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man undergoes brain surgery while watching Bigg Boss, lifestyle today news, Nov 23…

Man undergoes brain surgery while watching Bigg Boss; Melting ice sheets of Greenland; Mega flood on Mars 4 billion years ago; Jaan Kumar Sanu gets evicted from Bigg Boss

A man undergoes brain surgery while watching Bigg Boss

A 33-year-old man in Andhra Pradesh watched Bigg Boss, as doctors performed critical brain surgery. The surgery was performed to remove a recurrent glioma in the left premotor area. Prasad was required to stay awake during the surgery.  It is not clear from the reports about the number of hours taken for the surgery, however, he watched Bigg Boss Season 14 and the super hit Sci-Fi Hollywood movie Avatar as three doctors performed the surgery.  He had undergone a surgery in 2014 also but did not recover completely. He was discharged from the hospital in Guntur on Saturday.

BRAIN SURGERY

Melting ice sheets of Greenland

The largest island on earth, Greenland, is the benchmark to decide the intensity of climate change. Various researches are being done to evaluate how far global warming results in the melting of the ice sheets in Greenland. In one such study researchers climbed down the moulins that drain meltwater coming from the ice sheet. The researcher found that the moulins are larger than previously thought. And they say that the volume of meltwater in the Moulin will affect the stability of the Greenland ice sheet and also how fast they move towards the sea.

A mega flood on Mars 4 billion years ago

Once upon a time, 4 billion years ago, there was a megaflood on Mars, so says the scientists. Before the flood Mars could sustain life. The analysis is done from sedimentological data from the NASA Curiosity rover. There are geological feature that was formed by water and wind, and frozen four billion years ago. The ‘Anitdunes’ and ‘Megaripple’ features on the Gale crater are an indication that a megaflood occurred on the red planet.

Jaan Kumar Sanu gets evicted from Bigg Boss

Jaan Kumar Sanu was the latest contestant to get evicted from Bigg Boss Season 14. Son of Kumar Sanu, he was the fresh face entrant to the reality show. He entertained the audience through Bigg Boss with his singing and other skills. He has been voted out on a thin margin from the nearest contestants.

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A visit to Ayyappa temple r k puram

It was Chingam 1, the New Year of the Malayalam calendar and around 10:30 in the Morning when we reached Ayyappa temple R K Puram, in Delhi. Seveli, the daily ritual was about to begin. 

Devotees were present standing barefoot on the hot concrete tiles waiting to pay obeisance to the deity. The daily procession of diety takes place three times around the temple every morning and evening.

AYYAPPA TEMPLE R K PURAM

History of AYYAPPA TEMPLE R K PURAM

The Ayyappa Temple at R K Puram is one of the well known Ayyappa temples in India. During the Sabarimala season, Devotees preparing to go on the Sabarimala pilgrimage, carrying the ‘erumudi’, visit here wearing the ‘Chandana-mala’.

The consecration of the Shrine, built in the Chera architecture style, took place on 30th April 1980. Twenty-five sculptors in this temple were carved in Kerala and took two years to complete. The stones for the construction were collected from the Barathapuza River.

The Kathakali Sculpture

A life-size sculpture of Kathakali dancer performing a mudra. There are some 20 main mudras or the hand signs and many small mudras that are the main element to performance the story. Katha means story and kali mean performance and art. The themes of the kathakali are from the religious legends and folk mythologies of the Hindu Puranas.

There is also Goddess Durga (Bhadrakali) and Sarpa Kavu for Nagas (with the installation of Nagaraja, Naga Yakshi and a Chithrakuda, representing all snakes).

The bells:  According to ancient scriptures, the bell helps to give sound for keeping away evil forces, and the ringing of the bell is pleasant to God. The peaceful and sacred temple built in the pristine green expanse is a must-visit holy destination in south Delhi.

An earlier post was done about the historical and spiritual importance on Onatukara in Kerala. Click the link to read about the little know history and religous significance of this place in Travancore.

Jeff Bezos announces first recepients of $10 billion fund to fight climate change lifestyle today news snippets nov 17

Jeff Bezos announces first recepients of $10 billion fund to fight climate change; Not just vaccine is enough to fight Covid-19 say WHO Chief; Environmentalist Sunita Narain to receive prestigious Edinburgh Medal; Boris Johnson Once again Quarantined; Ritesh Deshmukh sets a new sustainbale fashion trend during Diwali

JEFF BEZOS ANNOUNCES FIRST RECEPIENTS OF $10 BILLION FUND TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE

Founder and CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, announced the first recipients of the $10 billion Earth Fund to fight climate change. The recipients include 16 scientists, NGOs and others who are “working on innovative, ambitious, and needle-moving solutions.” In his Instagram post, Bezos says that he has been learning for several months, “from a group of incredibly smart people who’ve made it their life’s work to fight climate change and its impact on communities around the world. I’m inspired by what they’re doing, and excited to help them scale.” The $791 million funds announced today is the first part of the $10 billion set aside by the world richest man to “protect Earth’s future by taking bold action now.”

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Not just vaccine is enough to fight Covid-19 say WHO Chief

The vaccine alone is not enough to overcome the virus say the WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus. The number of cases are increasing at an alarming rate since the pandemic first broke out. The latest figure registered in WHO on Friday was 645,410. Tedros says along with the vaccine, tests, surveillance, isolations and care are to continue. “That will still leave the virus with a lot of room to move. Surveillance will need to continue, people will still need to be tested, isolated and cared for, contacts will still need to be traced… and individuals will still need to be cared for.” He said.

Environmentalist Sunita Narain to receive prestigious Edinburgh Medal

Well-known environmentalist, writer and activist Sunita Narain is the recipient of Edinburgh Medal for her work on climate justice. The ceremony will be held virtually on November 18th, this Wednesday. Sunita Narain is the Director of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) and editor of Down to Earth Magazine. She was honoured with Padma Shri in 2005. She is active both in India and internationally in formulating policies related to environmental issues.  

Boris Johnson Once again Quarantined

Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, who was in the Intensive Care Unit ealier this year due to Covid-19. Once again in two-week self-isolation as one of his contacts was confirmed to be covid positive. “Today I was notified by NHS Test and Trace that I must self-isolate as I have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. I have no symptoms, but am following the rules and will be working from No10 as I continue to lead the government’s pandemic response.” he tweeted.

Ritesh Deshmukh sets a new sustainbale fashion trend during Diwali

Bollywood actor Ritesh Deshmukh set a sustainable fashion trend of sought when he recycled an old saree of his mother to Diwali outfits. He posted a video on Twitter where his mother is seen waving a blue turquoise sari followed by Ritesh and sons Riaan and Rahyl wearing Kurti made from the sari. Many applauded the actor for the initiative on Twitter. We need to wait and see if the actor will repeat the outfit in future events as part of sustainable living.

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Prince Charles launches a Sustainable Clothing Line, lifestyle today news snippets, nov 14th

Prince Charles launches a Sustainable Clothing Line; WHO to establish Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in India; A Cotton Mask that disinfects in Sunlight; No matter what we do, we are on the point of no return, according to a new study; Speculations on Prabhu Deva to marry his niece

Prince Charles launches a Sustainable Clothing Line

We heard Prince Charles talk strongly about climate change, now he launched a sustainable clothing collection. In partnership with Modern Artisian the Capsule collection has the designs done in Italy, the crafting at Dumfries house, a 2000 acre estate in Scotland which is part of the Prince’s foundation. 18 pieces are there in the sustainable collection made with single-fibre fabric and end of the line fibre. The collection consisting of men’s and women’s wear includes silk blouses, cashmere jumpsuits among others with a price range from $475 to $1,550.  

WHO to establish Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in India

World Health Organisation will set up a Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in India. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO announced on Friday during a video conferencing on Ayurveda Day. “It is a matter of pride for all Indians that the WHO has chosen India for establishing its Global Centre for Traditional Medicine. Now work will be done in this direction from India,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A Cotton Mask that disinfects in Sunlight

Cotton masks are quite common, especially homemade masks that match the attire. As such a cotton mask serves the purpose of filtering nanoscale aerosol particles. However, when the mask is removed, there is every chance that viruses and bacteria lingering on the mask can infect another person. Hence researchers at  ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces,  Gang Sun, Peixin Tang, Nitin Nitin and their team developed mask with “a new cotton fabric that would release reactive oxygen species (ROS) when exposed to daylight, killing microbes attached to the fabric’s surfaces”, in addition to the mask being safe to use, reusable and washable. The fabric used for the mask is made of rose Bengal dye killed 99.9999% of bacteria. The researcher’s claim that the mask can be hand washed ten times and exposed to the daylight for seven days without losing antimicrobial activity.

No matter what we do, we are on the point of no return, according to a new study

According to a new study, earth will grow warmer even if the zero-emission is implemented to perfection. The research conducted at the BI Norwegian Business School used the ESCIMO climate model that showed the permafrost will continue to melt for centuries even if the greenhouse gas emission is completely stopped. “If we want to stop this melting process we must do something besides – for example, suck CO2 out of the atmosphere and store it underground, and make Earth’s surface brighter.”, says the researchers. However, some scientist disagreed with the studies by saying that the model used was not very complex and it did not accurately reproduce atmospheric and ocean circulation systems.

Speculations on Prabhu Deva to marry his niece

Dance Guru, Prabhu Deva is rumoured to be in a relationship with his niece who is 9 years younger to him. The 47-year-old actor and choreographer was previously married to Ramlata with whom he had 3 children. Elder child died of Cancer. Later he was in a relationship with Nayantara but parted ways. If speculations are to be believed he is to marry his niece. On his work front, he is directing a film ‘Radhe’ with Salman Khan and Disha Patani. 

SUSTAINABLE CLOTHING

HAPPY DIWALI

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River turns red in russia, lifestyle today news, snippets, nov 10

River turns red in Russia, Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine makes everyone happy; Pope stress for AI and Robotis with no in equality, Rajiv Nigams son dies…

River turns red in Russia

River turns red and that reminds of the Biblical incident. However nowadays there are several incidents when the river changes colour. Such incidents are being reported in Russia from April, the latest reports are of Iskitimka River, one of the several rivers in Russia experiencing colour change that the residents describe as ‘beetroot red’ discolouration. The mysterious change of colour of the river left the residents baffled and they say that the ducks are on the shores, not wading in the river. Images of the river are doing rounds on social media. Officials say that the possible cause of the unnatural colour in the river, in the southern part of the country, could be of chemical from blocked drainage. 

Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine breakthrough, makes everyone happy

The preliminary tests of the Pfizer and BionTech Covid-19 vaccine show promising results that have got encouraging response from the political and business quarters. The vaccine developed by Pfizer shows 90% successful protection against Coronavirus. Pfizer had 43,358 trial volunteers of which half were tested with the vaccine, while the other group administered with a placebo. 94 of them fell ill, which Pfizer says were the non-vaccinated volunteers. According to reports, the vaccine will be available by Christmas. The market saw a positive rise after the result, especially the aviation industry that was affected drastically by the pandemic. WHO chief Tedros Ghebreyesus, welcomes the vaccine. Some experts say that the vaccine should be viewed with caution. The vaccine opened the way to protection against Covid-19, however, if the vaccine is full-proof protection against the virus will be known only in the long run. 

Pope France stress for AI and robotics that does not increase inequality

In his November Prayer intention, Pope Francis stressed: “Let us pray that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence may always serve humankind”. As Artificial Intelligence is touching every aspect of human life Pope says that the change is ‘epochal’. He said that the robotic can make a better world – if it is joined to the common good, it should not increase inequalities and the future advance should be oriented towards respecting the dignity of the person and creation.

Comedian Rajiv Nigams son dies on his birthday

In a heartbreaking incident, the son of Comedian Rajiv Nigma’s son passed away on the actor’s birthday on November 8th. He shared a picture with his son on Facebook with the caption, “What a surprise birthday gift… mera beta devraj Aaj mujhe chod ke chala gaya.. bina birthday cake kaate… pagle aisa gift koi deta hai….”. According to reports, two years ago, he mentioned about his son being on the ventilator for an undisclosed ailment. Sadly, he lost his father in August this year.

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AI camera mistakes referee’s bald head for football lifestyle today news snippets NOV 7

AI camera mistakes referee’s bald head for football; Time Capsule travels just two years after being deposited in the artic; UN says to get prepared for the next pandemic;….

AI camera mistakes referee’s bald head for football

In a case of mistaken identity, an artificial Intelligence camera kept focusing on the bald head of a referee instead of the football. The freak incident happened in Scotland, where Artificial Intelligence camera was incorporated to live telecast the match. However, the whole excitement of viewing a football match was ruined when the camera focussed on the bald head of the referee. Sometimes the football was entirely out of the camera frame prompting the commentator to apologize many times. The incident once again proves human intelligence is inimitable.  

Time Capsule travels just two years after being deposited in the artic

Proving the fact that Climate Change is a reality, a time capsule, buried by tourists in the arctic in 2018, travelled at least 25 times faster than expected. The capsule, shaped like a cylindrical tin, contained a letter, beer corks, and pictures placed in ice floe by tourists travelling by ship 50 years of victory. Two surfers, Conor McClory and Sophie Curran found the capsule on the shores of Bloody Foreland. Initially, they thought it was a bomb or an ash urn, but luckily a friend translated the writings in Russian and they opened the tube. One of the letters was traced back to a blogger, Sveta, in Russia. When McClory contacted her she expressed surprise at the time capsule being found so soon, as they were expecting it to be found 30 to 50 years later. The incident shows the urgency required in implementing rapid climate actions. 

UN says to get prepared for the next pandemic

Ahead of the 73rd virtual World Health Assembly (WHA), WHO shared three keys messages. Firstly, “we can beat COVID-19 with science, solutions and solidarity.” The message further reads, “Although this is a global crisis, many countries and cities have successfully prevented or controlled transmission with a comprehensive, evidence-based approach.” Secondly, “The COVID-19 pandemic is a sobering reminder that health is the foundation of social, economic and political stability.” And thirdly, “we must prepare for the next pandemic now. We’ve seen this past year that countries with robust health emergency preparedness infrastructure have been able to act quickly to contain and control the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.”

Johnny Depp resigns from ‘Fantastic Beast’

According to an Instagram post by Johnny Depp, he resigned from the role of Gellert Grindelwald in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ at the request of Waren Brothers. The 57-year-old actor’s reason for the decision was as a consequence of him losing a lawsuit against a British Tabloid which called him ‘Wife Beater’. The Pirates of the Caribbean actor wrote on Instagram “My life and career will not be defined by this moment in time”.

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toilet device for Astronauts invented by a 9-year-old lifestyle today news snippets nov 6

9-year-old invents toilet device for Astronauts; Tourists made to return 80km to clean the litter; US and UK, biggest plastic waste producers; Actor Vijay distances from father’s Political Party…..

A toilet device for the Astronauts invented by a 9-year-old

How to answer the call of nature without removing the spacesuit is a challenge, so a nine year old invented a toilet device for the astronauts.  The Malaysian prodigy, Zyson Kang Zy Shun was participating in the Lunar Loo Challenge (Junior Category) by NASA where the youngster where asked to provide ideas for compact toilet for the astronauts during their Moon mission, Artemis in 2024. The device, devised by Kang fits comfortably inside the suit. With the help of a vacuum astronauts can relieve inside the suit. The device received approval from NASA.  Invention is not only useful for the astronauts but also for Medical profession to relieve while taking care of patients.

Tourists made to return 80km to clean the litter

The Coorg police could locate the litterers based on the age-old belief that a culprit will always leave behind a clue. Two young tourists travelling by car ate pizza and threw the box on the roadside while returning from Coorg. The police who earlier in the week helped the locals to clean and beautify the area found the purchase bill inside the pizza box with the number of one of the tourists. After relenting at first, they agreed to return to the area of litter and deposit the garbage where it belongs.

TOILET DEVICE FOR ASTRONAUTS

US and UK : biggest plastic waste producers

According to a Guarding report, a latest researchh says that the largest amount of plastic waste is produced by UK and US citizens. The Asian countries were considered the largest contributors to plastic waste pollution, and the US was placed at the 20th position. However, when the unaccounted waste in the country and plastic waste created by exports to other countries were counted, the tallies changes and they ship half of the recyclable plastics to other countries. “The US is 4% of the world’s population, yet it produces 17% of its plastic waste,” said Nick Mallos one of the study authors. 

Actor Vijay distances from father’s Political Party

Actor Vijay distanced himself from the political party formed by his father SA Chandrashekhar. One of the fans clubs of Vijay Makkallayakkam was registered as a political party by his father. However, as per the report, Vijay denied reports of his entry into politics and said: “I inform my fans and the public that there is no relation whatsoever between the political party that my father has started and me, directly or indirectly.”

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Google ‘Next American President’ and these are the images, lifestyle today news, nov 5.

Google ‘Next American President’ and these are the images; Joe Biden guarantees to rejoin Paris Agreement; Watch a Humpback topple a Kayake; Jupiter and Saturn coming closest to each other

Google ‘Next American President’ and these are the images

Gretchen Andrew an artist and an ex-Google employee put SEO good use and now when you Google ‘Next American President’, you see her artworks. The Los Angeles based artist cleverly utilized the SEO optimization techniques to showcase her next artwork series named “the next American President”. Andrew began her career at Google before becoming an artist, hence her art and technology background helped her pull out certain SEO tricks to drive traffic to her artwork. She created pages on websites like Quora, Twitter, Everbrite and Yelp with images that had addresses that show images of her artwork.

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Joe Biden guarantees to rejoin Paris Agreement

When President Donald Trump did what he promised, which was to exit the Paris agreement, Joe Biden vows that he will rejoin the Paris Climate deal in exactly 77 days. Trump, a Climate Change denier declared in 2017, July, to exit the deal. The exit took so long because of the intricate rules put together in the Paris Agreement to handle a situation in case a US President decided to withdraw from the pact. In November 2016, the agreement came into effect and 189 countries joined the deal. The agreement intends to maintain the global temperature rise below 2C.

Watch a Humpback topple a Kayake

Two Kayakers experienced a scary experience when a Humpback Whale capsized their Kayak. Humpback Whales are common near to the shores of the Avila beach in California. Liz Cottriel and Julie McSorley were Kayaking on what was otherwise a peaceful morning with pools of fish including whales in the water. Suddenly the whale toppled the kayak and both the women submerged in the water and re-emerged after a while, unhurt. They paddled back to the shore in the Kayak that was almost in the mouth of the whale. Although McSorely lost her car keys in the incident, they certainly have a story to share of the Whale of a time experience in the sea.

After almost 400 years, Jupiter and Saturn coming closest to each other

Jupiter and Saturn will be coming close to each other, known as ‘the great conjecture’. They will be closer to one another than they were in 1623 which will occur on December 21 st. Even before December both planets will be seen close to each other, however, the great conjecture will happen on December 21st. And the next conjunction will happen only in 2080.

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Burger King ask customers to order from KFC, lifestyle today news snippet, nov 4

Burger King ask customers to order from KFC; Keralite in New Zealand Cabinet; UAE Prime Minister gets Covid-19 vaccine shot; Actor Faraaz Khan dies…

Burger King shows noble gesture: ask customers to order from KFC

The unprecedented pandemic reflected the true value of not just individuals but also of popular brands. Recently Burger King expressed camaraderie for the fellow fast-food giants and small firms by a tweet that went viral. In the tweet, Burger King urges its customers to order from KFC, Subway, Domino’s Pizza, …….or any other independent food outlets. Further, they say that they never thought they would be asking customers to do this, however, this is to help “restaurants employing thousands of staff”….who… “really need you to support at the moment”. 

A Keralite in the New Zealand Cabinet

Priyanca Radhakrishnan of Indian Origin, and with roots in Kerala, has been inducted as Minister by Prime Minister Jacinda Arden of New Zealand. Born as the daughter of Raman Radhakrishnan and Usha from Paravoor in Kerala, her great grandfather was active in left politics in Kerala. Most of her relatives are in Chennai, where she was born. Priyanca grew up in Singapore and went to New Zealand for higher studies. She is MP for the second term. She has been working for the women survivors of domestic violence; and for migrant workers who are exploited.

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UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum gets Coronavirus vaccine shot

The Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates, and the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, tweeted that he received a shot of the Covid-19 vaccine. He tweeted a picture of him being administered the vaccine by a medical worker wearing complete PPE kit. He wrote “…..We wish everyone safety and great health, and we are proud of our teams who have worked relentlessly to make the vaccine available in the UAE. The future will always be better in the UAE.” The vaccine, in the third and final stage of the clinical trial, is being developed by a Chinese company and is being given to other top officials of UAE.

Actor Faraaz Khan dies at 46

Faraaz Khan died today at a hospital in Bengaluru due to a Neurological disorder. Son of the yesteryear actor Yusuf Khan, Faraaz Khan acted in movies like Mehendi and Fareb. According to reports, he was suffering from cough and infection for the past one year and hospitalised since October 8th. His brother Farmaan Khan and Pooja Bhatt requested to raise fund to meet the hospital expense. Later Pooja Bhatt tweeted that Salman Khan has paid all the expense. Farmaan has rushed to Bengaluru for the last rites. 

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She cast her maiden ballot before she died, lifestyle today news snippets Nov 02

Her maiden ballot before dying; Cough on mobile to detect COVID-19; Methane release a major Climate warming signal; Dhruv Rathee and Kangna Ranaut, Tweet accusations and denials.

She cast her maiden ballot before she died

maiden ballot

A 20-year-old cancer patient cast her maiden vote a few days before she died. Her mother says that Amber Pflughoe, who suffered from bone cancer for the past ten years, was excited to fill out the ballot. She died in September few days after she mailed her vote. However, under the Wisconsin election law, the vote will be thrown out, as the vote of those who die after casting their ballot will not be counted.

Cough on the mobile to know your Covid Status

As the pandemic shows no sign of respite, researchers in Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the US, developed an AI tool that can detect asymptomatic Covid-19 infected. If anyone has doubts that they are infected, that can be “accurately discriminated only from a forced-cough cell phone recording” according to a paper published in the IEEE Journal. Between April and May 2020, they created the largest audio COVID-19 cough balanced dataset reported to date with 5,320 subjects. They say that AI can 98.% of the people who were affected by Coronavirus. This AI will be further developed to make it user-friendly. The AI will be useful in detecting the covid status of office goers, students and travellers to avoid the spread of the pandemic in public areas.

Methane relesase in the Artic, a major Climate Warming factor

One of the severe situations of Climate Change, which is the release of the Frozen Methane deposit in the Arctic Ocean, has begun. This discharge could hasten the speed of global warming. Experts say that at present there is no impact on global heating; however, the process is triggered. According to the Guardian, “Methane has a warming effect 80 times stronger than carbon dioxide over 20 years.”

A series of tweet accusations and denials

In a series of tweets, You tuber Dhruv Rathee is accused of taking money to show Kangana Ranaut in the bad light regarding the demolition of her office in Mumbai. Eray Cather a Director, without naming Rathee tweeted, “…A major YouTuber with more than 4m subscribers has just been paid 65 lac Rs to make an analytical video “exposing the role of SSR’s family in his death”. Deadline given to him is 1-2 weeks. The same YouTuber was earlier hired to target Kangana & Arnab.” Dhruv Rathee replied denying the allegation and claims that the tweet is intended at him. Kangana Ranaut tweeted in support of Eray Cather.

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