Building collapse in Outer Delhi claims womans life

first_imgNew Delhi: 18-year-old woman died while her husband and another person suffered injuries after a portion of a three-storey building collapsed in outer Delhi’s Badli area on Friday morning, the police said. A case has been registered under section 304A (causing death by negligence) and other relevant sections against the owner of the house, a senior police officer said. A team of Delhi Fire Service (DFS) reached the venue for rescue operations after they were informed about the incident. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder “A portion of second and third floors of the building collapsed. Three persons, including a woman, were found injured who were rushed to a nearby hospital. The woman identified as Poonam (18) was declared brought dead whereas her husband, identified as Chhotu (21), was admitted to the Baba Saheb Ambdekar Hospital. The third injured, Praveen Singh (30) suffered injuries on his face and leg and was discharged after the treatment,” said a senior fire official. All the three victims were sleeping when the portion of the building collapsed. “We had asked the landlord, Neetu Aggarwal, to get the building repaired as it was in poor condition but he ignored it,” Singh said. According to the police, Poonam’s parents lived on the ground floor of the building and they escaped unhurt. They have informed Chhotu’s family about the accident.last_img read more

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Our fine pilots

first_imgBalakot air strike hero Wing Commander Abhinandan Vardhaman became a household name for his formidable professional conduct and impeccable show of integrity in the face of danger to his life. This 36-year old Air Force pilot flew a MiG-21 Bison during the airstrike at a terror camp in Pakistan’s Balakot in February before falling in captivity on the Pakistani side and was subsequently released after much media furorie. Now, for a second time, making headlines for his fine flying, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman and Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa took off in a two-seater MiG-21 trainer from Pathankot Airbase in Punjab and flew for nearly 30 minutes. In this two-seater version of the Russian-origin legacy jet the Wing Commander co-piloted, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa did his last MiG-21 sortie for the Indian Air Force before his retirement at the end of this month. The Air Chief had commanded a squadron of frontline ground attack fighters and hit dug in defences in the freezing heights of Kargil during the war in 1999. We learn from him what the two pilots have in common: They have both ejected in the past and survived MiG-21 incidents, both went to war on MiG-21s, and the Air Chief Marshal had served in a MiG-21 squadron with Wing Commander Abhinandan’s father, who retired as an Air Marshal. Addressing a media person, the Air Chief Marshal said that “This is my last sortie on a fighter jet. Both of us have two things in common – first, both of us ejected and second, both of us have fought Pakistanis. I fought in Kargil, he fought after Balakot. And third, I’ve flown with his father. It’s an honour for me to do my last sortie in the IAF, in a fighter aircraft, with his son”. Wing Commander Abhinandan took this flight and flew the MiG-21 almost six months after he sustained injuries while ejecting from a MiG-21 Bison during a dogfight between Indian and Pakistani fighter jets on February 27. Conferred the wartime gallantry medal Vir Chakra on the eve of India’s Independence Day for shooting down a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet, the story of this Wing Commander also reminds one of the numerous pilots India has lost, not to war but in peace time operations. The defence forces are largely a parallel system that is suppose to ensure that the functioning of a nation as a sovereign entity is not hampered due to external aggression of any kind. This is a very critical aspect pointing to a juncture when the functioning of the military intersects with the decision-making of our civilian government. A cause of grave concern that continues to persist has been the disturbing frequency of air crashes that kill pilots and other serving personnel. There was a movement by wives of Air Force servicemen in protest against systemic laxity due to which this issue has been virtually unaddressed. As much as we take pride in our Armed Forces, the safety of our soldiers cannot ever be taken for granted. It is the government’s heavy responsibility to ensure the formidably trained defence personnel do not fall victim to any kind of laxity on their part.last_img read more

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Sarah McLachlan School Of Music Joins Berklee City Music Network

first_imgToday, the Berklee City Music Network announces its newest Network member, Vancouver-based Sarah McLachlan School of Music.With a commitment to providing music education to underserved and at-risk youth at no cost, the Sarah McLachlan School of Music becomes the 43rd site, and first international site, to join the Berklee City Music Network. Together, the Berklee City Music Network sites provide a pathway to higher education by engaging passionate, talented youth in underserved communities in a contemporary music education program.“It’s a great honour for the Sarah McLachlan School of Music (SoM) to be recognized as the first international site of Berklee City Music Network. Through our shared vision, SoM and Berklee City Music Program come together in the belief of the power of music to foster young people: their life skills, leadership, community and creative thinking, in an ever-changing world,” Sarah McLachlan, singer-songwriter, and founder of Sarah McLachlan School of Music, said.Berklee City Music is a nonprofit program that harnesses the energy of contemporary music to provide free education to 4th through 12th graders in underserved communities at 43 Network sites, reaching more than 16,000 students in the United States and Canada. The Sarah McLachlan School of Music joins this consortium of like-minded music programs that meet Berklee City Music’s criteria, including: • a commitment to providing opportunities; • a means of creating social value with music resources to youth from underserved communities; • a clearly articulated commitment to contemporary music education; • are well-established and favorably regarded in their community; • and provide well-maintained program facilities suitable for delivering a high-quality music education in a safe environment.“We are proud and excited by the confidence the Sarah McLachlan School places in the Berklee City Music mission, indicative of their election to seek membership in what now has become an international initiative; we look forward to the partnership and learning from the incredible work they, too, have been doing to reach underserved communities with the gift of music education,” J. Curtis Warner, Jr., Executive Director, Berklee City Music, said.As a member, The Sarah McLachlan School of Music also becomes part of a virtual network that offers instant access to the Berklee PULSE Music Method, a proprietary online music education platform, as well as webcasting and videoconferencing technologies to provide face-to-face interaction between Berklee City Music Network students at member sites, and faculty and students at Berklee College of Music and Berklee City Music in Boston.“We are so honored to have the Sarah McLachlan School of Music join the Network and we look forward to seeing young people from across North America develop their musical skills and self-confidence through our system. With leaders like Sarah McLachlan, whose passion and commitment to music education for youth is so strong, the City Music Program has never been more energized to fulfill its deeply purposeful mission,” Mark Campbell, Vice President for Enrollment, Berklee College of Music, said.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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New formula of oral rehydration salts to help millions of children UN

Oral rehydration therapy has cut childhood deaths from diarrhoea in half over the past 10 years, and governments at this week’s special session of the General Assembly devoted to children are expected to endorse a new goal: reducing deaths from diarrhoea a further 50 per cent by 2010. To accomplish that, the use of oral rehydration salts (ORS) must be expanded dramatically.According to WHO, the use of the new improved formula, which is low in both sodium and glucose, will result in fewer hospitalizations and secondary infections, as well as lower health-care costs. And like its predecessor, it can be administered at home by family members.”Ideally, all families should have packets of ORS in the home ready to be mixed as soon as it is needed,” said Dr. Tomris Turmen, the Executive Director of Family and Community Health at WHO. “Using ORS packets should become routine at the first signs of diarrhoea … If we can achieve this, the 2010 goals should be well within our reach.”The first dramatic improvement in home management of diarrhoea through ORS took place between 1990 and 1995, saving about 1 million children annually. In 1990, oral rehydration salts were used in around one third of diarrhoea cases. By mid-decade, the average was 85 per cent among 33 reporting countries which account for almost half of the world’s under-five population.Use of the new formula will begin later this year in India, the UN agency said. read more

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Sri Lanka Top UN relief official calls on Government rebels to protect

With violence intensifying between the Government and Tamil rebels in Sri Lanka, the top United Nations relief official today called on both sides to ensure full protection of civilians on the Indian Ocean island, where over 300,000 people have already been uprooted from their homes by the conflict. “The loss of life, the new displacement of families, the destruction to businesses and property, as well as threats to humanitarian workers, are creating a climate of fear and tension for civilians,” Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland said of the violence which has claimed over 100 lives and displaced thousands in recent weeks. “It is imperative that the delivery of vital humanitarian assistance and tsunami operations in these vulnerable areas continue unabated,” he added in a reference to the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami which killed some 30,000 people and displaced scores of thousands of others. “Civilians continue to suffer and I fear that if the situation is not controlled, communal violence will again occur and aggravate further the tensions between the communities.” He appealed to both the Government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to protect civilians. “I also appeal to them to enable humanitarian relief to be provided to the affected population,” he added. read more

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China grants preliminary approval to 38 new Trump trademarks

by Erika Kinetz, The Associated Press Posted Mar 8, 2017 8:33 am MDT Last Updated Mar 8, 2017 at 9:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SHANGHAI – China has granted preliminary approval for 38 new Trump trademarks, a move that offers a potential business foothold for President Donald Trump’s family company and protects his name in a country notorious for counterfeiters.The trademarks cover everything from hotels and golf clubs to bodyguard and concierge services, public documents show.Trump’s lawyers in China applied for the marks in April 2016, as Trump railed against China at campaign rallies, accusing it of currency manipulation and stealing U.S. jobs. Critics maintain that Trump’s swelling portfolio of China trademarks raises the possibility of conflicts of interest.China’s Trademark Office published the provisional approvals on Feb. 27 and Monday .If no one objects, they will be formally registered after 90 days. All but three are in the president’s own name. China already registered one trademark to the president, for Trump-branded construction services on Feb. 14, the result of a 10-year legal battle that turned in Trump’s favour after he declared his candidacy.Ethics lawyers across the political spectrum say that if Trump receives any special treatment in securing trademark rights, it would violate the U.S. Constitution, which bans public servants from accepting anything of value from foreign governments unless approved by Congress. Concerns about potential conflicts of interest are particularly sharp in China, where the courts and bureaucracy are designed to reflect the will of the ruling Communist Party.Trump Organization chief legal officer Alan Garten said the company has been enforcing its intellectual property rights for more than a decade in China and began registering trademarks relating to its core real estate brand years before Trump announced his presidential run.“The latest registrations are a natural result of those longstanding, diligent efforts and any suggestion to the contrary demonstrates a complete disregard of the facts as well as a lack of understanding of international trademark law,” he said in an email.China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce, which oversees the Trademark Office, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.Dan Plane, a director at Simone IP Services, a Hong Kong intellectual property consultancy, said he had never seen so many applications approved so expeditiously.Plane said he would be “very, very surprised” if officials from the ruling Communist Party were not monitoring Trump’s intellectual property interests. “This is just way over your average trademark examiner’s pay grade,” he said.The marks include branded spa and massage services, golf clubs, hotels, insurance, finance and real estate companies, restaurants, bars, and a trademark class that covers bodyguards, social escorts, and concierge services.It’s not clear whether any Trump-branded businesses will materialize in China. Garten did not elaborate on how the trademarks would be used, but said the company did not apply for a trademark for social escort services.Garten said in an email to the AP that part of the application included concierge and security related services associated with the operation of a hotel or restaurant, but not “escort services,” a legal trademark classification.Those hotel-related services fall into the same trademark class as escort services, which were included in the Chinese government’s preliminary approval of the mark. The filing lists “escort service,” ”body guard,” and “social escort,” among others.Many companies register trademarks in China only to prevent others from using their name inappropriately.Janet Satterthwaite, a global trademark attorney and partner at Potomac Law Group in Washington, says nothing about Trump seeking and receiving trademarks in China raises any immediate red flags.“Especially in China, you absolutely need to register defensively so that people do not exploit your name for commercial gain,” she said. She that that while the marks are moving faster than in her own experience, “it does not look like China did anything extraordinary here.”Spring Chang, a founding partner at Chang Tsi & Partners, a Beijing law firm that has represented the Trump Organization, declined to comment specifically on Trump’s trademarks. But she said she advises clients to take out marks defensively, even in categories or subcategories of goods and services they may not aim to develop.“I don’t see any special treatment to the cases of my clients so far,” she added. “I think they’re very fair and the examination standard is very equal for every applicant.”But ethics experts — and Democrats — say a government’s discretion to approve trademarks could turn into an opportunity to exercise leverage over the U.S. president.Richard Painter, who served as chief ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush, said the volume of new approvals raised red flags.“A routine trademark, patent or copyright from a foreign government is likely not an unconstitutional emolument, but with so many trademarks being granted over such a short time period, the question arises as to whether there is an accommodation in at least some of them,” he said.Painter and Norman Eisen, who served as chief White House ethics lawyer for President Barack Obama, are involved in a lawsuit alleging that Trump’s foreign business ties violate the U.S. Constitution. Trump has dismissed the lawsuit as “totally without merit.”Three of the new China trademarks are for Scion, a hotel brand Trump’s sons are looking to expand in the U.S. Unlike almost all of Trump’s China trademarks, they are registered in the name of a Delaware company called DTTM Operations LLC, rather than Donald J. Trump himself. The Trump Organization has transferred ownership of dozens of trademarks from the president to DTTM Operations LLC since its incorporation in January 2016.Trump has said he assigned all his business interests to a trust overseen by one of his sons, Donald Trump Jr., and a longtime Trump Organization executive, Allen Weisselberg. However, Trump retains the ability to revoke the trust at any time and as the sole beneficiary stands to benefit financially from it.Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland said the Chinese trademarks stand as a prime example of how Trump’s refusal to divest from his businesses as previous presidents have done raises ethical questions.“They’re trying to curry favour with the president,” he said.___Associated Press researcher Fu Ting in Shanghai and reporters Kelvin Chan in Hong Kong, Randall Chase in Delaware and Andrew Taylor, Chad Day and Julie Bykowicz in Washington contributed to this report.___Follow Kinetz on Twitter at twitter.com/ekinetz China grants preliminary approval to 38 new Trump trademarks Computer screens showing some of the Trump trademarks approved by China’s Trademark office and seen on their website in Beijing, China, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. China has granted preliminary approval for 38 new Trump trademarks, fueling conflict of interest concerns and questions about whether President Donald Trump is receiving special treatment from the Chinese government. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) read more

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Brocks Autism Spectrum Disorder Camp celebrates 20 years

For two decades, a summer camp at Brock University has been offering developmentally appropriate movement education to children and youth in the Niagara Region with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).The camp’s education-based curriculum is specifically focused on the needs of the participants and is a community service learning opportunity that attracts 30-50 Brock University undergraduate students and an almost equal number of campers each year. The Summer Movement Camp operates two, week-long programs and has served children and youth from ages three and up. By the end of summer, the camps will have hosted more than 2,000 participants.The Summer Movement Camp will mark its 20-year anniversary with a group photo on Friday. Representatives from Brock and Niagara Recycling, which has supported the camp for nearly all of its 20-year history, will join ASD Summer Movement Camp participants, student leaders and camp volunteers for a cheque presentation and photo. Niagara Recycling continues to demonstrate a long-term commitment to supporting individuals with disabilities in the Niagara Region and has been a dedicated funder to the ASD camp since 1997. read more

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This Years Boston Marathon Was Sloooooowww

For more than 20 years, the first man and woman across the Boston Marathon finish line have almost always been athletes from Kenya or Ethiopia. But it was an American woman and a Japanese man who won this year’s open divisions. Desiree Linden was the first American woman to win since 1985, finishing in 2:39:54, the slowest winning time since 1978. The men’s field was similarly sluggish — Yuki Kawauchi’s winning time of 2:15:58 was the slowest since 1976.One likely reason for the unusually slow finishes? Runners faced heavy rain, headwinds and the coldest marathon temperatures in 30 years. Kawauchi was loving the cold, though. “For me, these are the best conditions possible,” he told reporters after the race.

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Whos a pretty boy then Parrots blush when engaged in social chatter

Ms Bertin’s team placed each bird on a familiar perch in an empty aviary. They first interacted with them for two minutes by looking at and talking to them.They then monitored the bird when the handler remained at the same distance but turned their back.The parrots blushed around the eye “significantly more frequently” during mutual interaction.Head feathers ruffling was also associated with positive social interactions and preening. The scientists said that although it had never been studied in parrots, visual attention was fundamental in developing affiliative behaviour in children.In humans, blushing occurs occurs in emotionally charged situations in the context of social attention. Blushing was once considered a peculiar preserve of the human race. But scientists have discovered that man shares this involuntary reaction with none other than parrots, whose cheeks also redden in social situations.Five hand-reared blue-and-yellow macaws were studied by experts keen to understand the highly intelligent birds’ complex social lives.When their human handlers actively interacted with them, chatting and maintaining eye contact, they ruffled their head feathers and blushed on the bare skin of their cheek as a means of visual communication.Aline Bertin of the INRA Centre Val de Loire, France, said: “How birds use facial displays and whether they communicate their inner subjective feelings is a question that is crucial to deepening our understanding of bird sentience.”Although caution must be exercised when interpreting these data due to the small sample size, we argue that crown ruffling and skin colour variation may provide facial indicators of birds’ inner subjective feelings.” Blood vessels and capillaries near the skin’s surface enlarge and the increased blood flow causes the face to appear red.Ms Bertin suggested that macaws could be used to investigate the social or ecological pressures that may have driven the evolution of facial blushing. She concluded: “Blushing may not be a characteristic unique to humans: the featherless cheek of the blue-and-yellow macaw parrot reveals rapid skin color changes in situations associated with emotion. The macaw’s particularly complex face may enable communication of emotion via color and feather displays.“On a practical level, parrots are popular companion animals, with millions of parrots being kept as pets, and understanding visual communication in parrots may help to assess their well-being in captive condition.”The study was published in the journal Plos One. Scientists interacted with the birds for the tests Scientists interacted with the birds for the testsCredit:Steve Finn Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Video WWE counts down the Top 10 Shocking Elimination Chamber Moments

first_img Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Facebook Twitter WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) WhatsApp WWE has posted a new Top 10 video (above) counting down some of the most shocking moments that have taken place inside the Elimination Chamber.The Top 10 includes:10. Ted DiBiase Jr eliminating Randy Orton9. Baron Corbin quickly eliminated by Dean Ambrose8. John Morrison dives off the top of the chamber to eliminate Sheamus7. Bray Wyatt attacks John Cena6. Santino Marella nearly eliminates Daniel Bryan5. Sasha Banks kicks Bayley off a chamber pod4. WWE Champion John Cena is eliminated inside the chamber3. Goldberg spears Chris Jericho through a chamber pod2. Edge attacks Kofi Kingston and enters the Elimination Chamber1. Shawn Michaels hits Sweet Chin Music on The Undertakercenter_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Pinterest Google+last_img read more

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Obama Romney Nation decides after long campaign

first_imgPresident Barack Obama calls Wisconsin volunteers as he visits a campaign office call center the morning of the 2012 election in Chicago. WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney dueled for the White House today, the tight-to-the-finish climax of an election persistently shadowed by a weak national economy and high unemployment that crimped middle class dreams for millions. Voters also chose a new Congress to serve alongside the man who will be inaugurated president next January, Democrats defending their majority in the Senate, and Republicans in the House. Eleven states picked governors, and ballot measures ranging from gay marriage to gambling dotted ballots.The long campaign’s cost soared into the billions, much of it spent on negative ads, some harshly so.In the presidential race, an estimated one million commercials aired in nine battleground states where the rival camps agreed the election was most likely to be settled — Ohio, New Hampshire, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado and Nevada. Those states accounted for 110 of the 270 electoral votes needed for victory, and they drew repeated appearances by the 51-year-old president and Romney, 65.There was one last startling sight on Election Day, which turned out to be the last campaign day, as well. In Ohio, crucial to the end, Romney waited on his plane at the Cleveland airport for running mate Paul Ryan to arrive for a joint campaign appearance as Vice President Joe Biden’s plane took off following his own event. Romney told Richmond, Va., radio station WRVA, “I can’t imagine an election being won or lost by, let’s say, a few hundred votes and you spent your day sitting around.”Obama made get-out-the-vote calls from a campaign office near his home in Chicago and found time for his traditional Election Day basketball game with friends. Addressing his rival, he said, “I also want to say to Gov. Romney, `Congratulations on a spirited campaign.’ I know his supporters are just as engaged, just as enthusiastic and working just as hard today.” Romney, in turn, congratulated the president for running a “strong campaign.”last_img
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Officer accidentally hits partner with stun gun during arrest

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. RIVERSIDE, Ohio (WSVN) — A police officer in Ohio had to be hospitalized after his partner accidentally fired a stun gun at him.The incident happened on Thanksgiving Day, when one Riverside Police officer tried to subdue a suspect during a domestic violence call.The officers dragged the man out of his car to arrest him after he refused to show his identification, police said.The officer’s partner was attempting to handcuff the resisting suspect, but as the stun gun fired, one of the prongs hit the cop instead of the suspect.“Let go, let go! You got me!” the officer yelled as he rolled on the ground in pain.Body camera footage showed the officer apologizing to his partner.Police said the officer who was hit with the stun gun was hospitalized, and is expected to be okay. last_img read more

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Family of 6 saved after boat sinks in Everglades

first_img(WSVN) – Firefighters helped save a family of six after their boat started to sink in the Everglades.Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene near Griffin Road and U.S. 27, just before 6 p.m., Saturday.Officials said the group was enjoying a fun water ride when their boat suddenly began to sink.Luckily, all six passengers, including a pregnant woman, are said to be OK.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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SBI opts for changes in banking services

first_imgKakinada: State Bank of India (SBI) Kakinada region as part of decisions taken at Sate Level Bankers Committee (SLBC) discussed details of implementation of the suggested changes in baking sector to improve over all banking services. This includes the changing of needs of customers in domestic, industrial and business sectors. Bank regional manager D Raja Rammohan Rao presided over the two-day meet organised on Saturday and Sunday.last_img

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After Alia BhattAjay Devgn Varun DhawanSanjay Dutt to star in SS Rajamoulis

first_imgVarun Dhawan, Sanjay DuttTwitterA few days ago, Baahubali fame director SS Rajamouli made a major annoucement about a Bollywood-Tollywood crossover saying that Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn would be a part of his upcoming period action film RRR. The movie also stars Jr. NTR and Ram Charan in the lead. And now rumours have started doing the rounds of the industry that Rajamouli is going to bring Kalank actors Varun Dhawan and Sanjay Dutt onboard.If the reports are to be believed, Varun and Dutt have already signed the much-awaited project wherein they will be seen playing important roles alongside the rest of RRR cast. However, an official confirmation is awaited on the casting of the two Bollywood hunks. Apart from them, Tamil actor Samuthirakani and Daisy Edgar Jones, the British actress of Cold Feet and Silent Witness Fame, will also be going to be a part of the film.The film’s producer DVV Danayya had recently revealed that RRR is being made with a budget of Rs 400 crore. The core story of RRR is based on the two profound Indian freedom fighters, Alluri Seetharamaraju and Komaram Bheem. According to the chronicled stories, it is said that both of them were missing for few years before they became the legends and fought for the country.RRR is a pure fiction that has been drafted on the idea of them meeting each other in Delhi and later becoming friends during their away time. Set in 1920s, the film will have a British regime including then culture and lifestyle. It is a pan Indian story painted on a large canvas.The film will release on July 30, 2020, in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam and other Indian languages simultaneously.last_img read more

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Eicher Motors logs 73 percent sales growth in October

first_imgTwo-wheeler maker Eicher Motors Ltd. on Sunday said it closed last month with 73 percent sales growth over comparable period last year.Last month it sold 44,522 units (domestic 44,138 units, exports 384 units) as against 26,039 units (domestic 25,510 units, exports 529 units) sold during October 2014, the company said in a statement.The company has logged cumulative sales of 371,590 units at the end of October 2015 as against 246,415 units sold during the corresponding period last year.last_img

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Swedish furniture giant IKEA opens store in India with shocking sales record

first_imgIKEA the Swedish furniture giant’s vigorous marketing campaign drew a shocking response. India’s first store set up in Hyderabad grabbed a whopping business target, with 40,000 people rushing to the store on the very first day of the launch.Swedish furniture giant, IKEA set its footsteps into the Indian market with the outstanding fountainhead of affordable products. Telangana’s capital Hyderabad as the first operating joint, the firm stepped into the business after having surveyed around 800 homes in India. Keeping the typical Indian household into consideration, the Swedish firm succeeded in drawing everyone’s attention.With the heavy crowd visiting the IKEA store on the very first day, the day-1 business of the furniture giant is just mindblowing. Goods worth Rs.1 crore were sold on the very first day of IKEA’s inaugural. An interesting fact related to the day-1 sales of Ikea was that the customers had purchased mattresses worth Rs. 30 lakh. Swedish furniture giant had launched IKEA store at Hyderabad. Day-1 and Day-2 sales are just remarkable.TwitterThe day-1 sale marks a milestone for the Swedish furniture giant as well as Indian consumers. On the other hand, Children Ikea is in the category of the most-sold category of Day-1 sales survey.The enormous crowd at the store created bewilderment to the storekeepers, the traffic police as well as the passers-by in the area. The traffic police of Hyderabad had to issue special advisories regarding the parking problem too.There were several viral messages forwarded on the social media groups and witty comments made on the typical Indian attitude to rush for the sales.  Swedish furniture giant had launched IKEA store at Hyderabad. Day-1 and Day-2 sales are just remarkable.While the Day-2 sales are estimated to be more than the day-1 sales, it is expected that the business margin would cross Rs.3 crore. The day-2 collections marked the sale of Rs. 2.4 crore after lunch on Friday, with a more potential in the weekend following.It is expected that the weekend would increase the sales and extra care is being taken by the store managers of IKEA to avoid any unwarranted incidents or stampede.last_img read more

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Do Houstons Uber Drivers Earn Enough

first_img 00:00 /02:20 UBER Idena Fletcher takes me on a ride around the University of Houston campus in her black 2012 Jeep Liberty.She has been driving for Uber for the past nine months.She says she got the idea because she used Uber a lot as a passenger.“I’m spending a lot of money with Uber. Let me see if I can make some extra money — and that’s what I did,” Fletcher says. But turns out, despite driving full-time, Fletcher isn’t making all that much. On good weeks, she says she has made upwards of $700 — on bad ones, just $350.This with logging anywhere from 30 to 60 hours a week to support herself and her children as she’s going back to school for a degree in global logistics.“Considering that you are taking gas out daily, you want to do the upkeep of your vehicle, so it’s definitely not enough,” she says. “You more so lose in the end after you calculate everything up.”Fletcher estimates she makes about $7 an hour after all expenses – less than minimum wage.That’s lower than what a recent analysis shows.The online news site Buzzfeed crunched the numbers from data Uber provided. It concluded that drivers in Houston on average make an hourly wage of $10.75 after expenses.Martha Ojeda, executive director of the Faith and Justice Worker Center, which advocates for raising the minimum wage, doesn’t consider Uber drivers low-wage workers because they get paid by their customers.“They don’t have an employer that is supervising their job,” she says. “They are independent contractors because they have their own tools, they decide their own schedule. They decide everything.”That’s the same argument Uber makes. A spokesperson tells News 88.7, 60 percent of drivers use Uber for 10 hours a week or less. Earnings also vary because some choose to mostly work during surge times, when rates are high.And the company says determining expenses is difficult because of the variety in the type of car and hours drivers work.Back on the road, Idena Fletcher says she does it for the convenience.“Because I am a full time student, like I said, in school, and I am a full-time mother,” she says. “So this is temporary and it’s doing what I need it to do at this point.”And for Fletcher, it beats working at McDonald’s. Listen X Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

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Microsoft Edge on Android and iOS

first_imgMicrosoft Edge on Android and iOS? by Martin Brinkmann on November 23, 2016 in Internet Explorer – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 10 commentsMicrosoft Edge is a web browser that is exclusively available for Microsoft’s new operating system Windows 10. In fact, Edge is the default system browser on the system. While Internet Explorer is still there as well, Edge is promoted left and right while Internet Explorer is kept on mostly for legacy reasons.Microsoft made it clear back in 2015, when it started to promote Windows 10 more actively, that it had no plans to bring Microsoft Edge to previous versions of Windows or mobile platforms such as Android or iOS.The company did not say never back then, but that it wanted to put the focus on delivering the best experience on Windows 10 before exploring any other options.It appears that Microsoft is now at a stage where it is exploring those options.  A recent tweet by Fahad Al-Riyami, technology strategist at Microsoft, asks users on Twitter whether they would like to see Microsoft Edge ported to Android and iOS.The current standing, 30 minutes before polls close, is that 85% of all voters want to see Edge ported. The number of voters is relatively small however.Fahad links to an August 2015 post on Microsoft’s Community forum in which the thread starter — not a Microsoft employee — asked other users of the forum to tell Microsoft if they wanted to see Edge brought to Android and iOS.While there is little keeping Edge from being ported to Android, the situation looks different in Apple’s ecosystem as it does not allow third-party browsers. While you can create a browser for iOS, they all share Safari’s Webkit rendering engine. This would mean that Edge would be a different product on iOS than it would be on Android or Windows 10.All of this is just exploration for now. Microsoft made no mention of porting Edge to any other operating system, be it mobile or desktop.Neglecting core Windows customersI think it is rather interesting that Microsoft seems to have no intention to bring Edge to previous versions of Windows.Considering that a large part of Microsoft’s customer base is still on Windows Vista, 7 and 8, it is not the customer-friendliest of ideas.Microsoft continues its neglect of — still supported — previous versions of the Windows operating system. While there is a good chance that those same customers may run Android or iOS, it is questionable if many would want to install Edge.Even if you take all the animosities out of the picture, you’d end up with a mobile-only browser since Edge cannot be installed on pre-Windows 10 devices.This would mean no syncing of data between mobile and desktop versions of the browser.It would come down mostly to how good Edge is on those mobile devices however. While it is certainly a big improvement over Internet Explorer on the desktop, Edge lacks features currently and the same would probably be true for the mobile version of the browser.Another issue that Microsoft will face if it ports Edge to Android or iOS is that it won’t have an operating system at hand to push Edge to users.Now You: Would you like to see Microsoft Edge on Android or iOS?SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft Edge on Android and iOS?DescriptionMicrosoft is evaluating possibilities to bring the Microsoft Edge web browser to the mobile operating systems Android and iOS.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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ALTA Breaks Membership Records

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Title Insurance 2013-05-02 Tory Barringer The “”American Land Title Association””:http://www.alta.org/ (ALTA), the national trade association of the land title insurance industry, announced it has achieved all-time record membership for the fourth consecutive year.[IMAGE]To date, ALTA has 4,271 member companies, beating last year’s membership record by more than 200. The roster of members includes title insurance companies, title agents, abstracters, and real estate attorneys. The majority of members are small business owners who rely on the variety of services and benefits offered to them.””We are very excited that we have more than 875 new member companies this year,”” said ALTA CEO Michelle Korsmo. “”In addition to recruiting large numbers of new member companies, we continue to increase the number of our existing members who renew their membership annually. We are confident 2013 will continue to broaden the reach of our association within the land title insurance industry.””The association expects membership to grow even further throughout the remainder of this year.””Each day the voice of our industry gets stronger because of the new members we gain,”” said ALTA president Frank Pellegrini. “”By continually growing, the association can better serve an industry that protects the ‘American dream’ for millions of consumers each year.””In addition, ALTA announced it will continue to offer and develop enhanced benefits, assisting current members and drawing in more.””In the past year we have launched several new programs, overhauled many existing programs to best serve our members and developed industry Best Practices that highlight procedures the industry exercises to protect consumers and lenders, while ensuring a positive and compliant real estate settlement experience,”” Korsmo said. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Sharecenter_img May 2, 2013 440 Views ALTA Breaks Membership Recordslast_img read more

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