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Salman Khan sentenced to 5 years in jail

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JODHPUR — Bollywood actor Salman Khan has been sentenced to five years in jail after being held guilty of killing blackbuck while on a film shoot in Rajasthan some 20 years ago.

A Jodhpur court on Thursday convicted Salman Khan calling him a ‘habitual offende’ and sent for five years in prison. A penalty of Rs 10,000 has also been levied on him.

The 52-year-old actor was charged in 1998 with hunting the rare antelopes while filming ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’. His co-stars in that movie, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam, have been acquitted for lack of evidence.

Total three cases in connection with poaching and one under the Arms Act were registered against Salman in October 1998. The actor allegedly shot two blackbucks in Bhagoda ki Dhani in Kankani village near Jodhpur during the film shooting.

Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam were also present in the vehicle Salman allegedly used for hunting the endangered species.

Salman was charged under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act and others under Section 51 read with Section 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code.

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The ‘Dabangg’ actor was in February 2006 convicted in the blackbuck hunting case, slapped a fine and sentenced to five years in jail. He spent a week in a Jodhpur jail before being granted bail.

The Rajasthan High Court on August 31, 2006, suspended the sentence and ordered the actor to not leave the country without formal permission.

The court, six years later on July 24, 2012, finalised charges against the actor and other accused in the four cases.

On July 25, 2016, the Rajasthan High Court acquitted Salman of all charges in the blackbuck poaching case and said there was no evidence to prove that the endangered animals were shot by the actor’s licensed gun.

Then,the Supreme Court on November 11, 2016, issued a notice to Salman on an appeal by the Rajasthan government challenging his acquittal in blackbuck poaching case. The apex court had agreed to fast-track the case.

In January 2017, Salman Khan was acquitted by a Jodhpur court in the Arms Act case.

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Senior actor Madan Krishna Shrestha undergoes successful Parkinson’s surgery

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KATHMANDU — Senior actor Madan Krishna Shrestha has successfully undergone a surgery for Parkinson’s disease at Annapurna Neuro Hospital in Kathmandu.

It is mentioned that a team of doctors performed Deep Brain Stimulation surgery in globus pallidus part of the brain,in a press statement issued by the hospital.

Dr Resha Shrestha and Dr Basanta Panta jointly performed the surgery on Thursday.

The 68-year-old actor has been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for the past nine years and the symptoms were prominently seen in left side of his brain for four years.

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This is the first time the hospital conducted such a surgery, the press statement reads. Now other Parkinson’s patients could avail of this treatment from the health facility.

It has been learnt that Shrestha’s health condition has improved. Since some problems were diagnosed in the right side of his brain, pacemaker has been installed, said the hospital.

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