Washington: US President Donald Trump on Monday once again vigorously denied allegations by a magazine advice columnist that he sexually assaulted her in the 1990s in a New York department store dressing room, adding: “She’s not my type.” Trump made the comment in an interview with The Hill, a political news outlet, that touched on the allegations from E. Jean Carroll, who says in her new book that the alleged rape occurred in the mid-1990s. Also Read – Shahid Afridi joins ‘Kashmir Hour’ in military uniform Advertise With Us “I’ll say it with great respect: Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened, OK?” Trump said in the interview, which was conducted in the Oval Office. The President added that Carroll was “totally lying” when she made her claims. “I know nothing about this woman. I know nothing about her,” he said. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Carroll’s account, revealed last week in an excerpt of her new book that was published by New York magazine, makes her at least the 16th woman to have accused Trump of sexual misconduct before he became president. She said that in a chance encounter at the Bergdorf Goodman store in Manhattan, Trump — then a real estate developer — asked her for advice on buying lingerie for an unnamed woman. Advertise With Us Then jokingly, they each suggested that the other should try it on. “The moment the dressing-room door is closed, he lunges at me, pushes me against the wall, hitting my head quite badly, and puts his mouth against my lips,” wrote Carroll, who works for Elle magazine. Pinning her against the wall, Carroll said, Trump proceeded to pull down her tights, unzip his pants and penetrate her — all while himself fully dressed — until she finally managed to push him out and run from the dressing room. On Monday, Carroll told CNN that he “just went at it” after he cornered her. “It was a fight,” she said. “With all the 15 women or 16 who have come forward, it’s the same. He denies it. He turns it around. He attacks. And he threatens.” Carroll never went to the police because, she said, she was afraid of repercussions.
Jewellery brands in India have always signed top Bollywood actresses like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sushmita Sen, Hema Malini, Sonam Kapoor and many others to represent them.The latest celebrity to join the league of endorsing a jewellery brand is Bollywood diva Kareena Kapoor Khan. Malabar Gold & Diamonds have signed in Kareena as the new brand ambassador of the group.”The epitome of beauty and style, the symbol of contemporary India and emerging youth, we are happy to announce Kareena Kapoor as the new Brand Ambassador of Malabar Gold & Diamonds. Her presence in our communication will enhance our brand equity and will help us to move seamlessly into the northern Indian market which is our focus for the coming years,” MP Ahammed, Chairman of Malabar Group, said.Malabar Gold & Diamonds is opening around 40 showrooms across the country in the coming months. The group will open its first showroom in Mumbai on 7 April.The next showroom will be opened in Rajkot, Gujarat, on 14 April. By mid-year, the group will open outlets in three other cities – Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Gurgaon.The company is planning to open a total of 100 showrooms across the country this year. Kareena is apparently very fond of the brand and is very happy to be associated with it.”It is my pleasure to be the face of such a prestigious brand that has become synonymous with style, design, beauty and trust. I am immensely happy to be associated with Malabar Gold & Diamonds,” the actress said.Bollywood Dream Girl Hema Malini was the brand ambassador of the group for two years.
PixabayScott C Waring, a self-proclaimed extraterrestrial researcher operating from Taiwan, is slowly emerging as one of the most popular figures among conspiracy theorists and alien enthusiasts. For the past couple of years, Waring has spotted various anomalies on NASA images taken from the Mars and the moon, and it has made many people believe that advanced alien civilisations are actually a reality.Recently, Waring spotted some strange structures on the lunar surface, and interestingly most of these bizarre structures are actually square-shaped. After making this discovery, Waring alleged that NASA is intentionally adding too much light to moon photos so that these strange structures can be hidden from alien researchers.’NASA added too much light to the photo on purpose in order to cause many of the areas of the photo to appear as white/grey and unclear. Thus bring it back into the proper light and focus creates the original photo as it was first taken. You will notice that the aliens built the structures square partitions. Much like remaking a house and moving the parts to the location to create it. This may be proof that the structures were created somewhere else, then brought to the moon to put together,” wrote Waring on his website UFO Sightings Daily.Waring revealed that he found these structures several weeks back, but was hesitant to publish them on his website fearing public panic. As per Waring, understanding the reality about aliens and extraterrestrial existence will question everything humans learned from schools and churches.”I actually found this several weeks ago but hesitated till now to publish it. I was worried some people may panic. The biggest fear is not aliens attacking earth, its that they exist when science says they should not. It causes the person to call into question everything they ever learned in school, church, TV, from friends…and how aliens must have already influenced the direction humanity is currently travelling without anyone ever knowing,” added Waring.Waring has claimed several times that NASA is covering up secrets about alien life and had recently urged United States President Donald Trump to make him the head of the space agency. Waring also assured that he will unveil all the mysteries regarding alien life if he gets appointed as the NASA head.
Students appear in ICSE class 10 exams in Kolkata on Feb 26, 2018 [Representational picture]IANS [Representational Image]The Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEM) will declare the second Pre-University Examination 2019 results on Monday, April 15, afternoon.Students who appeared for the Board examination conducted from March 1- 18, 2019 can check results at 12 pm. While the results were expected by 11 am, officials said that it has been delayed and pushed to noon.The results were announced by C Shikha, Director of Department of Pre-University Education (PUE). The overall pass percentage this year is 67.73 per cent and a student from Udupi district of the state has topped the Board exam.Uduppi has the topped with the highest number of pass rate at 92.9 per cent and Dakshina Kannada is in second place with 91.9 per cent pass rate.With 61.73 per cent candidates clearing the PUC exam on2019, the pass percentage has increased by 2.15 per cent from that last year.How to check Karnataka Pre-University Certification (PUC) Examination II 2019 results online: -Step 1: Visit the official website kseeb.kar.nic.in or pue.kar.nic.in Step 2: Click on the link Karnataka PUC Result 2019Step 3: Enter your credentials (register number etc.)Step 4: Click on SubmitStep 5: Download and take a print out of the result (for future reference)To get your results via SMS: -Step 1: SMS – KAR12ROLLNUMBERStep 2: Send to 56263
Argos has launched a same-day delivery service across the UK seven days a week. It is the first British retailer to do so, as it bids to entice customers to its service ahead of the busy Christmas period.Rolling out its Fast Track Delivery and Fast Track Collection services, Argos states that 20,000 products will be available for same-day home delivery to customers from within their local area. For a flat fee of £3.95, customers will have four time slots each day in which to order their item, with any purchase ordered by 6pm promised to be delivered by 10pm the same day.Andy Brown, central operations director at Argos told IBTimes UK that the service was a unique offering in the UK and it would be offered beyond the Christmas shopping season.Argos is unique in that, rather than working from a central warehouse, were picking from the store thats local to you. The product is held locally which means we can pick it very quickly and can deliver it to the door from the store, he said.We think this service is particularly relevant at Christmas when youre shopping online and you want the certainty of knowing exactly when youre product is coming. However, for us it isnt just a Christmas offer. Were going to be launching this as a standard service, seven days a week, all year, added Brown.The announcement comes with 80 days to go until Christmas, a vital time for retailers to attract festive shoppers to use their services. Whilst Argos is not the fastest delivery service, with Amazon offering one-hour delivery in London and Birmingham to subscribers of its Prime service, they are the first major retailer to offer same-day delivery to any customers across all parts of the UK.In the financial year to February 2015, Argos sales were £4.1 bn ($6.27bn, €5.58bn) with the company employing some 29,000 people across the business. Close
YouTubeThe wait is finally over, and the most-anticipated trailer of Malayalam movie ‘Virus’ has been released on YouTube on April 26, 2019. The trailer has already gone viral on YouTube, and within 10 hours, it has racked up more than 4,11,000 views. The film is directed by Aashiq Abu, and it will portray some real-life incidents which happened in Kerala during the dreaded Nipah virus outbreak.’Virus’ has been ruling the headlines since the date of its announcement, and with the newly released trailer, the makers have made it clear that the wait is worth. From its opening scene, the trailer reminded us of well-made Hollywood survival flicks that narrated stories which can be screened anywhere in the world, despite possibilities of cultural differences.Raw incidents based on real lifeIn the initial scene of the movie, we can see a woman apparently infected with Nipah virus lying on the ground, and from then, the voice over of Kunchacko Boban begins. In this movie, Kunchacko Boban is playing the role of a doctor and he reveals that this virus is included in the top 10 priority list by the World Health Organization (WHO). He also added that there is no vaccination and treatment protocol for this dreaded disease.In the very next moment, the trailer introduces the character of Revathy. In all probabilities, the veteran actress will be seen playing the role of Shailaja teacher, the health minister in Kerala.Later the director introduces several characters to the audiences, and it includes the one played by Rima Kallingal. Dialogues rendered by Rima Kallingal in the trailer indicates that she will be playing the role of staff nurse Lini who lost her life while treating patients infected with Nipah virus.The director also shows some incidents where the dead bodies of Nipah victims were burned by the authorities without the consent of their family members.Expecting a film made with International standardsAashiq Abu is an impeccable filmmaker, and he has proved his filmmaking mettle in various movies like ’22 Female Kottayam’, ‘Idukki Gold’ and ‘Mayanadhi’. When it comes to ‘Virus’, the director has moved a step forward, and he has tried to make a movie that will match with any Hollywood survival thrillers. Each and every frame in the trailer is rich, and as per close sources to the movie, the director has embraced an uncompromising cinematic language while making ‘Virus’.Apart from Kunchacko Boban, Revathy, and Rima Kallingal, the film also has Asif Ali, Tovino Thomas, Rahman, Parvathy, Indrajith Sukumaran, Soubin Shahir, Indrans, Remya Nambeeshan and Sreenath Bhasi in other prominent roles.Muhsin Parari, Sharfu, and Suhas have written the screenplay for the movie. Rajeev Ravi and Shyju Khalid have handled the cinematography of ‘Virus’, while the music is composed by Sushin Shyam.’Virus’ will have its grand theatrical release on June 07, 2019.
Archer will take part in the upcoming World Cup for EnglandPaul Kane/Getty Images)After weeks of speculation, selectors of the English cricket team finally made the decision that had been anticipated. Jofra Archer, the Barbados-born fast bowler, who has been making a big mark in T20 leagues across the world, has been selected in the 15-man squad for the World Cup.Journey of ArcherHe had failed to find a place in the provisional squad of the English team that was announced earlier but the selectors had given him Archer a lifeline by including him in the team for the one-off ODI against Ireland and the 5-match ODI series against Pakistan. The 24-year old right-armer performed well enough in these matches to show that his skills and qualities can be highly valuable in 50-over cricket also.The question that bothered the English selectors was that if Archer is brought into the team, then which seamer from the initial squad would be left out? There were five pacers in the provisional squad namely, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, David Willey, Mark Wood and Tom Curran. One of them had to make way for the new kid on the block. In the end, the unfortunate person turned out to be David Willey. David Willey is the unfortunate bowler to miss out in the team for the World CupGetty ImagesThe series against Pakistan saw almost all bowlers from the original squad showing their worth with decent performances in one match or the other. While Chris Woakes picked up a five-for in the final ODI, David Willey and Liam Plunkett bowled superbly in the second game to restrict Pakistan. Mark Wood’s extra pace made him special while the tricks of Tom Curran gave him an advantage. So, the English selectors were facing a really tough choice. In the end, they decided that Willey would be the least bad option for dropping a player.Other decisionsApart from the expected inclusion of Archer, there are two other changes, one forced and one surprising. Alex Hales’ ban meant that another batsman was needed in the unit. That place has gone to James Vince who has been playing in the series against Pakistan without much success. While he failed to cement his place in the Test side due to continuous failures, his record in domestic limited-overs games seems quite impressive.There is one more change to the squad. England have recalled all-rounder Liam Dawson to replace another all-rounder Joe Denly. The latter hardly got an opportunity to show his qualities and he couldn’t make much of them when they did arrive. Dawson, meanwhile, has been enjoying a very fruitful domestic season which brought him wickets and runs in abundance for Hampshire. He has been selected ahead of other contenders and may well get into the playing XI if England feel the need for another all-rounder besides Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali.England’s World Cup squad: Jonny Bairstow (WK), Jason Roy, James Vince, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler (WK), Liam Dawson, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Tom Curran
Tata Communications subsidiary Tata Communications Payments Solution (TCPSL) is planning to sell its ATM business. TCPSL runs a chain of ATMs under Indicash brand. The company rents these ATMs out to several banks. TCPSL is apparently targeting a valuation of approximately Rs. 1,000-1,350 crore from the sale.Although the company has not started looking for a buyer in India, it has approached Japanese and U.S.-based buyers through investment bankers. “They are looking to bring in a strategic buyer for the deal. They have not approached any private equity players or other potential buyers in India,” a source was quoted as saying by the Economic Times.TCPSL has reportedly appointed BNP Paribas as the investment banker for the sale.Tata Communications ATM vertical has revenues of about Rs. 1,600-1,800 crore and the business is about to break even, the source told the news outlet.Indicash is the white-label ATM arm of TCPSL, functioning as a separate entity since 2013. Last year, the central government allowed 100 percent foreign direct investment (FDI) in the white-label ATM space under the automatic route. Hence, investors do not have to seek prior approval to buy a stake.A white-label ATM is managed by non-banking firms such as TCPSL, Muthoot Finance and Srei Infrastructure. These firms rent out ATMs to banks. However, it is the responsibility of the company to maintain the ATM infrastructure and not of the bank.Shares of Tata Communication traded at Rs. 459.20 at around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, up 1.30 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange.
ReutersThe Supreme Court on Thursday, May 30, struck down the state’s decision to introduce 10 percent quota for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in postgraduate medical courses in Maharashtra.The decision was denied by the court for the academic year 2019-20, as the ordinance was passed by the government after the admission process had already begun. The court’s decision will be affecting at least 25 EWS candidates.On another statement, the court suggested that the Medical Council of India could have created more seats rather than giving away the presently available seats. The order was passed keeping in mind the balance and claim of equity which might be a problem in the later stage.The court lastly clarified its decision stating that the EWS was not applicable to the existing seats in medical courses in the state.(With inputs from IANS)
The Bombay Stock Exchange Sensex plunged over 200 points and slipped below the key 29,000 mark figure after closing at an 18-month high on Thursday, while the Nifty50 index hit the 8,900-mark owing to weak Asian cues on Friday. At 10.10 a.m., the 30-share BSE index was down 205.43 points or 0.71 percent at 28,839.85 and the 50-share NSE index Nifty was down 63.65 points or 0.71 per cent at 8,888.85.Indian shares declined on global cues as investors weighed prospects for further monetary easing in Europe and possibility of interest rate hike by the U.S. Fed.Top five Sensex gainers were Wipro (+0.96%), TCS (+0.85%), ONGC (+0.71%), Power Grid (+0.35%) and GAIL (+0.32%), while the major losers were HDFC (-2.16%), ICICI Bank (-2.12%), Hero MotoCorp (-1.96%), Bajaj Auto (-1.73%) and Tata Motors (-1.63%).Axis Bank also lost over 2 percent on the BSE. Stocks of private lender Yes Bank that were trading low since yesterday also dipped 5.38 percent at Rs 1,259.00 at about 9.22 a.m.Telecom stocks edged higher and Bharti Airtel (up 0.34%), Idea Cellular (up 0.47%) and Reliance Communications (up 2.28%) were up. Bharti Infratel, the telecom arm of Bharti Airtel, was up 1.63%.Stocks of Essar Shipping Ltd were trading 6.68 percent down at Rs 26.35 at about 9.17 a.m.Among BSE sectoral indices, banking index fell the most by 1.34 percent, realty 1.06 percent, metal 1.04 percent and FMCG 1.01 percent. On the other hand, oil and gas index was up 0.11 percent, healthcare 0.06 percent, power 0.06 percent and IT 0.05 percent.”Asian stocks fell the most in a month and regional bonds joined a global debt selloff as investors weighed prospects for further monetary easing in Europe and Japan. US stocks on Thursday closed lower after the European Central Bank kept key interest rates steady but disappointed some by not announcing additional measures to boost Europe’s sluggish economy. US consumer credit surged up by $17.7 billion in July after climbing by an upwardly revised $14.5 billion in June. Economists had expected consumer credit to rise by $15.6 billion compared to the $12.3 billion increase originally reported for the previous month,” according to a report by SMC global.The Indian rupee also fell in early trade on Friday for the second consecutive session. The currency opened at 66.57 per dollar, down 16 paise compared to previous day’s closing value of 66.41 a dollar.
Detergent major company Nirma on Thursday raised Rs. 4,000 crore debt to buy the cement business of French firm LafargeHolcim India. This is the largest rupee bond sale for a leveraged buyout.Nirma has raised the amount for the deal from Nirchem, a special purpose vehicle created by the company for the buyout.”The Rs. 4,000 crore five-year bond sale by Nirma offers a yield of 8.68 percent and was oversubscribed 1.5 times. This is the largest rupee bond sale for a leveraged acquisition as also the largest AA-rated debt instrument,” an investment banker was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.The banker added that the issue had been closed successfully and will be listed on the exchanges. The Ahmedabad-based company has appointed Barclays, Credit Suisse and IDFC to manage the issue.In July, Swiss cement major LafargeHolcim had announced that it had signed an agreement with Nirma to sell all of its assets to the Indian firm for $1.4 billion (about Rs. 9,400 crore) on getting clearance from the Competition Commission of India (CCI).During the time Lafarge had said it would use proceeds from the sale to reduce its debt.LafargeHolcim’s India will continue to have a presence through its subsidiaries, ACC Ltd. and Ambuja Cements Ltd, which have a combined cement capacity of over 60 million tonnes.The diversified Nirma group of companies has interests in soaps, detergents, salt, soda ash, caustic soda, cement and packaging, among others. The India assets sale to Nirma is part of LafargeHolcim’s larger divestment programme for the year, which comprises three cement plants and two grinding stations with a total capacity of around 11 million tonnes per annum.
A Washington-based industry source said the U.S. was deliberately capping the number of H-1b visas.ReutersThe United States has told India it is considering caps on H-1B work visas for nations that force foreign companies to store data locally, three sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters, widening the two countries’ row over tariffs and trade.The plan to restrict the popular H-1B visa programme, under which skilled foreign workers are brought to the United States each year, comes days ahead of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to New Delhi.India, which has upset companies such as Mastercard and irked the US government with stringent new rules on data storage, is the largest recipient of these temporary visas, most of them to workers at big Indian technology firms.The warning comes as trade tensions between the United States and India have resulted in tit-for-tat tariff actions in recent weeks. From Sunday, India imposed higher tariffs on some US goods, days after Washington withdrew a key trade privilege for New Delhi.Two senior Indian government officials said on Wednesday they were briefed last week on a US government plan to cap H-1B visas issued each year to Indians at between 10 percent and 15 percent of the annual quota. There is no current country-specific limit on the 85,000 H-1B work visas granted each year, and an estimated 70 percent go to Indians.Both officials said they were told the plan was linked to the global push for “data localisation”, in which a country places restrictions on data as a way to gain better control over it and potentially curb the power of international companies. US firms have lobbied hard against data localisation rules around the world.A Washington-based industry source aware of India-US negotiations also said the United States was deliberating capping the number of H-1B visas in response to global data storage rules. The move, however, was not solely targeted at India, the source said.”The proposal is that any country that does data localisation, then it (H-1B visas) would be limited to about 15 percent of the quota. It’s being discussed internally in the US government,” the person said.The US Embassy in New Delhi did not respond to a request for comment. A spokeswoman for the US Trade Representative’s office (USTR) referred questions to the State Department, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.IT SECTOR Most affected by any such caps would be India’s more than $150 billion IT sector, including Tata Consultancy Services and Infosys Ltd, which uses H-1B visas to fly engineers and developers to service clients in the United States, its biggest market. Major Silicon Valley tech companies also hire workers using the visas.Stratfor analyst Reva Goujon on Twitter called the move “potentially another big blow to the US tech industry amid US-China economic battle,” a sentiment echoed on social media by some Indians and their supporters.India’s Ministry of External Affairs has sought an “urgent response” from officials on how such a move by the United States could affect India, said one of the two government officials, who declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the matter.India’s Ministry of External Affairs, as well as the commerce department that is typically involved in such discussions, did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment.Since last year, the Trump administration has been upset that US companies such as Mastercard and Visa suffer due to regulations in several countries that it says are protectionist and increasingly require companies to store more data locally.India last year mandated foreign firms to store their payments data “only in India” for supervision, and New Delhi is working on a broad data protection law that would impose strict rules for local processing of data it considers sensitive.While governments the world over have been announcing stricter data storage rules to better access data in their jurisdictions, critics say restricting cross-border data flows hurts innovation and raises companies’ costs.In March the USTR, in a press note, highlighted “key barriers to digital trade”, citing data-flow restrictions in India, China, Indonesia and Vietnam, among others.At a US-India Business Council event last week, Pompeo said the Trump administration would push for free flow of data across borders, not just to help US companies but also to secure consumers’ privacy.
PM Modi slammed those who had started firing guns when Akash Vijayvargiya was released from jail.With just three days left for Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s maiden Budget in Parliament, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) conducted its first parliamentary party meeting, which started at 9:30 am on Tuesday, July 2.Addressing the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the June 26 incident where BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya, the son of BJP National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, beat up a civic official with a cricket bat during a demolition drive in Indore.Expressing his anger over Akash Vijayvargiya, PM Modi said this sort of behaviour is not acceptable and those who encourage such behaviour should also be removed from the party. “I don’t care whose son was behind the incident, it was completely unwarranted and not acceptable,” the PM told BJP MPs in the party meeting. Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) and Home Minister Amit Shah arrive for BJP parliamentary meeting.The BJP was supposed to hold its first Parliamentary Party meeting on June 25, which had to be postponed due to the death of Rajya Sabha MP and Rajasthan BJP president Madan Lal Saini.A press release issued by the Parliament Office secretary stated, “A meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Party will be held at 9:30 am on July 2, 2019, in the GMC Balayogi Auditorium of Parliament Library Building (PLB). All BJP Members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha are requested to attend the meeting in time.”BJP veterans including LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi were not present at the BJP meeting owing to the 75-year age bar the party introduced for its Lok Sabha candidates.Apart from the significance of the ongoing session, in which the BJP government hopes for the passage of many bills, PM Modi also spoke about key decisions his dispensation has taken since the BJP-led NDA returned to power with a massive mandate. PM Modi returned to India on Saturday (June 29) after attending his sixth G20 summit in Osaka, Japan. During the two-day summit, PM Modi met several world leaders, including US President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping, French president Emmanuel Macron, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.
The State Bank of India headquarters in Mumbai, March 14, 2016.Reuters fileState Bank of India (SBI) will be declaring its fourth quarter (Q4) and 2016-17 results on Friday. While analysts and policymakers will be keenly watching out for net interest income (NII), net profit, capital adequacy, NPA ratio and so on, shareholders would be curious to know if the country’s biggest bank rewards them with a bonus issue. The lender has never issued bonus shares since going public. The stock split from Rs 10 face value to Re 1 in November 2014. On Thursday, SBI shares closed at Rs 302.95 apiece, down 1.53 percent from their previous close.Stock markets LIVE updates: State Bank of India Q4 net profit rises 122%As of December 31, 2016, SBI’s share capital was Rs 776.28 crore, while reserves and surplus stood at Rs 1,82,299.60 crore, up from Rs 1,43,498.16 crore as of March 31, 2016. In the past few weeks, three companies have announced bonus issues — Biocon (2:1), Wipro (1:1) and ICICI Bank (1:10). Things are looking up for banks after a slew of weak quarters when higher provisioning for bad loans dented their profits. Punjab National Bank reported net profit of Rs 261 crore for the March 2017 quarter as against loss of Rs 5,367 crore in the corresponding period last year.ICICI Bank reported 189 percent increase in standalone net profit for the March 2017 quarter (Q4) to Rs 2,025 crore ($312 million) from Rs 702 crore ($108 million) in the corresponding period last year, helped by a drop in provisioning for bad loans and rise in net interest income.Allahabad Bank, Kolkata-based public sector lender, posted net profit of Rs 111 crore for Q4 as against Rs 581 crore in the year-ago period, helped by treasury gains. Total income was up marginally at Rs 5,105 crore. Gross and net performing assets as a percentage of total advances stood at 13.09 percent and 8.92 percent, respectively.On Thursday, the BSE Bankex ended 1.25 percent lower while the Sensex closed 224 points (0.73 percent) down at 30,434. Top losers were Tata Motors and Axis Bank while IT stocks Wipro, TCS and Infosys ended with gains after a series of losses in the past few sessions over layoff reports.SBI Q3 resultsSBI had posted upbeat results for the third quarter ended December 2016, with standalone net profit rising 134 percent to Rs. 2,610 crore. The sharp increase was on account of higher other income and interest on deposits with the RBI and other lenders. Net interest income (NII) rose 7.69 percent to Rs. 14,751 crore in Q3 as against Rs. 13,697 crore in the year-ago period.The bank’s gross non-performing assets (NPAs) and net NPAs stood at 7.23 percent and 4.24 percent, respectively, as of December 31, 2016. People line up outisde an ATM at a State Bank of India branch in Mumbai, India, July 22, 2015.Reuters file
Two weeks after Dharmaprabhu, Yogi Babu, one of the most-sought after comedian, is ready with his next release in the lead role. His Gurkha is hitting the screens on Friday, 12 July. He has collaborated with Sam Anton of Darling fame.The film has Anandraj, Livingston, Raj Bharath and others in the supporting roles. Raj Aryan has scored the music, Krishna Vasant has handled the cinematography department and Ruben’s editing.Story:The movie is inspired by Paul Blart: Mall Cop and the Die Hard series. As the title indicates, the movie revolves around a gurkha. It is a hostage drama which revolves around an American ambassador (played Canadian model Elyssa) who is caught inside a mall.When the situation arises, gurkha stands up to the occasion to save the lives of the American ambassador and a few others. He accomplishes the mission with the support of a dog. The drama is narrated with a lot of humour.Reviews:The movie has piqued a lot of curiosity with its promos. With Yogi Babu in the lead, people have a strong reason to have high expectations around the Tamil flick.Will Gurkha impress the audience? Check out the people’s response to the flick:Rajasekar: #Gurkha – The second half is super engaging and turns out to be a hilarious ride. @iYogiBabu and @samanton21 got a winner in hands. Crowd goes crazy after the story moves to the mall. I wish the director had shifted to the core story much before the intermission point. #Gurkha – I also found similar drawback in @samanton21 ‘s #100TheMovie, you got the knack to engage the audience bro but it would be fantastic if you could fine tune a bit next time. Entertaining but little more perfection is all we need! #Gurkha is the spoofed version of films like #DieHard with Indianized comedy elements. Sure to work with the kids and family audiences.suresh DOT: #Gurkha preview show in Qatar,, super ,good movie of @samanton21 ,100%percentage 2.30mints serikama theater vitu veliya varamatinga avolo comedy, hero @yogibabu_offl comedy,fight dance ,kalikerukaru ,movie result 100/100 ,,❤❤,dont miss it ,stress ela poidum #Gurkha ,dont miss it ,periya patalama nadichu eruku ,padam pathutu veliya varum bothu ,udbula oru stress erukathu, avolo comedy of hero @yogibabu_offl and director @samanton21 paduthula dog creator acting sema,,jolly ya family Yoda poi parunga 100% guarantee @VettriTheatresRajasekar: #Gurkha – The second half is super engaging and turns out to be a hilarious ride. @iYogiBabu and @samanton21 got a winner in hands. Crowd goes crazy after the story moves to the mall. I wish the director had shifted to the core story much before the intermission point. #Gurkha – I also found similar drawback in @samanton21 ‘s #100TheMovie, you got the knack to engage the audience bro but it would be fantastic if you could fine tune a bit next time. Entertaining but little more perfection is all we need! #Gurkha is the spoofed version of films like #DieHard with Indianized comedy elements. Sure to work with the kids and family audiences.
Indian pedestrians walk on Dalal Street – Trader’s Street – next to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on March 7, 2014.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesIt seems the top 10 Indian companies based on market capitalisation had early Diwali at the Dalaal street as eight of the firms added Rs 1.69 trillion in market capitalisation last week. The rally was led by India’s most valued firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and State bank of India.Last Friday was comparatively better for the Sensex as it surged close to 5 per cent or 1,662.34 points to reach 35,011.65. The rally was attributed to a strong broader market that drove the market capitalization (m-cap) of the eight blue-chip Indian companies, including ICICI Bank, HDFC and RIL, higher by Rs 1,69,865.11 crore.The valuation of the Mumbai-based TCS reported a jump in the market valuation by Rs 41,351.28 crore to Rs 7,16,630.43 crore. Similarly, the market cap of government-owned State Bank of India (SBI) soared Rs 33,333.33 crore to Rs 2,54,752.35 crore.India’s biggest private bank, ICICI Bank, performed well last week where its valuation took an upside of Rs 25,271.12 crore to close at Rs 2,28,030.59 crore on Friday. Furthermore, the HDFC Bank also witnessed a sharp increase in its valuation by Rs 20,763.9 crore to Rs 3,12,970.02 crore.Additionally, the numbers looked exciting for the other blues chips as well; the m-cap of Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) went up Rs18,730.2 crore to Rs 6,80,910.61 crore. Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL) also joined the rally with its m-cap going up by Rs 15,834.4 crore to Rs 3,53,617.05 crore.One of the leading Indian IT giants, Infosys added Infosys added Rs 12,471.8 crore to its m-cap to reach Rs 2,89,209.72 crore and ITC leaped Rs 2,109.1 crore ahead to stand at Rs 3,45,701.22 crore. In contrast, the Kotak Mahindra Bank’s m-cap tanked Rs 4,910.8 crore to Rs 2,16,133.97 crore.TCS holds the number one spot in term of m-cap on the Dalaal street followed by RIL, HDFC Bank, HUL, ITC, HDFC, Infosys, SBI, ICICI Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank. It is to be noted that the rise in oil prices and trade war initiated by the Trump administration has sent ripples across the stock markets, globally.
Getty ImagesIn a horrifying incident, a woman and her lover tortured the former’s husband while he was asleep in an attempt to murder him. The duo poured hot oil on the man’s chest, rubbed his eyes with chilli powder, gave him a series of electric shocks and ended up locking him in the toilet of their apartment. The incident took place on Tuesday evening in Mumbai.The man, identified as 38-year-old Bavishya Burhagohain, is married to Quincia since 2014. Bavishya is originally from Assam but he and his wife, 28, were settled in Mumbai. He works at a call centre while Quincia is a homemaker. She was invoved in a relationship with 24-year-old Satvir Nair, a Mehendi artist in a mall in Vasai.The affair had triggered many fights between the couple who had also moved from their apartment in Naigaon to a new apartment in Vasai so they would not be near Nair. However, Nair also moved to same apartment complex, Hindustan Times reports. This development lead to many fights between the already troubled couple.Nitin Falfale, the assistant police inspector at Manickpur police station, said that on Tuesday evening, Bavishya came home from work, had a fight with Quincy and went to sleep. When he was asleep, Quincy, who was furious, called Satvik and the two of them agreed to murder Bhavishya. They began by first stripping the sleeping Bavishya to his underwear. They then proceeded to pour hot oil on his bare chest, hit him with a hammer and also threw chilli powder in his eyes.Bhavishya has woken by now and his vision was severely compromised began throwing whatever he could find, including pots, pans and cookers, at his attackers and some of the vessels fell from the window attracting the neighbours’ attention. “As some items flew out of the window, the neighbours called us. When we reached the spot, Quincia and Nair were sitting calmly on the sofa, while the kids were crying. We handed the kids to the neighbours, who then sent them to Quincia’s relatives,” Falfale said.According to the report, The victim was admitted to JJ Hospital in the city and is in a critical condition. Quincy and Nair have been arrested and charged under section 307 (attempt to murder) of the indian Penal Code.Inspector Falfale said, “They have been remanded in police custody till August 20.”
A dam built by contractor company Max-Ranken for a bridge on Bhairab river changes course of the river. Photo: Prothom AloContractor company Max-Ranken has built a dam below the under-construction bridge on Bhairab river in Jessore’s Abhaynagar, changing the course of the river.This dam has caused a char (sand bar) to be emerged on one side side of the river, erosion on the other side.Director of Noapara launch terminal, Masud Parvez, said the company was supposed to construct the bridge, using a a floating pontoon.“Instead they built a dam 200 feet long and 60 feet wide in the river, forcing the river to change its course. The dam has obstructed cargo and barges from plying through the river,” he told Prothom Alo.He added, “We sent a letter to the contractors to remove the dam. At first they didn’t pay any heed. They removed some soil from the dam on Wednesday, but that won’t solve the problem.”The contractors Max-Ranken removed a part of the dam on Wednesday.On 13 August, over 100 people of Abhaynagar’s Masharhati sent an application to the upazila nirbahi officer to remove the dam to prevent river erosion.Earlier on 30 April, the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA), too, sent a letter to Max-Ranken to demolish the dam.According to the Local Government Engineering Department, construction work of the bridge started on 30 November, 2014 and it is supposed to be completed in March, 2018.Former chairman of Sreedharpur union parishad said when the construction of the bridge began, pillar 13 was located on the bank but it is now in the middle of the river due to erosion. Erosion has also swallowed around six acres of land.“I have lost around 84 decimals of land,” said Amjad Hossain, a resident of Deyapara village.Abul Hossain of Masharhati village said the river has almost died due to the bridge construction.Visiting the site, this correspondent found the river changing its course and now flows around pillars 12 and 13.LGED upazila engineer Kamrul Islam Sardar said, “We have told the contractors to remove the dam.”Max-Ranken project director Jahangir Hossain told Prothom Alo, “We didn’t build any dam. There was a char in the river before. The river changed its course when we started the work.”The BIWTA dredged the river in an unplanned way and this is why the char emerged, he alleged.UNO MM Mahmudur Rahman said, “There is no scope to build a dam in the middle of a river. We’ve directed the contractors and BIWTA to build a guide wall there.” *The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossain
Quota protesters gather at the foot of Raju Memorial Sculpture on the Dhaka University campus on 9 May. Photo: Mossabber HossainThe students and job-seekers on Wednesday gave the government a 24-hour ultimatum to publish a gazette notification on abolishing quota system in government jobs as per the prime minister’s announcement.They also threatened to go for a tougher movement from Sunday if the gazette notification is not published by Thursday, reports UNB.Hasan Al Mamun, convener of the platform, came up with the ultimatum at a human chain programme held at the foot of Raju Memorial Sculpture of Dhaka University (DU) from 11:00pm to 12.30pm.More than 1000 students from different departments and residential halls of Dhaka University participated in the human chain organised by Bangladesh Shadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad (Bangladesh General Students Rights Protection Alliance).“We hope the government will take steps for publishing a gazette by Thursday as per as prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s announcement at the Jatiya Sangsad,” Hasan Al Mamun said.“If the government doesn’t fulfil our demand within the timeframe, we’ll go for a tougher movement from Sunday over the country.” he added.Student leaders of quota reform movement Rashed Khan, Nurulhaq Nur, Hasan Al Mamun and Faruk Hossain, among others, addressed the human chain programme.
This handout photograph obtained April 17, 2017 courtesy of the Cleveland Police shows Steve Stephens who police are searching for after authoritites said Stephens had murdered a man live on Facebook in the US state of Ohio. Photo: AFPCleveland police issued an arrest warrant Monday for a gunman they said murdered a man in a crime he broadcast live on Facebook.Officials in the Ohio city said suspect Steve Stephens, 37, shot his 74-year old victim Robert Godwin Sr at random on Easter Sunday, in cold blood.”Suspect did broadcast the killing on Facebook Live and has claimed to have committed multiple other homicides which are still NOT verified,” Cleveland police said in a statement.”Suspect in this case is… armed and dangerous. If seen call 9-1-1. Do not approach.”Police said Stevens may be out of the midwestern state, and asked residents of Indiana, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania to be on alert.Stevens worked for Beech Brook, a behavioral health agency serving children through mental health services, foster care and adoption, at-risk youth programs and other services.In his broadcast, Stevens displayed his Beech Brook badge. The facility did not immediately respond to requests for comment.At a press conference late Sunday, authorities urged Stephens to turn himself in.”Everyone is out there looking for Steve. We want this to end with as much peace as we can bring to this right now, and we want him to turn himself in,” Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams told reporters, adding that local authorities were working with the FBI and regional law enforcement.”We have all of our partners in on this, and we’ll look until we find him.”Mayor Frank Jackson told reporters police were still trying to communicate with the suspect.”We want to communicate to him that we know who he is, and that he will eventually be caught. And that we’re saying to him that he need not do any more,” said Jackson.Stephens was at large after fleeing in a white Ford Fusion with temporary license plates, police said.Some local media reported that he had boasted on Facebook of killing more than a dozen people in an Easter Day massacre, but authorities said there was no indication of a broader killing spree.