The Ambassador Gets Some RespectFor anyone who’s grown up in India, the topography of the squat Ambassador car is as familiar as the lap of a beloved old grandma. After all, for decades and decades, it was the way modern India got around, and was the ultimate dream of every burgeoning middle class household.Yes, a lot of life in India has been lived in the Ambassador; it’s almost a part of the family. It was private car and taxi, pride and possession. The seats were tough, the handles hard, but oh, the places it could take you! First manufactured by Hindustan Motors in 1957, the boxy exterior of the Ambassador still echoes the shape of the 1950’s British Morris sedan. As family car and political vehicle, air-conditioned limousine and rattling taxi, it’s been a silent (sometimes noisy) part of contemporary India, a ubiquitous presence at weddings and funerals, on city streets and in the bazaar. And it got its share of ridicule.But now, the Ambassador is getting some respect! It’s the star attraction at an exhibition at the Sackler Gallery of the prestigious Smithsonian Museum.And who better to document the Ambassador for posterity than the late great photographer Raghubir Singh?The Ambassador is the star of Singh’s last big project before his death in 1999 and the result is A Way into India (Phaidon), a wonderful book of images shot by him across India. In Auto*Focus, the Sackler Gallery (through August 10) not only shows 48 of these vivid images, but actually gives visitors a chance to sit in an Ambassador and watch footage of the ‘Amby’ and Bollywood film clips.“Throughout this series of photographs,” says curator Debra Diamond, “Singh used the Ambassador car to see, scale and order the world around him. The car plays a role in everyday narratives – an altercation in traffic, the transporting of chickens, a visit to the Red Fort in Delhi, a family outing, a driver’s nap – Singh not only uses the car as subject, but also uses the car as a camera, a box with windows and mirrors that offer opportunities for framing and hreflecting and transforming the landscape.”Indeed, Singh’s images capture the frenetic rhythms of Indian life through the Ambassador, and his affection for his subject comes through in every frame. Perhaps his own words, in the book, describe the Ambassador best: “It is an organic part of bird shit-and cow dung-coated India. It is the good and bad of India. It is a solid part of that India that moves on, even as it falls apart, or lags behind. In its imperfection it is truly an Indian automobile.”Mr and Mrs IyerYou don’t need ten songs, dozens of costume changes and scores of foreign locales to tell a beautiful love story. From noted actress and director Aparna Sen comes Mr. and Mrs. Iyer – a poignant, lyrical film about romance amongst the ruins, in the middle of riots.Sen, who has directed memorable films like Sati, Paroma, Picnic and Yugant, made her directorial debut with an English language film, 36 Chowringhee Lane, winner of the Grand Prix at the Manila International Film Festival and the National Award for the Best Direction in India. With Mr. and Mrs. Iyer she shows that she has not lost her deft touch. The story is about how ordinary lives intersect and how even a chance encounter can transform a life. Meenakshi Iyer, born and brought up in an orthodox Brahmin family, is traveling alone with her infant son, returning to her husband after a visit to her parents. On the bus, she encounters Raja Chowdhary, a wildlife photographer.The calm and tedium of the journey is broken by an angry mob of Hindu extremists, seeking to avenge the burning of a Hindu village, are out on a rampage, looking for Muslims.Raja is a Muslim. Hardly knowing him, Meenakshi impulsively saves him from the mob by pretending that they are a married Hindu couple, Mr. and Mrs. Iyer. The film follows their slow transformation, as they have to rethink and re-evaluate their prejudices and their entrenched beliefs. And somewhere along the way, as they complete the journey, love blooms.Mr. and Mrs. Iyer, which won two awards at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland, was shown at the South Asia Human Rights Film Festival at the Asia Society in New York. The film has remarkable, nuanced performances from Rahul Bose and Konkona Sensharma, who is Sen’s daughter, in the lead roles. And the wonderful music by Zakir Hussain makes every frame come alive, etched in the memory.“I wanted to make a very simple film, without any cinematic gimmickry, about a man and a woman from two different religious communities, who fall in love despite religious differences,” says Aparna Sen.“And I wanted to celebrate that love.” Related Items
He praised BJP-ruled states for being forthcoming inHe praised BJP-ruled states for being forthcoming in implementing Centres programmes for the differently-abled.”BJP-ruled states have implemented our programmes primarily. We have also decided to set up national sports centre at five places across the country. We will also provide financial aid and loans for sports centres at district level with the help of state governments,” he said.Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, on the occasion, announced that differently-abled persons in the state will no longer be required to renew their certificates as they will now remain valid for life time.Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar said the Central government will issue a universal ID card for them which will be valid across the country.”They (physically challenged people) face difficulties in getting the certificates. Also, the ID card is not valid from one state to another. So, our government has decided that we will make a universal ID card for divyangs. They are being rolled out in 11 states including Gujarat,” he said. PTI KA PD ARS BSA RYS
NEW YORK — All-Stars from all over the world are ticketed for Minneapolis, where hometown favorite Joe Mauer will be conspicuously absent from the lineup.Still new to Major League Baseball, Masahiro Tanaka, Jose Abreu and Yasiel Puig are just a few of the foreign-born players almost certain to get selected for the July 15 showcase.All-Star rosters will be announced on July 6, and the game at Target Field should have a distinctive international flavor.“It tells you something about how hard they’ve worked outside of our game to get to this point,” New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said.“It tells you the level of baseball around the world and how good it is and the competition — and how hungry they are, in a sense, to be one of the best. Not just being happy with maybe signing a big deal and saying, that’s enough. They want to continue to play and make a name for themselves. So it’s pretty special what these guys have done.”Yu Darvish (Japan), Koji Uehara (Japan), Yoenis Cespedes (Cuba) and Julio Teheran (Colombia) also have impressive stats, putting them in position to join familiar stars such as Miguel Cabrera (Venezuela) and Robinson Cano (Dominican Republic) from more common talent pools outside the United States.And some of these players, such as Tanaka (Japan) and Abreu (Cuba), have been here only for a matter of months.“It’s not surprising that some of these guys are able to play at such a high level right when they come over here, because they’re just that good,” said Tampa Bay infielder Ben Zobrist, a two-time All-Star.“You think of a rookie generally as a young kid that is getting his first experience on a very tough stage, and these guys have already played on high international stages — even if it wasn’t the major leagues. And they’re very polished players.”Derek Jeter is on track for one last trip in his final season; the Yankees captain led American League shortstops in fan balloting when the latest update was released this week.But one big name now sure to be missing is Mauer, the three-time batting champion from St. Paul, Minnesota.Tabbed as an All-Star ambassador to help MLB promote the game, Mauer was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 3 with a strained muscle on his right side. And while it’s an unfortunate injury for the Twins, it does save MLB and American League Manager John Farrell from the Boston Red Sox the trouble of dealing with a delicate situation.Despite a recent hitting streak, Mauer is having his worst season at the plate. And since he moved from catcher to first base this year to protect his health, he now plays the same position as several of the AL’s best hitters.To put him on the roster only because the game is in Minneapolis would have been awkward — and it would have cost some other deserving player a spot.However, it also would have felt strange for the $184 million face of the Twins to be left out of the festivities. Especially for Minnesota fans.Mauer’s injury eliminates all that. The six-time All-Star and 2009 AL MVP can play some sort of role in the pregame ceremonies and soak in a well-earned ovation without it feeling forced. “It’s tough to describe,” Mauer said. “I definitely wanted to be a part of this as a player, but I guess that’s out of the question now.”Other choices remain difficult, even for fans and players who vote.Cabrera or Abreu at first base for the American League? Adam Wainwright or Clayton Kershaw on the mound for the NL? And all five members of the Dodgers rotation have their own worthy credentials.“I’m looking forward to being a part of the game, but I’m not necessarily looking forward to the fact there’s going to be some guys left out that have had All-Star-caliber seasons,” said St. Louis Cardinals skipper Mike Matheny, who will manage the NL team and help choose his reserves. “You just look especially at the starting pitching, it’s just one guy right after another with very similar numbers.”There are 34 spots on each roster, and at least 13 go to pitchers. Plus, every club must be represented. So it certainly gets complicated. “I don’t anticipate making everyone happy,” Farrell said.___By Mike Fitzpatrick. AP Sports Writers Dave Campbell in Minneapolis and Antonio Gonzalez in San Francisco contributed to this story.TweetPinShare0 Shares
zoom Scorpio Group, Monaco-based owner of tankers and bulk carriers, has secured charter agreements for its three 19,200 teu containerships to be built by Samsung Heavy Industries, according to sources close to the matter.The newbuilds, to be delivered in 2016, are said to have been hired by Mediterranean Shipping Co on a 15-year bareboat charter.The vessels have a price tag of USD 153 million each and are at the very top in terms of capacity, as they are referred to as largest boxships ever ordered.The deal is not final, as orders have not yet taken effect, and may include options for three more ships.Scorpio’s plans on entering container market by purchasing Triple-E container vessels were leaked in July, when it was announced that up to five of these units would be ordered with South Korean Samsung Heavy.Scorpio Group’s tanker and bulker divisions, have over a hundred more units on order in total, 43 more tankers and 74 bulk carriers.World Maritime News Staff, August 13, 2014
The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will commemorate the 98th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion with special events on Sunday, Dec. 6. Events will begin at precisely 9:06 a.m. when the CSS Acadia will ring its bell, along with other ship bells and sirens, for 20 seconds. The time is significant because the explosion happened at 9:06 a.m. on Dec. 6, 1917. The Halifax Citadel gun will also sound off to acknowledge the lives that were lost, those who suffered and those involved in the rescue efforts. “The Halifax Explosion is the tragedy that families in Halifax and across the province will never forget,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince. “On Dec. 6 each year, we are reminded of everything that was lost on that terrible day, but we also think of the aid that came from Boston and other places, and the hope they brought with them.” At 1:15 p.m., artist Laurie Swim will share her proposed community art project for the 2017 centenary of the explosion. Hope and Survival includes a special scroll of remembrance for the Halifax Explosion Memorial and quilt pieces depicting the images of the aftermath of the tragedy. “The volunteers and I have nearly completed beading the individual sheets of the scroll of remembrance,” said Ms. Swim. “We have begun finishing and assembling the 43 fabric panels. Each one is a 45″ x 9″ column of the names of the victims in script and beaded Braille. The first twelve hung together will be on view for the afternoon.” At 2 p.m., songwriter David Stone will tell the story of the explosion through a cycle of ten songs that he wrote based on his research into the disaster, and conversations with survivors and their families. The concert will feature the song, All of the Questions, a tribute to harbour pilot Francis Mackey. Admission to the museum will be free for the day. Donations to support the museum’s Mission to Seafarers and Boatload of Toys campaigns are welcome. For more information, visit http://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca .
___Can US, China salvage their talks and end trade war?WASHINGTON (AP) — A breakdown in trade talks between the United States and China is spooking financial markets and putting a chill on prospects for the global economy. Chinese officials are heading to Washington to salvage negotiations aimed at ending a bitter dispute between the world’s two biggest economies over Beijing’s aggressive push to challenge American technological dominance. But their arrival is unlikely to stop the U.S. from going ahead with plans to raise tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods.___Worsening US-China trade tensions rattle financial marketsNEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled more than 470 points Tuesday as the U.S. and China moved closer to an escalation of their already costly trade war. Technology and industrial stocks, which do a lot of business with China and would stand to suffer greatly in a protracted trade war, led the way lower. Apple and United Technologies fell. The U.S. was set to raise tariffs on China Friday, a day after representatives from both nations are scheduled to resume trade talks in Washington.___Refusal to hand over Trump’s tax returns sets up legal fightWASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the Justice Department will provide a more detailed legal justification for why the Trump administration won’t be turning over President Donald Trump’s tax returns. While federal law allows certain lawmakers to demand the president’s tax returns, Mnuchin says the request by the House Ways and Means Committee chairman lacks a “legitimate legislative purpose.” House Democrats are expected to either file a lawsuit or subpoena the IRS for Trump’s tax returns.___Meatsplainer: How new plant-based burgers compare to beefNEW YORK (AP) — A new era of meat alternatives is here. Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods are among the companies fueling interest in going meatless. But they may be more similar to beef than you realize: Patties from the two companies can be nutritionally similar to ground beef. Still, many may be drawn to the idea of cutting back on red meat for environmental reasons.___Google promises better privacy tools, smarter AI assistantMOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google CEO Sundar Pichai kicked off the company’s annual developer conference Tuesday with new privacy tools and updates to Google’s artificially intelligent voice assistant. The company will allow users of its digital maps to cloak their identities to prevent their locations from being recorded.___Cash is still king: San Francisco bans credit-only storesSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco has joined Philadelphia and New Jersey in banning stores from allowing people to pay with only credit cards or smartphone apps. Cashless retailers say it’s safer and more efficient not to handle paper money. But critics say it discriminates against low-income people who may not have credit cards. The unanimous vote by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday was expected in the city with an enormous wealth gap.___US consumer borrowing growth slowed in MarchWASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer borrowing in March grew at the slowest pace in nine months as use of credit cards fell for the second time in the last four months. The Federal Reserve says borrowing increased by $10.3 billion in March.___US job openings jump to nearly 7.5 million in MarchWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers advertised almost 7.5 million jobs at the end of March, a solid figure that signals hiring will likely remain strong in the months ahead. The Labor Department says job openings rose 4.8% from the previous month, while the number of people quitting their jobs slipped.___Google spinoff, Lyft team up to offer self-driving car ridesSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google’s self-driving car spinoff Waymo is teaming up with Lyft in Arizona to attempt to lure passengers away from ride-hailing market leader Uber. The alliance announced Tuesday will allow anyone with the Lyft app in the Phoenix area to summon one of Waymo’s self-driving cars. The robotic vehicles will still have a human behind the wheel to take control if something goes wrong, but their use in Lyft’s service could make people more comfortable about riding in self-driving cars.___Debt collectors to use email, texts under new Trump rulesNEW YORK (AP) — Debt collectors are going to be able to start contacting borrowers via text and email under new regulations proposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Under the new rules, banks and other debt collectors will be able to call a delinquent borrower up to seven times per week, leaving voicemails. There’s no cap on the number of texts or emails a collector could send, but the rules would require an ability for a consumer to “opt-out” of texts and emails from bill collectors.___The S&P 500 index slumped 48.42 points, or 1.7%, to 2,884.05. The Dow lost 473.39 points, or 1.8%, to 25,965.09. The Nasdaq composite fell 159.53 points, or 2%, to 7,963.76. The Russell 2000 index of small company stocks gave up 32.66 points, or 2%, to $1,582.31.The Associated Press
The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board said that temporary ground staff who were forced to remove their pants following the cricket match between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Sooriyawewa, will be compensated.A statement by the Sri Lanka Cricket board said that the President and Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket are perturbed by the reported incident that had occurred with the causal workers engaged as ground laborers at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Sooriyawewa last evening (11th). An inquiry has been initiated into the matter and whilst stern action will be taken against those responsible, Sri Lanka Cricket said it wishes to apologize to those subjected to this ignominy, and will take steps to ensure they are compensated. (Colombo Gazette)
Pollution is a greater global threat than diseases such as Ebola and HIV, according to warnings by the World Health Organisation,… It is part of a new push to cut air pollution, which causes thousands of premature deaths in the UK every year. Pollution varies massively in the UK – and you can find out how many deaths it causes in your area by using our interactive tool below. Under a new Government clean air strategy, some types of wood burners, car tyres, brakes, cleaning solvents, fertilisers and solid fuels will be banned from sale. Last year, air pollution levels in London were worse than those in Beijing for brief periods – with the capital’s pollutants frequently breaking international limits.
The move by PwC is hoped to boost the company’s prospects after it was fined by the UK’s accountancy watchdog over its auditing of BHS before its sale.Peter Earl, head of utilities at comparethemarket.com, said: “The death of the landline is ‘hopefully’ upon us. Smartphones are slowly but surely marking landlines obsolete, and generations Y and Z will likely ensure its final demise.“As mobile coverage improves across the country, the number of people who will use a fixed line will inevitably decrease.”Earlier this year, BT was forced to reduce the cost of a landline by £7 a month to customers that only had a landline in their homes.The price cut came after an investigation by Ofcom revealed that despite the significant increase in landline rental prices, the cost of providing the service had dropped by more than a quarter. The end of the era of using landlines has been marked after an accountancy giant decided that all staff should now only use mobile phones.Accountancy company PwC is doing away with landlines at office desks, expecting its 18,000 staff to use the “more efficient” mobile phones by the end of the summer.This new approach reflects the wider global trend of companies moving away from stationary telephones towards handheld devices.A spokesman for PwC said: “We already equip all of our people with a mobile phone, and many had already moved away from using their landlines.“With landline usage falling rapidly, we believe that a more mobile-focused policy is a more efficient way of working.”A few landlines will remain for security purposes, but meeting rooms will now use conferencing technology that can connect to mobiles.The auditing giant is one of the first major companies to make the move amid a steep fall in landline use by businesses.In 2010, UK business had over 10 million landline numbers, but this figure had fallen by 35% by the end of last year, according to telecoms watchdog Ofcom.The amount of time businesses spent talking on landlines also dramatically dropped ,as well as their use by residents. In 2010, UK households made over 90 million minutes of phone calls, but this number was slashed to just 35 million minutes last year. UK households and businesses have seen a decline in landline useCredit:Hero Images Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
There are many different sport disciplines around the globe and even more sport passionates. We call them heroes! These people are the icons of their sport not only because they play, but also because they promote and do everything what they can to widen their passion. Be a hero means persuade others to do your sport, to encourage young kids to be fan of it and to show everyone how great it is. Be a hero is establishing amateur leagues in your region, creating discussion forums about your sport, watch it and play it.According to this, small clothing company called SportHero had emerged this year. Here designers are sport heroes, who would like to help others to promote their sport disciplines. We are personally players and fans of ice-hockey, football, handball, speedway, squash etc. We design clothes for sport fans as well as amateur and professional sportsmen. Clothes are made from 100% cotton and do not contain any artificial fabric. Sewing and whole production is made in Poland, Europe. We also created special fit style suitable for sport fans, amateur and professional sportsmen.SportHero main goal is to think sport and design for it.Thanks to this we can create sport heroes!We started from handball collection with 4 fantastic designs. Check this out at www.sportherostore.comBesides clothing we support particular disciplines to help them promoting. We sponsor great Handball Planet contest voting for the best young handball player in season 2016/17. ← Previous Story Brazil and Argentina with one foot on the semifinals Next Story → TSV Hannover Burgdorf and Jens Bürkle separate ways
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Australia’s Head of State and reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II has – today – bettered her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria’s reign as the longest serving British monarch in the history of the throne.The previous record was 63 years and 216 days.Born in 1926, Queen Elizabeth II married Corfu-born Philip of Greece and Denmark in 1947 – who later renounced his titles to become the Duke of Edinburgh under her reign. She was crowned in June 1953.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 12, 2017 – South Caicos – H.E. the Governor, Dr John Freeman, and Mrs Freeman made an official visit to South Caicos on 6th December. The Deputy Governor, H.E. Anya Williams, was also part of his delegation. Following his visit H.E. the Governor commented:“It was a great pleasure to visit South Caicos again. I was able to see for myself the damage still evident from the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria over the island. Making repairs to homes and public buildings remains a real challenge for the local community.I also visited two local conch and lobster processing plants and witnessed the determination of both businesses to get back to normal. I saw for myself the efforts being made by Sailrock, not only to repair damage to their own resort buildings but also to provide assistance to the local community.And I saw once again the real promise of local young people during my time at the Iris Stubbs Primary and at the Marjorie Basden High School. South Caicos is a great island with huge potential and I and my wife were grateful for the opportunity once more to see that potential for ourselves.”Press Release: TCIG Related Items:
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has urged UEFA to take action against clubs if they break the rules on Financial Fair Play.German magazine Der Spiegel claims Sheikh Mansour’s City regime added multi-million-pound sponsorship deals with Abu Dhabi companies and using their owner’s fortune to meet UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) stipulations.Last Friday, the Football Leaks emerged with allegations that City were given an FFP settlement when they received sanctions for overspending by UEFA in 2014, and although the club declined to comment on what was called “out of context materials purportedly hacked or stolen from City Football Group and Manchester City”, it claimed “the attempt to damage the club’s reputation is organized and clear.”On his own, Klopp feels UEFA should take appropriate actions when clubs breache the rules, stating that the rules are a good thing for football when enforced.“I heard about the Der Spiegel story, but I didn’t read it so far,” Klopp said as quoted by Goal.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“It’s really difficult to comment but what I can say in general is that FFP is a really good thing. But we always thought that.”“If it’s in place, they (UEFA) have to do something with it. I have no clue what happens, I know it is about Paris obviously and Man City,” he said.“I’m not sure if other clubs are being talked about as well. That’s all I can say. I think FFP is a really good thing because it sets the rules and stuff like that.”“If everything is fine, then everything is fine. If not, then somebody should do something.”
August 4, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – One man is believed to have stabbed another man to death in Balboa Park Saturday, police said.Police dispatchers received a call at 9:49 a.m. reporting a stabbing in Balboa Park near Redwood Circle, San Diego Police Lt. Anthony Dupree said.Officers and medics found a 38-year-old man with stab injuries to his upper body, and he was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, Dupree said.Police suspect the 47-year-old man who reported the attack was responsible for the death, and he was arrested.The victim’s identity was not being released pending notification of next of kin. Man stabbed to death in Balboa Park Posted: August 4, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
File photo of construction work at the Rooppur nuclear power plant in Bangladesh. — The Hindu BusinessLineIndian companies are likely to participate in upcoming tenders for what The Hindu BusinessLine called non-critical works at the $12.6-billion Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in Bangladesh.The construction of the second 1,200-megawatt unit of the plant kicked off on Saturday.The project is being executed by the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) and Russia’s state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom, the Indian newspaper mentioned in a report published on 14 July.The Hindu BusinessLIne quoting a source close to Rosatom, said infrastructure majors Larsen and Toubro (L&T), Tata Group and Shapoorji Pallonji Group, Anil Ambani-led Reliance Infrastructure are among companies exploring opportunities related to the Rooppur project.Indian players, however, are likely to face fierce competition from Chinese, Japanese and Korean companies that are partnering with local players, said the report.Over 70 tenders for various non-critical works at Rooppur plant have reportedly been floated by ASE Group so far. The potential opportunity could be in the range of $500 million to $1.2 billion spread across multiple contracts, said the report referring to “sources”.“Rooppur NPP is probably the first project of such complexity for Bangladesh, and it is natural for any country executing such a critical project for the first time to attract expertise from outside. While Russian companies will dominate at the equipment and critical service supply level, Indian EPC players could execute civic construction contracts as they have the required expertise,” the Indian newspaper quoted the person cited above as saying.The trilateral agreement for cooperation on the project signed by India, Russia and Bangladesh in March 2018 has opened up an opportunity for Indian companies to participate in construction and installation works as well as supply of non-critical materials and equipment for the project, Alexander Khazin, senior vice-president for International Projects of ASE Group, an engineering division of Rosatom and the general contractor for Rooppur NPP, reportedly said.Hindustan Construction Company Ltd (HCC) has earlioer this year bagged a $110-million contract for civil works at Rooppur NPP in a joint venture with Bangladesh-based MAX Group, where the Indian company holds 40 per cent share, the Hindu BusinessLine said.“HCC has become the first Indian company to participate in the international civil nuclear market,” Arjun Dhawan, director and Group CEO, said at the time, according to the report.
National Security Advisor Michael Flynn as he arrives for the Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. AFP file photoNational Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s political future was thrown into serious doubt Monday, when the White House said President Donald Trump was “evaluating” the aide’s contacts with the Russian government.At Trump’s behest, press secretary Sean Spicer issued a statement saying that the president was looking into Flynn’s private discussions with Moscow’s ambassador to Washington and subsequent actions.Flynn—the former head of defense intelligence whose encounters with Russian President Vladimir Putin have already drawn criticism—is accused of discussing the Obama administration’s election-hacking-related sanctions with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.Flynn had initially claimed he did not discuss sanctions, prompting Vice President Mike Pence to publicly come to his defense.Flynn now stands accused of inappropriate contacts with a foreign government and of misleading the vice president of the United States. White House officials said that Flynn has since apologized to Pence.“The president is evaluating the situation,” Spicer said, indicating that Trump was speaking to Pence and “various other people about what he considers the single most important subject there is—our national security.”In the cutthroat world of Washington politics, that could spell the beginning of the end, despite other Trump aides suggesting that Flynn has the full support of the president.The White House on Monday said that there was nothing wrong with Flynn contacting other governments per se.“I think general Flynn both during the transition and after, just as part of the job of national security advisor, is to speak with counterparts,” said Spicer.But he was quick to distance the president from any talk of sanctions—which could be seen as undermining then president Barack Obama’s policy and a potential breach of the law.Asked if the president was aware that Flynn would discuss sanctions with the Russian ambassador, Spicer said: “No, absolutely not. No way.”From inner circle to… ?Until now, Flynn has been an instrumental player in Trump’s inner circle.He was an early supporter of Trump’s improbable bid for the presidency and has encouraged tougher policies on Iran and a softer policy on Russia.That was a sharp break with the Obama administration, which introduced a wave of sanctions against Moscow over its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea, support for separatists in eastern Ukraine and what US intelligence says were its attempts to sway the 2016 election in Trump’s favor.Washington and Moscow had also clashed over alleged war crimes in Syria, where Russia is accused of aiding the bombing of hospitals and other civilian targets. Despite this, Flynn had argued for rapprochement.Several Democratic lawmakers have called on Flynn to resign over the situation, which has become a major embarrassment for the ruling Republicans.He would become the first personnel casualty of Trump’s White House, which is less than four weeks old.‘Staggering’ allegationsAdam Schiff, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, called the allegations “staggering,” saying that if they are true, Flynn should resign or be fired.The issue comes up just days before Trump has his first official talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, talks in which the president’s national security advisor would normally have a key role.Spicer said that Flynn continues to take part in those preparations.The Justice Department and Congress are both investigating possible links between Trump campaign advisors and Moscow, and US intelligence has concluded that Putin personally directed an operation to interfere in the US election.On 29 December, the Obama administration sanctioned four Russian individuals and five entities, and expelled 35 Russian diplomats in retaliation.
Imagine going somewhere and then getting vibes from that place. So much so that your inner self gives you messages which you then transform into poetry and with some help, create music out of it? Sounds confusing? Well, that is exactly what Keiko Koma has been doing around the globe with the help of pianist Idaki Shin. And all this for greater good. The aim? World peace. And they will do it again. This time in Purana Qila. India is a huge influence on both of them. ‘Everywhere in Japan you will find temples divided into many streams and variations of Buddhism. They are not just places of worship but also libraries and museums of old culture — most of them coming from India,’ said Shin with the help of a translator. This is their first visit to India after touring various countries across the world. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘At Purana Qila, Koma has received a strong message from the earth. It is a vision of a circle of peace. The music (by Idaki Shin) will be spontaneous and a manifestation of energies that brought us to realise the concert,’ says Shin. Nothing has been composed beforehand so rehearsals for this is out of the question. Both Koma and Shin depend on improvisations on the spot. The instruments they will use include traditional drums, electric guitars, flute instruments, saxophones and more. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHow does Koma get this visions? ‘When she visits historic places in the midst of nature, she gets messages which are converted into poems. This is the tradition of the ancient Koguryo kingdom of which Koma is a descendant,’ said Koma with the help of a translator.And what is the consequence of the message? Does it have healing powers? ‘The messages manifest truth about our life. They may not have direct healing powers like medicine, but the power of truth is what works as the panacea. Truth is often not found in personal experiences. But without truth one cannot open up to future. Truth helps one overcome difficulties,’ she further explained. And how does Shin come up with the music thereafter? ‘There’s no structure or prefabricated idea. You need to tune oneself to others. The outcome of the performances can be hard and integral,’ says Shin. So what is in store for Delhi? ‘Each spectator will have his or her individual experiences. We don’t have any visible intention. It is what will be happening at Purana Qila,’ says Koma.So head to Purana Qila this Sunday if you are keen to watch some ancient magic unfold among the historical greens.DETAILAt: Purana Quila When: 2 December Timings: 6 pm onwards For Invites, Call: 08587900626
Gold has always been a precious gem for everyone and MMTC’s Festival of Gold has added on spark to it. The festival was inaugurated by AK Bhalla, Additional Secretary of Ministry of Commerce on May 6 and will continue till May 10 in the national Capital.The lustre of the glittering event was further enhanced by the visit of celebrated model and Femina Miss India International 2011, Ankita Shorey on Saturday. She spoke about her jewel inspirations and expressed her delight at being able to visit the one-of-its-kind festival. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’One of the highlights at the Festival of Gold this year is the Indian gold coin, the first ever national gold offered by the Government of India. MMTC (Metals and Minerals Trading Corporation of India) launched the Indian gold coin, now being retailed through the Company’s outlet and Indian Overseas bank branches across India. Soon, it will also be available through India Post and other bank branches across India.Ved Prakash, CMD, MMTC, said, “It is our endeavour to encourage consumers to choose the Indian gold coin as their preferred purchase by offering it at IOB branches and our own retail outlets across 31 cities in India”. To beat the rising heat, city residents are getting their hands on one of the best studded jewellery from across the country. The grand exhibition-cum-sale by MMTC, has returned to fulfil popular demand on the occasion of Akshay Tritiya. They present a hand-picked collection of jewels from ten states of India, gold and silver medallions in the 999 purity and latest range of Sanchi silverware. The traditional and cultural appeal of gold, combined with its strong fundamentals, remains central to millions of Indian households.
First edition of the highly awaited Pop Streer Lifestyle exhibition and Fashion show finally concluded on February 16, 2018. The exhibition, which was also dedicated towards the support of MANTHAN SVK- Holistic Education Program of DJJS for the underprivileged children, saw various designers coming under one roof to showcase the best of their collections. A major highlight of the event was the launch of Dormio, a mattress brand (Made in India) by its parent company, Thomsen (Germany). Jyanti Maingi, Founder of The Popstreet Exhibition said,”We are extremely glad and overwhelmed with the response of the visitors. This exhibition was a huge success. We will be coming soon with the second edition of the exhibition.” The event was organized at The Lalit, New Delhi. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSome of the well-known fashion and jewellery designers such as VIP Jewellers, Prarena Grover, Pam Mehta, Varija Bajaj, Hardika Gulati, Bani Couture, Devanshi Renu Jewels participated and showcased their latest magnificent collection. The fashion show opened with the designs displayed by Pam Mehta followed by designers like Prarena Grover whose costumes were inspired by international military uniforms. Fashion designers like Bani Couture showcased their collection of different types of cuts, fabrics, and silhouettes. A boho collection by Varija Bajaj came with a message of universal peace and love. The collection basically focused on pastel colours, asymmetrical hem lines, and sustainable fabrics to enhance this very chic resort wear collection. Pam Mehta’s designs with playful colouring and asymmetric cuts created a beautiful distraction from the regular designs observed every day. Traditional jewellery was the main focus of the collection displayed by VIP Jewellers. Their models wore traditional pieces with a hint of modernity in every day and statement pieces. Ethnic designs were the mainstay for Devanshi Renu Jewels. Gracieux by Charu and Richa, Home Struck , Sangavi brand and Pashmina by United Crafts were some companies who took part in this lifestyle exhibition. Above all, what grabbed everyone’s attention was the fashion show by underprivileged children educated by Manthan SVK. Also, an exhibition of the organically prepared cosmetic brand “Becharmed”, by a 14 – year – old girl Siyaa, appealed the audiences.