India requires at least Rs 10 lakh crore to clean all its major rivers, Road Transport, Shipping and Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Saturday.Speaking at the Economic Times Global Business Summit, the minister said the government could come up with a Rs 4 lakh crore fund with low-cost financing from institutes such as World Bank that could be used to clean rivers. “If we keep buying cars at this pace, we’ll need Rs 80,000 crore every three years to expand national highways . He said that India would soon get six national expressways, including the eastern peripheral expressway outside Delhi that would reduce pollution levels in NCR. After that, we will inaugurate the Delhi-Meerut expressway.”The minister added that he was trying to reduce pollution levels in the Ganga by half by March 2019. “River linking projects worth Rs 8 lakh have started.

February 24, 2018 16:17 UTC

A file photo of diamantaire Nirav Modi. Photo: ReutersNew Delhi: The ministry of external affairs on Saturday revoked the passports of diamantaires Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, both accused in the Rs11,400 crore Punjab National Bank fraud, two people familiar with the developments said. The Indian foreign ministry missive asking the two to respond was sent to the addresses in India given in the passports. It was also emailed to the two, foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar told reporters on Thursday. So far, the foreign ministry has not said that it was aware where Modi and Choksi are.

February 24, 2018 16:07 UTC

Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety box office collection day 2: Directed by Luv Ranjan, this film is in the Pyar Ka Punchnama tradition. Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety box office collection day 2: Directed by Luv Ranjan, this film is in the Pyar Ka Punchnama tradition. Directed by Luv Ranjan, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety is a film in the same tradition. Pyar Ka Punchnama and Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety share the director, and also actors Kartik Aaryan, and Nushrat Bharucha. As expected, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety has started really well.

February 24, 2018 16:01 UTC

A new wave of airstrikes and shelling on eastern suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus left at least 22 people dead and dozens wounded Saturday, raising the death toll of a week of bombing in the area to 500, including scores of women and children. The weeklong bombardment has overwhelmed rescuers and doctors at makeshift hospitals, many of which have also been bombed. Activists say that terrified residents have been hiding in underground shelters where dozens of people can be crammed into small places. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said airstrikes that hit several suburbs left 22 people dead in different areas, including 10 in the suburb of Douma. The Observatory said that since the latest wave of bombardment began Sunday, 510 civilians, including 127 children and 75 women, have been killed in eastern Ghouta.

February 24, 2018 15:56 UTC

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett used his widely-read annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders on Saturday to again call out the wasteful fees that many money managers charge. Billionaire investor Warren Buffett used his widely-read annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc. shareholders on Saturday to again call out the wasteful fees that many money managers charge. “Performance comes, performance goes,” Buffett wrote. “It is a terrible mistake for investors with long-term horizons -- among them, pension funds, college endowments and savings-minded individuals -- to measure their investment ‘risk’ by their portfolio’s ratio of bonds to stocks,” Buffett wrote. Cash has been piling up at Berkshire, but Buffett said most of the businesses he looked to buy last year were too expensive.

February 24, 2018 15:45 UTC

Pakistan said it was made a “target of politics” at the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting, which has voted to place the country on its “grey list” over its record on money laundering and terror financing. Pakistan will have to work with the FATF to prepare an action plan to tackle money laundering and terror financing, sources said. Pakistan’s de-facto finance minister Miftah Ismail said his country was made a “target of politics” despite its tangible efforts to crack down on money laundering and terror financing. Pakistan is not a big money launderer,” said Ismail, who is the prime minister’s adviser on finance. Ismail said Pakistan would see no substantial effect on its economy if placed on the list.

February 24, 2018 15:45 UTC

Looking at a reflection of himself on the television, Trump said, “I try like hell to hide that bald spot, folks. Donald Trump: Hey! — Troll Cat (@2p2TrollCat) February 23, 2018why does donald trump look like a sentient clump of wet smelly hair that’s been pulled out of a drain — abbie (@abbiesharp_) February 22, 2018#DumbThingsToBragAbout Your hair Donald Trump. #tcot #CPAC2018 — #ClearFlynnNow (@SweetFreedom29) February 23, 2018A hair salon in Taiwan has created a Donald Trump “hair tattoo” for a client. — Storyful (@Storyful) February 19, 2018The most exhaustive research done on Trump’s hair, by the late Gawker.

February 24, 2018 15:44 UTC

This one of a kind art project named Taxi Fabric was dreamed up by 28-year-old designer Sanket Avlani in 2015, giving Mumbai’s humble kali-peelis a new lease of life. Ashvini Menon drawing out the ‘Wild Mumbaikars’ design (Aalok Soni)She’d selected the Premier Padmini as her vehicle. Delhi’s heritage is reflected in this quirky design in an autorickshaw (Photo: it togetherAfter she’s done with her design, Menon tells the tailor which panel goes where. The ceiling depicts birds, the backseat backrest depicts arboreal animals, and the backseat depicts animals on ground. The back of the front seat illustrates animals from freshwater lakes in the city, the front of the front seat depicts animals in the mangroves, and the front seat itself portrays dolphins.

February 24, 2018 15:35 UTC

One of the most integral aspects of a city is its nightlife, not only socially and culturally, but economically too. With talks of Mumbai becoming a 24x7 city and to discuss the chinks in the armour when it comes to India’s nightlife, restaurant mogul Riyaaz Amlani brought down Night Mayors from around the world for the India Nightlife Convention and Awards last year. Do you think cities in India need a Night Mayor? Riyaaz: I think we first need a proper nightlife and then yes, we need a Night Mayor. Mirik: I always say that you don’t start with having a Night Mayor, but having a conversation about nightlife – which we are having now.

February 24, 2018 15:33 UTC

Former Asian Games gold-medallist Vikas Krishan (75kg) and the fast-rising Amit Panghal (49kg) advanced to the finals with tactically contrasting wins in the Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament for men and women here today. Vikas, on the other hand, defeated China’s Tuohetaerbieke Tanglatiha in his semifinal contest. The former World Championships bronze-medallist produced another calculated performance, continuing a fine comeback from a hand injury. In a fast-paced slugfest, Amit, also an Asian Championship bronze-medallist, showed commendable ring craft to dodge his sprightly rival’s attacks. Earlier, Asian Championships bronze-medallist Seema Poonia (+81kg) entered the finals, while two other women boxers settled for bronze medals.

February 24, 2018 15:22 UTC

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February 24, 2018 15:22 UTC

Welcome to New York box office collection day 2: This film has turned out to be a squib. Welcome to New York box office collection day 2: This film has turned out to be a squib. Welcome to New York has earned a paltry Rs 75 lakh on Day 1. With well-known faces like Sonakshi Sinha and Diljit Dosanjh, one had expected to film to earn a decent total, but it turned out to be a squib. Apart from the main cast, the film also stars Karan Johar, Riteish Deshmukh, Lara Dutta and Boman Irani.

February 24, 2018 15:22 UTC

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor today said the "botched" implementation of the Goods and Services Tax has created a " Frankenstein monster " in the bureaucracy where every small firm has to fill in several forms. We did not have any idea that BJP will come with six different rates," he told reporters here. "Make in India is not working and has failed the people. Botched implementation of GST and the disaster of demonetisation have cost jobs," said Tharoor, who is also the AIPC Chairman.Responding to a query that GST was also mulled by the UPA, Tharoor said, the concept of the Congress was a "bit different. We are judging the government by what they claim and what they are trying to do," the MP said.

February 24, 2018 15:11 UTC

Imran Khan’s second wife fled Pakistan after receiving death threats for speaking out about the cricketer-turned-politician, she has told a British newspaper. Reham Khan claimed she had fled the country after receiving threats of being “blown up,” according to a report in The Times. Individuals seeking to protect Imran Khan’s political career, “told us . Reham reiterated her claim that the relationship between Imran Khan and his third wife Bushra Watoo began while he was still married to her. Reham Khan also told the paper that she feels Imran Khan no longer has a chance of becoming the prime minister.

February 24, 2018 15:11 UTC

more-inKothanur police have seized ₹1.95 crore in demonetised notes and nabbed four people in connection with a suspected money laundering racket. Acting on a tip-off, a team recovered the money from an apartment complex on Kothanur Main Road around 10 p.m. on Friday. Four people — Jayakumar, Shashi, Sharath and Amjed — were arrested from the premises. According to the police, the prime accused, Syed Samir, is a real estate agent. Allegedly, the accused were waiting in the apartment to hand over the money to a businessman, who wanted to buy the demonetised currency, when the police arrived.

February 24, 2018 15:00 UTC