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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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George and Amal Clooney donate $100,000 to aid immigrant children

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George Clooney and wife Amal have donated $100,000 to the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, which advocates for the fair treatment and safety of immigrant children in the deportation process.

The Oscar winner and human rights attorney husband and wife have donated the amount on Wednesday via their Clooney Foundation for Justice to the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, according to the couple’s representative.

The Young Center is one of the leading organizations fighting against the President Donald Trump administration’s new Border Patrol policy, which has already separated over 2,000 immigrant children from their parents.

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Hollywood has expressed outrage upon viewing photos and reading testimonies of immigrant families that have been forcibly divided since news broke of Donald Trump’s no-tolerance policy, which has been in effect since May. Many people are comparing Trump’s actions to Nazi Germany and Japanese Internment Camps.

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen are among the stars who have donated to aid the families. The couple gave $72,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union and encouraged others to donate what they can.

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