Actor Rani Mukherjee was adjudged the best female actor of Bollywood for the role of the no nonsense reporter in No One Killed Jessica and Zoya Akhtar the best director (Hindi) for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara at Eastern India’s premier entertainment awards.”It is a huge honour for me. This is the first award for me in this category. No director works alone. I owe this award to my cast and crew,” Akhtar said at the Boroplus Anandlok Purashkar Thursday evening.Asked by award show anchor Mir if she liked adventure sports like the three main characters in the film, Akhtar said “I am not much into adventure sports.”For me adventure lies in travelling the maximum number of countries,” the young director said of the film having friendship, love, coming-of-age and travel as its mainstay.The young film-maker also praised Kolkata for some of the country’s prolific story-tellers.Echoing her Mukherjee, whose portrayal of Meera as a strong, independent woman prodding the establishment to review the murder case of model-bartender Jessica, said “I am honoured to be awarded for the role in a film like Jessica in my favourite city.”Actor Kangana Ranaut received a special award, for her role in Tanu Weds Manu opposite Madhavan.”I will never forget I got an award for the film. It’s a very special day in my life, the Gangster and Fashion actor said.Last year’s IFFI golden peacock winner and recipient of national award for national integration Moner Manush, on balladeer Lalon Fakir in the 19th century, by Goutam Ghosh got the best film cap while Bengali superstar Prosenjit received the best actor award for his role as Lalon in the period film.advertisementThe best actor (female) in Bengali films went to Sohini Sengupta for her portrayal as an obsessed mother in Ichhe.”This honour goes to all those who have made the film, and the audience who have made Ichhe running successfully for over 50 days with houseful boards at theatres across Bengal,” Sengupta, a theatre personality, said.Upcoming Bengali singer Anupam Roy, who first created a sensation with his chartbuster song Amake Amar Mato Thakte Dao, received the best song of the year award for his number Bariye dao tomar haat in the film Chalo Paltai.Young director Raj Chakroborty got the best director (Bengali) award for the potboiler Shatru.The best film (Bengali) award went to another commercial film Paglu by Rajiv Kumar.The Anandalok Purashkar is in its 14th year of felicitating the best of the best on the silver screen, television and music.
Australian spin legend Shane Warne’s availability for the Big Bash league is now doubtful as he suffered burns on his bowling arm while cooking.The former leg-spinner posted images of his burnt hand on his Twitter site. The picture showed large blisters on three of his right-hand fingers with his little finger the worst affected. Warne would be playing for Melbourne Stars in Australia’s Big Bash league.”Not ideal preparation for practice match today – burning the bowling hand Get better quickly please, any suggestions-HELP,” Warne wrote on Twitter.Warne suffered the burns just days before he plays his first official game on Australian soil for nearly five years.Melbourne Stars chief Clint Cooper expected Warne to be fit for the team’s first match of the tournament, against the David Warner-led Sydney Thunder at the MCG here Saturday night.
A member of the Indian cricket team gets Rs 700,000 per Test, Rs 400,000 per Oneday International, and Rs 200,000 per Twenty20 International. Besides this, the contracted players get Rs 1 crore, Rs 50 lakh and Rs 25 lakh in the various grades per year.Now, here’s a huge contrast: university players who took part in the Rohinton Baria Trophy all-India tournament last month received a mere Rs 200 each as daily pocket allowance, from which they had to buy the breakfast, two meals, and also pay Rs 30 daily towards the bedding. As a bonus, they had to deal with the cold weather, mosquitoes, and dingy toilets at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), said the manager of a competing team.This is not all. University of Calcutta team that went to Banaras was so enraged with the train travel and the facilities at the BHU that the players lodged a protest with the West Bengal Governor as he is also the Chancellor of state universities, chairman of the BCCI’s Vizzy Trophy Committee Chitrak Mitra said at a recent meeting.It’s not known what the Governor’s reaction was, but the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), under whose aegis the tournament is played, said it won’t take any action as no one lodged a written complaint even as its officials admitted gross mismanagement during the tournament held last month.Bombay and Madras universities orally complained to the AIU about the poor living and playing conditions, including the use of obsolete matting pitches, absence of pitch covers, and intimidation of players/ team officials by locals who disrupted matches repeatedly.advertisementSurprisingly, AIU secretary general Arun Bajpai and deputy secretary Gurdeep Singh say that the BHU wouldn’t be punished. “We’ll see that these things are not repeated. The absolute freedom that universities enjoy in staging tournaments is partly responsible for this,” Bajpai told Mail Today. “I confess my ignorance about the conduct of sports tournaments as I’m new at it.”Asked if action would be taken against the BHU, Bajpai said no. “Some teams, including the Bombay University, complained to me orally during the Vizzy Trophy final in Mumbai recently. I told them to lodge a written complaint, but no one has so far,” said Gurdeep. “This is the age of the RTI. There’s a Grievance Redressal Committee that hears complaints.”The question, however, is: Should top AIU officials wait for written complaints when they are fully aware of the blatant mismanagement in organising tournaments and take suo-moto action against erring officials/ universities? “We found out that the BHU didn’t have the pitch covers due to which the turf pitches got wet after rains, and that some matches were played on matting wickets, prompting Bombay to complain,” said Gurdeep who, along with Bajpai, is a member of the Vizzy Trophy Committee. “Mitra last month said that the Bengal players complained to the West Bengal Governor that some of them didn’t get train berths and were lodged in poor conditions in cold weather.”
Their passion for work, their excellence on the job and the change they have wrought has taken them to the top of their game. They are changing the rules every day. Meet 25 power women and their inspiring stories. Keep it real: Vidya Balan34, ActorBecause: She has toppled the all,Their passion for work, their excellence on the job and the change they have wrought has taken them to the top of their game. They are changing the rules every day. Meet 25 power women and their inspiring stories.Keep it real: Vidya Balan34, ActorBecause: She has toppled the all dominating hero, reducing him to a supporting role in a male dominated film industry. Because she transformed from Sabrina Lal in No One Killed Jessica (2011) to Silk in The Dirty Picture (2011), despite people telling her playing Silk wouldn’t be worthy of her. Because she pushed big dorky glasses over her nose, let her stomach hang out in rolls over her jeans and displayed enough cleavage to give item girls a complex, and the audience loved her through it all. Because she is doing it again, as a pregnant woman desperately searching for her missing husband in Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani, and is already the toast of Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s ambitious Ferrari Ki Sawaari even though she appears for one item number, Mala Jao Dya. Because she has come a long way in accepting herself as she is, size zero or not.Through the looking glass: “The birth of my twin niece and nephew Ira and Rohan, my sister’s children, was the highlight of my year. Of course both No One Killed Jessica and The Dirty Picture did well and I couldn’t have asked for anything more professionally.”Passion first: “I love listening to classical, Hindustani and Carnatic music. I am just passionate about everything. About reading, watching films, about people, places, my work, about my prayers, food, exercise.”advertisementThe social network: Kirthiga Reddy40, Director Online Operations, Head, Facebook IndiaBecause: She heads the India division of the world’s largest social network with over 800 million active users. Because since Facebook set up an office in the country in 2010, the user base went up from eight million to over 40 million people in less than two years. Because India is Facebook’s third-largest market and has an average growth rate of more than one million people per month. Because Facebook users represent the youngest and most attractive market segment in the country.Through the looking glass: 2011 was an important year for her as she strengthened Facebook’s operations in India, which included building a team, as well as making an outsized impact in the serving of global users, developers and advertisers.Culture first: “From hackathons to new traditions like Bollywood dancing, culture was the fabric that wove us together. Through our community initiatives we touched the lives of over 1,000 million students and we also leveraged Facebook to support NGOs like Olympic Gold Quest, which grooms the next league of Olympic champions.”On the Radar: She wants to maximise the Facebook India vision to drive global user, developer, and advertiser success through bold innovation, operational excellence and leadership. “My personal goals are to lead programmes to mentor the next generation of women leaders and trek to the Everest base camp,” she says.Show stopper: Ekta Kapoor36, Joint Managing Director, Balaji TelefimsBecause: 2011 was a banner year with five film releases, the most successful of which was the critical and commercial success The Dirty Picture, which grossed over Rs 114 crore. Because despite being written off in 2008 after the saas-bahu bubble burst, Kapoor came back with a bang with big screen releases like Love, Sex aur Dhokha, Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai and Ragini MMS. Because her production house Balaji Telefilms had a sales turnover of Rs 151 crore in 2011. Because from gifting her favourite writers money to buy a car, to throwing chairs at her staff in rage, she plays the role of the larger than life diva with elan.Through the looking glass: “It’s all about adaptability,” says Kapoor, “I was a creative through and through, when my CEO told me to calm down and focus on what’s good for business.” Balaji’s latest TV offerings have matured in nature and are low on drama. “I sensed there was an audience for slice-of-life narratives, and luckily it’s struck a chord,” she adds, referring to Bade Achche Lagte Hain and Kya Hua Tera Wada, both aired on Sony.On the Radar: Her big-screen releases for 2012 are an interesting mix: the gripping crime drama Shoot Out At Wadala and a sequel to Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai.The Lesson: Her formula is never play to the gallery-for either critical acclaim or box office success. “If you’re doing that, you’re doing it wrong,” she says.Fresh start: Renuka Ramnath50, CEO and Managing Director, Multiples Alternate Asset ManagementadvertisementBecause: As the head of ICICI Ventures, she was dubbed the queen of private equity for managing funds of around Rs 9,200 crore. Because she quit at the peak of her career in 2009 to start her own venture. Because her start-up is now a Rs 2,025 crore private equity fund, backed by top Indian and global institutional investors.Through the looking glass: “The feeling of building an institution and then coming out of it alone made me feel like a bird whose wings had been clipped. I was desperate to fly but couldn’t because I didn’t have my wings.”On the radar: “We are primarily eyeing mid-sized private companies where we can pick up majority stakes and our aim is make long-term growth investments,” says Ramnath. The firm is looking to build a portfolio of 12-15 companies over the next three years and close deals in the range of Rs 200-250 crore along with its investors.Moving on: Being an entrepreneur has its ups and downs. She likes the freedom since she can hire who she wants, pay them accordingly and chase deals she likes.Start-up star: Meena Ganesh48, CEO and Managing Director, Pearson Education ServicesBecause: Every time she sells a bright idea for a princely sum, she’s ready with the ‘next big thing’ in IT services. Because after the sale of Customer Asset, an international call centre to ICICI in 2002, she recently sold TutorVista, an online tutoring service she co-ran with husband Krishnan, to UK-based Pearson for a cool Rs 577 crore. Because under her, Pearson operates and manages 27 schools country-wide.One love: Ganeshandher husband married in their early 20s, and have learnt to complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses when working together. “It doesn’t stop us from arguing though. But that’s what keeps things interesting,” she laughs.Class apart: Kareena Kapoor 32, ActorBecause: She’s second to no hero when it comes to her asking price or endorsements. Because she starred in the two biggest releases of 2011, Ra.One and Bodyguard, the latter being the biggest hit of the year and grossing over Rs 100 crore in its first week alone. Because despite being paired opposite the Khan power trio, she’s played her roles with trademark spunk, and refused to be overshadowed by the hero. Because after delivering duds like Jeena Sirf Merre Liye (2002), and LOC Kargil (2003), Kapoor has reinvented herself as the most versatile female lead in the industry. Because she’s one half of a celebrity couple that never give the shutterbugs a day off.Through the looking glass: Kapoor admits that she was never good at academics and films were always her first option.”I couldn’t have done anything else. There was no fallback,” she claims.On the radar: In 2012, Kapoor’s shedding her girl-next-door image to take up meatier roles, be it as a Pakistani spy in beau Saif Ali Khan’s home production Agent Vinod, a prostitute in Aamir Khan starrer Talaash or as Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine. She also has 14 brands to endorse and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s untitled project with Ranveer Singh.advertisementBuilding blocks: Pia Singh41, Wholetime Director, DLF Ltd.Because: She is the wholetime director of the largest real estate developer in India with a market capitalisation of Rs 45,000 crore. Because the group has a consolidated revenue of Rs 10,144 crore and a consolidated profit of Rs 1,640 crore in 2011. Because she brought the mall culture to the country by introducing top-of-the-line malls, which delivered superior value to the best of the national and international brands. Because under her leadership, DLF became the largest mall developers in the nation. Because she also helped set up the entertainment division of the company.Through the looking glass: She went on a sabbatical and spent the last two years tending to her children. “Exciting new avenues are being structured and planned, which will soon be executed,” she says.Wild child: When not working, one can find her trekking in the mountains. “It’s challenging and that is the reason I love it, it adds colour to my life,” she says.Movie buff: Her inclination towards films is not new. During her student days she pursued a short term filmmaking course at the New York University, after majoring in finance from the Wharton School of Business, Pennsylvania, USA.Her own person: Kiran Rao38, FilmmakerBecause: Despite the luxe baggage of marrying a Bollywood A-lister, Rao has carved out a niche as one of India’s few mainstream female directors. Because in an industry where scripts are written for men, by men and directed by men, she’s created a space for unconventional plot-lines with her directorial debut, Dhobi Ghat (2010). Because the film was a critical success and considered for a nomination in the best non-English film category at the 2012 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards. Because Rao as a producer, has thrown her weight behind neo-urban narratives like Taare Zameen Par (2007), Jaane Tu … Yaa Jaane Na (2008) and Delhi Belly (2011). Because her first solo production, Peepli Live (2010) was nominated in the World Cinema Competition at Sundance in 2010.Through the looking glass: Rao admits that films weren’t her first passion. It was a gradual process of appreciation, and once she’d decided on making them, she never looked back. “I resisted instincts that told me to tone it down, and thats what made making Dhobi Ghat such a rich, creative experience for me,” she says.Current passion: Motherhood. With husband Aamir, she welcomed their son, Azad Rao Khan, born via an IVF procedure in 2011.Revolutionary road: Kiran Bedi 63, Social ActivistBecause: She has stepped beyond the traditional role assigned to women and set a benchmark of courage for others. Because her stand against corruption put her at the forefront of the neo-nationalist anti-corruption movement in 2011. Because her drive for social justice goes beyond her uniform. Because she was India’s first female police officer.On the radar: “The year 2011 passed by fighting against corruption by way of an effective system in place which does not exist so far. 2012 would be a natural sequel to what was sown and invested during the time,” she says. Her focus in the days ahead is to prepare with Team Anna, a compelling ground for an effective Lokpal at the centre and Lokayuktas at the state level.Successful living: “Convictions, beliefs, value for time and for personal growth and constant contribution for others. These things drive and sustain me.”Through the looking glass: “When I look back, the fondest memory of my career in the Indian police service was when I conducted a meditation programme for prisoners at Tihar Jail in 1994. That set in motion everything that was to come later in life,” she says.The lesson: She outraged politicians with her public enactment of their hypocrisy. “I did not apologise for my actions. I believed in them.”The muse: Neha Kirpal31, Founder-director, India Art FairBecause: As founder-director of the four-year-old India Art Fair(IAF), she’s become the face of the contemporary art market in India. Because her vision paved the way for the entry of blue-chip galleries like White Cube, Hauser and Wirth and Lisson from the United Kingdom into the country, turning India into a hot global destination for artists and gallerists. Because from the time of its inception in 2008 the fair has attracted a total of 2,60,000 visitors, and the number of galleries exhibiting has grown from 34 to 91, with 50 per cent international participation. Because she finally broke even at IAF 2012, after three consecutive years of making losses where stalls did brisk business of upto Rs 3 crore per work of art. Because she had the courage to invest in this bold idea when art markets were crashing worldwide.Through the looking glass: Kirpal began in 2008 with a humble bank loan of Rs 60 lakh and a lot of criticism. “Nine out of ten people told me that an art fair in India would fail miserably. The success of the fair is validated by the fact that some of my biggest critics are now my most enthusiastic supporters,” she says.Inspiring artist: Kirpal admires the abstract work of Alwar Balasubramaniam. “I like the tease of the idea. The idea behind the art should tell a good story,” she says.Retail heaven: Ashni Biyani 26, Director, Future GroupBecause: She is the heir apparent to the Future group that is leading the retail revolution in the country, with a group capitalisation of Rs 5,900 crore. Because Big Bazaar now has 150 stores across 90 cities. Because she is managing the planned Rs 300 crore investment to open 30 more Big Bazaar centres by June 2012. Because she is in-charge of Future Ideas that helps come up with strategies to boost sales.Through the looking glass: In 2008, within two years of her joining, the retail market in India took a major hit. She remembers it as a difficult time, even though it prepared her for life ahead. “If you believe a problem is temporary, you come out of it stronger,” she says.Fashion forward: Her passion is handbags. Fendi and Birkin are her absolute favourites.The powerhouse: Shikha Sharma51, Managing Director and Chief Executive Office, Axis BankBecause: She heads India’s third largest private sector bank, and has recently been reappointed managing director for another three years. Because since she took charge in 2009, Axis Bank’s performance has been admirable with a reported profit of Rs 942 crore for the quarter ending June 2011, a 27 per cent increase year on year. Because she revolutionised the private insurance sector as the head of ICICI Prudential, crossing 2,00,000 policies within two years and earning a premium income of Rs 280 crore. Because after her exit from ICICI, Sharma came back twice as strong with Axis, commanding a pay package of over Rs 2 crore a year.On the radar: The focus is on investment in infrastructure, small businesses and retail. Sharma is keen on developing a model to target rural markets, which she calls the markets of the future.Through the looking glass: The turning point in Sharma’s career was when she was given the opportunity to lead ICICIs life insurance business in 2000.Sweet spot: Despite her busy schedule, she finds time to learn classical singing.In equal measure: Naina Lal Kidwai54, Executive Director and Country Head, HSBCBecause: She heads India’s division of HSBC with deposits of close to $12,000 million. Because despite the sovereign credit crisis in the Eurozone, under her leadership, the pretax profit rose by 22 per cent to $813 million in 2011. Because she was the first woman to enter the world of investment banking.Because she is the first woman vice president of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Because she is a non-executive director on the board of Nestle and a member of the Audit Advisory Board of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.On the radar: She is currently looking ahead to work on environmental aspects, and take the performance of HSBC India to another level.Successful living: “If you work with passion and enjoy what you are pursuing, you will find a solution to life,” she says.Work-life balance: People often told her about the difficulties of managing both a home and career. “But if I had stepped away, listening to that, it would have reflected on all women. My whole experience was to show how to do it,” she says.The write aesthetic: Chiki Sarkar34, Publisher, Penguin IndiaBecause: She heads the largest English language trade publisher in the subcontinent with over 200 titles every year and an active backlist of over 750 titles. Because at just 29, she was the editor-in-chief of Random House India. Because the Oxford educated Sarkar has an exquisite taste in literature, great networking skills and a fine sense of marketing.Through the looking glass: “I knew becoming publisher of Penguin would be a great move for me in every way but felt very emotional making the decision. Leaving Random House India was like leaving a baby. It was bittersweet,” she says.The rule book: Sarkar believes that there are four rules that every publisher ought to follow; be discerning, what you say no to is more important than what you say yes to. Edit the book properly, worry about how it looks and really care about your authors.The strategist: Aruna Jayanthi 49, CEO, Capgemini IndiaBecause: In 2011, Jayanthi was promoted to the rank of CEO for Capgemini India, whose global revenues for last year were an impressive $12 billion. Because at Capgemini India she was part of the core team that initiated the company’s off-shore capabilities. Because she moved quickly from being global head of delivery for outsourcing to being named CEO. In her new role, she manages and mentors a growing workforce of over 36,000 employees.On the radar: Jayanthi spends 25 per cent of her time in leadership initiatives. “The challenge initially was to convince clients of the off-shore business model. Now it’s about achieving scale of operations without losing out on the fundamental DNA of the organisation, on the quality,” she adds.Family ties: “I try and spend as much time as possible with my ten-year-old daughter Tara.”The frontrunner: Chanda Kochhar 51, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, ICICI Bank LimitedBecause: She heads India’s largest private bank with total assets of Rs 4,062.34 billion and recorded a profit of Rs 51.51 billion in 2011. Because this year the bank expects to maintain its net interest margin (a measure of lending profitablity) at 2.6 per cent, at a time when most lenders have reported a drop because of a hike in RBI interest rates. Because besides being on the board of ICICI Bank, she is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Trade & Industry, US-India CEO Forum and is a member of the Board of Governors of Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). Because she topped the Fortune India list of most powerful women in business in 2011.Secret to success: Staying calm in difficult times and focusing on the task at hand. “My passion lies in the pursuit of excellence. Can I do it very well, better than others,” she says.Work life: Balance Kochhar has balanced her family life and hectic work schedule for three decades now. “You often feel as if you are walking a tightrope,” she admits.Penny wise: Chitra Ramakrishna46, Joint Managing Director, National Stock ExchangeBecause: She is one of the architects of the National Stock Exchange (NSE), which is amongst the world’s biggest and most efficiently run securities exchange boards. Because under her, the NSE has become a transparent market ecosystem that reaches out to more than 1,500 locations in the country. Because last year, the NSE made a profit of Rs 860 crore under her leadership. Because in 2011, she was a top contender for the spot of the next chief of UTI Mutual Fund, the fourth largest fund house in the industry.Behind the scenes: She believes in hiding behind her success. Always media shy, action, she says, speaks louder than words.Successful living: Honesty, she says, is the best policy. It works for her at both work and home.Mass appeal: Sneha Rajani41, Senior Executive VP and Business Head, Sony Entertainment TelevisionBecause: Ever since she became the business head of Sony Entertainment Television(SET) in 2011, she has repeated the success of the IPL on SET Max. Because Sony has moved from number four to its current number two position with gross rating points (GRP) of 227 as of February 2012, and beaten long term rival Colors. Because she has brought contemporary fiction shows back with a mature story line. Because under her leadership, SET earned Rs 200 crore in advertising revenues, almost double the income of 2010, from Kaun Banega Crorepati alone.Through the looking glass: “It was a gratifying year. After an extremely long wait, we saw a change in our flagship brand Sony. It was the most satisfying moment of my career.”On the radar: “We want to consolidate on what we have built and grow further.”In her blood: Deeksha Suri Murti 32, Executive Director, Lalit Suri Hospitality GroupBecause: She’s one-third of the power trio set to inherit The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, India’s largest privately owned hotel company which owns 16 luxury hotels and made a total profit of Rs 405 crore in 2011. Because despite the recession, the group hasn’t shied away from a phased investment of Rs 2,500 crore in the development of Lalit properties across the country over the next two years. Because Suri is spearheading the group’s entry into the mid-scale market of budget hotels with the new chain The Lalit Traveller in Tier-II and Tier-III cities.On the radar: “I am passionate about HR initiatives but I’m being groomed to understand every aspect of the business,” says Suri, who’s now spreading her wings to different sectors like revenue, sales, security and organisational development.Hot tip: She’s a fitness freak and walks everyday for an hour.Great expectations: Schauna Chauhan Saluja34, CEO, Parle AgroBecause: She heads the over Rs 1,500 crore FMCG giant Parle Agro. Because she has expanded her company’s global presence by exporting to 20 countries. Because last year she added Appy Fizz and Frooti successfully to that global portfolio. Because she understands innovation and used Twitter to manage the company’s inventory, also making Hippo snacks a success story. Because she refuses to stop until she lives her dream of making Parle the number one FMCG company in India.On the radar: “We have also started to aggressively expand globally. Countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Africa, Gulf nations and even some markets in Europe are part of our immediate global expansion plans. It goes without saying that the rest of the world is being targeted as well, at as aggressive a pace,” she says.Successful living: “As a leader my biggest strength is that I love what I do. I am a team player and work closely with my team towards achieving our business goals. Since my core area of focus is in operations, I have a keen eye for detailing. I believe in leading by example.”Role model: “I admire Warren Buffet because of his beliefs and his way of doing things. It’s not just for business but also society at large.”Brand value: Lynn De Souza 52, Chairman and CEO, Lintas Media GroupBecause: She heads one of the largest media agencies in the country which had a 17 per cent growth in revenue in 2011. Because she is one of the few women to head several industry bodies, storming into the male dominated AAAI (Advertising Agencies Association of India) as its vice president for the year 2010-2011. Because she plays a significant role in the media dynamics of the nation.Through the looking glass: The big stories for Lintas Media Group for 2011 have been retaining the Rs 300 crore Sony Electronics account in India, which moved to OMD, a global media agency, in the rest of Asia. The agency also got itself the HUL and Nokia outdoor business, by completing its acquisition of Aaren Initiative Outdoor. The company also won 23 new accounts, including four digital additions in 2011.Women first: On a personal note, Lynn has launched the Inter Public Group’s Women’s Leadership Network in India with an aim of improving gender balance in leadership levels in IPG companies.Animal lover: A qualified veterinary nurse, she started and now chairs the Goa Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She also manages a veterinary hospital and animal shelter in Goa.Power play: Nirupama Rao52, Ambassador of India, United States of AmericaBecause: She was the first woman full-term foreign secretary in India’s history. Because she has been given the task of transforming Indo-US ties. Because she is the diplomatic channel through which all agreements from outsourcing to counter-terrorism flow. Because she has served in key diplomatic assignments like China and Sri Lanka. Because she was also the first woman spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs.Successful living: “Never let success or the impressions of it go to one’s head. Find solutions to the challenges that life throws your way and always strive to be your yourself,” she says.Top gear: Harshbeena Sahney Zaveri50, MD and President, NRB BearingsBecause: She heads NRB Bearings of net worth Rs 219 crore, which had a turnover of Rs 466 crore in 2011. Because she is the brain behind building in-house technology for auto parts. Because NRB designed the bearings for the dual clutch automatic transmission for the global launch of Ford Fiesta in 2011.Because NRB provides cutting edge products for the next generation of two-wheelers, automobiles and trucks for big fish like Volvo and Mercedes, apart from almost every Indian manufacturer.On the radar: Latest automobile engineering for the global launch of the next generation of Audis in 2014.”I’m confident of hitting Rs 1,000 crore within the next three years. By 2020, we’re targeting a billion dollar growth mark and we’re on track,” says Zaveri.Succesful living: High benchmarks help. “We target the best clients in the world first. And then we plan meticulously.” Despite losing two years to the recession, Zaveri continued on her business model of innovation instead of a cost reduction drive.Money wise: Archana Hingorani 45, CEO and Executive Director, IL&FS Investment Managers Limited (IIML)Because: She heads one of the oldest and largest private equity fund firms in the country. Because when she took over in 2005, IIML’s private equity was barely $300 million compared to $3.2 billion now. Because IIML manages funds of major Indian banks and institutions.Through the looking glass: “2011 was challenging for me as our business was affected by recession. It’s almost like the year did not exist because of the challenges we faced,” she says. But this taught her to plan meticulously and reach her goals as a fund manager.On the radar: This year will see her raising $500 million and planning exits from previous investments.Successful living: “Success is the ability to show results and use your team to deliver through consensus driven management.”Art of living: Kiran Nadar 60, Chairperson, Kiran Nadar Museum of ArtBecause: She refused to be a trophy wife and became the face of philanthropy in the country instead. Because she heads the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), a free museum in Delhi which has created a site for confluence of art and not to earn quick commission. Because she has consistently worked towards educational reforms through Vidyagyan, an initiative of the Shiv Nadar Foundation to empower individuals, and the Shiv Nadar University (SNU). Because she works with the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation that sponsors the education of poor Muslim girls in the most backward districts of Uttar Pradesh. Because she was named the hero of philanthropy among several others by Forbes Asia in 2010.On the radar: In the next two years, she is looking forward to an acquisition of space for a museum beyond KNMA. “We are looking forward to a joint venture with the government and are hopeful that the best works out for us,” she adds.Successful living: “My achievements in life have always had the force of determination behind them. They have never been half measures in life for me,” she says.Passion for life: Nadar is a national level bridge player and has even represented the country in tournaments abroad. She is also a keen sports enthusiast.
Disappointment was writ large on Viswanathan Anand’s face on Monday as he walked off the board knowing that he had missed a win in the third game of the World Chess Championships in Moscow. And that showed even when he faced the media after the match.Laconic in his answers, he was still pensive when he left the venue, ruing the missed opportunity. But Anand still had the knowledge that he had managed to gain a big psychological edge over challenger Boris Gelfand.Anand, while evaluating the difference between the first and the third game when Gelfand played the Gruenfeld on both occasions, said: “This time I was closer. I may have missed something.”The game was complicated at times, sharp and interesting on occasions, but in the end it was a draw with some winning chances for the Indian. Virtually everyone agreed that Anand missed a win by a whisker.So, the score is still even at 1.5-1.5, but the balance has clearly shifted in favour of Anand.But after two rather uneventful draws, Anand and Gelfand played a sharp and interesting game that had the sizeable crowd all excited at the Tretyakov Gallery on Monday. But in the end, the two agreed to a draw in 37 moves after just under four hours.It could have been a simple matter of Anand overlooking a winning sequence or maybe of not being able to fine comb his mental computer for that perfect move as he was somewhat short on time.advertisementWhen the two players agreed to the draw, Anand had just under four minutes and Gelfand just under eight.There was a time when no one would even look at Anand’s clock, for he would always be way ahead of his rivals in terms of time. But on Monday, for most part of the game, it was Gelfand who was faster.For the second time in as many games with black Gelfand opted for the Gruenfeld. Maybe that is what had Anand double checking, if only because his rival was persisting with something he has hardly ever played before.Even while running a bit short on time – though only comparatively Anand was clearly pushing for that first win, which could have given him a big advantage in such a short 12-game match.Early in the game, Anand made it clear he was now ready for even Gelfand’s Gruenfeld. But as things panned out, he may have needed just a wee bit time more.After the two had gone through 23 moves, there were just 34 minutes for Anand and 62 minutes for Gelfand.A little earlier, there were some who felt Anand’s 17. Bd4 was a move to ensure safety. But it was clear that Anand had some other ideas as things transpired.A win in the early stages could well spell disaster for the loser, because most experts believe that a 12-game match is too short for a world championships. Yet Gelfand has never played a long match – he won the right to play for the title after winning a six-game match over Alexander Grischuk last year. On the other hand, Anand has had a lot of experience in matchplay, having lost to Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov in the past, but having beaten Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov in recent years.SCOREBOARD; GAME 3 1.d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. f3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nb6 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. Be3 O-O 8. Qd2 e5 9. d5 c6 10. h4 cxd5 11. exd5 N8d7 12. h5 Nf6 13. hxg6 fxg6 14. O-O-O Bd7 15. Kb1 Rc8 16. Ka1 e4 17. Bd4 Na4 18. Nge2 Qa5 19. Nxe4 Qxd2 20. Nxf6+ Rxf6 21. Rxd2 Rf5 22. Bxg7 Kxg7 23. d6 Rfc5 24. Rd1 a5 25. Rh4 Rc2 26. b3 Nb2 27. Rb1 Nd3 28. Nd4 Rd2 29. Bxd3 Rxd3 30. Re1 Rd2 31. Kb1 Bf5+ 32. Nxf5+ gxf5 33. Re7+ Kg6 34. Rc7 Re8 35. Rh1 Ree2 36. d7 Rb2+ 37. Kc1 Rxa2 1/2-1/2
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DeRozan scores 29, Raptors beat slumping 76ers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Malditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES Khris Middleton had 31 points, while John Henson and Eric Bledsoe each had 16 for the Bucks, who had beaten the Hornets the night before in Milwaukee. All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo did not play on the second night of the back-to-back because of right knee soreness.The Bucks led by one at halftime and appeared ready to break the game open after starting the second half on a 19-2 run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingBut Charlotte, which missed its first six shots from the field in the third quarter, stormed back to take the lead with 3:46 left in the game after Howard backed down Henson in the lane and scored on a 3-point play and Marvin Williams converted two free throws.The Bucks had a chance to tie it with 10 seconds left, but Middleton couldn’t get to the rim while guarded by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and had to settle for a fade-away 18-footer, which rimmed out. Michael Carter-Williams grabbed the rebound and was immediately fouled. He converted both free throws to make it a two-possession game with 8.4 seconds left. Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, right, drives against Bucks guard Matthew Dellavedova, of Australia, in the first half of an NBA basketball game. APCHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Dwight Howard had 21 points and 16 rebounds, Kemba Walker had 19 points and the Charlotte Hornets battled back from an 18-point deficit to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 111-106 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Treveon Graham and Frank Kaminsky each had 14 points as Charlotte’s bench shot 16 of 27 from the field.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Middleton knocked down a 3-pointer from the corner with 6.4 seconds remaining, cutting the lead to 1. Walker, who had missed three of his previous five free throws, calmly stepped to the line and made two more free throws to push the lead to 3.Milwaukee didn’t take a timeout after Walkers made second free throw and Bledsoe missed 3-pointer from the left wing that would have tied the game. Walker added two more free throws to put it away.Antetokounmpo played against the Hornets in Milwaukee on Friday night and had 26 points and seven rebounds while playing 36 ½ minutes in Milwaukee’s 109-104 victory. But Bucks coach Jason Kidd said Antetokounmpo developed soreness in the knee after the game. Antetokounmpo entered the game second in the NBA in scoring, averaging 29.6 points per game.ADVERTISEMENT After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads View comments
Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives LATEST STORIES “That’s already a thing of the past and we’re already looking at the future,” he said. “In fact, after this year, we have four or five recruits coming in and we expect them to really make a significant impact on the team right away.”Arellano, which will be coached by Obet Javier, will try to ride on its magical season last year when they defied the odds to dismantle a San Sebastian team that swept its way to the Finals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte View comments Slowed by bogeys, Saso shares first-round lead with Thais All eyes will be on the Arellano Lady Chiefs as they try to defend their volleyball crown. —TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.NETSan Sebastian begins NCAA mission with just nine players Arellano University opens defense of its NCAA women’s volleyball crown against Mapua while last season’s losing finalist San Sebastian begins it trek to dust off unfinished business when it begins a new era Thursday at Filoil Flying V Arena.The Lady Chiefs will parade a roster virtually untouched by graduation while the Lady Stags, who got swept in last season’s title series, start a new chapter in their history after three-time MVP Grethcel Soltones maxed out her eligibility.ADVERTISEMENT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Regine Anne Arocha, Necole Ebuen, Andrea Marzan and Jovielyn Prado are back for Arellano, which battles the Lady Cardinals at 1:30 p.m. The Lady Stags, meanwhile, will play the whole season with just nine players starting with the 12-noon duel with the Emilio Aguinaldo Lady Generals.SSC coach Roger Gorayeb, who is expected to rely heavily on veterans Alyssa Eroa, Vira May Guillema, Joyce Sta. Rita and Dangie Encarnacion, however, remained confident of their chances.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“We’re still a fighting team but we have to avoid injuries,” said Gorayeb.Gorayeb also said they hadmoved on from last year’s heartbreak.
SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid MOST READ BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Late run pushes GlobalPort past Kia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Lady Falcons bowed to the Lady Eagles, 25-18, 14-25, 25-18, 15-25, 15-10, but it was in this drawback that Soyud regained her confidence.Soyud had her highest-scoring game of the season for the Lady Falcons with 19 points and she’s certain her performance has brought back the confidence she’s searched for after a dismal stretch this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I know my confidence’s back, because I played really horribly the last few games,” said Soyud in Filipino Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.“At first I had all this doubt within me because I really played terribly the past games so I tried to build my confidence back up and try to contribute better for the team.” LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Eli Soyud still saw some positives after Adamson University’s five-setter loss to Ateneo in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Soyud, a one-time champion with De La Salle in Season 78, scored a total of 17 points in the four games prior to Adamson facing Ateneo.The opposite hitter said they just have to be more consistent in finishing matches after their loss to Ateneo saw their record drop to 2-3.“We really lack that consistency because the past games we’ve really performed poorly,” said Soyud whose team has now lost two straight. “We have to work it out as a team.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments
While we are already pepped up about HTC’s March 1 event, the company has now notched up our anticipation by hinting something that was well until now subject of mere rumour. It’s confirmed that HTC will unveil its next flagship on March 1 at a pre-MWC 2015 event. However, the company has now dropped in a hint that the company may be planning to unveil another handset at the same vent, most likely the bigger variant of the One M9.HTC USA recently took to Twitter to tease the alleged handset rumoured to be called the One (M9) Plus. The tagline of the Tweet states the obvious, that “Something Huge is coming from HTC”. Is it the One M9 Plus? We are not sure yet, but it chances are it could be.Something HUGE is coming from HTC. Imagine [number][big thing] in space. And then [math term] that by [number]. #Madlib HTC USA (@HTCUSA) February 19, 2015Rumours about the alleged One (M9) Plus have been doing the rounds for quite a while now. Popular and notorious (now retired) tipster, @evleaks recently leaked a render of the alleged HTC One (M9) standing next to its bigger version, quite possibly the M9 Plus. Moreover, a new report doing the rounds (via GSMArena) recently leaked the Compubench benchmark results of two HTC devices, tipping specifications of the HTC One (M9) along with the rumoured One (M9) Plus. The report that quotes Techtastic cites two HTC handsets: the HTC OPAJ13 (One M9) and HTC 0PK71 (One M9 Plus). advertisementAccording to the leak, the One M9 features a 5-inch full-HD display and is powered by Qualcomm’s 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. It comes with 32GB of internal storage and sports a 20MP rear camera along with a 13MP front camera.Meanwhile, the HTC One M9, as per the report features a 5.1-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) display and is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6795 chipset alongside 3GB of RAM. It comes with 32GB of internal storage and sports a 20MP rear camera along with a 13MP front camera, just like the One M9.
Pretty protestMs Shirley Joshua’s piece on what she calls “The Petticoat Protest” brings home certain tickling points. The protest by what is apparently a handful of that amusing tribe called society ladies, against Mr Desai’s remarks on women in Time magazine, is not just ridiculous but embarrassingly funny. In spite,Pretty protestMs Shirley Joshua’s piece on what she calls “The Petticoat Protest” brings home certain tickling points. The protest by what is apparently a handful of that amusing tribe called society ladies, against Mr Desai’s remarks on women in Time magazine, is not just ridiculous but embarrassingly funny.In spite of their central slogan “Women for Democracy, Democracy for Women” which looks impertinent and irrelevant in the context, their pretty protest in the heat and dust of Delhi hasn’t triggered off a crisis for Desai’s cabinet as they feared it would do.T.K. Harshan, CalcuttaRoyal misunderstandingI am writing to you regarding the interview with me you published in India Today. I should like to make it clear that during the final stages of the writing of A Princess Remembers I was in Tihar jail and it was for that reason that Santha Rama Rau was not able to send me the manuscript for corrections.And it was practically impossible for me to communicate with anyone and therefore she did not receive any of the letters that I wrote her with corrections. It would seem by reading the article that I did not like the work done by Santha Rama Rau on A Princess Remembers. I would also like to mention that I have since read the book and I think that Santha Rama Rau has done a wonderful job on it.Gayatri Devi, JaipurUnjust and unfairI refer to the interesting and topical Interview of the Fortnight “The Rajmata Remembers” in your issue dated April 16-30. The interview brings out the sordid reality of what seems to have been the politically motivated arrest of Rajmata Gayatri Devi.The Rajmata is interested in education and social uplift. She has “walked with kings yet not lost the common touch”. It would indeed be befitting if she is appointed as the Governor of one of our states so that she can carry on her philanthropic work in wider spheres.Bhim Krishnama, SecunderabadPerfect balanceThe balance between the readable pages and the advertisements is perfect; please don’t go the Illustrated Weekly way.Apurva S. Patel, BombayThe ‘BAD’ ADOne fails to understand why Doordarshan refused and ad for the April 16th issue of India Today. There was indeed nothing derogatory (even by implication) in the script and visuals presented. In fact, the cover story was an excellent example of objective and investigative reporting. Doordarshan has blatantly encroached into the freedom of the Press.I wonder why India Today left the matter at that when it should have been taken up (without prejudice) to the I & B Ministry. This act of Doordarshan shows that undesirable stooges of the erstwhile despotic government are allowed to destroy the principles of the government.M.N. Joy, TrivandrumThe weekly gapAs a sincere reader of your spicy India Today, I would suggest one more point, that is, make your newsmagazine as a regular weekly to cover all happenings from all walks of life. Your stress on some non-political subjects like “For Art’s Sake,” “Theatre and Cinema” are well arranged, but also reserve some matter from the south beneath those headings.V.S. Ranga Dev, MadrasAstigmatic criticismAfter reading the review on Gandhiji I think I prefer the myopia of a devotee any day to the astigmatism of a critic. Your reviewer’s dislike of “Hind Swaraj” was apparently shared by Mrs Gandhi’s regime: during the Emergency I couldn’t get hold of a copy anywhere in Delhi.Bhilbhai, New DelhiSuggestion boxI am a regular reader of India Today. It is interesting to read as it contains informative and educative features. But I have a few suggestions to make. I request you to include more articles on films and sports, as they are very scarce in your magazine. Include other features such as comics for children, a story and some contests such as a Quiz, Crossword etc. These features expand the quality of your magazine.Harold Rasquinha, BombayInviting commentsI’ve read with pleasure the article, Newspapers – Between the Lies (India Today, April 1-15). It invites comments. In that item you just ignored the name of a fearless Bombay weekly, Himmat, who vehemently protested against Press censorship and faced trial, filed by Maharashtra government, for the “objectionable” article it published on family planning.Subrato Sen Gupta, Rangaparaadvertisement
For Michael Ferreira who won the World Amateur Billiards title at Melbourne last fortnight, the road to the top has been frustrating in the extreme: eight trips to the world championships, including four finals, during which he knew that if only he could come to grips with himself he could,For Michael Ferreira who won the World Amateur Billiards title at Melbourne last fortnight, the road to the top has been frustrating in the extreme: eight trips to the world championships, including four finals, during which he knew that if only he could come to grips with himself he could be world champion. Ferreira’s failing was his inconsistency, costly lapses against “needle” opponents bringing about a loss in confidence and causing him to lose vital matches against “rabbits”.Another failing has been Ferreira’s style of play. He likes to play an open game which enabled exponents of percentage billiards like English bus driver Norman Dagley and Satish Mohan now settled in Australia to constantly frustrate his attempts at scaling the heights.And Bob Close of England, almost did it again at Melbourne this year in a cliff-hanger of an eight-hour final in which the Englishman led till the start of the final session. But Ferreira kept him cool this time, revealing a rare single-mindedness of purpose that saw him through.Wilson Jones, twice world champion who did much to mould Ferreira’s game in its formative years once said: “The trouble with Mike is that he is more concerned with statistics than titles.” This, of course, was no reflection on Ferreira’s ability in the dexterous top-table game, his positional play and fluent cueing. One critic had compared Ferreira’s world record of 627 points in the 1969 world championships to the “purring of a Rolls Royce”.Born in Bombay, the youngest of three children, Ferreira, who confesses to having been a “spoilt brat”, tried his hand at cricket, soccer, badminton, basketball, boxing, table tennis at St. Joseph’s school, Darjeeling. “You name it, I did it,” he said. He “gravitated” to billiards because three tables were available at school.advertisementWatching Wilson Jones in action for the first time in 1953 was a real eye-opener for young Ferreira. “It was a real revelation,” he said. “I never knew the game could be mastered to that extent: At that time I could never have dreamt of beating the great Wilson.” He beat Wilson in the Western India in 1966 in a “helluva close game”.Ferreira’s highest break in competition play is 629. His father, now 77, was a fairly good player in his days, consistently chalking up breaks in the ’90s. But his sternest critic is his mother. “The way the old dearie would criticize if I played badly,” he said.Ferreira – the world title after eight frustrationg attempts”It’s ego. The desire to shine. To be the best, fierce competitive drive that takes you to the top,” he explained. Unfortunately, “the all-consuming desire to win is lacking in today’s youth.”Ferreira discounts the importance of luck and maintains that it is ridiculous to blame kismet for one’s shortcomings. According to him, in the long run luck evens out. Yet he is mystified by the indefinable something, the rub of the green. “One has to be fortunate I guess, for one cannot win without a certain degree of luck. But to blame luck for your shortcomings is bloody silly,” he said.The Colgate Grand Prix Championships of India 1977, which Vijay Amritraj won earlier this month for the third time in four attempts, saw him pocket a cool US $8,750 in foreign exchange which was not a bad reward for a week’s work.Vijay Amritraj’s victory, who until the start of the tournament had earned 1,04,218 dollars during the current year gave the sizeable but partisan crowds plenty to shout about. But, the tennis served up was lacklustre with some ofthe “hot shots” who finally participated appearing to be strangely lackadaisical.Before that had come the all-too-familiar tale of last minute withdrawals of some of the “big” names. Originally, this year’s top card was Bill Scanlon, ranked 37th in the Association of Tennis Players rankings, the barometer of a player’s standing in world tennis.But the initial card did have depth and width, for as many as 19 players from among the top 100 had confirmed their entries. But as the curtain was about to go up, the roll-call of dropouts began to be read out. Fourteen opted out for reasons best known to themselves and to the bigwigs of the Asian circuit.Why does every Indian Open have to weather these shocks? Firstly, it has a one-star rating, that is, a prize money of just US $50,000 in comparison with a six-star’s US $175,000 haul. Secondly, India is part of the Asian circuit, facing the counter pull of such glamour spots as Hong Kong and Japan.advertisementApart from clashing datewise with the $1,50,000 Johannesburg tournament, it is sandwiched between two sectors of the lucrative Australian leg and comes at the fag end of the circuit when more often than not, the maximum 50 points that this low rating offers have little bearing on a players’ chances of qualifying for the Masters.The question being asked in many quarters is: should we continue to stay in the Grand Prix circuit, spend so much for so inadequate a return or should we divert our energies and resources to more profitable tennis avenues?Indian tennis officials are all for staying in the circuit. They defend the expenses involved saying that it builds spectator interest and gives our younger players experience against foreign competitors. Above all, these draw out the big sponsors who help foster the game in the country, which would not otherwise be the case. For the Bombay open, Colgate announced a two million dollar bonus and Air India and Godrej are committed to the 1978 open.But institutions, as Samuel Johnson said, should be judged by their results. One may well ask: since the inception of the Grand Prix, how many really talented youngsters have we produced, barring Ramesh Krishan, son of the great Ramanathan? If Grand Prix tournaments do so much for the standard of the game in a country how is it that India have never beaten New Zealand in a Davis Cup tie?The Indian tournament is said to be a US $50,000 event. In actual fact, it costs India US $100,000 if you consider the free hospitality and travel which is offered and which is often abused as was the case with at least one player who made no bones about the fact that he had entered this year’s Indian Open only to get a free ticket home from Taipei where he had last participated.All in all as things stand, the Grand Prix, although a good concept, is a waste of time, effort and precious money which can be infinitely better utilized for the promotion of the game in the country.
Gaurav MashruwalaA huddle of players on the sports field in between a game, an annual body check-up or an off-site of senior corporate managers at the end of the year-all these are exercises to review the current state of affairs, and make changes if required.All strategies, systems and processes need,Gaurav MashruwalaA huddle of players on the sports field in between a game, an annual body check-up or an off-site of senior corporate managers at the end of the year-all these are exercises to review the current state of affairs, and make changes if required.All strategies, systems and processes need monitoring and reviewing. This is to assess effectiveness and make necessary modifications.All of us work hard throughout the year to create wealth for achieving our future financial commitments. Unfortunately, we never take stock of the situation. We don’t know whether we are on track to achieve those commitments or are just wandering about.It’s important to spend about two hours every quarter (eight hours in a year) to review our overall financial situation. At the end of the financial year, this may become a little more exhaustive exercise.”We had no idea that we had sufficient wealth to reach most of our financial goals, we have always lived in anxiety,” said a couple whose financial plan I helped review.There are many like them who are unnecessarily anxious. There are some who are more like vagabonds, wandering without clarity. Then there are some who pull up their socks and start getting focused. From feeling relieved after the review to preparing for a review and getting focused, different people go through different emotions. However, what is common to nearly all of them is that the review keeps them updated about the status of their financial affairs.Without getting into the nitty-gritty of the areas that need to be reviewed during quarterly and annual reviews, what should be kept in mind is to conduct a comprehensive review with focus on all four aspects of finances-income, expense, assets and liabilities.advertisementMany of us miss out on informing financial institutions about a change in address, revising bank details if we have changed the bank etc. These are not stray instances. A couple of thousands of crores of rupees are lying with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. This is accumulated funds of individual shareholders who did not encash their dividend warrants received from companies in which they had invested for seven years. If a shareholder does not encash the dividend warrant for seven years, then the company has to send that amount to the ministry. There are also a few other financial products on which if no claim is made by the investor, the amount needs to be deposited with the ministry.Invariably, these are investors who did not inform the financial institution/company where they had invested their hard-earned income of their address change. There are also instances where individuals missed out on updating their bank details. Therefore, even if they had given electronic clearance service mandate, they may have closed the bank account and also migrated to some other address and the financial institution was not able to contact them.Undertake all these activities while reviewing. Reviewing should be on financial aspects such as income, expenses, assets and liabilities. It also includes the administrative aspects. At the time of yearly review, put in place a strategy for the coming year. Take stock of funds requirements during the year. Plan how to generate those funds-from regular income or by liquidating assets.We work hard to create wealth and enjoy its fruits when needed. Imagine a situation when in needwe realise that the seeds we hadsown cannot be reaped because of our lack of foresight-a situation that isbest avoided. Gaurav Mashruwala is the Financial planner and founder, A Cutting Edge.
South Korean giant LG on Friday formally announced the launch of its flagship G4 handset in India. The LG G4 (dual SIM, dual LTE) smartphone is now available in India at a price of Rs.51,000.The LG G4 was initially launched in April. Meanwhile, the company had also started taking pre-orders for the device in India at the beginning of June.The flagship LG G4 has a 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum display with a 1440×2560 pixels resolution that roughly translates to 538ppi. It is powered by a 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor coupled with 3GB RAM.It comes with 32GB of internal memory which is expandable up to 2TB via microSD card slot. The dual SIM device runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box with the company’s custom UX 4.0 UI on top.The handset sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with laser autofocus, optical image stabilization and LED flash. There is also an 8-megapixel front camera on-board.The device is backed by a 3,000mAh battery and supports fast charging technology. The LG G4 will be available in handcrafted, genuine full grain leather and will come in three colors: brown, black and red.
The untroubled advance of the heavy hitters at Wimbledon was spectacularly halted on Thursday when twice champion Rafa Nadal was bundled out by German qualifier Dustin Brown who played the match of his life.Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Petra Kvitova all cruised into the third round with straight-sets victories as the tournament meandered serenely through its fourth balmy day.But the calm was shattered by the final match on Centre Court when Brown, a man until now best known for his unconventional approach and dread-locks, brought back memories of the golden summer Wimbledon evenings of wooden rackets as he combined relentless power with brave and ambitious creativity.Brown came out swinging and even when Nadal dug deep to level the match at one set all he did not hold back, going for his shots and harrying his illustrious opponent at every opportunity.Along with the power there was finesse which had the Centre Court crowd roaring their approval and Brown rattled through the final set to secure a fully deserved victory.”You have to play your A game against him,” said Brown, who also beat Nadal in their only previous meeting in Halle last year.”I’m fortunate I played him twice on grass, which is my favourite surface — I wouldn’t want to play him anywhere else. My game makes him not play his game. He doesn’t get in a rhythm.”Defeat continued Nadal’s wretched run at Wimbledon since he lost the 2011 final to Novak Djokovic.In successive years he has lost to players ranked 100, 135, 144 and now 102 without getting past the fourth round — a stunning decline for the 14-times grand slam winner who triumphed at Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010 and has been runner-up three times.advertisement”My motivation is to be back to that level but I don’t know if I can,” 10th seed Nadal said.”But I’ve played on the last day here five days and had the trophy back home twice, so it’s not bad.”EXPLOSIVE FINALEThe day’s explosive finale was in marked contrast to the early matches which went exactly to form.Murray led the way by polishing off Dutchman Robin Haase 6-1 6-1 6-4 in 87 minutes with barely a misplaced shot.”In grand slams you have to try to conserve energy when you can really because the two weeks can be quite draining physically and mentally,” Murray told reporters.Federer was equally untroubled in a 6-4 6-2 6-2 mauling of American Sam Querrey.Seeking a record eighth Wimbledon singles title, the Swiss was on cruise control from the off.”So far so good,” Federer said. “Sometimes the feeling is good out there and today was definitely a good day.”I guess there’s also a little bit of relief that I’m also playing well at Wimbledon.”Possibly even more impressive was Kvitova, whose 6-2 6-0 demolition of Kurumi Nara meant the defending champion has dropped only three games in two matches.After four days of action the top four men’s seeds have yet to drop a set between them, with only two going as far as a tiebreak.
The Indian squad for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka featuring three Tests would be selected on July 23 in New Delhi.”The meeting is scheduled on the 23rd in Delhi,” a Cricket Board source informed PTI when queried about the scheduled date and venue of the meeting.The full strength India squad, with Virat Kohli expected to be named as its captain, will be available for the tour, barring those who would be unavailable through injuries.The tour is slated to start with a three-day warm-up game against Sri Lanka Chairman’s XI, from August 6-8 at the R Premadasa Stadium. This would be followed by three Test matches with the games scheduled to be played at Galle (August 12-16), Tamil Union Oval (August 20-24) and SSC, Colombo (August 28 to September 1).This would be India’s first visit to Lanka for a Test series after five years. The two countries split a three-Test rubber 1-1 in 2010 on India’s previous tour to the Emerald Isle.
Day 3 of the ongoing Amazon India Couture Week at Taj Palace hotel began on a spectacular and traditional note.Designer Anju Modi, who has been busy working on the costumes of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming flick Bajirao Mastani, which is about a Persian princess played by Deepika Padukone, took her muse to new heights at her show.Titled Kashish – an Urdu word which means attraction or yearning for something – the collection dedicates itself to the Sufi yearning for the Almighty as well as the bride’s yearning for her beloved. The capsule collection was a visual delight, comprising royal looking yet delicate lehengas, saris, angrakhas, duppatas, and shararas for women apart from achkans and pajamas for men in shades like pistachio, pastel pink, beige and gold sheen.”We’ve used pure silver foil and gold foil in the garments, which you put on your mithai or sweetmeats. That is why the colour is so rich in the garments. The technique, of course, is a trade secret you can’t know about but can enjoy,” Anju Modi said while speaking to Mail Today.Talking of her inspiration, she said, “I’ve been inspired by Persia and its art, which was also the theme of Bajirao Mastani. I found my muse in its miniature art, architecture, philosophy and painting. There is so much delicacy in their workmanship because their thoughts and philosophy are pure and the culture is in a deeply Sufi mode. They always yearn for the beloved, the Supreme. I’ve made the same happen for the bride through my designs because when the bride is getting married, it’s a supreme feeling for her.”advertisementThe fabrics are pure handloom, natural fibres, dupion, khadi, organza and chanderi. “All our Hindustani and desi cloths,” Modi shares.Speaking about her experience designing costumes for the movie, she shared, “costume designing has opened so many vistas to my thinking process because when we design for real people, it is the real thing that fashion designers are meant to do. But in movie costumes, you need to get into the character of one person – whether she’s sad or happy or dancing – then you think like her and that kind of colour or garment. So you’re basically living the life of the character for the length of a year because you’re thinking like her and designing for her. That’s a very beautiful experience and I’m lucky to have it in my life.”The designer had something special to say about Deepika Padukone. “At the moment my biggest muse is Deepika. She is so down to earth and straightforward. Being from a sports background, she comes on time and quickly does her exercises. She is a very sorted, talented and beautiful woman,” she said.
The daughter of late actor Paul Walker, who died in the fiery crash of a Porsche sports car in California two years ago, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the car company in Los Angeles on Monday, court records show.Meadow Walker claimed in the complaint that the automaker skimped on safety features for the vehicle, which could have either prevented the crash entirely or at least kept Walker alive.The late star with his daughter Meadow Walker. Picture courtesy: Twitter/lovepaulwalkerrPaul Walker was a passenger in the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT driven by Roger Rodas, who lost control of the vehicle before it careened into trees and a utility pole in Santa Clarita, northwest of Los Angeles, killing both men in November 2013.Also read:Paul Walker’s daughter launches foundation in his nameThe suit said Porsche AG knew the car model had a “history of instability and control issues” and added that the seat belts were designed such that in a crash, the shoulder belt anchor would be pulled along with the rear engine compartment while the seat anchor would remain in place.”This snapped Walker’s torso back with thousands of pounds of force, thereby breaking his ribs and pelvis, flattening his seat and trapping him in a supine position, where he remained alive until the vehicle erupted into flames one minute and twenty seconds later,” the filing said.”Absent these defects in the Porsche Carrera GT, Paul Walker would be alive today,” the complaint added, citing the seat belt design and other issues.advertisementPorsche could not be immediately reached for comment on Monday. But attorneys for the German car company said in April that Rodas was to blame for the crash following a lawsuit filed by his widow against the company’s North American unit last year.Attorneys for the company had then denied that the car had any defects.Walker’s death at the age of 40 led to a temporary halt in production of Fast & Furious 7, the latest movie in the successful series about illegal street racing that helped popularize his career.Also read:Paul Walker’s 42nd birth anniversary: Some unknown facts that you must knowThe Los Angeles Times has reported that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol found that unsafe speeds were to blame for the crash, not mechanical problems. The newspaper said investigators made the determination after consulting with technicians from Porsche.
It was just one of the dramatic moments at the awards show. Nicki Minaj called Miley Cyrus out at the MTV Video Music Awards after the 22-year-old said in an interview that the rapper was being a poor sport about not receiving a nomination for video of the year.After collecting best hip-hop video for Anaconda on Sunday, Minaj told the audience: “And now back to this b—- that had a lot to say about me a lot in the press. Miley, what’s good?”Minaj’s microphone was cut off, and Cyrus fired back with “we all know how they manipulate” words during interviews, referencing a pre-VMAs interview in the New York Times.. Cyrus then stumbled over her words as she tried to read from cue cards about voting for the artist to watch award.”I lost this award in 2008 and I was fine with it. Whatever! Because it’s no big deal. It’s just an award and I persevered,” she yelled, appearing to look over at Minaj.Miley Cyrus opens MTV VMA dressed in her wackiest bestShe ended with: “Congratulations Nicki.”In the recent interview, Cyrus criticized Minaj for her “pop star war” with Swift that began in July. On the show, however, the rapper ended her issues with Swift and they joined forces onstage.After Minaj entertained the audience with her upbeat Trini Dem Girls, Swift joined the rapper during her performance of the The Night Is Still Young. Swift wore a bright red dress that mirrored Minaj’s ensemble. Swift then performed some of her hit, Bad Blood, as Minaj danced around her. They closed with a hug.advertisementNicki Minaj and Taylor Swift perform at the MTV VMA at the Microsoft Theater in LA. Picture courtesy: APSwift, the top nominee with 10, traded words with Minaj over Twitter when the VMA nominees were announced in July. Minaj, who had one of the most viewed videos of the year with “Anaconda,” is not up for video of the year, and she tweeted that slim women easily earn top nominations and said black female entertainers don’t get enough credit for their influence on pop culture. Swift thought the rapper was referring to her and they traded words online, but later apologized.Swift’s nominations include video of the year, best collaboration, song of summer and more. She won best pop video and female video.Cyrus is hosting the VMAs two years after she stole the show with a risque, but memorable performance with Robin Thicke, and a year after winning the top prize for Wrecking Ball. She took a selfie with people in the audience and asked them to yell: “Marijuana.””Ellen, you ain’t got nothing on this,” she said.Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk earned the first Moonman in the live telecast for best male video.”Uptown Funk forever! Thank you!” Mars yelled.The song is also up for video of the year, and will compete with Swift’s Bad Blood, Beyonce’s 7/11, Kendrick Lamar’s Alright and Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud.
Roger Federer and Andy Murray, two of the hottest players on the US hardcourts during the run-up to the US Open, face difficult tests right from the start at the season’s final grand slam starting on Monday.Second seed Federer, who beat world number one Novak Djokovic in the Cincinnati final and is striving to add to his record 17 grand slam singles titles, plays 34th-ranked Leonardo Mayer of Argentina.Third seeded Murray, who defeated Djokovic in the Montreal final, faces number 37 Nick Kyrgios, the talented 20-year-old Australian who is on ATP probation after making a crude personal remark to Stan Wawrinka on court in Montreal.Also read: Sharapova pulls out of US Open due to leg injury Federer has been brandishing an aggressive style of play, forcing the action and rushing in to half-volley weak second serves to forge an advantage.”My game is going very well. My volleying has been very good lately and very proactive going forward and I think my serve has been unbelievable lately,” said Federer.Federer, 34, who won five consecutive U.S. Open titles from 2004 but has not been back to the finals since 2009, holds Mayer in high regard.”I didn’t know he was unseeded. Total shock for me to see I was going to play him,” Federer said. “It’s really tough to be playing Leonardo Mayer.”Federer narrowly won their only previous meeting 7-5 3-6 7-6(7) last year in the second round of the Shanghai ATP Masters.”The Shanghai match was one of the toughest ones I’ve ever won in my career,” Federer said. “I like the power he has plus the serve, which makes him tough to control from the baseline.advertisement”He’s a challenge.”Also read: Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic top seeds for U.S. Open Murray eliminated Kyrgios from the Australian and French Open this year in straight sets and holds a 4-0 mark against him, but the Scotsman respects the firepower of the mercurial 20 year old.Kyrgios faces a 28-day suspension and $25,000 fine if he steps out of line at an ATP event in the next six months, but the International Tennis Federation has said he would not be under such restrictions at the grand slam, which it runs.Murray said he did not expect Kyrgios to be affected by all the negative attention.”To be honest, I believe he likes playing on big stages. I would expect him to be ready for the match. He gets fired up for big matches,” said Murray.”Every match is a new match. He’s quite an unpredictable player.”Murray said he had some sympathy for Kyrgios, who has been harshly criticized since his slur against Wawrinka and the Swiss player’s girlfriend, Croatian teenager Donna Vekic.”He’s a young guy,” Murray said. “He made a mistake. All the guys here when they were 19 or 20 made mistakes. His was seen by millions. It’s unfortunate it happened. It was wrong.”
There was the usual frenzy of last-minute deals as the Premier League brought the curtain down on another bumper European transfer window in which Manchester City again flexed their financial muscle as the continent’s top spenders.With Europe’s other major countries closing for transfer business on Monday, the English top flight hogged the limelight for an extra day, with City’s rivals Manchester United completing the biggest and most eyebrow-raising late deal.Also read: Madrid blame United for failed De Gea transfer The capture of Anthony Martial from Monaco for 36 million pounds ($55.12 million), labelled a panic-buy by sections of the British media, ensured Premier League clubs racked up a record spend of more than 860 million pounds.That comfortably surpassed last season’s record by more than 25 million pounds and reinforced the competition’s status as the leading league in terms of transfer spending in the window.The capture of Anthony Martial from Monaco for 36 million pounds was labelled a panic-buy by sections of the British media. (Reuters Photo)City, who have won their first four league games this season, led the way with an outlay of 150 million pounds, including the 50 million-pound capture of midfielder Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg, and forward Raheem Sterling from Liverpool in a deal that could reach 49 million pounds.City were followed in the spending stakes by United who took their outlay past 100 million with Tuesday’s deal for 19-year-old French striker Martial, who followed Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger into Old Trafford.Liverpool were not far behind in the spending stakes, splashing out almost 80 million pounds, mainly on Christian Benteke from Aston Villa for 32.5 million and Hoffenheim’s Roberto Firmino for 28.5, offset by Sterling’s move to City.advertisementENGLISH DOMINATIONFuelled by the money from the Premier League’s increasingly lucrative broadcast deals, English clubs made six of the biggest seven signings in the window.Only Qatari-backed Paris St Germain punctuated the list of the biggest deals with the 63 million euros ($71.26 million) signing of Argentina winger Angel Di Maria from Manchester United.Some of Europe’s traditional powerhouses had quieter windows than many might have expected.Also read: City keep up perfect start, Chelsea, Liverpool slump at home Arturo Vidal’s 37 million euros move to Bayern Munich from Juventus was the high point of the Bundesliga champions’ spending while there was no ‘galactico’ signing for Real Madrid, seeking to wrestle the La Liga crown back from Barcelona.Madrid, under new coach Rafa Benitez, brought in Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic from Inter Milan for 30 million euros in their biggest deal but failed to sign Manchester United’s Spain goalkeeper David De Gea before the window slammed shut.That failure, with the two clubs blaming each other for the administrative snarl up, will have likely handed a psychological fillip to Real’s bitter rivals Barcelona.The catalan club managed to pull off deals for attacking Turkey midfielder Arda Turan from Atletico Madrid and winger Spaniard Aleix Vidal from Sevilla despite being prevented from registering new players until January, meaning this pair will have to kick their heels for some months.In Italy, champions Juventus replaced the outgoing Carlos Tevez with another Argentine following the capture of forward Paulo Dybala from Palermo for 32 million euros.SOME RESTRAINTYet as cash flowed freely between clubs there was also some restraint shown by some of Europe’s biggest teams.Chelsea, traditionally among the game’s biggest spenders, tightened the purse strings with their biggest outlay being on Spanish forward Pedro from Barcelona for 30 million euros.Also read: Chelsea manager Mourinho compares Pedro to Maradona Having missed out on defensive target John Stones from Everton, the English champions recouped the vast majority of their transfer outlay through sales and loan fees.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is renowned for keeping his powder dry but, after spending big on Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in the last two summer windows, his only spending was the 10 million pounds he paid for Chelsea keeper Petr Cech.
International Cricket Council (ICC) president Zaheer Abbas on Tuesday said the whole world wants to see India and Pakistan play and it was the right time to resume the cricketing ties between the two countries.”The whole world wants India and Pakistan to play. I hope the time will come and we will start playing cricket. Whole world is looking for the Indo-Pak series, no doubt about it,” Abbas, himself a former Pakistan cricketer and captain, told reporters here.”It’s not just Pakistan wants to play India. India should also want to play against Pakistan. And if they play, this is the right time to start. As CEO Dave (Richardson) said, everybody is looking forward to seeing India-Pakistan play. People want to see Indo-Pak first, Ashes second,” Abbas said.He said he was ready to contribute in whatever manner he can to help the two neighbours resume the series.”If there’s someone who I can see and convey the message, I will,” he said when asked if he would hold talks with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).Also read: BCCI extends Ravi Shastri’s tenure as team director till 2016 World T20 Pakistan Cricket Board last week requested Abbas to exert his influence as the ICC president to persuade the Indian board to confirm the series in December.He also hoped that the BCCI would talk to the PCB to finalise the series proposed to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).”When I played cricket for my country in ’69-70, I played against India after 18 years. So I hope it will start soon,” he added.advertisementZaheer is in Hyderabad at the invitation of the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) for the prize distribution of All India Moin-ud-Dowlah Gold Cup final being played between Hyderabad XI and India Cements here.The former Pakistan skipper, who was last here in 1997 to play against India Veterans, said Hyderabad has changed a lot.”Lot of changes in this place. It looks very beautiful. I have been noticing all the changes on my way here from the airport. Really enjoyed the traffic and the roads, your airport has become wonderful, looks like some place abroad. It’s beautiful,” he said.He said India’s new Test skipper Virat Kohli is doing very well.”I’m hoping he’ll become better. There should be aggression, why not. But the main thing is you need to beat somebody, not by talking but by performing on the field.”
In Kashmir region, the officials said 100 peddlers were In Kashmir region, the officials said 100 peddlers were arrested in Baramulla followed by 91 in pulwama, 67 in Kulgam, 55 in Anantnag, 37 in Shopian, 34 in Bandipora, 25 in Kupwara, 19 in Budgam and 15 in Ganderbal since last year. Similarly in Jammu region, 55 drug peddlers were arrested from Udhampur district followed by 51 in Reasi, 42 Ramban, 32 Kathua, 30 Rajouri, 28 Doda, 20 in Samba, 14 Poonch and 11 Kishtwar since 2014, the officials said. The officials said a number of steps have been taken to tackle the menace of narcotics use in the state. The measures include conduct of frequent raids and laying of nakas and surprise checks to nab the persons involved in smuggling of narcotic drugs and phychotropic substances, strict implementation of the NDPS act. The other measures include holding of police community public group meetings to brief the participants about the harmful effects of these drugs, launching of anti-drug drives and distribution of printing material to generate awareness amongst the public, the officials said. They said organising of anti-drug rallies, sports meets, youth clubs and gym centres have been established with internet facilities to channelise the energy of youth in positive and nation building activities as part of efforts to lean away the youth from drugs. In addition, four drug de-addiction centres have been established at Srinagar, Jammu, Anantnag and Baramulla by the police department where counselling and treatment is given to the addicted persons, they said. The officials said frequent joint operations in consultation with other agencies are also undertaken to destroy banned crops like Bhang and Poppy in the state. PTI MIJ NDC RCJadvertisement
Market leader Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) is offering cash discounts, ranging from Rs 5,000 on its hatchback Celerio to Rs 35,000 on entry level Alto800.Besides, the carmaker is giving discounts on other models including Wagon R, Stingray and Dzire but no such offers are on recent launches like Ciaz.”Customers are already responding very positively to our current sales promotion schemes and booking is seeing an uptrend. For the forthcoming festive season the excitement has begun,” MSI Executive Director (M&S), RS Kalsi told PTI.The company has already introduced six festive and limited editions like Alto 800 Onam edition, WagonR Avance, Swift Glory, Alto K10 Urbano, he added. “Many more festive models are in pipeline including automatic and SHVS (Hybrid). And of course, we will soon bring the premium hatchback Baleno to the Indian customers. Bookings for Baleno are due to open next week, after we share the information about the car,” Kalsi said.Rival Hyundai Motor is offering the maximum discount of Rs 37,000 on its entry level model Eon, followed by i10 and Grand i10 (Rs 27,000 each).The carmaker is also offering discount of up to Rs 28,000 on compact sedan Xcent and Rs 15,000 off on mid-size sedan Verna. There are no discounts on high selling models i20 and recently launched compact sports utility vehicle Creta.General Motors is offering exchange bonus of Rs 20,000 on Beat and Rs 30,000 exchange bonus on Cruze. It is further giving off on other models like Sail (hatchback and sedan), multi-purpose vehicle Enjoy and Tavera.advertisement”This is a great time to purchase Chevrolet cars, as customers will get the best value for their money along with complete piece of mind giving them a truly satisfying ownership experience,” General Motors India, President and Managing Director, Arvind Saxena said.Japanese car maker Nissan is also offering discounts adding up to Rs 25,000 on Datsun GO+ for orders booked in the month of October. It is also giving benefit worth Rs 22,000 on Datsun Go.”We are celebrating this festive season by offering special benefits to our customers and an attractively priced Datsun line-up for the Indian customers,” Nissan Motor India, Managing Director Arun Malhotra said.
The vision of JGU is to promote global courses, globalThe vision of JGU is to promote global courses, global programmes, global curriculum, global research, global collaborations, and global interaction through a global faculty.IIHEd is an independent research institute within JGU that will be focused on pursuing research and capacity building initiatives on different aspects of higher education in India and beyond, with the vision of contributing towards institution building for nation building.IIHEd will conduct research and offer advice on all aspects of higher education with a strong focus on curriculum development; pedagogical innovations; faculty engagement; faculty recruitment, retention and development; research and knowledge creation systems; promotion of scholarship and building research capacities; developing international collaborations; benchmarking and assessments of institutions; and for providing institutional support on law, policy and regulations relating to higher education.About Queen Mary University of London Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is one of the UKs leading universities, and one of the largest institutions in the University of London, with 20,260 students from more than 150 countries.A member of the Russell Group, we work across the humanities and social sciences, medicine and dentistry, and science and engineering, with inspirational teaching directly informed by our research – in the most recent national assessment of the quality of research, we were placed ninth in the UK (REF 2014). (MORE) BUS TLS TLS