With little more than a week left for Salman Khan’s new film Sultan’s release, fans are looking forward to every little news and development regarding the wrestling-based sports drama.Well, a brand new still from the movie is here and Salman bhai looks like he means business. Take a look yourself.The countdown begins! #SultanEid2016 pic.twitter.com/ol1CBhOkWl Sultan Official (@SultanTheMovie) June 26, 2016Salman Khan trained vigorously to achieve this lean, mean look for the film. In the Ali Abbas Zafar (Gunday) directorial, Salman plays a Haryanvi wrestler Sultan Ali Khan who goes on to win a gold medal in the Olympics before he falls from grace, and eventually makes a comeback in the world of mixed martial arts.ALSO READ: Anushka Sharma to hold special screening of Sultan for beau Virat Kohli ALSO READ: Salman Khan breaks silence on Arijit Singh’s Facebook rant about Jag Ghoomeya Randeep Hooda is playing Salman Khan’s coach in the film. The film also starts Anushka Sharma who will be playing Aarfa, a wrestler. This is the first time Anushka is acting in such a physically demanding role.Recently, Salman Khan got into a controversy when he compared his shooting experience for Sultan to the condition of a raped woman. There was much furore on social media and the National Commission for Women (NCW) demanded a public apology from him.ALSO READ: Hisar gangrape victim demands Rs. 10 crore from Salman Khan ALSO READ: Bollywood chooses to stay silent over Salman Khan’s rape remark controversy advertisementWhile Salman hasn’t apologised yet, he did make a statement regarding this on Thursday (June 23) in Madrid, Spain where he was attending the 17th IIFA awards.”The shorter I keep, the better it is.” said Salman Khan when he got on stage to speak about his experience at the IIFA awards extravaganza. Salman Khan’s 2015 blockbuster Bajrangi Bhaijaan won the Best Film award at the awards ceremomy.Sultan is scheduled to release on Eid (July 6) this year.
Gov. Bill Walker named a new chief of staff Wednesday, bringing in Anchorage lawyer Scott Kendall to replace Jim Whitaker, effective Dec. 2.Listen Now Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reporter Matt Buxton speaks to Jim Whitaker, outgoing chief of staff for Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, shortly before Walker’s inauguration in 2014. Whitaker will move from being chief of staff to senior adviser on major projects on Dec. 2. Scott Kendall will replace him. (Creative Commons photo by James Brooks)Kendall said he’ll be like a basketball point guard for Walker’s team, helping the administration achieve its goals.“I don’t need to be the smartest person in the room, but I like to facilitate decision-making to the right person at the right time,” Kendall said. “And I’ve always been able to kind of been able to bring people together to — I think — get to the right solutions.”Kendall has worked as an attorney and consultant for all three current members of Alaska’s congressional delegation. He also worked for Sen. Ted Stevens. His most recent job included coordinating Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s re-election campaign.Kendall has also worked with state-level politicians, including advising Walker’s election campaign, and working for Anchorage Republican Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux. He said he works well across party lines.“I’m a Republican, my wife is a Democrat. We agree on 95 percent of the issues,” Kendall said. “It’s real simple: We’re Alaskans first.”Whitaker will continue to work for Walker on a project to provide natural gas to the Interior and other other initiatives.With the new hire, the governor’s office said “adjustments” will be made to keep the office on budget.