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Media Eye News Bureau: Legendary Bollywood actress and Padma Shri awardee Sridevi passed away due to cardiac arrest in Dubai. She was 54.

Sridevi had gone along with her family to attend her nephew Mohit Marwah's wedding. Her husband Boney Kapoor and her younger daughter Khushi stayed back with her.

Before she began her career in Bollywood she was a known face in South Indian films. She debuted as a child artiste in the Tamil film Thunaivan in 1969. Besides Tamil films, she later worked in Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada films as well.

With a debut in the film Solva Sawan in 1978, she went on to star in stellar blockbuster films such as Himmatwala, Mawaali, Tohfa, Mr India, Lamhe, Chaalbaaz, Sadma and Chandni she ruled the box office and proved that she was a versatile actor.

She went on a hiatus for 15 years after starring Judaai and made a comeback in director Gauri Shinde's English Vinglish in 2012. She also acted in the 2017 film Mom opposite Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Akshaye Khanna and shot for a special appearance in Shah Rukh Khan's upcoming film Zero which is set to release in December.

 

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 13:40:37 +0530
Modi meets Uber CEO Dara

Media Eye News Bureau: PM Modi and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi recently met at the Economic Times Global Business Summit and discussed ways to create economic opportunities for a new generation of micro-entrepreneurs and help India become a $5 trillion economy by 2025.

A statement was released by Uber that said, “What the PM of India is doing in terms of pushing the country forward with a global view, pushing progressive reforms forward, it is remarkable.” It further added that Khosrowshahi emphasised on the importance of India to Uber's ride-sharing and food delivery businesses, as well as a source for tech talent and assured the company's continued investment in India as well.

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 07:39:42 +0530
Modi launches subsidised

Media Eye News Bureau: PM Modi launched a subsidised scooter scheme for working women on the 70th birth anniversary celebrations of late leader J Jayalalithaa. It was launched alongside Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswamy and his deputy O Panneerselvam.

With a subsidy component of 50% up to Rs 25,000 for working women, the scheme was launched by Modi and he handed over the keys and registration certificate copies to five women beneficiaries as well.

Speaking on the initiative Modi said, “When we empower the women in the family, we empower the entire household. When we help with a woman's education, we ensure that the family is educated. When we facilitate her good health, we help keep the family healthy. When we secure her future, we secure future of the entire home.”

He added, “Under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, the registry of the house is done in the name of the woman.”

Modi also asserted, “Union government has so far given 3.5 crore free gas connections under this scheme. The schemes of Union government are protecting nature even as we empower women.”.

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 07:33:54 +0530
Modi launches development

Media Eye News Bureau: PM Modi recently launched development schemes worth Rs. 1,000 crore for Daman and Diu and inaugurated a flight connecting Ahmedabad to Diu as well. He also launched a helicopter service connecting Daman and Diu.

The PM stated, “The air connectivity will boost tourism as tourists who want to visit the Somnath temple, Gir forest (in Gujarat) can now go (there) from Diu.”

PM Modi also introduced a water treatment plant, a gas pipeline, an electric sub-station, a municipal market and a foot-bridge for the union territory as well as child care centres and schools constructed under CSR initiatives.

He also distributed e-rickshaws to women and scooters to differently-abled beneficiaries as well.

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 07:28:19 +0530
Rahul Gandhi to visit Mum

Media Eye News Bureau: All India Congress Committee president Rahul Gandhi is set to kickstart his second leg of campaign in Mumbai and Karnataka.

Gandhi will visit Belagavi, Vijayapura, Bagalkot and Dharwad districts and is reportedly going to visit temples, mosques and other religious places in the region as well. He is also expected to hold talks with senior party leaders and DCC and block presidents.

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 07:23:50 +0530
Congress leader Kapil Sib

Media Eye News Bureau: Former union minister and senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal recently took a dig at PM Modi and said that, “World's costliest chowkidar (watchman) is our prime minister. He gets accommodation, air travels and plays the role of chowkidar. Why are bank frauds happening under his vigil?”

He made this remark after the CBI filed a case against jeweller Dwarka Das Seth International for alleged fraud of Rs 390 crore.

He said, “A complaint was lodged against Dwarka Das Seth International in August 2017 but surprisingly FIR was registered in February 2018.”

Sibal further added, “After keeping a mum for so many days, he (Prime Minister Modi) has spoken yesterday that all fraudsters will be brought back. The question is why you allowed them (fraudsters) to flee when you are a chowkidar?”

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 07:19:53 +0530
Rahul asks Modi to explai

Media Eye News Bureau: Congress President Rahul Gandhi recently attacked PM Modi during a speech and said, “A scam of Rs. 22,000 crore happens, Nirav Modi runs away with Rs. 22,000 crore from Indian Banks and Modiji (Prime Minister) says action will be taken.”

He added, “Action will be taken? You first make us understand how did Nirav Modi take Rs. 22,000 crore from Indian banks under the watch of Narendra Modi's government. Modi ji should also make us understand why Vijay Mallya and Lalit Modi are sitting in London. Someone takes Rs. 10,000 crore, someone takes Rs. 15,000 crore and someone takes Rs. 22,000 crore, and the Prime Minister of the country does not do anything when farmers of India asks for loan waiver of Rs. 50,000 or Rs. one lakh, Narendra Modi ji does not answer.”

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 07:15:38 +0530
Kylie Jenner s tweet caus

Kylie Jenner called photo-sharing app Snapchat "sad", which caused the company a loss of $ 1.3 billion in market value.

Kylie tweeted about the app, “So does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me... ugh this is so sad.”

Her tweet sent the shares of Snap Inc. down more than 6% after she spoke about her disapproval of the redesign of the company's app Snapchat.

She however followed that tweet with another where she said, “still love you tho snap ... my first love.”

Snapchat’s redesign was supposed to make the app more approachable to new users, but it has received major backlash from its existing audience, that has even resulted in a petition with over 1.2 million signatures.

One of the main complaints was also that celebrities were removed from the friends tab and instead placed in the Discover tab.

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:18:16 +0530
Arjun Kapoor and Parineet

Namaste England is on the floors years after it was initially announced. The Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor starrer is scheduled to release on December 7.

The film is under the same franchise as the Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif starrer Namastey London. After the 2007 success of Namastey London director Vipul Amrutlal Shah had already planned to make another film in the same franchise. There were a few reports during 2011 that Akshay Kumar would be playing the lead but the film never took off then.

Details about the movie plot have not been revealed as yet but reportedly this will be a standalone film and will not have a lot of connection to Namastey London.

Namaste England also marks Arjun and Parineeti’s third film together after Ishaqzaade and the yet to be released Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar.

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:16:06 +0530
Britney Spears ex wants

Britney Spears’ ex-husband Kevin Federline has asked for an increase in child support after seeing the success of her four-year Las Vegas residency.

Recently Federline’s attorney reportedly sent the singer a letter indicating that he would like to renegotiate the $20,000 monthly payment he receives currently for their two sons, Preston, 12, and Jayden, 11.

The former couple had decided on that amount after Spears lost sole physical and legal custody of the children and was placed in a still-ongoing conservatorship under the care of her father during their 2008 divorce. Looking at how her residency grossed over $137 million in four short years, Federline is looking to cash in, by claiming that he beileves the success of her show was “in part because the boys have been in her life.”

Federline feels he’s entitled to an increased child support in order to “recognize the sacrifices he has made because he has gone above and beyond what most people would do in this situation.”

Spears and Federline are both hoping to reach an agreement outside of court.

 

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:14:30 +0530
Jennifer Lawrence says th

Jennifer Lawrence recently spoke about dropping out of middle school at the age of 14 to pursue her acting career.

In a sneak peek of her interview with Bill Whitaker on the show 60 Minutes she said, “I dropped out of middle school. I don't technically have a GED or a diploma. I am self-educated.”

When asked if she regrets it, the 27-year-old actress asserted, “No. I really don't. I wanted to forge my own path. I found what I wanted to do, and I didn't want anything getting in the way of it. Even friends, for many years, were not as important to me as my career. I mean, from the age of 14.”

She further stated, “I struggled through school. I never felt very smart. And when I'm reading the script and I feel like I know exactly what it would look like if somebody felt that way, that was the whole part of my brain that I didn't even know existed—something that I could be confident in and I didn't want to let it go.”

She however admitted that her parents weren't thrilled with her decision to drop out.

Lawrence stated, “It was just an overwhelming feeling of 'I get this. This is what I was meant to do.’ And to get people to try to understand that, when you're 14 years old wanting to drop out of school and do this, and your parents are just like ‘You're out of your mind’.”

 

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:12:56 +0530
Lisa Marie Presley and ma

Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie Presley claims that she is facing financial ruin and has filed for a $100 million lawsuit accusing her former business manager of negligence and mismanagement of her finances.

However, her ex-manager has also filed his own lawsuit that has accused Presley, 50, of squandering her father’s inheritance due to her lavish lifestyle. This lawsuit seeks $800,000 in unpaid bills.

Both the lawsuits, filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court, follow the collapse of Presley’s fourth marriage in 2016 and her announcement regarding her being $16 million in debt.

Lisa Marie Presley is Elvis’ sole heir after his death in 1977. She was 9 years at the time. Since 1993 her were managed by Barry Siegel after she came into her inheritance through a trust.

Her lawsuit claimed that Presley’s “11-year odyssey to financial ruin” started in 2005 and alleged that as a result of Siegel’s actions, “Lisa has been damaged in an amount that has not yet been fully ascertained, but is believed to be in excess of $100 million.”

The lawsuit also said that the trust was left with $14,000 in cash and over $500,000 in credit card debt by 2016.

Siegel’s lawsuit claimed that Presley had “twice squandered” her inheritance and she had repeatedly been told to curb “her spendthrift ways.”

 

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:11:08 +0530
Trump Jr praises Indian m

Media Eye News Bureau: Extending their hard and tough relations with the media, Donald Trump Jr, son of US President Donald Trump, said the Indian media is far better when compared to the US media.

Trump Jr said he loves Indian media as it is "mild and nice" compared to the "brutal and aggressive" American media.

Trump Jr also pleased with the smiling faces Indians have despite lot of issues while he was speaking at the Global  Business Summit here in New Delhi.

He related to an incident when he said that Indians have smiling faces despite the hardships.

"It wasn't me coming here for first time. It was me coming here (India) after 10 years. So everybody understood what I meant. But the 'Washington Post' the next day said -- 'Donald Trump Jr likes poor people because they smile'," he said.

Although Trump Jr was earlier scheduled to speak on "Reshaping Indo-Pacific Ties: New Era of Cooperation", it was changed to a fireside chat at the last moment.

Speaking about the changing business scenario in India as compared to around a decade ago, Trump Jr said he sees a lot of energy and has been able to strike up good deals over the years and was now willing to invest 10 times more.

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 11:26:56 +0530
UAE to participate in Ind

Media Eye News Bureau: The UAE will be participating in India's Partnership Summit, starting tomorrow in the state of Andhra Pradesh until February 26th.

The UAE's participation in the global forum, which will run under the theme 'Charting New India's Global Integration Strategy', comes at a time the country's economic, investment, and trade relations with India is significantly evolving in line with the deeply rooted relations binding the two nations across multiple domains.

The country's delegation to the summit will be led by Abdullah Al Saleh, Under-Secretary for Foreign Trade Affairs at the Ministry of Economy and include representatives of ADNOC, UAE International Investors Council, MASDAR, EXPO 2020 Dubai, Dubai South, DP World, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), LULU Group International, Bank of Sharjah, and other firms operating in the country.

Al Saleh will address the summit on the massive transformational development drive ongoing in the UAE and the prospects of advancing the already privileged relations with India.

The delegation will attend a number of workshops and panel sessions with Indian businesses and public and private departments to discuss ways of accelerating the exchange of trade.

The non-oil trade between UAE and India amounted to UAE131.7 billion during 2016, with UAE's imports comprising AED82.9 billion thereof against AED18 billion of exports.

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 11:06:06 +0530
SC issues notice to Delhi

Media Eye News Bureau: The Supreme Court issued a notice to the Delhi Police after a plea was filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy regarding an SIT probe into the death of Congress lawmaker Shashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar.

Pushkar was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a suite of a five-star hotel in Delhi on January 17, 2014.

The high court had last year rejected Swamy's plea for a court-monitored SIT probe into Pushkar's death. In his plea at the time he had alleged that the police had ‘botched up’ the probe and accused Tharoor of ‘interfering’ in the investigation as well.

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 07:28:51 +0530
India successfully test f

Media Eye News Bureau: India successfully test-fired the 'Dhanush' ballistic missile with a strike range of 350 kms from a naval ship off Odisha coast.

The surface-to-surface missile, it is  a naval variant of the indigenously-developed 'Prithvi' missile and was test-fired from the ship positioned near Paradip in the Bay of Bengal at around 10.52 am.

This missile is capable of carrying a payload of 500 kg and also hitting both land and sea-based targets. Its trial was carried out by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) of the defence forces.

It was stated that the missile launch was a part of training exercise by the SFC of Indian Navy and that all mission objectives were met during the trial. It was further asserted that the missile launch and its flight performance were monitored from DRDO telemetry and radar facilities in the Odisha coast.

'Dhanush', has already been inducted into the defence services. It is one of the five missiles developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 07:24:33 +0530
Elections to 59 Rajya Sab

Media Eye News Bureau: The Election Commission announced that the polls to 59 Rajya Sabha seats will be held on March 23, 2018.

58 Rajya Sabha seats will be vacant in April while a by-poll to fill a seat from Kerala will also be held on the same day as well. MP Veerendra Kumar had resigned in December last year though his term was to end in April, 2022.

The members, whose terms are ending, include Union ministers Arun Jaitley, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Dharmendra Pradhan, J P Nadda, Thaawar Chand Gehlot and Ramdas Athawale.

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 07:20:55 +0530
Rahul meets Canadian PM T

Media Eye News Bureau: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi met Canadian PM Justin Trudeau.

Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter after the meeting, he tweeted, “I had a warm and cordial meeting with the Canadian Prime Minister in Delhi this evening. We had a fruitful discussion on a range of issues concerning our two countries. I look forward to continuing the dialogue and building a lasting friendship with him.”

Issues regarding economic development as well as new technologies were discussed during the meeting.

They reportedly talked about bridging the gap of inequalities in society and how important pluralistic values were and how destructive divisive politics can become and also talked about creating jobs as well.

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 07:17:18 +0530
Modi lauds India s econom

Media Eye News Bureau: The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, addressed the Economic Times Global Business Summit in New Delhi, on the theme: New Economy – New Rules.

Noting that the Union Government is going to complete four years of assuming office in a few months, he said that a definite change is now visible. He said this change in the economic and social content, represents the essence of the New Rules for the New India and the New Economy.

The Prime Minister said that within the last four years, the discourse has changed from India being a “Fragile Five” economy, to the target of India becoming a “Five Trillion Dollar” economy. The Prime Minister presented facts and figures to indicate how India is playing a key role in the entire world’s growth. He said that in nominal terms, India’s share of the world GDP has risen from 2.4% in 2013, to 3.1% in 2017. He said India is performing better on various macro-economic parameters.

The Prime Minister said that this change has come about due to a new approach and a new work culture. He said India’s competitiveness is being validated by the entire world today.

Modi recalled that when he had last attended this Global Business Summit, GST was still, just a possibility. Today, he added, it is a reality, which has delivered a better tax compliance system and a better revenue system. The Prime Minister mentioned other reforms such as the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.

The Prime Minister said that speed, scale and sensitivity are important to ensure the success of the Government’s initiatives. He gave some examples of the increase in pace in the infrastructure sector.

The Prime Minister said that there is unprecedented investment being made today in infrastructure, agriculture, technology, health sector, and education sector.

The Prime Minister mentioned the initiatives taken in the health sector, such as Mission Indradhanush, Jan Aushadhi Stores, and the Ayushman Bharat scheme.

Talking about the Digital India Mission, the Prime Minister said that the trinity of 100 crore bank accounts, 100 crore Aadhaar cards and 100 crore mobile phones, would create a unique ecosystem, not seen anywhere else in the world. He also spoke of initiatives taken for the MSME sector.

The Prime Minister recalled that in his last address at the Economic Times Global Business Summit, he had spoken of Housing for All, Power for All, Clean Cooking for All, Health for All, and Insurance for All. He outlined the steps that have been taken in this regard in house construction, Saubhagya Yojana, Ujjwala Yojana, and insurance. Saying that the Government’s initiatives are aimed at empowering the poor, the Prime Minister also mentioned the construction of toilets, distribution of loans through the Mudra Yojana, and distribution of soil health cards.

The Prime Minister mentioned the announcement in the recent Union Budget, on MSP.

The Prime Minister appealed that those entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring rules and ethics in various financial institutions, should work with full dedication – especially those who are responsible for supervising and monitoring. He made it clear that the Government would take strict action against irregularities in financial matters. He said that the illegal accumulation of people’s money is unacceptable, and this is the basic mantra of “New Economy – New Rules.”

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 07:11:59 +0530
Kylie Jenner set to relea

Kylie Jenner recently announced on Instagram that she is going to release a new makeup collection. The collection is named as the Weather Collection, the new selection of beauty products include lipsticks with lightning bolts on them, as well as lip glosses, highlighters, liners and eyeshadows.

She stated, “So before I open up my newest collection, I just wanted to tell you guys a little bit of the background. I worked on this pretty much my entire pregnancy and right after we chose Stormi’s name, her name really inspired me. So I spent a little time on this collection and I put a lot of details into it, so I’ll do my best to show you guys all the fun details.”

She went on to reveal two new eyeshadow palettes named ‘Calm Before the Storm’ which features lighter and more glittery shades named True Love, Sunshine, Northern Light, Angel, Aquarius, Sweet Sweet, Little Wonder, Rockabye, Starbaby and Heaven Sent and ‘Eye of the Storm’ palette which includes more bold tones, such as Sweet Storm, Thunder Struck, Lightyear, Moon & Black, Electric, Dream Catcher, Celestial, Whirl Wind and Stargaze.

Besides this she is also going to launch four creamy eyeshadow sets called Super Star, Twinkle Twinkle, Destiny and Violet Moon. The Keeping Up With The Kardashians also star revealed three new matte lipsticks, Nightfall, Cosmic and Nova, as well as a Flash lip gloss as well as a new highlighter palette with four shades called Cloud 9, Stratus, Daydream, Golden Hour and Lightening Bolt.

 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:37:50 +0530
Modi welcomes Justin Trud

Media Eye News Bureau: Canadian premier Justin Trudeau met Prime Minister Narendra Modi today five days after landing in India, at his ceremonial welcome in Delhi's Rashtrapati Bhavan.

After Trudeau, his wife Sophie, and children Xavier, Ella-Grace and Hadrien, alighted from a car on the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Modi shook hands with Trudeau and then hugged him.

This meeting comes amid controversy over a Khalistan seperatist being invited for a dinner party in Mumbai.

PM Modi greeted Mr Trudeau with his signature bear-hug and posed for photographs with his family, including his daughter Ella Grace, seen in a 2015 photo tweeted by Mr Modi last evening.

Earlier on Thursday, Mr. Modi tweeted, "I look forward to meeting PM @JustinTrudeau and holding talks on further strengthening India-Canada relations in all spheres. I appreciate his deep commitment to ties between our two countries."

Prime Minister Modi spoke about Mr. Trudeau for the first time after almost five days since the Canadian PM arrived in India.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:10:34 +0530
Check Off Before You Take

Travelling to certain places or even touring the world is a common feature in everybody's bucket list today. And with the world becoming more accessible, everybody has at least a few yearly trips to various places planned systematically around the busy schedules. However, these trips are planned in between breaks and vacations and when it comes to packing, the luggage is most often packed in a hurry as we don't get enough time to pack and prepare for the minute details. But this process becomes easier if there's a foolproof checklist on hand before you leave for your holiday. Here are a few tips to make sure that you have all the essentials in your travel bag that will ensure that you have no worries when you reach your destination and have a great trip.

  • Sort Out That Sack

When we travel, we tend to take along a lot of unnecessary stuff while we forget to take many essentials sometimes. Decide on a suitcase or a bag that you want to carry based on how many days and how many things that you may need to take. A lot of unnecessary baggage results in inconvenience in mobility and handling all the extra luggage results into stress when you’re actually looking to de-stress. Hence it is always better to pack as per the number of days and what events and activities are scheduled during the trip as well as keep space in the bag for what you may happen to buy there. A great pro-tip while packing is that instead of folding your clothes like you regularly would, roll them neatly to ensure extra space in the bag and limit the number of bags to one or two along with a handbag.

  • Essential Essentials

One of the most important aspects of planning for a trip is making sure that all your essentials are in place. Carry your toiletries as well as products such as a sunscreen and moisturizer depending on the weather of the place you are going to. Keep a separate pouch for your sunglasses, hair accessories and a separate pouch for makeup as well.

  • First-Aid Kit

Be prepared for all worst case scenarios as well. You never know if you could bruise yourself while hiking or have an upset tummy on your food trails in the local areas of the place. So keep a first aid kit handy as it will help you tremendously and in no time will you be as fit as a fiddle again. The basic things that you must include are band-aids, cotton, antiseptic cream/liquid, your basic over the counter pills for headaches and upset tummies. And in case you are on prescribed medication be sure to take those medicines for those many days.

  • Document It

You never know where you may need identification, so always carry your passports and visas and IDs such as driver’s licences, professional cards, credit cards/debit cards etc. Along with their copies in a special wallet or a small bag or pouch. If you are a student, don’t forget to carry your student IDs as you may be surprised at the number of places that give student discounts.

  • Power Up

Always carry your mobile phones along with their chargers wherever you go as well as a digital camera. It’s also better to carry spare batteries or a power bank. And if you plan to go on nature trails or hiking, carry an Mp3 player along with a torch. If you are a reader you must carry your tablet or a kindle to keep you company.

  • Food is Good

While you may not be allowed to carry along a lot of food, always keep things like chocolate bars or protein bars handy in your handbag. This will help even while you’re exploring the place, especially if it’s an area where there might not be many shops or food stores or even restaurants nearby.

(As Compiled by Prerna Mistry)

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:08:11 +0530
Kim Kardashian West s sho

Kim Kardashian West’s latest show called Glam Masters is here. The first episode will officially air on Lifetime on February 28, 2018. Kardashian released a teaser for the same on Twitter that was actually a nearly 30-minute-long segment of the first episode.

The show is centred on a competition between makeup experts. The winner of Glam Master will collaborate with Kardashian-West to create a limited-edition makeup collection for her KKW Beauty line that will be showcased in a booth at the upcoming Beautycon festival.

The show is hosted by Laverne Cox and while Mario Dedivanovic, YouTube makeup expert Kandee Johnson, as well as the co-founder of Milk Makeup and Marie Claire senior fashion editor Zanna Roberts Rassi are judges on the show.

 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:04:07 +0530
Weinstein apologises for

Harvey Weinstein apologised for using statements by Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence as examples in an attempt to dismiss a class action sexual misconduct lawsuit against him.

Six women sued Weinstein as well as his brother Bob and their co-founded studio The Weinstein Company and claimed that they conspired to conceal Weinstein’s widespread alleged sexual harassment.

Recently, the disgraced producer’s lawyers filed a motion to dismiss the suit and argued that it was “fatally overboard”, and would apply to “all women who ever met with Weinstein, regardless of whether they claimed to have suffered any identifiable harm”.

They used Lawrence and Streep’s statements as examples in order to dismiss the suit which did not go down too well with the actresses as both Streep and Lawrence have spoken out against the motion filed by Weinstein’s lawyers, and the producer has since apologised.

 

 

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:03:16 +0530
Sonam Kapoor talks about

Sonam Kapoor recently stated that a portion of her role in the recent film PadMan was edited to keep the film ‘short.’ She asserted, “There was more to that relationship than what was shown. It was edited out to make the film shorter. At the end of the day, if we were able to say what we wanted to say, I think its okay.”

She added, “You cannot be insecure about such things and constantly kill yourself over screen time. That’ll make you suffer. You got to be confident about the value you bring to the film as well as be conscious of what the film is contributing to the society at large.”

PadMan was directed by R Balki and is based on the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, who revolutionised the concept of sanitary pad distribution in India by creating a low-cost machine.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:02:21 +0530
Filmmaker Aparna Sen take

Filmmaker Aparna Sen recently took a dig at Farah Khan. She stated that believes women directors are “confident enough in their own skin to critique their woman characters; and then you have woman filmmakers who have a male gaze. They play according to the rules of the patriarchal system and make a success of it. For instance, Farah Khan, who makes predominantly mainstream films, has a distinct male gaze, except has a tongue firmly planted in her cheek while playing the macho game.”

She further asserted, “Male filmmakers only need to tap their female selves in order to develop their female gaze as many great filmmakers have done. But why is it important to do so? Because the world has been run by aggressive males and landed itself in a fine mess. It is time that the female gaze made its presence felt both in cinema and in a world that's been driven by intolerance, greed, hate and lust. If we look at the depiction of sex, the male filmmakers will usually have the man in the role of an aggressor while the woman will remain passive. It will take an Alankrita Srivastava (who directed Lipstick Under My Burkha) to show up women's sexual desires in a way every woman can identify with. A filmmaker can have a female gaze while having a male protagonist.”

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:01:24 +0530
Lamar Odom talks about Kh

Lamar Odom recently opened up about Khloé Kardashian’s pregnancy and said that she would make a great mom. He said, “I know if she can take care of a grown man for four years, the way she took care of me, yeah, I know she can take care of a baby.” He admitted that, it “couldn’t happen to a better person.” Kardashian is expecting her first child with boyfriend Tristan Thompson.

Odom and Kardashian got married in 2009 but she filed for divorce in December 2013 after Odom cheated on her and was battling an addiction to drugs and their divorce was finalized in December 2016.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:00:25 +0530
India signs MoU on resear

Media Eye News Bureau: A Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of India and Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), to usher the “programme based research support” in addressing current and future global and local developmental challenges, was signedat New Delhi between S. Selvakumar, Joint Secretary (Bilateral Cooperation), Department of Economic Affairs and Dr. Jean Lebel, the President of IDRC, Canada.

During the signing ceremony, Indian side appreciated the contribution of IDRC in supporting quality research in various fields including finance, agriculture, industry and health in India.

Since 1972, IDRC has funded 551 research activities worth CA$159 million in India through institutions, researchers and NGOs. During the last five years (2012-17), 96 research projects worth CA$ 51 million were funded by the IDRC in India.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:16:59 +0530
Vice President pitches fo

Media Eye News Bureau: The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu appealed all State Governments to make mother tongue a mandatory subject at least up to high school level while he delivers 11th Convocation address at Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, in Chennai.

 The Vice President said that a child can grasp and understand better in his or her own mother tongue than any other language. He further said that a child will be able to communicate and articulate her thoughts effectively in her native language.

 "We live in a multicultural and multilingual world. Since language and culture are intertwined, there is an absolute need to strengthen our indigenous languages including the many languages spoken by many tribal groups in our country. Language is the lifeline of a culture and in a way defines the larger social milieu in which a society lives. We can usually express our thoughts much better in our mother language", he said.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:59:59 +0530
Prince Karim Aga Khan cal

Media Eye News Bureau: His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan called on the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Welcoming Prince Aga Khan to Rashtrapati Bhavan, the President congratulated him on the diamond jubilee of his leadership of the Ismaili community.  He said that the Prince has lead with great humility and has been a shining example of goodness for humanity. 

The President said that India deeply appreciates the development initiatives Prince Aga Khan is supporting in India and other parts of the world.  He stated that the programmes of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and India’s flagship initiatives complement each other, be it Swacch Bharat, Skill India, heritage conservation, women empowerment or income generation in rural areas.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:40:37 +0530
President lauds Uttar Pra

Media Eye News Bureau: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, addressed the concluding session of the UP Investors Summit in Lucknow. 

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that Uttar Pradesh is a state teeming with talented young people. It comprises one of the largest workforces, as well as consumer markets, not only in India but anywhere in the world. It is home to some of India’s finest institutions of higher education, such as IIT Kanpur, IIM Lucknow, Banaras Hindu University, Allahabad University and so many others. This talent pool and this energy give Uttar Pradesh the base to become an economic powerhouse. They make it an irresistible destination for investors.

The President said that the recent period has been one of enormous economic changes for India – of soaring aspirations and achievements. The introduction of the Goods and Services Tax has been a milestone. It has broken down barriers between states. It has provided a boost to the creation of a common market and a more formal economy. Filing of taxes under GST has been made progressively smoother. The switch from cash to digital payments has been notable and has created new opportunities. The simplification of procedures for tax payers, business-persons and investors has led to India making significant advances in Ease of Doing Business. The opening of more and more sectors to greater private and global investment has also drawn appreciation. As a consequence of this, there has been a sharp rise in FDI in the past three years – from US$ 36 billion in 2013-14 to US$ 60 billion in 2016-17.

The President said that our reform process seeks to make such economic changes meaningful to all segments of our society – and to all regions of our country. Programmes such as MUDRA, Start-up India and Stand-up India are promoting grassroots enterprise and small businesses – and helping integrate these with the larger economy. In parallel, the union government has transferred a larger share of tax revenues as well as economic and policy responsibilities to the states. Increasingly, the economic future of India is being written by states and state governments, such as that of Uttar Pradesh.

The President said that the Uttar Pradesh government has shown determination in providing a facilitative environment for business and for investors. The ‘Nivesh Mitra’ single-window-portal has made it easier to start an enterprise in the state. The state government has begun implementing the ‘Business Reform Action Plan 2017’ as per the union government's suggestions. A new policy has been rolled out to enhance industrial investment and employment. All these changes have boosted the confidence of investors.

The President said that Uttar Pradesh is a state of farmers. Farmers here have shown great determination in accepting modern technologies. There is need for developing the entire agri-value chain so that small farmers can sell their produce at a fair price, and large investors can develop cold storages and other infrastructure, and have good marketing facilities. Uttar Pradesh is a leading producer of many agricultural commodities. There are enormous opportunities for large investments in the state in agriculture-based businesses such as food parks, food processing units, animal husbandry and dairy products manufacture.

Pointing to the ‘Ek Janpad –Ek Utpad’ scheme of the Uttar Pradesh government, the President said that we should learn from countries such as Italy and France to enhance earnings and increase employment through branding and marketing of traditional handicrafts. Our artisans are very skilled and we should use their skills effectively. This will result in economic progress of crafts-persons in every district of Uttar Pradesh and every district will be able to carve out its distinctive identity.

The President said that investing in human resources is of utmost importance. The Uttar Pradesh government has made a very substantial provision for education in its recent budget. Resources will be used for basic and secondary education along with technical education and higher education. This investment will have far-reaching benefits for the young talent in the state. He appreciated the Uttar Pradesh government for giving top priority to education as a building block of the economy.

President said that investors have shown great enthusiasm due to progressive governance and forward-looking policies. But the task of taking the state forward is not just that of the government. All residents are partners in the development of this state. He urged the people of Uttar Pradesh to extend their traditional hospitality to investors, tourists and all economic stakeholders. Apart from attracting investments of an economic kind, the progress of Uttar Pradesh should motivate those who come to the state to become emotionally invested in it.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:23:33 +0530
Canada withdraws dinner i

Media Eye News Bureau: Canada recently withdrew an invitation regarding an alleged Sikh extremist who was scheduled to attend an official dinner with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who is on a first state visit to India. Trudeau further asserted that Jaspal Atwal should never have been invited to the event.

An Indian origin citizen of Canada, Jaspal Atwal was convicted and then acquitted of trying to assassinate an Indian minister in 1986. He as well as three others was convicted of shooting Indian minister Malkiat Singh Sidhu while he was in Vancouver on a personal visit. Sidhu was hit twice but survived the attack. He was however assassinated in India in 1991. He has also been accused of being a member of a now banned Sikh extremist group.

Speaking on the same, Trudeau stated, “Obviously we take this situation extremely seriously. As soon as we found out we rescinded the invitation immediately.” He clarified that the MP from his party took full responsibility for the invitation.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:52:43 +0530
Punjab CM demands specia

Media Eye News Bureau: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh demanded a ‘special category’ status for Punjab which would entitle the state for a bigger chunk of central assistance as grants rather than loans in order to elevate development.

During a meet with NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar, the CM discussed the state's demand for central assistance for development that included a special package for border areas and river protection along the border, in the interest of national security. He expressed the need for differential treatment for Punjab keeping in view its active border, as well as a hostile neighbour and dense population.

He also touched upon the issue of central support for loan waiver for Punjab farmers as well as financial assistance to check burning of crop residue, while seeking a special package for modernisation of irrigation infrastructure.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:49:08 +0530
PNB scam ED seizes Rs 10

Media Eye News Bureau: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) said it has frozen Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi groups’ shares, deposits and luxury cars worth over Rs. 100 crore in probe against them in the PNB fraud. Income Tax Department officials said property worth Rs. 1,200 crore of Gitanjali Group located in Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Hyderabad has been attached as well.

According to agency officials Nirav Modi failed to depose before the ED after summons were issued to him. The officials shared that he has been asked to appear before the ED in Mumbai on February 26.

PNB asked Nirav Modi to come up with a concrete plan to settle the loss due to the fraudulent issuance of Letter of Undertakings (LoU).

The officials shared that the total seizure in the case currently stands at Rs 5,826 crore.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:45:27 +0530
Army chief s remark stirs

Media Eye News Bureau: Army chief General Bipin Rawat’s recent statements that the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) has been growing faster than the BJP in Assam because of the support of Muslims, with Pakistan and China pushing Bangladeshi migrants into the North-east part of the country to destabilise India have sparked a political row.

AIUDF chief, Badruddin Ajmal, took to twitter to express his sentiments. He tweeted, “By making such a statement, the army chief has indulged in politics which is against the constitutional mandate given to him.”

He further stated, “We respect General Rawat a lot but I think he has been misinformed and misguided. If the Army chief is saying demographic change is happening in Assam, it is the government’s job to check it. We are the only party which said, `Shoot anyone who infiltrates our borders’.”

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:41:38 +0530
AAP claims Police pressur

Media Eye News Bureau: Aam Aadmi Party alleged that Delhi Police pressured V K Jain, who is Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's adviser, to change his statement about the alleged attack on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by the party's MLAs.

Ashutosh and Sanjay Singh, AAP leaders, asserted that this was done as a ploy to destabilise the party's government in Delhi.

Singh asserted, “However, the police states that today Mr Jain is claiming that when he returned from the bathroom, he found Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash searching for his spectacles, indicating the possibility of an assault. Why did Mr Jain change his stand within a day? Under whose pressure was he forced to change his statement?”

He added, “How is it that the same Mr Jain who emphatically said yesterday that he witnessed no assault during the entire time that he was present there, has now claimed otherwise?”

In response to the allegations, the chief spokesperson of the Delhi Police, Special CP Dependra Pathak said, “As per due process, a statement was recorded first by the police and then the statement was recorded before the court”.

Singh further alleged that Aam Aadmi Party MLAs were being arrested for an “assault” of which there was no proof.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:36:48 +0530
CBI arrests Rotomac owner

Media Eye News Bureau: Rotomac Global Pvt Ltd owner Vikram Kothari and his son Rahul Kothari were arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in relation to the alleged loan default to the tune of Rs 3,695 crore.

The CBI had registered a complaint against Kothari on the basis of a complaint filed by the Bank of Baroda that extended loans to the Vikram Kothari’s Rotomac group.

They reportedly owe an amount of Rs 3,695 crore to a consortium of banks.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:30:51 +0530
Jacqueline Fernandez to s

Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez starred opposite each other in Sajid Nadiadwala’s Kick in 2014. However there were reports that Fernandez was dropped from the film. Director Sajid Nadiadwala has revealed that Jacqueline would feature in the sequel.

Sajid Nadiadwala said, “We had already decided that there would be a sequel. I’ve been writing it for a year now. As I had a lot of other things on my plate, it was taking time. I’ll restart the writing process. We should be ready to roll the movie next year, after Salman finishes all his current films. Kick 2 will release on Christmas 2019. Once I finish penning the script, I’ll be completely sure. But at present, she’s (Jacqueline) there in what I’m writing. But it’s too early to talk about it.”

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:52:06 +0530
Ryan Reynolds shares phot

Ryan Reynolds recently welcomed Make-A-Wish and Children's Wish Foundation kids to the set of his film Deadpool 2.The film is set to hit theatres on May 18, 2018.

He posted a picture with the kids on Instagram with a caption that read, “One of the best parts of playing the Big Red Jacka-- is welcoming @makeawishamerica and @childrenswishfoundation onto set.”

He added, “Deadpool kicked cancer but these kids do it for real every day. These foundations make dreams come true for a lot of super-brave kids. They also make dreams come true for parents, who just wanna see their kid smile. HUGE thanks to our Prop Master, Dan Sissons, for making sure every kid left with his/her own sword. (Bamboo versions. Not stabby-stabby versions.)”

Make-A-Wish America also posted on Instagram a collage of pictures, thanking Reynolds in the caption.

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:51:15 +0530
Diljit Dosanjh drops new

Singer/Actor Diljit Dosanjh released the single called High End from his album titled CON.FI.DEN.TIAL and dedicated the song to his celebrity crush Kylie Jenner as the lyrics of the talk about Kylie and her step-sister Kim Kardashian.

From commenting on her picture to asking about her whereabouts, Dosanjh has often displayed his fondness for the youngest Kardashian-Jenner. The actor had previously also dedicated his song Do You Know to Kylie as well.

Dosanjh will be seen in the upcoming film Welcome to New York which is set to hit theatres on February 23, 2018. He is also set to star alongside Taapsee Pannu in Shaad Ali’s Soorma which will be releasing later in the year.

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:50:22 +0530
Kylie Jenner gushes about

Kylie Jenner gave an update on baby daughter Stormi Webster days after she posted a picture of her and her daughter on Instagram.

Jenner recently took to Twitter and interacted with her fans on Twitter when one user asked “How's Stormi?” to which Kylie replied, “She’s good still staring at her all day. She looks just like me when I was a baby.”

Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott made an appearance on social media on the rapper's Snapchat last week.

Kylie Jenner had announced her pregnancy earlier this month after months of speculation in a post that read, “I'm sorry for keeping you in the dark through all the assumptions. Pregnancy has been the most beautiful, empowering, and life changing experience I've had in my entire life and I'm actually going to miss it. I knew my baby would feel every stress and every emotion so I chose to do it this way for my little life and our happiness. Pregnancy has been the most beautiful, empowering, and life changing experience I've had in my entire life and I'm actually going to miss it. I appreciate my friends and especially my family for helping me make this special moment as private as we could. My beautiful and healthy baby girl arrived February 1st and I just couldn't wait to share this blessing. I've never felt love and happiness like this I could burst! Thank you for understanding.”

She had also posted a video on her YouTube channel that showed highlights from her pregnancy including pictures, her baby scans and the birth.

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:48:53 +0530
Natalie Portman regrets s

Natalie Portman admitted recently that she regrets signing a 2009 petition in support of filmmaker Roman Polanski, who was convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977. The petition sprung up after Polanski was arrested in Switzerland and faced possible extradition to the United States.

Portman expressed, “I very much regret it. I take responsibility for not thinking about it enough. Someone I respected gave it to me, and said, ‘I signed this. Will you too?’ And I was like, sure. It was a mistake. The thing I feel like I gained from it is empathy towards people who have made mistakes. We lived in a different world, and that doesn’t excuse anything. But you can have your eyes opened and completely change the way you want to live. My eyes were not open.”

The petition was also signed by filmmaker Sam Mendes, actor Jeremy Irons, and actress Isabelle Adjanias well. However, Portman is one of the first stars to publicly apologize for it.

 

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:47:48 +0530
Dua Lipa collaborates wit

Dua Lipa recently performed her latest single IDGAF at the BBC Live Lounge along with fellow pop stars Charli XCX, MØ, Alma and Zara Larsson.

IDGAF is a single from Dua Lipa’s self titled album and is already in the top 10 in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Charlie XCX praised the act on social media where she wrote, “Women together are powerful and beautiful and f—ing fun! being a part of Dua’s live lounge with MØ, Alma and Zara was really special and exciting.”

Lipa also took to Twitter to express her sentiments as she tweeted, “We did a special @BBCR1 live lounge for you while we were in LA! So lucky had my girls @zaralarsson @MOMOMOYOUTH @almacyber @charli_xcx with me singing IDGAF! Watch full video on youtube! BRITS DAY!!!”

 

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:46:47 +0530
Meryl Streep lashes out a

Disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein is seeking dismissal of a federal sexual misconduct lawsuit against him filed by six women and his lawyers are dropping A-list names for the same such as those of Jennifer Lawrence, Gwyneth Paltrow and Meryl Streep as examples in an attempt to prove that not every actress he worked with had a negative experience and that they supported/continued to work with him despite his alleged history of sexual assault and harassment. They asserted that the lawsuit filed should be rejected as the alleged assaults took place too long ago and that they failed to offer facts to support claims of racketeering as well.

The lawyers quoted Streep, who had once said that Weinstein had always been respectful in their working relationship. However, this did not go down well with Streep who issued a blistering response to the use of her comments while stating that Weinstein's use of her statement “as evidence that he was not abusive with many OTHER women is pathetic and exploitive. The criminal actions he is accused of conducting on the bodies of these women are his responsibility and if there is any justice left in the system he will pay for them.”

The lawyers also used actress Gwyneth Paltrow as an example and said that she worked with Weinstein in Shakespeare in Love in 1998 which was after he was accused of harassing her during the filming of Emma in 1994. They also quoted Jennifer Lawrence telling Oprah Winfrey that she had known Weinstein since she was 20 and said “he had only ever been nice to me.”

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:45:38 +0530
CBFC mutes Hanuman refere

Marvel’s Black Panther starring Chadwick Boseman has garnered rave reviews in the past weeks and is breaking cultural barriers and box office records not only in the US but even in India as well.

However, in India the audience had to miss a certain reference in the film due to CBFC. During the fight sequence between T’Challa portrayed by Chadwick Boseman and M’Baku played by Winston Duke the phrase ‘Glory to Hanuman’ was mentioned and the Indians, who live abroad, took pride in it. However, the audience here was confused as the phrase was not only muted but also removed from subtitles.The reference was muted by the Central Board of Film Certification out of concern to not hurt any kind of religious sentiments and to avoid any problems.

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:44:21 +0530
Netflix signs movie deal

Netflix has signed a four movie deal with filmmakers Mark and Jay Duplass. One of the films that is lined up is an untitled film starring Mark Duplass and Ray Romano which is set to be helmed by director Alex Lehmann.

The Duplass brothers asserted, “Turns out when you make films for Netflix, millions of people all over the world watch them. This is not a terrible thing for an independent filmmaker. As Netflix continues to grow and develop new ways to reach viewers, we couldn’t be more thrilled to grow our partnership.”

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:43:18 +0530
AIB addresses sexism in t

AIB was criticised on social media for their sketches being sexist with women in their videos not having well fleshed out characters unless the video revolves around feminism and that women are mostly outnumbered by men in the videos.

AIB addressed the concerns of the people who had agreed with the points that were raised and asserted that they would focus on creating content that would be more inclusive.

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:42:20 +0530
Khalistani separatist get

Media Eye News Bureau: A day after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he would not support Khalistani separatists, reports have emerged that Jaspal Atwal, a Khalistan separatist convicted in the shooting of Punjab Minister Malkiat Sondhi in 1986 was present at an event of the PM in Mumbai and had been invited to another in Delhi.

Atwal attended the Mumbai event on Tuesday and in a huge embarrassment for Canada, was photographed with the prime minister's wife Sophie Trudeau and Canadian minister Amarjeet Sohi.

Atwal was a Sikh separatist active in the banned International Sikh Youth Federation when he was convicted of the attempted murder of Punjab minister Malkiat Singh Sidhu in Vancouver in 1986. Mr Sidhu was shot at twice on a road and survived, but was later assassinated in India.

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:40:42 +0530
Ras Banaras Swachhagra

Media Eye News Bureau: Celebrating the creative and cultural industries of Varanasi, the two day long Sanskriti Mahotsav organised by the Ministry of Culture “Ras Banaras – Swachhagrah – Bapu ko Kaaryaanjali” at Man Mandir and Assi Ghat began in Varanasi. 

Integrating the tangible and intangible heritage along the river-belt different institutions/missions like the National Mission for Clean Ganga and Namami Ganga Jagriti Yatra, the academia, artists, artisans, writers, poets, environmental and cultural forums came together giving the cultural expressions to the conservation and protection of the river.  

The 2-day event is focused on music and dance performances on the theme of ‘Swachhagraha’ presented under the rubric of ‘Swachhagraha: Bapu ko Karyanjali’. School-children affiliated to MoC’s Interpretation steered The Swachhta drive through exhibitions, songs, puppetry, nukkad nataks and folk dances.

The inaugural day witnessed a soulful performance by 5 year old Avantika Mishra, and a Swachhta Geet performed by children from the interpretation centres.

In the cultural performances the Mahotsav witnessed diverse genres of classical artists, contemporary Varanasi-centric ensembles and folk troupes offering the perfect blend of the historic and the contemporary. The duo of Pandit Narendra Mishra and Pandit Pooran Maharaj performed on Sitar and Tabla respectively while Sanjeev and Ashwini Shankar gave a mesmerizing performance on Shahnai, in the dance segment, Kathhak was performed by Saurav-Gaurav.

The closing ceremony will also see Minister of State for Culture (I/C) and Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Dr. Mahesh Sharma along with Smt. Mridula Jaiswal, Mayor, Varanasi Municipal Corporation, Ravindra Jaiswal, MLA, Varanasi North, Dr. Neelkanth Tiwari, Minister of State for Law and Justice, Information, Sports Youth and Welfare, Saurabh Srivastav, MLA, Varanasi Cantt., Surendra Narayan Singh, MLA, Rohaniyan and Neel Ratan Singh Patel, MLA, Sevapuri gracing the occasion.

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:37:59 +0530
Soldier injured in Jammu

Media Eye News Bureau: A soldier was injured on Thursday in an ongoing gunfight between militants and the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Bandipora district, police said.

"The injured soldier has been hospitalised. The gunfight is going on in Paribal village," the police added. 

As soon as the security forces cordoned off the village in Hajin area following information about the presence of the militants, they were fired at, triggering the fighting.

According to reports, the village youth have resorted to stone-pelting.

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:03:10 +0530
Union govt felicitates Bl

The Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Thaawarchand Gehlot felicitated the 17 member Blind Cricket World Cup winning Indian Team and presented them with a cash award of Rs.34 Lakhs at a function in New Delhi.  

Addressing the gathering, Thawarchand Gehlot congratulated the team and wished them luck and success for future. He disclosed that the Ministry is setting up five National Sports Centres in the five regions of the country and the States have been asked to provide land for the same.

Madhya Pradesh has already provided land in Gwalior while Punjab and Andhra Pradesh are in the process of granting land in Zirakpur and Visakhapatnam respectively. Sports Centres for Divyangjan require special facilities due to which a detailed project report for these sports centres has been prepared after widespread consultation including those with foreign centres abroad, Gehlot added.

The award ceremony was followed by a cultural program.

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:40:11 +0530
Sushma holds talks with B

Media Eye News Bureau: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held wide-ranging talks with Bhutanese minister Lyonpo Damcho Dorji where they resolved to further advance the ‘exemplary ties’ between the two countries for mutual benefit.

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted, “In an address at an event at the Bhutanese embassy, Ms Swaraj reaffirmed India's "abiding" commitment to advance the special and privileged partnership with Bhutan, asserting that it was built on shared values and aspirations, utmost trust and mutual respect. Ms Swaraj and her Bhutanese counterpart also cut a cake to mark the 50th anniversary of "establishment of formal diplomatic relations between India and Bhutan.”

It was further stated that the two leaders discussed the entire gamut of bilateral relations, including the upcoming high-level exchanges between the two countries and also that they reviewed the commemorative activities planned this year to mark the golden jubilee of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between India and Bhutan as well.

Swaraj expressed, "We are proud of the special and exemplary ties of friendship and cooperation that we share with Bhutan, which are built on shared values and aspirations, utmost trust and mutual respect. It is a unique partnership built on the historical and cultural linkages between the two countries. Let me reaffirm, on behalf of the government and the people of India, our abiding commitment to nurture and advance our special and privileged partnership with Bhutan."

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:00:00 +0530
Punjab CM gives Canadian

Media Eye News Bureau: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh recently discussed the Khalistan issue during a meeting with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau while handing him a list of Canada-based operatives allegedly involved in promoting radicalism in Punjab. Canadian defence minister Harjit Sajjan and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu were also present at the meeting as well.

The CM’s media advisor Raveen Thukral expressed that Trudeau had assured Singh that his country did not support ‘any separatist movement in India or elsewhere.’

Singh took to Twitter to express his sentiments, he tweeted, “Really happy to receive categorical assurance from Canadian PM@Justin Trudeau that his country does not support any separatist movement. His words are a big relief to all of us here in India and we look forward to his government’s support in tackling fringe separatist elements.”

The two leaders also discussed the strengthening of cooperation between the two nations across various sectors such as higher education, scientific research, technology, innovation and skill development as well.

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:55:05 +0530
Kamal launches Makkal Ne

Media Eye News Bureau: Actor Kamal Haasan launched his political party Makkal Needhi Maiam (people justice centre) at Delhi and asserted that he would devote the rest of his life to the people. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal was present there as well.

The party flag was unveiled at the event as well. The flag has a white background with six hands joined together with a star in the centre surrounded by a star-like background in black.

Haasan recently expressed, “I was in your heart all this while. Now I want to be in all your homes. You had looked at me as a star all along. Now I request you to look at me as a lamp. Light me in all your homes.” He added, “I am not a leader to give advice. I am a worker to listen to your advice.”

Speaking about his party, he said, “People ask if I'm left or right. That is why I have named my party ‘centre’ (people justice centre).”

Kejriwal also spoke at the event, he stated, “Till date, people of Tamil Nadu were stuck between two parties, DMK and AIADMK. Kamal offers an honest political alternative. Next time don't vote for a corrupt party. Now you can vote for an honest party. Vote for Kamal Haasan. If you want corruption, vote for the DMK and the AIADMK. But if you want schools, road, water, electricity, vote for Kamal.”

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:39:00 +0530
Modi addresses Uttar Prad

Media Eye News Bureau: PM Narendra Modi announced the setting up of a defence industrial corridor in the Bundelkhand region as well as provide jobs to people as  he addressed the Uttar Pradesh Investors’ Summit 2018.

He said, “This year in the budget, there was a proposal to develop two defence industrial corridors in the country. Out of these, one of them is proposed in Uttar Pradesh. With a view to develop the Bundelkhand region, it has been decided that the DIC would be expanded across Agra, Aligarh, Lucknow, Kanpur, Jhansi and Chitrakoot. Within this corridor, there is an investment potential of Rs 20,000 crore and it will create around 2.5 lakh job opportunities.”

He further said that the state would also get two new expressways in Poorvanchal and Bundelkhand to boost industrialisation.

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:36:00 +0530
Union minister Prakash Ja

Media Eye News Bureau: Union minister Prakash Javadekar recently criticised the Congress who labelled Modi as an ‘instrument of corruption’ and targeted him over escape of Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi, who are accused in different scams.

Javadekar asserted, “The Congress is synonymous with corruption and Rahul Gandhi’s office has played a role of instrument of corruption in scams. This (former Union minister Jayanthi Natarajan’s letter to the then party chief Sonia Gandhi about interventions by Rahul Gandhi’s office in her work) is a testimony to that.”

He further asked Rahul Gandhi to disclose why the 2G licenses were “arbitrarily” allotted, before the Supreme Court cancelled it and how and on whose messages coal block allocations were made. Javadekar also mentioned the Bofors case as he asked as to who made it possible for Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi to flee with his loot and who unfroze his back account as well.

He further stated, “In desperation, the Congress has lost all sense of proportion. Such baseless allegations recoil on those who make it.”

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:33:00 +0530
Virat Kohli s latest Inst

Cricketer Virat Kohli’s recently uploaded an adorable snap of him and Anushka Sharma clicked against a lovable mural on Instagram with an equally endearing caption that read, “My one and only!” The post instantly went viral, garnering almost 2953557 likes and 42470 comments within 24 hours itself.

Anushka Sharma also left a sweet reply on the picture which read as, “I miss you too my love,” and also made the image her display picture on Instagram.

Anushka and Virat, got married on December 11, 2017 at a ceremony held at a Tuscan resort in Italy which was attended by only family members and close friends.

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:22:13 +0530
Bill Gates set to make an

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will be making an appearance on The Big Bang Theory next month where he will be playing himself. The episode will see Penny played by Kaley Cuoco hosting Gates at work, with her friends trying to do everything to meet him.

However it is not clear whether his appearance on the show will be brief or if he would be appear throughout the episode. The episode will focus on Gates’ work at Microsoft as well. Besides Gates, Buzz Aldrin, Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Steve Wozniak have all appeared as guest stars on The Big Bang Theory as themselves in previous episodes over the years.

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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:57:21 +0530
Taapsee Pannu and Kriti S

Actress Taapsee Pannu is set to star in a two-heroine film Womaniya and Kriti Sanon has reportedly been approached for the second lead role in the film.

The film is set to be helmed by Madhu Mantena, Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Vikas Bahl and is said to be inspired by real life stories of professional women shooters.

The story of the film will reportedly unfold as a flashback while Sanon and Pannu will apparently play 60-year-olds in the film.

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:56:28 +0530
Baaghi 2 trailer releases

The trailer of Tiger Shroff’s film Baaghi 2 has released. The film is being helmed by director Ahmed Khan and stars Disha Patani, Randeep Hooda, Manoj Bajpayee and Prateik Babbar in pivotal roles as well.

Baaghi 2 is a sequel of Shroff’s 2016 film Baaghi is set to depict Shroff in a much fierce role as compared to the prequel. The film promises thrilling and edgy action sequences. The film is co-Produced by Fox Star Studios and Sajid Nadiadwala. Baaghi 2 is set to hit theatres on March 30, 2018.

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:55:20 +0530
Baaghi 2 trailer releases

Rebel is here! The trailer of Tiger Shroff’s film Baaghi 2 has released. The film is being helmed by director Ahmed Khan and stars Disha Patani, Randeep Hooda, Manoj Bajpayee and Prateik Babbar in pivotal roles as well.

Baaghi 2 is a sequel of Shroff’s 2016 film Baaghi is set to depict Shroff in a much fierce role as compared to the prequel. The film promises thrilling and edgy action sequences.

A battle-hardened army officer goes in search of his ex-lovers child who is mysteriously kidnapped. Neha reaches out to the only person who can help her with her plight, Ronnie. He goes deep into the underbelly of Goa, facing off against drug lords, menacing Russian henchmen, and bloodthirsty animals. Daring stunts, chase sequences, air strikes, bomb blasts and other large-scale action sequences will be done with a bona-fide, larger than life approach, truly making it a spectacle.

The film is co-produced by Fox Star Studios and Sajid Nadiadwala.

All the best to Tiger Shroff and the rest of the cast and crew of Baaghi 2, action all set to hit theatres on March 30, 2018.

 

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:43:37 +0530
Indian travellers explore

Media Eye News Bureau: Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Dubai Tourism, has participated in the 25th edition of South Asia’s largest travel and tourism exhibition – SATTE 2018. Every year, SATTE serves as a platform for Dubai Tourism to engage with the biggest and most influential B2B and B2C partners in India and all over the world.

At SATTE 2018, Dubai Tourism, along with 23 of its partners from hotels and tourism attractions, and Destination Management Companies in Dubai, highlighted the destination’s ever-growing portfolio of bespoke and affordable experiences that will appeal to every type of Indian traveller, whether they are travelling for business or leisure. The Dubai Tourism stand was inaugurated by the Dr. Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al-Banna, UAE Ambassador to India.

Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, DCTCM, said, "SATTE plays a key role in helping us further understand the nuances of one of our primary source markets and continues to enhance our destination offering to suit the ever-evolving needs of the Indian traveller. As one of the most prominent industry events in South Asia, the event provides us and our destination partners with an opportunity to provide industry professionals with in-depth knowledge of the key offerings and experiences for Indians visiting Dubai."

Dubai Tourism’s participation at SATTE 2018 was part of efforts to pave the way for its stakeholders to interact and collaborate with top agents and partners to help increase the number of Indian tourists to Dubai with a focus on driving repeat visitation and further enhancing the visitor experience. At this year’s SATTE, Dubai Tourism introduced its range of new attractions, cultural offerings and Dubai’s popular festivals calendar, anchored by marquee events like the Dubai Shopping Festival, Dubai Food Festival and Dubai Summer Surprises. Major development projects like Marmum and Hatta, along with events such as Marmum Camel Racing and the historic districts of Dubai were also showcased.

India is Dubai’s No.1 source market, and in 2017, India retained top spot in the list of arrivals, contributing 2.1 million visitors, and becoming the first country to cross the 2-million mark in a single year, representing a 15 percent year-on-year increase.

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:29:52 +0530
SARAS completes the secon

Media Eye News Bureau: India’s indigenous light transport aircraft SARAS has been successfully test flown for a second time today. The flight commanded by Wing Commander U.P. Singh, Group Captain R.V. Panicker and Group Captain K.P. Bhat of Indian Air Force- Aircraft and System Testing Establishment, took off from HAL’s airport in Bengaluru for a text book flight.

This was the second of the 20 test flights planned for SARAS PT1N, before freezing the production version. The first successful test was carried out on January 24, this year. The design and development of the aircraft is being done by CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories, NAL. According to NAL, the production model design is expected to be ready by June-July this year.

Congratulating the CSIR-NAL scientists and the commanders of Indian Air Force – Aircraft and System Testing Establishment, Science & Technology Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said, the flight commanders deserve special appreciation, for their courage to fly an aircraft, which was rejected earlier. Minister announced commendation award for the Commandant and the test crew of ASTE.

“The project was dumped by the previous government, after an accident during test flight in 2009. Though the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, DGCA had exonerated the aircraft from any design flaw or poor-quality production, no effort was made to revive the project,” said Dr Harsh Vardhan, who was present during the second test flight today.

“The credit for reviving the indigenous project goes to the present government headed by Narendra Modiji, who had given a thrust to ‘Make in India’ mission. It is the culmination of joint team efforts of ASTE, DGAQA, CEMILAC and HAL”, the minister said.

After the project was revived by the present government, NAL has incorporated design modifications and improvements on the SARAS PT 1 model, like 2x1200 shp engines and 104-inch diameter propeller assembles to cater to second segment climb gradient requirements, improved flight control system, rudder area, main wheel and brakes to cater to 7100 kg AUV, indigenously developed stall warning system, etc.

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:44:22 +0530
SC stays criminal proceed

The Supreme Court halted all criminal proceedings against actor Priya Prakash Varrier and also asked states not to entertain any complaints against the 18-year-old actor. Varrier recently petitioned the court against an FIR lodged against her in Telangana and requested the court to prohibit states from initiating any further criminal proceedings against her as well.

The FIR and complaints against the young actress were filed in light of the song Manikya Malaraya Poovi where the complainants deemed the lyrics of the song as “offensive” and stated that it “violated the religious sentiment of a particular community.”

Speaking about the song, Varrier expressed that, “The song describes and praises the love between Prophet Muhammad and his first wife Khadija. It should be important to note that the song is originally from an old folk song from Kerala which was written in 1978 by PMA Jabbar and first sung by Thalassery Rafeeq, in the praise of the Prophet and his wife Beevi Khadija.”

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:27:32 +0530
Quinn receives award from

The Queen of England recently made a surprise appearance at London Fashion Week at designer Richard Quinn’s show. The audience stood up to greet the monarch as she entered the venue.

The Queen sat front row beside Vogue’s editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, who in turn sat next to the monarch’s dressmaker, Angela Kelly.

Quinn also paid homage to his special guest after the show. The designer is known for outfits whose scarves cover models’ faces. The scarves modelled were of the classic variety, the kind the Queen is known for wearing at Balmoral. His other pieces were inspired by retro florals.

After the show the Queen presented Quinn the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II award for British design. The Queen expressed that the award was a tribute to the British fashion industry and its reputation for ‘outstanding craftsmanship.’

Accepting the award, Quinn asserted that the experience was ‘surreal’ and that his guest had an impact on his collection as well which prompted him to add those scarves. He said, “I definitely think she is a fashion icon. It’s a tongue-in-cheek take on Balmoral, my take on it, basically.”

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:08:58 +0530
Kamal visits Kalam s home

Media Eye News Bureau: Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan formally began his political journey by first visiting former President late A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's residence in Rameswaram.

In a few hours, the 62-year-old will unveil the name and flag of his new party at a public meeting in Madurai, around 170 km away.

Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal is scheduled to attend the launch event.

Kamal met the former President's elder brother and other family members at the residence in Rameswaram, around 600 km from here. "Greatness can come from simple beginnings," he said.

"Actually it will come only from simplicity. Glad to start my journey from a great man's simple abode," the actor added in a tweet.

As part of his roadshow, Mr. Haasan addressed fisherfolk at Gandhi Mahal in Rameswaram.

He assured that he would meet them often to get to know their problems and find solutions. "There are many issues including the need to respect international maritime boundary line," he said. He would visit them again for an elaborate interaction.

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:40:51 +0530
Fergie responds to nation

Fergie recently responded to the criticism she faced for her version of America's National Anthem, which many slammed her for being nothing like the original.

The former The Black Eyed Peas singer issued a statement in which she said, “I’ve always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA. I’m a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone. I love this country and honestly tried my best.”

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:12:21 +0530
BTS Mic Drop and DNA get

RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) updated their sites to reveal the 104 songs and 17 albums that were certified gold or platinum. BTS songs from their Love Yourself: Her EP, Mic Drop and DNA earned the distinction with half a million certified units.

BTS became the first Korean group to warrant an RIAA distinction as well as BTS is the first K-pop group to receive a Billboard Music Award. Their success comes after their ascent since the release of their first album in 2013 along with their growing fandom worldwide, dubbed as ARMY.

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:58:58 +0530
George Clooney Oprah don

The March 24 ‘March for Our Lives’ was announced after 17 people were killed in the Valentine's Day rampage at a school in Florida.

George Clooney and his wife decided to extend their support for the cause. Clooney issued a statement that said, “Amal and I are so inspired by the courage and eloquence of these young men and women from Stoneman Douglas High School. Our family will be there on March 24 to stand side by side with this incredible generation of young people from all over the country. In the name of our children Ella and Alexander, we’re donating 500,000 dollars to help pay for this groundbreaking event. Our children’s lives depend on it.”

Oprah Winfrey followed suit and tweeted, “George and Amal, I couldn’t agree with you more. I am joining forces with you and will match your $500,000 donation to ‘March For Our Lives,' These inspiring young people remind me of the Freedom Riders of the 60s who also said we’ve had ENOUGH and our voices will be heard.”

The event has raised more than $700,000 of its proposed $1 million goal on the crowdfunding site GoFundMe.

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:42:20 +0530
Arun Jaitley breaks silen

Media Eye News Bureau: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley recently said the state will chase down cheaters to the end. Jaitley further questioned as to why the bank's internal and external auditors could not detect the fraud which had been going on for an apparent 7 years.

Jaitley asserted, “It is incumbent on us as a state, till the last legitimate capacity of the state, to chase these people (fraudsters) to the last possible conclusion to make sure the country is not cheated.”

He added, “When authority is given to the managements you are expected to utilise that authority effectively and in a right manner. Therefore the question for the management itself is were they found lacking? And on the face of it the answer seems yes they were.” He elaborated that the lenders were ‘unable to check who amongst them were delinquent.’

He said, “And also there is an important challenge where the supervisory agencies are now to introspect as what are the additional mechanisms they have to put in place to ensure that stray cases don't become a pattern again. And stray cases are nipped in the bud and an example be made out of people that these bad examples itself are never to be repeated. It's a direct cost and it has an indirect cost that it impinges on development, which impinges on the lending capacity of banks as an institution and therefore impinges upon developmental finance.”

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:45:08 +0530
Abu Dhabi Week in India s

Media Eye News Bureau: The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, DCT, has concluded the first leg of its promotional tour ‘Abu Dhabi Week in India’ following three days in the city of Kochi in Kerala and now heads to Kolkata in West Bengal.

The three-day event in Kochi was a resounding success, with thousands of people turning up to witness displays of the emirate’s landscapes, architecture, attractions, culture and cuisine.

The roadshow, the second time the event has been held in India following a successful launch last year in Delhi and Mumbai, has been designed to capitalise on the record numbers of Indian hotel guests staying in the emirate. Last year more than 360,000 Indians stayed in Abu Dhabi’s 162 hotels and hotel apartments, an increase of more than 11 percent compared to the previous year.

Mubarak Al Nuaimi, Director Promotions and Overseas Offices at DCT, said, "Our inaugural Abu Dhabi Week in India event towards the end of last year was extremely well received by the Indian public. Highlighting the emirate as a perfect holiday destination for our Indian guests by bringing a taste of the emirate to their own country is part of our strategy of increasing further growth from a vital tier one market that has excellent potential to develop further.

"We had double-digit growth from the Indian market during 2017 and aim to build on this success through roadshows such as this, combined with structured marketing campaigns and by utilising our overseas office based in Delhi. We have excellent air connectivity, with 282 flights a week to Abu Dhabi from 13 Indian destinations, meaning it has never been easier to come and experience the emirate for our Indian guests."

Visitors to the roadshow were treated to virtual reality tours of the emirate including videos of Yas Island and desert and water trips, while on display were representations and models of the recently opened Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, and Al Dhafra Region.

The second leg of the roadshow takes place in Kolkata from 23rd February for three days.

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:30:28 +0530
Delhi Half Marathon raise

Media Eye News Bureau: The 10th edition of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2017 on Tuesday shattered all previous records to raise Rs. 8.10 crore for charity.

Procam International along with India Cares Foundation, the event's philanthropy partner continued their commitment towards charity to record a 23% increase over 2016.

Murray Culshaw, Chairperson and Founder, India Cares Foundation, said: "We very sincerely thank the people of Delhi & the NCR region, in fact, numerous people from different parts of the world, for the increasing encouragement and support provided to the social sector through this wonderful platform -- the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon." 

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:18:49 +0530
Constantine extends contr

Media Eye News Bureau: Indian football team coach Stephen Constantine on Tuesday accepted the offer to have his contract with the team extended beyond the AFC Asia Cup next year.

"After accepting my second contract extension with the All India Football Federation, I will have the longest tenure of any foreign coach in Indian history, with a total of seven years (2002-2005; 2015-2019)," Constantine wrote on his blog.

"I am of course immensely proud of that, and of our accomplishments in both stints. This time round, qualifying for the Asian Cup in 2019, winning the SAFF, and taking India to its highest ranking in modern history, 96 are all great achievements. I really could not have done this without the support of the AIFF, my staff and, of course, the players," he said.

Constantine and the AIFF were at loggerheads over his salary. Now with the differences seeming to have been sorted out, he will be after the contract extension a foreign coach with the longest tenure in Indian football. His contract was due to expire in March 2018.

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:09:54 +0530
Maldives President approv

Media Eye News Bureau: The Maldives' Parliament on Tuesday approved extending the state of Emergency by 30 days following a request by President Abdulla Yameen.

Only 38 MPs were present for the vote despite the requirement of 43 lawmakers as per the Constitution. All 38 MPs were from the ruling party, the Maldives Independent reported.

The opposition had boycotted the vote to ensure the vote could not take place, but the extension was granted anyway.

The new state of Emergency will end on March 22.

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:59:28 +0530
Afghan security forces ra

Media Eye News Bureau: Afghan forces attacked a Taliban detention centre in Laghman province killing eight militants and setting free 30 civilians, the Defence Ministry said in a statement.

"The security forces raided a detention centre of the insurgents in Dara-e-Sangar area of Alinegar district late on Monday and after killing eight rebels released 30 civilians who were held there," it said, according to Xinhua news agency.

Arms and ammunition as well as four motorbikes of the insurgents were destroyed during the raid, the statement added.

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:50:47 +0530
Andhra CM makes demand fo

Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu recently made a demand to be included for the Special Category Status and expressed that the SCS is the right of Andhra Pradesh that no one could deny as well. The demand came after the Centre extended similar status to the north-eastern states last year.

He asserted, “We accepted the special economic package because they (Centre) said there would be no SCS for any state from 2017 as per the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission. Then how are they continuing SCS for some states? When they are doing it for some states, they should extend SCS to AP as well in the same name.”

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:24:15 +0530
Congress leader booked fo

A case has been registered against Congress leader Narayanaswamy in Karnataka for throwing petrol and threatening to set Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) office on fire in Bengaluru. 

The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president G Parameshwara took to Twitter after the incident and tweeted, “I have instructed our Bengaluru District North District Congress Committee (DCC) to immediately suspend Narayanswamy.”

State home minister Ramalinga Reddy expressed, “It is unfortunate that the incident took place. The government has initiated necessary action against the leader.”

 Whereas BJP spokesperson Suresh Kumar stated that the incident was ‘another show of hooliganism’ by the Congress and by a ‘close aide of Siddaramaiah.’

 

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:23:15 +0530
Jaitley breaks silence ov

Media Eye News Bureau: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley recently said the state will chase down cheaters to the end. Jaitley further questioned as to why the bank's internal and external auditors could not detect the fraud which had been going on for an apparent 7 years.

Jaitley asserted, “It is incumbent on us as a state, till the last legitimate capacity of the state, to chase these people (fraudsters) to the last possible conclusion to make sure the country is not cheated.”

He added, “When authority is given to the managements you are expected to utilise that authority effectively and in a right manner. Therefore the question for the management itself is were they found lacking? And on the face of it the answer seems yes they were.” He elaborated that the lenders were ‘unable to check who amongst them were delinquent.’

He said, “And also there is an important challenge where the supervisory agencies are now to introspect as what are the additional mechanisms they have to put in place to ensure that stray cases don't become a pattern again. And stray cases are nipped in the bud and an example be made out of people that these bad examples itself are never to be repeated. It's a direct cost and it has an indirect cost that it impinges on development, which impinges on the lending capacity of banks as an institution and therefore impinges upon developmental finance.”

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:22:11 +0530
PM Modi introduces strate

PM Modi recently proposed a four-pronged strategy to achieve his government’s agrarian agenda that of doubling farmers’ income.

The prime minister recently spoke at a conference organised by the agriculture ministry to suggest ways to increase farm income.

Modi called upon the Indian Institutes of Technology for ideas in agriculture and expressed, “These really work, believe me. Their solutions have worked in other areas of governance.” He added, “Just like the entire country has pathology labs in the health sector, we could set up a network of soil-testing labs.”

He also said that the government would seriously look into suggestions that were made in the conference as well.

He further stated that his government would be allotting Rs. 80,000 crore to ensure that 99 irrigation schemes stuck for 25 to 30 years were completed within fresh deadlines and that about 50% of those would be completed by this year itself.

The Modi government had set up a committee along with Ashok Dalwai, former additional secretary in the agriculture ministry on April 13, 2016, to prepare reports on doubling farm income. The Dalwai panel showcased that real income of farmers’ need to have an annual growth rate of 10.4% for the incomes to double by 2022.

 

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:20:43 +0530
Arvind Kejriwal concludes

The cross examination of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, which had begun in March 2017 after the Rs 10-crore defamation suit Jaitley filed against Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders, namely, Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas, Singh, Ashutosh and Deepak Bajpai ended today.

Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw said that, “The trend of the questions put to the BJP leader shows the malicious nature of the cross examination. Sheer mockery is happening here.”

No senior advocate appeared for Kejriwal after the exit of two senior advocates, Ram Jethmalani and Anoop George Chaudhari.

During Jaitley's cross examination on behalf of Kejriwal, the BJP leader was asked whether he was aware about the unstarred questions raised in the Lok Sabha regarding illegalities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) while he was heading it, Jaitley denied any knowledge of the same.

When asked about a 2013 report of the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) regarding DDCA, he asserted that the findings pertained only to procedural lapses and there was no mention of any illegality or impropriety ever committed by him.

After the cross examination on behalf of Kejriwal concluded, Jaitley was cross examined by advocate Mehmood Pracha on behalf of AAP leader Sanjay Singh. Jaitley's cross examination on behalf of Singh is set to continue on March 19.

 

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:19:22 +0530
Trump Jr talks about doi

Donald Trump Junior, the eldest son of US President Donald Trump recently stated that India is ‘substantially above board’ for business compared to China. He asserted, “As a businessman, I feel things here are substantially more above board. I think the mentality of the people is the same. I think there is probably little bit more honesty.”

The Trump Organisation has licensing pacts with M3M and Tribeca Developers, for constructing 254 apartments for an estimated Rs. 5.5 crore to Rs. 11 crore at a total area ranging from 3,500-4,500 square feet on the outskirts of Delhi and that the project is scheduled for completion in March 2023.

He further added, “Because I am not a newcomer, I have seen changes during the last decade, certainly over the last couple of years. The reforms undertaken in India will be very positive for the country. It will open up the country to much more outside investment from places like United States.”

Trump Junior did not disclose the revenue model for the same and what Trump Organisation would earn. He further stated that the focus would remain on building only luxury and high-end apartments.

 

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:37:19 +0530
Karnataka CM slams PM for

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah recently stated that PM Modi was a facilitator of corruption. The remark comes after PM Narendra Modi's “10 per cent commission” jibe against his government.

He tweeted, “You made common people stand in queues to deposit their money in the banks and then let Nirav Modi run away with Rs. 12,000 crore of people's money.”

PM Modi urged people to elect the BJP in the upcoming state Assembly poll. He asserted, “I received many calls from people after I said at a rally in Bengaluru recently that a 10 per cent commission government was ruling the state. They said the commission was more than 10 per cent. You decide if you want a commission or a mission government.”

He also accusing the ruling party of ruining the southern state and said that the welfare of the people was not a priority for the Siddaramaiah government during its five-year rule.

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:24:08 +0530
BJP wants Kejriwal to ste

The BJP recently demanded Kejriwal to step down as Delhi’s CM while the Congress sought his apology regarding the alleged assault of Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by two Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence.

Delhi CMO however denied the accusation while asserting that it is “bizarre and baseless.” AAP further accused Prakash of acting at “BJP’s behest.”

Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari took to Twitter and asserted, “Arvind Kejriwal and his Goon MLAs misbehaved and threatened the Chief secretary of NCT Delhi Government last night… another shameful act of @AamAadmiParty Goons… an act of Urban Naxalism… #UrbanNaxaliteKejriwal must Resign.”

Home Minister Rajnath Singh further said, “The MHA has sought a report on the incident from the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi. Justice will be done. A delegation of IAS DANICS and Subordinate Services of Delhi Government met me today and apprised me of the prevailing situation. I am deeply pained by the happenings involving the Chief Secretary of the Delhi Government. The civil servants should be allowed to work with dignity and without fear.”

Reacting to this, Ashish Khetan stated, “Sir, you have already pronounced the verdict by holding AAP guilty. Then whats the point of ordering inquiry? You should have first ascertained full facts through an independent & credible process. Sad to see that you couldn’t rise above party politics.”

BJP leader Sambit Patra also tweeted, “We condemn the way how Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, his party members behaved in the CM’s residence with the Chief Secretary of Delhi.”

Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken also expressed his sentiments as he tweeted, “Kejriwal should apologise for this hooliganism which took place before him-AAP Govt is unable to deliver-Beating of Chief Secretary by MLAs in front of CM is another low and is aimed to divert attention from Govt failures! AAP does not know Governance and has failed miserably (sic).”

 

 

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:04:33 +0530
Fashion Trends 2018

Fashion is a statement of who you are, it is a mode of self expression and so is an important aspect of a person’s own self. Every era brings its own trends, its own style. The world of fashion has progressed tremendously over the years and just like beauty, fashion is what is synonymous with any decade. Here is a list of Fashion Trends that are set to make sure that you’re at your stylish best in 2018.

  • Ruffle It Up

Ditch your off/cold shoulder tops and jazz up your wardrobe with some romantic ruffles. Be it in tops or skirts, the pattern goes with the 2018 vibe and what’s more is that you can never go wrong with it as there is a lot of room for experimentation with the texture of the fabric as you can pair up a ruffled top with some jeans to create a statement or wear a plain top with a ruffled skirt to give that fun, fresh look to your ensemble.

  • It’s All In The Jeans

Gone are the days when denim was just worn as basic jeans. This year, experiment and wear denim on denim to make a stylish and fierce statement and look your coolest self in a deconstructed yet put together look!

  • Lave In The Air

Move over ‘Millenial Pink’ and look out for Lavender as the shade to replace it with. This versatile colour is perfect to add a dash of panache to an otherwise everyday ensemble. And not just lavender, multiple shades of purple are going to be trending this year in the fashion scene since Pantone declared Ultravoilet as the colour of this year.

  • Flower Power

Bold floral patterns are where it’s at this year. The emphasis on floral prints is because the print gives a soft look to the fabric while still making quite the statement.

  • Check It Out

Pass the plaid and check the check for it is this print that is going to reign 2018. From trousers to dresses, this vintage print is all set to make a stylish comeback.

  • All That Sparkles

May not be gold, but sequins and glitter are taking over 2018 trends and how! From sequinned blazers to tops and even dresses, a glittery outfit is the sure short way to make sure that all eyes are on you and to enable you to add some bling to you dull outfit.

  • Trend the Trench

Trench coats are coming back and they should! The trench coat is all set to make a comeback complete with new cuts, accessories and embellishments and colours as well. Trench coats are an amazing style statement that just add the glamour factor and complete any outfit as well.

(As Compiled by Prerna Mistry)

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:19:44 +0530
Sylvester Stallone takes

A death hoax claiming that Rocky actor Sylvester Stallone passed away after battling prostate cancer along with images of the star suffering from an illness resulting into hair loss also made rounds on the internet. He posted a screenshot of the hoax report with a caption that read, “Please ignore this stupidity. Alive and well and happy and healthy. Still punching.”

His younger brother Frank Stallone however was upset with the news and also took to social media where he slammed the hurtful gossip. He shared a video in which he said that the death hoax was “not funny and not cool.”

He also tweeted, “Rumours that my brother is dead are false. What kind of sick demented cruel mind things of things like this to post? People like this are mentally deranged don’t deserve a place in society.”

He added, “I'm very protective of my older brother and I don't find any humour in this fake post today on my brother’s demise. It upset my 96-year-old mother so I'm doubly upset. I just can't understand what makes these sick minded people tick?”

 

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:08:48 +0530
SC to hear Priya Prakash

The Supreme Court will be hearing Malayalam actor Priya Prakash Varrier's petition against the FIR filed against her and the director of her upcoming movie tomorrow.

Varrier became a social media sensation overnight earlier this month with her wink and smile in the clip of the song in question in the film. She approached the top court yesterday and filed her petition in which she stated that complaints against her were filed in Telangana and Maharashtra.

She asserted, “The song describes and praises the love between the Prophet Mohammed and his first wife Khadeeja and this has been misunderstood by the complainants. The song is a folk song and has been in existence for the last 40 years and cherished by the Muslim community of more than one crore in Kerala. The allegation that the song hurts sentiments of Muslims is baseless because there is no FIR in Kerala. People misunderstood the song in non-Malayalam-speaking states.”

A complaint was first filed by a group of young men in Hyderabad against the filmmakers claiming that the lyrics of the song ‘Oru Adaar Love’ had hurt religious sentiment of Muslims.

Complaints were also filed by by Abdul Muqeet, an engineering student, who claimed that the song made an ‘objectionable’ reference to Prophet Muhammad's wife while a complaint filed by businessman Zaheer Ali Khan demanded that either the song be removed from the film or the lyrics be changed.

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:07:48 +0530
Justin Theroux cancels sh

Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston recently parted ways and Theroux reportedly opted out from his supposed appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert following his split from Aniston.

Theroux is seemingly avoiding the spotlight for a while after they announced their separation last week in a statement that read, “In an effort to reduce any further speculation, we have decided to announce our separation. This decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year. We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship.”

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:06:51 +0530
Justin Bieber and Selena

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are off to Jamaica together to attend Bieber’s father Jeremy Bieber’s wedding on Monday.

A pictured of Gomez with fellow attendees was shared by one of the guests. The guest has since turned their Instagram to private. Fans of Bieber and Gomez however were quick to share the image before they did so.

Gomez and Bieber were recently seen together celebrating Valentine’s Day at church and later in Beverly Hills as well.

 

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:05:42 +0530
Canadian PM to meet Punja

Media Eye News Bureau: Canadian PM Justin Trudeau is set to meet Punjab CM Amarinder Singh in an attempt at pacifying him over the issue of his country’s alleged abetment of Sikh radicalism.

Singh tweeted, “Look forward to meeting Canadian Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau in Amritsar on Wednesday. I’m hopeful that this meeting will help strengthen the close Indo-Canadian business ties as well as the deep-rooted people-to-people relations between our two countries.”

The Punjab CM had refused to meet the Canadian defence minister Harjit Sajjan last year AND accused Indian-origin members of Trudeau’s cabinet of maintaining links with Sikh separatists and of being sympathisers of Sikh radicals as well.

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:26:21 +0530
Maharashtra pilot bags de

Media Eye News Bureau: The Maharashtra government recently signed a Rs. 35,000 crore pact with Amol Yadav, a commercial pilot to enable him to build aircrafts.

The MoU was signed at the ‘Magnetic Maharashtra’ global investors’ summit in the presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Yadav asserted, “I have to make planes. I have demonstrated the capabilities. Fadnavis wants the first plane making factory of the country to be in Maharashtra. The 157-acre plot was identified in Palghar. The MIDC will provide us land and support facilities like roads. My responsibility is to build the plane and create the factory which will be producing more, and also to look after factories to be set up henceforth. This will be an aerospace hub to make planes.”

He added, “In the first phase, I am required to build a prototype 19-seater plane and three more similar planes for production. The investment required for this will be Rs. 200 crore, which is the immediate requirement and will be spent in the next six months. Our target, from the Rs. 35,000 crore investment, is very simple. We want to make 600 19-seater planes in the next 2-3 years and then take it to 1,300 planes after that. We are planning for 1300 19-seater planes at present.”

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:23:07 +0530
Modi addresses public ral

Media Eye News Bureau: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during a public rally in Karnataka said that the state needs a government with a “mission” like the BJP to ensure all-round development and that as long as there was a Congress government in Karnataka, the state could not progress.

Modi asserted, “You have a choice to elect a party (BJP) which runs a government with a definite mission and reject a party (Congress) that works only for commission. Karnataka does not require a 'commission' government but a 'mission' government led by the BJP which will ensure all-round progress of the state. Congress has ruined the state and people will teach them a lesson in the elections.”

He further stated, “Every day a new scam, new corruption charges and new allegations are cropping up against their leaders and ministers or those related to government schemes. The Congress leaders spread lies and repeat them, believing that the people would believe them. But the people are wiser and they never accept such lies for long.”

The prime minister also claimed that despite the Congress ruling the country for over half-a-century, four crore families in the country were without power.

 

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:18:46 +0530
Three arrested by CBI in

Media Eye News Bureau: The CBI arrested three PNB officials after an intense interrogation in connection with the Rs 11,384 crore scam involving billionaire jewellery merchants Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi.

The CBI has so far arrested five people in connection to the case including four PNB officials and a retired employee of the bank namely Manoj Kharat, a Single Window Operator at PNB; Gokulnath Shetty, a retired employee; Bechhu Tiwari, the then chief manager in the Forex department; Yashwant Joshi, Scale II Manager in the Forex department and Praful Sawant, Scale-I officer handling the exports section as well.

Over Rs 11,384 crore worth of Letter of Understanding and Letters of Credit were issued by the bank in favour of Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi through SWIFT messages with only limited number worth smaller sums being entered in the core banking solutions system.

However, these messages were not routinely updated in the Core Banking Solutions system of the bank which takes care of daily business. Shetty and Kharat allegedly sent messages of these LoUs and LCs through SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) which is used to pass instructions among banks globally to transfer funds.

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:13:53 +0530
Maharashtra govt delegati

Media Eye News Bureau: A delegation from the Government Maharashtra visited Dubai Municipality for the exchange of ideas and expertise.

The delegation, led by Vikas Shankar Kharage, Secretary of the Revenue and Forests Department, comprised of Narayanan Vasudevan, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Virendra Rambahal Tiwari, Chief Conservator of Forests, was accompanied by Pankaj Bodkhe, Consul-General of India in Dubai.

Muna Obaid Al Daheri, Head of Dubai Safari Park briefed the delegation on the experiences of Dubai Municipality in setting up Dubai Safari and Mohammed Hassan Al Fardan, Specialist in the Public Parks and Horticulture Department gave a presentation on the public parks and other leisure facilities in Dubai.

The delegation expressed its appreciation of the leisure facilities, public parks and the overall infrastructure facilities in Dubai as well as the development boom witnessed by the Emirate of Dubai in various fields.

They stressed the importance of strengthening cooperation between Dubai Municipality and the Government of Maharashtra to exchange experiences. The head of the delegation praised the beauty of Dubai and its endeavour to provide all the excellent services to the community. Kharage emphasised the need to communicate with Dubai Municipality in various fields.

The visiting delegation also gave a presentation on the Coastal and Marine Diversity Centre in Arioli, Navi Mumbai, set up by the Government of Maharashtra. It also explored the possibilities of cooperating with Dubai Safari in exchanging animals and its wild life conservation efforts. It also sought cooperation from Dubai Municipality to emulate the example of the Garden Glow set up at Zaabeel Park, Dubai.

The delegation also conducted a number of field visits to various facilities in Dubai such as the Dubai Safari, Dubai Frame, Dubai Garden Glow and Dubai Dolphinarium.

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:06:51 +0530
Aiyaary films pirated cop

Media Eye News Bureau: Just three days after its nationwide release, the movie ‘Aiyaary’ has already landed in a piracy trouble. This came to light when commuters travelling by a government-run Shivneri bus from Mumbai to Pune shared videos and photos of the movie being screened.

Jayantilal Gada, producer of the film, expressed his shock and vowed to take an action while questioning how a government-run division could make such a mistake and give away privacy.

However, one of the frequent commuters on the route claimed that this wasn’t the first time as many other movies were screened before, but not many complain.

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:49:49 +0530
CBI questions Rotomac Pen

Media Eye News Bureau: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials have revealed that the Rotomac loan default case would touch Rs 3,695 crore,including interest.

Investigators raided Vikram Kothari's home and establishments in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur around daybreak, hours after the CBI filed a First Information Report (FIR).

Vikram Kothari has denied any wrongdoing. "Yes, I took a loan from the bank but it's wrong information that I haven't paid," he said.

Mr Kothari, his wife and son were questioned during the searches that began around 4 am at three addresses in Kanpur.

Earlier, it was stated by investigator that the default would amount to Rs 800 crore. However, in the complaint filed by the the Bank of Baroda, it was alleged that a consortium of seven banks had been cheated by Kothari and his company by siphoning off Rs 2,919 crore taken as loan. Total outstanding amount, along with interest, would amount to Rs 3,695 crore, a CBI official, who did not want to be identified, said.

Kothari is the Chairman and Managing Director of the Kanpur-based Rotomac Global Private Limited which had obtained the money from the consortium of banks. His wife Sadhana and son Rahul are directors of the company.

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:58:35 +0530
Helena Bonham Carter s aw

Helena Bonham Carter attended the BAFTA awards with playwright James Ivory where the writer won a BAFTA for the critically-acclaimed film, Call Me By Your Name.

However, rather than being captivated by his award win, the moment when Helena Bonham Carter went to give Ivory a congratulatory kiss on the cheek  which awkwardly landed on his shoulder, was the centre of attention by the viewers which sent Twitter into a frenzy.

This led to a flood of tweets as one of the viewers tweeted, “Helena Bonham Carter should win an award for most awkward kiss of the night (she got James Ivory’s shoulder).”

While another continued, “That Helena Bonham Carter jacket kiss is the quality content I tuned in for.”

While many more users asserted that the moment was hilarious as well as quite cringe worthy.

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:20:43 +0530
Chris Evans confirms Blac

It was recently reported that the Black Widow solo movie was finally in development, with Scarlett Johansson returning for the lead role. Marvel Studios has yet to reveal if it's on the schedule.

However during an interview Chris Evans, who plays Captain America in the Marvel films recently stated, “There's nothing [Marvel Studios] can't do. And I'm sure it's gonna have the exact same effect when Captain Marvel comes out, and then the Black Widow movie comes out. Marvel just has the winning recipe and they're kind of one step ahead of everybody else.”

Nothing is confirmed as of yet as Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige hasn’t divulged any details for the same. Johansson’s Black Widow will be appearing next in Marvel’s stellar film Avengers: Infinity War on May 4, 2018.

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:19:42 +0530
Lionel Ritchie calls his

Lionel Richie’s daughter Sofia Richie has been dating Scott Disick for over nine months. However, the musician said that he doesn’t have much to say about his daughter’s relationship with Disick.

He asserted, “She’s 19. When you’re 19 you know everything. Is it going to be for life? I don’t know. But for right now it’s just a phase and I’m going to stand real still in the corner, get me a good drink and not make too much noise.”

He nevertheless added, “From what I met of him he’s a very nice guy. When you hang around the reality world, who knows what you are really doing? This is a well-oiled machine, the Kardashian machine. I don’t really know what to think. I told Sofia I will have no opinion. I’ll continue to be my cheerful self and move on.”

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:17:37 +0530
Kendall Jenner opens up a

Kendall Jenner recently opened up about her anxiety on the latest episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

On the episode Kris Jenner expressed, “Kendall struggles from anxiety, and I think she has so much going on that she gets herself really worked up. Kendall gets the most anxious during fashion week, or when she’s travelling a lot. Trying to juggle it all is overwhelming.”

Kendall also admitted, “Since I was a kid, I’ve always been a hypochondriac,” Kendall admitted. “I’ve always been the worst hypochondriac. But now I have to try and be a big girl.”

She elaborated, “There’s a lot that happened this past year, starting with like, Kim’s robbery. Then I got robbed, and I had my stalkers. That’s why I don’t really like going out anymore. That’s why I don’t tweet, that’s why I don’t Instagram. That gives me anxiety, too. I swear, it’s the craziest thing.”

Jenner further said, “Anxiety is all mental, so you have to try and find your ways around it. I try and maintain it, but sometimes it’s out of your control. But I think I’m very blessed to be in the situation I’m in, and every year that I do fashion months it gets a little bit easier. It’s really exciting. I still look forward to it every year.”

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:15:29 +0530
Varun Dhawan to star in K

After delivering hits like Humpy Sharma Ki Dulhania and Badrinath Ki Dulhania, Varun and filmmaker Shashank Khaitan are collaborating for Karan Johar’s film Rannbhoomi, marking this as their third film together. The film is touted to be a revenge drama. The film is set to hit theatres in 2020.

Karan Johar took to Twitter to announce the film where he first teased a small video before sharing further details for the same.

Varun Dhawan also made an announcement on Twitter where he wrote, “#RANNBHOOMI. Diwali 2020. A warrior will rise.@karanjohar @ShashankKhaitan @DharmaMovies.”

Talking of the film Karan Johar said, “Rannbhoomi is Shashank's colossal and ambitious imagination to attempt a hat-trick with Varun and Dharma Productions.”

Shashank Khaitan asserted, “Rannbhoomi is a warrior film, which showcases love, relationships, sacrifices, revenge, and heroism. I remember, I began developing it in December 2015 and shared the idea with Varun, who got excited about it. Now, Karan has given us the wings to fly and we are excited to turn this dream into a reality.”

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:11:58 +0530
Brooklyn Beckham to bag f

Victoria Beckham has lined up her son Brooklyn Beckham to capture the behind the scenes footage of the group’s £50million reunion as Victoria and her fellow Spice Girls Geri Horner, Emma Bunton and Mels B and C considering a world tour.

If he bags the photography rights, the 18-year-old could rake in a fortune as the only photographer with full access to the Spice Girls’ comeback.

Brooklyn reportedly plans to quit his photography course at New York’s Parsons School of Design following his mum’s decision to join the reunion.

Brooklyn had previously released a book of photographs called ‘What I See’ which earned mixed reviews last year and although it was named as the eighth bestselling photography book of the year many fans slammed it online.

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:10:51 +0530
Jennifer Aniston and Just

Or so reports suggest!

Actress Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux recently announced their separation after two years of marriage. Theroux and Aniston met on the sets of 2008 film Tropic Thunder and started dating in 2011. They got married in a ceremony at their Bel-Air mansion in 2015.

However reports of the two never being legally married have emerged as it is being stated that there is no evidence they were a legally married in LA County to begin with as an investigation of the marriage records in LA County has revealed that there's no marriage license in their name in the records from 2010 onwards and that Jennifer and Justin have reportedly not contacted any of the known divorce lawyers in Los Angeles either.

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:08:06 +0530
Modi visits Goa CM in hos

Media Eye News Bureau: PM Narendra Modi recently met Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is admitted in Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital and is being treated for ‘mild pancreatitis.’

 The Goa Chief Minister was admitted on February 15 and has been reportedly ‘responding well to treatment’ as well.

A statement for the same was released by the hospital’s vice president Ajaykumar Pande who asserted that the CM of Goa has been responding well to the treatment in light of misleading rumours that spread about the minister’s health.

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 03:46:29 +0530
Mamata Banerjee demands p

Media Eye News Bureau: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee demanded a thorough probe into the Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case and alleged that other banks are involved in the scam as well.

Mamata Banerjee expressed that the scam likely took place during demonetisation and that the PNB scam was only a fraction of a mammoth fraud on the Indian banks,

She tweeted, “Big money laundering happened during demonetisation. There are more banks involved. The full truth must come out.”

Banerjee also stated that many officials were changed in some banks during demonetisation and demanded an investigation into the people who replaced them and those involved in effecting the transfers or removals as well.

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 03:41:09 +0530
Modi delivers speech at M

Media Eye News Bureau: PM Narendra Modi recently spoke at the ‘Magnetic Maharashtra’ Global Investors' Summit in Mumbai and said that Maharashtra will become the country's first trillion dollar economy. He added that Maharashtra's development was representative of the changes in the country.

He asserted, “Our budget is not limited to outlay, its focus is on outcome. Our reforms in budget making and presentation have created a new work culture and are transforming the socio-economic landscape. We are moving in a direction where the state is policy driven, governance is performance driven, government is accountable and democracy is participative.”

The PM added, “Potential, policy, planning and performance leads to progress.” He said, “What started with Gujarat is visible all across the country now. I congratulate Maharashtra government for the work on ease of doing business and making it easier for investors.”

He further stated that the 'Samruddhi corridor' between Mumbai and Nagpur will help boost agriculture and agriculture-based industries.

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 02:21:03 +0530
PM to lay foundation ston

Media Eye News Bureau: PM Narendra Modi is all set to the foundation stone for the Rs 16,700-crore Navi Mumbai airport.

The airport is being built by Cidco along with the GVK Group that runs the Mumbai international airport as well. It is assessed to take off at a cost of over Rs 16,700 crore.

The new airport in Navi Mumbai is said to have two parallel runways and will handle close to 80 flights an hour as the first flight is set to take off in 2019.  The new airport will also have two entrances and exits.

The first phase comprising of one runway and the terminal building to handle up to 10 million passengers is likely to be completed by the end of 2019. The second phase is said to be completed by 2022 while the third phase will be completed by 2027 and at the completion of the fourth phase will happen by 2031.

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 05:29:43 +0530
Modi to inaugurate new BJ

Media Eye News Bureau: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate the new BJP headquarters on Sunday alongside president Amit Shah as well as top party leaders.

Modi and Shah had laid the foundation stone of the new headquarters in August last year. The premises comprises of three eco-friendly buildings that have solar panels which have been installed to provide power as well as technologies such as rain-water harvesting and bio-toilets and are fitted with modern communication tools such as WiFi connectivity.

All buildings have facilities like conference halls, research rooms, digital library and studios for live telecast as well.

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 05:23:33 +0530
Panneerselvam says PM ask

Media Eye News Bureau: Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam recently admitted that PM Narendra Modi asked him to merge his faction with Edappadi K. Palaniswami and join the AIADMK government.

He asserted, “The Prime Minister told me that under the present circumstances, the two [factions] should merge to save the party. I agreed for the merger and that should not be a problem. I told him I don’t want to be part of the government. For that he said, ‘No, no you should be a Minister and be part of the government.’ That is why I am a Minister now.

Panneerselvam added, “When I told this to my [present cabinet] colleagues Thangamani and Velumani. They also insisted that I have to be in the government. I don’t desire to be a Minister. Amma [Jayalalitha]) had made me an MLA four times and Chief Minister twice. I can live with that pride.”

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 05:16:02 +0530
Canadian PM visits India

Media Eye News Bureau: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in Delhi and will commence his week-long visit in the country. His visit is aimed at deepening ties with India.

Trudeau said that the visit was in view to focus on creating good jobs and strengthening the ‘deep connection between the people’ of the two countries.

Both Trudeau and Modi will discuss matters of defence and security cooperation, counter-terror cooperation, trade and investment and tackling climate change as well as India's concerns over rising Sikh radicalism in Canada. They are reportedly set to make forward movement in firming up the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between the two countries. A number of Canadian pension funds are also keen to invest in India as well.

Besides Trudeau his cabinet colleagues including Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains, Defence MInister Harjit Singh Sajjan, Science and Sports Minister Kirsty Duncan and Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi will also be visiting India.

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 05:05:12 +0530
Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

It is no surprise that everyone loves chocolate and no good meal is complete without a good dessert. However for vegetarians and specially vegans, there are not many choices when it comes to baked desserts. Here’s a recipe that is equally sweet, salubrious and scrumptious to indulge in which can be relished on its own or with any icing or topping of your choice.

Serves: 6

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 10-12 mins

Total Time: 20-22 mins

Course: Dessert

INGREDIENTS-

Dry ingredients-

  • Wheat flour - 1 ½  cups
  • Granulated sugar - 1 cup
  • Cocoa powder - 1/3 cup
  • Baking soda - 1 tsp
  • Salt - ½  tsp

Wet ingredients -

  • Water - ½ cup
  • Club Soda- ½ cup
  • Oil - ½  cup
  • Pure vanilla extract - 1 tsp
  • Vinegar - 1 tbsp

METHOD-

  • Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl and the wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
  • Slowly incorporate the wet ingredients in the dry ingredients and mix using the cut and fold method till the batter is mixed to a ribbon consistency.
  • Add the batter to the cupcake moulds.
  • Put it in a pre-heated oven to bake at 180o C for 10-12 mins.
  • Before taking out the cupcakes do the knife test to check if they are baked completely and then remove it if the knife is clean.
  • Relish it either hot or cool.

(As Compiled by Prerna MIstry)

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:31:16 +0530
Adam Levine and Behati Pr

Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and his wife Behati Prinsloo recently welcomed their second child, a daughter named Gio Grace Levine. Levine and Prinsloo are also parents to 16-month-old daughter Dusty Rose.

Prinsloo announced her second pregnancy on social media in September with a picture of her baby bump with a caption that said “ROUND 2…..” while Levine revealed the sex of his child on an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres show where he said, “It’s a girl, we’re having another girl.” He also added, “I want a lot [of kids], I thrive in chaos. [Prinsloo] was an only child, so she wants like 100 babies. I don’t know if I can do that. That’s a lot of babies.”

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:25:58 +0530
Sonam Kapoor set to work

Sonam Kapoor is set to star with father Anil Kapoor in their forthcoming film Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga.  

She shared a picture from the sets of the film on her Instagram and with a caption that read, “Even work feels like home with Dad & this amazing team! Here's a glimpse from the sets of #ShellyChopraDhar's directorial debut - #EkLadkiKoDekhaTohAisaLaga!”

The title of the film, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, is based on the hit song of the 90s film 1942: A Love Story. Speaking on recreating the iconic song, Dhar said, “Yes, we are recreating the original and we want to replicate its iconic status. It's hard to beat the original so I will be happy if we are at par with it. However, we'll have to wait and see who sings the new version and for whom in the film.”

The film also stars Anil Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao and Juhi Chawla as well.  Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga is set to hit theatres on October 12, 2018.

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:22:34 +0530
Kylie Jenner and Travis S

Kylie and Travis have reportedly got matching tattoos to mark the arrival of their baby girl Stormi Webster. It is reported that they haven’t told people what they got and that Kylie organised it as a surprise for Travis.”

The news comes after rumours of Jenner and Scott having broken up surfaced. They shut down the rumours after posing for a photo together weather surgical masks on Travis’ Snapchat which he captioned as ‘bdjxjkdn.’

Jenner announced the birth of her baby girl Stormi on February 1 by posting an 11-minute video documenting her pregnancy.

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:20:48 +0530
Disney announces Descenda

The Disney Channel announced its film Descendants 3 which is set to release on the channel in summer 2019. The movie is based on the story of the teenage sons and daughters of Disney's most infamous villains.

The cast includes Dove Cameron as Mal, Cameron Boyce as Carlos, Sofia Carson as Evie, Booboo Stewart as Jay, Mitchell Hope as King Ben and China Anne McClain as Uma.

The film is set to be helmed by director Kenny Ortega who is also the executive producer and choreographer for the franchise. He has previously directed High School Musical.

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:19:30 +0530
Congress introduces new c

Media Eye News Bureau: Congress President Rahul Gandhi dissolved its Central Working Committee (CWC), and formed a 34-member Steering Committee to replace it for the upcoming plenary session.

All CWC members are part of the new committee; however some of the permanent invitees like Amarinder Singh, Vilas Muttemwar, RK Dhawan, Shivajirao Deshmukh, MV Rajasekharan and Mohsina Kidwai, among others have been dropped.

The Steering Committee is set to shortly decide its schedule for the plenary session. The committee will function till the plenary session, after which a new CWC will be put in place and the new members for the same will be elected either at the plenary or after it.

The Steering Committee includes the party president and CPP chairperson Sonia Gandhi, besides former prime minister Manmohan Singh. It also includes party leaders A K Antony, Ahmed Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ambika Soni, Janardan Dwivedi, Ashok Gehlot, Sushilkumar Shinde, P Chidambaram, Oscar Fernandes, Anand Sharma, CP Joshi, Digvijay Singh, BK Hari Prasad, Kamal Nath, Mallikarjun Kharge, Motilal Vora, Hemo Prova Saikia and Randeep Surjewala.

Leaders PL Punia, RPN Singh, Deepak Babariya, RC Khuntia, KC Venugopal and Avinash Pande are included in the new committee as well.

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 07:37:44 +0530
Modi to inaugurate countr

Media Eye News Bureau: PM Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate India's largest container terminal at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in Mumbai.

The JNPT's Fourth Container Terminal (FCT)'s Phase I has been completed at a cost of Rs. 4,719 crore and is also expected to boost container trade and logistics as well. It will add capacity of 2.4 million (24 lakh) containers per annum in the first phase and after completion of the second phase in 2022, the capacity will be quadrupled to 100 lakh containers per year.

The FCT was developed on design, build, fund, operate and transfer  basis for a concession period of 30 years with an estimated investment of Rs. 7,915 crore for both phases.

The terminal will be able to dock mother vessels, handle the biggest containers ships from a quay length of one km, handle three container ships simultaneously with sufficient yard space as well as cranes which can reach 22 rows wide or more. It will possibly be linked to the dedicated road access along with a rail freight corridor and will receive around 350 containers per rake besides provision for storing 1,600 refrigerated (reefer) containers for perishables, agriculture and horticulture produce as well.

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 07:32:30 +0530
Shashi Tharoor takes a di

Media Eye News Bureau: Congress MP and author Shashi Tharoor recently criticised the BJP for trying to appropriate Swami Vivekananda as he said that they projected Vivekananda in a “blasphemous” way.

He said, “Frankly, the way in which the BJP projects Vivekananda is completely ill-founded. In fact, it is not based on close, or even a casual reading of everything that Vivekananda said.”

During a panel discussion at the event of his book release Why I am A Hindu, moderator Rajdeep Sardesai asked Tharoor about him quoting and citing Vivekannada generously in his book which explores the philosophy of Hinduism as well as the politicisation of the faith by a group specifically in the context of leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi citing Vivekananda, to which he said, “Yes, the only difference is that I have actually read him (Vivekananda).”

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 07:28:24 +0530
Tamil Nadu CM expresses d

Media Eye News Bureau: Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami expressed that the Supreme Court verdict in the Cauvery water dispute was disappointing.

He said, “We appreciate the fact that Supreme Court said that no one was an owner of the resources but everyone has equal rights over a river. Considering the ground water level and reducing the water allotment for Tamil Nadu from 192 TMC to 177.25 TMC is disappointing.”

He said “We will initiate a detailed discussion with experts on the judgment and then announce its next action plan. We will do our best to ensure that our rights are restored and the best in the Cauvery issue is done.”

He also alleged that the government of Karnataka constructed dams ‘without any discussion or consultation with the central government.’

The SC announced the verdict that the amount of Cauvery water allotted to Tamil Nadu would be lowered to 404.25 tmcft (thousand million cubic feet), whereas to Karnataka, the SC allotted 270 tmcft Cauvery water, which is 14.75 tmcft more than the Tribunal award. The allotments for Puducherry (30 tmcft) and Kerala (7 tmcft) remain unchanged.

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 07:24:30 +0530
SC delivers judgement on

The Supreme Court delivered judgment on the almost 120-year-old Cauvery river water sharing dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Police reinforcements have been kept on standby in both states regarding the same. The verdict has been pronounced by a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra.

Tamil Nadu's share of water from the river Cauvery has been reduced by the Supreme Court and Karnataka will receive a bigger share. Karnataka will now release 177.25 TMC or thousand million cubic feet to Tamil Nadu instead of 192. The verdict is said to have been made in the light to take care of drinking water problems in Bengaluru.

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:41:24 +0530
Beauty Trends 2018

The fashion and beauty industry has grown in leaps over the years with people closely following the ever changing trends constantly. When you talk about any decade, what invariably pops up in everyone’s minds are the fashion and beauty trends of the time. Beauty and fashion are what drives a certain era like for example the 80s are synonymous with shoulder pads, mullets, neon clothing, chunky jewellery and prints whereas the 90s were comparatively subdued. Here is a list of trends specifically in the world of beauty that are anticipated to take over 2018.

  • Korean and Japanese beauty

While Korean beauty took over 2017, it is set to lead into 2018 along with Japanese beauty as well. Especially in skincare with sheet masks, eye creams, facial oils and serums among others. Korean and Japanese skincare rituals may look a lot but they are extremely beneficial for the skin as majority of these products use natural ingredients such as volcano clay, goji berries, avocado, matcha and even essential oils.

  • Be The Glow Getter

2018 is all about getting that glow on. Move over matte or caked up skin, it is all about that dewy, luminous finish. It is anticipated that the 2018 trend is set to be natural, ‘no-makeup’ makeup kind of finish. Focussing on a more ‘glow from within’ look, this trend will make use of subtle highlighting techniques rather than a bold popping highlight and will not emphasise on contouring which was all the rage last year.

  • All That Glitters

With all the glitter trends that have been shining through (no pun intended), glitter eyes are where it’s at this year. Instead of using a regular glitter, which can be sometimes (read: always) hard to remove, try using glitter gels, glitter eye shadows or even glitter liquid shadows that are not only easy to remove, but are perfect to bring out your bling as well.

  • Let’s Face It

Brands are set to be all inclusive as the shade range for foundations or concealers would not be just a limited range of shades but that, they will cater to people from all types of skin to colours as well.

  • Smooth and Shiny

Matte lips were all the rage in 2016 and 2017, however, the trend seems to be in for a change as satin finish lipsticks and pigmented lip glosses are taking over to compliment the dewy, clean and luminous ‘no makeup’ makeup trend.

  • All About That Rouge

....Or maybe not! 2018 is all about less is more and so, rather than using dark or bright blushes to add a flush of colour to your face, use shades such as nude or coral or light pink to make it look more natural and to give you that fresh look.

  • Negatives and Blues

This year is all about having fun and experimenting and so, to give a twist to your classic winged liner is a graphic winged liner that after creating the wing, does not fill it in and rather leaves the area as a negative space which gives it an edgy yet elegant look. Besides this, blue or aqua eye shadow and liner is also trending to give that pop of colour and to use instead of the commonly used black eyeliner.

(Compiled by Prerna Mistry)

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:55:33 +0530
Jennifer Aniston and Just

Actress Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux announced their split after two and a half years of marriage and seven years as a couple.

The issued a statement that read, “In an effort to reduce any further speculation, we have decided to announce our separation. This decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year. We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship. Normally we would do this privately, but given that the gossip industry cannot resist an opportunity to speculate and invent, we wanted to convey the truth directly. Whatever else is printed about us that is not directly from us, is someone else’s fictional narrative. Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another. ”

The couple further announced that they split at the end of the last year. Aniston and Theroux first met on the set of the 2008 film Tropic Thunder and began dating in 2011. They later married in a surprise and secret ceremony on August 5, 2015.

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:47:09 +0530
Blac Chyna adds Khloe Kar

Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian are back in Blac Chyna's ongoing lawsuit against their family. 

Blac Chyna (real name: Angela White) issued a lawsuit against the Kardashian family in October, following her breakup with ex-fiance Rob Kardashian earlier in 2017. She, however dropped certain family members from her lawsuit in November but it was recently reported that Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner back in as defendants.

In the suit, she accused the Kardashian-Jenner family of defamation, intentional interference with contractual relations and intentional interference with prospective economic relations as stated by her lawyer Lisa Bloom, who asserted, “The unwritten rule no one told Ms. White when she embarked on a relationship with Mr. Kardashian is: the entire family takes it personally if you leave and will come after you, using their fame, wealth and power to take you down. They will get your television show cancelled. They will go after your endorsement deals. They will condone slut-shaming of you. They will spread lies about you. They will claim you are a bad mother, without evidence.”

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:45:59 +0530
Amy Schumer gets hitched

Actress and comedienne Amy Schumer recently married Chef Chris Fischer in a secret ceremony on February 13. The guest list reportedly included Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Aniston, Larry David, David Spade, Judd Apatow and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Schumer began dating the Beetlebung Farm Cookbook author in November. She confirmed her relationship on February 11 in an Instagram post with a photo of herself kissing Fischer in a photo booth at Ellen DeGeneres’ 60th birthday party.

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:44:14 +0530
Abu Dhabi Week opens in K

Media Eye News Bureau: Following great success in Delhi and Mumbai in 2017, the second edition of ‘Abu Dhabi Week’ is set to be hosted in Kochi and Kolkata for the first time. The event has been curated by Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism, the body that promotes tourism and cultural heritage of the emirate.

The dual-city exhibition will start on 16th February 2018, for three-days in Kochi. The Kolkata edition will commence on 23rd February 2018. Positioning Abu Dhabi as the ultimate destination for vacations, leisure travel, and weddings, Abu Dhabi Week will offer an experiential mix of culture, art, entertainment, and sports. It will showcase Abu Dhabi and take them on a virtual tour of the city.

While 3D maps of Abu Dhabi will paint a vivid picture of the city’s urban landscape, attendees will also have a chance to win exclusive trip packages to Abu Dhabi.

This edition will also offer a wide variety of interactive experiences including life-like encounters of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Desert Safari, and a glimpse of Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi Week will also present a live recreation of the Al Ain Palace and the Al Dhafra Region, replete with sand, Bedouin tents, safari jeeps and traditional Arabic seating and lighting.

Speaking about the Abu Dhabi Week, Mubarak Al Nuaimi, Director, Promotions and Overseas Offices, Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi, said, "Owing to the growing levels of disposable income in the hands of Indian travellers, we believe that India is a crucial market with a potential to expand the tourism inflow in Abu Dhabi. It therefore becomes imperative to educate people about everything that Abu Dhabi has to offer, and re-shape notions regarding its cost heaviness."

"The Abu Dhabi Week strives to amplify not only the splendour of Abu Dhabi but also highlight its pocket-friendliness in terms of family vacations, solo travels, film shoots, trade and business, and destination weddings, among others," he added.

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:03:25 +0530
IAF Microlight Crash Near

Media Eye News Bureau: An Indian Air Force Microlight Virus SW-80 crashed today, after getting airborne from Air Force Station Jorhat, for a routine sortie.

Two pilots, Wg Cdr J James and Wg Cdr D Vats, sustained fatal injuries.

The two-seater aircraft, one of the many small planes that the Indian Air Force maintains, is suspected to have developed a technical fault.

Villagers in the sparsely populated district told authorities that they had seen the aircraft go up in flames.


"An Indian Air Force Microlight Virus SW-80 crashed around 1200 hrs today, after getting airborne from Air Force Station Jorhat, for a routine sortie," the defence ministry said in a statement in New Delhi.

A court of inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:08:08 +0530
Vice President rejects ta

Media Eye News Bureau: The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that India cannot have talks with countries that have trained their guns at our country. He was addressing the gathering after releasing five Books authored by the Members of Indian Council of World Affairs.

The Vice President said that it is baffling to see some educated leaders suggesting that we have to engage in a dialogue with one of our neighbours who is by all accounts fomenting trouble and encouraging cross-border terrorism. He further said that India’s diplomacy relies on building bridges across the world with dialogue as the sole sustainable method to resolve disputes.

"We are quite conscious of the fact that India’s love for peace is more out of a concern for the welfare of humanity rather than because we are weak and are incapable of fighting. Regional satraps have an increasing role in influencing foreign policy and in case of conflict of interest between the Centre and the states the Union government, prevails as per constitution. The present government has recognized the importance of the States in its foreign policy, security as well as trade and economic relations with the neighbouring countries", he added.

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:53:25 +0530
Modi accuses Left Wing an

Media Eye News Bureau: PM Narendra Modi recently accused the Congress and Left parties of having a secret pact of sorts for the February 18 Tripura Assembly polls.

He said, “Congress and Left parties like in Kerala and West Bengal have a secret deal for the Tripura polls. To change the future of Tripura, reject the two parties and vote for BJP. Both parties destroyed Tripura. Do not trust them. By putting up candidates in the elections, Congress is doing drama in Tripura though both the Congress and Left parties have 'dosti' (friendship) in Delhi.”

The PM also accused the Congress for helping the CPM to win the polls and urged people to uproot the Left parties from Tripura.

He also asserted that the Rose valley chit fund organisation had taken off with several thousand crore of rupees of 14 lakh Tripura people and accused the Left Front government of not having properly probed the scam for which he said that, “After assuming power (in Tripura), the BJP government will inquire into the robbing of huge sums of poor people's money.”

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 07:22:45 +0530
Congress leader Anand Sha

Media Eye News Bureau: Congress leader Anand Sharma took a jibe at the BJP vision document for Meghalaya recently.

 The document had promised 2 lakh jobs for the youths and pensions for daily wage labourers. Speaking of the same, Sharma asserted that the BJP ‘are good in selling dreams.’

He said, “I was told BJP has released its vision document, it has promise the sun, the moon and the stars, but we have no quarrel they can promise more because they are nationally known now for selling dreams, making false promises and betraying the mandate and people.”

Sharma added, “I charge PM and his government in Delhi for having destroyed jobs and not in thousands but in millions and tens of millions particularly the demonetization where none of four objectives were made - black money, terror funding and counterfeit- and another decision which led to loss of jobs, businesses is the flawed GST implementation.”

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 07:17:51 +0530
Congress and BJP blame ea

Media Eye News Bureau: The BJP and the Congress .blamed each other for the Rs11,400 crore fraud case involving the Punjab National Bank (PNB). Jeweller Nirav Modi has been identified as the main accused in the fraud.

The Congress accused the government over the scam for doing nothing to stop “independent India’s biggest bank fraud” despite being informed of it in July, 2016.  

Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Guide to looting India by Nirav Modi—1. Hug PM Modi 2. Be seen with him in DAVOS. Use that clout to: A. Steal 12,000 crore B. Slip out of the country like Mallya, while the government looks the other way,”  while also releasing a picture of Nirav Modi with the business delegation accompanying the prime minister to Davos at the World Economic Forum meet.

Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala also asserted, “Billionaire Nirav Modi steals Rs12,000 crore right under the nose of the Modi Government and flees the country. Ironically, Nirav Modi was later spotted with PM Modi in Davos. Has it become the norm for letting people run away with public money? Who is responsible?”

The BJP for its part criticised the Congress’ attack on the prime minister and deemed it as baseless and dubbed the reference of “Chhota Modi” for Nirav Modi, as derogatory, demeaning, shameful, utterly irresponsible and scandalous.

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 07:13:07 +0530
Modi to inaugurate the Wo

Media Eye News Bureau: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 2018 edition of the World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS 2018) at VigyanBhawan in the capital tomorrow on Friday.

WSDS is the flagship forum of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and seeks to bring together on a common platform, global leaders and thinkers in the fields of sustainable development, energy and environment sectors.

The theme of the Summit this year is ‘Partnerships for a Resilient Planet’, WSDS 2018 seeks to create action frameworks to resolve some of the most urgent challenges facing developing economies in the backdrop of climate change.

The Summit will address a wide variety of issues, including combating land degradation, effective waste management mechanisms to make cities free of landfills free, combat air pollution effectively, measures to increase resource and energy efficiency, facilitate transition to clean energy and create financial mechanisms to enable effective climate change mitigation.

The ‘Greenovation Exhibition’ at WSDS 2018 will showcase the latest technological advancements to meet Sustainable Development Goals.

Over 2000 delegates are expected to participate in the summit, including policy makers, researchers, think tanks, diplomats and corporates from around the world. Eminent international speakers will address a variety of issues including reducing impact on land, air and water, as well as look at ways and means to utilise energy and resources in a more efficient manner in the plenary sessions.  

The thematic tracks at WSDS 2018 will include discussions on issues related to sustainability, including carbon markets and pricing, sustainable transport, resilient cities, solar energy and refrigerant technologies.

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), is hosting the 2018 edition of its flagship forum, the World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS 2018) in New Delhi on February 15, 16 & 17.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:47:34 +0530
Modi visits Arunachal Pra

Media Eye News Bureau: Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Arunachal Pradesh today. At a function in Itanagar, he inaugurated the DorjeeKhandu State Convention Centre. This Convention Centre has an auditorium, conference halls and an exhibition hall.

The Prime Minister also dedicated the State Civil Secretariat Building to the nation, and laid the Foundation Stone of the Academic Block of the TomoRiba Institute of Health and Medical Science.

Addressing a large and enthusiastic gathering, he said he is delighted to visit Arunachal Pradesh and be among the wonderful people of the State.

"Most of the key departments are based in the new Secretariat. This makes it easier for people coming from distant villages, he added, noting that coordination and convenience are enhanced", Modi said.

He expressed happiness at the inauguration of the Convention Centre in Itanagar.

"This is more than a building, it is a vibrant centre that will further the aspirations of Arunachal Pradesh, he said. Conferences and cultural activities will draw government officials and private companies", he added.

The Prime Minister said Union Ministers, and officials from the Union Government are visiting the North-East regularly.

The Prime Minister complimented the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Shri Pema Khandu, for his good work in the State. He said the Chief Minister has prepared a top quality roadmap on how Arunachal Pradesh should be in 2027. He added that inputs for this plan were taken not just from officials but also from people from all walks of life.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:28:38 +0530
17 killed in Florida shoo

Media Eye News Bureau: At least 17 students and teachers were killed as a heavily-armed 19-year-old went on a shooting spree outside and inside his former high school in Florida state in the US.

The shooting suspect, identified as Nicolas Cruz, has been taken into custody. 

The violence unfolded at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, a school of more than 3,000 students in a tony suburb northwest of Fort Lauderdale where houses sit on broad lots.

The gunman, Nikolas Cruz , armed with a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle, had been expelled from the school for "disciplinary reasons".

He began his rampage outside the school shortly before dismissal time around 2.40 p.m. He then made his way inside and proceeded down hallways, firing at frightened students and teachers who were scurrying for cover.

The gunman started firing before even entering the school, leaving a trail of carnage across the sprawling campus. A dozen of the dead were found inside the school, and three were found outside. Two others succumbed to their injuries at a hospital. A football coach was among those killed, the sheriff said Wednesday night.

The shooting, among the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern US history, revived debate over gun control while American politicians offered their condolences.

"My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school," US President Donald Trump said.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:02:20 +0530
Find Your Aesthetic INSTA

Instagram is the new social media trend that has created a niche for itself in the last 2-3 years and it is not just a social platform for people to post only their selfies or family pictures. It has started to gain momentum as a platform to garner business as well as become an outlet for creatives to elevate their brand or themselves in the most aesthetic ways. Here are tips to amp up your aesthetics for your Instagram feeds.

  • What is your aesthetic?

Not to be mixed up with a theme as a theme is basically something that pertains to categories such as food, travel, lifestyle etc. Whereas an aesthetic is the mood of the content that is set by you and which reflects your or your brand’s vibe. It showcases your creativity through a variety of pictures that share the same feeling be it colourful, monochrome or even neutral which makes your feed more interesting to your followers as it shows imagination and it makes for a pleasing visual as well.

  • Filters

Filters are essential. But what is much more notable is not overdoing it. However that does not mean using just a single filter but don’t use too many so that it’s easier to stick to a similar colour scheme in order to have a cohesive aesthetic on your feed and that although all your pictures do not interlink with each other, it should look like they are all a part of the same photo album.

  • Let there be Light

It cannot be stressed enough that lighting is the most important part of a photograph. In order to get some of the best pictures, try taking them in natural light as the pictures look more effortless yet more put together because when you take a picture at night because it doesn’t give the same effect as natural light.

  • Watch your Back

Well, not literally. What we mean is, Backgrounds are key for making sure that your image is crisp and visually pleasing. A cluttered background is distracting and takes the focus off of you or the product that you’re featuring on your page. So make sure that your background isn’t too busy and fits well with your overall aesthetic.

  • Straighten ‘Em Out

An often neglected area, before posting a picture on your feed make sure to straighten the pictures especially when you take pictures of buildings of shelves as the unevenness may result into a bad picture.

  • Quality over Quantity

Don’t post a picture just because you have to. Only post high quality pictures, plan your style of feed and edit out the pictures accordingly. Let’s say that the overall vibe of your feed is monochromatic but you happen to visit a beach and you wish to put up the true to life clicks, don’t fret about ruining your aesthetic, instead work around the blocks by posting 3, 6 or 9 pictures of those before reverting back to your old aesthetic back again.

  • Why So Serious?

At the end of the day though don’t stress much as it is only Instagram and messing up your aesthetic on your feed isn’t the end of the world. Don’t be discouraged if you do not have the number of followers or likes that you aimed for. Practice makes perfect. So if you lose your vibe, don’t worry you’ll find it or even something better than it again.

(As Compiled by Prerna Mistry)

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:08:13 +0530
Eminem releases music vid

Eminem released the video for his latest track River on Valentine’s Day featuring Ed Sheeran.

Released on Valentine’s Day, it’s the second video to be released from the rapper’s ninth studio album Revival which was released in December. The documentary style video focuses on issues of abusive relationships and domestic violence.

At the beginning of the video, he is asked ‘what does love mean to you?’ to which Eminem replies, “My personal life is not exactly a highlight reel.”

The focus then switches to Ed Sheeran, who candidly says, ‘You’ve got to have the trust element – or you’re f****d.”

Speaking about the collaboration, Sheeran said that he recorded his parts for the song in a house studio in actor Russell Crowe's home, after receiving an email about being on the album from Eminem's manager.  He said that the rapper was “such a sweet, talented guy,” and added that the experience was “a door that I thought was closed and just opened randomly.”

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:04:01 +0530
Kanye West returns to Ins

Kanye West ended his social media hiatus and returned to Instagram on February 14 after deleting all his social media accounts in May last year.

The rapper celebrated Valentine’s Day by posting over 50 posts on his feed of his favorite Hollywood couples as well as a sweet dedication to his wife Kim Kardashian West with a picture of a handwritten card that read, “Happy Valentine’s Day Babe.”

He also paid homage to mother-in-law Kris Jenner and his late father-in-law Robert Kardashian on his Instagram.

West posted several vintage photos that included mostly failed high-profile relationships with a few famed longstanding romances as well.

The Grammy winner ended his posting spree with two photos of him and Kim Kardashian simply captioning the portraits as “Kimye.”

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:02:19 +0530
Dua Lipa makes YouTube hi

British singer Dua Lipa recently made Youtube history as the youngest female artist to hit one billion views on a music video for her song ‘New Rules’ which has over 1,000,000,000 views and is the sixth single that appeared on Dua Lipa’s self-titled debut album.

The artist expressed her excitement for the same on Instagram. She posted a throwback photo of herself as a baby with the caption that read, “I picked up the phone and found out I am the youngest female artist to hit 1 BILLION views on a music video.”

Lipa also made BRIT awards history as she is nominated for British Solo Female Artist, British Artist Video of the Year, British Breakthrough Act, British Single and Mastercard British Album of the Year.

Dua Lipa has also recently shared ‘High’, a song that she recorded for the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack. The OST for the film also features tracks from Hailee Steinfield, Julia Michaels, Jessie J, and a collaboration between Rita Ora and former One Direction member Liam Payne among others.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:57:10 +0530
Case filed against Oru Ad

A group of young men in Hyderabad have filed a police case against the filmmakers claiming that the lyrics of the teaser song of the film Oru Adaar Love called ‘Manikya Malaraya Poovi’ had hurt religious sentiments of Muslims.

Director Omar Lulu however, stated, “The song written by CMA Jabbar is sung during marriages and every celebration in Malabar region of North Kerala. Malabar Muslims have been singing this song since 1978. If it was not objectionable then, how has it become objectionable now?”

 The song recently made headlines for the actress Priya Prakash Varrier’s expression which led the young starlet to become an Internet sensation.

Hyderabad police officer V Satyanarayana stated that a case has been registered for deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs. It is reported that the police is likely to consult Islamic clerics and legal experts before making a decision.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:55:57 +0530
Pierce Brosnan asked to e

Former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan has been asked by health officials in Delhi to explain why he features in a commercial for a mouth freshener linked to chewing tobacco.

Health officials said they had issued a notice requiring Brosnan to justify his starring in the ad for ‘Pan Bahar,’ a paan masala brand. The makers of ‘Pan Bahar’ however, insist that their product does not contain nicotine.

Delhi Health Department official SK Arora said that they saw Pierce Brosnan's posters advertising Pan Bahar (a paan masala brand) at tobacco shops in Delhi in the last fortnight and added that the authorities had reached out to Brosnan through Pan Bahar company and even through his Twitter account for the same but had not heard back.

He asserted that Brosnan could face a fine of Rs. 5,000 ($78) or up to two years in jail if he did not answer within 10 days.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:53:58 +0530
WHY TO VISIT TEMPLES

Chithra Muraleedharan

 

Temples are located strategically at a place where the positive energy is abundantly available from the magnetic and electric wave distributions of north/south pole thrust. The main idol is placed in the core center of the temple, known as Moolasthanam. 

 

This *Moolasthanam* is where earth’s magnetic waves are found to be maximum. We know that there are some copper plates, inscribed with Vedic scripts, buried beneath the Main Idol. The copper plate absorbs earth’s magnetic waves and radiates it to the surroundings. Thus a person regularly visiting a temple and walking clockwise around the Main Idol receives the beamed magnetic waves and his body absorbs it.

 

This is a very slow process and a regular visit will let him absorb more of this positive energy. Scientifically, it is the positive energy that we all require to have a healthy life. Further, the Sanctum is closed on three sides. This increases the effect of all energies.

 

The lamp that is lit radiates heat energy and also provides light inside the sanctum to the priests or poojari’s performing the pooja. The ringing of the bells and the chanting of prayers takes a worshipper into trance, thus not letting his mind waver. When done in groups, this helps people forget personal problems for a while and relieve their stress. The fragrance from the flowers, the burning of camphor give out the chemical energy further aiding in a different good aura.

 

The effect of all these energies is supplemented by the positive energy from the idol, the copper plates and utensils in the Moolasthanam / Garbagraham.

 

Theertham, the “holy” water used during the pooja to wash the idol is not plain water cleaning the dust off an idol. It is a concoction of Cardamom, Karpura, Tulsi(Holy Basil), Clove, etc...Washing the idol is to charge the water with the magnetic radiations thus increasing its medicinal values. Three spoons of this holy water is distributed to devotees. Again, this water is mainly a source of magneto-therapy. Besides, the clove essence protects one from tooth decay, the saffron & Tulsi leafs protects one from common cold and cough, cardamom and Pachha Karpuram (benzoin), act as mouth fresheners. It is proved that Theertham is a very good blood purifier, as it is highly energized. Hence it is given as prasadam to the devotees.

 

This way, one can claim to remain healthy by regularly visiting the Temples. This is why our elders used to suggest us to offer prayers at the temple so that you will be cured of many ailments. They were not always superstitious. Yes, in a few cases they did go overboard when due to ignorance they hoped many serious diseases could be cured at temples by deities. When people go to a temple for the *Deepaaraadhana*, and when the doors open up, the positive energy gushes out onto the persons who are there. The water that is sprinkled onto the assemblages passes on the energy to all.

 

This also explains why men are not allowed to wear shirts at a few temples and women are requested to wear more ornaments during temple visits. It is through these jewels (metal) that positive energy is absorbed by the women. Also, it is a practice to leave newly purchased jewels at an idol’s feet and then wear them with the idol’s blessings. This act is now justified after reading this article. This act of “seeking divine blessings” before using any new article, like books or pens or automobiles may have stemmed from this through mere observation.

 

Energy lost in a day’s work is regained through a temple visit and one is refreshed slightly. The positive energy that is spread out in the entire temple and especially around where the main idol is placed, are simply absorbed by one's body and mind. Our practices are NOT some hard and fast rules framed by 1 man and his followers or God’s words in somebody’s dreams. All the rituals, all the practices are, in reality, well researched, studied and scientifically backed thesis which form the ways of nature to lead a good healthy life. The scientific and research part of the practices are well camouflaged as “elder’s instructions” or “granny’s teaching’s” which should be obeyed as a mark of respect so as to once again, avoid stress to the mediocre brains.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:20:38 +0530
PMS IS NOT A JOKE

Chithra Muraleedharan

 

A woman's period should never be a mystery to you. It is important to break the silence and stigmas around menstruation and to help in ensuring that more efforts are taken to educate men about it.

While menstruation has "men" in the word, not many men understand what it's like to go through having periods.  It’s something men can learn about but never experience.

Going with the scientific explanation, at an average period of 28 days  the female body sheds its old uterine lining Or say when the egg is not fertilized, the lining of uterus sheds which is called causing menstruation. Menstruation is not just blood flowing out of woman's body; it involves severe cramps, hormonal imbalances. Periods cramps occur because of the contraction of the uterus to expel its lining. 

The sheer amount of misogynist jokes that are shed over PMS over the years is not worth it. What men need to understand is it is an authentic problem. PMS occurs during the week or so before her period begins, and it really can make her feel like total crap. Menstrual cycle involves hormonal fluctuations, fluctuations in serotonin levels and chemical changes in brain. An Italian study has found that over 80 percent of young women reported pain with their periods. And for about 1 in 3 of them, the pain was so bad that it made them miss out on social events or other obligations. 

You may find her over sensitive, losing her temper quickly during the period. Instead of cribbing over it try to understand her and make her feel better. She would go mad over small things. It is less likely that she would remain calm. But before yelling or getting angry on her try and understand that it’s something that’s purely natural and that the mood swings and hormones are not in her hands to stabilize or balance. Suppose for some reason you are under pain, take for instance you have a severe headache and you have you wife telling you how her day was at office.

Will you be in a position to stay calm and listen to her? Or will you get irritated and mad over her? Can you take any arguments at that point of time? It’s the same with her. Don’t expect her to take arguments or criticisms lightly because the physical pain she's facing is already irritating her. If she argues over little things and gets mad over you for no reason don’t take it too personally, understand that it’s because of her hormones and has nothing to do with you.

Menstruation is a biological occurrence and is not something a girl chooses for herself .So please resist the urge to make a PMS joke next time.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:07:04 +0530
HOTEL LEELA

Some journeys can be summed up in a photo, a tweet, a souvenir. But others are so filled with inner riches, they defy easy description. For our guests, this has always posed a challenge: How to best capture the world of luxury that is The Leela? For one visitor, it’s a lobby – and a welcome that makes her feel like royalty. For another, it’s discovering a hidden garden, guided only by the scent of jasmine. To some, it is small touches that few others notice – the warmth of a gesture, the extra care in the simplest dish. Finding the right words for this distinctly Indian brand of luxury is made all the more difficult because it is constantly being refined and enhanced by each person we invite to join our staff.

 

From the start, we have been on a continuous journey to delight each traveller who crosses our threshold. It is The Leela’s goal to provide the most demanding guests with memorable, magical stays that deliver the essence of India and discover a 5-Star experience found only in India, and only at The Leela. In a span of 30 years, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts has grown to comprise a world-class collection of nine award-winning luxury hotels spread across key destinations in India with many more on the anvil.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:53:37 +0530
Fraud of Rs 11 400 crore

Media Eye News Bureau: Punjab National Bank discovered fraudulent transactions of around Rs11, 400 crore in Mumbai and filed a complaint with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for the same.

Jeweller Nirav Modi is already being investigated by CBI in connection with the fraud case along with an earlier complaint by the same bank. The complaint was about fraudulent transactions of Rs 280 crore. The bank later stated that it was checking if the magnitude of the swindle was more at the time.

The finance ministry issued an advisory regarding the crisis and asked all banks to review all their large exposures or total loans to one customer and also requested the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which investigates frauds involving foreign currency and transactions, to investigate the matter after which the ED registered a money laundering case Nirav Modi and others on the basis of the CBI FIR.

The fraud was reportedly carried out by PNB employees who apparently issued authorized letters of understanding that helped Modi’s companies raise credit and did so without making any entries in the bank’s books or recording them in the core banking system.

Reportedly, the international branches of many other Indian banks including Allahabad Bank, Axis Bank, State Bank of India, Union Bank of India and others loaned money to Modi’s companies based on these fraudulent guarantees.

The CBI booked Modi and several members of his family and stated that they used the firms Diamond R Us, Solar Exports, and Stellar Diamonds to conspire with bank officials to cause Punjab National Bank ‘wrongful loss.’

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:40:53 +0530
Congress posts satirical

Media Eye News Bureau: The Congress released a satirical video on Valentine’s Day to wish the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion.

The video took a sarcastic jibe at the PM and urged him to “spread more love” and not “Jumlas,” as well as advised him on listening to the 'Mann ki Baat' of the people.

The video also showed a clip of PM Modi during the election campaign for 2014 Lok Sabha polls when he had promised that if black money is returned to the country, bank accounts of every poor person will be credited with at least 15-20 lakh rupees and also attacked the implementation of demonetisation scheme, when the Prime Minister had said that demonetization will help in fighting black money, counterfeited currency, terrorism and corruption with a caption that read, “Make promises that you can keep.”

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:36:01 +0530
Kejriwal talks triumphant

Media Eye News Bureau: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal did an accounting of his pre-poll promises and the achievements of his government after completing three years in power and blamed what was unachieved or delayed on the centre and the lieutenant governor of Delhi.

At an event to mark the third anniversary of the Aam Aadmi Party government, the CM made an appeal to the central government, “Send us all to jail but clear our files.”

Kejriwal also triumphantly stated that his government was a survivor against all odds as he said, “Ab sarkar imaandar ho toh sab kuch ho sakta hai.”

Kejriwal accused the centre and the lieutenant governor of slowing the pace of work in the state. He said, “They have troubled us a lot. I challenge anyone with the kind of problems we faced to even try to routinely run the city. We have managed to achieve all these despite the huge odds. They stall all files. Some 400 files of the state were summoned by the LG’s office for scrutiny by a monitoring committee in 2016. They found nothing. All files were sent back. I challenge them, give us your files for four days and then we will show you.”

Speaking of the centre he said, “They carried out a CBI raid on my office and another raid at the house of Satyendar Jain. There are four cases against Manish Sisodia, there are around eight cases against Jain. Around 15 of our MLAs were put in jail, all on false charges. I only have one request: put us all in jail but don’t trouble the people of Delhi. All this is affecting development of Delhi. Please don’t stall the files.”

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:32:01 +0530
Suspected Indian Mujahide

Media Eye News Bureau: The Delhi Police has reportedly arrested a wanted Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative named Ariz Khan from the Indo-Nepal border where he was working as a primary school teacher.

He escaped from the scene of the 2008 Batla House encounter and was allegedly involved in serial blasts in Delhi, Ahmedabad, Varanasi, Faizabad, Lucknow and Jaipur.

Pramod Kushwah, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) said, “He was an expert bomb maker... He was the mastermind of operations that caused the deaths of 165 persons and injured another 536. He was directly involved in these operations.”

He added, “On 17 November, 2007, Khan and his associates carried out bombings in three courts in Uttar Pradesh as revenge for lawyers thrashing three Jaish-e-Mohammed terror accused and for refusing to represent them in court. Five minutes before the blasts, the IM owned up to their involvement through emails to media organisations. Khan had personally planted explosives in the M-block market in south Delhi’s Greater Kailash. Apart from GK, blasts occurred in Connaught Place and Karol Bagh. Unexploded bombs were recovered from CP, India Gate and Parliament Street. Thirty persons were killed and 100 injured in those blasts in the city.”

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:23:53 +0530
Taylor Swift copyright la

Songwriting duo Sean Hall and Nathan Butler had accused Taylor Swift of plagiarism regarding her song Shake It Off for their lyrics of their song Playas Gon’ Play, written for the US girl group 3LW as the lyrics include, “Playas, they gonna play / And haters, they gonna hate.” Whereas the chorus to Swift’s single features the lines, “Cause the players gonna play, play, play / And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.”

However a California judge Michael Fitzgerald has dismissed the copyright lawsuit filed against Taylor Swift on the basis of ingenuity of their claims as well as either artist’s lyrics. He said, “By 2001, American popular culture was heavily steeped in the concepts of players, haters and player-haters. The concept of actors acting in accordance with their essential nature is not at all creative; it is banal. The alleged infringed lyrics are short phrases that lack the modicum of originality and creativity required for copyright protection.”

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:38:36 +0530
City celebrates Mahashiva

K.A.Viswanathan

Media Eye News Bureau: All Shiva temples across the country were reverberated with the chants  of “ Om Namashivaya” on Mahashivaratri .

It  is one of the biggest Hindu festivals  celebrated with great enthusiasm. This festival was celebrated on February 13/14  on the new moon day in the Krishna Paksha in the month of Phalguna or Maagha according to the Hindu calendar. Out of the 12 Shivaratris in the year, the Mahashivaratri is considered to be the most auspicious one.

The devotees thronged to the nearby Shiva temple to offer pooja  with milk and bilwa leaves to Linga , a symbol for the worship of Lord Shiva, It is believed that the people who fast on this day and night and offer prayers to Lord Shiva get peace and prosperity in their life.

According to a legend , after the Earth was faced with an imminent destruction, Goddess Parvati pledged with Lord Shiva to save the world. Pleased with her prayers, Lord Shiva agreed to save the world on the pretext that the people of the Earth would have to worship him with dedication and passion. From that day onwards, the night came to be known as Mahashivratri and people began worshipping Shiva with a great enthusiasm. Shiva is considered as the ideal husband and unmarried girls and women pray for a husband like him.

 

According to another popular legend, Maha Shivaratri is the night when Shiva performs the heavenly dance of creation, preservation and destruction.

The Mahasivaratri is divided into four Yaamas. All temples with Shiva Linga perform Rudra Japam , Rudra homam during the day. The first Yaama begins in the evening when Mahanyasa Rudra Japam is performed. The second Yaama starts from night and continues with other two Yaamas till early morning the next day and ends before Sun rise. During the Yaama the Linga is bathed with Holy water, milk, Chandan, bhasma, coconut water, Dhahi , honey and Bel leaves with chanting of ‘Om Namashivaya’.

The Sankara Mattham at Matunga had made elaborate arrangements as the day also coincided with the important day of the Lord – Maha Prodosham. After the Pradosha pooja , there was,  Laksharchana with Bel leaves – with the chanting of Om Namashivaya one lakh times  said the secretary S.Sivasubramanian, Maha Deeparadhana was performed early morning after all four Yaamas. Two other temples in the vicinity Sri South Indian Bhajana Samajam and Bhuvaneswari Shiva temple also conducted poojas  from evening to next day morning.

Bhabulnath Mandir at Chowpathy is the most sought after temple for the devotees who come from all over Maharashtra on this day.

Milk vendors were selling milk several times more than the normal days. A vendor at Matunga  said he sold around 1500 ltrs of milk on that day as two important Shiva temples were around. Sri Sankara Mattham alone received nearly 1000 ltrs of milk from their devotees for abhishekam said the Mattham secretary.

Mahashivratri is not only celebrated in India but also in Nepal and other regions where Lord Shiva is worshipped. Among the various popular shrines, Amarnath temple pilgrimage or Mount Amarnath (about 140 km from Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir) is believed to be the holiest in Hinduism. Surrounded by fascinating mountainous terrains and picturesque snowy mountains this shrine remains crowded by pilgrims throughout the year especially on Mahashivratri.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:31:39 +0530
Salman Khan unveils Lover

Salman Khan unveiled the first look of his brother-in-law Aayush Sharma's debut film, Loveratri, which he is also producing and which also stars actress Warina Hussain.

He unveiled the poster in a tweet that read, “Yeh Valentines Day par wishing everyone #Loveratri . @aaysharma @Warina_Hussain @SKFilmsOfficial.”

Loveratri created a buzz when Salman Khan took to Twitter earlier this month to announce that he had found a girl when fans began to excitedly speculate the marriage of their favourite actor.

However, it was later revealed that Khan was talking about having found the leading lady of Loveratri, actress Warina Hussain.

Helmed by director Abhiraj Minawala, Loveratri is set to hit theatres on September 21, 2018.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:42:25 +0530
Miley Cyrus throws shade

Miley Cyrus may not be judging in the season 14 of The Voice, but she’s still throwing shade at rival judges Blake Shelton and Adam Levine. Singer Kelly Clarkson is set to take her place on the season as judge instead.

NBC recently posted a series of photos of Levine and Shelton to promote the season 14 of the show on its Instagram account under which Miley left her comments to let Blake and Adam know how she really feels about them.

In a picture of the Maps hitmaker rocking a new moustache, the show captioned it, “You know you missed him.” Miley however commented, “But didn’t miss that stache.”

The show uploaded a picture of Blake Shelton sitting on a rocking chair in denim and giving the camera a sexy smile with a caption that read, “Well, if that isn’t the luckiest rocking chair in the world,” to which Miley replied, “Ew lol.” 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:41:24 +0530
Khloe Kardashian talks ab

Khloe Kardashian recently revealed in a new blog post on her app that she knew that boyfriend Tristan Thompson was “the one” very early on into their relationship and that they took their relationship slowly because she knew there was no need to rush.

She said, “My answer for this probably doesn’t apply to everybody, but I knew Tristan was the one very quickly. I have never felt so comfortable or so safe with someone. Because of that, I took it very slowly and was cautious about how I went about ‘us.’ I made sure we had very in-depth conversations. I wanted to make sure that those conversations were backed up by actions.”

Kardashian continued, “Tristan was so forthcoming with his life, as I was with mine, it was really reassuring to feel that someone had the same belief systems as I did. We spoke about religion, children and our families. I think all of those things are important to truly know the ins and outs of someone. It’s really easy to fall in love with someone during a honeymoon phase when you haven’t yet discussed the logistics of life. But you have to talk about the real things if you want a real/long-lasting relationship.”

Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson are expecting their first child together this spring. The parents-to-be confirmed her pregnancy in December, with the reality star posting an aesthetic black-and-white photo to Instagram and thanking Thompson for treating her “like a queen.”

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:40:24 +0530
Producer Ryan Murphy stri

Netflix has announced that it has signed a multi-year deal with producer Ryan Murphy, who has also produced hit TV series such as American Horror Story, Feud, Glee and The People vs. O.J. Simpson among others. Murphy's deal with Netflix commences on July 1, 2018. Murphy's new original series, Ratched and The Politician will premiere globally on Netflix.

Netflix’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos stated, “Ryan Murphy's series have influenced the global cultural zeitgeist, reinvented genres and changed the course of television history. His unfaltering dedication to excellence and to give voice to the underrepresented, to showcase a unique perspective or just to shock the hell out of us, permeates his genre-shattering work.”

Speaking of the opportunity, Murphy said, “The history of this moment is not lost on me. I am a gay kid from Indiana who moved to Hollywood in 1989 with $55 in savings in my pocket, so the fact that my dreams have crystallized and come true in such a major way is emotional and overwhelming to me. I am awash in genuine appreciation for Ted Sarandos, Reed Hastings and Cindy Holland at Netflix for believing in me and the future of my company which will continue to champion women, minorities and LGBTQ heroes and heroines, and I am honoured and grateful to continue my partnership with my friends and peers at Fox on our existing shows.”

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:39:19 +0530
Gunman invades YouTubers

An armed New Mexico man broke into the house of YouTubers Megan Turney and Gavin Free last month, forcing the couple to hide in their closet and await police. According to a search warrant obtained by KXAN, the accused Christopher Giles drove 11 hours from Albuquerque to the couple’s home in Austin, Texas with the sole intent to cause harm to someone who resides there.” Giles allegedly shot at police, who returned fire, killing him.

The incident took place on January 26th, after police received a call from a woman who said she and her boyfriend awoke to the sound of a gunshot and breaking glass. It was reported a search of Giles’ phone included notes demonstrating a “fondness” for Turney and showed hostility toward her boyfriend, Free.

Both Turney and Free are popular social media stars. Following the incident, they tweeted to fans to reassure them. Free tweeted, “I just wanted to say thanks for all the support and concern regarding the recent incident. It’s been a rough time for Meg and myself the last few weeks but we are doing ok.” Turney also wrote, “Thank y’all so, so much for each and every kind message today and a special thank you to the @Austin_Police for their quick response that night and their ongoing support during this difficult time.”

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:38:07 +0530
Railways to issue tenders

Media Eye News Bureau: Rail and coal minister Piyush Goyal has said that the Indian railways will issue tenders and contracts to set up 3,000 mw of solar power projects on its unused land and that state-run lignite miner and power producer NLC India will also bid for the contracts.

Speaking of the NLC, the minister said, “In renewable energy, they already have about 191 mw today. It will become 300 mw by March 2018 and by 2025 it's actually 4,251mw that they are planning. So almost 24% of their 13,700 mw capacity will be renewable energy.”

He further urged the West Bengal government to accord approval for the transfer of Damodar Valley Corporation’s Raghunathpur power project to NLC India as well.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:21:57 +0530
LPG scheme beneficiaries

Media Eye News Bureau: Over 100 beneficiaries of the 'Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana', a scheme for providing LPG connections to women from poor families interacted with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the LPG panchayat which was hosted by President Ram Nath Kovind recently.

He emphasised on the need for ending discrimination against the girl child as well as working towards fortifying cleanliness in their villages as well.

The beneficiaries also expressed to PM Modi during an informal interaction of how their lives had improved through the use of LPG cylinders.

The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana is a scheme of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas which was introduced for providing LPG connections to women from poor families.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:18:29 +0530
Government approves Rs 15

Media Eye News Bureau: The defence ministry approved capital acquisition proposals at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) worth Rs 15,935 crore which included purchase of 7.40 lakh assault rifles, 5,719 sniper rifles and light machine guns for the armed forces.

The approval came after the attacks by Pakistan along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir as well as China's invasion in several sectors along the nearly 4,000-km-long Sino-India border.

The ministry issued a statement and said that ‘essential quantity’ of Light Machine Guns (LMGs) will be procured to meet the operational requirement of the troops deployed on the borders as well as sniper rifles for the Indian Army and Indian Air Force at an estimated. The rifles will be bought under the 'Buy Global' category; the ammunition for these weapons will be initially procured and subsequently manufactured in India.

The DAC also approved the procurement of Advanced Torpedo Decoy Systems (ATDS) for the Indian Navy to enhance its anti-submarine warfare capabilities the ministry said.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:15:15 +0530
Congress blames NDA for K

Media Eye News Bureau: The Congress recently accused the NDA government for its ‘flip-flop’ and ‘non-existent’ policy on Pakistan which according to them led to the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. They stated that the time had come to act against terrorism being sponsored from across the border.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “PDP says ‘talks’ with Pakistan. BJP Defence Minister says ‘Pakistan will pay the price’. While our soldiers pay with their blood for BJP/PDP’s opportunistic alliance and non-existent Kashmir policy; Modi Ji dithers.”

Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said, “We would like to ask the BJP at the national level because this has very profound national security implications where do they stand on the statement of the chief minister that we should be talking to Pakistan. It is a very disturbing situation which has evolved in J&K.” He added,

“What transpired between 2014 May and 2018 February -suffice to say that it has been a story of U-turns, flip-flops and somersaults.” Tewari also questioned, “When will the time of talking about terror be over and when will you start acting on terror?”

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:11:10 +0530
Body Shame NoBody

Prerna Mistry

As I sit down in front of a screen holding my refreshing cup of tea on a bright morning, I scroll through the daily news and after a while, move my cursor to the entertainment section and I am taken aback by what I see---a headline on supermodel Gigi Hadid being the latest victim of body shaming. What shook me was that today, even women on the level that of Gigi Hadid are also not safe from the vicious cycle of bullying.

Yes. Bullying. Call it what you may, but at the end of the day, criticising someone for who they are, what they do or how they look like is a form of bullying. What I cannot fathom yet is how people believe that they are somehow entitled to a privilege that of berating people and judging them when it is not their place to. Like the aforementioned Gigi Hadid piece for example, she was criticised for her fluctuating weight and was slammed for being too skinny; what is funny is that these are the very same people who had an issue with her being not skinny and even unfit for the modelling career.

While the model did write a tweet explaining her constant weight fluctuations, it got me thinking, does she really have to? Why is a person really explainable to people he/she doesn’t even know? She doesn’t need to. However, reading the tweet made me feel quite irked at this point because what I realised is that people sometimes can be quite insensitive to issues and to other people as well to make opinions on matters without having no concept of contexts.

On an episode on Keeping Up With The Kardashians, even Kim Kardashian had once expressed her anxiety of being randomly photographed by the paparazzi and the pressure of the pictures being perfect for if they’re not then the backlash from people body shaming and criticising stands. She even asserted that for people to think that it’s okay (body shame) is so frustrating. And I couldn’t agree more.

It is quite frustrating when people disregard other people’s feelings irrespective of who they are. What is sad is even celebrities today are victims of body shaming. Which is an alarming fact that when celebrities aren’t spared, what with all the sources they have to prevent the situation, what may become of a regular person?

Body shaming doesn’t always happen directly. There are many instances such as social media and adverts promoting only a certain body type as an ideal or a certain product stating that if only you are fair, you are lovely.

What is worse is that today, body shaming is seeping down to such a dangerous level where it is affecting the younger generation, comprising of teens as well, as there is an underlying pressure of perfection that everyone wants to achieve due to which people are made fun of for their weight, their looks and even colour.

It is often neglected though, that this habit of criticising really affects a person’s mental health as a person who is constantly bullied and jibed at, starts self criticising which leads to depression, low self esteem and also eating disorders in some cases.

We need to be aware that we as human beings need to be empathetic to each other. Let each other live as they are. Criticising someone for being their own person is crossing the line. Celebrate every body type because there is no such thing as a perfect body because things like perfection and beauty are very ambiguous. What may be your idea of perfection or beauty may not be the same for the next person.

People should be respected for who they are, as they are. Also, for someone who has been bullied and been a victim of peer pressure for not being perfect, you must learn to embrace all your flaws and love yourself because you are awesome the way you are and you do not need validation from some random person. Stop chasing the idea of perfection and chase happiness instead.

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:48:34 +0530
YouTube wont kick off Log

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki recently said that she isn’t going to kick controversial online star Logan Paul off the platform.

YouTube had announced that they world de-monetize his channel more than a month after Paul posted a video featuring the blurred face of a suicide victim. The decision was made after Paul not only posted the suicide forest video that was deemed insensitive to mental health issues, but after he released videos that showed him tasering a rat and encouraging viewers to participate in the Tide Pod challenge which Wojcicki asserts is a “pretty strong statement in itself.”

YouTube has a three-strike rule that can get channels kicked off its platform; Wojcicki said that Paul's actions wouldn't have warranted that level of punishment. Speaking on Paul’s channel being removed from the platform, Wojcicki said, “He hasn’t done anything that would cause those three strikes. We can’t just be pulling people off our platform. They need to violate a policy. We need to have consistent [rules]. This is like a code of law.”

She further added that Paul had apologized for his poor judgment for posting the suicide video and also for tasing a dead rat and said that tasteless videos aren’t enough to get out the ban hammer, “What you think is tasteless is not necessarily what someone else would think is tasteless. We need to have consistent laws, so that in our policies, so we can apply it consistently to millions of videos, millions of creators.”

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:31:14 +0530
Beyonc warns actress to

Beyoncé is quite possessive of her man Jay-Z or so says actress Tiffany Haddish in a tale claiming the singer busted an actress for trying to make a move on her hubby.

Tiffany Haddish claims she allegedly watched first-hand as Beyoncé, 36, warned an actress who tried to make a move on her husband. She revealed how she got to go to the after party for one of the rapper’s concerts and meet Beyoncé, when she watched a fellow actress hit on the Flawless hitmaker’s husband. She expressed, “I was talking to Jay-Z for a little bit and there was another actress that was there who was also talking to Jay-Z. She [The actress] touched Jay-Z’s chest and Beyoncé came walking up like ‘Biitttchhh!,’ but, she didn’t say that. But her demeanour, her body from the way she walked up on them said, ‘Get your hands off my man’s chest.’ So then she also started talking to the other actress and some other stuff happened but I’m not gonna say nothin’ yet.”

While the comedienne didn’t name the actress was that tried to make a move on Jay-Z, she did however hint that, “It’s gonna be in these streets so you’re gonna know!”

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:30:00 +0530
Michael Fassbender to sta

Actor Michael Fassbender is set to star in director David Sandberg's action-comedy Kung Fury in which Sandberg will also star in as well as produce under his Laser Unicorns banner. David Hasselhoff, who appeared in the original film and sang the theme song ‘True Survivor,’ will join the cast as well.

The original Kung Fury, released in 2015, was a super successful film and was selected for the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes and as well as gained over 40 million views worldwide.

The film is set in a 1985 Miami backdrop which is kept safe under the watchful eye of Kung Fury, the greatest cop of all time. Kung Fury’s Thundercops are the police force assembled from across history to defeat the villainous Kung Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler.

David Katzenberg, Seth Grahame-Smith and Aaron Schmidt will produce under their KatzSmith Productions banner. Philip Westgren of B-Reel Films and Conor McCaughan will also produce while Pelle Strandberg is executive producing on behalf of Laser Unicorns.

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:28:51 +0530
All about the Kim Cattral

Actress Kim Cattrall recently slammed her former Sex and the City co-star Sarah Jessica Parker on social media.

Cattrall’s brother had gone missing earlier this month and was later found dead on his rural property in Alberta, Canada.

Friends and fans shared condoling messages after which Cattrall took to Twitter and responded, “I would like to thank my fans, friends, and my #SexandtheCity colleagues for the outpouring of support for myself and family over the past 72 hours.”

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker also expressed her condolences which prompted Cattrall to post an image on Instagram that read, “I don't need your love or support at this tragic time @sarahjessicaparker.” The caption for the same read as, “My Mom asked me today 'When will that @sarahjessicaparker, that hypocrite, leave you alone? Your continuous reaching out is a painful reminder of how cruel you really were then and now. Let me make this VERY clear. (If I haven't already) You are not my family. You are not my friend. So I'm writing to tell you one last time to stop exploiting our tragedy in order to restore your 'nice girl' persona.”

Parker recently told friend Andy Cohen on his talk show that she was “heartbroken” over Cattrall's comments. She said, “I found it very upsetting because that's not the way I recall our experience.”

It has been rumoured for years that the two women did not get along while working together, however, Parker has denied the same and stated that the speculation was often based on rumours of her misbehaviour on set to which she asserted then, “I take very seriously my reputation. I work really hard and I treat people well, I have a work ethic that's very meaningful to me, and it's based on the affection I feel for the people I get to work with.”

Parker had confirmed that Sex and the City 3 would not be happening September 2017, during which she said, “We had this beautiful, funny, heartbreaking, joyful, very relatable script and story, it's not just disappointing that we don't get to tell the story and have that experience, but more so for that audience that has been so vocal in wanting another movie.”

Cattrall for her part, however, felt that she was being held responsible for holding up a third Sex and the City film. The actress had confessed that she made the decision in 2016 that she did not want to be involved in any more sequels and that it had “nothing to do with demands for money or more scenes.”

She had also previously stated that she's not been in contact with her Sex and the City co-stars. She said, “We've never been friends," she said. "We've been colleagues and in some ways that's a very healthy place to be because then you have a clear line between your professional life and relationship and your personal.”

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:27:39 +0530
Natalie Portman open to

Natalie Portman recently expressed that she is “open” to returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Jane Foster but hasn't heard anything. She said, “I'm completely open to everything, but I have no news about that.” The actress previously starred as Chris Hemsworth's love interest in the first two Thor movies but did not reprise the role for the latest standalone film Thor: Ragnarok.

Her character was mentioned by Thor in a scene in Avengers: Age Of Ultron and was referenced in Thor: Ragnarok where it was revealed she had split up with the God of Thunder.

 According to reports Portman had previously signed a three-picture deal with Marvel but reportedly had a troubled time filming Thor: The Dark World and was apparently unimpressed with director Patty Jenkins' departure, as well as the finished product by filmmaker Alan Taylor.

Portman had spoken out about her MCU alter-ego back in 2016 when she said, “As far as I know, I'm done. I don't know if, maybe one day, they'll ask for an ‘Avengers 7’ or whatever. I have no idea. But as far as I know I'm done. But it was a great thing to be a part of.”

 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:26:19 +0530
Katy Perry and Orlando Bl

11 months after they split up, Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are reportedly back together again. It was reported that Katy wants to make things work this time around and even though she tried, but she couldn't cut him off. She cares too much about him and that this time, they're keeping things low key but they're back together.

Back in October, Katy had revealed that she was single. She said, “I'm a bit younger in heart! I'm a bit more mature, single! You know, when you're single, you got a lot of time to yourself and a lot of energy, and I'm just finding a delicate balance.”

It was also reported last year that Perry and Bloom stayed in close communication throughout their split. It was stated that they never cut communication since they broke up. They just took a break because it was the best thing for them at that time and that they are seeing each other again.

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:24:51 +0530
Five dead in Cochin Shipy

Media Eye News Bureau: Five persons died and 11 people were injured after a fire engulfed the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) tanker at the Cochin Shipyard here in Kerala on Tuesday morning.

Major tragedy was averted as Tuesday being a holiday and no regular workers of the shipyard were present. Those working at the time of the blast mostly included daily labourers and contract workers

The blast took place around 11 a.m. in the water tank of the berthed ONGC tanker Sagar Bhushan when some 20 workers were working in the tanker ship.

The Sagar Bhushan has been docked at the Cochin Shipyard for a month for repairs and maintenance.

Police sources say for now, the situation at the shipyard in under control.

A detailed inquiry will be required to find out what caused the fire and the blast.

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:06:51 +0530
Jammu attack toll rises t

Media Eye News Bureau: The death toll in the terror attack has risen to seven after the Indian army recovered another soldier's body during searches inside the Sunjuwan army camp

Many casualties were reported after the militants unleashed attack on the army camp that started on Sunday including the death of six soldiers and a civilian.

Ten others, including six women and children were injured.

A group of heavily armed Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) terrorists entered the Sunjuwan army camp on February 10 after hurling grenades and using automatic gunfire.

Three terrorists, all of them Pakistan nationals who managed to enter the Junior Commissioned Officer's residential quarters, were killed in the anti-terror operation by the security forces.

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:02:56 +0530
Rahul Gandhi to continue

Media Eye News Bureau: The BJP recently criticised what they dubbed as Rahul Gandhi's “temple run” in a poll-bound Karnataka and accused him of practising “soft Hindutva.”

BJP leader and Union minister Prakash Javadekar said, “They are now on temple spree. Now their advertisements are also in saffron. Earlier they were pseudo-secularists, now they are pseudo-Hinduism. People understand which is election gimmick and which is true devotion.” He added, “Congress President Rahul Gandhi is in Karnataka, we welcome him because wherever he goes for election campaign, Congress loses and BJP wins.”

Rahul Gandhi however asserted, “I like going to temples, wherever I find a religious place. I go there. I feel good and feel happy, and I will continue (to go).”

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 07:06:17 +0530
Bombay HC tells governmen

Media Eye News Bureau: The Bombay High Court has said the highly publicised Goods and Services Tax (GST) by the Union government, was “not tax-friendly.”

Justices SC Dharmadhikari and Bharati Dangre said, “A tax like GST was highly publicised and termed as popular. These celebrations mean nothing. The special sessions of Parliament or special or extraordinary meetings of council would mean nothing to the assesees unless they obtain easy access to the website and portals. The regime is not tax friendly.”

This was noticed after a petition filed by Abicor and Benzel Technoweld Pvt Ltd, a company engaged in the manufacture of robotic and automation equipment claimed that it was unable to access its online profile on the Goods and Service Tax Network due to which it was unable to generate e-way bills, and was unable to move its goods anywhere and further argued that while the Union government had decided to put in place an automated and electronic system of accepting tax returns based on self-assessment, without access to its online profile, it was unable to file its tax returns, pay tax, move its goods, or undertake any other compliances that were required under the GST rules.

The bench then asserted that it hoped the Union government would take corrective measures over the same.

They said, “We do not think that this is a satisfactory state of affairs. The hue and cry around it, the special Parliament sessions will mean nothing for the assesees unless they obtain easy access to the websites and portals under the new tax network. This is necessary to preserve the image, prestige, and reputation of this country. We hope that such petitions are a rarity and that this court will not be called upon to administer the implementation of the new tax law.”

It has been requested by the court to the Union government to file an affidavit responding to the petition by February 16, 2018.

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 07:02:54 +0530
Defence Minister accuses

Media Eye News Bureau: In the aftermath of the weekend strike on Jammu’s Sunjuwan military station, the Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman accused Pakistan of helping Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militants to launch the attack at the camp where five soldiers and a civilian were killed and warned them that they “will have to pay for this misadventure.”

Citing intelligence reports Sitharaman said, “Terrorists belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed, sponsored by Azhar Masood residing in Pakistan and deriving support from there.” She added, “Evidence is being scrutinised by the National Investigation Agency. Pakistan is expanding the arch of terror to areas south of Pir Panjal and resorting to ceasefire violations to assist infiltration.”

The attack in Sunjuwan was one of the deadliest on the Indian army since late 2016 when on November 29 of that year, seven soldiers out of which two of them were officers were killed in Nagrota, Jammu when armed militants attacked the base.

Soldiers killed the last of the attackers in Sunjuwan military base even as a separate group of militants tried to enter a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in Srinagar. One paramilitary constable died in the gunfight, while the attackers fled to a nearby building on Monday.

A meeting of top defence officials was held to discuss the attacks by the Union home minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi. Union home secretary Rajiv Gauba and director of Intelligence Bureau Rajiv Jain were present at the meeting as well.

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 06:57:52 +0530
UAE India relations gai

Media Eye News Bureau: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second visit to the UAE received a rousing reception from the UAE leadership as well as the large Indian diaspora in the country.

"But beyond the public pageantry of celebrations, with four high-level visits in the past three years, UAE-India relations have now gained a strategic depth that was lacking in its decades of warm and friendly ties," said Gulf News in an editorial on Monday.

The paper continued, "While the relations between both nations have been elevated to the level of a comprehensive strategic partnership, there is an increasing mutual recognition between Abu Dhabi and New Delhi of each other’s ambitions and aspirations, and both nations are eager to help each other fulfil them. Some of the bilateral agreements signed on Saturday are clear indicators of that.

"The MoU signed between an Indian consortium led by ONGC and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, ADNOC, for a 10 percent participating interest in the offshore Lower Zakum concession is the first Indian investment in the UAE’s upstream oil sector, thereby transforming a traditional transactional relation into a long-term investor partnership.

"Similarly, the presence of premier Indian institutes such as the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and the Manipal Medical College will boost the education sector in the UAE while offering foreign students the chance to access their courses without travelling out. The cooperation in the railways sector will similarly facilitate the sharing of knowledge, research and technology transfer. In addition, as moderate nations lying amid a turbulent part of the world, both India and the UAE share deeply common security goals: it is thus critical for the two sides to intensify their security and defence cooperation for peace and stability."

The editorial said that the momentum in the relations is unprecedented, but to sustain it, both sides will need to review progress regularly. "While India has substantially improved in the World Bank Ease of Doing Business rankings to break into the top 100 countries, it needs to do more on infrastructure development and removing bottlenecks that hamper foreign investments. Potholed roads and hours of long traffic queues in major megacities are hardly the catalysts for fast-track investments.

"Unless such issues are taken care of on a priority basis, it will be hard to fully realise the potential of the $75-billion fund announced by Modi and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, two years back," it said.

"It is on the planks of peace, stability and security that UAE and India see their relations prospering in the future, and by embracing them the two will chart a new course for partnership in the 21st century," concluded the Dubai-based daily.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:45:31 +0530
Gigi Hadid slams body sha

Gigi Hadid recently slammed body shamers and told them off on Twitter after being criticised for her fluctuating weight.

She tweeted, “For those of you so determined to come up w why my body has changed over the years, you may not know that when I started @ 17 I was not yet diagnosed w/ Hashimoto's disease; those of u who called me 'too big for the industry' were seeing inflammation & water retention due to that.”

She further elaborated on getting treated for Hashimoto's disease---a condition in which, “Your immune system attacks your thyroid. The thyroid gland is part of your endocrine system, which produces hormones that coordinate many of your body's functions. Inflammation from Hashimoto's disease, also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, often leads to an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism)."

The model explained that getting help for the condition is why her weight has changed so much. She wrote, “Over the last few years I've been properly medicated to help symptoms including those, as well as extreme fatigue, metabolism issues, body's ability to retain heat, etc.  I was also part of a holistic medical trial that helped my thyroid levels balance out.”

She added, “Although stress & excessive travel can also affect the body, I have always eaten the same, my body just handles it differently now that my health is better. I may be 'too skinny' for u, honestly this skinny isn’t what I want to be, but I feel healthier internally and am still learning and growing with my body everyday, as everyone is.”

She asserted, “I will not further explain the way my body looks, just as anyone, with a body type that doesnt suit ur 'beauty' expectation, shouldn't have to.”

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:59:10 +0530
Scott Disick refuses to d

Scott Disick who has been dating Sofia Richie since September on a recent episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, admitted that he is in a relationship with the 19-year-old but refused to go into further detail.

Kris Jenner was joined by Disick in New York for fashion week. During which Jenner asserted to daughters Kim and Khloé that it would be a good idea to pay Disick a little bit of attention and “give him something to do so he doesn’t have an excuse to get himself into trouble.” But all went smoothly as Disick was on his best behaviour despite going out every night.

Jenner later expressed, “I wasn’t sure how Scott was going to be doing on this trip. But I’m really happy for him. He seems happy, healthy, present, alive, and enjoying his life.”

However, it soon became obvious that Disick was hiding something which was revealed to be his relationship with Richie, 19 who is also a family friend of the Kardashian-Jenners.

On their returned to Los Angeles, Jenner confronted him about the same. During which he admitted his relationship with Richie. He said, “Kris really is like my mom to me, so I don’t ever feel like she’s putting me on the spot. But I don’t really feel comfortable talking to her about my personal or dating life.”

He added, “For me, to see that Kris is invested in my life means the world to me. Because she’s got so many other kids and so many other things going on, so the fact that she actually worries, loves and cares about me is probably one of the best feelings I have. Truthfully, as much as I’d like to be honest with her and tell her how I’m really feeling, I also do want to respect Kourtney and her feelings. Maybe down the line. But right now, my biggest thing is just being respectful of everybody.”

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:55:48 +0530
Harvey Weinstein and the

New York's attorney general has reportedly sued the Weinstein Company and Harvey Weinstein due to the alleged years of sexual harassment and misconduct by the disgraced movie producer.

Weinstein was the co-founder of Miramax studio and was one of Hollywood's influential men before more than 70 women accused him of sexual misconduct, including rape. He however denies having non-consensual sex with anyone.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman stated that the company is sued because the executives and board failed to protect employees from Weinstein. The suit also names Weinstein's brother Bob, who co-founded the company. He asserted that the state is seeking an unspecified amount of restitution and damages as well as penalties for harm to victims

The studio had been in talks to sell itself to a group of investors but Schneiderman's lawsuit has put deal negotiations on hold. Schneiderman said, “Any sale of The Weinstein Company must ensure that victims will be compensated, employees will be protected going forward, and that neither perpetrators nor enablers will be unjustly enriched.”

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:52:55 +0530
Austrian director denounc

Austrian director, Oscar and double Palme d’Or winner Michael Haneke has become the latest prominent European artist to lament what he calls a “witch hunt” in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

The filmmaker expressed that, “There is no question that any form of rape or coercion is punishable, but this hysterical pre-judgment which is spreading now, I find absolutely disgusting. And I don’t want to know how many of these accusations related to incidents 20 or 30 years ago are primarily statements that have little to do with sexual assault.”

He said that the current debate is disturbing because of “the blind rage that’s not based on facts and the prejudices that destroy the lives of people whose crime has not been proved in numerous cases. People are simply assassinated in the media, ruining lives and careers.”

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:50:54 +0530
Defence Minister to visit

Media Eye News Bureau: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visits Jammu on Monday even as the tension prevails in the terror-prone area.

Army said that the Defence Minister will visit the injured soldiers and civilians at the Satwari army hospital while she will also meet the families of martyred soldiers and injured persons. 

The anti-terror operation inside the Sunjuwan army camp has been continuing for the last three days as it has not been officially called off so far.

Three terrorists were killed by the army during the operation that has now been on for over 50 hours. 

Five soldiers and a civilian were killed by terrorists, who entered the army camp around 4.45 a.m. on Saturday. 

Ten people, including six women and children were injured in the attack by the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) terrorists, who were wearing army fatigues.

Initial reports had said four JeM terrorists had entered the two buildings of the Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) quarters after hurling grenades and using heavy volume of automatic gunfire on Saturday.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:46:57 +0530
India increases its fores

Media Eye News Bureau: Strongly emphasising the increasingly green credentials of the country, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr.  Harsh Vardhan has said that India has shown an increasing trend in the forest and tree cover, in comparison to the global trend of decreasing forest cover during the last decade. 

 Releasing the India State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2017, Dr. Harsh Vardhan pointed out that India ranks among the top ten countries of the world in terms of forest area, despite the fact that none of the other 9 countries has a population density of more than 150 persons per sq km, compared to India, which has a population density of 382 persons per sq km.   

“India is ranked 10th in the world, with 24.4% of land area under forest and tree cover, even though it accounts for 2.4 % of the world surface area and sustains the needs of 17 % of human and 18 % livestock population”, the Minister said. 

He averred that despite such tremendous population and pressures of livestock on our forests, India has been able to preserve and expand its forest wealth.  Dr. Harsh Vardhan added that as per the latest FAO report, India is placed 8th in the list of Top Ten nations reporting the greatest annual net gain in forest area.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:11:47 +0530
Whom Shall I call Appa

Whom Shall I call Appa?

Sunitha Anand

 

Day thirteen they said,
shanti homam they said,
your father's soul is on its way they said
You did all you could as a family they said

How do we learn to live with the void he has left I ask
Who do we call when there's that word of advice we need
Did we do everything to make him comfortable as he did for us all his life I wonder
Who will call me Sunitha in his voice
Whom shall I call Appa...

He taught us to take on the world with confidence
So what if we were the so called weaker sex
He was a champion of women and not a person in need was turned away from his doorstep
He showed us the value of friendships
The joy of shared laughter and sweet secrets
It's evident in the way His friends swear by him
It's evident in the affection they showered on him

To do right by people, no matter what the circumstances
And to learn from challenges, indeed rise above them!
To keep faith in the power above
Plan, organise, preempt and succeed were his mantras
You could set the clock by his time
Come rain, hail or sunshine

Every shirt in his wardrobe lined up like soldiers
Meticulous to the T, impeccably turned out in his sharply pressed clothes
His presence was the highlight of every occasion
The quick wit and great sense of humor drew a laugh from even crusty old men
More of a friend to his granddaughters and sons in law
Mentor, advisor, buddy and the world's best father to my sister and I

He lived by a code that made bigger men salute him
Colleagues loved him, he had a kind word for anyone who met him
He lived for my mother, lived up to the promise given to his father in law
He made her independent, and her happiness came first in his book

Other people have envied him for his prowess in the kitchen
As for us we used to wait for the Wednesday when he cooked for us
He would entertain us for hours with stories of adventures from his youth
Each one had a nugget of wisdom in them

His values and morals are what we carry forward
Our every action a reflection of his teachings
It will get easier with time they say
At least he didn't suffer too much they say
He had a good life they say
But as I close my eyes every day
These questions repeat themselves in my mind
Who will call me Sunitha in his voice
Whom shall I call Appa….

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:53:37 +0530
The big C

The big C

Sunitha Anand

 

Cancer… this word is usually uttered with myriad emotions attached to it. There's the limb numbing fear, the helpless anger, the hopeless cheer, the neverending tears. Even if there is hope of statistics that say ‘95% curable’ there is always the scare of whether the patient would be able to withstand the side effects physically and mentally. There is also the effect on family and friends. Here is one disease that affects those associated with it closely as much as the patient themselves.

Is there any pattern to the attachment the big C has? Nope! It could be an amazingly wonderful Mom who took tuitions to pass on her knowledge and then left behind her husband and only son as survivors.

It could be a happy go lucky young girl who dreams of completing her CA at the first attempt. It could be a dad of two who knew how to live life and had no other ailment till he was 70. Or it could be a tiny tot who hasn't learnt to walk yet. Amazing how non-biased this thing is.

There are millions of heart breaking stories out there and it's more easy now to know someone who has cancer than the common cold. One visit to Tata memorial hospital will change anyone's life and outlook to it. The costs are prohibitive in this disease and the wait for treatment is also sometimes unimaginable.

So what can we do when you or your loved one is a chosen one? There is no correct answer that fits all. Though I have found that the one thing that makes it bearable is the support of family and friends. Because the mental turmoil far surpasses the physical problems one faces. Of course the decision of chemo or no chemo will always haunt you but in the end it's a choice that needs to be made keeping the well-being of the patients in mind.

One can never be prepared for the change in the person you knew all your life in terminal cases, but when I read about the ones that defeated cancer and lived enriching lives, it shows how indomitable the human spirit is! A recent example being a 40-year-old man who will run the marathon after defeating cancer.

Just reading about him and others gives me hope. Hope - that one day there will be a cure, hope - that one day we might even prevent the occurrence of cancer. Till then we fight!

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:44:13 +0530
CRPF foils militants att

Media Eye News Bureau: The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) foiled an attempt by two heavily armed militants to storm it's camp in Srinagar's Karan Nagar area on Monday morning.

A gunfight started here after militants, who tried to attack a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp earlier, were forced to withdraw and later trapped inside a building, a police officer said.

The encounter in the Karan Nagar area started after the fleeing militants trapped inside the building were surrounded by the security forces, the officer said.

Two militants carrying backpacks and AK 47 rifles were spotted by a CRPF personnel around 4.30 am as they approached the camp.

The CRPF personnel opened fire and the militants fled from the spot. The building was cordoned off and the militants were cornered in another building located outside the camp.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:27:27 +0530
Intl conference on Unani

Media Eye News Bureau: The two day International Conference on Unani Medicine organized by the Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) on 150th birth anniversary of Hakim Ajmal Khan concluded.

“Hakim Ajmal Khan was a multidimensional personality and his contributions to the freedom movement, education, literature, social reform, and systemization of Unani Medicine had been immense”, said Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia addressing the Function.

He said that it is a matter of pleasure that the Ministry of AYUSH through the Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine is celebrating 150th birth anniversary of Hakim Ajmal Khan as Unani Day.

The CCRUM also released a Special Postal Cover with Special Cancellation through Department of Post to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Hakim Ajmal Khan and pay tribute to the saviour of indigenous systems of medicine and pioneer of scientific research in Unani Medicine.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 07:25:11 +0530
Modi mourns at Moscow air

Media Eye News Bureau: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his condolences on the loss of lives in an air crash in Moscow.

PM said, "Deepest condolences on the tragic loss of life in today's air crash in Moscow. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims."

A passenger plane with 71 people on board crashed shortly after leaving Moscow, with no hope of survival of the crew and passengers, media reported.

The Antonov-148 of Saratov Airlines with 65 passengers and a crew of six was en route from Domodedovo Airport in Moscow to Orsk of the Orenburg Region in western Russia, Xinhua cited the Interfax news agency as saying.

Radio contact with the seven-year-old Russia-made plane was lost at 14:21 Moscow time (1121 GMT), several minutes after the takeoff.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 07:17:26 +0530
Kovind delivers Ram Manoh

Media Eye News Bureau: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, delivered the 4th Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Memorial Lecture in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.

Addressing the gathering, the President said that Dr Ram Manohar Lohia dedicated his life to the welfare of the people, and struggled relentlessly for the deprived sections of society. 

"For Dr Lohia, the definition of weaker sections of society included Dalits, tribals, women and backward castes. He suggested providing them “special opportunity”. Dr Lohia had said that if it were a choice between “equal opportunity” and “special opportunity”, then “special opportunity” should be chosen. There can be talk of “equal opportunity” only when everyone has equal access to education, employment, livelihood, etc", Kovind said.

The President said Dr Lohia could be called the Sant Kabir of Indian politics due to his endless striving, ceaseless political journey, and courage to abandon everything for his beliefs, and ability to speak the truth directly. 

Earlier in the day, Kovind graced a function, as chief guest, to declare Gwalior as a “Divyang friendly district” and to distribute artificial limbs. He also addressed the convocation of Jiwaji University, before returning to Delhi.

Speaking at the function to declare Gwalior as a “Divyang friendly district”, the President praised the Government and NGOs for their efforts to make life better and easier for our Divyang fellow citizens. He urged people to increase awareness and sensitivity about disabilities.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 07:09:23 +0530
Gadkari says people of Tr

Media Eye News Bureau: Union minister Nitin Gadkari recently stated that the people of Tripura were to be blamed for the state's ‘backwardness.’

He said, “I will not hold Chief Minister Manik Sarkar or his cabinet colleagues responsible for your backwardness. Rather, I will hold you responsible, because you did not change the government in 25 years.”

The union minister for road transport, highways and shipping further asserted, “There are hospitals here, but no doctors. You will find schools, but no teachers. There is not a single good industry in the state and the issue of employment generation remains neglected.”

He alleged that natural resources such as bamboo and rubber that were available in the north-eastern state were not used for development and the Left Front government had destroyed industrial prospects as well.

Gadkari added, “If voted to power, the BJP will take initiatives to bring investments to the state and generate jobs for the youth.”

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 07:00:36 +0530
Rahul Gandhi tells PM Mod

Media Eye News Bureau: Congress President Rahul Gandhi asked Prime Minister Modi to stop giving speeches on the past and start working hinting at Modi delving into the past to attack the Congress rather than accounting for his performance and stated that the PM did not have much time before completing his term.

He said, “You will have to tell the country during the elections what you did in the last five years. It is going to be five years and you have not even opened your account.”

Further he said, “BJP failed to create jobs, bring back black money and brought down the economy, but all PM Modi talks about is Congress is this, Congress is that.” He added that the country had appointed Modi as Prime Minister to provide employment to youth, to help farmers, to establish schools and hospitals and not to talk about Congress party while stating, “Modi ji stop giving speeches and start working, because you don't have much time.”

“Modi likes to refer to Basavanna, who had said work is divine, but he does not follow that dictum and only talks,” Gandhi said of Modi who often quoted the 12th century philosopher and the founder of the Lingayat sect.

According to Gandhi, Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah agreed to waive farm loans but the Modi government had refused to do so and alleged that the Modi government works only for the rich and urged the PM to waive the loans.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 06:55:36 +0530
Modi inaugurates first Hi

Media Eye News Bureau: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the project for the first Hindu temple to be built in UAE capital Abu Dhabi.

Initiating the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Temple Modi expressed, “I believe this temple will not be only unique in terms of architecture and splendour, but will also give a message of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (World is One) to people across the world.”

PM Modi interacted with the Indian community via a live video streamed from the Dubai Opera House. He thanked the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on behalf of 125 crore Indians for the construction of the temple.

A BAPS spokesperson stated that the temple is the first traditional Hindu stone temple in the Middle East which will be built on 55,000 square metres of land in the UAE and will be hand-carved by Indian temple artisans. It is set to be completed by 2020 and will be open to people of all religious backgrounds. The temple is said to incorporate all aspects and features of a traditional Hindu temple as part of a fully functional, social, cultural and spiritual complex and is also said to mirror the BAPS Akshardham temple in New Delhi as well.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 06:49:26 +0530
Modi takes dig at Congres

Media Eye News Bureau: PM Narendra Modi recently took a dig at the Congress and asserted that India's image had suffered due to a long list of scams in the previous regime.

He stated, “The country cannot progress in the 21st Century with a style of misgovernance. The long list of scams in the previous regime had harmed India's image. We have worked hard to bring out the country from that phase of misgovernance.”

Addressing the Indian diaspora in Oman's capital PM Modi said that his government was working to make the life of citizens easier, following the mantra of ‘minimum government, maximum governance,’ as he revealed that his government scraped 1400-1450 outdated laws, made procedures simple, pays attention to people's problems and take action on the same as part of efforts to change the culture of governance in India and added that, “All of us are working towards a 'new India' where the poorest of the poor can strive to achieve their dream.”

The Prime Minister said that his government is “working towards making transportation sector co- dependent. Highway, airway, railway and waterway are being integrated together according to each other needs.”

Speaking about a new India, the PM expressed that there would be no scams and decisions would no longer be avoided and said that challenges would be accepted and targets achieved. He said, “We renegotiated the oil deals signed by the previous regimes with Qatar and Australia and now we have to pay Rs. 12,000 crore less than what we would have paid,” he added, “With the help of technology, our government used direct benefit transfer scheme and saved over Rs. 57,000 crore of money which could have gone into wrong hands.”

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 06:43:42 +0530
NGO honours Visually impa

K.A.Viswanathan​

 

A team of volunteers from "Help the Blind Foundation" from Chennai visited Mumbai colleges and interacted with visually impaired students . They visited the SIES College, Sion where 39  visually challenged students are studying in various courses.



The NGO is involved in helping the deprived students with education assistance , lodging expenses and other reading materials so that they can continue their studies.

At the SIES they interacted with the students and presented them with a memento and T Shirt and promised to help them in any way the college desires. They have so far helped more than 2000 of these students to pursue their studies.

Dr. Uma Shankar , principal of the college helped them to interact with the students. The organisation is also affiliated with similar  foundations in Hong Kong, Singapore and USA.

​According to Mr. B.Subramanyan , a volunteer from Hong Kong ​, the mission of the foundation is to  help providing the visually impaired students , access to higher education and enabling them to get jobs in today's modern economy.

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 21:41:05 +0530
India and UAE sign five a

PM Narendra Modi recently met with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and signed five agreements including a pact awarding a consortium of Indian oil companies a 10% stake in offshore oil concession.

Welcoming the PM, the Crown Prince as well as the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, tweeted, “We warmly welcome our state guest and valued friend, the Indian Prime Minister H.E.@narendramodi to the UAE. His visit reflects our longstanding historical ties and is testament to our friendly bilateral relationship.”

During the meeting they held wide-ranging talks after which the two sides signed five agreements related to energy sector, railways, manpower and financial services.

A statement wasnnissued by the Indian embassy in Abu Dhabi that said, “An MoU between the Indian Consortium (OVL, BPRL & IOCL) and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) was signed for the acquisition of a 10% participating interest in the Abu Dhabi’s offshore Lower Zakum Concession. The concession will be for 40 years from 2018 to 2057, with 60% of the participating interest will be retained by ADNOC and remaining 30% will be awarded to other international oil companies. This is the first Indian Investment in upstream oil sector of UAE, transforming the traditional buyer-seller relationship to a long-term investor relationship.”

India and the UAE signed an MoU to institutionalise the collaborative administration of contractual employment of Indian workers in the Gulf country. Under the MoU, both the sides will work to integrate their labour related e-platforms for ending the existing malpractices, combat trafficking and organise collaborative programs for education and awareness of contractual workers. The MoU was signed to cooperate in the field of manpower.

An MoU for technical cooperation in railways was signed between the two sides as well with an aim to cooperate in infrastructure sector especially railways.

It was stated that, “The MoU will facilitate development of joint projects, knowledge sharing, joint research and technology transfer. The MoU envisages formation of a Joint Working Group for institutionalising the cooperation mechanism.”

An MoU between Bombay Stock Exchange and Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange was also signed to enhance cooperation between both the countries in financial services industry. It also aims to facilitate investment in financial markets by investors from both the countries.

An MoU between the Government of Jammu and Kashmir and DP World was also signed to establish multi-modal logistics park and hub in Jammu comprising warehouses and specialised storage solutions.

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 07:31:16 +0530
Rahul Gandhi cites Rajnat

Rahul Gandhi shared a speech by Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Twitter in which he had lauded Jawaharlal Nehru's contribution and also thanked the BJP leader for ‘speaking out the truth.’ He tweeted, “Thank you Rajnath Singh ji for speaking the truth to power. Satyamev Jayate.”

The speech was made on November 14, 2015, in which Rajnath Singh had said that Nehru was one of the leaders who participated in the freedom struggle and had also worked towards strengthening the democracy in the country.

The tweet comes after PM Modi, in his reply to a debate in the Lok Sabha on the motion of thanks on the president’s address, had targeted the Nehru-Gandhi family and criticised a remark that the country got democracy due its first PM Nehru. He said, “How can one of the leaders say India got democracy due to Pandit Nehru and Congress Party? Is this their reading of India's history? What arrogance is this.”

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 07:29:37 +0530
Defence Minister requests

Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has reportedly requested the finance ministry to remove a cap on education fees for children of martyrs.

The defence ministry had, last year, capped monthly expenditure on tuition and hostel charges at Rs 10,000, after a recommendation of the Seventh Pay Commission which Sitharaman later stated that the decision would be reconsidered.

The three services of the Indian Armed Forces protested the cap and wrote to Sitharaman a letter which read, “These personnel have made the supreme sacrifice for the country and the provision for educational concession to their wards is a small gesture to recognise their commitment to the defence of our country.” However, the government recently announced that the cap wouldn't be lifted.

The government though is planning to establish two boarding schools, to give educational assistance to children of martyrs and of those disabled personnel as well.

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 07:27:47 +0530
AAP demands apology from

The Aam Aadmi Party has demanded an apology from Goa minister Vijai Sardesai for calling domestic tourists "scum" and stated that the minister’s outburst was derogatory, abusive, disgraceful and undignified.

Pradip Padgaonkar, general secretary of the Goa unit of AAP, asserted, “The word scum is unacceptable coming from a minister against fellow Indians and generalising all domestic tourists. His making cultural segregations and commenting on the quality of the guest only defines his outdated feudal, classist mindset.”

He added, “The government’s inability to govern and therein provide facilities and systems for visiting tourists is not a reason to blame the visitor. Popular tourist destinations across the globe do not distinguish between visitors but provide necessary infrastructure to manage the influx.”

He also stated that the tourism industry was not marred by domestic tourists but by factors such as drug-trafficking, prostitution, gambling dens and illegal constructions.

Sardesai on his part insists that his comments were quoted out of context and that, he wasn’t deeming all domestic tourists as ‘scum of the earth’ but was hinting at certain sections who according to him were creating a nuisance in Goa by littering and creating a garbage problem in the state.

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 07:26:21 +0530
Vegetarian Tofu Japchae

Japchae is a popular Korean dish that is savoury with hints of just the right amount of sweetness. Traditionally, it is made with vegetables and sweet potato starch noodles that are also known as glass noodles because of their texture. However, it can also be made with rice noodles to substitute the potato starch noodles as these might not be easily available in some places. It is a dish that is not just healthy but also delectable and filling. And it is also very easy to create this dish; here is a simple, quick recipe to help you indulge in this delicious, celebratory dish and to also treat your taste buds.

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Total Time: 40 mins

Course: Entree

 Cuisine: Korean

INGREDIENTS:

1/4 cup soy sauce

3 tablespoons brown sugar

1 cup diced firm tofu

1 cup sweet potato starch noodles / rice vermicelli

Fresh spinach

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 cup thinly sliced yellow / red onion

2 cloves minced garlic

6-7 thinly sliced button mushrooms

1/2 cup shredded carrots

2-3 spring onion stalks

1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil

1 teaspoon sesame seeds

METHOD:

  • In a bowl whisk together soy sauce and brown sugar.
  • Add in the tofu in the sauce and marinate it while you prep other ingredients.
  • Boil the water in a pot and add in the noodles. Cook the noodles till they are soft and slightly chewy.
  •  Boil the spinach for 1 minute until wilted and then rinse it under cold water.
  • Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat and add the vegetable oil. Once heated, add in the onion, garlic, mushrooms and carrot and sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Add in the spring onion and sauté for a minute.
  • Add the tofu with the sauce and cook it till it becomes warm.
  • Lower the heat and add the noodles, spinach and sesame oil. Stir well.
  • Serve it on room temperature and garnish with sesame seeds.

(As Compiled by Prerna Mistry)

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 11:01:55 +0530
Kris Jenner confronts Sco

Kris Jenner, the matriarch of the Kardashian family confronted Kourtney Kardashian’s ex Scott Disick over his girlfriend Sofia Ritchie in the latest episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

.Kris Jenner confronted Scott Disick over girlfriend Sofia Richie’s age as she asks him, “Are you dating one person?” and adds, “are you going steady.” To which Scott replied, “I guess that’s what the kids are calling it.”

Scott looked however, looked uncomfortable discussing the topic but Kris probed him on to get him to confirm that Sofia is his girlfriend. She further asked, “Wait, so how old is she? Because I really don’t know. Is she Kylie’s age? 20?” and Scott replied that she is 19.

Which made Kris acknowledge her relationship with her late husband Rob Kardashian Snr. who was 12-years-older than her when they started dating when she was 17 to which Scott clapped back, “You were underage, she’s not.”  “Touché,” admitted Kris.

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 10:54:20 +0530
Logan Paul loses ads on Y

YouTuber Logan Paul is yet again facing backlash. The issue this time, a rat and the Tide Pods challenge.

YouTube released a statement that it would temporarily suspend ads on his YouTube channel after Paul shocked a rat in a recent video with a taser. He also recently tweeted that he would eat a Tide Pod for every retweet from his 4.2 million followers which was viewed as insensitive considering the dangerous teen trend of swallowing the colourful detergent packets for views that had come into light.

Paul has been in trouble with YouTube ever since he posted a vlog about his trip to a forest in Japan known for suicides, in which he filmed an apparent suicide victim. Paul faced criticism and later posted an apology video for the same.

Paul landed in hot water this time due to a recent vlog where he filmed himself operating a taser on a rat which he claims was dead and says he tasered it to make sure it's dead.

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 10:53:09 +0530
Meghan Markle s wedding t

Meghan Markle has reportedly asked reality TV star Millie Mackintosh, former wife of rapper Professor Green to plan her upcoming wedding to Prince Harry.

Meghan Markle is marrying into the Royal family this year and Millie resportedly met Meghan shortly before the Suits actress began dating Harry in July 2016.

They have a really close relationship and Millie has been supportive of Meghan during her move from Toronto and her new life in London. Meghan had previously posted pictures of herself and Millie together on her now-deleted Instagram account as well.

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 10:51:21 +0530
PM Modi set to announce s

PM Modi is the first Indian prime minister to visit Palestine and is likely to announce the set-up of a super-speciality hospital in Palestine's capital Ramallah as well. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a four-day visit to Palestine, the UAE, and Oman.

He is also going to be discussing as well as reaffirming India's support for the Palestinian people along with the development of the state with President Mahmoud Abbas as India is also the first non-Arab nation to recognise Palestine and maintain diplomatic relationships with them.

The PM will leave for the UAE after his visit to Palestine and then to Muscat from there on February 11 where he plans to discuss energy and security cooperation as well as trade and investments and counter-terror efforts.

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 06:09:32 +0530
Hardik Patel meets West B

Patidar leader Hardik Patel met West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and stated that all opposition parties should come together before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He also expressed that the West Bengal chief minister should be the face of the united front.

He further compared Banerjee to Indira Gandhi and asserted that he would visit Bengal and campaign for her in 2019 as well. He added that the CM extended an invitation to him to join the Trinamool Congress and lead the party in Gujarat for the same. He also said that he also requested her to visit Gujarat and enlighten the women there.

Banerjee on her part was impressed with Patel as she said, “He is an extremely bright young chap and politically conscious. I told him that he should join politics. If he does, I will give him all cooperation and support.”

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 06:08:01 +0530
Modi government to introd

Modi government is introducing scholarships which the Cabinet has cleared, such as the PM Research Fellowships (PMRF) for students of institutions like the IITs, IISERs and NITs. The scholarships have been initiated for the country’s best brains as part of its move to stop them from taking up research scholarships abroad.

Under the scheme, students who have completed or are in their final year of B.Tech or integrated M.Tech or M.Sc in science and technology streams at IISc, IITs, NITs, IISERs, IIITs will be offered direct admissions in PhD programmes in IITs and IISc.

Besides students, who would be eligible and get shortlisted, would be offered a fellowship of Rs 70,000 a month during the first two years, Rs 75,000 per month during the third year, Rs 80,000 per month during the fourth and the fifth year and a research grant of Rs 2 lakh will also be provided to the fellows for a period of five years to cover their foreign travel expenses for presenting research papers at international conferences and seminars.

The minimum eligibility for aspirants will be a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 8.5 and the scheme is said to roll out from the 2018-19 academic session.

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 06:06:21 +0530
Finance Minister takes ji

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley recently criticised his predecessor P Chidambaram for being a ‘know-all living under false ‘illusion.’ Referring to a comment Chidambaram once made that the chief economic adviser was a very good doctor but the government is a terrible patient, Jaitley said expressed that a bad patient can also be cured if there is a good doctor. He added, “Between 2004-2014 you had a terrible doctor. And when you have a terrible doctor, even healthiest patients are likely to disappear.”

He also asserted that the Indian economy under the BJP rule has covered the journey from policy paralysis to structural reforms which have taken out the economy from being in fragile five to being a bright spot.

Further, Jaitley revealed the statistics on GDP growth, inflation, fiscal deficit and current account deficit (CAD) to draw a contrast between the previous UPA rule and the present regime while replying to the debate on the Union Budget 2018-19 in the Rajya Sabha.

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 06:04:39 +0530
Fusion No Confusion

Prerna Mistry

Its 2018, and the latest trend in the culinary world seems to be fusion food right from matcha lattes to Manchurian pavs, you have a varied range of such meals being catered by swanky hotels as well as local food vendors. As people are more aware of different cuisines and are more travelled and informed, there is an evident competition within the food business to one up each other with unique menu options among which, some of them also go on to become signature dishes as well. These foods have now become the talk of the town and with social media, the presentation and flavours have garnered a lot of interest amongst every foodie. Here are some of such foods that have been creating a buzz in the recent times.

  • Vegetable Manchurian and Manchurian Pav:

Deep fried flour balls mixed with onions, carrots and cabbage served in a delicious broth of chilli and soya sauce, is like the perfect blend of Chinese and Indian cuisines. A mouth watering dish, it can be devoured on its own or with some vegetable fried rice for a delicious meal. Besides this, Manchurian rolls and Manchurian pavs have been gaining a lot of attention. Manchurian rolls are simply flatbreads stuffed with Manchurian balls and vegetables and added sauces and similarly Manchurian pav is a pav or bun stuffed with Manchurian balls and served with a dollop of mayonnaise on top. Both these dishes are a must try as not only are they unique but are also drool worthy as well.

  • Poutines:

Move over basic fries and wedges and make way for Poutines. This Canadian potato dish, authentically made with fries, cheese curds and brown gravy is starting to see many variations for the dish in India. Today there are many outlets that sell poutines with options such as schezwan, cheese, barbecue, margherita and even pav bhaji poutines as well. It is a super popular food among young people today. Possibly 2018’s top food, you must poutine this dish in your list of foods to try.

  • Matcha:

Right from teas to lattes and macaroons and cupcakes this famous Japanese green tea powder has been matcha in the news. The (literal) green tea is packed with antioxidants and is great for health as not only does it detoxify, it also boosts metabolism, prevents diseases, lowers cholesterol and blood sugar and also is very soothing for mind and body.

  • Golgappa Shots:

Of course, it can be argued that it is the basic pani puri/golgappa recipe but what is interesting here is the concept of it being served as shots with the chutneys in the shot glasses and the stuffed puris served on top of the glasses.

  • Samosas:

One of the most iconic snacks in India, samosas are generally made as crispy flour shell stuffed with potato and other vegetables. However, these days many variations of this traditional dish are available such as Chinese noodle samosas, corn and cheese margherita samosas and paneer chilli samosas to name a few.

  • Idli/Dosa:

These south Indian delicacies are not just limited to steamed idlis and plain dosas served with sambar and coconut chutney. Today you get awesome fusion options for the same with schezwan idlis, chilli idli, pasta dosas, spring dosas as well as cheese burst dosas, palak paneer dosas and avocado dosas as well!

  • Pizzas:

This Italian feast is not just limited to margheritas and pepperonis, today, in India you can get funky pizza options such as pav bhaji pizza, butter chicken pizza, paneer tikka masala pizza and shahi paneer pizza as well. These unique twists make this dish appealing to everybody with varied taste buds.

  • Burgers/Sandwiches:

These versatile foods are customisable as per your tastes and nowadays you can find many combinations and varied flavours as well such as Aloo tikki burgers, chicken tikka burgers, masala veg club sandwich, paneer cheese sandwich, paneer bhurji sandwich and even chocolate sandwiches to cater to your sweet tooth!

  • Beverages:

People nowadays are experimenting with fusions and flavours even when it comes to beverages. Some of the popular ones include chai lattes, spiced coffees, turmeric latte as well as milkshake menus including options like paan milkshake along with items such as freakshakes.

  • Desserts:

Every great meal includes a great dessert. Today there are endless options when it comes to indulging in these sweet treats. Some of the unique dessert trends include Rasmalai cupcakes, Oreo pakodas, Gulab Jamun cheesecakes and chocolate paans.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:17:30 +0530
Kangana Ranaut talks abou

Kangana Ranaut’s film Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi has landed in controversy over alleged distortion of historical facts by Brahmin group Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha of Rajasthan who recently raised an objection over the film regarding an alleged a love scene between Rani Laxmibai and a British East India company agent.

Addressing the allegation, Ranaut said, “It is very lowly to even think like that about Rani Laxmibai. We cannot even think like that, the kind of things they are saying. What they are saying is actually defaming. There is nothing like that. It is idle talk and I don't know why it is being said.” She added, “We are hurt and upset. The writer of the film, Vijayendra Prasad has named his daughter Manikarnika. We are hurt that such things are being said about Rani Laxmibai.”

The movie stars Kangana Ranaut, Sonu Sood, Suresh Oberoi, Atul Kulkarni, Vaibhav Tatwawaadi, Ankita Lokhande, Richard Keep, Nihar Pandya and Amit Behl.  Manikarnika is based on the life of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi and her war against the British East India Company during the Indian Rebellion of 1857.

The film is set to hit theatres on August 3, 2018.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:43:20 +0530
102 Not Out teaser releas

The teaser for the film 102 Not Out was recently released. The film’s cast includes veteran actors Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor who are set to act alongside after 27 years in the movie.

The teaser shows Amitabh Bachchan playing a 102 year old who is still taking care of his son portrayed by Rishi Kapoor who plays his adorable 75-year-old son. The film follows the story of a carefree father who is younger at heart in comparison to his son as it is depicts the 102 year old playing the saxophone and hitting a football while his looks stressed about little things.

The film is directed by Umesh Shukla and is based on playwright Saumya Joshi’s well-known Gujarati play of the same name. The film is set to release on May 4, 2018.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:39:49 +0530
Spider Man spinoff Venom

The teaser trailer for Venom was recently released online. The first spin-off movie from the Marvel universe, Venom stars actor Tom Hardy as the antihero Eddie Brock, whose body is possessed by the titular alien symbiote which enables him to gain Spider-Man-like powers.

The film is being helmed by Ruben Fleischer and is reportedly set to receive an R-rating rather than the typical PG-13 rating received by most superhero films. While the trailer doesn’t contain any graphic enough to confirm an R-rating, its dark and sombre tone however, suggests mature content. However, the film’s title character Venom has been kept under wraps with Brock only glimpsed in human form rather than in his full mutated glory.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:38:12 +0530
Quentin Tarantino apologi

Director Quentin Tarantino issued an apology recently to Roman Polanski rape victim Samantha Geimer for suggesting in a 2003 radio interview with Howard Stern that the then-teenage girl wasn't really raped and even "wanted it."

In the resurfaced interview with Stern, Tarantino was seen defending director Polanski by saying that he didn’t rape Geimer and that, it was statutory rape. He said, “I don’t believe its rape, not at 13, not for these 13-year-old party girls,” and added that Geimer “wanted to have it” and she was “down to party.”

In light of this resurfaced video, Tarantino apologized and said that his comments about her ‘cavalier’ and admitted that he was ‘ignorant and insensitive and, above all, incorrect,’ about the issue.

He further said, “Fifteen years later, I realize how wrong I was. Ms. Geimer WAS raped by Roman Polanski. When Howard brought up Polanski, I incorrectly played devil's advocate in the debate for the sake of being provocative. I didn't take Ms. Geimer's feelings into consideration and for that I am truly sorry.”

However, Polanski, now 84, has been a fugitive since fleeing to France in 1978 while awaiting sentencing for unlawful sex with a minor.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:35:40 +0530
Congress manufacturing co

Finance minister Arun Jaitley recently spoke out against the Congress in the Lok Sabha for demanding details of the Rafale deal and stated that it would compromise national security and pointed out that under the UPA government the then defence ministers Pranab Mukherjee and AK Antony had both refused to divulge details of defence deals as well. He said, “Your party was stigmatised when you were in government because of allegations of corruption. Now you want to manufacture an allegation and want the price of Rafale deal to be disclosed.”

He added, “It is in larger interest of the country these are never disclosed. These security pacts are inherent part of these details. By giving details on the cost you are also giving details of the weapon system and their capacity.”

Congress president Rahul Gandhi had alleged that the Rafale deal is a scam and sought details regarding it despite defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman stating that the details of the same cannot be revealed as it was classified information under inter-governmental agreement.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 06:08:42 +0530
Renuka Chowdhury seeks pr

Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury recently announced that that she would move a privilege notice against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking a jibe at her for her loud laughter in the Rajya Sabha during his reply to the President's address. She stated, “I have decided to move privilege notice against Prime Minister on this issue. I will speak to my party and then decide how to move forward. I am mother of two daughters and a wife. The Prime Minister has denigrated the status of women.”

The women delegation of Congress demanded that the PM should tender an apology as it was anti-women.

PM Modi on Wednesday took a dig at Chowdhury over her loud laughter at his claim that the idea of Aadhaar was conceptualised during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government during which she burst out laughing and wanted to respond when Chairman Venkaiah Naidu intervened and stopped her. He said, “Chairman Sir, don't stop Renukaji. Ever since seeing Ramayana serial, for the first time I have got an opportunity to see such a laughter.”

She also said about taking similar suit against Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju after he shared a video of mythological character Surpanakha laughing which he shared on social media a day after Modi made the comment. Though he did not name her in the post, Chowdhury however believes that it was meant for her.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 06:07:07 +0530
HRD Minister denies propo

The Rajya Sabha informed recently that there was no proposal to remove Charles Darwin's theory of evolution from school or college curriculums.

Minister of State for Human Resource Development Satya Pal Singh stated, “CBSE has intimated that Charles Darwin's evolution of species is a part of the curriculum under the elective subject of Biology for class 12.” He further added that the ministry is not considering any proposal to omit the theory from school and college curricula as well.

The news comes after Singh landed in controversy last month when he claimed at an event that Darwin’s theory of evolution was scientifically wrong and needed to be changed in school and college curricula.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 06:05:37 +0530
Rahul Gandhi gives writte

Congress president Rahul Gandhi gave a written notice to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan under Rule 357 that he should be given a chance to speak.

Congress is looking to take up the Rafale fighter jets acquisition issue once again. Rahul Gandhi said, “There is a rule that when someone raises an issue or is spoken about he or she gets a chance to speak, but when I want to raise this issue in Parliament, the House was adjourned.” He further added, “Every person feels that they voted for PM on issue of corruption but today not a single word is being said about Rafale by the PM.”

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 06:03:25 +0530
SC to hear Ayodhya case i

The Supreme Court recently stated that they would view the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case as a land dispute and have decided to hear the case in March.

The court also said that it will hear at later stage the impleadment applications of those which were not before the Allahabad High Court as the court was hearing a batch of cross petitions challenging the 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict that had divided, in by a 2:1 majority, the disputed Babri Masjid-Ramjanambhoomi site between the Nirmohi Akhara, Lord Ram deity and the Sunni Waqf Board.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 06:00:10 +0530
Live Your Best Life

Prerna Mistry

Don’t Judge Someone Just Because They Sin Differently Than You.

This famous saying is what you’d call #Relatable in today’s social media savvy age. As the world is shrinking, the overall scenario today is what you would call a ‘melting pot of cultures.’ And it is because of this right from fashion to music to even lifestyle; there is an overlapping of different cultural influences on everyone’s life on an everyday basis.

Besides this, today majority of people speak at least two languages which makes interaction easy. Before globalisation and the age of internet it was really hard, but now it is easier and convenient to communicate from one place to another. Thanks to the rise of social media it is also easier to meet more people who share your views and has also opened more platforms with regard to self expression. All this accelerates to the realisation that people are the same with similar human problems everywhere and that, extending communication helps to share cultural backgrounds and knowing more about different customs as well.

While all this would lead us to believe that it is the pathway to a unification of cultures of sorts, it is sadly not the case. Even today, despite having received education, there are many people who still possess a very narrow thought process as they stoop down to create judgements of their own when it is not their place to. Noting that, even a social media giant such as Facebook recently took action against controversial, hate comments on the site.

Whereas today, the world is evolving with people taking keen interests in other cultures and issues as well especially in pop culture with movies, food, fashion, lifestyle etc. Even in the world of music, the very recent rise of K-Pop with K-Pop artists such as BTS collaborating with artists of other countries as well is a fairly good example of people accepting and appreciating other cultures as well.

The culinary world also represents the harmonious melange of different worldly heritages as everyone loves food in any form! And just like how you mix and match ingredients, we often unknowingly mix and match techniques from other cultures to create our culinary masterpieces. Besides this, the same goes with fashion and lifestyle as well as we often take inspiration from platforms and people from all over the world.

While all this sounds great in context but the reality remains that it’s often just for show on social media and not really imbibed in real life. Worse still, people are often criticized for their choices as well. However the thing that we often forget is that instead of trying to ‘reprimand’ people and judge them for who they are or what they do, take a moment to reflect and ask yourself are the actions of the other people causing distress to society? Are they harming you in any way? If it isn’t the case, then Live and Let Live.

Even if it comes to people judging you for your choices, be confident in your choices as, as long as it doesn’t harm anybody including yourself, then You Do You. If you believe in your choices then be brave to go through with whatever you want to do and don’t let societal norms get you down. Even if you catch yourself judging someone else, it is okay as long as you immediately rectify yourself, as self-awareness and respect is important to lead a good life.

At the end of the day we all need to accept each other for who we are and where we come from because ultimately, we all want to be happy. The happiness that we gain shouldn’t be at the cost of someone else’s happiness. However, if you want to rock short hair with funky hair colours, do it! If you want to listen to Korean, Rock or Metal music on blast, do it! If you choose to eat food with chopsticks instead of using a spoon and vice versa do it! Embrace your inner self and be confident about who you are and that, the opinions of a person shouldn’t define you. Be You(nique), be your best extra self. Love yourself and love and cherish everyone for who they are instead of indulging in hate, bullying in real life or even online bullying and attacking others’ self respects through harsh judgements and criticism.

Go ahead, be your extra self and live your best life!

(Inputs by Divya Mistry)

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 16:58:22 +0530
Can a mother s love be me

Can a mother’s love be measured?

Sunitha Anand

 

When the word mother is uttered, there is an automatic feeling of home that arises in most people. Of course, we all have our share of a favourite parent, but the position of a mother cannot be discounted. However, we all grew up with fairy-tales and the one common theme somehow was around the ‘Stepmom’! Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Rapunzel…the list goes on about how they struggled due to the wicked, jealous and evil stepmom. No wonder then on how influenced we are as adults too. Isn’t it true that the word stepmom itself is said in hushed, embarrassed tones?

The memory and stereotype grows with the multiple remakes of these stories being made into movies every year. The eternal fight of good against evil is always applauded and as humans we revel in such depictions. But the generalising and labelling ‘step-moms’ does seem unfair considering that life expectancy is unpredictable and some choices are made with the heart.

The bible also says remarriage should be encouraged. Then why is it frowned upon or so difficult to convince families if two souls find each other after being widowed and want to share the love with each other’s children? Somehow the father has always been seen as a provider and the onus of proving her love and commitment has fallen on the mother. Does a woman become less of a mother if she has not given birth – who decides or measures the extent of love she showers on ‘her’ children?

There is a Stepmother’s day observed the Sunday after Mother’s Day since 2000 – most of us didn’t know that. But then, why have a separate day for someone who chose to love children who are not her own, someone who chose not to have children but became a mom by choice, someone who fate deemed childless and still she chose to adopt orphans…the combinations are endless. Eyebrows are raised if parents go for adoption after a biological child too. In such a situation, the mother and father probably over compensate in the amount of affection and care they shower on the second child. Does that mean there is ‘step motherly’ treatment given to either child I wonder.

A person is valued by the character, morals and integrity he or she displays. You may be a model student, a great mother yourself, an upstanding citizen in society or a politician – feedback boils down to how you were brought up, especially by your mom/ mother figure. The credit could go to the mom, stepmom, mother-in-law, grandmother or heart-mom. We have all had such Amazons to look up to and become better human beings because we grew in her heart and not her stomach. Let us break the shackles of prejudices and old wives’ tales, let’s not judge on face value and give the lady a chance.

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 16:47:36 +0530
Zayn Malik records his fi

The former member of British boy band ‘One Direction’, Zayn Malik recently announced that he has recorded his first Hindi song for a Bollywood movie.

The Dusk Till Dawn hitmaker however, didn’t name the film, he only said, “It is one of the first songs I’ve sung in full Hindi, so it’s going to be cool to see what the response to that is.”

He further spoke about his second album, he disclosed “There’s definitely a lot of Urdu, some nice qawwali sounds. There might even be some bhangra vibes. I have worked with AR Rahman on one song.”

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:14:09 +0530
Nick Carter accused of ra

Former all-girls teen pop band Dream’s singer Melissa Schuman has filed a police report against Nick Carter whom she had accused in November, claiming that he raped her in 2003 when she was 18 and he was 22.

Schuman tweeted about the same, “I’m finally doing what I thought I could no longer do. I’m filing a police report #timesup.”

She initially came forward with the allegations in a post on her personal blog in which she claimed that Carter raped her in a bathroom after she had come over to his house and expressed that she didn't tell anyone about the alleged incident for years for fear of people not believing her. Schuman said that she did consider pressing charges at the time against the Backstreet Boys singer but however couldn’t because she claimed that she was warned that she would be humiliated and accused of being fame hungry.

Responding to the accusations, Nick Carter issued a statement in which he said, “Melissa never expressed to me while we were together or at any time since that anything we did was not consensual. We went on to record a song and perform together, and I was always respectful and supportive of Melissa both personally and professionally. This is the first that I am hearing about these accusations, nearly two decades later. It is contrary to my nature and everything I hold dear to intentionally cause someone discomfort or harm.”

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:10:34 +0530
Lifetime to air movie on

While not much is known about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's relationship, the TV network Lifetime thinks there's enough material for a movie and are all set to produce Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance that depicts the love story of the British royal and the former Suits actress, who are now engaged to be married.

Actors Murray Fraser and Parisa Fitz-Henley will star as the couple in the TV movie. Lifetime had previously made a movie on Prince William and Kate Middleton as well 2011 titled William and Kate: The Movie. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are going to walk down the aisle this spring.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have very private about their relationship. When talking about their courtship, they expressed that they mostly cooked together at home in order to stay out of the limelight so much so that Harry even joked that it might be good dating advice to stay in. He said, “Maybe spend more time at home! It was an opportunity to get to know each other without other people looking, trying to take photos on their phone.”

The couple confirmed their relationship in November and revealed that they met through a mutual friend, who they declined to name.

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:09:00 +0530
Drake donates over 125 0

Drake made a surprise stop at a Florida homeless shelter for women and children, bringing a $50,000 cheque and toys and games for the kids and distributed $150 Target gift cards for the female residents as well. He also paid for everyone's groceries at a Miami supermarket.

While the Passionfruit singer was in town shooting a music video, he also stopped by a local high school and performed for students and left them a $25,000 cheque for school uniforms. Further, he also surprised a student by donating a $50,000 for her college tuition fees as well.

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:07:10 +0530
Actor Jeetendra accused o

Veteran Bollywood actor Jeetendra has been accused of sexual abuse in a complaint filed against by his cousin in Himachal Pradesh. The victim alleges that the abuse took place when she 18 years old and Jeetendra was around 28 years of age.

The victim asserted that she decided to file a police complaint after the demise of her parents, who would have been heartbroken if they ever got to know about the sexual abuse by Jeetendra.

The woman said that the alleged assault occurred in January 1971, when Jeetendra asked her father for permission to take her to a film shoot, during which he allegedly sexually abused her. The victim also stated that she wants closure for the mental trauma she suffered for years after the alleged abuse.

However, the actor along with his advocate Rizwan Siddiquee representing him denied these accusations and stated that the complaint made baseless claims. He said, “Foremost my client categorically denies any such incident. Even otherwise such baseless, ridiculous and fabricated claims cannot be entertained by any court or police after a span of almost 50 years.”

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:04:13 +0530
PM Modi s wife injured in

Media Eye News Bureau: PM Narendra Modi’s wife Jashodaben recently got injured in a car accident in Chittorgarh in Rajasthan. The incident reportedly took place on a highway near Chittorgarh, following which she was rushed to a nearby hospital.

However among the occupants of the vehicle one died and three others were injured and the vehicle was completely damaged.

Jashodaben was returning from a marriage in Baran district near Kota in Rajasthan and was travelling back to Unjha in Gujarat the accident occured.

Jashodaben is a retired school teacher and lives with her two brothers in Ishwarwada village in Mehsana district of north Gujarat.

The PM had acknowledged Jashodaben as his wife for the first time at the time of filing his nomination for Vadodara seat during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Modi married her in 1968 when they were teenagers.

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 06:17:19 +0530
Opposition leaders expres

Media Eye News Bureau: The leaders of opposition parties, which had boycotted the Rajya Sabha proceedings as they felt that their voice was being ‘muzzled’ and they were not allowed to raise issue as well, expressed their regrets and stated that they had the ‘highest respect’ for chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.

Naidu and the floor leaders also discussed the issue of availability of time and the business to be concluded in the House and has also decided to scrap the Question Hour and asserted that sufficient time needs to be given to the members for discussing the Union Budget as well.

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 06:13:22 +0530
Government disproves Rafa

Media Eye News Bureau: The Defence Ministry rebutted Rafale charges made by the opposition regarding the 2016 agreement between New Delhi and Paris to buy 36 fully built Rafale fighters and based them as ‘unfounded allegations’ and ‘misleading statements’ in a written statement.

The statement however did not offer details of how much India is paying for the same and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman declined to do so due to a confidentiality agreement signed with France and also stated that, “The approximate acquisition cost of the Rafale aircraft has already been provided to the Parliament. Provision of exact item-wise cost and other information will reveal, inter alia, details regarding the various customisations and weapons systems specially designed to augment the effectiveness and lethality of the assets, impact our military preparedness and compromise our national security.”

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 06:07:58 +0530
Driving licences to soon

Media Eye News Bureau: The centre is set to link driving licences to Aadhar.  Other welfare programmes and financial services are already linked to Aadhaar. The Supreme Court stated that the aim of this move was to find out fake licenses and that a software to connect licenses is being prepared as well.

A report from the committee on road safety, headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice KS Radhakrishnan stated, “This software will cover all the states on real time basis and it will not be possible for anyone to get duplicate or fake licence anywhere in the country.”

A report filed in the top court said that the National Informatics Centre is preparing the software called ‘Sarthi-4’ for the same as well.

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 06:02:35 +0530
Modi claps back at Congre

Media Eye News Bureau: Prime Minister Narendra Modi responded to the Congress for trying to find faults with his government's version of the triple talaq law in the Rajya Sabha. The Congress had slammed the proposed law that of banning triple talaq.

The Muslim Women Protection of Rights in Marriage bill was drafted by the NDA government last year to make triple talaq a criminal offence and had proposed up to three years in jail as punishment for a Muslim man who seeks to divorce his wife by saying ‘talaq’ thrice.

The bill although cleared the Lok Sabha, was held after the Congress and other opposition parties insisted on sending it to a parliamentary committee for review and had also argued that if a man who abandons his family goes to jail, will not be able to provide for them.

Responding to the argument, PM Modi said the same logic could be applied to argue against any criminal law. He stated, “If a Hindu marries twice, he goes to jail. There should be punishment for him. You did not think how his family will survive. Is there a punishment?”

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 05:56:49 +0530
Game of Thrones creators

Disney recently announced that the creators of HBO’s Game of Thrones are set to write and produce the new Star Wars films that are set in the galaxy far, far away.

On joining the Star Wars team, David Benioff and DB Weiss expressed, “In the summer of 1977 we travelled to a galaxy far, far away, and we’ve been dreaming of it ever since. We are honoured by the opportunity, a little terrified by the responsibility, and so excited to get started as soon as the final season of Game of Thrones is complete.”

Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said of Benioff and Weiss that, “Their command of complex characters, depth of story and richness of mythology will break new ground and boldly push Star Wars in ways I find incredibly exciting.”

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 14:30:36 +0530
Kylie Jenner reveals her

Reality TV star and makeup mogul Kylie Jenner and her rapper boyfriend Travis Scott have named their daughter Stormi Webster which revealed that the baby had taken the rapper’s last name as Scott’s real name is Jacques Webster. Jenner posted the name on Instagram alongside a picture of the baby's hand clutching hers.

The 20-year-old reality star and youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner clan gave birth on February 1 and posted the news to her 103 million followers on her social media account.

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 14:29:11 +0530
Katy Perry says she would

Singer Katy Perry recently revealed that she would rewrite her first hit song, I Kissed a Girl to combat ‘stereotypes’ in today’s day as she stated that the society had changed since her song came out in 2008.

She elaborated, “We’ve really changed, conversationally, in the past 10 years. We’ve come a long way. Bisexuality wasn’t as talked about back then, or any type of fluidity. If I had to write that song again, I probably would make an edit on it.” Perry added, “Lyrically, it has a couple of stereotypes on it. Your mind changes so much in 10 years, and you grow so much. What’s true for you can evolve.”

The Swish Swish hitmaker however, didn’t specify which lyrics she would edit out but it may possibly be the lyrics “I kissed a girl just to try it/I hope my boyfriend don’t mind it” and, “It’s not what good girls do/Not how they should behave.”

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 14:27:54 +0530
Jim Carrey asks investors

Actor and comedian Jim Carrey has revealed that he is dumping his stock in Facebook and urging others to do the same as well.

He announced that he would be deleting his Facebook account and selling his shares in the company over concerns that the social-networking company may have profited from Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.

Carrey tweeted, “I’m dumping my @facebook stock and deleting my page because @facebook profited from Russian interference in our elections and they’re still not doing enough to stop it. I encourage all other investors who care about our future to do the same. #unfriendfacebook.”

Carrey's campaign comes after Facebook was criticised for the handling of ads during the 2016 US election. It had been determined at the time by US intelligence agencies that the Russian government had used these platforms to disseminate false news and advertisements in an attempt to influence US elections in 2016.

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 14:25:42 +0530
Marvel s Black Panther ga

The Marvel movie Black Panther is the studio’s first black standalone superhero movie. It garnered rave reviews by critics praising its storyline as well as the well thought out portrayal of Africa.

The movie is directed by Ryan Coogler. The cast of the film includes Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and Angela Bassett.

The film follows the story of T’Challa, the crowned king of the fictional and technologically advanced African nation Wakanda, who is challenged from sects within his own country.

Further, it also got a rare 100% rating from review aggregator RottenTomatoes.com. The film is being helmed as a film that has far more going for it than branding by critics. Some critics also called it ‘the best Marvel movie so far, by far.’

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 14:23:23 +0530
ABC s Once Upon A Time se

ABC’s fairytale drama Once Upon a Time will end its run after seven seasons. The show was created by Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis and debuted in 2011. The plot of the series revolved around classic fairy tale characters coming to life in the real world due to a Dark Curse, cast by the Evil Queen portrayed by Lana Parrilla that could only be broken by Emma Swan played by Jennifer Morrison the daughter of Snow White played by Ginnifer Goodwin and Prince Charming who was portrayed by Josh Dallas.

After six seasons the series then shifted to follow an adult Andrew J. West’s Henry Mills the role originated by Jared Gilmore trapped in the cursed Seattle neighbourhood of Hyperion Heights alongside Regina (Parrilla), Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) and Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue).

Announcing the finale creators, Kitsis and Horowitz issued a statement, “Seven years ago, we set out to create a show about hope, where even in the darkest of times, a happy ending would always be possible. But we never imagined the happy ending that was actually in store for all of us – years and years of adventure, romance, magic and hope. We’re so grateful to our brilliant collaborators – the cast, crew, and writers – as well as our partners at the studio and network for making this journey possible. But most of all, we want to thank the fans. Their fierce loyalty and devotion was the real magic behind Once Upon a Time. We hope they join us for these last few hours as we journey to the Enchanted Forest for one more adventure.”

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 14:21:07 +0530
Padmaavat to finally rele

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmaavat is likely to release in Madhya Pradesh this week. Film distributors and theatre owners have agreed to screen the film only after the state government assured that they would provide adequate security cover for the release of the film on February 8, 2018.

Theatre owners in Madhya Pradesh hadn’t released the film last month following large-scale protests and bandhs in several places.  

Of the 361 cinema halls across Madhya Pradesh, owners of 200 theatres are eagerly waiting to screen the movie and that within three hours of the release of the film in Indore, it would be screened in the state capital as well Secretary of Bhopal Cinema Owners Association, Azizuddin, said.  

However, the Rajput organisation Karni Sena has stated that it would stage peaceful protests against its release in Madhya Pradesh and that they are going to stand outside cinema halls and request people not to watch the movie.

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 14:19:18 +0530
60 solar cities to be dev

Media Eye News Bureau: The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy under its scheme “Development of Solar Cities” has approved/sanctioned 60 Cities including 13 Pilot and 5 Model Cities up to 12th Five-year Plan period.

In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State (IC) for Power & New and Renewable Energy, R K Singh informed that the master plans of 49 Solar Cities have been prepared.  The Stake-holders Committees have been constituted in 21 Cities and Solar City Cells have been created in 37 Solar Cities.

 Solar PV projects with aggregate capacity of 8069.16 kWP and Solar Water Heating System with aggregate capacity of 7894 meter square collector area have been sanctioned under the programme. While Rs. 101.64 crore has been sanctioned, Rs. 25.92 crore has been released under scheme “Development of Solar Cities” so far.

Further, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has accorded sanction for preparation of Master Plan for development of 52 Green Campus upto12th Five year Plan period. The Ministry provides Central Financial support up to Rs.5 lakh for preparing Master Plan for development of green campus in the educational institutions, office complexes, residential and commercial complexes etc. An amount of Rs.2.59 crore has been sanctioned and an amount of Rs.1.02 crore has been released up to 31st January, 2018 for this purpose.

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 06:29:43 +0530
India imparts training to

Media Eye News Bureau: A four member Indian Army Delegation arrived at Naypitaw in Myanmar to imparting training on UN Peacekeeping Operations to Myanmar Army. The training will be conducted over two weeks from 05-16 Feb 2018.

This is the fourth edition of such training event.

The two weeks capsule aims at covering nuances of United Nations deployment and operations, with an objective to enhance Myanmar Army’s capacity towards undertaking United Nations assignments in near future.

In the recent past, conduct of joint training has been a major event of initiatives aimed at fostering better ties with countries in India’s immediate neighborhood. The Indian Army’s rich experience as part of United Nations Force, spanning almost seven decades and its professional approach in UN peacekeeping brings in quality and value to such training.

The opening ceremony was conducted on 05 Feb 2018 which was attended by a number of dignitaries to include Vice Senior General Soe Win, the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar Defence Services & Commander-in-Chief (Army) and His Excellency Shri Vikram Misri, Indian Ambassador to Myanmar. A total of 30 selected officers and soldiers of Myanmar Army will be attending the prestigious training.

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 06:21:34 +0530
Centre launches States S

Media Eye News Bureau: Minister for Commerce and Industry, Suresh Prabhu launched the States’ Startup Ranking 2018 at an event organised at the Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra, New Delhi. The event was attended by delegates from 19 States across the country, many Venture Capitalists, angel investors and Startups.

The States Startup Ranking framework launched by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion is an exercise aimed at ranking States for establishing a robust ecosystem for supporting Startups. The framework will evaluate States on parameters such as Startup policy and implementation, incubation support, seed funding support, angel and venture funding support, simplified regulations, easing public procurement, awareness and outreach.

A compendium of good practices for strengthening Startup ecosystem was also released. The handbook identifies 95 good practices implemented by Central and various State Governments.

Speaking on the occasion, Suresh Prabhu said, “I am confident that the ranking framework would promote healthy competition among the States and enable them to further learn, share and adopt best practices across the seven identified key parameters. I am sure the exercise would generate collaboration amongst all the stakeholders to turn the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision to have Startups in every district and every block a reality”.

Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, mentioned that, “The key objective of the Startup states ranking framework is to encourage States to take proactive steps towards strengthening the enabling Startup ecosystems at the State level. Selection of the right parameters to effectively cover all aspects was one of the major challenges faced while developing the framework. Benchmarking studies and extensive stakeholder feedback have helped us arrive at a well-balanced framework. Our aim is not only to measure the extensive efforts made at the State level towards building a strong Startup ecosystem, but also to enable an environment of constant learning through dissemination of good practices.”

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 06:12:43 +0530
Yashwant Sinha says that

Media Eye News Bureau: Former union minister Yashwant Sinha recently stated that he will not be leaving BJP but the party could throw him out they wanted because of his criticisms and his accusations against the government of not fulfilling its promises that were made ahead of the 2014 general elections.

He said, “I'll not leave the party. Why don't you ask them why they aren't expelling me? If I am objecting, it is not that I am doing it now. I have been doing it for a while. Let them throw me out.”

Standing by his criticisms, Sinha said, "Governments are formed to fulfil the promises they made in the election manifesto. But if it is not happening, then it is also a responsibility to bring the party on the right track."

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 06:03:18 +0530
Rahul Gandhi to interact

Media Eye News Bureau: Congress President Rahul Gandhi will be interacting with the public at the party headquarters in Delhi from Wednesday for an hour, a party leader confirmed. This move has been viewed as a bid to boost the party's connect with the masses.

Gandhi will interact with people at the headquarters on a regular basis after he took over the party from his mother Sonia Gandhi in December 2017.

Gandhi is reportedly set to meet office bearers twice a week at the party office and interact with people once a week.

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 05:57:51 +0530
Maldives Supreme Court re

Media Eye News Bureau: The Maldives’ Supreme Court has decided to revoke an order to release nine high-profile political prisoners as well as arrested two top judges as well.

In a statement that was released the judges expressed that the order was being revoked “in light of the concerns raised by the President.” The decision came hours after former president Mohamed Nasheed sought India’s military intervention following the declaration of emergency by President Abdulla Yameen.

The detained judges were accused by the President of plotting to overthrow him and added that the chief justice was trying to illegally impeach him as he explained in a statement that, “I had to declare a national emergency because there was no other way to investigate these judges.” He added, “We had to find out how thick the plot or coup was.”

India has been keeping a close watch on the political turmoil that has risen in the Maldives as well. A statement was issued by the Ministry of External Affairs that said, “We are disturbed by the declaration of a State of Emergency in the Maldives following the refusal of the government to abide by the unanimous ruling of the full bench of the Supreme Court on February 1, and also by the suspension of constitutional rights of the people of Maldives. The arrest of the Supreme Court Chief Justice and political figures are also reasons for concern.”

Citizens of India have also been advised not to undertake non- essential travels to the island nation until further notice as well.

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 05:52:32 +0530
HC upholds life term sent

Media Eye News Bureau: The Delhi high court upheld the punishment given to 7 suspended Uttarakhand policemen for killing a 22-year-old MBA student in a fake encounter in Dehradun in 2009.

Justice S Muralidhar and Justice I S Mehta stated, “A fake encounter is a form of extra judicial killing which has no place in a legal system governed by the rule of law. It is a manifestation of the impunity with which armed forces, including police, are prone to act in utter disregard of the rule of law.”

In June 2014, a CBI court had convicted 18 Uttarakhand policemen in this case after observing them as guilty of involvement in the conspiracy that of to kidnap and kill Ghaziabad resident Ranbir Singh, who went to Dehradun to take up a job on July 3, 2009.

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 05:46:40 +0530
Congress accuses Modi gov

Media Eye News Bureau: Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, Rajeev Gowda, and Randeep Surjewala recently said that the government is compromising national interests and national security. 

They also stated that due to the non-transparent nature regarding the disclosure of purchase price of aircrafts, violation of mandatory provisions of defence procurement procedure as well as prior clearance from the cabinet committee on security by the PM have delayed the purchase of 36 Rafale Fighter Aircrafts from the Dassault Aviation of France. The Congress said, “Tragically, Defence Minister has finally refused to disclose the purchase price in Parliament on 5th February, 2018.This itself raises serious questions on the intent and motive of Modi Government.”

Congress President Rahul Gandhi also dubbed the event as the ‘great Rafale mystery’ and also accused PM Modi of going to Paris to get the deal changed.

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 05:41:44 +0530
BudgetBeauty

We are all guilty of adhering to latest fads and following them as if they were a gospel to live by! And yet sometimes (Note: most of the times) it is extremely difficult to keep up with the latest fashion trends than Keeping Up with The Kardashians. Trends come and go and keep changing more so than even seasonal changes and what suffers most is our bank account as constantly investing in high end brands and excessive shopping could make you almost broke. But fret not! Here are a few tips to help you live like a fashionista frugally.

  • Taming Of The Shoe

Shoes are one of the greatest indulgences for most of us. There must’ve been a time when you may have bought a pair on a whim just because it was either trending or was just way too good to let go and after purchasing them realised that they only look good but don’t feel good with all the bites and blisters which immediately make you regret your decision of buying them. However, you don’t need to throw them out and buy new ones. Some of the best remedies to avoid this situation are applying some baby powder on your feet to avoid excessive perspiration as it accelerates the chance of having a shoe bite, freezing the shoes with zip lock bags full of water which as the water freezes, expands the shoes thereby avoiding shoe bites and another method is wearing your thickest pair of socks when you wear the shoes and the blasting your blow dryer which helps in expanding the shoes as well.

  • Ain’t No Thing As Too Much Bling

Use an elegant earring stud or other sparkly and smart accessories to fix wardrobe malfunctions such as a gaping shirt or a loose neckline as not only does it add visual interest but also puts spare jewellery to good use as well.

  • Mr/Miss Mix-a-Lot

Organise your closet and mix and match and create an entire new outfit with the pre-existing bundle of clothes as it is an easy way to avoid repetition and play around with colours to create a statement ensemble of your own! You will be surprised with the varied options you have at hand.

  • Sale Away

Follow the latest sales and look for brands that have good offers as well. Besides this you could also check online shopping portals for coupons, deals and seasonal sales as well, however, be aware of things like size and fabric types and do not choose something just because you like it when it isn’t available in your size.

  • Scarfed For Life

Scarves are the most affordable solution to jazz up any outfit. Available in various prints, colours and styles, they basically suit everyone. So when it doubt, scarf it out! For you can never go wrong with these versatile pieces of fabric.

  • The Bare Accessories

 It is fairly easy to buy chunk jewellery nowadays at an extremely affordable price point. Use this to your advantage and stock up on imitation jewellery such as ethnic earrings, bracelets, neckpieces and chokers and even hair accessories to make a statement and to also enhance a dull outfit as well.

  • Season’s Greetings

One of the best (and lesser known) tips to save money is buying things off season such as buying winter clothes in summer and vice versa because it makes a huge difference while paying the price of the outfit which would probably be higher or even doubled when the season for the same starts.

  • A-Men

What is an often ignored fact is that sometimes menswear is cheaper than womenswear especially clothes like basic solid coloured t-shirts which can be styled with a shrug or a jacket with a scarf and basic jeans with sneakers for an effortless yet stylish look.

(As Compiled by Prerna Mistry)

 

 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 19:21:24 +0530
War demonstration at SIES

K.A.Viswanathan

About 90 NCC cadets both boys and girls of the SIES College, Sion  displayed  SHAKTI PRADARSHAN, various demonstrations like Advanced Contingent drill, WAR Demonstration. (Real Battle field Act), Self defense in times of emergency ,formation of Pyramids  and Cultural lazim dance.

The war demonstration was done by capturing enemy solders and fighting to get released the captive solders from opposition camp.

These mock drills which are part of NCC training conducted to encourage students and to show how the solders are fighting in battle fields.

Dr. Aarti Mulay  the head of the NCC unit of the college said these trainings give self confidence among the students to face the difficult situations in life bravely . This is also mainly to encourage the  students to join the NCC units and to join the Armed forces if interested. All these demonstrations are  done under the supervision of No 1 Armed forces battalion of Maharashtra area connected with NCC.

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 17:11:34 +0530
Firing outside Srinagar h

Media Eye News Bureau: A policeman was killed and two others were injured on Tuesday afternoon as militants staged a daring attack outside the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital in Srinagar to free a Pakistani terrorist from police custody.

Initial reports said the prisoner, Naveed Jutt, snatched a weapon from policemen accompanying him and opened fire just outside the hospital

A senior police officer said the militants were waiting outside the hospital to carry out the attack. Hunzullah was being taken to the hospital for treatment from Srinagar central jail.

The officer refuted media reports that the escaped militant had snatched the rifle of a policeman before escape.

The area around the hospital has been sealed.

Vehicles moving in the city are being searched to trace the escaped LeT militant who was arrested last year in south Kashmir's Shopian district.

The slain policeman has been identified as constable Mushtaq Ahmad. The injured policeman has been shifted to hospital.

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 15:17:36 +0530
Sarah Silverman and Micha

Sarah Silverman and Michael Sheen have broken up after nearly four years of dating. Silverman herself broke the news as she tweeted, “The great @michaelsheen & I consciously uncoupled over Christmas. I mean, not 'over Christmas' - like that wasn't the fight that ended it. No fight. We just live in different countries & it got hard. Felt we should just tell y'all so u stop askin, 'How's Michael/How's Sarah?'"

The couple had been together since early 2014 and met while filming the series Master of Sex. Silverman had on many occasions gushed about Sheen as well as she once told James Lipton, “He really classes me up and I pull him right down to my level, unfortunately for him.” She had also spoken about him on Jimmy Kimmel’s late night talk show as well, she said, “I'm so happy to have him be a part of my life and to get to be a part of his life. I don't think I ever really knew what love was.”

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 14:20:15 +0530
Kareen Kapoor Khan talks

Kareena Kapoor Khan recently spoke about her upcoming film Veere Di Wedding, she said, “It's a different kind of movie. It's a story of four friends. It's not the typical boy-meets-girl romance which I think I've done so much of. So I thought this should be different. It's a small film, made by women,” she added, “I think it's a special film and people will appreciate it.”

The first look of the film was unveiled last year in October and a new poster was released in January. The film is being helmed by Shashanka Ghosh and is set to release on June 1, 2018. It is produced by Rhea Kapoor and Ekta Kapoor. The film also stars Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhasker and Shikha Talsania in lead roles as well.

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 13:38:01 +0530
Brahmin group opposes Kan

Kangana Ranaut’s film Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi is facing some trouble as a right-wing outfit, Sarva Brahmin Mahasabha has opposed the film for alleged distortion of facts and for alleged scenes in the film portraying a love affair between Rani of Jhansi and a British man despite the makers of the film clarifying that the movie is not a biopic.

Further, the Mahasabha's state president, Suresh Mishra has requested the Rajasthan government to stall the film’s shoot as well and asserted that the film would be only allowed after the film-makers issue a guarantee that no controversial scene would be featured in the movie and also stated that if the state government didn't respond to their demand within three days then they would escalate their agitation for the same.

A letter to producer Kamal Jain has reportedly been sent to share information on the film’s writers and the historians with whom the producers have consulted as well.

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 13:15:30 +0530
YouTuber Kian Lawley fire

20th Century Fox has announced the dismissal of YouTube star Kian Lawley from their upcoming film The Hate U Give and have planned to recast his role after a past video resurfaced of Lawley that included racist comments. The 22-year-old was set to play Chris, the boyfriend of Starr Carter played by Amandla Stenberg in the film.

The film is an adaption of Angela Thomas’ novel of the same name whose plot revolves around race and police brutality. Issa Rae, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Algee Smith, Lamar Johnson, and rapper Common star in the film as well.

In the video that resurfaced, Lawley is seen using the N-word and other racial slurs as well as offensive language as well as he says, “We’re all black drinking purple Kool-aid and eating Kentucky fried mother--king chicken.”

Lawley responded to the backlash as he tweeted, “If u don’t learn from ur mistakes, u can never grow as a person. I’ve learned a lot & I am grateful to have the power to change. I never want to be who I was yesterday. We’re in a constant battle to become a better version of ourselves, use ur voice as ur weapon.”

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 12:09:12 +0530
Quentin Tarantino talks a

Actress Uma Thurman recently revealed a violent crash footage that was provided by Quentin Tarantino that had occurred on the set of the film Kill Bill. However, Tarantino was recently criticised for the same as an article was released in which Thurman shared a story of a car crash and subsequent injuries she suffered while filming the movie. The footage of the crash, which Tarantino provided to Thurman, shows the actress crashing into a palm tree which resulted in a concussion and damaged knees according to the actress.

When asked about the story, Tarantino confirmed it and also said that he was aware that the story was coming and that he was contacted by both Thurman and Maureen Dowd, the author of the piece as well. He also expressed that he provided the footage to Thurman as, “There was an element of closure. She (Thurman) had been denied it, from Harvey Weinstein, being able to even see the footage.”

He also opened up and said that the crash affected their relationship as well. He said, “It affected me and Uma for the next two to three years. It wasn’t like we didn’t talk. But a trust was broken.”

Thurman for her part said that Tarantino did the right thing by taking responsibility and sharing the footage. On a post on Instagram that read on the lines that the real perpetrators were Weinstein and fellow producers Lawrence Bender and E. Bennett Walsh. Tarantino also similarly said that Harvey Weinstein, Lawrence Bender and E. Bennett Walsh tried their best to keep themselves from being named in the piece and left him to represent everybody.

 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 11:14:20 +0530
SC tells Khap Panchayat t

Media Eye News Bureau: The Supreme Court ruled against the interference of khap panchayats in inter-caste and inter-faith marriages. Chief Justice Dipak Misra stated that “If people decide to marry, they are adults and you are nobody to interfere.” He further added, “Whether the law prohibits or allows a particular marriage, the law will take its own course. Don’t be the conscience keeper (of the society).”

The bench further stated that customs were not above human life and the rights of the people even if there were problems between adults in inter-faith/caste marriages, khap panchayats still do not have the right to interfere as that, it is illegal as well.

Justice Misra also said that a khap panchayat could not threaten adults or enforce their decisions regarding the choice of a marriage partner on the adults and that, if they still do so, the court would step in to stop such interferences.

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 01:56:18 +0530
Niti Aayog CEO gets exten

Media Eye News Bureau: The government has granted extension to Niti Aayog’s CEO Amitabh Kant till June 30, 2019 in an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT). The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared the extension to Kant.

Kant is a 1980 batch IAS officer of Kerala cadre and was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Niti Aayog on February 17, 2016 for a two-year term. He was previously the Secretary of Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion. Prior to that, he was also the CEO of Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC). He had also worked in the Ministry of Tourism and also led the Incredible India campaign as well as Kerala’s tourism campaign God’s Own Country.

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 01:52:57 +0530
Maldives President declar

Media Eye News Bureau: Maldives President Abdulla Yameen has declared a 15-day state of emergency in the country and suspended as many as 20 constitutional rights for the duration along with the criminal procedure Act and several articles of the judicature Act which will suspend all basic rights and give powers to security forces to arrest and detain suspects.

Yameen had been facing mounting pressure in Maldives as well as from the United States and India to release former president Mohamed Nasheed from a 13-year jail sentence, and free eight other political opponents from prison.

The Supreme Court had ordered the immediate release of jailed political leaders including self-exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed as well which led to President Yameen stating that the Supreme Court had overstepped its authority.

Yameen released a letter to the court which read that the order was an “infringement of national security and public interest.”

This further led to an impasse between President Yameen Abdul Gayoom and the Supreme Court which fuelled protests in Male along with soldiers deployed to the parliament building to stop lawmakers from meeting. However, it was announced that no curfew would be imposed on the citizens and that all schools and government offices would remain open despite the state of emergency.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has issued a travel advisory to Indian citizens as well asking them to avoid travelling to Maldives during this period.

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 01:47:33 +0530
Indian Army planning to t

Media Eye News Bureau: Captain Kapil Kundu, along with three other soldiers were killed in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district. However, Pakistani troops continue firing anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM) and heavy mortar shells of 120 mm caliber on the Indian positions.

It was reported that senior officers in Northern Command and formations under it are reviewing the ground situation where the incident took place and that the Indian Army and other security forces are preparing for retaliatory action against the Pakistani activities on the border as well.

Further senior officials of the armed forces and Defence Ministry are reviewing the situation along the border and the villages nearby have been asked to lie low and schools have also been shut.

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 01:43:04 +0530
Congress raises questions

Media Eye News Bureau: As Karnataka readies itself for the upcoming polls, the source of funds for Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) rally in Bengaluru is the latest 'issue' that has been raised by the Congress.

It has been reported that about Rs 10 crore were being spent on organising the Parivarthana rally at Bengaluru's Palace Grounds. At this, Karnataka legislature, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah questioned the money being spent by the BJP saying, “Is this white money they spent yesterday?”

Further Karnataka's energy minister DK Shivakumar joined in as well as he expressed that the BJP need to give an account of this expenditure.

However, BJP was quick to respond as Jagadish Shettar, senior BJP leader and leader of opposition in the Assembly, explained that he was ready to give an account when the Congress gives an account of the amount of money they had spent so far.

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 01:36:34 +0530
Rathotsavam at Kalpathy V

K.A.Viswanathan

Palakkad: Curtains fell on the three-day car festival (Rathotsavam) ,at Kalpathy Village in Palakkad district with all six temple chariots of the four temples moving one behind the other and formed “Ratha Sangamom” in front of the Viswanatha Swami temple . This also marks the beginning of chariot festivals in temples associated with 18 of the 96 agraharams established by the Tamil Brahmins in the 14th century.

The highlight of the festival was the carting of huge, intricately carved , beautifully decorated chariots, through the streets of Kalpathy and Chattapuram villages by thousands of devotees with Pancha vadhyam and chanting of Vedic hymes by vedic scholars and students. It is said the Kalpathy car festival is one of the biggest festivals of its kind in the country, and next only to the Puri Jagannath Swamy temple car festival and it attracts tourists from all over the world.

Traditionally, the village of Kalpathy has a settlement of Tamil Brahmins who migrated from Mayavaram, Kumbhakonam & in and around Tanjoor Dist. to the villages in the 14th century. The Viswanathaswamy Temple by the side of the Kalpathy river Neela Nadhi  is the nerve centre of festivities and temple was built in 1425 A.D and is considered to be the oldest Siva temple in South Kerala . The Kalpathy chariot festival was also  the biggest of festivals in the Malabar region, when the region was under the Madras presidency during the British rule. Kalpathy is also known as Dakshin Kasi or the Varanasi of the South.

This year the Rathotsavam began on November 14 with the main deities Goddess Vishalakshi and Lord Viswanatha Swamy being taken out in chariots in a procession around the villages along with Lord Vigneswara and Lord Subramaniya swamy.  Thousands took part in the ritual of tugging  the chariots. On the second day the deity of Mandakara Maha Ganapathy of new Kalpathy was taken out and on the third day the Sree Lakshminarayana Perumal of old Kalpathy and Sree Parsanna Maha Ganapathy of Chathathapuram were taken out in the morning and in the evening  Chariots of all four temples belongs to Chattapuram, Old Kalpathy and New Kalpathy  moving one behind another and formed Sangamom in between and then returned to their base. After abhishekams the deities were decorated and taken out in a floral palanquin and this marks the end of entire celebrations.

The salient feature of the  festival was the part played by the youngsters of the villages in decorating the chariots and helping in processions said 80 year old resident of New Kalpathy  Mr.K.V.Ganesan who was associated with the festival for more than six decades. “Unlike earlier days when only villagers used to take part in such festivals ,with the improvement of transport systems, government support and media publicity has attracted people from all over the world like U.S, UK and Gulf countries besides people from Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore have come to witness the festival”.

The president of the organizing committee Mr.K.K.Venkateswaran said they have replaced the chariot’s large wooden wheels with cast-iron wheels and only one elephant was present to push the chariot as and when required ,symbolically.

On all days  the village deities were decorated in different forms like Mooshika vahanam , Ashwa vahanam, Gaja vahanam and Garuda vahanam and taken around the villages in the evenings. It is no wonder that devotees from around the world throng to see the festival every year.

 

 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 23:21:55 +0530
Shanmukhananda honours 19

K.A.Viswanathan

Media Eye News Bureau: In a unique Republic Day celebration, the Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts and Sangeetha Sabha (SSFASS) honoured 19 army personnel who have suffered disabilities while in action, The function which was Co-hosted by the Indian Army, it also included "Unstoppable", a dance performance by disabled persons in wheelchairs, while deaf-dumb in the troupe performed without wheelchairs, as their family members and other cheered and clapped for them.

Nineteen army men who had suffered loss of limbs or disability  in action in the borders were felicitated on the occasion

The programme included Bharat Natyam, Martial Arts, Bhagvad Gita, Army men in action and finally rendition of Vande Mataram, as the 69th Republic Day also coincided with the centenary of SSFASS former president and founder V. Subramanian.



Speaking on the occasion, the General Officer Commanding, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa, Lt General Vishwambhar Singh, said that he skipped an official government function in Raj Bhavan on Friday night to remain present with the jawans at Shanmukhananda Hall.



"This function, to be with my soldiers, is more important to me. Being a soldier is not a profession but a passion and they (soldiers) dedicate their entire lives in the service of the nation," Lt Gen Singh said.

He said the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre at Kirkee in Pune has several skill development programmes to take care of welfare of the soldiers and enable them lead healthier and happier lives post-injuries.



On the occasion, Lt Gen Singh released a book "India 5000 Years Old - 70 Years Young" written by SSFASS President V. Shankar, who also donated Rs 10 lakhs to the Army Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre.

 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 22:00:44 +0530
Bake It Happen

There is a rich and interesting history that revolves around the art of baking that has been around since thousands of years. It was discovered in 2014 in Croatia that the world’s oldest oven was around 6500 years old. In Ancient Greece, bread baking began in around 600 BC. However, according to some sources, Egyptians can be considered as pioneers in baking and their baking can be traced as far back as 2600 B.C. Egyptians are also credited as the ones who first started baking breads using yeast.

These are some interesting facts that show that different techniques of baking and baked goods have always featured in our kitchens since ages. Baking as a hobby adds not only to your skills but enhances your culinary knowledge as well. And those who wish to start their adventure in this field can be rest assured that they will have no dearth of interesting stories, creativity and ideas in life from that point onwards.

There are a lot of factors though that one has to sort out and be clear about before taking this up as a hobby. Being organised and researching about things before starting any new activity is always an added bonus, and this is the case with baking as well. However, when you take up baking at home, a common question that arises is that why bake at home when you can buy readymade things from outside, which taste and look really good and are an economical option as well? To answer this question, baking has a lot of categories and options and even techniques and through thorough research, you can narrow down on what you want to make and the things you would need to make it which helps to avoid unnecessary hoarding. Besides this, baked goods that are homemade are much healthier as you are in control of the materials that you would be using as opposed to readymade goods in which you have no clue as to what ingredients are used for the same.

At the beginning it is always better to start with smaller and simpler things rather than being too ambitious. Along with this be prepared that you might have a lot of disasters at the start. And while there are chances of more fails than wins at the beginning, with practice and experimentation, the success later on is guaranteed with delectable wins.

It is common to be intimidated by baking but experimentation is the key to it like any culinary art. What works for someone else won’t always work for you. One of the secrets to being a good baker or even a good cook for that matter is adding twists and giving a unique personality in the flavour to your dishes. So don’t be afraid to experiment and you will be surprised at the results you may get and the recipes that you would create yourself. With time not only will your culinary senses develop but so will your quick thinking abilities to find solutions as well.

While the entire process from mixing the ingredients to making it is fun, the best part is undoubtedly the decorating. Aesthetics are really important and what makes it so appealing is that you choose how you want to decorate it and what supplies you want to use to decorate it.

One of the main things to remember is to taste, taste, taste. Right from the time you are making the dough or the batter till the time it is done, taste everything. This gives you a better idea about what the dish needs and even later on helps you know what consistency is right. It is pertinent to know these things as the creator of the dish as you can fix it at these stages if something is amiss and this also tremendously helps to create delectable dishes when you’re tweaking the recipes to add your own twist.

Tasting the raw batter and dough as well as checking the consistency and texture especially helps a lot when you’re substituting some ingredient with another. Today baking is no longer about using just all-purpose flour as the main base. You can customise your dishes as per your preferences and use healthier alternatives like whole wheat flour or ragi instead of all-purpose flour, or use jaggery or brown sugar instead of white sugar. These substitutes have the same or better flavours that make sure that you can have your cake and eat it too.

Baking is not just limited to breads and cakes and cookies today. There is so much one can do and learn in this field. It hones your capabilities and quick thinking skills and gives a boost to your artistic abilities. And baking can also be looked at as an investment as well as a hobby. Once you are confident about your skills and develop your speed and abilities, it can be a great career opportunity as well.

(As Compiled by Divya Mistry)

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 18:06:45 +0530
India s all women naval c

Media Eye News Bureau: Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini left Port Stanley for its onwards journey to Cape Town (South Africa). INSV Tarini had arrived at Port Stanley on 21 January 2018 after completion of third leg of it’s maiden voyage to circumnavigate the globe.

This historic circumnavigation attempt by an all-women crew is being led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, and the crew comprises Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi, and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta.

Mr Nigel Philips, CBE, Governor of the Falkland Islands and Commissioner of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands welcomed Tarini into Port Stanley on 21 January 2018.

As part of their stay in harbour, Team Tarini interacted with students from Falkland Islands Community School for Secondary Education, Brownies and Girl Guides, Beavers and Boy Scouts and young adults from the Hockey Club. The crew also visited sites related with the 1982 conflict and paid respects at the 2 Para memorial. They also visited the Argentine Military Cemetery at Darwin.

The Governor Mr Nigel Philips, CBE and Mrs Emma Philips visited INSV Tarini. The Falkland Islands Hockey Team and local populace also visited the vessel while she was open for onboard visits. Team Tarini visited Infant, Junior and Mount Pleasant Schools and interacted with the children and also with Falkland Women’s Association and the Women’s Network. The Skipper Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi along with Lieutenant Commander Pratibha Jamwal gave a talk and presentation at the Falkland Islands Museum. The crew also visited various military facilities including HMS Protector and interacted with British Forces in South Atlantic Islands.

The crew also experienced the vast ecological and biological diversity of the Islands which is particularly rich in wildlife. This is in consonance with the theme to promote awareness about marine pollution and contribute to their efforts towards environmental Consciousness.

The visit of INSV Tarini to Port Stanley was covered widely in the International social media and the Falklands print and electronic media. The next port halt is scheduled at Cape Town, South Africa on 08 Mar 18.

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 16:53:57 +0530
Suresh Prabhu kicks off c

Media Eye News Bureau: Commerce and Industries Minister Suresh Prabhu set off a series of nation-wide consultations with the industry on the proposed new Industrial Policy. The first consultation was held at Guwahati on February 02.

The event, organized by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in partnership with Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), was attended by more than 120 industrialists from the North East in addition to government officials from the North Eastern States.

In his speech, the Minister emphasised that this exercise being done after 25 years truly listens to and objectively equips Indian industry for the future. The prior attempts in 1956 and 1991 were formulated at a time of financial crisis.

The minister underscored how the government was coming to the industry to understand their concerns rather than the other way around. The Minister stressed the focus of the government to make business easier for industry. Mr. Prabhu highlighted multiple initiatives of the government to reduce the burden of regulations for the industry. He also talked about the importance of centre-state cooperation and the need for change even at the district-level.

The event was also attended by Chandra Mohan Patowary, Minister of Industries & Commerce, Government of Assam. In his remarks Mr Patowary emphasized the North East region’s potential as a gateway to South East Asia.  He  highlighted the need for an  Industrial Policy for the North East.

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 16:17:33 +0530
Solo A Star Wars Story t

The Solo: A Star Wars Story teaser has finally been released after a long wait during the Superbowl. The movie follows the story of Han Solo, the interstellar bounty hunter in his youth. Actor Alden Ehrenreich is set to play the iconic role that was played by Harrison Ford to portray the story of Han Solo.

Other members in the cast include Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian as well as Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Woody Harrelson who plays Solo's mentor.

 The film is directed by Ron Howard after the original directors of the movie, Christopher Miller and Phil Lord quit over creative differences. The film has been written by veteran Star Wars writer Lawrence Kasdan along with his son Jon Kasdan.

The film is set to hit theatres on May 25 of this year.

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 14:42:07 +0530
Jurassic World Fallen Ki

The second sequel to Spielberg's 1990s dinosaur trilogy is set to release soon this year and it now has its second trailer that was released recently. The trailer focuses on raptor expert Owen Grady played by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire Dearing returning to Jurassic World on a ‘rescue mission’ to ‘save the dinosaurs from an island that's about to explode.’ Jeff Goldblum will be reprising the role of Dr Ian Malcolm in the film as well.

The film Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is set to release in cinemas on June 22, 2018.

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 14:27:52 +0530
The Avengers Infinity Wa

A new teaser for The Avengers: Infinity War was revealed during the Super Bowl. The clip focused on the Marvel superheroes with Captain America, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Hulk, Thor, Spiderman, Black Panther and Ant-Man gearing up to fight in the ultimate battle against Thanos, the evil space god.

The cast of the film includes Chris Evans, Chadwick Boseman, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Rudd, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Elizabeth Olsen and Scarlett Johansson in lead roles.

Marvel had released the first teaser of the movie back in July, 2017 and the movie is set to hit theatres on May 4, 2018.

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 14:16:14 +0530
Mission Impossible Fallo

The trailer for Tom Cruise’s new film Mission: Impossible Fallout was released recently during the Super Bowl. Cruise plays the lead character that of Ethan Hunt in the film and the trailer commences with a man talking to Cruise’s character about how he had failed a previous mission.

The movie also stars Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin, Sean Harris, Vanessa Kirby, Sian Brooke and Angela Bassett in pivotal roles as well. Henry Cavill also features in the film as an antagonist with the character of August Walker.

Mission: Impossible Fallout is the sixth instalment of the franchise and has been directed by Christopher McQuarrie who has previously worked on films such as Rogue Nation and Jack Reacher.

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 14:01:11 +0530
The Rock s film Skyscrape

The trailer of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson's latest film Skyscraper was recently released online. The trailer shows a better look at the film's plot which depicts Neve Campbell protecting their children as Johnson, who plays a person with a prosthetic leg battles a few terrorists in an attempt to save his family from a hostage situation on the world's tallest building.

Skyscraper is set to hit theatres on July 13th and is written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber and distributed by Legendary Entertainment.

Johnson has previously worked in stellar Hollywood films such as Fate of the Furious, Baywatch and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle as well.

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 13:34:51 +0530
Obsessed fan arrested for

Michael Shawn Hunt , a 43-year-old man from Riverview was arrested and faces charges of attempted kidnapping with a weapon and aggravated stalking with a credible threat after police said they were alerted that he had allegedly plotted to kidnap pop singer Lana Del Rey. He was taken into custody just a couple hundred feet from where the singer was performing at the Amway Center in Orlando.

Hunt had previously served five prison terms, on charges including burglary of an occupied structure, grand theft of a motor vehicle, grand theft with a firearm, forgery and possession and sale of marijuana and had served about nine months for fleeing law enforcement as well.

Police said they received a tip from a caller who said Hunt had been sharing ‘cryptic and threatening’ posts on social media toward the singer, Lana Del Rey whose real name is Elizabeth Grant such as on a Facebook page where he wrote, “I want to see my queen on Friday and from that day forward our decisions will be as one.” He also posted a video on the site as well in which he opened about his plans to ‘get together’ with Rey and stated, “I’m going to probably finish out her tour with her, obviously, and dance and talk and figure out what we’re going to do.”

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 12:38:54 +0530
Kylie Jenner announces bi

Kylie Jenner is a mom!

The announcement which comes months after secrecy around her pregnancy, Kylie shared the news herself in an Instagram post on February 4 that read, “I’m sorry for keeping you in the dark through all the assumptions. I understand you’re used to me bringing you along on all my journeys. My pregnancy was one I chose not to do in front of the world. I knew for myself I needed to prepare for this role of a lifetime in the most positive, stress free, and healthy way I knew how. There was no gotcha moment, no big paid reveal I had planned. I knew my baby would feel every stress and every emotion so I chose to do it this way for my little life and our happiness.

Pregnancy has been the most beautiful, empowering, and life changing experience I’ve had in m entire life and I’m actually going to miss it. I appreciate my friends and especially my family for helping me make this special moment as private as we could. My beautiful and healthy baby girl arrived February 1st and I just couldn’t wait to share this blessing. I’ve never felt love and happiness like this I could burst! Thank you for understanding.”

Kylie also posted a video on YouTube titled ‘To Our Daughter’, which followed her journey from her pregnancy to the birth of her daughter. Jenner’s first child with boyfriend rapper Travis Scott, the baby girl was born at 4.43 pm on February 1.

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 11:45:52 +0530
Sushma Swaraj to visit Sa

Media Eye News Bureau: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is set to visit Saudi Arabia from February 6-8, 2018 to inaugurate the Janadriyah festival of the Gulf nation on February 7, 2018.

“We greatly value our close and deep rooted civilizational and strategic relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I have no doubt that India's participation in this festival will take our relationship to new heights.” said Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh.

Saudi Arabia is a major source of India's energy requirement and India's crude oil requirement. Further, the Gulf country is also home to more than 3 million Indian people and has held great ties with India as well.

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 01:47:06 +0530
PM Modi opens global busi

Media Eye News Bureau: Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently inaugurated Advantage Assam a two day global business summit of Assam. Bhutan's Prime Minister Tshering Togbay and top businessmen were present at the event as well.

Initiating the event, the PM asserted, “We created the 'Act East' policy and the northeast is at the heart of it. It requires increased people-to-people contacts particularly with ASEAN. The name Advantage Assam is not a statement but it's a holistic vision.” He added, “The government has announced an unique health insurance scheme in the budget. For poor people, the biggest fear is medical treatment. If one family member is critically sick, the entire family is financially burdened. We will end this scenario.”

The Assam summit witnessed nearly 200 business agreements and investment commitments of over Rs. 1 lakh crore.

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 01:43:25 +0530
Oil Tanker with 22 Indian

Media Eye News Bureau: Minister of External Affairs recently stated that a ship, The Marine Express tanker, managed by Hong Kong-based Anglo-Eastern, carrying 22 Indian crew and 13,500 tons of gasoline went missing off the Benin coast in the Gulf of Guinea near West Africa.The Gulf of Guinea has become a target for pirates to steal cargo and demand ransoms.

The ship last contact was on 3:30 am GMT on Friday after which communication was lost. The cause of the loss of communication remains unknown and a search for the ship is now underway.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar and Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj both tweeted about the missing vessel and also announced that they are taking efforts to trace the ship with the help of Nigerian and Benin naval authorities.

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 01:39:28 +0530
IIT B students oppose non

Media Eye News Bureau: Students of the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) opposed its recent decision to ban non-vegetarian food at an eatery on the campus.

The institute had issued the ban in a stating that the decision was taken to avoid fire hazards at the cafe. Students are against this decision and had planned to write a letter to the civil department as well as to the Dean of Student Affairs and have also decided to start a signature campaign as well if the issue isn’t resolved soon.

The students also alleged that the management is trying to impose the food culture of a small section of people in the student body as it was observed that the order came less than a month after students were told to use separate tables and plates for non-vegetarian and vegetarian food after receiving complaints from some vegetarian students.

 However the institute denied these allegations by stating that two out of the three faculty members who signed this notice are non-vegetarians and so there is no bias against non-vegetarian eaters.

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 01:34:27 +0530
Four Army personnel kille

Media Eye News Bureau: The Army issued a statement that a captain rank officer and 3 jawans identified as Captain Kapil Kundu, rifleman Ramavatar, rifleman Subham Singh and Havildar Roshan Lal were killed and four persons, including two teenagers were injured in an unprovoked Pakistani shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Bhimber Gali sector of Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district.

The indiscriminate firing started around 11 am at various places in Rajouri and Poonch sectors as Pakistani soldiers used arms, automatics and mortars according to the Army officials. A 15-year-old girl and a soldier were injured during a Pakistani ceasefire as well.

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 01:28:08 +0530
Vice President Inaugurate

Media Eye News Bureau: The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that we must collectively promote, through events like International Kala Mela, a greater understanding and appreciation of the cultural diversity around the world. He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the 1st International Kala Mela, organized by the Lalit Kala Akademi.

The Minister of State for Culture (I/C) and Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, the Administrator of Lalit Kala Akademi, C.S. Krishna Setty and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

The Vice President said that the culture is like the heartbeat of a civilization and it is an expression of its world view, a symbol of its value system. He further said that it represents the hopes and aspirations of its people and it chronicles the saga of their lives. It springs from the depths of their hearts and touches the inner core of humanity and is truly the barometer of the quality of life, he added.

The Vice President welcomed the delegates from various countries, and said to a country that had believed that the entire world is like one large family. It is also a country that believed that we should treat our guests with reverence ‘Atithi Devobhava’, he added.

The Vice President said that India is one of the oldest civilizations with an unmatched richness in culture and heritage which are manifested in different art forms. The spirit of tolerance and accommodation is an Indian way of life and best encapsulated by the principle of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (the entire universe is one family), he added.

The Vice President said that as the world is becoming increasingly globalized, we should preserve and propagate the best facets of our individual cultures. We should bring out the best traditions, noble ideals and the finest expressions of human excellence in all art forms, he added.

The Vice President congratulated the Lalit Kala Akademi for fostering cultural contacts within the country and also with other countries, through art exhibition and such Art Festivals.

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 01:22:26 +0530
Anju Bobby George lauds K

Media Eye News Bureau: India’s sole medal winner in the IAAF World Championship, Anju Bobby George, is impressed with the talent on display at the ongoing Khelo India School Games. The bronze medal winner of the Paris meet, which was subsequently upgraded to silver after Russian silver medallist Tatyana Kotova failed a dope reanalysis test, also feels that the first Khelo India School Games is an ideal platform for spotting and grooming talent.

“It’s a great platform for the youth of our country. This is first time they are getting this kind of support from the government. Actually it’s a huge support,” said Anju after presenting medals to the winners of athletics event at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

The champion long jumper is equally clear about the career path she would like her children to follow. “I definitely would want my kids to become athletes. Though, we haven’t decided on any particular sport, I am sure they will end up making a career in sports. I think they have inherited sports in their genes from Bobby (husband) and me,” she said.

With both parents being heavily invested into sports, and having competed at the highest level, they have a natural ability to spot talent at a young age.

“Andrea has shown early signs. She’s very quick in her reflexes; we can already see a spark in her,” said Anju.

She also believes that an early grounding in athletics will equip her children for any sport. “Athletics is the mother of all sports. It helps to develop flexibility and muscle strength, which is an asset for any sport. So, if we give her a good base with athletics, she will excel in any sport. Aaron (son) has just started getting familiar with different sports.” Anju believes specialised training for a specific sport should not start before the age of 12. “Before that they should be playing different sports for overall physical development,” believes Anju.

Anju, who trained in an era when athletes were left to their own devices to find the right resources, believes that the Khelo India School Games is a real game changer.

“When we were in school, there was hardly any support to pursue a career in sports. We used to do everything on our own. It was only after we started competing and winning at the international level, people took note of us and only then the government stepped in with support. The kind of a support system that the Khelo India initiative intends to put in place for young athletes will go a long way in bringing an incremental change in India’s sporting landscape,” she said before signing off.

 

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 00:50:56 +0530
Tamil Nadu s Sumathira ba

Media Eye News Bureau: Quarter miler Sumathira Balakrishnan was the latest revelation as the athletics competition wound up at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Saturday.

The 17-year-old Tamil Nadu girl carrying on the tradition of excellent 400 metres runners from the southern part of India timed 56.39 seconds while winning the gold. She later anchored her 4 x 400m teammates to another gold medal.

Even more heartening was that the top six runners came under 60 seconds, indicating a lot of potential for a 4 x 400m relay team for India. That would keep the legacy of the likes of PT Usha and Shiny Wilson, who helped India dominate the womens 4 x 400m for close to a decade in the 1980s and 1990s.

Spotted at an event in Tiruchirapalli three years ago when she ran the 800m while training on the mud track at the Sports Authority of India centre in Rajanthottam in Mayiladuthurai under coach G R Prabhakar, Sumathira has come a long way since then.

She produce her best to beat a strong line-up that included SGFI National U17 winner Priscilla Daniel (Kerala) and Tai Bamhane, who won the 800m a day earlier. Sumathira improved personal best of 56.45 – clocked in the SGFI National U19 in Rohtak – by six hundredths of a second and won in 56.39s. She said, “I am happy but not satisfied since my coach had expected a better time.” Later Sumathira helped Tamil Nadu win the relay gold virtually at the post ahead of Kerala.

The Southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Kerala made a clean sweep of the Boys 400m. Andhra Gandi Dhanush Kumar pushed Andhra’s D. Srikanth of Telangana to silver. Dhanush clocked 49.05 to Srikanth’s silver in 49.09s while TK Sayou got the bronze in 49.75s. Uttarakhand boys who have done well in middle and long distance running also took the top two places in 5,000m Walk as Paramjeet Singh Bisht and Mukesh Kumar took gold and silver in 21:19.84 and 21:26.71 respetively.

The Girls 3000m walk saw a great battle over the last two laps between Mansi Negi and Munita Prajapati in which Mansi blitzed away in the final 100m to claim the gold with a time of 14:44.44 giving the Uttrakhand walkers a golden double gold in the walk events.

Ex-national hammer champion Rustam is the chief coach at the Allahabad Sports School and his hammer throwers continue to dominate the national events at all the levels. It was no surprise that his throwers, Arnav Yadav and Afsar Ahmad, representing U.P won the gold and silver in the Khelo India Boys Hammmer Throw. Arnav won the gold throwing 64.09m to Afsar’s 60.54 for the silver.

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 17:33:12 +0530
IAF rescued lives in Budh

Media Eye News Bureau: It was 1700 hrs and in the helicopter unit based at Jammu, nicknamed “Condors”, Wing Commander Vishal Jain and Squadron Leader Soumya Das were mentally wrapping up the days’ work in the process of “packup” for the weekend. Little did they know that they would soon be playing saviour angels for people involved in a gruesome bus accident.

Twenty six years old Ishaq and twenty five years old Farooq along with others were travelling in a bus when the driver lost control and the bus fell in a ditch near Budhal about 30 km from Rajouri.

The nearest Airforce Station at Jammu was alerted and an immediate sortie for casualty evacuation was planned. Wing Commander Vishal during the sortie planning process found that the helipad at Budhal was too small and unfit for the Russian Mi-17 1V helicopters he flies. He suggested that the casualties be brought to Rajouri by road as soon as possible and the air evacuation could be effected from Rajouri. The plan was agreed upon and the captain with his team took off for Rajouri helipad, a bigger and better equipped helipad, at close to 1740 hrs. With light fading time was of utmost importance.

Upon landing at Rajouri at 1845 hrs the crew had to wait for the casualties to be brought to Rajouri by road. Some casualties expired during the journey. “If I had any slim chance of landing the bird at Budhal, I would have taken it. I would have been able to save a few more people” rued the captain. The helicopter with casualties and their near and dear ones took off from Rajouri helipad and landed at Jammu at 2140 hrs.

Professionalism, dedication and devotion to duty and the zeal to perform beyond the call of duty by the aircrew of “Condors” saved lives especially of critically injured Ishaq and Farooq, who were shifted to a hospital at Jammu, where they are receiving medical care.

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 17:02:31 +0530
25 Affordable Places In T

Are you tired of uploading pictures of your to go-to place in the world under the #Wanderlust? Do you wish to just take off on an adventure without fretting about the expenditures involved? We all wish to at some point seek new places that we often include in our bucket lists and explore the world. However, there is always a slight (read: BIG) issue of short listing places that fit under your budget as well. Here is a list of 25 amazing and economical places in the world that are worth a visit.

  • India

A colourful country rich in culture and heritage, India is a must visit for all those who wish to taste a slice of history. From the gorgeous beaches of Goa to the golden city of Jaisalmer, India has a lot to offer. There are many pilgrimage places in the country as well as many ancient palaces and other places such as the Taj Mahal in Agra, and the Gateway of India in Mumbai for eager tourists to explore. Besides this, India is also known for its varieties of food with multiple cuisine options from all the states.

  • Japan

Japan is a country that is a unique fusion of modern-day innovations and ancient traditions. The Japanese Alps, Kanazawa, Nara, Chubu-Sangaku National Park, Osaka National Park, the Island Shrine of Itsukushima, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Imperial Palace and Mount Fuji are some of the most exceptional places to visit. Kyoto is known as the cultural capital of the country as it houses most of the Buddhist shrines and temples in the country. One of the best times to go to this culturally rich country is during the spring time especially to witness the Sakura Bloom, an event to experience the cherry blossom trees in full bloom. Further, Japan is also known for its authentic flavours and while you are there, make sure to try the local delicacies such as sushi, ramen and udon, the Japanese soba, onigiri as well as the Japanese cheesecake which is known for its unique texture and flavour.

  • South Korea

South Korea is one of the most unexplored countries in the world and it houses a host of UNESCO heritage sites as well. This country is known for its delicious food, K-Pop, ancient temples as well as its natural beauty. While in Korea, you must visit Seoul to explore the shopping district of Gangnam, Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Gyeongbokgung palace, Jogyesa Temple, Lotte World and the N Seoul Tower which offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Other places to visit in South Korea include Busan which is famous for its pristine beaches and temples such as the Beomeosa Temple and Jeonju which is known for its historical places as well. On your visit you must indulge in delectable Korean cuisine such as Kimchi, Bibimbap, Japchae, Bulgogi, Sundubu-jjigae and Naengmyeon among others.

  • Vietnam

An often overlooked tourist destination, Vietnam is a beautiful country known for its cities, Buddhist pagodas and beaches. When in Vietnam, you must visit Phú Quốc, the Marble Mountains, go hiking at Fansipan or go kayaking in the Ha Long Bay. Vietnamese food is very unique in flavour with its use of ingredients such as soy sauce, coconut milk, lime, tamarind and cane sugar in its food. Some of the cuisines to sample in this country include, Banh Mi Thit, Pho, Goi Cuan and for dessert opt for something unique such as Che a sweet dish which is prepared from sticky rice and beans.

  • Indonesia

Known for its beaches, volcanoes and Komodo dragons, Indonesia is one of the most spiritually exotic places one could visit. Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Ubud, Lombok, Denpasar and Malang are some of the most prominent places to visit in the country. Some of the famous Indonesian foods include Gado-gado, ayem goreng, sambal, bakso and gudeg.

  • Kenya

Kenya is one of the best places to visit if you want to go on an adventure. It is known for its rich wildlife, safaris and reserves such as Masai Mara, Amboseli, Tsavo, Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba National reserves. The food like the place is adventurous as well with dishes like Pilau, Mukimo, Irio, Githeri and Maharagwe.

  • Nepal

Nepal is best known for its sacred and historic tourist attractions such as the Boudhanath Stupa, Pokhara-which is surrounded by some of the highest mountains and is also a gateway to the Himalayas. One can also do various activities such as trekking on the Himalayas as well as the Annapurna region. Other tourist attractions include Mahendra Gufa and the Pashupatinath Temple. Some of the famous foods of this country include Sel Roti, Samay Bhaji, Chatamari, Momo cha and Dhido.

  • Sri Lanka

A great place for nature lovers with its zoos and scenic locations, Sri Lanka is a great getaway place which is culturally rich as well. Some of the best places to visit here are the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Dambulla Cave Temple, Adams Peak, Yala National Park and Sigiriya Rock Fortress. The cuisine of Sri Lanka is quite influenced by South India and Indonesia as some of the staples in the meals include rice, coconut and spices. Kottu, Hoppers, Polos, Pol Sambol and Gotu Kola Sambol are some of the dishes you must try while in Sri Lanka.

  • Thailand

Thailand is known for its tropical beaches specifically in Pattaya, the Phi Phi island and Khao Lak opulent royal palaces such as the Grand Palace in Bangkok, ancient ruins and ornate temples such as in the city of Chiang Mai and Ayutthaya. Thai cuisine is all about balance and detail and consists of potent aromatic components with added spiciness as seen in piquant dishes such as Tom Yum Gung, Pad Thai, Khao Pad, Jim Jum and Som Tam.

  • Singapore

Dubbed the ‘shopper’s paradise’, Singapore is great for people who love to shop and eat as well, as it offers great shopping deals, exceptional fine dining experiences as well as luxury hotels. Pulao Ubin and Jurong East are some of the places you must visit here as well as stopping by the Merlion, taking a walk along Orchard Road and visit the Marina Bay islands. Singaporean cooking is derived from elements based on Indian, Chinese and Western traditions. Laksa, Char Kuay Teow, Fried Carrot Cake, Roti Prata and Ice Kacang are some of the delicacies to try in Singapore.

  • South Africa

South Africa is home to some of the most luxurious private game reserves and lodges. It is rich in wildlife with many attractions such as coral reefs, shark diving, dragon backed mountain ranges and white water rafting among others. Kruger National Park, Lion’s Head, Cradle of Humankind, Big Hole and Boulders Beach are some of the most breathtaking places to visit. Some of the most famous meals in South Africa include Cape Malay Curry, Malva Pudding, Chakalaka and Pap, Babotie and Melktert.

  • Laos

One of Asia’s most beautiful secrets, Laos is a country where you can experience quiet scenic views, go hiking on mountains, take adventures in dense forests and witness picaresque waterfalls. Some of the most striking places to visit here include the World Heritage listed French colonial town of Luang Prabang, Vientiane , the Bokeo Nature Reserve, Vang Vieng and Phonsavan/the Plain of Jars among others. When in Laos you must try foods such as Khao Piak Sen, Khao Jee, Tam Mak Hoong, Yall Dib as well as the French food available there.

  • China

Known for its modern day architecture and skyscraper-studded views, China is a country that also boasts of historical places such as the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, Terracotta Army, the Yellow Mountains in Huangshan, visit the Giant Pandas in Chengdu and the Bund in Shanghai among many other spectacular places. Xiao Long Bao, Samsa, Yang Mei, Ma Po Tofu, Rice Noodles and Chow Mein are some of the famous foods that you must try.

  • Lebanon

While Beirut and Tripoli are beautiful, there is more to visit in Lebanon than its two major cities such as the Temple of Bacchus, Baatara Gorge waterfall, Cedars of God, and the Sidon Sea Castle as well. Some of the most famous Lebanese cuisines to sample are the Baba Ghanoush, Manakeesh, Falafels, Fattoush, Shawarmas and the Koftas.

  • Dubai

Dubai is a place famous for luxury shopping places, ultramodern architecture as well as its nightlife. Among the most famous landmarks of Dubai are the Burj Khalifa as well as the Dubai Mall and the Dubai Museum. One of the most fun places to go to is the Dubai Aquarium which house over 140 species of fish and the Jumeirah Beach as well. Some of the best exotic dishes to have here are the Manousheh, Iranian Sangak, Al Machboos, Tabbouleh, Kousa Mahshi, Fatteh and the Shirin Polo.

  • Taiwan

The island nation, Taiwan, is known for its Chinese temples and hot spring resorts as well as its night markets. You must visit Taipei, Taipei 101,  Jiu Fen Old street, Kenting National park, Sun Moon Lake, Leofoo Village Theme Park and Guanziling Hot Spring. Taiwanese cuisine is mostly influenced by Chinese and Japanese cooking techniques and is all about aromas and Asian flavours and the best foods that reflect this fact are Taiwanese noodles, Mochi, Smelly Tofu, Slack season Danzai noodles, Gua Bao and the Bubble Teas as well.

  • Seychelles

The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean and is known for its beautiful beaches, dense jungles and UNESCO listed nature reserves. It is a place for every tourist to fulfil his/her tropical island adventures such as going hiking, diving, snorkelling or surfing as well at some of the best places there such as Mahé Island, Praslin Island, Cousine Island, Bird Island as well as Moyenne Island. Influenced by African, British, French, Indian and Chinese cuisines, Seychellois cuisine is predominantly seafood which makes use of spices such as ginger, lemongrass, coriander and tamarind and some of the famous foods include octopus and smoked fish salads, the red snapper, bonito and banana in coconut milk.

  • Maldives

Maldives is a tropical nation in the Indian ocean which is famed for its beaches, blue lagoons and coral reefs as well and is great for anyone who is a water sports enthusiast as you could get to indulge in sports such as diving, surfing and snorkelling at places such as Sun Island, Banana Reef, Alimatha Island, HP Reef and Filhalhohi Island. Maldivian cuisine is also called Dhivehi cuisine and is based on ingredients such as coconut, fish and starches and some of the dishes to watch out for are Bis Keemiya, Boshi Mashuni, Huni Roshi, Garudhiya and Saagu Bondibai.

  • Malaysia

Influenced by Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultures, Malaysia is known for its beaches and rainforests. Some of the places to explore in the country include Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Legoland at Johor, Port Dickson and Sipadan and also go hiking in places such as Mount Kinabalu, Niah National Park and Cameron Highlands. Mee Goreng Mamak, Nasi Kerabu, Kuih, Laksa, Popia Basah are some of the famous Malaysian dishes to try.

  • Portugal

Easily one of Europe’s most visited countries, Portugal is affordable, is great weather wise and also houses major attractions in the country from vast farmlands to medieval cities and lush vineyards and has a lot to offer. Some of the major places to visit here are Coimbra, Lisbon, Sintra, Lagos, Porto, Madeira and Cascais. Heavily influenced by Mediterranean culture, Portuguese cuisine includes a range of flavours with the use of spices such as piri piri, black pepper, cinnamon, saffron and herbs such as garlic and parsley. Some of the famous dishes of Portugal to look out for include Arroz de Tamboril, Bacalhau and Cataplana de Marisco among others.

  • Bulgaria

A country comprising of a rich heritage of traditional dance, music, costumes, and crafts with Greek, Slavic, Ottoman, and Persian influences, Bulgaria is a place worth visiting for its beaches, historical places as well as the ski resorts between its borders such as Borovets, Seven Rila Lakes, Vitosha, Sunny Beach and Marvelous Bridge as well. Bulgaria is famous for its quality vegetables and a varied range of spices and some of the local foods to try here include Banitsa, Kebapche, Shopska Salata, Musaka and Iyutenitsa.

  • Cuba

With interesting attractions such as Havana, Varadero, Santa Clara, Trinidad and Guardalavaca, Cuba is one of the best places to visit to explore and to unwind at what with its beaches and other monument places as well as its iconic cuisine which is a blend of Native American Taino food, Spanish, African, and Caribbean cuisines. A blend of Native American Taino food, Spanish, African, and Caribbean cuisines, Cuban food includes delicacies such as Frita, Elote, Paella, Churros, Croquetas and Plantains.

  • Greece

Greece is majorly known for its sparkling white beaches and ancient sites and the most famous spots to visit in the country include, Santorini, Mykonos and Delos, Acropolis and Delphi. Amygdalota, Baklava, Dolmadakia, Gyros, Moussaka are some of the best traditional Greek food that you must eat while in Greece.

  • Cambodia

Stunning landscapes, pristine beaches and exotic temples is what Cambodia is comprised of. Some of the best places to visit here include Angkor Wat, Angkor Tham, Kampot, Kratie, Sihanoukville, Koh Ker, Koh Rong and Phnom Penh. Khmer Red Curry, Fish Amok, Nom Banh Chok are all among the famous cuisines of Cambodia.

  • Hawaii

Hawaii is renowned for its landscapes, waterfalls, tropical foliage and beaches with gold, red, black and even green sands and the best places to explore here include the island of O’ahu, Maui, Lana’i and the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. While in Hawaii, you must try the local food as it incorporates various styles of food that reflect the diverse food history of settlement and immigration in the Hawaiian Islands. Spam Musubi, Manapua, Poi, Poke and Acai bowls are some of the famous foods of Hawaii.

(As Compiled by Prerna Mistry)

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 16:35:25 +0530
Kanpur GST Commissioner a

The CBI recently arrested GST Commissioner Sansar Chand, who is an IRS officer and headed the Kanpur sub-zone of the GST and three of his colleagues from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh as according to a CBI FIR that was registered, the agency had received information that Chand and his colleagues were receiving periodic bribes from private companies to help them in matters of the Central Excise Department.

The CBI also arrested his superintendents Ajay Srivastava, Aman Shah and Rajeev Singh Chandel and his office staff Saurabh Pandey, as well as Chand’s wife Avinash Kaur and alleged middlemen Amit Awasthi, Aman Jain and Chander Prakash and a person named Manish Sharma, who is the owner of a firm and who was allegedly paying a Rs 1.5 lakh bribe to Chand. Apart from this, Rs 58 lakh in cash and documents of valuable properties were seized as well.

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 08:08:18 +0530
NCP chief Sharad Pawar sa

Media Eye News Bureau: NCP chief Sharad Pawar recently said that no government has the right to interfere in Islamic laws related to talaq (divorce) as they have been specified in the Quran. He asserted that, “Talaq is a way provided by the Quran in Islam. It's a message, and no ruler has the right to interfere with that.”

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 was passed by the Lok Sabha and according to its draft law, instant triple talaq would result in the husband serving a jail term of three years. The bill however was not passed in the Rajya Sabha as the opposition demanded that it be sent to a parliamentary panel for detailed scrutiny.

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 08:05:37 +0530
BJP Kairana MP Hukum Sing

Media Eye News Bureau: BJP leader and Kairana MP Hukum Singh passed away at Noida’s JP Hospital on Saturday. He was 79 and had been under treatment at the hospital since a month due to breathing difficulties.

PM Narendra Modi expressed his condolences. He tweeted, “Anguished by the demise of MP and veteran leader from Uttar Pradesh, Shri Hukum Singh Ji. He served the people of UP with great diligence and worked for the welfare of farmers. My thoughts are with his family and supporters in this hour of grief.”

Hukum Singh had been a seven-time member of the Uttar Pradesh state assembly and had served in the Narayan Dutt Tiwari, Kalyan Singh, Ram Prakash Gupta, Rajnath Singh and Mayawati governments in the state and had brought up the the issue of migration of Hindu families from Kairana and neighbouring areas which helped gain him prominence.

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 08:01:40 +0530
US Air Force Chief flies

Media Eye News Bureau: The Chief of Staff of the US Air Force, General David L Goldfein, recently flew the 'Made in India' light combat aircraft ‘Tejas’ and became the first foreign military chief to do so as well.

Goldfein is a command pilot with 4200 flying hours under his belt and has flown in the Gulf war and in Afghanistan as well. Goldfein along with General Terrence O'Shaughnessy, Commander of US Pacific Air Force was on an official visit to India to boost military ties between the two nations and also met important functionaries of the IAF, including the Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa.

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 07:56:53 +0530
PM Modi s book Exam Warr

Media Eye News Bureau: A book titled ‘Exam Warriors’ for students facing exams was launched on Saturday by HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi.

The book authored by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a compilation of 25 mantras which aim to help students to cope with the pressures of examinations. These mantras intend to encourage students to treat exams like festivals and also focus on the importance of technology as well as activities and yoga exercises to de-stress themselves.

The book has been published by Penguin Random House and will be translated in multiple languages and will be made available across the country. The book is also available in a digital format on the PM’s app as well.

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 07:52:39 +0530
Karni Sena Leaders Prote

Media Eye News Bureau: Karni Sena leaders Lokendra Singh Kalvi and Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi who spearheaded the protest against Padmaavat, issued a clarification that the protest against the film will continue after it had been reported that the Mumbai branch of the Shree Rashtriya Karni Sena had withdrawn their protest against the film.

The Mumbai branch had issued a letter signed by Mumbai leader Yogendra Singh regarding the withdrawal of the protest after its members observed that the movie glorified Rajputs. Gogamedi however, denied having taken the move and said that no such direction was issued to the Mumbai branch. He further stated that the letter is not authentic and that he has expelled all the people whose names and signatures were on the letter as well.

The protest against the film first commenced on the grounds that the movie allegedly distorted history.

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 07:45:15 +0530
PM lauds Indian Under 19

Media Eye News Bureau: The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has congratulated the young cricketers of team India on winning the Under-19 World Cup.

 “Absolutely thrilled by the stupendous achievement of our young cricketers. Congratulations to them on winning the Under-19 World Cup. This triumph makes every Indian extremely proud”, the Prime Minister said.

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 17:29:16 +0530
India clinch 4th Under 19

Media Eye News Bureau: A brilliant century by Manjot Kalra, backed up by able bowling performances by Ishan Porel, Shiva Singh, Ankul Roy and Kamlesh Nagarkoti sealed the deal for the Indian side in the ICC U-19 World Cup final at the Bay Oval on Saturday.

Promising opener Manjot Kalra played a starring role with an unbeaten century as India overpowered Australia by eight wickets in the final to claim the ICC U19 World Cup for a record fourth time.

 Australia, who elected to bat after winning the toss, were bowled out for an under-par 216 in 47.2 overs. The openers were dispatched back to the pavillion fairly quickly by Ishan Porel and save for Jonathan Merlo's solid 76, the Australian side fell like a house of cards.

The Indian team put in a clinical batting display with Manjot Kalra smashing an unbeaten 101 off 102 balls.

Kalra was adjudged the man of the match while compatriot Shubman Gill took home the player of the tournament award. "Great feeling. Enjoyed a lot. Conditions were very good. It was a flat wicket to bat on. In the team, it's been a great environment," an overjoyed Kalra told the media after the final.

India thus became the first nation to win the ICC U19 World Cup four times. They had earlier won the title in 2000, 2008 and 2012.

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 17:16:48 +0530
Jennifer Aniston hints at

Jennifer Aniston recently hinted at the possibility of a Friends reunion, almost 15 years after the show ended on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The hit sitcom which ran from 1994-2004 was recently the subject of a fake movie trailer, which sparked speculations that a film based on the show could be on the way. The trailer showed the stars of the show with Monica and Chandler getting a divorce, Rachel getting a job as a therapist and Joey being an award-winning actor.

Aniston performed the same hand clap used at the beginning of the Friends theme song which Ellen to ask her if there was any possibility that the cast would do a reunion, to which she replied, “Anything is a possibility, Ellen. Anything. I mean, George Clooney got married, that’s like an anything can happen.”

 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 15:02:59 +0530
Model accuses Mohamed Had

Model Miranda Vee alleged that supermodels Gigi and Bella Hadid’s father Mohamed Hadid raped her and Guess co-founder Paul Marciano played a part in the assault as well. The revelation came after model Kate Upton used social media to accuse Marciano of sexual misconduct and Vee promply shared a screenshot of Upton’s tweet with a caption that read, “Thank you @kateupton it is time people like @paulmarciano & @mohamedhadid get exposed for who they really are! I met with paul at his @guess headquarters that is actually a apartment where he sexually harassed me & after that passed me on to his friend [Mohamed] who was going to meet me for ‘coffee’.”

She further elaborated, “I thought it was a professional meeting but it was just me, him and champagne where he date raped me in an apartment.”

She went on to state that when she previously tried to speak out against the incident, she was made to sign a non-disclosure agreement on being apparently threatened by Paul Marciano.

Mohamed Hadid however denied the claims as he said that when he met the model, it wasn’t a date and that he did not touch her. Further he stated that her story was “outrageous” and “totally untrue.” Hadid is also planning to issue a defamation lawsuit against the model and also said that if Vee wanted to make allegations against him and Marciano, she should have done so through law enforcement instead of on social media.

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 15:01:11 +0530
Ellen DeGeneres gives 1

For her 60th birthday celebration, Ellen DeGeneres, gave $1 million to fans in the audience on her talk show, as they all contributed to her One Million Acts of Good campaign.

She said, “Everybody in the audience is here for a special reason. All season long, I partnered with Cheerios to encourage people to do ‘One Million Acts of Good’ and if you’re here in my audience, you helped us reach that goal.”

DeGeneres acknowledged Kenya and John Hughes, who used their own money to drive a U-Haul 800 miles to deliver aid to Hurricane Harvey victims as well as teacher Lori Gaines, who donated a kidney to the mother of one of her students and Dan McKernan, who quit his job to start a sanctuary for farm animals.

The host then asked the audiences to check under their seats to see if they had a box of the cereal as every lucky chair would win the prize and in a surprising turn of events, everyone in the audience had one. “Isn’t that interesting? What a coincide,” DeGeneres smiled as she announced, “You’re all gonna share this gift. It’s the biggest gift I have ever given anybody ever, and I hope you continue to pay it forward and share all the good. Hold on to your Cheerios because all of you are splitting $1 million.”

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 12:58:09 +0530
Delhi s shopping hubs to

Media Eye News Bureau: Almost 15 shopping hubs in Delhi like Connaught Place, Khan Market, Lajpat Nagar, Chandni Chowk, Karol Bagh and Defence Colony Market will remain closed today due to it being the Day 2 of the strike by traders groups to protest against the civic body's massive sealing drive that saw over 600 shops in 100 shopping complexes sealed over the past few weeks. The traders will reportedly extend the bandh or strike for a third day if the BJP-ruled civic agencies do not withdraw the drive.

 The civic bodies are sealing shops, restaurants and other business establishments that allegedly use residential areas for commercial purposes without paying conversion charges. After Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accused a team of BJP leaders of walking out of a meeting last week, the sealing drive since then became a political focal point.

However, in a move to provide relief to traders hit by the sealing drive, the Delhi Development Authority approved changes to the city's Master Plan.

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 11:19:51 +0530
Subramanian Swamy withdra

Media Eye News Bureau: BJP parliamentarian Subramanian Swamy introduced a private member’s bill for a countrywide ban on cow slaughter in the Rajya Sabha. He withdrew it after the government intervened and assured that steps have been taken to protect the animal.

Swamy asserted that the government would hopefully impose a voluntary cess to ensure the safety of cows after they cease to provide milk and hoped that cow shelters be set up and that an authority should be created to stabilise the bovine population.

Samajwadi Party MP Javed Ali Khan supported the bill, he said “We should warn the leaders from the United States and Israel that if you love us, love our culture also,” he added, “Why should we be friends with the US? If you eat beef, then you are our enemy. If you trade in beef, then you are our enemy.”

 Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh issued a statement where she sought to assure Swamy as she stated that steps have been taken for the protection and as well as promotion of the cow. She further requested him to withdraw the bill.

 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 11:03:17 +0530
Major fire breaks out at

Media Eye News Bureau: Fire broke out at Tamil Nadu’s Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple on Friday night and almost 40 shops were destroyed. The fire was contained after a five-hour operation by the fire and emergency services. It has been reported that the temple has now been reopened to devotees and also that there were no human casualties or injuries.

The fire is suspected to have started in a toy store inside the thousand pillar hall around 10 pm. An investigation for the same is underway.

Devotees have also reportedly alleged that the temple was vulnerable to an incident of this nature as no fire safety measures were taken to prevent it. However Madurai collector Veera Raghava Rao asserted that although there are no modern fire safety system with sprinklers at the temple, they have a dedicated fire engine stationed in the complex.

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 11:01:29 +0530
Shyam Benegal to receive

Media Eye News Bureau: The V Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award of the Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Shorts & Animation Films - MIFF 2018 will be conferred upon veteran film maker Shyam Benegal. 

The award carrying a Trophy, a shawl, citation and cash prize of Rs 1 million (Rs 10 lakhs) will be presented by the Governor of Maharashtra, C Vidyasagar Rao at the MIFF 2018 Valedictory Function at NCPA on Saturday.

An independent committee comprising  Rahul Rawail, Kiran Shantaram, Prasoon Joshi, Bharathi Pradhan and Vinod Anupam unanimously recommended the name of Shyam Benegal, taking note of his significant contribution to the growth and sustenance of documentary movements in India.

One of the leading and widely respected filmmakers of India, Shyam Benegal is known for making thought provoking films centre around contemporary Indian experience. He is credited with pioneering new cinema in the country.

While Shyam Benegal has made 28 feature films including landmark films like Ankur, Nishant, Mandi and Junoon,  his filmography also includes 41 documentaries covering a wide variety of subjects including cultural anthropology, sustainable growth,  biopic, art and culture.  His 1982 documentary 'Satyajit Ray' won the National Award for Best Biographical Film, while his 1985 film 'Nehru' won the award fro Best Historical Reconstruction.

His work on television consists of several popular series including the 53 part series Bharat Ek Khoj, first broadcast on Doordarshan in 1988. He also made the much acclaimed 'Samvidhaan - The Making of the Constitution of India".

Born in 1934 in Hyderabad, Shyam Benegal completed his M.A. in Economics from the Osmania University and began working in an advertising agency, before venturing into film making.  He made his first documentary film 'Gher Behti Ganga'  (Ganga at Doorstep) in Gujarati in 1963. 

Benegal credits his photographer father and cousin Guru Dutt as early influencers for him taking up film making as a career.

Benegal also taught mass communication between 1966 and 1973 and later took an active role in shaping film education as Chairman of the Film & Television Institute of India during the 1980s and early 90s. Recipient of many awards including 9 National Awards for his feature films,  Benegal has been honoured by the Government of India with Padma Shri,  Padma Bhushan as well as the coveted Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

About V Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award

The V Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award for contribution to the documentary movement is conferred on a veteran filmmaker at every MIFF organized by Films Division. The award is instituted in memory of legendary filmmaker V Shantaram, who was closely associated with the Films Division as Honorary Chief Producer during the 1950s.

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 10:19:53 +0530
Karni Sena withdraws prot

Media Eye News Bureau: The Rajput Karni Sena, who had been demanding a ban on the period film "Padmaavat", has decided to take back its protest, stating the movie glorifies the valour of the Rajputs.

The Karni Sena had launched a wide range of protests against against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film on the grounds that it "distorts" historical facts and projects queen Padmini in poor light.

Shri Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena's Mumbai leader Yogendra Singh Katar said that they watched movie on the directions of organisation's national President Sukhdev Singh Gogamadi, and found that the movie had done nothing wrong towards the Rajput community but instead glorifies the valour and sacrifice of Rajput .

Last month, Supreme Court also lifted the ban on the movie imposed by several states and directed them to ensure its release.

The film was released in theatres across India on January 25 amidst tight security and protest from various groups, including Karni Sena. However, some cinema hall owners decided not to screen the film in the wake of protests being carried allegedly by Karni Sena members in Gujarat and Haryana.

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 09:56:27 +0530
India take on Australia i

Media Eye News Bureau: India have started the hunt for their fourth ICC U-19 World Cup title as they take on Australia in the final of the ICC U-19 World Cup here at the Bay Oval on Saturday.

Australia skipper Jason Sangha won the toss and elected to bat first.

Both teams remained unchanged from the last game. In a group stage encounter, India thrashed the Aussies by 100 runs earlier in the competition.

Teams:

India U-19: Prithvi Shaw (captain), Manjot Kalra, Shubman Gill, Harvik Desai(wk), Riyan Parag, Abhishek Sharma, Anukul Roy, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Shiva Singh, Ishan Porel

Australia U-19: Jack Edwards, Max Bryant, Jason Sangha(captain), Jonathan Merlo, Param Uppal, Nathan McSweeney, Will Sutherland, Baxter J Holt(wk), Zak Evans, Ryan Hadley, Lloyd Pope

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 08:59:25 +0530
Steve Aoki to collaborate

DJ Steve Aoki recently confirmed that he is set to collaborate with the famous K-Pop boy band BTS as well as the Backstreet Boys.

Speaking on working with BTS, Aoki said, “I don't know how much I can say, but we're working on some fun stuff.” While Aoki did not divulge too much about what they are working on, the DJ, producer and fashion designer did reveal that they were working on ‘multiple things’ and also praised the band's versatility and vast interests as he said, “These guys are the geniuses,” he added, “They're so creative on every level -- on their dance, on their sound, on their style, their flow, creatively musically, creatively on the fashion tip. They're brand developers. They developed their own brand, and they're global. It's incredible working with artists like that.”​

On working with the Backstreet Boys, he said, “We are working on music together. If it’s going to be on their album or my album, I’m not even sure.”

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 18:50:07 +0530
Spice Girls to have a reu

The Spice Girls have reportedly agreed to come together for a reunion and are set to receive £10 million each for new projects that they may undertake.

Victoria Beckham reportedly agreed to join in after previously expressing her reluctance after having received assurances that she wouldn’t have to lend her vocals to the project.

The Wannabe hit makers are reportedly said to work on a series of upcoming projects, including TV shows, endorsements and a greatest hits compilation as well.

 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 18:34:46 +0530
Selena Gomez completes tr

After a stressful year, Selena Gomez is recently sought treatment for depression and anxiety as she reportedly felt like she needed to get away and focus on herself with no distractions and that she feels empowered after the treatment as well.

Gomez completed a two-week program in New York City where underwent therapy, took pilates and meditation sessions. Previously in August 2016, Gomez had taken a break for treatment for anxiety, panic attacks and depression which were side effects of her lupus.

The Wolves crooner underwent a kidney transplant with an organ donated by her long time friend Francia Raisa last summer. She has in the past been candid about her struggles with mental health and the challenges she’s faced growing up in the spotlight as well.

 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 18:33:12 +0530
Marvel Comics legend Stan

Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee has been released from the hospital and is feeling great, as he said, “All I really want to do is tell you that I'm feeling great.” He added, “I'm glad I spent that evening in the hospital. It did me a lot of good. It probably did my fans a lot of good. It kept me off their backs for the evening. But I'm feeling good now and I can't wait to get in there and tangle with all the competition.”

Lee was taken to Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles after suffering shortness of breath and an irregular heartbeat.

Lee is responsible for the creation of iconic Marvel characters such as Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, the X-Men, and Black Panther. He has also co-created characters such as Ant-Man, Iron Man, and Thor with writer Larry Lieber.

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 18:31:23 +0530
Ellen DeGeneres receives

Ellen DeGeneres recently celebrated her 60th birthday and received a very memorable gift from wife Portia de Rossi who appeared on an episode of The Ellen Show and surprised her. Portia elaborated, “It's your 60th birthday and this gift had to be really special and it had to represent who you are and what you really care about, not just now, but what you've always cared about. What you were influenced by and what has made you the amazing person that you are today. So, I combined that and questions when we first met like who's your idol? And what would you do if you weren't a talk show host? So, I combined that with the fact that literally guys, for like the last two years, Ellen has said to me I feel like I'm not doing enough. Everyday, almost. So, I put all that together and I got you this gift. So, let's see it! Happy Birthday!”

She continued, “So, for your birthday, Ellen, I am bringing you and your hero, Dian, together by building The Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.” Porita said. "Ellen, you will carry on Dian's legacy by giving them a permanent home in Rwanda. Now, you will join Dian as a protector and champion of these amazing animals, the mountain gorillas.”

Portia then told Ellen that she has also set up a foundation in her name called The Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund as well.

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 18:29:35 +0530
Black Panther star Chadwi

Chadwick Boseman who is set to become the first black superhero in the Marvel film universe, recently opened up about his experiences with dealing with racism growing up in South Carolina and his journey to portraying Marvel’s Black Panther, which is a tale of King T’Challa, the leader of the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda.

Boseman expressed, “It’s not hard to find in South Carolina. Going to high school, I’d see Confederate flags on trucks.” He added, “I know what it’s like to be a kid at an ice-cream shop when some little white kid calls you ‘n**ger,’ but your parents tell you to calm down because they know it could blow up. We even had trucks try to run us off the road.”

Boseman opened up about his character that of T'Challa, a character that he idolized as a young man and revealed that he was anonymously handed a copy of one of the comic books while filming Gods of Egypt as and also that he mysteriously kept running into panther motifs right up until he decided on playing Marvel superhero.

Marvel’s Black Panther is set to hit theatres on February 16, 2018.

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 18:20:13 +0530
An Overview Budget 2018

The government has announced the Budget 2018-19 with an aim to achieve high growth of 8% plus as manufacturing services and exports are back on a good growth path. While GDP growth at 6.3% in the second quarter of 2017-18 signalled the turnaround of the economy, the growth in the second half is likely to remain between 7.2% to 7.5%. The Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley while presenting the General Budget 2018-19 said that Indian society, polity and economy had shown remarkable resilience in adjusting with structural reforms. It has been forecasted that India will grow at 7.4% next year in the backdrop of services resuming high growth rates of 8% plus, exports expected to grow at 15%.

Agriculture and Rural Economy

  • MSP for all unannounced kharif crops increased to one and half times of their production cost.
  • The volume of institutional credit for agriculture sector proposed at Rs.11 lakh crore for 2018-19.
  • Fisheries, aqua culture and animal husbandry sector development funds corpus set at Rs.10,000 crore.
  • Operation Greens was announced with an outlay of Rs 500 crore.
  • Development and upgradation of 22,000 rural haats.
  • Agri-Market Infrastructure Fund with a corpus of Rs.2000 crore to be setup.
  • Rs 200 crore allocated for organized cultivation of specialized medicinal and aromatic plants and said that the organic farming.
  • Ministry of Food Processing doubled to Rs.1400 crore.
  • Agri-commodities to be liberalized.
  • Special scheme announced to address air pollution  in the Delhi-NCR region.
  • Loans to Self Help Groups of women to increase to Rs.75,000 crore by March, 2019.
  • Allocation of National Rural Livelihood Mission increased to Rs 5750 crore.
  • Under Ujjwala Scheme distribution of free LPG connections to be given to 8 crore poor women.
  • Under Saubahagya Yojana, 4 crore poor households to provided with electricity connection with an outlay of Rs.16,000 crore.
  • Under Housing for All by 2022 ,more than one crore houses will be built by 2019 in rural areas.
  • Planned - employment of 321 crore person days, 3.17 lakh kilometers of rural roads, 51 lakh new rural houses, 1.88 crore toilets, and provide 1.75 crore new household electric connections.

Education, Health and Social Protection

  • Estimated budgetary expenditure on health, education and social protection is set at Rs.1.38 lakh crore.
  • Ekalavya Model Residential School for education of tribal children in their own environment by 2022.
  • Revitalising Infrastructure and Systems in Education (RISE) by 2022 initiative with a total investment of Rs.1,00,000 crore announced.
  • Allocation on National Social Assistance Programme kept at Rs. 9975 crore.
  • National Health Protection Scheme announced that will cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families.
  • Rs 1200 crore committed for the National Health Policy, 2017.
  • Rs.600 crore allocated to provide nutritional support to all TB patients
  • Government to set up 24 new Government Medical Colleges and Hospitals.
  • 187 projects sanctioned under the Namami Gange programme at Rs.16,713 crore and 47 completed.  
  • All 4465 Ganga Grams – villages on the bank of river - declared open defecation free.  

 

Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises (MSMEs) and Employment

  • Rs. 3794 crore provided for credit support, capital and interest subsidy and for innovations.
  • MUDRA Yojana leads to sanction of Rs.4.6 lakh crore in credit from 10.38 crore MUDRA loans. Target of Rs.3 lakh crore set for lending under MUDRA.
  • 70 lakh formal jobs to be created this year. 
  • Government to contribute 12% to new employees in the EPF for all the sectors for next three years.  
  • Outlay of Rs.7148 crore proposed for the textile sector.

Infrastructure and Financial Sector Development

  • Increase of budgetary allocation on infrastructure for 2018-19 to Rs.5.97 lakh crore.
  • To boost tourism, development of 10 prominent tourist sites into Iconic Tourism proposed.
  • About 35000 km road construction in Phase-I at estimated cost of Rs.5,35,000 crore approved.

Railways

  • Railways Capital Expenditure set at Rs.1,48,528 crore. 
  • 4000 km of electrified railway network slated for commissioning.
  • Over 3600 km of track renewal is targeted during the current fiscal along with redevelopment of 600 major railway stations.
  • Mumbai’s local train network to have 90 km of double line tracks at a cost of over Rs.11,000 crore. 150 kilometers of additional suburban network being planned at a cost of over Rs.40,000 crore.
  • Suburban network of approximately 160 km at estimated cost of Rs.17,000 crore being planned to cater to the growth of Bengaluru.

Air Transport

  • Proposed expansion of airport capacity more than five times to handle a billion trips a year under NABH Nirman. 
  • Under UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) 56 unserved airports and 31 unserved helipads to be connected.

Finance

  • The Finance Minister urged regulators to move from ‘AA’ to ‘A’ rating for investment eligibility.
  • Government to establish a unified authority for regulating all financial services in International Finance Service Centre (IFSCs) in India.

Digital Economy

  • NITI Aayog to initiate a national program to direct efforts in artificial intelligence.
  • Department of Science & Technology to launch a Mission on Cyber Physical Systems.
  • Allocation on Digital India programme doubled to Rs 3073 crore.
  • Five lakh wi-fi hotspots to provide net connectivity to five crore rural citizens proposed.
  • Rs. 10000 crore allocated for creation and augmentation of Telecom infrastructure.

Defence

  • Development of two defence industrial production corridors proposed.

Disinvestment

  • Disinvestment target of Rs.72,500 crore exceeded and expected receipts of Rs.1,00,000 crore.
  • Disinvestment target of Rs.80,000 crore set.
  • National Insurance Co. Ltd., United India Assurance Co. Ltd., and Oriental India insurance Co. Ltd., to be merged into a single insurance entity.
  • A comprehensive Gold Policy to be formulated to develop gold as an asset class. 
  • Gold Monetization Scheme to be revamped to enable people to open a hassle-free Gold Deposit Account.
  • To revise emoluments to Rs.5 lakh for the President, Rs 4 lakhs for the Vice President and Rs.3.5 lakh per month to Governor. 
  • Proposed necessary changes to refix the salary and allowances with effect from April 1, 2018. 
  • To celebrate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi the Budget set aside Rs.150 crore for the activities leading to the commemoration programme.

Fiscal Management

  • Revised Estimates for expenditure at Rs.21.57 lakh crore.
  • Revised Fiscal Deficit estimates for 2017-18 put at Rs. 5.95 lakh crore at 3.5% of GDP. 
  • Proposed acceptance of key recommendations of the Fiscal Reform and Budget Management Committee to bring down Central Government’s Debt to GDP ratio to 40%.
  • Proposed 100 percent deduction to companies registered as Farmer Producer Companies with an annual turnover upto Rs. 100 crore for a period of five years from financial year 2018-19. 
  • No adjustment to be made in respect of transactions in immovable property, where the Circle Rate value does not exceed 5 percent of the consideration.
  • The Budget proposals seek to provide relief to salaried tax payers by allowing a Standard Deduction of Rs. 40,000.
  • Relief to Senior Citizens has also been proposed.
  • The Budget proposes to increase the cess on personal income tax and corporation tax to 4%.
  • Increase customs duty proposed on mobile phones from 15 percent to 20 percent, on some of their parts and accessories to 15 percent and on certain parts of televisions to 15 percent.
  • Customs duty is proposed to be reduced on raw cashew from 5 percent to 2.5 percent.
  • With the roll of GST, the Budget also proposes to change the name of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) to the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC).

 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 15:14:42 +0530
Govt scales up investment

Media Eye News Bureau: The Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley, in his speech for General Budget 2018-19 has laid out a roadmap for Indian Railways, which is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of New India by 2022. In the past four years, Government has taken several decisions to transform Railways into a modern, safe, green, affordable and comfortable mode of transport.

Subsequent to the presentation of the Budget in Parliament, Union Minister for Railways and Coal Piyush Goyal informed that Government is drastically scaling up investments by almost three times to Rs.1,46,500 cr. in 2018-19 as against Rs.53,989 cr. in 2013-14 to reduce accumulated backlog in capacity creation.

Goyal pointed out that this is 22% higher than 2017-18 (RE), and includes budgetary support of Rs.53,060 cr; internal resources of Rs.11,500 cr; IRFC to raise Rs.28,500 cr; Institutional Finance (LIC) to support with Rs.26,440 cr; and investment through PPP of Rs.27,000 cr.

Briefing the media persons, the Minister explained that the government has provided Rs.19,40Cr towards reimbursement of losses on operation of strategic lines and Rs.88Cr towards reimbursement of operational cost of e ticketing to IRCTC.

Government has also approved setting up of India’s first Rail and Transportation University in Vadodara, Gujarat.

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 13:17:38 +0530
Reflections Budget 2018

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented a budget designed to help distressed farmers and rural areas while boosting growth, jobs and private investment as well. He addressed that the government has taken up programmes to direct the benefits of structural changes and good growth to reach farmers and to uplift the under-developed regions. He added that this year’s budget will focus on strengthening agriculture and the rural economy, provision of good health care to economically less privileged and the welfare of senior citizens as well as the creation of infrastructure and ensuring the provision of more resources for the improvement of the quality of education in the country as well.

Media Eye asked eminent personalities for their views on the Budget 2018 and here is what they had to say.

Dr. Sankaran, the Former Chief Secretary of Maharashtra stated, “The Finance Minister has increased the safety net by introducing new health schemes and the fiscal deficit target has also been contained at 3.3% which should be achievable so it won't face any problem regarding that. For individual taxpayers, things like reintroducing standard deductions will also be quite helpful. Also there is a large increase in money going into the rural sector so by and large, it's a good budget.”

Dr. S S Mantha is the Former Chairman of AICTE. He is currently a Professor at NIAS (National Institute of Advanced Studies), Bangalore and the Advisor  To Government Of Andhra Pradesh. He said, “The Educational changes made in the Budget 2018 are something to look forward to but the detailing of the same is really important because I believe that a lot of things have been clubbed under the program RISE (Revitalising of Infrastructure and Systems in Education). A lot of money is allocated under it as well. Divisions have been removed from KG to Class 12 as the entire funding has been clubbed together. However it is difficult to make any comments without knowing where the allocation of the money is going, how much is going in the primary education and how much is going in the secondary education and so on. So that division is required. But the concept of restructuring and reinventing the education in the country is a very good concept but the detailing of it will have to be looked at closely because the rise in the budget is only about 3.5% or 4% from the last year. That doesn’t mean much if you take into consideration things like inflation. Therefore it is important to know where these lac or crore of rupees are going to be spent. Having said that, the concept of black board to digital board is also good but there is a certain age after which you should impart (education) through classroom teaching, teachers must be present. Digital learning can happen only when students are mature enough to understand the difference. So, as a concept it is good---black board to digital board, but you cannot dispense it in a classroom when teaching for a large number of people just because you can’t afford classrooms or schools or things like that. So it is always good to have a conventional education system in the formative years and then move on to digital intervention as we move along. So when they say black board to digital board, we really need to understand what they have in mind and how does it relate to the new education policy which is yet to come. So there must be a relationship with it when they are talking about black board to digital board but personally, I feel in the formative years at least, in schools, there should be a very robust teacher-student relationship because it also builds character. Complete digital education, may not mean much in terms of character building or in terms of interpersonal skills. So, therefore it is a good idea to have a black board kind of education in the formative years and then introduce technology and digital education further on. So as an idea it is good, but the detailing must be done.”

P.K. Vijaykumar, I.R.S, Director General of Income Tax (Retd), Former Insurance Ombudsman, Kerala. He is currently the Independent External Monitor at COCHIN Shipyard Ltd. He assessed, “It is more of an economically correct budget than a politically correct budget because most of the people expected lot of SOPs in the budget before the next 2019 elections but that has not happened and a lot of emphasis has been given to the agriculture sector than MSMEs and there has also been an increase in tax rate for capital gains to 10% which is a welcome move and there is a decreased tax rate in corporate sections in most of the companies whose turnover is more than 250 crore. So most of the companies would get a relief by corporate tax so I think it is a good budget that has even given concessions to salaried employees also by doing a standard deduction and the Finance Minister has also openly declared in the budget speech that the total income returned per person by salaried employees is much more than the total income returned by the business class. It basically points to the fact that there is major tax evasion even today, so that was a very welcoming statement coming from the Finance Minister himself during the budget speech so that also sends a message to the tax officiates to concentrate on tax evasion as well.”

(As Told To Prerna Mistry)

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 22:08:32 +0530
Budget Beauty Hair Care

Seasonal changes and pollution not only affect your health and skin but also your hair. While we take immense efforts to take care of our health and skin, we often forget to do the same for our hair. Here is a list of products and DIYs to help you maintain your tresses and what’s more is those not only are they time saving, but are also affordable as well. And they even save you the time and expenditure of going to a salon and getting expensive treatments done.

  • Parachute Coconut Hair Oil

Parachute is generally the only brand that is synonymous with the word ‘coconut oil’ in India and is one of the most popular one in the country as well as it is effective and is priced affordably. The formula is non greasy but is extremely nourishing as well and hydrates dry and frizzy hair. Regular application of this oil will help improve hair texture and add to hair growth as well.

  • Coconut and Castor Oil Hair Mask

This is an inexpensive yet effective hair mask made with 5 part coconut and 3 part castor oil; and the ingredients are easy to find locally. Coconut oil is extremely moisturising and the vitamins and fatty acids naturally found in it not only nourish the scalp but also help to remove sebum build-up from hair follicles and this is very essential as excess sebum build up results in clogged pores which induces hair loss. Castor oil contains ricinoleic acid and omega- 6 essential fatty acids which improve blood circulation, and results in thick hair and prevents split ends as well as accelerates hair growth. However, due to its thick consistency, it needs to be mixed with some carrier oil for smooth application and coconut oil is great for the same.

  • Shampoo

It is an important part of any hair care routine. However, it is a common misconception that washing hair everyday makes hair healthier as it is clean, but it is not entirely true as washing hair every single day strips the scalp of its natural oils that are crucial to achieving healthy hair and so, it is advisable to wash your hair every 2-3 or alternate days. There are many affordable and effective ranges of shampoos available in the market today and you can select them as per your hair types and preferences as well. Some of the affordable shampoos available are L'Oreal Paris Extraordinary Clay Shampoo, Khadi SLS Free Shikakai & Honey Conditioning Herbal Shampoo,  Garnier Ultra Blends Mythic Olive Shampoo, Biotique Bio Kelp Fresh Growth Protein Shampoo, Dove Nutritive Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Shampoo that are effective as well as under Rs. 500.

  • Use Baking Soda

Yes, you read that right! You can use baking soda to get rid of excess shampoo and to clarify your scalp. Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with some warm water and rinse your hair with it after shampooing, let it sit for 5 mins and rinse it again for soft and clean hair.

  • Wood Is Good

Remember when as kids you rubbed you plastic ruler on your arm and watched you arm hair stand up due to the friction? Well, this also applies to the hair on your head as constant use of plastic combs creates friction in your hair which eventually accelerates hair fall. So switch to using wooden combs instead of plastic ones and start brushing from the ends of your hair to remove tangles and then from the roots of the hair to the ends.

  • Leave-In Conditioners and Hair Masks

We often don’t have time to make DIY solutions for our hair; however, we need to maintain our tresses through proper nourishment and conditioning. There are many economical options such as the Anti-Hairfall, Protein and Anti-Dandruff hair masks by Himalaya and Biotique Bio Musk Root Fresh Growth Nourishing Treatment and the L'Oreal Paris Hair Expertise Oil Replacement Cream,Garnier Fructis Oil-in-Cream which can also be used as leave-in conditioners, all cost under Rs. 250.

  • Flower Power

The Hibiscus is a flower that packs the power as it is extremely beneficial for hair growth and to maintain hair elasticity, retaining moisture as well as nourishes and adds shine. Use 8 hibiscus flowers along with 8 hibiscus leaves and grind them and add them to one cup of coconut oil. Heat the oil and add the hibiscus paste to it and heat them together for about 15-20 mins on medium to low flame. Once cooled, strain the oil and transfer in a bottle for later use.

  • Hold The Heat

While it is common knowledge that using heat on hair harms it in the long run which inevitably causes split ends, breakage and even hampers hair growth, in order to save time, we often end up blow drying or using straightener on damp hair. What we don’t realise is that this causes a flash drying effect that only causes frizziness and damage to our hair cuticles. But if you must use heat, you should make sure to use a heat protection spray such as the Schwarzkopf Gliss heat protection spray or the Sunsilk Keratinology heat protector spray. Both cost under Rs. 500.

  • Go Bananas

Overripe bananas? Don’t throw them out. Use it to make a super easy banana mask for your hair. Mash a banana and add a tablespoon of honey and apply it to your scalp and keep it for 20-30mins for smooth and soft hair.

  • Serums

An often neglected part of hair care, serums are a great way to maintain the moisture especially in the ends of your hair and also to get rid of the tangles in your tresses. You can opt for serums under the range of Rs. 500 such as the Dove Elixir Hair Oil, Garnier Fructis Long & Strong Serum, Matrix Biolage 6 In 1 Smooth Proof Deep Smoothing Serum and the Streax PRO Hair Serum Vita Gloss.

(As Compiled By Prerna Mistry)

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 19:58:43 +0530
Katherine Heigl to star i

Actress Katherine Heigl is set to star in the TV show Suits for its eighth season as a series regular. She is cast opposite Gabriel Macht, as Samantha Wheeler, a talented new partner at Pearson Specter Litt who challenges the status quo and will either become the firm's greatest ally or a powerful enemy. The role marks Heigl’s first TV series regular part after ABC's Grey's Anatomy, CBS' Doubt and NBC's State of Affairs. Her addition comes after stars Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle’s exit in the season seven finale in April. Sarah Rafferty, Rick Hoffman and Dule Hill star in the show as well.

Heigl confirmed her joining of the cast of Suits as she said, “Joining Suits was the perfect organic way to not only collaborate with an EP I admire deeply but to also become part of a show and cast that I am an immense fan of. I have watched Suits from the very beginning and feel incredibly lucky to be the newest member of the Pearson Specter Litt family.”

Heigl has previously starred in feature films as well, namely, 27 Dresses, Knocked Up and The Ugly Truth, which she also executive produced as well. She has also a producer and has won an Emmy and has been twice nominated for Golden Globe awards as well.

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 17:02:21 +0530
Kate Upton accuses Guess

Kate Upton has accused Guess’ co-founder and chief creative officer, Paul Marciano of harassing women. While Upton did not detail any specific incident, she shared her concerns about Marciano with reference to the #MeToo movement as she tweeted, “It’s disappointing that such an iconic women’s brand @GUESS is still empowering Paul Marciano as their creative director #metoo.” She then shared the same tweet on Instagram as well with the caption, “He shouldn’t be allowed to use his power in the industry to sexually and emotionally harass women #metoo.” Her husband Justin Verlander retweeted the tweet as well.

Upton first became a celebrity spokesmodel for the brand in 2011 alongside Claudia Schiffer and Cindy Crawford. Most recent faces of Guess include Gigi Hadid, Hailey Baldwin, Camila Cabello and Jennifer Lopez. Paul Marciano co-founded Guess in 1981 and has served as its executive chairman and chief creative officer since August 2015.

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 14:02:14 +0530
Dumbledore not explicitl

The sequel of the film Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is set to focus on the story of a young Dumbledore portrayed by Jude Law for the first time and his pursuit of the fugitive Grindelwald who is played by Johnny Depp and while it’s been almost over a decade since J.K. Rowling surprised fans by revealing that the headmaster of Hogwarts Albus Dumbledore was gay, and was even in love with the notorious dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald during his youth until the two had a rather epic falling out, as she had expressed, “I always thought of Dumbledore as gay. Dumbledore fell in love with Grindelwald, and that added to his horror when Grindelwald showed himself to be what he was.” Fans have since raised questions as to, ‘Will Dumbledore’s sexuality be a part of the Fantastic Beasts story? Or will it once again, like in the Harry Potter films, not be addressed?’

However, according to director David Yates, the sequel will “not explicitly” reference Dumbledore’s sexuality as he added that “I think all the fans are aware of that. He had a very intense relationship with Grindelwald when they were young men. They fell in love with each other’s ideas, and ideology and each other.” Also screenwriter and Harry Potter author J K Rowling has previously hinted that Dumbledore’s sexuality may be explored at some point as she said, “I can’t tell you everything I would like to say because this is obviously a five-part story so there’s lots to unpack in that relationship.”

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 14:01:18 +0530
Diane Lane and Greg Kinne

Oscar-nominated actors Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear are set to star in the final season of Netflix’s show House Of Cards in roles opposite Robin Wright. Their addition is part of the major changes made to the show after the dismissal of actor Kevin Spacey over sexual misconduct and racism allegations.

Created by Beau Willimon based on the British miniseries, House of Cards is executively produced by Melissa James Gibson, Frank Pugliese, Robin Wright, David Fincher​, Joshua Donen​, Dana Brunetti​, Eric Roth​, Michael Dobbs​ and Andrew Davies​.

Other cast members of the show include Michael Kelly, Jayne Atkinson, Patricia Clarkson, Constance Zimmer, Derek Cecil, Campbell Scott and Boris McGiver.

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 13:59:49 +0530
Blackout at BAFTA

Stars attending the Bafta Film awards are set to wear black on the red carpet. The choice of attire is in support of the Time's Up initiative. A letter was circulated around the British film and TV industry invited those attending the Baftas to take part for the same.

This initiative has gathered support from many stars attending the awards and other industry figures as well. The list reportedly includes Emma Thompson, Daisy Ridley, Emma Watson, Gemma Arterton, Keira Knightley, Jodie Whittaker, Emilia Clarke, Noma Dumezweni, Natalie Dormer and Felicity Jones among others. Further it invited men attending the Baftas to show support for the movement as well by donning special pins and/or a ‘button hole.’

Joanna Lumley is the presenter of this year's award ceremony. This marks the first time in over a decade that this ceremony has been hosted by a woman.

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 13:58:17 +0530
Khelo India School Games

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Khelo India School Games and asserted that this event will help highlight the country's sporting talent and its potential to the world and that, sports should occupy a central place in the lives of the country's youth. Modi declared open the KISG at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi.

Modi addressed the youth to take up sports actively for the development of the nation.  He added that it was great to see youngsters from rural India and smaller cities excelling as sportspersons and said that the government would provide every possible help to talented youngsters and that, they would select 1000 kids every year from different sports and provide them Rs 5 lakh per annum for 8 years as well.

Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore further declared that KISG would be an annual affair. Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra and School Games Federation of India President Sushil Kumar were present at the event as well.

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 11:59:04 +0530
Union Budget 2018

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is set to present the Union Budget 2018 in Parliament today. The railways budget will be included in the general budget. This marks the last full budget of the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi before the 2019 elections and it is the first since the government introduced economic reforms such as the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

The government on Monday held the Economic Survey 2017-18 in Parliament, in which it observed India’s growth at 7 and 7.5 in the upcoming financial year.  The survey further added that there has been a significant increase in the number of indirect taxpayers following GST and demonetisation.

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 10:34:25 +0530
Kate Winslets bitter regr

Actress Kate Winslet expressed that she has ‘bitter regrets’ over ‘poor decisions’ that of having worked with certain film-makers. Winslet has worked with producer Harvey Weinstein in the past and had recently worked on a film with director Woody Allen.

Harvey Weinstein was an executive producer on The Reader, for which Winslet won an Oscar Weinstein has been accused of multiple instances of rape and sexual harassment while Allen has been accused by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow of sexually abusing her as a child. He has repeatedly denied the claims.

As she addressed an audience in London, she said, “As women around the world and from all walks of life marched last weekend... I realised that I wouldn't be able to stand here this evening and keep to myself some bitter regrets that I have about poor decisions to work with individuals with whom I wish I had not.”  She added, “It has become clear to me that by not saying anything, I might be adding to the anguish of many courageous women and men. I know we all stand together in hoping that this moment in history paves the way for a transformed future for generation upon generation to come.”

 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 12:10:00 +0530
Meghan Markle to deliver

Suits star Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are all set to become husband and wife this May and reportedly, Meghan is hoping to speak at her reception that will follow the wedding ceremony as she is planning an ‘affectionate’ tribute to her new husband and will express her gratitude to the Queen, her family and friends.

The pair got engaged in November at Kensington Palace and prefaced their upcoming wedding by stating that it will ‘reflect their characters and personalities’ and unlike other famous royal family members who married during the week, Meghan and Prince Harry will hold a ceremony on a Saturday.

 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 12:08:17 +0530
Netflix announces Fuller

Netflix has announced the renewal of the show Fuller House for a fourth season. The show, produced by Miller-Boyett Productions and Jeff Franklin Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television for Netflix, is a continuation of the ’90s ABC series Full House, that follows the life of D.J. Tanner-Fuller played by Candace Cameron-Bure who is recently widowed and living in San Francisco. D.J.’s younger sister and aspiring musician Stephanie Tanner played by Jodie Sweetin and D.J.’s childhood best friend and fellow single mother Kimmy Gibbler portrayed by Andrea Barber, along with Kimmy’s teenage daughter Ramona, all move in to help take care of D.J.’s three boys 12-year-old Jackson, 7-year-old Max and her newborn baby, Tommy Jr.

 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 12:06:25 +0530
SHINee Jonghyun left out

SHINee fans have taken to social media after K-Pop star Jonghyun, was left out of the 2018 Grammys In Memoriam tribute. The Grammys aired a montage of late artists who passed last year including David Cassidy and Chris Cornell. However, fans of Jonghyun, leader of the K-Pop band SHINee who passed away in December, noticed he wasn't included in the tribute and slammed the Grammys for the same on social media.

After the montage aired, Logic, Khalid and Alessia Cara performed their song "1-800-273-8255" alongside suicide survivors and loved ones of suicide victims.

While he wasn't included during the ceremony's tribute on Sunday, Jonghyun was however, included in the Grammys online In Memoriam tribute.

 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 12:03:47 +0530
Ways To Curb Food Waste

While we all love eating delicious food, we often neglect the amount we waste; and if we don’t, then all we feel is a tinge of guilt while we dispose what we consider waste in the garbage. What we don’t realise is that reducing food waste might be a very effective and sure short way to reduce cost and increase sustainability. Here are 10 ways to help you do just that.

  • Only Buy What You Need

While a trip to the grocery store might be tempting, considering we come across aisles and aisles of delectable food options, don’t buy anything on impulse and only buy what you need when you need it and keep a grocery list handy to help you with it.

  • Freeze Fruits And Vegetables

Freezing preserves food for extended periods as it prevents the growth of microorganisms. Frozen fruits and vegetables are sometimes healthier than some of the fresh produce sold in supermarkets as they don't need other preservatives and also because they tend to be processed at their peak ripeness which is when they are the most nutrient-packed.

  • Reorganise Your Fridge At Regular Intervals

Don’t overcrowd your refrigerator and when you unpack your groceries, move the older stuff to the front and newer foods to the back so that you finish the old foods before they expire. The upper shelves are perfect for food that do not require cooking and beverages. You can also store fresh herbs on the top shelves as well. The lower shelves are the coldest space in your refrigerator to store items such as proteins and any raw ingredients. The door is the warmest section of the refrigerator and ideal for items that do not perish easily.

  • Don’t Keep Fruits and Vegetables Together

They spoil each other! When fruits approach maturity, they release ethylene, a natural plant hormone that helps fruit ripen. However, some fruits and vegetables are sensitive to this gas which speeds up their rotting process.

  • Don’t Keep A Rotting Fruit Among Fresh Ones

Apples, berries, potatoes etc. all of them can be jeopardized by just one rotten spoiler which is why you must check the bag before you store it.

  • Separate Bananas From Each Other

Separating bananas from each other increases their counter life. But if you must keep them together, wrap each in aluminium foil and whenever you are stuck with overripe bananas, don’t fret, just mash them up and use them up to bake palatable banana bread.

  • Invest In Air Tight Glass Containers

Another way to curb wastage is investing in air tight glass containers and mason jars to store your food properly as it keeps food safe and sometimes, even enhances the flavour of the food as well.

  • Use Vegetables Scraps

Instead of disposing the skins and pieces of vegetables that you aren’t using, keep them in a bag and freeze them to then make a vegetable stock from it. Besides this, vegetable scraps can also be used as compost for your kitchen garden.

  • Use Day Old Rice

This is another great way to make sure that you stick to your budget and make sure that what you pay for doesn’t end up in the garbage bin. You can use day old rice to make fried rice and stir fry, indulge in scrumptious casseroles or make rice pancakes; the choices are endless.

  • Use Unused Parts Of Vegetables

Turn unused greens into pesto and use stems, stalks, and other discarded produce parts to make soups or healthy salads. Also, you can turn your not so fresh herbs into dry ones by just microwaving them up for a minute or so. Besides this, you can also use peels of fruits as zests in desserts or to make marmalades as well.

(As Compiled By Prerna Mistry)

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 11:57:11 +0530
PM Modi to inaugurate

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is reportedly going to inaugurate the Palestine Institute Diplomacy, a centre to train diplomats of that country built with Indian assistance during his visit to Palestine February 9, 2018.

Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister ever to visit Israel and the Palestine visit comes six months after his trip to Israel. Stepping up agriculture cooperation and capacity building through scholarships are among the announcements Modi is likely to make during his visit there.

The Prime Minister is set to visit Palestine, UAE and Oman from February 9, 2018 to February 12, 2018 and will hold a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as well.

 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 11:50:38 +0530
IN Navy launches Karanj

The Indian Navy recently launched ‘Karanj,’ a third Scorpene class submarine. The submarine is constructed by shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in Mumbai and was launched by Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba and his wife Reena Lanba.

The submarine has superior stealth features and the ability to launch attacks with precision. Advanced acoustic silencing techniques, low radiated noise levels and hydro-dynamically optimised shape as well. It will however undergo tests over the next year before being commissioned. Karanj is one of six submarines being built at the dock, in collaboration with French shipbuilding major Naval Group (formerly DCNS).

Last year, INS Kalvari, the first Scorpene class submarine was commissioned into the Indian Navy, December 14, 2017 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  While Khanderi, the second Scorpene class submarine was launched in January 2017.

 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 11:47:32 +0530
Govt scraps idea of 2 pas

The Ministry of External Affairs issued a statement regarding the decision to continue with the current blue passports for all general sections after ‘comprehensive discussions.’ The statement comes weeks after announcing that Indian migrant labourers would be issued orange-coloured passports instead of the usual blue.

The announcement has reversed the January 12 decision in which the MEA had decided not to print the last page of the passport that contains names of the parents of the passport applicant, while also declaring that the covers of the ECR category passports that cater to migrant workers from India would be in orange instead of the usual blue. The MEA had clarified then that the decision to do away with the last page was taken following suggestions from an expert panel which aimed to make the passport more suitable for single parents. This decision however, had faced a lot of backlash especially from the opposition.

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 11:45:25 +0530
Vice President urges yout

Media Eye News Bureau: The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that India with the world’s highest youth population, must encourage children and youth to take up sports as a profession and government must support it.  He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the Yonex-Sunrise Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta India Open Badminton World Federation Super Series World Tour.

He also conferred the Life Time Achievement Award to veteran Badminton player Shri Prakash Padukone. 

The Vice President said that the “Sacred Fire” of the Yagna of nation-building is the intense combination of aspirations, emotions and excitement of more than a billion souls which unite and throb into a single heart beat called, BHARAT in certain moments of time. He further said that sport is one such field that contributes to these moments and these moments are sacred fire that engulfs this nation when our own sons and daughters represent us in the world championships. Some may call this mass-frenzy but I choose to call it as sacred fire, he added.

"Each son or daughter of this great country in the sports field could be instrumental in lighting the spirit of Indian-ness and be the leader of nation building. "Sports can contribute to nation building in a huge way by not only fostering the spirit of Indian-ness but also in creating facilities and infrastructure", Naidu said.

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 12:36:14 +0530
Sushma to visit Nepal

Media Eye News Bureau: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will visit Kathmandu from February 1 to 2 to revive ties with the Himalayan nation.

"The visit is in keeping with the tradition of regular high-level political exchanges between India and Nepal, and reflects the expanding bilateral partnership and the importance that the two countries attach to further strengthening it across diverse sectors," the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

"The upcoming visit will provide an opportunity to hold discussions with political leaders of Nepal on issues of mutual interest, and to advance age-old, special ties of friendship between India and Nepal," the statement said.

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 12:33:10 +0530
Stars don white roses at

Media Eye News Bureau: Stars turned up on the Grammys red carpet with one special accessory this year and the music awards showed support for the Time’s Up movement by inviting artists to wear white roses at this year’s ceremony as a symbol of hope, peace, sympathy and resistance.

Among the stars who showed support for the movement were Rita Ora who sported a white rose on the lapel of her black dress, Camila Cabello wore a bunch of small white roses on a ring on her finger while Kelly Clarkson carried a stemmed rose and Lady Gaga pinned hers to her shoulder.

Some men chose to pin a white rose to their lapels as well, including show host James Corden, The Chainsmokers' Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, Khalid, Nick Jonas, Sting and Sam Smith among others.

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 12:30:36 +0530
Bypolls held in Rajasthan

Media Eye News Bureau: Bypolls in Rajasthan's Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha constituencies and Mandalgarh Assembly seat was held peacefully on Monday, with the parliamentary seats witnessing between 62 and 56 per cent polling.

According to Chief Election Officer Ashwini Bhagat, Ajmer registered 65.20 per cent voting, Alwar had 61.86 and Mandalgarh saw 78.78 per cent polling.

In 2014 elections, Ajmer had registered 68.65 per cent voting, Alwar 65.50 per cent, while Mandalgarh had witnessed 82 per cent voting in 2013 Assembly elections.

A total of 23 candidates are in fray in Ajmer, 11 in Alwar and eight in Mandalgarh.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and opposition Congress are involved in a direct contest in Ajmer and Alwar. In Mandalgarh, BJP's Shakti Singh Hada, Congress' Vivek Dhaka and Independent Gopal Malviya are said to be in contention.

All three seats were held by the BJP when they fell vacant after the death of sitting lawmakers. Ajmer MP Sanwar Lal Jat passed away on August 9 last year, while Alwar MP Mahant Chand Nath died on September 17 following prolonged illness. BJP's Mandalgarh MLA Kirti Kumari died of swine flu on August 28, 2017.

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 12:27:00 +0530
Footwear hurled at actres

Media Eye News Bureau: A 31-year-old B-tech graduate has reportedly been detained by police officials for allegedly hurling footwear at actress Tamannaah Bhatia when she had gone to inaugurate a jewellery store at Himyathnagar, Hyderabad.

The footwear did not hit the actress but it hit an employee of the jewellery store instead. When probed, the culprit reportedly said that he was infuriated by the recent film choices of Tamannaah because of which he attacked her. He has now been booked under relevant cases.

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 12:14:51 +0530
Ed Sheeran wins Grammy fo

Media Eye News Bureau: Ed Sheeran’s hit song ‘Shape of You’ won the Grammy for Best Solo Performance beating out a formidable line-up of performances by women, including Lady Gaga, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, and Kesha.

Social media users slammed the Grammy's decision for encouraging objectification and exploitation of women that an issue that people all over the world are trying to change through the #MeToo and Time's Up movements. Critics were also miffed that Sheeran was the only male nominee in the category. They felt that the other nominees were much more deserving of the award. What created more drama was that Sheeran didn't even turn up for the ceremony, despite winning two Grammy awards for Best Solo Performance and for Best Pop Vocal Album.

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 12:12:25 +0530
GST IMPACT 50 increase

Media Eye News Bureau: A preliminary analysis of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) data reveals that there has been a 50% increase in the number of indirect taxpayers, besides a large increase in voluntary registrations, especially by small enterprises that buy from large enterprises and want to avail themselves of Input Tax Credits (ITC).

The Economic Survey 2017-18 presented in Parliament by the Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley informs that as on December 2017, there were 9.8 million unique GST registrants slightly more than the total Indirect Tax registrants under the old system (where many taxpayers were registered under several taxes).

Therefore, adjusting the base for double and triple counting, the GST has increased the number of unique indirect taxpayers by more than 50 percent –a substantial 3.4 million. The profile of new filers is interesting of their total turnover, business-to-consumer (B2C) transactions account for only 17 percent of the total. The bulk of transactions are business-to-business (B2B) and exports, which account for 30-34 percent apiece.

There are about 1.7 million registrants who were below the threshold limit (and hence not obliged to register) who nevertheless chose to do so. Indeed, out of the total estimated 71 million non-agriculture enterprises, it is estimated that around 13 percent are registered under the GST. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 12:09:43 +0530
Weekly Zodiac Predictions

Weekly Zodiac Predictions for 2nd week of February By Shiju Panicker

 

Aries

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For a while there it seemed like nothing was getting done. Now, all of a sudden, you're about to cross a bunch of things off your to-do list. Weird how sometimes everything just clicks into place at once. Your recent successes are going to motivate you to make even more ambitious plans for the future. Obviously, you are good at getting what you want. But that begs the question: What do you really want? Where are you going? Where do you want to go? This is going to be a week of exploration and of sharing wild ideas among friends.

This week according to your zodiac signworship Lord Shiva,for success and prosperity!

 

 

Taurus

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A power struggle? Where did this come from? This is about the last thing you need right now. Some people take themselves so seriously. You don't have the energy to compete with people's egos, not right now. So early in the week you may find yourself giving in to someone, simply because you don't feel like the battle is worth fighting. (And by the way, you're right.) Share your frustrations with your friends. They'll completely understand. And they'll help you deal with it. Their humor is perfect for forgetting obnoxious people, and their loyalty to you is absolute.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Goddess for success and prosperity!

 

Gemini

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You're lost in the world of ideas on Monday. You've been thinking philosophically lately and reading some pretty smart books, and suddenly you don't have a lot of time for reality TV. Actual reality is a lot more interesting. Don't forget that you have a couple of pretty smart friends who would love a little intellectual banter now and again. Toward the middle of the week, you might not feeling like getting into any big conversations (you'll have more personal things on your mind), but this weekend you're going to want nothing more than you see your friends and talk for hours and hours.

This week according to your zodiac sign,worship Navagraha for more success and prosperity !

 

Cancer

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This kind of friction is totally normal. This is what happens when a bunch of people sit down to work on something together. Naturally, there are some differences of opinion. None of it is personal. Keep that in mind. As you all figure out what to do next, don't be afraid to think a little outside the box. Sometimes the craziest ideas are also the best ones. And don't rush. You have all the time in the world. This weekend -- especially on Sunday -- do something to distract yourself. Organize a dinner party and invite a couple people you hardly know. Make things interesting.

This week according to your zodiac sign,worship Lord Krishna for more success and prosperity!

 

Leo

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You never expected this would explode into a conflict, but that seems to be what's happening. Someone has a bruised ego. And that's never a pretty thing to deal with. It might be a good idea (just for the sake of your own sanity) to lay low. Do your own thing. Do some research. Listen to what other people have to say. There's no sense in bringing your own ego into the mix, and if you play it cool for a while you'll have so much more leverage later on.

This week according to your zodiac sign,worshipNavagrahamfor more success and prosperity!

 

Virgo

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You're ready for a change. Your old system just isn't cutting it anymore. You've outgrown your old ways. And without being organized, you tend to go nuts. So, get organized. Figure out how to keep your life in order and you'll be so much happier. The great thing about being in a self-improvement mode is that it makes you a lot more patient with other people, too, and a lot more open to having fun. Coworkers getting on your nerves? Worry not. You have some vacation time coming your way, and some pretty exciting ideas about how to spend it.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Lord Ganesha for more success and prosperity.

 

Libra

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Whoa, you have a ton of energy. You're in the mood to have fun, and so are the people around you. (It's nice when everyone's on the same page, isn't it?) The only downside to being social, to having so much going on, is that it's hard not to be distracted by it. There's a lot going on at work, too, and follow-through is more important than ever right now. Still, you're great at building relationships, and some of your coworkers are becoming pretty good friends, too. No wonder you're doing so well. This weekend, your mood is just going to get better and better.

This week according to your zodiac sign,worship Lord Ayyappafor more success and prosperity.

 

Scorpio

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What's going on at home? The rest of your life is smooth sailing, but something at home is throwing your mood out of whack. Is a neighbor getting on your nerves? Has the heater given out? Are you desperately in need of a plumber? As soon as you fix whatever's going on at home, you'll have nothing else immediate to worry about, and you can spend the latter half of the week consumed by romance. If you're single, this might be a good time to initiate something more serious. If you're already serious about someone, just enjoy yourself. Sunday should be particularly exciting.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Lord Shivafor more success and prosperity.

 

Sagittarius

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Monday is a great day to talk to strangers. You have so much more in common with other people than you realize, and you're a great conversationalist. So why be shy? You're going to spend the entire week listening and talking to other people, and you're going to have a blast. On Saturday, someone is going to have a kind of loony idea, and the sheer lunacy of it is going to thrill you. Do whatever they have in mind. Take a risk. Have fun. It'll make you feel like a kid again.

This week according to your zodiac sign,worship Lord Narasimhafor more success and prosperity

 

Capricorn

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You'd love to have all the money in the world, but you're not sure that this new money-making scheme is all it's cracked up to be. Sounds a little risky. Instead of shaking on it right now, maybe you should take a couple more days to think it over. Ask a friend who knows a thing or two about finance for some advice. And, in the meantime, spend some time doing something creative. Paint something. Write a song. Whatever. There are all kinds of ways to enjoy life without putting a dent in your wallet.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Lord Hanumanfor more success and prosperity.

 

Aquarius

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Monday is going to be the best day you've had in a long time. And, Tuesday won't be too shabby either. Why this sudden stroke of good luck? Well, it's not exactly luck. A lot of it has to do with your natural ability to enjoy the company of others. You are funny and persuasive, and the world responds well to those qualities in a person. Among your friends, you are kind of a sage these days. That explains why, this weekend, people will keep coming to you for guidance and advice.

This week according to your zodiac sign,worship Lord Ganapathy for more success and prosperity.

 

Pisces

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You wish you could help everyone. You wish you could solve the world's problems. But you're only one small person in a giant crowded world, and you shouldn't beat yourself up over not being all-powerful. People adore you and admire your idealism. And the more you do things to help other people, the more you learn about yourself. (Of course, there are still some mysteries out there, some things you don't know enough about yet, but you're open-minded and willing to learn.) On Sunday, take the day off and relax. Make dinner. Listen to music. Let your mind wander.

This week according to your zodiac sign,worship Goddess for more success and prosperity.

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 23:39:30 +0530
UAE bids farewell to Indi

Media Eye News Bureau: His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces has bid farewell to Indian worker Moideen, who served for more than 40 years at the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court.

This came when Sheikh Mohamed received him at his majlis in Al Bahr Palace.

After exchanging cordial talks with him, H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed thanked him and appreciated his efforts and dedication which resulted in his good reputation. The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi wished him good luck and success in his life and a safe return to his family in Kerala State in India.

Sheikh Mohamed asked him to convey his regards to his family in India, while stressing that the UAE will be always their second country and they will be welcomed at all times.

Sheikh Mohamed emphasised the UAE's appreciation to all brothers and friends who contributed to the country's development, building and renaissance.

"We hold all the respect, appreciation and affection for what they have provided for and still working hard and sincerely," His Highness Sheikh Mohamed said.

Expressing his extreme happiness at meeting H.H. Sheikh Mohamed, Moideen said, "I have mixed feelings of being happy at meeting Your Highness and sorrow for leaving this dear country and its good people. I will go back to my country carrying precious memories about the UAE which deserve to be narrated to others, especially about my colleagues."

He also expressed his pride at working with the team of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court since 1978.

Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei Under-Secretary of the Crown Prince's Court of Abu Dhabi, and Jaber Mohammed Ghanem Al Suwaidi, Director-General of the Court, were also present.

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:06:25 +0530
Economic Survey highlight

Media Eye News Bureau: The Economic Survey presented by the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Parliament today has relied upon analysis of the new data to highlight ten new economic facts.

1) Goods and Services Tax (GST) has given a new perceptive of the Indian economy and new data has emerged.  There has been a fifty percent increase in the number of indirect taxpayers. There has also been a large increase in voluntary registrations, especially by small enterprises that buy from large enterprises wanting to avail themselves of input tax credits.

The Survey also stated that fears of major producing states that the shift to the new system would undermine their tax collections have been allayed as the distribution of the GST base among the states got closely linked to the size of their economies.

 

2) India’s formal sector, especially formal non-farm payroll, is substantially greater than what it currently is believed to be. It became evident that when “formality” was defined in terms of social security provisions like EPFO/ESIC the formal sector payroll was found to be about 31 percent of the non-agricultural work force. When “formality” was defined in terms of being part of the GST net, such formal sector payroll share was found to be 53 percent.

 

3) For the first time in India’s history, data on the international exports of states has been dwelt in the Economic Survey.  Such data indicates a strong correlation between export performance and states’ standard of living.  States that export internationally and trade with other states were found to be richer.  Such correlation is stronger between prosperity and international trade.

 

4) India’s exports are unusual in that the largest firms account for a much smaller share of exports than in other comparable countries. Top one percent of Indian firms account only for 38% of exports unlike in other countries where they account for substantially greater share – (72, 68, 67 and 55 percent in Brazil, Germany, Mexico and USA respectively).  Such tendencies were also found to be true for the top five or ten per cent of the Indian companies.

 

5) It was pointed out that the Rebate of State Levies (ROSL) has increased exports of ready-made garments (man-made fibers) by about 16 per cent but not of others.

 

6) The data highlighted another seemingly known fact that Indian society exhibits a strong desire for a male child.  It pointed out that most parents continued to have children until they get number of sons.  The survey gave details of various scenarios leading to skewed sex ratios and also gave a comparison on sex ratio by birth between India and Indonesia.

 

7) The survey pointed out that tax departments in India have gone in for contesting against in several tax disputes but also with a low success rate which is below 30 per cent. About 66 per cent of pending cases accounted for only 1.8 per cent of value at stake.   It further stated that 0.2 per cent of cases accounted for 56 per cent of the value at stake.

 

8) Extrapolating the data the survey indicated that growth in savings did not bring economic growth but the growth in investment did.

 

9) The survey mentions that collections of direct taxes by Indian states and other local governments, where they have powers to collect them is significantly lower than their counterparts in other federal countries. A comparison has been given between ratios of direct tax to total revenues of local governments in India, Brazil and Germany.

 

10) The survey captures the footprints of climate change on the Indian territory and consequent adverse impact on agricultural yields.  Extreme temperature increases and deficiency in rainfall have been captured on the Indian map and the graphical changes in agricultural yields are brought out from such data.  The impact was found to be twice as large in un-irrigated areas as in irrigated ones.

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 15:46:11 +0530
Ministry of Youth Affairs

Media Eye News Bureau: Tableau of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports for Republic Day 2018 has been adjudged as the best Tableau among all the Tableaux of the Ministries/Departments of the Government of India.

In a ceremony in New Delhi, Rahul Bhatnagar, Secretary (Sports) received the Trophy and Certificate for best Tableau from Defence Minister Nirmala Seetharaman.  Congratulating the team, Minister of State (I/C), Youth Affairs and Sports, Rajyavardhan Rathore tweeted “CONGRATS @IndiaSports @YASMinistry @KheloIndia for being adjudged the best tableau in the #RepublicDay Parade!  It is a proud moment for team MYAS. It motivates us to keep giving our best to the nation! A BIG thanks to the people for all their love & support!”

Theme of the Tableau of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports was Khelo India.  “Khelo India, Jo Khelega Woh Khilege (Play India! The one who plays sport is the one who blossoms),” the legend on a side of the float said. A collage of photographs of India’s sporting heroes including Olympic medalists celebrated their success, inspiring millions of youngsters to take to sport was also on the side panels.

A small team of malkhamb exponents, dressed in traditional attire, braved the chill to showcase the ancient Indian sport. A couple of boxers sparred in a ring with a referee watching the proceedings with an eagle eye. Women weightlifters on two sides of the boxing ring and a Games flame were also on the float. At the tail-end of the float was a replica of the iconic Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium with the figure of legendary archer Arjuna on top of the revolving world.

The presence of a TV cameraman on the float, was testimony to the importance of the media in telling stories of human endeavor and valour. Sports equipment, including a pair of boxing gloves, a football, a cricketer’s helmet, a tennis racquet, were on display

The inaugural Khelo India School Games will be held from January 31 to February 8 in five venues that have staged the Asian Games 1982 and Commonwealth Games 2010. More than 3200 athletes in 16 disciplines will vie for 198 gold medals. The Khelo India School Games, to be broadcast live by the Star Sports network, would expectedly be the first step in a seamless journey to the podium.

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 15:29:30 +0530
Economic Survey predicts

Media Eye News Bureau: The Economic Survey 2017-18 tabled in Parliament today by the Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley states a series of major reforms undertaken over the past year will allow real GDP growth to reach 6.75 percent this fiscal and will rise to 7.0 to 7.5 percent in 2018-19, thereby re-instating India as the world‘s fastest growing major economy.

The survey points out that India can be rated as among the best performing economies in the world as the average growth during last three years is around 4 percentage points higher than global growth and nearly 3 percentage points higher than that of Emerging Market and Developing Economies.

It points out that the GDP growth has averaged 7.3 per cent for the period from 2014-15 to 2017-18, which is the highest among the major economies of the world. That this growth has been achieved in a milieu of lower inflation, improved current account balance and notable reduction in the fiscal deficit to GDP ratio makes it all the more creditable.

The survey underlines that as per the quarterly estimates; there was a reversal of the declining trend of GDP growth in the second quarter of 2017-18, led by the industry sector. The Gross Value Added (GVA) at constant basic prices is expected to grow at the rate of 6.1 per cent in 2017-18 as compared to 6.6 per cent in 2016-17. Similarly, Agriculture, industry and services sectors are expected to grow at the rate of 2.1 per cent, 4.4 per cent, and 8.3 per cent respectively in 2017-18.

The survey adds that after remaining in negative territory for a couple of years, growth of exports rebounded into positive one during 2016-17 and expected to grow faster in 2017-18. However, due to higher expected increase in imports, net exports of goods and services are slated to decline in 2017-18.

Similarly, despite the robust economic growth, the savings and investment as a ratio of GDP generally declined. The major reduction in investment rate occurred in 2013-14, although it declined in 2015-16 too. Within this the share of household sector declined, while that of private corporate sector increased.

The survey highlights that against the emerging macroeconomic concerns, policy vigilance will be necessary in the coming year, especially if high international oil prices persist or elevated stock prices correct sharply, provoking a ―sudden stall‖ in capital flows. The agenda for the next year consequently remains full: stabilizing the GST, completing the TBS actions, privatizing Air India, and staving off threats to macro-economic stability.

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 13:32:23 +0530
Delhi High Court to hear

Media Eye News Bureau: The Delhi High Court will give a hearing on the AAP lawmakers’ disqualification case today.

Over 20 AAP lawmakers were disqualified on January 20th for holding offices of profit, an act the law does not provide for as according to the provisions of office of profit, elected representatives are not allowed to hold positions of pay and perks in the government without specific laws that allow them to do so.

AAP however is insistent that the lawmakers drew no profits as parliamentary secretaries. The disqualification also led to a spat between AAP and the Election Commission as well.

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 12:10:42 +0530
PM requests opposition pa

Media Eye News Bureau: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged all parties to help pass the Triple Talaq law to “protect Muslim women.” The Muslim Women's (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 related to triple talaq, the Codes of Wages Bill, 2017, Rights of Children to Free and Compulsory Education, 2017 are among the important bills that will be tabled for discussion and passage.

 He also expressed hope that the budget will strengthen the growth of the country and said that it will fulfil aspirations of people. He added, “We should rise above politics and make most use of our healthy system of parliamentary committees and have proactive discussions.”

The first part of the budget session will be held between January 29 and February 9, during which the government will present the economic survey on January 29 followed by the Union Budget on February 1.

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 12:06:29 +0530
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Varun Gandhi urges lawmak

Media Eye News Bureau: BJP lawmaker Varun Gandhi, in a letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, requested her to initiate a ‘movement’ to urge financially advantaged Lok Sabha members to forego their salaries for the remaining term of the lower house.

He wrote, “A voluntary exercise such as this would send a positive message across the nation regarding the level of sensitivity we possess as elected representatives,” he added, “India's inequality gap is widening further every day. A growing divide is detrimental to our democracy and we as public representatives must be seen to be more responsive to the socio-economic realities of our country.”

He also suggested creating an independent, statutory body to ascertain the affordability of the move and the need for an increase in fiscal compensation for lawmakers and added that over the last decade, salaries of parliamentarians have increased by 400 per cent, a rise that is unlikely even in the profit driven private sector.

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 12:01:54 +0530
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Mon, 29 Jan 2018 11:33:16 +0530
IPL Auction Unadkat on t

Media Eye News Bureau: Indian bowler Jaydev Unadkat steals the show at the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction when Rajasthan Royals bought him for a whopping 11.5 crore, the expensive bid for an Indian player.

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) fought hard neck-and-neck for Unadkat while Rajasthan Royals made a last minute attempt to make a deal, and brought him home.

Manish Pandey and Lokesh Rahul were the most expensive Indians at the auction on Saturday as they were sold for identical price of Rs 11 crore.

Surprisingly, Unadkat was more expensive than even star New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult who was bought by Delhi Daredevils for a mere Rs 2.2 crore.

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 12:53:14 +0530
Mann Ki Baat Modi lauds

Media Eye News Bureau: Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the capabilities of women in the country while delivering his first "Mann Ki Baat"of 2018on Sunday.

Modi said that nothing is impossible for women if they have a strong will.

Indian PM recalled the brave astronaut Kalpana Chawla, who lost her life just before the landing at the American soil while coming back from her space mission, ahead of her death anniversary on February 1

"...Her message is, 'Nothing is impossible for women, if they have a strong will'," said Modi in the 40th edition of "Mann Ki Baat".

"Let me tell you that one daughter is equal to 10 sons... The punya (good) we get from 10 sons, we get that from one daughter...," said Modi in his radio programme.

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 12:15:58 +0530
Books To Read

Good books can be portals to multiple universes without one having to actually travel physically. They broaden your horizons, and also help shape your personality. Books can also be a brilliant source of entertainment. A wonderfully written story with delightful situations makes for a light read and can be a quite the mood maker as well. As the famous character Tyrion Lannister from George R. R. Martin’s famous book series A Song Of Ice and Fire quotes ‘ A Mind Needs Books As A Sword Needs A Whetstone If It Is To Keep It’s Edge.’ And we couldn’t agree more. Here is a list of 10 books that you must read at least once in your life.

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Distinguished as one of the greatest books, it was considered to be Fitzgerald’s magnum opus that follows the story of a young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his obsession with a married woman named Daisy Buchanan which is told from the perspective of another character named Nick Carraway. It is set in the 1920s era of the Jazz Age and explores themes such as idealism, social upheaval and decadence among others while also critiquing the idea of the ‘American Dream.’

  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Great Expectations is the thirteenth novel by author Charles Dickens and is much more entertaining to read as an adult as the humour is much more relatable. It is a bildungsroman novel, that is, it follows the life of the orphaned character Pip, right from his childhood to adulthood and ends with a moral that affection, loyalty, and conscience are more important than social advancement, wealth, and class.

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre is an amazing work of literature by the author Charlotte Brontë which depicts the story of a young orphan being raised by Mrs. Reed, her cruel, wealthy aunt. A servant named Bessie provides Jane with some of the few kindnesses she receives, telling her stories and singing songs to her. The main themes in the novel include a search for a sense of belonging and love which is tempered by Jane's need for independence as she tries to find her own identity and achieve happiness.

  • Harry Potter series by J K Rowling

A seven part series, this book has been even adapted in films and has inevitably become a part of every child’s life. This book follows the life of Harry Potter or the boy who lived and his quest to defeat the dark lord, Voldemort. The book explores themes such as the transition from childhood to adulthood, friendship and love among others. All this takes place amidst the setting of a wizarding world.

  • The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

One of the classic books of all time, The Hobbit, follows the adventure of a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins who lives with his fellow hobbits in the shire named Hobbiton in Middle Earth. The wizard Gandalf arrives unexpectedly and convinces him to join a group of thirteen dwarves on a quest to reclaim the kingdom of Erebor. This journey then takes Bilbo on a path to a simple gold ring that is tied to the fate of Middle Earth.

  • The Lord of The Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings is a series of books that takes place in Middle Earth and introduces Sauron, the Dark Lord, who long ago lost the One Ring to rule them all and his desire to reclaim the Ring and use it to enslave all of Middle-earth. The stories of the books also connect several events that take place in The Hobbit as well.

  • I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

The first book of the seven part autobiographical series of Maya Angelou, this book travels through the timeline of the author from her childhood till her teenage years as a black woman living in an era where civil rights are still an issue. It is vibrant and lively tale that is the perfect beginning to a beautiful series that explores coming of age, about overcoming racism and trauma among other serious themes.

  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

In this book, Countess Anna Karenina, a married noblewoman and socialite gets embroiled in scandal for her affair with Count Vronsky. The novel explores topics such as an evaluation of the feudal system that existed in Russia at the time, politics, even at the level of the individual characters and families, religion, morality, gender and social class. Adultry and betrayal are the underlying themes in the novel.

  • The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The book is a hilarious story that of Arthur Dent that opens with Ford Prefect, the protagonist Dent’s best friend, arriving to warn him of the end of the world as he is revealed to be an alien who had come to Earth to research it for the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to provide information about every planet and place in the universe.

  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

This bestselling novel tells the story of two Afghani boys Amir and Hassan, who are close friends. The story is set against a backdrop of Afghanistan just before and just after the Soviet military intervention, the emigration of the refugees to Pakistan and America, and the rise of the regime of Taliban. It is a tear-jerking, inspiring tale that explores various sensitive and powerful themes through different timelines.

(As Compiled by Prerna Mistry)

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 11:43:54 +0530
Maisie Williams reveals GSun, 28 Jan 2018 08:32:29 +0530Disney Star Adam Hicks ch

Media Eye News Bureau: Former Disney star Adam Hicks, who starred on the Disney shows Zeke and Luther and Pair of Kings and the channel’s movie Lemonade Mouth along with a 23-year-old actress Danni Tamburro has been charged and now faces three felony counts of attempted second-degree robbery and two felony counts of second-degree robbery.

If convicted, he faces a possible maximum sentence of more than 60 years in state prison.

It is reported that detectives were led to a home believed to be linked to the suspects Hicks and Tamburro. They were detained in the home and booked in jail for armed robbery. Additional stolen property was also found inside the residence during service of the search warrant.

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 08:27:39 +0530
Deepika Padukone ecstatic

Media Eye News Bureau: Actress Deepika Padukone is happy and proud as the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial Padmaavat has raked in Rs 56 crore in three days according to producers Bhansali Productions and Viacom18 Motion Pictures.

Padukone tweeted, "I cannot even begin to express how happy and proud this makes me feel! Thank you for all the love."

The magnum opus, based on 16th-century poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi's ‘Padmaavat’, also stars Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in lead roles as well.

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 08:18:14 +0530
Modi interacts with NCC C

Media Eye News Bureau: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with tableaux artists, tribal guests, NCC Cadets, and NSS Volunteers who are in Delhi in connection with the Republic Day celebrations.

Walking among the group of NCC Cadets assembled at Teen Murti lawns, he spoke of the diversity of India. He said that there is a lot to learn from one another. He emphasized that it is important to embrace changes happening around us. The youth of India can bring transformative changes in the nation, he asserted.

"The nation is immensely proud of our Armed Forces. In that spirit, we should seek to know more about the brave individuals who are serving the nation.

"There are several police personnel who have given their lives for our nation, and it is important to know about their sacrifices", Modi said.

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 08:04:27 +0530
Cambodian PM meets Presid

Media Eye News Bureau: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen called on President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

During the conversation, the President said that India was honoured by the presence of the Cambodian Prime Minister at its Republic Day celebrations and the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit. The President thanked him for his support for the successful ASEAN-India Summit. 

"India and Cambodia share close civilisational and cultural links.  Our relations have stood the test of time. India is proud of having stood by Cambodia during a difficult period in its post-colonial history. In the context of India’s ‘Act East’ policy, Cambodia remains a key partner", he said. 

Kovind appreciated the remarkable economic development of Cambodia in recent years, with a GDP growth rate of over 7 per cent consistently year after year.  He emphasised that India is committed to its development cooperation partnership with Cambodia.  India wants to do more for capacity building and financial support in keeping with Cambodia’s priorities. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 07:49:16 +0530
Kabul bomb attack 95 kil

Media Eye News Bureau: Kabul witnessed one of the biggest bomb blasts since a truck bomb attack on May 31 last year as  bomb hidden in ambulance near embassies in Nepal killed 95 and injured 158.

An explosives-packed ambulance blew up in a crowded area of Kabul on Saturday, officials said.

The horrific explosion occurred at around 12.50 p.m. near the old building which still houses some ministry offices.

The Taliban claimed the attack in a message on social network Twitter, stating that "a martyr in a car bomb reached the first checkpoint near the Interior Ministry".

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said that at the time of the explosion, a large contingent of police officers was in the area.

Last weekend over 20 people died at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul during an assault by six armed attackers who clashed with security forces for 12 hours.

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 07:30:07 +0530
Aung San Suu Kyi meets Pr

Media Eye News Bureau: Aung San Suu Kyi, the State Counsellor of Myanmar, called on Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan today.

During the conversation, the President said we are honoured by Aung San Suu Kyi’s presence at the Republic Day and the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit.

“India had a longstanding relationship with you and your family. Rashtrapati Bhavan and the Mughal Gardens also have a special connection with you”, Kovind said.

Kovind presented her bush roses from the Long Garden of Rashtrapati Bhavan. 

“Myanmar occupies the highest priority for India under its ‘Neighbourhood First’ and ‘Act East’ policies”, he added. 

He assured India’s continued support to the Government of Myanmar in its peace process, and efforts towards national reconciliation and economic and social development. 

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 18:43:48 +0530
Haley slams rumors of aff

Media Eye News Bureau: US Ambassador Nikki Haley has slammed the rumors being spread over her personal life, calling it as "highly offensive" and "disgusting" stories created by opponents of  the President Donald Trump.

The rumors arised from "Fire and Fury”, the best-seller written by Michael Wolff, who suggested in an interview that Trump was having an affair with someone detailed in his book.

The Indian-American member of Trump's cabinet said in an interview with Politico's Women Rule podcast that rumors of her having an affair with the President were "absolutely not true."

"Every time this has happened, it only makes me fight harder," she declared in the interview with Politico.

"And I do it for the sake of other women that are behind me because they should never think that they have to put their head down and cower out of fear that somebody's gonna do something to you."

Political opponents had always targeted Haley as she appeared to be the leading campaigner for the US President in many public platforms.

"I have literally been on Air Force One once and there were several people in the room when I was there," she said.

"It goes to a bigger issue that we need to always be conscious of: At every point in my life, I've noticed that if you speak your mind and you're strong about it and you say what you believe, there is a small percentage of people that resent that and the way they deal with it is to try and throw arrows, lies or not", Haley added.

Wolff wrote in his book that Haley, the most high-profile woman in Trump's administration, was positioning herself as the president's heir apparent.

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 14:30:11 +0530
VIVO IPL AUCTION 2018

IPL Auction Live: This year's auction features 580 players in all with 361 of them being Indians. There are 16 top players awarded marquee status and a base price of Rs 2 crore.

 

The IPL auction always comes up with a surprise.  The first round of the auction completely went  to the Indian players

 

R Ashwin the ace Indian spinner will be playing for the Punjabi team Kings eleven Punjab along with Karun Nair, Yuvraj Singh & KL Rahul. KL Rahul was bought by Kings 11 Punjab for a whooping 11 crore.

 

Another Indian player who went for 11 crore is Manish Pandey who will be playing for Sun Risers Hyderabad along with Shikhar Dhawan who was retained using RTM by Hyderabad.

 

Rajasthan Royals spent a whooping 2.1 million to buy Ben Stokes. Ajinkya Rahane was retained by Rajasthan using RTM and Stuart Binny for 50 lakhs.

 

CSK Retained Faf Du Plesis, D Bravo & Kedar Jadhav . Harbhajan Singh will be playing for a different franchise for the first time in IPL, Bhaji will be playing under the captaincy of M.S Dhoni .

 

Delhi Dare Devils bought Glen Maxwell for 9 crores along with Gautam Gambhir & Chris Munro.

KKR bought Chris Lynn and the ace Australian fast bowler  Mitchell Starc for 9.4 and 9.6 crore respectively .

Mumbai Indian retained their all rounder Keiron Pollard using RTM card.

 

Chris Gayle, Hasim Amla & Murli Vijay went unsold in the first round.

 

Keep following MediaEye news for more updates.

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 14:07:53 +0530
One dead two injured in

Media Eye News Bureau: One person was killed and two others injured in a shooting incident, took place at the Grote Wittenburgerstraat district in central Amsterdam.

Dutch media quoted sources saying that it was not a terror attack.

"More info will follow as soon as possible," police said.

The identity of the victims remained unclear.

The incident took place at the Grote Wittenburgerstraat district. The street is some 20 minutes' walk to the east of the central station.

Residents heard several shots of possible automatic rifles. The killed victim was an Amsterdam-Moroccan young boy who, according to witnesses, would participate in kickboxing training at the community centre.

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 13:03:57 +0530
Bus falls into Maharashtr

Media Eye News Bureau: At least ten persons were killed and six injured after a minibus fell into the Panchganga River at Kolhapur in Western Maharashtra early on Saturday, an official said.

The incident occurred around 12.45 a.m. when the private bus with at least 16 passengers was heading from Ratnagiri to Kolhapur

The driver apparently lost control while the vehicle was speeding along the Shivaji Bridge on the Panchganga River,.

The police and the fire brigade were alerted by some onlookers following which a search and rescue operation was launched.

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 09:39:22 +0530
Pacific Rim sequel traile

Media Eye News Bureau: The trailer for Pacific Rim: Uprising, the sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 film Pacific Rim was released by Legendary Entertainment.

In the first movie, humanity faced an invasion of giant monsters called Kaiju, who were beaten back by Jaegers. In this sequel that is directed by Steven S. DeKnight, the Kaiju have been shown to have returned a decade later.

The film stars Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, and Rinko Kikuchi along with John Boyega who plays the son of the deceased former leader of the Jaeger corps and Idris Elba as well.

The movie depicts the Kaiju shown to be drawn back to Earth by someone with an unknown agenda, setting up not just another monster versus mech fight, but potentially some big mech versus mech battle as well.

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 20:56:59 +0530
RSS chief Bhagwat defies

Media Eye News Bureau: Despite the Kerala government issued a circular that restricted normal public from hoisting the tricolour, RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat unfurled the national flag at a Sangh Parivar managed higher secondary school affiliated to Central Board of Secondary education (CBSE), on the eve of the 69th Republic Day.

Mr. Bhagwat defied the State government order that allowed only the heads of institutions to hoist the tricolour.

BJP State President Kummanam Rajasekharan and other top leaders in the state attended the function along with all the students and teachers of the school where Mr. Bhagwat was the chief guest.

The RSS chief kept distance on commenting the latest circular issued by the Kerala government, instead used the opportunity to speak about the need of nationalistic feelings to thwart divisive and terrorist challenges.

 Mr. Bhagwat will be present at the school for few more days as part of a three day regional sibiram.

The Vyasa Vidya Peetom Higher Secondary School at Kallekkad in Palakkad district, where Mr. Bhagwat was the chief guest, is being run by the Vidya Bharati Akhil Bharatiya Shiksha Sansthan, educational wing of the RSS.

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 20:48:17 +0530
63rd Jio Film Fare Awards

 

MediyaEye Beureau: The much awaited 63rd Jio Filmfare Awards 2018, was held in honor of the best films in Hindi cinema released in 2017. The award function took place on January 20 at the NSCI Dome in Worli. The all star night was hosted by The Badshah of Bollywood Shahrukh Khan, ace director Karan Johar and Ayushman Khurana.

 


                                                                                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEST FILM - HINDI MEDIUM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CRITICS BEST FILM - NEWTON

'Hindi Medium' bagged honour in the categories of Best Film and Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male) for Irfan Khan. Vidya Balan won her career's sixth Filmfare award for her impeccable performance for 'Tumhari Sulu'.

Irfan Khan - Best Actor in leading role - (HINDI MEDIUM )                                                                               

Vidya Balan  - Best Actress in leading role-(Tumhari Sullu)       

 

Ashwini Iyer Tiwari claimed the Black lady as Best director for the movie 'Bareilly Ki Barfi'. Raj Kumar Rao bagged two awards for 'Bareilly Ki Barfi' best actor in a supporting role & Critics award Best actor for 'Trapped'.  Critic’s award for best film went to 'Newton'.

The 63rd Jio Filmfare Awards 2018 kick started with an entertaining performance by none other than the Badshah of Bollywood 'Sharukh Khan'. Sunny Leone, Parineeti Chopra & Akshay Kumar also set the stage on fire with an entertaining performance.

Keep following Mediya Eye news for Bollywood updates & Daily News.

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 19:47:50 +0530
UAE Minister attends Indi

Media Eye News Bureau: H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, last night attended a reception hosted by Navdeep Suri, Ambassador of India to the UAE, on the occasion of India’s 69th Republic Day.

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance, Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, President of Zayed University, Dr. Maitha bint Salem Al Shamsi, Minister of State, a number officials, representatives of Arab and foreign diplomatic corps accredited to the UAE, and various members of the Indian community in the country, also attended the ceremony.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan underlined the historical relations between the UAE and India in various fields.

In a speech on the occasion, the Indian Ambassador noted the strong relations between the two friendly countries, which have been established by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and then followed by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

He added that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay an official visit to the United Arab Emirates for the second time, during which he will discuss bilateral relations and major international issues.

"India is the third largest trade partner of India after China and the United States of America," he said, noting that India is working to attract more UAE investments to various sectors.

He added, "Earlier this week, we saw the extraordinary gesture of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, in honoring Mr. Mohiedin, a humble office boy from Kerala who had worked for 40 years as a member of his staff. That little incident told us two important things: The grace, nobility and sheer class of the leadership in this country. And the respect earned by members of the Indian community - from the office boy and construction worker all the way to the top professionals and business leaders."

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 18:52:46 +0530
Bharat Parv begins toda

Media Eye News Bureau: ‘Bharat Parv’ event begins today at Red Fort (Lal Quila), Delhi as part of the Republic Day 2018 celebrations. The event  has been  organized  by the Government  of  India  at  the   Red Fort  from  26th to 31st  January, 2018. 

Rashmi Verma, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism inaugurated the event today. The event  aims  to  generate  a  patriotic  mood,  promote  the  rich  cultural  diversity  of the country and  to  ensure  wider  participation  of the  general  public.

Bharat Parv is open for public till 10.00 pm  today.  From  27th to 31st  January, 2018,  the event  will  be  open  from  12.00 Noon  to  10.00 pm. The event is open for public and entry is free.  However,  identity  proof  is  to  be  carried  for  entry  to  the event. A Media Room has been set up at the venue to facilitate media persons.

The Ministry of  Tourism  has  been  designated  as the nodal  Ministry for the  event, the highlights of  which  include Display  of  Republic Day Parade Tableaux, Performances  by  the Armed  Forces  Bands (Static as  well  as  dynamic),  a  Multi-Cuisine  Food  Court,  Crafts Mela,  Cultural  Performances from  different  regions of the country  and   Photo Exhibition  by the Directorate  of  Advertising and  Visual  Publicity (DAVP).   

The Cultural  Performances  include  choreographed  Folk/ Tribal Dances and  Music  arranged  through  the North Zonal  Cultural  Centre  as  well  as  performances  by  cultural  troupes  from  the  different  States / UTs of the country. 

The  Crafts  Mela  with  50  stalls  showcases  the  diverse  handicrafts   of the country,  arranged  by the  State  Governments  and  Ministry of  Textiles  through  the office of  the  Development  Commissioner  of  Handicrafts. 

There are Theme  State  Pavilions  where  each  State  is showcasing  its  strength  along with  its tourism  products.  DAVP has set up an exhibition on the theme “Naya Bharat Hum Karke Rahenge”.  A  live  ‘Cookery  Demonstration  Area’  has been  set up  in the food  court  to  promote  cuisines  of  different  States of  India. 

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 18:08:40 +0530
J K Students Meet Home Mi

Media Eye News Bureau: A group of 40 school children consisting of 20 girls and 20 boys hailing from remote and far flung areas of Jammu region called on the Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh today. The students are on a Bharat Darshan Tour from 19th January 2018 to 30th January 2018 organized by the BSF.

The concept of Bharat Darshan Tours for the children from Jammu & Kashmir was started as an annual feature in the year 2000.

Rajesh Ranjan, SDG BSF apprised the Home Minister Rajnath Singh of the composition of the group. He informed that Bharat Darshan tour has widened horizons and given the children an opportunity to see the diversities of the nation.

The children then shared their experiences of visits to different historical places and thanked the BSF and the Government of India for organizing tours of this nature.

While addressing the children, Rajnath Singh desired to communicate the experiences gained during this tour to the remote areas from where all have come. It was also told that the anti-national elements should not overpower the thoughts of national integration. A token of remembrance has been given to the Home Minister by the children.

The children those are selected for Bharat Darshan is a part of intensive civic action programme of the force in remote and backward areas of the border.

 This tour is conducted to give them insights into the rich historical, cultural and social profile of the country and the progress made in industrial, technological and scientific fields.

As part of the programme, they visited Amber Fort, Albert Hall Museum, Junagarh Fort, Jantar Mantar and City Palace in Jaipur, Fatehpur Sikri, Taj Mahal and Agra Fort in Agra, Qutab Minar, Lotus Temple, Rastrapati Bhawan and Metro Ride and witnessed the Republic day parade at New Delhi.

     After meeting with the Home Minister, all the children will proceed to Amritsar where they     will witness the Retreat Ceremony at Attari Border and also visit the historical places of Amritsar.

Till date 1619 children from J&K have participated in BSF sponsored 58 Bharat Darshan Tours.

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 17:52:55 +0530
Rahul witnessed the R Day

Media Eye News Bureau: Congress Party President Rahul Gandhi was allotted a sixth row seat to witness the Republic Day function which the party accused Prime Minister Modi of playing “cheap politics”.

Randeep Surjewala, Communications In-charge of the Congress, tweeted that the "cheap politics" of the Modi government was evident to every one. 

He said the BJP-led Central government had broken the convention under which the president of the Congress was given a front row seat.
 
Gandhi witnessed the parade at Rajpath seated along with Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad. Several Union ministers, including Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani, were seated in rows ahead of him.

On Thursday, Congress leaders reacted furiously following information that Gandhi has been given a fourth row seat at the parade.
 

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 17:42:18 +0530
India Celebrates 69th Rep

Media Eye News Bureau: India celebrates its 69th Republic Day today and showcased its military prowess and cultural diversity at the 69th Republic Day parade at the Rajpath in the presence of 10 ASEAN leaders.

The parade generally features tableaux from 14 states and union territories and nine central ministries.

However, a tableau by All India Radio featured a series of 23 tableaux at the parade and featured Prime Minister Narendra Modi's monthly address ‘Mann Ki Baat’ as well. An Income Tax Department tableau about special anti-black money drive launched post-demonetisation was also introduced.

The major attraction of the parade was the armed forces and marching contingents. Several aircraft, military vehicles, and weapons were also displayed during the parade.

The parade had a team of 113 Border Security Force (BSF) women also named Seema Bhavani, who performed 16 types of stunts on motorcycles. They received a standing ovation for the same.

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 14:31:49 +0530
Recipients of the 2018 Pa

Media Eye News Bureau: The government announced 85 Padma awards recently. While three were Padma Vibhushan, nine Padma Bhushan, and 73 Padma Shri, 16 awardees were either foreigners, PIOs, or NRIs, and three of the awards were conferred posthumously.

The Padma Awards are conferred in three categories; they are Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri and are the highest civilian awards of the country. The 'Padma Vibhushan' is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; 'Padma Bhushan' for distinguished service of high order and 'Padma Shri' for distinguished service in any field.

The awards are given in various disciplines of activities, art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service.

In a move to commemorate the silver jubilee of the India-ASEAN partnership, this year’s list of recipients includes a citizen from an ASEAN country as well.

Given below are the names of the recipients for each of the Padma Awards categories:

  • PADMA SHRI:

This year’s Padma Shri awardees include Scientist Toymaker Arvind Gupta, Healer Lakshmikutty, Gond Artist Bhajju Shyam, 98-year-old social worker Sudhanshu Biswas and 'Father of Palliative Care in India' MR Rajagopal along with activists Rani and Abhay Bang, social worker Lentina Ao Thakkar, wildlife conservationist Romulus Whitaker, Sampat Ramteke, Sanduk Ruit, Paralympic gold medalist Murlikant Petkar, plastic road maker Rajagopalan Vasudevan, Subhasini Mistry, Sulagatti Narasamma, Tamil folk art exponent Vijayalakshmi, and monk physician Yeshi Dhoden as well.

The recipients from ASEAN countries include Dr Thant Myint-U of Myanmar (Public Affairs), Jose Ma Joey Concepcion III of Philippines (Trade and Industry), Tommy Koh of Singapore (Public Affairs), SomdetPhraAriyaWongsaKhottayan of Thailand (Others), Nguyen Tien Thien of Vietnam (Others), Malai Haji Abdullah Bin MalaiHaji Othman of Brunei Darussalam (Medicine), Hun Many of Cambodia (Public Affairs), I NyomanNuarta of Indonesia (Art), BounlapKeokangna of Laos (Art) and DatukRamli Bin Ibraham of Malaysia (Art).

  • PADMA BHUSHAN:  

Cricketer and former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni recieved the Padma Bhushan along with billiards player Pankaj Advani, Philipose Mar Chrysostom, Alexander Kadakia, Ramachandram Nagaswamy, Laxman Pai,Ved Prakash Nanda, Arvind Parikh, and Sharda Sinha.

  • PADMA VIBHUSHAN:

Senior RSS ideologue P Parameswaran was conferred the Padma Vibhushan as well as  music composer Illaiyaraja and Ghulam Mustafa Khan .

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 14:21:50 +0530
India celebrates 69th Rep

Media Eye News Bureau: India celebrates its 69th Republic Day today and showcased its military prowess and cultural diversity at the 69th Republic Day parade at the Rajpath in the presence of 10 ASEAN leaders.

The parade generally features tableaux from 14 states and union territories and nine central ministries.

However, a tableau by All India Radio featured a series of 23 tableaux at the parade and featured Prime Minister Narendra Modi's monthly address ‘Mann Ki Baat’ as well. An Income Tax Department tableau about special anti-black money drive launched post-demonetisation was also introduced.

The major attraction of the parade was the armed forces and marching contingents. Several aircraft, military vehicles, and weapons were also displayed during the parade.

The parade had a team of 113 Border Security Force (BSF) women also named Seema Bhavani, who performed 16 types of stunts on motorcycles. They received a standing ovation for the same.

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 14:15:14 +0530
NIIF pens agreement with

Media Eye News Bureau: The Indian government’s National Investment and Infrastructure Fund, NIIF, which has been designated as the primary vehicle to channel UAE investment into India’s big projects, has opened its account with an agreement with DP World to create an investment avenue for ports, terminals, transportation and logistics businesses in India.

Jointly with DP World, the NIIF’s platform "will invest in opportunities in the ports sector and beyond sea ports into areas such as river ports and transportation, freight corridors, port-led special economic zones, inland container terminals, and logistics infrastructure including cold storage," Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs in the Indian Ministry of Finance, said in a statement.

Garg’s statement followed an announcement by DP World that it "will invest up to three billion US dollars of equity to acquire assets and develop projects in this sector" in India as a follow up to a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, it signed in this regard in May 2017.

Sujoy Bose, CEO of the Indian Fund, said in his statement that "efficient logistics and cargo movement are critical components for the continued growth and development of the Indian economy, and particularly the manufacturing sector. We are delighted to partner with DP World to reduce the cost of moving cargo between port and origin/destination. This is NIIF’s first investment and is a good example of how NIIF can work with international capital and expertise to invest at scale to build critical infrastructure in India."

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, said, "DP World has been a part of India’s growth story for nearly two decades and we are delighted to continue our success by joining forces with a strong strategic partner, the NIIF."

He added, "We believe that our expertise in building best-in-class logistics infrastructure together with the NIIF’s local knowledge and government partnership is the right combination to take advantage of the significant growth opportunities in India. We are proud to partner with NIIF and share our expertise and experience in these areas and the global supply chain to provide cost effective logistics and warehousing solutions to India's growing economy and trade."

On the occasion of launching the new investment platform, DP World recalled the visit to India of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and DP World Group Chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, in February 2016.

The Indian government statement said "the first close of the NIIF Master Fund took place on October, 16, 2017 with contributions from a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, ADIA, and four Indian domestic institutional investors."

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 20:20:29 +0530
President greets nation a

Media Eye News Bureau: President Ram Nath Kovind greets the nation on the eve of the 69th Republic Day. Below is the full transcript of the President’s address to the nation.

 

My Dear Fellow Citizens

Greetings to all of you on the eve of our 69th Republic Day. This is a day for all of us to celebrate and honour our nation and our sovereignty. This is a day to remember with gratitude the enormous efforts and sacrifices of millions of freedom fighters whose blood and sweat gave us Independence and created our Republic. Above all, this is a day to cherish our republican values.

A Republic is its people. Citizens do not just make up and preserve a Republic; they are its ultimate stakeholders and in fact pillars. Each one of us is a pillar – the soldier who defends our Republic; the farmer who feeds our Republic; the forces that keep our Republic safe; the mother who nurtures our Republic; the doctor who heals our Republic; the nurse who tends to our Republic; the sanitation worker who makes our Republic cleaner and hygienic; the teacher who educates our Republic; the scientist who innovates for our Republic; the missile technologist who puts our Republic on a new trajectory; the wise tribal who conserves the ecology of our Republic; the engineer who re-imagines our Republic; the construction worker who builds our Republic; senior citizens who can look back with pride at how far they have brought our Republic; the youth in whom lie the energy, hopes and future of our Republic; and our dear children, who dream for our Republic.

There are so many more who contribute to our Republic in diverse ways and whom I may have missed mentioning. Happy Republic Day to all of you.  

India became a Republic on January 26, 1950. This was the second major milestone in our nation building process. Independence had come a little over two years earlier. But it was with the framing and adoption of the Constitution – and the birth of the Republic of India – that we truly achieved the ethic of equality among all citizens, irrespective of religion, region or community. This ethic of equality complemented the liberty that had come at Independence. And a third principle also defined both the cooperative efforts at creating our Republic as well as the India that we wished to be. This was the principle of fraternity.

Independence had come after a great struggle in which millions had participated. They gave their all; many gave their lives. Inspired and led by Mahatma Gandhi, the men and women who took us to freedom could have rested on the gaining of Independence. They could have let down their guard, and remained satisfied with political freedom. But they did not rest. Instead, they re-doubled their efforts. They immersed themselves in the process of writing a Constitution. They saw the Constitution not just as a basic law for a new nation, but as a scripture for social transformation.

Our Constitution framers were men and women with great foresight. They understood the majesty of the rule of law, and of rule by laws. They represented an important phase in our national life. We are fortunate to have inherited its legacy in the form of the Constitution and the Republic.

 

FELLOW CITIZENS

The lessons from that formative period, the period that gave shape to our Republic, serve us well to this day. They serve us well in whatever we do, wherever we work, whichever goal we aim for. These lessons continue to spur our nation building project. Nation building is a grand project. But it is also the compilation of a million – rather, a billion – smaller projects, each as sacred as the other. Nation building is also about building a family, building a neighbourhood, building a community, building an enterprise, building an institution. And building society.

A happy and equal-opportunity nation is built by happy and equal-opportunity families and communities. Families where girls have the same rights and the same access to education and healthcare as boys. Governments can bring in policies and laws to ensure justice to women – but these policies and laws can only be made effective by families and communities that must hear the voices of our daughters. We cannot shut our ears to their urgings for change.

A confident and forward-looking nation is built by confident and forward-looking young people. Over 60 per cent of our fellow citizens are below the age of 35. It is in them that our hopes lie. We have made strides in spreading literacy; now we must expand the frontiers of education and of knowledge. Our aspiration must be to reform, upgrade and enlarge our education system – and to make it relevant to 21st century realities of the digital economy, genomics, robotics and automation.

Many programmes and initiatives have been launched to equip our youth with the education and skills to compete in a globalised world. Sizeable resources have been set aside for these programmes. It is for our talented young people to make the most of these opportunities.

An innovative nation is built by innovative children. This must be our obsessive goal. Our schooling system has to encourage our children to think and to tinker, not just to memorise and reproduce. We have made strides in tackling hunger, but the challenge of malnutrition and of bringing the right micronutrients to the plate of every child is still there. This is important for both physical and cognitive development of our children – and for the future of our country. We simply have to invest in our human capital.

A civic-minded nation is built by civic-minded neighbourhoods, whether in our cities or our villages. Where we respect the next-door person’s space, privacy and rights. Where we do not inconvenience our neighbours – while celebrating a festival or while resorting to a protest or on any other occasion. Where one can disagree with another viewpoint – or even with a historical context - without mocking a fellow citizen’s dignity and personal space. This is fraternity in action.

A nation with a sense of selflessness is built by citizens and by a society that embraces selflessness. Where voluntary groups clean public places such as beaches and rivers. And care for orphaned children and homeless people, and even for homeless animals. Where we donate blood or a body organ to help a fellow citizen who may be a stranger to us. Where idealistic individuals travel to remote places to teach children, and change their lives with the magic of education. They do so not because anybody has asked them to, but because of a call from within.

Where a better-off family voluntarily gives up an entitlement – it could be subsidised LPG today and some other entitlement tomorrow – so that another family, which has a greater need, can avail it. Let us all collate our privileges and entitlements. And then look at less-privileged members of a similar background, those who are starting off from where we once started off. And let each of us introspect and ask: Is his need or her need greater than mine? The spirit of philanthropy and of giving is part of our age-old culture. Let us renew it.

A culturally vibrant nation is built by a collective will that cherishes and preserves cultural traditions, art forms and handicrafts. Whether these be folk theatre artistes, traditional musicians, weavers and handloom workers, or those whose families have been hand-making marvellous wooden toys for centuries. Or day-to-day articles made of bamboo.

A disciplined and morally upright nation is built by disciplined and morally upright institutions. Institutions that respect their fraternal relationship with other institutions. Institutions that maintain the integrity, discipline and limits of their functioning, without compromising on excellence. Institutions that are always more important than the individuals located there. And institutions where the holders and members make every attempt to live up to the office they occupy as trustees of the people.

And of course the highest stage of India’s nation building project is to contribute to building a better world – a composite and cohesive world, a world at peace with itself and at peace with nature. This is the ideal of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – of the World being One Family. It is an ideal that may sound impractical in today’s times of tensions and of terrorism. But it is an ideal that has inspired India for thousands of years – and that ideal can be felt in the very texture of our constitutional values. The principles of compassion, of assisting those in need, of building capacities of our neighbours, or even of those further away, underpin our society. These are the very principles that we bring to the international community.

Such principles are also meant for our global Indian family. When Indians living abroad face humanitarian or similar challenges, it is natural for us as a country to reach out to them. We have, and we will continue to do so.  

 

FELLOW CITIZENS

I referred earlier to that glorious period between Independence and our first Republic Day. This was a period of constant striving – of dedication, determination and commitment to improving our country. And setting right the aberrations of our society. Today, we are at a similar juncture. We have achieved a lot as a nation, but much remains to be done. We need to work on this in the spirit of the generation that gave us our Republic.

In 2020, our Republic will turn 70. In 2022, we will celebrate the 75th anniversary of our Independence. These are special occasions and we must strive, in the manner of the leaders of our national movement and the framers of our Constitution, to build the edifice of a better India – an India where each and every citizen will be able to realise his or her full potential. An India that will reach its deserved pedestal in the 21st century. 

We need to further improve the lives of our hardworking farmers. Like mothers, they toil to feed us – more than a billion of us. We need to continue to modernise and strengthen our strategic manufacturing sector so as to provide the valiant personnel of our Armed Forces, and our police and paramilitary forces, the equipment that they need. We need to move ahead rapidly on the Sustainable Development Goals – Goals that commit us to eliminating poverty and hunger, to universal access to quality education and healthcare, and to giving our daughters equal opportunity in every field. We need to make clean, green, efficient and affordable energy reach our people. We need to ensure that housing for all becomes a living reality for the millions of families who await their own home. We need to craft a modern India that is both a land of talent – and a land of unlimited opportunities for that talent.

Above all, our Republic cannot rest and cannot be satisfied without meeting the basic needs and essential dignity of our less well-off brothers and sisters. I refer to those from a less privileged socio-economic background, from the weaker communities and from families that still live at the edge of poverty. It is our sacred obligation to eliminate the curse of poverty in the shortest possible time. This is non-negotiable for the Republic.

 

FELLOW CITIZENS

The promise of a developed India beckons us. This is the new stage of our nation building project on which we have embarked. This is the Republic that our young people need to take forward and enhance – in keeping with their vision, their ambition and their ideals. And their vision, ambition and ideals, I am confident, will always draw inspiration from both our republican values – as well as from our ancient Indian ethos.

With those words, I once again wish all of you a very happy Republic Day. And wish all of you a very bright and fulfilling future.

 

Thank you

JAI HIND!

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 20:02:54 +0530
Meryl Streep to join the

Media Eye News Bureau: Actress Meryl Streep is set to star in the second season of HBO’s drama starring Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman.

Streep will portray Mary Louise Wright, the mother of Perry Wright played by Alexander Skarsgard, who, concerned for the well-being of her grandchildren following her son Perry’s death, Mary Louise arrives in Monterey searching for answers.

The show is partially based on a story by Liane Moriarty. Season two of the show is said to explore the ‘malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and the vicious ferocity of sound parenting,’ among other themes.

Streep had starred in a leading role in HBO's miniseries adaptation of Angels in America. Big Little Lies is reported to be her largest TV role to date. The actress is also said to star in the J.J. Abrams TV series The Nix as well.

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 19:42:40 +0530
Logan Paul returns to You

Media Eye News Bureau: Logan Paul has returned to YouTube after a three-week hiatus from social media after he received public backlash for posting a video in Japan’s ‘suicide forest’ titled “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest,” where he filmed a suicide victim with only the face blurred out, which was viewed more than 6 million times before it was taken down.

In the video, Paul jokes about the body and seemingly approaches the subject of suicide with an unacceptable levity. He has now returned to YouTube with a video a video on suicide and self-harm prevention titled ‘Suicide: Be Here Tomorrow.’

Recently, YouTube removed Paul from the Google Preferred ad program and suspended work on his originals.  

In the new video, Paul interviews a survivor of a suicide attempt, Kevin Hines, an entrepreneur and motivational speaker who survived jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge and speaks with the founder of Alo House Recovery rehab centre as well as the director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. He even pledges to donate $1 million to suicide prevention as well. The video also showcases several shots of him walking through the grass sombrely and at one point helping a puppy cross a river.

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 19:37:21 +0530
Dunkirk receives eight Os

Media Eye News Bureau: The epic World War II drama film, Dunkirk, has been nominated for eight Oscars and is up for the Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design, Best Original Score and Best Picture Award as well. Other films such as Call Me By Your Name and Darkest Hour as well as The Shape of Water are among other nominees as well.

Dunkirk, starring Sir Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Harry Styles and Cillian Murphy depicted largest evacuations in British military history where 330,000 allied troops were evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940 after being trapped by German forces.

A large amount of the film was shot in Weymouth harbour and is directed by Christopher Nolan. The film earned rave reviews and was described as ‘heroically British’ and Nolan’s ‘best film so far’. It was further praised for its storytelling that involved sparse dialogue and bleak settings. It has also been nominated for eight BAFTA awards as well.

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 19:30:00 +0530
Demi Lovato offers free t

Media Eye News Bureau: Demi Lovato is offering free therapy sessions to fans attending concerts on her U.S tour. The Sorry Not Sorry singer, who has bipolar disorder, said that through this initiative she wants to ‘take away the stigma of mental illness’ and that, her fans at her live shows will be able to sign up to therapy sessions and listen to speakers discussing mental health as well.

She elaborated, “It's basically like a therapy session before the concerts and we have speakers from all over, and we're also helping out with different charities from around the country, so it'll be incredible and a very moving and inspiring experience.”

She has been open about her own struggles with depression, eating disorders and substance abuse, and now co-owns CAST centres, which treat addiction and mental health.  Lovato often shares empowering messages on social media regarding mental health, and recently told her followers that she is continuing to work hard on recovery from her eating disorder, detailing her everyday struggle with self-criticism.

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 19:25:54 +0530
David Copperfield accused

Media Eye News Bureau: David Copperfield has been accused by a former teen model of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 1988. The woman, Brittney Lewis asserted that she met the magician when she was 17 years old in Japan. Copperfield was one of the judges at the modelling contest that she had participated at there.

She alleged that after the competition, he invited her to a show in California where he, according to Lewis, slipped a drug into her drink that made her black out. Her memories from the night include him kissing her and taking her clothes off of her, though she blacked out again. The next morning, Copperfield allegedly made her write a letter that read that nothing had happened that night.

However, prior to the report, Copperfield had tweeted about #MeToo movement. He wrote, “We all want people who feel they’ve been victims of sexual misconduct to be empowered, and as a rule we should listen, so more will feel comfortable coming forward. It’s important.”

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 19:20:14 +0530
Padmaavat released acro

Media Eye News Bureau: Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial movie "Padmaavat" was released across India today amid Rajput groups, especially the Karni Sena, continued protests in parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan

Rajput groups were seen blocking roads and holding rallies despite tight security.

A group of activists opposing the screening of controversial movie allegedly beat the owner of a multiplex in UP.

Protests were held in pockets of Uttar Pradesh, including Muzaffarnagar, Agra, and Mughalsarai. In Lucknow, Karni Sena members stood outside movie halls and asked cine-goers to boycott the film

The movie was not screened in Rajasthan amid a shutdown called by the Shree Rajput Karni Sena, whose activists held rallies and protests in several cities and towns against the film.

The Karni Sena took out a bike rally in Jaipur where its members were seen flouting traffic norms, leading to a traffic jam, as police stood mute on the sidewalks

"Padmaavat" was not released in Madhya Pradesh, with theatre owners voicing security concerns. Cinema hall owners held talks with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and are hoping for a solution to the impasse.

A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking action against Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana for disobeying court orders on screening the movie.

Theatres in the country's entertainment capital, Mumbai, were well-guarded by the police for the release of controversial drama.

The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) had earlier said it would maintain a vigil outside cinemas where "Padmaavat" is screened.

Police vans were stationed outside several theatres, some of which did not flaunt the poster of "Padmaavat", which has courted protests in some parts of the country.

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 18:27:12 +0530
Food Hacks

Cooking is usually considered as a therapeutic and enjoyable activity. But for a lot of people it is just a daily chore. Especially for those who are working individuals as they have to rush through the day and barely get time to cook and prep their meals. But regardless of whether cooking is a hobby for you or a chore or even if you’re a part of the culinary industry, everybody enjoys and even has some hacks to make the whole process of making a meal easier. Popularly known as ‘food hacks’, these are clever hacks and tips to cook conveniently and even reduce the cooking time as well as try out new simple recipes that are quick to make. Right from chopping the ingredients to boiling and cooking them, these are a few hacks that will make life easier for you.

  • We All Scream For Ice-Cream:

Don’t have an ice cream maker? Well, we have an easy, affordable and super delicious hack to make ice cream at home and what’s more? The recipes here are both vegetarian and vegan. For the vegetarian recipe, you’ll need whipped cream, condensed milk and dark chocolate. Heat the dark chocolate with condensed milk and set aside to cool once melted. In a chilled bowl, whip the heavy cream until it forms stiff peaks. Mix the whipped cream with the melted condensed milk and chocolate mixture and freeze for at least 4-6 hours. The vegan recipe is super simple and delectable as well. All you need is bananas, peanut butter and cocoa powder. Freeze the bananas and then blend them with peanut butter and cocoa powder and freeze again for 1-2 hours and enjoy!

  • When Life Gives You Lemons...:

Generally, when removing the lemon juice, we cut the lemon into halves and just squeeze the juice. But this technique won’t actually give you all the juice from the lemon. Instead, roll the lemon before cutting them for 5-10 seconds on a flat surface, and then cut and squeeze the lemon and this way, you can get a lot more juice from it.

  • DO NUT WASTE:

When extracting milk from almonds don’t throw the pulp from the almonds; instead, dry them and then use it as almond flour for later use to make goodies like macaroons etc.

  • Cake By The Ocean:

....Or the kitchen counter? Out of eggs but still craving a spongy cake? Here’s a perfect solution for you! Make any homemade or store bought cake mix spongy without eggs by just replacing eggs with soda. You can add Cola flavoured sodas in chocolate cakes, flavourless soda for a basic sponge or you could even mix and match the flavour of sodas with the flavour of cake depending on your preferences. The choices are endless.

  • Just Beat It:

Or Dont. Another way to avoid eggs in baked goodies is replacing egg whites with aquafaba. Aquafaba is nothing but the water that comes in a can of beans. It is the perfect substitute for egg whites to indulge in treats such as meringues and you needn’t worry about your dish tasting of beans as the flavour goes away once it is baked.

  • Tastes So Grape:

Freeze fresh grapes in the freezer as it intensifies the taste of sugar in the fruit and gives the feeling of enjoying a popsicle and is perfect for a low calorie yet satisfying ice candy like treat.

  • Fry Me A River:

What to do when hunger pangs hit you and make you hangry? Dont fret and just make a super quick and delicious snack using just bread and cheese. Take a slice of bread, place a cheese single on top and add a small amount of mozzarella in the middle and season it with some salt, pepper and herbs of your choice. Carefully roll these slices and then fry them to enjoy these easy cheesy sticks.

  • Ice Ice Baby:

Tired of bending your spoon while trying to scoop out ice cream out of a freezer? Here’s a hack that will not melt your ice cream but still keep it soft as when you first open it. Just store your ice cream in a sealable bag and enjoy devouring soft, creamy ice cream every single time.

  • Wave Me Up:

Don’t throw out herbs that start to wilt, instead, place these leftover herbs between two paper towels and microwave them for a minute or so and get instant dry herbs that retain their colour as well as their flavour.

  • Shake It Up:

Whip up your heavy cream in a jar using this 3 ingredient method. Use a cup of heavy cream, a teaspoon of vanilla along with a teaspoon of icing sugar and just shake the jar for 1-2 minutes and voila instant whipped cream! Serve it with your favourite sweet treats and enjoy!

(As Compiled By Prerna Mistry)

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 17:32:38 +0530
Congress divided over Pa

Media Eye News Bureau: The Congress party apparently took a two-way stand over the “Padmaavat” row as party President Rahul Gandhi criticized the protests gathered against the movie while party General Secretary Digvijay Singh backed the protests, hours after Rahul’s comments.

Digvijay Singh said ‘such films should not be made’.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat” was released Thursday morning  across the country amid extensive protests being organized by the fringe groups like Karni Sena who had defied the Supreme Court’s order to screen the movie.

Rahul expressed his displeasure over the terrifying scenes where a school bus carrying many children and teachers were targeted by the hooligans.

There will never be a cause big enough to justify violence against children. Violence and hatred are the weapons of the weak. The BJP's use of hatred and violence is setting our entire country on fire.”, Rahul tweeted..

Hours after Rahul’s comments, Digvijay Singh came out against the film saying it "distorts the history".

"Films that distorts historical facts and hurts the sentiments of any religion or caste then it should not be made," the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister told the media

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 15:48:05 +0530
India bundled out for 187

Media Eye News Bureau: South Africa showed an excellent display of disciplined bowling and bundled out India for a paltry 187 in their first innings of the third and final cricket Test at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.

It was surprising to see India elected to bat first on a wicket which had more bounce and carry that eventually turned out to be a nightmare for the Indian batsmen.

India stretched their innings to get at least 200 on their board, but fall short, with Cheteshwar Pujara (50), skipper Virat Kohli (54) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (30) only reaching double figures.

Proteas’ bowling unit  found the right areas to unsettle the visitors from the likes of Morne Morkel (2/47), Vernon Philander (2/31), Kagiso Rabada (3/39), Lungisani Ngidi (1/27) and Andile Phehlukwayo (2/25).

Replying to India’s low score, South Africa ended the day one with 6/1 losing opener Aiden Markram (2) where comeback man Bhuvneshwar Kumar got the early break caught behind by Parthiv Patel.

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 12:16:34 +0530
Modi meets ASEAN leaders

Media Eye News Bureau: On the eve of the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit (AICS) to celebrate 25 years of India-ASEAN partnership, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had separate bilateral meetings with Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of Myanmar, Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President of the Philippines.  

Prime Minister welcomed the three leaders to India for participation in the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit and also for accepting the invitation to be Chief Guests at the Republic Day celebrations on 26th January this year. 

During the meeting of Modi with Suu Kyi, discussions were held on various issues of mutual interest and ways of further strengthening the bilateral relations, including follow up on key decisions taken during the visit of Modi to Myanmar in Septmber 2017.

In the meeting with Prime Minister Phuc, the two leaders expressed satisfaction at the growth of bilateral relations between the two countries within the framework of Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, including the fields of maritime co-operation in the Indo-Pacific region, defence, oil and gas, trade and investment.  

The leaders agreed that the two agreements signed during this visit viz., on cooperation in the fields of Information & Broadcasting and on establishment of tracking and data reception station and data processing facility in Vietnam under the ASEAN-India Space Cooperation would give further boost to India-Vietnam relations.  They expressed satisfaction at operationalisation of the Line of Credit of US $ 100 million under which L&T has been awarded contract for manufacture of Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs).  They decided that the other Line of Credit of US $ 500 million be operationalised soon. 

During the meeting with President Duterte, the two leaders reviewed the progress in bilateral relations and in global and regional situation since their meeting in Manila in November 2017.  

It was agreed to give further  momentum to co-operation between the two countries, particularly in the field of infrastructure development.  They agreed that under India's Act East Policy and the Philippines' Build-Build-Build Programme, there are several areas for cooperation between private sectors of the two countries.  

The leaders also witnessed exchange of an MOU between Invest India and Board of Investments of the Philippines.

The visiting dignitaries underscored the importance of ASEAN-India relations for peace, security and socio-economic development in the Indo-Pacific region, and looked forward to the deliberations in the AICS.

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 11:35:13 +0530
Schools shutdown amid Pa

Media Eye News Bureau: Some schools in Haryana have announced a holiday for the rest of the week after a terrifying attack by protesters on a school bus in Gurgaon, Haryana.

Top schools in Haryana – Pathways School, GD Goenka world School, Shiv Nadar School and Delhi School will remain closed till Sunday.

A mobile phone video clip that captured the horrible moments of school bus attack showed teachers and students desperately trying to be safe from the stone pelting. Protesters also put a state-run bus, few meters behind the school bus, under fire.

Earlier violence hit normalcy in four states - Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh – on yesterday, prior to the screening of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial movie ‘Padmaavat’ as groups like Karni Sena intensified their protests.

Karni Sena have vowed to block the film in defiance of Supreme Court orders and reportedly unleashed violence in four states that had initially banned the movie.

Citing the protests, distributors refused to screen “Padmaavat” in Rajasthan. Protesters blocked the Delhi – Jaipur highway, and burnt tyres in Delhi – Ajmer highway. Protestors even burned down the posters of the movie.

Chittoor Fort shuts down only for the second time in history after Karni Sena members tried to break in. The police arrested 30 Karni Sena workers as a preventive measure. In Ahmedabad, 44 others were arrested.

Shri Rajput Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi said his organisation won't allow the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmavaat" at any cost, even if he is arrested.

"January 25 (the film's release) may come and go but we won't let the film release, come what may," he said.

“”We are adamant on our stand that this film Padmaavat should be banned. There should be a self-imposed curfew by people. We cannot let them earn profit by Rajputs”, Karni Sena chief added.

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 10:53:03 +0530
Modi presents National Br

Media Eye News Bureau: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today presented the National Bravery Awards to 18 children. Three of these awards were presented posthumously.

Interacting with the awardees, the Prime Minister said their deeds of bravery are discussed extensively, and also highlighted by the media.

Modi remarked that most of the awardees are from rural and humble backgrounds. He said that perhaps their daily struggles had helped instil resilience in them, to deal courageously in adverse situations.

The PM congratulated all the award winners, their parents and schoolteachers. He also appreciated those, who recorded their instances of bravery, and helped draw attention to them.

The Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi, was present on the occasion.

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 19:53:32 +0530
Violence hits normalcy in

Media Eye News Bureau: Violence hits normalcy in four states - Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh - prior to the screening of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial movie ‘Padmaavat’ as groups like Karni Sena intensified their protests that started last evening.

Karni Sena have vowed to block the film in defiance of Supreme Court orders and reportedly unleashed violence in four states that had initially banned the movie.

Citing the protests, distributors refused to screen “Padmmavat” in Rajasthan. Protesters blocked the Delhi – Jaipur highway, and burnt tyres in Delhi – Ajmer highway. Protestors even burned down the posters of the movie.

Chittoor Fort shuts down only for the second time in history after Karni Sena members tried to break in. The police arrested 30 Karni Sena workers as a preventive measure. In Ahmedabad, 44 others were arrested.

Shri Rajput Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi said his organisation won't allow the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmavaat" at any cost, even if he is arrested.

"January 25 (the film's release) may come and go but we won't let the film release, come what may," he said.

“”We are adamant on our stand that this film Padmaavat should be banned. There should be a self-imposed curfew by people. We cannot let them earn profit by Rajputs”, Karni Sena chief added.

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 18:14:48 +0530
Kerala temple damaged in

Media Eye News Bureau: A suspected burning lamp had caused a major fire at the Thiruvilwamala in Thrissur district, Kerala, damaging the shrine.

There were no report of casualties.

Fire department sources said at least eight fire tenders rushed to the spot and douzed the blame at 11.30 pm, yesterday night.

“The extent of damage can be determined only in the morning.

“A lot of damage had been done to the temple. Initial reports suggest that the Chuttambalam part of the temple was partially gutted in the fire”, police said.

The temple is situated in the middle of Thiruvilwamala village with Lord Rama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, and his brother Lakshmana are the main deities at the temple.

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 16:24:32 +0530
Sara Ali Khan to star opp

Media Eye News Bureau: Sanjay Dutt and Arjun Kapoor were snapped outside filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker’s office which led to the buzz of them teaming up for a project. Sara Ali Khan was also clicked there which further fuelled the rumours of her being a part of the film.

Reportedly, the movie is based on the three battles fought between the 16th and 18th centuries. It was reported that Gowarikar saw the rushes of Abhishek Kapoor’s film Kedarnath, which stars Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan in lead roles.

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:22:29 +0530
Neil Diamond Fans Donate

Media Eye News Bureau: Neil Diamond was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and decided to stop touring on his doctor’s advice. He stated however, that he will continue to write and record songs.

Though his fans were disappointed when Diamond cancelled his concerts in Australia and New Zealand, the refunded tickets were put to good use with the fans donating the money to Parkinson’s research, animal rescue groups and other charities as well.

Diamond’s wife and manager, Katie, expressed her gratitude for the fans as she tweeted that, “My heart is so full of joy to see this silver lining. Faith in humanity = restored,” she wrote.

The singer-songwriter himself responded to the tweet, as he wrote, “This makes me smile, thank you to everyone for your outpouring of love and support. It makes a difference.”

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:20:01 +0530
James Franco snubbed by O

Media Eye News Bureau: Actor James Franco has been shut out by the Oscars, after bagging the awards for the Best Actor in a Comedy Film at both, the Golden Globes as well as the Critics' Choice Awards.

The nominations come after the actor was accused of sexual assault by five women, the allegation that has been denied by both the actor and his lawyer as well. Rumours first began swirling about Franco's alleged misconduct after actor Ally Sheedy threw shade at his Golden Globes on twitter she tweeted, “James Franco just won. Please never ask me why I left the film/TV business.” The tweet has been since deleted.

However, it that Franco's alleged inappropriate behaviour may have impacted his chances for an Oscar nomination though his film, The Disaster Artist did score an Oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay.

Though Franco won't be in the running to win Best Actor, the nominations include Timothee Chalamet, Daniel Day-Lewis and Daniel Kaluuya, Gary Oldman and Denzel Washington among others.

Margot Robbie, Frances McDormand, Meryl Streep, Sally Hawkins and Saoirse Ronan are nominated for Best Actress as well.

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:00:12 +0530
Lalu Prasad convicted in

Media Eye News Bureau: A special CBI court convicted former Bihar Chief Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and sentenced to five years in jail, who is serving a jail term in the second fodder scam case, in another fodder scam case, along with former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra and 48 other accused persons while the court also acquitted six.

Special CBI court judge S S Prasad pronounced the judgment related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 33.67 crore from the Chaibasa Treasury in 1992-1993.

It was alleged that Rs 33.67 crore was withdrawn on fake allotment letters as the state sanctioned amount of Rs 7.10 lakhs originally.

Lalu Yadav was the Chief Minister of undivided Bihar from 1990 to 1997 when the fodder scam involving the embezzlement of more than Rs 970 crore in government funds took place.

Ex-CM Jagannath Mishra, who was acquitted in the last fodder scam case, has been convicted in this one.

Lalu Yadav was earlier convicted in the first case of fodder scam four years ago and got bail after staying in prison for two months. The former CM was convicted for the second time by the Ranchi court in last December while he and his party cried foul, calling it political vendetta.

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 14:42:59 +0530
Norwegian Wood

A Reader Lives A Thousand Lives Before He Dies. The Man Who Never Reads Lives Only One’ quotes the famous author George R. R. Martin and I couldn’t agree more. Books not only de-stress and improve your knowledge, they also inspire and help shape your personality as well. They expand our mind and creativity and take us on adventures, on journeys and tell us stories of people we’ve never met, places we haven't been to and worlds we can only imagine.

Good books leave a lasting impression on your life and impact your perceptions as well. One such book that gave me new perspectives is Norwegian Wood by the famous Japanese author Haruki Murakami.

I Once Had A Girl, Or Should I Say, She Once Had Me...’, as the sound of the Beatles singing Norwegian Wood give the ambience a nostalgic vibe, I set down my warm cup of tea and flip open the pages of the book by Haruki Murakami of the same name and as I acquaint myself with the words in front of me, I find myself being transported back to Japan, during the early 60s as I am introduced to the protagonist, a 37-year- old successful businessman, Toru Watanabe.

The novel opens with Watanabe who arrives at Hamburg, Germany, where he hears an orchestral cover of the Beatles' song ‘Norwegian Wood’ which overwhelms him and brings back his feelings of loss and saudade. Watanabe reminiscences and travels back to the early 1960s as he thinks of his best friend Kizuki and Naoko, Kizuki’s girlfriend. Watanabe remembers Kizuki as a friendly and kind boy who had a way with words, while Naoko believes that Kizuki and she are each other’s soulmates who are meant to be together forever and as a trio, they are all comfortable in each other’s company.

However, this idyllic existence is shattered with Kizuki’s unexpected suicide on his 17th Birthday. His death leaves a lasting effect on both Watanabe and Naoko as Watanabe feels the influence of death everywhere, while Naoko feels as if she had lost a part of her own self. The incident propels Watanabe to move to Tokyo to study and also to get away from it all and start afresh; it is here where he has an encounter with Naoko and the two begin spending time together.

At this juncture, Murakami introduces the vivacious Midori Kobayashi’s character who waltz’s in like a breath of fresh air in Watanabe’s life as he struggles with college and Naoko’s absence and is at a point where he is in the need for human presence. Further he adds in multifarious dimensions through the addition of characters such as Storm Trooper-Watanabe’s roommate, Nagasawa-whose friendship with Watanabe is initiated because of The Great Gatsby, a book they both love, Hatsumi-Nagasawa’s girlfriend and Reiko Ishida-who Watanabe is introduced to through Naoko, among others.

The book is very different from Murakami’s patent genre that often incorporates an underlying theme of surrealism. Norwegian Wood, on the other hand, tells a bittersweet coming of age story with pivotal themes of death, love and loss. As the story unfolds, it is beguiling to observe that the characters, although ordinary, have something extraordinary to offer. The characters seem very real and their emotions, raw. What is intriguing is how Murakami explores leitmotivs such as sex and homosexuality within somber themes of suicide and mental illness.

The book is brilliantly executed with its simplistic yet eloquent use of words. What really roused my interest was the character development, particularly, Watanabe and Midori. The characters are beautifully realised and although both characters have shades of grey, they balance each other in a certain unique way. Beside this, the ending struck quite a cord with me as although the ending does seem vague, it comes across as a moment of liberation for the characters, specifically Watanabe.

All in all, if you are a person who enjoys reading books more on the brighter side such as romantic comedies or chic lit, this isn’t a book that you may particularly enjoy.

However, having said that, I do recommend reading Norwegian Wood because although the book seems dark and melancholic in many ways, it is very profound. You cannot help but feel for the characters; you feel their loss, you feel their deep rooted, inexpressible emotions, you feel their love and their confusion as well. In conclusion, I do believe that Norwegian Wood is Murakami’s masterpiece that shouldn’t be missed.

(As Compiled By Prerna Mistry)

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 14:17:48 +0530
Mohanlal Breaks The Inter

Media Eye News Bureau: Kerala superstar Mohanlal recently shared his new look and some details about his project, on facebook.

Picture shared by Mohanlal on facebook

When the superstar shared this new look on facebook it went viral in no time, the fans went crazy and were happy to see their favourite actor in his all new look.

His feed was filled with praises and wishes by his fans.

Mohanlal, along with the picture shared that he has started working on his new project by young film-maker Ajoy Varma and is currently in Mumbai at the shooting location,
movie is produced by Santosh T Kuruvilla under the banner of Moonshot Entertainment. Actor seems to be happy being the central character of the movie, which is packed with action and adventure all throughout and delighted to share his new look with his fans.

Another picture was shared too, in which we can see him along with the cricketer, Owais Shah. The cricketer too posted this picture on twitter, tweeting Heard a lot about @Mohanlal, and finally got to meet him with @SHASH116 .All Thanks to @KicchaSudeep #. #humble #mollywood #actors #legends

Media Eye News wishes Mohanlal all the best and we hope everything goes well and the movie becomes a big hit, like any other.

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 14:12:19 +0530
Modi says red tape out

Media Eye News Bureau: Prime Minister Narendra Modi hard sells India as a global destination for investment and invited the attention of world leaders about India’s growth potential while addressing the plenary session of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Indian PM reminded all about the serious issue of growing protectionism while also outlining the rise in tariff and non-tariff barriers that are impeding global trade.

Modi also spoke of climate change, terrorism and ‘self-centrism’ as the biggest challenges facing the world.

The Prime Minister used most of the opportunity to pitch his government’s actions that brought about the reforms in the country in the last three years saying the government had replaced red tape with red carpet and laid the roadmap for transformative change.

Modi became the first Indian PM to participate in a forum meeting in two decades after H.D. Deve Gowda in 1997.

“There are many challenges before the world. But I think there are three main challenges which pose biggest threat to the global community.

“Terrorism is dangerous. Worse is when people say there is a difference between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ terror,” he said.

The Indian presence this year in Davos is the largest in the 48-year history of the World Economic Forum.

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 19:03:44 +0530
S M Entertainment release

Media Eye News Bureau: The last album by late SHINee member Jonghyun, a South Korean idol who committed suicide last month, was released today, along with a music video for its lead track. The album titled Poet | Artist was completed last year and comprises 11 songs on it.

The music video for the track was released on streaming platforms including YouTube and Naver TV and all of the proceeds from this album would be going to the singer's mother and be used for a foundation to help the underprivileged as stated by S.M. Entertainment.

The lead track of the album called ‘Shinin’ is an electro-pop song with trap beats. The album also includes five songs that were introduced at Jonghyun's solo concerts, namely an electro synth-pop song called ‘Only One You Need,’ an R&B song named ‘#Hashtag,’ and songs such as ‘Take The Dive,’ ‘Sightseeing’ and ‘I'm So Curious,’ that incorporate various elements from pop, R&B and future bass.

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:49:31 +0530
Meenu Gems opens seventh

Media Eye News Bureau: Meenu Gems Pvt. Ltd has opened its 7th Show room in Korum Mall, Thane Mumbai. Meenu Gems has around 37 Showrooms all over the country….Gokul Menon writes about Meenu Gems Pvt. Ltd and its new expansions.

Meenu Gems Pvt. Ltd. was established on September 26, 2014 and has more than 35+ showrooms all over the country. The vision and determination of Mohan Nair and Radhika Nair, the Director of Meenu Gems Pvt. Ltd has helped the company to establish their brand.

Meenu Gems as a brand officially offered jewellery but now, Meenu Mart is into cosmetics of its own brand, as well as other brands and is into clothing as well as certified gem stones and silver. It is a one-stop shop for a woman.

Meenu Mart also opened an online web portal www.meenumart.com. Further, the company intends to showcase its state-of-the-art products at various exhibitions across the country. The products are designed to suit the clients of all ages and class in the society.

Today, gold and diamond is considered to have enormous value and are great for investment purposes. Gold has been treasured throughout history for its natural beauty and radiance. While, yellow gold jewellery is still popular, today, gold is available in a diverse palette as well due to the process of mixing other metals with pure 24 carat gold, also known as alloying, thereby giving it more durability and also changing its colour.

While the weight of gold is measured in troy ounces, its purity is measured in carats. Caratage is the measurement of purity of gold alloyed with other metals. The minimum caratage for an item to be called gold varies by country.

However, people believe that gold is the most expensive materials in the world but this is not the case as diamond is factually the most precious stone in the world as diamonds are priced per carat. Diamonds come in different colours and cuts and are majorly used for making gem stones and adding a beautifying element to jewellery. It is also used for industrial cutting and polishing tools as well.

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:22:02 +0530
Minnie Mouse receives sta

Media Eye News Bureau: Minnie Mouse, the iconic Disney character received the 2,627th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame 40 years after Mickey Mouse received his in 1978 and became the first cartoon character to get a star. Further, 2018 also marks the 90th anniversary of the release of the 1928 Disney classic Steamboat Willie.

Minnie wore a custom designer sequinned red polka-dot Coach dress. On receiving the honour, she expressed, “I want to thank all my friends from around the world. And Mickey, I am so happy you’re here to share this magical day with me. This really is the best day ever.”

Katy Perry was also there to share the moment with Minnie Mouse and was dressed in the iconic toon’s red and white polka dots in a custom dress and hat by Christian Siriano. She said, “I was maybe two or three years old and into my peripheral vision came Minnie and Mickey Mouse-printed diapers. That was my very first memory ever.  And of course, it turned into a lifelong devotion.” She added, “Speaking of polka dots, her style is the epitome of fun fashion. To this day no one rocks a bow, the colour red or a dot quite like her, trust me I am trying.”

Also in attendance was Heidi Klum, who wore a black and white version of Minnie’s signature polka dots which she accessorized with a pair of sequinned ears along with alt Disney Co. Chairman and CEO Bob Iger.

Minnie joins several other Disney characters on the hallowed sidewalks of Hollywood, including Donald Duck, Tinker Bell, Winnie the Pooh, Snow White and Kermit the Frog.

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:05:17 +0530
Sena to go alone in futur

Media Eye News Bureau: Shiv Sena’s Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut on Tuesday presented a resolution to contest all future polls on its own, further twisting its ties with the BJP.

The resolution was passed by unanimously in its national executive meet which also reelected Uddhav Thackeray as the party president.

Tuesday’s meet gave official declaration to Mr. Thackeray’s earlier announcement on his plans to contest alone in future elections, prior to the run up to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls.

New political equations will put an end to its two-decade-long electoral alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party, except 2014 Maharashtra assembly polls.

"Be prepared for the next elections. It may be announced simultaneously in December 2018 or may be held separately," Thackeray told to his party leaders in his presidential speech at the National Executive meeting held at Worli.

"Now, we shall contest elections in every state and that too on the Hindutva plank. It is immaterial whether we win or are vanquished but our Hindutva will never be abandoned," Thackeray said in a hard-hitting speech targeting the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:57:46 +0530
BudgetBeauty

Over the last few years, people have become more aware of their health and are seeking more of chemical free products. Right from buying to making their own DIY products at home, people are exploring a varied range of options. Today, with the growing awareness about the importance of going green, people are making changes not just in terms of food, but also opting for eco friendly clothing and vegan, vegetarian and cruelty free beauty products as well. Here is a list of some of the beauty brands in India that are vegetarian and cruelty free and not only that, they are easy on the pocket as well!

  • Lotus Herbals: Lotus Herbals is a well known cosmetic company and has a varied range of products, right from sunscreens to foundations, compacts, lipsticks, eyeliners and makeup removers as well. Their products are herbal and cruelty free. 

  • Blue Heaven Cosmetics: Founded in 1974, this brand is one of the most affordable cruelty free brands in India. They offer products such as eyeliners, eye pencils, nail enamels to foundations as well.

  • Plum Goodness: From sunscreens, anti-aging, face-masks to long lasting kohl eye pencils that are cruelty-free, vegan, super effective and yet economical, this is a brand that you should watch out for.

  • Biotique Botanicals: Biotique Botanicals offers great value for money as well as quality products. Apart from offering a range of skincare products, they also offer products for haircare as well. And not just that, they have created a range of products for men as well as for babies.

  •  L.A. Girl Cosmetics: Originally a brand from the US, it has become one of the preferred beauty brands among Indian women as it is inexpensive and offers products like lipsticks and eye makeup as well as highlighters, foundations and concealers in a variety of shades to suit almost all skin tones.

  •  Himalaya: While this brand does not offer much of beauty products, they provide a range of skincare, lip care, hair care and health products.

  • Coloressence: Not only do their products come with an affordable price tag, but they are also 100% vegetarian and cruelty free with a range including foundation, pan sticks, compact powder, lipsticks, kajal, eyeliner and mascara among others.

  • Nykaa: Nykaa, an e-commerce store, started their own makeup line recently. They offer high quality products such as satin and matte lipsticks, eyeliners and foundations all at a cost effective price.

  • NYX Professional Makeup: Created in Los Angeles, in the recent year, it has created quite a wave among women in India with fun shade ranges with their various lipstick collections and offering eye makeup products with great colour payoff, all at quite an affordable price point.

  • Wet n Wild: The company, originating in the US, recently availed its products in the Indian market and at quite a pocket friendly price. What’s more is that not only are their products cruelty free, but most of their products are vegan as well.

(As Compiled By Prerna Mistry)

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:47:12 +0530
Shah Rukh Khan receives W

Media Eye News Bureau: Shah Rukh Khan received an award at the World Economic Forum in Davos for raising awareness about human rights and his work for acid attacks victims. Cate Blanchett and singer-songwriter Elton John received awards at the World Economic Forum as well.

SRK is a founder of a non-profit named Meer Foundation, which provides support to female victims of acid attacks and major burn injuries through medical treatment, legal aid, vocational training, rehabilitation and livelihood support. He has been actively involved with the creation of specialised children’s hospital wards and has supported child care centres with free boarding for kids undergoing cancer treatment as well.

While receiving the award, he said, "We, the powerful, need to get out of the way, to pick the barriers apart, the ones that give us names and races and colours and hierarchies.” He added, “I want to thank my sister, my wife and my little daughter for bringing me up well and teaching me the value of requesting, sometimes imploring and begging a yes from a woman, instead of forcing it upon her.”

Cate Blanchett received a Crystal Award for her work with people who have fled their homes while Elton John received his for his charitable work with his AIDS foundation.

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:13:13 +0530
Neil Diamond retires from

Media Eye News Bureau: Neil Diamond has cancelled the upcoming Australian and New Zealand 50th Anniversary tours on his doctor's advice after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The singer wrote on his website, “It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring, I have been so honoured to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years. My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows."

Although he may have retired from his 50-year career as a live act, the 77-year-old rock and roll singer hopes to continue making music, as he stated that, “I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come," He added, "My thanks goes out to my loyal and devoted audiences around the world. You will always have my appreciation for your support and encouragement. This ride has been 'so good, so good, so good' thanks to you."

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:02:39 +0530
Weekly Zodiac Predictions

Weekly Zodiac Predictions for 3rd week of January
By Astrologer
Shiju Panicker

 

Aries/Medam Rasi

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It's Monday and you're feeling incredible. It's fantastic to wake up feeling so refreshed. The world is full of beautiful people and at least one of them seems to really like you. Expect romance to consume you for the next couple of days -- lose yourself in it, be creative, go on an adventure together -- at least until Thursday, when you're probably going to have to put your head down and concentrate at work in order to get everything done. There is no need to worry: You'll get everything done and then you'll have the entire weekend to think about you-know-who and relax.

This week according to your zodiac sign worship Lord Shiva, for success and prosperity!

 

Taurus/Edavam Rasi

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Monday and Tuesday, you might have a power struggle to deal with. What is with people and their power trips over the silliest stuff? Well, there's not much you can do about it. Try to defuse the situation by taking the high road midweek. Not every battle is worth your time. And besides, come Thursday, you'll have forgotten about all this. You'll be too distracted by romance. You and someone special are going to spend some time at a concert or art show, and you're going to have an amazing time. All weekend you'll be basking in the glow of happiness.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Goddess for success and prosperity!

 

Gemini/Mithunam Rasi

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Monday, it doesn't matter what the weather is like outside. Inside, you're all sunshine. It may sound too good to be true, but that's exactly how you feel. By midweek, it becomes clear that people really like being around you and talking to you and sharing their ideas, because you have a knack for conversations (and you're also not too shabby on the debate floor). The weird thing is, at the end of the week you may find you're having problems communicating with your family. (Some people just never listen!) This weekend, do something adventurous and high-energy. And see what you can do about getting you-know-who to tag along.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Navagraham for more success and prosperity!

 

Cancer/Karkidagam Rasi

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Ah, extravagance. Do something really excessive for yourself at the week's start. Too much of a good thing, a wise woman once said, can be wonderful. And you totally deserve it. (Just make sure, of course, that you can afford it.) Midweek, don't worry about whether people are going to think you're showing off. You never show off. They know that. At the end of the week, you're going to start to appreciate the value in the small things again. It's going to be the details that really count. On Saturday or Sunday, you might have a run-in with a neighbor, but turn on the charm and everything will end smoothly.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Lord Krishna for more success and prosperity!

 

Leo/Chingam Rasi

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It's amazing what you've done, you know that? On Monday, people are thoroughly impressed. And they keep talking about you in glowing terms through midweek. The weird thing about your sudden celebrity is that you never expected it: You were just going along in the world, getting stuff done and being you, and before you knew it you found yourself at the center of this social circle. Toward the end of the week, it's only natural that you're going to want to have some alone time, just to figure everything out. Plan your next move. And make some sense of what's going on in your love life.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Navagraham for more success and prosperity!

 

Virgo/Kanni Rasi

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The key to getting your week off to a good start is being flexible. The game plan is going to change a million times, and the more you're able to adapt the happier you're going to be. By midweek, do your best to be the one who calms everyone else down (and, whatever you do, don't make things any more complicated or hectic than they need to be). The truth is, you don't mind a little stress. You handle yourself amazingly well, especially on Friday. And it's times like these that allow you to show off your true colors.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Lord Ganesha for more success and prosperity!

 

Libra/Thulam Rasi

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You're going to spend the beginning of the week surrounded by friends. What did you do to deserve such stellar people in your life? When you and your friends put your heads together, you have a tendency to dream up really big plans for the future. Which is exactly what you should be doing all this week, especially Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Sit back and take the long view of things. Don't overanalyze anything. Be calm. The future is going to become clear soon enough. This weekend, you're going to catch someone's eye from across the room, and when you do, you two are going to flirt like crazy.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Lord Ayyappa for more success and prosperity!

 

Scorpio/Vrichigam Rasi

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It's not a bad thing to have a big personality. But maybe Monday isn't the day to flaunt it. It's also not the day to ask for a raise. The boss seems to be in a bit of a grouchy mood, and your best bet is going to be to lay low at work and just get the job done. (You can always ask about a raise next week.) On Thursday or Friday, you're going to learn a secret about a good friend of yours that's going to make your head spin. You may spend the weekend lost in conversation with them.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Lord Shiva for more success and prosperity!

 

Sagittarius/Dhanu Rasi

Moola-PurvaAshaadha-UttaraAshaadha1/4

You know those travel plans you were thinking of making? Whatever happened to them? Don't put them off any longer. Monday and Tuesday, make a plan to go somewhere exotic and then just do it. No sense in being nervous. You'll figure out your way around in no time. And you'll meet a bunch of new people. Plus, once you have your sights set on a vacation, work will start to seem a lot less annoying, especially Wednesday and Thursday. This weekend, someone's going to drag you to the movies to see a comedy and you're going to laugh for two days straight.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Lord Narasimha for more success and prosperity!

 

Capricorn/Magaram Rasi

UttaraAshaadha3/4-Sravanam-Dhanishttha1/2

It's Monday and you're having a tough time motivating yourself to do anything except stare out the window. (It's a nice view, truly.) Not only are you lost in thought about other things, but everyone you work with is starting to get a little difficult, and it doesn't seem worth the effort. Worry not -- by Wednesday and Thursday, everyone will be on the same level again. On Friday, you're going to hear from someone you haven't heard from in a while, and the conversation is going to be a blast from the past. You'll spend the weekend thinking about the good old days.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Lord Hanuman for more success and prosperity!

 

Aquarius/Kumbam Rasi

Dhanishtta1/2-Shathabhisham-PurvaBhaadrapada3/4

You were hoping Monday would be smooth sailing, but no dice. Apparently, everyone else is feeling moody, and it's going to take a little creativity on your part to get anyone to pitch in. Like any relationship, sometimes your work relationships require a bit of compromise. You're fine with that. Midweek, what you aren't fine with are folks who keep changing their mind for no reason. So, put your foot down. You are in control of the agenda. And worry not: It will all come together as you'll see on Friday. This weekend, thankfully, you'll get to spend some time with people who are on a more even keel.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Lord Ganapathy for more success and prosperity!

 

Pisces/Meenam Rasi

Purvabhaadrapada1/4-UttaraBhaadrapada-Revathi

There's no time like the present to start a new health routine on Monday. Not only will getting exercise and eating well make you look better, you'll feel better too. Working out is amazingly great for your mind. And it's a nice way to escape the current drama of work, which may flare up during the middle of the week. Later in the week, you're going to be focused on some of your more mutually rewarding friendships. It's nice to have great pals who know you so well they can finish your sentences.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Goddess for more success and prosperity!

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:29:02 +0530
Indian Laden Qureshi ar

Media Eye News Bureau: The Police arrested Abdul Subhan Qureshi alias Tauqeer – termed the “Bin Laden of India”- who allegedly masterminded the serial blasts in Gujarat and Delhi in 2008.

Qureshi was trapped after a brief encounter on Saturday night from East Delhi’s Ghazipur area, following an exchange of fire, ending a nine-year wait by National Investigation Agency (NIA) and other central agencies.

He is accused of plotting the serial blasts in Ahmedabad on July 26, 2008 when as many as 21 bombs planted in tiffin boxes and motor cycles went off in busy markets and bus stations. Over 200 persons were also injured. The toll could have gone up but 29 of the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) failed to explode due to various technical reasons.

According to the police official, Qureshi was one of the chief instructors and main organizers of those camps, where participants were trained in arms usage, rock climbing, swimming, physical fitness, making petrol bombs, and so on. They were also given psychological and other special training to mislead interrogators in case of their arrest.

Qureshi had laid the foundation of Indian Mujahideen with Riyaz Bhatkal and some radicalised youth outfits, said Kushwaha, adding that he had gone to Pune in connection with the planning of Gujarat bomb blasts. After his accomplice and SIMI chief Safdar Nagori and 11 others were arrested in Indore in 2008, he escaped to Gujrat and later made crossed over to Nepal, where he had staying since then on a fake identity.

Police said that they had recovered a sophisticated weapon and five cartridges and some documents from Qureshi and are examining them.
 

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:09:14 +0530
Weekly Zodiac Predictions

Weekly Zodiac Predictions for 3rd week of January
By Astrologer
Shiju Panicker

 

Aries/Medam Rasi

Ashwini-Bharani-Kruttika1/4

It's Monday and you're feeling incredible. It's fantastic to wake up feeling so refreshed. The world is full of beautiful people and at least one of them seems to really like you. Expect romance to consume you for the next couple of days -- lose yourself in it, be creative, go on an adventure together -- at least until Thursday, when you're probably going to have to put your head down and concentrate at work in order to get everything done. There is no need to worry: You'll get everything done and then you'll have the entire weekend to think about you-know-who and relax.

This week according to your zodiac sign worship Lord Shiva, for success and prosperity!

 

Taurus/Edavam Rasi

Kruttika3/4-Rohini-Mrugasira1/2

Monday and Tuesday, you might have a power struggle to deal with. What is with people and their power trips over the silliest stuff? Well, there's not much you can do about it. Try to defuse the situation by taking the high road midweek. Not every battle is worth your time. And besides, come Thursday, you'll have forgotten about all this. You'll be too distracted by romance. You and someone special are going to spend some time at a concert or art show, and you're going to have an amazing time. All weekend you'll be basking in the glow of happiness.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Goddess for success and prosperity!

 

Gemini/Mithunam Rasi

Mrugasira1/4-Ardra-Punarvasu3/4

Monday, it doesn't matter what the weather is like outside. Inside, you're all sunshine. It may sound too good to be true, but that's exactly how you feel. By midweek, it becomes clear that people really like being around you and talking to you and sharing their ideas, because you have a knack for conversations (and you're also not too shabby on the debate floor). The weird thing is, at the end of the week you may find you're having problems communicating with your family. (Some people just never listen!) This weekend, do something adventurous and high-energy. And see what you can do about getting you-know-who to tag along.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Navagraham for more success and prosperity!

 

Cancer/Karkidagam Rasi

Punarvasu1/4-Pooyam-Ayillyam

Ah, extravagance. Do something really excessive for yourself at the week's start. Too much of a good thing, a wise woman once said, can be wonderful. And you totally deserve it. (Just make sure, of course, that you can afford it.) Midweek, don't worry about whether people are going to think you're showing off. You never show off. They know that. At the end of the week, you're going to start to appreciate the value in the small things again. It's going to be the details that really count. On Saturday or Sunday, you might have a run-in with a neighbor, but turn on the charm and everything will end smoothly.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Lord Krishna for more success and prosperity!

 

Leo/Chingam Rasi

Magha-PurvaPhalguni-Uttaraphalguni1/4

It's amazing what you've done, you know that? On Monday, people are thoroughly impressed. And they keep talking about you in glowing terms through midweek. The weird thing about your sudden celebrity is that you never expected it: You were just going along in the world, getting stuff done and being you, and before you knew it you found yourself at the center of this social circle. Toward the end of the week, it's only natural that you're going to want to have some alone time, just to figure everything out. Plan your next move. And make some sense of what's going on in your love life.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Navagraham for more success and prosperity!

 

Virgo/Kanni Rasi

Uttaraphalguni3/4-Hasta-Chithira1/4

The key to getting your week off to a good start is being flexible. The game plan is going to change a million times, and the more you're able to adapt the happier you're going to be. By midweek, do your best to be the one who calms everyone else down (and, whatever you do, don't make things any more complicated or hectic than they need to be). The truth is, you don't mind a little stress. You handle yourself amazingly well, especially on Friday. And it's times like these that allow you to show off your true colors.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Lord Ganesha for more success and prosperity!

 

Libra/Thulam Rasi

Chithira1/2-Chothi-Vishakam3/4

You're going to spend the beginning of the week surrounded by friends. What did you do to deserve such stellar people in your life? When you and your friends put your heads together, you have a tendency to dream up really big plans for the future. Which is exactly what you should be doing all this week, especially Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Sit back and take the long view of things. Don't overanalyze anything. Be calm. The future is going to become clear soon enough. This weekend, you're going to catch someone's eye from across the room, and when you do, you two are going to flirt like crazy.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Lord Ayyappa for more success and prosperity!

 

Scorpio/Vrichigam Rasi

Vishakha1/4-Anuradha-Jyeshttha

It's not a bad thing to have a big personality. But maybe Monday isn't the day to flaunt it. It's also not the day to ask for a raise. The boss seems to be in a bit of a grouchy mood, and your best bet is going to be to lay low at work and just get the job done. (You can always ask about a raise next week.) On Thursday or Friday, you're going to learn a secret about a good friend of yours that's going to make your head spin. You may spend the weekend lost in conversation with them.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Lord Shiva for more success and prosperity!

 

Sagittarius/Dhanu Rasi

Moola-PurvaAshaadha-UttaraAshaadha1/4

You know those travel plans you were thinking of making? Whatever happened to them? Don't put them off any longer. Monday and Tuesday, make a plan to go somewhere exotic and then just do it. No sense in being nervous. You'll figure out your way around in no time. And you'll meet a bunch of new people. Plus, once you have your sights set on a vacation, work will start to seem a lot less annoying, especially Wednesday and Thursday. This weekend, someone's going to drag you to the movies to see a comedy and you're going to laugh for two days straight.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Lord Narasimha for more success and prosperity!

 

Capricorn/Magaram Rasi

UttaraAshaadha3/4-Sravanam-Dhanishttha1/2

It's Monday and you're having a tough time motivating yourself to do anything except stare out the window. (It's a nice view, truly.) Not only are you lost in thought about other things, but everyone you work with is starting to get a little difficult, and it doesn't seem worth the effort. Worry not -- by Wednesday and Thursday, everyone will be on the same level again. On Friday, you're going to hear from someone you haven't heard from in a while, and the conversation is going to be a blast from the past. You'll spend the weekend thinking about the good old days.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Lord Hanuman for more success and prosperity!

 

Aquarius/Kumbam Rasi

Dhanishtta1/2-Shathabhisham-PurvaBhaadrapada3/4

You were hoping Monday would be smooth sailing, but no dice. Apparently, everyone else is feeling moody, and it's going to take a little creativity on your part to get anyone to pitch in. Like any relationship, sometimes your work relationships require a bit of compromise. You're fine with that. Midweek, what you aren't fine with are folks who keep changing their mind for no reason. So, put your foot down. You are in control of the agenda. And worry not: It will all come together as you'll see on Friday. This weekend, thankfully, you'll get to spend some time with people who are on a more even keel.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Lord Ganapathy for more success and prosperity!

 

Pisces/Meenam Rasi

Purvabhaadrapada1/4-UttaraBhaadrapada-Revathi

There's no time like the present to start a new health routine on Monday. Not only will getting exercise and eating well make you look better, you'll feel better too. Working out is amazingly great for your mind. And it's a nice way to escape the current drama of work, which may flare up during the middle of the week. Later in the week, you're going to be focused on some of your more mutually rewarding friendships. It's nice to have great pals who know you so well they can finish your sentences.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Goddess for more success and prosperity!

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:46:00 +0530
WeeklyZodiac Predictions

Weekly Zodiac Predictions for 3rd week of January
By Astrologer
Shiju Panicker (854 701 5074)

 

Aries/Medam Rasi

Ashwini-Bharani-Kruttika1/4

It's Monday and you're feeling incredible. It's fantastic to wake up feeling so refreshed. The world is full of beautiful people and at least one of them seems to really like you. Expect romance to consume you for the next couple of days -- lose yourself in it, be creative, go on an adventure together -- at least until Thursday, when you're probably going to have to put your head down and concentrate at work in order to get everything done. There is no need to worry: You'll get everything done and then you'll have the entire weekend to think about you-know-who and relax.

This week according to your zodiac sign worship Lord Shiva, for success and prosperity!

 

Taurus/Edavam Rasi

Kruttika3/4-Rohini-Mrugasira1/2

Monday and Tuesday, you might have a power struggle to deal with. What is with people and their power trips over the silliest stuff? Well, there's not much you can do about it. Try to defuse the situation by taking the high road midweek. Not every battle is worth your time. And besides, come Thursday, you'll have forgotten about all this. You'll be too distracted by romance. You and someone special are going to spend some time at a concert or art show, and you're going to have an amazing time. All weekend you'll be basking in the glow of happiness.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Goddess for success and prosperity!

 

Gemini/Mithunam Rasi

Mrugasira1/4-Ardra-Punarvasu3/4

Monday, it doesn't matter what the weather is like outside. Inside, you're all sunshine. It may sound too good to be true, but that's exactly how you feel. By midweek, it becomes clear that people really like being around you and talking to you and sharing their ideas, because you have a knack for conversations (and you're also not too shabby on the debate floor). The weird thing is, at the end of the week you may find you're having problems communicating with your family. (Some people just never listen!) This weekend, do something adventurous and high-energy. And see what you can do about getting you-know-who to tag along.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Navagraham for more success and prosperity!

 

Cancer/Karkidagam Rasi

Punarvasu1/4-Pooyam-Ayillyam

Ah, extravagance. Do something really excessive for yourself at the week's start. Too much of a good thing, a wise woman once said, can be wonderful. And you totally deserve it. (Just make sure, of course, that you can afford it.) Midweek, don't worry about whether people are going to think you're showing off. You never show off. They know that. At the end of the week, you're going to start to appreciate the value in the small things again. It's going to be the details that really count. On Saturday or Sunday, you might have a run-in with a neighbor, but turn on the charm and everything will end smoothly.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Lord Krishna for more success and prosperity!

 

Leo/Chingam Rasi

Magha-PurvaPhalguni-Uttaraphalguni1/4

It's amazing what you've done, you know that? On Monday, people are thoroughly impressed. And they keep talking about you in glowing terms through midweek. The weird thing about your sudden celebrity is that you never expected it: You were just going along in the world, getting stuff done and being you, and before you knew it you found yourself at the center of this social circle. Toward the end of the week, it's only natural that you're going to want to have some alone time, just to figure everything out. Plan your next move. And make some sense of what's going on in your love life.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Navagraham for more success and prosperity!

 

Virgo/Kanni Rasi

Uttaraphalguni3/4-Hasta-Chithira1/4

The key to getting your week off to a good start is being flexible. The game plan is going to change a million times, and the more you're able to adapt the happier you're going to be. By midweek, do your best to be the one who calms everyone else down (and, whatever you do, don't make things any more complicated or hectic than they need to be). The truth is, you don't mind a little stress. You handle yourself amazingly well, especially on Friday. And it's times like these that allow you to show off your true colors.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Lord Ganesha for more success and prosperity!

 

Libra/Thulam Rasi

Chithira1/2-Chothi-Vishakam3/4

You're going to spend the beginning of the week surrounded by friends. What did you do to deserve such stellar people in your life? When you and your friends put your heads together, you have a tendency to dream up really big plans for the future. Which is exactly what you should be doing all this week, especially Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Sit back and take the long view of things. Don't overanalyze anything. Be calm. The future is going to become clear soon enough. This weekend, you're going to catch someone's eye from across the room, and when you do, you two are going to flirt like crazy.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Lord Ayyappa for more success and prosperity!

 

Scorpio/Vrichigam Rasi

Vishakha1/4-Anuradha-Jyeshttha

It's not a bad thing to have a big personality. But maybe Monday isn't the day to flaunt it. It's also not the day to ask for a raise. The boss seems to be in a bit of a grouchy mood, and your best bet is going to be to lay low at work and just get the job done. (You can always ask about a raise next week.) On Thursday or Friday, you're going to learn a secret about a good friend of yours that's going to make your head spin. You may spend the weekend lost in conversation with them.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Lord Shiva for more success and prosperity!

 

Sagittarius/Dhanu Rasi

Moola-PurvaAshaadha-UttaraAshaadha1/4

You know those travel plans you were thinking of making? Whatever happened to them? Don't put them off any longer. Monday and Tuesday, make a plan to go somewhere exotic and then just do it. No sense in being nervous. You'll figure out your way around in no time. And you'll meet a bunch of new people. Plus, once you have your sights set on a vacation, work will start to seem a lot less annoying, especially Wednesday and Thursday. This weekend, someone's going to drag you to the movies to see a comedy and you're going to laugh for two days straight.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Lord Narasimha for more success and prosperity!

 

Capricorn/Magaram Rasi

UttaraAshaadha3/4-Sravanam-Dhanishttha1/2

It's Monday and you're having a tough time motivating yourself to do anything except stare out the window. (It's a nice view, truly.) Not only are you lost in thought about other things, but everyone you work with is starting to get a little difficult, and it doesn't seem worth the effort. Worry not -- by Wednesday and Thursday, everyone will be on the same level again. On Friday, you're going to hear from someone you haven't heard from in a while, and the conversation is going to be a blast from the past. You'll spend the weekend thinking about the good old days.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Lord Hanuman for more success and prosperity!

 

Aquarius/Kumbam Rasi

Dhanishtta1/2-Shathabhisham-PurvaBhaadrapada3/4

You were hoping Monday would be smooth sailing, but no dice. Apparently, everyone else is feeling moody, and it's going to take a little creativity on your part to get anyone to pitch in. Like any relationship, sometimes your work relationships require a bit of compromise. You're fine with that. Midweek, what you aren't fine with are folks who keep changing their mind for no reason. So, put your foot down. You are in control of the agenda. And worry not: It will all come together as you'll see on Friday. This weekend, thankfully, you'll get to spend some time with people who are on a more even keel.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Lord Ganapathy for more success and prosperity!

 

Pisces/Meenam Rasi

Purvabhaadrapada1/4-UttaraBhaadrapada-Revathi

There's no time like the present to start a new health routine on Monday. Not only will getting exercise and eating well make you look better, you'll feel better too. Working out is amazingly great for your mind. And it's a nice way to escape the current drama of work, which may flare up during the middle of the week. Later in the week, you're going to be focused on some of your more mutually rewarding friendships. It's nice to have great pals who know you so well they can finish your sentences.

This week according to your zodiac sign, worship Goddess for more success and prosperity!

 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:33:57 +0530
GoT star Peter Dinklage t

Media Eye News Bureau: Peter Dinklage who plays the audience’s favourite, Tyrion Lannister on HBO’S Game Of Thrones, recently revealed that season 8 is about halfway through filming.

Filming on season 8 reportedly began around October last year. Dinklage along with cast members, Sophie Turner and Kit Harington believes that the time is right for the show to end. He said, “It’s time. Story wise, not just for all our lives. It’s the perfect time to end it. Sometimes shows stay on a little too long, the jumping-the-shark thing.” He added, “It’s bittersweet when it’s time to move on with everything. It’s always the sad part of our business, because you get pockets of great people for short amounts of time and then you have to move on and it’s always heartbreaking. Especially when you’ve spent more than a couple months with people.”

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:39:24 +0530
Scarlett Johansson calls

Media Eye News Bureau: Scarlett Johansson called out James Franco who was recently accused by five women of sexual misconduct, during her speech at the 2018 Women's March, she said, "My mind baffles, how could a person publicly stand by an organization that helps to provide support for victims of sexual assault while privately preying on people who have no power, I want my pin back by the way." While walking the red carpet at the 2018 Golden Globes Franco sported a Time's Up pin in support of the movement, which aims to prevent sexual harassment, assault and inequality.

Franco called the claims that had surfaced against him on social media as "not accurate." His attorney, Michael Plonsker denied the women's allegations as well.

Johansson further asked, "How is it ok for someone in a position of power to use that power to take advantage of someone in a lesser position just because you can? Does that ever make it ok? If a person isn't saying yes, but they aren't saying no, how can anyone feel justified to make that decision for them?"

In reaction to the sexual misconduct revelations in Hollywood and other industries, the actress expressed her thoughts as she said, "Suddenly, I was 19 again and I started to remember all the men I'd known who had taken advantage of the fact that I was a young woman who didn't yet have the tools to say no, or to understand the value of my own self-worth," the Avengers star described. "I had many relationships both personal and professional where the power dynamic was so off that I had to create a narrative in which I was the cool girl who could hang in and hang out, and that sometimes meant compromising what felt right for me and that seemed ok compromising my voice and therefore allowing myself to be unseen and degraded and whether it was intended by the other party or not because it allowed me to have the approval that women are conditioned to need."

She added, "For me, moving forward means my daughter growing up in a world where she doesn't have to be a victim of what has cruelly become the social norm. That she doesn't have to fit into the bindings of the female condition," she concluded, "Time's up on the female condition."

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:33:58 +0530
Dulquer Salmaan to act in

Media Eye News Bureau: Malayalam actor Dulquer Salmaan’s debut Bollywood film may not have hit the screens yet but he seems to have already bagged his second Hindi project.  Dulquer reportedly co-star alongside Sonam Kapoor in the film adaptation of Anuja Chauhan's novel The Zoya Factor.

The film will be directed by Abhishek Sharma, who had previously directed the comedy Tere Bin Laden. It was confirmed on social media by Sonam Kapoor herself that she would be doing the film and expressed that she was ‘super excited’ to be a part of it.

It is also reported that while Dulquer has liked the script and has committed to the project, he is yet to sign on the dotted line and that, if he comes on board, he is likely to play the captain of the Indian cricket team.

While the actress is currently busy with the promotions of R Balki’s PadMan and filming her home production, Veere Di Wedding featuring Kareena Kapoor, Dulquer is done shooting his debut Bollywood project, Karwan, which stars Irrfan and Mithila Palkar as well and has been directed by Akarsh Khurana.

However, Rucha Pathak of Fox Star Studios, who is producing the film, did not confirm or deny that Dulquer was in talks to play the male lead as she said, "We are yet to finalise the cast and will soon make the announcement."

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:30:36 +0530
Healthy Junk Foods

Healthy Junk Foods

Yes, you read that right. Healthy junk food, sounds unusual right? Usually when distinguishing foods, things like burgers, pizzas, noodles etc are classified as unhealthy or junk foods, while salads, smoothies, soups, etc are thought as healthy foods. But the good news is that your choice of healthy foods today need not be limited to just salads and soups. With some variations in the ingredients you can literally have your cake and eat it too! You can savour your favourite meals without being worried about their impact on your health and diet. And the substitute ingredients in these recipes have either no impact in changing the taste or if they do, sometimes they can actually make the dish even tastier, which makes this a win-win situation for all. Here is a list of the healthier versions of your favourite junk foods.

  • Bhel:

One of the most iconic savoury snacks in India, especially in the western regions of the country, is made using puffed rice and sev-crunchy noodles, generally made from gram flour mixed with peanuts, onions and tamarind and spicy coriander chutneys. It is a low fat, nutritious and a delicious sweet and spicy snack.

  • Pav Bhaji:

I know what you must be thinking, how can Pav Bhaji be healthy? Well, it can as the bhaji is nothing but mashed vegetables sautéed in spices. Make small modifications by cutting back on the butter and replacing the regular pav/buns with whole wheat ones and you have a healthy as well as a tasty meal.

  • Idli:

This South Indian delicacy served with sambar is a delicious way to keep yourself fit as it is oil free and fat free.

  • Dhokla:

This Gujarati snack is made using gram flour and is steamed to cook which makes it low in calories. The fermentation of the flour enhances its nutritive value and adds to the fibre and protein content of the dish. Dhokla also has a low glycemic index which makes it good for diabetics as well.

  • Fresh Juice:

Fresh fruit juices are a great way to keep yourself hydrated and energized as opposed to drinking packaged or fizzy drinks that contain harmful preservatives and an unhealthy amount of sugar that only accelerates dehydration and is harmful to health in the long run.

  • Frozen Yogurt:

Frozen yoghurt is a good alternative as opposed to ice cream as it is made using milk instead of heavy cream which significantly reduces the amount of calories you ingest from this dessert variety.

  • Rice Noodles and Whole Wheat Pasta:

Refined flour is extremely glutinous in nature and so instead of giving up on the universal favourite noodle and pasta dishes, go for healthy options such as rice noodles stir fried with vegetables sautéed in soy sauce or whole wheat pasta with classic marinara sauce and choice vegetables.

  •  Baked Tacos:

Give a nutritious twist to this palatable Mexican dish by baking tacos made of wheat or jowar flour and use a healthy filling of choice.

  • Muffins:

​​​​​​​We all love indulging in sweet treats from time to time and now you can do so, without feeling guilty about the calories you intake by tweaking the recipes by replacing all purpose flour with either whole wheat or oat flour and replacing refined sugar with brown sugar, honey or even jaggery! The options are endless.

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  • Burgers: Indulge in this succulent meal by replacing regular burger buns with whole wheat ones and try options such as tofu mixed with vegetables to make the patty to reduce the fat content of this dish.

(​​​​​​​As Compiled By Prerna Mistry)

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:46:19 +0530
President appoints Om Pra

Media Eye News Bureau: The President Ram Nath Kovind appointed the senior-most Election Commissioner, Om Prakash Rawat as the Chief Election Commissioner in the Election Commission.

Om Prakash Rawat will assume the charge of office of the Chief Election Commissioner with effect from the 23rdJanuary, 2018. Current Chief Achal Kumar Joti to demit the Office on 22nd January.

Further, the President also appointed Ashok Lavasa, IAS(Retd.) as the Election Commissioner with effect from the date he assumes the office with effect from 23rd January, 2018.

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:00:04 +0530
Star Wars The Last Jedi

Media Eye News Bureau: Bueat ButeStar Wars: The Last Jedi, lead the way with a total of nine nominations including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress with Thor: Ragnarok closing in with eight nominations, including Best Film and Best Director for the Empire Awards 2018.

Further nominations include, Get Out for Best Film, Best Director and Best Newcomer for Daniel Kaluuya and Wonder Woman for the Best Film, Director, Actress and Sci-Fi/Fantasy categories respectively.

Call Me By Your Name has also bagged nominations for the Best Film, and is getting noticed for Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet in Best Actor and Best Male Newcomer categories and also for its Soundtrack and Screenplay.

With the Empire Awards reflecting all genres, John Wick: Chapter 2, Logan, The Big Sick, and Paddington 2 are all included as well.

Big Little Lies lead the way with four nominations with The Handmaid’s Tale, Twin Peaks, The Crown, Stranger Things 2, Star Trek: Discovery and Legion all featuring in the categories for television respectively.

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 03:39:07 +0530
BTS becomes the most foll

Media Eye News Bureau: BTS are not only taking over the charts, they’re taking over the internet as well, as they smash another record with 12 million followers on Twitter, becoming the most followed Korean Twitter account.

The Mic Drop hit-makers are followed by many major celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, Charli XCX, James Corden, Camila Cabello and Maroon 5 among others. They are currently the most famous K-pop group in the world and are also currently number one on iTunes the world over, and have sold over a million albums.

In an interview, they admitted that, “We were born at the right time. Without social media we wouldn’t have been so successful.” Their social media following overall is combined over 30 million followers.

A reason for their success worldwide could be attributed to the hard work BTS put into their music and performances. It was reported that they spend almost 12-15 hours a day practising  for the performances and that they have almost no schedule for a month if they have an album to make as RM, the group’s leader confessed in an interview.

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 03:29:56 +0530
Akshay Kumar postpones Pa

Media Eye News Bureau: Actor Akshay Kumar has shifted the release of his upcoming movie PadMan to February 9 on a request from filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, to avoid clashing of the two movies on January 25. PadMan will now hit theatres on February 9 and share the release date with Aiyaary, the first film that had opted out of the January 25 release.

Bhansali, who is facing threats and protests for the film said, "Padmaavat is releasing after a lot of struggle. We know that January 25 was initially the date for PadMan's release, but Akshay is such a big star that it might get more difficult for Padmaavat to endure another battle. Akshay knows what we've been through and it didn't take him two minutes to give us the head start. He has a very large heart to exude so much goodness I will be grateful for a lifetime for what he's done."

PadMan co-stars Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte along with Akshay Kumar who plays A Muruganantham, the inventor of a low cost sanitary napkin machine. Padmaavat is based on the legend of Rani Padmini of Chittor and the film stars Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini, Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji and Shahid Kapoor as Ratan Singh.

The film has been opposed by various Rajput groups and states like Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh who announced that they would not screen the film, despite the Censor Board clearing the film with five modifications and having the film change its name. The Supreme Court however, ruled against the ban in the states.

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 03:20:26 +0530
Whom shall I call Appa

Day thirteen they said,

shanti homam they said,

your father's soul is on its way they said

You did all you could as a family they said

 

How do we learn to live with the void he has left I ask

Who do we call when there's that word of advice we need

Did we do everything to make him comfortable as he did for us all his life I wonder

Who will call me Sunitha in his voice

Whom shall I call Appa...

 

He taught us to take on the world with confidence

So what if we were the so called weaker sex

He was a champion of women and not a person in need was turned away from his doorstep

He showed us the value of friendships

The joy of shared laughter and sweet secrets

It's evident in the way His friends swear by him

It's evident in the affection they showered on him

 

To do right by people, no matter what the circumstances

And to learn from challenges, indeed rise above them!

To keep faith in the power above

Plan, organise, preempt and succeed were his mantras

You could set the clock by his time

Come rain, hail or sunshine

 

Every shirt in his wardrobe lined up like soldiers

Meticulous to the T, impeccably turned out in his sharply pressed clothes

His presence was the highlight of every occasion

The quick wit and great sense of humor drew a laugh from even crusty old men

More of a friend to his granddaughters and sons in law

Mentor, advisor, buddy and the world's best father to my sister and I

 

He lived by a code that made bigger men salute him

Colleagues loved him, he had a kind word for anyone who met him

He lived for my mother, lived up to the promise given to his father in law

He made her independent, and her happiness came first in his book

 

Other people have envied him for his prowess in the kitchen

As for us we used to wait for the Wednesday when he cooked for us

He would entertain us for hours with stories of adventures from his youth

Each one had a nugget of wisdom in them

 

His values and morals are what we carry forward

Our every action a reflection of his teachings

It will get easier with time they say

At least he didn't suffer too much they say

He had a good life they say

But as I close my eyes every day

These questions repeat themselves in my mind

Who will call me Sunitha in his voice

Whom shall I call Appa….

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 02:58:13 +0530
The big C that is amazing

Media Eye News Bureau: Cancer… this word is usually uttered with myriad emotions attached to it. There's the limb numbing fear, the helpless anger, the hopeless cheer, the neverending tears. Even if there is hope of statistics that say ‘95% curable’ there is always the scare of whether the patient would be able to withstand the side effects physically and mentally. There is also the effect on family and friends. Here is one disease that affects those associated with it closely as much as the patient themselves….Sunitha writes about the tricky play by cancer.

Is there any pattern to the attachment the big C has? Nope! It could be an amazingly wonderful Mom who took tuitions to pass on her knowledge and then left behind her husband and only son as survivors.

It could be a happy go lucky young girl who dreams of completing her CA at the first attempt. It could be a dad of two who knew how to live life and had no other ailment till he was 70. Or it could be a tiny tot who hasn't learnt to walk yet. Amazing how non-biased this thing is.

There are millions of heart breaking stories out there and it's more easy now to know someone who has cancer than the common cold. One visit to Tata memorial hospital will change anyone's life and outlook to it. The costs are prohibitive in this disease and the wait for treatment is also sometimes unimaginable.

So what can we do when you or your loved one is a chosen one? There is no correct answer that fits all. Though I have found that the one thing that makes it bearable is the support of family and friends. Because the mental turmoil far surpasses the physical problems one faces. Of course the decision of chemo or no chemo will always haunt you but in the end it's a choice that needs to be made keeping the well-being of the patients in mind.

One can never be prepared for the change in the person you knew all your life in terminal cases, but when I read about the ones that defeated cancer and lived enriching lives, it shows how indomitable the human spirit is! A recent example being a 40-year-old man who will run the marathon after defeating cancer.

Just reading about him and others give me hope. Hope - that one day there will be a cure, hope - that one day we might even prevent the occurrence of cancer. Till then we fight!

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 02:31:31 +0530
President Confirms Disqua

Media Eye News Bureau: President Ram Nath Kovind approved the Election Commission's recommendation to disqualify 20 lawmakers of Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party.

The Election Commission on Friday recommended disqualification of the 20 AAP MLAs for holding office of profit as Parliamentary Secretaries

Following the President's approval, the Union Law and Justice Ministry issued a notification saying that the President has held that the 20 members of the Delhi Legislative Assembly stand disqualified under 15 (1) (a) of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) Act. 

These 20 MLAs are Alka Lamba, Adarsh Shastri, Sanjeev Jha, Rajesh Gupta, Kailash Gehlot, Vijendra Garg, Praveen Kumar, Sharad Kumar, Madan Lal Khufiya, Shiv Charan Goyal, Sarita Singh, Naresh Yadav, Rajesh Rishi, Anil Kumar, Som Dutt, Avtar Singh, Sukhvir Singh Dala, Manoj Kumar, Nitin Tyagi and Jarnail Singh.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state unit welcomed the approval, saying the decision had contributed to the protection of democratic values.

"People of Delhi feel that these AAP MLAs must return all financial benefits they have taken after the date on which a circular on their appointment and facilities was issued," said state party chief Manoj Tiwari.

Congress Delhi chief Ajay Maken said that if the decision of disqualification had come earlier, the AAP could not have been able to get its candidates elected to the Rajya Sabha, and alleged a deal between the AAP and the BJP, which explained why the disqualification was delayed by over a month.

The AAP said that it will now approach the High Court against this "extremely unconstitutional, unethical and biased decision of the EC". 

"If required we will go to the Supreme Court. The Constitution is supreme and is the law of the land and has been protected by our judiciary time and again," said party supremo Arvind Kejriwal.

He said that his party got 67 seats in the 70-member Delhi assembly by God's grace because after three years, 20 of his party's MLAs were going to be declared disqualified.

Kejriwal's media advisor Nagendar Sharma said "Modi government's appointed EC's" order was silent on MLAs not being given an opportunity to be heard.

"What was their pecuniary gain and there is no mention of latest Supreme Court 2014 judgment on office of profit"
 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 01:45:18 +0530
10 killed in fire at fact

Media Eye News Bureau: 10 people have killed in a major fire at the Bavana industrial area in the national capital on Saturday evening.

A few people are reported to be trapped inside the building.

Fire and rescue team started rescue operations soon after they got the information about the fire at 6.30 pm. Reports say the fire had spread from carpet factory to the other factories.

Fire and rescue official say the situation has been under control now.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted to say that the government is keeping a close watch on the rescue operations. "Very sad to hear about the large number of casualties," he tweeted.

"Learnt about a serious fire incident in a private factory at Bawana. Several casualties reported. Monitoring the situation. Ordered enquiry," Another minister Satyendar Jain tweeted.

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 21:54:42 +0530
Sonakshi Sinha shares the

Media Eye News Bureau: Sonakshi Sinha and Diljit Dosanjh are to star in what could only be called a first ever 3D comedy, titled, Welcome To New York. The film also stars Karan Johar, Boman Irani, Lara Dutta, Riteish Deshmukh, Rana Daggubati and reportedly Salman Khan as well.

The film was announced with a leaked chat of the cast and the first poster was unveiled at the end of the video. The film is set to be directed by Chakri Tolet.

The film is going to release on February 23 and follows the story of two youngsters in India searching for a better life for themselves which leads them to an unexpected trip to New York City.

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 21:37:44 +0530
Robert Redford Calls MeT

Media Eye News Bureau: Robert Redford spoke about the #MeToo and Time's Up movements recently at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival as he said, “It’s kind of a tipping point, it’s changing the order of things so that women will have a stronger voice. They didn’t have it before. Too much control by the male dominance. Now I think it’s going to be more even-handed. I think the role for women to be able to step forward and exercise their voices more is a really wonderful thing, and I think the role for men is to listen, let women’s voices be heard, and think about it.”

Sundance Institute executive director Keri Putnam and Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper were present as well. When asked about Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced co-founder of both Miramax Films and The Weinstein Co., who had been a major presence over the years at the fest, Putnam responded, “We were sickened to hear, along with everyone else, about Harvey’s behaviour, and certainly even more so to learn at least a couple of those incidents happened during the Sundance Film Festival. Sundance as an institution never contributed to that behaviour.”

Sundance applied some changes with a code of conduct that applied to its staff and volunteers, this year it would apply to all festival goers as well to build an atmosphere ‘free of harassment, discrimination, sexism, and threatening or disrespectful behaviour.’

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 21:32:24 +0530
Michael Douglas accused o

Media Eye News Bureau: A former employee of Michael Douglas’ has come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against him. Susan Braudy, a journalist and author who worked for Douglas’s production company, Stonebridge Productions, in the late 1980s, says she kept notes and files from her time working with Douglas and asserts that not only did Douglas used profane language, but that he also masturbated in front of her during a script meeting in his apartment. The allegations came over a week after Douglas gave an interview in which he said, “I’m bewildered why, after 32 years, this is coming out, now.”

Braudy further claims that Douglas made inappropriate jokes, and commented on her body. She also said that Douglas asked her to sign a confidentiality agreement, which she postponed to do so for six months. She was ultimately fired in late 1989, without signing an agreement.

Douglas responded to the allegations stating that the allegations were, “an unfortunate and complete fabrication.” He added that, “This individual is an industry veteran, a senior executive, a published novelist and an established member of the women’s movement, someone with a strong voice now, as well as when she worked at my company more than three decades ago. At no time then did she express or display even the slightest feeling of discomfort working in our environment, or with me personally. That is because at no time, and under no circumstance, did I behave inappropriately toward her.”

He stated that, “coarse language or overheard private conversations with my friends that may have troubled her are a far cry from harassment. Suggesting so, does a true disservice to those who have actually endured sexual harassment and intimidation.”

Douglas was asked as to why he wanted to do the pre-empt interview; He said that the allegations sent him “reeling.” “I just couldn’t put this together,” he said. “I’ve had no contact with her, in thirty-plus years.”

He continued, “How am I, in a 50 year career in this industry, dealing with an employee 33 years ago who perhaps is disgruntled that I let her go, even though I have never heard from her in 32 years.” Douglas also flatly denied all the allegations over the course of the interview.

Braudy, however, for her part said that Douglas’s response did not surprise her. “I believe this is part of the problem, as is his pretext of victimization, these are some reasons why so many women don't come forward with their stories; Lord knows its taken 30 years and a movement for me to gather my courage.”

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 21:26:37 +0530
Marvel s Cloak Dagger s

Media Eye News Bureau: Marvel gave an extended sneak peek look at Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios' Cloak & Dagger. It is the story of Tandy Bowen played by Olivia Holt and Tyrone Johnson portrayed by Aubrey Joseph, who are two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves with newly acquired superpowers that are linked to one another as Tandy can emit piercing light daggers and Tyrone has the ability to control and engulf others in darkness.

Both characters made their debut in a 1982 issue of Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, going on to become Spidey’s allies. The pair has headlined their standalone books as well, as they appeared in the Marvel Knights series, and joined the fight in Marvel Comics' Civil War event, where they fought alongside Captain America and his team.

The show also stars Andrea Roth, Gloria Reuben, Miles Mussenden, MCarl Lundstedt, James Saito, J.D. Evermore, Emma Lahana and Jaime Zevallos as well.

Joe Pokaski is the executive producer along with Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s head of Television and Jim Chory. The series is co-produced by Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios.

Freeform announced that Cloak & Dagger will debut on June 7. The show will mark Freeform's fifth show inspired by Marvel Comics to air in 2018, following Runaways on Hulu, Legion on FX, Jessica Jones on Netflix and The Gifted on FOX.

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 21:22:08 +0530
How Aditi Ditti Draw Hi

Media Eye News Bureau: Aditi was the daughter of Daksha, and married Kashyapa, son of Marichi, and grandson of Brahma. Aditi’s sisters were Diti, Kala, Danayus, Danu, Simhika, Krodha, Pradha, Vishwa, Vinata, Kapila, Muni and Kadru, according to Mahabharata Adiparva Chapter 66 verse 12.The devas were the sons of Aditi and Kashyapa. That is why they’re also called Aditeyas. Kashyapa also married her sisters, and from them were born all of the world’s living beings.

Aditi had 33 sons, of which twelve were Dwadashadityas – Dhata, Aryama, Mitra, Shakra, Varuna, Ansha, Bhaga, Vivasvan, Pusha, Savita, Twashta and Vishnu. According to Mahabharata Adiparva Chapter 65 verse 15, of the remaining, 11 were rudras and 8 were vasus.

Vishnu was born to Aditi as Vamana. The story of this birth was told by Vishwamitra to Rama and Lakshmana while they were traveling through the jungles, in the context of an ashram’s importance. When they visited the ashram, Vishwamitra told them that this was the place where Vishnu was born as Vamana. When Virochana’s son Mahabali conducted a yajna, the devas were frightened of the powers he was amassing and requested Vishnu to end the yajna. At the same time, Aditi was praying for Vishnu to be born as her son. According to Mahabharata Vanaparva Chapter 272 verse 62, Anushasanaparva Chapter 83 verses 25-26 and Ramayana Sarga 29, Vamana was born to her a thousand years later.

Once Kashyapa decided to conduct a yajna. While all the other arrangements were completed, he couldn’t get a suitable cow. He finally stole Varuna’s cow and conducted the yajna, and refused to give it back even after the yajna was completed. An enraged Varuna reached Kashyapa’s ashram, but he wasn’t there. Kashyapa’s wives Aditi and Surasa didn’t accord Varuna the desired respect. He cursed that they would be born in Gokul. Varuna then complained to Brahma. Brahma called Kashyapa and told him that since he had stolen the cow, he and his wives would be born in Gokul and would have to tend to cows. According to Devibhagavata Skanda 4, this was why, in the 28th Dwaparayuga, Kashyapa, Aditi and Surasa were born as Vasudeva, Devaki and Rohini respectively. This story was told to Janamejaya by Vyasa.

Thus Aditi was born as Devaki. There’s a reason why Devaki had to stay in prison at Kamsa’s command. Kashyapa, Aditi and Diti used to stay in an ashram. Aditi used to tend to all of Kashyapa’s needs and he was pleased enough to grant her a boon. Aditi wanted a perfect son and Kashyapa agreed. Thus Indra was born to Aditi. Diti was jealous and asked Kashyapa for a son who equaled Indra. Kashyapa agreed to this too and Diti became pregnant. As her pregnancy progressed, Diti began to glow and Aditi was afraid that she’d have a son who would surpass Indra. One day Aditi called Indra and told him that once Diti’s child was born, it was possible that Indra would be relegated to being second in terms of importance, and therefore he should do something about it.  Indra approached Diti and told her that he was there to tend to her needs. Diti was happy to hear this and soon fell asleep. Indra managed to get into Diti’s womb and cut her unborn child into 49 pieces. As it was being cut, the child began to cry. Indra kept saying ma ruta (don’t cry). The child escaped the womb as 49 marutas (vayu) Diti woke up, learned the facts and cursed Aditi that since her child had been killed by treachery, Indra would lose his control over the three worlds, and since Aditi was responsible for this, she would not only have to stay in prison and pine for her child, but her children would die too. According to Devibhagavata Skanda 4, it was because of this curse that Indra lost his position to Nahusha, and when Aditi was born as Devaki, she was imprisoned by Kamsa and her children were killed by him too.

Narakasura once obtained a boon from Vishnu and began tormenting all the three worlds. He even attacked devaloka, and stole Indra’s golden umbrella and Aditi’s ear rings. According to Mahabharata Udyogaparva Chapter 48 verse 80, Sabhaparva Chapter 38 verse 29 and Bhagavata Dashamaskanda, Vishnu incarnated as Krishna, defeated Narakasura and retrieved the stolen material.

According to Mahabharata Aranyaparva Chapter 135 verse 3, Aditi once cooked rice in the interiors of the Mainaka mountains as part of an offering to get children. After the Mahabharata war, when Yudhishtira praises Krishna – Mahabharata Shantiparva Chapter 43 verse 6, he mentions that Vishnu was born to Aditi seven times.

When the asuras started became stronger, the devas were perturbed. Aditi decided to send all the devas to annihilate the asuras. She prepared rice for them. When it was ready Budha approached her for some food. She replied that the rice had been prepared for the devas because they were going to war, and Budha could have some only after they had finished their meal. According to Mahabharata Shantiparva Chapter 343 verse 96-98, Budha cursed that when Vivasvan would be born as Anda, Aditi would be his mother and she’d suffer from stomach pains then.

Before the time of Swayambhumanu, a prajapati called Supatas and his wife Prishni meditated for twelve thousand years. Vishnu appeared before them and they asked for a child like Vishnu to be born to them. Vishnu was subsequently born to Prishni as Prishnigarbha. According to Bhagavata Dashamaskanda Chapter 3, this was told by Krishna to Devaki during his birth. Prishni, Aditi and Devaki were all incarnations of the same person.

 In this way Rahu & Sun ,(Aditya ) both are cousin brother. 

 ‎-Thannisery shiju Panicker-

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Sat, 20 Jan 2018 21:17:07 +0530
US govt shuts down amid T

Media Eye News Bureau: The US government began shutting down on Saturday at 12:01 am (local time), marked the first anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration.

The shut down  began after lawmakers failed to agree a stop-gap spending deal, to meet a midnight deadline to renew funding.

Senators were still negotiating on the Senate floor as the clock turned midnight, but Mr. Trump's office issued a statement blaming opposition Democrats for the crisis

Senate rejected a short-term spending bill to keep the federal government running, marking a chaotic end to Donald Trump's first year as president

The shutdown began at 12:01 am (local time) after a few Republicans joined Democrats in blocking the crucial measure would have provided short-term funding for the Pentagon and other federal agencies

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders blamed Senate democrats on Twitter for the "schumer shutdown" as Chuck Schumer, the top democrat in the state, is seen as the prime opponent to the stopgap budget.

" Tonight, they put politics over our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country's ability to serve all Americans," Sanders said.

" We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands.

"This is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators", she added.

On Saturday, Trump wrote on Twitter: " Not looking good for our great military and safety and security on the very dangerous Southern Border. Dems want a shutdown in order to help diminish the great success of the Tax Cuts, and what they are doing for our booming economy".

The last shutdown was happened in 2013 during the Barrack Obama administration which lasted for 16 days when many federal employees were forced to take leave of absence.

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:28:23 +0530
Six months to Dhadak st

Media Eye News Bureau: ‘Dhadak’ movie produced by Karan Johar is all set to be released. On Saturday he shared the news on twitter stating,
#6monthstoDHADAK #dhadak releasing 20th JULY 2018! Directed by @ShashankKhaitan and PRESENTING #janhvi and #Ishaan @DharmaMovies @ZeeStudios_ @apoorvamehta18” along with
a beautiful poster of the film, in which we can see Ishaan and Jhanvi posing.

Dhadak is Jhanvi’s and Ishaan’s debut film, inspired from the superhit Marathi movie ‘Sairat. However, Ishaan has already acted in Iranian director Majid Majidi’s ‘Beyond The Cloud’.

Recently Karan Johar had also posted a picture of the couple on instagram stating, ‘Janhvi and Ishaan in #Dhadak ...shoot progressing rapidly! Directed by @shashankkhaitan releasing July 6th,2018’

Manish Malhotra, who is the designer for Jhanvi’s wardrobe, posted few pictures on Instagram along
with Jhanvi and her actress mother Sridevi, who accompanied to her shoot location in Udaipur.



Director, Shashank Khaitan who has worked with Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt in ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’ and ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’ said Jhanvi and Ishaan both are very hardworking.

As mentioned before, the movie is inspired from Marathi movie Sairat but setting of ‘Dhadak’ is different. Shashank told the news agency that, "The basic premise (of Dhadak and Sairat) is same. But there are variations. My story is based on another set up. It is (set) in Rajasthan. It comes with its own challenges, conflicts and style of a love story. We are adapting Sairat into the world that we want to."

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:27:43 +0530
Amer Fort

Situated 11 kilometres away from the city of Jaipur, standing tall, is the sublime Amer Fort in the city of the same name. The fort is famous and is one of the optimal tourist destinations in the state of Rajasthan as it is rich in its culture and history. The Amer Fort has also been included in the UNESCO World Heritage site list among five other forts of the state of Rajasthan.

Amer occasionally pronounced as Amber, is said to have derived its name from the Ambikeshwara Temple. Ambikashwara is another name for Lord Shiva. However, local folklore also suggests that the name of the fort originated from Amba a form of Goddess Durga, who was the presiding deity of the Meenas who are said to have developed the town of Amber. Located on top of a hill named ‘Cheel ka Teela’ (The Hill of Eagles) on Aravalli Hills, the promontory juts into Maota Lake and overlooks the city of Jaipur. Another fort called Jaigarh Fort is also situated on the same hill and overlooks the Amer Fort. Both these forts are viewed as one complex as they are connected by a subterranean passage that was believed to have been an escape route for the royal members and others at the Amer Fort during times of war.

The scenic fort was built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh I who was a trusted general of the Mughal Emperor Akbar, who included him among the Navaratnas or the nine gems of the royal court. It was however, modified by several rulers up until late 1600s. It was built using red sandstone and white marble. It is known for its beguiling style of architecture that incorporates Rajput and Mughal styles. Moreover, the fort is adorned with ancient paintings and portraits of prominent Rajput rulers.

The fort has four levels, each having a courtyard and each with a separate entrance. One enters the premises first through a gate called ‘Suraj Pol’ or the Sun Gate which derives its name from the fact that this gate faces east and witnesses the sunrise every morning. It commences the tour of the fort with the first courtyard named Jalebi Chowk that includes a stairway leading to the main palace grounds and to the right of this staircase stands the Sila Devi temple. ‘Ganesh Pol’ or the Ganesh Gate, named after the Hindu God Lord Ganesh, is a gateway to all private palaces inside the complex and is a three levelled structure with many frescoes coloured in natural colour and above this gate is the Suhag Mandir where the women of the royal family witnessed functions through latticed windows, of the Diwan-e-aam in the second courtyard or the hall that was meant for public audiences, where the king used to meet common men as well as important dignitaries. This hall is adorned with mosaic glass works.

The third courtyard encompasses two resplendent palatial buildings named Jai Mandir which is also known as the Sheesh Mahal and Sukh Niwas or Sukh Mahal. The Sheesh Mahal is one of the most exquisite attractions inside the Amer Fort as it is ornamented in concave mirrors which give it an exotic appeal and it is said that if two candles are lit in this palace, it would look like a thousand stars coruscating in the ceiling. The Sukh Mahal is located on the courtyard opposite the Sheesh Mahal is built using sandalwood and ivory where a small channel carrying cold water runs through the edifice which keeps the environment of the building cool and the water from this channel flows into the garden. The third courtyard also includes the palace of Man Singh I and a garden located between the Sheesh Mahal and Sukh Niwas. Further, the Tripolia Gate or the three gates which gives an access to the palace from the west and opens in three directions and the Lion Gate that was once a heavily guarded gate and has a zig zag alignment which was made in mind keeping considering the security of the fort so as to attack intruders, stand tall alongside this courtyard.

The fourth courtyard is where the ‘Zenana’ or the royal women lived and has many rooms that open to one common corridor so that the other queens wouldn’t know when the king visited any one of them.

The Amer Fort is a place that has a very rich history and culture to leave the all those who visit spellbound. The historic significance and the architecture make this a must visit location.

(As compiled by Prerna Mistry)

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 14:14:34 +0530
French Actress Brigitte B

Media Eye News Bureau: Brigitte Bardot is the second French film personality after Catherine Deneuve to criticize women involved in campaigns such as #MeToo and its French equivalent, stating that majority of the sexual harassment protesters are 'hypocritical' and 'ridiculous’ and that, most of the cases are ‘uninteresting.’

Bardot elaborated in an interview that, “Many actresses flirt with producers to get a role. Then when they tell the story afterwards, they say they have been harassed (which) in actual fact, rather than benefit them, it only harms them.” She added, “I thought it was nice to be told that I was beautiful or that I had a pretty little ass. This kind of compliment is nice,” as she stated that she had never been a victim of sexual harassment.

She is the second high-profile French film industry figure to speak out against the campaign, #BalanceTonPorc (Squeal on Your Pig), the French equivalent to #MeToo. It was previously reported that Catherine Deneuve had signed an open letter criticising the movement as well by stating that it was a ‘puritanical wave of purification’ and that the ‘liberty to seduce and importune was essential.’ However, Deneuve later apologised to victims of sexual assault and that, others among the signatories had, ‘distort[ed] the spirit of the text.’

After a 20-year career, Bardot retired from acting in 1973. She starred in hits, including And God Created Women, La Vérité, Le Mépris among others. She has been active in animal welfare issues and has also been a supporter of the National Front. However, she has also been convicted in French courts for racial hatred offences and has paid a series of fines for the same.

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 13:01:56 +0530
Freeform announces Grown

Media Eye News Bureau: A spinoff of the ABC series Black-ish, Grown-ish has been renewed for a 20-episode second season at Freeform.

Created by Kenya Barris, the series follows the story of Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow Johnson’s (Tracee Ellis Ross) eldest daughter Zoey (Yara Shahidi) as she leaves home and heads to college, and navigates this unpredictable time in a youngster’s life. The comedy tackles current social issues and complexities facing both students and administrators.

In an interview, Barris spoke of the show as he said, “We’re looking at what it’s like to be a college kid in the world that we’re living in today, I really personally feel there hasn’t been another generation that has as much on its shoulders in terms of the world they’re walking into as the generation right now that we see in college.” He further elaborated, “The title is sort of double-entendre. The title is that you’re supposed to be grown but you’re also not quite grown. There’s something debilitating but also freeing with that place in life, the idea that you can be a flawed person and you know you’re flawed, but at the same time it’s a little bit okay because you’re kind of given a little bit of a pass. That’s an interesting place to sort of tell a story from.”

The series is produced by ABC Signature Studios and the executive producers of the show include Helen Sugland, E. Brian Dobbins, Anderson, Laurence Fishburne and Julie Bean.

The series also stars Francia Raisa, Trevor Jackson, Jordan Buhat, Emily Arlook, Deon Cole, and Chris Parnell. YouTube musicians Chloe and Halle Bailey feature on the show as well.

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 12:51:54 +0530
Def Leppard arrive on Spo

Media Eye News Bureau: British rockers Def Leppard are going to arrive on Spotify as their back catalogue was made available on streaming platforms for the first time.

The British band’s works, from their first release in 1979, The Def Leppard EP to their 2015 release will be available to stream as the band announced a new UK and Ireland headline tour for December.

“It is with a mixture of relief and euphoria that we now see our entire catalogue finally getting a digital release.” frontman Joe Elliot said. He added, “Having embraced every other format with open arms, especially and more recently the re-emergence of vinyl, we’re now going to be available to everyone everywhere and honestly, it’s as exciting as the original releases were.”

Def Leppard formed in Sheffield in 1977 and their 11-date tour in December includes a homecoming show in the city as well as their first ever show at London’s O2 Arena. The band re-released their 1987 album Hysteria last year and will perform the record in full during the tour.

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 12:44:46 +0530
Colin Firth refuses to wo

Media Eye News Bureau: Colin Firth said of Woody Allen, ‘I wouldn’t work with him again,’ as he stated he won’t do any projects with the director in the future. His statement came on the on same day as Allen’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow gave her first televised interview accusing the director of sexual assault.

Firth worked with Allen in the film, Magic in the Moonlight in 2013, before Farrow published an open letter that alleged that her father molested her in an attic and also accused Hollywood of turning a ‘blind eye,’ to which Allen denied the accusation as ‘untrue and disgraceful’ at the time.

As the Time’s Up initiative launched this year in response to the sexual abuse in faced by women Hollywood, in December, Farrow wrote an op-ed repeating her claims and questioning why the movement against sexual violence had spared Allen and called on other actors to support her due to which many a-list actors such as Mira Sorvino, Rachel Brosnahan, Greta Gerwig, Rebecca Hall and Timothée Chalamet came forwards and stated that they regretted working with Allen. Hall and Chalamet, who have parts in in Allen’s next film, A Rainy Day in New York, said they would donate their salaries to charities.

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 12:18:30 +0530
Political Uncertainty loo

Media Eye News Bureau: The Aam Aadmi Party suffered a major setback in Delhi as the Election Commission have recommended the  disqualification of 20 of its MLAs for holding "office of profit" as Parliamentary Secretaries.

Opposition parties have called for the resignation of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal while the ruling pary accused the Election Commission as biased.

The disqualification, most likely, will hit AAP's massive majority in the Delhi assembly, fuelling chances for imminent by-election in the state. The 'mini election', prior to the mega election in 2019, will pose a huge test for the ruling AAP, at a time when the BJP trying to extend their tremendous seven-all victory in the previous general election in 2014.

Six AAP MLAs meanwhile sought an immediate stay on the EC order but the Delhi High Court declined to pass any interim order. The court will hear the matter on Monday.

The EC is learnt to have conveyed its opinion to the President Friday afternoon and the President is bound to act in accordance with the poll panel's recommendation.

The move will pave the way for by-polls in Delhi for 20 constituencies of the 70-member assembly. The AAP at present has officially 66 members in the House although some have turned dissidents. The other four seats are held by the BJP.

Even if 20 MLAs are disqualified, the ruling party will still have a comfortable majority in the Delhi Assembly. But by-elections, if called, will put to test Kejriwal's grip on Delhi.

The MLAs who face the axe are Alka Lamba, Adarsh Shastri, Sanjeev Jha, Rajesh Gupta, Kailash Gehlot, Vijendra Garg, Praveen Kumar, Sharad Kumar, Madan Lal Khufiya, Shiv Charan Goyal, Sarita Singh, Naresh Yadav, Rajesh Rishi, Anil Kumar, Som Dutt, Avtar Singh, Sukhvir Singh Dala, Manoj Kumar, Nitin Tyagi and Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar).

The AAP said the EC recommendation was based on false allegations, alleging that the "BJP through its agents seriously compromises the prestige of the EC just to divert the attention of the nation from its all round failures.

"What (the) Modi government appointed Election Commission is leaking to the media is a recommendation made without hearing the arguments of MLAs on the false allegation of office of profit. Such a blatantly biased recommendation will not stand scrutiny in court of law," Kejriwal's media advisor Nagendra Sharma said.

AAP chief spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj said there was a political conspiracy against the party, alleging that Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Jyoti, a 1975 batch IAS officer who was Gujarat Chief Secretary when Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister, was "paying back" to Prime Minister just a few days before demitting office. Joti's term expires on Monday.

The Congress and the BJP welcomed the move and asked Kejriwal to step down.

"Kejriwal has no right to continue. Half of his cabinet ministers were removed on corruption charges. Twenty MLAs who were enjoying ministerial perks would be disqualified," Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken said.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said Kejriwal has lost the moral right to continue. He accused the Chief Minister of acting like a dictator, saying "the party and the government function on the basis of (whatever he says).

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:46:36 +0530
Mira Rajput s love for he

Media Eye News Bureau: Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput, who is the most followed celebrity couple, tied their knot back in 2015. Mira who recently joined social media, shared a beautiful and heart touching picture of her wedding day.

 

Instagram Picture by Mira Rajput (mira.kapoor)

 

In the picture we can see MR. Rajput’s love for his daughter, which she captioned as, “'My strength and weakness #Dad.''


Even after marrying an actor, like Shahid Kapoor who has been ‘the chocolate boy’ of the industry and currently the ‘Sexiest Asian Man 2017’,

 

Instagram Picture by Shahid Kapoor(shahidkapoor)

 

Mira has managed to create her own comfort zone among the people and also in the industry.

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 10:24:29 +0530
Australian Naval Chief Vi

Media Eye News Bureau: Chief of Royal Australian Navy, Vice Admiral Timothy W Barrett, along with Royal Australian Naval (RAN) delegates visited Indian Naval Academy (INA) today. During the visit, the Chief of Royal Australian Navy and accompanying RAN delegates were acquainted with Infrastructure, Academic facilities and training processes at INA.

The aim of the visit was to build bridges of friendship between the two navies, exchange best practices and to consolidate and enhance bilateral defence relations between India and Australia. Naval cooperation between India and Australia has been traditionally strong, encompassing a wide span which includes operational interactions, training visits, port calls, participation in competitive annual sailing regatta Admirals Cup at INA along with capacity building and capability augmentation initiatives.

The visit of Australian Naval Chief, along with Royal Australian Naval (RAN) delegates to INA closely follows the successful conclusion of the second edition of biennial Australia-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise (AUSINDEX) conducted off West coast of Australia in the Western Australia Exercise Areas (WAXA) from 13 to 19 June 17.

Indian Naval Ships Jyoti, Shivalik and Kamorta participated in the exercise. The AUSINDEX was followed by the visit of Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ship, HMAS Newcastle to Kochi, Kerala from 4th to 7th July.

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:14:05 +0530
Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Si

Media Eye News Bureau: Ranveer Singh finally bids farewell to Alauddin Khilji (character in Padvat) by losing his bulked up physique to skinny and seemed to have shed a lot of weight is for his role in Gully Boy. Ranveer shared his transformation on instagram which went viral and got 3 lakh ‘likes’ in less than one hour.

Fans are going all crazy, calling Ranveer their ‘inspiration’. Some followers even said that he resembles the Hollywood star, ‘Christian Bale’. Ranveer Singh who had been the centre of various controversies, is very excited to work in Gully Boy. A while ago he also shared a picture with rappers saying, “Y’already know #gullyboys @ntnmshra #KaaamBhaari @VivianDivine

 

While Alia Bhatt is also all set to work on her new project ‘Gully Boy’. She shared her excitement by tweeting, “And finally it’s Day 1 of #GullyBoy !!! Such a special film for me for various reasons!!!! Wish me luckkkk!!!! Your support and love means the world to me Wohooo let’s do this! @RanveerOfficial #zoyaakhtar

The movie is a musical drama directed by Zoya Akhtar, based on Mumbai street rappers Divine and Naezy. Actors have been sharing various updates regarding the movie, and the movie has already created a huge buzz among the fans.

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:53:09 +0530
Zac Efron shares his firs

Media Eye News Bureau: Actor Zac Efron is all set to play serial killer Ted Bundy and will descend into a darker territory for his film titled ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.’ To announce the commencing of the film,  Efron shared a photo of himself as the killer, on social media. The film also stars Lily Collins and John Malkovich in lead roles as well.

The film is written by Michael Werwie and the film showcases Bundy’s story from the perspective his long-time girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, who went years denying the accusations against Bundy but ultimately turned him in. It was only nearing his execution that Bundy began talking about his extensive and heinous murders and it was when Kloepfer, and the rest of the world learnt of his numerous and grisly crimes. Ted Bundy admitted to having killed at least 30 people, mostly women and young girls, between 1974 and 1978 across seven states and for this, received three death sentences.

John Malcovich will play Judge Edward Cowart, who presided over the serial killer’s 1979 trial and ultimately sentenced him to death and Joe Berlinger is set to direct the film. However, with filming having only just begun, it's unclear when the film will hit theatres.

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:31:27 +0530
Stella McCartney introduc

Media Eye News Bureau: British designer Stella McCartney's dropped her Autumn or Pre-Fall 2018 collection in Los Angeles. The women's collection was heavy on pattern and animal prints. McCartney’s entire line is vegan but still offers high quality fur free fur coats to create a fashion statement.

Her menswear collection showcased a similar theme with patterns and prints but more uniform like with the animal prints being in sharper focus as full-on camouflage patterns on pullover V-neck sweaters or fuzzy cardigans and so on. Other designs included chevrons and diagonal stripes on track jackets and work shirts.

She introduced a collection of sustainably designed sneakers called ‘Loop’ that are made using stretch-knit uppers that are stitched to bio-based thermoplastic polyurethane soles made from renewable resources.

The event marked the presence of major A-Listers with all the Beatles’ Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Goldie Hawn and her daughter Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton, Paris Jackson, Selma Blair, Amy Poehler, Katy Perry, U2's the Edge, Emma Roberts, Christina Aguilera, Keirnan Shipka and James Corden among others.

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:19:30 +0530
Rare First Edition Harry

Media Eye News Bureau: A rare first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone worth GBP 40,000 has been stolen during a burglary of a Thetford bookshop.

Only 500 copies were published of this book where the author was listed as Joanne Rowling rather than JK Rowling and were published for the first printing in 1997 and only 300 of these copies went to libraries.

Other books taken from the store in Thetford include a set of four Winnie the Pooh first editions, a signed first edition of Terry Pratchett’s Colour of Magic, a hardcover first edition of The Hobbit from 1937, The Great Gatsby edition from 1925 in a dark blue custom case, a paperback copy of Brief History of Time from 1983 with a thumbprint signature by Stephen Hawking, two first editions of the Gunslinger by Stephen King and a sketchbook from the 1820s-1840s by an unknown artist including pencil and water colour sketches.

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:10:33 +0530
China breaks truce in Dok

Media Eye News Bureau: China keeps their line of maintaining tensions in the border, saying they will keep building infrastructure in Doklam.

China also said India has no business to comment on construction activity on Chinese territory. as they firmly say that Doklam always belongs to them.

The neighbour's recent comments are part of the purposeful attempts to break the truce that was established in the border after India and Chinese troops were locked in a 73-day stand-off at Doklam, which is claimed by Bhutan

The face-off began when the Indian military halted road building by the Chinese at Doka La in the region which is very close to India's highway.

Even as both sides resolved the crisis by retreating from the point of face-off in August, news reports suggested that China was busy building infrastructure to fortify its position in the region.

Some satellite images purportedly show massive infrastructure build-up in Doklam, as close as 81 meters to the point of face-off between Indian and Chinese troops in the disputed plateau last year.

"I don't know who offers such kind of photos. I don't know the detailed information," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said when asked about the images.

"You must be quite clear. Donglong (Doklam) always belongs to China and is always under China's effective jurisdiction. There is no dispute in this regard," Lu said.

"China is exercising its sovereignty in its own territory. It's legitimate and justified. Just as China will not make comments about Indian construction of infrastructure on India's territory, we hope other countries will not make comment on China's construction of infrastructure on its territory," Lu said.

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:53:12 +0530
Grey s Anatomy star Ellen

Media Eye News Bureau: Ellen Pompeo has signed on to continue her role as Meredith Grey in ABC’s medical drama Grey’s Anatomy for another two years. She will continue to remain producer of the series, while also being an executive producer on the forthcoming fire-fighter spin-off series.

Pompeo will reportedly make a whopping $550,000 per episode which will make her the highest paid actress on a TV drama. However the actress herself remains unsure as to when the show will end as she said, “I’ve been saying since season one, ‘We have two more years.’ This show, it’s taking on a life of its own, and who knows? We take it season by season really.”

Pompeo further added, “You never think TV shows are going to go this long. Of course not, never, and especially me, I don’t ever assume things like that. I assume tomorrow everyone’s going to hate us. You got to try, you got to stay humble.”

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:13:29 +0530
Fire and Fury to be adapt

Media Eye News Bureau: Michael Wolff’s controversial book, ‘Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,’ about the Trump administration, is set for adaptation as a television series.

Endeavor Content has reportedly made a seven figure deal and purchased the film and television rights to the book. The book delves into the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency and depicts Trump as unprepared for the role at the White House, and that he is unclear about policy details. The book also includes quotes from former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who referred to the 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer as ‘treasonous,’ which eventually led to his resignation at Breitbart News over the furore caused by his statements in the book.

No network is currently attached to the project and so far it is known that Wolff will serve as an executive producer on the project with former BBC executive Michael Jackson who will be producing the show as well.

The book had also angered the US President himself, who retaliated on social media with a tweet that read, “Michael Wolff is a total loser who made up stories in order to sell this really boring and untruthful book.”

The book however, was an immediate best-seller and was majorly sold out at bookstores the day it was released and climbed to the top of The New York Times bestseller list while becoming the most downloaded book in its first week.

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:03:38 +0530
CW s Black Lightening ser

Media Eye News Bureau: The DC Comics-inspired series on CW, Black Lightning had a strong debut with two cameo appearances by real-life activists carefully in the premiere episode.

Nina Turner, Ohio State senator and founder of Our Revolution and journalist and commentator Roland Martin both appeared as themselves. In the episode, titled, ‘The Resurrection,’ Turner appeared during the episode's first act, introducing the principal Jefferson Pierce at a fundraiser for his school, Garfield High.

Later, Martin appeared on a news program running in the background of a few scenes, talking about the importance of Black Lightning and the inequality he faces even as a superhero by stating that other cities have heroes, but Freeland's African American Black Lightning is the one who is treated like a criminal.

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:48:39 +0530
Amazon and Sky Atlantic s

Media Eye News Bureau: Amazon and Sky Atlantic’s new show Britannia is being compared to the hugely successful show Game of Thrones with its portrayal of vast landscapes, vengeful gods, British accents and violence. However, the comparison falters when you delve further into the episodes.

Britannia depicts the tale of the second Roman invasion of Britain and is set in AD 43 which is more than a thousand years before the time period of Game of Thrones that is set in a quasi-medieval era. The show is based on history unlike Game of Thrones which is more of a historical fantasy.

Moreover, the show contains characters such as the druids who are shown to be sorcerers, who are able to see the future, summon demons and manipulate the minds of men. It is based on the story of the real Roman commander Aulus Plautius played by David Morrissey, who under the rule of  Emperor Claudius, led his army to the land of the Celts and the Druids and conquered it.

However, there are many resemblances to GoT especially when Aulus plots to civilise the natives of Britannia he does so by setting the Cantii and the Regnii, two of Britain's ruling tribes, against each other, in a scheme akin to something that Cersai Lannister in GoT would do.

The makers of the show, however, strongly oppose the comparisons made with GoT as Production Designer Tom Burton says, "We were trying to keep it grounded in reality. So we built Stonehenge and it looks exactly like Stonehenge, even to the point where we knew what days we were going to shoot it, so we positioned it so the sunset shone on it at the right time, just like the real Stonehenge. It's not the kind of show where dragons are going to be flying. It is not Game of Thrones."

Producer Rick McCallum adds, "It's not trying to compete in that kind of world. This is the Celts, the Romans, and then the Druids, who are the spokespersons for the gods. And then there's this other world, the underworld that the dead go to, that everybody is trying to get to.”

Jez Butterworth for his part says the show isn’t a replica of the famous HBO series as he asserts that he has, “never seen a single episode of Game of Thrones." And adds, "I would probably enjoy it if I had! In truth I don't get the time to watch any telly."

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:32:30 +0530
Logan Paul hopes for anot

Media Eye News Bureau: Logan Paul has finally realised his error of his actions or so it seems. The 22-year-old YouTuber had come under fire for posting of a vlog in Japan’s Aokigahara forest, dubbed as ‘suicide forest’ where he filmed a dead body of a man who took his life in the Japanese forest.

He admitted that the fierce backlash that he has received is ‘fair’ but however said that, “Everyone deserves second chances, bro.” Further, YouTube pulled him from their ads and scrapped him from one of their original series named Foursome.

However, YouTube is trying to reassure advertisers by pledging to manually review videos on its website and that, actual workers, not just algorithms, will review the videos that are within Google Preferred, the site’s program for premium advertising. It also announced a number of other changes including stricter guidelines for becoming part of the YouTube Partner Program, which allows a user to start making money from ads on the site.

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:04:55 +0530
GST Council slashes rates

Media Eye News Bureau: The Goods and Services Tax Council decided to slash the GST rate on 54 services and 29 items, including old and used motor vehicles, public transport buses run on bio-fuels, sugar-boiled confectionery and packaged water, but could not finalise measures for simplification of the GSTN returns.

The much-talked about demand for bringing petroleum products within the ambit of GST did not come up for discussion on Thursday. The issues will be taken up at the next meeting, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told media persons after the GST Council meeting.

'Vibhuti' (sacred ash), parts and accessories for manufacture of hearing aids and de-oiled rice bran have been exempted from GST while all types of old and used motor vehicles other than medium and large cars and SUVs will now attract 12 per cent instead of 28 per cent GST. Old medium and large cars and SUVs will attract 18 per cent instead of 28 per cent.

The rate on sugar-boiled confectionery, drinking water packed in 20 litre bottles, fertiliser-grade phosphoric acid, bio-diesel and drip irrigation system have been reduced from 18 to 12 per cent.

Tamarind kernel powder, mehendi paste in cones and domestic LPG supplied by private distributors will attract a reduced duty of five per cent instead of 18 per cent. 

The exemptions from GST will, among other things, now apply to supply of services for providing information under RTI Act, legal services provided to government, local authority, governmental authority and government entity, transportation of goods from India to outside by air and sea, services relating to admission or conduct of examinations provided to all educational institutions, entrance fees for entrance examination and for transportation of students up to higher secondary schools. 

GST has been reduced from 18 to 12 per cent on construction of Metro and monorail projects, while on tailoring services it has been brought down from 18 per cent to five per cent. Admission to theme parks, water parks, joy rides, merry-go-rounds, go-carting and ballet will now be taxed at 18 per cent instead of 28 per cent and on common effluent treatment plans services from 18 per cent to 12 per cent.

Jaitley said the decisions on changing the tax rates were taken on the recommendations of the fitment committee and the changes will come into force from January 25.

Talking about simplifying GST return filing, Jaitley said the Group of Ministers under the Council, officials of GST Network and Nandan Nilekani, Infosys Chairman, held a meeting on the issue. Infosys is the service provider of GSTN.


 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 03:21:22 +0530
Sumitra Mahajan calls for

Media Eye News Bureau: The 27th lecture of the “Lecture Series” organized by the Commission was delivered by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, on the topic “My Experiences as a Representative of People”.

The speaker spoke about the need for society to introspect and look within itself in order to change attitudes towards corruption, and to further the positive ideal of ethical conduct.  Her address drew inspiration from India’s traditional ideals in this regard and she discussed a wide range of issues using examples from traditional Indian spiritual thought as well as from her experiences as a representative of the public.

The speaker opined that society must look inwards at itself for inspiration in order to promote good conduct, both in the public as well as private spheres of life. The importance of prevention as being more effective than punishment was emphasized in her lecture. She also spoke of the need to examine instances of spending more than known sources of income in order to detect corruption.

The audience was told of many interesting instances of her experiences as a public representative, which served to highlight the need for society to introspect upon the decline in ethical values and the need to promote integrity in public life.

Sumitra Mahajan’s initiatives towards setting up the Speakers Research Initiative in Parliament and the importance to training for members of Parliament were also discussed during the course of the lecture. The lecture was followed by a lively question and answer session.

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 02:51:42 +0530
Agni 5 Successfully passe

Media Eye News Bureau: Long Range Surface-to-Surface Ballistic Missile, Agni-5, was successfully flight tested for its full range from Dr Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha.

This was the fifth test of the Missile and the third consecutive one from a canister on a road mobile launcher. All the five missions have been successful.

The flight performance of the missile was tracked and monitored by radars, range stations and tracking systems all through the mission. All objectives of the mission have been successfully met.

The launch operations were led by Project Director, Agni-5, G Ramaguru and Programme Director, Agni, MRM Babu. Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister and Director General, Missiles and Strategic Systems Dr G Satheesh Reddy witnessed the launch.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman while inaugurating the Defence Industry Development Meet at Chennai, shared her happiness on the successful flight test of Agni-5. She congratulated DRDO on this successful feat and also lauded the industries who contributed to the manufacture of indigenous technologies that went into the making of the missile.

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 02:31:34 +0530
18 children to receive Na

Media Eye News Bureau: Eighteen children, including seven girls have been selected for the National Bravery Awards 2017 where three of the bravehearts are being awarded posthumously.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will award these future leaders of the society at a function in New Delhi on January 24. They would then participate in the Republic Day Parade 2018 at the Rajpath, where they would be one of the main attractions of the event.

The coveted Bharat Award is being conferred on 18 year old Nazia of Uttar Pradesh who raised her voice against the illegal gambling and betting, which have been rampant for decades in her neighbourhood. She courageously faced and endured threats to her life but did not give up her fight.

The prestigious Geeta Chopra Award is being conferred on 14 year old Late Netravati M. Chavan of Karnataka who sacrificed her life in an attempt to save two boys from drowning.

The Sanjay Chopra Award is being given to 17½ year old Master Karanbeer Singh of Punjab who rescued several precious lives from death with his tireless efforts and indomitable courage.

Master Betshwajohn Peinlang (14 years) of Meghalaya, Mamata Dalai (7 ½ years) of Odisha, and Master Sebastian Vincent (13½ years) of Kerala are being given the Bapu Gaidhani Awards. Betshwajohn with his fearless act of bravery saved his brother from being burned alive. Mamata Dalai dragged her friend from a crocodile's jaws with her valourous and bold action. Sebastian bravely and fearlessly saved his friend's life from an inevitable mishap on a railway track.

The other recipients are Laxmi Yadav (Chhattisgarh), Mansha N, Master N. Shangpon Konyak, Master Yoaknei, Master Chingai Wangsa (all from Nagaland), Samridhi Sushil Sharma (Gujarat), Master Zonuntluanga, Late Master F. Lalchhandama (both from Mizoram), Master Pankaj Semwal (Uttarakhand), Master Nadaf Ejaj Abdul Rauf (Maharashtra), Late Km. Loukrakpam Rajeshwori Chanu (Manipur) and Master Pankaj Kumar Mahanta (Odisha).

The selection was made by a high-powered committee comprising representatives of various Ministries/Departments, Non-Governmental Organisations as well as office bearers of Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW).

President of India Ram Nath Kovind and several other dignitaries will host receptions in their honour. Several States too are organising functions to honour them at the State level.

The awardees receive a medal, certificate and cash. Eligible awardees will be granted financial assistance until they complete their schooling. Some State Governments also provide financial assistance to them.

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 02:21:05 +0530
Vice President Untouchab

Media Eye News Bureau: Vice President of M Venkaiah Naidu has said that untouchability is the real enemy of humanity and helping the poor is real patriotism. He addressed the All India Telugu Association event in Chennai, commemorating 258th birth anniversary of Veerapandiya Kattabomman & 250th Jayanti of Sadhguru Thyāgarāja. 

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, P. Balakrishna Reddy, Minister for Youth Welfare and Sports Development of Tamil Nadu and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

The Vice President said that Veerapandiya Kattabomman, one of the earliest freedom fighters, had courageously fought against the British in the 18th century.  His saga of valiant resistance and indomitable courage continues to inspire all of us even today. Kattabomman exemplifies the qualities of courage and conviction, he said.

“India’s great saint-composer, Thyāgarāja, a pioneer of Carnatic music, has provided inspiration to thousands of musicians over the last century. He embodies the ennobling and enthralling range of Indian music. Music, literature and poetry give solace” he said.

“India has always celebrated diversity and plurality. It has welcomed co-existence of diverse languages and religions. It has fostered unity in diversity. It has facilitated individual identity but has promoted a culture of mutual respect. We have been particularly sensitive to the linguistic and cultural needs of minority group”, Venkaiah added.

Venkaiah called on Youth to take full advantage of opportunities available in the country and help the country by creating jobs.

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 02:09:25 +0530
Kim Kardashian West annou

Media Eye News Bureau: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcomed their third child, a baby girl at 12:47 a.m on Monday, January 15, 2018 via a surrogate.

Kim announced the arrival of her baby on her website in a heartfelt message that read, "Kanye and I are happy to announce the arrival of our healthy, beautiful baby girl. We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give and to our wonderful doctors and nurses for their special care. North and Saint are especially thrilled to welcome their baby sister."

The baby was born at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Kim was the first person to hold her newborn followed by husband Kanye West. The couple was joined by Kris Jenner and Kim's sisters at the hospital as well. The baby’s name has not been revealed yet.

Kim's had two very difficult pregnancies with Kim suffering from early-onset preeclampsia with her first child North and had to deliver almost six weeks early in 2013. She suffered from placenta accreta, a condition where the placenta remains attached to the wall of the uterus during her pregnancy with her second child Saint and the latter condition occurred during both deliveries, which was a major factor due to which Kimye opted to have their third child via surrogacy.

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 20:57:06 +0530
Keira Knightly explains w

Media Eye News Bureau: Keira Knightley who stars in the upcoming historical drama Colette where she plays a French author named Colette, who tries to fight her husband who steals her work and tries to pass it off as his own.

She recently confessed that she purposefully seeks roles in period films due to the way female characters are depicted in modern day films as she elaborated that, “I don’t really do films set in the modern-day because the female characters nearly always get raped. I always find something distasteful in the way women are portrayed, whereas I’ve always found very inspiring characters offered to me in historical pieces.”

Knightley said playing the role of Colette was an inspiring one and she stated that, “It’s wonderful to play inspiring women and to get their stories and their voices out there. The fact that the movie is coming out right now isn’t a surprise. Women’s stories are suddenly viewed as important.”

Further she added that in the wake of all the harassment scandals surrounding Hollywood, she has noticed an improvement in the films that she is being offered now. She said, “I’m suddenly being sent scripts with present-day women who aren’t raped in the first five pages and aren’t simply there to be the loving girlfriend or wife.”

“For the first time, people are sharing their stories. People have been absolutely terrified to talk about it and were scared of retribution, so I don’t think everybody knew the extent of what was going on,” she said as the Pride and Prejudice actress admitted that she found the anti-harassment #MeToo movement fascinating and that it goes far beyond the entertainment industry.

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 20:47:50 +0530
Tripura Meghalaya Naga

Media Eye News Bureau: The Election Commission announced the polling dates of three northeastern statesTripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland, setting the stage for the first round of elections in 2018, prior to the much-anticipated battle in Karnataka in April,and later in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh at the end of the year.

Nagaland and Meghalaya will go to polls on February 27 where as the date of polling in Tripura will be February 18, Chief Election Commissioner A.K Joti said while announcing the poll schedule. Chief Election Commissioner also announced the Model Code of Conduct with immediate effect.

Counting will be done on March 3, simultaneously for all the three states, comprising 60 seats each.

Tripura is considered to be as a strong political bastion of the Communist Party of India (Marxist),CPI-M, where it dictates the matter in the state since 1993. Manik Sarkar runs the show in the state since he became the Chief Minister in1998.

The Congress-led government of Mukul Sangma has ruled for eight years in Meghalaya, which always witnessed political instability. BJP stands as a big challenge for the Congress, which made alliance with the Mnaipur National People's party founded by former Congress PA Sangma, who died in 2016.

The Naga People's Front-led Democratic Alliance, backed by the BJP, is in power in Nagaland, with TR Zeliang as Chief Minister. Political crisis loomed over the state many times with the Chief Minister changing twice, in the past year.  

A.K Joti said electronic voting machines and VVPATs (voter verifiable paper audit trail) will be used in all the three states to enhance transparency and credibility of the election process.

In Tripura, filing of nomination will open on January 24 and the last day for this will be January 31. Scrutiny of nominations will be done on February 1 and the last day for withdrawal is February 3.

In Meghalaya and Nagaland, nominations open on January 31 and close on February 7. Scrutiny will be done on on February 8 and the last day for withdrawals is February 12.

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:35:40 +0530
Horror comedy genre STRE

Media Eye News Bureau: Director Amar Kaushik and writter’s Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK’s horror comedy genre ‘STREE’, starring Shraddha Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao, has gone on the floor.

Shraddha Kapoor shared her excitement on working with Rajkumar on her tweets,

 Very excited to share that I’ll be working with 1 of my favourite actors @RajkummarRao & the hilarious director duo Raj & DK for a 1st of its kind horror-comedy!@MaddockFilmsshe tweeted.

Rajkumar Rao who had an extraordinary year in 2017 with the success of Newton and Bareilly Ki Barfi, also shared his moment on twitter.

“We have a title! Shoot starts on our horror-comedy #Stree. Exciting schedule ahead! @ShraddhaKapoor Directed by Amar Kaushik Written by Raj&DK Produced by Dinesh Vijan, Raj&DK” Rajkumar tweeted.

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:26:49 +0530
Supreme Court clears fina

Media Eye News Bureau: The Supreme Court has cleared the decks that delayed the release of controversial movie “Padmaavat” as the top court stayed the notifications and orders passed by certain States to prohibit the exhibition of the Censor Board-certified movie.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film has been going through the legal battles for many months since its story line had released.  The new order will allow the production team to release the film on January 25 itself.

Many factions, including the Karni Sena and other fringe groups, raised their objections against the movie as they believe that it distorted the historical facts leading to Rani Padmini, also known as Padmaavati.

The movie portrayed the 13th century historical battle between Maharaja Ratan Singh and his army of Mewar and Sultan Alauddin Khilji of Delhi.

The apex court ordered all States to ensure that public law and order situation is maintained during the screening of the film across the country. The court today ruled that movie cannot be banned by states on grounds of risk to public order while at least four states refused to screen over fierce protests by Rajput groups.

The court ordered the States to protect the artistes and the people involved in the movie from threats. It further forbade States from passing any order, notification which amounts to a prohibition of the exhibition of the movie.

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said a film may bomb at the box office or people may choose to not watch it, but the States cannot use its machinery to prohibit its exhibition citing risk to public order.

After taking a que against the release of the film, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had asked to change the name from Padmaavati to Padmmavat and also put their scissors in many scenes.

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:30:56 +0530
Big Little Lies Season 2

Media Eye News Bureau: Big Little Lies season two is officially happening as confirmed by HBO after months of rumours and also confirmed that Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman will return as both stars and executive producers of the series as well. The shooting is likely to commence in spring of this year and is aimed for a 2019 release.

Andrea Arnold will direct all episodes of the new season and negotiations are reportedly in the works with other cast members of season one including Zoe Kravitz, Shailene Woodley, Adam Scott, and Laura Dern, among others. Executive producer Jean-Marc Vallée is also shared information regarding an addition to the cast, "There’s a new character coming. Perry's mother, that’s all I can say.”

There were reports about the addition of four new characters in season 2, including Bonnie's parents, a new teacher at Otter Bay Elementary School, and a new employee in the school's office as well.

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:51:43 +0530
The Flash movie to be dir

Media Eye News Bureau: The screenwriting duo John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein who are credited with Sony and Marvel's hit Spider-Man: Homecoming are switching sides to helm an upcoming DC Comics film and are in talks to direct Warner Bros.' upcoming Flashpoint movie based on speedster hero the Flash.

Actor Ezra Miller will reprise his role as Barry Allen/The Flash from Justice League. The standalone film for the Flash, titled Flashpoint was kept on hold after Dope director Rick Famuyiwa left the project over creative differences. He was the second director to exit the project shortly after Seth Graham-Smith, who wrote the script but backed out of directing the film.

The duo are known for penning comedies such as Horrible Bosses and Vacation before last year's Spider-Man: Homecoming that earned more than $880 million worldwide. If they decide to direct the Flash’s solo film, they will take on a script by Joby Harold, who made changes in the original script by incorporating elements of Flashpoint, a DCU comics arc dealing with an alternate universe, thereby adding in a comic element.

However, there is currently no release date set for Flashpoint and DC and Warner Bros. are presently gearing up for the standalone release of Aquaman. Actor Jason Momoa is set to play the superhero after the character was introduced in Justice League.

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:25:58 +0530
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Famous Vegetarians

Over the last few decades, Veganism and Vegetarianism has come to be known as a lifestyle. However, it is not just major celebs today that have turned vegans or vegetarians, a lot of important figures in history have followed a plant based diet in order to avoid harm to animals, the environment and their health as well.

Let’s take a look on some of these trailblazers in history who have followed a plant based diet.

  1. Buddha:

 

“To become vegetarian is to step into the stream which leads to nirvana,” said Buddha, born, Siddhartha Gautama who followed a strict vegetarian diet.

 

  1. Pythagoras:

 

The ‘Pythagorean diet’ was the term used before the word ‘vegetarian’ became popular in the late 1800s. Known for his math theorem, the Greek scholar Pythagoras believed that, “as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.” He lived over 2500 years ago, and ate a meat-less diet.

 

  1. Mahatma Gandhi: 

 

Gandhi was an avid vegetarian and had immense compassion for both, men and animals. He felt that, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

 

  1. Leonardo Da Vinci:           

 

Born in 1452 during the Renaissance, Leonardo Da Vinci was known for his study of mathematics, anatomy, engineering, art, sculpture, and aerospace. Da Vinci was an ardent animal lover and would purchase caged birds only to set them free. He once said, “I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.”

He was a staunch vegetarian and he did not believe in letting his body “be a tomb for other creatures.”

 

  1. Albert Einstein:       

Though Albert Einstein adopted vegetarianism toward the end of his life, he deduced that man was not born to be a carnivore as he quoted that, “nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival for life on earth as much as the evolution of a vegetarian diet.”

 

Besides these prominent names, there are many celebrities today who follow the same or similar lifestyle such as:

  1. Ellen DeGeneras and Portia Di Rossi:

Both Ellen and Portia have adopted a vegan lifestyle since 2008 for ethical reasons. "I personally chose to go vegan because I educated myself on factory farming and cruelty to animals, and I suddenly realised that what was on my plate were living things, with feelings. And I just couldn’t disconnect myself from it any longer," DeGeneres had said.

  1. Natalie Portman:    

It was a book by Jonathan Safran Foer’s called ‘Eating Animals’ that encouraged Portman to turn vegetarian as she expressed that,"Perhaps others disagree with me that animals have personalities, but the highly documented torture of animals is unacceptable, and the human cost Foer describes in his book, of which I was previously unaware, is universally compelling,".

  1. Liam Hemsworth:

"After all the information I gathered about the mistreatment of animals, I couldn't continue to eat meat. The more I was aware of, the harder and harder it was to do," said Liam Hemsworth, who, turned vegan for ethical and health reasons.

  1. Paul McCartney:

The former Beatles’ band member has been a vegetarian for many years now and has supported many animal rights campaigns by PETA, recalled an incident, "Many years ago, I was fishing and as I was reeling in the poor fish, I realised, 'I am killing him, all for the passing pleasure it brings me.' And something inside me clicked. I realised as I watched him fight for breath, that his life was as important to him as mine is to me,” which compelled him to give up meat.

  1. Ariana Grande:

The Dangerous Woman singer announced on twitter that she was a ‘100% vegan’ as she explained that, "I am a firm believer in eating a full plant-based, whole food diet that can expand your life length and make you an all-around happier person."

These famous vegetarians have set an example by their quality of life, and have proved that a plant-based diet is the way to a healthier and happier life. 

 

 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:19:34 +0530
Famous Vegetarians in His

Over the last few decades, Veganism and Vegetarianism has come to be known as a lifestyle. However, it is not just major celebs today that have turned vegans or vegetarians, a lot of important figures in history have followed a plant based diet in order to avoid harm to animals, the environment and their health as well.

Let’s take a look on some of these trailblazers in history who have followed a plant based diet.

  1. Buddha:

 

“To become vegetarian is to step into the stream which leads to nirvana,” said Buddha, born, Siddhartha Gautama who followed a strict vegetarian diet.

 

  1. Pythagoras:

 

The ‘Pythagorean diet’ was the term used before the word ‘vegetarian’ became popular in the late 1800s. Known for his math theorem, the Greek scholar Pythagoras believed that, “as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.” He lived over 2500 years ago, and ate a meat-less diet.

 

  1. Mahatma Gandhi: 

 

Gandhi was an avid vegetarian and had immense compassion for both, men and animals. He felt that, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

 

  1. Leonardo Da Vinci:           

 

Born in 1452 during the Renaissance, Leonardo Da Vinci was known for his study of mathematics, anatomy, engineering, art, sculpture, and aerospace. Da Vinci was an ardent animal lover and would purchase caged birds only to set them free. He once said, “I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.”

He was a staunch vegetarian and he did not believe in letting his body “be a tomb for other creatures.”

 

  1. Albert Einstein:       

Though Albert Einstein adopted vegetarianism toward the end of his life, he deduced that man was not born to be a carnivore as he quoted that, “nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival for life on earth as much as the evolution of a vegetarian diet.”

 

Besides these prominent names, there are many celebrities today who follow the same or similar lifestyle such as:

  1. Ellen DeGeneras and Portia Di Rossi:

Both Ellen and Portia have adopted a vegan lifestyle since 2008 for ethical reasons. "I personally chose to go vegan because I educated myself on factory farming and cruelty to animals, and I suddenly realised that what was on my plate were living things, with feelings. And I just couldn’t disconnect myself from it any longer," DeGeneres had said.

  1. Natalie Portman:    

It was a book by Jonathan Safran Foer’s called ‘Eating Animals’ that encouraged Portman to turn vegetarian as she expressed that,"Perhaps others disagree with me that animals have personalities, but the highly documented torture of animals is unacceptable, and the human cost Foer describes in his book, of which I was previously unaware, is universally compelling,".

  1. Liam Hemsworth:

"After all the information I gathered about the mistreatment of animals, I couldn't continue to eat meat. The more I was aware of, the harder and harder it was to do," said Liam Hemsworth, who, turned vegan for ethical and health reasons.

  1. Paul McCartney:

The former Beatles’ band member has been a vegetarian for many years now and has supported many animal rights campaigns by PETA, recalled an incident, "Many years ago, I was fishing and as I was reeling in the poor fish, I realised, 'I am killing him, all for the passing pleasure it brings me.' And something inside me clicked. I realised as I watched him fight for breath, that his life was as important to him as mine is to me,” which compelled him to give up meat.

  1. Ariana Grande:

The Dangerous Woman singer announced on twitter that she was a ‘100% vegan’ as she explained that, "I am a firm believer in eating a full plant-based, whole food diet that can expand your life length and make you an all-around happier person."

These famous vegetarians have set an example by their quality of life, and have proved that a plant-based diet is the way to a healthier and happier life. 

 

 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:06:20 +0530
Kevin Spacey accused of r

Media Eye News Bureau: After being faced by a wave of sexual assault accusations, Kevin Spacey was accused by the head of a security company that worked on the set of Netflix’s ‘House of Cards,’ of racism.

Earl Blue, the head of VIP Protective Services claims that during the filming of the show’s first season, Spacey apparently used the N-word as he told his security manager that he didn’t want black security personnel watching the show’s trailer. He further stated that he complained to set managers about Spacey, who however responded stating, “That’s just the way he is.” It was further reported by an employee of Blue’s company that Spacey refused to even shake the hands of any black security guards on set.

Blue also claims that VIP Protective Services’ $1.1 million contract was not renewed, despite acknowledgement and praise from the show’s producers and for that he intends to sue the actor for loss of income.

Amid all the accusations of sexual assault and racism, Spacey, who played President Frank Underwood was fired from the House of Cards series and was also fired from Ridley Scott’s ‘All the Money in the World’ as well. Netflix also dropped plans to release a film starring Spacey called ‘Gore’ based on Gore Vidal.

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:35:51 +0530
Warner Bros approve fan

Media Eye News Bureau: After a long wait by eager Harry Potter fans around the world, the fan made film, that traces Tom Riddle’s journey to becoming the dark wizard Lord Voldemort, has finally released for free viewing on YouTube after gaining assent from Warner Bros.

The movie, named Voldemort: Origins of The Heir  tells the tale of Grisha McLaggen, the heir of Gryffindor and an auror trying to stop the rise of Tom Marvolo Riddle aka Lord Voldemort. It follows her journey from where she is captured trying to steal back Tom Riddle’s diary from Russian aurors and through this interrogation, the movie commences with a flashback to Riddle’s dark life where he lies, manipulates and kills to acquire the heirlooms of the famous founders of Hogwarts that are Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup, Salazar Slytherin’s Locket and Rowena Ravenclaw’s Diadem which in the original Harry Potter films are recognised as Voldemort’s horcruxes or the objects that contain a piece of his soul. The 50 minute long film, is said to be inspired by JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince

The movie is produced by Tryangle films and is an Italian movie redubbed in English. Director Gianmaria Pezato explained the reason to make the film, as he said, “We wondered, ‘What made Tom Riddle become Voldemort?’ What happened in those years, and what really went down at Hogwarts when he came back? There are some clues in the books which have not been transposed at all in the movies, but a lot goes unspoken. This is the story we want to tell: The rise of the Dark Lord before Harry Potter and his first demise.”

Warner Bros. who produced and distributed the original Harry Potter films contacted the filmmakers when they put up an appeal for funds on an online crowdsourcing resource called  ‘Kickstarter.’ The studio only allowed the filmmakers to proceed with the film if the makers agree to release the film for free after completion.  

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:32:03 +0530
Modi Israeli PM visit Ce

Media Eye News Bureau: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Centre of Excellence for Vegetables in Vadrad in Sabarkantha District of Gujarat.

They were briefed on various achievements of the Centre. They also inaugurated through video link, the Centre of Excellence for date palms at Kukama in Kutch district. They interacted with farmers from Kutch district.

Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Modi said that Israel has shown the way on how to transform a nation with the agriculture sector at the core. He said it is important to use technology in the agriculture sector. Modi outlined how India is working towards doubling farmers' incomes by 2022.

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:27:43 +0530
Naval Chief lauds NCC Cad

Media Eye News Bureau: Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), visited the DG NCC Republic Day Camp at Cariappa Parade Ground, Delhi Cantt and reviewed an impressive ‘Guard of Honour’ by the smartly turned out Cadets drawn from all the three Wings of NCC i.e. Army, Navy and Air Force.

This was followed by a brilliant band display by the cadets. The CNS also inspected the well laid out flag areas prepared by the NCC cadets from all the 17 NCC Directorates depicting various Social Awareness themes.

Later, the Admiral witnessed a sterling cultural performance put up by the multi-talented Cadets depicting the rich Indian Culture.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief of the Naval Staff complimented the Cadets for presenting an impressive ‘Guard of Honour’, smart turnout and drill of the Cadets.

He stated that NCC is a premier youth organisation single-mindedly engaged in grooming Nation’s Future leaders & empowering them to don the mantle of country’s leadership as well as excel in all walks of life. He noted the noble contribution of NCC Cadets towards Nation Building and their indomitable spirit and empathy during calamities.

He also appreciated efforts in pursuit of naval activities to include long duration and high risk sailing. The CNS also urged the NCC Cadets to join the armed forces and serve the motherland.

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:20:47 +0530
Modi Netanyahu dedicate

Media Eye News Bureau: Prime Minister NarendraModi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dedicated to the nation, the iCREATE facility located on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.

iCreate is an independent Centre created with the objective of facilitating entrepreneurship through a blend of creativity, innovation, engineering, product design and leveraging emerging technologies to deal with major issues such as food security, water, connectivity, cybersecurity, IT and electronics, energy, bio-medical equipment and devices etc. iCreate aims to develop an ecosystem in India to generate quality entrepreneurs.

The two leaders visited various stalls that highlighted technologies and innovations across diverse fields.

Addressing the gathering, Modi said that innovation has a key role to play in bringing the people of India and Israel, closer to each other. He said the entire world has taken note of the technological prowess and creativity of Israel.

He said the youth of India has energy and enthusiasm. What the youth needs is a bit of encouragement and institutional support, he added.

Modi said that the government is working to make the entire system innovation-friendly, so that intent can generate ideas; ideas lead to innovation; and innovation helps create a New India.

He said that the first pre-requisite of success is courage. He congratulated the courageous youth who are engaged in innovative activities at iCreate.

Quoting Kalidasa, the Prime Minister touched upon the dilemma between convention and innovation. He urged the youth of India to innovate to overcome the challenges facing the nation today, and to improve the quality of life of the common man at lowest possible cost.

The Prime Minister spoke of cooperation between India and Israel for innovation in areas such as food, water, health and energy. He said this cooperation between the two countries would write a new chapter in the history of mankind in the 21st century. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:06:11 +0530
Varun Sharma joins cast o

Media Eye News Bureau: Fukrey actor Varun Sharma is set to join the cast for a pivotal role in Dinesh Vijan’s Arjun Patiala starring Kriti Sanon and Diljit Dosanjh. The film is a romantic comedy film on a tall girl and short boy's love story.

The film will see Sharma playing the character of Onida Singh who is an arrogant, sarcastic cop who knows the system well but once he comes in contact with Arjun Patiala, the duo will wrestle the system with their crazy antics.

Kriti Sanon will be seen playing the role of a journalist who meets Diljit, a boy from a small town in Punjab and as the story unfolds, would see the pair falling in love and going through a number of hilarious situations that would crop up due to their height differences.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:10:39 +0530
Deepika Padukone to star

ME News Bureau: Rumours about Baahubali star Prabhas making his debut in Bollywood had been making rounds for quite a while now, until recently, the actor himself finally confirmed that a Bollywood film is indeed up next on the cards.

Deepika Padukone is being touted as a strong contender to play the leading lady in the film and it has been reported that the makers have approached her for the film and that the talks are still underway.

However it isn’t known yet if the Padmaavat actress will give her nod to the film opposite the South superstar.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:04:14 +0530
Deepika Padukone to star

Media Eye News Bureau: Rumours about Baahubali star Prabhas making his debut in Bollywood had been making rounds for quite a while now, until recently, the actor himself finally confirmed that a Bollywood film is indeed up next on the cards.

Deepika Padukone is being touted as a strong contender to play the leading lady in the film and it has been reported that the makers have approached her for the film and that the talks are still underway.

However it isn’t known yet if the Padmaavat actress will give her nod to the film opposite the South superstar.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:56:49 +0530
Khelo India Anthem Crosse

Media Eye News Bureau: The Khelo India Anthem, which was unveiled on 15th January, has already struck a chord with India. The anthem has crossed an unprecedented reach of 200m reach across digital platforms YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

It has struck a chord with celebrities and politicians alike. Right from Sachin Tendulkar to Amitabh Bachchan, everyone took to their social media channels and praised the effort that has gone behind revamping this program.

The Anthem was launched by Minister of State ( I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Rathore, along with Sanjay Gupta, Managing Director, Star India in New Delhi.

The Khelo India Anthem was launched ahead of the Khelo India School Games, an initiative by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India, which encourages mass participation and excellence in sports among youngsters.

A spirited composition, the Khelo India Anthem is now all set to go live on TV, OOH and other media as well. The anthem is conceptualized by Ogilvy, composed by Louis Bank and the film has been produced by Nirvana Films.

#KheloIndia programme is now ready to host school games at various levels that will be broadcasted live by Star Sports. Every year, 1000 athletes will be selected through an under 17 tournaments and a portal. They will be rewarded with a scholarship of Rs. 5 Lakhs every year continuously for 8 years.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:46:08 +0530
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Dolores O Riordan lead s

Media Eye News Bureau: Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of the Irish alternative band The Cranberries, died on Monday in London at the age of 46 as confirmed by her publicist. Her cause of death has not been revealed and has been classified as ‘unexplained’ by the police who arrived on Monday at London’s Park Lane hotel where O’Riordan was pronounced dead at the scene. A statement from her publicist revealed that the singer with the band was in London for a short recording session.

Her current band mates Noel Hogan, Fergal Lawler, and Mike Hogan paid tribute to the lead singer on social media with a touching message that read, "She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989."

The Irish musician, originally from Limerick, led The Cranberries to international success in the 90s with singles including Linger and Zombie and their 1993 debut album ‘Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?’ that went on to sell over 40 million records worldwide.

In 2017 The Cranberries announced a tour including dates in Europe, the UK, and the US. However, shortly into the European tour, the group had to cancel the remainder dates as a result of O'Riordan's health issues.

Irish president Michael D Higgins issued a statement where he acknowledged her death as a big loss, and added that O'Riordan's work with The Cranberries "had an immense influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally".

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said she was "Limerick's greatest ever rock star", and that her band "captured all of the angst that came with your teenage years".

O'Riordan, the youngest of seven children, had written her own songs since she was 12. She joined the band as a teen after coming across an advert for a female singer for a rock band ‘The Cranberry Saw Us.’ O'Riordan then briefly pursued a solo career after the band split in 2003 before eventually reuniting with The Cranberries in 2009.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:22:12 +0530
Nirmala Sitharaman takes

Media Eye News Bureau: After her recent visit to INS Vikramaditya, the aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on her visit to Air Force Station Jodhpur, took to the skies in the formidable Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft of 31 Squadron.

In her 45 minutes of sortie, she was demonstrated some of the unique characteristics and strengths of this mighty twin engine Air Superiority Fighter (ASF).  She is the first woman Defence Minister of India to fly a sortie in an IAF Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft.

To gauge the operational capability and preparedness of the defence forces, the Minister has been visiting various establishments of the Armed Forces. These visits go a long way in enhancing the motivation of the defence personnel as they get an opportunity to personally interact with the Defence Minister herself.

After her sortie on the multirole ASF, she addressed and interacted with the Air Warriors of Air Force Station, Jodhpur and congratulated them on their professionalism, high state of morale and motivation. During the visit, she was also briefed on employment of Air Power in the defence of our country.

Owing to its versatile capabilities, Su-30 MKI forms an integral and the most potent component of our nation’s Air Power.  Recently, ‘BrahMos’ Supersonic Air Launched Cruise Missile and ‘Astra’ Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile, was integrated and successfully fired from this platform. With these advancements, the reach with air-to-air refueling and standoff performance, Su-30 MKI is a truly potent platform and is bolstering IAF’s strategic capabilities.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:19:05 +0530
Modi Netanyahu hold mega

ME News Bureau: Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu, with his wife Sara, formally paid respect to Mahatma Gandhi soon after they began their mega roadshow in the city.

Netanyahu was given a moving welcome when he arrival at the Ahmedabad airport. He was received by Modi and top state officials after which they advanced to a roadshow toward the Sabarmati Ashram, with crowds swamping both sides of the road.

As the convoy with the two national leaders advanced, crowds fluttered Indian and Israeli flags. More than 50 stages were set up along the route of the convoy for cultural shows and recitals.

At the Sabarmati Ashram, Modi took his Israeli guests on a circuit of the ashram where Mahatma Gandhi had lived.

Netanyahu and his wife Sara paid respect to the 'Father of the Nation' and described their visit to the ashram as ''very inspiring''.

PM Modi also gave a lesson on kite playing to Netanyahu and his wife, at the ashram premises.

The two global leaders are scheduled to attend a number of events later in the day.

The roadshow extending to about 14 km was profoundly guarded by different categories of security forces, such as Chetak commandos, Quick Response Teams, the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad and the Gujarat Police. Israeli snipers also were also omnipresent at the event.

Additionally, special squads were reportedly positioned at tall buildings en route and also on the Sabarmati river in speedboats while the dignitaries visited the Ashram.

As a precautionary measure, several roads along the course were closed by the authorities to ensure the smooth travel of the leaders and their convoy. 

The two leaders later inaugurated the iCreate Center at Deo Dholera Village in Ahmedabad, before visiting a startup exhibition and interacting with startup CEOs.

The PMs are scheduled to dedicate a mobile water desalination van to Suigam Taluka, in the Banaskantha district, through a video link.

Subsequently, the leaders will visit the Centre of Excellence for Vegetables at Vadrad in Banaskantha district and also launch the Centre of Excellence for Date Palms in Kukama.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:36:38 +0530
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Media Eye News Bureau: ABC’S popular sitcom Modern Family is slated to conclude next year after 10 seasons of the Pritchett family, as confirmed by the show’s co-creators Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd.

The news of the finale was announced after the show's 200th episode, which earned 5.8 million views. The show is a hit and has won the award for the Outstanding Comedy Series at the Emmys for five consecutive years.

The show has been very advantageous for its star cast with Sofia Vergara earning an astounding $41.5 million last year. Besides the younger actors on the series, Ariel Winter, Sarah Hyland, Rico Rodriguez and Nolan Gould reportedly made at least $100,000 per episode.

Apart from this, the show has bagged 22 total Emmy wins for its crew and cast with actors Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, and Eric Stonestreet receiving Emmys for their work on Modern Family.

 However, reports suggest that the show may not altogether end with season 10 as there are talks of a spin-off to continue the storylines of the families.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:33:31 +0530
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Media Eye News Bureau: With the Walt Disney Company buying media assets from 20th Century Fox, questions of the X-Men entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been doing rounds and Marvel Studios Visual Design Supervisor Andy Park, who has designed character looks, costumes, and creatures for major MCU movies, revealed his thoughts on the deal as he said, "So I was at Stan Lee Comic Con last year and I got interviewed, and I got that exact same question (of the X-Men entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe), like, 'What is some of the characters you would dream of designing or working on? My answer was always the X-Men characters. And I'm like, 'But it's never going to happen. But, we also used to say that about Spider-Man, so you never know."

However, Park admitted that he and his co-workers weren't aware of the deal negotiation between the Walt Disney Company and 20th Century Fox and were surprised when it was announced.

He further expressed that fans shouldn't expect an X-Men post-credits scene in any movies for the next couple of years as he said that he had no idea when they’re actually going to come out.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:25:42 +0530
Happy Silver Wedding Anni

On 25th January 1993 this beautiful couple got married, we would like to take this opportunity to wish Mr. & Mrs. Chauhan a very happy and prosperous silver wedding anniversary. Media Eye wishes this couple a very successful and prosperous future ahead.

This couple reminds us It takes only a moment to fall in love, but a lifetime to prove that it was truly meant to be forever……..

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 02:30:09 +0530
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Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:25:52 +0530
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Media Eye News Bureau: Officials have confirmed that one more body was recovered from the spot where a Pawan Hans chopper had crashed, on Saturday, off the Mumbai coast minutes after it took off from the Juhu airport .

Seven people, including five ONGC officers, on board, in that chopper and five of the bodies had been identified after it were brought to Nanavati Hospital that evening.

Family members of Capt. V C Katosh, who were rushed on to Cooper Hospital, identified him soon after the body was brought over there.

Bodies of four ONGC officers- all deputy general managers - PN Sreenivasan, R Saravanan, Jose Antony and Pankaj Garg- were identified on Sunday, along with Captain Ramesh Ohatkar, one of the two pilots.

VK Bindulal Babu, another ONGC deputy general manager, was also on board the chopper along with second pilot VC Katoch.

Officials said that DNA samples were taken from Bindulal Babu's brother, who visited Cooper Hospital, and these will be sent to Kalina forensic lab.

Meanwhile ONGC and Pawan Hans Ltd have been continuously assessing the situation as a high-level delegation from both teams visited Coast Guard western region headquarters to draw plans to recover the debris.

ONGC and Indian Coast Guard along with the Indian Navy have been engaged in an extensive search operation soon after the helicopter crashed off the Mumbai coast after took off for state-owned ONGC's soil installation in the Arabian sea on Saturday.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:43:34 +0530
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ME News Bureau: Prerna Mistry writes about the rise of the South Korean boy band BTS who recently won the Top Social Artiste award at the Billboard Music Awards and went on to become the first ever K-pop group to perform at the American Music Awards.

It was the year 2012 when Korean artiste Psy’s Gangnam Style took the world by storm, breaking YouTube records as well with its catchy tunes and funky dance moves.

However, this failed to spark interest in other K-pop groups and though it earned the his follow-up song Gentleman a spot on the Billboard Hot 100, Psy failed to hit the mark in the international music scene.

Come 2017 and it marked the rise of the South Korean boy band BTS with the group winning the Top Social Artiste award at the Billboard Music Awards and went on to become the first ever K-pop group to perform at the American Music Awards.

BTS’ success is much attributed to the band’s performances as the complicated, high-energy choreography is something rarely seen in today’s pop music. BTS is also known to deliver thought-provoking messages with their songs which connect with the youth in the world and represent the struggling youth. On an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, member Suga expressed, “Korea and US, we have our different languages but we all share similar thoughts. We may talk in different tongues, but we’re thankful that you (the fans) identify themselves with us.”

One of the major factors is perhaps how BTS used social media platforms from the early stages in their career; they ran a blog to upload their freestyle rap, songs, mix tapes and work logs to establish their own musical world and then released three albums with the concept of ‘Story of Teens by Teens,’ where the members incorporated their stories into their songs which made an impact on the younger generation. Besides, each member of the BTS also sought to communicate and establish a connection with their fans through their vlogs which helped them become an online powerhouse. Their fan base known as ARMY, played a great role in promoting the band on the internet both locally and internationally.

This enabled BTS to a fan base in the West as well as in Korea as attested by them being invited to perform in the AMAs and BBMAs and the popularity of their single in collaboration with DJ Steve Aoki, ‘Mic Drop,’ which peaked at No. 28 in the Billboard Hot 100.

The song remains popular not only in Korea but internationally as well and it wasn’t the song that fuelled BTS’ popularity, it was rather, the other way around. It is reported that BTS’ popularity is likely to have a carryover effect on other K-pop groups as well that may boost the genre of K-Pop in the international music world.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:04:50 +0530
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She walks amongst us...Giving us hope, strength and that one look to say – been there, done that!

Hang in there – this too shall pass. You’re invincible, unstoppable today!....Sunitha Anand writes about the sheer perseverance and indomitable intelligence of women surrounding us

Mavshi, who makes sure we are fed; our house is clean and our children are cared for. Regardless of the abuse she faces at home from her drunk husband and son who is a crook.

Rajam miss, strict but loving, teaching us the intricacies of English in her impeccable style. Though left alone by her children who flew away to other countries, despite losing her husband of 45 years to terminal illness, she stands tall.

Sushila – who carries out the garbage and thanks us profusely when given used clothes. Smiling even after losing her only child in a senseless road accident, hit and left to die by the son of a politician.

The old lady, Sakhubaiwho sells fruits at the corner of the road – sending me on my way with a toothless smile. Ekes her living and takes care of a grandson whose parents died too early in the bomb blasts.

Vimala, the school bus driver who waves my car ahead of her bus, knowing we can each have right of way. She’s a mother of four girls, all getting educated in the nearby convent, despite her husband abandoning her for not giving birth to a boy.

Angelica – a smart, beautiful young woman who lives alone in my building. Is a journalist, but was raped brutally a few years back by her boyfriend and friends. She continues at her job, stays out late and works at finding her own slice of peace.

Priya, the sweet and talented homemaker who’s an amazing cook. She gets compliments for the food she caters to the nearby offices, but her husband finds fault in every morsel he eats.

Parvati, the trinket seller in the train. I wait to see her because she carries the choicest earrings for me and we share a little gossip in the ten minutes of our short journey. She carries her 8-month-old in a sling close to her heart and never lets on to the burns she is healing from when she was pregnant.

Janhavi, the 28-year-old who miscarried and then went on to find she had breast cancer. She fought through it all – took her two years, but she has hope now.

Veronica aunty, though must be close to 80 can put any young girl to shame with the grace she carries herself. Always well dressed, she can drill manners into even the most uncouth young lad.

Shruti, dean of a college, mother of three, lost her husband in her thirties. Bringing up the children single handed, teaching them to be self-sufficient, walking the spiritual path and inspiring others who look up to her.

18-year-oldSaundarya, who dreams of being successful, self-sufficient and well educated, finding a man who values her for who she is and if not, then his loss!

My gang of gals who take one look at me and know if something’s wrong. Easier to share without judgement coming my way, knowing I can call on any one of them at any time of the day or night.

She walks amongst us

Giving us hope, strength and that one look to say – been there, done that!

Hang in there – this too shall pass.

You’re invincible, unstoppable today!

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:33:12 +0530
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ME News Bureau: Seven Pakistani soldiers, including a major, were killed in a gunfight along the Line of Control in (LoC) in Janglote area in Jammu & Kashmir.

Sources said the dead Pakistani Army officer was identified as Major Amjad.

The gunfight was carried out in retaliation to the ceasefire violation in the Mendhar sector of Poonch district early on Monday morning.

A senior Army officer said Pakistani troops continue to target Indian positions though there was no raid across the LoC.

On Saturday, Lance Naik Yogesh Muralidhar Bhadane, 28, from Dhule district of Maharashtra, was killed during firing from across the border in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:27:42 +0530
India Israel cement ties

Media Eye News Bureau: India and Israel extended their bilateral ties to a next level as both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his visiting Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu met for hours in the national capital, showing full display of bonhomie and personal chemistry.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted a lunch for Netanyahu after bilateral talks, while a live rendition of Raj Kapoor movie “Shree 420” was played and the Israeli officials was seen enjoying very much.

Both countries signed nine agreements, including those on cyber-security, solar thermal energy, oil and gas sector and space, along with closed-doors discussions over defence sector.

Indian PM and his Israeli counterpart were found competing to laud each other as Netanyahu described Modi as a “revolutionary leader”.

“You (Modi) are a revolutionary leader. You are revolutionizing India and her relations with Israel…India-Israel relationship is a marriage made in heaven….Anytime you want to do a yoga class with me, it’s a big stretch, but I’ll be there,” Netanyahu said.

Israeli PM also thanked ‘Narendra’ for his exceptional display of friendship.

Modi took the opportunity to treat his counterpart at the highest degree as possible and calling him as “my friend Bibi”.

“I have a reputation of being impatient in getting results. It’s an open secret that so are you (Netanyahu)….we reviewed the progress in our relations. Our discussions were wide ranging and intensive. Marked by desire to do more,” Modi said.

The two global leaders stressed their bid to strengthen defence cooperation during bilateral talks while Modi invited Israeli defence companies to be a part of “Make in India” with Indian companies.

The two nations issued a joint statement at the end of bilateral talks, saying they “called on the Defence ministries to hold discussions in 2018 with active involvement of the public and private sectors, in order to create the basis for viable, sustainable and long term cooperation in the defence industry”.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:56:17 +0530
Missing VHP President Dr

Media Eye News Bureau: Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) international working president Pravin Togadia, who went missing from Ahmedabad on Monday morning, was found late night on the same day in an unconscious condition.

According to a statement of the VHP, Togadia, who suffered from low blood sugar levels, was found lying in an unconscious state at a park in Shahibaug and was taken to Chandramani Hospital, where he is said to be recovering.

Earlier Monday morning the VHP president went untraceable before a team of Rajasthan police went to execute an arrest warrant against him under section 188 of the IPC in an old case of hate-speech that dates back in 2015. But they left when they failed to find him.

As soon as news of his alleged detention or arrest spread in the State, hundreds of VHP workers and supporters of Dr. Togadia gathered at Sola police station in Ahmedabad while angry followers even blocked highways in many towns across the State.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:10:52 +0530
70th ARMY DAY

Media Eye News Bureau: In the history of Indian army 15th January holds a special place as every year, it is celebrated as Army Day.

This day is celebrated in spirit of Field Marshal Kodandera M Cariappa, who took over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief on this day in 1949.

India is celebrating the 70th army day by paying homage to the fallen heroes, who sacrificed their life for protection, peace and prosperity of the country. The Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had addressed the army to extend their greetings and paid homage to the valiant heroes at the Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate, New Delhi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared his thoughts via Twitter. “On Army Day, I convey greetings to the soldiers, veterans and their families. Every citizen of India has unwavering trust and pride in our Army, which protects the nation and is also in the forefront of humanitarian efforts during times of natural disasters and other accidents.”

From the Rashtrapati Bhavan, a Twitter message was released on behalf of the President of India.

“On Army Day, greetings to the valiant men and women of the Indian Army, to veterans and to families of those who have worn the uniform. You are our nation’s pride, the sentinels of our liberty. Citizens sleep securely knowing you are ever awake and ever vigilant.”

India is always indebted to the armed forces, for their invaluable services and sacrifices they have done for their country.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:06:12 +0530
Dombivli Kerala Samajam

Media Eye News Bureau: The Dombivli Kerala Samajam recently organized an event dedicated to the strength and resolution of Indian woman – named Stree Shakti.

The highlight of the event was a drama enacted on the poem, ‘Kollendathengane, written by the well-known poetess and activist, Ms. Sugathakumari.

The event is supported by Media Eye, a reputed media company with varied interests.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:23:50 +0530
ECHS launches online port

ME News Bureau: Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS), under the Ministry of Defence, has launched an online portal for the application of Smart Cards, the facility is live from 14 January, 2018.

The application will be filed online and the mode of payment for Smart Card charges will also be through online payment.

The new Smart Cards are Dual interface (contact and contactless) with Fingerprint Biometrics authentication through Aadhaar based system. The Smart Card will enforce authorised usage as per laid down policies of the ECHS scheme so that misuse and inappropriate usage is prevented.

Policies governing the authorization of the ECHS benefits to the members will be enforced through application deployed for the Smart Card.

The new online system will allow ECHS beneficiaries to apply online for Smart Card without visiting regional Centres. The payment for Smart Card will also be done through online mode with options using Net Banking, Debit / Credit Card, Wallet Payments and also the physical submission of application for ECHS Smart Card has been done away with the new online portal application.

For more details, visit ECHS website http://www.echs.gov.in then click on the tab Online Smart Card Application – Online Application.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:14:28 +0530
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Media Eye News Bureau: Air India Limited, an Indian government owned, enterprise is up for sale.

The Narendra Modi led government is planning to break up the in debt national carrier Air India into four separate companies.

On January 10, 2018, the cabinet had proposed the foreign investors to invest up to 49% in the company’s shares on the basis of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)rules for civil aviation. 51% of the shares are bifurcated amongst the four companies which will be put for sale.

The four separate segments will be Air India and Air India Express, Ground handling, Alliance Air and MRO. As per reports Air India and Air India express will be considered as a single company during bidding. The Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha in an interview also informed that the process is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

The bidding procedures and date will be updated soon. Interested parties can bid for one or more companies.

                                   

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:47:38 +0530
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Media Eye News Bureau: Going to Kanyakumari always offers a peace of mind and freshness. But when you go to this holy palce keeping in mind the marvelous history, it will be a different experience. Chitra Muraleedharan reveals the history attached with the Suchindram temple, situating in Kanyakumari district.

Kanyakumari is a coastal town in the state of Tamil Nadu on India’s southern tip. Suchindram is a panchayat town in Kanyakumari district in the state of Tamil Nadu.

The temple has a 134 feet entrance tower with 24 feet beautifully carved door. The tower is carved with sculptures and status from Hindu Mythology.

There are many legends associated with it. One of them is about Anasuya the wife of Atri Maharshi.

Anasuya was well known for her devotion towards her husband. She had the power of performing miracles with the water with which she washed her husband’s feet - “Paatha Theertham’. It was then the three Devis : Goddesses Lakshmi, Saraswathy  and Parvathy came to know about the miracles of Anasuya and her chastity. They approached their husbands Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva to test Anasuya’s devotion to her husband.

The tri-moorthys set to meet Anasuya in the form of beggars and seeks alms. As she was about to serve foods they inform her that they had taken a vow of accepting alms only from hands of a naked person. She then sprinkles Paatha Theertham and turns them into babies. She then removes her clothes and offers then food.

On learning what happened at Anasuya’s heritage, Goddesses run to Anasuya and plead her to return their husbands to their original form. Thus the babies are again transformed to Tri- moorthys.

The lingam at Suchindram thus represents the tri-moorthys from bottom Brahma, middle Vishnu and top Shiva.

Another story is where Indira was charmed by the beauty of Ahalya, the wife of Rishi Gautama.

Indira tricks Rishi Gautama to think that its dawn thus making him leave the heritage for prayers. Taking this opportunity Indira approaches Ahalya by transposing himself as Rishi and fulfill his desire. Rishi returns back realising that there is more time to dawn only to see his wife with another man.

Rishi curses Indira for his lust that he be covered with linga all over his body and curses his wife Ahalya to turn into a stone. Lord Indira prays to tri-moorthys and thus attains relief from Rishis curse and thus the builds Linga to represent them which is later known as Suchi-Indira.

The temple is rich in sculptural art. There is ‘Alankara Mandapam’ wherein there are musical pillars each having a different musical note. The Alankara Mandapam is faced by an 18 feet high statue of hanuman. It is an important pilgrim centre and the site of the famous Thanumalayan Temple.

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:54:35 +0530
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ME News Bureau: Kanyakumari is a coastal town in the state of Tamil Nadu on India’s southern tip. Suchindram is a panchayat town in Kanyakumari district in the state of Tamil Nadu.

The temple has a 134 feet entrance tower with 24 feet beautifully carved door. The tower is carved with sculptures and status from Hindu Mythology.

There are many legends associated with it. One of them is about Anasuya the wife of Atri Maharshi.

Anasuya was well known for her devotion towards her husband. She had the power of performing miracles with the water with which she washed her husband’s feet - “Paatha Theertham’. It was then the three Devis : Goddesses Lakshmi, Saraswathy  and Parvathy came to know about the miracles of Anasuya and her chastity. They approached their husbands Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva to test Anasuya’s devotion to her husband.

The tri-moorthys set to meet Anasuya in the form of beggars and seeks alms. As she was about to serve foods they inform her that they had taken a vow of accepting alms only from hands of a naked person. She then sprinkles Paatha Theertham and turns them into babies. She then removes her clothes and offers then food.

On learning what happened at Anasuya’s heritage, Goddesses run to Anasuya and plead her to return their husbands to their original form. Thus the babies are again transformed to Tri- moorthys.

The lingam at Suchindram thus represents the tri-moorthys from bottom Brahma, middle Vishnu and top Shiva.

Another story is where Indira was charmed by the beauty of Ahalya, the wife of Rishi Gautama.

Indira tricks Rishi Gautama to think that its dawn thus making him leave the heritage for prayers. Taking this opportunity Indira approaches Ahalya by transposing himself as Rishi and fulfill his desire. Rishi returns back realising that there is more time to dawn only to see his wife with another man.

Rishi curses Indira for his lust that he be covered with linga all over his body and curses his wife Ahalya to turn into a stone. Lord Indira prays to tri-moorthys and thus attains relief from Rishis curse and thus the builds Linga to represent them which is later known as Suchi-Indira.

The temple is rich in sculptural art. There is ‘Alankara Mandapam’ wherein there are musical pillars each having a different musical note. The Alankara Mandapam is faced by an 18 feet high statue of hanuman. It is an important pilgrim centre and the site of the famous Thanumalayan Temple..

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:22:28 +0530
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Media Eye News Bureau: The series ‘Game of Thrones’ has gained a lot of popularity ever since it inception so it’s no surprise that the show has a huge fan following as well. In her appearance on ‘The Graham Norton Show,’ GoT star Maisie Williams, who plays the revenge-seeking character Arya Stark, revealed, “A lot of people come up to me in the street and they want me to recite the names but then add their name,” admitting that she does find the request ‘a little odd.’

Norton requested Williams to recite the list and while she did so, she decided to add a few names to it as well those of fellow guests Anthony Joshua, Tom Hanks and the show’s host, Graham Norton as a joke as she recited, "Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, The Mountain, Beric Dondarrion, Thoros of Myr, The Red Woman, Tom Hanks, Anthony Joshua, Graham Norton," in her eeriest Arya Stark tone.

With the show completing 7 seasons, it is reported that Game of Thrones will return to HBO for its final season in 2019.

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:44:34 +0530
Comedian Aziz Ansari resp

Media Eye News Bureau: Comedian Aziz Ansari has responded to an allegation of a 23-year old photographer from New York who accused him of sexual misconduct, stating he believed that the encounter was consensual.

The woman told a blog about her date with Ansari last year that left her feeling violated. The woman who was referred to under the pseudonym Grace, explained that she felt compelled to speak out after seeing Ansari wearing a ‘Time’s Up’ pin while accepting a Golden Globe for his Netflix series ‘Master of None.’

She talked about her discomfort at how quickly things escalated as he repeatedly tried to initiate sex when they went back to Ansari’s apartment after their date and that, he ignored her signals of discomfort. The woman further stated that she left his apartment in tears. She said that she had texted Ansari to let him know that his behaviour had made her uneasy and that he had ignored her clear non-verbal clues. Ansari though apologised at the time as he texted back, saying, “Clearly, I misread things in the moment and I’m truly sorry.”

Ansari released a statement on the matter confirming the encounter and said that he was ‘surprised and concerned’ and ‘took her words to heart’ and had apologized to the woman in private as well.

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:26:14 +0530
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Media Eye News Bureau: One of the countries with lowest per capita rates of rape is India. We all hear and read of brutal rape stories everyday where people have protested and marched on roads for justice. But the rape statistics across are not even 50% of the actual numbers. Many of the cases are not reported at all and most of them are ‘Marital rapes’....Chitra Muraleedharan writes about how the 'rape system' works in India.

The UN population fund states that more than 2/3rds of married women in India aged between 15 to 49 have been raped. But marital rape is not considered to be punishable offence in India till today. Despite all the amendments in our Indian law and upcoming new legislations, one of the most prostituting act is not an offence in India.

As per section 375 of our Indian Penal Code (IPC), “Forced sexual intercourse or sexual acts by a man with his own wife, the wife not being under fifteen years of age is not a rape.”So married women were never a subject of rape laws. Now this implies that marital rape is an offence only if the wife is under 15 years. Once she crosses that there is no legal protection accorded to the wife. If that is so then why is the legal age of consent for marriage to be18, if protection from marital sexual abuse is just till 15? 

Right from age old times our society considers women inferior to men. Even today equality is just a topic for slogans, speeches and the articles written. Wives are just considered a object for carrying out household chores, to cater to sexual needs of her husband and a machine for reproduction. In a marriage the wife was the necessary, cherished, but subordinate partner. 

In a country like India, where the constitution of marriage is considered to be sacred, where people believe in building it up on the basis of trust and understanding, how can such a heinous act be part of the institution? How can a man exercise sexual superiority just because the she is his wife? Is it not important to seek the consent of one’s wife? Does she have no rights to protect her body from abuse? A democratic country where we teach and impart the civilian rights to life and liberty how can we ignore such a violation of fundamental right to her? Sadly, there are no answers for any of these questions and the reason being the silence of our judiciary itself.

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:55:24 +0530
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Media Eye News Bureau: Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus Padmaavat, previously titled Padmavati is set to release in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil on January 25, 2018 as confirmed by Viacom18 Motion Pictures. After receiving clearance from the CBFC with a U/A release certificate post the incorporation of five modifications, the film will have a global IMAX 3D release.

Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO, Viacom18 said, “Padmaavat is a cinematic masterpiece in every sense of the word. We hope that we will surpass the expectations of our fans from across the world. We are humbled with the immense support we have received from the government authorities, the Central Board of Film Certification and the entire film fraternity.”

"Padmaavat is our magnum opus– a tribute to Rajput valour created at a scale that will be a delight to watch on the large screen. The film will witness a mega-scale release across maximum screens, languages and formats covering 2D, 3D and Imax 3D in India and the world. It carries the trademark style of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, wherein each frame of the film is a timeless work of art. We have partnered with Paramount Pictures to distribute the film across select international markets including non-traditional territories. Padmaavat will create its own benchmark as an immortal classic when it releases across the world on the 25th of January," Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom18 Motion Pictures said in a statement.

The cast of the movie includes Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji. The film received backlash by the Rajput Karni Sena who objected towards the content of the film and an apparent dream sequence between Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, a claim that was denied by the makers repeatedly.

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:24:13 +0530
Revolting SC judges back

Media Eye News Bureau: New Delhi: The four senior-most Supreme Court judges, who had held an unprecedented press conference and raised issue of assignment of cases in the Supreme Court (SC), attended court on Monday and took up routine work.

After their controversial January 12 press conference, this was the first working day of the top court, wherein the four judges, Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, took up their respective work.

In the interaction with the media, these judges had flagged some problems, including the assigning of cases in the apex court, and said there were certain issues afflicting the country's highest court, accusing by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra,of impropriety.

According to reports, the CJI "smiled but didn't answer" at the Supreme Court on Monday morning when the subject of revolt of the four senior most judges that cast aspersions on him, was raised in his courtroom.

According to reports, the CJI is yet to reach out to the four senior judges, who took him on in the unexpected press conference.

The CJI on Sunday had met a delegation of the Bar Council of India (BCI) and Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Vikas Singh and had assured them that the crisis would be resolved soon and congeniality would prevail.

Senior lawyers of the SC who met the CJI on Sunday, stated he had said he "would ensure there was congeniality in the top court at the earliest".

SCBA president Vikas Singh handed over a resolution to the CJI, which apparently supported the four judges and said all public interest litigations (PILs) should be taken up by senior judges.

The four revolting senior SC judges last Friday, astounded the country as they held a press conference at the house of Justice Chelameswar, the most senior judge in India after the CJI, and stated that the administration of the Supreme Court "is not in order".

The judges spoke out against the distribution of sensitive cases to junior judges and said without an independent judiciary, "democracy wouldn't survive".

Saying that it was "with no pleasure" that they had gone to the media, the judges said they were making their disagreement with the Chief Justice public after private talks failed to address what they said were grave issues.

Among the cases that they had taken up with the CJI over apportionment to a junior judge was that of judge BH Loya's death in 2014, a few months after he took over a case in which BJP president Amit Shah was an accused.

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:26:14 +0530
Netanyahu accorded grand

Media Eye News Bureau: Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lauded his visit to India as “historic” and said that this is a dawn of new era in the friendship between the two countries.

Netanyahu was welcomed with a grand ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan ahead of his formal talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“It began with PM Modi’s historic visit to Israel that created tremendous enthusiasm, it continues with my visit here which I must say is deeply moving for me, my wife and the people of Israel. Heralds a flourishing partnership to bring prosperity, peace and progress for our people,” Netanyahu said.

Earlier, yesterday, Modi broke all protocols and went to the airport to receive his Israeli counterpart where it was a courtesy act by him as he was received by Netanyahu in the same way during his Israel visit and called Modi “my dear friend”.

Netanyahu’s visit is the first by any Israeli PM since his predecessor Ariel Sharon visited the country in 2003, during A B Vajpayee’s tenure.

Netanyahu arrived here along with his wife Sara and also with a 130-member delegation from various sectors, including cyber, agriculture and defence.

On the day of his arrival, both the PMs headed to Teen Murti square to attend a ceremony to mark its formal renaming as Teen Murti Haifa Chowk to commemorate the sacrifices of Indian soldiers who as part of the British army liberate the city of Haifa in 1918 defeating the Turks.

Netanyahu will also make a visit to Agra, Delhi, Mumbai and Gujarat and he will be accompanied by Indian PM during most part of the visit.

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:47:15 +0530
Shilpa Shinde wins Bigg B

Media Eye News Bureau:Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hain’ actress, Shilpa Shinde won the 11th season of the reality show Bigg Boss and defeated fellow contestant Hina Khan during a live vote in the show. She received Rs. 44 lakh and a trophy as the prize. Other finalists were Vikas Gupta and Puneesh Sharma.

The episode commenced with a performance by Salman Khan on the theme song of his film, ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ where he was joined by all four finalists. The finale marked the appearance of Akshay Kumar as the special guest who came on the show to promote his new movie, ‘Padman,’ alongside host Salman Khan. Akshay Kumar also performed along with two evicted contestants, Dhinchak Pooja and Sapna Choudhary.

The reality show also had performances between contestants Vikas Gupta and Shilpa Shinde, Puneesh Sharma and Bandgi Kalra, Hina Khan, Priyank Sharma and Luv Sinha and others.

The contestants in Bigg Boss 11 were Shilpa Shinde, Hina Khan, Hiten Tejwani, Vikas Gupta, Priyank Sharma, Puneesh Sharma, Arshi Khan, Akash Dadlani, Benafshaa Soonawala, Luv Sinha, Bandgi Kalra, Sabyasachi Satpathy, Mehjabi Siddiqui, Sapna Choudhary, Zubair Khan, Shivani Durgah, Jyoti Kumari, Lucinda Nicholas and Dhinchak Pooja.

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:07:52 +0530
CJI assures lawyers that

Media Eye News Bureau: All the issues raised by the four senior-most Supreme Court (SC) judges who had revolted against the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra would be resolved soon. This assurance was reportedly given by the CJI to a delegation of the Bar Council of India (BCI) who had met him to sort out the judiciary imbroglio.

A seven-member delegation of the council held a meeting with CJI and a number of other judges in its efforts to end the predicament that hit the highest judiciary after four senior-most judges Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, at press conference last Friday, questioned "arbitrary" allocations of cases to handpicked benches.

The likelihood of full court meeting was also communicated on Monday where the CJI might meet with all the other judges to address the complaints.

Justices SA Bobde and L. Nageswara Rao. two other judges of the apex court, also met Justice Chelameswar, who led the four judges in the unprecedented press meet, at his residence.

Frenzied meetings took place throughout the day, with lawyers meeting different judges, including Justice Arun Mishra who heard Mumbai special judge BS Loya's death case.

Vikas Singh, President, Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), visited the CJI’s residence to present the resolution passed by the executive committee.

Said Singh after a 15-minute meeting with the CJI, "I met the CJI and handed over a copy of the resolution. He said that he would look into it and ensure there was congeniality in the Supreme Court at the earliest."

At an emergency meeting on Saturday the SCBA had passed a resolution, voicing "grave concern" over the differences between four senior-most judges and the CJI and said the problem should be urgently considered by the full court of the apex court.

The SCBA’s executive committee resolved that all public interest litigation (PIL) matters, including the pending PILs, should be either taken up by the CJI or be allotted for settlement to four senior judges who are members of the apex court Collegium.

After meeting the CJI, Manan Kumar Mishra, Chairman, BCI, said, "We met the CJI and he said there would be a very congenial atmosphere in the Supreme Court and everything will be sorted."

"The BCI has a limited role. We can't interfere much. This is an internal issue. All judges whom we met said everything will be sorted out," Mishra, however, clarified.

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:33:46 +0530
Quentin Tarantino s Charl

ME News Bureau: Quentin Tarantino's untitled movie about cult leader and murderer, Charles Manson, is set to feature Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role. The film is DiCaprio's first film since his Oscar-winning role in Alejandro G Inarritu’s ‘The Revenant’. DiCaprio and Tarantino previously worked together on ‘Django Unchained’ that released in 2012.

This will be the first movie that Tarantino will release without the Weinstein Company following sexual misconduct allegations against its disgraced founder Harvey Weinstein. Sony beat out several bidders, including, Paramount and Warner Bros. for the movie’s rights and is handling the distribution of the film.

The film is set in 1969 Los Angeles and the Oscar winner will be seen playing an aging actor whose life intersects with the murders. This film is Tarantino’s ninth movie as a director. Margot Robbie is reportedly being lined up to portray the late actress Sharon Tate. Reportedly, Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt are also vying the project for what is known to be “two meaty” male roles.

The film, produced by Harry Potter’s David Heyman, Tarantino and Shannon McIntosh, with Georgia Kacandes exec producer and line producer, is set to release on August 9th, 2019 which incidentally coincides with the 50th anniversary of Tate's murder.

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 15:04:02 +0530
Quentin Tarantino s Charl

Quentin Tarantino's untitled movie about cult leader and murderer, Charles Manson, is set to feature Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role. The film is DiCaprio's first film since his Oscar-winning role in Alejandro G Inarritu’s ‘The Revenant’. DiCaprio and Tarantino previously worked together on ‘Django Unchained’ that released in 2012.

This will be the first movie that Tarantino will release without the Weinstein Company following sexual misconduct allegations against its disgraced founder Harvey Weinstein. Sony beat out several bidders, including, Paramount and Warner Bros. for the movie’s rights and is handling the distribution of the film.

The film is set in 1969 Los Angeles and the Oscar winner will be seen playing an aging actor whose life intersects with the murders. This film is Tarantino’s ninth movie as a director. Margot Robbie is reportedly being lined up to portray the late actress Sharon Tate. Reportedly, Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt are also vying the project for what is known to be “two meaty” male roles.

The film, produced by Harry Potter’s David Heyman, Tarantino and Shannon McIntosh, with Georgia Kacandes exec producer and line producer, is set to release on August 9th, 2019 which incidentally coincides with the 50th anniversary of Tate's murder.

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 14:57:52 +0530
Quentin Tarantino s Charl

Quentin Tarantino's untitled movie about cult leader and murderer, Charles Manson, is set to feature Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role. The film is DiCaprio's first film since his Oscar-winning role in Alejandro G Inarritu’s ‘The Revenant’. DiCaprio and Tarantino previously worked together on ‘Django Unchained’ that released in 2012.

This will be the first movie that Tarantino will release without the Weinstein Company following sexual misconduct allegations against its disgraced founder Harvey Weinstein. Sony beat out several bidders, including, Paramount and Warner Bros. for the movie’s rights and is handling the distribution of the film.

The film is set in 1969 Los Angeles and the Oscar winner will be seen playing an aging actor whose life intersects with the murders. This film is Tarantino’s ninth movie as a director. Margot Robbie is reportedly being lined up to portray the late actress Sharon Tate. Reportedly, Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt are also vying the project for what is known to be “two meaty” male roles.

The film, produced by Harry Potter’s David Heyman, Tarantino and Shannon McIntosh, with Georgia Kacandes exec producer and line producer, is set to release on August 9th, 2019 which incidentally coincides with the 50th anniversary of Tate's murder.

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 14:57:48 +0530
Justice Kurian Joseph N

Media Eye News Bureau: A day after four senior most judges of the Supreme Court revolted against the Chief Justice of India, Justice Kurian Joseph, one among the four judges said there is “no need for outside intervention” to resolve the issue.

Another one, Justice Ranjan Gogoi , who is in line to be the next CJI, said there is “no crisis”.

The two judges, along with Justice Chelameswar and Justice Madan B Lokur, had held a press conference, on Friday expressed their displeasure over the conduct of CJI Dipak Misra, and outlined the urgency to save the “system and democracy”.

Speaking to mediapersons at his hometown in Kerala, Justice Joseph said the matter was not brought to  the attention of the President of India as he has no constitutional authority over Supreme Court or its judges.

“An issue was raised. Those concerned listened to it. Such issues would not happen in future. I think the issue has been settled now”, he said.

Earlier, on Friday, four judges, held a press conference at the lawns of Justice Chelameswar’s official residence, pointed out the flaws in the judicial system and made an appeal to save it at the earliest unless it will end up in the fallout of democracy.

They also made public a seven page letter, which they had written to the CJI, pointing out that “certain judicial orders passed by this court” had “adversely affected the overall functioning of the justice delivery system and the independence of the High Courts, besides impacting the administrative functioning of the office of the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India”.

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 09:52:06 +0530
Israeli PM gears up to vi

Media Eye News Bureau: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will arrive on a six-day visit to India, starting from Sunday.

Netanyahu will be accompanied by a 130-member delegation drawn from cyber, agriculture and defence sectors. He will meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on the day of his arrival itself.

The Rashtrapati  Bhawan will give a ceremonial reception for the visiting dignitary, on Monday, which will be followed by the wreath laying at the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi.

Israeli PM will also meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and hold delegation level talks.

Netanyahu will visit Taj Mahal, on Tuesday. He will also deliver an inaugural speech in the Raisina Dialogue on the same day.

Netanyahu is scheduled to visit Ahmedabad on the fourth day of his tour and visit Sabarmati Ashram. He will be accompanied by PM Modi during  the Gujarat visit.

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 21:48:17 +0530
Maha boat capsize 32 stu

ME News Bureau: 32 students have been rescued, after a boat with 40 school children on board capsized two nautical miles from the seashore in Maharashtra's Dahanu earlier today.

The Coast guard Public Relations Officer (PRO) informed that the bodies of four children have been recovered so far.

Overloading is said to be the cause of the mishap.

"Cost Guard has diverted ships which were at sea and ships are also sailing from Mumbai. Dornier aircraft and helicopters from Daman (near to Dahanu) have also been launched," the Coast guard PRO had said earlier.

The rescue operation is on.

Dahanu is in Maharshtra's Palghar district and is about 110 kilometers from Mumbai.

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 21:18:51 +0530
SC rift Bar Council to m

ME News Bureau: The unprecedented rift within the judges of the Supreme Court has earned the stiff disapproval of the Bar Council, the regulatory body for lawyers, which says it wants the matter to be resolved internally. The press conference called yesterday by four of the Supreme Court's most senior judges to criticize the Chief Justice of India has "shaken up the system", said its office bearers.

After a meeting this evening to decide the way forward, one of the key office bearers of the council said they have decided to apprise judges of sentiment of bar and resolve the matter "peacefully and quickly".

The council has formed a seven-member team which would initially meet the other judges of the Supreme Court. At least half of the judges have agreed to a discussion, said Mr Mishra.  The team, he said, will follow it up with meetings with the four dissenting judges and finally the Chief Justice of India. The round of meetings will start from tomorrow.

Yesterday, four judges of the top court had met the media at the house of Justice J Chelameswar. Things were "not in order", they said, with what they described as "the administration of the Supreme Court" and expressed concerns about the assignment of sensitive cases, which is done by the Chief Justice of India. Asked if they believed the Chief Justice should be impeached, they said, "Let the nation decide".

The Supreme Court Bar Association, a representative body of Supreme Court lawyers, also held a meeting this evening, during which they adopted two resolutions, one of which was to "restore the credibility" of the Supreme Court. For this, "a system must be developed to ensure PIL doesn't go beyond the first 5 courts," said Vikas Singh, the president of the Bar Association.

Agreeing with the Bar Council that should be resolved internally, the association said the Chief Justice of India "should call a full court meeting of all judges and solve this issue".

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 20:11:35 +0530
ONGC chopper goes missing

ME News Bureau: A Pawan Hans helicopter on duty for Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), carrying seven of their employees, has gone missing off the Mumbai coast.

Five bodies recovered so far along with debris are being transferred to Mumbai by an ONGC MSV HAL ANANT.

 

The dead bodies were identified as V. K. BindulalBabu, Jose Antony, and P. N. Srinivasan,  identities of the others are yet to be confirmed.

Responding to media queries on the mishap, ONGC GM Corporate Affairs Harish Awal said, "It will take a long time to find out the real problems behind the missing of helicopter.".

Sources said the helicopter lost contact with the Air Traffic Controller(ATC) 15 minutes after it took off at 10.20 am from Mumbai. ATC also added that the helicopter should have reached its destination at 10.58 am.

Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted: “Spoke to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and requested for help from Coast Guard and other agencies in the search and rescue operations; CMD ,ONGC  rushed to Mumbai.”

The Search operations by the Indian Navy for the missing Pawan Hans helicopter and the crew continue. Currently, four Indian Naval ships (Teg, Tarasa,  T 11 and T 45) are undertaking search in the area. INS Teg also has Chetak helicopter and Diving teams embarked onboard to augment the search efforts.

One IN Dornier aircraft has completed the search and one P8I Long Range aircraft has conjoined the search with two SAR kits. In addition, two Seaking helicopters are involved in the SAR efforts in rotation from Naval Air Station Shikra. Further, Indian Coast Guard ships and aircraft are also deployed for SAR.

INS Makar, a special hydrographic ship, has left Karwar to augment the search for any sunken wreck from tomorrow onwards. Additional ships and aircraft are being kept ready at Mumbai for deployment as and when required. 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 16:45:27 +0530
ONGC Chopper carrying

ME News Bureau: A Pawan Hans helicopter on duty for ONGC, carrying seven of their employees, has been gone missing off the coast of Mumbai.

Three bodies have been recovered so far  while four people, including two Keralite, yet to be find.

Air traffic control (ATC) has said that the helicopter lost contact 15 minutes later 30 nautical miles offshore after it took off at 10.20 am in Mumbai. ATC also added that the helicopter should have arrive at 10.58 am.

Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted: “Spoke to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and requested for help from Coast Guard and other agencies in the search and rescue operations; CMD ONGC has rushed to Mumbai.”

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 16:11:49 +0530
ONGC Chopper carrying 7 m

ME News Bureau: A Pawan Hans helicopter on duty for ONGC, carrying seven of their employees, has been gone missing off the coast of Mumbai.

Three bodies have been recovered so far  while four people, including two Keralite, yet to be find.

Air traffic control (ATC) has said that the helicopter lost contact 15 minutes later 30 nautical miles offshore after it took off at 10.20 am in Mumbai. ATC also added that the helicopter should have arrive at 10.58 am.

Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted: “Spoke to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and requested for help from Coast Guard and other agencies in the search and rescue operations; CMD ONGC has rushed to Mumbai.”

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 16:08:45 +0530
ONGC Chopper carrying 7 m

ME News Bureau: A Pawan Hans helicopter on duty for ONGC, carrying seven of their employees, has been gone missing off the coast of Mumbai.

Three bodies have been recovered so far  while four people, including two Keralite, yet to be find.

Air traffic control (ATC) has said that the helicopter lost contact 15 minutes later 30 nautical miles offshore after it took off at 10.20 am in Mumbai. ATC also added that the helicopter should have arrive at 10.58 am.

Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted: “Spoke to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and requested for help from Coast Guard and other agencies in the search and rescue operations; CMD ONGC has rushed to Mumbai.”

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 15:14:11 +0530
ONGC Chopper carrying 7 m

ME News Bureau: A Pawan Hans helicopter on duty for ONGC, carrying seven of their employees, has been gone missing off the coast of Mumbai.

Three bodies have been recovered so far  while four people, including two Keralite, yet to be find.

Air traffic control (ATC) has said that the helicopter lost contact 15 minutes later 30 nautical miles offshore after it took off at 10.20 am in Mumbai. ATC also added that the helicopter should have arrive at 10.58 am.

Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted: “Spoke to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and requested for help from Coast Guard and other agencies in the search and rescue operations; CMD ONGC has rushed to Mumbai.”

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 15:14:10 +0530
Boat upturns in Maharasht

ME News Bureau: Five died while 40 injured in a boat carrying 40 children that capsized off the coast of Dahanu near Parnaka Beach around 135 km from Mumbai.

25 children have been rescued so far and the remaining children are still missing, according to the local police.

Coast Guard still continuing their rescue operation and Dornier aircraft and helicopters from Daman have also been co-operating with the rescue operation.

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 14:07:31 +0530
Swami Vivekananda The gu

ME News Bureau: Swami Vivekananda once said: "You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself". But people never heard his words and kept on roaming to find God. The great man once again said to them "Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being". That was Swami Vivekananda who taught us where the real God is and who the real God is.

The nation once again recalls his thoughts and philosophies, as it pays respects to Swami Vivekananda, who made a towering presence as India s spiritual guru, on his 155th birth anniversary.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and other prominent national leaders took time to remember Vivekananda on his birthday, which is also being celebrated as the National Youth Day.

"I bow to Swami Vivekananda on his Jayanti. Today, on National Youth Day I salute the indomitable energy and enthusiasm of our youngsters, who are the builders of new India", Modi tweeted.

Modi inaugurated the 22nd National Youth Festival through video conferencing.

Rahul tweeted  "Everyone should inspire each other to make their life full of ideologies".

Vivekananda was born Narendranath Datta, on January 12, 1863 during the Makar Sankranti festival at his ancestral home in Calcutta. His father, Vishwanath Datta, was an attorney at the Calcutta High Court. His mother, Bhubaneswari Devi, was a devout house wife. He was born in a traditional family coupled with his mother s strong religious temperament, that shaped his thoughts and personality.

He was influenced by his guru, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, from whom he learnt that all living beings were an embodiment of the divine self. After his guru s death, Vivekananda toured the entire country and gained knowledge of the real picture of the country. He showed his anguish many times over the culture of the country in context of  the brutal cast discrimination prevailed in India.

He later travelled to the United States, representing India at the 1893 Parliament of the World s Religions, delivered perhaps his best known speech which began, "Sisters and Brothers of America....".

 

On his 155th birth anniversary, here is a rare conversation between Swami Vivekananda and his guru Ramakrishna Paramahansa

 

1. Swami Vivekanand:- I can’t find free time. Life has become hectic.

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa:- Activity gets you busy. But productivity gets you free.

 

2. Swami Vivekanand:- Why has life become complicated now?

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa:- Stop analyzing life... It makes it complicated. Just live it.

 

3. Swami Vivekanand:- Why are we then constantly unhappy?

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa:- Worrying has become your habit. That’s why you are not happy.

 

4. Swami Vivekanand:- Why do good people always suffer?

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa:- Diamond cannot be polished without friction. Gold cannot be purified without fire. Good people go through trials, but don’t suffer.

With that experience their life becomes better, not bitter.

 

5. Swami Vivekanand:- You mean to say such experience is useful?

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa:- Yes. In every term, Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test first and the lessons later.

 

6. Swami Vivekanand:- Because of so many problems, we don’t know where we are heading…

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa:- If you look outside you will not know where you are heading. Look inside. Eyes provide sight. Heart provides the way.

 

7. Swami Vivekanand:- Does failure hurt more than moving in the right direction?

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa:- Success is a measure as decided by others. Satisfaction is a measure as decided by you.

 

8. Swami Vivekanand:- In tough times, how do you stay motivated?

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa:- Always look at how far you have come rather than how far you have to go. Always count your blessing, not what you are missing.

 

9. Swami Vivekanand:- What surprises you about people?

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa:- When they suffer they ask, "why me?" When they prosper, they never ask "Why me?"

 

10. Swami Vivekanand:- How can I get the best out of life?

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa:- Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear.

 

11. Swami Vivekanand:- One last question. Sometimes I feel my prayers are not answered.

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa:- There are no unanswered prayers. Keep the faith and drop the fear. Life is a mystery to solve, not a problem to resolve. Trust me. Life is wonderful if you know how to live.

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 13:48:44 +0530
Crisis looms over Judicia

ME News Bureau: The unprecedented crisis that looms over the judicial system in the country might be resolved today as the chances to convene a Full Court session are getting large. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government are taking special care on the issue and trying to sort out the matter within the court room itself.

In a dramatic turn of events yesterday, four senior-most judges, who are part of the Supreme Court Collegium, which includes Chief Justice Deepak Misra, arranged a press conference at the lawns of Justice Chelameswar’s official residence and expressed their displeasure over CJI’s conduct.

They also said that the administration system in the SC have some serious flaws and unless the remedial measures are to be taken, it will end up in the total collapse of democracy.

Four judges’ press conference led to a wide spread fear and anger over the incidents happening inside the SC and even talks on impeachment of CJI began yesterday. More judges came out to support the four senior men had put a dark paint over the judicial crisis altogether.

Attorney General K. K.Venugopal hopes that the dark clouds will soon go away and he discussed the matter with CJI, later on yesterday.

PM Modi had asked a report from Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on the course of action and the government takes it as an internal issue within the judicial system. The government has been very cautious throughout the episode as the turn of events was the culmination of CJI’s stand in the case related to Justice Loya’s death.

CJI won't try to face the issue of press conference through legal terms as he has been making attempts for communication with the four judges through his representatives. All he can do is to convene a full court session to sort it out.

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 11:19:14 +0530
Loka Kerala Sabha draft r

ME News Bureau: The draft report presented in the Loka Kerala Sabha reveals that more number of oversees people are coming to Kerala while the state still largely depends on its money from abroad. Loka Kerala Sabha is depicted as a ground-breaking ceremony to collectively bring together the vast diaspora of Keralites to provide impetus for the state development.

The draft report states that there were 13.62 expatriates in 1998 where 7.39 lakh among them came back. The number of emigrants raised to 18.38 lakh in 2003 while 8.94 people came back. People who went abroad raised to 21.93 in 2008 as 11.57 lakh came back. Both the figures show hike in 2014 which means that many people are willing to comeback to their home state.

According to Kerala migration survey, the state earned 13,652 crore from migrants in 1998. It turned to 18,645 crore in 2003. As per the figures in 2014, revenue from migrants were 71,142 which is 36% of Kerala's domestic production. India received 68,910 million dollors from expatriates, 12.45% of global expatriate amount.

86% of the Keralites have emigrated to gulf countries, but the figures reveal that there is a gradual decline in the migration to those countries. Average number of migrants in United States belong to 3.4% of Kerala's total migration while 2.4% in Europe.

Seven lakh people have migrated to other states in the country as 33%of them live in Karnataka. 17% live in Tamil Nadu, 14% in Maharashtra and 8% in Delhi.

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 22:07:56 +0530
Friends aired on Netflix

After its much awaited arrival on Netflix, the sitcom ‘F.R.I.EN.D.S’ seems to be failing to reach a new audience.

One of the most popular sitcoms of all time, Friends, isn’t connecting well with the newer audiences, after it aired on Netflix. The show starring Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer, ran for 10 years until 2004 and was one of the most successful shows of the time with a huge fan following.

However, the younger audiences, dubbed as the ‘Millennials,’ have slammed the show on social media as being ‘transphobic’, ‘homophobic’ and ‘sexist.’ They found many uncomfortable plot points such as Chandler being paranoid about being perceived as a gay man or making sarcastic remarks about his cross-dressing dad.

They pointed out issues such as sexism when Rachel hires a nanny for her and Ross’ daughter Emma, and Ross makes a fuss about the fact that the nanny is a man; Ross takes it a step further to being homophobic by asking the nanny if he's gay.

Millennials also claim that Rachel would have been fired for sexual harassment because she hires an assistant who underqualified for the position but does so only because she wants to date him.

Aside from this, they noticed prevalent body shaming as how the rest of the main cast, who happen to be character Monica Gellar’s flatmates, brother and closest friends, won't let her forget that she used to be overweight. There's even an episode where another character Joey Tribbiani yells, "Some girl ate Monica!" when he sees Monica’s old prom video.

Further, the show has received criticism for depicting a controversial relationship between Monica and her father's best friend, Dr. Richard Burke who's 20 years her senior and was deemed as ‘creepy’ by the audiences who also noticed the characters in the show mocking the age gap, especially considering Monica and Rachel went to high school with Burke’s daughter.

The sitcom has also come under fire for lack of diversity on the series as all six of the main characters are white and people of colour rarely feature throughout the 10 seasons and that, there were only two notable non-white characters on the show particularly Ross' girlfriends Julie and Dr Charlie Wheeler.

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:58:52 +0530
Karan Johar Kangana R

ME News Bureau: Kangana Ranaut made an appearance as a special guest on India's Next Superstar along with filmmakers Karan Johar and Rohit Shetty who are judges on the show.

The feud between Karan Johar and Kangana Ranaut seems to have concluded after a year-long war of words as they posed together on the stage of the show. Both of them seemed comfortable with each other.

At a recent conference, Karan was asked about his views of having the actress over at the show to which he said he would ‘happily, lovingly and respectfully welcome her on the show.’

Karan and Kangana had a much publicised fall out after the actress called the director a ‘flag bearer of nepotism in Bollywood and the movie mafia,’ to which Karan had replied by saying that he was ‘done with Kangana playing the woman and victim card,’ which eventually led to their year-long conflict.

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:36:02 +0530
Judges vs CJI CJI draws

ME News Bureau: Four senior most judges of the top court in the country broke the shatters to come out of the court room and appealed to the nation to save the institution for the well being of the country's democracy.

For the first time in independent India, Justices Madan B. Lokur, Kurien Joseph, Ranjan Gogoi and Jasti Chelameswar called upon a press meet on the lawns of Justice Chelameswar's official residence and expressed their displeasure over Chief Justice Dipak Misra.

The press meet caused an embarrassment for the entire judicial system in the country as the senior men spoke to the nation after stopping their business inside the court room.

Speaking on behalf of the four judges, Justice Chelameswar said that there are many flaws in the administrative system of the SC and the democracy will be destroyed unless the court performed properly.

" We went and met the Chief Justice even in this morning to try and persuade him to accept that certain things are not in order and we should take corrective measures. But we failed to convince him. We asked him to do one thing properly. But he was not ready for that", Justice Chelameswar said.

"We owe a responsibility to our institution and the country. No one should accuse after 20 years that we sold our soul and individuality. No one should tell that we were silent", Justice Chelameswar added.

Responding to a question on if the CJI should be impeached, Justice Chelameswar said that let the nation decide that.

The letter which was written by the four judges and sent to the CJI to outline the severe flaws in the judicial administration came out soon after the press meeting of the four judges. Here is the full transcript of the letter.

"Dear Chief Justice,

It is with great anguish and concern that we have thought it proper to address this letter to you so as to highlight certain judicial orders passed by this court which has adversely affected the overall functioning of the justice delivering system and the independence of the high courts besides impacting the administrative functioning of the office of the Hon'ble Chief Justice of India.

From the date of establishment of the three chartered High Courts of Calcutta, Bombay and Madras, certain traditions have been well established. The traditions were embraced by this court which came into existence almost a century after the above mentioned courts. These traditions have their roots in the Anglo-Saxon jurisprudence and practice.


One of the well settled principles is that the Chief Justice is the master of the roster with a privilege to determine the roster, necessity in multi numbered courts for an orderly transaction of business and appropriate arrangements with respect to matters with which member/bench of this court (as the case may be) is required to deal with which case or class of cases is to be made. The convention of recognising the privilege of the Chief Justice to form the roster and assign cases to different members/benches of the court is a convention devised for a disciplined and efficient transaction of business of the court but not a recognition of any superior authority, legal or factual of the Chief Justice over his colleagues. It is too well settled in the jurisprudence of this country that the chief justice is only the first amongst the equals - nothing more or nothing less.

In the matter of the determination of the roster there are well-settled and time honoured conventions guiding the chief justice, be the conventions dealing with the strength of the bench which is required to deal with a particular case or the composition thereof.

A necessary corollary to the above mentioned principle is the members of any multi numbered judicial body including this court would not arrogate to themselves the authority to deal with and pronounce upon matters which ought to be heard by appropriate benches, both composition wise and strength wise with due regard to the roster fixed.

Any departure from the above two rules would not only lead to unpleasant and undesirable consequences of creating doubt in the body politic about the integrity of the institution. Not to talk about the chaos that would result from such departure.

We are sorry to say that off late the twin rules mentioned above have not been strictly adhered to. There have been instances where cases having far reaching consequences for the nation and the institution have been assigned by the chief justices of this court selectively to the benches "of their preference" without any rationale basis for such
assignment. This must be guarded against at all costs. We are not mentioning details only to avoid embarrassing the institution but note that such departures have already damaged the image of this institution to some extent.


In the above context, we deem it proper to address you presently with regard to the order dated October 27, 2017 in RP Luthra vs Union of India to the effect that there should be no further delay in finalising the memorandum of procedure (MoP) in the larger public interest. When the MoP was the subject matter of a decision of a Constitution Bench of this court, in Supreme Court Advocates-on-record Association and Anr Vs Union of India [(2016) 5 SCC1] it is difficult to understand as to how any other bench could have dealt with the matter.

The above apart, subsequent to the decision of the Constitution Bench, detailed discussions were held by the collegium of five judges (including myself) and the MoP was finalised and sent by the then Hon'ble Chief Justice of India to the Government of India in March 2017. The Government of India has not responded to the communication and in view of this silence, it must be taken that the MoP as finalised by the Collegium has been accepted by the Government on the basis of the order of this court in Supreme Court Advocates-on-record Association (Supra). There was, therefore, no occasion for the bench to make any observation with regard to the
finalisation of the MoP or that that issue cannot linger on for an indefinite period.

On July 4, 2017, a bench of seven judges of this court decided in Re, Hon'ble Justice C S Karnan [(2017)1 SCC1]. In that decision (referred to in RP Luthra), two of us observed that there is a need to revisit the process of appointment of judges and to set up a mechanism for corrective measures other than impeachment. No observation was made by any of the seven judges with regard to the MoP.

Any issue with regard to MoP should be discussed in the Chief Justices' conference and by the full court. Such a matter of grave importance, if at all required to be taken on the judicial side, should be dealt with by none other than a constitution bench.

The above development must be viewed with serious concern. The hon'ble Chief Justice of India is duty bound to rectify the situation and take appropriate remedial measures after a full discussion with the other members of the collegium and at a later stage, if required, with other hon'ble judges of this court.

Once the issue arising from the order dated October 27, 2017, in RP Luthra Vs UOI, mentioned above, is adequately addressed by you and if it becomes so necessary, we will apprise you specifically of the other judicial orders passed by this court which would require to be similarly dealt with.

With kind regards,
Justice J Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Madan B
Lokur and Justice Kurian Joseph."

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:19:10 +0530
Global rankings put Modi

ME News Bureau: Prime Minister Narendra Modi jumped ahead of China's Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, British PM Theresa May and many other giants to sit among the top three leaders of the world.

The survey was conducted by Gallup International among the people across 50 countries.

Modi will sit behind German Chancellor Angela Merkel who ranks first in the list along with French President Emmanuel Macron whereas this rank is the best recorded by any Indian PM ever.

The global rankings will give a major boost for Modi ahead of his two-day visit to Davos, Switzerland, to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) between January 22 and 23.

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:14:18 +0530
Shopping time in Mumbai

ME News Bureau: Shopping gives excitement for some people. For some people, it is a hobby. Another ones make it as an opportunity to roam around the shops and have a chill...whatever it is, happy news coming up for shopping goers in Mumbai as the highly anticipated Mumbai shopping festival is beginning today, offering many more exciting days ahead.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will inaugurate the shopping fest at 7 pm in the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) today.

Shopping festival is being organized by the  Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) and will be conducted for 20days while to be organized like the model of Dubai shopping festival.

All the main shopping malls and retail brands will be part of the fest  while lifestyle items, electronics and even vehicles will be available in the fest.

There will be night bazaars to give shopping experience till early morning. Night bazaars will be open at the JioGarden in BKC on 13, 14 and at the Mind Space in Malad on 19, 20 and at the Hiranandani on 26, 27 till 4 in the morning.

The other main attraction of the fest will be the food trucks that is being made with the co-operation of Food Truck Association of India at the Worli seaface, Malad and at the Mind Space.

'Colour Run' will announce health and happiness while cultural events will be aired in Crawford Market, Worli seaface, Shivaji Park and many other places to showcase the cultural heritage of the state.

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:13:37 +0530
Mumbai Pattolam Kerala m

ME News Bureau: Mumbai Pattolam, an exclusive Kerala Music Festival, conducted by Njeralathu Kalashramam in association with Vaikhari (Team Mumbai Pattolam) will raise its curtain this year with 'Harimuraleeravam', a musical symphony by Sri Njeralathu Harigovindan, Sri Peringode Manikandan on Idakka and Bamboo Orchestra by Team Vayali.

Mumbai Pattolam - an exclusive Kerala Music Festival, which is conducted as an ode to Sri. Njeralathu Rama Pothuval, who propagated Sopana Sangeetham amongst the common man, has a strong historical connection too.

In the year 1985, ever since in the history of Kerala, a temple-centric art - Sopana Sangeetham and its artist - Njeralathu Rama Pothuval received the Kendra Sangeetha Nataka Academy Award. In 1986, he received the awards from the hands of the former President of India, Sri Venkataraman at the prestigious Shanmukhananda Hall in Mumbai. Therefore, it is not accidental that this exclusive Kerala Music Festival is conducted as an homage to Sri Njeralathu Rama Pothuval in Mumbai wherein he made the Keralites and Kerala music proud and popular.

'Harimuraleeravam' will commence at K. C. Gandhi School Auditorium in Kalyan on January 13, 2018 at 6 p.m. This will be followed by a musical extravaganza on February 17 and 18 at Cidco Urban Haat, CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai.

The event is supported by Media Eye, a reputed media company with varied interests, such as 24x7 news portal, entertainment software production and events management, and news magazine, among others

About 20 varieties of the traditional art forms of Kerala are included and about 101 artists will be performing. For details contact 9820708662.

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:27:11 +0530
Kerala music fest Mumbai

ME News Bureau: Mumbai Pattolam, an exclusive Kerala Music Festival, conducted by Njeralathu Kalashramam in association with Vaikhari (Team Mumbai Pattolam) will raise its curtain this year with 'Harimuraleeravam', a musical symphony by Sri Njeralathu Harigovindan, Sri Peringode Manikandan on Idakka and Bamboo Orchestra by Team Vayali.

Mumbai Pattolam - an exclusive Kerala Music Festival, which is conducted as an ode to Sri. Njeralathu Rama Pothuval, who propagated Sopana Sangeetham amongst the common man, has a strong historical connection too.

In the year 1985, ever since in the history of Kerala, a temple-centric art - Sopana Sangeetham and its artist - Njeralathu Rama Pothuval received the Kendra Sangeetha Nataka Academy Award. In 1986, he received the awards from the hands of the former President of India, Sri Venkataraman at the prestigious Shanmukhananda Hall in Mumbai. Therefore, it is not accidental that this exclusive Kerala Music Festival is conducted as an homage to Sri Njeralathu Rama Pothuval in Mumbai wherein he made the Keralites and Kerala music proud and popular.

'Harimuraleeravam' will commence at K. C. Gandhi School Auditorium in Kalyan on January 13, 2018 at 6 p.m. This will be followed by a musical extravaganza on February 17 and 18 at Cidco Urban Haat, CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai.

The event is supported by Media Eye, a reputed media company with varied interests, such as 24x7 news portal, entertainment software production and events management, and news magazine, among others

About 20 varieties of the traditional art forms of Kerala are included and about 101 artists will be performing. For details contact 9820708662.

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:15:07 +0530
Indu Malhotra to become t

ME News Bureau: The Supreme Court Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India created a history on Thursday as they directly elevated senior advocate Indu Malhotra, the first woman lawyer to be directly elevated from the Bar to the Supreme Court, as a judge.

The Collegium also recommended the elevation of Uttarakhand Chief Justice K M Joseph to the Supreme Court, making it the number of judges in the top court to 27, as and when approved by the Centre.

Malhotra, 61, will be the seventh woman to be appointed as SC judge after Fathima Beevi, Sujatha V Manohar, Ruma Pal, Gyan Sudha Misra, Ranjana P Desai and sitting SC judge R Banumathi, who were all elevated from high courts.

Currently, Justice R Banumathi, is the lone woman judge in the apex court and will retire in 2020. If the government accepts Collegium’s recommendations, Malhotra will have a term of nearly four years.

She has practiced in Delhi for the last 35 years. Malhotra comes from a famiily of lawyers as her Father O P Malhotra was a Senior Advocate and her elder brother and sister too are lawyers.

Born in 1956 in then Bangalore, she completed her schooling from Carmel Convent and graduated from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, in Delhi. She earned a law degree from Delhi University, and started practising in 1983.

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:52:51 +0530
India confirms NSA TALKS

ME News Bureau: After days of speculations and assumptions, India finally confirmed that National Security Advisor Ajit Doval met his Pakistani counterpart Lt Gen Nasser Khan Janjua (retd) in Bangkok on December 26 as part of “operational-level talks”, while maintaining the stand that “talks and terror cannot go together”.

External Affairs Ministry official spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, during his weekly press meet, said that he agree talks took place on December 26 in Bangkok. “Yes, I agree talks took place. I also agree that the issue is of terrorism. Talks on terror can go ahead”, Kumar said.

Earlier media reports had said that there was a meeting took place between the two NSAs at a “neutral venue” in Bangkok. But India remained non-committal over Doval’s meeting for days.

Kumar said that the talks were purely based on “operational-level” as both India and Pakistan have a dialogue process also there are other dialogue mechanisms that involve DGMOs and border forces.

“We have said terror and talks cannot go together, but talks on terror can definitely go ahead”, Kumar added.

Results of the NSA talks are yet to be identified whether it helped ease tensions or decreased terror incidents in Jammu and Kashmir. 12 civilians and 17 security personnel were killed as well as 79 civilians and 67 security personnel were also injured in the firing from across the border till October.

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:56:26 +0530
Gadkari Won t give an i

ME News Bureau: Union Minister Nithin Gadkari made a sharp attack on Indian Navy as he expressed his displeasure at Navy officer's large interest in setting up their houses in South Mumbai.

Gadkari said that "he won't give an inch of land in South Mumbai for Indian Navy Housing'.

Gadkari made his displeasure over the navy officers' move at a public event in Mumbai in the presence of Western Naval Command Chief Vice Admiral Girish Luthra.

The Union Minister wondered why all their personnel here want to stay in this posh area when they should be at Pakistan border.

"Actually, Navy is needed at the borders from where terrorists sneak in. Why does everyone (in the navy) want to stay in South Mumbai? They (Navy) had come to me, asking for a plot (of land). I will not give even an inch of land. Please don't come to me again", Gadkari said.

"Everyone wants to build quarters and flats on south Mumbai's prime land. We do respect you (Navy), but you should go to the Pakistan border and do patrolling," Gadkari added.

Gadkari, who is the Minister for Road transport and highways, shipping and water resources, also criticised the Navy's objection to a floating jetty plan at Malabar Hill in South Mumbai.

"I heard that you (Navy) gave a stay to the floating jetty plan at Malabar Hill, despite it getting the court's nod", Gadkari said. Further showing his anguish on Navy's objection Gadkari said "Where is the Navy at Malabar Hill? There is no navy at Malabar Hill and the Navy has nothing to do in the area".

South Mumbai is a key as far as the Navy is concerned as it houses the headquarters of the Western Naval Command and also the naval residential quarters at Navy Nagar in Colaba.

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 22:05:20 +0530
The Wall Turns 45 Busy

ME News Bureau: Indian cricket can be compared to the Tamil film industry as the people in Tamil Nadu would favor Ajith, Kamal, Vijay, Surya and many more when asked about the choice on their best actor. But their selection comes besides the fact that they already put global star Rajinikanth as their best on the tomb.

Likely, Indian cricket followers and the diehard fans have many names to chose from the long list dated back to 1950, but considering the fact that they always put Sachin Tendulkar as the god of the game.

Sachin was always been the focal point of Indian innings and he was regarded as the greatest of all time. Crores of Indian cricket fans still misses his presence and they still believe that cricket is all about him only. But there was one man who silently worked behind the scenes and he never expected a reward for his service. He often worked like a fellow servant who was bound to serve his duty first always.

Yes, it was Rahul Dravid, The Wall of Indian cricket.

Rahul Dravid is widely regarded as one of the masters' in the game of cricket and till date there is yet to be a batsman who can be termed as The Wall in Indian cricket.

Rahul Dravid turned 45 on Thursday.

Dravid is considered one of the greatest Test batsmen to have ever played cricket, with many of his colleagues and ex-players placing him over Sachin Tendulkar.

Dravid was well known as 'The Wall' or 'Mr. Dependable', but he was also called by the nickname 'Jammy' as his Father worked at the Kissan factory.

He amassed 13288 runs with an average of 52.31 from 164 Test matches. He hit 36 hundreds and 63 fifties as well.

As the only Indian to score hundreds in four consecutive test match innings, Dravid also became the only non-Australian cricketer to deliver Bradman oration in 2012.

Dravid is always remembered for his endless numbers of match winning and match saving innings rather than his number of hundreds and fifties.

Currently, Dravid is travelling with the India U-19 and 'A' teams as their head coach where the U-19 stars are getting ready to lift the nation's pride in the coming World Cup, beginning from January 14.

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 20:53:30 +0530
Sanath Jayasuriya once a

ME News Bureau: Sanath Jayasuriya, a legendary Sri Lankan Cricketer and the most destructive batsman of his era, who was once a nightmare for the opposition bowlers and used his batting brutality to rip apart the best bowling sides, now struggling to put a foot forward.

The 'Matara Marauder' is currently suffering from a knee injury so that he is unable to walk without crutches.

The 48-year old who also served as the chairman of selectors post-retirement will be going to Melbourne for treatment. The entire treatment will take up to one month and Jayasuriya will remain under observation during this period.

Sanath Jayasuriya, along with wicket keeper Romesh Kaluvitharana, had introduced a new way of game which was uncharacteristic for the cricket world during those days as they took assault on the opposition bowlers in the first 15 overs and raised the run rate to a high with a flurry of boundaries.

This technique was unveiled in the 1996 World Cup where the bowlers ran out of ideas to stop the run flow where as the journey of Lankans ended up in becoming the new world champions.

Jayasuriya played 110 tests, 445 ODIs and 31 T20Is and remains the second highest run getter for the island nation in ODIs with 13,364 runs including 28 centuries and 68 fifties at an average of 32.51.

The opening batsman also displayed his all-rounder skills as well during his two decades of international cricket as he claimed 323 wickets in ODIs, 98 in Tests and 19 in T20Is.

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:38:45 +0530
Kerala music fest Mumbai

ME News Bureau: Mumbai Pattolam, an exclusive Kerala Music Festival, conducted by Njeralathu Kalash Raman in association with Vaikhari (Team Mumbai Pattolam) will raise its curtain this year with 'Harimuraleeravam', a musical symphony by Sri Njeralathu Harigovindan, Sri Peringode Manikandan on Idakka and Bamboo Orchestra by Team Vayali.

The event is supported by Media Eye, a reputed media company with varied interests, such as 24x7 news portal, entertainment software production and events management, and news magazine, among others.

Mumbai Pattolam - an exclusive Kerala Music Festival, which is conducted as an ode to Sri. Njeralathu Rama Pothuval, who propagated Sopana Sangeetham amongst the common man, has a strong historical connection too.

In the year 1985, ever since in the history of Kerala, a temple-centric art - Sopana Sangeetham and its artist - Njeralathu Rama Pothuval received the Kendra Sangeetha Nataka Academy Award. In 1986, he received the awards from the hands of the former President of India, Sri Venkataraman at the prestigious Shanmukhananda Hall in Mumbai. Therefore, it is not accidental that this exclusive Kerala Music Festival is conducted as an homage to Sri Njeralathu Rama Pothuval in Mumbai wherein he made the Keralites and Kerala music proud and popular.

'Harimuraleeravam' will commence at K. C. Gandhi School Auditorium in Kalyan on January 13, 2018 at 6 p.m. This will be followed by a musical extravaganza on February 17 and 18 at Cidco Urban Haat, CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai.

About 20 varieties of the traditional art forms of Kerala are included and about 101 artists will be performing. For details contact 9820708662. 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:49:04 +0530
Govt gives red carpet for

ME News Bureau: The Union Cabinet showed green light to clear major hurdles to further raise the foreign investment in the country as the government tweaked rules to allow 100 percent foreign direct investment (FDI) in single-brand retail and real estate broking services while allowing foreign airlines to invest up to 49% in Air India.

The government considers the measures as part of a move to “liberalise and simplify the FDI policy so as to provide ease of doing business in the country”.

Currently foreign airlines can invest up to 49% in Indian air transport services, scheduled and non-scheduled services, of their paid-up capital, however, not allowed to invest in the national carrier.

Foreign investments in Air India will ease the facilitation of its divestment process as the national carrier currently churns out severe loss each year.

The moves came ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he is expected to showcase the country’s investment potential.

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 09:43:31 +0530
Govt to plug Aadhaar dat

ME News Bureau: Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) unveiled a new mode of security system – a 16 digit ‘virtual ID’ – to prevent data sharing from your Aadhaar card.

Central government had been looking for options to thwart any Cases of your Aadhaar being shared whereas the 16-digit virtual ID sought to address security and privacy concerns.

The new ID that will be available from the UIDAI website will be enough for all verification purposes even for the mobile SIM verification.

Biometric information of the consumers will be included in the new virtual ID. Services that require only name, photo and address will be delivered through virtual ID. You can opt to use the Virtual ID as many times as you want, or keep generating a new one every time you have to share your unique ID.

The government expects that Virtual ID will bring an end to the issues of leakage of holders’ Aadhaar number and details.

Aadhaar holders can generate their Virtual ID from 2018 March 1 while it will become a mandatory for the agencies to collect it from June 1.

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:55:41 +0530
World Bank lauds India s

ME News Bureau: Narendra Modi govt got a huge boost amid talks of an economic slowdown as the World Bank predicted a huge growth ahead for India.

The World Bank described India has “enormous growth potential” compared to other emerging economies with the implementation of comprehensive reforms. This will give added confidence for the BJP government under Modi who already faces criticism due to the decline in growth.

World Bank expects India to record a growth of 7.3 in 2018 and 7.5 in the next two years as a result of the economic reforms.

The debatable demonetization which banned Rs 500 and Rs 1000 from the country’s market led to a marginal growth of 6.3 in 2017.

“India records huge growth compared to other markets. This change will be identified in the next decade. Don’t consider the short-term figures. India’s bigger picture lies ahead”, says Ayhan Kose, Director, Development Prospects Group.

Mr. Kose also said that China shows lack of pace in growth while India grows faster.

China’s growth was 6.8 in 2017, just 0.1 more than India’s figures. China’s growth rate is being predicted as 6.4 in 2018 and 6.3, 6.2 in the later years. This will give huge chance for India to overtake the Asian giant to become the economic superpower in the continent.

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 18:47:09 +0530
Padmavati to release as

ME News Bureau: Sanjay Leela Bhansali's epic period drama film Padmavati will finally release on January 25, 2018 after being renamed as Padmavat.

However, some issues still persist with the Shri Rajput Karni Sena, which spearheaded the agitation against the movie as they are yet not pacified and are still protesting against its release by demanding a total ban on the film as they believe it distorts historical facts and hurts the community’s sentiments.

Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje Scindia has refused to lift the ban in the state for the film’s release in view of respecting the sentiments of the people of Rajasthan as well. 

The fim that stars Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji was approved by the Central Board of Film Certification and was given a U/A certificate after the makers were asked to add a disclaimer which states that the film in no manner subscribes to the practice of Sati or seeks to glorify it.

Other changes reportedly include two disclaimers, one at the beginning of the film and the other after the interval as well as changes in the Ghoomar song featuring Padukone and removal of misleading references to historical places.

Furthermore, a screening was held for a special bench of historians who suggested five modifications including a change in the title from Padmavati to Padmavat as Bhansali’s film is said to be inspired by Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s epic poem by the same name.

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 16:36:17 +0530
Sussanne shares selfie mo

ME News Bureau: It was Farhan Akhtar’s turn on yesterday to celebrate his birthday in the tinsel town but today it will be the ‘Greek God’ Hrithik Roshan who will light the Bollywood with his candle lights.

While 2017 may not have been a very amiable year for Hrithik, this year already seems to be looking bright as he turns a year older today and what can only be considered a 'cherry on the cake' moment is the endearing birthday message for him straight from his ex-wife Sussanne Khan who shared an adorable selfie with a caption that read, "Forever and always you stay the sunshine in my life.. Happy happiest birthday... smile that smile brightest and u always will spread that light... limitless #sacredheart."

Hrithik and Sussanne married in 2000 and officially divorced in 2014. However, they still continue to co-parent their kids and support each other.

Fans of the 'Krrish' star have also been sending across their wishes to the superstar with the hashtag '#HappyBirthdayHrithikRoshan', which has been trending on Twitter as well.

Known as the ‘Greek God’ of Bollywood, in a career spanning 18 years, Hrithik has proved that he isn’t just an exceptional dancer, but is also one of the most versatile actors with his choices of roles in films spanning from his prodigious debut in 'Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai' to being a risk taker by playing roles such as that of a terrorist in films like 'Mission Kashmir' and 'Fiza'.

He went on to experiment with roles such as playing a mentally challenged man in 'Koi Mil Gaya', a scheming thief in 'Dhoom 2', a euthanasia seeking magician in 'Guzaarish' among others.

Furthermore, he also acted in many critically acclaimed films as well such as in a remake of the classic film 'Agneepath' where he reprised the role of Vijay Deenanath Chauhan that was played by Amitabh Bachchan in the original and also the hit 'Jodhaa Akbar' where he played Emperor Akbar with panache.

Here's wishing Hrithik Roshan a very happy birthday and may he continue to inspire us in the years to come.

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 16:11:57 +0530
Mueller s turn to quiz Tr

ME News Bureau: The Russian saga in the US government as well as in their political map might take a new route as the special counsel, Robert S Mueller 111, told the President Trump's lawyers that he will probably seek to interview the President to garner more details on the investigation regarding the Russian influence in the US Presidential election in November 2016.

Smelling a huge probability of interview by Mueller, Trump's lawyers started discussions on the outbreaks it could develop in the President's future journey.

White House officials have long been expecting a quiz on Russia probe, while they say they have nothing to hide, still concerned about the political impacts that can shake both within and outside the US administration.

Considering the hyper nature of Trump and his previous rhetoric and baseless assertions on many issues, allowing a counsel to interview Trump would require all the cautious ground works required.

Mueller has already brought charges against four of Trump's former aides. They all face accusations of lying to the authorities.

Reports of Russian collusion in the US presidential election have always been the talking point since Trump rised to the helm at the US administration. Trump had many times played down the Russian subject, resulted in getting anguish over the US media. Both Trump and the media stay at loggerheads each other and the angry President calling the media as 'fake media'.

Trump's actions in the mist of Russian controversy had always drew flak as he dismissed James B Comey as FBI director, which the ex-director later revealed that Trump made some intentions to withdraw probe regarding the Russian works in the US election.

Mueller appeared most interested in asking about the former national security adviser, Michael T Flynn, and the firing of Comey, to find out whether Trump tried to obstruct justice.

Mueller's obstruction investigation will get to know the President Trump's interest in asking Comey to end the investigation on Flynn and his action to fire Comey to halt the FBI investigation into Russia- related subjects.

While  Trump remained a hyper character many times in previous occasions, he also showed his patience to co-operate with the civil cases before. But the problem lies ahead is that he never faced questions from someone like Mueller, a veteran prosecutor and former FBI director.

The much-anticipated quiz by Mueller on Russia probe will leave some sleepless nights for the White House officials.

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 15:19:31 +0530
Mevani attacks Modi Call

ME News Bureau: Calling them a severe threat to democracy and launches an attack on Modi government, Gujarat MP Jignesh Mevani began his rally asking to ensure social justice to all.

Mevani also demanded the release of Dalit social leader Chandrasekhar Azad from the jail. " The govt bans all the talks on the release of Azad, to give jobs for youth and also to practice constitution".

Mevani also laughed at the 'Gujarat model' saying if the elected government is not willing to provide justice to all, you can call it the said model.

Mevani said that BJP stands as a threat to democracy and constitution. He demanded a proper explanation from PM Modi himself for the death of Rohith Vemula and other deaths reported as a protest against the caste inequality.

"I believe in the politics of unity and love, not in love jihad. BJP targets Alpesh Thakor and Hardik Patel as they works against them in Gujarat", Mevani added.

JNU student  leaders Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid were also attended Mevani's rally.

Mevani & Co. conducted the rally despite the Delhi police rejected permission due to security reasons.

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:01:08 +0530
Anchal Thakur grabs first

ME News Bureau: India put their signature for the first time in the sport of Skiing as Anchal Thakur created history by becoming the first Indian to get a medal for India in the international skiing competition.

Anchal Thakur, 21-year old Manali resident, grabbed bronze in the decorated 3200 cup being organized by the Federation Internationale de Ski - skiing's international governing body - at the Palandoken Ski Centre in Erzurum, Turkey.

Anchal won the bronze medal in the slalom race category.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to twitter to congratulate Anchal: "Well done for winning an international medal in skiing! The entire nation is ecstatic on your historic accomplishment at the FIS International Skiing Competition in Turkey. Wishing you the very best for your future endeavours".

Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore also congratulated Anchal on his Twitter account.

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:19:26 +0530
43 arrested in Maha viole

ME News Bureau: 43 people, including three minors, have been arrested so far in relation to the Koregaon-Bhima caste clash that erupted Maharashtra in the last week.

Pune police has said that cases were registered against them and all the people that arrested are from Pune only.

There were violent protests and clashes across Maharashtra earlier after a youth was killed in a clash between the Dalit group and the Maratha group during an event to mark the bi-centenary celebrations of Bhima-Koregaon battle that took place near Pune.

Dalit organizations had called on for a 'Maharashtra bandh' as a protest against the Maratha move against their celebrations, but later called off.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had been ordered a Crime Investigation Department (CID) probe into the death and also announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh for the kin of the deceased.

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:26:51 +0530
Trump relaxes H1 B visa r

ME News Bureau: US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) confirmed that the Trump regime was not looking to alter regulations on extension of the employment visa.

Over 7.5 lakh Indian techies, currently posted in the US on H1-B visa and awaiting their Green Card, will get a breather now.

Despite announcing some relief packages, the US administration also left open the possibility that there would be rule changes that will allow those who are having their green card processed to remain in the US only one year at a time-instead of the current three year extensions.

Many Indians are living in a spot of bother as the President Donald Trump raised his obligations several times on giving relaxed visas to many immigrants. Trump once said that he will issue visas only on merit based prospects.

Indians are the most benefited recipients of H1-B visa while Trump always said that countries like India and China are taking away the jobs of US nationals.

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:30:37 +0530
Fire broke out in Vadodar

ME NEWS BUREAU: A suspected short circuit had caused a huge fire at a chemical plant near Vadodara in Gujarat which has now been brought under control.

There has been no casualties reported so far while three fire engines had rushed to the spot to put things under control.

Investigation is going on to find the real cause of the fire and will come to know in the next few hours

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 21:30:00 +0530
BCCI slapped five month b

ME NEWS BUREAU: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has slapped a five-month ban for Indian Cricket player Yusuf Pathan who was found failed in a dope test. Despite being slapped with the ban, senior Pathan will not miss the upcoming season of the IPL as he was handed a backdated ban which had begun on August 15 and will end on January 14.

Pathan tweeted, giving courtesy to BCCI, for ample time to prove his innocence, soon after the BCCI announced that they had suspended him from playing all forms of cricket.

Earlier Pathan had been tweeted positive for Terbutaline (a banned substance in WADA’s list) during a domestic T20 game in Delhi on March 16, 2017.

BCCI press release later revealed that the urine sample collected for its dope test confirmed the presence of banned substance Terbutaline, which stayed in a medicine that Pathan took to cure his throat infection.

Baroda had axed Pathan from their Ranji Trophy team as per the advice of BCCI due to the reports of his dope usage.

Yusuf Pathan was part of the IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders for the last few seasons though he was not retained by them this time. Now the ban will end on January 14, he will be available for the IPL player auction on January 27 and 28.

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 18:50:16 +0530
Get the number that gives

ME NEWS BUREAU: Mantras and slokas will give you the moksha – the ultimate destination that you want to reach. When it comes to reading Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram, you will get 108 slokas. Quite a number to get moksha!! But do you know the slokam numbers in Vishnu Sahasranamam  that determine your destiny?  If not, Shiju Panicker writes about the list of nakshathras and the sets of slokam numbers for each star in Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram

Every person has a Slokam from Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram, based on his or her birth star and paadam. On chanting that Slokam everyday, the person attains spiritual and material benefits. To know what is your slokam you have to follow the method explained here:

In Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram, there are 108 slokas. Totally there are 27 stars, list of which is given below. Each star or nakshatram has 4 paadas. Each person is born in one of the paadas.

Therefore totally there are 108 paadas, in one-to-one correspondence with the 108 slokas of Vishnu Sahasranaama Stotram. Your slokam is that which corresponds to the serial number of paadam in which you are born.

For example, if your star is Rohini, paadam is 3rd, your slokam no. = Ashwini 4 +Bharani 4 + Kruttika 4 + Rohini 3 = 15th slokam of Vishnu Sahasranaama Sthothram, which is "Lokaadhyakshassuraadhyaksho..."

 

This is the list of nakshathras and the sets of slokam numbers for each star:

1) Ashwini - 1-4

2) Bharani - 5-8

3) Kruttika - 9-12

4) Rohini - 13-16

5) Mrugasira - 17-20

6) Ardra - 21-24

7) Punarvasu - 25-28

8) Pushyami - 29-32

9) Aaslesha - 33-36

10) Magha - 37-40

11) Purva Phalguni - 41-44

12) Uttara Phalguni - 45-48

13) Hasta - 49-52

14) Chitra - 53-56

15) Swati - 57-60

16) Vishakha - 61-64

17) Anuradha - 65-68

18) Jyeshttha - 69-72

19) Moola -73-76

20) Purva Ashaadha - 77-80

21) Uttara Ashaadha - 81-84

22) Sravanam 85-88

23) Dhanishttha - 89-92

24) Shathabhisham - 93-96

25) Purva Bhaadrapada - 97-100

26) Uttara Bhaadrapada - 101-104

27) Revati - 105-108

 

Vishnu Sahasranaama Sthothram has the power to activate Sahasraara Chakra, results in Atmajnaana and Brahmajnaana. To attain Moksha, one's Sahasraara Chakra must be fully opened. Daily concentrated reading of VSS will activate the Kundalini and other Chakras too.

VSS contains the 1008 names of the Bhagawan. It was compiled by Sage Veda Vyaasa, and is a part of Mahaabhaaratam.

In Mahaabhaaratam, Bheeshma on his 'ampasayya', told to Yudhishtthira (Dharma Raaja), who wanted to know what is the way to attain Moksha, asks "ko dharmassarvadharmaanaam bhavatah pramo mataha, kim japan muchyate jantur janmasamsaarabandhanaat ," meaning, which is the greatest dharma and by chanting what do we attain Moksha.  Bheeshma chants the VSS to Pandavaas who were present before him at that time.

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:38:45 +0530
Happy birthday Farhan

A talented singer, an amazing actor and a perceptive director, the multi-talented Farhan Akhtar celebrates his 44th birthday and is all set to ring in his birthday in tinsel town with his close friends and family.

Born in Mumbai to screenwriters Javed Akhtar and Honey Irani, he grew up under the influence of the Hindi film industry.

Farhan made his debut in Bollywood as a director with his film Dil Chahta Hai in 2001. The film gained recognition and was successful and gained popularity especially among the younger generation. The film won many awards, including National Film Award for Best Feature Film and a Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay. He directed the entertainer “Don” as well as the critically acclaimed film “Lakshya.”

He began his career as an actor with the 2008 hit "Rock On" which incidentally also marked his debut as a singer. Furthermore, he continued to taste success with stellar films such as “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara” and the brilliant biopic “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.”

Here’s wishing him a very Happy Birthday and that, may he continue to entertain us in the years to come.

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 16:43:20 +0530
May reshuffles cabinet N

ME NEWS BUREAU: British Prime Minister Theresa May reshuffled her cabinet for the third time in a year as she infused some fresh faces and making changes in some of the departments.

Theresa May is feeling the heat from within and outside the government as three Ministers were forced to resign from the post, resulted in rising talks on the credibility of the government where May also draws flak from her own Conservative Party. There are even talks that she may be replaced by any other senior Ministers to sail the ship smoothly.

Cabinet reshuffle paved way for the end of one of the traditional system as there is no more ‘First Secretary’, which is often considered to be as the deputy PM, in Theresa May government. Justice secretary David Lidlington takes over from Damien Green, who resigned due to sex allegations, as the new Minister for the Cabinet office who will also get all the duties of a First Secretary.

David will get all the duties that were handled by Damien Green and also to chair the multiple Brexit committees.

David Guake is being appointed as the Secretary of State for Justice.

Jeremy hunt, largely expected to become as the First Secretary, kept his Health department where he  felt a promotion when he was directed to take care of the Social Care also.

Meanwhile the cabinet reshuffling suffered a severe setback when Justin Greening resigned from the government, protesting over May’s decision to take back Education department from her. Greening refused to take up the new role of work and pensions secretary.

Changes effected on the heads of Conservative Party along with cabinet reshuffle as Brandon Lewis was appointed as the new Party Chairman after Patrick McLoughlin stepped down as the Chairman.

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 14:33:48 +0530
Govt takes U turn on play

ME NEWS BUREAU: Taking a U-turn on the issue of playing national anthem in the cinema halls, the Centre urged the Supreme Court to reconsider its order making it mandatory for cinema halls to play the national anthem before screening the films.

The Centre said that an inter-ministerial committee is being formed to study the matter and the government will take a final call once the committee submits its recommendations in six months.

The government had earlier insisted making it mandatory for cinema halls to play the national anthem prior to showing films and also educational institutions so that people should stand up and respect the national song.

The government drew flak for its controversial decision from various parts of society as it started nationwide debates on whether the nationalism must be injected or not.

Deepak Kumar, Under Secretary in the Union Home Ministry, filed an affidavit in the SC saying the government favors the apex court decision which withdrew its interim order passed on November 30, 2016 directing all the cinema halls to play the national anthem before the screening and insisted that everybody over there must stand up and show respect till the anthem concludes.

The order led to a debate and disturbed the social order as violent clashes were reported in many theatres across the country as some showed reluctance to stand up while playing the national anthem, ended up in marking them as anti-nationals by several Hindu outfits.

Considering the anguish and atrocities over the controversial decision and the government’s fluttering decisions over the issue, the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, in October 2017, asked the Centre to take a call on regulating the playing of national anthem in public places, and also asked it to come out with rules.

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 13:19:29 +0530
Fried Rice

The famous playwright George Bernard Shaw once said, “There Is No Love Sincerer Than The Love Of Food.” and we couldn’t agree more. As the new year begins, so do the resolutions and being healthy is what tops that list. Usually the resolve doesn’t last long when hunger strikes, however this year you can have your cake and eat it too! You can opt for a healthy yet delectable meal that will help you combat the hunger pangs while making sure your diet is also taken care of.

This dish is wholesome and yet you don’t have to worry on having to compromise your palate. This recipe can be made using both brown and white rice that is parboiled and then cooked with sautéed mushrooms, baby corn, spring onions and green bell peppers to create a scrumptious meal.

The Recipe:

Serves: 2          Prep Time: 20 mins            Cook Time: 25 mins          Total Time: 45mins

Ingredients:

Plain White Rice/Brown Rice-1 Cup

Spring Onions (Chopped) - 2 small

Button Mushrooms (Sliced) - 1 Cup

Baby Corn (Sliced)- 8-10

Green Bell Pepper (Sliced)- 1-2

Green Chillies (Chopped)- as per taste

Ginger Garlic  Paste- 1 tbsp

Red Onion (Chopped)- 1/2

Green Chilli Sauce- 2 tbsp

Dark Soy Sauce- 2tbsp

Vinegar- 1/2 tsp

Vegetable Oil-2 tsp

Salt to Taste

Method:

Parboil the rice.

Clean the mushrooms and cut them into medium sized slices.

Boil the baby corn for 10 minutes.

In a wok, heat the oil; add in the red onion, the spring onions and sauté for 30 seconds. Add in the ginger garlic paste along with the bell peppers, chillies and baby corn. Sauté for 2-3 minutes.

Add the vinegar, soy sauce and green chilli sauce along with the mushrooms and cook it for a minute.

Slowly add in the rice and the salt and stir it for another minute.

Serve hot and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

-Compiled by Prerna Mistry

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 13:18:03 +0530
SC brings ray of hope for

ME NEWS BUREAU: The Supreme Court offered a ray of hope for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community as the top court decided to revisit its 2013 verdict, criminalizing the consensual gay sex.

The Supreme Court also indicated that the issue will be referred to the larger bench to hear the validity of the IPC section 377.

Earlier in 2013, the Supreme Court had overturned the Delhi HC’s 2009 verdict that decriminalized the section 377 and allowing legal permission for the consensual sex relationships between the adults of the same gender.

A three-judge bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said that “ a section of people or individuals who exercise their choice should never remain in a state of fear”.

“Restrictions on individual’s autonomy and choice by a law must be in conformity with constitutional morality”, the SC said.

The SC also added that “what is natural to one may not be natural to another”.

The LGBTQ community had dealt a huge blow when they received the 2013 verdict, dashing hopes on their voice to live according to each individual’s right, attended an array of protests and demonstrations against the ruling.

Section 377 deals with “unnatural offences” and stipulates that “whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature of any man, woman or animal shall be punished with imprisonment  for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine”.

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 10:44:03 +0530
Saluting Transcendental

ME News Bureau: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s teachings and practices gifted to the society is an extraordinarily unpretentious, natural technique, which nurtures every facet of life – be it physical, mental or spiritual.

He had famously stated: ‘Life is here to be enjoyed and no one has the right to suffer’, and throughout his blessed life, he was spreading awareness about this fact across the world.

And in this context and to achieve this end, the Maharishi was instrumental to popularizing a unique concept called Transcendental Meditation (TM) – a procedure of uncomplicated transcending. To comprehend what TM means, we have to just explore its name.

‘Transcend’ means to ‘go beyond’; while ‘meditation’ means ‘thinking’. While one practices TM, the mind wanders from the worldly, chaotic level of thinking, to a softer status, devoid of excitement, until one transcends thought completely, arriving at the quiet haven of the mind.

This is the state of ‘anandam’ or wholesome realization, where the mind is utterly tranquil but completely aware.

Since times immemorial, intellectuals have said that it is very challenging to transcend thought and gain the state of seamless internal peace. Maharishi differed.

He propounded that transcending was easy because the mind experiences growing levels of contentment at every step of the way. 

And because no exertion is needed, any vigor or control averts the mind from transcending. This practice of graceful transcending is authenticated by the Bhagwad Gita, which the Maharishi referred to as the pocketbook version of the Vedas.

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 16:53:37 +0530
Saudi crown prince tighte

ME NEWS BUREAU: Saudi  Arabia's newly appointed monarchy continues their revolutionary methods in the governance as eleven princes face trial after they were arrested for a sit-in protesting the government's move to halt the utility bills of royals.

Earlier, in the last week, princes were found gathering at the historic Qasr Al-Hokm on Thursday to protest against the government's recent decision to stop payments by the state to members of the royal family to cover their electricity and water utility bills.

Meanwhile Saudi Arabia's attorney General Saud al-Mojeb said that everybody come under the law and even the royal family must adhere the law of the land.

Attorney general also said that the princes were also demanded compensation for the death sentence issued against one of their cousins who was convicted of murder, in 2016.

Arab giant Saudi Arabia has been adopting a slew of measures after crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, son of Saudi's king Salman, dethroned his cousin to ascend to the top post in the administration.

Prince Mohammed maintained his supreme authority soon after he took his job and announced key policies to diversify the country's economy as it traditionally depends oil to generate revenue. They had recently introduced new regime of tax system, especially Value Added Tax (VAT), for the first time in the gulf region, to make earnings from different sources.

The crown prince showed no compromise in the economic overhaul of the country as he ordered the arrest of more than 200 princes in an anti-corruption move, back in November.

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 12:40:20 +0530
Laxmi Vilas Palace

A true personification of rich culture and history, the Laxmi Vilas Palace stands tall in the vibrant city of Vadodara, Gujarat. It is one of the most prominent and well preserved landmarks of the city

The construction of the building commenced in 1878 on the orders of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III and was completed by 1890. The palace was estimated to have cost GBP 180,000 at that point of time and was considered technologically advanced with the presence of luxurious western style elevators within the palace. The palace was built using brick, red sandstone, blue trap stone from Pune and Italian marble. Sprawling across an area of about 700 acres, it is still home to the royal family of Vadodara. It is a colossal building consisting of 170 rooms that is quoted to be the size equivalent to four times that of the Buckingham Palace.

The palace was designed by the architect, Major Charles Mant who adopted an Indo-Saracenic style that showcased various forms of Hindu, Gothic and Mughal architecture methodologies with towering arches, domes and intricately planned minarets. Following the death of architect Mant, the work was later completed by architect Robert Fellowes Chisholm.

While the palace is open for the common public to explore, a part of it remains restricted for the privacy and safety of the royals who reside there. On arrival at the palace, you have to buy an entrance ticket for a nominal price of Rs. 225. From there, you are given an audio device which is included in the ticket price itself, which gives you a tour of the various rooms in the building in a sequential order. As you proceed to the rooms, the audio tour gives you a brief history of each and in your preferred languages as well.

The tour begins in the courtyard that is elegant and aesthetic. The gardens of Laxmi Vilas palace were designed by the renowned botanist, Sir William Goldring, who also designed the Kew Botanical Gardens in London. Among the rooms that you come across on the tour are the Coronation Room, the Darbar Hall, Hathi Hall and the Armoury.

The Coronation Room is one that is grand in its simplicity. The throne on which the Gaekwad Maharajas were coroneted on, is a simple cushion placed under a gold peacock umbrella, which although simple, has certain opulence to it. The room is adorned with exquisite paintings by the renowned painter, Raja Ravi Verma. The most noteworthy paintings in the room were that of Goddesses Saraswati and Lakshmi. Apart from these, the paintings of Kansa being warned by an Oracle and Keechaka Vadha are exceptional as well.

One of the most commanding rooms is the Armoury that houses an impressive collection of swords, daggers and other antique weapons, ranging from chakras to submachine guns that according to the audio guide, have been used in battles at one point or another. The most significant exhibits of the armoury are the Navadurga sword that was intricately designed with the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga on the sword and the Wagh Nakh or the Tiger Claw that was used by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja to kill the Mughal king Afzal Khan.

The Hathi Hall or The Elephant Room is breathtaking with its intricacies, that of the ceiling of the hall that is designed in the shape of an elephant’s head. It is stated that the king used this room to ascend on the back of a waiting elephant. The room is adorned with varied headgears that represent different cultures and eras.  

However, the most resplendent and glorious room is the Darbar Hall that dwarfs all else in the palace. The floor of this room is inlaid with a mosaic of semi precious stones bearing the insignia of the Gaekwads. The high ceiling of the room is adorned by Belgian chandeliers, when lit, give a sense of nostalgia. The intricately carved balconies on the upper sides of the walls are made in rosewood and sandalwood. The palace boasts of the maximum number of stained glass ever used in a palace as every window in this hall is decorated in stained glass that depicts famous scenes from Hindu mythologies which gives it an old world charm. Moreover, the hall is flanked by a beautiful European style fountain that has Greek marble statues adding to its appeal.

A 300 ft. tower stands tall in the palace which was once meant to function as a clock tower. The plan was later scraped on the basis that the constant ticking of the clock would create a disturbance for the residents. The tower is therefore used to keep a beacon to signify when the king was present at the palace.

The palace also houses a number of buildings including the LVP Banquets & Conventions, the Moti Baug palace and the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum building that was once used as a school for the Maharaja’s children but now exhibits the pre-eminent collection of paintings by Raja Ravi Verma and other world famous artefacts.

On one’s trip to Vadodara, the Laxmi Vilas palace is a must visit for anyone who wants to travel back in time and experience a slice of history.

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 12:32:31 +0530
Govt to woo middle class

ME NEWS BUREAU: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley reach out to a conclusion to pour major tax sops to the middle class taxpayers ahead of what may be its final full budget before the 2019 general elections.

Middle class taxpayers are considered to be as a key constituency of BJP.

The major options among the listed proposals of tax benefits are an increase in the exemption limit, a return of standard deduction, increase in health insurance benefits and sops for fixed deposits and benefits.

Modi government in the past had unveiled plans on their pro-poor strategy, but due to the unexpected grim tax collection arised out  of GST and the weaker-than-expected corporate tax collection, put them in a tight fiscal situation, given they are in a position to look for multiple options to balance the outgo.

The government also mulls to re-introduce the long term capital gains tax on stock market transactions that it will apply to new transactions above a certain value.

Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) had long called for the introduction of long term capital gains tax as they believe it will end friction in the market and also tackle manipulation in penny stocks.

Meanwhile the much anticipated tax package doing the rounds will be a political call that will be taken by PM Modi after detailed discussions with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

If the government decides to move ahead with a hike in the tax exemption limit, the government has to make sure that it won’t  result in a cap on the flagship programmes intended to bolster the marginalized section of the society.

Currently, there is no tax up to Rs 2.5 lakh with investments of up to Rs 1.5 lakh in public provident funds or bank deposits of five years or more enjoying benefits under section 80C of the Income Tax Act.

Modi government also takes a stock on the benefits that can be added on to the health insurance schemes bearing in mind the surge in costs over the medical treatments in the last two-three years.

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 10:17:26 +0530
UIDAI clarifies journalis

ME News Bureau: Mumbai: The Unique Identification Data Authority of India (UIDAI) has clarified its stand on lodging an FIR on Rachana Khair, The Tribune journalist, by releasing a statement. The FIR lodged by UIDAI mentions the journalist had exposed how an online racket was selling personal Aadhaar details of individuals for nominal amounts.

UIDAI’s complaint also names people who were involved in this online racket. However, its complaint was quickly condemned by the Editor's Guild of India.

The UIDAI clarified that its intent was not to bully the media in any way. It stated that the FIR was launched for unauthorized access, and not for exposing the breach, while rejecting the alleged data breach.

The UIDAI stated, "UIDAI respects free speech including the Freedom of Press and Media. However UIDAI's act of filing an FIR with full details should not be viewed as UIDAI targeting the media or the whistle-blowers or 'shooting the messengers.'"

Validating its argument, the UIDAI also said that it had recounted the complete chain of proceedings to the police in the FIR and the journalist’s name was mentioned in context.

Attacking the UIDAI for its complaint, Guild’s statement read, "It is clearly meant to browbeat a journalist whose investigation on the matter was of great public interest. It is unfair, unjustified and a direct attack on the freedom of the press."

The authority gave the instance of the Supreme Court's 2014 verdict in the Rajiv Prasad versus CBI case to state that a person's guilt or innocence is not proclaimed by the presence of their name in an FIR but only after a police investigation and a trial.

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 22:14:56 +0530
Lalu sentenced to 3 5 yea

ME News Bureau: Ranchi: A CBI special court has sentenced Lalu Prasad Yadav, RJD chief, to three-and-a-half years in in prison in a fodder scam case relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury 21 years ago.

Shiv Pal Singh, the CBI court judge, who had convicted Prasad, along with 10 others on December 23, also imposed a Rs 10 lakh fine on him for two cases in the scam. The quantum of sentence for Lalu Yadav and other accused, was sentenced through video conferencing.

According to a CBI counsel, Lalu was fined Rs 5 lakh for each case, failing which he would serve another six months in jail.

The court had convicted Lalu for offences of cheating and criminal conspiracy, under the the Prevention of Corruption Act and Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Immediately after the sentencing, Lalu s Twitter account stated, “Rather than practicing BJP’s Simple Rule - 'Follow us or We Will Fix you'. I will die happily fixing myself for Social justice, harmony and equality."

Tejaswi Yadav, and former deputy chief minister and Lalu's son, addressing media after the verdict, said that RJD would move the High Court after reviewing the sentence and apply for bail.

"We are confident that he (Lalu Yadav) will get bail. We have full faith on judiciary. We are not going to be cowed down," another son of Lalu, Tej Pratap, stated:

Hailing the judgment, KC Tyagi Janata Dal (United) leader. "This will prove to be a historic decision in Bihar politics. It is the end of a chapter."

The other convicts include Sudhir Kumar, Phool Chand, Raja Ram, Mahesh Prasad, Bake Julious, Sunil Kumar, and Sushil Kumar.

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 20:19:16 +0530
Sushma Tharoor fight ove

ME NEWS BUREAU: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor traded barbs in Lok Sabha over making Hindi as an official language of the United Nations.

Tharoor raised his objections to the written statement made by the Minister in the question hour of the Lok Sabha over the government's efforts to push the Hindi language.

Sushma Swaraj said that it is often asked why Hindi is not an official language in the UN. "Now, I want to say that the biggest barrier in pushing the said language is the procedure," the Minister said.

Sushma explained that as per the procedure, two-thirds of the 193 nations in the organisation -which comes to 129 - will have to vote in favor of India and also to bear the financial burden incurred on them.

"Apart from voting, the supporting countries will also have to bear the financial expenses incurred on them. Once we get the support of nations like Fiji, Mauritius, Surinam....where more people of Indian origin are there, we can clear the test", the Minister said.

Later, Shashi Tharoor, former UN Under-Secretary-General and who finished second in the race for UN top post in 2006, questioned the need to push Hindi as the official language in UN. He reminded the Minister that even our country does not consider it as the national language.

"Even our country never considers Hindi as the national language. It is our official language only. Majority of Indian states speak Hindi. But how many countries outside India speak the same language? It will be difficult to convince them to vote in favor of India, considering the financial burden they have to bear", he said.

"I agree that our Prime Minister and External Affairs Minister are excellent speakers in Hindi. But when the people from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Bengal take charge of their post in the future, how can you make compulsory that they should speak in Hindi?", Tharoor asked.

Tharoor's comments didn't go down well with the treasury benches as the Minister pointed out that many countries outside India speak Hindi as well.

" Saying Hindi is spoken only in India is your ignorance," she said.

    

 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 16:20:53 +0530
There is love not love j

ME NEWS BUREAU: An investigation report by the Kerala Home department reveals that there is no evidence of love jihad, a love trap activity under which young Muslim men and boys target young girls belonging to non-Muslim communities for conversion to Islam, in the state.

Though many girls have been converted to Islam as part of their marriage, it can't be considered as love jihad, according to the investigation report. The Kerala government conducted the study about the conversions to Islam in the state with the help of Central intelligence agencies.

The report stands contrary to the assumptions made by the former police chief T.P. Senkumar who said that love jihad was practised in the state.

Mr, Senkumar had said that the police had made probe in two cases in relation with love jihad as per the advice of the Kerala High Court. He also said that it was identified the girls were trapped by the trained youths by feigning love in both cases.

The investigation report shows that 7299 people had embraced Islam from 2011 to 2016. 1216 people had converted to Islam on an average every year.

The investigation showed that as many as 61 percent of the 7,229 cases analyzed by them had embraced Islam for the sake of love. The probe report cited family problems (12 percent), poverty (8 percent), social reasons (8 percent) and mental disturbances (7 percent) as the other key reasons for conversion.

A significant finding of the investigation is that a lion’s share (82 persons) of the converts were Hindus. Christians, who constitute about 18 percent of the state’s population, accounted for 17.9 percent of the conversions.

The Central Home Ministry is mainly trying to find out the financial deals behind the religious conversion.

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 15:58:47 +0530
UIDAI denies report that

ME News Bureau: Mumbai: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has denied a media report stating that Aadhaar cards can be purchased on WhatsApp at a minimal rate.

“Rs 500, 10 minutes, and you have access to billion Aadhaar details is a case of misreporting,” stated the authority. It assures that there has not been any breach of data and that the data is completely safe and protected.

An investigative report in a well-known newspaper revealed that anonymous sellers on WhatsApp are offering Aadhaar details of more than a billion Indians in exchange of a paltry amount of Rs 500.

The paper also reported the availability of a software at only Rs 300, which can print the Aadhaar card of anybody by simply entering the Aadhaar number.

The report mentioned the racket could have been started by over 300,000 Village Level Operators (VLEs) who were earlier managing the making of Aadhaar cards across India and lost their vocations when they were replaced by banks and post offices.

More than 100,000 VLEs saw an opportunity to make easy money, by getting illegal access to UIDAI data and offered Aadhar card details and card printing services at a nominal rate.

The UIDAI has linked Aadhaar to biometric information of people, and this could mean a huge breach of national security if found to be true. Moreover, the Union Government's unlimited access to citizens' details has already been a matter in intense debate.

A Supreme Court judgement in August 2017, had declared that 'privacy' is a vital right, while addressing petitions that questioned the legality of Aadhaar, on the grounds of fundamental right to life and liberty. In November 2017, a Right to Information reply by the UIDAI exposed that Aadhaar information of many citizens were already on public domain on about 200 central and state government websites.

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 17:17:44 +0530
Permission denied to Mewa

ME News Bureau: Mumbai - The police has denied permission to a summit scheduled to be addressed by Jignesh Mevani, Dalit leader; and Umar Khalid, JNU student leader, and has also, detained students assembled outside a hall in Mumbai for the event.

The number of students and activists apprehended outside the Bhaidas Hall in Vile Parle was not available, according to a police official.

The action followed after denial of permission by the police for the 'All India Students Summit 2018', which was slated to be conducted today, in which Mevani, a recently elected Gujarat MLA; and Khalid, Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University's (JNU) student leader, had speaker slots.

The police denied permission in the wake of protests and bandh in Maharashtra on January 3 following violence on the anniversary celebrations of a battle fought 200 years ago at Bhima Koregaon in Pune on January 1, stated the official.

The president of Chhatra Bharati, the organizer of the event, Datta Daghe, informed that the police has not given permission for the summit. He said, "However, we plan to go ahead with the event.”

He added there was was a massive police presence at the venue and the students were not being allowed entry to it.

The Pune police had earlier said that they had received a complaint against both Mevani and Khalid for their "provocative" speeches at a Pune event on December 31. Both of them had attended the "Elgar Parishad", an event held to observe the 200th anniversary of the battle of Bhima-Koregaon, at Shaniwar Wada in Pune.

Violence had flared up in Pune district when Dalit groups were celebrating the bicentenary of the Bhima-Koregaon battle in which the forces of the British East India Company had defeated the Peshwa's Army. The violence had also resulted in the death of a youth.

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 14:31:44 +0530
Dalit groups initiated ba

ME News Bureau: Mumbai: The Maharashtra bandh to protest the state government's "failure" to halt the violence at Bhima Koregaon village in Pune, has been called off in the afternoon. The bandh was declared by Prakash Ambedkar, Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) leader.

Normalcy in Mumbai was majorly affected after Dalit protesters took to the streets on Tuesday on the aftermath of clashes between Dalits and Marathas at Bhima Koregaon near Pune on Monday.

On Wednesday, only a few cars were plied on the streets. Local trains service was also disturbed as protestors obstructed railway tracks at several places. The police lath charged the protesters, who vandalized auto-rickshaws, BEST and private buses. Several schools were shut for the day.

The Mumbai Police have directed citizens not to spread or believe rumors.

The agitation left a large number commuters stranded owing to fewer number of taxis, auto-rickshaws and other means of transport.

Shops were closed and Dalit agitators were seen holding rally at numerous places. They also stopped auto-rickshaws and buses at Lal Bahadur Shastri Road, Thane, and flattened bus tyres. In Powai area, there were also reports of BEST buses and a car being vandalized. In Vikhroli, an automobile showroom was allegedly attacked.

However, substantial security remains positioned in the Eastern Express Highway, and Ramabai Colony in Ghatkopar.

Early in the morning, agitators tried to stop a train at the Thane Railway Station. But the attempt was thwarted by the Government Railway Police (GRP) and Railway Protection Force (RPF).

Bus services towards Pune's Baramati and Satara were deferred, while Internet services were put off in Aurangabad - as precautionary measures.

A day after the Koregaon incident on January 1, violence erupted in Pune over the 200th anniversary celebrations of the Battle of Koregaon, which claimed the life of a Nanded youth.

Irate agitators blocked traffic and stopped railway services at various areas of the city while shops and business establishments were shut at Dadar, Kurla, Chembur, Mankhurd, Govand and Vikhroli.

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 17:34:17 +0530
Disciplinary action again

ME NEWS BUREAU: Time for a little break on talks whether hugging is a serious crime in Kerala as the management of a school, which had suspended a class 12 boy  for hugging a junior girl student, has decided to revoke the disciplinary action against him.

The boy, who already completed the internal exams, will now be able to appear for the upcoming board examination, while the girl student could also continue in the same school.

The St Thomas Central School at Mukkolakkal in Thiruvananthapuram felt the heat after it took disciplinary action against the students who were found hugging each other in the school campus. The incident occurred when the boy had hugged the 11th standard girl student after her performance in a music competition.

The School Principal Sebastian T Joseph said that the issue was resolved and the boy who already wrote the internal exam will be allowed to appear for the coming examinations.

" There is no problem whatsoever. We are for the welfare of children," the principal said.

Meanwhile many people, including Congress MP Tharoor, started enquiring about the incident that happened in the school on July 21, 2017, which came to the media glare nearly five months after the incident.

Tharoor had held a meeting with representatives of the church-run school management and the parents few days ago to find out a way to settle the matter.

The meeting arrived at a general consensus to resolve the issue.

"I applaud all involved for having approached the issue in a constructive spirit. This has to be win-win: the school must win back its reputation and the kids their academic careers," Tharoor said.

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 23:10:14 +0530
Pakistan seizes Hafiz fi

ME NEWS BUREAU: Bowing down to the pressure piled on them by the United States and India, Pakistan have finally decided to crackdown on the charities and financial assets linked to Hafiz Saeed, who was designated as a terrorist by Washington.

Hafiz Saeed, allegedly masterminded the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, is gaining a political momentum back home recently, after he was released from the house arrest.

According to the reports revealed by the Reuters, Pakistan government issued orders to have a cross check on the charities and financial assets maintained by Saeed.

The extremist leader run two charities, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation, which the United States and India blame squarely for orchestrating the background works for the gruesome 26/11 attack.

Three officials who attended one of several high-level meetings reportedly revealed the Pakistan government's 'secret order', directing the various provincial and federal government departments to crackdown on the Saeed's suspected financial links.

A document from the  high-level meeting on December 19, which marked as 'secret', from the finance ministry directed law enforcement and governments in Pakistan’s five provinces to submit an action plan by December 28 for a “takeover” of Saeed’s two charities, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation.

The 'secret' documents which refers to the “Financial Action Task Force (FATF) issues", an international body that combats money laundering and terrorist financing, names only Saeed’s two charities and “actions to be taken” against them.

Responding to the reports revealed by the Reuters, Pakistan's Interior minister Ahsan Iqbal, who co-chaired one of the meetings on the plan, said he has ordered authorities “to choke the fundraising of all proscribed outfits in Pakistan”

The Interior minister also rejected the assumptions that Pakistan was succumbed to the pressure piled on them by the US and India due to their light-hearted approach towards Hafiz Saeed.

" Pakistan wasn’t taking action under US pressure. We’re not pleasing anyone. We’re working as a responsible nation to fulfill our obligations to our people and international community”, minister said.

Earlier, Pakistan court had released Saeed from charges accused on him for masterminding the 26/11 attack, citing  lack of sufficient evidences. Meanwhile soon after releasing from the law troubles, Saeed started ground works to launch a new political party, keeping his rhetoric against India intact.

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 22:18:46 +0530
Violence grips Maharashtr

ME NEWS BUREAU: Dalit, Maratha groups faced-off each other in Mumbai, Pune and several parts of Maharashtra after Dalits hit the streets in parts of Mumbai today to protest against the violence that took place 148 km away in Pune yesterday, during the bicentenary celebrations of the historic 1818 battle of Bhima-Koregaon.

Protesters destroyed hundreds of vehicles and disrupted road, rail transportation. Dalit groups had blocked the national highways earlier and called for Maharashtra bandh on Wednesday, resulted in announcing public holiday for schools and colleges.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered an enquiry to find the root cause of the violence. A sitting Judge will take care of the investigation.

Chief Minister Fadnavis has appealed for peace, saying Maharashtra is a progressive state which does not believe in castiest violence. He also warned that strict action will be taken against those who use social media to spread rumours.

Shops and business establishments were shut and more violence have been reported from Chembur, Vikhroli, Mankhurd and Govandi regions.

The main reason for the current violent protests was a war in 1818 between the British people and the Marathas, which the British force had won it ultimately. Interestingly, Dalit military unit was also a part of the British force that defeated the Marathas.

Dalits say that they were attacked during the bicentenary celebrations to mark the 1818 battle victory on January 1 at the memorial built near Pune to commemorate the Dalits who died in that war.

Verbal spat was turned into stone pelting and gone out of control where Gujarat MLA Gignesh Mevani was also a part of the function.

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 19:45:01 +0530
Trump says no more Cut

ME NEWS BUREAU: US President Donald Trump once again fumed over inadequate actions being taken by the Pakistan in dismantling the terror activities emanating from that country. He tweets "no more" while referring his plans on future financial aid to Pakistan.

Trump said that his country had "foolishly" given USD 33 billion in aid to Pakistan for the last 15 years to wipe out terror activities but instead they gave safe haven to the terrorists which the US are tracing in Afghanistan for years.

"We make massive payments every year to Pakistan... They have to help," he said at the launch of the national security strategy, a few days earlier.

US President came down heavily on Pakistan days after putting them on the notice during his national security strategy meeting on Afghanistan and South Asia. Trump also recently disclosed his plans to rethink the mighty USD 255 billion anti-terror aid to Pakistan moments after US Defence Secretary Mike Pence made a visit to Kabul.

Trump's latest anguish put an end to speculations on his attitude towards Islamabad for failing to cooperate on counter-terrorism from within and outside the US administration.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif took to Twitter to reply to Trump's comments and said that they will respond to US President's tweets on his Pakistan strategy within a short while.

Meanwhile former Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan Vivek Katju said that Donald Trump's tweet "is a reflection of his frustration and impatience".

"Rather than applying consistent and increasing pressure, the Trump administration had more or less adopted the policy of old US administration in going backwards and forwards and giving Pakistan rope. And Pakistan is a master at playing the Americans," Katju said.

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 17:48:21 +0530
Vidarbha re writes Indian

ME NEWS BUREAU: It's time to rewrite the history of Indian domestic Cricket as Vidarbha etched their name along with the traditional domestic  giants when they beat Delhi by nine wickets in their maiden Ranji Trophy final.

Vidarbha extended their excellent all round display that won the hearts of many fans throughout the entire tournament. Their hard work have been rewarded with the most decorated title in the Indian domestic  Cricket.

Vidarbha had amassed a huge first innings total of 547 and took up a commanding lead of 252, thanks to a match-winning knock by Akshay Wadkar (133). Earlier medium pacer Rajneesh Gurbani's hat-trick helped Vidarbha to bundled out Delhi to a paltry 295 in their first innings.

Wadkar stitched two crucial partnerships, one with Aditya Sarwate (79) and Siddhesh Neral (74) down the order and rescued the side who were reeling on 246-6 at one satge.

Their bowlers later joined the party which made matters vulnerable for Delhi. Defiant Delhi batsman Gautam Gambhir  played an uncharacteristic run-a-ball 36 before succumbed to a debatable call from the Umpire.  A rescue mission was being operated by Nitish Rana (64) and Dhruv Shorey(62) giving little hopes for the Delhi fans. But it was a matter of time for Vidarbha bowlers as they eventually bundled out the opposition for 280.

Chasing 29 for their maiden Ranji triumph, Vidarbha went home with losing only one wicket and occupied at the crease for just six overs.

Earlier Vidarbha made a huge comeback in the semi final against the title contenders Karnataka from the edge of losing position.

Top batsmen Faiz Fazal, Sanjay Ramaswami and veteran Wasim Jaffer amassed runs upfront and kept runs always on their cards while medium pacer Rajneesh Gurbani led the bowling attack from the front.

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 20:19:06 +0530
UAE Saudi introduce VAT

ME NEWS BUREAU: In a major step towards making sure the nation's future prospects are steady and safe, Gulf countries Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) have introduced the Value Added Tax (VAT) from Monday. This is the first time a tax system have introduced in Gulf countries to ensure that income must be generated from non-traditional sources.

The other Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) like Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar will also introduce the VAT in the near future, atleast in 2019.

Tax is an unknown quantity for the gulf people and it remains to be seen how well the gulf people cop up with the new financial system.

Saudi Arabia and UAE will impose five percent tax on most goods and services including food, clothes, electronics and other major consumer bills. Tax exemptions has been given to medical services and public transport.

Oil reserves fuel the growth of many Arab countries as more than 90 percent of Saudi Arabia's budget revenue comes from  oil industry while the same industry churns out 80 percent revenue for UAE.

But the oil rich countries realised that oil alone won't drive the future prospects and never feed the generations to come.

International Monetary Fund (IMF) have long called for Gulf countries to diversify their source of income from oil reserves.

Meanwhile the new tax system will give positives and negatives for countries like India who depend largely on the income of overseas Indians. VAT is definitely going to make a cut on the outflow of money from Indians working over there, especially states like Kerala, as Kerala already facing a huge burden in the wake of the return of their natives from Gulf countries.

Contrary the VAT system will add colors to the job hopes of many youngsters as the new tax system require more commerce graduates to tally the mathematical confusions that will arise during the initial stages until a full fledged VAT to be established. 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 18:56:44 +0530
Assam Govt Publishes NRC

ME NEWS BUREAU: Assam government has published the part draft of the much-anticipated National Register of citizens(NRC) which includes 1.9 crore people out of which total 3.29 crore people had applied for in the state.

The whole list of citizens will be published within the year 2018.

The need for NRC had been a call for a long time and the work started in way back 2013 under the guidance and instructions of Supreme Court.

Registrar General of India(RGI) Sailesh revealed the publication of the list during his press meet and said that more people will be added in the remaining part of the register which is currently under the various stages of verification.

“People whose names are not included in the current NRC have no need to worry as their names will feature in the later part of the register. It means that the absentees are under the verification process going on”, Sailesh said.

The current NRC published by the RGI will be available in the www.nrcassam.nic.inwww.assam.gov.inwww.assam.mygov.in and www.homeandpolitical.assam.gov.in

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 16:33:12 +0530
Tourists flock to Kashmir

ME NEWS BUREAU: 2017, the year which all the Kashmiris and the rest of India would like to forget as it gifted only dark memories for the majority part of the year. Normal life was marred by the militant attacks across the border resulted in losing hundreds of Indian soldiers' lives and the internal protests came out from the college students and youths, ended up in stone pelting on security forces.

Normal life was disrupted, educational institutions closed for many months and the state became totally isolated.

As a result all the industrial setups, especially the tourism industry which churns out maximum income for the state, recorded a steep decline in the tourist arrival which inturn affected the other industries that depends on tourism to flourish.

But the scenes have changed dramatically this time around as new Year couldn't be likely to begin on a better note for the tourist industry of Kashmir. This world-famous ski resort was completely sold out Saturday as scores of tourists from far and near thronged the place to start celebrations on New Year's Eve on Sunday.

"It is a great omen for the tourist industry of the state. Gulmarg is completely sold out as hundreds of tourists have arrived here to welcome 2018.

"All hotels and tourist huts are occupied as more arrivals are expected tomorrow as well. "We have domestic tourists as well as foreigners from Thailand, Malaysia and some other countries.

"Not only Gulmarg, all high-end hotels and those in the middle class range are completely booked in Srinagar city. Pahalgam tourist resort also has appreciable presence of tourists these days," state Director, Tourism, Mehmood Shah said.

He said that aggressive and realistic tourist wooing campaigns through social media by the Tourist Department and other stakeholders have started paying dividends now.

"What is encouraging is that domestic tourists from south India are now looking at Kashmir as a holiday and honeymoon destination. Hopefully, we will be having a wonderful tourist season this winter and during the coming spring and summer months," Shah said.

2017 had not begun on a good note for the local tourist industry. Lesser number of tourists came to Kashmir during this year, but the sudden boom noticed around the New Year's Eve, signifies that 2018 will be a welcome year.

"We had very little occupancy during peak tourist periods in 2017, but given the number of tourist arrivals towards the year end, we are hopeful of a great season ahead", said Altaf Ahmad, manager of Hilltop Hotel here.

Managers at the highend Khybir Resort also expressed satisfaction at the tourist arrivals around the year end.

Even when the temperature outside is around minus six degrees Celsius, Gulmarg is abuzz with life.

Taxi operators, ponywallahs and others directly or indirectly associated with the tourist industry in Gulmarg hope the tempo sustains and 2018 proves to be a blessing for the tourist industry.

"It is just like the old times in Gulmarg. I cannot fully express my joy when I see the numbers of tourists here today," said Abdul Gaffar, a pony owner in Gulmarg.

Hoteliers in Srinagar especially those around the Dal Lake are busy attending to their guests.

"It is great to see guests arrive in such numbers at this time of the year," said a hotelier in the Boulevard Road area on the banks of the lake.,

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 23:27:33 +0530
B Town celebs wishes fans

ME NEWS BUREAU: Bollywood celebrities like Karan Johar and Madhuri Dixit and many more wished their fans a happy and joyous new year ahead of the new year celebrations across the country.

Here's what the celebrities tweeted:
Karan Johar: Forgive a friend, communicate with your parents, understand your spouse and befriend your lover... Make 2018 your emotional year! Happy New Year.
Madhuri Dixit-Nene: Night's still young and the New Year is just around the corner. Happy New Year. Prosperity. Joy.
Rahul Dholakia: My New Year's Resolution: Work harder to be a better person and make better movies. Love you all. Let's welcome 2018.
Dia Mirza: Love more. Feel more. Care more. Do more. Read more. Laugh more. Happy New Year.
Ehsaan Noorani: All in all a pretty tumultuous year, especially with the Kamla Mills fire. Pray and hope for a better year ahead and a lot of it depends on what we as collective citizens can do to make it better. Happy New Year
Kabir Bedi: Have a magical New Year! 
Vivek Anand Oberoi: Wish you and your family a fantabulous new year! Happy twenty eighteen. May you feel twenty, look eighteen.
Mallika Sherawat: Wishing my tweethearts a very happy healthy and prosperous New year. Happy New Year. Happy 2018.

Ram Kapoor: Here's wishing all of you a very happy new year in advance...please have a safe new year and a fabulous year ahead.

 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 22:49:30 +0530
Modi s new year wishes V

ME NEWS BUREAU: Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished a happy and prosperous new year to all the Indians and expects the upcoming year will be a "special one" while he was presenting his final 'Mann Ki Baat' radio address of the year.

Modi appealed to all the citizens who turn 18 in 2018 to contribute their part for the nation building and vote for a new India as he mentioned of those who born in 2000, the beginning of the 21st century.The upcoming new year will be a "special one" because this will see an entry into adulthood and voting age of all those who were born in the year that began the21st century, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday.
"Tomorrow (Monday) will be a special day. Those who were born in the year beginning the 21st century will turn 18 and will become eligible to cast their votes," Modi said during his monthly and 2017's last 'Mann Ki Baat' radio address. 
The Prime Minister appealed to all those turning 18 in 2018 to register themselves as voters and help frame the "India of 21st century". 
"Your vote will become the foundation of a new India... You will not just be granting yourselves the right to vote but will be making yourselves the founders of the tomorrow's India," Modi said. 
He also suggested a district-level organising of 'Mock Parliament' sessions to give the young adults a practical knowledge of the polity. 
He exhorted the youth to use their voting right to usher in a "people's revolution" for the country's development. 

 

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 22:31:28 +0530
Make your glossy lipstick

ME NEWS BURREAU: Host a get-together to go to and require a matte look tonight, yet don't have the right lipstick at this moment? All things considered, every one of the young ladies have confronted such a situation in any event once in their lives and we are here to enable you to out of such precarious circumstances, dependably!

Here's the magnificence hack of the week and we guarantee you will love it, since it guarantees to transform our shiny lipstick into a matte one? In the event that you don't trust us, read on...

You should simply peel off a thin layer from a tissue, so it turns out to be super thin. Presently, apply some translucent powder to your brush and spot it over the back of the tissue.

Apply your most loved gleaming lipstick. Place the tissue on your lips and touch everything over. Presently, press your lips together to equally convey the translucent powder. The basic advance will enable you to rub out the overabundance shading and sparkle and mattify your lipstick.

A few people get a kick out of the chance to utilize fingers rather than the tissue, however we suggest the tissue as it acts like a channel that won't let the lip appear to be over-powdered.

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 16:19:48 +0530
Padmavati is presently Pa

ME NEWS BUREAU: The movie, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, was conceded post passing dangers from different religious groups and political parties to the director  and in addition the lead performing artist Deepika Padukone, who plays Rani Padmini in this artful culmination film. Aside from Deepika, the film likewise stars Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh.

In the wake of being stuck in a long fight for deception and bending of certainties, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati at last got a beam of expectation from the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC). As indicated by news office ANI, CBFC had a looking at board of trustees meeting on December 28 to audit Padmavati and chose to give it U/An authentication alongside a few adjustments. It is being said that the film, in light of a ballad about a Rajput ruler composed by sixteenth century Sufi writer Malik Muhammad Jayasi, should change its title from Padmavati to 'Padmavat' and the testament will be issued once required and concurred adjustments are made.

The Censor Board had looked for the assessment of two veteran students of history from Jaipur in video form Padmavati by welcoming them to see the film. These history specialists incorporate Professor B.L. Gupta and Prof R.S. Khangarot. While Gupta is an educator of history in Rajasthan Vishwavidhyala and has composed various books on India amid the medieval period, Khangarot is the vital of Agrawal College.

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 16:09:28 +0530
Right jewellery add spark

ME NEWS BUREAU: New Year's Eve practically around the bend. As you prepare to party hard and ring in 2018 in your most popular outfit, bear in mind to group it up with the correct adornments.

Cocktail ring is an engaging extra alternative for any gathering or get together. In the event that you are sprucing up for New Year's Eve, a bling proclamation ring will be an impeccable adornment. You can simply include hues by exploring different avenues regarding beautiful mixed drink rings.

A choker with precious stones or hued stones or some other shortsighted accessory outlines function admirably to ring the New Year in. Keep in mind, great is ideal .A string of marquise or princess jewels additionally looks shocking, with no exertion!

Make this New Year's Eve uncommon and significant by adding shimmer and sparkle to your outfit with creature gathering or shaded stone studs. These will give you a snappy, yet novel look.

 Layered precious stone explanation accessories of various lengths will stun as they get the light or candlelight. These are ideal for New Year eve bash.

 You can create an impression with crystal fixture hoops. Regardless of what plan or gemstone, this hoop style will impeccably decorate any kind of clothing, be it a dress or playsuit.

 Multi-layer decoration studs will include the appropriate measure of show to your outfit and will snatch the consideration of nearly everybody.          

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 14:34:12 +0530
Your skin when you don t

ME NEWS BUREAU: We have all been there, when we are excessively lethargic, making it impossible to evacuate our make-up. From going to late-night weddings to a difficult day at work, expelling make-up appears like a dreary activity around evening time. Be that as it may, do you realize that this propensity can incur significant damage on your skin. Missing that one stage during the evening is one excellence sin a young lady ought to never submit. Try not to concur? Read through and know every one of the things that can happen when you don't expel your make-up frequently.

1. Stubborn Blackheads
Nobody is an aficionado of those ghastly clogged pores. When you don't expel make-up, you're just stopping up your pores, prompting clogged pores.

2. Skin Ageing

It's constantly better to deal with your skin at a beginning time than going for medicines later on. Not expelling your make-up, makes a boundary prompting dry skin. Additionally, the make-up pulls in free radicals which can cause early indications of maturing.

3. Eye infection
Understanding that eye make-up right is an accomplishment for each young lady. Yet, do you realize that those hot smokey eyes or those vivid shadows can cause an eye contamination? From mascara to shadows, the small particles can slip into your eye and cause aggravation, redness and even a serious contamination.

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 14:16:58 +0530
Kamala Mills building fir

ME NEWS BUREAU: At least than 14 people have been declared dead and 16 others injured after a noteworthy fire broke out late night on Thursday at a working in Kamala Mills Compound in Lower Parle, as indicated by the catastrophe control room of the Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

Addressing the media, KEM hospital  Dean Dr Avinash Supe affirmed the demise of 14 individuals, including that one individual was still in basic condition.

The fire began on the 6th floor of the working in focal Mumbai at around 12:30 am, and soon immersed the whole place. The building likewise houses some business foundations including inns, media workplaces a police official said.

Of the 16 harmed, two have been taken to LTMG Sion healing center, while other people who endured minor wounds were sent to KEM hospital for quick medicinal help. Dr Nikhil, CMO KEM hospital affirmed that an aggregate of 12 individuals were admitted to the doctor's facility.

BMC commisioner Ajoy Mehta has achieved the spot Kamala Mills compound subsequent to going by KEM hospital. In the interim, Sion hospital says that the state of the two harmed people brought there is presently steady.

At least four fire engine and six fire tenders were raced to the spot and endeavoring to soak the fire. The building likewise houses some business foundations including inns. The putting out fires and protect operation is going on," he included.

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 07:21:07 +0530
The bank stocks slide on

ME NEWS BUREAU: Stock costs of open division banks fell up to 3 for each penny on Thursday, after the legislature declared that it would acquire an extra Rs 50,000 crore this monetary through dated securities.

"The advancing income spending blend and additionally the subsidizing of the deficiency has constrained the legislature to swings to the market to raise additional money to meet the financing setback," Edelweiss said in a report. While the rupee shut down at 64.08 to a dollar, up 0.12 for every penny from its past close of 64.16, the security yield climbed strongly to 7.396 for each penny from its Wednesday's end of 7.219 for each penny, demonstrated Bloomberg information.

On Thursday's exchange all people in general segment bank stocks finished the session on a lower note, aside from IDBI Bank. In any case, IDBI Bank shut the session only 0.58 for every penny higher at Rs 60.4 on NSE.

The Nifty PSU Bank record was down 1.94 for each penny, shutting down at 3,694.45 focuses while Nifty Private Bank file shut only 0.08 for every penny higher at 14,098.3 focuses. In the file, Syndicate Bank was the greatest washout, its stock shut the session 2.55 for each penny bring down at Rs 78.45. Andhra Bank, Canara Bank, PNB, Allahabad Bank, SBI, BoB, OBC, UBI and BoI were among alternate washouts.

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 07:19:01 +0530
Delhi have abandoned the

ME NEWS BUREAU:Delhi appear to have ascended out of the wreckage they had gotten themselves last season and gone the distance to the last in the Ranji Trophy. A year ago the DDCA was known more for fights and embarrassments than the group's on-field disappointments. Delhi neglected to make the knockout stages conspicuous difference a distinct difference; they confront Vidarbha in the last beginning on Thursday. Gautama Gambhir says that all the antagonism encompassing the DDCA inspired the group to turn up with the sort of exhibitions they have this season.

Gambhir was essentially in the eye of the tempest last season. As commander, Gambhir had quarrels with mentor KP Bhaskar with affirmations flying both ways. In spite of all that, DDCA chose to proceed with Bhaskar as mentor and Ishant Sharma was made chief set up of Gambhir.

“There’s a lot said about the difference of opinion that I had with the coach, and that was taken to various extensions,” Gambhir said, “And that led to a bloody-minded attitude which was only about winning the competition and winning the next game. We wanted to show the world that it’s not only the negative that exists in the Delhi dressing room. There is positivity; there are things we want to do to restore the glory days of the association which has given me my identity and a platform to play for India.”

 “I think Rishabh is learning, the good thing is that he wants to learn, he wants to evolve as a player and as a captain. Rishabh can plan and strategise, but if you can’t pick 20 wickets, then all those plans will be canned. So it doesn’t really matter whether you are a young captain or an experienced captain. If you are determined to achieve your goals, that’s what matters and the bloody-mindedness that a sportsperson has to win a competition. We’ve seen with the Australians, the team that Steve Waugh led or Mark Taylor led or Ricky Ponting led; you could have made anyone the captain and they would have done what was required. “He include

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 07:17:40 +0530
Virushka head to South Af

ME NEWS BUREAU:Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli are headed toward South Africa in the wake of facilitating an elegant wedding gathering for their companions and partners from cricket and film industry in Mumbai. The love birds took off to the pleasant nation with the Indian cricket group late on Wednesday night. While Virat brandished his group's tracksuit, Anushka kept it easygoing in a highly contrasting jumpsuit. The Indian captain was in a fun loving state of mind at the Mumbai International airplane terminal as he prodded Shikhar Dhawan's child Zoravar and Anushka watched them play.

Love birds Virat and Anushka will ring in their first New Year post marriage together in South Africa where India is planned to play the Proteas in three Tests, six One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals from January 5 to February 24. Anushka will come back to the nation in the principal seven day stretch of January and will continue shooting for Aanand L Rai's next with Shah Rukh Khan. Additionally, the on-screen character will begin the advancements of her next generation Pari which is slated to discharge on February 9, 2017.

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 07:16:18 +0530
Four healthy habits to su

ME NEWS BUREAU:As we prepare to welcome 2018, the majority of us additionally focus on being better forms of ourselves. Driving a more beneficial way of life normally best the rundown, however it is additionally one of the hardest things to accomplish.

To at last break that cycle of unfulfilled resolutions, focus on only a couple of sound propensities and develop them consistently. Stay with them for half a month, and you will begin feeling so great that you will need to tail them for whatever remains of the year, says Dr Hariprasad, Ayurveda Expert at The Himalaya Drug Company. He prescribes four basic hints that you can fuse this New Year to at long last turn into another you.

Exercise day by day: Promise yourself that you will spend at least 40 minutes consistently working out. You don't have to take after a similar schedule; simply guarantee that you work out each and every day. This could be an awesome method to satisfy a moment New Year determination of taking in another expertise, for example, yoga or a fun move frame, for example, salsa. Practicing ought to energize, and something that you anticipate. Let it not turn into a task. Straightforward types of activity go far in preventive care — they help lessen the danger of cardiovascular maladies and osteoporosis, lighten despondency and nervousness, and even lift mental readiness and certainty.

Get enough rest: The capacity of rest is to unwind the body, as well as rest and reestablish the brain. It is important to recuperate and repair your heart and veins. Continuous rest inadequacy has been connected to an expanded danger of different medical problems that influence the heart and in addition kidney, and furthermore prompt hypertension, diabetes, and stroke. While you can work for some time without getting the fundamental measure of rest each day, it will in the end incur significant damage on you. Focus on resting at least seven hours per day while going for eight, and you will feel yourself getting more beneficial and more joyful in a short measure of time.

Go characteristic: This year, make long haul health your objective rather than simply attempting to take care of the current issue. According to Ayurveda writings and present day investigate, Gauche can altogether help in preventive care, as it is an extraordinary promoter of invulnerability, helps in the battle against respiratory issues, and encourages you get more beneficial. The herb is rich in cell reinforcements, and incorporating it in your day by day life can enable you to accomplish better wellbeing. Receiving preventive care by expending suitable supplements can help diminish the odds of confronting medical issues through and through, instead of basically falling back on healing consideration when it emerges.

Drink enough water: If you need to keep the specialist away, eight glasses of water a day is the best approach to do it. Water is the fuel your body keeps running on; it is important to keep your body working admirably. Drinking enough water can help you with weight reduction, detoxification, absorption, lovely skin and hair, and even simple defecation. Work at this objective for the duration of the day and it will continue getting less demanding. There are numerous approaches to accomplish this objective. Download an application, play an amusement, or set an update, however guarantee you continue going after that glass of water and hit that two-liter objective.

Take control of your wellbeing and life by developing these basic propensities to guarantee that you benefit as much as possible from this New Year.

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 07:14:14 +0530
Four healthy habits to su

ME NEWS BUREAU:As we prepare to welcome 2018, the majority of us additionally focus on being better forms of ourselves. Driving a more beneficial way of life normally best the rundown, however it is additionally one of the hardest things to accomplish.

To at last break that cycle of unfulfilled resolutions, focus on only a couple of sound propensities and develop them consistently. Stay with them for half a month, and you will begin feeling so great that you will need to tail them for whatever remains of the year, says Dr Hariprasad, Ayurveda Expert at The Himalaya Drug Company. He prescribes four basic hints that you can fuse this New Year to at long last turn into another you.

Exercise day by day: Promise yourself that you will spend at least 40 minutes consistently working out. You don't have to take after a similar schedule; simply guarantee that you work out each and every day. This could be an awesome method to satisfy a moment New Year determination of taking in another expertise, for example, yoga or a fun move frame, for example, salsa. Practicing ought to energize, and something that you anticipate. Let it not turn into a task. Straightforward types of activity go far in preventive care — they help lessen the danger of cardiovascular maladies and osteoporosis, lighten despondency and nervousness, and even lift mental readiness and certainty.

Get enough rest: The capacity of rest is to unwind the body, as well as rest and reestablish the brain. It is important to recuperate and repair your heart and veins. Continuous rest inadequacy has been connected to an expanded danger of different medical problems that influence the heart and in addition kidney, and furthermore prompt hypertension, diabetes, and stroke. While you can work for some time without getting the fundamental measure of rest each day, it will in the end incur significant damage on you. Focus on resting at least seven hours per day while going for eight, and you will feel yourself getting more beneficial and more joyful in a short measure of time.

Go characteristic: This year, make long haul health your objective rather than simply attempting to take care of the current issue. According to Ayurveda writings and present day investigate, Gauche can altogether help in preventive care, as it is an extraordinary promoter of invulnerability, helps in the battle against respiratory issues, and encourages you get more beneficial. The herb is rich in cell reinforcements, and incorporating it in your day by day life can enable you to accomplish better wellbeing. Receiving preventive care by expending suitable supplements can help diminish the odds of confronting medical issues through and through, instead of basically falling back on healing consideration when it emerges.

Drink enough water: If you need to keep the specialist away, eight glasses of water a day is the best approach to do it. Water is the fuel your body keeps running on; it is important to keep your body working admirably. Drinking enough water can help you with weight reduction, detoxification, absorption, lovely skin and hair, and even simple defecation. Work at this objective for the duration of the day and it will continue getting less demanding. There are numerous approaches to accomplish this objective. Download an application, play an amusement, or set an update, however guarantee you continue going after that glass of water and hit that two-liter objective.

Take control of your wellbeing and life by developing these basic propensities to guarantee that you benefit as much as possible from this New Year.

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 07:14:00 +0530
Mutual violence Calendar

ME NEWS BUREAU:The Hindu Samhati on Thursday discharged a timetable chronicling occurrences of "ethno-religious purifying" that have purportedly occurred over the most recent 70 years.

Author and guide of Hindu Samhati, Tapan Ghosh said there were 57 examples of major common brutality in West Bengal from February 2001 to December 2016. A bigger number of such episodes have occurred after 2011, when Trinamool Congress came to control, he asserted.

"In 34 years of Left Front run, a lot of common savagery occurred in West Bengal, however a large portion of them were not revealed. One of the greatest occurrences of common brutality occurred in Deganga region of North 24 Parganas in 2010, when the Left Front was in control. Be that as it may, an extensive number of such occurrences likewise occurred after the Trinamool Congress came to control. We need the state government to capture the guilty parties independent of their standing, doctrine and religion. They should be pushed according to law," Ghosh said.

As indicated by the rundown distributed by the Hindu Samhati, the vast majority of the 57 occasions of shared viciousness had focused on Hindus.

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 07:12:31 +0530
Tiger Zinda Hai film in

ME NEWS BUREAU:Salman Khan's high octane activity flick 'Tiger Zinda Hai' which is helmed by Ali Abbas Zafar and stars hypnotizing excellence Katrina Kaif inverse him, is doing stands amazed in the cinema world. As per provides details regarding Boxofficeindia.com, the film has rounded up Rs 21.5 crore taking its aggregate gathering to an incredible Rs 172.75 crore.

The film is roused by the genuine episode of the save of Indian attendants held prisoner in Iraq by fear mongers and in charge of undertakings of the mission is Indian RAW specialist Tiger (Salman Khan). This Ali Abbas Zafar film is a continuation of the blockbuster 2012 film 'Ek Tha Tiger' which discharged in 2012.

The superhit on-screen match of Salman and Katrina is back and the film has risen as a hit, finishing the year on a high note. The activity flick likewise has Katrina playing out some amazing tricks other than the 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' on-screen character and the film has some extremely pleasant areas as it has been broadly been shot in Abu Dhabi, Austria, Morocco, and Greece.

The Rs 200 crore club doesn't look that far now and appears like the film would achieve the turning point on Salman's 52nd birthday itself, giving the Bhaijaan of Bollywood another motivation to celebrate.
 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 13:50:57 +0530
India s first coasting m

ME NEWS BUREAU: Kolkata is good to go to get its first skimming market along the lines of those found in Bangkok, in the coming year. The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) in a joint effort with the city enterprise has changed a water body in Patuli zone into a stand-out such market that will house more than 200 shops. Around Rs 10 crore has been spent to build up the water body, said councilor of Ward 110 of KMC, Arup Chakraborty.

'The Floating Market of Patuli', which is 500 mts in length and 60 mts wide, will be tossed open to the general population in January one year from now. It will be introduced by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, and will have no passage charge.

"Our Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Minister Firhad Hakim as of late went to Bangkok to go to a course. There he saw skimming markets and chose to repeat such a market in Kolkata. In India, there is no gliding market. The one you see at Kashmir's Dal Lake is a sloppy market where singular venders connect with clients in houseboats. This will be the nation's first gliding market and the third in Asia. The pastor was searching for a place to set this up. When I came to think about his arrangement, I moved toward him and revealed to him that there are water bodies in my ward which could be utilized to set up this market. He had sent KMDA officers to check the attainability parts of the water body. Subsequent to getting a positive report, the KMDA alongside the KMC stepped up with regards to set up the market," Chakraborty said  "The market will be isolated into four groups — vegetables, staple, fish and meat. There will walkways on the water body, which will be utilized by individuals to achieve these groups and there will be pontoons on each side of these walkways which will offer products. These water crafts will be the skimming shops in the market," the councilor said.

He included that businesspeople who were ousted from the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass region because of street broadening will be restored in the gliding market. "The Eastern Metropolitan Bypass was moved toward a six-path street as of late. Subsequently, a few businesspeople from one side of the street were expelled. These retailers will be restored in this coasting market," he said.

The councilor guaranteed that the skimming business sector won't represent any danger to the earth, because of activities taken by KMC to defend the water body.

"These water bodies fill in as characteristic waste frameworks. In storm, rain water used to collect here. Presently we have redone the seepage framework. We will introduce aerator machines in the water body to evacuate the natural waste. We will likewise develop a kind of fish in the water body which will devour the inorganic and bio-degradable waste. Moreover, our laborers will be there to evacuate plastic sacks and different kinds of waste," the councilor expounded.

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 13:49:10 +0530
Virat Kohli and coach Rav

ME NEWS BUREAU: Indian cricket group is set to leave for South Africa for a testing ceaselessly visit. The Virat Kohli-drove unit will play three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is. In front of the group's takeoff, India chief Kohli and mentor Ravi Shastri tended to the media and discussed the test of playing abroad, the conditions they will get in South Africa, attitude of the group and that's only the tip of the iceberg.

On knocking down some pins unit: Bowling has made considerable progress, batting has come long way. We endeavor to do well than the last time. It's an open door for us to backpedal once more. Attempt to a similar thing in much better way

On abroad visits: You have to take up the difficulties while making a trip to places like South Africa, England and Australia since you go there once and after that you won't go there for quite a while in light of the way planning is finished. It's an open door for us.

On come back to cricket: I was away to thing which is imperative. Changing back to cricket isn't troublesome in any way. I have been preparing, some place in the travel South Africa was in my psyche.

On South Africa conditions: The conditions would test yet this one and a half year will characterize this Indian group and the entire group knows about this. Everything relies upon the mentality of the batsman. Any condition can be dubious on the off chance that you are not in a decent mood. It's vital to take up challenges rationally and after that each condition appears like home condition.

For us playing for the nation is the most renowned thing. We comprehend what we need to do as a group. When you accomplish something in conditions which are all the more difficult, it gives you more occupation fulfillment. Yet, winning gives you fulfillment regardless of in what condition you are playing. We have become off the weight of substantiating ourselves to individuals.

On India U-19 World Cup squad: We have been catching wind of Prithvi Shaw for a long while. Indeed, even Ravi Shastri has educated me regarding his amusement and the way he has faired in First-Class cricket. He has been given the commander's part in front of the players who are experienced than him, so it demonstrates his capacities. The sort of chances you are getting, for example, media scope, Live broadcast, they should regard them and underwrite. They shouldn't take weight on themselves and rather make the most of their diversion.

On Kulbhushan Yadav: That's not my territory of talking.

On wellness and hard working attitudes: A cricketer's vocation endures from 10-15 years and you are one not sufficiently proficient then I believe that is in effect reasonable for the game and nation. The outcomes have been tireless subsequent to bringing this change. Regardless, we are up in an arrangement or trailing, the force continues as before all through. I'm extremely upbeat about the way that the young men will stroll around without being bothered. I have no uncertainty on the capacity of our group, hard working attitudes and aim of each player. We are on right track.

On Ashwin's test: Ahswin is an accomplished bowler and he is endeavoring to explore somethings. He is simply hoping to add a component to his knocking down some pins.

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 13:46:48 +0530
Priyanka Chopra Said I w

ME NEWS BUREAU: A little self improvement goes far making progress toward progress, guided Priyanka Chopra to a house brimming with for the most part youthful gathering of people amid the Penguin Annual Lecture at the Siri Fort Auditorium in Delhi on Tuesday. Talking on "Breaking The Glass Ceiling: Chasing a fantasy", the National Award-winning performing artist maker divulged visitors that her mystery lift me-up mantra through her long profession has been the triple F-word: to be "furious, courageous and defective".

"I need to disclose to you somewhat mystery. I am not exceptionally attached to this expression, 'breaking the biased based impediment'. For what reason does it bother me? Since it takes the setting of everything that I have done, every one of my accomplishments, all my diligent work, and places it in into a crate. As though my desire was that I need to discover an unfair limitation and break it… All I needed was to pursue my fantasies… I needed to wind up noticeably the best form of me that I could be," said the performer who was highlighted in Time magazine's 100 most persuasive individuals on the planet a year ago.

Chopra's short discourse – "PC's 12 principles of turning into the best form of yourself" – could well have been each motivational essayist's most loved pitch: love yourself, be goal-oriented, gain from one's disappointments and recollect forget where you originated from, among others. Also, similar to, each effective motivational speaker's most loved reward, the stuffed house reacted with booming adulation.

The presence of bigotry over the world and why man controlled society is profound established in working environments all around. Talking with regards to Hollywood performing artists emerging as an opponent of Miramax manager Harvey Weinstein's constant inappropriate behavior, Chopra said her involvement in India has been constrained to "manhandle of energy". "I am exceptionally furious. Individuals are somewhat terrified of me… Yes, I have had circumstances when I have been tossed out of movies since another person was prescribed; A sweetheart was suggested after I was marked for a motion picture… I couldn't make a move. I was expelled a minute ago from numerous such circumstances since I never took into account the impulses and fancies of intense men," said Chopra, one of the world's most generously compensated performers, as per a current Forbes magazine report.

On being gotten some information about her remain on the debate over chief Sanjay Leela Bhansali's yet-to-be-discharged film, Padmavati, Chopra said she had communicated her solidarity with Bhansali and the lead of the film, Deepika Padukone, secretly, yet was hesitant to take an open position on it. "What can a performer or a movie producer do to change what's going on in the nation? They are as much a piece of the common society as us. I am not to blame. I can have a feeling however I can't be pushed to give it freely," she told Singh.

This was the eleventh version of the distributing house's pined for yearly address. Past speakers incorporate Thomas L Friedman, the Dalai Lama, previous Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam, on-screen character Amitabh Bachchan, authors Dan Brown, Ruskin Bond and Jeff Kinney. One of India's best performing artists, Chopra, is, truth be told, the primary lady speaker at the address arrangement.

Her choice, be that as it may, welcomed a great deal of feedback, particularly via web-based networking media. In a progression of tweets in front of Tuesday's address, women's activist distributing house, Zubaan, expressed: "If Penguin India needs thoughts for #womeninpublishing to initiate their next yearly address, we can assist there", before going ahead to propose names of ladies authors, commentators, scholastics and distributers. "Our point isn't to cast questions on PC's "savviness" or bore as a speaker. Be that as it may, on the off chance that you are a distributing house picking a lady out of the blue for your address arrangement, possibly consider a lady who's an essayist/writer," it later included.

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 13:44:23 +0530
Deferred measures might b

ME NEWS BUREAU: The enduring slide in income activation under the merchandise and enterprises assess (GST) administration and the desire of proceeding with strain on accumulations notwithstanding for December, the legislature is thinking about returning to alternatives, for example, receipt coordinating and the turn around charge component that were prior conceded because of concerns raised by organizations, two individuals near the improvement said.

The GST Council is relied upon to take a gander at coordinating of GST returns and the relating receipt coordinating before the begin of the following money related year, they said. A further defense of GST rates is additionally anticipated that would be put on hold till the legislature can modify an income support, just like the situation when the past round of rate cuts was attempted in November. "Alternatives, for example, switch charge system and e-way charge were conceded in a rush and should be brought back as there is tax avoidance, which is additionally reflecting in bring down incomes. There was an overflow of Rs 10,000 crore when the GST Council had declared the cut in GST rates on more than 200 things a month ago and to attempt any comparative rate justification later on, the administration first needs to pick up comfort on the income front," one of the people refered to above said.

The GST Council had before conceded coordinating of profits and switch charge instrument, wherein the risk to pay impose is on the beneficiary of products or administrations rather than the provider of such merchandise or administrations in regard of the told classes of supply.

It is learnt that there is a view among the GST Council individuals that receipt coordinating was a key component of the administration when it was conceived and now a half year after rollout, it has been felt that there is requirement for a restored push towards the element in the wake of having effectively chosen for an early usage of the e-way charge framework. "The work for undertaking coordinating of GST returns is in progress and is relied upon to be set up before the finish of this money related year," the second individual said.

With the slippage in October GST income to beneath the anticipated month to month focus of Rs 91,000 crore at Rs 83,346 crore, Finance Secretary Hasmukh Adhia had assembled a conference of authorities from states and union regions on December 9 to talk about approaches to help impose incomes. Following the gathering, the GST Council had met on December 16 and chose for an early usage of e-way charge framework. The Council had endorsed February 1, 2018 as the date for required rollout of e-way charge framework for between state development of merchandise the nation over and June 1 as the date for e-way charge framework for both between state and intra-state development of products, with states having the arrangement to pick their own due dates for usage of e-route charge for intra-State development of products before June 1, 2018.

GST clean up for November slipped to Rs 80,808 crore. The effect of GST rate cut on more than 200 things that ended up plainly successful from November 15 was reflected in the accumulations, which are around 14 for every penny lower than the Rs 94,063 crore recorded for July and around 11 for each penny lower than the Rs 91,000 crore target.

The GST Council will meet on January 18 to talk about the accounts of both Center and states and use of unused Integrated adjust of over Rs 2 lakh crore against the assessment obligation of IGST, CGST and SGST, in a specific order. State and focal authorities will meet on January 11 preceding the Council meeting to examine the issues identified with impose accumulations under the GST administration.

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 13:41:30 +0530
Nursery surge starts EWS

ME NEWS BUREAU: 

Kamaal Hassan lives at Nizamuddin Basti in south Delhi. He has never been to class yet needs his child to go to a decent school with the goal that he has a more steady future. In the wake of finding out about the nursery confirmations starting Wednesday, he and his child Ibrahim, rode on his bike and went by schools around his home. He, be that as it may, needed to return home disillusioned, since the schools disclosed to him that the calendar for the classification he needed to apply under has not been pronounced yet.

Hassan needs to concede his child to a school under the 25% seats saved for the Economically Weaker Section/Disadvantaged (EWS/DG) classification. Like a year ago, this year, as well, the Delhi government, which conducts online unified confirmation for this classification is yet to pronounce the timetable. Till 2015, schools in the city used to direct confirmations under this class by giving out structures and choosing the names through draw of parcels — relying upon the area model. In any case, in the wake of coming to control in 2015, the AAP government assumed control over the procedure and began leading on the web affirmations.

There are near 31,000 seats for the nursery classes in the 1,700 schools in the city under this classification. "I was informed that nursery confirmations will start on Wednesday so I went to the schools. Be that as it may, the school experts revealed to me that affirmations under the EWS portion will be directed by the administration on the web. Hearing this, I requested that somebody go to a digital bistro to fill my child's shape. I am not instructed so I don't comprehend anything," said Hassan, who continued getting calls from the individual at the digital bistro. The man on the opposite end of the telephone revealed to him the connection for affirmations under the classification isn't accessible. His three-year-old child Ibrahim will be the first in the family to go to a tuition based school. Hassan trusts his child gets confirmation in the lesser wing of Modern School.

Hassan was not by any means the only one attempting to fill shapes Wednesday. Hemant Negi remained outside Amity International School in Saket for a considerable length of time, endeavoring to peruse the notice written in English. Seeing him battle, the school protect strolled up to him and revealed to him that he needs to visit the administration site to apply under the EWS classification.

"I had no clue about this thing. I will now need to discover somebody in my area who can enable me to fill the frame on the web. In addition, in what capacity will I become acquainted with that the affirmation under this classification has begun?," said Negi, who lives at Lado Sarai town.

Then, social activists, who have been encouraging EWS affirmations, kept up that diverse calendar for confirmation under EWS classification and the general class causes a great deal of disorder. "Indeed, even a year ago, the procedure delayed till February 15 (last date for application). Till date, not more than roughly 20,000 seats could be filled under EWS of the accessible 31,000. The inquiry is, it must be a mechanized application and a draw. At that point, if affirmations for general classification can begin now, for what reason wouldn't it be able to be begun all the while for the denied segments additionally?" said Ekramul Haque, national convener, Mission Taaleem. Government authorities couldn't be gone after remark on the issue.

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 13:38:43 +0530
Nursery surge starts EWS

ME NEWS BUREAU: 

Kamaal Hassan lives at Nizamuddin Basti in south Delhi. He has never been to class yet needs his child to go to a decent school with the goal that he has a more steady future. In the wake of finding out about the nursery confirmations starting Wednesday, he and his child Ibrahim, rode on his bike and went by schools around his home. He, be that as it may, needed to return home disillusioned, since the schools disclosed to him that the calendar for the classification he needed to apply under has not been pronounced yet.

Hassan needs to concede his child to a school under the 25% seats saved for the Economically Weaker Section/Disadvantaged (EWS/DG) classification. Like a year ago, this year, as well, the Delhi government, which conducts online unified confirmation for this classification is yet to pronounce the timetable. Till 2015, schools in the city used to direct confirmations under this class by giving out structures and choosing the names through draw of parcels — relying upon the area model. In any case, in the wake of coming to control in 2015, the AAP government assumed control over the procedure and began leading on the web affirmations.

There are near 31,000 seats for the nursery classes in the 1,700 schools in the city under this classification. "I was informed that nursery confirmations will start on Wednesday so I went to the schools. Be that as it may, the school experts revealed to me that affirmations under the EWS portion will be directed by the administration on the web. Hearing this, I requested that somebody go to a digital bistro to fill my child's shape. I am not instructed so I don't comprehend anything," said Hassan, who continued getting calls from the individual at the digital bistro. The man on the opposite end of the telephone revealed to him the connection for affirmations under the classification isn't accessible. His three-year-old child Ibrahim will be the first in the family to go to a tuition based school. Hassan trusts his child gets confirmation in the lesser wing of Modern School.

Hassan was not by any means the only one attempting to fill shapes Wednesday. Hemant Negi remained outside Amity International School in Saket for a considerable length of time, endeavoring to peruse the notice written in English. Seeing him battle, the school protect strolled up to him and revealed to him that he needs to visit the administration site to apply under the EWS classification.

"I had no clue about this thing. I will now need to discover somebody in my area who can enable me to fill the frame on the web. In addition, in what capacity will I become acquainted with that the affirmation under this classification has begun?," said Negi, who lives at Lado Sarai town.

Then, social activists, who have been encouraging EWS affirmations, kept up that diverse calendar for confirmation under EWS classification and the general class causes a great deal of disorder. "Indeed, even a year ago, the procedure delayed till February 15 (last date for application). Till date, not more than roughly 20,000 seats could be filled under EWS of the accessible 31,000. The inquiry is, it must be a mechanized application and a draw. At that point, if affirmations for general classification can begin now, for what reason wouldn't it be able to be begun all the while for the denied segments additionally?" said Ekramul Haque, national convener, Mission Taaleem. Government authorities couldn't be gone after remark on the issue.

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 13:38:38 +0530
RS proceedings disrupted

ME News Bureau: New Delhi: The Opposition party members were unanimous in interrupting proceedings in the Rajya Sabha in protest against controversial comments allegedly made by Anant Kumar Hegde, Minister of State (MoS) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, on changing the Constitution’s focus on secularism.

Members of the Congress, SP and BSP parties moved to the Well of the House shouting slogans demanding removal of Hegde and compelling M Venkaiah Naidu, Rajya Sabha Chairman, to adjourn the proceedings till 12 noon.

The issue began during the laying of the official papers on the House’s table as opposition members shouted "shame, shame" when Hegde, rose to lay the papers listed against his name.

Ghulam Nabi Azad, senior Congress leader and the Leader of the Opposition (LoP), sought a clarification from Hegde as he could leave the House soon after laying papers.

In this context, Hegde sat in the House for some time listening to opposition protests against his controversial statement that the BJP would change the Constitution by excluding Secularism from the preamble. He left the House thereafter.

Azad asked if the minster has any right to remain as one if he does not respect the Constitution? He stated, “Minister who has no faith in the Constitution has no right to be a minister. He has no right to be a Member of Parliament."

Sukhendu Sekhar Roy of Trinamool Congress said secularism is engraved in the preamble of the Constitution and asked if a minister is allowed to denounce the same preamble brazenly.

Naresh Agarwal of the SP stated the Constitution is the Ramayana and Gita of democracy and any minister who insults it and its founder BR Ambedkar should be removed.

Naidu, at this juncture, interluded and asked members not to bring BR Ambedkar into the controversy. But the opposition members remained insistent and marched into the well raising slogans.

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 15:59:50 +0530
Oil stocks jumped Sensex

ME NEWS BUREAU: The benchmark Sensex on Wednesdayy accomplished yet another record by scaling 34,087 on the back of a rally in medicinal services, power and oil stocks.

Oil costs surged to the most abnormal amount since mid-2015, breaking over the $60 a barrel, after a pipeline impact in Libya limited Opec generation.

The 30-share Sensex was up 76.71 focuses, or 0.22 for each penny, to scale another high of 34,087.32, rupturing its past intra-day record of 34,061.88 hit Tuesday.

The check had increased 254.33 focuses in the past two sessions. The more extensive Nifty was however level, up 1.75 focuses, or 0.01 for every penny, at 10,533.25.

Real movers were Sun Pharma, NTPC, ONGC and Tata Motors, picking up to 2.88 for each penny. Purchasing by household institutional financial specialists proceeded in front of December expiry tomorrow.

Asian stocks were blended today in an occasion abbreviated week.

Local institutional financial specialists (DIIs) bought values worth a net Rs 544.50 crore yesterday while outside portfolio speculators (FPIs) sold offers worth a net Rs 44.07 crore, temporary information appeared.

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 11:47:14 +0530
Food May Help Maintain We

ME NEWS BUREAU: Fiber in its distinctive structures is found in natural items, vegetables, vegetables and even whole grains. Indicated western eating regimens that are high in fat and sugars yet low in fiber have for a long while been connected with an extended threat of searing gut ailments, weight get and diabetes.

"It is winding up logically evident that the typical person's fiber permit in a Western country has certainly diminished over the span of late decades," said Fredrik Backhed, from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

The examination started by empowering a get-together of mice an eating schedule that was low in fiber. Along these lines, the low fiber eating techniques immediately provoked weight increment, high glucose levels and insulin insurance in the mice. The examination moreover found that mice made issues with the guarded organic liquid layer in the colon not long after following three to seven days of eating low-fiber thin down.

Simply progressing dealt with food with sterilized strands may offer some therapeutic favorable circumstances. In any case, authorities still need to see a more prominent measure of the particularly complex trade between sustenance, minute living beings and host.

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 11:45:44 +0530
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ME NEWS BUREAU: India batsman Rohit Sharma joined head mentor Ravi Shastri in maneuvering wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni's place in India's restricted overs side. Rohit, who drove India in the current constrained overs arrangement against Sri Lanka without Virat Kohli, communicated his stun at the consistent addressing of Dhoni's place.

“I am shocked that this question is being raised. If you look at the recent performances, I don’t understand why people are still taking about it. It is not about whether he will be part of the 2019 World Cup, his recent form has been good,” Rohit 

Under Rohit, Dhoni batted at No. 4 in the primary T20I and pounded an unbeaten 39. In Indore, he strolled in at No.3 after Rohit and KL Rahul had posted 165 for the main wicket and hit a 28. In the last match in Mumbai, Dhoni slipped down the request to help explore somewhat of a precarious pursue with an unbeaten 16.

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 11:40:27 +0530
Salman Khan turn 52 but

ME NEWS BUREAU: Here's the thing about the Hindi film industry, regardless of what number of Rajkummars come in and attempt to lift our taste, it takes just a single Salman Khan to make it massy, fair and dull all in the meantime. In a vocation that has endured more than 29 years, Salman Khan has figured out how to influence individuals to go gaga for him and like a dangerous relationship that one can't escape, we are too profoundly put resources into this veneer of adoration that now we have lost all sight.

I'm not a Salman hater and in the event that you locate that difficult to trust, let me admit that like millions around the world, even I shed a tear or two in Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Enjoying a film is subjective and who are a little level of individuals proclaiming films as great or awful, on the off chance that it puts a smile on your face, so be it. What I as a crowd of people discover shocking and vexatious may be, the manner by which Salman Khan has now essentially quit attempting.

His most recent discharge, Tiger Zinda Hai, is a case of the same tired act. You see a disconnected story and a uninvolved Salman who likely marked the film to have a decent get-away. I have no issues in cheering for Bhai when he strolls in moderate movement. The elation of the group influences you to applaud in cheer also yet when you can feel that the star who has an uneven love illicit relationship with crores of individuals isn't notwithstanding endeavoring to engage, you feel conned.

In 2017, Hindi movies saw an emotional change when a Telugu film named in Hindi got the nerve of the group. Prabhas is no Salman yet the group went wild when he cut off a molester's neck. Credit to Prabhas for pulling that off however we as a whole realize that a similar destiny would never be accomplished with the Khans. Our film stars exist in view of the movies they do and with vocations that have gone on for quite a long time, they have enough to desert a heritage however what great are those inheritances in the event that they influence us to scrutinize our own particular brains.

For a considerable length of time, Salman Khan was the blameless kid nearby. His Prems are difficult to overlook for 90s children however as far back as he transformed into Salman on screen too, we got a similar dish again and again. Post Wanted, there was a huge number of his movies that took after practically a similar recipe. It felt new in those days and the oddity of watching a star owning up to his picture totally awed us a great deal. He re-acquainted us with having an incredible time at the theater. He brought back the days where you could simply sit in your agreeable seats, turn off your psyche for two or three hours and surrender yourself to the universe of film. And keeping in mind that the majority of that topped us off with energy, the dish is presently beginning to get stale.

With Tubelight, we saw Salman attempt his hand at acting and its a well known fact how that worked out. Yet, with Tiger Zinda Hai, we saw Salman accomplishing something that is far more detestable, he didn't attempt to give us the moxy that we need to be fascinated by.

Salman Khan turns 52 today and if the previous couple of years are considered, it is protected to state that his movies will be blockbuster hits for a long time to come yet for the group of onlookers' purpose let me simply say that in the event that we will spend a bomb at theater, let us witness something that abandons us with enough inspiration to return for more on the grounds that after Tiger Zinda Hai, I simply lost mine.

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 11:39:08 +0530
Nursery admission begin t

ME NEWS BUREAU: Admissions to nursery classes in the 1,700 tuition based schools in Delhi will start on Wednesday. Most schools have kept up that guardians require not visit the foundations since the applications should be submitted on the web.

While the confirmation procedure starting December 27 is for 75% of the seats, the legislature is yet to think of a timetable for the staying 25% — implied for the monetarily weaker areas and the burdened. Of the 75% seats, 20% is apportioned to administration share, 5% for offspring of the staff working in the school. This year, the schools can't put an upper age restrain for confirmation.

The admissions to nursery classes occur through a point framework. The aggregate of 100 focuses are partitioned into a few criteria which vary from school to class. Like most years, all schools have kept up that area or separation has been allocated more focuses. Notwithstanding, its figure will contrast from school to class. In the event that there is a tie for the seats, there will be a draw of parcels.

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 11:37:15 +0530
Rural rail administration

ME NEWS BUREAU: Rural prepare administrations working from Moore showcase complex (MMC) on Wednesday endured cancelation following a wrecking at Avadi here, authorities said today.

Two mentors of a neighborhood prepare (Moore Market-Pattabiram) wrecked at Avadi station before the end of last night, however "no damage or setback was accounted for as the prepare was unfilled," Southern Railway authorities said.

Chennai Division Railway Officers hurried to the spot and began rebuilding endeavors, following which the two mentors were "rerailed" early toward the beginning of today, they included.

"Rebuilding of track is in advance at the site," they said.

In this way, "rural prepare activity is influenced" and neighborhood administrations including those employing between Chennai-Sullurpetah and Arakkonam-Tirupati have been crossed out, they said.

Be that as it may, some Passenger Specials from MMC were being worked in 30 minutes interim and the rural prepare movement is relied upon to bit by bit standardize today, they included.

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 11:35:27 +0530
Indian Army avenges Raj

ME News Bureau: New Delhi: In what is reminiscent of India’s recent surgical strikes on Pakistan territory, the Indian Army soldiers killed three Pakistani soldiers belonging to the 12 Division of the Baluch regiment of the Pakistan Army after crossing the Line of Control (LoC) early on Monday.

Terming the action as a "local tactical operation," sources from the Indian Army stated that a fourth Pakistan soldier was also injured in the strike. The cross-border attack is also being described as revenge for the killing of four Indian soldiers by the Pakistan Army on Saturday in Rajouri.

However, unlike the ‘surgical strike’ of September 29, 2016, there is no Center acknowledgment this time as the Indian Army declined to either confirm or deny the cross-border attack.

But the Pakistani Army released a media announcement confirming the casualties and injury. This comes soon after the gunning down of another Pakistan Army sniper on Sunday near Rajouri.

The disputed border between the two countries has been witnessing a growing commando-style operations since the last two years, as peace talks between India and Pakistan were shelved following a terror strike on the Indian Air Force (IAF) Pathankot base in January 2016.

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 16:23:31 +0530
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