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Bajrangi Bhaijaan box office collection: How much has Salman Khan's film earned so far? -
8/27/2015 8:58:50 AM

How much money do you think Salman Khan's Bajrangi Bhaijaan has earned so far?

Eid release this year, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, is still spinning magic at the box office, both in the country and abroad. The film hit the screens on July 17, and ever since, has broken several existing box office records. Currently a month-and-a-half after its release, Bajrangi Bhaijaan is estimated to have made a whopping Rs 316 crore at the India box office, and Rs 600 crore worldwide, suggest reports.

Based on Indo-Pak relationships, this Kabir Khan film was appreciated by all and sundry. From critics who broke out in praise for this 'not-mindless' Salman Khan film to the audiences, who flocked to theatres to catch a glimpse of Salman, Bajrangi Bhaijaan has fared mighty well so far. The film crossed the Rs 100-crore mark just in India in its first weekend itself, and ever since, there's hardly been any looking back for Bajrangi Bhaijaan.

Right from the time buzz around the film reached a considerable pitch on social media, Salman's fans had been waiting with bated breath for the film to release. And once it hit the theatres, they did their best to ensure Bajrangi Bhaijaan was a commercial success through and through.

The story of the eponymous Hanuman bhakt Bajrangi, this film has at its core a heartwarming tale of a little Pakistani mute girl who is lost in India, and who Salman takes across the border to her parents. Apart from Khan, Bajrangi Bhaijaan stars Kareena Kapoor Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and child artiste Harshaali Malhotra in pivotal roles.

While trade analysts had predicted a staggering box office report even before the release of the film, Bajrangi Bhaijaan crossed most people's expectations. The film is among the very few Hindi films which enjoy the status of being in the coveted Rs 300-crore club. And as far as the gross collections are concerned, Salman's Bajrangi Bhaijaan is only second to friend Aamir's PK, which holds the record of the highest grossing Bollywood film ever.

Quota row: 7 killed in violence in Gujarat; Army called in -
8/27/2015 8:55:17 AM

Curfew has been clamped in Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Mehasana, Patan, Palanpur, Unjha, Visnagar and Jamnagar.

Army was called in on Wednesday to help control widespread violence sparked by quota agitation by Patel community in Gujarat which has claimed seven lives even as curfew was clamped in major cities and towns in the state.

Notwithstanding appeal to people by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for maintenance of peace, police said Patel community members resorted to arson, stone pelting and vandalising public as well as private properties.

Curfew has been clamped in Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Mehasana, Patan, Palanpur, Unjha, Visnagar and Jamnagar.

"Five companies of Army was called in Ahmedabad city to control law and order situation as violence escalated due to the Patel agitation," Ahmedabad District Collector, Rajkumar Beniwal told PTI. The Army will conduct flag-march on five routes of the city, where large number of incidents of violence have erupted, Beniwal added. About 5,000 paramilitary personnel were also rushed to Gujarat in the wake of unabated violence.

In a televised address in Gujarati, the Prime Minister appealed for calm and emphasised that all issues can be resolved through talks. "In the land of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel, the way violence has been resorted to as a tool. I appeal to all brothers and sisters of Gujarat that they should not resort to violence. The only 'Mantra' must be 'Shanti' (peace)," said Modi, who has been Chief Minister of the state for 12 years.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also spoke to Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel this morning and assured her of full central help to tackle the situation. Meanwhile, leader of Patel Anamat Andolan Samiti, 22-year-old Hardik Patel, who is spearheading the quota stir, blamed police for the violence and said the agitation will intensify in the coming days.

Rejecting suggestions that the protesters started the violence last night, he accused the police of trying to "disrupt" the "movement" at the behest of the political establishment.

Normal life was paralysed as schools, colleges, business establishments including banks and public transport remained closed in most places in view of the bandh call given by 22-year-old Hardik after his brief detention yesterday when he was protesting for quota at the GMDC ground here.

Virginia TV journalists shot dead live on air, suspect shoots self -
8/27/2015 8:48:10 AM

The suspect was identified as Vester Flanagan, 41, according to a dispatcher for the Augusta County, Virginia, Sheriff's Department.

Two television journalists were shot and killed in Virginia on Wednesday morning while conducting a live interview, and authorities said the suspect appeared to be a disgruntled current or former employee of the TV station.

Police pursued the suspect and in the late morning, an ABC local affiliate and CNN reported the suspected shooter had shot himself, but it was not known if he was dead or alive. The suspect was identified as Vester Flanagan, 41, according to a dispatcher for the Augusta County, Virginia, Sheriff's Department.

After the shooting of the journalists, someone claiming to have filmed it posted video online that appeared to be from shooter's vantage point. The videos were posted to a Twitter account and on Facebook but were removed shortly afterward. One video clearly showed a handgun as the person filming approached the woman reporter.

The shooting occurred at about 6:45 a.m. EDT (1045 GMT) during an interview being broadcast live from Bridgewater Plaza, a Smith Mountain Lake recreation site with restaurants, shops, boating and arcades and holiday rentals.

The area is in the south-central part of the state, about 120 miles (190 km) from the capital of Richmond.

The journalists were filming an interview for the morning news show of CBS affiliate WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia. In the broadcast, shots were heard and the reporter and the person being interviewed screamed and ducked for cover. The reporter Alison Parker, 24, and the cameraman, Adam Ward, 27, died in the incident, WDBJ7 said. The woman being interviewed was wounded.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said in interview on Washington radio station WTOP that the suspected shooter had been identified as a disgruntled current or former station employee.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office has taken the lead on apprehending the suspect, with help from state police and others, McAuliffe told WTOP. "Heartbroken over senseless murders today in Smith Mountain Lake," McAuliffe said on Twitter.

Asked on CNN if the station had been targeted or had been threatened, WDBJ7 President and General Manager Jeff Marks said, "Every now and then you get a crazy email or something and we'll look into it. Nothing of this nature than any of us could recall."

He said the interview was to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of Smith Mountain Lake, and the woman being interviewed was from the local chamber of commerce. She had been talking about the anniversary and tourism.

"We don't make a secret of where we report from, we may start now," Marks said.

There was no word yet from the hospital on the condition of the woman, identified as Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce. The station's broadcast showed Parker interviewing Gardner about the lake and tourism development in the area. Gunshots erupted, and as Ward fell his camera hit the ground but kept running. An image caught on camera showed what appeared to be a man in dark clothing facing the camera with a weapon in his right hand.

The station said on its website that both the dead journalists were m the region.

Parker grew up in Martinsville and attended Patrick Henry Community College and James Madison University, while Ward graduated from Salem High School and Virginia Tech, the station said.

They were both engaged to be married to other people.

Twists and turns in Sheena Bora murder case - 3 likely motives -
8/27/2015 8:46:00 AM

The three likely murder motives behind Sheena Bora's death.

On a day of sensational twists and turns, a web of lies and intriguing relationships emerged in the Sheena Bora murder case in which a former husband of accused Indrani Mukerjea was arrested on Wednesday as it came to light that the deceased was her daughter and not sister.

The motive of the murder still remains a mystery though Indrani's son Mikhail claimed he knew the real reason but would not disclose it. Police also claimed that former Star India CEO Peter Mukerjea's wife Indrani was present at the site in Raigad district where Sheena was killed in 2012.

Taking the investigation beyond the state, Mumbai police arrested former husband of Indrani, Sanjeev Khanna, in connection with the case in Kolkata. Sheena is stated to be Indrani's daughter from an earlier marriage with one Siddharth Das.

Khanna, a resident of Hastings Road area in Kolkata, was arrested from his friend's flat in Alipore for his alleged involvement in the murder, Kolkata Police Joint CP (Crime) Pallab Kanti Ghosh said.

Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria told reporters here that the murder was by strangulation followed by burning of the body by petrol. The murder took place on 24 April 2012 and the body was found by Raigad police on May 23, he said. Maria also said that Khanna is an accused in the case.

A shocked Peter Mukerjea said he had believed that the deceased was Indrani's sister and not her daughter while Mikhail said Sheena was the daughter and not the sister of Indrani.

"I have no doubt my mother Indrani killed my sister Sheena Bora," he said, claiming to know the "exact reason" but would not reveal it until his mother confesses to it. His statement came amid reports that Sheena and Peter's son Rahul through his earlier marriage had been dating each other and Indrani was opposed to it.

Intriguing claims came to light that Indrani had introduced her daughter and son to people as sister and brother. After the murder, she is also said to have claimed that Sheena had gone to the US for higher studies. Indrani was arrested by Khar Police last night over her alleged role in the murder of Sheena in 2012.

Peter said he would cooperate with investigators in the probe. "I have never experienced anything like this before. The news I am getting, the kind of crime that has been committed, I would have never expected.

"Whatever help, information, police need, I am happy to help them with that. I would be absolutely clear and straight with them and cooperate," he said. "I don't understand at all with regard to my wife.

Sheena Bora is her sister, I believed all these years, and now I am being told that she was her daughter. Whom I thought was her brother, is now her son from an earlier marriage, which I was not aware of. I was aware of one marriage and not so many others. So, now there are number of things that are appearing to me which are completely new to me," he said. .

Indrani Mukerjea's former husband arrested

A police officer, who is privy to the probe, told PTI on condition of anonymity that "The driver of Indrani has told police that it was Indrani who killed Sheena and was present at the murder spot."

He, however, said it was still not clear whether the plan was to kill Sheena, 24, in Raigad or any other place. According to Maria, on August 21, Khar police had arrested Indrani's driver in connection with an Arms Act case, adding he confessed to the murder and was taken to the murder spot.

Mumbai police also summoned Peter's brother Gautam Mukerjea. After her arrest yesterday, Indrani was produced before Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate court, which remanded her in police custody till August 31.

Sheena was kidnapped from outside the National College in western suburbs. She came here from Assam in 1990s along with Indrani and completed BA Economics from St Xavier's College. In 2011, she got a job with Reliance Mumbai Metro but suddenly stopped coming to duty, police said. In the same year, her Facebook account was deactivated.

Police had unearthed remains of a decomposed body three years ago after villagers at Gagode in Pen tehsil complained of foul odour emanating from the area. Peter said he was unaware that Sheena went missing.

"(Sheena's disappearance) is something I am finding out now. I was told that Sheena has gone to the US. I am not on Facebook, but I was shown these pictures of Los Angeles or wherever she was. I didn't have her contact number. My son had told me 'see, something is not right', but I said her parents may not be happy with it, so she might have moved to the US, that I told him. He (Peter's son) didn't talk to me then."

Speaking in Guwahati, Mikhail said he had not heard from his sister since February 2012 and whenever he inquired about her with his mother she used to say Sheena was in the US.

"There was no contact till 2015. Till yesterday, I did not have any clue... where she was. There was no contact. Till last September, she, Indrani Mukerjea, came here. Then also I asked her... where is my sister... And only yesterday I came to know, from news channels that she has passed away... murder case..."

Mikhail said Sheena had gone to Mumbai alone since she was doing a job there.

On a question about Indrani claiming that Sheena was her sister, he said "I have nothing to state. Because a son to a mother, a daughter to a mother, it can be biologically proved. I don't have to say anything about that. Because she is my mom, after all. And she has given me birth. I don't have to prove that. A DNA report can easily prove that."

On the arrest of his mother and subsequent turns in the case, he said, "I want justice, that's it. Because she is my elder sister. And I know some girl can't be murdered like that. Without any reason.

Asked if he was aware of tussle between her and Indrani, he said, "Many times actually, since a long time actually. But I don't want to say anything clearly right now because I want to see the reaction of the police, how they react and what is the outcome. She is in custody. After that, what report comes, I will decide what to do, the next step, what I have to do."