The National Investigation Agency (NIA) Special Court here on Wednesday awarded life imprisonment to two persons convicted for the 2007 Ajmer dargah blasts, in which three persons were killed.Both the convicts owed allegiance to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in the past.The convicts, Bhavesh Patel and Devendra Gupta, were held guilty under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, Explosives Act and various sections of Indian Penal Code. This is the first-ever conviction and sentencing of the RSS cadre in a terror case.NIA Special Judge Dinesh Gupta also imposed a fine of Rs.10,000 on Patel and Rs.5,000 on Gupta. Patel was an RSS activist at his hometown Bharuch in Gujarat, while Gupta, a resident of Ajmer, worked for RSS in Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh.The court had convicted three persons and acquitted seven others, including self-styled monk and former RSS activist Aseemanand, in the case on March 8 and postponed the verdict on sentence to those found guilty.The third convict, Sunil Joshi, who was an RSS pracharak, was murdered in suspicious circumstances in December 2007.Defence counsel Jagdish Rana told reporters outside the court that the convicts would file an appeal against the judgment in the High Court.The explosion in the historic shrine of Sufi mystic Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti on October 11, 2007, during Ramzan, had left three persons dead and 17 injured. The dargah was packed to capacity with about 5,000 devotees when the blast occurred at the time of Iftaar (breaking of fast).
The Haryana government will build a ‘Bharat Mata’ temple at Kurukshetra as part of its attempts to develop the city as a tourist destination of international standards and a centre of religious faith, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Monday.“The ‘Bharat Mata’ temple will be constructed on five acres at a place between Jyotisar and Brahamsarovar. The plan is at the initial stage, and the modalities will be worked out soon,” he said at a press conference meant to announce the schedule for the International Gita Mahotsav-2019, being organized in Kurukshetra from November 23 to December 10. Uttrakhand is the partner State for the Gita Mahotsav, in which 15 countries are participating. “Delegations from the U.K., Mauritius, Australia and Canada are also visiting Kurukshetra for the event. Besides scholars of the universities in Haryana, those of foreign Universities and ambassadors of several countries will take part in the event,” the Chief Minister said. The Government of India had given its consent to the use of the logo of ‘Atulya Bharat’ (Incredible India) during the Gita Mahotsav.Mr. Khattar said the government was also mulling over a plan to offer plots, measuring 1,500-2000 square metres, in Kurukshetra on concessional rates to the States planning to construct ‘Bhawans’ for their pilgrims visiting the city.
If one had to pick out a single symbol that reflects the changes in the Indian urban male’s style book, it would be the refreshing, streetsmart look of the heroes of Dil Chahta Hai.Aamir Khan, Akshaye Khanna and Saif Ali Khan have set a trend that has found clones in,If one had to pick out a single symbol that reflects the changes in the Indian urban male’s style book, it would be the refreshing, streetsmart look of the heroes of Dil Chahta Hai.Aamir Khan, Akshaye Khanna and Saif Ali Khan have set a trend that has found clones in college canteens, nightclubs, movie halls, even in boardrooms.Here are the basics of the DCH look: a spiffy, sharp haircut, like that of one of the heroes in the movie; short-shirts with slits in the sides, in orange, purple, bright blue or green; loose-fitting trousers or bright pyjamas; and sandals.Literally on the cutting edge of men’s style today are the trio’s trendy, close-cropped haircuts, courtesy Juice, the hair salon run by Adhuna Bhabani, who is married to DCH director Farhan Akhtar. “The response has been overwhelming,” she says. “Fifty per cent of the men who walk in demand the DCH look.”Man in The Mirror: Vishesh Bhatt and Shubham Agarwal getting the DCH cut at Nalini and Yasmin’s, MumbaiThe most prominent, inexpensive and easy way to look in vogue is growing the soul patch or zap that Aamir sports on his chin. And all that it takes is a new shaving routine. Gaurav Gupta, a 24-year-old Mumbai doctor, dons one and calls it “mosquito”.The new look is even finding its way to advertisements, such as the Onida Black ad, which features actor Rajat Kapoor (who incidentally acted in the movie) with an Aamir-style zap.The sartorial style that the DCH trio represents is markedly androgynous. A change largely envisaged by New York-based designer Arjun Bhasin, who experimented with bright, feminine colours like lilac and yellow, and designer Aki Narula, who relished the creative freedom to dress the heroes in two-toned shirts and sheer shirts as outer swimwear.advertisementFashion stylist Yogendra Tripathi cautions that the upbeat DCH look may just be a passing fad, but the way men look now, it seems it will stick around for a while yet.
It seems South Korean auto major Hyundai is leaving no stone unturned in their attempts to expand the company’s business in India. The company’s upcoming mini SUV Hyundai ix25, a strong rival of Ford’s fortune changer EcoSport, has been caught again, during its winter test in China.Chinese auto portal Auto.Sohu has released a new set of spy shots of Hyundai’s compact SUV ix25. Although the new images show the test mule of the ix25 fully camouflaged in a black swathe, it gives a sneak peak into the interiors of the vehicle.Based on Hyundai’s next-generation i20, the new SUV ix25 is likely to be positioned under the ix35 and is expected to make its global debut at the upcoming Beijing Motor Show which is scheduled to be held in April. Chinese media reports that the vehicle will make its Chinese entry by the end of this year. India debut of the vehicle is also likely to be around the same time. The car flaunts Hyundai Curb Concept and is reported to have a wheelbase of 2,570 mm.Talking of its engine specifications, rumours are rife that the new SUV of Hyundai would draw its power from 1.0 litre, direct injection, turbocharged petrol engine. The previous images of the SUV ix25 revealed that the car is likely to accommodate decent legroom at the rear, adjustable headrests and rear air con vents.Earlier last week, Hyundai’s new gen 2015 i20 spied testing in India. The car which is expected to hit the market in this year is one of the 22 cars that the company plans to launch under the ‘Product Momentum 2017′ badge in the next three years. The India specific version of new i20 is expected to pack 1.4-liter diesel and 1.2-liter Kappa2 engine mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed manual transmission.
Iffat Jahan Isha. File PhotoThe Dhaka University authorities on Wednesday withdrew the expulsion of Kabi Sufia Kamal Hall unit president of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Iffat Jahan Isha.BCL is the student wing of ruling Bangladesh Awami League.The university authorities have also decided to take disciplinary action against 26 female students of the hall over the 11 April incident during which Isha allegedly assaulted some of her fellow students and for which the authorities itself had expelled her.DU authorities have claimed that they took the decision based on a probe body report, but they neither disclosed the report nor disclosed the name of probe body members.DU proctor AKM Golam Rabbani said the decision was taken in a disciplinary board meeting with vice chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman in the chair on Wednesday.Read More: DU BCL leader expelled for ‘torturing’ quota protesterRabbani claimed that a five-member probe body was formed to investigate the attack on female students at the female dormitory on early 11 April, but the probe body found untrue the allegation of cutting tendon of a student.“The allegation against Isha was that she had cut tendon of a leg of a student, but the hall administration found no veracity of the allegation and that’s why her expulsion order has been withdrawn,” Rabbani told Prothom Alo.When asked about who were the members of the probe body, Rabbani did not give the answer and asked to know it from the hall provost.The hall provost, Sabita Rezwana Rahman, also said a five-strong body investigated the matter, but did not reveal the name of its members. Several students of the hall have expressed their concern over the decision of the authorities. They said Iffat has been involved in torturing students for quite a long time. She harassed some students in the small hours of 11 April for participating in quota reform movement, stirring a huge protest by several hundreds of students in and outside the hall.Read More: DU’s expulsion of Isha unconstitutional: ALThey also alleged that the university authorities are not considering other allegations of torturing the students against Iffat.Students said even if the allegation of cutting tendon of a student is not true, there are several other allegations of torturing quota protesters, but the university authorities did not take it into account. Students in a meeting with provost on 12 April also raised different allegations against Isha of torturing general students.But no one from the DU authorities clarifies their position on the matter. They are also keeping mum about the committee’s stance over these allegations against Iffat. DU authorities also did not confirm the identity of the 26 students, against whom they have decided to take disciplinary action.Announcing his decision of expulsion on 11 April, DU VC Md Akhtaruzzaman had told newsmen, “She [Morsheda] was tortured physically. She was injured. And I verified the allegation from both sides. University proctor and the hall administration too gave me the same statement.“Then I took the decision. As this girl [Isha] has assaulted and injured another girl, she [Isha] is hereby expelled from the university,” the DU VC had added.Read More: DU withdraws expulsion order on BCL leader IshaDU proctor Golam Rabbani also had told newsmen on the day that it’s Isha who had “launched the attack”.“The name of the student who launched the attack is Iffat Jahan Isha. I’ve heard it from herself and she herself beg pardon for that. And then I’ve understood that this crime has taken place here,” Rabbani had said.
Indian security forces stand guard on a road block along the Srinagar-Jammu Highway following an attack on a paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy that killed at least 42 troopers and injured several others near Awantipora town, about 30 kms South of Srinagar on 14 February. Photo: AFP.In the worst ever terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir since militancy erupted in 1989, a suicide bomber on Thursday rammed his SUV packed with explosives into a CRPF bus on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Pulwama district, killing at least 42 troopers and leaving the security established stunned.The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility for the horror and released a video clip of the suicide bomber, a ‘commander’ identified as Adil Ahmad Dar, which it claimed was shot before the young man carried out the strike in Lethpora, about 30 km from here.While precise details of the attack were still unclear, police sources said the suicide bomber-driven SUV came along the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) bus when a 78-vehicle convoy carrying 2,547 security personnel was going from the transit camp in Jammu to Srinagar and rammed it into the bus around 3.15 pm, triggering a deafening explosion.So devastating was the attack—one report spoke of 200 kg of explosives, including probably RDX, packed into the SUV—that the CRPF bus was left in a mangled heap, many of its occupants losing their limbs. The bus was transporting 39 troopers.CRPF officials said the bus which was the main target of the militants was destroyed fully while another CRPF vehicle was partly damaged. “It is difficult to believe how anyone in that bus could have survived,” said a police officer.Jammu and Kashmir Police chief Dilbag Singh said it could have been a suicide attack. This was confirmed by other officials later.In a statement to a local news agency GNS, a caller claiming to be a spokesman of JeM said it was a ‘fidayeen’ (suicide) attack.All the injured were shifted to the Army’s 92 Base Hospital in the Badamibagh cantonment of Srinagar city. Some of them were in critical condition.Prime minister Narendra Modi led the nation in condemning the horror.“The attack … is despicable. I strongly condemn this dastardly attack. The sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain. The entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with the families of the brave martyrs,” he tweeted.Home minister Rajnath Singh, who was to visit Bihar on Friday, is set to reach Srinagar instead. Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba cut short his visit to Bhutan to rush to Srinagar for a high-level security meeting on Friday.“Today’s dastardly attack … is extremely painful and disturbing. I bow to each and every CRPF jawan who has sacrificed his life in service to the nation,” Rajnath Singh said.All traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway came to an abrupt halt. Senior police and CRPF officers rushed to the spot for a post-explosion analysis.An officer said the CRPF and police would carry out a detailed investigation to understand the circumstances in which the attack took place.This is the worst single attack in Jammu and Kashmir since a nascent Pakistan-backed separatist campaign began in 1989. It is also the worst attack carried out by militants after the one on the Uri Army camp on September 18, 2016 left 19 soldiers dead—forcing New Delhi to launch ‘surgical strikes’ on terrorist camps in Pakistan.Officials said the reason why so many CRPF personnel were on the move at one go was because the Srinagar-Jammu highway had been shut the past two days due to bad weather. The convoy left Jammu before dawn.
By Michelle Richardson, Special to the AFROA Baltimore Police Sergeant has been charged with drunk and disorderly conduct after she was arrested on Aug. 27.According to the Baltimore Police Department (BPD), officers responded to the area of downtown known as “the Block” on Custom House Ave., at 1:20 a.m. outside of Norma Jean’s strip club for reports of a woman engaged in disorderly conduct.Baltimore Police (Courtesy Photo via Twitter)When officers arrived, they encountered a female patron of the club who was “combative and refused to follow orders,” according to BPD chief spokesman T.J. Smith.The woman and the male officer got into an altercation and the woman was arrested and charged on a criminal citation.The woman arrested has been identified as Henrietta Middleton, a 12-year veteran of the department, who is currently assigned to the Inspector General’s Office. The Inspector General’s office is responsible for training officers about the U.S. Constitution.A video circulating on Facebook, recorded by a security guard at another club in the area, shows Middleton being thrown to the ground by a male officer in uniform.It is not clear if the uniformed officer, who has not been identified, knew Middleton was a police officer as well, but witnesses have allegedly told police that they attempted to inform arriving officers Middleton’s profession.Middleton, who earns a base salary of $72,000, has been suspended with pay while “the entire course of events is under internal investigation,” according to police.Middleton could not be reached for comment.This is the latest incident of alleged BPD misconduct; earlier this month officer Arthur Williams was caught on camera punching Dashawn McGrier. McGrier’s nose, jaw and ribs were broken, according to his attorney Warren Brown, during the beating. Williams has since resigned and been indicted on first-degree assault charges.
The Opposition has come down heavily on the Modi-government over their India-US civil nuclear agreement, which was inked on Sunday. While CPM general secretary Prakash Karat raised the liability clause attached with the deal, the Congress slammed the government for not keeping them in the loop about it.Karat while citing the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy said, “We all know what happened in Bhopal and we should be prepared to protect the interests of our people in case of any mishaps and accidents. It should not be compromised and the US was exerting immense pressure to circumvent this condition.” Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIKarat went on to say, “Now that both governments have arrived at an agreement over the nuke deal, the Indian government should disclose its stand on the liability clause that has been incorporated.” He also said that America had been strongly opposing this clause “due to excess pressure from the nuclear suppliers lobby.” The Left leader said, “Such a tough policy was vital to ensure that defective and sub-standard nuclear materials are not routed to India.” Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindMeanwhile senior Congress leader and former external affairs minister Salman Khurshid, while referring to the deal, said, “I am not sure yet what the content is. It should be shared with our leadership, Soniaji and Dr Manmohan Singh.” When reportedly asked about the ‘break-through’ deal being a result of Modi’s camaraderie with Obama he said, “Diplomacy is a lot more than body language. Body language can also be a matter of command performance. We are interested in content and substance and not in stage performances. As long as the performances look good, who can complain?”“If they are following the path that we have set out for them, we can’t complain. Who made the nuclear law and under what pressure? The agreement almost brought down the (then UPA) government and the trust vote (held in Parliament over the deal) was forced by the BJP,” said Khurshid, adding, “We do deserve an acknowledgement that there was an attempt at interference or else we could have achieved this breakthrough long ago.”
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Ziggo’s main shareholders, private equity firms Cinven and Warren Pincus, are due to sell a 20% stake in the Dutch cable operator business. The sale will see the pair sell 40 million shares, at an estimated price of some €1 billion, and will leave them with a combined 17.1% of the business.The move comes a day after Ziggo said that it had received loan commitments from a number of banks to raise €800m, to partially refinance its existing debt. It said at the time it was also looking at additional refinancing options including a capital markets transaction.Ziggo said the price per share and the final number of shares sold in the new offering will be decided after determining investor demand.
Jørgen Madsen LindemannModern Times Group’s CEO Jørgen Madsen Lindemann and CFO Mathias Hermansson have left the board of Russian commercial broadcaster CTC Media, as MTG mulls its options in Russia ahead of the imposition of new rules drastically restricting the scope of foreign ownership of media assets. Lindemann has additionally resigned as co-chairman of CTC.MTG, as CTC’s largest shareholder, is entitled to name the holders of three seats on the company’s board. It has nominated Natasha Tsukanova, CEO of Moscow-based financial consultancy Xenon, and Kaj Gradevik, a former director of CTC Media and former vice-president and head of acquisitions at TeliaSonera, to sit alongside its third representative, MTG Russia chief Irina Gofman, on the board.Both Tsukanova and Gradevik have top-level experience in mergers, acquisitions and disposals. Tsukanova has played an important role in structuring a large number of high-profile transactions in emerging markets, notably in the energy sector, while Gradevik has worked in acquisitions for Merrill Lynch and advised on the sale of Tele2’s Norwegian operations to TeliaSonera and the the sale of Tele2 Russia to VTB Capital.MTG said that it had established the process and appointed the adviser – UBS – to decide on the best way to comply with the amended Russian mass media law that requires it to restrict its stake in CTC to a maximum of 20%.MTG this week denied suggestions in the Russian press that it was in talks to sell its stake in CTC to minority shareholder Telcrest.Lindemann, said: “Now that the Board has established an ongoing process and put in place advisers to enable the Company to review and decide on its potential actions in order to comply with last year’s amendments to the Russian Mass Media Law, the time is right for us to designate members of the CTC Media Board who are specialists in corporate structuring and capital markets transactions. Natasha and Kaj will continue our work towards the best possible outcome for CTC Media’s stockholders, and Irina will continue to bring her considerable operational experience to bear on discussions with the Board and management.”The changes come as CTC Media posted solid full-year results in what its management described as “a very challenging macroeconomic environment”. The group posted full-year revenues of RUB27.3 billion (€396 million), up 3%, although revenues for the fourth quarter were flat at RUB8.5 billion. Adjusted OIBDA for the year was down 10% in ruble terms to RUB7.8 billion.The group’s digital activities performed strongly, turning in 50% growth in revenue in the course of the year.CEO Yuliana Slashcheva said that while CTC had outperformed the Russian market, challenges including the economic environment and the impact of a Russian government embargo on foreign food products as well as a weakening in the overall ad market had adversely affected its performance. The offset the impact, CTC has implemented a series of cost-cutting measures, including a potential substitution of Russian for international content.
RelatedFinancial Times Reveals Top Finance MBAs for 2017The business end of business school has become a great cause of concern, particularly since the bubble burst in ‘08. MBAs need to be more technically adept and more comprehensively schooled to remain competitive in the financial services industry. As is the case with any major investment, the question is…May 16, 2017In “Featured Home”The Top Finance MBAs in TorontoThe finance industry has always gone hand-in-hand in the MBA. Even as MBAs are becoming increasingly popular in other industries, finance is still the biggest MBA job sector and accounts for 22 percent of all MBA jobs, according to the 2014/15 QS TopMBA.com ‘Jobs and Salary Trends Report.’ The Toronto…December 22, 2016In “Featured Home”Top MBA Jobs: Senior Financial AnalystWorking in financial services is one of the most coveted career paths for MBA graduates. It pays well; you can find a job anywhere in the world; and top companies recruit in finance. Unfortunately, all that means that there is a lot of competition. It can be tough to break…June 25, 2019In “Advice” regions: Boston / Chicago / New York City / Philadelphia / San Francisco About the AuthorMaggie BoccellaMaggie Boccella, a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, is a freelance writer, artist and photographer. She has consulted on various film and multimedia projects, and she also serves as a juror for the city’s annual LGBTQIA Film Festival.View more posts by Maggie Boccella For MBAs who seek positions in finance, investment services, commercial and investment banking, or in the emerging universe of Fintech, a degree with a banking focus may be just the thing to pursue.Here is a glimpse at some of the top schools for banking MBA programs. The Top Banking MBA ProgramsAt the top of many lists for the most sought after finance and banking MBAs is University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. With a heavy concentration on analytical and theoretical concepts, the Wharton Finance MBA trains students for high level financial management careers in firms, governments, and non-profit organizations. Statistics and mathematics are of primary importance in this degree, as are analytical tools.At the executive education level, Wharton offers a partnership with the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking. The program is designed for those who seek advancement into executive positions within banks, financial services firms, and holding companies. Those eligible for the certificate must have least five years of experience in three of the following areas: credit administration, accounting, economics, financial statement analysis, or operations.NYU’s Stern School of Business is another top destination for banking MBA hopefuls. Offered through Stern’s finance department, the banking specialization readies graduates for positions in corporate treasury, investment or commercial banking, and financial management.Stern’s banking curriculum spans topics such as bankruptcy management, microfinance, governmental policy and global banking, and more. A Stern MBA can offer a competitive edge in M&A, public finance, sales and trading, asset management and equity/fixed income research.Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management’s top ranking finance department will also equip MBAs with the tools to advance in these fields by way of a deep focus upon experiential learning. The Asset Management Practicum, for example, allows students to manage a portfolio that includes the school’s endowment. Via mentorship from prominent alumni, Kellogg finance MBAs observe and take part in a rotating number of roles such as analyst, trader, and portfolio manager.Kellogg also offers a Private Equity and Venture Lab, an Analytical Consulting Lab, and NUVention Courses, which initiate collaborative learning with students and faculty of the medical, engineering and law schools.Next on the list of top finance and banking MBA programs is MIT’s Sloan School of Business. Geared toward either the career financial professional or to those who have decided to change careers, Sloan’s Finance MBA awards a Certificate of Finance in addition to the diploma.Students in the Sloan Finance track receive immersive training through real-world projects, presented by companies and other teams of students. Corporate finance, investment management, hedge fund management, venture capital and public finance are but a few of the areas the MBA covers. With regular speaking engagements from experts in the field, the Sloan MBA provides exposure to current trends and issues vital global and domestic banking and finance.Sloan students on the finance track also participate in onsite ‘banking days’ in New York, London, and Boston.Columbia Business School is another leader in training MBAs for the most sought after banking careers. Columbia finance MBAs take a core course in Corporate Finance, advancing into electives such as social venture investment, pension and institutional investment, and international commercial transactions.At the Berkeley Haas School of Business, MBAs who choose a finance concentration have the benefit of firsthand exposure to companies such as Wells Fargo, Charles Schwab, and Visa through the Haas@Work program. With a “focus on customer-centered and design-thinking based approaches to applied innovation,” Haas prides itself upon social responsibility in all concentrations.Advancing from core studies in corporate finance, Haas MBAs gain valuable tools in modeling. They can also pursue areas as private equity, mergers and acquisitions, risk management, and asset pricing.Banking MBA CareersWith a number of current jobs and internships available in research analytics, wealth management, credit risk and treasury management pricing, MBAs with a banking specialty are well poised to succeed. Looking for a Career in Banking? Consider These MBA Programs Last Updated Oct 3, 2018 by Maggie BoccellaFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail