Don’t demolish ‘jhuggis’ until winter ends: Kejriwal tells agencies


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New Delhi, Dec 15 (PTI) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today asked all land-owning agencies in the city not to demolish ‘jhuggis’ until the end of the winter season.

The move comes after the chief minister held a meeting with senior officials from the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), the Delhi Development Authority and the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi over the Slum Policy.

According to a government statement, Kejriwal asked the agencies not to demolish any ‘jhuggi’ till February 28.

“Please do not demolish jhuggis till winters are over, say around February 28, 2018. It’s very cold and take a humanitarian approach,” he was quoted as saying in the statement.

He also asked the agencies to follow the protocol set for demolition of ‘jhuggis’ “in letter and spirit”.

Kejriwal said none of them should be razed immediately without following the framework of the demolition policy.

“No demolition should be done in future also without proper rehabilitation or relocation of the slum dwellers. The DUSIB will lay down the norms for demolition according the notified Slum Policy and it will be applicable for all of Delhi and agencies,” the chief minister said.

The Slum Policy notified recently lays down guidelines for demolition and has made the DUSIB the nodal agency for relocation or rehabilitation of jhuggi bastis.

Federer voted BBC overseas sports personality of the year


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London, Dec 15 (AFP) Roger Federer has been voted BBC overseas sports personality of the year for a record fourth time after an astonishing season during which he picked up two more Grand Slam titles.

The Swiss, 36, returned from six months out with knee trouble to win the Australian Open before picking up a record eighth Wimbledon crown and ended the season with a 52-5 record, ranked world number two behind his great rival Rafael Nadal.

Federer previously won the award, which is voted for by the public, in 2004, 2006 and 2007. Muhammad Ali and Usain Bolt have each won it three times.

“It makes me incredibly proud that the UK public have chosen me as the BBC overseas sports personality of the year for 2017,” said Federer.

“The support that the UK crowds give me whenever I’m here is amazing and to be recognised on the shortlist alongside some of the greatest sports people of all time is extremely humbling.”

He overcame competition from American football quarterback Tom Brady, swimmer Katie Ledecky, para-athlete Tatyana McFadden, athlete Sally Pearson, and darts player Michael van Gerwen.

Federer and the other award winners will be honoured during Sunday’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony in Liverpool.

Sindhu trounces Yamaguchi at Dubai Super Series Final


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Dubai, Dec 15 (PTI) Already assured of a semifinal spot, Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu continued her rampaging run with a straight-game demolition of World No. 2 Japanese Akane Yamaguchi at the USD one million Dubai Super Series Final here today.

World No. 3 Sindhu thrashed Yamaguchi 21-9 21-13 in just 36 minutes to top group A in women’s singles at the Sheikh Hamdan Indoor Stadium here. This was her last group stage match.

Sindhu, who clinched two Super Series titles this season before winning a silver at the World Championship, will tomorrow face China’s Chen Yufei, who saw off Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon 21-18 13-21 21-18 in another Group B match.

The 22-year-old Indian showed great anticipation and athleticism to completely dominate the proceedings even as Yamaguchi got buried under a heap of unforced errors in the last Group A women’s singles match.

Before the match, Sindhu had a 4-2 head-to-head record against Yamaguchi, which included a win at the Hong Kong Super Series last month.

Sindhu made a rousing start to the match, zooming to a 5 -0 lead. An error at the net allowed Yamaguchi to break it before Sindhu wrested back the serve. The Japanese was effected by a series of unforced errors as she sent the shuttle flying wide and long.

Sindhu entered the opening break at 11-1 with a superb return and continued to rule the roost after the breather, reaching 15-4. Yamaguchi won points sporadically, exploiting the Indian’s backhand a couple of times, but she failed to curb her unforced errors.

At 18-6, Sindhu committed a fault at the net but she followed that with a smash and gained 13 game points when her opponent went wide again.

Yamaguchi saved a couple of game points before Sindhu wrapped up the opening game with a delightful cross court drop.

The second game started on an equal footing with Sindhu and Yamaguchi splitting the initial four points after engaging in some fierce rallies. At 6-7, the duo engaged in a long rally before Yamaguchi sent it wide. A couple of unforced errors and Sindhu was leading 6-8.

‘Newton’ fails to make the cut at Oscars


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Los Angeles, Dec 15 (PTI) “Newton”, India’s official entry in the Best Foreign Language category at the 90th Academy Awards, is out of the Oscars race.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAAS) has announced that the Amit Masurkar-directed black comedy is not a part of the nine-film line-up which have advanced to the next round of voting.

The nine films are – “A Fantastic Woman” (Chile), “In the Fade” (Germany), “On Body and Soul” (Hungary), “Foxtrot” (Israel), “The Insult” (Lebanon), “Loveless” (Russia), Felicite (Senegal), “The Wound” (South Africa) and “The Square” (Sweden).

Featuring Rajkummar Rao and Pankaj Tripathi in key roles, the Hindi language film chronicles the foibles of democracy in the jungles of Chhattisgarh.

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on January 23.

No Indian film has ever won an Oscar. The last Indian film that made it to the final five in the Best Foreign Film category list was Ashutosh Gowariker’s “Lagaan” in 2001.

“Mother India” (1958) and “Salaam Bombay” (1989) are the other two Indian movies to have made it to the top five.

Tamil film “Visaranai” by director Vetrimaaran was India’s official submission to the Oscars last year.

The ceremony will be held on March 4 in Los Angeles.

Exit polls drive stocks high, Sensex jumps 216 pts


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Mumbai, Dec 15 (PTI) Exit poll findings giving the BJP an upperhand in winning Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh lit up stocks on Friday, with the Sensex soaring 216 points, up for the second successive session.

The start was electrifying after a string of survey agencies predicted a clear win for the BJP in these two states, but the rally faltered as investors decided to wait for the counting, the results of which will start trickling in during market hours on December 18.

During the day, the Sensex scaled a high of 33,621.96 before finishing at 33,462.97, up 216.27 points, or 0.65 per cent, over the previous closing.

For the broader 50-share NSE Nifty, the close came in at at 10,333.25, a gain of 81.15 points, or 0.79 per cent.

Stocks rode on the rupee too, which hit a three-month high against the dollar during the day.

For the second straight week, the Sensex advanced, notching up a significant gain of 212.67 points, or 0.63 per cent. The Nifty was up 67.60 points, or 0.65 per cent, during the week.

Shares of metal, realty, consumer durables, auto, capital goods and banking hogged limelight on a flurry of buying by investors, said traders.

On two straight days, the Sensex has gained 410 points and the Nifty over 140 points.

“Exit poll predictions stating absolute majority for the ruling party in Gujarat and Himachal elections pushed stocks and indices to a higher opening, but the rally stalled thereafter as investors chose to wait for the results next week,” said Anand James, Chief Market Strategist, Geojit Financial Services.

Banking stocks lived it up in anticipation of a positive outcome over the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), with the start of Parliament’s winter session. The GST Council’s meeting coming up on Saturday also kept the participants’ interests alive.

There is also an assessment that advance tax numbers could provide a broad pointer to corporate performance and the growth trajectory.

All sectoral indices were in fine nick, driven by metal and realty that jumped by up to 2.82 per cent.

Mood turned bullish as provisional data showed that foreign funds made purchases of shares worth a net INR 232.17 crore on Thursday.

Muted macroeconomic numbers released earlier this week and a sluggish trend in rest of Asia and Europe following a sell-off on Wall Street over worries surrounding US tax cut proposals failed to hold back traders.

Back home, in the Sensex bloc, M&M was on the top, rising 3.56 per cent, followed by Coal India. Dr Reddy’s, HDFC Bank, Adani Ports and Bajaj Auto hit a home run, too.

The metal index ran up the maximum by 2.82 per cent, followed by realty, consumer durables and auto.

With improvement in trading sentiment, buying activity spilled over to broader markets. BSE small-cap and mid-cap indices surged 1.38 per cent and 1 per cent, respectively

Delhi govt to act tough against schools hiking fees


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New Delhi, Dec 13 (PTI) The Delhi government has toughened its stand against private schools hiking fees citing implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission and called a meeting of all the MLAs and education department officials.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia met at the Delhi Secretariat today following complaints from parents that schools have increased their fees and are asking for arrears.

“The chief minister and his deputy discussed the issue and a meeting of all the MLAs and education department officials has been called tomorrow,” a senior govt official said.

“The MLAs will get data regarding complaints against private schools in their area which have increased the fees,” the official added.

The Directorate of Education (DoE) had also written to schools recently asking them to refrain from any “unjustified” hike in school fees in the name of implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations.

LG launches LG V30+ in India, priced at Rs 44,990


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New Delhi, Dec 13 (PTI) Korean tech giant LG today launched its flagship premium smartphone LG V30+ in India at Rs 44,990 as it aims to grow its handset business in the country.

“We are pretty bullish on LG V30+ because of its superior features, including camera quality. LG V30+ would stand out in preference for people who matter. We expect to sell two times more units of LG V30+ compared to its predecessor LG V20,” said Amit Gujral, Corporate Marketing (Head) LG Electronics India.

He, however, refused share financial details.

The device comes with F1.6 aperture camera lens, OLED FullVision display, Cine Video mode for producing movie quality videos, advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC for immersive audio and voice recognition, Gujral added.

It features a 6-inch display, 4GB RAM, 128GB of internal storage, which is further expandable via a micro-SD card slot, 16MP rear and 5MP front camera and 3,300 mAh battery.

LG will offer one-time screen replacement, and a wireless charger and in-app content (game Beat Fever worth Rs 6,400) free with the device.

Women are taking over the world: Amitabh Bachchan


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Mumbai, Dec 13 (PTI) Women are at the forefront in every field and will soon rule the world, believes Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, calling it a much needed change.

The 75-year-old actor, who is currently shooting in Thailand for his forthcoming film “Thugs of Hindostan”, said he admires the way female crew members take the charge on the sets.

“Serenity not just in the woods and the skies above, but on the work place as well, a serenity of a different kind. A kind that exudes diligence and sincerity, speed of compliance, organising mastery, orderly management and professional diligence.

“And it all comes from the ladies working on set. An entire bunch of them, running about fulfilling commands, organising production needs and assuring the unit of the efficiency of their work. Simply admirable and heartening to observe,” Bachchan wrote on his blog.

The actor said that soon women will rule the world.

“A time when the only ladies on set was the heroine and her mother, this change in scenario is quite remarkable. The women are taking over the world. This is not just vacant banter. It is indeed factual, they shall, in time and that time is not too far away,” he added.

Rohit strikes third double ton in ODIs as India post 392/4


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Mohali, Dec 13 (PTI) Rohit Sharma smashed his third double hundred in one-day internationals to fire India to a mammoth 392 for four in a must-win second game against Sri Lanka here today.

Such was the pace of Rohit’s unbeaten 153-ball 208-run innings that after completing his 100 off 115 balls, he blasted his next 100 off just 36 balls.

A host of records were broken on the day that saw Rohit reach his 16th ODI hundred en route to a double hundred. His last double hundred also came against Sri Lanka while the first one was recorded against Australia.

His breathtaking knock included a dozen sixes and 13 boundaries as he literally toyed with the opposition bowlers.

Opening the innings, Rohit took his time initially as Shikhar Dhawan (68 off 69) attacked the opposition bowlers.

The dangerous opening duo completed their 12th century stand to lay the foundation for a big total.

With yet another special effort, the stylish right-hander crossed the 100-run mark in ODIs for the sixth time this year and first ever as captain.

Shreyas Iyer (88 off 70), playing his second ODI, batted well alongside Rohit and came up with the big shots just when his team needed to step on the accelerator.

India thus managed to post the highest total at this ground, bettering 351 for five made by South Africa against Netherlands in 2011.

Another record shattered was of the highest individual score here with Rohit surpassing Virat Kohli’s 154 vs New Zealand last year.

It was cold and overcast over the past two days but the sun came out just before the start of the game, sucking the moisture out of the pitch to make batting easier.

Sri Lanka had no hesitation in bowling first, just like they did in Dharamsala, but the conditions changed quickly to favour the hosts.

Unlike the first ODI, there was not enough swing early on to trouble the Indian batsmen who exploited the conditions to good effect.

Rohit and Dhawan got the measure of the pitch in the first Powerplay, where they made just 33, and started playing their strokes thereafter to take India to 108 for no loss in 20 overs.

Dhawan showed sublime touch ever since he drove Suranga Lakmal through the off-side on the first ball of his innings.

However, he missed out on a hundred after hitting one to the right of midwicket off left-arm spinner Sachith Pathirana.

‘Tumhari Sulu’ proved married actresses can score a hit: Vidya


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New Delhi, Dec 13 (PTI) Vidya Balan says with back-to- back box office disappointments post her wedding, she gave into the thinking that married female actors cannot deliver a hit, but the success of “Tumhari Sulu” has proved the theory wrong.

Vidya says for someone like her, who considers acting as important as personal life, the praise the movie is receiving is a major confidence booster.

In an interview with PTI, Vidya says, “There was a point I started believing that may be a married actress can’t score a hit. But the love ‘Tumhari Sulu’ is getting has proved it wrong.

“The films, I did before this, were probably not successful in building the connect with the audience. It is a personal movement of glory for me. The actor part of me is as precious to me as a married woman part of me.”

The 38-year-old actor says the lesson she has learned from her past failures is “keep trying until you succeed”.

“Success and failures are a part of life. Every day is not a Sunday. The only thing as an artiste I can do is keep moving forward, keep working hard and keep growing. The joy is in learning. Failures help me rise.”

Vidya recently received the best actress award for her performance as ‘Sulochana’ in the film.

She says awards are always a big motivation for her and she never shies away from accepting that she enjoys winning.

“Awards matter to me. And I have always been joking about it that ‘if you win, awards do matter to you’. I love when people appreciate my hard work and dedication. With ‘Tumhari Sulu’ the appreciation I am getting matters more. Recognition and acknowledge is always special for me.