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Dangal propels Aamir to get 5.86 lakh followers on Chinese

first_imgsocial mediaFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, May 19 (PTI) Aamir Khans popularity in China shot up with the runaway success of his movie “Dangal” and now his Chinese microblogging website account has also crossed 5.86 lakh followers overtaking that of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.The 51-year-old superstars account on Weibo, one of the most popular social websites in China, has received 5,86,591 followers till this evening.Modi, who opened the account on Weibo in 2015 before his visit to China, was the most popular Indian with 1.69 lakhs followers.He still continues to update his post with China related events.Khan account, called “Amier Han” in Chinese, was opened last month ahead of the release of the biographical sports drama, which has become a smashing hit in China grossing 500 million yuan (about USD 76 million) in 13 days topping even Hollywood movies in China.”Last Saturday along it created a new record netting 96 million yuan (about USD 15 million),” Prasad Shetty, partner of Strategic Alliance a Chinese firm promoting Indian films in China for the past few years told PTI here.Aamir himself toured Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu ahead of the release of the film. PTI KJV PMS SSNlast_img read more

Indonesia offer state jobs, houses and cash to Asian Games medallists

first_imgIndonesia are hosting the 18th Asian Games and offering athletes who win medals over the next two weeks the chance to take up jobs in the country’s civil service, or to join the police force or army, officials said.The offer comes on top of previously announced pledges to give houses and generous cash sums to gold medallists.Indonesia is hoping to capitalise on its home advantage as host nation by breaking into the top 10 in the medal table for the first time since 1990 and aims to secure 16 gold medals.”As long as they are healthy, medallists can become civil servants or members of the police or military,” Syafruddin, Indonesia’s chef de mission for the Games and deputy chief of police, told reporters.The Ministry of Youth and Sports said previously that all “outstanding athletes” in the 2018 Asian Games and Asian Para Games could become candidates for the civil service and receive a public housing unit.President Joko Widodo is rewarding gold medallists with a bonus of 1.5 billion rupiah ($102,700).A giant symbolic 1.5 billion rupiah cheque was offered on Monday by sports minister Imam Nahrawi to taekwondo champion Defia Rosmaniar, who won Indonesia’s first gold.By Tuesday afternoon, weightlifter and two-time Olympic medallist Eko Yuli Wirawan had bagged Indonesia’s fifth gold medal, which was presented by President Widodo.Many Indonesian athletes come from humble backgrounds, so the prospect of housing, cash and a job for life in the civil service are highly sought.After Indonesian sprinter Lalu Muhammad Zohri won the 100 metres final at the under-20 world championships last month, Widodo ordered ministers to renovate his humble woven bamboo home into a modern house.advertisementZohri is due to compete in the event at the Games.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more