Could relate to my character in 'Billions': Malin Akerman

Hollywood star Malin Akerman is having a blast playing the savvy Lara Axelrod in "Billions", a character for which she drew a lot from her own life. Akerman, who starred in Hollywood rom-coms like "27 Dresses", "Couples Retreat" and "Wanderlust", says it is rare to find strong female characters and that's what attracted her to Lara, an ambitious wife of a corrupt hedge fund king. "Lara is such a powerful woman and what I really love about her is that she is an equal to her husband. There is a mutual respect that they have for each other. It takes a strong woman to be appreciated and respected by her man," Akerman told(This article has not been edited by DNA's editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

February 22, 2017 08:37 UTC

us citizenship: Questions immigrants must answer to become US citizens

Answer: Bill of Rights.How many amendments does the Constitution have? Answer: 27.What is the name of the current president of the United States? Answer: Donald Trump If both the president and vice president can no longer serve, who becomes president? Answers: Print money; declare war; create an army; make treaties.When was the Constitution written? Answer: Mississippi or Missouri.Who did the United States fight in World War II?

February 22, 2017 08:37 UTC

Kerala: Theyyam artiste falls from coconut tree, fractures leg

An artiste who performs the popular ‘Theyyam’ ritual dance fell down from a coconut tree in Kannur district of Kerala and injured his leg. According to reports, the artiste, identified as Sumesh, fell from the tree while climbing up and suffered serious leg injuries as a result of the accident. He is reported to have fractured his leg and suffered other injuries as well. He was later shifted to a hospital in Mangalore where a surgery was performed on him. Theyyam is a form of dance ritual worship prevalent mainly in northern Kerala in the districts of Kasargode, Kannur and Kozhikode.

February 22, 2017 08:29 UTC

NSE, BSE seek clarification from Infosys on anonymous emails over Panaya deal

Bengaluru: The National Stock Exchange of India Ltd and BSE Ltd have sought clarifications from Infosys Ltd on claims made in two anonymous emails against management and board of the company, which said it had started a probe into the allegations. For now, Infosys management, led by chief executive officer Vishal Sikka, have strongly denied any charges of impropriety, and termed the charges malicious and aimed at tarnishing the image of India’s second largest software company and its management. Two emails, purportedly written by an anonymous whistleblower, dated 12 February and 19 February, were sent to Mint and copied to senior executives of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi). Mint is not disclosing all the contents of the emails for lack of confirmation. “As stated before, we will respond to all queries received either directly or from the regulatory authorities, as per our process.”

February 22, 2017 08:27 UTC

Telecom industry relieved that Jio will start charging: COAI

Cellular operators association COAI expressed relief that newcomer Reliance Jio has announced "price points" for data services post April 1, which although "aggressive" will not bleed the industry. "They have announced the pricing for the services, which is a good news for the industry, at least they have started charging. Our members will be giving their response but as an industry observer I can say that the industry will be relieved that price points have been announced. Ultimately, the price points and customer experience together will determine winners and losers going forward. Reliance Jio, he said, will continue to offer free voice calls and national roaming post April 1, when its promotional free voice and data offer ends.

February 22, 2017 08:26 UTC

UP elections 2017: When namesakes haunted 'Netaji' on home turf

LUCKNOW: A 'Mulayam Singh Yadav' emerges each election season in Uttar Pradesh and once even forced 'Netaji' to suffix his father's name to assert his real electoral identity.The SP patron is not in the fray this time and hopefully his namesakes may also be taking a break from elections.But this was not so in the past when the namesakes sought to give a headache to the Samajwadi Party leader. Mulayam Singh Yadav became an MLA for the first time in 1967 on an SSP ticket.In 1974, Mulayam won from Jaswantnagar on Bhartiya Kranti Dal (BKD) ticket and retained the seat in 1977, but as a Janata Party (JNP) candidate.Mulayam Singh Yadav could not win 1980 Assembly election from Jaswantnagar, while contesting on Janata Party (Secular) led by Chaudhary Charan Singh. However, his namesake (Mulayam Singh) fought on Indian National Congress (U) ticket from Bharthana, and could get 2,367 votes.During the 1985 Assembly elections, Mulayam won on a Lok Dal ticket from Jaswantnagar, while his namesake was in the poll fray from Auraiya. The namesake bagged only 292 votes.But it was in 1989, when for the first time Mulayam was compelled to suffix his father's name (Sughar Singh) to assert his "real electoral" identity, when his namesake challenged him from Jaswantnagar Assembly constituency - the bastion of the Yadav family. According to Election Commission data, in 1989, Mulayam Singh Yadav s/o Sughar Singh was fielded by Janta Dal.He faced a challenge from Mulayam Singh Yadav s/o Pattiram, an independent candidate.Mulayam bagged 65,597 votes (59.26%), while his namesake could get only 1,032 votes (0.93%).The situation continued in 1991 as well.Mulayam, contesting on Janata Party symbol, won from Jaswantnagar securing 47,765 votes (45.96 per cent), while his namesake could muster only 328 votes.In the 1993 UP assembly elections, Mulayam contested from three assembly constituencies - Jaswantnagar (Etawah), Shikohabad (Firozabad) and Nidhauli Kalan (Etah) - and won all on Samajwadi Party tickets.By this time, the Samajwadi Party was formed, and elections were held after the Ram Mandir agitation.However, 'Netaji' as Mulayam is fondly known among his supporters, had to face challenge from his namesakes in each of the three assembly seats.In Jaswantnagar, Mulayam bagged the lion's share of 60,242 votes (46.88%), while his namesake and independent candidate got 192 votes (0.15%).Shikohabad saw Mulayam bagging 55,249 votes (42.43%), while his namesake (Mulayam Singh Yadav s/o Rustam Singh) got 154 votes (0.12%).Similarly, in Nidhauli Kalan, Mulayam Singh Yadav got 41,683 votes, while his namesake, an independent candidate, got only 184 votes.Barauli Assembly constituency (in Aligarh) also witnessed another namesake - Mulayam Singh Sehra - who could muster only 164 votes.Interestingly, even before Mulayam Singh Yadav forayed in UP's electoral politics, an independent candidate - Mulayam Singh - contested from Gunnaur North Assembly seat polling 2,944 votes in 1951.In 2007, Mulayam Singh Yadav contested from Gunnaur and Bharthana, and won both the assembly seats.

February 22, 2017 08:26 UTC

Why KCR's Rs 5 crore thanksgiving gift to Tirupati temple is plain wrong

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday donated ornaments worth a whopping Rs 5 crore to the famous Tirumala temple as a thanksgiving gift for fulfilling his vow of realising a separate state out of Andhra Pradesh. KCR is on a two-day trip to the temple town of Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh to offer gold and silver ornaments to Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala hills and Goddess Padamavati at Tiruchanoor nearby. Last year, he had offered a 11.7 kg gold crown - worth over Rs 3 crore - to Goddess Bhadrakali at Warangal to mark Durga Navratri. (Photo: Ashish Pandey)In 2015, KCR drew much criticism after he conducted an Ayutha Chandi Maha Yagna to please the gods. WATCH | Telangana CM Chandrasekhar Rao offers Rs 5 crore gold ornaments at Tirupati templeALSO READ | KCR's Temple Run: Telangana CM fulfils Rs 5 crore vow at Tirumala temple

February 22, 2017 08:06 UTC

George Clooney: Donald Trump is a demagogue and Steve Bannon a failed filmmaker

Hollywood star George Clooney has criticised US President Donald Trump and his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, calling them “Hollywood elitists”. In an interview on the French program Rencontres de Cinema, the Oscar-winning actor mentioned Meryl Streep’s speech during the Golden Globes in January in which she blasted the president as a bully. Clooney said it’s wrong for conservatives to dismiss Streep’s speech just because she is a wealthy actor, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Read more“When Meryl spoke, everyone on that one side said, ‘Well that’s elitist Hollywood speaking.’ Donald Trump has 22 acting credits in television. He is a Hollywood elitist,” Clooney said.

February 22, 2017 08:03 UTC

Dhoni: Dhoni travels in train with Jharkhand team after 13 years

@msdhoni — Captain MS Dhoni (@MSDsuperfan) 1487729581000KOLKATA: The South Eastern Railway served a very special passenger Tuesday night when its former employee Mahendra Singh Dhoni preferred to travel by train with his Jharkhand one-day cricket team from Ranchi to Howrah to participate in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in Kolkata.Rewinding the clock back to his struggle days in early 2000s when he was posted as a ticket inspector in Kharagpur , India's most successful captain, Dhoni travelled in second-tier AC of 18616 Kriya Yoga Express.Dhoni, who will lead Jharkhand in domestic one-dayers for the Vijay Hazare Trophy, did not ask for any special service in his first train ride in more than 13 years. "They (Jharkhand) did not have a special coach reserved for them and Dhoni travelled with his team and other co-passengers in 2AC. They had a block booking for 23 passengers including Dhoni," South Eastern Railway chief public relations officer Sanjoy Ghosh said.Dhoni boarded the Kriya Yoga Express at 9.40 pm in Ranchi and disembarked in Howrah at 6.50 am this morning after crossing the Kharagpur platform early this morning at 4.15 am.The excitement for the World Cup-winning skipper was palpable as a relaxed-looking Dhoni shared a selfie with his millions of followers on social network. "We had a prior information about this and so we had arranged special security when they boarded in Ranchi last night and upon their arrival this morning in Howrah," Ghosh said.Before making the India team Dhoni was employed by SER as a TTE from September 2001 till July 2004 in Kharagpur, something that is well-documented in his biopic "MS Dhoni", a blockbuster last year. "Railway is India's lifeline and everyone travels by train at some point.

February 22, 2017 08:03 UTC

TCS to remain net cash positive despite Rs 16,000 crore buyback: S&P

Ratings agency S&P expects IT services major TCS to remain net cash positive even if its Rs 16,000 crore-buyback offer gets fully subscribed. Earlier this week, TCS announced a Rs 16,000-crore share buyback biggest in the Indian capital market, as it looks to return surplus cash to shareholders. "We believe TCS will maintain its net cash positive financial position, even if its offer for share repurchase were to be fully subscribed. As of December 31, 2016, TCS has net cash and cash equivalents of Rs 386 billion (Rs 38,600 crore)," it added. S&P said Indian technology players will continue to grow at a slightly slower pace over the next two to three years due to technological disruptions.

February 22, 2017 08:03 UTC

Five terrorists killed by Pakistan Air Force in Khyber Agency

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February 22, 2017 07:56 UTC

Michael Clarke joins India Today's expert panel to analyse India-Australia Test series

Highlights 1 Michael Clarke will join India Today's expert panel to analyse the four-Test series2 Clarke is one of the best ever batsmen to have emerged from down under3 He finished an illustrious career with 8643 runs including 28 hundredsFormer Australian captain Michael Clarke will join India Today's expert panel to analyse the four-Test series between India and Australia starting Thursday. Clarke's career-best 329 not out had also come against India during the 2011-2012 series in Australia. Having been a part of several invigorating battles with India, Clarke understands Virat Kohli's men better than many in world cricket. Clarke will of course join forces with India Today expert Sourav Ganguly as the duo share their views on what is bound to be another interesting Test series. The pair will appear on shows which will be moderated by India Today's Consulting Sports Editor Boria Majumdar.

February 22, 2017 07:52 UTC

Mentha oil futures marginally up on pick-up in demand

Mentha oil prices were up 0.22 per cent to Rs 1,017.30 per kg in futures market today as participants raised their holdings on the back of pick-up in spot demand from consuming industries. Besides, tight stocks position following restricted arrivals from major producing belts of Chandausi in Uttar Pradesh also provided support to mentha oil prices. At the Multi Commodity Exchange, mentha oil for delivery this month rose Rs 2.20, or 0.22 per cent, to Rs 1,017.30 per kg, clocking a business volume of 329 lots. The oil for far-month March traded higher by Rs 2.10, or 0.20 per cent, to Rs 1,029.40 per kg, with a trading volume of 229 lots. Analysts said raising of bets by speculators, driven by rising demand from consuming industries in the spot markets against restricted supplies from Chandausi led to the rise in mentha oil prices in futures trade.

February 22, 2017 07:52 UTC

Madras HC seeks video proof of TN CM Palaniswami's trust vote

DMK has asked the High Court to declare the trust vote as illegal. Two separate pleas were filed by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham (DMK) and advocate K Balu, representing Advocates' Forum for Social Justice, asking the High Court to declare the trust vote as illegal. During the hearing K Balu argued that they have the evidence which showed that several rules were flouted during the trust vote. Palaniswami had won the trust vote 122-11 in the 234-member Assembly, aided by the eviction of DMK and walkout by its allies last Saturday. The division vote was taken up after two adjournments following uproarious scenes as opposition MLAs insisted on a secret vote, which was rejected by Speaker P Dhanapal.

February 22, 2017 07:52 UTC

Satellite launch a proof of ISRO’s capabilities, says founder of space startups

Ninety-six of the 104 satellites that ISRO launched on the last PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) mission were American. This was made possible due to the sustained efforts over five years by two start-ups: Earth2Orbit and Skybox Imaging. There are several American companies that are planning to launch satellite constellations. There are a handful of space startups in Bangalore, which in my view, is one of the best places to start a space company. Even if there is little or no support from the government (yet) for space start-ups, we can leverage on-campus incubation ecosystems at IITs and IIMs.

February 22, 2017 07:52 UTC

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