Superstar Aamir Khan and producer-director Kiran Rao on Saturday announced their decision to get divorced after 15 years of marriage, saying they were ready to start a new chapter as co-parents and family for each other .
They will continue to work as collaborators on movies, their NGO Paani Foundation and other professional projects, the couple said in a joint statement.
Khan, 56, and Rao, 47, first met on the sets of the actor’s 2001 blockbuster movie “Lagaan” and got married in December 2005. They welcomed their son Azad Rao Khan in December 2011.
“A big thank you to our families and friends for their constant support and understanding about this evolution in our relationship, and without whom we would not have been so secure in taking this leap. We request our well wishers for good wishes and blessings, and hope that – like us – you will see this divorce not as an end, but as the start of a new journey.”
Khan, the star of acclaimed films such as “Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak”, “Sarfarosh”, “3 Idiots”, “Talaash” and “Dangal”, was previously married to Reena Dutta. They have two children — son Junaid Khan and daughter Ira Khan.
On the work front, Khan will be next seen in “Laal Singh Chadha”, an official Hindi remake of Tom Hanks’ acclaimed movie “Forrest Gump”. The film is being produced by Rao, who has also backed several others films, including Dangal and Secret Superstar.
23-year-old boxer Lovlina secures India’s 2nd medal at Tokyo Olympics
Young Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain secured a second medal for India at the Tokyo Olympics with win over Chinese Taipei’s Nein-Chin Chen in the women’s welterweight category (64-69kg) on Friday (July 30). Lovlina, making her Olympics debut at Tokyo, has marched into the semifinals, assuring India of at least a bronze medal as both losing semifinalists are assured a medal.
However, India and Lovlina will be hoping for much more as he heads into the boxing semifinals. It is just the second medal for India at the Tokyo Olympics after Mirabai Chanu’s weightlifting silver medal.
The 23-year-old Assam boxer prevailed 4-1 to make the last-four where she will square off against reigning world champion Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey, who hammered Anna Lysenko in her quarterfinal bout.
Borgohain, a two-time world championship bronze-medallist, displayed tremendous calm in the face of a plucky opponent, who had beaten her in the past. She was aggressive to start with, followed it up with a tremendous counter-attacking game and kept her defence tight in the final three minutes to emerge triumphant.
The youngster, who was laid low by COVID-19 last year and missed a training trip to Europe because of it, let out a huge scream after the referee raised her hand, pent up emotions finally getting the better of her.
Centre announces 27% reservation for OBCs, 10% quota for EWS in medical seats
The central government on Thursday announced 27 per cent quota for the Other Backward Casts (OBCs) and 10 per cent reservation for the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) in the All-India Quota scheme for undergraduate and postgraduate medical and dental courses from the current academic year, 2021-22.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at a meeting held on Monday, had directed the Union Ministries concerned to facilitate an effective solution to this long-pending issue, a statement issued by the Health Ministry said.
“This decision would benefit nearly 1,500 OBC students in MBBS and 2,500 OBC students in postgraduation and also around 550 EWS students in MBBS and around 1,000 EWS students in postgraduation,” it said.
“The present government is committed to providing due reservation both to the backward category as well as the EWS category. The Union government has now taken a historic decision to provide for 27 per cent reservation for OBCs and 10 per cent reservation for EWS in the AIQ scheme,” the ministry stated.
OBC students from across the country shall now be able to take the benefit of this reservation in the AIQ scheme to compete for seats in any state. Being a central scheme, the Central List of OBCs shall be used for this reservation.
Earlier on Wednesday, a delegation of OBC MPs led by Union Minister Bhupender Yadav had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding proper implementation of reservation for OBC and EWS candidates in the all India quota in NEET UG and PG.
The MPs demanded proper implementation of the system of reservation fixed for OBC and EWS candidates for MBBS and MD-MS courses in the all India quota fixed under NEET.
Yadav said that after a long time, since independence, a government is functioning under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, which has shown commitment towards the upliftment of socially and educationally backward, Dalit, Scheduled Tribes and economically weaker sections.
He said under the leadership of PM Modi, the government has also worked towards giving constitutional status to the OBC Commission that was pending for decades.
By deciding to give 10 per cent reservation in government jobs and educational institutions to the economically weaker sections (EWS), the Modi government has ensured the participation of all sections of society in the social, educational and economic development, Yadav said.
It has worked to ensure the participation of every section of society in educational and economic development.
The MPs told the Prime Minister that as per the provisions of NEET, out of the total number of seats in the state government colleges and private medical and dental colleges, it is necessary to keep vacant 15 per cent seats for undergraduate (MBBS) courses and 50 per cent for post graduate (MD-MS) courses in the all India quota.
It will help candidates from any part of the country can take advantage of it according to the provisions of reservation provided by the constitutional system, he said.
Flash flood damages 6 bridges in Himachal’s Lahaul-Spiti
Amid flash floods triggered by incessant rains, the Lahaul-Spiti district administration has requested the Army and Border Road Organisation to restore six bridges that have been damaged in the past three days, said the Lahaul-Spiti district administration on Thursday.
“We’ve requested Army and Border Road Organisation to restore bridges as during the past three days six bridges were damaged due to flash floods,” said the Lahaul-Spiti district administration.
A bridge at Shansha Village was damaged due to another flash flood at Shansha Nalla on Wednesday night, added the district administration.
Meanwhile, a rescue operation is underway at Tonzing Nalla in Lahaul-Spiti district as three people remain missing, said Lahaul district police.
Earlier on Wednesday, one person was killed while ten have gone missing as flash floods triggered by incessant rains lashed Tozing Nalla at the Udaipur sub-division of Himachal Pradesh’s Lahaul-Spiti district, the police said.
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