Shiv Sena’s Pradip Jaiswal won from Aurangabad Central. | Photo Credit: Yogesh Londhe The drought-affected Marathwada region delivered a decisive mandate in favour of the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), while also giving the Congress a much-improved tally. The allies together secured 30 seats in the region, compared to the previous tally of 24. However, the Congress also managed to pocket eight seats as opposed to just one in 2014. The party’s showing was largely on the back of a handsome victory for the Deshmukh brothers — Amit securing a win with over 40,415 votes in Latur City and Dhiraj winning the Latur Rural seat by a record 1.21 lakh votes.The Congress also won the Deglur, Nanded South, Bhokar, Jalna, Hadgaon and Pathri constituencies. Meanwhile, the BJP won the Ausa, Tuljapur, Aurangabad East, Umarkhed, Badnapur, Bhokardan, Gangapur, Georai, Hingoli, Jintur, Kaij, Kinwat, Mukhed, Naigaon, Nilanga, Partur and Phulambri. The region, bordering Karnataka and Telangana, witnessed several battles of prestige among prominent political families, including Rural Development Minister and BJP leader Pankaja Munde, who lost to her cousin Dhananjay Munde from Parli constituency with 30,701 votes. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)’s Sandeep Kshirsagar defeated his uncle and State Minister for Employment Guarantee Jaydutt Kshirsagar, who was an import into the Sena from the NCP. In Aurangabad, the Sena-BJP combine won all six seats, of which one was with the Congress since 2014. For the first time in the city’s history, Aurangabad will not have an MLA from the Congress. During the seat-sharing talks with the NCP, the Congress was allotted only one of the six Assembly seats, Aurangabad (West). The India Today -Axis poll had claimed that the saffron alliance will secure 29 seats in Marathwada, 29 in Konkan and 22 in western Maharashtra.
Since Lenovo has taken over the brand Motorola, a number of changes have been made to the Moto phones. But the most significant change might be coming now. A report suggests a senior Motorola executive has hinted that in the new Moto phones, likely to be Moto C and Moto E, may ditch stock Android and use ZUK users interface. To recall, ZUK interface is what Lenovo uses on its premium ZUK phones.According to a report by Gizmochina, Lenovo’s VP Alex Chen hinted that the upcoming Motorola smartphones were expected to run on ZUK’s ZUI. However, the report also stated that initially this information was spotted on the Alex’s Weibo account but hours later the post suddenly vanished. There is a possibility that the post has been deleted, states the report coming from the Chinese website.Also Read: Moto Z2 Force with dual cameras at the rear and front spottedThe ZUI UI till date has only been seen on ZUK phones by Lenovo. And now, the smartphone maker is expected to extend the OS to its Motorola brand as well. If the upcoming Motorola smartphones are really going to run on ZUK’s ZUI UI, the Moto devices will come with an added security layer. Lenovo, while describing the ZUK UI, notes “ZUI OS provides system-level protection from unwanted threats such as Malware and Trojans. The ability to create automatic security rules and protection engine make effective protection and tracking of APPS a sentinel surveillance tool.”Nothing confirmed yetadvertisementThe India Today Tech has sought details from Motorola on the GizmoChina report. In case of a statement from the company we will update the report here.The China website report doesn’t reveal which models will come with ZUK’s ZUI OS. However, it does highlights that there are high chances that the upcoming Moto C and E series models, dubbed to be Moto C, C Plus, E4 and E4 Force, will run on ZUI. Most probably it will be the ZUI v2.5. However, speculations are also such that the upcoming top-end devices like the Moto Z2 and Z2 Plus can also include ZUI OS.Moto devices basically run on native Android OS, ever since Google acquired Motorola. It was later sold to Lenovo. To recall, the recently announced flagships – Moto G5 and G5 Plus — come packed Android 7.0 Nougat. We aren’t sure if the G5 models are the last Motorola devices to come with Android Nougat, neither are we quite sure on while models will come packed with ZUK’s ZUI OS and which ones with Android OS. To get a clear picture of what’s Lenovo actually up to with the upcoming Motorola phones, we need to wait unveil the company itself provides a clear picture on it.Moto C and C Plus smartphones are expected to launch in the upcoming days. Ahead of the launch, speculations and leaks about the devices have already give us a clear idea on how the smartphones are expected to be like. In terms of specifications, the Moto C will be powered by powered by a MediaTek MT6737m 64-bit quad-core processor. While, the smartphone will come packed with a 16GB of inbuilt storage, coupled with 1GB of RAM. Further, display wise, the smartphone will come with a 5-inch FWVGA display with 480×854 pixel resolutions and will be backed by a 2300mAh removable battery. On the optics front, the device is touted to come with a 5-megapixel camera on the rear, whereas on the front fits a 2-megapixel selfie snapper.While, the bigger bother, the Moto C Plus, although is expected to look pretty much similar to the Moto C, however, might differ a little in terms of specification. The device is expected to come with a slightly bigger screen with an HD display paired with either 1GB or 2GB of RAM. On the camera front, the upcoming Moto C Plus may sport an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front facing camera. The smartphone will be backed by a much bigger battery set up as compared to that of the Moto C. Moto C Plus will come with a 4000mAh battery and will further run on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. Moto C Plus is expected to be a little expensive that the base model – Moto C.Also Read: Lenovo’s Moto C, C Plus launching in the coming months: Everything we know so far
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was fined 8,000 pounds ($10,183) on Tuesday for running onto the field of play after Divock Origi scored a 96th-minute winner in the weekend’s Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield.The German had admitted a charge of improper conduct and accepted the standard penalty after his wild celebration on Sunday.”I couldn’t avoid it obviously… if there was no rule we as managers would do it every week. That’s what rules are for and if you break rules you have to be fined for it,” he told reporters.”I don’t think anyone thought it was massively wrong. It happened, a fine, I’ll pay it, no problem.”Klopp said his forward Sadio Mane faced a late fitness test to be in contention for Wednesday’s Premier League trip to Burnley after sustaining a foot injury.Senegal international Mane suffered a cut that required several stitches during Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Everton in the Merseyside derby but Klopp refused to rule out the 26-year-old.”Sadio really had an awful cut on his foot. It needed to be stitched. He is okay but walking around here now in flip-flops — and you don’t play in flip-flops,” he said.”That means in this moment he is not ready, but we will see later.”Liverpool could also be without defender Andy Robertson who suffered a dead leg.”With Robbo it is not that serious as with Sadio, but we need to have a look,” said the manager.Klopp was asked about the form of forward Roberto Firmino, who has gone off the boil this season, scoring just three goals in 14 league appearances.advertisement”It’s completely normal. It’s not that he’s playing his best football in every second. You have moments when you fly and moments when you have to work and come again,” Klopp said.”Nothing to worry about, it’s a normal football season… we all have to go through this and everything will be fine.”Liverpool are second in the league with 36 points from 14 games while Burnley are second from bottom with nine points.Also Read | Premier League: Liverpool and Arsenal win dramatic derbiesAlso Read | Premier League: Manchester City win 3-1 vs Bournemouth, United draw at SouthamptonAlso Watch:
Irfan Ansari has been banned from all cricket for 10 years after the ICC Anti-Corruption Tribunal found him guilty of breaching three counts of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code, the International Cricket Council said on Wednesday.During the hearing, the Tribunal heard evidence that Ansari approached Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed during the Pakistan series with Sri Lanka in the UAE in October 2017 with a view to engaging him in corrupt conduct by soliciting information from him. Sarfraz Ahmed reported the approach immediately and an ICC ACU investigation ensued which resulted in these charges and decision.Ansari is bound by the code as a result of his affiliation to the Pakistan cricket team and also as a result of being a coach to two teams that participate in domestic matches in the UAE.He was found guilty of the following three offences under the Code:Article 2.3.3 – directly soliciting, inducing, enticing or encouraging a participant to breach the Code Article 2.3.2 by disclosing inside information.Article 2.4.6 – failure or refusal to cooperate with the ACU’s investigation by failing to provide accurately and completely the information and/or documentation requested by the ACU in October 2017. This included a request by the ICC ACU to take possession of and/or copy or download information from his mobile devices.Article 2.4.6 – failure or refusal to cooperate with the ACU’s investigation by failing to provide accurately and completely the information and/or documentation requested by the ACU in February 2018. Again this included a request by the ICC ACU to take possession of and/or copy or download information from his mobile devices.advertisementSarfraz Ahmed lauded for “true leadership and professionalism”Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager – ACU said: “I’d like to place on record my thanks to Sarfaraz Ahmed who showed true leadership and professionalism from the moment he reported this approach. He recognised it for what it was, rejected it and reported it. He then supported our investigation and subsequent tribunal.”This is the first time we have prosecuted for failure to cooperate with an investigation since the new rules enabling us to demand the participants hand over their phone for examination and the sanction reflects the seriousness of the offence. It is an important tool to aid our investigations and continue in our efforts to rid the sport of these corrupters.”Also Read | India-Pakistan World Cup clash likely to be discussed on sidelines of ICC meetAlso Read | No India vs Pakistan at World Cup? BCCI sources say government to take final callAlso Read | Photos of Imran Khan and other Pakistani cricketers removed from Chinnaswamy Stadium
In the seventeenth edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Men’s Open player, Sam Brisby, speaks about how it feels to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup and the biggest influence on his Touch Football career. Name: Sam BrisbyNickname: BrisoAge: 18Affiliate: Manly Occupation: Swimming CoachPosition: MiddleDebut for Australia: 2010 Men’s Open Trans Tasman and 2009 Youth Trans Tasman. Career highlights so far: Winning the Men’s Open Trans Tasman Series in 2010.How you got involved in Touch Football: Dad introduced me to the sport.Favourite player: Drumayne Dayberg-Muir What does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: It means a great deal reaching the top of my sport and representing Australia. It would be great to win the World Cup. Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: DadFavourite sporting moment: Playing my first game for the Australian Men’s Open team.What do you know about Scotland: Long plane flight, ancient castles and cold.Any superstitions: Wearing Lance Armstrong’s ‘Livestrong’ yellow wristband and listening to the same songs on the bus to a big game.Funniest Australian teammate: Anthony Ziade.Favourite quote: Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever.Any travel plans for after World Cup: London and Paris.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup. With only 37 days to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus
As expected, Duke freshman forward Justise Winslow is entering the 2015 NBA Draft. He’s the second Blue Devil freshman to declare for the draft, joining big man Jahlil Okafor.Winslow acknowledged the news with an eloquent Instagram post moments ago. I would like to thank Duke University for allowing me to be a part of such a prestigious institution where I have learned more about myself inside and outside of the classroom than I ever thought I could. I would like to thank the students of Duke University for allowing me to develop my character and be myself without any judgment. You all have made this year extremely entertaining. I would like to thank Coach K and the rest of the coaching staff for helping me become a better player mentally and physically. I would like to thank the entire Duke Basketball Program for accepting me with open arms and caring for me unconditionally. Lastly, I would like to thank my teammates who over the course of this past year have become my best friends, my brothers, and NATIONAL CHAMPIONS. Duke University will forever be in heart and I am proud to say that I am DUKE BLUE DEVIL for life.A photo posted by Justise Winslow (@_rubdi) on Apr 14, 2015 at 1:43pm PDTWinslow is expected to be chosen in the top 10 picks of June’s draft, perhaps even within the top five. The versatile 6-foot-6 Houston, Tex., native averaged 12.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists in his lone season as a Blue Devil. With Winslow and Okafor both turning pro, attention shifts to freshman point guard Tyus Jones, who has yet to announce his intentions for next season but is a projected first-round pick if he foregoes his eligibility.
How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt How to Make a Rum Old Fashioned How to Properly Polish Your Own Shoes Editors’ Recommendations Socks are something we really can’t get enough of here at The Manual.Even in the summer, we need to keep them shoes sweat-free and our ankles protected from mosquitos. Giving back is something that is in our blood too, so when we learned about Conscious Step, we had to give them a go.These are socks that fight for causes and are ethically manufactured. They are partners with first class non-profits aligned with The United Nations Millennium Development Goals, which is the world’s ‘to-do’ list of the greatest challenges faced by humanity today.Their socks are broken down into different categories of need:Socks for Trees, benefiting Trees for the FutureSocks for Education, benefiting Room to ReadSocks for HIV, benefiting UNAIDSSocks for Hunger, benefiting Action Against Hunger As for the socks themselves, they have a seamless 168 needle thread count with reinforced heels and toes for durability. There is also an embroidered ‘impact emblem’ on the ankle to remind you how you are indeed making a change in the world.The brand was launched in January of 2014 by three friends: Hassan Ahmad, Adam Long and Prashant Mehta. To date they have donated 6000 packs of food, planted 20,000 trees and provided hundreds of hours of education.80% of the worlds organic cotton is grown in India so the company decided it made sense to manufacture there too. They are also able to support small and marginal cotton farmers too, as well as work with a local factory, spinning mill, and fair trade cotton cooperative. The owners make twice-yearly visits to India to oversee everything.Conscious Step retail for $14.95 a pair and $44.95 for a ‘Conscious Leap’ gift box of three (Father’s Day!) SNL’s Kyle Mooney Never Had a Real Job and He’s Cool With That 10 Lawnmower Beers You Should Sip This Summer
zoom Monaco-headquartered owner and operator of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers GasLog Ltd. has completed a USD 1.3 billion credit facility with fourteen international banks to finance the construction of eight 174,000 cbm newbuilds.The eight carriers will be delivered between 2016 and 2019, with seven of them to serve long-term contracts of between 7 and 10 years under a subsidiary of BG Group plc following the deliveries. All seven vessels with contracts are eligible for future dropdown into GasLog Partners LP.Six carriers were ordered at South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries, with the remaining two to be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries. Four vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2016, three in 2018, and one in 2019.The loan is backed by the Export Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM) and the Korea Trade Insurance Corporation (K-Sure), who are either directly lending or providing cover for over 60% of the facility.GasLog’s outstanding capital expenditure for its eight-vessel newbuild programme is approximately USD 1.5 billion, with USD 1.3 billion of debt provided by the facility, representing all planned financing for the vessels. As the vessels are delivered over the next four years, it is intended that the outstanding balance will be funded by cash on GasLog’s balance sheet and operational cash flow.“I am delighted we have completed GasLog’s largest financing to date, which was executed during a period of volatility in the global energy sector,” Simon Crowe, Chief Financial Officer of GasLog Ltd., said.”This Newbuild Facility further strengthens GasLog’s robust financial platform, which is backed by almost $4 billion of contracted revenue. The strong relationships we have with our lenders and our stated strategy of long-term contracted business with reputable customers were imperative in securing attractive tenor and rates on this facility.”GasLog’s fully-owned fleet includes 19 LNG carriers (including 11 ships in operation and the 8 LNG carriers on order), and the company has four LNG carriers operating under its technical management for third parties. GasLog Partners LP, a master limited partnership formed by GasLog, owns further eight LNG carriers.
New York- Here is what happens when Journalists are under heavy deadlines to be the first ones to beat the world to the news without checking their sources and crossing their dots. A monumental blunder happened and it should be worthy of a correction by AP. This was the case with this mislabeled photo that was published by the giant Associated Press, and is now being picked as is and shared by various news organizations around the world. Above the picture the headline in bald letters screams error of the first kind: “King Mohamed VI of Morocco, left, and FIFA president Joseph Sepp Blatter”. Below the headline the time and date stamp of the news release with the name Matthias Shraeder December 21, 2:03 PM AP Sports. The following caption was written below the picture: “King Mohamed VI. of Morocco, left, and FIFA president Joseph Sepp Blatter arrive for the third place soccer match between Guangzhou Evergrande FC and Atletico Mineiro at the Club World Cup tournament in Marrakech, Morocco, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)” The person in the picture is Not the King of Morocco but the Moroccan Minister of Youth and Sports Mr. Ouzzine and the person next to him was correctly identified as the President of FIFA Mr. Joseph Sepp Blatter.King Mohammed appears in the following picture along with FIFA president entering the pitch of Marrakech stadium. Mistakes like this tend to happen in the news world, but not one of this reckless nature. Hopefully AP will realize this blunder and correct the caption.
ArcelorMittal Dofasco has made a $1 million donation for the renewal of technology programs at Mohawk College.The donation will go towards the construction and renovations of 120, 000 square feet of technology labs and classrooms at Mohawk’s Fennell campus including 90,000 square feet of newly-built structures.“Mohawk College’s commitment to renewal of technology education makes our partnership even stronger and we know The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation will deliver for students, employers, the City of Hamilton and the Province of Ontario,” said Sean Donnelly, President and CEO, ArcelorMittal Dofasco.The college is expecting enrollment in high-demand technology programs to increase from 3,500 to 4,000 full-time students.Mohawk College President Ron McKerlie says the donation supports the largest renewal of labs and classrooms in the college’s 50-year history.
Camfil Farr APC has announced major updates to its popular line of Gold Series cartridge dust and fume collectors. The revamped line features a number of design changes and cosmetic enhancements plus an expanded menu of options to ensure a clean workplace in all types of industrial environments. “We’ve made these changes to uphold our mission statement – to supply the best dust collector from an end-user and maintenance standpoint,” said President Lee Morgan.Combining rugged modular construction with high performance and ease of service, Gold Series collectors come with a 12-year warranty and are guaranteed to meet applicable emission standards. The re-designed Gold Series collector now has a reinforced door with double-thick hinges, easier-to-operate hardware and a single flat inside panel to create a smooth, air-tight gasketed seal. A taller inlet collar accommodates larger fans with adequate clearance, and fans are equipped with a damper actuator handle that allows the user to see from ground level whether the damper is in open or closed position. Inside the collector, the gaskets have been moved to the edges of the pan so that no dust builds up on top of the vertically-mounted filters during operation. The collector also offers enhanced aesthetics, now featuring gold valves and hardware and a new “Built Like a Safe” logo featured prominently on each housing module.The new-generation Gold Series collector incorporates an expanded list of accessories and options, many of which have also been updated. These include re-designed long-life filter cartridges available with new media choices, a wider selection of hopper configurations, new touch screen controls for energy savings and enhanced filter cleaning, integrated or remote safety monitoring filters, a high performance spark diverter inlet, and a new diaphragm silencer that reduces the noise level by 8 decibels. A wide selection of explosion protection devices are also offered for inlet and outlet explosion protection and explosion venting.
Joey Gibson, founder of the group Patriot Prayer, wants his supporters to get out the vote in August. He’s one of several Republican candidates seeking to unseat three-time incumbent Sen. Maria Cantwell — even if, as he said when he announced his candidacy, it would “take a miracle” for him to win.“Make sure you are registered to vote in the State of Washington,” reads a post on his “Joey Gibson For U.S. Senate” Facebook page from July 2.Gibson’s plea to voters sits at odds with the candidate’s own record, however. According to Clark County voting records, the first — and only — election that Gibson voted in was the 2016 general election.When asked why he didn’t vote prior to 2016, Gibson aired some common grievances: he felt like his vote didn’t matter; he felt like the system was rigged; he felt like Republicans and Democrats were working together.Donald Trump, on the other hand, “was an outsider… someone who the Republicans and the Democrats hated,” Gibson said, adding that seeing Trump’s supporters being attacked in the streets by protestors “fired me up in a way that I’d never been fired up.”
Let’s talk about the great match that Cristiano Ronaldo had this Saturday against Napoli, he didn’t score a goal but was Juventus’ man of the match.After a rocky start on his new spell for Juventus in Serie A, Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo finally felt like himself during this Saturday’s match against Napoli and he didn’t even feel the need to score a goal. It was the most crucial match of the month for the Italian giants, they were going to clash against the one club that could virtually threaten them on their intentions to win the eighth consecutive Serie A title.Napoli was coming in great shape with their new manager Carlo Ancelotti completely killing it since the start of the competition, but Juventus now has Cristiano Ronaldo and this was the perfect day for him to prove that he really came to give his best in order to keep enlarging his already astronomical legend in world football.The match began with a complicated setback for the Vecchia Signora as Dries Mertens opened the scoreline during the first half after a Jose Callejon assist, Juventus needed to come back from behind in order to get those three points and Cristiano was fortunately having an inspiring day. He was playing his best football coming from both sides of the field, Massimiliano Allegri already reckoned that Ronaldo is reaching that sweet spot and he gave him a free pass to roam all around the field.📹 Re-live tonight’s #JuveNapoli win 🔛 #JuventusTV ➡️ https://t.co/w0hFSIAFZD 💪 pic.twitter.com/9RJwqkCuZr— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 29, 2018Cristiano started with a bang during the first half by responding to Napoli’s opener with an excellent cross to Mario Mandzukic’s head, the Croatian striker was perfectly positioned for that clinical assist from the Portuguese player and Juventus started cruising from that moment forward. Before halftime, Cristiano was very close to scoring his goal from a free kick that the goalkeeper could barely reject and the other Juventus players didn’t get there in time to score on the rebound.But the best from Ronaldo was saved for the second half, which was when he really did unleash his best football and Carlo Ancelotti wasn’t able to come up with a plan to stop him. Suddenly after the break, the Napoli players realized that Cristiano Ronaldo was being multiplied as he appeared absolutely everywhere on the field in almost every single play.It was only a matter of time before Juventus would get ahead in the scoreline as they were virtually the only team on the pitch during the second half, all thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s stellar performance. This was officially the game in which Italy welcomed the best version of the Portuguese player, and he didn’t even need to score a goal.Juventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.Playing a part in all 3️⃣ goals tonight 🔥🔥🔥#CR7JUVE 👏👏 #ForzaJuve ⚪️⚫️ #JuveNapoli pic.twitter.com/gzMgTmZxIp— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 29, 2018The next big moment in the second half came as Paulo Dybala attempted to take a ball in the final third but got on Ronaldo’s path, he left the ball to the Portuguese forward and Cristiano released a potent long-range strike that hit the post and rebounded. Fortunately for Juventus during that play, Mandzukic and his killer instinct were very close to the goalkeeper and he just needed to get in there to push the ball in for his second of the night thanks to the number ‘7’ once again.Near the end of the match, there was a corner kick that Cristiano managed to connect with his head, but the strike was going outside and Leonardo Bonucci was forced to intervene to make the goal count. Just like that, Cristiano Ronaldo was directly involved in all of Juventus’ three goals with an assist on each of them but he only intended to do that on the first goal. The other two assists will count as such but Ronaldo really attempted to score, only he wasn’t lucky enough to do so.Either way, Cristiano was very happy with the result and mostly with his influence in what is the most important game of the season for Juventus so far. Juve goes six points clear of Napoli with this result, all thanks to Ronaldo.Which of Juventus’ goals did you like the most against Napoli? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
India’s trade ministry has proposed cutting the import duty on gold to 2 percent from 10 percent, according to a government note, but a finance ministry official said it was unlikely to go through.Huge gold imports pushed India’s current account deficit to a record $190 billion in 2013, prompting the government to raise its duty on imports to 10 percent, an all-time high.Imports have since come down sharply and the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Thursday launch a plan to further cut purchases by mobilising tonnes of the metal stored privately. To lower physical demand, India will also launch a sovereign gold bond.The trade ministry is keen on a duty cut for both gold and silver to help local jewelry makers source cheaper supplies, according to the note calling a meeting between trade and finance ministry officials.A finance ministry official, however, said there was no immediate possibility of a cut.”It will be counter-productive if the duty is cut,” said the official, who declined to be named. “The government will see if the schemes work and then take a decision. But nothing will be done immediately”.India is aiming to tap an estimated pool of 20,000 tonnes of gold lying idle in homes and temples and release it into the banking system through a monetisation scheme, and reduce investment demand for physical bars and coins through the bond scheme.”If the duty is reduced by 8 percent, why would any individual invest in the bond programme or subscribe to the gold monetisation scheme?,” said Sudheesh Nambiath, lead analyst at GFMS, the metals research and forecasts team in Thomson Reuters.”I am sure the finance ministry, which is very keen to get the schemes rolled out, will keep that in mind before a duty cut decision.”
IANSPatanjali Ayurved Limited (PAL), the FMCG company backed by yoga guru Baba Ramdev, continues to be a big spender on television commercials, much more than Cadburys India, ITC and Amazon Online. Recently, Ramdev revealed plans to expand PAL’s footprints to Bangladesh, African countries and even Pakistan.Read: Patanjali food park to come up in Nagpur, may create 10,000 jobs”I (referring to Patanjali Group) have been to Nepal, will be going to Bangladesh and African countries and one day will go to Pakistan as well. We should help poor countries. If poverty of Pakistan is eradicated, that country will never be the enemy of India,” the PTI quoted him as saying at the 7th Bhartiya Chhatra Sansad held at Pune.”No MNC comes here to give you money, they have no love for India. They are here to earn profits. They bring Re 1 with them and take back Rs 100 with them. It is because of Patanjali, all these MNCs have sleepless nights,” he added.The company recently got a rating upgrade from ICRA for its Rs 300 crore fund-based facilities.Data published on Friday by tracking agency BARC India for the week ended January 13, 2017 showed that PAL was the third big spender, behind bigger rival Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (HUL) and Reckitt Benckiser (India) Ltd. The company has been ranking as one of the top five spenders on TV advertisements for many weeks now.Explaining the rating upgrade for PAL, ICRA said that the company has been growing steadily over the past few years. Its turnover rose sharply from Rs 2,007 crore in 2014-15 to Rs 4,812 crore next financial year and was Rs 3,600 crore in the first seven months of the current fiscal (FY2017).”The rating factors in PAL’s robust revenue growth…supported by increasing brand penetration through strengthened marketing in the recent past and strong following of Baba Ramdev; continuous new product introduction giving the company one of the widest product portfolio amongst the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) players operating in India; and competitive pricing for its products,” it said in its explanatory note.Over the past few months, PAL has been on an expansive spree, setting up facilities and food parks at Sonitpur, Assam and Nagpur, Maharashtra, apart from signing an agreement to develop herbal forests in Panchkula, Haryana.On Friday, HUL shares closed almost flat at Rs 861 apiece, while the BSE Sensex ended 274 points lower at 27,034.
Al Ortiz | Houston Public MediaTexas State Senator Rodney Ellis (left) and Juan ‘Chuy’ Hinojosa (right) participated in the symposium about the Texas Fair Defense Act organized by the Texas Indigent Defense Commission.The Texas Indigent Defense Commission hosted a symposium on the Texas Fair Defense Act in commemoration of the fifteenth anniversary of its passage.The event was held at the Harris County Fourteenth Court of Appeals, located in downtown Houston, and Texas state senators Rodney Ellis and Juan ‘Chuy’ Hinojosa were two of the main guests.Ellis and Hinojosa were the leading sponsors of the bill in 2001 when they were members of the Texas Senate and House of Representatives, respectively.The Texas Fair Defense Act established statewide standards for the criminal defense of low income Texans through measures such as the timely appointment of an attorney and compensation for experts who work on cases with indigent defendants.It also created the Texas Indigent Defense Commission.James Bethke, who is its executive director, points out that “since the inception of the Fair Defense Act there’s been approximately 17 or 18 new public defender offices established across the state.”Data compiled by the commission indicate that in the last five years in Harris County more than 60 percent of felony cases involving low income Texans, on average, were defended by attorneys that were appointed based on the standards set by the law.But there are still challenges, such as some counties being more effective in designating lawyers for misdemeanor cases.Ellis, who was the leading sponsor of the bill back in the Texas Senate, highlights another area where there’s room for improvement.“Caseload problems and workload issue problems,” Ellis adds, “we still have too many lawyers who are given too many cases.”The Department of Justice, DOJ, was also represented at the event.Lisa Foster, who heads its Office for Access to Justice, noted the DOJ has provided a grant for the Commission and Texas A&M University to study the effects of the law more thoroughly. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share 00:00 /01:33 X
By Aya Elamroussi, Special to the AFROHuge crowds poured into the streets of Washington D.C. on Mar. 24 for the March for Our Lives – an event devoted to pushing for gun control and ending gun violence. The rally was organized by survivors of the Valentine’s Day mass school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 students dead.When 11-year-old Noami Wadler of Alexandria, Va. took the stage at the rally, she urged the nation not to forget Black women who fall victim to gun violence and receive far less attention. “I am here today to acknowledge and represent the African-American girls whose stories don’t make the front page of every national newspaper, whose stories don’t lead on the evening news,” said Wadler, who is Black.Children and their parents were out in force at the rally. (Photo by Aya Elamroussi)“I represent the African-American women who are victims of gun violence, who are simply statistics instead of vibrant, beautiful girls full of potential.”As the crowd roared Wadler added, “For far too long, these names, these Black girls and women, have been just numbers. I’m here to say, ‘Never again’ for those girls too.”The fifth-grader’s eloquence shed light on a conversation that usually doesn’t garner adequate attention from national news media: Black voices and gun violence. A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last summer shows that Black women were more likely to be killed. The study also found that Black women were the most likely of any racial group to be shot to death.Parkland shooting survivor, and now activist, David Hogg said he is critical of the lack of minority representation in media coverage. In an interview with Axios, Hogg, who is White, was asked what the biggest mistake the media made in covering the Parkland shooting. “Not giving Black students a voice,” he said. “My school is about 25 percent Black, but the way we’re covered doesn’t reflect that.”Laura Boyd, a native of Southeast D.C., told the AFRO that Black people are represented as the ones who are being violent. “I feel like people don’t expect Black people to step forward because we are known as being the ones [who] are being violent,” Boyd said.Boyd, 20, said she marched because the issue of gun control has touched everyone around the world regardless of race, color or religion. Kensley Casey, also 20, of Prince George’s County marched because “it’s the right time right now,” she told the AFRO. “It’s unfortunate that we have to march just because somebody dies,” Casey said. “We shouldn’t have to tell people that guns should not be in schools. People should already know this.”Boyd also said that gun violence isn’t just in schools. “There’s gun violence everywhere,” Boyd said, “in neighborhoods, in houses, on the street.”Boyd brought her two younger cousins with her to the march – Areiona Johnson and Layla Aughtry. Johnson, 10, said she marched because the world needs to be protected. “Donald Trump is making the world feel really unsafe . . .” Johnson told the AFRO. “I need to be here to protect the world, my family and my school.”Johnson is in the fifth grade and attends KIPP DC.Aughtry said people don’t want to see their kids killed. “They just come to school to learn. They don’t want to come to school and get shot up,” Aughtry said.Aughtry, 8, said she also participated in her school’s peace rally on Mar. 23, which protested gun violence. Aughtry attends KIPP DC Quest Academy.Casey added that the Black Lives Matter movement has helped raise Black voices in the gun control debate, but it’s still not enough. “They [will] listen eventually.”
Kolkata: Derek O’Brien, Trinamool Congress spokesperson and the party’s Rajya Sabha MP, has criticised BJP national president Amit Shah for “circulating lies about Bengal to reap political benefits.”On the other hand, senior TMC leader Chandrima Bhattacharya said a legal notice is likely to be served to Amit Shah for “deliberately circulating lies.” The TMC in all probability will resort to legal step if Shah does not tender apology. On Facebook Live, O’Brien said: “The body language of Amit Shah shows that the BJP is really scared and so it had to take recourse to lies”. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedComing down heavily on Shah, O’Brien said he had given information on Kanyashree project “wrongly to mislead people.” He said Shah had alleged that the state government had copied Kanyashree project from the Centre’s Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao. Incidentally, Derek said the Kanyashree scheme in Bengal was introduced two years before Beti Bachao Beti Padhao and till date, the state government has spent Rs 6,000 crore giving benefits to almost 60 lakh girls. The Centre, under Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseBeti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme has spent Rs 600 crore for the entire country. “BJP president should know what he is saying,” O’Brien remarked. It may be mentioned that Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee had asked party leaders to vehemently counter lies and half-truths which the BJP is circulating on social media. She had also instructed party leaders to hold meeting places within 72 hours where the BJP had organised rallies to counter their lies politically which the BJP leaders are circulating deliberately. Accordingly, a huge rally under the leadership of Suvendu Adhikari will take place in East Midnapore on Sunday. Derek further maintained that Shah has wrongly said that “Mission Nirmal Bangla” is a copy of the Centre’s Swachh Bharat mission. He said: “Shah should know that Mission ‘Nirmal Bangla’ was started in 2013 much ahead of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan which started on October 2, 2014. Nadia was the first district in the country to become Open Defecation Free. More than 95 percent of the districts in Bengal have become ODF.” O’Brien also added that the BJP national president has stated that there is no industrial growth in Bengal. The real picture is that Bengal’s growth is 11.4 percent which is more than the national growth at 4.4 percent. “The state ranks first in MSME, ease of doing business and skill development,” he said. Rebutting Shah’s claim that no Durga and Saraswati pujas are allowed in Bengal, Derek said more than 30,000 community Durga pujas are held in Bengal and Saraswati puja is held in more than 10,000 schools. Moreover, a grand carnival is held on Red Road every year to showcase immersion. Demolishing Shah’s claim that cows are being smuggled through the Indo-Bangladesh border, Derek stated that the border fencing is the responsibility of the Home Ministry.