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Three-time Tony-winning director Gene Saks, known as the leading interpreter of Neil Simon's plays, has died of pneumonia

Three-time Tony-winning director Gene Saks, known as the leading interpreter of Neil Simon's plays, has died of pneumonia. He was 93.

He passed away on Saturday, March 28, at his home in East Hampton here, reported the New York Times.

The actor-director is survived by wife Keren.

Saks made his acting debut on Broadway in South Pacific in 1949. On stage he appeared in "A Shot in the Dark", "The Tenth Man", and "A Thousand Clowns", in the role of Leo "Chuckles The Chipmunk" Herman, which he reprised in the film version.

He portrayed Jack Lemmon's brother in the screen adaptation of Simon's "The Prisoner of Second Avenue", and also appeared in "Nobody's Fool" starring Paul Newman.

Saks shared a long-term professional association with Simon, directing the writer's plays "Biloxi Blues", "Brighton Beach Memoirs", "Jake's Women", "Rumors", "Lost in Yonkers" and "California Suite".

Among his film directing credits are "Barefoot in the Park", "The Odd Couple", "Cactus Flower", "Last of the Red Hot Lovers", "Mame", "Brighton Beach Memoirs", "A Fine Romance", "So I Married an Axe Murderer" and the 1995 television production of "Bye Bye Birdie".

Saks' first Tony award came in 1977 for the musical "I Love My Wife", followed by in 1983 for the play "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and in 1985 for "Biloxi Blues".

He was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1991.

Saks was first married to actress Bea Arthur, from 1950-1980. The couple had two sons, by adoption. He had a daughter by his second wife Keren.
source:agency

India has bought up to 80,000 tonnes of Australian wheat in recent deals, three trade sources said

SINGAPORE/NEW DELHI: India has bought up to 80,000 tonnes of Australian wheat in recent deals, three trade sources said on Tuesday, the biggest such imports by the country in five years as unseasonal rains damage the crop at home.

Purchases by the world's No.2 wheat consumer and producer could buoy benchmark Chicago prices , which rallied more than 6 percent in the past two sessions and are currently near a one-week top amid concerns over dry weather and rising temperatures hurting the US winter crop.

Indian flour millers have bought between 70,000 and 80,000 tonnes of Australian prime wheat for April-May shipment at $260-$265 a tonne, including cost and freight.

"They have bought three cargoes as some mills are taking coverage because of reports of rain damage," said one Singapore-based trading manager with an international trading company.

"We don't expect India to buy large volumes as they have substantially large stocks but there could be some demand for higher grade wheat."

India imported around 200,000 tonnes of wheat in 2010, US department of agriculture data shows, and purchases since then have been low because of bumper domestic production.

But wheat output and overall crop quality is seen taking a hit this year following heavy, untimely rain in northern and central grain-growing parts of India just before the harvest. Traders said the top high-protein wheat producing states of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan have seen worst damage.

While it is too early to estimate the extent of damage to the wheat crop, winter crops in more than 10 million hectares could be hit, government officials said.

India could be in the market for more shipments although large stockpiles in government silos may cap purchases.

Stocks lying with the state-run Food Corporation of India totalled 19.52 million tonnes on March 1, substantially higher than a target of 4 million tonnes.

Still, some of the stocks, which are more than two-year old, may be of average to lower quality.

In addition to the rain-damage, Indian millers are importing also because of global freight rates that plunged to a record low last month.

"At times some port-based flour millers in southern India import high-protein wheat from Australia to take advantage of freight rates and lower global prices," said Prem Gupta, a senior member of the Roller Flour Millers Association of India.

"If international prices are lower, it becomes economical to import rather than get cargoes transported from the main production centres in central or northern parts of India."

courtesy: Reuters

Kannada language will be a mandatory subject in classes one to ten in schools affiliated to Karnataka board

BENGULURU: Kannada language will be a mandatory subject in classes one to ten in schools affiliated to Karnataka board and a compulsory medium of instruction from classes one to five.

This is envisaged in the Kannada Language Learning Bill, 2015 making Kannada a mandatory subject in classes one to ten and Right To Education Act Amendment Bill which were passed by a voice vote in the state assembly on Tuesday.

The second bill amended Section 29 (2) of the Right To Education Act to change the provision "medium of instruction shall, as far as practicable, be in mother's tongue" to "Kannada or mother tongue will be medium of instruction in primary schools" from classes to one to five.

The amendment would help the government in its arguments before the Supreme Court when the curative petition related to its language policy is taken up.

The Supreme Court had rejected a revision petition filed by the state government seeking review of its ruling which upheld a Karnataka high court judgment striking down its government order issued in 1994 to impose Kannada or mother tongue as a medium of instruction in primary schools.

source:agency

There will be a lunar eclipse on April 4 which would be visible from all over India

HYDERABAD: There will be a lunar eclipse on April 4 which would be visible from all over India, depending on weather conditions, an expert said here on Tuesday.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth comes in between the sun and the moon, casting a shadow on the moon.

"It is total if the earth completely blocks the moon, as will happen on April 4," B M Birla Science Centre director B G Sidharth said here.

"The first contact with the 'umbra' or the beginning of the eclipse is at 15.47 hours. The full lunar eclipse would begin at about 17.30 hours. The total eclipse would begin to end at 17.32 hours," he said in a statement.

However, this celestial spectacle would not be visible in Hyderabad because the moon would not yet have risen, Sidharth said.

The moon would rise in the East at 18.32 hours, just as the sun would set in the West.

When it rises, it would be seen as a partially eclipsed moon.

The partial phase would continue till 19.15 hours, when the eclipse would have ended, he said.

"In actual fact, the moon will not be completely blocked out during the eclipse, but it will appear wherever visible with a brownish reddish glow. This is the so called blood moon. This is because sunlight manages to reach the moon after bending through the earth's atmosphere," he said.
source:agency

The Odisha government has decided to prepare an action plan to increase the turnover of the Odisha Small Industries Corporation (OSIC) to Rs.1,000 crore in the next two years

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has decided to prepare an action plan to increase the turnover of the Odisha Small Industries Corporation (OSIC) to Rs.1,000 crore in the next two years.
The government has set a target to increase the turnover by providing various services to local Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), mostly in the area of marketing, in the next two years, an official of the MSME department said on Monday. He said the state chief secretary has advised to prepare an action plan and the department was working on it.

Since many MSME industries are facing closure in the absence of market linkage, the OSIC would provide adequate market linkage for their sustenance. The official said the government plans to formulate a new MSME development policy, which will replace earlier policy of 2009.
According to MSME sources, 15,315 MSME units shut down operation during 2013-14, while 24,481 units remain sick following stiff competition from large industries, and due to obsolete technology, and lack of credit flow.

The sources said the government would also set up a separate cell at the OSIC for taking up infrastructure development for the MSME sector.
source:agency

India's defence sector is expected to provide business opportunities worth $250 billion in the next seven to eight years

New Delhi: India's defence sector is expected to provide business opportunities worth $250 billion in the next seven to eight years, a senior industry ministry official said on Monday.
If India is going to import $140 billion of defence equipment in the next seven years and homeland security is going to need another $110 billion, this would spell "$250 billion worth of business in the next seven to eight years", said Amitabh Kant, secretary, department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP).

"How quickly we can transform ourselves into a defence manufacturing country is a key challenge to India," Kant said at an industry chamber Assocham event where invitees included Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and Belgian Ambassador Jan Luykx.
"We have opened up defence, railways, insurance and medical devices. Other than multi-brand retail, India is the most open economy of the world today. How quickly we can use our defence manufacturing sector... That is a huge area for growth in the future," he added. Kant also said that the government plans to soon implement a mechanism whereby states will be ranked based on the ease of doing business.

"We are commissioning a professional agency to evaluate all the states and rank best and worst performing states," he said. "The real action is in the states," he added.
source:agency

The strategic Srinagar-Jammu National Highway was opened for one-way traffic

Jammu: The strategic Srinagar-Jammu National Highway was opened for one-way traffic on Tuesday as improved weather and receding water level in major rivers lessened the danger of damage by floods in the state.
"Jammu-Srinagar National Highway has been opened for one-way traffic today," a senior police officer told IANS in Jammu on Tuesday. "However, only light vehicles will be allowed to move on the highway from Jammu to Srinagar."

More than 2,000 valley bound passengers have been stranded in Jammu city for the last three days because of the highway closure. Authorities said on Monday if the highway could not be restored on Tuesday, the Indian Air Force would be approached for arranging special sorties to airlift people stranded between Srinagar and Jammu. Landslides triggered by incessant rainfall had blocked the Jammu-Srinagar road the past three days. So far, 18 people have been killed by floods in Jammu and Kashmir in the last three days.
Sixteen members of two families were buried alive as landslide swept their homes in Laden village of Badgam district on Monday, 40 km from Srinagar city. Bodies of six people, including four women, a man and an infant, have been so far recovered from the debris and efforts are on to recover other bodies believed to be buried under it.

Two youths were washed away in swollen mountain streams in Udhampur district of Jammu region on Monday. More than 800 people from various areas have so far been rescued and shifted to safer places by the army and the civil administration in the state.
There has been some improvement in weather since Monday evening and water level in the major rivers and mountain streams of the state has come down. "Water level in the Jhelum river was 16.45 feet at Sangam (Anantnag), 18.30 feet at Ram Munshibagh (Srinagar) and 12.75 feet at Asham (Bandipora) at 8 a.m. today," a senior official of the flood control department said in Srinagar.

The official said although the Jhelum river is still flowing near the danger mark, the flood threat has considerably abetted because of improvement in weather.
source:agency

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met ministers of state with independent charge for feedback on the funcctioning of their ministries

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met ministers of state with independent charge for feedback on the funcctioning of their ministries, sources said. "He discussed different issues with all ministers. The prime minister asked ministers to maintain transparency in work," said a minister who was present in the meeting.
source:agency

Filmmaker Karan Johar has revealed that his production venture "Shuddhi" will go on the floors after the release of Karan Malhotra's film "Brothers" in August

Mumbai: Filmmaker Karan Johar has revealed that his production venture "Shuddhi" will go on the floors after the release of Karan Malhotra's film "Brothers" in August.
"'Shuddhi' will go on the floors very soon. The pre-production on this film is a tumultuous task because it's a very wide film with a large scale so it needs a lot of time," the filmmaker said here Monday at the cover launch of Filmfare's Glamour & Style issue.

"And Karan Malhotra, who is set to direct it, is releasing his film "Brothers" in August, so he will get into it right after that," he added. To be directed by Malhotra, "Shuddhi" features superstar Salman Khan, while the rest of the cast is yet to be finalised.

Meanwhile, Karan also spoke about his another production venture- remake of "Ram Lakhan" and said "it will start early 2016 and the cast will be announced in the next two month".
source:agency

Karan Johar, who is foraying into acting with Anurag Kashyap's "Bombay Velvet", is "nervous" and "stressed out" about how his negative character in the film will be accepted by the audience

Mumbai: Filmmaker Karan Johar, who is foraying into acting with Anurag Kashyap's "Bombay Velvet", is "nervous" and "stressed out" about how his negative character in the film will be accepted by the audience.
In the romantic thriller, KJo plays a villain called Kaizad Khambatta, who has a flamboyant character. "I am really nervous about it because it's my first foray into acting," the filmmaker, who did a small role in Yash Raj Films "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge", said here.

"I am really stressed out about how it is going to be accepted when it is out," he added. Although, the stylish filmmaker wears black normally, he was made to wear all colours in the film. And he could not throw tantrums even courtesy "Bombay Velvet" director Anurag Kashyap. He feels Kashyap is "a person you can't hold tantrums with".

"I wear lot of black but I have worn all kinds of colours in the film. I just kept my mouth shut because I felt that as an actor I can't have the perspective because I have to follow the vision of the filmmaker, and that's what I want from the actors myself," said Johar, who was present at the cover launch of Filmfare's Glamour & Style Issue.
"I couldn't throw tantrums on the sets and Anurag is somebody you can't hold tantrums with because he has a clear vision," he added.

Also starring Anushka Sharma and Ranbir Kapoor, "Bombay Velvet" is set for release on May 15.
source:agency

National-level Haryana Gymnast Shows Near-Miraculous Recovery after Spine Injury at Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon

       The 18-year-old broke his neck after a freak accident during practice and suffered paralysis



·        The athlete underwent a complex set of spine surgeries, and surprised even the doctors by standing back on feet within three days



Gurgaon: Sachin, a young and promising national level gymnast from Haryana suffered an unfortunate fall while performing a complex gymnastics maneuver during a practice session and broke his neck bone, leaving him paralyzed immediately.



Even as his coach rushed him to a nearby hospital, he feared the worst since he had come across a few such cases of athletes who had failed to recover from such an injury inducing accident. The doctors who examined him confirmed that he had sustained a serious cervical spine injury with quadriplegia (paralysis of arms and legs). Realizing that it was a very serious injury and needed high expertise to handle carefully, they referred the athlete to the Spine Department of Paras Hospital, Gurgaon for further management.



As soon as he arrived at Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon, the spine team led by Dr Arun Bhanot, chief of spine services, started appropriate medical treatment. Since the right treatment began within a few hours of injury, it proved crucial to the final outcome. Then they decided that undertaking a complex set of surgeries on his neck was the only option to provide Sachin a realistic chance of survival and recovery from paralysis.



“After initially stabilizing his condition with medicines, we assessed it to be a dislocation of C4-5 vertebra in the neck causing damage to the spinal cord that led to the paralysis. We decided to immediately conduct a surgery as we did not want to lose any more time. Sachin was operated the very next morning and underwent two spine surgeries at the same time -- one from the front of neck and second from the back of neck. After the spine surgeries, Sachin showed a remarkable improvement within the next 24 hours, and has continued to improve ever since. All his four limbs have started moving,” said Dr Bhanot.



Within 3 days of the operation, Sachin regained enough strength in his legs, so much that the doctors were able to make him stand by his own. With both age and will power on his side and accurate medical help, Sachin managed to achieve a fete that surprised even his doctors.



A spine or brain injury is one of the most critical injuries suffered by the body since it impacts the entire central nervous system. Unlike an injured hand whose impact would be limited to just itself, an injured spine has implications for the entire body. It may leave a person paralyzed for life.



“Sachin is extremely lucky to have such a fast recovery from a very serious spinal injury that caused paralysis. The incidence of recovery in such injuries is abysmally low even at the best of centers in the world. In this case, it was a combination of multiple factors that went in Sachin's favor; the foremost being his coach's insight to take him to a nearby well equipped medical center whose doctors in turn referred him to a tertiary care spine unit that was well geared up to provide him a world class treatment. Getting a prompt medical treatment within a couple of hours of his injury, followed by correct set of surgeries under expert hands within the first 24 hours of injury provided stability to his unstable spine. This made the whole difference between him remaining paralytic for his whole life or recovering and being able to walk by himself,” added Dr Bhanot.



The doctors at Paras Hospital are quite satisfied with Sachin's overall recovery and are hopeful that he will recover completely from such a grave injury in the next few days.



The episode also highlights the untold story of several athletes in India who have suffered a life-jolting spine injury, and failed to recover because of factors such as lack of adequate medical facilities, delay in referrals, and paucity of high quality spine surgeons.

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President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the Bharat Ratna posthumously on Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya and the Padma Vibhushan on veteran BJP leader L.K. Advani

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday conferred the Bharat Ratna posthumously on Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya and the Padma Vibhushan on veteran BJP leader L.K. Advani. The president gave the awards at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan here. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was also honoured with Padma Vibhushan. Earlier, the president presented the Bharat Ratna to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence on March 27.
source:agency

Chinese Buddhist gurus, Vajra Master Jinke Xuanlei, said that the best way to improve India-China ties is to have Buddha as a key factor in the relationship

New Delhi: One of the most popular Chinese Buddhist gurus, Vajra Master Jinke Xuanlei, said on Sunday that the best way to improve India-China ties is to have Buddha as a key factor in the relationship.
The founder of Sino-Esoteric Buddhism Association was speaking at a felicitation by Tarun Vijay, a BJP MP and president of the Parliamentary Group on India China Friendship.

The spiritual guru said though he resides in China, his soul was in India.

A group of Chinese Buddhist Mandala painters led by Vajra Master is here under a Chinese government initiative to commemorate the 65th year of diplomatic relations between India and China.
Their artworks are on display at India Habitat Centre's art gallery here.

Vijay said: "Their works on Ganesha, Buddha, (Mahatma) Gandhi and Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi show a deep sense of understanding of the Indian psyche which is a result of age-old interaction nurtured by Buddhist scholars and travellers."
source:agency

The government has released Rs.385 crore to Andhra Pradesh and Rs.150 crore to Telangana in line with the recommendations of the 13th Finance Commission

New Delhi: The government has released Rs.385 crore to Andhra Pradesh and Rs.150 crore to Telangana in line with the recommendations of the 13th Finance Commission, the finance ministry said on Sunday.
A statement here said Rs.298.82 crore has been released to Andhra Pradesh, including towards panchayati raj institutions (PRIs), urban local bodies (ULB) and special area schemes, Rs.2.6 crore for implementation of a statistical system and about Rs.50 crore for other projects.

The total amount released to Andhra Pradesh is Rs.384.9 crore. The amount released to Telangana is Rs.149.87 crore, the statement added.
source:agency

NIA in a special court named 21 people, formally charged with involvement in the Burdwan blast case, for conspiring to overthrow the existing democratic government in Bangladesh

Kolkata: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) in a special court on Monday named 21 people, formally charged with involvement in the Burdwan blast case, for conspiring to overthrow the existing democratic government in Bangladesh.
In a charge sheet filed before an NIA special court, the agency said the 21 people, accused in the Bardwan blast case, were involved in the conspiracy of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), an outlawed terrorist outfit in Bangladesh, to overthrow the Dhaka government.

The agency named four Bangladeshi nationals among the 21 it charge sheeted. Of the 21, the agency has so far arrested 13 while eight others are untraced and on the run.
"The charge sheet has been filed against 21 individuals - including four Bangladeshi nationals - for their involvement in the conspiracy of JMB, a proscribed terrorist organisation in Bangladesh, to overthrow the existing democratic government in Bangladesh through violent terrorist acts and replace it with a hardline Sharia-based Islamic rule," an NIA officer said. The accidental blast took place in a house in Khagragarh in Burdwan district on October 2, killing two JMB militants and injuring another.

Taking up the probe on October 10, the NIA has arraigned 32 people as accused in the case. NIA counsel Shyamal Ghosh said all the 21 accused have been individually charged with a number of offences, including being members of a terrorist gang, commission of terrorist acts, conspiracy, recruitment and funding of terrorist outfit, organising training camps, and possession of arms, ammunition and explosive substances.
While the NIA has arrested 18 people, Ghosh explained that two of those arrested have been discharged from the present case as the investigations have not revealed their involvement. Three others currently in custody have not yet been named in the charge sheet. The two discharged from the case include Myanmar national Khalid Mohammed, who was arrested from Hyderabad last year for alleged links with the JMB.

"More than 250 witnesses were examined and around 100 searches were conducted in large number of places across the states of West Bengal, Assam and Jharkhand, leading to seizures of huge volumes of documents, computers, explosives, chemicals, arms and ammunition, and other incriminating materials," counsel said. The agency has claimed that its investigation showed that the JMB had established its network in many districts - particularly in Murshidabad, Nadia, Malda, Birbhum and Burdwan in Bengal, Barpeta in Assam, and Sahibganj and Pakur in Jharkhand.
"A network of terrorist training camps at selected madrasas and other hideouts was found to be in operation where selected youths were indoctrinated into the violent jihadi ideology as well as trained for violent action by using explosives and firearms."

Members of JMB undertook the effort to recruit, radicalise, and train vulnerable youths for preparing a large group of Indians - based on their common religious and linguistic identity, primarily in the states bordering Bangladesh - to join the JMB, and utilise them for the movement to overthrow the existing democratic government in Bangladesh, the NIA said.
source:agency

The central government is in constant touch with the government of Jammu and Kashmir, and monitoring the flood situation there

New Delhi: The central government is in constant touch with the government of Jammu and Kashmir, and monitoring the flood situation there, an official said.
The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) is taking stock of the flood situation in Jammu and Kashmir, a home ministry official told IANS, adding that Home Minister Rajnath Singh also spoke to the chief minister of the flood-affected state on Monday. "Rajnath Singh ji spoke to Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today (Monday) and discussed the flood situation there," he said.

Floods ravaged Kashmir Valley on Monday following incessant rainfall over the past four days. Anxious people were leaving for safer places as authorities kept a watch on swollen mountain streams and the Jhelum river, which was in spate. Meanwhile, no breach of embankment has been reported, an official statement said.

However, as a precautionary measure, to assist the state government authorities, two teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deputed and another four teams kept on stand-by. The state government has also been asked to indicate the assistance required by it, it added.
source:agency

An Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) member filed a complaint against unidentified people for manhandling and attacking him during the party's National Executive meeting

New Delhi: An Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) member filed a complaint against unidentified people for manhandling and attacking him during the party's National Executive meeting held here on Saturday, police said.
Ramzan Choudhary, in a two-page written complaint, alleged that some "bouncers" of the AAP assaulted him at the meeting. A probe has been initiated by the Kapashera police station, where Choudhary lodged the complaint.

"We have accepted a two-page written complaint given by Ramzan Choudhary this (Sunday) evening," Deputy Commissioner of Police R.A. Sanjeev told IANS. "Choudhary claimed that he was manhandled and physically attacked by some unknown people. We have initiated a probe but are yet to file an FIR because he came to us more than 24 hours after the purported incident," Sanjeev said.
The officer said Choudhary's medical examination was conducted by the police. The report was awaited. After the AAP's national council on Saturday, Choudhary alleged that he was thrashed and kicked when he sought more discussion on the ouster of the party's founding members Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan.

The AAP has rubbished Choudhary's claims, saying the meeting was "peaceful". Amid high drama, the AAP on Saturday sacked both Yadav and Bhushan from the party's national executive, accusing them of carrying out anti-party activities.
source:agency

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said his sole aim was to end corruption and give good governance to the state's people

Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday said his sole aim was to end corruption and give good governance to the state's people.
Attacking the previous Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government, he said certain people had approached him with offers to follow its "give and take" policy.

"In the very first month of formation of the new (BJP) government, many people came to me with various kinds of offers, wanting me to follow the old 'give-and-take' system," he said, while addressing a gathering after inaugurating a hospital in Sonipat town. "But I showed them the door, saying our sole aim is to end corruption and give good governance to the people of the state," Khattar said.

The Hooda government, which was in office from March 2005 to October 2014, has been facing flak from the opposition over acquisition of land, granting of change of land use (CLU) and other permissions to colonizers and builders and other scams.
Khattar said his government was committed to breaking the politician, officers and employees nexus for graft. "We will pursue the path of public interest by connecting the whole system with e-governance," he said.

"The aim is to win the trust of people by giving them equal rights. We have to take the state forward in education, health and social sector. We have promised people jobs on merit basis and we are moving fast on this road," he added.
Health Minister Anil Vij said the state government was committed to providing good education and healthcare facilities to the people.

"It is an irony that even today the poor families do not want to get their wards educated in government schools. And a poor son would not like to get his mother treated in government hospital. The previous governments did not pay any heed to this but we will work to change this perception," he said.
source:agency

There is also a need for change in the norms for disaster relief : Arun Jaitley

Jaipur: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who on Sunday met rain and hailstorm-affected farmers in Rajasthan, assured the state that the central government would provide all possible help for providing relief to the affected farmers.
"There is also a need for change in the norms for disaster relief," Jaitley said while talking to media after meeting Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje here. After visiting the affected areas in Kota and Bundi districts, he held a high-level meeting with Raje, where state ministers and senior officials were also present.

"Rajasthan has suffered massive loss of human lives, livestock, crops and houses due to rains and hailstorm and the union government would provide all possible help to the state government at the earliest," Jaitley said. Noting the state government sought additional means as well as some relaxations in disaster management norms to deal with situation, he said they "will consider these demands". In the meeting, Raje said that tomato, orange, mustard, coriander, cumin and some other crops have been totally damaged in the state.
She said that amendments in the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) provisions would go a long way in providing relief to the farmers. Kota, Bundi and nearby districts have been worst affected by rain and hailstorms that hit the desert state in March's second week.

Officials said 25 people have died and 50 percent or more crops in over 3,000 villages have been damaged. Meanwhile, former chief minister Ashok Gehlot in a statement urged Jaitley to provide maximum support to the state so the affected farmers could be helped adequately.
source:agency

The women and child development ministry has requested the home ministry to take up with the various state governments the issue of 33 percent reservation of posts for women in police forces

New Delhi: The women and child development ministry has requested the home ministry to take up with the various state governments the issue of 33 percent reservation of posts for women in police forces, official sources said on Sunday.
In a letter to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi was cited to have said: "I request you to take up the issue of 33 percent reservation for women in police forces at your level so that together we can address the problem of violence against women."

Gandhi has pitched reservation for women in police forces as one of the key steps which can stop violence against women. The union cabinet has announced 33 percent reservation for women in the police at lower levels in seven union territories of India, including Delhi.
The initiative aims at buttressing women's power in the police forces and to make them more gender-sensitive. Besides general category, it will also cover Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes.

Of a total number of 80,000 police personnel in Delhi police, women personnel constitute barely 8,000 at present.
source:agency

On the occasion of National Maritime Day Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for a top-notch maritime museum to showcase India's age-old maritime heritage

New Delhi: On the occasion of National Maritime Day on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for a top-notch maritime museum to showcase India's age-old maritime heritage.
Meeting a delegation from the maritime sector led by Minister for Shipping Nitin Gadkari, the prime minister remarked: "India's maritime heritage goes back nearly 5,000 years, with the oldest known port being Lothal."

He urged all stakeholders to work together to establish a world-class maritime museum that would showcase the glorious aspect of India's history, said an official statement.
The prime minister also emphasised tapping India's great potential in shipbuilding as part of the "Make in India" initiative.

Gadkari pinned a flag on Modi's lapel to mark the occasion and briefed him on plans for skill development in the shipping sector.
source:agency

Authorities declared flood in the Kashmir Valley

Srinagar: Authorities on Monday declared flood in the Kashmir Valley, asking people living close to the banks of the Jhelum river to exercise extreme caution and move to safer places.
"Flood level was 22.8 feet (status red) at Sangam (Anantnag), 19 feet (status red) at Ram Munshi Bagh (Srinagar) and 11.55 feet (status green) at Ashim (Bandipora) today (Monday) morning."

"All officials connected directly and indirectly with flood control operation have been ordered to report for duty and remain available at their places of posting," a top divisional administration official said here.
"People living along the banks of Jhelum are advised to exercise extreme caution. Moving to safer places from vulnerable areas is advised," he added.

People living in flood-prone areas of Srinagar city, especially those in Rajbagh, Jawahar Nagar, Gogjibagh, Wazir Bagh and some other places have already started migrating to safer places since Sunday evening. Many shopkeepers in the Residency Road and Lal Chowk commercial hub of the city were seen shifting merchandise to safer places, engaging load carriers for the purpose. These areas had been the worst hit during the unprecedented floods last September.
Over 80 public and private properties suffered partial or total damage because of incessant rains during the last two days in the Valley. The strategic Jammu-Srinagar highway has also been closed since Saturday. Authorities in Jammu said the highway would remain closed today (Monday) as well.

An avalanche warning was also sounded in the higher reaches of the seven districts in the state. All examinations scheduled have been postponed up to April 3. Inter-district connectivity has also been badly affected in the Valley.

Srinagar-Gulmarg, Srinagar-Kupwara and Srinagar-Bandipora roads have been blocked due to flash floods and washing away of some bridges and culverts on these roads. Meanwhile, the local weather office has forecast improvement in weather from Monday.

"There would be decrease in precipitation from today (Monday). Another western disturbance is likely to hit the state on April 2, but the intensity of that western disturbance is going to be much less than the one that had been active here during the last four days," Sonam Lotus, director of the local Met Office told media here.
source:agency

TV star Faisal Khan says the turning point of his career is yet to come and now he is eyeing the big canvas to broaden his wings

Mumbai: TV star Faisal Khan, who has earned much fame with dance-based reality show "Dance India Dance" and historical show "Bharat Ka Veer Putra - Maharana Pratap", says the turning point of his career is yet to come and now he is eyeing the big canvas to broaden his wings.
"The turning point of my life is yet to come. Everyone wants to be on the big screen one day and so do I wish. Let's see when it happens," Faisal said here.

Meanwhile, on being asked about his inspiration in Bollywood, he named superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan.
"Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan are my inspirations. Hrithik has everything height, looks, personality... and he is a good singer and dancer as well," the "Dance India Dance" winner said.

"From Shah Rukh, I can learn acting. He acts very cutely," added the teenager.
source:agency

Actress Kareena Kapoor has reportedly turned down an offer to judge a forthcoming dance reality TV show "Nach Baliye 7"

Mumbai: Actress Kareena Kapoor has reportedly turned down an offer to judge a forthcoming dance reality TV show "Nach Baliye 7", saying she has no plans to venture into the small screen.
According to sources from the makers of "Nach Baliye", its producer Ekta Kapoor is on a lookout for the fourth judge for the show. And she had her eyes on glamourous "Heroine" Kareena.

"Kareena's team got back saying that currently she wants to focus on films and she doesn’t want to do TV at this point of time in her career,” said a source. Earlier there were also talks that Kapoor was planning to zero in on Vidya Balan to complete a quartet of judges on the reality show.
Meanwhile, author Chetan Bhagat has already been signed for the Star Plus show, which will go on air in May. Her sister Karisma has judged the show in the past, and Kareena made an appearance on the reality TV show to promote her film back then.

On the professional front, Kareena is prepping up for Salman Khan starrer "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" and Abhishek Chaubey's "Udta Punjab".
source:agency

Director Rajiv S Ruia and Producer Shekhar Gijare reveals Marathi Film 'Yudh- Astitvachi Ladai' first poster


Bollywood Filmmakers are going 'Jai Maharashtra' now a day's many Bollywood actors, directors, musicians, etc are joining the bandwagon of Marathi cinema. Recently Rajiv S Ruia, who gave us wonderful film ‘My Friend Ganesha’ is making his debut in Marathi films through his new  film ‘'Yudh- Astitvachi  Ladai , offering a sensible and timely subject "A Fight Against System". Actors Rajesh Shringarpure, Tejaswini Pandit, Kranti Redkar, Pankaj Vishnu and Varsha Usgaonkar will be seen in lead. The theme of all of them strike the same chord: working people who take a stand and fight back against a system that serves everyone’s interests but theirs. Produced by Shekhar Gijare and Directed by Rajiv S Ruia "Yudh- Astitvachi  Ladai " is all about to make INDIA CORRUPTION FREE.

DC of Gurgaon graced ‘The Global Gurgaon Governance Conclave’

Administration, Builders, Citizens (ABC) came together on a single platform for citizen’s welfare


The Deputy Commissioner of Gurgaon graced the ‘The Global Gurgaon Governance Conclave’ which was held at DLF City Club, Phase IV, Gurgaon. The conclave was a congregation of administration of Gurgaon, leading private sector builders’ likes of DLF, Unitech, Rahejas, Ansals, Ambience, Emaar MGF etc along with the heads of RWA’s.

The conclave was aimed to address rising disconnect between the builder and citizens and to bridge the gap between them. The discussion was concentrated more on the problems of plotted areas of Gurgaon and the planning of new Gurgaon which is coming up.

During the conclave it was announced that a website named www.Propchill.com has been created where people can rate their experiences they had with the builders from whom they have bought the property. This will help the buyers to get a better idea about the projects and builders around because public ratings are always more authentic and reliable then any certifications. It was proposed that the maintenance management should be directly taken care by the citizens. An escrow account will be created where a representative of builder and RWA will jointly be the signing authority.

Secondly it was proposed that an independent arbitrator will be appointed. Builder and buyer, either party can approach the arbitrator and get their grievances addressed. This will prevent them from going to courts and will save time and money. 'This meeting  will be organised after each three months to review the work progress' said, Col. Prithvi Nath, Secretary REDCO .


Speaking on the occasion Sh. T.L. Satyaprakash, Deputy Commissioner, Gurgaon said, “All good builders should collectively stand against the builders who are doing wrong and boycott them by creating peer pressure. Today most of the builders are not wrong but few wrong doers have maligned the image of good works which are being carved by the builders. I would also suggest that open areas/parks should be converted into community sports ground where people from different strata of societies can play together and which gives special space to the underprivileged of the society as well.”

The Global Gurgaon Governance Conclave was organised by The Real Estate Development Council (REDCO) of Haryana. It was founded with the objective to improve upon the Realty sector through mutual support, coordination and dissemination of information among stakeholders to further the concept of a healthy business atmosphere. The council, recognizing the need to bridge the gap between builders and citizens, collaborated with Gurgaon administration with the DC as patron and heads of RWAs to elaborate upon circumstances and situations arising out of the disconnect between the two. The council acts as the apex forum to address any issues cropping up during construction or related to any project of the constituting members. This would enable the citizens to table their grievances to the council which it turn would address both parties evenly to cleave an amicable solution. REDCO is a transparent body which recognizes the CM as its chief Patron with HUDA acting as the administrator on its panel.

REDCO, boasting of stalwarts in Real Estate, Gurgaon has taken a long leap to include all stakeholders within the ambit of development. It seeks to dissolve the element of arbitrariness associated with head honchos, by bringing the problem statement right to the centre. An aggrieved citizen can directly approach the council with their concerns, have it addressed by the panel which would cater to the interests of both parties.

Rohit Malik, President REDCO said, “With the formation of REDCO, we are trying to enable confidence in the people and act as a trust building enterprise that has evolved on the ABC (Administration, Builders, and Citizens) model for a holistic infrastructure growth. We have already started working on the ABC model and have collected 35 lakhs property tax in one week from plotted area of phase 3 with the support of RWA.”

Strides Arcolab announces the launch of generic drug Sofosbuvir in India under the brand name 'Virso'

: Strides Arcolab Limited (Strides) today announced the launch of generic drug Sofosbuvir in India under the brand name 'Virso'. In September 2014, Strides entered into a licensing agreement with Gilead Sciences, Inc to bring Hepatitis C cure to 91 developing countries. The product will be available to Indian patients shortly.


Sofosbuvir is the first-in-class NS5B polymerase inhibitor to be launched in India for Hepatitis C treatment and represents a paradigm shift in the existing Hepatitis C management. The high potency, high barrier to resistance, pan genotypic activity, once-daily dosage, good safety profile and the limited drug-drug interactions of Sofosbuvir makes it a breakthrough drug in Hepatitis C treatment. This drug in combination therapy has shown to have high cure rates of around 90%.

Globally, it is estimated that 170-185 million people (about 3% of the world's population) are chronically infected with Hepatitis C virus (HCV). In India alone, it is estimated that 12-18 million patients are infected with Hepatitis C, which is several fold greater than those with HIV/AIDS.

Commenting on the announcement, Mohan Kumar, CEO-Pharma stated “We are pleased to announce this launch in partnership with Gilead Sciences, which is a big leap in our commitment towards bringing critical healthcare at affordable cost."


The launch in other markets is subject to approvals from the regulatory authorities in respective countries.

About Strides Arcolab Limited


Strides Arcolab, listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange Limited (532531) and National Stock Exchange of India Limited (STAR), is a global pharmaceutical Company headquartered in Bangalore, India that develops and manufactures a wide range of IP-led niche pharmaceutical products. The Company has 8 manufacturing facilities presence in more than 75 countries in developed and emerging markets. Additional information is available at the Company’s website at www.stridesarco.com.


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Actress Salma Hayek doesn't like working out

Actress Salma Hayek doesn't like working out. She credits her slim figure in her 2014 film "Everly" to running around after her seven-year-old daughter Valentina.

"I don't like to work out, but I've tried to get into the best shape I've ever been in. When you're running around looking after your daughter you're also doing a lot of work so I was able to manage pretty well on the set," Total Film magazine quoted the 48-year-old as saying, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

Hayek, who played the titular character in the film, loves playing a "tough woman", and hopes the movie inspires people to find the strength they need to get out of "abusive" situations.

"You also get a kick out of playing a really tough woman. Women are very tough even though we often don't show it," she said.

"This kind of story is inspiring for anyone who has felt frustrated or dominated and doesn't know how to escape an abusive situation," she added.

source:agency

Ekta Kapoor is said to have added the tagline Yeh Kaisa Anurodh to the title of her soap opera Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyar due to spiritual and numerological reasons

TV tsarina Ekta Kapoor is said to have added the tagline Yeh Kaisa Anurodh to the title of her soap opera Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyar due to spiritual and numerological reasons.

According to a source, Ekta visited Amritsar earlier this month to seek blessings in the city of the Golden Temple, and when she came back, she decided to add Yeh Kaisa Anurodh to the Sony Entertainment Television show.

The tagline is also said to be added keeping in mind the upcoming track of the show, which stars actors Ronit Roy and Pallavi Kulkarni as an estranged couple.

source:agency

Bollywood star Deepika Padukone featured in a short video titled 'My Choice' and voiced equality for females in all spheres of life

Bollywood star Deepika Padukone, along with 98 other women from Mumbai has featured in a short video titled 'My Choice' and voiced equality for females in all spheres of life.
The two-minute-34-second video is directed by Homi Adjania, with whom Deepika worked in Cocktail and Finding Fanny. It is produced by Dinesh Vijan. The black-and-white video see the 29-year-old actress calling for change in the "caged" mindset of men about women and asking them to stop judging the fairer sex for their choices of clothes, profession and life.

"It is my choice to live life the way I want, to wear clothes I like, to decide how I want my body to be, when I want to get married or if I ever want to walk down the aisle, to decide if I want to be straight or a lesbian...," Deepika said in the video. Other known faces in the video are Farhan Akhtar's wife Adhuna and sister Zoya and Homi's designer wife Anaita. All the 99 women are dressed in black attires.

The clip is a part of the Vogue's initiative on women's empowerment, #VogueEmpower and is penned by Kersi Khambatta, who was the co-writer in Being Cyrus and Finding Fanny.

source:agency

More than 80,000 Pakistanis, including over 48,000 civilians, have been killed in the decade-long US-led war against terror in the country: Report

ISLAMABAD: More than 80,000 Pakistanis, including over 48,000 civilians, have been killed in the decade-long US-led war against terror in the country, according to a new report.

The report titled "Body Count: Casualty Figures after 10 Years of the War on Terror" was released by the Nobel Prize-winning International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War along with Physicians for Social Responsibility and Physicians for Global Survival, The Express Tribune reported today.

The report, dealing with the conflict from 2004 until the end of 2013, shows that a total of 81,325 to 81,860 persons - including 48,504 civilians, 45 journalists, 416-951 civilians killed by drones, 5,498 security personnel and 26,862 militants - lost their lives in the US-led war on terror.

It also said that around 1.3 million people were directly and indirectly killed in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan as a result of US-led wars in the regions during the the same period.

One million people were killed in Iraq and 220,000 in Afghanistan as a result of the war, it said.

"The figure is approximately 10 times greater than that of which the public, experts and decision makers are aware," the authors of the study said.

"And this is only a conservative estimate. The total number of deaths in the three countries could also be in excess of 2 million," they said.

The report scoured the results of individual studies and data published by United Nations organisations, government agencies and non-governmental organisations.

Pakistan government, however, has officially maintained that around 60,000 civilians and security personnel have been killed in the war on terror.

source:agency

A court in China's mainly Muslim Xinjiang region has sentenced a man to six years in prison for "provoking trouble" and growing a beard

BEIJING: A court in China's mainly Muslim Xinjiang region has sentenced a man to six years in prison for "provoking trouble" and growing a beard, a practise discouraged by local authorities, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

The court in the desert oasis city of Kashgar sentenced the 38-year-old Uighur to six years, while his wife was given a two-year sentence, according to the China Youth Daily.

The man "had started growing his beard in 2010" while his wife "wore a veil hiding her face and a burqa", the paper said.

The couple were found guilty of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble", a vague accusation regularly used in the Chinese judicial system.

For more than a year the authorities in Xinjiang have been campaigning against men growing beards — a practice officials associate with extremist ideas.

A campaign dubbed "Project Beauty" also encourages women to leave their heads bare and abandon wearing the veil, a relatively widespread practice among the Uighurs — the main Muslim ethnic group in Xinjiang.

The Kashgar couple had "received several warnings" before being charged, the newspaper reported, citing local officials.

"Since the beginning of the year, a certain number of people breaking the regulation on beards, veils and burqas have been prosecuted and sentenced," officials in Kashgar were quoted as saying by the paper.

Kashgar authorities could not be reached for comment. Rights groups believe Beijing's repression of the Uighurs' culture and religion has fanned tensions in Xinjiang, a resource-rich region that abuts central Asia.

Violence increased last year and at least 200 people were killed in a series of bombings and deadly clashes with security forces, blamed by Beijing on "separatists" and "religious extremists".

In April last year authorities in Xinjiang's Shaya county offered cash to informants to report on neighbours with excessive facial hair.

In August authorities in Karamay city banned people with large beards or Islamic clothing from travelling on public buses.

source:agency

UP minister Azam Khan,surprised MLAs from all parties with unusual 'gifts' of a broom and a pen along with a letter

LUCKNOW: UP minister Azam Khan, known for his frequent barbs against the Prime Minister, surprised MLAs from all parties with unusual 'gifts' of a broom and a pen along with a letter asking them to decide which among the two can take on the evils in the society.

"I am giving two gifts (pen and broom). You all should decide which one could eradicate sins in the society and which reminds you that you can not treat the society only by slogans," he said.

Khan's gift is seen as a covert attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has given slogan for 'Swacch Bharat Abhiyan'.

The minister, earlier during the session, had attacked the PM on the issue by saying that he had given broom in people's hand and took away pen from them.

The strolley bag, carrying pen, broom and his letter, was sent to legislators after the end of assembly session on March 26.

In the letter to MLAs, Khan also said: "You have seen and tested me. I am not the one what people say, but the one whom your heart knows. I know you are truthful and realise truth,"

Commenting on the 'gifts', BJP legislator Radha Mohan Das Agarwal said PM had given a good message in the society by launching the cleanliness drive, which he (Azam) could not digest.

"By gifting broom he has only propagated the ideology of the PM," Agarwal said.

BSP legislator Ram Prasad Chowdhury said that he had received the 'gift' but he did not see the letter till now as he had left for his constituency after the session was over.

Congress has termed the 'gift' as an admission of tacit understanding between SP and BJP.

"The gift is an admission of an understanding between SP and BJP. It seems that he has tried to disclose the understanding in indications by giving a broom with pen," Congress legislator Nadeem Javed said.

source:agency

Australia clinched the World Cup for the fifth time, thrashing New Zealand by seven wickets

MELBOURNE: Australia on Sunday clinched the World Cup for the fifth time, thrashing New Zealand by seven wickets to provide a perfect farewell gift to skipper Michael Clarke, who played a key role with a 74-run knock in his final ODI appearance.

After the bowlers produced a clinical performance skittling out New Zealand for 183, the stage was set for the Australian captain, who used the platform to the fullest with a stylish 72-ball innings as the hosts regained the trophy winning the match in 33.1 overs -- ending an eight-year wait.

The moment Steve Smith (56) hit the winning runs, the entire Australian team was out in the ground delirious in joy celebrating the very special achievement.

All performers yearn for a stage as grand as the World Cup final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Clarke got his walking out as a hero with the entire MCG giving him a standing ovation once he was dismissed after getting his team to the doorstep of victory.

It was a touching sight to find all his teammates standing at the boundary line to greet him.

Clarke added 112 runs in the company of his deputy Smith (56) and it looked as if the skipper was passing on the team's baton to his heir apparent.

Having announced his retirement from ODIs a day before the finals, it was a free-spirited Clarke in action.

The drives flowed from his bat, the footwork was as immaculate as ever and so was the manner in which he charged out to the spinners. Each and every shot was greeted with thunderous applause by the capacity crowd.

There were 10 fours and two sixes in his final ODI innings. Clarke had the Herculean job of checking his emotions and carrying on with the business of guiding his team to victory after losing openers Aaron Finch (0) and David Warner (45). And the skipper was up for it with.

Earlier, a collective display of disciplined bowling from the Australian bowlers helped them restrict a nervous New Zealand to a paltry 183 in 45 overs after Brendon McCullum opted to bat.

A mid-innings collapse which saw New Zealand lose their last seven wickets for only 33 runs in 10 overs effectively ended their hopes of putting up a respectable total despite semifinal hero Grant Elliott's gutsy innings of 83 off 82 balls.

Ironically, this is the second time that a team in a World Cup final was bowled out for 183 after India in the 1983 final against West Indies, which they won by 43 runs.

Seamer James Faulkner's brilliant change-ups during the middle overs saw him end with impressive figures of 3/36 in 9 overs as the Black Caps collapsed from decent 150/3 after 35 overs to 183 all-out in 45 overs in about an hour.

This was after Elliott along with Ross Taylor (40) had added 111 runs for the fourth wicket after the visitors were tottering at 39 for three.

Faulkner was well complimented by the two Mitchells -- Starc (2/20 in 8 overs) and Johnson (3/30 in 9 overs) -- who had the opposition batsmen in trouble with pace and movement on a lively MCG track.

Starc bowled a brilliant delivery first up, to get rid of Brendon McCullum, who was out without scoring. McCullum charged and missed out on a couple of balls dug short and the result was full delivery at the base of off-stump which the batsman had no answer.

Guptill, at the other end, got a freak six when his intended pull off a Josh Hazlewood short delivery flew behind the wicketkeeper for a six. Before that, he had hit a copybook square drive.

Both Guptill and Williamson were cautious during the first 10 overs in which New Zealand scored 31 runs as they got rid of the impetuosity that brought about McCullum's downfall.

The best shot during that particular phase was a straight drive from Williamson off Hazlewood's bowling.

Clarke introduced Glenn Maxwell in the 12th over and it brought dividends immediately. Guptill (15) was bowled trying to cut a rather innocuous Maxwell delivery that was tossed up on the off-stump with not a hint of turn.

Williamson's rather uncomfortable stay at the wicket ended when Johnson bowled a well disguised slower as the right-hander failed to check his shot. The result was a simple return catch which Johnson gleefully accepted. Williamson scored 12 off 33 balls.

Elliott and Taylor then started the repair job. While Elliott was the aggressor, the normally attacking Taylor was ready to hold one end up while nudging and pushing for singles and twos.

Elliott started with a cut off Maxwell and a mistimed hook shot fetched him a six. There were a couple of flowing cover drives off James Faulkner as he reached his 50 off 51 balls. With Taylor for support, the fourth wicket partnership crossed the 100-run mark in 126 balls.

However, the New Zealand innings lost direction from that point. Taylor tried to steer a wide delivery from Faulkner as Brad Haddin took a fantastic one-handed catch stretching to his right.

Corey Anderson (0) was fooled by a yorker as Faulkner suddenly cranked up the pace and the left-hander couldn't get his bat down.

From 150/3 New Zealand slumped to 150/5 and it soon became 151 for six as Mitchell Starc got Luke Ronchi (0) to flash hard as Michael Clarke took a nice catch at first slip. Daniel Vettori (9) was yorked by Johnson and Elliott, who looked good for a century was then taken by Faulkner as it became 171 for eight.

source: agency

The Bihar government is planning to skill up one crore youth in the state in a time span of five years : Nitish Kumar

Patna: The Bihar government is planning to skill up one crore youth in the state in a time span of five years to make them compete globally for industries requiring skilled workforce, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Saturday. "We need to make them employable by imparting skills through various skill development initiatives," he said at an event organised by industry chamber CII here. Nitish Kumar said Bihar has the largest pool of youth in India aged under 25 and his government has already employed about 100,000 young men and women through employment fairs across the state. Labour Resource Minister D.C. Goswami said the government has established skill-centres in the state in collaboration with private companies and expressed interest to work in collaboration with industry bodies and associations.
source:agency

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The billionaire founder and CEO of Chinese internet video site Leshi TV Jia Yueting has compared Apple to the Nazis

WASHINGTON: The billionaire founder and CEO of Chinese internet video site Leshi TV Jia Yueting has compared Apple to the Nazis in a new poster that teases the launch of the company's new smartphone wherein the image shows a cartoon of Adolf Hitler wearing a red armband with the Apple logo in place of the Nazi swastika.

The poster argues that Apple is stifling innovation and harming the interests of users through its approach to smartphones, reported the Verge.

The text across the top of the poster compares the attributes of the Android and iOS ecosystems.

Google's tagline in the latest advertising campaign for Android "Be together. Not the same," carried the implicit message that iOS is restrictive and stifles individuality.



However, the deployment of Nazi imagery in Jia's poster is extremely explicit.

source:agency

Google is teaming up with Johnson & Johnson to build robots that can help surgeons in the operating room

SAN FRANCISCO: Google is teaming up with Johnson & Johnson to build robots that can help surgeons in the operating room.

The alliance announced this week dovetails with two of Google's initiatives beyond its main business of Internet search and advertising. Google has been investing in medical research aimed at extending lives and in robotic technology that can free up humans to do other things.

The companies will try to engineer robotic technology that will reduce patient trauma and accelerate post-surgery healing.

Google will work with Ethicon, a medical device company owned by Johnson & Johnson. Financial terms of the deal aren't being disclosed.

Johnson & Johnson's innovation center in California negotiated the partnership with Google, which is based in Mountain View, California.

courtesy : AP

First case registered under the beef ban law in Maharashtra

NASHIK: In the first case registered under the beef ban law in Maharashtra, two persons have been arrested by police in Malegoan for allegedly slaughtering calves.

A case was registered against three persons, three days ago and two of them were tracked down and arrested yesterday, police said.

The duo — Mohammed Rashid Akhtar (36) and Abdul Ahad Mohammed Ishak alias Hamed Lendi (28) were arrested from Munshi Nagar and Saban Nagar localities respectively following a tip, Azad Nagar police inspector Masood Khan said.

They were later produced in a local court and remanded to five-day police custody till March 31, he said.

Police had earlier this week raided a shack in Azad Nagar area, about 90 kms from here and seized two heads of slaughtered calves and 150 kg of beef.

The Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act, banning slaughter of bulls and bullocks, was enforced by the BJP led Government on March 4.

Under the law, anyone found selling beef or possessing it can be jailed upto five years and fined Rs 10,000.

Offences have been registered against the accused -Rashid alias Pandya, Hamid alias Lendi and Asif Talathi, under the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act, police said.

The beef ban has triggered protests from some political and cultural quarters, arguing that it amounted to encroachment on individual choices and food habits of large sections of people, especially minority communities.

However, state government has stood the ground holding that during the national movement Mahatma Gandhi backed total ban on cow slaughter and even now veteran Congress leaders like Motilal Vora supported the cause.

source:agency

Saina Nehwal scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman shuttler to attain the number one spot in world rankings

NEW DELHI: Saina Nehwal on Saturday scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman shuttler to attain the number one spot in world rankings, reaffirming her status as the country's most consistent performer in the international circuit.

Saina also reached her maiden India Open final on Saturday by beating ​Yui Hashimoto 21-15, 21-11 in the second semifinals.

The 25-year-old zoomed to the top after her closest challenger for the position, Spain's Carolina Marin, lost in the India Open Super Series semifinal here.

Though the official rankings will be out only on Thursday next week, Saina has been assured of her ascent to the top owing to the reigning world champion's 19-21, 23-21, 20-22 loss to third seed Thai Ratchanok Intanon.

Saina thus becomes only the second Indian overall to be world number one after Prakash Padukone had the distinction of being the numero uno men's badminton player.

The London Olympic bronze-medalist has won a staggering 14 international titles in her glorious career and most recently she became the first Indian woman to make the finals of the prestigious All England Championships in Manchester

"Number one is not at the back of mind right now. The only thing I am focussing on is playing all the tournaments and I want to win them," Saina had said when asked about the ranking.

"I want to perform well and beat the players against whom I was losing. I don't want to lose the way I was losing in the last three years. I want to be more consistent. When you are playing well, other things fall in place", she said.


Saina Nehwal has won a staggering 14 international titles in her glorious career. (AFP Photo)

The injury-ravaged Saina, who admitted that it is "tough to maintain rankings", said she remains intent on achieving consistency.

"It is tough to be in top-five for the last seven years. I hope to maintain it for some more time. I feel good. At the same time I have to work hard every day, train every day. It is too tiring. I want to be the best. It is my personal choice, fight against the top players. I want to be one of the top players in the world," she asserted.

"Everyone dreams of winning World Championship, Olympics and I am one of them. It is not that right now, I want everything. I want to be a little cool and relaxed and enjoy my game. It's my job and I want to enjoy it," she added.

The Hyderabad-based player has several firsts to her credit in Indian badminton. She was the first to be a junior world champion, besides being the first to clinch a Super Series title.

Initially groomed by former All England champion Pullela Gopichand, Saina is currently under the tutelage of former national champion Vimal Kumar.

The path-breaker was awarded the country's highest sporting honour -- the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award -- in 2010.

source:agency

The US has voiced its disappointment with India for voting against the benefits of same-sex partners at the UN

WASHINGTON: The US has voiced its disappointment with India for voting against the benefits of same-sex partners at the UN.

Addressing the gathering at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, US ambassador to India Richard Verma talked about Strategic Plus Partnership between India and the US but maintained that it was not always that the two countries need to agree with each other.

"We were disappointed, for example, by India's support this week for the attempt to strip benefits from UN staff in same-sex relationships. We will continue to support the rights of LGBT individuals in India, in international institutions, and around the world," he said.

India was among the 43 countries along with China, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia that voted in support of a Russia-drafted resolution that proposed removing benefits for same-sex partners of UN staff. But the resolution failed to pass in the General Assembly committee after 80 nations opposed it.

New Delhi, however, justified its move to vote in favour of the resolution saying it was against the unilateral decision of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to change the system of entitlements without consulting member countries.

Verma, in his maiden public appearance in the city after becoming the top American diplomat in New Delhi, however, welcomed India's constructive leadership in global challenges and supported its aspiration to become a leading power.

"As India's strategic plus partner, we support India's aspiration to become a leading power...We also welcome India's constructive leadership on global challenges. We support greater Indian participation in multilateral institutions, including its candidacy for permanent membership on a reformed UN Security Council and its eventual membership in all four multilateral export control regimes," he said.

source:agency

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief at the passing away of former union minister P.R. Kyndiah

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday expressed grief at the passing away of former union minister P.R. Kyndiah and extended his condolences to the bereaved family, an official release said.Modi described Kyndiah as a popular leader who worked tirelessly for Meghalaya and the northeast, the release said.Congress leader Kyndiah, 87, passed away on Thursday night following a cardiac arrest.
source:agency

Sandip Soparrkar makes a "Shoe-perb"statement at Lakme Fashion Week


The Lakme Fashion Week summer-resort 2015 celebrated 15 years of Fashion in Mumbai where Designers presented a youthful and playful flavour on the runway. LFW is one of the renowned fashion weeks of India, this annual event held in the country`s showbiz capital, Mumbai was attended by who's who of Bollywood, including Deepika Padukone, Kareena Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Karisma Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Simi Garewal, Saif Ali Khan and many more who came to cheer for their favourite designers. Their dazzling outfits did catch everybody's attention, but ace choreographer Sandip Soparrkar's shoes became a talk of the town.

The Lakme Fashion Week 2015 runway was full of innovative footwear, but much of the real excitement was off the runway. Some of our favorite celebrities put their best foot forward, and that made for some shoe-perb shoe spotting. The dance guru wore an eye-popping pair of chequered shoes that looked like a jumbled up rubix's cube for Shraddha Nigam and Mayank Anand's show.  His turquoise blue pair of shoes the next day had a eye catching appearance at Babita Malkani's show, making it one of our new favourite colour to try when warmer weather hits.

Sandip’s footwear made an unconventional style statement at this year’s fashion week. It seems that the celebrated choreographer is all ready to set the new trend of bright coloured shoes. On his facebook page he said "A dancer is nothing without his shoes" and we totally agree to what he says

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UK OPENS NEW VISA PREMIUM LOUNGE IN GURGAON

The UK is opening its first ever standalone premium lounge in Gurgaon. From 30 March those looking to travel to the UK will be able to apply for their visa in a new exclusive lounge.



The Gurgaon lounge is part of a wider strategy to extend the UK’s reach across India and roll out further premium services to customers. Next month will see UK Visas & Immigration open a further user-pay visa application centre in Jaipur and there are already plans to extend the visa application centre network even further.



The premium lounge, gives customers a luxury lounge to apply for their visa quickly as well as the added benefits of free courier and SMS text service. The charge for using the service is Rs 2,500 on top of the cost of the visa.



Sir James Bevan KCMG, British High Commissioner to India said:



“India continues to be one of the UK’s closest partners and our Indian business customers are particularly important to us.  When they talk, we listen which is why we are opening this visa application premium lounge in the commercial hub of Gurgaon.



“The UK is committed to offering our Indian customers an excellent visa service. With Gurgaon opening we will have 13 visa application centres across India – more than any other country. But there is always more we can do which is why we will continue to work to expand and improve the service.”



Customers will also be able to purchase the priority visa service, allowing them to receive a visa decision in just three to five days.



Kalyan Bose, President of the British Business Group Delhi, said:



“The new Gurgaon lounge will make the visa application process easier and more convenient for many of our members and other visitors to the UK.



“We are happy with the positive way that the High Commission responded to suggestions made by BBG members to open a facility in Gurgaon.”



Further information:

         ñ            The new premium lounge is located at:
                                                            ILD Trade Centre,

                                                            4th Floor, Sector 47

                                                            Sohna Road, Gurgaon – 122001



         ñ            The premium lounge will be open Monday to Friday and appointments can be made on the visa4uk website from Monday 30 March.

         ñ            Priority visas can be purchased either in advance or at the Premium Lounge for an extra Rs 10,000.

         ñ            UK visa application centres are located in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Jalandhar, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai (North), Mumbai (South), New Delhi and Pune.

         ñ            The transcript of the speech by Sir James Bevan KCMG, UK High Commissioner to India is available on  https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/the-best-visa-service-in-the-world-just-got-better



Idaho senators who protested Hindu prayer would not be sanctioned

Idaho State Senate would not pursue sanctioning the senators Sheryl L.  "Sherry"  Nuxoll, Steve  Vick and Lori  Den Hartog; according to a report quoting President Pro Tempore Brent  Hill published in “Scroll”, BYU-Idaho’s student media, on March 25.



These three senators reportedly refused to attend historic first Hindu invocation of Idaho Senate by distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed on March three and Nuxoll made a statement in a media interview: "Hindu is a false faith with false gods".



Hill was further quoted in the “Scroll” report: If we are going to have respect for people’s religion and their right to pray at the State Senate, we also need to respect the right people have to object…We need to show respect for one another, religiously as well as politically…Civility is something that we need but sometimes lack in the halls of government buildings…Zed was practicing the freedom of religion granted in the Constitution when he offered his prayer to the Senate…There was a time when members of the LDS church were not allowed to participate in government in the state of Idaho, and I can’t let that kind of thing happen on my watch.



Meanwhile, Rabbi ElizaBeth Beyer, Jewish leader in California and Nevada, said she was disappointed that no investigative body of the Senate was convened to determine whether sanctions were appropriate for breach of decorum or for bringing the Senate into a negative light.   Beyer commented that Senator Nuxoll's statements coupled with walking out was likely a breach of decorum as well as conduct which brings the Idaho State Senate into a negative light because it denigrated Hindu people.  "State Senators must represent people of all religions with integrity," Beyer said.



Idaho Senate, upper house in the State Legislature, started its day with ancient Hindu mantras on March third in Boise, which is said to be a first since Idaho acquired statehood in 1890. It contained verses from Rig-Veda; the oldest existing scripture of mankind still in common use; besides Upanishads and Bhagavad-Gita, which are also ancient Hindu scriptures. Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, delivered this invocation in Sanskrit and English after sprinkling water drops from the river Ganga, which is considered holy by Hindus.

Mantri Developers Pvt. Ltd. honored at 7th CIDC Vishwakarma Awards 2015



Bengaluru: Mantri Developers Pvt. Ltd, one of the leading real estate developers in South India bagged two prestigious awards at the 7th CIDC Vishwakarma Awards 2015 at an event recently held atIndia Habitat Center, New Delhi. The Chief Guest for the ceremony was Shri Satyendra Jain, Hon’ble Minister ofHealth, Power and Public Works Department, Government of NCT of Delhi.

Mr. SushilMantri, Chairman and Managing Director, Mantri Developers was recognized as a pioneer in the construction industry and was lauded with the esteemed industry doyen award. The company was also conferred with the Best Professionally managed company award for its excellence in initiating innovative HR practices.

The CIDC Vishwakarma awards are inspired by the spirit of construction and creation patronized by Lord Vishwakarma the ruling deity of the Construction practices in India. Each year, this event is hosted in March by CIDC, the apex body that’s dedicated to work relentlessly towards promoting best practices within the Indian Construction Industry.

On receiving the award, Mr. Sushil Mantri, Chairman and Managing Director, Mantri Developers, said, “We are overwhelmed by the recognition Mantri has received at 7th CIDC Vishwakarma Awards 2015. It is indeed a matter of great pride to be recognized as an industry doyen. At Mantri, we constantly work towards achieving excellence in all our endeavors, such recognitions are much needed encouragements to continue our efforts. We always attempt to bring complete satisfaction to our customers, such recognitions will add further value to the reliability of Mantri as a brand.”

Mantri Developers is the only developer from Bengaluru to have received both the awards. Winning this award has reinforced the company’s strive for excellence and quality. The developers hope to bring more competence and structure to the HR segment in the real estate industry in the near future.

About Mantri Developers:

Mantri Developers Pvt. Ltd. is a leading developer of world class Homes, IT Parks, Retail Spaces and Educational Institutions. Mr. Sushil Mantri founded Mantri Developers in Bangalore in the year 1999. In just 16 years, the company has built over 32 projects. Today, as part of its diversified portfolio Mantri Developers cumulatively has to its credit over 22 million square feet of constructed area, over 30,000 satisfied residents and 21 million square feet under various stages of construction. Mantri Developers has a track record of delivering 1.4 homes per day since inception. The company plans to focus on the residential sector, retail, hospitality, IT Parks and educational institutions in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune. For more information, log on to www.mantri.in

AAP leader Ashutosh said the possibility of a truce with dissident leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan was "remote"

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashutosh on Friday said the possibility of a truce with dissident leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan was "remote".
"To be honest and frank, the possibility of truce or peace is remote because they (Bhushan and Yadav) are insisting on removal of Kejriwal (as national convener) which is not possible," Ashutosh told a news channel.

"If you are part of a party, you have to accept its leader," he added.
Less than two months after it stormed to power in Delhi, the AAP on Thursday that Bhushan and Yadav had quit as its national executive. The duo fervently denied it.

AAP spokesman Ashish Khetan said the two leaders were dead set against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the party's best known face, who assumed office on February 14.
source:agency

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that higher costs of production in China give a great opportunity for India to become a global manufacturing hub

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday that higher costs of production in China give a great opportunity for India to become a global manufacturing hub. "Wages in China have gone up. That part of the world is now becoming costlier. Can we, therefore, create a world class infrastructure in India," Jaitley asked "Can the cost of our capital not be reasonable? All the issues of efficiency, quality improvement, that's where the opportunity awaits us in creating jobs. This is the best possibility for removing poverty in India," he said, addressing the annual day celebrations at his alma mater Shri Ram College of Commerce here. Jaitley has said that with the current situation in advanced economies -- coupled with the way India is poised to takeoff after the way it has weathered the global financial crisis -- makes the country an attractive proposition for foreign investors
On being asked about the Bharat Ratna for former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Jaitley called it a proud moment for the country. "A proud moment for the country and all of us. He (Vajpayee) is a stalwart leader of the country. He is a leader par excellence who worked tirelessly in the interest of the nation," he said.

"In this country, I think there would be a very few people like him who are good orator, MP, leader, thinker, and poet. We pray for his good health and long life," he said.
source:agency

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan moved an application to ban the media during the recording of his statement in a 2002 hit-and-run case in a sessions court but it was rejected

Mumbai: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan moved an application to ban the media during the recording of his statement in a 2002 hit-and-run case in a sessions court here on Friday but it was rejected.

Judge D. W. Deshpande rejected the plea but directed the media to report only after the recording of Salman's entire statement is completed.

He also directed the media to refrain from opinionating in the matter, or dwelling on merits and demerits of the case and to stick to plain reporting of the actual proceedings before the court. Earlier, Salman reached the Mumbai Sessions Court at 11 a.m. to record his statement on the sequence of events pertaining to the case, which left one dead and four injured after his rashly driven vehicle crashed into them.

The actor was ordered to personally appear before Deshpande to record his statement under Section 313 of the Criminal Procedure Code, considered a crucial stage in the retrial of the case before the final arguments begin. The development on Friday follows the conclusion of arguments by prosecutor Pradeep Gharat earlier this week.

On Wednesday, Deshpande had rejected a plea by Salman's lawyer Shrikant Shivade seeking adjournment of the statement's recording by three weeks as the actor is also required to appear before a Jodhpur court in a case relating to possessing arms and shooting an endangered blackbuck.

In the wee hours of September 28, 2002, Salman's white Toyota Land Cruiser rammed into the American Express Bakery in suburban Bandra, close to his sea-front home in Galaxy Apartments, before fleeing from the accident site.
One pavement dweller sleeping outside the bakery was killed and four others were injured, leading to Salman's arrest by the Bandra Police later that morning.

The actor is facing charges of IPC Sec. 304(II) - which attracts a 10-year jail sentence, Sec. 279, Sec. 337, Sec. 338, Sec. 427, and under Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and Bombay Prohibition Act, 1949.
source:agency

AAP leader Yogendra Yadav said he along with fellow leader Prashant Bhushan were fighting to "save the soul of the struggle" that gave birth to the Aam Aadmi Party

New Delhi: AAP leader Yogendra Yadav on Friday said he along with fellow leader Prashant Bhushan were fighting to "save the soul of the struggle" that gave birth to the Aam Aadmi Party.
Addressing the media here, Yadav said: "It (AAP) is not an ordinary party, it was born out of a revolution to clean the system, end corruption and give power to the common people. People have high hopes from this party."

"But the developments in the last one month have disappointed many. We are fighting to save the soul of the struggle that gave birth to this party."
source:agency

Stressing on energy security, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India will have to be independent in this area and seek new avenues to replenish existing sources in a bid to serve the growing appetite of the people

New Delhi: Stressing on energy security, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said India will have to be independent in this area and seek new avenues to replenish existing sources in a bid to serve the growing appetite of the people.
“We need to be independent when it comes to providing our people with energy," Modi said, while inaugurating the "Urja Sangam - 2015" conference on energy security at the Vigyan Bhavan exposition complex here. He also pitched for people who are well off to surrender their fuel subsidy entitlement.

“People who don't need LPG subsidy and those who are capable of managing without it should give it up. I ask you to join this movement. Give up gas subsidy. Create a record. The subsidy that you will give up will go a long way in benefitting the poor people.”
source:agency

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has postponed her March 28-31 visit to Tanzania and South Africa

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has postponed her March 28-31 visit to Tanzania and South Africa as the 8th IBSA Trilateral Ministerial Commission scheduled to be held in Johannesburg has been re-scheduled.
External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said on Friday: "On account of re-scheduling of 8th IBSA Trilateral Ministerial Commission (ITMC) meeting in South Africa to a later date, the external affairs minister has postponed her visit to Tanzania and South Africa."

"New dates will be worked out through diplomatic channels in consultation with concerned countries," he said.
Sushma Swaraj was set to meet her South African counterpart Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Brazilian Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira at the 8th India-Brazil-South Africa Trilateral Ministerial Commission (ITMC) on March 31. In South Africa, she was also set to co-chair the India-South Africa joint commission.

She was to visit Tanzania from March 28-29, being the first Indian foreign minister to visit the east African country since 2003.
source:agency

Home Minister Rajnath Singh expressed happiness at former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee being conferred the highest Indian civilian award, the Bharat Ratna

New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday expressed happiness at former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee being conferred the highest Indian civilian award, the Bharat Ratna.
"It is a moment of pride and happiness that Bharat Ratna will be conferred upon Atalji today (Friday). He is loved and admired by everyone," he tweeted.

Vajpayee will be conferred the award by President Pranab Mukherjee. Earlier on Friday, speaking to reporters, the home minister said Vajpayee is not only just an Indian statesman but an international icon who is respected and loved by everyone.

"Atalji's name evokes a sense of respect and reverence in every heart," he said, adding that it is a matter of immense happiness for the whole country that Vajpayee is being bestowed with the Bharat Ratna.
source:agency

BCCI president Jagmohan Dlamiya said the Indian board is proud of its team as it "played some outstanding cricket" in the World Cup

Mumbai: BCCI president Jagmohan Dlamiya said on Friday the Indian board is proud of its team as it "played some outstanding cricket" in the World Cup Down Under before crashing out in the semi-finals against Australia.
In its quest to retain its title, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-captained side remained undefeated in the group stage. They overwhelmed Bangladesh in the quarter-finals. But their run was halted by co-hosts and four-time champions Australia in the last eight stage with a 95-run victory on Thursday in Sydney.

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Dalmiya said the team has brought a lot of joy to millions of fans.

“I congratulate the entire Indian cricket team for having played some outstanding cricket in the World Cup 2015. They have indeed displayed some admirable skills while playing the game in its true spirit, and thereby, bringing joy to millions of cricket fans," Dalmiya said in a release. "In spite of the disappointment due to the loss in the semi-final, the fact that the impending generation has showed the desired potential to take Indian cricket to greater heights is quite gratifying.”
BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur took the opportunity to thank the Indian cricket fans for supporting the team. “Being present at the venue and having witnessed the match, I was privy to the excitement and joy that our Indian team brings to the spectators," he said.

"I take this opportunity to thank all our fans across the world and especially those who were present for the semi-final and supported Team India," Anurag added. The secretary also congratulated the members of the team for "their outstanding performance while upholding the values which have long embodied the game of cricket".
source:agency

Picturehouse Media, a leading media and entertainment house, has initiated legal proceedings against actress Shruti Haasan

Chennai: Picturehouse Media, a leading media and entertainment house, has initiated legal proceedings against actress Shruti Haasan, who pulled out of its yet-untitled Tamil-Telugu bilingual project citing the issue of dates.

"Shruti Hassan after entering into a contractual agreement to be the female lead in a bilingual starring Nagarjuna and Karthi directed by Vamsi Paidipalli has reneged on her contractual obligations. She has arbitrarily pulled out of the project citing dates clash as a flimsy excuse," read a statement.

"The dates were mutually discussed with her and schedules were planned around her convenience. The said movie has commenced its shoot and first schedule was completed and unexpectedly Shruti conveyed through an email that she wanted to exit the project,a added the statement.
The company claims that the unethical and unprofessional act of Shruti has resulted in heavy loss in time, reputation and finances.

"With an intention of ensuring that such unprofessional attitude is not repeated and to protect the interests of its various stakeholders, Picturehouse Media has initiated both civil and criminal proceedings against Shruti Hassan," the statement read further.

According to the company, an injunction order restraining Shruti from signing any new movie has been passed.
source:agency

Actor Shahid Kapoor has spoken out on rumours about his wedding plans and has confirmed that he may be finally settling down by the end of the year

Mumbai: Actor Shahid Kapoor has spoken out on rumours about his wedding plans and has confirmed that he may be finally settling down by the end of the year.
At an awards event held here on Thursday, Shahid was asked if he has got engaged. To that, he said: "I am not engaged, but what you have been reading is kind of true. Marriage is on the cards sometimes towards the end of the year and I think that's all I can say."

Shahid, who was earlier in a relationship with Kareena Kapoor, is rumoured to be getting married to Delhi student Mira Rajput. But when probed further about any details about their relationship and plans of nuptials, he said: "I refrain from getting into details. I thought that since I am here today, it was important to acknowledge it in front of the media, so I am doing that.

"Other than that, she is a normal girl and I am a normal guy, and we should treat it like something normal and regular. It's my personal space and I won't get into the details. I'm just happy to announce it," he added. Shahid-starrer "Haider" was named for five National Film Awards earlier this week. Meanwhile, he's busy with his new film "Udta Punjab".
source:agency