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At PIO Parliamentarian Conference, Modi Lauds Efforts of Diaspora in Preserving Indian Culture Abroad

first_imgAn effort to reconnect the diaspora with their ancestral land, the “First PIO Parliamentarian Conference” was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Jan.9 in New Delhi. The participants at the event include legislators and political leaders of Indian origin from all over the world.As many as 124 parliamentarians and 17 mayors of Indian origin from 23 countries are in India to attend the event, according to the Ministry of External Affairs.Calling the gathering a mini world parliament, Modi asked the PIO parliamentarians to play the role of catalysts in India’s economic development. “Twenty first century is being considered the Asian century and India will be a major player in this with the growing stature of our country and you shall feel proud about our growth, hence inspiring us to work even harder,” he said, according to the Times of India. “Today, bodies like the World Bank, IMF and Moody’s are looking at India in a very positive way.”The event was attended by several Indian origin leaders from many countries, including Mauritius and Guyana. Modi made a special mention of the presence of former Guyanese President Bharat Jagdeo.The Indian PM noted that India is experiencing aspirational and societal changes and asked leaders to join hands. He added that values of Indian culture and civilization can guide a world that is gripped in instability.“Your ancestors had to leave India under various circumstances and that is why when you return to an Indian airport, you are reminded of your ties with this country. You have a desire to return to India and I understand your feelings very well,” Modi said, the Hindu reported.“On one hand, you have preserved Indian culture. On the other hand, your people have excelled in sports, arts, cinema in the global platforms and have contributed to your adopted country’s welfare,” he added.Calling the diaspora “permanent ambassadors of India,” Modi said that he makes an effort to meet NRIs and PIOs whenever he is on an official tour of a foreign country. “For enhancing our pride and dignity, you all deserve our appreciation,” he said.No matter where they are, I can imagine how happy your ancestors must be on seeing you all here: PM Modi at PIO (Persons of Indian Origin) Parliamentary Conference in Delhi pic.twitter.com/p2ieQ2BsU1— ANI (@ANI) January 9, 2018Modi also brought up the dialogue with ASEAN countries and how the leaders would be attending the Republic Day parade later this month. He also appreciated External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s work and accessibility on a social media platform like Twitter.Swaraj, on the other hand, in her opening speech reminded the participants at the conference of the contribution of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the success of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. “A total of 141 lawmakers confirmed their attendance and 134 leaders have made to this event today despite massive weather disturbance,” she was quoted as saying by the Hindu.The conference begins! EAM @SushmaSwaraj making remarks at the first PIO Parliamentarian Conference. Speech at https://t.co/lYk0nAoq6V pic.twitter.com/lCw336Ofil— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) January 9, 2018The event will feature a session on becoming a leader in an adopted countries and a discussion on Indian origin leaders enhancing India’s global role. “Gandhiji inspired people in Mauritius to get education and increase political awareness and that is why after few generations, they have achieved political leadership,” Swaraj told the leaders from Mauritius.“This (PIO Parliamentary Conference) is a great opportunity. Everyone is looking up to India for their support. India has a huge influence on International politics,” New Zealand MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi said.Raj Loomba, a Member of House of Lords, UK, said: “India is changing very fast and people overseas are recognizing it. If we give chance to NDA to fulfill their programs, India would be much better. In previous govt, every day there was a scam, but in this govt, I haven’t heard of any.”120 MPs have arrived from over 20 countries for today’s PIO Parliamentarian Conference at PBK. India has the most diverse and educated diaspora in the world ! The banyan tree continues to expand and now covers most of the globe ! pic.twitter.com/tOgQIPSr4K— D. M. Mulay (@CPVIndia) January 9, 2018 Related ItemsDiasporaNarendra Modilast_img read more

New Manchester-India Partnership Aims to Boost Trade Ties

first_imgAiming to connect Indian companies with the northern parts of England, a new Manchester-India Partnership (MIP) was launched in the United Kingdom earlier this week. The public-private initiative will help boost trade, investment, science and innovation bonds between the two countries.The initiative was launched on Feb. 1 by economist Jim O’Neill, who coined the phrase BRICS for the group of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. It has been supported by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).The MIP will have permanent full-time teams based in Manchester, New Delhi as well as Bengaluru, PTI reported.“The Manchester-India Partnership is an exciting initiative, which recognizes the rising importance of global cities in forging strategic international partnerships. India is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing economies; it therefore makes eminent sense for Manchester to further develop its’ air connectivity, trade, science and cultural links with this emerging global power,” O’Neill said in a statement.He added that India could grow at 12.5 per cent due to the demographics of the country and could achieve a lot. This meant that there is a great opportunity for the Manchester-India Partnership than China as the demographics will begin to slow down in China.A major target for the MIP will be to encourage direct air routes to further broaden the existing economic and cultural links. Manchester Airport is already the sixth largest European air gateway into India.YK Sinha, Indian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, also laid stress on the fact that India’s achievements need to be highlighted more often by the global media. “There must be a reason why people are queuing up to woo India. There must be something right India is doing but I am afraid that story is not being well publicized,” he said.He added that as per the World Bank, this year the country will grow at 7.1-7.2 per cent and next year at 7.8 per cent.HE YK Sinha, High Commissioner of India to the UK applauds CII initiative with Indo British APPG to highlight positive news about India through the success stories of Indian companies in the UK and welcomes stronger links with Manchester. @HCI_London @UKinIndia @GrantThorntonUK pic.twitter.com/EpESvPMnHt— Confederation of Indian Industry (@FollowCII) February 2, 2018“The numbers show just how significantly Indian companies have been investing in Britain and how good that has been for job creation and innovation in our country,” Rona Fairhead, the Minister of State in the UK Department for International Trade, said. She added that Indian companies can continue to manufacture in India and the innovation can be done in Manchester.“We have seen first-hand how direct air links can stimulate significant increases in inward investment, exports and research collaborations and that is why securing a route into India will be one of the Partnership’s number one priorities,” Manchester Airport CEO Andrew Cowan said.He added that forging closer relationships with the world’s most important markets is key to the future prosperity of Manchester and the wider region.“We have seen first-hand how direct air links can stimulate significant increases in inward investment, exports and research collaborations and that is why securing a route into India will be one of the Partnership’s number one priorities,” he said. Related ItemsBritainmanchesterUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

Long Island Restaurateur Testifies in Bribery Scandal Involving U.S. Mayor

first_imgLong Island restaurateur Harendra Singh testified under oath on March 22 that he raised tens of thousands of dollars for New York mayor Bill de Blasio’s political campaigns for favorable treatment by the city.In two instances, the Indian American restaurateur testified that de Blasio had asked contributions for himself or political allies, the New York Times reported. When Singh told him that had already met the limit, de Blasio said, Singh testified, “Do what you got to do, but I don’t want to know.”This was the first time that Singh gave details about his efforts to use campaign contributions publicly. His contributions amounted to $80,000 raised from others, and even more personally by using “straw donors” — a person illegally using another person’s money to make a political contribution in their own name — to be on the edge of the contribution limits. Singh did all this so he could get terms that benefited him during lease negotiations for one of his restaurants.Singh, who owns the Water’s Edge restaurant in Long Island City, had earlier secretly pleaded guilty to attempting to bribe de Blasio. He was a major campaign donor for de Blasio when he was running for the mayor position and raised $27,000 for the 2013 campaign.When asked if his contributions to de Blasio were bribes, Singh was reported to have said: “Yes, in exchange of help, you know, at Water’s Edge, getting the lease extended.”About de Blasio, Singh said: “He made many phone calls. His office was working very hard, from his deputy mayor to his assistant to his intergovernmental affairs person. Everyone was working.” He added in the same conversations that he and the mayor often talked about the lease and the donations. Singh is testifying as a prosecution witness in the corruption trial of former Nassau County executive Edward Mangano.Mangano, his wife, Linda, and John Venditto, a former Oyster Bay town supervisor, have pleaded not guilty to an indictment that made allegations about extortion, bribery and more, CBS New York had reported earlier.“Mr. Mangano lied and accepted bribes and his wife, Linda, had a $100,000-a-year year sham job,” assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Gatz told the court. Gatz added that in order to maintain his lifestyle, the former attorney and county legislator took to corruption.The mayor, a second-term Democrat, however emphasized that Singh received the same treatment as any others in his constituency. He also has suggested that the restaurateur concocted the accusations to placate prosecutors and avoid jail for his own crimes.Singh has agreed to testify against Mangano, who reportedly received gifts like a massage chair, an office chair and wood flooring meant for his bedroom. He also accepted a $7,000 watch for his son.“I gave these donations to the elected official in exchange for efforts by that official and other city officials to obtain a lease renewal from the city agency for my restaurant on terms that were favorable to me,” Singh had admitted earlier. Related ItemsIndian AmericanNew YorkUnited Stateslast_img read more

Behind on Payments to China, Sri Lanka Coughed Up Territory Instead

first_imgEvery time Sri Lanka’s president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, turned to his Chinese allies for loans and assistance with an ambitious port project, the answer was yes.Yes, though feasibility studies said the port wouldn’t work. Yes, though other frequent lenders like India had refused. Yes, though Sri Lanka’s debt was ballooning rapidly under Rajapaksa.Over years of construction and renegotiation with China Harbor Engineering Co., one of Beijing’s largest state-owned enterprises, the Hambantota Port Development Project distinguished itself mostly by failing, as predicted. With tens of thousands of ships passing by along one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, the port drew only 34 ships in 2012.And then the port became China’s.Rajapaksa was voted out of office in 2015, but Sri Lanka’s new government struggled to make payments on the debt he had taken on. Under heavy pressure and after months of negotiations with the Chinese, the government handed over the port and 15,000 acres of land around it for 99 years in December.The transfer gave China control of territory just a few hundred miles off the shores of a rival, India, and a strategic foothold along a critical commercial and military waterway.The case is one of the most vivid examples of China’s ambitious use of loans and aid to gain influence around the world — and of its willingness to play hardball to collect.The debt deal also intensified some of the harshest accusations about President Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road Initiative: that the global investment and lending program amounts to a debt trap for vulnerable countries around the world, fueling corruption and autocratic behavior in struggling democracies.A view of the Port of Colombo in Colombo, Sri Lanka, May 1, 2018. Photo Credit: Adam Dean/The New York TimesMonths of interviews with Sri Lankan, Indian, Chinese and Western officials, and analysis of documents and agreements stemming from the port project, present a stark illustration of how China and the companies under its control ensured their interests in a small country hungry for financing.During the 2015 Sri Lankan elections, large payments from the Chinese port construction fund flowed directly to campaign aides and activities for Rajapaksa, who had agreed to Chinese terms at every turn and was seen as an important ally in China’s efforts to tilt influence away from India in South Asia. The payments were confirmed by documents and cash checks detailed in a government investigation seen by The New York Times.Though Chinese officials and analysts have insisted that China’s interest in the Hambantota port is purely commercial, Sri Lankan officials said that from the start, the intelligence and strategic possibilities of the port’s location were part of the negotiations.— Initially moderate terms for lending on the port project became more onerous as Sri Lankan officials asked to renegotiate the timeline and add more financing. And as Sri Lankan officials became desperate to get the debt off their books in recent years, the Chinese demands centered on handing over equity in the port rather than allowing any easing of terms.— Though the deal erased roughly $1 billion in debt for the port project, Sri Lanka is now in more debt to China than ever, as other loans have continued and rates remain much higher than from other international lenders.Rajapaksa and his aides did not respond to multiple requests for comment, made over several months, for this article. Officials for China Harbor also would not comment.Estimates by the Sri Lankan Finance Ministry paint a bleak picture: This year, the government is expected to generate $14.8 billion of revenue, but its scheduled debt repayments, to an array of lenders around the world, come to $12.3 billion.“John Adams said infamously that a way to subjugate a country is through either the sword or debt. China has chosen the latter,” said Brahma Chellaney, an analyst who often advises the Indian government and is affiliated with Center for Policy Research, a think tank in New Delhi.Indian officials, in particular, fear that Sri Lanka is struggling so much that the Chinese government may be able to dangle debt relief in exchange for its military’s use of assets like the Hambantota port — though the final lease agreement forbids military activity there without Sri Lanka’s invitation.“The only way to justify the investment in Hambantota is from a national security standpoint — that they will bring the People’s Liberation Army in,” said Shivshankar Menon, who served as India’s foreign secretary and then its national security adviser as the Hambantota port was being built.A fish stall in a zone that is due to be turned into a large industrial area surrounding the Hambantota Port, in Ambalantota, Sri Lanka, March 10, 2018. Photo Credit: Adam Dean/The New York TimesFrom the start, officials questioned the wisdom of a second major port, in a country a quarter the size of Britain and with a population of 22 million, when the main port in the capital was thriving and had room to expand. Feasibility studies commissioned by the government had starkly concluded that a port at Hambantota was not economically viable.But Rajapaksa greenlighted the project, then boasted in a news release that he had defied all caution — and that China was on board.The Sri Lanka Ports Authority began devising what officials believed was a careful, economically sound plan in 2007, according to an official involved in the project. It called for a limited opening for business in 2010, and for revenue to be coming in before any major expansion.The first major loan it took on the project came from the Chinese government’s Export-Import Bank, or Exim, for $307 million. But to obtain the loan, Sri Lanka was required to accept Beijing’s preferred company, China Harbor, as the port’s builder, according to a U.S. Embassy cable from the time, leaked to WikiLeaks.That is a typical demand of China for its projects around the world, rather than allowing an open bidding process. Across the region, Beijing’s government is lending out billions of dollars, being repaid at a premium to hire Chinese companies and thousands of Chinese workers, according to officials across the region.In later years, Chinese officials and the China Harbor company went to great lengths to keep relations strong with Rajapaksa, who for years had faithfully acquiesced to such terms.In the final months of Sri Lanka’s 2015 election, China’s ambassador broke with diplomatic norms and lobbied voters, even caddies at Colombo’s premier golf course, to support Rajapaksa over the opposition, which was threatening to tear up economic agreements with the Chinese government.The rising debt and project costs, even as the port was struggling, handed Sri Lanka’s political opposition a powerful issue, and it campaigned heavily on suspicions about China. Rajapaksa lost the election.The incoming government, led by President Maithripala Sirisena, came to office with a mandate to scrutinize Sri Lanka’s financial deals. It also faced a daunting amount of debt: Under Rajapaksa, the country’s debt had increased threefold, to $44.8 billion when he left office. And for 2015 alone, a $4.68 billion payment was due at year’s end.The new government was eager to reorient Sri Lanka toward India, Japan and the West. But officials soon realized that no other country could fill the financial or economic space that China held in Sri Lanka.Government officials began meeting in 2016 with their Chinese counterparts to strike a deal, hoping to get the port off its balance sheet and avoid outright default. But the Chinese demanded that a Chinese company take a dominant equity share in the port in return, Sri Lankan officials say — writing down the debt was not an option.The handover of Hambantota to the Chinese has kept alive concerns about possible military use — particularly as China has continued to militarize island holdings around the South China Sea despite earlier pledges not to.Sri Lankan officials are quick to point out that the agreement explicitly rules out China’s military use of the site. But others also note that Sri Lanka’s government, still heavily indebted to China, could be pressured to allow it.And, as Harsha de Silva, the state minister for national policies and economic affairs, put it, “Governments can change.”© 2018 New York Times News Service Related ItemsChinaSri Lankalast_img read more

American Medical Association Urges USCIS to Clear Green Card Backlog for Physicians

first_imgUnderlining the important role played by foreign medical practitioners working in the United States, the American Medical Association (AMA) has written to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to clear the backlog for conversion of physicians’ H-1B visas to permanent resident status in the country.Applications of a number of international medical graduates for permanent residency in the United States are stuck in the huge backlog, according to the AMA. These doctors, who primarily hail from India and China, are actively practicing medicine in the country but are not able to get their green card due to this backlog, which is caused by norms related to per-country limitations.  In the letter addressed to USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna, AMA CEO and Executive Vice President James L. Madara said: “These physicians play a critical role in providing health care to many Americans because they tend to choose primary-care specialties and work in areas of the country with higher rates of poverty; they are providing important medical services to communities in need.” Madara also said in the letter, dated Aug. 9, that many of these doctors are waiting for their green cards for decades due to the per-country cap. Urging for expedition of the permanent status process for immigrant doctors, Madara cited a recent report that said that around 20.8 million Americans live in areas where at least half of the physicians are trained outside the United States. He also pointed at the prediction by workforce experts regarding a forthcoming shortage of physicians in United States, according to which over the next 10 years, the country will face a considerable paucity of medical practitioners for both primary care and specialty related fields of medicine, due to the growth and aging of the population and the upcoming retirement of many physicians. “The impact of this physician shortage will disproportionately affect vulnerable and underserved populations around the country. Currently, more than 85 million people live in parts of the U.S. that have been designated as primary medical care health professional shortage areas. An estimated 15,000 physicians are needed nationwide to remove this designation,” Madara said in the letter. The six-year limit on H-1B visas and the strict scrutiny on the extension requests for certain non-immigrant visa categories bring additional blockade for these physicians, the letter said. Therefore, immediate clearance of the huge H-1B visa backlog for these physicians and awarding them the permanent resident status is urgently required now. In June, a demand to relax the visa cap on foreign doctors coming from outside the European Union was raised in the United Kingdom too. It was said then that the visa cap on doctors acts against the interests of patients. Related ItemsGreen CardH-1B visalast_img read more

Ghost Walls Speak

first_imgThey were walls that existed hundreds of years ago — of buildings to house royalty and even deities. Today they are reduced to “ghost walls.” In Lathiya, Uttar Pradesh, the existence of a bustling temple complex has been traced by archaeologists just by unearthing these invisible walls.It was a tall stone pillar perched atop a huge mound that first attracted the attention of British archaeologist Alexander Cunningham to the site in Lathiya, a small village in Ghazipur district, around 150 years ago.Only in 2009-10 did a team of the Archaeological Survey of India land at the site, and painstakingly unearthed the evidence of an early Gupta period — about 320-550 AD — temple complex.The buildings no longer exist. The bricks and stones that made up the walls were, over the years, taken away by nearby villagers for their own house construction and even by the British for use in a railway line.So how did archaeologists trace the ghost walls, which curiously is an archaeological term?The archaeologists’ team, headed by B.R. Mani, the then joint director general of ASI, traced the different colors of the soil — over the foundations of the now non-existent buildings and that around it — to reveal the temple complex. The soil covering the foundations had a distinctly different color compared to that around it.“Many of the bricks of the ancient temples had also been taken away for laying the East India Railway line in 1862. The line passes about a km away,” Mani, additional director general of ASI, said.“An aerial view of the different colors of the soil — on the foundation and that lying around it — gives a complete picture of the plan of the structure that once existed,” according to S.K. Mittra, director archaeology, ASI.The team discovered that four temples existed. During excavations, many artifacts from the Gupta era were also discovered, including pottery, bone, shell, ivory objects and coins.The stone pillar, 22 feet high, is of special interest. It is surmounted by the figure of two garudas, sitting back to back, and resting on lotus petals. According to Mani, the pillar with the garudas is similar to the Ashoka pillar of the Mauryan dynasty (321 to 185 BC) with its four lions sitting back to back. Sarnath, where the Ashoka pillar is located, is around 100 km from Lathiya, says Mani.In Bhitari, another site in the same district, an inscribed Gupta pillar stands near a temple. Near the pillar is a stone block with an image of garuda. “The garuda once stood on top of the pillar but had toppled over,” Mani said.“The garuda was the state symbol of the Guptas and was an embodiment of the power of the state. The garuda was the royal insignia of the Gupta dynasty.”Even the four temples, discovered through ghost walls, at Lathiya are of typical Gupta period design, he said.The temples comprise a square garbhagriha, or sanctum sanctorum, and a verandah in front. The temples had a flat roof. Such temples were also found in Sanchi.The stone pillar at Lathiya was a dhwajasthambh or a religious pillar erected in front of one of the temples.The temples could have been Vaishnavaite, dedicated to Vishnu, said Mani.The temples faced the west and not the east. “This was so that the rays of the setting sun would light up the temple and also when devotees entered the temple they would be facing eastwards,” said Mani.After the temple walls were vandalized over the years, the local villagers began worshipping the pillar as a symbol dedicated to a Devi or goddess.A house complex was also discovered near the temples, albeit only through the ghost walls. “People attached to the temples would have probably been staying there,” he said.Among the many antiquities discovered at the site is a terracotta human figure, typical of the Gupta period. Many broken pottery shards were also found, including many with spouts with the figure of the varaha, or boar. “These were ritualistic pottery,” said Mani.There was also evidence that the temple performed sacrifice, said Mani, adding that animal bones were found in a pit.The archaeologists found evidence of an earlier Chalcolithic (1800 – 1000 BC) period beneath the Gupta remains, through pottery remains. Related Itemslast_img read more

Domestic Violence Ups Death Risk in Indian Women: Study

first_imgWomen in India are nearly 40 times more likely to die after being assaulted than their peers in the US, finds a comparative analysis of trauma data from both countries.In the study, researchers from the University of Washington found three major causes of injury — falls, road traffic accidents and domestic violence.Indian men were more likely to die after sustaining any one of the three categories of injury than either Indian women or US men and women.On the other hand, US men were three times as likely to die after sustaining a fall than US women.However, the greatest disparity in risk of death emerged for Indian and US women who had been assaulted — a difference the researchers described as “unparalleled”.Domestic violence was found to increase the risk of death in Indian women by nearly 40 times than among the US women.Importantly, evidence showed that only one in four female victims of assault in India actively seeks care after experiencing intimate partner violence.In addition, both men and women in the US had between five and seven times lower odds of dying after a fall or a road traffic accident than did their counterparts in India, the researchers said.“The higher odds of death for Indian females compared with US females suggest that there are other injury and systemic factors that contribute to this discrepancy in mortality odds,” said Mohini Dasari, researcher at the University of Washington.For the study, published in the online journal BMJ Global Health, the team drew on information submitted to Indian (11,670 cases) and US (14,155 cases) trauma databases for 2013 to 2015.The Indian database comprised patients from four hospitals in Kolkata, Mumbai and Delhi, while the US database included patients treated at level 1 trauma centres in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. -IANS Related Itemscrime against women India USDomestic violence IndiaIndia assault BMJ Global HealthLittle IndiaMohini Dasari Washington Universitysexual assault Indialast_img read more

Drunk NRI Falls to Death from Terrace Garden of Delhi Hotel

first_imgAn NRI staying at the Taj Mansingh Hotel in New Delhi died after falling from the second floor terrace garden of Taj Mansingh Hotel in Delhi on Nov. 7. According to reports, there is no foul play in his death and it appears the man was apparently drunk when he fell to his death.The person has been identified as Narendra Mangalam, 48, of Maryland, U.S.A. According to a Hindustan Times report, the incident reportedly occurred almost 10 hours after he checked into the hotel after flying into the city from the U.S.According to the police, Mangalam was drunk and was looking for a place to urinate when he went to the terrace garden and ‘accidentally’ fell from one of the corners on the back of the lawn around noon and close to the swimming pool. The hotel staff spotted him in an injured condition around 11.30 pm — almost 12 hours after the incident, the Hindustan Times reported.The police have ruled out any foul play and said CCTV footage shows the man alone on the terrace garden when he fell. The police found his earphones on the overhang below the terrace garden. Police suspect Mangalam was trying to stop his earphones from slipping off his hands when he lost his balance and fell to his death, Hindustan Times reported.“There has been an unfortunate incident and we extend our deep condolences to the family. We are cooperating with the authorities and extending our full support,” read a statement issued by a spokesperson on behalf of the Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL).The newspaper said an electrician at the hotel was going to check the electric channel when he found Mangalam lying injured and unconscious on the ground and soon informed the hotel’s security staff, who, in turn, informed police about the incident. The injured man was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was declared brought dead.“There is no eyewitness to the incident. We scanned the footage of several cameras but except Narendra, nobody is seen entering the terrace garden half an hour before or after the incident. No case has been registered. An inquest proceeding under section 174 of CrPC has been initiated,” Deputy commissioner of police (New Delhi) Madhur Verma said.According to the police, Mangalam had checked into the hotel around 2 am on Nov. 7, although he had booked a room from Nov. 6.“The footage shows Narendra taking the staircase to come down. He reached the second floor where the staircase ended. His moved hinted that he was urgently looking for a bathroom to urinate. Narendra then tried using the lift, but since it was busy he did not wait for it. He is then seen going towards the terrace garden,” the paper quoted a police officer as saying.Mangalam lived in the U.S. with his wife while his mother and other relatives live in Bangalore, police said. Related Itemslast_img read more

Delhi Belly team launches wacky t- shirts

first_imgIt has released wacky Tshirts with bizarre tag lines. Delhi Belly boys Imran Khan, Vir Das and Kunaal Roy Kapur launched an interesting range of tees on June 20, 2011, backed by public popularity. Imran disclosed to everyone that it was his mamu Aamir’s idea to have such innovative tees. They will be available at stores shortly. The trio was seen sporting the tees which have tag- lines based on hit songs such as D.K. Bose and Switty Switty from the movie. The movie has been in the news for quite some time now for its bizarre songs.last_img read more

Boxing: Jacobs vs Derevyancheko probable on HBO in Madison Square Garden in October

first_imgAdvertisementAfter the purse bid for their fight was extended to July 10 for Sergiy and Jacobs to fight each other, However, according to sources, the teams have reached an agreement for the fight to air on HBO on a date of October 27.There was much speculation this fight would actually happen since there were a couple of “conflicts of interest.” Both combatants are trained by Andre Rozier and managed by Keith Connolly.In the past, WBC light heavyweight mandatory Oleksandr Gvozdyk refused to fight WBO champion Sergey Kovalev because both are managed by Egis Klimas. Only one conflict of interest here kept was enough to keep these two from fighting each other.However, both Derevyanchenko and Jacobs have voiced putting their friendship aside for a shot at the IBF title. They may do just that in three months.This fight comes after Gennady Golovkin was stripped by the IBF as he refused to fight Canelo Alvarez.Advertisementlast_img read more

Cole: Sterling singled out due to racism

first_imgFormer England national team defender Ashley Cole believes much of the criticism and abuse Raheem Sterling receives is due to his race.The former Arsenal and Chelsea star, who now plays for the LA Galaxy, was speaking as part of a documentary, Out of Their Skin, which details the journey of black players in the England national team over the past 40 years.Cole, now 37, was the first black player to receive 100 caps for the Three Lions, totaling 107 over the course of 14 years. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Sterling meanwhile, appears to be on his way to a similar number, as the 23-year-old winger has already made 47 appearances for England, scoring four goals.But Sterling’s time has with the Three Lions has not always been rosy, as he has frequently suffered through heavy criticism for both his performances and off-the-field things, such as his choice of tattoo before the 2018 World Cup.And Cole sees Sterling as having to deal with an increased scrutiny that his team-mates do not, leaving the Galaxy defender to believe race plays a role.“I don’t see it going on with anyone else apart [from] with Raheem,” Cole said. “There’s a different agenda to that I feel.“There’s nothing else left apart from his colour. His skin colour.”Cole himself was no stranger to frosty relationships with the fans at times during his long, successful career with the national team.Former England left-back Ashley ColeIn the documentary, Cole discussed repeatedly being booed in a 2008 World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan, despite England easing to a 5-1 victory in the match.The experience was so negative, Cole entertained thoughts of walking away from the Three Lions permanently.“I was like, ‘Woah, is that really for me? For giving the ball away?’,” he said. “At the time I thought, ‘I’m done’. Why am I gonna try to give my all to help a country that didn’t care? For me, it wasn’t football. That’s why I wanted to stop.”However, Cole decided to continue on, ultimately receiving his 100th cap in February 2013.It is an achievement that the defender is proud of and says is dedicated to every other black player out there, which he hopes proves an inspiration to them going forward.“I’ve not just played for England,’ he said. “I’ve done it for all the black players out there – to prove that they can do it.“I’ve played 100 caps for England, for my country. Being the first black player, I think, is amazing.“I’ve ­represented my country and played in major tournaments. I’ve never let the country down in terms of playing. One hundred caps is No. 1, playing for your country. I miss it to this day.”last_img read more

HC disposes of plea against badminton bodys 2014 elections

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 9 (PTI) The Delhi High Court has disposed of a plea alleging arbitrariness in the 2014 polls of the Badminton Association of India (BAI), saying keeping it pending would have a “demoralising effect” on the “positive work” done by the sports body over the years.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said the BAI has helped in developing the sport in which Indian players have achieved international accolade.The bench disposed of the plea of former international power-lifter Maj (Dr) Surendra Poonia, who had urged the court to quash the BAI election held on January 25, 2014.It said the plea, which had challenged the appointment of then elected BAI President Akhilesh Das Gupta, has become infructuous as he passed away in April. It noted that Himanta Biswa Sarma has succeeded Gupta and is now the President of the BAI.The bench recorded the submission by central government standing counsel Manish Mohan that fresh elections were conducted this year and the next poll for electing the BAI office-bearers were due in 2018.It took note of the BAIs contribution “to the development of the sport of badminton wherein Indian players have achieved international accolades and laurel, that too repeatedly at every level in international tournaments.”It said the pendency of the petition would “certainly have an extremely demoralising effect on … positive work already done and being undertaken by the Association.”Seeking fresh election, the petitioner had claimed that the 2014 poll process was unfair, arbitrary, without any rationale and against the BAI rules and other laws. PTI PPS HMP ARCadvertisementlast_img read more

Marcelo: Real Madrid feel like we’re sinking

first_imgPrimera División Marcelo: Real Madrid feel like we’re sinking Stephen Crawford 23:03 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Marcelo, Real Madrid Getty Primera División Real Madrid Real Madrid v Villarreal Villarreal The Liga champions sit 16 points behind leaders Barcelona, with no upturn in fortunes in sight for the capital club Real Madrid defender Marcelo has said that the players feel like they are “sinking” as the club were subjected to yet another poor result at the weekend, a 1-0 loss to Villarreal.The aptly nicknamed Yellow Submarine snatched all three points on Saturday through a late strike from Pablo Fornals, moving Javi Calleja’s side to just one point behind Los Blancos courtesy of their first ever win at the Santiago Bernabeu.It was not for a lack of trying on Madrid’s part, however, with the hosts having registered 28 shots – a record for a Liga side this season – while Cristiano Ronaldo had a free-kick turned onto the woodwork. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Left-back Marcelo was left understandably frustrated with the result, which leaves his side 16 points adrift of Liga leaders Barcelona, telling reporters after the game: “It’s one of the worst situations I’ve experienced here.“We’re trying to play good football, move the ball around and score goals, but it’s not coming off.“It’s how it looks from the outside – we’re sad, angry and we feel like we’re sinking.”Marcelo and ZidaneUnder-fire boss Zinedine Zidane was also at a loss for words after originally describing the situation as “f***** up”, insisting that he had no explanation as to why the Spanish champions could not find the net.“We don’t deserve this, we think we played well but the ball just didn’t want to go in for us. I can’t explain why,” the Frenchman said.“It was a hammer blow but we are going to turn things around on Thursday [against Leganes in the Copa del Rey].“It might be a mental aspect that is stopping us from winning. When we are on a bad run there are always negatives to pick up on.“We shot on target but didn’t score, when there were rebounds we were not on the end of them. This can wear you down mentally.“We did everything possible to win and I honestly cannot reproach my players for their actions. I am not happy but nor do I feel beaten.”last_img read more

Ardmore CEO Bullish for the Products Market

first_imgzoom Owner and operator of mid-size product and chemical tankers Ardmore Shipping Corporation reported a net profit of USD 13.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015, as compared to USD 0.1 million for the corresponding period in 2014.The company reported EBITDA of USD 24.5 million for the quarter, an increase of USD 18.7 million from USD 5.8 million recorded in the same period last year.“We are very pleased to achieve strong financial performance for the third quarter, reporting earnings of USD 13.6 million or USD 0.52 per share. Our results this quarter are attributable to well-timed fleet growth, a highly efficient operating platform, and successful execution of our chartering strategy,” Anthony Gurnee, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer commented.Ardmore delivered strong chartering performance with its spot and pool MR tankers, earning approximately USD 24,269 per day for the three months ended September 30, 2015.“We are also pleased to declare a dividend of USD 0.31 per share for the quarter, representing a 210% increase. We believe that our newly adopted constant payout ratio of 60% provides clarity on future dividends and ensures that investors are able to fully participate in and benefit from Ardmore’s earnings growth,” Gurnee added.During the quarter the company took delivery of two vessels, the Ardmore Chinook, a 25,200 Dwt Eco-design IMO 2 product and chemical tanker, and the Ardmore Seawolf, a 49,999 Dwt Eco-design IMO 2/3 product and chemical tanker.According to Gurnee, the product tanker charter market has exhibited sustained strength throughout the year to-date, driven by underlying secular demand growth resulting from Middle East refinery expansion, a growing dislocation of production vs. consumption, and continuing regional product imbalances.“In addition, the new oil market, characterized by extreme oil price volatility and supply-chain congestion, has added a further layer of demand for product tankers and is expected to persist for the foreseeable future,” he said.“Meanwhile, we believe that product tanker supply growth has peaked, with deliveries to date being fully absorbed, and with the MR orderbook now the lowest of all the tanker sectors. Given these market dynamics and the typical seasonal demand uplift, we are very bullish for the coming winter months and are already seeing signs of further strengthening in the spot market. With our final two newbuilds scheduled to deliver in the coming weeks and our 2016 revenue days set to increase by a further 23% from their 2015 level, Ardmore is well positioned to continue generating strong returns and creating substantial value for shareholders,” Gurnee concluded.last_img read more

What the frack group demands answers around Canadian Premium Sands proposed mine

first_imgAshley BrandsonAPTN NewsA group of environmentalists from the Hollow Water First Nation who call themselves “What the Frack” are demanding answers as to how a silica sand project, run by Canadian Premier Sand, was approved.The group was at the Manitoba legislature chasing down the minister of Sustainable Development.They want to know if a work permit was granted to Canadian Premier Sand to begin construction.“We’ve never received a straight answer,” said Don Sullivan. “it’s either yes, or no we haven’t.”Canadian Premium Sand is spearheading a project called Winipigow Sand.The company is in discussions with chief and council about plans to build an industrial plant to extract silica sand from Hollow Water and nearby communities of Seymourville, and Manigotagan.“I live there, this is my home,” said Hollow Water members Reg Simard. “I don’t want my home be… to be bulldozed.”Simard said the proposed mine is five to six kilometres from his house and he has concerns about the company’s proposal.“They come in and tell us all the great things about this,” he said. “All the positives, now granted there is a lot of positives uh – to the project but at what cost?”His main concern is about the air quality around the area once the project is approved.APTN News requested an interview with the Rochelle Squires, the minister of Sustainable Development.Her office said she was not available but in an email statement, the minister said that, “The company has submitted an Environmental act proposal which the province is currently reviewing. Crown-Indigenous consultation has begun.“Environmental safety, including health and safety, is a component of the company’s Environment Act proposal, which is currently under review.”abrandson@aptn.ca@ashleybrandsonlast_img read more

Akhilesh Mayawati attack BJP govt

first_imgGhaizbad/GB Nagar: With just a couple of days left for Ghaziabad and Gautam Buddh Nagar districts to go polling, the star campaigners and big names of various political parties are leaving no stone unturned and are conducting massive rallies to attract voters in their own ways.A massive gathering of crowd was witnessed at Ramleela Maidaan in Kavi Nagar area of Ghaziabad, where thousands of people thronged the rally organised by Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav campaigning for their candidate, Suresh Bansal, for Ghaziabad Lok Sabha seat. Addressing public on the occasion, Yadav lashed out at BJP government on employment, farmer’s issues and spreading falsehood among people. “The leaders of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) are only busy in spreading false achievements while none of the promises of their manifesto turned a reality. All the major infrastructure projects in Ghaziabad district, including the single pillar elevated road, metro line extension from Dilshad Garden to New Bus stand in Ghaziabad, were completed in the rein of Samajwadi Party. However, the present Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath is just cutting ribbons and taking credit. There are no new development works started by the BJP government in past couple of years while those which were incomplete in our rein are still incomplete,” said Yadav. Yadav added that the leaders of BJP party may talk about Smart City Ghaizbad but don’t know the condition of slum and backward areas in Ghaziabad where people are still facing a havoc in their day to day life. Another rally was conducted by BSP supremo Mayawati in Knowledge park area of Greater Noida on Monday afternoon. Over 25,000 people gathered in the ground to hear the campaign speech. Addressing a packed ground, Mayawati slammed the BJP’s “Chowkidar” campaign, calling it a gimmick from a government. “The BJP government used to come up with something new as they came up as chaiwala and asked youths to to start the business of frying pakoras and now they have come as chowkidar. Instead of creating job opportunities, which they had promised in previous elections, they are motivating youths to become chowkidars or fry pakoras,” said Mayawati. She further lambasted the government for their decision such as Demonetisation and GST which she claimed to have broken the back bone of businessman and middle class people. In yet another effort to attract voters, BJP candidate Gen (retd) VK Singh also conducted a road show in Ghaziabad’s old City area along with Uttrakhand Chief Minister Trivender Singh Rawat. The political rally of Congress leader Sachin Pilot’s in Ghaziabad was cancelled due to unavoidable circumstances at the last moment on Monday and is expected to take place on Tuesday.last_img read more

EAM seeks report on Chennai demo

Ventuno Web Player 4.51 Amunugama however told the Colombo Gazette that the government deals only with the Indian Central government and so would not like to directly respond to every protest taking place in Tamil Nadu. External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunatillake Amunugama said that the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission in Chennai has been asked to submit a report on the protest. “All of us have come here to protest against what is happening to our brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka. This is to say equal status has to be given to Tamils in Sri Lanka. If not give them a state. Also we need to bring to book the culprits who have continuously been part of genocide and human killings. They need to be booked and punished,” Tamil actor Prakash Raj said.These personalities of the Tamil celluloid world are the latest to stage a protest over the issue, which has generated heat in the state in recent weeks with various sections of people, including students, taking to the streets.Sarath Kumar, who is leading the protest, demanded that the Centre implement the resolution adopted by the Tamil Nadu Assembly recently demanding a referendum on separate Tamil Eelam and action against those who committed war crimes. The protesters are likely to pass few resolutions later in the day on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lankan External Affairs Ministry has sought a report on the demonstration held in Chennai today by South Indian film stars against the Sri Lankan government.Several leading Tamil film stars including Rajinikanth took part in the one day protest today calling for a solution to the Sri Lankan Tamil issue. The Indian media said that Kamal Haasan also joined the protests later in the day.CNN IBN reported that the film activity in Tamil Nadu came to a standstill as artistes, directors, producers, distributors and exhibitors participated in the hunger-strike being held at the premises of South Indian Film Artists’ Association in Chennai. read more