La La Land tells Indians the thing they’ve been waiting to hear since forever

With 14 Oscar nominations, La La Land is most likely to emerge as the biggest winner at Oscars 2017. A tale of two dreamers, La La Land is a love story at its heart. So, we find it difficult to understand when the lovers in La La Land make an unlikely choice — of not being together. La La Land is a love story, sure. Until La La Land.

February 26, 2017 10:41 UTC

Steve Smith retains top spot in ICC Test rankings for batsmen

Smith scored 109 during Australia's second innings to help his team win by 333 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series. Gary Sobers, Viv Richards and Kumar Sangakkara all had career-high ranking points of 938, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Sunday. India's Ravichandran Ashwin remains at the top of the bowlers' rankings with 878 points after taking seven wickets. Indian fast bowler Umesh Yadav's six wickets in the match have seen him gain four slots to reach the 30th spot. Starc, ranked 10th among the bowlers, has also moved up 27 places in the list of batsmen to a career-best 61st rank.

February 26, 2017 10:30 UTC

UP polls will end appeasement, casteism, dynastic rule: Shah

BJP chief Amit Shah today accused the SP and BSP of virtually destroying Uttar Pradesh and said this election would end the politics of appeasement, casteism and dynastic rule. Exuding confidence that BJP would form the next government in the state, Shah said, "Once the poll results are announced, it will signal the end of politics of appeasement, casteism and dynastic rule in the entire state". Shah also urged voters to give an overwhelming majority to the BJP, and strengthen Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Instead of blood of cattle, there will be streams of milk and ghee flowing throughout the state," Shah said. The BJP chief exuded confidence that the party would be form the government with two-thirds majority.

February 26, 2017 10:30 UTC

In a first, Gujarat ATS arrests two brothers with alleged IS links

In a first, the Gujarat police have arrested two brothers with links to the IS which has often vowed to expand its fight to India but has so far not met with any real success. While Waseem was arrested from Rajkot, his brother was arrested from Bhavnagar. According to ATS Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) K.K. “We are investigating how they established their links with the IS and who helped them in the process,” another senior official of the ATS said. However, there have been a few stray arrests made by authorities at several places in the country, including a five-men module in Hyderabad that planned to attack a local police station.

February 26, 2017 10:26 UTC

Rannvijay Singh Singha REVEALS the name of his baby girl!

Rannvijay Singha was on a paternity break, taking care of his wife Prianka who was expecting their first child together. Now, Rannvijay is a happy dad. Yes, Rannvijay and wife Prianka have been blessed with a baby girl. Talking to Pinkvilla, Rannvijay revealed, "Her name is Kainaat. She is my Universe, so she is my Kainaat."

February 26, 2017 10:18 UTC



PIA allows 7 passengers to stand during flight to Saudi, probe underway

As many as seven passengers aboard the Boeing 777 Pakistan International Airlines flight PK-743 (Karachi-Madina) on January 20 were forced to stand throughout the over three-hour flight after the airline boarded excess passengers, Dawn newspaper reported. The computer-generated list, provided to the aircraft crew by the ground traffic staff, did not mention the excess passengers, the report said. Captain Anwer Adil, who operated that flight, maintains that the computer-generated sheet did not show excess passengers. Protocol necessitates that in such cases, the aircraft should be brought back to the terminal and excess passengers offloaded, sources said. The panel was also informed that the airline earned around Rs 7.5 billion a month while its expenses were over Rs 13.14 billion.

February 26, 2017 10:18 UTC

Academy revokes sound mixing nomination for Greg P Russell

John Krasinski portrays Jack Silva in a scene from the film, ‘13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi’. Photo: Christian Black/Paramount Pictures via APLos Angeles: Academy has rescinded Greg P Russell’s best sound mixing Oscar nomination for “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”. According to the Academy, its board of governors voted to remove the nomination for Russell due to “violation of Academy campaign regulations.”“The board of governors’ decision to rescind Mr Russell’s nomination was made after careful consideration. Instead, the other named nominees for the film, who had earlier been announced along with Russell, will represent the film. It is competing against sound teams from “Arrival”, “Hacksaw Ridge”, “La La Land” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”.

February 26, 2017 10:18 UTC

Delhi Congress plans door-to-door campaign for MCD polls

New Delhi: The Delhi Congress has chalked out a plan for door-to-door campaign for the MCD elections with each worker covering 16 houses under every polling booth. In January this year, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi had met a delegation of the Delhi Congress, including its opposition leaders in three BJP-ruled municipal corporations, and gave suggestions for the MCD polls which is likely to be held in April. “On Gandhi’s suggestion, the party is forming a dedicated team of 15 workers per booth for the MCD elections,” senior Delhi Congress leader Chatar Singh said. Gandhi is slated to address a convention of Delhi Congress at Ramleela Grounds in New Delhi which will be attended by these booth-level workers. The workers have been pooled on the recommendations of applicants for Congress ticket in MCD polls.

February 26, 2017 10:14 UTC

Meghalaya: 16 people killed, 50 injured in truck accident

At least 16 people were killed on Sunday when a truck they were in rammed into the concrete barricade of a road in Meghalaya's West Khasi Hills district, police said. More than 50 people were critically injured in the accident in Jdohkroh village, 11 km from Nongstoin, the district headquarters of West Khasi Hills. "Twelve people died on the spot and four succumbed to their injuries in hospital," Sylvester Nongtnger, the police chief of West Khasi Hills, told IANS. The injured, including the driver and helper of the truck, have been rushed to nearby hospitals and to the Shillong Civil Hospital, the police said. Also read: Ghaziabad police try 'hushing' Audi accident that killed 4Also read: Karnataka shocker: Teenager bleeds to death after accident while onlookers take videos

February 26, 2017 10:07 UTC

Suits' Jessica Pearson might have a new series of her own soon

Popular American show Suits might have a spin-off soon based upon Jessica Pearson's character (played by Gina Torres), according to recent reports. Yep, you read that right. But if the spin-off will actually happen or not has not been confirmed yet as the production house has its hands full with Season 7 of the legal drama. "The Suits team is currently focused on the remaining episodes of Season 6 and what's next for the characters when they return in Season 7," a spokesperson for Universal Cable Productions had said in a statement earlier. Also read: Dil Bole Oberoi is Ishqbaaz's spin-off; 5 TV characters that deserve their own seriesReports and rumours aside, it would be interesting to see Jessica aka Gina take the center stage, if at all this new series happens.

February 26, 2017 10:07 UTC

Ranveer Singh back to his dream destination - Switzerland!

The versatile and charming Ranveer Singh is on his way back to everyone's dream destination - Switzerland. On his maiden trip to the country the frosty summits, pristine lakes and the thrill of the adventure sports had wooed Ranveer and stolen his heart. Ranveer had gone all out and tried activities right from paragliding and skydiving to wakeboarding and even chocolate making. With full of excitement for his second trip Ranveer said, “I can never get enough of Switzerland! I can barely wait to reach Switzerland and see what adventures the Swiss winter has in store for me."

February 26, 2017 10:07 UTC

HSBC's India headcount rises by 4,000 despite global drop

"At December 31, 2016, HSBC had a total workforce of 2,41,000 full- and part-time employees compared with 2,64,000 at the end of 2015 and 2,66,000 at the end of 2014. "Our main centres of employment were the UK with approximately 45,000 employees, India 37,000, Hong Kong 29,000, mainland China 24,000, Mexico 16,000, the US 13,000 and France 9,000," HSBC has said in its latest annual report.Besides India, the bank's headcount rose in China as well. However, the number of employees declined in Honk Kong and the US.HSBC said it encourages "employees to perform at their best and create an environment to make that possible. We also encourage employees to speak up, and reflect our purpose and values in the decisions we make and how we make them, as these decisions shape the future of our customers and colleagues".As per the annual report, the global banking major's customer accounts in India fell to USD 11.3 billion in 2016, as against USD 11.8 billion a year ago. Globally, customer accounts fell by USD 17 billion to USD 1.27 trillion.Its profit before tax for India stood at USD 743 million for 2016, up from USD 606 million in the previous year.

February 26, 2017 09:56 UTC

Bengal leather industry produces Rs 13,000 cr goods

West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra today said that the leather industry in the state produced Rs 13,000 crore worth goods, of which exports stood for Rs 7,000 crore in 2015-16. "It is heartening that the leather industry in the state produces goods worth Rs 13,000 crore and we look forward to the industry reaching a target of Rs 15,000 crore within two years," Mitra said while inaugurating the Kolkata edition of India International Leather Fair (IILF). "Of this, the export component is a huge Rs 7,000 crore," he said adding that participation of buyers from Europe and Japan at the three-day IILF would enhance sell of goods in foreign countries. Stating that the labour-intensive industry employs around three lakh workers in the state, he said that the West Bengal government's job was to create leather clusters and leather hubs like the Bantala Leather Complex seated on a 1,100 acre township, exclusively for the industry. (This article has not been edited by DNA's editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

February 26, 2017 09:56 UTC

View: Donald Trump's deportation plan is economic suicide

There are a lot of things you can say about the Trump Administration’s recently announced deportation plan. You can say it is cruel, a policy that could only come from a president who lacks a heart. )Gasperini insists that farmers don’t purposely hire undocumented workers, but c’mon. During that same nine years, immigrants in the same age group — both legal and illegal — rose to 25.3 million from 22.6 million. No more Elon Musks.The point is: America doesn’t need fewer undocumented immigrants.

February 26, 2017 09:56 UTC

Democracy liberal enough in U.K. for defaulters to stay: Jaitley

more-inFinance Minister Arun Jaitley has said democracy is liberal enough in the U.K. to permit defaulters to stay there and that “normal” needs to be cracked, in an apparent reference to liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who is wanted in India for loan default and other cases. Referring to loan default as a major problem that needs to be addressed, Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs said India was no longer willing to let defaulters escape the law. “Many thought that when you take loan from the banks, the money need not be re-paid and you can come to London and stay out here...and democracy is liberal enough to permit defaulters to stay here. Earlier this month, the Indian government formally requested Britain to extradite him to India for standing trial for alleged loan default and money laundering. Mr. Jaitley refused to confirm if the issue of Mallya’s extradition would feature in his talks with senior British ministers, U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Monday and U.K. Chancellor Philip Hammond on Tuesday.

February 26, 2017 09:56 UTC



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