05052019-LSTC-01.qxd 5/4/2019 8:01 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Release date Aamir Khan-starrer Laal Singh Chaddha, which is the Hindi remake of Tom Hanks’ 1994 classic Forrest Gump, will release around Christmas in 2020. IANS CHANDIGARH | SUNDAY | 5 MAY 2019 Akshay’s old video goes viral A day after Akshay Kumar issued a statement regarding the controversy over his citizenship, an old video of the Bollywood actor went viral on social media where he is calling Toronto as his home. The Khiladi star, who was roped-in as the brand ambassador for Canadian tourism in India in 2010, on May 3 had released a statement on his official Twitter account about his Canadian citizenship and had said that he did not understand the negativity and “unwarranted interest” around the subject. Canada bound? The old video, which had also surfaced last year following films on patriotic and social themes he had starred in, was shared by a user against the backdrop of Akshay’s statement. It showed him addressing the crowd at an event in Canada: “I must tell you one thing; this is my home. Toronto is my home. After I retire from the film industry, I’m going to come back and stay here.” While some social media users defended the actor, some branded him a “hypocrite” and a “fake nationalist”. Some even questioned him holding a Canadian passport. In 2017, Akshay had told a TV channel that he has been given an honorary citizenship by the Canadian Government, and hence, he carries the Canadian citizenship. He has said in interviews that he will split time between India and Canada after he retires. Akshay, who recently grabbed headlines for his “non-political” interview with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was widely trolled for not casting his vote this year. — IANS IS YOURPARTYSAFE? Gurnaaz Kaur E AT, dance and be merry can be a great way to unwind after a long day at work. And, catering to this thought are the long lanes of pubs, clubs and breweries in Sector 26, 7, Elante Mall and even some parts of Panchkula as well as The nightlife in the city is as vibrant as it gets. Yet, amidst the happening party scene in clubs and pubs, can girls really let their hair down and feel secure? etc. Who is responsible? Where is the lapse? “While pubs and discos provide secure environment to women with the presence of bouncers, once they step out of these joints, the scenario isn’t a pleasant one. I party very often, but crimes are really high outside the clubs. Snatching, stopping cars in the parking and on roads, following women—I’ve seen boys doing all of this. I remember someone called the police at one such instance, but the cops in return harassed him and his girlfriend and even extorted money from them,” shares Kashish Garg, a student. Long way to go Zirakpur. Be it a Wednesday or a Saturday night, these places are teeming with people post 9 pm. But how safe is tricity for women to venture out at nights? We often read reports of eve-teasing, girls being stalked, sexual assault, The nightlife has grown from modest to plentiful and it’s a thing of celebration for girls. “Four years back if my friends asked me to party at night, my only answer was a no. There were just three-four people and that meant all kinds of crowd being there. Now, thankfully, there are so many new places that help diversify and divide the crowd. I feel safe mostly, but I can’t still think of going out alone. That way Chandigarh administration hasn’t matched Bengaluru or Mumbai, where women can feel safe walking alone at late night,” shares Garnet, a dance teacher. Road to safety On the contrary, Richa Sharma, a hosteller at PU, feels the nightlife is dull but the city roads are safe. “Almost everything closes at 12, so where is the nightlife really? But I feel very safe roaming on the streets alone. The police is usually patrolling all over the city.” But whether it is 12 am or 1, for as long as there is crowd at the bars and clubs, security has to be a responsibility of its management. “Women’s safety is paramount for us, so Vaughn convicted of reckless driving I am being punished for turning 60: Madonna Singer Madonna has opened up about her fight against ageism in the music industry, saying she is being punished for turning 60. In an interview, Madonna, who has sold more than 300 million records worldwide almost a four-decade career, has detailed her fight against ageism,. “People have always been trying to silence me for one reason or another, whether it’s that ‘I’m not pretty enough’, ‘I don’t sing well enough’, ‘I’m not talented enough’, ‘I’m not married enough’, and now it’s that ‘I’m not young enough’,” said Madonna, who broke into the music scene in 1982. “So they just keep trying to find a hook to hang their beef about me being alive on. Now I’m fighting ageism, now I’m being punished for turning 60,” added the songstress, who turned 60 in August last year. She went onto speak candidly about her relationships with her children — Lourdes, 22, Rocco, 18, David and Mercy, both 13, and Esther and Stella, both six. Madonna said she regrets giving her children phones. “I gave them phones when they were 13. It ended my relationship with them, really. Not completely, but it became a very big part of their lives.” — IANS Actor Vince Vaughn has been convicted of reckless driving after his arrest for driving under influence last year. Vaughn accepted a no-jail plea deal on Friday involving his drunk driving arrest at a sobriety checkpoint in California last June. The Wedding Crashers star had a lawyer appear on his behalf in the courtroom in Los Angeles and enter a plea of “no contest” to one count of misdemeanor alcohol-related reckless driving, sources said. He was immediately sentenced to three years probation, the Los Angeles County District Attorney said. Vaughn was also ordered to complete a three-month alcohol programme, pay fines and submit to any alcohol screening tests requested by law enforcement while on probation. The actor’s lawyer was advised that if Vaughn drives under the influence and a person is killed, he could be charged with murder, prosecutors said. The deal, which dropped the original three charges in the case, means Vaughn won’t have a DUI on his record. Vaughn, 49, was stopped around 12:40 a.m. on June 10 last year at a checkpoint in the coastal community of Manhattan Beach. — IANS c m y b Vince Vaughn we always have a female and a male bouncer on the dance floor,” says Shobita Kadan, director, marketing and strategy, Social. Looking ahead Even Ministry of Bar Exchange (MOBE) at Elante has come up with a way to empower women. Rrishabh Manchanda, partner at MOBE, shares, “Apart from restricted crowd of stags, having male and female bouncers, we have introduced a concept called Angel Shots. There are codes that only the bartender would know, so whether it is accompanying her till the gate, arranging a cab or informing a bouncer about some guy, all she has to do is ask for the right shot.” Deployment of women bouncers and ensuring CCTV cameras are installed are only two of the many things for safety; a lot needs to be done yet. firstname.lastname@example.org DRESS CODE A video on social media got viral earlier this week that showed a group of young women are being harassed by an older woman at a restaurant over their dress choice. This incident that happened in Gurugram has evoked a lot of criticism. We check if girls have faced similar harassment in the city. SAD TRUTH Every single time I have to question myself about whether is it safe to wear shorts. It is a sad truth about the so-called educated society. Kunika Mehra, MCom student, UBS TOUGH CHOICE Yes, I have been oogled at for wearing short clothes. Every day when I pick my clothes, I have to think of whether it’s appropriate or not. Vanshika Kapoor, CA PRETTY COOL Living in a place like Chandigarh, I don’t have an issue with wearing short dresses. The lifestyle and the mentality here is pretty cool. Shruti Sharma, Law student UNDUE ATTENTION Insecurity doesn’t limit to receiving undue attention from men, but also from women. Divya Devgan, social media expert
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