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Amy Winehouse’s charity sets up rehab house

Amy Winehouse’s charity sets up rehab house

London:

The Amy Winehouse Foundation — a charity set up in memory of the late English singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse — has partnered with a housing provider to open a home for women recovering from alcohol and drug addiction.
This has been done to mark the star’s fifth death anniversary.

Winehouse died aged 27 in July 2011 from accidental alcohol poisoning.

The Foundation was set up by her family following the singer’s death, and works to prevent young people misusing alcohol and drugs, as well as to support disadvantaged young people to help them fulfil their potential.

Known as Amy’s Place, the recovery house is based in east London and aims to help recovering female addicts reintegrate into society and sustain their recovery, The Guardian reported.

It will be made up of 12 self-contained apartments, four of which are two-bed, and can house up to 16 women.

Dominic Ruffy, the special project director at the Amy Winehouse Foundation, said it decided to set up Amy’s Place because of the general lack of women-specific services for addiction treatment in Britain, despite research showing that women have a far greater chance of relapse without such support.

“There are about six women-only rehabs, and beyond that, there is an even greater paucity of women-specific recovery housing beds,” Ruffy said.

“There is only one other women-only recovery house in London and it’s only a four-bed with a six-month waiting list,” he added.

–IANS

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Gujarat CM Anandiben finally offers to quit

Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel
Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel
Mumbai: Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel addresses during `Vibrant Gujarat-2015`- a business roadshow in Mumbai, on Nov 17, 2014. (File Photo: Sandeep Mahankal/IANS)

Gujarat CM Anandiben finally offers to quit

Ahmedabad:

Ending months of speculation, Gujarat’s first woman Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Monday offered to quit in keeping with the BJP’s “laudable tradition” of leaders vacating their posts as they turn 75.
In a letter to national BJP president Amit Shah, the contents of which she posted on Facebook in Gujarati, Patel says: “I turn 75 in November but I am requesting the party leadership to relieve me now to allow more time to the new incumbent.”

Patel, whose image had taken several beatings during the past over a year, said the state government’s ambitious biennial Vibrant Gujarat global investors meet is scheduled for January while the crucial state assembly elections fall in December 2017. “If I am relieved now, the new Chief Minister will have time to prepare for these two important events.”

Besides criticism for her inept handling of the pitched 10-month-old reservation agitation by the Patels, a caste that has long been a key political constituency of the BJP, her image also took a beating during the more recent Dalit uprising after the flogging of Dalit youths in Una by cow vigilantes, that has led to widespread condemnation. Over 30 Dalit organisations came under one banner to protest atrocities against the community in Gujarat at a massive gathering here on Sunday.

Neither Amit Shah nor state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Vijay Rupani expressed any surprise at this sudden move. Rather they praised “the spirit with which she has made the offer”.

A senior party leader, reacting to the news, said: “Everybody knew this was to come, it was long overdue.”

The Chief Minister, who also read out her Facebook post to local TV channels, said this was her second letter to the leadership to relieve her from the post.

In a tacit confirmation that he knew this was coming, Amit Shah said: “It is quite commendable that she has sought to honour this tradition of the party of leaders retiring at the age of 75.”

He said, “She has been requesting me for quite some time and also wrote to me earlier to relieve her from her responsibilities. But I could not look into her request in view of several other engagements, like the panchayat elections in Gujarat.”

“Now, I will pass on this letter to the party’s central parliamentary board to take a decision. Possible replacements will be discussed by the board.”

While Patel has found a sanctuary in the fact that she turns 75, the party’s central leadership would appreciate the high moral ground she took and thus be spared the trouble of having to remove her.

A Gujarat leader said, “Had she gone just like that, it would mean the central leadership has conceded that she failed.”

Born in 1941, Patel turns 75 on November 21. State BJP chief Vijay Rupani also conceded this as he said, “We are proud of her decision to follow the good traditions being established by our party. Nobody pressured her to quit, this is her own decision.”

The buzz that Anandiben, who took charge on May 23, 2014, would be asked to resign anytime began right since the BJP’s shocking debacle during the crucial elections to the local self-government bodies in the state in December-January last.

However, this was apparently delayed because of the BJP’s impressive performance in several states, like Assam, and then in a few by-elections back home.

Ahmed Patel, Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat and political adviser to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, said the resignation only went to prove that the BJP is headed for defeat in the 2017 Vidhan Sabha elections in Gujarat.

Gurudas Kamat, Congress general secretary incharge of Gujarat, said Anandiben Patel’s resignation was overdue. The BJP leadership tried to protect her for several months in spite of growing unrest among Dalits due to the increasing incidents of atrocities on them and the brutal manner of the handling of the Patidar reservation stir, he said.

“Corruption had also run riot in the state during her rule and it would be like rubbing salt into sore wounds if she is taken into the union cabinet or appointed as a Governor,” he added.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, reacting to the resignation, termed it as a victory of his party’s crusade against corruption in the Gujarat government.

–IANS

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Anandiben’s letter to be placed before BJP parliamentary board: Amit Shah

Anandiben’s letter to be placed before BJP parliamentary board: Amit Shah

New Delhi:

BJP President Amit Shah said on Monday that he will place before the party’s parliamentary board — one of the BJP’s apex decision-making forum — a letter from Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel asking the leadership to relieve her of her post.
“The spirit that she has expressed, we will place it before the parliamentary board. The next course of action will follow accordingly,” Shah said here.

He indicated that the parliamentary board would also take a decision on the new Chief Minister.

Referring to the contents of the letter, Shah said Patel had written that the new Chief Minister will need time to prepare for the assembly polls expected by the end of next year.

He said the state will also be hosting the Vibrant Gujarat summit in January next year.

Shah praised the work of Anandiben Patel, saying she had taken forward the work done by Narendra Modi as Chief Minister.

“She has had a successful tenure,” he said.

In a Facebook post in Gujarati, Patel on Monday called upon the BJP leadership to “relieve” her from her present responsibilities in keeping with the party’s laudable tradition of leaders who turn 75 vacating their posts.

–IANS

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Rana, Prakash Raj don retro avatar for TV commercial

Rana, Prakash Raj don retro avatar for TV commercial

Chennai:

Southern film actors Rana Daggubati and Prakash Raj will be seen in retro avatar for an upcoming television commercial of a Delhi-based brand.
“Rana and Prakash Raj have been roped in as the ambassadors of this Delhi-based brand. As part of the brand’s television commercial, they will be seen in retro comical avatar. The TVC will be officially launched very soon,” a source in the know of the project, told IANS.

This will be the first time they will be seen together in a commercial.

On the acting front, Rana is shooting for S.S. Rajamouli’s “Baahubali 2”, while Prakash Raj is busy with Telugu-Kannada bilingual directorial project, “Mana Oori Ramayanam”.

–IANS

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Anandiben asks BJP to relieve her as Chief Minister

Anandiben asks BJP to relieve her as Chief Minister

Ahmedabad:

Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel has called upon the BJP leadership to “relieve” her from her present responsibilities in keeping with the “party’s laudable tradition” of leaders who turn 75 vacating their posts.
In a Facebook post in Gujarati on Monday, Patel says:“I turn 75 in November but I would request the leadership to relieve me now to allow more time to the new incumbent.”

Patel said the State government’s ambitious biennial Vibrant Gujarat meet this year-end and the crucial state assembly elections fall next year. She said,“The new Chief Minister will thus have adequate time to prepare for these important events.”

–IANS

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Tech Mahindra’s net profit up 20.5% in Q1

Tech Mahindra’s net profit up 20.5% in Q1

Mumbai:

Information technology (IT) major Tech Mahindra on Monday reported a 20.5 percent rise in its consolidated net profit to Rs 750 crore in the quarter ended June 30, 2016 as compared to Rs 622.5 crore in the corresponding period last year.
Its revenue for the quarter stood at Rs 6,921 crore, up 10 percent from Rs 6,294 crore in the year-ago quarter. “We have had a steady quarter in spite of the seasonal weakness in our mobility business,” said company Vice Chairman Vineet Nayyar.

The IT solution provider’s operating profit in the quarter was at Rs 1,029 crore, up 13.7 percent.

“Our business has done well on several parameters like large client growth, digital wins and strong cash flows. Automation and delivery excellence are the two focus areas for the going forward,” said Managing Director and CEO C.P. Gurnani.

The company said in a statement that it augmented digital portfolio with acquisition of leading digital change agents – The Bio Agency UK.

It has also entered into an agreement to acquire Target group, one of the leading processing platform companies in Britain. “The acquisition strengthens its BFSI practice by access to IP and a platform which helps automate end-to-end processes in the lending, investments and insurance market,” it said.

–IANS

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I can never be a director: Alia Bhatt

I can never be a director: Alia Bhatt

New Delhi:

Alia Bhatt has showcased her acting prowess and singing skills as well as her fashionable side, but the actress says she will never wear the director’s hat for any project.
The daughter of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and yesteryear actress Soni Razdan added that she can plunge into the filmmaking business as a producer, but never as a director.

“Maybe I can produce (films) one day, but I don’t think I can ever be a director because being a director takes a lot. I don’t think I have that capability,” Alia told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

Since her debut project “Student of the Year” in 2012, she has delivered laudable performances in films like “Highway”, “2 States”, “Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania”, “Kapoor and Sons” and “Udta Punjab”. Her only setback was last year’s “Shaandaar”.

Asked if she takes any guidance from her family, she said: “While making the film no advice comes from my parents. All advice comes from my director.”

The actress will next be seen in director Gauri Shinde’s upcoming “Dear Zindagi” alongside superstar Shah Rukh Khan. The film will release on November 25.

–IANS

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Three killed, two missing in Meghalaya floods

Three killed, two missing in Meghalaya floods

Tura (Meghalaya):

Three people – a young woman and two minors, drowned and two others were missing in the flood-hit areas of western Meghalaya on Saturday, even as thousands of people are living in makeshift shelters.
The flood waters, which have affected the normal life of over one lakh people in 258 villages, have however started to recede in some of the affected areas, West Garo Hills District Magistrate Pravin Bakshi told IANS.

“Two minors – 16-year-old boy Asraful Hoque and eight-year-old girl Atuba Begum – and 19-year-old Sahida Bibi died due to drowning in the flood waters,” he said, adding two people are reportedly missing, and efforts are on to trace them.

A total number of 1,21,535 people in 258 villages were affected after the swollen Brahmaputra and Jingiram rivers submerged many villages under Phulbari, Rajabala, Singimari, Paham, Bhaitbari and Hallidayganj areas.

The Jingiram, one of the major rivers in Garo Hills, caused havoc after a major embankment was breached. The backflow of water in the Brahmaputra in Assam aggravated the floods.

National Peoples Party President, Conrad K. Sangma, who is the Lok Sabha member from Tura, urged the state government to ensure supply of essential commodities and safe drinking water to the affected people besides taking immediate steps to prevent outbreak of water-borne diseases.

“I have visited almost all the flood-hit areas and the immediate plea of the affected people was to ensure food supplies,” Sangma told IANS.

Sangma, who had urged the central government to declare the flood as a national calamity, suggested the Meghalaya government to seek the assistance of Department of Space for accurate assessment of damage caused by the floods on agricultural lands.

Speaker Abu Taher Mondal, who has been camping in his Phulbari assembly constituency, said that government will start the supply of relief material to displaced people from Sunday.

Bakshi said the government has placed over 100 boats at different locations for relief and rescue operations.

He said that there was a heavy loss of agriculture, and as per the reports of the agriculture department, 2,223.3 hectares were affected along with 258 villages.

Health authorities in the Garo Hills on Monday said they feared an epidemic if precautions are not taken after floodwaters recede.

“We are apprehending that many water-borne diseases might break out in the flood-hit areas once the water-level starts receding in the next 10 to 15 days,” a health official said.

The medical department has also announced precautionary measures to check the outbreak of diseases.

Public Health Engineering (PHE) officials have distributed chlorine tablets and bleaching powder among the people to prevent any outbreak of water-borne diseases.

–IANS

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Infosys promotes Krishnamurthy to president in re-jig

Infosys promotes Krishnamurthy to president in re-jig

Bengaluru:

Software major Infosys Ltd promoted its Executive Vice President Rajesh Krishnamurthy to the post of President in a minor re-jig in the top management, a company official said on Saturday.
“Krishnamurthy has been promoted,” the official told IANS but did not elaborate further.

Prior to his elevation, Krishnamurthy was head of energy, utilities, resources, and telecom service lines. He replaced Sanjay Purohit as head of consulting services, which faced headwinds in discretionary spending during the April-June first quarter of this fiscal.

After the recent exit of top level executive Manish Tandon, the company entrusted healthcare, insurance and life sciences to Mohit Joshi and Sandeep Dadlani, who were made presidents, along with head of delivery Ravi Kumar in the rejig recently.

“The latest round of top-level changes would help the company restore some of the shine it lost during the June quarter,” Infosys chief executive Vishal Sikka said in an e-mail letter to the employees early this month.

Admitting that the consulting team had seen short-term challenges in the quarter, Sikka said under Krishnamurthy’s leadership, the consulting unit business was poised to restore to grow and evolve towards the tip of the spear.

“Our revenue growth of 2.2 per cent to $2,501 million, included a shortfall in consulting revenue, some declines in package implementations, and small declines in our India business and Finacle,” Sikka said.

As head of Infosys Europe, Krishnamurthy also oversaw the company’s operations in the region.

“Krishnamurthy is an integral part of the Infosys success story. In a 23-year career, he held senior positions across business units in all major markets. While leading large transformation projects, he realizes compelling value for clients through his industry knowledge and technology expertise,” the company said in its annual report.

Krishnamurthy is also on the board of the company’s overseas subsidiaries — Infosys Lodestone, Infosys Sweden, Infosys BPO Poland and Infosys BPO Czech Republic.

–IANS

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India must try to become developed country by 2030: Jaitley

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Arun Jaitley
New Delhi: Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley addresses during the 1st Memorial Lecture on Former President of India late APJ Abdul Kalam, in New Delhi on July 30, 2016. (Photo: IANS)

India must try to become developed country by 2030: Jaitley

New Delhi:

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said that India needs to see if the target of becoming a developed country can be achieved by 2030, having missed keeping former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s target of 2020.
“We have missed the bus for Kalam’s vision of making India a developed country by 2020. The date needs to be pushed further,” he said during the first Memorial Lecture on Kalam.

“Instead of 2020, if we push it to 2030, India has to follow a roadmap. It will need all investments from private sector and on the global sphere as well, larger resources and push from the banking sector,” he said.

The government will always do investment, but investment from private sector will come only if India becomes the best place to invest, he said.

“For that India needs an easy business environment and needs to get rid of corruption.

“We may have opened up foreign direct investment, but in the land and construction requirement, India still ranks 183 out of 190 nations,” Jaitley said, adding: “This change needs to come at the state level else adverse environment is created which leads to loss in revenue.”

On the taxation front, he said the indirect taxes have to be best in comparison to the world.

Hinting towards Goods and Services Tax (GST) coming in soon, he said: “The whole idea of one nation, one tax gives ease and freedom from any form of corruption.”

Noting India has made progress towards infrastructure expenditure and has highways comparable to the best in the world, he also stressed that it should also move towards being a pensioned society.

“All developed countries of the world have pension and insurance. Something India is still finding it hard to accept. Some of the recommendations in my last budget for 7th Pay Commission… I found employees didn’t like the idea of insurances and pension.

“The hallmark of a developed society is that it must become a pensioned society and insurance-secured society. You must be secured in your old age by what you have invested during your earning career, that is extremely important,” Jaitley said.

The government has also launched financial inclusion scheme, where every Indian family has to get a bank account, and the Mudra scheme, where people who are not able to get jobs can turn entrepreneurs, so that skills can be developed, he added.

The finance minister said that the government will fulfil targets of electrification of every village by 2018 and giving road connectivity to every village by 2019, but said India also needs a network of educational institutes to move towards a developed society.

He said that Kalam had realized that India being an over-populated country needs to convert its human resource into an educated resource to achieve the aim of being a developed country.

“If India has to achieve the target by 2030, we have to avoid policy diversions from the agenda of development. Matters of region, religion, caste, etc. can deflect the development agenda. We need a closure on these diversions,” he added.

–IANS
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Hillary Clinton accepts historic Democratic presidential nomination

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
PHILADELPHIA, July 29, 2016 (Xinhua) — U.S. Democratic Nominee for President Hillary Clinton speaks on the last day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the United States, July 28, 2016. Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday formally accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for president and pledged more economic opportunities for Americans and “steady leadership.” (Xinhua/Li Muzi/IANS)

Hillary Clinton accepts historic Democratic presidential nomination

By Arul Louis

Philadelphia:

Promising a populist agenda to build a better nation based on unity, Hillary Clinton on Thursday night accepted the Democratic Party’s historic presidential nomination making her the first women candidate of a major US party and challenged Republican rival Donald Trump on what she said was his message of hate and divisiveness.

“It is with humility, determination and boundless confidence in America’s promise that I accept your nomination for President of the United States,” Clinton said to thunderous applause at the Wells Fargo Centre in Philadelphia.

“Your cause is our cause,” she declared as her party members waved placards and flags and roared their support. “Our country needs your ideas and commitment.”

She promised to take on Wall Street, large corporations and the rich to make them pay their fair share of taxes and treat workers fairly.

The former First Lady also said she would penalise corporations that send jobs abroad and hit out at Trump for having some of his products manufactured abroad, mentioning picture frames made in India.

At the same time she promised stern action against terrorism, but by working with allies. Clinton said she would strike the Islamic State (IS) terror group from the air and and empower allies to defeat them, while countering its appeal to youth.

She invoked the commitment of Humayun Khan, a 27-year-old Pakistani American Army captain, killed in 2004 in Iraq trying to save his soldiers, and Nat Kaine, the Marine son of her Vice President nominee, Tim Kaine, to protect the US to declare her commitment the armed forces and to keeping the nation safe.

Philadelphia was where the US Independence Declaration was signed 240 years ago. From the Convention in the city, the party and the nation should message of unity, liberty and equality enshrined in it, she said.

The former Secretary of State presented her vision of a “country that works for everyone, not only those at the top.

Clinton promised to work to bring jobs, penalise corporations that hurt workers, and improve the life of the citizens. She said she would work along with the Republican Party to make the biggest investments since the Second World War to create jobs.

In an appeal to the Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ backers and to assuage the sense of economic insecurity that plagues also the supporters of Trump, she said, “Our economy isn’t working the way it should because democracy isn’t working the way it should.”

She said that she would appoint Supreme Court judges who would overturn judgments that allowed some types of political donations and, if necessary, introduce a constitutional amendment.

“Wall Street will not be allowed to wreck Main Street,” she said, outlining her populist agenda.

Corporations, Wall Street and the rich will be made to pay more taxes, Clinton added.

Working with Sanders, she said she would work to make college tuition free and eliminate college tuition debts.

Overcoming an early party leadership crisis and the persistent vociferous opposition to her from the supporters of insurgent rival, Sanders, the Convention ended generally on an upbeat note.

In a political coup to tamp down dissent and build unity for the party, Sanders on Tuesday night asked the convention to discard the votes cast for him and nominate Clinton unanimously by acclamation.

Pockets of resistance persisted with the Sanderistas – the supporters of Sanders – booing her speech.

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama addressed the Convention and gave her a resounding endorsement and declare Clinton the leader to pick up the baton and give the nation continuity and strong leadership.

The coronation of the Clinton dynasty came eight years late after Hillary Clinton’s first bid for the presidency was waylaid by President Barack Obama, who came from behind and seized the party’s nomination in 2008 and went on to become the first African-American to lead the US. And it was 24 years after her husband, Bill Clinton (1993-2001), was crowned with the party’s nomination.

Now comes the momentous task of waging a tough electoral battle against Republican Donald Trump, who has taken the campaign to new levels of bitter and aggressive animosity.

The Democratic Party presented her as an amalgam of compassion and toughness, a leader who can heal the economic, social and racial of the nation, but is also has the steely resolve to taken the enemies of her nation.

Trump loomed large over the Convention as an ominous presence that Democrats saw as a divisive and disrupt force. Clinton said he had taken the country from “morning in America to midnight”.

he conceded there was economic stagnation and various problems, but the nation still remained strong and a beacon of multi-ethnic harmony that inspired the world.

“Don’t trust anyone who says he alone can fix” the nation, she said.

For the Convention’s finale, Chelsea Clinton introduced her mother extolling her commitment to public service and the values of compassion for the less fortunate she instilled.She said Hillary Clinton keeps going amid the sound and fury of politics despite setbacks because of her commitment.

Patriotism was the theme of one of the last segments of the Convention showing support of military veterans, placards with “USA” shouts of “USA,USA” by the audience and a show of cards by participants to spell out a patriotic theme.

The displays sought to douse Republican Party criticism and to seek to reassure a nation uneasy with terror and Islamic radicalism – a fear Trump has mined – that Clinton would be a determined leader who would keep the country safe and at the same time douse anti-Americanism at home.

A Sikh ex-serviceman, Major Kamaljeet Singh, in a pink turban stood with his colleagues behind retired General John Allen, who declared, “We are the greatest country on the planet”.

As the audience shouted, “USA, USA,”, he said that under Clinton the country will not “abandon the world,” and pursue our enemies defeat the IS and stop the spread of nuclear weapons.

To rebut Donald Trump plans on Muslim immigration, Khizr Khan, the father of a 27-year-old Pakistani American Army captain, Humayun Khan, killed in 2004 in Iraq trying to save his soldiers from a bomb, challenged Trump, “You are asking Americans to trust you with their future. Let me ask you, if you have read the US Constitution?”

He added, “We will become stronger when Clinton becomes president.”

The four-day convention began on an uneasy note with the party chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigning after WikiLeaks revealed emails by party leaders strategising to undermine Sanders, who is Jewish by portraying him as an atheist, and a vociferous revolt by his supporters.

The scenario changed on the second day, when Sanders strongly endorsed her. Every major political speaker from Obama to Clinton herself praised Sanders for bringing progressive ideas to the public discourse.

Now in the tight race, polls have been seesawing. The latest polls released Thursday and consolidated by Real Clear Politics showed Clinton leading by between 1 per cent and 9 per cent, enjoying a bounce from the Convention coverage and reversing Trump’s edge.

Keeping and building the lead will require reaching out to discontented Republicans made uneasy by Trump’s rhetoric and anti-establishment streak. Besides adding to her margins, the Republicans may offset any loss of votes from die-hard Sandrs supporters.

The Convention presented a parade of Republican Party notables and a Texas sherrif designed to appeal to them.

Doug Elmet, who had worked with late President Ronald Reagan (1981-1989) as his spokesperson, declared “Trump is no Reagan,” the icon of the right, and said he would vote Democrat for the first time.

Sherriff Lupe Valdez spoke in defence of her beleaguered law enforcement colleagues under attack from sections of the Democratic Party base. She went on to present family members of police off killed in action.

With a large number of voters questioning her trustworthiness because of the email scandal involving her communications being kept on a private computer in contravention of government rules and her handling of the Benghazi attack on the US consulate there and it aftermath, Obama took on the issue head-on.

In his endorsement speech he admitted she made mistakes, but so had everyone at some time. Sitting on the sidelines was not the way to avoid mistakes he said.

(Arul Louis can be reached at the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia at arul.l@ians.in)

–IANS

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Quality education is imperative in India: Ansari

Quality education is imperative in India: Ansari

Aligarh:

Vice President Hamid Ansari on Friday said that in today’s India where the operative slogan is ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’, educational progress starting with quality elementary, secondary and skills education is imperative if all segments of society have to be together.
Addressing the inaugural session of a seminar on “Educational Development of Weaker Sections” here, organized by the Duty Society, Aligarh Muslim University, he said that the lofty ideals enshrined in our Constitution are realizable only through equality of status and opportunity which, in turn, are contingent on an educated citizen body.

Citing figures from various government reports on the educational status of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and religious minorities, Ansari said that despite the initiatives of successive governments, the corrective in its totality cannot come from the government alone and has to be supported and supplemented by public and community initiatives.

He lamented that this lack of community level effort is particularly noticeable amongst the Muslims.

–IANS

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Haryana ex-minister Ajay Singh alleges humiliation, quits Congress

Haryana ex-minister Ajay Singh alleges humiliation, quits Congress

New Delhi:

Senior Congress leader and former Haryana minister Captain Ajay Singh Yadav on Friday said he was quitting the party as he felt humiliated.
Listing several reasons for his disenchantment with the party, he said the immediate provocation was that he was not invited to a meeting of senior Haryana Congress leaders called by Kamal Nath, who is in charge of the party’s affairs in the state.

Yadav made his displeasure public on the social media on Friday.

“Mr. Kamal Nath, you in a month misled high command and undermined my prestige. You have 40 years of experience but I too have 30 years of work,” Yadav posted on Twitter.

“Some people are misleading and undermining my endurance and capacity to work for the party and I believe in destiny, God, karma and friends,” the former minister added.

Apart from Kamal Nath, Yadav also made his differences with former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda known.

“My father was true a Congressman and I too and had great faith in the Nehru-Gandhi family but B.S. Hooda is supreme and others are insignificant,” Yadav wrote.

“I gave my youth and life for the Congress and worked as a true soldier of the party but my ego has been hurt. I quit the Congress,” he said.

Yadav also posted a letter on Facebook, saying in return for devoting his entire youth and life to a great party, he got “humiliation, pain and ill health”.

“I was tormented mentally by those leaders who treated the government machinery as their fief and looted the exchequer. I had written all this in a letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, because I have good relations with her and she has given me due importance.”

“I will always respect her as she is the wife of my guru, the late Rajiv Gandhi. I believe some people around her are blackmailing and misleading her. She gave me promotion but Bhupender Singh Hooda reversed it. Hooda is damaging the Congress ideology,” Yadav wrote on Facebook.

He said he was quitting the Congress “with a heavy heart”.

–IANS

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Sanjay Dutt says ‘Munnabhai 3’ to release in 2018

Sanjay Dutt says ‘Munnabhai 3’ to release in 2018

Mumbai:

Actor Sanjay Dutt says that the much anticipated third part of the successful franchise “Munnabhai” will release in 2018.
At a media interaction on the occasion of his 57th birthday, Sanjay said: “My movie with (Vidhu) Vinod Chopra sahab will start in November, it is called ‘Marco’. And after that, I am doing a film with Mahesh Manjrekar, it is a remake of ‘De Dhakka’, and then there is a good line-up of movies.”

About “De Dhakka”, he added, “It is a family film and it’s about how a broken family reunites. He (Manjrekar) has adapted it well, let’s see what happens.”

Asked about “Munnabhai 3”, he said, “2018.”

Asked the reason for the delay, considering the excitement in fans for the film, he said: “That you should ask Raju Hirani and Vinod sir. Even I am waiting for ‘Munnabhai’.”

Recently, Arshad Warsi, whose character Circuit plays sidekick to Sanjay’s Munnabhai, had stated that the film has got delayed as Hirani’s biopic on Sanjay with Ranbir Kapoor in the lead is yet to go on floors despite initially being set to begin in June.

Asked about the biopic, Sanjay said: “First of all, I am not acting in it; I think it would be shot in February.”

A special apperance maybe? “I don’t know that I will ask Raju sir about it.”

He also said, “I have started working out, I do martial arts. I spend four hours in the gym in a day. I have quit drinking. You should not drink alcohol. There is a very strict diet for me, grilled fish, grilled chicken and you have to eat what you eat in the hospital.”

Sanjay was released from jail this February, after serving the remainder of his five-year sentence for illegal possession of arms.

–IANS
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Two police officers injured in US shooting, suspect nabbed

Two police officers injured in US shooting, suspect nabbed

San Diego:

Two police officers were shot and injured in the American city of San Diego with one suspect in custody, police said.
The shooting took place late Thursday at around 11 p.m. near Boston Avenue, NBC News reported citing the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) as saying.

Police are now searching for a second suspect.

No other details were disclosed.

–IANS

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Creative launches new headphone at Rs 10,999

Creative launches new headphone at Rs 10,999

New Delhi:

Singapore-based Creative Technology on Friday launched a new Aurvana ANC headphone with noise cancellation feature for users to comfortably enjoy long hours of music, movies or games.
The Rs 10,999 headphone is available on Amazon from August.

The headphone features 40mm Neodymium drivers and comes with a durable braided audio cable with inline microphone for music controls and phone calls. It comes with foldable earcups and a travel case.

–IANS

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