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a month agoReal Madrid coach Zidane pushes Modric to snub Croatia selection

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Zidane pushes Modric to snub Croatia selectionby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane wants Luka Modric to snub national team selection.Modric is currently sidelined with injury, though is expected to be called up by Croatia for the Euro qualifiers against Hungary and Wales, which will be held on October 10th and 13th.Marca says Zidane wants Modric to stay in Madrid and avoid risking a setback in his recovery.Zidane’s stand has the full support of the board, which will make the request on his behalf. last_img read more

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Now witness Durga Puja and offer Pushpanjali at a click of a

first_imgKolkata: Durga Puja has gone hi-tech allowing thousands of NRIs to enjoy the pujas for four days.Festival Experentia has globally launched the website MahaUtsav Online that will expand the horizon for virtual participation in Durga Puja. This is an initiative with a mission to help the Indian diaspora across the world to help them take part in the Pujas for the very first time at a click of a mouse. The newly-launched website MahaUtsav Online will strive to lead this initiative by working closely with selected Puju committees to help them first identify and then implement changes required to achieve the vision of a comprehensive identity for Kolkata’s Durga Pujo, while maintaining their individuality and uniqueness. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMahaUtsav Online has tied up with three prominent Puja committees in Kolkata — Chakraberia Sarbojanin, Ahiritola Sarbajanin and Salt Lake FD Block Sarbajanin. Services that will be offered include online Darshan allowing people to view the rituals at these Puja pandals. This is followed by online Pushpanjali. Online daala allowing people to place ‘online orders’ for a daala (the offering of sweets, fruits, saree and vermillion that is offered to the goddess along with one’s name and gotra (clan name) to seek blessings for oneself and one’s family). The offerings duly blessed, if desired, would be delivered to an address within Greater Kolkata. Daalas can be booked from September 29 onwards Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayTaking a caring step forward, MahaUtsav Online desires to be a catalyst in bringing a prominent change by tying up with major pujas committees for transcending limited experience to a holistic experience for the scores of women visitors in these pandals during Pujas. The plan is to provide feeding rooms, hygienic toilets and medical aids to women and to provide accessible drinking water, multiple manned help desk and visitor-friendly volunteers for everybody. All three pujas committees have partnered with MahaUtsav Online. One just has to go to https://www.mahautsavonline.com and search for the pujo, in which he/she would like to take part in. One can also set alerts on the online Nirghonto (Time Table Indicating auspicious indexes) section to get notified about the pujas timings that ensures that the visitor would not miss out on important events and rituals.last_img read more

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Rs 32 lakh 10K seized from MP KD Singhs Delhi house says

first_imgNew Delhi: The ED on Friday said it has seized cash amounts of Rs 32 lakh and USD 10,000 after it raided the “official residence” of Rajya Sabha MP K D Singh in Delhi and few other locations as part of a money-laundering probe against him and others.The central agency said searches were launched on Thursday at seven locations in Delhi and Chandigarh including at registered offices of 14 group companies of the Alchemist Group that is “related to and controlled” by Singh. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”During searches, a number of documents reflecting the circular nature of transactions, digital evidence and property documents were seized at the official residence of Kanwar Deep Singh in Delhi and cash of Rs 32 lakh along with foreign exchange worth USD 10,000 was found and seized,” the Enforcement Directorate said in a statement. While Singh had resigned from the post of chairman of the Alchemist group in 2012, he is stated to be the Chairman, Emeritus and founder of the business group. The agency said it also searched Singh’s house in Chandigarh and homes of two directors linked to his companies. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe ED is probing Singh, his linked firms and associates as part of two money laundering cases, it said. The first is based on an FIR filed by the Kolkata Police while the other is on the basis of a charge sheet filed by market regulator SEBI. In the first criminal case initiated last year, the ED said, the Kolkata Police had booked Singh, his son Karandeep Singh, Alchemist Township India Limited, Alchemist Holdings Limited and various other group companies and directors for cheating thousands of customers. “Singh through companies raised huge amounts of money from thousands of customers in the garb of investments by luring them with high returns and also against sale and booking of plots and flats.” Money so collected from the innocent public, it said, has been transferred in a circular manner in order to conceal and layer in a “fraudulent” manner. The second PMLA case against the MP and a firm linked to him- Alchemist Infra Realty Limited- is based on a SEBI charge sheet filed against the company and its directors. The scam is stated to be about Rs 1,900 crore and the agency had attached assets worth Rs 239 crore of Alchemist Infra Realty Ltd early this year. Singh has not had any involvement or any contact with members of the TMC or the party itself in the last two years.last_img read more

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New Delhi Keeping with the tradition of recognisi

first_imgNew Delhi: Keeping with the tradition of recognising employees who have time and time again shown their alertness through prompt action by averting possible accidents, the Northern Railways on Tuesday felicitated 10 of its employees at the Safety Awards ceremony, held at the headquarters here in New Delhi.Additional General Manager of Northern Railways Archana Joshi presented the awards to the employees and also appreciated the meritorious efforts of all the awardees. The staff who were presented with the Safety Awards are: Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarAshish Kumar Saini, Station Master, Rahmat Nagar, Lucknow Division; Prem Shankar Chabiwala, Jais, Lucknow Division; Dhiraj Kumar, Chabiwala, Kanpur Bridge, Lucknow Division; Muli Ram, Gangmate, Nihalgarh, Lucknow Division; Rahul Kumar, Tokan Porter, Mewa Nawada, Moradabad Division; Vinod Kumar Yadav, Locopilot, Roza Jn, Moradabad Division; Braham Pal, Trackman, Cholang, Firozepur Division; Rajbir Singh, Locopilot, Jalandhar City, Firozepur Division; Rohit Panwar, Station Master, Chawa, Ambala Divison; and Ramesh Chand, Kantewala, Sirhind, Ambala Division.last_img read more

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Washington DC China seeks to mould world in line

first_imgWashington DC: China seeks to mould world in line with its authoritarian model and national goals, a top Pentagon official said on Tuesday, voicing concerns that Beijing has grown more prone to force other countries, ignoring the frictions in pursuit of its vision. Observing that China, under the leadership of the its President Xi Jinping has a different vision, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo Pacific Security Affairs Randall Shriver told a Washington audience that Beijing is increasingly developing the tools to pursue its vision and seems willing to accept more and more friction in pursuit of that vision. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportWe are competing with China, therefore, because we see China’s leaders have assessed that they are in competition with us, both our ideas and our capabilities. Globally, China seeks to shape a world consistent with its authoritarian model and national goals, Shriver said during his appearance at the Brookings Institute, a top American think-tank. The rule of the Chinese Communist Party is increasingly authoritarian and less respectful for human rights and dignity, he said and alleged they are even beginning to export some of these tools such as facial recognition software and nationwide surveillance capabilities to other countries who are learning from China’s governance model. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsWe are concerned that China has grown more willing, as I said, to apply pressure against other countries and accept friction in pursuit of its vision, he said. We observe China using influence operations to interfere in domestic politics of other countries, undermining the integrity of elections and threatening internal stability using economic coercion, and we’ve seen certainly recent examples in countries such as Mongolia, Australia, and Canada, he said. Shriver accused China of “promoting state-sponsored theft of other nations’ military and civilian technologies and exporting the most effective tools from its domestic toolkit to other nations for surveillance and potential use for internal repression”. “We see them extending its military presence overseas and expanding the one belt one road initiative to include military ties with China. We see deploying advance weapon systems to militarise disputed features despite pledges at the senior most level that they would not do so, he added. Noting that China seek to be a world-class military by 2049, and are making progress toward that goal, he said the Pentagon views military developments in China as seeking to erode the US military advantages. They are working to become a preeminent power in the Indo Pacific region while simultaneously undertaking plans to expand overseas presence and develop capabilities to sustain operations further from Chinese shores, he said. We see China widening the PLA’s operational reach to match what its leaders consider to be the global nature of China’s economic and national interest, he said, adding that press reports indicate that China has sought to expand its military basing and access in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the Western Pacific. Xi Jinping himself has called for the completion of a security system for OBOR to strengthen, protection of its overseas interest to ensure the security of major overseas projects and personnel, said the Pentagon official. China’s defense minister has also cited OBOR as a framework for China to increase its military cooperation with other countries, Shriver said. While our competition with China takes place on various levels, at the most fundamental and basic level, what we are really competing for is to sustain a position within the regional and international system, which allows us to promote, support, and protect a liberal rule-based order, whose institutions, rules, and norms have fostered peace for decades, he said. Shriver sad that all of this matters to the US because if China were to be successful and its authoritarian approach were to become ascendant, the world could look much different.last_img read more

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Kolkata The death of an elderly woman in Bansdron

first_imgKolkata: The death of an elderly woman in Bansdroni on Wednesday morning triggered tension the area. According to the police, on Wednesday morning, residents of Gitanjali apartment and people in the neighbourhood of Bansdroni Park sensed a foul smell in their area.When some of them tried to find the source of the smell, they found that it was coming from the flat of Keka Mukherjee. Bansdroni police station was informed. The police found the door of Mukherjee’s flat was locked from inside. Later, police personnel broke the door and found the body was decomposed state lying on the sofa in the drawing room. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe police suspect that Mukherjee had died at least two days ago. Apparently no injury mark was found on the body and no suicide note was recovered. After sending the body for autopsy examination, the police came to know from local residents that Mukherjee used to live alone in the flat. Mukherjee has a brother who stays somewhere else. The police have managed to get his mobile number. Investigators are trying to contact him. Primarily, an unnatural death case has been lodged at the Bansdroni police station. Earlier, on Monday night, a similar incident took place at Sreebhumi in Lake Town, where an elderly lady died mysteriously. The lady lived with her mentally-ill son. Local residents had experienced a foul smell emanating from a house. The woman was found dead and the body had started decomposing.last_img read more

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New Delhi Priyanka Chopra Jonas was offered an ac

first_imgNew Delhi: Priyanka Chopra Jonas was offered an acting role in “The Sky is Pink” but the actor says she wanted to take on the added responsibility as a producer because the story made her feel closer to her parents. Directed by Shonali Bose, the film is the love story of motivational speaker Aisha Chaudhary’s parents, Aditi and Niren. Aisha was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and passed away in 2015. Priyanka, 37, said she wanted to be a part of the project more than just as an actor. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger “This is a story of a real life couple who have thrived under extraordinary circumstances and not been bogged down by it,” she told PTI in an interview. In a reference to Rajesh Khanna-starrer “Anand”, she said, “They put themselves aside and said, ‘Even if I can’t give my daughter a long life, I’m going to give her a big life’. I wanted to take more responsibility of this film because I believed in it so much.” It has been a long wait for Priyanka’s fans as “The Sky is Pink” is her first Hindi film since 2016 after she made a mark for herself in Hollywood with TV show “Quantico”, and films like “Baywatch”, “A Kid Like Jake” and “Isn’t It Romantic”. Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up The actor, who has often said she has been living out of suitcase for quite some time, next touched base with frequent collaborators Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur, who were producing the film. She asked the duo whether they would have her on board as a fellow producer, even when she has no experience of backing a Hindi film. Under her banner, Purple Pictures Productions, the actor has produced a string of regional language films, including National Award-winning Marathi titles “Ventilator” (2016) and the soon-to-be-released “Paani”. “I said, ‘Listen, I’ve never produced a Hindi film. But under your tutelage, I would like to learn. Would you have me as a co-producer?’ And they were really wonderful, and they totally took me on.” In the film, Priyanka plays Aditi and Farhan Akhtar will be seen as Niren and she said the couple reminded her of her parents, Madhu and late Ashok Chopra, who died in 2013. “My parents were like that with me. They stood by me and supported me over their own dreams and ambitions. They sacrificed their lives so that I could have mine and I feel like in this cynical world today, where we somehow become solitary from our families. “This is the kind of family film that reminds you, how important family is and how important the support of your family is. I found that just so beautiful, especially in the world of today,” she said. Priyanka described Aditi as “a ferocious mom who was best friends with her daughter”, played by Zaira Wasim in the film. “I’m best friends with my mother. We party together, go to concerts and hang out. She has known my entire journey… from all my boyfriends to my husband. She has been my best person. Seeing that in Aditi to me was as if I was playing what my mother has been to me,” she said. The actor, who is married to American singer Nick Jonas, said she hopes to become a mother like Aditi one day. “I depended a lot on Shonali and Aditi to imbibe what it is like actually. The kind of mother I’m playing in this film is the kind of mom I hope to be someday,” she added. Also featuring Rohit Saraf, the film is slated to hit the screens on October 11.last_img read more

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New Delhi Facebookowned Instagram is rolling out

first_imgNew Delhi: Facebook-owned Instagram is rolling out a new mode called “Restrict” globally that will let users stop people who bully them via offensive posts or abusive comments. You can restrict someone by swiping left on a comment, through the Privacy tab in Settings, or directly on the profile of the account you intend to restrict, Instagram announced on Wednesday. “Starting today, you can protect your account from unwanted interactions with a new feature called Restrict. Once Restrict is enabled, comments on your posts from a person you have restricted will only be visible to that person,” said the company. You can choose to view the comment by tapping “See Comment”; approve the comment so everyone can see it, delete it or ignore it. “You won’t receive any notifications for comments from a restricted account,” the company added. Direct messages will automatically move to Message Request, and users will not receive notifications from a restricted account. “You can still view the messages but the restricted account will not be able to see when you’ve read their direct messages or when you are active on Instagram. You can choose to “Unrestrict” the account and future messages will go directly to your inbox,” the company added. Instagram is using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to detect bullying and other types of harmful content in comments, photos and videos. Last month, Instagram announced to restrict people under age 18 from viewing posts from celebrity influencers that promote cosmetic surgery and various weight-loss products. Certain posts will be hidden from users under age 18 while others will be removed from Instagram as well as parent company’s platform Facebook, said Instagram’s public policy manager Emma Collins.last_img read more

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New Delhi Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh s

first_imgNew Delhi: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said on Thursday former prime minister Manmohan Singh had agreed to join the first all-party “jatha” (delegation) to the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara to join the mega event after the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor. He said this after meeting with the former prime minister here. The Punjab chief minister also invited President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the 550th Prakash Purb celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev, including the historic opening of the Kartarpur Corridor. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework In separate meetings with the president and the prime minister here, he urged them to join the mega celebrations to mark the auspicious occasion. Singh told mediapersons that both Kovind and Modi had accepted the Punjab government’s invitation to be part of the historic celebrations and that the modalities of their visits would be chalked out after the Kartarpur Corridor opening programme was finalised with Pakistan. An official spokesperson said the details of the events were shared with the president and the prime minister and they were requested by the chief minister to attend the programmes as per their convenience. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: Reports However, he added that the chief minister had particularly urged them both to take part in the Kartarpur Corridor opening at Dera Baba Nanak and the main programme at Sultanpur Lodhi on November 12. “Former PM Dr Manmohan Singh accepts Captain Amarinder Singh’s invite to join 1st Jatha to Sri Kartarpur Gurdwara on Nov 9, will also attend Sultanpur Lodhi main event,” media adviser to the Punjab chief minister Raveen Thukral said in a tweet. During his meeting with the prime minister, Singh also urged for his personal intervention to facilitate the political clearance for allowing the special all-party “jatha” to visit Nankana Sahib in Pakistan, the birth place of the first Sikh guru, on the historic occasion. He requested that a group of 21 persons may be allowed to visit Nankana Sahib to organise a “path” (reading of religious scriptures) on the occasion of the 550th Prakash Purb from October 30 to November 3 and bring a “Nagar Kirtan” to Sultanpur Lodhi via Amritsar (Wagah) later in the day. The “Nagar Kirtan” will arrive at Sultanpur Lodhi in Punjab’s Kapurthala district on November 4. The chief minister has also written to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, seeking a formal clearance for the Nankana Sahib delegation visit and the “Nagar Kirtan” to be brought from Pakistan to Punjab, according to an official spokesperson. Giving details of the key events planned by the state government from November 5 to November 15 in connection with the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev, the chief minister said the flag-off ceremony will be preceded by a brief public meeting of devotees at Dera Baba Nanak. Further, in line with past practice, the Punjab government proposed to organise an all-party meeting from 11 am to 2 pm on November 1 at Sultanpur Lodhi, he added. The complete logistics and security arrangements for this meeting of pilgrims were being made by the state government, Singh told the prime minister and the president, extending a warm invitation on behalf of his government to them to make this a memorable experience for one and all.last_img read more

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New Delhi The Congress on Friday asked its former

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Friday asked its former Mumbai unit chief Sanjay Nirupam to stop fuelling conspiracy theories, after he launched a vitriolic attack on the party leadership for not granting party tickets to his supporters. Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari also asked former Haryana Congress unit chief Ashok Tanwar to stop making statements against the party ahead of the assembly elections in the state and asked him to act responsibly. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Tewari said the two leaders, who have held top positions in the party, should realise that their statements should not help those who have brought the nation to this passe. “Mr Sanjay Nirupam would be well advised to restrain himself. It would be appropriate if he does not kite fly these conspiracy theories that are unimaginative,” he told reporters. Tewari said it is understandable that there are differences over ticket distribution and these two leaders are angry over it, but asked them to work with maturity and sagacity. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi Nirupam, the former chief of Mumbai Congress, has launched a revolt against the party leadership after some of his supporters were not granted party ticket despite being recommended by him. The Congress also faces discontent in Haryana and Maharashtra over ticket distribution ahead of the assembly polls. Former chiefs of the party’s units in Haryana and Mumbai on Thursday resigned from the election committees and deciding to stay away from the campaign respectively. A day after protesting outside Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s residence in Delhi over alleged irregularities in ticket distribution, former Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar quit the election committees of the party but said he would continue to work as an ordinary party worker. Nirupam, who joined the Congress after he quit the Shiv Sena in 2005, has also threatened to quit the party.last_img read more