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Triple Talaq: Woman given triple talaq, thrown off terrace by husband in UP | Meerut News

Thursday, January 18 2018

Triple Talaq: Woman given triple talaq, thrown off terrace by husband in UP | Meerut News

MUZAFFARNAGAR: A woman was allegedly thrown off the terrace of a first floor house by her husband after giving her triple talaq in Garhmukteshwar area of Hapur district. The 28-year-old woman who received grievous injuries on her backbone and head has been admitted to the district hospital here, police said. A complaint was lodged against her husband at the women police station at Khatauli area in Muzaffarnagar . According to officers, Nargis Parveen , a resident of Khatauli, has been married to Sham Mohammed , 35, of Garhmukteshwar , for the past five years. The couple has three minor children, two boys and a baby girl. Mohammed had allegedly thrashed Parveen on Monday afternoon for not meeting his dowry demand of Rs 3 lakh. He then gave her instant talaq before pushing her off the terrace. Parveen was brought to her parents' house in Khatauli the next day. "We have filed a complaint against the woman's husband and sent her to the hospital. We will investigate and file an FIR subsequently against the accused husband," said Minakshi Sharma, in-charge of the women's police station. Parveen also said that her in-laws have kept their minor boys with them. "My daughter sustained injuries on her head and backbone. We cannot fulfill Mohammed's dowry demands," said Shabnam Begum, Parveen's mother.

Benjamin Netanyahu: Benjamin Netanyahu meets business leaders over power breakfast

Thursday, January 18 2018

Benjamin Netanyahu: Benjamin Netanyahu meets business leaders over power breakfast

MUMBAI: Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday met top leadership of India Inc for a power breakfast, the first of his numerous assignments for the day as he wraps up his four-day India visit. Netanyahu interacted with business leaders at the iconic Taj hotel overlooking the Arabia Sea. This will be followed by his address to the India-Israel Business Summit, also at the same venue. Business leaders who were present at the breakfast included Ajay Piramal , Rahul Bajaj , Adi Godrej , Harsh Goenka, Anand Mahindra , Dilip Shanghvi , Ashok Hinduja, Atul Punj and Chanda Kochhar . In the first visit by an Israeli Prime Minister to the financial capital of India, Netanyahu will lay a wreath at the memorial for the victims of the 26/11 terror attacks. Netanyahu will then proceed to the nearby Nariman House, where he will meet 11-year-old Moshe Holtzberg. Moshe's father Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and mother Rivka were killed at the Nariman House during the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. The Jewish couple ran a cultural and outreach centre for the Chabad-Lubavitch movement at the Nariman House in south Mumbai's Colaba area. Netanyahu will later meet around 25 to 30 members of the Jewish community at the Taj hotel. There are about 5,000 members of the Jewish community living in India, but most of them call Mumbai their home. The city earlier had a sizable Jewish population, but around 33,000 Jews migrated when Israel was created. Mumbai has three distinct Jewish communities -- Bene Israel Jews, Baghdadi Jews and the Malabar Jews. For them, the visit by the Israeli prime minister is about reconnecting with old friends and strengthening old bonds. Netanyahu will cap his hectic schedule by attending the 'Shalom Bollywood' event, in which he will invite leading actors, directors, and producers in the Indian cinema industry to come to Israel to shoot movies and collaborate with the Israeli film and television industry. Netanyahu is accompanied by a 130-member business delegation representing 102 companies, with a focus on the agriculture, defence and cyber security sectors. Till now, the visit has seen agreements and comments on innovation, strengthening the start-up innovation system, information technology, defence, electric vehicles and agriculture sectors. The bilateral trade between the countries increased to $5 billion in 2016-17 from $4.91 billion in the previous fiscal. In the first leg of the visit in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had invited Israeli companies to invest in the country, saying India presents vast opportunities. India has received total FDI of $130 million from Israel during April 2000 to September 2017 period. Netanyahu will leave for Israel in early hours tomorrow.

Ronaldinho: Flair and parties, the exuberant world of Ronaldinho | Football News

Thursday, January 18 2018

Ronaldinho: Flair and parties, the exuberant world of Ronaldinho | Football News

RIO DE JANEIRO: The man who once lobbed England's David Seaman from 40 yards, Ronaldinho has officially hung up his boots following a career of backheels, nutmegs, no-look passes, and Parisian party nights. Tricks, flicks and stepovers, to watch Ronaldinho play in his prime was to savour a festival of the "jogo bonito" -- the beautiful game in his native Portuguese -- and that always with his goofy smile. Both on and off the pitch, Ronaldinho was a free spirit, almost as infamous for his nocturnal lifestyle as he was famous for his silky skills. And it was the former that perhaps contributed to a gradual petering out of what was nonetheless a trophy-laden career. World Cup winner in 2002, Ballon d'Or winner in 2005, Champions League winner in 2006 and Copa Libertadores winner in 2013, Ronaldinho won the lot for both club and country. "God has been good to me, he allowed me to live football," Ronaldinho told So Foot magazine in July. "I loved what I did... and I had the satisfaction of enjoying myself while giving pleasure to others." Born in 1980 in Porto Alegre -- the happy port -- in the south of Brazil, Ronaldo de Assis Moreira started life dribbling around dogs in his working class local neighbourhood, Vila Nova. His professional career began in 1998 for Gremio, a few days before his 18th birthday. Back then he picked up the Gaucho nickname -- given to people from the south -- to distinguish him from O Fenomeno (the phenomenon) Ronaldo as the three-time world player of the year was himself nicknamed Ronaldinho early in his career. It took Ronaldinho Gaucho only a year to earn his first call-up for Brazil and during the Copa America in June 1999 he exploded onto the international scene. "Look what he's doing, look what he's doing!" enthused TV Globo commentator Galvao Bueno during a match against Venezuela after Ronaldinho performed a rainbow flick. Big European teams weren't slow to come calling and it was something of a surprise to see Ronaldinho snapped up by Paris Saint-Germain in 2001. His two-year stay in the French capital was far from a resounding success as he fell out of favour with then-coach Luis Fernandez , in part for falling in love with the city of lights. Yet it was during that stint that he joined Ronaldo and Rivaldo to make up the thrilling 'Three Rs' attack that helped Brazil storm to World Cup glory in 2002 -- with Ronaldinho's sensational lob over Seaman the highlight of their quarter-final victory over England. A year later he was on his way to Barcelona, where he would truly light up the world with his footballing genius. He would reserve his best performances for matches against Barca's eternal rivals Real Madrid , once even being applauded off the field by the usually hostile Bernabeu crowd following two stunning goals in a 3-0 victory. But as Barca unveiled a new, even more dazzling jewel in Lionel Messi , Ronaldinho's star quickly started to dull and he would never again reach such heights after helping the Catalans win the 2006 Champions League. Spells at AC Milan and Flamengo in Rio were unimpressive, although he did manage one last hurrah with Atletico Mineiro and a 2013 Copa Libertadores success. Short stints in Mexico and back in Rio with Fluminense merely delayed the inevitable and he had not played for more than two years when his brother Roberto Assis announced Ronaldinho's retirement at 37 years of age on Tuesday. Given what he achieved and won, it's difficult to claim his was a talent unfulfilled, but given his flair, close control and darting acceleration, one cannot help wonder what might have been had his love of Parisian nightclubs not distracted Ronaldinho.

Copa del Rey: Missed Messi penalty costs Barca in cup derby defeat | Football News

Thursday, January 18 2018

Copa del Rey: Missed Messi penalty costs Barca in cup derby defeat | Football News

Missed Messi penalty costs Barca in cup derby defeat Missed Messi penalty costs Barca in cup derby defeat Lionel Messi missed a penalty as Espanyol struck in the dying moments to consign Barcelona to their first defeat since August, 1-0 in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on Wednesday. AFP | Jan 18, 2018, 08:23 IST Messi missed a 62nd-minute penalty. (AFP Photo) MADRID: Lionel Messi missed a penalty as Espanyol struck in the dying moments to consign Barcelona to their first defeat since August, 1-0 in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on Wednesday. Oscar Melendo slotted home a neat finish with two minutes remaining of a temperamental derby cup tie, racing onto Marc Navarro's low cross to punish Messi for missing a 62nd-minute penalty and send the home crowd into raptures. "We knew this day would come, we tried to delay it as much as possible but it couldn't be today," said Sergio Busquets after the match. "The good thing is that we have the second leg to try to mount a comeback. We are lucky to have that game at home, and we will have to win whatever happens." In a match of few chances Barca's penalty, which came after a foul on Sergi Roberto, looked to be the decisive moment for the away side, but Espanyol keeper Diego Lopez dived superbly to his left to push Messi's powerful shot wide. Navarro then came close to giving the hosts the lead in the 83rd minute with a dipping free-kick that forced an excellent save from Jasper Cillessen, before five minutes later setting up the goal that gave Espanyol their first win over Barcelona in nearly nine years. "This victory is important for the history of the club and to break down all those walls," said Espanyol coach Quique Sanchez Flores. "It was telling how long ago it had been since we'd won against Barcelona, now the counter is back zero and we're immensely happy about that." Diego Costa's third goal in four matches wasn't enough for Atletico Madrid as Sevilla twice scored late to stun their hosts 2-1 in the first leg at the Wanda Metropolitano. Costa struck for dominant Atletico on his first appearance since being sent off for wildly celebrating his last goal, in a 2-0 league win against Getafe, this one a superb first-time shot past Sevilla keeper Sergio Rico after the ball ricocheted to him in the 73rd minute. However Sevilla grabbed a hugely fortunate and barely deserved equaliser seven minutes later when a speculative cross deflected off Atletico defender Lucas Hernandez and was then inexplicably pushed into his own net by keeper Miguel Angel Moya. New Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella sealed his third win since arriving in Spain -- all of coming them in the cup -- with a much better goal two minutes from time, Joaquin Correa racing on to Wissam Ben Yedder's knock-on and tucking a fine finish past Moya. Valencia came close to being shocked at their Mestalla stadium by Alaves, who are languishing in 17th place in La Liga and are just two points above the relegation zone, but Goncalo Guedes and Rodrigo scored in nine second-half minutes to overturn Ruben Sobrino's 66th-minute opener for the away side. Struggling Real Madrid and their under-fire boss Zinedine Zidane travel to Leganes on Thursday hoping to banish all talk of a crisis at the domestic and European champions after the weekend's shock home defeat to Villarreal.

PWL: Pooja Dhanda had never imagined beating World and Olympic champion Helen Maroulis | More sports News

Thursday, January 18 2018

PWL: Pooja Dhanda had never imagined beating World and Olympic champion Helen Maroulis | More sports News

Pooja Dhanda had never imagined beating World and Olympic champion Helen Maroulis Pooja Dhanda had never imagined beating World and Olympic champion Helen Maroulis India's Pooja Dhanda powered Punjab Royals to a scintillating 4-3 victory over Haryana Hammers in the Pro Wrestling League when she defeated reigning World and Olympic champion Helen Maroulis of USA 7-6 (57 kg) in the fourth bout of the day on Tuesday. It gave Punjab a crucial 3-1 lead in the seven-bout duel. TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Jan 18, 2018, 10:42 IST Highlights Pooja's win gave Punjab a crucial 3-1 lead in the seven-bout duel. Pooja said that the win was one of the biggest victories of her career so far. Pooja confessed that she didn't let the thought of winning or losing come into her mind before the fight. Photo courtesy: Pro Wrestling League Twitter handle NEW DELHI: India's Pooja Dhanda powered Punjab Royals to a scintillating 4-3 victory over Haryana Hammers in the Pro Wrestling League when she defeated reigning World and Olympic champion Helen Maroulis of USA 7-6 (57 kg) in the fourth bout of the day on Tuesday. It gave Punjab a crucial 3-1 lead in the seven-bout duel. ALSO READ: Pooja helps Punjab Royals beat Haryana Hammers Pooja began well and took a 2-0 lead in the opening period. She continued to attack in the next round and hopped to a comfortable 7-0 lead. The two-time World Champion fought back well but could manage only 6 points as the Indian defended superbly. Writing in her column for TOI, Pooja said that the win was one of the biggest victories of her career so far and confessed that she didn't let the thought of winning or losing come into her mind before the fight and simply decided to put her best foot forward. Luckily for Pooja, she had clashed with Marwa Amri of Tunisia, another Olympic medallist, before this bout and that taught her a couple of things and they came in handy against Helen. "Marwa tied me up at the start itself, by attacking from the word go. I opted to use her tactics and began in an aggressive manner. It panned out nicely as on my third attempt I managed to garner a few points. That's exactly what I wanted. The four points on technical superiority boosted my confidence immensely; the fans in the packed stadium too roared for me, that pumped me up even more. I am really delighted with this victory. But then, it's not yet over. I face Sangeeta Phogat next. She is also in good form, having defeated another World Champion. She is a very good wrestler, no doubt about it. I have lost to her once but otherwise on all other occasions I have returned on top," Pooja wrote. "I am very optimistic about this bout now. More than her, however, I am looking forward to my fight against Commonwealth Games' gold medal winner Odunayo. I need to figure her out as I might end up facing her first up in the Commonwealth Games this year. I want to be prepare myself for that eventuality. Lot of people felt that I shouldn't have blocked Vanesa KALADZINSKAYA in our tie against UP Dangal. I do not agree with that viewpoint. The fact is I have not done as well as Vanesa in international tournaments. She has much more experience too," Pooja opined. "I totally support the coaches of my team Punjab Royals on this decision. Of course, fans may be saying this now, after my victory over Helen. I can only say one thing: this win only gives me more faith and will help me and my team in the rest of the league. Last year, I had participated in the PWL after recovering from an injury. I had undergone a surgery and it was my first competitive tournament. I may not have done brilliantly but the experience of putting up good fights against World and Olympic champions helped my self-confidence. I never thought at that point that I would be beating a champion like Helen in just a year's time. As hosts, we have all been given a free hand to fight against the world's best. I must thank WFI president Brij bhushan Sharan Singh and Pro Wrestling League for giving as all this opportunity," Pooja penned down. "Tuesday's night's victory over Haryana Hammers has brightened our chances of making it to the semifinals. There was a slight apprehension that if we lose the toss, we might lose the tie to them too. But all our team-members performed well and turned the tables," Pooja signed off. Get latest news & live updates on the go on your pc with News App . Download The Times of India news app for your device. RELATED

Virat Kohli: India vs South Africa: Kohli slams team, vents ire at media after Centurion debacle

Thursday, January 18 2018

Virat Kohli: India vs South Africa: Kohli slams team, vents ire at media after Centurion debacle

India vs South Africa: Kohli slams team, vents ire at media after Centurion debacle India vs South Africa: Kohli slams team, vents ire at media after Centurion debacle K Shriniwas Rao The SuperSport Park is a relatively small ground. A fast bowler's run-up alone is enough to cover up the radius of the field. However, size notwithstanding, it was a tediously long walk for the Indian batsmen from the crease back to the dressing room. | TNN | Updated: Jan 18, 2018, 08:29 IST Highlights India got bowled out for 151 chasing 287 in 50.2 overs Pujara once again ran himself out, becoming the first Indian batsman to be run-out twice in an innings "You can accept defeat but not the way we played. The way we let the advantage slip out of our hand, that is not acceptable," Kohli said PLENTY TO PONDER: India skipper Virat Kohli (left) with SA captain Faf Du Plessis. (AFP Photo) Related Videos We don’t determine playing 11 ... CENTURION: The SuperSport Park is a relatively small ground. A fast bowler's run-up alone is enough to cover up the radius of the field. However, size notwithstanding, it was a tediously long walk for the Indian batsmen from the crease back to the dressing room. Shoulders slouched, heads bowed, bats under their arm, they walked into oblivion on Wednesday. ALSO READ: Pleasing to beat India in 'Indian' conditions, says Du Plessis On a wicket that couldn't have been more Indian on South African soil, chasing a target that couldn't have been any lesser given their impressive bowling effort on Day Four, looking to survive in a series that kept ringing curtains for them with each passing over, India's batsmen could've done far better. ALSO READ: Kohli's wicket was a special moment, says Ngidi Instead, they got bowled out for 151 chasing 287 in 50.2 overs. Determined to do away with their reputation of being mere 'flat track bullies' when they left the Indian shores, Team India will go into the third Test having already squandered the series and no effort made, whatsoever, to change that perception. "You can accept defeat but not the way we played. The way we let the advantage slip out of our hand, that is not acceptable. So many soft dismissals in one match hurt a lot," captain Virat Kohli , whose first innings 153, in hindsight, only prolonged the unavoidable, said after the match. "Individuals have to sit and reflect on these things themselves. They do it, I am not saying they don't reflect on it, but we have repeated these mistakes in both matches. There have been many soft dismissals, which as a team are not acceptable". To put it in perspective, pacer Mohammad Shami scored 28 runs, exactly half of what the top five batsmen - Murali Vijay , KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara , Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel - managed, that being a collective effort of 56 runs. The folding up began in the fourth over of the day when risking a third run which wasn't there, Pujara once again ran himself out, becoming the first Indian batsman to be run-out twice in an innings. If the first innings dismissal had appeared to be a brain-freeze, the second innings was mere clumsy. His departure gave way to what would then remain a hurried wrap up. "We have not come here to play the way we have (played). That is something that we need to definitely speak about. We will need to be hard on ourselves. We need to ask ourselves if we are giving 120% every time we bowl a ball or play a ball or field a ball. That is something individuals need to reflect on themselves too, but as a team, we are (definitely) going to lay out these things in the open," the India skipper said. "We will ask the guys to be honest about what they were feeling at particular stages in the game. Unless you speak about it and lay it out in front of everyone, there is very little chance of improving. The mistakes that we made have been about not really putting attention to detail at important stages of the game. It is something we need to take into account and sit down and discuss," he added. Selection dilemmas dogged this team ever since they picked the eleven for the first Test. Picking Rohit Sharma over Ajinkya Rahane , for instance, was first to attract its share of criticism and lack of performance on part of the team only went on to lay further cracks. Wednesday's defeat, a result of plain insensible batting, poor stroke play, awkward runouts and absolutely no lack of any application will only widen those cracks further. "You're telling me we could have played the best XI," Kohli shot back when asked about the team selection. "So, you tell me the best XI and we'll play that. I'm saying the loss obviously hurts. But you make one decision and you back it". The captain is certainly right when he says, in the end all that matters is who goes out on the field and performs. Except, to his and India's misfortune, nobody did. "Look when something doesn't work, obviously it's going to be spoken against. We are pretty used to that. We as a team don't think of what the opinion going around is, and I've clarified that before also," Kohli said when asked about the selection of India's playing eleven. "There are many people that are involved in making a decision for the playing XI. A lot was spoken about Bhuvi as well but Shami performed in this game. So now no one is talking about that. You make one decision and you back it," he said. SOUTH AFRICA FINED FOR SLOW OVER-RATE The victorious South African team was fined for maintaining a slow over-rate in the second Test against India, which concluded at the Centurion on Wednesday. Match Referee Chris Broad imposed the fine after Faf du Plessis's side was ruled to be two overs short of their target when time allowances were taken into consideration. In accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 % of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount. As such, de Plessis has been fined 40% of his match fee, while his players have received 20 % fines. Get latest news & live updates on the go on your pc with News App . 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China: Donald Trump considers big 'fine' over China intellectual property theft - The Economic Times

Thursday, January 18 2018

China: Donald Trump considers big 'fine' over China intellectual property theft - The Economic Times

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the United States was considering a big "fine" as part of a probe into China 's alleged theft of intellectual property , the clearest indication yet that his administration will take retaliatory trade action against China. In an interview with Reuters, Trump and his economic adviser Gary Cohn said China had forced U.S. companies to transfer their intellectual property to China as a cost of doing business there. The United States has started a trade investigation into the issue, and Cohn said the United States Trade Representative would be making recommendations about it soon. "We have a very big intellectual property potential fine going, which is going to come out soon," Trump said in the interview. While Trump did not specify what he meant by a "fine" against China, the 1974 trade law that authorized an investigation into China's alleged theft of U.S. intellectual property allows him to impose retaliatory tariffs on Chinese goods or other trade sanctions until China changes its policies. Trump said the damages could be high, without elaborating on how the numbers were reached or how the costs would be imposed. "We're talking about big damages. We're talking about numbers that you haven't even thought about," Trump said. US businesses say they lose hundreds of billions of dollars in technology and millions of jobs to Chinese firms which have stolen ideas and software or forced them to turn over intellectual property as part of the price of doing business in China. The president said he wanted the United States to have a good relationship with China, but Beijing needed to treat the United States fairly. Trump said he would be announcing some kind of action against China over trade and said he would discuss the issue during his State of the Union address to the U.S. Congress on Jan. 30. Asked about the potential for a trade war depending on U.S. action over steel, aluminum and solar panels, Trump said he hoped a trade war would not ensue. "I don't think so, I hope not. But if there is, there is," he said. Jeffrey Schott, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, said the penalties under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, which authorized the investigation into China's intellectual property practices, would likely include a package of both tariffs and restrictions on Chinese investment in the United States. "I suspect the U.S. measures will involve restrictions in areas where we don't have WTO (World Trade Organization) obligations," Schott said. "Trump likes to talk about tariffs so that may be part of the package too. The Chinese would have the legal right to retaliate against tariff increases." Throughout his 2016 election campaign, Trump routinely threatened to impose a 45 percent across-the-board tariff on Chinese goods as a way to level the playing field for American workers. At the time, he was also accusing China of manipulating its currency to gain an export advantage, a claim that his administration has since dropped. Trump said on Wednesday that China stopped meeting the criteria for currency manipulation after his election, and he said making that designation while trying to work with Beijing to rein in North Korea would be tricky. "How do you say, 'hey, by the way, help me with North Korea and I'm going to call you a currency manipulator?' It really doesn't work," Trump said. The president also said he and Chinese President Xi Jinping had not discussed China's plans with regard to purchases of U.S. Treasury bonds. Bloomberg reported earlier this month that Chinese officials reviewing the country's foreign exchange holdings had recommended slowing or halting purchases of U.S. Treasury bonds. Trump said he was not concerned such a move would hurt the U.S. economy. "We never talked about it. They have to do what they do," he said. 0 Comments

Kashinath: Kannada film actor Kashinath passes away | Bengaluru News

Thursday, January 18 2018

Kashinath: Kannada film actor Kashinath passes away | Bengaluru News

Kannada film actor Kashinath passes away Kannada film actor Kashinath passes away BENGALURU: Kannada film actor Kashinath, who became famous for double entendre’s and a gave a different dimension to Kannada film industry, has died this morning. | TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Jan 18, 2018, 11:32 IST BENGALURU: Kannada film actor Kashinath , who became famous for double entendres and gave a different dimension to Kannada film industry, has died this morning. Kashinath, a veteran director and actor from sandalwood, was suffering from cancer . He was admitted to Shankara Cancer Hospital two days ago where he breathed his last this morning. He is survived by his wife and two children. Spanning over more than three decades of his career in the Kannada film industry, he has more than 40 films under his name. Kashinath was a famous director and actor of Kannada film industry, specially comedy films with some double meaning dialogues. He was also famous as a music director and producer. Hailing from Kundapur in Udupi district, he first debuted as a director with a comedy, Aparoopada Athitigalu in 1976. Followed it up with the highly acclaimed suspense thriller Aparachita. Anubhava and Ajagajanthara, Avale Nanna Hendthi are some of his famous flicks. His later films bordered on the bawdy. Kashinath latest flick was the movie Chowka, released in the year 2017 in which his acting as a father received much appreciation. Kashinath also introduced many new talents to the industry who went on to become famous as actors, directors and technicians as well. Actor Upendra, director Sunil Kumar Desai, music director V Manohar are some names to mention. Get latest news & live updates on the go on your pc with News App . Download The Times of India news app for your device. RELATED

Rajinikanth: I am ready if polls held in 6 months: Rajinikanth

Thursday, January 18 2018

Rajinikanth: I am ready if polls held in 6 months: Rajinikanth

CHENNAI: Actor Rajinikanth has said that he would be ready to contest the Tamil Nadu assembly election even if it was held six months from now. He also wished success to fellow actor and long-time friend Kamal Haasan on his plans to launch a political party. "We will be ready," Rajinikanth told reporters outside his residence on Wednesday, when asked about whether he and his yet-to-belaunched party will be ready to face elections if they were held in the next few months. On Kamal Haasan's plan for a state-wide tour from February 21after naming his party, Rajinikanth wished him success but remained non-committal on whether the two actors, who are taking the political plunge around the same time, will work together. "Only time can tell," Rajinikanth said, when asked whether the political parties of the two actors would work together. It may be recalled that actor Kamal Haasan, on Tuesday night, revealed his plans to undertake a state-wide tour from February 21, to understand people's problems and issues affecting them, starting it from his birthplace Ramanathapuram in south Tamil Nadu. In the first phase of the tour, he will also cover and interact with people in Madurai, Dindigul and Sivaganga districts. "At the commencement of the journey, I intend to announce the name of my political party along with the guiding principles we intend to live by," Kamal Haasan had said in the statement. "Finally, let's question mediocrity and raise the bar on governance and welfare for the people of Tamil Nadu. This journey is intended towards that goal," he added. "Rajinikanth is for spiritual politics. Mine will be rationalist politics," actor Kamal Haasan told reporters late on Wednesday evening, after participating in a film function in Chennai.

Bullet train: Japan in driver's seat for Indian bullet train deals

Thursday, January 18 2018

Bullet train: Japan in driver's seat for Indian bullet train deals

Japan in driver's seat for Indian bullet train deals, jolt for 'Make in india' Reuters | Updated: Jan 18, 2018, 16:52 IST Highlights Undermining PM Modi's 'Make in India' push, Japanese steel and engineering companies are in the driver's seat to bag major supply contracts for India's bullet train Difference in work culture and questions on efficiency of Indian companies appear to be the primary reasons for the same File Image NEW DELHI/TOKYO: Japanese steel and engineering companies are in the driver's seat to bag major supply contracts for a $17 billion Indian bullet train , several sources said, undermining a key component of Prime Minister Narendra Modi 's economic policy - a push to 'Make in India'. Japan is funding most of the project, and Japanese companies are likely to supply at least 70 per cent of the core components of the rail line, said five sources with direct knowledge of the matter. A spokesman in the PMO declined comment. A Japanese transport ministry official involved in the project said the two countries were still working out a strategy for the supply of key components, and would unveil a plan for procurements around July. The official spoke on condition of anonymity. The September 2017 agreement between Japan and India for the bullet train project included two clauses - the promotion of 'Make in India' and 'Transfer of Technology' - through which India had hoped to set up manufacturing facilities in the country, generate jobs and get a toehold in Japanese technology. PM Modi faces a general election in 2019 and is under pressure to provide more jobs to millions of unemployed in India. Critics also say the bullet train is wasteful and that the money could be better used elsewhere. "The Japanese have reservations on certain issues because they have a concern that there is a difference in the culture and systems of Japan from the culture and systems in India," said Achal Khare, the managing director of National High Speed Rail Corp Ltd (NHSRCL), the agency tasked to execute the bullet train project. "The work culture is very different," he told Reuters. Khare did not elaborate but two Indian railways officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said their Japanese counterparts had raised questions about efficiency in Indian companies and their ability to meet timelines. The World Bank currently ranks India 100th out of 190 nations on the ease of doing business, giving it relatively low marks for starting a business, enforcing contracts and dealing with construction permits. Tomoyuki Nakano, director for international engineering affairs in the railway bureau at Japan's transport ministry, said the issue was that Indian companies had no experience or technologies specialising in high-speed railway systems at present. "I don't think Japanese are concerned about a difference in the work culture," Nakano said. He and other Japanese officials said efforts were continuing to fulfil the 'Make in India' component of the agreement by promoting collaborations between companies from the two countries. Still, several Indian officials said it was by and large accepted that Indian companies would not have a major part to play in the bullet train project. Japan will get major leeway because the bullet train is largely funded by a 50-year loan provided by its government, said a close aide of Modi, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "At this stage to expect Indian companies to have a bigger share in manufacturing appears to be a little difficult," said a senior official at the Indian government's policy think-tank, NITI Aayog, who is involved in the negotiations. Modi's flagship 'Make in India' initiative aims to lift the share of manufacturing in India's $2 trillion economy to 25 per cent and create 100 million jobs by 2022. However, midway through Modi's five-year term, manufacturing was still at 17 per cent of India's GDP in the 2016/17 financial year from 15 per cent previously. ONLY ONE JOINT VENTURE Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe laid the foundation stone for India's first bullet train in September last year. It will link Mumbai with Ahmedabad, the largest commercial city in Modi's home state Gujarat. Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Corp, Japan's biggest steelmaker, and other companies like JFE Holdings Inc , Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, Toshiba Corp and Hitachi Ltd are likely to bid for various contracts, said three senior Indian government officials directly involved in the project. Nippon Steel said it would not comment on specific projects. JFE, Hitachi and Toshiba said they were interested in the project but had not finalised plans, including any possibilities of joint ventures with Indian firms. Mitsubishi Heavy said it had not decided if it wanted to be involved. The sole collaboration aimed at the bullet train project is between Kawasaki Heavy Industries and India's Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, which aims to win carriage orders. Japanese government officials have asked for more bullet train corridors in India before transferring technology, three senior Indian officials said. But India is unlikely to announce any new projects until the final cost and commercial feasibility of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad link is clear, the officials said. "It's like a chicken and egg situation on technology. The Japanese want an economy of scale and business but the Indian view is that India is a big market that once this market is explored the business will automatically be generated," said Khare from NHSRCL. MISSED OPPORTUNITY India has tried to help steel companies grab a slice of the pie. The Indian government last year mediated negotiations between Nippon Steel and India's Jindal Steel and Power Ltd to set up a joint venture to manufacture rails, but the talks fell through after the Japanese major raised quality concerns, three sources in New Delhi said. State-owned Steel Authority of India (SAIL), which for decades has been the main supplier of rails to Indian Railways, was also overlooked by Japanese companies due to quality concerns, the sources said. Nippon Steel declined comment and while Jindal and SAIL did not reply to e-mails seeking comment. Left with little choice, Indian firms will now largely provide raw materials like cement and supply manpower for the assembly of rails, the sources said. India's UltraTech Cement Ltd, Larsen & Toubro Ltd , Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd and Ambuja Cements Ltd are among those in the race for the supply of construction materials and power, the two Indian railways officials said. Get latest news & live updates on the go on your pc with News App . Download The Times of India news app for your device. RELATED

India test-fires nuclear-capable ICBM Agni-V |

Thursday, January 18 2018

India test-fires nuclear-capable ICBM Agni-V |

SAVE India on Thursday morning test-fired its Agni-V intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in its final operational configuration from the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast, taking another step forward toward its eventual induction into the Strategic Forces Command (SFC). There was no immediate word on whether the first "user-trial" of the nuclear-capable Agni-V missile, which can even reach the northern-most parts of China with its strike range of over 5,000-km, had met all the parameters laid down for the test. Twitter "We have successfully launched nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-V today," ANI quoted defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman as saying. The Agni-V was last tested on December 26, 2016, which was then described as the fourth and final experimental test of the three-stage missile. The tri-Service SFC, established in 2003 to manage India's nuclear arsenal, will have to conduct a few more user-trials before the 50-tonne missile is produced in adequate numbers for induction. BCCL While the 17-metre long Agni-V was tested in an "open configuration" in April 2012 and September 2013, the third and fourth tests in January 2015 and December 2016 saw it being fired from a hermetically sealed canister mounted on a Tatra launcher truck. Originally published in The Times of India Don't Miss

Surat tops ranking of smart cities with largest number of projects completed - The Economic Times

Thursday, January 18 2018

Surat tops ranking of smart cities with largest number of projects completed - The Economic Times

NEW DELHI: Surat has emerged as India's highest ranked smart city with the largest number of projects implemented and completed under the Smart City Mission. The country's textile and diamond trading hub has stolen a march over other contenders including some state capitals in the official rankings that have been compiled about two years after the Narendra Modi government announced the first 20 cities to be developed as smart cities . A look at the rankings, shared exclusively by the ministry of housing and urban affairs with ET, reveals that as in the case of other flagship programmes of the Modi government, BJP-ruled states are faring better than non-BJP ones. Seven of the 10 top-ranked cities are those ruled by the BJP , including Prime Minister's home state Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Surat is closely followed by Pune at number two, Visakhapatnam, Udaipur, Bhubaneswar, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Coimbatore, Jaipur and Indore. The progress of the mission has been slow across the 20 cities. As per statistics provided by the ministry to ET, 964 projects worth Rs 46,800 crore have been planned in the 20 "lighthouse" smart cities, announced in January 2016. Two years after the announcement of these cities, only 83 of 964 projects (8.6% of the projects) have been completed. "The concept was new so it took time to take shape at the state-level," said a senior official, who did not wish to be identified. The first few months saw a special purpose vehicle ( SPV ) being floated by the cities to oversee the progress and manage the Smart City Mission. The ministry expects work to be seen on the ground by the end of 2018. "The average time period for implementing the projects is 18 months, so most of these projects would be completed by year-end," said the official. A major chunk of the projects planned in the 20 smart cities are infrastructure projects (626 projects worth Rs 26,714 crore). After winning the smart city competition, which was a pan-India competition to choose the most innovative plans, the 20 cities opted for solar projects, improvement of water supply and smart roads. Almost all cities have planned command and control centres - which are planned as the nerve centre of the city to control urban services like city-wide Wi-Fi network, safety and security, citizen feedback management, integrated traffic management, parking and other citizen services. Many cities have come up with innovative projects. A case in point is Bhopal's bicycle sharing scheme. Envisaged as a feeder service to Bhopal's bus rapid transit system, the project comprises 12 km of dedicated bicycle tracks around 50 locations where bicycles are placed and from where you can hire a cycle using a mobile app. 0 Comments

cow shelters: Tightening norms: UP cow shelters will have to get accounts audited - The Economic Times

Thursday, January 18 2018

cow shelters: Tightening norms: UP cow shelters will have to get accounts audited - The Economic Times

Tightening norms: UP cow shelters will have to get accounts audited Tightening norms: UP cow shelters will have to get accounts audited Aman Sharma The move comes at a time when most cow shelters in the state are overflowing with cattle due to strict implementation of the ban on slaughter and smuggling of bovines, and there have been deaths reported from some of them, including one in CM Yogi Adityanath’s Gorakhpur. | ET Bureau | Updated: Jan 18, 2018, 12:48 IST NEW DELHI: Cow shelters in Uttar Pradesh seeking government aid will now have to sign an affidavit that they will accept any cow rescued from slaughter or smuggling by the authorities and be open to surprise inspections and videography of their premises by the government. The affidavit on a Rs 100 stamp paper will have to be submitted to the newly formed UP Gau Sewa Aayog that is in charge of the wellbeing of bovines in the state, a senior state government official said. The move comes at a time when most cow shelters in the state are overflowing with cattle due to strict implementation of the ban on slaughter and smuggling of bovines, and there have been deaths reported from some of them, including one in CM Yogi Adityanath’s Gorakhpur. According to the state official, the in-charge of any registered cow shelter accepting aid from the state will also have to swear on the affidavit that he will take proper medical care of the bovines and ensure “scientific disposal” of dead animals. “It is clear to me that the authorities can do a surprise inspection and photography/videography of my premises and I will not pose any obstacle in the same,” says a specimen of the affidavit that ET has reviewed. The shelter in-charge will have to specify the number of bovines he has, if they have been housed in proper shelters, and the area that is available to them for grazing. A five-member committee in each district, headed by the district magistrate and district senior superintendent of police (SSP), will vet the affidavit, check the ground reality in the shelter and inform UP Gau Sewa Aayog, said the official cited earlier. As per the guidelines, cow shelters will have to submit to the government their expenditure and income accounts certified by a chartered accountant for the last three years and aid they have received from the Centre, state and from donations by private persons. While specifying the total count of cows held by them, tabulated as per their age, a cow shelter will also have to tell the government the number of cows with them which were rescued by either the police or the administration from being illegally slaughtered or smuggled. Any income made by the gaushala from sale of cow byproducts will also have to be mentioned to the government.

Benjamin Netanyahu: PM Narendra Modi-Bibi bonhomie on full display - The Economic Times

Thursday, January 18 2018

Benjamin Netanyahu: PM Narendra Modi-Bibi bonhomie on full display - The Economic Times

By DP Bhattacharya, Dipanjan Roy Choudhury GANDHINAGAR: The Indo-Isralei bonhomie was on full display as Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu visited the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday. Modi received Netanyahu and his wife Sara at Ahmedabad International Airport and held an 8-km roadshow before arriving at Sabarmati Ashram . While the initial plan was to hold roadshow in an open vehicle, keeping security concerns in mind the leaders travelled in a bulletproof vehicle. About 50 stages were erected along the route where traditional folk dancers presented a glimpse of Indian culture to the visiting leader. The duo later visited Sabarmati Ashram. They also tried their hands at flying kites in the Ashram. Later, they inaugurated iCreate Centre of Excellence at Devdholera village in Bavla in the outskirts of Ahmedabad. The centre was conceived by Modi back in 2012 as the Gujarat CM. Netanyahu gifted Modi the desalination vehicle that he rode during his visit to Israel. Netanyahu said PM Modi is "changing India by the force and vision of his leadership". "He is revolutionising India and is catapulting it into one of the great powers of the world," he added, before concluding his speech with "Jai Hind, Jai Bharat and Jai Israel". 0 Comments

‘Dil Juunglee’ trailer: Taapsee Pannu, Saqib Saleem along with the entire cast bring to you a perfect cocktail of romance and comedy

Thursday, January 18 2018

‘Dil Juunglee’ trailer: Taapsee Pannu, Saqib Saleem along with the entire cast bring to you a perfect cocktail of romance and comedy

Produced by Jackky Bhagnani , 'Dil Juunglee' stars Taapsee Pannu , Saqib Saleem and a bunch of newbies. Also, it marks the Bollywood debut of RJ Abhilash Thapliyal . The makers of the film have launched its first trailer and we bet you're going to watch it on loop. The trailer kicks off by introducing its protagonists, Taapsee and Saqib, who play an English counsellor and a gym trainer respectively. Despite having had heartbreak from her previous relationship and told by her friends not to fall for Saqib, Taapsee falls for him. But what happens to their love story isn't quite clear. Cut to the present day, where Taapsee has revamped into a hotter version of self and is shown dating a rich and handsome guy. Saqib too has found a partner for himself. But when their paths cross again, will they remember their old days and fall in love again? You'll have to watch the film to find out! With a peppy soundtrack in the background, the film is full of madness and adventure. It is slated to release on February 16, 2018. After giving us hits like 'Judwaa 2', 'Naam Shabana', 'The Ghazi Attack' and 'Running Shaadi' Taapsee took to her social media account last evening to share the first poster of the film. This was followed by a trailer launch held in Mumbai, where the entire cast of the film was present. During the trailer launch, everyone shared their thoughts about the film and their experiences on the sets.