I-T dept officials raid house, offices of Gupta brothers

first_imgIncome Tax officials raided the offices in Saharanpur and Dehradun belonging to the South Africa-based industrialists Gupta brothers. Searches were also conducted at the Guptas’ ancestral house in Ranibazar where the brothers, Ajay, Atul and Rajesh, grew up and lived till they left the country to become industrial tycoons in South Africa and close allies of the country’s former President Jacob Zuma. Mr. Zuma’s reported dealings with the brothers had rocked South African politics, leading to his resignation as President in mid-February. The Gupta brothers, however, have consistently denied any wrongdoing. “There was suspicion that the brothers were trying to bring illegal money into the country through various means. We intend to investigate if there is some basis for the suspicion,” said a senior IT department official involved with the raid. “Raids were conducted at the old Ranibazar house in Saharanpur, as well as their houses in Dehradun. We are also looking for bank accounts associated with them and properties they own,” the official said.Premise of a temple where the Gupta brothers were in the process of building a grand structure worth several crores were also raided, said the official.last_img read more

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Amit Shah meets RSS leaders in Nagpur

first_imgBJP president Amit Shah visited the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) headquarters here on Wednesday and held a closed-door meeting with the outfit’s top brass and senior Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leaders.“Mr. Shah arrived at the Nagpur airport around noon, along with the RSS Sah-Sarkaryawaha [deputy general secretary] Krishnagopal. He directly went to the RSS headquarters in Mahal and met Mohan Bhagwat [RSS chief] and Bhaiyyaji Joshi [RSS general secretary],” said Chandan Goswami, in-charge of the BJP’s publicity wing in the city.According to sources, the newly appointed president of the VHP, Vishnu Sadashiv Kokje, some other VHP leaders, and Union Minister Uma Bharati were present at the meeting.It was not clear what discussions the BJP president had with the top RSS and VHP leaders, However, RSS sources said the Karnataka Assembly elections and outbursts of former VHP working president Pravin Togadia could have been discussed.“The Karnataka election is crucial for everyone. The outcome of this election will decide if the Lok Sabha election will take place as scheduled or earlier. Also, it is a difficult election for the BJP. The BJP president may have briefed the RSS bosses about the situation there,” an RSS member from Nagpur said on condition of anonymity.Mr. Shah came out of the RSS headquarters around 4.30 p.m. and left by an evening flight. Ms. Bharati had, however, left the meeting at 1 p.m.last_img read more

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Grass-Fed Ghee Oil Horrifies Indians On Twitter

first_imgGood old ghee needs no introduction. The clarified butter, which originated in India, is used liberally around the country in everything from food to traditional medicines. So when a Los Angeles-based company discovered this “superfood” and repackaged it into “grass-fed ghee oil”, outrage against them wasn’t all that surprising. A tweet going viral, which shows a pic of Fourth & Heart’s ghee oil bottle, has gone viral online and collected a lot of backlash.Read it at NDTV Related Itemslast_img read more

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Rampant Cristiano Ronaldo has learned to accept rotation: Zinedine Zidane

first_imgReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said on Friday Cristiano Ronaldo has accepted the need to rest during the season as the prolific Portuguese prepares to sit out a fourth consecutive league away game in missing Saturday’s trip to Granada.Ronaldo has missed eight of Real’s 34 league games so far this season in contrast to last year when he participated in 36 of 38, only absent due to a hamstring injury he sustained late in the campaign.The benefits of playing fewer games this term were evident as the Portuguese forward scored a dazzling hat-trick against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday to take Real to the brink of a third Champions League final, in contrast to the withered state in which he finished last season.Zidane remarked last year that Ronaldo needed to rest more but it was difficult to convince him to sit out games, but said on Friday the 32-year-old had accepted his new reality.”I speak with Cristiano all the time and I know him very well. He knows that until now he played 60-70 games a season and the accumulation of all those years meant he needs to rest a little,” Zidane told a news conference.”I’m not the coach that has made him rest, all I know is that players need to rest, especially if they want to arrive at the final stage of the season in top condition.”Real face the already relegated Granada, who have lost their last five games, on Saturday needing a win to stay level on points with La Liga leaders Barcelona, although Zidane is expected to leave Ronaldo out of the squad.advertisementThe Portuguese would be suspended from next Sunday’s vital league game against Sevilla if booked against Granada.Real trail Barca in the standings due to their inferior head-to-head record but have a game in hand on the Catalans meaning they will win a first league title since 2012 if they collect 10 points from their remaining four games.Ronaldo’s treble against Atleti followed his five goals in the quarter-final tie against Bayern Munich and Zidane said the player’s ruthless display meant he could collect the Ballon d’Or for a second year running, taking him level with Lionel Messi in winning the prestigious individual award five times.”I think he could win it again, and he deserves all the credit for that,” said Zidane.last_img read more

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World Championships: Davinder Singh Kang becomes first Indian to qualify for javelin throw finals

first_imgDavinder Singh Kang has become the first Indian to qualify for the final round of the javelin throw World Championships here while his more fancied compatriot Neeraj Chopra crashed out in the qualification round.Competing in the qualification round Group B yesterday, Kang, who was carrying a shoulder injury, cleared the automatic qualification mark of 83m in his third and final throw as he sent the iron spear to a distance of 84.22m. He had a 82.22m in his opening throw and then came up with 82.14m in his second.The 26-year-old athlete from Punjab was under pressure to touch the 83m in his final attempt and he was the last man to take the throw. He did it in style by sending the spear beyond the qualification mark to the huge relief of the Indian camp.Thirteen throwers — five from Group A and seven from Group B crossed the automatic qualification mark of 83m and all of them will compete in the final round on August 12.Kang’s best effort of 84.22m put him in the seventh position among the final round qualifiers. His final round qualification was all the more noteworthy as he was carrying an injury since the Indian Grand Prix in New Delhi in May. He competed yesterday with his right shoulder strapped.No Indian has ever qualified in the men’s javelin throw final round in any world championship.”After I came to know that Neeraj did not qualify (for the final round), I wanted to qualify for the final round. I wanted to do something for the country, I wanted to do something which no Indian has done before. By the grace of God, I did something for the country,” Kang said after his race.advertisement”I have been carrying a right shoulder injury which I sustained in May during the Indian Grand Prix but it is not that a big problem. Our team masseur put these straps today and I am OK. But I had to ask my friend Sri Lankan competitor (Waruna Rankoth Pedige) to do some stretching before my third and final throw,” he said showing his right shoulder injury.”It (injury) will be all right after tomorrow’s rest. I want to give my best in the final round on August 12 and win a medal for the country,” he added.Kang was tested positive for marijuana in June but was named in the 25-member Indian team as the banned substance was in the specified list of the WADA Code and does not attract automatic suspension.Earlier in Group A qualification round, Neeraj failed to make an impact as he crashed out of the World Championships after a disappointing performance.Carrying the hopes of the entire country on his young shoulders, Neeraj could not hurl the iron spear to the the automatic final round qualification mark of 83m in his three attempts with his best effort of 82.26m coming in his opening throw.The 19-year-old world junior record holder then fouled his second attempt before clearing only 80.54m in his third and final throw to finish seventh in his group and overall 15th at the Olympic Stadium here.For Neeraj, who has a personal best of 86.48m and season’s best of 85.63m, his maiden World Championships ended with just thee throws.”I tried my best but I could not clear the automatic qualification mark of 83m and I am disappointed. I gave a lot of effort in the first throw but it missed the 83m mark by a few centimetres. There were some problems in the second throw and the third one also did not go the distance (of 83m). I have been training hard for this World Championships but I could not do well in the actual competition,” Chopra said after the race.”It would have been ideal if a coach had come with me but that is not in my hands. I don’t know what had happened today, I cannot say now whether it was technical issue or other factors,” he added.Neeraj was considered the best bet for India to have any shout for a medal as his season’s best of 85.63m puts him at 14th in the IAAF rankings coming into the World Championships.He has a personal best of 86.48m which he did while setting a junior world record last year.The Indian has three 85m throws this season and his two Diamond League appearances in Paris and Monaca last month — where he had finished fifth and seventh respectively– which had boosted his confidence after rubbing shoulders with some of the best in the world.advertisementlast_img read more

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a month agoWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores: The result today damages me a lot

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores: The result today damages me a lotby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores fears for his players after their 8-0 thrashing by Manchester City.He apologised numerous times to the club’s supporters following the thumping loss, but claims that the nature of the performance makes his position as coach more difficult.”We know how tough is the Premier League and every single match,” said Sanchez Flores.”When we accepted the invitation of the club to come here, to lead the team, we knew we were going to play against Arsenal and we were going to play against Manchester City.”It’s not about the margin you have when you come or not. Pep said yesterday in his press conference we know it’s not about you as a coach, it’s about the results.”So, of course, the result today it damages a lot myself, but one week ago, the results supported me. “We can see more than one week, we can see longer than one next match. It’s like this, so we need to live with this kind of consequence. It’s like this, it’s our work.”First we have to say sorry to the fans because they came to the stadium waiting for a good performance from the team and it was very difficult to be on the pitch today.”After 30 seconds we realised it would be very tough and then after 15 minutes it was impossible to play like this.” last_img read more

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Star Ohio State Player Reacts To College Football Playoff Snub

first_imgA closeup of an Ohio State football helmet on the field.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Ohio State, unsurprisingly, will not be playing in the College Football Playoff this year. The Buckeyes ended up being ranked No. 6 in the selection committee’s final rankings.This year’s College Football Playoff will be:AlabamaClemsonNotre DameOklahomaGeorgia came in ranked No. 5 and Ohio State came in ranked No. 6.Standout Ohio State defensive back Jeffrey Okudah reacted to the news on Twitter:pic.twitter.com/PhlS09cK4r— Jeff Okudah III (@jokudah_) December 2, 2018Former star Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones reacted on Twitter, too. He’s not happy:??‍♂️— Cardale Jones (@Cardale7_) December 2, 2018Ohio State has a decent consolation prize, at least.The Buckeyes are set to take on Washington in the Rose Bowl. That should be a fun one.last_img read more

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Syracuse Will Take On West Virginia In The Camping World Bowl

first_imgEric Dungey throws a pass for Syracuse.SYRACUSE, NY – SEPTEMBER 22: Eric Dungey #2 of the Syracuse Orange passes the ball against the Connecticut Huskies during the fourth quarter at the Carrier Dome on September 22, 2018 in Syracuse, New York. Syracuse defeated Connecticut 51-21. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)Syracuse, after a resurgent 9-3 season, will be playing in its first bowl game since 2013. The Orange will be facing a familiar opponent.The ACC announced Sunday afternoon that Syracuse will be playing against West Virginia in the Camping World Bowl down in Orlando on December 28.Syracuse was probably the second-best team in the ACC this year – behind Clemson. The Orange beat NC State and Boston College but lost to Pittsburgh.West Virginia, meanwhile, was probably the third-best team in the Big 12 this past season – behind Oklahoma and Texas.BREAKING: Orlando’s going Orange! The @CWBowl selects No. 20 Syracuse Football and No. 16 West Virginia for its December 28th bowl game.The Orange are officially going bowling for the first time since 2013! ?? pic.twitter.com/EdS19Nubo9— WAER Sports (@WAERSports) December 2, 2018Syracuse and West Virginia are former Big East rivals, so this should be a fun one.The Orange will be looking for their 10th win of the season. West Virginia will be looking for its ninth victory.The rest of the bowl matchups are being revealed on ESPN this afternoon.last_img read more

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I’m the happiest person on earth right now: Tsitsipas after knocking out Federer

first_img India Today Web Desk MelbourneJanuary 20, 2019UPDATED: January 20, 2019 18:37 IST Stefanos Tsitsipas fended off all 12 breakpoints he faced to beat Roger Federer (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSStefanos Tsitsipas defeated Roger Federer 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6 in the fourth round at the Australian OpenTsitsipas became the first player from Greece to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand SlamTsitsipas will next play Roberto Bautista Agut, who beat 2018 runner-up Marin Cilic in five setsAfter knocking out Roger Federer in the fourth round at the Australian Open, Stefanos Tsitsipas called himself the “happiest person” on earth right now. Tsitsipas off all 12 breakpoints he faced to beat Roger Federer 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6 in the pre-quarterfinals on Sunday.The victory helped Tsitsipas become the the first player from Greece to reach the quarter-finals at a major.”There’s nothing I can describe. I am the happiest man on earth right now, I can’t describe it,” Tsitsipas said after the match.”I’m the happiest man on earth right now.”@StefTsitsipas #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/yakpYsfQAX#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019″Roger is a legend of our sport, so much of respect for him. He showed such good tennis over the years. I have been idiolising him since the age of 6 and it was just a dream come true being on Rod Laver Arena facing him. Winning at the end, I cannot describe it,” he said..@StefTsitsipas has been idolising Roger Federer since the age of six.At 20-years-old, he’s speechless #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/VOe2cfhzP0#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019″It was a dream for me come true just being on Rod Laver Arena.”@StefTsitsipas applauds the @RodLaverArena crowd #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/EEzWDsCP04#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019The 37-year-old Federer had a set point in 10th game of the second for a 2-0 lead but Tsitsipas saved it with a service winner.Yes, you @StefTsitsipas!You’re into the #AusOpen quarterfinals pic.twitter.com/n9FJwedn0O#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019There’s no denying a brother’s emotion @StefTsitsipas #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/h8PPZN32SAadvertisement#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019Federer won the last two Australian titles and has six overall at Melbourne Park, a record he shares with top-ranked Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson.”I do believe that coming to the net and being aggressive, taking the ball early, we have to keep it going. Most of the players in this era of the sport are baseliners and I really like this aggressive game coming to the net, serve and volleying from time to time. That keeps the game alive and makes it much more interesting I think,” he told John McEnroe in the on-court interview.What an effort!Please don’t forget us @rogerfederer! #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/ttj97ebHDI#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019He will next play Roberto Bautista Agut, who beat 2018 runner-up Marin Cilic in five sets to reach the quarter-finals for the first time. Bautista Agut had lost in the fourth round nine times at Slams.@StefTsitsipas#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/NKVGc8BbKc#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019(With inputs from AP)For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Stefanos TsitsipasFollow Roger FedererFollow Australian Open Next I’m the happiest person on earth right now: Tsitsipas after knocking out FedererAustralian Open: Stefanos Tsitsipas fended off all 12 breakpoints he faced to beat Roger Federer 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6. The victory helped Tsitsipas become the the first player from Greece to reach the quarter-finals at a major.advertisementlast_img read more

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Passage royale

first_img Chumki Bharadwaj New Delhi March 8, 2019 ISSUE DATE: March 18, 2019UPDATED: March 8, 2019 14:12 IST Padmanabh Singh on his polo pony. Picture courtesy: Royal ArchivesTime is a great aggrandiser; a tribute to change; a metaphor for travel. As the pages of history turn, few episodes reflect the churn of time with as much nostalgia and drama as the stripping away of royal titles and privy purses. We record the passage of time, with fourTime is a great aggrandiser; a tribute to change; a metaphor for travel. As the pages of history turn, few episodes reflect the churn of time with as much nostalgia and drama as the stripping away of royal titles and privy purses. We record the passage of time, with four millennials from some erstwhile royal families, using journeys, both literal and metaphorical to document how travel has transitioned over generations.Journeys were once more of a spectacle than about discovery and liveried retinue, monogrammed luggage, state carriages and private jets exemplified travel that was swaddled in rolls of etiquette and protocol. In contract, royals today enjoy spontaneous travel, flying solo for a skiing getaway, backpacking across Europe, waiting endlessly in the jungle for a leopard to be shot on a GoPro rather than on elephant back, to be mounted as a stuffed head on the wall. From Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur, who is promoting polo tourism to the royals of Mayurbhanj who have opened up a section of their 200-year-old palace for an artistsin-residence programme to the prince of Bera, who is spearheading the cause of leopard conservation to Vaishnavi Kumari of Kishangarh, who is contemporarising the legendary Kishangarh art to revive and preserve artistic practices and traditions, these tales are idiomatic of time travel.Padmanabh SinghJaipurRecalling one of his favourite travel stories of his ancestor Maharaja Madho Singh, a devout Hindu, who were among the first few royals to go abroad, to attend Edward the VII’s coronation in 1902, the 20-year-old recounts how 15,000 silver coins were melted and made into massive silver urns to carry Ganga jal all the way to England, since the King only drank and bathed in the holy waters. Living in Rome, learning Italian and studying the history of art and preservation of culture, Singh is quick to quip: “I travel lighter and without any silver jars,” to describe his travel preferences. “My grandfather would love to go to different countries and drive and get lost in that country. It’s something I enjoy as well. In fact it was a trip that he took in his Maserati with my grandmother and mother in Italy which made me fall in love with Italy. It’s something I do on and off as well-rent a car and drive around Italy. “You are more incognito in today’s world, which is better since you are not bogged down with a boring itinerary that restricts impromptu adventures. Connectivity makes travel fluid and easy so I may decide on a Friday that I want to go skiing and can be back in two days on a Sunday without much ado.”advertisementFrom a childhood infused with pomp and pageantry, lived in palaces that hosted the most famous to the most flamboyant, growing up in a polo family was pretty much what set the travel calendar for them. This meant multiple trips all through the year for long periods each summer to Palm Beach in Florida or France or Buenos Aires in Argentina. “That’s where I fell in love with polo and the way it binds people with nothing in common-business men, professional athletes, actors, politicians, celebrities-except their shared love for this sport. As he spends more time in Jaipur now, he is drawing on this huge demand for polo tourism around the world to draw travel to the country and Jaipur, “I do at least two-three international polo events where we invite people from all over the world. For instance, in March, over Holi, we have teams from England, Chile and Brazil coming in.” Jaipur has always been considered as a kind of Mecca for Polo, but not so much in the past 20 years, “I am trying to revive that interest to promote not just polo in Jaipur or travel in the state but Indian tourism as a whole. On Akshita: Dress Polo Ralph Lauren; Shoes Christian Louboutin; Watch Carl F Bucherer; Bracelet Swarovski Earrings Pandora; Duffel Bag Louis Vuitton; Stylist: Gul Garg; Makeup Neha Chaudhary; Location: The Sultan Suite, The Lodi, New Delhi. Photo: Yasir IqbalAkshita Manjari BhanjdeoMayurbhanjW ith a lineage that stretches across the royal families of Jaisalmer, Orissa and Nepal, her earliest travel memories linger across the desert sands of Rajasthan and the hills of Kathmandu, Nepal. “In Rajasthan, my parents had taken me to the oldest living fort in the world where we saw the centuries old royal quarters and in Nepal to the Narayanhity Palace which has still not been opened to the world so it was always interesting to see how my grandparents homes were literally untouched by the modern world,” she says.advertisementOn the other hand, in 1910, Sri Ram Chandra Bhanjdeo, her great grandfather undertook diplomatic missions to China, Japan, America and England. Along the way he stayed with various royal families but travelled incognito in private charter aircrafts with luxury cars being shipped ahead of his travel. “Mayurbhanj was famous for its fleet of exquisite custom made vintage cars and may of the stops in between peace missions were to car dealerships of brands such as Rolls Royce,” she explains. Despite being around statement epaulettes of status and luxury, the 25-year-old communications professional believes luxury is synonymous with craftsmanship and sustainability; something that is timeless. A Masaai hut overlooking Mt. Kilimanjaro, travelling through Europe and staying with local families and finding authentic homestays and learning to make pasta with one of the oldest families at Lake Como, Italy. “My parents always encouraged my sisters and I to travel independently to truly experience a country; so summer camps in Turkey, Egypt and Spain, staying with local families and learning new skills were de rigeur. In Egypt, I was backpacking in Cairo in the summer of 2011, staying right across Tahrir Square when the revolution broke out,” she says. To have both the mountains and the beach, with luxury infused with adventure defines her dreamvacation, which is why she returns to Brazil regularly and strongly recommends the Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio De Janeiro. Their 200-year-old palace, built for foreign dignitaries, The Belgadia Palace in Mayurbhanj, Odisha opened in January this year to the public as a boutique hotel. Akshita has also opened a part of the hotel to host artist in residency programmes to make Mayurbhanj an oasis of arts and culture so people can understand more about the adivasi culture and its unique art forms such as Chhau and Dhokra which are becoming extinct. We consider our home more of a platform than a property to promote sustainable living with social impact as our core ideology.” Now that’s what you call straddling the past and the future to anchor the present.Favourite inherited travel accessory”My mother’s Globe-Trotter rose gold travel trolley and vanity case set; she has engraved a small note on the underside so I am never homesick on my travels.” Vaishnavi Kumari’s initiatives promote Kishangarh art to make it more relevant to a wider audience.Vaishnavi KumariKishangarhThe 34-year-old self-confessed culture vulture, who has literally studied temples academically has a travel agenda that is pretty much set in stone. An SOAS graduate, she travels extensively both to meet family across Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi, and Nepal on work, for exhibitions and personal travel. While she enjoys the heritage art and culture around Kochi, Madurai, and Tanjore to visit temples, her husband is happier to indulge in sports and adventure, but they seem to have worked out a happy mix of both.From an ancestor who enjoyed monogrammed cigarettes with special tobacco ordered from England, she is a much more fuss-free traveller, preferring spontaneous vacations, even without a nanny, opting for the anonymity of a rented apartment over the formality of a hotel. Easy connectivity allows her to indulge her passion for travel without compromising the quality of her work at her family forts and palaces, where she personally oversees the modernised renditions of the Kishangarh school of art. “We are trying to contemporarise the 300-year-old Kishangarh school of painting, encouraging local artisans to stay with tradition by introducing modernised versions for a global audience, whether it involves changing the medium to acrylic on canvas, or dimensions from large 4ft by 8 ft canvasses to more gift-friendly versions of 1 ft x 1 ft.” This has increased the scope of the traditional art form by introducing it on handpainted home and apparel, with lotus from the picchwai paintings to a renewal of the Kamadhenu motive on dupattas, marble trays, stoles and wooden artifacts.advertisement Top tips: For wildlife photographers, patience, followed by full-day safaris maximise chances for spotting. Ideal For hilly areas, a minimum of 600mm lens works well. For cameras, I prefer the handy Micro Four Thirdsit is smaller but records while you’re clicking so you don’t miss out. Photo: Yaduveer Singh BeraYaduveer Singh BeraRajasthanMore commonly known as the Leopard prince, Yaduveer of Bera (23), traces his ancestry to the legendary warrior king, Maharana Pratap, of Udaipur. Apart from actively supporting and running leopard protection projects in and around his family estate of Bera in Jawai, the leopard hills of India, the hotelier prince also runs his 300-year-old palace as a heritage hotel offering exclusive leopard safaris. He also trains local villagers in conservation projects as well as hospitality to promote both employment and tourism in the area. He admits that travel for him, has been focussed more within India than outside. Maybe this stems from his love of wildlife or from the responsibility of running his palace as a boutique luxury homestay. The only way my grandmother allowed us to convert Castle Bera to a hotel was by “making us promise that all our palace staff would be absorbed in the workforce with no outsiders to be employed.” On Yaduveer: Jumper and overcoat Hackett; Jeans by Polo Ralph Lauren; Shoes Alberto Torresi; Duffel Bag Louis Vuitton; Sunglasses The Monk; Watch Baume & Mercier; Stylist: Gul Garg; Makeup Neha Chaudhary; Location: The Sultan Suite, The Lodi, New Delhi. Photo: Yasir Iqbal”We were the first ones to start leopard safaris in the area to promote travel in this region,” he says. Twenty years ago, it was an unknown destination; today it has been declared as a protected reserve and popular for its “incredible leopard sightings and 850 million-year-old rock formations.” Another way the prince of Bera has been contributing to his people is by helping villagers revive the famous Bera jackets. “These jackets were started by my great grandfather, Thakur Prithvi Singh Bera, an accomplished polo player in the Jodhpur polo team. In 1925, they won all over the world and to commemorate the win, when he came back, he began making these jackets. But they were wiped out since no one was using them; now I am trying to take the legacy forward,” he adds. The Phulgar jacket is sort of velvet overcoat which is famous in Rajasthan and among the Rajput community.While Yaduveer fondly recalls the Maharaja of Baroda, his grandfather’s younger brother, Mahaveer Singh and two other friends, going on a road trip from India to Europe in a Plymouth for the Helsinki Olympics in 1952, he is happy to travel alone discovering and exploring wildlife. He recommends Tadoba National Park in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra for tiger sightings; Kabini in the south for tigers and black panthers and also Ranthambore is his home state.You’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byshweta keshri Tags :Follow Indian royaltyFollow MayurbhanjFollow KishangarhFollow JaipurFollow Padmanabh Singh Passage royaleJourneying through history with young royals as they side step the straight and narrow.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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England vs Australia 5th Ashes Test Live Streaming: When and where to watch live telecast

first_img Next India Today Web Desk LondonSeptember 12, 2019UPDATED: September 12, 2019 10:32 IST England vs Australia 5th Ashes Test Match Live Streaming (Reuters)England dropped batsman Jason Roy for the fifth Ashes Test against Australia on Wednesday.Roy failed to impress in the first four matches of the series, which Australia leads 2-1 and will retain the urn.The final Test starts on Thursday at The Oval.England seamer Craig Overton was also dropped. Sam Curran and Chris Woakes, who made way for Overton in the last match at Old Trafford, will take the places of Roy and Overton, respectively.The England and Wales Cricket Board also said Ben Stokes will bat but not bowl in the match because of a shoulder injury.England captain Joe Root said Roy had missed out because of Stokes’ injury.”(We) had to change the balance of the side, and Jason’s the unfortunate one to miss out,” Root said.Australia allrounder Mitchell Marsh replaced Travis Head.When does the 5th Ashes Test between England and Australia begin?The 5th Test of Ashes 2019 will start at 11 AM local time (3:30 PM IST) and (10 AM GMT) from September 12, Wednesday.Where will the 5th Ashes Test between England and Australia be played?The 5th Ashes Test will be played at The Oval, London.Where I can watch the 5th Ashes Test between England and Australia live?The 5th Test of Ashes 2019 between England and Australia will be telecast on the Sony Pictures Sports Network.How can I watch the 5th Ashes Test between England and Australia online?Sony Liv will provide the live streaming for the 5th Ashes Test.What are the squads for the 5th Ashes Test for England and Australia?advertisementAUSTRALIA XII: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Mitch Marsh, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine (c, wk), Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, Mitch Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh HazlewoodENGLAND: Joe Root (c), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Ben Stokes, Chris WoakesAlso Read | Ashes 2019: England bring in Sam Curran, Chris Woakes for 5th TestAlso Read | 2019 a success for England despite missing out on the Ashes: Joe RootFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow England VS Australia England vs Australia 5th Ashes Test Live Streaming: When and where to watch live telecastEngland vs Australia 5th Ashes Test Live Streaming, Telecast: Australia will be eyeing a series win after 18 years in England while the hosts will aim for a crucial 24 World Test Championship points as the teams are set to clash against each other for one final time this summer at The Oval in London.advertisementlast_img read more

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Significant Strides made to Remove Red Tape

first_img Mrs. Ffolkes-Abrahams stated that to improve the country’s global competitiveness and business ranking, “we must cut the red tape.” This undertaking forms part of the Government’s strategic priorities for 2013/2014, focusing on job creation and economic growth. The Minister stated that the Ministry is currently instituting a number of key reform initiatives to improve the business environment. Story Highlights Significant strides have been made in the removal of red tape hindering the progress of business development and growth in Jamaica, as the Government moves to implement strategies to make the country more business-friendly, while increasing its global competitiveness.This was  stated by State Minister for Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, as she addressed the opening of  a two-day National Productivity Conference at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, in Kingston, on October 8.The State Minister  pointed out that the Ministry is currently instituting a number of key reform initiatives to improve the business environment.These include a secured transaction regime, which will allow borrowers to pledge moveable property as security for loans, resulting in improved access to credit; modernising the insolvency legislation, which will encourage more businesses to restart after failure; and amendments to the Trade Marks and Copyright Acts, which will increase investor protection.This undertaking forms part of the Government’s strategic priorities for 2013/2014, focusing on job creation and economic growth.“Business facilitation is a core ingredient for sustained investments, and for improvement in national productivity and economic growth in Jamaica. It is important for the development of a strong entrepreneurial sector in our economy, which is crucial for job creation,” she said.Mrs. Ffolkes-Abrahams contended that to significantly improve the country’s global competitiveness and doing business ranking, “we must cut the red tape.”“This must be done if we are to have any hope of moving our economy on a path of sustainable growth,” she emphasized.The State Minister noted that the 2013/2014 Global Competitiveness Report has singled out red tape as the most problematic factor affecting Jamaica’s competitiveness.Citing the 2013 Doing Business Report, she said the country has made some improvements in reducing the difficulty experienced by businesses in paying taxes. In this respect, Jamaica moved up 11 places from 174 out of 185 countries to 163 in the current fiscal year.“We also continue to do well relative to other economies in terms of ease of starting a business and dealing with construction permits, ranking 21 and 50, respectively. In comparison to Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), the process to start a business in Jamaica is less cumbersome. In Jamaica, one has to follow a six-step procedure compared to nine steps in the LAC. It takes seven days to start a business compared to 53 days in the LAC,” she said.The conference is being held under the theme: ‘Productivity – Pathway to Competitiveness and Growth’. It is hosted by the Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC) in observance of Productivity Awareness Week – October 7 to 11.The conference seeks to provide learning opportunities and valuable information on productivity for employees at all levels, in private and public sector organisations.last_img read more

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Citing concerns for flood victims Ontario Quebec opt out of alertsystem test

first_imgOTTAWA — The country’s two biggest provinces won’t take part in what was supposed to be a nationwide testing of Canada’s Alert Ready system on Wednesday.Public Safety Canada says it received notifications last week from Ontario and Quebec that the provinces are opting out of the testing because neither wants to send unnecessary alert tones to residents dealing with historic flooding.The alerts sound when emergency officials send signals to cellphones, TV consoles and radio stations.System operators are mandated to conduct nationwide testing of the service twice annually, blasting out distinctive electronic tones on LTE-enabled wireless devices that have their speakers turned on, as well as through television and radio.Provinces and territories that are part of the system can opt out of the testing if they think it can be too disruptive during a real emergency.The system has been in wide use for about a year, alerting Canadians about potential dangers, including natural disasters, biological and terrorist threats and civil emergencies.It has also been used to issue localized Amber Alerts when police seek the public’s help in locating missing children, although there have been complaints from wireless users that the alerts have been issued too broadly.A glitch in the public-alert system when it was first tested a year ago affected mobile devices across Quebec. An official with Canada’s telecom regulator said at the time that a coding issue originated with emergency-management officials in that province and Pelmorex Corp., which operates the system.Testing on Wednesday is scheduled to be conducted at 10:55 a.m. local time in New Brunswick and Newfoundland, 10:25 a.m. in Labrador, 12:55 p.m. in Prince Edward Island and at 1:55 p.m. in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Ford puts 2018 adjusted profit outlook below Street view

first_imgDEARBORN, Mich. — Ford is calling for 2018 adjusted earnings of $1.30 per share, slightly below Wall Street’s view, because of challenges including higher commodity and warranty costs and a business decline in China.Analysts predict earnings of $1.33 per share, according to FactSet.Looking ahead, Ford Motor Co. Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks said in a statement that the automobile maker sees the potential for year-over-year improvement in revenue in 2019.Last week Ford announced it was cutting jobs in Europe as it reshapes its business to focus on more profitable commercial trucks and SUVs while shifting production to electric cars over the longer term.Shares of the Dearborn, Michigan-based company fell 13 cents to $8.71 before the market open on Wednesday.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Improving security prompts UN to revise guidelines for Iraqi asylum claims

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) previously advised that all Iraqis from the central and southern governorates be considered refugees.In its latest recommendations, the agency believes that the international protection needs for those originating from Al-Anbar, encompassing much of the country’s western territory, and the south should be assessed on individual merit.However, UNHCR advises favourable consideration for people belonging to specific groups from these areas which have been identified as at risk, including members of religious and ethnic minorities; Iraqis perceived as opposing armed groups or political factions; Iraqis affiliated with the multinational forces or foreign companies; media workers; UN and non-governmental organization (NGO) workers; human rights activists; and homosexuals.The agency also stressed that ongoing violence, conflict and human rights violations in most of the central governorates of Baghdad, Diyala, Kirkuk, Ninewa and Salah Al-Din places asylum-seekers from these areas in continued need for international protection.UNHCR estimates that hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have sought refuge in neighbouring countries, mainly in Syria and Jordan but also in Lebanon, Egypt and others, with over 40,000 asylum applications made in industrialized countries last year alone.The agency stressed that improvement in the situation in Iraq is not yet sufficient enough to promote or encourage massive returns and it recommended that refugees already benefiting from international protection should retain their status.In a related development, an Iraqi ministry has pledged $30 million for projects aimed at improving the lives of children in rural marshland areas. With a 34 per cent illiteracy rate among women living in marshlands, compared to 24 per cent nationally, and school enrolment at least 30 per cent lower than in urban areas, and around 80 per cent of households not connected to the general water network, the marshlands has some of the worst development indicators in Iraq. 5 May 2009A drop off in levels of violence in some parts of Iraq has allowed the United Nations refugee agency to revise its guidelines on eligibility for those seeking asylum. read more

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UN mission chairs talks with Lebanese Israeli military officials

7 July 2010The head of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in Lebanon today chaired a tripartite meeting bringing together senior officials from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). The gathering was chaired by Major-General Alberto Asarta Cuevas, Force Commander of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).Participants conferred on all issues relevant to the implementation of Security Council resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 conflict between Israel and Hizbollah, including the situation along the Blue Line and its ongoing visible marking.Also discussed was the question of the village of Ghajar, whose northern section Israel continues to occupy, in contravention of the resolution.In a report issued in February, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon cautioned that the situation in the region remains fragile, while adding that he is “pleased” by the parties’ continued commitment to resolution 1701.“The continued respect of the cessation of hostilities by Israel and Lebanon has provided for the most stable period in the relationship between the two countries for decades.”But he warned that the fragility of the situation is exacerbated by ever more strident rhetoric, “which raises tensions and should be avoided,” as well as being in contravention of the spirit of the resolution.The resolution’s implementation also topped today’s talks between UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams and the country’s Defence Minister, Elias Murr, in the capital, Beirut.The two men discussed recent events in south Lebanon, especially those involving the residents of some of the area’s villages and UNIFIL patrols.They also agreed “that the excellent cooperation between UNIFIL and LAF over the past four years has been the backbone of the stability that has prevailed in south Lebanon,” Mr. Williams said. “This cooperation, we believe, must be maintained and enhanced.”In recent weeks, protests have been directed at blue helmets, and the UN official today reiterated the crucial role played by the world body’s mission in the area, stressing the need for freedom of movement of UNIFIL to support the LAF.“This, in turn, serves the interests of Lebanon and the stability of the wider region,” Mr. Williams told reporters after his meeting with the Lebanese Minister. read more

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UN womens rights committee opens session in New York

These nations are all party to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, which for over two decades has outlawed various forms of gender bias in those countries that ratify the pact. Addressing today’s meeting of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, which monitors the treaty’s implementation, senior UN officials called the effort central to the realization of the UN’s key anti-poverty targets.Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Jose Antonio Ocampo told the panel’s 23 experts that their work would buttress the global drive to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of time-bound targets for achieving progress in the struggle against poverty.Echoing this view, Angela King, Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women, said the Committee’s work is “instrumental” for reaching the MDGs.”In your constructive dialogue with States parties, you identify key areas of discrimination against women, for example in the fields of education, health and poverty eradication, and you provide clear recommendations for action by individual States parties to elimination such discrimination and ensure equality between women and men,” she added.Often described as the international bill of rights for women, the Convention defines discrimination against women and provides an agenda for national action to end such treatment. The treaty also spells out the basis for realizing equality between men and women through ensuring women’s equal access to, and equal opportunities in, political and public life as in education and employment. read more

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Musks SolarCity to build enormous NY solar panel factory as Tesla plans

by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press Posted Jun 17, 2014 8:02 am MDT Musk’s SolarCity to build enormous NY solar panel factory, as Tesla plans battery gigafactory AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The energy world is not keeping up with Elon Musk, so he’s trying to take matters into his own hands.Musk, chairman of the solar installer SolarCity, announced Tuesday that the company would acquire a solar panel maker and build factories “an order of magnitude” bigger than the plants that currently churn out panels.“If we don’t do this we felt there was a risk of not being able to have the solar panels we need to expand the business in the long term,” Musk said Tuesday in a conference call.Musk is also a founder and the CEO of the electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors, which is planning what it calls a “gigafactory” to supply batteries for its cars.In both cases, Musk’s goal is to make sure that the components critical to his vision of the future — electric cars and solar energy — are available and cheap enough to beat fossil fuels.Musk’s future customers could ignore traditional energy companies completely. They would have SolarCity panels on their roof that would generate enough power to also charge up a Tesla in the garage. A Tesla battery could then power the home at night with stored solar power.It’s a far-off vision — solar power is still much more expensive than conventional power, even before the enormous cost of a battery backup. And electric cars are less than 1 per cent of the total auto market. But Musk has made a career of thinking far into the future. He is also the CEO of SpaceX, the rocket company with an ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.SolarCity, based in San Mateo, California, is one of the nation’s largest installers of rooftop solar systems. It was founded and is now run by Musk’s cousins, CEO Lyndon Rive and Chief Technology Officer Peter Rive. The company also offers financing for solar systems, and last year it bought a manufacturer of mounting systems used to hold panels in place.The acquisition of Silevo is a risk for Musk and SolarCity because it gets the company into panel manufacturing at a time when a global glut of panels has decimated the profits of panel makers. Some, including onetime industry leader Suntech Power, were forced into bankruptcy. Others were forced into solar development and installations, the kinds of things SolarCity already excels at.Terms of the deal were not disclosed. SolarCity shares were up almost 14 per cent in midday trading Tuesday.SolarCity says it won’t try to turn out more of the garden-variety panels now clogging the market. Instead, it wants to make panels that are more efficient, and make them at a low cost in huge factories in order to reduce the overall cost of solar electricity. Silevo’s relatively complex panels generate more power per square foot than typical panels.SolarCity said it is negotiating with the state of New York to build what would be among the biggest factories in the world in the next two years. It would manufacture enough panels each year to produce 1 gigawatt of peak power — roughly enough panels to outfit 200,000 homes with a typical-sized rooftop system.That would be “just a start,” Musk said. Future factories would produce 10 gigawatts worth of panels.And these panels wouldn’t even look like typical solar panels, he said. Just as he drew customers to electric vehicles by making sleek, fast sports cars, Musk wants to attract homeowners to solar with pretty panels.“We want to have a cool-looking esthetically pleasing solar system on your roof,” he said.__Jonathan Fahey can be reached at http://twitter.com/JonathanFahey . read more

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New standards for responsiblysourced artisanalmined diamonds

first_imgThe Diamond Development Initiative (DDI), an organization dedicated to improving the working conditions and lives of artisanal diamond miners, is launching the Maendeleo Diamond Standards (MDS). Maendeleo, the Swahili word for development and progress, is a fitting designation for standards that will ensure respect for human rights, for the environment and for community well-being, according to Dorothée Gizenga, Executive Director. “Artisanal diamond mining, carried out informally with rudimentary tools, is a risky business in many ways. Historically the people who do the hardest work live in poverty and have been subject to exploitation and violence. “These standards are an important step in protecting the miners, regulating the sector and producing diamonds that the jewellery industry can be proud to pass along to consumers.” Workers at 14 remote mining sites in the diamond-rich Koidu district of Sierra Leone have been trained on the standards and 13 of the sites have now been certified MDS-compliant based on a third-party audit. This means that diamonds produced at these sites have been mined responsibly and ethically, and will begin to respond to the growing demand for ethical products from discerning consumers. Implementing the principles of human rights, health and safety and environmental responsibility is already improving the conditions for the people who work in the mines. “Establishing global standards for the artisanal mining industry helps ensure safe working conditions,” said Anisa Kamadoli Costa, chairman and president of The Tiffany & Co. Foundation. “The Maendeleo Diamond Standards represent DDI’s expansive, long-term approach to improving the lives of miners, their families and communities.” Ian Smillie, Chair of the DDI Board, points out that the Maendeleo Diamond Standards is the only model that exists in the artisanal diamond sector. The system is noteworthy as an effective complement to the Kimberley Process (KP), an international protocol to prevent the flow of conflict diamonds. “MDS takes the work of the KP one step further, says Smillie. “While the KP deals with regulatory issues, the Maendeleo Diamond Standards address the development needs of the artisanal diamond miners and their communities, which is foundational to conflict prevention.” Based on the results of DDI’s work in Sierra Leone, Ainsley Butler, MDS Program Director, says DDI intends to roll out the system to other regions, beginning with the DR Congo. “This process is feasible, scalable and replicable,” she says. “This is effective development.” The Diamond Development Initiative works to transform artisanal mining into a source of sustainable development. www.ddiglobal.orglast_img read more

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SG FLENSBURG SAID NO TO SERBIA Vladan Matic to lead Eagles at

German SG Flensburg finally said NO to Serbian Handball Federation about “second job” for their coach Ljubomir Vranjes, who took Serbian “Eagles” at the last week of the qualification for Men’s EHF EURO 2014 in June. Swedish coach with Serbian origins made a great job, won two matches and qualified with Serbia for the tournament in Denmark, but German team weren’t ready to give him a “green light” to continue to seat on Serbian bench.New “first pick” is RK Celje Pivovarna LAsko coach Vladan Matic. Ex-coach of Pick Szeged and FTC is ready to work with Serbia team alongside with his partner from Celje, legendary goalkeeper Dejan Peric. Negotiations will follow in the upcoming days, but deal is almost reached. Dejan PerichandballSerbia handballSG FlensburgVladan Matic ← Previous Story VIDEO: “Lions” scares rival with HAKA dance! Next Story → Patrik Groetzki stays at Rhen Neckar Lowen! read more

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