Ferguson had to undergo a brain surgery

first_imgShocking news arrived this evening as Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone an emergency surgery as he has had problems with a brain haemorrhage and he is currently in the hospital recovering from it.The Manchester United legend retired back in 2013 after he had been in charge of the club for 27 years straight and he won numerous trophies including Premier League, Champions League or FA Cup – however, now he has had health struggles and everyone hopes that he will recover as soon as possible.His former club confirmed this information, according to ESPN:harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone surgery today for a brain haemorrhage. The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to aid his recovery. His family request privacy in this matter. Everyone at Manchester United sends our very best wishes.”Sir Alex Ferguson’s former player, Michael Carrick, also tweeted to support his former gaffer:“Absolutely devastated to hear about Sir Alex being unwell in hospital. All my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”last_img read more

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Gullit insisted that Liverpool need to improve for the final

first_imgRuud Gullit believes that Liverpool simply can’t allow playing like they did in the semifinals against AS Roma – otherwise, they can receive a harsh lesson by Real Madrid as they are far more experienced.Jürgen Klopp’s men will have to play more focused and be better defensively if they want to win the famous trophy – because Real Madrid will be able to punish every single one of their mistakes.The Dutch legend spoke about Liverpool’s chances as he said, according to Team Talk:“If Liverpool are going to play like they did in Rome, they are not going to win the Champions League.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“It is fantastic to have Liverpool in the final, but everyone must realise that they only scraped through at the end.”“I have read the verdict of some former Liverpool stars and they are euphoric. They are not impressed by Real Madrid. They think Liverpool have a serious chance of winning.”“But the players and coaching staff of Real will have watched Liverpool’s second game against Roma. And I think they will have drawn the strong conclusion that they have more of a chance to win the final than Liverpool.”last_img read more

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National Dialogue On Corporal Punishment

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, March 7 (JIS): Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, says a national dialogue will have to take place before the country can make a decision on the issue of corporal punishment.Miss Hanna was addressing an Inter-Ministerial Working Group on Children, at the Ministry on March 6, which she convened to begin preliminary discussions on corporal punishment. “I could not take a decision on behalf of an entire country on what Jamaica is going to do without a national dialogue, before coming up with any concrete solutions as to the way forward,” the Minister told the meeting.She was making reference to a call from the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child for the Jamaican Government to pass a law to ban corporal punishment. Miss Hanna, who chaired the meeting, said that studies have been done on corporal punishment by other countries; however, she noted that it is important “to look at how our population (think).” “So, what Switzerland does, what Dubai does is sometimes very different as to how we operate as a culture,” she said.Discussions also focused on issues pertaining to the Child Diversion Policy and the safety and protection of children.During the meeting, Professor of Child Health and Child Development and Behaviour, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies, Mona, Maureen Samms-Vaughan, presented findings of a research done on corporal punishment.Among those attending the meeting were: Chief Executive Officer of the Child Development Agency, Rosalee Gage-Grey; Children’s Advocate of Jamaica, Diahann Gordon Harrison; Registrar of the Office of the Children’s Registry, Greig Smith, as well as representatives from the Ministries of Justice and National Security. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:jamaica, lisa hanna, national dialogue Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Recommended for you Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Billlast_img read more

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Prime Minister gets update on Baha Mar 50 occupancy 75M in bookings

first_img Baha Mar gets green light from PM Christie Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 20, 2017 – Nassau – Baha Mar started accepting bookings on May 8th and now the resort is reportedly at 50% occupancy, and that is thanks in large part to the Commonwealth Youth Games where 1300 delegates are in country.   Baha Mar president Graham Davis was giving PM Dr Hubert Minnis a tour and an update and media was there.In statements following the Tuesday tour, it was explained that 2100 Bahamians are working at Baha Mar and the figure is expected to soar to 4,000 by the end of the year with the opening of the SLS lux brand.   SLS is scheduled for opening late October, early November which is the start of a high long stay arrivals tourism season.Davis said after 60 days of opening, the Baha Mar resort can boast of having $75M in bookings for definite and tentative stays and he described the staggered opening of the resort, on target.#MagneticMediaNews#BahaMarNassauBahamas#75millioninBahaMarbookings Related Items:#75millioninBahaMarbookings, #BahaMarNassauBahamas, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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JAMAICA Persons Living in SugarCane Areas More Susceptible to Leptospirosis

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #Jamaica, February 26, 2018 – Montego Bay – Health, Promotion and Education Officer at the Westmoreland Health Department, Gerald Miller, says persons living in sugar-cane areas will always be more susceptible to leptospirosis.Mr. Miller, who was speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, at the agency’s Montego Bay Regional Office on February 20, added that while this should not be viewed as any cause for serious alarm, it is always a good thing for the public to be sufficiently informed.“We had some suspected cases in Westmoreland last year, which prompted us to have a stakeholders meeting in the parish.  What we gleaned from the meeting is that the suspected cases were from the areas where sugar cane is concentrated,” he noted.Mr. Miller said they decided to use a multipronged approach, including a progressive public outreach programme, to inform persons about the disease.“We have been doing our ongoing sessions with the cane farmers.  There are eight groups of cane farmers in Westmoreland, and as you know, Westmoreland is a large sugar-cane-growing area,” he pointed out.Mr. Miller said even though the sugar industry in the parish is not as busy as it used to be, “we still have areas where sugar cane is grown on a large scale”.  He added that the rats tend to flee to residential homes during the time of harvest, especially when fire is brought into play in the cane fields.“We have to be constantly sharing with the community the dangers of rats and the leptospirosis bacteria.  We are going to roll out a sensitization programme into these communities.  We don’t want a disease that can be treated to be killing persons in the 21st century, so we need to give persons the information to protect themselves,” Mr. Miller said.Mr. Miller added that while the number of cases of leptospirosis is still within endemic levels, there still needs to be protective measures in place to keep the rats at bay.“It is not just the sugar-cane areas.  Residents across the island should proactively be practising measures that will control the rat population,” he said.For his part, Chief Public Health Inspector for Westmoreland, Steve Morris, said food safety is the number-one priority programme that the Ministry of Health has across the island, noting that “this is also very important” in the fight against leptospirosis.“In terms of rodent infestation, action is taken immediately to ensure the public is protected.  Establishments that serve a lot of persons are monitored a lot more, seeing that they pose the most risks,” he said.Leptospirosis is an infectious disease caused by bacteria that could lead to possible fatal infection of the kidney, liver, brain, lung or heart.  While it cannot be spread from human to human, it can be contracted through exposure to the urine or body fluids of infected animals. Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Sammy Brue joined us live on GMSD

first_img 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – He’s a talented singer/songwriter on the rise!Here to give us a preview of his performance at The Casbah March 4th is Sammy Brue.Doors open at 8:30pm, and the show starts at 9PM.Please visit www.casbahmusic.com for tickets and more information. Sammy Brue joined us live on GMSD KUSI Newsroom March 3, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 3, 2019last_img read more

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Python snake catcher bags 18foot monster danger noodle

first_img 0 Post a comment Animals behaving badly amuse the internet Enlarge ImageSnakes alive, this python is a big ‘un. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission “Problem pythons” sounds like a great band name, but it’s a real issue for some areas of Florida. Burmese pythons are breeding and spreading across wildlife areas, including the fragile Everglades. The state now pays trappers to round up the large snakes, and one particular hunter just caught a doozy. Trapper John Hammond grabbed an 18-foot-long (5.5-meter) python this past weekend. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) shared a startling photo of his trophy on Facebook earlier this week. “During cooler months, people are more likely to see pythons during the day,” the commission wrote. Hammond, officially known as a Python Removal Contractor, snagged the snake in the Everglades Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area near Miami. Burmese pythons can reach 20 feet (6 meters) in size. More nope-ropes The story didn’t end happily for the snake. FWC says pythons caught for the program are humanely euthanized. Hammond told Fox 35 he would use the snake’s hide after skinning it. The news station also reports the snake just set a new record for largest python caught as part of Florida’s removal program. The 150-pounder beat out a 17-foot, 120-pound snake snagged in November. It’s sad to see what happens to these majestic animals, but Florida is trying to control the invasive species, which is taking a serious toll on native wildlife.  The state even offers Python Patrol, a training program for private citizens that teaches them how to identify, capture and humanely kill the predators. Hundreds of the snakes have been removed since Florida started its python-control efforts. Tagscenter_img CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Share your voice Nest doorbell camera catches slithery snake on video Rare two-headed venomous snake offers double the nope 11 Photos Randomlast_img read more

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Senate demands Google CEO answer for hidden Nest microphone

first_img 2 Share your voice Tags Comments Google Alphabet Inc. Tech Industry The Nest Secure home security system Tyler Lizenby/CNET The US Senate Commerce Committee wants explanations from Google CEO Sundar Pichai about a recent controversy at Nest, the smart-home device company Google owns. Last week, the search giant drew criticism because its Nest Secure hub, a web-connected home security system, includes a microphone, but it was never disclosed in hardware specs, marketing materials or on Nest’s website. The microphone’s existence became apparent after Google announced earlier this month it was bringing its Assistant software to the Nest Secure. The Assistant, which lets people check flight information or turn off the lights in their houses, relies heavily on voice commands — and a microphone — when its on devices without screens. At the time, Google said it was an “error” that the microphone was omitted from the product specs. The company also said the mic has never been activated. But that hasn’t satisfied committee members, who wrote a letter to Pichai demanding more information. “Google’s failure to disclose a microphone within its Nest Secure product raises serious questions about its commitment to consumer transparency and disclosure,” the letter dated Feb. 25 says. “As consumer technology becomes ever more advanced, it is essential that consumers know the capabilities of the devices they are bringing into their homes so they can make informed choices.”  The letter demands Pichai follow up with the committee by March 12. The committee also wants an “in-person briefing” on the issue by March 29. The letter was written by Senate Republicans Roger Wicker of Mississippi, John Thune of South Dakota and Jerry Moran of Kansas. Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about the letter. The controversy comes as Google — and the rest of Silicon Valley — deal with broader scrutiny over privacy and data collection. Google has gotten blowback from lawmakers and the public for its use of data location on its Android phones, as well as the access it gives third-party software makers to read people’s emails on Gmail. The committee wants Pichai to specifically address six questions:Has a microphone always been a component of the Nest Secure home security and alarm system device?When and how did Google become aware that a microphone was not listed on the Nest Secure’s technical specifications available to consumers?What steps has Google taken to inform purchasers of Nest Secure devices that the device contains a previously undisclosed microphone?Please describe Google’s process for developing technical specifications for its products. At what stage of this process did the error take place that resulted in the omission of the microphone’s presence in the Nest Secure device? Has Google taken steps to prevent such an error from reocurring in the technical specifications for other Google products?Is Google aware or has Google ever been aware of any third party using the Nest Secure microphone for any unauthorized purpose?Is Google aware of similar omissions in the technical specifications for any other Google products?The Senate also points out that the undisclosed microphone leaves consumers vulnerable to spying from hackers.”Moreover, even if Google was not using the Nest Secure microphone to record any information or it was turned off by default, there is still risk that hackers or other outside entities could have activated the microphone to illicitly record information,” the letter says.  Nest has suffered other privacy controversies recently. Last month, a hacker infiltrated the Nest Cam security camera of a San Francisco Bay Area family by using a password obtained from a third-party breach. The hacker convinced the family that the US was under nuclear attack from North Korea. In December, another hacker took over the camera of a man in Arizona to warn him of security vulnerabilities. In another case that month, a hacker told a couple through the device that he’d kidnap their child.last_img read more

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Teslas Models S and X wont be seeing big changes anytime soon

first_img Tesla Electric Cars Car Industry Enlarge ImageThe Model S looks an awful lot now like it did when it debuted in 2012, but that’s not a bad thing. Tim Stevens/Roadshow Most manufacturers would be freaking out about the future if it had models in its lineup that were mostly the same now as they were when they debuted seven years ago. Not Tesla, though. Despite many minor changes and a few technical updates, the Model S of 2019 is not wildly different from the one that debuted way back in 2012. That has led people to wonder if the Model S and its slightly newer sibling, Model X, will be getting a redo anytime soon.The answer to that, according to the Big T’s CEO Elon Musk, is no. The recent mechanical refresh to S and X that we saw a few months ago is the extent of what we can expect for the future. On the one hand, that sounds crazy, but on the other, it’s not like either model looks especially dated. Now playing: Watch this: There is no “refreshed” Model X or Model S coming, only a series of minor ongoing changes. Most significant change in past few years was to use high efficiency Model 3 rear drive unit as S/X front drive unit. That went into production 3 months ago.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 9, 2019 2 Musk’s decision makes sense from a business standpoint, too. Why would a company that is so resource-hungry as it is divert funding and personnel away from new models like Y or the Tesla truck to retool relatively low-volume flagship models?Now, Models S and X will continue to get minor updates, both in hardware and of course through software, but Musk also states that we shouldn’t expect even an interior re-do, despite the move away from the S and X’s more traditional interior layout to the more minimal style used on 3 and Y.In the long-term, it’s not clear how S and X fit into Tesla’s grand plans with all the robotaxis and semi-trucks and God knows what else Elon is cooking up. In the meantime though, they won’t be going anywhere, and if our own Tim Stevens’ recent review of the current Model S is anything to go by, that’s not a bad thing.Tesla didn’t had no further comment beyond Musk’s tweets. Comments 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Share your voice More From Roadshow Tesla Model S Long Range pulls further ahead of the EV… 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tesla’s Model X gets artsy Tags 8:35 30 Photos Elon Musk Teslalast_img read more

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Leaked video Kasam Tere Pyaar Ki actor Aansh Arora vandalising store after

first_imgLeaked video of Aansh Arora vandalising storeInstagramA video of TV actor Aansh Arora, who was under police custody for creating ruckus at a convenience store a few days ago, shows him destroying the shop’s property.While Aansh alleged that the Ghaziabad police wrongly arrested him, and even thrashed him in the lockup, the video shows him vandalising the store. According to the Kasam Tere Pyaar Ki actor, the scuffle had started over a hotdog order, which was getting delayed.The actor had said that after he went to apologise to the store manager for his bad behaviour, he was arrested by the police, and was beaten black and blue in lockup. He has even filed a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission against Ghaziabad police, accusing them of wrongly beating him and his brother.”I went to Shoprix mall, Ghaziabad on May 11, and I had ordered food. After the staff told me that there will be a delay in the food, I had asked them to cancel the order. The staff behaved rudely with me and we argued over it. I got really angry and broke a few items at the shop. But I felt really guilty about the whole incident, so on May 12, around 1.30-2am, I went to apologise to them. I told them that I’m ready to pay for the damage,” he told Times of India.”I don’t understand why they took me to the police station and locked me up as if I were a criminal. The police took away our phones and didn’t even allow us to inform our parents. There were around five-six cops who thrashed me inside the lock-up with their belts. The next day, at around 10.30 am, they took my brother to another room and beat him up. They even made me count from 1-40, and each time I reached 40, they hit me. In fact, they said, ‘If you’ll miss a number, you’ll have to start again.’ When we didn’t reach home that night, our parents arrived at the same police station to file a missing person complaint, but the police misled them. However, after making inquiries our parents got to know that we were in the lock-up,” Aansh added.While the actor pleaded innocent, the police have a different story to tell, and denied the allegations of police atrocity. Police claimed that he not only destroyed store’s property, but also got physical with a cop.”When Aansh visited the store the day after the altercation, the store manager dialled 100 and a PCR van went to the spot. When the police confronted Aansh about his behaviour the preceding night,woh badtameezi karne laga, nakhun mare hain constables ko. After this, he was sent to preventive custody at the Indirapuram Police Station. His allegations of police brutality are absolutely baseless. He is doing this only to shield himself as there is proof of him creating a ruckus at the store, and breaking their monitors,” Aparna Gautam, Circle Officer, Indirapuram told the publication.Although the actor is now out on bail, the video certainly does not show him in good light. Watch the video below:last_img read more

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GreyOrange Butler robots selected by Japans home furnishing chain to handle logistics

first_imgA “Nao” humanoid robot, by Aldebaran Robotics that offers basic service information, moves during a presentation at a branch of the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (MUFG) in Tokyo April 13, 2015 (representational image).Reuters fileGreyOrange has been awarded the contract to supply robotics solutions to the Nitori Holdings Group, Japan’s furniture and home furnishing chain with over 400 stores.The robotics system will be deployed at Home Logistics which is a logistics subsidiary of Nitori Holdings, operating 34 distribution bases and an efficient logistics network for product delivery to stores and e-commerce customers across the country. The Butler robots will be provided by GROUND Inc, the exclusive provider of GreyOrange Butler in Japan.GreyOrange is a multinational technology company that designs, manufactures and deploys advanced robotics systems for automation at warehouses, distribution and fulfilment centres. Recognised as one of the world’s Top 50 Robotics Companies and Top 10 for Industrial Robotics in warehouses, GreyOrange, headquartered in Singapore, specialises in the design, manufacture and deployment of advanced robotic systems for distribution and fulfilment centres.Manabu Matsuura, Corporate Officer of Nitori Holdings and CEO of Home Logistics said “We were impressed to find that the GreyOrange Butler is an entirely new robotics concept for warehouse automation unlike automated storage and retrieval systems. Also, Butler satisfies our corporate philosophy that we always pursue ideal workplaces for everyone. For example, we have been an early adopter of technology solutions and were the first user in Japan to leverage robotic storage systems in our warehouses last year.”The GreyOrange Butler system will be installed at the Home Logistics Osaka distribution centre, to handle automated inventory storage (putaway) and picking.The Butler software adapts in real-time to changing inventory profiles and order fulfilment patterns, resulting in high productivity and accuracy. This system will be capable of delivering a far higher throughput.Nalin Advani, CEO – APAC, GreyOrange said: “Japan has one of the world’s most mature distribution infrastructure and it is the fourth largest e-commerce market. Over 75 percent of consumers regularly shop online and e-commerce is forecasted to grow to $200 billion by 2020. We are honoured to work with Nitori Group, including Home Logistics, to deploy our Butlers. The Nitori Group is far-sighted in anticipating the challenges of warehouse operations and addressing it with robotics. We are also excited to be selected for the Japan market where specifications for technology are among the most demanding in the world.”last_img read more

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Bringing Infosys board founders on the same page doable says cochairman

first_imgInfosys Co-chairman Ravi Venkatesan. REUTERS/Vijay MathurInfosys co-chairman Ravi Venkatesan on Tuesday said his priority is to get promoters and management working together as “one Infosys” and not operating in different pockets, according to a PTI report.The report said that Venkatesan’s comments assume significance in the wake of a recent public spat between some promoters and the top management of India’s second largest IT firm with a turnover of over $10 billion.Venkatesan said that bringing promoters and management together is “doable” and he spends four to five days in a week on this despite being only a non-executive co-chairman.”I agree, there is a lot of work to do… I tell people, I am a non-executive co-chairman, but when I think about this task of getting everybody working as one… I spend four to five days in a week,” he told PTI.Venkatesan was replying to a query that there must be a lot of work left for him to achieve the goal of “one Infosys”.He said that his priority would be to get the promoters and management working together, under one roof as “one Infosys”. If the company can create this spirit and feeling of oneness, everything will fall in place, Venkatesan said.Asked how big is the task to bring the board and founders together, Venkatesan said, “I don’t know how to measure oneness, but a lot of it is still left… Yes, but it is doable.”Asked if his quest to meet the goal of “one Infosys” will get hampered and cause alarm to CEO Vishal Sikka, going by founder N R Narayana Murthy’s comment on regretting quitting the company in 2014, Venkatesan said it won’t lead to fresh set of challenges, for Murthy was still incredibly passionate about Infosys and the company takes his positive suggestions on board. “Just because you have differences of views on compensation and other sundry issues, that doesn’t change the fundamentals. So, when a man like that speaks, we obviously pay a lot of attention to it and try and see what is the merit in the idea and embrace it. So, I would not put too much stock on these comments, but the question should be better addressed to him directly,” he said.Murthy has been vocal by raising the issue of corporate governance, questioning the severenace package given to former Infosys chief financial officer Rajiv Bansal and the pay hike of top executive personnel including CEO Vishal Sikka.Venkatesan said Sikka was Murthy’s pick and he drove a lot of positive changes in the first two years of his stint by talking about various new things but stressing mainly on employees’ innovative skills.”Sikka has completed three years, but for the first couple of years I think things were quite good. After all, Vishal was hired by Murthyji. He was his pick. Vishal drove a lot of positive changes. He said we must show – even Indians can innovate and every employee has to innovate. So, these ideas were appreciated by employees, clients, and also by Murthy, I believe,” he said.last_img read more

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Paytm to take longer than expected to return profits amid surging losses

first_imgMobile payments company Paytm is likely to take longer than previously thought to turn around as competition heats up, a report says. The losses of the company’s parent One97 Communications are likely to double in the short-term, topping Rs 2,100 crore in fiscal 2020 ending on March 31, 2020, a media report said quoting a consultant.The losses in the current fiscal, FY19, are estimated at Rs 870 crore, according to the report prepared by the Corporate Professionals Capital. The company may turn around in FY21 notching up a profit of about Rs 200 crore, the report says.Mint suggests that 97Communications may achieve a profit of over Rs 8,500 crore by the financial year 2025-26. Sources attribute the increasing losses to the company’s aggressive expansion strategy as large corporate houses are entering the mobile payment field.Amazon and Walmart have announced their intent to enter the UPI payment scenario, apart from a clutch of banks and other financial institutions. Google Pay is also threatening to heat up the competition.A source told Mint that the company may tone down its expansion-oriented strategy to rein in the losses. “The company is now planning to significantly scale down its cash-burning online businesses or selling stakes in them and augment its offline business ventures,” the report cites the source as saying. Paytm hopes that its new hire Raghu Chakravarthi from online grocery retailer BigBasket will help its online-to-offline business strategy.The company’s net cash flow is expected to remain negative at Rs 1,400 crore in the next financial year, rising from the current year’s Rs 580 crore. Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc bought an undisclosed stake in One97 in August for $356 million helping Paytm remain liquid.One97 has launched 25 subsidiaries and five associate firms, including Paytm Payments Bank Ltd, LogiNext Solutions, SoCoMo Technologies and QorQL in a space of 12 months. Eight of the company’s subsidiaries suffered significant losses during the financial year that ended on March 31, 2018.The digital payments service has remained the company’s mainstay while its online retail business has been bleeding money. Paytm still leads the pack in digital payments, according to estimates.Paytm Mall, the company’s online retail business, suffered Rs 1,787 crore loss against revenue of Rs 775 crore during FY18, according to the company’s regulatory filings.One97 Communications’ took in total losses of about Rs 1,600 crore during the FY18, almost against Rs 900 crore in the previous year.Financial experts say the mounting losses and negative cash inflows have made it crucial for One97 Communications to enhance its working capital limit.A recent report said Paytm had pledged all its current assets and mutual fund investments to be able to borrow Rs 1,400 crore from private lender ICICI Bank.last_img read more

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Sheikh Hasina University Bill placed in parliament

first_img.A bill titled ‘Sheikh Hasina University Bill-2017’ was placed in parliament on Tuesday for establishing a higher seat of education and research in Netrakona district, reports UNB.Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid placed the bill and it was sent to the respective parliamentary standing committee for further scrutiny. The committee was asked to submit its report within 45 days.According to the proposed bill, the establishment of the university will improve the education, research, training and extension of different topics at graduate and post-graduate and different tiers of higher education.last_img

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Another 3000 new arrivals put total Rohingyas at 624000

first_imgSome 3,000 more Rohingyas entered Bangladesh since 22 November putting the total number of Rohingyas at 624,000 since 25 August, said the UN Migration Agency on Monday, reports UNB.As of 25 November, Bangladesh Immigration and Passports Department registered a total of 663, 694 people through biometric registration, according to the IOM Needs and Population Monitoring.Meanwhile, Bangladesh Social Service Department has identified 7,771 unaccompanied and separated children.The report is produced by Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) in collaboration with humanitarian partners that covered 17 November to until 24 November. The next report will be issued on 3 December.This week the ISCG Humanitarian Hub in Ukhia will become operational and the ISCG will deploy staff to the field in order to provide coordination services on the ground for sector partners, government authorities and both national and international nongovernmental organisations.The hub has been constructed by the International Humanitarian Partnership and IOM.Violence in Rakhine which began on 25 August has driven the Rohingya across the border into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.The people who have arrived in Bangladesh since 25 August came with very few possessions.They have used most of their savings on transportation and constructing a shelter, often out of no more than bamboo and thin plastic.The Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar is highly vulnerable, having fled conflict and experienced severe trauma, and now living in extremely difficult conditions, said the report.Population movements within Cox’s Bazar remain highly fluid, with increasing concentration in Ukhia, where the government has allocated 3,000 acres for a new camp.last_img read more

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Man killed in alleged gunfight

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA suspected robber was killed in a reported gunfight between his cohorts and members of police in Syedpur village in Haziganj upazila of Chandpur district early Thursday.Deceased Jakir Hossain, 40, son of one Abdul Latif of Swarna village in the upazila, was a ringleader and wanted in eight robbery related cases, said police.A team of patrol police found Jakir and his associates taking preparations for robbery in Syedpur village around 2:30am, said Haziganj police station officer-in-charge (OC) Jabedul Islam.Sensing the presence of the law enforcement, the OC added, the robbers opened fire on policemen that prompted them to take action in self-defence.A gun-battle took place in the area leaving Jakir injured with bullets, he said.OC Jabedul Islam also said injured Jakir was taken to the upazila health complex where doctors declared him dead around 4:00am.Police recovered one pipe-gun and a few locally made weapons from the spot, he added.last_img read more

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Five Tips On How To Watch A Debate Without Bias

first_imgPatrick Semansky | AP via NPRTechnicians set up the stage for the Sept. 26 debate between Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.By Tania Lombrozo*The first of three debates between Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will take place tonight.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016The debates, sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates, have the stated mission of offering “the best possible information to viewers and listeners” in the lead-up to the general election.There’s just one problem.Decades of research suggests that voting decisions are influenced by quite a few factors beyond the “best possible information.” For instance, people’s perceptions of politicians can be influenced by their height: Taller men are, on average, perceived to be more competent. Using data from past U.S. presidential elections, one analysis found that candidates who were taller than their opponents received more popular votes and were more likely to be re-elected. (They were not, however, more likely to win initial elections.)Sensitive to the influence of height, some debates have allowed a sort of prosthetic: In the 1976 debate between Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, lectern heights were selected such that neither candidate would appear taller than his opponent. For this year’s debates, the commission has apparently allowed for a custom-made podium that will accommodate the candidates’ difference in stature.As viewers or listeners, most of us won’t have a say in podium heights — let alone the structure of the debates or the questions posed to candidates. We can, however, take other measures to help ourselves overcome some of the biases that could distort our perceptions of the candidates and the debates. Consider these cognitive correctives — five tips from the psychological sciences for watching a debate without (quite as much) bias:1. On Election Day, our opinion of how each candidate performed in the debates won’t be shaped directly by what they said or did, but by our memories and impressions of what they said or did. And memory is a funny thing. We tend to remember what came first and last better than the bits in the middle, and our overall impression is especially influenced by an event’s peak (the point of maximum intensity or salience) and its end. Subsequent media coverage is likely to exaggerate these existing tendencies by focusing on a small number of “peak” points. But a lot of the less salient middle will undoubtedly contain important information about each candidate’s adequacy for the job.Tip No. 1 is not to reduce the debate to its sound bites, neither those the media provide us with nor the ones our own memories tend to produce.2. Political issues can be pretty complex, yet we often think we understand them better than we do. Trying to explain them, it turns out, can be a valuable corrective, helping us appreciate that we don’t know what we thought we did. For instance, many people have opinions about issues like cap-and-trade systems for carbon emissions, but don’t actually understand what they are or what their implications would be.When it comes to evaluating each candidate’s policies, solid understanding is an important prerequisite to clear judgment.Tip No. 2 is to help yourself overcome illusions of political understanding by explaining a given issue or policy to someone else — or even to yourself. The next step is to become better informed, so you know what your vote will really be supporting.3. Stereotypes about men and women can inadvertently affect the way we perceive individuals. For instance, several studies have found that women are judged differently than men for exhibiting the same behaviors. What is taken as a sign of competence and leadership for a man might be judged overly aggressive or blunt for a woman. At the same time, conforming to more nurturing female stereotypes can make a woman better liked, but deemed less fit for a position of authority. Biases about men and woman can be subtle. They can manifest even in those who hold explicitly egalitarian views, and women can exhibit them to the same degree as men.Unfortunately, gender bias isn’t like height: There’s no simple corrective to counteract gender bias in our evaluations of political candidates. However, there’s reason to believe such biases play a greater role when we consider general impressions in an unstructured way. If we judge Clinton and Trump by the first debate examples that come to mind, for example, there’s plenty of room for nonconscious processes to influence what we come up with. If we instead engage in more structured recall — by, for instance, comparing what was good and bad about each candidate’s performance, or by comparing what each proposed with regard to a particular issue and evaluating the proposals along predefined dimensions — we can potentially help mitigate the influence of gender-based biases.Tip No. 3 is to recognize your gender bias. This isn’t always easy to do, but evaluating the candidates in more structured and concrete ways is a strategy worth trying out.4. There’s lots of evidence that all else being equal, we judge confident people more competent and reliable. For instance, we’re more likely to believe the testimony of a confident eyewitness, even though the correlation between confidence and accuracy can be low. Research in domains including medicine, geopolitics and finance has also found that expert confidence can be a very poor guide to accuracy.Both presidential candidates are likely to appear confident in the debates. But both their absolute and relative levels of confidence shouldn’t be treated as good evidence for the quality of their arguments or the viability of their policies.Tip No. 4 is to go with content over confidence.5. The final tip comes from a large body of research on a phenomenon called confirmation bias. In many contexts, we selectively expose ourselves to observations that will support what we believe. If liberals follow only liberal debate commentary and conservatives follow only conservative debate commentary, no one is likely to end up with a full understanding of what transpired. Beyond selective exposure is a phenomenon known as biased assimilation: A Democrat and a Republican exposed to the same evidence might respond in very different ways. For instance, people tend to be less critical of arguments that support conclusions they endorse, and they correspondingly subject arguments that yield opposing conclusions to greater scrutiny.Tip No. 5 is to be nonpartisan in your debate-related media consumption and to be extra critical of the arguments supporting positions you favor. Doing so will help ensure that you’re evaluating the candidates on their merits — and not simply reinforcing what you already believe.*Tania Lombrozo is a psychology professor at the University of California, Berkeley. She writes about psychology, cognitive science and philosophy, with occasional forays into parenting and veganism. You can keep up with more of what she is thinking on Twitter: @TaniaLombrozoCopyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

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Dept Of Education Fail Teachers Lose Grants Forced To Repay Thousands In

first_imgKayana Szymczak and Sean Rayford for NPRThe TEACH grant helps teachers-to-be pay for college or a master’s. But many teachers, like Maggie Webb (left) and David West, say when they began teaching, they were forced to pay it back.America needs teachers committed to working with children who have the fewest advantages in life. So for a decade the federal government has offered grants — worth up to $4,000 a year — to standout college students who agree to teach subjects like math or science at lower-income schools.But a new government study, obtained by NPR and later posted by the Department of Education, suggests that thousands of teachers had their grants taken away and converted to loans, sometimes for minor errors in paperwork. That’s despite the fact they were meeting the program’s teaching requirements.“Without any notice, [my grant] was suddenly a loan, and interest was already accruing on it,” says Maggie Webb, who teaches eighth-grade math in Chelsea, Mass. “So, my $4,000 grant was now costing me $5,000.”Since 2008, the Education Department has offered these so-called TEACH grants to people studying to get a college or master’s degree. The deal is, they get to keep the grant money if they spend four years teaching a high-need subject like math or science in schools that serve low-income families.If they don’t keep their end of the bargain, the grants convert to loans that need to be paid back. But, the study finds, many teachers believe they kept their end of the bargain but are now being asked to repay that money anyway.Webb received a $4,000 TEACH grant, but, after she started teaching, she says, she ran into a problem. Each year, teachers have to send in a form to the Education Department certifying that they meet the program’s teaching requirements — or that they intend to. Recipients have eight years to make good on the program’s four-year requirement.But Webb says FedLoan, the company that the Education Department hired to manage the TEACH grants, never sent her the paperwork. Documents show she reached out to the department, on time, to ask for help. Despite the hiccup, Webb insists, she mailed a completed form within FedLoan’s annual certification deadline.“They said they never received it. So I sent it again,” Webb says. “By that point they said it was too late.”FedLoan converted Webb’s grant to a loan that she now has to pay back — with interest. At the time, she says, she was surprised. After all, she was meeting the grant’s fundamental service requirements: teaching a high-need subject, math, in a low-income school. That was never in doubt.“I knew I hadn’t done anything wrong,” Webb says, sitting at her kitchen table strewn with student homework that she is grading. “I knew I had done it right. And it was just so hurtful that they would do that.”Kayana Szymczak for NPRMaggie Webb, who teaches eighth-grade math, heads home from Clark Avenue School in Chelsea, Mass.Webb is among many teachers who say they feel betrayed — that the Education Department gave them this money. In exchange, they made life decisions about where to live and what to teach. And now, for a seemingly minor error — because Webb’s paperwork wasn’t received in time — the government wants its money back.According to this new government review of the TEACH grant program, Webb isn’t alone. In fact, the numbers are startling: 1 in 3 participants whose grants were converted to loans said they were likely or very likely to meet the program’s service requirements — or had already met them. Based on a representative survey, the report estimates it’s upwards of 12,000 participants.“I couldn’t believe it. I was flummoxed. I was floored. I was pretty upset by this,” says David West, who teaches high school in Lexington, S.C.West also had a paperwork issue with his TEACH grant. He mistakenly omitted a date and signature on his annual certification form. When he finally realized what he’d done, West says, he sent in a completed form.But by then his paperwork was past due. The company converted his grant to a loan. Furious, West repeatedly called FedLoan, assuming someone would be able to fix what he considered an innocent mistake.“I’m like, ‘Let me talk to your supervisor.’ ” But West says the person on the other end of the phone told him, “You can talk to who you want and there’s also an appeals process and you can try to appeal this if you want. But nobody ever wins.”Sean Rayford for NPRDavid West, an art teacher in South Carolina, is a recipient of a TEACH grant that has converted into a loan after he sent in a form with a mistake.West exhausted his appeals. He even wrote to his representative in Congress. But nothing’s changed. Money he was given to become a teacher has now become a debt.West and Webb have both signed onto a lawsuit against the Education Department.In Massachusetts, it has gotten the attention of the state’s attorney general, Maura Healey, who has heard from many teachers. “And for them to be actively sabotaged by a private company and our own U.S. Department of Education is just outrageous,” Healey says.Healey is suing FedLoan over its handling of the TEACH grant program and the far larger Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. She says the company, known as a loan servicer, and the Education Department have shown a callous disregard for the needs of borrowers.FedLoan declined an interview, but said in a statement that the company “does not agree with the allegations made by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office” and that it “remains committed to resolving outstanding borrower issues while following the U.S. Department of Education’s policies, procedures, and regulations as mandated by the Agency’s federal servicing contracts.”These problems were going on under the Obama administration, too, so there’s plenty of blame to go around. But Healey says the Trump administration is putting up new roadblocks that could stop the states from holding these companies accountable. Both the Education and Justice departments have argued that loan servicers like FedLoan should be protected from state laws and lawsuits.Some early red flags were raised a few years ago by the Government Accountability Office. The GAO investigated the TEACH grant program and noted that teachers were improperly having their grants taken away. At least 2,252 grants were erroneously converted to loans by the servicer.“Part of the problem here is that [the Education Department] does not really know, or they didn’t know at the time we did our work, why this was happening,” says Jackie Nowicki, who led the GAO study.That was the reason for this new government study: to understand why thousands of teachers who got grants to teach in low-income neighborhoods were getting them converted into loans, many of them improperly.The report found that many people in the program get tripped up on this annual requirement to submit certification paperwork. In a small but nationally representative survey, more than 30 percent of those who had their grants converted to loans said they either didn’t know they had to certify or found the process challenging.Another big reason, though, is tied to rising tuition. Millions of students are taking out loans from the government or receiving grants. And so the Education Department now finds itself running a trillion-dollar bank on the side. Critics say it’s not well-equipped to handle that, which is why the department has hired a handful of servicing companies, like FedLoan, to help.But Ben Miller, who studies higher education at the Center for American Progress, says these companies have very little incentive to put in too much effort — they get paid only a dollar or two a month per borrower.“If you don’t get paid very much, and you don’t feel like, ‘Hey, if I mess this up, the Department of Education’s really going to breathe down my back,’ the incentive to let things slide gets pretty high,” Miller says.In other words, organizations like FedLoan and the Education Department could be doing a better job of working with teachers who miss deadlines they don’t know about or have their paperwork denied because of a technicality.In a statement, the Education Department says the results of the study are concerning and that it needs to better understand why so many grant recipients aren’t making it through the program. “The study points to additional changes the Department can make that may benefit program participants, and we are committed to reviewing them,” the department says.The department also wants to be clear: It requires all TEACH grant recipients to complete an online counseling session each year explaining the requirements and, “once grant recipients start their service obligation period, the Department sends them multiple communications reminding them of the requirement to annually certify.”For her part, Webb, the Massachusetts math teacher, worries that she has no choice, at this point, but to make monthly payments on the loan she says she shouldn’t have to pay.“It just made me angry because I was working in a low-income school and I still am,” Webb says. “And I don’t know why I’m being punished for that. This is something to help teachers and instead they’re just kind of targeting them.”Or at least that’s what it feels like.There is one last, big takeaway reinforced by this new study. Experts say the grant program has deadlines and rules that are punishingly inflexible.If you’re late on your credit card, or your mortgage, you might pay $40 — not $4,000 or $5,000.But that’s what’s happening here. And teachers say they have no recourse.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

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A blast from the past

first_imgThe plays in the second week of Bharat Rang Mahotsav seem to have been painted in vivid colours. The first few days showed metaphysical themes and legends, where as plays staged mid week gave a history lesson to the audience. On Wednesday, five plays were staged. The play Balkan Women takes us to the time in history when Yugoslavia was undergoing partition. A bloody civil war was taking place between Christians and Muslims in Bosnia. Amina and her daughter Samira are interrogated by Lt. Blako, a Muslim-hater and subordinate of col. Herak who had once been involved with Amina and was Samira’s biological father. Worried about her daughter’s safety, Amina asks Herak for help and he employs Samira as a housekeeper at his residence. Over time the two develop a warm relationship, until one day Samira receives news about the brutal killing of her father and brother, and other atrocities against the Muslim community. To avenge this, she gives poisoned coffee to col Herak. Amina tells a shocked Samira that col Herak is her biological father. A repentant and grieving Samira is looked upon as a daughter by a dying col. Herak. Both mother and daughter are later killed by the new chief of the camp. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Assamese play Nokiyampo was set in the Tirap District of Arunachal Pradesh, where there is a tribe called Nocte. In the recent past the Noctes had a unique marriage tradition in which before marriage young girls had to prove their fertility by giving birth to a child by co-habiting with a male member of their society. After the child was born, as per their rituals, it was killed and the girl was given in marriage to someone chosen by the members of society and the family. This tradition continued among the Noctes until 1962, when for the first time such a child was allowed to be brought up in the society in lieu of fine imposed by the society. Despite this, the unmarried mother and child had to face various socio-religious difficulties because of the customs and rituals of the tribe. This is the situation that Nokiyampo aims to recreate and explore. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSet in the backdrop of Ramayana, play titled Indrajit  is a chapter from the battle between Ram and Ravan. On hearing about the death of both Kumbakarnan and Ahthigayan, Ravana vows revenge. Mandodhari, Ravana’s wife enters receives the news of her son’s death. She mourns and asks Ravana not to wage war against Rama, but he doesn’t listen to her. She then tells her son Indrajit to stop his father, and Indrajit tells him that he will go to war field instead of him.  When Rama comes to know that Indrajit is coming to wage war against them he sends Lakshmana to face him. The performance looks at events as they enfold, from Indrajit’s putting of Brahmasthiram on Lakshmana, the episode with the Sanjeevi leaves, Indrajit’s Nikumbala Yagam, and finally his death at the hands of Lakshmana. The play, Thana Theke Aschhi which sees sub-inspector Teenkori Halder come knocking of industrialist Chandra Madhab Sen’s door to enquire about the suicide of a girl, unfolds a day ahead of Modi’s trip to the city to address a business meet. Based on JB Priestley’s famous play, An Inspector Calls, Thana Theke Aschhi has been adapted for both stage and celluloid before. The backdrop of the play is 2013. Set in a family of industrialists, it also shows how Modi’s visit gets the business circles buzzing. With an eye on next year’s parliamentary elections, the businessmen are seen excited about the prospect of meeting Modi –the poster boy of development. What is unveiled through the play is the insecurity of working in the private sector. The girl, who takes her life, was also faced with a similar crisis.Play, Untitled Phrase-02 is about parallel structures and their chaos are being questioned, broken and rebuilt repeatedly at every moment in our understanding and in our way of dealing with them. That is why they have the possibility of unpredictability and remain a source of potential hope of us.On Thursday three plays were staged, Hayavadana, A Kind Of True Story and Dharti Aaba. The  play Hayavadana, concentrates on the theme of ‘incompleteness’ and the superiority of mind over body.The human desire for completeness represented by Padmini ends in a fiasco as the transposition of heads gradually proves that it is the mind that rules.  After the transposition at the Kali temple, complications arise.  Initially, Devadatta, or rather the head of Devadatta, on Kapila’s body combines with it and reverts to his nature, while the other combination is  Kapila’s head and Devadatta’s body. But there is a difference.  Devadatta stops writing poetry while Kapila is haunted by the memories in his body.  Padmini, after the exchange of heads, feels that she has the capacity for complete experience.The play, A Kind of Love Story traces a year in the lives of eight people living in Mumbai. Their story is told from the perspective of the struggling writer, Sameer Sheikh, who is writing a script about these eight characters, including himself. It explores the characters’ interpersonal relationships, as well as their personal and professional struggles on a daily basis. The story is set in a middle class suburban building society that is going through the process of redevelopment.The structure of the play is non-linear with a mix of real and unreal situations. The play deals with the groups’ perception of ‘reality’, as ideas are broken and bared intermittently, until the audience is left questioning and revisiting truths usually considered absolute.The music is a mix of Western and Indian; there is live singing on stage and actors speak in both Hindi and English.‘I will return…soon I will return from my forests, on my mountains…I will return again amidst my Munda people…we have primeval blood. This is the blood of black people. It has been made by the coming together of hunger, accusation, insult, pain, ands sorrow. It from this blood that the fire of ulgulaan burns. This fire will never stop burning…never. I will return soon.’ This dialogue by BirsaMunda is the crux of DhartiAaba, which is based on the life and works of BirsaMunda, the leader and hero of the Munda tribal community.Birsa’s life was full of struggle. He first left school in protest against the derogatory treatment meted out to Munda students by the missionaries. Constantly troubled by the problems of those living in the forests, he eventually succeeded in taking his fellow community members towards a better socio-religious situation. Gradually he was able to instill the hunger and confidence to resist the feelings of slavery that the Mundas had internalized within themselves. Under his leadership the already existent rebellion of the Sardar Mundas was transformed into a struggle against foreign rule.last_img read more

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Lodestars of Indian classical music

first_imgShriram Shankarlal Music Festival, the oldest music festival in the country has very successfully carried forward the tradition of incorporating a noteworthy synergy of the skills – of the country’s eminent maestros, with the vibrancy of exceptional young talent, without alienating the intrinsic heritage. Founded in 1947, the Shriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra propagates Indian classical performing arts, mythological, contemporary and folk productions of epics. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival is back to enthrall the Delhiites. Commencing on February 19, the festival presents Shehnai by Sanjeev Shankar and Ashwani Shankar  and vocal by Pandit Jasraj on the opening day. Sanjeev Shankar and Ashwani Shankar were born in a family of musicians of Banaras gharana in which shehnai and flute have been played for the last 450 years and over, after formal training in pursuit of proficiency of the highest order in raga, taaland laya.Pandit Jasraj, the Mewati maestro, endowed with a rich, soulful and sonorous voice which traverses effortlessly over all three and a half octaves. He has won several prestigious awards and honours, including the Padma Vibhushan, Sangeet Kala Ratna, Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Award, Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar, Marwar Sangeet Ratna Award and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe second day of the festival will witness vocal by Raghunandan Panshikar and santoor rendition by Shiv Kumar Sharma. Raghunandan Panshikar commands in semi-classical genres (thumri, ghazal, bhajan, abhang, etc.) accounts for his versatility and singularity among Hindustani vocalists. Awards. Shiv Kumar Sharma has started a new genre of instrumental music. Through his performance career of over half a century, he has created millions of new listeners and ardent fans of Indian classical music. His performances are a brilliant combination of rich knowledge, perfect skill and abundant, spontaneous creativity an adherent of the Banaras gharana, Shiv Kumar Sharma has a long list of national and international awards.Third day of the festival will bring to you vocal by Manjiri Asanare  and flute by Hari Prasad Chaurasia. Born in a family of musicians, Manjiri’s interest in music developed under the guidance of Pt. C T Mhaiskar of Sangli. She has now been performing at prestigious music festivals, and has gained recognition as a fine upcoming musician of the Jaipur gharana.Natural talent, deep dedication, fine training and years of rigorous riyaz have made Chaurasia one of the top flutists in India today. Hariprasad Chaurasia has been honoured with several prestigious awards including the Padma Vibhushan.Day four will see vocal by Ritesh and Rajnish Mishra  and sarod rendition by Tejendra Majumdar, dhrupad rendition by Uday Bhawalkar followed by vocal by Ajoy Chakrabarty . Ritesh and Rajnish Mishra have been learning music since their birth with sounds of tanpura, sarangi, tabla and voices of forefathers vibrating in their home and surroundings. Tejendra Majumdar was awarded the President’s gold medal and the Pandit D V Paluskar award. Uday has also collaborated with artists from other disciplines and cultures, including the contemporary dancer Astad Deboo, Ensemble Modern in Germany and musicians from Spain, Georgia and USA. Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty became a disciple of Ustad Munawar Ali Khan, the son of the great Patiala Maestro Ustad Bade Gulam Ali Khan. He is the first recipient of the Kumar Gandharva award.When: February 19 – 22  Where: Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marglast_img read more

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