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Amitabh Bachchan’s appointment as Incredible India face put on hold after Panama Leaks

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NEW DELHI — Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s appointment as brand ambassdor for the Incredible India campaign has put on hold after his name appeared in the Panama Papers.

The decision was supposed to be taken this month, but will now be taken once the clean chit is given to Bachchan. Reports suggest that the delay in decision has been due to his name in the Panama Papers leak.

Reports suggested that the papers name two shipping firms registered under his name in the tax haven.

The leaks have put his selection as ambassador for the campaign under the cloud. However, officials of the campaign have not confirmed this news, the Times of India reported.

The Indian government’s campaign came under a storm earlier this year, when its ambassador Bollywood star, Amir Khan, remarked about the growing intolerance in India.

He was removed as ambassador for the campaign, which aims to produce a positive image of India so as to attract international tourists, Indian media reported.

During an event he said that his wife was scared for his life and wanted the family to leave the country.

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Magnitude 8.2 quake rattles Fiji

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A massive quake of magnitude 8.2 struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga on Sunday but it was so deep that it was not expected to cause any damage, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The US Tsunami Warning Center also said the quake was too deep to cause a tsunami.

The quake was 347.7 miles (560 km) below the Earth which would have dampened the shaking at the surface.

“I would not expect any damage. People will feel it but it’s so deep that I would not expect any damage,” USGS geophysicist Jana Pursley said by telephone.

The quake was initially reported as a magnitude 8.0 and then upgraded to 8.2, a magnitude that could cause tremendous damage had it not been so deep.

The epicenter was located 167 miles (270 km) east of Levuka in Fiji and 275 miles (443 km) west of Neiafu in Tonga.

The area is located on the earthquake-prone Ring of Fire.

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