‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’, a film based on the life of cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, has been declared tax-free in Kerala and Chhattisgarh.The decisions in this regard were taken by the respective cabinets of each state, in compliance with government policies, read a statement from the makers of the film. (Tendulkar wants to dedicate ‘Sachin A Billion Dreams’ to father, brother)”We are pleased that ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ is tax-free in the states of Kerala and Chhattisgarh,” said Ravi Bhagchandka, who has produced the film under the 200NotOut banner.”The film is a tribute to the hard work and determination of one individual, but it is also an inspiring lesson for the youth of today who clearly needs a real-life hero, to prove to them that success comes to those who strive, against all odds.” (Tendulkar to India Today on his biopic: Fans will get to see my romance with Anjali)”Thanks to the tax exemption in these states, many more people will be able to watch the inspiring story of Sachin Tendulkar, and learn from or about how he overcame the darker, more testing phases of his life,” he added.”Sachin: A Billion Dreams”, directed by James Erskine, is about Tendulkar’s personal journey from a young boy to a cricketing icon.It is scheduled for release on May 26.
Three stories in the news for Monday, July 24———CONCERNS PERSIST AS B.C. WILDFIRE EVACUEES RETURNResidents of two communities evacuated due to the B.C. wildfires have been allowed to return, but officials say it’s unclear when thousands of others will be able to go home. Evacuation orders for 100 Mile House and Princeton were downgraded to alerts this weekend, allowing residents to return home. But more than 30,000 people remain displaced, and gusting winds are threatening to fan the flames again.———VERDICT DUE FOR THE B.C. MEN ACCUSED OF POLYGAMYA British Columbia judge is expected to issue her verdict today for two former religious leaders accused of polygamy. Winston Blackmore is alleged to have married 24 women in the practise of “celestial” marriage, while the trial earlier this year heard that James Oler has five wives. Both men are former bishops for a fundamentalist sect in the tiny southeastern B.C. community of Bountiful.———INFRASTRUCTURE BANK AND CROSS-BORDER RAIL?Washington state is exploring whether Canada’s new infrastructure bank could help finance a multibillion-dollar proposal for high-speed rail between Vancouver and the U.S. northwest. The Trudeau government’s soon-to-be-launched, $35-billion infrastructure bank will seek to use public funds as leverage to attract billions more in private investment for major infrastructure projects, such as bridges, transit systems and rail lines.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Federal, Ontario health ministers and Nishnawbe Aski Nation grand chief to sign charter of principles on health care for First Nations.