National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah welcomed Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement in the Lok Sabha that the Centre was ready to hold the Assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir.“An important assurance on the floor of the House in the Lok Sabha. This should put to rest the motivated speculation that elections in the State will happen only after the general elections,” he wrote on Twitter.
India hates Valentines Day celebrations.India hates smoke-filled Diwali.Peta-friendly India hates brutal bloodied Bakr-Eid.India hates rustic uncivilized molester-friendly Holi celebrations.India also hates economists since we see them as either too-far left or too-far right and we hate writers since they are too insensitive to our culture/religion/national luminaries.We also hate scientists, socialists, rationalists; we hate politicians, we also hate having to vote for them; we hate feminists, we even hate activists. India also hates western culture, vulgar foreign TV shows, 24-hour news channels and their God-reincarnate, holier-than-thou anchors.We Indians also hate foreign direct investments; we hate our toll nakas, we hate the rich (the minority who does not pay enough taxes) and the extremely poor (the “masses,” the approx 62% of the population who don’t pay any taxes) and the wanna-be middle-class, all at different times.We hate reality TV shows, regressive soaps, Ekta Kapoor, and women commoditizing item numbers from Bollywood.We hate commercial, make-believe cinema of Bollywood and at the sam time we also hate boring art/parallel cinema. We also hate cheer-leaders at IPL, drug fuelled rave parties, out-of-parents-reach rock concerts, bold artists, musicians, abnormal human beings, such as gays and lesbians. We also hate sportsmen, be it inconsistent performing cricketers and out-of-reckoning hockey players. Above all, we hate being hated.Are we becoming a country of haters?Or have we forever been like this? Whether it was the former defense minister, the late George Fernandes hating Coca-Cola’s entry to India in the bygone era, or the moral brigade hating Richard Gere for his supposed kiss of India’s shy, baby bounce girl Shilpa Shetty, or the Indian parliament going up in arms against TV shows like Sach kaa Saamna (India’s version of Moment of Truth) or the cultural brigade hating a TV channel for roping in an adult film actress Sunny Leone on a family viewing prime time TV show, Big Boss (Indian version of Big Brother).Have things really changed since the 1970s or is this simply the trickle-down effect. The objects of hatred have, at times, graduated from people to ideas. We might not hate a Rahul Gandhi, but we certainly hate his corrupt Congress Party.Agreed, that it is always a minority that raises the hate, but what is consistent is that this minority exists across the country ,evenly spread across socio-economic zones, age-groups, the educated and the uneducated the elitists and the others, each one with its own set of hate issues.With each passing incident, we are sharpening our hate knives, not so much for the game, but for the players, overlooking the message and shooting the poor messenger.Why are we becoming a country of haters? Ssome are issuing fatwas, some are filing Public Interest Litigations, others prefer to stall road traffic with dharnas or just make noise. Where is all this hate coming from? Is this the outcome of the freedom of speech, or the abandonment of freedom to think rationally, or the result of rising frustrations over every conceivable issue under the sun?From unemployment to price rises, to failing law and order, unimaginable corruption or the ever present demon of comparison — comparing oneself to the rest of the world and inevitably coming up short. Those who fail as parasites turn predators.Another theory suggests that we are more hate-oriented now because of the growing gap between the two worlds that represents contemporary India. What was, and still is a taboo for a major part of India, is simply passé for the new India and there lies the root cause of the problem. It is reflected in many different ways — the fight between the educated and the uneducated, the rural and the urban, the weak and the mighty, the conservatives and the progressives, the haves and the have nots.A political party in Maharashtra managed to withdraw a book (Such a Long Journey) from Mumbai University’s syllabus, written by an Indian-born, Mumbai educated Canadian writer (Rohinton Mistry) on the grounds that it voiced derogatory remarks about Maharasthrians and publicly burnt copies of the book.In a TV interview, the leader of this movement warned, “The author is lucky he lives in Canada, if he were here we would burn him as well.”Of course, this was not the only time that hate spilled onto words of action. The world-renowned artist MF Hussain faced death threats and never ever returned to India, breathing his last in London in 2011.India hates this and India hates that, has already brought us a lot of shame and signals a drift towards its neighbor Pakistan, where almost every freely uttered syllable is liable to be hate worthy.What earlier was merely an itch has now become an allergy, burning in the process, the peaceful social fabric of the country and muzzling its free voices. Related Items
Algeria defeated Nigeria 2-1 to reach the final of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) on Sunday evening.Riyad Mahrez scored the winning goal for the Desert Foxes in additional time after Odion Ighalo’s effort had cancelled out William Troost-Ekong’s own goal.Gernot Rohr stuck to the team that defeated South Africa in the quarter-final, with Samuel Chukwueze, who found the back of the net against Bafana Bafana starting his second game in the tournament. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? On the other hand, Djamel Belmadi replaced Youcef Attal, who suffered a fractured collarbone against Ivory Coast with Mehdi Zeffane while Baghdad Bounedjah spearheaded the Desert Foxes’ attack.Having met eight times previously in the biennial tournament with a balanced record of three wins for each side and two draws, both sides were eager to outwit each other at Cairo International Stadium and the Super Eagles were the first to get close to scoring through Oghenekaro Etebo’s free-kick.Algeria had a wonderful chance in the eighth minute when Youcef Belaili crossed the ball into the area but Bounedjah missed the target.The Desert Foxes were awarded a free-kick in the quarter-half-hour mark after Chidozie Awaziem fouled Belaili. Ismael Bennacer delivered a fine cross into the area but Ramy Bensebaini’s header flew off the crossbar.Algeria continued to dominate possession, dictating the pace in the early minutes of the encounter but failed to get a reward for their effort.Nigeria goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi made a fine save from Bounedjah moments before the half-hour mark after the Al Sadd striker stole the ball from Kenneth Omeruo.Chukwueze had a chance to open the scoring for the Super Eagles in the 31sst minute but his free-kick was well dealt with by goalkeeper Rais M’Bolhi.Algeria finally broke the deadlock in the 40th minute when Troost-Ekong turned Mahrez’s cross into the back of his own net.After the restart, the Desert Foxes continued to dominate the game with Sofiane Feghouli trying a shot on goal but his effort went off target.Oghenekaro Etebo fired a long-range effort which was blocked by Aissa Mandi, however, after referee Bakary Papa Gassama consulted with the VAR, Mandi was adjudged to have handled the ball in his area.The Super Eagles were awarded a penalty and Odion Ighalo dispatched his effort from the spot to bring the Super Eagles back into contention.Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr introduced Galatasaray forward Henry Onuekuru for Chukwueze in the 78th minute as the Super Eagles searched for the winning goal.In additional time, Manchester City winger Mahrez scored the decisive goal with a well-taken free-kick to help the Desert Foxes into the final.The Desert Foxes will slug it out with Senegal in the final of the continental competition at Cairo International Stadium on Friday. read more
CORONADO, CA – MAY 27: Tate Martell of Ohio State University attends Steve Clarkson’s 13th Annual Quarterback Retreat on May 27, 2017 in Coronado, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)Earlier this year, Tate Martell took his talents to Miami after announcing his plans to transfer from Ohio State.After former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields revealed his plans to transfer to Ohio State, Martell wasted no time declaring his plans to leave the Buckeyes program.On Saturday, Martell received his first game action as a member of the Hurricanes.It sounds like he had some trouble with his new team.According to multiple reports, Martell struggled with his accuracy and took a few sacks.Here’s some of the reaction from his performance today.N’Kosi Perry and Jarren Williams looking good. Tate Martell not so much.— Susan Miller Degnan (@smillerdegnan) April 13, 2019Tate Martell just got sacked by the turf monster. Literally slipped down. He then threw a screwball/wounded animal down the middle of the field. Yikes!!— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) April 13, 2019After leaving Ohio State, Martell received a waiver from the NCAA to play immediately for the Hurricanes. However, it looks like he has a long road to locking down the starting role for Miami.N’Kosi Perry and Jarren Williams reportedly played well on Saturday. Perry spent time in 2018 as the starting quarterback, splitting time with former starter Malik Rosier.With his experience, Perry might have the edge on Martell headed into the 2019 campaign.Martell saw limited action for the Buckeyes in 2018. He completed 23-of-28 passes for 269 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed the ball 22 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns.Stay tuned for the latest college football news.
Rohan Sen New DelhiDecember 31, 2018UPDATED: December 31, 2018 18:04 IST Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja featured in the first throwback video posted by the Indian cricket team on social media (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndian cricket team posted a series of videos recapping the best moments of 2018The videos range from Kohli and Jadeja’s race to Raina’s singing skillsWith the New Year just a few hours away, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is making sure to recap the best moments of 2018 by frequently posting its most popular videos, featuring the top players in the team.The Indian cricket team’s Facebook account has shared a couple of videos till now which features the likes of captain Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina.The first one is of an on-field race between Kohli and Jadeja which inadvertently took place during the fourth one-day international against the West Indies in October this year.With the series tied at 1-1, the Windies were chasing a mammoth target of 378 in the penultimate match.Chandrapaul Hemraj was on strike in the first over against Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who bowled a wide delivery outside off-stump which the batsman punched off the back foot and found the gap between point and cover.Jadeja, who was fielding at point, gave chase along with Kohli at cover. The Indian captain was much closer to the ball but was still beaten by Jadeja as he ran at full speed and collected the ball with a sliding stop just before the boundary ropes and flicked it back to Kohli, who threw it back to wicket-keeper Dhoni.Kohli was no match for Jadeja’s sheer speed. The video got 131k views on Facebook and nearly 40.9k views on Twitter.The next video that was posted is of Suresh Raina enthralling his teammates by singing ‘Yeh Sham Mastani’ during India’s tour to Sri Lanka for the Nidahas Trophy back in March.advertisement”‘Practice like you never won & perform like you never lost’ – clearly I have nothing to loose with my singing skills ??????! Fun times with my fun team!,” Raina, who posted the video on Instagram, wrote.Another video that was shared was that of young Shubman Gill playing the short-arm jab shot for a six against Zimbabwe during the ICC U-19 World Cup which India won.Gill nearly replicated the shot which was first played by Virat Kohli during the first ODI against England in Pune. India were chasing a mammoth 351 for victory when the world witnessed Kohli play the shot for the first time in the 34th over.India won that match in a staggering 48.1 overs courtesy Kohli’s 122 and Kedar Jadhav’s 76-ball 120.BCCI also posted a video of the victorious Under-19 Indian team dancing to the beats of the dhol.India had defeated Australia by 8-wickets to lift their fourth U-19 World Cup Trophy.Another video was Harmanpreet Kaur’s one-handed catch against England.For 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Indian cricket year enderFollow Indian cricket teamFollow Virat KohliFollow Ravindra JadejaFollow Suresh Raina Watch: Indian cricket’s most viral videos of 2018 featuring Kohli, Jadeja and RainaThe Indian cricket team’s social media handles shared a couple of the most viewed videos of the year which featured Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina.advertisement
However, the Port of Townsville added that the after effects of Cyclone Debbie linger on at the port.The cyclone has also closed several coal export terminals in the region, threatening coal exports from Queensland, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported. zoom Ports of Abbot Point, Hay Point and Mackay have been closed after severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie hit the North Queensland coast, North Queensland Bulk Ports (NQBP) informed.Steve Lewis, NQBP Chief Executive Officer, said the corporation’s Whitsunday ports were all experiencing large swells, high winds and heavy rains on March 28.Lewis said NQBP has been working closely with port partners and emergency services to secure the port and begin planning for the resumption of safe port operations.“In addition to landside inspections, a survey of seabed assets such as navigational channels and berth pockets must be carried out to the satisfaction of the Harbour Master and our own expert marine pilots before ports can re-open for shipping,” Lewis explained.NQBP’s emergency response team has started inspecting port assets.“The southern breakwater at Port of Mackay has suffered some damage. But considering the extreme conditions, it has weathered the storm,” NQBP said in an update on Facebook.“Conditions remain severe, and the breakwater remains closed to public access,” NQBP added.Vessel traffic has resumed at Queensland’s Port of Townsville, the port tweeted.Port of Townsville is now at Condition Green, shipping to resume this morning. #CycloneDebbie— Port of Townsville (@townsvilleport) March 28, 2017
New Delhi: The initiatives announced by the government for start-ups in the Union Budget would significantly improve flow of funds and encourage budding entrepreneurs, a top official said. Secretary in the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) Ramesh Abhishek said the Budget proposals have also resolved angel tax issues of start-ups. “Major tax reforms have been announced for start-ups that will significantly improve flow of funds to them and address many tax related issues they have been facing,” Abhishek said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe Budget has proposed special administrative arrangements to be made by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) for resolving pending tax assessments of start-ups and redressal of their grievances. The government will ensure that no inquiry or verification in pending cases can be carried out by the assessing officer without obtaining approval of his supervisory officer. These measures, he said, would help budding entrepreneurs focus more on their businesses and not on regulatory matters. “Overall, it is seen that the Budget has addressed important issues such as improving the flow of funds and credit growth,” the secretary said. In February, the DPIIT and the CBDT gave a major relief to budding entrepreneurs by relaxing the definition of start-ups and allowing them to avail full angel tax concession on investments up to Rs 25 crore. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThis was done as several start-ups claimed to have received angel tax notices, impacting their businesses. Various start-ups have raised concerns on notices sent to them under the section 56(2)(viib) of Income Tax Act, 1961 to pay taxes on angel funds received by them. Section 56(2)(viib) of the Income Tax Act provides that the amount raised by a start-up in excess of its fair market value would be deemed as income from other sources and would be taxed at 30 per cent.
There is no doubt that the Indian auto industry is on a decline, perhaps worst ever in the last four decades. This is the same industry which last year recorded a turn over of Rs 8.2 lakh crores (USD 119 billion) with a huge export component. Within a year’s time, the same industry is resorting to ‘no production days’, large scale laying off of workers, inventory clearing sales, etc. The pain is still deeper for the supply chain handlers and dealers. A modest estimate reveals more than 3,50,000 job losses in the last few months and if the present trend persists, there will be an unprecedented crisis in the sector like Detroit of 2008. Also Read – A special kind of bondHence, the pertinent question is how come we reached this stage in less than a year. Is it because of the general slowdown attributed to both indigenous and more exogenous factors as the official pundits would like us to believe or is there a credible story behind this? If general slowdown was the only reason, how come in the same period FMCG companies recorded a decent year on year growth with net sales of Dabur and Nestle achieving 11 per cent growth and Hindustan Lever 7 per cent. White goods like air conditioners, washing machines and refrigerators also witnessed 5 per cent, 3 per cent and 11 per cent respectively during April-May 2019. Hence, we need to demystify the myth of omnibus reason called slowdown. Also Read – Insider threat managementA number of factors mostly owing to systemic failure have arisen in the auto sector in a very short span of time. Most vehicle purchases are being financed through banks/NBFCs. No doubt liquidity crunch coupled with the risk-averse approach of banks and high-interest rates have played a big role. But these conditions have been prevailing for quite some time. Then why there is a sudden dip? The real reasons are somewhere else. Most immediate of them probably is bunching together of several regulatory changes announced by the government in a very short span of time without realising their full implications, a classic case of ‘reform for reform sake’. Let me list out a few here – regulatory changes in safety norms; leapfrogging to BS-6 putting enormous stress on the industry to achieve it in the shortest time; front-loading of third party insurance, etc. On top of it, the auto industry got no relief in the new GST regime. Last straw on camel’s back was huge increase in road tax which increased by as much as 13 per cent in case of some state governments. This obviously was too much for a product which is already highly taxed. It is estimated that these so-called big-ticket reforms happening at the same time pushed up the cost of vehicle by 7 to 15 per cent depending on the size and make. Let us not forget that when the BS-6 kicks in coming April, the cost will further go up by 5 to 6 per cent. Fuel prices, which are already high over the last two years, are likely to go up further with BS-6. Interestingly, this high-cost scenario has been further complicated by the extraordinary policy modulation by the government through its leading ‘ Think Tank’ – NITI Ayog. The ‘Tughlaqi Farman’ of NITI Aayog mandating that all two-wheelers will be EV by 2023 and all three-wheelers by 2024, has really taken the cake. Even the recent reassuring statement of PM that there is sufficient space for both EVs and ICEs to coexist has not been able to douse the fire fully. NITI Aayog continues to make outlandish statements which not only demotivate both the manufacturers and consumers but also distort the market. For instance, just the other day, one of the prime movers of NITI Aayog has publicly declared that EVs will attain price parity with petrol/diesel vehicles within 3 to 4 years. I wonder whether this statement is based on hard facts/data or part of NITI’s pipe dreams. Even the latest forecast of Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), which is closely followed by NITI Aayog, mentions that EV cars will constitute a mere 6 per cent of all car sales in India in 2030. I have been constantly highlighting for the last two years through my articles in various national dailies (which are available in public domain) that this kind of whimsical flip-flop of policy will destroy a sunrise sector like auto. It is high time that India formulates a well-calibrated, consistent and long-term policy with realistic targets. I may emphatically mention that after the ‘Automotive Mission Plan: 2006-2016’, there has not been any comprehensive holistic auto policy in the country. We have been strategising in bits and pieces. Over the last few years, surprisingly, NITI Aayog has hijacked the sector from line ministries like DHI and Road Transport who at least had some amount of institutional memories. Fly-by-night consultants and dream merchants have emerged from nowhere who have no stake in the system but are busy selling their pipe dreams to the new policy regime. The real stakeholders like manufacturers, investors have relegated to the background as profit-seekers and backwards-looking lobby. Let me illustrate my point with a few examples. Government formulated FAME (I) scheme and engaged a lot of resources to promote electric mobility in the country. It was announced that the government will incentivise a range of technologies which results in low emission and less fuel consumption. The government also levied lower excise duties on such clean technologies. All of a sudden, this strategy was put in the back burner and only EVs became the flavour of the day, surprisingly to the exclusion of all other technologies which have done so well in most other countries. The industry was at a loss on how to retrieve their investment plans. Rightly or wrongly, a decision was taken to leapfrog from BS-4 to BS-6 in around 4 years, primarily to address the environmental concerns. The auto industries and the refiners took up the challenge in right earnest and invested Rs 1,40,000 crores in 18 months to fulfil the government target. In April 2020, India will become the first country to use BS-6 fuel for its two and three-wheelers. Even before this program kicked in, NITI Aayog declared that all two and three-wheelers will be EVs in 4 to 5 years time. With this kind of policy flip-flop, can any industry survive? The industry has invested so much to upgrade the engines to make it BS-6 compatible. What will happen to that investment and who should be held responsible for this national waste. Sometimes I wonder what is the real reason for such an unusual rush for EVs which has not succeeded in any country including China. Moreover, EV is not the ultimate tech. Why are we, as a forward-looking country, not investing in fuel cell technology which probably is the future of energy for mobility? If our main concern is the environment, escalating demand for electricity owing to EVs will result in generating pollution since we produce coal-based electricity. As per the government’s own estimates, the carbon intensity of power generation will continue to increase till the early 2030s. If import of hydrocarbon is the concern, advanced hybrid engines offer a low-cost solution allowing industry the time to transit to EVs in a viable manner. Introduce structural reform in auto taxation by linking GST to fuel efficiency/carbon emission instead of present irrational factors like engine size, fuel type, ground clearance, etc. Also, introduce a scientific auto scrapping policy so that inefficient old engines get replaced by fuel-efficient ones. The present unprecedented crisis which threatens the very base of an industry that accounts for Rs 1,20,000 crore GST (15 per cent of total GST collection) has been mainly precipitated by policy vacillation than any generic factor. Auto is a very complex sector and requires deeper understanding and deft handling at the policy level. No investor, foreign or domestic will be comfortable with such policy flip-flop. I only wish that pipe dreams of few and unrealistic farmans of policymakers do not distort a vital national asset so carefully built over the last two decades. (Dr Surajit Mitra is former Secretary to Government of India & Vice-Chancellor of IIFT. The views expressed are strictly personal)
Singer Aaron Neville is inspiring people to fundraise for the Children’s Health Fund.“Children’s Health Fund does incredible work to bring health care to America’s most vulnerable kids. I know. I’ve seen it with my own eyes,” he wrote in an email to supporters of the Children’s Health Fund. “From one of the poorest communities in the Bronx to the devastated neighborhoods of the Gulf — including my own childhood neighborhood which is still struggling to recover from Katrina — their doctors are helping kids who otherwise would not get care. And they truly need our help.“Since I have suffered from asthma my whole life, I know how important access to quality health care is. That’s why I decided to make a difference by creating an online fundraiser for Children’s Health Fund. And you can, too! Simply visit the Children’s Health Fund website and start your own personal fundraiser.“Here are a few ideas to get you started:• Dedicate your next special occasion to kids in need and ask your friends and family to make a donation instead of buying a birthday, wedding or anniversary gift.• Give yourself some incentive to meet a personal goal — maybe run that marathon you’ve always wanted to and have your friends cheer you on by donating.• Raffle your talent or skills to anyone who donates.• Have some fun and make a dare — offer to change your hair color, grow a beard, or get a tattoo if you reach your goal!“What’s great is you can do it any way you want. Everyone’s fundraiser will be different, but the end result will be the same: more kids will get the health care they need. And that’s what counts.“So please join me and start your own fundraiser. Together, we can help make sure kids throughout America are able to grow up healthy and ready to succeed in life.”To find out how to start your own fundraiser, click here.
The National Mother’s Day Committee announced today that it will honor four distinguished women at the 38th Annual Outstanding Mother Awards.The annual luncheon ceremony, which will be held on May 5, 2016 at 12 p.m. at The Pierre Hotel, New York, recognizes women who balance highly successful careers with the daily demands and rewards of motherhood. For ticket and sponsorship information visit www.mothersdaycouncil.org or call 212-549-6421.Joanna Coles, Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan, Editorial Director of Hearst Magazines, and a 2015 Outstanding Mother Award Honoree, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies and present this year’s awards to:• Sarah Jessica Parker, Actor, Producer and Businesswoman• Joy Mangano, Inventor, Entrepreneur and President, Ingenious Designs, LLC• Louise Camuto, Chief Creative Officer, Camuto Group• Gemma Lionello, Executive Vice President and General Merchandise Manager of Beauty, Nordstrom“Through their entrepreneurial spirit, noteworthy professional accomplishments and above all their unwavering commitment to family and philanthropy, these four women embody all that this award stands for,” said Laurie Dowley, Chairman of the National Mother’s Day Committee. “We are thrilled to celebrate these exceptional women as our 2016 Outstanding Mother Award Honorees.”As part of its continued support of meaningful philanthropies dealing with issues affecting mothers, fathers and children, the National Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council, Inc. has donated nearly $30 million to date to deserving family-related charities nationwide.Proceeds of the 2016 awards luncheon will benefit Save the Children, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to making lasting positive change in the lives of children living in poverty in the United States.To purchase tickets or to sponsor the event, please contact the Mother’s Day Council office at 212-594-6421 or visit www.mothersdaycouncil.org.