Modi’s remarks on Alwar rape aimed at polls: Gehlot

first_imgRefuting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks on the gangrape last month of a Dalit woman in Alwar, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday accused him of targeting the Congress on the issue for political mileage in the sixth and seventh phases of Lok Sabha election.Mr. Gehlot said Mr. Modi had twisted facts as a “ploy to get electoral benefit”.The Chief Minister told reporters here that contrary to Mr. Modi’s claims and despite his attempts to provoke Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati, there was no likelihood of the party withdrawing support to the Congress government in Rajasthan.“We will continue to get the BSP’s support. Ms. Mayawati’s concern is natural and justified, as she leads the Dalit community,” he said.Addressing the election rallies in eastern Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Modi had launched an attack on Mr. Gehlot and Ms. Mayawati and dared the latter to withdraw support to the Rajasthan government over the incident. Mr. Gehlot said the State government had already taken prompt action in the matter and the police had arrested all the accused. “The Thanagazi SHO was suspended and Alwar Superintendent of Police was removed. But Mr. Modi is using this incident in his election campaign to personally target me,” he said.The Chief Minister said the State government had decided to appoint Deputy Superintendents of Police (Women’s Security) in each district as nodal officers to supervise investigation into the crimes against women and children. If a police station refused to accept a complaint in such a case, the SP could directly register the FIR, he said.Mr. Gehlot said several cases of rape took place during the previous BJP regime in Rajasthan and a BJP MLA was involved in a rape case in Uttar Pradesh. “Mr. Modi never talked about them,” he said, adding that reports had emerged about BJP leader Hem Singh Bhadana going to the victim’s family with an offer to settle the matter.“Mr. Modi has been personally targeting me on various occasions. This is the latest instance. When I was in-charge [of Congress] during Assembly election in Gujarat, he misled and provoked farmers against me. He has no right to take a high moral ground and generate controversy in a rape case,” Mr. Gehlot said.Mr. Gehlot also accused the Prime Minister of bringing all democratic institutions under the control of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sevak (RSS) and threatening their very existence. “Democracy and the Constitution are under threat in the BJP’s rule. Mr. Modi wants to win the Lok Sabha election by hook or by crook… He can go to any extent. The Election Commission has become a silent spectator,” Mr. Gehlot said.After Mr. Modi accused Ms. Mayawati of shedding “crocodile tears” on the gangrape, the BSP chief rejected the charge as “dirty politics”. BSP State president Sitaram Meghwal told The Hindu that Ms. Mayawati was closely monitoring the progress of investigation in the case and his party would ensure that the criminals were brought to justice.last_img read more

JD(U) becomes a recognised State party in Arunachal Pradesh: EC

first_imgThe Janata Dal (United), headed by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, has become a recognised State party in Arunachal Pradesh, the Election Commission has said. The JD(U) won seven Seats in the 60-member Assembly of the north eastern State, next only to the ruling BJP which bagged 41 Seats and secured a majority.“The Janata Dal (United) is now a recognised State party in the States of Arunachal Pradesh and Bihar,” a statement from the Election Commission said on Friday. The Party will also be able to use its symbol arrow in Arunachal Pradesh, the statement added. The JD(U) shares power with the BJP and Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party in Bihar. After its success in Arunachal Pradesh, the JD(U) national general secretary K.C. Tyagi had said, “The tally entitles us to the status of the main Opposition party. But we will offer full support to the BJP government” in that State.“Even if we get the Opposition party status, we will be a friendly Opposition,” Mr. Tyagi had made it clear.last_img read more

Cincinnati Open: Nick Kyrgios to meet Grigor Dimitrov in final

first_imgAustralian Nick Kyrgios overcame Spanish veteran David Ferrer on Saturday to set up a clash against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov in the final of the Cincinnati Open.The 22-year-old Kyrgios, looking for his first title of the year, beat the former world number three 7-6(3), 7-6(4), while Dimitrov also advanced to his first Masters 1000 final with a 7-6(4), 7-6(10) victory over American John Isner.Kyrgios, who had beaten Rafa Nadal in the quarter-finals, showed no drop off in performance against the 35-year-old Ferrer in the match that lasted just over two hours.Seventh seed Dimitrov needed almost two hours to book his place in Sunday’s final.The world number 11 had his work cut out against big-serving Isner, with neither player dropping serve in a match where break opportunities were few and far between.Isner had two break point chances, Dimitrov only one.Dimitrov saved a set point in the second set tiebreak, before putting away the dogged American.last_img read more

SeaWorlds 55th anniversary offers free parking food discounts

first_img Posted: March 21, 2019 March 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, SeaWorld’s 55th anniversary offers free parking, food discounts 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – SeaWorld will kick off a celebration of its 55th anniversary today with various amenities, discounts and park attractions.The aquatic amusement park will offer free standard parking, a churro or popcorn and soda for $5.50 and 55-cent souvenir bottle refills throughout the day.Park attendees will also have access to discounts on throwback and celebratory T-shirts, collectible pins and daily tickets and passes.Throughout the weekend, the park will offer special events such as performances by the Sea Street band, a 55th anniversary video screened at the Mission Bay Theater and celebratory activities during Orca Encounter presentations and Dolphin Days and Sea Lion Live shows.Since opening in 1964, the park has served roughly 175 million attendees, according to SeaWorld representatives. The 55th anniversary celebration is scheduled to continue through March 24.Residents can go to seaworld.com/san-diego to purchase tickets, learn more about the park’s history, view special commemorative merchandise and learn more about the 55th anniversary celebration.The park will open at 10 a.m. each day of the celebration. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Must Watch Katrina Kaifs sexy romp on the beach for Elle magazine

first_imgKatrina Kaif shoots for Elle magazine in May.InstagramBollywood diva Katrina Kaif is not helping us in the Indian summer by adding to the soaring temperatures! The actress has shot for exclusive pictures for Elle India’s May 2019 cover, photographed by Tarun Vishwa. After sharing her lovely pictures from the beach in the Maldives on Instagram, Katrina Kaif has posted a behind-the-scenes video from the Elle shoot, adding fuel to the fire!”I think it’s about wanting to learn, create, do something interesting. My mind is so attuned to work, so I think that’s what you attract. I have strong ideas about certain concepts, film ideas, or franchises that I want to create. I feel this is the time to try new things,” says Katrina Kaif, as she speaks to Rajeev Masand for the magazine’s cover story. The interview is titled Katrina Kaif Unplugged, where the Bharat actress speaks about her personal and professional life in a new vein.The pictures by Tarun Vishwa and styling by Rahul Vijay give a perfect summer vibe, with Katrina Kaif seen in colourful bikinis and beachwear. What adds to the beauty is the BTS video shot in black-and-white by Nirvair Singh Rai, and brilliantly edited by Nirvair along with Kanak AK Sharma.In her sexy romp on the beach for Elle magazine in the Maldives, Katrina Kaif appears just as she is – cool, carefree, free-spirited and at ease with herself. Take a look at the video and more pictures of Katrina Kaif here!last_img read more

Amazon still lags Flipkart Is it only about the headstart

first_imgEmployees of Amazon India are seen behind a glass bearing the company’s logo inside its office in Bengaluru in this August 2015 file photp.ReutersAmazon India’s dominance over local rival Flipkart is increasing by the day but when it comes to market share, the country’s leading e-commerce firm is winning the race.Flipkart’s standalone market share stood at 31.9 percent last year, while Amazon’s share was 31.1 percent, a new report by Forrester said.While Amazon is slowly bridging the gap with homegrown Flipkart, the Silicon Valley giant still lags behind the local rival when it comes to introducing business innovations, according to market experts.Over the years, Flipkart has reworked on its schemes to engage with over 100 million users and deliver 8 million shipments every month. The company has launched no-cost EMI (equated monthly installment) and buyback offers to help customers’ distinguish itself from larger rival Amazon.Harish Bijoor, a specialist in brand and business strategy, feels that Flipkart has an edge over Amazon as it capitalizes on being an Indian brand while Amazon needs to dive deep to keep customers hooked.Softbank-funded Flipkart also has a bigger competitive advantage: deep knowledge and granular data on the local user.Amazon was launched in India only in June 2013, years after Flipkart (2007) and Snapdeal (2010).”A head start is a head start. Flipkart is a beneficiary of that… It will take time for Amazon to create those tectonic consumer shifts,” Bijoor told International Business Times in an email.While Flipkart is promoting its brand via digital marketing apart from traditional routes, it is trimming marketing and branding expenses to maintain a lean profit and loss statement.Meanwhile, Amazon, the world’s biggest online retailer, has ramped-up investments to uproot Flipkart. The company invested another Rs 1,680 crore in its Indian unit last year as part of its commitment to invest $5 billion to expand its local business.And the change in visible: out of the 2,000 respondents that took the Forrester survey in 2017, 80 percent shopped on Amazon while 65 percent on Flipkart.India is a major growth market for Amazon after it lost China after being bullied by local players who understood the market much better.Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s talismanic founder, is prepared to do whatever it takes to win in India.”So, our approach varies by country, and if you look, historically we’ve taken multiple approaches. So in China, we bought an existing business Joyo.com and built off that base,” Amazon CFO Brian Olsavsky said in an April 2017 earnings call.”In India, we started from scratch and have built a lot of things ourselves. And it’s always going to depend on the country that the dynamics in that country both for retail, for online, and for foreign investment,” Olsavsky explained.last_img read more

Texas Attempt To Pass Bathroom Bill Inspires LGBT Candidates To Get On

first_imgGABRIEL C. PÉREZ / KUTMary Wilson, the pastor at Church of the Savior in Cedar Park, is one of several LGBT candidates running for office in Texas.More than 40 Texans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender are running for public office this year. Advocates say this is an “unprecedented” number of candidates who are openly LGBT – and that this isn’t just backlash to Donald Trump’s election.Mary Wilson, who is gay, is among those candidates running for the first time.“One way I describe myself sometimes is bleeding-heart liberal,” she says.Like a lot of liberals, Wilson, the pastor at Church of the Savior in Cedar Park, has been pretty alarmed since Trump was elected – so alarmed that she’s running for Congress.“I just shook my head and I was like, ‘All right, what else can I do?’” she says. “I’ve been a teacher, I’ve been in education. And so the answer came to me as, like, ‘Well, I could run for office.’”Wilson is running against three other Democrats – Elliott McFadden, Joseph Kopser and Derrick Crowe – in the primary for Texas’ 21st Congressional District, the seat Republican Lamar Smith is vacating.Wilson was among the many advocates who testified against Senate Bill 6, known as the bathroom bill, in the state Legislature last year. Opponents argued the bill, which ultimately didn’t pass, would hurt transgender Texans.CREDIT MARJORIE KAMYS COTERA FOR THE TEXAS TRIBUNEPeople line up to testify before a state Senate committee on Senate Bill 6, known as the bathroom bill. Hundreds of people signed up to testify, many of them transgender. Share Wilson says she was concerned when she saw lawmakers vote for it even though so many people had asked them not to.“You know, you can have people line up for hours to testify, right? And then the committees will vote however they were going to vote,” she says, “as if no one had ever come to talk to them.”Chuck Smith, the CEO of Equality Texas, says he’s heard that story a lot.“I think that this is in response to what we experienced in 2017,” he says. “That being almost seven continuous months while the Legislature was in regular and special session targeting the LGBT community for discrimination.”Smith says there are indications there could be a wave of liberal voters showing up at the polls this year — and that some of these candidates could have a good shot of winning in November. That could change the dynamics of the Legislature.“It makes it more difficult for discriminatory legislation to be talked about in the third person or about people who are not in the room,” he says.last_img read more

Dressing up for the night

first_imgThe weather is slightly muggy and all that rain water makes it tough to wear the palazzos. Pants get splattered with mud in a matter of minutes. So while skirts and shorts are perfect for the season, night outs deserve a little more dressing up. A knee-length dress could be the answer to your monsoon dress-up woes however there are more options in a slip dress, a sleeveless dress with narrow straps, is usually worn by women as innerwear, but the same can now be flaunted at parties too.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Fashion designer Nicole Richie was spotted at one of the recent awards in a metallic bronze slip dress. To complement her look, she wore a red matt lipstick, chose bronze colour to do up her eyes and slicked back her hair.Femalefirst.co.uk picked out few options for you to choose.Lace insert slip dress: It is a knee length strappy slip dress with lace insert detail.Scoop back maxi: It is strappy maxi slip dress with scoop back detail in metallic fabric and side splits.Ruffled trimmed dress: Made of cotton, it has a scoop neck, an empire waist, adjustable spaghetti straps, and a short length hem with tiered ruffle trim. To work the look perfectly, wear minimum accessories and slip your feet into strappy heels and some season friendly makeup and you are all set to take over the evenings!last_img read more

Presidency mulls introduction of Comparative Literature dept

first_imgKolkata: Worried over the huge number of vacant seats in the Hindi department, Presidency University (PU) is planning to expand its Humanities stream by introducing Comparative Literature from the next academic year.”At present, 128 seats at undergraduate and post graduate are lying vacant and most of them are in the Hindi and Philosophy department. We have been witnessing this for the last six or seven years. Hence, we are thinking of transforming the subject,” said Anuradha Lohia, Vice-Chancellor of PU. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to a senior administrative official of the university, the meeting of the faculty council and the governing body will be held soon to take a decision on how to address the problem.It may be mentioned that the varsity will further extend the dates of admissions till September 15 for Hindi and Philosophy and if the situation persists, then the university may also bring down the number of seats in Hindi. The present number stands at 48.”Jadavpur University has Comparative Literature as a subject at the undergraduate level which focuses on both Indian and Europeon Literature. We are planning to introduce Comparative Literature with the focus entirely on Indian Literature,” a senior official said.According to Lohia, it has been a big challenge on the part of the university to fill up the seats in Hindi. “We have found that a good number of students who study Hindi in rural colleges but the number of students pursuing the subject in Kolkata are not many,” the V-C maintained.last_img read more

At CES Beltys Upgrade Includes New Look and Vibration Functionality

first_img This story originally appeared on Engadget Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now One of many odd things to come out of CES 2015 was Belty: a self-adjusting belt that would literally cut you some slack if you enjoyed your dinner a little too much. As mentioned last week, following the exposure at CES, the company behind it, Emotia, decided a redesign was in order. After the heavy, thick (but coolly industrial-looking) prototype, the new “Good Vibes” (or GV) model is slimmer, lighter and looks, well, more like a dress belt you’d actually see on sale in a clothes store. And it’s not just a pretty (leathery) face.The adjusting band is still here in, but the GV now has vibration functionality, meaning it can nag you while you’re sat at your desk all day, and even pester about water intake if it thinks you’re not hydrated enough. These features can be calibrated through the companion app, but as Emotia’s spokesperson — regularly — reiterated, it all works / nags independent of your phone. Unfortunately, the prototype demo belt broke down before we got to hitch up our slacks for a test, but it’s easy to see how refining the mechanism and swapping some of the build materials to plastic have helped lighten the smart buckle, and that it offers more than a lazier way of keeping your jeans up.The belts themselves are hand-stitched leather, with the design company partnering with L’Aiglon to offer both black and brown options. Proper leather and a smart buckle means it will go on preorder priced at $395 next year. The company still expects to launch in December 2016 in time for the holidays. Because belts are a holiday gift.Image Credit: EngadgetImage Credit: EngadgetImage Credit: EngadgetImage Credit: EngadgetImage Credit: EngadgetImage Credit: Engadget Enroll Now for Free 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. January 5, 2016last_img read more