Mood of the Nation: Who is the grand icon of Bollywood?

first_imgSaahore Baahubali! The first Indian film to cross the Rs 1,000 crore mark at the box office, the success of the SS Rajamouli-directed fantasy epic was a reminder that audiences relish a theatrical spectacle. Expectedly, then, the respondents of the Mood of the Nation poll chose it as their favourite,Saahore Baahubali! The first Indian film to cross the Rs 1,000 crore mark at the box office, the success of the SS Rajamouli-directed fantasy epic was a reminder that audiences relish a theatrical spectacle. Expectedly, then, the respondents of the Mood of the Nation poll chose it as their favourite film of all time.That a Telugu film dubbed in Hindi with no recognisable Bollywood stars was chosen as the best Hindi film proves how audiences are receptive to cinema irrespective of language and admire the vision of a filmmaker who thinks global but remains rooted in local culture.Another film that meets those great expectations is Ramesh Sippy’s desi western Sholay, memorable even four decades on. Old is gold for India which is still in awe of Amitabh Bachchan, who has defied age and the Bollywood formula with films written for him.Madhuri Dixit and Hema Malini may not be as active on screen as Bachchan but are still cherished for their charismatic presence. Their younger peers have a long way to go to leave an impact.Work is all that matters – be it here or abroad – which is why Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone emerge as dominant forces, despite not having a Hindi release in over a year. Chopra and Padukone have gone far ahead of their male counterparts by venturing into commercial Hollywood, simultaneously holding on to their superstar status at home. Among actors, Salman Khan and Bachchan tied in popularity stakes for 2016-17, but Akshay Kumar is giving the Khans a run for their money and making a case as the new superstar on the horizon.advertisementlast_img read more

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Arsenal impasse leaves fans with few ways to vent their frustrations

first_imgShare on Messenger Stan Kroenke makes £525m offer to buy Alisher Usmanov’s Arsenal shares Reuse this content Read more Corbyn ‘disgusted’ at Arsenal owner over hunting TV channel features Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Len Shackleton, a footballing maverick who was earning the maximum wage of £17 per week by the end of his luminous career in 1957, chose a particularly striking way to outline his disdain for the men who ran football clubs. In his autobiography he dedicated a chapter to the occupiers of the boardroom titled “The Average Director’s Knowledge of Football” – it consisted of a single blank page.Having fallen out with various directors, Shackleton curtly referred to them as “those people upstairs”. It just goes to show that a disconnect between the proletariat and the businessmen who get to make decisions about club affairs is a thread that goes way back in the history of the game.Ian Wright evoked that Shackleton spirit this week when he reacted to the icy power-struggle involving Arsenal’s two most powerful billionaire shareholders. He punched out some impassioned tweets in response to the stock-market duelling as Stan Kroenke and Alisher Usmanov vie for each other’s stake. Reading between the lines, you can imagine Wright thinking to himself: “What on earth do these two men really know or care about football?” Share via Email Arsenalcenter_img Alisher Usmanov As Arsenal’s Old Etonian former chairman Peter Hill-Wood famously said when Kroenke first appeared on the scene: “We don’t want his sort.” The natural suspicion of an overseas investor’s motives was crystal clear. The old Arsenal board was made up of families who had been associated with the club for decades but they had to do some soul-searching 10 years ago when two super-rich interested parties turned up – one from the US and one from Russia – to acquire an interest in the wealth swilling around Premier League football with its ever-growing television deals and commercial potential. Did it matter what either of them knew or cared about Arsenal? Was one sort preferable to the other?In the brave new world of oligarch- and entrepreneur-driven football clubs, they took the plunge with Kroenke, whose stewardship style is to take a back seat and let the business coast. His hands‑off approach was one of the factors that appealed. But as Arsenal’s Kroenke era drifts on, the kind of comfortable and complacent atmosphere to rile the likes of Wright brings us back to that question of whether it matters how much the American knows or cares about football.The history of the game has thrown up some exceptional custodians, revered for looking after a club as if it were a family treasure and giving every ounce of business acumen and in some cases philanthropic wealth to protect and promote it, always with the club at heart. Jack Walker at Blackburn, the Cobbold family at Ipswich, Matthew Harding at Chelsea, Dick Knight at Brighton & Hove Albion all spring to mind. Share on Twitter Stan Kroenke Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Topics Read more In James Montague’s book The Billionaire’s Club, which examines the new wave of investor-owners from Eastern Europe, the US, Asia and the Middle East, he asks a critical question. “Does it matter who owns a football club? Does it matter why someone has chosen to buy and bankroll your team? The simplest answer I heard, whether it was Colin at Portsmouth or Jacco from ADO Den Haag, was that most fans I meet didn’t care; as long as their team won silverware, they would accept almost any owner. But not everyone wins, and that is when the questions begin to be asked. About the owners and what they are in it for.”What are they in it for? The bluntest answer takes the form of balance sheets. In terms of the cold war at Arsenal, it is instructive to take a look at what has happened to the share price since Kroenke and Usmanov began investing in the club. The cost of a share in the summer of 2007, when both men started to build their stakes more seriously, escalated quite quickly from £7,500 to £10,000. In 2011 Kroenke made his big move to become majority shareholder with the share price valued at just over £11,000.Now, after the two have sat on their stakes for a decade and not invested one penny in the club during that time, Arsenal are in a position where Kroenke felt able to turn down £32,000 per share from an external consortium before testing the water to buy out Usmanov. Without having to do much at all the investment has more than tripled in value. Perhaps he and Usmanov see it as too much of a good thing to sell, with even greater appreciation anticipated. That seems to be the state of play as each rebuffs the other’s inquiries about selling.It leaves Arsenal at a stifling impasse, with two men who cannot seem to cooperate in an uneasy non-alliance. Frustrated supporters do not have the easiest task to air their discontent about the ownership in a way that gets to the men themselves. Kroenke seldom attends games. In days gone by owners would have to run the gauntlet of vocal abuse on their way back to the car park after a match.In the average old days of the mid-1980s Arsenal fans gathered in their thousands outside the marble halls, just below the windows of the oak-panelled boardroom, shouting “sack the board” and the rest. It was seen and heard all right. But the disaffected of today have few obvious ways to vent their disappointment directly to the ruling factions. Social media protestations or occasional chants at the stadium, such as at the final home match of last season against Everton and a bad-tempered AGM when Kroenke comes to town, have not yet had any major impact.Ordinary fans will not have it easy trying to take it to the billionaires, who might not know considerably more than Shackleton’s friends upstairs, but have the money, and the distance, to ignore it.last_img read more

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Haiti Carnival cancelled 18 die in stampede

first_img Related Items:carnival, haiti, stampede Hospital overflowing, chaos, damage and dead bodies in Gros-Morne Haiti Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppHaiti, 17 Feb 2015 – Meanwhile Haiti with a rising death toll as some sort of electrical fire is blamed for killing as many as 18 people during its annual Carnival. The last day of the festivity has now been cancelled after incident; tragically it was the stampede of people trying to escape the blaze which ignited when a parade float struck a power line that caused the deaths and left nearly 80 people injured. Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI on Alert as riots rage in Haiti, two-year president asked to resign Recommended for youlast_img read more

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Shah panel begins stakeholder deliberation on FII MAT issue

first_imgThe high-level Justice A P Shah panel, set up to look into levy of MAT on FIIs, has begun consultations with stakeholders including an industry body which said it should not apply on such investors.The committee met representatives of Ficci, CII, Assocham and American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham) as well as experts from KPMG, EY and Deloitte.It is scheduled to hold further consultations with Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and other expert groups. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashHeaded by Law Commission Chairman A P Shah, the panel was formally constituted in May with former Chief Economic Advisor Ashok Lahiri and Chartered accountant Girish Ahuja as other two members.In its representation to the committee, Assocham said the government should issue a clarification that Minimum Alternate Tax provisions were never intended and do not apply to FIIs/FPIs.“It is also requested (that you should) recommend to the Government to direct the Revenue authorities to stay the demand raised on FIIs/FPIs and not to take any coercive action, till the time the MAT issue is resolved.  Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian tourists“The above action would be in accordance with the Government’s intention of providing a non-adversarial and stable tax regime to the taxpayer in India,” the chamber said.Although the Shah panel has one-year term, sources said the committee would submit its report on the MAT issue much earlier as the Finance Ministry is keen that it gives its recommendations “expeditiously”.The Shah committee has been entrusted with the task of examining MAT notices to the Foreign Institutional Investors for the period prior to April 1, 2015. The Income Tax Department had sent notices to 68 FIIs demanding Rs 602.83 crore as MAT dues of previous years. This has raked up a big controversy, with FIIs moving higher court challenging the demand.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Budget 2015-16 has exempted FIIs from paying MAT with effect from April 1, 2015.Following the announcement of setting up of the panel, the tax department has directed its field officers to put on hold issuance of fresh notices and any further assessments on levy of this tax on such entities.last_img read more

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Govt hikes limit of eway bill for intrastate movement to Rs 1

first_imgKolkata: State Finance and Industry minister Amit Mitra said on Thursday that the state government has increased the threshold limit to Rs 1 lakh for the electronic-way or e-way bill in case of movement of goods within the state, from the existing limit of up to Rs 50,000.He further announced that the generation of such bill for an intra-state movement of goods is being exempted, where goods are being sent to job workers.”The e-way bill with regard to movement of goods within the state originating and terminating within Bengal (intra-state movement but without passing through any other state), would be required where the consignment value exceeds Rs 1 lakh. Such limit is up to Rs 50,000 in other states. We have raised the limit keeping in mind the interest of our small traders,” Mitra said at the Kolkata Garment Expo 2018, organised by Bengal Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Traders Welfare Association. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedQuoting the notification that was issued by the Commissioner of State Tax, Bengal on Thursday, Mitra added: “Generation of e-way bill for an intra-state movement of goods is exempted where such goods are being sent to a job worker for job work, being sent from one job worker to another, or are being returned to the principal after such job work and where such transportation is not for final delivery of the finished goods.”It may be mentioned that the Central government had launched the e-way bill system from April 1, for moving goods worth over Rs 50,000 from one state to another and the same for intra or within the state movement was rolled out from April 15 in a phased manner. Such a bill is required when the value of taxable consignment, along with the tax value, is more than Rs 50,000. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe Finance minister also announced a textile hub at Nangi in Maheshtala, South 24-Parganas, on a land of nine lakh sq ft, for facilitating garment manufacturers and traders and a common facility centre would also be set up.According to him, nearly 30,000 artisans and entrepreneurs, including organised and unorganised sectors, have been working in Metiabruz, a hub of garments and apparel manufacturing in the state that generates over 5 lakh jobs.Mitra reiterated that the Mamata Banerjee government is leaving no stones unturned to bring the unorganised sector under an organised set-up so that they get better margins and manufacture products of export standards.”The common facility centre will house design, laboratory and other facilities for facilitating the manufacturers,” Mitra added. In Metiabruz, 90 percent small entrepreneurs and artisans are unorganised.According to him, bank lending to MSMEs in the last year was Rs 44,000 crore, exceeding the target of Rs 38,000 crore in the state.last_img read more

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Will request state govt to come up with online cab corporation to

first_imgKolkata: The app-cab aggregators will have to come up with suitable solutions to address surcharge of fares and other issues during January 10 meeting which will be attended by the state government representatives.This was made clear by Madan Mitra, president of West Bengal Online Cab Operators Guild (WBOCOG) during a meeting held on Saturday. “The app-cab operators may have their own grievances but it is a fact that they are taking upper hand and harassing passengers by charging random fares for the same distance covered during trips. If there is no solution on January 10, the WBOCOG will request the state government to come up with an online cab corporation to regulate fares of the app-based cabs,” he said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt has been learnt that state government representatives will be present in the meeting to listen to the demands of the operators. It may be mentioned here that app-cab aggregators under the WBOCOG has been demanding intervention of the state government for quite sometime after some drivers were suspended. The app-cab union had called a 72-hour strike on December 24 but it did not take place following the intervention of Mitra who had urged them not to disrupt services as it would have an adverse effect on the commuters. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA meeting was held on Saturday by the West Bengal Online Cab Operators Guild in this regard. The app-cab operators have decided to ply their vehicles with black badges and flags on them for the next three days. The guild is also eager to discuss with the government a series of issues including the fare and the deduction of the commission during the next meeting. There were instances of rampage in the city by the aggregators on December 27 resulting in outright hooliganism and leading to the arrest of as many as 14 people from Kasba and Lake Town areas respectively for trying to stop app-cabs from plying on the road.last_img read more

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British parliament publishes confidential Facebook documents that underscore the growth at any

first_img“We don’t feel we have had straight answers from Facebook on these important issues, which is why we are releasing the documents”-Damian Collins, member of Parliament and committee chair It’s been a year full of controversies for Facebook. Just a month after the New York Times published a report on the tech giant’s questionable leadership morales, a UK parliamentary committee published 250 pages’ of Facebook internal documents, including e-mails sent between CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other senior executives. The documents published yesterday, threw light on how Mark Zuckerberg and other executives tired to monetize their valuable user data, allowing apps to use Facebook to grow their network- as long as it increased usage of Facebook, strict limits on possible competitor access and much more. The files were seized by UK authorities just over a week ago to assist the investigation of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Damian Collins, the chair of the select committee on culture, media, and sport, invoked Parliament’s summoning rights to force Ted Kramer, founder of the US software firm Six4Three, to release the documents. Kramer has been involved in a legal battle with Facebook since 2015 over developer access to user data. Kramer was addressed by a security representative at his hotel and was given a two-hour deadline to give the papers up. When Kramer failed to do so, he was escorted to Parliament and he proceeded to hand the documents over. The documents were believed to contain details on Facebook’s data and privacy controls that led to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, including e-mails between senior executives including CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “I believe there is considerable public interest in releasing these documents. They raise important questions about how Facebook treats users data, their policies for working with app developers, and how they exercise their dominant position in the social media market.”-Damian Collins Some highlights from the documents The alarmingly casual tone of Mark Zuckerberg’s reply ‘“Yup, go for it.” on the suggestion by an engineer that the better way of going about the possible competitive threat Twitter’s “Vine” could cause Facebook, would be to cut off Vine’s access to Facebook data. Facebook found ways to access users’ call history in order to make “People You May Know” suggestions and tweak news-feed rankings. This was done without alerting users about the decision. One of the documents points out how Zuckerberg personally reviewed a list of apps from strategic competitors who were not allowed to use Facebook’s advertising services or services for applications “without Mark level sign-off.’ Facebook used Onavo (an Israeli analytics company) to check customers’ usage of mobile apps, again, without their knowledge. The analytics showed the company how many people had downloaded apps and how often they used them. This information was used to understand if a potential company can be acquired or considered as a threat. Here is Facebook’s  ‘Industry update’ presentation based on Onavo data, 26 April 2013 that shows the market reach of popular media apps. Mark Zuckerberg encouraged “full reciprocity” between Facebook and app developers: The email said, “you share all your data on users with us, and we’ll share all of ours with you”. Facebook “whitelisted” certain companies, (it is unknown on what basis this list was made). These companies, including  Airbnb, Netflix, and Badoo; which had full access to users’ friends’ data after platform changes in 2014-15. The documents also highlights that in a 2012 email, Zuckerberg suggested making Facebook login and posting content on the platform free and charge “a lot of money” to read user data,  from the network. According to Facebook, as of today, that proposal was never implemented. However, executives also seemed concerned that enabling Facebook logins and data access for potentially competing platforms could ultimately affect user activity on Facebook itself. On of Zuckerberg’s emails of 2012 stated, “Sometimes the best way to enable people to share something is to have a developer build a special purpose app or network for that type of content and to make that app social by having Facebook plug into it. However, that may be good for the world but it’s not good for us unless people also share back to Facebook and that content increases the value of our network.” Mark Zuckerberg’s reply to the leaked emails In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Mark Zuckerberg responded to these publicly released documents. In a way, his post seems to, once again, deflect reader attention from the matter at hand and focus on explanations that do not address the concerns arising from the document leak. He claims that the company limited access to data to “prevent abusive apps” starting in 2014. This was done to prevent sketchy apps like the quiz app that sold data to Cambridge Analytica from operating on Facebook’s platform. He further added that limited data extensions were given to particular developers and that whitelists of developers allowed to use certain features are commonly used in beta testing.  “In some situations, when necessary, we allowed developers to access a list of the users’ friends,” according to Facebook. In a later statement emailed to Fast Company, the company mentioned that some of the documents, which were originally turned over in a California lawsuit, could be misleading and don’t necessarily reflect actual company practices. “As we’ve said many times, the documents Six4Three gathered for their baseless case are only part of the story and are presented in a way that is very misleading without additional context,” a spokesperson wrote. “We stand by the platform changes we made in 2015 to stop a person from sharing their friends’ data with developers. Like any business, we had many of internal conversations about the various ways we could build a sustainable business model for our platform. But the facts are clear: we’ve never sold people’s data.” These constant controversies have put the workforce at Facebook ill at ease. In an anonymous interview to Buzzfeed, two former employees said the “spate of negative reports has cast a shadow over the company in recent weeks”. The report also mentions how current and former employees sense “tense and, at times, hostile atmosphere inside the company”, one in which both senior employees and even staunch loyalists are contemplating their futures. According to Bloomberg, Kramer was ordered by a judge on Friday to surrender his laptop to a forensic expert after admitting he turned over the documents to the British lawmakers, in violation of a U.S. court order. Facebook wants the laptop to be evaluated to determine what happened in the U.K., to what extent the court order was breached, and how much of its confidential information has been divulged to the committee. On a side note, Facebook Inc.’s board of directors supported Sheryl Sandberg and said it was “entirely appropriate” for her as the COO, to ask if George Soros had shorted the company’s stock after he called the social-media giant a “menace.” The board’s letter was sent by Facebook’s general counsel Colin Stretch to Patrick Gaspard, president of Mr. Soros’s Open Society Foundations, earlier Wednesday. The letter stated that “To be clear, Ms. Sandberg’s question was entirely appropriate given her role as COO. “When a well-known and outspoken investor attacks your company publicly, it is fair and appropriate to do this level of diligence.” Head over to the UK parliament committee’s official post to read the full 250 page Facebook documents. 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