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Jammu and Kashmir: 3 terrorists killed in an encounter with security forces in Shopian


Security forces on Tuesday neutralised three terrorists in an encounter at the Turkwangam area.

A top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen is reported among the killed terrorists.


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Jammu and Kashmir: Three terrorists neutralised in an encounter with security forces at Turkwangam area of Shopian, today. A search operation is underway. (Visuals deferred by unspecified time)

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After receiving a credible input, the local police launched an operation with Army and Special Forces units.

The search operation is underway.




COVID-19: Global coronavirus count surpasses 7.8 million, death toll tops 431,000


The global number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus infection has surpassed 7.8 million, with over 431,000 fatalities being reported since the start of the outbreak, according to the latest data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday.

The cumulative global toll of confirmed cases has increased by 132,581 over the past day to 7,823,289, according to the WHO.

Over the past 24 hours, 3,911 people died from COVID-19 worldwide, taking the death toll to 431,541.

The Americas, with over 3.7 million confirmed cases, remains the epicentre of the epidemic.

 
 

Meanwhile, with an increase of 10,667 cases and 380 deaths in the past 24 hours, the COVID-19 count in India has reached 3,43,091 on Tuesday, according to the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry.

With 380 deaths being reported from across the country, the toll due to COVID-19 has now reached 9,900.

The COVID-19 count includes 1,53,178 active cases, while 1,80,013 patients have been cured and discharged or migrated so far.

Maharashtra with 1,10,744 cases continues to be the worst-affected state in the country with 50,567 active cases while 56,049 patients have been cured and discharged in the state so far. The toll due to COVID-19 has crossed the four thousand mark and reached 4,128 in the state.

It is followed by Tamil Nadu with 46,504 and the national capital with 42,829 confirmed cases.

(With inputs from ANI.)

 
 
 



Dabangg director Abhinav Singh Kashyap accuses Salman Khan and family of 'bullying'; says he won't give up like Sushant Singh Rajput did


Filmmaker Abhinav Singh Kashyap, who shot to overnight fame, with the success of the Salman Khan-starrer Dabangg, has launched a scathing attack on the actor and his brothers Arbaaz and Sohail Khan.

Requesting the Maharashtra government to launch a detailed investigation into the death of Sushant Singh Rajput, Sinha said Rajput’s death is just the ‘tip of the iceberg just like the #MeToo movement was for a much bigger malaise in Bollywood.’

“The death of Sushant Singh Rajput brings under scanner the role YRF talent Management Agency might have played in pushing him towards his suicide but that is for the authorities to investigate. These people don’t make careers. They ruin your career and life,” he wrote in a detailed Facebook post.

Sinha, who directed the first Dabangg movie was dropped from directing the second movie which was directed by Arbaaz Khan, and the third one which was made by Prabhudeva. Taking on the three Khan brothers, Sinha alleged that he was exploited by Salman, Sohail and Arbaaz. “I have experienced exploitation and bullying first hand Arbaaz Khan on Dabangg and ever since. So here is my story 10 years after Dabangg.”


Saying that he would not take the easy way out like Sushant Singh Rajput did, Kashyap, who is the younger brother of filmmaker Anurag said that he would keep on fighting.

This is the full text:

My appeal to the Government to launch a detailed investigation.

Rest in peace Sushant Singh Rajput… Om Shanti.. But your fight continues…

The suicide of Sushant Singh Rajput brings to the forefront a much bigger problem of what many of us have been dealing with. Exactly what might compel a person to commit suicide?? I fear his death is just the tip of the iceberg just like the #metoo movement was for a much bigger malaise in Bollywood.

The death of Sushant Singh Rajput brings under scanner the role YRF talent Management Agency might have played in pushing him towards his suicide but that is for the authorities to investigate. These people don’t make careers. They ruin your career and life. Having suffered personally for a decade, I can confidently say every Talent Manager and all Talent Management Agencies of Bollywood are a potential death Trap for Artists. They are all basically white collared Dalaals and everyone is involved. They all have an unspoken code of conduct they adhere to. Their one simple mantra is, “Hamaam me sab nange aur jo nange nahin hain, unko nanga karo kyonki agar ek bhi pakda gaya to sab pakde jayenge”. Following is mostly their modus Operandi.

First the talent scout(Casting Directors, etc.) working on a cut/commission spots a needy wild talent from out of Mumbai with little connections or property.

The talent is then lured with free invites to Bollywood parties and random Restaurant launches on the pretext of introducing them to celebrities. The Blinding glamour of celebs and lure of easy money is unleashed on the unsuspecting. Mind you they are all ignored and treated very badly at these parties so they feel demoralized and their self-confidence breaks.

Once the confidence is broken, the scouts offer them a multi-year exclusivity contracts and pressure them to sign-up for it by promising to protect them from predators or offering a pittance. Mind you, breaking these legal contracts means heavy penalties for these budding talents but the scout makes sure through bullying and coercion that there is very little option for the talent but to sign up.

Once the talent is signed up with the Talent management agency, they give up their right to exercise free choice and their discretion in any matter concerning career and they are made to work as bonded labor with very little money. Even if they are brave and manage to escape the clutches of their Talent Management agency somehow, they are systematically boycotted and their name smeared till they jump ship to another Agency in the hope of a better tommorrow.

But that tommorrow never comes. Their new agency turns out to be the same. Over a period of few years, mostly the prime of any actor, the talent is repeatedly broken till they either commit suicide or they succumb to Prostitution and escort services (Yes male escorts also) to feed the ego and sexual appetite of the rich and powerful, not just in Bollywood but also in Corporate world and politics.

My experience is no different. I have experienced exploitation and bullying first hand

Arbaaz Khan on Dabangg and ever since. So here is my story 10 years after Dabangg. The reason I moved out of making Dabangg 2 ten years ago is because Arbaaz Khan in collusion with Sohail Khan and family was trying to take control of my career by bullying me. Arbaaz Khan sabotaged my second project with Shree Ashtavinayak Films that I was signed up with by personally calling their head Mr. Raj Mehta and threatening him with dire consequences if they made a film with me. I had to return the signing money to Shree Ashtavinayak films and moved to Viacom Pictures. They did the same thing. Only this time the sabotager was Sohail Khan and he intimidated the then Viacom CEO Vikram Malhotra. My project was sabotaged and I was made to return my signing fee of Rupees 7 Crores plus interest of Ninety odd lacs. Its only then that Reliance Entertainment came to my rescue and we forged an enduring partnership for my film Besharam.

But lo behold... Mr. Salman Khan and family sabotaged the release of the film and got their PROs to run a sustained negative smear campaign against me and my film BESHARAM before release. This scared the distributors from buying my film. Reliance Entertainment and I were capable and courageous enough to release the film ourselves but the battle had just begun. My enemies, which there were many ran a sustained negative Trolling and badmouthing campaign against the film till the Box Office of my film collapsed. But to their horror, Besharam had still netted 58 crores before it went out of theaters.

So they fought on... They sabotaged the Satellite release of the film that was pre-sold to Mr. Jayanti Lal Gada who was the main agregator for Zee Telefilms those days. With Reliances goodwill, they were able to re-negotiate the satellite rights sale with Gada for a much lesser price.

Over the next few years, all my projects and creative endeavors have been sabotaged and I have been repeatedly threatened with life and rape threats given to/for the female members of my family. The sustained gaslighting and bullying destroyed my mental health and that of my family and led to my divorce and breaking up of my family in 2017. They erred and sent some of these threats as texts, sent to me as sms from several numbers. Armed with evidence, I went to the police in 2017 to file an FIR which they refused to register but registered a non-cognizable complaint. When the threats continued, I forced the police to trace the numbers but they couldn't be traced back to Sohail Khan(the suspected sender). My complaint remains open to date and I still have all the evidence.

My enemies are sharp, cunning and always attack me from the back and stay Hidden. But the best part is after 10 years, I know who my enemies are. Let it be known that they are Salim Khan, Salman Khan, Arbaaz Khan and Sohail Khan. There are many other small fry’s but Salman Khan family is the head of this venomous serpant. They use a clever mix of their ill-gotten money, political clout and connections with the underworld to intimidate anyone and everyone. Unfortunately truth is on my side and I am not going to give up like Sushant Singh Rajput. I refuse to cow down and will fight on till I see the end of either them or me. Enough tolerance. It's time to fight back.

So this is not a threat, it’s an open challenge. Sushant Singh Rajput has moved on and I hope he is happier wherever he is but I will make sure that no more innocent will kill himself over lack of work with dignity in Bollywood. I hope suffering actors and creative artists will share my post on various social media platforms as will the media and people who patronize the entertainment industry.

Warm regards,

Abhinav Singh Kashyap

Please share and forward this as much as you can

The post was shared several times, prompting Kashyap to put a second post where he claimed he was being threatened.

"A lot of people are showing concern about my safety. Some concern is genuine, some fake. Either ways, I have done what I have done and will face up to whatever fate may come. I am not about to back off from my story. I have suffered for 10 years and I am quite done with it.

To those who are asking why I have not taken the names of others in the Bandra cartel. Well..!! I have heard many more exploitation stories in Bollywood but have no personal grudges to grind against anyone except the Khans.

I hope the people who have personally suffered at the hand of others can find the courage to write their own story with names. Expose your own tormentors. Or else don't expect any help from me.. This is my own struggle against the Salman Khan family and I alone am enough to take these guys on.

Yes.. I will never commit suicide but should anything untoward happen to me.. By now the country knows who to blame... Treat this as my police statement. cheers."

#shutdownbollywood #Investigate #Introspect #BoycottSalmanKhan,” he said.




A week after declaring itself COVID-19 free, New Zealand reports two new cases


Days after declaring itself COVID-19 free, New Zealand reported two new cases, both recently travelled from the UK. This ended a 24-day streak of no new cases in the island country.

New Zealand's Health Ministry said that both the cases are connected and had recently travelled from the UK.

New Zealand had lifted all the restrictions except border controls last week after it declared that the country had reported no new cases in the last few days and hence declared itself COVID-19 free. New Zealand became on of the first countries to return back to normalcy after pandemic hit the world.

Well, PM Jacinda Ardern had, however, warned the nation that new cases may come up when New Zealander return home.

On June 8, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern while declaring New Zealand COVID-19 free said that she was confident the country had halted the spread of the coronavirus after the last known infected person in the country recovered.

It had been 17 days since the last new case was reported in New Zealand, and June 8 also marked the first time since late February that there have been no active cases.

New Zealand has tested almost 40,000 people in the past 17 days and no one has been in a hospital with COVID-19 for 12 days, Ardern said at a news conference.

She also announced the Cabinet agreed to another phase of the country's reopening at midnight.

"We are confident we have eliminated transmission of the virus in New Zealand for now, but elimination is not a point in time, it is a sustained effort," she said.

 
 

"We almost certainly will see cases here again, and I do want to say again, we will almost certainly see cases here again, and that is not a sign that we have failed, it is a reality of this virus. But if and when that occurs we have to make sure and we are, that we are prepared." Experts say a number of factors have helped the nation of 5 million wipe out the disease.

Its isolated location in the South Pacific gave it vital time to see how outbreaks spread in other countries, and Ardern acted decisively by imposing a strict lockdown early in the outbreak, including closing its borders.

Just over 1,500 people contracted the virus in New Zealand, including 22 who died.

 
 
 



US Supreme Court extends job protection to the LGBTQ+ community at work


Supreme Court ruled Monday that a landmark civil rights law protects LGBT people from discrimination in employment, a resounding victory for LGBT rights from a conservative court.

The court decided by a 6-3 vote that a key provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 known as Title VII that bars job discrimination because of sex, among other reasons, encompasses bias against LGBT workers.

"An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids," Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote for the court.

 
 

Justices Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas dissented.

"The Court tries to convince readers that it is merely enforcing the terms of the statute, but that is preposterous. Even as understood today, the concept of discrimination because of 'sex' is different from discrimination because of 'sexual orientation' or 'gender identity,'" Alito wrote in a dissent that was joined by Thomas.

The outcome is expected to have a big impact for the estimated 8.1 million LGBT workers across the country because most states don't protect them from workplace discrimination. An estimated 11.3 million LGBT people live in the US, according to the Williams Institute at the UCLA law school.

The cases were the court's first on LGBT rights since Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement and replacement by Kavanaugh. Kennedy was a voice for gay rights and the author of the landmark ruling in 2015 that made same-sex marriage legal throughout the United States. Kavanaugh generally is regarded as more conservative.

The Trump administration had changed course from the Obama administration, which supported LGBT workers in their discrimination claims under Title VII.

During the Obama years, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had changed its longstanding interpretation of civil rights law to include discrimination against LGBT people. The law prohibits discrimination because of sex, but has no specific protection for sexual orientation or gender identity.

In recent years, some lower courts have held that discrimination against LGBT people is a subset of sex discrimination, and thus prohibited by the federal law.

Efforts by Congress to change the law have so far failed.

The Supreme Court cases involved two gay men and a transgender woman who sued for employment discrimination after they lost their jobs.

The federal appeals court in New York ruled in favor of a gay skydiving instructor who claimed he was fired because of his sexual orientation.

The full 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 10-3 that it was abandoning its earlier holding that Title VII didn't cover sexual orientation because "legal doctrine evolves." The court held that "sexual orientation discrimination is motivated, at least in part, by sex and is thus a subset of sex discrimination." That ruling was a victory for the relatives of Donald Zarda, who was fired in 2010 from a skydiving job in Central Islip, New York, that required him to strap himself tightly to clients so they could jump in tandem from an airplane. He tried to put a woman with whom he was jumping at ease by explaining that he was gay. The school fired Zarda after the woman's boyfriend called to complain.

Zarda died in a wingsuit accident in Switzerland in 2014.

In a case from Georgia, the federal appeals court in Atlanta ruled against Gerald Bostock, a gay employee of Clayton County, in the Atlanta suburbs. Bostock claimed he was fired in 2013 because he is gay. The county argues that Bostock was let go because of the results of an audit of funds he managed.

The 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed Bostock's claim in a three-page opinion that noted the court was bound by a 1979 decision that held "discharge for homosexuality is not prohibited by Title VII".

Aimee Stephens lost her job as a funeral director in the Detroit area after she revealed to her boss that she had struggled with gender most of her life and had, at long last, "decided to become the person that my mind already is." Stephens told funeral home owner Thomas Rost that following a vacation, she would report to work wearing a conservative skirt suit or dress that Rost required for women who worked at his three funeral homes. Rost fired Stephens.

The 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio, ruled that the firing constituted sex discrimination under federal law.

Stephens died last month.




India crosses 3 lakh-mark of COVID-19 cases, reports highest single-day spike of 11,458 new cases


The number of coronavirus cases in India has jumped to 3,08,993, reported the highest single-day spike of 11,458 new COVID-19 cases. According to Health Ministry data updated this morning, there are 1,45,779 active cases, while 1,54,330 patients have been discharged/cured. So far, 8884 people have succumbed due to the infection, while there is one migrated case.


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India crosses 3 lakh mark as it reports the highest single-day spike of 11,458 new #COVID19 cases; total cases rise to 308993; 386 deaths in the last 24 hours. There are 145779 active cases, 154330 cured/discharged/migrated & 8884 deaths in the country so far: Ministry of Health

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Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state in the country with total cases crossing the one lakh mark, with 10,11,41 cases, including 3,717 deaths and 47,796 recoveries.

It is followed by Tamil Nadu (40,698) and the national capital with 36,824 Covid-19 cases. States with more than 10,000 cases include Gujarat with 22,527 cases and 1,415 deaths, Uttar Pradesh (12,616), Rajasthan (12,068), Madhya Pradesh (10,443).




Pakistan: One killed, 15 injured in bomb explosion in Rawalpindi market


A powerful bomb blast ripped through a crowded market in Pakistan's garrison city of Rawalpindi on Friday, killing one person and injuring 15 others. The explosion occurred in Saddar area of the city, which is not far away from the General Headquarters of the Pakistan Army.

Police spokesperson Sajidul Hassan told Dawn News that initial reports suggest that the explosive material was planted in a nearby electric pole.

Properties around the site of the explosion have also been badly damaged in the blast that killed one person and injured 15, including two children.

Authorities have cordoned off the area and rescue efforts are underway.

The police spokesperson said that investigative teams and people from the forensics science lab were collecting evidence from the area.

The spokesperson said that the blast was an "attempt at organised terrorism but those playing with the lives of the public would not be able to escape the law." No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast, which occurred when the country is battling the coronavirus pandemic.




India is firmly on its way to winning the wrong race: Rahul Gandhi on sudden spike in coronavirus cases


Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday attacked the government over India becoming the fourth worst-hit country in terms of coronavirus cases.

Taking to Twitter, Rahul Gandhi wrote: "India is firmly on its way to winning the wrong race. A horrific tragedy, resulting from a lethal blend of arrogance and incompetence."


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Sharing the chart of Covid-19 cases in all the 4 lockdowns, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday targeted the Union Government for mismanagement of the coronavirus crisis. Rahul said, doing same thing again and again is insanity.

Sharing a quote in a tweet, Rahul Gandhi said, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."


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The Congress leader remarks came on a day when for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak, India recorded over 11,458 new cases in 24 hours taking the tally to 3,08,993, while the death toll rose to 8,884 with a record single-day spike of 386 fatalities.

India on Thursday went past the United Kingdom in terms of coronavirus cases to become the fourth worst-hit country, according to the Worldometer and Johns Hopkins University data.




Two terrorists killed in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam


Two terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam district.

According to a report by news agency ANI, an encounter took place at Kulgam district-Anantnag district border in Jammu and Kashmir, earlier today in which two terrorists were eliminated. According to Army's record the area comes under the Anantnag district and as per Police record it comes under Kulgam district.


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Jammu and Kashmir: Precision operation carried out in Anantnag district ensured no collateral damage. Both terrorists eliminated were of Hizbul Mujahideen. 2 pistols with ammunition and 3 grenades recovered. Operation over. (visuals deferred by unspecified time) https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1271619569694588928 …

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Jammu and Kashmir: A joint operation was launched in early hours today on intelligence input in Lallan of Anantnag district. Cordon was laid & contact established. Firefight ensued. Two terrorists eliminated. Operation in progress.


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CLARIFICATION: An encounter took place at Kulgam district-Anantnag district border in Jammu & Kashmir, earlier today in which two terrorists were eliminated. According to Army's record the area comes under Anantnag district and as per Police record it comes under Kulgam district.

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Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the area. The search operation turned into an encounter after terrorists fired at security forces, who retaliated. In the ensuing gunfight, two militants were killed.


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Jammu and Kashmir: A joint operation was launched in early hours today on intelligence input in Lallan of Anantnag district. Cordon was laid & contact established. Firefight ensued. Two terrorists eliminated. Operation in progress.

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The terrorists who were killed belonged to Hizbul Mujahideen. Two pistols with ammunition and three grenades were recovered from them.

Meanwhile, security forces spotted a suspected IED near a bridge on River Erin in Bandipore. All vehicular movement in the area was stopped and suspected IED was being neutralised by a bomb squad.


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Jammu and Kashmir: Security forces spot suspected IED near a bridge on River Erin, #Bandipore; all vehicular movement stopped, area sanitised; suspected IED being neutralised by bomb disposal squad

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Pakistan initiated an unprovoked ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rampur sector of district Baramulla by firing mortars on Friday morning.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan violated ceasefire along the Line of Control by resorting to unprovoked shelling in the Uri sector of Baramulla. Pakistan has been repeatedly violating ceasefire along LoC in bordering districts of Jammu and Kashmir over the past few weeks.




Don't ostracise essential workers just because they are in the forefront of the war against COVID-19: Bombay HC


The Bombay High Court on Friday said that no frontline worker battling the coronavirus pandemic should be ostracised. Instead, the court observed, they must be encouraged to work without any restraint.

The court made the statement while turning down a petition seeking accommodation for such workers, who work in Mumbai but have to travel from other cities or districts.

A bench comprising Bombay High Court Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Amjad Sayed was responding to a PIL seeking accommodation for such essential workers in Mumbai. The petition claimed that these workers were the one of the major carriers of COVID-19 and because of them, districts or cities like Palghar, Vasai-Virar, Dombivli, etc recorded a spurt in coronavirus-positive cases.

The plea was vehemently opposed by Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, the advocate general of Maharashtra, arguing that it was impossible to provide accommodation to such workers in Mumbai, who travelled from the neighbouring cities.

Having heard the contentions, CJ Datta said, "The essential staffers, having an onerous responsibility of discharging most important public duties, are perceived as carriers of infection, who could easily spread it among others, by the petitioners. Their fears of exposure to COVID-19 have been allayed by the authorities by stating that the essential staffers have been made to follow and adhere to the precautionary measures."

The bench further said that these workers must be encouraged to continue with their work and not be discouraged by forcing them to live away from their families.

"We are also inclined to the view that even if some of such staffers might have unfortunately been infected by COVID-19, that is no ground to sort of ostracise them. The authorities have been actively engaged in formulating policies to tackle the pandemic and these essential staffers have been tirelessly working to implement the measures for the overall benefit of mankind. It is a humane approach, which is the call of the moment," CJ Datta observed.

"The essential staffers, instead of being put to any disability because of their nature of work and also instead of being forced to reside in places away from their residences, should be encouraged to discharge their duty without fear of duress and restraint," the judges added.

The judges further said that these staffers have their own families and to ensure that none of their family members is infected, it is expected that they would themselves take the greatest care and act with caution so that they are free of the infection and do not transmit the same to their near and dear ones.

The bench accordingly dismissed the petition.

 
 
 




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