As Mira Nair’s A Suitable Boy is set to stream in India, a new trailer of the drama that captures the mood in a newly independent India has been shared on Netflix. The web series is about lives of four families in a new country and changing social ethos. 19-year-old Lata (Tanya Maniktala) has only one wish – to choose her own husband. Her mother Rupa (Mahira Kakkar), however, is set on finding her a ‘suitable boy’. As Tanya grapples with her wish and that of her mother’s, Maan Kapoor (Ishaan Khatter) and courtesan Saeeda Bai’s (Tabu) forbidden romance is giving heartburn to his father Mahesh (Ram Kapoor). The couple in love is blind to society’s disapproval. The series is adapted from Vikram Seth’s award-winning book.
The show also stars Vinay Pathak, Vijay Varma, Vijay Raaz, Shahana Goswami, Ranvir Shorey, Rasika Dugal, Randeep Hooda, Shubham Saraf, Mikhail Sen, Danesh Razvi,
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Today, Donald Trump halted all negotiations with Congress regarding further COVID-19 relief until after the election. The abrupt political move, which comes across like the actions of a manic drugged up on steroids, will undoubtedly impose even more financial hardship on a country that’s already months-deep into an economic crisis.
The National Independent Venue Association, having already suffered major losses the last few months — including the shuttering of Washington, DC’s iconic U Street Music Hall just yesterday — has now responded to Trump’s decision.
“We have been sounding the alarm since April that if our members don’t get emergency assistance, they will go under forever — and it’s happening,” said Audrey Fix Schaefer, director of communications for NIVA. “This is real. We need help.”
The urgent statement continued,
One of the UK’s most senior scientists has strongly criticised the government’s approach to coronavirus testing, saying it is too slow, too centralised and stifles efforts to protect the most vulnerable.
Sir Paul Nurse, the Nobel laureate and director of the Francis Crick Institute in London, said independent laboratories could provide up to 100,000 tests a day – a third of the UK’s current testing capacity – with government support.
Nurse told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I think it has to be a different approach from the centralised labs. Not substituting for them but additional to them … It has to be better joined up, which is not the strategy we have at the moment.”
Ministers have faced searing criticism of the testing strategy after a huge data blunder saw nearly 16,000 coronavirus cases left off the system,
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