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 Famed for his role as 'Arjun Reddy', Vijay Deverakonda partied hard at Karan Johar's birthday bash on Wednesday night.

The 50-year-old Bollywood writer, director, and producer had invited some of Hindi cinema's biggest stars, with Vijay Deverakonda, the only Telugu actor in attendance.

Despite the fact that he has yet to work on a major Hindi project, Vijay Deverakonda has a strong network in Mumbai, which he appears to have developed following the success of his film 'Arjun Reddy'.

Vijay Deverakonda's dazzling appearance at Bollywood's most-awaited birthday bash is a classic example of his chemistry with the Mumbai film industry. For more than two years, Mumbai has felt like his second home, as he worked on his much-anticipated film 'Liger'.

In his glowing black suit, the 'Geetha Govindam' actor dazzled the photographer at Karan's birthday party. After completing the first schedule of 'Kushi' starring Samantha Ruth Prabhu, the actor was seen in his 'Kushi' look, having recently flown to Mumbai from Kashmir.

Puri Jagannadh, the director of 'Liger' and producer Charmme Kaur were also present at the event.


As Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan's caravan is on its way to famous D-Chowk after entering Islamabad on Thursday, the federal government has called in the Army for the security of the capital's Red Zone.

"Pursuant to the law and order situation in the Islamabad Capital Territory, the federal government, in exercise of powers conferred under Article 245 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is pleased to authorise deployment of sufficient strength of troops of Pakistan in Red Zone in ICP in aid of civil power," The Express Tribune reported citing a statement issued by the Interior Ministry as saying.

The statement said that the decision was taken for the protection of important government buildings including the Supreme Court, Parliament House, Presidency, Prime Minister's Office and others.

It further said that the exact number of troops to be deployed will be worked out by the Pakistan Army authorities in consultation with the ICT administration, The Express Tribune reported.

Earlier in the day, the former Prime Minister had asked his supporters to reach the D-Chowk of federal capital.

"The workers present at D-Chowk wait for me... I am bringing a sea of people there," he announced atop his container.

However, soon after the announcement, the Capital Police vowed to stop anyone from entering the Red Zone.

"If anyone tried to come near the Red Zone, he will be dealt with an iron hand," Islamabad IG Akber Nasir said.

Nasir said that he has asked the officers not to use force in other areas of the capital. He also appealed to the protesters not to damage public property and remain peaceful.


PTI supporters who were awaiting Imran Khan's arrival at D-Chowk in Islamabad entered the Red Zone on Thursday morning, after the party chief gave a six-day deadline to the government for announcing elections and warned that he would "return" to the capital if the demand was not met, police said.

According to a statement issued by the Islamabad police spokesperson, the protesters were being stopped by police, Rangers and other law enforcers with "patience", reports Dawn news.

He said Islamabad Inspector General of Police Akbar Nasir Khan was also present at the site and protesters were being instructed to leave the Red Zone.

The Dawn report said that they have since begun to disperse after negotiations with the police.

Earlier, Khan addressed the protesters at Islamabad's 9th Avenue and gave a six-day deadline to the government for announcing elections and dissolving assemblies and warned that he would return to the capital with the "entire nation" otherwise, Dawn reported.

"I had decided that I will sit here until the government dissolves assemblies and announces elections, but of what I have seen in the past 24 hours, they (govt) are taking the nation towards anarchy," the ousted Prime Minister said, claiming that the government was also trying to create a divide between the nation and police.

Khan said the government would be happy if he staged a sit-in in Islamabad as it would lead to clashes between the people and police and the army.

He denounced the "tactics" used by the "imported government", including raids and arrests, to stop the PTI's march and thanked the Supreme Court (SC) for taking notice of the matter.

The former premier said there was a "huge responsibility" on Supreme Court judges, as he went on to ask where in a democracy peaceful protests were not allowed and demonstrators had to face tear-gas shelling, police raids and arrests.


Twenty-five people were killed in a police operation conducted in a favela, or marginal neighbourhood, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian authorities said.

The operation by the Federal Police, the Federal Highway Police and the Military Police took place in Vila Cruzeiro in an attempt to capture leaders of the city's largest criminal faction, reports Xinhua news agency.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Military Police said that officers responded to an attack by alleged criminals in the favela, leaving 15 suspects dead, while a 41-year-old woman was killed by a stray bullet and nine other bodies have not been identified yet.

The confrontation also left several wounded, including a teenager and two people who died on Wednesday.

Rifles, pistols and a grenade were seized during the operation, along with a large quantity of drugs, and motorcycles and vehicles used by the alleged criminals.

This is the second deadliest police operation carried out by security forces in Rio de Janeiro, after the one carried out a year ago in the Jacarezinho favela with 28 people dead.


 Sweden is continuing its dialogue with Turkey to secure Ankara's support for Stockholm's bid to join the NATO military alliance, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said here.

"Sweden's dialogue with Turkey is ongoing, and I look forward to strengthening the Swedish-Turkish bilateral relations including on peace, security and the fight against terrorism," Andersson told a press conference held jointly with Charles Michel, visiting President of the European Council.

Sweden and Finland simultaneously handed in their official letters of application to join NATO on May 18, reports Xinhua news agency.

Turkey has been the only NATO member to object to these bids, citing the two Scandinavian countries' support to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), the Syrian branch of PKK.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Tuesday demanded a "written agreement" from Finland and Sweden on steps to end their "support for terrorism" if they want to join NATO.

Michel said in his turn that the European Union (EU) looks forward to a "positive resolution to discussions among NATO allies".

He reiterated the EU's support for Sweden and Finland's NATO membership bid.