InstagramBollywood’s power couple Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have been flying high and how! The duo not only has given probably their career-best performance last year (Ranveer Singh as Khilji and Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini in Padmaavat) but, also have established themselves as the most sought after stars in the filmy world.Right when their films had released, the industry had predicted that this year all the awards would belong to the two of them and rightly so! As the award season has begun so has the two taking home some shining awards.At the recently held Vimal Filmfare awards, Ranveer Singh won the best actor award. Deepika Padukone handed him the trophy to which, Ranveer Singh said, “This Black Lady (award) is very special to me, but this lady (Deepika) is the most special lady to have ever happened to me, I love you, are you proud of me?” He further added, “I dedicate this award to my nani as it was my nani as favourite character. One day I called my sister and asked what nani is doing, she said that nani is on terrace doing her favourite thing that is watching Padmavaat.”Ranveer won the award for playing Alauddin Khilji in Padmaavat which went through a lot of controversies before its release. Ayushmann Khurrana won the Best Actor (Critics) award for Andhadhun. Despite a superlative performance, Deepika Padukone lost out to Alia Bhatt who won the Best Actress award for Raazi. Neena Gupta won the Best Actress award (Critics) for Badhai Ho.Alia Bhatt too proclaimed her love for Ranbir Kapoor while accepting the award. Bhatt called Ranbir her ‘special one’ and blew a kiss at him. Ranbir was left blushing with Alia’s special gesture of love.
The love story of former Bollywood actress Tina Munim and business tycoon Anil Ambani well could have been a plot of some Bollywood movie. Though the couple went through a lot of rough patches at the beginning of their relationship, once they got married, there was no looking back for the two. And three decades later, they have made our belief in love conquers all, even more, stronger.In a freewheeling chat with Simi Garewal, Tina Ambani and Anil Ambani had bared their souls out on their love story and how they reached the decision to marry. Anil and Tina met for the first time at a party where Anil was taken aback by seeing her in a black saree as it was quite unconventional for anyone to turn up for a wedding wearing black. Both were introduced to each other and Anil didn’t waste time and immediately asked her out. Tina, who was not looking out for a relationship then, politely turned him down.When many years later, they again met, Tina was left in awe of his personality and simplicity. Anil too was impressed by her beauty and genuineness. The duo started meeting more often and love-struck. However, when Anil’s family got the whiff of it, they weren’t too fond of the match. Anil’s family had certain notions about people from the film industry and they pressurised the two to stop seeing each other.Anil being an obedient son agreed and the duo called it off for some time. But, in their hearts, they were still together. Though the duo didn’t speak for four years, they never tried to get attached to anyone else. Meanwhile, Anil kept refusing all the proposals which were coming his way and finally managed to persuade his family to accept Tina into the family.
Tata Steel UK said Thursday it had reached an agreement to sell two of its steel plants to the Scottish government. The value of the deal is not known, since the company is still in negotiations.The deal involves sale of the Clydebridge and Dalzell steel plants in Scotland. In October 2015, the company announced it would stop its European plate production, which led to mothballing of the two plants towards the ending of the previous year, Reuters quoted Tata Steel UK as saying in a statement.”Rather than closing the facilities, Tata Steel has continued to maintain them to enable plate production to potentially restart in the future,” the company said in the statement.The Dalzell plant transforms a slab of steel into a steel plate, whereas the Clydebridge facility processes the steel plate.Tata Steel in January 2016 confirmed it would cut 1,050 jobs across the UK, as a result of falling European steel prices, caused by cheap imports from China, BBC reported.In addition, Tata had announced hundreds of UK jobs cuts last year.”When Tata Steel mothballed the Dalzell and Clydebridge plants, I said we would leave no stone unturned in the quest to find an alternative buyer. That is why we established a Scottish steel taskforce and why I am delighted that our support for the steel industry has paid off,” Fergus Ewing, Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.
Sonia Gandhi addressing 52 lawmakers of the Congress party.TwitterCongress leader Sonia Gandhi was elected as the chairperson of the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) on Saturday, June 1. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh had proposed Sonia Gandhi’s name.Amid the uncertainty over Rahul Gandhi’s resignation as the party president, Congress had reportedly debated the possibility of him being the parliamentary chairperson at least.The suspense over the Congress party’s leader in the 17th Lok Sabha, however, continues. In the 16th Lok Sabha, the post was held by senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge who failed to win the national election this time. Sonia Gandhi will now elect the leaders in the parliament.Taking to Twitter, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “Smt Sonia Gandhi elected as the leader of Congress Parliamentary Party!” The recently concluded Lok Sabha elections have left the Congress with 52 newly elected Lok Sabha MPs – marginally higher than the figure of 44 in 2014 general elections. The party is three members short of the figure that would qualify it for the post of the Leader of the Opposition.Today’s meeting was attended by all 52 lawmakers of the Congress along with the party’s Rajya Sabha MPs.While speaking at the CPP meeting, Rahul Gandhi too thanked the voters and Congress workers. “Every Congress member must remember that each one of you is fighting for the Constitution, for every person in India irrespective of the colour of his skin or belief,” Rahul Gandhi was quoted as saying in a tweet by Surjewala.This was the first official meeting attended by Rahul Gandhi, after the party’s working committee held on May 25, where he offered to quit as the Congress chief. Although the working committee rejected his offer, he has remained firm on his decision to resign.The grand old Congress party faced a humiliating defeat on May 23 in the Lok Sabha elections, when it slumped to its worst performance ever – winning just 52 of the 542 seats in the lower house of Parliament, the Lok Sabha – the Indian National Congress is in a state of drift.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai will start the new year with major announcements for small businesses and startups in India on January 4. He is currently touring India on a personal holiday with his family. Also read: Google features PM Modi among ‘top 10 criminals,’ served court noticePichai landed in India on Sunday and arrived in Jaipur in a private jet from Chennai. The local administration doesn’t know about his whereabouts, but it is known that he is staying in a top hotel in his wife’s home state. The event in New Delhi will be attended by Union Minister of IT Ravi Shankar Prasad and senior Google officials. Pichai is expected to announce Google’s further inroads into India’s Start Up India and Digital India initiatives. “As Indian small businesses chart their journey, technology is playing a pivotal role in helping them explore new markets, engage different audiences and compete more effectively. At Google, we are excited about partnering with small businesses to help them unlock exponential growth through the power of digital…We invite you to join senior leaders from Google, the industry and business owners like yourselves, as we shine the spotlight on the Indian SMB ecosystem and delve into how digital can be a game changer for your business,” reads the Google invite, according to India Today. He had said in December 2015 he wants to help 20 million small and medium enterprises in India get online by 2017. This will be Pichai’s second public event in India since taking up the position as CEO. He had announced the Google My Business tool in December 2015, which allows businesses to update information regarding business hours, phone numbers and other particulars on Google. Last month, Google had announced that seven Indian startups will be part of its third batch of ‘Launchpad Accelerator’. Google has also partnered with RailTel to bring high-speed internet to 100 railway stations. Their aim is to bring internet to at least 400 railway stations.
[Representational image] Make in India: Apple to commence assembling of iPhones in Bengaluru from second quarter of 2017 In Picture: Apple logoREUTERS/Mike SegarAmerican technology major Apple has reportedly selected Bengaluru to manufacture iPhones for the Indian market.Apple’s OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) partner Wistron has commenced building an assembling plant at Peenya, a well developed industrial hub located in the west of Bengaluru. If things go as planned, the company will start manufacturing limited units of iPhones in April 2017, and start full-fledged production by the end of next year, reported The Times of India.Also read: Apple iPhone 8 to have a dual SIM? Patent filing indicates this just might be true Giving credence to the reports, Apple India, in its job portal has listed two production related job offers in Bengaluru– one, iPhone Operations Program Manager (OPM) and a New Product Introduction (NPI) Product Quality Manager. Make in India: Apple to commence assembling of iPhones in Bengaluru from second quarter of 2017Apple India (official) Job portalIn August, Apple’s primary supply partner Foxconn entered into pact with the Maharashtra government to setup a phone manufacturing unit and was believed to be used for making iPhones alone. Now, it has come to light that Foxconn is using the same facility to assemble Xiaomi and OnePlus devices, but there is no sign of iPhone manufacturing yet. Make in India: Apple to commence assembling of iPhones in Bengaluru from second quarter of 2017Apple India (official) Job portal-screen shotSince the visit of Apple CEO Tim Cook to India in May, the company has shown serious business interest in the Indian market.During his weeklong visit, Cook inaugurated Map Development Center in Hyderabad and new iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru.Read more: Apple to set up iOS app design and development accelerator in BengaluruApple officials also had a series of meetings with the central government over setting up of a manufacturing unit and a flagship store.In the recent round of meetings, Apple has urged the Indian government to provide incentives to manufacture iPhones and also exemption from the requirement to print product information on the devices, as it would alter the device’s minimalistic design.Currently, Apple holds a meagre 2 percent share in the Indian smartphone market and one of the prime reasons for this figure is the iPhone’s expensive price due to a high import tax. Currently, around 12.5 percent of import tax is levied on each iPhone sold in India. But the growth in iPhone sales in the recent months has been quite healthy, as rival Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 was banned in India after instances of the phone exploding in different parts of the world were reported. If iPhone is manufactured locally, Apple will get tax breaks and pass on the benefits to the people by reducing the cost of the devices. Time seems ripe for Apple to start making phones in India, touted as the world’s fastest growing smartphone market. It is poised to overtake US as second biggest mobile business market next year.Watch this space for more news on Apple products.
Non-subsidised LPG gas cylinders will be available for Rs 637 per cylinder instead of Rs. 737.50.ReutersIn a major relief to households across the nation, the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has declared that the price of non-subsidised cooking gas cylinders (LPG) will be cheaper by Rs 100.50 per cylinder from Monday, July 1. With this, the non-subsidised LPG gas cylinder will be available for Rs 637 instead of Rs. 737.50.The decision to cut rates was taken in view of softening LPG prices in the international market and a favourable dollar-rupee exchange rate, according to a press release by IOC. “Price of Non-Subsidised LPG in Delhi will decrease by Rs 100.50 per cylinder from 1st July. Upfront cash payment by consumer of domestic LPG will reduce by Rs 100.50 per cylinder,” said IOC in a statement.Indian Oil Corporation: As domestic LPG prices are subsidized by the Government, the effective price after subsidy to consumer will be Rs 494.35 per cylinder for the month of July 2019. https://t.co/2YQs6da0Jw— ANI (@ANI) June 30, 2019The release further stated: “As domestic LPG prices are subsidised by the government, the effective price has come down to Rs 494.35 per cylinder with this rate revision. The balance amount of Rs 142.65 per cylinder would be borne as subsidy by the central government and transferred to the consumer’s bank account after the purchase of a refill.”The recent development, which has been welcomed by the households using LPG gas cylinders, comes days ahead of the Union Budget on July 5. The budget for the financial year ending March 2020 will be presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. This is also the first budget of the Narendra Modi government after BJP came back to power in a landslide election win.However, LPG saw a price hike of 3.65 percent with effect from June 1 and the recent cut comes exactly after a month. Indian Oil said that amounted to an increase of Rs 25 per cylinder as compared to the last month. In any case, depending on changes in the average international benchmark LPG prices and foreign exchange rates, the extent of the subsidy varies from month to month.
Employees of Infosys Technologies Limited walk in the campus of the company’s headquarters in Bangalore on April 13, 2017.MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty ImagesInfosys has said that automation related attrition has hit 11,000 jobs. The revelation was made during the Indian IT-giant’s 36th Annual General Meeting held on Saturday, June 24. Numerous things such as the retirement of executive chairman R Seshasayee and the rumoured tiff between the company’s board and its founders were also discussed.While the firm did not specifically say whether the company had let go of the 11,000 employees and even did not mention a time period, it did say that software has been and is going to play an important role in its business model. Talking about the benefits of automation, the Bengaluru-based firm also said that revenue per full-time employee had increased by 1.2 percent.Infosys has of late made quite some headlines, thanks to reports of several employees being laid off and its plans to hire 10,000 employees in the US. While it has time and again said that the reports of layoffs are unfounded, citing how each year employees are evaluated and non-performers are let go, its statement at the AGM is likely to raise a few eyebrows.Automation has been a much-discussed topic in the recent times. Apart from laying off several employees, IT giants are also said to be hiring lesser number of employees each year and automation is said to be one of the key reasons. Most of the companies now rely on digital services.”With automation, the number of people we are hiring in the past will not be the same. It will slow down a little bit. We are also looking at hiring very differential kind of people,” the Indian Express had earlier quoted Krishnamurthy Shankar, executive vice-president, group head, human resource development, Infosys, as saying.Pankaj Bansal, co-founder and chief executive officer of PeopleStrong, noted that the job cuts due to automation may not show a drastic impact right away, but it will be visible by around 2020. “The change has started, with companies introducing bots for customer service, managing warehouses, etc.,” he told LiveMint. InfosysREUTERS/Abhishek N. ChinnappaMeanwhile, Seshasayee said that the Saturday meeting was his last AGM as he is set to retire in May 2018 and explained that he is looking for to a smooth transition.”Finally, as this will be my last AGM, before I retire upon reaching the age of 70 in May 2018… During the remaining part of my tenure, I would be committed to further enhancing governance standards, improving shareholder value and planning a smooth transition to my successor,” he said.
Getty ImagesAn Indian man was found dead in his room at the Taj Palace in New Delhi on Saturday morning.Munni Jaitely, a 35-year-old Indian-born US citizen, travelled frequently to India due on business needs and had landed in the national capital on Thursday. His father felt something amiss when his calls to Munni went unanswered. His father then called the hotel reception and asked them to check, reported IANS.”His father called the hotel reception and requested them to check his son’s status. The hotel staff tried to connect with Jaitely through the landline, but didn’t succeed,” Eish Singhal, the Additional DCP, was quoted as saying by IANS.Singhal said that the manager went to Munni’s room on the sixth floor and knocked on the door. Upon getting no response, the manager used his master key card and opened the door to find Munni lying unconscious.Munni was rushed to the hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. Due to the uncertainty surrounding Munni’s death, the police were informed and an investigation was launched.The preliminary investigation revealed that there was no foul play since no one, including the hotel staff, was in the vicinity of Munni’s room between Friday night and Saturday morning, according to the CCTV footage.”A medical board would conduct an autopsy on Monday to ascertain if he consumed any drug, causing the death,” said the Additional DCP.