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The Goa Carnival 2018 is Almost Here!

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Goa Canaval 2018

Goa, the State is best known for merrymaking and enjoyment, celebrates in the most extravagant ways. The Goa Carnaval is one of the most awaited events in Goa. The Carnival marks the end of the abstinence period of Lent before Easter and is set in motion by King Momo. It spreads the spirit of fun, frolic, and feasting. During this time, Goa comes to life; the streets filled with people, parades, and parties.

This year, Goa Carnaval is taking place from the 10th of February to the 13th of February. The whole State is gearing up for this 3-day long carnival. The highlight of the entire carnival is the decorated and beautiful parades. This year, the float parades will be held in the following places: Panjim on the 10th, Margao on the 11th, Vasco on the 12th and Mapusa on the 13th of February. These floats showcase a range of acts highlighted by the colorful costumes, extravagant art, lots of music and amazing dances. Different villages of the State also parade their floats here with their signature styles and art.

Goa Canaval 2018

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During the carnival, a lot of traditional art can be seen; Goan short plays being one of them. They portray the Goan traditions and culture. These are one-act plays called Khell or Fell. They are comic in nature commenting on human actions and downfalls. Along with these plays, there are processions of brass bands, acrobats, clowns, fire eaters and dancers all around Goa. There is non-stop music and festivity even after the sun goes down. Many hotels have special performances for their guests. Parties are in full swing till the dawn, no holds barred.

Goa Canaval 2018

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The last day of the carnival is the most sensational. The famous Goan red and black dance is the highlight of this day. In this dance, women are dressed in red tops and black skirts while the men are dressed in black tops and red pants. They dance along with bands in careless abandon. The themed party has a never-ending flow of pheni and other Goan dishes. The whole Carnaval sends out the message of ‘Eat, Drink and Be Merry!’, essentially why the tradition began and continues to flourish.

Goa Canaval 2018

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Nadia Goes, a resident of Goa, says, “It’s great fun! My entire family loves to take part in it and we have a blast. These are definitely the best days to be in Goa! Everyone looks forward to it every year.” So, what are you waiting for? Book your tickets now and take part in the biggest and most amazing celebration in India!

A hoarder of beauty products and books alike, I am a walking contradiction trying to exit this maze of life. I love music of any and every language. I wear ghungroos and a nose ring as symbols to preserve my tradition but colored my hair in shades of purple and silver to symbolize my cognitive freedom. I believe in the science of our traditions along with the fantasy that our future holds. I tend to think a lot but never before I speak. I am a staunch believer in balance and destiny.

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Sushant Singh Rajput Case Status Update

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On June 14, 2020, Sushant Singh Rajput met an untimely death. News broke that he committed suicide in his apartment. People close to him in the film fraternity he was suffering from depression. The mental illness was put forth as a reason for this drastic measure.
Netizens on Twitter noticed suspicious injury marks and bruises on his body. They raised doubts of foul play in the circumstances of the death of Sushant. There was a call for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the incident. Multiple agencies are investigating the case as of today.

Investigations

After the death of Sushant Singh Rajput, actress Kangana Ranaut levelled allegations against several big names in Bollywood. She claimed that they abetted the suicide of the late actor. The claims made by Kangana Ranaut led to an investigation of the case.

Mumbai Police

Kangana Ranaut accused a segment of the film industry of not acknowledging the work of the late actor. She blamed media houses Yash Raj Films (YRF) and Dharma Productions for deliberately sabotaging the career of Sushant. She added that Aditya Chopra ensured Ranveer Singh got the projects denied to Sushant. Film critic Rajeev Masand was criticized for writing blind items in newspapers.
The Mumbai police called Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Kangana Ranaut, Aditya Chopra, Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta, Mahesh Bhatt, Rhea Chakraborty and other people from the industry for interrogation. Despite receiving the final postmortem report stating, “No struggle marks and external injuries” were found on the body, Mumbai police continued the investigation without filing a First Information Report (FIR). The investigation of Bollywood personalities continued for 40 days.
The conduct of the Mumbai police raised eyebrows. Under the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), Section 154, the police have a time frame of seven days to file an FIR after investigation. The police did not do so. This inaction raised demands for a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Central Bureau of Investigation

Father of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, Mr KK Singh, lodged an FIR in Patna on July 25. He named Rhea Chakraborty, Samuel Miranda and others who had access to Sushant at his house. The case lodged against Rhea and others included provisions of abetment of suicide (IPC 306), cheating and dishonesty (IPC 420), criminal breach of trust (IPC 420), IPC 120 (B). Rhea Chakraborty, in turn, filed a case against the sisters of the actor. The sisters Priyanka and Meetu are under investigation. They face charges of forgery and wrong prescription of medication.
The CBI started its investigation after the Supreme Court settled the matter of jurisdiction between the states of Bihar and Maharashtra. The court stated the CBI would investigate all cases related to the death of Sushant.
The investigative agency recreated the crime scene at the location. It interrogated his flatmate Santhosh Pithani, girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, his staff and his friends and family. Forensic experts from CFSL (Central Forensic Science Laboratory) examined the incident to aid the investigation. It sought a second opinion from the doctors at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). This was done as doctors at Cooper Hospital did not follow the prescribed protocol for conducting an autopsy.
According to the law, the investigating agency must file a charge sheet within 90 days. Yet, the CBI has not filed a charge sheet. Nor has it yet declared if it is a case of suicide or murder. A PIL filed by a petitioner in the Supreme Court seeking direction asking the CBI to submit a status report was dismissed. The petitioner was asked to approach the High Court.

Enforcement Directorate

The actor’s father, Mr KK Singh, accused Rhea Chakraborty of siphoning ₨ 15 crore from the accounts of his son Sushant. He accused the actress of befriending his son to further her career. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) probed the allegations of mishandling of money and bank accounts. They would determine if the money of Mr Rajput was laundered or used to create illegal assets.
The agency also focused on the companies owned by Sushant Singh Rajput. He owned three companies. All of them were set up between 2018 and 2020 The first one, Innsaei Ventures, was set up by Sushant Singh and entrepreneur Varun Mathur. The company focused on many verticals like films, health, education, virtual reality and intellectual property.
The second company he owned was Vividrage Rhealytix. The company was founded in 2019 It focused on artificial intelligence, exponential technology, mixed reality and experiential technology. His third company was an NGO ‘Front India for World Foundation’, set up in 2020 It focused on poverty alleviation and eradication of hunger.
Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik Chakraborty were directors of two of these companies. They were directors of Vividrage Rhealytix and Front India for World Foundation. Both the companies were registered at the same address – Flat No. A -503, Sai Fortune, Plot No. 15, Sector 8, Ulwe, Navi Mumbai, PANVEL Raigarh, Maharashtra.
After examining the evidence, scope and magnitude of business dealings, the ED filed a money laundering case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Examining digital evidence led to the discovery of WhatsApp chats between Rhea and Jaya Saha about administering drugs to Sushant. The drug angle emerging in the investigation led to the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). There is no further information about the investigation of the ED in the Sushant Singh Rajput case.

Narcotics Control Bureau

The WhatsApp chats between Rhea, her brother Showik, Samuel Miranda, Dipesh Sawant and Jaya Saha exposed the drug menace in Bollywood. The chats revealed that Samuel Miranda and Rhea Chakraborty were using the funds of Sushant for their purpose. The conversations further revealed that Rhea was procuring and using the narcotic substance of weed in various forms illegally since 2017. During interrogation by the NCB officials, Rhea Chakraborty named fashion designer Simone Khambatta and actresses Sara Ali Khan and Rakul Preet Singh. Former managers of Sushant Singh Rajput, Jaya Saha and Shruti Modi named more people.
Jaya Saha, a talent manager at KWAN Talent Management Agency, disclosed that CBD oil was procured  for Sushant, Rhea Chakraborty, Shraddha Kapoor and producer Madhu Mantena. The name of Karishma Prakash, former manager of Deepika Padukone, cropped up during the investigation. This led to NCB summoning Deepika Padukone. Other actors associated with the industry have also been questioned. Talent management agencies KWAN and Cornerstone came under the purview of the probe.
The investigation into the drug menace in Bollywood hit the Kannada Film Industry as well. Actresses Sanjana and Ragini Dwivedi were arrested in the drugs case. NCB has conducted multiple raids at multiple locations. Many arrests have taken place. During the investigation, the agency summoned an aide of Dawood Ibrahim, Raziq Chikna and arrested his brother Danish from Rajasthan.

Latest Developments

The NCB, in March, filed its charge sheet in the Sushant Singh Rajput drugs case. NCB Chief Sameer Wankhede himself was present during the filing of the charge sheet. The charge sheet runs into more than 30,000 pages.
The charge sheet named a total of 33 people. Rhea Chakraborty is named along with drug peddlers and other accused. Mr KK Singh is once again in the news. He filed a plea in the Delhi High Court to restrain anyone from using his son’s name or likeness in movies.
“The plaintiff has apprehension of that various plays, movies, web-series, books, interviews or other material may be published which would harm the reputation of the son of the plaintiff and his family”, claimed the suit.

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SuperStar E Awards 2020 To Honor Unsung Heroes Of Pandemic

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India’s first largest digital award, SuperStar E Awards 2020, will be honouring the frontline warriors and social media personalities who have played a vital role during this pandemic.

Conceptualized by Cirkle PR & TrendLoud Digital, this digital award ceremony ‘ SuperStar E Awards 2020, saluting every real-life superhero’ will be a recognition for all the first responders who have been consistently putting efforts in dire times of the pandemic

The event will recognize mainly people of two groups:

  • The frontline warriors who have been relentlessly working towards our safety and recovery during this pandemic.
  • The Social media contributors who have been working towards spreading positivity during these times of uncertainty and have been keeping us engaged through their fantastic content.

Along with the many things the pandemic has induced into our lives, it’s also brought about resilience. The new normal is all about seamlessly flowing with change. Many iconic people have stepped on board to lift the spirits of our people.

What started off as a small idea has turned into India’s biggest digital award ceremony. The ceremony, innovatively brought in the concept of the ‘New Normal’ keeping the Glitz and Glamour of pre-COVID award ceremonies intact.

SuperStar E Awards 2020 To Honor Unsung Heroes Of Pandemic

Behind the scene of SuperStar E Awards 2020. (IMAGE SOURCE: CirKle PR)

‘It’s amazing to see people come together during hard times. I was humbled by what I witnessed. We received a great deal of support from celebrities. I’ve done many events in the past but I’ve not experienced this level of solidarity,’ says Lisha, Managing Director CirKle PR.

Speaking on the opportunity, Chidambaram Natesan, Trend Loud’s CEO & Director expressed that there is a need for such awards, and it is an apt time to felicitate real-life unsung heroes who have spread positivity all through the challenging pandemic period. He further said that he was glad that they got the chance to partner and Co-Produced SuperStar E Awards 2020.

The Jury for SuperStar E Awards are; Veteran Actor and Director Parthiban, Anchor Archana Chandhoke, Actress Vani Bhojan and Actor & RJ Vigneshkanth.

The state came together to nominate their favourite Social Media personalities, whom they thought were deserving. Over 8000 nominations received, and six lakh votes came in for the nominations picked by the public and the jury for the 32 award categories.

SuperStar E Awards 2020 To Honor Unsung Heroes Of Pandemic

Behind the scene of SuperStar E Awards 2020. (IMAGE SOURCE: CirKle PR)

The team says that pulling this off was no easy feat, as the team consists of almost 150 people including nominees, technicians, production, coordinators for formatting /organizing participation via zoom calls etc setting up and executing the ceremony was not a walk in the park for the team.

Owing to the pandemic and social distancing norms, the team ensured to give prime importance to safety & hygiene, and extreme care was taken during shoots. They further added that “A shoot spanning six days and a small team on location managed to piece the whole event together. It was a rollercoaster but totally worth it.”

SuperStar E Awards 2020 To Honor Unsung Heroes Of Pandemic

Behind the scene of SuperStar E Awards 2020. (IMAGE SOURCE: CirKle PR)

Event sponsors and other partners include:
Title Sponsor – Havells Super Speed 400 Ceiling Fan
Powered by – Nimyle Floor Cleaner, Indica Easy Shampoo Hair Colour & Havells MCB & RCCB
Associate Sponsor – Amrutanjan Roll On For Headaches On The Go & Chennai Race Bank Coaching Institute For Banking & Govt Jobs
Concept & Event proudly produced by Cirkle PR and Digi Cupid
Co-Producer & Digital Partner – Trendloud

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Lockdown: “Tear Of The Earth” Celebrates Earth Day Over Video Call, Online Contest

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50th Earth Day celebration by TOE

As rightly said by Wendell Berry, “The earth is what we all have in common,” this is what everyone must keep in mind. We have to decide now, or there will be no chance to regret it later. As said, humans have this common asset, we have to decide on whether it has to be treasured or not? Every year we celebrate ‘Earth Day’ with a new theme, new pledge, and new activities but the question, are we actually celebrating it just like other festivals which come annually or there is a will or urge in our heart and mind to bring a good positive change for mother Earth. Many organizations and environmentalists are striving day and night to work in sustainable development and to repair the damage we have caused to nature. One such organization is ‘Tears of the Earth’ aka TOE.

I love my Earth, Tear Of Earth Pledge On 50th Earth Day

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The organization consists of a group of young enthusiastic much aware environmental health concerned people who actually think about bringing the change they want to see on the planet Earth. They organize several types of campaigning, sessions, education fair, nukkad nataks, clean-up drive, and much more. All they do is gather people irrespective of the age factor and work together for this Nobel cause.

I love my Earth, Tear Of Earth Pledge On 50th Earth Day

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On this 50th Earth Day, the TOE team comes up together, maintaining the social distancing and using the power of the digital world to celebrate the earth day and thanking Earth being the common and most important factor for the existence of every living being.

What is Earth Day?

Earth Day is celebrated annually, around the world on April 22 to demonstrate and ask for support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in the year 1970, and now it includes events coordinated globally by 193 countries via Earth Day Network medium.

How TOE celebrated this 50th Earth Day?

Even amid Pandemic COVID-19 lockdown, the enthusiasm of the volunteers of TOE teams didn’t slow down. They decided to participate in the event by following all the laws and guidelines given by the Government of India (GOI). They came out with a creative idea of celebrating this earth day, but via digital means, that is, to celebrate within the four walls of their home, doing different activities and pledge to save our planet.

They organized an online campaign and called people to connect by taking participation in different activities, and people actually did participate. People of all generations, gender came out as volunteers without any greed of getting a reward or thinking it as a publicity stunt; they just participated. Might be we can say; when there is a will, there is always a way.

The team organized various activities like digital pledge taking with hashtag #IloveMyEarth, best out of waste material by believing that nothing is truly a wastage, music, and art for mother earth, poster making, Facebook and Instagram live session and all-time favorite plantation drive.

I love my Earth, Tear Of Earth Pledge On 50th Earth Day

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The notable side of all these activities was that the celebration didn’t hamper any of the current lockdown rules or social distancing norms. See, this simple is to follow the lockdown rules. TOE team amazingly celebrate the day, and they all did plantation in their houses as well. So all in three words, we can sum up the Celebration by Movie Manjhi dialogue “Shandar, Zabardast, Zindabad!”

Might be the strength is not that much, but the great saying by Margaret Mead that “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” So the choice is ours now that whether we want to be a part of a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens who care for planet earth or the other one we all know.

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