Mohanlal Expresses Gratitude As He Starts Shooting His 360th Film

Superstar Mohanlal has started shooting for Tharun Moorthy’s directorial ‘L360’. The ‘Company’ actor expressed gratitude as he started shooting for his 360th film.

Tharun Moorthy, who is known for his projects like ‘Operation Java’ and ‘Saudi Vellakka’ is coming up with a new movie also starring veteran South star Shobana. The two famous stars- Mohanlal and Shobana are coming together after a long hiatus. They were seen in movies such as ‘Sagar Alias Jacky Reloaded’, which was released in 2009.

The film, which is tentatively titled L360, went on floors today, April 22.

Taking to X, Mohanlal shared several pictures from the set and wrote, “On the set, joining in prayers as we commence filming the project led by director Tharun Moorthy and produced by M. Renjith under Rejaputhra Visual Media. I express my deepest gratitude and seek your blessings as I embark on my 360th film venture. #L360 #MRenjith #TharunMoorthy #Shobana #RejaputhraVisualMedia”

Mohanlal will also be seen in actor and director Prithviraj Sukumaran’s upcoming directorial ‘L2E: Empuraan’.

Helmed by Prithviraj, the film starring Mohanlal is a sequel to the 2019 blockbuster film ‘Lucifer’. A poster of the film features Mohanlal with his back to the camera, with a gun in his hand and facing a helicopter.

The sequel to Prithviraj Sukumaran’s directorial debut, ‘Lucifer,’ was officially announced in August 2022.

The first part of the franchise received good response from the fans, who saw Mohanlal as the charismatic and enigmatic Stephen Nedumpally, a role that resonated deeply with them.

‘L2E: Empuraan’ will be released in Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. The film will be produced under the banner of Lyca Productions. (ANI)

Universal Studios Hollywood Tram Crashes, 15 Injured

Fifteen people were injured when a tram crashed at Universal Studios Hollywood on Saturday night, as per The Hollywood Reporter.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department posted on social media that it arrived at the theme park shortly after 9 p.m. in response to reports of an accident.

“A tram tour was in progress on the Universal Studios Hollywood back lot,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement.

“The tram had just passed the Jurassic Park Cars and was making a turn to head northbound on Avenue M. Due to unknown reasons, while negotiating the turn onto Avenue M, the last car of the tram collided with a metal guardrail on the right side of the roadway causing it to tilt and eject multiple passengers from the tram.”

“Fifteen passengers were transported to local hospitals for medical treatment and evaluations with minor to moderate injuries,” the statement added.

“The cause of the crash is still under investigation. Alcohol and drugs are not considered to be a factor in this crash,” the statement further added.

Late Sunday afternoon, a Universal Studios Hollywood spokesperson shared an updated statement: “Saturday night on the Studio Tour, a tram collided with a guard rail while making a left turn. Our thoughts continue to be with the guests who were involved, and we are thankful that based on agency reports, the injuries sustained were minor. We are working closely with public agencies, including the California Highway Patrol, as we continue our review of the incident and safety remains a top priority. We have resumed Studio Tour operations with a modified route and are reinforcing our operational and safety protocols.”

The Universal Studios tour ranks among the theme park’s top attractions, offering visitors a one-hour backlot tour to explore behind the scenes where many iconic Hollywood films and television shows were created. Some of the famous movie sets included in the tour are Jaws and Jordan Peele’s Nope.

Beginning next week, Universal Studios Hollywood will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the ride, known as the “World-Famous Studio Tour,” following its launch in 1964. (ANI)

Happiest Moment: Mithun On Receiving Padma Bhushan Award

Veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty was conferred with the prestigious Padma Bhushan award for his outstanding contributions to Indian cinema.

The actor, known for his iconic performances, expressed his heartfelt gratitude upon receiving the honour. “I am very happy. I have never asked for anything for myself from anyone in my life. I am very happy because when someone receives so much respect and honour… it’s the happiest moment,” Mithun said while speaking to ANI.

Reflecting on the moment he received the news of being awarded the Padma Bhushan, Mithun said, “When I received the call informing me that I was being awarded the Padma Bhushan, I was silent for a minute because I hadn’t expected it… because it’s a big thing. But I didn’t expect it. I am happy. Thank you to everyone on the committee who selected me.”

Fondly called ‘Mithun Da’ by his fans, the actor made his debut in films with Mrigayaa in 1976, and since then he has been entertaining audiences with his versatile acting skills.

Mithun’s portrayal of a Santhal rebel earned him the National Film Award for Best Actor in his first film. Later, he won two more National Film Awards for his roles in Tahader Katha (1992) and Swami Vivekananda (1998).

In his decades-long career, Mithun Da also created a name for himself by featuring in chartbuster dance tracks including ‘I Am a Disco Dancer (Disco Dancer)’, ‘Jimmy Jimmy (Disco Dancer)’, and ‘Super Dancer (Dance Dance)’.

Most recently, he was seen in Vivek Agnihotri’s movie ‘The Kashmir Files.’

The Padma Awards, which were instituted in 1954, are one of the highest civilian honours of India and are announced annually on the eve of Republic Day. The awards are given in three categories: Padma Vibhushan (for exceptional and distinguished service), Padma Bhushan (distinguished service of higher order), and Padma Shri (distinguished service). The award seeks to recognise achievements in all fields of activities or disciplines where an element of public service is involved.

The Padma Awards are conferred on the recommendations made by the Padma Awards Committee, which is constituted by the Prime Minister every year. The Padma Awards Committee is headed by the Cabinet Secretary and includes the Home Secretary, Secretary to the President, and four to six eminent persons as members. The recommendations of the committee are submitted to the Prime Minister and the President of India for approval. (ANI)

Satellite Imagery Shows Significant Expansion In Glacial Lakes In Himalayas: ISRO

The satellite imagery has shown significant expansion in glacial lakes in the Himalayas, especially in India, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said on Monday.

The satellite data archives spanning the past 3 to 4 decades provide valuable insights into changes occurring in glaciated environments.

Long-term satellite imagery covering the catchments of Indian Himalayan river basins from 1984 to 2023 indicates significant changes in glacial lakes. Of the 2,431 lakes larger than 10 hectares identified during 2016-17, 676 glacial lakes have notably expanded since 1984. Specifically, 130 of these lakes are situated within India, with 65, 7, and 58 lakes located in the Indus, Ganga, and Brahmaputra River basins, respectively, the statement read.

The Himalayan Mountains are often referred to as the Third Pole because of their extensive glaciers and snow cover. They are considered highly sensitive to changes in the global climate, both in terms of their physical characteristics and their societal impacts.

Research conducted worldwide has consistently shown that glaciers across the globe have been experiencing unprecedented rates of retreat and thinning since the onset of the Industrial Revolution in the eighteenth century.

This retreat leads to the formation of new lakes and the enlargement of existing ones in the Himalayan region. These bodies of water, created by the melting of glaciers, are known as glacial lakes and play a crucial role as freshwater sources for rivers in the Himalayan region.

However, they also pose significant risks, such as Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs), which can have devastating consequences for communities downstream. GLOFs occur when glacial lakes release large volumes of meltwater due to the failure of natural dams, such as those made of moraine or ice, resulting in sudden and severe flooding downstream, ISRO further stated.

These dam failures can be triggered by various factors, including avalanches of ice or rock, extreme weather events, and other environmental factors. Monitoring and studying the occurrence and expansion of glacial lakes in the Himalayan region is considered challenging due to the inaccessible and rugged terrain.

Satellite remote sensing technology proves to be an excellent tool for inventory and monitoring due to its wide coverage and revisit capability, the ISRO stated, adding that assessing long-term changes in glacial lakes is crucial for understanding glacier retreat rates, assessing GLOF risks, and gaining insights into climate change impacts.

Elevation-based analysis further reveals that 314 lakes are located in the 4,000 to 5,000 m range and 296 lakes are above 5,000 m elevation.

The glacial lakes are categorized based on their formation process into four broad categories, namely Moraine-dammed (water dammed by moraine), Ice-dammed (water dammed by ice), Erosion (water dammed in depressions formed by erosion), and other glacial lakes. Among the 676 expanding lakes, the majority of them are Moraine-dammed (307) followed by Erosion (265), other (96), and Ice-dammed (8) glacial lakes, respectively, the release further stated.

Long-term changes in the Ghepang Ghat glacial lake (Indus River Basin) at an elevation of 4,068 m in Himachal Pradesh, India, show a 178 per cent increase in size from 36.49 to 101.30 hectares between 1989 and 2022. The rate of increase is about 1.96 hectares per year.

Satellite-derived long-term change analyses provide valuable insights for understanding glacial lake dynamics, which are essential for assessing environmental impacts and developing strategies for GLOF risk management and climate change adaptation in glacial environments, it added. (ANI)

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge

Cong Is Aiming To Win 15-20 Seats In K’taka: Kharge

Asserting that the people want change in the Lok Sabha elections, Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge said on Monday, that the party is aiming to register victory on 15-20 seats out of 28 in the state of Karnataka.

He said that the people want a government that works to create jobs, bring down inflation and work for the poor.

Speaking to ANI, Kharge said, “People want change, people want a government of the poor, people want employment, people want inflation to come down. Whatever the public wants is happening.”

“We will get the majority of seats. We have set a target of (winning) 15-20 seats (out of 28 seats in Karnataka) and we will definitely win,” he added.

Attacking the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress President said that the BJP works only for winning elections and nothing for the country.

“It doesn’t matter, who remains in power for how long. Nehru ji stayed in power and also worked for the country, whose benefits we are enjoying today…in the field of the Public Sector Units (PSUs), defence. He did not publicise this much that you have to see his photo on TV as soon as you get up,” Kharge said.

“Nehru ji always told the people to keep democracy alive, unless we keep democracy alive, we will not have proper governance in this country. They (BJP) are doing whatever they have to do to win the elections, they are not doing anything for the country,” he added.

On being asked about the Hubballi murder case, the Rajya Sabha MP condemned the incident and said that the man behind the killing should be punished.

“Many people raise this issue during elections. I condemn this incident and the man who is behind it should get punishment according to the rule of law…we want the law to take action, no matter who it is, we will not defend anyone…”

This comes after the BJP demanded a CBI probe into the murder of the daughter of a Congress councillor in Karnataka, who was stabbed to death on the campus of BVB College last week. BJP has alleged that police are trying to “divert” the case.

Niranjan Hiremath, the father of the murdered girl in Hubballi has demanded a CBI investigation into the incident. He also demanded that the police commissioner in charge of the case should be transferred for alleged “negligence”.

Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha elections for 28 seats in Karnataka are scheduled to take place over two phases, with polling slated for April 26 and May 7. The counting of votes will be held on June 4.

In 2019, BJP registered a strong performance winning 25 out of the 28 seats, while the Congress party was only able to win one seat. This election comes after Congress party stormed into power with a massive victory in the assembly polls last year. (ANI)

BJP Expels Eshwarappa From Party For 6 Yrs

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has expelled KS Eshwarappa from the party after the leader decided to contest Lok Sabha elections as an independent candidate from Karnataka’s Shivamogga.

The party in a statement said that KS Eshwarappa has “embarrassed” the party by going to the polls as an independent candidate.

Shivamogga will go to the polls on May 7 in phase 3.

“BJP expelled KS Eshwarappa from the party for 6 years for embarrassing the party by contesting as an Independent from Shivamogga constituency,” the Karnataka BJP said.

Former deputy chief minister and senior BJP leader KS Eshwarappa submitted his nomination papers as an independent candidate from Shivamogga on April 12.

Three Independent candidates, who had filed nomination papers for the Shivamogga Lok Sabha seat, withdrew their papers on Monday. With that, 23 people including former BJP Minister K.S. Eshwarappa have remained in the fray.

Monday was the last day to withdraw the papers.

The candidates who are in the fray are B.Y. Raghavendra of BJP, Geetha Shivarajkumar of Congress, S.K. Prabhu of Karnataka Rashtra Samiti, Aruna Kanahalli of Uttama Prajakeeya Party, Mohammed Yusuf Khan of Young Star Empowerment Party, A.D. Shivappa of Bahujan Samaj Party.

Independent candidates are KS Eshwarappa, G Jayadeva, EH Nayak, Chandrashekhar HC, Bandi, Sandesh Shetty A, DS Eshwarappa, P Sripathi Bhat, Imtiyaz Attar, Ravi Kumar N, Pooja N Annaiah, Suresh Poojari, Shivarudraiah Swamy, John Benny, Ganesh B., Kunaje Manjunatha Gowda and NV Naveen Kumar. (ANI)

Badshah, Hania Aamir Hang Out In Dubai

Rapper-singer Badshah recently met Pakistani actor Hania Aamir in Dubai.

Hania on Sunday took to her Instagram to share pictures and videos from their hangout fueling dating rumors between the two.

The actress dropped a bunch of photos and videos of herself with Badshah, along with the caption, “Rescue arrived from Chandigarh (sic).”

In the images, Hania, wearing a beige top and blue jeans, is pictured posing with Badshah, who looked sharp in his all-black attire.

Hania also posted a video featuring a voiceover by Badshah. In the clip, as the camera focuses on Hania, Badshah can be heard saying, “Scene Aise Shuru Hoga, Khula Aasmaan Dubai Ka (the scene will start like this, Dubai’s wide-open sky),” followed by laughter.

In another post, Hania says, “This is Badshah’s concert,” while enjoying herself with the rapper-singer.

As Badshah performs in the video, Hania cheers, “Love you, Badshah.” The caption reads, “Concert time.” Badshah commented on the post, “How to describe this musical celebration and performance (sic).”

In the video, Badshah jokingly remarks about Hania’s Instagram reels getting more attention than his own. In response, Hania graciously says, “Thank you India and Pakistan for appreciating my content.”

Hania Aamir is a Pakistani actress who appears in Urdu-language TV shows and films. The actress made her acting debut with the 2016 comedy film ‘Janaan.’ (ANI)

Bihar Was Jungle Raj Under Lalu

No Action Was Taken Against Naxals Under Baghel: Shah

Days after 29 Naxalites were killed in an encounter, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said that “no action was taken against the Naxals” under the tenure of former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel in the state.

Addressing an election rally in Chhattisgarh, Shah said, “PM Modi ended terrorism from the country and Naxals are on the verge of being finished. For five years this Mahadev App brand former CM Bhupesh Baghel was in government and for five years no action was taken against Naxals. You made Vishnu Deo Sai your Chief Minister. In four months more than 90 naxals have been killed. 123 have been arrested and another 250 have surrendered. Give another term to Modi and Naxalism will be completely wiped out from Chhattisgarh.”

On Congress slamming Prime Minister Modi for his remarks at an election rally speech in Rajasthan’s Banswara, Shah said that the opposition party got irritated after the Prime Minister questioned their manifesto adding that it was their own Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who mentioned that the first right on the resources is of the minorities.

“Congress party has just got irritated because PM Modi has said in their manifesto everyone’s property will be surveyed. PM Modi said yesterday that why the survey has to be done. Today the entire Congress party is questioning PM Modi on this. I want to ask them whether their manifesto talks about surveys or not. Former PM Manmohan Singh had said that the first right on the resources is of the minorities, not of the tribals and Dalits. But we say first right on resources is of the poor, backward classes, Adivasis and Dalits,” he said.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an election rally in Rajasthan’s Banswara said that the Congress party has plans to redistribute gold and hard-earned money to “illegal immigrants” and asked people whether this is acceptable to them or not.

“Congress manifesto says that it will calculate the gold owned by our mothers and sisters, collect information and then distribute to those whom former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had said that Muslims have the first right to country’s wealth. They will check how much gold our sisters own, how much silver tribal families have, and how much money government employees have there,” the PM said in an election rally on Sunday.

“They (Congress) have said that gold owned by our sisters would be equally distributed. Does the government have the right to take your hard-earned property?” PM Modi added.

“When they (Congress) were in government, they said that Muslims have the first right over India’s resources. So, they will distribute this wealth (property and gold) among those having more children, among illegal immigrants…this Urban Naxal thinking won’t even spare your Mangalsutra,” he said.

Attacking the Congress party further, the Prime Minister claimed that the “Urban Naxal” thinking wouldn’t even spare the ‘Mangalsutra’. (ANI)

Saudi Removes Restrictions On Hajj Pilgrim Numbers, Age Limit | Lokmarg

Requested Crown Prince Of Saudi Arabia To Increase Haj Quota: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday mentioned the increase of the Haj quota by Saudi Arabia and said that upon his request to the Crown Prince the Haj quota was increased adding that the visa process has also been made seamless for the Muslim pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.

Addressing a public rally in Aligarh, PM Modi said the BJP-led government took a very significant decision for the Muslim brothers and sisters.

“Earlier, due to less Haj quota, there used to be a lot of fighting and bribery was also prevalent there and only the influential people would get the chance to go to Haj. I had requested the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia to increase the Haj quota for our Muslim brothers and sisters in India. Today, not only has India’s Haj quota increased but visa rules have also been made easier. The government took a very important decision,” PM Modi said.

PM Modi further said that his government also fulfilled the dreams of thousands of sisters who wished to go to Haj.

“Earlier our Muslim mothers and sisters could not go alone for Haj. The government also allowed women to go for Haj without ‘Mehram’ and I am being blessed by thousands of sisters whose dream of going for Haj has been fulfilled,” he added.

Earlier in 2019, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced the increase in quota for Indian Haj pilgrims to 200,000 at the request of PM Narendra Modi during his recent visit to the country.

The Bilateral Haj Agreement 2024 was signed between Union Minister for Women and Child Development and Minority Affairs Smriti Irani accompanied by V Muraleedharan, Minister of State for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs with Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah, Minister of Hajj and Umrah of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in January this year.

“A total quota of 1,75,025 pilgrims from India has been finalised for Haj 2024 with 1,40,020 seats being reserved for pilgrims to proceed through Haj Committee of India which will greatly benefit the common first-time pilgrims intending to undertake the Haj pilgrimage in 2024 whereas 35,005 pilgrims would be permitted to proceed through Haj Group Operators,” the Ministry of Minority Affairs said in an official press release.

Every year, millions of Muslims around the world embark on a sacred pilgrimage known as Hajj/Haj. This spiritual journey holds immense significance in the lives of believers, offering an opportunity to connect with Allah, seek forgiveness, and strengthen their faith. The heartfelt desire to be among those walking to Mina, echoing the Labaik with the crowd, and performing the rituals of Haj is a sentiment shared by countless individuals.

Aligarh Lok Sabha seat will go to polls in the second phase on April 26 along with Gautam Buddha Nagar, Meerut, Baghpat, Ghaziabad, Aligarh, Mathura and Bulandshahr seats in Uttar Pradesh. (ANI)

Arvind Kejriwal

Kejriwal Questions Jail’s Statement On Insulin

Amidst the ongoing tussle between the Tihar jail administration and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the party sources have claimed that the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote a letter to Tihar Jail Superintendent in which he expressed his concern over the jail administration’s statements on the issue of insulin and AIIMS doctors assuring of no serious problems to him.

In the letter, CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “I have read the statement of Tihar administration in the newspaper. I felt sad after reading the statement. Both the statements of Tihar are false. I am asking for insulin daily. I showed the glucose metre readings and said that the sugar is going very high three times a day. Sugar goes between 250 to 320.”

The AAP convenor said that he has been demanding insulin everyday. “I also showed them that my fasting sugar level was in the range of 160-200 every day. Almost every day, I demanded insulin. Then how could you make such a statement that I never raised the issue of insulin?”

According to the party sources, the Delhi CM also raised his concern over the statement of AIIMS doctors saying that there is nothing to worry about. “AIIMS doctors never said that there was nothing to worry about. Doctors of AIIMS have said that they will give advice after looking at the data and history.” The Tihar administration is lying under political pressure.”

Kejriwal also said that the Tihar administration is lying under political pressure. “I am pained that you have issued false statements under political pressure. I hope that you will follow the law and constitution.”

Meanwhile, AAP leader Atishi on Monday posed serious allegations against the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Tihar officials and said that a conspiracy is being hatched to ensure that Kejriwal does not get insulin in jail.

“Kejriwal had filed his application in Rouse Avenue Court that he wants to consult his doctor through video conferencing and start insulin. ED and Tihar administration have opposed this application. They have said that Arvind Kejriwal does not need insulin. They said in the court that they have talked to the AIIMS doctors about what Kejriwal needs,” Atishi said. (ANI)