Friday, 31 January 2020
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New Delhi: Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present her second Union Budget Session 2020, she arrived at the ministry of finance with her team ahead of the union budget. Sitharaman again continues with ‘Bahi-Khata’ (ledger wrapped in a red-colored cloth). She had discarded the briefcase for a traditional ‘Bahi-Khata’ last year for her first budget presentation.
Budget 2020 LIVE UPDATES
# Printed copies of the Union Budget 2020-21
Delhi: The printed copies of the Union Budget 2020-21 have been brought to the Parliament pic.twitter.com/06Nb7Gl8Wn
— ANI (@ANI) February 1, 2020
# Copies of Budget 2020 have been brought to the Parliament. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the Budget in Lok Sabha at 11 AM today.
— ANI (@ANI) February 1, 2020
# Our effort has been to bring the best for people and country, says MoS Anurag Thakur ahead of Budget session
# Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and MoS Finance Anurag Thakur arrive at the Parliament, to attend Cabinet meeting; Presentation of Union Budget 2020-21 at 11 am
#WATCH Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and MoS Finance Anurag Thakur arrive at the Parliament, to attend Cabinet meeting; Presentation of Union Budget 2020-21 at 11 am pic.twitter.com/J217IqrVUr
— ANI (@ANI) February 1, 2020
# Union Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba arrives at the Parliament.
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# N Hiranandani,CMD,Hiranandani Group: I’ve never seen a liquidity crisis as bad as it is today. No matter how good the budget is if the oil in the mechanism of the economy is not working, the economy can’t move.If the oil comes back&we get boost of budget then we will see recovery
# Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to proceed to the Parliament House to attend the Cabinet meeting
#Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman calls on President Ram Nath Kovind before presenting the Union Budget 2020-21
# Sensex at 40,576, down by 140 points ; Nifty at 11,910, down by 126.50 points
# Ministry of Finance: The gross GST revenue collected in the month of January, 2020 is Rs 1,10,828 crores. The total number of GSTR 3B Returns filed for the month of December up to 31st January, 2020 is 83 lakh.
# Cabinet meeting to be held at 10:15 am today in the Parliament House, ahead of the presentation of Union Budget 2020-21.
# Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with the ‘Bahi-Khata
— ANI (@ANI) February 1, 2020
# She will present her second Budget today
— ANI (@ANI) February 1, 2020
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Washington D.C. [USA]: The Fast & Furious franchise just released the trailer of ‘F9’, the ninth installment of the long-running action movie series produced by Universal Studios.
The video begins with Dominic Toretto (played by Vin Diesel) and Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodrigues) living a seemingly happy and peaceful life on a farm, with Torreto’s young son named Brian.
Torreto has apparently renounced the drag strip and become a family man as he says: “now that I’m a father, I can’t live my life a quarter-mile at a time anymore.”
— Reel Anarchy (@ReelAnarchy) January 31, 2020
But the air of tranquility soon turns ominous as Letty gives Brian her necklace for “protection — from what’s coming.”
After the relative calmness and warmth, total chaos and mind-boggling stunts ensue in the subsequent scenes. Dominic, after all, is pushed back to his risky and adrenalin-fueled adventures, albeit, forced by circumstances.
Amid the rocket-powered cars (yes, you heard it right), gravity-defying stunts and exploding vehicles, Dominic says: “no matter how fast you are, no one outruns their past, and mine just caught up to me.”
The secrecy around the hugely anticipated addition of John Cena to the Fast family is finally put to an end, as he is shown as Dom’s arch-enemy and long lost brother.
He is described as “a master thief, assassin, high-performance driver.”
Han (played by Sung Kang) who died long ago in ‘Tokyo Drift’, to everyone’s surprise, comes back to life and once again joins the crew.
According to Variety, other Fast & Furious debutants include UFC heavy weight fighter Francis Ngannou and Michael Rooker. The movie also features the comeback of Jordana Brewster — as Dom’s sister Mia — who last appeared in ‘Furious 7’.
The Justin Lin directed movie is scheduled for release on May 22 in the United States. (ANI)
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New Delhi: For her second budget presentation, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday carried documents in a traditional ‘Bahi-Khata’ (ledger) wrapped in a red cloth, similar to what she carried last year.
Dressed in crisp yellow silk saree, accompanied by MoS Finance Anurag Thakur and other officials from her ministry, Sitharam will meet President Ram Nath Kovind before presenting the budget at 11 am today. The duration of the budget speech usually ranges from 90 to 120 minutes.
Last year, Sitharaman had ditched the long-standing tradition of carrying budget documents in a leather briefcase and went swadeshi with a ‘bahi-khata’.
Commenting on the shift from a briefcase to ‘bahi-khata’ during the 89th Union Budget, Chief Economic Advisor, Krishnamurthy Subramanian had told ANI in July last year, “The government is following Indian tradition and ‘bahi khata’ symbolises our departure from the slavery of Western thought.”
On being asked about the replacement of the briefcase, Subramanian had said, “It is not a Budget, but a Bahi-Khata (ledger).”
“Sitharaman believes that leather made products are not auspicious for the big occasion, so she avoided the leather bag and took the ‘bahi khata’ wrapped in the red cloth. This is considered to be auspicious,” he had said.
In July last year, Sitharaman had said that the Modi government is not a “suitcase-carrying government”, in an apparent jibe at the past dispensations.
Before Sitharaman, a long-standing tradition in connection with the budget presentation was broken during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government with the then Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha presenting the budget at 11 am rather than at the traditional time of 5 pm.
Since then all governments have been presenting the budget at 11 am. (ANI)
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New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday morning reached the Ministry of Finance in the North Block, ahead of the presentation of the Union Budget 2020-2021 in Parliament.
Sitharaman will present her second budget in the Parliament at 11 am today. Before presenting the budget, she will meet President Ram Nath Kovind.
The duration of the budget speech usually ranges from 90 to 120 minutes.
Dressed in a yellow silk saree, Sitharaman continued with the tradition she set last year carrying the bahi-khata, which she used ditching the briefcase. She was seen holding a red bahi khata.
On the first day of the budget session of the Parliament, Sitharaman on Friday tabled the pre-budget Economic Survey for 2019-20, which projected the state of the economy and outlined its challenges. The survey was released by Chief Economic Adviser Krishnamurthy Subramanian.
— ANI (@ANI) February 1, 2020
According to the economic survey 2020, which was tabled in the Parliament on Friday, India’s gross domestic product (GDP) is projected to grow at a rate of 6 to 6.5 per cent in the next financial year 2020-21.
Sitharaman had presented her maiden budget in July last year, shortly after the Narendra Modi government came back to power in the Centre in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. (ANI)
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New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will on Saturday present the budget of the second term of the Narendra Modi government.
This will also be the second budget for Sitharaman, who became the second woman finance minister after Indira Gandhi to do so in the history of independent India.
Sitharaman will present the full-year budget for the year ending March 2021.
Budget speech today
The Budget speech will begin at around 11 am today with Sitharaman beginning it with an address to the speaker of Lok Sabha. Usually, the duration of the presentation ranges from 90 to 120 minutes.
The Finance Minister on Friday tabled in Parliament the pre-Budget Economic Survey for 2019-20, which projected the state of the economy and outlined its challenges. The survey was released by Chief Economic Adviser Krishnamurthy Subramanian.
The Union Budget is the financial statement of the government, detailing its revenue and expenditure in the past, as well as estimated spending and projections for the coming year.
Sitharaman had presented her maiden budget in July last year, shortly after the BJP-led government came back to power in the Centre in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Till 2016, the Union Budget was presented on the last working day of February. Former finance minister Arun Jaitley had changed the tradition in 2017 when the Union Budget was presented on February 1. (ANI)
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Surat (Gujarat): A car caught fire after colliding with a pole in Gujarat’s Surat. Passers-by rushed to the spot and evacuated the people sitting inside the car.
The whole incident was recorded on CCTV camera. A man was seen narrowly escaping as the car lost balance and hit a few two-wheelers parked along the road, before bumping on the pole.
— ANI (@ANI) February 1, 2020
The incident took place on January 30.
More details are awaited. (ANI)
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New Delhi: The Air India special flight carrying 324 Indians from Wuhan, China landed in the national capital on Saturday.
The plane landed at 7:26 am at IGI-T3 airport after taking off from China earlier today.
The Boeing 747 Jumbo aircraft has brought 324 people, mostly students, who were stranded in the coronavirus-hit Chinese city. (ANI)
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Thursday, 30 January 2020
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Jawaani Jaaneman Movie Review: Saif Ali Khan Ages Like A Fine-Wine – The More He Acts, The Better He Gets
Jawaani Jaaneman Movie Review Rating: 3.5/5 Stars (Three and a half stars!)
Star Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Alaya F, Kubbra Sait, Kumud Mishra, Tabu, Chunky Pandey
Director: Nitin Kakkar
What’s Good: An actor who has refused to age, he’ll just stay here long enough to play himself in his biopic
What’s Bad: The process of shifting genre costs film the grip which was maintained since the start
Loo Break: Wouldn’t be ‘safe’ to do so! (Sorry, I had to do this!)
Watch or Not?: Probably one of the easiest movies to recommend in recent times
An uber-cool, carefree Jazz aka Jassi (Saif Ali Khan) is a real estate broker in London who’s all set to crack the biggest deal of his life. He’s a party animal who loves his freedom but is also crossing the age of 40. He meets a girl, Tia (Alaya F) in the club, brings her home, tries to get steamy with her until she drops the “you might be my father” bomb on him.
She statically explains to him how there’s a 33.33% chance that he’s her father. He’s not ready to sacrifice his freedom for her. The rest of the story is all about how Tia tries to stay close to Jazz and hope she gets her family together. On the other hand, we’ve Jazz who’s stuck in closing the deal & how it interconnects with Tia.
Jawaani Jaaneman Movie Review: Script Analysis
Apart from attention-absorbing script, it’s Saif Ali Khan’s presence that keeps you hooked. After your done being envious of how cool he looks, you’ll start laughing with him on his lame jokes. The script makes its way through comedy & drama balancing both of them equally. It’s an easy to watch, easy to recommend dramedy which is laced by some good performances.
There were times when the adult in me screamed for why the makers didn’t take a complete ‘A’ certificate route and made this into an A-rated affair. But then, the target audience. The pace dips in the second half when the drama takes over the driving seat. Jawaani Jaaneman holds an edge over Ajay Devgn’s De De Pyaar De which kind-of had a similar genre.
Jawaani Jaaneman Movie Review: Star Performance
Saif Ali Khan, without a single iota of doubt, is the best ageing Khan of Bollywood. There could’ve been no better actor than him to portray Jazz and he breathes in a whole of swag to the character. A tailor-made role for Saif flawlessly performed & intriguingly written.
Alaya is a charmer from the word goes. She has this unique aura around her because of which she doesn’t have to try hard to make people like her. She’s just there, doing her thing & the next moment, you’ll just relate to her. Yet again, an amazingly apt choice to cast for Tia.
Kubbra Sait adds value to the narrative with her performance. Even she’s in the ‘natural’ zone and her character graph fluctuates through the second half. Though Kumud Mishra gets some funny lines it’s the classic Mishra we’ve seen many-a-times now. Expected something new & meaty.
Tabu just plunders the space she’s in & enjoys a few of the best situational comedy scenes. Chunky Pandey shoots straight out of Housefull 4. He doesn’t even change the accent he carries from Aakhri Pasta.
Jawaani Jaaneman Movie Review: Direction, Music
Loved Nitin Kakkar’s utmost honest attempt with Notebook but Jawaani Jaaneman is a step up. Here, he gets to play around with the comicality around the drama. The dramatic portions stretch the already short pace (119 minutes) which makes you lose the grip on the film in between. Filmistaan, Notebook & now this – Nitin is mastering the skill of how to keep the cities as a different character in the film.
I went in with zero expectation with the songs and came out with at least two good songs. Yasser Desai’s Bandhu Tu Mera has a huge Tum Hi Ho Bandhu hangover and it might grow after this. I totally loved Harshdeep Kaur, Akhil Sachdeva’s Mere Baabula & it stayed with me even after the film.
Jawaani Jaaneman Movie Review: The Last Word
All said and done, Jawaani Jaaneman not only ensures making you laugh but also is backed by some heartwarming moments. An easy recommendation, go in without any expectation & you’ll like it more.
Three and a half stars!
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Wednesday, 29 January 2020
New Delhi: On the occasion of the 72nd death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and Martyrs’ Day on Thursday, a ‘Sarva Dharma Prarthana’ (inter-faith prayer) will be held at Gandhi Samadhi at Rajghat here.
Student unions and civil society groups have called for a demonstration against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act at Rajghat. Protestors will converge at Rajghat and form a human chain and later march towards other landmarks, including Shaheen Bagh and Khajuri Khas.
DCP Central Delhi stated that some organisations have applied for permission for the human chain in and around Rajghat. However, permission has been denied as this is not a traditional route for holding a protest march.
“Their permissions have been denied as it is not a traditional route, and informed to the organisers. Organisers have been requested to apply for designated places for such protests like Jantar Mantar, Ramlila ground etc,” read a post on the official Twitter handle of DCP Central Delhi.
Some organizations have applied for the permission for procession to form human chain in and around Rajghat. Their permissions have been denied as it is not traditional route and informed to the organisers.
— DCP Central Delhi (@DCPCentralDelhi) January 29, 2020
Earlier on Monday, Left groups announced they will form a human chain today at Rajghat to display ‘solidarity with the Constitution, democracy, and secularism’. The initiative will be conducted under the banner of ‘Jan Ekta Jan Adhikar Andolan’.
Protests have been going on in different parts of the country against the amended citizenship Act which grants citizenship to Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Parsi, Buddhist, and Christian refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh, who came to India on or before December 31, 2014.
On the occasion of Republic Day on January 26, Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan participated in a 620km long human chain organised by Left Democratic Front (LDF) in Kerala demanding withdrawal of CAA. He said that the law is a “threat to secularism of this country.”
In Kolkata people from diverse backgrounds formed a human chain that extended from Ramkrishna Mission at Golpark to Netaji Statue at Shyambazar in order to “salute, safeguard and uphold the Constitution of India” on the occasion of the Republic Day. (ANI)
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New Delhi: In a diplomatic win for India, there will be no voting in the European Parliament on the resolution on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) on Thursday, government sources told ANI.
A diplomatic victory for India
The voting in the Parliament was scheduled for Thursday on a five-page resolution. The resolution alleged that the CAA is not only “discriminatory” and “dangerously divisive” but also a “violation of India’s international obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights”.
“In a diplomatic victory for India, there will be no voting on the EU resolution on CAA tomorrow. Friends of India prevailed over friends of Pakistan in the European Parliament today,” government sources said.
A Pakistan-origin Member of European Parliament (MEP) Shaffaq Mohammed is reportedly behind the draft resolution against the CAA. The sources said that Mohammed’s efforts to get the resolution passed were “defeated”.
Government Sources: CAA is a matter internal to India and has been adopted through a due process through democratic means. We expect that our perspectives in this matter will be understood by all objective and fair-minded Members of the European Parliament. https://t.co/ThTDHNcNcV
— ANI (@ANI) January 29, 2020
CAA is a matter internal to India
“Strenuous efforts of outgoing British MEP Shaffaq Mohammed to get the resolution passed by the European Parliament against India on the penultimate day of Brexit was defeated,” the sources added.
“CAA is a matter internal to India and has been adopted through a due process through democratic means. We expect that our perspectives in this matter will be understood by all objective and fair-minded MEPs,” the sources added.
Although there has been no official reaction from the External Affairs Ministry on the resolutions, sources had earlier said that the CAA is an internal matter of India adopted through a democratic process after a public debate in both Houses of Parliament.
The sources had also called on those members of the European Parliament (MEPs), who intended to move the resolutions, to engage with the Indian government to get “full and accurate assessment of the facts before they proceed further”.
The amended Citizenship Act grants citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis, Buddhists and Christians fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh and who came to India on or before December 31, 2014. (ANI)
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Tuesday, 28 January 2020
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Kangana Ranaut’s latest release Panga is going good on Box Office and since the first day of its release there is continuous fall in the box office collection of Panga.
If you see the collection figures of Panga since day 1 it’s was not going up to the mark. On Friday the Panga first day Collection was just Rs. 2.70 Cr., Second day it was Rs. 5.61 Cr., third day was Rs. 6.60 Cr. And now on the 4th day it was just 1.65 Cr. In total Panga collected just Rs. 16.56 Cr. till Monday.
Trade analysts Taran Adarsh also twitted and shared the Box Office collection status, his tweet says “#Panga dips on Day 4… Was important to hold at Day 1 levels for a respectable Week 1 total… Unable to improve its BO prospects beyond select metros… Weak in mass circuits… Fri 2.70 cr, Sat 5.61 cr, Sun 6.60 cr, Mon 1.65 cr. Total: ₹ 16.56 cr. #India biz”
It seems that there will be no chance that Panga will do come back on the Office and this time Kangana fails to impress the audience. Day 5 of collection figures are yet to receive but as per yesterday’s occupancy report the collection will be the same and it going to fall again. We will update the exact figure in another post once the figures will come out.
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on Wednesday pronounce its order on a petition filed by Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder convict — Mukesh Kumar Singh — challenging the rejection of his mercy petition by President Ram Nath Kovind.
A three-judge bench of the apex court headed by Justice R Banumathi and also comprising Justice AS Bopanna and Justice Ashok Bhushan had heard the arguments in the matter on Tuesday and will pronounce its order at 10.30 am today.
Four people — Mukesh Kumar Singh, Pawan Kumar Gupta, Vinay Kumar Sharma, and Akshay Kumar Singh — are facing execution on February 1 in the matter.
Advocate Anjana Prakash, appearing on behalf of Mukesh, has alleged that her client was physically and sexually assaulted in Tihar jail and put under solitary confinement.
The counsel said that the “Presidential pardon is a Constitutional duty of great responsibility, which must be exercised keeping in mind greater good of the people”.
“Solitary confinement and procedural lapses are the grounds for considering this case … Undue delay in hearing the petition and the due and prescribed procedure was not followed in this case,” advocate Anjana told the court.
She said that the documents were placed before the President of India without application of mind.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing on behalf of the Delhi government, said that even death convicts have to be treated fairly under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution but opposed the plea of the death row convict.
He highlighted that the trial court, Delhi High court, and the Supreme Court had awarded and upheld the death penalty to the convicts in the case while considering their medical condition.
The 23-year-old paramedical student was brutally gang-raped in a moving bus on December 16, 2012, by six people including a juvenile in Delhi. One of the accused, out of five adult accused, Ram Singh had committed suicide in the Tihar jail during the trial of the case. (ANI)
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New Delhi: Following intermittent rains in parts of Delhi, the mercury dipped and air quality improved to ‘moderate’ category in the national capital on Wednesday.
Major pollutants PM 2.5 and PM 10 were recorded at 167 and 144 respectively, both in the ‘moderate’ category, in Lodhi Road area, according to the Air Quality Index (AQI) data.
Minimum temperature of 10.5-degree centigrade was recorded in the national capital, yesterday.
An AQI between 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 is satisfactory, 101-200moderate, 201-300 poor, 301-400 very poor and 401-500 is marked as severe/hazardous.
Scattered rains are also likely over Delhi and other parts of the country today.
“Rain and snow may continue in most parts of the Western Himalayas until the afternoon of January 29. A few heavy spells are also likely. Scattered rains are likely in Delhi. Kolkata, Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Bhubaneswar may receive moderate rains”, SkymetWeather tweeted.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department, rain continued to lash most parts of Delhi on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday.
“In Delhi, Safdarjung and Palam reported 8.0 & 3.0 mm rainfall respectively during 0830 hours IST of yesterday to 0530 hours IST of today”, IMD tweeted.
Meanwhile, Shimla was also covered in a blanket of snow after receiving fresh snowfall today. (ANI)
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Monday, 27 January 2020
Jaipur (Rajasthan): Actor Dia Mirza on Monday broke down during a panel discussion regarding climate change at the Jaipur Literature Festival here.
On being asked later about what made her emotional, Mirza said, “My day started really well yesterday (January 26)… At around 3 (early morning) this news alert came on my phone for a very big player, NBA player who I followed for a while.” She said referring to Kobe Bryant who died in a helicopter crash along with his daughter and seven others.
#WATCH Actor Dia Mirza breaks down while speaking at the ‘climate emergency’ session during Jaipur Literature Festival; she says, “Don’t hold back from being an empath”. (27.1.20) pic.twitter.com/fyAgH3giL9
— ANI (@ANI) January 28, 2020
“His chopper crashing in California disturbed me. It really upset me. There are different things that upset us on different days, but we take care of ourselves. I was overwhelmed because my blood pressure was low,” she added.
American basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year old daughter Gianna Maria Onore Bryant were among the nine people killed when a helicopter they were travelling in crashed amid foggy conditions and burst into flames in the hills above Calabasas.
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New Delhi: Former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif on Tuesday shared a throwback picture to celebrate 20 years of the U-19 World Cup triumph.
Kaif posted the photo on Twitter and captioned the post as: “Wow! Been 20 years to this day, when we won the Under-19 World Cup for the first time ever. Was a privilege and an honour to captain a wonderful side filled with many match-winners. Wishing the India Under-19 team all the very best to go all the way and defend their title”.
Wow! Been 20 years to this day, when we won the Under-19 World Cup for the first time ever.
Was a privilege and an honour to captain a wonderful side filled with many match-winners.
Wishing the India Under-19 team all the very best to go all the way and defend their title. pic.twitter.com/kSQ7rSLxj8
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 28, 2020
The 39-year-old had led the side to its first U-19 World Cup win on January 28, 2000.
India faced off against Sri Lanka in the finals of the tournament.
The Boys in Blue had bundled out Sri Lanka for just 178 runs. Jehan Mubarak top-scored for the Islanders with a knock of 58 runs while for India, Shalabh Srivastava scalped three wickets.
Chasing 179, India found itself 94/3 with Kaif being dismissed for just 18 runs while star batter Yuvraj Singh scored 27 runs.
In the end, Reetinder Sodhi and Niraj Patel took the time over the line by six wickets and 56 balls to spare.
Sodhi and Patel remained unbeaten on 39 and 34 respectively.
India is currently playing the U-19 World Cup with Priyam Garg leading the side.
The team will take on Australia in the quarter-finals later today. (ANI)
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Doctors at AIIMS in Jodhpur successfully separated conjoined twins in an operation that went for over four hours.
“The twins were joined together at the chest and stomach. Both of them weighed close to three kilograms together, which brings the weight of each of them to around a kilo and a half. The ideal time for such operations is three to six months,” HOD, AIIMS Dr Arvind Sinha told reporters on Monday.
“One of the kids, however, had heart, lungs and kidney complications and his chances of survival were really low,” he said.
“When such a situation arises, usually the life of the other child is also threatened. Therefore, we undertook the surgery, which went for over four hours and successfully separated the two on Sunday,” he further said.
Both the twins are on a ventilator and are under observation right now, according to the doctor.
Sinha also said that the treatment of the children was conducted free of cost as the family, coming from the lower strata of the society, was unable to pay for the same.
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New Delhi: The election officer has asked for a report after Union Minister Anurag Thakur was caught on camera at an election rally in Delhi on Monday encouraging the crowd to say “goli maaro” – or gun down traitors.
In a widely-shared video, the minister, who was campaigning for the BJP candidate in North West Delhi, can be seen and heard chanting “desh ke gaddaron ko”, to which the crowd enthusiastically replied “goli maaro sa***n ko”; the entire chant translates to “shoot down the traitors who betray the country”.
A defiant Mr Thakur later told reporters: “First watch the entire video… The mood of the people of Delhi should also be analysed.”
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Sunday, 26 January 2020
The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India has launched Ciaz S, the sports variant of its premium mid-sized sedan Ciaz, priced at ₹10.08 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
The company also said it has introduced BS 6 compliant Ciaz priced between ₹8.31 lakh and ₹11.09 lakh. This will be its 11th offering complying with the stricter emission norm, ahead of its implementation from April 1.
“With over 2.7 lakh happy customers and record 29 per cent market share in its segment, Ciaz is popular for its impactful exteriors, sophisticated interiors and strong performance. There was a latent need from our sedan loving customers for a Sporty version of Ciaz,” Maruti Suzuki India Executive Director (Marketing & Sales) Shashank Srivastava said in a statement.
Ciaz S fulfills that need and it adds a sporty quotient to the premium mid-size sedan, appealing to the customers desiring ‘the good life’, he added.
Ciaz S comes with signature dual-tone sporty exteriors and intense black accentuations on side and rear underbody spoilers, trunk lid spoiler, ORVM cover, and front fog lamp garnish, the company said. It also has multi-spoke 16-inch alloy wheels in the coordinated dark finish.
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The government has invited an Expression of Interest (EoI) from potential investors for buying 100 percent of Air India and its stake in two subsidiaries, significantly relaxing bidding norms in terms of debt and eligibility, in its latest attempt to privatise the debt-laden state-run airline.
The deadline for submission of EoI for 100 percent divestment in Air India and the airline’s stake in low-cost unit Air India Express and airport services company AISATS is March 17, according to a preliminary information memorandum issued on Monday.
Air India disinvestment: The Government of India (GOI) has set 17th March as deadline for submitting Expression of Interest https://t.co/iwrMT9FRWA
— ANI (@ANI) January 27, 2020
Air India Express is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air India. The airline owns 50 percent of AISATS. Individuals and consortia can bid for the airline.
The government has struggled at least twice in the past two years to privatise loss-making Air India due to a lack of interest from bidders. One reason for the failure was that the government was unwilling to fully exit the airline, looking to sell only 76 percent stake.
The huge debts and bloated workforce too have proved to unattractive for potential bidders.
Now, the government has relaxed bidding norms to coax investors to buy the airline.
The bidding consortia will be saddled with only Rs 23,286 crore of the total Rs 60,000-crore debt of Air India. As for eligibility, the lead member of a consortium can have 26 percent shareholding. The earlier criterion set a holding of 51 percent in a consortium.
The minimum shareholding in a consortium has also been eased to 10 percent, potentially enabling more entities to bid as part of a consortium. The net worth for eligible bidders has been relaxed to Rs 3,500 crore from Rs 5,000 crore.
The government has been pumping money and hived off some debt to keep the airline aloft and ready for sale.
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Prepare ‘National Register of Educated Unemployed Indian Citizens’ instead of NRC: Digvijaya suggests PM Modi
New Delhi: Taking a dig at the Central government over the current unemployment rate in the country, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Monday suggested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to prepare a ‘National Register of Educated Unemployed Indian Citizens’ instead of National Register of Citizens (NRC).
While the Congress leader termed the National Register of Educated Unemployed Indian Citizens a ‘unifying agenda’, he calls NRC a ‘divisive agenda’.”I have a very positive suggestion for our PM. Instead of NRC which has led to Social Unrest throughout the Country, he should prepare a “National Register of Educated Unemployed Indian Citizens”. But he won’t as it won’t be a Divisive Agenda! It would be a Unifying Agenda!!” Singh tweeted.
I have a very positive suggestion for our PM. Instead of NRC which has led to Social Unrest throughout the Country he should prepare a “National Register of Educated Unemployed Indian Citizens”. But he won’t as it won’t be a Divisive Agenda! It would be a Unifying Agenda!!
— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) January 27, 2020
Congress has been targeting the Centre over unemployment, economic slowdown, Citizenship Amendment Act, National Population Register and NRC. The NRC is a citizen register, in which names of every citizen of India is recorded. As per The Citizenship Act, 1955, the creation of NRC is mandatory.
The NRC, which has been developed with the aim of segregating Indian citizens from illegal migrants, was implemented in Assam. Recently, the final list of NRC for Assam was published in which 19,06,657 persons were excluded including those who did not submit their claims. A majority of those excluded from the final NRC list are Hindus. (ANI)
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