Revisiting a bygone era

more-inThink of the songs of yesteryears and a train of memories will go back to the black and white era. The event commemorated composers such as Hemant Kumar and S.D Burman and singers including Mohammed Rafi, Manna Dey and Geetha Dutt. The compositions were contemporised by modern singers such as Anil Bajpai, Shurjo Bhattacharya, Surojit Guha, Sinchan Dixit and Samanvitha Sharma. Sharing his experience about the event, Surojit says, “To be associated with an organisation such as CMCA is close to my heart. Shurjo Bhattacharya’s lively rendition of ‘Ae Meri Zohra Jabeen’ originally sung by Manna Dey in Waqt got the audience on their feet.

January 23, 2017 10:01 UTC

Union Budget: Supreme Court dismisses petition seeking postponement of Union Budget ahead of state polls

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today dismissed a petition which sought postponement of the Union Budget from February 1 on the grounds of upcoming Assembly elections in five states.A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud junked the plea, which claimed that the Union Budget would violate the Model Code of Conduct in poll-bound states. "There is no illustration to support that presentation of Union Budget would influence voters' mind in state elections," the apex court said.The PIL , filed by advocate M L Sharma, stated that the Centre be directed to present the Union Budget in the financial year 2017-18 which would commence from April 1, instead of the proposed date of February 1.It also demanded the central government to be restrained from declaring "any relief, programme, financial budget until the states' elections are over", as they would violate the Model Code of Conduct.On January 4, the Election Commission had come out with the schedule of Assembly elections to be held in five states, including Uttar Pradesh The Centre has already decided to convene the Budget Session of Parliament from January 31 to present the annual budget for fiscal year 2017-18 the very next day.

January 23, 2017 09:58 UTC

And the twain did meet

He is such a great musician to work with.”Trivedi, for his part, had already seen Selvaganesh in action. Until you meet and start jamming, you won’t know the reality. Once we do that, we know the connection and your heart tells you, ‘this is going to work’,” he says. The kind of films I’ve done – Dev.D, Udta Punjab and Dear Zindagi – there were not love stories happening as such. It’s nice to work with musicians from different styles and to come up with a different dimension of music.”

January 23, 2017 09:56 UTC

Experiments with art

Many of these paintings, besides sculptures and drawings, are part of the exhibition ‘Beyond Horizons’, presented by Bangalore-based Gallery Sumukha. Maity will be exhibiting his works in the city after a gap of six years; the last was at Art Chennai. College of Art & Craft, Kolkata, and Painting (MFA), at College of Art, New Delhi. He started off with using water colours as a medium, and later oil on canvas. (The exhibition will be held at Lalit Kala Akademi between January 24 and February 5, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

January 23, 2017 09:56 UTC

Samsung says batteries caused Note 7 fires, may delay new phone launch

"Samsung Electronics will be working hard to regain consumer trust." Samsung said later on Monday it has not decided whether to reuse parts in the recovered Note 7s or resell any recalled phones. Short circuitsInvestigations by internal and independent experts ruled out problems with the Note 7's hardware and software. Also Read: Samsung Galaxy S8 rumours: Home button out, dual-camera in"Consumers will accept the results (of the probe) only if there are no problems with the S8," said Park. Samsung Electronics shares ended up 2.3 per cent in a flat wider market.

January 23, 2017 09:52 UTC

Union Budget: Supreme Court rejects plea for postponement of budget due to state polls

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today dismissed a plea seeking postponement of Union Budget presentation ahead of the upcoming Assembly elections in five states, saying there was no illustration that it would influence voters.A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar refused to admit the plea saying "there was not even a single concrete example that the presentation of Union Budget would influence the minds of electorate in state elections ".The bench, also comprising Justices N V Ramana and D Y Chandrachud, did not grant opportunity to lawyer M L Sharma, who had filed the PIL in personal capacity, to come back to it if the Centre violated the model code of conduct in its budget, to be presented on February one.Referring to constitutional provisions, the court said there are clear divisions of subjects, Union, State and concurrent, in the Constitution and the presentation of Union budget cannot be dependant on state polls "which keep happening. "It was not impressed with the arguments that the Centre may announce sops for the voters of the states going for polls in the budget, saying "Your argument is absurd. This way you will say the party in power at Centre should not contest state polls".The bench did not agree with the submission that in the past, Centre had postponed presentation of budget due to assembly polls.The PIL has said the Centre be directed to present the Budget in the financial year 2017-18 which would commence from April 1, instead of the proposed February 1 date.It has also said the government be restrained from declaring "any relief, programme, financial budget until the states' elections are over" as they would violate the Model Code of Conduct.The Election Commission had on January 4 come out with the schedule of assembly elections in five states, including Uttar Pradesh.The Centre has already decided to convene the Budget Session of Parliament from January 31 to present the Budget for 2017-18 fiscal the very next day.

January 23, 2017 09:48 UTC

India urgently needs uniform civil law, says Taslima Nasrin

Express Photo by Tashi TobgyalBangladeshi author and freedom of expression advocate Taslima Nasrin, who has been living in exile since 1994 after facing the ire of fundamentalists, said on Monday India urgently needed a uniform civil law. Nasrin said that Muslim women are “oppressed” and that uniform civil law is the need of the hour to protect their rights. Is not having a uniform civil law democratic,” she asked. “A uniform civil law is urgently needed in India for the protection of women. “What do you mean by secularism, does it require you to encourage Muslim fundamentalists?

January 23, 2017 09:45 UTC

On a high note

The stage at Bala Vidya Mandir, Adyar, is an organised chaos of students, and the harmonies they produce boom through the adjoining cricket ground. The students also perform with singers Srinivas, Aruna Sairam and Jayateerth Mevundi among others. “There are 565 students on stage right now,” says Aruna R., treasurer of the school. Rahman, Srinivas, and the team of musical trainers at Global Rhythm, the students have learned over 40 songs. The results, however, are unprecedented, and collaborations with internationally-renowned artists are some of the experiences the students have only dreamt of.

January 23, 2017 09:45 UTC

Ola appoints PepsiCo executive Vishal Kaul as COO

Ola has been strengthening its leadership team as it strives to expand its lead over Uber Technologies Inc. Photo: Hemant Mishra/MintBengaluru: Ride-hailing service Ola on Monday named Vishal Kaul, a PepsiCo veteran, as its chief operating officer (COO) and elevated current COO Pranay Jivrajika as founding partner. Kaul, who joined PepsiCo in 1999, has been vice-president (marketing), vice-president (business operations) and most recently, general manager (Thailand, Myanmar and Laos). “I am thrilled about Vishal joining Ola to lead our operations. His intuitive understanding of consumer businesses, ecosystem management experience and market understanding is invaluable,” founder and chief executive Bhavish Aggarwal said. Earlier this month, it hired former SAB Miller India executive Shalabh Seth as the chief executive of its leasing subsidiary Ola Fleet Technologies Pvt.

January 23, 2017 09:40 UTC

Here's how much Hrithik Roshan's kids Hrehaan and Hridaan have rated Kaabil

Hrithik Roshan is an amazing actor. It's a ritual in the Roshan household and this time, when we met Hrithik for an exclusive interview, we asked him how much the two kids rated Kaabil. Till date, they have rated Kaabil the highest. I am super happy and I am looking forward to watching the film with them now." Hrithik's Kaabil has been receiving a lot of praises from industry insiders who have watched the film already.

January 23, 2017 09:38 UTC

Telangana CM KCR to donate gold worth Rs 5.5 crore to Tirumala temple

Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) is set to present gold ornaments worth Rs 5.5 crore, drawn from public exchequer, to the famed Tirumala temple of lord Venkateshwara as a thanksgiving gesture for the formation of the state. According to official sources, KCR is planning to visit Tirumala temple in Andhra Pradesh which is one of the richest shrines in the country, on January 30. “From there, he is planning to visit Tirumala temple the following day to fulfil his long-pending vow. When he took the vow, the formation of Telangana was not anticipated, let alone KCR becoming the chief minister. How would KCR have fulfilled his vow had he not become the chief minister?” asked Telangana Congress spokesman Dasoju Sravan.

January 23, 2017 09:37 UTC

Donald Trump: Diplomat says China would assume world leadership if needed

BEIJING: China does not want world leadership but could be forced to assume that role if others step back from that position, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Monday, after US President Donald Trump pledged to put "America first" in his first speech. "If anyone were to say China is playing a leadership role in the world I would say it's not China rushing to the front but rather the front runners have stepped back leaving the place to China," Zhang said. "If China is required to play that leadership role then China will assume its responsibilities," he added.At his inauguration on Friday, Trump struck a nationalist and populist tone, pledging to end what he called an "American carnage" of rusted factories and crime.China is the world's second-largest economy and others also rely on it for their economic growth, Zhang said. "We still hope that the United States and other Western economies can continue to make an even bigger contribution to the world economic recovery. However, he has threatened to put punitive tariffs on imports of Chinese goods.Zhang said he thought Trump would not be able to achieve his economic growth goals if he was also fighting trade wars.

January 23, 2017 09:34 UTC

Donald Trump's 'war with media' raises questions of trust

Donald Trump's "running war" on the media is continuing into his presidency, with statements over the weekend calling into question the extent to which information from the White House can be trusted. Trump's first press conference after he was elected, on Jan. 11, also took aim at the media. The conservative web site led its site with an article headlined: "White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer blasts media's 'deliberately false reporting.'" The article said that Spicer's "criticism of the media's fake news reporting resulted in a media meltdown on social media." Former CBS anchor Rather, who famously tangled with the Nixon White House during the Watergate era, said the situation saddened him.

January 23, 2017 09:33 UTC

Blackstone readies new Asia real estate fund of at least $5 bn: Sources

HONG KONG: Blackstone Group LP is readying a new Asia-focused real estate fund that aims to raise a record $5 billion or more, betting on strong returns from property investments in the region, people familiar with the plans told Reuters.The world's biggest alternative asset manager will likely launch the fund in the next 12-16 months, the people said. There's already $33 billion of unused capital, or dry powder, in such Asia-focused real estate funds, it said.Blackstone declined to comment on plans for a new Asia-focused real estate fund.But when commenting on the fundraising outlook for 2017 in the company's third quarter earnings conference call, Blackstone's Chief Financial Officer Michael Chae said there were "significant" fundraises coming up next year, including a possible new Asia fund.The people declined to be named because details of the new Asia fund aren't yet public.Blackstone's first Asia-focused property fund, the $5.08 billion Blackstone Real Estate Partners (BREP) Asia that closed in 2014, is the biggest such fund to focus wholly on Asia, Preqin data shows. The new fund could exceed the first one in size.The first Blackstone fund invested in Japanese residential real estate, office space in Australia and Chinese shopping malls, posting an internal rate of return of 17 percent through September 2016, according to Blackstone's most recent earnings report.In China, the company has a joint venture with developer China Vanke Co Ltd for logistics investments. Blackstone sold $1.9 billion of commercial property to Vanke last year.Blackstone is also one of the largest owners of office space in India. Embassy Office Park REIT, which Blackstone co-owns with local developer Embassy Group, is awaiting approval from authorities to launch the country's first ever real estate investment trust (REIT), which Thomson Reuters publication IFR reported could raise $500 million-$1 billion in a 2017 initial public offering.

January 23, 2017 09:19 UTC

Cuemath raises $15 million in Series B round from Alphabet

Ltd, has raised $15 million in Series B round of funding led by equity investment fund of Alphabet Inc., CapitalG (formerly known as Google Capital), the company said in a statement on Monday. Previously, the company had raised $4 million from Sequoia India and Unitus Seed Fund in June 2016. At present, Cuemath has 2,000 tutors educating more than 10,000 students across cities such like Delhi, Bengalure, Mumbai, Chennai, Pune and Hyderabad. By expanding to more cities in India, Cuemath seeks to ramp up its strength to 5,000 tutors and enroll 40,000 children by March 2018. Ltd, in 2015 had raised $5 million from Accel Partners and Tiger Global Management.

January 23, 2017 09:19 UTC

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