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If El Niño leads to deficient monsoons, a bumper consignment of mangoes in local markets courtesy the EU ban would certainly impart seasonal cheer. Related Items
Imran Khan, Pakistan’s prime minister, seems transformed by the burden of his post. I met him in Islamabad on the day he completed his 100th day in office. He appeared so much more reserved, circumspect and formal than I remember him. I came away with the impression that there is no chance for any immediate breakthrough for India and Pakistan.But if there is to be even incremental progress between the two nuclear-armed nations that have fought four wars, Khan is presently India’s best bet.I was among 22 Indian journalists in Pakistan (at the invitation of Khan’s government) to report on the opening of a visa-free corridor for Sikh pilgrims in the border village of Kartarpur. This is the site where Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith, is said to have spent his last years.This should have been a joyous celebration of anti-imperialism. At the time of partition, the British drew a line to carve out Pakistan from India, uprooting people from their homes and places of worship. It was one of the most violent displacements in history. The lasting legacy of partition meant that Sikh devotees in Indian Punjab could only look at the last abode of their guru through binoculars placed at the international border. A corridor for the free movement of pilgrims into Pakistan should have been a brief moment of reconciliation in a severely damaged relationship.Unfortunately, controversial statements on both sides of the border led to a downward spiral. At the Kartarpur opening, Khan mentioned Kashmir, an obvious irritant for India, which has time and again brought up Pakistan’s patronage of terrorism both in Kashmir and elsewhere in India. Then, Khan’s foreign minister added to the friction by boasting that India had been played.On the Indian side, both the Narendra Modi government and the opposition Congress party that governs in Punjab spoke in mixed messages. India sent two (Sikh) federal ministers to attend the ceremony. Congress Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu (whom Khan knows from his cricketing past) was also present.In Pakistan, the Indian ministers likened opening the pilgrimage route to the fall of the Berlin Wall, while in Delhi, the foreign minister ruled out any resumption of dialogue. To make matters worse, Kartarpur was inaugurated the same week as the 10th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in which 166 people, including six Americans, were killed. The United States announced a $5 million bounty on the terrorists – the third such offer of a reward for justice. (The U.S. move is unlikely to work. Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, who heads the terror group responsible for the attacks – and on whom the Americans had previously declared a $10 million bounty – continues to operate with impunity in Pakistan; he even fielded proxy candidates in the recent elections. India can’t move forward unless a serious crackdown takes place on the terrorism infrastructure long used by the Pakistani security establishment as a weapon of asymmetric warfare against India.)Long story short, the threads of Kartarpur unraveled before they could be used to weave together any shared histories.So why do I still call Khan someone India can do business with? My liberal friends in Pakistan (who argue that Khan is a product of the army’s patronage) are furious with me for saying so. But Khan has two things going for him that his civilian predecessors did not. One, the very fact of his closeness to the Pakistani military is an advantage for India. For too long, Indian bureaucrats have been locked in a stale, formulaic dialogue template with Pakistani counterparts who have no authority to take any independent decisions. Called the “composite dialogue,” this structure of talks goes back to 1997 and places terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir, water-sharing and drug-smuggling all in the same basket of issues on the talks table. It has been tried and tested – and it has failed. The India-Pakistan relationship cannot be run by bureaucratic tinkering any more, nor can it be steered by unempowered civilian politicians in Pakistan who are at odds with their own military – as was the case with ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif.Imran Khan made it a point to tell us he wouldn’t be “one of those Pakistani politicians who will say, ‘I want to do this, but my Army won’t let me.’” His dig was at Sharif, and he was driving home the point that there was complete convergence between him and the army. If India can’t talk directly to the Pakistani military ( and I think that channel should be opened as well), why not tap into the proximity Khan enjoys to those who really pull the levers of power in Pakistan?The other significant yet underreported statement by Khan in his conversation with us was a reference to what policy wonks call the Musharraf-Manmohan Four Point Formula for Kashmir. It is now known that India and Pakistan almost reached a Kashmir settlement when Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s former army chief was also the country’s president – and Manmohan Singh was the Indian prime minister. At the heart of their draft agreement was an acceptance of the status quo and “no redrawing of borders.”Since raiders invaded Jammu and Kashmir in 1947, Pakistan has held parts of Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan that India’s Parliament unanimously recognizes as illegally occupied. In reverse, Pakistan has repeatedly tried to lay claims to Kashmir on the Indian side. Musharraf-Manmohan were close to a historic settlement, but subsequent Pakistani governments have disowned the formula or any knowledge of it. Khan’s reiteration of the template and his description of Kashmir as “solvable” (in conversation with us) is intriguing and needs closer attention. Especially given his closeness to the Pakistani military.Whether under pressure from China (or as an overture to the Americans who have announced the withdrawal of $300 million in aid), Khan and Pakistan’s army chief both seem to be sending some intriguing smoke signals.– Dutt is an award-winning TV journalist and anchor with more than two decades of reporting experience. She is the author of “This Unquiet Land: Stories from India’s Fault Lines.” Dutt is based in New Delhi.(c) 2018, Special to The Washington Post Related Items
The American musical fantasy film Beauty and the Beast released in India to an overwhelming response in March. Indians flocked to the theaters, possibly not just because the lead actress Emma Watson released a video wishing Indian audiences on Holi and urging them to catch the movie, but mostly because of the fairy tale’s popularity as one of the most successful and longest running Broadway musicals ever.Earlier this year, another Hollywood musical romantic film La La Land had a tremendously successful run in India. An intense story of a couple, fused together with song and dance sequences that showcased everything from joy to pathos, effortlessly fell into place like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle for most Indians. The movie, though not a live stage performance, succeeded in winning over Indians already sold on the idea of a musical from the West.Musical or musical theater is a form of a theatrical performance that brings together song, dance, dialogues and acting in a live setting. The medium is close to the concept of Opera, but unlike an Opera where music is the focus, in a musical, dialogues have equal importance. Musicals are performed all around the world, and in cities such as New York and London, they are an integral part of entertainment culture.Many affluent urban Indians have been following the musicals trend of the West; a trip to major destinations, such as New York or London, includes catching a Broadway or a West End show.Sensing the Indian penchant for Western musicals, in 2015 Disney brought the Beauty and the Beast musical to India in a complete Broadway set up but with an Indian cast and crew. The show was a mega success, giving Indians a taste of Manhattan style live entertainment in their cities. Encouraged, the team re-ran the musical late last year in Mumbai and Delhi and now hopes to take it to other cities as well.Responsive WordPress YouTube Gallery PluginWordPress Gallery Free VersionThe director of the show, Vikranth Pawar, said the spectacular scale and grandeur of the show exceeded anything Indians had been exposed to before: “When people will come and watch and be fascinated with such performances it will definitely give a new lease to the theatrr culture in India.”While it may not be the first time that creative artists may be deploying a western phenomenon not just to attract audiences, but also to give a new fillip to an otherwise ignored homegrown industry, the irony remains that most Indian musicals produced today receive better response abroad than in India.For most Indians, a musical is related to Broadway or West End. World famous musicals, such as Le Miserables, Matilda, Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Mamma Mia, and others have found a loyal patronage among their Indian watchers.Is the appeal of Western musicals over traditional musicals or folk performing arts a Western hangover? Actor, director and playwright Sohaila Kapur demurs: “It’s not about having a colonial hangover. Instead the problem is that the Indian audiences do not have many homegrown choices. Entertainment in India begins and ends with Bollywood. It’s Bollywood where the big money is and hence that’s where premium production and infrastructure quality lies…. If Indians were taking to everything from the West, just because it was coming from West, then well, Hollywood would have been bigger in India than Bollywood, which clearly is not the case.”Bollywood, the big daddy?Bollywood choreographer Sandip Soparrkar, whose musicals Born to Love, When Gods Meet and Why Roses are Red have played around the world, says: “While theater in India has had an interesting trajectory, the musicals have suffered mostly because of Bollywood. Most of our films are musicals. I would put the blame on Indian cinema, because in Europe, America or even other Asian countries, the films do not feature music and dance. Musicals such as the recent La La Land are rarely made. In India not only 98 percent of our films are musicals, but we also release 5-7 movies every week. Imagine the quantity already reaching the audiences.”Theater artists also blame lack of funding in the country. Sohaila Kapur says: “Musicals can be an extremely expensive industry. Unlike Broadway or West End there is no focused funding for theater in India. Most of the initiatives for performing arts come from CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) activities. Lately a lot of CSR is also diverted towards funding of lesser promoted sports in India, so obviously the theater world suffers from lack of resources.”Theater veterans say that to hook audiences on Indian theatrical presentations, they must be superior in quality and technology. Most concede that the current Indian musicals do not match a Broadway production. Kapur says: “Sadly the standard to judge an Indian musical always remains Bollywood or Broadway and in front of these well-established channels the theatrical presentations can be tacky.”Soparrkar adds: “It’s unfortunate, because despite the constant validation through Bollywood that Indians love musicals, most directors are scared to bring the format live on stage.”But critics believe that with growing interest in performing arts in the country, the category is just waiting to explode.Kapur says, “Bollywood has dominated our entertainment industry for the past 50 years, but there has beena rekindling of interest in musicals and this is likely to grow big.”Musicals have such deep roots in India it is primed for rebound. Theater actor Vidushi Mehra, who played Mary Magdalene and Faintaine in the famous musicals Jesus Christ Superstar and Les Miserable, says, “Musicals were very popular in the 1990s, with theater directors, such as Sita Raina, Lilette and Lushin Dubey and George Pulinkala. During those times all big musical films such as Greece, Jesus Christ Superstar, West Side Story, Les Miserables, Chorus Line, Beauty and the Beast were adapted on stage. However, the penchant and passion somehow got lost. The contemporary live bands did not want to undertake the responsibility of orchestrating a musical and it was the lack of resources that ultimately led to a decline.”She adds, “We also lost a talented musician such as Joe Santana very early who made great contribution to musical theater. Not only very little was done to commemorate his contributions with most other directors growing old, there were not many young takers to promote the medium.”Bridging the two worldsWith Bollywood as the hallmark, leaving little scope for other art forms to flourish, the artists had another idea — that of fusing Bollywood and regional musicals for a medley with wider appeal. In 1997, Sohaila Kapur came up with possibly the first ever Bollywood musical, Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan, which was shown at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and received an overwhelming response. Since then, the musical, rechristened Mahim Junction in India, continued to fascinate both Indians and its global diaspora. Today many Bollywood musicals have been doing the rounds around the world and gaining wide audiences of Indians settled abroad.The modern day Bollywood musicals, such as Zangoora followed by Jhumroo at Nautanki Mahal in Kingdom of Dreams, have brought back Indian attention to local musicals. Ayesha Dahra, who was part of the key team to launch Zangoora in India, says: “When Zangoora was launched in 2010, there was a vacuum in the live entertainment industry. Since India had so much to offer with its rich culture and heritage, Viraf Sarkari, director and conceptualizer of Zangoora, thought it was time to showcase it and combine it with Bollywood that holds a fascination all across the globe.”She adds, “Zangoora that has been staged nonstop since its launch worked also, because Nautanki Mahal, where it is performed, is so technologically sound that it can rival many international productions.”While Bollywood musicals did pick up and opened new vistas, most were primarily showcased abroad instead of India. The production cost of musicals is so high that it requires steep ticket prices. Indians are reluctant to pay for expensive tickets for shows that don’t feature prominent film or TV actors, so most directors opted to show abroad. In addition, says Sohaila Kapur: “If the producers are earning in dollars why would they want to stage their shows for far lesser profits in India.”Most Bollywood musicals today are therefore nostalgic to appeal to Indians in the diaspora, tugging at them of the era they left behind of popular music of the 1960s and 1970s.But why are Indians prepared to shell out big bucks abroad to watch artists they may not have heard of before? Shalu Sharma, a personality development coach based in Ghaziabad, says: “I watched Mamma Mia on Broadway and I can vouch that I have never seen something so synchronized and beautifully presented on live stage in India. I agree that many catch their first show abroad for that keeping-up-with-the-Joneses syndrome, but once you see it, you realize that its every penny worth the experience.”Vidhushi Mehra concurs: “Last summer I took my kids for the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory showing in London and the summer before that we saw The Lion King. Sadly right now in India we do not have the bandwidth to stage such well scaled productions.”But the sentiment is not universally shared. Ayesha Dahra, says: “I watched Moulin Rouge in Paris and while it was breathtaking, I feel the Indian productions like Jhumroo or Zangoora have a greater appeal as they have a narrative along with entertainment in them.”Indian theater directors also have difficulty roping in talented actors who have the stamina and ability to perform in a musical, which requires a combination of three art forms — dance, music and acting. Most actors see theater as a stepping-stone for a career in Bollywood or TV. Kapur says, “Yes, that’s an ultimate goal as television can pay you astronomical amounts, so to find actors who are serious about theater can be challenging.”Nevertheless, the future of musicals in India is definitely looking brighter. Theater director and writer Trisha Patel, who has been incorporating many new elements, such as dance drama and psychological themes in her stage shows, has noticed an interesting change in preference patterns lately: “While watching an Indian film with a song and dance sequence is a normal expectation, the culture is slowly changing. The younger generation is open to watch a Bollywood movie without a dancing around the trees sequence. It’s a small change, but is expected to grow with an increased exposure to films and plays from other cultures. This may lead to newer ideas of amalgamating culture and popular choices on theatrical stage, which is just the formula for a live musical.”She adds: “Even though nautanki style of theater is as old as our culture, the trend of musicals is in its infancy, but not defunct. We have had some successful stage plays against the odd of economics such as Aaj Rang Hai, Stories in a Song, Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon, etc. that incorporate story, dance and live music. They have played to full audiences and have led to commercial successes, such as Zangoora.” Related Items
Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who is currently in the midst of a huge scandal over his sexual overtures towards several actresses, also tried to make advances at Aishwarya Rai, a woman claiming to be the Indian film star’s former manager has claimed.“I use(d) to manage Indian actress Aishwarya Rai. While dealing with Harvey, I found it comical how hard he tried to get Aishwarya alone,” the woman, Simone Sheffield, said in a comment posted in response to a news story by Variety.com.Following is the text of the comment posted by Sheffield: “I use to manage Indian actress Aishwarya Rai. While dealing with Harvey I found it comical how hard he tried to get Aishwarya alone. But he was a pig… looked and acted like a “big bully pig”….He asked me to leave the meeting numerous times and I politely declined. When we were leaving his office he cornered me and said “what do I have to do to get her alone?” I told him to “kiss my black a**”. When Ash and I returned to our hotel, I sent Harvey a steel pig trough filled with DIET COKE as a thank you gift for the meeting. Yes, we did do business and Yes, he eventually threatened me. Told me I’d never work in this business, blah blah blah….what I said to him I can’t print. But you can be sure, I never gave him the opportunity to even breathe on my client. “Fox News. Weinstein. The President. Such abuses have gone on way before these creeps and will sadly continue until women feel empowered and protected enough to speak out. “They say there’s strength in numbers…perhaps. BUT it takes only one brave soul to take the first stand. With social media as your platform, that one brave soul will lead an army, in no time. “Brava Ladies….don’t hold back – THE TRUTH. Protect one another. Support one another. Love one another.”Weinstein has been facing allegations of seeking sexual favors, and harassment and assault by many women, including leading Hollywood actresses such as Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, since the New York Times and the New Yorker published detailed reports about the accusations against him earlier this month. While the producer was sacked from the board of his firm, Weinstein Company, the police in Los Angeles and London were reported to have begun investigations into the matter. Harvey Weinstein’s wife Georgina Chapman also announced that she was walking out of the relationship with him.Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai has worked in several international films, including Bride And Prejudice (2004), Mistress of Spices (2005) and The Pink Panther 2 (2009).“safriyaf: Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan, Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman at #AmFar Gala #Cannes2014 pic.twitter.com/MOcU3LswrV“— Agustini Frandy (@Tinspeak) May 23, 2014Sheffield, on the other hand, is reportedly the owner of the California-based company Canyon Entertainment, a talent manager, television and film producer, and music coordinator. Besides Rai, she is also said to have managed Bipasha Basu. She was Rai’s international representative for over nine years, and officially terminated the relationship in 2011, according to reports.Sheffield’s comments received positive response on social media, with people commending her for coming out with information over the issue.@simonesheffield @republic #WomensVoices17 @narendramodi @ Hats off 2 this brave lady. Voicing 4 d right cause. Let’s stand together. pic.twitter.com/6ZomXsLpo5— medha (@medha60) October 14, 2017 Related ItemsHarvey WeinsteinHarvey Weinstein BollyoodHarvey Weinstein Indian actressLittle IndiaWeinstein Aishwarya RaiWeinstein scandal
A police officer of Indian origin in Ottawa has filed a human rights complaint to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, alleging discrimination by the chief of police due to his skin color. Inspector Samir Bhatnagar claims in his complaint, filed in November 2017, that he was overlooked for promotion repeatedly, the Ottawa Citizen reported on March 29.Bhatnagar says that he was discriminated against for being a “brown-skinned man of East Indian origin.” Bhatnagar alleges that he was not promoted and faced bias from Charles Bordeleau, the chief of Ottawa Police Service, as well as members of his senior executive.“The ugly fact is that the Ottawa police and Chief Bordeleau do not see police officers of color as suitable for positions of senior leadership in the service,” the publication quoted Bhatnagar’s lawyer Paul Champ as saying.Champ added that despite all the claims of being inclusive and recruiting people from minority communities, the Ottawa Police Service, in fact, has no officer of color who is at the rank of superintendent or above. Champ said that in the entire history of the service spanning 150 years, there has been only one such person.Bhatnagar is seeking an amount of C$140,000 in damages for “harm to dignity, feelings and self-respect” and for loss of income that he would have got if he was promoted to the post of superintendent in 2012. He is also seeking promotion immediately to the post of superintendent and is asking that the tribunal mandate an anti-discrimination training for Bordeleau and senior officers so there is no racial discrimination in the process of promotion.“These promotions and opportunities have been regularly made available to my white colleagues during this same period, despite the fact many of them do not have my breadth of experience or comparable performance reviews,” Bhatnagar alleges in the complaint.The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) resolves claims of discrimination and harassment brought under the Human Rights Code in a fair, just and timely manner.Ottawa Police Service (OPS) has, however, denied the charge, saying that these are “bald allegations” of racial discrimination and that the officer had criticized Bordeleau openly and so was “unfit” to be promoted, the report said.Bhatnagar has been an Ottawa police officer since 1991. He entered the promotional process in 2012, through which he could have become a superintendent – the highest rank of officers who are promoted by the senior police brass. The chief and deputy chiefs of the force are recruited by the police board.“The chief has significant concerns about his suitability for senior leadership. The applicant has demonstrated an open defiance of and disrespect for the chief and other leaders and an attitude signifying his belief that he knows better than those individuals,” said the police board.Although the board admits that Bhatnagar was overlooked for promotion, it says that it was because he refused to conform to the directives of a police chief, who was of the opinion that Bhatnagar was not trustworthy.The tribunal will take a decision on whether Bhatnagar’s allegations were led by racial discrimination by the service. Bhatnagar and the police board have agreed to opt for mediation, the publication reported. Related ItemsCanadaHuman RightsOttawa Police Service
Late one night in the fall, about 200 female students in Bhopal, a city in central India, held a rare demonstration on their college’s basketball court. Their very presence there was an act of protest: Women were not allowed to be outside their dormitories after dark, just one of many restrictions on their movement.They spent the night outdoors – the first time many of them had seen the moon since they began college, one student recalled.For years, college campuses in India have regulated the movement of their female students in the name of safety. But in protests over the past several months, women on college campuses nationwide have voiced their demands: freedom from oppressive rules and equality with the male students. And slowly, colleges are responding.Women’s access to education in India has improved vastly in the past three decades, but social change has been slower. Reported crime against women has doubled in the past 10 years, which experts say is a result of deeply embedded patriarchal attitudes that are also evidenced by the persistent preference for male children and the decline in the number of working women.The recent protests were inspired by a Delhi-based women’s collective, Pinjra Tod, or “Break the Cage,” which campaigns against arbitrary curfews and rules imposed on female residents at colleges and universities – part of a broader battle by women’s rights activists to take back public spaces and challenge the threat of sexual violence.They’re fighting not just the curfew but also “the idea of policing women and how they are kept in gendered spaces,” said Joan Sony Cherian, a member of the collective.Women in India this month have entered a temple that once banned female visitors of menstruating age and prompted the dismissal of a professor for comparing virgins to “a sealed bottle.” Last year, dozens of women shared stories of sexual harassment at workplaces as part of a burgeoning #MeToo movement.At Bhopal’s Regional Institute of Education, which trains students to become teachers, the campus residences had strict rules for women. Female students had to be back in their dorm rooms by 5:30 p.m. in the winter, by 6:45 p.m. at other times. Leaving campus was allowed only between 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Food delivery was allowed only until 5:30 p.m.If a woman wanted to leave campus for a longer period, her parents were required to fax the request, after which two sets of administrative signatures were required. Female students did not have access to the rooftop terrace. For the men on campus, most of these rules did not apply.The women began their campaign with a sit-in, borrowing tactics and strategies developed by Break the Cage. Without their support, “our protest would not have been at this scale,” said Rai, a participating student, who spoke on the condition of partial anonymity to avoid possible retaliation by the college.On the third day of the protest, the administration relented. Now women don’t have to return to campus until 8 p.m. and can remain outside their dorm rooms while on campus until 9 p.m. Later that week, a group of female students danced in a religious procession on campus in celebration. It was a new taste of freedom: Under the previous rules, they were locked in during festivals or could celebrate only in an enclosed space demarcated for them.The protests weren’t limited to Bhopal. They spread. In some instances, they were inspired by previous protests; others happened spontaneously.Female students at a branch of the Regional Institute of Education in Ajmer, a town in Rajasthan state, broke their curfew barely a week after the Bhopal protests. In October, students from Panjab University protested for 48 days. Protests led by Break the Cage at prestigious Delhi colleges such as Miranda House and Lady Shri Ram College soon followed.Administrators at the government-run Regional Institute of Education declined to comment on the protests. Lady Shri Ram College, a branch of Delhi University, said that the college had introduced changes such as ending the requirement for female students to have local guardians. The new rules were announced just before the planned protest.Pratibha Jolly, Miranda House principal, acknowledged that the old rules were “archaic and major reform was overdue.” After last year’s protest, the college made the curfew later and increased the number of nights a resident could stay out of the dorm.“Our biggest challenge is to provide a safe, secure environment while nurturing liberal and progressive education for an extremely diverse student population,” Jolly said. “This requires nuanced responses.”But members of Break the Cage reject the safety argument. Devika Shekhawat, a member of the group, said women are aware of the risks. “We want to change the spaces” rather than force women to change their behavior, she said.Break the Cage has been advocating for women on campuses since 2015. While curfews have been central to its demands, it has also drawn attention to issues such as higher fees charged by dormitories for women, the lack of sexual harassment committees mandated by law, and moral policing of female students.The solidarity offered by Break the Cage has made a difference, said Kanupriya, 23, the student union president of Panjab University, who goes by one name. She led a successful campaign to scrap the dorm curfew.These successes alone will not bring about gender equality, Kanupriya said, but they are a way to move the needle: “This is about changing what is considered normal.”(c) 2019, The Washington Post Related Itemsfeatured
An Indian-origin man, Ramesh Krishnan, received SGD 4 million ($2.9 million) from his former employer, AXA Life Insurance Singapore, after he filed a case against the firm for a scathing letter of reference that cost him a new job.Krishnan accused AXA Life Insurance of defaming him in 2012 while providing references on his work performance, the Straits Times reported.The court awarded the sum to Krishnan to make up for the loss of earnings from the negligence on the part of AXA Life Insurance Singapore.Compensation for LossIn 2015, Krishna, 47, lost his defamation suit against AXA in the High Court, but the Court of Appeal ruled that AXA had breached its duty of care to Krishnan.On August 15, Justice George Wei described the stands of both parties as “polar opposites” regarding the damages. While Krishnan had sought $63 million, AXA claimed that he should be given a nominal sum of $1.Krishnan, who has been working at a vegetarian cafe, calculated his loss from April 2011, which would have included a commencement allowance of $675,000, and an initial monthly salary of $65,625 for the first one year and $43,750 for next few months until July last year. He also looked at the loss of future earning he suffered between August last year and July next year at a discounted rate.The judge deducted the salary Krishnan earned from working at the vegetarian cafe from these claims.Bad Reference Cost Him JobAs per the charges, when the company Krishnan had applied to asked AXA for the reference, they said that Krishnan “showed a very poor 13th month persistency rate”. This was meant to indicate that many of his clients did not stick with their policies, because of which the company said “we are very concerned as to whether the clients have been provided with proper advice”, reported News 18. These statements led Prudential Assurance Company Singapore, the company that Krishnan applied to, to decide against hiring him.The Court of Appeal said AXA’s comments could have wrongly implied that Krishnan was not competent, something that didn’t go well with the evidence according to Krishnan, who was described as “one of AXA’s best-compensated advisers”, and the fact that the company had persuaded him not to resign.Ruling Significant The apex court ruling is significant, industry sources said, as it brings clarity to the standard of care an employer is required to observe while preparing a reference, according to the Straits Times.“People must know that justice is served. Somebody must go out there and make a point,” Krishnan was quoted as saying by the publication.The AXA Singapore spokesman, however, said that the company is seeking legal advice on the judgement. “Providing for and protecting our policyholders is our top priority and we remain committed to ensuring that our appointed representatives are fit and proper and meet the competency, financial soundness and integrity standards required by us and the MAS (Monetary Authority of Singapore),” the spokesman said. Related ItemsAXA Life InsuranceAXA Life Insurance Singapore caseAXA Life Insurance Singapore Indian workerIndia Singapore compensationLittle IndiaRamesh Krishnan AXA Life Insurance SingaporeRamesh Krishnan Singapore compensation
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday demanded an apology from Goa Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte, who had mocked non-resident Goans for being over-critical of the BJP-led coalition government, while claiming that those who have left Goa’s shores have no love for home.“We have a large non-resident Goan population settled abroad. Khaunte with his comments has insulted them. Goan NRIs through their remittances to their families in Goa have contributed much more than this bunch of politicians, including Khaunte. He should apologise for his comments,” stateAAP spokesperson Ashley do Rosario said at a press conference at Panaji.At a public function on Sunday, Khaunte had said: “If anything happens, they (non-resident Goans) go to Facebook and blame government for not doing anything. Then more posts follow. And those who are in US, UK, London, Kuwait, who have lost that love for Goa seem to be commenting more than the Goans themselves.”Khaunte also said that social media should be used as a “tool for positivity”, while asking people to be more responsible.His remarks triggered outrage on social media, especially from non-resident Goans and their kin and friends back home.Lawyer activist Aires Rodrigues said that Khaunte’s comment was in “utter bad taste”. “It only displays Khaunte’s sheer immaturity and intolerance by being infuriated that Goans across the world were highlighting on social media, the issue concerning the state,” he said.Rollyson Luis, who works onboard the Royal Caribbean cruise-liner, says that Khaunte should focus on providing infrastructure, rather than clamping down on social media.“…we are not going to keep our mouth shut. We will speak what we want and what is right… Do your own job with proper infrastructure,” Luis said.Roy Fernandes, who works as a project manager at Bond Communications in Dubai, also wants Khaunte not to “mute Goan voices worldwide on Facebook”. –IANS Related ItemsGoa Revenue Minister NRI AAPGoa Rohan Khaunte NRIsGoan NRIsGoans AbroadGoans OverseasLittle IndiaRohan Khaunte AAP
Last fall, as the days grew shorter and the weather cooled, Sheetal Parwal began preparing her home for Diwali.The house was thoroughly cleaned, clutter discarded and colorful rangoli sand art laid out to welcome friends and neighbors into her home to celebrate the annual Hindu Festival of Lights with sweets, extravagant dinners and prayers to the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi.This year, Parwal and her family will celebrate a holiday meant to bring good fortune and prosperity in a rented apartment — their Katy house sitting gutted miles away after taking on 2 feet of water during Hurricane Harvey.“We came back to see a week later,” Parwal said. “But home is not home.”Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair.Thousands of years ago, the legend goes, a Good King vanquished a Bad Demon. The tale and characters differ – in northern India, Lord Rama of Ayodya defeated his wife’s kidnapper, Ravana; southern Indians believe it was Lord Krishna who killed Narakashura the day before the new moon – but, always, light conquers darkness.Thursday marks the climax of the weeklong holiday, and the night sky, with its new moon, will be illuminated with firecrackers and fireworks by almost 1.5 billion revelers worldwide.For many of the 120,000 Hindus in Houston, this year’s celebration are different, more solemn.The two essential elements of Diwali, Parwal said, are home and family. Without a home, a true home of their own, it’s difficult to celebrate.“The very meaning of the celebration, we’re unable to find that,” Parwal said. “We are blessed that we have our family together, but you have an attachment to your home, that’s where you know you’ll spend Diwali every year.”Asian residents hitHarvey’s destruction was especially pervasive in areas where the South Asian population has historically settled — Bellaire, Sugar Land and Katy took on massive damage.Parwal, 37, moved to Houston from central India in 2008 — one day before Hurricane Ike’s winds left millions without power. Weathering that storm, she thought she had seen the worst. Her family lived with friends for a few weeks before buying a home in the Canyon Gate subdivision.Nine years later, all 721 homes in the neighborhood, including Parwal’s, would be inundated by Harvey.“We could see it on that Sunday, it was coming up the front yard, and it was moving up inch by inch,” Parwal said. “But we still had that hope that it’ll come to the front door and go away.”Parwal’s 6-year-old son, Ram, has never known another home beside the one in Canyon Gate. At such a young age, she said, his memories are few, but the holidays are especially sensitive.“He relates all the firecrackers and the celebrations with our home,” Parwal said. “Whatever he remembers, he remembers there.”Her son is resilient, but after almost two months in temporary housing, he’s ready to go home.“He keeps asking when we’ll go and be happy again,” Parwal said. “But home is not the same.”Manohar Venuturupalli, 44, his wife, Subhadra, and their daughter, Neeharika, waited downstream as the waters made their way up the driveway, then the yard and over the stoop into their west Houston home.Venuturupalli’s home sits squarely in the flood plain of both the Addicks and Barker reservoirs. When the beleaguered dams were opened that Monday, his house near Briar Forest and Dairy Ashford was submerged under 8 feet of water.“I stayed up all night Sunday, watching the water rising,” Venuturupalli said.By Monday morning, the water was waist-high.Venuturupalli and his family are living in temporary housing, working little by little to be able to return to their home; he estimates repairs should be complete in six weeks.Venuturupalli and his family were rescued from their flooded home by a friend of a friend with an airboat.“I don’t know the people who evacuated me,” Venuturupalli said of the man who ferried residents of his neighborhood out of their waterlogged homes to safety. “I don’t think I’ll ever see him again.”Slow to celebrateFor families that are still displaced, getting in the spirit of Diwali may come slowly, Arun Kankani said.Kankani is executive vice president of Sewa International, a global nonprofit rescue organization with a chapter in Houston. He said the organization prepared hundreds of care packages with Diwali essentials — carrot sweets, dried fruit, bangles and the all-important lamps to light the way to a new year of recovery.“Diwali is something you do with your family at home,” Kankani said. “So, without that, it takes a lot.”Prosperity comes in the home, Parwal said. To welcome wealth and success for the coming year, Hindus will often leave their doors and windows open on Diwali night.“This Diwali we’re not at our home,” Parwal said. “But we are together, so let’s celebrate it where we are and hopefully next year it’ll be better.”— © 2017 Houston Chronicle Related Items
India U17 v United States U17 U17 World Cup: USMNT’s John Hackworth – Dheeraj Singh was exceptional for India Goal Last updated 2 years ago 23:49 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Winslow Townson India U17 v United States U17 India U17 United States U17 U17 World Cup The USA coach was asked to pick Indian players who impressed him the most in the Group A opener against India… The USMNT U17s scored three past India in the Group A opener of the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.Head Coach John Hackworth admitted that his team weren’t at their best which allowed the opposition to create more chances in the second half.“Plan to kill the game in the first 20 minutes? Not at all. That’s credit to India for making it hard to get behind them. They were a tough opponent. We didn’t play great. We can play much better. You have to break down an opponent and our execution wasn’t great on the final play”, remarked Hackworth.“We opted to play long diagonal balls. The idea was that the opposition had five defenders and nine players behind the ball. There was no space to play through. The long diagonal though didn’t get us that goal in the first 20 minutes.”“I think both their centre-backs (Anwar Ali and Jitendra Singh) played well. None of the balls that we put into the box especially in the opening 20 minutes, we didn’t think they would win as many balls. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “The goalkeeper (Dheeraj Singh) made several saves in the opening 20 minutes. He was exceptional on the night. If he wouldn’t have made those saves, the game would have opened up. One save was off Josh Sargent and he doesn’t miss many. In the second half, we made some tactical adjustment which allowed us more space to play. Durkin finished from a corner-kick and I must say that he doesn’t usually finish as well as he did today,” said coach Hackworth.The 47-year-old heaped praise on the Indian team for their resilience and stressed that Luis Norton’s team made it difficult for them.“Look before I give a rating to them, I thought they played really well. I would give them tons of credit. This was one of the best atmospheres for an Under-17 World Cup I have experienced. The Indians and FIFA must be proud for everything that tonight was.“I think India exceeded our expectations. They were hard to break down. They were difficult to contain on the counter. I was impressed with their team,” he signed off.
New Delhi: Power Finance Corporation (PFC), a state-run NBFC, said Wednesday it has raised USD 1 billion (around 6,940 crore) through issuance of bonds in the international market.This was Power Finance Corporation’s first issuance in the international market after acquiring the government’s shareholding in REC, the company said in a BSE filing. The issuance attracted a strong and diversified order book indicating investor’s confidence towards PFC’s differentiated credit despite volatile market conditions and concerns over Indian NBFI sector, it mentioned. Power Finance Corporation finances power sector projects and its main source of revenue is interest income on loans. “PFC, a government owned NBFC, has successfully tapped international market and raised USD 1 billion through Reg-S bonds in one go,” the company said in the filing. In March 2019, PFC completed the acquisition of majority stake in REC Ltd by transferring Rs 14,500 crore to the government.
In a landmark resolution enacting a key reform sought by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the Assembly established the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), upgrading the current Central Emergency Revolving Fund, which only had $50 million in resources, to ensure swifter responses to humanitarian emergencies, with adequate funds made available within three to four days. In contrast, it took four months between the time when access restrictions were lifted in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region and funds were committed to the relief appeal. In the meantime, the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) steadily climbed to 1.6 million and mortality rates rose above emergency levels. In the case of the locust swarms that infested the African Sahel region, early funding would have mitigated the effects at less cost. A $9 million appeal by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in February 2004 to spray locust larvae and prevent their spread received an inadequate response. That summer, the locusts multiplied throughout eight countries and FAO revised the appeal to $100 million. “Your action today ensures that in the critical realm of humanitarian assistance, the United Nations will do more, and do it sooner,” Mr. Annan told the Assembly session “For far too long humanitarian assistance for disaster victims has remained a reactive process. Relief funds have been sought only after disaster has struck.” In a later press encounter he used New York Fire Department as an analogy. “If the Fire Department did not have its trucks and its fire houses, and the Mayor were to tell them, we will give you these resources and equipment when the fire strikes, you can imagine what would happen,” he said. “This is the way we operate on a humanitarian basis, and I hope with this new arrangement we will be able to move faster and save lives, rather than start putting the fire engines and the fire houses together when the disaster has struck.” Assembly President Jan Eliasson of Sweden said he was gratified that a particularly difficult year in terms of humanitarian crises was ending on a more positive note by setting up CERF, which will be launched in mid-January 2006 and should be fully operational by March. “By establishing the Central Emergency Response Fund we have taken a critical decision to ensure that the international response to today’s humanitarian crises is more effective and equitable,” he added. “Moreover, we have demonstrated that the Member States of the United Nations are willing to meet the demands of the 21st century in this important area in a flexible and responsible way.” Access to predictable funding for humanitarian emergencies is a key aspect of Mr. Annan’s reform package outlined earlier this year in his report ‘In Larger Freedom.’ At the UN World Summit in September, donors already pledged some $175 million in potential pledges. The upgraded CERF consists of $450 million in grants and $50 million in loans to UN agencies to be replenished at regular intervals. The resolution urged all Member States and the private sector and all concerned individuals and institutions to make voluntary contributions. Mr. Annan noted that most of the money pledged so far had come from European States and other governments with capacity would be targeted. “There is a large donor community out there. And we are also trying to bring in new donors from the Gulf and other oil producing countries,” he told reporters. In his address to the Assembly he pledged to work with Member States and other stakeholders to work out detailed administrative and management arrangements for the standing fund. “We promise to manage it with utmost transparency. We will be accountable, and we shall provide full public disclosure of all donations and expenditures,” he said.
Apple took to the stage during their developer conference today to announce the latest version of OS X. Since they are running out of big cats, Apple has decided to start naming their versions after their favorite things in California. The first in this new line is called Mavericks.The next version of OSX promises to focus on better battery life and more logical organization for many of the day to day tasks on your Mac. New tools like App Nap and other resource managment tools will allow the OS to better control how much power is spend on everything that is running on your machine. There’s some big UI changes as well. This includes tags in Finder, tabbed folders, and enhanced usability in multiple display situations.Finder tags works exactly as it sounds. When you go to save a file, you can tag the file with whatever you want. When you go to search for files in the future, you’ll be able to share by the tags you have left on files. You can apply multiple tags to files, and organize anything and everything on your Mac with these tags.If you have multiple folders on your machine, you can now merge them into a single window with tabs. You can quickly add tabs to existing windows, or have multiple windows open that each have their own tabs. This is all done with a simple gesture, and happens pretty quickly.Multiple display management is never particularly great on desktops and laptops, but Mavericks seems to take a pretty big step forward. AirPlay displays and physically connected displays are now all treated exactly the same, to start. You can quickly access the dock from any of these displays, and you have control of individual workstations independent of the other connected displays.Safari has also gotten a significant boost in performance, CPU usage, and memory usage. The browser scrolls at nearly 60fps, and looks just as smooth as you’d see on an iOS device. The new bookmarks and Top Sites UI allows for a personalized home page when you open the browser for the first time as well.Apple has done a lot to move your iOS and your OSX experiences closer together. Notifications can now be responded to in line, and iOS push notifications can now be synced to the desktop. Apple has also moved their password keychain service to iCloud, allowing you to sync your passwords across all of your iOS devices.Maps for OSX has been heavily updated to take advantage of the new Apple Maps software, which includes all of the same features from iOS, and a new push to iPhone feature for turn by turn directions that you have looked up on your OSX device.Apple is expected to release the new OSX Mavericks this fall, with developer previews available shortly.
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Poll Results: Share29 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4581258 16,281 Views Short URL Image: Shutterstock/PeoGeo Monday 8 Apr 2019, 10:21 AM I don’t know/I don’t care (262) 73 Comments Poll: Should social media sites be fined for failing to tackle harmful online content? The UK government has proposed establishing a watchdog with the power to fine internet companies. By Cónal Thomas Yes (6677) No (1283) Apr 8th 2019, 10:21 AM YesNoI don’t know/I don’t careVote Image: Shutterstock/PeoGeo SOCIAL MEDIA SITES could be fined or blocked in the UK if they fail to tackle “online harms” under new government proposals, the BBC has reported. The government proposes establishing an independent watchdog with the power to fine companies if they fail to tackle the likes of terrorist content, child sex abuse, so-called revenge pornography, hate crimes, harassment and “fake news”.The proposal, however, has been labelled “a historic attack on freedom of speech and the free press” by one UK think tank. So, today we’re asking: Should social media sites be fined for failing to tackle harmful online content?
Stay on target The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote on yet another batch of robocall rules.Chairman Ajit Pai this week proposed a ban on malicious caller ID spoofing of text messages and international calls.“Scammers often robocall us from overseas, and when they do, they typically spoof their numbers to try and trick consumers,” Pai said in a statement.So while your screen may display a seemingly legitimate phone number (complete with familiar local area code), the phone call could be coming from anywhere in the world.“Call center fraudsters often pretend to be calling from trusted organizations and use pressure tactics to steal from Americans,” Pai added.Since 2009, the Truth in Caller ID Act has prohibited the transmission of misleading or inaccurate caller ID information with the intent to defraud, cause harm, or wrongly obtain anything of value.But the legislation does not currently cover text messaging or international calls. And Pai wants to change that.If adopted in August, his new rules would extend constraints to also protect SMS, calls originating outside the US to recipients inside the country, and one-way interconnected VoIP contact.The FCC has already received more than 35,000 complaints about caller ID spoofing in the first six months of the year. New rules would help the agency crack down on bad actors seeking unsuspecting victims overseas.“We must attack this problem with every tool we have,” Pai said. “With these new rules, we’ll close the loopholes that hamstring law enforcement when they try to pursue international scammers and scammers using text messaging.”It’s worth noting that there are some legal uses of spoofing. Like when a doctor calls a patient from their personal phone, but displays the office number. Or if a business shows its toll-free call-back number.Last month, the FCC voted to empower carriers to block unwanted calls—as long as customers are informed and can opt out.While some phone companies already offer call-blocking tools on an opt-in basis, the June ruling clarifies that they can provide them as the default, meaning everyone will benefit.consumers also have the option to sign up for even tougher services, including blocking calls from any number not on their digital contact list or other “white lists.”More on Geek.com:FTC, Law Enforcement ‘Call It Quits’ On RobocallersFCC: Don’t Be Fooled By ‘One Ring’ Robocall ScamFTC Shutters Four Groups Responsible For Billions of Illegal Robocalls FTC, Law Enforcement ‘Call It Quits’ On RobocallersFCC Empowers Carriers to ‘Aggressively Block’ Robocalls
Load More Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts RelatedPosts JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Galaxy Entertainment Group has conducted a crime prevention workshop in conjunction with Macau’s Judiciary Police to discuss prevention measures for common casino crimes.The workshop saw more than 40 frontline Galaxy staff members from the Hotel Operations, Security, Surveillance, Investigation, Table Games, Cage, Sales and VIP Departments run through various case studies with head of the Gaming-related Crimes Patrol Section, Chan Chon In, and Leong Kin Wai of the Gaming-related Crimes Patrol Section. The Galaxy staff were introduced to the responsibilities and institutional structure of the Judiciary Police as well as shared typical cases seen in Macau and their related laws and regulations.Knowledge gained from the workshop is aimed at helping them become more aware of illegal activities such as gaming-related crimes, banknote counterfeiting, pseudo base station fraud and money laundering, Galaxy said.Team members and police officers also analyzed crime deterrence measures.Galaxy also revealed that Kou Keng Lun, who works for the company’s Security Department, will be presented with an Enthusiastic Citizen Award by the Macao Customs Service after he observed and reported a criminal ring that was engaged in selling counterfeit watches on GEG premises earlier this year. Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August
Maxwell Air Force Base is not experiencing any significant encroachment issues from the surrounding region, but with recent growth in downtown Montgomery, Ala., city leaders want to ensure land use conflicts jeopardizing the installation don’t emerge in the coming decades.“We don’t want to have anything negatively impacting the mission of Maxwell and the Air Force, especially with the economic development we’ve been having in the downtown area,” Robert Smith, director of city planning, told the Montgomery Advertiser.To prepare for further growth in the River Region and uncover possible compatibility issues, Montgomery, Prattville and Montgomery County are partnering with Maxwell and to conduct a joint land use study. Matrix Design Group introduced the study to local residents at public meeting last week.The study, partially funded by DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment, will look at dozens of compatibility issues, including several conflicts that could arise in the future. The possibility that the Air National Guard’s 187th Fighter Wing moves from Montgomery Regional Airport to Maxwell could lead to noise conflicts if the unit starts flying the F-35. The study also will consider the prospect that frequency interference stemming from Montgomery’s aim to become a “gig city” with the state’s first internet exchange affects Air Force activities.Matrix, which has conducted 130 similar studies since 2005, will look at Maxwell and its Gunter Annex separately because of their geography and diverse missions, according to the story.The easiest way to avoid conflicts between the military and its civilian hosts is for both sides to communicate and coordinate their activities, said Mike Hrapla, the study’s project manager. “About 85 percent of compatibility issues can be resolved by sharing information,” Hrapla said. Dan Cohen AUTHOR