Weekly Poll: Where Do You Begin the Road to Cloud Computing?

first_imgRelated Posts A first step towards creating a virtualized infrastructure often comes at a point when the customer starts experiencing performance issues. Servers start failing as application loads increase. When these issues start occurring, what are the first steps to take into consideration? How should a virtualized infrastructure be deployed? How are these pre-production environments developed? What are the most effective ways to deploy a simplified, reliable and optimized virtualization solution?Already we are seeing replies.But what do you think? Here’s a quick poll to help you think through what you want to say. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#cloud alex williams Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The decisions that come with deciding how to use cloud computing reminds me of conversations that I am sure you’ve had.You look at a few options then you decide. But with the cloud, it’s about a few hundred features to consider. Our Road to the Cloud,” contest, sponsored by VMware and Intel, is looking at how companies get started in cloud computing. Write a comment and you will be a candidate to win a MacBook Air. We’ll be giving out a new MacBook Air every month.Here’s our first topic: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Mehbooba Mufti meets Rajnath Singh to discuss Kashmir situation

first_imgJammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday met Home Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss the law and order situation in the state and security to Amarnath pilgrims, officials said.During the meeting that lasted about half-an-hour, the Chief Minister apprised the Home Minister about the steps taken to maintain peace in the Kashmir Valley.Steps taken to ensure the security of Amarnath pilgrims were also discussed, officials said.Seven pilgrims were killed by militants in Anantnag district while returning from the Amarnath cave shrine on Monday.Security agencies engaged in anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir have been told to implement security plans with full vigour, officials said. So far, more than 1.86 lakh pilgrims have visited the high altitude Himalayan shrine.As many as 21,000 paramilitary personnel in addition to state police forces and two battalions of Army have been deployed for security of the pilgrimage routes. The number of paramilitary personnel deployed this year is 9,500 more than last year.Four districts of the state — Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian and Anantnag — have been on the boil since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8, 2016. The unrest has resumed since the April 9 bypoll to the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat.last_img read more

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Cavs, Warriors gear up to begin championship quests again

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City No, James is not through. Neither are the reigning champs if they have their way.They all understand the entire league has upped its game to chase these two heavyweights from their respective conferences.“That’s the beauty of competition at the highest level, other teams make us better and vice versa. Cleveland made us better,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “They beat us two years ago, they made us better last year. We’re doing the same thing for them. They’re retooling a little bit, they’ve got some great talent. Every team is trying to get where we are and that pushes us. We push them. That’s what makes the game better.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Warriors and new-look Cavs will be tested in their openers: Golden State hosts Houston on Tuesday night in Chris Paul’s Rockets debut, while Cleveland plays Boston at home with Kyrie Irving in a Celtics jersey following that blockbuster August trade that transformed the Eastern Conference rivals.After losing to Golden State in a Game 5 clincher in Oakland, the Cavs spent the summer rebuilding a roster that now features new stars like Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade and Isaiah Thomas. Despite dealing Irving to its closest competitor in the East, Cleveland is deeper with more versatility and talent than at any time James has been on the roster.And with close friend Wade back by his side, James is not only happy but is teammates with a player who brings out the best in him. Throw in former league MVP Rose, motivated to show he’s still one of the game’s elite guards, along with Thomas, Kevin Love, J.R. Smith, Jae Crowder, Jeff Green, Kyle Korver and Tristan Thompson, and it’s easy to see why Cleveland seems to be on a collision course with the Warriors again.The key being health and how quickly the Cavs can assemble all the pieces.“Don’t think we’ll be the team we want to be in a week. It’s going to be for the whole season,” James said. “We’re going to have changes, we’re going to make changes, we’re going to become a better team as the games go on so the team opening night will not be the team that we know we can be.”James can become a free agent next summer, but has not backed off his intent to end his career with Cleveland.“I think when you get to a certain level you don’t need another team to motivate you. We want to win a championship, they want to win a championship,” Golden State’s Draymond Green said. “We know what it’s like, we know the feeling, we love the feeling. They know the feeling, they love the feeling.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:25Raptors or Warriors? 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Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES Woods cleared for golf activities with no restrictions LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, center, drives between Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, top, and guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)OAKLAND, Calif. — Minutes after LeBron James lost the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors four months ago, he vowed to return to the gym right away with plans to get back to the big stage. To win another ring.Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant heard it yet already knew it — and everybody on the defending champs and King James’ Cleveland Cavaliers realizes these teams could be destined for another championship showdown at the end of this season.ADVERTISEMENT The Warriors are almost the same team, with Finals MVP Durant far more comfortable his second time around with Golden State — the scrutiny of leaving Oklahoma City long behind him.“I expect us to pick up with a full head of steam on Tuesday,” Curry said.There will be the fanfare of the Warriors receiving their championship rings in a pregame ceremony.Yet Golden State still remembers its flop on opening night a year ago, following a loss in the 2016 Finals to Cleveland after its record-setting 73-win regular season. The Warriors lost at home to San Antonio 129-100 in Durant’s debut.This time, they’re beginning the daunting quest of trying to repeat — something the franchise couldn’t do after the 2015 title against James and Co. as Cleveland won last year.“Your swag level is through the roof, as it should be,” Durant said. “You’re the best team in the league and you go out there and beat a bunch of teams to win a championship, of course your swag is going to be through the roof. You hear about swag, you hear about guys deserving stuff or stories that they might have coming up into this year, all this fairytale stuff, it’s cool stories, it’s cool feel-good stories but you’ve still got to go out there and play the game, you’ve still got to lock in every possession if you want to win.”NOTES: James is nursing a sprained left ankle and his status for Tuesday remained unclear. He was injured Sept. 27 in practice. … Key reserve Andre Iguodala is questionable for the Warriors’ opener because of his troublesome back and Omri Casspi also could be out because of a right ankle injury, Kerr said.last_img read more

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Sixers: Top pick Markelle Fultz done for summer with ankle sprain

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Fultz appeared to roll his ankle in Saturday night’s game and was helped to the locker room by two teammates.He had just signed his contract earlier in the day and was taken for X-rays. The former Washington star had eight points in 15 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIt was the last thing the Sixers wanted to see just when they appeared ready to put years of misery behind them. They have dealt with significant injuries to center Joel Embiid and last year’s No. 1 pick, Ben Simmons, over the last three years.The 76ers pulled off a trade with Boston before the draft to move up from No. 3 to No. 1 to take Fultz, the dynamic scoring point guard that team president Bryan Colangelo felt was the perfect piece to put with Simmons and Embiid.a Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this Wednesday, July 5, 2017, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz (7) drives around Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game in Salt Lake City. Fultz needed to be helped off the court with an injury to his left ankle in the 76ers’ summer league game Saturday, July 8, against Golden State. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)LAS VEGAS — No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz will miss the rest of the NBA summer league because of a sprained left ankle.The Philadelphia 76ers say Fultz is expected to return to basketball activities in one to two weeks. Fultz tweeted Sunday : “I’m ok, thank you for all who where worried!”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ $50 million boxing tournament announces quarterfinal matchups Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PARlast_img read more

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Indian designers obsessed with celebrities?

first_imgCelebrity sightings on the runway – a superfluous exercise, or an indicator of a mutually beneficial relationship between designer and star? We find out.One actress, six months, three shows for three different designers. The price – 8-12 lakhs depending on the stature of the designer concerned. Plus the usual trappings. A business-class air ticket, a Mercedes to pick up the star, a suite at a fivestar hotel, etc etc. And was it worth it? Sure, if you judge the entire exercise by the pictures of the star accompanied by the said designer of the moment in the city supplements. Not if you look closely. Hardly a mention of the clothes or the actual fashion.So why does practically every designer (with the exception of a handful) hanker after a Bollywood showstopper? The answer may lie in the fact that in a country so diverse and versatile, the one common denominator between socioeconomic classes and geographical differences is its cinema-where its movie stars make these made-in-Mumbai films come alive, and lend mass appeal. Thus a star at a fashion show is an easy crutch to draw attention.We now have multiple fashion weeks. In fact so many such exercises are being mounted, that the inevitable ‘fatigue factor’ has reared its ugly head, and both the audience and the press are reluctant to pay too much attention to these shows. Compounding the problem is the fact that each week is packed to the gills with quantity rather than quality. So whether you are a young designer starting out, or an old one fading fast, the only way to bring in the crowds and get the chatterati talking is the presence of a movie star.Yet the exercise is quickly losing momentum. Often, movie stars looking to promote their upcoming releases will walk the ramp at fashion shows and then go on to talk about their latest film instead of the outfits they just wore. And jaded by the phenomenon, newspapers have started to simply ignore the final walk on the ramp, and publish interviews with these stars (who have been made available at the designer’s expense), where they talk about everything under the sun, except the show.But sometimes the association can be beneficial. If the designer works with a star and the star is a client or an admirer, then the connect is relevant and real. Sabyasachi, the talented man from Kolkata, has designed for long for actress Rani Mukerjee, and she has been a faithful presence at his shows. So is the case with Tarun Tahiliani and Shilpa Shetty, who walked for the designer and has sported his ensembles at her wedding and other red-carpet occasions. Plus there is Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla who have always been the designers of choice for the Bachchan family and Dimple Kapadia among others, with these stars enthusiastically being part of every show the designer duo mount.Part of the problem has been exacerbated by fashion magazines, who in their quest for larger sales, dumped models from their covers in favour of movie celebrities. So if the press subscribed to the practice, the fashion fraternity was only too happy to follow.In the late ’90s, a watch company was launched in India. The name of the brand was a difficult one for the Indian tongue to pronounce. And thus sales suffered in spite of an aggressive advertising and PR campaign. The solution: a male star with a pan-Indian reach was called in and made its brand ambassador. An active event calendar and a big advertising campaign followed. In two years, it was among the top watch brands in the country with the star endorsing the timepieces in his shoots and films.The lesson here is that the partnership between brand and star was established as a long-standing one, and over time consumers recognised the fact. Compare this with a star’s solitary ramp walk at a fashion show that instantly fades from public memory, and doesn’t garner lasting benefits.The question to ask is, what makes customers flock towards fashion labels? Is it the multiple pictures of a movie star wearing a brand, or is it the actual fashion garments themselves?Packing a front row with B-list movie stars (as demonstrated by a designer known for his pushy manners) only takes away from whatever little design he is displaying on the ramp. Compare this to a Manish Arora and Rajesh Pratap Singh who have, to my memory, never used a movie star on the catwalk, and yet have been lauded show after show for the finesse and beauty of their presentations. Both designers, by remaining true to their essence, have garnered international acclaim and commercial success.Around the globe, we see that fashion brands engage with movie talent in a more multi-layered manner. If the star is sitting on the front row at their shows, more likely than not, he or she also features in their advertising spreads. In India, the cost of using a star in a fashion campaign is prohibitive, making this an impossibility. None of the Indian fashion houses are large enough to afford this kind of a relationship with a leading Bollywood figure.And so we will continue to see stars sparkle on the ramp in the foreseeable future. And until the show sponsors, the page-three press and the designers themselves are happy with this little stunt and what it brings to the table, fashion will remain incidental, and never the focus.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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18 days agoEx-Real Madrid GM Jorge Valdano no fan of VAR

first_imgEx-Real Madrid GM Jorge Valdano no fan of VARby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid GM Jorge Valdano admits he’s no fan of VAR.Valdano insists the technology hasn’t brought justice to the game.”I still distrust VAR, I don’t like it, they deceive you when they say that it has brought more justice,” Valdano explained in an interview with El Transistor.”We don’t have a clue what kind of justice they are talking about.”There are days when a penalty is interpreted one way and, in another way on the next day, being offside by millimetres leaves me uneasy, all those things are scientific, but it actually leaves you with a greater feeling of suspicion.”The Argentine is certainly not in favour of how VAR is being used at this moment, but he believes that a much more scaled-back version of technology in football is acceptable.”I am very positive with technology, but football is the opposite, it’s so primitive and that’s where the success of it is.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Planning the perfect wildlife safari

first_imgRespect the jungle. And be practical, not fashionable when you are on a wildlife excursion. “That’s the basic,” say experts, as they narrates the rules to follow both before and during a wildlife safari. Planning the trip Making plans for a wildlife safari in haste is never a good idea. Ideally, every journey to a wildlife sanctuary should be planned at least 4 to 5 months in advance. This is because there are relatively few wildlife sanctuaries. So unless reservations are made well in advance by parties, they may find it impossible to find lodgings at all. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainBookings are also important to find a place on safaris at a reserve. It’s also important to research the reserve or sanctuary being visited because no two sanctuaries are the same. The terrain, flora and fauna in different reserves vary making it necessary for visitors to prepare themselves accordingly beforehand. A visit to a wildlife sanctuary is meant to be memorable and all visitors expect to capture pictures of themselves and their families on safari. This means they should either carry a DSLR camera or rent one. Visitors should also carry a pair of binoculars to seen birds and animals up close. It’s important to note that no smartphone, however sophisticated, is a substitute for a DSLR. Furthermore, many safaris don’t allow visitors to carry mobile phones thus making a DSLR all the more essential. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardDressing appropriately during a safari is crucial to enjoying it. Ideally, visitors should wear earthy clothes that make them blend into their backdrop. Dressing in such clothes increases the likelihood of sighting more birds and animals as people wearing earthy colours blend with the surrounding terrain, making them less likely to irk wildlife. It’s important to be excited about going on a wildlife safari, yet visitors should temper the expectation that they will see big animals and flocks of birds up close throughout a safari. A safari is not a zoo as animals in sanctuaries roam freely and seeing them often depends on chance. Doing research will help improve the chances of spotting animals and birds visitors want to see. Good research reveals where, when, and at what time of the day, a particular species of bird or animal was spotted last. Those who plan their visits using such information improve their chances of spotting animals they researched. Research about where and when animals are being spotted should be done before even booking a safari or lodgings. This is because using information about what kinds of animals are being spotted regularly in different sanctuaries, visitors can plan their visit to sanctuaries, where the kinds of animals and birds they most want to see have been sighted most. While research plays an important part in increasing the likelihood of sightings, having an expert tracker increases the likelihood even further. A good tracker will make accurate predictions about where to find animals using their alarm calls, pugmarks, smells and scats. While in the wild During a safari, excitement levels among tourists peak and when they sight animals they were dying to see, some feel tempted to get up close and take selfies with them. This should never be attempted, because animals in sanctuaries are wild and may attack people who try to take selfies with them. Selfies with wild animals should only be taken from approved and respectable distances. Some visitors may feel tempted to feed wild animals, however like taking selfies; this too is fraught with danger. Furthermore, while those feeding animals may believe they are helping animals. In reality doing so leads to the transmission of diseases and increases the likelihood that animals will suffer injuries. Also, animals may become accustomed to being fed by people. It’s also important to remain silent during a safari, loud noises scare animals away. Finally, visitors should never discard trash during a safari because it harms a sanctuary’s ecology and animals that live in them.last_img read more

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Kolkata West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerje

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accused the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) of releasing excess water, thereby leading to a flood-like situation in several districts, including Malda, Murshidabad, Hooghly, and Howrah. She was speaking at the state secretariat, Nabanno.According to state government sources, nearly 2.5 lakh people have been affected by the flood-like situation in Malda district. The situation may get worst if it continues to rain heavily. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The internal report of the state administration said some parts of Howrah and Hooghly have been flooded after the DVC released 75,000 cusec water on Monday. The government formed a committee and a control room to monitor the flood-like situation. “The Chief Secretary will head that committee and the control room will be open 24X7. We do not want to take any chance. We are prepared for any adverse situation,” Banerjee said. She also said lack of proper dredging in barrages is causing the flood-like situation in some parts of the state. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway If proper dredging was carried out in the barrages they could have held more water, she said. Sources from the district said many low-lying areas have been inundated. They claimed Malda alone received 99.80 mm rain since Monday. Several mud houses have collapsed creating further problem for people residing in low-lying areas. The flood-like situation triggered by incessant rain has thrown normal life out of gear. Even hospital premises were inundated. Malda Medical College and Hospital has also been badly affected, sources added. The ground floors of almost all houses have been flooded and many areas are without electricity supply for hours. Water has also entered the district collectorate, police stations, the district magistrate’s residence and government offices, said sources.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

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Researchers have found that in top athletes exce

first_imgResearchers have found that, in top athletes, excess physical activity could be harmful and also associated with major fatigue and reduced performances. The study published in the journal Current Biology shows that intensive physical training could harm brain capacity, particularly cognitive control. For the findings, Mathias Pessiglione and his team said that they were interested in identifying the causes of a common phenomenon in top athletes, known as “overtraining syndrome”. Also Read – The Puja carnivalThis was characterised by reduced athletic performance and intense fatigue. Athletes suffering from this syndrome might be tempted by products likely to restore their performance. The primary hypothesis of the researchers were clear: the fatigue caused by overtraining is similar to that caused by mental efforts. To test this idea, the team spent nine weeks working with 37 triathletes, who were split into two groups. The first underwent the “usual” high-level training whereas the second had additional training during the last three weeks of the experiment, with sessions lasting 40 per cent longer, on average. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraFrom this, the researchers were able to identify similarities between overly intensive physical training and excessive mental work. This excessive physical activity leads to reduced activity of lateral prefrontal cortex, similar to that observed during mental effort. Reduction in brain activity was associated with impulsive decision-making, in which short-term gratification was prioritised over long-term goals. In the case of top athletes, being this impulsive could lead to their decision to stop right in the middle of a performance or to abandon a race in order to end the pain felt during physical exertion. The researchers believe, fatigue and reduced cognitive control might also constitute the first stage in development of a “burnout syndrome”, which affects people across professional sectors.last_img read more

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The government of India had decades ago realised t

first_imgThe government of India had decades ago realised the gravity of the crisis of depleting wildlife and allotted vast spaces of green forests so that wildlife may flourish. Several protected stretches of lands exist as wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, and biosphere reserves for the sole purpose of protecting wildlife against human interference. Renewed measures are implemented to conserve flora and fauna in their natural states. Evolving with time, several innovative steps have also been taken to upgrade protection and conservation efforts. The introduction of wildlife tours was initiated and have turned out to be one of the best ways to make people aware of the importance of wildlife and wilderness for humans and other species. More prominently existing as places for display of the wild, zoos are intended to play a vital role in wildlife conservation. Field conservation as in natural parks and biosphere reserves focuses on the long-term survival of species in natural ecosystems and in their natural habitats. Zoos are part of in conservation projects that support studies of populations in the wild, species recovery efforts, veterinary care for wildlife disease issues, and conservation awareness. Zoos are thus like a natural laboratory for studying wildlife for their own betterment; zoos are not supposed to be places of confinement where animals become objects of display in a commercial venture. Zoos definitely do instil a lot of awareness among visitors about the animals, their needs and habitat but permanently confining an animal to a zoo is a matter of debate along ethics. Known as India’s oldest chimpanzee, Rita died at age of 59 at Delhi zoo. With a mention in the Limca Book of records, the animal was born on December 12, 1960, in Amsterdam Zoo and was acquired by the Delhi zoo in 1990. Rita is also believed to be the oldest chimpanzee in Asia. Rita had been surviving in recent months through old age-related health problems and was on a liquid diet. She is reported to have been keeping unwell since July 27 as she was not eating properly and had become frail. Her liquid diet included juice, coconut water, and milk with ground almonds and walnuts. She had outlived the average lifespan of a chimpanzee which is around 50 years. While there is no doubt that Rita was kept in the best condition, the question still lingers, is it necessary to confine animals for public display and deprive them of the wild?last_img read more

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New Delhi A day after protesting outside Sonia Ga

first_imgNew Delhi: A day after protesting outside Sonia Gandhi’s residence here over alleged irregularities in ticket distribution, former Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar on Thursday resigned from all election committees of the party but said he would continue to work as an ordinary party worker. In his letter to Congress president Gandhi, Tanwar said he was stepping down from various committees formed by her for the Haryana assembly elections but would continue to work to strengthen the party as its “ordinary soldier”. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadHe alleged the Congress in Haryana had turned into “Hooda Congress” as those who worked against the party’s interests have been given prominence over those who slogged to strengthen the opposition party in the state. “I am writing this letter with immense pain to inform you that after due consideration and exhausting all available avenues to get my voice heard. I have not been left with any other option but to resign …,” Tanwar said in his letter.last_img read more

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NEW DELHI Hoping to intensify bilateral relations

first_imgNEW DELHI: Hoping to intensify bilateral relations between the two countries further, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday arrived in the national capital on a four-day visit to India.As part of her first official engagement of the day, she will participate as the chief guest in the India Economic Summit being organised by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in New Delhi. During the visit, the Bangladesh PM will call on President Ram Nath Kovind and will hold bilateral discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 5. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkThis is Hasina’s first visit to India since the completion of the elections in Bangladesh and India, a press statement from the ministry of external affairs (MEA) said. “Apart from several agreements that are to be inked between the sides during the visit, the two Prime Ministers will also jointly inaugurate three bilateral projects via video link,” the statement said. On September 27, Hasina and Modi had met on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in New York where the two leaders reaffirmed their zero-tolerance approach against terrorism and violent extremism and noted that strong ties in the security sector had built trust and mutual confidence between the two countries. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: ReportsDuring Hasina’s visit to India, both countries are expected to review the Rohingya and Teesta river water sharing issues, apart from inking agreements in various sectors. “Prime Minister Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi may discuss different issues, including the Teesta as well as Rohingyas,” The Dhaka Tribune quoted Bangladesh high commissioner to India, Syed Muazzem Ali, as saying. On the sidelines of the India Economic Forum meet, the two countries are likely to sign several MoUs in different areas, including connectivity, culture, technical cooperation and trade and investment, Muazzem said. “It is so far confirmed that seven to eight MoUs are to be signed, mostly on connectivity, cultural and technical cooperation, and trade and investment after the bilateral meeting of the two prime ministers on October 5,” he said.With PTI inputslast_img read more

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Sanjay is finally getting exciting roles

first_imgMumbai: Sanjay Kapoor, who was recently seen playing real-life niece Sonam Kapoor’s father in The Zoya Factor, says the best acting opportunities are coming his way only now, after all these years. “When I was young and starting off in the nineties, most characters in mainstream cinema were stereotypical, and not like the way things are today. So, initially I did grab all the opportunities that came my way. However, I have to say that I am getting exciting offers as an actor only now, after all these years,” Sanjay said. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger”Also, in the nineties, typecasting would happen to all actors. Now, we have better opportunities to showcase versatility,” he said. “With age and life’s experience, I have matured as a performing artist. In between, I avoided the urge to do films just to remain visible. How much of his career owes itself to luck? “I won’t say any of my acting assignments are based on just luck factor, but I have to say that my casting in the Netflix film ‘Lust Stories’ happened because of right timing.”last_img read more

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Wan to produce TV adaption of Gideon Falls comics

first_imgLos Angeles: James Wan has joined the ‘Gideon Falls’ TV adaption as a producer. Wan and his Atomic Monster production company have joined Hivemind in bringing the Image Comics title to the small screen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hivemind acquired the title, created by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino, last year in July. The comics, which came out in 2018, is an urban horror series focusing on a group of strangers who find themselves drawn together by the mystery of something known as the Black Barn. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger”To have a filmmaker of James Wan’s caliber, talent, and vision contributing to the atmospheric and terrifying world that Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino have created with Gideon Falls is nothing short of incredible,” Hivemind co-founders Kathy Lingg, Dinesh Shamdasani and Jason Brown said in a statement. “This is a high-powered and formidable combination for one of the most acclaimed comic series of the decade, and James and his colleagues at Atomic Monster Michael Clear and Rob Hackett are the perfect partners to help bring our adaptation to life. Fans of Gideon Falls, rest assured: We have some incredible surprises yet in store,” they added.last_img read more

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Zojila tunnel section on SrinagarLeh NH being concretised to ensure smooth traffic

first_imgSonamarg:The Border Roads Organisation is concretising the Zojila tunnel section of the Srinagar-Leh national highway to streamline the movement of small and heavy vehicles and protect the strategic road from extreme weather events, a senior official has said. “As the stretch is located at a very high altitude and faces extreme weather, the (concrete) blocks will provide friction and can withstand extreme weather in freezing cold and icy surface,” said Col Mukesh Bhanwala, Director, Works Project Beacon. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad He said block laying is a fine replacement for black topping, which is not possible at such unfavourable spots. Officials said nearly 3-km stretch of the upper alignment of the Zojila Pass has been completely paved with “interlocking concrete blocks” on which vehicles can move smoothly. Col Bhanwala said the plan is to lay concrete blocks for about 6 km of the Pass. “Pending work will be completed in upcoming season. Because of the heavy rush of transport due to stocking time, this season won’t allow much time to complete it,” he said. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi Zojila Pass, at a height of 11,516 feet above the sea level, connects the picturesque Kashmir valley with the cold Indus Valley desert through the 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh road. As the road is vulnerable to landslides due to snowfall and rainfall, the interlocking of concrete blocks offer resistance against extreme weather and provides longer life. The Srinagar-Leh NH remains closed for half of the year due to snowfall and landslides, and restoring and repairing the Zojila Pass is a daunting task for BRO. It sees a daily rush of hundreds of heavy truck loads and passenger vehicles moving in and out of the Ladakh region. “Concrete blocking is best for such conditions. Blocks will not slide or move as they are fixed on all four sides for strong and firm grip,” he Col Bhanwala said.last_img read more

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SPIES ROUTE

first_imgWe recently watched Bard Of Blood and it smells of gore and gunpowder. Wow! That’s a nice way of putting it. There’s a lot of gore and gunpowder but there’s more to it. It’s quite serendipitous that you launched Bilal Siddiqi’s The Bard Of Blood about four years ago. Was there any discussion about a screen adaptation of the book back then? No. But there was a journalist at the press conference back then who asked me about it. That year there were a lot of book-to-film adaptations. She asked, ‘What if The Bard Of Blood was adapted into a film?’ This was back in 2015. I said to her, ‘Yeah, I would love to do it.’ Four years post that, the book got adapted not for a film, but for a Netflix Original series, which is even better. I say better because we are not truncating or editing out a lot of things that are there in the book. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold SchwarzeneggerWe have a seven-part series which is almost five hours long. A lot of things have been added to the series to enhance it which makes it even better and now we can take it to 190 countries and 150 million subscribers. The world audience can watch it, and is not just limited to our subcontinent. When I read the book, I felt that it had the scope of going that far and wide. Do you want to add something from the perspective of an actor? The book has a certain authenticity and an entertainment quotient at the same time. It does break away from a lot of stereotypes in this geopolitical scenario but what really struck me about the book is that the world there is authentic and real. When we adapted it into a mini-series, that authenticity was retained. Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap upWe are showing spies and antagonists in the show with their vulnerabilities and not just with their strengths. There is a conflict-ridden state and there are these agents who are dealing with the ghosts of their own past. The book humanises these agents and spies. Yes! It is about the human story more than just action. It keeps viewers at the edge of the seat. You don’t know what is going to happen next. The book had a nail-biting finish. But it is even more nail-biting in the series. The book was great but here, you have to engage and hook the audience in every episode. Every episode ending has to be like a great interval point in a film so that you can bring your viewers back. This is very important and they have done it so effectively with every episode. You play Kabir Anand, an expelled spy who is now a school teacher teaching Shakespeare. That is quite a wide arc. Was it a challenging part to play? First of all, I was a terrible Shakespeare student in school. So that made my character slightly tougher. (Chuckles) I didn’t really love Shakespeare in school; it was something that I had to do and so I did it and passed decently. Coming to Kabir’s character in the book and the mini-series, the duality of it had me sold. It is like a dream come true for any actor to play a spy who is also a Shakespeare teacher. What a mixed bag! They are like two opposite ends of the spectrum. So hence the title ‘Bard Of Blood’! Yes! You find Kabir at a time in his life when he is dealing with these problems and he is an average Joe at the same time. He comes from a middle-class home, drives his middle-class car and teaches Shakespeare. At one point, you think that he is dangerous, he is a killer, he is a spy, he is a hostage rescue specialist and he is a legend in the agency. You may wonder how all of this fits in? You discover him by peeling away his layers when you go on a mission with him. The guy in the first frame vis-à-vis the last are like two different people and two alternative lives. But he had to catch on to this because he lost his job on the battlefield because he was wronged in his last assignment. But he goes back to redeem himself. How was it having Shah Rukh Khan backing you as a producer? My interaction with him did not happen during the shoot because he was busy shooting for his film at that point of time. I know that he was really involved during the writing process. The reason why one of the characters was added to the show was because of him. He added the track of Jannat (Kirti Kulhari) in the series and it was not there in the book. He said that when my character goes back to Baluchistan, it will be interesting to have a romantic link. During the edit stage, we went to show him the first four episodes which were in rough edit and these things generally happen at night because he works at night. I, on the other hand, am a morning person; I generally doze off at 11:30 pm. The conversation that happened that night and just the way he was, kept me up till 5 o’ clock in the morning. We were sitting and chatting in his house. I was blown away by his memory. He watches an episode and he remembers the sequence of events, what you were wearing and what dialogues you have said. He is so sharp. When we were watching the episodes and if I felt like a beat was not going right in a particular scene, he actually spelt it out and explained the reason behind it. That gave us valuable information on how we can tweak it and it was at a stage where we required to tweak it as we were a long way from home. Tell us about the promotional video that you did with him. The small skit of about four minutes that I did with him is a memory that I will cherish for the rest of my life. (Laughs) I had to put a bag on Shah Rukh Khan’s face. I was feeling so bad and guilty! I have grown up watching his films. He has had a huge impact on me as an actor and a person. I have seen him since I was in school. It was not like a slow burn with Bard Of Blood where I knew that I share a script with him and I knew that I would shoot with him after a definite period of time. After two days into the shoot, I was told that I have to shoot a sequence with Shah Rukh Khan. I was sitting across a table and I was getting interrogated by him. One part of me was telling me that this is wrong as I was calling him a dhakkan and a dabba. I thought I was going to hell for this. (Laughs) But the other part of me was saying that I will be professional. And a part of my brain wanted to take his autograph. (Smiles)last_img read more

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Diarrhoea unsafe abandonment top causes of 776 children deaths in SAAs RTI

first_imgNew Delhi: Unsafe abandonment — including instances of infants found left in the open — diarrhoea and acute respiratory infections are among the leading causes of death of 776 children in specialised adoption agencies across India over the last three years, government agency CARA has said. Other reasons for the deaths of the children in the age group of 0-6 in SAAs, run both by state governments and NGOs, are pre-term birth complications and congenital anomalies, the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) said in response to an RTI query by PTI. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkIn July this year, Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani said in response to a question in the Lok Sabha that 776 children had died over the last three years in specialised adoption agencies (SAAs). According to data given in reply to PTI’s RTI query, of the 434 SAAs, 355 are run by NGOs and 79 by governments in various states. The deaths were reported from 44 government-run SAAs run and 283 SAAs run by the NGOs, the CARA said. According to an official, the SAAs have 7,074 children, some who have been orphaned or abandoned and some who have families but placed in the care of the adoption institutes. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: ReportsThe deaths would, therefore, account for 10 per cent of the total number of children in the institutions. The highest, 124 children deaths, at the SAAs between April 1, 2016, to July 8 this year were reported from Uttar Pradesh followed by Bihar at 107 and Maharashtra at 81, according to the RTI reply. In many cases, a senior official said, the children were brought to the SAAs in such a tenuous health condition that their chances of survival were very bleak. “Even if they were brought to the agency in time, they were extremely vulnerable to diseases and could not survive despite treatment,” the official said. A caregiver at a specialised adoption agency in central Delhi added that they have received babies who were found after 48 hours of being abandoned. Once, he said, a two-day-old child was found in a pool of water after a long night of rain in the city. “By the time he was brought in, he had developed severe pneumonia and passed away in a couple of hours,” he said.last_img read more

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Cosmetics stores operating management needs to pay attention to what

with the development of the cosmetics industry, various cosmetics franchise brand management pattern is also different, indeed, in the process of operation, the headquarter will give many support, but it is the management need to pay attention to many, so for these entrepreneurs and said, the most is the lack of management experience, so how to do a store manager? Need to pay attention to what factors?

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