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Janata Dal (S) leaders HD Kumaraswamy says that it will be a huge challenge to lead the Congress - JD(S) alliance government just hours prior to him becoming the chief minister of Karnataka. This is for the first time that Kumaraswamy opens up about the challenges lie infront of him.

"This is big challenge in my life. I don't have the hope that I can easily deliver the responsibilities as the chief minister", he said.

Kumaraswamy said that he wish everything will happen positively with the help of god.

Wed, 23 May 2018 09:17:10 +0530
Congress JD S govt to

The Congress and the Janata Dal Secular government in Karnataka will assume power today after a week of political uncertainties and many discussions. JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy will take oath as the chief minister and the Congress leader and PCC President G Parameshwara will take oath as the deputy CM before the governor Vajubhai Vala on 4.30 pm today.

Congress gets the lion's share of ministries as there are 22 ministers would go to the Congress and 12, including the post of the chief minister, will be with the JD(S), out of the state's 34 ministries. The ministers will take the oath later.

Senior Congress leader KR Ramesh Kumar named as the speaker candidate for Congress while the JD)S)' deputy speaker candidate is yet to be named.

Opposition leaders will take this swearing-in ceremony as an opportunity to show their strength and to send a strong message to Modi-Shah team as leaders from the anti-BJP parties such as Congress president Rahul Gandhi, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, BSP President Mayawati, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu, former CM of UP and SP leader Akhilesh Yadav, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, RLD founder Ajit Singh, actor and the leader of Makkal Needhi Maiam Kamal Haasan will be attending the function.

Wed, 23 May 2018 09:07:07 +0530
BrahMos successfully test

BrahMos, supersonic cruise missile was successfully test fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Balasore, Odisha as part of service life extension programme. The life extension test firing of BrahMos was conducted from a Static Inclined Launcher, proving the efficacy and longevity of the system which was witnessed by the Scientist from Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and BrahMos.

The precision strike missile flew in its designated trajectory and the key components functioned perfectly.

BrahMos is a joint venture between DRDO of India and NPOM of Russia, the highly versatile BrahMos has emerged as the ultimate weapon of choice in modern warfare with its unmatched speed, precision and firepower.

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated team DRDO and BrahMos for the successful test firing and said that it would result in huge saving of replacement cost of missiles held in the inventory of Indian Armed Forces.

Chairman DRDO & Secretary Department of Defence R&D Dr S Christopher, congratulated team DRDO and BrahMos scientists on the successful validation of life extension test firing of BrahMos Missile. DG (BrahMos) & CEO & MD, BrahMos Dr Sudhir Mishra congratulated the team BrahMos for the successful flight test and said this launch will benefit the Armed Forces to maintain inventory for economical and longer duration.

Tue, 22 May 2018 09:38:10 +0530
Mumbai CSMT completes 130

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (earlier Victoria Terminus) has completed 130 years of its construction on 20th May 2018. The present day Headquarters building of Central Railway popularly known as Victoria Terminus (now Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus) is an architectural marvel. This magnificent monument was originally planned as the office of GIP (Great Indian Peninsular) Railway. This is the most photographed building after Taj Mahal, and was designed by Frederick William Stevens, a consulting architect. Thus taking almost a decade to built it at a princely sum of Rs. 16,13,863/- Stevens designed the monumental Terminus which was the largest building then erected in Asia and which even today is a standing testimony of his innovative talent.

The construction started in 1878 and on jubilee Day in 1887, it was named after Queen Empress Victoria. Later in 1996, it was renamed as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. It was again renamed as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in July 2017. In 2004, UNESCO has enlisted this building as World Heritage Site for its architectural splendour. From December 2012, this heritage building has been opened for public viewing on working days.

Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (earlier Victoria Terminus) was constructed at a cost of Rs.16.14 lakh and is designed in Gothic style adapted to suit Indian context. It is a C shaped building planned symmetrically about the east west axis. The crowning point of the whole building is the central main dome carrying up a colossal 16’-6’’ high figure of lady pointing a flaming torch upwards in her right hand, and a spoked wheel low in the left hand, symbolizing `Progress’. This dome has been reported to be the first octagonal ribbed masonry dome that was adapted to an Italian Gothic style building.

The station was constructed with 6 platforms at a cost of Rs.10.4 lakh and in 1929, the first remodeling took place to have 13 platforms. Further modifications were done to the yard and the station had two more platforms thus making it a total of 15 platforms in 1994. Today it has 18 platforms with a spacious east side entry as well. In April 2018, a heritage gully was inaugurated adjacent to platform no.18, wherein Sir. Leslie Wilson, the GIP Heritage Electric Loco, and other heritage items are displayed.

During Centenary celebrations of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Building, a postal stamp was released. In 2013, when the building celebrated quasi-centennial (125 years) anniversary, a special postal cover was released on the occasion.

Tue, 22 May 2018 09:34:14 +0530
Vice President urges all

The Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that we must not neglect classical Indian art forms. He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the revival ceremony of ancient Dance Drama “Ashtapadiyattam” which is “Gita Govindam” written by 12th century poet Jayadeva, in Guruvayur, Kerala.

The Vice President said that while the country has preserved and nurtured our illustrious artistic heritage, unfortunately, certain classical Indian art forms remain in a state of neglect and slowly fading. We must not allow this unfortunate situation to persist and our cultural roots sustain us, make our lives richer and make our society more humane and civilized, he added.

The Vice President said that reviving “Ashtapadiyattam” is like unearthing the buried treasure and it is like watering a plant that is fast losing its vitality. He hoped that this dance drama is revived in all its pristine glory, as Jayadeva would have wanted it, giving full justice to the costumes, the music and the mudras as used in the original performance, he added.

Calling Gita Govindam a remarkable piece of literature, the Vice President complemented Sri Guruvayurappan Dharmakala Samuchayam Trust headed by Metro Man E. Sreedharan.

Tue, 22 May 2018 09:25:25 +0530
Opposition aims for a uni

Janata Dal (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy met Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and both parties decided to stay together keeping in mind the need of an opposition unity in the upcoming 2019 elections.

The leaders met together in Rahul Gandhi's residence in Delhi for the first time since the political dramas are over in Karnataka. Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal who is also the in-charge of Karnataka also attended the meeting.

Kumaraswamy later said that he arrived in Delhi to show his respect and courtesy to the Gandhi family. He added that he invited both to the swearing-in ceremony.

The opposition leaders aim to rally a strong opposition unity against Narendra Modi and Amit Shah through this oath taking ceremony. CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and many other opposition leaders will be attending the function.

Tue, 22 May 2018 09:20:57 +0530
India Russia cement ties

India and Russia have decided to enhance their economic relations after the informal talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Modi, prior to his departure to Russia, had tweeted that this meet will enable to strengthen the diplomatic relations between India and Russia.

Both leaders discussed a wide range of issues including co-operation in nuclear sector, US withdrawal from Iran deal, terrorism and many more.

Modi's informal summit with Putin comes less than a month after he met Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

Tue, 22 May 2018 09:05:13 +0530
Israel arrests 11 Palesti

Israeli occupation troops early Monday arrested 11 Palestinians in various West Bank cities, according to the Palestinian Prisoners Society, PPS.

In a statement, the PPS said that Israeli soldiers stormed the cities of Jenin, Bethlehem, Hebron, Tulkarem and Qalqilya and arrested the 11 citizens.

Mon, 21 May 2018 16:51:07 +0530
Dubai to host World Green

The annual World Green Economy Summit, WGES 2018, will be organised in Dubai to tackle global issues and important strategies, including the digital age and its impact on building a ‘green’ and sustainable future growth across industries. This was announced today by the organising committee of the fifth WGES 2018.

WGES is set to take place from 24th to 25th October under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. The summit is organised by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, and the World Green Economy Organisation, WGEO, in collaboration with international partners under the theme ‘Driving Innovation, Leading Change’.

The event will focus on three main pillars, green capital, digital transformation, and leadership and social engagement. The event will gather financial executives, investment professionals, and thought leaders to discuss ways to increase green capital flows into regional and global environment-friendly projects and how to de-risk those investments.

It will also focus on developing the digital economy and integrating it with the green economy. The summit will discuss the latest smart technologies and digital breakthroughs that promise to accelerate green growth and sustainable development.

On leadership and social engagement, the event will examine the ongoing shift to a green economy – a phenomenon that many fears may lead to human insecurity and inequalities, job losses, and social deficits. Participating leaders and supporters of green innovation initiatives are expected to exchange knowledge and best practices to address the economic and social impact of these programmes.

"The summit also forms a vital aspect of the UAE Centennial 2071 for the UAE to become the best country in the world in 2071; the UAE Vision 2021; the Dubai Plan 2021 and our continuous efforts to achieve the goals of Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 that aims to provide 7 percent of Dubai’s energy from clean energy sources by 2020, 25 percent by 2030 and 75 percent by 2050, not to mention the UAE Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution that aims to achieve a competitive national economy based on knowledge, innovation and futuristic applications by integrating physical, digital and vital technologies," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy in Dubai, Managing Director and CEO of DEWA, and Chairman of WGES.

In turn, Abdul Rahim Sultan, Director of WGEO, said, "The summit will be crucial to promoting the widespread acceptance and increased importance of the green economy in the context of sustainable development. We are confident that the inputs from this year’s WGES will contribute to promote implementation of green economy policies at all levels, in a manner that endeavors to drive sustained, inclusive and equitable economic growth through providing us an interactive platform where we can share relevant best industry practices and latest innovations."

The UAE is the first in the Arab world and the region as per the index of realising global green economy and it is at the forefront of the green transformation and renewable energy.

Mon, 21 May 2018 16:25:59 +0530
Vice President Must focu

The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that along with “gross national income”, we must focus on how science and technology can foster greater “happiness” and better quality of life as well as harmonious inclusive societies. He was addressing the gathering after conferring Adi Shankara Young Scientist Awards 2018 at the Adi Shankara Institute of Engineering & Technology, in Kochi, Kerala.

The Vice President said that the Adi Shankara Young Scientist Awards 2018 is an eloquent testimony to the inquisitiveness, ingenuity, and innovative initiative inherent in our young India. He further said that this is what gives us hope and optimism that India will be able to regain its rightful place in the comity of nations. Advancement of human knowledge has occurred in our country because of the “spirit of enquiry”, the ability to question, the ability to research and the ability to arrive at the truth, he added.

The Vice President mentioned three qualities to achieve excellence: First is the willingness to learn from each and every person, institution and learning resource we can access; The second is the ability to probe, analyse and synthesize; The third quality is to search for a completely out of the box solution that answers the problem at hand.

The Vice President said that Adi Shankara was not only a great philosopher but an extraordinary poet. He expounded the “Advaita” philosophy as per which, human beings can become divine through knowledge and the ultimate goal is to experience the Sat-chit-Ananda, the state of bliss consciousness that emanates from truth and higher consciousness, he added.

The Vice President said that knowledge must lead us to become wise and we must have the wisdom to use the knowledge we acquire for improving our lives. He further said that ultimately, it is the Ananda we are all seeking and this is what we are talking about when we talk of “gross national happiness”. We should draw inspiration from the best in the Indian tradition, remove the deadwood that has also been accumulated over many years and revitalize our country, he added.

Mon, 21 May 2018 16:12:50 +0530
Nadda assures all support

In view of the rising number of cases and reported deaths due to Nipah Virus in Kozhikode, Kerala, J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare has assured all support to the Kerala Government and has directed a multi-disciplinary Central team from National Centre for Disease Control to immediately visit the district, and assist the State and closely monitor the situation. The team will reach Kerala today.

“We are closely monitoring the situation. I have spoken to Alphons and K Shailaja, Health Minister, Kerala and assured them all support of the Central government. I have also dispatched a Central team to assist the State government and initiate required steps,” the Union Health Minister said in a statement from Geneva.

On the directions of the Health Minister, Preeti Sudan, Secretary (HFW) has also spoken to the Principal Health Secretary of Kerala and reviewed the situation.

The Central team includes Dr Sujeet K Singh, Director, National Centre for Disease Control, Dr S K Jain, Head Epidemiology, NCDC, Dr P Ravindran, Director, Emergency Medical Relief (EMR), Dr Naveen Gupta, Head Zoonosis, NCDC along with two clinicians and one expert from Ministry of Animal Husbandry.

Mon, 21 May 2018 16:06:35 +0530
Kumaraswamy in Delhi to m

Janata Dal (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy will go to Delhi today to meet Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi after he announced that he will prove majority in the assembly within 24 hours of his swearing-in.

Kumaraswamy dismissed the rumours about any type of sharing agreement between the JD(S) and the Congress as he said that he will be the chief minister for five years and there is no power exchange with the Congress.

Meanwhile unconfirmed sources reveal that there will be two deputy chief ministers in the state and PCC president G Parameshwara will be the first choice deputy CM while senior Congress leader Shamanuru Shivashankarappa's name also joins the list as the All India Veerasaiva Sabha has demanded that Shivashankarappa should be the deputy CM.

Mon, 21 May 2018 10:28:14 +0530
Nipah virus More death t

The Nipah virus infection that affected the Kozhikode district in Kerala make more worries as the hospital staff who was under treatment in a city hospital died today morning. Lini Puthusseri, 31, a nurse in the Perambra Taluk hospital which is nearly located to the virus affected area, had taken care of the ill patients.

The latest death takes the death toll due to fever in the wake of Nipah virus to 16.

Meanwhile Union minister for health JP Nadda directed a central team of health experts to rush to the virus affected village in Kerala to study the situation and assist the state government in allaying the fears of the people while the state health dept draws flak from the public as they allege that the health dept not giving due consideration for the critical situation and not even providing masks for the hospital staffs.

The National Virology Institute in Pune has confirmed that the three people from a single family died due to Nipah virus. 10 people with same virus symptoms have been under treatment in various hospitals in Kozhikode.

Mon, 21 May 2018 10:07:23 +0530
India UAE business group

The Indian Business and Professional Council, IBPC, in Dubai recently hosted a meeting in cooperation with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which commemorated the Year of Zayed, and highlighted the Council’s efforts to strengthen UAE-India economic ties in the near future.

The joint meeting, held at Dubai Chamber’s premises under the theme, "Well-Founded and Future Ready," featured a presentation, focused on the great contributions made by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan towards enhancing relations between the UAE and India and reflected his forward-looking vision, values and legacy. The event connected the IBPC members and provided an ideal platform for Indian businessmen in Dubai to discuss various issues of mutual interest.

During the meeting, Suresh Kumar, President of the IBPC, highlighted the IBPC’s achievements, as well as the important role the Council has played in strengthening UAE-India trade and investment ties. He explained how the Council has served as a catalyst for fuelling UAE-India trade and investment since its establishment in 2003, adding that it will plan to scale up its efforts in this area.

Kumar noted that the IBPC will aim to strengthen its sector focus in the near future and expand its links with major business houses in the UAE, in addition to their counterparts in India, especially those with strong synergies.

He added that the IBPC, with the cooperation and support of Dubai Chamber, would align its activities with the objectives of Dubai Plan 2021, and provide a blueprint for companies to become "future-ready," adding that these efforts would bring about several benefits to all stakeholders.

During his welcome remarks, Hassan Al Hashemi, Vice President of International Relations at Dubai Chamber, described the IBPC as one of the most influential business councils formed under the umbrella of Dubai Chamber. He expressed his optimism about the future of UAE-India relations and said there is huge potential to build on existing ties given the increased economic cooperation between the two countries in recent years.

Al Hashemi revealed the Chamber’s new representative office in Mumbai, set to be opened before the end of this year, will aim to build new bridges between the Indian and UAE business communities and take bilateral relations to the next level.

Following the meeting, the IBPC’s new Governance Board was announced after Dubai Chamber authorised the Council accordingly.

Mon, 21 May 2018 09:46:13 +0530
PM Modi to meet Russian P

Following is the text of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s departure statement prior to his visit to Russia.

“Greetings to the friendly people of Russia. I look forward to my visit to Sochi tomorrow and my meeting with President Putin. It is always a pleasure to meet him.  

Am confident the talks with President Putin will further strengthen the Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership between India and Russia.”

Mon, 21 May 2018 08:42:37 +0530
Kingmaker Kumaraswamy t

After coming out victorious on an intense day of political battle against the BJP and their veteran leader BS Yeddyurappa himself, "kingmaker" HD Kumaraswamy will take oath as the new chief minister of Karnataka.

Yeddyurappa had resigned as the CM just before the trust vote in the assembly after he failed to get the support of 112 MLAs to cross the halfway mark. The BJP have 104 seats while the Congress and the JDS jointly have 117 MLAs, as per their claims.

Kumaraswamy met the governor Vajubhai Vala soon after Yeddyurappa decided to quit. The JDS leader had planned to conduct the swearing-in ceremony on Monday itself but changed later as the Congress were not in the line to conduct it on Monday as the death anniversary of former Prime Minister happened to be on the same day.

In the evening where the Assembly was getting ready for a trust vote, Yeddyurappa announced his resignation after a detailed speech.

"I travelled the entire Karnataka for the last two years. I cannot forget the love and support given by the people. People blessed us with giving 104 seats. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah made me the chief minister. Did you ever see the Prime Minister announce the chief minister candidate before the election? I became the party president in 2016. The Congress and the JDS lost in the election. The governor the invited the BJP as we are the single largest party", Yeddyurappa said.

Sun, 20 May 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Vice President calls for

The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has suggested to the Central and various State Governments to increase investments in agriculture and allied sectors to make farming viable and attractive. He was interacting with Scientists, Faculty Members and Research Fellows at the National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), in Hyderabad.

The Vice President said that there is a need to make agriculture sustainable, viable and attractive by creating required infrastructure, providing timely credit and value addition to farm produce. The central government’s e-NAM project is the way forward for proper marketing, he added.

The Vice President said that providing information to farmers on the demand for their produce in advance was essential to prevent distress sale. He further said that providing affordable and reasonable credit to farmers is also equally important. Loan waiver was not a permanent solution as it would not help in creating long-term sustainable activity, he added.

The Vice President advised the extension officials to create greater awareness among the farming community on the crop insurance scheme. He also said that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) should be leveraged more effectively for the benefit of farmers. He also added that information should be disseminated to the farmers in the local languages.

The Vice President also wanted institutions like MANAGE to educate the farmers on the need to diversify crops to overcome challenges of climate change and sustain their incomes. Stressing the importance of spending time in the fields by the extension officials and researchers, he said it should be made mandatory for agricultural graduates and post graduates to spend time with farmers before completion of their courses.

Pointing to the increasing challenges posed by climate change, the Vice President advised MANAGE to promote climate-smart agriculture. He stressed the need for home-grown food security to create surplus food stocks and meet the requirements of burgeoning population. He also emphasized on the importance of better coordination between various institutions related to agriculture.

The Vice President urged people to live with nature and promote culture for a better future. Earlier the Vice President visited the Knowledge Incubation Center, Urban Greening stalls, Photo Exhibition, interacted with Agriprenuers and the trainees of Input Dealers Course, released a “Handbook on Important Insect Pests and Diseases of Major Crops in India” and also launched Youtube channel of MANAGE.

Sun, 20 May 2018 06:11:11 +0530
PM dedicates Kishanganga

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi, dedicated the Kishanganga Hydropower Station to the nation at a function in Srinagar. 

He also laid the foundation stone of the Srinagar Ring Road. 

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister recalled the various occasions in the past four years when he had visited the State of Jammu and Kashmir. 

He said that the month of Ramzan is the time to recall the teachings and message of Prophet Muhammad. 

The Prime Minister said that the 330 MW Kishanganga Hydropower project would go a long way in fulfilling the electricity requirements of the State. 

He emphasized the need for balanced development of all three regions of the State - Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh. 

Sun, 20 May 2018 06:11:11 +0530
PM Modi attends Convocati

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the Convocation of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology in Jammu. At another event, he also laid the Foundation Stone of the Pakaldul Power Project, and Jammu Ring Road. He inaugurated the Tarakote Marg and Material Ropeway, of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. 

In his address at the convocation, the Prime Minister said that technology is bringing about change in all spheres of life, and the youth of our country is keeping pace with these developments. 

He said that even in agriculture, there is need to develop a new "culture" through infusion of technology, to benefit farmers. 

The Prime Minister said that the policies and decisions of the Union Government are aimed at increasing the income of farmers. 

He expressed confidence that through Scientific Approach, Technological Innovations, and Research and Development  the graduating students would play an active role in turning agriculture into a profitable profession. 

After laying the Foundation Stone of the Pakuldul project, the Prime Minister said it is a unique day when one hydropower project has been inaugurated; and the Foundation Stone has been laid for another one. He said that the Union Government is working with an approach of "isolation to integration" to develop all the hitherto under-developed parts of the country. 

He said that the Tarakote Marg would provide an alternative route to the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine, which would facilitate pilgrims. He said tourism, especially spiritual tourism, is a very important source of income generation for the State of Jammu and Kashmir. 

Sun, 20 May 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Yeddyurappa quits just be

The twists and turns in the Karnataka politics reach to a next level as chief minister BS Yeddyurappa quits just before the trust vote in the assembly.

There were talks that the BJP government may fail to pass the floor test amid the missing of two Congress MLAs from the assembly in the morning. Congress alleged that they were held captive by the BJP who desperately required numbers to pass the floor test.

Meanwhile Yeddyurappa who was credited for the resurgence of BJP in the state after a poor show in the last assembly election, delivered an emotional speech in the assembly.

"I travelled the entire Karnataka for the last two years. I cannot forget the love and support given by the people. People blessed us with giving 104 seats. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah made me the chief minister. Did you ever see the Prime Minister announce the chief minister candidate before the election? I became the party president in 2016. The Congress and the JDS lost in the election. The governor the invited the BJP as we are the single largest party", Yeddyurappa said.

Sat, 19 May 2018 19:11:35 +0530
India UAE discuss bilate

Dr. Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al-Banna, UAE Ambassador to India, has met with M. J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs of India, and discussed bilateral cooperation to ensure and provide an enabling environment to support the development of both countries.

During the meeting, Dr. Al-Banna and Akbar emphasised their commitment to further strengthening bilateral cooperation across various sectors and deepen the close and friendly relationship between the two countries.

The two sides also discussed preparations for the upcoming visit of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, to India.

Dr. Al-Banna said that India enjoys close and multifaceted bilateral relations with the UAE, which is supported by regular high-level visits and strong contacts between the two peoples. He also noted that the recent high-level visits have contributed to raising the level of relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership.

The UAE Ambassador also expressed appreciation for the Indian government's support for strengthening cooperation, noting that continued close cooperation on different topics will remain a cornerstone of the bilateral strategic partnership.

At the end of the meeting, Minister Akbar and the Dr. Al-Banna affirmed their keenness to enhance ties and raise the level of trade exchange between the two countries.

Sat, 19 May 2018 10:33:31 +0530
India calls for judicious

India has called for a judicious use of resources amidst concerns over resource depletion and scarcity.  Addressing the 4th BRICS Ministerial meeting in Durban, South Africa, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that a decrease in global materials, or at least stabilization at present levels, demand major reductions in metabolic rates in the Asia-Pacific region, especially India.   

He pointed out that this can become possible only through Resource Efficiency (RE) not only throughout the material life cycle, but also at the post-consumption stage.  The Minister added that secondary resources (waste materials) need to be brought back into production, adopting a Circular Economy (CE) approach.  Dr. Harsh Vardhan emphasised that Resource Efficiency (RE) and Circular Economy (CE) are key elements of Sustainable Development and impact resource efficiency and that is why there is a global commitment to achieve it.  

Reiterating India’s commitment to building responsive, inclusive and collective solutions, Dr. Harsh Vardhan underlined that BRICS nations face similar environmental concerns such as air pollution, waste management, resource crunch and climate change.   “BRICS countries should together emphasize on the cooperation in air pollution control through technology transfer and requisite capacity building”, Dr. Vardhan said.   He urged BRICS nations to commit to cooperation and collaboration on technology transfer, capacity building and knowledge transfer at the country, regional and global levels. 

Sat, 19 May 2018 10:29:45 +0530
Vice President Swachh Bh

The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that Swachh Bharat is a prerequisite for establishing a Swasth Bharat. He was addressing the Convocation of Lady Hardinge Medical College.

The Vice President said that the job of faculty members does not end by merely imparting medical knowledge and skills but entails a more onerous responsibility of moulding the young minds into conscientious citizens with uncompromising integrity, high moral and ethical standards. It is said that a person, who plans for a year, sows grains, the one who plans for 10 years, plants fruit-bearing trees, and the one who plans for generations, develops human beings!, he added.

The Vice President said that it is time for all public health experts, healthcare professionals, local bodies and communities to join hands in promoting hygiene and sanitation in a big way to build a Swachh Bharat, a prerequisite for establishing a Swasth Bharat. He further said that lack of adequate medical facilities in the rural areas and the acute shortage of doctors and para-medical personnel across the country is a challenge. We need human resource in the health sector - whether it is a medical college or the paramedical staff, the country needs them in large numbers, he added.

The Vice President said that the Doctors are considered next to God in our country and it is the cardinal responsibility of all those entering the medical profession to uphold the trust and confidence of the patients, who seek treatment from them. He advised the Doctors to maintain the highest standards of ethics and integrity at every stage. I am sure that all the students of the Lady Hardinge Medical College will carry on the legacy of this prestigious institute and contribute towards building a healthy India, he added.

Sat, 19 May 2018 10:22:22 +0530
Boeing airline crashed in

A Boeing 737-200 airliner crashed in Cuban capital Havana shortly after takeoff from the capital's Jose Marti International airport, leaving more than 100 people dead. There were 104 passengers and nine crew members in the state owned airline of 'Cubana' company.

Cuba's communist daily has reported that three passengers were escaped miraculously with lot of injuries. Local media reported that the airline crashed in to the farm land soon after its takeoff.

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canal rushed on to the spot and led the rescue operations.

Sat, 19 May 2018 10:09:01 +0530
Yeddyurappa expresses ful

Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa said that he is 100 percent confident of getting trust vote in the assembly. The Supreme Court on yesterday instructed Yeddyurappa to prove the majority by 4pm today evening after dismissing governor's 15 days time.

Yeddyurappa expressed his full confidence when he had arrived to attend the BJP legislative party meeting before the assembly session begins.

Meanwhile the JD(S) MLAs who were staying in a resort in Hyderabad have arrived in Bengaluru today morning.

In one of the latest developments in the Karnataka episode, the Supreme Court will hear the petition filed by the JDS and the Congress against the appointment of the pro-term speaker. A bench of judges AK Sikri, SA Bobde and Ashok Bhushan, the same bench who asked the Yeddyurappa government to seek the trust vote by today evening itself, will consider the petition.

The Congress and the JDS allege that the Karnataka government overturned the normal procedure in appointing the pro-term speaker.

Sat, 19 May 2018 09:54:36 +0530
PM Modi greets people on

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has greeted the people on the beginning of holy month of Ramzan.

“Ramzan greetings to everyone. We recall the pious thoughts of Paighambar Mohammad Sahab, who highlighted the importance of harmony, kindness and charity. These are also the virtues the Holy Month of Ramzan stands for”, the Prime Minister said.

Fri, 18 May 2018 09:45:31 +0530
Vice President calls for

The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that cities are the drivers of economic growth and all sections of people living in the cities need to be provided with adequate housing and other essential amenities. He was addressing the gathering after laying foundation stone for the World Trade Center at Nauroji Nagar and redevelopment of Netaji Nagar General Pool Residential Accommodation Colony.

The Vice President said that it is a matter of pride and satisfaction for him to be a part of the foundation stone laying ceremony of the projects which were conceptualised and took shape when he was the Housing and Urban Affairs Minister.

The Vice President said that besides providing housing to all citizens, there is a need to create good infrastructure to cater to the needs of the burgeoning population. We must also ensure that the development is sustainable by protecting our environment and resources, he added.

The Vice President said that there is a need to build green buildings and promote energy efficient and smart mobility solutions for optimum utilization of scarce resources and spaces.  There is also a need to promote the concept of green and energy efficient buildings in a big way and create greater awareness among the citizens, he added.

The Vice President said that the projects initiated today are aimed at providing better quality of life to citizens and spur economic growth. Cities are the drivers of economic growth and all sections of people living in the cities need to be provided with adequate housing and other essential amenities, he added.

Saying that India is witnessing urban renaissance following the launch of Smart Cities Mission, the Vice President said that apart from improving quality of life, Smart Cities also seek to provide clean and sustainable environment.

Fri, 18 May 2018 09:42:38 +0530
SC to hear petition again

The Supreme Court will hear a petition that challenges the governor Vajubhai Vala's action where he had invited BS Yeddyurappa to form the government. The top court will seek a clarity on the letter submitted by Yeddyurappa to the governor which claims that he has enough support to run a stable government.

The Supreme Court had heared the Congress petition that sought to stay the BJP's swearing-in ceremony where the court had started hearing the petition around 2am and ended it up with 4 am in the morning, hours before Yeddyurappa's swearing-in.

The top court had rejected the petition filed by the Congress in that rare post-midnight hearing. But the court had also ordered that they will go through the letter submitted by Yeddyurappa to the governor.

Fri, 18 May 2018 09:37:18 +0530
Congress JDS MLAs arrive

The Congress and the JDS MLAs who left Bengaluru early morning today have arrived in Hyderabad. The MLAs left Bengaluru under the leadership of HD Kumaraswamy.

Meanwhile three Congress MLAs have reportedly shifted to the BJP camp as the talks about the split in the congress camp intensified. Anand Singh MLA from Vijayanagar had already left the Congress camp and joined BJP soon after the election results were announced.

A massive day in the Supreme Court as the top court will go through the letter that was given by the chief minister BS Yeddyurappa to the governor Vajubhai Vala which claimed that he had enough support to form a government. The details of the letter is yet to be disclosed.

The court is finding an answer why the governer invited the BJP to form the government instead of the Congress and the JDS who are having more than 112 seats.

Fri, 18 May 2018 09:16:56 +0530
Rare post midnight hearin

The top court of India also felt the strong political heat of the Karnataka as the court hosted for a rare midnight hearing where the Congress made a last minute effort to stay the swearing in of BS Yeddyurappa as the chief minister.

The the court had ruled in favour of the BJP and allowed Yeddyurappa to take oath as CM today morning.

The Supreme Court had arrived in a conclusion after hearing the both sides for more than two hours and the bench led by Justice AK Sikri, who started hearing the case on 2.10 am early morning, ended the proceedings at around 4am in the morning.

Thu, 17 May 2018 09:39:03 +0530
Yeddyurappa takes oath as

Senior BJP leader BJP Yeddyurappa takes oath as the Karnataka chief minister today morning after two days of dramatic political scenes in the state. The governor instructed Yeddyurappa to prove majority within 15 days.

Decks were cleared for BJP after the Supreme Court had rejected the  Congress' plea late midnight to stay the governor's decision to allow Yeddyurappa to take charge as CM.

BJP has the support of 104 MLAs and one independent MLA out of the 224 assembly seats where 113 seats were required to cross the half way mark. So it remains to be seen how well the government formation will shape up in the state and more dramatic political circus are on the cards.

Thu, 17 May 2018 09:10:25 +0530
BJP offered us 100 crore

Janata Dal (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy came up with a major allegation that the  BJP have been approaching JDS MLAs with an offer of 100cr rupees and also an assurance of enough participation in the cabinet.

Kumaraswamy said that the BJP leadership is doing all their money and power to grab the state with only an intention to rule the state anyhow.

BJP leader Prakash Javadekar had met the JDS MLAs in their resort as the other parties alleged that this is a part of "horse trade" to poach the MLAs.

Wed, 16 May 2018 13:10:10 +0530
BJP leaders meet governor

BJP leaders under the leadership of BS Yeddyurappa met the governor Vajubhai Vala at the Raj Bhavan and stake claim to form the government in the state.

The high voltage political drama in Karnataka reaches to the next level as BJP's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa has elected as the legislative leader of the state. The decision was made in the legislative meeting of the party.

The governor will invite the party first to form the government if they will be able to prove the majority.

Meanwhile the Congress and the JD(S) had  jointly met the governor yesterday and claimed their majority numbers along with the letter having the signature of MLAs that have been supporting the alliance.

The election results had caused a huge confusion in the state as no party is able to form the government despite the BJP became the single largest party with 104 seats.

Wed, 16 May 2018 12:02:54 +0530
Political drama peaks in

The high voltage political drama in Karnataka reaches to the next level as BJP's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa has elected as the legislative leader of the state. The decision was made in the legislative meeting of the party.

The election of the legislative leader now enables the BJP to meet the governor and claim to form a government. The governor will invite the party first to form the government if they will be able to prove the majority.

Meanwhile the Congress and the JD(S) had  jointly met the governor yesterday and claimed their majority numbers along with the letter having the signature of MLAs that have been supporting the alliance.

The election results had caused a huge confusion in the state as no party is able to form the government despite the BJP became the single largest party with 104 seats.

Wed, 16 May 2018 11:34:29 +0530
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Army Hospital (R&R), Delhi Cantt organized a programme to celebrate Nurses Day, to commemorate the International Nurses Day.

The Commandant Army Hospital (R&R) Lt Gen UK Sharma addressing as the Chief Guest emphasized that being the most important member of the health team, nurses make a significant contribution in the recovery process of the patients. He also expressed that the profession of nursing is not only challenging but also rewarding.

Speaking on the occasion, Additional Director General Military Nursing Services (ADGMNS) Maj Gen Anna KuttyBabu reiterated that nursing has undergone tremendous changes in response to social needs and influences in recent times. She said, right from the time of Florence Nightingale, the nurses have proved their worth to the whole world. Nurses’ Day is an important day as it is an opportunity to reflect on the enormous contribution made by this incredible profession, she stated.

Wed, 16 May 2018 09:18:46 +0530
PM mourns at the loss of

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed sadness over the loss of lives due to the collapse of an under-construction flyover in Varanasi.

“Extremely saddened by the loss of lives due to the collapse of an under-construction flyover in Varanasi. I pray that the injured recover soon. Spoke to officials and asked them to ensure all possible support to those affected.

I spoke to UP CM Yogi Adityanath Ji regarding the situation due to the collapse of an under-construction flyover in Varanasi. The UP Government is monitoring the situation very closely and is working on the ground to assist the affected”, the Prime Minister said.

Wed, 16 May 2018 09:15:34 +0530
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The President Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the 4th Global Exhibition on Services and launched a portal on 12 Champion Sectors in Services in Mumbai.

Speaking on the occasion, the President welcomed around 500 international delegates who are participating in this Global Exhibition from about 100 countries. He commended the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of the Government of India, as well as the Government of Maharashtra, the Confederation of Indian Industry and the Services Export Promotion Council, for this initiative.

He expressed confidence that it would promote the Indian services domain and enlarge and deepen India’s engagement with the global services sector. He stated that the launch of 12 Champion Sectors is a bold new step that will contribute to both India’s economy and the global economy, and will create jobs.

The President said that the services sector represents a vibrant and expanding component of the global economy. Today, services dominates in terms of employment, value addition, productivity and innovation. The pace of technology is intensifying the contribution of services in other sectors – including agriculture, infrastructure and manufacturing. It would not be an exaggeration to say that services forms the backbone of the 21st century global economy.

The President said that in India, the services sector contributes 61 per cent in gross value added. With its young population, large talent pool and comfort with technology, India has natural advantages in the sector and is set to become even more of a provider of services to the world.

Wed, 16 May 2018 09:11:37 +0530
Political drama in Karnat

Political drama in Karnataka gets thick and fast as all eyes on the Governor Vajubhai Vala who is yet to make a call on the applicants ready to form a government in the state.

The Congress and the Janata Dal (S) leaders met the Governor yesterday and claimed to form the government as they said the alliance have enough numbers to cross the halfway mark. Congress leader Siddaramaiah along with ten leaders met the Governor.

JDS leader and the speculative chief minister HD Kumaraswamy also met the Governor yesterday in the Raj Bhavan.

Meanwhile the BJP also trying their last minute efforts to negate the alliance moves of the Congress and the JDS. The BJP leaders, as they are the single largest party in the assembly now, met the Governor in the Raj Bhavan.

BJP met the governor under the leadership of their chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa accompanied by Union minister H Anantkumar, Rajeev Chandrasekahr MP and Rajeev Karandlaje. Yeddyurppa came out after meeting the governor said that he will form the government in Karnataka.

Wed, 16 May 2018 08:55:38 +0530
Modi Shah takes BJP to do

The BJP makes a strong statement in Karnataka as the latest results show the party has a clear majority dashing the hopes of the Congress who expected themselves to rule the state for the next five years.

As per the latest reports, BJP leads in 119 seats, congress sitting in despair with 57, while the Janata Dal (S) shows improvement from their last performance with 44 seats.

The biggest setback for the Congress is that their chief minister and star campaigner Siddaramaiah lost the battle in Chamundeshwari. The constituency is considered to be as a strong bastion for the veteran leader.  

Tue, 15 May 2018 11:03:48 +0530
Smriti Irani removed from

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP leadership has decided to remove Smriti Irani as the Information & Broadcasting minister after the latest controversies related to the distribution of National Film Awards.

Minister of state Rajyavardhan Rathore will handle the portfolio with independent charge.

Meanwhile Railways Minister Piyush Goyal will get the additional charge of finance and corporate affairs as the current minister Arun Jaitley undergoes a kidney transplant surgery at the AIIMS.

Smriti Irani was given the additional charge of I&B ministry when Venkaiah Niadu resigned after becoming the Vice-President of the country. Smriti Irani will now be confined to the Textiles ministry which she got after she was moved out from HRD ministry at a time when Narendra Modi formed government in 2014.

Tue, 15 May 2018 10:51:13 +0530
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The highly-anticipated Karnataka election results suggests a BJP surge in the state as the Congress stays second while the Janata Dal (S) plays a crucial part with enough seats in third place.

Out of the 222 seats available for counting, BJP leads in 93 seats, Congress at the second place with 79 seats and Janata Dal with 40 seats. JDS is considered to be as a crucial "kingmaker" in the state with both the BJP and the Congress would like to reach out to JDS for a tie-up.

Tue, 15 May 2018 09:39:41 +0530
Shashi Tharoor charged in

Shashi Tharoor charged in Sunanda Pushkar's suicide; Tharoor says 'unbelievable'

 

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has been charged with abetting suicide as the Delhi police submitted the charge sheet in the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar in 2014. The charge sheet also underlines that Sunanda had committed suicide.

If the Delhi police's findings held true, Tharoor will be subjected to 10 years of imprisonment. The Court will hear the case once again on 24 May.

Mr. Tharoor responded to the developments calling the charges as "preposterous".

Tharoor tweeted that if this is the findings of the Delhi Police after four years, then it does not speak well  of the methods or motivations of the police.

"I have taken note of the filing of this preposterous charge sheet & intend to contest it vigorously. No one who knew Sunanda believes she would ever have committed suicide, let alone abetment on my part", Tharoor tweeted.

"If this is conclusion arrived at after 4+ years of investigation, it does not speak well of the methods or motivations of the Delhi Police. In Oct 17, the Law Officer made a statement in the Delhi High Court that they have not found anything against anyone & now in 6 months they say that I have abetted a suicide. unbelievable!", he added.

Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in a room at the star hotel in New Delhi's Chanakyapuri  on 2014 January 17.

Mon, 14 May 2018 18:10:49 +0530
Bengal Panchayat polls V

Violent scenes sprang across the Bengal during the Panchayat election in the state as two Communist couples were burnt alive by the Trinamool Congress workers  in the South 24 Parganas district.

Bomb blasts were reported in three places while two BJP workers were reportedly manhandled in Tharakeshwar as well.

This Panchayat polls assume large significance as this is the final major poll before the ultimate clash in the next year. Thrinamool Congress has already won in almost 20,000 seats before the polls itself so the election is being held for the remaining seats only.

Election results will be announced on 17 May.

Mon, 14 May 2018 12:38:24 +0530
Panchayat poll begins in

The Panchayat polls in Bengal, which had endured violence since the process began after Election Commission had announced notification, began on 7 am today under tight security. Election results will be announced on 17.

This Panchayat polls assume large significance as this is the final major poll before the ultimate clash in the next year. Thrinamool Congress has already won in almost 20,000 seats before the polls itself so the election is being held for the remaining seats only.

Mon, 14 May 2018 09:35:09 +0530
Storm wreaks havoc in Nor

The heavy thunderstorm and sandstorm that have been disrupting the life of many people in northern part of the country for the last few weeks had wreaked havoc  yesterday , killing 41 and injuring many.

The thunderstorm and dust storm  became a villain especially in Delhi, Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. The weather has warned of more danger in the next two days.

18 people died in Uttar Pradesh, 12 died in Bengal including four children, 9 in Andhra and 2 people died in Delhi.

The devastating storm had brought down many trees and electric posts that increased the misery of people. Road, rail and air transportation disrupted in many parts of the country as 70 flights were diverted and more than 24 flights had been delayed. Many metro services also reportedly delayed.

Mon, 14 May 2018 09:25:18 +0530
First crude oil cargo fro

The historic first cargo of crude oil from the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), destined for the Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Ltd (ISPRL) has been loaded and is en-route to India.

The cargo is the first under an agreement between ADNOC and ISPRL, an Indian government-owned company mandated to store crude oil for strategic needs, to locate 5.86 million barrels of ADNOC crude oil at the Karnataka facility in the Indian city of Mangalore.

The loading, of approximately 2 million barrels of ADNOC crude oil, was witnessed by Dr. Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and ADNOC Group CEO, and Dharmendra Pradhan, Indian Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, at a ceremony in Abu Dhabi.

Dr. Al Jaber said: "The strategic reserve project represents an important new energy partnership with India that leverages the UAE and ADNOC’s expertise and oil resources. With this partnership, new market opportunities will open up for ADNOC, as we not only help to ensure the energy security of the UAE’s largest trading partner, but also gain greater access to one of the fastest-growing markets for high-quality crude oil. Our increased presence in India, will also catalyse demand for our own refined and petrochemical products."

The implementation of the strategic reserve agreement follows ADNOC’s announcement, in February, that an Indian consortium of three companies, comprising ONGC Videsh, Indian Oil Company and Bharat Petro Resources Ltd., had been awarded a 10 percent interest in Abu Dhabi’s new offshore Lower Zakum concession.

Pradhan said: "The UAE is the first country to invest in India’s Strategic Reserves Programme. This important partnership will further strengthen the close energy cooperation that exists between India and the UAE and builds on the historic acquisition of a stake in the Lower Zakum offshore concession by Indian Companies.

"The strategic reserve will provide a boost to India’s energy security and help us deal with supply side disruptions. While part of the stored oil will be used for commercial purposes by ADNOC, the major part will be purely for strategic purposes."

Indian energy demand is forecast, by the International Energy Agency (IEA), to grow by more than any other country in the period to 2040, propelled by an economy that will grow to more than five-times its current size and by population growth that will make it the world’s most populous country. Indian energy consumption is expected to more than double by 2040, accounting for 25 percent of the rise in global energy, and the largest absolute growth in oil consumption.

India is 82 percent dependent on imports to meet its crude oil needs, eight percent of which is supplied by the UAE. In addition to helping to ensure energy security, the oil storage facilities enable ADNOC to efficiently and competitively meet market demand across Asia.

Today’s loading comes the day before ADNOC hosts a major Downstream Investment Forum in Abu Dhabi, where it will unveil more details of its expanded Downstream Strategy, including its new Ruwais industrial hub masterplan. Pradhan will attend the Forum, where he will participate in a panel session.

Sun, 13 May 2018 16:53:39 +0530
President pays homage to

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, paid homage to Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, former President of India on his  Birth Anniversary at Rashtrapati Bhavan today.

The President, officers and staff of Rashtrapati Bhavan paid floral tributes in front of a portrait of Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed. 

Sun, 13 May 2018 16:47:32 +0530
Army Chief to visit Sri L

General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff shall be visiting Sri Lanka from 14 to 17 May 2018 on an official visit. It shall be the first visit of General Bipin Rawat to Sri Lanka. During the visit, he is scheduled to meet the senior most political and military hierarchy of Sri Lanka.

The visit assumes significance in light of India’s persistent efforts to strengthen the existing bonds of friendship and military cooperation based on mutual interests and understanding. Indian Army has been catering not only for varied training requirements of the Sri Lankan Army including imparting specific tailor-made training in different fields but also providing military hardware support.

During the visit, the Chief of the Army Staff shall be inaugurating a communication Laboratory at School of Signals, Kandy, conceptualized and established by the Indian Army, to train the personnel of Sri Lanka Army Signal Corps. The Army Chief shall also be visiting the Sri Lanka Military Academy at Diyatalawa to exchange best practices related to pre-commissioning training being followed by the two armies.

Apart from interaction with the senior leadership of the three Services, General Bipin Rawat shall also be meeting the Regional Military Commanders at Kandy and Trincomalee. The visit is yet another milestone in reaching out to our immediate neighborhood and take forward the military to military cooperation to the next level.

Sun, 13 May 2018 16:41:49 +0530
Bus rolls down hill in Hi

SHIMLA: At least seven persons were killed and 12 others were injured on Sunday when a bus fell into deep gorge near Sanora in Sirmaur district in Himachal Pradesh. The accident occurred near the Nai Neti panchayat, around 25 km from Rajgarh town. Most of the injured have been admitted to the Regional Hospital in Solan. 

The private bus was on its way from Manva to Solan town when the bus skidded off the road and rolled down the hill. Most of the victims belonged to the Rajgarh area. The rescue operation was over, Sirmaur Deputy Commissioner Lalit Jain was quoted as saying by news agency IANS. Officials had a tough time rescuing the victims from the badly damaged bus, said the eyewitnesses.                      
 

Sun, 13 May 2018 15:00:35 +0530
Bus rolls down hill in Hi

SHIMLA: At least seven persons were killed and 12 others were injured on Sunday when a bus fell into deep gorge near Sanora in Sirmaur district in Himachal Pradesh. The accident occurred near the Nai Neti panchayat, around 25 km from Rajgarh town. Most of the injured have been admitted to the Regional Hospital in Solan. 

The private bus was on its way from Manva to Solan town when the bus skidded off the road and rolled down the hill. Most of the victims belonged to the Rajgarh area. The rescue operation was over, Sirmaur Deputy Commissioner Lalit Jain was quoted as saying by news agency IANS. Officials had a tough time rescuing the victims from the badly damaged bus, said the eyewitnesses.                      
 

Sun, 13 May 2018 15:00:28 +0530
Indian pavilion inaugurat

The inaugural session of the Indian Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival 2018 was held at Cannes, France. Hosted by noted actor Sharad Kelkar, the Indian delegation present consisted of H.E. Vinay Mohan Kwatra, Ambassador of India to France, Ashok Kumar Parmar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of I&B, Govt. Of India, Prasoon Joshi, Writer, Poet and Chairman, Central Board of Film Certification and many others.

The agenda of the delegation from India this year is to showcase diversity in films of the country while furthering collaborations with various other countries.

Sat, 12 May 2018 10:15:33 +0530
Kovind calls for equity i

Emphasising that technology is destiny, the President Ram Nath Kovind has said that technology must also be equity and its fruits must be accessible to all. 

Addressing the 20th National Technology Day celebrations at Vigyan Bhawan, the President said that finances and resources must be available to all technologists who wish to turn entrepreneurs and to migrate from the lab room to the shop floor.  The President pointed out that gender equity must be integrated with technology production. 

Kovind highlighted that the new technologies have three common attributes – (i) they offer solutions that are necessary in the Indian context and contribute to the social and economic needs of our people, (ii) they achieve all this at competitive price points and (iii) they do not compromise on quality. 

“The Government has proposed to establish Centres of Excellence to train young technologists in robotics, artificial intelligence, digital manufacture, big data analytics, quantum communication and Internet of Things.  The Government is also pursuing demonstration and deployment of successful technology solutions for clean energy options”, President Kovind said. 

 

Sat, 12 May 2018 10:11:48 +0530
Sports minister Rathore u

Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports Rajyavardhan Rathore has urged the secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport of United Kingdom  MP Matt Hancock for   his  immediate intervention to ensure that  Shooting  remains part of the 2022 edition of the Commonwealth Games .

The issue was raised when the Visiting dignitary met Rathore. During their half an hour meeting both sides discussed Cooperation in Sports to further strengthen the relations in the area.

Rathore briefed the British Minister about steps being taken for promotion of Sports in the country and elaborated on Khelo India Scheme. He said the scheme has been envisaged to tap talent at a very young age and train it further in a time bound manner with proper financial support from the government.

He invited British players and their coaches to visit India and take advantage of seasonal variations in both the countries for uninterrupted sporting activities. He also urged to explore the possibility of a tie up between sports development programme of both the countries.

The British Minister is in India to promote the upcoming cricket World Cup and 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Sat, 12 May 2018 10:06:04 +0530
Karnataka goes for polls

After a one-month long campaign under the scorching summer where the state had witnessed a flow of national leaders to ensure their votes intact, voters in Karnataka started expressing their mandate. Polling began at 7 am in the morning and will go on till 6 in the evening.

The Karnataka election has earned a reputation for a "mini parliament" election considering the size of the state and the first election after Congress president Rahul Gandhi announced himself as the PM candidate for the general election next year. So a Rahul-Modi fight is on the cards which will be the same case in the 2019 election as well.

There are 224 assembly seats in Karnataka while the election will be held in 222 seats. Polling in RR Nagar constituency has shifted to May 28 as many voters identity cards were raided from a flat in Bangalore and one more seat also left out of the election scenes today as the BJP candidate had died during the election campaign in the Jayanagar constituency.

4.9 crore people will go to polling booths today, 12 percent higher than 2013 election. 2654 candidates have been contesting in this election throughout the state and more than one and half lakh voting machines have been arranged.

Election results will be declared on May 15.

Sat, 12 May 2018 09:57:49 +0530
Mumbai police officer Him

Himanshu Roy, Additional Director General of Maharashtra police and former chief of the Anti-Terror Squad of Maharashtra, ended his life by shooting himself at his residence in Malabar Hills, Mumbai.

He allegedly shot himself using his licensed revolver around 1.40pm Friday. He was rushed on to the hospital but brought dead.

The 1988 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) Officer was battling with cancer and had been on medical leave for the last two years. People close with Himanshu Roy said that he was suffering from depression for some time now despite having treatment in India and in the foreign countries as well. The incident happened when his wife Bhavana was at his home whereas the police have found a one page suicide note from his home which states that no one was responsible for his death.

Himanshu Roy was a decorated figure in the Maharashtra police as he had investigated many big cases including the IPL spot fixing case in 2013, murder of lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha and the death of journalist J Dey. He was the one who unearthed the links of Chhota Rajan in the J Dey murder.'

Himanshu Roy was also a part of the investigation team that founded the role of American terrorist David Coleman Headley in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.

Many of his colleagues were stunned on hearing his death news.

Sat, 12 May 2018 09:41:28 +0530
Smriti Irani calls for ba

Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Textiles, Smriti Irani said that time has come to put laws, ethics and rules into place which will help in balancing the media industry so that one dominant player cannot rule the roost.

Inaugurating the 15th Asia Media Summit (AMS) 2018, she said that India will have around 969 million internet users by 2021 and Indian media industry looks upon the digital world not only as a challenge but also as an opportunity. How do we attract, retain and develop talent which frees good content from the trappings of revenue needs and brings about a balance in media institutions, the Minister further asked.

The 15th Asia Media Summit is being hosted by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, jointly with the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi and Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Limited (BECIL), from 10th -12th May, 2018 in New Delhi. The theme of this year’s Summit is ‘Telling Our Stories – Asia and More’, which would encourage regional and bilateral dialogue and cooperation to respond to challenges to the broadcasting sector in the region.

Giving a perspective of the expanding Indian media industry, Smriti Irani said, “India is the fastest growing advertising market expected to touch 10.59 billion US Dollars by the end of 2018 and the mobile spend is estimated to grow to 1.55 billion US Dollars in the year 2018. We have a vibrant media industry which has a direct established impact of Rs 1.35 lakh crore and indirect and induced benefits of Rs 4.5 lakh crore, with close to 4 million people associated with it.”

The Minster expressed hope that the Asia Media Summit will throw up new ideas so that we can look at pathways to strengthen media institutions for a better mankind.

Addressing the inaugural session, Minister of Information from Bangladesh, H.E. Mr. Hasanul Haq Inu, outlined six complex challenges the world faces today, namely - poverty, gender disparity, terrorism, ICT revolution, climate change and uneven globalization. Expressing concern at cybercrimes, he stressed upon the need to fight a war against cybercriminals to keep the media safe and expanding.

Minister of Information from CambodiaH.E. Dr. Khieu Kanharith, said that, “We are trying to improve the state of the press in Cambodia, we seek to maintain strong relationships with the fourth estate.”

Mr. Shigeru Aoyagi, Director, UNESCO, New Delhi Office talked about the role of media in creating peace and partnership on the planet. Quoting from the UNESCO constitution – ‘Since the war is created in the minds of men, we have to build peace in the minds of men’, Mr. Aoyagi called upon the media to tell stories responsibly and in a very constructive way.

Dr. Abbas Naseri Taheri, Director General, International Department and Advisor to President, IRIB, Iran emphasized the need for innovatively using social stories in the Asian cultures to create a bond between the past and the present.

Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General, UN spoke via a video message and asked to bridge digital divide in the world so that everyone in the community is able to participate meaningfully. She also highlighted media’s role in building a sustainable planet.

Mr. Sam Seog Ko, Commissioner, Korea Communications Commission said that media has an important role to play in today’s world and it should be used to make a better world.

Vineet Jain, MD, Times Group discussed regulatory reforms for a fair market place that benefits consumers. Talking about data protection, he said that data is being siphoned by global platforms today and we must proactively protect our national interest by ensuring that data stays within India and that it is protected.

This is the first time that Asian Media Summit is being held in India. Over 220 foreign delegates representing 39 countries (SAARC, ASEAN, East Asia, Africa, Oceania, Europe, Syria, Uzbekistan, USA, China) and senior officials of the Government and members of Indian media industry are participating in the event.

Fri, 11 May 2018 13:40:15 +0530
PM Modi visits Nepal

Following is the text of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s departure statement prior to his visit to Nepal.

“I will be visiting Nepal on 11-12 May 2018 at the invitation of the Prime Minister of Nepal Rt. Hon’ble KP Sharma Oli.

This will be my third visit to Nepal as Prime Minister. It reflects the high priority India, and personally I attach to our age-old, close and friendly ties with Nepal.

My visit closely follows the State Visit of Prime Minister Oli to India last month. These high-level and regular interactions reflect my government's commitment to the 'Neighbourhood First' policy, in consonance with the motto of ‘SabkaSaath, SabkaVikas’.

Together, our two countries have completed several bilateral connectivity and development projects in the last few years, and have initiated transformational initiatives for the benefit of our two peoples.

Prime Minister Oli and I will have the opportunity to take forward our recent wide-ranging discussions in New Delhi on issues of mutual interest, and to advance our cooperative partnership across diverse sectors.

In addition to Kathmandu, I am also looking forward to visiting Janakpur and Muktinath. Both these places attract a large number of pilgrims every year. They are living testimony to the ancient and strong cultural and religious ties between the peoples of India and Nepal.

As Nepal enters a new era of consolidating gains of democracy and achieving rapid economic growth and development, India will continue to remain a steadfast partner of Government of Nepal to implement its vision of ‘Samriddha Nepal, Sukhi Nepali'.

I am looking forward to meeting the political leaders and friends in Nepal. I am confident that my visit will further cement our people-centric partnership with Nepal on the basis of mutual benefit, goodwill and understanding.’’

Fri, 11 May 2018 13:26:38 +0530
President Kovind visits S

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, visited Siachen Base Camp and addressed the soldiers posted there. He also visited the Kumar Post.

President Kovind is the second President of India to visit Siachen. The previous visit was undertaken by President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in April 2004. This makes President Kovind the first President to travel to Siachen in 14 years.

Addressing the soldier, President Kovind said that as the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and as the President of India, he has come among them carrying the gratitude of the entire country. The President noted that Siachen is the world’s highest battlefield and it is difficult to live even a normal life in the extreme climate. In such a situation, it is extraordinary for soldiers to stay in a state of constant mobilisation and combat readiness. Their determination and dedication is worthy of the highest praise – and their allegiance to the defence of India is an ideal for all our fellow citizens.

The bravery and valour of soldiers deployed in Siachen over the past 34 years, the President said, has given every Indian the confidence that our borders are safe and secure. The President said he had come to Siachen to iterate to the troops posted here that all citizens of India and the Government of India were always with them and supportive of their families.

The President also paid his respects at the Siachen War Memorial, which is a symbol of the sacrifice of 11,000 soldiers and officers who have been martyred since the Indian Army began Operation Meghdoot on the Siachen Glacier on April 13, 1984.

Fri, 11 May 2018 12:46:54 +0530
Vice President raises con

Vice President M.Venkaiah Naidu has expressed serious concern over growing disconnect in the present world that is highly ‘inter-connected’ like never before and called for intensified collective global effort to address basic problems like poverty and inequality. He asserted that India is seeking a new world order and action based on the country’s ancient wisdom and values  that advocated harmonious existence and common good.

He outlined India’s vision for resolving current global challenges while speaking to the Ambassadors of different countries and students in Panama City on the theme ‘In search of a more Representative and Relevant World Order’.

Naidu noted that technological and scientific advances and expansion of knowledge have thrown up new challenges like cyber security, terrorism, nuclear and chemical warfare etc., threatening human existence. Elaborating further on contemporary issues seeking solutions, he said “Corruption, discrimination, exploitation, violence and violation of basic human rights continue to erode social fabric across the world. These evils and perceptions of exploitation and failure of established governance systems lead to unrest, anger, rebellion and extremism. The sooner we effectively address these issues, the better will be our collective feature”.

Quoting extensively the ancient Indian sages and Vedas, Naidu said India always firmly believed in peaceful and harmonious co-existence including with the nature and these core principles hold the key for resolving current global challenges through collective action for shared benefits. He quoted from ‘Prithvi Suktam’ which said “May out interactions among ourselves and Mother Earth be harmonious” and also referred to the Vedas to highlight the message “Let peace flow over the whole universe”.

The Vice President said “In the world order we want, the power and responsibilities are shared, opinions and voices are respected and wealth and earth’s resources are shared”. Naidu stressed that no country or group of countries should influence or control global decision making and this warranted immediate reform of the United Nations system to ensure more representative decision making on major global issues.

Naidu said “India seeks balanced pursuit of national interests while also upholding the broader duties and values mandated by our membership of the comity of nations which shall form the core of the new and reformed World Order we all must establish”.

Ambassadors of about 40 countries to Panama later interacted with Naidu and appreciated the major initiatives and their implementation by the central government and the fast growing Indian economy. 

Later in the day, Naidu arrived in the Peruvian capital of Lima after visiting Guatemala and Panama for two days each.

Fri, 11 May 2018 12:40:02 +0530
India hosts 15th Asia Med

The 15th Asia Media Summit (AMS) 2018 is being hosted by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, jointly with the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi and Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Limited (BECIL), in New Delhi.  Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Textiles, Smriti Irani would be presiding as the Chief Guest over the Inaugural ceremony of the Summit on 10th May.

The AMS 2018, an annual summit of the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) Kuala Lumpur, is a prestigious summit in the Asia Pacific Region and India is hosting the event for the first time. The Summit, with the theme `Telling Our Stories – Asia and More’, would be organized in two parts Pre-summit workshop (8th-9th) and Summit (10th-12th).

Participants would represent organizations like Ministries responsible for Information and Broadcasting in the Asian region, International Organizations UNESCO, FAO, UN; Regulators; Radio and Television broadcasting companies both national/ public and private broadcasters; Television channels and networks, Institutes/Academies of Communication, Media Research; Community Radio groups; Press and Media, and broadcast equipment manufacturers.

The Summit would encourage regional and bilateral dialogue and cooperation to respond to challenges to the broadcasting sector in the region. It would provide a unique opportunity for broadcasters in the Asian region to share their thoughts on software and hardware aspects of Broadcasting. There are also opportunities for networking, facilities for business to business meetings and prospective translation of these meetings into trade and economic relations after the summit.

Further, participation in the summit includes over 200 foreign delegates representing 39 countries of SAARC (Afghanistan, Bangladesh,  Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka); ASEAN (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam) East Asia (Korea, Hong Kong, Japan); Africa (Mauritius, Nigeria, Seychelles, South Africa, Sudan, Tunisia); Oceania (Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea) Europe (France, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom) Syria, Uzbekistan, USA, China. There are over 100 Indian delegates also.

Thu, 10 May 2018 13:33:38 +0530
Govt felicitates Indian

The victorious ‘Indian Wheelchair Cricket Team’ met Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand  Gehlot in his office. The Indian Wheelchair Cricket team beat Bangladesh in three-matches Wheelchair Cricket Series 2018 by 2-0 held at University of Dhaka stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 

Gehlot tweeted, “The Indian Wheelchair Cricket Warriors outshine Bangladesh in the 2nd International T-20 Wheelchair Cricket Match Series at Dhaka. My best wishes to team India and the organizers Wheelchair Cricket India Association on this wonderful victory.”

Earlier, the team was felicitated by Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar at New Delhi airport who presented them flowers and shawls. Welcoming the Indian Wheelchair Cricket team, Gurjar said that the Government is committed to the empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.

The Indian Wheelchair Cricket team beat Bangladesh by 10 runs in the final match against Bangladesh. India set a target of 153 runs for Bangladesh in a limited overs format. However, the host team could score only 143 runs in 15 overs. Rohit Manhotra bagged the Man of the Match and Man of the Series titles. The trophy was presented to skipper Somjeet Singh in a glittering ceremony.

The tournament was first of its kind and it not only inculcated a positive attitude among Persons with Disabilities but also provided a platform to show case their talent and physical abilities.

The names of Indian Wheelchair Cricket are: Mr. Somjeet Singh (Captain), Mr. Abhai Pratap Singh (Vice Captain), Mr. Veer Singh Sandhu, Mr. Rohit Annotra, Mr. Surendra Kasare, Mr. Sukhwant Singh, Mr. Ramesh Kumar, Mr. Jeyan Alt, Mr. Anmol Vasistha, Mr. Vikky Kumar (Wicket Keeper), Mr. Gaurav Yadav, Mr. Sunil Rao, Mr. Bhima Lakhaman Khunti and Mr. Jagroop Singh.

Thu, 10 May 2018 13:27:16 +0530
Naidu visits World Herita

The Vice President of India, M.Venkaiah Naidu visited the historic Antigua (old) Guatemala city for understanding how it’s rich heritage is being maintained since it was declared as a World Heritage City by the UNESCO in 1979. He discussed at length the conservation measures with the Mayor of the city Ms. Susana Heidi Asencio Lueg and concenred officials.

He went around various monuments restored and being conserved. Impressed by the city’s heritage dating to sixteenth century and it’s preservation further to devastation, Naidu said “It is a clear case of life springing from ruins”.

Antigua Guatemala was the third capital built by the Spanish rulers since their invasion of Guatemala in 1524. The first two capitals had to be abondoned by 1541 on account of resistance from the local warriors and natural calamities respectively. Old Guatemala witnessed series of earthquakes since 1565 and was destroyed by earthquake Santa Marta in 1773 forcing the shifting of capital to the present Guatamela City.

Those who stayed back and others who returned started reconstruction of Old Guatemala, restoring most of its mounments. UNESCO declared it as a World Heritage City in 1979.

Addressing the Municipal Council of Antigua Guatemala, Naidu referred to the ancient Mayan civilisation of Guatemala and the Indus civilisation of India and stressed on the need to preserve the rich cultural roots which would in turn guide the present and future generations. He referred to Ahmedabad also being declared as a World Heritage City and noted that ‘twinning’ of the two heritage cities would benefit both.

The Vice President visited the historic monuments including San Jose Cathedral, Museum of Colonial Art, King’s Palace, a renovated ruined property being run as a hotel etc.

Thu, 10 May 2018 13:22:02 +0530
President to visit Siache

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, will visit Siachen Base Camp tomorrow and interact with soldiers posted there. He will be the first President to visit this Camp since the visit of the then President, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam in 2004. The President will also visit the Kumar Post.

Thu, 10 May 2018 13:16:19 +0530
Karnataka election Leade

Karnataka is all set to go for polls on Saturday as all pre-poll entertainment is on its final stage with the official campaign will finish off today evening. Election will be held in 223 assembly seats with only Jayanagar constituency will be left out of the poll battle.

All the political parties are looking for a final push today especially the ruling Congress, the BJP and the Janata Dal (S). Pre-poll surveys predicted an advantage for the Congress and the party makes a keen effort to maintain that advantage as party president Rahul Gandhi was part of many campaigns across the state.

BJP also puts a high effort in the election campaign as they hopes for a comeback in the state. BJP will end their campaign on a high with the presence of party president Amit Shah and two chief ministers and 22 union ministers as well. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken part in the campaign to strengthen BJP's efforts as he attended 18 rallies in the state.

Congress tries hard to avoid any signs of anti-incumbency in the state with senior leader Sonia Gandhi herself assured her contribution to the party's cause in the election. Rahul Gandhi opted for a different protest against the hike in petroleum price as he travelled in bullock cart and bicycle to express his protest against the government.

Thu, 10 May 2018 13:04:37 +0530
IMF names India as fastes

International Monetary Fund (IMF) has named India as the fastest growing economy in the world as the current economic growth of 7.4% will be increased to 7.8% in 2019. IMF has released their new report in the organization's Asia, Pacific regional economic outlook report.

The report also states that India gradually overcoming the worst effects of demonetisation and GST that simultaneously pulled back the growth of Indian economy. The IMF also credited Asia as the most significant "engine" of the world economic system  and the continent became the fastest growing region in the world.

60% of the global growth comes from Asia and among that India and China contributes a sizeable part. The report includes a new entrant as Bangladesh earned a reputation of having the fastest growing economic system behind India.  Bangladesh will post a 7% growth in this year and in the next year as well.

Wed, 09 May 2018 15:28:00 +0530
Trump withdraws from Iran

US President Donald Trump announced that his country will withdraw from Iran nuclear deal.

In a televised address from the White House, the US President said he was making the world safer.

"The United States does not make empty threats," he said.

He added that the deal allowed Iran to continue enriching uranium and, over time, reach the brink of a nuclear breakout.

"The deal lifted crippling economic sanctions on our end in exchange for very weak limits on the regime’s nuclear activity and no limits at all on its other maligned behavior, including sinister activities in Syria, Yemen, and other places all around the world."

Trump signed a presidential memorandum to begin reinstating U.S. nuclear sanctions on the Iranian regime.

"We will be instituting the highest level of economic sanction. Any nation that helps Iran in its quest for nuclear weapons could also be strongly sanctioned by the United States."

Wed, 09 May 2018 08:04:58 +0530
Petroleum minister claims

The Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has said since May 2014, we have doubled the coverage of CGD networks to 94 Geographical Areas spread across 130 districts. Natural Gas is the fuel for the future and the need is to increase share of Gas in India’s primary energy basket from current 6.5% to 15%.

Elaborating on this the Minister made it clear that till 2014, India had City Gas networks in 47 Geographical Areas across 73 districts. Through the 9th Bidding round, we are rolling out City Gas networks in another 86 GAs (Geographical Areas) covering 174 districts. After this round, India shall have CGD coverage in nearly 50% of the total 640 districts in the country and about 50% (61 Crore) of the population of the country.

Speaking at the ninth CGD Bid Round Pradhan said this is the largest ever round which covers 20 states and 2 UTs of the country. Bid process he said has been rationalized and investor-friendly parameters evolved to attract serious bidders, encourage competition and unreasonable parameters like amount of Bank Guarantee determining the winner have been removed.

The Minister underlined that reforms in Natural Gas sector in India are important and PNGRB is performing an important role in refining the gas usage model and even becoming a facilitator from a regulator. A Mini Gas Grid in North East connecting all state capitals being developed by a JV of 5 companies will cover 1,500 kms is also being developed. He said partnership with State Governments is needed and they should co-operate and support the CGD entities and the Ministry in making states pollution free.

Wed, 09 May 2018 08:00:21 +0530
Defence minister lauds In

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated the first edition of the bi-annual Naval Commanders’ Conference. Addressing Senior Leadership of the Navy, the minister commended the men and women of Indian Navy for their professionalism and dedication in performing the duties of safeguarding the maritime interest of the nation.

The minister expressed satisfaction with which the Indian Navy has continued to maintain a high operational tempo through regular deployment of ships, submarines and aircraft in the Areas Of Responsibility (AOR).

During her address Nirmala Sitharaman said, “I am confident that Navy's Maritime Domain Awareness in our Areas of Interests will enable it to respond effectively to the various contingencies, such as Search and Rescue, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) and anti-piracy. I am glad that the efforts have already started showing results, with the Indian Navy responding proactively to numerous crisis situations around the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) in the last few months; including the heavy rains and flooding in Sri Lanka and post Cyclone 'Mora' in Bangladesh and Myanmar. I also compliment the Navy for the efficient HADR operations undertaken in the wake of Cyclone ‘Ockhi’ in November last year.”

She further added that the Navy has been playing an important role in furthering our national and foreign policy objectives through active cooperation and engagement with not just IOR littorals, but maritime nations across the globe.

Complimenting the Navy, Sitharaman said that today India and the Indian Navy have emerged as the first port of call and a dependable partner for IOR littoral navies, to address their maritime security needs.

Wed, 09 May 2018 07:53:38 +0530
Suresh Prabhu addresses f

Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation Minister, Suresh Prabhu, addressed secretaries and senior officers in the first inter-ministerial meeting on Sectoral Export Promotion Strategy. The meeting was attended by Secretaries to Government of India from Department of Commerce, DIPP, Electronics and IT, Animal Husbandry and Dairying and MSME, besides senior officers from about 14 other administrative Ministries/Departments including Agriculture, Textiles, Petroleum, Food Processing Industries, Pharma, Chemical and Petrochemical, Defence production and MEA which are concerned with various product groups which comprise a substantial part of India’s merchandise exports.

Commerce Minister emphasised that exports are strategically important and sustained growth in exports is critical for India. It is therefore imperative to promote exports as a combined and joint mission which requires the effort of all ministries and departments of the Government.

The Minister asked all officers to prepare an action plan on boosting exports of products being handled by their respective Ministries and send it to the Department of Commerce within the next fortnight. The action plan should also have short term targets which are achievable in the next two months.

Wed, 09 May 2018 07:47:28 +0530
Vice President lauds Indi

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that Indian Community in Guatemala is fortunate to be the inheritors of a great heritage of timeless values. He was addressing the Indian Community Reception hosted by the Ambassador of India to Guatemala, Sajeev Babu Kurup in the honour of Vice President of India, in Guatemala.

The Vice President said that the Indian diaspora is spread in various parts of the world and have contributed to the country they live as well as to the world. He further said that they may be living anywhere in the world and be in whatever occupation but they will add to the material and cultural capital of the country & the world by demonstrating, as ambassadors of our great country. The values of Satya, Dharma, Prema, Shanthi, Ahimsa and Seva -  many of they have been following these ideals which is why Indian diaspora is widely respected, he added.

The Vice President said that time has come for reforms to transform for betterment of people's life. Equal opportunity for all, reaching the unreached, banking the unbanked, funded the unfunded is the need of the hour, he added.

The Vice President wished them and their families a very happy, fulfilling lives that make them stand out as a good, caring and sharing Indian and an esteemed, enlightened global citizen. India’s message to the world has been peace, inclusion, co-existence and harmonious development of individuals and society as a whole constantly nurture, he added.

Wed, 09 May 2018 07:42:49 +0530
SC shifts Kathua rape cas

The Kathua rape trial where an 8-year-old was brutally gang raped and then murdered will be held in the Pathankot court in Punjab. Victim's parents had earlier appealed to the Supreme court to transfer the trial outside to Jammu and Kashmir for a fair and transparent proceedings.

But the Supreme Court has rejected the parents' plea for a CBI enquiry in the case.

The Supreme Court ensured that the Kathua case trial will be held every day and all the proceedings will be captured in the camera.

An 8-year-old minority girl was abducted on January 10 at Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir. Her body was recovered one week later and it was found in the enquiry that she was murdered after a deep physical assault on her body.

Mon, 07 May 2018 16:56:00 +0530
Mayawati Akhilesh to joi

BSP leader Mayawati has stated that she will join hands with Akhilesh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh in the upcoming general election in 2109. The Dalit leader while addressing the media said that both the parties will make a joint statement on seat sharing.

Mayawati aims for a non-Congress, non-BJP front as well in the national level  as she tries her luck with the Janata Dal (S) in the upcoming Karnataka assembly election. Janata Dal also projects Mayawati as a national face for the next general election.

Mayawati and Akhilesh had teamed up in the recent by-polls in Uttar Pradesh and new partnership triumphed the ruling BJP in a crucial battle. SP-BSP pair rain their hose into the den of chief minister Yogi Adityanath and deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya and recovered the seats they won previously.

Mon, 07 May 2018 16:24:04 +0530
Indian High Commissioner

Indian High Commissioner in UK Y.K Sinha met with a high-level delegation from Maharashtra at India House. The delegation was led by Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar, Chairman, Maharashtra Legislative Council and Haribhau Bagade, Speaker, Maharashtra Legislative Assembly along with other Members of Legislative Council and Maharashtra Legislature Secretariat staff.

The delegation had a wide-ranging discussion with High Commissioner Sinha on various issues including the present status of India-UK relations and the role and working of British Legislatures.

Mon, 07 May 2018 09:42:50 +0530
Dubai investment agency w

Dubai Investment Development Agency (Dubai FDI), an agency of the Department of Economic Development (DED), recently went on a tour of three Indian cities as part of attracting investors and businesses from strategic markets to base out of Dubai and achieve faster growth and expansion.

The roadshow covered Mumbai, the financial hub of India, as well as Hyderabad and Kochi, leading commercial and information technology hubs in the south of the country. The Mumbai event was hosted with the support of Morison Menon and the south Indian events along with Musthafa & Almana, both firms Dubai FDI’s institutional partners.

Capitalising on Dubai’s initiatives to reinforce its position as a competitive hub for investors and enterprises across the services and technology sectors, Dubai FDI reached out to solutions providers in diverse domains, including logistics, aviation, biotechnology, engineering, construction, financial services, industrial machinery, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, tourism and hospitality in the three Indian cities.

Ibrahim Ahli, Director of Investment Promotion in Dubai FDI, presented the advantages of Dubai in enabling successful business startup and sustainable growth across a series of seminars and B2B meetings.

"There hasn’t been a better time for bilateral engagement between Dubai and India. UAE-India relations are on a faster and stronger track, and leaders on both sides are determined to make their partnership a game-changer in global trade. In India we were able to connect with our audiences and engage them in identifying areas where Dubai can place them on the forefront of emerging industries and technologies," Ahli said.

India has consistently been the among the top five bilateral trade partners of Dubai and a major source of FDI into Dubai. For the last three years India has been the second largest investor in Dubai and Indians are among the top five nationalities of property owners in the emirate.

By 2020, UAE-India trade is estimated to hit US$100 billion and Dubai’s industrial, residential, tourism and entertainment sectors, along with existing airports as well as sea ports, will play a major role in achieving the milestone. Of the AED 37.8 billion FDI that the UAE attracted in 2017, AED 27.3 billion flowed into Dubai.

Mon, 07 May 2018 09:29:07 +0530
Thunderstorm 13 states o

A thunderstorm alert was issued by the Union Home Ministry for today in 13 states, forcing the Haryana government to instruct all the schools remain closed for the next two days. The Home ministry's new safety alert came in the wake of recent calamities where 124 people were killed in the sand storm across various parts of North India.

There will be heavy rain in the Northeastern states of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura as well as thunderstorm and squall in some parts of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, Sikkim, Bengal, Karnataka and Kerala.

Thunderstorm and dust storm had created lot of problems in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan in the last w eek where the two states accounted for 67 death out of the 124 people died across north India.

Mon, 07 May 2018 09:16:52 +0530
Salman Khan to appear in

Bollywood actor Salman Khan will appear in a Jodhpur trial court today in the blackbuck poaching case. The court will near Salman's appeal petition against the Jodhpur Judicial Magistrate's order that ruled five year jail sentencing for the actor in the blackbuck poaching case.

Salman, along with his sister Alvira Khan, arrived in Jodhpur yesterday afternoon. He will present in the court during the time of petition hearing.

Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri had ruled five year sentencing for Salman on April 5 after being found guilty of killing two blackbugs in Jodhpur, in 1998, during the shooting of the film Hum Saath Saath Hain.

Mon, 07 May 2018 08:53:14 +0530
Vice President to visit G

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu departed today for a 6-day visit to Guatemala, Panama and Peru. This is the first official foreign visit of Venkaiah Naidu since he assumed office of the Vice President in August last year.

The Vice President said his visit will strengthen relations with these Latin American countries.

“India attaches significant importance to friendly relationship with the countries in this region,” said Venkaiah Naidu.

“I will be holding meetings at the highest levels in all these three countries. I will also interact with Parliamentarians, University Students and meet members of the Indian Diaspora. Strengthening institutional mechanisms for political interaction, multilateral matters, trade and commerce, investments, Information Technology, traditional medicine, space, defence and culture will be some of the key issues for deliberations. I look forward to a fruitful visit,” he added.

Ambassadors of Guatemala, Panama and Peru to India, Mr. Giovanni Castillo, Dr. Gilberto LIerena Garcia and Mr. Jorge Juan Castaneda Mendez respectively were present at the airport to see off the Vice President on his maiden visit abroad.

Sun, 06 May 2018 12:26:45 +0530
Border Roads Organisation

Border Roads Organisation (BRO), is celebrating its Raising Day on 7 May 2018. BRO, a leader in the arena of infrastructural development in the border areas of the country is celebrating its 58 years of glorious service to the nation.

Since its inception in 1960, so far the Organisation has grown from 2 to 19 projects. The works executed have ensured the territorial integrity and the socio-economic upliftment of the most inaccessible regions of the country as well as India’s neighbourhood. Works executed in friendly foreign countries are a message of the Organisation’s ideology ‘Shramena Sarvam Sadhyam’.

BRO shall endeavour to explore new frontiers while it undertakes systematic modernisation of its construction techniques. Its focus shall remain enhanced productivity and quality construction.

On this occasion, Director General Border Roads Lt Gen Harpal Singh, conveyed his greetings to all veterans and BRO personnel and called upon all ranks of the Organisation to continue on the path of excellence with renewed vigour and dedication.

Sun, 06 May 2018 12:22:09 +0530
Journey through history

First of its kind, mammoth exhibition on Indian Civilisation, was inaugurated by, the President, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, (IGNCA), Shri. Raam Bahadur Rai,   at National Museum, New Delhi. Dominic Asquith KCMG, the British High Commissioner to India was also present at the inauguration.

The Exhibition marks an unprecedented collaboration in museum exhibition,  with the British Museum, London; National Museum, New Delhi; and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai and is actively supported by the Culture Ministry.

The exhibition chronologically encapsulates the evolution of Indian civilization since antiquity and its interconnectedness with the outside world through a raft of exquisite artefacts from India and abroad.  ‘India and the World: A History in Nine Stories’ offers insights into two million years of history.  It was planned as part of commemoration of 70 years of India’s independence and a year of major cultural exchange between India and the UK (UK/India 2017).

Shri Rai described the exhibition as a “journey through history”, taking Indians to “moments in history that are a matter of pride for us”.“This is also a celebration of cultural exchanges and a moment to remember that our civilization has existed for millions of years and what it has given to the world in terms of culture, science and spirituality,” he added.

Speaking at the event, National Museum Director General Dr. B R Mani, said “This is a phenomenal exhibition for the sheer number of artefacts, the profoundness of concept and the unprecedented extensive collaboration of Indian museums and private collections with the British Museum, London. It truly offers a brilliant exposition on the splendid Indian civilisation and its impact on the global civilizations of the yore,”

Sun, 06 May 2018 12:16:18 +0530
Indian Railways celebrate

On 5th May Indian Railways has a special reason to cheer and celebrate for the women commuters. The first ever Ladies Special train in the world was started between Churchgate and Borivali on 5th May, 1992. 5thMay 2018 will go down in the annals of history as the 26th anniversary of introduction of this milestone of Indian Railways dedicating an entire train to women commuters.

The First Ladies special train, flagged off on Western Railways, was initially run between Churchgate and Borivali and further extended upto Virar in the year 1993.

The ladies special has been a boon for the working women who had to earlier struggle to board the ladies compartment in the regular trains. Dedicating an entire train to women meant they could travel more comfortably, which was the primary aim of the services. Running successfully for 26 years on one of the busiest suburban lines it is considered a blessing by all women commuters.

To instill a sense of safety & security amongst the women passengers, Indian Railways has come up with various other novel initiatives & measures since then.  CCTV cameras has been installed in many of the ladies coaches. Talk-back System is a new security measure introduced by Western Railway last year, on the occasion of International Women’s Day. In this system, a two way communication is established between a commuter in any of the ladies coach and the guard of the train in the event of any emergency by pressing a button on the unit. This benefits lady passengers, especially, during any exigencies such as security or medical issues.

Sat, 05 May 2018 10:05:36 +0530
Prabhas Shraddha Kapoor

Top talent from three of the world’s leading film hubs have converged in Abu Dhabi for the new action movie ‘Saaho’, proving that the emirate is truly at the centre of the world’s film industry.

Pan India superstar Prabhas, Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor and Hollywood stunt legend Kenny Bates are all part of the cast and crew of ‘Saaho’, which is currently shooting at locations across Abu Dhabi.

Maryam Eid AlMheiri, CEO of Media Zone Authority – Abu Dhabi and twofour54, said, "We are no strangers to international productions in Abu Dhabi, however ‘Saaho’ is a milestone for us as it illustrates the incredible reputation our Emirate now has on a global scale.

"The UAE sits at the crossroads of the world, geographically and culturally, with two-thirds of the global population within eight hours’ flying time – meaning we are literally at the centre of the global movie industry.

"Add in financial incentives of filming here such as the 30 percent rebate on production spend, world-class infrastructure, diverse locations, government support, and incredible talent pool, and it is easy to see why three major international productions have filmed here this year already – and it’s only April."

‘Saaho’, the seventh major Indian movie to be shot in Abu Dhabi, is a trilingual thriller written and directed by Sujeeth Reddy and produced by UV Creations, whose other hit films include ‘Mirchi’, ‘Run Raja Run’, and ‘Express Raja’.

Prabhas said, "We are all excited to be shooting in Abu Dhabi – friends in the industry have told me that it’s an incredible filming destination boasting awe-inspiring landscapes, and it is certainly living up to that reputation.

twofour54 is providing full production services as well as the support of its Government and Travel Services department and the film will benefit from Abu Dhabi Film Commissions 30 percent rebate. A number of interns are also working on the project, part of twofour54’s aim to ensure that attracting productions to Abu Dhabi helps to develop the Emirate’s media professionals of the future.

At 50 days, and with more than 250 crew members, ‘Saaho’ will be the second longest Indian movie to be produced in Abu Dhabi after ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ last year. It will also be one of the most dynamic - the large-scale action scenes are expected to take about 20 days to shoot.

Sat, 05 May 2018 10:00:54 +0530
Dakota DC 3 joins Indian

The Dakota DC-3 VP 905, which was accepted by the CAS from the Member of Parliament (RajyaSabha) Rajeev Chandrasekhar on 13 Feb 2018, was formally inducted into the IAF at Air Force Station Hindan.

The aircraft commenced its journey from the UK on 17 April and was flown by a joint crew of the IAF and M/s Reflight Airworks Ltd. The aircraft flew a total of 9750 km during its ferry into India and made en-route halts in France, Italy, Greece, Jordan, Bahrain and Oman. The aircraft landed on Indian soil at Air Force Station Jamnagar on 25 April and reached its final destination at Air Force Station Hindan on 26 April.

This historic flight of the Dakota DC-3 VP 905, across seven countries, was a commemoration of the service provided by this venerable aircraft to the nation.  The arduous feat of traversing half the globe in nine days on an aircraft of this vintage is a tribute to the steadfast determination and professionalism of the crew, the unflinching support provided by the Embassies of India in the countries en-route and the unwavering reliability of the old war horse.

To honour the homecoming of the Dakota, a grand ceremony was held at                      Air Force Station Hindan. The ceremony was attended by the Chief of the Air Staff, Senior functionaries of the MoD, diplomats from the High Commission of the UK, officers of the IAF, representatives from M/s Reflight Airworks and proud veterans of the IAF who have operated this magnificent flying machine.

The unique journey undertaken by the Dakota to its homestead, the Vintage Aircraft Flight of the IAF, was keenly followed the world over and its arrival has scripted an indelible mark in the rich legacy of the IAF.

Sat, 05 May 2018 09:52:53 +0530
PM announces Rs 2 lakh f

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved an ex- gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to dust storm in various states of Northern India.
The Prime Minister has also approved Rs. 50,000 each for those seriously injured due to storm.

Sat, 05 May 2018 09:43:07 +0530
President calls for healt

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the centenary celebrations of the Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore.  

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that public health is a global public good and a basic human right. Despite the strides we have taken as a country, there remain regional, rural-urban and gender and community imbalances in terms of health provision. Without adequately addressing these, we cannot rest.

The President said that as societies evolve, economies develop and population patterns change, countries go through epidemiological transitions. India too is experiencing such a transition. It is marked by three challenges in disease control. And we have to manage all three simultaneously. First, India has to reduce maternal and infant mortality as well as communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, vector-borne diseases such as malaria, water-borne diseases such as cholera, diarrhoeal diseases, and vaccine-preventable like measles and tetanus. Second, India has to find an answer to the rise in non-communicable or lifestyle diseases – like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and many cancers. And finally we need to develop systems to detect and cope with new and re-emerging infectious diseases like HIV, avian flu and H1N1 influenza. In a globalised world, with people travelling in and out of our country in larger and larger numbers, a few small cases can very quickly scale up into a large outbreak.

The President said that this three-pronged challenge calls for interventions across the continuum of care. It calls for prevention of disease, promotion of good health practices and treatment and cure in case of an illness. The impact of a health problem is cross-cutting – it affects a variety of sectors. The meeting of this challenge should also follow a multi-stakeholder approach. Government and civil society, private and public health care providers, charitable and economic institutions all have a role and a stake.

Referring the shortage of manpower in the healthcare system, the President said that there is urgent need for filling the gap in healthcare professionals in our country, and to reform medical education so as to create room for more colleges and more medical graduates. Science and technology are most commonly applied to our benefit by engineers and doctors. In India we have 1.47 million undergraduate engineering seats, but only 67,352 undergraduate medical seats. And about 20 per cent of those seats were added in the past four years. As a country and a system, we need to address this gap quickly.

The President said that doctors need a sharp mind – but much more than that, they need a warm heart. He urged CMC Vellore to continue to train doctors and nurses with warm hearts.

Sat, 05 May 2018 09:37:02 +0530
Air Force chief felicitat

Chief of the  Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa felicitated six air warriors for their outstanding performance in the recently held Commonwealth Games and International Shooting Sport Federation World Cu.

The air warriors were commended for their exceptional performance in these internationally coveted sporting events. JWO Vikas Thakur and Sgt Gururaja won a bronze (94 Kg weight class) and a silver medal (56 Kg weight class), respectively, in the weightlifting event at CWG 2018. JWO Ravi Kumar won a bronze medal in the 10 mtr Air Rifle event, both at CWG and at ISSF World Cup Mexico 2018. He is presently ranked No 3 in ISSF Rankings.  

Sgt Shahzar Rizvi won the coveted gold medal & set a World record in the 10 mtr Air Pistol event at the 2018 ISSF World Cup in Mexico. He also won a silver medal in the 10 mtr Air Pistol event at the 2018 ISSF World Cup in Korea.

After achieving this feat Sgt Shahzar Rizvi is the current World No 1 in ISSF Rankings. Sgt Deepak Kumar won a bronze medal in the 10 mtr Air Rifle mixed team event at the ISSF World Cup in Mexico 2018. He is currently ranked No 9 in ISSF Rankings & No 3 in Asia. AC Gaurav Rana won a silver medal in individual event and gold medal in the team event in the 10 mtr Air Pistol at 2018 ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney.

The Chief of the Air Staff, in his address brought out the importance of the sportsmen becoming role models for the other air warriors and for the youth of the Nation. He emphasized the significance of sustained efforts in improving their own performance. He also congratulated the Air Force Sports Control Board, including the coaches, for providing training and support to the air warriors.

The Indian Air Force has always been in the forefront for promoting sports and games. The medal harvest at the CWG-2018 and ISSF-2018 World Cup stands testimony to the directed efforts of the IAF towards sporting excellence. This will further give impetus to the sportsmen in their quest for achieving even higher standards at an international level.

Fri, 04 May 2018 10:07:58 +0530
Vice President lauds ties

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that India and Serbia enjoy a special relationship based on mutual trust and understanding and the pride in historic relationship with Serbia reminding 70 years of diplomatic relations with the country. He was interacting with the Serbian delegation led by the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, Mr. Ivica Dacic.

The Vice President assured the Serbian Deputy Prime Minister on the Kosovo issue, and said that there is no change in India’s principled stand and does not recognize Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) of Kosovo. India has opposed Kosovo's application for membership of various international entities including UNESCO, World Custom Organization (WCO), Interpol, etc, he added.

The Vice President said that there is an immense scope to improve bilateral trade with Serbia. Happy to note that the bilateral trade between India and Serbia has increased in recent years and has reached about 200 million US Dollars in 2017, he added.

The Vice President said that India is the fastest growing economy in the world and various economic reforms are being undertaken. Serbian companies can take advantage to participate in Indian economy through B-2-B model, he added.

The Vice President appreciated the popularity of Yoga in Serbia and widespread celebration of International Day of Yoga across Serbia. 

The visiting Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia has invited the Vice President of India to visit their nation and the Vice President has responded positively.

Fri, 04 May 2018 10:03:16 +0530
50 awardees skip National

President Ram Nath Kovind delivered the National Film Awards 2018 but the function was shadowed by the absence of many awardees as 50 of them decide to skip the event after they had learnt that only 11 awards will be presented by President Ram Nath Kovind.

Instead Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani and minister of state Rajyavardhan Rathore presented the remaining awards, which was unheard of in the history of National Film Awards distribution.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that our films both represent and contribute to the diversity that is India’s biggest strength. In their narrative our films inspire us to stay true to the ideals of our civilisation and of our shared society. They educate and they entertain. They also hold a mirror to the social challenges that we still have to overcome. And they do this in a language that is universal.

The President said that films are made in a variety of languages in India, from Bhojpuri to Tamil, Marathi to Malayalam to several others. And yet cinema is a language in itself. Hindi cinema has probably done more than any other institution to popularise Hindi as a language across the country. One doesn’t have to be a Bengali to appreciate the humanism and the nuance of a Satyajit Ray or a Ritwik Ghatak. We need not know Telugu to be mesmerised by the epic of “Bahubali”. And let us not forget that A.R. Rahman – who has won the National Award again – made an early impression even among those who did not understand the Tamil words of the songs, but were nevertheless enchanted by his music.

Fri, 04 May 2018 09:56:18 +0530
Abu Dhabi Chamber discuss

Mohammed Thani Murshid Al Rumaithi, Chairman of the Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Navdeep Singh Suri, Ambassador of India to the UAE, have discussed promoting economic and investment cooperation among private sector institutions in the UAE and India.

During the meeting, Al Rumaithi stated that India is a key trading partner of both the UAE and Abu Dhabi while calling for the adoption of legislation to identify procedures related to the trade exchange between both countries.

He added that Abu Dhabi’s economic approach is based on a range of foundations, including private sector partnerships, developing economic zones, establishing new cities and centres, promoting tourism and facilitating trade through a competitive business environment while adding that these foundations have made Abu Dhabi a business destination that attracts investment.

He also pointed out that Abu Dhabi is witnessing significant growth in various economic sectors while stressing that the emirate has an excellent reputation as a regional business centre and highlighting the solid ties between the UAE and India, which are a solid platform for developing economic partnerships and promoting cooperation in various sectors.

Ambassador Suri called on Emirati companies and businessmen to promote their investments and increase their presence in Indian markets, especially in the infrastructure sector.

He also pointed out that the coming period will witness numerous visits by Indian trade and economic delegations to the UAE, to discuss available opportunities and enlarge the scope of their cooperation with Emirati companies in new sectors, which will serve the economies of both countries.

The meeting was also attended by Mohammed Hilal Al Muhairi, Director-General of the Abu Dhabi Chamber, and Dinesh Kumar, First Secretary at the Indian Embassy.

Wed, 02 May 2018 10:50:39 +0530
UAE Minister attends Indi

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance has said that he supports strongly a close and continuing relationship between India and the United Arab Emirates.

He was speaking at the launch of India’s largest convention centre and third Grand Hyatt hotel in Kochi, Kerala, India, which was developed by the UAE-based retail conglomerate, Lulu Group International.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Sheikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al-Khalifa, Bahrain's Deputy Prime Minister, Yusuffali MA, chairman of Lulu group along with ambassadors of UAE, KSA, Bahrain & Georgia and other dignitaries.

The Minister said: "My presence in this event is another sign of the growing strength of the friendship between the two countries."

"Our international interaction here will reinforce notably historic actions of the past thirty-two months, that is, the two visits by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi to the UAE and the visit by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces to India as Chief Guest at the Indian Republic Day celebration."

Sheikh Nahyan went on to say that as the UAE’s Minister of Tolerance, "I take great pleasure in the state of Kerala’s impressive tolerance achievements."

Wed, 02 May 2018 10:46:47 +0530
India holds Energy Dialog

The 9th India Japan Energy Dialogue was held in New Delhi. Minister of State(IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, R.K Singh, and Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Mr. Hiroshige Seko signed a Joint Statement at the conclusion of the meeting.

Both Japan and India, as the third and the seventh largest economies respectively, recognized that having access to reliable, clean and economical energy is critical for their economic growth and in achieving this, both Ministers agreed on further strengthening of bilateral energy cooperation for energy development of both countries, while also contributing to worldwide energy security, energy access and climate change issues.

Both India and Japan with a view to implement Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the aegis of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) recognized the importance of development and deployment of next generation technologies including hydrogen to realize de-carbonization.

Both India and Japan appreciated the relevance of the grid stability given the high penetration of variable renewable energy. Both countries agreed to initiate the discussion towards development of Electric Vehicles (EVs) by collaborating with "Policy dialogue on next generation/Zero emission vehicles".

Both India and Japan reiterated the continued importance of coal-based electricity generation in the energy mix in both the countries and also agreed to promote the cooperation on environmental measures for coal-fired power plants.

Both India and Japan further confirmed their commitment to work together in promoting well-functioning energy markets and affirmed to promote transparent and diversified Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) market through the relaxation of destination clause.

Wed, 02 May 2018 09:54:16 +0530
Rajnath Singh lauds India

The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that religion is a personal choice and it should always remain free from any coercion or allurement. He was inaugurating the civic reception in Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) accorded to honour Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan on completion of 100 years of age.

Singh pointed out that Prime Minister Narendra Modi runs a government at the Centre which firmly believes in taking every section of our society along and build a New India. The goal is Development with unity and the dream of making our nation great again can be realised only when the people of India stand united.

The Home Minister said that India has been united not because one religion or some theological thought held the political power or exercised control over the system. This great nation is united because it provides space to peaceful coexistence of multiple thoughts and theologies. The problems faced by this country had always been addressed through a unique interplay of ideas and the biggest living proof of this interplay of ideas is our Constitution.

Rajnath Singh said that the ‘Sarva Dharma Sambhav’ should be maintained in this country and continue cementing the pillars of United India. He said unity is our strength and we all must work to strengthen the bonds of unity, amity and harmony in our society. Singh said this should be our resolve today when we are celebrating the birth centenary of Mar Chrysostom.

The Union Home Minister said the life and work of Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan is an inspiration not only to the people of Kerala or to the Christian community, but to the entire nation. His life is a shining example of how God can be worshipped through selfless service for the society and the humanity. Mar Chrysostom has endeared himself to all sections of Kerala Society through his inspiring words and works. The basic quality of Mar Chrysostom Metropolitan is his attitude of universal goodwill and his concern for the development and wellbeing of the entire community of citizens, transcending any narrow sectarian consideration. Considering his valuable contributions to Indian society for well over six decades, the Government of India has conferred Mar Chrysostom by awarding the ‘Padma Bhushan’ this year. By felicitating him with ‘Padma Bhushan’, the Government has not only shown respect towards him but also recognised his tremendous contribution, said Union Home Minister. While remaining true to his own Faith Mar Chrysostom has been able to raise himself above all sectarian considerations and divisions. He has motivated all sections of our society to love each other for the common good.

The Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan presided over the function. Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Prof. P.J. Kurien, Minister for Tourism and Co-operation Kadakampally Surendran, Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala, Shashi Tharoor (MP), V. Muraleedharan (MP), Mayor V.K. Prashanth and a host of other dignitaries including Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan were present on the occasion.

Shri Rajnath Singh offered floral tributes at the lotus Parnasala at Santigiri Ashram and interacted with Ashram inmates. Bahrain Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa was the Chief Guest at the function.

Wed, 02 May 2018 09:37:46 +0530
Telecom Commission allows

Suresh Prabhu, Minister for Civil Aviation has welcomed the Telecom Commission’s approval for offering in-flight connectivity within Indian airspace. He said that the decision would enable flyers to avail data and voice services during flights over Indian airspace and the government will now work towards creating the license framework for a special category of service providers called ‘In-flight connectivity provider.

He said that these developments mean that airlines are now equipped to bring dramatic, yet cost effective, enhancements to the passenger experience –with passengers ordering products from their phones and tablets and arranging to have them delivered to their homes, or the hotel on arrival at their destination. He said that connectivity to the ground means cabin crews can help passengers to change their onward transit plans to accommodate for changes to their flight, while they are still in the air.

Prabhu assured that he will ensure earliest implementation and complimented those involved in the decision. Re-iterating the government’s commitment in improving the services to air passengers he stated that a new India is in the making under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi where everything is undergoing a positive transformation, from mindsets to methodologies.

Wed, 02 May 2018 09:30:17 +0530
Zulekha Healthcare Group

Zulekha Healthcare Group has launched the fifth edition of its cervical cancer campaign at Conrad Hotel Dubai. The campaign, which was launched in 2014, has proved highly effective in increasing screenings at Zulekha Hospital Sharjah and Dubai, with attendees grown exponentially by 249 percent to 984 during 2017.

A report by HPV Information Centre outlined that at present 1.82 million women in the UAE are at risk of developing cervical cancer, and that every year 93 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 28 die from the disease. Cervical cancer is a largely preventable disease, but worldwide it is one of the leading causes of cancer death in women with 266,000 fatalities each year, according to the World Health Organisation, WHO.

In order to increase early detection and prevention of cervical cancer among women in the UAE and in honour of the Year of Zayed, Zulekha Healthcare Group will offer 500 free cervical cancer vaccines. The preventative vaccines are open to age group between 9 and 26 years and include residents and visitors to the UAE. This activation aims to support the UAE government’s efforts to decrease cancer fatalities by 18 percent by 2021.

The launch event was attended by Abdulla Ali Al Mahyan, Member of Executive Council and Chairman of the Sharjah Health Authority; Dr Ibtesam Al Bastaki, Director of Investment and Partnership, Dubai Health Authority; Abdulla Salem Al Kaabi, Director-General Rahma Cancer Patient Care Society; Salem Yousef Al Qaseer, Chairman, Labour Standards Development Authority, Government of Sharjah Shri Vipul, Consul-General of India in Dubai, among other guests for the 2018 ‘Chance to Change’ inauguration.

Extending her support towards the campaign, Reem BinKaram said, "We are glad to see the difference made by Zulekha Hospital by taking this initiative to educate the masses on early detection and prevention of cervical cancer year on year. Cervical cancer is preventable if diagnosed early. Doctors play a very important role in educating women who visit them as well as others in the society on the importance of early detection. I urge corporations and healthcare institutions to join hands in spreading the message and work towards making UAE cancer-free."

Zanubia Shams, Zulekha Hospital Co-Chairperson, added, "We are always determined to play an important role in cancer prevention in UAE. A simple but vital change can be made through greater awareness and education of the availability of life-saving screenings for women and vaccinations for girls and boys. Our continued focus is to raise healthcare standards, improve the lifestyle of UAE residents and decrease cancer fatalities in line with the UAE’s healthcare vision."

The hospital offers free human papillomavirus, HPV, test and consultations with gynaecologists alongside the 500 free vaccination opportunities.

Tue, 01 May 2018 09:46:09 +0530
Sports minister lauds Ind

Minister of State (I/C) Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Rathore has said that our sportspersons have amazing capacity to do well in every sport and not just in skill based games. At a function to felicitate the medal winning sportspersons of the recently held Commonwealth Games 201 he said Sportspersons are ambassadors of the country, role models of the youth and every Indian feels proud of them.

Terming sports as a soft power, Rathore said “we don’t fund any of the soft powers such as films, cuisine and culture but we fund you”. He further made it clear that there is no dearth of funds for sports but every penny has to be used to its optimum.

About 56 sportspersons from 9 sports disciplines including Mary Kom, Mirabai Chanu, Neeraj Chopra, Sumit Mallik, Sushil Kumar, Vinesh Phogat, Rahul Aware, Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, Deepika Pallikal , SouravGhosal, Vikas Krishan, Gaurav Solanki, Manu Bhaker, Jitu Rai, Tejaswini Sawant, Heena Sidhu, Manika Batra and others were felicitated with cash awards at the function. Roughly each of the gold medal winner received cash award of Rs 30 lakh whereas the silver winners were given Rs 20 lakh each and bronze winners were awarded Rs 10 lakhs.

Sharing his experience as a sportsman, Rathore said there will not be a time when there are no distractions or limitations but we have to learn to concentrate and try to overcome them. The whole journey of sportsmen is in close co-ordination with Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the Ministry of Sports and Sports Ministry team is committed to resolve all the issues, he added. The Minister asked them to justify with logic their demands and act responsible. Advising the winning sportspersons for the future he said the accolades will not last for ever whereas the love for the game will.

Tue, 01 May 2018 09:35:03 +0530
India Malaysia commence

Exercise Harimau Shakti 2018, between the Indian Army and the Malaysian Army commenced on 30 April at Wardieburn Camp, Kuala Lumpur with a brief and impressive handing over of troops ceremony.        Lt Col Irwan Ibrahim, Commanding officer of the 1st Royal Ranger Regiment of Malaysian Army welcomed the Indian contingent and wished the Indian and Malaysian troops for a successful and mutually beneficial joint exercise.          

First phase of the two week long joint military exercise begin with the formal handing over of the Regimental Flag to the Malaysian Army signifying merging of the two contingents under one Commander. 

First day also saw briefings to the joint contingent on Malaysian country brief, exercise settings and security aspects. The day ended with a keenly contested friendly Volley Ball match, which the visitors could finally snatch after a tiff competition. Both armies stand to hone their tactical and technical skills in counter insurgency and counter terrorist operations under the UN mandate. Due emphasis will be laid on increasing interoperability between forces which is crucial for success of any joint operation.          

Exercise Harimau Shakti is a positive step in the bilateral relations between the two nations. The conduct of such exercises in future will enable mutual capacity enhancement and assist in building strong bonds of friendship and cooperation between India and Malaysia.

Tue, 01 May 2018 09:29:28 +0530
PM meets Commonwealth Gam

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, interacted with the medal winners of the recently concluded Commonwealth Games, who called on him at Lok Kalyan Marg.

The Prime Minister congratulated all medal winners, and complimented those who could not win medals but had performed creditably.

He said that accomplishments in the sporting arena inspire everyone. He told the medal winners that their sporting feats have raised India’s stature. He said that whenever an Indian sportsperson wins on the global sporting stage, it is the Indian flag that rises.

The Prime Minister said that today, the life of a sportsperson can span several decades. In this context, he gave the example of Mary Kom, who is winning gold medals even as she is Member of Parliament. He also mentioned Pullela Gopichand, who is mentoring and coaching many different players, after an immensely successful career as a player.

The Prime Minister said that besides talent, training, concentration and hard work, mental toughness is also important for sportspersons today. In this context, he mentioned the benefits of Yoga.

The Prime Minister urged the sportspersons to remember, and keep in touch with the various Gurus, mentors and teachers, who have guided them right from childhood.

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore, was present on the occasion.

Tue, 01 May 2018 09:24:43 +0530
PM joins Buddha Jayanti c

On the occasion of Buddha Jayanti, Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined the celebrations at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, in New Delhi.

He offered Sangh Dana. He also presented the Vaishakh Sammaan Prashasti Patra to the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath; and the All India Bhikshu Sangha, Bodh Gaya.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister asserted that India is home to a unique heritage, where the overriding thought has always been the benefit of mankind. He said that the teachings of Lord Buddha have shaped many nations. He said India has never been an aggressor.

The Prime Minister spoke about the eight-fold path given by Lord Buddha, and said that the problems that we are facing can be overcome by following this path.

The Prime Minister said that Buddha’s message of love and compassion can be of immense benefit to the world today. Therefore, he emphasized that all those who believe in the Buddha, should unite their strengths towards this noble cause.

Narendra Modi said that the Government is working with compassion to serve people, in line with the path shown by Lord Buddha. He also said the Union Government is working with an elaborate vision, to preserve the cultural heritage of India, which includes the heritage associated with Lord Buddha. He said a sum of Rs. 360 crore has been approved for the Buddhist Circuit.

The Prime Minister exhorted the gathering to make a contribution towards the New India of 2022, when the country will celebrate 75 years of freedom. He asked everyone to identify some tasks, which they could resolve to accomplish by that date.

Tue, 01 May 2018 09:14:14 +0530
Vice President India has

Vice President of India, M. Venkakaih Naidu has said that our country has celebrated plurality, diversity and inclusivity and we must collectively strengthen this unique perspective. He was addressing the Civic Reception meeting being organised in honour of His Grace Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostom & inaugurate the diamond jubilee celebrations of Holy Ordination of the Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan, in Thiruvalla, Pathanamthitta district of Kerala

The Vice President said that Kerala state has traditionally welcomed all religions and is the land of Adi Shankara, the greatest exponent of Advaita philosophy, the land of Cheraman Juma Masjid, the very first mosque in India, the land of Thomas the Apostle who walked this land in the sixth century AD and the land where the Hindu rulers like Sthanu Ravi Varma of Venad gifted a plot of land in the 9th century AD to build a church. He further said that it is the land where Judaism, Jainism and Buddhism co-existed over so many centuries.  No wonder it is now called “God’s own country” where divinity has been worshipped in multiple forms by different sects exemplifying the ancient Indian vision of welcoming noble ideas and ideals from across the globe, he added.

The Vice President said that it gives him immense joy to be with the people of Kerala on this very happy occasion celebrating two important landmarks in the lives of two illustrious sons of our great country - Padmabhushan Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostom Valiya Metropolitan and His Grace The Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan. He also congratulated the Metropolitan Dr. Joseph Mar Thoma who is celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of his holy Ordination. The people have benefited from his visionary leadership and enduring passion for the health and well being of suffering humanity, he added.

The Vice President said that it is time to re-discover the treasure within. Churches, Temples, Mosques, Gurudwaras and other religious shrines are places of devotion, pious places of spiritual regeneration and catalysts of intergenerational transmission of cultural values. He further said that they are potentially the sites of social and community education and they serve to bring people together. However, if they stray from this path and dabble in politics and issue unwarranted divisive statements, they become dysfunctional, he added.

The Vice President hoped that these two strands of religion and politics are not mixed up and the religious leaders give spiritual guidance to every human being and the political leaders take inspiration from our noble heritage to provide a clean polity.  Today is an occasion for that process of recognizing goodness, recognising the spirit of creating a heaven on earth through pious thoughts and righteous action, he added.

Tue, 01 May 2018 09:08:01 +0530
Fix That Face

By Prerna Mistry

Makeup. The make or break for every woman. Some days seem like such a breeze with us applying our makeup as if we were a makeup guru of sorts and some days feel like as if a toddler just drew across your face. Well then, here are a few hacks to help you during one of those days.

  • Broken Cases?

... Need not result into broken faces as there may have come a time in every woman’s life when a favourite bronzer or an expensive powder may have slipped from your hand only to fall on the floor to break into a million pieces. Fret not. Instead of throwing away the component, take the tip of a bobby pin and crush the powder into fine pieces, then take some rubbing alcohol and pour a little bit into the case and press it down using a tissue paper and let it dry and your powder will be as good as new!

  • So Shady

We all have been victims of wrong foundation shades with our faces and necks looking different as day and night. One of the best ways to avoid the mismatch mishap is to test the foundation colour is not on your wrist or by just looking at the colour through the bottle, but it is by testing the shade on your jaw line.

  • Eye Shadow Fallouts

Whether you use drugstore or high end eye shadow palettes, it is natural to have some fallout. However, it is a common makeup mishap that could even happen to professionals as well. The best way to avoid this is to do your eye makeup before you do your face or use translucent powder to catch the fallouts. However, if you have fallouts even then, just use a fan brush to sweep it away.

  • Lipstick on Teeth

Nothing is more embarrassing than rocking a bold lipstick only to have it imprinted itself on your teeth as well. The simplest solution for this is to take your clean index finger and put it in your mouth, close, and then pull it out. This will pick up any unwanted lipstick that would have ended up on your teeth.

  • Wing It Out

Winged liner is one of the most stressful things there is. Some days it’s just on point (no pun intended) and some days it’s just wonky and looks like a bumpy road. One way to avoid this is to use tape or card as a stencil to get a sharp edge to your liner. Even if you make a mistake, just use a little bit of concealer to fix the mess.

Mon, 30 Apr 2018 18:51:13 +0530
UAE Media Council hosts I

The UAE National Media Council, NMC, received today at its pavilion at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2018, Dr. Ram Buxani, Chairman of ITL Cosmos Group, to speak about his book, 'Taking the High Road' an autobiography.

The book, which was the bestseller for several months in Dubai in 2003, is dedicated for narrating Dr. Buxani's life and work in Dubai that lasted for sixty years besides the relationship between the two friendly countries, UAE and India.

"Let me first thank the NMC for inviting me to speak today here about my book and I would like to commend the long and deeply rooted relationship between UAE and India in all areas," he said.

He also noted, "The last visits of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to India, and of Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, to the UAE, gave a great push to the strategic relationship between the two countries in all areas".

India is proud to be the only country in the world that has 16 official languages. "India is not only a country, in fact, it is a world in itself as we a have an endless number of colours, costumes, traditions, cuisines and languages."

"India is the real epitome of unity in diversity, compared only to the UAE that hosts today people from more than 200 nationalities coexisting peacefully and happily a matter that turned it into a land of tolerance and moderation," he said.

The Dubai-based Indian business tycoon chaired the Board of the prestigious Indian High School in Dubai from 2000 to 2004, he is also the founder chairman of Overseas Indian Economic Forum which subsequently paved the way for many business councils.

He also received PhD for his thesis 'Governance of Dubai: The influence of tribal tradition in decision making', especially in the critical periods of development of the city-state, in 2004.

 

Mon, 30 Apr 2018 11:17:30 +0530
Mann Ki Baat PM Modi la

My dear countrymen, Namaskar. Just a while ago, from the 4th of April to the 15th of April, the 21stCommonwealth Games were held in Australia. 71 countries, including India, participated therein. With an event of such scale & magnitude, which saw the participation of thousands of sportspersons from myriad corners of the world, can you imagine the mood that must have pervaded the atmosphere there? An air of excitement, zeal, enthusiasm, hope, aspirations, the determination to achieve – who would want to stay away from an atmosphere like that? These were the times when people all over the country pondered eagerly everyday on the line-up of sportspersons, scheduled for their respective performances. How will India’s performance be, what will our medal tally look like? These questions were but natural. Our sportspersons too lived up to the countrymen’s expectations and displayed stellar performances, winning one medal after another. Shooting or Wrestling, Table Tennis or Badminton, it was a record performance for India. 26 Gold, 20 Silver, 20 Bronze, India bagged a tally of around 66 medals. This success makes every Indian swell with pride. Of course, winning medals is a moment of joy & glory for a sportsperson; it is equally so as a festival of laurels for the country & her countrymen. After the conclusion of a match, representing India, when the athletes draped in the tricolor rise, displaying their medals, the notes of the National Anthem being played evoke a sense of joy and fulfillment, glory and honour. This is very, very special in itself. It is a touching moment that fills one’s heart with thrill; it is a moment full of zest & warmth. It is a wave of emotions that engulfs all of us simultaneously. Perhaps, to express those sentiments I’ll run short of words. But I want to share with you what I heard from these heroes. I feel immensely proud; you too will feel so.

        India’s performance in the Commonwealth Games was par excellence. At the same time, it was special. Special in the sense that this time there were many pathbreaking ‘firsts’. Are you aware that out of the wrestlers who represented India, each one of them returned with a medal? Manika Batra won a medal in each of the events that she competed in. She is the first Indian woman to win a gold in the individual table tennis category too. India clinched the maximum number of medals in shooting. Deepak Lather of Haryana became the youngest Indian Weight-Lifter to win a medal at Commonwealth games. 15 year old Indian shooter Anish Bhanwala became the youngest sportsperson to win a gold for India. Sachin Chowdhary is the sole Indian Para Power Lifter to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games.

        This edition of the games was special on one more count- a majority of the medalists was women athletes. In squash, boxing, weightlifting and shooting – the performance of women turned out to be par excellence. The final contest in Badminton took place between two Indian Shuttlers, Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu. Everyone was thrilled for the fact that despite there being competition, the ultimate medal winner had to be India. The whole country watched it with abated breath. I too enjoyed watching the match. This year, India fared well in Athletics too. Indian sprinters Mohammad Anas & Hema Das missed a medal narrowly, but their record performance has brought glory to the nation. I congratulate them too… my best wishes to them. Athletes who participated in these games hail from various parts of the country, even from smaller towns. They have reached this pinnacle, crossing a great deal of hurdles and hardships. Today, the positions they have secured for themselves, the targets they have achieved, owes a lot to the efforts & contribution of their parents, guardians, coaches, support staff, schools, teachers, the atmosphere provided by their Schools, during this journey in their lives. Even their friends have contributed by boosting their morale under all circumstances. I also congratulate them along with the sportspersons, my good wishes to them. I feel all these athletes have brought laurels to the country with their stellar performances; the fact is, their performances are not mere displays… they are sources of encouragement for upcoming Sportspersons and the young generation of the country alike.

        Last month during ‘Mann Ki Baat’, I had urged our countrymen, especially the youth to espouse ‘Fit India’. I had invited everyone to join ‘Fit India’, lead ‘Fit India’. I was overjoyed to see people getting connected to it with a lot of enthusiasm. Expressing support for this, many people have written to me, sent me letters, shared ‘fitness mantra- Fit India’ stories on social media.

        A gentleman Shriman Shashikant Bhonsale, sharing his photo by the swimming pool, has written, ‘My weapon is my body, my element is water, my world is swimming’.

        Rooma Devnath writes, “I truly feel happy & healthy through my Morning Walks. She further adds,” For me, fitness comes with a smile and we should smile, when we are happy.

        Devnathji, indeed, happiness is fitness, and there’s no doubt about it.

        Dhawal Prajapati, sharing a photograph of himself trekking, has written; ‘For me, travelling & trekking is ‘Fit India’.

        It was heartening to see many eminent personalities encouraging our youth in interesting ways for Fit India. Cine artiste Akshay Kumar has shared a video on Twitter. Even I have gone through it, you too should view it- it shows him exercising with wooden beads. He has mentioned that this exercise benefits muscles of the back and the stomach, to a great extent. Another video of his has gained popularity; in this he’s trying his hand on the volleyball with others. Many other young people have shared their experiences, having joined the ‘Fit India’ efforts. I feel movements like these are beneficial for all of us, for the entire country. I would additionally like to mention, that the movement of ‘Fit India’, without any expense, is called ‘YOG’. Yog has a special significance in the ‘Fit India’ campaign. You too must be busy with preparations… the significance, the merit of 21st June, International Yog Day has been accepted & welcomed globally. Do begin preparing for the Day rightaway. And not just yourself- your city, village, neighbourhood, school, college, men, women, everyone should make an attempt to connect with yog. Nowadays, the benefits of yog in one’s holistic physical & mental development does not need to be told… neither in India nor elsewhere in the world. You must have viewed an animated video depicting me, that has been widely circulated. I congratulate those from the field of animation for highlighting nuances, just the way a teacher does. You too will benefit from it.

        My young friends, you now must be out of the tread mill of exams, exams & more exams; you must be wondering about spending your holidays. You must be contemplating on ways to enjoy your vacations and places to travel to! I would like to talk to you today, to invite you on a new task. I’ve seen a lot of young people these days, spending time in learning new things. The significance of Summer Internship is soaring; as it is, an altogether new experience in itself. One gets an opportunity to experience life anew, away from closeted walls, away from paper & pen and computers. Dear young friends, today I urge you to undergo a special internship. Three Ministries of the Government of India; maybe four- Sports, HRD, Department of Drinking water have come together to launch a ‘Swachch Bharat Summer Internship 2018’. College students, young people from the NCC and Nehru Yuva Kendra, whoever want to do something substantial & learn something for the sake of society, & the country, those who want to get connected with transforming the country and be a reason for it, those who want to do something or the other for society with a positive energy- for them, there is a great opportunity! Even the cause of the cleanliness campaign will get a boost, and when we celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, we’ll surely attain a sense of fulfillment. And let me tell you, the best out of the best interns who have strived in schools & colleges with excellent work will be rewarded with recognition at the national level. Not just that, those interns who accomplish their tasks well, will be awarded two credit points each, by the UGC. Once again, I invite students & young people, boys & girls to avail of the benefits of the internship. You can register yourselves for the ‘Swachch Bharat Summer Internship’ on Mygov. I hope our youth will lend a hand in taking this movement of cleanliness forward. I too am eager to know more about your efforts. Do send in your learning experience, do post your stories, photos and videos. Come. Let us turn this vacation into a learning opportunity, for a totally new experience.   

My dear countrymen! I try to watch “Good News India” programme on Doordarshan whenever I get a chance and I would appeal to my countrymen that we all should also watch this “Good News India” programme wherein we get to know as to how many people in various parts of our country are doing many good things and that such good things are happening.

Recently, I saw that they were presenting the story of some youth from Delhi who are selflessly working in a dedicated manner to help in educating the poor children. This group of youngsters has started a big campaign in Delhi for providing education to the street children and slum dwellers. Initially, shocked to see the condition of children begging around or doing some menial jobs that this group of youngsters got dedicatedly, selflessly involved into this creative mission. Starting with just 15 children from the slums near Geeta Colony in New Delhi it is now being run at 12 places and two thousand children have been brought under its fold. Young teachers associated with this campaign find out a free time of two hours from their busy schedule and contribute in this stupendous mission of bringing out a social transformation.

Dear brothers and sisters, in this very way, some farmers from hilly areas of Uttarakhand have become a source of inspiration for the farmers across the country. With their collective efforts, they have not only changed their own fortunes but have changed fortunes of the whole region. In Bageshwar in Uttarakhand, main crops sown are Mandwa, Chaulai, Corn or Barley. This being a hilly area, the farmers did not get a fair price of their produce. But, the farmers in Kapkot tehsil decided to come out of this situation and adopted a value- addition process and changed the loss incurring equation into a profit-earning one. What they did was that they started production of biscuits from their agricultural produce and sold those biscuits directly in the market. Consequently, Chaulai which the farmers were forced to sell at Rs. 25 per Kg was now selling at Rs. 50 per Kg as biscuits.

Besides, there is a strong belief that the land in this area is iron-rich and these iron rich biscuits are very good for pregnant women as they overcome the deficiency of iron. These farmers have formed a cooperative society in Munar village and set-up a biscuit factory there. Impressed by the bold initiative of these farmers, the administration has also linked this to the National Livelihood Mission. These biscuits are now being supplied upto Almora and Kousani besides being sold to about fifty Aanganwadi kendras in Bagheshwar district. With the hard work of these farmers, the annual turnover of the society has gone up from 10 to 15 lakh rupees and with more than 900 families getting employment here, people have stopped migrating to other places.

My dear countrymen, we often hear that in, times to come, the world will face a war because of water. Everyone talks about this but do we not have any responsibility towards conservation of water? Do we not feel that water conservation must be a social responsibility? This must be a collective responsibility. How can we conserve each single drop of rain water? And, we all know this. And, water conservation is not a new topic for us; it is neither a part of the academic curriculum nor a part of our languages. Our forefathers have lived this as a way of life for centuries together. They gave due priority and importance to each single drop of water. They found out newer methods in order to conserve every single drop of water. Those of you who might be getting a chance to visit Tamilnadu might have noticed that in some temples in the state, there are carvings on stone depicting irrigation system, water conservation methods and drought management. There are vast stone inscriptions in these temples and devotees get a chance to read these educative messages. May it be Mannarkovil, Chiran Mahadevi, Kovilpatti or Pudukottai – you will get to see massive stone inscriptions to this effect. Several baodis (stepwells) are famous as tourist spots but please do not forget that these are the living symbols of the water conservation campaigns which our forefathers had accomplished.

Adalaj and Patan Ki Raniki Vaav (Baodi) in Gujarat is a UNESCO World Heritage site and its grandeur is to be seen to be believed. Baodis are water temples in a way. If you happen to go to Rajasthan, you must visit Chand Baodi. This is one of the biggest and the most beautiful baodis of India and the point to be noted is that this is situated in a water-scarce area. April, May, June and July is the most suitable time when rain water harvesting can be done and if we make preparations in advance, we can reap a rich harvest. Budget under MNREGA is also utilized for this water conservation activity. During the last three years, everyone in his or her own way has contributed towards water conservation and water management. An average of 32,000 crore rupees have been spent besides the MNREGA budget each year on water conservation and water management. If we talk of 2017-18, 55 percent of the total outlay of Rupees 64 thousand crores, which comes to around rupees 35 thousand crores, has been spent on works like water conservation. In last three years, nearly 150 lakh hectares of land got more benefit through water conservation and water management measures. Some people have really benefitted very well from MNREGA budget provisions made by the Government of India for water conservation and water management works. A project of reviving the rivers which had dried out was undertaken in Kerala. Seven thousand workers under MNREGA worked very hard for seventy days and finally succeeded in reviving Kuttumperoor river there. The Ganges and the Yamuna have plentiful of water but there are many other places in Uttar Pradesh like Fatehpur district where two small rivers namely Sasur-Khaderi got dried out. After receiving the reports of Remote Sensing Imagery and Inter Department Coordination, the district administration took up the responsibility of soil and water conservation on a massive scale. They succeeded in reviving the dried out Sasur Khaderi river with the help and cooperation of people from 40-45 villages of the area. This grand achievement is a big boon for animals, birds, farmers, crops and villages. I emphasis that once again April, May, June and July are before us and we must also take up some responsibility for water harvesting and water conservation, we should also chalk out some schemes, we should also do and show something.

My dear countrymen! When “Mann Ki Baat” approaches  I receive messages, letters and phone calls from all sides. Aayan Kumar Banerjee from Devi Tola village of North 24 Parganas in West Bengal in his comment on My Gov has written – “We celebrate Rabindra Jayanti every year but many people are not aware of the Nobel Laureate Rabindra Nath’s philosophy of living peacefully, aesthetically and with integrity. Kindly discuss this point in “Mann Ki Baat” programme so that more and more people may get to know about this.”

I thank Aayanji for drawing the attention of all listeners of “Mann Ki Baat” towards this point. Gurudev Tagore was a personality full of knowledge and intellect whose writings left an indelible mark on everyone. Rabindra Nath was a personality full of talent, a multi – directional personna but a teacher in his inner self can always be felt. He has written in Gitanjali – “ He, who has the knowledge has the responsibility to impart it to the students.”

I do not know Bangla but had the habit of rising early since my childhood and in Eastern India, radio broadcasts start early while in Western India these start a bit late. I have a faint memory that probably around 5:30 in the morning, Rabindra Sangeet used to be broadcast on radio and I had developed a habit to listen to Rabindra Sangeet on radio. And, whenever I got a chance to listen to poems like Anandloke and Aaguner, Poroshmoni, I used to feel as if my mind was being energised. You must also have been impressed by Rabindra Sangeet and his poems. I pay my respectful homage to Rabindra Nath Tagore.

My dear countrymen! Within a few days from now the holy month of Ramazan will dawn upon us. The month of Ramazan is celebrated with full reverence and respect throughout the world. The sociological and collective aspect of fasting is that when a person experiences hunger himself, he comes to realize the hunger of others. When he is thirsty, he realizes the thirst of others. This is an opportunity to remember the teachings of Prophet Muhammad-peace be upon him- and his message. It is our responsibility to follow the path of equality and brotherhood as morals from his life. Once a person asked the Prophet (peace be upon him): "Which is the best thing in Islam?" The Prophet Saab said, "feeding a poor and needy and meeting everyone cordially, whether you know him or not!"

Prophet Mohammad Sahib (peace be upon him) believed in twin principles of knowledge and compassion. He did not possess an iota of ego regarding himself. He preached that knowledge alone defeats ego. Prophet Mohammad Sahib(peace be upon him) believed that if you possessed anything more than your requirement, then donate it to the needy, thus donation or giving alms is important during Ramzan. People donate generously to the needy during this holy month. Prophet Muhammad Sahib believed that a person is rich because of his inherent spirituality, and not materialistic wealth. I wish all the citizens an auspicious month of Ramazan and I hope this opportunity will inspire people to follow the Prophet’s message of peace and goodwill.

My dear countrymen! Buddha Purnima is a special day for every Indian. We must be proud of the fact that India is the birthplace of Lord Buddha, the very synonym of power of compassion, service and sacrifice, who guided millions of people around the world. This Buddha Purnima reminds us of all of our obligation to emulate Lord Buddha’s teaching as well as, pledge ourselves to follow his footsteps. Lord Buddha was the fountainhead of egalitarianism, peace, harmony and brotherhood. These are human values, which are most desired in the world today. Baba Saheb Dr. Ambedkar stressed that Lord Buddha has been a great inspiration in his social philosophy. Baba Saheb had said –“My Social philosophy may be said to be enshrined in three words; liberty, equality and fraternity. My Philosophy has roots in religion and not in political science. I have derived them from the teaching of my master, The Buddha.”

Baba Saheb strengthened the oppressed, exploited, deprived and crores of people standing on the brink of marginalization via the Constitution of India. There cannot be a bigger example of compassion than this. This form of compassion was one of the greatest qualities of Lord Buddha for the alleviation of suffering of the people. The Buddhist monks used to travel to different countries carrying with them the rich ideals of Lord Buddha and this has been occurring throughout the ages. We have inherited the wisdom of Lord Buddha throughout Asia as part of our legacy.

It forges a link between us and many Asian countries like China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, and Myanmar where Buddhist traditions and his preaching are a part of their origins. And this is the very reason that we are developing Infrastructure for Buddhist Tourism, which is going to connect Southeast Asia with the important Buddhist sites of India. I am also very pleased that the Government of India is a partner in the restoration of many Buddhist temples which also includes the centuries old magnificent Anand Temple in Bagan in Myanmar. Today, when there is confrontation and human suffering prevalent everywhere in the world, Lord Buddha's teachings show the way to rid hatred from the world with compassion. I wish people spread all over the world who revere Lord Buddha and believe in the principles of compassion- I wish all of them an auspicious Buddha Purnima.

I seek benediction from Lord Buddha for the entire world, so that we can fulfill our responsibility in building a peaceful and compassionate world based on his teachings. Today, as we remember Lord Buddha, you must have heard about the idols of laughing Buddha, it is said that laughing Buddha brings one good fortune, but very few people know that smiling Buddha is also associated with an important event in India's defense history. Now you will be wondering what is the connection between smiling Buddha and India's military might?

You must remember, 20 years ago today, on 11th May 1998, the Prime Minister of India, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee had said while addressing the nation and his words filled the whole country with pride, courage and elation. The Indian diaspora was infused with new confidence. That day also was the day of Buddha Purnima. On May 11, 1998, at India’s western end a nuclear test was conducted in Pokhran, Rajasthan. It has been 20 years since Pokhranand this test was done on Buddha Purnima with the blessings of Lord Buddha. India's test was not only successful but in a way, India had demonstrated its might in the field of science and technology. We can also say 11 May 1988 is engraved in the history of India as a demonstration of her military power.

Lord Buddha has shown the world- that the power of inner strength or that of the soul is necessary for peace. Similarly, when you are sturdy as a nation, you can be at peace with others. The month of May, 1998 is not just important for the country from the aspect that nuclear tests were conducted this very month, but the manner in which they were carried out is also important. It has revealed to the entire world that India is the land of great scientists and with a strong leadership, India can reach loftier destinations and earn new laurels. On that day, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji had given the mantra - "Jai-Jawan Jai-Kisan, Jai-Vigyan.’

Now that when we are going to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Pokhran test conducted on May 11, 1998, I ask the younger generations of our nation to imbibe the mantra of 'Jai-Vigyan' given by Atalji for enhancing the might and the power of India, to build a modern India, a powerful India and a self-reliant India. Synergize your energy with the strength of India. Witnessing the journey that Atal ji started, we while continuing onwards on that very path with a renewed joy will derive great satisfaction in getting ahead.

My dear countrymen, looking forward to our conversation when we will meet for another episode of Mann Ki Baat.

Thank you very much.

Mon, 30 Apr 2018 11:11:21 +0530
PM greets people on Buddh

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has greeted the people on the auspicious occasion of Buddha Purnima.

“The teachings of Lord Buddha are extremely relevant in the 21st century. His was a life devoted to alleviating suffering and removing injustice from society. His compassion has endeared him to millions. Buddha Purnima greetings to everyone”, the Prime Minister said.

Mon, 30 Apr 2018 11:00:56 +0530
Vice President India to

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that India has the chance to re-emerge as the global powerhouse in the field of education and called for revamping the syllabi and improving the infrastructure to impart world class quality education.

He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the new campus of the Central University of Kerala and dedicating the educational institution to the nation, in Kasargod, Kerala today. He said that India was once known as ‘Vishwaguru’ and people from across the globe used to come here to study and acquire knowledge and expertise in different domains.

The Vice President said that from private educational institutions to Central Universities like this, every academic organization must work in a mission mode to revamp the educational architecture in tune with the requirements of the 21st century to make India a leading nation in the field of education and innovation. 

He said the education system should aim at the creation of a new, inclusive society, non-violent and non-exploitative, consisting of highly cultivated and motivated individuals inspired by love for humanity and guided by wisdom. He asked the students to be the torch bearers of our culture, traditions, ethos and customs. There is nothing wrong in adopting and assimilating good practices from elsewhere, but always remain rooted to our age-old culture and heritage, he added.

The Vice President recollected the famous words of the Father of the Nation - “I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the culture of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any”.

The Vice President said that Education must lay the foundation for the progress of a nation adding that higher education, in particular, has an important role in building a knowledge-based society of the 21st century. He further said that higher education system should expand qualitatively and quantitatively for the betterment of the nation and society.  Graduates need to be competitive not only in a local or national context, but in an increasingly global market, he added.

The Vice President said that in this ‘global village’ our graduates as future leaders need a new kind of intercultural understanding, respect for common rules and fair play, an understanding of different interests, views and ways of thinking, and the ability to analyze and synthesize, he added.

The Vice President expressed the hope that in future various courses, including science & technology, will be taught in respective local languages in various States.

Expressing his concern over the increasing atrocities on women and girls, he said that the mindset has to be changed to address this menace. He emphasized the need for people to collectively fight against social evils like atrocities on women and caste discrimination.

Mon, 30 Apr 2018 10:57:53 +0530
Tejas achieves another mi

Tejas, the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) successfully fired Derby Air-to-Air Beyond Visual Range Missile to expand the firing envelope as well as to demonstrate safe operation of the aircraft during missile plume ingestion into the aircraft engine under worst case scenarios.

The missile was launched from LCA Tejas piloted by Wg Cdr Siddharth Singh on 27 April from the firing range off the Goa coast after exhaustive study of the missile separation characteristics and plume envelope. LCATejas has been designed & developed by DRDO’s autonomous society – Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA).

Integration of Derby, a BVR class missile is one of the major objectives of Final Operational Clearance (FOC) of LCATejas.

The aircraft was tracked by two other Tejas aircraft in close formation to capture the firing event in the specially instrumented high speed cameras for detailed analysis and comparison with the simulation model for validation. The entire planning, practice sorties and final firing was carried out by ADA and it’s National Flight Test Centre (NFTC) officials Cmde JA Maolankar and GpCapt A Kabadwal, IAF, DG(AQA), HAL &  INS HANSA.

Based on the successful integration and demonstration, Regional Centre for Military Airworthiness (RCMA), a unit of DRDO has cleared the series production aircraft of Squadron 45, to be equipped with Derby operational capability. LCATejas has successfully completed a series of captive flight trials to clear Derby for the full operational capability in the entire FOC envelope. In the past, Tejas has qualified for the armaments and missile release related trials.

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman has complimented DRDO and other agencies involved for making LCATejas fighter jet, a world class aircraft platform.    

Chairman DRDO& Secretary Department of Defence R&D Dr. S Christopher, congratulated and said that with this firing, LCATejas achieved another major milestone towards FOC certification.

Sun, 29 Apr 2018 11:08:19 +0530
Israeli exhibition inaugu

The exhibition 'To the end of Land' was inagurated at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi by Daniel Carmon, Ambassador, Embassy of Israel in India.

The Exhibition is in collaboration with the Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Israel  and is titled ‘To the End of Land’ contemporary art from Israel on the occasion of 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Speaking on the occassion the ambassador said that the exhibition is a festival of art and friendship between the two countries and represents the vision of the leaders of both the countries and widening dialouge  between India and Israel.

The Israeli Ambassador also said, “This exhibition speaks to the heart of the Indo-Israeli relations as it tells the story of Israel’s agriculture and technology in an innovative and out of the box context of contemporary art. It presents the Israeli spirit not only in its content, but also in its method of delivery. We are proud to have partnered with the Indian Ministry of Culture and the NGMA and to have upgraded our cultural cooperation via this special project. Through art, we find a common language through which to deepen our understanding of one another and strengthen our people to people bonds.”

 The exhibition presents a wide range of references and approaches to recent changes in the economic and social landscape in Israel, as manifested by the appearance of

natural scenery in Israeli contemporary art. Engagement with the land, its borders, scars, and produce runs through the work of many artists active in Israel today. The chosen title, “To the End of Land:, strives to draw attention to some of the cultural, social, and political aspects embodied in their artistic explorations of land.

The exhibition is available for the public viewing for the entire month of May, 11am to 6.30pm, tuesday to Sunday. (Closed on Sundays and national holidays.)

Sun, 29 Apr 2018 10:55:45 +0530
North Korea to shut down

South Korean President Moon Jae-In’s spokesperson said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has assured to close down their nuclear test site in May in the recently concluded meeting between the two Korean leaders.

Moon and Kim had met on Friday to end the long standing war between the two Koreas and in a meeting which concluded successfully.

The spokesperson also said that the closure ceremony will be conducted publicly and will invite experts from South Korea and the US as well. There will be a change in time zone also as North Korea's time zone is half- an-hour different from their neighbour.

Meanwhile US President Donald Trump stated that he will try his part to denuclearise the Korean subcontinent and will be meeting the North Korean leader Kim in the coming months.

Sun, 29 Apr 2018 10:44:26 +0530
Congress holds mega rally

Congress is set to begin their political campaign for 2019 parliament election as they will commence their mega rally in Delhi today. The rally dubbed as "Jan Aakrosh" will be inaugurated by the party president Rahul Gandhi at the Ramleela Maidan.

Congress expects a participation of more than 50,000 for the rally as the Congress wants to highlight the fake promises given by Narendra Modi.

As the name suggests, the Congress aims to highlight the dissatisfaction and anger among the people against the Modi government and to find a route for an administrative change in the next election through "Jan Aakrosh".

Sun, 29 Apr 2018 10:41:09 +0530
Modi Xi Meet Asian gia

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held their first Informal Summit in Wuhan on April 27-28 to exchange views on overarching issues of bilateral and global importance, and to elaborate their respective visions and priorities for national development in the context of the current and future international situation.

They believe that the simultaneous emergence of India and China as two large economies and major powers with strategic and decisional autonomy, has implications of regional and global significance. They shared the view that peaceful, stable and balanced relations between India and China will be a positive factor for stability amidst current global uncertainties. They also agreed that proper management of the bilateral relationship will be conducive for the development and prosperity of the region, and will create the conditions for the Asian Century. To this end, they decided to strengthen the Closer Development Partnership in a mutually beneficial and sustainable manner, in pursuit of national modernization and greater prosperity for their peoples.

 

Prime Minister Modi and President Xi reviewed developments in India-China relations from the strategic and long-term perspective. They agreed to significantly enhance efforts to build on the convergences through the established mechanisms in order to create the broadest possible platform for the future relationship. They also agreed that both sides have the maturity and wisdom to handle the differences through peaceful discussion within the context of the overall relationship, bearing in mind the importance of respecting each other's sensitivities, concerns and aspirations.

 

The two leaders expressed their support for the work of the Special Representatives on the India China Boundary Question and urged them to intensify their efforts to seek a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable settlement. The two leaders underscored the importance of maintaining peace and tranquility in all areas of the India-China border region in the larger interest of the overall development of bilateral relations. To this end, they issued strategic guidance to their respective militaries to strengthen communication in order to build trust and mutual understanding and enhance predictability and effectiveness in the management of border affairs. The two leaders further directed their militaries to earnestly implement various confidence building measures agreed upon between the two sides, including the principle of mutual and equal security, and strengthen existing institutional arrangements and information sharing mechanisms to prevent incidents in border regions.

 

The two leaders agreed to push forward bilateral trade and investment in a balanced and sustainable manner by taking advantage of complementarities between their two economies. They also discussed ways to promote greater cultural and people-to-people exchanges and agreed to explore establishing new mechanisms in this direction.

Prime Minister Modi and President Xi underlined that as two major countries India and China have wider and overlapping regional and global interests. They agreed on their need to strengthen strategic communication through greater consultation on all matters of common interest. They believe that such strategic communication will have a positive influence on enhancing mutual understanding and will contribute to regional and global stability.

The two leaders agreed that India and China have separately made major contributions to global peace and prosperity through their respective growth and economic development, and would continue to act as engines for global growth in the future. They reiterated the importance of building an open, multipolar, pluralist and participatory global economic order which will enable all countries to pursue their development and contribute to the elimination of poverty and inequality in all regions of the world. They spoke of their respective efforts to contribute to the regional and global economic development.

The two leaders also shared views on their respective foreign policy visions of achieving global prosperity and security. They agreed to jointly contribute in a positive and constructive way in facilitating sustainable solutions for global challenges including climate change, sustainable development, food security etc. They underscored the importance of reform of multilateral financial and political institutions to make them representative and responsive to the needs of developing countries.

The two leaders agreed that as two major countries and emerging economies, India and China, given their vast developmental experiences and national capacities, should join hands to take lead in offering innovative and sustainable solutions to challenges faced by humankind in the 21st century. These include combating diseases, coordinating action for disaster risk reduction and mitigation, addressing climate change and ushering digital empowerment. They agreed to pool together their expertise and resources in these areas and create a global network dedicated to these challenges for the larger benefit of humanity.

Prime Minister Modi and President Xi recognized the common threat posed by terrorism, and reiterated their strong condemnation of and resolute opposition to terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. They committed themselves to cooperate on counter-terrorism.

The two leaders highly assessed the opportunity for direct, free and candid exchange of views offered by the Informal Summit and agreed on the utility of holding more such dialogues in the future. The forward-looking dialogue raised the level of strategic communication about the perspective, priorities and vision that guide their respective policy choices domestically, regionally and globally. It also helped them in forging a common understanding of the future direction of India-China relations built upon mutual respect for each other's developmental aspirations and prudent management of differences with mutual sensitivity.

Sun, 29 Apr 2018 10:38:26 +0530
Tripura CM regrets his co

Tripura CM Biplab Deb said that he regretted his comment on former Miss World Diana Hayden after the Tripura CM had questioned Diana's potential to win the Miss World title.

He said that he meant no disrespect to women.

He had  dubbed the world beauty competitions as "underground activities" and expressed disbelief as to how Diana bagged the title two decades back while addressing a public function.

"It is quite understandable how Aishwarya Rai got the prize. She represented Indian ladies. But can't understand the beauty of Diana Hayden", CM said.

The Tripura CM  said that it was the plan executed by fashion industries as part of their underground activities to grab the Indian markets and in turn awarded five world beauty titles for India.

Sat, 28 Apr 2018 12:01:59 +0530
India strengthens border

After Indian PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held an informal meet to discuss issues that created setback in relations between the two countries, India strengthened its border with China after the centre decided to build 96 more outposts of 96 Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).

Interestingly India's decision to elevate its border security came at a time when the two leaders met in Wuhan and announced their willingness to work jointly. New border outposts will come up in the 3,488 km long Indo-China border which will enable the Indian force to easily resist the Chinese invasion.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was welcomed by Chinese President Xi Jinping yesterday after which a cultural programme was held to commemorate the meet.

Both leaders decided to meet for informal talks amid various issues including tensions that mounted over the Doklam invasion and many more.

There will only be an unofficial meeting between the two leaders and there won't be any other people except the translators accompanying the leaders during their boat ride and garden visit. 

The Wuhan meet has huge significance unlike the previous meetings as this meet will script the future course of relation between the two countries. 

Sat, 28 Apr 2018 11:15:25 +0530
Kim makes historic decisi

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced that he will ink a deal to end the long standing war with South Korea as well as agreed for denuclearisation after Kim and the South Korean President Moon Jae In met at Panmunjom which is located between the two countries.

Both leaders agreed to bring permanent peace in the Korean Peninsula through complete denuclearisation.

Both countries sat for discussion after a decade long wait and this is for the first time that a North Korean leader is visiting South Korea.

The result of the meet will dictate the route of future set of ties between the United States and North Korea as US President Donald Trump had stated that his plans to meet the North Korean leader depends upon the success of the Korean meet.

The highly anticipated talks commenced today after the N.Korean President stepped across the border while his counterpart Moon arrived to welcome Kim at Panmunjom.

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 18:53:16 +0530
PM invites China s Xi for

Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Chinese President Xi Jinping  to India for the next round of "informal" meet in India while the PM lauded the efforts of two countries in raising the global economy.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Chinese President XI Jinping at Wuhan where the two leaders held an informal meeting. President Xi welcomed PM Modi after which a cultural programme was held to commemorate the meet.

Both leaders are set to "open up" on various issues including tensions that mounted over the Doklam invasion and many more.

There will only be an unofficial meeting between the two leaders and there won't be any other people except the translators accompanying the leaders during their boat ride and garden visit. 

The Wuhan meet has huge significance unlike the previous meetings as this meet will script the future course of relation between the two countries.

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 18:48:15 +0530
PM Modi treats Judiciary

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal launched an attack on PM Modi after the NDA government rejected the Collegium suggestion to uplift  Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice K.M. Joseph as Supreme Court Judge.

Kejriwal expressed his anguish on twitter and said that the PM is treating the Judiciary in the same manner as he treats Delhi government.

Kejriwal always wages a battle with the centre as he alleges the Modi led government stealing all the powers of AAP govt in Delhi including the appointment of govt employees and their transfers.

Earlier on yesterday the central govt had rejected the Collegium suggestion to uplift Justice K.M. Joseph to the Supreme Court citing Kerala has enough representation in the top court as well as there are many more senior judges ahead of Justice Joseph.

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 16:58:17 +0530
Eggless Whole Wheat Choco

Preparation Time: 10 mins

Baking Time: 25 to 30 mins

Makes: 6 muffins

 

Ingredients:

Whole Wheat Flour – 3/4 cup

Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp

Baking Powder – 1/4 tsp

Chocolate Chips – 1/4 cup

Water – 1/2 cup

Cooking Oil – 1 tblspn

Brown Sugar – 1/2 cup

Overripe Banana – 1 large peeled and mashed

 

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 180 degree celcius. Line a 6 cup muffin tray with cupcake moulds and set aside.
  • Take wheat flour, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl and keep aside.
  • Take water, brown sugar and oil and mix well till smooth and is in a ribbon like pouring consistancy.
  • Now add in the flour mix in and fold gently. Add in the mashed banana and mix well.
  • Use a icecream scoop to fill the batter in the moulds and bake for 25 to 30 mins.
  • Remove it and let it cool for 10 mins.
  • Serve warm or with vanilla ice-cream.

(As Compiled by Prerna Mistry)

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 16:50:14 +0530
Yas Experiences signs agr

Yas Experiences, Yas Island’s recently launched trade arm, has signed an agreement with VFS Global, appointing them as the company’s representative in the Indian market. The appointment will see the new partner work closely with the Yas Experiences’ business development team in Abu Dhabi to promote the leisure and entertainment destination and provide package solutions for trade partners across India.

As part of the agreement, VFS Global will set up three sales offices in Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru to cater to travel partners in Central, North and South India, respectively. The sales representative office headquartered in Mumbai will support Yas Experience’ sales and marketing efforts to further promote Yas Island to Indian travellers.

Marina Cipriano, General Manager of Yas Experiences, said, "Yas Island is no stranger to the Indian traveller. Guests over the past few years have been enjoying some of the Island’s top attractions, namely Yas Marina Circuit - home to the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - and our theme parks Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld. Our partnership with VFS Global will allow us to further secure Yas Island’s positioning as a one-of-a-kind holiday destination in Abu Dhabi, and tailor packages with partners that allow travellers to experience more of what we have to offer, especially as we get ready to introduce new attractions in 2018 – such as the soon-to-open Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi."

Around nine million Indians are expected to travel to the GCC by 2021, according to the latest figures from Colliers International. Reports also suggest that growth of the global travel industry is being led by Asian travelers; Indian tourist arrivals in the region expected to grow by CAGR of 7-8 percent.

Cipriano added, "We’ve seen 14 percent growth in Indian visitation to our theme parks in the first quarter of 2018, and we are confident the popularity of Yas Island will continue to grow as we add more leisure and entertainment experiences in the mix."

The two parties will work together to explore approaches to target Indian holidaymakers, and with a strong network presence across India, both are confident of the results this strategic partnership will reap.

"We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen as the India representative for Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Yas Island is a vibrant and unique destination that is renowned for its assortment of experiences. We are confident that we will be able to further establish the island as a premier destination for discerning Indian travellers," said Vinay Malhotra, Regional Group COO, VFS Global.

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 16:49:31 +0530
Bait Al Naboodah opens af

Bait Al Naboodah, which belonged to the largest pearl dealer in the emirate of Sharjah, has officially reopened after extensive renovation work that was carried out by a team of historians over several years.

Founded in 1845, the historic house was owned by Emirati Emir Obaid bin Isa bin Ali Al Shamsi, a pearl merchant in the Arabian Gulf who expanded his business network to include the Arabian Gulf, India and Europe.

Bait Al Naboodah is characterised by its fine two-storey architectural design. The ground floor includes a bedroom, a spacious courtyard and a water well. The first floor includes a "summer house" and bedrooms.

Recognised as an architectural masterpiece for its time, Bait Al Naboodah was one of the largest houses in the heart of Sharjah located near the Fort of Sharjah and close to the port and the major markets.

The entrance to Bait Al Naboodah draws visitors’ attention to the magnificent interior details, including wooden doors and windows and Roman-designed columns in the courtyard. The rooms have been carefully restored by historians from the Sharjah Institute for Heritage who worked to preserve the building’s frescoes, wooden beams and teak columns.

The house was equipped with an innovative cooling system designed for air flow along the internal walls to help mitigate the high temperatures. This helped the family stay near the sea to take care of their business interests throughout the year even when most people would migrate from the coast to interior areas and oases to escape the summer heat.

Visitors to Bait Al Naboodah can see clear signs of just how successful the pearl merchant and his family were. The house was one of the largest buildings in the area, with a unique design that included architectural and cultural features from all over the world. This acted as a clear indication of the status of Al Naboodah in society.

The renovation has transformed Bait Al Naboodah into an exhibition of the Naboodah family’s holdings. Exhibits include coins from India and the Arabian Gulf, as well as a range of devices and equipment used to measure the weight and size of pearls brought to Sharjah.

There is also a collection of beautifully preserved documents that show Al Naboodah's dealings with various companies, businessmen and prominent members of the community, including the rulers of the era.

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 16:23:11 +0530
India UAE announce new s

The governments of the UAE and India announced the launch of a new strategic partnership focused on skills development and mutual recognition of qualifications.

The partnership was launched at a forum in Dubai, organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, FICCI, supported by the UAE’s Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, MOHRE, and India’s Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

The new partnership builds on a robust institutional framework of cooperation on labour and skilling matters. A strengthened MoU on cooperation in the labour field was signed during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra to UAE, in February 2018.

Commenting on the announcement, Dr. Omar Al Nuaimi, MOHRE Assistant Under-Secretary, said, "My hope is that this is only the first step in terms of increased collaboration between the UAE and India. It is also my hope that through this partnership, the UAE and India will lead the way regionally in making sure that the skilling of workers in our region is robust. By strengthening trust in the quality of training and certification, and by requiring workers to be skilled and certified prior to their arrival, we can improve the skills mix in the labour market, leading to improved labour productivity for business. The skilling of workers is also likely to positively impact the wage structure here in the UAE, ensuring that wages increase and improving competition among Emiratis for a variety of jobs."

The Indian Ambassador to the UAE, Navdeep Suri, in turn, said, "In the spirit of our MoUs on cooperation in the field of manpower and the Skill Development and Recognition of Qualifications, both countries have agreed to work together to integrate India’s eMigrate system with UAE’s labour e-platform and to facilitate skill development and employment of certified workforce in UAE. Integration of India’s eMigrate system with UAEs labour e-platform will be a very important step to stop contract substitution and to ensure protection and welfare of Indian workers and will benefit both the countries as well."

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 16:16:37 +0530
PM Modi holds talks with

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Chinese President XI Jinping at Wuhan where the two leaders held an informal meeting. President Xi was welcomed PM Modi after which a cultural programme was held to commemorate the meet.

Both leaders are set to commence talks later today and "open up" on various issues including tensions that mounted over the Doklam invasion and many more.

There will only be an unofficial meeting between the two leaders and there won't be any other people except the translators accompanying the leaders during their boat ride and garden visit. 

The Wuhan meet has huge significance unlike the previous meetings as this meet will script the future course of relation between the two countries.

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 16:01:23 +0530
Korean leaders meet for h

The crucial meet between the two Korean leaders, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the North Korean President Kim Jong-un, commenced today after the N.Korean President stepped across the border while his counterpart Moon arrived to welcome Kim at Panmunjong which locates between the two countries and where the meet is set to take place.

Both countries will sit for discussion after a decade long wait and this is for the first time that a North Korean leader is visiting South Korea.

The result of the meet will dictate the route of future set of ties between the United States and North Korea as US President Donald Trump had stated that his plans to meet the North Korean leader depends upon the success of the Korean meet.

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 11:53:38 +0530
Modi Xi set to meet toda

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping are set to meet today and "open up" on various issues including tensions that mounted over the Doklam invasion and many more. Both the leaders will meet at the vacation destination, Wuhan.

There will only be an unofficial meeting between the two leaders and there won't be any other people except the translators accompanying the leaders during their boat ride and garden visit.

The Wuhan meet has huge significance unlike the previous meetings as this meet will script the future course of relation between the two countries

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 11:49:39 +0530
Vice President advises do

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu advised the doctors to Treat Patients with Patience, Empathy and Compassion. He was addressing the 8th Convocation of Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi.

The Vice President said that education and healthcare are the two pillars of nation building. He further said that India has made rapid strides in various sectors, including the medical field. However, even after 70 years, we are facing many challenges including poverty, illiteracy, atrocities on women and girls, problem of drinking water in many rural and urban areas, lack of hygiene and sanitation, casteism, corruption and urban-rural divide, he added.

The Vice President said that while the Government is committed to providing universal health coverage to all, the urban-rural divide is more glaring in the healthcare sector. To overcome the problem of manpower shortage in rural areas, he advised to make it mandatory for MBBS graduates to work in the rural areas before getting their first promotion. This would enable the rural population to get better medical care and at the same time sensitize the medical fraternity to the healthcare concerns of rural population, he added.

The Vice President said that several State Governments have designed their own health insurance schemes. He further said that the aim is to ensure that no person is denied the right to affordable medical care. The private sector must join hands with the government to ensure that healthcare is accessible and affordable, he added.

The Vice President said that the graduating doctors have chosen this profession casts an onerous responsibility in building not only a ‘Swasth Bharat but also a Shresth Bharat’. He further said that they have been trained under a very proficient faculty and a world-class postgraduate teaching program and research facility.  In this temple of learning, they have been exposed to frontline medical technology, witnessed state of the art operations like organ transplant, limb re-implantation, neonatal operations, brain and cardiac surgery, participated in investigation and treatment of challenging ailments, he added.

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 10:10:13 +0530
Smart Cities Mission is t

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the Smart Cities Mission is the beginning of India’s urban renaissance. He was addressing the gathering after releasing the Book ‘Smart Cities Unbundled’ authored by Dr. Sameer Sharma.

The Vice President said that a Smart City is a liveable city to the people with required amenities like clean drinking water, sanitation, toilets, infrastructure etc. He further said that it as a renaissance because there has been a paradigm shift in both the planning, approach and implementation of Smart City mission.

The Vice President said that while the government has a Constitutional mandate to devolve funds, functionaries and functions on local bodies, the progress has been slow. He further said that the urban agenda prepared by the present Government aims to address this gap by integrating several types of plans at the city level. People's participation in any programme is crucial for its success, he added.

The Vice President said that the Smart Cities Mission, which was described as ‘Mission Transform nation’ by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, seeks to transform cities into sustainable centres of economic activity and provide improved quality of life to citizens. He further said that another remarkable feature of the mission was to take up credit rating of cities. One more important strategic element of the Smart Cities Mission is the use of digital technology to bring about transparency and accountability, as well as improving the service delivery to its citizens, he added.

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:53:32 +0530
The Emotional Effects of

By Prerna Mistry

Colours aren’t just what you see. They have a deeper impact on our psyche and have an effect on us both mentally as well. Do you ever notice that certain places make you uncomfortable for no reason at all? And that certain places are especially relaxing and calming? Well, there’s a good chance that the colours in those spaces are playing a part in making you feel those things.

Besides, there is also a reason why people prefer certain colours over others and it is this certain preference that determines our personalities in varied ways as each colour has an association with a reaction our brain has when we internalize it.

  • Psychological Effects of Cool Colours

Cool colours provide not only relaxing and calming vibes but also prod creativity as well. Take for example the colour purple; Purple utilizes both, colours red and blue that provides a good balance of stimulation and serenity which encourages creativity and also provides a stress free atmosphere due to its calming effect on the mind. Green is also a calming colour that even helps you concentrate well. Blue is calming as well and also decreases respiration and lowers blood pressure.

  • Psychological Effects of Warm Colours

Utilize colours yellow or orange to create an environment of stimulation and also encourage appetite. The colour red, however, stimulates feelings of love, warmth and helps in regaining energy levels. Red also enhances metabolism, however, it increases respiration rate and increases blood pressure.

  • Psychological Effects of Monochromes

Monochromatic colours, mainly black and white, are polar opposites not just colour wise but also in the effects that they have on our minds as well. Black is associated with power, elegance and mystery. However, too much of it can cause a feeling of grief in one’s mind. White symbolises purity and all that is light and pure. Black can have a negative connotation as opposed to the colour white.

However, having said that, each person has different reactions to different colours. Therefore the universal significance of each colour may not apply to everyone. Hence colour psychology and associations, have many scientific questions about it that are still left unanswered and differences in cultural attachments to colours can only be studied through observation and experiences.

 

 

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 18:28:06 +0530
PM Modi and Chinese Presi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to meet Chinese president Xi Jinping for an ‘informal summit.’ The informal summit is set to be one where matters such as the unresolved border dispute will be discussed among other important topics such as terrorism and India’s trade deficit with China as well.

During the Modi-Xi meeting, the entire spectrum of significant bilateral and global issues is likely to come up for discussion. However, no major agreements are expected to be reached.

Besides, the two leaders are likely to discuss the changes that have taken place and which are unprecedented in the past 100 years to exchange views on the strategic, long term issues concerning particularly bilateral ties.

 

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:04:05 +0530
H 1B visa holders spouse

The Trump administration is planning to end allowing spouses of H1-B visa holders to work legally in the US. The move, it has been reported, will impact more than 70,000 H-4 visas holders, who have work permits.

H-4 is issued to the spouse of H-1B visa holders. They obtained work permits under a special order issued by the previous Obama administration that allowed work permits for spouses who otherwise could not be employed while H-1B visa holders sought permanent resident status.

The Trump administration, however, is planning to terminate this provision, according to a letter by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Francis Cissna to Senator Chuck Grassley.

“Our plans include proposing regulatory changes to remove H-4 dependent spouses from the class of aliens eligible for employment authorisation, thereby reversing the 2015 final rule that granted such eligibility,” Cissna said.

He further stated that such action would comport with the executive order requirement to “propose new rules and issue new guidance, to supersede or revise previous rules and guidance if appropriate, to protect the interests of United States workers in the administration of our immigration system.”

 

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:47:03 +0530
10 killed in Toronto van

At least 10 people were killed after a white van rammed into pedestrians in Toronto. Around 15 people were injured in the incident as well.

The driver has been arrested by the Canadian police and identified as Alek Minassian. The police have taken Manassian into custody. However, the motive for the attack remains unclear.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took to Twitter to offer his condolences and prayers for families affected in the incident. Trudeau tweeted, “Tonight, the hearts & thoughts of an entire country are with the families and friends of those killed in Toronto today. We also wish all those injured a fast and full recovery.”

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:19:23 +0530
Diu runs on 100 renewabl

Diu Smart City has become the first city in India, that runs on 100% renewable energy during daytime setting a new benchmark for other cities to become clean and green.

Diu had been importing 73% of its power from Gujarat until last year. It has now adopted a two-pronged approach whereby a 9 MW solar park spread over 50 hectares rocky barren land has been developed besides installing solar panels on the roof tops on 79 government buildings thereby generating 1.3 MW annually.

To further enhance its solar capacity, Diu offers its residents a subsidy of Rs 10, 000-50,000 for installing 1-5KW roof top solar panels. Diu is saving about 13,000 tonnes of carbon emissions every year. Due to low-cost solar energy, power tariffs have been cut in residential category by 10% last year and 15% this year.

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:24:38 +0530
Gadkari vows to bring dow

Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has said that India is exploring an agreement with South Korea for introduction of Highways Information System in the country. This would be developed on lines of the system run by the Express Highways Information Corporation of South Korea, with integrated monitoring of a highway at a centralized control room.

Inaugurating the 29th National Road Safety Week in New Delhi’s Vigyan Bhavan, the Minister spelt out the ministry’s priorities in ensuring safety of road users in the country. He informed that he has fixed a target of bringing down the number of road fatalities to half from the around 1.5 lakh accidental deaths reported when he took over. Gadkari said, though progress has been achieved in this respect, he is still not satisfied and aspires to keep working in this direction.

The Ministry organizes the Road Safety Week every year to create awareness among general public and improve upon the safety of road users. This year, Road Safety Week is being organized from 23rd to 29th of April and the focus is on schools and commercial drivers. Addressing the participants Gadkari requested that every student be made a road safety ambassador for his family and for the society. Various activities have been organized for school / college students, drivers and all road users.

The Minister gave away awards to fifteen school children who won the national level essay competition on road safety. The top three winners were given cash prizes of Rs 15,000, Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000 and a certificate each. Gadkari also administered the road safety pledge to all those present on the occasion.

Outlining the initiatives and steps taken to improve vehicle safety and overall road safety, the Minister said his ministry has adopted the 4E principles of Education, Enforcement, Engineering and Emergency care to address the problem of road safety. For ensuring vehicular safety, the standards of buses have been upgraded, air bags and speed alert device have been made mandatory for all cars, and every two-wheeler will have ABS to avoid skidding. He said, the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017, passed by Lok Sabha is waiting to be cleared by Rajya Sabha. This bill comprehensively promotes safety on the road. It would also promote the development of an efficient, seamless and integrated multi-mode public transport system.

The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has launched a scheme for setting up of Driving Training Centre to provide quality training to commercial vehicle drivers, improve road and environment safety and strengthen overall mobility on roads. 789 road accident black spots have been identified on NHs of which 139 black spots are rectified, work on 233 black spots are awarded and in progress. Ministry had issued guidelines for taking up of Road Safety Audits on National Highways either as part of all new projects. Detailed Road Safety Audits in a length of 610 km have been sanctioned on National Highways in last two years. Installation of crash barriers at accident prone locations on National Highways in Hilly Terrain has been sanctioned in a length of 183 Km at a cost of Rs 108.25 crore.

Shri Gadkari also released a paper on road safety by Indian Road Safety Campaign. IRSC is a youth led national mission promoting road safety, led by students and alumni of IIT Delhi. It is currently working on creating awareness on road safety, developing technologies, simplifying laws and improving the post-accident emergency care system. IRSC organizes an annual road safety championship called as the Safer India Challenge in collaboration with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and various state polices involving the youth to come up with innovations in this area. The Safer India Challenge’18 was launched on the occasion. In addition to this the Minister also released a short story collection on road safety theme entitled “Have a safe journey”

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:20:47 +0530
Intl SME Convention 20

Delegates from 37 countries are participating in the first ever International SME Convention being held in New Delhi from 22nd to 24th April. Some of the participating countries are Australia, Austria, France, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sri Lanka, South Africa and UAE. Delegates from these countries are representing small enterprises of their countries in the sectors of agriculture, healthcare, strategic defence training, education, logistics, digital entertainment and waste management. The Convention will be also hosting over 400 entrepreneurs from India.

During the 2 days’ Convention a Khadi fashion show called “Transcending Boundaries” will be held. The show is being curated by Sunil Sethi of the Fashion Design Council of India featuring Khadi designs of Rohit Bal, Anju Modi, Payal Jain and Poonam Bhagat. The Convention has a special session for women entrepreneurs where successful women business persons will discuss creating sustainable livelihoods for women entrepreneurs.

The MSME sector has emerged as a most vibrant sector in the Indian economy and has gained recognition throughout the world for doing business in areas as varied as waste management, gems and jewellery, agriculture and food processing and the automotive industry. During this Convention around 150 exhibitors from India and abroad have set up stalls showcasing their business and products. During the inaugural function 35 of India’s “Small Giants” were felicitated by the Minister. The companies felicitated are dealing with logistics, bio-technology, pharma, semi-conductors, textiles, gems and jewellery, security and chemicals.

The Minister hoped that a Convention like this will act like a bridge across all sectors and will help India in making use of its demographic dividend by generating jobs for the youth of this country.

The Polish delegation has the largest number of participants and is led by the Mayor of Sosnowiec, Mr. Arkadiusz Chęciński.  Sosnowiec is an industrial city of Southern Poland.  On this occasion, Gianfranco Terenzi, President of World Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (WUSME), Prahlad Kakkar, Chairman, India SME forum, Secretary, Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME), Dr. Arun Kumar Panda, Chairman of Khadi and Village Industries Commission and Chairman of Coir Board of India were also present.

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:15:22 +0530
President confers Gallant

The President and Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces Shri Ram Nath Kovind conferred three Kirti Chakras and thirteen Shaurya Chakras to Armed Forces Personnel for displaying conspicuous gallantry, indomitable courage and extreme devotion to duty at a solemn ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Two Kirti Chakras and two of the Shaurya Chakras were given posthumously.

The President also conferred thirteen Param Vishisht Seva Medals, two Uttam Yudh Seva Medals, two Bar to Ati Vishisht Seva Medals and twenty six Ati Vishisht Seva Medals to senior officers of the Armed Forces for distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:09:54 +0530
Dakota DC 3 aircraft is s

A Dakota DC-3 aircraft of 1940’s vintage would be inducted shortly in to the Vintage Aircraft Flight of the Indian Air Force.  A large fleet of Dakota DC-3 served in the IAF till 1988.  It was one of the most versatile transport aircraft of its time. To honour the first Dakota which transported troops of the 1st Sikh Regiment to Srinagar on 27 Oct 47, during the Kashmir conflict, the IAF has allocated the aircraft with a registration number. Built in 1944, the aircraft served in military with the RAF and was also operated by various civil airlines.

The aircraft was obtained from scrap in 2011 and was restored to flying condition in UK by Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) Mr. Rajeev Chandrasekhar for gifting it to the IAF. Subsequently, the IAF signed a contract with M/s Reflight Airworks Ltd London for upgrading its navigational systems. The CAS ceremonially accepted the aircraft into the IAF from Mr. Rajeev Chandrasekhar on 13 Feb 18.

After successfully completing all test flights, after its restoration, the aircraft commenced its journey from the UK on 17 Apr 18. It is being flown to India by a joint team crew of the IAF and M/s Reflight Airworks Ltd. The ferry to India by making   en-route halts at France, Italy, Greece, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman, will be completed on 25 Apr 18 at Jamnagar.

To honour the old war horse in its new residence, the induction ceremony of Dakota VP-905 is scheduled on 04 May 18 at Air Force Station Hindan. The ceremony will include the representatives from the OEM, dignitaries from the High Commission of the UK and the proud veterans of the IAF who have operated this magnificent flying machine.

An aircraft of this generation being flown to India from across the World after its restoration, is an unprecedented event in the history of the IAF and joins our vintage flight which was raised in Palam in 1988. The Present day heritage aircraft in Vintage Flight are Howard and Tiger moth with plans afoot to add a wider variety of military aircraft which forms a part of our rich ancestry.

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:03:27 +0530
Ways To Keep Your Home Cl

By Prerna Mistry

We all love a clean, fresh home and while pets make for great companions, they tend to leave a mess and quite the stink at home. Keeping a house clean, in itself is a challenge and with a pet, it is another ball game all together. However, having said that, it doesn’t mean that having a clean home with a furry friend is impossible. Here are ways to achieve just that in simple, fast manner.

  • Bathe and Brush

Regular baths are the first and most vital step to keeping your pet and home smelling fresh. Giving your pet a bath on regular intervals will not only keep your pet healthy, but also ensure that your home is sanitised. Besides, brushing regularly or even daily for pets with long or thick coats minimizes hair shedding, keeping your pet’s fur and skin healthy as well.

  • The Right Tools Matter

Getting a pet is a huge responsibility. This is something you hear time and again both before and after you buy a pet. This rings true as when you get a pet, besides just maintaining it, there’s a lot of investment that you need to make even just to clean up after it such as buying a vacuum cleaner, buying a de-shedding glove etc. however, this just doesn’t end here as even you as a pet owner need to take efforts to sweep or mop after your pets, invest in a good disinfectant as well as air fresheners among others.

  • Just Spot It

Try putting down an old towel if your pets have a 'favourite' spot in your home where they like to rest during the day. This will encourage your pet to gravitate to that particular spot, minimizing the chances of hair getting everywhere as your pet would be spending more time in that spot than on the sofa or bed.

  • Paws After Play

While your pet loves to play and it is important to give them plenty of exercise as well outdoors, their delicate paws tend to get soiled and covered in mud. Therefore, put ingrain the habit of wiping their paws before they run all around your house or climb on your furniture to avoid further mess.

  • Fresh Refresh

Just like humans, even animals have body odours. While we as human beings can rid ourselves of the smell by showering regularly, animals (obviously) cant. It is therefore essential to give your pet a bath regularly and apart from this, invest in scented candles and room fresheners to diffuse the ‘dog smell’ or ‘cat smell’ from your home.

 

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:12:34 +0530
Chief Justice removal not

Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu rejected the Congress-led opposition parties' notice today to remove the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra stating that it lacked substantial merit.

Naidu said, “Having considered the material contained in the notice of motion and reflected upon the inputs received in my interaction with legal luminaries and constitutional experts, I am of the firm opinion that the notice of the motion does not deserve to be admitted. Accordingly I refuse to admit notice of motion”.

He further stated, “I have applied my mind to all five charges made out in impeachment motion and examined all annexed documents. All facts as stated in motion don't make out a case which can lead any reasonable mind to conclude that CJI on these facts can be ever held guilty of misbehaviour.”

Naidu, while rejecting the notice, cited a press conference the Congress held on the issue as being in breach of parliamentary customs and conventions and also in violation of Rajya Sabha norms.

He asserted, “I am constrained to observe that in the matter, the well established parliamentary customs and conventions have been delineated and the paragraph 2.2 of the handbook of the Rajya Sabha members have been disregarded. This provision prohibits publicity of any notice submitted by a member till it is been admitted by the chairman and circulated to the members. In the instant case immediately after submitting the notice to me on 20th April, 2018, members addressed a press conference and shared the statements contained in the notice which included some still unsubstantiated charges against the CJI. This act of members discussing the act of the CJI in the press is against propriety and parliamentary decorum as it denigrates the institution of the CJI. I am also aware that there has been a spate of statements in the press that seem to vitiate the atmosphere. I thought, I should, therefore, expedite my decision and end needless speculation”.

Congress leader PL Punia said that Congress and other opposition parties will talk to some legal experts and then take the next step. Congress leaders stated that the party is considering moving the Supreme Court if the notice to remove is rejected.

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:07:06 +0530
Rahul Gandhi takes a dig

Rahul Gandhi recently took a dig at PM Narendra Modi. He stated, “Modiji is bothered only about Modiji. PM Modi is only bothered about becoming the PM again. He isn't bothered about rapes.”

He added, “We will never allow the BJP and RSS to even touch our constitution. The people of India will speak their 'Mann ki Baat' in 2019.”

The Congress is set to continue its nationwide campaign for a year till April 14, 2019.

Gandhi further asserted, “Modiji sees spirituality in making pakodas, and cleaning toilets. But for himself, he only sees spirituality in becoming Prime Minister.”

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:38:54 +0530
Travel trade professional

Travel trade professionals from across the world’s hospitality industry will descend upon Dubai tomorrow for the opening of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2018, the region’s leading travel industry showcase.

Celebrating its 25th year, ATM 2018, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre, will showcase the largest exhibition of regional and global hotel brands in the history of ATM, with hotels comprising 20% of the total show area.

Building on the success of last year’s exhibition, where more than 39,000 industry professionals agreed deals worth US$2.5bn, ATM 2018 will welcome over 2,500 confirmed exhibitors including 65 national pavilions.

More than 100 new exhibitors are set to make their ATM debut this year, including Visit Finland, Guizhou Province of China, Hungarian Tourism Agency Ltd, Polish Tourist Organisation, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dubai Municipality Leisure Facilities Department, Yas Experiences, Indigo Airlines, Kurdistan Tourism, Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau, Jakarta City Government Tourism and Culture Office and Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration to name a few.

Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, ATM, said: "We have visitors registered from all corners of the globe covering all segments of the hospitality industry for what promises to be the biggest show yet in the event’s 25-year history.

"The growth and scale of ATM 2018 is testament to the buoyant travel and tourism industry here in the MENA region. With Expo 2020 now just two years away, this growth will undoubtedly continue as Dubai aims to complete 160,000 hotel rooms in time to welcome an additional five million visitors over the course of the event."

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:48:33 +0530
Record number of Indians

Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that for the first time after the Independence, a record number of Muslims from the country will go to Haj this year and that too without any subsidy.

He said that the government led by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has succeeded in getting India’s Haj quota increased for the second consecutive year and now, for the first time after the Independence, record 1,75,025 pilgrims from India will go to Haj 2018. A total of 3,55,604 applications had been received for Haj which included 1,89,217 male and 1,66,387 female applicants.

This year, a total of 1,28,002 pilgrims will go through Haj Committee of India which include about 47 per cent females. 47,023 Haj pilgrims will go through Private Tour Operators.  Besides, for the first time Muslim women from India will also go to Haj without “Mehram” (male companion). A total of 1308 women have applied to go for Haj without “Mehram” and all of these women have been exempted from lottery system and allowed to proceed to Haj.

In 2017, a total of Rs 1030 crore was paid to airlines for air fare for 1,24,852 Haj pilgrims. Whereas, in 2018, a total of Rs 973 crore will be paid to airlines for 1,28,002 Haj pilgrims. It means, Rs 57 crore less will be paid to airlines this year even after ending the Haj subsidy.

The Minister also said that Saudi Arabia has given green signal for India’s decision to reviving the option of sending Haj pilgrims through sea route also and officials from both the countries are in discussion on all the necessary formalities and technicalities so that Haj pilgrimage through sea route can be started in the coming years.

Naqvi said that for the first time, choice of embarkation points has been given to Haj pilgrims which has received overwhelming response.

In this training camp, 623 “Khadim-ul-Hujjaj” from all the states participated. Officials from Haj Committee of India, Vrihan Mumbai Mahanagar Palika, Disaster Management agencies and doctors informed them in detail, all the process related to Haj including accommodation, transport, health and safety of Haj pilgrims at Makkah-Madina. For the first time, Female Haj Assistants will be deployed to monitor various facilities for women Haj pilgrims.

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:43:01 +0530
Economic Affairs Secretar

Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), said that countries in India’s constituency in the World Bank – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Sri Lanka – now are the highest growing block in South Asia and the World at large.  Garg said that it will cross 3 trillion GDP this year. It attracts close to 100 billion dollars of FDI and Portfolio Investment and will grow around 7.5% this year. However, it has widespread poverty and faces enormous developmental challenges.

Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) was addressing the 97th Meeting of the Development Committee Plenary in Washington D.C. The items on the Agenda included Sustaining Financing for Sustainable Development; A Report to Governors on Shareholding at the Spring Meetings 2018; Progress Report on Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management in the World Bank Group Operations; Forward Look Implementation Update; and Update to Governors on Gender Diversity in the Executive Board of the World Bank Group.

Subhash Chandra Garg further said that while the World Bank Group - IBRD, IFC, IDA, MIGA – has supported the growth and development of this constituency, it will need to continue in the foreseeable future. This is the reason capital increase has been a matter of critical interest for India. 

He expressed happiness that there is now an Agreement on the capital increase package and that it is reasonably large – a 13 billion capital increase in IBRD and IFC together, which from the historical context, is a truly unprecedented expansion of capital. Garg expressed India’s support for the shareholding review, including development of dynamic formula and the capital package. 

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:36:32 +0530
India tightens grip again

Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance, 2018 has come into force as the President of India has given his assent to the Union Cabinet’s decision to promulgate the said Ordinance. Earlier, the Union Cabinet, in its meeting held on 21st April, 2018, had decided to approve the proposal of the Ministry of Finance to promulgate the Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance, 2018.

Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance, 2018 (“the Ordinance”) lays down the measures to empower Indian authorities to attach and confiscate proceeds of crime associated with economic offenders and the properties of the economic offenders and thereby deter economic offenders from evading the process of Indian law by remaining outside the jurisdiction of Indian courts.                     

The need for the Ordinance has arisen as there have been instances of economic offenders fleeing the jurisdiction of Indian courts, anticipating the commencement, or during the pendency, of criminal proceedings. The absence of such offenders from Indian courts has several deleterious consequences - first, it hampers investigation in criminal cases; second, it wastes precious time of courts of law, third, it undermines the rule of law in India.

The existing civil and criminal provisions in law are not entirely adequate to deal with the severity of the problem. In view of the above context, a Budget announcement was made by the Government in the Budget 2017-18 that the Government was considering to introduce legislative changes or even a new law to confiscate the assets of such absconders till they submit to the jurisdiction of the appropriate legal forum.

Pursuant to the above announcement, the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018 was introduced in LokSabha on the 12th March, 2018. The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018 was listed for consideration and passing in LokSabha on many occasions after its introduction. The LokSabha has since been adjourned sine die and both the Houses of Parliament were prorogued on 6thApril, 2018.         

In order to address the deficiency in the present laws and lay down measures to deter economic offenders from evading the process of Indian law by remaining outside the jurisdiction of Indian courts, the Ordinance is being proposed. The Ordinance makes provisions for a Court (‘Special Court’ under the Prevention of Money-laundering Act, 2002) to declare a person as a Fugitive Economic Offender.

A Fugitive Economic Offender is a person against whom an arrest warrant has been issued in respect of a scheduled offence and who has left India so as to avoid criminal prosecution, or being abroad, refuses to return to India to face criminal prosecution. A scheduled offence refers to a list of economic offences contained in the Schedule to this Ordinance. Further, in order to ensure that Courts are not over-burdened with such cases, only those cases where the total value involved in such offences is 100 crore rupees or more, is within the purview of this Ordinance.

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:46:33 +0530
Naval Chief visits Iran f

The 6th edition of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) and Conclave of Chiefs is being hosted by Iran at Tehran from 23 to 25 April. The Chief of the Naval Staff is leading a four member Indian delegation for the event.

The IONS was conceived by the Indian Navy in 2008. The forum seeks to enhance maritime cooperation among navies of the littoral states of the Indian Ocean Region by providing an open and inclusive forum for discussion on regionally relevant maritime issues that would lead to common understanding on the way ahead.

The inaugural edition of IONS was held in February 2008 at New Delhi, with Indian Navy as the Chair for two years. This was followed by UAE from 2010 - 2012, South Africa from 2012 - 2014, Australia from   2014 - 2016 and Bangladesh from 2016 - 2018.

The IONS Charter of Business was agreed upon by the Conclave of Chiefs and brought into effect in February 2014. A relatively young forum, barely in its 10th year of existence, it has grown into a formidable organisation with 23 members and 09 observers. As the founder nation, India will also be conducting commemorative activities in November 2018 at Kochi, for celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year.

The visit of the Chief of the Naval Staff is also aimed at consolidating bilateral naval relations between India and Iran and to explore new avenues for naval cooperation. Admiral Sunil Lanba will also hold bilateral discussions with the Commander IRI Navy, and other participating ‘Chiefs of Navy/ Head of Maritime Agencies’.

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:38:42 +0530
Vice President Share C

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that Share and Care has been the core of our philosophy. He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple renovated by Hare Krishna Foundation, in Hyderabad.

The Vice President said that temples have been the centres of India’s cultural ethos and they have been centres of music, dance and spiritual upliftment of the masses. They have spread awareness of religious and spiritual thoughts through traditions like Harikatha and Purana Pravchana, he added.

The Vice President said that temples have had a central place in India’s cultural life and we revere every action that serves humanity. He further said that there is a sanctity attached to many of our daily activities which is why we have words like “Vidyalaya”, “Chikitsalaya”, “Bhojanalaya” and even “Shauchalaya”.  We see divinity everywhere because we believe that all living and non-living beings are manifestations of the same divine principle and energy, he added.

The Vice President said that Krishna symbolizes the eternal values of love, compassion, empathy and righteous behaviour. He further said that if we can bring about the Krishna consciousness in society, we can usher in a huge transformation in the lives of people. We can foster peace, prosperity, fraternity and bring Vaikuntha or anxiety free environment in each and every family, he added.

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:34:41 +0530
UAE attends World School

The UAE is the only Arab country participating in the 2018 World Schools Championship in Badminton, which opened in India yesterday, with 200 players representing 15 countries participating.

The championship, which will run until April 24, brings together young and talented shuttlers from all over the world at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Balewadi.

Ahmed Abdul Rahman, the head of the Sports Activity Department at the Ministry of Education, who is leading the country's mission in the event, said the participation is aimed at honing players' skills and earning them good experience through interactions with world's top teams in this sport, like India.

The event is being played in two categories – selected teams and school teams. Each Schools team comprises of students from the same school, whereas selected teams comprise of players from the same country and from different schools. The matches are played in a team format with two doubles and three singles matches. Each team comprises of five boys and five girls.

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 12:26:56 +0530
President receives the fi

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, received the first copy of the book “Adi Shankaracharya: Hinduism’s Greatest Thinker”, from the author Shri Pavan Varma, at Rashtrapati Bhavan. 

Speaking on the occasion, the President said the imprint of Adi Shankaracharya, who was born over 1,200 years ago in Kerala, is still apparent in contemporary India and in fact in all parts of our country. He remains among the most influential personalities in our long and rich history. He was a spiritual leader, a Vedantic philosopher, a monk, a scholar and an explorer. His contributions are not just in the religious or spiritual sphere – they continue to be a guide to everyday life.

The President said that while modern technology expands our knowledge of the universe, it is our ancient wisdom that helps us to reconcile our very existence with today’s cutting-edge inventions and discoveries. That is why 21st century India is a synthesis of both the Upanishads and the Internet. Both are important for the Indian soul.

The President said that Adi Shankacharya instinctively understood this. Way back in the 8th Century, he combined pride in India’s earliest philosophical traditions with the realities of his age. He established four peethas – in the north, south, east and west. These peethas were and are different – and at once they were and are the same. That is the beauty of India.

A visit to these peethas, the President said, should not be seen as just a pilgrimage. It is actually a cultural exploration of the frontiers of Indian civilisation and of our diverse society.

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 12:21:22 +0530
Vice President calls for

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that urban rural divide in providing medical care must end adding that people living in rural areas must have access to affordable and quality healthcare. He was addressing the gathering at First Graduation Day function of Malla Reddy Institute of Medical Sciences & Malla Reddy Institute of Dental Sciences in Hyderabad, Telangana.

Highlighting the shortage of doctors and nurses all over the country, the Vice President said that rural areas are under-served in terms of medical facilities and personnel. Working in rural areas for MBBS Graduates must be made mandatory before they get their first promotion, he added.

The Vice President said that India needs a multi-pronged strategy to improve the well-being of our people. He suggested the government to increase budgetary allocations for healthcare and address infrastructure and manpower shortages. Setting up more medical, dental and nursing colleges and providing affordable and accessible treatment as well as education is also crucial, he added.

Addressing the students, the Vice President said that medical students and doctors must ensure that their trust is never broken and maintain the highest credibility. He further said that not only credibility, they must also have empathy and compassion. They have taken up a noble profession where they don’t distinguish between a poor and rich patient while providing treatment and a good human being will always make a good doctor too, he added.

The Vice President said that India needs to become world leader in education and reduce brain drain. He complimented the Union Government for launching ‘Study in India’ programme to promote India as a destination for higher studies and attract foreign students.

The Vice President said that in the modern times, certain aberrations have crept into our social life and we are witnessing barbaric incidents like rapes, female feticides and dowry killings. He further said that no civilized society can tolerate such inhuman acts and the most stringent punishments have to be meted out to criminals who perpetrate those crimes. Gender equality must begin at home and families play a big role in shaping the attitude of children and boys must be made to treat girls with respect, he added.

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 12:17:11 +0530
PM lauds civil servants

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, addressed Civil Servants on the occasion of Civil Services Day. He said the occasion is one of Appreciation, Evaluation and Introspection. He described the Prime Minister's Award as a step towards motivating civil servants, and congratulated the awardees. He said the awards also indicate the priorities of the Government.

He said that the priority programmes such as Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, Deendayal Upadhyay Kaushalya Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, and Digital Payments, for which awards have been given, are important programmes for New India.

Speaking on the subject of Aspirational Districts, the Prime Minister said that these 115 districts could become growth engines for their entire States. He stressed on the importance of Jan Bhagidaari, or public participation, in development. He said 2022, the seventy-fifth anniversary of independence, can become an inspiration for working towards achieving the India of the dreams of our freedom fighters.

The Prime Minister asserted that all available technology, including space technology, should be used for improving governance. He said it is important for civil servants to keep pace with emerging technologies worldwide.

He described civil servants as people with great capability and said that these capabilities can contribute in a big way, for the benefit of the nation.

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 12:13:01 +0530
Dhvani se abdaurChinh

An exhibition titled "Dhvani se ŚabdaurChinh” was inaugurated at National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai.

Curated by AdwaitaGadanayak and his team, the exhibition speaks to us about southern sensibilities and singular identities that were forged through scholarly adaptations, multiple skills and experiments that were seeking to juxtapose the notions of the modern with the traditional. It identifies artists who practiced in Southern states as well as artists who were born there or had family trees and moved up North to become the greatest practitioners and pedagogues.

The czar of the Madras Movement, K.C.S. Paniker – believed that an artist had to foreground tradition and cultural art forms and interpret these within contemporary sensibilities, leading to defining the regional modern particularly in Madras.

Hence, Paniker's regional modern was firmly fixed in the wedge between the visibility and identity of the southern artists nationally, and developing a visual language born of an Indian ethos - the vitality of the Indian spirit.

Historians have noted that the modernity which was established in Madras in the '60s integrated and blended pioneering visions of certain artist-teachers at the Madras School of Arts and Crafts.

The culling also includes Malayali veterans like K. G. Subramanyan, the cultural theorist, the philosopher, the art mandarin who taught seven decades of students as well as A. Ramachandran the scholar, the author, the art historian and the guru who taught a love for the immediate environment to his students.

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 12:07:26 +0530
PM reaffirms commitment o

‘’On Earth Day, let us reaffirm our commitment towards creating a better planet for our future generations. Let us work together to mitigate the menace of climate change. This would be a great tribute to our beloved Mother Earth.

I compliment all those individuals and organisations who are working towards promoting harmony with nature and ensuring sustainable development’’, the Prime Minister said.

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 12:02:17 +0530
Yashwant Sinha quits BJP

Former Union finance minister Yashwant Sinha announced that he is quitting the BJP and will move away from politics in future. He blamed the party and the NDA for undermining the democracy of the country.

Sinha had handled the external affairs and finance portfolios in the AB Vajpayee government from 1998 to 2004.

Yashwant Sinha, in an event in Patna, said that he is taking a 'sanyas' from any kind of party politics and ending all ties with the BJP. He added that he will launch a nationwide protest to strengthen the democracy of the country.

Yashwant Sinha had started revolting with the BJP since the Narendra Modi government took charge in the centre from 2014 as he and some other senior leaders including L K Advani were marginalised in the party.

Finance minister Arun Jaitley and Sinha had confronted each other few months back and Jaitley deemed Sinha a "job seeker at the age of 80". However Sinha cleared that he is not an aspirant for any post and is not at all interested to seek any post.

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 18:15:23 +0530
Shake It Off

By Prerna Mistry

Milkshakes are universally loved by everyone all across the world. They are not just tasty but also can be customised to create a beautiful dessert drink that is yummy and filling. The best part about milkshakes is that a thick, creamy shake can be so filling that you can actually substitute a meal by opting for a glassful of this delicious drink. And with the weather in summer being so hot and draining you of energy, this makes the perfect solution for when you don’t feel like eating on a sweltering summer day and want to keep yourself cool. Here are a few mouth-watering milkshakes that make for the perfect recipes in order to indulge your taste buds.  

  • Mango milkshake

Ingredients-

  • Milk (chilled) - 1 cup
  • Sugar - 1 ½ tbsp (or as per taste)
  • Mango (ripe, large) - 2
  • Vanilla ice cream - 2 scoops
  • Ice cubes (small) - 3-4 (optional)

Method-

  • Cut the mangoes and then add them in a blender with milk, sugar, and 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream and the ice cubes.
  • Blend this till the mango pieces integrate well and you have a smooth, creamy milkshake.
  • Remove this in a glass and top it off with 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream. You can add small pieces of mangoes and mango syrup on the ice cream. Enjoy it when it is chilled.

 

  • Tiramisu milkshake

Ingredients-

  • Vanilla ice cream- 4 large scoops
  • Instant coffee powder- 2 ½ tsp
  • Mascarpone cheese- 2 tbsp
  • Butter cookies- 2
  • Chocolate sauce- 8 tbsp
  • Whipped cream

Method-

  • Combine the ice cream, coffee, mascarpone cheese and butter cookies in the blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Pour the milkshake into a glass and top it with whipped cream and chocolate sauce.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

 

  • Nutella milkshake

Ingredients-

  • Cold milk- ½ cup
  • Chocolate ice cream- 1-2 scoops
  • Icing sugar- as needed
  • Vanilla essence- ¼ tsp
  • Nutella- 2 ½ tbsp
  • Ice cubes as needed

Method-

  • In a blender, pour the milk, add in the chocolate ice cream and Nutella and blend it once.
  • Next, add in your ice cubes, vanilla essence and icing sugar and blend it once again, till frothy.
  • Serve it cold with some chocolate ice cream or whipped cream and dust it with some cocoa powder and enjoy!

 

  • Cornflakes milkshake

Ingredients-

  • Corn flakes- 2 ½ cups
  • Hot milk- 1 ½ cups
  • Vanilla ice cream- 2 scoops

Method-

  • Steep 1 ½ cups corn flakes in 1 ½ cups of hot milk for 30 minutes.
  • Strain and freeze the milk in an ice cube tray.
  • Blend the frozen milk cubes with vanilla ice cream and 1 cup of corn flakes.
  • Serve cold and immediately and garnish it more corn flakes.

 

  • Mint Oreo milkshake

Ingredients-

  • Mint extract- 1 tsp
  • Oreos- 1 cup
  • Vanilla ice cream- 5 scoops
  • Milk- 8-10 tbsp
  • whipped cream

Method-

  • Crush the Oreos and keep aside.
  • Take vanilla ice cream, milk and add to it some mint extract.
  • Blend all the ingredients together until frothy and top it with some whipped cream and crushed Oreos and serve chilled.
Sat, 21 Apr 2018 17:31:25 +0530
Union Cabinet approves am

The Union Cabinet, today, approved an ordinance to ensure death penalty to those convicted in raping children up to the age of 12. The government will amend the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and the bill will be presented in the next session of the Parliament.

The Central government had informed the Supreme Court that they were seriously considering ways to amend the POCSO act but the sudden move comes in the wake of a string of rape cases and murder of children in the country.

Additional Solicitor General P.S. Narasimha informed the court of the government's plan when the Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra was ready to consider the PIL over the attack of an 8-year-old girl.

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 16:40:43 +0530
Sri Sankara Jayanthi begi

K.A.Viswanathan

 

The ten day Sri Sankara Jayanthi celebration commenced at the  Sri Sankara Mattam at Matunga in Central Mumbai . It is  the only temple which is  fully dedicated to Adi Sankara and has his idol as the main deity celebrated the Sankara Jayanthi in a befitting manner.

 

Starting with Mahanyasa Rudra Japam and homam, Navavarana Pooja, , beeja danam , Anna dhanam which was followed by Abhishekam( bathing of the idol) with holy water.  In the evenings there will be daily discourses on “Sankara Vijayam”- the history of Adi Sankara , by noted Vedic scholar Sri Neela Bala Sarma from Tamil Nadu. The idol was taken around the area in procession with the beating of drums and Vedic  recitation by Vedic scholars.

 

Adi Shankara was born around 2500 years ago was an  Indian Hindu philosopher and theologian whose teachings had a profound influence on the growth of Hinduism. Also known as Shri Adi Shankaracharya and Bhagavatpada Acharya (the guru at the feet of Lord), he was a religious reformist who critiqued the rituals-oriented schools of Hinduism and cleansed the Vedic religious practices of ritualistic excesses.

 

Adi Shankara is best remembered for his remarkable reinterpretations of Hindu scriptures and his commentaries on the Vedic canon (Brahma Sutras, Principal Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita). He was an exponent of the Advaita Vedanta school of philosophy which refers to the recognition that the true Self, Atman, is the same as the highest Reality, Brahman. His teachings on the philosophy have tremendously influenced various sects of Hinduism and have contributed to the development of the modern Indian thought.

 

He was born in a very poor family in a village named Kaladi in Kerala. The great Saint Adi Shankaracharya, had travelled to Kashmir, more than two millenniums ago and spread the Vedic message of truth, oneness & harmony. He lived for 32 years and with in that spread Hindu dharma across the length and breadth of the county and established four Matthams.

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 15:18:07 +0530
Vice President inaugurate

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that translating “legislative intent” into “programmatic content” and demonstrating to the common citizens what “Surajya” actually looks like in day to day administration, the civil services have an enormous opportunity today. He was delivering the inaugural address at the 2-day event of the 12th Civil Services Day.

The Vice President said that a clean, competent, people-friendly, proactive administrative leadership is the need of the hour. He further said that ‘Swarajya’ has to be meaningful for each Indian and, for this ‘Surajya’ is inevitable. There is a need for honest introspection into the effectiveness and efficiency of our administrative structures and processes, he added.

The Vice President said that the focus has shifted to “implementation” and “innovation” and it is becoming increasingly clear that “business as usual” approach will not do. We must collectively transform India into a nation that we can all be proud of, he added.

The Vice President called on officers of Civil Services to reorient their approach to look upon themselves as catalysts of change, as facilitators of change, as inspirational leaders for an aspirational India. He further said that it is the collective responsibility of the executive, the legislature, the judiciary and the media to identify, combat and root out evils including casteism, communalism, corruption, inequality, discrimination and violence. We need to be sensitive to these unpleasant realities and try to alter them by being unbiased and evenhanded, he added.

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 09:11:03 +0530
Vice President Education

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that education should not only prepare our youth to face challenges of a technologically-driven knowledge society, but also make them analyze critically and come out with innovative solutions to the problems faced by people. He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the IILM University Gurugram Campus from IILM Lodhi Road Campus.

The Vice President said that students should be confident of dreaming big and exploring uncharted territories and remain rooted to our culture, traditions, customs and history. He further said that they should never neglect their parents, mother tongue, motherland and native village. They should always believe in co-existing harmoniously with nature for a better future, he added.

The Vice President expressed concern over the global ranking of Indian Universities and said that there are more than 800 universities in the country and none of them figures in the top ranked global institutes.

The Vice President said that merely expanding infrastructure with sleek-looking buildings will not make an institution excellent unless it imparts education of highest standards without compromising on quality. Liberal and interdisciplinary education is must to get a holistic perspective of the increasingly knowledge-centric and interdependent world, he added.

Vice President said that education in silos will not equip students for future. Liberal education with focus on technology, skill development and entrepreneurship will serve well the students, industry and the society, he added.

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 09:05:52 +0530
Styles For A Sweat Free S

Summer is here and so are the bucketfuls of sweat and (possible) bouts of dehydration. Besides making efforts to drink a gallon of water and keeping the air condition on for the day, the moment we step out in the sun, it’s far from fun and more often than not, it feels like we are somewhat melting like a popsicle on a hot summer’s day! Here are some styles to keep yourself not only looking, but feeling cool this summer.

  • Opt For Lighter Colours

Light shades such as white, yellow, beige, pale pink, blue and other pastels are colours that help you keep cool as they reflect the sun’s rays back into the atmosphere, which promote the absorption of sweat and allows more air to pass over your body in comparison to dark fabrics that in turn absorb these rays, trapping the heat, making you feel hotter.

  • Wear Loose Clothes

During the heat, avoid wearing ill fitting or tight fitting clothes that restrict your blood circulation as your blood vessels tend to dilate in summer so that your body can cool itself by letting heat escape through your skin. Also, loose clothing, enables you to move freely rather than making you feel stuffy.

  • Choose The Right Fabric

It is very vital to choose the right kind of fabric during the summer to ensure maximum comfort during the hot days. It is advisable to stick with mainly cotton fabrics as cotton absorbs sweat easily and further discourages the growth of bacteria and yeast. You should also avoid synthetic fabrics as well because unlike cotton, synthetic fabrics trap in more heat rather than release it, which again, makes you feel trapped and hot.

  • Choose Your Style

Although shorts, sleeveless tops are generally preferred during summer, it is essential to remember that if you do wear clothes that expose skin, you must be generous with you sunscreen as the without it, you skin is vulnerable to UV damage and rashes. It is therefore, ideal to wear clothes such as loose pants, long flowy skirts and long dresses.

  • Chuck That Bagpack

Replace your bagpack with a slingbag or handbag as the bagpack on your back during a hot day, will only make you excessively sweat.

  • Wear Little To No Jewellery

It is better to wear little or no jewellery as chains and heavy necklaces stick to your skin, metals get hot, and bracelets cover your wrists, only making you feel more uncomfortable as they are the cooling points of the body.

(As Compiled by Prerna Mistry)

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:17:09 +0530
Opposition parties go ahe

The opposition parties have submitted a notice for the impeachment of the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra to Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu. The Congress claimed that around 60 MPs have signed the letter.

The four senior most judges in the Supreme Court had already revolted against the CJI two months ago and publicly expressed their displeasure in the activities of the CJI by conducting a press meet outside the lawns of the SC, an unprecedented move in the history of Indian judiciary. The four judges also sent a letter to the CJI for the immediate corrections required in the function of the top court.

But the sudden move to proceed with the impeachment motion by the Congress came out in the wake of an order passed by the bench headed by the CJI to not investigate further in the death of Judge BH Loya and that, Loya died due to natural causes.

The opposition parties headed by the Congress had convened today and decided to go ahead with the impeachment letter with the support of NCP, Trinamool Congress, SP and RJD in the meeting.

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:29:33 +0530
Gujarat HC acquits Maya K

The Gujarat High Court has acquitted former minister and BJP leader Maya Kodnani in connection with the 2002 Naroda Patiya massacre case while uphelding the conviction of another accused Babu Bajrangi.

The Naroda Patiya case is related to the mass massacre of 97 people during the Gujarat riots in 2002.

Earlier in 2012 in August, a special court had punished Maya Kodnani and 31 others. Kodnani was awarded a 28-year jail term, but Kodnani came out on bail two years later in 2014.

BJP President Amit Shah was testified in the special court where he clearly favoured Kodnani in connection with the Naroda Patiya case.

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:24:52 +0530
Dubai s DMCC signs MoU wi

Dubai's DMCC, the world’s leading free zone for commodities trade and enterprise, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Institute of Directors in India, during the 28th Word Congress on 'Leadership for Business Excellence & Innovation', taking place in Dubai.

The MoU represents a commitment from both parties to strengthen ties, increase knowledge transfer and boost connectivity with the Dubai-based Indian business community, and identify further areas of collaboration to increase trade. Bilateral trade between the UAE and India has risen from US$182 million in 1982 to approximately $53 billion in 2017, a growth trend expected to continue in the coming years.

"Directed by the vision of its leaders, Dubai is built for business. The emirate’s state-of-the-art infrastructure has grown significantly over time, and it has become a modern magnet for international commerce. DMCC is proud to have supported this development story, and contribute to the formation of Dubai’s diversified economy through the provision of multi-sector revenue streams," said Ahmed bin Sulayem, DMCC Executive Chairman.

"It is clear that more trade, more investment and fewer barriers to business is good for Dubai, DMCC and all connected partners. The agreement signed today symbolises that this approach to business is a shared one. We are delighted to be working even closer with the Institute of Directors, and supporting the many Indian businesses wishing to setup in Dubai," he added.

Lt Gen. J S Ahluwalia, President of Institute of Directors, said, "This agreement cements our longstanding relationship with DMCC. It builds on the work we have done together, over many years, to forge even stronger ties between the Indian business community and its counterparts in Dubai and the UAE. This is a significant moment for all involved and we look forward to the next phase of partnership. Together, we will continue to advocate for trade and promote good governance, sustainability, innovation and excellence across all businesses, industries and sectors."

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:25:13 +0530
New Delhi to host Interna

One hundred and fifty participants from 31 countries and 400 entrepreneurs from India will participate in the four day International SME convention being held in New Delhi from 22ndto 24th April.

The Ministry of MSME has engaged with over 35 International Trade Development organisations to attract and invite able and willing entrepreneurs and encourage people to people contact with select Indian Entrepreneurs from key sectors of the International counterparts. The convention has specific focus on inclusion of MSMEs in the Make in India program & empowering women entrepreneurs.

The MoMSME recognizing the potential of sustainable Indian SMEs in collaborating with International Companies not only for setting up manufacturing operations in India but also for utilizing the reach and market access of International Counterparts for promoting and exporting Made in India products and services. Need was felt to create a platform which could allow Entrepreneur – to – Entrepreneur exchange of ideas, free and fair business discussions, mutual sizing of opportunities and ways to address them.

India is home to more than 60 million MSMEs, majority of who are in low-tech areas and serve the local domestic markets. Of these, a small percentage, have the ability and capability to derive access to International Markets, with the vast majority of enterprises working as ancillaries. Together the MSMEs constitute a single largest employer after the Agriculture sector in India. Highly developed economies have banked on their small and medium enterprises for both GDP Growth as well as higher employment resulting in higher per capita incomes.

 

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:20:39 +0530
PM lauds senior citizens

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the interactive session Bharat Ki Baat Sabke Saath has lauded the efforts of Senior Citizens of India for giving up subsidy for travel in Indian Railways.

While interacting at the event in London, PM recounted his days spent at Railway Station & the enriching experience he gathered there from. PM also noted the remarkable progress made by Indian Railways in Infrastructure creation.

Indian Railways have registered a significant rise in the number of senior citizens who have chosen to give up the subsidy. From 15th August, 2016 to 31st March, 2018 about 40 lakh esteemed senior citizens have voluntarily given up concessions resulting in benefit of Rs. 77 crore  savings to Railways from this single initiative. Option for giving up of concession in passenger fare for senior citizens to the extent of 100% was already available. Further, Indian Railways has popularized it along with giving the option to avail either the full concession provided to them on rail tickets or half of it.

The scheme of “Give it up” Senior Citizen concession has been a great success. Indian Railways is thankful to the citizens, who have opted for giving up senior citizen concession.          

At present, male senior citizens get 40 per cent while women get 50 per cent concession on the total fare. Though there are many categories of passengers including sportspersons and differently-abled persons who avail concessions, the major beneficiaries are in the senior citizen segment.

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:14:58 +0530
Vice President speaks on

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that education and sanitation are important in our country and public sector, private sector and individuals also should contribute towards achieving this. He was addressing the Students and their parents being offered Scholarships from Amar Ujala Foundation of Amar Ujala Publications Limited.

The Vice President said that Amar Ujala Foundation, as a part of its social responsibility, taking up a series of field activities that help underprivileged sections of the society, particularly the less advantaged including Divyanjans. He further said that this Foundation is fulfilling it’s Corporate Social Responsibility in Education, Empowerment, Awareness, Rural Development and Health sectors.

The Vice President said that helping the poor and underprivileged is a part of our rich cultural heritage. Helping the poor or uplifting poor is not only the responsibility of the governments but also the responsibility of corporate sector, he added.

The Vice President said that blood donation is also an important social activity. He further said that serving the human being is serving the God. This is part of our responsibility and everyone should work for others. Learn, earn and return to the society with the motto of share and care, he added.

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:07:13 +0530
Vice President advises yo

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has advised the youth to protect preserve and celebrate Indian culture and traditions and youth that are both present and future of this country can achieve their life's goals with hard work and dedication. He was addressing the gathering after releasing a Book titled 'Bhavdiye' based on Compilation of Letters written by Shri Kedar Nath Sahani.

The Vice President said that Kedar Nath Sahani was a writer, freedom fighter, social reformer and an icon who inspired others all over his life. He further said that during his long public life, he ensured freedom to his writers or scholars while he was an editor.

The Vice President said that that compilation of letters of Kedar Nath Sahai is an important source of research for younger generation. The Compilation allows to get the author's unbiased personal views on the then political, social scene, he added.

The Vice President said that the problem of Kashmir is still a challenge for the country and everyone will have to make a collective effort for a peaceful environment.

The Vice President lauded the efforts of Sahni in empowering the downtrodden and weaker sections of society and said that he had planned a forum for providing affordable capital to entrepreneurs belonging to downtrodden and weaker sections.

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:01:56 +0530
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Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:22:43 +0530
UAE Ambassador attends U

Dr. Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al-Banna, UAE Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of India, has participate in the launch of the UAE-India Cultural Futures Initiative, UIFCI, organised by the International Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, IICD, in collaboration with the Imagindia Institute.

The Ambassador lit a torch as a sign of the launch of the initiative, which is in line with the Year of Zayed, and aims to further enhancing ties between the two nations via soft diplomacy.

The event, hosted by the President of the Imagindia Institute, was attended by Dr. Mohamad Kamil Al Muaini, Chairman of the IICD, Dr. Svanzhu Trivedi, National Spokesman for the Bharatiya Janata Party, along with a number of diplomats and officials in India.

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:09:44 +0530
SC dismisses further inv

The Supreme Court today stated that the death of Judge B H Loya, who was handling the case against BJP President Amit Shah at the time of his death, will not be investigated further. The Supreme Court also rejected seven public pleas for appointing a special team for investigation.

Justice Loya died on December 1, 2014 when he was going through the fake encounter case against Amit Shah. Judge Loya reportedly collapsed and died while attending a marriage function in Nagpur.

The top court said that Judge Loya died due to natural causes and also asserted that they would not encourage these type of  cases fuelled by conspiracies.

The bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said that the petitions are intended to malign the judicial system of the country. The bench observed that it would be ideal to begin contempt proceedings against the petitioners.

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:21:39 +0530
UAE to host Asia Cup 2018

The UAE has been confirmed as the host venue for the Asian Cricket Council’s (ACC) 2018 Asia Cup One Day International tournament.

Teams from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan will take part in the tournament to be played in Abu Dhabi and Dubai from September 13th to 28th, 2018.

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Chairman of the Emirates Cricket Board, has said, "Emirates Cricket is very proud for the UAE to be chosen as the host venue of the ACC Asia Cup. Our board has very close relationships with our Asian Cricket counterparts and, with the full support of our national sports councils and the Emirates Cricket Board members."

"This is a very important tournament in the ACC calendar, and one we are extremely pleased to secure, especially during the auspicious ‘Year of Zayed’. We extend our sincere thanks to the ACC, Asia Cup hosts BCCI, and all Member Unions for their trust and unanimous support," he added.

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:17:36 +0530
Saudi Aramco signs MoU wi

Saudi Aramco signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ratnagiri Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd. (RRPCL), a consortium of Indian oil companies which includes The Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCl), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (BPCL), and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (HPCL), to jointly develop and build an integrated mega refinery and petrochemicals complex at Ratnagiri, in the state of Maharashtra. Saudi Aramco may also seek to include a strategic partner to co-invest in the mega refinery.

The strategic partnership brings together crude supply, resources, technologies, experience, and expertise of these multiple oil companies with an established commercial presence around the world.

A pre-feasibility study for the refinery has been completed and the parties are now finalizing the project’s overall configuration. Following the signing of the MOU, the parties will extend their collaboration to discuss the formation of a joint venture that would provide for joint ownership, control, and management of the project.

The refinery will be capable of processing 1.2 million barrels of crude oil per day. It will produce a range of refined petroleum products, including gasoline and diesel, meeting BS-VI fuel efficiency norms. The refinery will also provide feedstock for the integrated petrochemical complex, which will be capable of producing approximately 18 million tons per annum of petrochemical production.

In addition to the refinery, cracker and downstream petrochemical facilities, the project will include associated facilities such as a logistics, crude oil and product storage terminals, raw water supply, as well as centralized and shared utilities.

Ratnagiri Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd. (RRPCL) will rank among the largest world refining and petrochemicals projects and will be designed to meet India’s fast-growing fuels and petrochemicals demand. The project cost is estimated at around $44 billion.

"Investing in India is a key part of our company’s global downstream strategy, and another milestone in our growing relationship with India," said Saudi Aramco President and CEO Amin Nasser, who also noted the opening in 2017 of Aramco Asia’s New Delhi office with a mandate to expand Saudi Aramco’s international portfolio in this key economic growth region.

"The signing marks a significant development in India’s oil and gas sector, enabling a strategic joint venture and investment partnership that will serve India’s fast-growing demand for transportation fuels and chemical products. Participating in this mega project will allow Saudi Aramco to go beyond our crude oil supplier role to a fully integrated position that may help usher in other areas of collaboration, such as refining, marketing, and petrochemicals for India’s future energy demands," said Nasser.

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:36:56 +0530
Army Chief Iauds the perf

The Chief of Army Staff acknowledged  the performance of their Army athletes who were part of the Indian contingent which has brought laurels for the nation, during the recently concluded Commonwealth Games. Army personnel got a haul of three Gold, three Silver and four Bronze Medals although they were expected to do better. 

The achievers: Subedar Jitu Rai (SM) - Gold Medal (Shooting), Havildar Om Prakash Mitharval - Two Bronze Medals (Shooting), Subedar Satish Kumar - Silver Medal (Boxing), Naib Subedar Amit Kumar - Silver Medal (Boxing), Naib Subedar Mohd Hassumuddin - Bronze Medal (Boxing), Naib Subedar Manish Kaushik - Silver Medal (Boxing), Havildar Gaurav Solanki - Gold Medal (Boxing), Naib Subedar Neeraj Chopra - Gold Medal (Javelin) and Naib Subedar Deepak Lather - Bronze Medal (Weightlifting), have done the nation proud.

The Chief of Army Staff further encouraged and motivated the athletes to continue their sustained and focused efforts as they train and prepare for the forthcoming International events, before they launch themselves into the Olympics arena.

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:27:53 +0530
Equip farmers with knowle

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu said that India must equip farmers with knowledge, insights and products. He was addressing the Valedictory Session of the One Day State Level Workshop on Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture for Doubling of Farmer’s Income” organized by the Government of Manipur and the Central Agricultural University, in Imphal, Manipur.

Vice President said that water conservation is crucial for sustainable agriculture, and said that there is an urgent need to conserve resources. He further said that, in his view, not only should we construct ponds for water conservation but also convert these artificial water storage structures into active fresh water ecosystems which in turn will be biodiversity spots for the aquatic wealth of the state, he added.

The Vice President said that global warming is real and is affecting our lives in every way. He further said that it should be our endeavour to sustain the agricultural production by mitigating the effects of global warming while conserving the biodiversity in ways that are sustainable. You must ‘dialogue’ with farmers, ‘discover’ new products and practices and ‘disseminate’ new insights and knowledge for development, he added.

The Vice President said that agriculture sector needs a big boost in India and efforts are needed to make it sustainable, economical and attractive.  We need to focus on the farmer’s incomes as well as on the farm productivity and long term environmental sustainability, he added.

The Vice President said that best practices from the traditional farming with the latest know-how can play vital role in improving productivity in agriculture. He further said that apart from intensification of agriculture, we must go in for greater diversification. Farmers should be encouraged to go in for a greater variety of alternative crops like high value fruits, vegetables and medicinal plants, he added.

 

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:22:21 +0530
India to keep strong ties

At the invitation of Prime Minister Theresa May, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi visited the United Kingdom (UK) as a Guest of Government. The two leaders held wide-ranging and constructive discussions and underlined the strategic partnership and growing convergence on regional and international issues. Prime Minister Modi will also participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London from 19-20 April.

India and the UK issued a statement after the Indian PM Narendra Modi and the UK PM Theresa May made a bilateral talk. The joint statement is as follows:

The UK and India have a natural ambition to reinforce our Strategic Partnership, based on shared values, common law and institutions, as the world’s oldest and largest democracies. We are committed members of the Commonwealth. We share a global outlook and commitment to a rules-based international system that strongly opposes unilateral actions that seek to undermine that system through force or coercion. We share the Living Bridge of countless personal and professional ties between our nations.

The UK and India will work closely together and with other Commonwealth member-states, the Commonwealth Secretariat and other partner organisations to address shared and global challenges. We are committed to reinvigorating the Commonwealth, especially ensuring its relevance tosmall and vulnerable states and to our youth, who make up 60% of the Commonwealth's population. The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting is an important opportunity to address these challenges as we come together and unite under the summit's official theme "Towards a Common Future”. Specifically, the United Kingdom and India will make commitments to help create a more sustainable, prosperous, secure and fairer future for all Commonwealth citizens by taking action.

To promote coordinated global action to tackle plastic pollution including through the Commonwealth and India’s role as host of World Environment Day 2018.

To provide practical support to help Commonwealth member-states boost cyber security capacity;

To help Commonwealth member-states implement the World Trade Organisation (WTO)Trade Facilitation Agreement by providing technical assistance and increased support for the Commonwealth Small States' offices.

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:35:39 +0530
Rape is rape don t poli

"Rape is rape. I don't want to compare the rape cases during the period of this government with the previous government. Never politicise rape", says PM Narendra Modi, reacting to the nationwide protests over the rape cases in Unnao and Kathua.

PM was interacting with participants across the globe in "Bharat ki Baat Sabke Saath" programme held at London, UK.

He also took questions from the participants. Following are the highlights from his interaction with the participants:

The person in the Railway Station was Narendra Modi. The person in the Royal Palace in London is the Sevak of 125 crore Indians.

My life at the Railway Station taught me so much. It was about my personal struggles. When you said Royal Palace, it is not about me but about the 125 crore people of India

'Besabri' is not a bad thing. If a person has a cycle, a person aspires a scooter. If a person has a scooter, a person aspires a car. It is nature to aspire. India is getting increasingly aspirational.

I was not born with an aim to be in history books. I request you all- remember our country and not Modi. I am just like you all, a common citizen of India

Yes, people have more expectations from us because they know that we can deliver. People know that when they say something, the Government will listen and do it.

During the freedom struggle Mahatma Gandhi did something very different. He turned the freedom struggle into a mass movement. He told every person that whatever you are doing will contribute to India's freedom

Today the need of the hour is to make development a mass movement

Participative democracy makes good governance possible

Look back at India's history. India has never desired anyone else's territory. During World War 1 and 2 we had no stake but our soldiers took part in the Wars. These were big sacrifices. Look at our role in UN Peacekeeping Forces

We believe in peace. But we will not tolerate those who like to export terror. We will give back strong answers and in the language they understand. Terrorism will never be accepted

Those who like exporting terror, I want to tell them that India has changed and their antics will not be tolerated

I do not need to read books to understand poverty. I have lived in poverty, I know what it is to be poor and belong to the backward sections of society. I want to work for the poor, the marginalised and the downtrodden.

18,000 villages did not have electricity. So many women do not have access to toilets. These realities of our nation did not let me sleep. I was determined to bring about a positive change in the lives of India's poor

I am like any common citizen. And, I also have drawbacks like normal people do.

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:01:52 +0530
Busting Food Myths

By Prerna Mistry

There’s a kernel (no pun intended) of truth in all the infamous food myths that have been doing rounds since generations, be it that eating a lot of chocolate causes acne or the tree second rule or even of the cheese you ate before bed giving you nightmares. While some of them do have valid points to back the claims, others however, are purely made up and sometimes, even bizarre. Here are some of the popular food myths that we are going to bust for you!

Myth: Carbs are bad.

Truth: Sugary and refined-carbohydrate-rich foods, such as white bread, pasta and doughnuts and cakes are unhealthy and can lead to health problems like heart disease and diabetes. However, carbs in the form of whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables are extremely important as they are your body’s main source of fuel and are packed with vital nutrients and fibre as well. Therefore, it is not the carbs in your food that make you fat, it is indeed the intake of too many calories that aid to excessive weight gain.

Myth: If you can’t pronounce it, you shouldn’t eat it.

Truth: This is not entirely true as not everything that you can’t pronounce is necessarily bad for you. Many a times, vitamins and other essential minerals are listed on the back of food packs as their scientific name, for example, Cholecalciferol and Ergocalciferol are both words that are hard to pronounce but they are just other names for vitamin D3 and vitamin D2, both which are vital for our bodies to absorb calcium and phosphorous to make our bones stronger.

Myth: Gluten free foods are better.

Truth: Only if you suffer from coeliac disease, which is an autoimmune disorder that affects 1% of the population and causes the body to attack the small intestine where gluten is ingested. Besides this, it is imperative to observe that most gluten free products available in the market actually contain more fat, sugar and salt in them.

Myth: Eating carrots will improve your eyesight.

Truth: Carrots contain Vitamin A (vital for eye health), however, they’re not the answer to improve your vision!

Myth: The three second rule.

Truth: It is important to either discard or wash and eat the food that fell on your floor irrespective if you picked it up using your ninja skills within two, three or five seconds as bacteria sticks to food almost instantaneously.

Myth: Salads are healthy.

Truth: You ain’t losing those calories with every bite like you wanted as even though a salad mainly consists of raw vegetables and your choice of healthy proteins and all, it also contains dressing and sometimes, varied toppings even, that make it high in saturated fats and calories. However, having said that, a salad can be healthy if made with ingredients such as fresh vegetables, beans, some lean protein, nuts all tossed in a vinegar based dressing.

Myth: Skipping meals = weight loss.

Truth: While this may seem like a tempting and a sure short way for losing pounds, it does more harm than good. Short, intermittent fasting and very-low-calorie diets can offer some benefits occasionally. However, it can have the opposite effect on metabolism, slowing it down even, to compensate for a lack of food to process which may in turn lead to further weight gain.

Myth: Calories eaten at night are more fattening than those eaten early in the day.

Truth: Calories are calories and it doesn’t matter what time you eat them. What matters are the total calories you take in.

Myth: Eating after exercise diminishes the benefits of working out.

Truth: Exercise breaks down muscle fibres and after a workout the body begins its healing process and consuming healthy foods adds to this process and is important for metabolism and for building muscle mass as well.

Myth: Ghee is harmful for health

Truth: Ghee is made up of 65% saturated and 32% monounsaturated fatty acids. Monounsaturated fatty acids are a highly important form of dietary fat as the kind found in olive oil, which aids in reducing cholesterol.

 

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:22:37 +0530
Kathua case a shame to

President Ram Nath Kovind said that the Kathua rape case is a shame to the country and it is the responsibility of the society to ensure security for the girls in the country. The President expressed his displeasure while addressing the 6th convocation of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, in Jammu.

"An innocent girl was brutally raped and killed recently. It is a shame that these type of incidents are happening in the country even after 70 years of independence. It is the responsibility of the society to ensure that these incidents won't happen to our ladies and girls", said the President.

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:51:06 +0530
UAE official visited Defe

Matar Al Dhaheri, Under-Secretary of the UAE Ministry of Defence, attended the opening of Defexpo 2018, India's largest land, naval and internal homeland security systems exhibition in New Delhi.

The UAE official toured the exhibition and gained knowledge about the latest naval, air and land systems.

He met with Defence Minister of India, Nirmala Sitharaman, to discuss bilateral defence relations and a variety of issues of mutual interest.

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:13:36 +0530
Fahim Al Qasimi attends K

Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan bin Khalid Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Government Relations Department and Chairman of the Higher Committee for Digital Transformation in Sharjah, highlighted the Department's objective to reinforce its cooperation with various international institutions and authorities.

It also seeks to exchange knowledge and expertise and standardise international means of communication, based on the approach and values of Sharjah, led by H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, he added.

He made this statement while visiting India, where he met with Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala, and several senior officials. Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO of the Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park, accompanied Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan.

The visit is a response to an invitation received by the department to participate in '#Future', the first Global Digital Summit of its kind in Asia, which saw the attendance of over 2,000 participants and 40 speakers.

Al Qasimi delivered a speech on UAE Innovation Month while stressing that the UAE aims to promote its position as a global centre of innovation, as well as to build its capacities and create a culture of innovation.

During the exhibition, Al Qasimi met with representatives of the United Nations Office of Communication and Information technology, to discuss ways of promoting their cooperation in technological innovation and establishing the UN Technological Innovation Lab in Sharjah.

Al Qasimi briefed Vijayan and the senior Indian officials about Sharjah’s Digital Transformation Programme, which aims to transform all its services to smart services, in line with the UAE’s regional and international role in providing e-services.

He also highlighted the importance of cooperating and establishing long-term partnerships with Kerala, which has a prominent intellectual, commercial, industrial and scientific stature.

Al Mahmoudi stated that Sharjah supports the UAE’s knowledge sector and attracts leading minds and intellectuals to invest in their talents.

The Indian side highlighted the importance of reinforcing their cooperation and exchanging knowledge with Sharjah while praising the emirate’s overall efforts and achievements.

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:10:29 +0530
Modi arrives in London

After a busy day of discussions in Stockholm, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in London for his four-day visit. Modi was received by the Britian's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson at the London's Heathrow airport.

Boris expressed his excitement in receiving the Indian PM as he looked upon to raise the India-British bilateral ties to the next level.

Meanwhile Modi will be seen attending several leaders on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting including a meeting with the British Prime Minister Theresa May today.

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:02:02 +0530
Vice President calls for

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that there is a need to create health coverage schemes that provide widest coverage to the young, aged and infirm and those suffering from both critical acute and chronic ailments. He was addressing the gathering after launching the Atal Amrit Abhiyan by Assam Government, which seeks to provide access to quality medical care to 3.2 crore people, in Guwahati, Assam.

The Vice President called on the private sector to supplement the efforts of the government in a big way in reaching out medical care to the people in rural areas. He further said that quality of health services should be good enough to improve the health of those receiving services. People should be protected against financial-risk, ensuring that the cost of using services does not put people at risk of financial harm, he added.

The Vice President said that modern day lifestyle is leading to various non-communicable diseases and said that efforts are needed to arrest the growing incidence of such disease which is affecting even the young.  There has to be concerted efforts from all stakeholders in healthcare to raise awareness among the people on the dangers of leading sedentary lifestyles, eating junk food, harmful use of alcohol and tobacco, he added.

The Vice President stressed on the need to change school curriculum include lessons on NCDs and physical exercises should be made mandatory for school and college students. Wherever possible, yoga asanas should also be taught to children, he added.

The Vice President said that north-eastern States like the rest of India are facing shortage of medical manpower and medical facilities in rural areas. This shortage has to be bridged by opening more medical colleges and setting up more number of healthcare facilities in the rural places, he added.

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:59:38 +0530
Cash crunch in ATMs Fina

The finance ministry has reviewed the currency circulation in the country in the wake of  reports of cash shortages and some ATMs running dry of cash or becoming non-functional in some parts of the country.

There has been unusual spurt in currency demand in the country in last three months.    This unusual spurt in demand is seen more in some parts of the country like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, MP and Bihar.

Finance ministry stated that the Government of India with the Reserve Bank of India have taken all steps to meet this unusual demand.

"We had adequate reserves of currency notes which have been used to meet fully the extraordinary demand generated so far.  We continue to have in stock adequate currency notes of all denominations, including of Rs.500, 200 and Rs.100 to meet any demand.

The Government would like to assure all the people that there have been adequate supply of currency notes which have met entire demand so far. The government would also like to assure that it would be supplying adequate currency notes to meet even higher levels of demand if such demand were to continue in the coming days/months.

The Government is taking all steps to ensure that ATMs are supplied with cash and to get non-functional ATMs normalised at the earliest", ministry stated.

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:51:29 +0530
India demonstrates mariti

During both phases of Ex Gagan Shakti, the IAF is effectively exercising its Maritime war fighting concepts on both the Western and Eastern seaboards.  Air Dominance, over the entire extended area of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) in support of the Indian Navy (IN) is being demonstrated by employment of combat enablers like the FRA (Flight Refueling Aircraft) in conjunction with our maritime fighter forces of the Su-30 and Jaguar class carrying potent long distance anti shipping weaponry.

Missions have been flown in the initial phase to address both near and in depth targets over the Western Sea Board utilising Su-30 and Jaguar fighter aircraft equipped with the potent Brahmos and Harpoon Anti ship missiles respectively. 

The Su-30 ac has also showcased its strategic reach by operating from the eastern most air bases on the peninsula and engaging maritime targets well out into the western seaboard with support of AAR.  After quick repositioning of Maritime Assets the focus has now shifted in Phase–II to addressing targets over the Eastern Sea Board right upto the Mallaca Straits. 

The full compliment of Maritime Assets would now operate from bases in the  Southern peninsula and Andaman & Nicobar islands. Extensive missions would be flown by the Su-30 and Jaguar  in conjunction with the IN P-8i MR ac  using long range weapons  to refine and practice offensive and defensive tactics against maritime targets.

Such demonstrations of extended reach utilizing potent standoff weapons in Joint coordinated Operations with the IN  has adequately show cased the IAF ability  to support the IN in order to dominate the  IOR and effectively address any misadventure by an adversary in our area of interest.

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:33:08 +0530
India Sweden reiterates

At the invitation of Prime Minister Löfven, Prime Minister Modi paid an official visit to Stockholm on 16-17 April 2018.

Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Löfven met on 17 April and recalled their Joint Statement issued in Mumbai in 2016, welcomed progress so far on its implementation and reconfirmed their commitment to the Joint Statement as the overall political framework for cooperation. 

India and Sweden share values of democracy, rule of law, respect of human rights, pluralism and a rule-based international order. Both Prime Ministers reiterated their commitment to dialogue and cooperation on key international issues of mutual concern, including climate change, Agenda 2030, international peace and security, human rights, gender equality, humanitarian issues, international trade. The Prime Ministers underlined the urgency to step up global efforts to combat climate change, and emphasized their common continued commitment to the Paris Agreement. Both sides agreed to continue security policy dialogue at the level of National Security Advisors, in line with the Joint Statement.

Both Prime Ministers agreed to close cooperation in the UN, and other multilateral fora. They took note of the UN Secretary-General’s reform efforts to ensure a UN fit to support Member States to deliver on Agenda 2030. They also reaffirmed the need for reform of the UN Security Council, including its expansion, to make it more representative, accountable, effective, and responsive to the realities of the 21st century. Prime Minister Modi thanked Prime Minister Löfven for Sweden’s support to India’s candidature for non-permanent membership of United Nations Security Council (2021-22) and for Sweden’s support to India’s permanent membership of a reformed and expanded United Nations Security Council.

Both Prime Ministers expressed their commitment to support and strengthen global export control, non-proliferation and disarmament objectives and looked forward to close cooperation in these areas. Prime Minister Löfven welcomed India’s recent accession to the international export control regimes, including to Australia Group (AG), Wassenaar Arrangement (WA),Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR),and The Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (HCOC), and expressed support for India’s membership of the Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG). 

Both Prime Ministers called for greater unity and stronger international partnership to counter terrorism, disrupt terrorist networks and financing, and to prevent violent extremism. They emphasized that the global counter terrorism legal framework should be regularly updated to address the changing threat of terrorism with strength, and underscored that any measures taken to counter terrorism comply with international law. In this regard both countries called for an early finalisation of the draft Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT).

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:28:25 +0530
India Nordic countries c

The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Løkke Rasmussen, the Prime Minister of Finland Juha Sipilä, the Prime Minister of Iceland Katrín Jakobsdóttir, the Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg and the Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Löfven held a Summit hosted by the Swedish Prime Minister and the Indian Prime Minister.

During the Summit, the Prime Ministers pledged to deepen cooperation between the Nordic countries and India, and focused their discussions on key issues related to global security, economic growth, innovation and climate change. The Prime Ministers reaffirmed the importance of free trade as a catalyst for achieving inclusive growth and realising the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Prime Ministers acknowledged that innovation and digital transformation drive growth in an interconnected world, and underpin a growing engagement between the Nordic countries and India. The role of the Nordic countries as global innovation leaders was underlined. The Nordic approach to innovation systems, characterised by a strong collaboration between public sector, private sector and academia, was discussed, and synergies were identified with India’s rich pool of talent and skills.

The Summit emphasised the Indian government’s strong commitment to innovation and digital initiatives as key to prosperity and sustainable development, with national flagship programmes such as Make in India, Startup India, Digital India and Clean India. Nordic solutions in clean technologies, maritime solutions, port modernisation, food processing, health, life-sciences and agriculture were mentioned. The Summit welcomed the Nordic Sustainable Cities Project aimed at supporting the Smart Cities Program of the Government of India.

The Prime Ministers noted that the unique strengths of India and the Nordic countries offer immense opportunities for trade and investment diversification and mutually beneficial collaboration. During the talks, the importance of the rules-based multilateral trading system as well as open and inclusive international trade for prosperity and growth was underlined.The Ease of Doing Business practices were emphasised as a priority for both the Nordic countries and India.

The Prime Ministers acknowledged that terrorism and violent extremism are major challenges for the international community. They discussed global security, including cyber security, based on their shared values of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, and their commitment to uphold the rules-based international system. They also discussed export control and non-proliferation. The Nordic countries welcomed India’s application for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group and reaffirmed their commitment to work constructively within the Group with the aim of reaching a positive outcome at the earliest opportunity.

The Prime Ministers reaffirmed their support for the United Nations and the Secretary-General’s reform efforts to ensure a UN fit to support Member States to deliver on Agenda 2030 and took note of his proposals to strengthen the UN, including in the areas of development, peace operations, peace building and conflict prevention. The Nordic countries and India reaffirmed the need for reform of the UN Security Council, including its expansion in both permanent and non-permanent seats to make it more representative, accountable, effective and responsive to the realities of the 21st century. The Nordic countries agree that India is a strong candidate for a permanent seat in a reformed Security Council expanded with both permanent and non-permanent members.

The Prime Ministers reaffirmed their full commitment to implementing the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development as well as the ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement. They agreed to continue efforts to develop cleaner energy systems, renewable energy and fuels, increased energy efficiency and technologies for cleaner energy production. The Prime Ministers noted that women’s full and meaningful participation in political, social and economic life is key to inclusive development and agreed to promote the empowerment of women.

The Prime Ministers agreed that a strong partnership can help spur innovations, economic growth, sustainable solutions and mutually beneficial trade and investments. The Summit emphasized the importance of strong people-to-people contacts through education, culture, labour mobility and tourism – all areas where the Nordic countries and India see a continuous increase in both interests and numbers.

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:59:35 +0530
Modi addresses Indian dia

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, addressed the Indian Community in Stockholm. He thanked the Government of Sweden, in particular His Majesty the King of Sweden; and the Prime Minister of Sweden, Mr. Stefan Lofven who was present at the event, for the warm welcome he received in Sweden.

He said that India is going through a great transformation today. He said that the current Union Government had been elected on the mandate of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas. He said the Government has worked towards a developed and inclusive India, in the last four years. He said all efforts are being made to create a New India by 2022.

"Through initiatives  such as International Yoga Day, efforts are also being made to see that India emerges as a global thought leader once again. The world is looking at India with confidence. In this context, he mentioned humanitarian relief and rescue efforts, the International Solar Alliance, and membership of key regimes such as MTCR, Wassenaar Arrangement, and Australia Group. The world is acknowledging India's technological capability, including its space programme", PM said.

The Prime Minister said that India is also building International Partnerships to boost innovation. In this context he mentioned the innovation partnership with Sweden, and a similar initiative with Israel. He said the Government is focusing on Ease of Living. In this context, he also mentioned the Ayushman Bharat scheme, which he described as the world's biggest healthcare assurance scheme.

The Prime Minister urged the gathering to not limit their connect with India, to just an emotional one. He said the emerging New India offers them many opportunities to innovate, trade and invest as well.

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:40:10 +0530
Busting Beauty Myths

By Prerna Mistry

The beauty industry is one of the biggest industries of all time. Today, there are thousands of products available in the market as per the customers’ preferences and at varied price points at that. Each product claims to help all your woes and make your life oh so perfect, but is it really the case? Here is a list of beauty myths that we are going to bust for you to test if these myths are indeed a holy grail or a holy fail!

Myth: Makeup causes acne.

Truth: There is no research that actually proves that makeup causes acne. However, old beauty products that have been exposed to light, air and bacteria and unclean make-up brushes have the potential to unleash a host of skincare problems including acne. Besides, using expired makeup products could only worsen the situation as this not only clogs pores but also one can never anticipate how their skin would react to the chemicals present in the products as well. Therefore, personal hygiene is key to keep your skin glowing and flawless. It is important to use a good cleanser and remove all your makeup well before going to bed as well.

Myth: Expensive products are better than inexpensive ones.

Truth: While we may be tempted to think this true, considering the amount of money beauty enthusiasts end up spending on products, this may not necessarily be the case as not all expensive products use the products they claim they use but also, it isn’t necessary that our skin may agree too well with the products as well.

Myth: All natural skincare ingredients are safe

Truth: Sadly, this is so not true as there are no facts or any scientific legitimacy proving that natural or organic ingredients are better for your skin. As sometimes not all plants may be good for your skin or that, you may be allergic to some of these organic materials as well.

Myth: Brush your hair with 100 strokes before bed for shiny and healthy hair

Truth: This is one of the biggest lies of all time! (Well, maybe not) but, you should only brush your hair as much as you need to get rid of tangles. Over-brushing can over-dry your hair besides also giving it static leading to hair looking frizzy or even causing friction, resulting in hair breakage as well.

Myth: Pulling out one gray hair will result into more gray hair

Truth: Plucking the hair from one follicle has no effect on nearby follicles. So, feel free to pluck out that gray hair!!

Myth: Avoid using oily products on oily skin

Truth: The truth here is a far cry from what we normally hear for using oily products from oily skin. Skin is a sensory organ and therefore, using products that claim to make you skin ‘oil-free,’ only results into more sebum production once oil is stripped from the surface of the skin. However, having said that, you need to use oils that are more light weight in nature and which your skin can absorb without clogging your pores.

Myth:  Parabens cause cancer

Truth: False. Parabens, it turns out, do more good than harm as they are incorporated in formulas in small amounts to prevent the growth of disease-causing microbes as without them, products, specifically cosmetics, could host disease causing microbes such as bacteria, yeast, fungi, and other things that can cause serious, immediate health problems.

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 13:25:27 +0530
PM Modi s three day Europ

Britain is all set to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he visits the country as part of the Commonwealth heads of meeting which is in turn his second visit to the country. The PM is currently visiting Sweden as part of his three-day European tour.

Modi is said to receive a grand reception unlike to any other heads of states who come to attend the summit as Britain anticipates a boost in diplomatic ties and in the trade-commerce pacts with India.

The Prime Minister had arrived in Sweden on Monday and he will leave for UK after attending the Indo-Nordic summit in Stockholm. Modi visited Sweden after former PM Rajeev Gandhi visited the country 30 years back in 1988. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:48:08 +0530
Make Your Day Batter When

By Prerna Mistry

When it comes to the overall aesthetic image, what you see on TV and on the internet is a far cry from the actual picture. Bakeries generally have an entire team of experts and even housekeeping staff that manage the entire show. At home it is usually one or two people working in a limited environment. It takes time to manage and organise everything, but you will get there someday. Till then be prepared to face a royal mess in the kitchen. You might get on the nerves of your family members with the mess, but always remember, any human being can be bribed with good food.

You’re going to have a lot of tasting at every stage and your family is invariably going to be your taste testers. This will obviously be a field day for them for the most part, but it will have a strong impact on the diets of everybody. The dishes are not just going to be rich in flavour but also in the ingredients as well as the calories. And too much of anything can be bad for one’s health.

But even as desserts, it is not healthy to eat baked foods everyday as these are heavy foods and not so easy to digest. This is why it always works better to bake in small batches in order to prevent you from making a meal out of cakes and curbing your calorie intake.

The biggest challenge in baking however is the decorating. This is what usually gets people interested in baking. There are wonders that one can create with different ideas and techniques, but this is something that can take quite a while to master. And decorating also involves lifelong learning, creativity and reinventing. Patience is the key word when it comes to icing, piping and embellishing all your baked goodies since it involves a lot of materials, techniques, ingredients and recipes.

Decorating a cake involves a lot of approaches and features. And all of these can be very tricky to work with. Piping on something simple like whipped cream and ganache looks so easy in videos and even if you see a professional baker do it in real life. Try doing it the first time on your own and nailing it; it would be nothing short of a miracle. If that happens, consider it to be your lucky day. Because the first few times you have to deal with uneven layers of cakes or cupcakes, cakes and cookies that look like the theme was either food fight or disaster or even sabotage. Sure if it’s tasty it’s going to be eaten anyway, but we all love to eat foods that are appealing. Even making the cream, the ganache or rolling out the fondant and gum paste can be a very messy affair when you are starting off. You have to be patient and be aware of the fact that the flair and flourish that come with Instagram worthy baked goods will take time to master and ease into.

However, as the old saying goes, “Practice makes perfect”, don’t get disheartened and discouraged by these obstacles and the mess ups and goof ups that come along the way at starting levels of your journey as a baker. And as the words of the Cake Boss Buddy Valastro himself, “No matter what the recipe, any baker can do wonders in the kitchen with some good ingredients and an upbeat attitude!”

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:31:44 +0530
Kathua case SC issues no

The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Jammu & Kashmir government on a plea to transfer the trial of the rape case where an 8-year-old girl was gang raped and then murdered to the outside of the state.

The top court advised the state government to give a reply by April 27 as well as to provide security to the family of the girl and to the lawyer who is representing the family in the court.

A plea was filed by the father of the girl Anuja Singh in the court to transfer the case to the outside of the state.

Meanwhile the Kathua court postponed the hearing of the case to April 28 due to the plea filed today despite the trial had started today.

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:55:36 +0530
I can be raped killed

Deepika Singh, the lawyer, who is proceeding the case of an 8-year-old who was raped and killed in Jammu Kashmir's Kathua has said that she may become a victim or she could be murdered as well.

"I can be raped.....I can be killed....they may not allow me to practice in the court. They have isolated me. I don't know how to survive", says Deepika.

The lawyer told that she will approach the Supreme Court to request for protection.

"Justice should be delivered. I will stay firm to ensure justice to the 8-year-old", Deepika said.

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:29:35 +0530
Mecca Masjid blast NIA c

The National Investigation Agency (NIA ) court has acquitted all accused in the Mecca Masjid blast in Hyderabad, including Swami Aseemanand, who has been linked to three terror attacks. The court said that the NIA had failed to prove anyone's guilt.

Swami Aseemanand and five others faced trial for a blast that occured in 2007 at the Mecca Masjid , near Charminar in Hyderabad. 9 people were killed and 58 injured in the blast.

The initial inquiry was conducted by the police but many complained against the investigation and handed the case over to the CBI before the NIA had took over the case from the central  agency in 2011.

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:27:11 +0530
DefExpo concluded in Chen

The 10th edition of Defexpo India, a biennial exhibition on Land, Naval and Internal Homeland Security Systems, held from 11 to 14 April 2018 at Thiruvidanthai in Kancheepuram district on the East Coast Road near Chennai, concluded.

Governor of Tamil Nadu Banwarilal Purohit presided over the closing ceremony, which was also attended by Secretary (Defence Production) Dr Ajay Kumar, Chairman and Managing Director Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Shri T Suvarna Raju, Additional Secretary (Defence Production) Subhash Chandra and District Collector of Kanchipuram P Ponniah.

Speaking on the occasion, the Governor congratulated the Ministry of Defence for having successfully organised the DefExpo India – 2018 at Thiruvidanthai attracting large number of Indian and foreign exhibitors.  He also mentioned that the occasion added flavour to the celebrations as it coincides with Tamil New Year and also with 127th birth anniversary of Babasaheb Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, the principle architect of our Constitution. Purohit also thanked the people of Chennai and neighbouring areas for playing host and volunteers who have partnered and contributed to the success of the exhibition.

On the concluding day, very large crowd turned up to DefExpo India – 2018 making the event a grand success. Enthusiasm was also evident among organised groups from schools and colleges and visiting youth who were curious and showing keen interest in defence technology.

On the sidelines of the DefExpo India – 2018, indigenously designed and built Indian Naval Ships Sahydari - a stealth frigate, Kamorta - anti submarine warfare corvette, Sumitra - a naval advanced offshore patrol vessel, Airavat - an amphibious ship and Kirch - a missile corvette were kept ‘Open to Visitors’ at Chennai Port for the first time in the history of DefExpo from 13 to 15 April 2018. The ships visit witnessed overwhelming response from the citizenry of Chennai and adjoining districts.      

The DefExpo witnessed four-days of hectic activities with underlined theme of ‘India: The Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub’ showcasing India’s capability in export of defence systems and components. More than 670 exhibitors, including over 150 international exhibitors took part in the event. The MSME sector had representation this time around 15 per cent. An event of this scale was made feasible by the wholehearted support of people and various service agencies, including hotel industry and tour operators, in the host state of Tamil Nadu. The people of Chennai lived up to the reputation of being excellent hosts.

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 08:55:23 +0530
Vice President calls for

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that every person in the reserved category should get the fruits of development. He was addressing the gathering during the release of the book titled 'Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar: Vyakti Nahin Sankalp', edited by Kishor Makwana and handing over the first copy to the President, Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The Vice President said that there should be equitable representation among the reserved categories in education and employment in accordance with their population. Paying rich tributes to Dr. Ambedkar, he said he was a symbol of excellence and inspired every Indian. He said “Dr Ambedkar is an icon for New India and his thoughts are the guiding ideal for us”. He symbolized how every individual despite hardships can achieve great heights.

The Vice President said that Dr. Ambedkar also epitomized how one’s talents can be used to shape the lives of millions of people by dedicating oneself to nation building.  As the Prime Minister says, “every poor man and woman from marginalized sections of society who has succeeded owes it to Babasaheb and his work. As he said, there would be no Modi, without Ambedkar” he added.

The Vice-President said that the Prime Minister was not only inspired by Dr. Ambedkar's grand vision but has made it a mission to integrate his vision into the overall governance of the country.

The Prime Minister's call for building a New India was an amplification of Dr. Ambedkar's vision of a society that is not torn apart by casteism, communalism and other fissiparous tendencies, he said.

Observing that Dr. Ambedkar was an unabashed and vocal supporter of industrialization, the Vice President said “Make in India along with promoting Ease of Doing Business has finally unlocked this latent potential”, he added.  India has become the second largest steel producer and the fourth largest automobile market. “India is the second largest producer of mobile phones and this is just the beginning of the India story”.

Recalling that Babasaheb had worked extensively on infrastructural issues, particularly that of power, he said that India was now the world’s third largest electricity producer. Stating that Dr. Ambedkar was also the Architect of India’s Water Policy, he termed the massive Hirakud project as a gift from Babasaheb to India.

The Vice President said Dr. Ambedkar also worked on issues relating to women. He was the first person to think of making workplaces more women-friendly and fought for 8 weeks of maternity leave for women which now have been increased by the government to 26 weeks.

The Vice President said that the youth want an India “that is inclusive, peaceful and forward looking.  It is an India that cares for each individual and moves ahead as Team India. And true enough, we as a nation have taken rapid strides in the recent years. We must keep up the momentum”, he added.

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 08:49:58 +0530
Kovind receives first cop

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, received the first copy of the book ‘Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar: Vyakti Nahin Sankalp’ from the Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, who formally released it at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan, to mark Dr B.R. Ambedkar’s birth anniversary.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that Dr Ambedkar, like Dr Martin Luther King Jr, is an inspiring figure for all humanity. There is need to do justice to his legacy. The President was happy to note that Dr Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary was commemorated at the United Nations in 2016.

The President said the book that he had been presented was a slim volume but covered the inspiring life of Dr Ambedkar and several dimensions of his ideas and personality. The President called the book an accessible resource to understand Dr Ambedkar. He congratulated all those associated with its publication. He expressed hope that thoughts compiled in the book would reach more and more citizens and motivate them to work together in peace and harmony.

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 08:44:30 +0530
PM lauds India s CWG perf

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated India’s contingent at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“India's contingent at the 2018 Commonwealth Games has made every Indian extremely proud. All our sportspersons gave their best and played very well. I congratulate all those athletes who are bringing back medals.

Every athlete who represented India at 2018 Commonwealth Games inspires us. Their life stories illustrate the power of dedication and a never-say-die attitude that made them overcome countless hurdles to attain the heights of success they did at the CWG.

I hope India’s success at 2018 Commonwealth Games motivates more youngsters to pursue sports and creates larger awareness on the importance of fitness in everyone’s lives.

On our part, we in the Government are doing everything possible to strengthen the FitIndia movement”, the Prime Minister said in a series of tweets.

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 08:39:44 +0530
Modi to visit Sweden UK

Following is the text of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s departure statement prior to his visit to Sweden and the United Kingdom.

 

"I will be visiting Sweden and the United Kingdom for bilateral meetings and for the India-Nordic Summit and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting during 17-20 April.

On 17th April, I will be in Stockholm on the invitation of Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven. This is my first visit to Sweden. India and Sweden share warm and friendly ties. Our partnership is based on democratic values and commitment to an open, inclusive and rule-based global order. Sweden is a valuable partner in our development initiatives. PM Lofven and I will also have the opportunity to interact with top business leaders of both the countries and chart out a future roadmap of cooperation with focus on trade and investment, innovation, S&T, skill development, smart cities, clean energy, digitization and health. I would also call on His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden.

India and Sweden will jointly organize the India-Nordic Summit in Stockholm on 17th April with the Prime Ministers of Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. The Nordic countries have globally recognized strengths in clean technologies, environmental solutions, ports modernization, cold-chains, skill development and innovation. Nordic competencies fit well with our vision for India’s transformation.

On 18th April 2018, I will be in London on the invitation of Prime Minister Theresa May. I had last visited the UK in November 2015. India and the United Kingdom share a modern partnership bound by strong historical ties.

My visit to London presents another opportunity for both countries to infuse fresh momentum to this growing bilateral engagement. I will be focusing on enhancing India-UK partnership in the areas healthcare, innovation, digitization, electric mobility, clean energy, and cyber security. Under the theme of “Living Bridge”, I will also have the opportunity to meet people from various walks of life who have enriched the multi-faceted India-UK relationship.

I would also call on Her Majesty The Queen, interact briefly with CEOs of the two nations who are working on a new agenda of economic partnership, launch an Ayurveda Centre of Excellence in London, and welcome the UK into the International Solar Alliance, as its newest member.

On 19th and 20th April I will also participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting being hosted by the United Kingdom which will take over as the new Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth from Malta. The Commonwealth is a unique multilateral grouping that not only provides useful assistance to its developing country members, particularly the small states and small-island developing states, but also has a strong international voice for development issues.

I am confident that these visits to Sweden and UK will be useful in enhancing our engagement with these countries."

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 08:36:37 +0530
Retired civil servants wr

A group of retired civil servants have wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, squarely blaming him and his government, over the rapes in Unnao and Kathua that have shooked the country.

The letter by 49 civil servants came at a time when thousands of people across the country hit the streets to mark their protest over the insecurity feeling loomed over the country's daughters.

The letter takes a dig on the NDA government saying "the government failed in performing the most basic of the responsibilities given to it by the people".

"The bestiality and the barbarity involved in the rape and murder of an eight year-old child shows the depths of depravity that we have sunk into. In post-Independence India, this is our darkest hour and we find the response of our Government, the leaders of our political parties inadequate and feeble", the letter said.

The group of retired civil servants refers the current situation "a moment of existential crisis, a turning point" and suggest the crisis will be settled depends on the government's response.

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 08:16:47 +0530
11 year old girl held cap

Amid nationwide protest against the murder of an 8-year-old girl in Kashmir getting bigger after she was gang raped, Surat Police has said that the girl who was found dead in the city with lot of injuries in her body was possibly held captive, tortured and raped before being killed.

The police are yet to confirm the identity of the girl and believes her age to be between 9 and 11 years and the autopsy reports reveals that she had suffered major injuries, at least 86 injuries in her body, including private parts caused by a blunt object.

The rape and the murder of the Surat girl is the latest in a string of cases where an 8-year-old girl was brutally raped and then killed in Kashmir and also a 16-year old was allegedly raped by a BJP lawmaker in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao district already generated widespread protests across the country.

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 07:46:17 +0530
Pak denies permission for

India-Pak relations reached a new low as Pakistan has blocked Sikh pilgrims' access to Indian diplomats as well as denied the pilgrims from visiting the Gurdwara. India immediately launched a strong protest against the neighbouring country's action which could spur their relations further.

Indian diplomats in Pakistan had planned to welcome the pilgrims who had entered the Wagah railway station, but failed to do so.

External Affairs ministry in a press release stated that Indian high commissioner Ajay Bisari was returned back by the Pakistan government when the diplomat tried to meet and welcome the pigrims in the Gurdwara.

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 19:38:38 +0530
Malayalees celebrate Vish

 

K.A.Viswanathan

 

Vishu, one of the most important festivals of Kerala, also Kerala New year, is celebrated all over the country where Keralite live.  Vishu  falls on the first day of the Malayalam month of  Medam  on  April 14/15. A festival of gaiety and renewal, this day is celebrated with great fun in Kerala and other parts of the country. This day  is also celebrated as New year's day in Tamil Nadu.



The main ritual on this day is ‘Vishukkani’ .  People make it a point to see all the auspicious things as soon as they wake up.  On the previous night of Vishu, fresh agricultural produce such as rice, paddy, cucumber, jack fruit, arecanut, coconut and ripe plantains are aesthetically decorated and placed at the feet of Lord Krishna. A big mirror is also kept at the back of this decoration for reflection. The little yellow flowers called Konna Poovu  are considered a must in this assemblage which is looked upon as the symbol of prosperity. This is called ‘Vishukani’.

There is a belief that to catch a glimpse of the reflection of these signs of prosperity in the mirror at the crack of dawn, would bring prosperity to the individual. The morning of the Vishu  one of the members of the house, usually the eldest female member lights the lamp and looks at 'Kani' . She wakes up other members, one after another and the 'Kani' is shown to everyone of them, taking particular care not to allow anyone to look by chance at other things. Older members of the family give ‘Kaineettam’ , a token amount of money, to the youngsters, as part of the celebrations. People carry on this custom believing that in this way, their children will be blessed with prosperity in future. Later they visit temples wearing new cloths and pray for a prosperous new year.


 

While the men and the children engage in bursting crackers, women start cooking a variety of delicacies for the day`s lunch. The feast  is prepared by the women of the household and the whole family sits down to enjoy the vishu lunch together. The dishes prepared from the vegetables and fruits that are abundant in the season like jackfruits, mangoes, pumpkins , coconuts and of course  Pal payasam (keer).

In Mumbai the festival is celebrated in most  of the temples where  preferably  the idol of  Lord Krishna is kept. At the Kochu Guruvayoorappan temple, also called Asthika Samaj  at Matunga in central Mumbai, Keralites from most part of the City  visit , men wearing  Mundu and females wearing Zaried  off white saree called ‘Pamundu’.They  stand in que  from early morning for darshan to see the ‘Vishukani’ and also the glimpses of Lord Guruvayoorappan. The unique feature of this temple is, it also has the idols of presiding deity Lord Rama with his consort Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman, Lord Subramanya, Lord Ayappa , lord shiva, Lord Vinayaka and the Navagraha  devatas. In one visit to the temple the devotees can see  all the deities. That’s the reason this temple is always crowded.

 

Another  temple in the vicinity called Sri Sankara  Mattham   also display the Vishukani in a befitting manner . The temple also has the idol of Sivalinga and Adi Shankara.

 

Pics : Vishukani at Asthika Samaj,Matunga.
 

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 17:27:58 +0530
CWG Saina beats Sindhu

Saina Nehwal came out victorious in the all-Indian Badminton final of the women's singles at the Commonwealth Games after beating fellow compatriot P V Sindhu 21-18, 23-21. The much anticipated summit clash took place at morning 5am.

In another  glamorous final at the Badminton court, India's World No.1 Kidambi Srikanth bow down to Malaysian legend Lee Chong Wei. Srikanth let the advantage slip as he won the first set and was on road for a gold medal. But Lee worked on his experience, enabling him to come back into the game.

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 17:14:10 +0530
Spilling The Tea

By Prerna Mistry

Teas have traditionally been a part of various cultures for over thousands of years. No matter what the season, tea is a well loved beverage as it is quite versatile in nature and can be customised to our personal preferences. Almost all non-herbal teas are made from the leaves of the plant Camellia Sinensis which is a shrub native to China and India and it is only the differences in the processing of the leaves that classify the teas as different from each other. Herbal teas, however, are made by infusing herbs, fruits or spices in warm water and contain little to almost no caffeine. There are thousands of blends of tea, each with their own flavour and unique and numerous health benefits that go far beyond simply refreshment.

Generally there are five kinds of true teas, namely Green Tea, Black Tea, White Tea, Oolong Tea and Pu-erh Tea, while any other flavoured tea is considered as Herbal Tea. Packed with antioxidants, each tea contains benefits that are vital to physical and mental health. Here is a list of teas and their sui generis benefits.

  • Green Tea

This true tea is preferred by a majority of people and rightly so as green tea is rich in antioxidants that aid in reducing the fat content in your body resulting into weight loss. Besides supporting weight management, green tea also prevents heart disease and slows down aging, stabilizes cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, prevents cancer as well as stabilizes blood sugar.

  • Black Tea

As tea leaves are oxidised completely during its production process, black tea has a very strong aroma, flavour and colour to it. Black tea improves the overall antioxidant status in our bodies which in turn protects the heart, the lungs as well as supports gastrointestinal health. However, black tea has the highest caffeine content in comparison to other teas.

  • Oolong Tea

This tea is very distinct yet complex in nature as it contains characteristics of both green and black teas. Oolong tea helps fight obesity as it improves lipid metabolism as well as improves overall digestive health, treats eczema and prevents heart disease and cancer among others.

  • White Tea

Contains the most anticancer properties as compared to other teas, white tea is uncured and unfermented. Like green tea, white tea supplies antioxidants, strengthens the heart, aids to weight loss and prevents cancer as well.

  • Pu-erh Tea

Considered a black tea, its leaves are pressed into cakes. Pu-erh tea has strong digestive, antibacterial, and warming properties and it cleanses the bloodstream of fat and toxins as well. Most commonly found in China, this tea contains live but beneficial bacteria and the processing of the leaves allows for microbial fermentation as a result of which the tea continues to age and change even after drying the tea leaves. Research suggests that consuming this tea each day can also reduce cholesterol and plaque of the arteries.

  • Herbal Teas

Herbal teas aren’t your regular teas as they contain little to no amount of actual tea leaves. Herbal teas make use of flowers, spices and fruits which are then boiled in hot water to create a warm, refreshing beverage that has many benefits depending on your choice of ingredients.

 

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 16:20:08 +0530
Mary Kom Gaurav Solanki

India started  the 10th day of the Commonwealth Games on a bright note as India earned three gold medals in today morning itself. Veteran Marry Kom and Gourav Solanki won gold in Boxing while shooter Sanjeev Rajput also joined the party later.

Marry Com started the gold hunt today as she thumped Northern Ireland's Christina Ohara 5-0 in the women's 45-48 kg category. Gaurav Solanki followed it up with winning the championship in men's 52 kg category.

Meanwhile in Shooting, Sanjeev Rajput created a new games record enroute his gold medal in men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions.

India currently stands third in the points table with 20 gold, 13 silver and 14 bronze.

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 10:10:36 +0530
US UK France begin stri

The United States, Britain and France have jointly launched precision strike against Bashar al-Assad's Syria as a reply to the latter's alleged use of poison gas in Syria that killed at least 50 people last week.

US President Donald Trump later addressed the media in the White House and announced that the allies have launched joint strike in Syria's targeted areas and prepare to go with further measures until the Syrian regime stopped its use of chemical weapons.

Explosions were heard in the city of Damascus shortly after Trump began his media briefing.

Meanwhile Russia slammed the operation conducted by the US, UK and France and warned a stringent response to them.

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 08:44:19 +0530
CBI arrests BJP MLA in Un

BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Singh Sengar, accused of raping a 16-year-old in the Unnao district in Uttar Pradesh has been arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation. The arrest came soon after the Allahabad High Court ordered the CBI to arrest the lawmaker at the earliest.

The court's order to arrest the lawmaker comes hours after the probe agency had taken Sengar into custody for more questioning while the court also reprimanded the BJP government in UP for delaying the arrest formalities.

Chief Justice Dileep Baba Saheb Bhosle said that the government's intent to delay arrest despite registering FIR by the police will have far reaching consequences and a menace to the country's democracy.  

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 08:15:47 +0530
Kathua rape case Two BJP

Two Jammu & Kashmir ministers from BJP have quit from the cabinet after protests gathered momentum over the Kathua rape case where an 8-year-old girl was brutally raped inside a forest in the Jamu & Kashmir.

Minister for Forest Lal Singh and Industries minister Chander Prakash have decided to resign from the ministry after the state CM Mehbooba Mufti demanded their resignation.

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 07:41:48 +0530
Our daughters will defin

Prime Minister Narendra Modi finally broke his silence over the protests against the Kathua and Unnao rape cases where a small girl was brutally raped inside a forest in the Jammu & Kashmir. Modi said that justice will done while without mentioning the name of the incidents.

"These incidents have caused great shame to our country. The turn of events that have been discussed for these two days should not be happened in a civilised society. The culprits won't be allowed to escape", said the PM.

The Prime Minister also said that our daughters will definitely get justice while speaking at the memorial dedicated to Dr BR Ambedkar.

Modi came out with a response soon after the Congress President urged him to give answers to the issue.

The Kathua crime case had come into lime light in the national level after the crime branch reported that the girl was brutally raped after she was absconded on January 10.

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 07:29:25 +0530
PM takes a surprise metro

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a surprise metro ride from a station near his official residence to travel to north Delhi  for an event at a memorial dedicated to Dr BR  Ambedkar in the national capital today.

He started his metro journey from the Lok Kalyan Marg station and ended it at the 26 Alipur Road and then dedicated the Ambedkar memorial to the nation to mark the birth anniversary of the architect of our constitution.

Public made most of this rare opportunity as they found time to take selfies with the PM who obliged with the desire of many passengers.

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 21:30:09 +0530
President greets nation o

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind has greeted fellow-citizens on the eve of birth anniversary of Dr B.R. Ambedkar.

In a message, the President has said, “On the occasion of the birth anniversary of Dr B.R. Ambedkar, I pay my homage to this icon of our national life, and extend my warm greetings to all fellow citizens. Dr Ambedkar was a multifaceted personality whose impact on our society and nation has remained relevant – and will remain relevant. He was an academic and economist, a scholar and moral philosopher, an exceptional legal mind and constitutionalist. Above all, he was an activist for social reform and for legitimate opportunities for women, and a champion of liberty.

Dr Ambedkar waged a life-long struggle for a better and fairer society – for a modern India free of caste and other prejudices, ensuring equal economic and social rights to women and to those from traditionally disadvantaged communities. His ideals and his belief in the rule of law found most eloquent expression in the Constituent Assembly. Appropriately, he is considered the Chief Architect of our Constitution – which continues to be the guiding light for the Republic of India.

Despite the personal challenges he faced, Dr Ambedkar was remarkably free of rancour and resentment. For this, and for his many social, political and professional contributions, he continues to be a beacon for us. And he shines as a universal symbol of human freedom and individual dignity. It is important to appreciate Dr Ambedkar’s personality and message in all its dimensions, and not to compartmentalise, as we often do.

Let us draw inspiration from this great figure of history and this great Indian. The best tribute to him would be to build a just, egalitarian and developed India – an India that lives up to the republican ethic that Dr Ambedkar shaped and defined for us and for future generations.”

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 19:42:42 +0530
Beat The Heat

By Prerna Mistry

The season of sunshine is here! But, so is the sweat, the heat and the possible bouts of dehydration. Besides looking fabulous and having great skin, it is extremely vital to keep yourself healthy from within. Food is therapy, which not only satisfies our hunger pangs, but also heals us from within. They say you are what you eat and this rings true when your food choices are what affect you both physically as well as mentally. To be healthy, select your food choices based on the season and your body type. Since it is summer, opt for foods that are cooler in nature, here are a few food options that will help you beat the heat this summer.

  • Cool As A Cucumber

Cucumber is low in calories which is packed with antioxidants and can even reduce your risk of hypertension as well as help reducing belly fat as well. You could consume this cool ingredient as is or enjoy it with a dip. Besides, you could also enjoy it with curd.

  • Go Bananas

Bananas contain a lot of potassium and helps replenish the fluid that is lost from the body after sweating. Also, bananas are cool in nature and can be enjoyed with some honey. You could also make a banana thick shake and serve it with some delicious vanilla ice cream to give yourself that perfect summer treat!

  • One In A Melon

Made up of more than 90% water, watermelons are a great way to stay cool and hydrated, even on the hottest summer days. What’s more, is that they are lower in cholesterol, decrease the amount of plaque in arteries and help you lose more weight! You can consume this sweet treat as is or with a variety of other fruits such as muskmelons, kiwis and oranges. A cool watermelon juice concoction is also a great way to chill this summer as well.

  • In Love With The Coco

Coconut water has cooling properties and contains mono-saccharine, carbohydrates and essential minerals that keep the body hydrated. Add mint leaves to your coconut water with ice cubes for a simple, cool and refreshing summer drink.

  • When Life Gives You Lemons..

...make lemonade! Or add some soda and mint leaves to it to make a refreshing virgin mojito to rejuvenate yourself this summer.

  • Do or Dahi

Customise this protein packed ingredient or eat it as it is as curd or yogurt, cools the body to quite an extent. You can even opt for flavoured yogurts or add in fruits and honey to your regular bowl of curd. You could also add in boiled potatoes with chaat masala and make a savoury dahi aloo chaat dish. Besides, you could also make buttermilk or lassi out of curd to make a wholesome yet refreshing drink.

  • No Tea No Shade

Teas are not just limited to warm, hot beverages, but can also be turned into refreshing, iced drinks as well. Add black tea or green tea bags in ice cold water with some lemon, mint and honey for a super tasty cool drink!

  • Water You Saying?

Don’t forget to drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated during the warmer days. Add sliced lemons or oranges in your water to give it a hint of flavour to the same.

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 18:48:37 +0530
65th National Film Awards

Late Indian film actress Sridevi received the Best Actress award for her performance in the film 'Mom' at the 65th National Film awards. Bengali actor Riddhi Sen was also given an award for Best Actor.

The Assamese movie 'Village Rockstars' also won an award for the Best Film while the movie 'Newton' won the best Hindi film honour.

Meanwhile Malayalam films upstaged many other languages as they bagged many significant awards including the Best Director, Singer, Supporting Actor and for Screenplay as well. Malayalam director Jayaraj received the award for the Best Director for his movie "Bhayanakam".

Fahad Fazil won the Best Supporting Actor award for his performance in the Malayalam movie 'Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum', while Sajeev Pazhoor won an award for the Best Screenplay for the film as well.

K J Yesudas received the award for the Best Singer for the song titled 'Poimaranja Kalam'  for the movie 'Viswasapoorvam Mansoor.'

Late veteran actor Vinod Khanna was honoured with the Dadasahed Phalke Award posthumously.

The Awards were announced by the jury headed by filmmaker Shekhar Kapur.

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:27:10 +0530
PM pays tributes to the m

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paid tributes to the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

The Prime Minister said, "Tributes to the brave martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. The indomitable spirit of the martyrs will always be remembered. They sacrificed their lives for our freedom."

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:12:58 +0530
Anish Bhanwala creates hi

India's Anish Bhanwala became the latest sensation in the 21st Commonwealth Games as he marched on to become the youngest Indian to win a gold medal at the CWG while he created a new ganes record at the shooting venue in Gold Coast, Australia.

Bhanwala, 15,scored 30 in the men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event while his fellow compatriot Neeraj Kumar finished fifth after being eliminated in stage 2.

Bhanwala's feat propelled India to stay steady at the table with 16 gold, 8 silver and 11 bronze.

Bhanwala's  emergence today shattered the record that was previously held by Manu Bhaker who became the youngest Indian to win a gold medal at CWG after she won in the women's 10m air rifle finals.

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 13:49:12 +0530
Gadkari visits South Kore

On the fourth day of his visit to the Republic of Korea, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari addressed the delegates of the Korea-India Infrastructure Cooperation Forum in  Seoul.

Leading members from the infrastructure business of both countries participated and exchanged views on the potential for doing business for mutual benefit. Speaking on the occasion Gadkari said that India has plans  to construct 12 expressways with an investment of over Rs 1 lakh crore. This, he said, would  presents huge opportunities for Korean businesses.

Similarly developing the national waterways for commercial navigation in India, and the plans to develop shipbuilding, fisheries and the port sector will also create investment opportunities,  he said. Gadkari also conveyed the Indian Government’s commitment for facilitating all foreign businesses who wished to invest in India.

Gadkari earlier met the leading members of the Korean Financial Sector to explore ways of greater RoK involvement in financing interlinking of rivers, highway construction, developing logistics parks and shipbuilding activity in India.. An important part of the cooperation would be to enhance training and discussion among experts from both sides. Indian highway engineers and shipbuilding engineers can be trained at specialised training institutions of Republic of Korea to expose them to the systems in place there. Korean companies expressed  keenness to work on the Nagpur Mumbai expressway project.

Gadkari also met the Korean Minister for Land and Infrastructure (MOLIT)  Ms Kim Mee Hyun in Seoul today. The two Ministers discussed the prospects of cooperation in developing smart highways. Ms Hyun said that RoK is committed to enhance cooperation based on the commitments made during the visit of PM Modi in 2015. A draft Memorandum of Cooperation in the Infra sector is likely to be finalised soon. This will provide a sound institutional framework for enhancing bilateral engagement.

In another meeting with the RoK Minister for Environment Ms. KIM Eungyung, Gadkari discussed bilateral cooperation in the area of river cleaning and rejuvenation.

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 08:12:01 +0530
Indian Railways enhances

Pursuing sustainable growth through preserving the environment is one of the hallmarks of Indian Railways. To further spread its green initiatives, Indian Railways had entered into partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in July 2016. As part of this partnership, CII is facilitating various railways’ production units, workshops and other units go the Green way and in the process equipping them to green the operations and practices.

CII’s GreenCo Rating System is a first-of-its-kind rating in the world that facilitates companies in improving their overall green performance. GreenCo focus on major environmental areas including- energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, waste management, resource conservation, green supply chain, product stewardship and life cycle assessment.

As on date, GreenCo Rating is being implemented in 42 facilities (production units and workshops) of Indian Railways. 26 facilities of Indian Railways have achieved rating levels ranging across Certified, Bronze, Silver and Gold levels, while the others are in the process of implementation. More than 400 companies across several sectors from the manufacturing and services verticals are also in the process of this certification.

GreenCo has helped Indian Railways bring in a focused approach towards green practices by strengthening its energy conservation initiatives, facilitating renewable energy opportunities, water management and waste management. Indian Railways has also utilized GreenCo as an opportunity to work with its suppliers in greening their operations. The awareness and training imparted to employees and other relevant stakeholders is extremely impressive. Indian Railways has not only reduced the environmental impact, but has also been realizing substantial benefits, both tangible and intangible. The participation in GreenCo rating process has helped the Indian railways manufacturing units and workshops in achieving approximately Rs 10 crores per year of saving.

Two Railway stations, two Railway schools and administrative buildings of IRICEN, ICF and SCR headquarters have also been certified green as part of this effort.

Green Rating System has been facilitating inculcating green practices in individuals, and across IR as an organization. IR units have started excelling in areas, in addition, have also explored fields that were not in focus earlier and have put in efforts to improve performance.

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 08:05:36 +0530
Vice President calls for

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the Centre and States must work as a team to develop the nation and country cannot progress without States. He was interacting with the students of Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy (IIPE), in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

Talking on the need to bridge the gap between Rural and Urban areas, the Vice President said that development must reach people in rural areas. Connectivity is crucial in developing rural areas, he added.

The Vice President said that the right energy mix of Solar, Thermal, Hydel, Wind, Oil and Gas will be a solution for India's growing energy demand.  He further said that IIPE intends to promote the quality and excellence in the education and research in the petroleum and hydrocarbons and it plans to fill in the skill gap in the Oil and Gas sector. Petroleum and its products provide fuel for heating and lighting, lubricants for machinery and raw materials for a number of manufacturing industries, he added.

That Vice President said that India today has a predominantly young population, and the time has come to tap the skills and talent of the youngsters to achieve what is commonly described as demographic dividend. He further said that India has a very rich heritage, culture and traditions. We must go back to our roots to find solutions to the modern day challenges, he added.

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 07:41:09 +0530
Rahul Gandhi leads midnig

Congress President Rahul Gandhi led a midnight candlelight march in the national capital to protest against the Unnao and Kathua rape cases, saying that the daughters in the country are not safe in the hands of Modi government.

Rahul Gandhi was joined by his sister Priyanka and her husband Robert Vadra along with many party workers and students. The protestors shouted slogans against Modi government as well as against the state governments in Uttar Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.

"We are here against crimes being committed against women, against rapes, violence, murder and the government must act on this. This is a national issue and not a political one", Gandhi said.

"This is about our women. Thousands are present here including the common people and people from all parties. The situation in the country is such today that one after another incident of murder, rape and violence is taking place. We are standing against that we want the government to act", he said

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 07:32:40 +0530
Unnao rape case CBI deta

The Central Bureau of Investigation had detained Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the BJP lawmaker from Uttar Pradesh, who allegedly raped a 16-year-old girl in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao district. Fresh action was taken by the CBI after the centre approved the Uttar Pradesh government's request for a  CBI probe in the rape case.

The case turned into focus once again after the victim tried to immolate herself, alleging police inaction against the lawmaker Sengar, outside the residence of CM Yogi Adityanath last week.

Earlier victim's father died in judicial custody a week after he was allegedly thrashed by the MLA's brother and others.

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 07:14:42 +0530
ISRO successfully launche

In its forty third flight, ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C41 successfully launched the 1,425 kg IRNSS-1I Navigation Satellite today from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota.

PSLV-C41 lifted off at 0404 hrs (4:04 am) IST, as planned, from the First Launch Pad.  After a flight lasting about 19 minutes, the vehicle achieved a Sub-Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit with a perigee (nearest point to earth) of 281.5 km and an apogee (farthest point to earth) of 20,730 km inclined at an angle of 19.2 degree to the equator following which IRNSS-1I separated from PSLV.

After separation, the solar panels of IRNSS-1I were deployed automatically. ISRO's Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan, Karnataka took over the control of the satellite. In the coming days, orbit manoeuvres will be performed from MCF to position the satellite at 55 deg East longitude in the planned Geosynchronous Orbit with an inclination of 29 deg to the equator.

IRNSS-1I is the latest member of the ‘Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC)’ system.  NavIC, also known as Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), is an independent regional navigation satellite system designed to provide position information in the Indian region and 1,500 km around the Indian mainland.

A number of ground facilities responsible for IRNSS satellite ranging and monitoring, generation and transmission of navigation parameters, satellite control, network timing, etc., have been established in many locations across the country as part of NavIC.

Till now, PSLV has successfully launched 52 Indian satellites and 237 customer satellites from abroad.

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 19:42:28 +0530
Vice President urges doct

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu said that serving in rural areas must be made mandatory for Doctors and they should have empathy, compassion and a caring attitude to enhance their effectiveness. He was addressing the 20th  Convocation of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, in Bengaluru.

The Vice President asked students to become full-fledged healthcare professionals who can take on the real and continuous challenges that are going to become an integral part of your life. He said that despite making rapid strides in the last two decades, continuing rise in communicable diseases and a spurt in non-communicable or “lifestyle” diseases pose greater challenge to the nation. The evolution of the sector calls for active involvement and participation of all stakeholders and the use of innovation to bridge intent and execution to overcome change at all its stages – prevention, diagnosis and treatment, he added.

The Vice President said that the urban-rural divide in India needs urgent attention and action and said that collaborative public-private partnership to remedy the situation. However, the private sector health facilities must not only be accessible to the needy and poor, but must also be affordable, he added.

The Vice President said that India can leverage the demographic dividend by improving the quality higher education adding that education system needs to reinvent itself to respond to the emerging challenges of a rapidly changing knowledge economy. Excellence should be the watchword.  Agility and alacrity should be the norm, he added.

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 19:39:09 +0530
PM asserts his commitment

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India is fully committed to bolster the strengths of the armed forces and the country's commitment to ensure peace is in level with its commitment to protect its territory.

Prime Minister made his comments while inaugurating the DEFEXPO-2018 in Chennai.

Below is the full transcript of PM's speech

A very good morning to you all!

This is the 10th edition of Def-Expo.

Some of you may have attended this event several times.A few may even have been attending it since inception.

But for me, this is the first time at Def-Expo.I am both delighted and over-whelmed to see such akeengathering here in this historic region of Kanchi-puram in the great State of Tamil Nadu.

I am very happy to be here in the land of the great Cholas who established India's historic civilization links through trade and education. This is the land of our glorious maritime legacy.

This is the land from where India Looked East and Acted East thousands of years ago.

Friends.

It is wonderful to see over five hundred Indian companies, along with over one hundred and fifty foreign companies present here.

More than forty countries have sent their official delegations as well.It is an opportunity like none other, not only to discuss India’s defence requirements, but also to show-case, for the first time ever, in such a manner, India’s own defence manufacturing capabilities to the world.

Armed Forces, the world over know the importance of supply chains. But it is not just on the battle-fields, but also on the factory floors of defence manufacturing enterprises, that strategic decisions are made.

Today, we live in an inter-connected world.The efficiency of supply chains is a key factor in any manufacturing enterprise.Therefore,the strategic imperative to Make in India, to Make for India, and to Supply to the World from India is stronger than ever before.

Friends.

Thousands of years of history of India shows that we have never desired any one's territory.

Rather than winning countries through wars, India has believed in winning hearts.This is the land from where the message of peace and universal brotherhood has gone out sinceVedic times.

This is the land from where the light of Buddhism spread to the world.In fact, from the time of Ashoka and even earlier, India has believed in using strength to protect the highest ideals of humanity.

In modern times more than one hundred and thirty thousand Indian soldiers sacrificed their lives in World Wars in the last century. India had no claim on territory.But Indian soldiers fought for restoring peace and up-holding human values.

Independent India has also sent one of the largest numbers of UN Peace-Keepers to places all over the world.

At the same time, an important responsibility of the State is to protect its own citizens.The Great Indian thinker and strategist Kautilya wrote theArth-shastra more than two thousand years ago. He said that the King, or the ruler, must protect his people. And, he also said that peace is preferable to war. India's defence preparedness is guided by these thoughts.Our commitment to peace is just as strong as our commitment to protect our people and our territory.And for this, we are ready to take all steps required to equip our Armed Forces, including through the establishment of a strategically independent defence industrial complex.

Friends.

We are conscious that creating a defence industrial complex is far from simple. We know that a lot needs to be done, and many piecesof this puzzle need to fit together.We are also aware/ that the defence manufacturing sector is unique in terms of government involvement.You need the government to grant a license to manufacture. Since the government is almost the only buyer in India, you also need the government to grant an order.

And, you need the government even to grant permission to export.

Therefore, over the last few years, we have made a humble beginning.

On defence manufacturing licenses, on defence offsets, on defence exports clearances, on Foreign Direct Investment in defence manufacturing, and on reforming our defence procurement, we have taken many steps.

In all these areas, our regulations, processes and procedures have been made more industry-friendly, more transparent, more predictable and more outcome oriented.The Defence Products List for the purpose of issuing licenseshas been revised, and most of the components, parts, sub-systems, testing equipment and production equipment have been removed from the list to reduce entry barriers for the industry, especially for the small and medium enterprises.

Initial validity of Industrial License has been increased from 3 years to 15 years, with provision to further extend it by 3 years.

Offset guidelineshave been made flexible by allowing changes of Indian Offset Partners and offset components, even in contracts already signed.

Foreign Original Equipment Manufacturers are now not required to indicate the details of Indian Offset Partners and products at the time of signingof contracts. We have also re-instated Services as an avenue of discharging offsets.

The Standard Operating Procedure for issue of export authorizationshas been simplified and put in public domain.

The requirement of Government-signed End User Certificate for export of parts and components and other non-sensitive military stores, sub-assemblies, and sub-systems has been done away with.

The defence industry sector was closed to the private sector till May 2001, when it was first opened up to private sector participation by the Government of Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee ji.

We have taken a step forward and revised the Foreign Direct Investment cap of 26 percent to 49 percent through the automatic route, and even up to 100 percent on a case-to-case basis.

The Defence Procurement Procedure has also been revised, with many specific provisionsfor stimulating the growth of domestic defence industry.

We have also de-notified some items earlier made exclusively by Ordnance Factories, so that the private sector, especially the micro, small and medium enterprises can enter this space.

For encouraging the development of Micro and Small enterprises in the defence sector, the Public Procurement Policy for Micro and Small Enterprises– which was notified in 2012 – has been made mandatory from April 2015.

And we have seen some encouraging initial results.In May 2014, the total number of defence licenses issued stood at 215. In less than four years, we have issued 144 more licenses through a much more transparent and predictable process.

In May 2014, the total number of defence export permissions granted stood at 118, for a total value of 577 million dollars. In less than four years, we have issued 794 more export permissions, for a total value of over 1.3 billion dollars.From 2007 to 2013, the targeted offsets obligations were 1.24 billion dollars, of which only 0.79 billion dollarsworth of offsets were actually discharged. That is, an achievement rate of only about 63 percent.

From 2014 to 2017, the targeted offsets obligationswere 1.79 billion dollars, of which 1.42 billion dollars worth of offsets were realized. This is an achievement rate of close to 80 percent. Procurement from Micro and Small Enterprises by the Defence Public Sector Undertakings and Ordnance Factories has gone up from about Rs. 3300 crores in 2014-15 to over Rs. 4250 crores in 2016-17. This is an increase of close to 30 percent.

It is heartening to note that the contribution of small and medium scale sector to defence production has grown by 200 percent in the last 4 years.

And, they are increasingly also becoming part/ of the global supply chains.

I am also pleased that the share of Indian vendors in the procurement orders placed through defence capital expenditure has gone up from about 50 percent during 2011-14 to over 60 percent during the last three years.

I am sure that this will improve further in the years ahead.

Friends,

Having said that, I am aware that we need to do a lot more.And, we are committed to do so.

We are committed to building a defence industrial complex that has room for everyone – public sector, private sector, as well as foreign firms.

We are committed to establishing two Defence Industrial Corridors – one right here in Tamil Nadu, and one in Uttar Pradesh.These defence industrial corridors will utilize the existing defence manufacturing ecosystems in these regions,and further build upon it.

These corridors will become the engines of economic development and growth of defence industrial base in the country.We have also established a Defence Investors Cell to assist and handhold the investors involved in Defence Production.

Friends’.

Government's support for technology, innovation, research and development is essentialfor defence sector.

A Technology Perspective and Capability Road-map has been released to help the industry in planning and initiating technology development, partnerships and production arrangements.

In recent years, we have also taken various initiatives like Make In India, Startup India, and Atal Innovation Mission, to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in the Indian commercial eco-system.

Today, we have launched the ‘Innovation for Defence Excellence’ scheme. It will set up Defence Innovation Hubs throughout the country to provide necessary incubation and infrastructure support to the start-ups in defence area.

Private venture capital into the defence sector, especially for start-ups will also be encouraged.

New and emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Robotics are perhaps the most important determinants/ of defensive and offensive capabilities for any defence force in the future. India, with its leadership in Information Technology domain, would strive to use this technology tilt to its advantage.

 

Friends.

The former President and a great son of Tamil Nadu and India,Bharat RatnaDr. A. P. J Abdul Kalam had called upon all of us to “Dream! Dream! Dream! Dreams transform into thoughts, and thoughts result in action”.

Our dream is to Develop the Ecosystem to Foster an Environment of New and Creative Entrepreneurship in the defence manufacturing sector.

And for this, in the weeks ahead, we will undertake extensive consultations with all stakeholders, including both Indian and Foreign companies, about our Defence Production and Defence Procurement policy space.I call upon all of you to actively participate in this exercise.Our aim is not just to discuss, but to draw the right lessons.Our intention is not to lecture, but to listen.Our goal is not merely to tinker, but to transform.

Friends.

We want to move fast. But, we do not want to take short cuts.

There was a time when, like many other aspects of governance, the critical issue of defence preparedness was also hampered by policy paralysis.

We have seen the damage such laziness, incompetenceor perhaps some hidden motives, can cause to the nation.

Not now. Not anymore. Never again.Issues that should have been long addressed by previous governments, are being resolved now.

You would have seen how the issue of providing bullet proof jackets to Indian Army soldiers was kept hanging for years.

And, you would have also seen that we have brought the process to a successful conclusion with a contract that will provide a boost to defence manufacturing in India.You would also recall the long-drawn process of procurement of fighter aircraft that never reached any conclusion.

We have not only taken bold action to meet our immediate critical requirements, but have also initiated a new process to procure 110 fighter aircraft.We do not want to spend ten years in discussions without any tangibleoutcomes. We will work with you with a sense of mission to keep our defence forces equipped with state-of-the-art systems, and to create the necessary domestic manufacturing ecosystem to achieve this.And, in all our efforts to pursue efficiency and effectiveness in partnership with you, we will be guided by the highest ideals of integrity and probity.

Friends.

This sacredland brings to mind the legend Thiruvalluvar, a celebrated Tamil poet and philosopher.

He had said:

“In sandy soil, when deep you delve, you reach the springs below; The more you learn, the freer streams of wisdom flow.”

I am confident that Def-Expo will provide the opportunity to professionals and industry to find new meeting ground for developing military industrial enterprises.

Thank you.

Thank you very much.

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 19:33:11 +0530
Cauvery Issue Kamal writ

Actor turned politician Kamal Haasan urged the Centre to act on the Supreme Court's verdict that directed for the formation of a Cauvery Water Management Board to ensure the right amount of water for South Indian states such as Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Puducherri.

He appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a video message to be serious regarding aiding to the distress of Tamil people.

He tweeted soon after PM Modi arrived in Chennai to avoid any protests planned by the opposition parties and other organisations.

"My name is Kamal Haasan. This is an open video to my honourable Prime Minister", he said.

"You can easily deliver the justice that Tamil Nadu is seeking", Kamal, in a black shirt to mark his protest, tweeted.

Earlier the top court slammed the Centre for not acting on the court's order to form a water management board to settle the dispute between the states in the name of Cauvery.

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 19:25:49 +0530
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Wrestler Sushil Kumar powered India to its 14th gold medal at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Gold Coast, Australia. He competed against South African opponent Johannes Botha in the men's freestyle 74kg final at the Carrara Sports Arena.

This is the third straight CWG gold for two-time Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar.

Kumar is the only Indian sportsperson to have won two Olympic medals and has also won many medals for India previously in the Commonwealth Championships as well as in the World Championships.

He became the first Indian wrestler to win an Olympic medal when he won bronze in Beijing 2008 only after K D Yadav did it for the country in 1952. He turned his bronze into silver at the 2012 London Olympics.

Later on doubts loomed on his ability to replicate his previous achievements as he was caught with injury many times and eventually resulted his absence in the 2016 Rio Olympics. He proved all his critics wrong by rising to the occasion once again, that too at the biggest stage.

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 18:36:04 +0530
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Mon, 09 Apr 2018 11:14:03 +0530
Under united opposition

Congress president Rahul Gandhi criticised the BJP. He said, “Frankly, I don’t see the BJP winning the next election, so in 2019 we will go back to the normal, I sense.”

He explained, “There are two basic things, once opposition unity goes above a certain level, it becomes impossible to win elections. Now the opposition unity has gone to a point. It’s simple.”

.Gandhi said when the three parties i.e. SP, BSP and Congress, come together, “BJP will win only two seats, that too with luck.”

He said even Modi may lose if he stands from Varanasi and the three parties were united against him as he asserted, “In fact, I challenge him to stand with three parties united.”

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 09:30:51 +0530
Tamil Nadu teachers to se

Tamil Nadu Teachers Federation (TNTF) state president S Muthusamy recently stated that they have planned to send 10 lakh postcards to the PM in support of Cauvery Management Board (CMB).

He said, “The whole state has come together and protests are being held at various places. The federation too has decided to write to the prime minister emphasising this. A total of 10 lakh post cards have been planned to be posted in the next one week. Over 50,000 members of TNTF across various schools would get the post cards handwritten by fellow teachers, government employees and general public propagating the message.

Muthusamy  added, “Cauvery is also the major source of drinking water for a majority of the people in the state apart from being critical to farming. The Union government must take a decision steering clear of the political gains to be made in Karnataka.”

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 09:27:30 +0530
Ravi Shankar Prasad accus

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad accused the Congress, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) of encouraging Dalit violence for political gains.

He stated, “Bhimrao Ambedkar said Dalit movement should not be violent. But some parties like the Congress, the SP, the BSP are fanning Dalit violence in a calculated manner for political gains.”

Prasad added, “Ambedkar died in 1956 but the successive Congress government did not bother to confer him with Bharat Ratna. It was only in 1989 that the V.P. Singh government backed by the BJP conferred the honour on him.”

Elaborating on the opposition’s allegations that the government was trying to dilute the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, he said, “We have made very crucial changes to the SC/ST Act to make it more stringent and to plug the gaps.”

Prasad further pointed out that it was the BJP that has made Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit, the President of India.

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 09:24:35 +0530
PM Modi reportedly turns

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reportedly turned down Railway Minister Piyush Goyal’s plan to convert Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus into one of the first museum-cum-railway stations in India.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site was built over 100 years, starting in 1878 and was designed on the late medieval Italian models.

Goyal had announced his plan to convert the terminal into a museum during his visit there in November. However, PM Modi recently questioned the logic behind the project while also pointing out the lack of railway artefacts that could be showcased in the proposed museum.

The Railway Board was also against Goyal’s museum proposal, which could displace a lot of employees, difficult to accommodate them elsewhere as well.

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 09:22:07 +0530
Manoj Tiwari accuses AAP

Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari accused the AAP government of ‘creating hurdles’ in development of civic amenities, while threatening to go on an indefinite hunger strike if funds are not released for two infrastructure projects in north east Delhi by April 12 as well.

He stated, “The AAP government is causing hurdles and adopting partial approach over development works. If funds are not released for the Shastri Park loop and Seelampur flyover by April 12, I will sit on an indefinite hunger strike.”

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 09:18:56 +0530
Indian High Commissioner

Indian High Commissioner in UK Y. K. Sinha addressed a distinguished gathering of members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords at a reception hosted by Mr. Virendra Sharma, Chair of the Indo-British All- Party Parliamentary Group at St. James’s Court, London.

About 45 Members of Parliament were present on the occasion including Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, Dame Rosie Winterton; Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Dr Thérèse Coffey; Chair of the 1922 Backbench Committee, Sir Graham Brady; and former Attorney General Dominic Grieve.

High Commissioner expressed satisfaction that the two countries enjoyed strong and vibrant relations, encompassing high level political exchanges, trade and investment, defence and security cooperation as also in the fields of innovation, science & technology and culture. He referred to the recently concluded India-UK Year of Culture which was launched last year with a spectacular reception at the Buckingham Palace hosted by HM The Queen. He emphasized the importance of the role of the 1.5 million strong and vibrant Indian diaspora in the UK- the 'living bridge', that imparts a strong underpinning to our strategic partnership.

High Commissioner noted the need for greater engagement between India and
the UK beyond government-to-government interactions. He referred to the programme of familiarization visits to India being organized for groups of British MPs by the High Commission of India and the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi.

Such visits enable parliamentarians to gain a first-hand
experience of India through direct interaction with government Ministers, Indian MPs, and apex chambers of commerce and academia. An invitation was extended to MPs for the next visit being planned later this year.

High Commissioner also spoke of the need to utilise the opportunity provided by the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London next month to rejuvenate the Commonwealth and to make the most of the 'Commonwealth Advantage' in promoting both intra-Commonwealth and bilateral ties.

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 07:56:24 +0530
Aster organises medical c

Aster Volunteers in partnership with Model Service Society organised a ‘Mega Medical and Wellness Camp’ at the Dubai Investment Real Estate Labour Camp in Jebel Ali for more than 1000 low income workers.

Eisa Alzarooni, representative of Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation and Sri Vipul, Consul General of India, joined Dr Azad Moopen, Founder Chairman and Managing Director and Dr Zeba Moopen, Director of Special Projects of Aster DM Healthcare at the inauguration of the camp, expressing their support and encouraged participation.

The beneficiaries consisted of a mix of nationalities from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.

In the true spirit of the Year of Zayed the event echoed the late leader’s utmost respect for people regardless of nationality, gender, status or religion and his recognition of the role of expatriates in building the UAE.

Dr. Azad Moopen, said, "We take it as our responsibility to give back to the communities we serve, and help those in need. On World Health Day we strive to make healthcare accessible to those who are in real need but do not have the means. Aster Volunteer initiatives such as today’s Mega Health and Wellness Camp bring us closer to the people who need our help the most. Dr. Zeba Moopen, Director of Special Projects at Aster DM Healthcare has been leading the development of this initiative and will continue to drive it forward to make a positive difference in the lives of more and more people. We deeply appreciate the support and cooperation from the Indian Consulate and our partners in bringing today’s camp to life."

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 07:49:54 +0530
Vice President calls for

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that peace is the prerequisite for progress of any nation. He was interacting with the Prime Minister of Nepal, Shri K.P. Sharma Oli, who called on him.

The Vice President said that relations between India and Nepal show our shared History, Common Cultural Ethos, Trade and Economic Partnership & close people-to-people contact. He further said that our Policy is ‘Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas’ – for achieving shared prosperity of our two countries – Peace and Progress to Nepal. Regular exchanges of High-Level visits demonstrates priority of strengthening our friendship and cooperation, he added.

The Vice President said that we have Broad-Based Economic and Development Partnership in Training & Education, Infrastructure Development, Health, Culture, Water Resources & River Protection, Agriculture, Rural & Community Development and Small Development Projects at grass-roots level. He further said that enhanced connectivity between both countries – for improved People-to-People Connections and to facilitate Trade & Economic Growth. Increased focus should be on Cross-border Rail links, Integrated Check Posts, Oil Pipeline and Road projects (Hukali roads) – issue of land acquisition and clearances are to be settled by Nepal in a time bound manner, he added.

The Vice President said that India and Nepal have tremendous opportunities in Energy and Hydro-power Development, Harnessing Water Resources and Agriculture for mutually beneficial co-operation. Great Satisfaction that India partners with Nepal in its Human Resource Development – Happy to share our Experience in Skill Development and Capacity-Building, he added.

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 07:42:48 +0530
Vice President advises Fo

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has advised the Foreign Correspondents to not to depend on what appears in our hyper critical English media and form opinions. He was addressing the gathering at the 60th anniversary of The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of South Asia.

The Vice President said that Foreign Correspondents must be well acquainted with that particular country’s culture, history, ethos, traditions and the ways of living of its people, before covering developments or any events in a country. He further said that the entire country cannot be described as intolerant on the basis of some stray incidents of communal violence. If a handful of religious fundamentalists indulge in violence, the entire country cannot be described as intolerant and that majoritarianism is being imposed, he added.

The Vice President said that understanding a flourishing and vibrant parliamentary democracy like India, with free press and complete religious freedom to its people is a bit challenging for outsiders. He has asked external media agencies working in India to understand India by travelling in the region and meeting people. One should not depend on what appears in our hyper critical English media and form opinions, he added.

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 07:39:44 +0530
Pakistan summons Indian e

Pakistan summoned India's Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh in Islamabad regarding ‘unprovoked ceasefire violations’ by Indian forces along the Line of Control.

Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal alleged that Indian forces along the LoC and the international border are targeting civilian populated areas.

He stated, “The deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian laws.”

Faisal stated that the Indian side must respect the 2003 ceasefire arrangement, investigate incidents of ceasefire violations, instruct Indian forces to respect the ceasefire in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC and the international border.

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 07:07:33 +0530
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Nepalese PM KP Oli made a strong pitch for investment from India. He said, “Nepal will need massive investment; many of its sectors are virgin territory for investment. I invite Indian companies to come and invest in Nepal (that) is now safe for foreign investment.”

Oli discussed possible deals in waterways and an expansion of an India-backed railway to Kathmandu as well as trade deficit with India and push for India to complete previously promised infrastructure projects.

Oli took up various issues with PM Modi including the early execution of India-funded projects in Nepal, implementation of the Mahakali water-sharing treaty, and construction of integrated check-posts.

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 07:05:24 +0530
Man throws ink at Patidar

A man threw ink at Patidar leader Hardik Patel in Ujjain. The accused was apprehended by authorities.

The incident occurred when Patel had stepped out of the car, when the accused, Milind Gurjar, threw ink at him.

The man reportedly threw ink as he was miffed that Patel was allegedly fooling the Gurjar and Patidar communities for his own interest.

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 07:00:32 +0530
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India recently asserted that it was difficult to proceed with the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) initiative due to cross-border terrorism from Pakistan.

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale stated, “The prime minister (Modi) mentioned that he very enthusiastically participated in the Kathmandu (SAARC) summit, but given the current state of play where there is cross-border terrorism and this is a disruptive force in the region. It is difficult in such circumstances to proceed with such initiatives.”

SAARC Summits are usually held biennially hosted by a member state in alphabetical order. The member state hosting the summit assumes the Chair of the Association.

“While India is very supportive of all regional connectivity and regional cooperation issues, the views expressed by the Prime Minister was Prime Minister Oli was well aware of the circumstances," Gokhale said.

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 06:57:32 +0530
Amit Shah equating oppos

Congress president Rahul Gandhi recently stated that BJP chief Amit Shah's remarks equating opposition parties with animals were ‘disrespectful’ which reflected his ‘mentality.’

Gandhi said, “There is a basic loss of control and you can see that, you can see that in Modi's demeanour, you can see it in his expression, you can see it in his speeches.”

He further stated, “Calling the entire opposition animals, see according to Amit Shah and the basic vision of the BJP RSS - there are only two non-animals in this country. There is Mr Narendra Modi and there is Mr Amit Shah. Everybody else as far as they are concerned are animals. That's fine, that is the way they look at the world. It is a disrespectful statement, but we don't take what Mr Amit Shah says with too much seriousness.”

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 06:51:50 +0530
Salman Khan

The Jodhpur sessions court granted bail to Salman Khan in the blackbuck poaching case of 1998 with two bonds of Rs 50,000 each. However, the actor cannot leave the country without the court's permission and will have to return to the court on May 7 for another hearing.

Mahipal Bishnoi, the lawyer of Bishnoi community, asserted that Salman Khan will have to submit two bonds of Rs 25 thousand each and that they will now approach the Rajasthan High Court against bail granted to Salman Khan.

A Jodhpur court had convicted Khan for killing two blackbucks, an endangered species, almost 20 years ago while shooting for the film Hum Saath Saath Hain, and sentenced him to five years in jail. Actors Tabu, Saif Ali Khan, Neelam and Sonali Bendre were accused in the case as well but were acquitted of all charges.

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 17:23:24 +0530
Kate Hudson is pregnant w

Kate Hudson took to Instagram to reveal that she is pregnant with her third child and first with boyfriend Danny Fujikawa, and that they are expecting a girl.

The actress posted a gender reveal party video that shows her showcasing a baby bump while she and her family pop balloons that contain smaller pink balloons and pink confetti.

Alongside the video, she wrote, “SURPRISE!!! If you've wondered why I've been so absent on my social channels it's because I have never been more sick! It's was the most sick first trimester of all my children. Boomerangs have made me nauseous, Superzoom is an easy way to have my head in the toilet, food instagrams make me queezy and thinking too much about insta stories made me even more exhausted than I already had been. If you've seen me out and about smiling and pretending like everything is amazing...I was lying! BUT! I have broken through on the other end of that and rediscovering the joys of insta/snap. We have been trying to keep this pregnancy under the radar for as long as possible but I'm a poppin now! And it's too darn challenging to hide, and frankly hiding is more exhausting then just coming out with it! My kids, Danny, myself and the entire family are crazy excited! A little girl on the way."

Hudson and Fujikawa have been dating for more than a year. Hudson and Fujikawa had initially met when she was 23 and pregnant with her first son Ryder, 14, whom she shares with her ex-husband Chris Robinson.

After divorcing Robinson in 2007, Hudson dated Muse frontman Matt Bellamy for four years, with whom she shares a son, Bingham Bellamy, 6. They called it quits in 2014.

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 17:15:17 +0530
Demi Lovato flaunts her c

Demi Lovato continues to encourage her fans to embrace their ‘real selves.’

The 25-year-old pop star had for years battled an eating disorder and has since spoken out about positive body image.

Lovato recently took to Instagram and shared some pictures and videos of herself to promote body positivity on her stories.

“No thigh gap for me and yet I still love myself,” she captioned a full-body selfie.

“Stretch marks and extra fat...And yet I still love myself,” she wrote. “Cellulite...and yet I still love myself.”

She, however, added, “The boomerang (video) smoothed out my legs. The point is, I have cellulite just like the other 93% of women do. What you see on Instagram isn't always what it seems to be. Let's embrace our real selves. #iloveme.”

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 17:05:49 +0530
Khloe Kardashian reveals

Khloe Kardashian is set to welcome her first child with Tristan Thompson. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star is recently revealed what's inside of her hospital bag.

In her new post on her app, Khloe states, “When it comes time to go to the hospital to deliver my baby girl, I'll be ready. Of course, I'm already packed up and have been for a while, LOL. I knew exactly what I wanted to put in my hospital bag—lots of comfy things for me and for her! See what was on my checklist!”

Her computer, chargers, toiletry bag, cozy socks, pajamas,  maternity bras, a comfy robe for breastfeeding, going home outfit with sneakers, a pillow and blanket, slides, undergarments and her cameras as well as two gowns, matching hats and receiving blankets, socks and swaddles for her baby girl.

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 16:53:01 +0530
India Nepal review ties

K.P. Sharma Oli, Prime Minister of Nepal, is on a State visit to India at the invitation of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The two Prime Ministers comprehensively reviewed the entire spectrum of multifaceted ties between the two countries. They welcomed the growing partnership between the two governments, private sector and at the people’s level. The two Prime Ministers resolved to work together to take bilateral relations to newer heights on the basis of equality, mutual trust, respect and benefit.

Recalling that the close and friendly India-Nepal relations are built on the strong foundation of shared historical and cultural links and close people to people contacts, the two Prime Ministers underscored the importance of regular high-level political exchanges in cementing bilateral ties.

Prime Minister Oli stated that his government attaches high importance to further strengthening friendly relations with India. He expressed the desire of the Government of Nepal to develop bilateral relations in a way so as to benefit from India’s progress and prosperity for economic transformation and development. Prime Minister Modi assured Prime Minister Oli that India remains committed to strengthening its partnership with Nepal as per the priorities of the Government of Nepal.

Prime Minister Modi stated that Government of India’s vision of ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’ is a guiding framework for India’s engagement with its neighbours for a shared vision of inclusive development and prosperity. Prime Minister Oli stated that after the landmark political transformation, his Government has given priority to economic transformation with the motto ‘Samriddha Nepal Sukhi Nepali’. Prime Minister Modi congratulated the people and the Government of Nepal for successful conduct of local level, federal parliament and first-ever provincial elections in Nepal and appreciated their vision for stability, and development.

The two Prime Ministers inaugurated the Integrated Check Post at Birgunj in Nepal. They hoped that its early operationalization will enhance cross-border trade and transit of goods and movement of people bringing greater opportunities for shared growth and development.

The two Prime Ministers witnessed the ground breaking ceremony of the Motihari-Amlekhgunj cross-border petroleum products pipeline at Motihari, India.

The two Prime Ministers underlined the need for expeditious implementation of bilateral projects in Nepal, and to reinvigorate the existing bilateral mechanisms to promote cooperative agenda across diverse spheres.

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 16:37:50 +0530
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Ajay Devgn’s crime drama Raid earned a total of Rs 100.14 crore and has now made its way to the Rs 100 crore club. Raid had a solo release on March 16 with an opening of Rs 10.04 crore. The film saw a collection of Rs 41.10 crore in just three days at the box office. \

Raid’s plot follows the story of an Income Tax officer Amay Patnaik (Ajay Devgn) who conducts a raid on one of the city’s most high-profile and well-connected politician-cum-businessman (Saurabh Shukla), while Ileana D’Cruz plays the role of Patnaik’s wife.

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 16:27:39 +0530
World Economic Situation

As per the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2018 report of the United Nations, the Indian economy is projected to grow at 7.2 per cent in 2018-19 and 7.4 per cent in 2019-20. The report indicates that the outlook for India remains largely positive, underpinned by robust private consumption and public investment as well as ongoing structural reforms.

Share of public sector (including public financial corporations, public non-financial corporations and General Government) in total Gross Fixed Capital Formation (GFCF) increased from 21.4 per cent in 2011-12 to 23.3 per cent in 2014-15 and further to 25.1 per cent in 2016-17 (the latest year for which data is available). The share of public GFCF in GDP at current prices increased from 7.0 per cent in 2014-15 to 7.2 per cent in 2016-17. The average contribution of public sector GFCF to GDP growth was 9.5 per cent from 2014-15 to 2016-17, as compared to 3.0 per cent in 2012-13.

The confidence in the Indian economy has increased on account of policy measures taken up by the Government and the Reserve Bank of India. Moody’s rating agency upgraded India’s local and foreign currency issuer rating to Baa2 with a stable outlook from Baa3 on the expectation that continued progress in India’s economic reforms will enhance India’s growth potential over time. According to World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business 2018 Report, India’s ranking improved by 30 positions to 100th rank in 2018. As per the World Economic Forum, India’s rank in Global Competitiveness Index is 40 out of 137 countries in 2017-18, improvement over 71 out of 144 countries in 2014-15 and 55 out of 140 countries in 2015-16.

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 16:24:58 +0530
Jay Z opens up about chea

Jay-Z recently appeared on David Letterman’s show where he got candid about personal issues. Talking about Jay-Z’s supposed infidelity, the talk show host started off as saying, “You and I have one other thing in common, and I have to be cautious how I articulate this.”

 “A few years ago, I got myself into some trouble, and the situation was my responsibility and my fault,” Letterman continued. “I did something that I had no business doing, and I regret it, and since then I have tried to acknowledge that mistake and be a better person.”

The married late-night host admitted to cheating on his wife, Regina Lasko, by having sex with female members of his staff and faced blackmail threats in 2009.

Jay-Z also apparently cheated on his wife, Beyoncé. Speculation about the rapper’s infidelity began in 2014 after a video surfaced of his sister-in-law Solange Knowles attacking him in an elevator.

The rumours further garnered further interest after Beyoncé’s 2016 record Lemonade which contained several references to cheating, such as “You can taste the dishonesty/It’s on your breath as you pass it off so cavalier” and a mention of “Becky with the good hair.”

Jay-Z had admitted to cheating on Beyoncé in November.

Opening up to Letterman, Jay-Z stated, “For a lot of us, especially where I grew up and men in general, we don’t have emotional cues from when we were young. Our emotional cue is ‘Be a man. Don’t cry,’ ” he said, mentioning his song “Song Cry,” in which he raps, “I can’t see ’em coming down my eyes, so I gotta make the song cry.”

 “It was my way of saying I want to cry, I want to be open, I want to have the emotional tools that it takes to keep my family together. Much like you, I have a beautiful wife who was understanding and who knew I’m not the worst of what I’ve done.”

 “We did the hard work of going to therapy,” Jay-Z added. “We love each other, so we really put in the work for years. I like to believe we’re in a better place today. I’m proud of the father and the husband that I am today.”

Speaking about his mother coming out on Jay-Z’s 2017 album 4:44 on the track ‘Smile’ which reveals that his mother Gloria Carter is gay, with the lines “Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian/Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian.” Carter herself appears at the end of the song with a spoken word poem, saying: “Life is short, and it’s time to be free/Love who you love, because life isn’t guaranteed.”

Jay Z told Letterman that he had known that his mother was a lesbian, but it wasn’t until he was recording that album that the two spoke about it. That conversation was the first time he heard his mother say she loved a romantic partner.

He said the conversation was so emotional that he began crying. The next day, he sat down and wrote ‘Smile.’

 “For her to sit in front of me and tell me, ‘I think I love someone.’ I mean, I really cried,” he said. “I cried because I was so happy for her, that she was free.”

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 16:13:56 +0530
Govt signs project with

The Government of India, Government of Maharashtra and the World Bank signed a US$ 420 million project to help Small and Marginal farmers in the Marathwada and Vidarbha regions of Maharashtra. The project will help in increasing climate resilient practices in agriculture and ensuring that farming continues to remain a financially viable activity for them.

The aforesaid project is expected to benefit over 7 million people spread over an area of 3.0 million ha and cover 5,142 villages across 15 most climate vulnerable districts of the region.The $420 million loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), has a 6-year grace period, and a maturity of 24 years.

The Agreements for the Maharashtra Project for Climate Resilient Agriculture were signed by Sameer Kumar Khare, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, on behalf of the Government of India; Bijay Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture Department on behalf of the Government of Maharashtra; and Mr. Junaid Ahmad,Country Director, World Bank, India on behalf of the World Bank.

The Maharashtra Project for Climate Resilient Agriculture will be implemented in rural areas largely dependent upon rainfed agriculture. The project will take up a series of activities at the farm and watershed level. It will scale up climate-resilient technologies such as micro irrigation systems, expand surface water storage, and facilitate aquifer recharge, which is expected to directly contribute to a more efficient use of scarce water resources. By adopting climate-resilient seed varieties which have short maturity, are drought and heat resistant, and salt tolerant, the project will help reduce risks of climate-related crop failure, and help enhance farmer’s income.

In recent years, climate variability has affected agriculture in Maharashtra, where farming is largely dominated by small and marginal farmers. Farmers have low crop productivity and a high dependence on rainfall. Severe drought in the past has affected the state’s agriculture performance. At the watershed level, project activities include building drainage lines and preparing catchment area treatment plans that promote a more efficient use of surface water for agriculture, complemented with a more sustainable use of groundwater, which will ultimately improve the availability and quality of water at the farm level.

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 16:10:08 +0530
National Informatics Cent

After due diligence the officials of National Informatics Centre (NIC) have confirmed that Ministry of Defence and any other website hosted in the NIC data centre have not been hacked and there had been no cyber attack of any nature. The site showed what appeared to be a Chinese character and it was understandable that the site was perceived to be hacked .

However, it has since been identified that the sites have not been hacked. Since late afternoon today, due to a technical issue in storage, about 10 Government websites hosted in the NIC data centre became inaccessible to the public.

The website of Ministry of Defence , MHA , Department of public enterprises, Election commission, EPFO, Ministry of Labor, Department of Science & Technology have since been up & running. The NIC team further assured the citizens that services would be restored soon for any other websites if they are facing any problems.

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 15:57:36 +0530
IAF to conduct Gaganshakt

An all encompassing coordinated and composite exercise named Gaganshakti is being conducted by the IAF from 8-22 Apr 18. The aim of this exercise is real time coordination, deployment and employment of Air Power in a short & intense battle scenario.

During Gaganshakti IAF will exercise the entire machinery to validate its concept of operations and war waging capability. With each successive exercise, the lessons learnt in the previous exercises and doctrinal precepts are put to test, for developing new concepts. This year the IAF has planned tactics that will be tested in a real time scenario.

Concepts of accelerated operations, Network Centric Operations, long range missions with concentrated weapon releases across all air to ground ranges in India, inter valley troop transfer, flexible use of airspace, Joint Maritime Air Operations with the Indian Navy, Joint Operations with the Indian Army, simulated Combat Search and Rescue for effective extraction of downed aircrew behind enemy lines, Special Operations with Garuds, Mass Casualty Evacuation from highway and ALG Operations, to name a few, would be tested.

It is for the first time that efficacy and integration of LCA in the operational matrix of the IAF is planned. The logistics stamina of the IAF and the ability to sustain continuous operations through day & night would be put to test.

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 15:48:35 +0530
Rivals opposition to him

Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that his rivals’ opposition to him is turning “increasingly violent.”

He stated, “You would have seen that the opposition (to Modi government) is becoming more intense and angrier. It is being seen now that it is turning more violent as well. The reason is not that we have made any mistake. The only reason is that our rivals are unable to digest the BJP’s rising strength.”

Modi further said BJP’s rivals are unable to come to terms with the fact that the BJP has become a party of the poor and has highest numbers of MPs and MLAs from scheduled castes and tribes, he said, “It is due to this that an atmosphere of violent opposition against the BJP is being created.”

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 07:29:25 +0530
India seeks 15 billion f

In a Request for Information, the Air Force recently stated that India is set to buy around 100 new fighter jets. The deal is expected to cost about Rs. 100,000 crore.

The Request for Information lays down parameters on the basis of which the Air Force will evaluate fighter jets from manufacturers such as SAAB of Sweden, Lockheed Martin and Boeing of the United States, Dassault of France, MiG of Russia and the European consortium Eurofighter.

The Air Force, however, asserted that 85% will have to be made in India and that the first aircraft must be delivered within three years of signing the contract. The request for information is open until July.

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 07:26:52 +0530
Delhi NCR hit with dust s

Parts of Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) witnessed a dust storm. The temperature came down by 16.6 degrees Celsius.

The maximum temperature was 36.6 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season's average. The rain brought it down to 21 degrees Celsius.

Visibility dropped and caused vehicles on the streets to come to a standstill momentarily.

Arrivals and departures at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International airport were delayed up to one hour due to the sudden weather change as well as 24 flights were diverted out of Delhi.

The Centre had forecast thunderstorms and light rainfall in the capital due to a western disturbance approaching Jammu and Kashmir and rising temperatures on Friday.

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 07:24:07 +0530
Chandrababu Naidu asks TD

TDP president Chandrababu Naidu urged the party's MPs to intensify their protest for special category status for Andhra Pradesh.

Naidu stated, “BJP is running away by repeatedly adjourning the House for these many days. If Parliament is adjourned sine die, MPs must meet the president. BJP is acting on the lines of divide and rule.”

“We will not step back until assurances made in the Rajya Sabha including Special Category Status and provisions of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act are fulfilled,” he said.

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 07:21:55 +0530
Amit Shah takes a dig at

BJP chief Amit Shah took a jibe on Congress President Rahul Gandhi for celebrating the BJP's recent bypoll defeat in two Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh.

Shah asserted, “For the first time, I saw a leader distributing sweets for his own party's defeat as its candidates lost their deposits in the Uttar Pradesh bypolls. You are celebrating our defeat in two by-elections. We snatched 11 states from you.”

He further added, “What is the loss of two bypolls to the Lok Sabha? The BJP rules 70 per cent of the country now. From two MPs once, we have 330 MPs and 1,600 (state) legislators. But our golden period is yet to come. It will come when we win Odisha, West Bengal and return to power in 2019 with an absolute majority under Narendra Modi and in Maharashtra, under (Chief Minister) Devendra Fadnavis.”

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 07:19:31 +0530
Lorde accused of joking a

Lorde has been criticised after she shared a photo of a bathtub alongside a Whitney Houston quote.

Fans expressed their disbelief and rage at the singer’s apparent lack of regard for Houston’s death who had died in a Beverly Hilton Hotel bathtub in February 2012.

Lorde, 21, shared a photo of the bathtub filled with water with the caption, “And iiii will always love you,” from Houston’s 1992 take on the Dolly Parton song “I Will Always Love You”.

Fans accused the singer of disrespecting the dead. Lorde deleted the image soon after and issued an apology on her Instagram story, writing, “Extremely extremely poorly chosen quote. I’m so sorry for offending anyone I hadn’t even put this together I was just excited to take a bath. I’m an idiot. Love Whitney forever and ever. Sorry again.”

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 19:06:25 +0530
Quantico Season 3 trailer

The third season of Quantico is set to premiere on April 26 with the trailer for the same being out already.

Priyanka Chopra plays the role of FBI agent Alex Parrish in the show. The new trailer shows that Alex has been living a peaceful undercover life since the past three years. It portrays Alex relaxing in a vineyard but her priority will always be the FBI since she is still a trained operative first.

The new season of the show has come much later compared to its previous seasons. This season will have only 13 episodes, instead of the 22 episodes in the first two seasons. The third season of the show has been shifted to Thursday.

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 17:47:41 +0530
Studio Ghibli Co Founder

Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata passed away in a Tokyo hospital on Thursday at the age of 82. After his health deteriorated last summer, he had been repeatedly hospitalized. The cause of death has yet to be confirmed, with reports allegedly citing heart trouble or lung cancer as the reason.

He was best known for his first film at Ghibli, Grave of the Fireflies (1988) which was the critically acclaimed. It is a tale of two children who are struggling to survive at the end of World War II. When he was 9 years old, Takahata himself had survived heavy U.S. bombing of Okayama City.

Isao Takahata first met Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki at Toei Animation after graduating from the University of Tokyo with a degree in French literature. They launched Ghibli along with Toshio Suzuki in 1985.

Isao Takahata's directorial debut The Great Adventure of Horus, Prince of the Sun in 1961, was a box-office flop, which led to Takahata eventually leaving the company.

His fifth and final movie for Ghibli, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, was one of the most expensive Japanese films made with a budget of around $50 million. It was nominated for the best animated feature at the 2015 Oscars, but it failed to recoup its production budget after it was released in Japan in November 2013 (and the following year in the U.S.).

Miyazaki had also announced his retirement two months before, which led the future of filmmaking at Ghibli into doubt. He announced last year that he was coming out of retirement with his next feature, How Do You Live? slated to release in 2020.

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 17:20:42 +0530
Jared Leto s new album ex

Actor and singer Jared Leto's band Thirty Seconds to Mars’ fifth album America is out today. The album while having the message of a call to action tries to steer clear of any specifics and instead paints slogans with a rather broader brush.

The track ‘Walk on Water’ from the record was released last summer accompanied by a video depicting US migration, prison statistics, even footage of North Korean nuclear launches, protests and Donald J Trump.

During the band’s UK tour in March, Jared Leto said, “Walk on Water is a political song about standing up and fighting for what you believe in. It's about change and it's about the possibilities that we have at our fingertips.”

The album's promotional campaign allows users to design their own cover. They can pick five words which according to them best define the USA.

“The idea around the album campaign, the lists, it's almost like a time capsule, if you look at the individuals, they describe specific things but as a whole they give a sense of the culture and the times that we're living in.” asserted Leto.

He asserted that, “We explore the good, the bad and the ugly, I don't think there's an American alive that sees perfection or sees things in a idealistic way. I think that we are like every nation, a collection of imperfections but also aspirations to kind of follow or reach a bigger ideal or dream.”

Leto describes the new album as not just political but “it's social, it's imaginative, it's highly personal and revealing.”

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 17:05:40 +0530
Amazon books five seasons

Amazon acquired a $250 million rights deal to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings novels and has now given the series a five-season commitment.

The deal was originally announced in November. Amazon stated that the series would begin as a prequel to The Fellowship of the Ring.

Peter Jackson, who helmed the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogies, has begun a conversation with Amazon about his possible involvement.

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 15:08:00 +0530
Sajid Nadiadwala cancels

Filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala had recently organised a party in order to celebrate the success of his film, Baaghi 2.

Nadiadwala, however, cancelled the success party and headed to Jodhpur on learning about Salman Khan's court verdict.

Salman Khan is accused of killing two black bucks, an endangered species, in the Kankani village near Jodhpur in 1998 during the shooting of the film Hum Saath Saath Hain

The other four actors, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam and Tabu have also been charged under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

While Salman Khan has been convicted by the Jodhpur court, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam have been acquitted of all charges.  The court announced that the actor would get five years for the killing and a fine of Rs 10,000 as well.

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 13:42:17 +0530
Supreme Court states that

The Supreme Court said that that Aadhaar has been unable to stop banking frauds. The remark came after a series of multi-crore bank frauds.

Justice DY Chandrachud stated that Aadhaar is not a catch for all frauds.

While Justice AK Sikri asserted, “When loans are given by a bank, you know the person. The loan does not become a Non Performing Asset (NPA) unless banks are hand-in-glove. NPAs occur because banks haven't taken due diligence, which ought to have been carried out.”.

Attorney General KK Venugopal said, “If there was due diligence at the bank level, incidents like Nirav Modi would not have happened.”

However, Venugopal argued that, “If Aadhaar is linked to bank accounts, whenever there is a transaction it will be revealed.”

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 07:26:42 +0530
Naveen Patnaik accused of

BJP President Amit Shah accused Odisha Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik of ‘shielding’ criminals who were involved in the killing of saffron party leaders and workers in the state.

“The ruling BJD is resorting to political violence and over 14 of our activists have been murdered in last one and half years and their killers are moving scot-free as Naveen Patnaik is shielding them,” Shah alleged.

He added, “Naveen Patnaik has been adopting a step-motherly attitude towards western region. While the area under irrigation across the state is 33 per cent, it is only 11 per cent in western districts. This shows Naveen babu has not done justice towards the western districts.”

“Naveen Babu has completely failed to arrest the migration problem as many youths are forced to go to other states in search of work,” Shah said.

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 07:24:52 +0530
Dalit MP writes to PM se

After Chotey lal Kharwar, a tribal BJP MP from Robertsganj constituency wrote a letter to Narendra Modi accusing the UP government of discrimination, another Dalit parliamentarian from the party has sent a letter to the PM seeking intervention into cases of atrocities on the community.

Etawah MP Ashok Kumar Dohre, in his letter, stated that Dalits in Uttar Pradesh, were being targeted by the police and cases were registered against them post the April 2 agitation and added that Dalits were being pulled out of their homes and beaten as well as casteist comments were also made against them.

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 07:22:03 +0530
Dalit BJP lawmaker compla

A Dalit BJP lawmaker in Uttar Pradesh has written to PM Modi complaining against CM Yogi Adityanath. Chhote Lal Kharwar alleged that he met the chief minister twice, but was “scolded and thrown out.”

Prime Minister Modi has reportedly assured him that action will be taken.

In his complaint, Chhote Lal stated that he was facing discrimination by the administration in his constituency and his complaints were not being heard by his own party.

He has named Yogi Adityanath, state BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey and another leader, Sunil Bansal in his letter. He complained to the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes as well.

He has asserted that local BJP leaders have been working against him and his brother, who is a local politician, and are colluding with rival parties as well.

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 07:18:02 +0530
Centre turns focus on onl

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has set up a committee that will recommend formation of appropriate policy on order to establish regulatory framework for online media and news portals.

The committee was set up after the ministry withdrew its guidelines on fake news following directions from PM Narendra Modi.

The 10-member committee includes secretaries of the ministries of Home, and Electronics and Information Technology, and the departments of Legal Affairs, and Industrial Policy and Promotion as well as representatives from the Press Council of India, News Broadcasters Association and the Indian Broadcasters Federation.

The committee will recommend appropriate policy formulation for online media/ news portals and online content platforms, including digital broadcasting, that encompasses entertainment, infotainment and news and media aggregators.

It will also analyse the international scenario on the existing regulatory mechanism with a view to incorporate the best practices.

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 07:15:50 +0530
Arun Jaitley to work from

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is being treated for kidney-related problems and certain infections that he had recently contracted.

Jaitley confirmed that he was working from home as he tweeted, “I am being treated for kidney related problems & certain infections that I have contracted. I am therefore currently working from controlled environment at home. The future course of my treatment would be determined by the doctors treating me.”

Officials at the Finance Ministry stated that Jaitley had gone to Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences or AIIMS for tests related to a kidney ailment and that, doctors from AIIMS are reportedly attending to the Finance Minister at his residence.

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 07:11:52 +0530
Dwayne Johnson talks abou

Dwayne Johnson spoke about his feud with Vin Diesel. Johnson explained what caused them to butt heads on The Fate of the Furious set in 2016.

Johnson, in August 2016, posted a message on his Instagram, thanking his hard-working crew and female co-stars, however, Johnson slammed some his male co-stars writing,“Some conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don't. The ones that don't are too chicken s--t to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses.” 

It soon came to light that Diesel was the co-worker being criticized. Johnson has now confirmed the same, stating, “That is correct. We were not in any scenes together.”

He added, “Vin and I had a few discussions, including an important face-to-face in my trailer. And what I came to realize is that we have a fundamental difference in philosophies on how we approach movie-making and collaborating.”

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 21:22:13 +0530
Johnny English Strikes Ag

Rowan Atkinson returns yet again as Johnny English in the new film, Johnny English Strikes Again. The trailer for the same has been released online.

The trailer shows English as a school teacher desperately seeking his next mission and sure enough disaster strikes as all undercover British operatives have their identities revealed, and the only man to have not been affected is English.

The new trailer sees him tackle virtual reality, French cyclists, and magnetic boots.

The film also stars Bill Miller as Angus Bough, Emma Thompson as the new Prime Minister, and Olga Kurylenko playing the villain. The movie is set to hit theatres on October 12, 2018.

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 20:42:44 +0530
Kylie Jenner denies Kris

Kylie Jenner recently denied rumours about her boyfriend and her momager. The Keeping Up with the Kardashians responded to reports that her mother Kris Jenner had taken over as manager for Travis Scott and Kanye West, to which Kylie tweeted, “It’s not true,” along with a facepalm emoji.

Kris Jenner has served as the business manager for her children, Kylie, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, Rob Kardashian and Kendall Jenner since 2007.

Travis Scott is the father of Kylie’s first child, daughter Stormi, who was born on February 1, 2018.

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 19:28:42 +0530
Kim Kardashian West share

Kim Kardashian West recently shared an adorable snap of her family on Instagram. It marked the first snapshot the reality star has shared of the newly-expanded family of five.

“I don't think you really understand how hard it is to take a good family pic. This was all we got before all three kids started crying. I think I cried too,” she wrote in the caption.

Kim added on Twitter, “One hand holding the baby and the other hand grabbing the back of Saints shirt because he kept running away lol.”

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 19:10:32 +0530
Salman Khan jailed in poa

Salman Khan was found guilty of killing two blackbucks, a rare antelope species protected by Indian law, back in 1998 and given a five year jail sentence.

Khan was awarded a five year jail sentence of a maximum six year term and a fine of 10,000 rupees. Following the sentencing, he was taken into custody.

The incident took place in 1998 near Jodhpur, in the western state of Rajasthan, where the actor was filming his movie, Hum Saath Saath Hain. During a break from filming, Khan allegedly went on an illegal hunting trip with some of the film’s co-stars, actresses Neelam, Tabu and Sonali Bendre, along with actor Saif Ali Khan, who were also present for the hearing but have been acquitted by the court.

In an earlier hearing of the long-running case, the actor had pleaded his innocence, and had claimed that the blackbuck died of ‘natural causes’ and that he was being ‘framed.’

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 17:46:10 +0530
India will promote night

The Ministry of Tourism promotes the diverse tourist attractions of the country which includes the large gamut of experiences available in the evening, viz. evening Cruises, Illumination of Monuments, Sound and Light Shows, Evening Arti, Night Bazaars, Fairs, etc.

The Ministry under its schemes of Swadesh Darshan-Integrated development of theme based tourist circuits and PRASHAD-National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive provides Central Financial Assistance to the State Governments/UT Administrations/Central Agencies for development of tourism infrastructure in the country.

The components under which funding is provided include, inter-alia, illumination of monuments, illumination of heritage streets, SEL (Sound and Light) shows and laser shows, street lighting, high mast lights, Amphitheaters, tourist villages which would help in promoting tourism to these destinations after sunset as well.

A sum of Rs.5638.87 crore has been sanctioned for a total of 67 projects so far under various thematic circuits of the Swadesh Darshan scheme.

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 07:09:11 +0530
Sitharaman visits Russia

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who is on three-day visit to Russia to attend VII Moscow Conference on International Security, met Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Mr Denis Manturov in Moscow.

Both the leaders reviewed ongoing military technical cooperation projects between the two countries, including measures to promote India-Russia joint industrial activities under the ‘Make in India’ programme with respect to defence production, especially for after-sales support. They also discussed participation of Russia in DefExpo India -2018 to be held in Chennai from 11 to 14 April 2018. 

Later in the day, Sitharaman met Russian Defence Minister General Sergey Shoygu and discussed issues of bilateral importance, especially Military-to-Military Cooperation and other regional issues in a delegation level talks. These included a review of the roadmap of military cooperation involving exercises, training, exchange of visits, and India’s participation in International Army Games to be held in Russia later this year. 

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 07:04:18 +0530
DefExpo set to begin in C

DefExpo India has become one of the largest events of its kind in the world for the last 10 years. The 10th edition of DefExpo is being held in Chennai from 11 to 14 April 2018 and there is tremendous response to the event.

The location of the event is Tiruvidanthal, Kancheepuram district on the East Coast Road near Chennai.

DefExpo 2018 will, for the first time, project India’s Defence manufacturing capabilities to the world. This is reflected in the tagline for the Expo,  ‘India: The Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub’.

DefExpo 2018 will help brand India as a defence exporter of defence systems and components. While showcasing strengths of India’s substantial public sector, it will also uncover India’s growing private industry and spreading MSME base for components and sub-systems.

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 06:59:40 +0530
Union Minister Ananth Kum

Union Minister Ananth Kumar said that the BJP-NDA MPs have decided not to take salary and allowances for 23 days as the Parliament has not been functional.

Kumar stated, “BJP-NDA MPs have decided to not take salary and allowances for 23 days as the parliament has not been functional. This money is given to serve the people and if we are not able to do so we have no right to take the people's money.”

He added, “The Congress is engaging in anti-democratic politics by stopping important bills from being passed, which is leading to criminal wastage of taxpayers’ money,” adding, “since no work is being done, we have decided not to take money.”

Parliament has not carried out any substantial work over the last 23 days of its session. The Finance Bill also, was passed without any discussion. The disruptions include demonstrations over a bank fraud, protests by All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam members over the Cauvery water-sharing issue as well as demands by Telugu Desam Party and YSR Congress for special category status for Andhra Pradesh that led to no-confidence motions against the government.

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 06:52:15 +0530
PM Modi speaks against us

PM Narendra Modi recently slammed political parties for politicising the legacy of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar while stating that no government had honoured Babasaheb like his government had.

PM Modi said, “Everyone rushes to do politics in the name of Ambedkar but the works decided upon by the Atal government were never completed.”

He added, “I am delighted to tell you that on April 13, a day before the birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar, that house, 26, Alipur Road (the house where Ambedkar passed away) which is complete will also be inaugurated.”

 “Probably no other government would have given that much regard and tribute to Babasaheb Ambedkar which the present government has given. Hence, instead of dragging Babasaheb into politics, if we try to walk on the path shown by him, in which fraternity (bandhuta) is most important, we can move ahead,” he said.

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 06:49:29 +0530
Panel formed by HRD Minis

The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has set up a seven-member committee to examine the CBSE board’s examination process.

The committee is headed by former HRD Secretary Vinay Sheel Oberoi. Other members are former CBSE Controller of Examination Pavnesh Kumar, former NCERT Director J.S. Rajput, Mumbai-based SNDT Women’s University’s former Vice Chancellor Vasudha Kamat, former Education Director (Uttar Pradesh) Krishna Mohan Tripathy, senior representative of Director General (National Information Centre) and the Joint Secretary (SE-II).

A Ministry statement read that the panel will examine the conduct of Class 10 and Class 12 examinations by the CBSE in order to prevent leak of question papers and revisit all aspects related to security checks built into the system to ensure question papers reach examinees without any tampering and will take measures to make the examination process “secure and foolproof through the use of technology”. The panel will further submit a report by May 31 to the Ministry.

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 06:46:03 +0530
India managing complexiti

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman recently stated that India is managing the complexities in its relationship with China even as it seeks to make progress within the framework of a broader developmental partnership.

She said, “We continue to manage the complexities in the India-China relationship even as we seek to make progress within the framework of a broader developmental partnership.”

India and China were engaged in a 73-day standoff last year over Beijing's attempt to build a road close to India's narrow Chicken Neck area connecting the North Eastern states.

The standoff ended in August last after Chinese troops stopped the road construction at Doklam. However, the area of the stand-off is also claimed by Bhutan.

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 06:43:35 +0530
India and Sweden in talks

Sweden's Ambassador to India, Klas Molin recently asserted that India and Sweden are working on a partnership.

He stated, “We are working on creating Sweden-India partnership on innovation. We hope to refine and come (out) with a couple of concrete flagship programmes. They are not quite finalised.”

Molin added, “Ideally, we would like to have some seed money from both government and private sector (which can be) put into funds that can help finance startups in certain sectors.”

He further stated, “We are exploring different opportunities. We are looking at seed money for a couple of good and appropriate projects which after a while could continue to attract more funding from the private sector and other sources,” adding, “We also hope to have some high-level visits in coming weeks that might put the focus on this (innovation partnership).”

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 06:41:06 +0530
KriArj s Prernaa Arora fi

John Abraham’s upcoming film Parmanu has been locked in a tussle between its producers, JA Entertainment and KriArj Entertainment. The film was supposed to release in February, but will now release on May 4.

However, KriArj has filed an FIR against John Abraham and his company for various criminal offenses including cheating, breach of trust, fraud, misappropriation of funds and copyright infringement.

John and his company have been accused of duping KriArj for crores of rupees invested towards the production of the film. However, Abraham stated that KriArj has been faulty in their payments for Parmanu’s production.

The statements from Abraham’s company read, “Our payments have either been delayed or we have received wrong UTR number. Cheque payments have been stopped time and again. Delay in payments and non-payments have caused delays in the post-production work even after the film’s principal shoot was completed on time last year. Despite repeated follow-ups, the distribution plan for the film has not been shared and there has been no transparency in their dealings with third parties.”

While Prernaa Arora, head of KriArj Entertainment, asserted, “John Abraham pegged the budget of Parmanu at Rs 35 crore which was way too high for a film which had no stars except John Abraham, and even that is disputable. Anyway, of that 35 crore we’ve already paid John Rs 30 crore, Rs 3 crore will be paid on delivery. It’s just the remaining Rs 2 crore that we at KriArj have been pleading with Mr Abraham to forgo. But he is not willing to budge. Instead of understanding the economics of this project, he accuses me of not understanding the dynamics and economics of film production. Excuse me, I grew up in an environment of film production. I don’t need anyone questioning my capabilities as a producer.”

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 18:48:55 +0530
The Big Bang Theory actre

Kaley Cuoco recently opened up about her failed marriage with tennis player Ryan Sweeting and  about finding love again with Karl Cook.

After just three months of dating, Sweeting proposed to Cuoco in September 2013 and the couple got married on New Year's Eve, the same year, only to separate 19 months later. She asserted, “I honestly thought I wouldn't get married again. My ex ruined that word for me. I married someone the first time who completely changed. The person I ended up with was not the person I originally met. And that wasn't my fault, that was his. I knew how much I had to give and how much I wanted to receive.”

Talking about being in a relationship with Cook, she said, “I knew I just had to be patient. I had to go through a lot of things, but it brought me to Karl.”

Cook proposed to Cuoco on November 30, 2017. Talking about her upcoming wedding to Cook, she stated, “We're totally going to get married. We are planning it. We are thinking about it. I can't wait. I don't want it to be much longer. That's the truth. I really can't wait,” adding, “We are so happy and in love. He is excited as I am, which is sweet. I finally found my soul mate, so we're ready to do it.”

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 15:56:44 +0530
Stranger Things creators

The creators of Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things are being accused of plagiarism after a filmmaker alleged that they copied his original idea.

Charlie Kessler accused Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer of “misappropriation, unauthorized use and exploitation” of his 2012 short film, Montauk, as well as his script for The Montauk Project.

Kessler describes his film as a “science fiction story set in the town of Montauk, New York, the location of various urban legends and paranormal and conspiracy theories” with the location of the story being an “abandoned military base.”

In the lawsuit, Kessler claimed that he pitched the Montauk idea to the Duffer brothers at a party during the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014.

Strangers Things, which first aired in July 2016, was reportedly ordered for eight episodes by Netflix under the title Montauk.

However, the setting of the series was changed to Indiana.

 

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 15:08:06 +0530
Supreme Court Article 37

The Supreme Court recently said that Article 370 of the Constitution which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir is not a temporary provision.

A bench of justices AK Goel and RF Nariman said , "”The issue concerned is covered by the judgement of this court in the 2017 SARFAESI matter, where we have held that despite the headnote of Article 370, it is not a temporary provision.”

Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for the Centre, said that the matter be heard after some time as similar matters are pending before the court and are to be listed shortly.

Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan and advocate Shoeb Alam, appearing for the Jammu and Kashmir government, clarified that other matters which are pending before the top court relates to Article 35 A of the Constitution and not Article 370 as submitted by the ASG.

Dhavan said that those matters cannot be heard along with the present case Article 370.

The bench then adjourned the matter for hearing by three weeks on the insistence of the ASG.

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 07:59:21 +0530
SC ST row Case against B

A case was registered against Raja Chauhan, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker for firing during a protest in Madhya Pradesh’s Gwalior during the protest against the dilution of the Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe Act.

Chauhan allegedly fired at the people during the protest. The death toll in Madhya Pradesh due to violent protests during the nationwide bandh called by several Dalit organisations against the alleged dilution of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act has reached seven after one more person succumbed to their injuries.

Protests across the country turned violent on Monday after protesters resorted to stone pelting, damaging public properties and rail and various other blockades. Violent protests were reported from various states, including Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Bihar, Gujarat, and Punjab.

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 07:55:09 +0530
SC refuses to stay its or

The Supreme Court recently declined to stay its ruling and asserted that it wanted to protect innocent people from being punished.

A bench of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, however, said that compensation can be paid to victims alleged atrocities under The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, even without a FIR being registered.

The court said, “We are not against the law or its implementation" and the directions in no way diluted the law but were aimed to protect the innocent people from being punished. It describes its direction for preliminary inquiry before an FIR is registered on a complaint as “filter.” People who are agitating have not read the order. There is a lot of hearsay.”

Asserting that it has in no way diluted the law to protect the SC/STs, Justice Goel said, “We are only giving effect to existing law. It is not a law of arrest that the moment an FIR is lodged, the accused is arrested” and the “procedure established by law should be fair, just and reasonable.”

Justice Goel further observed, “We are not concerned about what is happening outside this court. Those agitating on streets may not have even read our judgment. Vested interests are also involved some time. We are only concerned about innocent people being put behind bars. We are not against the Act at all. But innocents can't be punished on unilateral version. Why does government want people to be arrested without verification?”

The bench then said, “Our approach is to protect innocent people. If there is an unverifiable allegation against an official, how will he function, how AG will function.”

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 07:51:49 +0530
Rahul Gandhi criticises P

Congress President Rahul Gandhi took a dig at PM Narendra Modi over the ‘fake news’ order, which was subsequently withdrawn, that threatened to take away accreditation of journalists found propagating fake news.

Gandhi tweeted, “Sensing mounting anger on the 'fake news' notification, the PM orders a U-Turn on his own order. One can clearly see a loss of control and panic setting in now.”

PM Modi, however, withdrew within hours his government's order that threatened to take away the accreditation of journalists involved in producing ‘fake news.’

The order, issued by Information and Broadcasting Ministry warned that journalists would be denied access to the government even on mere accusations of spreading fake news and could lose their accreditation for a limited period or permanently.

Journalists and opposition parties, however, took a serious note of the order and described the guidelines as an attack on press freedom.

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 07:49:21 +0530
No re test for CBSE Class

The government recently announced that no re-examination of the Class 10 maths paper will be conducted anywhere in the country.

The decision was taken in the interest of Class 10 students who had already written their exams on March 28 but were told to sit again after it was learnt that the maths question paper had been leaked.

Human Resource Development Ministry Secretary Anil Swarup stated, “Consequent to the preliminary evaluation of the impact of reportedly leaked CBSE Class 10 maths paper and keeping in mind the paramount interest of students, the CBSE has decided not to conduct re-examination even in Delhi, NCR (National Capital Region) and Haryana.”

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 07:47:00 +0530
Chandrababu Naidu Region

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu stated that regional parties must join hands with the TDP to raise concerns over the ‘injustice’ meted out by the government at the Centre to states ruled by opposition parties.

The TDP head said, “Today my priority is my state. We quit NDA because the government was ignoring our demands. This is injustice.”

The CM also held discussions with Hema Malini and Jayant Sinha of the BJP and leaders of a few NDA allies.

He asserted that regional and left parties had supported the TDP's efforts in Parliament to bring in a no-confidence motion.

Chandrababu Naidu visited parliament over special category status demand for Andhra Pradesh

“We are thankful to them. We need their support to pressure the Centre so that states are not ignored.”

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 07:43:33 +0530
Cauvery Issue Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami went on a day-long hunger strike along with members of the AIADMK to “condemn” the Centre for not setting up the Cauvery Management Board in compliance with the Supreme Court order.

The AIADMK stated, “The hunger strike is to condemn the central government for not forming the CMB.”

Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar and AIADMK presidium chairman E Madusudanan also joined their party colleagues for the day-long fast.

The apex court had raised the 270 tmcft share of Karnataka by 14.75 tmcft and reduced Tamil Nadu's share of Cauvery water. However, the Supreme Court had granted the Centre six weeks to formulate a scheme to ensure compliance of its 465-page judgement, which modified the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal award as well.

Following the verdict, Tamil Nadu has been urging the Centre to set up the Cauvery Water Management Board and the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee to ensure that it received its due share of water from the inter-state river. The six-week period ended on March 29.

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 07:40:02 +0530
BJP stands shoulder to sh

A day after violent 'Bharat Bandh,' BJP president Amit Shah stated that a “microscopic minority of dejected and rejected political parties” made the people suffer and sought their apology to “Dalit sisters and brothers.”

Shah also blamed ‘vested interest groups’ for spreading panic on the issue of reservation for Dalits, and asserted that it is done before every election and said that the government will do everything to protect their rights.

He further pointed out that PM Modi had met lawmakers belonging to the Scheduled Castes and had assured them that the government was doing everything to protect the rights and well being of the Dalits.

He stated that through the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2015, the NDA government had actually strengthened the provisions of the Act and this was in line with the BJP's commitment to the welfare of the SC & ST communities.

Shah added, “Due to the politically driven manifestations of a microscopic minority of dejected and rejected political parties, crores of innocent people suffered. These parties owe our Dalit sisters and brothers an apology for their misdeeds.”

“The BJP's stand is clear, which I am once again stating - we fully believe in the Constitution given by Babasaheb and the rights it has given to the SC/ST communities. At every juncture and in all possible ways, the BJP stands shoulder to shoulder with the Dalit community.”

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 07:37:36 +0530
I B ministry withdraws f

The I&B ministry withdrew the ‘fake news’ directive. The measures, contained in a press release, “Guidelines for accreditation of journalists amended to regulate fake news”, caused widespread outrage among media organizations and were withdrawn after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention.

The press release said that any complaint on fake news would be referred to the Press Council of India for print media and the News Broadcasters Association for electronic media. If confirmed as fake, the accreditation of the journalist shall be suspended for a period of six months for a first offence, a year if it’s the second offence and permanently after the third.

Bodies like the Editors’ Guild of India and the Broadcast Editors Association condemned the order, with the former calling it draconian and arbitrary.

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 07:35:05 +0530
Karan Johar to present Ma

Madhuri Dixit-Nene is all set to make her Marathi film debut with Bucket List. Karan Johar is set to present the film as well. The movie also stars Renuka Shahane, Sumeet Raghavan and Shubha Khote in pivotal roles as well.

Speaking about the film, Karan Johar said, “I’ve been a staunch believer in regional cinema and since Bãhubali, I am confident that good cinema with a great platform breaks the barrier of language. Moreover, the opportunity to launch the superstar actor Madhuri Dixit-Nene in her mother tongue is going to be my absolute pleasure. Together, with the team of Bucket List and AA Films, we hope that this heartwarming film gets all the love it deserves.”

Madhuri Dixit asserted, “I was longing to work in a Marathi film and with my debut through Bucket List, my wish is being fulfilled. Marathi films have been content-driven and evolving interest world over. There couldn’t be a better birthday-month gift for me than Karan presenting it this summer. Like my millions of fans, I am truly excited and looking forward to share my experience with you all.”

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 17:25:49 +0530
Akshay Kumar Twinkle Kha

Akshay Kumar, along with wife Twinkle Khanna and Yuva Sena President Aditya Thackeray, has funded a row of bio-toilets on Juhu Beach.

It was stated that the two toilets will bring relief to the slum-dwellers and hawkers who had access to a single public toilet until now. The newly built toilets have six seats in total, three for both men and women. Apart from that, a separate row of urinals has also been constructed. All the toilets have been equipped with a bio-digester, making sure that they are clean and suitable for frequent usage as well.

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 17:03:31 +0530
Ed Sheeran fights back in

Ed Sheeran is fighting back in a legal battle over a song he wrote for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.  

In January, Sean Carey and Beau Golden accused Sheeran of ripping off the melody for their 2014 song When I Found You, which they wrote for Jasmine Rae, when he penned The Rest of Our Life.

Ed, however, has stated with documents of his own, that there's no similarity in the sound of the songs.

In the legal papers, the Perfect singer admits he never sought Sean and Beau’s permission because The Rest of Our Life is an “originally and independently created musical composition.”

He calls their claim baseless, and has urged the judge overseeing the matter to dismiss the lawsuit.

When Sean and Beau filed their legal action, they claimed there was ‘blatant copying’ of their own tune, adding, “The copying is, in many instances, verbatim, note-for-note copying of original elements of the Song, and is obvious to the ordinary observer.”

In the lawsuit, they also named co-writers Johnny McDaid and Amy Wadge, as well as Sony/ATV, Universal Polygram and WB Music. They have asked for $5 million in actual damages plus profits, royalties and an award of attorney's fees, as well as injunctive relief.

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 16:40:00 +0530
India set to advance the

The Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that it was decided to proactively advance the roll-out of BS-VI fuel in Delhi from April 2018, instead of April 2020 after taking stock of the alarming pollution situation in Delhi in winters.

BS-VI fuel will bring down sulphur by 5 times from the current BS-IV levels – this is an 80 percent reduction which makes it extremely clean. It will improve emissions from the existing fleet, even from the older vehicles on road. BS-VI is as clean as CNG or even cleaner than CNG in some respects Pradhan said at the launch of BS-VI compliant automotive fuels in Delhi and added that the government plan to extend the availability of these fuels across the country by 1st April 2020.

According to a Centre for Science & Environment study, air pollution takes 10,000-30,000 lives in Delhi every year. We believe that early migration to BS-VI fuels in the National Capital of Delhi will help in saving thousands of precious lives by bringing down vehicular pollution significantly.

However, to take full advantage of the availability of such superior fuels, the vehicle technology has to move to BS-VI. Introduction of BS VI fuel will only give partial benefits if BS VI compliant vehicles are not put on the road.

With the introduction of BSVI, India joins the small list of Asia - Pacific nations -Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines and China. And China is using it only for heavy vehicles.

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 15:47:41 +0530
Centre launches Adopt a

Ministry of Tourism in close collaboration with Ministry of Culture and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) launched “Adopt a Heritage Project” to provide world class tourist facilities at the various natural/cultural heritage sites, monuments and other tourist sites to make them tourist friendly, enhance their tourist potential and cultural importance in a planned and phased manner across the country.

The project primarily focuses on providing basic amenities that include cleanliness, public convenience, drinking water, ease of access for tourists, signage etc. and advanced amenities like TFC, Souvenir shop, Cafeteria etc.

The project envisages that selected public sector companies, private sector companies and individuals will develop tourist amenities at heritage sites. They would become ‘Monument Mitra’ and adopt the sites essentially under their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity. They would also look after the operations and maintenance of the adopted site initially for the 5 years subject to review at any time.

The project began with 93 ASI ticketed monuments and has now been expanded to other natural and cultural heritage sites and other tourist sites across India. The project was launched by the President of India on 27th Sept, 2017 on the occasion of World Tourism Day.

The heritage sites/monuments enlisted are categorized as green, blue and orange on the basis of tourist footfall and visibility. As a part of project guidelines, it is mandatory for Monument Mitra, who is opting for a monument from green category to choose at least one site from either orange or blue category.      
 

The most competitive and innovative vision would be considered as the successful bidding entity. The interested parties selecting more numbers of monuments from orange and blue category shall be given higher weight age. The Interested parties may also opt for any other heritage site/monument or tourist site not mentioned in the above list, under the project and the unlisted tourist site will automatically considered under blue category.

The project focuses on active industry participation to ensure a sustainable model formulation. Resources for the capital and recurring cost is proposed through industry participation, through CSR or any other funding option subject to review and approval of Oversight & Vision Committee.

Monument Mitras would associate pride with these activities and will be provided limited visibility in the monument/site premises.

 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 15:27:45 +0530
India recognizes Medical

The Ministry of Tourism has recognized Medical and Wellness Tourism as Niche Tourism Products and offers various facilities as given below to promote India as a preferred destination as well as facilitate the visit of medical tourists to the country:

(i)    The Ministry offers financial support as Marketing Development Assistance for Publicity and for organising Wellness and Medical Tourism Promotion shows as well as workshops/events/seminars to accredited Medical and Wellness Tourism Service Providers and Chambers of Commerce, etc.

(ii)   A film on Medical Tourism has been produced in association with BBC and is used at various fora for promotional purposes.

(iii) Medical and Medical attendant visa has been introduced to streamline and ease the travel process of Medical Tourists. The e-tourist visa regime has also been expanded to include medical visits as well.

(iv) It has been decided to set up facilitation counters at the major airports of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bengaluru for tourists arriving on Medical Visas.

Apart from the above, the Department of Commerce and Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC) has launched a Healthcare Portal www.indiahealthcaretourism.com in English, Arabic, Russian and French languages as a single source platform providing comprehensive information to medical travellers on the top healthcare institutions in the country.

A National Medical and Wellness Tourism Board has also been constituted under the Chairmanship of the Minister for Tourism to provide a dedicated institutional framework to take forward the cause of promotion of Medical and Wellness Tourism including Ayurveda and any other format of Indian system of medicine covered by Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH).

The Board has members from the Ministries of Health, Commerce, External Affairs, AYUSH, Home Affairs, the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) as well as representatives from the major chambers of commerce, Hospitals and independent experts in the field of Medicine and Wellness. It works as an umbrella organization to promote this segment of tourism in an organized manner. The Board has formed sub-committees on visa issues, accreditation and standards and marketing and promotion.  The Ministry of Tourism collates data regarding the arrivals on Medical and Medical Attendant visas provided by the Ministry of Home Affairs. 

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 15:18:59 +0530
Channing Tatum and Jenna

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum announced that they are separating after nearly nine years of marriage.

The couple posted a joint statement to their respective Instagram pages.

“Hey world!” Channing and Jenna wrote on Monday. “So… We have something we would like to share. First off, it feels odd that we have to share this kind of thing with everyone, but it's a consequence of the lives we've chosen to lead, which we also happen to be deeply grateful for. We're living in an incredible moment in time, but it's also a time where truth can easily get distorted into 'alternative facts' So we want to share the truth so you know that if you didn't read it here then it's most certainly fiction.”

They continued, “We have lovingly chosen to separate as a couple. We fell deeply in love so many years ago and have had a magical journey together. Absolutely nothing has changed about how much we love one another, but love is a beautiful adventure that is taking us on different paths for now. There are no secrets nor salacious events at the root of our decision—just two best-friends realizing it's time to take some space and help each other live the most joyous, fulfilled lives as possible. We are still a family and will always be loving dedicated parents to Everly. We won't be commenting beyond this, and we thank you all in advance for respecting our family's privacy. Sending lots of love to everyone, Chan&Jenna.”

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 15:15:57 +0530
Supreme Court You canno

The Supreme Court stated that there is a ‘complete breakdown’ of law and order in Delhi. The court expressed anguish over the strikes and 'dharnas' against the ongoing sealing drive in the national capital.

The top court criticised the Centre and other authorities for their ‘failure’ to do their job. A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta asked searching questions to the Centre over the Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Act, 2006 and subsequent legislations which protects unauthorised construction from being sealed.

The bench asserted to Additional Solicitor General (ASG) ANS Nadkrani, appearing for the Centre that, “You cannot go on destroying Delhi. There has to be some reason.”

“Tell us that there will be no 'dharnas' in Delhi. There is a complete breakdown of law and order in Delhi,” it added.

Nadkarni however, stated that there were lakhs of immigrants in Delhi due to which there was a gap between demand and supply and there were around 1,400 unauthorised colonies, housing around six lakh families.

However, the bench added, “Government and its bodies are not doing their jobs. This is an admission of failure by you that 'I have failed to do my job, so please help us'.”

The bench further said, “This is a very serious issue. It is a matter of governance and people of Delhi are suffering because you are not doing your job.”

Besides this, the bench also sought to know whether there were facilities and infrastructures like sewage, drainage, parking, green areas, schools in unauthorised colonies and whether the residents there were paying the taxes as well.

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 08:21:45 +0530
Rahul Gandhi to begin cam

Congress president Rahul Gandhi will begin his election campaign in Karnataka with his itinerary including places covered recently by BJP national president Amit Shah.

Gandhi will travel to Shivamogga, Davangere, Chitradurga, Tumakuru and Ramanagar district on April 3 and 4 in his fifth round of campaigning in poll-bound Karnataka.

He will also be calling on Shivakumara swamiji of Siddaganga Math, who turned 111.

On April 3, the Congress president is set to meet people at Bus Stand Chowk and address a public gathering in Shivamogga.

He will then visit Honnalli, Harihara and Bathi towns in Davangere district. Gandhi would also hold a public meeting at Davangere town.

The Congress chief will be visiting Holalakere in Chitradurga district and address a gathering and will then travel to Siddaganga Math in Tumakuru district.

Gandhi will also meet people in Kunigal town and will conclude another round of campaigning by addressing a public campaign at Magadi in Ramanagar district before leaving for Delhi.

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 08:18:50 +0530
Rahul Gandhi on Dalit pro

Congress president Rahul Gandhi slammed the RSS and the BJP for the plight of the Dalits and said that he saluted “brothers and sisters” from the community who are protesting to demand protection of their rights from the Modi government.

Several Dalit organisations called for a nation-wide shutdown against the dilution of arrest provisions under the SC/ST Atrocities Act by the Supreme Court.

Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to express his sentiments and stated, “It is in the DNA of the RSS/BJP to keep Dalits at the lowest level in Indian society. Any one who challenges this thought is crushed with violence. Our Dalit brothers and sisters are today on the streets demanding protection of their rights from the Modi Government. We salute them.”

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 08:15:20 +0530
Marital rape not an offen

The Gujarat High Court recently observed that non-consensual intercourse by a husband cannot be dubbed as rape. However, it added that subjecting his married partner to have oral or unnatural sex was akin to cruelty.

The court made these observations in a case pertaining to a doctor's complaint of rape and physical harassment against her husband, who is a medical professional as well.

The complainant said that her husband forced her to have sexual intercourse with him against her wishes and that he would also subject her to have oral sex and indulge in unnatural sexual activities, other than torturing her for dowry.

Seeking rejection of her wife's complaint against him, the husband moved the Gujarat High Court. Justice J.B. Pardiwala observed, “The husband cannot be prosecuted for the offence of rape punishable under Section 376 of the IPC at the instance of his wife as the marital rape is not covered under Section 375 of IPC which provides that sexual intercourse or sexual acts by a man with his own wife, the wife not being under 18 years of age, is not rape.”

Justice Pardiwala, however, said that a wife can initiate proceedings against her husband for unnatural sex under Section 377 of the IPC.

The court observed that though a husband had the right to have sex with his legally wedded wife, she was not his property and it should not be without her consent. The court also observed that demanding dowry or harassing someone for it too amounted to a crime.

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 08:12:10 +0530
Dalit protests BJP calls

The BJP recently underlined the government’s measures for the development of dalits and dubbed Rahul Gandhi to be a ‘political vulture’ out to seek ‘advantage’ after the Congress chief blamed the ruling party for the community's plight.

Union minister Thawarchand Gehlot and Arjun Ram Meghwal, both Dalits criticised the Congress over its treatment of B R Ambedkar.

Their attack on Congress chief Rahul Gandhi came following his remarks that it was in the DNA of the RSS and BJP to keep Dalits at the lowest level in the Indian society.

Meghwal stated, “Speaking of DNA, it is imperative to remind the nation what Rahul Gandhi's DNA is about — humiliated Babasaheb repeatedly. Ensured the defeat of Babasaheb, not once but twice. Did not give a Bharat Ratna to Babasaheb. Did not even give space for Babasaheb's portrait in Parliament.”

Gehlot added, “It has been our government which further strengthened the protection for backward castes by passing The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act, 2015.”

“Our government is not only committed to protecting the rights given to SCs/STs but is going one step ahead and holistically improving their lives,” he said.

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 08:08:16 +0530
Centre Journalists could

The government stated that the accreditation of a journalist could be permanently cancelled if the person is found generating or propagating fake news, after it came out with stringent measures to contain the menace.

As per the amended guidelines for the accreditation of journalists, if the publication or telecast of fake news is confirmed, the accreditation of that journalist would be suspended for a period of six months in the first violation and for one year in case of a second violation and in case of a third violation, his or her accreditation would be cancelled permanently.

It said any complaint of instances of fake news would be referred to the Press Council of India (PCI), if it pertains to print media, and to the News Broadcasters Association (NBA), if it relates to the electronic media, for determination of the news item being fake or not. This determination is expected to be completed within 15 days by these agencies.

Once the complaint is registered for determination of fake news, the accreditation of the journalist, whoever created and/or propagated the fake news, will be suspended till the determination regarding the fake news is made.

The Accreditation Committee of the Press Information Bureau (PIB), which consists of representatives of both the PCI and the NBA, would be reached out for validating any accreditation request of any news media agency.

While examining the requests seeking accreditation, the regulatory agencies would check whether the Norms of Journalistic Conduct' and Code of Ethics and Broadcasting Standards', prescribed by the PCI and NBA respectively, are adhered to by the journalists as part of their functioning.

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 08:05:07 +0530
Cauvery Issue Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu parties are divided regarding the Cauvery river dispute as the ruling AIADMK’s reluctance to categorically condemn the BJP government at the centre for failing to set up the Cauvery Management Board and the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee.

However, the opposition parties in the state were outright in their condemnation of the BJP and accused it of delaying the setting up of the CMB considering its political implication in the poll-bound Karnataka which is going to polls on May 12.

The ruling AIADMK is holding a state-wide hunger strike in all district headquarters as an “appeal” to the Centre to set up the CMB and the CWRC. While parties such as the Congress, MDMK, CPI (M), CPI, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, IUML and Manithaneya Makkal Katchi have called for a state bandh on April 5.

Federation of Traders’ Association in Tamil Nadu has called for the traders to shut their shops on April 3 while Pattali Makkal Katchi has called for a bandh on April 11.  

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 08:00:32 +0530
Cambridge Analytica asks

Cambridge Analytica has sought one more week to respond to the government's notice on whether it was involved in misuse of data to profile Indians and influence their voting behaviour.

The notice had gone out to Cambridge Analytica over media reports about questionable practices attributed to the firm in its efforts to allegedly influence elections by harvesting data of Facebook users globally.

It has been reported that Cambridge Analytica has now sought an additional time of one week to send its response to the notice issued by the Indian government.

Cambridge Analytica and Facebook came under fire after the British firm was accused of harvesting personal information of over 50 million Facebook users illegally to influence polls in several countries.

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 07:57:18 +0530
UP Police say Mayawati s

After violent protests by Dalit groups, the police in Uttar Pradesh blamed a lawmaker belonging to the party of Mayawati. Mayawati had declared support for the protests against a Supreme Court order that's seen as weakening a stringent law against atrocities on Dalits.

Yogesh Verma, who represents Meerut's Hastinapur in the state assembly, has been detained. He is the "main conspirator" of the violence, a senior police officer from Meerut reportedly stated.

Yogesh Verma was one of the 200 people detained. The 48-year-old lawmaker has a number of police cases, including that of attempt to murder, assault and rioting against him. 

Mayawati had also recently stated that while her Bahujan Samaj Party is no longer in parliament, “our politics outside will force the Narendra Modi government to buckle under, our party will not sit quietly if their (Dalit) voices are not heard.”

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 07:52:04 +0530
Dwayne Johnson opens up a

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson recently opened up about his secret battle with his mental health after suffering from depression for decades.

He also spoke of his mother Ata’s attempted suicide when he was just fifteen years old.

He revealed, “She got out of the car on the Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked into oncoming traffic. Big rigs and cars were swerving out the way. I grabbed her and pulled her back on the gravel shoulder of the road.”

Dwayne however, admitted that his mum was in such a state during the attempt that she doesn’t even recall trying to take her own life, “She has no recollection of it whatsoever,” he admitted. “Probably best she doesn’t.”

He further opened up about his depression and asserted that his depression bouts started when he was living in poverty as a child

He said, “I reached a point where I didn’t want to do a thing or go anywhere. I was crying constantly. We both healed but we’ve always got to do our best to pay attention when other people are in pain. We have to help them through it and remind them they are not alone.”

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 16:34:38 +0530
Blac Chyna throws strolle

Blac Chyna recently threw a stroller at a woman at Six Flags amusement park. The reality TV star was seen being held back by several people after she attempted to throw the large pink toy.

Chyna claimed that she was forced to act to protect her children. In a now deleted Instagram post, she wrote, “Being famous is hard enough dealing with scrutiny but when someone feels comfortable to come and touch your child it’s a whole other story. I do not condone violence nor am I a violence person but shout out to all of the amazing mothers out there that will protect their children at all cost (sic). Love, King and Dreams Mommy.”

In the video Chyna can be seen removing her coat before she lifts the car up and is held back by two men, including her boyfriend YBN Almighty Jay. She is further seen walking around looking frustrated before she runs back to try a second time to attack the woman with the car.

A woman claiming to be the person involved in the fight tweeted that the fight broke out after she touched the hand of Chyna’s one-year old daughter Dream Kardashian. She tweeted, “So when she rolled the baby towards me I’m like ‘awww hi little baby you’re so cute’ and I rub her little hand.”

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 16:33:52 +0530
Ryan Reynolds responds to

Ryan Reynolds is spending plenty of time with his wife Blake Lively, contrary to what has been reported.

The Deadpool star responded to rumours about his marriage quoting a headline that he and Lively are “struggling to spend quality time together,” after which he took to Twitter and tweeted, “I wish, I could use a little ‘me time.’ ”

Reynolds and Lively were recently spotted on a date at N.Y.C.’s Guggenheim Museum during which Reynolds poked fun at his wife by joking, “That is why Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is pure pornography.” (Lively starred as Bridget in both big-screen versions of Ann Brashares’ believed book series.

The two constantly tease one another on social media, cropping the other out of pictures, posting unflattering paparazzi shots or quipping with sarcastic captions.

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 16:32:46 +0530
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jo

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are finally set to settle their previously bitter divorce within weeks. An agreement is expected to be filed imminently after they received court approval to continue negotiating in February.

The amicable formal end to the marriage is in stark contrast to the public warfare after their break-up.

It has been reported that the terms of the divorce are now agreed. Jolie has reportedly said to have agreed to let Pitt have access to the children. The actress had previously requested sole custody of the kids. They have agreed to sharing custody, with Brad having access and working with Angelina on logistic issues about work and travel.

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 16:31:50 +0530
Ranveer Singh cancels IPL

Ranveer Singh will not perform at this year’s IPL opening ceremony, due to a recent shoulder injury.

The actor’s spokesperson issued a statement and said, “After multiple medical check-ups, the doctors have strongly advised Ranveer Singh to not perform at this year’s IPL opening ceremony in which he was doing the finale act. They feel his high-energy performance would only overstrain his shoulder and aggravate the injury.”

He, however, added, “Ranveer will continue to shoot for Gully Boy as per its shooting schedule which is not physically strenuous since only performance-based talkie scenes are left to be shot.”

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 16:30:40 +0530
Jim Carrey submits his Tr

Actor, comedian and now, Renaissance painter, Jim Carrey, just submitted his first masterpiece.

Jim Carrey submitted his ‘official portrait’ of Donald Trump to the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery via Twitter. The portrait features Trump sitting in his bathrobe eating ice cream.

Carrey tweeted, “Dear Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. I know it’s early but I’d like to submit this as the official portrait of our 45th President, Donald J. Trump. It’s called, ‘You Scream. I Scream. Will We Ever Stop Screaming?”

 

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 16:29:33 +0530
Bharat Bandh 7 persons k

Seven people were killed in Madhya Pradesh as violence broke out in several parts of the country to protest against a Supreme Court ruling on atrocities against Dalits.

A 'Bharat Bandh' was called by several organisations and was supported by some political parties as well. Security forces were clashing with protesters with reports of vandalism, stone-pelting and firing by police in not just Madhya Pradesh but also in the states of Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh.

The BJP-led Centre, however, filed a review petition in the Supreme Court against its order last month, which barred automatic arrests on complaints filed under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

The Chief Justice of India declined to hear the urgent plea on the ruling. In its petition, the Centre sought the restoration of the earlier status by which any offence under the SC/ST Act was made a cognizable non-bailable offence.

The Centre, Dalit activists as well as several opposition parties came out against the SC's ruling, which they said dilutes the SC/ST Act and might lead to an increase in violence against Dalits.

However, due to clashes in Madhya Pradesh's Morena, four persons were killed as protesters blocked a railway crossing and set fire to some public property. Around nine people were injured in Gwalior as well of which two were in critical condition. Protesters also threw stones in Bhind. Local administrations have imposed a curfew and/or Section 144, which prohibits an assembly or more than four people in some of the places.

Shops were forcibly shut by protesters in Dehradun while in Jaipur shops were vandalised by unknown perpetrators, and protesters blocked railway tracks and stopped trains; in Barmar, cars and other vehicles and public property were damaged as well.

In the NCR region, protesters squatted on tracks in several places outside Delhi, stopping trains, including the Dehradun Express and the Ranchi Rajdhani, to enforce an all India shutdown. Services were disrupted by a mob at the Ghaziabad railyard. Many trains, including the Saptakranti Express, Utkal Express, the Bhubaneswar and Ranchi Rajdhanis and the Kanpur Shatabdi were stopped ahead of Ghaziabad in Meerut and Modinagar. A mob of about 2,000 people stopped trains at the Hapur station as well.

In Punjab, protests were witnessed in Ambala, and in Haryana in Rohtak; protests also took place in Chandigarh. In Patna, protesters forced closure of the ticket booking counters and squatted on railway tracks disrupting movement of a number of trains at the Patna Junction.

In Meerut in Uttar Pradesh, protesters were beaten by police personnel. And in Jharkhand's Ranchi, a clash between police and protesters led to several people being injured.

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 16:23:35 +0530
RBI says PNB fraud case u

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) says it has conducted its scrutiny on the PNB fraud case and that the matter is currently under examination for "enforcement action."

The central bank also said that it has been issuing necessary instructions to banks from time to time on a variety of issues of prudential supervisory concern, including the management of operational risks inherent in the functioning of banks as well.

The banking sector regulator further issued a statement and said that a confidential circular on a time-bound implementation and strengthening of ‘SWIFT’ related operational controls was issued to public and private banks on February 20.

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 08:19:41 +0530
MP Tendulkar donates enti

Sachin Tendulkar, whose term as Rajya Sabha MP ended recently, has donated his entire salary and allowances to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund.

During his term, Tendulkar drew nearly Rs. 90 lakh in salaries and other monthly allowances.

The PMO also issued a letter of acknowledgement which states, “Prime Minister acknowledges this thoughtful gesture and conveys his gratitude. These contributions will be of immense help in providing assistance to the persons in distress.”

Besides, according to data released by Tendulkar's office, he has claimed to have sanctioned 185 projects across the country with Rs 7.4 crore out of his allocated Rs 30 crore being used for educational and related structural development, including building and renovation of classrooms as well as adopting two villages under the Sansad Gram Adarsh Gram Yojana Scheme, including Puttam Raju Kandriga in Andhra Pradesh and Donja in Maharashtra.

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 08:17:13 +0530
Congress Modi must speak

The Congress recently stated that PM Narendra Modi must speak out on the CBSE paper leak issue and provide a solution to students who had been affected by it as well.

Congress leader Pawan Khera said, “It is unfortunate that the youth of this country are turning (into) cynics. It's a serious matter. Arun Jaitley is quiet, so is Ravi Shankar Prasad and Smriti Irani is glum. So let Modiji answer and provide a solution for the youth.”

Khera added, “Today, parents and students don't know what the government wants. (Prakash) Javadekarji says that other than those in Delhi and NCR no other child has to appear for a retest.”

“Why is there no clarity? Don't they understand that they are playing with the future of our youth,” he asked.

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 08:14:36 +0530
3 jawans martyred 12 ter

12 terrorists were gunned down in counter-insurgency operations in three different areas in South Kashmir during which three Army jawans and two civilians were killed as well.

Police and CRPF, Jammu and Kashmir police chief S P Vaid stated that this is one of the biggest counter-offensives in recent times against terror groups operating in the Kashmir Valley.

Vaid tweeted, “Encounter concluded. One more terrorist body recovered from Shopian encounter site. In all 12 terrorists neutralized (one more being ascertained), three soldiers martyred and one terrorist caught alive. It’s unfortunate that stone pelting around encounter site cost four civilian deaths.”

Corps Commander of XV Corps, Lt Gen A K Bhatt also termed it as one of the biggest operations in recent times and said the death of Lt Umar Fayaz, who was killed in Shopian last year, had been avenged.

He said, “Among the militants killed are Ishfaq Malik and Rayees Thokar. They were responsible for his death.”

The DGP also made a special mention of an SSP's efforts to convince a terrorist to surrender during the Dialgam encounter. He stated, “I would like to make a special mention about the Dialgam encounter where our Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) made a special effort, which is unheard of in any part of the world. He called the family members of one of the terrorists. They spoke with him for 30 minutes, to convince him to surrender.

Unfortunately, he did not heed the advice of his family. During the talks, the district SSP tried to get him over. Instead he fired on the police leaving them with no option other than to retaliate. He was killed. The other one was caught alive.”

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 06:11:11 +0530
AIADMK will move no trust

The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) will reportedly consider moving a no-trust motion against the government on the Cauvery row only if the Congress supports it.

Party leader M Thambidurai stated, “Stalin says AIADMK should bring a no-trust motion (on the Cauvery issue). We are ready to bring it. Let Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi issue a statement (indicating their support), they (DMK) are in alliance with them (Congress), only if the Congress supports, we will get the numbers.”

In February, the Supreme Court had directed Karnataka to release 177.25 thousand million cubic feet of Cauvery water per year to Tamil Nadu from its inter-state Biligundlu dam due to which Tamil Nadu will now get 404.25 tmcft of Cauvery water instead of the 419 tmcft allotted by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal in 2007.

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 06:11:11 +0530
BJP brings out chargeshe

The BJP reportedly brought out a 'chargesheet' against the ruling Congress government in Karnataka in three booklets, listing its alleged failures on law and order, agriculture and ignoring Bengaluru.

A three fold increase in crime in Karnataka, atrocities on Dalits, women and children, attacks on honest officials, killings of Hindutva activists, steep rise in farmers' suicides in the last three years, drug mafia ruling the roost in Bengaluru and poor infrastructure in the city were also mentioned as well.

Union Minister for Law and Information and Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the Karnataka government has nothing to show to the public when it seeks votes from them for the May 12 assembly elections.

He said, “Let me tell Siddaramaiah that you have not even four-five outstanding areas of achievements which you can convey (to the public), you go everywhere (portraying) a negative BJP and negative Yeddyurappa."

The Union Minister also said that the Congress was losing its base across India due to 'misgovernance.'

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 06:11:11 +0530
CBSE Official suspended

The HRD ministry suspended one board official over the CBSE paper leaks and initiated a probe even as the Delhi Police's Crime Branch arrested three persons, including two teachers of a private school, for their alleged involvement in the leak of the Class 12 economics paper.

Rishabh (29) and Rohit (26), teachers at Mother Khajani Convent School, a private school in Bawana, and Tauqeer, 26, a tutor at a private coaching centre there were arrested.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Alok Kumar said that the school is under the scanner as well for allegedly providing the question paper to the teachers around 9.10 am, 35 minutes before the stipulated time, during which the two accused Rohit and Rishabh, allegedly clicked the pictures of the paper and sent them to Tauqeer, who circulated them to a student.

The police traced Tauqeer through 10 WhatsApp numbers used for circulating the leaked paper. The papers circulated through WhatsApp had a location code that matched with that of the code assigned to the private school from where the paper was leaked. A student, who had got the paper, was found and he led the police to Tauqeer who then shared details of his accomplices with the police after which the trio were arrested.

The police have questioned the principal and five teachers of the school in connection with the case as well.

Further, School Education Secretary Anil Swarup stated that K S Rana, a CBSE official, has been suspended over laxity in supervising an examination centre in connection with the paper leaks.

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Centre to file review pet

The Central government is reportedly likely to file a review petition in the Supreme Court in the apex court's recent order diluting certain provisions of the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had recently stated that he had instructed his Ministry officials “to examine the desirability of filing a review petition in the case.”

It was also reported that the government was ready with the papers to file a review petition in the case.

A delegation of Dalit Ministers and MPs led by Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed issues arising out of the Supreme Court's order.

On the same day, leaders of several opposition parties met President Ram Nath Kovind and sought his intervention to press the government to file a review petition before the Supreme Court over its verdict diluting the SC/ST Act.

The delegation included leaders from the Congress, the Communist Party of India-Marxist, the Bahujan Samaj Party, the Samajwadi Party, the DMK and the Nationalist Congress Party.

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Congress celebrates Juml

The Congress used the April Fool's Day to mock PM Narendra Modi and his government over their alleged failures in creating jobs and reign in corruption as well. The Congress marked the occasion as 'Jumla Day'.

In a video 70-second video produced in breaking news format and released on its official twitter handle, the Congress stated, “Demonetisation has killed corruption, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi have boosted Government's Swachh Bharat campaign by cleaning the Punjab National Bank.”

“The Modi government has created 200 crore jobs and now aliens from Mars are also working in India while robots are collecting garbages in smart cities,” the video adds.

The video further says, “The Ganges has been rid of all its pollution so much so that you can now clearly see PM Modi's picture in its clean waters.”

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 06:11:11 +0530
UAE Minister concludes hi

Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, has concluded his official visit to India, where he met with Sushma Swaraj, India's External Affairs Minister and other top officials.

During his meeting with Sushma Swaraj, the parties exchanged views on the strategic ties and ways to enhance co-operation and joint coordination on the regional and global issues. Dr. Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al-Banna, UAE Ambassador to India was also present on the occasion.

He also met with M.J. Akbar, India's Minister of State for External Affairs, and tackled means to develop collaboration and coordination between the two countries in the fight against terrorism and extremism. The parties also reviewed the latest regional and international developments.

Dr. Gargash meeting with Dr. Vijay Kumar Singh, Foreign Secretary focused on bilateral relations and ways to enhance cooperation in various trade and investment domains as well as enhancing communication between the two friendly countries.

They also stressed that the high-level visits between the two countries have strengthened understanding and supported joint efforts to address the challenges and international issues, especially terrorism and extremism issues.

Dr. Gargash also attended a forum organised by the Observer Research Foundation, ORF, in cooperation with the UAE Embassy in Delhi under the title "Strategic relations between India and the UAE and Crisis in the Middle East."

It was attended by Sanjay Joshi, Director of the Research Foundation of India; UAE Ambassador to India, and officials of the Embassy, a number of Arab and Foreign ambassadors; Head of Arab League in New Delhi, as well as experts and political, economic, media and civil society researchers.

Speaking at the forum Gargash said that the strong ties between the UAE and India are a strategic advantage and a strong reservoir of trust.

He also stressed the importance of building confidence as there are many strategic aspects that require building bridges of relations. He also spoke about the fight against extremism and terrorism. "Fighting terrorism and extremism is a big issue and one area where the UAE sees cooperation with India," he said.

On Iran, Dr. Gargash said that Iran and its expansionist foreign policies are a major issue in the region, stressing the need to monitor the internal situation of Iran because of the conflict between the wishes of the Iranian people and the polices of the regime.

Dr. Anwar Gargash, also answered questions asked by the participants during the forum.

At the end, Sanjay Joshi praised the debate and said that it is a good platform to share ideas and information on the subject.

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 19:37:33 +0530
India remains the top des

Dubai International, DXB, has welcomed nearly 7 million passengers in February, according to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports today.

The monthly traffic in February totalled 6,928,547 compared to 6,948,157 passengers recorded during the same month in 2017, down marginally by 0.3%. The year to date traffic reached 14,888,693 passengers, down 0.6% compared to 14,985,165 recorded during the first two months of 2017.

In terms of percentage growth, Eastern Europe was the fastest expanding market with traffic growing 17.6%, followed by South America 13.3% and CIS 12.1%.

India remained the top destination country by passenger volume with a total of 962,425 passengers during the month. The UK was placed second with 505,255 passengers, followed by Saudi Arabia with 490,058 and Pakistan with 336,875 passengers. London topped the list of destination cities with 305,768 passengers, followed by Mumbai 207,038 passengers, and Bangkok 201,077.

Flight movements at DXB totalled 31,456 in February down 3.2% compared to 32,486 during the same period in 2017. Year to date flight movements totalled 66,762 compared to 69,078 recorded during the first two months last year, down 3.4%.

The average number of passengers per movement during February reached 228 compared to 223 during the corresponding month in 2017, an increase of 2.2%.

DXB recorded 191,575 tonnes of freight in February down 0.6% compared to 192,704 tonnes recorded in February 2017. Year to date freight volumes totalled 393,808 tonnes compared to 400,976 tonnes handled during the first two months of 2017, down 1.8%.

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 19:27:30 +0530
UAE sends Yemeni child to

The Emirates Red Crescent has sent a Yemeni child to India for medical treatment. The child, called Aseel, suffers from a ventricular septal defect, known as a 'hole in the heart.'

The humanitarian gesture is part of the UAE's continuous efforts to support the Yemeni people and alleviate their suffering, especially during the difficult circumstances facing them as a result of the crisis in the country.

The girl's family expressed their appreciation to the ERC, the UAE leadership and people for the gesture, and for their continuous support of the Yemeni people.

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 18:21:53 +0530
Indore building collapse

At least 10 people were killed after a dilapidated four-storey hotel building collapsed in India's central state of Madhya Pradesh, the Deutsche Presse-Agentur, DPA, has reported.

The building, located near a crowded bus station in Indore city, collapsed on Saturday night. Teams of police and fire-fighters pulled out 10 people alive from the debris in rescue operations overnight.

Two women and eight men, believed to be staff and guests, died in the collapse. Two of the injured are in a critical state and have been hospitalized, area police chief Sanju Kamle said from the site by phone.

Media reports said the building collapsed after a car rammed into the building.

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 18:16:20 +0530
PM greets people on Easte

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has greeted the people on the occasion of Easter. 

“Happy  Easter! I hope this special day strengthens the bonds of unity, peace and brotherhood. May the noble thoughts and ideals of Lord Christ motivate people to serve and bring a positive difference to society”, the Prime Minister said.

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 18:08:15 +0530
Vaishno Devi pilgrimage t

The Vaishno Devi pilgrimage has temporarily been suspended due to overcrowding. An official of the shrine said, “The pilgrimage to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi shrine has been suspended from the Katra base camp in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district due to an unprecedented rush of pilgrims.”

It was reported that the ticket counter had to be closed last evening at 8 pm, nearly two hours before its scheduled closing time. The official added, “More than 41,000 pilgrims were climbing towards the shrine with many already queued up for darshan. Apart from this, a further 15,000 to 20,000 pilgrims showed up at the Katra base camp. They are currently stranded.”

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 08:21:43 +0530
Prakash Javadekar Over 1

Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar recently stated that only students based in Delhi and Haryana will have to appear for the re-exam of Class 10 paper if the police investigation points to a ‘large-scale leak.’

Javadekar tweeted, “I am amazed to see headlines in some news channels about confusion over retest. Out of 16 lakh students, more than 14 lakh students of Class X will not have to give retest in Maths.”

The minister said that students in other states will not have to appear in the re-exam. However, the re-test of the Class 12 paper that leaked this week will be held across the country on April 25, the government has said.

The papers of class XII Economics held on March 26, and class X Maths, held on March 28, were leaked on social media hours before the examination.

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 08:18:57 +0530
PM Modi doesn t let us sl

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis recently stated that once a project is sanctioned, PM Narendra Modi does not let the concerned ministers and officers sleep till it is completed.

Fadanvis asserted, “If a project does not get completed on time, Modi ji does not let the concerned minister and the officers sleep until the work is done. I want Piyush ji to bring PM Modi along to inaugurate this project in a year and a half.”

He added, “We are laying extensive metro lines in Maharashtra but we had to import coaches from outside, despite we being ready to pay the Railways for them. This is the first project in the history of Railways where bhoomipujan is being done within two months of it being approved.”

Fadanvis was addressing a gathering after laying the foundation stone of a rail coach manufacturing factory in Latur. Union Railways and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal was present on the occasion as well.

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 08:16:03 +0530
Minister VK Singh to leav

Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh is set to fly to Iraq tomorrow in a C-17 plane to bring back mortal remains of the 39 Indians killed there.

It was reported that MEA Singh will first go to Amritsar followed by Patna, Kolkata to hand over bodies to their relatives.

Families of some of these victims had met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi on March 26 as well.

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 08:13:34 +0530
CBSE paper leak probe Go

The person who had warned the CBSE or Central Board of Secondary Education on the night before the Class 10 math test that the question paper had leaked has been identified by the police. The person’s identity, however, has not been revealed and he is now being questioned by cops who had reached out to Google to trace the email address.

It had been reported that the Delhi Police's Crime Branch had received a reply from Google on the details it had sought about the email address from where the CBSE chairperson was sent a mail about the mathematics paper being leaked. A senior police officer said they had got a reply from Google but had not divulged any further details on the same.

The police continued with their efforts to trace the origin of the paper leak as they visited more schools and coaching centres in outer Delhi. About 53 students and seven teachers had been questioned while six WhatsApp groups that were involved in sharing the papers were also being looked into.

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 08:10:53 +0530
Cauvery Issue Centre mov

The Centre has moved the Supreme Court on the Cauvery river water dispute citing assembly elections in Karnataka on May 12. The Centre has sought three months' time to implement the top court's order and has sought clarification on the constitution of Cauvery Management Board as well.

The Centre also asserted that immediate implementation of the Supreme Court's order will have law and order implications in Karnataka as Cauvery is an emotive issue.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK has announced that it would hold a hunger strike across the state on April 2 in a bid to mount pressure on the Centre to set up the Cauvery Management Board.

The Tamil Nadu government has moved the Supreme Court against the Centre for disobeying its verdict on sharing the Cauvery waters while also seeking contempt action by the apex court.

In its petition, Tamil Nadu said, the Centre delayed the constitution of the Cauvery Management Board by convening a meeting of the concerned states. The state government will request the Chief Justice of India, for an early hearing of its contempt petition on Monday.

Tamil Nadu further pointed out, that the six-week deadline given by the Supreme Court to set up the Cauvery Management Board has ended and the farmers in the state are expecting an answer from the Centre on the Cauvery issue as well.

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 08:07:33 +0530
BJP files defamation comp

BJP leader Shalabh Mani Tripathi filed a defamation case against Rahul Gandhi for allegedly making derogatory remarks against PM Narendra Modi during Congress party's national conclave in New Delhi.

The BJP spokesperson filed the complaint at the Deoria district fast track court under sections 499 and 500 (defamation) of the Indian Penal Code. April 5 has reportedly been fixed as the date of hearing of the case.

Tripathi stated, “During the Congress party national conclave in Delhi, Rahul Gandhi tried to draw similarities between PM Modi, Nirav Modi (tainted diamond businessman) and Lalit Modi (former IPL commissioner). He also said the name Modi had become synonymous to corruption. This remark has hurt the sentiments of BJP party workers and countrymen and for this reason I have filed a defamation case against him in Deoria court.”

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 08:04:28 +0530
Amit Shah People of Karn

BJP president Amit Shah recently stated that the relationship between the Congress and corruption is akin to that of water and fish and that the people of Karnataka had made up their minds to ‘throw out; the Siddaramaiah government in the May 12 assembly polls.

He asserted, “The Karnataka government is like an ATM for the Congress to indulge in corruption.”

Shah added, “The people of Karnataka have made up their minds to throw out the Siddaramaiah government. They are disappointed with it on many fronts, with corruption being the main issue. The relationship between corruption and Congress party is akin to water and fish.”.

He said, “Without removing the corrupt and number one corrupt Siddaramaiah government, Karnataka's progress is not possible.”

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 08:01:30 +0530
Did The Weeknd diss Selen

The Weeknd recently released his new album titled, My Dear Melancholy. However, it was observed that he had dissed his ex, Selena Gomez in his new song and word has it The Weeknd has no plans to apologize for writing about his split from Selena Gomez on his new EP as well.

Soon after the release of the album, it was observed by many that he may have been taking some shots at his ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez in the lyrics to his track titled, ‘Call Out My Name.’

On the track, the Starboy hitmaker sings, “We found each other/I helped you out of a broken place/You gave me comfort/But falling for you was my mistake.” Later, he seems to reference Selena’s kidney transplant as he croons, “I said I didn’t feel nothing baby, but I lied/I almost cut a piece of myself for your life.”

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 16:02:39 +0530
Cheryl shuts down Liam Pa

Cheryl recently took to Twitter to respond to an article that suggested that Liam Payne, was cheating on her with one of his dancers in Dubai.

She tweeted, “I usually don't bother myself to respond to stupid articles. But in my silence they hold the pen. This is a stupid article, clutching at very small straws. But I can't ignore this story involving an innocent dancer colleague of Liam's who has a fiancé, and dragging them into this desperate attempt to try to cause problems between Liam and I. Nor do I understand the almost daily onslaught of stories. The other ‘mystery woman’ in the story happens to be my long term friend and manger (that's embarrassing) I also happen to love Katy Perry.”1

Cheryl then told her followers, “Now.. off on our holiday. And the only thing we're making are memories. And breaking is our healthy eating.”

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 15:58:36 +0530
Kodaline to collab with E

Singer Steve Garrigan of Kodaline has teased a collab with Ed Sheeran and stated that could feature on their forthcoming album after they teamed up with his producer Steve Mac.

He asserted, “The new album that’s coming out in the summer is different, we said we didn’t want to do something we’ve done before, we wanted to go into a new world. We worked with Steve Mac who done Ed’s Shape Of You and Pink’s What About Us. We wanted to deliberately change our sound, challenge ourselves. There has been talk of an Ed song for quite a while now, we’ll never say never as we have met Ed a few times, our bass player proposed on stage at his show. We’re now open to the idea of working with other people and he is an amazing guy, he’s so prolific. There has been talk of an Ed song for quite a while”

Talking about his album Garrigan said, “I think the song quality is stronger, we’ve learnt a lot and been working with other people. In my eyes it will be our strongest album.”

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 15:56:42 +0530
Are Deepika Padukone and

Are Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone getting married? It is being reported that Padukone and Singh would be getting married by the end of the year and that their parents met recently and finalised four dates between September and December.

The wedding preparations have reportedly begun in full swing and both families are currently scouting for wedding locations in India and abroad as well. The wedding is said to be an extremely private, traditional Hindu ceremony and that, it will only be attended by close family and friends.

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 15:53:08 +0530
Avengers Infinity War se

Disney is set to plan an ‘Avengers Tour’ at the Shanghai Disney Resort on April 19 to promote the release of the highly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War.

The film is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. Infinity War included major Marvel heroes including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), along with the Guardians of the Galaxy — Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista and Bradley Cooper while Josh Brolin plays the antagonist Thanos. Other characters from the MCU include Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston).

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 15:51:22 +0530
Daler Mehndi s jail term

A Patiala court suspended Daler Mehndi’s two-year jail term in a 2003 human trafficking case. The Court of the Additional District and Sessions Judge suspended the sentence after admitting an appeal moved by his defence counsel challenging the conviction.

The sessions court also asked him to file a Rs 50,000 bail bond. Daler Mehndi was held guilty under sections including 420, 120 B of the IPC by the court of Judicial Magistrate Nidhi Saini. Patiala police had registered a case against Daler Mehndi and few others on a complaint filed by one Bakshish Singh.

The complainants had alleged that the Mehndi and his brother had taken ‘passage money’ from them to help them migrate to the US illegally, but failed to do so. Singh alleged that the Punjabi singer had taken money for taking him to Canada. It was further alleged that the Mehndi brothers took two troupes in 1998 and 1999 during the course of which 10 persons were taken to the US as group members and “dropped off” illegally as well.

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 15:49:20 +0530
Tamilians celebrate Pangu

K.A.Viswanathan

 

Mumbai : Tamil devotees pears their cheeks and body with metal spears , carry milk pots and participated in the religious procession on the Panguni Uthiram celebration in Mumbai on Friday. They visit Hindu God Lord Muruga temples and offer prayer to fulfil their wishes.

This is one of the most important festivals of devotees of Lord Muruga, son of Lord Shiva and Parvathi. The day is observed in the twelfth and the last month of the Tamil calendar known as Panguni when Uthiram Nakshatram (Uttara Phalguni) coincides with full moon day.

 

 

It is believed that Goddess Gauri (Durga) entered matrimony with Lord Shiva in Kanchipuram on this day and hence it is also known as Gauri Kalyanam day. On this day, even Lord Murugan (Kartikeya - son of Mata Parvati and Lord Shiva) tied the nuptial knot with Devayanai. Devotees visit temples  to offer prayers and celebrate the auspiciousness of this divine marital union.

 

Moreover, it marks the emergence of Goddess Mahalakshmi, who made her presence felt during the Samudra Manthan  when the Devas and the Asuras were churning the ocean to derive the nectar of immortality.


 

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 12:32:42 +0530
West Bengal Congress chie

West Bengal Congress president Adhir Chowdhury recently stated that an anti-BJP front in the country “can succeed only under party president Rahul Gandhi's leadership.”

He took a dig at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's proposal of putting up a “one-to-one” fight against the BJP and said the Congress did not need any advice from her and alleged that Banerjee was trying to project herself as a pan-India leader.

He stated, “She is advising the Congress on what to do and what not to. Who has appointed her as an adviser to the Congress? If you are serious about fighting the communal forces, you have to fight under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi.”

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 10:09:25 +0530
Reliance Jio Prime member

Reliance Jio prime membership benefits have been extended by one more year for the existing Jio Prime users for no extra cost. All the Jio Prime users who have subscribed to the Reliance Jio Prime membership, with benefits available till March 31, 2018 will receive the continuation of services by one more year starting April 1, 2018.

Jio said in a statement that there are currently more than 175 million Reliance Jio Prime members. Reliance Jio Prime membership allows subscribers to access free voice (local, as well as STD, and roaming to any operator, nationwide). The Jio Prime membership also enabled customers to access 4G data services as well as SMS services. The members stand to receive complimentary access to the content library that entails 550 and above live TV channels, with over 6,000 movies, and lakhs of videos/TV shows, over 14 million songs and access to more than 5,000 magazines, along with subscriptions to 500 e-newspapers as well.

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 10:06:58 +0530
Raj Thackeray Boycott CB

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) President Raj Thackeray recently asked students and parents to “boycott the re-examinations” proposed by the government over the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) question paper leak.

He stated, “The government is incapable of safeguarding the question papers and yet it is the students who have to bear the anguish of a re-exam. Why should they (students) be made to undergo this ordeal for no fault of theirs? I appeal to all the parents of CBSE students in Maharashtra and rest of the country, that under no circumstances should you permit your children to sit for the re-examinations. If you bow and adjust now, you will be made to bend more in future.”

He added, “The government must be given a clear message to set its house in order first instead of compelling the students to suffer for its mistakes. If the parents falter now, and the students write the examinations again, then such mistakes will keep recurring in future.”

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 10:03:24 +0530
Rahul Gandhi vows to ensu

Congress President Rahul Gandhi vowed to raise the issues of unorganised workers by including them in the party manifesto for the coming state assembly elections, apart from ensuring their political participation as well.

He stressed that unorganised workers are also unrecognised workers and further asserted that the new department is reaching out and helping such workers. Gandhi said, “Right from pre-independence struggle led by Mahatma Gandhi, the Congress has always fought for the rights of unorganised workers.”

He also urged the AIUWC functionaries to get the agenda of unorganised workers in the manifesto of the Congress for next state assembly elections.

He also said that the Congress is willing to help their cause in three ways by raising their issues, winning their hearts by initiating various schemes for their benefits and giving political participation through state and national legislatures.

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 09:34:38 +0530
Rahul Gandhi takes a dig

Congress president Rahul Gandhi took a jibe at PM Narendra Modi over the CBSE leaks as he stated that he would now write a sequel to his book “Exam Warriors” to teach students stress relief after their lives were “destroyed” due to paper leaks.

Gandhi attached a photograph of of PM Modi playing with children on Twitter, where he wrote, “PM wrote Exam Warriors, a book to teach students stress relief during exams. Next up: Exam Warriors 2, a book to teach students and parents stress relief, once their lives are destroyed due to leaked exam papers.”

In view of the paper leaks the Congress has slammed the BJP and also demanded the sacking of HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar and CBSE chairperson Anita Karwal and a judicial probe by a high court judge as well.

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 09:25:17 +0530
PM Modi Innovation key t

Addressing the grand finale of the Smart India Hackathon via video conferencing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that innovation and out of the box thinking are the key to realising the dream of ‘New India.’

He stated, “Innovation is not merely a word or an event. It's an ongoing process. You can innovate only when you understand a problem and try to find out its solution. We must go to the root of the problem and find out of the box solutions. In the era where knowledge is power, innovation is the driver of growth. When I see the young generation busy in innovation with enthusiasm like this, my resolve for 'New India' gets stronger. In the 21st century we will be able to get India the place in the world it deserves. Your energy is the driving force to fulfil the dream of New India.”

The PM also gave students the mantra of “IPPP” or “Innovate, Patent, Produce and Prosper,” stating, “These four steps will lead our country towards faster development. For that we will have to innovate and turn our innovations in patents, making our production smoother and taking products speedily to the people will make them prosper. But we must look for need based innovations not greed based innovations.”

Modi said that his government aims to introduce students at a young age to the technology of future such as Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Block Chain technology and Robotics etc even before they reach engineering colleges.

He added, “If you have developed an innovative mind in the teenage, half the job is done. We need innovative agriculturists, engineers, architects, doctors, lawyers, managers for these Hackathon. Such Hackathons will provide a platform to budding talents.”

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 09:18:39 +0530
India Pakistan reach tru

India and Pakistan have allegedly reached a truce to treat diplomats from the other country according to a pact signed 25 years ago.

A Foreign Ministry statement said that both countries have “mutually agreed” to resolve matters related to the treatment of diplomats according to a 12-point code of conduct signed in 1992.

In this agreement, both countries had decided, not to carry out intrusive and aggressive surveillance of the diplomats, chasing their cars or harass each other. In case of breach of code, the agreement required an intimation to be sent to the high commission before lodging a formal protest. Once a country did so far as to file the protest, the other side was required to probe the complaint and take steps to rectify the situation.

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 09:16:20 +0530
Education Ministry There

It had been reported that nine hours before the Class 10 math exam, the education board CBSE received a copy of the handwritten question paper by email. The Education Secretary, however, explained recently why the exam was not scrapped straight away.

Education Secretary Anil Swarup stated, “The mail came at 1.29 am on March 28 (early Wednesday) but the mail was seen at 8.55 am by the CBSE chairman. The paper was sent for verification. Just because there was an alert, we couldn't have stopped the exam.”

He added that the math exam began at 10 am and “could not practically be stopped. Putting the children at an inconvenience at some fellow's message who might be playing a trick, we could not have done that.”

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 09:12:28 +0530
BJP panel to look into Be

BJP chief Amit Shah has constituted a four-member committee comprising senior party leaders, who would visit the state and submit a report to him in the wake of violence over Ram Navami processions in West Bengal.

Amit Shah condemned the violence in Asansol in West Bengal and asserted that ‘such incidents are unfortunate and painful.”

The four-member committee comprises the party's national vice-president Om Mathur, spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain and two MPs Roopa Ganguly and BD Ram.

The committee members will visit the state as well as submit a report to Amit Shah.

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 09:05:26 +0530
Has Cameron Diaz retired

Cameron Diaz has confirmed that she is “actually retired.” Diaz's Sweetest Thing co-star Selma Blair added fuel to the retirement rumours that were already doing rounds after Diaz’s absence from the screen over the years. Blair spoke about Diaz getting out of showbiz.

Blair stated, “We were reminiscing about the film (The Sweetest Thing). I would have liked to do a sequel, but Cameron's retired from acting. She's like, 'I'm done.'”

Blair, however, later took to Twitter to clarify her comments. She said, “Guys please, I was making a joke in an interview. CAMERON DIAZ is NOT retiring from ANYTHING. And for more breaking news: I am NOW retiring from being Cameron Diaz's spokesperson.”

However, during a Sweetest Thing reunion interview with Diaz, Blair and Christina Applegate, , Diaz admitted she's retired.

When the trio was asked if they've all reunited since filming the 2002 movie, they revealed that they haven't, to which Diaz replied, “Goddamn it, why not?”

“I don't know. You guys tell me. I see Selma,” Applegate replied, to which Blair added, “Our kids are friends. Cameron?”

Diaz then asserted to her former co-stars, “Maybe I should, you know, I mean, I'm down. I'm literally doing nothing.”

To which Applegate stated, “I'm literally doing nothing, too! I'm semi-retired, I haven't worked for years. I'm a mom, that's what we do. So I'm around, man.”

“That's so awesome,” Diaz replied. “I'm totally down. I'm semi-retired, too, and I am actually retired, so I would love to see you ladies.”

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 16:06:07 +0530
Taylor Swift releases sec

Taylor Swift recently dropped the second video for her song ‘Delicate’ exclusively on Spotify. In the new video, Swift is depicted wandering through the woods while smiling and dancing. She seemingly refers to boyfriend Joe Alwyn by pointing to a necklace with the initial “J” around her neck as well.

Swift released the first ‘Delicate’ visual during the iHeartRadio Music Awards earlier this month. The video was directed Joseph Kahn, and the first video showed Swift, becoming invisible, barefoot in the subway and dancing in the rain.

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 15:49:32 +0530
Cardi B releases new song

Earlier this week, Cardi B shared the album cover & release date to her forthcoming debut album Invasion Of Privacy. She however, recently asked fans to “be up at midnight” during which, she shared her new song titled “Be Careful.”

Produced by Vinylz, Boi-1da, and Frank Dukes, Cardi calls out her man (presumably Offset here) over his infidelity in the song, where she raps, “I wanna get married, like the Curries, Steph and Ayesha shit. But we more like Belly, Tommy and Keisha shit / Gave you TLC, you wanna creep and shit/ Poured out my whole heart to a piece of shit.” She later warns him to not mess with her heart on the chorus. “It’s not a threat, it’s a warning/ Be careful with me,” she sings.

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 15:22:53 +0530
Sean Penn takes a dig at

Sean Penn recently published a debut novel titled Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff. It has been making a buzz but for the wrong reasons as the epilogue opens with a poem, which criticizes #MeToo, the movement to combat sexual harassment, and references Charlie Rose and Louis C.K., who last year faced allegations of sexual misconduct.

Penn writes, “Where did all the laughs go? / Are you out there Louis C.K.? / Once crucial conversations / Kept us on our toes / Was it really in our interest / To trample Charlie Rose? / And what's with this 'Me Too'? / This infantilizing term of the day... / Is this a toddler's crusade? / Reducing rape, slut-shaming, and suffrage to reckless child's play?”

Many people took to Twitter to voice outrage and also mock Penn over his poem and novel. The actor has not commented as yet.

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 14:07:24 +0530
Travis Scott sued for can

Travis Scott has been sued for cancelling a scheduled performance two days after Kylie Jenner gave birth to their first child, daughter Stormi Webster.

Promoter PJAM LLC alleged that the rapper was paid an advance of $150,000 fee to perform at a Super Bowl Weekend party on February 3. Stormi was born two days prior and Kylie announced her birth on February 4, the day of the Super Bowl. PJAM says that on February 3, Scott ‘advised’ the group that ‘despite his contractual obligations, he refused to show up for the event.’

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 13:49:49 +0530
The Weeknd releases new a

The Weeknd has released his new album titled My Dear Melancholy. The album is very different from his last release, Starboy. The EP focuses more on R&B elements rather than show-stopping mainstream hits.

The storyline of The Weeknd's last album was more focussed of working with Daft Punk on two tracks. The titular track ‘Starboy’ and ‘I Feel it Coming.’ While in this album, The Weeknd has worked with French industrialist Gesaffelstein as well as Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo on the track ‘Hurt You.’ Skrillex has also produced a track titled, ‘Wasted Times.’

Tracklist of My Dear Melancholy

1. “Call Out My Name” (prod. Frank Dukes)

2. “Try Me” (prod. Mike WiLL Made-It, Marz, Frank Dukes & Daheala)

3. “Wasted Times” (prod. (Frank Dukes; co-produced by Skrillex)

4. “I Was Never There” (prod. Gesaffelstein & Frank Dukes)

5. “Hurt You” (prod. Gesaffelstein, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo; co-produced by Cirkut)

6. “Privilege” (prod. Fra1nk Dukes & Daheala)

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 11:58:05 +0530
India and Japan commit to

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono expressed that India is Japan’s “most important” partner in its “Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy,” as both countries agreed to step up cooperation in their “Special Strategic and Global Partnership” during annual consultations and exchanged yen loan agreements for $1.4 billion.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj asserted, “Our growing convergence on economic and strategic issues is important for peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.”

Swaraj and Kono discussed a wide range of bilateral issues during the 9th India-Japan Strategic dialogue in Tokyo, while setting the agenda for the visit of Pm Narendra Modi to Japan for the annual summit with PM Shinzo Abe.

They also witnessed the exchange of documents for loans from Japan to India for projects including the Mumbai metro line from Cuffe Parade, a sea water desalinisation plant and a intelligent transport system to reduce traffic congestion in Chennai, tree-planting schemes in Himachal Pradesh and loans for the North East connectivity project as well.

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 08:41:00 +0530
Andhra CM to visit New De

Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu will be visiting New Delhi from April 2-3 to meet leaders of various political parties and seek their support for the demand of special status for the state.

The CM will reportedly confer with all non-BJP parties to explain the ‘injustice’ done to Andhra Pradesh post-bifurcation and how the NDA government ‘failed’ to honour the promises made in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.

TDP MPs have handed over a letter written by Naidu to leaders of various parties and sought their support in the state's fight for its rights.

Naidu had announced in the assembly recently that, “I will bring every party together and fight for the just rights of the state. The state's development is my only agenda and not politicking.”

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 08:38:35 +0530
Anna Hazare ends fast aft

Social activist Anna Hazare ended his six-day fast at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi after the Central government accepted his demands. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minster of State for Agriculture Gajendra Shekhawat called on Hazare to convey him messages of Central government agreeing to his demands.

Hazare expressed, “They (government) have assured us that they will make the appointments as soon as possible. I will see till August and we will begin again in September. It should be done within a time frame. ((Though Maharashtra) Chief Minister (Devendra) Fadnavis has said that it will not even take six months, we will see.”

The activist also demanded better prices to the farmers for their yield and implementation of the MS Swaminathan Committee as well.

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 08:35:12 +0530
Gitanjali Gems defrauds K

Karnataka Bank Ltd informed the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) that Gitanjali Gems, owned by Mehul Choksi, had committed a Rs. 86.5 crore fraud in the fund-based working capital.

A statement by the bank said, “We have reported a fraud to the RBI amounting to Rs. 86.47 crore in the fund-based working capital facilities extended to Gitanjali Gems Ltd on account of non-realisation of export bills and diversion of funds.”

The scheduled commercial bank clarified it does not have any Letter of Understanding (LoU) exposure in Mehul Choksi's company.

The bank's Company Secretary Prasanna Patil said, “The working capital facilities were extended by the bank under consortium arrangement and provisions will be made as per the RBI guidelines.”

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 08:33:07 +0530
Congress Remove Javadeka

The Congress recently demanded the sacking of HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar and CBSE Chairperson Anita Karwal after the leak of two Class 10 and Class 12 question papers and also sought a probe by a sitting High Court Judge.

Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said in a statement that an exam mafia was rising and that the Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister was busy targeting political opponents in West Bengal.

He added, “Multiple instances of bungling and malfeasance have marred the Central Bureau of Secondary Education under the Modi government.”

He also said that the government had systematically denigrated the country’s institutions.

The party also stated that the CBSE chairperson's post was vacant for two years under the then HRD Minister Smriti Irani. R.K. Chaturvedi was appointed to the post in July 2017, whereas Anita Karwal, who earlier served as the Chief Electoral Officer of Gujarat, was appointed to the post in August last year.

Surjewala accused Karwal of not taking proper care in the conduct of CBSE examinations and also alleged that she had received a copy of the leaked Mathematics paper a day before the exam was held.

Surjewala expressed, “Instead of taking extreme care in conducting the examinations, Karwal was busy camping in Ahmedabad, promoting her book on mountaineering.”

He asserted, “This has exposed the capture of highest academic institutions by the 'exam mafia' under the watch of the Modi government as also absolute abdication of authority by the HRD Minister and CBSE Chairperson,” adding, “Should there not be an independent investigation in the paper leak scam? Time to fix accountability and sack the HRD Minister and the CBSE Chairperson.”

The CBSE recently said it will re-conduct examination in maths and economics papers for Class 10 and Class 12 respectively following the leak.

The Congress also took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his book titled, ‘Exam Warriors,’ stating, “As many as 16.38 lakh students took the Class 10 exams, while almost 8 lakh took the Class 12 exams. Are they now 'Re-Exam Warriors' for Modi?”

Adding, “Except for the degree of then HRD Minister (Irani), everything else is leaking in this country. PM Modi is compromising the future of exam warriors and our students.”

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 01:17:49 +0530
Kapil Sibal slams Smriti

Congress leader Kapil Sibal refuted allegations by BJP MP Smriti Irani accusing the Congress leader of striking a land deal with a man accused of money laundering in South Africa.

Sibal asserted, “It is sad that in this country, economics and maths exam papers are leaked which never happened in the past. I have also been the HRD minister. If you talk about Election Commission, election dates are leaked. If you look at Aadhaar, data is leaked. But when they have to protect their own degrees, the information never leaks. So the government knows how to protect information, what they don't want to be leaked is not leaked.”

Irani had alleged that Sibal and his wife got the acquisition of a piece of land, worth Rs 89 crore, by merely paying Rs 1 lakh. She asserted that the deal was facilitated by Piyoosh Goyal, who, is not only Sibal's friend, but also “enjoys business relations” with the him as well.

The BJP leader also spoke about a piece by a South Africa-based journalist who reported of the links between Sibal, Goyal and a South Africa-based Gupta family, who was at the focus of widespread scrutiny because of their close ties to Jacob Zuma, during his presidency.

Irani cited a report in which she pointed that Goyal was an accused in a SBI corruption case related to the disbursal of a loan of over Rs 400 crore, which was being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation.

She stated, “People might say that Mr Sibal has a right to buy and engage with the so-called alleged money launderer, the question I pose is, is it politically acceptable to Sri Rahul Gandhi? Is it so natural for the Congress leadership today to embrace the money launderer, to shake hand with those that they had investigated for bribery?”

Sibal, however, denied the allegations and stated that he had bought the land with his own money which was reported in his and his company's income tax filings. He said, “Yes, I bought the company, does anyone mind? I paid and did so from my earnings, tax for which was paid by me, but no one saw it.”

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 01:16:33 +0530
Rahul Gandhi Too many le

Congress president Rahul Gandhi recently took a jibe at PM Narendra Modi regarding the series of leaks, including CBSE board papers.

Using the hashtag BasEkAurSaal, a reference to the government being left with one year of its term, Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “How many leaks? Data leak! Aadhar leak! SSC Exam leak! Election date leak! CBSE papers leak!”

Adding, “There is a leak in everything, the 'chowkidar' is weak.”  Rahul Gandhi’s tweet that was in both in Hindi and English.

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 01:13:12 +0530
Yogi Adityanath wants cor

UP CM Yogi Adityanath wants private companies to spend almost hundreds of crores from their CSR or Corporate Social Responsibility budgets for a 100-metre tall statue of Lord Ram by the river Saryu. The cost of the Ram statue is approximately Rs. 330 crore.

A booklet by UP's tourism department titled ‘Opportunities of investment under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Tourism Sector,’ showcased similar plans for 86 tourism projects in cities like Ayodhya, Varanasi and Gorakhpur. The plan, however, has sparked a political row.

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 01:11:39 +0530
Government No passport f

As per new guidelines finalised by the Personnel ministry, government officers facing criminal or corruption charges will be denied vigilance clearance for the grant of passport. However, authorities concerned can take a call in case such officers need to go on foreign travel due to an extreme urgent situation like medical emergencies.

The vigilance clearance can be withheld if the officer is involved in a trap or raid case on charges of corruption and investigation is pending; an FIR has been filed or a case registered by any government entity against the officer, after a preliminary fact finding inquiry, and if the officer is under suspension.

The vigilance clearance will also be denied in case a charge sheet has been filed in a court by the investigating agency in a criminal case and the case is pending; a sanction for investigation or prosecution has been granted by the competent authority in a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act or any other criminal matter, and a charge sheet has been issued against the officer in a disciplinary proceeding and the proceeding is pending.

However, the information regarding FIR may be provided to the passport office and that, the final decision on the matter will be taken by the concerned passport issuing authority. Civil services officers need vigilance clearance for obtaining Indian passport.

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 01:10:33 +0530
Eminem releases teaser fo

The River rapper dropped the trailer for his new Framed music video from his new album titled Revival. The teaser depicts a crime scene as a reporter states that Marshall Mathers has escaped from an asylum.

The reporter says, “Reporting live, Channel 8 News, here at the scene of the crime,” while the scene shows the inside of the bloody house where multiple people appear to have been murdered.

The news report continues, “It's been a terrifying two weeks in the city of Detroit after Marshall Mathers, professionally known as Eminem, escaped from an asylum. As we know right now, he is barricaded inside of that home right behind me. Channel 8 News will keep you updated when we get more news as it becomes available.”

Announcing the trailer for the same, Eminem had tweeted, “I was fraaaaaaamed #REVIVAL,” along with the teaser video.

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 17:59:05 +0530
Donald Glover disses Dead

After his planned Deadpool animated series was cancelled, Donald Glover recently shared a spoof script for the same on social media.

The actor-rapper-writer-producer-director posted the script on Twitter in which the Merc with a mouth, breaks the fourth wall to speculate the reasons behind the show’s cancellation.

In the 12-page script Glover posted, Deadpool wakes up in a jeep in Kenya, as he takes a mission involving Sudan, the last male northern white rhino as he says, “You know, I’m not mad about this whole ‘cancelled’ thing. I actually think it’s a good time to have a violent, gun loving white man ranting on TV? Other than the PRESIDENT!” as he wonders whether “they just wanna sell toys” or if they “cancelled the show ’cause of racism?!”

He continues, “Yeah, but all the writers were black. And the references were pretty black too. I heard they went over the lunch budget ordering Jamaican food at least once a week.”

The character adds, “It just feels like everyone wants something different, but no one wants to do anything different to get it. Doesn’t Marvel have enough feel-good minority shows everyone supports but doesn’t watch? I mean, I think our show woulda been funny. I just wanted a place to be honest. And I guess that place is Freeform.”

Deadpool also refers to the Beyoncé biting scandal stating, “Sanaa Lathan bit Beyonce’s face! Wait. Oh thank God. It was Jennifer Lawrence. I already hate her. It’s fine.”

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 17:39:05 +0530
Wonder Woman 2 casts Narc

The Wonder Woman sequel is set in the 1980s against the backdrop of the Cold War. Narcos star Pedro Pascal is set to join the DC universe as he will the joining the cast for Wonder Woman 2.

Patty Jenkins will be directing the sequel that also stars actress Gal Gadot as the Amazonian princess while Kristen Wiig will star as Cheetah, the film's villain. Details of Pascal's role are being kept under wraps.

Prior to Nacros, Pascal was best known for his role on Game of Thrones. Pascal has also worked in Kingsman: The Golden Circle. He will also be seen in the upcoming Equalizer sequel and J.C. Chandor's Triple Frontier.

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 17:13:49 +0530
Olivia Culpo confirms bre

It's officially over between Olivia Culpo and Danny Amendola after more than two years together. Amendola unfollowed Culpo on Instagram as well.

Culpo confirmed that she and Amendola had split, stating, “We are broken up and it's just so fresh for me. I don't feel comfortable talking about it.”

She added, “Everyone goes through breakups in life. Everybody has their own way of handling it and it's something that I am definitely not going to get into at this moment. But I am sure everyone can relate to heartbreak.”

Culpo and Amendola reportedly broke up as he ‘couldn't handle Olivia's demanding lifestyle and wasn't pleased with certain choices she was making,’ and that, ‘the constant travel was also causing a rift.’

Amendola has, however, not commented about the split.

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 16:37:17 +0530
Orlando Bloom heads to To

Katy Perry recently kicked off the Asian leg of her Witness World Tour in Tokyo, Japan. And she wasn’t alone as her on-again beau Orlando Bloom was in Tokyo as well to support her during the tour.

During the show, the Chained To The Rhythm singer told fans while introducing her song that she “felt very loved. And this next song is about being so loved and so seen that you never ever have felt this feeling before. This feeling of love.”

Adding, “This is ‘For Me You See,’ for Bubba Doo,” seemingly revealing her pet name for Bloom, whom fans spotted in the audience.

Perry and Bloom sparked rumours of a reconciliation earlier this year by vacationing together in the Maldives, then sightseeing in Prague two months later.

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 16:27:30 +0530
Tyra Banks tells all abou

Tyra Banks recently opened up about her personal and professional life in her new memoir titled, Perfect Is Boring.

The America's Next Top Model host’s book is set to release on April 3, 2018. In the memoir, Banks spoke about the early days of her career and the decision she made during that time to get a nose job.

She asserted, “I had bones in my nose that were growing and itching, I could breathe fine, but I added cosmetic surgery. I admit it! Fake hair, and I did my nose.”

Banks added, “Natural beauty is unfair. I get really uncomfortable when women who are these natural beauties judge anybody who does anything to themselves.”

She further stated, “Fix it or flaunt it, I think women should be able to do both. There is a boundary line, either you're super natural or you live at the plastic surgeon. It's okay to hop back and forth over that line. You want a hair weave? Fine. You want permanent eyebrows? Fine. We as women need to stop judging.”

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 16:03:16 +0530
Frank Miller Tom Wheeler

Netflix is set to helm a new series after having ordered an adaptation of Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler’s upcoming novel ‘Cursed.’

The series is deemed as a re-imagining of the Arthurian legend which follows the story of the protagonist Nimue, a teenage heroine with a mysterious gift, who is destined to become the Lady of the Lake. After her mother’s death, she finds a partner in Arthur as they set to go on a quest to find Merlin and deliver an ancient sword.

Netflix has ordered a 10-episode first season of the series. Wheeler and Miller will co-create and executively produce the show as well.

Miller is a noted comic book writer and artist; he has worked on noted projects such as, Daredevil, The Dark Knight Returns and 300. Several of his works and characters have been adapted for the screen. He has also directed the 2008 film The Spirit based on the newspaper comic strip of the same name by Will Eisner.

Wheeler is a writer and producer, known for writing the screenplay to the 2011 animated film Puss in Boots. He also created the NBC superhero drama The Cape.

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 15:23:49 +0530
Ileana D Cruz Don t want

Actress Ileana D'Cruz, who is dating photographer Andrew Kneebone has always been very guarded about her personal life as she stated that she does not want her private space to be a part of “rubbish gossip columns.”

D’Cruz expressed, “I do not want it to be served on a platter in a gossip column. I don't want it to be part of this gossip section in the newspaper. It's a very important, sacred part of my life and it means a lot to me.”

In an Instagram post, she addressed Kneebone as the “best hubby ever” and asserted that there are many layers to her personal life and that, “people will end up reading so many skewed versions of it if I talk about it. It is what it is, and you get to see a little snippet of it on social media.”

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 14:55:34 +0530
Deepika Padukone to sign

Deepika Padukone was last seen in her Hollywood film with Vin Diesel titled xXx: Return Of Xander Cage. However, it is now being reported that she might sign yet another Hollywood project.

It was reported that with actresses like Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone, who play some of the best roles in Bollywood, would want to venture into Hollywood films as well. And that, while their agents will work on screening the films and managing scripts for the same, these stars will need to go meet, audition and screen test as well for all the characters for the films made by huge Hollywood names as well.

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 14:36:22 +0530
Whistleblower Christopher

Cambridge Analytica’s whistleblower Christopher Wylie recently clarified that the company “worked extensively” in India. He now put out the controversial firm’s past projects in the country.

Wylie tweeted, “I've been getting a lot of requests from Indian journalists, so here are some of SCL's past projects in India.”

He tweeted several pictures along with the post and stated that SCL India has a database of over 600 districts and seven lakh villages, and that, the data is constantly being updated.

He said, “The firm's services help clients to identify and target key groups within the population to effectively influence their behaviour to realise the desired outcome.”

The information collected by the SCL also includes household level demographics, specifically focusing on caste data, linked to online mapping applications, stating that the firm carried out caste census and research campaigns with interviews in states as well as general elections.

It further said that the firm on behalf of a national party had analysed caste structure and dynamics within Uttar Pradesh during 2012 state elections.

In 2009 general elections, SCL India managed the campaigns of a number of Lok Sabha candidates while its research and campaign data collection methodologies formed strategies to give the clients successful campaigns.

It mentioned the CA also undertook various other projects including Psephological studies and behavioural poling in Delhi and Chhattisgarh; electoral research and strategy for Janata Dal (United) in the 2010 state elections; research-based campaigns to support a trans-national programme for countering the Non-Desired Behaviour (NDB) of recruitment into, and support of, violent Jihadism in Kerala, West Bengal, Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh in 2007 as well as psephological studies and opinion pollings for a national party in 2003 Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan elections.

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 12:08:14 +0530
Venkaiah Naidu to Renuka

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu recently asked Congress member Renuka Chowdhury to lose weight and make efforts to increase the weight of her party instead after Chowdhury, in her farewell speech stated, “He (Naidu) knows me from many kilos before. Sir, many people worry about my weight but in this job, you need to throw your weight around.”

To which, Naidu responded, saying “My simple suggestion is, reduce your weight and make efforts to increase the weight of the party.”

Chowdhury also recalled that during her political journey in the Upper House, she was fortunate for being the entire Opposition's united candidate to contest against Najma Heptullah for the Deputy Chair.

To this Naidu quipped, “That would have solved many problems.”

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 12:06:02 +0530
Prakash Javadekar Mamata

The BJP criticised TMC leader and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee over incidents of violence during Ram Navami processions in West Bengal.

Senior BJP leader Prakash Javadekar stated that Ram Navami processions were attacked by Trinamool Congress (TMC) ‘thugs’ in the state.

He asserted, “Bengal is burning and Mamata is doing politics in Delhi. It is like Nero fiddled while Rome was burning.”

The minister also showed a picture of a DSP rank official injured in the violence. He alleged that the West Bengal government is doing nothing about it, despite the violence.

Javadekar alleged that Banerjee was insensitive towards the state and said that “this attitude of the TMC supremo is an insult to the people's mandate.”

While adding, “It is also an insult to the chief minister post and an insult to the oath to the constitution.”

He stated that, “one should not do politics on the cost of the state and her constitutional duties.”

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 12:04:15 +0530
Opposition leaders meet P

Leaders of various opposition parties led by Congress chief Rahul Gandhi recently expressed concerns on dilution of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act during a meeting with President Ram Nath Kovind and sought his intervention.

They asserted that the apex court order had created “a feeling of insecurity among the dalits.”

The memorandum presented by the party members said, “there is a great unease and a feeling of insecurity amongst the members of dalit community and other oppressed classes if immediate steps are not taken by the government, then we are afraid, this may turn into something not less than a national disaster.”

The memorandum submitted by the parties further criticised the central government and said the SC judgment came when dalits in the country are facing a distressful situations with the atrocities being committed on them “in every nook and corner of the country.” “This shows a double-faced character of the present government, one inside the courts and the other outside, before public and media,” the memorandum alleged.

 

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 12:02:15 +0530
Election commission to fo

Social media platforms that will partner with the Election Commission will have to follow a ‘code of conduct’ to ensure that their user data remains protected from manipulation which could adversely affect elections. The platforms which do not follow the proposed code will not get to partner with the poll panel.

Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat said that Facebook will remain the poll panel's social media partner during the Karnataka assembly elections and said that the social media cell of the Election Commission would go into the issue of political apps sharing user data without the users' consent.

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 11:57:28 +0530
CM Naidu says true colour

The BJP, YSRCP and Jana Sena Party did not attend the all-party meeting called to discuss the issue of granting Special Category Status (SCS) to Andhra Pradesh has revealed the true colours of these parties.

Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu asserted, “BJP, YSRCP & Jana Sena Party did not attend yesterday's all-party meeting, exposing their true colours.”

The Telugu Desam Party chief had convened an all-party meeting at the state assembly to discuss the next course of action for securing the state's rights under the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014.

The CM, however, said that his party's ministers will once again go and urge the three parties to attend the next all-party meeting, adding, “If needed, our ministers will go and call them. If they don't attend the meeting they will be seen as traitors by people.”

Naidu said that his party will go on a “constructive” protest.

He stated, “From today until 6th April, everybody in the state should wear a black badge, work one extra hour and show their protest.”

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 11:54:43 +0530
Robert Downey Jr unveils

Robert Downey Jr recently revealed the cast of The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle. Downey Jr. plays the titular role of the doctor who can talk to animals. He took to Twitter to unveil the movie’s voice talents and their creature characters.

Emma Thompson will be playing Polynesia the parrot, Ralph Fiennes will play Barry the tiger and Spider-man actor Tom Holland will take on the role of Jip the Dog.

The cast further includes Selena Gomez who will play Betsy, a giraffe, alongside Octavia Spencer playing Dab-Dab the duck, Rami Malek as the gorilla Chee-Chee, Craig Robinson playing a mouse called Fleming, Kumail Nanjiani as an ostrich named Plimpton, Carmen Ejogo as a lioness Regine and Frances De La Tour as Ginko-Who-Soars.

The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle is set to release on April 12, 2019.

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 18:34:42 +0530
Star Trek actor and direc

The son of Leonard Nimoy recently wed Star Trek actress Terry Farrell on what would've been his dad's 87th birthday.

The son of the actor best known for playing the character of Spock also had a role in Star Trek, as he directed episodes of The Next Generation.

Farrell announced her engagement to Adam Nimoy last year. The pair first went public as a couple at a Star Trek convention.

The couple, who married at San Francisco's City Hall, shared their wedding selfie with film critic Scott Mantz, who later posted it on Twitter.

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 18:33:59 +0530
Sarah Michelle Gellar con

Tiffany Haddish recently revealed that a well-known actress had bit Beyonce on her face during a JAY-Z concert afterparty and now, Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress Sarah Michelle Gellar hilariously revealed on Instagram, “All right, I admit it. It was me #TheBiter.”

Fans were in splits and loved that Gellar took the heat for biting Beyonce. Some fans didn’t even know about the whole Beyonce drama and were just ecstatic over the fact that she was making a Buffy reference and loving every second of it.

Tiffany Haddish had recently opened up about an incident where an actress bit Beyonce’s face.

Fans, however, speculated that the actress in question was either Sanaa Lathan or Sara Foster. Both women denied biting Beyonce, with Sanaa tweeting, “Y’all are funny. Under no circumstances did I bite Beyonce and if I did it would’ve been a love bite.”

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 18:32:23 +0530
Jeremy Meeks reportedly e

Jeremy Meeks and Chloe Green are reportedly expecting a child together. The billionaire Topshop heiress went public with her new relationship with Meeks. After being released from jail, he landed a lucrative modelling contract through which he met Green after which the pair got into a relationship.

After pictures of the couple kissing on a yacht surfaced last July, Meeks’' wife of nine years Melissa, whom he has one child and two stepchildren with, said she felt “betrayed’ and “heartbroken” and filed for divorce in October.

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 17:42:29 +0530
A Drive to Live

A former marketing professional, paralyzed neck-down in a car accident on April 1, 2011 with serious injuries to his vertebra, did not give up and strived hard to empower those with disabilities and enable them to overcome their anxieties and limitations and today, Prajith Jaipal, 40, a paraplegic is undertaking a 2,500-km car journey on April 1 to set a strong example and send across an inspiring message to a society which perceives physical paralysis as cul-de-sac.

He is set to take the journey from April 1, 2018, on the seventh anniversary of the accident to start his drive from Kozhikode to New Delhi.

He asserted, “I want to pick up my life from where it stopped. A lot of people suggested that I make the journey around September, when the weather is more favourable. But I was insistent that I wanted to start the journey on that day.”

Jaipal will be driving from Kozhikode in Kerala to Delhi whilst stopping by several states including Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan. He hopes to meet PM Narendra Modi when he reaches Delhi.

Elaborating on his long journey, he expressed, “They should all lead a normal life, but many are worried. I believe that if one person changes, if one person makes the effort, the society will change. So I have decided to start with myself. I will be driving in my Celerio car, that has been altered for this purpose. What I also want the government to address is to consider increasing pension given to disabled people. It is now just Rs 1,000.”

He asserted that intends to meet and hold talks with corporate companies and NGOs to convince companies to hire wheelchair users as he stated that public acceptance and employability continues to evade wheelchair users.

He expressed, “My company was not convinced about me joining back. They doubted whether I would be able to work as I used to earlier. They even doubted whether I could work at all. But despite trying to convince them, they were not willing. In a way, I cannot blame the company, since there was not one employee who used a wheelchair. If they had at least one disabled employee, they would have been more receptive and accepting.”

He added, “They have for now allowed me to hold a talk at the company. When I got in touch with companies to fix my schedule, I found that less than 1% of these companies currently employed disabled people. That shows a lot.”

Jaipal has now begun an e-commerce firm with his brother-in-law and also ventured into farming, along with a close friend. He began an initiative called Wheelers Club as well.

However, during his endeavours, he noticed that the society is not disabled friendly when it comes to the infrastructure of the workplaces as well.

His initiative is inspiring for not only people of this country but worldwide as well. By voicing his views and beliefs, Jaipal has thrown light on a very poignant topic. And by creating awareness for the same, many unheard voices are getting a platform to be heard which will also help in trying to make the lives of people living with disabilities better and enable them to gain better opportunities.

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 16:32:55 +0530
Elizabeth Olsen and Paul

Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War features a stellar cast while the Marvel Cinematic Universe is made up of disparate beings with their own unique personalities.

Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany recently spoke about the relationship of their characters, Vision and Scarlet Witch.

Bettany said, “I think that Vision’s been on this quest to understand what being human is, and I think Scarlet Witch, in a large degree helped him figure that out and what love is. I wanna know what love is? It’s in the movie, that’s the scene, the paparazzi. Yeah, so they’re trying to figure that out, they’re very much in love at this point.”

Elizabeth Olsen added, “Oh yeah! Yeah, that is fun. It just feels like you have something really specific to work with all the time. And that feels nice. There’s like an anchor point to everything, which is what you’re constantly looking for when you’re doing these movies. What anchors you to a grounded reality? And you have that throughout the whole film. You have your partner, your life partner with you by your side, and that creates a different kind of stakes, as well.”

Avengers: Infinity War is set to release on April 27, 2018.

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 14:16:06 +0530
Academy president John Ba

The Academy’s president John Bailey was accused of sexual harassment. However, the complaint has been dismissed and he will continue to serve as the organization's president.

The organization issued a statement and said, “The Committee unanimously determined that no further action was merited on this matter. The findings and recommendations of the committee were reported to the Board which endorsed its recommendation. John Bailey remains President of the Academy.”

The statement further referred to an investigation undertaken by the Academy's membership committee following a complaint of sexual harassment that had been lodged against the Academy president. While the Academy asserted that “it took the complaint very seriously,” they however, “unanimously agreed that no further action was merited on this matter.” and passed its findings and recommendations on to the full board of governors, which then endorsed its conclusions.

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 14:15:10 +0530
Aadhaar PAN linking deadl

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) extended the last date for linking of Aadhaar with Permanent Account Number (PAN) from March 31, 2018 to June 30, 2018.

The order said the deadline for PAN-Aadhaar linking for filing I-T returns is being extended after careful consideration of the matter.

This is a fourth extension given by the government for individuals to link their PAN with their biometric ID.

The government has now made quoting of Aadhaar mandatory for filing income tax returns (ITRs) as well as obtaining a new PAN.

Section 139 AA (2) of the Income Tax Act states that every person possessing PAN as on July 1, 2017 and also eligible to obtain Aadhaar, must intimate his Aadhaar number to the tax authorities.

The earlier deadlines for linking the two databases were July 31, August 31, December 31, 2017 and March 31, 2018.

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 09:46:59 +0530
Congress initiates impeac

The Congress recently signed the draft petition move to bring an impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.

It was reported that the Congress leaders were trying to obtain signatures of Rajya Sabha members belonging to the DMK, Samajwadi Party, NCP and Left parties and also hoped that the Trinamool Congress party chief Mamata Banerjee would support their cause as well.

The petition would reportedly be submitted to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu. An impeachment motion in the Rajya Sabha requires the signatures of a minimum 50 members of the House.

The draft petition argued that CJI Misra has not effectively addressed the issues flagged by the four senior-most judges of the apex court and that an impeachment motion had become inevitable nearly two months after the incident.

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 09:36:51 +0530
Whistleblower Christopher

Christopher Wylie, a former Cambridge Analytica employee, recently testified before a British parliamentary committee that is investigating fake news where he asserted that the Congress was a client of the disgraced firm.

Labour MP Paul Farrelly, a member of the parliamentary committee, while asking questions, had asked the whistleblower about the firm's role in India, he asked, “When you look at Facebook's biggest market, India is the top in terms of numbers of users. Obviously, that's a country which is rife with political discord and opportunities for destabilisation.”

To which Wylie responded, :They (Cambridge Analytica) worked extensively in India. They have an office in India.”

He added, “I believe their client was Congress. But I know that they have done all kind of projects. I don't remember any national project, but regionally, India is so big that one state can be the size of Britain. They do have offices there, staff there. I believe I have some documentation on India which I can provide if you're interested.”

Wylie also revealed that his predecessor Dan Muresan had been working in India before he died in Kenya under mysterious circumstances. He said that he had heard rumours that Muresan, a Romanian national, may have been poisoned in a hotel room while in the African country.

Paul-Olivier Dehaye, a data protection specialist who had a role in the investigations, however, added that, “According to reports from India, apparently he was really paid for by an Indian billionaire who actually wanted the Congress to lose. So he was pretending to work for one party but really paid underhand by others.”

Soon after the testimony details emerged, the BJP said Congress president Rahul Gandhi had been exposed and should apologise.

However the Congress dismissed the attempt to link it to the political consulting firm.

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
West Bengal CM urges oppo

Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee met with party leaders from the opposition.

After backing Congress MP Abhiskek Manu Singhvi’s Rajya Sabha election from West Bengal, Banerjee seems keen that all opposition parties including Congress should do business together to defeat the BJP.

She asserted, “Whichever party is strong in a state should fight BJP there, one-to-one fight, others should support those parties in their strongholds. It should be one fight.”

Mamata Banerjee elaborated, “Mayawatiji and Akhileshji are strong leaders in UP and if they come together none else can do anything. I would want Mayawatiji and Akhileshji to invite us to Lucknow and we will all go there on condition that they offer us a cup of tea.”

She added, “All of us are of the view that we should work together. This government has been discredited. Whether one agrees with it or not, the message about demonetisation, GST and bank fraud has gone down to the people, just as whether one agreed at that time or not the message about PM Indira Gandhi’s garibi hatao, nasbandi and Emergency had all gone down to the people.”

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Rajya Sabha chairman meet

Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu met leaders of various parties including the Congress, BJP, TDP and AIADMK. He explained to them that he may be forced to act against errant members.

Naidu was reportedly ‘outraged’ over the retiring members of the House not being allowed the courtesy of farewell observations. He questioned the leaders regarding the rationale for prolonged disruptions when he had agreed to allow discussion on each and every issue and when the opposition and ruling parties were ready for debates on various issues as well.

The Chairman said the stalemate was bringing disgrace to the House besides eroding democracy. He questioned how the House and other parties could be helpless in the matter.

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Rahul Gandhi Hope our 56

Congress president Rahul Gandhi took a dig at PM Narendra Modi on the Doklam issue. He stated that he hoped the “56 inch strongman” has a plan to deal with the situation.

Gandhi’s comments come after China recently stated that Doklam belongs to them and that India should have “learnt lessons” from the stand-off last year.

Gandhi took to Twitter to take a jibe at Modi as he tweeted, “Last week thousands took my Twitter poll. 63% felt Modi Ji would use hugplomacy, blame RM and cry in public to deal with the Doklam issue! For India's sake, I hope you were wrong and our 56 inch strongman has a plan.”

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Punjab to give assistance

Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh asserted that the state government will work out a proper assistance package for families of those from Punjab among the 39 Indians killed by ISIS in Iraq and that till then, they will continue to get a monthly pension.

He stated that he had requested the Ministry of External Affairs to announce ex-gratia to their families.

Singh also admitted that he was in constant touch with the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her deputy V.K. Singh on the issue to ensure that the coffins containing the mortal remains of the victims are brought back to India with due respect and at the earliest possible.

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
External Affairs Minister

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is set to visit Japan for 3 days during which she will co-chair the strategic dialogue with her Japanese counterpart Taro Kono and review the entire gamut of bilateral ties. The 9th India-Japan Strategic Dialogue will take place on March 29, 2018.

A Ministry of External Affairs  statement said, “The two sides will review all aspects of bilateral relations and exchange views on regional and international issues of common interest.”

India and Japan have a strong cooperation in the areas of nuclear energy, defence and science and technology in the recent years. Japan has become one of the largest investors in India especially in infrastructure projects, manufacturing, financial markets and capacity-building.

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Congress states that the

The Congress’ in Mumbai recently criticised the Modi government for remaining silent over the dilution of the SC/ST Atrocities Act.

Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam urged the government to file a review petition in the apex court against the court's decision diluting stringent provisions in the Act.

He asserted, “The government is trying to marginalize the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, as is evident in the continuing violence against them.”

Nirupam added, “Dilution of the Act is a threat to communal harmony in the country. Strangely the government seems to have turned a deaf ear to their plea for justice. We cannot have a significant percentage of the population of the country living under a threat.”

He has given a 15-day ultimatum to the government to go in for a review plea and provide blanket protection to the SC/ST members and warned the party would launch massive protests otherwise.

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Tiffany Haddish dishes ye

Tiffany Haddish revealed yet another story about Beyoncé. The Girls Trip star talked about an incident when an unnamed actress bit the Drunk In Love hitmaker.

Haddish  recalled the scenario from a party where the pair first met. She asserted, “There was this actress there, that's just, like, doing the mostest.”

She stated, “She bit Beyoncé in the face.”

“So Beyoncé stormed away,” Haddish added, “went up to Jay-Z, and was like, ‘Jay! Come here! This b****—’ and snatched him.” Jay-Z and Beyoncé the allegedly went to the back of the room.

Haddish then said, “I was like, ‘What just happened?’ And Beyoncé's friend walked up and was like, ‘Can you believe this b**** just bit Beyoncé?’”

Haddish then said that when she heard what happened, she talked to Beyoncé herself and said, “Near the end of the party Beyoncé's at the bar, so I said to Beyoncé, ‘Did she really bite you?’ She was like, ‘Yeah.’ I was like, ‘She gonna get her a** beat tonight.”

She then said that Beyoncé told Haddish to calm down. She revealed, “She was like, ‘Tiffany, no. Don't do that. That bitch is on drugs. She not even drunk. The bitch is on drugs. She not like that all the time. Just chill.’”

The comedienne had previously spoken about an incident when Beyoncé stepped in to stop Haddish from fighting a woman who was allegedly flirting with Jay-Z.

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 18:44:24 +0530
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan ex

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan recently expressed her thoughts on the #MeToo movement. She asserted, “A movement such as the #MeToo movement, has brought out a lot of conversation and sharing. The good thing is that people are talking. I don’t think this (subject) needs to restrict itself to one part of the world. That is definitely positive, which has come about with this entire subject.”

She added, “If a woman feels compromised and she feels the need to share an experience that has completely challenged her sense of being, it is amazing that she comes out, speaks forth about it, and takes the people to task. This idea does not limit itself to show business or the film industry. It is people discussing it from all walks of life.”

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 18:43:41 +0530
Marvel Studio announces C

Marvel Studios recently announced their new film called Captain Marvel. It follows the story of Carol Danvers who is portrayed by actress Brie Larson in the film.

Based on the Marvel comic character, who first appeared in 1968, the story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth. She is depicted to be caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.  Set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel is being touted as “an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

Captain Marvel is directed by the writing/directing team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. The screenplay is penned by Meg LeFauve, Nicole Perlman, Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Liz Flahive & Carly Mensch, and Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck.

The film stars Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Algenis Perez Soto, Rune Temte, McKenna Grace, Clark Gregg and Jude Law in pivotal roles as well.

The film is produced by Kevin Feige, while Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Patty Whitcher and Stan Lee are executive producers and Lars Winther serving as co-producer/first assistant director and David Grant serving as co-producer.

Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel is set to release on March 8, 2019.

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 18:24:21 +0530
Amit Shah faux pas Yeddy

BJP President Amit Shah recently said that the party’s Chief Ministerial candidate B.S. Yeddyurappa ran the most corrupt government in the country in an embarrassing goof-up in poll-bound Karnataka.

He stated, “Recently, a retired Supreme Court judge said if there was ever a competition for the most corrupt government, then the Yeddyurappa government is number one.”

The former CM, rattled by Shah’s comments, leaned over to him to correct him along with a BJP leader who nudged the party President to make him realize that he had made a faux pas.

Shah then corrected himself and said he meant that Congress government of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah would come “first in a competition for the most corrupt government.”

Shah further stated that the BJP government at the Centre had done a lot to develop Karnataka, stating, “Siddaramaiah asks what has the Modi government done for Karnataka. I would like to remind that when there was the 13th Finance Commission during UPA regime, funds worth Rs 88,583 core were allocated for the state of Karnataka. But when the 14th finance commission was implemented after the BJP came to power at the Centre, funds for Karnataka were increased to Rs 2,19,506 crore.”

However, after Shah’s slip up, Congress President Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Now that the BJP IT cell has announced Karnataka elections, time for a sneak preview of our top secret campaign video!

Gifted to us by the BJP President, our campaign in Karnataka is off to a fabulous start. He says Yeddyurappa ran the most corrupt Government ever.”

Siddaramaiah also tweeted, “#ShahOfLies finally speaks truth. Thank you @AmitShah.”

While Divya Spandana of the Karnataka unit of the Congress, said, “Who knew Amit Shah could also speak the truth - We all concur with you Amitji BSY-BJP is the most corrupt.”

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 18:10:09 +0530
Farhan Akhtar deletes Fac

Farhan Akhtar has permanently deleted his Facebook account as he announced the same on his official Twitter handle. He wrote, “Good morning. This is to inform you all that I have permanently deleted my personal Facebook account. However, the verified FarhanAkhtarLive page is still active.”

He, however, didn’t mention the reason for this decision but it is rumoured that the actor did so due to the recent the Facebook data breach row.

Facebook is facing backlash after Cambridge Analytica, a British consulting company, was accused of harvesting data of up to 50 million Facebook users without permission and using the data to help politicians, including US President Donald Trump and the Brexit campaign. It was further revealed that the data was used to create political campaigns which helped Donald Trump win the US elections, and ensured victory for the Pro-Brexit side in the UK as well.

Farhan is not the only actor who has deleted his personal account on Facebook. Actor Jim Carrey too deleted his Facebook account as well.  

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 17:41:32 +0530
Marvel releases new Infin

Marvel recently released new Infinity stones themed film poster just few weeks ahead of its highly anticipated film Avengers: Infinity War.

The new film will see the Avengers face off against galactic villain Thanos, who is determined to acquire the six Infinity Stones that will grant him power over space, time and all reality. The six primary stones that the superheroes must protect from the hands of Thanos are the Mind Stone, the Soul Stone, the Space Stone, the Power Stone, the Time Stone and the Reality Stone.

The stones have made appearances in previous Marvel films as well as in the original Captain America: First Avengers, which introduced to the tessaract, which contains the blue Space Stone, the Aether or the Reality Stone made its appearance as a red floating liquid in Thor: The Dark World, the Orb or the Power Stone was seen in The Guardians of The Galaxy, in the film The Avengers, Loki's blue-glowing scepter was shown which however, housed a yellow infinity stone. The Mind Stone lets the owner control the minds of others. The stone can currently be found on Vision's forehead, the green gem in the amulet called the Eye of Agamotto (which Doctor Strange used to manipulate time) was the Time Stone, which explains his presence in Avengers: Infinity War, the Soul Stone however, hasn’t made an appearance in any of the movie so far, but it has been speculated that the stone lies in Wakanda.

Avengers: Infinity War releases on April 27, 2018.  

The Space Stone:

The Reality Stone: 

The Power Stone:

The Mind Stone:

The Time Stone:

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 16:51:44 +0530
Chance the Rapper blames

Chance the Rapper recently took offence at Heineken’s new light beer commercial for having racist undertones as the ad depicts a bartender who slides a beer past several dark-skinned people to a fair-skinned woman, while proclaiming, in reference to its light beer, “Sometimes Lighter Is Better.”

Chance took to Twitter to express his sentiments as he tweeted, “I think some companies are purposely putting out noticeably racist ads so they can get more views. And that shit racist/bogus so I guess I shouldn't help by posting about it. The ‘sometimes lighter is better’ Heineken commercial is terribly racist omg.”

He added, “A lot of these marketing agencies are doing willfully so we overreact and tweet about it, and you write an article and tweet, and we all say their brand name 50 times.”

Heineken, however, issued a statement and said, “For decades, Heineken has developed diverse marketing that shows there’s more that unites us than divides us. While we feel the ad is referencing our Heineken Light beer, we missed the mark, are taking the feedback to heart and will use this to influence future campaigns.”

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 16:46:16 +0530
Cardi B reveals Invasion

Cardi B had recently announced at the iHeartRadio Music Awards that her upcoming album will be released in April. The Bodak Yellow hitmaker has finally revealed the release date.

In an Instagram post captioned, “My album cover !!! LADIES AND GENTS ! My album INVASION OF PRIVACY will be out next week April 6!!!!!!!❤,” Cardi B looks stunning, decked in a futuristic black and white checkered suit, white-rimmed sunglasses and a yellow wavy pixie cut. The record, titled Invasion of Privacy, will be out April 6, 2018.

She had previously spoken of her album back in November, when she had tweeted that she was taking her time completing her debut album.

She had tweeted, “I have a lot of pressure on me.I have songs stashed up. I just don’t think they qualified for my album. Sometimes I think is ready sometimes I think it’s not so I’m going to take my time till it’s right.”

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 12:56:14 +0530
Nickelodeon cuts ties wit

Nickelodeon has parted ways with Dan Schneider who helmed many of the network’s hit programs such as iCarly, Zoey 101 and Drake & Josh.

Nickelodeon and Schneider issued a joint statement and said, “Following many conversations together about next directions and future opportunities, Nickelodeon and our long-time creative partner Dan Schneider/Schneider’s Bakery have agreed to not extend the current deal.”

It further stated, “Since several Schneider’s Bakery projects are wrapping up, both sides agreed that this is a natural time for Nickelodeon and Schneider’s Bakery to pursue other opportunities and projects. Dan and his Schneider’s Bakery team have created a string of lasting, groundbreaking hits over the years including iCarly, Drake & Josh, Victorious, Kenan & Kel and the current number-one hit show on Nickelodeon, Henry Danger. We thank Dan and his Schneider’s Bakery producers, executives and social media team for their immeasurable contributions to Nickelodeon, and we wish them the best in their future endeavours. And Dan and Schneider’s Bakery are proud of the work they did together with Nickelodeon and will always remain big fans of the network.”

Schneider began working at Nickelodeon in 1993 as an executive producer and writer for the sketch comedy series All That. In 1999, he became the showrunner for The Amanda Show, starring Amanda Bynes.

Schneider also created the hit Nickelodeon series Drake & Josh. He followed that project with Zoey 101, starring Jamie Lynn Spears.

He is also credited of creating successful shows such as with Victorious, starring Victoria Justice, iCarly with Miranda Cosgrove, and Sam & Cat with Ariana Grande as well.

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 12:55:25 +0530
Sushma Swaraj Bodies of

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj asserted that the bodies of the 39 Indians killed in will be brought to India in a week's time. The minister conveyed the news during her meeting with families.

It has been reported that Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh will go to Iraq to oversee the entire process.

The minister will reportedly meet the CMs of the four states from where the Indians belonged to take a decision on possibility of providing a government job to the next of kin.

The family members of those killed in Iraq met Punjab Congress chief and party MP Sunil Kumar Jakhar in New Delhi and he assured them of all possible assistance.

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 11:57:34 +0530
SC seeks attorney general

The apex court recently stated that it wanted to know the views of the attorney general and the bar on a plea seeking live streaming of important cases being heard by it.

Attorney general KK Venugopal told a bench comprising of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud that in the USA, the transcripts of the proceedings of cases can be accessed only by research scholars.

The court has posted the matter for hearing on May 3 as the attorney general said the copies of petitions for live streaming have not been served on the central government.

The court directed the petitioners to serve a copy on advocate PK Dey who would assist the attorney general in the matter.

The court was further told that top courts in other countries have the transcripts of the proceedings of important cases that are dealt by them.

Senior counsel Indira Jaising urged the court to have the video recording of the proceedings which can be kept in the top court museum. Jaising sought the live streaming of the top court proceedings of important cases including those being heard by the Constitution bench.

Basing her PIL on the right to receive information under Article 19(1)(a) and the principle of open courts and access to justice as protected under Article 21, she has sought live streaming of the Aadhaar hearing, plea for decriminalising homosexuality, challenge to discriminatory adultery law that only punishes men but spares women in extramarital relationship, and rights of Parsi women to attend the community's religious ceremonies and rituals after they marry someone outside their religion.

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 11:54:54 +0530
SC extends protection to

The Supreme Court extended the interim protection against arrest to Karti Chidambaram till April 2.

The order came after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) sought an authoritative pronouncement from the top court in view of several conflicting orders of different high courts on the probe agency's power of arrest under section 19 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

A bench comprising of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud was told by Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that the ED has been given the power of arrest under the statute, keeping in mind the several international conventions underlining the need to curb money laundering generated from drugs smuggling, terror financing and black money routing.

He added that the advent of e-commerce has made investigation into money laundering more difficult as ill-gotten wealth have been transferred to all corners of the world very conveniently after the globalisation.

On March 15, the top court had given the interim relief to Karti in the INX media money laundering case and said it would clear the confusion which has crept in due to the divergent views of different high courts on ED's power to arrest.

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 11:50:34 +0530
PNB Case Probe agency al

A special CBI court permitted the Enforcement Directorate's plea seeking permission to interrogate employees of the Nirav Modi group firms who are in judicial custody in the alleged Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud. Special CBI judge S R Tamboli allowed the ED’s plea.

The accused are lodged in high security Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai.

An ED official stated, “We had sought permission saying that we have registered a case and we want to interrogate them.”

The ED had sought permission to interrogate Vipul Ambani, Manish Bosamiya, Miten Pandia, Sanjay Rambhia, Vipul Chatalia and Kavita Mankikar.

On January 31 and February 15, the CBI and the ED registered separate cases against Nirav Modi, his companies, and diamond jeweller Mehul Choksi in connection with the multi-crore PNB fraud.

The CBI has so far arrested a total of 19 accused, including Gokulnath Shetty, former DGM, PNB.

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 09:20:35 +0530
Amit Shah Congress Ling

BJP president Amit Shah recently stated that the Siddaramaiah government’s move to grant separate religious minority status to Lingayats and Veerashaiva Lingayats was to prevent B S Yeddyurappa from becoming Chief Minister.

He asserted, “The Siddaramaiah government has brought this proposal, not because it has love for Lingayats, but to prevent Yeddyurappa from becoming Chief Minister.”

Shah added, “I want to tell Karnataka people that if BJP wins a majority, we will make Yeddyurappa chief minister.”

The state cabinet recently decided to recommend to the Centre to accord religious minority status to Lingayats and Veerashaiva Lingayats. The move was seen by many as an attempt to chip away at the BJP's Lingayat voter base.

He opined that Congress president Rahul Gandhi should first point fingers at Siddaramaiah for dividing people before accusing BJP of it and he further compared Siddaramiah's divide-and-rule politics to that of the British.

He stated, “The Siddaramaiah government has proposed to accord religion and minority status to Lingayats, but why did it not do it earlier? Because that time, there was no need for gaining votes.”

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 09:17:51 +0530
BJP takes a dig at Rahul

The BJP took a jibe at Rahul Gandhi and described his accusation of data theft against PM Narendra Modi as “a classic case of technological illiteracy.” It was further stated that the Congress president was shocked after his plan to influence the next Lok Sabha election with the help of Cambridge Analytica was “exposed.”

Various BJP leaders replied sarcastically and criticised the Congress president’s attack on PM Modi. Union minister Smriti Irani mocked Gandhi, saying that even ‘Chhota Bheem,’ knows that commonly asked permission on Apps does not “tantamount to snooping.”

Gandhi had attacked the PM on Twitter where he dubbed PM Modi as “the Big Boss who likes to spy on Indians.”

He further added that the, “NaMo App secretly records audio, video, contacts of your friends & family and even tracks users' location via GPS.”

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra futher accused Gandhi of being technologically illiterate and stated that such kind of technological illiteracy has rarely been seen in Indian politics.

He further accused that it was the Congress app, that was “stealing” people’s data and as soon as the BJP exposed it, the opposition party took it down from Google's play store.

He alleged that the Congress was stealing data of 20 crore Indian Facebook users with the help of Cambridge Analytica and claimed that the private firm was allegedly using data theft, sleaze and honey trap to influence the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 09:14:31 +0530
Rasmalai

By Prerna Mistry

Summer is here and during the hot days, we all generally love indulging in cool treats such as ice creams and milkshakes. While these options are appealing, there is more to summer treats than just that. Here is an easy yet delectable rasmalai recipe to help you beat the heat in an appetizing way!

Serves: 4

Time: 45 mins

Ingredients:

For the paneer:

  • Milk -1 litre full fat
  • Vinegar - 2-3 tbsp

For sugar syrup:

  • Sugar - 2 cups
  • Water - 6 cups
  • Ice - 10-12 cubes 

For rabdi:

  • Milk - 1/2 litre
  • Sugar - 1/2 cup
  • Kesar - few strands
  • Cardamom Powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Chopped almonds and pistachios- 1-2 tbsp

 

Method:

  • Take 1 litre milk, boil it and turn the heat to a low once it boils. Add the vinegar and stir it a little till the milk curdles to make paneer.
  • Drain the water and put the paneer in a muslin cloth and squeeze most of the water. Then knead the paneer till it becomes smooth and make small rounds and keep it aside.
  • Then take 2 cups of sugar and 6 cups of water and boil it till the sugar dissolves to make the sugar syrup. Then add the paneer rounds to it and boil it for 10 mins to make rasgullas.
  • After this, take a deep bowl and remove the rasgullas in it and half the sugar syrup along with 10-12 ice cubes to stabilize it for around half an hour or till the rasgullas absorb the syrup properly and become spongy.
  • Next mix all the rabdi ingredients in a pan and bring it to a boil. After it comes to a boil, cook it for another 2-3 mins on a low flame. Then turn off the flame and let it cool for some time.
  • After the rasgullas have become spongy and the rabdi is cool, squeeze the sugar water from the rasgullas and flatten it gently and add to the rabdi.
  • Keep this covered and refrigerate for at least 7-8 hours or overnight in order to let the flat rasgullas soak up the rabdi properly.

Enjoy the chilled rasmalai and garnish with more chopped pistachios and saffron strands.
 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 18:57:14 +0530
Zayn Malik to ditch most

The former One Direction star is set to reportedly scrap most of the songs on his second album as he had written and recorded more than 30 songs about his now ex-girlfriend, Gigi Hadid. However, he now wants to scrap them from the album and write new music about their split. If Zayn does remove most of the songs on his album, the release date  for the same could be pushed back months.

Zayn has reportedly been hard at work on this album for about 18 months during most of that time he was completely in love with Hadid so that’s what he wrote about. There are apparently songs about their love, passion and sensuality.

However, it seems that now some of those songs are more painful to him than loving now as Zayn and Gigi split earlier this month.

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 18:49:42 +0530
FX Donald Glover exit Ma

Cable network FX, along with Donald Glover and Stephen Glover will no longer be involved in Marvel's planned Deadpool animated TV series.

The Glover brothers were set to write, executive produce as well as serve as showrunners on the animated adult action-comedy series which was to be launched this year on FX.

FX issued a statement for the same that said, “Due to creative differences, FX, Donald Glover, Stephen Glover and Marvel Television have agreed to part ways on Marvel's Deadpool animated series. FX will no longer be involved with the project. FX and Marvel have an ongoing relationship through our partnership on Legion, which will continue.”

 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 18:38:05 +0530
Delhi Court grants CBI 5

A Delhi court sent Peter Mukerjea to CBI custody till March 31 in the INX Media case which also involves Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union minister P Chidambaram.

Special judge Sunil Rana allowed CBI's plea seeking five-day custody of Mukerjea after the probe agency claimed that he was required to be questioned along with Karti and others involved in the case. The CBI's plea to formally arrest Mukerjea in the case was allowed by the court as well.

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 18:26:45 +0530
Congress removes With IN

The Congress recently took their app ‘With INC’ off Google PlayStore and a cursory search for the same on the App Store also fails to show up any results for the Congress app as well.

The Congress took to Twitter to announce the same and they tweeted, “The WithINC app is a membership app & has not been in use for over 5 months since we moved membership to http://www.inc.in  from 16th Nov 2017. The URL (http://membership.inc.in ) quoted by the media is the defunct URL from the app. The actual membership URL can be seen below. WithINC app was being used for Social Media updates alone since transitioning the membership to the website. This morning we were forced to remove the app from the Playstore as the wrong URL was being circulated & people were being misled.”

Congress social media in-charge Divya Spandana wrote on Twitter, “The URL for membership on the INC app has been defunct for a while now. Our membership is through the INC website. How difficult is that to understand.”

BJP's IT cell in-charge Amit Malviya had recently criticised Rahul Gandhi and said that his party's app that was sharing user data with his friends in Singapore.

Mocking Gandhi’s tweet, Malviya stated, “Hi! My name is Rahul Gandhi. I am the President of India's oldest political party. When you sign up for our official App, I give all your data to my friends in Singapore.”

He added, “Full marks to Congress for stating upfront that they'll give your data to **practically anyone** - undisclosed vendors, unknown volunteers, even 'groups with similar causes'. In theft of all forms, Congress has never been discreet!”

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 18:13:29 +0530
Lana Del Rey and Radiohea

Lana Del Rey and the British band Radiohead were locked in a dispute for quite sometime now and she had stated that they were suing her over similarities between her song, Get Free, and their hit Creep.

She claimed that Radiohead had rejected her offer of 40% of the song's royalties and were demanding 100%.

The band's publishers however, denied taking legal action, but confirmed that they had asked for a writing credit to be added to the song.

Del Rey apparently confirmed that the dispute had been settled during her performance at the Lollapalooza festival in Sao Paolo, Brazil, where she performed Get Free in her encore, after which Del Rey lit a cigarette and told fans, “Now that my lawsuit's over, I guess I can sing that song any time I want, right?”

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 17:58:49 +0530
Ed Westwick deletes denia

Ed Westwick recently deleted denials of sexual assault he posted on social media in November.

It had been reported that the Gossip Girl actor’s case was being reviewed after it was confirmed in November that the LAPD received a sexual assault report against him at their Hollywood division. It was revealed that Kristina Cohen, was the person behind the report. She revealed that same on Facebook where she posted that Westwick raped her at a get together he hosted. Later, Aurelie Wynn and Rachel Eck, came forward soon after with similar claims.

Westwick, however, had promptly posted denials of his alleged crimes on social media but now, they were nowhere to be found on his various profiles. It’s not clear exactly when or why the star chose to delete the posts.

It is however being reported that he has hired a high-profile lawyer to represent him and that, his lawyer gave him the advice to remove the post as part of their policy for clients to avoid using social media with regards to their case.

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 16:20:00 +0530
R Madhavan backs out of R

Rohit Shetty and Ranveer Singh’s upcoming film Simmba, is touted as one of the highly anticipated films of the year, has Saif Ali Khan’s daughter Sara Ali Khan as the lead heroine opposite Ranveer Singh, while was R Madhavan was set to play the villain in it.

However, the Tanu Weds Manu star will not be a part of the project and he recently announced the same on his official Twitter handle.

Madhavan tweeted, “Hey folks .. So I am a huge crazy fan of Rohit Shetty and his films. As is my son. It breaks both our hearts that I’m not able to be a part of this film because of my injury. I’m well on my way to recovery but this is a huge opportunity and excitement lost.”

Simmba is helmed by Rohit Shetty and is inspired by Jr NTR’s Telugu film Temper. The project is produced by Dharma Productions and while Ranveer Singh plays a cop, Sangram Bhalerao.

 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 15:13:59 +0530
Rana Daggubati to lend hi

South superstar Rana Daggubati is all set to lend his voice for Thanos for the Telugu version of Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War.

He was last seen playing the villain, Bhalladeva in the Baahubali series, the actor is all set to portray yet another antagonist.

Rana recently finished dubbing for the movie and asserted that he has grown up reading Marvel Comics and watching Marvel movies, which are also among his favourites owing to “their intricately woven story lines.”

“It is fascinating to see how Marvel has created characters and stories that resonate so well with audiences across the globe, making movies at a scale that one had never before imagined.”

He further stated, “Characters such as Iron Man and Captain America have been my favourites so dubbing for Avengers: Infinity War is a thrill! Voicing for Thanos, a villain so powerful that some of the biggest superheroes have a tough time dealing with, is an exciting experience!”

Bikram Duggal, Executive Director and Head, Studio Entertainment, Disney India, further expressed, “Keeping with the anticipation around the movie, we are offering our fans in South India an opportunity to experience the grandeur of the movie in a language that they prefer. With Rana Daggubati coming on board as the voice of Thanos, we are confident of reaching out to a wider audience base while retaining the magnitude and staying true to the ethos of the Marvel brand.”

 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 15:12:37 +0530
Simon Cowell teams up wit

Simon Cowell is set to partner with the BBC for the first time with new talent show The Greatest Dancer. Cowell has been making making entertainment programmes for ITV for 14 years now.

The series will be produced by Syco Entertainment and will air on Saturday nights. The dance competition will see performances from all genres of dance competing over eight hour-long episodes in order to be named the Greatest Dancer.

Kate Phillips, Controller Entertainment Commissioning for the BBC said, “With the continued success of Strictly Come Dancing, the BBC is undoubtedly the home of dance. By launching The Greatest Dancer we want to give the vast array of dance talent across the UK the chance to shine. I can’t wait to work with Syco and Thames to uncover the talent out there and let our audience critique and celebrate the nation’s unsung dance heroes.”

Nigel Hall, Global Head of Television for Syco Entertainment, asserted, “The auditions for the pilot episode saw some of the most jaw dropping, heartfelt and moving auditions I’ve ever seen on a dance show. There are some spectacular moments and we are beyond thrilled to have secured this commission over fierce competition. We look forward to working with the BBC team on something just a little bit special.”

Amelia Brown, Managing Director, Thames TV, stated, “The Greatest Dancer is such an exciting project and we’re delighted to be working with the BBC to bring it to life for everyone at home. It’s a fantastic format full of warmth and heart with the pilot revealing some incredibly magical moments. It’s sure to make an unmissable Saturday night treat for the whole family to enjoy.”

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 15:11:19 +0530
Nine day Sri Ram Navami f

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Nine-day Sri Ram Navami festival also celebrated as  Vasantha Navaratri by some temples  concluded in Mumbai today.

 

At Asthika Samaj also known as Sri Ram Mandir in central Mumbai, celebrated by permitting devotees to participate personally by bathing the idols of Ram and his consort.  Devotees wait for this day and comes to this temple in Matunga to participate in the Abhishekam. There was also Vedic discourses on all days  and cultural programmes in the evenings. We feel blessed after participating in the Abhishekam said a devotee who came with his new born twins.

 

In another nearby temple named Sri Sankara Mattham the day started with Sri Rama Moola Manthra Japam and homam followed by Sri Vidhya homam and Navavarana pooja .The programme concluded with Poornahuthi and Kalasabhishekams with holy water kept in Pooja for all nine days.

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 11:06:02 +0530
UIDAI to introduce face a

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) will be introducing face authentication feature alongside its iris or fingerprint scan as means of verifying Aadhaar users from July 1, 2018.

The UIDAI in January had announced that it will introduce face authentication feature to help those who run into problems in biometric authentication due to old age or worn-out fingerprints. It was stated, however, that face authentication will be permitted along with either fingerprint or iris or OTP to verify the details of Aadhaar holders.

In a presentation to the Supreme Court, UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey emphasised the robustness of the Aadhaar encryption system and asserted that breaking it may take “more than the age of the universe for the fastest computer on earth.”

Pandey also informed that the proposed face authentication feature will be introduced by July 1. He said, “Face authentication shall be available in fusion mode along with one more authentication factor like fingerprint/iris/OTP from July 1, 2018.”

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 10:42:14 +0530
Rahul Gandhi Scared Modi

Congress President Rahul Gandhi accused the Modi government of stalling no-confidence motion moved in the Lok Sabha against it by the party and the TDP and YSR Congress over denial of special status to Andhra Pradesh.

Gandhi asserted, “For the past 10 days, the Modi government is stalling the no-confidence motion as it is scared. What has Modi done for the country for the past four years.”

The Congress had recently tabled a notice for a no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha. It wasn not taken up due to disruption of the House

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and YSR Congress had also moved no-confidence motions against the government over the issue of special category status for Andhra Pradesh which have not been taken up.

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 10:36:11 +0530
Pawan Hans employees writ

Pawan Hans recently wrote a letter to PM Modi after the chopper operator's union urged the management to reconsider its privatisation move.

All-India Civil Aviation Employees Union, which is Pawan Hans Helicopters' union, suggested in the letter for the government to increase ONGC's stake from 49 % and then go for a public issue as per the earlier five-year business plan instead of an outright sale.

The union also met civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu and submitted a memorandum, opposing the decision to hand over a profit-making entity to private players as well.

The union's letter further read, “We came to know from various newspaper reports that government had received very poor response for Pawan Hans. Considering this, we'd request that the government consider a second option which was suggested by the employees union in various letters to civil aviation and finance ministries and the Prime Minister's Office.”

The union added, “As per the existing disinvestment policy, those units having a positive net worth, no accumulated losses and having earned net profit for three preceding consecutive years be required to achieve the mandatory listing norms of 25 per cent public holding for listing on the stock exchange.”

It stated, “Total dividend it has paid out till date is Rs. 2,345 crore from 1995-96 to 2015-2016 while the total taxes paid stand at Rs. 480 crore during this period.”

The letter also said, “The management control of Pawan Hans can be given to ONGC by allowing it to increase its stake and subsequently go in for a public issue to get government a much higher price from the sale of shares in stretches in the next five years with expansion and improved performance.”

As government has considered and allowed similar units to participate in the process of strategic sale, it should allow Airport Authority, ONGC and HAL to participate in this process, it added.

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 10:34:07 +0530
Nirmala Sitharaman India

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman recently stated that the country was alert and ready for any situation that may arise in Doklam along the Sikkim border. Indian and Chinese forces were locked into a bitter military standoff for over two months last year.

Sitharaman expressed her thoughts on China’s intervention in Doklam and Arunachal Pradesh. She stated, “India is ready to face any situation. We will maintain our territory and integrity at all cost.”

Responding to the debates on lack of funds for modernisation and strengthening of the armed forces, the minister said, “Today, many talks are doing the rounds in the public about the preparedness of our armed forces. I want to clarify that there is no laxity in the preparedness and modernisation of our forces. The government has given all powers to the vice chiefs of the three services (army, navy and air force).”

She further added, “As the defence minister, I want to assure the young cadets that our government is committed to modernise the defence forces. You should be proud to be now part of a world-class force.”

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 10:27:46 +0530
PM Modi to meet President

PM Modi will visit China to take part in the SCO summit in June during which there may be a bilateral meeting between him and President Xi Jinping.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit is due to be held in the Chinese city of Qingdao from June 9-10.

India's envoy Gautam Bambawale stated, “During that SCO summit, we will definitely have a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Modi and President Xi Jinping. And before that happens we want to have a lot of other meetings.”

He added, “We will have a whole series of meetings in the next few weeks and months.” He also asserted that the boundary officials of both the countries will also be meeting.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will also be visiting China next month. The Foreign Ministers of the SCO countries are also due to meet before the summit.

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 10:24:24 +0530
Shatrughan Sinha meets RJ

BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha called on RJD president Lalu Prasad at Ranchi and describing the jailed former Bihar CM as the “most popular son of soil” and a “mass leader.”

The actor-turned-politician represents the Patna Sahib constituency in the Lok Sabha. The RJD chief was sentenced to 14 years in prison in a fodder scam case.

Sinha took to Twitter to express his sentiments, he tweeted, “I was at Ranchi to meet & greet d most popular, son of soil, mass leader LaluJi. My best wishes & prayers for a healthy & long life. Get well soon.”

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 10:07:42 +0530
Rahul Gandhi Don t know

NCC cadets expressed their bemusement as Congress president Rahul Gandhi recently said he was unaware of the training and benefits of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) in the country.

When asked by a student at Mysuru's Maharani's Arts and Commerce College for Women on the benefits he would extend to the NCC cadets who have cleared ‘C’ certificate examinations, Gandhi asserted, “I don't know the details of NCC training, so I won't be able to answer that. But, as a young Indian person I'd like to give you an opportunity where you can have opportunities, a successful education and a future where you can thrive in this country.”

NCC is considered to be the second line of defence and operates under the defence ministry, recruits and gives military training to cadets in high schools, colleges and universities all over the country. His comments were the subject of much online trolling with many Twitter users remarking things like, “There is no NCC in Italy.”

Under the voluntary programme of the NCC, students have examinations with 'A', 'B' and 'C' level certificates, with the C certificate being the highest, giving students benefits of special entry into the military and government services in the country and priority in competitive examinations as well.

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 09:59:02 +0530
PM Modi Focus on poor b

PM Modi told party MPs to go to rural and backward areas of the country and spread the word about various welfare schemes of the NDA government.

He stressed upon the need to focus on the 115 most-backward districts marked out by NITI Aayog. Modi asserted that the BJP MPs and party office-bearers should spend time in these areas and listen to the grievances of the people and ensure effective delivery of government programmes as well.

Modi also asked MPs to make the most of technology in getting their message across as he cited the example of party veteran SS Bhandari who used to keep a transistor radio in his times to keep abreast of news and take a stand on issues based on latest developments.

Modi further stated that the BJP did not operate from any leader’s residence but from its headquarters and state and district offices.

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 09:54:03 +0530
PM Modi meets German Pres

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu recently met German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier to discuss that the worldwide communities must be unanimous in curbing and uprooting terror in all forms.

Steinmeier is on a five-day visit to India. He and Modi discussed ways to strengthen the strategic partnership during their meeting at Delhi.

After meeting the President, Modi tweeted, “Had the honour of taking the President of Germany, Mr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier to Delhi's Sunder Nursery. We had wonderful discussions on a wide range of issues.”

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also called on the German president.

After Swaraj met the President, Raveesh Kumar, Spokesperson of Ministry of the External Affairs, tweeted, “Engaging discussion on broadening and deepening our strategic partnership. The two sides attach priority to the relationship, bilaterally and also in the global context.”

Further Naidu observed that India and Germany shared similar perceptions on most of the issues confronting the world.

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 09:37:59 +0530
BSP suspends lawmaker who

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati has suspended one of the lawmakers of her party after he openly declared that he voted in favour of the BJP in the Rajya Sabha elections.

BSP was defeated by the BJP in the Rajya Sabha elections after she helped the SP win two parliamentary seats in the recent bypolls. The former UP CM said her party’s partnership with the Samajwadi Party will remain intact despite her party candidate's loss in the elections.

Uttar Pradesh lawmaker Anil Kumar Singh, 37, said that he had cross-voted. “I am with Maharaj-ji (Yogi Adityanath).”

A BJP-backed candidate, Anil Aggarwal, defeated the BSP's Bhim Rao Ambedkar in the elections. The BJP currently has 9 Rajya Sabha seats from UP and while Samajwadi Party has one seat for its candidate Jaya Bachchan.

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 09:31:34 +0530
AAP MLAs protest over rel

AAP legislators protested outside the Haryana Bhawan and alleged that the Haryana government did not Delhi's share of 450 cusecs of Yamuna water daily in violation of a SC order.

The protest by AAP legislators and their supporters came after the Delhi government accused Haryana of giving political patronage to polluting industries that release ammonia in the Yamuna river which further leads to a scarcity of potable water in Delhi.

Sanjeev Jha, Aam Aadmi Party legislator from Burari stated, “The Haryana government is not complying with the water sharing agreements between the two states and is not releasing Delhi's share of Yamuna water. The state is also in violation of the Supreme Court order on this issue.”

Jha also accused the Haryana government’s behaviour of being politically motivated. The Delhi Jal Board also approached the apex court seeking directions to Haryana to release adequate water.

Yamuna is one of the main source of potable water to the residents of Delhi. Water supply in the national capital is often hit as a result of increase in the level of ammonia in the river.

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 09:25:53 +0530
Anna Hazare to continue h

The indefinite hunger strike by social activist Anna Hazare is set to continue after he reportedly found the draft sent by the government to address to his demands as “useless.”

Sushil Bhatt, a core committee member of Team Anna stated, “We have received the draft from the government. But Annaji said it was useless as it has nothing new but old assurances. It is a routine document. At least, any minister should meet him.”

Anna Hazare said that he would hold discussions with the government during the agitation but his indefinite hunger strike would continue “till the government comes out with a concrete action plan.”

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 09:16:17 +0530
CM Devendra Fadnavis brin

CM Devendra Fadnavis brought a confidence motion in favour of Assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagde. The confidence motion was put to vote and passed by voice vote in favour of the speaker. Fadnavis’ confidence motion was seconded by Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.

Fadnavis said, “The government has the right to bring a confidence motion. The decision is in accordance with the rights guaranteed by the Constitution and the legislature.”

He further asserted, “In 2006, former chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh had brought a confidence motion and got it passed without opposition’s consent.”

Stating there was no violation of rules or anything unethical or unconstitutional, Fadnavis said, “What is wrong in displaying our confidence in the Speaker. As a ruling party we have every right to uphold the dignity of the most coveted post of Speaker.”

Upholding their decision, the BJP stated, “The confidence motion was a middle path. If we had allowed a debate against the Speaker, it would have created a dilemma. After attacking the Speaker, how can the opposition members continue to work in the Assembly under the same Speaker. Since BJP and Sena are in majority, there was no question of replacing the Speaker.”

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 16:46:44 +0530
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerb

The leaders of a key House committee recently declared that Facebook officials failed to answer questions about a privacy scandal involving the Cambridge Analytica company and they now want CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before the panel.

Greg Walden of Oregon and Frank Pallone of New Jersey stated that the “latest revelations regarding Facebook's use and security of user data raise many serious consumer protection concerns.”

Representatives from Facebook briefed the committee’s staff according to Walden and Pallone. A spokeswoman, however, for the committee said that the session left many unanswered questions about how Facebook and third-party developers use and protect consumer data on the social media network.

Walden is chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee while Pallone is the panel’s top ranking Democrat. Their statement after Zuckerberg stated that he would be “happy” to testify before Congress, but only if he was the right person to do that. He said there might be other Facebook officials better positioned to appear, depending on what Congress wanted to know.

Walden and Pallone said that as Facebook's top executive, Zuckerberg is indeed the “right witness to provide answers,” and said that they would work with Facebook and Zuckerberg to set a date and time for a hearing in the near future as well.

This represents the first official request from a congressional oversight committee for Zuckerberg's appearance amid demands by lawmakers that Facebook explain reports that Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of more than 50 million Facebook users in order to manipulate elections.

 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 16:45:33 +0530
Are Paris Jackson and Car

Paris Jackson and Cara Delevingne were recently photographed sharing a kiss and have reportedly been spending plenty of time together which fuelled speculations that they were dating. However, sources claim now that Paris Jackson and Cara Delevingne are just friends.

It was reported that they have a flirty friendship but aren’t dating or in a relationship. Paris is 19 years old and living her life. She has no plans to settle down any time soon.

Jackson, who hasn’t publicly spoken about her sexuality, and Delevingne, 25, first sparked romance rumours after sharing snaps of themselves on social media watching Carol together.

Jackson also posted a photo of Delevingne on her own Instagram account, simply captioning it “a r t.”

The models were also photographed holding hands last month while out with friends in London.

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 13:04:44 +0530
Kylie Jenner shares adora

Kylie Jenner recently gave her fans another glimpse of her baby daughter Stormi in a new set of selfies.

The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star became a first-time mother seven weeks ago. She posted three new black-and-white snaps on her Instagram page with her daughter.

Jenner shared the pictures with a simple caption and wrote “stormiiiiiiiii” and added a love heart emoji.

The post gained more than seven million likes in two hours. Jenner currently holds the record for the most-liked image on Instagram for her post revealing her daughter’s name along with a snap of Stormi’s hand which has more than 17.8 million likes.

The 20-year-old reality TV star and make-up mogul welcomed her daughter on February 1 with rapper Travis Scott.

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 13:02:40 +0530
Cardi B goes viral asking

In an Instagram video that went viral, reality TV star and Bodak Yellow rapper Cardi B went on a rant asking where her money is going.

Cardi B can be seen saying, “So you know the government is taking 40 percent of my taxes. And, Uncle Sam, I want to know what you're doing with my f***ing tax money. Because, you know what I'm saying? When you donate, when you donate to a kid from a foreign country, they give you updates of what they're doing with your donation.” 

Cardi B further said, “What are y'all doing? There's still rats on the damn trains. I know you're not spending it in no damn prison because y'all be giving (people) two underwear, one jumpsuit for five months. So what are y'all doing with my f***ing money? What is y'all doing with my f***ing money? I want to know. I want receipts.”

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 12:56:16 +0530
The Spice Girls set to vo

The Spice Girls are going to provide both their voices and their likeness for a new animated superhero movie.

The project will reportedly see the five band members voice heroes that would support a girl power message and that they have already signed off on their likeness being used for the film and that each of the five women would play characters with powers unique to their personalities.

The Spice Girls remain the biggest-selling female group of all time, having sold over 85m records. They last performed together at the 2012 London Olympics. Their previous film Spice World was released in 1997 and made $101m worldwide.

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 12:52:42 +0530
Three Khans come together

Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan have shown their support to Rani Mukherjee for promoting her latest film Hichki.

Aamir Khan spoke about his obsessive nature. He confessed, “My biggest hichki is my obsessive personality. I get obsessed with anything that I do. I am still dealing with this hichki and my struggle to overcome it continues.”

Similarly, Shah Rukh Khan revealed the biggest hiccup he faced, early on in his life he revealed, “My greatest hichki moment is the death of my parents. I was 15 when my father passed away and 26 when my mother passed away. We were not financially well off, and I was studying for my Master’s degree then. It was very sad for us. The empty house without my parents used to come to bite us (my sister and me). The loneliness, pain and sadness of the loss of both my parents, could have been overwhelming enough to take over my life wholly. I decided to overcome this hichki moment by letting acting fill up my entire life.”

Salman Khan revealed, “I used to have a hichki. I used to take my work very casually. Now, that has changed as I take my work with seriousness and sincerity now. Because, now I have realised that nothing is better than work. Kaam se behtar kuch nahi hain. I guess all of you should also take your work seriously and appreciate every day that you are working.”

Apart from the Khans, Katrina Kaif, Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Varun Dhawan, and Karan Johar have also opened up about their inhibitions for the cause as well.

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 12:49:23 +0530
Ali Fazal borrows inspira

Filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia has finally begun the first schedule of his next, Milan Talkies, with Ali Fazal and Shraddha Srinath playing the lead roles.

The film is a love story revolving around the two primary characters and Ali has reportedly borrowed inspiration from Shah Rukh Khan for his role.

It was reported that having grown up watching SRK romance on screen, Ali is borrowing inspiration from him for his character who is a loverboy himself.

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 12:43:18 +0530
Black Panther hits 100 m

Disney-Marvel’s blockbuster film Black Panther has crossed the $100 million milestone in China after two weeks of its release.

The studio reported on Friday that it has reached $614.2 million in domestic grosses and $593 million internationally. China is the top overseas market, followed by the U.K. with $60.6 million, South Korea with $47.2 million and Brazil with $33.5 million.

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 12:41:02 +0530
Karti Chidambaram gets ba

Karti Chidambaram recently secured bail from the Delhi High Court in the INX Media corruption case which said the relief should not be refused unless the crime is of the “highest magnitude” entailing to ‘severe punishment.”

Justice S P Garg granted bail to Karti stating that there was no possibility of him fleeing from justice, as his parents were senior advocates, he had a family to take care of, has roots in the society and was not a previous convict.

The court further stated that while there was evidence of a nexus between his then company Chess Management Services (P) Ltd (CMS) and Advantage Strategic Consulting (P) Ltd (ASC), which had received payment of Rs 10 lakh for allegedly facilitating the FIPB clearance to INX Media, it was not sufficient to deny bail to Karti as the payment was duly accounted for in the company records and was received by a cheque.

However, it was stated that it was a matter of trial as to who was the ultimate beneficiary of the amount and added that no credible evidence has been produced on record regarding the exact relationship of the petitioner (Karti) with ASC. The high court granted him bail subject to his furnishing a personal bond of Rs 10 lakh with one surety of the like amount to the satisfaction of the Special CBI court.

The court imposed several conditions including that he would not leave India without prior permission of the trial court, he would not close any of his bank accounts in India or abroad without prior intimation to CBI, would not change the entity or composition of any business concerns with which he is associated without first informing the agency and shall be available for joining the investigation whenever required.

The high court also directed Karti not to contact prosecution witnesses or tamper with evidence or criminally intimidate any witness in any manner.

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 10:11:04 +0530
Raghuram Rajan corporate

Former Reserver Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan as well as Anand Mahindra, R. Seshasayee, Sajjan Jindal, announced the launch of Krea University which is set to focus on liberal arts and science courses.

Former chairman of Infosys Ltd, Seshasayee stated that approximately Rs. 750 crore will be spent in the first phase of setting up Krea University. Corporate houses and other donors have pledged their support and 70-80% of the amount is already in sight. He will be chairman of Krea University’s supervisory board as well.

The institution will be set up as a private university and will offer four-year residential honours degrees in arts and science. The first batch will commence in July 2019.

Anand Mahindra expressed, “Universities are important because they are safe houses, because nobody can attack them, because by the act of helping them or sponsoring them, you do create conversations in society. No one can attack a university for doing that.”

Rajan, however, stressed on the need to nurture the idea of debate and discussion. He asserted, “We need to learn to respect universities as places where ideas are debated.”

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 10:09:55 +0530
HC quashes disqualificati

The Delhi High Court set aside the disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs by the poll panel for holding ‘office-of-profit.’ The court termed the recommendation as ‘vitiated’ and ‘bad in law’ and directed the Election Commission (EC) to hear the issue afresh.

A bench of justices comprising of Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar quashed the Centre’s notification of the EC’s opinion to disqualify the MLAs and remanded the issue back to the poll panel rejecting its contention, stating that having given its opinion it had become “functus officio and hence remand is not possible.”

The bench stated, “This argument of the EC is untenable. Once the opinion and notification are set aside, proceedings before the EC would continue from the stage the error and lapse had occurred. If the contention of the EC is to be accepted, it would result in an incongruous situation, as the reference remains unanswered and has to be decided.”

It further asserted, “The President need not make a fresh reference. In light of the statutory provisions and the legal position the EC has to render and give their opinion on the reference.”

The bench also held the EC's order to go ahead with the hearing in the matter as illegal. The bench observed, the “opinion of the EC dated January 19 is vitiated and bad in law for failure to comply with the principles of natural justice. Accordingly, writ of certiorari is issued quashing the opinion... and the consequent order/notification dated January 20, 2018 for violation of principles of natural justice, namely, failure to give oral hearing and opportunity to address arguments on merits of the issue whether MLAs had incurred disqualification.”

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 10:07:07 +0530
SC seeks reply from 11 st

The Supreme Court sought explanation from chief secretaries of 11 states in two weeks on why they have not appointed Lokayukta and Uplokayukta as well as to specify the reasons for not appointing the anti-corruption ombudsman despite enactment of the law five years ago.

A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R Banumathi asked the chief secretary of Odisha to apprise the court on whether the office of the Lokayuka/Uplokayukta in the State is functional stating that the apex court has no information about the any such appointment.

It further stated that Jammu & Kashmir, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, West Bengal and Arunachal Pradesh have not appointed any Lokpal, Lokayukta or Uplokayukta.

The bench asserted, “The Chief Secretaries of the aforesaid 11 States shall inform the court within two weeks as to whether steps have been taken for appointment of Lokyukta/Uplokayukta and if so the stage thereof. The reasons for non appointment of Lokayukta/Uplokayukta in the aforesaid States be also laid before the Court in the aforesaid affidavit(s) to be filed by the Chief Secretaries.”

The apex court also asked the 11 states to specify the time period by which they would appoint a Lokayukta.

The bench further asked counsel Gopal Shankarnaryanan to apprise it about the states which have Lokayukta and which do not.

 “We want the exact figure. This is not the answer we expect from a counsel in a case of such a magnitude,” the bench said and posted the matter for further hearing on April 12.

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 10:02:59 +0530
Congress gives notice to

The Congress gave a notice for moving a no-confidence motion against the NDA government and wanted it to be taken up in the Lok Sabha on March 27 as well.

The party reportedly submitted the notice in the office of the Lok Sabha Secretary General and also issued a three-line whip to all its members in Lok Sabha to ensure their presence when the House meets again.

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge expressed, “This House expresses No-Confidence in the Council of Ministers.”

In his letter to the Lok Sabha Secretary General, Kharge has requested him to include the motion in the revised list of business for March 27.

The letter reads, “Under Rule 298 (b) of chapter XVII of the Rule of procedure and conduct of business in Lok Sabha, I hereby give notice to move the following motion in the house on 27-03-2018.”

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 10:00:22 +0530
BJP bags 9 out of 10 seat

BJP won 9 out of the 10 Rajya Sabha seats in UP. The 10th seat was won by SP. This is expected to test the SP-BSP bonhomie as SP had promised Mayawati that it would help it win the 10th seat by transferring its surplus votes as part of the deal where BSP supported SP candidates to win the by-polls in Gorakhpur and Phulpur.

BJP won 8 Rajya Sabha seats, including for its senior leaders like Arun Jaitley, Anil Jain and GVL Narsimha Rao with 39 votes each. SP’s candidate Jaya Bachchan won the 9th seat with 38 votes while BSP’s candidate lost the 10th seat, with securing only 32 first preference votes instead of 37 needed. BJP MLA’s then voted for Agrawal as their second preference candidate due to which BSP did not win the seat once the voting went to second preference counting.

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 09:59:03 +0530
SC to decide whether 1994

The SC recently stated that it would decide on whether to refer to a larger bench for the issue of reconsideration of the entire 1994 verdict dealing with the acquisition of the disputed land in Ayodhya.

The special bench comprising of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and SA Nazeer said, “First, we should put this controversy (on 1994 verdict) to rest. We may refer the entire or parts of the judgment to larger bench.”

Senior lawyer Rajeev Dhavan termed the observations of the verdict as crucial and said that it needed to be reconsidered by a five-judge bench and that without rectification of these anomalies on aspects like the position of mosques in Islam, in the judgment, the civil appeals cannot be decided effectively.

Dhavan said, “The apex court had said that while offer of prayer or worship is a religious practice, its offering at every location where such prayers can be offered would not be an essential or integral part of such religious practice unless the place has a particular significance for that religion, so as to form an essential or integral part thereof.”

He added, “Subject to the protection under Articles 25 and 26 of the Constitution, places of religious worship like mosques, churches, temples etc. can be acquired under the State's sovereign power of acquisition.Such acquisition per se does not violate either Article 25 or Article 26 of the Constitution. The decisions relating to taking over of the management have no bearing on the sovereign power of the State to acquire property.”

Dhavan cited a judgment and said, “It is quite a different matter that the area is now acquired. Can you say that if a mosque is destroyed it ceases to be a mosque.” He submitted that the 1994 judgment had said that the fundamental right to worship does not extend to place of worship.

The lawyers, representing the other side like Ram Lalla and Nirmohi Akhara, opposed the submission and said the 1994 verdict had no bearing in the present case.

The advancing of arguments by Dhavan on reconsideration of the decision in Faruqui case remained inconclusive.

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 09:57:43 +0530
Chris Evans to retire as

Chris Evans has seemingly confirmed that he will hang up Captain America's shield after the as-yet-untitled fourth Avengers feature, due out in 2019.

It was reported that Evans will leave the Marvel franchise after planned reshoots for the fourth Avengers movie later this year, quoting him as saying, “You want to get off the train before they push you off.”

It had also been reported previously that Evans would be retiring as Captain America as initial interviews from the set of Avengers: Infinity War featured much discussion about the possibility of many of the original Avengers cast retiring.

Evans has made Captain America one of the studio's most pivotal characters. He initially had a six-picture deal but extended it to include the fourth Avengers movie as well. In addition to three Captain America films and four Avengers films, he's shot small cameos in 2013's Thor: The Dark World and last year's Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Evans will feature as Captain America in the highly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War film which is set to hit theatres on April 27, 2018.

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:16:30 +0530
Social media is not the

Director Woody Allen has been accused by his estranged daughter Dylan Farrow, that Allen sexually abused her when she was a child. Allen, however, has denied the claims. While numerous actresses including Greta Gerwig, Rebecca Hall, Ellen Page, Rachel Brosnahan, Kate Winslet and actors Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Timothée Chalamet have publicly spoken out against the director in recent months, Cate Blanchett, however, isn’t quite to join the bandwagon.

Blanchett recently stated that, “I don’t think I’ve stayed silent at all. At the time that I worked with Woody Allen, I knew nothing of the allegations, and it came out during the time that the film was released. At the time, I said it’s a very painful and complicated situation for the family, which I hope they have the ability to resolve. And if these allegations need to be re-examined which, in my understanding, they’ve been through court, then I’m a big believer in the justice system and setting legal precedents. If the case needs to be reopened, I am absolutely, wholeheartedly in support of that. Because I think that there’s one thing about social media is fantastic about raising awareness about issues, but it’s not the judge and jury.”

Blanchett elaborated, “I feel that these things need to go into court, so if these abuses have happened, the person is prosecuted, and so someone, who is not in the shiny industry that I am, can use that legal precedent to protect themselves. Always, in my industry or any other industry, they’re preyed upon because they’re vulnerable.”

 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:13:22 +0530
Kylie Jenner slammed for

Kylie Jenner was recently slammed for promoting a waist trainer line just seven weeks after giving birth.

Kylie Jenner promoted a line of waist trainers that were advertised as post-baby snap back body shapers.  Some fans, however, called her out for using her pregnancy to make money, while others criticised her for body shaming new moms into getting their figures back.

Kylie shared a picture on Instagam wearing a tight black t-shirt with a large waist trainer. She wrote, “My girl @premadonna87 hooked me up with the @waistgangsociety snap back package. #ad waistgang has the BEST quality snap back products. make sure you get your package & follow @waistgangsociety to join & keep up the journey together. tag us in photos, and head over to http://www.whatsawaist.com NOW! Use code (Kylie) for an exclusive discount & I can keep up with your progress‼ #waistgangsociety #waistgang #fitness#whatwaist #whatsawaist.com.”

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:10:12 +0530
Christina Aguilera reveal

Christina Aguilera recently revealed the inspiration behind her song Fighter and said it was about when she found out that her ex-boyfriend was gay. She revealed the same in the season premiere of Untucked, RuPaul’s Drag Race’s after show during which she was asked if Fighter was about someone in particular, to which she replied, “Of course it was! He deserved it. It was heartbreaking because I found out he played for your team, not mine.”

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:07:08 +0530
Comedian Byron Allen buys

The Weather Channel TV network was sold recently to comedian-turned-media-mogul Byron Allen.

Allen’s Entertainment Studios Inc. bought the 36-year-old channel from the Blackstone Group, Bain Capital and Comcast.

While terms of the sale were not disclosed, it is reported to be the price of approximately $300 million.

Allen stated, “The Weather Channel is one of the most trusted and extremely important cable networks, with information vitally important to the safety and protection of our lives. The acquisition of the Weather Channel is strategic, as we begin our process of investing billions of dollars over the next five years to acquire some of the best media assets around the world.”

Weather Channel Chief Executive Dave Shull said, “Byron Allen’s purchase of our innovative and forward-thinking organization will increase the value we bring to our viewers, distributors and advertisers.”

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:04:08 +0530
Brad Pitt and Jennifer An

Actors Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are reportedly considering getting back together. It has been reported that both Pitt and Aniston have been secretly meeting after actor George Clooney encouraged Pitt to reach out to her following her split from actor Justin Theroux.

It was stated that they have been secretly getting together for late night hookups, because of Clooney and that he was the first person to call Pitt when his marriage to Angelina Jolie imploded and after Aniston and Theroux announced their split, he encouraged Brad to reach out and give their relationship another chance.

 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:00:37 +0530
Baahubali director SS Raj

Baahubali director SS Rajamouli recently announced his next multi-starrer movie that would feature actors Junior NTR and Ram Charan in lead roles.

Back in November of last year, the director had shared a photo on his Twitter handle alongside Jr NTR and Ram Charan.

The producer of the film, DVV Danayya took to Twitter announced SS Rajamouli's next film with  a teaser and wrote, “The MASSIVE Announcement you've all been waiting for! #RRR - @ssrajamouli @tarak9999 #RamCharan @RRRMovie.”

The film is tentatively titled, RRR Movie, which includes the initials of Rajamouli, Ram Charan, and Rama Rao. A Twitter account for the movie with the same name has been created as well on which the makers of the film tweeted, “The much awaited confirmation you all have been waiting for since November 18th 2017... Its OFFICIAL.. The Massive Multi Starrer is ON! #RRR .. It's not the TITLE.. Just the TITANS coming together! @ssrajamouli @tarak9999 #RamCharan.”

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:55:50 +0530
Actress Daisy Irani revea

Daisy Irani, the veteran actress, who was best known for her roles as a child star of the 1950s, recently revealed that she was raped at an outdoor shoot of the film Hum Panchhi Ek Daal Ke in Madras when she was just six years old.

Irani narrated the horrific incident and said, “The man who did this was supposed to be my guardian.  One night in the hotel room he violated me, hit me with a belt and warned me that he would kill me if I ever told anyone about what had happened.”

Irani asserted that after the incident, she became really protective of her sisters Honey Irani (mother of Farhan and Zoya Akhtar) and Menka Irani (mother of Farah and Sajid Khan).

Irani expressed that she broke her silence after so many years because she wanted parents and guardians to be more protective towards children who were working in films and television.

 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:51:53 +0530
Cabinet approves the larg

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the Centrally Sponsored National Health Protection Mission (NHPM) having central sector component under Ayushman Bharat, anchored in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Thanking the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his visionary leadership and constant guidance, Health Minister Nadda said that NHPM is a major step towards Universal Health Coverage. It will protect around 50 crore people (from about 10 crore families) from catastrophic healthcare spending. This shall boost our resolve to serve the poorest of the poor in the country as there is an increased benefit cover to nearly 40% of the population, covering almost all secondary and many tertiary hospitalizations, he said.

Nadda further stated that the coverage of Rs. 5 lakh for each family has no restriction of family size and age.

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:33:35 +0530
India successfully test f

BrahMos, the formidable supersonic cruise missile with indigenous seeker was successfully flight tested at the Pokhran test range in Rajasthan. The supersonic cruise missile and the seeker have been developed jointly by DRDO and BrahMos Aerospace.

The precision strike weapon with indigenous seeker flew in its designated trajectory and hit the pre-set target. The flight test was conducted by the scientists of DRDO and BrahMos along with the Indian Army.

A high level team led by Chairman DRDO & Secretary DDR&D Dr S Christopher was present during the flight trial, which included DG (Missiles & Strategic Systems) & SA to RM Dr G Satheesh Reddy and Director General BrahMos Dr Sudhir Mishra.

Programme Director Dr Dashrath Ram and Project Director Mrs V Prameela who had led the effort for development of the indigenous seeker were also part of the team.  Senior IAF officials also witnessed the successful launch of the tactical weapon.

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:24:43 +0530
36 Sites from India inscr

Minister of State (IC) for Culture and Minister of State for Environment, Forest & Climate Change Dr. Mahesh Sharma said in Lok Sabha that 36 Sites from India are inscribed on the World Heritage List which include 28 Cultural, 7 Natural and 1 Mixed category site.There are 3686 monuments/sites under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

During the last three years, the Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara (Nalanda University) at Nalanda (Bihar); The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement, Chandigarh and Historic City of Ahmedabad under cultural category and Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim under mixed category are added to the World Heritage List and the Vishnu Temple, Wynad (Kerala) is added to the protection list of ASI.

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:15:31 +0530
BJP Congress accuse each

The Congress and the BJP accused each other of hiring the services of the controversial Cambridge Analytica firm that has come under the scanner recently for data theft.

The Congress alleged that the BJP hired the company’s services in various state polls such as in Bihar, Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand and Delhi as well as for its ‘Mission272+’ in the 2014 general elections.

Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala questioned PM Narendra Modi and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad over hiring of the British firm in previous state polls.

The BJP charge was lead by Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who rejected the Congress’ allegation that his party had hired the services of the firm.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to slam the BJP, he tweeted, “Problem: 39 Indians dead; Government on the mat, caught lying. Solution: Invent story on Congress and data theft. Result: Media networks bite bait; 39 Indians vanish from radar. Problem solved.”

Surjewala added that the law minister, Prasad was spreading “lies and falsehood” and also dubbed him as the “lawless” minister.

Prasad, however, asserted, “I understand their pain. But I maintain certain standards and will not fall to their level to respond to them.”

Prasad also accused Gandhi of making light of the situation of the bodies of the 39 Indians killed in Iraq.

The BJP also criticised the Congress and stated that the party and its chief that have hired the services of the company as well.

Prasad alleged that the influence of the controversial firm was evident in the Congress’ campaign in Gujarat and stated that it ran a “poisonous and divisive campaign” in the state.

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Congress to move privileg

The Congress stated that it will move a privilege motion against External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for “misleading” the parliament on the issue of the death of 39 Indians who were kidnapped in Iraq in 2014 from Mosul.

Congress leaders Ambika Soni, Pratap Bajwa and Shamsher Singh Dullo alleged that the government tried to suppress the issue of killing of 39 Indians.

Soni asserted, “We are definitely going to bring a privilege motion against the Minister of India for having misguided the House both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. When a minister gives statement on the floor of the house, it is considered an assurance. She (Swaraj) gave an assurance that these people were alive and dismissed all other inputs being given by others. Today they have proved right and her confidential sources, we do not know what they are, have proved wrong.”

Bajwa said Sushma Swaraj should disclose the sources which formed basis of her earlier claims that the 39 Indians, kidnapped by ISIS, were alive and added that the families of those killed should be given adequate compensation and that the central government should also provide jobs to the members of each family.

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Devendra Fadnavis Farmer

CM Devendra Fadnavis recently told the Legislative Assembly that farmers owed the Maharashtra exchequer Rs. 17,000 crore in the form of outstanding power bills for the agriculture pump sets.

Fadnavis stated that though the government had initiated the process to recover the pending dues, it has stopped the drive temporarily taking into consideration various hardships being faced by the farmers.

The CM asserted, “The state government was directed by the MERC (Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission) to recover the amount from farmers and the process had begun. However, considering the hardships faced by the farmers, the recovery process has been stayed.”

 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
IAF fake recruitment webs

The Indian Air Force (IAF) lodged an FIR against unidentified persons for creating a fake website to provide jobs in the IAF.

The fake IAF website was detected by one of the officers of IAF after which a complaint was lodged on March 16 under the Information Technology Act.

It has been stated in the FIR that the reprobates, who created the fake website called applications for various posts.

Wing Commander Manjit Singh, stated, “The application form said it was for a vacancy in the civilian group C posts in the Air Force record offices.”

Singh immediately noted down the website’s name. The website's name was indianairforcerectt.co.in. The matter is currently under probe.

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Kerala CM Kerala all set

Kerala CM recently expressed that the state has plans to become a major force in the digital economy by leveraging its strength in education system and skilled labour force.

Speaking at the global digital summit #Future in Kochi, the state CM Pinarayi Vijayan said that to ensure that requisite infrastructure facilities for the change are available, the government has taken up the responsibility of increasing the floor area of IT parks by 10 million sq ft.

He further stated that Kerala is committed to provide free Wi-fi in at least a 1000 public spots every year including parks and libraries. He said, “We are connecting our offices and homes with a high speed optical fibre network and are moving towards ensuring that last mile connectivity is a reality in Kerala by linking even our rural and coastal areas.”

He also launched M-Kerala, a unified app for all government services.

 

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
UIDAI chief states Aadhaa

The Centre recently asserted before the Supreme Court that biometric details of individuals were not shared with anyone and that it was almost impossible to break its encryption even as the court asked questions regarding denial of benefits for want of biometric authentication.

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey stated, “Aadhaar provides a robust, lifetime, reusable, nationally on-line verifiable ID card to citizens.”

He further made a power-point presentation for the same and presented before a five-judge Constitution Bench comprising of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra as well as justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, to show that the Aadhaar software was not linked to the internet because the government considered that possibility that it might be hacked.

Pandey further stated, “Biometrics is never given out. Our software is such that the moment the resident presses the save key, entire data gets encrypted by the 2048-bit key. To break one key, the fastest computer in the world will take more than the life of the universe.”

The bench also asked questions on security as well as protection of data collected at enrolment centres, fear of data theft and blacklisting 49,000 enrolment centres by UIDAI.

Pandey said only the software used for biometric matching was foreign and the companies didn't share the ‘source code’ and that, even banks were using them. He further stated that some of the enrolment centres were blacklisted as they were charging money from individuals and harassing them.

Pandey said for those unable to give biometrics due to old age or any other reason, there was an exception handling mechanism in place. In such cases, authentication will be on the basis of photographs and their mobile number verifiable through an OTP. Even face authentication will be implemented from July this year as well.

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
BJP Dalit MPs to meet Ami

A group of BJP's Dalit MPs met Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad recently, asserted that they would meet party chief Amit Shah regarding a review petition against the recent Supreme Court order.

BJP's ‘SC Morcha’ chief Vinod Kumar Sonkar, who is also a Lok Sabha member stated that they met Prasad and would meet Shah, insisting that the government would ensure that no harm was done to the interests of the community.

Prasad also asserted that the government was examining the top court's judgement and would give a structured response to it in the coming days.

The Supreme Court recently introduced the provision of anticipatory bail and ruled against automatic arrest of the accused booked under the law.

Several BJP leaders had stated that it would work against the interests of Dalits and that several laws were misused but it should not result in diluting them adding that the atrocities against Dalits remained a serious issue in vast parts of the country.

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 01:52:03 +0530
PM reaffirms commitment t

“WorldWaterDay is an occasion to highlight the importance of Jal Shakti and reaffirm our commitment towards water conservation.

When water is conserved, our cities, villages and hardworking farmers benefit tremendously”, the Prime Minister said.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:35:27 +0530
Chinese company trying to

Kanye West may just get embroiled in a legal battle because a company has come out to compete for the right to use his Yeezy nickname.

Kanye's company was reportedly outmanoeuvred by a Chinese company that filed trademark paperwork in an effort to stake its claim to the popular Yeezy brand name.

Kanye's company has owned the name Yeezy for footwear since 2013, they however, abandoned the trademark for other clothing items besides shoes in 2017. The Chinese company named Fujian Baby Network Technology Co. filed trademark paperwork for the term ‘Yeezy Boost’ for its clothing products.

The I Love Kanye hitmaker’s company then re-filed the application for Yeezy clothing but may now have to wait and watch as the Chinese company has filed the paperwork for the same as well.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:12:00 +0530
Luke Bryan defends Katy P

Luke Bryan recently spoke about the kiss between an American Idol aspirant and Katy Perry and defended her for the same.

The Swish Swish singer faced backlash after she kissed a 19-year-old contestant, Benjamin Glaze, who said he’d never been kissed.

Bryan stated, “It’s unfortunate that stuff like that turns into a story that big. I watched an actual interview where (Glaze) said that he was cool with everything. And I gotta back Katy on that. You know she’s in there working hard and making fun TV. And you know what, we’re gonna get right it sometimes and get it wrong sometimes. At the end of the day, me, Katy and Lionel (Richie) and Ryan (Seacrest) our hearts are in the right place.”

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:04:56 +0530
Meghan Markle to get a wa

Madame Tussauds New York announced that Meghan Markle will be getting her own wax figure in Times Square. She will join Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry, Kate Middleton and Prince William at the attraction in time for her May wedding. A wax figure of Markle will go on display in London as well.

After a notice about the latest addition to the museum was placed on a golden easel outside Buckingham Palace, town crier Anthony Appleton announced the news to the public stating, “Oyez! Oyez! Edward Fuller, general manager of Madame Tussauds London, is proud to announce the imminent arrival of her royal likeness Meghan Markle. The future princess, bride-to-be and queen of the courtroom will be safely delivered to the world-famous London attraction in early May, 2018. Meghan will take her place beside her future husband, Prince Harry.”

The unveilings are scheduled to take place in May. Christine Haughney, ‎Regional Head of Marketing, ‎Merlin Entertainments stated, “Meghan Markle has captured the hearts and imaginations of people all around the world. We're so excited to give our fans the chance to meet their American Princess and celebrate the Royal Wedding this spring.”

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:56:00 +0530
President presents the St

The President of India, Ram NathKovind, presented the Standard to the 51 Squadron and Colours to the 230 Signal Unit of the Indian Air Force at Halwara, Punjab.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the 51 Squadron and the 230 Signal Unithave distinguished themselves in service to our nation. They have a rich history of professional excellence and have served India with honour and distinction, during peace and hostilities. It is a proud moment for him to honour the units for their dedication, professional conduct and courage.

The President said that the Indian Air Force symbolises our military excellence. The performance of its personnel in exercises, both at home and abroad, is a glowing testimony to its high standards. The Indian Air Force, besides safeguarding our sovereign skies, has always been at the forefront of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. The resilience, tenacity and zeal of our valiant Air Warriors is a source of pride for every Indian.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:04:17 +0530
Kriti Sanon to star in Sa

Kriti Sanon is reportedly set to star in Sajid Nadiadwala’s Housefull 4. This will be her second film with Nadiadwala. The filmmaker had previously worked with Sanon when he launched her in his home production, Heropanti.

Speaking about the film, Kriti said, “Joining the cast of Housefull 4 is like coming back home. My journey started with Sajid sir in Heropanti. Since then, he has always been there for me and has guided me. I can’t wait to work with him again and that too, in the super-successful Housefull franchise!”

The film will be helmed by Sajid Khan, who had directed the first two instalments as well. The latest instalment is touted as a reincarnation drama which will be set in two eras. The film will also star Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol and Riteish Deshmukh in pivotal roles.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:37:55 +0530
Chris Pratt shares his ex

Actor Chris Pratt recently spoke about his experience on working with Robert Downey Jr. and revealed that the Avengers star had called him to congratulate on his casting for the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Pratt portrays the role of Peter Quill aka Star Lord in the James Gunn-directed Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and is set to reprise the role in the highly anticipated film Avengers: Infinity War.

Pratt elaborated, “When I first arrived in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Downey was the first to call and tell me, Hey man, welcome. If there's anything you need I will help. There are so few people on the planet who are going through what you're going through right now. I have, so I'm here. I'll always answer the phone.”

Pratt recalled an incident and said, “He (Downey Jr.) came up to me and said, ‘You doing all right?’ I said ‘Yeah, I've got a sore throat.’ Within 10 minutes there was a person here giving me all these herbs and taking care of me.” He added, “He offered the use of his trailer where I could sit down and use some of his hi-tech healing gadgets. It was amazing. I'm living my best life.”

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:28:26 +0530
Hrithik Roshan and Katrin

Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif are set to reunite for the sequel of their film Bang Bang. The sequel will be called Bang Bang Reloaded.

Confirming the sequel, trade Analyst Atul Mohan tweeted, “The makers of #BangBang have started working of its sequel it is learnt! The second outing has been titled Bang Bang Reloaded which they have registered this week ! Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif are likely going to be cast again!”

It was further reported that Fox Star Hindi even went ahead to register the title with the producers’ association as Bang Bang Reloaded since the sequel had been given the nod. They are likely to cast Roshan and Kaif in the sequel and may soon begin the process once the script is locked as well.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:20:45 +0530
Tessa Thompson and Chris

The stars of Thor: Ragnarok, Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth are reportedly set to star alongside each other in yet another big film.

Thompson may be joining Hemsworth for Sony’s Men in Black spinoff.  The Fate of the Furious director F. Gary Gray is set to helm the film while Matt Holloway and Art Marcum will pen the script. The film will reportedly release on May 17, 2019.

The original movie starred Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in lead roles. They portrayed the role of agents of a secret organization known as the Men in Black who protected Earth from intergalactic villains. The first film was huge hit and produced two more sequels as well.

Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald will be producing the film along with with Steven Spielberg who is the executive producer. David Beaubaire will oversee the film for Sony.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:25:41 +0530
Netflix gets its own font

Netflix has joined the ranks of other giant tech companies with their own font, and unveiled Netflix Sans.

The font was created by Netflix’s in-house design team in partnership with foundry Dalton Maag to use for branding and marketing purposes. Design lead Noah Nathan stated that, “With the global nature of Netflix’s business, font licensing can get quite expensive. Developing this typeface not only created an ownable and unique element for the brand’s aesthetic, but saves the company millions of dollars a year as foundries move towards impression-based licensing for their typefaces in many digital advertising spaces.”

He added, “The unique characteristics of the typeface were chosen very carefully as it is meant to serve both display and functional purposes. The clean and neutral lines give without taking, favouring art over distraction, and eliminating excess. The arched cut on the lowercase ‘t’ is discreetly inspired by the cinemascopic curve that is so iconic to the brand’s word mark and symbol.”

Nathan along with Tanya Kumar, and Andre do Amaral, David Gallagher, Monique Adcock, and the team at Dalton Maag created the font.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:14:44 +0530
C line Dion cancels shows

Céline Dion recently cancelled a series of shows in to “undergo a minimally invasive surgical procedure.”

The My Heart Will Go On singer shared the news on her Facebook page and apologized to her fans for the shows that were cancelled.

The post read, “Céline has been dealing with a condition in her middle ear known as Patulous Eustachian tube, which causes hearing irregularities, and makes it extremely difficult to sing. She has been experiencing this condition for the past 12-18 months but it has been successfully treated with various ear drop medications. During the past couple of weeks these medications have no longer been working to treat the condition, so she will undergo a minimally invasive surgical procedure to correct the problem.”

Dion also expressed her disappointment for the same and wrote, “My luck hasn’t been very good lately, I’ve been so looking forward to doing my shows again and this happens, I just can’t believe it! I apologize to everyone who planned to travel to Las Vegas to see my show. I know how disappointing this is, and I’m so sorry. I don’t know what to say, other than I’m truly sorry for having to cancel tonight’s show and the two shows from last week. Cancelling a show is the hardest thing I have to do, especially when I know that so many people have travelled far to see me in Las Vegas. This decision is not made lightly.”

She continued, “When I’m not well, I always try to push through and I do everything I can to do my show. I really struggled to finish last night’s show and it took everything out of me. My doctor advised that I absolutely cannot perform tonight.”

Dion added, “I know that I’m disappointing you, the people who support me the most and it hurts me beyond words. I hope that you can forgive me. Céline xx.”

Her performances are scheduled to resume on May 22.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:01:13 +0530
DP World Tata Group disc

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DP World, has met with senior executives from India’s Tata Group to explore opportunities for cooperation, knowledge sharing, and best practice.

Discussions covered logistics and supply chain operations, innovative customer care and creating high quality, sustainable services. The meeting was attended by Ahmed Al Haddad, Chief Operating Officer of Jafza, and Mahmood Al Bastaki, CEO of Dubai Trade.

Bin Sulayem outlined DP World’s operations across 40 countries, and its role in enabling trade across the global supply chain by providing industry-leading services, including the Jebel Ali model of integrated port and free zone, which is now gaining popularity around the world.

The company has extensive business interests in India, including six container terminals, Inland Container Depots, warehouses and container rail freight services, supporting over 30 percent of the country’s container trade. It recently acquired a 90 percent stake in Continental Warehousing Corporation, an Indian logistics firm Earlier this January, NIIF, India’s first sovereign wealth fund and DP World had announced the creation of an investment platform Hindustan Infralog to invest up to US$3 billion in ports, terminals, transportation and logistics businesses in India. The Continental acquisition will be the first investment of the platform.

"The Tata Group have been an integral part of India’s growth story for 150 years and we also have a deep-rooted relationship with India that have recently expanded our horizons to develop logistics infrastructure. We believe that our both companies can benefit through exchange of knowledge and know how, sharing expertise and experience in areas that deliver solutions to India's growing economy and trade," Bin Sulayem said "We are working to expand business relations with India in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. We aim to share insights on our successful business model in line with the Dubai government’s 2021 policy, and the UAE's post-oil strategy to create a sustainable knowledge-based economy."

The Tata delegates toured Jebel Ali Port and Free Zone, including Terminal 3, T3, the world's largest semi-automated container handling facility with an annual capacity of four million twenty-foot equivalent container units, TEUs. They were briefed on the T3 operational efficiencies, where capacity was increased by 1.5 million TEU last year in response to the high levels of utilisation at the port and with the recovery in volumes, particularly in the lead up to Expo 2020.

Indian container imports at Jebel Ali Port have increased annually in the past four years from 205,000 TEUs in 2013 to 254,000 TEUs in 2017, while exports reached 132,000 TEUs.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 09:16:40 +0530
President attends the con

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, attended the concluding session of the Festival of Innovations and Entrepreneurship (FINE) at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

He also witnessed presentations of recommendations of round tables held during the FINE - on Science and Technology led innovations for societal application; nurturing innovation ecosystem; role of government in scaling up and commercialization of innovations including start-ups; and innovations for sustainable agriculture with special focus on Bamboo and herbal medicine, aroma, fragrance and flavours. 

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the Exhibition of Innovations held at Rashtrapati Bhavan has demonstrated to industry, government and civil society how innovators are collaborating for a creative and compassionate India. But showcasing innovations is not the sole purpose of this Festival. We must translate innovative ideas into accessible and affordable products and services for our people. Otherwise ideas will remain only ideas – nice thoughts on paper and computer screens. It is important to connect the bottom of the innovation pyramid with the other layers. And to clear the path for grassroots innovations to be scaled up for mass adoption.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 09:05:08 +0530
Indo U S Science and Tec

The Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) celebrated its 18th Foundation Day in the presence of the Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, and the Ambassador of the United States to India, Kenneth Juster. 

The genesis of IUSSTF can be traced back to the year 2000, when after nearly five decades of the India-U.S. relationship in S&T, the Governments of India and the United States of America decided that it was time to create a more formal mechanism to take this long history of productive engagement to the next level.

This led to the formation of the binational Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum. IUSSTF’s mandate is to promote, catalyze and seed bilateral collaboration in science, technology, engineering and innovation through substantive interactions amongst government, academia and industry. The Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India and the U.S. Department of the State are the two nodal agencies of the respective Governments handling matters related to IUSSTF.

In his Presidential address Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, “Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum has contributed immensely in bringing both our countries closer together and has clearly demonstrated that cooperation in science and technology is driven by leveraging intellect, innovation and technological strength of both our countries that directly contributes to global knowledge economy of 21st century”.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 08:53:21 +0530
Modi congratulates Merkel

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a telephone call today to Angela Merkel to congratulate her on assuming office as the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany for the fourth successive term.

Prime Minister Modi lauded the strong leadership provided by Chancellor Merkel to Germany, and the pivotal role played by Germany in European affairs during her leadership tenure.

Prime Minister Modi reiterated his commitment to continue working with Chancellor Merkel for deepening and strengthening the Indo-German bilateral relationship.

Prime Minister Modi also said that he is looking forward to his forthcoming meeting with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who will be on a State Visit to India on 22-26 March 2018.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 08:45:19 +0530
Jewellery firm Kanishk Go

A case has been filed by the CBI against Chennai-based jeweller Kanishk Gold Pvt Ltd for allegedly cheating a consortium of 14 banks of Rs. 824 crore. The consortium is led by State Bank of India. The CBI filed the case on a complaint from SBI on behalf of the consortium.

The CBI has booked the company Kanishk Gold, its directors Bhoopesh Kumar Jain, Neeta Jain, Tejraj Achha, Ajay Kumar Jain and Sumit Kedia as well as certain unidentified government officers. The CBI then carried out searches at officers and homes of the promoters of Kanishk Gold as well.

The complaint further stated that the company made gold jewellery marketed under the brand ‘Krizz,’ which were then sold through distributors up until 2014. In 2015, however, it changed its business model to B2B (business-to-business) and started supplying to large retail jewellers.

The loan accounts of the company were then taken over by SBI from ICICI Bank in 2008 and the banking arrangement for the same was converted into a multiple banking system in March 2011.

SBI alleged that the fraud is almost of Rs. 824.15 crore but the security available with it to cover the loss is Rs. 156.65 crore.

CBI officials said they were in touch with the bank for detailed information about the complaint.

SBI accused Kanishk Gold of having “misrepresented and falsified” the company’s records and financial statements to take credit and further alleged that Kanishk Gold and its directors diverted the funds in a move that was against the interests of the bank.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Kupwara Encounter 3 Army

A nearly 48-hour gun battle in the dense Kupwara forest in north Kashmir took place which resulted in the deaths of five security personnel, including three Army jawans and two policemen and an equal number of terrorists killed.

It was reported that the encounter broke out in the Halmatpora area, at least 8 kms from the Line of Control or LoC, after a police party intercepted a group of terrorists and a joint team of the Kupwara police along with companies of the Army, the Territorial Army and the CRPF were engaged in the operations as well.

It was further reported that the group of terrorists had snuck in nearly 8 kms after crossing two ridges of the Shamsabari mountain range.

The terrorists had met their ‘reception party’ after crossing the LoC and were proceeding towards Kupwara town when they were spotted by police personnel after which the terrorists, who were hiding in a mosque, began running towards the forest, during which four of them were killed by the security forces.

The fifth terrorist, who had hid himself at a height and was firing on the approaching security forces, was later killed as well.

In the encounter, two policemen Deepak Thusoo and SPO Mohd Yousuf, two army personnel Sepoy Ashraf Rather of 160 TA and Naik Ranjeet Kholka of 5 Bihar lost their lives. SPO Javaid Ahmad was injured..

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti paid tributes to the security forces' personnel killed in the encounter.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Rahul Gandhi slams PM Mod

Congress President Rahul Gandhi recently criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi over reports that claim China has found an alternate route to Doklam.

Indian and Chinese troops had a 73-day face off at Doklam in the Sikkim sector of India's border in northeast last year.

Gandhi took to Twitter and stated, “In Doklam, it's China season again. How will Modi Ji react this time? China quietly and cleverly finds a new route to South Doklam, 7 months after India stopped it.”

Gandhi also gave a sarcastic reply, giving them options as he wrote, “Hugplomacy, Blame RM (Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman), Cry in public and All of the above.”

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Cabinet approves amendmen

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the amendment of the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 to provide for rights of child born through surrogacy to that of a natural child or biological child and mandate for surrogacy clinics to be registered with the appropriate authorities in the states.

The amendments include 16 months of extended insurance coverage for the surrogate mother to cover complications and a strict clause to safeguard the surrogate mother from exploitation as well.

Besides, Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) now has been kept out of the purview of the Bill.

It was further stated that it would ensure effective regulation of surrogacy, prohibit commercial surrogacy and allow altruistic surrogacy to needy Indian infertile couples.

Once it becomes recognised as an Act, it will regulate surrogacy services in the country, control unethical practices in surrogacy as well as prevent commercialization of the same and also prohibit potential exploitation of both, the surrogate mothers and children born through surrogacy.

The Bill, applicable to whole of India except Jammu and Kashmir, proposes to regulate surrogacy in India by establishing National Surrogacy Board at the central level and State Surrogacy Boards and appropriate authorities in the states and union territories.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Congress seeks review of

Congress president Rahul Gandhi recently accused the Modi government for failing to defend dalit rights in the Supreme Court and asked the PM not to abdicate its duty to favour the “anti-dalit mindset of BJP/RSS.”

The Congress expressed concern over the apex court judgment that diluted provisions related to immediate arrest in the SC/ST Act and demanded a review of the same or an amendment in the law.

Gandhi took to Twitter to express his sentiments and tweeted, “The SC/ST Act is the most important instrument to prevent atrocities on dalits and adivasis. A complicit Modi governmnet failed to defend it in the Supreme Court. The PM must not abdicate his duty in favour of the anti-dalit mindset of the BJP/RSS.”

Congress senior spokesperson Anand Sharma also asserted, “There is serious concern over yesterday's decision of the Supreme Court. If it is not reviewed, it will be very unfortunate. There is a feeling on insecurity among the SC/STs and other oppressed classes. We feel there should be a review of this decision which will be in national interest.Why is the government silent on this issue. Government should clarify its stand and should present its version before the Supreme Court through the attorney general. If the government remains silent, it means that the government supports the decision.”

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Diamond Baron Vasant Gaje

Diamond Baron Vasant Gajera, owner of jewellery manufacturing firm Laxmi Diamond, was recently arrested for allegedly forging property documents to usurp a piece of land in Vesu area in Surat.

He is the brother of Congress leader Dhiru Gajera. Gajera was summoned to the Umra police station and was arrested after questioning.

In a complaint lodged against Gajera in 2003, the complainant Vajubhai Malani claimed that the former had forged the documents to usurp his land and constructed a compound wall around it. Malani later moved the high court after police failed to act on his complaint.

The high court then ordered the police to register an FIR, stating that an offence was made out against Gajera.

DCP Vidhi Chaudhary stated, “Vasant Gajera was today arrested on the basis of the FIR after ACP (F Division) investigated the matter.”

Umra police station inspector S B Bharwad said that he was booked under sections 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine forged documents), 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
India issues stern warnin

India issued a stern warning to Facebook, in a first of its kind, as the Union Minister for Information & Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the government  won't tolerate any attempt to influence the electoral process in the country.

The minister also reminded the social media giant of severe consequences if it breaches the personal data security.

The government was forced to issue a strong statement regarding personal data sharing largely because of the controversial relation aired between US President Donald Trump and Cambridge Analytica, a company that worked for Trump during the US presidential election and intruded into more than five crore Facebook accounts to make sure that the election results were in Trump's favour.

The Government of India made it clear that they won't allow any attempts to tarnish the democratic system in the country by any media while respecting the freedom of press as well as the freedom of expression.

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 19:30:07 +0530
Ringo Starr of The Beatle

The Beatles’ Richard Starkey a.k.a Ringo Starr, is now Sir Ringo. The drummer was knighted in a ceremony in the U.K.

Starr expressed his sentiments for the same and said that he was honoured to get the title and asserted that, “It means a lot actually. It means recognition for the things we've done. I was really pleased to accept this.”

An announcement of Ringo's knighthood was made at the end of December. McCartney issued a statement congratulating him. He said, “Huge congrats Sir Ringo! Sir Richard Starkey has a nice ring to it. Best drummer, best pal! X Paul.”

John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono tweeted, “Dear Sir Ringo, I am very happy that you have received this honour from the Queen. It’s about time! Huge congratulations! I am delighted for you and your family. It is an honour for everyone in The Beatles family and I love you very much.”

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:56:36 +0530
Sara Ali Khan to star opp

Director Rohit Shetty and Karan Johar recently confirmed that Sara Ali Khan is set to play the female lead in Simmba opposite Ranveer Singh.

Shetty confirmed the news on Instagram where he posted the picture of himself with Johar and Khan with the caption, “Sara Ali Khan - The Simmba girl #Simmba #SaraTheSimmbaGirl.”

The film is set to hit theatres on December 28, 2018. Ranveer Singh is set to play the role of a notorious cop Sangram Bhalerao.

A statement from Dharma Productions said, “After the release of the first poster which featured Ranveer Singh, there was immense curiosity on who would be cast as the film’s female lead. Now it’s confirmed. Rohit Shetty and Karan Johar have signed Sara Ali Khan for the film, opposite Ranveer, who plays the role of a notorious cop Sangram Bhalerao.”

Khan is currently shooting for her first signed film, Kedarnath which also stars Sushant Singh Rajput and was expected to release the same day. However, Kedarnath has been pushed to next year. Simmba is the official Hindi remake of NTR Jr.’s Telugu film, Temper.

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:49:21 +0530
Mukesh Ambani to co produ

Aamir Khan has time and again spoken excitedly about the project and now it looks like it will happen sometime soon.

It has been reported that Khan is all set for his most ambitious endeavour with a budget of over Rs 1,000 crore and that, Mukesh Ambani will be co-producing the film as well.

Aamir Khan had previously spoken about the project when he had stated that, “My dream project is to make the Mahabharata but I’m afraid of starting the project as I know it will consume at least 15-20 years of my life.”

It is further reported that Mahabharata will be made in three to five parts and will be helmed by different filmmakers.

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:41:20 +0530
Selena Gomez addresses ha

Selena Gomez was recently photographed in her bikini over the weekend after which the body shaming began almost immediately. The Wolves singer hit back at the body shamers with a powerful video post on Instagram that dismantled “the beauty myth” and revealed she’s taking time to focus on herself.

She wrote, “The beauty myth ― an obsession with physical perfection that traps modern woman in an endless cycle of hopelessness, self consciousness, and self-hatred as she tries to fulfill society’s impossible definition of flawless beauty,” Gomez captioned a video of herself and friends enjoying the sun Down Under. “I chose to take care of myself because I want to, not to prove anything to anyone. Wind in her sails.”

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:33:10 +0530
All about the Lala Kent a

Jennifer Lawrence had earlier in March called Lala Kent “a c--t!” on Watch What Happens Live! to which Kent had taken to Twitter to express her displeasure, “Did Jennifer Lawrence really call me a 'c--t' on @bravowwhl? Annnnnd talk about my mama? Bitch, you better pray I don't see you in the streets. You're one of the highest paid actresses on the planet...you claim you are pro-women and you call another woman a c--t? You're gross.”

Kent later appeared on Heather McDonald's Juicy Scoop podcast that was taped on March 6 on which she addressed the incident and asserted that, “Not only did she call me the c-word, she went on and on making fun of me and my relationship with my mom. I'm watching this like, ‘Is this A-list celebrity who has Oscars for real?’ And then when she dropped the c-word, I was like ‘Ok, honey, let's leave the trash to us reality personalities. Don't be trying to take my job. I just let her know that she's a gross human being and congratulations on two failed films in a row.”

She added, “You're an A-list celebrity who makes more money than God and you're like saying you support women and you're calling another woman the c-word that you've never laid eyes on in person, never had a conversation with me. I tried to not let it bug me, but it never feels good to be called that, on top of someone who is that big and grand and A-list and glamorous. It was kind of like that kind of hurt my feelings a little bit.”

Kent further expressed, “Well, here's the thing. Now anytime you bring her up, like, I'm going to have nothing nice to say about her. I'm going to say that her hair sucks, her face is a little too pudgy, like she needs to stop the drinking, you know? I said it, you don't have to worry.”

However, Kent addressed the interview recently and tweeted, “My interview with Juicy Scoop was taped a couple of weeks ago when I still felt hurt and emotional. Excuses aside, I wanted to let it be known J.Law and I are all good now.”

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:01:45 +0530
PM wishes on the eve of N

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has extended his greetings on the occasion of Navroz.

PM said, " Navroz Mubarak to the Parsi community! May the coming year further the spirit of happiness and harmony. I pray that everyone’s dreams and aspirations are fulfilled."

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:53:58 +0530
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The UAE Ambassador to India Dr. Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Banna, has visited the premises where the Emirates Red Crescent operates its charitable assistance as part of the 'Year of Zayed', in cooperation with the UAE Embassy.

Dr. Al Banna visited a mosque Vasant Vihar and another in the Saket area of New Delhi, where he distributed food baskets and clothing to widows, as well as school supplies, including bags and stationery, to students studying at the mosques.

The beneficiaries thanked the UAE and the ERC for their continuous help and support.

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:45:28 +0530
Abu Dhabi s Culture Tou

The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi has announced that it will embark on a four-city roadshow to India along with partners and stakeholders to help promote the emirate and entice even more Indian visitors to explore and discover Abu Dhabi.

The delegation, which includes representatives from Rotana Hotels, Yas Experience, Royal Arabian Destination Management, Royal Rose Hotels, Etihad Airways, Jet Airways, Lama Tours, Air Travel Enterprises, Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas, and Holiday Inn Hotels will be in India from 16th to 23rd March.

The roadshow will begin in Chandigarh in northern India before moving on to Ahmedabad, Mumbai and ending in Pune.

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. India is currently the emirate’s second largest international source market behind China.

Mubarak Al Nuaimi, Director Promotions and Overseas Offices at DCT Abu Dhabi, said, "India is a vital tier one source market for us which is providing more and more hotel guests for us each year and helped us reach a record of more than 4.9 million numbers of guests last year. In 2017 we recorded spectacular double-digit growth from India and we are already recording further progress from the Indian market since the turn of the year.

"We see great potential from this sector and are now running a succession of roadshows to cities across India highlighting the emirate and its attractions as we seek to capitalise on this uplift. 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 visit the emirate."

Earlier this year, the Department led a consumer-focused 'Abu Dhabi Week in India' initiative to Kochi and Kolkata following a similar event in Delhi and Mumbai in November 2017.

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:36:45 +0530
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Dr. Ahmed Abdulrahman Al Banna, UAE Ambassador to India, participated in the Rising India Summit, which was organised by the Indian media group, 'Network 18'.

During the summit, Al Banna met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who launched the summit by delivering a keynote speech.

In his speech Prime Minister Modi stated that his government has been working on a policy that aims to "head east," and "work fast."

Modi stressed that his vision of the rise of India depends on combining factors that have been previously ignored while further adding that his government’s ability to eliminate corruption and make changes in India relies on the country’s citizens and their aspirations.

The summit, which aims to highlight the rising international stature of India and its determination to benefit from opportunities to create a better future, was attended by intellectuals and scholars from around the world, as well as prominent figures in politics, diplomacy, business, sports and government, along with several Indian ministers, including Rajnath Singh, Minister of Home, Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Defence, and Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Trade, Industry and Civil Aviation.

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:16:26 +0530
Disneyland announces Aven

Disneyland recently announced a major Avengers expansion at a few of its Disney parks. A statement that was released by Marvel Entertainment further confirmed that 3 superhero-themed areas would be coming to a few of its top parks.

It stated, “At Disneyland Resort, the new Super Hero-themed land will begin recruiting guests in 2020, with even more new experiences to follow. The Guardians of the Galaxy will be joined by Spider-Man and the Avengers in what will become a completely immersive Super Hero universe, furthering the evolution of Disney California Adventure park.”

Besides Disneyland’s original park, the parks in Paris and Hong Kong will get their own Avengers-centric expansions by 2020.

Marvel elaborated, “As part of the transformative multi-year expansion announced for Disneyland Paris, the new Marvel-themed area at Walt Disney Studios Park will include a re-imagined attraction where riders will team up with Iron Man and their favourite Avengers on a hyper-kinetic adventure in 2020. Favourite heroes will take the stage for a brand new, live-action super-production featuring cutting-edge special effects and spectacular projections.”

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:11:06 +0530
Marvel s Black Panther is

Marvel’s Black Panther has set yet another record. Ryan Coogler’s film that had the highest opening weekend ever and went on to become the highest-grossing solo superhero movie ever, topping the box office for five weeks and more, went on to become the most tweeted about movie of all time.

With more than 35 million tweets, Black Panther has generated more Twitter comments than any other movie. The record was previously held by two recent Star Wars movies namely The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

According to Twitter, the most used Black Panther related hashtags are #BlackPanther, #WakandaForever, and #Wakanda while the most retweeted tweets about the film are rapper Kendrick Lamar’s reveal of the soundtrack tracklist he curated, a video of kids trying to buy tickets using a trench coat as a disguise, and former First Lady Michelle Obama’s praise for the film.

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:26:17 +0530
Prince Harry and Meghan M

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to tie the knot in May. However, it seems like they may not have a prenuptial agreement, despite the substantial assets between them, the reason being that prenups aren’t a common practice for anyone in the U.K and that historically even, the members of the royal family have not had them.

Besides, prenups can’t be legally enforced in the U.K. courts. However, judges do consider them during a divorce trial, so they’re not without purpose, but they don’t carry as much weight as they would in the United States, where they are legally recognized.

Both Harry and Meghan have hefty individual bank accounts with Harry’s funds being in a trust left to him by his late mother, Princess Diana, and Meghan, from her starring role on Suits over the course of seven seasons.

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:16:29 +0530
Have A Happy Journey

By Divya Mistry

With summer here, most of us would have planned trips to cool off and enjoy the holidays and weather. And most of love travelling and exploring new places and the foods and sights, but one of the challenges that most of us face is staying healthy and avoiding falling sick while on a vacation or even when travelling for work. This aspect can be tricky due to long journeys, jet lags, difference in weather, and eating out and eating a varied range of cuisine every day. But this can be avoided and you can enjoy your trip and make the most out of it by using a few clever hacks to avoid falling sick.

  • Eat healthier

While travelling, it goes without saying that every meal is going to be out. Every one of us loves exploring the local cuisine of the place and no vacation is complete without sampling at least the famous dishes of the place that you are in. But there is an option to cut eating out less. You could opt for home stays and rooms that have kitchens and try to make at least one meal a day to ensure that you don’t have a drastic shift in your diet that could lead to something like an upset tummy. Try swinging by a grocery store in the area to stock up on fruits, yogurts, cold meals and a few basic ingredients. This way you can ensure staying fit and enjoying the food as well.

  • Aid yourself

Even if you eat healthy and make yourself a meal once a day, there is still a chance of catching a virus or some cold due to weather changes, fatigue from travelling, etc. Keep some generic medicines and ointments with you as a prevention in case you feel yourself coming down with a cold or fever. Additionally keep some mosquito repellent spray or cream with you and ensure that you don’t leave the room without applying it.

  • Exercise

Today most people are health conscious and have a daily exercise regime. But one of the basic misconceptions when at another place is that you cannot follow your routine. Your exercise doesn’t have to suffer even if there is no gym around. You just have to be a little more creative or follow a different set of exercise. You can do breathing exercises, running and walking at any place. Even when travelling in a vehicle during a long journey, you can always halt the car at various intervals and step out to stretch and walk a bit to ensure that you don’t get cramps or a body ache later.

  • Stay hydrated

Always carry a bottle of water wherever you go. Make it an essential that you cannot leave without. No matter what the season, it is important to stay hydrated. Especially when you are going to go sightseeing and a lot of physical activity is involved, it helps keeping a water bottle with you to avoid dizziness and fatigue. With summer starting, you’ll need more liquids in your body. Apart from a water bottle, you can carry fresh lime soda or various fruit juices for a glucose rush if you feel tired and sweaty as this will rejuvenate you in no time and you can enjoy and carry on with your plans.

  • Munch on healthy snacks

A lot of people might have various diet restrictions and maintaining that diet is also a main concern for many of us. But this can be easily taken care of by stocking up and taking dry, healthy foods like granola bars, dry fruits, energy bars, low calorie cookies, etc. You can opt for healthier foods when eating out. A lot of places will customise the dish as per your dietary requirements if you ask them to. Additionally there are many places that also have options of making and customising every ingredient of your meal. Pre-planning and preparing thoroughly always helps and is foolproof to make your trip a happy and memorable one.

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:55:55 +0530
106th Indian Science Cong

Exhorting the scientific fraternity to develop a scientific temper at the grassroots level, Governor of Manipur, Dr. Najma Heptullah has said that it is the responsibility of the scientific community to develop young minds to further research in our country. She averred that India is becoming a powerhouse of scientific thought.  

Expressing her thoughts on the theme of this year’s Indian Science Congress, she said, “The North-East and Manipur are still an unreached place for many Indians. Everyday a new flora, a new fauna is discovered here. Many varieties of plants with medicinal properties are found here”.  Dr. Heptullah pointed out that it was also the destiny of the state.   

Taking many a trip down the memory lane, the Governor recollected the days when she was a researcher in Zoology and was awarded a PhD at the age of 22 and later, also a job at NASA. 

General President-elect, 106th Indian Science Congress Association, Manoj Kumar Chakrabarti announced that the 106th edition of the Indian Science Congress will be held next year from 3rd to 7th January, 2019 at Barkatullah University Bhopal, with the theme, “Future India: Science & Technology”. “More innovative and out-of-the-box thinking is required. Smaller, smarter and cheaper technology is the need of the hour,” he opined.  The traditional torch of knowledge, “Vigyan Jyot” was handed over to him.

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 09:31:20 +0530
Informal WTO Ministerial

The largest Informal WTO Ministerial Meeting began in New Delhi. Delegations from 52 countries including D.G. WTO, Mr. Roberto Azevedo are participating in the discussions.

Ministers and Vice Ministers from 27 countries are part of the delegations. Commerce and Industry Minister, Suresh Prabhu, welcomed the participants and hoped that this meeting will provide the opportunity to the participating countries to engage in free and frank discussions. All heads of delegations appreciated the Commerce & Industry Minister’s initiative in calling this meeting and providing political guidance for the work in the WTO.

Informal discussions will continue through out the day and the delegates will explore in detail the option for reinvigorating the WTO. The meeting will conclude with a Chair’s Summary to be delivered on his own responsibility by the Commerce & Industry Minister of India.

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 09:23:00 +0530
Modi congratulates Xi on

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a telephone call today to Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, to congratulate him on his re-election as the President of the People’s Republic of China.

The two leaders agreed that as two major powers growing rapidly, bilateral relations between India and China are vital for the realization of 21st Century as ‘Asian Century’.

The two leaders also agreed to continue their close consultations on regional and international issues of mutual interest.

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 09:17:42 +0530
Vice President lauds Amma

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that Mata Amritanandamayi Devi is a great inspiration to the people who wanted to do something to society.

The Judge in Supreme Court of India, Justice N.V. Ramana, the Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, Prof. P.J. Kurien, the Secretary General of Rajya Sabha, Desh Deepak Verma, the Secretary, Vice President Secretariat, Dr. I.V. Subba Rao and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

The Vice President said that Amma is an embodiment of Love and Compassion, Insight and Inspiration, Wisdom and Action, Laughter and Light. He further said that what she gives to the world is her love and affection. She is like a mother who gives her love and affection to her children. Amma do not make any distinction between her children, he added.

The Vice President said that she is a symbol of Universal Motherhood which accepts and embraces everything, a life of pure giving and celebration. She is an example who can extend the love and affection to human beings with her extraordinary qualities and missionary zeal, he added.

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 09:13:16 +0530
Vice President urges the

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that it is important for the Officers to learn local languages as it helps in improving efficiency and communicate better with locals. He was interacting with the 71st batch of Indian Revenue Service Officer Trainees of National Academy of Direct Taxes, Nagpur, who called on him, in New Delhi.

The Vice President wanted the officers to be proficient in their respective mother tongues.  Be proficient in your mother tongue and learn as many languages as possible. Do not be against any language, he added.

The Vice President said that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was instrumental in unifying India and created services like IAS, IPS to promote unity and integrity of the country. Patel emphasized on the need for officers to have Character, Capacity, Caliber and proper Conduct, he added.

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 09:08:00 +0530
52 universities to get au

Union human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar announced that the Jawaharlal Nehru University, University of Hyderabad and Jadavpur University are some of the top institutions that have been granted greater autonomy to start new courses, plan their own syllabi and collaborate with foreign institutions.

Javadekar said 52 universities including 5 central universities, 21 state universities, 24 deemed universities and 2 private universities are among the 60 higher educational institutions that will benefit from the government’s initiative.

He asserted, “Although these universities will remain within the UGC’s ambit, they will have the freedom to launch new courses, off-campus centres, skill development courses, research parks and new academic programmes. They will also have the freedom to hire foreign faculty members, enrol foreign students, give incentive-based emoluments to faculty members, enter into academic collaborations and run open-distance learning programmes.”

The government is also taking steps against deemed-to-be universities that aren’t high on performance such as a show cause notice will be given to the Institute of Advance Studies in Education in Rajasthan, Vinayaka Missions Research Foundation in Salem (Tamil Nadu) and the Meenakshi Academy of Higher Education and Research in Chennai as they are reportedly lacking in quality. The Supreme Court had earlier cancelled engineering degrees given by these institutes as well.

Officials said universities that have been granted autonomy will also be exempt from regular UGC inspections and will be able to obtain appraisals on the basis of self-reporting. They will also be allowed to hire global talent for up to 20% of their total faculty strength and fill up 20% of their seats with international students.

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Air purifiers bought for

A total of 140 air purifiers were reportedly purchased for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's offices and at least six other government agencies.

The purchases came after PM Modi faced criticism for not taking effective steps to improve air quality in Delhi.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had dubbed the city to be a ‘gas chamber’ last year as levels of airborne PM 2.5, tiny particulate matter that can reach deep into the lungs, far exceeded levels classified as ‘hazardous.’

The World Health Organisation had also recommended keeping windows closed when air pollution was high and also stated that air conditioners should not be used if they draw air from the outside.

The government, however, has reportedly spent 3.6 million rupees, or about $55,000, to buy air purifiers for PM Modi's offices and at least six government departments between 2014 and 2017.

Besides PM Modi's offices inside parliament house, the agencies included NITI Aayog and the ministries of health, agriculture, tourism, home affairs and foreign affairs as well.

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Rahul Gandhi BJP does an

Congress president Rahul Gandhi recently accused the BJP of spreading violence, forming governments using money and dividing the country for the sake of power.

He stated, “They will do anything for power. Modi ji will come and repeatedly lie. In Meghalaya, Manipur and Arunachal they brought the governments using money. You have seen it all.”

Gandhi yet again used a Mahabharata analogy at the Congress plenary as he asserted, “The question then was whether Hindustan walks on the path of truth or lies. In a way similar question is again being asked today. On one side BJP that can do anything for power,” while adding that the Congress was “based on truth.”

He further attacked BJP President Amit Shah and called him a “murder accused.” Gandhi also accused the PM of favouring big businesses by waiving their loans while ignoring farmers. He said, “Wherever Narendra Modi goes he says in the last 70 years nothing has happened. He is insulting your parents, poor farmers, labourers, small businessmen of India. Modi should stop insulting the common man.”

In his rally Gandhi also referred to the Punjab National bank fraud and said, “Nirav Modi ran away with the money of people of India and chowkidar (Modi) was just watching. Don't know whether the chowkidar was just watching or he opened the door, it is still not clear. This is the truth about Narendra Modi.”

Gandhi also accused Modi of not recognising other leaders in BJP. He charged, “The Prime Minister doesn't understand that there are other leaders in BJP. He doesn't understand there are Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, (Nitin) Gadkari(veteran L K ) Advani. All of them have worked for the country, but Modi doesn't want to give them space only one person wants to run the country.”

He also raised the Rafale fighter jet deal issue and alleged that the government tried its best to keep the price a secret. However, the French president during his visit to India denied having any such secret pact with India. To which Gandhi said, “The defence minister did not reveal the rates but somehow the manufacturer disclosed it.”

He stated that during the Congress regime, the purchase price was Rs. 570 crore for each plane whereas Modi fixed it at Rs 1,670 crore for each plane and said, “The Government was paying three times more than what we intended to pay.”

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
SC to hear CBI and Karti

The Supreme Court will hear the appeals of the CBI and Karti Chidambaram in the INX Media case against the order of the Madras High Court which is refusing to quash the FIR in the matter, in the third week of April.

The matter is being heard by a bench comprising of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud.

During the hearing, senior advocates Gopal Subramanian and A M Singhvi, appearing for Karti stated that they were aggrieved by the August 22, 2017, high court order by which it had refused to quash the FIR lodged by the CBI in the case and directed him to approach the Delhi High Court as per .forum of convenience for relief.

Subramanian asserted that when Karti's properties were in Chennai, search and seizures were conducted there, and the alleged conspiracy was also chalked out there, the Madras High Court should have decided the issue then itself.

Advocate Rajat Nayar, who appeared for the CBI, which has filed a separate appeal against the same order, stated, “In a criminal matter, only one high court has the jurisdiction to decide the issue. In this present case only Delhi High Court had the jurisdiction as FIR is registered in Delhi and trial is going before a magisterial court in Delhi.”

The bench was also informed that the Madras High Court reserved its judgement on the pleas relating to the issuance of two look out circulars against Karti and others in connection with a corruption case and added that since other connected matters were listed for hearing in April, it would take up the appeals in the third week of the month as well.

 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Supreme Court Prior sanc

The Supreme Court recently laid down stringent safeguards, including provision for anticipatory bail and a “preliminary enquiry” before registering a case under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.

A bench of Justices comprising of A K Goel and U U Lalit, ruled, “To avoid false implication of an innocent, a preliminary enquiry may be conducted by the DSP concerned to find out whether the allegations make out a case under the Atrocities Act and that the allegations are not frivolous or motivated.”

It was further stated by the bench that if the accused is a public servant, he can only be arrested with the permission of the appointing authority. And if the accused is not a public servant, prior permission of the Senior Superintendent of Police of the district will be required. The reason for granting permission for arrest should be recorded in writing and handed to the accused and the concerned court.

The bench was hearing a petition filed by Subhash Kashinath Mahajan, who was Director of Technical Education, Maharashtra, against a Bombay High Court order. The HC had rejected Mahajan’s plea challenging an FIR against him for denying sanction to prosecute an official of the department, who had made adverse remarks in the ACR of an employee.

The bench however had quashed the case stating, “It has been judicially acknowledged that there are instances of abuse of the Act by vested interests against political opponents in panchayat, municipal or other elections, to settle private civil disputes arising out of property, monetary disputes, employment disputes and seniority disputes. It may be noticed that by way of rampant misuse, complaints are largely being filed particularly against public servants/ quasi judicial/ judicial officers with oblique motive for satisfaction of vested interests.”

It further said that “The Legislature never intended to use the Atrocities Act as an instrument to blackmail or to wreak personal vengeance” or “to deter public servants from performing their bona fide duties. This court is not expected to adopt a passive or negative role and remain a bystander or a spectator if violation of rights is observed. It is necessary to fashion new tools and strategies so as to check injustice and violation of fundamental rights. No procedural technicality can stand in the way of enforcement of fundamental rights. Role of this court travels beyond merely dispute settling and directions can certainly be issued which are not directly in conflict with a valid statute.”

Justifying its decision to allow anticipatory bail where there was no prima facie case, the bench said, “Unless exclusion of anticipatory bail is limited to genuine cases. There will be no protection available to innocent citizens. Thus, limiting the exclusion of anticipatory bail in such cases is essential for protection of fundamental right of life and liberty under Article 21 of the Constitution.”

It said that the working of the Act “should not result in perpetuating casteism which can have an adverse impact on integration of the society and the constitutional values,”

It ruled that, “Secularism is a basic feature of the Constitution. Irrespective of caste or religion, the Constitution guarantees equality in its preamble as well as other provisions including Articles 14-16. The Constitution envisages a cohesive, unified and casteless society. We are thus of the view that interpretation of the Atrocities Act should promote constitutional values of fraternity and integration of the society. This may require a check on false implication of innocent citizens on caste lines.”

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Stranger Things cast land

The stars of Netflix’s massive hit Stranger Things have reportedly landed big pay increases for the sci-fi drama’s upcoming third season.

Both, the child and adult stars of the series will all make six figures per episode for the new season. The show’s young male stars, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, and Caleb McLaughlin will approximately make more than $150,000 per episode while actress Millie Bobby Brown will reportedly earn more than the boys.

Besides, Winona Ryder and David Harbour, are now set to make more than $200,000 per episode, according to the report.

The show is created by the Duffer Brothers, will return as executive producers and show runners. The show’s other executive producers include Shawn Levy, Iain Paterson, and Dan Cohen.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 19:06:10 +0530
Sex and the City star Cyn

Former Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon is running for New York governor. Nixon announced that she will challenge the current governor Andrew Cuomo in New York’s Democratic primary in September.

Her campaign website stated that Nixon won't accept any corporate contributions and will limit contributions from any individual or organization to $65,100 for the election cycle.

Nixon, in a video announcing her candidacy stated, “We want our government to work again. On health care, ending massive incarceration, fixing our broken subway. We are sick of politicians who care more about headlines and power than they do about us.”

Nixon is a longtime advocate for fairness in public school funding and is a supporter of Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has frequently clashed with Cuomo on a range of issues.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:27:57 +0530
Sushma 39 Indians kidnap

The 39 Indians missing in Iraq who were kidnapped by the Islamic State (ISIS) four years ago have been confirmed dead, after identifying bodies through a DNA test, the external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj in Parliament said.

Swaraj had earlier denied revelations made by Harjit Masih, who had escaped from ISIS terrorists, that the group of Indians were killed immediately after they were kidnapped by terrorists. The government was left out with lack of evidences to confirm Masih's comments.

"We have identified 38 bodies through a DNA test. One body was a 70% match", she said in the Rajya Sabha.

"We use satellite pictures to see a mass grave. It was the most difficult task to get the proof. It was a pile of bodies. To track down the bodies of our people and to take them to Baghdad for DNA tests was a huge task", she added.

Foreign Minister commended Minister of State VK Singh, for supervising the challenging job.

Rajya Sabha proceedings were the halted for two minutes to pay respects to the dead Indians.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:14:00 +0530
PM mourns at the demise o

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has expressed grief on the demise of veteran hindi poet Kedarnath Singh. 

PM said, " Deeply sad on demise of  great poet- writer Kedarnath Singh. He gave space to emotions of public life in his poetry. He will always be an inspiration for literature world and general people."    

Kedarnath Singh was also awarded with Jnanpith Award in 2013.  He was known for his literary works including "Abhi Bilkul Abhi", "Jameen Pak Rahi Hai"and "Akaal mein Saaras".

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:36:45 +0530
Modi Abu Dhabi Crown Pri

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and India's Prime minister Narendra Modi, have discussed cooperation and ways of enhancing bilateral relations.

In a phone call, Sheikh Mohamed and Modi reviewed cooperation in a number of major fields, and ways of boosting coordination on issues of mutual interest.

They also exchanged views on the latest regional and international developments.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:25:04 +0530
Beyond Bollywood to play

Global Village, the region’s first multicultural festival park and family destination for culture, shopping and entertainment, has announced that Beyond Bollywood, the acclaimed musical drama and lavish spectacle, will play at its Main Cultural Stage daily.

The musical’s story explores the tussle between East and West, tradition and modernity, for young urban Indians.

Beyond Bollywood is a Munich to Mumbai epic, and arrives in the UAE after tens of hit performances in Europe, Asia and Africa. It has played 60 house-full shows in London’s West End, 14 performances in Algeria, 19 across Europe and 50 performances in India.

The show is performed with 30 of the best Bollywood performers glittering with more than 1,500 pieces of jewelry and accessories and more than 500 costumes changed over 25 minutes of the finest Bollywood performances and melodies.

The show’s story revolves around Shaily Shergill played by Ana Ilmi, who leaves behind her home in Munich, Germany, for a journey to Mumbai, India, in the hope of fulfilling her mother's dying wish to revive her family's failing theatre. There, she rekindles her roots and sets about the seemingly insurmountable task ahead of her.

Having rediscovered the richness of Indian tradition, Shaily returns to Munich, where she and the hero, Raghav, played by Mohit Mathur, acquire an old theatre.

The show is performed with great style to the charming music of Salim and Sulaiman Merchant with the costumes providing a glittering kaleidoscope. Stories in Bollywood epics are accompanied by a riot of dance, music and colour, all of which are plentiful in this show conceived by several big Bollywood names.

Beyond Bollywood is a celebration of different traditional dances, including the Garba from Gujarat, the Bhangra from Punjab, and other folk dance forms including Bihu, Kathak, Lezim, and Kalbelia.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:21:53 +0530
YouTuber Logan Paul has 2

Controversial YouTube star Logan Paul is soon going to start streaming on Twitch. With interest piqued by Ninja and Drake's record-breaking Fortnite stream he established the Twitch account called LoganPaulWasTaken and has already amassed 202,234 followers even though he hasn't even streamed yet.

Logan and brother Jake Paul have been trying to dabble into the gaming world in recent weeks as Fortnite has grown in popularity, with Jake even highlighting Fortnite in a recent video that made it seem like he had donated $200,000 to Twitch star Ninja. Jake is also set to launch Team 10 Gaming as a game-focused subsidiary of vlogging network Team 10.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:54:57 +0530
Movie studio MGM to repla

U.S. movie studio Metro Goldwyn Mayer is set to replace its chief executive, Gary Barber, five months after extending his contract for five years and has begun a search for a new CEO.

MGM has reportedly formed an office of the CEO to oversee operations and facilitate its strategic initiatives. The office will reportedly report directly to the board and include a group of divisional heads and senior executives as well.

The members of the temporary office will include former executives from Pixar, CBS, Viacom and Google Ventures.

MGM also stated last year that it would buy an 81% stake in U.S. channel Epix and Lionsgate Entertainment Corp LGFA.N for about $1 billion.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:38:00 +0530
Youths protest in Mumbai

A group of students in Mumbai protested against the unavailability of jobs and the rising number of unemployment as they halted the suburban train service in the city.

Thousands of youth gathered at the railway tracks in Mumbai and accused that the Railways cheated many without conducting the recruitment as well.

They sat down at the railway tracks between the Matunga and Dadar stations at around 7 in the morning and disrupted the train services. Despite continued protests, the services have restarted. Railways informed that their first priority is to clear the protestors from the tracks while the concerned minister and the Maharashtra CM came out with explanations and took stock of the situation.

Youths took control of the railway tracks between Matunga and Dadar stations and launched an unexpected stir  under the banner of All India Acts Apprentice Association. This resulted in the cancelation of all trains between Matunga and CSMT.

The protestors alleged that the railways have not been conducting recruitments for the last four years despite many of them having already cleared the apprentice exams.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:32:36 +0530
Trey Songz arrested for a

R&B singer Trey Songz has been arrested on suspicion of punching a woman at a Los Angeles party. A police official stated that Songz turned himself at a Hollywood police station. He is accused of felony domestic violence.

However, the 33-year-old was released about two hours later on $50,000 bail. Andrea Buera came forward and stated that she was the woman Songz had assaulted. Buera said he punched her repeatedly because he was upset she was talking to another man at a party.

The singer however took to Twitter and tweeted that he was being falsely accused for someone else's personal gain. He wrote, “For weeks my lawyers & Mgmt have asked me not to comment on this and I initially agreed but this morning I feel that my fam, the women that raised me, my friends & fans especially the youth need to hear from me. I am being lied on and falsely accused for someone’s personal gain.”

He further tweeted that, “I won’t be speaking too much more on this but would like to thank you for all the prayers and support.”

 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:21:14 +0530
The Weinstein Co declare

The Weinstein Co. recently announced that it had filed for bankruptcy. The company, however, may yet be able to reorganize and continue to produce TV shows and films under new ownership. Lantern Capital put in a bid for the same as well.

A statement from the company said, “The Board selected Lantern in part due to Lantern’s commitment to maintain the assets and employees as a going concern. The Company hopes that this orderly sale process under the supervision of the Bankruptcy Court will allow it to maximize the value of the Company’s assets for the benefit of its creditors and other stakeholders.”

As part of an ongoing negotiation with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the company announced that it had released its employees from their non-disclosure agreements as well.

Lantern’s bid offers $310 million in cash as well as an assumption of $114.5 million in liabilities associated with certain TV and film projects, for a total of $424.5 million. The bankruptcy filing also stated that the Weinstein Co. had less than $500,000 cash on hand and that the company had obtained a $25 million debtor-in-possession loan from Union Bank.

The filing also itemizes $345 million in secured debt as well as an additional $148 million in unsecured obligations. Chairman Bob Weinstein is also listed among the unsecured creditors, with an amount of $11.2 million. The production companies belonging to David O. Russell and Bradley Cooper are each owed $941,000. Other unsecured creditors include Wanda Pictures ($14.4 million); Disney ($1.1 million); Sony ($3.7 million); and CAA ($1.5 million); as well as numerous law firms.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:00:53 +0530
Priyanka Chopra to star o

Priyanka Chopra is reportedly going to start shooting for her first Bollywood project after her 2016 film Jai Gangaajal. The film will mark her Bollywood comeback.

It was reported that Priyanka Chopra might share screen space with Salman Khan in filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar’s Bharat.

Salman Khan will commence shooting for Bharat by mid 2018.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:00:42 +0530
Indian Navy to conduct bi

The Indian Navy and the French Navy have conducted bilateral maritime exercises since May 1993. Since 2001, the exercises have been named VARUNA and there have been fifteen editions of the same till date. The last edition of VARUNA was conducted off the French Coast in Apr 2017.

The conduct of VARUNA, and the special impetus on taking this Navy-to-Navy cooperative engagement forward, was reiterated in the Joint Statement made by the Prime Minister of India and the President of France, on the 10th of March 2018.

In 2017, VARUNA was conducted in three sea areas in the European waters. This year too VARUNA-18 would be conducted in three sea areas, namely, the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and South Western Indian Ocean. The first phase, being conducted in the Arabian Sea, will see participation of a French submarine and frigate Jean de Vienne from the French side. The Indian Naval participation will include the destroyer Mumbai, frigate Trikand with their integral helicopters, IN submarine Kalvari, P8-I and Dornier Maritime Patrol Aircraft, as well as the Mig 29K fighter aircraft.

The VARUNA series of exercises have grown in scope and complexity over the years and provide an opportunity to both Navies to increase interoperability and learn from each other’s best practices.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:54:25 +0530
Informal WTO Ministerial

Commerce and Industry Minister, Suresh Prabhu, welcomed D.G. WTO, Mr. Roberto Azevedo, Ministers and delegates from around 50 countries to New Delhi for attending the Informal WTO Ministerial Meeting on 19-20 March.

A cultural program, “Sangam”, showcasing India’s classical dance forms was enjoyed by the delegates attending the meet. Indian classical dance forms from four different parts of India: Odissi from east, Kathak from north, Bharatanatyam from south and Manipuri from north-east, showcased India’s unity in diversity to delegates from around 50 countries participating in the meeting.

The grand finale showcased India’s tribal dance “Chhau” of east, “Kalbelia” and the playful dance “Dandiya” of the west. The cultural evening was followed by dinner. The cultural program was an icebreaker for tomorrow’s informal discussions.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:48:24 +0530
Modi congratulates Putin

The Prime Minister had a telephone call with the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on his victory in the Presidential elections held in Russia.

Conveying his compliments on Mr. Putin's success, the Prime Minister expressed the hope that under Mr. Putin's leadership, the 'Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership' between India and the Russian Federation will continue to grow from strength to strength.

The Prime Minister also stated that he looked forward to welcoming President Putin in India for the Annual Summit later this year.

President Putin thanked the Prime Minister for the phone call. He conveyed his commitment to further strengthen India-Russia relations in all spheres, and also his good wishes for the continued progress of India and her people.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:44:24 +0530
President Kovind inaugura

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (FINE) and presented the Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Awards at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the vision of a newer and better India calls for meeting certain developmental milestones, some of these as early as 2022 – when we commemorate the 75th anniversary of our Independence. It focuses on building an inclusive and happy society, where every individual has the opportunity to realise his or her potential.

An innovation society will be a goal for such an India. And an innovation culture will be a catalyst to help us reach that goal. This calls for revitalising every link in the innovation value chain. We need schools where children tinker rather than memorise and mug. We need work cultures where young talent looks up and questions – rather than looks down and nods. And of course we need the government to provide a facilitative environment.

The President said that innovations by themselves are not enough. We must also build an ecosystem for converting innovations into enterprises. This requires support for start-ups and for incubating young innovators. The concept of FINE brings the two wings of the bird of imagination together. We need to connect all the links of incubating innovations into enterprises by providing financial, mentoring and policy support.

FINE, an initiative to recognise, respect, showcase, reward innovations and to foster a supportive ecosystem for innovators, is being organised by Rashtrapati Bhavan in association with the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India and the National Innovation Foundation from March 19 to 23, 2018.

Integral to FINE will be an exhibition of innovations that will remain open for public viewing between 1200 hrs to 1700 hrs from March 20 to 23, 2018. Visitors can come through Gate number 35 of Rashtrapati Bhavan (near North Avenue).

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:40:21 +0530
Vice President lauds Sard

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the first Home Minister of India, Sardar Patel was an embodiment of Indian culture. He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the newly constructed Sardar Patel Conference Hall at the Vice President Secretariat. 

Apart from interactions with important foreign delegations, the Vice President will meet various delegates in the conference hall. It will also be used to host cultural events.

Describing Sardar Patel as unifier of India, the Vice President said that Sardar Patel integrated more than 500 princely states to bring unity. He is a role model to him and he was instrumental in creating services like, IAS and IPS, he added.

The Vice President said that Consultation, conversation confluence of Ideas vital for democracy. Both inside and outside Parliament, he added.

On the Occasion, the Vice President complemented Urban Development Ministry, Central Public Works Department, Shirke group and NDMC for completing the construction of the hall in a record three months time.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:35:25 +0530
Nitish Kumar Special sta

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar recently asserted that he had not given up the demand for grant of special status to Bihar since he first raised the issue 13 years ago.

He also criticised the RJD for questioning his ‘silence’ after the TDP pulled out of the NDA seeking similar benefits for Andhra Pradesh.

He stated, “I had written to the then prime minister for a special status to Bihar in 2005, shortly after assuming power in the state. A year later, we got a resolution passed in the state assembly to the effect. Since then, the demand has been raised by us relentlessly and I have not strayed for even a second. I'm amused to see those who were never concerned about the issue have suddenly started questioning my silence.”

He also indicated that the issue of special status for Bihar would be raised before the 15th Finance Commission as well.

Kumar further added, “Special status is a need for Bihar. We will work towards ensuring that it is fulfilled. But we are not going to issue statements about the matter every now and then. We have always placed interests of the voters above their votes, unlike our detractors.”

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Arvind Kejriwal apologise

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal issued apologies to both, advocate Amit Sibal as well as Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari in a bid to end criminal defamation cases they have filed. The apology comes days after his apology to former Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia.

Kejriwal’s apology to Majithia had drawn severe criticism from the party’s Punjab unit which further led to the resignations of its Punjab president Bhagwant Mann and co-president Aman Arora.

Kejriwal wrote to Gadkari expressing that the party reiterated “regret” over statements he had made. He had named Gadkari in the AAP’s list of “India’s most corrupt” on January 31, 2014. In his letter, he said, “I made certain statements, without regard to its verifiability, which seem to have hurt you and therefore you have filed a defamation case against me. I have nothing personal against you. I regret the same.”

Following the apology, Kejriwal and Gadkari then submitted a joint application before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal seeking the withdrawal of the defamation case.

Kejriwal also apologised to Amit Sibal in a letter that read, “I have learnt that the allegations I made against you and your father at the press conference were unfounded. I hereby withdraw all my statements and allegations made against you and your father and apologise for the same. The damage caused to your esteem, the hurt caused to your family, friends and well-wishers and the loss caused to you is regretted.”

After the apology letter, Sibal and the AAP leaders filed a joint application in the court seeking withdrawal of the case filed in 2013.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Lalu Prasad found guilty

A special CBI court in Ranchi convicted Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad after he was found guilty on the charges of conspiracy and corruption in the fourth fodder scam case out of the six lodged against him 22 years ago.

The former Bihar CM has been serving a jail term in Ranchi’s Birsa Munda Central Jail after his conviction in two other fodder scam cases as well.

The court also acquitted all five politicians, including former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra, in the case related to a fraudulent withdrawal of Rs. 3.76 crore from the Dumka treasury between December 1995 to January 1996. The court convicted 19 and acquitted 12, out of the 31 accused who faced trial and fixed March 21, 22 and 23 to hear arguments on sentencing.

Prasad’s advocate Prabhat Kumar said, “The court has categorised the convicted persons in alphabetical order and formed three groups each having six convicts. It has fixed three dates allocating each group a single day to hear arguments on the point of sentences. My client’s turn will come on March 22.”

Senior RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh expressed his sentiments on the verdict and stated that, “Lalu goes to jail while Jagannath Mishra gets bail. It is a conspiracy of BJP and the Narendra Modi government. When they failed to defeat Lalu in politics, they chose different path to crush him.”

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
TDP YSR Congress gear up

The TDP and YSR Congress are set to be present in Parliament to ensure that the no-confidence motion against the Union government gets tabled.

TDP chief and Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu asserted, “We should not dilute our fight. Public interests are our priority. No compromise in the matter of our rights. There is a possibility that they let some other parties create din and adjourn the House sine die.”

He added, “The support we're getting from other parties indicate the sympathy from all corners of the country for the state, for the injustice it is facing. The MPs should continue with the same spirit. You have support of 5 crore people of the state.”

Speaking on the same, YSR Congress leader Vijay Sai Reddy said, “We boycotted the lunch (held by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan after she adjourned House proceedings without taking up the motion) as our notice of no-confidence motion is not being admitted. The Speaker adjourned the House which should not have happened.”

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
World Trade Organisation

World Trade Organisation Chief Roberto Azevedo recently called on PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi as the WTO director-general is here for a meeting.

The PM tweeted and posted a picture with him which he captioned as, “Had a wonderful meeting with Mr Roberto Azevdo, Director-General of the WTO.”

Azevedo stated that the mini-ministerial meeting would be useful for carrying forward the mandate of the multilateral trade body. He asserted, “We are facing many challenges in the WTO and outside. Trade environment globally is very risky at this point of time. We will try to have an open and honest conversation at the informal WTO meeting here.”

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Summer 2018 Skincare Ess

By Prerna Mistry

Every season our skin goes through many changes and the summer is no different. Our skin can tan, burn, break out, get oily or dry out and the effect of the same even depends on our skin type and how well we maintain our skins as well. As the seasons differ, so does our skincare routine. Besides, skincare routine during the summer has to be foolproof to ensure that your skin stays healthy, radiant and help you avoid damaging your skin in any way as well as enable you to have a perfect summer!

  • Sunscreen:

...Or anything that has SPF! The skin on your face is much more delicate, thin and sensitive than your body, hence you must use a tinted moisturiser with SPF for your face in order to brighten your face as well as avoid tanning. Besides, use a lotion with sunscreen for your body, to keep your skin supple and soft.

  • Cleanser:

During the summer, our skins tend to be the most sensitive and due to the heat, there is a lot of oil formation on the skin due to all the sweating that happens during those hot days. What results is not just an oily face as it also attracts dust and germs which accelerate breakouts and other skin allergies. Therefore it is vital to use a good yet mild cleanser that not only cleans your face, but doesn’t dry it out as well. Also, select a cleanser as per your needs and skin type as well.

  • Toners:

Toning is a very crucial step in any skincare regime, but is more often than not, neglected. After we cleanse our face, our pores open up because of which it is necessary to tone as it closes the pores avoiding any bacteria to seep deep into our skin. Generally toners are alcohol based which further dry out your skin leading to excess oil formation as well. Choose an alcohol free and preferably all natural toner to not only help you with those pores, but benefit your skin as well.

  • Moisturisers:

Moisturisers in summers? Sounds bizarre right? Moisturising is an extremely vital step in skincare, be it any season as you can have oily skin but still lack water. The summer sun can both dehydrate and damage the skin which also causes premature aging as well and so a moisturizer is important to use for protection from the same as it improves the elasticity of the skin.

  • Night-time Routines:

Night-time skincare routines are the most important step to ensuring that you have flawless skin all year round. Use skin oils or serums for ensuring that your skin is deeply moisturised and organic serums and oils also have added benefits that heal your skin from within as well. Besides, using face packs or sheet masks are also extremely beneficial to the skin.

  • Face Mists and Food:

To beat the heat, invest in face mists to cool your skin or make your own using water, aloe vera gel and cucumber juice/ rose water. You could also add essential oils which not only help your skin, but also smell great. Apart from this, keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water and avoiding caffeine as well as eating foods such as watermelons, peaches, pineapples to keep yourself and your skin cool for the summer!

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 19:03:21 +0530
Top artists celebrate Elt

Some of the top musical artists are collaborating to celebrate Elton John's musical legacy with two albums titled Revamp under Island Records and Restoration under Universal Music Group Nashville. Both the albums will be releasing on April 6. They will record John’s songs which he produced with songwriter Bernie Taupin

Revamp features songs reimagined by Mary J. Blige, Alessia Cara, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Florence and the Machine, Lady Gaga, The Killers, Mumford and Sons, Pink and Logic, Q-Tip and Demi Lovato, Queens of the Stone Age, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith. The album has a pop art cover of John’s photo, recreated in neon.

Speaking about the albums, Elton John stated, “We have two completely different albums; Revamp being the pop one and Restoration being the country one. God, we have so many great artists doing our songs, it's quite incredible. On Revamp I wrote out a wish list of people that I would love and asked them. To my surprise most of them said yes, and we have quite an astonishing eclectic crew.”

He further stated, “Restoration was Bernie's project and he's a huge country fan. Revamp was more my project. He came up with an astonishing list of country performers both new and legendary.”  

Taupin stated, “Because of our love of all kinds of music, we're not stuck in one genre. From day one we borrowed from everything that's good about American music, whether it's blues, country, gospel, pop, pure rock, everything got thrown in the mix. I think that's why our music over the years has been so varied. It would be tiring if you just got stuck in one niche your entire career, especially when it's one as long as ours.”

John added, “It's always a huge compliment when an artist loves your song enough to take the time and effort to rework it. As songwriters, Bernie and myself are thrilled when singers we admire and respect as much as those on Revamp and Restoration choose to add their own unique twist in the process. It means that our music is still relevant and ultimately that our songs continue to reach new audiences. We're humbled and thank them all for their generosity.”

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:06:50 +0530
Eddie Redmayne and his wi

Eddie Redmayne is officially now a father of two!

The Fantastic Beasts actor and his wife Hannah Bagshawe  became parents again for the second time as she has given birth to their second child and first son, Luke Richard Bagshawe.

The couple announced the baby's arrival in an official notice in The London Times newspaper that said that their boy was born on March 10, 2018.

Hannah's pregnancy was confirmed in November after she was spotted showing a small baby bump while attending Sarabande: The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation Jewellery Series Preview with her husband Eddie Redmayne in London.

Redmayne had also confirmed the pregnancy when he appeared on LIVE! With Kelly and Ryan where he said that he and Hannah did not know the sex of their second child but did have a name picked out for a boy.

He said, “It's interesting, because last time we didn't know, either, and we sort of did that thing where there was basically only one name for each sex that we agreed on.”

Eddie and Hannah are also parents to daughter Iris Mary Redmayne, who is 1 and 1/2.

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:06:38 +0530
Blue Ivy Carter bids 19K

Beyoncé and Jay-Z's 6-year-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter recently bid at an art auction for  $19,000.

Thy attended the 2018 Wearable Art Gala in Los Angeles that was organized by Beyoncé's mom Tina Knowles and her husband Richard Lawson to raise money for a non-profit art and performance complex.

Blue Ivy initially bid $17,000 for an acrylic painting of a young Sidney Poitier after which she then went higher at $19,000. After she raised her hand, Jay-Z jokingly tried to stop her from continuing to bid, drawing laughs. The moment was captured on camera and then went viral on social media.

The piece however, was won by Tyler Perry who bid at $20,000.

Blue Ivy then bid on the next item, a 36" x 36" art piece made of deconstructed law and medical books and won with a final price $10,000.

Beyoncé also made a winning bid of $17,000 on a set of Lorraine Schwartz panther earrings that she had previously worn to an event as well.

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:18:22 +0530
Ant McPartlin arrested af

TV star Ant McPartlin was recently arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after his vehicle smashed into two cars.

A three-year-old girl was taken to hospital after the I'm A Celebrity host lost control of his car.

McPartlin failed a roadside breathalyser test and was then arrested by police. He allegedly crashed his car after losing control of his vehicle on a roundabout, which veered into the opposite side of the road and collided another car which had a young girl and couple inside.

Ant's car then reportedly spun around and hit a maroon BMW before eventually coming to a halt on the opposite side of the road.

It was also reported that Ant was ‘argumentative’ with a female police officer as she arrested him on suspicion of drunk driving.

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:08:05 +0530
Varun Dhawan to star alon

Katrina Kaif is all set to feature in Remo D’Souza’s film ABCD 3 as the lead heroine opposite Varun Dhawan. T Series will be producing the film and will reveal a teaser for the film today.

Varun Dhawan had recently opened up about the project and had stated, “It’s a huge achievement to work with Remo on what’s going to be India’s biggest dance film. I performed once in New York with Katrina and it was electric. She’s going to bring her ‘A’ game, so I need to get back in shape as well. Bhushan is not only a strong producer but also contributes creatively, especially in the music department.”

Katrina Kaif also expressed her sentiments on working in the film as she said, “I am excited to be joining Remo’s vision. Varun’s passion is wonderful; he works tirelessly to create magic on screen. And, Bhushan Kumar, with his understanding of market dynamics as a producer, will ensure this turns out to be the most talked-about film of 2019. I can’t wait to start this journey.”

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:37:24 +0530
Children s Science Congre

Emphasising the need to provide more opportunities to children, Vice Chancellor of Manipur University, Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey has said that young students are the future of the country. 

Delivering the keynote address at the Valedictory session of the Children’s Science Congress at the 105th Indian Science Congress in Imphal, Pandey said that with more opportunities, children will contribute more towards a better India.  Emphasising the importance of Children’s Science Congress, the Vice Chancellor pointed out that such events highlight the sharp minds of young children. 

Children participating in various competitive events were given away awards.  Children who presented projects in the Local Model Exhibition Competition were given first, second and third prizes in cash - of Rs. 5, 000, Rs. 3, 000 and Rs. 2, 000 respectively, along with certificates.  All the other participants were awarded Consolation prizes of Rs. 1, 000 each and certificates as a token of encouragement.

Organising Secretary of 105th Indian Science Congress Prof Vishwanath Singh, General Secretary (Scientific Activities), Indian Science Congress Association, Prof P.P Mathur and other office bearers of the ISCA were also present on the occasion. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:53:13 +0530
Naval Chief to visit US

Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff is visiting USA on a bilateral visit from 19 to 23 March. The visit aims to consolidate cooperation between the Armed Forces of both India and USA and also to explore new avenues of defence cooperation.

During his visit, the Chief of the Naval Staff will hold bilateral discussions with Mr James Mattis, Secretary Defence (SECDEF) of USA, Mr Richard V Spencer, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV), General Joseph F Dunford Jr, Vice Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff (Vice Chairman JCS), Admiral John M Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Admiral Harry Harris, Commander, Pacific Command (PACOM), Admiral Scott Swift, Commander, Pacific Fleet (PACFLT), and Vice Admiral Thomas J Moore, Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).

In addition to holding important bilateral discussions, the Admiral will be visiting the Pacific Command Headquarters at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, the Naval Surface Warfare Centre (NSWC) Dahlgren, the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC.

India and USA have traditionally maintained close and friendly relations, including defence relation, wherein both countries have concluded major agreements in the recent past. This includes the Defence Framework Agreement, signed in 2015, which lays a blue print for collaboration between the defence establishments of both countries and the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) signed in 2016, which is a foundational agreement, facilitating reciprocal logistics support between the Armed Forces of both countries. In addition, India was accorded Major Defence Partner status during the Hon’ble PM’s visit to US in Jun 16.

The Indian Navy cooperates with the US Navy on many issues, which include operational interactions such as the MALABAR and RIMPAC series of exercises, training exchanges, exchange of White Shipping Information and Subject Matter Experts in various fields through the medium of Executive Steering Group (ESG) meetings. Warships from both navies have also been regularly visiting each other’s ports.

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:41:01 +0530
Uttarakhand CM inaugurate

War Memorial Boys and Girls Hostel at village DandaLakhond, Dehradun was inaugurated by Chief Minister of Uttrakhand Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat.  The ceremony was also attended by General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff.

On this auspicious occasion several senior officers from the Indian Army, civil administration of Uttarkhand, representatives from corporate companies who donated funds for the construction and furnishing of the project, army veterans from Dehradun and many other dignitaries were present. The function commenced with key note speech by Lt Gen Sarath Chand, Vice Chief of Army Staff and Colonel of the Garhwal Rifles and Garhwal Scouts followed by speech by the Honourable Chief Minister of Uttrakhand. The gathering was then addressed by the Chief of the Army Staff and other dignitaries.

The Garhwal Rifles War Memorial Boys and Girls Hostel at Lansdowne exist since 1980. With changing times, to give level playing platform to children of all ranks of the regiment in terms of modern education and all round development, the need was felt to shift the hostel to Dehradun.

Conforming to the Army’s vision of ‘Quality Education at Affordable Cost’ in education institutes under its patronage, the idea for constructing a new WMBGH at Dehradun with modern amenities was conceived by Lt Gen Sarath Chand in 2011 and was overwhelmingly supported by the Garhwal fraternity.

Hostel has been constructed on 4.18 acres of land donated by the Uttrakhand State Government under the stewardship of then Chief Minister Major General BC Khanduri (retired). The Bhoomi Pujan was conducted on 09th September 2016 in presence of the Colonel of the Regiment and the construction commenced since then.

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:35:49 +0530
Vice President voices con

Vice President of India, M.Venkaiah Naidu and union ministers dealing with rural and urban development voiced serious concern over less than the desired progress towards empowerment of rural and urban local bodies even after 25 years of legislation by Parliament and urged the States to shed their reluctance  in strengthening local governments.

Addressing the first National Consultation Conference on “Swaraj to Suraj: Taking Forward the Governance Agenda’’ in Hyderabad, these lead speakers stressed on the importance of effective local governance for better implementation on development and welfare initiatives and for better service delivery. The theme of the first of the six conferences being organized by the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) was ‘’Strengthening of Local Governments” on the occasion of 25 years of 73rd and 74th Constitution Amendments since their enactment by the Parliament.

Referring to the daunting problems of poor service delivery encompassing primary health, primary and secondary education, drinking water and sanitation, rural roads, electricity, housing, rising economic inequalities etc., even after 70 years of ‘Swaraj’, Naidu called for a radical change in governance for which Parliament shall take the lead. He said “It is time to harness all the powers we have within our system. It is time for honest introspection. It is time for turning a new leaf. It is time for a radical change in governance. And that change must begin with Parliament, the State Legislatures and the Local Bodies, the crucibles of democracy”.

Expressing his anguish over the events in Parliament and State Legislatures, Venkaiah Naidu, quoting Mahatma said there is no place for violence in legislatures. He said “Let us recall  Gandhiji’s wise words: No perfect democracy is possible without perfect nonviolence at the back of it. So, let us abjure violent emotions, violent speech and violent actions. Let us discuss, debate and decide in a dignified manner”. He urged the legislators to argue with the force of logic and conviction rather than stall the proceedings through brute force.

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:29:48 +0530
BJP dubs Rahul Gandhi s s

Senior BJP leader and Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman denied the series of accusations made by Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and asserted that his speech was the “rhetoric of loser, devoid of substance.”

Rahul Gandhi, in his speech, called the BJP ‘Kauravas’ and Congress ‘Pandavas’, to which she said that under the Congress party’s rule emergency was imposed, anti-Sikh riots took place and corruption worth crores took place and stated that such a party does not deserve to call itself ‘Pandavas.’

She went on to accuse Gandhi of insulting Hindus with his reference to religion and his party of being anti-technology for its insistence on a return to ballot paper as well.

Sitharaman also referred to Gandhi's remarks on party chief Amit Shah, she said, “It is astonishing that the Congress president chooses to name the president of BJP and says he is a murder accused. He has been cleared by a court. The charge does not hold, even though the charge was a complete conspiracy against him. It was a conspiracy based on fraud and you continue to say this.”

On Gandhi's accusations that the government was curbing the independence of the media and judiciary, Sitharaman stated, “Since when has the Congress become protector of judiciary? Do I have to remind how Indira Gandhi treat the judiciary when one verdict went against them? Rajeev Gandhi in 1988 almost brought the bill and during that phase, how many cases were filed against the media? And their son and grandson is talking about press freedom.”

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Former J K CM Omar Abdull

Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah stated recently that the ceasefire terms between India and Pakistan has remained confined just to papers.

He said, “The best gift India and Pakistan gave to border areas, areas near LoC, is ceasefire but off late it has remained confined to paper.”

 He expressed that, “I hope both the governments talk it out and follow the ceasefire as innocent people are losing their lives. I wish peace is maintained on the LoC.”

Five members of a family were killed and two were injured in ceasefire violation by Pakistan near the Line of Control (LoC) in in Balakote sector Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district.

The attack came a week after the Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing in Rajouri's Sundervani sector along LoC in the state.

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
MNS chief Raj Thackeray c

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray recently called for opposition unity and a “Modi-mukt Bharat” by 2019.

Thackeray said, “The country is fed up with the false promises made by Narendra Modi and his government. India got its first Independence in 1947, second in 1977 (after the post-Emergency elections), and 2019 can bring a third Independence if India becomes ‘Modi-mukt.’

He stated that if the Modi government was exposed and an inquiry is ordered into demonetisation, it may turn out to be the biggest scam ever since 1947.

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Niti Aayog Vice Chairman

Niti Aayog Vice Chairman: Gujarat lags behind in Health, Education

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Ola and Uber drivers to g

Uber and Ola drivers are set to go on an indefinite strike. The strike has been called by the Maharashtra Navnirman Vahtuk Sena which has claimed that several drivers are not being able to cover costs due to falling business.

Sanjay Naik of Maharashtra Navnirman Vahatuk Sena stated, “Ola and Uber had given big assurances to the drivers, but today they are unable to cover their costs. They have invested Rs. 5-7 lakh and were expecting to make Rs. 1.5 lakh a month. But drivers are unable to make even half of this because of the mismanagement by these companies.”

Union leaders said that drivers in other cities like New Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune among others would be participating in the strike as well.

Naik further asserted that these companies were giving first priority to company-owned cars rather than driver-owned vehicles, causing a downfall in their business.

He said that if their demands were not met they would be going ahead with the strike as expected.

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Prakash Javadekar to Rahu

Union HRD Minister and senior BJP leader Prakash Javadekar criticised Congress president Rahul Gandhi over his speech at the party plenary session and stated that he should apologise for his party's misdeeds first and then attack PM Narendra Modi.

He asserted, “While accusing Modi government he forgets that Congress did worst of genocide of Sikhs, they brought censorship in media and are known for all kinds of corruption and scams. He should first apologise for all that.”

The Congress president said in his speech that the “name Modi symbolises the collusion between crony capitalists and the prime minister.”

He also compared the BJP with the Kauravas in the epic Mahabharata, saying that it fights for power while his party, like the Pandavas, battled for truth.

To this Javadekar said, “He has insulted Hindu religion and people's faith. He has also insulted patriotism by criticing Vir Savarkar and also attacking judiciary. Nobody has accused PM personally but he has attempted to do so.”

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
A Prosperous Padwa

Welcoming the spring, people decorate their homes with alluring flower garlands, mango leaves and colourful rangoli at their doorsteps. Gudi Padwa is majorly celebrated by Maharashtrians who celebrate the festival with much pomp and joy, preparing festive foods like sakkar bhaat, shrikhand puri, and puran poli, celebrating with friends and family. Traditionally, a special dish is prepared with flavours using neem leaves and jaggery. In Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, the festival is celebrated as Ugadi. The day also marks the beginning of Chaitra Navratri as well.

The word Padwa is derived from the Sanskrit word Paddava, which means the first day of the bright phase of the moon. A Gudi means a flag as even on the festival a Gudi flag, traditionally yellow or red in colour is garlanded with flowers, mango and neem leaves and is topped with an upturned silver or copper vessel signifying victory and achievement. The festival is believed to ward off negativity and invite prosperity.

Historically, Gudi Padva signifies the arrival of spring and to the reaping of rabi crops. The festival is also associated with the mythical day on which the Hindu god Brahma created time and universe. It also commemorates the coronation of Lord Rama in Ayodhya after his victory over Ravana.

Gudi Padwa marks the beginning of good things and is considered to be an extremely auspicious day. Most people also prefer to buy new things on this day as well as make important life decisions as they consider this day to be very lucky.

Most people prefer buying new things such as jewellery, car, electronics or even booking a home on Gudi Padwa.

Besides, today, even a lot of brands and companies, right from clothing to electronics to real estate, they all provide special discounts and offers as well which makes this festival even sweeter for people.

Here’s Wishing Everyone A Happy and Prosperous Gudi Padwa!

(As Compiled by Prerna Mistry) 

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 13:28:57 +0530
President greets nation o

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind in his message on the eve of Chaitra Sukladi, Ugadi, Gudi Padava, Cheti Chand, Navreh and Sajibu Cheiraoba has said: -

“On the auspicious occasion of Chaitra Sukladi, Ugadi, Gudi Padava, Cheti Chand, Navreh and Sajibu Cheiraoba, I extend my greetings and good wishes to all my fellow citizens.

Celebrated in a wide variety of ways in different parts of our country, these festivals reflect our diversity and yet underline the unity of the nation. May these festivals strengthen the bonds of fraternity among people in various regions of our country”.

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:24:47 +0530
Congress to forge allianc

The Congress recently decided that it would forge workable alliances with like-minded parties as part of efforts to get ready for the 2019 general election. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi further stated that the country was “fatigued” and that only his party could show the way forward.

The party also adopted a political resolution that said it will take a “pragmatic approach” while striking electoral pacts as well.

The Congress has been trying to unite all opposition parties under one common platform to defeat the BJP in the next elections.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi asserted, “If the youth will take the Congress party forward, the party will not move forward without the experienced leaders. So, my task is to unite the seniors and the youth, to give a new direction.”

He added, “The country is in a way fatigued, is looking for a way out. And I am saying this from the bottom of my heart, that only the Congress can show the path forward.”

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Pakistan states that its

Pakistan’s envoy to India was recently called back to Islamabad for consultations over the alleged harassment of its diplomats and their families in New Delhi. It was stated by officials in Islamabad that it is unlikely that he will to his posting until the situation improves.

Islamabad has also decided not to send commerce minister Pervaiz Malik to a World Trade Organisation (WTO) meeting being hosted by New Delhi on March 19-20 as well.

Pakistan high commissioner Sohail Mahmood was called back for consultations on bilateral relations because of the alleged harassment of families of the diplomats.

Foreign office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said, “Our high commissioner will not return to India anytime soon.”

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Modi assures farmers adeq

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently assured farmers that all major costs incurred would be taken into account to fix the minimum support price (MSP) of farm produce as promised in the Budget.

He said, “It’s is an important step related to income of hard-working farmers. We have been working with the state governments so that farmers can be benefited from it.”

He elaborated that the cost of production would include hired labour, expenses on farmers’ own or rented machinery as well as livestock, cost of seeds and fertilisers, expenses on irrigation, revenue being given to state government, interest on working capital and rent of leased land among others.

Modi said Model Acts (agriculture marketing, contract farming and land leasing) related to farmers’ welfare have been prepared and that, states have been urged to implement them as well. He spoke about all the measures which were being taken by the government to achieve its goal of doubling farmers’ income.

The Prime Minister also appealed farmers not to burn crop residues so that air pollution can also be curbed adding that if the crop residue is returned to the soil through machines, it’ll have beneficial effects.

The PM also emphasised on the importance of Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) in marketing farm produce and getting better prices. He stated that farmers can market their produce in a better way through FPOs, which has been exempted from income tax, on the lines of cooperative societies, in the Budget as well.

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Telangana CM K Chandrashe

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao is set to meet the West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee at Kolkata on March 19, 2018.

KCR had recently expressed that a non-Congress and non-BJP front should be formed in the country. He further called for a qualitative change in politics as well and announced that he was ready to lead a political front.

Rao had previously said that he would talk with all like-minded parties and leaders for creating an agenda for the country's growth and alleged that successive governments ruled by both the Congress and BJP at the Centre have miserably failed to ensure development of the country.

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Yogi Adityanath Overconf

The BJP recently lost two constituencies in bypolls in Uttar Pradesh. UP CM Yogi Adityanath asserted that overconfidence and complacency were the two biggest factors for the electoral loss of the party.

He stated, “All victories makes us more responsible and accountable while a loss is a lesson. Victories and defeats are not an issue of happiness or sadness for us. People became over confident that these seats will come to us because it is represented by chief minister, deputy chief minister without making enough efforts.”

The UP CM further added, “Local issues were also a factor and the low voting percentage was also a reason as people didn’t go out to vote. We have a strategy in place to contest against SP and BSP together. These plans are not made public and are executed.”

Adityanath also said that “The bypolls suggest that the SP, BSP and Congress cannot defeat BJP on their own. It is to be seen who will be the leader of the alliance between these parties.”

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Vice President reminds th

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that life is incomplete if we do not have finer elements like knowledge, music, dance, painting, sculpture and crafts. He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating Smt. D.K. Pattammal’s Centenary Celebrations, in Chennai.

The Vice President said that Pattammal’s uncompromising adherence to tradition when values were fast changing, her dedication to the art, without aspiring for returns and her judicious selection of musical offerings in her concerts, made her an inspiring personality. He further said that she was an example of an empowered woman, passionate about music and dedicated to the values she deeply cherished. Pattammal carved out a path as a professional musician against all social odds and she was a self-taught musician with no formal gurukula training, he added.

The Vice President said that she had a remarkable musical ear that enabled her to absorb the nuances of classical music effortlessly. He further said that she was a rare genius and her contribution to the world of music satisfies the most critical music critics and create a joyful environment to the common listener, at the same time. Music is a universal unifier and it has no barriers and in our increasingly conflict-ridden world, music can provide the much needed soothing touch, he added.

The Vice President said that Indian classical music especially carnatic music, has woven noble thoughts, ennobling emotions and melodious notes into a unique seamless, delightful experience.  This blending needs to be appreciated and this cultural heritage and unified holistic perspective on life needs to be celebrated, he added.

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Benedict Cumberbatch talk

Benedict Cumberbatch recently expressed his thoughts in an interview on his upcoming film Avengers: Infinity War. The actor reprises the role of surgeon-turned-sorcerer Doctor Stephen Strange in the Marvel superhero movie. Speaking about the film, he said, “I’m not supposed to have read the script. But I have. It’s just mind-blowingly epic. What I thought is, this just doesn’t stop. Once it starts, it does. Not. Stop. It’s just this horrible, brilliant, terrifying, at times funny, at times very moving, relentless action. It’s like everyone’s constantly in crisis, and catching up with themselves, and it’s really breathless to read a script like that. This isn’t a slow burn. You’re really thrown in helter-skelter. [Laughs] It’s got a lot of facets to it, but I think the main one for me was just how utterly relentless the events and action were.”

When asked about the involvement of his character Doctor Strange in the film, he said, “I can’t really say. He’s pretty actively involved, he’s got quite an important Infinity Stone that’s in his vicinity, and that draws him into the action, as well as a couple of other characters’ plights and stuff happens.”

Talking about the relationship dynamic between Dr. Strange and Tony Stark, he asserted, “There’s a lot of interesting dynamic. They don’t always attract. So, sparks will hopefully fly, but at the same time, they’re united by a purpose that’s bigger than either of them, so they get their game on, put it that way. But, yeah, there are a few one-liners along the way.”

 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 18:13:24 +0530
Camila Cabello talks abou

Camila Cabello got candid about her relationship with Matthew Hussey. The 21-year-old singer Havana singer was spotted kissing the 30-year-old dating coach. She recently appeared on The Dan Wootton Interview podcast, where she was asked if she was happy and in love to which she stated, “I am really, really happy. I feel like I've never been happier in my life.”

She further asserted, “As far as that, I have always been such a private person and the one thing that has been, I think, the hardest thing about this industry has been letting go of that privacy. ‘Cause I feel like, for my sanity and for the sanity of the people I care about, you gotta keep some things sacred. I need to keep some things mine for them to be special—and just to protect that. But yeah, to answer your question, I'm really happy.”

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 18:05:22 +0530
Jennifer Lopez recalls se

Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez recently opened up about a sexual harassment incident she faced earlier in her career. She said that she was asked by a director to show her breasts. She, however, did not reveal the name of the director.

She asserted, “I haven't been abused in the way some women have. But have I been told by a director to take off my shirt and show my b**bs? Yes, I have.”

Lopez says she was terrified to come forward about the experience, which occurred on one of their first meetings. She stated, “When I did speak up, I was terrified. I remember my heart beating out of my chest, thinking, ‘What did I do? This man is hiring me!’ It was one of my first movies. But in my mind I knew the behaviour wasn't right. It could have gone either way for me.”

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 17:59:07 +0530
Versace bids farewell to

Versace revealed that it is ditching fur designs for good. Artistic director Donatella Versace said, “Fur? I am out of that. I don't want to kill animals to make fashion.”

It has been reported that the decision was taken by Versace to have a more sustainable, conscious and environment-savvy approach moving forward.

A statement for the same by the brand read, “Sustainability is a core part of the brand's journey into the future and Versace is constantly looking at all aspects of its business model to serve customers in an innovative, disruptive and responsible way. This includes paying close attention to the provenance and conditions under which all its products are produced and sourced to ensure adherence to the highest standards.”

The change will put into effect in the 2019 collections and onward. CEO Jonathan Akeroyd said, “Fur products already represent a minor part of the Versace's product line. This commitment is part of a broader, sustainable innovation program the Company is pursuing, that includes not only a strong commitment to work across our entire supply chain, but also a strong and deep cultural shift that will benefit all employees.”

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 17:53:08 +0530
Oprah Winfrey receives le

After Oprah Winfrey’s moving speech at the Golden Globes, fans started rooting for her to run for president. However, Winfrey stated that she hasn’t received a sign from God telling her to run for president.

But then Winfrey reportedly received a letter from an 83-year-old woman who legally changed her name to Jesus Christ 50 years ago. In an interview, Christ asserted that she started writing letters to try to spread a message of “faith, peace, and priorities.” She further added that she didn’t even know Winfrey was considering running for president but said she’d vote for her if she did.

Ever since Winfrey said she was waiting for a sign from God, others have tried to help connect the two.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 17:42:42 +0530
Academy President under i

The President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, John Bailey, is under investigation for allegations of sexual harassment.

The Academy reportedly received three harassment claims recently and immediately opened a probe. Bailey was elected president of the institution in August 2017.

In October, the Academy expelled producer Harvey Weinstein less than 10 days after he was accused of sexual harassment.

The Academy also replaced actor Casey Affleck, who settled two sexual harassment lawsuits in 2010, as the presenter of the Best Actress award at this year's Oscars as well.

In December, the Academy had also established a code of conduct which states that members may be disciplined or expelled for abuse, harassment or discrimination and also set up a claims process which set forth how such allegations would be adjudicated.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 17:25:48 +0530
SNDP Yogam Antop Hill win

The Antop Hill branch of the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP), No 3854, which comes under the Mumbai-Thane Union, is set to celebrate its 21st anniversary on April 8 at the Shanmukhananda Chandrasekharananda Saraswathi Auditorium at King's Circle.

The senior-most member of the Malayalam film industry, Padma Shri Madhu will be the chief guest at the function. Mollywood's comedy king Jagadeesh will grace the function as a special guest as well.

SNDP Yogam, initially founded in Kerala and later established in Mumbai, stands for following the social welfare activities and reforms laid down by Sri Narayana Guru at a time when caste discrimination was practiced at its peak.

Narayana Guru, (c. 1856 – 20 September 1928), was a social reformer of India. He was born into a family of the Ezhava caste in an era when people from such communities, which were regarded as Avarna, faced injustice in the caste-ridden society of Kerala.

He led a reform movement in Kerala, rejected casteism, and promoted new values of spiritual freedom and social equality. He stressed the need for the spiritual and social upliftment of the downtrodden through the establishment of temples and educational institutions. In the process, he denounced the superstitions that clouded the fundamental Hindu cultural convention of caste.

Oscar winner Resul Pookutty, National Award winner Surabhi Lakshmi, Manoj K Jayan, who completes 30 years in cinema along with Vijeesh Mani, who directed "Vishwaguru" and bagged a record for making a film in a shot span of time and its writer Pramod Payyannur will be honoured at the function.

Pandit Ramesh Narayan, considered to be a master of Carnatic-Hindustani music, Kerala state award winner Madhushree Narayan and  Kalagurukulam Kannur are set to perform at the function.

Comedian Nelson along with Kalabhavan Sudhi, Kalabhavan Leena Lakshmi and Dileep Kottayam will also team up to entertain on the occasion.

For more details contact:

Anil Kumar (Secretary) - 9819096671

Biju Kumar ( Program Committee Convenor) - 9821233124

 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 17:03:06 +0530
Martin Freeman talks abou

Actor Martin Freeman recently opened up about working in BBC’s hit series Sherlock. He stated, “I think after series four (it) felt like a pause. I think we felt we’d done it for a bit now. And part of it, speaking for myself is (due to) the reception of it.”

He continued, “To be absolutely honest, it (was) kind of impossible. Sherlock became the animal that it became immediately. Whereas even with The Office, it was a slow burn. But Sherlock was frankly notably high quality from the outset. And when you start [that high] it’s pretty hard to maintain that. Being in that show, it is a mini-Beatles thing. People’s expectations, some of it’s not fun anymore. It’s not a thing to be enjoyed, it’s a thing of: ‘You better f—ing do this, otherwise, you’re a c—.’ That’s not fun anymore.”

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 12:55:27 +0530
Shriya Saran gets hitched

Actress Shriya Saran reportedly married her Russian boyfriend Andrei Koscheev in a private ceremony in Mumbai on March 12 with only Manoj Bajpayee and Shabana Azmi in attendance from the film industry.

Shriya only invited close friends and family members to the wedding and a pre-wedding celebration on March 11.

It was further reported that Shriya and Andrei got married as per traditional Hindu rituals. Shriya Saran and Andrei Koscheev had been dating for several years.

Shriya Saran made her debut as an actress in 2001 in a Telugu film Ishtam and two years later she made her Bollywood debut in Tujhe Meri Kasam, co-starring Genelia D'Souza and Riteish Deshmukh. Shriya has starred in several films in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and English languages. She was last seen in 2018 film Gayatri in Telugu while her last Bollywood film was Drishyam, in 2015.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 12:44:05 +0530
Zayn Malik gets inked aft

Zayn Malik recently took to Instagram to show off his latest tattoo which features a massive rose on the back of his head with the stem of the rose starting on the left side of his neck and the flower blossoming at the base of his skull.

Malik and Hadid announced their breakup recently on social media. While Hadid stayed in New York City, Malik appeared to head down to Miami, Florida, after the split.

In his statement Malik wrote, “Gigi and I had an incredibly meaningful, loving and fun relationship, and I have a huge amount of respect and adoration for Gigi as a woman and friend. She has such an incredible soul. I'm grateful to all of our fans for respecting this difficult decision and our privacy at this time. We wish this news could have come from us first. We love you all.”

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 12:24:09 +0530
UAE Ambassador in India a

Dr. Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al-Banna, UAE Ambassador to India, has participated in the curtain-raising of the 16th International Energy Forum, IEF, hosted by Indian Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gasl.

The event was attended by a number of ambassadors and foreign diplomats accredited to New Delhi and Indian officials.

Sunjay Sudhir, Joint Secretary for International Cooperation in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, made a presentation about the event.

In his statement on the occasion, Dharmendra Pradhan, India's Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, thanked the audience for attending the event while shedding light on his country's growing role as a new destination for energy work globally.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:07:44 +0530
Modi inaugurates 105th In

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 105th Indian Science Congress at Manipur University. He began his inaugural address by paying tributes to three very distinguished Indian scientists whom we lost in recent times – Padma Vibhushan Prof Yashpal, Padma Vibhushan Prof UR Rao and Padma Shri Dr Baldev Raj. They all made outstanding contributions to Indian science and education. 

The Prime Minister said let us also join the world to mourn the death of one of the greatest physicists of our time, Stephen Hawking - one of the brightest stars of modern cosmology. He was a friend of India and had visited our country twice. The common man knows Hawking's name, not because of his work on black holes, but because of his unusually high commitment and spirit against all odds. He will be remembered as one of the world’s greatest motivators of all time, he added.

"Happy to be here in Imphal today, on the occasion of the one hundred and fifth session of the Indian Science Congress and delighted to be among scientists, whose work paves the way for a better tomorrow. The University is emerging as an important center of higher education in the North-East. This is just the second time in over a century that the Indian Science Congress is being held in the North-East. This is a testimony to the resurgent spirit of the North East. 

"It bodes well for the future. Science has been synonymous with progress and prosperity from time immemorial. As the best scientific minds of our nation, all of you gathered here today are power-houses of knowledge, innovation and enterprise, and are best equipped to drive this change", he added.

The five day-long mega event will conclude on the 20th of this month.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:03:22 +0530
107 companies 7 LLPs und

The Minister of State for Corporate and Law & Justice P.P. Chaudhary said that  the Government ordered investigation into the affairs of 107 companies and 7 LLPs under the provisions of Section 212(1)(c) of the Companies Act, 2013 and Section 43(3)(c)(i) of Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008 belonging to Nirav Modi (Firestar Diamond group) and Mehul Chinubhai Choksi (Gitanjali Group) to be carried out by the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) connected with Punjab National Bank Fraud wherein all matters in their entirety will be examined.

The minister states that the investigation is under progress.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 08:54:54 +0530
Vice President calls for

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that India needs education system with greater emphasis on Indian history, heritage and culture. He was addressing the valedictory function of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Hindustan Group of Institutions, in Chennai.

The Vice President said that education system must inculcate strong ethical, moral and humanistic values. While acquiring knowledge from across the globe, the students must remain rooted to India’s glorious culture, traditions, ethos and heritage, he added.

Recalling the profound words of Mahatma Gandhi, the Vice President said that “Literacy in itself is no education. Literacy is not the end of education or even the beginning. By education, I mean an all-round drawing out of the best in the child and man-body, mind and spirit”. He further said that Education does not end with mere acquisition of knowledge or degrees. It is aimed at holistic development of an individual, who will be able to face the challenges of a fast-changing world with vision of a seer and temperament of a scientist, he added.

The Vice President said that education must help in building the character, capacity, calibre and promoting proper conduct. He further said that education is for empowerment, enlightenment, enhancement of knowledge and to seek gainful employment. People in education sector should address the critical issues in our education system like high dropout ratio especially at secondary and tertiary level, obsolete syllabus and conventional pedagogy, lack of industry-institute linkage, lack of research awareness and shortage of trained teachers.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 08:48:38 +0530
UK judge says Indian bank

The British judge presiding over the extradition case of liquor baron Vijay Mallya said that it was blindingly obvious that rules were being broken by Indian banks which sanctioned some of the loans to the erstwhile Kingfisher Airlines.

Judge Emma Arbuthnot, at the Westminster Magistrates; Court in London, deemed the case to be a jigsaw puzzle with different pieces of major evidence to be put together to paint a picture.

She asserted that there are clear signs that the banks seem to have gone against their own guidelines in sanctioning some of the loans and invited the Indian authorities to explain the case against some of the bank officials involved as well.

Mallya is on trial to be extradited to India to face charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs. 9,000 crores.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is representing the Indian government. They laid out their arguments against the defence calling into question the admissibility of some of evidence submitted by the Indian authorities.

The judge is expected to rule on the admissibility of evidence and set a timeframe for her final verdict. However, the matter could be delayed over further clarifications required on the source of some of the emails submitted as evidence by the Indian authorities as well.

However, Mallya's counsel, Clare Montgomery, argued that evidence that was claimed as a blueprint of dishonesty by the CPS was in fact privileged conversation between Mallya and his lawyer about legal advice in clear contemplation of litigation and hence should be inadmissible.

Further, Mallya's team questioned the reliability of investigating officers in the case and pointed to over 150 pages of near identical material purporting to be statement of witnesses taken under Section 161 of the Indian CrPC.

The judge was not convinced by the argument and stated that she had found only two-three cases of mistakes but did not see a problem in the preparation of the statements.

The extradition trial is aimed at laying out a prima facie case of fraud against the tycoon, who has been based in the UK since he left India in March 2016. It also seeks to prove that there are no “bars to extradition” and that Mallya is assured a fair trial in India over his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines’ alleged default of loans from a consortium of Indian banks.

Mallya was arrested by Scotland Yard on an extradition warrant in April 2017 and has been out on bail on a bond worth 650,000 pounds. Chief Magistrate Arbuthnot is expected to pronounce her verdict in the case by May.

If she rules in favour of the Indian government, the UK home secretary will have two months to sign Mallya's extradition order. However, both sides will have the chance to appeal in higher courts in the UK against the chief magistrate's verdict.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
TDP President writes to B

TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu wrote to BJP president Amit Shah stating that they felt it pointless to continue in the NDA and that the union government failed to discharge its constitutional responsibilities in implementing the ‘Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.’

In a four page letter, he asserted that on most of the crucial provisions of the Act as well as the assurances given in the Rajya Sabha, the progress had been “tardy, unsatisfactory and disappointing.”

He stated, “Today, a feeling is gaining ground in our state that the BJP is not sensitive to the aspirations of our people. We feel the government headed by it is not willing to implement in letter and spirit the provisions in the AP Reorganisation Act and the assurances given by the then Prime Minister in Rajya Sabha.”

Naidu expressed that his party had joined the alliance hoping that the state would get fair treatment and that the people would get justice. However, he observed, “When our being in the alliance doesn't serve that purpose, we feel that it is pointless to continue.”

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Rahul Gandhi Modi govern

Congress President Rahul Gandhi recently alleged that the Modi government is paying Rs. 1100 crore extra per Rafale jet.

Gandhi said that the Centre is purchasing per Rafale jet at the rate of Rs. 1670 crore while the Congress-led Manmohan Singh (MMS) government had finalised the deal at the rate of Rs. 570 crore per Rafale jet as he cited Rafale manufacturer Dassault's 2016 annual report.

Gandhi tweeted, “Dassault called RM's lie and released prices paid per RAFALE plane in report: Qatar = 1319 Cr, MODI = 1670 Cr, MMS = 570 Cr. 1100 Cr per plane or 36,000 Cr i.e 10 % of our Defence budget, in the pocket. Meanwhile, our Army begs our Govt. for money.”

The Modi government has signed a deal with France based Dassault Aviation to purchase 36 Rafale jets.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Modi speaks about Rising

Narendra Modi inaugurated and delivered the keynote address at the News18 Rising India Summit in New Delhi.

Speaking at the Summit, he said, “You can't manage what you don't measure.” The idea, he said, was to break down healthcare service in India into four parts: “preventive healthcare, affordable healthcare, supply-side intervention and mission-mode intervention.”

The PM made a presentation on what Rising India means to him. He also spoke about the schemes introduced by his government and said that there is a transformation happening in the country. Commerce minister Suresh Prabhu, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant as well as many leading businessmen of the country discussed India’s growth story at the summit as well.

Union ministers Piyush Goyal and Nitin Gadkari also held a discussion on the country's building blocks, infrastructural issues in the railways and roadways sectors on the event.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
BJP Maharashtra chief Sh

Maharashtra BJP chief Raosaheb Danve stated that the Shiv Sena would remain with the BJP even though its president Uddhav Thackeray announced that the party will fight in the upcoming Lok Sabha and state assembly polls alone.

Danve stated, “We were in an alliance for 25 years. Barring the last election we have always been together.”

He informed that the BJP would celebrate its foundation day on April 6 in presence of its president Amit Shah with a rally that would be attended by around three lakh party workers.

He stated, “We want to make the 39th foundation day a grand event. We celebrate it every year so it is not right to say that we are sounding a poll bugle.”

Danve further elaborated that, “It has been proven that both governments of the NDA, under Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the current one under Narendra Modi, are capable of holding on to its allies. We are trying to keep our allies with us.”

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
TDP parts ways with BJP

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has finally decided to part ways with the BJP after TDP's demand for a "special category status" for Andhra Pradesh was firmly denied by the Centre. TDP took the decision after finance minister Arun Jaitley omitted the demand in the general budget as well.

TDP decided to quit from the NDA alliance after their extensive talks with the Centre for a reversal in their stand had not fetched any result.

The TDP has been reportedly planning to seek a no-confidence vote in the parliament as well. They have 16 members out of 545 in the Lok Sabha and while their numbers may not cause concern for the BJP, it could, however, cause distant effects in the political equations.

Andhra Pradesh chief minister and the chairman of TDP Chandrababu Naidu said that the decision is not meant for any political gains but for the state only.

"I came to Delhi and met the concerned officials 29 times in the last 4 years for the betterment of my state. But there was not a single word for Andhra in the previous budget", he said.

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:16:43 +0530
Reebok teams up Wonder W

Gal Gadot recently signed an endorsement deal with Reebok. She joins Ariana Grande, Gigi Hadid and Victoria Beckham in the list of women who have endorsed the brand in the past. Reebok hailed Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot as a “symbol of courage and strength” and stated that they are committed to empowering women worldwide.

Gadot and Reebok are set to work together to inspire women and to encourage them to embrace fitness as a means to become the best version of themselves, physically, mentally, and socially.

Speaking about the partnership, Gadot shared, “Working out has always been a big part of my life, especially with having a mother who was a PE teacher, I was exposed to an active lifestyle from an early age. Through fitness, I have found that I gain strength, endurance, and confidence, and I couldn’t imagine a better partner than Reebok to join me on this journey.”

In the concept, Gal Gadot is introduced through pictures that promote Reebok’s “Be More Human” mantra while wearing the brand’s latest women’s training collection.

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:06:45 +0530
Salman Khan to make his d

Salman Khan is set to star in Remo D'Souza’s Race 3 and now it has been reported that the Dabangg actor has penned a romantic number for the film as well.

Khan is making his debut as a lyricist with Race 3 and that the romantic song will be shot in the UAE, while Vishal Mishra will compose the music for the same and director Remo Dsouza will be choreographing it.

Producer Ramesh Taurani confirmed the news and said, “It's a lovely romantic track, exactly what we were looking for. This is the first time Salman's name will appear in the credits as a lyricist.”

Race 3 is set to release on June 15, 2018.

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:05:42 +0530
Irrfan Khan reveals rare

Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan has revealed that he is suffering from neuroendocrine tumour. The actor had earlier tweeted that he had been diagnosed with a rare disease.

Explaining his disease, Irrfan wrote, “Life is under no obligation to give us what we expect: Margaret Mitchell.

The unexpected makes us grow, which is what the past few days have been about. Learning that I have been diagnosed with NeuroEndocrine Tumour as of now has now has admittedly been difficult, but the love and strength of those around me and that I found within me has brought me to a place of hope. The journey of this is taking me out of the country, and I request everyone to continue sending their wishes. As for the rumours that were floated NEURO is not always about the brain and googling is the easiest way to do research :-) To those who waited for my words, I hope to be back with more stories to tell.”

An endocrine tumour is a mass that begins in the parts of the body that produce and release hormones. An endocrine tumour develops from cells that produce hormones, the tumour can also produce hormones. This can cause serious illness. Most neuroendocrine tumours occur in the lungs, appendix, small intestine, rectum and pancreas

The treatment for the same depends on the type of tumour, location, whether it produces excess hormones, how aggressive it is and whether it has spread to other parts of the body as well.

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:36:14 +0530
Daler Mehndi convicted g

It has been reported that Punjabi pop singer Daler Mehndi, 50, was granted bail just minutes after he was sentenced to two years in jail in a 2003 human trafficking case by a court in Patiala. The 50-year-old singer was convicted by the Patiala Court today and immediately taken into custody by the Punjab Police.

Daler Mehndi and his brother, Shamsher Singh were accused of illegally sending people abroad by disguising them as his troupe members through charging them hefty “passage money.”

The brothers allegedly took two troupes in 1998 and 1999 wherein 10 people were taken to US disguised as group members and were illegally “dropped off”. During a trip with an actress, Daler Mehndi allegedly “dropped off” three girls at San Francisco.

The brothers reportedly took another troupe to US in October 1999 accompanied by actors wherein three boys were “dropped off” at New Jersey.

Shortly after Patiala Police registered a case against Daler Mehndi and Shamsher Singh more complaints levelling charges of fraud against them came up.

The complaints allege that despite the brothers having taken “passage money” in order to help them migrate to the US “illegally”, they had failed to do so.

The Patiala Police also raided Daler Mehndi’s offices at Connaught Place, New Delhi and seized documents which included case files of the people who had paid the alleged “passage money”.

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:39:36 +0530
Rihanna asks followers to

Rihanna recently denounced Snapchat after an advertisement made light of her beating by fellow pop star Chris Brown, sending the company’s share prices tumbling.

The social media platform had featured an advertisement of a pop up quiz which read “Would You Rather?,” a game app that sometimes asks provocative questions.

The commercial showed Fenty and Brown and asked Snapchat users whether they would rather “slap Rihanna” or “punch Chris Brown.”

The company immediately pulled the advertisement and apologized, but Rihanna took to Instagram to denounce Snapchat.

The Work hitmaker wrote, “You spent money to animate something that would intentionally bring shame to DV (domestic violence) victims and made a joke of it!!!! This isn’t about my personal feelings, cause I don’t have much of them...but all the women, children, and men that have been victims of DV in the past and especially the ones who haven’t made it out yet....you let us down! Shame on you.”

As for their apology, she said, “Throw the whole app-oligy away.”

After Rihanna denounced Snapchat, the shares in the parent company Snap Inc. fell 3.64%.

Snapchat further came under fire from activists and social media users who questioned how the post made it past the platform’s review process.

A Snapchat spokesperson asserted, “This advertisement is disgusting and never should have appeared on our service. We are so sorry we made the terrible mistake of allowing it through our review process. We are investigating how that happened so that we can make sure it never happens again.”

The spokesperson further confirmed that the ad was purchased through its self-serve advertising platform, all of which are subject to review, and added that the advertiser was unaffiliated with Snapchat/Snap Inc and that, ‘Would You Rather’ has been blocked from the platform as well.

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:19:07 +0530
Salman Khan s Bharat is b

Salman Khan and Ali Abbas Zafar are all set to team up for their upcoming film Bharat. Thefilm is reportedly a remake of the 2014 South Korean film Ode To My Father. Khan apparently will sport at least five different looks for this film.

 Director Ali Abbas Zafar stated, “It is a very different film from Tiger and Sultan. We are trying to do something new with it. It’s too early to talk about it.”

He added, “With Tiger Zinda Hai and Sultan behind me, I'm more nervous for my next one because I know the expectations and anticipations will be really, really high.”

On working with Salman, he elaborated, “People tell me there’s a lot of maturity in my work now. May be that maturity has got to do because I’m working with Salman Khan who has so much experience. The text that I write kind of compliments (him) and he as a mature actor takes it to another level.”

The story of Bharat will be set over a period spanning sixty years along with major historical events in the country which will be depicted in the film as well.

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:10:24 +0530
Ministry of Railways to r

For enhancement of Safety of commuters and Rail users, Ministry of Railways has decided to revamp platforms in Mumbai Suburban stations. Over Central & Western Railway Suburban sections, the work of raising of 421 Platforms started in 2015.  So far, 344 platforms have been raised. The target date of completions is by June 2018.

The work for 344 Platforms has been accomplished against all the odds and deterrent factors. The major constraints faced during the work were amidst running local train services everyday over vast Mumbai Railway Suburban network with heavy passenger traffic, the work of raising of Platforms was carried out only during mid night hours. Within the available 2- 3 hours during the night time, the work of raising of platform was carried out with the safety of passengers in mind and with the minimum inconvenience to the passengers.

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:02:55 +0530
Vice President Peace is

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that peace is required for sustained development. He was interacting with the Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio and the Council of Ministers who called on him.

The Vice President said that tensions lead to disruption of attention towards development. Therefore, the new government in Nagaland has to address the unrest and tensions among certain groups in the state. For this, the State government has to work to fulfil the aspirations of the people, he added.

Development should be the main agenda and it should reach up to the last person in the queue. He further said that States to have good cordial relations with the Centre so that the Central Sponsored schemes are utilized well. Work with coordination with the Centre, he advised.  

The Vice President said that Nagaland is different from other areas in socio-economic aspects. Therefore, efforts should be made to bring all the people in to the national mainstream, he added.

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:56:35 +0530
President Kovind addresse

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind addressed the students, faculty and academic community of the University of Antananarivo in Madagascar before concluding his state visit to Mauritius and Madagascar.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said the Madagascar-India relationship draws from a history of shared experiences. “The distance between Madagascar and India may seem wide, but in many senses we are neighbours,” the President said, “the waters of the Indian Ocean wash both our shores. The hopes and opportunities, concerns and challenges of this mighty ocean make us obvious partners. As per the International Seabed Authority, the undersea exploration zones of our countries are closest to each other.”

Our common goal of a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable world, President Kovind said, has led to our countries supporting each other in bilateral and multilateral forums.

"Madagascar was a distinguished participant at the first summit of the recent International Solar Alliance in New Delhi. As an island nation, Madagascar understands better than most the risks of climate change and the need to move away from fossil fuels towards renewable and particularly solar energy. As an ISA member state Madagascar will be accessing a solar grant pilot project to be commissioned by India’s National Institute of Solar Energy", he added.

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:50:54 +0530
Arvind Kejriwal apologise

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tendered an apology for having levelled “unfounded” allegations related to involvement in drugs trade against Shiromani Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia. However, Majithia said that the “meek surrender” drew flak from Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Punjab unit leaders who termed Kejriwal’s step a “letdown.”

Former Punjab minister Majithia asserted that he was grateful that truth had won and that Kejriwal had realized his mistake and since Kejriwal apologised, he did not want to pursue the defamation case filed against him.

Kejriwal had previously accused Majithia, then a minister in the state government, of being involved in narcotics trade.

However, Kejriwal tendered an apology for the same and said, “In the recent past I made certain statements and allegations against you regarding your alleged involvement in drug trade. These statements became a political issue. Now I’ve learnt that the allegations are unfounded. Hence there should be no politics on such issues. I hereby withdraw all my statements and allegations made against you and apologise for the same.”

Majithia for his part, accepted the apology and stated, “I thank Kejriwal for showing greatness in seeking apology for his remarks made against me. I have told my lawyers that from our side, this case ends as Kejriwal has sought apology. I have asked my counsels to withdraw the defamation case. Person makes mistake and with the grace of God, if I have the ability to forgive and I will forgive.”

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
BJP may go for early Lok

BSP chief Mayawati stated that the BJP may call for early Lok Sabha elections after its defeat in the parliamentary bypolls in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

She said, “In Uttar Pradesh, we wanted to teach the BJP a lesson and decided to support SP candidates so that it loses the seats earlier held by the chief minister and deputy chief minister, They have lost their sleep with this result.”

Mayawati added, “With yesterday's result, there is great possibility that the BJP will advance the Lok Sabha polls, which are otherwise to be held in 2019.”

She said that the party may hold Lok Sabha polls along with assembly elections in seven-eight states as, “They know that the more they delay, the more damaging it can be for them.”

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Panel to Centre Make 5 y

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence recently recommended five-years of compulsory military service for those aspiring for gazetted jobs in the state and central governments.

The news comes after the Centre told the panel that the Defence Ministry had sent a recommendation to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to make military service of five years compulsory for those aiming for direct recruitment in the central and state government services.

The panel however, criticised the Defence Ministry, stating that “apparently, the Ministry of Defence has not taken up the matter with due seriousness with the DoPT.”

It was further stated, “The committee, while recommending five-year compulsory military service to such aspirants, has taken into account the fact that there is a perennial and alarming shortage of officers and PBOR (Personnel Below Officer Rank) in the armed forces, which needs to be corrected. The committee, once again expresses the desire that the issue of shortage of officers needs to be given priority for being addressed.”

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
PM Modi to inaugurate Ind

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate the national Science Congress as well as many developmental projects in Manipur.

The Science Congress will see congregation of about 5000 delegations including three Noble laureates, scientists, scholars and researchers from all across the country as well.

PM Modi will head for Luwangshangbam, where he will lay the foundation stones for Luwangpokpa Multi Sports Complex, National Sports University and freedom fighter Rani Gaidinliu Park at Mantripukhri.

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
Rotomac owner son denied

A CBI court has rejected the regular bail pleas of Rotomac Global promoter, director Vikram Kothari and his son Rahul Kothari, in connection with the alleged Rs. 3,695 crore loan default case.

The CBI had arrested the duo in Delhi on February 23 and since then the accused have been in jail. They were then brought to Lucknow on transit remand after their arrest.

The CBI court had on February 24 allowed their police remand for the purpose of interrogation in its custody. The remand period expired on March 7, after which the judge MP Chaudhary had taken him under judicial custody and sent him to jail.

Both the accused moved bail pleas but the court refused them bail as it was observed by the court that the offence was serious and the accused did not deserve bail.

According to the prosecution, a consortium of seven banks led by Bank of India had extended loans worth Rs. 2,919 crore to Rotomac Global Pvt Limited from 2008 onwards.

However, according to an FIR filed by CBI, the directors allegedly cheated the banks by diverting the raised funds in a conspiracy with unidentified bank officials.

It had been alleged that instances were found where the credit sanctioned and disbursed to the company was used for purposes other than execution of the claimed export orders.

Citing the FIR only, the prosecutor also placed a case in which the credit sanctioned for an export order purportedly received from Singapore for supply of wheat was diverted to another company named Bargadia Brothers Private Limited, Singapore.

The CBI prosecutor further narrated another modus operandi wherein the accused would use the loans for undeclared purposes as well.

Further, it was also alleged that most suspect transactions of the company were with a limited number of buyers, sellers, sister concerns and subsidiary companies.

The police complaint in the case has stated that the act of the accused amounted to misappropriation, criminal breach of trust and violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act.

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
MEA alleges that Indian d

The Ministry of External Affairs recently alleged that the country’s diplomats were facing harassment and were being prevented from discharging their duties in Islamabad.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “Indian High Commission in Pakistan is facing many issues. We've reached out through established diplomatic channels to Islamabad. We want that our Commission in Islamabad functions smoothly, the officials are not harassed, their work is not obstructed and that the Vienna Convention of Diplomatic Relations, 1961 is abided by.”

However, the Pakistan Foreign Ministry claimed that the staff and their families have been facing “harassment, intimidation and outright violence” from Indian state agencies.

While Pakistan recently issued a demarche to India stating that it was becoming difficult for its diplomats to function in Delhi it had been reported that the present round of hostility was initiated by an ISI raid on a residential complex under construction for Indian diplomats in Islamabad. The ISI is Pakistan's spy agency.

It had been reported that a group of 7-8 men raided the residential complex last month and disconnected the electricity and water supply to the property which is owned by India. Indian high commissioner in Pakistan, Ajay Bisaria, met the Pakistan foreign secretary on February 16 to protest such “multiple acts of hooliganism” against Indian staff and property.

Indian diplomats have also repeatedly complained about having to deal with unauthorised entry into their premises and also random interception of their cars.

 

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:20:04 +0530
BTS is getting a document

It has been confirmed by the group’s management company BigHit Entertainment that the sensational K-Pop group will be the subject of a documentary series launching on paid streaming service YouTube Red.

The eight-episode series, called BTS: Burn The Stage is slated to release on March 28. The series will follow the band through its 2017 sold-out international The Wings Tour, during which BTS stopped by 20 cities across Asia, South America, and the United States. The videos will show more personal sides of the band members and will include behind-the-scenes interviews and footage of the band’s performances as well.

The release of Burn The Stage comes after the band’s massive global success and rise, as BTS not only built fierce fandoms in Asia, but garnered recognition in Western countries as well.

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:14:32 +0530
John Cena confirms he s a

John Cena is officially an ARMY.

BTS fans are also known as ARMYs and the professional wrestler hinted his love for BTS by sharing photos of J-Hope on Instagram. Although many fans were sure that Cena was a fan of the K-pop boy group, he never confirmed the same as the posts didn't have any descriptions or captions as also the bio on his Instagram account states, “These images will be posted without explanation, for your interpretation. Enjoy.”

However, John Cena himself has now revealed that he's part of the K-Pop fandom as in a recent interview Cena was asked if he's part of the ARMY, he answered, “See, if I were to explain, that would defeat the purpose! Although I will say, 'Base Line' is my favourite track on the J-Hope mixtape. I also like Hangsang.”

He further added, “What started as a happy accident has turned into something wonderful. I've been introduced to a new piece of culture, which I think is fantastic because I'm learning through social media.”

And it is then when he confirmed, “It's a very rare occurrence, so I'm very happy to say, yeah, screw it, I'm in.”

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:58:09 +0530
Kylie Jenner posts an ado

Kylie Jenner recently posted an adorable picture of her 1-month-old daughter, Stormi Webster, snuggled in a light pink sweater onesie.

The reality star gave birth to her and boyfriend Travis Scott's first child on February 1, 2018.

Her sister Kendall Jenner also expressed that, ‘It's not that it's more exciting than any other births in the family, it's different exciting, because she's my baby sister who I grew up with. We all grew up in twos: Kourtney and Kim grew up together; Rob and Khloe; Brandon and Brody; Burton and Casey, and then Kylie and I. So to see my best friend growing up have a baby? It's already made us even closer.”

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:46:30 +0530
Ellen DeGeneres talks abo

Ellen DeGeneres came out over 20 years ago as a lesbian but she says she still vividly remembers the milestone moment.

Speaking to Dax Shepard on his Armchair Expert podcast, she said, “Ellen ended because I came out. This is a long, long story but they really didn’t want me to come out. I wanted to come out. I said, ‘It’s my life. I want to come out. I want the character to come out. It’s the time.’ I said, ‘I’m going to lose the career. Like, you can just put another show on. It’s my show to lose’ even though it wasn’t my show.”

She added, “They finally let me come out, and it was a huge success. It was huge. It was celebrated and then they just stopped promoting it because everybody was scared. We were losing sponsors, so they were just acting like, ‘We’re just letting it glide. We’re not going to touch it.’ I got no more advertising, I got no more promotion. So they cancelled it.”

DeGeneres expressed that she faced significant backlash after the show ended. She explained, “During the time, because there was so much talk about it, everyone was just sick of it. I had only done the cover of Time magazine, a primetime special with Diane Sawyer and Oprah those were the only three places I talked but people were reporting on reports and reports and reports.”

Ellen elaborated, “Even Elton John said, ‘Shut up already. We know you’re gay. Be funny,’ I had never met him and I thought, ‘What kind of support is that from a gay person?’ But everybody assumed I was just nonstop talking about. It hurt my feelings,” and added, “People were making fun of me. I was really depressed. And because of that and because the show was cancelled, I was looked at as a failure in this business. No one would touch me. I had no agent, I had no possibility of a job, I had nothing.”

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:07:30 +0530
Dhinakaran launches new p

AIADMK leader and VK Sasikala's nephew TTV Dhinakaran has formed his political party in Tamil Nadu today.

Dhinakaran announced his new political outfit, Amma Makkal Munetra Kazhagam, in Madurai, the political capital of Tamil Nadu. Dhinakaran asserts that his party will work according to the ideologies and aims of former chief minister late J. Jayalalithaa.

Thousands gathered to witness the launch of the new political party while huge banners of Jayalalithaa, MGR and Sasikala were put on display near the venue as well. Dhinakaran has released a new flag as well which features Jayalalithaa in it.

Dhinakaran's arrival with the new political party comes at a time when Tamil Superstar Kamal Haasan launched his new party 'Makkal Needhi Maiam" and global star Rajinikanth announced his plans to enter into politics as well.

The RK Nagar MLA's party launching coincides with the budget day in Tamil Nadu and he also stated that his new political plans have the blessings of "Amma"( Jayalalithaa) and "Chinnamma" (Sasikala) as well.

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:49:23 +0530
Miley Cyrus sued for copy

Miley Cyrus‘s single “We Can’t Stop” became a huge hit in 2013, but now the singer is facing legal troubles over the song.

Reportedly according to legal documents, Jamaican singer and songwriter Michael May (who performs as Flourgon) claimed that Cyrus stole the lyrics from his 1988 track “We Run Things.”

The lyrics in question are, “We run things / Things don’t run we.” May further stated that Cyrus used these lyrics and added that she “substantially incorporated” his “vocal melody/rhythm/cadence/inflection.”

Though it wasn’t specified how much May is suing Cyrus and her co-writers for, including Mike Will Made It, May’s lawyers asserted that the performer is seeking $300 million in damages.

May lawyers allege in the documents, “May was the first to construct such a sequence using the phrase ‘We run things. Things no run we’ and was the first musical artist to convey this unique, creative and original lyrical phrase/sequence into musical arrangement.”

May is also seeking a trial by jury and wants to prohibit Cyrus from profiting further from the song.

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:18:18 +0530
American band OneRepublic

American Pop-Rock band OneRepublic are set to come to Mumbai to perform live on April 21 at the MMRDA Grounds.

Apart from India the band is going on a two-week Asia tour comprising of Singapore, South Korea, China, Malaysia during which they will perform at the Grammy Festival in Beijing alongside Pharrell Williams and James Bay as well.

OneRepublic said, “We've wanted to visit India for years, and are beyond excited to finally get the chance to not only perform a full concert but also explore your beautiful country. See you soon!”

Opium Events Director Cyrus Gorimar, said, “We have been in talks with the management since over six months now as we realized that the band enjoys a great repertoire in the country with a significant fanbase originating out of India. Our pre-registrations have seen a phenomenal response with more than 10,000 registrations received in a span of 24 hours and we are anticipating close to 15,000 fans for the event. The production and scale of the event will be extraordinary with a multi-crore spend invested into the event.”

Tickets to OneRepublic Live In India 2018 will start from INR 4,200/- and will go on sale on ticketing portal, www.bookmyshow.com from March 14, 2018 onwards.

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:26:59 +0530
Zayn Malik unfollows Gigi

Singer Zayn Malik has unfollowed Gigi Hadid and her mother Yolanda on social media following his break-up with the supermodel.

Soon after news broke that the Pillowtalk hitmaker and Hadid have broken up after two years of dating, fans noticed the update on Instagram.

Malik announced the news on social media in a post that read, “Gigi and I had an incredibly meaningful, loving and fun relationship and I have a huge amount of respect and adoration for Gigi as a woman and a friend. She has such an incredible soul. I’m grateful to all of our fans for respecting this difficult decision and our privacy at this time. We wish this news would have come from us first. We love you all.”

Hadid followed suit and also wrote, “Breakup statements often seem impersonal because there is really no way to put into words what two people experience together over a few years..not only in a relationship but in life in general. I’m forever grateful for the love, time and life lessons Z and I shared. I want nothing but the best for him and will continue to support him as a friend that I have immense respect and love for. As for the future, whatever’s meant to be will always be. x G.”

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:01:52 +0530
Priyanka Chopra to shoot

Priyanka Chopra, who has been abroad for the longest time, busy with her television show, Quantico and Hollywood releases, is reportedly planning to head back to India and shoot for a Bollywood film.

She will be apparently returning to India for 3-4 months and resume her Bollywood career, after she finishes shooting the portions in her Hollywood films. Her last film in Bollywood was Jai Gangaajal which released in 2016.

While Chopra hasn't made any official confirmation yet, there is much speculation of her starring in a Kalpana Chawla biopic. Debutante director Priya Mishra had recently stated, “I have been working on it for the past seven years. A new production banner will back the project.”

It is being further reported that Priyanka's team has been involved in the project and have been planning the legwork of the film for past one year as well.

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:42:03 +0530
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Sangeet Martand Padma Vibhushan Pandit Jasraj paid homa​ge to Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati swamigal at a musical Smruthanjali held at the Shanmukhananda hall in Mumbai. Pandit Jasraj, an ardent devotee of ​Swamiji and  is one of the Aasthana Vidhwans of Kanchi peetam.

 

 

 

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:34:52 +0530
High Commission of India

High Commission of India celebrated 110th Women’s Day at Gandhi Hall in India House on 8th March 2018, in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industries, Enfield Saheli and All Ladies League of UK.

The event consisted of a networking lunch followed by a panel discussion moderated by the Deputy High Commissioner of India, Dinesh Patnaik. The panel was constituted of eight eminent women speakers who have carved out a niche in their respective fields, ranging from business to politics and entertainment.

The discussion was structured around personal achievements of esteemed women speakers including overcoming challenges and key message or advice to other women to “Press for Progress”, which was this year’s campaign theme for International Women’s Day.

 

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:40:36 +0530
Centre ends Haj subsidy

The Central Government  has decided to discontinue the Haj subsidy from the year 2018-19. The amount of Haj subsidy provided by the Government of India reflects in the budget of Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), which is the nodal Ministry responsible for making air travel arrangements for Haj pilgrims identified by the Haj Committee of India (HCoI).

Budgetary provision of Rs. 200 crore for the Haj subsidy has been made in the Budget Estimates for 2017-18.

The welfare schemes meant for minorities are implemented by Ministry of Minority Affairs from the budget allocated to the Ministry. An additional allocation of Rs.505 Crore has been made for the Ministry of Minority Affairs for the year 2018-19. It has been decided to allocate bulk of the additional funding for educational empowerment of Minority communities.

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:20:53 +0530
HRD Ministry to set up I

An Innovation Cell in the Ministry of Human Resource Development will be created to further strengthen the innovation efforts.  It will be headed by a Scientist and comprise of a senior Ministry official and young professionals who bring to the table new ideas in promoting innovation.

This was stated by Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar after a high level review.

The decision comes close on the heels of India moving 6 ranks up in the Global Innovation Index Ranking from 66 in 2016 to 60 in 2017, out of 127 countries.  This increase has happened for the 2nd year in succession and it coincides with the launch of the Smart India Hackathon by the Ministry of Human Resource Development in coordination with other Ministries.

Under the Global Innovation Index 2017, India has improved its standing in innovation inputs and innovation efficiency. The strongest points for the country happened to be a large number of science and engineering graduates, the increased investment by Global R&D companies in India, the improved QS University rankings and high rank in the highly cited research publication, global leadership in the IT service experts and leadership in export of creative goods.

 “There has been considerable improvement in India’s ranking in Global Innovation Index 2017.  Since the large part of Global Innovation Index relates to Education, the setting up of Innovation Cell in the Ministry will lead to more focused attention on innovation and research efforts,” Javadekar said.

“The Government's renewed emphasis on innovation as a measure  to improve the economic growth and the standard of living, is bearing fruit. Six new Research Parks have been sanctioned in various premier institutions. There are more than 120 Technology Business Incubators covering all the institutions in the country,” the Minister said.

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:14:33 +0530
INS Tarini leaves Cape To

Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini, an all-women crew, left Cape Town today (14 Mar 18) for the final leg of circumnavigation passage to Goa. The yacht was flagged off by Ms Ruchira Kamboj, High Commissioner of India to the Republic of South Africa,  Mr Abhishek Shukla, Counsel General of India in Cape Town, South Africa & Ms Auroux Marais, Minister of Cultural Affairs & Sports, Western Cape Government, members of Indian diaspora and South African Sailing Association.

INSV Tarini had arrived at Cape Town on 02 March 18 after completion of fourth leg of her 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.

The crew had several engagements during their stay at Cape Town, including a formal call-on HE Ms Ruchika Kamboj, High Commissioner of India, Ms Patrica De Lille, Mayor of Cape Town and Helen Zille, Premier of Western Cape. A photo exhibition event and press interaction was also organised. The crew were also ‘On Air’ during the Radio Talkshow with famous RJ Pippa Hudson.

As part of their stay in harbour, Team Tarini interacted with students from University of Western Cape, St. Paul’s Primary School and Lawhill Maritime Academy. INSV Tarini crew had an opportunity to interact with a wide range of stakeholders during the welcome reception hosted by the High Commissioner, which was attended by numerous distinguished guests, including state officials, businessmen, academicians, leaders from Indian community and media persons.

Several outstanding sportspersons and local populace also visited the vessel while she was open for onboard visits. The Skipper Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi along with crew gave a talk and presentation at the Royal Cape Yacht Club and Maritime Academy. The crew also interacted with sailing community of Western Cape.

The visit of INSV Tarini to Cape Town was covered widely in the International social media and print and electronic media. The final port of call is scheduled at Goa in end Apr 18.

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:09:05 +0530
PM mourns at the death of

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has condoled the passing away of Professor Stephen Hawking.

“Professor Stephen Hawking was an outstanding scientist and academic. His grit and tenacity inspired people all over the world. His demise is anguishing. Professor Hawking’s pioneering work made our world a better place. May his soul rest in peace”, the Prime Minister said. 

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 07:59:50 +0530
President Kovind visits M

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, reached Madagascar on the second leg of his two-nation state visit to Africa and the Indian Ocean Region. This is the first ever visit by a President or Prime Minister of India to this country.

Flying in from Mauritius, President Kovind was received at the Ivato International Airport, Antananarivo, by Prime Minister Olivier Solonandrasan and accorded a ceremonial welcome.

The President drove from the airport to lead delegation-level talks with the President of Madagascar, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, and witnessed the exchange of two bilateral agreements – on defence cooperation and aviation cooperation.

After the delegation-level talks, the President was conferred the Grand Cross of the Second Class by the President of Madagascar. This is the highest honour Madagascar bestows on a non-citizen. The President thanked the Government of Madagascar for the honour. He said this special gesture will go a long way in strengthening our warm and friendly relations.

The President said that he has come to Madagascar with a message of goodwill. India is keen to enhance and strengthen its partnership with Madagascar. India has been sharing its developmental experience with Madagascar and happy to cooperate in fields of human development such as health, education and sanitation. He expressed hope that ongoing talks on health and traditional medicine collaboration would lead to fruitful outcomes. He stated that India was glad to gift the “Bhabha-tron”, a cancer therapy machine, to Madagascar for improving healthcare facilities.

The President said that India is ready to help in building infrastructure projects in energy, roads and port development, all of which are crucial to Madagascar’s development. We are keen to bring in expertise and replicate infrastructural success stories in other African countries through India’s LOC financing, President Kovind said. To facilitate its financial assistance programme, India has decided to offer Madagascar a USD 80.7 million LoC for agriculture and mechanisation.

The defence agreement between the two countries focuses on friendly visits by Indian ships to Madagascar, and capacity building and training of Madagascar’s personnel.

President Kovind also attended a luncheon banquet hosted in his honour by the President of Madagascar. Speaking on the occasion, the President thanked the Government and people of Madagascar for the warm welcome and hospitality. He was confident that the first ever state visit from India would open a new chapter in our bilateral relations.

In the afternoon, the President inaugurated the Centre for Geo-informatics Applications in Rural Development. This Centre will support communities in Madagascar in using geospatial technologies for a host of applications in rural development, and will strengthen bilateral cooperation in agriculture and related areas.

 

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 07:55:43 +0530
SC dismisses Rajiv Gandhi

The Supreme Court recently dismissed the plea of convict A G Perarivalan seeking recall of its May 1999 judgement thereby upholding his conviction in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

The CBI had previously sought dismissal of Perarivalan's plea claiming it was devoid of any merits. In an affidavit filed in the apex court, CBI's Multi Disciplinary Monitoring Agency (MDMA), probing the larger conspiracy aspect behind Rajiv Gandhi's assassination said that the role of convict Perarivalan in the conspiracy resulting in the killing of the former prime minister and others have already been upheld by the top court.

The Supreme Court has asked the MDMA to submit its status report in four weeks. The agency had said that the application seeking recall of the May 11, 1999 top court judgement was not maintainable since it seeks to reopen the whole matter on merits which cannot be permissible.

Former PM Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on the night of May 21, 1991 at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu by a woman suicide bomber, identified as Dhanu, at a poll rally during which fourteen others, including Dhanu, were killed as well.

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 07:49:18 +0530
RBI Governor expresses an

After the banking frauds that shook the country, RBI Governor Urjit Patel expressed that, “I have chosen to speak today to convey that we at the Reserve Bank of India also feel the anger, hurt and pain at the banking sector frauds and irregularities.”

He added, “In plain simple English, these practices amount to a looting of our country's future by some in the business community, in cahoots with some lenders.”

Patel asserted that the RBI has in place asset quality review of banks and said, “We are doing all we can to break this unholy nexus.”

He went on to express that the RBI has undertaken the cleaning up of the country's credit culture as the Mandara mount or the churning rod in the Amrit Manthan of the modern day Indian economy and that until the churn is complete and the nectar of stability safely secured for the country's future, someone must consume the poison that emanates along the way.

He said, “If we need to face the brickbats and be the Neelakantha consuming this poison, we will do so as our duty; we will persist with our endeavours and get better with each trial and tribulation along the way.”

He also wished that promoters and banks, individually or collectively would reconsider being on the side of ‘Devas rather than Asuras in this Amrit Manthan.’

Referring to PNB, Patel said the RBI had identified, based on cyber risk considerations, the exact source of operational hazard through which according to him, enabled them to understand how the fraud had been perpetrated. He said that the RBI had in particular, issued precise instructions via three circulars in 2016 to enable banks to eliminate the hazard.

He explained, “It turns out ex post the bank had simply not done so. Clearly, the internal processes at the bank failed in allowing the operational hazard to remain in place in spite of clear instructions to close it.”

He stated that the RBI will undertake actions against the bank that it is empowered to but this set is limited under its Banking Regulation Act powers over PSBs.

Patel also flagged the issue of rising bad loans (NPA) saying that the problems needs immediate attention. “Its magnitude is larger than Rs. 8.5 lakh crores of stressed assets on bank balance sheets and its significance stems from several practices in promoter-bank credit relationship that need immediate attention.” he said.

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 07:46:42 +0530
More than half of Narendr

It has been reported by Twiplomacy that more than half the followers of PM Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Twitter are fake.

Rahul Gandhi topped the list of Indian leaders with fake followers on Twitter with 68%. The Congress president has 6.2 million followers. He is closely followed by BJP president Amit Shah with 67% of his Twitter followers being fake. Modi stands at number three with 61%.

Twiplomacy, which assists international organisations and governments to improve their digital strategy, claimed that 24,799,527 of Modi's 40,993,053 followers are fake.

The figures were reportedly determined with the help of the Twitter Audit algorithm while considering factors such as the ratio of followers of friends, date of the last tweet and number of tweets and so on.

Arun Jaitley, Arvind Kejriwal, Sushma Swaraj and Rajnath Singh feature on the list as well.

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 07:43:45 +0530
Enforcement directorate s

The Enforcement Directorate has reportedly moved to the Interpol for issuance of a Red Corner Notice against Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi in connection with the over Rs. 12,000 crore PNB scam.

Officials said the agency had sought issuance of the warrant against the two based on court-issued non-bailable warrants obtained by it in a money laundering case.

A Red Corner Notice or RCN is issued to seek the location and arrest of wanted persons with a view to extradition or similar lawful action in a criminal case probe and after the issuance of the same, the Interpol seeks to arrest the person concerned in any part of the world and notifies that country to take his or her custody for further action at their end.

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 07:41:11 +0530
Court rejects Third Party

The Supreme Court has decided to examine the correctness of the five-judge bench verdict of 1994 which ruled that “mosque is not an essential and integral part of Islam and Muslims can offer prayers anywhere.”

As hearing commenced recently after a bunch of appeals against the Allahabad high court verdict that had ordered a three-way division of the disputed land to be divided equally among the the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla respectively. Senior lawyer Rajeev Dhawan requested that the Supreme Court reconsider its 1994 verdict which took away the right of Muslims to offer namaaz at the disputed site.

In 1994, a constitution bench of the Supreme Court had directed that status quo on the Ram temple at Ayodhya be maintained so that Hindus can continue to offer prayers. The verdict also held that offering namaaz in a mosque is not an essential part of Islam.

Dhawan asserted that since this finding has prejudiced the high court decision and will affect the outcome of the title suit in the Supreme Court, the issue of offering prayers will have to be decided by a larger bench.

A three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice of India Justice Dipak Misra, and Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer asked Dhawan to produce his arguments on March 23, the next date of hearing. The court would then decide whether to refer the 1994 verdict to another five judge bench.

The court also ruled out any third party intervention in the land dispute case and observed that, “It is a land dispute. How can third parties intervene? No third party can intervene in a suit.”

The petitioners included 32 prominent citizens, including film director Shyam Benegal, columnist and writer Anil Dharkar, activist Teesta Setalvad and former union minister Arif Mohammad Khan among others.

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 07:38:46 +0530
Beginning Of End Has Sta

Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee took to Twitter to express her sentiments after the BJP’s Bypoll defeat. She tweeted, “The beginning of the end had started.”

She congratulated both Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Twitter as well.

The West Bengal CM further congratulated RJD chief Lalu Prasad for winning the Araria Lok Sabha and Jehanabad Assembly bypolls in Bihar.

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 07:35:56 +0530
Summer Trends 2018

By Prerna Mistry

Summer is here! And so are the summer trends. A seasonal change also means changes in wardrobe as well. Although summer may not be the most favourite season for most Indians, there is an endless array of choices when it comes to experimenting with looks. There is lot to explore from different styles to fabrics and patterns. Right from accessories to clothes that would make you cool for the summer.

  • Prefer the Pastels

While black and many other darker colours are what are generally preferred by most, however, pastels are the way to go this summer as not only do they look cool, the even keep you cool as well. Darker colours have a tendency to trap more heat, making you feel stuffier. Moreover you can experiment a lot with pastels, especially with shades such as lavender, millennial pink, pastel blue or mint green and so on.

  • Speaking of Sparkles

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 and shine bright like a diamond and to add that pop of colour and have some fun in the sun!

  • 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. Besides, summer is the perfect time to give yourself that fun, fresh, flirty makeover.

  • Primary Prisms

Summer isn’t just about pretty pastels but is also about colour as well. From rainbow stripes to primary colours there are no real rules to multi-colour, apart from wearing a lot of it as it adds a contemporary boldness to you ensemble.

  • Sheer Comfort

Summer is all about being as comfortable as possible. Opt for fabrics that are sheer or thin which would give you room to breathe and look trendy at the same time. If you aren’t entirely comfortable with the material being too sheer, you could also go for thin fabrics such as cotton as well.

  • Trendy Textures

Be it in tops or skirts textures such as ruffles, fringes or even feathers go with the 2018 vibe and what’s more is that you can never go wrong with them as there is a lot of room for experimentation with them as well.

  • Short It Out

Shorts are a sure short way to keep you looking trendy yet comfortable for the summer as you could experiment with colours as well as its fabrics. Besides shorts, you could even opt for wearing mini or midi skirts as well.

  • Go With The Flow

Flowy summer dresses paired with flip flops or sneakers could give your outfit a comfortable yet chic look. You could also wear flowy tops with leggings as well to give you a casual yet put together look.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 19:12:14 +0530
BADMINTON HOPE SHATTERED

WORLD NUMBER ONE STUNS SAINA DEFEATS HER IN STARIGHT SETS, THOUGH SAINA WAS TRAILING FROM POINT ONE SHE MANAGED TO LEVEL POINTS IN MIDDLE. BUT COULDN’T RESTRICT OPPONENT AS SHE STORM BACK WITH BACK TO BACK WINING POINTS AND WINING THE FIRST SET ,SAINA STARTED POSITIVELY IN SECOND SET WITH POINTS ADVANTAGE SHE COULD NOT GRAB THE OPPURTUNITY AND LET THE LEAD SLIP AWAY COSTING HER THE MATCH.        

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 18:38:00 +0530
BJP faces massive setback

The BJP suffers an unexpected setback in the parliamentary bypolls held in Uttar Pradesh as the saffron party's lead dramatically came down in CM Yogi Adityanath's Gorakhpur and deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya's Phulpur constituencies.

Samajwadi Party (SP) candidates have been leading at both the constituencies while the BJP is trailing at the Arariya Lok Sabha seat and the two assembly seats in Bihar.

SP's Praveen Kumar Nishad is contesting with the support of BSP leads by more than 27000 votes in Gorakhpur while the BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla trials behind him. SP's Nagendra Singh Patel is leading by 23000 votes in BJP's sitting seat Phulpur.

UP CM Yogi Aditynath had been elected from the Gorakhpur constituency for the last 25 years and with bigger margins each time. The BJP had expected the same in the bypolls as the depleted opposition not even able to regroup after their crushing defeat in the previous assembly election. But the massive setbacks in the by poll results today shook the entire BJP camp and rejuvenated the opposition parties, who have been searching for new political equations.

The UP bypolls have had an unprecedented significance this time as the SP and BSP joined hands leaving aside their 25 years of rivalry.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 16:05:54 +0530
Fantastic Beasts The Cri

The first trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was recently released. The film is a sequel of the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which is a prequel to the Harry Potter films.

Eddie Redmayne’s returns in the film as the magical zoologist Newt Scamander who was last seen in New York, tracking down some of his escaped fantastic beasts before getting embroiled in a larger plot with the infamous dark wizard Grindelwald (portrayed by Johnny Depp) who wants to conquer the wizarding world.

Actress Katherine Waterston plays Newt’s love interest Porpetina Goldstein while Dan Fogler as Newt’s muggle friend Jacob Kowalski. Ezra Miller returns as Credence Barebone, who seems to have survived his apparent death in the previous movie.

The second movie will pick up after the events of the first, following Grindelwald’s capture. The trailer also shows glimpses of Jude Law as a youthful Albus Dumbledore, who seems to be working behind the scenes with Newt to fight Grindelwald.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is set to release on November 18, 2018.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:59:48 +0530
Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid

Singer Zayn Malik and Supermodel Gigi Hadid recently announced their split after two years of dating on Twitter.

Malik said in a tweet that, Gigi and I had an incredibly meaningful, loving and fun relationship and I have a huge amount of respect and adoration for Gigi as a woman and a friend. She has such an incredible soul. I’m grateful to all our fans for respecting this difficult decision and our privacy this time, we wish this news could have come from us first. We love you all. xZ.”

Hadid also took to Twitter to express her sentiments and she asserted that, “Breakup statements often seem impersonal because there is really no way to put into words what two people experience together over a few years..not only in the relationship, but in life in general. I’m forever grateful for the love, time and life lessons that Z and I shared. I want nothing but the best for him and will continue to support him as a friend that I have immense respect and love for. As for the future, whatever’s meant to be will always be. xG.”

The two began dating in late 2015 and became one of the most sought-after celebrity couples after they appeared together in Malik’s single Pillowtalk music video in January 2016.

They went public with their relationship when they appeared together at the Met Gala in May 2016 and appeared on the August 2017 cover of Vogue magazine.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:25:23 +0530
Shah Rukh Khan s wax figu

Shah Rukh Khan’s wax figure is set to feature at the Madame Tussauds Delhi. This marks the second figure of Khan’s to be displayed in his signature pose besides other iconic celebrities, in a special interactive zone. The first figure was launched in London in 2007.

Madame Tussauds in Delhi is managed by Merlin Entertainments and has wax figures of famous personalities from sports, cinema, politics, history and music.

Anshul Jain, General Manager, and Director, Merlin Entertainments stated, “Given his massive fan following across the globe, and because he is a popular celebrity and loved by everyone; it was a prestigious choice for us to bring Shah Rukh Khan’s figure to Madame Tussauds Delhi.”

Wax figures of cricketer Kapil Dev, Milkha Singh, singer Asha Bhosle and Shreya Ghoshal and yesteryear actress Madhubala among others have already been unveiled by the museum.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:27:45 +0530
Trump sacks Tillerson Ap

US President Donald Trump sacked his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after a longer than expected "cold war" between the two. Trump announced that CIA Director Mike Pompeo will be replacing Tillerson.

Trump and Tillerson had their differences on many issues, especially on their stand towards China and North Korea and it was reported that Tillerson was called a 'moron' by Donald Trump in a meeting at Pentagon as well.

Tillerson in a press meet in October, had denied rumours about his resignation but never denied the 'moron' episode.

Rex Tillerson was appointed as the Secretary of State in October last year and was a confidante of Donald Trump during the initial stages of the government.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:23:02 +0530
Ashutosh Gowariker announ

Ashutosh Gowariker is all set to present another period film after his last Mohenjo Daro which is based on the Third Battle of Panipat. Titled Panipat, the film stars Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Kapoor and Kriti Sanon in pivotal roles.

The film was announced with the release of its first poster and it depicts a sword with a hand on its hilt with a yellow, orange and golden colour theme used to channel the undertones of the war setting of the film with a tagline of the film, ‘The Great Betrayal.’

Ashutosh Gowariker said of the choices for the cast, “I have shared screen space with Sanjay in Naam, which was a memorable co-acting experience and now it will be great to direct such a versatile and immensely talented actor as him. What impresses me most about Arjun, apart from his fine performances, is his dynamism. He has played double roles twice, and he has portrayed an action hero as well as a lover boy. I needed someone really beautiful as well as a good performer, and Kriti is both. The eclectic combination of these three is a first for me, and I look forward to this exciting journey with them called Panipat.”

Panipat is set to release on December 6, 2019.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:31:52 +0530
Stephen Hawking who trac

Renowned physicist and the man who traced the hidden truths of the universe, Stephen Hawking, died at the age of 76. He was suffering from a disease called Motor Neuron disease that destroyed his nerve cells and eventually stopped his body from functioning normally.

Stephen Hawking's family said in a statement: " He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years".

He was born to Frank and Isabel Hawking at Oxford, UK on January 8, 1942. He was struck with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis while he was preparing for his research studies in 1962 soon after he completed his graduation from the Oxford University. He defied all odds as he went on to live 56 more years despite given a two year extension for his life.

He became world famous for his work "A Brief History of Time" where he focused keenly on bringing the nature of space and time. He dedicated his entire life in deciphering the mysteries of the universe when he formulated a detailed theory called the "Theory of Everything".

Stephen Hawking remained as the one existing with an indomitable brain after Albert Einstein.

His other works include Black Holes and Baby Universes, God Created The Integers, My Brief History and many more books.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:14:02 +0530
Sharjah Health Authority

The Sharjah Health Authority, SHA, and Aster DM Healthcare have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, to provide Sharjah residents with quality medical care ranging from primary to quaternary care at discounted rates.

The agreement offers elderly residents of Sharjah and Emirati’s living in Sharjah a 25 percent discount on all kinds of treatments across Aster DM Healthcare’s facilities.

Sharjah government employees, their dependents and retirees covered under health insurance will get a 25 percent discount on non-covered segments and fast track appointments. The beneficiaries will have access to a full range of services offered at Aster DM Healthcare’s Medcare, Aster and Access hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and optical stores across the GCC as well as India. The agreement also promises arrangements for air travel, accommodation and visa for patients who need to travel to Aster DM Healthcare’s facilities outside the UAE.

Abdulla Ali Al Mahyan, Chairman Sharjah Health Authority and Sharjah Healthcare City and Member of Executive Council said, "We are pleased to associate with Aster DM Healthcare to bring the most advanced healthcare to the people of Sharjah with additional benefits. This partnership is in line with SHA’s strategy of promoting private-public-partnerships in order to improve the health benefits to citizens and residents. We are committed to providing more benefits to citizens and residents especially the elderly" under the directive of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.

Dr. Azad Moopen, Chairman and Managing Director of Aster DM Healthcare said, "We are honoured to sign this MOU with Sharjah Health Authority to provide a wide range of healthcare services to the citizens, elderly residents and Government employees of Sharjah. Our vision is to make quality healthcare accessible to all through our Aster, Access and Medcare brands. We already have clinics under these 3 brands in Sharjah. We have started construction of a 100 bed Aster Hospital in Sharjah. In April last year, we opened our 120 bed Medcare Hospital in Sharjah to bring premium, specialized services to people in the Emirate. This agreement with SHA brings all our properties across the GCC and India within easy reach of the people of Sharjah, delivering not just primary to tertiary but also quaternary care."

Through its vast network, Aster DM Healthcare will provide a single window access to consultation, diagnostics and medicines. Patients who travel overseas for treatment have access to Aster’s network of 19 hospitals, 98 clinics, and 206 pharmacies in the GCC, India and Philippines.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:12:04 +0530
Modi addresses inaugural

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today addressed the inaugural session of the “END TB” summit in New Delhi.

He expressed confidence that the Delhi End TB Summit would be a landmark event towards the complete elimination of TB. He said every step taken towards the eradication of this disease, is also linked to the betterment of the lives of the poor.

The Prime Minister announced that India has set a target for complete elimination of TB by 2025, as against the global target date of 2030. He said the Government is working comprehensively towards this goal. He said State Governments have a key role to play in this regard, and he has personally written to all Chief Ministers to join in this campaign.

The Prime Minister said frontline TB physicians and workers are a crucial part of the drive to eliminate TB. He said those patients who overcome this disease also inspire others.

The Prime Minister gave examples of Mission Indradhanush and Swachh Bharat, to show how the Union Government is speeding up progress towards desired targets.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:48:07 +0530
PM salutes martyred CRPF

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has saluted the brave CRPF personnel who were martyred in the attack in Sukma, Chhattisgarh.

“India salutes the brave CRPF personnel who were martyred in the attack in Sukma, Chhattisgarh. My thoughts are with the families and friends of the brave martyrs. The nation stands shoulder to shoulder with them in this hour of grief”, the Prime Minister said.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:42:47 +0530
Vice President appeals In

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has appealed the officers of Indian Postal Service to re-design and strengthen the rural postal network to make it a distribution and logistics hub. He was interacting with the Probationers of Indian Postal Service of Rafi Ahmed Kidwai National Postal Academy.

The Vice President said that feel proud to be part of India's oldest and widest service network and the post offices with their widest network of branches can execute the challenge of Financial Inclusion, especially among the weaker sections of the society by providing Postal savings schemes and insurance schemes.

He called on the officers to be agents of change by transforming lives of people living in rural areas. The rural Post office can become an ICT centre and Retail Centre, thus bringing enormous benefits to the rural populace, he added.

The Vice President said that post offices play crucial role in providing communication services to people living in rural areas. He further said that they act as a linkage between rural and urban areas. Postman is the first man to reach the last man and it is the finest service that helps the last man in remote areas, he added.

The Vice President advised the officers to be innovative in their ideas to provide world class services to Indian population.  He further said that services like online selling of Postage Stamps, distribution of Ganga Jal, Post Office Passport Seva Kendra and Aadhar Enrolment and Updation Centres ensured convenience to the people. Always keep on identifying new areas where the post office can make the difference in quality of service, he added.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:36:23 +0530
President inaugurates Wor

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the World Hindi Secretariat building on the third day of his visit to Mauritius. He also launched the World Hindi Secretariat’s logo, an Early Digital Learning Programme as well unveiled foundation stones of a social housing project and a large ENT hospital being built with Indian assistance.

Addressing the gathering, the President said that Hindi has played an important role in society and culture in both India and Mauritius. It is a global language and the Indian community, spread across the world, has preserved its culture and traditions – and passed it to the next generation – through its linguistic traditions, including Hindi. Hindi is being taught in about 175 universities in various countries.

The President noted that the 11th World Hindi Conference is going to be held in Mauritius in August 2018. Apart from India, Mauritius is the only country where this conference is being hosted for a third time. This is evidence of the affection of the people of Mauritius for Hindi.

Later in the day, the President addressed the Indian diaspora at a reception hosted by the High Commissioner of India in Mauritius.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that in India we rejoice at the remarkable success of our brothers and sisters who left Indian shores many generations ago and have achieved great material success while cherishing their spiritual values. Since time immemorial, Indian life and society have been defined by “VasudhaivaKutumbakum, meaning the whole world is our family. This is even more so for Mauritius, with whom we are linked by blood and sweat.

The President said that today, more than ever, India wants to connect with its diaspora. To this end, we have made special provision for Mauritius in our OCI scheme. The President invited members of the Indian diaspora to visit and participate in programmes of the PravasiBharatiya Kendra in Delhi. He was happy to note that young Mauritians have already started to connect with the Kendra. We must use our diaspora networks and platforms for connecting with India and for engaging with others in different parts of the world.

Earlier this morning, two former Prime Ministers of Mauritius, Mr Paul Berenger and Mr NavinRamgoolam, called on the President for separate meetings. Tomorrow (March 14, 2018) morning, the President will leave for Madagascar for the final leg of his two-nation state visit. He will become the first Indian President to visit Madagascar.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:29:28 +0530
Supreme Court Foreign la

The Supreme Court recently stated that foreign firms, companies and law firms cannot practice legal profession in India.

The apex court, however, asserted that there was no bar on foreign law firms or foreign lawyers to visit India for a temporary period on a ‘fly in and fly out’ basis for giving legal advice to their clients in India on foreign law or their own system of law and on diverse international legal issues.

The court's verdict came after petitions were filed by Bar Council of India and others.

Justices AK Goel and Uday Lalit stated that the ‘fly in and fly out’ arrangement would only cover a casual visit not amounting to ‘practice.’ In case of a dispute, whether a foreign lawyer was limiting himself to the aforementioned arrangement on a casual basis for the purpose of solely giving legal advice to their clients in India, can be determined by the Bar Council of India and that the Bar Council of India or Union of India can make appropriate rules in this regard including extending Code of Ethics being applicable even to such cases.

The court also said that while foreign lawyers cannot be debarred completely from coming to India to conduct arbitration proceedings in disputes arising out of a contract relating to international commercial arbitration, they will be governed by a code of conduct applicable to the legal profession in India.

The Supreme Court held that practicing of law not only includes appearance in courts but also giving of opinion, drafting of instruments, participation in conferences involving legal discussion as well. The prohibition applicable to any person in India, other than an advocate enrolled under the Advocates Act also applies to a foreign lawyer or firm.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:15:53 +0530
Kerala on high alert afte

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that Kerala is on high alert and fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea after Met reported on the formation of a depression over the southeast Arabian Sea with the adjoining area moving slightly north-westwards.

He stated, “The India Meteorological Department has said a depression has been formed about 350 km from Thiruvananthapuram and it could very likely move north-westwards and intensify further into a deep depression. However, the saving grace is it is unlikely that Kerala will be hit directly. Warnings have been issued that under no circumstances should fishermen venture out into the sea till March 15.”

He further stated that all district Collectors have been alerted on the issue and arrangements have been put in place. Officials have also been asked to be ready and, if necessary, coastal relief shelters would be opened at short notice.

State police chief Loknath Behra said, “All police officials are seized of the gravity of the situation and have been asked to be fully prepared to face any crisis, if it happens.”

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:12:35 +0530
Health organisations writ

60 international organisations wrote to the PM Narendra Modi and sought compulsory licences for two medicines used to treat tuberculosis. The organisations requested that the government issue licences for bedaquiline and delanamid which are used to treat multi drug-resistant tuberculosis.

The two drugs are advanced medicines on the World Health Organization’s Essential Medicines List for the disease and are currently available to only very few of India’s 1.3 lakh drug-resistant tuberculosis patients because they are under patent by their manufacturers. The Health Ministry has only 10,000 doses of bedaquiline and 400 doses of delaminid that their manufacturers, Janssen in the United States and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals in Japan, donated.

It had been reported that a six-month course of bedaquiline would approximately cost $900 (nearly Rs 60,000) and a course of delaminid could cost each patient $1,700 (around Rs 1.11 lakh). Patients with drug resistant tuberculosis generally need a course of 18 months of both drugs which would amount to a medical bill of almost Rs 5.1 lakh per patient.

Under the Patents Act, the government could issue a compulsory licence for a pharmaceutical company for public non-commercial use of their drugs. The 60 international organisations, which include tuberculosis survivors, health bodies and civil society groups, want the government to use this provision to encourage generic production as they believe that this could reduce the price of the two drugs by 95%.

Their letter to the PM read, “In the absence of government support and awaiting patent expires in 2023, a number of Indian manufacturers are hesitating to move forward with any plans for the production of these drugs. Since it can take up to two years to develop and file a registration dossier with the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization and the WHO pre-qualification programme, plans to scale up the supply of these antibiotics to the tuberculosis programme need to be put in place now.”

The Indian government has said it has restricted access to bedaquiline and delanamid because data on phase-three trial for the two drugs has not been made available globally, and the drugs may have cardio-toxic side effects.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:09:33 +0530
Government slammed for st

Senior military officers told the parliamentary standing committee on defence that a marginal increase in the defence budget barely accounts for inflation, without helping address the glaring imbalance between cutting-edge weaponry and old equipment in the Indian armed forces.

A modern military should have 30% of its weaponry and equipment in the state-of-the-art technology category, 40% in current category and 30% in vintage category. But the Indian Army has been allotted only 8% (state-of-the-art), 24% (current) and 68% (vintage) weaponry mix.

Army vice-chief Lt-General Sarath Chand told the parliamentary committee on defence, “The 2018-2019 budget has dashed our hopes. The marginal increase barely accounts for inflation and does not even cater for taxes.”

Allocated a mere Rs 21,338 crore for modernisation, the Army does not have enough funds to pay instalments worth Rs 29,033 crore for 125 ongoing schemes and deals inked earlier as well as emergency procurements of ammunition made in the aftermath of the Uri terror attack and surgical strikes in 2016 to ensure reserves for 10 days of intensive war-fighting.

Lt-General Chand added, “We, in the Army, also identified as many as 25 projects for the `Make in India’ policy. However, there is no adequate budget to support this. As a result, many of these may end up foreclosed.”

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:05:02 +0530
CPI M Trinamool Congres

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) recently criticised the Trinamool Congress while calling it a “potential ally of the BJP”, for not signing an opposition memorandum that accused the government of trying to pass the Budget and Demand for Grants without discussions in the Lok Sabha.

CPI(M) leader Mohammed Salim stated, “It is the game-plan of the BJP to pass the Budget and Demands for Grants without discussion and it is being supported by its allies and some potential allies.”

The opposition parties, including the Left, Congress, RJD and NCP, submitted the memorandum to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, expressing their strong opposition to the government, and demanded her intervention to protect the rights of lawmakers.

The memorandum read, “The government is not even coming forward to settle the issue (the opposition's discontent) for a smooth functioning of the House. On the other hand, it is hell bent on passing the bill without a proper scrutiny. Therefore, we, the opposition party members, would like to express our strong protest and demand an immediate intervention from you to protect the rights of the Parliament members.”

The opposition also referred to the March 5 Business Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting in the memorandum, in which the government had allotted time for discussion for six ministries i.e railways, agriculture and farmers’ welfare, social justice and empowerment, health and family welfare, youth affairs and road transport and highways but the date and time for Guillotine and the Finance Bill were not mentioned which the opposition insisted, showed the “arrogance” of the government.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:01:26 +0530
9 CRPF jawans killed in e

Nine personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed and three others wounded in an encounter with Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district.

Special Director General of Police (anti-Naxal operations) DM Awasthi said, “The encounter took place after the Maoists triggered an IED on an anti-landmine vehicle of the 212 CRPF Battalion’s patrolling team was going from Kistaram to Palodi.”

Home minister Rajnath Singh expressed his condolences to the families of the personnel who were killed. He tweeted, “I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured jawans. I spoke to DG CRPF regarding the Sukma incident and asked him to leave for Chhattisgarh.” he tweeted.

Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh asserted, “The martyrdom of security personnel who sacrificed their lives while discharging their duties will always be remembered.”

Those killed in the encounter were assistant sub-inspector RKS Tomar, constable Ajay Kumar Yadav, constable Manoranjan Lanka, constable Jitendra Singh, constable Shobhit Sharma, constable Manoj Singh, constable Dharmendra Singh, constable Chandra HS and head constable Lakshman.

 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 18:42:38 +0530
SC extends Aadhaar linkin

The Supreme Court extended the March 31 deadline for linking Aadhaar to various government schemes, as well as mobile phones and bank accounts.

A five-judge constitution bench comprising of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan heard pleas for stay on the government's decision of mandatory linking of Aadhaar with welfare schemes, as well as essential services like banking and phone.

The apex court ruled an order that stated that the deadlines for linking to the Unique Identification number stand extended till it decides on its validity and that, Aadhaar will be necessary only for social schemes.

 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 17:48:24 +0530
Dulquer Salmaan and Sonam

Sonam Kapoor and Dulquer Salmaan are set to come together for the screen adaptation of Anuja Chauhan’s best-selling novel The Zoya Factor. The film is yet to go on floors, however, the lead actors have done a photoshoot for the same, announcing the film. Dulquer Salmaan will star in Ronnie Screwala’s Karwaan, which will mark his debut and he will joined by Irrfan Khan and Mithila Palkar in the film.

Sonam Kapoor shared the picture on her official Twitter handle in which she along with Dulquer is posing with a copy of the novel with the name of their characters mentioned on it. Also, the actor who plays an advertising agent Zoya Singh Solanki in the movie has announced the release date of the film too. The film will be produced by Fox Star Studios and will hit the theatres next year on April 5.

The film will be helmed by Abhishek Sharma. Speaking of the film, he said, “Cricket woven into a rom-com and touching on superstition and luck, it’s an amazing book for a screen adaptation. The book has many layers, characters and tracks, so it took Neha Rakesh Sharma some time to pen a tight screenplay and Pradhuman Singh to write the dialogues. Now, we’ve gone back to Anuja who’s happy with the script to polish it and work on additional dialogues as nobody knows the characters better than her.”

The Zoya Factor is about a Rajput girl named Zoya Singh Solanki who meets the Indian Cricket Team through her job as an executive in an advertising agency and ends up becoming a lucky charm for the team in the 2010 Cricket World Cup. Eventually, Zoya falls for skipper Nikhil Khoda who doesn’t believe in luck and superstitions.

 

 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:14:09 +0530
Shah Rukh Khan s daughter

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan’s daughter Suhana bagged her first project in showbiz. The 17-year-old is set to begin shooting for a magazine, her mom Gauri Khan recently revealed.

Gauri Khan stated, “Suhana is shooting for a magazine. I don’t want to reveal the name but that’s the most exciting thing I am looking forward to this year.”

SRK had previously asserted that his kids need to complete their education first. He said, “Suhana wants to be an actress. I see that zeal in her. She’s extremely good on stage, I’ve seen her performances. She’s admittedly a cinema fan and wants to be in the industry. But my point is simple; you need to complete your education before doing anything. That’s the only thing I have told my children.”

SRK had added, “Suhana is more theatre-oriented and has been doing plays. The best part is that she doesn’t want to learn (acting) from me. She wants to be an actor in her own right.”

 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:13:15 +0530
Aditya Narayan arrested f

The Versova police recently arrested Bollywood singer Aditya Narayan for allegedly hitting an autorickshaw with his Mercedes benz car and injuring the passenger, woman and a senior citizen, the autorickshaw driver. Narayan was later released on bail.

The incident took place when he was taking a U-turn and failed to judge the traffic. The incident took place in front of Indralok building, Lokhandwala back road, Andheri (West). Aditya also sustained a minor injury on his hand.

An officer from Versova police station confirmed that Narayan was later given bail from the police station.

Another officer from Versova police station said that the injured Rajkumar Palekar(64), the autorickshaw driver, and Surekha Shivekar, the 32-year-old passenger, were taken to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital by Narayan himself. “Prima facie it did not look like a case of drink and drive but we are waiting for his medical reports,” added the officer.

He added, “We have registered an FIR under sections 279 (punishment for rash driving), 338 (punishment for causing grievous hurt) read with section 184 of Motor Vehicles Act of the Indian Penal Code and waiting for the report of his medical test to check whether he was under the influence of alcohol or not.”

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:12:10 +0530
Tim McGraw Collapses Onst

Tim McGraw collapsed onstage Sunday night during a concert in Dublin, Ireland. The 50-year-old country music superstar had just finished singing the song ‘Humble & Kind’ when he dropped to his knees and took a seat. Faith Hill, his wife, later addressed the crowd on his behalf, saying it was her decision to stop his performance. She said, “He's been super dehydrated. I apologize, but I made the decision that he cannot come back out onstage.”

However, it has now been reported that the ‘Live Like You Were Dying’ singer is feeling fine. His representatives stated, “Tim McGraw was suffering from dehydration in Dublin this evening at the C2C show. He was attended to by local medical staff on-site and will be fine. He and Faith thank everyone for their love and support and look forward to seeing their Irish fans again soon.”

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:10:15 +0530
Centre to develop iconic

The development of 10 prominent tourist sites into iconic tourist destinations in the country is part of the Budget Announcements of 2018-19.

The Ministry of Tourism has identified following prominent tourist sites for development based on the criteria of footfall, regional distribution, potential for development and ease of implementation:

 

i.          Taj Mahal & Fatehpur Sikri (Uttar Pradesh)

ii.         Ajanta and Ellora (Maharashtra)

iii.        Humayun Tomb, Qutub Minar and Red Fort (Delhi)

iv.        Colva Beach (Goa)

v.         Amer Fort (Rajasthan)

vi.        Somnath and Dholavira (Gujarat)

vii.       Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh)

viii.      Hampi (Karnataka)

ix.        Mahablipuram (Tamil Nadu)

x.         Kaziranga (Assam)

xi.        Kumarakom (Kerala)

xii.       Mahabodhi Temple (Bihar)

 

The development of iconic tourist destinations will be implemented under the ongoing Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Ministry of Tourism. There is no separate allocation of funds for this project.

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:01:41 +0530
Dr Harsh Vardhan urges s

Urging the fraternity of scientists to put a little more heart and soul into science and think out-of-the-box to solve the unsolved problems facing the country, Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that India’s scientific accomplishments are not inferior to any other in the world.  

Speaking after releasing the book on Indian scientists titled - ‘Indian Scientists - The saga of Inspired Minds’ in New Delhi, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that the book is not a routine biography, but is on a different plane.  He added that he would request the Union Minister for Human Resource Development to reach out with the book to the school children. 

The Minister pointed out that the effort has been to catch inspirational moments in the life of scientists that are not known widely.  Dr. Harsh Vardhan read out excerpts from the book on various renowned scientists such as J.C. Bose, S. Chandrasekhar, C.V. Raman, Birbal Sahni, S.N. Bose, Har Govind Khorana, P.C. Ray, Meghnad Saha, Homi J. Bhabha, S.S Bhatnagar, S. Ramanujan, A.P.J Abdul Kalam and Ms. Janaki Ammal. 

Dr. Harsh Vardhan also reiterated that the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Science & Technology are working in close coordination so that science benefits the cause of environment and environment in turn, benefits science.

Written by leading science writers, the book includes glimpses of inspiring moments from the lives of 54 eminent Indian scientists and technologists across the entire gamut of disciplines and eras. The publication also serves a very important purpose of science communication. It is designed to create awareness about the wealth of insights on the forms and functions of science and technology as tools for inclusive growth. The catalogue includes some very renowned scientists like Homi Jahangir Bhabha, Jagdish Chandra Bose, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar, Satyendra Nath Bose, Satish Dhawan, APJ Abdul Kalam, Har Govind Khorana, Raja Ramanna, Meghnad Saha, S Chandrasekhar, Birbal Sahni, Vikram Sarabhai and M Visvesvaraya.

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:57:15 +0530
Modi flags off train betw

Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off a train between Maduadih Railway Station in Varanasi, and Patna. He launched various development projects and addressed a public meeting at the DLW Grounds in Varanasi.

He complimented the people of Kashi for extending a warm welcome to French President Emmanuel Macron. He said the Government of India is committed to the continuous development and upgradation of DLW, which is a symbol of the industrial development of Varanasi.

He appreciated the efforts of the State Government in the housing sector, and to ensure that more people get access to housing facilities.

He also appreciated the exhibition on various "waste to wealth" initiatives that was set up at the venue.

He said there is immense potential for tourism in Varanasi, and all efforts should be made to keep the city clean.

The Prime Minister said that the recently announced Ayushman Bharat scheme is going to transform the health sector. It will provide top quality healthcare to the poor, he added.

The Prime Minister complimented the Uttar Pradesh State Government for implementing schemes extremely well.

 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:51:05 +0530
India Mauritius exchange

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, led delegation-level talks with Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth of Mauritius and members of his Cabinet. The President also witnessed the exchange of several agreements/MoUs between India and Mauritius.

India announced a new Line of Credit of USD 100 million for defence procurement by the Government of Mauritius. It offered a Multi-Purpose Offshore Patrol Vessel (MPOPV) to Mauritius to augment its security capacity. This would be financed through the new defence LOC announced today, and also with an additional grant component of USD 5 million.

The other Agreements/MoUs exchanged today were an MoU on cooperation between Nalanda University in Bihar and Mauritius; an MoU on the establishment of an Ayurveda Chair at the University of Mauritius; an MoU between the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in India and the Public Service Commission of Mauritius, whereby the UPSC will provide necessary assistance for capacity building to its Mauritian counterpart; and an agreement to facilitate cultural exchanges between the two countries.

Speaking on the occasion, President Kovind said: “India and Mauritius share common security concerns in the Indian Ocean Region. India has assisted Mauritius in the past by supplying patrol vessels. Taking this cooperation further, I am happy to announce today that India will supply a Multi-Purpose Offshore Patrol Vessel to Mauritius under a Line of Credit.”

Later in the day, President Kovind received various dignitaries who called on him. The Mauritian dignitaries included Justice Kheshoe Parsad Matadeen, Chief of Justice of Mauritius; Mrs Santi Bai Hanoomanjee, Speaker, National Assembly of Mauritius; and Mr Xavier Luc Duval, Leader of Opposition of Mauritius.

In these meetings, the President iterated that India accords great importance to the steady development of relations between our countries. India-Mauritius bilateral cooperation is comprehensive and multi-faceted. Regular high-level interaction between political leaders of the two countries has given direction and impetus to this partnership. Shared values of democracy, rule of law and social harmony further reinforce our relationship.

The President visited Ganga Talao and the Apravasi Ghat World Heritage Site to pay his tributes. Both these sites are held in great reverence by the Indian community in Mauritius. Apravasi Ghat represents the location where members of the early Indian community arrived in Mauritius as indentured labourers in the 19th century.

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:46:56 +0530
Congress MLA flings headp

Telangana Assembly chairman Swamy Goud was injured when a Congress lawmaker threw a headphone on the speaker's podium in the House.

Goud was sharing the podium with Governor ESL Narasimhan and speaker of the Legislative Assembly Sirikonda Madhusudana Chary when he took a direct hit on his eye when Congress MLA Komati Reddy Venkatareddy threw headphones meant for the MLAs on the speaker's podium.

The governor was delivering an address to the combined session of both the Houses on the first day of the budget session.

The headphone first hit a Mahatma Gandhi photo frame and landed on Goud. The chairman was then given first aid at the Assembly's infirmary and later taken to Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital.

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 07:16:02 +0530
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Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti sacked her finance minister Haseeb Drabu three days after he said that Kashmir was not a political issue.

Speaking at an event in Delhi, Drabu had said, “J&K is not at all a conflict state nor is it a political issue. It ought to be looked as a society related issue from communities not only from within but also worldwide.”

He further added that the need of the hour was to rebuild the economy of J&K “more through participated efforts of civil society and institutions of excellence as Kashmir should not be looked at (from) the twin angles of conflict and political spectrum.”

The PDP leadership had reportedly written to Drabu seeking an explanation for his remarks but he however, did not bother to reply. The ruling party’s core committee met and decided to sack him and subsequently Mehbooba sent a letter to governor N N Vohra informing him about her move.

 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 07:12:30 +0530
Karti Chidambaram moves D

Karti Chidambaram son of former Union minister P Chidambaram who had been arrested in the INX Media corruption case has moved the Delhi High Court seeking bail after a court sent him to judicial custody till March 24.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar asserted that the matter would be heard by an appropriate bench after the counsel for Karti, senior advocate Dayan Krishnan, moved the court seeking bail.

A special court had earlier sent Karti to judicial custody in the INX Media corruption case and dismissed his plea that he be put in a separate cell in Tihar Jail.

The court further dismissed his appeal for an urgent hearing on his bail plea and the threat perception due to the fact that his father, as a Union minister in the previous UPA government, had handled several sensitive issues.

Karti was produced before the trial court on the expiry of his three-day police remand. The court sent him to Tihar Jail after the CBI, in whose custody he was quizzed for 12 days in a row after his arrest on February 28 from Chennai, said he was no longer required for further custodial interrogation.

 

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 07:08:55 +0530
PM Modi launches schemes

PM Modi launches schemes for the poor

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a number of schemes for the poor and emphasised on harnessing solar energy for cooking as well.

Modi and Macron dedicated a 75-MW solar power plant in Mirzapur. Modi also inaugurated various development projects worth over Rs. 800 crore.

He also handed over the keys, cheques and certificates to beneficiaries of various schemes.

The prime minister announced ‘Ayushman Bharat’ scheme to ensure better health care facilities for the poor and help them pay hospital bills.

Modi also announced Pradhan Mantri Poshan Mission Yojana (PMPM scheme) to ensure nutrition to children, especially girls.

The prime minister, who had earlier launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana to safeguard the health of women and children by providing clean cooking fuel and stressed on the use of solar energy for making food.

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 07:05:46 +0530
Rahul Gandhi Arun Jaitle

Congress President Rahul Gandhi recently alleged that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was silent on the Rs 127 billion PNB fraud case to protect his daughter.

He tweeted, ‘It's now revealed that our Finance Minister's silence on the PNB (Punjab National Bank) scam was to protect his lawyer daughter, who was paid a large retainer by the accused just a month before the scam became public. When other law firms of the accused have been raided by the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation), why not hers?”

He also attached a tweet of a news website that said, “You know you're doing something right when the ruling dispensation tries to rebut a story that has not even been published yet.”

The website said that it was investigating a lead and had sent a questionnaire to the law firm owned by Jaitley's daughter and son-in-law, Jaiyesh Bakhshi.

Bakhshi confirmed that the retainership had been received in December 2017 but this was returned in January 2018.

He stated, “We state that in December 2017, Chambers of Jaitley & Bakhshi were approached by M/s Geetanjali Gems Limited with a request for a retainer to represent them in their litigation and advisory matters... However, before any legal work could be sent to us, a news item appeared in the media with regard to their involvement in a banking scam. We therefore felt it appropriate to unilaterally cancel their engagement and return their retainer.”

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 07:02:33 +0530
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Tue, 13 Mar 2018 06:11:11 +0530
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Aviation is one of the fastest growing sectors of the Indian economy. This was stated by the Minister of Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu while assuming additional charge of the Ministry of Civil Aviation today.

Speaking on this occasion the Minister said that the Open Skies Policy is leading to tremendous growth in the aviation sector and the benefits of this growth will be seen in increased employment generation.

"Increasingly, Indians from small towns are travelling by air for work and vacations, due to increased air connectivity and cheap airfares. This has led to Indian carriers to have an order book of more than 1,000 aircraft mainly led by the low-cost carriers(LCCs).

"Open skies is an international policy concept that calls for the liberalization of the rules and regulations of the international aviation industry, especially commercial aviation, in order to create a free- market environment for the airline industry", Minister said.

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 19:32:45 +0530
Bangladesh plane crash la

50 people have been reportedly killed and while 17 have been rescued after a Bangladeshi passenger plane with 67 on board crashed near the Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu.

The airplane, which was approaching the runway, slipped near the football ground and subsequently caught on fire.

Nepal Tourism Department Joint Secretary Suresh Acharya informed that the people who had been rescued are admitted to the hospital.

The US-Bangla plane that had crashed landed near to the airport as it reportedly arrived from Dhaka. Meanwhile airport officials are trying their best to bring the fire under control while witnesses posted pictures of smoke arising from the airport on social media.

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 19:26:12 +0530
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The 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards was an stellar event which was held on March 11, 2018 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The list of nominations was announced on January 10, 2018. DJ Khaled and Hailey Baldwin hosted the ceremony. Taylor Swift's music video for her single Delicate premiered at the show as well.

The full list of winners of the iHeartRadio Music Awards is given below:

Song of the Year:

"Despacito" - Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber

"Shape Of You" - Ed Sheeran -- WINNER

"Something Just Like This" - The Chainsmokers and Coldplay

"That's What I Like" - Bruno Mars

"Wild Thoughts" - DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller

Female Artist of the Year:

Alessia Cara​

Halsey

P!nk

Rihanna

Taylor Swift -- WINNER

Male Artist of the Year: 

Bruno Mars

Charlie Puth

Ed Sheeran -- WINNER

Shawn Mendes

The Weeknd

Best Duo/Group of the Year:

Imagine Dragons

Maroon 5 -- WINNER

Migos

Portugal. The Man

The Chainsmokers

Best New Artist:

Cardi B -- WINNER

Niall Horan

Luke Combs

Christian Nodal

Judah & the Lion

Ozuna

Khalid

Best Collaboration:

"Despacito" - Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber

"Don't Wanna Know" - Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamar

"Something Just Like This" - The Chainsmokers and Coldplay -- WINNER

"Stay" - Zedd and Alessia Cara

"Wild Thoughts" - DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller

Best New Pop Artist:

Camila Cabello

Julia Michaels

Liam Payne -- WINNER

Logic

Niall Horan

Alternative Rock Song of the Year:

"Believer"  - Imagine Dragons

"Feel It Still" - Portugal. The Man -- WINNER

"Thunder" - Imagine Dragons

"Walk On Water" - Thirty Seconds To Mars

"Wish I Knew You" - The Revivalists

Alternative Rock Artist of the Year:

Cage The Elephant

Imagine Dragons -- WINNER

Judah & The Lion

Kings Of Leon

Portugal. The Man

Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist:

Greta Van Fleet

Judah & The Lion -- WINNER

K.Flay

Rag'n'Bone Man

The Revivalists

Rock Song of the Year:

"Go To War" - Nothing More

"Help" - Papa Roach

"Run" - Foo Fighters -- WINNER

"Rx (Medicate)"" - Theory of a Deadman

"Song #3" - Stone Sour

Rock Artist of the Year:

Foo Fighters

Highly Suspect

Metallica -- WINNER

Papa Roach

Royal Blood

Country Song of the Year:

"Body Like A Back Road" - Sam Hunt -- WINNER

"Dirt On My Boots" - Jon Pardi

"Hurricane" - Luke Combs

"Small Town Boy" - Dustin Lynch

"Unforgettable" - Thomas Rhett

Country Artist of the Year:

Blake Shelton

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Sam Hunt

Thomas Rhett -- WINNER

Best New Country Artist:

Brett Young

Jon Pardi

Kane Brown

Lauren Alaina

Luke Combs -- WINNER

Dance Song of the Year:

"It Ain't Me" - Kygo and Selena Gomez

"No Promises" - Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato

"Rockabye" - Clean Bandit and Anne-Marie featuring Sean Paul

"Something Just Like This" - The Chainsmokers and Coldplay

"Stay" - Zedd and Alessia Cara -- WINNER

Dance Artist of the Year:

Calvin Harris

Cheat Codes

Kygo

The Chainsmokers -- WINNER

Zedd

Hip-Hop Song of the Year:

"Bad and Boujee" - Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert

"Bodak Yellow" - Cardi B

"HUMBLE." - Kendrick Lamar

"Rockstar" - Post Malone

"Wild Thoughts" - DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller -- WINNER

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year:

DJ Khaled

Drake

Future

Kendrick Lamar -- WINNER

Migos

Best New Hip-Hop Artist:

21 Savage

Cardi B -- WINNER

GoldLink

Lil Uzi Vert

Playboi Carti

R&B Song of the Year:

"B.E.D." - Jacquees

"Location" - Khalid

"Love Galore" - SZA featuring Travis Scott

"Redbone" - Childish Gambino

"That's What I Like" - Bruno Mars -- WINNER

R&B Artist of the Year:

Bruno Mars -- WINNER

Childish Gambino​

Khalid

Rihanna

The Weeknd

Best New R&B Artist:

6LACK

Kehlani

Kevin Ross​

Khalid -- WINNER

SZA

Latin Song of the Year:

"Despacito" - Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee -- WINNER

"El Amante" - Nicky Jam

"Hey DJ" - CNCO

"Mi Gente" - J Balvin featuring Willy William

"Súbeme La Radio" -  Enrique Iglesias

Latin Artist of the Year:

CNCO

J Balvin

Luis Fonsi -- WINNER

Nicky Jam

Shakira

Best New Latin Artist:

Abraham Mateo -- WINNER

Bad Bunny

Danny Ocean

Karol G

Ozuna

Regional Mexican Song of the Year:

"Adios Amor” - Christian Nodal

"Ella Es Mi Mujer" - Banda Carnaval

"Las Ultras" - Calibre 50 -- WINNER

"Regresa Hermosa" - Gerardo Ortiz

"Siempre Te Voy A Querer" - Calibre 50

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year:

Banda Carnaval

Banda Los Recoditos

Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga

Calibre 50 -- WINNER

Gerardo Ortiz

Best New Regional Mexican Artist:

Christian Nodal

Edwin Luna y La Trakalosa de Monterrey

El Fantasma

Ulices Chaidez y Sus Plebes

Producer of the Year:

Andrew "Pop" Wansel and Warren "Oak" Felder

Andrew Watt

Benny Blanco

Justin Tranter

Steve Mac

Best Lyrics: *Socially Voted Category

"Bodak Yellow" - Cardi B

"Despacito" - Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee

"There’s Nothing Holding Me Back" - Shawn Mendes

"Look What You Made Me Do" - Taylor Swift

"Perfect" - Ed Sheeran

"Slow Hands" - Niall Horan -- WINNER

Best Cover Song: *Socially Voted Category

"All We Got" - Shawn Mendes

"Bad Liar" - HAIM

"Issues" - Niall Horan

"Lost" - Khalid

"Say You Won't Let Go" - Camila Cabello and Machine Gun Kelly

"The Chain" - Harry Styles -- WINNER

"Touch" - Ed Sheeran

"The Tribute Song" - Thirty Seconds To Mars

Best Fan Army presented by Taco Bell: *Socially Voted Category

Arianators - Ariana Grande

Beliebers - Justin Bieber

BTS Army- BTS -- WINNER

Camilizers - Camila Cabello

EXO-L - EXO

Harmonizers - Fifth Harmony

Lovatics - Demi Lovato

Mendes Army - Shawn Mendes

Mixers - Little Mix

Selenators - Selena Gomez

Smilers - Miley Cyrus

Swifties - Taylor Swift

Best Music Video: *Socially Voted Category

"Bad Liar" - Selena Gomez

"Bodak Yellow" - Cardi B

"Despacito" -  Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee

"I'm The One" - DJ Khaled

"Look What You Made Me Do" - Taylor Swift

"Malibu" - Miley Cyrus

"New Rules" - Dua Lipa

"Shape Of You" - Ed Sheeran

"Sign of the Times" - Harry Styles -- WINNER

"Sorry Not Sorry" - Demi tLovato

"Swish Swish" - Katy Perry

"That's What I Like" - Bruno Mars

"There's Nothing Holding Me Back" - Shawn Mendes

Social Star Award: *Socially Voted Category

Andrew Huang

Anitta -- WINNER

Christian Collins

Conor Maynard

dodie

Gabbie Hanna

JoJo Siwa

Mariah Belgrod

Max & Harvey

RoomieOfficial

Cutest Musician’s Pet: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category

Batman - Demi Lovato

Bear Rexha - Bebe Rexha

Nugget - Katy Perry

Olivia - Taylor Swift

Pig Pig - Miley Cyrus

Toulouse - Ariana Grande -- WINNER

Best Boy Band: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category           ​

AJR

BTS -- WINNER

CNCO

In Real Life

PRETTYMUCH

The Vamps

Why Don’t We

Best Solo Breakout: *Socially Voted Category          

Camila Cabello

Harry Styles

Liam Payne

Louis Tomlinson -- WINNER

Niall Horan

Best Remix: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category          

"Bon Appétit"  - Katy Perry, Migos and 3LAU

"Despacito" -  Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber

"do re mi" " - blackbear featuring Gucci Mane

"Friends" - Justin Bieber and BloodPop with Julia Michaels

"Havana" - Camila Cabello and Daddy Yankee

"Homemade Dynamite" - Lorde, Khalid, Post Malone and SZA

"May I Have This Dance" - Francis & The Lights featuring Chance The Rapper

"Mi Gente" - J Balvin and Willy William featuring Beyoncé

"Reggaetón Lento" - CNCO and Little Mix -- WINNER

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 18:42:13 +0530
Cardi B confirms debut al

Cardi B’s highly-anticipated debut album is set to arrive in April as it was while accepting the award for Best New Artist at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards that she revealed the same.

In the speech Cardi also thanked those close to her, including her finace Offset, for helping her in her elevation thus far and thanking her haters as well.

Cardi B had previously revealed that her debut would be arriving in January 2018, however, it seems that her quest for perfection contributed to the delay as she had tweeted back in November that, “I have a lot of pressure on me. I have songs stashed up. I just don't think they qualified for my album. Sometimes I think is ready sometimes I think it's not so I'm going to take my time till it's right.”

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 18:13:30 +0530
Farmers call off strike a

More than 30000 farmers who reached Mumbai as part of their protest march, which began from Nashik five days ago and covered the entire distance by foot and had started talks with the Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis today.

However, it has now been reported that the Maharashtra farmers have called off strike after the government agreed to give written assurances that it would address their grievances within the next two months.

Maharashtra Irrigation Minister Girish Mahajan said, "We've had a positive meeting with farmers in which all their demands were discussed. They made around 12-13 demands out of which we've accepted some while rest were not acceptable due to technical issues. We will be giving them a written draft of it. I think they're satisfied with our decisions."

The meeting between the farmers and the CM had commenced at 2pm in the assembly as 8 members from the farmers' group decided to meet the CM. 

Congress President Rahul Gandhi extended his support to the farmers while criticising the CM and the PM while stating that both should leave their egos aside and be ready to solve the distress of the farmers.

Meanwhile CM Fadnavis said that he will consider all the issues of farmers and tribes as well when the issue was raised in the assembly by the opposition.

The farmers had camped at the Somaiya maidan in Sion on Sunday night and continued their protest to the Azad Maidan in CST from 2am. They opted for an early departure in order to avoid any traffic chaos for the students who are appearing for their board exams.

The farmers had been sitting at the Azad Maidan as multiple people extended their support to the farmers. Tight security had been imposed in the city for the last two days to make sure that the protest wouldn’t disrupt the daily schedules of the public.

Several political parties have publicly announced their support for the protest which had been organised under the banner of All India Kisan Sabha.

The farmers had staged the protest to ensure exact support price for crops, increase compensation, implement forest rights, hike agricultural pension, implement M S Swaminathan report at the earliest and many more such demands.

The farmers had demanded that all their requirements should be considered and put into action before the end of March. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced a debt support scheme of Rs 34000 when the farmers began their intense protests earlier. But the agricultural organisations allege that the government failed to deliver the assurances.

According to the Crime Records Bureau, 60000 farmers have ended their life from 1995 to 2013 and that has urged organisations to protest against the government and ensure the well-being of the farmers.

 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 17:46:38 +0530
2018 iHeartRadio Music Aw

Taylor Swift released the music video for her new single Delicate at the iHeartRadio Music Awards which showed her goofy side along with her signature dance moves.

The video shows Swift doing interviews on a red carpet and taking selfies with fans at an event while being flanked by security guards. The singer is stealthily handed what turns out to be a magical note in the midst of all the chaos after which she becomes invisible and celebrates by throwing off her shoes and dancing to her heart’s content.

The music video was shot in downtown Los Angeles and featured landmarks including the Los Angeles Theatre and Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

The love song is one of the most popular and intimate tracks off Swift’s album reputation, as fans theorized that it was written about the beginning of her romance with her British actor boyfriend Joe Alwyn.

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 17:02:53 +0530
Eminem performs Nowhere

Eminem and Kehlani lit up the stage with ‘Nowhere Fast’ at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards. With a live band and string section, Eminem and Kehlani offered an impassioned performance of the Revival cut.

The performance was introduced by Detroit rapper Big Sean, who recalled his mom buying him Eminem’s debut album The Slim Shady LP in 1999 and a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting in Parkland, Florida named Alex Moscou, who challenged the American government to change the country's gun control laws, and invited the audience to join him in the March for Our Lives on March 24.

Moscou expressed, “We're tired of hearing politicians send their thoughts and prayers to us, and doing nothing to make the necessary changes to prevent this tragedy from happening again. If those elected to represent won't do what's right to keep us safe, we're going to be too loud for them to ignore.”

Eminem also added a gun violence-themed intro to the song, rapping, “Gun owners clutching their loaded weapons/ They love their guns more than our children.”

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 16:29:49 +0530
Modi to inaugurate the De

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate The Delhi End TB Summit at VigyanBhawan in the capital tomorrow. The Summit, will be co-hosted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, WHO South East Asia Regional Office (SEARO) and Stop TB Partnership.

The Prime Minister will launch Tuberculosis Free India Campaign on this occasion. TB free India Campaign will take the activities of National Strategic Plan for TB elimination forward in Mission mode. The National Strategic Plan for TB elimination is backed by funding of over 12,000 crore rupees over the next three years to ensure every TB patient has access to quality diagnosis, treatment, and support.

The new NSP adopts a multi-pronged approach which aims to ‘Detect’ all TB patients with an emphasis on reaching TB patients seeking care from private providers and undiagnosed TB in high-risk populations,

The Prime Minister’s vision to end TB by 2025, five years ahead of the SDG’s has galvanized the efforts of the Revised National Tuberculosis Program, which has treated over 2 Crore patients since its inception in 1997.

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:45:40 +0530
Maroon 5 performs their s

Maroon 5 recently performed their song ‘Wait’ at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards. They put up a colourful display with Adam Levine’s impressive vocals and the colourful backdrop. Levine improvised a few runs and some sultry falsetto that made for an all-around flawless performance.

The band added two more iHeartRadio Music Award nominations to their list of career achievements this year for Collaboration of the Year and Best Duo/Group of the Year.

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:04:47 +0530
Anushka Sharma shares ado

Anushka Sharma recently shared an adorable picture with her husband Virat Kohli on Instagram. In the picture, Anushka can be seen planting a peck on Virat's cheek. Anushka shared the photo and captioned it with a couple in love emoticon. The picture, within an hour of posting was liked over 7 lakh times. Cricketer Virat Kohli also shared a picture of the couple on his Instagram with a caption that read as, “chilling and how.” Virat Kohli's picture was liked over 12 lakh times.

Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli got married in Italy on December 11, last year.

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:04:01 +0530
ISA IRENA deepen coopera

On the occasion of the inaugural conference of the International Solar Alliance, ISA, the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA, Adnan Z. Amin, and the Interim Director-General of ISA, Upendra Tripathy signed a Joint Declaration to deepen the cooperation between the two organisations to accelerate solar energy deployment, reports WAM.

"Driven by remarkable cost declines, innovative policies and new business models, solar energy has emerged as the fastest growing renewable energy worldwide. There is an immense opportunity at hand to bring its benefits to more and more countries around the world," said Amin.

"IRENA estimates that solar must account for at least 35 per cent of global power capacity by 2050 to meet the objectives the Paris Agreement on climate," he added. "In this context, IRENA stands ready to work with ISA and its members to scale-up solar energy deployment as a means to expanding affordable, reliable and sustainable energy access, as well as to addressing climate and energy security concerns. IRENA looks forward to strengthening collaboration with ISA, sharing its knowledge and experience, and making available its project facilitation tools and platforms."

"The International Solar Alliance has a well-articulated goal to facilitate the mobilisation of US$1 trillion of capital to rapidly accelerate the adoption of solar energy all over the world," said Upendra Tripathy. "While solar is fast becoming one of the most cost-effective ways to generate new power and deliver energy access, to deploy fast enough, complementarity must exist between our work and the broader renewable energy mandate and development tools established by IRENA. This fusion of capabilities will help to catalyse solar development in line with the goals set out under the Paris Agreement."

Driven by rapid advances in technology and economies of scale, the cost of electricity from solar photovoltaics decreased by almost 70 percent between 2010 and 2016. IRENA estimates that average cost of electricity from solar photovoltaics can decrease by further 60 percent in the coming decade. Solar power is also a significant employer of people worldwide, with around 3.1 million jobs working in the sector in 2016.

The Joint Declaration affirms the commitment of the IRENA and ISA to collaborate on advancing solar deployment and projects through helping countries develop policies and regulations around solar energy and through the implementation of IRENA initiatives such as the Clean Energy Corridors and the SIDS Lighthouses. IRENA’s project facilitation tools and platforms such as the Global Atlas for Renewable Energy, the Project Navigator, and the Sustainable Energy Marketplace will be made available to ISA, in support of its project-focused work in countries.

The Founding Conference of ISA, co-chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and President Emmanuel Macron of France, took place at the Rashtrapati Bhavan Cultural Centre in New Delhi and attended by heads of state and government, ministers, heads of international organisations and other high-level officials.

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:03:23 +0530
Varun Dhawan shares new p

Actor Varun Dhawan unveiled the new poster of his film, October. The trailer of the film is set to be released today.

Varun shared the new poster of the Shoojit Sircar film with a caption that read as, “Sometimes the greatest way to say something is to say nothing at all but baby I can’t help myself. #OctoberTrailer out tomorrow @BanitaSandhu @ShoojitSircar @ronnielahiri @writeonj”

Talking about his co-star Banita Sandhu, Dhawan said, “Banita is just 20 years old and does not know much about how the media functions here. She doesn’t have a manager so Shoojit dada and I just want to make sure she gets the best and is comfortable because meeting the massive media and paparazzi can be very overwhelming.”

Dhawan had spoken about the film on Twitter. He wrote, “#October is not a movie about love at first sight. It’s not a movie about hugs, kisses and dates. You want to know what’s it about then watch the trailer in 2 days.”

The film is co-produced by Ronnie Lahiri and Sheel Kumar and is directed by Shoojit Sircar. In the film, Dhawan portrays the role of a sweet yet mischievous boy trying to get into the hospitality industry and will be seen as a hotel management student who is working in a five-star hotel as part of the trainee programme. The actor shot for his character in a hotel in Delhi where he spent time observing the way all the hotel employees work.

The film is set to hit theatres on April 13, 2018.

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:03:06 +0530
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince s

H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, met with the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on the sidelines of the founding conference of the International Solar Alliance, ISA.

The two sides discussed bilateral relations and ways to take forward cooperation between the two countries. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed and Prime Minister Modi reviewed bilateral ties in the trade and investment sectors between the two countries, and means of further developing them to contribute to diversifying the two nations' economies.

Modi welcomed Sheikh Hamed's visit to New Delhi, expressing his hope that this visit will contribute to strengthening the relations of cooperation and friendship between the two countries. He also praised the role the UAE has played in supporting projects and programmes for clean and sustainable energy.

During the meeting, Sheikh Hamed said that the UAE, under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, always looks forward to further advancing cooperation and networking opportunities, and establishing economic ties with India. He noted the UAE's participation at the ISA Conference stems from the belief in the role sustainable energy can play in making a positive difference for nations and their citizens.

The meeting was attended by Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, and Dr. Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al-Banna, UAE Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to India.

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:23:45 +0530
Security forces kill thre

Three terrorists have been killed by the security forces in a gunfight at the Anantnag district in South Kashmir today.

According to the police, one of the terrorists was reportedly involved in a recent attack on the police post near Soura where one police constable was killed.

The terrorists have been identified as Easa Fasili of Srinagar, Syed Owais of Kokernag while the third one is yet to be identified.

Schools and colleges in the region have been closed as a precaution.

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:14:46 +0530
TN forest fire 9 dead 3

9 people have been confirmed to be dead and while 27 have been rescued so far in a forest fire that engulfed the hills above Kurangani in the Theni district of the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. Search operations have now been intensified inside the forest.

The Theni police informed that most of the people had died due to burning and more people have been reportedly trapped inside the forest as well.

The people who have been rescued so far have been admitted to the Theni Medical College and Bodinaikanoor general hospital.

Rescue operations are being jointly conducted by the Navy helicopters and the Airforce commandos who have arrived from Coimbatore.

24 persons from the Chennai Trekking Club, comprising of 22 women and two men and a 12 member trekker, mostly families from Tirupur and Erode districts have been trapped in the fire.

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:06:49 +0530
Mumbai transforms into a

Mumbai turns to a complete red as more than 30000 farmers entered the city yesterday evening as part of their long march that began from Nashik where the farmers crossed the distance by foot.

Mumbai police have raked up security in the city as the farmers plan to gherao the Vidhan Sabha to press their demands for loan waiver and the implementation of previous assurances announced by the government.

Several political parties have publicly announced their support for the protest which is being organised under the banner of All India Kisan Sabha. Meanwhile the Maharashtra government is chalking out strategies to settle the issue as CM Devendra Fadnavis has invited five representatives from the Kisan Sabha.

The protest march to the assembly house will be commenced on 11am today as the Kisan Sabha representatives informed that they have opted for 11am in order to avoid any chaos for students who are writing the board exams. The farmers are currently camped near Ghatkopar.

The farmers have staged the protest to ensure exact support price for crops, increase compensation, implement forest rights, hike agricultural pension, implement M S Swaminathan report at the earliest and many more such demands.

The farmers have demanded that all their requirements should be considered and put into action before the end of March. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced a debt support scheme of Rs 34000 when the farmers began their intense protests earlier. But the agricultural organisations allege that the government failed to deliver the assurances.

According to the Crime Records Bureau, 60000 farmers have ended their life from 1995 to 2013 and that has urged organisations to protest against the government and ensure the well-being of the farmers.

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 08:11:03 +0530
India Guyana discuss cli

Seeking enhanced partnership with Guyana through exchange of ideas and best practices in environment conservation, increasing the carbon sink and achieving sustainable development, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, called on the visiting President of Guyana, David A. Granger. 

Climate Change was among the various issues discussed between the two leaders.  Discussing the impact of Climate Change on the country’s natural resources, Dr. Harsh Vardhan apprised the President of Guyana that India is taking into account the concerns related to Climate Change in formulating its developmental policies. 

Dr. Harsh Vardhan also sought Guyana’s support for India’s stand on Climate Change in United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).   He also conveyed India’s appreciation for the signing of Paris accord by Guyana. 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 07:57:31 +0530
PM to receive French Pres

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will receive French President Emmanuel Macron in Varanasi today morning. The two leaders will leave for Mirzapur, where they shall inaugurate a solar power plant, before returning to Varanasi. 

In Varanasi, the two leaders will visit the Deen Dayal Hastkala Sankul. They shall interact with artisans and view a live demonstration of their crafts. 

Prime Minister Modi and President Macron will then arrive at the famous Assi Ghat in Varanasi, where they will board a boat for a ride along the Ghats of the Ganga, culminating at the historic Dashashwamedh Ghat. 

Prime Minister Modi will host a lunch in honour of the French President. 

In the afternoon, the Prime Minister will flag off a train between Maduadih Railway Station in Varanasi, and Patna. He will launch various development projects and address a public meeting at the DLW Grounds in Varanasi.  

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 07:52:23 +0530
Indo French Knowledge Sum

The first ever Indo-French Knowledge Summit ended successfully  with a landmark agreement on mutual recognition of educational qualifications between the two countries and a record 15 other MoUs between universities and research institutions on joint initiatives and partnerships.

The two-day summit was held in New Delhi and coincided with the state visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to India.

The summit was organized by the French Embassy in India and co-hosted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

More than 350 people from nearly 80 Indian Institutions and 70 French Institutions  along with key enterprises participated in the Summit which also received the support of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Campus France and Confederation of Indian Industry.

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 07:46:08 +0530
President Kovind visits M

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, has reached Mauritius on the first leg of his State Visit to Mauritius and Madagascar. He was received at the airport by the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, and his entire Cabinet and hundreds of dignitaries and local people.

Later President Kovind addressed an impressive gathering of students and young people at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute at Moka, Mauritius, where he also paid tributes before a statue of the Mahatma.

Speaking at the Institute, the President said that he was honoured to be in Mauritius for a milestone moment in its history – the 50th anniversary of independence from colonial rule. Tomorrow, March 12, marks not just the golden jubilee of the independence of Mauritius but also the 26th anniversary of this nation having become a republic.

The President said that the first people from India arrived in Mauritius 200 years ago, in the 1820s. In 1834, the first indentured labourers from India reached these shores. From those early challenges, the Indian community has come a long way. It has contributed, along with its fellow citizens of diverse backgrounds, to making Mauritius a prosperous country and a model for this region. As a steadfast friend, India has been proud to support their efforts. He said that the Indian community in Mauritius comprises those who trace their roots to a variety of Indian states, from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh to Tamil Nadu to Gujarat to several others. He urged them to become a living bridge between Mauritius and India, and Mauritius and individual states of India.

The President said that India’s affection and feeling for Mauritius is symbolic of our shared aspirations for Africa and for the Indian Ocean Region. Above all else, it is our people who bring us together. Mauritius is one of the largest participating countries in the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation programme. Over 300 young people from here undergo civilian and defence related training in India each year. Under India’s Africa Scholarships programme – part of the India Africa Forum Summit initiative – each year 97 scholarships are offered to Mauritian students for higher education. Another 200 students enrol themselves in Indian universities on a self-financing basis. They come to India as cherished friends. And we send them back as ambassadors of India – and life-long believers in our partnership.

The President called on the President of the Republic of Mauritius, Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim at State House, near Port Louis. During the discussion, the President thanked Government and people of Mauritius for the very heart-warming welcome given to him. He stated that it feels as if he was in India and among our own people.

Later in the evening, the President will attend a banquet hosted in his honour by the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Honourable Pravind Kumar Jugnauth.

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 07:42:31 +0530
To normalise border situa

The Mizoram government has described the situation of the disputed border areas with Assam as ‘serious,’ and has urged the neighbouring state to hold talks to reduce tension.

Mizoram Chief Secretary Arvind Ray proposed in a letter that the two deputy commissioners of Kolasib district in Mizoram and Hailakandi district in Assam should hold talks before March 15 to normalise the situation Alok Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary of Assam.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal discussed the same with the Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla and suggested that both the sides withdraw from the disputed site.

The Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) comprising of Mizoram’s apex student body leaders and activists, have been camping in the disputed area with an attempt to construct a rest house inside the land of the first Mizoram CM Ch Chhunga after his wife donated the land to the student organisation.

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 07:13:39 +0530
RSS states that consensus

The RSS recently said that building a consensus on the Ayodhya dispute was not going to be easy and insisted that only a Ram temple would be constructed there and further stressed that the matter was subjudice.

RSS general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi asserted, “It is certain that the Ram Temple will be constructed at that place (Ayodhya) and nothing else can be built there.”

Joshi said the construction of temple would begin after the court's order and it would be built on the basis of its verdict on the ownership of land.

Joshi further expressed that consensus building was not going to be easy as he said, “We have always maintained that the temple should be constructed with mutual agreement but our experience tells us that building a consensus on this issue is not easy.”.

The next hearing in the Ayodhya dispute, to determine ownership of the 2.77-acre Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi disputed land will be held at the Supreme Court on March 14 and a three-judge bench comprising of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and SA Najeeb is hearing the case.

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 07:10:10 +0530
Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangm

Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma will face a floor test at a special session of the Assembly to prove his majority.

Protem Speaker Timothy Dalbot Shira will preside over the session to elect the Speaker of the newly constituted tenth Meghalaya Assembly, prior to Sangma proving his majority in the 60-member House.

Sangma was sworn in as the 12th Chief Minister of Meghalaya after six non-Congress parties, include one Independent came together and formed the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance coalition government.

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 07:07:01 +0530
Kejriwal calls an all par

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called for an all-party meeting at his residence on Tuesday to find solutions to problems being faced by traders because of an ongoing sealing drive in the national capital.

In a letter to Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken and BJP’s state unit chief Manoj Tiwari, the Delhi CM said, “We should rise above politics and come together to find a solution to the problems that have risen due to sealing.”

Kejriwal also suggested that not more than three people from each party be present at the meeting for its smooth functioning.

The Delhi CM had also written letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi seeking appointments with them to discuss the sealing issue and stressed the need to bring a Bill in Parliament to stop the drive as well.

The sealing is being undertaken by the municipal corporations on the directions of a Supreme Court-appointed committee and hundreds of commercial establishments have been closed so far for non-payment of conversion charges and violation of the Delhi Master Plan.

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 07:04:00 +0530
BJP announces list of can

The BJP recently announced 18 candidates for the Rajya Sabha elections from various states. The biennial elections are going to be held on March 23, 2018.

The list was announced by the party's central election committee and included the names of former Maharashtra CM Narayan Rane from Maharashtra, BJP general secretaries Anil Jain from Uttar Pradesh and Saroj Pandey from Chhattisgarh and its spokespersons Anil Baluni from Uttarakhand and GVL Narasimha Rao from Uttar Pradesh.

Other party candidates included Kirodi Lal Meena and Madan Lal Saini from Rajasthan, former Kerala party president V Muraleedharan from Maharashtra, Ajay Pratap Singh and Kailash Soni from Madhya Pradesh, entrepreneur Rajeev Chandrasekhar from Karnataka, Sameer Uranv from Jharkhand, Lt. Gen. (retd) D P Vats from Haryana as well as Ashok Bajpai, Vijay Pal Singh Tomar, Sakaldeep Rajbhar, Kanta Kardam and Harnath Singh Yadav from Uttar Pradesh.

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 07:00:47 +0530
Arvind Kejriwal Raman Si

AAP chief and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal criticised the Raman Singh government in Chhattisgarh and alleged that it did nothing but loot the state during its 15-year rule. He stated, “People have got frustrated with the ruling BJP and now have decided to bring about a change and elect an honest government. During his 15 years of rule, Raman Singh left nothing to ruin Chhattisgarh. I challenge him to show a single good work his government has done for the people during his tenure.”

Kejriwal added, “God has blessed Chhattisgarh with abundant forests, rivers, natural resources including coal, iron ore and diamond mines. But the leaders of the state and its parties have left no stone unturned to loot it. These natural resources belong to the people, but they (BJP and Congress) gave it to companies.”

Kejriwal further stated that the Congress was “sitting in the lap” of Singh and was partaking in the share (from corruption) and asserted, “Be cautious about division of votes. It should not happen that a few votes go to the Congress, some to others. You have to fight this election. AAP has no money. This is not Kejriwal’s party, it is yours. You have to fight the election on your own and bring change.”

He went on to promise that if AAP won, would take back the state’s natural resources from private firms and ensure that its benefits reached the common man and promised farmers a minimum support price (MSP) of Rs 2600 per quintal of paddy as well.

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 06:56:46 +0530
Mumbai transforms into a

Mumbai turns to a complete red as more than 30000 farmers entered the city today evening as part of their long march that began from Nashik where the farmers crossed the distance by foot.

Mumbai police have raked up security in the city as the farmers plan to gherao the Vidhan Sabha to press their demands for loan waiver and the implementation of previous assurances announced by the government.

Several political parties have publicly announced their support for the protest which is being organised under the banner of All India Kisan Sabha. Meanwhile the Maharashtra government is chalking out strategies to settle the issue as CM Devendra Fadnavis has invited five representatives from the Kisan Sabha.

The protest march to the assembly house will be commenced on 11am tomorrow as the Kisan Sabha representatives informed that they have opted for 11am in order to avoid any chaos for students who are writing the board exams. The farmers are currently camped near Ghatkopar.

The farmers have staged the protest to ensure exact support price for crops, increase compensation, implement forest rights, hike agricultural pension, implement M S Swaminathan report at the earliest and many more such demands.

The farmers have demanded that all their requirements should be considered and put into action before the end of March. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced a debt support scheme of Rs 34000 when the farmers began their intense protests earlie