Less than two months after her fairytale marriage with Punjabi actor-singer Rohanpreet, Bollywood singer Neha Kakkar has announced her pregnancy by posting a picture with a baby bump on social media.
In her Instagram post on Friday, 32-year-old Neha wrote, “#KhyaalRakhyaKar,” and also posed with husband Rohanpreet. "Now I’ll have to take extra care of you,” Rohanpreet wrote in the comments section. And the posts topped the trends' list.
The couple tied the knot in Delhi in October, after meeting on the sets of a music video. They later hosted a reception at Rohanpreet's hometown in the northern city of Chandigarh, some 250 kms from the national capital. They went to Dubai for their honeymoon.
Several Bollywood celebrities took to social media to wish the couple. “Congratulations you both,” wrote singer Kanika Maan.
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A popular name in Bollywood, Neha began performing at religious events at the age of four and participated in the second season of the singing reality show, Indian Idol. She made her Bollywood debut as a chorus singer in the film 'Meerabai Not Out'.
The singer hogged limelight upon the release of the dance track 'Second Hand Jawani' from Cocktail, which was followed by several other popular party songs, including 'Sunny Sunny' from Yaariyan and 'London Thumakda' from the blockbuster 'Queen'.
In 2019, Neha was listed among the most viewed female artists on Youtube with 4.2 billion views. And in December 2020, she appeared in the list of Asia's 100 Digital Stars by 'Forbes' magazine.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) arranged its traditional Nabanna Uthsab for the Bengali calendar year 1427 on Sunday at its National Theatre Hall auditorium.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the academy only held a cultural show this year instead of its usual festivities arranged in the previous years.
KM Khalid, state minister for cultural affairs, joined the event as its chief guest while Badrul Arefin, secretary of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, joined as special guest.
"The pandemic has taken so many personalities and usual festivities from us, throughout the year. Due to COVID-19, the academy could not celebrate this long-awaited festival and all of its usual festivities. The government is hopeful that soon we’ll be able to see the return of all festivities after the pandemic situation improves and we’re all in this together," Khalid said.
The programme was arranged by the department of dramatics under the academy, which now has renowned thespian Afsana Mimi as its director.
"Although the pandemic situation is ongoing, this cultural event was made possible because of all our participating artists - and we promise that more festivities and rendezvous will make glorious return once the pandemic’s over," Mimi told UNB.
The cultural festival began at 5pm at the National Theatre Hall auditorium lobby with group dance and songs along with special 'Gambhira' song performances by the BSA dance and music troops. Artist Mamun Zahid Khan sang ‘O Amar Desher Mati’ after the performances.
Dancers from Bangladesh Academy of Fine Arts then gave a special performance which took place after the inaugural ceremony, choreographed by Farhana Chowdhury Baby.
Renowned music artist Chandana Majumder and Baul artist Shafi Mandal performed folk songs written based on the seasonal aspects and festivities while ‘Vawaiya’ songs were performed by the academy's Vawaiya team.
Music artists from Government Music College, Gambhira troop from Chapainawabganj Gambhira Team under Faizur Rahman Manik and the music troop of BSA performed other musical performances throughout the event.
Television and stage artist Abdul Aziz performed a special Punthi performance at the cultural event, which has been a long-lost tradition and medium of entertainment in the rural areas of Bangladesh.
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Dhriti Nrittanalay performed a dance performance on a winter song choreographed by Warda Rihab; a group Kathak dance performance choreographed by Snata Shahrin was held, followed by a special Indigenous dance performance by Chakma, Tripura and Tanchanga performers under the choreography of Antor Dewan. Dance troop of BSA showcased the concluding dance performance on Nabanna song.
Convicted former movie producer Harvey Weinstein is expected to appear briefly via video from a New York prison Friday as part of legal efforts to send him to California to face sexual assault charges.
Authorities say the extradition proceeding, originally scheduled for August, likely will be postponed again, this time until April 9.
Weinstein, 68, is serving a 23-year prison sentence after being convicted in New York City earlier this year on charges of rape and sexual assault against two women.
He faces similar charges involving five women in California, stemming from alleged assaults in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills from 2004 to 2013.
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Because Weinstein is imprisoned in New York, a judge must sign off on transferring him to the custody of Los Angeles authorities to be tried there.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office agreed to the first delay because of the pandemic, a spokesman said.
Weinstein survived a bout with the coronavirus in March at the maximum-security Wende Correctional Facility east of Buffalo, where he is incarcerated. His lawyers said he experienced symptoms of COVID-19 again in mid-November but did not test positive for the disease at that time.
Bob Dylan’s entire catalog of songs, which reaches back 60 years and is among the most prized next to that of the Beatles, is being acquired by Universal Music Publishing Group.
The deal covers 600 song copyrights including “Blowin’ In The Wind,” “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” and “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,” “Tangled Up In Blue.”
“Brilliant and moving, inspiring and beautiful, insightful and provocative, his songs are timeless—whether they were written more than half a century ago or yesterday,” Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group Sir Lucian Grainge said in a prepared statement on Monday.
The transaction’s announcement comes a few weeks after the singer-songwriter’s musings about anti-Semitism and unpublished song lyrics sold at auction for a total of $495,000.
Dylan, who first came into the public’s consciousness via New York City’s Greenwich Village folk music scene in the early 1960s, has sold more than 125 million records globally. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016, the first songwriter to receive such a distinction.
Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Netflix has “no plans” to add a disclaimer to “The Crown” stating that its lavish drama about Britain's royal family is a work of fiction.
In a statement Saturday, Netflix said it has always presented the drama, as just that — a drama.
“We have always presented The Crown as a drama — and we have every confidence our members understand it’s a work of fiction that’s broadly based on historical events," it said.
“As a result we have no plans — and see no need — to add a disclaimer.”
Netflix was urged last week by British Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden to add the disclaimer, in the wake of the broadcast of the drama's fourth series.
Questions of historical fidelity weren't a major issue during earlier seasons of the show, which debuted in 2016 and traces the long reign of Queen Elizabeth II, which began in 1952.
But the current fourth season is set in the 1980s, a divisive decade in Britain. Characters include Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, whose 11-year tenure transformed and divided Britain, and the late Princess Diana, whose death in a car crash in 1997 transfixed the nation and the world.
Some Conservatives have criticized the program’s depiction of Thatcher, played by Gillian Anderson. Britain’s first female prime minister, who died in 2013, is portrayed as clashing with Olivia Colman’s Elizabeth to an extent that some say is exaggerated.
“The Crown” creator Peter Morgan, whose work also includes recent-history dramas “The Queen” and “Frost/Nixon,” has defended his work, saying it is thoroughly researched and true in spirit.
Charles Spencer, Diana’s brother, was one who called on Netflix to add a disclaimer.
“I think it would help The Crown an enormous amount if, at the beginning of each episode, it stated that, ‘This isn’t true but it is based around some real events,’" he told broadcaster ITV. “I worry people do think that this is gospel and that’s unfair.”