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first_imgzoom 2017 has been a year of recovery for Monaco-based bulker owner Scorpio Bulkers which has managed to cut its loss for the fourth quarter and full year when compared to corresponding figures from 2016.The company said that its net loss for the fourth quarter of 2017 stood at USD 1.1 million, much lower from USD 20.6 million reported in the same quarter in 2016.Total vessel revenues for the fourth quarter of 2017 reached USD 51.1 million, an increase of USD 24.3 million from USD 26.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.For 2017, the company’s GAAP net loss was USD 59.7 million, significantly reduced when compared to the loss of USD 124.8 million posted for the prior year.Full-year vessel revenues for 2017 came at USD 162.2 million, an increase of USD 83.8 million year-on-year.During the quarter, Scorpio Bulkers acquired nine Chinese built Ultramaxes in two separate transactions spending USD 207 million. All nine vessels were delivered to the company as of December 31, 2017.The company also bought a Kamsarmax dry bulk vessel for USD 25.5 million, of which USD 18.8 million remains unpaid. The Kamsarmax vessel is a resale unit which is expected to be delivered from Jiangsu New Yangzijiang Shipbuilding in the second quarter of 2018.On the financing side, in December, the company finalized the senior secured credit facility for up to USD 85.5 million. The loan was used to finance a portion of the USD 142.5 million purchase price of six Ultramax vessels acquired from Golden Ocean Group Limited (GOGL).Scorpio received a commitment for the loan from Nordea Bank AB (publ), New York Branch, and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB in October 2017.The facility has a maturity date of February 15, 2023 and bears interest at LIBOR plus a margin of 2.85% per annum.In December, Scorpio also secured a loan of USD 38.7 million.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Hong Kong-listed port operator COSCO Shipping Ports ended 2017 on a high note, having more than doubled its profit.The company’s profit attributable to equity holders reached USD 512.4 million in 2017, representing an increase of 107.4 pct compared with 2016 when the profit stood at USD 247 million.Excluding profit after tax from one-off exceptional items in 2017 and profit in relation to discontinued container leasing, management and sale businesses in 2016, the company recorded profit attributable to equity holders of USD 227 million, a 25.5 pct increase year-on-year.Piraeus Container Terminal in Greece and Guangzhou South China Oceangate Container Terminal Company were the main drivers of profit with regard to companies in which the group has a controlling stake, while non-controlling terminals reported a 31.5 pct increase in profit, reaching USD 241.8 million.In total, the group’s throughput for the year came at 100,202,185 TEU.COSCO Shipping Ports’ revenues for 2017 also saw an increase totaling in USD 634 million, up by 14.1 pct year-on-year.The better business performance was assigned to the economic recovery and growth fueled by the group’s acquisitions.These included the acquisition of 51 pct of the shares of NPH Group in Spain and increasing equity interest in Zeebrugge Terminal, as well as taking over of 51 pct stake in Nantong Terminal.Moving forward, the group plans to focus its investments in Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa, so as to continue to extend its network of terminals.The group’s portfolio of operated and managed assets includes 35 ports spread across Southeast Asia, Europe and the Middle East with 179 container berths.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian Medical Association’s (IMA) Assam wing announced a 24-hour withdrawal of medical services across the state on Tuesday. The announcement came in protest against the killing of a 73-year old doctor, Deben Dutta by a mob of 250 in Jorhat district on Saturday. While speaking to the Millennium Post, Santanu Sen, national president of IMA said apart from Assam, it will observe a day of solidarity and silent mourning across the country. “Black badges and solemn mourning at 11 am on that day should be held in all the branches of Indian Medical Association. Candlelight vigil may be organised in the evening,” an official statement mentioned. A delegation of doctors consisting of IMA chief Santanu Sen, Past HSG R N Tandon and Ramesh Dutta, finance secretary will also visit Jorhat to protest. Sen to meet the family of Dr Dutta on Wednesday, he confirmed. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Meanwhile, 21 people have been arrested by the Assam police. Somra Majhi, the 33-year-old worker, was taken to the hospital in a critical state around noon on Saturday. At the time, Dr Dutta was not at the hospital and the pharmacist was also on leave. The nurse on duty administered saline. The worker died shortly afterwards. At 3:30 pm, when Dutta arrived, angry workers thrashed him and locked him up in a room in the hospital. The mob allegedly even cut him with glass shards. He was rescued by the police but he died on the way to the hospital.last_img read more

first_imgTo celebrate their 40th birthday, music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins is offering you the chance to snap up a unique, celebrity signed Ruark R1 MK3 digital radios in a new online auction.Each radio bears the Nordoff Robbins logos and were signed by one of the following music celebrities at the iconic O2 Silver Clef Awards on Friday 3rd July:• Mark Ronson • Duran Duran • Kasabian’s Sergio Pizzorno and Tom Meighan • Tom Jones • James Bay • Jake Bugg • Il DivoThese iconic radios are elegant, beautifully simple and feature DAB/DAB+/FM and Bluetooth streaming. Winner of a Which? Best buy and much critical acclaim, the radios have been donated by Nordoff Robbins partners Ruark Audio. Each one has been uniquely branded with the Nordoff Robbins logos to celebrate 40 years of music therapy and are being auctioned to raise vital funds for the charity’s work transforming the lives of vulnerable people through music.The auction closes on Monday 20th July, and can be accessed here.last_img read more

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Dion’s latest collection will retail in prices “from $58 to $298 in the U.S. and $78 to $398 in Canada,” according to WWD, with full pieces of luggage being sold separately online for slightly higher prices ranging from “$158 to $478.” Facebook Celine Dion is set to bring her new collection of leather lifestyle goods to Nordstrom this summer.According to Women’s Wear Daily, the 49-year-old Canadian-born music icon will unveil her affordable line of leather handbags, luggage and small accessories for fall 2017 at the department store and available on its online hub in August of this year.A few select pieces in her collection were unveiled at Project Womens in Las Vegas in February.center_img Speaking of the new launch, Dion reportedly said, “I’m excited at this opportunity to launch my collection with Nordstrom. They’re a wonderful company with great stores, and I’m proud to be associated with them along with my partners at The Bugatti Group, Epic Rights and Prominent Brand + Talent.”The music star was most recently spotted donning a bright floral suit by fashion designer Roberto Cavalli in Paris ahead of her upcoming 2017 European Summer Tour. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Casablanca – The Attijariwafa Bank Group was awarded three prizes in London during the month of December, granted by prestigious British magazines in recognition for its performance over the past year.The prize of the “Best Moroccan Bank for the year 2016” was awarded for the 8th time to the group by “The Banker magazine” which belongs to the Financial Times group, while the second prize of the “Best Moroccan Bank for the year 2016 ” was granted for the second time in a row by “EMEA Finance magazine”, said a press release by the Attijariwafa bank.The EMEA Finance magazine also awarded Group’s subsidiary “Wafa Gestion” for the second time in a row the prize of the “Best asset manager for the year 2016” . read more

Rabat – Morocco’s state-owned flag carrier Royal Air Maroc (RAM) is leasing Qatar Airways’ Boeing 777-300ER to serve its Casablanca-Montreal flights.With a capacity of 412 seats, the company will serve its flights between June 21 and September 14.According to Air Journal, RAM will also offer three flights between Casablanca and Montreal through a 787-8 Dreamliner every Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Recently, Royal Air Maroc strengthened its air menu through launching a non-stop flight linking Casablanca and Miami, the company’s sixth direct line to the Americas.In addition to Miami and Montreal, the company also directly connects Casablanca with Sao Paulo and Rio De Janeiro.The Moroccan company will soon advance the timing of its flights of one hour for the holy month of Ramadan. The changeIt will take effect on May 5 at 3 a.m. for all arriving and departing flights at Moroccan airports and will run until June 9 at 2 a.m.For further inquiry on flight schedules, customers are also invited to use the newly-launched chatbot on WhatsApp at RAM’s national number, 089000 0800, or international number, +212522489797. read more

“The new office will boost the UN’s ability to cooperate with the Government in its efforts to promote and protect the human rights of all Guineans,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in Geneva yesterday after signing a host country agreement with Guinean Foreign Minister Bakary Fofana. “It is a clear indication of the current Government’s commitment to draw a line under the country’s troubled history.”An International Commission of Inquiry mandated by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to investigate last September’s violence recommended that the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Right (OHCHR) set up a country office in Conakry, the capital. Since then a transitional government has been established to oversee democratic elections on 27 June.“The office’s key objectives are to support the Government’s efforts to protect human rights, to fight against impunity, which has bedevilled Guinea for decades, and to empower the Guinean people in the realization of all their rights, including economic, social and cultural rights,” Ms. Pillay said.One of its first tasks will be to monitor the human rights situation before and during the elections. Generally, it will assist the Government in reporting on compliance with international human rights treaties. It will also advise on establishing a National Human Rights Institution and on judicial reforms, help combat impunity for human rights violations including sexual and gender-based violence, and promote social and economic rights.The Government has already taken steps to implement other recommendations of the International Commission by starting work with the UN and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to reform the security sector. It has also pledged its cooperation with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in assessing whether perpetrators of the September human rights violations can be tried in the country.At the UN Human Rights Council’s universal periodic review process in Geneva yesterday, Guinea’s record was examined and Mr. Fofana stressed that the transitional bodies had taken up institutional transformation to consolidate the State’s capacity to prevent and address human rights violations. “It is evident that this will be a long road strewn with multiple challenges,” he said. “The Government will have to overcome them by working with political parties, civil society and with the help of the international community,” he said.Meanwhile in Conakry, Mr. Ban’s Special Representative for West Africa Said Djinnit yesterday handed over to interim President Sékouba Konaté a joint assessment by the UN, African Union (AU) and ECOWAS of the security sector, including security and defence forces, judiciary, customs and finance, civilian control and dialogue between civilian and military elements. Mr. Djinnit noted that the authorities had clearly expressed the political will to do their utmost to ensure in-depth implementation of reform. He praised Mr. Konaté’s courage for his continuing commitment, which will contribute to democracy and a return to constitutional order. 5 May 2010The United Nations is setting up a human rights office in Guinea to help the Government prevent abuses such as last year’s violent suppression by the then military junta of mass protests in which 156 people were killed, women raped, political opponents arrested and their homes looted. read more

A brother and sister from Hamilton carried the Pan Am torch into the CIBC Hamilton Pan Am soccer stadium this morning as part of the national torch re-lay ahead of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am games.Kia and Darnell Nurse come from a family of athletes. Darnell is an Edmonton Oilers prospect who’s helped Canada win a World Junior Hockey gold medal. Kia is a Pan Am hopeful for the Canadian women’s national basketball team at the games that begin next month. Their father, Richard Nurse is a former player with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The Pan Am torch visits Winnipeg for a short visit today, before returning to the area tomorrow with stops in Milton, Brampton, and Oakville. read more

“There is no evidence that any country has begun to address comprehensively the human resource planning challenges raised by the HIV epidemic,” former Mozambican Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi told the African Development Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.But he added, “The very future of our societies is tied to keeping these people alive. There is no escaping the fact that the loss of teachers, health workers and civil servants at the rates witnessed today threatens deterioration and eventual collapse. The cost of writing off HIV-infected people is too high to contemplate.”Mr. Mocumbi and former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda are the two patrons of the 13-member Commission, which was established in 2003. It is scheduled to report to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan next June on the long-term impact of AIDS in Africa and make recommendations on handling related problems.”We have little or no information on the ramifications of mortality amongst senior government officials,” Mr. Mocumbi told hundreds of delegates at the Forum. “What effects are such losses having on the delivery of public services, economic development and national security? At what point might institutions – or States as a whole – simply cease to function?”The Commission is chaired by the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), K. Y. Amoako. The 13 commissioners ended their third meeting yesterday.Its work is aimed at providing governments with practical recommendations on improving and expanding prevention, treatment and care programmes, as well as rethinking their national growth and development strategies, Mr. Mocumbi said.Extending the lifespan of people infected with HIV remained Africa’s greatest challenge, he said. read more

“The plight and suffering of Somali boat people must stop,” said the UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Shamsul Bari. On Tuesday, an overcrowded boat that left the port of Bossasso in northern Somalia capsized 15 minutes into its journey, spilling all 60 passengers – Ethiopians and Somalis – into the sea. According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the incident is the biggest loss of life in the Gulf of Aden since February 2011, when 57 Somali refugees and migrants from the Horn of Africa drowned while attempting to reach Yemen.“This tragic incident shows the level of desperation of the people living in areas of Somalia which are still stricken by insecurity and the lack of enjoyment of basic economic, social and cultural rights,” said Mr. Bari. “Despite the recent security developments in the post-transition period, it is critical to find lasting and sustainable peace in Somalia to stop people from putting their lives at risk by undertaking dangerous journeys across the Gulf of Aden,” he added. The expert urged the Somali authorities at the national, regional and local levels to renew their efforts to address the root causes of the smuggling and trafficking in persons in Somalia. He also urged the UN organizations on the ground to increase their efforts in raising awareness about the dangers of the perilous journey across the Gulf of Aden. Despite warnings from UNHCR and other aid agencies about the risks such trips involve, 100,000 people have crossed the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden this year. In addition to using unseaworthy and overcrowded boats, those fleeing the Horn of Africa region often fall prey to unscrupulous smugglers, in whose hands they can face exploitation, extortion and even death, UNHCR pointed out.The latest deaths bring to 95 the number of people who have drowned or gone missing in the waters between Somalia and Yemen this year.“The tragic loss of so many lives is a new and stark reminder of the risks Somali refugees are taking as they flee their country,” UNHCR Representative for Somalia, Bruno Geddo, said after Tuesday’s incident. “Without doubt, the Gulf of Aden is now the deadliest route for people fleeing conflict, violence and human rights abuses in the Horn of Africa.”Sometimes titled special rapporteurs, independent experts such as Mr. Bari, are appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

The 2018 Buckeye senior gather for a group photo on senior night on Feb. 20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 16 Ohio State men’s basketball team could do nothing but watch No. 2 Michigan State clinch the Big Ten regular-season championship and No. 1 seed in the conference tournament with a win at Wisconsin 68-63 Sunday.Following the Buckeyes’ dramatic double-overtime victory Friday at Indiana, they set themselves to earn a share of the conference title if the Spartans lost their final game against the Badgers.Now the Buckeyes will travel to New York City for the tournament as the No. 2 seed, finishing tied for second with Purdue and earning the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Boilermakers. Because they are a top four team, they will have a two-day bye. Ohio State still has to wait to find out who it will be playing. If Nebraska beats Penn State Sunday, Ohio State will face the winner of the second-round matchup of No. 7 Penn State and No. 10 Northwestern. If the Nittany Lions win Sunday, the Buckeyes will play the winner of No. 7 Indiana and No. 10 Northwestern. Ohio State will next play in Madison Square Garden in New York at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament. read more

first_imgAccording to the Israeli publication Calcalist, Jeff Bezos and his cohorts at Amazon may be planning a bold move to help bolster the company’s future tablet ambitions. Amazon, it’s said, is currently in negotiations to acquire Texas Instruments’ mobile SoC unit.News of the talks comes just shortly after TI announced that it was going to be shifting focus from mobile processors to embedded systems — specifically in-vehicle systems. It’s a segment where Texas Instruments sees a stable, profitable future. The system-on-a-chip business itself, however, it clearly feels is a bit of a risky proposition moving forward.Enter Amazon. The retail giant has leaned on the TI OMAP chip in all of its tablet offerings. The same OMAP 4430 processor that powered the BlackBerry PlayBook was selected for the originally Kindle Fire Best Price at Amazon , and now the 4460 and 4470 are driving the next generation of Fire tablets.Picking up TI’s smartphone and tablet chip division would give Amazon greater control over its own design and manufacturing processes, and could also help reduce expenses. Bezos recently reiterated that the company sells Kindle devices at cost and depends on future Amazon purchases from its tablet users to turn a profit.Some in the industry are speculating that the acquisition could put other manufacturers who currently use TI chips in a tight spot. But if TI thinks it’s time to move on anyway, those OEMs would likely have had to start looking elsewhere — and they already have. Motorola has branched out beyond OMAP, and others could certainly find willing providers in Samsung, Qualcomm, Intel, and Nvidia, too.More at TNWlast_img read more

Hydrogen explosion prompts evacuations in El Cajon

first_imgHydrogen explosion prompts evacuations in El Cajon August 29, 2018 Ashlie Rodriguez, KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter Updated: 7:21 PMcenter_img Ashlie Rodriguez, KUSI Newsroom Posted: August 29, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsEL CAJON (KUSI) – A hydrogen truck fire and an explosion Wednesday prompted the evacuations of several businesses and schools in El Cajon, officials said.Dispatchers received reports around 8:10 a.m. of an explosion linked to a hydrogen truck fire in the 1100 block of West Bradley Avenue, just south of Gillespie Field, Heartland Fire and Rescue public information officer Mark Casey said.San Diego County Sheriff’s Department officials were evacuating people from businesses and residences in a two-block area stretching from Cuyamaca Street to North Marshall Avenue, Casey said.No injuries were reported.Around 150 students co-located in school programs at Idea Center High School, Chaparral High School and Merit Academy were being evacuated to the gymnasium at Grossmont High School for parent reunification, Grossmont Union High School District spokeswoman Catherine Martin said.A hazmat team was dispatched to the scene.Residents were advised to avoid the area for the next several hours, Casey said.The Sycuan Green Line is rerouting at Arnele Station and the Orange Line is rerouting at El Cajon Transit Center, according to San Diego Metropolitan Systems. last_img read more

Spring university graduation ceremonies to kick off around county Friday

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County’s universities and colleges will kick off graduation season Friday as thousands of new graduates receive their degrees.San Diego State University will begin a full weekend of ceremonies with graduations for its colleges of Arts and Letters and Health and Human Services. Throughout its weekend of ceremonies, SDSU will award honorary degrees to the university’s President Emeritus Sally Roush, homeless advocate Father Joe Carroll and Christopher Sickels, a leader of the Campaign for SDSU fundraising effort, which raised more than $800 million.All of SDSU’s graduation ceremonies will be held at Viejas Arena. Friday’s ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m.Cal State San Marcos will hold two ceremonies for its College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences at 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. In total, the university expects to confer degrees on nearly 3,800 students, 55 percent of whom are the first in their families with a four-year degree. The university’s ceremonies will be held at CSUSM’s Mangrum Track and Field.The San Diego Community College District will begin graduation ceremonies at its four campuses with Miramar College’s ceremony. The college expects to confer more than 1,200 associate degrees on its graduates this year. San Diego City Councilman Chris Cate will also present the college with a proclamation to commemorate its 50th anniversary.“Students in the San Diego Community College District come from all walks of life and span a broad range of ages, but all of them are single-minded in their determination to completing their education, often while working and supporting a family,” said district Chancellor Constance Carroll. “On behalf of everyone in one of California’s largest community districts, I want to congratulate the Class of 2019 on their achievements.”The district will spread its ceremonies over this weekend and next weekend. In total, the district plans to award nearly 12,000 degrees and certificates this year. KUSI Newsroom Spring university graduation ceremonies to kick off around county Friday KUSI Newsroom, May 17, 2019 Posted: May 17, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

67 of generation Z employees view salary as most important aspect of

first_imgMore than two-thirds (67%) of generation Z respondents consider salary to be the most important thing about a job, according to research by leadership development organisation the Forum Corporation.The Forum generation report, which surveyed 250 generation Z employees (those born between 1994 and 2000) and 750 employers, also found that 40% of employee respondents view good work-life balance and flexible working as the most important aspects of a job.The research also found:18% of employee respondents say that having a good holiday allowance, a day off for their birthday, or duvet days, is the most important thing about a job.23% of employer respondents identify flexible working and a good work-life balance as a way of attracting and retaining generation Z employees.21% of employer respondents believe a good office environment and modern facilities are important to generation Z, compared to 4% of employee respondents.78% of employer respondents feel ill-prepared to deal with generation Z employees coming into the workplace, and 55% are worried about their arrival.Almost a third (32%) of employee respondents would be irritated if their employer showed little appreciation and praise for their work, and 32% would be irritated if their employer expected them to put their work ahead of their personal life.Cynthia Stuckey (pictured), managing director at the Forum Corporation, said: “Organisations must be flexible to change and equip leaders with the knowledge they need to successfully manage multi-generational workforces in a way that attracts, develops and retains a robust pipeline of talent.“Ensure leaders have a deep understanding of this generation including how they work, and what motivates and engages them compared to the rest of the team. Only then can businesses prepare effectively; working out changes to policies, work structures, management styles, and what new skills are needed to acquire and retain generation Zs.”last_img read more

No hurry quality of transaction important Trump on trade deal

first_imgWashington: US President Donald Trump said on Saturday that while his meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping was far better than expected, he was “in no hurry” to cut a trade deal. Trump also said he would not increase existing tariffs to China…..again with China as our relationship with them continues to be a very good one. The quality of the transaction is far more important to me than speed. I am in no hurry, but things look very good! There will be no reduction in the Tariffs currently being charged to China.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2019″I am in no hurry, but things look very good,” Trump wrote in a post on Twitter, referring to ongoing talks between Washington and Beijing. “The quality of the transaction is far more important to me than speed.”last_img read more

SHE teams hold meet on women online safety

first_imgHyderabad: The Hyderabad SHE Teams and cybercrime police on Tuesday conducted an “Online Safety Workshop” for students from various colleges to make them aware of the crimes committed online and how to be safe and secure online. The program was held in collaboration with IAMAI and Siddham Foundation. Commissioner of Police Anjani Kumar, who was the chief guest, spoke about the evolution of cybercrime, its prevalence in today’s world and how to stay safe online. Additional Commissioner of Police, Crimes, Shikha Goel, interacted with the students by giving them examples of real crime and precautions to be taken to stay safe online. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, Rakshit Tandon, a cyber security expert and consultant of safe surfing campaign at IAMAI, energised the students with his speech and gave them important inputs of how to be aware of and prevent crimes online. Addl Commissioner (CAR Head Qtrs) Murali Krishna, Addl. Commissioner-Traffic Anil Kumar, Joint Commissioner (CCS-DD) Avinash Mohanty and other officers were part of the event.last_img read more

VHP plans to take out 500 processions in WB on Janmashtami

first_imgKolkata, Aug 5: The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) is planning to take out 500 processions at more than 1,500 locations in West Bengal as part of its efforts to celebrate Janmashtami, the birth of Lord Krishna, later this month. The three-day celebrations will be held from August 23 to 25 across the state, VHP state unit spokesperson Sourish Mukherjee told IANS. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us Janmashtami, one of the most auspicious Hindu festivals, falls on August 24. “We will organise ‘puja’ at over 1,500 places. This is more than double the figure last year when the religious rituals were held at 700 locations,” said Mukherjee. As against the 200 processions brought out last year, this time the number would go up to 500. The focus will be on the villages this time, according to the spokesperson. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us “Our functionaries will fan out from village to village. The festival has been organised to unite the Hindu ‘samaj’ (society) irrespective of economic, political differences. “This festival is important for the VHP from the viewpoint of expanding and strengthening the organisation and ensuring security of the next generation,” said Mukherjee. Advertise With Us The VHP decided to celebrate the occasion in a more high profile manner than the previous years also because of the “prevailing situation in Bengal”. “There is so much of minority appeasemet, and jihadi attacks. We will also highlight the impact of infiltration from across the border,” the spokesperson said. The VHP has drawn up an elaborate programme that includes bringing out processions, organising religious meetings and cultural functions. “At every venue boys and girls will take part in the festivities dressed like Lord Krishna.A There will be competitions on colouring the lord’s picture, devotional songs will be rendered. Well decorated tableaux will also Abe taken out,” Mukherjee added.last_img read more

first_imgTamannaah Bhatia.PR HandoutActress Tamannaah Bhatia has said that she did not have any bitter experience with Bollywood director Sajid Khan, but Vidya Balan is entitled to her opinion if she had a bad experience with him.In an interview, Tamannaah Bhatia spoke about #MeToo movement and harassment charges against Bollywood filmmaker Sajid Khan. They had worked together in Humshakals and Himmatwala. “For me, it has always been about the script and what’s the kind of film that I am working on. When I worked with Sajid, unfortunately, none of our films did well,” Deccan Chronicle quoted the actress as saying.Sajid Khan was one of the Bollywood celebs whose names surfaced in the Me Too movement in September 2018. In a chat show, Vidya Balan had named Sajid Khan as the director that she would never want to work with again.Talking about her comment, Tamannaah Bhatia said, “He never treated me in any bad way and I was completely comfortable working with him. Everyone has a different experience and everybody is entitled to their own opinion and experience. If Vidya has had a bad experience, it’s normal for her to react like that.”Tamannaah Bhatia said that harassment is not just in films, but also in all other fields. She said, “Film industry is not an alien place where one needs to be protected. It’s a very professional environment like every other industry, be it the corporate world or any other industry. The #MeToo movement is not just about the film industry. We got to keep creating the awareness and fear and that’s all we can do.”The Baahubali actress has a no on-screen kissing clause in her contract. She said, “Nobody forces you and in my case, I was very specific when I started my career. I had that clarity. It is my perspective and I stick to that and nobody can force you in the film industry or the worldwide. When people say I was forced to do it, I don’t understand that because you are a mature individual and you can make a choice.”last_img read more