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US Embassy Announces Initiative To Cut Visa Wait For Indians

The United States on Sunday announced new visa initiatives for Indians including special interviews for first-time applicants and greater strength of visa staff across the country to reduce wait times for first-time visa applicants.

As part of this initiative, the United States opened consular operations across the country to accommodate applicants who require in-person visa interviews.

“On January 21, the U.S. Mission in India launched the first in a series of special Saturday interview days, as part of a larger effort to reduce wait times for first-time visa applicants. The United States Embassy in New Delhi and Consulates in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad all opened consular operations on Saturday to accommodate applicants who require in-person visa interviews,” the US embassy said in a statement.

“In the coming months, the Mission will continue to open additional slots for appointments to take place on select Saturdays,” the statement added.

The embassy said that the US government has implemented remote processing of interview waiver cases for applicants with previous U.S. visas. “Between January and March 2023, dozens of temporary consular officers from Washington and other embassies will arrive in India to increase processing capacity,” the statement added.

It also said the US State Department is also increasing the number of consular officers permanently assigned to the Embassy and Consulates.

“The U.S. Mission in India released more than 250,000 additional B1/B2 appointments. Consulate General Mumbai also extended its weekday operating hours to make space for additional appointments,” the statement added.

Consulate General Mumbai currently adjudicates the most visa applications in India and is one of the largest visa operations in the world, the embassy said.

“Our consular teams across India are putting in the extra hours to meet the needs of international travelers and bring down wait times,” said Mumbai Consular Chief John Ballard. “This is part of a Mission wide effort to find innovative solutions to facilitate travel to the United States.”

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in profound reductions in the Department’s visa processing capacity, and many of its embassies and consulates were at times only able to offer emergency services.

“As travel restrictions have been lifted, the U.S. Mission to India has made it a priority to facilitate legitimate travel and adjudicated over 800,000 nonimmigrant visas in 2022, including record numbers of both student and employment visas. In every other visa category, interview wait times in India are at pre-pandemic levels or lower,” the US embassy said.

“By this summer, the U.S. Mission in India will be at full staffing, and we expect to be processing visas at levels from prior to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the embassy added. (ANI)

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SRK Climbs House's Roof To Greet Fans Ahead Of 'Pathaan' Release

SRK Climbs House’s Roof To Greet Fans Ahead Of ‘Pathaan’ Release

Shah Rukh Khan fans are excited to see their favourite superstar back on screen again after a wait of four years.

While there’s still a couple of days left before they head to cinema halls to see him back in action, the superstar surprised his fans on Sunday evening by greeting them from his house Mannat’s roof!
SRK greeted his hundreds and thousands of fans gathered outside his house and even shared the video on social media. In the video, we can see a red car getting stuck among the sea of fans outside SRK’s house in Mumbai.

Sharing the video on Instagram, SRK also passed a witty comment on how the red car got stuck in the middle. He wrote, “Thank you for a lovely Sunday evening… sorry but I hope ki laal gaadi waalon ne apni kursi ki peti baandh li thhi. Book your tickets to #Pathaan and I will see you there next…”

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Talking about ‘Pathaan’, the film is a part of Aditya Chopra’s ambitious spy universe and has the biggest superstars of the country – Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham — in lead roles. The film also stars Dimple Kapadia and Ashutosh Rana in pivotal roles.

It is set to release on January 25, 2023, in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. (ANI)

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Akhilesh At Global Investors Summit

‘Mere Betrayal’: Akhilesh’s Jibe At Global Investors Summit

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday took a jibe at the Global Investors Summit to be held in Lucknow next month and said that such summits are a “mere betrayal”.

“UP government should tell how much was implemented on the ground from previous summits. Such summits are a mere betrayal. First, they send their ministers abroad then they themselves visit other cities, what’s their industrial policy for investment,” Yadav said while speaking to ANI.
Meanwhile, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will hold roadshows in Mumbai on January 4 and 5 in an effort to draw domestic investors ahead of the Global Investors Summit.

According to the state government, these roadshows, which are scheduled to take place in nine major cities across the country from January 5 to January 27, will begin in Mumbai, where Yogi will take part in a number of events that will be hosted on January 4 and January 5 in order to attract domestic investors.

During these events, the Chief Minister will present a picture of the “emerging Uttar Pradesh”. He will also meet the representatives of major industrial groups in the country and invite them to invest in UP.

On January 4, CM Yogi will take a flight from Lucknow to Mumbai, where he will meet with migrants from Uttar Pradesh who are currently living in Maharashtra in the evening and inform them about the opportunities in new Uttar Pradesh.

CM Yogi will also meet with film artists and producers to discuss the possibilities of the Uttar Pradesh Film City, which is currently being built. CM Yogi will also inform them about the Global Investors Summit, which will be held in February. The UP CM will also explain how UP has become a more desirable location for foreign investment in the nation and how investors from all over the world are eager to make investments in UP.

On January 5, CM Yogi’s tour will begin with meetings with bankers and people associated with the fintech sector. He will take part in the Mumbai roadshow following this. (ANI)

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Rishabh Air-Lifted To Mumbai

Rishabh Air-Lifted To Mumbai From Dehradun

India wicket-keeper batter Rishabh Pant was on Wednesday air-lifted to Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Medical Research Institute on Wednesday from Dehradun’s Max Hospital.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) issued a statement saying the wicketkeeper-batsmen will undergo surgery and subsequent procedures for ligament tears and will continue to be monitored by its medical team throughout his recovery and rehabilitation.

“He will be admitted to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Medical Research Institute and will be under the direct supervision of Dr. Dinshaw Pardiwala, Head – of the Centre for Sports Medicine, and Director – of Arthroscopy & Shoulder Service at the hospital. Rishabh will undergo surgery and subsequent procedures for ligament tears and will continue to be monitored by the BCCI Medical Team throughout his recovery and rehabilitation,” the BCCI said in an official statement.

“The Board will make every effort to aid and expedite the recovery process of Rishabh and will provide him with all the support he needs during this period,” it further read.

Rishabh, who was receiving treatment for his injuries at Max Hospital, Dehradun following a car accident on December 30 was brought to Mumbai in an air ambulance and will be under the direct supervision of Dr. Dinshaw Pardiwala, head of the Centre for Sports Medicine, and director of Arthroscopy & Shoulder Service at the hospital.

Pant was alone in the car and reportedly fell asleep at the wheel when the accident took place. The cricketer escaped the near-fatal accident on December 30, with burn injuries among others that will require plastic surgeries.

He met with the accident while returning from Delhi to Roorkee as his car collided with the divider on the Narsan border of Roorkee near Hammadpur Jhal.

According to an earlier statement by the BCCI, the cricketer suffered two cuts on his forehead, and a ligament tear in his right knee, ankle, toe, and back.

Earlier, BCCI issued a statement that read, “Pant has two cuts on his forehead, a ligament tear in his right knee, and has also hurt his right wrist, ankle, and toe and has suffered abrasion injuries on his back.” (ANI)

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Rishabh Treatment DDCA

Rishabh Will Be Shifted To Mumbai For Further Treatment: DDCA

Star Indian wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant will be shifted to Mumbai on Wednesday for further treatment, said the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) director Shyam Sharma on Wednesday.

“I have been in touch with his mother. We will shift him to Mumbai for further assistance for his ligament tear,” Shyam Sharma, Director DDCA said to ANI.
Rishabh Pant is currently undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Dehradun following a car accident on December 30.

Uttarakhand Director General of Police Ashok Kumar on Tuesday said police are noting details of all the passersby who helped cricketer Rishabh Pant during the accident, including Haryana Roadways bus driver Sushil Kumar and conductor Paramjeet Nain, in order to honour them.

“Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has already made an announcement regarding this,” the DGP told ANI.

Dhami on Sunday announced that his government will on Republic Day honour the driver and operator of Haryana Roadways, who saved the life of star cricketer Rishabh Pant.

Talking to ANI, Dhami said, “Uttarakhand government will honour the driver and the operator of Haryana Roadways, who saved the life of cricketer Rishabh Pant on 26 January.”

He added, “The driver and operator risked their lives to save the life of Rishabh Pant. The Cricketer’s car rolled a couple of times in front of their eyes (after hitting a divider and going up in flames on the Delhi-Dehradun highway). The Haryana Roadways’ staff proved their mettle as they tackled the emergency situation.”

CM Dhami also announced that the state government will provide all help for the 25-year-old’s treatment, who was seriously injured in a road accident near Roorkee on December 30 while on his way to surprise his mother.

Pant was alone in the car and reportedly fell asleep at the wheel when the accident happened. Pant escaped the near-fatal accident on December 30, with burn injuries among others that will require plastic surgeries and he could be airlifted to Delhi if required. He met with the accident while returning from Delhi to Roorkee as his car collided with the divider on the Narsan border of Roorkee near Hammadpur Jhal.

According to a statement by the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) in coordination with the Max Hospital Dehradun where he has been admitted, the cricketer suffered two cuts on his forehead, a ligament tear in his right knee, ankle, toe and back.

DDCA director Shyam Sharma on Saturday flagged concerns over visitors flocking to the hospital to catch a glimpse of the cricketer, Rishabh Pant, who is under treatment.

“Those who are going to meet Pant should avoid, as there are chances of infection. There should be no VIP movement to meet Pant, and people visiting him should avoid it as there are chances of infection for Pant,” Sharma told ANI over the phone.

The BCCI had said: “Pant has two cuts on his forehead, a ligament tear in his right knee and has also hurt his right wrist, ankle, and toe and has suffered abrasion injuries on his back.” (ANI)

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Alia In Green Sharara

Alia Sizzles In Green Sharara

Alia Bhatt is ending the year on a high-fashion note!

Last evening, Alia and Ranbir attended Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant’s engagement party in Mumbai and she was a sight to behold.
On Friday, Alia uploaded some pictures on Instagram wearing the same pastel green sharara looking exquisite.

Alia kept her makeup to a bare minimum and as far as accessories were concerned, she went for little solitaire danglers.

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Apart from Alia-Ranbir, other guests who attended the celebration were Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Ranveer Singh, Janhvi Kapoor, Zaheer Khan, and Sagarika Ghatge along with many other B-town celebrities.

The Brahmastra Jodi made their way to the venue with their filmmaker friend Ayan Mukerji. The celebrity couple was spotted going hand in hand.

Following the Roka celebrations for Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant, the families got back to Mumbai for the lavish party on Thursday with an impressive guest list. The couple received a grand welcome from the family members in the city with a great flower show at the Ambani residence, dhol beats, nagade, and fireworks at Worli sea-link. As the two made their way to the Ambani home for the party, Anant was spotted wearing a dark pink kurta sleeper, while Radhika looked exquisite in her pastel lehenga.

Talking about Alia, on the work front, she was recently seen in the sci-fi action film ‘Brahmastra: Part 1- Shiva’ alongside Ranbir, Amitabh Bachchan, and Mouni Roy. Helmed by Ayan Mukerji, the film was declared a blockbuster hit. She will be next seen in Karan Johar’s upcoming romantic film ‘Rocky aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani’ opposite Ranveer Singh, Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan, and Shabana Azmi.

On the other hand, Ranbir will be seen romancing Shraddha Kapoor in ‘Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar’. (ANI)

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Anil Deshmukh Released From Jail In Mumbai | Lokmarg

Anil Deshmukh Released From Jail In Mumbai

Former Maharashtra Home Minister and NCP leader Anil Deshmukh was on Wednesday released from Arthur Road jail in Mumbai.

He was released after formalities for his release were completed and sureties furnished.
His advocate Aniket Nikam said CBI had moved another application yesterday for extension of stay on order granting him bail.

“Yesterday one more application was moved on behalf of CBI seeking further extension of the stay order. The application was rejected by the High Court,” Nikam said.

According to the conditions imposed by the court, Deshmukh cannot leave the jurisdiction of Mumbai without the prior approval of the trial court and must cooperate with the investigation.

Anil Deshmukh was granted conditional bail by the Bombay High Court on December 12 on a bond of Rs 1 lakh but the CBI filed an application for a stay order to challenge it in Supreme Court which was granted by Bombay HC. A stay of 10 days was granted, and later it was extended till December 27. On Tuesday the plea for its further extension days was rejected by the Bombay High Court.

The CBI had filed a corruption case against the NCP leader. (ANI)

Tunisha's Last Rites: Family, Friends Bid Final Goodbye | Lokmarg

Tunisha’s Last Rites: Family, Friends Bid Final Goodbye

The last rites of Actor Tunisha Sharma, who died allegedly by suicide on the sets of a TV serial, were performed on Tuesday at Mira Road cremation ground in Mumbai.

Tunisha’s mother Vanita Sharma broke down when her last rites were being performed, and she was seen as inconsolable.

Actors- Kanwar Dhillon, Reem Shaikh, Ashnoor Kaur, Avneet Kaur, Siddharth Nigam, Abhishek Nigam, Shivin Narang, Vishal Jethwa, and others attended the cremation of the late actor.

Tunisha was found dead on the sets of her ongoing TV show Alibaba – Dastaan-e-Kabul on Saturday. A day later, her ex-boyfriend and co-star from the show, Sheezan Khan was arrested on charges of abetment to suicide. If reports are to be believed, Khan and Tunisha broke up 15 days ago. Sharma was reportedly hospitalized after she suffered anxiety attacks a few months ago. The actress suffered from depression and anxiety around 2018 as well.

No suicide note was recovered at the spot by police.

Earlier on Monday, the deceased actor’s mother accused Sheezan Khan, the prime suspect in her daughter’s death case of cheating on her and breaking his promise to marry her as she urged the police not to spare him.

Vanita Sharma accused her daughter’s former boyfriend of cheating on Tunisha and said Sheezan broke up with the 21-year-old despite promising to marry her.

Releasing a statement, Tunisha’s mother said, “Sheezan cheated on Tunisha. Started a relationship with her first, promised her of marriage and then broke up with her.”

“He (Sheezan) had involvement with another girl, while he was in a relationship with Tunisha,” she added.

“He used her for three-four months,” Tunisha Sharma’s mother said, adding that Sheezan should not be spared.

The police are now probing the reason behind her alleged suicide. (ANI)

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Post-Mortem Of Tunisha Death

Actor Tunisha Sharma’s Last Rites To Be Held Today In Mumbai

The last rites of Actor Tunisha Sharma, who died allegedly by suicide on the sets of a TV serial, will be held on Tuesday at around 3 pm in Mira Road in Mumbai.

The maternal uncle of Tunisha said that her body was brought from JJ Hospital to the mortuary of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Hospital in Bhayandar West late last night.
Tunisha Sharma’s family will go to the hospital by 12 noon and Tanisha’s body will be brought to her Mira Road home.

“Last night deceased’s mother was unwell, she felt dizzy when she saw Tunisha’s body,” said Tunisha’s maternal uncle.

Tunisha’s family issued a statement saying, “Our beloved Tunisha Sharma. With a sorrowful heart, we are informing you that Tunisha Sharma left us for their heavenly abode on 24th December 22. We wish for everyone to come and offer their last prayers to the departed soul.” Her cremation will take place at Mira Road cremation ground. The last rites ceremony will begin at 3 pm in Bhayander East.”

Tunisha Sharma was found dead on the sets of a TV serial. According to Waliv Police, they received information that after the tea break, the actress went to the toilet and when she did not come back, the police broke the door open and found that she had hanged herself.

No suicide note was recovered at the spot by police.

Earlier on Monday, the deceased actor’s mother accused Sheezan Khan, the prime suspect in her daughter’s death case of cheating on her and breaking his promise to marry her as she urged the police not to spare him.

Vanita Sharma accused her daughter’s former boyfriend of cheating on Tunisha and said Sheezan broke up with the 21-year-old despite promising to marry her.

Releasing a statement, Tunisha’s mother said, “Sheezan cheated on Tunisha. Started a relationship with her first, promised her of marriage and then broke up with her.”

“He (Sheezan) had involvement with another girl, while he was in a relationship with Tunisha,” she added.

“He used her for three-four months,” Tunisha Sharma’s mother said, adding that Sheezan should not be spared.

The ‘Ali Baba: Dastaan e Kabul’ actor had broken up with the actress 15 days before she was found dead inside a TV set toilet on December 24.

The police on Sunday said following the separation, she went into depression. She is said to have been under a lot of stress.

Tunisha Sharma’s former boyfriend Sheezan Khan has reportedly told police that he was “so disturbed by the atmosphere in the country that emerged after the gruesome murder of Shraddha Walkar” allegedly by her live-in partner, that Khan decided to end their relationship, sources said on Monday.

During his first day in police custody on Sunday, Sheezan told Waliv police that he ended the relationship with Tunisha after seeing repercussions emerging from the Shraddha Walkar case and told his former paramour that belonging to a different community stands in their way as did their age gap.

During interrogation, Sheezan further revealed that Tunisha had earlier also attempted suicide after they broke up. “Tunisha had recently tried to commit suicide a few days before her death, but at that time I saved her and told Tunisha’s mother to take special care of her,” police sources quoted Sheezan as saying.

On Sunday, a court in Vasai, Maharashtra, sent actor Sheezan Khan to police custody for four days in connection with Tunisha Sharma’s alleged suicide case.

Waliv police produced Khan in the court after his arrest in the case for abetment to suicide. The case was registered against him under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code.

Waliv police received information on December 24 that after a tea break, the actress went to the toilet and when she did not come back, the police were called.

The police broke the door open and found the actor hanging.

The police have sent the mobile phones of both Tunisha and Sheezan to the forensic lab so that the calls and chats between the two can be retrieved to understand what happened between the duo and what drove Tunisha to death after 15 days of breakup,” police sources said.

In another revelation, Waliv police said that Tunisha’s blood sample, ornaments, and clothes will be sent to Kalina Forensic Lab for forensic examination.

The police are now probing the reason behind her alleged suicide. (ANI)

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Post-Mortem Of Tunisha Death

Post-Mortem Specify ‘Hanging’ As Cause Of Tunisha’s Death: Police

The Mumbai Police on Sunday said that the post-mortem reports of the deceased Tunisha Sharma have specified ‘hanging’ as the cause of death.

“Tunisha Sharma used to work as an actress in a TV show. Tunisha Sharma and Sheezan Khan had a love affair. They had a breakup 15 days ago after which she died by suicide on the sets of her show,” Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Chandrakant Jadhav said during a press conference here.
The ACP further said: “Tunisha’s mother had filed a complaint and accused Sheezan was arrested and later produced in the court which sent him to four-days judicial custody. The post-mortem report clearly specifies the cause of death of Tunisha as hanging.”

A case of abetment to suicide was registered against Sheezan under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code after his ‘Ali Baba: Dastaan-E-Kabul’ co-star, Tunisha, was found dead on the show’s sets.

He was taken by the officials from Waliv police station to the Vasai court on Sunday.

At the court, Sheezan’s lawyer, Sharad Rai, spoke to the media and said, “Whatever has happened, police and court are working. He (Sheezan Khan) has been produced in court. Allegations against him are baseless.”

Adding that the investigation into the matter is underway, ACP Jadhav further clarified of no other angle of love jihad or blackmailing so far.

“As of now, the investigation is underway. Accused Sheezan’s and the deceased’s phones have been seized. There is no angle of any other affair, blackmailing or ‘Love Jihad’ as of now,” the ACP said.

Tunisha, who also appeared in Bollywood movies including ‘Fitoor’, ‘Baar Baar Dekho’, ‘Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh’, and ‘Dabangg 3’, was found dead on the sets of a TV serial.

According to Waliv Police, they received information that after the tea break, the actress went to the toilet and when she did not come back, the police broke the door open and found that she had hanged herself.

No suicide note was recovered at the spot by police.

Police have said the reason behind Tunisha’s alleged extreme step that ended her life could be her breakup with Sheezan over a fortnight back.

Tunisha’s mortal remains were brought to the JJ Hospital, Naigaon at around 1:30 am on Sunday where her post-mortem was conducted. (ANI)

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