Three Indian cities amongst the cheapest to live in the world

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Actress Sumalatha Ambareesh, who has decided to contest the Parliament polls from Mandya, will file her nomination papers on Wednesday. The filing of nominations began on Tuesday.

Mrs Ambareesh flew to Tirumala on Tuesday morning to offer pooja to Lord Venkateshwara at the famed shrine. In the afternoon, she visited the Ambareesh cremation site in Bengaluru before leaving for Mandya.

After filing her papers, she will address a rally at Mandya. She is expected to spell out the reasons which made her contest from Mandya with noted film personalities likely to turn up at the rally to make it an impressive one on the first day of her campaign.

Film actors Darshan, Yash and  Doddanna and producer-director Rockline Venkatesh have already made it clear that they will work like her foot soldiers and be with her throughout the campaign.

Indian-origin leader makes history in Canada Parliament

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Indian-origin Jagmeet Singh created history in Canada when he made his debut in the House of Commons as the first non-white leader of a major opposition party in the country.

The arrival of the leader, wearing a turban, into the house on Monday, cheered by all members, coincided with the induction of a senior woman member into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet.

Singh, 40, the leader of the New Democratic Party, placed his hand over his heart as he walked into the House of Commons, the lower of house of Parliament, before the daily question period.

He was elected in federal by-elections held on February 25.

Singh, as an elected lawmaker, talked about last week’s terrorist attack on two mosques in New Zealand.

“I want to begin by expressing our solidarity with the people of New Zealand who are mourning the attack on Muslim brothers and sisters… in Christchurch,” he said.

About 50 people were killed last week in the Pacific country’s worst-ever mass shooting.

He then launched his first question about housing in Burnaby-South.

“I met a mom in Burnaby. She bought a home, but cannot afford to live there anymore. Her daughter has a good job, but only gets by because she lives in the basement. Her son does not see a future. Like too many Canadians, he has lost all hope,” Singh said.

“However, the prime minister is telling families like theirs to wait for help. I believe that better is possible. Will the government commit to building half a million new affordable homes?” he asked.

Prime Minister Trudeau responded by congratulating Singh for his entry into the Commons, before touting the government’s record on fighting poverty.

Singh’s remarks echoed the mood of the House on a crucial day when the prime minister was beleaguered by the resignations of his two key cabinet colleagues.

KCR takes potshots at BJP over Ram temple

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Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Tuesday said it was not job of the Prime Minister or political parties to decide where is the Ram Janmabhoomi.

In his first-ever comments on the issue, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief lashed out at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for pursuing politics of communalism.

Addressing an election rally in Nizamabad town, he said the political parties should work to solve people’s problems.

“Ram Janmabhoomi, Ravana Janmabhoomi, Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi. Do political parties need to decide this?” he asked and said these issues should be best left to seers and the religious heads.

“This is not the job of political parties. We should work to solve people’s problems, provide water and electricity to farmers, solve problem of unemployment and remove their hardships. If we go on talking of Janmabhoomi, it is not going to solve people’s problems,” he said.

KCR, as Rao is popularly known, said if there was a dispute between two communities, there were courts to deal with it. “The issue is in Supreme Court. We should not interfere,” he said.

“They say we are Hindus. Are we not Hindus. Are we not following Hindu traditions,” the TRS chief asked.

He alleged that for BJP leaders, Hindus were those who target people of other religions. “Hinduism has not said this. It asks you to respect all and love all.”

“Yours’ is political Hindutva. Ours is real Hindutva. You are duplicate Hindus. Your game will not last long,” said KCR.

At an election rally in Karimnagar on Sunday, KCR had said that he was an original Hindu. In response, BJP’s Telangana unit chief K. Laxman had asked him make his stand clear on the Ram Janmabhoomi issue.

“You first spell out whether your party is a political party working to solve people’s problems or it is a party to propagate religion,” KCR told Laxman.

Sai Dharam Tej Goes Pawan Kalyan’s Way

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Megastar’s nephew Sai Dharam Tej has been going through lean phase as an actor from a long time. It has been a while since his film clicked at the box office.

Last three films of SDT were forgettable duds with miniscule theatrical revenues. He has pinned lot of hopes on Chitralahari to resurrect his career.

Meanwhile, Sai Dharam Tej has gone for a name change and dropped ‘Dharam’ from his name in the hope of finding luck.

It is not new for mega heroes to go for a name change. Pawan Kalyan was introduced as Kalyan Babu and later became Pawan Kalyan starting from Gokulamlo Seetha.

Ram Charan Tej dropped Tej from his name before his introduction to screen with Chirutha.

Sai Dharam Tej took a long time to go for name change though. In fact he had found success and established himself with his original name, but somehow lost track in the middle.

Will the change in name change the fortunes of this mega lad?

Rs 300 Cr Riding on Summer 2019 Movies

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Summer season is all set to begin in Tollywood. Ram Gopal Varma’s “Lakshmi’s NTR”, Nikhil’s “Arjun Suravaram” and Niharika Konidela starrer “Suryakantam” are the first movies to hit the screens this summer season. More than Rs 20 Cr is riding on these three movies this month end.

But the real important movies that show impact at the ticket window are coming to the screens the first week from April as Mahesh Babu, Vijay Deverakonda, Naga Chaitanya, Nani and Bellamkonda Srinivas are in the competition.

Mahesh Babu’s movie alone would do more than Rs 100 Cr theatrical business. This is the only big star movie this summer. Rest are from medium-range stars.

Naga Chaitanya and Samantha’s “Majili” will set the screens on fire this summer and the momentum is expected to continue till the release of hottest hero Vijay Deverakonda’s latest romantic entertainer “Dear Comrade”. These films are releasing amidst the election season and cricket season.

Theatrical business of movies

Majili – Rs 25 Cr
Chitralahari  – Rs 13 Cr
Jersey – Rs 30 Cr
Kanchana 3 – Rs 10 Cr
Sita – Rs 25 Cr
Maharshi – Rs 100 Cr
Dear Comrade – Rs 40 Cr

Learning the ropes

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Bothsa Satyanarayana, Dadi Veerabhadra Rao, Raghurama Raju, Butta Renuka etc, etc. All these politicians at one point of time or the other had criticized YS Jagan vehemently and quit his Party.

If something like this had happened in 2014 or after that, there was no way that Jagan would have welcomed them back into his Party. But, in taking them back now, he has clearly matured as a politician and learnt to keep his ego aside in the best interests of the Party.

There are many YSRCP hard-core supporters who feel that Jagan has made a mistake in readmitting them.

However, the reality is that these people need to be entertained owing to various reasons such as their caste, financial clout etc.

India is a country where a man accused of rape, murder or other heinous crimes may contest the election and still win simply because his community will vote for him or her irrespective of their reputation. Or, they may have enough money to sway the election in their favour.

YS Jagan has realised this fact and in doing so, has proved that he is acquiring all the necessary attributes to emerge as a successful politician.

Owaisi has assets worth over Rs 13 crore, no car

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MIM President Asaduddin Owaisi, who filed his nomination for Hyderabad Lok Sabha constituency on Monday, declared assets worth over Rs 13 crore but he owns no vehicle.

His movable assets are Rs 1.67 crore and immovable assets are to the tune of more than Rs 12 crore.

According to the affidavit furnished by him while filing his nomination, his wife has movable assets worth Rs 10.40 lakh and immovable assets of Rs 3.75 crore.

Owaisi, who is seeking re-election for a fourth consecutive term, also declared that his liabilities stand at Rs 9.30 crore including Rs 5 crore loan taken from younger brother Akbaruddin Owaisi. The liabilities of his wife are at the tune of Rs 2.75 crore including Rs 1.20 crore payable to him towards her share in cost of construction of their house.

His income during 2017-18 was Rs 10 lakh, down from Rs 13.33 lakh in the previous year.

The President of Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) owns no car but has a NP Bore .22 pistol worth Rs 1 lakh and a NP Bore 30-60 rifle worth Rs 1 lakh. He has Rs 2 lakh cash in hand and bank deposits worth over Rs 43 lakh.

His wife has 20 tola of gold jewellery worth Rs 6.40 lakh, Rs 2 lakh cash in hand and Rs 1 lakh bank deposit.

The 49-year-old leader owns no agricultural or non-agricultural land or commercial building. His residential buildings includes a house at Shastripuram where he currently resides. In this property with a built-up area of 36,250 square feet, Owaisi has three-fourth share and his wife has one-fourth share. They purchased the land for Rs 2 crore and invested Rs 11 crore for construction, the declaration shows. The approximate current market value of the house is Rs 15 crore.

He owns another house at Misri Gunj worth Rs 60 lakh. He has 2/8th share (Rs 37.50 lakh) in a flat in Nav Sansad Vihar, Dwarka, New Delhi.

The declaration also mentions that there are five criminal cases pending against him with charges framed in respect to one case. He declared that he was not convicted for any criminal offence.

In 2014 elections, Owaisi had declared movable assets of Rs 27.84 lakh and immovable assets to the tune of over Rs 3.10 crore with total liabilities standing at Rs 1.40 crore.