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The Jammu Bar Association’s Actions in the Kathua Case Reflect the Region’s Politics—Not Of the BJP-RSS Combine Alone

Tuesday, April 17 2018

The Jammu Bar Association’s Actions in the Kathua Case Reflect the Region’s Politics—Not Of the BJP-RSS Combine Alone

By Akshay Azad | 17 On 16 April, the Jammu High Court Bar Association temporarily suspended an agitation that it had been leading for over ten days. Members of the bar association had been staging a strike citing several issues, the most controversial of which was their demand that the investigation into the rape and murder of an eight-year-old in the Kathua district be transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation. BS Slathia, the president of the association, told the press that the protestors had “changed the mode of the agitation” and would be continuing their protest on two issues—the demand for the deportation of the Rohingya refugees residing in the state, and against the withdrawal of the minutes of a meeting during which the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti allegedly instructed the government officials to not act against any members of nomad groups residing in the region. The bar association’s decision followed widespread and severe criticism it faced for its stance on the Kathua investigation. The Supreme Court issued notice to the association , seeking a response to allegations from a group of advocates that the bar association was obstructing justice. Observers, activists and other civil society members, as well as journalists, alleged that the bar association was acting at the behest of the BJP , and fomenting a communal divide in the Jammu region. But this is not the complete truth—a look at the political affiliations of the members of the bar association suggests a more complex background to its controversial stances. In particular, it illustrates the involvement of several other political parties that are active in the region, such as the Congress, the Panthers Party, and various right-wing outfits. On 7 April, the Jammu High Court Bar Association called a meeting of its members, civil society organisations and politicians in the region. At the meeting, the bar association proposed a Jammu-wide bandh, on 11 April. The aim of the bandh, Sachin Gupta, the vice-president of the bar association told the press, was to ensure the state government met its demands regarding the Rohingyas, the tribal-affairs ministry meeting and the Kathua investigation. Various members of the prominent political parties in the region attended the meeting—these included the Congress leaders Ravinder Sharma and RS Chib. Sharma is the chief spokesperson of the party, and Chib was formerly a minister in the Omar Abdullah government. Slathia’s affiliation with the Congress has been reported widely —the president was formerly the chief election agent for Ghulam Nabi Azad, the leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha. He was also a member of the legal cell of the Pradesh Congress Committee in 2014—the committee directs the party’s strategy in each state. Azad had appointed Slathia a spokesperson for the Congress’s campaign committee . (After news of Slathia’s role in the Congress’s 2014 campaign was reported, Azad told members of the press that the senior advocate had since “turned communal.”) During its protest, the bar association appointed Gagan Basotra the incharge of its media cell. Basotra served as the additional advocate general during the rule of the Congress-PDP coalition government in the state. But the Congress is not the only party to which members of the bar association are affiliated—the general secretary Prem Sadotra is known to be closely associated with several right-wing groups. Several functionaries of other political groups were present at the 7 April meeting, and were seen at the bandh as well. Prominent among them were Professor Hari Om Mahajan, Rajiv Chunni, Dr Agnishekher, Ajay Chrungoo, and Harsh Dev Singh. Professor Hari Om, who earned his moniker from his tenure as a professor at Jammu University, is well known as a staunch right-wing ideologue —he was expelled from the BJP in 2015, when he criticised the party for forming an alliance with the PDP. Mahajan was earlier a political adviser to the BJP MP Jugal Kishore Sharma. He has repeatedly accused Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti of joining hands with extremist and fundamentalist forces in Kashmir valley, and of hurting the religious sentiments of the minority Hindu community in Jammu. A strong advocate of Hindutva, Mahajan is also the chairman of Jammu for India, which demands a separate Jammu state. “We unequivocally demand liberation from this Islamic dispensation,” he said during a seminar in 2016 , asserting that a separate state of Jammu was the only alternative for nationalists. Agnishekhar and Charangoo are leaders of Panun Kashmir, a group comprised of Kashmiri Pandits that advocates for the community. Harsh Dev Singh, the chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party, was a member of the state legislative assembly. He previously held the post of the education minister in the state. Chunni leads the SOS International Jammu, an organisation that works with refugees from Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir. The meeting to call the bandh and the subsequent rally also saw participation from members of organisations such as the Dogra Front, the Shiv Sena, Ram Sena and Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray). On subjects such as the autonomy of the state, the demand to revoke Articles 370 and 35-A of the Constitution, and the ongoing conflict in Kashmir, the views of most of these groups—and consequently, their leaders—align with those of the BJP and the Sangh Parivar. For instance, Panun Kashmir, which represents the interests of the Kashmiri Pandit activists in the region—nearly all of whom migrated from Kashmir during the insurgency in the 1990s— demand the removal of Articles 370 and 35A . The groups hold that these provisions have only helped the growth of secessionism, separatism and terrorism in the state. The JKNPP, the Dogra Front, the Shiv Sena, the Ram Sena and other groups also demand complete integration of Jammu and Kashmir with India. These groups have also been at the forefront of the campaign for the expulsion of the Rohingya refugees in Jammu. In late February, Bhim Singh, the head of the JKNPP demanded that the Rohingyas be deported as they are “posing a threat to the peace in the region.” The bar’s protests have not received the support of district bar associations in Rajouri, Poonch, Doda, Ramban and Kishtwar. Many Muslim lawyers in Jammu did not participate in the call for the bandh, and have stayed away from the protests. Sheikh Shakeel, a senior advocate in the Jammu bench of the high court, said, “The current agitation of the bar is on communal lines. This is the reason that 99 percent Muslim lawyers in the province have disassociated themselves from it.” Shakeel contested the elections for the bar association in 2017, against Slathia. (My calls to Slathia for comment went unanswered.) According to Shakeel, most political parties in the region are reluctant to take a firm stance against the accused. “Politicians cutting across the party lines are trying to project themselves as more Hindu than others with an eye on Hindu vote bank of Jammu’s constituencies,” Shakeel said. “Even the forest minister Chaudhary Lal Singh, who has to sacrifice his cabinet berth, knows that he has to contest in his Hindu constituency, where he will be encashing this loss of cabinet position by projecting himself as Hindu well wisher.” (Singh, a BJP politician, participated in a rally organised by the Hindu Ekta Manch that protested the filing of the chargesheet against the accused. He resigned from his post as forest minister after the party faced backlash for his involvement in the protest.) Shakeel said that few of the political leaders who, after they faced criticism for their demand for a CBI probe, began claiming that they were demanding justice for the victim, had visited the family after her body was discovered, in January. “None of them wanted to anger Hindu voters or to be seen as Muslim sympathisers. That’s the irony.” According to the journalist and political commentator Anuradha Bhasin, who has covered the Jammu region extensively, the Jammu Bar Association has always leaned towards the agenda of right-wing organisations in the state, such as the BJP and the RSS. “With its current agitation, the Jammu bar is trying to achieve two objectives: one is self-projection by the leaders of the agitation to secure place in the state’s political scene. Second, reaping electoral benefits for the rightist forces especially BJP.” Bhasin added that the Congress was acting as the “B-team of BJP” in Jammu and Kashmir. “Before the candle-light march organised by Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi, the state Congress team remained silent for three months,” she said. Bhasin felt that the BJP had not made good on its promises to the constituents in the state, and had little ground remaining to ask for support in the upcoming elections. “Both coalition partners are moving in opposite directions in the state. The communal polarisation of Jammu not only suits BJP in J&K, but across the country for larger political gains in the national politics.” Members of the Jammu bar have long been involved in political agitations. In 2008, when protests erupted across the state after the government transferred land for the use of pilgrims of the Amarnath Yatra, leading to the imposition of the governor’s rule in the state, the bar association had played a key role in mobilising the protestors in Jammu. While Kashmir saw large demonstrations against the transfer, most Jammu protests favoured the allocation of the land. Leela Karan Sharma, a member of the bar association, became the face of the agitation in Jammu province . He was appointed the chairperson of Amarnath Sangarsh Simiti, a conglomerate of several political and civil society groups. Later, he unsuccessfully contested parliamentary elections from the Poonch district, on a BJP ticket. Sharma is now the head of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad in the state . According to Bhasin, after Independence, governments both at the centre and in the state, including those led by the Congress, contributed to building an “anti-Kashmir” sentiment in Jammu. The Amarnath land-row agitation, Bhasin said, was the first major result of this sentiment. “Anti-Kashmir narrative is actually anti-Muslim narrative and politicians have been playing this card,” she said. “Gujjars and Bakherwals”—the latter is the nomadic community to which the victim belonged—“are actually residents of Jammu and they are not land-mafia, but a projection is being created by politicians against them.” Ellora Puri, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Jammu, questioned the timing of lawyers’ agitation. Puri noted that the tenure of the bar association’s office bearers had expired, and that elections were overdue. “The Bar is trying to whip up communal sentiments in the region to garner support for its own candidates in next elections,” she said. In February, news spread through the region that the state government had decided that the nomadic Gujjars and Bakherwals would not be evicted from the forest area they traditionally occupy in Jammu. After minutes allegedly taken at this meeting were leaked, various groups in the Jammu region, including the bar association—which viewed the decision as favouring the tribal and Muslim nomadic residents—began demanding that the government roll it back. (The government has yet to confirm the authenticity of the leaked minutes—clarity on the subject is one of the bar association’s remaining demands.) Slathia declared in early March that there was a “deep rooted conspiracy hatched by certain elements to facilitate demographic changes in Jammu province,” and that this attempt would be defeated. These accusations—of a “demographic change” in Jammu—intensified after the crime branch suggested in its chargesheet that the rape and murder of the victim was part of a conspiracy to oust the Bakherwals from Jammu. Puri rubbished the concerns of a “demographic change.” “The issue of demographic change is being raked by separatists in Kashmir—as far as issue of granting citizenship rights to West Pakistani Refugees, Hindus, in Jammu is concerned—and right-wingers in Jammu. This divisive sentiment is deeply ingrained in both regions,” she said. She pointed out that the nomadic residents had been coming to Jammu for decades, and that after the situation in the Kashmir valley began to worsen in the 1990s, more people from Kashmir had migrated to Jammu as well, and settled there. “Nomads are citizens of the state,” Puri said. “No doubt, communal sentiment is there since decades but concerted efforts have been made in last few years,” she said. Puri added that at first, the media in Jammu had remained largely silent on the Kathua case, and that the Kashmiri media then began reporting on the subject. “This fuelled the polarisation in Jammu region as a counter reaction.” According to Puri, that the politics of the BJP and the PDP were at odds, and that this contributed to a “political vacuum” between Jammu and Kashmir. “It is because of this simple reason that local issues … easily touch off political storms in state’s politics.” Akshay Azad is a journalist based in Jammu.

Tuesday, April 17 2018

Hassle Free Darshan To Piligrims in Ensuing Summer Vacation

Tirumala, 17 Apr. 18: Tirumala JEO KS Sreenivasa Raju said that senior officers of TTD would be deployed to monitor Pilgrim line movement and provide them hassle free darshan in the 90 days till summer vacation is completed. Review meeting on summer arrangements was held in Annamaiah Bhavan with all department HoDs in Tirumala on Tuesday . He directed the Annaprasadam and health wings.to make additional arrangements of food an water keeping in view the summer vacation rush. He also instructed the CMO Dr Nageswara Rao to keep ready ORS satchets and other medical facilities for the pilgrims. Later speaking to media the JEO said, the VIP darshan will be restricted to only protocol VIPs during the week ends for the next 15 weeks starting from this week end onwards. From April 21 till Second week end of July no VIP recommendation letters will be entertained and the VIP devotees are requested to cooperate with this decision in the larger interests of common pilgrims during summer vacation", he added. SE 2 Ramachandra Reddy, SE Electrical Venkateswarulu, Temple DyEO Harindranath, GM Sesha Reddy, VSO Ravindra Reddy, Annaprasadam SO S Venugopal and others were also present.

Tuesday, April 17 2018

Bharat: Box Office, Budget, Hit or Flop, Predictions, Posters, Cast, Release, Story, Wiki

Bharat Movie: Box Office Collection, Budget, First Look Posters, Release Date, Music Videos, Audio Jukebox, Screen Count, Predictions, Star Cast, Story, Trailer, Hit / Flop: Bharat is an Indian Hindi language period-drama film. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and produced by Bhushan Kumar & Atul Agnihotri Under the banner of Reel Life Production Pvt. Ltd & T-Series. The film features Salman Khan & Priyanka Chopra in lead role. Bharat releases worldwide on June, 2019. (1) Bharat First Look Posters: Not Found / Coming Soon (2) Bharat Cast & Crew: Director Ali Abbas Zafar Star Cast Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra Language Hindi Genre Period-Drama Release Date June, 2019 (Eid) Producer Bhushan Kumar & Atul Agnihotri Production Company Reel Life Production Pvt. Ltd & T-Series Writer Ali Abbas Zafar Cinematography Marcin Laskawiec Editor Rameshwar S. Bhagat Status Under Production You May Also Like: Top 10 Salman Khan's Biggest Hits Of All Time By Domestic Collection Secret Superstar: Box Office, Budget, Hit or Flop, Predictions, Posters, Cast, Release, Story, Wiki Golmaal Again: Box Office, Budget, Hit or Flop, Predictions, Posters, Cast, Release, Story, Wiki (3) Bharat Budget, Screens And Box Office: Budget Big Budget Screens Not Found / Coming Soon Collection (India) Not Found / Coming Soon Collection (WorldWide) Not Found / Coming Soon Collection (Overseas) Not Found / Coming Soon Hit / Flop Not Found / Coming Soon [* Denotes Estimated Figures May Change] [Final Numbers Awaited] (4) Bharat Box Office Predictions: Not Found / Coming Soon (5) Bharat Roles And Star Cast: Salman Khan As Bharat (6) Bharat All Songs / Music Videos: Not Found / Coming Soon (7) Bharat Audio / Video Jukebox: Not Found / Coming Soon (8) Bharat Trailer: Not Found / Coming Soon (9) Bharat Story: Not Found / Coming Soon [ Please visit this page regularly for updates ]

Ecole intuit.lab Invites the Communications Industry to ‘DESIGNXT 2018’, its Annual Talent Showcase & Campus Placement Event

Tuesday, April 17 2018

Ecole intuit.lab Invites the Communications Industry to ‘DESIGNXT 2018’, its Annual Talent Showcase & Campus Placement Event

Ecole intuit.lab Invites the Communications Industry to ‘DESIGNXT 2018’, its Annual Talent Showcase & Campus Placement Event By 0 French Design and Visual Communications Institute, Ecole Intuit.lab invites communications professionals to this year’s edition of their annual talent showcase and campus placement event, ‘DESIGNXT 2018’. This campus placement event is targeting full time job opportunities, 6 month professional internships and summer internships. Professionals looking to fill roles in brand strategy and management, social media management, typography design, packaging design, photography, film, content marketing, visualisers, illustrators, event management and creative. Senior professionals from industry are expected to attend. The event will be held on 20 th April at Ecole intuit.lab campus in Mumbai and will showcase the portfolio of works by students of the school. Students of Ecole intuit.lab are trained to provide real-time solutions to meet the needs of today’s digital world. Ecole intuit.lab’s alumni hold key design and communications roles at leading corporates and agencies across the world. Details: Date : Friday, 20 th April 2018 Time : 5pm – 7pm

Extinction Review (PS4) :: All That Glitters Is Not Gold

Tuesday, April 17 2018

Extinction Review (PS4) :: All That Glitters Is Not Gold

0 Arcade games turn out to be an enjoyable experience for players, partly because of their versatility, but they often suffer from various flaws which mar the experience significantly. Extinction was indeed one of those games which might look extremely lucrative from the trailers since it showcases a pretty robust fight between the protagonist and some monsters, backed by some amazing graphics. Does it perform according to the trailer, or does it again turn out to be an example of deceptive appearances, let’s find out. Extinction is an action-adventure game d eveloped by Iron Galaxy and published by Maximum Games and is now available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Detail Review Extinction Story The story is pretty cliched and one should not expect major plot twists and stuff. You play as a Avil, and defend cities against attack of monsters. The story makes the procedurally generated levels pretty lame since at one instance you are defending a particular city, you fail, and then the procedural generation comes to play and you are transported to another random city. What happens to the previous one? No one knows. The storytelling is done by a small box featuring the character who the protagonist is conversing with, and a series of lines exchanged among them. Amidst all this, the game comes to a halt and while alternatives to cutscense for storytelling is pretty much appreciated by me, this method of storytelling makes an already lacklustre story, more mundane. Another important feature that was lacking throughout the game was that the NPCs never even appeared on the screen apart from the conversations which was conveyed by a still picture of them along with a box containing their speech. Gameplay Extinction draws inspiration from Shadow of the Colossus and Attack of Titan 2 but in doing so, it fails to possess any significant feature which makes it unique amidst the genre of boss fight-centric games. The game has some decent mechanics which are really very implemented, but in light of gameplay as a whole, the game seems to crumble. The combat mechanics and the couple of traversal mechanics are one of the most fluid aspects I have seen in a game recently. There are minor flaws but they are completely overshadowed by the way they are implemented. The whip for instance, which gives the players the ability to grapple and glide to the various objects present in the environment, nudges Avil in the air initiating a slo-mo sequence wherein players can use the whip ability again to traverse through the environment. All these turn out to be extremely satisfying while performing them and the game’s mechanics are the only crutches of the game. The combat in the game looks extremely satisfying and enjoyable in the first couple of hours of the game. As soon as one starts progressing through the procedurally generated levels present in the single player campaign, the various flaws of the game come to light. The enjoyable aspects of the game turn out to be a chore owing to their repetitive nature. The gameplay revolves around defending specific sections of a city which is procedurally generated and performing certain objectives. The objectives range from defeating the giant Raveniis with specific methods, to saving civilians and killing a certain no. of ogres. As one progresses in the game, the main objectives remain somewhat similar, but the enemy variety changes very slightly and instead it just adds a load of armor to the oversized giants making them more difficult to defeat. Players get revived instantly in a level if they falter, but, the city destruction meter at the top ensures that one has to finish the mission in the given time frame. While the instant revival feels pretty well implemented, the procedural generation of the level after one fails to complete it, i.e., when the destruction meter falls to zero, makes the whole affair pretty mundane. Players are not able to learn from their mistakes and improve in their subsequent combat encounters since the missions as well as the enemy variance changes while re-attempting a missions. This aspect is what kills the urge to play the game. Randomness in a game is welcome, but if this random turns out to be excruciatingly annoying for the players, then it’s better that these aspects are omitted. Talking about AI, the game’s AI is below average as well. While the ogres turn out to be annoying at times since they one is likely to be overcrowded by them, the way the missions are designed, it reduces the very significiance of ogres as one can easily get over a mission without killing even one of them and directly proceeding to the Ravenii, unless the mission objective involves killing a certain number of ogres. There isn’t much enemy variance as I said earlier, and the only variety is the addition of different sets of armor and buffing up of HPs. The game gets extremely challenging at times, but the urge to complete the mission isn’t sustained thanks to unrewarding gameplay. The climbing mechanics are somewhat not well implemented, and that makes climbing the giant Raveniis a chore and hence defending the city when multiple Raveniis attack becomes a really boring affair. Backed by a spineless story, the gameplay falters at almost all major points. This slideshow requires JavaScript. The character progression in the game has some depth with a detailed skill tree, but then again it’s supported by below mediocre gameplay which reduces the very significance of it. The various skills bring some subtle variance to the combat of the game, but the the button mashing structure as a whole remains pretty prevalent. The daily challenge mode is what prevents Extinction from being a drastic mess. The campaign becomes so repetitive that one would find himself playing this game mode more than the campaign itself. It involves defending the city from jackals and completing certain objectives, which change daily. This mode is pretty enjoyable and overshadows the massive flaws in the game, to some extent. Overall, with such a below average gameplay, the 60$ price tag of Extinction, isn’t justified since there are a hell lot of games out there offering much more content at half the price. Graphics & Sound The artstyle of the game is pretty good and the character models are really well designed. The enemies lack variance though, both materialistically and skilfuly. The environment features pretty minimalistic and average graphics as well. The game relies on procedural generation for the environments in the specific levels too, but, all of them share a common page of resemblance making the procedural generation seemingly insignificant. The game performed well in less populated areas, but at places where one is crowded by large numbers of enemies, the FPS drops significantly and makes the game somewhat unplayable. The sound design is pretty average and just barely does it’s job. In contrast, the character voices were pretty good and it rather prevents the whole sound design from being below average as well. Verdict Extinction turns out to be a pretty disappointing game, but it seriously had potential. If the developers had rather focused on adding a bit of enemy variance, and improving the single player campaign on the game, they could’ve prevented the game from being a sheer mess. At the current state, Extinction is not at all worth buying for that hefty 60$ price tag, but, for players who are looking for a fun hack and slash experience, they can indeed give Extinction a shot when it’s on sale.

Halo Online ‘Mod’ For PC Officially Gets a Release Date

Tuesday, April 17 2018

Halo Online ‘Mod’ For PC Officially Gets a Release Date

Halo Online ‘Mod’ For PC Officially Gets a Release Date By 0 If you were sorry because you couldn’t play any Halo after Halo 2 on the PC, and have a blast with your buddies online as you “pawn dem newbs”. But unfortunately, for the more unfortunate PC players, Halo had become a restricted affair. With Microsoft’s recent change of heart, and the stealth launch of Halo Wars on PC after Halo Wars 2 came out on all platforms, Halo might not be an exclusive for long. But there is reason to be excited,because Halo Online, a modification for Halo 3 made to run on PC will be available for you to play and wait while word comes out from Microsoft about the release of Halo : Master Chief Edition on PC. Originally developed for the Russian community, the mod allowed multiplayer games to be played in player-hosted servers and aims to restore removed features, fix bugs and glitches, and add mod support. Called EIDewrito, the newest version of the mod, 0.6, will be officially available for download on April 20 from the Halo online subreddit . This is definitely something to get excited for, and you also get to show Microsoft a show of strength – the demand for Halo to be officially released on PC.

DARK SOULS: REMASTERED For Nintendo Switch Postponed To Summer

Tuesday, April 17 2018

DARK SOULS: REMASTERED For Nintendo Switch Postponed To Summer

0 BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment previously announced the release date of DARK SOULS™: REMASTERED for the 25 th May on all platforms. The release date for the Nintendo Switch™ version has now been pushed back to this summer. Additionally, the Solaire of Astora amiibo has also been postponed with the same timeframe. The Nintendo Switch™ version of DARK SOULS: REMASTERED allows players to play it anytime and anywhere. DARK SOULS: REMASTERED will be available 25 th May, 2018 for PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and PC. For more information regarding DARK SOULS: REMASTERED and BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment please visit:

Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) Announces First Taj In Saudi Arabia - Media Infoline

Tuesday, April 17 2018

Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) Announces First Taj In Saudi Arabia - Media Infoline

In a major milestone, The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) the leading hospitality company in South Asia, announced its foray into the Holy City of Makkah, Saudi Arabia, with a partnership with Umm Al QuraDevelopmentand Construction Companyin the prestigious King Abdul Aziz Road (KAAR) project, one of the largest urban rejuvenation projects in the city of Makkah. Commenting on the signing of this agreement, Mr.Puneet Chhatwal, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) said, “We are honoured to partner with Umm Al QuraDevelopment and Construction Companyin bringing the first Taj hotel to Saudi Arabia. This signing is aligned to our strategy of a strong focus on global growth markets and to be present where our guests travel to. We are committed to expanding our presence in the MENA region.” This hotel will be IHCL’s fourth venture in the MENA region. The company manages Taj Dubai located in the BurjKhalifa downtown area. It will also open another two hotels in Dubai in the next twelve to eighteen months. The proposed hotel is conveniently situated within walking distance of the Grand Mosque (Masjid Al-Haram), the main attraction for over 6 million pilgrims who visit the city each year. It will also bein close proximity to commercial offices, retail stores and restaurants within KAAR project. The hotel, scheduled to open in January 2023, will have approximately 340 keys,banqueting facilities and several restaurants to serve all tastes. Commenting on the partnership, Eng.Mohammad Al Ganawi, Chief Executive Officer of Umm Al QuraDevelopment and Construction Company said, “We are delightedto partner with The Indian Hotels Company Limited. We look forward to working with them to bring the iconic Taj brand to the unique development project in Makkah.” As the birthplace of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the site of his first revelation of the Quran, Makkah is the holiest city in the religion of Islam.

Tuesday, April 17 2018

Mariah Carey's representative blasts planned lawsuit as 'frivolous and baseless'

Tags : mariah carey Mariah Carey is vowing to "vigorously" defend herself against her former manager's "frivolous" sexual harassment lawsuit. Stella Bulochnikov worked with the Hero hitmaker for several years and appeared on her reality show Mariah's World last year (17), shortly before the pair parted ways, and on Friday (13Apr18), the manager fired off legal papers indicating she is going to sue Mariah for alleged violations of the U.S. Civil Rights Act, the Fair Employment and Housing Act, and breach of contract. And now details about her complaint have surfaced - according to The Blast, Stella claims Mariah is a "train wreck" who is "addicted to alcohol, prescription pills, and marijuana". She also alleges the superstar singer owes her millions of dollars in unpaid commissions and revenue from projects they had in the works. Stella's lawyer, Pierce O'Donnell, insists if Mariah does not settle, he will launch a "blockbuster expose lawsuit", alleging that Mariah is struggling with a series of issues because she refuses to take her medication for her bipolar disorder, which she recently revealed she was diagnosed with in 2001. O'Donnell also claims the singer was "stoned out of her mind" during her disastrous 2016 performance at Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, when she gave up singing - citing sound problems - and awkwardly danced onstage live during the annual Time's Square broadcast. "Stella pled with Mariah to get sober and she refused," the attorney says. "Stella then became her constant guardian and protector." According to TMZ, Stella also alleges she was sexually harassed by Mariah, who constantly walked around naked in front of her. She also alleges Mariah did acts that were sexual in nature around Stella. A representative for Mariah tells the website Mariah will fight any lawsuit. "If this frivolous and baseless claim is filed, we will defend against it vigorously and successfully," the rep says. Carey, Mariah Discography