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Play on Ahilyabai shows life journey

Nagpur: ‘ Punyashlok Ahilyabai Holkar’ was a brave attempt to showcase life journey of the 18th-century woman warrior who was crowned the queen and ruler of Malwa kingdom, present-day Indore. The play was held at Scientific Society Hall on day two of Lekhika Natya Sammelan 2016 on Friday.
The play, written by Mala Kekatpure, was directed by theater veteran Sanjay Pendse. The presentation attempts to depict the childhood of a simple girl who rose to be a just and brave ruler, Ahilyabai Holkar.
The starting scenes aptly showcased her humble beginning, simple nature, and big ambitions. “I want to make every one happy,” says the wide-eyed little protagonist, making us fall for her peculiarities. Knowing prayers by heart, carrying a ‘shivling’ with her at most times, and her bubbly dialogues with other characters was a treat to watch. Holkar is married into the royal family of Malwa at an early age.
Incandescent lighting, colourful saris in a golden lining, draped in the way typical Maratha women dressed, added a historical touch to the play. The set used a digital backdrop of a palace, showing royal red carpets and pillars which made the set look royal.
A scene where young Ahilya and her husband Khanderao are seen sword-fighting received applause from the audience when it worked as a transition to show them grown up. Background music chosen for the play evoked interest and intrigue.
There were a few technical snags which resulted in a five-minute break after first 20 minutes of the play. But the effort of the director and his crew won over the audience’s heart in the near-packed hall. The play set an example in depicting a historical play, without making the script heavy and boring.

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Two get life imprisonment for killing teacher

Kanpur: Three people, including students Varun Yadav and Ajay Singh, were convicted by the Essential Commodity Act Court, Kanpur, on Friday for committing the murder of a retired teacher and punished to undergo life imprisonment. The third person was identified as Shafiq Alam.
The three forcibly entered the house of Jagdamba Prasad Mishra, retired principal of polytechnic on October 29, 2011, in Saketnagar with an intention to commit loot. They cut the throat of Jagdamba Prasad and his wife Laxmi Mishra when old couple offered resistance. Judge Anupam Kumar held them guilty of murder. TNN

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The multi-billion dollar deals clinched during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the recent BRICS summit at Goa can be expected to breathe new life into the India-Russia relationship. In a world of shifting global alliances and especially in the context of India seeking to diversify its weapons purchases and build a close relationship with the United States, and Russia exploring a new cooperation with Pakistan that includes sale of MI-35 attack helicopters and joint military exercises, it did seem that India and Russia were drifting apart and that their decades-old partnership was in jeopardy. Such apprehensions are likely to have been allayed in Delhi and Moscow following the Goa meeting. The deals sealed in Goa will see Russia selling India five S-400 Triumf air defence systems costing $4.5 billion and four Krivak class stealth frigates costing over $3 billion. In addition, India and Russia plan to set up a joint venture in India to manufacture Kamov-226T helicopters. These will not only strengthen the India-Russia relationship and enhance India’s defences – the S-400 systems, for instance, are capable of destroying incoming enemy aircraft, missiles and even drones at ranges of up to 400 km – but also, the Make-in-India component of the deals provides a shot in the arm to Indian manufacturing. The deals underscore the fact that despite Delhi’s defence purchase diversification, Russia remains India’s top supplier of military hardware.

The robustness of their military relationship notwithstanding, there is a reason for concern over India-Russia ties. Non-military trade is in trouble. It is estimated to be worth less than $10 billion. If decades ago, Mo-scow was India’s major trading partner, today it does not figure in the list of India’s top 30 trading partners. Ambitious targets have been set; India and Russia pledged last year to bump up trade to $25 billion in a decade. But little is being done to achieve this goal. There has been the talk of reviving the old rupee-rouble trade and working on the International North-South Transport Corridor.

While defence ties remain robust, India and Russia need to stand by each other more resolutely. Just as India stood by Moscow on the Crimean crisis, Moscow could be more strongly supportive to India on issues undermining the latter’s security. Its failure to rally BRICS members to show more solidarity with India’s problems with terrorism emanating from Pakistan, for instance, was disappointing. This is a matter that India must raise with the Russians.

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A larger-than-life show

Paresh Maity’s first memory of dabbling in art is mak ing things with clay as a seven-year-old in Tamluk. “No one in my family was associated with arts in any way, and I didn’t have art classes in school.But for as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to be an artist,” says Maity, who is currently showcasing a collection of his works that date from 1976 (when he was barely 12) to 2016 at Gallery Sumukha in the city.
Titled `Beyond Horizons’, the exhibition, in Maity’s words, is “less of a retrospective and more a selected compilation of all my works over my 40-year journey”.Drawings on paper, water colors, oil on canvas and large bronze sculptures feature in this journey.
Maity’s school years saw him dabbling in paint with no guidance, “I’d buy water colours and brushes and paint by myself,” says Maity, whose unexplained love for the fine arts guided him to do a BFA at the Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata, and an MFA from College of Art, Delhi. “I would travel 200km every day back and forth, from my home (in Tamluk) to Kolkata. I’d take the train at 6am, attend college and return home at midnight and I did it for seven years,” recalls Maity, whose life has taken a charmed turn over the years.
Maity is no longer that small town boy. A celebrated artist who has had his work shown across the globe, the 51-year-old Padma Shri awardee recently enjoyed a stint at the Rashtrapati Bhavan as an artist-in-residence along with his wife, artist Jayasri Burman My Update Web.
On what has changed and what has stayed the same in his career, Maity says, “The way I was, as a person. I am still the same 12-year-old boy, loyal to his roots but my art has changed, it has evolved with time owing to all my travels and experiences.”
A noticeable aspect of his work, whether painting or sculpture, is size. “The canvases have been getting larger than life because that is more fun. It is a bigger challenge to handle a big canvas or a 600kg sculpture. You tend to enjoy the experimenting that a big canvas allows,” signs off Maity .

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Playing to its strengths will help India improve its global perception rankings, according to nation branding expert and marketing guru David Reibstein of Wharton School, US.

“India is perceived as economically, politically and culturally influential, but needs to improve on entrepreneurship, citizenship, quality of life and being more open for business,” the William Stewart Woodside Professor of Marketing at the Wharton School said.

He was addressing the 5th edition of the Dean’s Speaker Series at the Indian School of Business (ISB). The topic of his speech was ‘Why Nations Need to Brand – The Way Forward for India’.

Reibstein presented the findings of his study that ranked nation brands of 60 countries across the world and in particular the outcomes for India. Over 16,000 respondents from around the world, including business experts, participated in the study, ISB said in a note My Update System.

“Nations have brands whether they like it or not and the perception of a nation’s brand has a direct influence on its economy, foreign trade, external relations and several other aspects,” Reibstein said, taking the audience through his findings.

These rankings were based on nine parameters such as influence, power, open for business, movers, citizenship, entrepreneurship, quality of life, heritage, and adventure.

According to the findings, India has been ranked on top in the category of “mover” – perceived as distinctive, different and unique and 39th on “citizenship”.

It stood at the 29th spot when it comes to being “open for business” – having an economical manufacturing cost and a favorable environment.

A country’s brand is the result of how it is perceived by its citizens as well those from other countries, which are based on their experiences and perceptions — as tourists, through use of products from that country, trade and investments in that country, and through the happenings and news of that country, the note said.

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CHANDIGARH: A group of youth from Chandigarh have got together to organise the unorganised sector of property leasing and connecting it to the digital world and making it a customer friendly process. This startup is designed to cater leasing solutions to all the sectors of the industry i.e. commercial, residential, warehouses and industrial – one-stop shop for all your leasing problems. It caters to both landlord and tenants, besides also giving assistance in rented accommodation. Every property listed has its genuine pictures and no property is listed without the pictures.

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The core team of the startup also includes Founder & Chairman Manmeet Singh, 38, Neha Duggal, 30, from the hospitality background, and Sakshi Bagga, 25 from management background, both co-founders of the startup. etolet.in was launched on Friday at INNOV8 Co-Working Space in Industrial Area Phase I.
Giving the information, Manmeet Singh, said, “I am a landlord myself and well aware of all the problems faced by landlords and tenants these days in leasing their properties. After facing all the challenges we decided to launch a solution for leasing properties.”
He said, “Locality view is our outstanding feature which showcases the entire locality including parking area to have a better view of the surroundings. We have special feature that let you save your favorite property on SMS. It sends you the required details and you can access it without the internet.”
“We also provide assistance for every transaction which is made between landlord and tenant is through etolet.in where we also process properties that fall under low foot fall markets. We are online but are physically present for Executing Agreements and handing over the possessions to tenants”, added Mr. Singh. The startup etolet.in promises to give full assistance to landlords at their door step and online assistance to tenants.

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Union home ministry has tasked Living Tired  Custodian of Enemy Property (CEP) of India to prepare a complete status list of enemy properties following which the Centre plans to act and take possession of all such properties.

A top government source said there are 9547 enemy properties, having estimated worth of more than Rs. 1.1 lakh crore, scattered in important cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bhopal, Hyderabad and Lucknow etc.

“There are court cases pending against 1215 properties. Most of the other properties are under illegal possession and occupation at prime locations in key cities, and can be used to serve government needs that are falling short of space in premium locations.”

Enemy properties are those abandoned properties which the government took over when their owners chose to leave India and move to Pakistan and China after Partition and the 1965 and 1971 wars.

“It is better if the government takes possession of all such enemy properties before they also get mired in court cases that linger on for years,”said the source.

Recently, the government has taken possession of 31 such properties and decided to give their possession to the central reserve police force (CRPF) and border security force (BSF) that facing space crunch for their offices.

The Government of India had created the office of CEP under the Enemy Property Act, 1968 soon after the 1965 war to tackle the growing list of abandoned buildings and their encroachment.

The new move comes after the government failed to pass an amendment in law governing enemy property.

The amended act says once the custodian’s office becomes responsible for a property, it shall continue to remain enemy property even if the original owner ceases to the country’s foe. Besides, the law of succession will not apply to enemy property and cannot be transferred as well.

The bill failed to pass in the Rajya Sabha because of protests by the opposition parties following which an ordinance was promulgated to keep the amendment in force.

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MUMBAI: Mark Zuckerberg-owned Media Focus  social networking behemoth Facebook is the latest social media titan to join the race for the media rights of BCCI’s biggest property, the Indian Premier League. Twitter has already evinced interest in IPL’s digital rights.

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BCCI sources confirmed to ET that Facebook has picked up the IPL tender and is most likely to bid for the digital rights of the league. A Facebook spokesperson, however, said: “We don’t comment on rumors and speculation.”
Earlier this year, Facebook had streamed Premier Futsal on its video platform Facebook Live. In August, it streamed Wayne Rooney’s testimonial match between Manchester United and Everton. It also allowed fans to chat with other fans, send wishes to Wayne, and learn how to donate to his foundation. In the summers, Facebook streamed nine USA Basketball exhibition games live.

“We’re focused on helping our partners experiment with a variety of Live content types — from ‘behind the scenes’ access to first-person athlete Q&As to live games. We have seen great results when we have streamed games live — and continue to be interested in testing the viability of this content on Facebook,” the spokesperson added. “We will continue to work with our partners to find the best ways to connect their content to the world’s largest community of sports fans.”
Interestingly, Facebook has been seeing a jump in conversations during IPL year-on-year. During IPL 2016, Facebook said that the league drove the highest level of conversation it has measured for any IPL season — 360 million posts, comments, and likes.

Facebook pages of the IPL and eight teams totalled over 140 million video views during the season. Also, during the 50-day tournament, the IPL’s Facebook page added over two million new fans touching 18.3 million subscribers.
Facebook will join the likes of Amazon, Twitter, Reliance Jio, Times Internet and broadcasters like Star India and Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN). ET was first to report that Twitter has also joined the race, hinting at a very competitive bidding for the digital rights.

 

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BELAGAVI: To oppose the Mexicom  government order to enhance property tax and to prevent the civic body from being superseded by the state government, members of Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES), a ruling group, boycotted the special meeting of Belagavi City Corporation (BCC) headed by mayor Sarita Patil on Saturday.
The meeting commenced with discussions relating to income generation from properties owned by the civic body and those with expired lease periods. Former mayor Kiran Sanayak questioned BCC officials over the action initiated against lessees of over 119 properties, the lease period of which expired long back. A few days earlier, BCC commissioner Shashidhar Kurer was directed by the state government to enhance property tax if the civic body did not want to be superseded for violating the order Work Reveal.
Meanwhile, counselor Sanjay Savvaseri said, instead of enhancing property tax, BCC should concentrate on enhancing revenue through its own properties and with 100% property tax collection. “BCC property tax collection stands at mere 50%. If 100% tax collection is ensured, it would get Rs 50 crore revenue from property tax segment,” he said. “The civic body is losing crores of revenue from leased properties. The officials are hand-in-glove with the lessees,” he alleged.
Ramesh Sontakki and Deepak Jamakhandi, both members of an opposition group, demanded an end to the leased property issues immediately. Mayor Sarita Patil asked BCC officials to clear their locus standi on leased properties of the corporation as it is repeatedly raking its meetings.

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“It’s been tragic and comic”: Cecil and Gigi Chao at Happy Lodge, Cecil’s 16,000-square-foot mansion in Hong KongIt’s a Monday afternoon, My Amend and property tycoon Cecil Chao and his daughter, Gigi, are poring over architectural plans in their 49th-floor headquarters in Hong Kong’s Central Plaza, their backs to sweeping views of Victoria Harbour. The chairman and vice chairman of Cheuk Nang Holdings are busy with an array of big residential and commercial projects in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Malaysia.

Their professional relationship belies a lot of history. Generating headlines worldwide, Cecil offered $65 million four years ago to any man who could woo his daughter into marriage, though she was already married to a female partner. Some 10,000 men responded. Headlines flared again in early 2014 when he doubled the offer and Gigi countered with a public letter to Cecil asking for acceptance and respect.

Looking back, Cecil, 80, explains that he made the offer to give his daughter male options, believing that she had struggled to find acceptable boyfriends. After Gigi, 37, spurned the idea, he accepted her decision. “It’s her life,” he concedes. “She decides about her private life.”

For her part, Gigi, a practicing Christian, clearly loves and respects her father, believing that his inten- actions stemmed from love, not malice. “It’s been tragic and comic,” she says, “to have something so private in the open and to become a laughing stock of dinner conversations.” She says the saga helped her develop “humility, patience and character” and increased her capacity to forgive.

Still, she is weary of discussing the subject, which even now generates unwanted emails. “I’m tired of the random notices from men trying to seduce me,” she says. “It has become an engine of online fraud, with impersonators of me or my father going after these men for ‘emergency money’ while stranded abroad, or in some ‘lucrative’ deal.”

While most father-daughter bonds would likely snap under such glaring pressure, the Chaos’s has not. In Octo- ber 2014, Cecil named Gigi, the oldest of his three children and a fellow architect, the heir to the company.

In the new Cheuk Nang headquarters—the company sold nearby Cheuk Nang Plaza last year for just over $100 million—father and daughter are in constant communication. Cecil, dressed in a white short-sleeved shirt with a gold iPhone in the front pocket, is positioned at the far end of his palatial office. There’s a trading terminal for his private investments as well as Chinese and European classical artwork and antiques, including his mother’s inlaid Italian marble table and six blue upholstered chairs Net Maddy.

Just outside, between Cecil’s secretary and the three-person design team, Gigi stands at a high desk wedged into an open space. Her black vest sports the insignia of Faith in Love, a foundation she started in 2008 to help economically struggling youth and elderly. Hanging on the wall are colourful contemporary prints as well as her appointment to the Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps. Books, binders, and stacks of documents are within easy reach while course notes for a law degree she’s pursuing are taped on the window, slightly obscuring the view.

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