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Charlie Sheen pitches for a ‘Two and a Half Men’ reboot in place of cancelled TV show ‘Roseanne’

‘The runway is now clear,’ the actor tweeted.

As the ABC looks to fill the void created by the sudden cancellation of its hit sitcom Roseanne over a racist tweet by its star Roseanne Barr, controversial actor Charlie Sheen on Wednesday suggested that the network reboot his long-running show Two and a Half Men. “Adios Roseanne. Good riddance...The runway is now clear for our reboot,” the actor tweeted.

Two and a Half Men ended in 2015 after a 12-season run, but Sheen was ousted from the show in 2011 after publicly disparaging show creator Chuck Lorre. The actor was also struggling with substance abuse at the time. Sheen played Charlie Harper, a rich but lazy and pleasure-seeking jingle maker who shares his beach house with his perennially broke brother, Alan (Jon Cryer), and nephew Jake (Angus T Jones). After Sheen’s ouster, Two and a Half Men was renewed with Ashton Kutcher in the lead and ran for four more seasons.

Sheen was last seen in Martin Guigui’s action drama 9/11 (2017), alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Gina Gershon.

ABC cancelled Roseanne on Tuesday after Barr’s racist remarks about Valerie Jarrett, who was the former adviser to former President Barack Obama.

In a now-deleted tweet, Barr, the show’s main writer and executive producer, said about Jarret, “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.” Barr later apologised for the tweet and briefly went off Twitter. She returned the next day and has been very active on the platform since, apologising to her co-stars as well as sparring with them and others. She also later implied that a sleep medication was the reason for her remarks.

Roseanne, centred on an American working class family, was the 10th season of a show that first ran from 1988-1997. The reboot had posted high ratings since it was premiered in March and had been renewed for another season shortly before it was canned.

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Decoding the symbolic threads and badges of one of India’s oldest cavalry units

The untold story of The President’s Bodyguard.

The national emblem of India; an open parachute and crossed lances – this triad of symbols representing the nation, excellence in training and valor respectively are held together by an elite title in the Indian army – The President’s Bodyguard (PBG).

The PBG badge is worn by one of the oldest cavalry units in the India army. In 1773, Governor Warren Hastings, former Governor General of India, handpicked 50 troopers. Before independence, this unit was referred to by many titles including Troops of Horse Guards and Governor General’s Body Guards (GGBG). In 1950, the unit was named The President’s Bodyguard and can be seen embroidered in the curved maroon shoulder titles on their current uniforms.

The President’s Bodyguard’s uniform adorns itself with proud colours and symbols of its 245 year-old-legacy. Dating back to 1980, the ceremonial uniform consists of a bright red long coat with gold girdles and white breeches, a blue and gold ceremonial turban with a distinctive fan and Napoleon Boots with spurs. Each member of the mounted unit carries a special 3-meter-long bamboo cavalry lance, decorated by a red and white pennant. A sheathed cavalry sabre is carried in in the side of the saddle of each trooper.

While common perception is that the PBG mainly have ceremonial duties such as that of being the President’s escort during Republic Day parade, the fact is that the members of the PBG are highly trained. Handpicked by the President’s Secretariat from mainstream armored regiments, the unit assigns a task force regularly for Siachen and UN peace keeping operations. Moreover, the cavalry members are trained combat parachutists – thus decorating the PBG uniform with a scarlet Para Wings badge that signifies that these troopers are a part of the airborne battalion of the India Army.

Since their foundation, the President’s Guard has won many battle honors. In 1811, they won their first battle honor ‘Java’. In 1824, they sailed over Kalla Pani for the first Burmese War and earned the second battle honour ‘Ava’. The battle of Maharajapore in 1843 won them their third battle honor. Consequently, the PBG fought in the main battles of the First Sikh War and earned four battle honours. Post-independence, the PBG served the country in the 1962 Indo-China war and the 1965 Indo-Pak war.

The PBG, one of the senior most regiments of the Indian Army, is a unique unit. While the uniform is befitting of its traditional and ceremonial role, the badges that augment those threads, tell the story of its impressive history and victories.

How have they managed to maintain their customs for more than 2 centuries? A National Geographic exclusive captures the PBG’s untold story. The documentary series showcases the discipline that goes into making the ceremonial protectors of the supreme commander of the Indian Armed Forces.

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