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Having acquired the reputation as one of the finest acting schools in the country, Anupam Kher launched the fourth chapter of his cting institute called 'Actor Prepares' in Ahmedabad. Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the institute.

"There is a huge difference between popularity and respect. You will find many people around you who are popular, but not all will be respectable. And in order to be a respectable person, one needs to be trained, in whichever field one is," explained Kher at the event. Four years back Kher had launched his first acting institute in Mumbai, followed by other branchesin Chandigarh, London and now in Ahmedabad. "Many people ask me why I chose Gujarat as one of the centres for opening my acting institute and my answer is that Mehboob Khan, who is fondly known as the father of Indian cinema (best known for directing Mother India) belongs to Gujarat.

Hence I believe that Gujarat has a lot of talent, the only thing required is to bring it out by training them properly," said Kher. "It is said that economic growth has to be backed by cultural renaissance. My acting school will provide the same to Gujarat," he added. Congratulating Kher on the opening of his acting institute, Modi said, "Although the Gujarati film industry has not fared well in the last few years, if we have a look at the entire television industry, we may find that there are so many serials based on Gujarati families. Moreover, Mumbai also has a great market for Gujarati theatre. There is a need to revive the film industry in Gujarat." "Gujarat government has constantly believed in combining commerce with culture, trade with tradition and entrepreneurship with entertainment'. Life becomes hollow if either of these are lacking in life. I personally feel that Anupam Kher's institute will fill up the void that Gujarat has on the entertainment front," he added. The first batch of the acting institute currently comprises of 11 students, most of them belonging to the outskirts of Ahmedabad.

The timings of the non-residential institute will be 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. All the faculties of the institute are pass outs of National School of Drama (NSD) and Film and Television Institute of India, with Mita Vashisht heading the faculty team. Kher will himself be teaching the students for a week.

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PM congratulates Speaker Shri Om Birla for completing two years in office
June 19, 2021
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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has congratulated, Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla for completing two years in office.
In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said:

"Over the last two years, Shri @ombirlakota Ji has ushered in a series of steps that have enriched our Parliamentary democracy and enhanced productivity, leading to the passage of many historic as well as pro-people legislations. Congratulations to him!

It is worth noting that Shri @ombirlakota Ji has placed special emphasis on giving first time MPs, young MPs and women MPs the opportunity to speak on the floor of the House. He has also strengthened the various Committees, whose role in our democracy is vital."