Mumbai: A Sessions Court here on Monday rejected the bail plea moved by three doctors, who are accused of abetting suicide of their junior Payal Tadvi at a government hospital, last month. The bail plea, moved by Hema Ahuja, Bhakti Mehre and Ankita Khandelwal, was rejected by the District and Sessions Judge P Jadhav. Tadvi, who belonged to the Scheduled Tribe community, ended her life in her hostel room at BYL Nair Hospital on May 22, allegedly after facing harassment from her seniors due to her caste. Also Read – Stop sale of ‘deadly’ stuff on Amazon, US lawmakers to Bezos Advertise With Us Her family alleged that three of her seniors ragged and hurled casteist abuses at her, forcing her to take the extreme step. The Crime Branch of Mumbai Police took over the investigation from Agripada Police station on May 30. The post-mortem examination report of Tadavi’s death released on June 5 revealed the evidence of a ligature mark on her neck. The three doctors were earlier sent to the judicial custody till June 21.
NEW DELHI: People residing in south Delhi’s Madangir area are clueless about the whereabouts of the 243 Sri Lankan Tamils who went missing after embarking on a perilous sea journey in January this year. People in Madangir, which is home to several Sri Lankan Tamils in the national capital, have no idea who the missing were. IANS visited the area to inquire about the whereabouts of the 243 people who had gone missing since January this year after embarking on a sea journey for foreign shores from Kerala’s Ernakulum. Also Read – After liquor, Bihar bans ‘pan masala’ as well Advertise With Us “We don’t know who all had gone from here to board the ship. We have no relatives of the missing people here. Its been more than three years we have been living here. We have not heard anything of this sort from the people of the area,” said P. Thamancharan. The Delhi Police claimed that they have not received any complaint in this regard. When IANS contacted the Home Ministry, it also stated it has no information in this regard.
Mothkur (Yadadri-Bhongir): Thungathurthi MLA Gadari Kishore stated that the State government was committed towards providing best administration and facilities by providing infrastructure and constructing office buildings in the interest of rural people.The legislator inaugurated Mandal Parishad Development Office in Mothkur on Friday. Speaking on the occasion, he said all office buildings were people’s buildings and people have to come to offices to get their issues resolved. Also Read – TRS is institutionally strong: MLA Govardhan Advertise With Us He advised the newly-elected MPTCs and ZPTCs irrespective of their parties to work collectively for the progress of mandal and its people in all aspects. He advised the officials concerned to bring to his notice if any extra facilities were needed for the new building. As part of the programme, he felicitated the newly-elected MPTCs and ZPTCs and congratulated them. Meanwhile, the MLA also distributed Kalyana Laxmi and Shaadi Mubarak cheques to 164 beneficiaries at a programme held at Tahsildar’s office in Maddirala in Nalgonda district. Speaking on the occasion, he said both Kalyana Laxmi and Shaadi Mubarak were boon to families living under poverty line. State Oil Federation chairman Ramakrishna Reddy and party local leaders took part in the programmes.
Kamareddy: A 17-year-old girl, Mounika, committed suicide by hanging herself in her house in Brahmanapalli village of Nizamsagar mandal on Tuesday. Relatives said that the girl ended her due to unbearable abdominal pain.Police registered a case and shifted the body to Kamareddy Hospital for postmortem. Sub-Inspector Sayanna visited the spot and enquired the relatives.
New Delhi: A Bill to tighten the lead anti-terrorist law to empower the government to designate individuals as terrorists and streamline the process of confiscating their property, among other things, was passed in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday with voice vote despite the opposition’s demand for its scrutiny by a Standing Committee. The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019, which seeks amendments to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, was passed with 278 members voting in favour and eight against. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us The Bill got the Lok Sabha’s nod minutes after Home Minister Amit Shah put up a strong defence of the government’s proposals, arguing that terrorists such as Indian Mujahideen’s Yasin Bhatkal, who were under the radar for years, would have been caught much earlier if he had been designated a terrorist. Concluding the debate, Shah promised that the Modi government would never misuse its provisions. Also Read – Inter-departmental coordination can help win fight against malnutrition: UP CM Yogi Adityanath Advertise With Us Congress and several opposition parties staged a walkout after the Minister’s reply demanding that the Bill be sent to a Standing Committee. Shah said the BJP-led government had only brought an amendment to the law which was enacted by the Congress and whose provisions were later made stringent. Responding to the arguments of other MPs, the Minister said what the Congress governments did “was right and what the BJP-led government is doing is also right”. Advertise With Us “The law was enacted in 1967 by a Congress government and amendments made to it in 2004, 2008 and 2013 when Congress was in power. Who made the law stringent? What you did was right, what we we are doing is also right.” He asked opposition members about their concerns over powers of states when the Congress had made changes to the law. “There is a need for tough laws to end terrorism,” Shah said. Referring to the provisions of the Bill that allow an individual to be designated a terrorist, Shah said a terrorist often floats new organisations if a ban is imposed on an existing one. Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy on Tuesday moved the Bill for passage in the House mentioning that the government wanted to take strict steps against terrorism for which it had adopted a “zero tolerance” policy. Under the UAPA Act, the central government may designate a group a terrorist organisation if it commits or participates in acts of terrorism, prepares for terrorism, promotes terrorism or is otherwise involved in terrorism. The Bill additionally empowers the government to designate individuals as terrorists on the same grounds. As per the Act, an investigating officer is required to obtain the prior approval of the Director General of Police to seize properties that may be connected with terrorism. The Bill adds that if the investigation is conducted by an officer of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the approval of the Director General of NIA would be required for seizure of such property. Under the Act, investigation of cases may be conducted by officers of the rank of Deputy Superintendent or Assistant Commissioner of Police or above. The Bill additionally empowers the officers of the NIA, of the rank of Inspector or above, to investigate cases. The Act defines terrorist acts to include acts committed within the scope of any of the treaties listed in a schedule to the Act. The Schedule lists nine treaties including the Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings (1997) and the Convention against Taking of Hostages (1979). The Bill adds another treaty to the list: the International Convention for Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism (2005).
SHE Teams advise girls to be cautious while sharing personal data with strangers on smart phone or Facebook The SHE team officials are warning the teenage youth and girls to be cautious while using the smart phones and sharing personal data on Facebook. The social media mania and false image building among the city youth has led to the girls falling prey to the miscreants and facing harassment. Also Read – Car mechanic held in Hyderabad for killing Class 10 girl in Jadcherla Advertise With Us The modern age and type of education from school level to the college make the youth develop friendship with strangers through social media like ‘Facebook- likes and dislikes’ and WhatsApp and other tools. Right from the birthday parties, visit to the parks, movies, bike rides and spending time at lonely places have been providing opportunity to miscreants to play havoc with the girls. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Majority of the girls and boys who are coming to the city for their higher studies, coaching for competitive examinations and for jobs are mostly staying in hostels and agree to dating with the boys. During the process, they share their personal data, photos and videos with their boyfriends on smart phones, Facebook and WhatsApp. Later when the break-up happens, trouble begins for the girls.
Guntur: Sri Krishna Janmastami was celebrated at Viva School and Vasireddy Venkatadri Institute of Technology at Nambur on Thursday. Students attired like Gopikas and Srikrishna performed dance. Later, the students hit the Vutti. Prizes were distributed to the winners.The organisers said that they conducted the programme to carry forward their tradition and culture to the future generations. The college principal Dr Y Mallikarjuna Reddy was also present.
Hyderabad: Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader Gutha Sukhender Reddy took oath as member of Legislative Council on Monday. Legislative Secretary V Narasimhacharyulu administered oath to Sukhender Reddy. Legislative Affairs Minister V Prashanth Reddy, Ministers G Jagadish Reddy, G Niranjan Reddy, MPs, MLAs and other TRS leaders were also present. Sukhender Reddy was recently elected unanimously to Council under MLA quota. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Talking to reporters after taking oath, Sukhender Reddy thanked Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao for giving him the opportunity and other leaders for supporting his candidature. Reddy said that he would use this post for the service of the people. He said he would work for all-round development of Nalgonda with the cooperation of other public representatives.
Visakhapatnam: Director of Large Appliances and Furniture segment, Amazon Suchit Subhas on Wednesday said that large appliances segment is the fastest growing category registering a growth of more than 1.5 times each year.At a conference held here, Subhas said large appliances segment was growing faster in Andhra Pradesh and smaller towns. “Customer needs a wide range of choice to select from. Our online platform has the largest selection to pick up from a list of 2,500 large appliances products,” he shared. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us Selection is one of the key points that the e-commerce firm focuses on, Suchit said. “This apart, features such as speedy delivery, scheduled slot available for fast delivery within a day or two, open-box delivery for damage-free products, installation, EMI schemes with 0 per cent interest (one out of two were sold through EMI), exchange programme, affordable range of products that can range anywhere from Rs 5,000 to a lakh that led to remarkable growth in the large appliances segment which picks up during the ensuing festival season,” he stated. Also Read – Quarry checks bring down granite production Advertise With Us Besides bigger cities, Suchit observed that orders in terms of purchase of large appliances were more in smaller towns such as Eluru and Tirupati. “In Visakhapatnam, more orders are being placed from Aganampudi, Gajuwaka, among other neighbourhoods,” he added. For the ensuing festive season, he informed that 1,000 products were added to the list with voice feature, among other add-ons.
Luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz rolled out the diesel engine version of its B-Class car in India with a price tag of ₹22.60 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai).Under the hood, the B-Class 180 CDI Style (Diesel) is powered by the same 2.2-litre four-cylinder engine which powers A-Class diesel cars. It delivers a power of 108PS and 250Nm of peak torque and the company claims it gives a fuel efficiency of 18.98 Kmpl. It has a top speed of 190 kmph.”With the B-Class we have pioneered the luxury tourer segment in India and the launch of the B-Class diesel will further enhance the options for the new age customers who aspire to own a luxury brand,” said Mercedes-Benz India Managing Director and CEO Eberhard Kern, reported PTI.The most noticeable aspect about the diesel version is its price tag. By pricing the diesel version lower than its petrol model, Mercedes once again played the same trick that it tried with the A-Class diesel version. The car will come in four colour options which include Jupiter Red,Cirrus White,Polar Silver and Monolith Grey. Unlike the B-Class petrol version, the diesel version is launched only in one variant – Style trim.”We have seen a substantial demand for our new generation cars like the B-Class petrol and the A-class in India and the B-class diesel is a step ahead,” Kern said adding, “We are closely monitoring the developments. If the rupee continues to remain at current level for long, it may be forced to pass on cost pressure to consumers for specific models to protect margins.”
China’s manufacturing index slipped in November reflecting the growing weakness in the world’s second largest economy.Two separate surveys published on Monday triggered a new set of concerns from experts who think the People’s Bank of China should introduce more regulations to steer away from a hard market crash.The SlideChina’s official Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell to 50.3, an eight-month low and was 0.05 points down from October’s 50.8 reading.The final HSBC/Markit China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) was unchanged at the six-month low of 50.0 but the figure is estimated to be the breakeven point – which separates expansion and contraction – for China’s economy.While the official survey focuses on the performance of large, government-owned factories, the HSBC survey analyzes growth among the smaller and private manufacturers. Both surveys showed a slide.Weak demand from overseas clients has put a damper on the manufacturing industry. Domestic demand exceeded foreign demand and new export orders also decreased.”The PMI data suggests that fundamentals are still very weak. Investment in property and manufacturing remains weak, so the government is the only one spending. And when government spending wanes in the winter months, the economy falls off,” Larry Hu, an economist at Macquarie Group told MarketWatch, referring to the fact that construction projects usually take a hit during the winters.Failed Attempt?The People’s Bank of China recently lowered its lending rate by 40 base points. The cut came as a surprise to many because the government was reluctant to admit that the economy was shrinking. But that didn’t seem to work for the country.”The PBOC’s rate cut appears to have failed to improve sentiment, and we see little improvement in activity indicators in November,” ANZ wrote in a research note, according to Reuters.What to ExpectGoing forward, experts believe that the Chinese government will introduce more stimuli to help revive the economy.”In order to maintain growth for the whole year at around 7.5 percent (the official target), we believe that Chinese authorities will intensify easing efforts in December to accelerate growth momentum,” ANZ’s research note read.Barclays predicts two more benchmark cuts in interest rates in the first half of 2015 and three cuts in the reserve ratio deposits, the first one of which is expected this month.”Given China’s structural challenges, we continue to believe more rate cuts are necessary. We believe that lowering rates will mainly help to reduce the debt burden, lower financial risks, support business sentiment, and sustain private demand,” Jian Chang of Barclays wrote in a note to CNBC.Some experts suggest the government must cut taxes to boost the economy.
Unilever PLC, the famous consumer goods giant, announced on Thursday that it was dropping a mislabelling lawsuit against San Francisco-based food startup Hampton Creek Foods.”Unilever has decided to withdraw its lawsuit against Hampton Creek so that Hampton Creek can address its label directly with industry groups and appropriate regulatory authorities,” Mike Faherty, Vice President for Foods of Unilever North America, said in a statement.Though Unilever didn’t specify why it dropped the lawsuit, Hamptons Creek CEO said that it was probably because Unilever realized, “It’s not the company they are or the company they want to be,” according to Forbes.Unilever sued Hampton Creek last month over its egg-free “Just Mayo” mayonnaise alleging that the company mislabelled its product. It asserted that a major ingredient in Mayonnaise is egg and that Hampton Creek was misleading its customers.”By calling its vegan sandwich spread ‘Just Mayo,’ Hampton Creek falsely communicates to consumers that Just Mayo is mayonnaise, when it in fact, it is not,” the lawsuit alleged.However, the world questioned Unilever’s lawsuit over such a small issue. The case didn’t just provide free press to Hampton Creek but also saw many arguments against Unilever’s stand in the lawsuit.Hampton Creek CEO Josh Tetrick said that it was surprising that such a big company would sue over such a silly issue. He also predicted that Unilever would drop its lawsuit soon, and that eventually came true, reports Forbes.”Hampton Creek was founded to open our eyes to the problems the world faces. This moment has only validated why,” Tetrick said in response to Unilever’s statement.Hampton Creek specialises in making Vegan products and eliminating the use of egg in condiments. The company uses new technology to take the best out of plants and make food better. But CEO Tetrick acknowledges that the same technology scares away several potential buyers.”We are not doing synthetic engineering. We are not manipulating genes. We are screening through plants in a way that is novel and using them to make food better,” Tetrick was quoted by The Financial Times.Thursday bore good news for the Bill Gates-backed food startup. Hampton Creek announced that it had raised $90 million in a new round of funding. The capital valued the company at $500 million.
Bhushan KumarPR HandoutOn Saturday evening,T-Series team headed by Bhushan Kumar had a small cake-cutting ceremony to celebrate T-Series becoming the world’s No. 1 YouTube Channel.Recently T Series came out as a winner and defeated International swedish Youtuber PewDiePie’s channel with staggering numbers.With this win, Bhushan Kumar has successfully put Bharat on the global map with T Series.The successful campaign of T-Series in the online war to bag the title of World’s most subscribed YouTube Channel to becoming one of the leading production company, are parameters to gauge the exemplary success of the company.Even at world conferences like the recent Hong Kong International Film and TV Market (FILMART), Sean Park, Marketing Director of YouTube International Markets spoke about the kind of content T-Series provides on their YouTube channels.Taking over the reins of T-Series at the age of 19, Bhushan Kumar has mastered the management of one of the biggest corporate giants across the globe today. Taking over the business of a musical company at his young age, Bhushan Kumar always says, whatever he has achieved or followed the path is what he has learned ‘on the job’.The visionary has transformed T-Series into one of the leading production houses of India, apart from launching new talents with music albums. In over two decades of helming the position of Chairman and Managing Director of T-Series, Bhushan Kumar has introduced several firsts in the industry and also led the industry on fresher paths.Backed by a young team who has been with him since the beginning to fresh voices who joined him over the years, Bhushan Kumar was the first to introduce music promotions largely on digital platforms and the one to make the first move to lock a digital deal with Hungama who in turn serviced our content to telecoms. The dynamic entrepreneur ensured music reached to listeners not just via YouTube buy also via different digital and mobile platforms.Bhushan Kumar always tries to adapt to the changes and has always tried to serve the kind of music and films which the audiences are accepting. Back in the 90s, T-Series always promoted music albums, and Bhushan Kumar brought back the independent music again, a few years ago. The content producer is investing a large amount of his production in making singles / non-film music.Making music to licensing and publishing the content on every media platform- digital, TV, radio and print, is taken care of by the team under Bhushan Kumar’s guidance. The mastermind not only ensures to invest in several solo and joint productions but also makes it a point that he does not compromise on quality. One conglomerate that looks after music production, music acquisitions, movie production to marketing and distributions, Bhushan Kumar has put Bharat on the global map. Like Bhushan Kumar keeps mentioning it was his father’s dream to place his company on the world map that he is fulfilling.With an exceptional run at global markets with Hindi Medium, Sonu Ke Titu Ki, Sweety, Aashiqui 2, Raid, amongst others, T-Series has a total of eighteen films lines up in the coming year and several under production for 2020 already lined up.Bharat, De De Pyaar De, Saaho, Street Dancer, Kabir Singh, Tanhaji, Batla House, Marjaavaan, amongst others, Bhushan Kumar has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the industry to deliver new, interesting and varied content to the audience. With his earthy intelligence and management instincts, Bhushan Kumar has emerged as an indigenous achiever spreading T-Series across a broad spectrum fruiting success in all aspects.
The world’s wealthiest man, Jeff Bezos wants to lead the next stage in the human exploration of space with his private company, Blue Origin. While Elon Musk has been busy making not-flamethrowers, Bezos revealed the first lunar lander from his company – Blue Moon.”We’ve been working on this lander for 3 years. It’s a very large lander. It’ll soft land in a precise way 3.6 metric tons on to the lunar surface. The stretch tank variant of it will soft land 6.5 metric tons on to the lunar surface,” said Bezos at a press conference in Washington today.The lander is capable of carrying four rovers using a new rocket engine which was also revealed at the same conference. This enhances the possibilities of new ventures in space. A feature of the lander which was repeatedly emphasised is its smooth landing capability. Bezos claims this vehicle will allow rovers to land on the Moon smoothly, and relay information back to the Earth via an optical communications system.Bezos spoke at length about the mechanisms of the vehicle. The deck has a simple interface to allow a variety of payloads. The lander has a customisable davit mechanism inspired by naval systems. With its star tracking system, the vehicle can autonomously navigate in space. The onboard radio has an x-band with a 10-megabit range. Jeff Bezos unveils Blue Moon, the first lunar lander from his company, Blue Origin.Blue OriginBezos went on to discuss his dream of the future. He believes in a future with space colonies and life on orbiting space stations. No launch dates, customers or plans for human travel were discussed during the conference, but it is being speculated that humans will one day be able to use space travel services from companies like Blue Origin, SpaceX and NASA.Robert Walker, a private space consultant who works with Blue Origin, mentioned plans for a 2023 unmanned launch. In 2017, Blue Origin had revealed its plans of sending unmanned, reusable rockets capable of carrying 4,500 kilograms of payload to the Moon. Charles DukeNASAThe pressure is building slowly on the space race once more. Added pressure comes from the US military for creation of military hardware, pitting major manufacturers like Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin against each other to compete for price and innovation. This is getting enhanced with the development of private companies in the industry. Space companies have previously made claims and promises but rarely delivered on their goals. Last year, an Israeli private, non-profit company crashed a rocket while trying to land.However, the people working on Blue Moon are optimistic about its development. Former NASA deputy administrator Dava Newman, who is also an MIT professor, has been working with Blue Origin as a customer. She said that this time is different. The new engine makes it possible that “it’s for real.” IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/3:30Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-3:29?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Al Worden: Apollo 8 Changed How We Think About Earth
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s key ministers are in “transformation mode”, so to speak. First, it was Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, who talked last Thursday while presenting the Railway Budget for FY2017 of seven missions to transform the world’s fourth-largest rail network.On Monday, it was Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s turn, as he laid out the broad contours for Budget 2016-17, which he said were meant to “transform India” next fiscal. The all-encompassing nine pillars covered almost everything under the sun â€” from agriculture, social sector spending, education and infra spending, to financial sector reforms, tax reforms and fiscal discipline. AgricultureAllocation for farmers’ welfare was set at Rs 35,984 crore. A long-term irrigation fund will be set up with an initial corpus of Rs 20,000 crore. In case of crop loss, farmers will be compensated with nominal premium and the highest ever compensation under the PM’s Crop Insurance Scheme (PM Fasal Bima Yojana).Rural thrust Allocation to the PM’s Rural Roads Scheme (Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana) will be increased to Rs 19,000 crore. Grants to gram panchayats will see a quantum jump of 228 percent in accordance with FFC recommendations. A 100 villages will be electrified by May 1, 2018. In totality, Rs 87,765 crore will be spent on rural development in FY2017.Social-sector spending A new healthcare scheme will provide health cover of up to Rs 1 lakh per family. Senior citizens will get additional healthcare cover of up to Rs 30,000. Besides, 300 generic drug stores will be opened.Education, skills, and job creation A new scheme of Rs 500 crore has been launched to promote ventures by ST/SC communities. Ten educational institutions in public and private sector each will be made world-class. A digital literacy scheme will be launched to cover rural households. The main objective will be to skill 1 core youths under the PM Kaushal-Vikas Yojana.Infrastructure and investmentThe total infrastructre outlay for FY2016-17 now stands at Rs 2,21,246 crore. For development of highways, Rs 55,000 crore has been allocated.Financial sector reformsThe biggest reform announced in the budget is the amendment to the Reserve Bank of India Act to “provide statutory basis for a Monetary Policy Framework and a Monetary Policy Committee through the Finance Bill 2016.” Besides, Jaitley also proposed to set up a Financial Data Management Centre under the Financial Stability Development Council to “facilitate integrated data aggregation and analysis in the financial sector.”Tax reforms for easier complianceThe ceiling of income tax rebate under Section 87A for taxpayers up to Rs 5 lakh annual income will be raised to Rs 5,000 from Rs 2,000. This would benefit approximately 1 crore tax payers. Deduction under HRA will be raised from Rs 20,000 to Rs 60,000 per annum. The other two pillars as articulated by Jaitley include fiscal discipline and ease of doing business.
ABCD – American Born Confused DesiTwitterDirector Sanjeev Reddy’s Telugu movie ABCD – American Born Confused Desi starring Allu Sirish and Rukshar Dhillon, has received mixed review and rating from the audience around the world.ABCD – American Born Confused Desi is a comedy drama and it is a remake of the Malayalam film of the same name. Madhura Sreedhar Reddy and Yash Rangineni have produced the movie under the banner Madhura Entertainment. The film has received a U certificate from the censor board and its runtime is 2.25 hours.ABCD movie story: The film is about a spoilt brat (Allu Sirish) from New York. His father (Nagababu) decides to teach his slacker son a lesson of responsibility. He cuts all his financial resources and tricks him into return to the city. How he rebuilds his life from scratch forms the crux of its story.Analysis: Sanjeev Reddy has made some minor changes in the original screenplay to suit the taste of local movie buffs. The first half of the movie is routine and slow and some comedy scenes keep you engaged here. The second half is no better than the first half, say the audience.Performances: Allu Sirish has delivered good performance, which is the highlight of ABCD. Rukshar Dhillon has done good job and her chemistry with the hero is one of the attractions of the film. Nagendra Babu, Master Bharath and Kota Srinivasa Rao have done justice to their roles, say the audience.Technical: ABCD has good production values and music, picturisation, action and dialogues are the attractions on the technical front, add the viewers.ABCD movie review live updates: We bring you some viewers’ verdict on the film shared on Twitter. Continue to see audience’s response.V ı N A Y C H A G A N T I @VinayChaganti0 #ABCD #ABCDMovie watchable film. @AlluSirish anna this time U Rock the show with ease. I feel write strong elements in second half it will be a block buster. Now it’s decent film. Keep going anna… @SureshProdns Just finished @AlluSirish #ABCD First half it’s quiet interesting with full of comedy … Xappie® @xappiecinema Suthapalli Ramesh @S_Ramesh23 #ABCD First Half Report: Very slow first half so far! Nothing has happened story wise & screenplay is routine. Few comedy scenes by Master Bharath are good & Interval ends off on an interesting note. Need a big second half now #ABCDMovieFromMay17th #ABCDMovie #AlluSirish #ABCD Second Half Report: Tempo is similar to first half. Story takes a more serious turn however emotional scenes could not make an impact. Stay tuned for full review & rating shortly on @TeluguPremiere shortly. #ABCDMovieFromMay17th #ABCDMovie #AlluSirish #ABCD is a Youthful Entertainer with good performances from @AlluSirish @RuksharDhillon & Bharath. Watch the film to know about this American Born Confused Desi’s Journey. #ABCDFromToday Sateesh Botta @bkrsatish Telugu Premiere @TeluguPremiere Venkyreviews @venkyreviews Vicky @VICKY__264 #ABCD Ok first half nd Avg Second half.. could have been better considering the story nd compared to the original version.. Might not become hit as it lacks Commercial elements Telugubit @telugubit #ABCD #AmericanBornConfusedDesi #ABCDFromToday #ABCDMovie – @RuksharDhillon & @AlluSirish ActınG, AnD Every Scene ıs EntertaınınG Not Get BoreD Anywhere ın The Movıe, SnGs & BGM Are Nıce My Opınıon – Hıt AnD It Wıll Be The Fırst Hıt For @RuksharDhillon ❤ Ram Charan Youth @youth_ram #ABCD Final Report +Ve First Half Comedy b/w Bharat & #AlluSirish Some bits of #Vennelakishore -Ve Slow Phase Story Line Songs First Half >> Second Half Here is 2.5/5.0 Mirchi9 @Mirchi9 #ABCDMovie is a typical cliché ridden narrative that offers very routine story and entertainment. It’s in a no man’s zone where it’s neither bad nor good, making it a passable affair. Mirchi9 review shortly. #ABCDMovie Review – No Confusion- Highly Routine Mirchi9 Rating: 2.25/5 #ABCD is like the noodle that is neither tasty nor bad to throw away. It is passable enough so that the hungry person can have it for the time being, but forgotten instantaneously. #ABCD First half oka manchi sleep veyachu. Entra idhi Only saving grace right now is Master Bharath. @vennelakishore is hilarious in the role of frustrated news reader #Abcd. Thanks for consistently entertaining us in almost every film.
A blue moon occurs once every 2.7 years. (Twitter)ReutersSkygazers have something to cheer, as the full moon in May, popularly known as the flower moon will grace the skies with its full beauty in the night of May 18. However, this year’s flower moon will also be a ‘Blue Moon’, even though our natural satellite will not appear blue in the skies. So, why today’s full moon is called Blue Moon? Let us check it out.What is a Blue Moon?Usually, the term ‘Blue Moon’ is given to a lunar cycle when two full moons happen in a month and it can also be the third of four full moons during a single season. This year, it is the third of four moons this spring, and this happens quite rarely.”The name ‘Blue Moon’ has nothing to do with the colour of the Moon. Every two to three years we have 13 full Moons within a year. This way, we can have four full Moons during a given season or two full Moons in a given month,” said Gianluca Masi, astrophysicist and director of the Virtual Telescope Project in Rome, CNN reports.Brian Murphy, a professor of physics and astronomy at Butler University in Indiana revealed that Saturday’s blue moon will appear as a normal full moon, and he added that there will not be anything odd about it. Murphy added that earth’s natural satellite will appear in its greyish white colour, Washington Post reports.Did Blue Moon has a historical connection?NASA reveals that the Blue Moon has a little historical connection, and interestingly it is linked with a volcanic eruption. As per the United States space agency, the Krakatoa volcanic eruption that happened in Indonesia in 1883 sent plumes of ashes into the skies, and it turned the moon to blue colour for quite some time.”The time was 1883, the year an Indonesian volcano named Krakatoa exploded. Scientists liken the blast to a 100-megaton nuclear bomb. Fully 600 km away, people heard the noise as loud as a cannon shot. Plumes of ash rose to the very top of Earth’s atmosphere. And the moon turned blue. Krakatoa’s ash is the reason,” wrote NASA.Is Blue Moon and the Supermoon the same?Many people often misinterpret a Blue Moon as a Supermoon. However, Blue Moon and Supermoon are entirely different. A supermoon happens when the earth’s natural satellite comes very close to the earth than its average distance. It should be noted that the average distance between the earth and the moon is 238,000 miles, but during a supermoon, this distance gets reduced to 221,000 miles.
The likely collapse of SunEdison Inc’s solar project in India, the first of 32 planned “ultra mega” complexes, could delay Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s goal to increase renewable energy fivefold by several years and probably cost consumers more.As the U.S. solar giant fights to stave off bankruptcy, the 500 megawatt project in Andhra Pradesh state it won last November lies idle with ground yet to be broken. The other projects are still to be bid on.It’s doubtful any rival will pick up the project at the aggressive power pricing promised by SunEdison, which beat out 29 other bidders with a record-low tariff of 4.63 rupees (7 U.S. cents) per kilowatt-hour.That will force Indian officials to tighten auction rules to ensure that only serious, bankable bidders show up, industry sources said. India plans to auction more of the “ultra mega” projects — those which generate at least 500 MW– in the current fiscal year through to March 2017.”There is always a trade off,” Upendra Tripathy, secretary at the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, told Reuters of the renewable energy auctions.”There can be a relaxed condition so that more people can participate and there is another where you can make sure fly-by-night operators can’t come in. It’s an ongoing process and we are open to suggestions.”Tightening auction rules could slow the pace at which projects are awarded and built, pushing back Modi’s goal of expanding solar capacity to 100 gigawatts by 2020 to the middle of the decade, say officials and industry players.Tripathy, however, said India will for now stick to its goal, set by Modi soon after taking office in 2014, and that it has planned for SunEdison-like bumps in the road with a strong project pipeline.Modi is banking on India’s 300 days a year of sunshine to help fight climate change rather than committing to emission cuts like China. But he has also pushed firms to provide cheap power, which risks leaving too little profit on the table.Heavily indebted SunEdison, which according to one of its publicly listed units could soon file for bankruptcy protection, drew criticism from analysts for its low winning bid for the Andhra project.The company is now exploring a sale of its Indian assets of around 1 GW or seeking partners for them, sources said, and has drawn preliminary interest from billionaire Gautam Adani’s fast-expanding Adani Group. Apart from the Andhra project, SunEdison has several other small plants under construction across India.POSSIBLE RE-BIDA person close to Adani said the low tariff agreed for the Andhra plant will make any deal with SunEdison difficult for Indian firms, which have a relatively high cost of capital. If no buyer is found, the project could be re-bid, the industry sources said.SunEdison did not respond to multiple requests for comment.”The tariffs are a tad aggressive and that may not be healthy for developers themselves and also for others in the ecosystem manufacturers and financiers,” said Santosh Kamath, head of renewables at consultancy KPMG India. “That might be a warning signal for the industry.”SunEdison’s troubles notwithstanding, India has attracted deep-pocketed investors to its $100 billion solar energy program – the biggest in the world.Japan’s Softbank Corp, Taiwan’s Foxconn and India’s Bharti Enterprises have separately pledged to invest a total of about $20 billion in India’s renewable sector. Global solar giants like First Solar Inc, Trina Solar Ltd and Finland’s state-controlled utility Fortum Oyj are also expanding their presence.India wants the share of non-fossil fuel in total installed power capacity to jump to 40 percent by 2030 from 30 percent currently.Challenges include the weak finances of state distribution companies forced to sell subsidised power, difficulties hooking up solar projects to grids, and access to affordable capital. Land acquisition is also an issue that Modi’s government has been unable to fix – a 500 MW solar project needs on average 2,000 acres (800 hectares).”Given the energy deficit, need for energy security and sustained economic growth, the potential clearly exists for 100 GW of solar (energy) in India,” said Sujoy Ghosh, country head of First Solar. “The question would be on the time lines in which the goal is achieved.”The Indian government is trying to persuade state banks to extend loans to solar projects, but most lenders are saddled with bad loans and unlikely to risk getting exposed to renewable projects with low rates of return.To avoid projects getting stuck for a lack of backing, India should make it mandatory for solar bidders to get funding assurances from banks at the beginning of an auction to ensure only serious players take part, analysts said. Tripathy, the government secretary, said he could consider the suggestion.”We’ll have to take care that projects don’t become unviable,” KPMG’s Kamath said. “If some projects become unviable then banks will stop lending to new projects and then they get stranded, like we have seen in the power and road sectors in the past.”($1 = 66.4938 Indian rupees)
Bajrang Dal activists in Karnataka threatened to sever the limbs of a Congress candidate. A video of the entire incident went viral on multiple social media platforms. Three activists were detained after they were identified by the police from the video. The incident took place within the Bantwal rural police jurisdiction.”The video surfaced following victory celebration that members of the organisation took out in wake of the announcement of results of the general election on Thursday,” BM Laxmi Prasad, Superintendent of Police was quoted as saying by Times of India.The video showed Bajrang Dal activists abusing Mithun in Tulu threatening that if he spoke against them and the Bajrang Dal, they would chop off his arms and legs and even his head if necessary. This aggression against him was because Mithun had said in one of his campaign speeches that he would ban the Bajrang Dal from the state if necessary.Mithun M Rai, the Congress candidate of the Dakshina Lok Sabha constituency, was the victim in the incident. The Bajrang Dal activists were celebrating Bharatiya Janata Party’s win in the Lok Sabha elections on Thursday when they began threatening the Congress candidate in the boisterous party.The Congress candidate, Mithun, filed a complaint against the three men who threatened him at the Bantwal circle police station. Saharangowda V H, the investigating officer, told TOI that a case was filed under sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 149 (a member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 504 (intentionally provoking or insulting another person) 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.
Bran the Builder in Game of Thrones prequelGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Now that Game of Thrones has finally ended, Westeros fans are eagerly waiting to see Game of Thrones prequel, rumored titled Bloodmoon.As per earlier interviews, Game of Thrones prequel is set around 5000 years ago before the events showed in the television adaptation of The Song of Ice and Fire. The prequel will chronicle the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. As per several speculations, darkest hour in the series means the birth of Night King and subsequently the rise of White Walkers.As per George RR Martins books, the Age of Heroes is the time period in which the Children of the Forest made a pact with humans or men, and when Bran the Builder — the Stark ancestor lived. As per the old nan tales, Bran the Builder is the one who built The Wall to keep the White Walkers at the bay.Since the prequel is going to feature Bran the Builder, it is most likely that we finally get to see the construction of the Winterfell and The Wall.As per the books, the Wall is a colossal fortification which stretches for more than 482 kilometers along the Northern border of the Seven Kingdoms, separating the entire realm from the domain of the wildlings who live beyond. The wall is reported to be over 700 feet tall and it averages 300 feet in width. Bran Stark is the Night KingFacebookThe Wall was constructed by Bran the Builder and is supposed to have all sorts of magic to protect it from the White Walkers. As per the events are shown in Game of Thrones, the Wall has grown considerably since it was first constructed by Bran, as the Night’s Watch has spent thousands of years augmenting it with huge ice blocks and has even upgraded its defense system.As of now, there is nothing sure about Game of Thrones prequel. The production is likely to begin from this June and fans are hoping to see something magical when it will finally air on HBO in 2020 or 2021. The much-awaited Game of Thrones prequel will feature an ensemble cast of Naomi Watts, Josh Whitehouse, Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, and Sheila Atim. The show’s story is written by George RR Martin and Jane Goldman is overlooking the project as the showrunner.