SINGAPORE, WEEKEND OF FRIDAY, 12 OCTOBER, 2018
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Calvin Klein cologne scent to
lure out tiger
WILDLIFE authorities in India may
try to catch a killer tiger using an
unlikely choice of weapon – Calvin
Klein’s Obsession perfume.
The six-year-old tiger, given the
name T1, has reportedly killed nine
people in Pandharkawada, a town in
Maharashtra. The power of Obsession
to lure big cats was first used in
experiments at Bronx zoo in New York
The fragrance contains civetone, a
compound originally found in the
scent glands of a civet. It is said to drive
big cats wild.
Indian student undertakes role of
British High Commissioner
MS ESHA Bahal, a political science
student in a Noida university, had the
opportunity of being British High
Commissioner to India for 24 hours.
The British High Commission had
organised a competition for women
aged between 18 and 23 to become the
British High Commissioner to India for
a day in celebration of International
Day of the Girl Child.
To enter, the competitors submitted
a short video presentation on the
theme “What does gender equality
mean to you?” In total, 58 students
from across the country submitted
Indian engineer arrested for
leaking information to Pakistan
A SENIOR systems engineer working at
the BrahMos Missile Research Centre in
Nagpur was arrested for spying for Pak-
istan’s intelligence agency ISI and other
Nishant Agrawal, 28, is suspected to
have leaked information about India’s
Brahmos missile and was arrested in a
joint operation by the Uttar Pradesh
and Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism
Squads in Ujjal Nagar.
His home and the Brahmos Aero-
space office in Dongargaon, 40km from
Nagpur, were searched.
Media reports claim that he was ar-
rested based on inputs given by a mem-
ber of the Hizbul Mujahideen group
who was arrested earlier.
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Colourful start to
THRONGS of women from
Hyderabad came together to
celebrate the start of the nine-day
It is a floral festival
commemorated during Durga
Navratri predominantly by the
Hindu women of Telangana.
During the festival, women
make small bathukammas (stacks
of flowers) and play around them
while singing folk songs, before
they immerse them in a pond.
Pick up tabla
SUBHASH K. JHA
Amitabh Bachchan drew
much flak from fans when
he refused to comment on actress
Tanushree Dutta’s allegations of
sexual harassment against veteran
actor Nana Patekar.
Amitabh finally opened up
about the #MeToo movement that
is raging across India and said that
women should not be subjected to
misbehaviour at the workplace.
In an interview, conducted on
his 76th birthday yesterday, he was
asked about sexual harassment at
the work place.
The actor added that such acts
should immediately be brought to
the notice of concerned authorities
and corrective measures should be
Excerpts from the interview:
Sexual harassment at the work-
place, especially in the entertain-
ment business, is one of the vital is-
sues being addressed today. How
do you look at the problem of
women’s safety at workplaces?
No woman should ever be sub-
jected to any kind of misbehaviour,
or disorderly conduct, especially at
Such acts should immediately
be brought to the notice of con-
cerned authorities, and corrective
measures should be taken, either
through filing complaints or a re-
course to law.
Discipline and civic, social and
moral curriculum, should be
adopted at a very early educational
level. Women, children and the
weaker sections of our society are
the most vulnerable. They need to
be under special protective care.
It has been most heartening to
see women representations in most
work vocations on the increase in
It would be an irreparable blem-
ish if we are not able to provide
them the welcome they deserve
and the dignity of the security of
It is that special day again... Why
do birthdays annoy you so much?
Such an unnecessary fuss. Birth-
day... It’s just another day in the life
of another person. What’s the big
What would be the ideal birthday
for you? Perhaps a day spent com-
pletely away from attention?
Yes, that would be ideal... But I
would like to have my family with
me, particularly my grandchildren.
For years you’ve been living a life
devoted to others. Do you some-
times feel “that is enough and you
should live for yourself”?
Saying ‘I’ve done enough’ would be
a very weak position to take for me
as an artiste.
The day an artiste feels that this
is enough would be for me a defeat
on my creative abilities.
But there’s only this much that you
can do in
Yes, there shall always be limita-
tions to our abilities, but to admit
that without effort would be devas-
I believe we learn each day of
our living life. Giving up on it would
mean giving up on living. I would
wish to keep learning each day of
my life. And I do know and realise
that even that would never be
What are some of your unfulfilled
dreams as an actor, artiste, musi-
cian and an Indian?
As an actor, there are millions of un-
fulfilled dreams. Dreams of perfec-
tion, of qualifying the craft to its ulti-
mate, if that ever can be one.
As an artiste, to accept my limita-
tions and yet keep attempting to im-
prove on each challenge.
As a musician, to be able to edu-
cate myself in the learning of musi-
cal instruments, for music to me is
the closest connect to the Almighty.
The learning not for any kind of
exploitation, but for my own per-
sonal, internal passion!
As an Indian, I have always
wanted India to be termed as a de-
veloped nation, and not be in the
category of a “developing nation”,
as India is often referred to in the
West; to be a First World nation,
and not be labelled as Third World.
Your next release is the
much-awaited Thugs Of
Hindostan, where your get-up,
demeanour, dialogues and, of
course, the legendary baritone are
being talked about again. How
easy or tough was it for you to
wear all that make-up and do the
gruelling action scenes?
Yes, the make-up and costume and
the acts during the shooting of
Thugs of Hindostan have been
tough and difficult and strenuous.
But when did any job ever become
easy? The time consumed in getting
prepared for work each day took a
good three to four hours, in putting
the look on and another hour and a
half to take it off at the end of the
day. But once a commitment has
been made, it is but professional to
do and behave in a manner that is di-
rected by the makers. I hope I have
been able to do so.
Favourites keep changing. But
which among your films are your
favourites at the moment?
All! I can’t pick any favourites.
If Deewaar were to be remade,
whom would you like to be cast in
Shashi Kapoor and your roles?
We have today in the film industry
several distinguished talents of this
generation that would be more than
capable of remaking and perform-
ing roles played by Shashiji and me.
I just feel, with all due respect, it
would be extremely difficult to
replicate the writing and screen-
play of Salim-Javed.
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Amitabh on #MeToo, birthdays
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