Nollywood-Bollywood movie ‘Namaste Wahala’ premiere date postponed due to coronavirus, President Buhari reduces the price of petrol, Zlatan Ibrahimovic starts coronavirus fund. Stay in the know with our Rave News Digest which summarizes five of the hottest global news you need to catch up on, saving you time and energy. Consider it your daily news fix.
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1. Producer of Nollywood and Bollywood film ‘Namaste Wahala’ extend release date due to coronavirus
Upcoming Nollywood and Bollywood collaboration, Namaste Wahala has joined the list of film projects affected by the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Hamisha Daryani Ahuja took to Instagram to officially announce that Namaste Wahala’s release date has been extended from April 10, 2020, to October 2020 due to the coronavirus.
According to the first-time director, the new release date of Namaste Wahala was imperative due to the unavoidable extension of post-production schedules. The upcoming romantic comedy is reportedly a beautiful mix of Nigerian and Indian cultures. It stars Ini-Dima Okojie, Ruslaan Mumtaz, Joke Silva, Richard Mofe Damijo and Segal Sujata.
2. Buhari reduces the price of petrol to ₦125 per litre
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reduction of the pump price of petrol to ₦125 per litre. Buhari was said to have approved the price reduction after the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Mr Timipre Sylva, briefed him on the current crash in the global price of crude oil.
Confirming the development, Special Assistant to the President on New Media, Tolu Ogunlesi on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, said the price reduction takes effect immediately. While announcing the development on Twitter, the Federal Government said the price was adjusted in line with the market price of crude oil.
A Price Modulation Mechanism is being introduced, to be managed by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), to henceforth adjust the price in line with the market price of crude oil.
3. Kenya’s coronavirus cases rise to seven
Kenya has confirmed three more cases of coronavirus, bringing the total to seven. Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe said all the cases are from patients who had arrived from abroad. The latest cases involve a couple who had travelled from Spain’s capital, Madrid, through Dubai, arriving on March 5.
The other involved a Burundian national, who arrived from Dubai on March 17 and was isolated after being found to have a high temperature at Kenya’s main airport in the capital, Nairobi.
Mr Kagwe said the authorities were tracing all the people who came into contact with the three latest cases. Last week, Kenya blocked entry to all travellers coming from countries with reported cases, but Kenyan citizens, diplomats and foreigners with valid residence permits are allowed in.
4. US-Canadian border to be closed to ‘non-essential’ traffic
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday morning said that the border between Canada and the United States would be closed “by mutual consent” to non-essential traffic such as tourists and other visitors. Trade, the president said on Twitter, would not be affected by the decree. More details are forthcoming, he said.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a news conference outside his home on Wednesday that he spoke with Trump earlier in the day, and likened the measure to the instructions from public-health officials that people avoid visiting their neighbours unless doing so is essential.
5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic launches fundraisers to help fight coronavirus pandemic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has launched a fundraiser to help fight coronavirus and has called on fellow footballers to help “kick this virus away.” The AC Milan striker plays in Italy, the country so far worst affected by the pandemic other than China.
It appears Ibrahimovic has made two €50,000 (£46,054) donations.
“Italy has always given me so much and in this dramatic moment, I want to give back even more to this country that I love,” Ibrahimovic said on Instagram.
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