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Arjun Rampal, Neil Nitin Mukesh test Covid positive

Arjun Rampal and Nitin Nitin Mukesh are the latest Bollywood celebrities to fall prey to the Covid-19 pandemic. Both actors took to social media to inform them that they have tested positive for Covid-19.

In an Instagram post, Arjun Rampal wrote: “I have tested positive for Covid-19. Even though I am asymptomatic, I have isolated myself and home quarantined, getting the needed medical care. I am following all protocols as is required of me. To all those who have been in contact with me in the past 10 days please take care and take the necessary precautions. This is a very scary time for us but if we are aware and wise for a short span of time, it will yield long term benefits. Together we can and we will fight corona.”

Neil Nitin Mukesh also posted on Instagram updating about his and his family members testing positive for the virus.

The actor wrote: “In spite of all necessary precautions, including staying home, unfortunately, members of my family and I have tested positive for Covid-19. We are all home quarantined, following the essential protocols, and taking medication as prescribed by our doctors. We thank all of you for your love and good wishes. Take care and stay safe.”

“Need all your love and blessings. Please do not take the situation out there lightly,” Neil added.

Bollywood actor Sonu Sood also tested positive for Covid-19 while actresses Bhumi Pednekar and Katrina Kaif informed on social media that they have tested negative.

Nitin Nitin Mukesh. (File photos)
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Dr. Deepak Chopra and Sonu Sood to join Akshaya Patra USA virtual gala on April 24

Boston, MA: Akshaya Patra USA will hold its first virtual gala of 2021, Partnerships for Happiness, on Saturday, April 24th to raise funds for hunger relief to migrant families and the mid-day meal beneficiaries in India. The event hosts are the Boston, Buffalo, Grand Rapids, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia chapters. 

“The purest form of happiness is a child’s smile. It is what motivates us (at Akshaya Patra) to continue to provide nutritious, hot meals to our beneficiaries, so they are not deprived of an education and smile knowing they each have a bright future ahead.” Said Vandana Tilak, CEO of Akshaya Patra. “It is thanks to our supporters, donors, corporate sponsors, and partners that we can come together and make this happen.” 

Moderating the event will be the astute business leader, Milind Pant, CEO of Amway; he will have a fireside chat with Sonu Sood, Bollywood actor and humanitarian. Later, world-renowned Dr. Deepak Chopra, Founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, will be speaking on the ‘Nature of Reality – Metahuman.’ There will be musical performances by the talented singer and songwriter Abby V and beautiful multi-faceted dancer Vinaini Jayasinghe throughout the event. 

Over 1,000 professionals, non-profits, government officials, and philanthropic leaders will be in attendance to celebrate the beneficiaries, volunteers, and chapter teams. 

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How Sonu Sood has become migrants’ superhero

Sonu Sood’s real life role of the migrants’ superhero has virtually affected his reel life roles.

Doing a yeoman’s job for those who are walking barefoot for thousands of miles to their hometowns, the Bollywood’s new role model from this town in Punjab has decided to stay away from movies till the completion of the real life drama impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

His old-time friends and well-wishers in his hometown, some 175 km from the state capital Chandigarh, describe him as the messiah of tens of thousands of desperate migrants in Maharashtra, while his family believes his philanthropy spirit comes from his ancestry.

“I am proud that my brother is giving succor and strength to those who have been ruined by the pandemic,” actor’s youngest sister Malvika Sachar (38), who is married and running her parental family business in Moga, told IANS.

“It is a proud moment for the family and the state that Sonu is contributing to society from his own resources,” she said.

Without naming anyone, she said, “It hardly matters when one or two people are critical about your compassionate gestures.”

“My brother arranged air tickets of nearly 160 stranded people in Mumbai for their destinations in Assam this morning. Last evening, he managed to send nearly 2,500 migrants to Bihar through trains,” an elated Malvika said, adding, “He won’t stop till the last migrant reaches home”.

Born to a business family, Sonu’s father was in the cloth business and his mother was an English lecturer in Moga’s oldest D.M. College of Education.

His father died four years ago, while his mother passed away seven years back.

Sonu’s eldest sister is settled in the US.

“Sonu is deeply attached to his hometown, his family and friends. He prefers to travel to Moga whenever he spares time from his hectic schedule in Bollywood,” she said.

“Since he’s now busy with thousands of migrants, I think he will not unite with his family till his aim to reunite each and every migrant with his family is over,” Malvika, who runs cloth and education business, said.

Sood, 47, in a tweet said: “My journey with my migrant brothers & sisters has been the most special one. It’s straight from the heart.

“Right from Kashmir to Kanya Kumari whenever anyone tried to reach me, I’ve put all my efforts to help them reunite with their families & will continue to do so.”

Appreciating his gesture, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has tweeted: “It fills me with immense pride whenever I read about my fellow Punjabis going beyond their call of duty to help those in need & this time it is our Moga boy Sonu Sood, who has been actively helping migrant workers by arranging for their food & transportation. Good work Sonu!”

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