Canada health official says ‘no’ to Russian COVID-19 vaccine

Ottawa: The Russian novel coronavirus vaccine will likely not be approved in Canada at this time, Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Howard Njoo told reporters on Tuesday, citing lack of data. Coronavirus vaccine Earlier in the day, President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia became the first country in the world to register a novel coronavirus …


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Ottawa: The Russian novel coronavirus vaccine will likely not be approved in Canada at this time, Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Howard Njoo told reporters on Tuesday, citing lack of data.

Coronavirus vaccine

Earlier in the day, President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia became the first country in the world to register a novel coronavirus vaccine.

“No, I do not think so. Far too much information is missing,” Njoo said regarding the possibility Canada may approve the Russian vaccine.

Njoo said he found the approval of the vaccine in Russia “surprising” given the testing timelines – from initial discovery to approval – that Canadian scientists and experts use.

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr Theresa Tam said the developments to produce a vaccine are exciting and she continues to work with counterparts abroad.

500 million in 12 months

Russian officials said the country is capable of producing 500 million doses of the vaccine in the next 12 months, with production expected to be conducted abroad as well and clinical trials set to start soon in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and the Philippines.


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Dark side of the dazzle and fame

By Durga ChakravartyNew Delhi, Aug 12 : Whether Sushant Singh Rajput ended his life or was killed is a raging question right now, but this much seems obvious that he was going through a phase of intense mental and psychological pressure in his last days. The situation again spotlights the dark side of the world …


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It's impossible, SSR couldn't have committed suicide: Ex-Personal Assistant

By Durga Chakravarty
New Delhi, Aug 12 : Whether Sushant Singh Rajput ended his life or was killed is a raging question right now, but this much seems obvious that he was going through a phase of intense mental and psychological pressure in his last days. The situation again spotlights the dark side of the world of glamour and sparkles.

It’s often said that all that glitters is not gold, and Sushant’s untimely demise has opened the Pandora’s Box on how what seems perfect from the outside in Bollywood is often all about pressure, tension and insecurity.

It’s not just Bollywood, but also globally, too. Several known names such as Chester Bennington, Kurt Cobain, Marilyn Monroe, Heath Ledger and Robin Williams among many others have succumbed under the pressure of courting fame or living up to its demands.

Here are a few names among Indian celebrities who could not deal with the pressures of fame.

SUSHANT SINGH RAJPUT (2020)
Sushant, 34, rose to fame with his performance as Manav in the TV show “Pavitra Rishta”. He made a swift transition to the big screen in 2013 with the film “Kai Po Che!”. He was then seen in films like “Shuddh Desi Romance”, “M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story”, “Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!”, “Drive”, “Kedarnath”, “Chhichhore” and “Dil Bechara”.

In his run, Sushant was in a relationship with actress Ankita Lokhande. He was rumoured to be dating actress Kriti Sanon and, finally, actress Rhea Chakraborty was his girlfriend. He was found hanging in his residence in Mumbai. A CBI probe has been ordered to investigate his matter of death.

SAMEER SHARMA (2020)
Television actor Sameer Sharma was found hanging from the kitchen ceiling of his residence in Malad West, Mumbai. No suicide note was recovered. He has featured in daily soaps like “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi”, “Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii”, “Left Right Left”, “Woh Rehne Waali Mehlon Ki” among others. He last featured in the ongoing daily soap “Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke” as Shaurya Maheshwari.

PREKSHA MEHTA (2020)
“Crime Patrol” actress Preksha Mehta committed suicide in May this year. She was 25. She took her life by hanging from a ceiling fan at her residence in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. The actress reportedly left a suicide note but it does not mention why she decided to end her life. As per reports, Preksha went into depression due to lack of work amid the lockdown. Apart from “Crime Patrol”, Preksha has appeared in TV soaps like “Meri Durga” and “Laal Ishq”.

KUSHAL PUNJABI (2019)
Television actor Kushal Punjabi, who was seen in “Ishq Mein Marjawan” and “Hum Tum”, committed suicide at his home in Mumbai. He was 37. There are several reports claiming that the actor was found hanging at his place in Pali Hill. It is also claimed that a suicide note was found from his residence.

PRATYUSHA BANERJEE (2016)
She gained popularity as Anandi in the television show “Balika Vadhu”. Pratyusha committed suicide by hanging from a fan at her residence in Mumbai’s Goregaon area. Her then boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh took her to the hospital, where she succumbed.

JIAH KHAN (2013)
She was only 25 when she ended her life by hanging herself from the ceiling fan. Jiah, who has starred alongside Bollywood biggies such as Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar, took her life in 2013 at her Mumbai residence. She mentioned an “abusive relationship” with actor Sooraj Pancholi, son of actor Aditya Pancholi, in a suicide not she left behind.

VIVEKA BABAJEE (2010)
Known best for her Kama Sutra condom commercial, Vivek Babajee, the Mauritian model, was found hanging from a ceiling fan in 2010 at her residence in Mumbai. In a dairy entry, she blamed her beau Gautam Vohra for her death and the police said that she committed suicide due to depression.

KULJEET RANDHAWA (2006)
She was seen in the Indian version of “Charlie’s Angels” called “C.A.T.S”. Actress and model Kuljeet Randhawa put an end to her life by hanging herself in her apartment in Mumbai. According to a note left behind by her, she mentioned that she was putting an end to her life as she couldn’t cope with the pressures of life.

PARVEEN BABI (2005)
With a career spanning over 15 years, Bollywood diva Parveen Babi, who worked in hits like “Majboor”, “Amar Akbar Anthony”, “Suhaag”, “Namak Halaal”, “Deewar” and “Rang Birangi” among many others, was found dead in her home in 2005. According to reports, during the last few days of her life Parveen was reportedly alone. She was known to be suffering from psychological problems for some years. Some said she suffered from schizophrenia.

NAFISA JOSEPH (2004)
Kuljeet Randhawa’s “C.A.T.S” co-actor Nafisa reportedly in 2004 hanged herself in her flat in the Versova area in Mumbai.

SILK SMITHA (1996): Vijayalakshmi Vadlapatla, who was famously known as the southern sex siren, Silk Smitha, was found dead at the age of 36 under mysterious circumstances. Her body was found hanging by a rope near her home in Chennai in 1996.

DIVYA BHARTI (1993): Divya Bharti rose to fame in the 1990s. She made her acting debut with the Telugu film, “Bobbili Raja”. After starring in Telugu films, in 1992 she made a transition to Hindi cinema with “Vishwatma”. Divya was then seen in hits like “Shola Aur Shabnam” and “Deewana”, and in a short span of time had become a contender to the Bollywood crown, and a serious challenger for the top superstars of the era, Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit.

She was 19 at the time of death, billed by most in the industry as well as fans and the press alike as the next big thing in Bollywood. She is said to have married producer Sajid Nadiadwala, shortly before her death. She fell off the balcony of her five-storey Tulsi apartment flat. Many aspects of her death still remains a mystery.

GURU DUTT (1964): Legendary filmmaker-actor Guru Dutt was found dead in his rented apartment in Mumbai in 1964. According to reports, the reason for his death was a lethal combination of sleeping pills combined with liquor. Guru Dutt is known for his classics like “Pyaasa”, “Kaagaz Ke Phool”, “Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam”, “Saanjh Aur Savera” and “Chaudhvin Ka Chand”.

(Durga Chakravarty can be contacted at durga.c@ians.in)

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Bipasha Basu has a personal photographer at home

Actress Bipasha Basu has a personal photographer at home. No prizes for guessing, it is her hubby Karan Singh Grover.

Along with an Instagram post with a string of pictures featuring her, Bipasha wrote: “My personal photographer at home @iamksgofficial Me=Poser.”

 
 
 
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The actress also shared a boomerang video flipping her hair. “Hair Swinging Kinda Mood #loveyourself,” she wrote.

On the work front, Bipasha reunites with Karan in the thriller “Dangerous”, co-starring Suyyash Rai, Natasha Suri, Sonali Raut, and Nitin Arora.

 
 
 
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Actress Bipasha Basu has a personal photographer at home. No prizes for guessing, it is her hubby Karan Singh Grover.

Along with an Instagram post with a string of pictures featuring her, Bipasha wrote: "My personal photographer at home @iamksgofficial Me=Poser."

 
 
 
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My personal photographer at home @iamksgofficial ❤ï¸Â Me=Poser ❤ï¸Â

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The actress also shared a boomerang video flipping her hair. "Hair Swinging Kinda Mood #loveyourself," she wrote.

On the work front, Bipasha reunites with Karan in the thriller "Dangerous", co-starring Suyyash Rai, Natasha Suri, Sonali Raut, and Nitin Arora.

 
 
 
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Hair Swinging Kinda Mood ❤ï¸Â #loveyourself

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BJP wants to dislodge Thackeray govt: Shiv Sena

New Delhi: Shiv Sena on Wednesday alleged that BJP wants to dislodge Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra by September after making an unsuccessful attempt to topple Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot in Rajasthan. In an editorial in its mouthpiece, Saamna, Shiv Sena said that BJP’s policy is they will not allow the functioning of …


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New Delhi: Shiv Sena on Wednesday alleged that BJP wants to dislodge Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra by September after making an unsuccessful attempt to topple Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot in Rajasthan.

In an editorial in its mouthpiece, Saamna, Shiv Sena said that BJP’s policy is they will not allow the functioning of governments which disagree with its thoughts.

“Congress has achieved a feat in saving the government in Rajasthan. The State Assembly session is starting from Friday and Chief Minister Gehlot has a clear mandate to run the government. Everybody is laughing at BJP’s ‘jod tod’ (attempts at cobbling up numbers). Their policy is simple they will not allow to run and topple those governments which disagree with its thoughts,” read the editorial.

The political crisis in Rajasthan began after differences between Gehlot and his former deputy Sachin Pilot. After a meeting with Congress top leadership, Pilot has agreed to work for the party.

Pilot was removed from the posts of Rajasthan Congress chief and Deputy Chief Minister after differences reportedly emerged within the state unit.

The editorial said that the rebellion of Pilot could not succeed as he could not gather the number of MLAs and BJP could not make through Ashok Gehlot’s ‘Chakravyuh’ (strategic planning).

“BJP leaders said that they will dislodge the Maharashtra government by September. After being unsuccessful in government, what is this policy to dislodge the government in Maharashtra? They should happily make efforts to destabilise and dislodge the Maharashtra government… BJP even wants to dislodge the government in Jharkhand,” it said.

Sena also targeted the ruling party the Centre alleging lack of support and assistance to state governments led by Opposition parties.

“Operation ‘Kamal’ could not be successful in Rajasthan… Operation in Maharashtra was unsuccessful. Now bogus doctors have set a new date for operation in September. Operation in Rajasthan continue for a month but was unsuccessful. BJP should learn something from it,” read the editorial.

In Assembly polls, BJP emerged as the single largest party in Maharashtra with 105 seats followed with Shiv Sena with 56 seats, NCP bagged 54 seats while Congress got 44 seats in 288-member Maharashtra Assembly.

The BJP-Shiv Sena alliance won an absolute majority in the election but could not form the government over the issue of chief ministerial post. Later, Shiv Sena along with NCP and Congress formed the government in the state under the leadership of Uddhav Thackeray, who took oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister.


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UP Police Case On US Scholar’s Death Does Not Mention Harassment

A day after after a 20-year-old woman from Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr, who was studying at a prestigious university in the United States, died in a road accident in UP after alleged harassment, a…

A day after after a 20-year-old woman from Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr, who was studying at a prestigious university in the United States, died in a road accident in UP after alleged harassment, a...

American who wanted to become LeT executioner sentenced to 15 years

By Arul LouisNew York, Aug 12 : An American who wanted to go to Pakistan to become an executioner for the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) terrorist organisation has been sentenced in a US federal court here to 15 years in prison. Federal Judge Ronnie Abrams sentenced on Tuesday Jesus Wilfredo Encarnacion, who had admitted before the judge …


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American who wanted to become LeT executioner sentenced to 15 years

By Arul Louis
New York, Aug 12 : An American who wanted to go to Pakistan to become an executioner for the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) terrorist organisation has been sentenced in a US federal court here to 15 years in prison.

Federal Judge Ronnie Abrams sentenced on Tuesday Jesus Wilfredo Encarnacion, who had admitted before the judge in January to “attempting to provide material support” to the LeT, which carried out the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed more than 170 people.

“Encarnacion plotted to travel abroad, to join and train with Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, infamous worldwide for the jihadist murder of innocent civilians, and to carry out shootings, bombings, and beheadings in behalf of that terrorist the organisation,” said Audrey Strauss, the acting federal prosecutor in New York, after the sentencing.

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C Demers said, “The National Security Division remains committed to identifying and holding accountable those who seek to join and support designated foreign terrorist organisations.

Encarnacion, 30, was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at New York’s JFK Airport in February last year when he tried to take a flight to Europe on his way to Pakistan to join the LeT.

He and his LeT recruiter Michael Kyle Sewell had been tracked by undercover FBI agents or informants, who recorded their interactions, which were introduced in court filings obtained by IANS.

Sewell was only 18 years at that time and has been sentenced in September to 20 years in prison for his role in the conspiracy.

In the filings in the Encarnacion case, Sewell is not identified by name, but by comparing those with documents in his case in a Texas federal court IANS was able to connect them.

Court documents show that Encarnacion is a new convert to Islam.

A chilling portrait of Encarnacion, who used the identities “Jihadistsoldgier,” “Jihadinhear,” “Jihadinheart” and “Lionofthegood,” emerges from the transcripts of interactions between him, Sewell and undercover federal agents.

Encarnacion said, “I want to fight. I want to execute. I want to behead,” and pleaded, “Please. I want to kill on video. Terrify our enemies.”

Encarnacion wrote to an undercover government employee: “You guys are against India. I read up on ya. You are beefing with India over Muslim land. I (expletive) hate Hindus. They can go to hell and I’m going to help you.”

“Will I live in Pakistan? I want to fight. I want to execute. I want to behead,” he wrote.

In a transcript Encarnacion said: “Kuffar treat me bad,” but does not further identify the “Kuffar” or what they did.

He initially wanted to join the Islamic State terrorist organization, but Sewell directed him to the LeT, presciently predicting the doom of IS.

“There is no point in fighting for them. They have no territory,” Sewell told him suggesting he join the LeT that has Pakistan’s backing.

According to a court document, Encarnacion has described himself as a Dominican. But it was not apparent if he was an immigrant from the Caribbean nation of Dominican Republic or had been born in the US.

(Arul Louis can be reached at arul.l@ians.in and followed on Twitter at @arulouis)

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Former minister Khaleel Basha passes away; tested +ve for COVID

Hyderabad: Former Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader S A Khaleel Basha passed away in Hyderabad on Tuesday (August 11). Dr. Basha was not well for quite some time. He reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. He died while undergoing treatment at a private hospital. Mr. Basha joined TDP during former Chief Minister N.T. Rama …


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Hyderabad: Former Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader S A Khaleel Basha passed away in Hyderabad on Tuesday (August 11).

Dr. Basha was not well for quite some time. He reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. He died while undergoing treatment at a private hospital.

Mr. Basha joined TDP during former Chief Minister N.T. Rama Rao period. He was elected MLA for two times. He served as a Cabinet Minister holding the portfolio of Minority Welfare. Besides being a popular politician of Kadapa, as a medical practitioner, he was known to have served the poor and needy, without fee. He accepted fee only from those who voluntarily paid it.

Expressing his condolences to the bereaved family, TDP Kadapa district president R. Sreenivasa Reddy recalled how the late leader created a niche for himself in the district party unit. District general secretary B. Hariprasad  also condoled the death of Mr Basha saying that he stood for the poor in their times of crisis, both as a doctor and as a legislator.

Paying tributes on behalf of his party, Jana Sena Kadapa constituency in-charge and Rayalaseema joint convener Sunkara Srinivas recalled his services to the poor people of the district.


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