18 Oct

I dont feel stereotyped Raghav Juyal

first_imgNew Delhi: Dancer-actor-host Raghav Juyal is popular for his dance moves in slow-motion style. He also has a natural comic skill that has fetched him shows and films, but he doesn’t feel stereotyped. He has shown his talents in shows and films such as “Dance Plus”, “Rising Star”, “ABCD 2” and “Nawabzaade”. His forthcoming project, “Bahut Hua Sammaan”, is also a comedy film. Asked about being slotted in one category, Raghav told IANS: “I don’t feel stereotyped. On TV, it’s more of physical comedy. This film has situations which are funny.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Also, in dance shows he says he doesn’t play someone else unlike his roles in films. “I am just enjoying myself as Raghav. I have a sense of comic timing and humour which work on stage as an anchor, but acting is different,” said the artiste, who has been mentored by actor and acting coach Saurabh Sachdeva. As for acting, “you are playing someone else. You have to live truthfully according to the character in imaginary circumstances”. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod KhannaHe is ready to explore more as an actor. “This film (‘Bahut Hua Sammaan’) is one of my favourite projects. It’s like a dream to play and act with Sanjay sir (Sanjay Mishra) and Ram Kapoor sir. This film is totally content driven,” said the young actor about the Ashish Shukla directorial. “People will see me as a serious actor as I am working very hard on my craft,” he added. He has immense respect for Sanjay and they “chill” too. “I call him guruji and we laugh and chill during shoot. I’m learning so much from him and it’s like a dream to work with him,” said Raghav.last_img read more

17 Oct

Military commanders drawing up new options after victory over ISIL

first_imgOTTAWA – Military commanders are re-assessing Canada’s future role in Iraq as declarations of victory over the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have been met with new rifts and tensions across the war-ravaged country.Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced earlier this month that the country had been “fully liberated” from ISIL after the militant group, also known as Daesh, was cleared from the last pockets of territory that it had held in the country.The proclamation capped three years of often intense fighting that first started when ISIL captured large swaths of Iraq and Syria in 2014 and declared the creation of a self-styled caliphate.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan told reporters following a visit to the Middle East this week that victory came faster than Canada and its allies had expected, and the focus now is on ensuring stability in Iraq after ISIL.The military will present options to the government in the new year, though it seems evident that Canadian forces will be training Iraqi counterparts to protect against various threats from inside and outside the country.Sajjan did not give any indication that the government was planning to end Canada’s military mission in Iraq, which was extended this past summer to March 2019.“The progress against Daesh has gone actually quite well, to the point where we are actually ahead of schedule based on our plan,” he said by telephone from London, where he was meeting with his British counterpart.“As you know, we’ve taken 100 per cent of the territory but a lot more work needs to be done to make sure that stability within the nation remains and the capacity building needs to start.”But despite ISIL’s defeat on the battlefield, peace and stability remain fleeting in many parts of Iraq as long-standing divisions and tensions have started to re-emerge and even erupt into violence.The most recent incident has seen three days of deadly protests in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, where the main Kurdish political parties have turned on each other amid allegations of corruption.The Kurds have also been at odds with the central government in Baghdad after holding a non-binding referendum on independence in September, which set off a series of limited skirmishes.The federal government, which had largely ignored warnings of such a development for years, responded by ordering Canadian forces in Iraq to suspend all assistance to their Iraqi and Kurdish allies.That order remains in effect.There have also been complaints about the slow pace of reconstruction in Iraq, particularly in Sunni-dominated areas, and concerns about Iran’s growing influence with the Shia-controlled government in Baghdad.The government is also looking at what additional aid efforts are needed to rebuild the country, Sajjan said, and bring its various ethnic and religious factions back together.“We’re committed to making sure that … we can continue the great work that has begun with the military but also making sure that the rehabilitation piece is there, that political stability also remains,” he said.— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

17 Oct

Prince Edward Island voters to cast verdict on new electoral system

first_imgCHARLOTTETOWN — Canadians are expected to learn late Tuesday whether the cradle of Confederation is going to give birth to the country’s first version of proportional representation.Alongside an election to pick a provincial government, voters will be asked to answer the question: “Should Prince Edward Island change its voting system to a mixed member proportional voting system?”The winning side must receive more than 50 per cent of the votes cast and win a majority of votes in at least 60 per cent of the ridings.A “No” vote would mean the continuation of the 27-seat legislature chosen by the first-past-the-post system.A “Yes” vote would lead to a switch where voters choose 18 legislators in redrawn electoral districts, while also casting ballots for nine other legislators from lists the parties create.These “party list” seats would then be assigned proportionately based on the popular vote each party received on the second part of the ballots.Political scientist Don Desserud says it’s extremely difficult to guess which side has the upper hand going to the polls, because the referendum has been overshadowed by the wider provincial campaign.He says there’s a risk that many voters in the general election may find themselves making up their minds on the referendum without having carefully considered the issue.The University of Prince Edward Island professor says that may play out in favour of the “Yes” side if there’s a general mood for change, but it may also benefit the “No” campaign if people feel uncertain and decide to opt for the status quo.The Canadian Presslast_img read more