first_imgThe Bihar Assembly witnessed pandemonium on Monday, with the Opposition NDA leaders demanding a CBI inquiry into the Bihar Staff Selection Commission (BSSC) paper leak. A delegation of IAS officers met the Assembly Speaker seeking his intervention in the issue and the release of the arrested BSSC chairman, Sudhir Kumar.The NDA MLAs gathered at the gates of the Assembly with placards and shouted slogans against the government. Later, as the House sat for the day, the Leader of the Opposition, Prem Kumar, demanded suspension of Question Hour to take up the urgent matter. When the Speaker refused, Opposition leaders trooped into the Well of the House and raised slogans against the Nitish Kumar government. They also demanded the sacking of Ministers allegedly linked to the scam. The House was then adjourned till 2 p.m.In the second half of the session, the government presented its revenue-surplus budget for the year 2017-18. Finance Minister Abdul Bari Siddiqui ended his budget speech in 20 minutes, which later drew criticism from the Opposition leaders. “There is nothing in the budget to highlight, which is why he ended it quickly,” said Mr. Kumar.Later, outside the House, Mr. Kumar told journalists that the government should agree to the IAS officers’ demand for a CBI probe into the BSSC paper leak scam. “The government should also disclose the names of Ministers and MLAs who had made job recommendations to the BSSC and take action against them,” he told The Hindu. Former Chief Minister and leader of the Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) Jitan Ram Manjhi said he had some papers, which he would make public in a day or two, that would reveal the identity of those who had sent recommendations to the BSSC chief for jobs. “BSSC chairman Sudhir Kumar is an honest IAS officer and his arrest only shows the vindictive attitude of the government,” he said. Meanwhile, a delegation of IAS officers met Speaker Vijay Chaudhury in the Assembly to seek a CBI inquiry into the scam. They are also likely to meet Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav and senior State BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi.On Sunday, the IAS officers declared that they would no longer take oral orders, not even from the Chief Minister.last_img read more

first_imgThe Ground breaking ceremony of the ₹6,000 crore LNG Terminal was held at Dhamra port in Odisha’s Bhadrak district on SaturdayPetroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan performed the Bhumi Pujan in the absence of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.The 5 MMTPA capacity LNG terminal will play a major role in accelerating the process of development and economic growth in eastern India, Mr.Pradhan said.Construction of the LNG import terminal would involve an investment of ₹ 6,000 crore, while a 2539 km long network of pipeline to transport gas would be laid at a cost of Rs 13,000 crore, the petroleum minister said.The network would connect 13 districts of Odisha and states like Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh, he added.Stating that the country now has only one gas terminal in Gujarat, Mr.Pradhan said that natural gas would now be brought to Bhadrak from countries like America, Canada and Qatar.The natural gas from the terminal would also be supplied to various city gas distribution networks in the eastern India.While households in various cities would get piped gas, motor vehicles and industries would get cheaper and clean fuel, the Petroleum Minister said adding it would create vast employment opportunities for the the youth of Odisha.Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who was supposed to perform “Bhumi Pujan”, skipped the programme. BJD MP and MLAs also did not attend the function.Mr. Pradhan said the chief minister had been invited to the function but it was learnt last night that he would not be attending it.He said since the gas infrastructure project is set to boost economic growth in Odisha and the entire eastern region, the chief minister’s presence would have been been more appropriate.BJD spokesperson and MP Pratap Keshari Deb said the chief minister had given consent to attend the function as it was a government programme. However, he decided to stay away when it was understood that it would become a political event.last_img read more

first_imgSachin Tendulkar meeting Kerala CM Oommen Chandy in Thiruvananthapuram on TuesdayThe Kochi team for the Indian Super League(ISL) football tournament, co-owned by cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, has been named ‘Kerala Blasters’.The name was announced by state chief minister Oommen Chandy after his brief meeting with Tendulkar today.Tendulkar also accepted Chandy’s request to be Goodwill Ambassador of the National Games, to be held in Kerala in January-February 2015.Tendulkar, who was given a rousing reception at the airport and government secretariat, also called on Opposition Leader VS Achuthanandan, seeking support in his efforts to promote football.After meeting Chandy in his chamber, a beaming Tendulkar said he was “overwhelmed and speechless” at the love and affection showered on him by Keralites.On the team’s name, he said: “People call me Master Blaster… One can say there is possibly an association,” he said.Tendulkar said though he grew up playing cricket, not many know that he enjoyed other sports as well.”I grew up playing cricket… Very few people knew that I enjoy other sports like hockey, football and badminton.” He said the Indian Super League would definitely give a boost to football in the country. (MORE)Tendulkar said that as a Rajya Sabha member, he had submitted to the Human Resources Development Ministry his “vision” on promotion of sports and would continue to pursue that.”With collective and positive efforts we are sure the results will be good.”He said media support for promotion of sports was very important.advertisementTendulkar took the state government’s request for being Goodwill Ambassador for the National Games as a “huge honour”.”I am very happy to be part of this and for promotion of sports,” he said.Chandy thanked Tendulkar for accepting the state’s request in this regard.The CM said the team owners had offered to impart training in football to 1.25 lakh students in the state.After meeting Chandy, Tendulkar went to Achuthanandan’s official residence and presented him a jerried shawl, a gesture reciprocated by the nonagenarian leader.”Sachin is an icon of cricket not only in India but the world over and it is a great thing that he is now supporting football,” Achuthanandan said.Tendulkar said he was extremely delighted to meet Achuthanandan and his support and goodwill meant a lot for the Indian Super League Football.Tendulkar and team co-owner Prasad Potlury, a Hyderabad based entrepreneur, left for Kochi in the afternoon.When he arrived in the government secretariat, a large number of people, including the staff, gathered to have a glance.Though brief, the event turned out to be a spontaneous one within the secretariat premises.last_img read more

first_img“I am here. I am president of the company, what more “I am here. I am president of the company, what more do you want? If I have to play Ill play, if I have to coach, I dont have the license to coach,” Figo declared when asked what role he will play in the event. When suggested that futsal is hardly known in India, he retored, “So well make it known. Because of that we are here, to make it known. If it was known, we would not be here. We like challenges.” Figo backed his country of birth, Portugal, as well of residence, Spain, to do well in the upcoming Euro 2016 in France.”Portugal always have the hope to do well or do better than the last editions. We have a lot of hopes to do well in France, of course. To achieve a good position. If we are going to do it or not, you never know. We have a good team. “Theoretically, our group, I think we can make it. And after that its the knockout and anything can happen.”But in the end, all kind of national teams that have the experience of reaching always the semifinals, finals, they are the favourites. France play at home, Spain, Italy, Portugal and (World champions) Germany, of course,” he added.He also said he did not look beyond Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich to lift this years Champions League. (More) PTI SSR NRB AH CMlast_img read more

first_imgIt wasn’t that long ago when India received its firstindividual gold medal at Olympics. Abhinav Bindra broke India’s dry spell withhis gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.This year, at Rio Olympics, we came pretty close atincreasing the gold tally but lost despite putting up a fierce fight.A lot of countries participating at the Rio Olympics received their first everOlympic gold, reminding us of the proud moment when our national anthem playedat the Beijing Olympics.  Here’s a list ofplayers who made their countries proud by bringing home the first Olympic gold:Ahmad AbughaushJORDANAbughaush reigned over the taekwondo ring and earned hiscountry its first Gold in the men’s 68kg division. Majlinda KelmendiKOSOVOA small region in southeast Europe made history when itreceived its first gold medal in women’s judo. Kosovo was recognised by theInternational Olympic Council in 2014 and Melinda Kelmendi’s gold medal inwomen’s Judo brought it up on the Olympics radar. Cheick SallahIVORY COASTRio was Ivory Coast’s 14th attempt at Olympics and this timethey struck gold.  Cheick Sallah JuniorCisse won his country’s first gold in the men’s 80kg taekwondo event. Joseph SchoolingSINGAPORESchooling made news as soon as he touched the finish line.His medal was no ordinary gold as he not only won Singapore’s first Olympicgold medal but also did that by beating the legendary Michael Phelps. Heachieved the extraordinary feat in the men’s 100m butterfly event.Dilshod NazarovTAJIKISTANDilshod Nazarov’s strong arms got Tajikistan its first everOlympics gold medal in the men’s hammer throw. This was Tajikistan’s sixthattempt at the Summer Olympics.advertisement Hoang Xuan Vinh VIETNAMVietnam won its first gold after 15 trips to the SummerOlympics. Hoang Xuan Vinh won a Gold in 10-meter air pistol. Fehaid Al DeehaniINDEPENDENTImage source: usatodayThough Fehaid Al Deehani is an officer in the Kuwaiti army, he could not represent his nation as it is suspended by the InternationalOlympic Committee. This was the first time an athlete who participated as anindependent player won a gold medal. Deehani won a Gold in double trapshooting. Monica PuigPUERTO RICOMonica Puig finally won Puerto Rico its first gold medal inits 18th attempt at Summer Olympics. She won Gold in women’s tennis. Ruth JebetBAHRAIN Jebet won Bahrain its first gold medal in the women’ssteeplechase event. This was the country’s ninth attempt at Summer Olympics. Men’s rugbyFIJIFiji made a big splash in the men’s rugby when it  bagged a gold after thrashing Britain with animpressive 43-7 score, giving Fiji its first gold since its first 14 attemptsat the Summer Olympics.Image source: ReutersRead: Dipa Karmakar nominated for Khel Ratna: Facts about the biggest sporting award and the nominee Read: PV Sindhu all set for an olympic medal: All you need to know about the ace shuttlerFor more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

first_imgMexico Mexicans Abroad Minute: Hirving Lozano, Chicharito score to continue strong starts Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 23:00 11/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Hirving Lozano PSV @PSV Mexico Javier Hernández The PSV winger’s amazing run continues, while the West Ham forward again found the back of the net. Goal’s Jon Arnold reviews the weekend… The weekend saw both Hirving Lozano and Chicharito find the back of the net, with Lozano earning plenty of love from the PSV fans as he moved atop the scoring chart in the Netherlands.Goal correspondent Jon Arnold reviews the weekend action in the video above.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: In a bureaucratic reshuffle, the government has transferred one secretary level and six additional secretary-level officials to different departments.According to a government order, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), which is chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the appointment of Amita Prasad, an 85-batch Karnataka cadre IAS officer, has been appointed as chairperson of Inland Waterways Authority of India, an arm of Ministry of Shipping, in the rank and pay of secretary. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedSimilarly, Arun Kumar Jha, a 1985-batch IES official, has been appointed as director-general of National Productivity Council (NPC), an arm of Commerce & Industry Ministry. Jha was presently in his cadre. Other officers who have been given new assignments include Jyoti Arora, 87-batch Haryana cadre IAS. Arora, presently in the cadre, has been appointed as additional secretary and financial advisor in the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology by temporarily upgrading the vacant post of joint secretary and FA. Also Read – 14-yr-old girl raped, strangled to death in UP’s ShamliRajesh Verma, 87-batch Odisha cadre IAS, has been appointed as additional secretary in the Agriculture Ministry; while Indevar Pandey, 88-batch West Bengal cadre IAS, has been shifted to Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region as additional secretary by temporarily upgrading a vacant post of joint secretary. Bharat Lal, an 88-batch Gujarat cadre forest officer, has been shifted to Jal Shakti Ministry as additional secretary. Lal was the additional secretary to the President. Shashank Priya, an 88-batch IRS officer, has been appointed as additional secretary & financial advisor in the Commerce Ministry against an existing vacancy.last_img read more

first_imgThe Lupus LA Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon will take place this Friday.Now in its 15th year, the Lupus LA Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon is a Beverly Hills tradition. Guests will enjoy an afternoon of fashion and fun, including an exciting silent auction with over 200 designer handbags, donated by top designers and celebrities, as well as an exclusive fashion show from Roberto Cavalli.The event will also feature lunch, a live auction, awards and more. Funds raised will support Lupus LA’s mission to find the causes of and cure for lupus, while providing support, services and hope to those affected by lupus. Preview the handbags and purchase tickets at event will be hosted by Paula Abdul. Additional attendees include Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick; “Silicon Valley”), Lisa Ann Walter (The Parent Trap; Bruce Almighty), Kearran Giovanni (“Major Crimes”), Kate Von (“Cutthroat Kitchen”) and more to be announced.This year’s Women of Achievement Award Honorees are Cara Dellaverson (Senior Vice President, Drama Development, NBC) and Emily V. Gordon (Writer, Producer, The Big Sick).WHEN: Friday, November 17, 2017Red Carpet & Silent Auction: 11 AM – 12:30 PMLuncheon, Fashion Show, Live Auction, Awards: 12:30 – 2 PMWHERE: The Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210last_img read more

first_imgPolice are asking anyone with information to please call Fort Nelson RCMP at (250) 774-2700, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.No further information is available at this time. FORT NELSON, B.C. – The Northern Rockies RCMP and North District Major Crime Unit are investigating the suspicious death of two people south of the Liard Hot Springs.On Monday, July 15, 2019, at approximately 7:19 a.m. Northern Rockies front line officers were called to an area on the highway approximately 20 kilometres south of Liard Hot Springs.Upon attendance, police discovered two adults deceased. Both deaths appeared to be suspicious and Northern Rockies RCMP called for assistance from North District Major Crime Unit.last_img read more

Rabat – Minister of Governance and General Affairs Lahcen Daoudi has finally spoken about what pushed him to submit his resignation request after he joined a sit-in against the major boycott campaign on June 5.In an interview with Al Jazeera, Daoudi said that he decided to resign from the government to reduce the damage to his party, the Justice and Development Party (PJD).He explained his “unplanned” participation in the sit-in in front of Parliament, saying that the sit-in coincided with his arrival in the Parliament for a parliamentary committee meeting. He added that he participated for fear that a crowd of protesters would surround him. The sit-in was organized by employees of Centrale Danone, which has been under boycott by Moroccan consumers since April 20. Danone fired many of its employees due to the effects of the boycott. In his interview, which was published Saturday, Daoudi recognized that he may have made a “hasty decision.”The minister, who angered boycotters, added that his participation was to defend employees rather than Centrale Danone.Since the sit-in last Tuesday, the PJD released a series of statements denouncing Daoudi’s participation in the sit-in. In the first statement released Wednesday night after an extraordinary meeting, the party considered the action “unreasonable” and “inappropriate.”The party has also appreciated Daoudi’s decision to resign from the government.On June 8, the party released another statement, denying it had received a resignation request from Daoudi.The statement notes that it learned about his intention to resign and “hailed his courageous decision,” but never received his resignation request.Since the launch of the boycott on April 20, Daoudi has angered boycotters by defending Centrale Danone and the national economy. In May, Daoudi said that the boycott is going on for “no reason.”King Mohammed VI has not yet approved Daoudi’s resignation request, as required by the Moroccan constitution.Subsequently, Daoudi participated in the Government Council of Thursday, June 7. read more

4 April 2011The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the killing of a young Iraqi journalist, stressing that the attack must not go unpunished. The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the killing of a young Iraqi journalist, stressing that the attack must not go unpunished. Sabah al-Bazee was a 30-year-old freelance journalist who worked for several media outlets, including Reuters and CNN. He was among 20 people killed on 29 March when gunmen attacked the provincial government building in the city of Tikrit. “The vicious attack that took his life, and many others as well, is an attack against the whole of Iraqi society and must not go unpunished,” UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said in a news release. “Free and independent information, the basis of open informed debate, is essential for the reconstruction of Iraq where all too many journalists have been paying with their lives to keep civil society at home and abroad informed,” she added.“I encourage the authorities in Iraq to do everything possible to bring the perpetrators to justice.”Mr. al-Bazee’s death follows the murder of another Iraqi freelance reporter in February. Hilal al-Ahmadi, who was well known for his articles on corruption in the country, was shot as he headed to work in the northern city of Mosul. read more

The Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, James A. Baker III, will meet with representatives of the Polisario Front and the Governments of Algeria and Mauritania in Pinedale, Wyoming, from 27 to 29 August. The encounter was organized by Mr. Baker pursuant to the provisions of Security Council Resolution 1359, the spokesman said.That resolution backed a proposal by the Secretary-General to invite the parties to meet directly or through proximity talks under the auspices of his Personal Envoy to discuss a proposed draft Framework Agreement on the Status of Western Sahara. The Council emphasized that “engaging in these negotiations, the parties will not prejudice their final positions.”The parties were also encouraged “to negotiate any specific changes they would like to see in this proposal, as well as to discuss any other proposal for a political solution, which may be put forward by the parties, to arrive at a mutually acceptable agreement.” read more

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 2, 2017 7:15 am MDT Last Updated Aug 2, 2017 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Postmedia Network Inc. has struck a deal to sell a printing plant in Toronto to Rice Group, a commercial and industrial developer, for $30.475 million that will be used to help pay down debt.The media company (TSX:PNC.A, TSX:PNC.B) acquired the facility in west Toronto as part of its agreement to buy Sun Media’s English-language properties in 2015.The transaction is expected to close by Aug. 30.Postmedia says it will enter into a lease for part of the property for up to 10 years. Postmedia sells Toronto printing plant for $30.5 million to repay debt read more

first_imgThis new document from the World Bank Group provides information, guidance and tools to support decision-making, planning and implementation of mining local procurement in West Africa, in particular at a country level. It can be used by individual role players as well as form the basis of consultative processes. The guide can also support regional harmonisation relating to mining local procurement.This 2015 version of the Practical Guide to Mining Local Procurement in West Africa addresses questions that are commonly asked by governments, companies, and citizens in the region. How do we define and measure local procurement? Do we create a specific policy or legislation to encourage mining companies to buy more locally? If so, what do these look like, and what has led to successful outcomes in other countries? Do we pick winner productive sectors? How do we best support suppliers to develop the right capacities and standards to meet mine requirements? What institutional framework and which actors need to be involved to deliver? Rather than laying the main responsibility for increasing domestic sourcing on the mining sector, this Guide aims at promoting a multi-stakeholder approach, in which all actors have clear roles and responsibilities. This guide has been organised into eight modules that each address a set of related questions that have been consistently raised by role players.last_img read more

first_imgA NUMBER OF Irish pro-choice activists will gather outside the Spanish Embassy in Dublin this afternoon to protest against Spain’s plans to change its abortion laws.Since 2010, any woman can decide to have an abortion within the first 14 weeks of pregnancy in Spain.However, the proposals would roll back those changes.The Spanish government has published draft legislation which would limit access to terminations for pregnant women. The new rules would only permit abortions in cases of rape or when the mother’s health is at serious risk. Terminations would not be allowed in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities.“Should the legislation be passed, Spain would then hold one of the most restrictive abortion regimes in Europe, only marginally more progressive than the Irish system,” said Abortion Rights Campaign spokesperson Gráinne Griffin.“This proposed change will force people to travel abroad for abortion, as every year thousands currently do in Ireland,” she continued.“We do not believe that people in Spain should be forced to live like we do in Ireland.”The group is organising the picket of the embassy between 2pm and 3pm this afternoon to coincide with protests by pro-choice and feminist organisations across Spain.Over the past few weeks, thousands of people have turned out to demonstrations against the government’s plans. Rulers have suggested that they will modify the draft law following the protests.Last weekend, topless women threw underwear at the archbishop of Madrid as he arrived at a church. They hurled the red-stained knickers at the cardinal, as they believe he is one of the forces behind Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s reforms.ARC says the “struggle for access to reproductive health rights and bodily integrity is an international one” and has called on Irish people to demonstrate in a show of solidarity and support for Spanish women.It has also written an open letter which claims that “legislative restrictions on abortion will never lower the abortion rate”.“We do not believe that  people with unwanted pregnancies in any country should be sent abroad to have terminations alone and in secret. We believe that nobody should go back to living in a society like ours.“It is clear that in Spain, as in Ireland, access to abortion needs to be removed from the sphere of politics and provided for as a basic reproductive health right.”The ruling party in Spain, the Popular Party, has been divided over the issue and calls for a free vote when the bill comes to parliament have been made.Read: US abortion rate at lowest since 1973More: Vatican says it will protect children – but criticises UN for ‘interfering’last_img read more

first_imgHeide Ward Councillor Michelle Kleinert has been elected mayor and Koonung Ward councillor, while Mike Zafiropoulos AM is the new deputy mayor for 2016-17. The appointing took place at a Special Meeting of Council on Tuesday 8 November.Zafiropoulos and Kleinert thanked the residents of Heide Ward for electing them and promised to continue their efforts to represent the community with all their energy, looking forward to developing a cohesive team environment and a smooth working relationship between councillors, officers and the city.Mike Zafiropoulos came to Australia as an 18-year-old computer science student in 1967. He has served as general manager of SBS, chair of Channel 31, president of Fronditha Care and is the architect of Speak Greek in March as well as a lifetime Australia Day Ambassador.“Being an Australian means that you belong to a family. It’s a sharing experience, it’s an experience of pride and loyalty, it’s an experience of pride that you’re a member of the nation,” he has said in a previous interview with Neos Kosmos, and according to those values he plans to serve Manningham community. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Wrestleview Post-RAW #24: Newsworthy episode on the road to WrestleMania 35 RAW Highlights: Brock destroys Rollins, Becky challenges Ronda, Jarrett and Road Dogg Google+ WhatsApp NFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play? Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter WWE RAW Ratings: Viewers see increase after Royal Rumble, WWE wins night on cable Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Now Playing Up Next This week’s 1/28 WWE Smackdown on USA drew a 1.87 cable rating with 2.72 million viewers. This is the same rating the show drew last week with 2.75 million viewers.As reported earlier, Smackdown drew a 0.87 rating among adults 18-49 on Thursday night.Source:, Showbuzzdaily.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipNFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 3:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 36.65%0:04Remaining Time -3:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Roman Reigns is in Remission Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Ben Roethlisberger Twitter Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need Itlast_img read more

first_imgKukatpally: Jubilant students of the JNTU here celebrated the scrapping of Articles 370 and 35(A) by the Centre on Monday by distributing sweets. A festive atmosphere prevailed on the university campus premises. Speaking to The Hans India, some students said that following the changes made, Jammu & Kashmir would develop along with other States in India. They expressed the hope and confidence that the Indian tricolor flag would be hoisted without any fear now in the State, where trouble-makers hoist the Pakistan flag during agitations. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us The students thanked Union Home Minister Amit Shah and President Ramnath Kovind for issuing orders ushering in changes in the border State. They asserted that the changes would firmly send a message that we are one and that there was no scope for ‘do vidhan’, ‘do pradhan’. “J&K is an integral part of the country and would remain so,” they added. The students also thanked the Centre for making clear that such slogans would not be tolerated. Among those who participated in the celebrations were Chintakunta Saikumar, K Akhil, Jessica, Santosh, Soniha,Omith, Shiva, Naresh. They reiterated their resolve to be in service of ‘Bharatmata’.last_img read more

first_imgMahesh Babu in Sarileru NeekevvaruTwitterThe makers of Anil Ravipudi’s Sarileru Neekevvaru have plans to release its first look poster on August 9, which happens to be the birthday of superstar Mahesh Babu, who will turn 44.After the success of Maharshi, Mahesh Babu has started shooting for his upcoming movie Sarileru Neekevvaru, which is scheduled for Sankranti release in 2020. All his fans are eagerly looking forward to seeing the first look of the actor in the film, which happens to be the superstar’s 26th movie.The latest we hear is that the team of Sarileru Neekevvaru is currently shooting a hilarious train episode in a specially erected set in Hyderabad. The makers have planned to unveil Mahesh Babu’s first look on August 9 and it will be a treat for his fans on his 44th birthday. They are expected to make an official announcement about it soon.Written and directed by Anil Ravipudi, Sarileru Neekevvaru is an action film and Mahesh Babu will be seen playing an Indian Army Major. The makers have teased all the fans by releasing a couple of on-location stills. After wrapping up its Kashmir schedule, Anil Sunkara tweeted a photo featuring Mahesh in army getup.Anil Sunkara tweeted, “One of the memorable and best schedules is wrapped today. Kudos to our entire team who worked all through to begin this unmatchable journey. Our superstar will be seen in arole which we will love laugh and remember for a long time.@AnilRavipudi is our captain coolest. Bye Kashmir.” Mahesh Babu in Sarileru NeekevvaruTwitterOn August 3, Anil Sunkara tweeted on-location still featuring Mahesh Babu standing at the door of a train and wrote, “Laughter Express started moving in express speed towards Sankranthi. Our super star will make the screens vibrant with @AnilRavipudi, our laughter captian. grt ready for a super sankranthi 2020.”Anil Ravipudi shared the same photo and revealed that the team of Sarileru Nekkevvaru is shooting a train scene in its second schedule. The director tweeted, “Second schedule progressing in full swing. A hilarious train ride awaits you in theaters this Sankranthi. Get ready to be entertained by Super Star @urstrulymahesh garu… #SarileruNekkevvaru.”last_img read more

first_imgSome of the most epic works of art produced by Renaissance artists were inspired by episodes and characters from the Bible. Although many of these artistic renderings remain true to what is written in the Bible, claims have been made about all sorts of hidden messages in various paintings.There is a brain in ‘The Creation of Adam’One of the most iconic works of Michelangelo is ‘The Creation of Adam,’ one the panel images featured on the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling.The great Florentine artist spent four years working on the Vatican chapel’s ceiling, adding the final touches in early November 1512.That would have been enough time to think of what other images he could embed in the paintings there.Creation of AdamIt is traditionally thought that his Creation of Adam recalls the Biblical episode in which God breathes life into Adam. But a human brain cleverly hidden in the picture adds an extra dimension to interpretations of his work.The brain is concealed in the image of God and went unnoticed until 1990 when American physician Frank Meshberger described his realization in the Journal of the American Medical Association. He saw a splendid illustration of the brain’s anatomy.God with the “brain cloud” around HimOn closer inspection, the Sylvian fissure that separates the brain’s frontal lobe from both the parietal and temporal lobes can be recognized. “It is represented by a bunching up of the cape by one of the angels and by a fold in God’s tunic,” writes Psychology Today.Different areas of the brain are represented by those otherworldly, divine figures surrounding God, altogether composing an entirely brain-looking realm of the panel picture indeed.AdamMore difficult to answer is whether Michelangelo truly knew the human brain in such great detail. He may have worked on real human corpses to explore anatomy, but did he really get the chance to ponder on the brain constituents such as the cerebellum or the pituitary gland?A thorough knowledge of the brain areas was not commonly known to scientists until bit later than the Renaissance. If Michelangelo truly had an accurate understanding of the brain’s composition, he accurately showed it off with the language of art.The handsOr maybe the similarities between features in The Creation of Adam and pictures in a modern anatomical textbook are entirely a work of chance.One may keep wondering: is the artist perhaps hinting that God is merely an invention of the human mind?There is more than one brain in the Sistine ChapelAmong the last pieces which Michelangelo did for the Sistine Chapel project was his take on ‘God Dividing Light from Darkness.’Michelangelo normally portrayed bodies to perfection, however, in this panel God appears to wear an anatomical anomaly around his neck.Four ignudi and two shields or medallions surround the image of God in the Separation of Light from DarknessIt has been proposed that Michelangelo added a concealed image of a brain stem, with both eyes and the optic nerve.The detail can be spotted by superimposing the original Michelangelo with an image of the human brain photographed from below.Sistine Chapel, fresco MichelangeloThe idea is that the two images show how Michelangelo’s anatomical oddity on God looks the same as the image of the brain.The robe that God is wearing is also found to have a strange roll that could further represent the human spinal cord, according to Scientific American.Suk and Tamargo proposed that there are three concealed neuroanatomical images in the Separation of Light from Darkness, the first panel in the Genesis series. photo by Nus1937 CC BY-SA 3.0So, what could possibly be the hidden message here, if Michelangelo ever intended one? Perhaps ‘God Dividing Light from Darkness’ was the artist’s response to the ongoing friction between religion and science that was omnipresent at the time.Flying saucers on 15th-century paintings?Another painting, called ‘Madonna with Saint Giovannino’ and attributed to another Florentine, Domenico Ghirlandaio, might reveal nothing unusual at first sight.But a closer look at the painting reveals a large speck looming in the sky, to the left of the image’s central figure.The painting, which was produced in between 1449 and 1494, today is said to lure crowds to the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, precisely to see this weird speck.Madonna with St. GiovanninoFor conspiracy theorists, it’s more than a speck. It reminds them of a flying saucer. And there is more: a man in the background seems to be observing the mysterious-looking object that emits radiant rays of light. A dog next to him is apparently hostile to the intruder.Close-up of the alleged “UFO”. Source: YouTubeThe Madonna’s posture is also “purposefully” turning her back to the hovering object, shielding the children from any harm that might come from it.Her halo also seems somewhat obscured, possibly by the UFO.However, the UFO speck may be dismissed as just another stellar object. The Nativity star shines brightly just on the left upper corner of this beautiful painting.Hidden images and harmonious music in ‘The Last Supper’The halo used to designate the status of someone as sacred proves to be problematic in other Renaissance paintings.In fact, in Da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper,’ which depicts Jesus having his last meal in the company of the 12 Apostles and just before he is betrayed, there is a total absence of halos.In earlier renderings of this scene from before the 15th century, the halo is present almost everywhere. Da Vinci sort of downplayed the convention of how the Biblical characters should be represented. Perhaps he wanted to show all of them, Jesus included, as mere mortals.Last SupperBut the halo question is not the most intriguing one that revolves around this mural painting that was produced from 1494 to 1494 in Milan’s Church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie.A more interesting claim is that the painting features a hidden image of a woman holding a child. The Dan-Brown-oriented suggestion was made in 2007 by Italian scholar Slavisa Pesci.The hidden figures show up only when Da Vinci’s painting is superimposed with its mirror image. The two images need to be further adjusted for their translucency so that the figures appear before the spectator.A study for The Last Supper from Leonardo’s notebooks showing nine apostles identified by names written above their headsMany were fast to assert the figure was that of Mary Magdalene, but more acclaimed critics received the news with reserve as they deemed the double-image too blurry to be conclusive.Besides the woman, a goblet also emerges with the help of the mirror image. It appears in front of the portrayal of Jesus and might stand for the blessing of the bread and wine that is laid for the supper. Two of the disciples at the table transform simultaneously into knights.Detail of the “beloved disciple” to Jesus’s right, identified by art historians as the apostle John,[25][26] but speculated in The Da Vinci Code and similar works to actually be Mary Magdalene in disguiseOthers have linked the painting with music, finding harmonies in the way the food is placed on the table and the how the hands of the characters are positioned. Italian musician and computer technician Giovanni Maria Pala has proposed there is an entire 40-second-long composition left in the painting to accompany the scene.Pala has said the composition “sounds like a requiem,” and that it is “like a soundtrack that emphasized the passion of Jesus,” according to Live Science.Musicians are instructed to read the hidden musical signs from right to left and use a pipe organ if they want to hear the best results.Mona Lisa’s eyes are full of letters and numbersDebates regarding the Mona Lisa demonstrate that secretive codes are not limited only to paintings that feature Biblical figures.The most famous of Leonardo Da Vinci’s works has been closely examined for cryptic messages left there on purpose.Mona LisaIn 2010, Italian researcher Silvano Vinceti reported that he saw more than an enigmatic smile when he zoomed in on hi-resolution photographs of the Mona Lisa.Alphabetical symbols and numbers, specifically the letters LV, appear to be embedded in the woman’s right eye, perhaps the initials of Da Vinci’s own name. The symbols contained in the left eye were allegedly more difficult to pin down, but Vinceti spotted either the letters CE or just the letter B.Scrutinizing the background, he found more numbers and letters. These include the number 72, or alternatively L2, and on the back of the painting, the number 149_, with a blurred fourth symbol. One explanation for 149 is that Da Vinci worked on this portrait in Milan during the 1490s, albeit it’s generally agreed the portrait was created between 1503 and 1506.Not everyone is enthusiastic about Vinceti’s efforts, who also wants to exhume the remains of the great painter from his grave in in Amboise, France.Read another story from us: Portrait of the Devil? Hidden Image in Vosper’s Famous Painting “Salem”“The ‘discovery’ of initials in Mona Lisa’s eyes” is just a “crackpot idea,” Stephen Bayley writes in the Telegraph. He also refers to Vinceti as “a rather sensationalist television presenter.”last_img read more