborative partnerships nationally and internationally.

With its 4500 sq ft Robotics and R&D Facility and 80 industry professionals working towards the larger vision of building industry ready automation solutions, INKER has routed its success story from Kerala to across Bangalore, Mumbai, and UAE in the last two years. INKER’s Robotics Lab has won the award for Best Robo Lab Setup in India, at STEM SUMMIT 2019 held at IIT Delhi in April 2019.

The ALTON Robot developed at INKER’s R&D center is the first-ever modular training Robot of its kind, designed to enable a holistic learning experience in Robotics. Be it a Humanoid or an Industrial Robot or Drones, INKER facilitates experiences across the latest models, up close and personal. As a part of their Academic initiative, the organization has been successfully organizing ‘Hello Robots’, a free online session for school students across the country since July 2020 with a purpose to create awareness on Robotics among students and enable them to be FUTURE READY.

IHCL - Unveiling The Connaught, New Delhi – IHCL SeleQtions in the presence of IHCL MD and CEO Puneet Chhatwal, actor-author Anupam Kher and esteemed ministers such as Smt. Smriti Irani, Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad

New Delhi, January 29, 2021:  To mark the official launch of The Connaught, New Delhi- IHCL SeleQtions, the hotel today commenced a series of bespoke events.

Mr. Puneet Chhatwal, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, IHCL, along with Ms. Sonali Chauhan, General Manager, The Connaught, New Delhi – IHCL SeleQtions  unveiled the plaque of The Connaught, New Delhi – IHCL SeleQtions, the newest jewel in the SeleQtions portfolio. The event witnessed an engaging conversation with the global actor, author and motivational speaker, Mr. Anupam Kher, who launched his book ‘Your Best Day is Today’. He was in conversation with Ms. Ina Puri.

The Connaught, New Delhi – IHCL SeleQtions is a vibrant addition to the SeleQtions portfolio. The hotel presents a unique and striking design, combining the art deco charm of Connaught Place and contemporary luxe interiors. The elegant celebration was hosted at The Terrace and The Hub, the hotel’s eclectic bar, amidst a stunning ambience with hues of a perfect winter evening. The event witnessed a specially curated themed décor, enthralling live music, a spectrum of vibrant lights on the Hotel façade and an immersive culinary experience. The culinary team at The Connaught, New Delhi – IHCL SeleQtions showcased an impressive repertoire of signature cocktails and an elaborate Asian fare. A customized and colorful rickshaw was a highlight that enhanced the strong sense of place and was a perfect ode to the Delhi’s quintessential tuk-tuk experience!

The evening saw the presence of renowned guests and famous personalities from different walks of life. Shri. Arvind Singh, Secretary, Tourism, Dr. Naresh Trehan, Nishikant Dubey, Ina Puri, Suhel Seth, Anu Kant Dubey were present at the event. Honorable Ministers Smt. Smriti Irani, Union Minister for Textiles and Women & Child Development, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Science & Tech, Earth Sciences and Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Law and Justice, Communications, Electronics & Information Technology graced the occasion with their presence.

For more information about The Connaught, New Delhi – IHCL SeleQtions visit here.

About the Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL)

The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) and its subsidiaries bring together a group of brands and businesses that offer a fusion of warm Indian hospitality and world-class service. These include Taj – the hallmark of iconic hospitality and India’s Strongest Brand as per Brand Finance India 100 2020 report, SeleQtions, a named collection of hotels, Vivanta, sophisticated upscale hotels and Ginger, which is revolutionising the lean luxe segment.

Incorporated by the founder of the Tata Group, Jamsetji Tata, the Company opened its first hotel - The Taj Mahal Palace, in Bombay in 1903. IHCL has a portfolio of 210 hotels including 45 under development globally across 4 continents, 12 countries and in over 100 locations. The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) is South Asia’s largest hospitality company by market capitalization. It is primarily listed on the BSE and NSE.

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ALTBalaji | LSD - Love, Scandal & Doctors | Srishti Ganguli Rindani as Rahima

Doting wife or his murder suspect, Srishti Ganguli Rindani plays Rahima on ALTBalaji and ZEE5's medical thriller LSD - Love, Scandal & Doctors 


Rahima, a central character in LSD - Love, Scandal & Doctors, is played by the adorable, gorgeous Srishti Ganguli Rindani. Rahima, in the quest to prove herself, joins the medical profession with the rest of the interns. She is also one of the key suspects as she is the wife of Asif, the murder victim. 

"Rahima may come across as kind and gentle, but she's a mystery - totally unpredictable. She is subtly manipulated and controlled by her husband, who pretends to be a great man and an even better husband when the truth is far from it. She endures it till she can, but an explosion is waiting to happen at the end of the road. Guess it's just to remind people that the more they try to control someone, the more they'll want to rebel and escape. The story of LSD - Love, Scandal & Doctors takes a rare perspective on people, their relationships and their vices" - Srishti Ganguli Rindani, Actress (Rahima)

The show has all the ingredients of a chilling murder-mystery, which is guaranteed to give its viewers a nail-biting experience. The show opens with the five medical interns, central to the story, trying to eliminate a dead body. The murder investigation that follows and the confusion and chaos that arises puts their careers at risk leaving the characters with tough choices.

The cast and crew are incredibly gifted and have put in every ounce of effort necessary to make sure the story's theme hits the audience. LSD - Love, Scandal & Doctors is directed by Saqib Pandor of Sacred Games and Bombay Velvet this alone should be reason enough to watch the show. The show also stars familiar industry faces including, Rahul Dev, Punit J Pathak, Siddharth Menon, Tanaya Sachdeva, Srishti Ganguli Rindani, Manish Mishra, Ayush Shrivastav, Ishaan A Khanna, and numerous others, all going to get you hooked right from the start.

Stay tuned for more details on LSD - Love, Scandal & Doctors. The launch is scheduled for 5th February 2021. Mark your calendars already, as you can't afford to miss this one!

Bigg Boss Weekend Ka Vaar Saturday Synopsis

 Salman Khan addresses the Rakhi, Rubina and Abhinav triad on Weekend Ka Vaar

The Weekend Ka Vaar episodes are a time for the contestants to get feedback from the master host Salman Khan. He makes it a point to address the times when the contestants have gone overboard and explains where they have gone wrong.

 The episode starts with Bigg Boss asking the contestants to come forth and talk about which housemate they feel has been in wrong and why. While each contestant makes sure they talk their heart out, the focus is on Rakhi and Rubina. Rakhi steps forward and says that Rubina has been in the wrong and that nothing can stop her from loving Abhinav. When it's Runina's turn, she says that Rakhi has been wrong for not considering her emotions and the respect that she has given her. Abhinav also takes Rakhi’s name and blames her for torturing him in the name of entertainment. In fact, he goes on to say that if there is anyone who has broken his heart the most during the season, it has been Rakhi!

Next, host Salman Khan addresses the incident where Rakhi pulled Abhinav’s shorts’ strings and asks Rubina about overreacting to that incident. While Rubina explains just why that incident made her overreact, Salman explains to her that the only person who benefited from Rakhi’s actions was Abhinav! Salman also sets right Abhinav’s misunderstanding about Rakhi’s actions showing him in the wrong light. The master host tells Abhinav to not overreact and think a bit before he starts making judgements about other housemates.

Salman Khan addresses Nikki Tamboli next, who has been quite rude to other housemates. Salman tells her that he has not noticed any change in her attitude even after he personally gave her feedback.  He again reminds her about minding her manners and says that it reflects on her upbringing. Salman also pulls up Rubina for supporting Nikki, especially when she is misbehaving with most housemates.

Will Nikki improve after Salman Khan’s feedback? How will Rakhi, Rubina and Abhinav’s relationship evolve after the Weekend Ka Vaar? 

Choreographer Sandip Soparrkar on the cover of Enlighten India Magazine

Sandip Soparrkar is undoubtedly one of the most talented choreographers we have in Bollywood. The dancer Choreographer never fails to impress us, be it with his brilliant performances or elegant style. He recently has been featured on the cover of a leading lifestyle magazine Enlighten India and looks absolutely dashing in his edgy style and we are totally loving it!

Sandip Soparrkar along with Mr. Mitesh Mehta, Chairman, Enlighten India, Beautiful model actress Sheela Tiruchi, Celebrity Photographer Akash Kumbhar, who shot the cover photo,  launched the magazine’s January- February 2021 cover featuring dance maestro Sandip Soparrkar. The event was compared by the television host Ankita Dolawat at the colourful restaurant Roots of India in India’s entertainment capital Mumbai. At the launch Sandip Soparrkar with actress Sheela Tiruchi performed a sensual and romantic dance on an old Bollywood track ‘Chand Si Mehbooba Hogi Meri’.

Addressing the gathering, Sandip Soparrkar appreciated the work of people associated with the magazine and praised the team behind the sensational picture. The choreographer said, “To me the three E’s of dance are to entertain, to educate and to enlighten, so you can very well understand how honoured it feels to be on the cover of Enlighten India.”

Mr. Mitesh Mehta, Chairman, Enlighten India said, “It has been over a decade that Enlighten India has featured many stars, but for the first time we have featured a Choregrapher, Sandip Soparrkar has been doing exceptional work in the field of dance and social work and this cover is the acknowledge of his illustrious work.”

Actor Sumeer Vyas pays tribute to all the heroes who sacrificed their lives for the nation in a heart-felt video

1962: The War in The Hills releases 26th February   

~Inspired by true events the series 1962: The War in The Hills will launch on 26th February 2021 exclusively for subscribers of Disney+ Hotstar VIP and Disney+ Hotstar Premium ~

This Martyrs' Day, actor Sumeet Vyas revealed his look from the upcoming series 1962: The War In The Hills. In a video he put up recently on social media, Sumeet has paid a tribute to India’s brave heroes who sacrificed their lives for the country. Directed by Mahesh Manjrekar and also starring Abhay Deol, Sumeet will be seen portraying a key character in the series that has been inspired by true events that takes us back to November 1962 to narrate an untold story of bravery and valour. 

Actor Sumeet Vyas said, “1962: The War In The Hills brings an untold story of valour and bravery that will touch millions of hearts. On martyrs day, let's remember all the jawaans who devoted their lives to our country and who selflessly put service to our nation before anything else. I feel privileged to be part of a story like this."

You can watch his heart-felt tribute here (1962: The War In The Hills)

1962: The War In The Hills will launch on 26 th February 2021 only on Disney+ Hotstar VIP

NSAM Academy celebrates Republic day by distributing hand made masks and sanitizers to Traffic Police

 Being the Responsible Public of India

29th January 2021, Mumbai : Republic day marks the day when Indian constitution came into action. Indian constitution talks about both rights and duties. It is based on the fact that to enjoy your rights you also have to perform your duties and it is a balance of both that makes the country Republic.

NSAM academy which always has believed in the concept of “building a better you” decided to celebrate the 72nd Republic Day by doing something for the brave corona warriors who stood mighty during the tough times of Pandemic.

The students and the team of the institute distribute handmade masks and sanitizers to traffic police people at Navi Mumbai especially Kharghar area.

The masks were especially made by the fashion designing students of the academy in guidance of their faculty members, founder Ms. Neeru Jain and Director Mr. Ayush Jain.

The initiative was considering the fact that it’s because of these heroes that Indian society is safe and developing.

Founder Ms. Neeru Jain expressed her excitement saying, “A country’s future is in hands of its younger generation and it is our duty as teachers to show them the right path and make them not only industry but also socially responsible. This initiative was a small step towards a bigger and a better vision for our country India.”

Mr. AyushJain , Director – NSAM,  expressed his enthusiasm saying, “ We at NSAM are on a mission to achieve a bigger goal, we are not bound by just traditional classroom method of teaching rather we want our students to grow individually and thus we keep on conducting such initiatives that not only teaches something to the students rather motivates them to do something for the society.”

Exciting! Ishaan Khatter learns Tamil for his character in 'Phone Bhoot'

After winning us all with his notable performance in the Maqbool Khan directorial 'Khaali Peeli' and Mira Nair's 'A Suitable Boy', Ishaan Khatter is now keeping busy with his highly anticipated next 'Phone Bhoot'. Promising to be a hilarious entertainer, the horror-comedy is directed by Gurmmeet Singh and produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani. Starring in his first ever horror comedy, Ishaan is leaving no stones unturned to get into the skin of his character.
Coming in as an exciting update, we now hear that the talented actor has been learning Tamil and taking diction lessons to pick up the right accent of the language. A natural on-screen, Ishaan makes sure to take out time for two to three hours everyday to prep and do justice to his character in the film.
Confirming the same, Ishaan Khatter said in a statement, "I've been taking diction lessons and it's really exciting for me to learn a new language (Tamil). I'm enjoying the process and want to give it my best shot."
Phone Bhoot has been written by Ravi Shankaran and Jasvinder Singh Bath. Apart from this, Ishaan Khatter will also be seen in Raja Krishna Menon's war film - 'Pippa'. The actor starts shooting for the film soon after he wraps up 'Phone Bhoot'.

*Twinjabi duo stuns the audiences with their LIVE performance on VH1.*

Twinjabi duo is constantly pushing boundaries of the global music industry with their refreshing music. World's best  twin singers , the Twinjabi duo just got closer to global domination with their live performance on VH1. The twin brothers keep on creating ripples with their exceptionally unique music, their recent music video for 'Desi Dons' has been widely appreciated globally. The twin duo recently posted a picture of themselves in their all dapper avatar and we are wondering if they have begun shooting for their next music video!
The Twinjabi brothers enjoy a global fan base. Interestingly, their lyrics are multilingual, mostly in English and Punjabi. Besides India, America and Canada, the duo enjoys a popular fan base in Russia, the Czech Republic, Tanzania and Brazil too. The brothers became a rage wherein their track 'Bombay' was picked up by Vh1 India. The international channel played it on rotation six times a day on television. Their LIVE performance on Vh1 proved to be the biggest musical highlight of the month!

Rohit Saraf shines on the cover page of ‘High On Persona’ Magazine’s Millennial Issue

We all loved him in ‘The Sky Is Pink’ and he amazed us in his last release ‘Ludo’. The new rising star Rohit Saraf is growing up with his every new release and the actor has now graced the cover page of ‘High On Persona’ Magazine’s millennial issue.

Sharing the cover page, he wrote, “Thank you High On Persona Magazine for having me.”

The actor who is loved for his innocent looks is looking amazing on the cover page and here too his innocent looks are to die for!

During the interview, Rohit spoke about his favourite social media trend and he said,”I love funny Instagram filters. Where your face changes; your eyes become big, your mouth becomes protruded. I love all of that.”

Rohit started his career with the film ‘Dear Zindagi’ in 2016 and since then he has been a part of couple of films. But his role in ‘The Sky is Pink’ and ‘Ludo’ has earned him recognition and today he has a good fan following amongst the youth.

He was also seen in a series titled ‘Mismatched’ that premiered on Netflix last year. It is coming-of-age romantic drama which is based on Sandhya Menon’s bestselling novel ‘When Dimple met Rishi’. Rohit played the role of a tech wizard in the show and was loved by all.

His fans are waiting to see him as lead in his next Bollywood project.

Fish farms in Bihar are laden with antibiotics, insecticides and heavy metals, finds FIAPO latest investigation report

January, 2021: A new investigation by the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) and All Creatures Great and Small (ACGS) brings to light a shockingly awful state of aquaculture in India. It was found that 100% of the fish and shrimp farms have hazardous levels of lead and cadmium. With careless use of antibiotics and insecticides, uncontrollable disease outbreaks, no attention to fish welfare, and a looming threat of AMR, aquaculture is a ticking time bomb.

Varda Mehrotra, Executive Director of FIAPO says,We have found shocking conditions in this growing sector. Fish are kept in cramped, filthy enclosures, with no waste management. They are cut up alive. The contaminated water from these fish farms is released into local water bodies and estuaries that spread the parasites further, causing harm to the fish population as well as humans.”

FIAPO and ACGS investigated about250 fish and shrimp farms across the 10 highest producing states in India. This covers fresh and brackish water farms in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Gujarat, West Bengal, Orissa and freshwater farms in Bihar, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, and Assam. The objective of the study was to assess the condition of fish and shrimp farms in India on animal welfare, public health, and environmental hazard standards.

In Bihar, the investigation was carried out in the districts of East Champaran, Muzaffarpur, Begusarai and Patna covering 20 fish farms. 100% of the fish farms had toxic levels of lead and cadmium,scoring extremely poor on the public health hazard scale (0.25/1).

Additionally, 100% of the fish farms had no outlets, this means dirty water is recirculated posing a grave threat to fish and human health. Several farmers admitted massive losses due to prevalent diseases and massive floods every year.All the fish farms lacked basic maintenance and were littered, and open defecation is a regular practice near the fish farms. All the fish farms had poor dissolved oxygen levels, which means fish were struggling to survive with high mortality rates.

Following the Kolkata model, Patna recently added a sewage-fed fishery. Banned fish species like Mangur catfish was widely farmed accompanied by indiscriminate use of antibiotics, insecticides and pesticides.

Such haphazard management practices also invite the risk of anti-microbial resistance. AMR is the next health catastrophe waiting to be unleashed. Recently, a group of fisheries scientists called for greater awareness about Anti-microbial resistance (AMR) addressing the need to curb the transmission of AMR bacteria to humans from fish and shrimps.

The unhygienic conditions of meat markets also give rise to events of pandemics, malaria, typhoid, and jaundice.Anjali Gopalan, Managing Trustee, All Creatures Great and Small says"We do not seem to align our considerations with our lifestyles and actions, the brunt of which is faced by aquatic life because they exist away from human civilisation. The lack of marine sentience and sensitivity of the public as well as industries to the health of fish is revealed when we learn about the administrative and political indolence in the country. Consequently, when this is clearly a public health concern we must start today in mobilising resources to improve the conditions to avoid an aquaculture disaster."

“Aquaculture is factory farming of fishes, and it constitutes the same systemic problems encountered in the factory farms of land animals: crowding, stress, disease, pain, and death. If you don't want to support that, then don't buy fish,”says Dr. Jonathan Balcombe, scientist, speaker & advisor at FIAPO.


Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) is India’s apex animal rights organization. Created for the movement, by the movement, FIAPO is India’s only federation with more than 165 members and over 200 supporter organizations nationally.FIAPO led the campaign that persuaded MoEF&CC to ban use of dolphins for commercial entertainment. It stopped the establishment of the proposed mega dairy with 40,000 cows in Andhra Pradesh, and teamed up with other NGOs and volunteers to rescue over 150 animals from 16 circuses across India. FIAPO continues to bring to light the horrifying conditions in which animals live through its investigations on the dairy industry, gaushalas, meat shops, etc.

About ACGS

All Creatures Great and Small located in Village Silakhari in Faridabad, is a non-profit working towards providing quality medical and nutritional care to more than 700 animals in distress, both large and small. ACGS believes that animals have a right to a non-speciesist, cruelty-free life. They need to be recognized as sentient beings, no different from humans, and must be included in the global social justice movement along with all the other liberation movements. Managing Trustee Anjali Gopalan has used her position as a Human Rights activist to speak to a number of public platforms on animal rights in India. In 2016, ACGS became an impleader in the Supreme Court of India hearing on the culling of street dogs.

Friday 29 January 2021

Zing | Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya

 Zing's last episode of Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya says it's okay to fight sometimes when you are in love! 


Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya's season finale promises a heart throbbing love story


Can you say fighting with partner is a form of love? find out in PTKK's season finale  

After a season filled with love stories, Zing's Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya leave their audience with a lasting message, 'Ladaiyaan wahi hoti hai, jahan pyaar hota hai'. The story is entered around two young engineers, Sameer (Aashutosh Semwal) and Agni (Aishwarya Aher) who are not only madly in love with each other but also recently engaged. With her happiness knowing no bounds, she at the same time gets to know that she has landed her dream job. If anyone else were in her situation, they would be at the crossroads, but with supportive Sameer as her partner, he encourages her to take the job. They start spending time together in their happy-bubble before she packs off to Jaipur and they get into a long-distance relationship. As they start spending time apart, they decide that they would never fight when they are together. But days turn into months and watching Sameer turn miserable, Sameer's boss relates with his situation and transfers him to their Jaipur office. As Sameer surprises Agni and they both start living together, they realize that they have differences and start arguing with each other. On the verge of breaking up their relationship, the young couple are advised by well-wishers and they finally decide to live by the mantra - chahe poori life ladna pade par ladna tere saath hi hai! 

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आव्हानात्मक भूमिका साकारायला मला आवडतं - रोशन विचारे

झी युवावरील 'तुझं माझं जमतंय' या मालिकेने अल्पावधीतच लोकप्रियतेचं शिखर गाठलं. या मालिकेत प्रमुख भूमिका साकारणारा अभिनेता रोशन विचारे याने प्रेक्षकांच्या मनात अढळ स्थान निर्माण केलं आहे. त्याचा उत्तम अभिनय प्रेक्षकांचं लक्ष वेधून घेत आहे. या आधी रोशनने पौराणिक आणि ऐतिहासिक मालिकांमध्ये देखील भूमिका साकारली होती पण तुझं माझं जमतंय या मालिकेत शुभंकरची व्यक्तिरेखा साकारायला मिळाल्याचा आनंद व्यक्त करताना रोशन म्हणाला, "तुझं माझं जमतंय या मालिकेत मी साकारत असलेली शुभंकरची भूमिका खूप इंटरेस्टिंग आहे. शुभंकर हा खूप चार्मिंग, हँडसम आणि सर्वगुण संपन्न मुलगा आहे. प्रत्येक छोट्यातली छोटी गोष्ट सुद्धा डोळ्यात कैद करणारी त्याची नजर आहे. तुझं माझं जमतंय हि मालिका अश्विनी आणि शुभंकर यांच्या प्रेमकथेबद्दल आहे. मी माझ्या कॉलेजपासून थिएटर करतोय. त्यामुळे टीव्ही माध्यमात पदार्पण करण्यासाठी मी एका उत्तम संधीची वाट पाहत होतो. मी जेव्हा पौराणिक मालिकेत एक भूमिका केली तेव्हा मला तशाच प्रकारच्या भूमिका साकारायची ऑफर्स येऊ लागल्या. पण मला एकाच प्रकारचं काम कधीच करायचं नव्हतं. त्यानंतर एका ऐतिहासिक मालिकेत एक भूमिका केल्यानंतर मला काहीतरी कंटेम्पररी काम करायचं होतं आणि त्याच वेळी मला तुझं माझं जमतंय हि मालिका मिळाली आणि मी ती आनंदाने स्वीकारली. मला आव्हानात्मक भूमिका साकारायला आवडतं आणि शुभंकर म्हणजेच आजच्या काळातील मुलाची भूमिका साकारायची संधी मला मिळाली याचा मला खूप आनंद आहे. प्रेक्षकांचं मिळणार प्रेम आणि मालिकेला मिळणारा उत्तम प्रतिसाद हीच आम्हा सर्वांच्या कामाची पावती आहे."  

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Saregama hits the right Gujarati notes yet again; launches ‘Kone Karu Kariyad’ sung by the sensational Kajal Maheriya!

Having taken the Gujarati music landscape by storm, Saregama is all set to take its audience on yet another musical emotional roller-coaster with its latest release ‘Kone Karu Kariyad’ in the soulful voice of Kajal Maheriya.

Penned by Rajesh Solanki and with music by Ravi-Rahul, ‘Kone Karu Kariyad’ narrates a tale of a beautiful marriage that meets a tragic end, leaving one in emotionally charged. With its heart-wrenching lyrics weaved into poignant storytelling, this latest creation by Saregama is sure to carve a special place for itself in the playlist of every Gujarati music lover.

Commenting on the same, Kajal said, “ Kone karu Kariyad is a beautiful song of love and heartbreak, seen through the eyes of a married woman. This song has an unforgettable melody, and the lyrics will speak to your heart. Its a beautifully shot video, capturing the emotional depth of the song beautifully. I hope all of you shower the song with all your love.”  

Catch this all-new song only on Saregama’s YouTube Channel –