24 Jul

Acid attack survivor Monica Singh to study at her dream New York fashion designing institute

New Delhi: The story of 28-year-old Monica Singh is very inspiring. Monica is an acid attack survivor who has undergone 43 surgeries and now has a chance to study at her dream fashion designing institute in New York. About a decade ago, a man threw acid on Monica when she turned down his marriage proposal. This incident changed Monica’s life forever.

To help her fulfill this dream prominent fashion designers Shantanu and Nikhil have come forward and pledged 2000 dollars. She needs a total of 50,000 dollars to fund her fees at New York’s Parsons New School for Design. Saahil Menghani tells us how this optimistic brave heart has now taken her fight online and how one can help her achieve her dream. The donations follow a special CNN-IBN initiative to help Monica. The brave heart calls her scars beautiful. “I am speechless. I don’t know how to react. I don’t know what to say. This is a big opportunity that I am standing with my favourite designer duo, to be very honest,”said Monica bubbling with energy. She considers herself to be a survivor and not a victim.

Designer Shantanu said that he could see an inspiration in Monica when he first saw her. He felt that she had a sense of energy which was extremely positive. “This country needs that when you talking about your own future. When you talk about life you need to be positive with whatever you go through. she has that spark in her,”said Shantanu who helped Monica achieve her dream. Designers Shantanu and Nikhil have not only guided Monica but have also supported her in her tuition fees. Monica says that she cannot thank CNN-IBN enough for this generous initiative.

Monica is all ready to start her new journey. She wants her mentors to guide her at every step. Monica dreams to become like these designers one day. Anyone who wants to help Monica can go to the website makelovenotscars.org. Any little initiative can help changing Monica’s life forever.

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24 Jul

IT giant TCS crosses Rs 5 lakh crore market cap; first by an Indian company

Mumbai: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), the country’s largest software services exporter, on Wednesday attained a market valuation of over Rs 5 lakh crore, becoming the first company in Indian markets to achieve this milestone.

At the end of of Wednesday’s trade, the market capitalisation (m-cap) of TCS soared to Rs 5,06,703.34 crore, the highest for the company since its listing in 2004.

Shares of the IT bellwether ended the day at Rs 2,586.90, up 2.21 per cent on the BSE. In intra-day, it gained 2.52 per cent to Rs 2,595 — its 52-week high.

In dollar terms, TCS’ market valuation rose to US $84 billion.

Interestingly, TCS’s current market capitalisation is higher than the combined valuation of other big IT players such as Infosys (Rs 1,92,196.84 crore), HCL Technologies (Rs 1,07,880.18 crore), Wipro (Rs 1,40,474.31 crore) and Tech Mahindra (Rs 50,374.76 crore).

TCS’s stock has been in strong position, rallying more than 8 per cent in five consecutive sessions from last Thursday, after the company posted a 45 per cent jump in June quarter net profit.

TCS is also currently the country’s most valued company in terms of market valuation.

The IT major is followed by state-run ONGC whose m-cap stood at Rs 3,46,582.90 crore, Reliance Industries Rs 3,34,054.95 crore, ITC (Rs 2,80,454.65 crore) and Coal India (Rs 2,42,579.97 crore).

The combined market capitalisation of as many as 16 listed Tata group firms stands at Rs 3,06,338.63 crore.

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24 Jul

Is Mahendra Singh Dhoni planning to quit Test cricket?

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Amid the euphoria of India’s elusive win at Lord’s in the second Test against England, a statement from skipper MS Dhoni got lost under a stockpile of statistics and Ishant Sharma carols.

Dhoni, who once again masterminded a piece of history for India with a Test win at Lord’s after 28 years, has seen the view from the top in Tests, ODIs and T20s; but it seems the Indian skipper is now working on an exit plan.

“It seems it will be my last at Lord’s, for sure… so it’s definitely memorable.” That statement from the 33-year-old India skipper would have made heads turn had the team lost the Lord’s Test. But since it was a historic win delivered in style by Ishant, those words from Dhoni failed to draw any attention.

But that’s not the first time Dhoni has hinted at his possible exit. However, his suggestion this time has to be weighed differently – made at the age of 33.

In January 2012, Dhoni – only captain to have won every ICC trophy – had said something on the similar lines. But he was 30 then, and more than two years of international cricket takes enough out of you to change and make up your mind.

“If I want to see the 2015 World Cup, I’ll have to retire from one of the formats,” Dhoni had said two and a half years ago. “It’s too early right now. I am not that old. I am just 30. There is still time. We will see by 2013, and by 2013, I mean the end of 2013.”

Nothing happened at the end of 2013; perhaps Dhoni’s mind and body held firm and allowed him to continue. But if Lord’s Test was the Indian skipper’s last, and he stressed on that with the phrase “for sure”, then it won’t be wrong to expect an ‘exit’ statement after the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

It’s unlikely that Dhoni will quit all formats together, as India and BCCI will want him to give time to the new skipper to ease himself into the captain’s role. And that would mean quitting one of the two formats – Test or limited-overs cricket.

But what that plan is only Dhoni would know.

24 Jul

Russian experts to participate in MH17 crash probe

Moscow: Russian experts will participate in retrieving and deciphering data from flight recorders of the crashed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, Moscow-based air disaster investigation body Interstate Aviation Committee (MAK) said Wednesday.

“On Tuesday, an MAK representative joined an international commission to investigate the Boeing-777 crash and will take part in deciphering information obtained from flight data recorders, the so-called black boxes, in the United Kingdom,” Xinhua quoted the MAK as saying in a statement.

The MAK comprises civil aviation and airspace officials of 11 former Soviet Union countries, including Ukraine.

The Dutch Safety Board has formally been in charge of the investigation of the last week’s MH17 crash, which claimed all 298 lives onboard and was allegedly shot down by a surface-to-air missile in eastern Ukraine.

Meanwhile, a senior representative of the insurgents said the international experts did not hurry to the crash site on the territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR).

“Experts of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) have not got to us. Currently there are no experts except three Malaysian experts,” Deputy Prime Minister of the DPR Andrei Purgin told Russia’s state-run Rossia-24 TV channel.

Resource : http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/russian-experts-to-participate-in-mh17-crash-probe_949708.html

24 Jul

Israel vows to continue Gaza mission as Kerry leaves without a truce

Gaza City: A week after it launched ground offensive in Gaza, Isareli Army on Thursday vowed to continue its assault ”above, on and below the ground’ to exterminate Hamas.

Israel and Gaza have been fighting for more than two weeks now, taking the death toll past 700 as an Israeli tank was reported to have killed 16 people in Gaza in early dawn hours today.

Despite intense diplomatic efforts going on, no ceasefire deal is in sight as US Secretary of State John Kerry, who was in Israel yesterday, left without any concrete agreement being struck. An Israeli security cabinet meeting late night yesterday followed Kerry’s departure, but did not end in fruitful conclusions.

However, Kerry, who shunted back to Egypt for more ceasefire talks, expressed hope, saying some progress had been made and some steps had been taken in the direction of truce.

Kerry’s hope was echoed by an Egyptian official who said that a truce might take place by the weekend.

However, Israel and Hamas showed no signs of cooling down with both sides remaining adamant.

While the Israeli Defence Forces said that their mission in Gaza will continue, Hamas tied a condition to the ceasefire, saying there will be no truce unless Israel ended economic blockade on Gaza.

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said they would reject ceasefire until its conditions were met, reported the BBC.

The Israeli Army too continued its strikes and ground offensive in Gaza, and said that it had apprehended 150 terror suspects there.

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24 Jul

Sania Mirza is Pakistan’s “daughter-in-law”, can’t be Telangana brand ambassador: BJP

Hyderabad: In a controversial remark, Telangana BJP leader K Laxman on Wednesday called tennis star Sania Mirza as “daughter-in-law” of Pakistan and questioned her credentials to be the brand ambassador of Telangana.

The TRS government had of late decided to appoint the tennis star as brand ambassador of the newly carved-out state.

Sania was born in Maharashtra and settled in Hyderabad only later and, hence, is a “non-local”, the BJP leader told reporters here.

He further sought to dub her as “daughter-in-law” of Pakistan, pointing out that she was married to that country’s cricketer Shoaib Malik.

The 27-year-old tennis player had never participated in agitation for a separate state of Telangana, said Laxman, who is leader of BJP in Telangana Legislative Assembly.

He accused the government of taking the step with an eye on the minority community votes in upcoming elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.

Handing over a grant of Rs 1 crore here on Tuesday, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao appointed Sania as brand ambassador of Telangana and described her as a daughter of Hyderabad.

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24 Jul

Glitzy opening ceremony kicks off Glasgow Commonwealth Games

Glasgow: Scotland rolled out a spectacular opening ceremony on Wednesday with dazzling and colourful display of their unique culture and heritage on a breathtaking night, which also had some Indian flavour to set the stage for the 20th Commonwealth Games here.

A surprisingly subdued Glasgow suddenly sprang to life and exuberance with a three-hour mesmerising show of light and sound and colourful hues which the organisers claimed was watched by more than one billion people.

As per convention, the head of Commonwealth countries Queen Elizabeth II declared the Games Open.

“It is my greatest pleasure to declare the 20th Commonwealth Games open” Her Majesty said under a blue Glasgow sky to signal Scotland`s third CWG and first after 1986 when Duke of Edinburgh played host.

A host of dignitaries including British Prime Minister David Cameron, Scottish government first minister Alex Salmond and Commonwealth Games Federation President Prince Imran Tunku also added to the start of Scotland`s biggest sporting event which is estimated to have cost the host country around one billion dollars.

Britain`s all time most successful Olympian cyclist and a Scottish himself, Sir Chris Hoy was given the honour of presenting the Queens Baton to Her Majesty who read out her message to the Commonwealth before declaring open the Games to be competed for 11 days among 4929 athletes from 71 nations and territories of the erstwhile British Empire.

India had their slice of attention with cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar turning up in a brief video clip, urging people to donate for the improvement of the living condition of children throughout the world in his role as the Global Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF which partnered with Glasgow 2014 in a first-of-its-kind initiative.

The Indian contingent headed by flag bearer and Olympic silver medallist shooter Vijay Kumar led the Parade of Nations, by virtue of being hosts in 2010 Delhi edition, as the men looked dapper in black blazers and gray trousers along with head gear while the women athletes wore sari`s.

The 35,000 capacity Celtic stadium cheered as the Indians entered with the tune of popular Bollywood numbers `nagada nagada` and `pyar do` filling the Glasgow air.

England also got a rousing welcome despite the Games being held a few months before the Scottish vote on September 18 to decide whether they will remain as part of United Kingdom or become a separate nation.

The host country contingent, dressed in their traditional attire and walking under their flag Saltire, understandably got a deafening reception while coming in last.

With the packed crowd joining in singing and dancing along with the exuberant volunteers and even the athletes, the laser lights beamed the colours of the national flags of the participating countries in the nearly 50-minute Parade of Nations setting the stadium in different hues.

The centrepiece of the opening ceremony, produced by global specialists of such events Jack Morton Worldwide, was the near-100m wide and 11m high LED screen erected in front of the South Stand at Celtic Park to broadcast images on the night. The installation of the giant LED screen, touted to be the largest used in Europe for such events, led to the reduction of the stadium from 40,000 to 35,000.

The turf of the home of Scotland`s famous football club Celtic was completely covered by wooden flooring for the opening ceremony which saw more than 2,000 volunteers taking part in it and broadcast live on BBC.

The vibrant show began with a three minute and 40 minute section called Glasgow`s countdown, with a graffiti of number 14 shown on the screen to mark the 2014 Games. It was given the name `Glasgow Countdown` because it was made by the people of the city.

After the city, it was about the host country in a funny depiction of 100 things about being Scottish in an eight and a half minute segment called the `Kingdom of the Scots` with Scottish comedian Karen Dunbar and Glasgow-born actor John Barrowman taking part in it.

The Loch Ness monster, Glasgow`s history of ship-building and the Forth Rail Bridge also featured in the act, which also celebrated the great Scottish inventions.

Having depicted all about Glasgow and Scotland, it is now time to think about the world. Karen Dunbar came out once again to welcome the lively and celebrating crowd before cutaways of Glasgow Green, QBR approaching Glasgow and cheering to the athletes are shown in a one and a half section.

The stage was then set for an exhilarating music and song with Glaswegian singer Amy Macdonald singing Rod Stewart`s `Rhythm of My Heart` before the rock legend joined himself to the deafening cheer of the spectators.

The flags of 2010 host India, current host Scotland and next edition host Australia were shown together on the giant LED screen before CGF chief Imran Tunku, 2014 Glasgow chairman Lord Smith of Kelvin and chief executive Michael Cavanagh was called on the centre of Main Performance Arena.

It was then Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth who made a dramatic entry into the stadium along with the Duke of Edinburgh in her Royal car after Susan Boyle`s “Mull of Kintyre” number gave way to the `Pipe and Drums` of the Scottish Regiment.

As the Royal car went on a guard of honour with Pipes and Drums and Braemar Ensemble lining up both sides, nine hawks of the Red Arrows flew overhead in a spectacular V-formation trailing bue and white smoke.

The athletes then arrived led by Scottish terriers as team name bearers along with their handlers followed by flag bearers.

India came out first being the host of the last edition as the Asian countries entered the stadium first followed by those from Oceania, Africa, Caribbean, Americas and Europe with host country Scotland coming out last.

Rod Stewart then performed `Can`t Stop Me Now` for the athletes and then walked down off the stage to perform among the athletes.

The UNICEF Global Ambassadors then urged the people to donate for the improvement of the living conditions of the children before a message recorded by the crew of the International Space Station was played on the main screen.

The CGF flag was brought in with Scottish violinist virtuoso Nicola Benedetti playing a short cadenza. South African singer Pumeza sang `Freedom Come All Ye” before Scottish actor
Billy Connolly spoke via video Glasgow`s relationships with Nelson Mandela.

Libby Clegg, world medallist athlete with a visual impairment took the oath on behalf of athletes while Donald McIntosh, coach and manager of record-breaking Scottish shooting team in 2020 Delhi CWG, and wrestling technical official Victor Keelan doing the same on behalf of the technical officials.

First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond, Leader of Glasgow City Council Gordon Matheson and CGF chief Prince Imran Tunku gave brief speeches before the Queens Baton was brought in to the stadium by Jennica Sterling,a 12-year-old girl from Jamaica.

32 grassroot volunteers held the Baton turn by turn and took it towards the Royal Box. Britain`s most famous athlete Sir Chris Hoy was handed the Baton by his wheeled-chair borne 97-year-old uncle Andy Coogan who inspired him to take up cycling and who used to run at the Celtic Park in the days when it had athletics during half time of football matches.

Sir Hoy presented the Baton to CGF chief Prince Imran who struggled for a while in taking out the piece of paper on which the Queens message was written. Her Majesty then read out the message to the Commonwealth before declaring the Games opened.

During the ceremony, a moment`s silence was also observed to pay homage to the victims of the Malaysian airliner which was shot down recently over Ukraine airspace.

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23 Jul

Asia stocks edge up as risk aversion wanes, euro languishes

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian stocks edged up on Wednesday as risk aversion triggered by recent geopolitical tensions continued to ebb, while the euro languished near eight-month lows.

Violence continued in Gaza, but hopes rose for an easing of tension in Ukraine after pro-Russian rebels handed the flight recorder and victims’ remains from a downed Malaysian airliner to international authorities.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.1 percent, lifted after the S&P 500 hit a new high overnight as risk markets turned their attention to positive corporate earnings and economic data.

Tokyo’s Nikkei climbed 0.2 percent.

In currencies the euro stood little changed at $1.3467, close to the $1.3459 struck overnight.

The weaker euro dovetailed nicely with expectations for the European Central Bank to ease policy further with a gradual widening of interest rate differentials favouring the U.S. over Europe seen unfolding.

Still, market participants did not see a clear, specific trigger for the latest plunge.

“The only explanation for the sell-off in EUR/USD is a technical one. The currency pair has been in a downtrend and hovering near 1.35 for the past few days with speculators itching to test this key support level,” Kathy Lien, Managing Director of FX Strategy for BK Asset Management, wrote in a note to clients.

“In the long run, we believe EUR/USD should be trading comfortably below 1.35, but not until there is significant upside momentum in U.S. yields,” she said.

U.S. Treasury yields fell overnight after benign U.S. inflation data suggested less pressure on the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates sooner than expected.

The dollar was nearly flat at 101.48 yen, having pulled back from the week’s low of 101.19 hit on Monday as demand for the safe-haven Japanese currency diminished.

For the Australian dollar, which gained Tuesday after the country’s central bank chief chose not to talk down the currency, focus was on domestic inflation data due at 0130 GMT.

An upside surprise is likely to trigger a bigger market reaction given futures markets have priced in a 36 percent chance of an interest rate cut by year-end.

In commodities, gold held steady after falling on Tuesday after tensions over the Malaysian airliner downed over Ukraine eased.

Spot gold was little changed at $1,307 an ounce after going as low as $1,301 overnight. It had climbed to as high as $1,324 late last week when the Malaysian airliner was brought down.

Resource : https://in.finance.yahoo.com/news/asia-stocks-edge-risk-aversion-002554478.html

23 Jul

‘Labour of Love’ selected for Venice Days

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) Independent Indian movie “Labour of Love” has been selected for Venice Days – an autonomous section at the 71st Venice International Film Festival (La Biennale di Venezia) to be held from Aug 27 to Sep 6.

The Bengali drama is directed by debutant Aditya Vikram Sengupta and co-produced by Jonaki Bhattacharya (For Films) and Sanjay Shah (Salaam Cinema).

The film is competing for the Venice Days Jury Award, Venice Days Public Award, and Award for the First Feature (Luigi De Laurentiis Award – Lion of the future), said a statement.

“Labour of Love” stars Ritwick Chakraborty and Basabdutta Chatterjee.

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23 Jul

Dwayne Johnson: Filming Fast and Furious 7 post Paul Walker death was surreal

Dwayne Johnson admitted that it was ‘surreal’ to return to of ‘Fast and Furious 7′ set post Paul Walkers death.

The 42-year-old actor, who reprises his role of DSS agent Luke Hobbs in the film, told Metro.co.uk that they wanted to “honour” and do justice to the 40-year-old actor when they resumed the shoot, which was put on hold after Walkers’ tragic car accident.

Johnson added that he felt “honoured and blessed” to be a part of the project, and believed that audiences would appreciate their work.

 

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