German orchestra plays ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ in Berlin

Filmmaker Karan Johar says he felt honoured and excited after listening to a German chamber orchestra playing songs from “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”, which launched him as a director in 1998. Karan is representing Indian cinema at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival where the orchestra played some tunes from the Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol …

Dev Patel to star in David Copperfield film

Indian-origin British actor Dev Patel is set to play David Copperfield in the new retelling of Charles Dickens’ story — “The Personal History of David Copperfield”. The film will be directed and written by “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci, reports variety.com. The project will offer a modern take on Dickens’ title character as he navigates a …

It’s a privilege to cook for Narendra Modi: Sanjeev Kapoor

Popular chef Sanjeev Kapoor says he feels honoured and privileged to cook for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on an invitation from the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohamed bin Zayed. Kapoor on Sunday shared a series of photographs along with Modi and captioned it: “Absolute honour and privilege to cook for our Narendra Modi …

Kashmiri journalist selected for Indian-American funded fellowship

Delhi-based Kashmiri journalist Gulam Jeelani has been chosen for a fellowship in the US funded by a foundation started by prominent Indian-American entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist Frank Islam and his wife Debbie Driesman. Jeelani, a special correspondent working with the Hindustan Times, becomes the first Kashmiri journalist to have been awarded the Alfred Friendly Press Partners programme (AFPP) …

Modi’s visit to Palestine, UAE, Oman of strategic importance

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to Palestine, the UAE and Oman will be of strategic importance in terms of energy and security cooperation and counter-terrorism efforts, officials here said on Monday. “We are looking at this visit not only from the extended neighbourhood perspective but also from the maritime perspective,” External Affairs Ministry (MEA) …

Karan Johar, Sonakshi walk in Shane-Falguni’s debut men’s wear line at LFW

After dressing women in India and around the world in their ultra-glam, glittering, couture creations, designers Falguni and Shane Peacock turned their creative design strokes on men’s wear, which they launched with great fanfare at a grand show during Lakme Fashion Week(LFW) Summer/Resort 2018. Actress Sonakshi Sinha started the show in a black embroidered jacket …

Karan Johar, Sonakshi walk in Shane-Falguni’s debut men’s wear line at LFW

After dressing women in India and around the world in their ultra-glam, glittering, couture creations, designers Falguni and Shane Peacock turned their creative design strokes on men’s wear, which they launched with great fanfare at a grand show during Lakme Fashion Week(LFW) Summer/Resort 2018. Actress Sonakshi Sinha started the show in a black embroidered jacket …

Sweden commits record $370m of aid to UN World Food Programme

Sweden and the United Nations World Food Programme on Friday signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement committing an unprecedented $370 million dollars to WFP over the next four years, the agency said, hailing the Scandinavian nation as a global leader in aid. The contribution for the period 2018-2021 is the biggest ever made by a donor …

N.Korea accuses US of undermining inter-Korean reconciliation process

Ri Yong Ho, Foreign Minister of North Korea, has accused the US of undermining the inter-Korean reconciliation process and aggravating the situation in the Korean Peninsula. In a letter sent to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday, Ri said “good results are borne in the inter-Korean dialogue” and the easing of tension on the Korean …

India’s Nepal engagement: Oli, Sushma agree to ‘forget past bitterness’ (Roundup)

Putting their frosty ties behind, Nepal’s Prime Minister in waiting K.P. Sharma Oli and Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday agreed to “forget the past bitterness” and to move ahead with a fresh start to take bilateral ties to a new height. In a bid to engage with the upcoming Left government in …

Miss World Manushi kicks off hygiene awareness tour

Miss World 2017 Manushi Chillar on Thursday launched ‘Feminine hygiene awareness’ global tour from here. At the mega event organised by the Telangana government in collaboration with Chhillar, several influencers from around the world, students and members of civil society gathered to discuss how to break the taboo around menstruation and to raise awareness about …

Union budget anti-people, a big bluff, super flop: Mamata (Lead)

Describing the Budget 2018-19 presented by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as a “big bluff” and “anti-people”, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said she found it “very disappointing”. “The BJP led government in Delhi is unfit to govern. It is a budget which is neither here, nor there. There is nothing new,” …

Airport capacity to be expanded five-fold: Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday proposed to expand the country’s airport capacity by more than five times to handle a billion trips a year under a new “NABH Nirman” initiative. According to Jaitley, the balance sheet of Airports Authority of India (AAI) will be “leveraged to raise more resources for funding” this expansion. “In …

Civil aviation’s budgetary allocation increased to over Rs 6,000 crore

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday proposed to allocate Rs 6,602.86 crore to the Ministry of Civil Aviation for fiscal 2018-19. The government had allocated Rs 2,702 crore to the ministry for the financial year 2017-18. However, the revised estimates for 2017-18, showed that the Civil Aviation Ministry received a total allocation of Rs 2,710.31 …

Union Buget: No extra paisa for Environment, slash in pollution abatement fund

Even as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley raised concerns over rising air pollution in his Budget speech, not a single extra paisa was granted to the Union Environment Ministry for this fiscal, while the funds for pollution abatement were slashed. The Environment Ministry is proposed to be allocated Rs 2,675.42 crore in the 2018-19 Union Budget, …

Equities close lower on Budget day on volatility infused by LTCG tax (Roundup)

Wiping off initial gains, the key Indian equity indices closed trade on a lower note on Thursday as the re-introduction of long-term capital gains (LTCG) tax for investing in equities infused volatility in the market. In his Budget speech, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley proposed to tax long-term capital gains on equities exceeding Rs 1 lakh …

Experts welcome cyber security initiative

Cyber security players on Thursday welcomed the government’s decision to build a secure work environment online by creating a Center of Excellences (CoEs) for disruptive technologies, including cyberspace. Presenting the Union Budget, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the Department of Science and Technology will launch a Mission on Cyber-Physical Systems. “This is huge step …

Budget 2018-19 joins fiscal prudence to spending needs: Jaitley

Describing Budget 2018-19 presented in Parliament as one that combines “fiscal prudence” with the expenditure needs of the economy, especially on agriculture, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday blamed implementing GST for the fiscal slippage he revealed earlier in the day while raising the deficit target for the current financial year. In this regard, the …

Don’t kill but regulate crypto currencies, Jaitley told (Second Lead)

With Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announcing that virtual currencies are no legal tender and that the proliferation of its use for illegitimate financing will be curbed, industry experts urged him to regulate, not curb, them. “Crypto currencies are no legal tender and the government discourages its use. However, the government will look at the utilisation …

Union Buget: No extra paisa for Environment, slash in pollution abatement fund

Even as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley raised concerns over rising air pollution in his Budget speech, not a single extra paisa was granted to the Union Environment Ministry for this fiscal, while the funds for pollution abatement were slashed. The Environment Ministry is proposed to be allocated Rs 2,675.42 crore in the 2018-19 Union Budget, …

Testing facility at IIT-Madras to speed up India’s 5G roll out (Lead)

In a thrust to roll out 5G in 2020 in line with the global markets, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday that the Department of Telecom (DoT) will support a 5G-test bed at IIT-Madras. The 5G technology is being standardised globally to enable Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The centre at IIT-Madras can work …