16 March 2016“I am so proud to be sitting here,” said Mrs South Africa Candice Abrahams on her return to South Africa, after winning the Mrs World title in China on 12 March. “My country has been behind me since I won Mrs South Africa and it’s just so good to be home. It feels amazing and I will not let the country down.”Watch the winning announcement:“Tonight we stand tall, we stand united and we are proudly South African,” said the chief executive of the Mrs South Africa pageant, Joani Johnson, after Abrahams was named the winner.Abrahams arrived back home to a welcoming crowd at OR Tambo International Airport in Ekurhuleni on 15 March.#WelcomeHome #MrsWorld @MrsSA_Official @AbrahamsCandice pic.twitter.com/hVcb3olzaX— Mrs South Africa (@MrsSAPageant) March 15, 2016Watch a snippet of the press conference on her return:There were 36 participants in the 27th annual Mrs World pageant representing their countries. Abrahams wore a traditional costume designed by Anel Botha; her evening gown was designed by Werner Dey.According to the official Mrs World website, all married women, including mothers and grandmothers, are able to participate. “By providing this unique forum, in which delegates from around the world can come together and share a common purpose, Mrs World successfully fosters greater communication, friendship, and mutual understanding among all people,” it reads.South Africans, proud of her achievement, have sent congratulatory messages on Twitter:Congratulations to @AbrahamsCandice who has just been crowned #MrsWorld2016. Thank you for flying our flag high! pic.twitter.com/1eY0UssDBJ— South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) March 15, 2016A huge congratulations to our gorgeous #MrsSouthAfrica @MrsSA_Official on taking the #MrsWorld crown last night! pic.twitter.com/t7NSev6f07— Abigail Visagie (@AbigailVisagie_) March 13, 2016Congratulations Candace Abrahams. Our new Mrs World 2016! South Africa on top again! pic.twitter.com/gbSY7TsTN6— Jill Nicholas (@JillNicholas01) March 13, 2016Our very own Mrs World is a flame.— Thabo (@TouchupRamz) March 13, 2016South Africa’s Rolene Strauss also elevated the country’s global profile when she brought home the Miss World title in 2014.South Africa.info reporter
Mumbai: Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “In-shaa-allah”, featuring Salman Khan and Alia Bhatt, may have been shelved, but the actor says she will be working with the celebrated filmmaker “very soon”. The project, a co-production between Salman and Bhansali’s banners, marked the director-actor duo’s first collaboration in two decades where Salman, 53, was suppose to play the lead. It was, however, announced last month that the film has been shelved. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka When asked about it, Alia told reporters, “I was very excited to work with Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Salman as well, I believe sometimes certain things happen which are not in your control. “They say if you want to make God laugh, tell them your plans. Plans never really go ‘as per plan’ but I can give it to you in writing that I am going to work with Sanjay Leela Bhansali very soon,” she added. She was speaking at the 20th edition of IIFA awards. Alia will be next seen in “Brahmastra” and “Sadak 2”.
Lucknow: Forty-four people were killed in rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh in the past 24 hours, officials said on Friday as heavy rains continued to lash different parts of the state disrupting normal life.Due to heavy rains, the district administration of Lucknow, Amethi, Hardoi and some other districts have announced the closure of schools on Saturday. “Forty-four persons have died in the rain-related incidents of house and wall collapse, snake bites, drowning, lightning in the state since Thursday (past 24 hours),” a report from the Relief Commissioner’s office said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkSix deaths each were reported in Pratapgarh and Raebareli, five in Amethi, four each in Chandauli and Varanasi, three each in Prayagraj, Barabanki and Mahoba, two in Ambedkar Nagar, and one each in Kanpur, Gorakhpur, Sonebhadra, Ayodhya, Saharanpur, Jaunpur, Kaushambi and Azamgarh, the officials said. In the wake of continuing rains, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed the divisional commissioners and the district magistrates to take all measures and extend immediate relief to those affected, an official said. He said the chief minister had asked the officials concerned to visit the areas which have been affected by rains and witnessing flood-like situation. The chief minister has asked the officials to extend monetary help of Rs 4 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed and also arrange treatment for the injured, he said. He also said that the issue of waterlogging should be addressed immediately, the official said.