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President Kovind calls nation to fight mental stigma

Thursday, November 2 2017

President Kovind calls nation to fight mental stigma

President Kovind calls nation to fight mental stigma President Kovind calls nation to fight mental stigma Source : 16:03 hrs [India], November 2 (ANI): President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday, while inaugurating the 21st World Congress of Mental Health, called upon the nation to fight mental stigma. World Congress of Mental Health has been organised by the World Federation for Mental Health, in partnership with Caring Foundation and other institutions, in the national capital today. Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the World Congress of Mental Health is taking place in India for the first time and has come in the country at an appropriate moment. "Mental health issues are acquiring a serious magnitude in our country. Our National Mental Health Survey 2016 found that close to 14 per cent of India's population required active mental health interventions," President Kovind said. The president said people living in the metropolitan cities are most vulnerable to mental illnesses. He added that there is young crowd in India, with 65 per cent of people below the age of 35, which leaves staring at a possible mental health epidemic. The President said that the biggest obstacle that mental health patients have to encounter is stigma and denial. "This leads to the issue being ignored or simply not discussed. We need to talk about mental health issues and treat ailments such as depression and stress as diseases that can be cured - not as guilty secrets that must be pushed under the carpet," he said. President Kovind said that India's National Mental Health Programme is building 22 Centres of excellence in the field of mental health. In parallel, the District Mental Health Programme has already covered 517 of the approximately 650 districts in India. It is taking the conversation about mental health to the grassroots of our society. He also expressed happiness that the World Congress will have sessions on yoga, meditation and traditional approaches to mental health. (ANI) SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features

On Shah Rukh Khan’s Birthday, Virender Sehwag Has A Special Message For ‘RaOne’

Thursday, November 2 2017

On Shah Rukh Khan’s Birthday, Virender Sehwag Has A Special Message For ‘RaOne’

On Shah Rukh Khan’s Birthday, Virender Sehwag Has A Special Message For ‘RaOne’ Virender Sehwag with SRK © Twitter Virender Sehwag and humour go hand in hand. The former swashbuckling India opener’s tweets and posts on social media are a testament to this fact. Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan turned 52 on Thursday and Sehwag ensured he wished the birthday boy in his trademark style. Taking to Twitter, Sehwag posted, “Wish you a very very Happy Birthday @iamsrk . RaOne is Bavan today. Dil jeetna toh ab bhi aapki favourite hobby hai.” ‘Bavan’ refers to the 52nd birthday. Wish you a very very Happy Birthday @iamsrk . RaOne is Bavan today. Dil jeetna toh ab bhi aapki favourite hobby hai. pic.twitter.com/g09sbwCaVE — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) November 2, 2017 RaOne was a 2011 film about an Indian superhero directed by Anubhav Sinha and starring Shah Rukh Khan, Arjun Rampal, Kareena Kapoor and Armaan Verma. Earlier in the day, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar also sent birthday greetings to SRK calling him a person with a big heart. Not just a beloved actor, but a good natured person with a big heart. Happy birthday, @iamsrk ! pic.twitter.com/V3upWcgrPW — sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) November 2, 2017 Sehwag had also sent birthday wishes to former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman on Tuesday. “Wishing #WristJaadugar & Bhrata Shri @VVSLaxman281 a very happy birthday.Can calm any situation with a flick of his wrists.Chitiyan Kalaiyan”, he captioned on his official Twitter handle. Wishing #WristJaadugar & Bhrata Shri @VVSLaxman281 a very happy birthday.Can calm any situation with a flick of his wrists.Chitiyan Kalaiyan pic.twitter.com/fYv9z2FGW1 — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 31, 2017 Sehwag went on to play 251 ODI matches for India amassing 8,273 runs at an average of 35.06 hitting 15 centuries, one double ton and 38 half-centuries. Sehwag announced retirement from all formats of cricket and IPL on October 20, 2015.

Kamal Haasan's 'Hindu terror' remarks sparks controversy, Twitter reacts

Thursday, November 2 2017

Kamal Haasan's 'Hindu terror' remarks sparks controversy, Twitter reacts

Kamal Haasan's 'Hindu terror' remarks sparks controversy, Twitter reacts Kamal Haasan's 'Hindu terror' remarks sparks controversy, Twitter reacts Source : SIFY Last Updated: Thu, Nov 02, 2017 15:36 hrs Chennai : Actor Kamal Haasan in his slowly rising political moves has recently stirred controversy through his comments on Hindu terrorism. "Hindu terror does exist and the right-wing cannot deny that," he said in his writing in a Tamil weekly magazine. Does Hindu terror really exist? Twitter debates. By appearing to conflate "Hindu terror" with global menace of Islamist terror, #KamaalHasan has lived up to the name of his movie Chachi 420 — Minhaz Merchant (@MinhazMerchant) 2 November 2017 If Kamal Haasan has a shred of evidence on Hindu terror, he should place it before NIA. Else, apologise. And let parties make stand clear — Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) 2 November 2017 Is @ikamalhaasan trying to revive denounced narrative of Hindu terror under influence of a terrorist outfit in TN nd ally of PFI, Al Umma? — Prof Rakesh Sinha (@RakeshSinha01) 2 November 2017 Today, 6 ISIS suspects identified in Kerala and instead of questioning to CPI(M) Govt, Kamal Haasan giving sermons about Hindu Terror. Wah ! — Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) 2 November 2017 Even as #DMK refuses to firmly battle @BJP4India , @ikamalhaasan tests if he can fill that slot with his Hindu terror remark. I'm impressed

BRIEF-Prism Cement ‍to consider raising funds via issue of NCDs on private placement basis​

Wednesday, November 1 2017

BRIEF-Prism Cement ‍to consider raising funds via issue of NCDs on private placement basis​

BRIEF-Prism Cement ‍to consider raising funds via issue of NCDs on private placement basis​ BRIEF-Prism Cement ‍to consider raising funds via issue of NCDs on private placement basis​ Wed, Nov 01, 2017 12:40 hrs Nov 1 (Reuters) - Prism Cement Ltd * Says ‍to consider raising funds via issue of secured NCDs on private placement basis​ Source text - http://bit.ly/2z49mC5 Further company coverage: SEARCH

ASIA CREDIT CLOSE: Huarong in focus; heavy supply looms

Wednesday, November 1 2017

ASIA CREDIT CLOSE: Huarong in focus; heavy supply looms

ASIA CREDIT CLOSE: Huarong in focus; heavy supply looms ASIA CREDIT CLOSE: Huarong in focus; heavy supply looms Wed, Nov 01, 2017 13:39 hrs HONG KONG, Nov 1 (IFR) - Asian credit markets were active on Wednesday with trading concentrated in China Huarong Asset Management's multi-tranche new issue. Traders noted that Huarong's 2027s were 3bp-4bp tighter, its 5-year floating-rate piece traded around the reoffer price and 2047s were slightly wider. They said bullish sentiment in the wake of China's tightly priced US$2bn sovereign offering last week had helped lift Chinese investment-grade names, but were concerned that the market might lose momentum as supply looked very heavy this month. "We heard that the NDRC has approved about 40 deals since the conclusion of the Party's 19th National Congress, mostly in the investment-grade sector," said a Hong Kong-based credit trader, "some investors told us they were lightening up their positions, waiting for new issues." The iTraxx Asia ex-Japan investment-grade CDS index was little changed at 73bp/74bp. China's sovereign 2022s were bid at 16.8bp over US Treasuries and its 2027s were bid at 19.3bp. Property developer China Jinmao's new perps were under water, bid at 99.2 in cash price. Hainan Airlines' 364-day notes were slightly below par. The notes were bid at 99.875 in cash price. Indonesia's Chandra Asri Petrochemical's new seven non-call four notes were slightly tighter. The notes were seen bid at 99.15 in cash price. (Reporting by Ina Zhou; Editing by Vincent Baby) SEARCH

BRIEF-Asian Granito India announces JV for setting up plant for quartz stone​

Wednesday, November 1 2017

BRIEF-Asian Granito India announces JV for setting up plant for quartz stone​

BRIEF-Asian Granito India announces JV for setting up plant for quartz stone​ BRIEF-Asian Granito India announces JV for setting up plant for quartz stone​ Wed, Nov 01, 2017 16:00 hrs Nov 1 (Reuters) - Asian Granito India Ltd * Says enters into joint venture for setting up a plant for quartz stone​ * Commercial production expected in April 2018 * Says JV co Camrolla Quartz to invest 350 million rupees in setting up plant for quartz stone in Himmatnagar, Gujarat‍​ Source text - http://bit.ly/2iPJyWh Further company coverage: SEARCH

BRIEF-Shree Cement wins auction for coal linkages in Chhattisgarh

Wednesday, November 1 2017

BRIEF-Shree Cement wins auction for coal linkages in Chhattisgarh

BRIEF-Shree Cement wins auction for coal linkages in Chhattisgarh BRIEF-Shree Cement wins auction for coal linkages in Chhattisgarh Wed, Nov 01, 2017 16:19 hrs Nov 1 (Reuters) - Shree Cement Ltd: * Co won auction for coal linkage of coal india for captive power plant sub-sector in chhattisgarh Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: SEARCH

Hong Kong's CK Asset to sell office tower for record $5.15 bln

Thursday, November 2 2017

Hong Kong's CK Asset to sell office tower for record $5.15 bln

Hong Kong's CK Asset to sell office tower for record $5.15 bln Hong Kong's CK Asset to sell office tower for record $5.15 bln Source : 12:05 hrs HONG KONG (Reuters) - CK Asset Holdings Ltd, owned by Hong Kong's richest man Li Ka-shing, is selling its 73-storey office tower to C.H.M.T. Peaceful Development Asia Property Ltd for HK$40.2 billion ($5.15 billion), the city's biggest property deal. The Hong Kong skyscraper's sale is a record-breaking deal and expands the footprint of Chinese investment in the Asian financial hub's prime office district, where half of new leasing space has been snatched up by mainland Chinese companies. Shares in the company jumped as much as 4.6 percent on Thursday, their biggest intraday percentage gain since July 2016. They have risen more than 40 percent this year, outpacing a 30 percent gain in the broader market. The buyer is a BVI-incorporated company, while 55 percent of the investment in the deal comes from China Energy Reserve and Chemicals Group, according to local media, with the rest from Hong Kong investors. "The selling price is reasonable ... it's a positive signal to the market and I expect we'll see more large transactions of office buildings in Q4," said Tom Ko, executive director of real estate consultant Cushman & Wakefield. Ko said he expected high-value purchases would be mostly by Chinese investors as they usually buy for self-use purposes, making them more willing to bid aggressively, while local investors would focus on land and redevelopment opportunities. CK Asset said it expects to record a gain of about HK$14.5 billion from the sale of its 75 percent stake in The Center, the fifth tallest in Hong Kong. The proceeds will be used for general working capital purposes, it said in a filing to the stock exchange on Wednesday. The deal comes after mainland developer LVGEM (China) Real Estate Investment Co Ltd said in October that it would buy an office tower from Wharf (Holdings) Ltd for HK$9 billion to strengthen its presence in Hong Kong property. Chinese firms have been expanding aggressively in Hong Kong property, one of the world's most expensive real estate markets, buying 29 percent of residential land sold in 2015 and 2016. Property agents said that while tighter capital controls in China had resulted in fewer purchases by mainland Chinese investors in the first half from a year earlier - accounting for around 8 percent of total transactions - mainland companies accounted for 50 percent of new leasing contracts. Another property consultancy firm Colliers said it expected the office rental market in Hong Kong's central business district would continue to see strong demand. "In addition to stable demand from multinational companies, Chinese national initiatives such as the Belt and Road project and the Greater Bay Area plan will continue to support demand from mainland Chinese firms in 2018. We expect new demand to arise predominantly from smaller Chinese firms," Colliers said in a report last month. ($1 = 7.8094 Hong Kong dollars) (Reporting by Donny Kwok, Twinnie Siu and Clare Jim; Editing by Alexander Smith and Biju Dwarakanath) SEARCH

BRIEF-India's Cera Sanitaryware Sept-qtr profit rises

Thursday, November 2 2017

BRIEF-India's Cera Sanitaryware Sept-qtr profit rises

BRIEF-India's Cera Sanitaryware Sept-qtr profit rises BRIEF-India's Cera Sanitaryware Sept-qtr profit rises Thu, Nov 02, 2017 12:39 hrs Nov 2 (Reuters) - Cera Sanitaryware Ltd: * Sept quarter net profit 272.7 million rupees versus profit 263.3 million rupees year ago * Sept quarter revenue from operations 3.71 billion rupees versus 2.62 billion rupees year ago Source text - http://bit.ly/2iRQthw

UPDATE 1-European shares near two-year high; Credit Suisse leads bank gains

Thursday, November 2 2017

UPDATE 1-European shares near two-year high; Credit Suisse leads bank gains

UPDATE 1-European shares near two-year high; Credit Suisse leads bank gains UPDATE 1-European shares near two-year high; Credit Suisse leads bank gains Source : 15:39 hrs * STOXX 600 steadies near two-year highs * Credit Suisse, Danske Bank gain after results * Trading muted as investors await BoE decision (Updates prices, adds detail, quotes) By Helen Reid and Sujata Rao LONDON, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Forecast-beating results from lenders Credit Suisse, ING and Danske Bank buoyed Europe's bank shares on Thursday, helping the overall equity index to hold just off two-year highs. Trading was muted before the Bank of England's 1200 GMT policy meeting, which is expected to raise interest rates for the first time since 2007. Markets have factored in a rate rise, but investors in UK markets want to see what the bank might signal about future policy. The pan-European STOXX 600 seesawed just off the two-year highs hit on Wednesday. British, German and French stocks were also flat or weaker . Bank shares were the day's bright spot, with the STOXX 600 bank index up half a percent after three days in the red and adding the most points to the overall benchmark. The gains soothed some of the worries stoked earlier in the week by Standard Chartered and BNP Paribas, which saw shares slump after disappointing results. Shares in heavyweight Swiss bank Credit Suisse rose 3.8 percent after it reported stronger-than-expected revenues. "These results confirm the turnaround story of CS," analysts at KBW brokerage said, pointing to the bank's market-share gains in key areas and progress in restructuring. Denmark's Danske Bank also rose, by 3.4 percent, after reporting net income above estimates and an increase in its capital ratio. Dutch bank ING Groep posted better-than-expected earnings as well. But its shares traded flat after initially climbing towards nine-year highs. Nearly half of European companies having reported for the third quarter, with industrial, financial and tech sectors the best performers, according to Thomson Reuters data. Sixty-six percent of companies in the MSCI Europe have beat or met earnings expectations. A strong non-bank performer was oil services firm Tenaris , which rose 7.5 percent after results, helping Italy's benchmark gain 0.4 percent, outperforming peers. German luxury clothing brand Hugo Boss shares jumped 6.4 percent after it reported accelerating sales growth for the quarter. "This confirms the initial success of the company's brand turnaround ... which we would expect to accelerate further as the Spring/Summer 2018 collection comes to stores early next year," Berenberg analysts told clients. Top of the day's losers was gambling technology company Playtech, shares in which plummeted 21 percent after warning on profit because of a slowdown in parts of Asia and problems with a bingo contract . Miner Randgold Resources tumbled 5 percent after reporting a 41 percent fall in third-quarter profits. It was set for its worst day in 10 months. (Reporting by Helen Reid and Sujata Rao,; editing by Sujata Rao, Larry King) SEARCH

Didn’t Take Selectors’ Permission To Start Playing, Don’t Need One Now

Thursday, November 2 2017

Didn’t Take Selectors’ Permission To Start Playing, Don’t Need One Now

9 Didn’t Take Selectors’ Permission To Start Playing, Don’t Need One Now Ashish Nehra is a man of few words. The left-arm pacer played his last international match on Wednesday as India beat New Zealand by 53 runs in the first Twenty20 at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on Wednesday night. However, the 38-year-old didn’t leave without having a last say. Chief selector MSK Prasad had recently said that Nehra will not be considered for selection beyond the three-match T20I series against New Zealand . Following his farewell match, Nehra said that he started playing without the selectors’ permission and is now leaving without it. “I heard this,” Nehra said when asked about Prasad’s comments. “I don’t know. The chairman of selection committee has not spoken to me about this. You have asked me this question, and I can only tell you about my interaction with the team management. “When I reached Ranchi, I told Virat about my plan, and his first reaction was, ‘Are you sure? You can still play IPL. You can play as coach-cum-player.’ I said no. I am retiring completely.” The 38-year-old Nehra made it clear that he did not ask for a farewell game, calling himself lucky that he got one in front of his home crowd. “I have been saying this again and again. Luckily this game happened to be in Delhi. I have not asked for a farewell game or anything. This is perhaps one way that god has rewarded me for all the hard work I have put in over the last eight-nine years. “I hope Virat and coach Ravi Shastri are part of the team management because those are the people I spoke to. I have not spoken to any selector over this issue.” He further added, “When I started playing cricket, I didn’t take any selector’s permission. When I am leaving, I am not leaving with their permission.” Prasad had recently said that there was no assurance on Nehra’s availability for the first T20 International at the Feroz Shah Kotla. “We have clearly communicated to the player, Ashish Nehra, and to the team management that we are only looking at him till the New Zealand series,” Prasad had said. Nehra said he was convinced about his decision to call it quits and was happy to see the progress made by Bhuvneshwar Kumar alongside Jasprit Bumrah. “When I went there, I went with my plan. I felt that Bhuvneshwar Kumar was ready. If you had seen earlier, Bumrah and I have been playing. “Even today people were wondering if Ashish Nehra will play or not, but if I was in the 15 today, I was obviously going to play. I didn’t come to just look around,” Nehra told reporters. (With PTI inputs)

Aso praises BOJ's Kuroda, raises expectations of reappointment as governor

Thursday, November 2 2017

Aso praises BOJ's Kuroda, raises expectations of reappointment as governor

Aso praises BOJ's Kuroda, raises expectations of reappointment as governor Aso praises BOJ's Kuroda, raises expectations of reappointment as governor Source : 14:05 hrs By Tetsushi Kajimoto TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso hailed on Thursday the achievements of Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda, raising expectations that the central bank chief will be reappointed when his five-year term ends in April. Kuroda embarked on an unprecedented burst of monetary stimulus since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe handpicked him a few months after he swept to power in December 2012, pledging to pull Japan out of nearly two decades of stagnation and deflation. Since then the yen has weakened as a result of monetary easing, helping boost exports and employment, Aso said. Aso echoed the view Abe who said on Wednesday that he had full confidence in Kuroda's ability as central bank governor. The comments by both Aso and the premier backed market expectations that Kuroda is likely to be reappointed even though the premier said that nothing has been decided. Aso also made no mention of who should succeed Kuroda. "He has overhauled the Bank of Japan's monetary policy and eased policy, as a result the yen has fallen from around 80 yen to some 113 yen, which has improved export conditions for Japanese firms," Aso told reporters after a cabinet meeting when asked about Kuroda. That has helped companies earn record profits and improve employment and household income conditions, he said. "Coordination between fiscal and monetary policies has worked well." Abe also instructed Aso to put a decisive end to deflation, revive the economy and tackle fiscal consolidation, the finance minister said, after the premier was re-elected on Wednesday following his ruling bloc's election win last month. Kuroda's reappointment would mean his signature stimulus programme will stay for the time being even as U.S. and European central banks head towards normalising unconventional monetary policy. The world's third-largest economy is gradually recovering but prices are lagging behind, hovering far below the 2 percent inflation goal. The central bank left monetary policy steady on Tuesday while a board newcomer called for clearer commitment to ramp up stimulus if necessary, potentially complicating future efforts by the BOJ to dial back its massive monetary stimulus. (Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Richard Borsuk & Shri Navaratnam) SEARCH