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Pakistan Prime minister Nawaz sherif speaks ‘Holier than thou’ February 24, 2017 19:51

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan and India should have friendly and good neighbourly relations and should avoid hatching conspiracies against each other. Sharif told reporters accompanying him on his visit to Turkey, "We [Pakistan and India] should maintain good relations and avoid involving in conspiracies against each other." Relationship between India and Pakistan have been strained for the past over an year. The bilateral ties nosedived particularly after the attack on Indian Army base in Uri on September 18 last year by Pakistan army trained and sponsored terrorists. India had conducted "surgical strikes" on the terrorist launchpads constructed by the Pakistan Army in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir as a response to the Uri attack. Regarding the recent incidents of terrorism in the country, Sharif said that some elements who were upset with the progress of Pakistan are behind the current spate of terror incidents. He expressed the government's resolve to eliminate terrorism at all costs.           "With our firm resolve, we will defeat those who are not digesting Pakistan's success on different fronts," he said, adding that the involvement of a foreign hand in terror activities in Pakistan could not be denied. By Premji

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PM to unveil 112 foot face of Lord Shiva February 24, 2017 13:03

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil the 112-foot face of Lord Shiva or 'Adiyogi' in Coimbatore on Friday. The statue has been funded by the Isha Foundation, founded by the popular yoga guru Jaggi Vasudev. According to SadhguruJaggi Vasudev, there are 112 chakras in the human body, with we can work on to explore 112 dimensions of life. Thus, there are 112 possibilities to experience the divine within you! Five facts of the 112 foot Adiyogi statue The Face of Lord Shiva statue is made of steel: Guru Jaggi Vasudev said. The face is not just for aesthetics, it has geometric significance. A unique way of crafting a metal statue,” he said. “Essentially, we have taken small pieces of metal and put it together. This is a very hard way to do it, but it is the most inexpensive. This is unique – it hasn’t been used elsewhere,” he added. It took 8 months to build the statue: “We took about 2.5 years to design the face but our in-house team built it in eight months. It is an incredible feat of engineering and has been done in a very unique way,” Vasudev said. It weighs 500 tonnes: “We have done it on a small budget, but in quite an ingenious manner. Also, we have made Adiyogi in such way that it needs least amount of maintenance, which is important long-term,” Vasudev said. The reason behind the statue being 112-foot tall: Sadguru said about the significance of 112 feet: “Symbolically, 112 is a significant number because Adiyogi opened up 112 possibilities for human beings to reach their ultimate potential. According to him, there is also a scientific significance — there are 112 chakras in the human system, with which you can work, to explore 112 dimensions of life. “In pursuit of the divine, you don’t have to look up because it not somewhere else. Each of the 112 possibilities is a method to experience the divine within you. You just have to pick one,” Vasudev added. The face of Adiyogi will be the largest face of its kind on the planet: “This face is not a deity or temple, this is an iconic inspiration. The idea is not to build one more monument but to use it as a galvanizing force towards self-transformation,” Vasudev said. According to him, in the yogic culture, Shiva is not known as God, but as Adiyogi or the first yogi – the originator of yoga. “He was the one who first put this seed into the human mind that one can evolve if one is willing to strive. Yoga went everywhere not as a religion, belief system or philosophy but as methods,” he elaborated. Isha Foundation will be installing 112-foot tall faces of Lord Shiva or `Adiyogi’ in the other three regions of the country – east, north and west. “We want to place these tall faces of Adiyogi in four corners of the country. The first one is in the south, at the Isha Yoga Centre, Coimbatore. The eastern one will most likely be in Varanasi. For the north, it will be somewhere north of Delhi and the western one will be in Mumbai,” Vasudev said. By Premji

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PMs master stroke on Akhilesh’s Gadha jibe February 23, 2017 17:38

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a point-by-point rebuttal for Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s recent donkey jibe aimed at him and Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan. Modi had said that he would have understood had Akhilesh attacked him or the BJP, but he could not fathom why the UP CM attacked donkeys that were thousands of miles away in Gujarat. He questioned Akhilesh’s fear of donkeys and said the animal is loyal to its masters. Earlier, Akhilesh had made opaque attack on Modi while referring to an advertisement of Gujarat government. He had said: “Ek gadhe ka vigyapan aata hai, main iss sadi ke sabse bade mahanayak se kahunge ke ab aap Gujarat ke gadhon ka prachar mat kariye (I would urge the Superstar of the Century-Amitabh-to stop advertising for donkeys of Gujarat).” “Akhileshji, aapne jinse haath milaya hai ye wahi log hain jinhone pichli sarkar mei unhi gadhon ke naam se stamp nikala tha. MLAs of your party are accused in heinous crimes and Akhilesh ji you are asking for votes on their names? UP doesn’t deserve such a government,” said Modi. He said, “When people start some good work, they chant Gayantri Mantra. But there are two people who, during election campaigning, are chanting Gayatri Prajapati’s name. Those people who chant Gayatri Prajapati’s name and ask for votes trample upon the ambitions of common people while in power.” By Premji

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BMC polls, Shiv Sena, BJP leads, Congress wiped out February 23, 2017 16:40

Trends so far indicate that Shiv Sena, which has been at the helm of the civic body for 20 years, has emerged as the largest party in the civic house. The party is leading in more than 90 seats of the 227-member corporation, with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the second position, leading in more than 70 seats. It is yet not clear whether the Sena will cross 100. It will need 114 seats to win power on its own. Congress had a dismal performance indicating the process of Congress mukt Bharat. NCP also slided down. MNS proved it does not have any significance in the Maharashtrian politics. "The BJP is the number one party in Maharashtra," BJP leader Vinod Tawde, who is also the state's Education Minister, told the reporters outside the party office in Mumbai amid bursting of firecrackers by BJP workers. "This result is a befitting reply to Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut, who had said the BJP did not have the 'aukat' (ability) to win even 40 seats in the BMC," Tawde said. Kirit Somaiya who had levelled corruption charges against Shiv Sena hit out saying, "We have done it." Somaiya's son Neil has won the seat against Sena's Mukesh Karia. "We have worked hard to reach the number one position in Maharashtra and have taken the party beyond Mumbai and Thane," Maharashtra BJP chief spokesperson Madhav Bhandari said. By Premji

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Rangoon Movie Review February 23, 2017 13:35

Rangoon is an intense love story that has been set during 1940s during the Second World War. Rangoon revolves around three characters Russi Billimoria (Saif Ali Khan), Jamadar Nawab Malik (Shahid Kapoor) and Julia (Kangana Ranaut). While Russi is an action hero and a filmmaker, Julia is a famous actress and Nawab is the game changer. Rangoon is all about the love stories between them and is showcased about the love, passion and emotions. Watch Rangoon to know about the complete story and what happened next.

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Bharti Airtel to take over Telenor India February 23, 2017 12:55

Bharti Airtel Limited (Airtel) will be taking over Telenor’s India operations in a 100 percent acquisition. Airtel will take the complete control of Telenor India’s operations, licenses and operations, which will also include all the employees of the company as well as its customer base. Chief Executive Officer of Telenor Group, Sigve Brekke said, “The decision to exit India has not been taken lightly. After thorough consideration, it is our view that the significant investments needed to secure Telenor India’s future business on a standalone basis would not have given an acceptable level of return.” Gopal Vittal, Managing Director and CEO (India and South Asia), Bharti Airtel, said, “On completion, the proposed acquisition will undergo seamless integration, both on the customer as well as the network side and further strengthen our market position considerably in several key circles,” The acquisition needs necessary approvals from the regulatory authorities, such as from the Department of Telecommunications in India (DoT) as well as the Competition Commission of India. Telenor will retain the exposure to the claims for the time period when Telenor has ownership of operations. The acquisition is likely to be completed in a period of 12 month. By Premji

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3 killed 6 injured in a shootout at shopian February 23, 2017 11:38

In a militant attack on the wee hours of Thursday in Shopian district of South Kashmir, three army men and a woman were killed while five army personnel were injured. The attack happened in the Mulu Chitragam area of Shopian around 60kms from Srinagar, militants ambushed a patrolling party of 44-RR at around 2:00am. They were returning from cordon and search operation in a nearby village Kungnoo. The army personnel who were martyred in the attack have been identified as Sreejit MJ, Vikas Kumar and Ghulam Muhammad Rather, while the injured include Lt Col Mukesh Jha, Major Amardeep Singh, Surendra Kumar, Sumer Singh and Ajay Pal. “While returning from Kungnoo, the CASO party was attacked by unknown militants at Mulu Chitragam at about 2 am resulting in injuries to six army personnel including two officers of whom three succumbed to their injuries,” the official statement of police said. Former chief minister and the opposition National Conference leader Omar abdullah, in response to the incident tweeted, “Tragic news & deeply worrying situation in the valley. May the souls of the departed rest in peace.” “South Kashmir as a whole is a major concern for us as for as militancy is concerned. However, Pulwama and Shopian area a major concern as we have both militancy and law and order problem here,” a senior police official said. By Premji

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Relief for 70+ citizens February 22, 2017 17:39

People above 70 years of age will be spared by the tax department and will not carry out any further verification for cash deposits up to Rs. 5 lakh made   after the note ban, but the limit is fixed at Rs. 2.5 lakh for other individuals. “There is absolutely no cause for panic. We are not going after everyone who deposited their holding of the demonetised currency in bank accounts between November 8 and December 30, 2016. Very clear thresholds have been set for tax department to take up deposits for verification. I repeat, it is for verification and not scrutiny or assessment,” a senior Finance Ministry official said. “The threshold for further verification of cash deposits is Rs. 2.5 lakh for persons upto 70 years age and Rs. 5 lakh for taxpayers above 70 years where the source of such deposits is household savings and savings from past income and the individual does not have any business income,” he said. The official said that these verifications are being sought to be done online and any person of up to 70 years of age, who has deposited more than Rs. 2.5 lakh in cash, has to go to the I-T department website and explain the source of deposit. “No inquiry or third party verification will be initiated outside the e-verification.” By Premji

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Strong commitment for Sino-India ties February 22, 2017 17:34

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had held talks with China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi and expressed strong commitment to develop positive relations despite the differences over Beijing’s reluctance to support India’s NSG bid as well as a UN ban on JeM chief Masood Azhar. “We truly hope that in the year ahead our two countries can enhance our exchanges and mutually beneficial cooperation so that we can jointly contribute more to peace and stability and development of our region and the world at large,” Yang said, recalling President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit last year. Jaishankar said, “it’s very good to be back (to Beijing). I come with nostalgia and very good feelings and also a very strong sense of commitment to maintain the relationship”. Jaishankar added, “this is not just a meeting between me and my counterpart, it is preceded by consultations” on a host of issues. “China has a very strong, principled position on counter-terrorism. We hope the position China already has will be further implemented,” Jaishankar said, adding that discussions with China over the matter are still going on. “Whether last year’s application by India or this year’s by relevant country our position is consistent. Our criteria is only one, we need solid evidence. If there is solid evidence the application can be approved. If there is no solid evidence there is hardly consensus,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said. He reiterated China’s stand, “We stick to two-step approach namely, first NSG members need to arrive at a set of principles for the entry of NSG by non-NPT state parties and then move forward discussions of specific cases.” “India wants to export more to China. We want to have more market access in China,” Shaktikanta Das, Secretary Economic Affairs said, urging China to further open up sectors like IT software and agricultural products. By Premji

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Satya Nadella, unveils tech for semi-skilled February 22, 2017 16:05

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella had made a strong case for using digital technologies to empower the common man and has launched a slew of India-centric initiatives, including a platform to connect semi-skilled workers with employers. "If digital technology is only the purview of the large businesses and the start-ups, I think that is not sufficient for an economy to make progress," the India-born Nadella said speaking at a company event. "We can celebrate technology, but if it doesn't truly empower every Indian and every Indian organisation to achieve more...we would have achieved nothing," he said. The global giant has introduced the 'Sangam' platform, which is based on the world's largest professional networking site LinkedIn and is also owned by the company, which will help the semi-skilled workers to get job opportunities. "We now need to extend this (LinkedIn) to middle skill and low-skill (workers), (provide) vocational training for job opportunities for everyone," he said, adding that sectors like hospitality can benefit from it. Nadella was quite appreciative on the progress of Aadhaar, and said that 'India Stack' is driving a lot of innovation at the Microsoft. India Stack is a part of 'Digital India' program aimed at treating the information as a utility.Instead of a top down approach, the government has launched an open application programming interface policy. By Premji

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