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Remember Child Star Master Raju? What He Looks Like Now


Remember Child Star Master Raju? What He Looks Like Now

Raju Shrestha shared this picture. (Image courtesy: RajKummar_rao)

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  • ‘Trishul’ completed 43 years of its release on Wednesday
  • A film portal tweeted a picture from the sets of the movie
  • Master Raju, who played young Amitabh in it, reacted to the post

New Delhi:

If you are a fan of Bollywood movies of the Rajesh Khanna-Amitabh Bachchan vintage, child artiste Master Raju will be very familiar. Raju Shrestha’s many films include Bawarchi, Parichay, Abhimaan and Chitchor; he won the National Award for Best Child Artist for the last film. Just so you know, this story isn’t entirely random – the artist formerly known as Master Raju commented on a tweet shared by a film portal today and received a compliment from a very exalted source – actor Manoj Bajpayee. “I played young Amitabh in this film. Small role in a big film,” Master Raju tweeted to a post on 1978 film Trishul. He received what was surely an unexpected response; “You were so good in it. My own favourite is Parichay,” tweeted back Manoj Bajpayee.

See their exchange here:

Raju Shrestha is still active in showbiz – his most recent post on Instagram is this picture of meeting Shakti Kapoor in connection to an event.

The former Master Raju has also appeared in TV shows like Jai Hanuman, CID, Adaalat and Bharat Ka Veer Putra – Maharana Pratap.

Raju Shrestha’s Instagram is a fund of information on films’ he’s been in – he played young Shashi Kapoor in Deewar, he starred with Rajesh Khanna in movies like Daag, Amar Prem and Bawarchi, with Dharmendra in films such as Samadhi, Krodhi and Dream Girl, and with Amitabh Bachchan in any number of films.

As Master Raju, he was cast in an award-winning role in Chitchor with Amol Palekar and Zarina Wahab.

His own favourite is Kitaab, starring Bengali cinematic legend Uttam Kumar.

The role Raju Shrestha ended up playing most often as an adult is that of Narad Muni across several shows beginning with Jai Hanuman.

Which Master Raju film is your favourite?





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Leaders of 12 opposition parties on Wednesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging the government to provide free vaccines for all citizens and to procure urgent supplies from overseas as the coronavirus rampages through the country, The Indian Express reported.

The leaders also demanded that authorities suspend the Central Vista Redevelopment Project and instead divert the money to buy oxygen and vaccines, supplies of which are running dangerously low. The construction at the site in Delhi has been deemed an “essential service”, meaning work continues even during the lockdown.

Besides, the politicians once again urged the Centre to repeal the three agricultural laws which, they claimed, will help protect lakhs of protesting farmers from becoming the victims of pandemic.

The signatories to the joint letter included, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Deve Gowda, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray, Trinamool Congress’ Mamata Banerjee, DMK chief MK Stalin and Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury.

The politicians blamed the central government for the devastating second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, which they said had “assumed unprecedented dimensions of a human catastrophe”.

The leaders said they had repeatedly drawn the government’s attention to the various measures that were “absolutely imperative” in order to rein in the pandemic. But “unfortunately, your government has either ignored or refused all these suggestions,” they told Modi. “This only compounded the situation to reach such an apocalyptic human tragedy.”

The politicians put forward nine main demands, which they said should be undertaken “on a war-footing” by the government.

“Procure vaccines centrally from all available sources – global and domestic,” they said. “Immediately begin a free, universal mass vaccination campaign across the country. Invoke compulsory licensing to expand domestic vaccine production. Spend budgetary allocation of Rs 35,000 crores for the vaccines.”

The opposition leaders demanded giving all jobless at least Rs 6,000 per month and a free distribution of foodgrains to the needy, saying over one crore tonnes of foodgrains are currently “rotting in central godowns”.

They also urged the government to release all money held in the “unaccounted private trust fund, PM Cares” to buy more vaccines, oxygen and medical equipment required.

India has reported more than 3 lakh cases a day every day for the past three weeks, since April 22. On May 1, it hit a new record by crossing the 4-lakh mark, the highest single-day tally by any country in the world. This was surpassed on May 7, when India recorded 4.14 lakh daily cases. So far in May, India’s daily tally has crossed the 4-lakh mark on five days. Thousands have died every day, but reports allege that the government is severely undercounting Covid-19 deaths.

The brutal second wave have left the country’s healthcare system on the brink of collapse, leading to shortages in oxygens, hospital beds and medicines. The government is now trying to arrange supplies from abroad.

Many people have died in ambulances and car parks waiting for a bed or oxygen, while morgues and crematoriums are overflowing with bodies. The surge in infections has coincided with a dramatic drop in vaccinations because of supply and delivery problems.



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Oxygen Concentrators Prices Should Be Fixed To Prevent Black Marketing: Court

It was “high time” that Maximum Retail Price of oxygen concentrators be fixed, court said.

New Delhi:

The Delhi High Court Wednesday told the Centre it was “high time” that Maximum Retail Price of oxygen concentrators and other equipment in demand for COVID treatment was fixed to immediately stop their hoarding and black marketing.

The high court made the observation while issuing contempt notices to all the persons named in the cases filed after May 2 in connection with hoarding and black marketing of medicines and equipment required for treating COVID-19, and directed them to appear before it virtually on May 19.

A bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli said the notices would be served to the accused through the police stations where the cases have been registered.

It said the notices would also go to those persons whose names were added in the 40 odd cases during the course of the investigation.

The high court passed the direction after it was informed by advocate Sanjeev Sagar that in the hearings before the trial courts, in connection with these cases, the public prosecutors as well as the judicial officers appeared to be unaware of the May 2 order of the bench to book those engaged in hoarding and black marketing.

The high court in its May 2 order had also said that such individuals, booked for black marketing and hoarding be brought before it for taking contempt of court action against them.

The bench was then informed that a trial court has said that offences cannot be “made up” against such individuals and the option was to book them for contempt of court if they are selling medicines or equipment at exorbitant rates.

The bench was shown media reports which said that the concerned trial court, while hearing the anticipatory bail filed by businessman Navneet Kalra in connection with the seizure of oxygen concentrators from his upscale restaurants, had said that first a law has to be made to regulate the prices and people cannot be penalised in a hurry because the high court wanted steps to be taken.

Amicus curiae and senior advocate Rajshekhar Rao said the trial court cannot be blamed as Maximum Retail Price has not yet been fixed for a majority of the imported equipment and the central government has to inform the high court what steps it has taken.

Mr Rao said a lot of people will escape prosecution in the long run as no maximum retail price has been fixed for the imported medicines and equipment for COVID treatment.

The lawyer for the central government said the issue was under consideration and sought time to inform the bench as to what decision has been taken.

The high court said that as early as June last year the process to fix prices of domestic and imported oxygen concentrators and other equipment was started, but was left unfinished.

“It is high time that MRP of oxygen concentrators and all of the other equipment in demand (for COVID treatment) be fixed so that black marketing and hoarding is immediately stopped.

The court asked Mr Sagar to prepare a note on the issue of price fixation, for informing public prosecutors and judicial officers in the subordinate courts, and said it will be circulated by the Delhi government.



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Maharashtra Approves Scheme To Boost Oxygen Production Amid Pandemic

Maharashtra’s oxygen production capacity is 1,300 metric tons per day while demand is 1,800. (File)

Mumbai:

The Maharashtra cabinet today approved a proposal to make the state self-sufficient in oxygen production under which special incentives will be offered to manufacturers.

The “Maharashtra Mission Oxygen” aims to ensure a production of 3,000 metric tons of life-saving gas per day in the state, said a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office.

At present the production capacity in the state is 1,300 metric tons per day while the demand is 1,800 metric tons on account of coronavirus pandemic.

During the possible third wave, the demand for medical oxygen could rise to 2,300 metric tons, the statement said.

Under the scheme, incentives will be given to industrial units for producing oxygen including 150 per cent waiver in GST in Marathwada and Vidarbha and 100 percent in rest of the state. There will be similar waiver in stamp duty and electricity duty too.

Health Minister Rajesh Tope announced during the meeting that Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) and Air Separation Units (ASU) plants will be set up to boost oxygen production.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)



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