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Written by Sarika Sharma | New Delhi | Published: June 17 National Award winning actress Priyanka Chopra had shed her glamorous avataar earlier as well for films like Barfi!Agneepath and Kaminey SRKRanbirother B-town biggies at the funeral of Priyanka Chopra’s father The movie is about the journey of Mary Kom from Manipur who went on to become five-time world champion Earlier this yearMary Kom was honoured with Padma Bhushancountry’s third highest civilian honour For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsMumbai | Updated: March 20 2014 1:04 pm Madhuri Dixit-Nene Related News Q 1 You played a leader of a vigilante group in Gulaab Gang What are your views on women empowerment and safety in real life I strongly feel that strong guidelines and policies should be formulated to ensure women’s safety on a priority basis My roles in films like Mrityudand Lajja Beta Prem Granth depicts a woman who is not meek and possesses strength of character Women should be strong-willed Q 2 How much is education vital for women empowerment While it is imperative that women should be educated it is equally important to educate men to bring about a change that will benefit society Education leads to information and also changes one’s perception about others Men will cease to treat women like an object Q 3 What steps would you take to educate and thus empower women I will soon start my own academy Dance with Madhuri where I want every one to learn dancing It is my passion that I want other women to share Q 4 Are you anything like Rajjo the character you play in Gulaab Gang I enjoyed playing Rajjo very much because I believe in what she believes in That is what made me take up this film in the first place because I strongly feel women should be em-powered in the right sense Like Rajjo says ‘Jaise til mein tel hai jyon chakmak mein aag Tera saai tujh mein hai tu jaag sake to jaag’ Likewise every woman is empowered it is just that she needs to make her voice heard come out and say ‘this is me’ The film talks about educating women equipping them to stand on their own feet and live independently In the cities we see that a lot but what about the two tier places and the villages The film has a message for them too Q 5 Recently you spoke about self-defence Are you personally trained in it too In Denver I would take my kids for Taekwondo classes But instead of waiting for them to finish their hour-long class I decided to learn the craft myself So we took a family class where all of us learnt Taekwondo and we were just five belts away from becoming black belts This experience helped me during Gulaab Gang Q 6 Would you recommend learning self-defence for the general public In today’s world it is very necessary for girls to be self-reliant For that matter even boys need to learn the mechanisms in self-defence as anything can happen at anytime You see the world is becoming a crazy place what with terrorist attacks and unforeseen tragedies people should know how to react at such times We are not taught about this and so we do not know what to do Self-defence should be taught from school itself The schools in the US have fire drill classes for children where they teach ‘In case of fire stop drop and roll Don’t just start running’ This is taught at a young age and so children are aware of how to save themselves even during a tornado or any such conditions Our schools here are not very forthcoming with such lessons I think it is very important to be taught how to conduct oneself in stressful conditions Q 7 What is the foremost course that our schools should start It is natural for people to panic in case of a tragedy They should be taught to protect themselves The first thing they teach you in Taekwondo is if there is a fight walk away from it But if it is inevitable like a life and death situation then you have to not only fight with all your strength but fight smart In films we blow punches that is not possible in real life but a hard slap should do the trick or a poke in the eye or a kick in the groin is more affective Q 8 What would be the simplest way for girls to defend themselves; for instance use pepper spray which you recently distributed at an event Although learning the art of self-defence is important it is not physically possible for a woman to fight five men at the same time But if she thinks right even those 30 seconds can be useful to help her escape If someone is pulling you instead of going away go towards him and poke him in the eye That will keep him occupied for sometime which can help you escape and ask for help Pepper spray is just a temporary weapon to escape nasty situations But do carry it with you as a precautionary measure Q 9 What would you suggest for the women of today I think the change must come from within Even men have to rethink their priorities They are wired in a different way and that wiring needs to be changed Q 10 As an actor people idolise you That’s true but even I cannot tolerate injustice and believe in fighting the way my characters do on screen Everybody feels that anger because of what’s happening in the society We should fight for our cause For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by PTI | Los Angeles | Published: August 12 2013 3:37 pm Related News Reality TV star Kylie Jenner celebrated her 16th birthday with the whole Kardashian clan and rumoured boyfriend Jaden Smith The celebrations lasted all daybut noticeably absent from the evening’s celebrations were Kim Kardashianher boyfriend Kanye West and their two month baby North West reported Us magazine “Kim celebrated with Kylie during the day She and Kanye had to look after their little one later in the day” a source said Kim also posted a birthday message to her step-sister on her Instagram pageas did the rest of the Kardashian clan who were eager to celebrate the special day She captioned a collage of pictures with; “Happy Birthday to my baby sis Can’t believe you are 16 I love you so much” While mother Kris Jenner wrote; “Happy Birthday my beautiful Angel girl I love you so much You are such a blessing and joy in my life” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Reuters | Paris | Updated: June 5 2014 12:31 pm Maria Sharapova has been showing her usual fighting spirit (Source: Reuters) Related News Clay has long been Maria Sharapova’s least favoured surface but the Russian who takes on Eugenie Bouchard on Thursday is on the brink of reaching her third successive French Open final a feat she has never achieved in the other grand slams Sharapova who won the title in Paris in 2012 and lost in the final last year will need to douse the up-and-coming Bouchard the 18th seed who has yet to beat a top-ranked player at Roland Garros Seventh seed Sharapova has been showing her usual fighting spirit overcoming the loss of the first set in her last two matches The other semi-final on court Philippe Chatrier will feature German 28th seed against Romanian fourth see Simona Halep who has been blazing her way through the draw Halep who compensates her lack of power with her tactical nous has lost just over four games per match and has yet to drop a set She won the 2008 junior title and will face an opponent she beat a year ago in the final of the Nuremberg claycourt tournament For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Related News” he said. 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Trump has taken steps in recent week to add experienced political staff to expand his bare-bones organization.scored a victory in the Indiana primary Tuesday,endingCruz’s bid who has bowed out of the presidential race Lewandowski and other aides have also signaled a willingness to work closely with the Republican National Committee should Trump claim the nomination — “hand in glove” in Lewandowski’s words Ed Brookover is working from a recently opened Washington-area office that is tasked with developing Trump’s detailed policy prescriptions and working with allies on Capitol Hill “From all reports — we’ve not gone in and kicked the tires yet — the RNC’s got a larger ground game already in place than ever before” Brookover said “And they’ve been investing an incredible amount of money on data” He said that’s “going to be incredibly helpful” Indeed the Republican National Committee has been expanding its national footprint and accumulating detailed information about millions of general election voters since soon after the GOP’s disastrous 2012 election With only a few employees on the ground at this time four years ago the RNC now has more than 200 in general election battlegrounds such as Florida Ohio North Carolina Virginia and Colorado “We are so far ahead of where we were” said RNC chief strategist Sean Spicer “Whether it’s Trump or someone else that’s going to be a huge advantage” On the Democratic side Clinton has already begun to send waves of campaign staffers to battleground states Adviser are starting to consider locations for a splashy convention rally in Philadelphia and lawyers are scrutinizing more than two dozen possible vice presidential picks The Democratic front-runner also has a well-established donor network and is planning lucrative fundraisers in New York Michigan California and Texas later this month Trump has lashed out at other candidates for raising money from wealthy donors but GOP leaders anticipate he will need to do the same thing in the coming months Many Republicans are skeptical that Trump has the willingness or the capacity to cover the estimated $1 billion cost of the campaign ahead Absent a massive personal investment Trump and his party will be tasked with raising millions of dollars a day to match spending levels from the past election The Romney campaign spent years developing an extensive fundraising network and collected general election cash long before his primary contest was decided For now though the Trump campaign concedes it has done little to prepare for the fall fight “Once we are the nominee we will look at all the options” Lewandowski said of fundraising Trump still has staff on board in battlegrounds such as Ohio and Florida though employees and volunteers have been consumed by the primaries WATCH INDIAN EXPRESS VIDEOS HERE For all the latest World News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: AP | United Nations | Published: November 8 2016 7:26 am United Nations (File Photo) Top News The United Nations Security Council has condemned an attack that left two Malian citizens and one Togolese peacekeeper dead In a press statement issued on Monday the council called on the government of Mali to swiftly investigate the attack and bring the perpetrators to justice The statement says that attacks on peacekeepers may be considered a war crime The statement also expressed concern about the security situation in Mali and recent reports of ceasefire violations and called on all parties to fully implement the agreement Mali authorities blamed Islamic militants for the attack on a UN peacekeeping convoy on Sunday Northern Mali was occupied in 2012 by al-Qaida-linked groups before being forced from power by a French-led military operation the following year For all the latest World News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: PTI | Jerusalem | Published: June 29 2017 10:24 pm Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Source: REUTERS/File) Related News Israel is going all out to make Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the country the first ever by an Indian premier a memorable one with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu in a rare gesture planning to accompany “his friend” to major events Netanyahu would be present at the Ben-Gurion airport along with the protocol team on July 4 to welcome Modi where national anthems of both the countries would be played during a ceremony Indian-origin Israeli singer Liora Itzhak who learnt Indian classical music in Mumbai and Pune as a teenager and later also sang songs for Bollywood movies has been chosen to sing both the national anthems The Israeli premier would be hosting Modi the same evening over dinner at his official residence where they will have their first one to one interaction The two leaders would be meeting on July 5 again over a working session followed by which the Israeli premier would host Modi for lunch Netanyahu in a rare show of warmth would also take Modi personally to the Israel museum in Jerusalem to show some of the rare exhibits related to the Indian-Jewish heritage The museum has a replica of the Jewish synagogue in Cochin on display On top of all this Netanyahu would also be accompanying “his friend” during his much awaited address to the Indian community at the Exhibition Grounds in Tel Aviv on July 5 in the evening No other foreign leader seems to have been extended such a warm welcome by an Israeli Prime Minister in the past few decades The “personal chemistry” between Netanyahu and Modi has been widely discussed in the Israeli media with some of the commentators crediting “this bond” for a perceived “change in policy” and deepening ties Netanyahu hailed Modi’s visit to Israel on Sunday during his opening remarks at the weekly Cabinet meeting as a “very significant step” in strengthening bilateral relations that are on a “constant upswing” “Next week the Indian prime minister my friend Narendra Modi will arrive in Israel This is a historic visit to Israel In the 70 years of the country’s existence no Indian Prime Minister has ever visited and this is further expression of the state of Israel’s military economic and diplomatic strength” Netanyahu had said “This is a very significant step in strengthening relations between the two countries” he added The two leaders have already met twice on foreign soil on the sidelines of UN-related events and are said to be constantly in touch with each other over the phone The Indian prime minister would also be meeting Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and the leader of opposition Isaac Herzog on July 5 The Israeli Cabinet on Sunday approved major decisions to deepen Indo-Israel ties Among the measures proposed include the establishment of a 40 million US dollars joint fund to encourage Israeli and Indian business cooperation agreements permitting and extending incentives to Bollywood filmmakers looking to shoot in Israel efforts to promote growth in tourism and a joint government project in the fields of water and agriculture Several MoUs are likely to be signed to carry out these objectives during the Indian Premier’s three day visit between July 4 and 6 His other important engagements include a visit to Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum) laying wreath on the memorial of Indian soldiers who died in the region during the World War 1 in the northern city of Haifa a meeting with leading CEOs seeing demonstration of some innovative technologies visiting an agricultural farm and water treatment site and a possible meeting with Indian students Modi is also likely to meet Moshe who survived the terror attack at the Nariman House in Mumbai in 2008 under dramatic circumstances saved by his brave Indian nurse who has since been felicitated by Israel for the rare display of courage The Indian leader’s visit has generated massive interest here also in the media with a feature article in one of the leading business daily titled “wake up: the most important PM of the world is coming” Business daily The Marker in a feature story in its Hebrew edition discussing Indo-Israel ties a few days ago said that Israelis had set up huge expectations from US President Donald Trump’s visit to the Jewish state but “he didn’t say much” while Modi a leader of 125 billion people enjoying massive popularity and representing one of the fastest growing economies of the world deserves a lot of attention Other local newspapers and news portals have also given a lot of attention to the much publicised three day trip of the Indian Premier with The Jerusalem Post even creating a separate link “Modi’s Visit” where it has put up stories related to India Most of the local commentators have emphasised on Modi “skipping Ramallah” and it being a standalone visit focussing only on India’s ties with Israel “Unlike most world leaders however Modi who governs the world’s largest democracy and second largest nation apparently is refusing to visit Ramallah during his Israel trip and will not schedule meetings with Palestinian Authority (PA) chief Mahmoud Abbas or other PA leaders” Arutz Sheva said in a report Modi had met Abbas during the PA leader’s trip to India in May and senior Indian officials have visited Abbas at his Ramallah residence during their trips to Israel it added President Pranab Mukherjee had visited the region in October 2015 when he had met both Israeli and Palestinian leaders India related activities in Israel have also attracted far more attention in view of Modi’s visit than ever before International Yoga Day celebrations in Israel saw massive coverage by the Israeli media with some commentators talking about the “soft diplomatic power it arms New Delhi with” Modi’s visit is aimed at commemorating 25 years of establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries The defence ties between India and Israel have often drawn worldwide attention and acquired strategic dimensions It is believed that Modi’s visit would further solidify security ties as Israeli defence industries have shown greater inclination towards participating in joint ventures to give a boost to NDA government’s ‘Make in India’ campaign His visit has been preceded by several other high-profile visits including the trip of National Security Adviser Ajit Doval several senior secretaries Minister of State for Agriculture S S Ahluwalia-led 11 member multi-party parliamentary delegation and Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba’s five-day visit earlier this month All these visits have laid the ground work for several MoUs that are likely to be signed during Modi’s visit Doval and Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar would be accompanying the Prime Minister during his three day Israel visit For all the latest World News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: March 13 2012 3:53 am Related News A Pakistani judicial panel comprising eight personsincluding defence and prosecution lawyerswill visit the city on Thursday to examine four key witnesses in the 26/11 Mumbai attack probe The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has asked the state government to handle logistics for the panels visitrevealed sources The panelcomprising five defence lawyerstwo public prosecutors and a court officialwill reach New Delhi on Wednesday and meet officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) before heading for Mumbai The examination of witnesses will take place at the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court at the Esplanade court compound in south Mumbai Among those who will be examined by the panel are 26/11 investigating officer Ramesh Mahalesenior inspector of Unit 1 of the Mumbai Police Crime BranchRama Sawant Waghulethe magistrate who recorded the statement of 26/11 perpetrator Ajmal KasabDr Shailesh Mohiteprofessor and head of the Forensic Science Department at Nair Hospital and Dr Ganesh Nitukarmedical officer of the Forensic Science Department of the J J Hospital Senior Mumbai Police Crime Branch officers revealed that the panel may not be allowed to meet Kasab The panel comprises defence lawyers Khwaja HarisRiyaz Akram ChaudhariFakhar HayatRaja Ullah- Khan and Issam bin- Haris It also comprises special public prosecutors Chaudhari Mohammad Azhar and Chaudhary Zulfikar and court and government official Azad Khan? ?" Meanwhile Congress’ Mani Shankar Aiyar said he would rather wait for the real results.