Save Bihar from BJP: RJD to Nitish

first_imgLeader of the Opposition in the Bihar Assembly Tejashwi Yadav wrote an open letter to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday, requesting him to “save Bihar from the communal agenda of the BJP”. “The whole country knows that you can go to any extent and do anything for power, but I request you with folded hands to rise above politics in the interest of the people of the State and save Bihar from BJP’s communal agenda,” he wrote in the letter.Meanwhile, State RJD leaders continued to demand action against Union Ministers Giriraj Singh and Ashwani Choubey for “fomenting communal strife” in Bihar. “We demand that the Nitish government should not allow these two leaders to enter Bihar,” said party leader Bhai Birendra. “Giriraj Singh has not challenged us, but Nitish Kumar should take action against them,” said RJD vice-president Rabri Devi.last_img read more

Walmart to Buy 77% Stake in Flipkart for $16 Billion

first_imgAmerican brick-and-mortar retail firm Walmart Inc will pay approximately $16 billion for an initial stake of approximately 77 per cent in Flipkart Private Limited, which includes Myntra, Jabong and PhonePe, the United States-based company announced on May 9. The remainder of the business will be held by some of Flipkart’s existing shareholders, including Flipkart co-founder Binny Bansal, Tencent Holdings Limited, Tiger Global Management LLC and Microsoft Corp.Flipkart intends to transition into a publicly-listed, majority-owned subsidiary in the future, Walmart said in a statement, confirming the exit of Sachin Bansal, the co-founder of Flipkart, and SoftBank Group. The deal is subject to regulatory approval in India.“India is one of the most attractive retail markets in the world, given its size and growth rate, and our investment is an opportunity to partner with the company that is leading transformation of eCommerce in the market,” Doug McMillon, Walmart’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.“This investment is of immense importance for India and will help fuel our ambition to deepen our connection with buyers and sellers and to create the next wave of retail in India,” Binny Bansal, Flipkart’s co-founder and group chief executive officer, said. Sachin and Binny Bansal owned a little more than 5 per cent each in Flipkart, which was founded in 2007, according to business intelligence platform Paper.vc.The deal between Walmart Inc and Flipkart was earlier confirmed by SoftBank Group chief executive Masayoshi Son on May 9. Son announced the deal hours before Walmart could make the announcement about their biggest acquisition so far.“I think we announced it last night,” Son said, during an investor call, Bloomberg had reported earlier. “If not, well then that means I’m just spouting this out. In any case, it’s been decided.”Later during the announcement, Son said, “Oh, I see here that the Flipkart-Walmart deal isn’t fully confirmed at this point in time.” He then added, “Yabai desune,” which roughly translates from Japanese to “Oops” or “That’s not good,” the report added.“What should I do?” he said. “Well, I said it. I can’t take it back. So that’s it.”Son told investors that SoftBank, through its Vision Fund, had invested $2.5 billion in Flipkart and that the stake will be worth $4 billion in the deal, according to the report.Earlier reports had said that SoftBank would completely sell its 20 per cent stake in Flipkart to Walmart.Google parent Alphabet Inc, which was also expected to be a partner in the deal after acquiring 15 per cent stake for about $3 billion, was not mentioned by Walmart in its statement.Flipkart chief operating officer Binny Bansal had conducted a meeting with the firm’s top leadership at its Bengaluru headquarters on May 7, according to Reuters. The report also said that while Sachin Bansal would exit after the Walmart deal is sealed, chief executive officer Kalyan Krishnamurthy will remain with the firm.American e-commerce firm Amazon was also reported to made an offer to buy 60 per cent of Flipkart earlier this month. Related ItemsFlipkartSoftbankWalmartlast_img read more

Thakur sees opportunity in Lodha recommendations challenge

first_imgMumbai, May 22 (PTI) Newly-elected President Anurag Thakur today vowed to carry on the reforms process in the BCCI, insisting that the Board would not run away from implementing the “practical” recommendations of the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee. Addressing the media after taking over unopposed as the BCCI President, Thakur faced a barrage of queries on the recommendations which have been resisted by the Board so far. The 41-year-old, who is the second youngest BCCI President, said he is prepared to confront the situation head on. “Where there is a challenge, there is an opportunity, it all depends on ones perspective. I see an opportunity that this is the time to deliver,” asserted Thakur when asked whether he is prepared for the turbulent times ahead given the sweeping reforms recommended by the apex courts panel. “We are not running away from Lodha committee recommendations but we are in favour of using recommendations which are practical. We have already done reforms much before Lodha Committee recommendations. We understand our responsibility towards the most popular sport in the country,” he said. Yesterday, his predecessor and ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar had stated that the Indian Board had already implemented 75 per cent of the Lodha panels recommendations for sweeping reforms but had reservations on a few which, he felt, were not good for the game. Thakur echoed the sentiment and insisted that the BCCI has always run as a professional body even though no institution can claim to be perfectly run. “I am grateful to Mr Manohar for expressing his views. He is a seasoned administrator. He has also expressed that how 100 per cent implementation of recommendations wont be feasible. “The world knows how effectively run our Board is. We have tried to mend our ways. There are always areas to improve,” he said. More PTI SSR PM MRM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Indias admission into NSG may figure in China-US talks

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, Jun 5 (PTI) Amid deepening divisions over the disputed South China Sea, China and US will hold their high level annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue here tomorrow during which a host of issues including differences over Indias entry into the NSG are expected to be discussed.Billed as the most comprehensive dialogue between the worlds two largest economies, it will be attended by top officials from both sides, including US Secretary of State John Kerry.While South China Sea (SCS) issue which has now become a major flash point between the two countries is expected to dominate the two-day talks, a host of other issues including Taiwan, Tibet and Indias inclusion in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) are also expected to figure.While the US has expressed its firm backing to Indias inclusion into the 48-member nuclear club building on the India-US nuclear accord, China has been insisting that there should be consensus among the members about inclusion of countries who have not signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty.India has not signed the NPT on the ground that it is discriminatory.Officials here are hopeful of a solution as China-US dialogue is taking place ahead of two of NSGs key plenary meetings on June 9 in Vienna and June 24 in Seoul during which the issue is expected to come up.As India pressed its case, Pakistan too has applied amid reports that China is trying to push the case of its all-weather ally.India itself has taken up this issue with top Chinese leadership as part of high profile diplomacy, specially during last months President Pranab Mukherjees visit here.advertisementHowever, China last night said that differences still prevailed among the NSG members about non-NPT members.”Discussion within the NSG is still going on about the accession of non-NPT countries, and NSG members remain divided on this issue,” Chinese Foreign Ministry told PTI.Still sticking to its stand that that new members should sign the NPT, the Ministry said “the NSG is part and parcel of the international non-proliferation regime”.About the Pakistan application which China is reportedly backing, the Ministry said “China has noted Pakistans official application for NSG membership. Pakistan is not a party state to the NPT.”Ahead of the US-China dialogue, Chinese officials said besides the SCS,China will bring up topics related to its major concerns, including the Taiwan question, Tibet and maritime security.The two countries have differing pursuits on major issues at the strategic level.However, the two still have many common interests, official media here quoted Chinese officials as saying. PTI KJV MRJ AKJ MRJlast_img read more

Goa launches monsoon tourism to attract visitors

first_imgPanaji, Jun 9 (PTI) With the onset of the monsoon making it dangerous to venture into the sea, the Goa tourism department has launched activities which provide much more fun than being on the beaches for the travellers.The department is all set to provide alternative activities to the visitors during this monsoon, like Sao Joao, an activity of jumping in the water, playing in the mud and trekking through the Western Ghats.”The rainy season in Goa is a magical experience. The rivers joyfully overflow with their rushing streams, the trees dance to the tune of the winds, the mountains and the fields get covered with a verdant green carpet ready to welcome to a land of eternal beauty,” Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) General Manager Gavin Dias said.As per figures of the state tourism department, there was a 22 per cent surge in tourist arrivals in Goa between June and September 2015 compared to the year earlier.The year-on-year growth was 55 per cent in2016, Dias said.A senior tourism department official said Goas traditional reputation as tourist destination for just half of the year has now been changed and there are activities for the visitors on all the 365 days. ???The department promotes the state as a monsoon tourism destination considering Goas weather, lush greenery, waterfalls, festivals and other activities.”Today, tourists think of Goa during the monsoon as it offers a different kind of adventure which is unique at this time of the year,” the official said.In one of the most recent activities, the department has launched trekking expeditions from June to September.advertisement”These expeditions give the tourists an experience of the hinterlands, water bodies, lakes, waterfalls, wildlife sanctuaries and eateries specialised in serving monsoon delicacies,” the official said.The department is also offering adventure sports like white water rafting at Mahadeyi river in Sattari taluka, he said.Some unique events like Sao Joao, Chikalkalo (playing in mud), Patoleanchem fest (of sweets), Touxachem feast (the annual cucumber festival), Konsachem fest to celebrate harvesting, Sangodd (boat in the water) and Bonderam, the traditional float parade at Divar island), are also held in Goa during the monsoon, he said.”Thousands of tourists come to witness these festivities,” he added. PTI RPS GK SRElast_img read more

Banega: Sevilla win was not about revenge

first_imgSevilla Ever Banega: Sevilla win was not about revenge Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 10:41 11/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) EverBanega - cropped Getty Images Sevilla Sevilla v Spartak Moskva Spartak Moskva UEFA Champions League His club may have beaten the Spartak Moscow side that claimed a 5-1 triumph a fortnight earlier, but the midfielder says it wasn’t about revenge Ever Banega insisted Sevilla’s 2-1 win against Spartak Moscow was not a revenge mission, although he hailed his side’s character in bouncing back from a thrashing in Russia.Spartak had won the reverse Champions League fixture 5-1 two weeks earlier, stunning a Sevilla outfit that had chances to take all three points away from home.Sevilla +2 11/8 v Barcelona Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Banega and his team-mates were back on form in Group E on Wednesday, with the Argentina international creating the first goal for Clement Lenglet and adding the second himself.And he was pleased with the way Sevilla conducted themselves, even if he was not interested in avenging their shock defeat.”This wasn’t about revenge, this was about the three points,” he said.”We tried to control the game at all moments, but what was most impressive about our performance is that it demonstrated the personality of the squad. We never lost our cool and we reacted well.”90+5′ | FULL-TIME!!! #SevillaFC hang on to three vital points!#SevillaFC 2-1 @fcsm_official #vamosmisevilla #UCL pic.twitter.com/xLEy98DGug— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) November 1, 2017The impressive Lenglet added: “We played well for 70 minutes, really good football, but we didn’t tuck away a chance for 3-0.”They scored and by the end it wasn’t as straightforward as it might have been.”last_img read more

Disappointed Federation hopes to talk India out of 2022 Commonwealth Games boycott

first_img Reuters New DelhiJuly 29, 2019UPDATED: July 29, 2019 16:33 IST Shooting has been excluded from the 2022 CWG Games. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia had threatened to boycott the 2022 CWG after shooting was excluded from the eventCommonwealth Games Federation would meet Indian officials to try and resolve the conflictIOA chief Narinder Batra had earlier said India have the option to pull lout of the GamesThe Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) will meet Indian officials to try and talk them out of their plans to boycott the 2022 Birmingham Games over shooting’s absence in the programme, the governing body has said.The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra wrote to sports minister Kiren Rijiju this week, seeking a meeting to explain the proposed boycott.The IOA have decided to boycott the CGF General Assembly in Rwanda, also withdrawing candidatures of two of its officials from the September elections there.The CGF said it was naturally disappointed that India had chosen not to join the assembly.”We absolutely want India to participate wholeheartedly in Birmingham 2022 and look forward to meeting our colleagues in India over the coming months to discuss their concerns and future ambitions”, a spokesperson said.Indian shooters accounted for 16 of their 66 medals, including seven golds, at last year’s Gold Coast Games where they finished third in the medals table.In absence of shooting, which is an optional sport for host cities, India could slip to anywhere between fifth and eighth place in 2022, according to IOA estimates.Shooting federations, including the sport’s global governing body, wanted four disciplines in a single Bisley-based venue in Surrey and turned down the offer to have fewer disciplines in one Birmingham venue.Ian Reid, Chief Executive Officer of Birmingham 2022, hoped CGF would be able to convince India to participate in the Games.”As the organisers of the Games we do, of course, want every nation and territory eligible to compete to take part in our event,” he said.advertisement”We know that the Commonwealth Games Federation is hoping to meet with the IOA soon, to discuss their concerns and we hope that this meeting goes well.”While a number of Indian sports federations have backed the IOA’s proposed boycott of the Games and the CGF General Assembly, the country’s only Olympic gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra questioned such moves.”Boycotts don’t win you influence. They just make you irrelevant and punish other athletes, the 36-year-old, who won the 10 metre air rifle gold in the 2008 Beijing Olympics,” wrote on Twitter.”Would be far better if IOA did a campaign to load the CWG committees with their people and allies and push for the inclusion of shooting onto the core list of sports for the future.”Also Read | IOA chief Narinder Batra reveals boycotting 2022 Commonwealth Games is an optionAlso Read | Boycotts don’t win you influence: Abhinav Bindra on IOA pulling out of CWG 2022Also SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Commonwealth GameFollow CWG Federation Disappointed Federation hopes to talk India out of 2022 Commonwealth Games boycottAfter shooting was excluded from the 2022 CWG, India threatened to boycott the Birmingham Games. However, the CWG Federation will meet the Indian officials to resolve the issue.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

SGO to Search for Unexploded Ordnance on Sunken Iraqi …

first_img Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom Sterling Global Operations (SGO) has been chosen to provide surface – supplied divers for unexploded ordnance search and removal and salvage operations for the sunken 82,000-ton VLCC (Very Large Crude Carrier) Amuriyah, an Iraqi tanker sunk near Bubiyan Island off the coast of Kuwait in Jan. 1991 during Operation Desert Storm.Special Diving Services (SDS) Holland hired SGO for this project.“For years SGO has conducted major demining and unexploded ordnance clearance projects in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries around the world,” said Matt Hulsey, SGO vice president of programs. “Now we’re doing this important work under the sea, an example of SGO’s versatility and ability.”Surface-supplied diving means air or breathing gas supplied via an umbilical from a surface vessel.The VLCC Amuriyah wreck, at an average depth of 33 meters, must be removed because it’s within the tanker turning circle of a future Single Mooring Point (SMP-5) at Iraq’s Al Basrah Oil Terminal, through which 97 percent of Iraq’s crude oil is shipped. The sunken vessel is blocking construction of a vital mooring point for the export of crude oil from SMP-5.Oil sales make up 95 percent of Iraqi government revenues, so anything – such as a sunken ship – that blocks additional oil exports must be removed.“Our employees will work under the supervision of SDS Holland to ensure that no unexploded ordnance remains on the ship or in the close proximity of the mooring point,” Hulsey said. “SDS Holland is known worldwide for its experience and capabilities. We’re delighted the company chose SGO to execute this project.”An on-site ship inspection by survey equipment and divers will assess the wreck’s position and condition. This will include the search and mitigation of any unexploded ordnance that may be within the ship.After the VLCC Amuriyah and surrounding area is cleared, plans are to raise and float the wreck, which is in two sections, away from the area. The ship will be salvaged.The entire project, from survey to re-floating, is expected to take 12 – 18 months. SGO, March 13, 2014 My locationlast_img read more

Pramila Jayapal 1st S Asian American woman to preside over US House

first_imgWashington DC: Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal held the Speaker’s gavel on Tuesday, becoming the first South Asian American woman to preside over the US House of Representatives. Jayapal, 53, a Democrat from Washington DC, took to Twitter to share a clip of Tuesday’s session where she was seen presiding over the House as a temporary speaker. In the text that accompanied the clip, Jayapal, who was first elected in 2016, wrote, “Today, I became the first South Asian American woman to preside over the US House of Representatives. Beyond proud to serve in the most diverse Congress in our nation’s history and to hold the gavel today.” The 116th Congress broke records with women and lawmakers crossing racial and religious barriers, including an all time high for Asian American lawmakers. A record number of 17 Asian Americans serve in Congress, with 14 in the House and three in the Senate.last_img read more

2017 Los Angeles Mission Gala To Honor Catherine ZetaJones

first_imgThe Los Angeles Mission has announced that its 7th Annual Legacy of Vision Gala will honor multiple award-winning actress Catherine Zeta Jones.Jones will be honored with Anne Douglas’s namesake Award at the November 9th gala.Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio will receive the Legacy of Vision Award at the Mission’s gala. He is the owner of the popular new restaurant ink.well.The gala event will be hosted by Michaela Pereira, Anchor and host of the daily program “Michaela” on HLN. Music will be provided by country music star Adam Craig.The Anne Douglas Award is given each year to the person who has made significant contributions to the community. The award is named for Mrs. Douglas, the benefactor of the Los Angeles Mission’s Anne Douglas Center for Women and the wife of actor Kirk Douglas.The event is scheduled to take place at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Information and tickets are available by calling the Mission at 213-629-1227, ext. 325.Sponsors for the event included the Johnny Carson Foundation, the Goldwin Foundation, American Airlines, City National Bank, Go Country 105, the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities, Resource One and Shapiro West Productions.For more than 80 years, the Los Angeles Mission has served homeless and hurting men and women of downtown Los Angeles, providing emergency services such as shelter, food and clothing. In addition, the Los Angeles Mission also offers long-term residential rehabilitation programs, including education, job training, transitional housing and counseling.Go to www.losangelesmission.org for more information about the Los Angeles Mission.Find tickets here.last_img read more