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TV Anchor Durga Menon dies aged 35

Kochi : Television host Durga Menon (35) has died this morning after being supported on ventilator for past 21 days.

The end came at a private hospital in the city after a cardiac arrest on life-support.

Durga suffered from lupus, a chronic autoimmune disorder in which body’s immune system attacks normal, healthy tissues.

She is survived by her husband  Vinod, a businessman and son Gowrinath.

Her body has been taken to her ancestral home in Kodunagllur, where the funeral will be held tomorrow.

 

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Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh are married

Bollywood heartthrobs Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, who got married on Wednesday afternoon in Italy as per Konkani traditions, took their wedding vows according to Sindhi ritual today.

News of Deepika and Ranveer’s wedding was confirmed almost immediately yesterday after their film colleagues such as Karan Johar, Madhuri Dixit, Ritiesh Deshmukh and other wished them good luck on Twitter.

Deepika and Ranveer  tied the knot at the stunning Villa del Balbianello overlooking Lake Como in Northern Italy. A video taken from the nearby lake showed the couple and their close friends and family on a balcony at the villa. Also spotted were Deepika and Ranveer’s parents.

There were high security arrangements and very few images of the weddings have been leaked to media yet.

 

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Stan Lee, who gave the world Spider-man, Iron Man dies at 95

Legendary writer, editor and publisher of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee has died. He was 95.

The end came Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical centre in Los Angeles.

Lee, who began business in 1939 created Black Panther, Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Mighty Thor, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Daredevil and the Ant-Man among countless other characters.

Most of Marvel Comics were produced as movies, mostly in the first decades of 21st century and grossed over $20 billion at theaters worldwide.

Tributes flooded social media soon after demise of the creative genius broke.

“Stan Lee was a pioneering force in the superhero universe. I’m proud to have been a small part of his legacy and… to have helped bring one of his characters to life. #StanLee #Wolverine,”said “Wolverine” actor Hugh Jackman, on Twitter.

 “No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee. Stan leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all. Our thoughts are with his daughter, his family, and his millions of fans,” tweeted Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige.

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New Twist : Lakshmi contradicts driver’s statement on who drove the car

Thiruvananthapuram : Adding confusion over circumstances around car accident that claimed violinist Balabhaskar and his 2-year-old daughter’s lives, Lakshmi who is home after nearly 2 months of hospitalisation, says driver Arjun was at the wheel while Balabhaskar lay in the back seat when the accident occured.

Arjun in his statement to the police had said, he rode the car till Kollam, where they had refreshments at a juice shop. From there, Arujn said Balabhaskar took over driving while he took the backseat and Lakhsmi sat in front holding the child.

Lakshmi refutes the claim saying,Balabhaskar does not drive long distances and was laid up at the rearseat right from Thrissur.

In face of new twist, police will seek to corroborate the juice shop halt and examine CCTV images along the route for arriving at the exact happening.

When asked police declined to comment if there could possibly be  memory issues after a traumatic episode.

The tragedy and confusion
The musician’s  family was returning from the famed Shiva temple of Vadukumnathan in Thrissur on 25 September, after rituals for their daughter, Thejaswini Bala. The baby girl was born 16 years after  the couple’s marriage. 

Balabhaskar's funeral Oct 2
Balabhaskar’s funeral Oct 2

Balabhaskar was until now believed to have sat in  front with  child nestled in his arms. Around 2 am, the car crashed into a tree by the highway at Pallipuram, near CRPF camp in Thiruvananthapuram.

Little Thejaswini died the same day and Balabhaskar died five days later on 2 Oct of cardiac arrest. The musician had sustained serious injuries to brain and underwent a series of surgeries while in coma. 

The cause of the accident is considered to be the driver, Arjun dozing off. He however claimed that Balabhaskhar was at the wheel when the car crashed.

After recovering from her injuries, Lakshmi refuted the statement saying Balabhaskar lay on the backseat right from Thrissur and that Arjun was at the wheel, while she sat on the passenger side holding the baby.

 

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Lakshmi returns to a home without Balabhaskar and Thejaswini

A month after the tragic accident, Lakhsmi on Thursday returned to her house in Thiruvananthapuram, empty of her violinist husband Balabhaskar and sounds of her two-year-old Thejaswani, both of who died in the crash.

Thejaswini died on the day of the accident hours later, while Balabhaskar, died a week later in coma.

Lakshmi was unaware of the losses and both were buried without informing her, owing to her unconscious state and being put on ventilator.

A week after being taken off the life-support, she was slowly hinted  of the tragedy by her mother Santhakumari. Her first reaction was that of numbness and lack of emotion, in what is considered to be unable comprehend reality.

Later she turned inconsolable and slowly returned to calm state accepting fate for what it dealt.

Lakshmi is reportedly stable and is slowly returning to normal life.

Police expect to take her statement on the accident soon, especially in light of the twist, where the driver Arjun claimed Balabhaskar drove the vehicle at the time of accident, contrary to the presumption until recently.

The tragic accident
The family was returning from the famed Shiva temple of Vadukumnathan in Thrissur on 25 September, after rituals for their daughter, Thejaswini Bala. The baby girl was born 16 years after  the couple’s marriage. 

Balabhaskar's funeral Oct 2
Balabhaskar’s funeral Oct 2

Balabhaskar was until now believed to have sat in  front with  child nestled in his arms. Around 2 am, the car crashed into a tree by the highway at Pallipuram, near CRPF camp in Thiruvananthapuram.

Little Thejaswini died the same day and Balabhaskar died five days later on 2 Oct of cardiac arrest. The musician had sustained serious injuries to brain and underwent a series of surgeries while in coma. 

The cause of the accident is considered to be the person at the wheel, believed to have been driver Arjun until now,  dozing off.

 

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Sania Mirza gives birth to baby boy

Sports power couple Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik welcomed their first child, a baby boy.

“Excited to announcee: Its a boy and my girl is doing great and keeping strong as usual #Alhumduliah,” former cricket captain tweeted.

Sania has largely kept away from the Tennis field and been rather active posing pictures on social media, through different stages of her pregnancy.

She even got a photoshoot done with baby bump, showcasing how much she enjoyed the phase.

Shaoib on the other hand kept busy with cricketing responsibilities.

Though the rumours were rife in the initial stages, Shaoib had denied them categorically until later months.

Sania had said earlier that the baby would have names of both father and mother, contrary to the tradition of the child carrying the father’s surname.

Sania herself did not change her surname after marriage and continues to carry her father’s name Mirza.

 

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Vaikom Vijayalakshmi gets married

Singer Vaikom Vijayalakshmi entered wedlock today at Vaikom Mahadeva temple.

She married Pala native Anoop in a ceremony at 10.30, attended by hundreds of people.

Vijayalakhsmi got engaged to Anoop on 10 September at a private function held at her residence in Vaikom, attended only by close relatives.

Anoop is an interior designer by profession and  a mimicry artist too.

Vijayalakshmi, who was born with visual impairment, made her debut into playback singing with  Prithiviraj starrer Celluloid in 2013. She sings in four languages – Tamil Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada.

Vijaylakshmi had called off a wedding arranged last year after her fiance insisted that she gives up singing after marriage.

The singer who lives near Udayanapuram temple in Vaikom is the only daughter of Muraleedharan and Vimala.

 

 

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Kavya Madhavan gives birth to baby girl on Vijayadashami

Amid fighting his blues in the film industry, Dileep took to Facebook to announce a happy moment – Kavya gave birth to the couple’s first child since wedding in 2016, a baby girl. The child, born on Vijayadashmi, is doing fine and so is Kavya, he added.

Kavya was admitted to a private hospital in Kochi after going into labour on 18 October.

In September Kavya’s close friends and family threw a baby shower on her birthday, making news of her pregnancy public.

A news channel quoted a family member as saying “”All the family members are delighted with this news. Dileep’s daughter Meenakshi will have a sibling now. Kavya and Dileep are very happy about it.”

Dileep was earlier married to  Malayalam actress Manju Warrier and has a daughter, Meenakshi, from that marriage. Kavya too had married earlier to Nishal Chandra but separated in 2011. Kavya then married Dileep in 2016.

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#MeToo actress reveals identity; Divya Gopinath accuses Alencier of sexual assault

Kochi :State award winner, actor Alencier Ley Lopez, is the latest to go under #MeToo fire, after actress Divya Gopinath, came out in the open accusing him of sexual assault.

Divya had earlier posted an anonymous account on the blog India Protests, introducing herself as a “woman actor who does not wish to be named” while talking about her ordeal fighting back Alencier who crept into her bed unseen one day.

The narration goes, it began with Alencier staring at Divya and other girls on the sets of of Aabhasam. Later on eye contact, he rolled his tongue in vulgar gestures, she wrote.

Then one day, when Divya was lay asleep  and her roommate was in the bathroom, she woke up startled on feeling his body next to hers on the bed and him asking “are you asleep?”. When she pushed him off, Alencier allegedly asked her to “lie down for just some more time.”  She then screamed audibly alerting her roommate and Alencier then quickly retreated saying he was only joking, the young actress wrote.

The incident, Divya says, was reported to the director up on which Alencier put up odd behaviour like coming drunk on sets and throwing tantrums.

The actor later personally apologised to Divya for having been out of his mind to have assaulted her, and she let go the incident as a  nightmare of the past.

Divya says, she felt compulsive to bring the episode out after she found him boasting triumphantly about his ‘adventures’. More so, when she found he abused several women like her who worked around .

Though Divya chose to keep her identity hidden, the blog post drew huge criticism for being fake and maligning. She then came out with a Live post on the Facebook(above) endorsing the account.

 Aabhaasam is Rima Kallingal starrer. Other actors include Divya Gopinath, Alencier, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Indrans and Naasar. The film was directed b debutante Jubith Namradath.

 

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Actress Archana alleges inaction over abuse; B Unnikrishnan hits back

Kochi : Introducing herself as an upcoming actress, Archana padmini today told reporters that, she suffered inappropriate behavior on part of production controller Sherin Stanley, on the sets of Mammootty starrer Pullikkaran Staraa. 

She was speaking at Ernakulam Press Club in a WCC members’ meet.

She proceeded to blame FEFKA president and director B Unnikrishnan, saying he took no action despite reporting the incident.

Reacting to the outburst, Unnikrishnan, slammed Archana and threatened to file legal charges against her and the WCC.

Recalling the incident he said, on receiving complaint from Archana, both the parties were summoned to the office. After listening to the matter, Archana was told to file a police complaint, since the episode appeared criminal in nature, Unnikrishnan said.

However Archana refused to approach the police claiming that she was only interested in the association’s actions. The person found guilty was suspended the same day.