49ers moved into two more prime-time slots vs. Packers, Rams

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Fresh off losing for the first time this season in a Monday night madhouse, the 49ers got assigned two more prime-time kickoffs at Levi’s Stadium in the coming weeks.— Their Nov. 24 game against the Green Bay Packers was flexed into NBC’s Sunday Night Football slot at 5:20 p.m., after originally scheduled for 1:25 p.m. on Fox. It replaces Seahawks-Eagles as the late game in Week 12.— Their Week 16 game against the Los Angeles Rams will take place on Saturday night, Dec. 21, at …last_img read more

US firm buys SA ATM company

first_img19 August 2009US-based electronic payment processing services company First Data is to acquire CashAxcess, which offers a range of ATM products and services to the South African corporate and retail market, from local investment groups Mvelaphanda and Venfin for an undisclosed sum.CashAxcess, which has operated in South Africa since 2005, provides outsourced ATM services to leading banks in the region, including Absa, Capitec and Mercantile.It also provides ATM delivery and installation, signage, wireless GPRS communication, cash management and replenishment services, ATM monitoring, equipment insurance, sales and marketing and training services, and has 200 ATMs currently deployed across the country.ATM outsourcingAccording to First Data director Estevao Tokata, ATM outsourcing is a growth area within the South African payments market, as banks look to drive more cost efficiencies through their operations.“Increasingly, banks are concentrating on building and providing core banking services to their customers while working with specialist partners such as First Data to enhance the breadth of payment solutions offered to customers,” Tokata said in a statement this week.First Data operates a global ATM business, with networks in the United States, Asia Pacific and across Europe, and also offers ATM outsourcing and deployment solutions for banks and retailers in more than 17 countries around the globe.It has operated in South Africa since 1993, offering a full range of payment services to leading banks and retailers.“We are delighted to welcome the CashAxcess team into the First Data family,” said First Data international emerging markets vice-president George Zafirakis.“The combination of their considerable ATM expertise and knowledge of the local business environment, coupled with First Data’s scale and global experience, will ensure we can deliver an enhanced service to clients in South Africa.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ajmer dargah blast case convicts awarded life imprisonment

first_imgThe 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).last_img read more

‘Bharat Mata’ temple to come up in Haryana

first_imgThe 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.last_img read more

Streetsmart look of Dil Chahta Hai heroes sets the trend for Indian urban males

first_imgIf 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.last_img read more

Hyundai ix25 Surface Online in New Spy Shots to Rival Ford Ecosport

first_imgIt 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.last_img read more

DU withdraws Ishas expulsion on mysterious probe

first_imgIffat 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.last_img read more

Putin wants old Russian empire back Poroshenko

first_imgUkraine`s president Petro Poroshenko (2nd R) meets with servicemen as he visits the 169th training centre `Desna` of the Ukrainian Army ground forces in Chernihiv Region, Ukraine on 28 November 2018. Photo: ReutersUkraine president Petro Poroshenko accused Russia’s Vladimir Putin of seeking to annex his entire country and called in interviews with German media for Chancellor Angela Merkel to come to Kiev’s aid in the crisis.Russia seized three Ukrainian navy ships and their crews on Sunday near the Crimean peninsula, which Moscow annexed in 2014, over what it said was their illegal entry into Russian waters – a charge Ukraine strongly refutes.In interviews with Germany’s Bild newspaper and the Funke newspaper group on Thursday, Poroshenko rejected Russia’s charge that the vessels’ entry into the Azov Sea – a body of water shared by Ukraine and Russia on which the Ukrainian ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk sit – was a provocation.”Don’t believe Putin’s lies,” he told Bild, Germany’s biggest-selling paper, comparing Russia’s protestations of innocence in the affair to Moscow’s 2014 denial that it had soldiers in Crimea even as they moved to annex it.”Putin wants the old Russian empire back,” he said. “Crimea, Donbass, the whole country. As Russian Tsar, as he sees himself, his empire can’t function without Ukraine. He sees us as his colony.”The seizure of the navy vessels drove tensions to their highest since 2015, when Moscow-backed rebels rose against the Kiev government in the eastern Donbass region, sparking a war that has killed tens of thousands.Poroshenko called on Germany, the largest and wealthiest buyer of Moscow’s gas exports, to halt the building of an undersea gas pipeline that would allow Russia to supply Germany directly, cutting out Ukraine.”We need a strong, resolute and clear reaction to Russia’s aggressive behaviour,” he told Funke. “That also means stopping the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.”Germany regards the pipeline, which is being built by Russian state-owned energy company Gazprom, as a private investment. But Merkel recently acknowledged its “political dimensions” and said Ukraine must continue to be a conduit for Russian gas sold to western Europe.German officials said on Wednesday that their position on the pipeline remained unchanged and that talk of tighter sanctions against Moscow, demanded by the United States and many European politicians, was “premature”.Poroshenko also called for the stationing of NATO vessels in the Sea of Azov.last_img

At least 42 Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir suicide attack

first_imgIndian 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.last_img read more