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Proud of Indian Constitution for axing Section 377: Raizada



Mumbai, Sep 6 (IANS) Indo-French actress Niharica Raizada is happy that the Supreme Court has axed the law against homosexuality and says she is proud of the Indian Constitution.

The Miss India UK 2010 and runner-up of Miss India Worldwide 2010 said: “I think today the most important emotion that binds us, that defines humanity, is love. And I am so proud of our Constitution that Section 377 in the Indian Penal Court has been struck down.

“I am very happy and proud that Supreme Court judges have given this verdict. Congratulations to India and to all the people who always had that right to love freely and love without any kind of restriction.”

Raizada is granddaughter of celebrated musician O.P. Nayyar. And on Teachers Day, which was celebrated on Wednesday, she not only remembered her greatest teacher but his teachings as well.

Like O.P. Nayyar, Raizada wishes to create new dimension and revolutionary films on her own terms.

She said: “O.P. Nayyar is an inspiration. He believed in his music so much and he knew it would have that long lasting effect on people. He has always worked on his terms. I hope one day I can do revolutionary films in this country on my terms.”

Raizada will be seen sharing screen space with Ajay Devgn, Madhuri Dixit and Anil Kapoor in forthcoming comic film “Total Dhamaal”.


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PM: Lockdown may have ended but virus still there, be vigilant




Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that the lockdown may have ended, but the virus is still out there and urged people not to be complacent and drop their guard in the fight against Covid-19.

During his address to the nation on Tuesday evening, the Prime Minister emphasised that the government is working on a blueprint to develop a Covid-19 vaccine, and when it is ready, it will be available to each and every citizen.

Modi said he recently saw many pictures and videos which showed that people are not taking enough precautions to contain the spread of the virus.


“This is not right. We must keep in mind that the lockdown may have ended but the virus is still there. We cannot be careless or believe that Covid-19 has ended. If you are careless and moving around without a mask, you are putting yourself, the children and the elderly in your family at risk,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister also lauded the healthcare workers’ efforts in fighting the pandemic and claimed that India is on a better footing in the fight against Covid-19 as compared to many western countries.

Modi said the recovery rate in the country is good and the fatality rate is low when compared to the US and some countries in Europe.

Modi emphasised that India is doing better than many developed countries in the fight against coronavirus. He said the fatality rate in India is 83 out of every 10 lakh people, whereas it is more than 600 in countries like the US, Brazil, Spain and Britain.

He reiterated that till a vaccine is developed, people should not drop their guard and indulge in reckless behaviour.

Urging people to be careful during the festive season, Modi said, “Most of us are stepping out of our homes every day to fulfil our responsibilities. The festive season is also round the corner.”

On the development of a vaccine, Modi said that scientists of the country are working on a war footing to develop a vaccine and a few candidates are in advanced stages of trials.

The Prime Minister added that initially in the US and many countries in Europe, Covid-19 cases dropped very sharply, but they began to rise again at an alarming speed.

Modi also invoked sages like Sant Kabir and the holy scripture of Ramcharitmanas to make his point that people should not develop a casual approach towards the disease.

He also urged journalists and people using social media to create awareness regarding Covid-19

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