Why RCB have failed to win IPL Captain Virat Kohli identifies huge

first_imgFor Virat Kohli, IPL seems to be synonymous with the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Indian captain has made it quite clear that he would never leave the franchise as it has always been a special feeling to don the RCB jersey.”To me it has been a most special experience. I don’t see myself leaving or playing for any other franchise,” Kohli said at an event to launch a new app for the franchise. Over the years, RCB has had big marquee names playing in the side, they have been involved in great games, their fans are vocal and passionate and yet, the side has not won anything. 3 finals, but no silverware and Kohli has been thinking about it – he puts it down to decisions in crunch moments.”The failure lies where decisions aren’t made properly. If I sit here and say our luck was bad, that won’t be right. You make your own luck, and if you make poor decisions and the other team makes good ones, you will lose.,” Kohli said.More relaxed sides win the tournament Virat Kohli, AB de VilliersIANS”When your decision-making is spot on and balanced, those teams win the IPL. The teams that are more relaxed, don’t take the pressure too much, and take good decisions in pressure moments – they should get the credit for winning,” he added.Gary Kirsten, who is now the head coach of the side, wants to focus on building a balanced side and including specific players for specific roles. He wants to learn from the mistakes committed in the previous seasons and allowing players to grow in the side.”We’ve certainly tried to address that in our recruitment for this year. But as much as sport is about getting the right players on board, we have no clue if someone we’ve recruited is going to fire in this IPL or not. What we do know is we try to build a balance as best we can, based on learnings from past tournaments,” Kirsten said. Virat KohliIANSLast year, the slogan which accompanied the team was – ee sala cup namde (This year the cup is ours) and even as the side struggled to get going, this slogan became a proper baggage for the side and the captain acknowledged that in hindsight this was not a good move. “We realised this last year. You shouldn’t create an atmosphere even before the tournament has started, that ‘We are going to win this year’, because there are seven other teams too. You have to be realistic. It’s not a one-team dominated tournament,” the skipper added.last_img read more

Rashmika Mandanna trolled for her comment on love Netizens use Rakshit Shettys

first_imgRashmika Mandanna.PR HandoutRashmika Mandanna has continued to be treated harshly by a section of netizens for her break-up with Rakshit Shetty, last year. Her latest post about ‘love’ has been mercilessly trolled.A few days ago, the actress had tweeted, “These are the times I love – where it’s the test of genuine love.♥ And it’s this time you realise who truly love and care for you and they- deserve all the love and care in the world and to those who don’t love you.. well – just wish them happiness!✨♥. [sic]”Her comment met with negative response as people dragged the issue of Rakshit Shetty and asked her whether it was not a “genuine love”, while wondering the reason behind their split. Some went on to the extent of asking her whether she was dating Telugu actor Vijay Deverakonda.Selected-few comments can be read below:Amit Bande: It’s means your love with Rakshit Shetty is not genuine??? It’s not genuine means you not deserve talk about true love. Anyway if you founded true love means all the best and don’t repeat previous false love!!!Bharath J: Rakshith shetty true love AlvaHarish: ninge anta ole mansu edre helbidu nangu rakshit gu yav sambanda ela navibru undrstndg enda dura agidivi anta aga yaru ninge trol madala ninu lplck adru madko yenadru madko bt ninu rakshit bagge clarification kodotanka jena ninge bidal so kotbiduraghh bs: enamma thayi e tara tweet mado necessity ittha. If u wer so gud u would have not tweet lyk dis.once sit n watch kirik party film.. Bcz of Rakshith ur to diz level tdy. Look at him s dat anywhere he as reacted like u.Till date. NO. If I was in ur place I would hv hang shemless U.Last week, the teaser from her Telugu movie Dear Comrade was released and the lip-lock scene between Rashmika and Vijay Deverakonda created a controversy. She was slammed for doing the lip-lock scene with him.Reacting to the kissing scene, the actress said that the script demands the sequence.”The particular scene in the movie demanded it. That’s why I did it. No movie should be judged solely on the basis of a lip-lock scene. It should be seen in its entirety,” Indiaglitz quotes her as saying.Incidentally, Rashmika was targeted for her romantic scenes with Vijay Deverakonda in last-year’s blockbuster Telugu movie Geetha Govindam. The break-up announcement followed by the massive success of the film did not help the cause in anyway. Since then, Rashmika has been criticised non-stop even though Rakshit Shetty requested people not to be judgemental about her.last_img read more

Chinese shares slump pulling down other Asian stocks alongside

first_imgChinese shares slumped on Friday, weighing on other Asian stock markets, as a fresh regulatory crackdown and falling industrial profits weighed on market sentiment.European shares were set to follow suit, with financial spreadbetters expecting Britain’s FTSE 100 .FTSE to fall 0.3 percent, France’s CAC40 .FCHI to open down 0.4 percent, and Germany’s DAX .GDAXI to start the day 0.1 percent lower.U.S. stock futures ESc1 erased gains after earlier rising 0.3 percent to their highest level since Nov. 9 following Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day holiday.Early selling intensified in China’s stock markets in the afternoon, with the Shanghai Composite index .SSEC and the CSI300 .CSI300 plunging 4.7 percent as of 0623 GMT, on track for the biggest one-day drop in more than three months, and set for weekly declines of 4.6 percent and 5 percent, respectively.That contributed to a drop of 0.9 percent in the broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside of Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS, bringing losses for the week to 1.1 percent.Japan’s Nikkei .N225 reversed earlier gains to close down 0.3 percent, but was on track to end the week flat.China’s securities regulator has urged domestic brokerages to cease financing clients’ stocks purchases through swaps and other over-the-counter contracts, two sources with direct knowledge told Reuters, its latest move to reduce leveraged financing risk in its stock markets after a summer plunge.”After rebounding over 20 percent from its bottom, you need fresh capital to maintain the upward momentum (in Chinese stocks), but recent government measures to deleverage have sparked fears,” said Zhou Lin, analyst at Huatai Securities.”In addition, I don’t see signs that the economy has bottomed out.”Further weighing on sentiment was data on Friday showing that profits earned by Chinese industrial companies fell 4.6 percent in October, declining for the fifth consecutive month.The Chinese yuan also came under pressure, weakening to its lowest level in almost three months as investors braced for a decision on Monday by the International Monetary Fund on whether to include the currency in its reserve basket.Some market watchers fears Beijing’s commitment to market reforms and liberalisation may cool if the yuan is added to the reserve basket.Spot yuan CNY=CFXS opened at 6.3928 per dollar and was changing hands at 6.3942, 46 pips weaker than the previous close and about 0.04 percent away from People’s Bank of China’s midpoint rate of 6.3915.”It’s uncertain if the Chinese government is keen to show the market influence in their rate setting or whether now that they know they have gained special drawing rights inclusion they are keen to weaken their overvalued currency knowing it will not jeopardise their case,” Angus Nicholson, market analyst at IG in Melbourne, wrote in a note.The euro continued to falter, hovering near seven-month lows on expectations that the European Central Bank could announce further stimulus as early as next week.Most in the market expect the ECB to expand its asset purchase programme and lower its deposit rate, the rate at which banks park excess funds with it, when it meets next Thursday.Traders are now speculating that the ECB could cut rates more than the previous market consensus of a 0.10 percentage point reduction.The euro’s three-month overnight indexed swap (OIS) rate EUROIS fell to a new low around minus 0.3133 percent, almost 18 basis points below the current fixing level of the Overnight Eonia rate EONIA=.With keeping money in the euro seen increasingly costly because of negative interest rates, the common currency was on the defensive in the foreign exchange market.The euro traded at $1.0614 EUR=, not far from Wednesday’s seven-month low of $1.0565. It also stood near a seven-month low against the yen EURJPY=R, last fetching 129.98 yen.last_img read more

All is not well between Parth Samthaan and his Kaisi Yeh Yaariaan

first_imgParth Samthaan and Charlie ChauhaninstagramParth Samthaan has turned out to be one of most popular celebrities in recent times. His portrayal of Anurag Basu in Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 is getting him appreciation from all corners and his chemistry with co-star Erica Fernandes aka Prerna has garnered a lot of eyeballs.Before playing Anurag, Parth had won hearts of fans in youth-centric show Kaisi Yeh Yaariaan where he essayed the role of Manik Malhotra opposite Niti Taylor. The show was quite a hit among youngsters and the cast also shared a great bond especially Parth and Charlie Chauhan.Charlie had even defended the actor in his much-publicised ugly fight with Vikas Gupta and had said in an interview that she would remain friends with Parth forever.However, looks like Parth and Charlie’s friendship has hit a roadblock. The actress had recently penned down a verse on heartbreak on her Youtube channel and when asked what Parth had to say about her writing, Charlie gave a rather strange reply, “Why will Parth comment on my poetry? And why will I ask for his feedback? I mean, I have asked my close friends’ opinions, that’s it. Why will I ask my co-actors?,” Charlie told IWMBuzz.When asked if the two weren’t close friends once upon a time, the actress explained that since she and Parth worked in the same set, they used to get along like everyone else. “No, that was because we used to work on the same set and everyone was as close as him. So ya normally like you get along with your co-actors, it was exactly the same,” she said.Well, this makes us believe that friendships in tinsel town are indeed temporary. Parth Samthaan and Charlie Chauhaninstagramlast_img read more

Blank and Setters movie review rating Heres what critics say about the

first_imgBlank and Setters critics reviewTwitterTwo Bollywood movies – Blank and Setters coming up together this Friday. While the first film is based on the issue of terrorism, the other one deals with education mafia. Both the movies are action thriller with ensemble cast.Blank features Sunny Deol, debutant Karan Kapadia, Ishita Dutta and Karanvir Sharma among others. on the other side, Setters cast include Aftab Shivdasani, Shreyas Talpade, Pavan Malhotra, Vijay Raaz, Sonnalli Seygal among others.Critics review for Blank and Setters has come out. While Blank received mixed response from the critics, Setters appears to have an upper hand as far as reviews are concerned. It is being said that Blank holds a strong storyline but it fails to impress on its execution. However, there are some who opined that it is worth a watch. Karan apparently has made an impactful debut.On the other side, Setters have also been watched by many who appreciated the crime thriller. The performances are being appreciated and so is the plot.Here’s is what critics said about Blank:Mumbai Mirror: Writer-director Behzad Khambata seems to have a healthy appetite for police procedurals and is aware of the basic construct required to make them tick. But in 2019, sticking to tropes can hardly trigger an exciting watch and the supposed turn in the climax seems more ridiculous than rational to be palatable. The film’s title possibly refers to the protagonist’s compromised mental state. Having endured this one, it’s a debilitating condition you will share with him. (2*/5*)Zee News: Blank must be seen for its tightly clustered almost suffocating narrative pattern. We are in it till the exacerbated end for better or worse. (4*/5*)Filmfare: Summing up, given its premise, the film had the potential to be an edge-of-the-seat thriller, if only the writing and execution could have been better. (2.5*/5*)Times of India: This action movie is helmed by first-time director Behzad Khambata and the inexperience shows in many portions where the filmmaker’s choices aren’t top-notch. The decision to play an emotional track called Himmat Karja just before and during a critical fight sequence kills the mood completely. And that is the way the film’s narrative plays out throughout. The movie has flashes of promise but just as many, if not more, moments of amateur execution. There’s also a special track called Ali Ali, featuring Akshay Kumar. Thankfully, it plays during the end credits and doesn’t really add to plentiful woes of the film. (2.5*/5*)Here’s is what critics said about Setters:DEFINITE WATCH????????#Setters very relevant, well researched, smart film by @DhoopAshwini Edge of seat thriller abt Examination Mafia with superb performances @AftabShivdasani @shreyastalpade1 #PavanMalhotra #VijayRaaz @SonnalliSeygall @ishidutta @iammanurishi @ActorJameel— Girish Johar (@girishjohar) May 2, 2019All The Best Team #Setters!!! A brilliantly made film with superlative performances by @AftabShivdasani @shreyastalpade1 #PawanMalhotra #VijayRaaz @SonnalliSeygall @ishidutta @iammanurishi @ActorJameel. An edge of seat thriller by @DhoopAshwini. @VManiT @nh_studioz @SunnyBakshi4— Atul Mohan (@atulmohanhere) May 2, 2019#Setters A well researched film by @DhoopAshwini which unearths the dark side of education system in New India. #PawanMalhotra steals the show with @AftabShivdasani @shreyastalpade1 #IshitaDutta #ManuRishi pic.twitter.com/SS9GM3v8ai— Nishant Bhuse (@nishantbhuse) May 1, 2019last_img read more

Sara Ali Khan looks refreshing as ever in her latest magazine cover

first_imgSara Ali Khan on Harper magazine coverPR HandoutSara Ali Khan has been in limelight since she made her Bollywood debut. Now, the actress shines as the cover girl for Harper’s Bazaar for the month of June.The actress looks absolutely gorgeous in a yellow mustard wrap around dress with ruffle sleeves. The look is accessorised with a classic metal watch, metal bangles and messy hair.The magazine took to their social media handle and announcing Sara Ali Khan as their cover girl shared, “Our June cover Sara Ali Khan (@saraalikhan95) has found a home in an industry she loves. With two films already under her belt, she has earned critical acclaim and social media stardom. And she’s finding a way to live and work by her own rules. It’s no wonder she can’t stop smiling.”Sara made a promising debut with Kedarnath and her second film Simmba went on a huge roll in the theatres with a commendable box office collection.Sara, who is just 2 films old in Bollywood, has become the sensation within such a short span of time with marketers betting big on her. The actress already has 11 brand endorsements in her kitty, with an estimated annual revenue of over Rs 30 crore this year alone right from a sports brand to jewellery brand. The range of her brands is varied.Sara is on cloud nine with back to back success at the box office. Recently, Sara made her debut on yet another leading magazine’s cover for its March feature. The absolute beauty has left us jaw-drop, and we cannot simply take our eyes off from the picture.Amongst the many actresses who made their debut in 2018, Sara had won several accolades for her debut, including ‘best debut’ for the year, 2018. Sara is the only actress to win Instagrammer of the year for the presence she holds across social media.Ever since she made her Bollywood debut with Kedarnath, Sara is a much talked about diva in the industry for her great sense of humor and charming personality. The audience is looking forward to see the actress on the silver screen again.Sara Ali Khan will be next seen in recently announced Imtiaz Ali ‘s film alongside Kartik Aaryan and with Varun Dhawan Coolie No. 1’ both are slated to be released next year.last_img read more

Bhavya Munjal Dietitian and nutritionist from Delhi is changing the dynamics of

first_imgBhavya MunjalPR HandoutBhavya Munjal, a 22-year-old dietitian, nutritionist and owner of the company BFitWorld from Delhi, India has been changing the dynamics of health and well-being game from the past 10 years. His sole initiative has been to learn and grow in the same field.Bhavya’s diet consulting proficiency spans most nutrition sub-specialities like pediatrics, adolescent, adult and sports. He is dedicated to forging and maintaining a balanced bond with food. Be it a special diet for running your next marathon, modifying your lifestyle for certain medical condition, or simply staying in shape, Bhavya can guide you from the beginning to the finish line.Bhavya in the recent years has gained a vast amount of exposure for himself and his company BFitWorld, by consulting clients against supplement but natural nutrition usage.Bhavya Munjal strongly believes in the fact that most people don’t need to take vitamin supplements and are able to get all the vitamins and minerals they need by eating a healthy, balanced diet. He believes, by taking supplements, people are harming their own body as many supplements contain active ingredients that have strong biological effects in the body. This could make them unsafe in some situations and hurt or complicate people’s health. According to him, supplementing your diet without a proper consultation can cause weight gain and more harm to health.He has Worked with clients from all walks of life, from mothers, families, businessmen, sportsmen to artists and celebrities. Bhavya believes that healthy eating habits are determined by choice, not compulsion. He also believes that taste should not be sacrificed to make way for health. In order to guarantee clients great results, he takes into account clients’ full medical history, their personal preferences along with their health goal and plans their diet and modifies their lifestyle.last_img read more

Badminton legend Lee Chong Wei retires after winning battle with cancer

first_imgChong Wei will go down in history as one of the all-time greatsISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP/Getty ImagesOne of the greatest badminton players of all time, Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei announced retirement from the sport on June 13 at a press conference. The 36-year old was diagnosed with cancer of the nose last year but was able to overcome the disease and expressed his desire to return to top-level international badminton. But the time was running out for the 3-time Olympic silver medallist to qualify for the World Championships later this year and he decided to pull the curtains down.In his statement issued during the press conference, the Malaysian icon said: “Today everyone knows more or less my intention for calling this press conference. I would like to announce that I’m retiring from the sport after 19 years. It was a tough decision to make but I was left with no option after my recent consultation with doctors in Taiwan last month.”He further stated: “I was given eight questionnaires to answer about my condition and the outcome came out to show that I’m not fit to do high intensity activities. So it’s not suitable for me to exert myself for the sake of my health. I want to thank you Malaysians. I want to thank a lot of people KBS, ISN. I want to thank all my coaches Datuk Misbun Sidek, Datuk Tey Seu Bock.” Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan were like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal of badmintonMOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty ImagesChong Wei-Lin Dan rivalryChong Wei will always be remembered for the great rivalry he had with China’s Lin Dan. Their position in the badminton world can be compared to that of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Both were head and shoulders above other competitors and watching them fighting it out in the final of major events became a common sight.They played each other in two Olympic gold medal matches – Beijing 2008 and London 2012 – and the semi-final of the men’s singles event in Rio de Janeiro 2016 games also. While Lin came out on top in both the Olympic finals, Chong Wei was able to defeat his famous foe in their 2016 encounter. However, he ended up losing the final to another Chinese – Chen Long.In terms of stats, the biggest achievement of the Malaysian’s career would be his maintaining the top position in the BWF World Rankings for 199 weeks in succession and 349 weeks in total. He also won 69 titles in his career, out of which 46 came in the Super Series – now converted into the World Tour. Yet, he retires without having either the World Championship title or the Olympic gold to his name. In World Championships also, he was the runner-up three times.His famous Chinese rival has been struggling in recent times also and seems to be well past his prime. But Lind Dan stated that the main motivation to continue playing badminton is Chong Wei. Interestingly, the most successful Olympian from Malaysia seemed to be in reasonably good form in the first half of last year, at least better than that of Lin Dan. With him calling it a day, all eyes will be on Lin Dan to see whether he also decided to move on.last_img read more

Twowheelermakers report mixed results in volume sales despite discountdriven BS III push

first_imgPeople at a 2-wheeler showroom to buy discounted vehicles after the BS III vehicles ban on sale and registration of vehicles from 1st April 2017.IANSThe large-scale liquidation of BS III vehicles to comply with the March 31, 2017 order notwithstanding, two-wheeler-makers reported mixed domestic sales last month. TVS Motor, Yamaha and Royal Enfield posted growths, the numbers for Hero Motocorp remained almost flat while Bajaj Auto saw a decline.Bajaj Auto sold 151,449 motorcycles in the domestic market, 14 per cent less than 176,788 units sold in March 2016, according to a regulatory filing. Exports rose six per cent to 92,786 units, taking the cumulative two-wheeler sales for March 2017 to 244,235 units, down 7.6 per cent. Overall, the company sold 3.66 million units (comprising motorcycles and three wheelers) in 2016-17, 5.8 per cent less than 3.89 million units in the previous fiscal.”Hopefully in April, things should normalise except that there will be a slight dip in demand, thanks to all the preponement of sales in last month”, Rajiv Bajaj, MD, Bajaj Auto, said.Hero Motocorp saw the sales remaining almost flat despite the push to sell off BS III vehicles. The company ended the month with 609,951 units as against 606,542 units in March 2016. Cumulative FY2017 sales stood at 66.64 lakh units in comparison to 66.32 lakh units in FY2016. The numbers were boosted by “tactical” sales to comply with the Supreme Court’s order on BS III vehicles. “With a proactive preparedness towards the launch of BS IV‐compliant vehicles, Hero MotoCorp liquidated large BS III inventory, leading upto March 29. In the past two days, we have taken tactical steps to assist our dealers and incentivise customers with an objective to liquidate the remaining BS III stocks,” Pawan Munjal, CMD and chief executive officer of Hero Motocorp, said in a filing to the BSE. Chennai-based TVS Motor Co. saw domestic volumes go up 8.4 per cent to 216,995 units last month in comparison to 200,190 units sold in March 2016. The sale of scooters grew 23.5 per cent as against 10.3 per cent for motorcycles.The Indian arm of Yamaha Motor Co. also had a upbeat month, clocking 76,144 units (including Nepal) last month, 27 per cent more when compared to 60,032 units sold in March 2016.”March 2017 was challenging as automobile sector in India had to offload BS III inventory which was re-affirmed by Supreme Court’s decision towards the closing. The company is en route to achieve 1 million in 2017 as well, through exciting products and by expanding its trade networks. Known for its fair practices and responsible outlook, Yamaha has already introduced its new line of BS IV variants which will gain traction amongst its customers,” Roy Kurian, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd. said in a statement.As reported earlier, Eicher Motors sold 58,549 units of Royal Enfield motorcycles in the domestic market this March in comparison to 50,059 motorcycles sold in March 2016. Overall (including exports), Eicher Motors sold 6.66 lakh Royal Enfield motorcycles in 2016-17, up 31 per cent from 5.08 lakh units sold in 2015-16. Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) saw its 2016-17 volumes rise 12 percent to 5 million units from 4.48 million units sold in the preceding fiscal.  People in large numbers at a 2 Wheeler showroom to buy discounted vehicles after the BS III vehicles ban on sale and registration of vehicles from 1st April 2017 and the vehicles which do not meet the new standards, in Hyderabad on March 31, 2017.IANSlast_img read more

BJP candidate shoots supporter during Panchayat byelections in Meerut

first_imgThe BJP candidate Vijay Dhama was allegedly trying to capture the polling booth by threatening people with a pistol when his own supporter was shot.TwitterA Bharatiya Janata Party candidate shot dead his supporter during the Panchayat by-elections in Meerut on Saturday, July 6. Vijay Dhama was trying to capture the polling booth by threatening people with a pistol when his own supporter was shot, alleged Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate Vipin Bhadana.”I am a candidate from Samajwadi Party ward no. 34. Since the announcement of elections in the area, BJP candidate Vijay Dhama had created ruckus in the area. He used to threaten people by carrying a pistol,” said Bhadana.”He wanted to win the polls forcefully. He is a person with a criminal mind. The incident happened when he was trying to capture the booths where the polls were underway,” he added.The Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Ajay Kumar Sahni, however, said that the shooting took place after the voting and not during the polls.”Vijay Dhama along with a pistol was one kilometre away from the polling station with three-four of supporters. During firing, one of his supporters named Amit was shot at. The supporter died during treatment in hospital,” said Sahni.Tensions erupted in the area after Amit’s death. Several groups pelted stones at vehicles and additional forces were deployed in the area.Sahni said that a probe will be initiated in the case once a complaint is filed by Amit’s relatives.Dhama and two of his supporters were arrested in connection with the incident.last_img read more

Alibabas Jack Ma is a Communist Party member reveals China state paper

first_imgJack Ma, founder-chairman of Chinese e-commerce firm AlibabaIANSJack Ma, the head of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and China’s best-known capitalist, is a Communist Party member, the official Party newspaper said on Monday, debunking a public assumption the billionaire was politically unattached.The People’s Daily revealed Ma’s Party membership in a list of 100 people it said had helped drive the country ‘reform and opening up’ process. Ma is China’s richest man with a fortune of $35.8 billion, according to Forbes.It was unclear why the paper chose to mention Ma’s affiliation now but it comes amid a push by Beijing to bring the country’s private enterprises more in line with Party values, especially in the technology sector that has grown rapidly, driven by the successes of private firms.Ma, who announced in September he would step down as Alibaba chairman next year, is China’s highest-profile business leader. He has acted as an adviser to political leaders in Asia and Europe and fostered big ambitions in the United States.He has driven Alibaba to become a $390 billion giant, which dominates China’s online retail market, stretches from logistics to social media, and has spawned a separate fintech empire around popular payment platform Alipay.Ma’s political affiliation came as a surprise to many.Results from domestic search engine Baidu Inc, when asked “is Jack Ma a Communist Party member”, also mostly said that he was not.Alibaba declined to comment on Ma’s Party membership but said political ties did not impact the firm’s operations.”Political affiliation of any executive does not influence the company’s business decision-making process,” a spokesperson said in emailed comments to Reuters on Tuesday.”We follow all laws and regulations in countries where we operate as we fulfil our mission of making it easier for people to do business anywhere in the digital era.”The People’s Daily list also included Baidu head Robin Li and Tencent Holding Ltd chief Pony Ma, though did not name either of them as Party members. Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent together make up the ‘BAT’ trio of China’s top tech firms.The paper did not say when Ma had become a Party member.last_img read more

Kannada actor Komal beaten up in full public view cops file FIR

first_imgKomal Kumar was trashed by a biker in a road rage.PR HandoutThe Malleswaram police have arrested a person named Vijay over assaulting Kannada actor Komal Kumar in a road rage incident. It occurred near Srirampura railway underpass around 5.30 pm on Tuesday evening, 13 August.”Malleshwaram Police have taken immediate action and the culprit has been dealt with, thank Public for support. No tolerance for such rowdy activities, cases booked, arrested ..[sic]” Bhaskar Rao IPS, Commissioner of Police, Bangalore City, tweeted.As per the police sources, Vijay is a resident of Jakkarayanker and works as a delivery boy. The issue started when he allegedly overtook Komal’s car in a rash manner and the actor raised objection to over which the biker got furious and got into an argument by blocking his way.In the peak of heated verbal exchanges, Komal tried to strike the first blow and Vijay narrowly missed it. The cops say that the biker felt insulted when the actor tried to assault him following which punched on the actor’s face several times.The video of the entire episode have emerged online and the clippings have gone viral. Komal was hurt and seen bleeding in the mouth and nose in the video. Based on the complaint, the Malleswaram police have booked Vijay for attempting to murder the actor.The actor, who got treatment at KS General Hospital, said that he is clueless about the person who assaulted him. Komal said that the incident occurred when he was on the way to pick his daughter from tuition.”We will collect the video and take action against the actor as well if it shows that Komal assaulted the biker first,” said N. Shashi Kumar, DCP (North).Komal is a familiar face among Kannada audience and acted in over 90 movies in Sandalwood. He is a brother of actor-politician Jaggesh.last_img read more

Honda to shut down UK plant over 3500 jobs on the line

first_imgHonda to shut down UK plantChristopher Jue/Getty ImagesJapanese carmaker Honda Motor Co. is set to shut down its plant in Swindon, England, in 2022, according to multiple media reports. The automaker is known to make its popular Civic model at this plant and the move will put over 3,500 jobs at risk.Sky News journalist Mark Kleinman broke the news on Twitter and said that the company would make the announcement on Tuesday, February 19. While the company is likely to shutter the plant, its European HQ will remain in the UK.Honda hasn’t specifically spoken of its decision saying that it would not make a comment “at this stage,” but lawmaker Justin Tomlinson confirmed the news through a series of tweets. “We take our responsibilities to our associates very seriously and will always communicate any significant news with them first,” Honda said in a statement.Tomlinson shed light on the reports and said that Honda had decided to shut down the Swindon plant due to global business trends. He said that he had spoken to the officials at the firm who explained that the decision “is based on global trends and not Brexit as all European market production will consolidate in Japan in 2021.”He added: “Honda will be consulting with all staff and there is not expected to be any job losses or changes in production until 2021.”The Swindon plant is known to be a busy one with about 100,000 Civic cars being produced for the global market. In fact, Ian Howells, Honda Europe’s senior vice-president, even earlier told the BBC that the carmaker planned to convert the particular plant into a global production hub for the civic.The UK forms part of our global network of manufacturing plants, so the only place we produce the vehicle we produce at Swindon is in Swindon itself, he had said. “The logistics of moving a factory the size of Swindon would be huge and as far as we’re concerned, we’re right behind supporting continued production at Swindon.”Even though Honda may have specified that the move was a business decision, many believe that companies have increasingly grown jittery around the looming Brexit on March 29. This had resulted in many brands moving out of the UK or deferring their investment plans in the region.Just a few days ago, Nissan said that it had cancelled its plans to build a new SUV at its plant in Sunderland, England. While the Japanese company said that it had made the decision “for business reasons,” it did explain that “the continued uncertainty around the U.K.’s future relationship with the EU is not helping companies like ours to plan for the future,” reported USA Today.Ford has also said that if the Brexit went through without a deal on future relations, it would be “catastrophic for the U.K. auto industry and Ford’s manufacturing operations in the country.” The company also spoke British prime minister Theresa May and said that that it may move some production out of the country due to Brexit, a source told the Irish Times.last_img read more

Jaspreet Sagu aka Jas Sagu Opens Up About Her Journey Into Blogging

first_imgJas Sagu aka ‘WomanILoveYou’ is one of the most successful names in the world of blogging who has gained immense recognition and has a massive 245k followers on Instagram. The Boss babe is currently making waves on social media with her travel posts but not many know she is originally from Mumbai. Back in the day when blogging was merely considered a hobby, Jas was undeterred by her passion for fashion and hence took the great leap forward.The inspiration behind starting her blog was her unwavering love for fashion, style & makeovers. Moreover her obsession for constantly transcending herself saw the geniture of her blog ‘WomanILoveYou.’ ‘That name didn’t come easy to me’ she recalls. Jas spent a lot of time in self introspection as she wanted a blog name that didn’t just sound good but more importantly made a connect with herself and eventually her audience.The name ‘WomanILoveYou’ is more like an expression of a woman who is unabashedly learning and accepting herself. It is an affirmation to oneself ‘Hey Woman! I Love You.So what was our Woman doing before she became Woman!ILoveYou ? Before submersing herself into the nouveau world of blogging, she worked as a preschool teacher and also had a lucrative career in All India Radio as an english radio jockey. Like they say rest is history! Her blog name is followed by a tag line – #SmackThatRedLipStickOn through which she wants to urge every woman to embrace and empower their lives to the fullest. So the next time you smack that red lipstick on, own it Woman!IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

Will Sitharaman cross lines of control to bomb ease of doing business

first_imgNirmala Sitharaman takes oath as Union Minister at a swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on May 30, 2019. Sitharaman is reckoned as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s linchpin in the nation’s push for a better ranking in ease of doing business.IANSNirmala Sitharaman has her task cut out as finance minister to take India higher on the ease of doing business ranking so that the nation can hope to mount a credible challenge to China’s primacy as Asia’s top investment destination. One of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s priorities after returning to power with a thumping majority is to make India a premier investment destination. Sitharaman is expected to address several key issues in her maiden budget on July 5, which is also the first one of Modi 2.0.India is ranked 77th on the Ease of Doing Business Index after a remarkable 23-place jump from the 2018 ranking of 100. I would appear that within a couple of years of such improvement India would catch up with the mighty northern neighbour. China is now placed at 46, which is 31 places ahead of India. China was at 78th position last year and improved by an impressive 32 slots to reach its present position. The pace of China’s advance makes it difficult for India to catch up.However, India Inc is optimistic that India’s situation vis a vis China could improve if Sitharaman sets her mind on it. India Inc has made a series of suggestions to Sitharaman to make India more investment-friendly. Sitharaman had tweeted on June 6 asking for all stakeholders in the nation’s progress to come up with suggestions on what the budget should do. Sitharaman has also been interacting with various trade and professional organisations to gauge their mood.Captains of Indian industry have made a strong case for Sitharaman, former defence minister under whom fighter jets of Indian Air Force (IAF) crossed the line of control (LoC) to bomb Balakot, to erase the unnecessary lines of control that hamper India’s industrial growth. The steps that they want include a reduction in the corporate tax rate, the abolition of minimum alternate tax, halving dividend distribution tax to 10 per cent and an increase in outlay for the infrastructure sector, reports say. The suggestions came up during the customary pre-budget consultations with the finance minister, who on her part, recalled the government’s steps since 2014 to improve the country’s business climate, a report in Firstpost says. CII President Vikram Kirloskar suggested bringing down the dividend distribution tax to 10 per cent from the present 20 per cent, saying it should also be not taxed at the hands of the investor, according to the report. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has immense hope in the ability of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who will present her first budget on July 5, to deliver the goods as she did as defence minister during some of the most difficult weeks for the nation amid tensions on the line of control with Pakistan.PTISitharaman gave a hint of the government’s thinking by recalling that since 2014 the government has taken measures to simplify and rationalise rules and striven to induct the information technology in a big way to make governance more efficient and effective. As a result, she added, India has considerably improved its ranking to 77th position among the 190 countries in the Ease of Doing Business report. Sitharaman also echoed the general worries about the pace of employment growth and said that the industry should accommodate more workforce to reap the nation’s demographic dividend.Assocham President BK Goenka has suggested 100 per cent depreciation in the first year of investment for all new investments. “In order to further simplify GST, we propose a dual rate (8 per cent and 16 per cent) structure for GST,” Goenka said. The government is likely to address the issues of land reforms, special economic zones and the overall industrial policy to improve the investment climate. Sitharaman is also expected to further rationalise the Goods and Services Tax (GST) about which grievances persist. Make in India will continue to be a priority for the central government which dovetails neatly into the nation’s push to improve ease of doing business.last_img read more

Suu Kyis effigy burnt in Jessore

Suu Kyis effigy burnt in Jessore

first_imgAung San Suu Kyi. Photo: AFPAgitators on Monday burnt a 30-foot high effigy of Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi for carrying out genocide on Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine.The effigy was burnt after a human chain at Jessore New Town Degree College ground under the banner of Citizens of Jessore around 11:00am.Mobinul Islam Mobin, SM Yeakub Ali, senior journalist M.A.Mannan Mia and Tauhid Zaman, spoke during the human chain.The speakers told that the world should come up with protest against the genocide in Myanmar against Rohingya Muslims.’Rohingya persecution must be stopped at any cost,’ they added.last_img

Remove city garbage in covered vans before 600am HC

Remove city garbage in covered vans before 600am HC

first_imgProthom Alo File PhotoThe High Court on Monday directed the city corporations in Dhaka to remove garbage in the capital between 10:00pm and 6:00am through covered vans, reports UNB.A bench of justice Kazi Reza-Ul Haque and justice Mohammad Ullah passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Mahfuzur Rahman.Mahfuzur Rahman filed the writ with an article headlined “378 open trucks spreading garbage in city” published in a national daily in September.last_img

Rajshahi road crash kills couple

Rajshahi road crash kills couple

first_imgRoad Accident logoA couple was killed and their two daughters critically injured as a truck hit a three wheeler on Rajshahi- Chapainawabganj Highway in Hatnabad area of Godagari upazila on Wednesday, reports UNB.The deceased are Abdul Karim, son of Mojammel Haque of Narayanpur area of the Upazila and his wife Sharmeen Akter.Officer-in-charge of Godagari police station Hifzur Alam Munsi said a Chapainawabganj-bound truck knocked down a three wheeler around 2:00 pm leaving Mojammel dead on spot and three others injured.Later, locals took them to Chapainawabganj Sadar Modern Hospital where on-duty physicians declared Sharmeen dead, he said.Among their two daughters, one was referred to Rajshahi Medical College as her condition deteriorated, the OC added.last_img

US Sec Tillerson still in CEO mode

US Sec Tillerson still in CEO mode

first_imgUS Secretary of State Rex Tillerson . AFPOne of Rex Tillerson’s first directives as US secretary of state was an order to senior staff that his briefing materials not exceed two pages.It was a reflection of Tillerson’s management style honed at the helm of Exxon Mobil, an oil company known for its relentless focus on efficiency, and one reason his closest aides at the State Department refer to him as “the CEO” rather than “the Secretary.”More than a dozen current and former U.S. officials familiar with briefing procedures said Tillerson’s predecessors would typically request far more detailed information. His aide R.C. Hammond said the directive reflected Tillerson’s focus on key facts rather than lack of interest in finer points of foreign policy.”He is asking people to be efficient with their information,” Hammond said, adding that if Tillerson needed more information he would ask for it. “He is a decision-maker and he needs the facts in front of him.”As a first-time government official with no prior diplomatic experience, Tillerson faces close scrutiny over how successful he will be in managing both the State Department bureaucracy and its relations with Donald Trump and his administration.Senior State Department officials who have attended meetings with Tillerson say they find him sociable and a man of substance, whose direct manner and probing questions reflect his training as an engineer seeking to solve problems rather than play politics.The veteran oil executive also made a good impression on his first foreign trip to a Group of 20 summit in Bonn, Germany, last week. Four senior diplomats who met him told Reuters they were relieved to find that he was pragmatic and open to dialogue.Yet a key concern for U.S. diplomats is how effective his team can be in shaping foreign policy in the new administration. Just two State Department positions of 116 key posts requiring executive branch nomination have been filled, according to the nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service – Tillerson’s and that of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.For example, Tillerson still has no deputy after Trump rejected his top choice, Elliott Abrams.”People want to back him,” one veteran senior official said about the former Exxon Mobil boss. “But people are feeling that this building is being stripped,” said the official, referring to a sense that with so many top positions vacant, the State Department is not fully equipped to help make policy in the new administration.There is also unease over possible deep staff cuts and the future of some departments. Two people said employees in the Bureau of Management and Resources were told to apply for other positions within the State Department. Hammond, Tillerson’s aide said no decision had been taken to close that division.In or out of the loop?On one recent matter of longstanding U.S. foreign policy, Tillerson appeared to be sidelined.On Feb. 14, while Tillerson was at a dinner with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a State Department dining room, news headlines emerged suggesting the United States was backing away from supporting a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians.The two-state solution is the bedrock of the international community’s policy for a settlement between Israel and the Palestinians, but Trump suggested last week he was open to abandoning it if both sides agree.”No one had been informed of any changes in policy and the Secretary was about to leave on his first major trip,” said one senior State Department official, referring to Tillerson’s visit to Bonn.Tillerson’s acting deputy Tom Shannon also did not take part in Trump’s meeting with Netanyahu at the White House the following day when his boss was on his way to Europe, according to one U.S. official.It was unclear whether Tillerson had been left out of the loop deliberately or by accident, said two officials.A White House official told Reuters he did not know whether Tillerson was briefed in advance. In response to broader concerns about communication between the State Department and the new administration, he said both coordinated “very well.””There are open lines of communications in both directions,” the official, who declined to be named, said. “The White House and the State Department coordinate closely across a full range of issues that concern both organizations.”To be sure, on another important issue, Tillerson had his say in persuading Trump to back Washington’s stance on “One China” policy, which acknowledges Beijing’s position that Taiwan is part of it. Trump has in the past appeared to question whether the United States would continue to respect that.Hammond said Tillerson was on the phone with Trump several times a day. “This is the general style of the president to have quick check-ins with people, get people’s advice on things,” he said. “Information for CEOs flows up, and as a former CEO (Tillerson) understands that.”Tillerson has said little publicly since he started and his aides are quick to draw a contrast between him and predecessor John Kerry, a former senator and presidential candidate who reveled in extensive foreign travel and deal making.”Tillerson is not John Kerry, it is unfair to compare the two,” said Hammond. “He will quietly go about his job as a counselor and advisor to the president.”For Tillerson’s State Department the concern is how to maintain a similar degree of communication with an administration grappling with a succession of crises, nine officials involved in foreign policy and security issues, said.Over the past month the White House has faced legal setbacks over its immigration orders, the resignation of Trump’s national security adviser and an investigation into possible links between his campaign and Russian intelligence.Monday’s resignation of Michael Flynn, who served as Trump’s national security adviser for just 24 days, in particular created a vacuum at the National Security Council, which acts as a key partner for the State Department in formulating Washington’s foreign policy.last_img read more