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An Insignificant Man – From Aam Aadmi to CM

The story of An Insignificant Man is the product of a long-term project, which was pre-visualised in a brilliant way. It shows a certain time in history, which cannot be ignored – neither can it be repeated.
It’s like someone has put you in a time-machine and you hurtling with the mufflerman Arvind Kejriwal through Delhi streets. One of Indian politics’ simplest trendsetters on and off the political field, Kejriwal’s story has everything – struggles, challenges, scams, mufflers, khaansi and Wagon R. The movie confirmed its preconceived notion that it would be one-sided. So it is! But many interesting sub-stories have been left out.
It could’ve been tempting for filmmakers to delve into a lot of live footage, and the rights and wrongs of elections. But even amidst the thick foliage of footages, the documentary shows clarity of thought and a strong focus on the story of Kejriwal, who through his unflinching negotiation skills coupled with a very perceptive moral compass, pulls off a very important election win amidst hatred, mistreatment and non-cooperation from his own party members! The story just goes from one sketch to another.

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GST Anti-Profiteering Authority Gets Cabinet Nod

The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved setting up of a National Anti-profiteering Authority under the GST, as it seeks to ensure that consumers get the benefit of reduced prices under the new indirect tax regime. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said currently there are only 50 items which attract the highest tax of 28 per cent under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime and rates on many items have been cut to 5 per cent as well.

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Gujarat polls: PAAS claims CM Vijay Rupani, BJP behind Hardik Patel’s alleged sex CD

The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti on Thursday alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani were behind the “morphed” sex clip of its leader Hardik Patel, PTI reported. The party even claimed that the BJP had prepared 52 such morphed clips of other PAAS members to defame their organisation.
“We have learnt that a Surat-based builder who is a BJP supporter and another person are behind these morphed clips,” PAAS convenor Dinesh Bambhania told reporters. “They did it at the behest of the Gujarat chief minister and the state BJP unit president Jitu Vaghani to tarnish Hardik’s image ahead of the polls.”
Bambhania, a close aide of Hardik Patel, alleged that the sex CD was made as part of a Rs 40-crore deal. “Our sources have told us that 52 such morphed clips are still there, out of which, 22 clips are of Hardik while remaining clips are of other PAAS leaders,” he alleged.
The organisation also claimed that the BJP had bribed a woman to file a fake rape case against Hardik Patel, the Hindustan Times reported.
BJP denies allegations
Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel refuted the charges, and said the sex CD may have been prepared by a dissident PAAS worker. “As PAAS has claimed that 52 more CDs are there, it shows that they are aware that their own workers might have prepared them,” Patel told reporters. “It is an internal matter of the PAAS. BJP leaders have nothing to do wit it.”
Nitin Patel asked PAAS to produce evidence to support the claims that the organisation has made.
The row over the CD comes at a time when political parties are strengthening their campaign for the upcoming Assembly election. Meanwhile, PAAS leader Chirag Patel on Thursday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party. Gujarat will go to polls on December 9 and December 14.

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After Sujoy Ghosh, Apurva Asrani steps down from IFFI jury

In the aftermath of Information and Broadcasting Ministry’s sudden decision to drop two films from the line-up of International Film Festival of India’s Indian Panorama section, director Sujoy Ghosh had stepped down from the jury yesterday. Now, writer Apurva Asrani has also decided to resign from the jury. Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s ‘S Durga’ and Ravi Jadhav’s ‘Nude’ were originally approved by the jury, but the I & B ministry removed them without any intimation.

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Why Is Children’s Day Celebrated On November 14?

Children’s Day is celebrated on the 14th of November in India as a tribute to Jawaharlal Nehru, who was born on November 14, 1889. Jawaharlal Nehru, who was fondly called Chacha Nehru or simply Chachaji, was known for his love for children. On this day, chocolates and gifts are often distributed among children, while schools organize different events such as debates, and music and dance performances.

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Shahid Kapoor: Give ‘Padmavati’ a chance, don’t form preconceived notions

His upcoming film ‘Padmavati’ is facing opposition from many quarters in the country, but actor Shahid Kapoor has urged the people to first watch the movie without harbouring any preconceived notions.
Several outfits in Noida protested against the Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed film yesterday and appealed to the masses not to watch the movie, due to release on December 1.

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Man killed in Alwar, cow vigilantes suspected

Alleged cow vigilantes murdered 35-year-old Ummar Khan in Gopalgarh village of Alwar district, while his associate Tahir Khan was shot at and critically wounded on Friday. The attack came barely seven months after Pehlu Khan, a dairy farmer in the same district, was allegedly lynched by a mob for transporting cows.

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Baahubali actress Anushka Shetty rejects Karan Johar’s film. Is Prabhas the reason?

There was much speculation about Baahubali actress Anushka Shetty’s Bollywood debut, with filmmaker Karan Johar. However, the actress, who shot to fame with the Baahubali franchise, has now reportedly opted out of the project, as she did not like the role offered to her.
“Karan was keen on casting Anushka in one of his projects, but she didn’t find the role adequate enough for her. She had rejected Tamasha for similar reasons as well. And yes, there are speculations that she may have consulted Prabhas before refusing the film,” said a source.
Earlier, Anushka had rejected Ajay Devgn’s Singham and the Golmaal series.
Looks like Anushka is following in Prabhas’s footsteps. KJo had approached Prabhas for a film, but apparently Prabhas asked for a salary of Rs 20 crore, which KJo didn’t agree to.
Anushka and Prabhas have always created much buzz, because of their extremely close friendship. However, they have vehemently denied being in a relationship.
Currently, she is part of G Ashok’s modern-day thriller Bhaagamathie

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