first_imgCOMMENTS COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL January 23, 2019 national electionscenter_img SHARE Voting to elect the leaders of a nation is not child’s play, but dummy electronic voting machines (EVMs) sure make for interesting toys, particularly in the election season. These play-things are being lapped up like hot-cakes by adults and specifically political parties to train people to press the ‘right symbol’ during elections. Firms flogging such dummy EVMs and other political party branded objects such as wet tissues and mobile phone stickers hope to do brisk business as the elections season heats up.Gaurav Bansal, who runs Bansal Graphics, sells his products including dummy EVMs in India and in Africa.“The dummy EVMs are sold after the symbols are issued. Parties get their symbols printed and use these machines to train voters” said Bansal, who sells his products online. He has sold products to parties such as the BJP, the Congress, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Janata Dal (United). Others items sold are party-designed sarees, 2D and 3D mobile stickers, and branded wet tissues that made debut during the recent Karnataka elections. Also eyeing business from political parties is The Flag Corporation, which specialises in flags with special weaves and “warp-knitted polyester”. “It can flutter on cars and bikes, and battle tough weather,” said Gyan Shah, Partner, Flag Corporation. Another New Delhi-based firm Elecmat Promotions LLP supplies branded vehicles and bicycles. One of his products is Modi-branded white Tobu men’s cycle. “We have already bagged orders to supply almost 2,000 white-coloured Tobu cycles, the design for which was provided by the BJP,” said Hemant Rastogi, CEO, Elecmat Promotions Llp. Tobu cycles were also used by the BJP in 2014 elections.For poll-flavoured trinkets, the game is mainly in volumes and in capturing the imagination of those at the bottom of the pyramid. Anuradha of Hyderabad-based Mega Creations supplies multiple products including “bindis” with Modi’s image. With a message in Telugu that translates into “Sada Suhagan Raho”, these bindis (priced ₹1) were distributed in villages in earlier elections.These small enterprises came together in a big soiree in Delhi earlier this month to brainstorm on the ‘business of elections’. It was organised by one of their peers — Trident Business Connect LLP — a politicalconsulting and election strategy firm. Published onlast_img read more

first_img COMMENT SHARE June 24, 2019 A bill to allow voluntary use of Aadhaar as an identity proof for opening bank accounts and procuring mobile phone connections was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday amid opposition. The Bill will amend the Aadhaar Act 2016 and replace an ordinance issued in March. It also proposes stiff penalties for violation of norms. Opposing the bill, RSP MP NK Premchandaran said it was a “grave violation” of the Supreme Court’s judgement on Aaadhar. He claimed private entities can get hold of Aadhaar data and violate fundamental rights especially the Right of Privacy. Responding to him, Union Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Aadhaar is a valid law, it is in national interest and doesn’t violate privacy. He said so far more than 60 crore people have taken mobile sim cards through Aadhaar and now it is not mandatory. Suggesting the bill is in line with the apex court judgement, Prasad said people of India have accepted Aadhaar. The bill proposes to allow voluntary use of Aadhaar number for authentication and identity proof in opening of bank accounts and procuring of mobile phone connections. The Bill also seeks to give a child an option to exit from the biometric ID programme on attaining 18 years of age, while stipulating stiff penalties for violation of norms set for use of Aadhaar and violation of privacy. The move is aimed at making Aadhaar people-friendly. It also paves the way for use of alternative virtual identity number to conceal actual Aadhaar number of an individual. The bill also proposes deletion of section 57 of the Aadhaar Act relating to use of biometric identifier by private entities. This amendment will also prevent denial of services for refusing to, or being unable to, undergo authentication. Besides this, the proposed amendments provide for establishment of Unique Identification Authority of India Fund, and confers enhanced regulator-like power on the UIDAI.The changes proposed in the bill also include a civil penalty of up to Rs 1 crore on entities that violate provisions of the Aadhaar Act, with an additional fine of up to Rs 10 lakh per day in case of continuous non-compliance. Similarly, unauthorised use of identity information by a requesting entity or offline verification seeking entity would be punishable with imprisonment of up to three years with a fine that may extend to Rs 10,000 or in case of a company with a fine of up to Rs 1 lakh. Punishment for unauthorised access to Central Identities Data Repository as well as data tampering is proposed to be extended to 10 years each from the current three years. aadhaar parliamentcenter_img The move is aimed at making Aadhaar people-friendly Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTSlast_img read more

first_img 0 COMMENTS July 15, 2019 Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said his government will give free safety kits to sanitation workers in the national capital. Speaking at a workshop organised by the Delhi Jal Board at Talkatora Stadium, he said it feels dejected to hear about the deaths of sanitation workers. “We are concerned about the lives of sanitation workers and will give free safety kits to those working in Delhi so that no mishaps happen,” Kejriwal said. Around 4,000 workers joined the workshop. “We have organised one-day workshop to enhance the skills of sanitation workers and make them aware about the use of safety kits. There are around 12,000 sanitation workers with DJB and around 4,000 joined the workshop,” said Vice-Chairman of DJB Dinesh Mohaniya.“Earlier, there were only 50 per cent sewer lines in Delhi and in our tenure, it has gone up to 80 per cent,” the Chief Minister claimed. SHARE Published on Delhilast_img read more

first_img Tennis 33m ago Exclusive: Comaneci hails history-maker Halep’s Wimbledon triumph Related News Related News “She said it would be an unbelievable moment. “So today her dream came true as I will play a final. It’s a very special moment. To be able to play Wimbledon final, it’s pretty amazing. I will enjoy for sure.”Considering Halep developed her baseline skills “on the sand and also in the water of the sea”, it is perhaps unsurprising that she was initially considered something of a claycourt specialist. The French Open has been her most successful major with three final appearances – including a win in 2018.But her run to the Wimbledon final not only proved that her game is no longer one-dimensional as it was in the past, when she would only venture off the baseline as a last resort, but that she also has the weapons to make an impact on the sport’s slickest surface.”I have a better game these days. I play some drop shots,” said Halep, who came out on top in eight of the 10 net points she was engaged in on Thursday. NOT SCARED”I use the slice more. The serve is helping me. Now when the ball is coming to me, I know what to do with it. “I can play everywhere, against anyone. I know how to change some things when (things) don’t work very well,” added Halep, who would have contested Grand Slam finals on three different surfaces come Saturday as she also finished runner-up at the Australian Open in 2018.”I feel confident and I’m not scared any more about how the ball bounces. And also I feel stable on my legs, which is very important on the grass.”Being more sure-footed on turf means the Romanian, who admits she is a lover of chocolate, ice cream and cheesecake, cannot wait to turn up for Saturday’s final.”It’s a great feeling to face Serena in a Grand Slam final,” said the 27-year-old. “I’m desperate to win Wimbledon more than to stop her. I will focus on myself. I’m not thinking about her record. Her records are huge already.”If you are able to win, makes it sweeter.”And should Halep triumph, her mother may well get the chance to sit in the Royal Box next year — considering the All England Club invites the parents of title holders to see their opening match from a seat that money cannot buy. (Reporting by Pritha Sarkar, editing by Christian Radnedge) LONDON (Reuters) – A game that was honed on the sandy beaches of the Black Sea coast of Constanta will be on show for the world to savour in Saturday’s Wimbledon final as Simona Halep earned a chance to fulfil one of her mother’s cherished dreams.So what if the opponent facing her is an American great in pursuit of a record 24th Grand Slam title? Who cares if the Romanian has won only one of her previous 10 meetings with Serena Williams?As far as Halep was concerned, her 6-1 6-3 semi-final win over Elina Svitolina meant that her mother Tania will finally get to experience something she has been dreaming of for more than a decade.”About 10, 15 years ago she said her dream is to (see me) play a final in Wimbledon because everyone is here, (including the royals and the celebrities who sit in) the Royal Box (on Centre Court),” said a beaming Halep. –– ADVERTISEMENT ––center_img Tennis 11 Jul 2019 Factbox: Elina Svitolina versus Simona Halep Tennis 09 Jul 2019 Tennis-Wimbledon day eight {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

first_img Related News “Atletico Madrid considers that the deposited amount is insufficient to cover (Griezmann’s) buyout clause, since it is obvious that the agreement between the player and FC Barcelona was closed before the clause was reduced from 200 million euros to 120 million euros,” the club said in a statement https://en.atleticodemadrid.com/noticias/official-statement-4.”It was also prior to the date on which the clause was modified the communication that the player made on May 14 announcing his disassociation from the club.”Atletico Madrid believes the termination of the contract happened before the end of the last season due to facts, acts and demonstrations made by the player, and therefore has already initiated procedures it has deemed appropriate to protect their rights and lawful interests.”Barca’s long-running pursuit of the Frenchman, who scored 133 goals in all competitions for Atletico, has been the worst-kept secret in Spanish football.The champions announced his signing in a statement earlier on Friday, in which they revealed his new five-season contract included an 800 million euros buyout clause.”FC Barcelona has paid the 120 million euro buyout clause to release Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid,” Barcelona said.The capture of the France striker adds further firepower to a Barca strikeforce already containing Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez and could yet be bolstered further by the return of Neymar Jr.Spanish media reports say the Brazil forward is keen to return to Barca and regrets leaving the club for Paris St Germain in 2017 for a world record 222 million euros. (Reporting by Richard Martin, Additional reporting by Rohith Nair and Emma Pinedo-Gonzalez; Editing by Toby Davis) Football 06 Jul 2019 Atletico hit out at Griezmann for negotiating transfer to Barca Football 06 Jul 2019 Neymar wants to leave PSG but they don’t want to sell him – Barca president Football 28 May 2019 Porto confirm Felipe sale to Atletico Madridcenter_img BARCELONA (Reuters) – Spanish champions Barcelona announced the signing of striker Antoine Griezmann on Friday for 120 million euros (£107 million) from a fuming Atletico Madrid, who said the Catalan club had not paid enough to trigger the player’s release clause. France forward Griezmann, 28, rejected a move to Barcelona last year but announced in May that he was leaving Atletico, where he has spent the last five seasons since signing from Real Sociedad in 2014.Barca have been trying to lure Griezmann to the Nou Camp since November 2017, but the forward signed a new five-year deal with Atletico in June 2018 that had a 200 million euros buy-out clause, which dropped to 120 million euros on July 1 this year.Atletico said that Griezmann’s May 14 announcement that he was leaving the club is proof a deal had already been struck between the player and Barcelona before his buy-out clause dropped. Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

first_img Tennis 09 Jul 2019 Factbox: Serena Williams versus Alison Riske LONDON (Reuters) – Serena Williams no longer wants to obsess about elusive Grand Slam “number 24” and Simona Halep is desperate to win Wimbledon more than to stop the American reaching that milestone but there will be no place for either to hide in Saturday’s final.No matter who wins the title decider on Centre Court, the one thing for certain is that it will be a historic occasion.The 37-year-old Williams is chasing an eighth All England Club singles crown which would see her match Australian Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 major singles titles.National pride will be at stake for Halep as she bids to become the first Romanian to win a singles title at the spiritual home of grasscourt tennis. Related News Related News Tennis 09 Jul 2019 Tennis-Wimbledon day eightcenter_img Halep said if she dwelt on Williams’ records over the past 21 years it might be game over before she stepped on court for a contest compatriot and gymnastics great Nadia Comaneci said would be “watched by every Romanian alive on the planet”.”I will focus on myself. I’m not thinking about her record. Her records are huge already. It’s nothing about that. It’s just a tennis match, big challenge, a great match. So I will try just to give my best,” said Halep, who has lost just one set so far.A quick study of their rivalry would also suggest Williams will probably be the one holding aloft the Venus Rosewater dish considering she has won nine of their previous 10 meetings. The 27-year-old Halep’s only victory over Williams was almost five years ago, while the American has won all three of their Grand Slam clashes, including at Wimbledon in 2011.So which memory from those tussles will Williams rely on as she gets ready for what could be one of the most memorable days in the history of women’s tennis? BIGGEST KEY”The biggest key with our matches is the (6-0 6-2) loss that I had. I never forgot it,” said the 11th seed, who is also bidding to become the first mother to triumph at Wimbledon since Australian Evonne Goolagong beat American Chris Evert in 1980. “She played unbelievable. That makes me know that… she can get there again. So I have to be better than that.”There’s so many impressive things about her. Obviously her tenacity, her ability to find power. Can’t underestimate her. She’s like a little powerhouse. I feel like she’s back. She wants to prove that she can do it again.”Halep will also take heart from their battle at this year’s Australian Open being a close one and the fact that she has more than just an A-game in her repertoire.”I have a better game these days. I can play everywhere, against anyone. When I go on court… I know how to change some things when (other things) don’t work very well,” said the 2018 French Open champion. “Now, I believe that I have my chance to win against her. I respect a lot what she has done and what she’s doing. But I feel mentally stronger facing her.”A ‘Plan B’ or even ‘Plan C’ could come in handy for Halep as Williams was at her devastating best in a 59-minute destruction of unseeded Czech Barbora Strycova in the semi-finals. Moving as smoothly and striking the ball as crisply and as powerfully as at any time in her career, the American has so far unleashed 45 aces and won 83 percent of her service games. Playing mixed doubles with Andy Murray, albeit in a losing cause this week, has also helped her to sharpen her volleys – an ominous sight for anyone on the opposite side of the net.Williams has already had two failed attempts in finals to win that 24th major – after contesting last year’s Wimbledon and U.S. Open showpiece matches – and, regardless of what she says, everyone knows the American wants that record. “I just trained and I trained and I trained to get physically more fit. So I’m definitely at a different place,” said Williams.”It’s really not about 24 or 23 or 25. It’s really just about going out there and giving my best effort no matter what. No matter what I do, I will always have a great career.” (Reporting by Pritha Sarkar; Editing by Ken Ferris) Tennis 11 Jul 2019 Factbox: Elina Svitolina versus Simona Halep {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

first_img World 08 Jul 2019 Germany rejects Trump’s call for ground troops in Syria Related News BERLIN (Reuters) – Most Germans believe Angela Merkel’s health is a private matter, a poll showed on Saturday, after the chancellor suffered the latest in a series of shaking episodes this week that have raised questions about whether she should give an explanation.Merkel, who turns 65 next week, shook visibly at a welcoming ceremony for Finland’s prime minister on Wednesday – the third such episode in as many weeks. On Thursday, she broke with protocol and sat at a similar welcome for Denmark’s premier. The episodes have concerned many Germans and fired up a debate among some of the chancellor’s Christian Democrats about whether she should pass power to her protege sooner than a planned handover in 2021.Yet the survey of 4,495 representative voters, which pollster Civey conducted on Thursday and Friday for the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper, showed a majority – 59% – believed Merkel’s health was her own business. World 11 Jul 2019 Merkel’s shaking episodes fuel debate about German power handover World 11 Jul 2019 Germany steps up warnings about right-wing Identitarian Movementcenter_img Related News The voters were asked: “In your view, should Angela Merkel provide detailed public information about her state of health, or is this her private concern?” Just 34% favoured her health details being published, with 7% undecided.The chancellor, who has no history of serious health issues, insisted “I am fine” on Wednesday, after trembling at the ceremony to receive Finland’s premier, and said she was “working through” a bout of tremors that first occurred in mid-June.But she has declined to give any details about her health.Merkel is famously private, only rarely making public appearances with her husband. This is in stark contrast to her predecessor Gerhard Schroeder – who faced questions in office about his marriage and whether he dyed his hair.Merkel has led Germany since 2005, making her the longest-serving political leader of a major Western democracy. Now serving her fourth term in office, she does not plan to stand again at the next federal election, due in 2021.Merkel decided to seek a fourth term only after long reflection, and said in November 2016 she was seeking to stay on “if health allows”. In 1998, she was quoted as saying: “I don’t want to be a half-dead wreck when I leave politics.”Leading the European Union’s largest economy, Merkel is renowned for her work ethic and has a reputation for outlasting other leaders at EU summits with her ability to focus on the details of complex discussions deep into the night.In the United States, portions of the results of the president’s annual medical examination are traditionally made public, but in Germany, political leaders are generally expected to enjoy more privacy around their health. (Editing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian) {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

first_img Related News Related News Business News 15 May 2019 Digi eyes postpaid growth through prepaid conversion Corporate News 26 Apr 2019 Maxis Q1 net profit up 53.7% at RM409m from preceding quarter Corporate News , Telcos Tags / Keywords: KUALA LUMPUR: Digi.com Bhd started the second quarter corporate results season by registering a slightly higher net profit of RM392.47mil and declared an interim dividend of five sen a share.It said on Friday the net profit was an improvement from the RM384.34mil a year ago. Its revenue, however, fell by 4.3% to RM1.548bil from RM1.618bil. Earnings per share were 5.50 sen compared with 4.94 sen.Commenting on the results, Digi said it  remained committed in delivering a resilient performance in Q2 with solid double digit postpaid revenue growth to RM697mil and actively grew internet revenue to 62.7% of service revenue or RM879mil. “Service revenue strengthened 0.7% quarter-on-quarter while year-on-year decline narrowed to 2.2%,” it said. Digi said overall internet subscriber base strengthened to 9.3 million or 81.7% of subscriber base, an increase of 539,000 from a year ago while data traffic volumes surged 49% year-on-year and monthly data usage amongst its subscribers increased to 11.4GB. “Our 4G LTE and LTE-A network coverage reached 90% and 70% of population fuelling higher 4G subscriber base to 8.5 million or 90.6% of our smartphone users. “Meanwhile, MyDigi monthly active users climbed to 3.3 million with encouraging upsell transactions on MyDigi and digital distribution channels for the quarter. Our B2B segment has also made good progress with positive growth from business solutions and connectivity,” it said. Digi said it stepped up its postpaid growth activities via the revamped Phone Freedom 365 programme, Digi Postpaid Family plans along with solid demand for entry level postpaid plans from prepaid conversions. “We registered another 71,000 postpaid net adds to 2.9 million postpaid subscribers,” it said. Digi said in Q2, it delivered stronger sequential performance across service revenue, earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) and profit after tax (PAT) along with narrowed year-on-year decline, relatively resilient compared to the Malaysian mobile market. “With a solid focus on driving sustainable business and investing in what matters most, we registered robust organic postpaid revenue growth of 12.6% year-on-year and internet revenue growth of 9.2% along with robust Ebitda and earnings although challenged by prolonged aggressive data offerings in the market, channel transformation and device strategy shift during the year,” it said.In the first half, it reported a 4.7% decline in net profit to RM733.98mil compared with RM770.45mil in the previous corresponding period. Its revenue was down 6% to RM3.057bil from RM3.252bil. Telcos 14 May 2019 Digi expects flattish service revenue growth in 2019 {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

first_imgSC allows Meghalaya plea to call off rescue operation of trapped miners’ bodiesThe Supreme Court has allowed a plea filed by Meghalaya asking to call off the rescue mission that is still looking for the bodies of the miners who went missing in a rat hole.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 00:03 IST Rescue operations at the Meghalaya mining site.Seven months after 15 people were trapped in an illegal coal mine in Meghalaya, the Supreme Court Friday allowed the state government’s plea seeking its permission to call off the ongoing operation to retrieve the bodies.The illegal mine is located at Ksan in East Jaintia Hills district, about 3.7 km deep inside a forest and can be accessed after crossing three streams.It was flooded in December last year trapping 15 miners when water from the nearby Letein river gushed into it.A bench of Justices S A Bobde and B R Gavai passed the order while hearing a petition which had sought urgent steps for rescuing the miners trapped in the rat-hole mine since December 13 last year.Rat-hole mining involves digging of narrow tunnels, usually three-four feet deep, for workers to enter and extract coal. The horizontal tunnels are often termed “rat holes” as each just about fits one person.During the hearing on Friday, senior advocate Anand Grover, appearing for the petitioner, told the court that the state has filed an application seeking permission to call off the operation.”We are not opposing it (application filed by state),” Grover told the court, adding, “Now we are no longer on the issue of (rescue) operation”.The petitioner told the court that there should be a standard operating procedure (SoP) which could be followed in case of such eventuality as had happened in Meghalaya.The bench said that it would hear the issue relating to the SoP after four weeks.The apex court had in March this year directed the petitioner to “ascertain from the relatives of the deceased if they wish to have the bodies recovered having regard to the fact that they may be already in a completely decomposed condition.”The court was earlier told that remotely operated underwater vehicles (RoVs) had detected three bodies in the mine.Earlier, the Centre had told the court that it has to “believe in miracles” for the 15 miners to come out alive.Also Read | Rain batters Meghalaya, throws life out of gearAlso Read | SC asks trapped miners kin if they wish to get decomposed bodies recoveredAlso Watch | Operation rat-hole mining in Meghalaya; Poaching politics in KarnatakaFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanchari Chatterjee Nextlast_img read more

first_img Next Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 14:48 IST Army chief General Bipin Rawat was speaking at an event on 20 Years after Kargil Conflict. (Photo:Pankaj Nangia/India Today)HIGHLIGHTSAny misadventure by Pakistan Army will be repelled with punitive response: Army chiefArmy chief says armed forces stand resolute and ready to defend territorial integrityRise of non-state actors and readiness to use terror and other irregular methods of fighting have become a new norm: Army chiefAny misadventure by Pakistan Army will be repelled with punitive response and no act of terror will go unpunished, Army chief General Bipin Rawat said Saturday.Speaking at an event on ’20 Years after Kargil Conflict’, General Bipin Rawat said Pakistan Army, time and again, resorts to misadventure, either through state-sponsored terrorism or intrusions in India.”The Indian armed forces stand resolute and ready to defend our territorial integrity. Let there be no doubt that misadventures will be repelled with a punitive response,” he said.The rise of non-state actors and the readiness to use terror and other irregular methods of fighting have become a new norm, he said.Addition of cyber and space domain has changed the battlefield scenario, the Army chief noted.Rawat also asserted that no act of terror will go unpunished. “Surgical strikes post-Uri and Balakot (terror attacks) have amply demonstrated our political and military resolve against terror. Any act of terror will not go unpunished,” Rawat added.The army chief also said there has been no intrusion by the Chinese in Ladakh’s Demchok sector. “There is no intrusion,” Rawat said on the sidelines of an event.His statement came amidst reports of Chinese soldiers crossing the Line of Actual Control (LAC) last week after some Tibetans hoisted Tibetan flags on the occasion of Dalai Lama’s birthday on July 6.”Chinese come and patrol to their perceived Line of Actual Control…we try and prevent them. But at times there are celebrations that take place at the local levels. Celebrations were going on our side by our Tibetans in the Demchok sector. Based on that, some Chinese also came to see what was happening. But there has been no intrusions. Everything is normal,” the Army chief had said.READ | No intrusion by Chinese in Ladakh’s Demchok, says Army chief Bipin RawatWATCH | Army general exposes Pakistan’s lie on terrorFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySumeda Tags :Follow India Pakistan Let there be no doubt: No act of terror will go unpunished, says Army chief General RawatArmy chief General Bipin Rawat has said the Indian armed forces are ready to defend the territorial integrity. “Let there be no doubt that misadventures will be repelled with a punitive response,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more