It doesn’t really matter whether the Modi government sought to snub Justin Trudeau or not. Which means even if it didn’t snub Trudeau – and I’m prepared to believe it did not mean to – it’s not only accused of doing so but convicted as well. That the Prime Minister wasn’t present at the airport to welcome Trudeau is irrelevant but what isn’t is the level at which the government was represented. No doubt they were otherwise preoccupied but Trudeau is a visiting prime minister and not just the most recent Canadian tourist. Perhaps the most surprising thing was Prime Minister Modi’s failure to tweet a welcome for Justin Trudeau when he arrived.

February 24, 2018 11:48 UTC

Assamese singer Papon, who is caught in a controversy for forcibly kissing a minor girl on a reality show, has quit the show --- Voice India Kids --- claiming he is not in the mental state to deliver his responsibilities. A day after apologising for the incident on social media, Papon took to Twitter Saturday afternoon to announce he wants to quit the show. A Supreme Court lawyer filed a case against Papon, whose real name is Angarag Papon Mahanta, for allegedly assaulting the minor on the reality show. The Assam Police registered an FIR against the singer after the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) filed a complaint. While the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has ordered a probe into the matter, Maharashtra state government has also ordered a separate investigation.

February 24, 2018 11:48 UTC

Falguni and Shane Peacock. (Source: File Photo) Falguni and Shane Peacock. (Source: File Photo)UK’s teen sensation HRVY is here for his debut performance in India, and designer duo Falguni and Shane Peacock, whose creations have been donned by popular singers like Beyonce Knowles, Madonna and Britney Spears, are excited about designing for him. HRVY, also known as Harvey Leigh Cantwell, is in India for a solo showcase curated by Bottomline Media. They are known for the unique and unusual styling and attention to detail that they give to each design to create “luxury”.

February 24, 2018 11:45 UTC

After Mark Wahlberg’s decision to donate the money, Michelle Williams had issued a statement, saying she was happy that “the most powerful men in charge” listened and made an effort to bridge the pay gap. After Mark Wahlberg’s decision to donate the money, Michelle Williams had issued a statement, saying she was happy that “the most powerful men in charge” listened and made an effort to bridge the pay gap. Actor Mark Wahlberg has admitted it was “very awkward” for him when he was paid more than his “All the Money in the World” co-star Michelle Williams for the film’s reshoots. Your value’s based on what the marketplace dictates, and with that particular situation, it was very awkward,” Wahlberg said. After Wahlberg’s decision to donate the money, Williams had issued a statement, saying she was happy that “the most powerful men in charge” listened and made an effort to bridge the pay gap.

February 24, 2018 11:39 UTC

NEW DELHI: Stressing that the advent of artificial intelligence (AI) will not make jobs disappear, Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Inc said that on the contrary it will create more jobs. Wozniak was speaking at the fourth edition of the Economic Times Global Business Summit at New Delhi on Saturday.“We will require lot more jobs to build those machines,” he said. Wozniak added that the next generation will have different types of jobs to choose from.The American inventor, electronics engineer, programmer, philanthropist, and technology entrepreneur who is created to be the developer of Apple I which led to the launch of Apple, said that even though he designed the machines, it required an entrepreneur like Steve Jobs to “market it”.Answering a question of what is the biggest myth about his relationship with Jobs, he said that he never had any fight or argument with him. “We may have had a few disagreements – maybe two – but he was very respectful towards me.” Popularly known as “the Woz”, said that his favourite gadget is the Apple Watch and though he primarily uses an Apple phone, he keeps at least ten phones at a time since he is constantly experimenting with new products.The ET GBS saw the keynote address being delivered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speeches by the PM’s core economic team, finance minister Arun Jaitley, transport minister Nitin Gadkari, and railways minister Piyush Goyal, along with a star-studded CEO panel that included steel king Lakshmi Mittal and metals baron Anil Agarwal, fireside chats with Netflix boss Reed Hastings, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, and Donald Trump Junior.Wozniak said that his favourite enterprenuer of the present times is Elon Musk . “He is an inventor, he is a visionary,” he said adding that though he thinks Tesla seems to be way behind all other companies when it is comes to self driving cars.

February 24, 2018 11:39 UTC





While the world is increasingly losing the battle between the increasing pervasiveness of technology and privacy, the Apple cofounder and the engineering legend Steve Wozniak believes that we should have as much privacy as we think we have.“What is more important: human or technology?” asked Wozniak while addressing the audience at the Economic Times’ Global Business Summit, held at New Delhi. Hopefully, in the future that is going to change,” said Wozniak.On the growing influence of technologies like artificial intelligence, Wozniak denounced the fear of humans losing their jobs to bots and said that technology will only disrupt the nature of the jobs. “Jobs do not get taken away by technology. While in future there may be machines doing a lot of jobs presently executed by humans, but then we would need humans to make those machines. You should have a working model before you go looking for money and that means having engineers in your team,” insisted Wozniak.

February 24, 2018 11:38 UTC

A drunk man bit a snake at his farm in Morena and killed the reptile. Doctors who treated the man said the snake was a venomous one and he was lucky to have survived. Villagers said that Kushwaha saw a black-coloured snake at his farm and in his drunken state bit the snake. Yadav added that Kushwaha might have panicked and lost consciousness after he realised that he had bit a snake. “It was venomous and if it had retaliated or if any portion of its venom had entered his bloodstream, it could have been fatal for Kushwaha,” Yadav said.

February 24, 2018 11:37 UTC

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February 24, 2018 11:37 UTC

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) on Friday issued a notice to singer Papon and the TV channel. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) on Friday issued a notice to singer Papon and the TV channel. Yesterday, Bollywood singer Papon found himself in a soup after Supreme Court lawyer Runa Bhayan filed a complaint against him for kissing a minor inappropriately. The incident happened during a pre-Holi celebration where Papon and few kids of the reality show were interacting with fans through a Facebook live video. With things taking a turn for the worse, Papon on Saturday evening decided to end his association with the show.

February 24, 2018 11:36 UTC

“Other studies have demonstrated that serious illnesses, for example severe infections such as measles, rubella or meningitis, which we vaccinate against, affect the brain and thereby the child’s ability to learn. “In this study, we decided to look at how children perform following the less severe infections that many of them frequently experience during their childhood,” he added. “On the other hand, we found that children who had been admitted to hospital as a result of severe infections had a lower chance of completing ninth grade. The decisive factor is therefore the severity of the disease, but not necessarily the number of sick days,” Kohler-Forsberg said. “The study ought to reassure those parents who find that their young children are often sick.

February 24, 2018 11:26 UTC

Photo: AFPWashington: US President Donald Trump has once again named India and China to defend his policy on climate change and reiterated that these countries and some others benefited the most from the Paris agreement while America didn’t get any advantage. Would have been a disaster for our country,” Trump said in his address on Friday to the Conservative Political Action Committee. He was referring to his decision last year to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change. Arguing that countries like China and India are benefiting the most from the Paris Agreement, Trump had said that the agreement on climate change was unfair to the US, as it badly hit its businesses and jobs. Commenting on India and other countries, he said, “Other countries, big countries -- India and others -- we had to pay, because they considered them a growing country.

February 24, 2018 11:26 UTC

The abusers alleged that the poem on a menstruating goddess hurt their religious sentiments, Navami Ramachandran from Mallappally in Pathanamthitta district said. Navami alleged that even her school-going sister was not spared and was threatened by a group of unidentified people earlier this week. A few bike-borne persons, with their faces obscured by masks, threatened Lekshmi, her younger sister, she alleged in another post. “Taking into account other recent incidents, there is no doubt that the RSS was behind the act,” Navami alleged. Based on a complaint by her family about the alleged attack on Lekshmi, police registered a case and began a probe.

February 24, 2018 11:26 UTC

"And China -- their agreement didn't kick in until 2030. Russia -- they're allowed to go back into the 1990s, which was not a clean environmental time," Trump said.Commenting on India and other countries, he said, "Other countries, big countries -- India and others -- we had to pay, because they considered them a growing country. We can pay," Trump said. And sometimes, I'd say, 'Look, I'm just going to close my eyes and sign this, because you know what? I'm going to get killed on this one.'

February 24, 2018 11:15 UTC

Finance minister Arun Jaitley said that the decision to tax Vodafone Group retrospectively, taken by the UPA 2 government, was 'erroneous' and that the present government will not be going down that path. "I always felt Vodafone tax decision was an erroneous decision... This govt will not be taking any retrospective decision," Jaitley said, talking to a packed house at the Economic Times Global Business Summit 2018 on Saturday.The comment came in response to questions from the audience about stability of policy, rules and regulations, a key ask from overseas investors, who have seen the Vodafone tax case play out for nearly a decade.Jaitely added that if any investor chooses another destination over India , it can't be for the Vodafone tax issue but about other issues.The government at that time had raised a tax demand of Rs 11,000 crore raised by the government related to Vodafone’s USD 11 billion acquisition of Hutchison Telecom stake in 2009.The government had said then, that the Hutchison-Vodafone deal was liable for tax deduction at source (TDS) under the Income Tax (IT) Act, and since Vodafone had not deducted the tax at source, the government raised the demand, which has expanded to Rs 20,000 crore including interest and penalties.While the Supreme Court subsequently quashed the demand on January 20, 2012, the government amended its IT Act retrospectively, putting the liability back on Vodafone Group.Consequently, Vodafone Group, through its Dutch subsidiary - Vodafone International Holdings BV (VIHBV) – in April 2012 invoked arbitration under India-Netherlands BIPA and then issued notice of arbitration of in April, 2014.While proceedings under India-Netherlands BIPA were pending, it initiated a second arbitration under the India-UK BIPA in January, 2017, which was challenged by the Indian government on the grounds that two claims were based on the same cause of action and sought identical reliefs but from two different tribunals constituted under two different investment treaties against the same host state.In the hearings in the Supreme Court last year, the Centre argued that disputes encompassing tax demands raised by a host state were beyond the scope of arbitration provided under the BIPA as taxation was a sovereign function and could only be agitated before a constitutional court of the host state.The apex court had said on December 14 last year that the chairman or presiding arbitrator can be appointed so that the tribunal is set up, but it should not commence hearing till the Delhi High Court decides the pending matter. The hearing in this matter is still going on.

February 24, 2018 11:15 UTC

As yet another bank fraud came to light, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday hit out at the government alleging that the Delhi-based diamond jeweller involved in the scam “disappeared” like Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya while the government looked the other way. Same Modus operandi as Nirav Modi. Gandhi has been using the hashtag ‘ModiRobsIndia’ to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government over the cases of bank frauds. The CBI on Friday booked Dwarka Das Seth International Pvt Ltd for an alleged bank loan fraud of Rs 389.85 crore towards Oriental Bank of Commerce. The company has availed various credit facilities from OBC between 2007-12, which swelled to Rs 389 crore during the period.

February 24, 2018 11:03 UTC