Amaravati: The Janasena MLA Rapaka Varaprasad said that the YSRCP government has given high priority to farmers in AP budget 2019. Over this, he has appreciated CM YS Jagan’s government. Speaking at the budget debate in the Assembly on Wednesday, MLA Rapaka recalled that the late CM YS Rajasekhara Reddy had turned agriculture as a festival. He also said that its great thing that the government has decided to provide Rs 7 lakh compensation to the farmer families who have committed suicide. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us He said the farmers had the hope that their lives will become better if YS Jagan becomes the Chief Minister and living to their expectations, CM YS Jagan has introduced the budget. He said the budget was prepared with the transparency which includes welfare and development programs. On the occasion, Rapaka Varaprasad has made interesting comments on CM YS Jagan that Jagan anna is the God who fulfills all the desires which not even prayed. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us Janasena MLA expressed happiness over CM YS Jagan allocating funds for the welfare of the fishermen. He said in the budget, the priority was given to all sections. He said with 108 and 104 ambulances, the public health service has become better. MLA Rapaka Varaprasad said that the previous government had neglected those vehicles. He said this budget was not prepared in just 50 days. After seeing the hardships of all sections of the people during the Padayatra, CM YS Jagan might have made this budget.
New Delhi : Resident doctors and students at the AIIMS here wore black badges to work on Saturday in a symbolic protest against the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill which, they alleged, was “anti-poor”. Doctors and medical students across the country have been opposing the Bill, which was introduced in Lok Sabha on July 22 by Health and Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan. Residents doctors of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) were seen wearing black badges in ICUs, emergency block, wards and operation theatres on Saturday. Also Read – Shashi Tharoor accepts Modi’s language challenge Advertise With Us Protests were being organised in various parts of the country against the Bill on the call of the Indian Medical Association (IMA). As part of the protest action, copies of the proposed legislation were burnt outside the IMA headquarters in Delhi and its 1,700 branch offices on July 25, while students in many medical colleges observed hunger strike. Also Read – HC declines protection to Shivakumar from arrest Advertise With Us The IMA will hold a “Delhi Andolan” on July 29, which includes a march by the medical fraternity from Nirman Bhavan to Jantar Mantar, to demonstrate the imperative need for amendments in the Bill. The march will culminate in a Chhatra Sansad (students’ parliament), IMA national president Santanu Sen said earlier. The association has said the government failed to address concerns raised by the medical fraternity. The Bill, if passed in its present form, will only legalise quackery by empowering the community health providers to practice medicine, endangering the lives of people, it has alleged.
Chanchalguda: Superintendent of Central Prisons K Arjun Rao retired on Wednesday, after completing 34 years of service in Prisons Department. He joined in the Department as Deputy Jailor in the year 1985. On the occasion of superannuation, Director General of Prisons and Correctional Services, Sandeep Sandilya and IG of Prisons (I/C) B Saidaiah felicitated K Arjuna Rao. Deputy Superintendent of Prisons Dr D Srinivas and S Srinivas Reddy all head office staff, and other Jail officials were also present.
Guntur: Home minister Mekathoti Sucharita said village volunteer system was the first step by the state government in establishing Grama Swarajyam (villages self-rule). She addressed a meeting held in the Montessori School in Guntur rural mandal in connection with training programme conducted for village volunteers on Tuesday. Speaking on the occasion, Sucharita said that the aim of Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy in bringing in village volunteer system was to extend benefits of welfare schemes to all the eligible people. Also Read – Former Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao put on house arrest Advertise With Us “They village volunteers should be self-less in rendering services to the people. They should go to houses allotted to them and identify problems and solve them with the cooperation of village secretariats within 72 hours. They are the bridge between the people and the government,” she said. The home minister said village secretariats, which would start functioning on October 2, were aimed at provide better services to the people. As many as 172 village volunteers have been appointed in the Guntur rural mandal District collector I Samuel Anand Kumar said that the village volunteers should solve problems of the people and added they should have commitment to render selfless service to the people. Zilla parishad chief executive officer Surya Prakash, Guntur rural mandal parishad development officer Sujatha were present.
Tirupati: Medical services in Ruia Government General Hospital and all nursing homes were paralysed on Thursday as doctors and junior doctors observed bandh in protest against the controversial National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill. As part of the ongoing agitation across the country, a bandh call was given by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and joined with medicos, who were on their seventh day of the protests. As a result, except emergency services, all other services were stopped by the doctors. Also Read – DGP Gautam Sawang warns over objectional posts on social media Advertise With Us While IMA doctors have observed bandh for 12 hours, AP Government Doctors Association (APGDA) also expressed its solidarity to the protest and participated in the bandh from 9 am to 12 noon. More than 1,000 doctors and students have gathered at Ruia Hospital early in the morning and raised slogans against the NMC Bill. IMA Tirupati branch President Dr G Parthasarathi Reddy and other members also sat at the protest venue and raised slogans. Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us Medical students and junior doctors of SV Medical College, Sri Padmavati Medical College for Women and SVIMS reached there in rallies displaying placards opposing NMC Bill. The slogans on placards include, “Show some bloody respect to doctors”, “Doctors don’t want to be the ‘NEXT’ victims”, and “We oppose injustice to medicos and poor”. Referring to the recent attacks by patients and police on medicos, a poster was displayed with the message “Not only by the patients–we are being thrown away to be beaten up by police too”. Advertise With Us The leaders of APGDA, IMA and JUDAs have strongly demanded the Central Government to amend or withdraw four clauses in the bill. They stressed that they were not opposing the entire bill but have objection on four clauses which the government can resolve amicably by holding discussion with doctors. They were also demanding action against TTD Vigilance Officer Ashok Goud, who has allegedly hit a medico with his legs on Wednesday when they were protesting at Alipiri. It was learnt that police have sent the complaint copy against Ashok to the TTD EO. The medicos were strongly opposing National Eligibility Test (NEXT) saying that it will give no value to the four-and-half-year study and their performance in examinations as they need to write NEXT again to qualify for practicing as a doctor. Also, the new bill will encourage quackery and will make no difference between MBBS graduates and others as they too can practice by simply getting through a bridge course. It will slowly inject poison into the system, they opined and said that their agitation is for the future of this country. They were asking whether such bridge courses be allowed in other professions too thereby allowing non-professionals to complete it and become professionals. However, several patients having no knowledge about the bandh reached Tirupati from surrounding districts too to get medical services in various nursing homes have faced trouble in terms of time and money. SV Engineering College students also reached Ruia Hospital to express solidarity to the medicos whereas students from Apollo Medical College, Chittoor and PES Medical College, Kuppam are expected to participate in the agitation at Tirupati on Friday.
Vijayawada: Independence Day celebrations were held in a grand manner at APJ Abdul Kalam Municipal Corporation High School in Arundelpet on Thursday. High school head master Abdul Wajid, school teachers Shameem Fatima, Hussain, elementary school head mistress Naseema Parvin Begum, children and parents participated in the event. Abdul Wajid hoisted Tricolour and explained the children on the freedom struggle and sacrifices made by the freedom-fighters for the country. The HM distributed the prizes to the winners of various competitions conducted in the school. Cultural programmes were organised to mark the occasion.
New Delhi: The Centre has decided to go ahead with corporatisation of ordnance factories in order to reduce the import dependency of defence equipment, enhance combat efficiency of the Armed Forces and increase the profitability of the entities for greater employment generation. The Defence Ministry on Wednesday said the decision to convert state-administered arms factories, which function directly under the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) headquartered in Kolkata, into public sector enterprises has been taken after considering recommendations of at least three committees formed in the past to examine their functioning. Also Read – BJP launches anti-AAP campaign to save Delhi Advertise With Us The 41 ordnance factories employ around 82,000 people. On Wednesday, the factory workers’ 30-day strike against corporatisation entered its second day. The factories are ‘captive centres’ manufacturing products, including tanks, armoured vehicles, artillery guns, small arms and ammunition apart from uniforms, tents and boots. Most have been in existence for more than 200 years and supply equipment only to the Army and different Paramilitary Forces under the Home Ministry. Also Read – In his first after abrogation of Art 370, Army chief to visit Srinagar today Advertise With Us Though sources claimed that the strike has the support of senior OFB officials, Bharat Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh (BPMS), one of the employees federations that has led the strike, informed that over 98 per cent of Group A officers in the OFB were not participating in it. “Only about 5,000 deployed industrial workers from a total work force of over 76,000 were present on duty on Wednesday. The strike will continue till the government gives into our demand against corporatisation,” BPMS General Secretary Mukesh Singh told IANS. Advertise With Us According to the government, the ordnance factories do not function in a competitive environment and have over the years been marred by issues pertaining to quality of products, high costs, lack of innovation and low productivity. “The present structure of the board is inconsistent with the requirements of a production centre, which needs a lot of flexibility at the managerial and functional levels. Decisions like modernisation of plant and machinery, entering into joint ventures or transfer-of-technology agreements are subject to government regulations. The board has no incentive to make profits. It cannot compete with private industries that have all managerial and technical flexibilities required for production and marketing activities,” said a Ministry official. With a structure not conducive to sustain itself in the market, sources said the government foresees the state-owned factories turning into white elephants in the near future unless emphasis is laid on private sector defence production under the ‘Make in India’ initiative. Three different committees — the T.K.S. Nair Committee in 2000, the Vijay Kelkar Committee in 2004, the Raman Puri Committee in 2015 — have recommended overhauling the OFB in order to make the factories more competitive and market-oriented. The committees suggested measures like giving Navaratna status to the OFB or splitting up the family of 41 factories to form three separate PSUs. The present dispensation is banking on the reports of these committees to go ahead with the corporatisation of the OFB. The employees federations, however, cite the cases of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to buttress their argument that corporatisation alone cannot lead to increase in competitiveness, revenues and employment generation. But the government insists that corporatisation will lead to greater penetration for India in the defence export market and innovation for self-reliance in defence. It also argues that corporatisation will result in timely delivery of products, better utilisation of under-utilised capacities and greater flexibility in technology acquisition through overseas assets. It also argues that corporatised factories may not require government funding for modernisation and research, thereby helping the entities become financially self-sufficient. The government plans to form strategic alliances of the factories with Indian and overseas companies and provide the board Chairman with a fixed tenure for effective leadership and bold decision-making.
Suresh GopiSuresh Gopi/FacebookSuresh Gopi, the action king of Malayalam cinema, may contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Thrissur as a BJP candidate. As per reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah have apparently called Suresh Gopi to New Delhi for a discussion. If Suresh Gopi gives a positive nod to PM Modi and Shah, he will contest from Thrissur constituency, thus posing a strong challenge to both LDF and UDF candidates.Earlier, Thushar Vellappally from the BDJS party was named the NDA candidate in Thrissur constituency. However, Tushar revealed that he will be locking horns with Rahul Gandhi in the Wayanad constituency, and this factor has compelled the BJP leadership to look for a publicly accepted figure in Thrissur constituency.It should be noted that Suresh Gopi is a man known for his philanthropic efforts, and he is widely considered as an elegant personality despite political differences by the general Kerala public. The actor has donated a whopping sum of money to several people while hosting ‘Kodeeshwaran’ in Asianet, and these moves made people call him ‘Superstar of Millions’.Even though chances of Suresh Gopi winning from Thrissur constituency are pretty low, top BJP leadership believes that the actor will at least end the race in the second spot.However, a few days back, Suresh Gopi had made it clear that he is not interested to contest in elections due to his commitments in the entertainment industry. The actor is now busy with the shooting of his new movie ‘Tamilarasan’ directed by Babu Yogeeswaran. The film has Vijay Antony in the lead role, and Suresh Gopi is apparently playing another pivotal role in this flick.It has been also reported that Suresh Gopi will soon act in the sequel of ‘Lelam’ which will be directed by Nithin Renji Panicker. Interestingly, this movie will also feature Suresh’s son Gokul Suresh playing another prominent role. The script of this movie is being penned by firebrand writer Renji Panicker.
Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance IndustriesREUTERS/Denis BalibouseReliance conglomerate’s Ambani was featured as part of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world. Ambani along with Indian litigators Menaka Guruswamy and Arundhati Katju, who started the movement for the decriminalisation of homosexuality in India. The list was released on Wednesday evening by the New York-based magazine which names 100 people every year who are seen as the most influential.Ambani’s profile was written by Mahindra Group’s chairman Anand Mahindra. He wrote that Mukesh Ambani took his father’s company and made it even bigger in the global market.Mahindra added Ambani had promised that people will have the world in the palm of their hands. He said, “It won’t be long before he delivers on that promise.” He also wrote about Ambani’s Jio 4G network which changed the face of mobile data and internet in the country.Menaka and Arundhati were other Indians who made it to the top 100 most influential people in the world. The duo first came into prominence when they filed a plea at the Supreme Court to remove the decades Section 377 which called homosexuality unnatural and moved to decriminalise it among consenting adults. Previously, the breaking the law was a punishable offence with a prison sentence up to 10 years.Global actor Priyanka Chopra wrote their profile and commended the duo for helping the “LGBTQ+ community take a giant step in the world’s largest democracy.”Chopra wrote, “In their committed fight for justice, they have shown us that we as a society must continue to make progress, even after laws are changed, and that we must make an effort to understand, accept and love.”The homosexuality portion of Section 377 of the Indian Constitution was decriminalised by the Supreme Court of India in September 2018.Hasan Minaj, an Indian-American, is also part of the list. He is known for his Netflix show, The Patriot Act, which is a satirical political commentary. The Daily Show host Trevor Noah wrote, “Hasan is still as fresh-faced as ever, but his voice booms across screens around the world, thanks to his groundbreaking Netflix show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj.”He went on to say, “”We’ve needed Hasan’s voice since Donald Trump came down that golden escalator and turned immigrants and Muslims into his targets”He also said, Hasan’s show ‘Patriot Act’ is a “whip-smart commentary, charisma and sincerity. It’s also a consistent reminder that Hasan is America. And America is Hasan.”
Online retailer ShopClues on Tuesday said its valuation stood at over $1.1 billion (Rs 7,300 crore) in a fresh round of funding led by Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC Pvt Ltd.However, the company did not disclose the amount it raised in the deal. Existing investors, including Tiger Global and Nexus Venture Partners, have also participated in this round of funding.With the latest fund-raising, Shopclues, run by Gurgaon-based Clues Network Pvt Ltd, joins a growing club of billion-dollar companies that include Flipkart, Ola, Snapdeal, Paytm, MuSigma, InMobi, Zomato and Quikr.”As a long-term investor, GIC believes in the strong growth potential of India’s e-commerce industry. We are confident that ShopClues’ merchant-first mindset and solid management team will enable the company to expand its reach, especially in the Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities, bringing its unique value proposition to even more consumers and merchants,” said GIC’s Head of Asia Equities Research Ravi Balasubramanian.GIC, which currently has over $100 billion in assets under management, has also invested in domestic e-commerce major Flipkart and taxi-hailing firm Ola, The Economic Times reported.ShopClues will invest the funds in strengthening its tech backbone, logistics infrastructure and on-boarding more merchants on its platform.The company expects to issue an initial public offer (IPO) in 2017 with the latest being its last fund-raising programme.”We are confident our capital efficiency and execution will make this our last fund-raise before we become profitable with the eventual IPO in 2017,” said ShopClues Chief Business Officer Radhika Ghai Aggarwal.ShopClues said its gross merchandise value has grown more than four times since January 2015, with 3.5 million items being shipped monthly.ShopClues was founded in 2011 by former Wall Street analyst Sandeep Aggarwal, ex-eBay executive Sanjay Sethi and Nordstorm executive Radhika Ghai Aggarwal.
Priyanka Chopra leaves for Cannes 2019 from NYC.InstagramAfter catching eyeballs at the MET Gala 2019 with her Camp attire, actress-singer Priyanka Chopra departed for France from New York City to attend the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. The actress was spotted at the NYC airport dressed stylishly earlier today in pinstriped formal pants, a Supreme T-shirt and an overcoat. She complimented it with dark shades and black formal heeled shoes, with a black purse and stylish silver luggage.This will be Priyanka Chopra’s first ever Cannes Film Festival appearance, and all eyes will be on her to see what she wears on the red carpet. Bollywood beauties like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor as also Mallika Sherawat have regularly made appearances on the Cannes red carpet.Deepika Padukone, Kangana Ranaut, Richa Chadda and many more have visited the festival for a film or a brand appearance. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Vidya Balan and Nandita Das have also served on the jury of the prestigious festival.The Indian beauties at Cannes 2019 will be Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Kangana Ranaut, Diana Penty, Mallika Sherawat, Huma Qureshi, Hina Khan and Taranjit Kaur. After enthralling fans with her look at MET Gala 2019 in keeping with the Camp theme, it will be interesting to see what style game Priyanka Chopra brings to the Cannes red carpet – that too, for her first appearance. It looks like Priyanka Chopra is here to stay!The 72nd Cannes Film Festival began on May 14 and will go on till May 25. The 2019 Cannes red carpet dazzled with Hollywood stars on the opening day.Take a look at Priyanka Chopra’s smart airport look, as she leaves for Cannes 2019 from the JFK Airport.
Both SAP and Infosys said that they have mutually resolved all concerns regarding the use of their respective trademarks.REUTERS/Abhishek N. ChinnappaWith Vishal Sikka hangs up his boots as chief executive officer (CEO) and managing director of India’s second largest software company, the big question that arises is who will replace him? No definite answer, but what is sure is finding one won’t be easy.A few names are doing rounds. Speculations are rife. What needs to be understood here are the complications involved in the processes.As relations deteriorated between Sikka and co-founder N R Narayana Murthy, the reverberations reached far beyond the Infosys headquarters in Bangalore, when the founder took his crusade against unsatisfactory corporate governance standards within the company to new levels.Why outsiders are unlikely It is most likely that external candidates may not show the slightest interest in taking up the big job vacancy which has opened up at Infosys, where meeting founder expectations would appear to be valued more than running the company successfully.”It was extremely hard to find an external candidate last time, and the spat is going to make the job even more difficult now,” Business Standard quoted a source familiar with internal discussions three years ago.Sikka was the first non-founder CEO and took office in 2014. During his tenure, the company’s revenues increased from Rs 14,040 crore ($2.13 billion) in Q1 2015, ending March 31, 2015, to Rs 17,225 crore ($2.65 billion) in Q1 2018.”The company grew its $100 million plus clients from 12 in Q1 of fiscal 2015, to 18 this past Q1, and increased its large deal wins from approximately $1.9 billion in fiscal 2015 to approximately $3.5 billion this past year. This has all been done while improving overall utilisation (excluding trainees), to a 15-year high this past quarter, and an all-time high including trainees, while improving our cash reserves, rewarding Infoscions with a new equity plan, and returning Rs 19,000 crore as dividend (including dividend distribution tax) over the last three years,” the company said in a statement. Surely, the figures prove the company was in the right direction with Sikka at the helm.Infosys Co-chairman R Seshasayee said he had contemplated stepping down thrice in the last 18 months since the spat between the board and the founders, led by co-founder N R Narayana Murthy, became public, the Economic Times reported. ET quoted the veteran, who retires as chairman next May, as saying that “it was unfortunate that Sikka decided to leave despite the support from the board.” Infosys is likely to pick an insider to succeed Sikka, though even that won’t be an easy task for the board.An ET report which quoted people familiar with recruitment matters at the company suggests that interim CEO Pravin Rao, current Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Ranganath D Mavinakere, the present president and deputy Chief Operating Officer (COO) Ravi Kumar S and BFSI head Mohit Joshi are the top contenders for the job.The report also suggests that interim CEO Rao is the longest serving Infosys veteran, who joined Infosys in 1986, and held senior leadership roles, including that of chief operating officer and head of infrastructure management services. His strong portfolio and the role he has played in the company might give him an edge over the competition.Will Nandan Nilekani come back to Infosys?A top advisory firm, Institutional Investor Advisory Services (IiAS) suggested that to put the company back on a strong footing, co-founder and former Aadhaar chief Nandan Nilekani needs to be brought back, as non-executive chairperson — he has the stature and gravitas to fix the chaos and bring the pieces together.Nilekani was one of seven founders who set up the IT major about three and half decades ago and served as its CEO from March 2002 to April 2007. After a successful stint at Infosys, he headed the Government of India’s technology committee, and also served as chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).According to IiAS, Nilekani is possibly the very best candidate Infosys can find globally. “He has kept pace with technology advances, has been instrumental in digitising the country, and is well- networked with the bureaucracy and global leaders. Nandan Nilekani will intuitively understand the corporate culture, and as such also have ‘matching of minds’ with some of Infosys founders,” BS reported.
Fans of Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 lead pair Parth Samthaan and Erica Fernandes – one of the hottest couples of the telly town – suffered a shock yesterday (Thursday, July 25), when news of their breakup made headlines. While fans must still be reeling over the news, the reason behind the alleged split has been revealed. Yes, according to a SpotboyE report, Parth’s closeness with a 26-year-old girl from Jaipur has resulted in their split. The girl named Priyanka Solanki has acted in TV show Madhubala- Ek Ishq Ek Junoon (2013).The report further said that Parth suddenly became too close to Priyanka and their friendship didn’t go down well with Erica, although she initially tried to brush it off. Erica Fernandes and Parth SamthaaninstagramNow, Parth and Erica, who until recently were head over heels in love with each other, maintain a professional relationship and talk to each other only related to work. Sad, isn’t it?It should be mentioned here that although Parth and Erica had never admitted to their relationship, their fondness for each other was evident, not just on social media but on the sets as well. It was said that the alleged lovebirds spent more time together, when not shooting for the show. They used to arrive together, have meals together and also leave the sets together. The breakup came as a shock to many also because Erica celebrated her birthday two months ago with Parth in Mussoorie. The two also shot for a travelogue there. The duo had also flooded their Instagram pages with pictures of their recent trip to Switzerland for the shoot of Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2.
Sunix Thakor an ace YouTuber and video editor his journey has not been an easy one having to face a number of hurdles but leaving no stone unturned Sunix had an aim and was on to complete it by any mean making him one of the top YouTuber in India.YouTube content creation has always been a task to accomplish having tremendous competition in the market but the ones gaining excellence in this field would succeed.A similar story is the one of Sunix who has aced the YouTube content creation by polishing his skills and nurturing them for something big.Sunix today owns one of the top YouTube channels in India with 1.1 million-plus subscribers and 225+ million views on his channel making him a digital sensation. His content truly is the king of the digital market with maximum viewers generated. Today he has achieved a commendable position in the digital market world.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.
Kerala floods 2019TwitterAs the incessant rainfall in Kerala continued for the third day, the normal lives of people came to a grinding halt. The state has witnessed severe flooding and landslides in most of the districts.The number of causalities has increased to 46 with the people of Idukki, Wayanad and Malappuram reeling under the wrath of the torrential rains. Over 1 lakh people have been shifted to relief camps and many are still being evacuated from the flood and landslide affected areas. Indian Army rescuing people in Kerala due to floodsTwitterThe Indian Air Force (IAF) teams are finding it difficult to conduct the search and rescue operations due to the worsening conditions in Wayanad and Malappuram districts. Kerala floods 2019TwitterAn entire village at Kavalappara near Nilambur in Malappuram district was washed away due to a landslide in the area. More than 100 acres of land was washed away leaving nearly 40 homes under debris.
ReutersAmid rising tension between India and Pakistan, a YouTuber in Kolkata conducted an eight-hour social experiment in the city, where he held a poster which read, “I AM FROM PAKISTAN…PLEASE HUG/SLAP ME.”Arifuddin Molla, a first-year student at Bhangar Mahavidyalay in Kolkata, conducted this experiment after the Central government scrapped Article 370, to find out how people really feel about Pakistan and its people, he told Times of India.”There seems to be widespread support for the move, and so I wanted to find out whether our perception of Pakistan, too, had changed,” said Molla.He was pleasantly surprised to find out that he did not receive a single slap from people while he stood for eight hours, from 12 Ppm to 8 pm, on Saturday near one of the entrances of the Dhakuria Lake.Molla is one of the founders of YouTube channel ‘The Funky Express’ and will go one to upload snippets of this social experiment on August 14, the eve of Indian Independence Day and the day of Pakistan Independence Day.Explaining the reactions to his experiment, Molla said that people were first hesitant to approach him. “But some came up and hugged me and some of them asked me where I was from. I was from Lahore, was my general reply. But to those who kept on asking more questions and seemed genuine to help me, I explained the purpose behind what I was doing and that I was also a Kolkatan, like all of them,” he said.The Kolkata Youtuber was afraid that there may be people who will have extreme reactions, but he was prepared for anything, including being hit. He was happy that nothing bad took place.”But we are so happy that over the entire period, we received only love, with some persons even coming forward and willing to help me with money or whatever else I needed. There was only one uncle who cross-questioned me for a good 15 minutes, took my photos and then left without even shaking my hand,” said Molla.
The Indian rupee continued to depreciate for the second week on the trot, as it weakened by 69 paise to Rs 71.18 against the US dollar from its previous close of Rs 70.49.Provisional data from the BSE since the start of the year showed that foreign institutional investors offloaded stocks worth Rs 2,318.76 crore as against domestic investors buying Rs 1,842.31-crore shares. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:52Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:52?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Co-op bank up for sale after turnaround stalled Buildings are reflected on the glass windows of the NSE (National Stock Exchange) building in Mumbai, India, December 27, 2016.Reuters fileThe ongoing third quarter earnings results, budget expectations, developments in the US-China trade relations and the Brexit issue will chart the course of the markets in the weeks to come.Also any volatility in crude oil prices will continue to affect the rupee, which has weakened for two consecutive weeks.”Traders should trade cautiously for the next 10 days as markets prepare and discount budget expectations,” said Sahil Kapoor, Chief Market Strategist, Research, Edelweiss Wealth Management.The NSE Midcap Index has closed at a five-week low and is beginning to witness broad-based selling. Nifty on the other hand has been able to eke out gains based on a select few bluechip stocks.The quarterly results will remain in focus in the upcoming weeks as major third-quarter results by Kotak Mahindra Bank, Maruti Suzuki, Larsen and Toubro, Yes Bank, Asian Paints and ITC is scheduled to be announced.”Trading woes will be dictated by the upcoming interim budget with investors preparing to reshuffle their portfolio according to their expectations,” said Rahul Sharma of Equity99.In November, the Bank of England had warned that a no-deal Brexit can cause a recession worse than the 2008 financial crisis. After the Brexit deal was rejected by the British Parliament with a significant margin, investors will keep a close watch on developments in the same.On the partial US government shutdown, New York Federal Reserve President John Williams has raised a red flag saying that the shutdown is an emerging headwind to the economic growth. The prolonged shutdown is causing uncertainty among the investors.According to Viral Berawala of Essel Mutual Fund, investors awaited the next steps for the UK after Prime Minister Theresa May’s government narrowly survived a no-confidence vote. Losing the vote has made it harder to have a smooth Brexit.Regarding the US-China trade relations, Berawala said that reports of Beijing offering to ramp up imports from Washington and the latter considering to lift some tariffs on Chinese products would boost the global investor sentiments. Indian pedestrians watch as a digital broadcast presents the rolling share price information and national election results news coverage on the facade of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai on May 16, 2014. India’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is on track to win the first parliamentary majority by a single party in 30 years, two television channels projected on May 16 based on preliminary results.PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images”The Nifty would need to convincingly close above the recent highs of 10,931, for it to move towards the 11,200 levels in the coming week; else range-bound price action could continue. Crucial support to watch in the coming week for weakness is 10,692,” Jasani said.The S&P BSE Sensex gained 376.77 points, or 1.04 per cent, to close at 36,386.61, whereas the Nifty gained 112 points, or 1.04 per cent, to settle at 10,906.95 during the week gone by.
A light earthquake, measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale, shook Sylhet and its adjacent regions at 11:27am on Sunday. The epicenter of the tremor was in Manipur State of India, nearly 436 kilometers East-North-East of Bangladesh Metrological Department (BMD) Seismic Centre at Agargaon in Dhaka, said Ruhul Kuddus, a BMD meteorologist. The earthquake might hit some parts of Comilla and Moulvibazar districts as well, Kuddus added while talking to UNB. However, there was no immediate report of any damage or casualty till filing of the report at 12:30pm.
A female student of a private university has brought allegations of sexual harassment against a student of Jahangirnagar University (JU), reports news agency UNB.Md Sanwar Hossain, private secretary to the JU vice chancellor, said that the girl submitted the written complaint to the VC office on Thursday morning.In her complaint, the student of the law department of Prime University alleged that she had a relationship with Mohidul Islam Biplob of Bangla Department, also a residential student of the university’s AFM Kamal Uddin Hall, on 10 October 2012.Their affair continued and she discovered she was pregnant on January 24, 2016. Later she had an abortion as per the advice of doctors Rezwan and Taslima of Jahangirnagar University Medical Centre, she claimed.The girl also complained that Mohidul later forced her to continue physical relations with him and threatened her against disclosing this to others.Mohidul has now cut off relations with the girl and has been threatening her continuously, she complained.Dr Rezwan said that Mohidul went to the medical centre along with the girl introducing her as his wife.The accused, however, claimed that the girl is blackmailing him.
The authorities of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology on Saturday expelled four activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) for assaulting two journalists, reports UNB. The decision was taken during a syndicate meeting of the university, said SUST registrar Md Ishfakul Hossain.The four students – Mahmudul Hasan Rudra of Social Work Department, Sajjad Hossain Riad of Statistics Department, Rahat Siddique of Anthropology Department and Suman Sarker Jony of Political Studies Department – were expelled for a semester.Among them, Rahat Siddique and Suman Sarker Jony were fined Tk 1000 each.Earlier on 8 April, the BCL men reportedly assaulted Sarder Abbas Ali, SUST correspondent of an English national daily, and Syed Nabiul Alam Dipu, SUST correspondent of a vernacular daily as they protested the sexual harassment of a schoolgirl.