Controversy isnt new to Salman:Katrina on his IOA appointment

first_imgMumbai, Apr 26 (PTI) Actress Katrina Kaif, taking a friendly jibe at her former boyfriend Salman Khan over the row of his appointment as the goodwill ambassador of Indian Olympic Association, says the superstar is not new to controversies.From chinkara poaching allegation in 1998 to 2002 hit-and-run case, Salman has had an unending tryst with controversies.The latest one came after some athletes, including legendary sprinter Milkha Singh, criticised the 50-year-olds appointment as the ambassador of the Indian contingent for the upcoming Olympics.Singh said that sports, especially Olympics doesnt need Bollywood stars as ambassadors.When asked about her take on the debate, Katrina quipped, “Salman Khan ko le kay controversy hai, woh naya cheez hai kya? (Is a controversy about Salman a new thing?)”Katrina, however, refused to comment further on the issue.The actress was interacting with the media at the wrap up party of “Baar Baar Dekho”, which co-stars Sidharth Malhotra.The film has been co-produced by Excel Entertainment and Karan Johars Dharma Production.Sidharth said he had no clue about the controversy but thinks the jury made the right decision.”I dont know about the controversy but I think the people who have chosen, have chosen right, but I dont know much about it. I think he (Salman) is a man who is known for his fitness.”When asked about his opinion, Johar, did not make any direct comment and said, “I love Salman Khan. Whatever he does I think he is the best.”Yesterday, Salmans father Salim Khan defended his appointment, in a Twitter post.advertisement”Salman may not have competed but is an A list swimmer, cyclist and weight lifter. Sportsmen are performing because of sports lovers like us.”Taking on Singh, Salim said, ?Milkha ji, its not Bollywood industry but the Indian film industry which is the largest in the world.”The former scriptwriter taunted Singh referring to his biopic, “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”, as he wrote, “The same industry which resurrected you from fading away in oblivion.” PTI JUR DK PSH SDMlast_img read more

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Saipan officials concerned over Imperial Pacific future after 80 construction workers released

first_imgSaipan officials have expressed new concerns over the future of Imperial Pacific International’s (IPI) local IR development following the shock termination of 80 foreign construction workers late last week.Termination of the workers came just six weeks after IPI was granted a two-and-half year extension for completion of Imperial Pacific Resort through to 28 February 2021 after failing to meet its previous 31 August 2018 deadline. According to reports, the workers were taken by surprise on Friday when they were called into the IPI office and served termination letters stating they would be provided seven days’ severance pay before being sent back home. Imperial Pacific pays remaining US$10.5 million balance on annual license fee Imperial Pacific adds to Board of Directors as regulator looks to impose US$375,000 fine for late license fee payment Calls for 10% gaming tax renewed as report reveals Imperial Pacific tax payments of just US$21,000 in 2019 Load More RelatedPosts Although IPI’s actions were legal under the terms of the workers’ contracts, officials have questioned the timing amid rumors that another 100 workers are set to be released.“It seems now that IPI got a two-and-a-half-year extension for completing the hotel casino project in Garapan, they have decided to lay off both local and H-2B workers,” Rep. Edwin Propst told local media.“Rather than getting more workers to complete the casino construction, they are now cutting back on labor. Why?“With all of these local and H-2B workers being laid off, are we really supposed to believe that IPI will complete the hotel casino construction project within two-and-a-half years?”“These terminations of local and H-2B workers, the recent multiple resignations of high-ranking executives at IPI and the termination of Pacific Rim are all telltale signs that the casino is having serious problems.”Propst noted that IPI had previously cited a lack of construction workers among the primary reasons for failing to meet its 31 August 2018 deadline, asking, “What’s their excuse going to be now? Do we honestly believe that IPI is going to complete the casino hotel by their construction deadline in 2021 after laying off hundreds of skilled workers?”Responding to criticism over the weekend, IPI said it was in the process of adjusting its construction workforce based on labor demands while prioritizing US workers over foreigners.“The purpose of the reduction is to adjust the level of labor supply based on the demand of the construction project,” the company told the Saipan Tribune.“The adjustment is in line with effective workforce planning and efficiency improvement of the project. IPI plans to hire local construction workers who are released by Pacific Rim (IPI’s former contractor) to ensure their continued employment.”However, Vice Chairman of the Commonwealth Casino Commission Joe C. Reyes admitted there was growing frustration over IPI’s actions.“All I want IPI to do is pretty much to get its act together and get its casino project done,” he told Marianas Variety, adding that “a commitment is a commitment.”last_img read more

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