Mumbai: Ekta Kapoor’s banner Balaji Telefilms on Wednesday expressed regret over actor Kangana Ranaut’s spat with a PTI journalist during a promotional event for the film “Judgementall Hai Kya”. In a statement, the banner said it would like to apologise as the “untoward incident” happened at their event on Sunday. “A lot is being reported about the debate that ensued between our film ‘JudgeMentall Hai Kya’ actor and journalist Justin Rao, at the film’s song launch event on July 7, 2019. Unfortunately, the event took an unpleasant turn. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography “While the people involved in it fairly held their own perspectives but because it happened at the event of our film, we, as the producers, would like to apologize and express regret for this untoward incident. We would like to maintain that our intention was not to disrespect or hurt anyone’s sentiments,” the statement read. The production house also hoped the media will not “let this one incident hamper the team effort that has gone behind making the film”. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot The statement comes a day after a delegation from The Entertainment Journalists’ Guild of India met Kapoor and conveyed their decision to boycott Ranaut. Members of the Guild demanded a public apology from both Kapoor and Ranaut, journalists present at Tuesday’s meeting said. “We, as a guild, have collectively decided to boycott Ms Ranaut and not give her any media coverage,” the delegation said in its letter to Kapoor, adding that the boycott will not affect the film or the rest of the cast. The members said in the letter that Ranaut had lashed out at the journalist even before he could complete the question he was asking at the press conference to promote the film on the pretext that he was running a “smear campaign” against her. Ranaut had also accused Rao of writing negatively about her film “Manikarnika”. The journalist denied the allegations and the actor’s claim that he personally messaged her and spent three hours in her vanity van. He said he met the actor briefly for an interview and there were no personal messages. Ranaut’s sister Rangoli Chandel said on Twitter that the actor will not apologise. “I promise one thing that there will be no apology from Kangana,” she tweeted and described the journalists as anti-national. “Judgementall Hai Kya”, which also features Rajkummar Rao, is scheduled to be released on July 26.
The report released today by the World Health Organization (WHO) says most of the drugs currently in the clinical pipeline are modifications of existing classes of antibiotics and are only short-term solutions. “Antimicrobial resistance is a global health emergency that will seriously jeopardize progress in modern medicine,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom in a press release. The report found very few potential treatment options for those antibiotic-resistant infections identified by WHO as posing the greatest threat to health, including drug-resistant tuberculosis which kills around 250,000 people each year. “There is an urgent need for more investment in research and development for antibiotic-resistant infections including TB, otherwise we will be forced back to a time when people feared common infections and risked their lives from minor surgery,” Mr. Adhanom said. In addition to multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, WHO has identified 12 classes of priority pathogens – some of them causing common infections such as pneumonia or urinary tract infections – that are increasingly resistant to existing antibiotics and urgently in need of new treatments. The report identifies 51 new antibiotics and biologicals in clinical development to treat priority antibiotic-resistant pathogens, as well as tuberculosis and the sometimes deadly diarrhoeal infection Clostridium difficile. Among all these candidate medicines, however, only eight are classed by WHO as innovative treatments that will add value to the current antibiotic treatment arsenal. There is a serious lack of treatment options for multidrug- and extensively drug-resistant M. tuberculosis and gram-negative pathogens, including Acinetobacter and Enterobacteriaceae (such as Klebsiella and E.coli) which can cause severe and often deadly infections that pose a particular threat in hospitals and nursing homes. The report also found that although oral antibiotics are essential for treatment outside hospitals or in resource-limited settings, few are in the pipeline. “Pharmaceutical companies and researchers must urgently focus on new antibiotics against certain types of extremely serious infections that can kill patients in a matter of days because we have no line of defence,” said Suzanne Hill, Director of the Department of Essential Medicines at WHO. To counter this threat, WHO and the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) set up a research and development partnership. According to Mario Raviglione, Director of the WHO Global Tuberculosis Programme, research for tuberculosis is seriously underfunded, with only two new antibiotics for treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis having reached the market in over 70 years. “If we are to end tuberculosis, more than $800 million per year is urgently needed to fund research for new anti-tuberculosis medicines,” he said.