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Man, daughter die due to thunderstorm in Rajouri

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Jammu, Jun 7 -A man and his daughter today died of thunderstorm in a remote area of Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir. “A man identified as Muneer Hussain (40) and his daughter Shaheen Akhtar (7) died, when they got trapped in a thunderstorm at Gabar Dhok of Budhal tehsil in Rajouri,” police here said. They said the last night thunderstorm and rains created havoc across the district. “The bodies have been handed over to the family for last rites after legal formalities,” police added. Meanwhile in Jammu, power supply got snapped in major parts, while roads also got blocked due to uprooted trees. Besides, 12 sheep were also killed in the thunderstorm. “Men of PDD wing are on job to restore electricity in the affected areas, while roads are also being cleared,” they said.

India vows to conquer Cannes in future

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Cannes, May 19 – The Indian pavilion has opened at the 70th Cannes film festival with a call to repeat ‘Baahubali-like successes” for influencing selection of more movies from the country in the future. “Indian films need to make a bigger impact in Cannes and we need to make an effort to achieve it,” said India’s Ambassador to France, Mohan Kumar. Speaking at the inaugural function of the India pavilion at the Cannes film market yesterday, Mr Kumar said it was unfortunate that Indian films are missing in the official selection of the Cannes festival year. “Cannes may be missing a trick or two by ignoring Indian cinema,” Mr Kumar said, referring to the absence of films from the world’s largest film producing nation at the influential film festival. This year, there are no Indian films in any of the sections of the Cannes festival, including the competition category for the event’s top prize, the Palme d’Or. The parallel sections – The Critics’ Week and the Directors Fortnight – also don’t have any films from India this year. “We need a better dialogue between Indian and Cannes to ensure the presence of movies from our country here in the coming years,” the Ambassador said. Praising the record-breaking run of blockbuster ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’ in theatres worldwide, Mr Kumar said there was more success to be gained from the overseas market with strong presence of Indian community. The Indian cinema has shown to the world what its industry is capable of, Mr Kumar said while calling for more such successes in the future to influence the return of Indian films to the Cannes festival in the coming editions. “Not selecting films from India is not a smart move by the Cannes festival,” Mr Kumar said. Also present on the occasion were Information and Broadcasting Ministry’s Joint Secretary (Films), Ashok Kumar Parmar, and International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa, Festival Director, C Senthil Rajan. Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, who was scheduled to inaugurate the Indian pavilion at eh Cannes film market, had earlier cancelled his visit to the French Riviera town. Col. Rathore had inaugurated the India pavilion at the festival last year. The Indian film industry later displayed a stronger presence in the Cannes film market, which opened yesterday, a day after the inauguration of the Cannes film festival. Among those representing the country’s cinema in the Cannes film market were Oscar-winning music director A R Rahman, actor Shruti Haasan and US-based Indian producer and former tennis star Ashok Amritaraj. Shruti Haasan will play the lead role in the upcoming mega budget Tamil-Telugu bilingual film ‘Sanghamithra’, which has Rahman as the music director. The film, based on the life of Emperor Ashoka’s eldest daughter, Sanghamithra, will be directed by Tamil filmmaker C Sundar. The producers of ‘Sanghamithra’, who were present on the opening day of the Cannes film market yesterday, have claimed that the movie would have a higher budget than ‘Baahubali’. The two ‘Baahubali’ films were made with a budget of about Rs 250 crore while the ‘Sanghamithra’ budget is expected to be about Rs 350 crore

PM Modi lashes out at Opposition parties for stalling OBC panel Bill in Rajya Sabha

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New Delhi, Apr 12 -Prime Minister Narendra Modi today blasted the Opposition parties for stalling the passage of the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes Bill in the Rajya Sabha and urged the BJP lawmakers to impress upon the Opposition MPs to understand the gravity of such legislation. Addressing a group of OBC MPs of the saffron outfit, who called on him here to thank and compliment the Prime Minister for steering such a move to constitutional status to the new Commission for OBC communities, Mr Modi expressed surprise why such a strategy was adopted in the Upper House. According to BJP sources, the Prime Minister said he failed to understand why the Constitutional Amendment Bill was stalled in the Rajya Sabha when there have been persistent demand for the same as well as recommendations of various parliamentary committees. “Moreover, the Prime Minister said several OBC Members of Parliament have met him and urged him to bring this Constitutional Amendment,” the source said. Mr Modi also said “Such negative approach used by Opposition parties to deny the OBC people their rights is regrettable”, the source said adding the BJP MPs should try to impress upon the lawmakers from Opposition parties on the importance of such legislation. On April 10, the Lok Sabha had passed the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Third Amendment) Bill, 2017 that would seek to establish a new National Commission for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes. However, the Bill has been referred to the Select Committee by the Rajya Sabha. Among others the delegation comprised Union Ministers Uma Bharti, Thawar Chand Gehlot, Bandaru Dattatreya and Hansraj Gangaram Ahir. The delegation also comprised MPs like – Hukmdev Narayan Yadav, Satya Pal Singh, Pralhad Singh Patel and Hukum Singh. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said at a press conference that the Opposition parties will have to “answer to the people” for stalling the Bill. ’ Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the opposition to the Bill in the Rajya Sabha was for the “political reasons and not on merit”. The Opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha have maintained that the provisions of the Bill may reduce the State Governments’ role in finalising the list of castes to be included in the OBC category.

Kingfisher Villa finally sold, businessman Sachiin Joshi picks up Vijya Mallya’s erstwhile party pad

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The  State Bank of India-led group of lenders has finally managed to sell the Kingfisher Villa to a film production company owned by Sachin joshi.

The Goa property  which was once owned by shamed businessman Vijay Mallya had been taken over by lenders after he failed to repay the loans he took for the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines.

Joshi paid slightly more than the property’s previous reserve price of Rs 73 crore and that SBI chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya had confirmed the sale took place.

The prime property is located in Goa’s Candolim and had become legendary for the parties that the high-flying Mallya threw at the villa.

Three previous attempts to auction off the property at Rs 85.29 crore, then Rs 81 crore and finally Rs 73 crore previously failed.

The last attempt to sell the property was on March 6.

Mallya owes over Rs 9000 crore to lenders and has been declared as wilful defaulter after Kingfisher Airlines was grounded in 2012. 

WhatsApp to launch peer to peer payments in India: Report

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Facebook owned instant messaging app WhatsApp is likely to launch peer-to-peer payments in India in the next six months, according to a new report.

The company is also hiring a head of digital transactions with expertise in UPI (Unified Payments Interface), Aadhaar (India’s biometric identity system) and BHIM, the payments app launched by a consortium of major Indian banks. This was first reported by The Ken in a well researched story (behind paywall). In an interview to Times of india in February, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton had said that the company may enter digital payments and that it is in ‘early stages’ of investigating the segment.

WhatsApp has over 200 million users in the country and is by far the most popular messaging service in India. It is already being used in a big way by small and individuals business owners to talk to their customers. In rural Uttar Pradesh, for instance, there’s even a WhatsApp based news service with over 8000 paid subscribers (Rs 100/year) run by a journalist.

Over the last few months, India’s digital payments scene has exploded. Total value of digital transactions have grown year on year, according to this Mint report based on data from India’s central bank. The government in November last year, moved to demonetise currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 to curb black money. This created a shortage of cash in the market and forced many users to hop onto the digital payments bandwagon.

India has also built out the Unified Payments Interface– a sort of plumbing between banking systems– on top of which many payments apps can be built. Apps built on UPI can seamlessly transact between accounts. BHIM, for instance, launched by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December 2016 is one such app. In February, Finance minister Arun Jaitley said that nearly 12.5 million people have downloaded the BHIM app.

Most banks and private wallet operators like PhonePe and Paytm also support UPI based payments now.

Calcutta HC orders CBI inquiry into Narada case

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Kolkata, Mar 17 :A two-judge bench of Calcutta High Court today ordered a CBI inquiry into allegations of bribery against senior state politicians and ministers unearthed in a purported sting operation run by
Acting chief justice Nishita Mahtre and justice T Chakraborty asked the CBI to conduct a preliminary inquiry in 72 hours and then file an FIR if the probe warrants it.
The bench handed over the probe to the central agency as a senior police officer was implicated in the scam.
The bench also observed the state police has been a puppet of the Trinamool-run government of the state.

Fresh avalanches in Jammu & Kashmir, toll over 20

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Jammu, Jan 27: Several avalanches and landslides hit the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway today even as the death toll in the series of snow slides that have hit Jammu and Kashmir crossed 20 with the recovery of the bodies of four soldiers. The fresh avalanche in Banihal disrupted the work of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) that is busy clearing blockades due to (Contd. on P 11)

Air traffic resumes from Srinagar airport after 3 days

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Srinagar, Jan 27 :-  Air traffic from Srinagar International Airport finally resumed following improvement in the weather this afternoon.

“Air traffic has now been resumed as the Sun made an appearance this afternoon, leading to major improvement in the visibility,” an official of airport said.

He said so far, three flights have been operated from the airport.

However, morning flights, which could not operate due to poor visibility at the Airport, have not been cancelled.

These flights would also operate in addition to other scheduled flight, he added.


Vijay Mallya case: IDBI chairman, 7 others arrested by CBI.

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 Mumbai,24th Jan:The CBI arrested 8 people including the former chairman and three staffers of IDBI Bank Ltd, and four Kingfisher airlines executives in a money laundering case connected to Vijay Mallya. Apart from former IDBI Bank chairman Yogesh Aggarwal, A Raghunathan, the CFO of Kingfisher Airlines has also been arrested. UB group spokespersons stated that they are “fully co-operating” with authorities.

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