Bhupen Hazarika’s son Tej shifts tack, says Bharat Ratna for father an honour

first_imgTej Hazarika, the son of Assamese singer-composer Bhupen Hazarika, has said that he had been invited by the Union government to accept the Bharat Ratna on behalf of his late father and it that would be his “tremendous honour” to receive the country’s highest civilian award.On the controversy over his remarks made on February 11 through a Facebook post, Mr. Hazarika said: “It is unfortunate that (some) people would completely misinterpret my public February 11th statement regarding the ‘Bharat Ratna’ itself by sadly misrepresenting my view of it.”In the Facebook post, he had said that his father’s name and words were being invoked and celebrated publicly while plans were afoot to pass a “painfully unpopular” Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that was “actually undermining his documented position. It would in reality be in direct opposition to what Bupenda believed in his heart of hearts.”Mr. Hazarika said it was a “tremendous honour for me and my family to be invited” by the Indian government to accept the ‘Bharat Ratna’ on behalf of his late father.“The Government of India has graciously extended me an invitation to accept the Bharat Ratna for my father. He sacrificed much and devoted selflessly to the cause of a united and progressive India and now he is being recognised for that with this well-deserved award,” Mr. Hazarika said in a statement issued to PTI in New York. “It will be my dreamlike privilege to receive it for my father and his fans and followers everywhere. As always, I will strive to follow in my father’s footsteps to work to bring light where there is darkness,” he said.last_img read more

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a month agoWest Ham striker Sebastien Haller: Man Utd good measure for us

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham striker Sebastien Haller: Man Utd good measure for usby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham striker Sebastien Haller is delighted with the start of his Premier League career.The Frenchman is looking forward to testing himself against one of the Premier League’s biggest clubs, Manchester United, when they visit London Stadium on Sunday afternoon.Haller told whufc.com: “Of course, it’s a big club. Everyone who plays football, when you were young, you watched Champions League games and teams like Manchester United.“It’s a big team, but it’s part of the game and part of the job to perform against those teams and it’s also a good test for us because we need to know to what we can do against them. It’s a good measure.“You don’t have to think about them too much so you just have to prepare for them like you prepare for the other teams because it’s still three points. The points are not worth more because it’s Man U, but it’s a good test.“In our minds, it’s something nice to perform against those teams, so we’re looking forward to it.” last_img read more

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$400 Million for On-Lending to MSMEs

first_imgIn a move to boost the micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) sector, the Government will shortly establish a $400-million fund for on-lending to the sector.Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Floyd Green, says the National Export-Import Bank of Jamaica (EXIM Bank), has been charged to institute the facility, and it will be available soon.The State Minister, who spoke with JIS News following his presentation at a Youth Conference at St. Catherine High School on March 14, said work is taking place with the EXIM Bank for MSME loans that are “accessible to all” who want to develop their enterprises, at rates that they can afford.The forum was organised by the University of the West Indies (UWI) Governance Club, for high-school students who are preparing for tertiary education, under the theme ‘Total Wellness for a Smooth Transition into University’.Mr. Green pointed out that the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) has been “strengthened” to ensure that persons who want to set up businesses can get help with the preparation of business plans, and marketing support, design and branding for their products.last_img read more

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Shoppers Drug Mart signs marijuana supply deal with Aurora Cannabis

first_imgTORONTO – Licensed producer Aurora Cannabis has signed a deal to supply medical marijuana to Shoppers Drug Mart.The agreement is subject to Health Canada’s approval of the pharmacy chain’s application to dispense medical cannabis.Aurora’s products are expected to be sold online, as current Canadian regulations prohibit the sale of medical marijuana in pharmacy locations.Shoppers Drug Mart’s deal with Aurora comes after it recently signed similar deals with licensed medical marijuana producers Aphria, MedReleaf and Tilray.The pharmacy chain’s parent company Loblaw Companies Ltd. applied in October 2016 for a license to dispense medical marijuana.Other pharmacies have also lined up similar supply agreements, such as deals between Maricann Group. and Lovell Drugs and CanniMed Therapeutics and PharmaChoice.Companies in this story: (TSX:ACB, TSX:APH, TSX:LEAF, TSX:L)last_img read more

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Diebler Lighty showcase skills at NBA Combine prepare for draft

As the Ohio State basketball team prepares for life without Jon Diebler and David Lighty, they are both are preparing for success at the next level. Both players competed at the NBA Combine, which was broadcast live on ESPN U, Thursday in Chicago. ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford said it’s possible both Buckeyes will be selected in the second round of the NBA draft but he also sees situations in which neither player will be selected. The NBA draft consists of only two rounds. One thing Ford was certain of was which draft hopeful has the best shooting ability. “When you watch Jon Diebler, his misses look good. … I do think he’s the best shooter in this draft,” Ford said on the ESPN U broadcast. “You need shooters; you’ve got to spread the floor in the NBA.” Ford compared Diebler to Chicago Bulls guard Kyle Korver, who led the NBA this season in 3-point shots made during the fourth quarter. While Diebler was praised for his shooting ability, Lighty was acknowledged mostly for his defense. Len Elmore, an ESPN analyst and former NBA first-round, called Lighty “one of the best defenders in the Big Ten” last season. Lighty was referred to also as a player who doesn’t have just one elite quality, but who “does all the little things” and has “always played his role.” The 2011 NBA draft will be held June 23 in Newark, N.J. Diebler did not immediately return phone calls for comment. read more

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Soldotna Declares July 27 as Marge Mullen Appreciation Day

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Soldotna has declared July 27, 2018, as Marge Mullen Appreciation day. She was the first woman to live in Soldotna under the Homestead Act. Marge walked 65 miles through the wilderness, with her husband Frank, to stake a homestead on Soldotna Creek near the Kenai River, in 1947. She just celebrated her 98th birthday, and still resides in Soldotna. The proclamation states: “Marge is known as the unofficial historian for the city, she has voluntarily archived over 1,000 photos for the Kenai Peninsula College, as well as earning an Anthropology degree in 2004 from Kenai Peninsula College.”  Soldotna Mayor Nels Anderson will be presenting the proclamation at the Soldotna City Council meeting on Wednesday, July 25.center_img The meeting will take place this Wednesday, at 6 p.m., at Soldotna City Hall and is open to the public. She was inducted in the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame in 2010 for her “outstanding achievements in community activism and contributions that have influenced the direction of Soldotna.”  last_img read more

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Nikki Bella dating Artem Chigvintsev John Cenas heartbreaking feelings revealed

first_imgNikki Bella has not ruled out a reunion with John Cena.Ben Gabbe/Getty ImagesNikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev are reportedly dating and as per reports, the new couple has amazing chemistry with each other. It was a bit obvious for fans to wonder how Jon Cena will react on the latest update on Nikki’s love life. As per reports, John is apparently happy for his ex-fiancé.As earlier reported, the Total Bellas star ended her engagement with pro-WWE wrestler John Cena last summer. Following which, there were rumors that Nikki and John will get back together and soon announce their new marriage date. That did not happen as Nikki decided to move on in her life. According to pictures obtained by TMZ, Bella was recently spotted “making out” with her former Dancing With the Stars partner, Artem Chigvintsev.As per reports, Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev have been spending time together for a long time but as of now, there is nothing serious going on between them. According to a report by HollywoodLife, John Cena is happy for Nikki Bella and is reportedly supports her in all of her decisions.An alleged source revealed that John Cena will always love Nikki Bella for the person she was to him and will always respect the time they both shared. In addition to this, if Nikki has found love somewhere else then Bumblebee movie star has no problem with that as he holds no bad blood for his former fiancé. Nikki BellaNikki Bella Instagram/ (thenikkibella)”If Nikki is finding love elsewhere, he is happy for her and has nothing ever bad to say about either of them. He hasn’t heard about them kissing but he is not worried about it because that is what happens when you date someone.”The insider went on to reveal that John Cena does not allow any kind of drama in his personal life and understand that Nikki Bella deserves the best life possible.”Nikki is an amazing woman to him and she should have the best life possible with anyone she wants,” the insider further revealed.As of this writing, John Cena or is reps have not commented on the recent claims. Besides this, it will only time will decide if Nikki Bella will find true love with Artem Chigvintsev or will get back together with John Cena.last_img read more

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Portugal bus crash kills 29 German tourists

first_imgA video grab obtained from drone footage shows the wreckage of a tourist bus that crashed on 17 April 2019 in Canico, on the Portuguese island of Madeira. At least 28 people were killed when a tourist bus crashed on the Portuguese island of Madeira, the local mayor told local media. The regional protection service did not confirm the toll when questioned by AFP. Photo: AFPTwenty-nine German tourists were killed when their bus spun off the road and tumbled down a slope before crashing into a house on the Portuguese island of Madeira.Drone footage of the aftermath of the accident showed the badly mangled wreckage of the bus resting precariously on its side against a building on a hillside, the vehicle’s roof partially crushed and front window smashed.Rescue workers attended to injured passengers among the undergrowth where the bus came to rest, some of them bearing bloodied head bandages and bloodstained clothes, others appearing to be more seriously hurt.Local authorities said most of the dead were in their 40s and 50s.They were among the more than one million tourists who visit the Atlantic islands off the coast of Morocco each year, attracted by its subtropical climate and rugged volcanic terrain.”Horrible news comes to us from Madeira,” a German government spokesman tweeted after the crash.”Our deep sorrow goes to all those who lost their lives in the bus accident, our thoughts are with the injured,” he added.German holidaymakers were the second largest group after British tourists to visit the islands — known as the Pearl of the Atlantic and the Floating Garden in the Atlantic — in 2017, according to Madeira’s tourism office.The islands are home to just 270,000 inhabitants.Filipe Sousa, mayor of Santa Cruz where the accident happened, said 17 women and 11 men were killed in the crash, with another 21 injured.A doctor told reporters another woman died of her injuries in hospital.”I express the sorrow and solidarity of all the Portuguese people in this tragic moment, and especially for the families of the victims who I have been told were all German,” president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa told Portuguese television.He said he would travel to Madeira overnight.’Profound sadness’ Portuguese prime minister Antonio Costa added on Twitter that he had contacted German chancellor Angela Merkel to convey his condolences”It is with profound sadness that I heard of the accident on Madeira,” he wrote on the government’s Twitter page.”I took the occasion to convey my sadness to Chancellor Angela Merkel at this difficult time,” he added.The regional protection service in Madeira confirmed 28 deaths in the accident that happened at 6:30 pm (1730 GMT) Wednesday, while hospital authorities said another woman later died of her injuries.The bus had been carrying around 50 passengers.Regional government vice president Pedro Calado said it was “premature” to speculate on the cause of the crash, adding that the vehicle was five years old and that “everything had apparently been going well”.Judicial authorities had opened an investigation into the circumstances of the accident, the Madeira public prosecutor’s office told the Lusa news agency.Medical teams were being sent from Lisbon to help local staff carry out post-mortems on the dead.last_img read more

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Simran Sethi Quits Netflix India Role

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Sethi joined Netflix in August 2017 after stints at Freeform, NBC, Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison and Sony Pictures Television. While Netflix global hit “Sacred Games” was already commissioned when Sethi joined, shows commissioned or acquired under her watch include Richie Mehta’s acclaimed “Delhi Crime,” Deepa Mehta’s “Leila,” due June 14, and “Bard of Blood,” from Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment. Simran Sethi, the Los Angeles-based director of Netflix international originals, responsible for India content, has resigned and will quit after a transition period.Netflix did not comment. Sources familiar with the matter told Variety that Netflix prefers an executive based in India to oversee local original content that has now grown to 11 series and 22 films. Sethi, who grew up in the U.S., chose to remain there for personal reasons, the source said.Sethi’s replacement could hail from within India or from outside, but the role will be based in Mumbai as it requires dealing with local content creators on a daily basis.Sethi is the second high-profile executive to choose to stay in Los Angeles rather than move to Mumbai, after Swati Shetty. A former Disney executive who went on to produce Sundance audience award winner “Umrika,” Shetty joined Netflix in August 2016 and relocated to Los Angeles from Mumbai. When her role required her to move back to Mumbai, Shetty quit, and after a cooling off period, joined Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment as EVP, international content, a Los Angeles-based position.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

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Prithvi in Delhi

first_imgAll lovers of theatre brace up and keep the weekend free, for you don’t wanna miss out on this lovely thing coming up. The Pad- starring Kitu Gidwani, Capt. Sanjay Nath, Daniel D’ Souza and Saattvic, and is produced by Nishna Mehta – young powerhouse and one of the most sought after stage managers in Mumbai theatre. It explores relationships in contemporary India  among people belonging to communities that most people know very little of and are subject to quick stereotyping. The play looks beyond these biases of stereotype and assumption and looks at the characters for who they really are as people.The play raises questions about the nature of love and its limitations. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ About the play A house in Bandra, Mumbai is witness to two inextricably intertwined relationships between successive pairs of occupants. Pulkit, a banker, has rented a quirky flat in Bandra for the sole purpose of hooking up. One night he meets Sahil, a young PhD student, for sex. Sahil is researching interior design, and is taken by the interiors of the house. He wants to use it for his research, but has to deal with a bitter, cynical and brusque Pulkit. The one night stand turns into something more, as they get to know each other… and uncover the lives of the previous occupants, Jennifer and Fabian. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix The Theatre gropup Frontier Theatre is a new Mumbai based theatre group that aims to create original and relevant theatre that pushes boundaries. Central to our philosophy is the belief that the content and form of our work should reflect and document the exciting and dynamic society we live in – a society that is trying to develop while keeping its roots intact, a society that is struggling to reconcile Eastern and Western values and ways of life, a society that throws up mind boggling inequalities, a society that is on the cusp of becoming a major global power. So get it booked and get going! When – June 7,2014 4:30 pm & 7:30 pm Where – Alliance Francaise de Delhilast_img read more

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European broadcast group RTL has reported a growth

first_imgEuropean broadcast group RTL has reported a growth in revenues but falling earnings in its latest financial results.The company, which operates a number of channels across the region, has reported growth in Germany but challenging market conditions in other areas. 
Revenues rose 3.3% to US$3.5 billion (€2.8 billion) but earnings in the first half of the year before interest, taxes and amortisation was down to $631 million.However, the company expects a stronger performance for its production and distribution arm FremantleMedia in the second half of the year.“Looking to the remainder of 2012, we maintain our cautious and flexible approach for the business, in particular as there is no visibility yet on the development of the TV advertising markets during the important fourth quarter. With the phasing of productions, we anticipate stronger second half earnings for our content business FremantleMedia. We again expect 
the Group to deliver a solid level of EBITA, although not at the record level of 2011,” said RTL Group joint chief executives Anke Schäferkordt and Guillaume de Posch.last_img read more

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Online video service Netflix has launched on the n

first_imgOnline video service Netflix has launched on the new Windows Media 8 platform, which was officially launched yesterday.The company said that a large number of new Windows 8 devices would come with Netflix pre-installed from the start screen, meaning that subscribers would no longer need to go to the Netflix website to access the service.On touch-screen devices, Netflix has enabled a ‘semantic zoom’ feature, enabling users to pinch and zoom to seen an overview of recommendations. Windows 8 is also designed to enable users to open two applications together in so-called ‘snap view’ mode, allowing Netflix subscribers to interact on social networks while watching a movie, the company said.Netflix said yesterday that it now has over 30 million streaming members globally, including over 25 million in the US. Netflix is currently available in 51 countries, with Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland the most recent additions.last_img read more

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Satellite operator Eutelsat has secured its first

first_imgSatellite operator Eutelsat has secured its first customer for the recently launched Eutelsat Cirrus delivery solution, in the shape of video distributor Mondo Globo/MCNC. Telearabial Pro, Mondo Globo’s new TV platform of Arabic-language SD channels, is targeted at the European hospitality sector and comprises six premium Arabic lifestyle and entertainment channels, including three MBC Group channels.Mondo Globo’s  has tapped Eutelsat Cirrus to deliver its platform on Eutelsat’s Hotbird satellite position at 13° East, including the provision of llive channel broadcasting, channel numbering, programme information and content security.Edwardian Hotels London will make the Mondo Globo offering available to guests who want to enjoy MENA channels while staying in the UK.Gerry O’Sullivan, Eutelsat’s EVP, Global TV and Video said: “I am very pleased that our new TV solution has already found its first home with Mondo Globo. The selection of Eutelsat Cirrus by Mondo Globo illustrates its benefits as a one-stop shop solution for greenfield platforms looking to take a fully-integrated solution to market.”Cedric Aoun, president of Mondo Globo/MCNC said: “Eutelsat Cirrus is the ideal delivery system for our new Telearabia Pro offer, combining the strengths of traditional DTH with next-generation features, which will greatly benefit from the reach of Eutelsat’s Hotbird neighbourhood. By adopting this turnkey assembly solution, we have been able to offer the first comprehensive Arabic TV offer to the hospitality market in Europe.”last_img read more

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