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State of emergency declared in Chile

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Santiago, Chile: Angry mobs of protesters smashed train stations and set fire to buildings as violence swept through Santiago after a hike in metro fares.

Sebastián Piñera, Chile’s president, declared a state of emergency in the capital after widespread arson and clashes with police in the heart of South America’s wealthiest country.

On Friday night Santiago was shrouded in smoke as the high-rise headquarters of energy company Enel was engulfed in flames and authorities battled fires at metro stops and banks across the city.

The state of emergency, established by Chile’s dictatorship-era constitution, grants the government additional powers to restrict freedom of movement and citizens’ right to assembly.

“I have declared a state of emergency and, to that end, I have appointed Major General Javier Iturriaga del Campo as head of national defense, in accordance with the provisions of our state of emergency legislation,” President Sebastian Pinera said.

The unrest started as a fare-dodging protest against the hike in metro ticket prices, which increased from 800 to 830 peso ($1.17) for peak hour travel, following a 20 peso rise in January.

Attacks on metro stations forced the closure of the entire subway system, which is the key form of public transport in the congested and polluted capital, carrying three million passengers a day.

Almost all public transport was paralysed in Santiago, with shops shuttered and many flights cancelled at the international airport, leaving thousands of people stranded and unable to leave due to the curfew, which was also extended for a second night.

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Akshay Kumar postpones ‘Bachchan Pandey’ release for Aamir Khan

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Mumbai: Superstar Aamir Khan’s “Lal Singh Chaddha” has secured a solo release this Christmas, and all credit goes to none other than Akshay Kumar.

Earlier, Aamir’s official Hindi adaptation of Hollywood film “Forrest Gump” was scheduled to hit the big screen along with Akshay’s “Bachchan Pandey” on December 25, but now producer Sajid Nadiadwala and Akshay have moved the release date of their movie on Aamir’s request.

“Sometimes all it takes is one conversation. Thank you to my friends @akshaykumar & Sajid Nadiadwala for their warm gesture of moving the release date of their film Bachchan Pandey at my request. I wish them the very best for their film. Looking forward to it,” Aamir tweeted on Monday.

Responding to Aamir’s post, Akshay wrote: “Anytime Aamir, we’re all friends here.”

Not only this, Akshay, while announcing the new release date of “Bachchan Pandey”, shared his new look from the movie too.

In the new poster, Akshay is seen wearing a chunk of gold chains.

Farhad Samji directorial “Bachchan Pandey” will now release on January 22,2021. In the movie, Akshay will be seen romancing Kriti Sanon.

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