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1. Rajkummar Rao and Hansal Mehta Pick Their Top 5 Villains

Omerta is an antagonist-led movie directed by Hansal Mehta in which Rajkummar Rao plays the role of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, a notorious British-Pakistani terrorist.

It is one of those rare Bollywood films in which the villain is the leading man. But unlike Darr or Baazigar, Omerta is about a real person and the treatment is also suitably realistic. Since the film is about a dark character, so actor Rajkummar Rao and director Hansal Mehta shared with us who, according to them, are the top cinematic villains.

From Amjad Khan in Sholay to Heath Ledger in Dark Knight, some of the most memorable cinematic characters have been villains.

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2. Karnataka Elections: BJP Releases Manifesto Focused on Farmers

The BJP released its manifesto for the Karnataka Assembly elections on Friday, 4 May, attempting to reach out to farmers. The manifesto promised an allocation of Rs 1.5 lakh crore for irrigation projects and farm loan waivers for loans up to Rs 1 lakh given by nationalised and cooperative banks.

The manifesto, unveiled by BJP state unit president and the party's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa, also said the party, if voted to power, will bring out a 'white paper' on the financial health of the state under the Congress rule.

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3. Karnataka Polls: SC Rejects Janardhana Reddy’s Ballari Campaign Plea

The Supreme Court on Friday, 4 May, dismissed the plea of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader G Janardhan Reddy for letting him travel to Ballari to campaign for his brother, who is a candidate for the upcoming Assembly elections in Karnataka. Reddy is currently out on bail in the mining scam and is prohibited from entering Ballari district as per his bail conditions.

The apex court said that it did not find any merit in the plea to campaign in Ballari and dismissed it, reported ANI.

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4. RSS Condemns BJP Leaders Dining With Dalits, Calls it “Staged”

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) Joint-Secretary Manmohan Vaidya on Friday, 4 May, said that the organisation did not agree with the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) idea that its party leaders must spend a night at a Dalit’s house and also share meals with them.

Criticising the BJP’s Dalit outreach attempt, Vaidya added that while connecting with Dalits was important, it should be “natural” and not staged.

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5. We Accepted Our National Awards. But Don’t Dismiss Those Who Didn’t

It’s been two days of pride and joy tinged with sadness and a feeling that you’ve been given short shrift. A feeling you can’t shake off. I am part of the team that won Best Film in the Education category at the 65th National Film Awards.

Our film, The Little Girls We Were... And the Women We Are, is a labour of years of hard work put in by Rahi Foundation that works in a field that no one wants to talk about – that of child sexual abuse. Even when we discuss cases that make national headlines like Asifa’s, we talk about the politics around it, and not the crime in itself. The subject makes us uncomfortable. It makes us want to say, hush, it never happened.

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6. Change Your Password Now, Says Twitter to All 330+ Million Users

Twitter Inc urged its 330 million+ users to change their passwords on Thursday, 3 May, after a glitch caused some to be stored in readable text on its internal computer system rather than disguised by a process known as ‘hashing.’

The social network disclosed the same in a blog post and a series of tweets, saying it had resolved the problem and an internal investigation indicated that no passwords were stolen or misused by insiders. Still, it urged all users to consider changing their passwords.

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