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TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bristol City boss Johnson admits big interest for Liverpool, Man Utd target Kellyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBristol City boss Lee Johnson admits there’s growing interest in England Under-21 defender Lloyd Kelly.Liverpool are among Premier League clubs keen, along with Manchester United and Tottenham.Johnson said, “Of course, there is (interest).”If you’re a Premier League club and you’re not interested in Lloyd Kelly, you’re not doing your recruitment right. Twenty years old, playing for England and can play multiple positions.”Whether someone pushes the button on it is a different matter. I guarantee, statistically and with the eye, every Premier League club would’ve had a look.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rojo: I’ll fight for my place at Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Marcus Rojo has revealed how his injury hell has tested his mental strength to the limit.The Argentine ace has returned home for further treatment on an unspecified problem he first suffered in the World Cup that forced him to miss the first 20 games of United’s season.United have no idea when he will be back and Rojo, who has endured fitness problems for the past two campaigns, said: “The worst thing about it is that it is the second year running I have not been able to have a full pre-season with my team-mates.“These kind of things can happen in football.“That’s the game of football. It can happen to anyone and this time it happened to be me.“It’s all about being strong mentally. I am strong mentally and it is now about turning it around and starting again. I’m always going to fight hard to earn my place in the side.”
GAINESVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 15: A view from the end-zone as the Tennessee Volunteers take on the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 15, 2007 in Gainesville, Florida. Florida defeated Tennessee 59-20. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)This past February, five-star defensive end recruit CeCe Jefferson put Florida fans through the wringer by waiting a number of days to sign his official Letter of Intent to play for the Gators. Well, it looks like Jefferson, who cited coaching changes as the reason for his holdout back then, is all-in on Florida now. Friday night, he got a tattoo of his school and his class – the #UF19 hashtag that Florida freshmen-to-be have been using.Newest ink pic.twitter.com/XDt2kJd44A— C (@cecejeferson7) March 14, 2015Jefferson is considered one of the most promising recruits in the entire 2015 class. We have a feeling that UF fans will forget all about National Signing Day if he turns out to be as advertised.
TORONTO – The Bank of Canada remains cautious about future rate hikes as it measures the risk posed by low inflation that continues to fall short of the central bank’s two per cent target, senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins said Wednesday.“Just three weeks ago, the bank decided to leave the policy rate unchanged. We said at the time that while less monetary policy stimulus will likely be required over time, governing council will be cautious in making future adjustments to the policy rate,” Wilkins said in remarks made in New York.“One of the motivations for caution is that inflation has been in the lower end of the inflation target bands of one to three per cent for quite some time.”Inflation in Canada slowed over the first half of this year and remained in the lower half of the Bank of Canada’s target range even as the economy grew quickly.Caution, however, has its limits in times of uncertainty, Wilkins added, including those related to monetary policy and financial stability.“Whether it is about how aggressive or how cautious policy should be — getting the dosage right demands sound judgment about complex trade-offs,” she said.“And, like many businesses and households, central banks have established techniques to reduce, where possible, the level of uncertainty they experience.”Speaking before the Money Marketeers of New York University, Wilkins said the central bank is particularly focused on data that indicate how wages and potential output are progressing, as well as the effects of the two interest rate increases made over the summer. The bank is also following NAFTA negotiations closely.While higher household debt has likely heightened the sensitivity of spending to interest rate increases, Wilkins said it is difficult at this time to know by how much. There is also uncertainty about the interaction of interest rate increases with the recent tightening of macroprudential rules.To understand how the bank factors uncertainty into its policy decisions, Wilkins paralleled a scenario involving business people considering large capital expenditures who have the option value of waiting until they are more sure of the returns.“As with investment, fixed costs of changing policy direction may explain a central bank’s aversion to reversals and motivate a wait-and-see approach to policy,” she said.That said, she added, it’s unclear how costly policy reversals are for the real economy.“It is possible that the perceived costs are self-reinforcing because reversals are so rare that they are viewed as policy errors when they do occur, rather than as a sensible reaction to new information.”
New Delhi: Delhi Police on Thursday said that they have arrested a gangster from Rohini area who was involved in day light murder case in Narela area.The accused was carrying the reward of one lakh rupees. Police identified the accused as Dushyant alias Monu Bajitpur and recovered one loaded semi automatic pistol. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Pramod Kushwah stated that the arrest was made on the basis of tip off that Monu would visit Sector 16, Rohini, Delhi near nullah to meet his associate. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe DCP further said that on February 1, a day light incident of murder was executed near school in Narela. In this incident, the accused and his associates were found involved in the murder of one Vikas Chauhan. “This incident raised several concerns regarding the increasing incidents of gangwars in Delhi. After this incident efforts were made to arrest Monu Bajitpur. A reward of Rs. 1 Lakh was also subsequently declared on information leading to his arrest,” said DCP Special Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsCell. Police said that the accused is a close associate of dreaded Neeraj Bawania gang. Initially in the year 2010, he came in contact with the Kala Asodiya and Neeraj Bawania through his maternal uncle, Krishan, who was also a gangster. “His association with Kala Asodiya and Neeraj Bawania resulted in his rivalry with the dreaded gangs of Neetu Dabodia and Ashok Pradhan. Neetu Dabodia gang was subsequently taken over by Ashok Pardhan and Rajesh Bawania after Neetu Dabodia died in an exchange fire with Special Cell, ” police said. This gang rivalry has resulted in killings of several persons from both the sides. There has been three attempts to kill Monu Bajitpur in the past by the rival gang.
Watching Delhi Crime was a spine-chilling experience. Tell us about the emotional impact you endured as an actor when you read the script and began shooting. When I first read the script, I was absolutely stunned by the detailing. I knew that Richie (Mehta) had spent a lot of time on it. It was very evident that he had done extensive research. The way he chose to put that research together was brilliant. Besides being procedural, Delhi Crime sensitively examines the lives of the women investigating the case and how they negotiate patriarchy alongside discussing a world in which a crime like this happened. That is what touched me when I read the script. But I felt its full impact only after I actually watched it. When you are shooting for something, you don’t see it holistically. When you are reading a script, you can visualise it to some extent. Sometimes, the result may disappoint you or surpass your imagination. In this case, it surpassed mine in just the way he chose to pitch the performances. The time he had spent on it, the research he had done and the script were all proofs of that. With any other team, it would have been difficult to sign up for a project like this. With this one, I was certain it would be handled with sensitivity. It would have been very hard to shoot for this if I hadn’t trusted the director. I don’t think I would have been a part of this series if I didn’t have that trust because it can so easily become exploitative. Shooting for Delhi Crime must have been akin to revisiting the tragedy. In the series, we see you interacting with the family of the victim. How did you internalise the situation and the emotional graph of your character? When you are part of a project like this, you have no choice but to give it all you’ve got. While it was disturbing to revisit the tragedy while filming, I really wanted the revisit to experience the incident differently from what I had experienced as a civilian when I had heard the news. I felt like I had moved on too quickly. I thought it was something that deeply affected me at that time and it is important to remember these incidents. It is also important to fight for a society which doesn’t allow incidents like this to happen again. We forget the victims very soon, we slip back to our lives and other things take over. I felt guilty for forgetting an incident like this. I wanted to remind myself and this project, in a way, was assuaging my guilt. Even though it was disturbing and painful, it was important to revisit it. What I found compelling about this character, Neeti, was the spirit and idealism that she comes with and how she begins to change. It happens for a variety of reasons such as her realisation that she is working within a system and her disappointment at everything around her. Hence, her idealism begins to crumble and that is very heartbreaking. The breaking of a woman’s spirit is something we see all the time. Rape does that too. Every day, something like that happens through an act of violence or even smaller things that erode a woman’s morale. I wanted to tell that story and be part of it so that I could trigger conversations among people. If I can do that through my work, then I would be happy. In Delhi Crime, we get to see the human side of the police, which we do not generally see in our Hindi films… (Cuts in) Yes, yes! That is why it was very new for me. The police are either valourised or they are villainised in our films. I don’t have any friend or family in the police service. So this is the first time I learnt about their lives. It was fascinating and the detailing was very interesting. The kind of the things they have to fight for in their jobs was a revelation to me. Delhi Crime, like you said, really humanised the police for me. As Neeti, I met a lot of IPS officers who were training at that point. Mirzapur, Made In Heaven and Delhi Crime are among the biggest web series India has had of late, and you have been a part of all three. What importance do they hold in your filmography? It feels so good to be part of these series. I have always had good work in terms of content, roles and scripts. But my films, unlike these shows, did not have this kind of reach among the audience. So it is lovely to see that the web has room for all sorts of content. There can be a Made In Heaven and a Mirzapur. They belong to two completely different genres. And then there is Delhi Crime, which is again different. All three of them are getting a very wide viewership, which means there are audiences for all kinds of genres. That is very, very encouraging and I think this is the best time to be an actor (Smiles). When I made my acting debut, there were lots of good films that were being made at the time but they would always get stuck in distribution. That was the bottleneck for small films and it still is. Smaller films just don’t get a chance even if they are accessible. I felt very disappointed when my film Qissa did not reach a wide audience. It deserved a lot more. Lots of people told me back then that the film was not accessible. I told them that we underestimate our audiences and they said to me that I am too much of an indie artiste who doesn’t understand the film business. Then there was a film called Tu Hai Mera Sunday, in which I played a small part. People labelled it as a very accessible film. Even that didn’t get the viewership it deserved because of the same issues – stuck in distribution, very few theatres and odd show timings. But things have changed for actors like me. Now, content is more important. Web platforms already have a viewership. They are not yet star-driven even though I have already begun to hear a lot of murmurs here and there and that is disappointing (Chuckles). But I hope it doesn’t change. Does it give you a high to see your work reach out to 190 countries across the world? Yeah! None of my films has experienced that. So, it is new territory for me. The other day, I got a message from somebody from Israel on Instagram. He said he had watched Delhi Crime. It is nice to get feedback. It is tells you things you might not have thought about. It is nice to see that your work has affected people, stayed with them and it is something they will carry with them because this is why you do it. When it comes to the web, the biggest plus is that there is no censorship. But there has been talk of regulation. As an artiste, how do you look at creative freedom? I believe that a story will dictate how it is to be told, if you are true to it and if your reasons to do it are not exploitative. If you are telling a story with integrity and truth, it will tell you how it should be told. Therefore, I don’t feel like there should be an outside body governing and telling an artiste what to do and what not to do. I know that society feels the need for rules and that is how we live with each other. But I hope the web remains a free space and we are allowed to say what we want to say through our stories. What is next on the cards for you? There are two films I have shot that are yet to be released. One of them is more in the commercial space than anything else I have done. It is in the comic zone. That should be out in the next two or three months. They have not announced the date or the title of the film yet. It is in its post-production stage right now. Then there is this independent film I did, which is an improvised film. We had a rough structure to every scene but we didn’t know how exactly we were going to achieve the intent of the scenes. So I worked with a lot of improvisers from this group called Improv Comedy Mumbai. My husband is a part of that group. I have worked with him in this film. Then there is Mirzapur Season Two, which I will start shooting for from next month. After that, I have Delhi Crime Season Two.
When LaVar Ball says he could beat Michael Jordan one on one and even challenged him pic.twitter.com/Rzfs8NGWRM— Chris (@Sports_FanChris) August 2, 2017Some saw it as a win for the outspoken NBA dad.Jordan responded to Lavar ball about him beating him in a 1 on 1 😂😭😂😭😂 Lavar ball wins again— Spank Horton (@SpankHorton) August 1, 2017 Not convinced LaVar could beat Adonis Jordan.— Russ Bengtson (@russbengtson) August 1, 2017 Six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan has finally responded to LaVar Ball’s claim that he could beat the retired baller one-on-one, leading Ball to issue yet another headline-grabbing remark that’s even more outlandish than the first.“C’mon, I didn’t even play basketball in the pros and they’re talking about me and Michael Jordan,” Ball tells The Really Big Show on ESPN 850 per Sports Illustrated Tuesday, Aug. 1 of Jordan’s response before chalking it up as “all entertainment.” “That’s what I’m talking about. He tells me he can beat me with one leg. Well, guess what: I can beat him with one hand. Now we both look like we out there like we can’t play.”During a Q&A session at the Michael Jordan Flight School camp Monday, July 31, Jordan responded to Ball’s statement that in his prime, he “would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one.”“You got to understand the source,” Jordan said to the Santa Barbara, Calif., crowd, according to The Washington Post. “I think he played college, maybe? He averaged 2.2 points a game. Really? It doesn’t deserve a response, but I’m gonna give it to you because you asked the question: I don’t think he could beat me if I was one-legged.”Ball had bragged about how he could ensure he would win against Jordan, telling USA Today Sports he “would just back [Jordan] in and lift him off the ground and call a foul every time he fouls me when I do a jump hook to the right or the left.”On Twitter, users celebrated Jordan’s witty response to Ball.Michael Jordan to Lavar Ball pic.twitter.com/zFWOtlMGaW— Medium Rare (@StickAForkInYou) August 1, 2017 LaVar Ball really had Shaq drop a diss record towards him and Michael Jordan respond to him, this man is winning right now— Okera J (@OkeraJ) August 2, 2017Ball’s Big Baller Brand had this to say in response.Michael, you vs Lavar | 1 v 1 | you with 1 leg, Lavar with 1 arm. Has to be on Pay-Per-View. Let’s make it happen. YOU WON’T. pic.twitter.com/F5jw4Fu1l5— Big Baller Brand (@bigballerbrand) August 1, 2017And folks chimed in on how the match would turn out.Come on. We all know how Michael Jordan vs. LaVar Ball would turn out … (via @theScore) pic.twitter.com/6VZ0aRFriB— Chris Walder Frey (@WalderSports) August 1, 2017 Michael Jordan would stir fry LaVar Ball 1 on 1 😂😂— Gilbert Arenas (@GilbertAgent0) August 1, 2017 Lavar is a genius. Got Michael Freaking Jordan to talk about him. Unreal https://t.co/bZXFZufNum— 🍒Joe L. Kinsley🍒 (@imjoekin) August 1, 2017
OSU senior setter Emily Ruetter (11) sets up a teammate during a game against Penn State on Oct. 28 at St. John Arena. Credit: Eileen McClory / Senior Lantern reporterThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team lost 3-0 to the Penn State Nittany Lions on Wednesday night at St. John Arena in game that never reached its pre-match hype.The meeting between No.11 OSU and No.3 Penn State was one of the most highly anticipated matchups of the season thus far. However, it turned out to be one of its biggest disappointments..Since both teams were tied with conference records of 8-2 coming in, Wednesday’s match was seen as the ultimate showdown of talent. The OSU squad was taking on a team that acquired its seventh NCAA title a season ago. After graduating standout players, such as setter Micah Hancock, however, there was uncertainty as to whether or not Penn State would be able to rise to the challenge of yet another title. On Wednesday, it was OSU which ended up not playing to its full potential.“I think we did not execute the game as we thought we would,” freshman setter Taylor Hughes said.Penn State started off the first set with a six-point lead and OSU coach Geoff Carlston was forced to call a timeout early on. It wasn’t unforced errors on OSU’s part per se, but more so the unexpected intensity that Penn State had immediately brought to the court.The Buckeyes tailed behind consistently throughout the match, never taking a lead over the visitors. OSU finished off the first set with a total of nine errors. As a result, the Nittany Lions took the set with a score of 25-18 and Penn State’s outside hitter Ali Frantti, the 2014 Division I American Volleyball Coaches Association Freshman of the Year, led the team with four kills.With the first set proving to be a huge wakeup call for the Buckeyes, OSU came out ready to put up a fight.An improvement in effort by the Scarlet and Gray helped keep the score close for a while. But eventually, the Nittany Lions began to pull ahead. By the time OSU had used up its second timeout, Penn State redshirt freshman setter Bryanna Weiskircher was already leading with 22 assists, whereas OSU senior setter Emily Ruetter only had 13. The Buckeye defense took a beating from Nittany Lions middle blocker Haleigh Washington (five kills), as well as Frantti (14 kills).Despite solid play by OSU junior libero Valeria León with 11 digs, OSU ultimately lost the set by a score of 25-15.“A lot of our communication on the court, back row and front row, was a little frantic today,” senior middle blocker Tyler Richardson, who had five kills, said.Already down 2-0 in the match, the Buckeyes came out more focused in the third set.Hughes checked in for the first time in the third stanza, despite a nagging elbow injury, and contributed a total of nine assists. Regardless, the Buckeyes began to fall further and further behind as play progressed. Hughes managed an impressive tip on the Penn State defense, kicking off a series of brief rallies for the Buckeyes. But it was too late in the set, as Penn State held on to take the match.It was obvious to both the crowd and the Nittany Lions that the Buckeyes did not bring their A-games on Wednesday. Richardson said changes need to be made in order to win against the Penn State in the future, as the Buckeyes have not beaten the Nittany Lions since 2006.“We definitely need to have a more aggressive mindset, and pick up a little bit on the defensive side,” Richardson said.The two teams will face off again on Friday in State College, Pennsylvania, at 7 p.m.
Senior Peter Kobelt celebrates during a match against Northwestern March 28 at the Varsity Tennis Center. OSU won, 4-3.Credit: Sam Harrington / Lantern photographerAfter breaking the NCAA record for most consecutive home wins, the No. 2 Ohio State men’s tennis team didn’t have much time to catch its breath before a tussle with Big Ten rival No. 10 Illinois.Over the past decade, the Fighting Illini (14-6, 4-1) have played second fiddle to the Buckeyes (21-2, 6-0) in the Big Ten, losing to OSU in the Big Ten Tournament in seven of the last eight seasons, and that tune held true Sunday as the Buckeyes won, 5-2, at the Varsity Tennis Center.Coach Ty Tucker toyed with the Buckeyes’ doubles lineup and split up his No. 6 ranked duo of senior Peter Kobelt and redshirt-junior Kevin Metka to even up the teams.“We’ve been doing the same thing over and over again and haven’t seen the improvement,” Tucker said. “We thought it might work well (to split Kobelt and Metka). Sometimes you catch lightning in a bottle and, you know, we did today.”Redshirt-junior Hunter Callahan and redshirt-sophomore Chris Diaz cruised to an 8-4 victory over Illinois junior Blake Bazarnik and sophomore Alex Jesse.Metka and freshman Marko Goles-Babic meshed well together, grinding out an 8-7 (7-2) win over junior Farris Gosea and sophomore Jared Hiltzik to claim the doubles point for the Buckeyes.“I’m really proud of (Goles-Babic),” Metka said afterwards. “He stepped up and made some big returns and served well throughout.”Moving to singles play, redshirt-freshman Ralf Steinbach beat sophomore Julian Childers 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) and Metka defeated junior Ross Guignon 6-3, 6-4 putting the Buckeyes one match away from another win.The Illini came out with a new fire, though, and took the other four first sets including straight set victories against Diaz and No. 8 Kobelt.With either Callahan or freshman Herkko Pollanen needing to come back from one set down, the Buckeyes were on their heels.Both were able to win their second set, though, and use the emotion and enthusiasm of the home crowd to win in three sets.Callahan clinched the match with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Bazarnik and Pollanen put on the finishing touches with a 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 upset of No. 9 Hiltzik.The team knew the importance of this match, as the winner would take sole possession of first place in the conference. The win gives the Buckeyes the inside track to the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament, set to begin April 24.“We’re in the driver’s seat, also because we’ve won the Big Ten the past eight years … that makes us the top dogs.” Callahan said.Tucker said he’s happy to see steady improvement lately, though, especially after the recent battles they’ve had.“We’ve always played wars. Last Sunday we were at war with Michigan State, Friday night we were in a war with Northwestern,” Tucker said. “Today we played a little bit better tennis. Guys rise up a little bit and that’s what I was happy to see … in the past month that’s 15 percent better than we’ve played.”The Buckeyes are next scheduled to play at Minnesota Friday at 3 p.m.
The winner of the UEFA Equal Game award made a stand for diversity that causes many problems for him in his native GeorgiaGeorgian international Guram Kashia made a statement this year: he stood up for the rights of the LGBT communities.The United States’ San Jose Earthquakes player, while captaining SBV Vitesse in the Netherlands, wore an armband with the rainbow colors.And this brought a lot of problems to him back home in the ex-Soviet republic.But he stood his ground up and was able to continue his work on the field without problems.“I would like to thank [UEFA] for giving me this award,” Kashia said to the UEFA’s official website.“I was really surprised to receive the award, but I’m really grateful.”England and Bulgaria on a collision course over racism George Patchias – September 13, 2019 England’s concerns over racism in Bulgaria has sparked a furious row.Recently England manager Gareth Southgate expressed his concern over racist abuse being aimed at…“Football connects people, it brings so much happiness and excitement,” he added.“I believe football has a great power to gather people together – it doesn’t matter what color you are, what kind of lifestyle you have, and who you are.”Guram Kashia has been presented with the #EqualGame award for his courageous public stand for equality ?️???❤️Here’s what he had to say… pic.twitter.com/JAt1r7MGR8— UEFA (@UEFA) August 30, 2018
Vicky Kaushal with Narendra ModiInstagramEvery year, the industry produces a number of phenomenal talents. While many manage to rise and shine, there are many who are just lost into oblivion. The same could have been said about Vicky Kaushal, had he not been a part of films like – Uri and Raazi. Though Vicky had established the abundance of acting brilliance he had with his first film – Masaan – it took the industry a lot longer to recognise his acting potential. And now that they have, there’s no looking back for the actor.While the young lads of the industry consider and name him as the most talented star, almost all female contemporaries have their eyes set on him. From Katrina Kaif to Alia Bhatt, the leading ladies of the industry want to be paired up opposite the Uri actor. There have been reports of Vicky Kaushal having parted ways with girlfriend Harleen Sethi. She has not only unfollowed Vicky on Instagram but has also been liking a couple of heartbreak posts on social media.As per a report in Deccan Chronicle, a director who has worked with him in the past fears that he would not be able to afford him anymore. “I don’t think I can get the same actor for the same price. His market has changed. I don’t know whether he has changed. But he now hangs around with Karan Johar and his ilk. So I guess they advise him on how to move forward in life, And that’s a good thing,” the director said. Not just that, the report claims the director feels Vicky’s success has gone into his head and he is unable to see the ground beneath.There were also the reports of Vicky Kaushal and Bhumi Pednekar’s closeness the reason behind his split with girlfriend Harleen Sethi.
TemperTwitterJunior NTR’s “Temper” has made a grand opening in the United States. The movie has got an overwhelming response from the US audience.”Temper” has collected over $852,802 (₹ 5.32 Crore) in the opening weekend, which is the second highest in the US. Reports are that the movie is now set for the $1Million mark in US.The division of the box office collection for its first weekend is as follows:Thursday – $256,834Friday – $228,779Saturday – $203,794Sunday – $163,395Total – $852,802″Telugu film #Temper takes a flying start in USA. Collects $ 852,802 in opng wknd [₹ 5.31 cr]. Reported screens only. Telugu film #Temper – USA: Thu $ 256,834, Fri $ 228,779, Sat $ 203,794, Sun $ 163,395. Total: $ 852,802 [₹ 5.31 cr],” tweeted industry analyst and tracker Taran Adarsh.”Temper” was released in 45 centres in US and is distributed by Great India Films.Meanwhile, the worldwide collection of the movie indicates that the Jr. NTR movie has grossed over ₹38 Crore and the nett amount will come to around ₹25.75 Crore.In the movie, Jr. NTR plays the role of a ruthless and corrupt cop but he changes after meeting the character played by Kajal Aggarwal. How a change is seen in his attitude towards others and within himself forms the crux of “Temper”.Most of the critics and analyst believe that it is the mass appeal of Jr. NTR which has led to this huge success and the actor has definely made a comeback with movie. Moreover, the actor went for a complete makeover in terms of looks and style. His chiselled body with 6-pack abs impressed the fans.”Temper” is directed by Puri Jagganath and the star cast includes Kajal Aggarwal, Prakash Raj, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Ajaz Khan, Ali, Posani Krishna Murali, Tanikella Bharani, Subbaraju, Vennala Kishore, Jaya Prakash Reddy, Sapthagiri, Ramaprabha, Pavithar Lokesh, Kovai Sarala, Madhuurima and Sonia Agarwal.
The stock markets gave a thumbs down to the Budget 2016-2017, with both the benchmark indices ending the day with losses after witnessing a lot of volatility during the day trade. The Sensex dropped 152 points to close at 23,002, while the NSE Nifty slipped below the psychological mark of 7,000 to settle at 6,987 points, down 42 points.Last year, after the presentation of the budget by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the Sensex rose 141 points after a wild swing of about 700 points during the intraday and settled at 29,361, while the NSE Nifty had ended the day at 8,901, up 57 points. On Monday, ONGC was the biggest Sensex loser that ended 9.72 percent lower to close at Rs 194, followed by Maruti Suzuki, which closed with a loss of 4.88 percent at Rs 3,242.60.BHEL, Larsen & Toubro, Infosys and Axis Bank were the other top losers. ICICI Bank, Reliance Industries and ITC gained from 2.79 percent to 1.65 percent.On the Nifty, the gainers were ICICI Bank, IndusInd Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank and ITC.The Sensex plunged below the 23,000-mark during the day but trimmed losses to close just above the psychological mark. The Narendra Modi government has presented three budgets till now in its tenure and on two occasions the markets have given the budgets a thumbs down, notwithstanding the perception of the prime minister as a business-friendly politician among investors. A slew of new taxes on cars and cigarettes, coupled with a no increase in tax exemption limit for the salaried class, left many investors disappointed.
US president Donald Trump speaks prior to awarding the Medal of Honor to Vietnam War veteran retired Marine Corps Sergeant Major John Canley in the East Room of the White House in Washington, US, on 17 October 2018. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump said on Wednesday he did not want to abandon ally Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of a Saudi journalist and has asked for audio recordings Turkish sources say indicate he was killed by Saudi agents.Trump said he was waiting for a full report on what had happened to Jamal Khashoggi from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, whom he sent to Saudi Arabia and Turkey to meet with officials over the disappearance of the Saudi government critic. Trump and Pompeo are scheduled to meet at 10:00am (1400 GMT) on Thursday.Turkish officials have said they believe Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who was critical of the authoritarian kingdom’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October and his body removed. The Saudis have denied the allegations.Turkish sources have told Reuters the authorities have an audio recording indicating Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate. He has not been seen since entering the building.Turkey’s pro-government Yeni Safak newspaper on Wednesday published what it said were details from audio recordings that purported to document Khashoggi’s torture and interrogation.Khashoggi was killed within minutes and his torturers severed his fingers during the interrogation, the newspaper said. His killers later beheaded and dismembered him, it said.Turkey has not shared with the US government or European allies graphic audio or video evidence, seven US and European security officials told Reuters. The United States and allies have collected some intelligence through their own sources and methods, which partly confirms news reports based on leaks of audio recordings, four of the sources said.A New York Times report cited a senior Turkish official confirming the details published by Yeni Safak. Two Turkish government officials contacted by Reuters declined to confirm the report.Trump, who has forged closer ties with Saudi Arabia and the 33-year-old crown prince, said the United States has asked Turkey for any audio or video evidence.Asked in a Fox Business Network interview if Washington could abandon Riyadh, Trump said: “I do not want to do that.”Trump reiterated his hopes that Saudi leaders were not involved in the disappearance of Khashoggi, a US resident.”I want to find out what happened, where is the fault, and we will probably know that by the end of the week,” Trump later told reporters.”We have asked for it, if it exists … I’m not sure yet that it exists, probably does, possibly does,” he said of the audio or video evidence.US media outlets have reported that Riyadh, despite its earlier denials of involvement, will acknowledge that Khashoggi was killed in a botched interrogation. Trump has speculated without providing evidence that “rogue killers” could be responsible.How the crown prince emerges from the crisis is a test of how the West will deal with Saudi Arabia in the future.Trump has appeared unwilling to distance himself too much from the Saudis, citing Riyadh’s role in countering Iranian influence in the region – and tens of billions of dollars in potential arms deals.Other Western nations, although expressing concern about the incident, face a similar delicate situation in their dealings with the world’s top oil exporter.Important TiesPompeo said Riyadh should be given a few more days to complete its own probe into Khashoggi’s disappearance. He met Turkey’s president and foreign minister, a day after Trump gave Saudi Arabia the benefit of the doubt.”They’re going to do an investigation, and when the investigation comes out we’ll evaluate it,” Pompeo told reporters travelling with him.A State Department spokeswoman said Pompeo had not heard any audio recording purporting to indicate Khashoggi was killed.Pompeo also said the United States must be mindful of important business and government ties with Saudi Arabia as it considers any steps once the facts have been determined.Turkish investigators spent nearly nine hours in the Saudi consul’s residence, leaving early on Thursday, as did Saudi investigators. The search by Turkish investigators included the roof and garage and the deployment of a drone over the area.Turkish crime scene investigators were still working at the consulate early on Thursday, using bright lights to illuminate the garden, though it was not clear what they were doing.A pro-government Turkish daily published preliminary evidence last week from investigators who it said had identified a 15-member Saudi intelligence team that arrived in Istanbul on diplomatic passports hours before Khashoggi disappeared.The Washington Post published a column by Khashoggi it received from his assistant a day after he was reported missing.In the column, Khashoggi condemns the crackdown on journalists by Arab governments and the failure of the international community to respond. “As a result, Arab governments have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate,” he wrote.A New York Times report, citing witnesses and other records, linked four suspects to Prince Mohammed’s security detail.One name matches a LinkedIn profile for a forensic expert who has worked at the interior ministry for 20 years. Another is identified in a diplomatic directory from 2007 as a first secretary at the Saudi Embassy in London. Others resemble officers in the Saudi Army and Air Force.After meeting the king and crown prince on Tuesday, Pompeo said Saudi Arabia has committed to a full investigation.Asked whether they said Khashoggi was alive or dead, Pompeo said: “They didn’t talk about any of the facts.”Deserted ConferencePrince Mohammed has painted himself as the face of a new, vibrant Saudi Arabia, diversifying its economy away from reliance on oil and making some social changes.But there has been criticism of some of his moves, including Riyadh’s involvement in the Yemen war, the arrest of women activists, and a diplomatic row with Canada.US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said his plans to attend an investment conference in Riyadh next week would be revisited on Thursday after US officials have a chance to consult Pompeo. International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde and top executives from Societe Generale and Glencore joined a growing list of executives who have pulled out.Saudi Arabia has said it would retaliate against any pressure or economic sanctions.
Art in a sense may not be able to change anything in the eye of the storm but it does and must bear witness. National Foundation for India (NFI), a social justice philanthropic institution that has nurtured several civil society initiatives across India’s Northeast and the rest of the country also believes in bearing witness.Given that NFI is completing 25 years of its civil society strengthening work, ‘Arteast,’ an initiative of NFI in collaboration with India International Centre (IIC), The Sasakawa Peace Foundation and Ourstories will be raising pertinent questions through a series of engagements on art, livelihood, social justice,climate change, communication, history, past and present; issues that have a far reaching impact on everyday life of people and of the nation. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPreparations for ‘ArtEast’ 2017, a first of its kind festival on art and livelihood, migration and displacement are underway – artists, musicians, writers and members of the civil society are traveling to Delhi, from the Majuli island on the Brahmaputra, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Kolkata and Mumbai for the festival which will be held on March 24 and 25. The highlight of this festival is Majuli around which ‘ArtEast’ will feature a film and two art installations on March 24 and 25 respectively. This riverine island and its challenges has remained NFI’s focus since the last twenty years. The Film, Majuli – Land between Two Rivers by Parasher Baruah, explores the challenges in preserving the island physically and its culture of mask making that is as threatened as the island itself. A searing narrative of the survival of art and life itself, told through masked characters drawn from mythology. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAnd besides the fountains at IIC, an exhibition, depicting the homelessness of the people of Majuli with relentless erosion and loss of livelihood would be displayed through water installations. Some of the other exhibitions are:Ebb and Flow: Migration, masks and River StoriesMask-makers and artists from Majuli, the world’s biggest inhabited river island will demonstrate their craft through installations and workshops. Central to their artistic approach is the performative aspect of masks. The exhibition will be on view from March 24 till 25, starting from 11 am till 7 pm at the Gandhi-King Plaza. Roots: Living Root Bridges of MeghalayaA photo essay documented by Ian Lyngdoh. Bridges in East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya are not built but grown. The photo essay at the Quadrangle Garden from March 24 to 30 shows how villages in Meghalaya use traditional knowledge to engineer a unique bridge building art with living roots of rubber trees. Tectonic LiveAn exhibition of paintings and puppets by Jimmy Chishi which explores the architecture of forms mimicking human movement and inspired by the constructing powers in nature as well as architecture. It attempts to capture the multi-facetedness of living, which is passive and active, organic and inorganic. The work which will be on view from March 24 till the end of the month is inspired by the aesthetics of Bauhaus and traditional Naga renderings. Faces’Every face has a story’ is a bit of a cliché, but every face does tell a story. This series of 10 portraits in charcoal made with photographic references is part of an ongoing project by Joydeep Choudhury to document faces from more than 200 ethnic communities in India’s Northeast and map the region through faces. MukhabhaonaA traditional mask theatre/dance performance by the mask-makers of Majuli; the mukha or mask is an important component of the bhaona – a traditional form of entertainment with a religious message. The performance is a tribute to development activist, SanjoyGhose.’ArtEast’ is a product of NFI’s interventions and investment in India’s northeast region under the NE desk headed by its director Dr Monica Banerjee. NFI has seeded and supported around forty voluntary organisations around constructive work, given fellowships to some 70 journalists, offered capacity building support to youth working towards community development in conflict ridden areas of northeast. The aim has all along been to strengthen civil society – one that appreciates and assimilates diversity and is not given to polarisation. It is this premise for a plural society wherein lies the fundamentals of people-centric good governance. Through this festival the collaborators wanted to bring the potentials and concerns of the region to the consciousness of public in Delhi.