Popular Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput found dead

Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who started as a TV actor, made his Bollywood debut in 2013 with ‘Kai Po Che.’ (AFP file photo)
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Updated 14 June 2020

Popular Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput found dead

  • Police say 34-year-old actor was found hanging in his apartment in suburban Bandra
  • ‘Sushant Singh Rajput...a bright young actor gone too soon’

NEW DELHI: Popular Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead at his Mumbai residence on Sunday, Press Trust of India news agency and other media outlets reported.
Initial reports citing Mumbai police said the 34-year-old actor was found hanging in his apartment in suburban Bandra.
Rajput, who started as a TV actor, made his Bollywood debut in 2013 with director Abhishek Kapoor in “Kai Po Che,” based on the book by Chetan Bhagat.
Social media was flooded with condolences for the actor, with many reacting to the news with disbelief.
“Sushant Singh Rajput...a bright young actor gone too soon,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted. “He excelled on TV and in films. His rise in the world of entertainment inspired many and he leaves behind several memorable performances. Shocked by his passing away. My thoughts are with his family and fans. Om Shanti.”
Bollywood star Akshay Kumar wrote on Twitter, “Honestly this news has left me shocked and speechless.”
“I can’t believe this at all ... it’s shocking ... a beautiful actor and a good friend ... it’s disheartening,” actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui tweeted.
Rajput played former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the 2016 film “M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story.” Among his other movies are “Kedarnath, Sonchiriya” (Golden Bird) and “Raabta” (Connection).
He was last seen in the Netflix film “Drive.”
Mumbai, India’s financial hub and home to Bollywood, has been grappling with the coronavirus pandemic, which has brought the business of entertainment to a complete halt in the country.


What We Are Reading Today: The Dangerous Snakes of Africa

Updated 07 August 2020

What We Are Reading Today: The Dangerous Snakes of Africa

Authors: Stephen Sprawls and Bill Branch

Africa is home to several hundred snake species, including some of the world’s most dangerous. The Dangerous Snakes of Africa is an indispensable guide to all 137 of these perilous species, both venomous and nonvenomous, and also looks at another 70 species that can be easily mistaken for them.
All species accounts include details on identification, habitat, distribution, behavior, and venom, along with information on how to treat bites, a selection of photographs, and an accurate range map. Introductory sections discuss the major snake groups, their venom characteristics, how to avoid snake bites, and first-aid advice. Comprehensive and definitive, this is an essential guide for snake lovers and herpetologists, and a useful tool for naturalists, conservationists, educators, field workers, and medical personnel throughout Africa.
• Features all 137 species of dangerous snakes found in Africa
• Looks at venomous and nonvenomous varieties, including pythons and constrictors
• Includes details on identification, habitat, distribution, and behavior