Tendulkar better than Bradman: Abbas

first_imgMost commentators and former players would rank Sachin Tendulkar as the greatest batsman after Don Bradman but former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas has rated the Indian icon as the best of all time, even above the legendary Australian.”People keep calling him (Bradman) the greatest. I never saw him bat but I know, somehow, that he couldn’t have been better than Tendulkar,” Abbas, considered one of the finest batsmen Pakistan has produced, said.”This boy (Tendulkar) has certainly gone a step ahead of the Don. Just look at the guy. I mean he has been playing for 21 years, has scored thousands of runs, dozens of centuries but is still hungry for more as a debutant. It’s such an inspiring sight to see him go out there and still bat like he batted as a teenager. Our batsmen should learn from him,” Abbas told News on Sunday on Sunday.Abbas lamented he was not playing in the current era and said he envied Tendulkar because of his never ending appetite for runs.”I am proud that I am the only Asian to have scored over 100 first class hundreds but after 16 years of international cricket I just played 78 tests. I wonder if I was born in the seventies. I could have played twice as many tests and have scored so many more runs. Probably I was born in the wrong era,” he said.”Tendulkar is so good and so lucky to be born at just the right time. It’s a great combination,” said Abbas, who is known as Asian Bradman for his run making ability and remains the only Asian to have 100 first class hundreds.advertisementZaheer advised Pakistan batsman to take more responsibility and to stay at the wicket. He said he did not think Pakistan batsmen had any technical faults but just lacked application and temperament.”They should stop going for shortcuts at international level.”With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Surging Tennessee beats West Virginia for 14th straight win

first_imgThe Mountaineers played an 11th straight game without injured forward Sagaba Konate, who leads West Virginia in scoring (13.6) and ranks second on the team in rebounding (8.0).QUOTABLE“We generally take pride in being able to guard,” Huggins said. “This group’s pretty much made me a liar.”UP NEXTWest Virginia is at Iowa State on Wednesday.Tennessee is at South Carolina on Tuesday. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Turner went 8 for 10 from the field to help Tennessee (18-1) erase its first double-digit deficit of the season. Tennessee took command by ending the first half on a 24-2 run and scoring the first four points of the second half.That put the Vols on track for their 14th consecutive victory in the school’s longest win streak since it opened the 1922-23 season with 14 straight wins.“I think they’re as good as anybody in the country,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said.Grant Williams scored 19 points for Tennessee, and Jordan Bowden had 15. Admiral Schofield finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds.Esa Ahmad scored 16 points and Derek Culver had 15 for West Virginia (9-11), which lost for the seventh time in its last eight games.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Tennessee guard Lamonte Turner (1) shoots over West Virginia guard Chase Harler (14) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Lamonte’ Turner made the most of a rare start for Tennessee.Turner scored 23 points and the top-ranked Volunteers held West Virginia scoreless for a 9 1/2-minute stretch Saturday on its way to an 83-66 victory.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants The 21-year-old Turner also had five assists in his first start since the 2017 SEC Tournament. Coach Rick Barnes said he replaced Yves Pons with Turner because he wanted a second ball handler against West Virginia’s defense, but he wasn’t sure if he would stay with the same starting lineup.“Starting or coming off the bench, it really doesn’t matter to me, honestly,” said Turner, who found out about the start during Tennessee’s Saturday morning shootaround. “I’m just trying to come out and do whatever I can to help my teammates win, help my team win. I think tonight it called for me to start because they do a lot of pressing, and two ball handlers would really help us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsEven while coming off the bench, Turner had been playing significantly more minutes than Pons. Turner was the 2018 SEC co-sixth man of the year but missed nine of Tennessee’s first 12 games this season as he recovered from a shoulder injury. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes The Mountaineers began the day shooting just 31.9 percent from 3-point range, but they made five of their first seven attempts from beyond the arc to grab a 19-7 advantage.After taking that 19-7 lead with 11:05 left in the half, West Virginia scored just two more points before halftime. The Mountaineers missed 13 straight shots at one point.“I think that’s the best we’ve played on defense all year,” Williams said.Huggins said the Mountaineers “created a lot of our own problems” during that collapse late in the first half. Huggins noted that an inbounds pass hit an open player in the foot on one occasion, and that West Virginia didn’t bother passing to an open player in another sequence.“We just don’t sustain things,” Huggins said. “We’ve played pretty well in spurts, but they’ve just been spurts. Spurts get killed whenever a guy is wide open and you hit him in the foot. How do you do that? Listen, I played a long time, and I’ve never hit anyone in the foot. I just don’t get that. Then we’ve got a guy open and we don’t throw him the ball.”BIG PICTUREWest Virginia: The Mountaineers’ inability to put the ball in the basket for much of the first half prevented them from having a realistic shot at pulling the upset. West Virginia recovered to shoot 59.3 percent in the second half, but the Mountaineers already had dug themselves too deep a hole by then.Tennessee: Although Tennessee’s defense late in the first half essentially decided the game, its offense also recovered from a slow start. Tennessee scored just seven points in the first 9 1/2 minutes of the game but finished with 83.MEDICAL REPORTWest Virginia guard James Bolden was helped to the locker room after taking a spill under the basket with 15:40 left. Huggins said Bolden sprained an ankle. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town No. 1 Novak Djokovic faces No. 2 Rafael Nadal in Australian Open final View commentslast_img read more

NBA fines Thunder’s Paul George $25K for ripping referees

first_imgView comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss George fouled out with 3:49 remaining in the fourth quarter while star guard Russell Westbrook fouled out in the final minute.Steven Adams also fouled out in the fourth quarter, making it only the second time in 10 NBA seasons that three starters fouled out of an NBA game in regulation time, according to an ESPN report.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“It’s just bad officiating,” George said. “We don’t get a fair whistle. We haven’t gotten a fair whistle all year. Somebody has got to look into this. It’s getting out of hand.”“We’re getting grabbed. We’re getting scratched, clawed, held, shoved. And there’s nothing for it. The officials just get to walk out and there’s nothing that penalizes them for not officiating the game the right way.” 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash X-rays negative on James Harden’s wrist; will play vs Mavs P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 02: Paul George #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunder celebrates his alley oop dunk during a 107-100 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 02, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPOklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George was find $25,000 by the NBA on Saturday for criticism of officiating, the league announced.George made his comments after the Thunder’s 118-110 road loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT In all, the Thunder were whistled for 34 fouls, eight fewer than the Clippers.George knew a fine was coming even as he unleashed his refereeing rebuke.“I’m going to lose money on this,” George said. “We speak up, we lose money. There’s nothing I can do to change that.”ADVERTISEMENT Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policycenter_img Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandemlast_img read more

Skipper Kohli suffers injury in Ranchi Test,Skipper Kohli suffers injury in Ranchi Test

first_imgIndia were dealt a serious injury scare today when captain Virat Kohli walked off the field after injuring his right shoulder while fielding in the post-lunch session on the opening day of the third cricket Test against Australia, here.Trying to save a boundary at deep midwicket in the 40th over, Kohli landed heavily on his right shoulder on the fast and hard outfield of the Jharkhand State Cricket Association International Stadium Complex.Such was the impact that he had difficulty in standing up and was seen grimacing in pain, clutching his right shoulder.The Indian team physio Patrick Farhart rushed on to the field and escorted the skipper off. Kohli was seen applying ice pack immediately on to his right shoulder and it was on for a considerable period of time.Kohli did not take the field even after tea with vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane doing the captain’s job.Kohli, who has been in breathtaking form right through India’s packed home season, has been off-colour in the ongoing four-Test series against Australia, managing just 40 runs in four innings so far. March 16, 2017 Sublime Smith takes Australia to 194/4 at tea SHARE Jadeja’s five-wicket haul limits Australia to 451 SHARE SHARE EMAIL RELATED Pujara’s defiant century guides India to 360 for six Published on COMMENT COMMENTS Trying to save a boundary, the skipper landed heavily on his right shoulder cricket null × Skipper Virat Kohli (R) winces after injuring himself in a fielding effort as teammate R Ashwin offers him his cap during the first day of the 3rd Test match against Australia in Ranchi on Thursday.   –  PTI Skipper Virat Kohli (R) winces after injuring himself in a fielding effort as teammate R Ashwin offers him his cap during the first day of the 3rd Test match against Australia in Ranchi on Thursday.   –  PTIlast_img read more

Paes, Raja save match point to make pre-quarters

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT Published on tennis 0 Veteran Leander Paes and Purav Raja fought off a match point to shock formidable fifth seeds Bruno Soares and Jamie Murray and progress to the men’s doubles third round at the Australian Open here today. The unseeded Indians overcame the Brazilian-Briton team 7-6(3) 5-7 7-6(6) after battling hard for close to three hours.Left-handed Murray, world number 9 in doubles and Soares, number 10, were one of the most consistent performers in the 2017 season but it was Raja who stood out with his superlative net play today. It was a tight contest from the beginning and after splitting the first two sets, the third set was locked 5-5 in the tie-breaker when Murray earned his side a match point on his second serve.Raja, though came serving extremely well to not only save that match point but also earned a match point for the Indians with excellent hands at the net. Soares served down a match point and Raja delivered a stunning backhand return winner to seal the issue. Paes and Raja, who won two Challenger level titles to close the 2017 season, are playing their second Grand Slam together.At the 2017 US Open, they fell in the second round. Now they will fight it out with Colombian 11th seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah for a place in the quarterfinals. The last time 44-year-old Paes played a quarterfinal at a Grand Slam was in 2016 at French Open where he and Marcin Matkowski had lost to Mike and Bob Bryan. SHARE January 20, 2018 COMMENTSlast_img read more

Seers call off stir as MP govt assures redressal of demands

first_imgIndore, Feb 22 (PTI) The seers agitating for a month in support of their various demands including cleaning of Kshipra river ahead of Simhastha Kumbh fair in April today called off their protest, saying an assurance has been given by state government.”Madhya Pradesh Transport Minister Bhupendra Singh came with a message from Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to meet our president Computer Baba.”He said the government will take all appropriate steps to meet our demands, following which we have decided to end the month-long protest,” said Shatdarshan Sadhu Mandal state general secretary, Naveenanand Saraswati.The seers also sought solution to various problems prevailing in the Kumbh Mela area and demanded old-age pension for members of their fraternity who are dependent on others.He said the minister told the seers that government is taking all possible measures to clean the river, especially preventing waste water from entering into it.Saraswati said the group of seers was scheduled to stage a protest on the issue at Jantar Mantar in Delhi from tomorrow, but has cancelled the plan after Chouhans assurance.The religious congregation, held once in 12 years, will be organised on the banks of Kshipra in Ujjain during April 22 to May 21, wherein nearly five crore people are expected to take part. PTI HWP MAS NSK GVSlast_img read more

High and Mighty rankings: 1 to 50

first_imgThe India Today High and Mighty list has always had its share of plutocrats and popular stars, public intellectuals and persistent nuisances. It is a chronicle of people who influence society and culture beyond their immediate provenance.Rank: 1Mukesh Ambani58 | IndustrialistGod of big thingsMukesh Ambani. Photo: Rohit ChawlaBecause he straddles,The India Today High and Mighty list has always had its share of plutocrats and popular stars, public intellectuals and persistent nuisances. It is a chronicle of people who influence society and culture beyond their immediate provenance.Rank: 1Mukesh Ambani58 | IndustrialistGod of big thingsMukesh Ambani. Photo: Rohit ChawlaBecause he straddles the Indian business landscape like a colossus, from being the largest private player in oil and gas exploration to having a 2,000-store retail chain, ensuring that his company Reliance Industries remains India’s largest firm in the private sector, with cash reserves of over Rs 84,000 crore, revenue of Rs 3.8 lakh crore in 2015, and nearly Rs 24,000 crore in profit, up nearly five per cent from the previous year, bucking the otherwise depressing general business trend.Because from an oil and gas and petrochemical behemoth, RIL has expanded into telecom with the 4G mobile service Reliance Jio, investing Rs 34,000 crore and partnering with his once estranged younger brother Anil.Because he continues to be the benchmark for material success as India’s richest man for the ninth consecutive year in 2015 on the Forbes list, with a net worth of $18.9 billion.Because he wields global influence in shaping the future of clean energy technologies, joining hands with Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Alibaba’s Jack Ma and Ratan Tata, among others, to form the Breakthrough Energy Coalition.Charity charmCapped his salary at Rs 15 crore for the seventh year running, but stood sixth on the China-based luxury publishing group Hurun’s 2015 philanthropy list, with donations of Rs 345 crore.Total reserveGenerally shy but loves to chat with employees under 30, often telling them he wishes he was their age in the era of such opportunities.advertisementAntilia TalkiesDoes not miss any movie, Hindi or English, and calls friends over to his mini-theatre at home in Antilia for special screenings.The next generationHis twin children Akash and Isha, 23, are both directors on the boards of Reliance Retail and Reliance Jio Infocomm. The youngest son, Anant, 20, is studying at Brown University, US, and is a big sports enthusiast, seldom missing a match of their IPL team, Mumbai Indians.Rank: 2Gautam Adani53 | IndustrialistHigh tideGautam Adani. Photo: APBecause the Ahmedabad-based businessman, known for his proximity to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has expanded his empire aggressively under the new regime, his wealth having risen 48 per cent (between May 2014 and May 2015) to an estimated $8.1 billion, the highest gain in net worth among seven Indians figuring in the Bloomberg Billionaires’ Index.Because he has been quick to spot opportunities and close business deals in 2015, clinching the prestigious Rs 7,525-crore Vizhinjam Port deal in Kerala and acquiring L&T’s Kattupalli port in Tamil Nadu to become the largest private player in ports; acquiring the Udupi Power Corporation from LANCO to become India’s biggest private thermal power producer; while also staking a claim to domination in alternative energy by announcing a 10,000 MW solar power park with an investment of Rs 60,000 crore in Rajasthan.Coal calculationHe is set to build one of the world’s largest coal mines after Queensland gave environmental approval to the $16.5 billion project.Rank: 3Cyrus Mistry47 | Chairman, Tata GroupGlobal giantCyrus Mistry. Photo: Getty ImagesBecause he is presiding over a cultural shift at the 147-year-old Tata Group, embracing next generation businesses such as e-commerce, digital health and consumer analytics.Because he heads India’s true MNC, 67 per cent of whose revenues come from its UK and US subsidiaries such as Jaguar Land Rover and TCS.Because the group remains India’s most diversified conglomerate with annual revenue of $108 billion, up by $5 billion last year, dominating the automobiles, IT and steel markets.Gender benderHe is pushing for diversity within the group. Women at present comprise 25 per cent of the Tata workforce.Rank: 4 KM Birla 48 | Industrialist Man on the moveKM Birla. Photo: Shekhar GhoshBecause he led the change from within for the 150-year-old, $41 billion Aditya Birla Group, straddling traditional brick-and-mortar businesses such as cement and textiles to new-age enterprises like e-commerce and mobile telephony.Because he expanded his empire by acquiring Jaypee Group’s cement assets; consolidated Pantaloons and Madura Fashion & Lifestyle under Aditya Birla Fashion; entered into a joint venture for renewables with Abraaj Group; launched fashion e-commerce platform abof.com for the millennials; got RBI approval to set up a payments bank and, through acquisition, is now the country’s largest producer of chlor-alkali.Because Idea Cellular is now India’s third-largest mobile operator, with annual sales of Rs 5,290 crore.Because his advice is much sought after, he will be IIT-Delhi chairman for three years.Realty biteHe bought Jatia House in Malabar Hill, Mumbai, for Rs 425 crore.advertisementRank: 5Anil Ambani56 | IndustrialistChanging trackAnil Ambani. Photo: AlamyBecause the head of the Rs 56,000 crore Reliance Group is close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, responding quickly to his pet projects like Swachh Bharat and Make in India.Because he is positioning himself as one of India’s largest private defence manufacturers, setting up a new shipyard on the east coast of Andhra Pradesh to build nuclear vessels; signing an agreement with Russian United Shipbuilding to build four frigates for the Indian Navy; and acquiring Pipavav Defence & Offshore Engineering with plans to set up India’s first smart city for defence.Because he’s pared company debt through the sale of three coal mines in Indonesia, signing a pact to sell telecom towers to TPG and Tillman, and selling off his cement division to Birla Corp for Rs 4,800 crore.Lights, camera, actionHe is joining hands with Steven Spielberg and former e-Bay president Jeff Skoll to form a new film, TV and digital content company called Amblin Partners.Doing the milesAlready amarathoner, he is now training to be a triathlete by taking up spin biking and swimming.Closest aideAmitabh Jhunjhunwala, MD, Reliance Group, who helps chalk out new business initiatives, raises capital for the group, and is also mentoring Jai Anmol Ambani, Anil’s eldest son, at Reliance Capital.Rank: 6 Ratan Tata 78 | Industrialist The GodfatherRatan TataBecause he’s the first port of call for young entrepreneurs, investing between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 10 crore in as many as 25 start-ups in the past two years, and tying up with University of California Investments.Because the government calls on him frequently for advice, be it heading an innovative council of the Indian Railways to turn around the ailing rail network in 2015 or for the proposed Bank Board Bureau to drive governance reforms in state-run banks.Gift of giving As chairman of Tata Trusts, which controls 65.5 per cent of Tata Sons, he exercises control over the spending of Rs 400 crore annually and Rs 600 crore by individual group companies on philanthropy.Ratan Schumacher Tata? A sports car enthusiast, likes his early morning drive on Marine Drive in his red Ferrari or the Cadillac XLR.Loves dogs and keeps them both at his Colaba home and group HQ Bombay House. Has also invested in petcare portal DogSpot.in.Rank: 7Anand Mahindra60 | IndustrialistUrbane ExplorerAnand Mahindra. Photo: Mandar DeodharBecause of his expansion, the $17 billion Mahindra Group now has a cross-industry presence, from the automotive sector to defence, aerospace engineering and entertainment; in 2015 alone, he acquired Italian design firm Pininfarina, invested a large stake in Mitsubishi Agricultural Machinery of Japan and bought Peugeot Motorcycles.Because he is India’s most suave entrepreneur and a global thought leader who wields considerable influence, whether as board member on the US-India Business Council, international advisory council member for Singapore’s Economic Development Board, co-founder of the Harvard Business School Association in India; he is also an annual fixture at the World Economic Summit at Davos.Because he is a tycoon with a common touch, connected directly to his 2.88 million followers on Twitter, whom he updates on everything. Try tweeting with trouble in his cars and you get instant service.advertisementIn the gameThe Pro Kabaddi League, conceived by him and now in its third season, has become India’s second most watched sport.Rank: 8Dilip Shanghvi60 | IndustrialistRising SunDilip ShanghviBecause the low-profile industrialist is India’s beacon in the global generic pharma space, scripting a new success story at the $4.5 billion Sun Pharma through a turnaround at Ranbaxy Laboratories which he acquired in 2014, leading to a threefold jump in Sun’s profits in the last quarter.Because from being a pharma wholesaler in Kolkata, he currently runs the world’s fifth-largest specialty generic company.Because the second wealthiest Indian, with a net worth of $17 billion, is close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was an invitee to his Make in India campaign and is often part of his foreign delegations.Life-saving pactTied up with Israeli tech firm Techion in April 2015 to develop anti-cancer drugs based on the work of scientists like Nobel winner Aaron Ciechanover.Rank: 9Baba Ramdev50 | Yoga GuruThe money asanaBaba Ramdev. Photo: Rohit ChawlaBecause his Rs 5,000-crore Patanjali Ayurved has a presence in over 15,000 stores across India, selling everything from desi ghee to shampoo, and has become one of the top spenders on television advertising, Rs 300 crore in three months, beating HUL and Cadbury.Because the Modi cabinet has a hotline to him and he is playing a crucial role in the Sangh Parivar’s agenda by setting up 500 Vedic schools across India. Will also set up a university near Delhi.Ice breaker Starts all his conversations with ‘Om’.Rank: 10Azim Premji 70 | IT legendGiving guruAzim PremjiBecause he has risen much above his stature as a successful businessman by becoming India’s biggest corporate giver for a third year in a row, donating Rs 27,514 crore to charity in 2015; because his investment arm, Premji Invest, has funded 50-plus start-up firms; because his views wield considerable influence in government and society.Because he has gone beyond IT and acquired US-based HealthPlan Services, securities processing firm Viteos of the US and German software service provider Cellent AG.Because he has set high standards of corporate governance, with US-based Ethisphere Institutenaming Wipro World’s Most Ethical Company in 2015, for the fourth successive year.Rank: 11Sunil Mittal 59 | IndustrialistOn callSunil Mittal. Photo: Getty ImagesBecause the eighth richest Indian, with a net worth of $7 billion, runs Bharti Airtel, the world’s third largest global telecommunications company, with 350 million customers.Because his is the most definitive voice on the telecom industry in India and is now emerging as the key driver on internet for all.Because he is betting big on solar power in India,investing $20 billion with SoftBank Group’s Masayoshi Son and Foxconn Technology’s Terry Gou.Conversation stopperKeeps getting asked about call drops at parties.Countering JioIs investing $3.5 billion this year for other services, including 4G, to meet Reliance Jio challenge.Rank: 12Vineet Jain58 | Media baronCitizen JainVineet Jain. Photo: Danesh JassawalaBecause under his watch, the $1.5 billion, 175-year-old Bennett, Coleman and Co, India’s largest media conglomerate, posted its highest-ever income of Rs 8,778 crore in 2015; its lagship, The Times of India, has the largest circulation for any English-language newspaper in the world, with 55 editions and average sales of over 33 lakh; its digital venture, Times Internet, is one of the largest in the country with over 130 million users and 1 billion visits per month; and with Times Now and ET Now, it is in pole position in English news and business channels.Because the company has been able to change deftly with the times, with each brand in the empire articulating a different and sometimes contradictory political point of view, in a new kind of federalism.Because new acquisition the Times Internet-owned Cricbuzz.com became the exclusive licencee for digital video clip rights for the US and Canada for all ICC events for four years in February 2016.Active voiceHe has become the public face of the group, often taking definitive stands on Twitter, from demanding the repeal of the sedition law to saying that the US is aiding and abetting terrorism by supplying F16 jets to Pakistan.Rank: 13Uday Kotak56 | BankerMr BankableUday Kotak. Photo: Rachit GoswamiBecause his is the most respected voice among bankers and he is often called upon by the government for advice, be it as a member of the high-level committee on financing infrastructure or on SEBI’s primary market advisory committee.Because in one $2.4 billion all-stock deal in April 2013, he catapulted Kotak Mahindra Bank to India’s fourth-largest private sector lender by merging with ING Vysya Bank, creating a combined balance sheet of around Rs 2 lakh crore and a network of 1,260 branches.Rank: 14Sachin BansalBinny Bansal34 | EntrepreneursE-tail therapistsSachin Bansal and Binny Bansal. Photo: Nilotpal BaruahBecause their e-commerce company, Flipkart, valued at over $15 billion, is India’s No. 1, with a market share of 45 per cent-the combined market share of Snapdeal, Amazon and Paytm.Because the e-tailer is still one of the biggest bets for investors in the start-up space, attracting $750 million in funds in 2015.Because Flipkart has leveraged the power of the mobile phone to boost sales, with the firm becoming India’s first app to cross 50 million installations on Google Play Store.Because it’s all about innovations, such as the new partnership between its logistics arm, EKart with the famed dabbawalas of Mumbai to deliver products to customers.Fanboy secretsSachin is a gaming enthusiast and Binny loves reading, his favourite authors being Salman Rushdie and Stieg Larsson.Rank: 15Amitabh Bachchan73 | ActorThe Busy BAmitabh Bachchan. Photo: Rohit ChawlaBecause the veteran star can still wow audiences, whether as the grumpy old constipated man in Piku or toilet rapper in Shamitabh.Because with 19.6 millionTwitter followers, he is 57th globally, highest from India.Because he is still India’s most wanted envoy of good causes, from Incredible India to Save the Tiger.Because his presence is valued even on small screen, whether it is promoting the Pro Kabaddi League or celebrating the common man’s achievements in the talk show Aaj Ki Raat Hai Zindagi.Rank: 16Shiv Nadar70 | TechnopreneurRebooterShiv NadarBecause India’s sixth richest person, with a net worth of $12.9 billion,according to Forbes, is preparing for the US listing of the $17 billion HCL Technologies.Because he has committed a billion dollars towards philanthropy, and afterputting India on the global technology map, he is setting up institutions of excellence in education and healthcare, from Shiv Nadar University to a $500 million fund with tech veteran Sanjay Kalra to buy out mature US healthcare tech firms and invest in start-ups.Business mantraBorrowed from former CEO of Intel Corporation Andy Grove, “Only the paranoid survive.”Next moveHCL Technologies is likely to acquire the Godrej-owned IT consulting company Geometric, valued at $200 million.Rank: 17Rahul Bhatia54 | AviatorThe hotstepperRahul Bhatia. Photo: Shekhar GhoshBecause Indigo is the largest airline by market share, a staggering 73.2 per cent in December 2015, and its Rs 3,018 crore IPO, the biggest in three years, was oversubscribed by 3.63 times.Because the airline posted a record profit of Rs 1,304 crore in 2015.Because he has ordered 250 Airbus A320neo aircraft, the biggest ever deal for the European aeroplane maker; an IndiGo plane takes off every two seconds, 700-odd flights every day.Power tripOften spotted in North Block; recently threatened to take the government to court over the draft civil aviation policy, which he and other private airlines allege benefits the two new ones.Rank: 18Subhash Chandra65 | Media BaronSerial entrepreneurSubhash Chandra. Photo: M ZhazoBecause as owner of India’s oldest private broadcaster, he has firmly aligned himself with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who released his biography at his residence in the company of politicians from across the spectrum, from Mulayam Singh Yadav to Sushilkumar Shinde.Because despite controversy around his news brands, his influence remainsundiminished-959 million viewers in 169 countries watch Zee channels, two launched in Africa and one in Indonesia in 2015.Because besides media, his Essel empire is spread over sectors such as technology,packaging, infrastructure, education, precious metals, financial services and lifestyle.Because after experimenting with Zee Zindagi which beams Pakistani soaps and Zee Theatre which airs theatre premieres, he is betting big globally with a free-to-air Bollywood channel for the German market.Because he now wants to feed the ‘digital generation’ with the launch of Mashable India, a desi version of the US-based digital news publication.Mood elevatorHe practises Vipassana regularly which he says has taught him equanimity.Rank: 19Subramanian Swamy76 | BJP leaderThe hitmanSubramanian Swamy. Photo: Rajwant RawatBecause the 2G scam whistle-blower rose from political wilderness to become the NDA’s trump card, with his dogged pursuit of explosive cases that will play out in the courts in 2016: from dragging Sonia and Rahul Gandhi to court in the National Herald case to the Ram Janmabhoomi movement case.Because from an outcast within the BJP for his crusade against Jayalalithaa last May, he has become the man with a roadmap for the party after he met DMDK leader Vijayakanth in 2015 and tweeted about a BJP-DMDK-DMK alliance for the state assembly polls this year.Because he has emerged as the Donald Trump of Indian politics. For him, Rahul Gandhi is “a commission agent”, Arvind Kejriwal “420 Md Bin Tughlak”, RBI chief Raghuram Rajan an “IMF agent”, all homosexuals “genetically handicapped”.Rank: 20Vijay Shekhar Sharma 37 | InnovatorPick pocketVijay Shekhar Sharma. Photo: Vikram SharmaBecause he is changing the way Indians are spending, with 100 million wallets and counting, moving India towards a cashless society.Because the world’s biggest online e-commerce company, Alibaba, has come onboard as a strategic investor, putting in $680 million, taking Paytm’s valuation to $3 billion.Because he is a poster boy for Start Up India and one of the most defining voices on its policy changes.Rank: 21Prashant Kishor39 | Election strategistPoll positionPrashant Kishor. Photo: Sonu KishanBecause he scripted the biggest political victory of 2015, after unifying the unlikely couple of Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav to politically destroy the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo in Bihar and stymie the Modi wave.Because he is today India’s most sought after election strategist, with a number of present and former CMs, from Mamata Banerjee to Tarun Gogoi, Oommen Chandy to Amarinder Singh, waiting to hire him.Because though he neither draws a salary nor avails any state benefits as the equivalent of a cabinet minister in Bihar, yet his word still carries weight in government, whether in picking candidates or choosing ministers.Back to his rootsThe former UN public health specialist came to work pro bono for Narendra Modi in 2011. After 2014, he went to Bihar, where his father once served as a doctor.  Hasn’t used a laptop in over four years now. Isn’t on FB either.Rank: 22Sajjan Jindal56 | IndustrialistThe matchmakerSajjan JindalBecause he helped defrost relations between prime ministers Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi.Because his company JSW Steel became the largest steel manufacturer in India by revenue in 2015, with net sales of Rs 52,971 crore, pipping public sector SAIL.Because he is now driving the cement and energy businesses at the $18 billion JSW Group by acquiring Jaypee’s hydro units for Rs 9,000 crore and aiming to pick up Lafarge’s India assets.Marathon manThe fitness enthusiast is an avid squash player and takes part in the Mumbai marathon every year.Rank: 23Uday Shankar54 | CEO, Star IndiaHot starUday Shankar. Photo: Mandar DeodharBecause he spearheaded Star India’s entry into mobile videoentertainment with Hotstar, an app which has 50 million downloads since its February 2015 launch.Because he’s consolidating the group’s presence in the south,entering the Telugu market bybuying Maa TV’s four channels.Because Star India has been a dominant force in small screen entertainment under his leadership, with 52 channels on air, over 650 million viewers a month and a turnover of around Rs 8,500 crore.Blue-eyed boyFavourite of the Murdochs, Rupert and James, he was the point person behind his boss’s high-profile interaction with PM Narendra Modi in New York last year.Rank: 24S. Gurumurthy67 | RSS ideologueMr rightS. Gurumurthy. Photo: Jaison GBecause he is one of the most powerful advisors of the government, especially on economic matters, and is said to have provided crucial inputs for this Budget.Because the savvy chartered accountant-cum-commentator, privy to the secrets of some of BJP’s biggest opponents, regularly exposes scams.Because as co-convenor of the RSS-backed Swadeshi Jagaran Manch, he has a deep understanding of the economy.Rank: 25Nita Ambani 52 | BusinesswomanThe queen beeNita Ambani. Photo: Rohit ChawlaBecause she rules Mumbai society with a velvet glove,cutting across sport, business and Bollywood, deftly juggling different roles, be it nurturing the ISL football fiesta, IPL franchise Mumbai Indians, work at the Reliance Foundation, the H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital, or co-chairing Jio MAMI, which hosted the 17th Mumbai Film Festival in 2015.Because her Reliance Foundation is the nerve centre of RIL’s social initiatives, touching the lives of more than four million people across more than 5,500 villages and urban locations in India.Because “Nita Bhabhi” chooses her public appearances with care, whether it is to endorse the opening of the Nasreen Mohamedi retrospective at the Met Breuer in New York or to speak at Tina Brown’s Women in the World summit in Delhi.Party plannerShe is the most high-profile hostess in Mumbai, throwing frequent parties for friends, be it to celebrate power birthdays or victories of her cricket team.Open sesameShe has brought a ‘no walls, no barricades’ culture into RIL headquarters in Mumbai for seamless idea exchange between the sections under her watch: Mumbai Indians, Indian Super League and the fashion and entertainment segments.Rank: 26Salman Khan50 | ActorBollywood’s BhaijaanSalman Khan. Photo: Rohit ChawlaBecause with Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo having collectively earned over Rs 500 crore at the box office, he is the bankable star whom audiences can’t have enough of, and a one-man blockbuster machine for producers and distributors.Because when the Mumbai sessions court found him guilty in the 2002 hit-and-run case, he secured the quickest bail ever, proving that with great wealth comes great power.Because he ruled the small screen too, hosting Bigg Boss, and earning a reported Rs 6-8 crore for each episode.Because his clothing brand Being Human is one of thefastest growing labels, with retail revenue of Rs 300 crore, expanding in 2016 with two new lines and stores in Mauritius and France.Evidence of ImmortalityLikes to cut his nails using a bladeRank: 27Naresh Gujral67 | Rajya Sabha MPThe NegotiatorNaresh Gujral. Photo: Vikram SharmaBecause he is a key link within the NDA conveying concerns of allies-his own party Shiromani Akali Dal, N. Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party, and now also Uddhav Thackeray and his often-so-unhappy Shiv Sena-to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP; he remains the NDA’s conscience-keeper, unfailingly speaking up against rabble-rousers.Because as a former prime minister’s son, he has the rare ability to forge new friendships and retain old political associations across party lines; in his third consecutive term in the Rajya Sabha, his presence is critical to bringing reluctant allies on board on ‘ticklish bills’.Because he is willing to accept a well-reasoned argument from a politicalopponent and hopes to employ the considerable goodwill he enjoys in Parliament to help build consensus on the stalled GST Bill. Politics is not just another job for him.Order,order He can’t stand a mess and is fastidious to a fault, given to constantly rearranging things, driving his wife up the wall.Rank: 28Sri Sri Ravi Shankar59 | Spiritual leaderWorld PunditSri Sri Ravi Shankar. Photo: Rohit ChawlaBecause he is increasingly visible on the world stage, whether it is celebrating International Yoga Day on Times Square, brokering peace between the Colombian government and guerrilla movement FARC during a visit to Cuba, or being asked by the Nepal government to request the NDA government to resolve the diplomatic crisis between the two countries.Because he managed to push through an ambitious butcontroversial World Culture Festival on the Yamuna river bed, getting permission from the DDA despite National Green Tribunal opposing the event for violation of ecological norms.Powers of persuasion He has over 300 million followers in 151 countries, including celebrities like Kamal Hassan, Dia Mirza and Lara Dutta.Retail therapy Sri Sri Ayurveda retails its ayurvedic gels, powders and medicines across 500-plus stores and several websites, attracting 155 million customers in over 206 countries.Gita to PhysicsBy the time he was four, he could recite parts of the Bhagvad Gita, and was often found meditating. He has degrees in both Vedic literature and Physics.Rank: 29Virat Kohli27 | CricketerCaptain HotheadVirat Kohli. Photo: Getty ImagesBecause he is the premier youth icon in Indian sport-brash, in-your-face, and among the best batsmen in the world, taking over from M.S. Dhoni as the new torchbearer of Indian cricket, rivaling him in terms of fan base, endorsements and in BCCI’s power equations.Because he took over the reins of the Indian team at a difficult time in the middle of the Test series in Australia and responded by scoring four centuries on the tour-his aggregate of 692 runs is the highest by an Indian batsman in a series Down Under and he then inspired the Indian team to a stunning 3-0 home Test series victory against South Africa.Rank: 30Rajat Sharma59 | Chairman, India TVClose ConnectorRajat SharmaBecause the three most powerful politicians in India-Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, who all call him Panditji-have been his long-time friends, often seeking his political counsel.Because the longest running chat show on Indian television is the influential Aap Ki Adalat, now in its 22nd year, which he continues to host.Entertainment firstHe loves his home theatre system and his Cavalli suits.Rank: 31Y.C. Deveshwar69 | Business executiveClassic chairmanYC Deveshwar. Photo: Shekhar GhoshBecause he is one of India’s most astute business professionals, transforming ITC from a primarily tobacco major into a hospitality and foods giant deriving over 60 per cent of revenue in 2015 from non-tobacco business-crossing $1 billion in turnover for foods.Because he is overseeing a huge expansion at his company, involving 65 projects, 20 factories for FMCG products and an investment of over Rs 25,000 crore.Because he has built some of India’s finest hotels, ITC Grand Bharat in Manesar and ITC Grand Chola in Chennai being the latest offerings.Guru coolIndia’s longest-serving CEO (since 1996) has the mandate to choose his own successor. Is grooming a few professionals in the company to step into his shoes when he retires in ’17.Rank: 32Naresh Trehan70 | Surgeon and EntrepreneurPower healerNaresh Trehan. Photo: Rohit ChawlaBecause he is one of India’s best known cardiac surgeons and doctor on call for most VIP patients, from Mulayam Singh Yadav to Raman Singh. A certain floor at Medanta, The Medicity, Gurgaon, which he founded, may be mistaken for Raisina Hill, chock-a-block with politician patients as it is.Because he has been a strident voice among health leaders lobbying to develop a blueprint for health for all, resulting in the Universal Health Coverage issued for the first time in Budget 2016.Because he is rolling out a new model of public-private partnership in healthcare, opening a 600-bed Medanta super-speciality hospital in Bihar, which will cater to 25 per cent BPL patients.Rank: 33Piyush Pandey60 | Advertising professionalKing of the jinglePiyush Pandey. Photo: Rohit ChawlaBecause he is one of Narendra Modi’s go-to guys for communications counsel, whether it is devising GujaratTourism ads or spearheading BJP’s 2014 campaign withslogans like ‘Ab Ki Baar, Modi Sarkar’, ‘Achhe Din Aane Wale Hain’, 200 commercials, 1,000 print ads and 150 radio spots.Because he knows how to sell India innovatively,conceptualising Incredible India, and the recent Rajasthan Tourism ads.Because he is the grand-daddy of Indian advertising, having mentored professionals such as Prasoon Joshi and Sonal Dabral, and created some of India’s most memorablecommercials, from Fevicol’s latest Dahi Handi ad to Vodafone’s ZooZoos.Spot for self-discoveryHis terrace in Mumbai and his home in GoaMagic mantra”People should be satisfied in 60 seconds.”Rank: 34Prashant Bhushan59 | LawyerClass action heroPrashant Bhushan. Photo: Chandradeep KumarBecause he continues to be the man who wields the formidable PIL weapon giving voice to the voiceless. Last August, he filed one over irregularities in the Delhi Judicial Services Examination and another in March this year which got the Supreme Court to order an inquiry into the unruly lawyers at the Patiala House courts, who attacked Jawarharlal Nehru University students’ union president Kanhaiya.Because the Swaraj Abhiyan movement which he launched with Yogendra Yadav after their expulsion from the Aam Aadmi Party could be the nucleus of a new anti-corruption movement.Because the Supreme Court responded to his petition on February 16 and asked the RBI to furnish a list of firms which have defaulted on bank loans.Rank: 35Priyanka Chopra33 | ActorCrossover starPriyanka Chopra. Photo: Rohit ChawlaBecause she became the first Indian actor to land aleading role in an American TV series with Quantico, and is all set to score on the Hollywood big screen as a baddie in a retread of the iconic Baywatch.Because even the government cannot ignore her rise, honouring her with a Padma Shri and appointing her the ambassador of the Incredible India campaign.Because the model-turned-actress-singer now dons the hat of a producer-her banner, Purple Pebble Pictures, will release three regional films in Marathi, Punjabi and Bhojpuri in 2016.Rank: 36Mahendra Mohan GuptaSanjay Gupta75 and 53 | MediapersonsRegional RajasSanjay Gupta. Photo: Reuben SinghBecause with 12 titles across 15 states in five languages, Jagran Prakashan is the country’s largest print media group, with a total readership of 68 million, and the flagship daily, Dainik Jagran, wielding huge influence over the Hindi heartland.Because the additional 30 million unique visitors across 11 portals run by Jagran New Media make it among the country’s top digital media platforms, taking the group’s reach to over 100 million.Because the Jagran group made a foray into the radio space by acquiring FM channel Radio City 91.1 in 2015.Rank: 37Arnab Goswami42 | JournalistOutrage anchorArnab GoswamiBecause his aggressive, hypernationalist, opinionated, high-decibel style has not only redefined TV news presentation, but also polarised public opinion on issues such as JNU protests and the Ishrat Jahan encounter.Because he taps into middle-class anger, whether it is #MallyaMustPay or women’s right to enter temples. Although the English news market is minuscule, with 0.04 per cent of the total TV viewership, he is the talk of the town.Because he is the man everyone, including fellow broadcasters, love to emulate or hate; because he wears an online ‘boycott Arnab campaign’ as a badge of honour and ignores the many memes and mimics he has spawned.Pet possessionsHe is a diehard Apple fan and owns an iPhone and iWatch, but drives an 11-year-old Toyota Corolla. He also owns seven pairs of spectacles, all of the same design.Rank: 38Shah Rukh Khan50 | ActorThe SmartthrobShah Rukh Khan. Photo: Rohit ChawlaBecause he is Bollywood’s ace marketer, managing to make even a sub-par film like Dilwale one of the biggest films of 2015 not just in India but also overseas, where it collected over Rs 170 crore.Because his 18.1 million Twitter following is so geographically diverse that when he posted a selfie with former One Direction member Zayn Malik, it became the golden tweet of 2015, viewed over 19 million times.Because his quick wit showed in the speech he gave while receiving an honorary doctorate at the University of Edinburgh.Because he is King Khan when it comes to endorsements and acquisitions, adding a stake in the Trinidad and Tobago cricket franchise in the Caribbean Premier League.What’s next?It’s a pivotal year with two releases-Fan and Raees. Also stars opposite Alia Bhatt in Gauri Shinde’s second film.Rank: 39Vishal Sikka48 | CEO, InfosysTurnaround titanVishal SikkaBecause as the first person in Infosys’s35-year history brought in to lead from outside, he scripted a successful turnaround for the company, struggling with talent haemorrhage and slowing revenue to post better-than-expected 6.6 per cent growth in net profit in the December 2015 quarter, its strongest period of growth.Because as India’s second largest software exporter revives, the company board has extended his tenure as chief executive for another two years to 2021 as a mark of its confidence in his ability to restore Infosys to its former standing.Innovation iconHe prompted staff to think of efficient ways of completing projects through ‘design thinking’ workshops, helping save over $1 billion in 2015 for clients and saving about 1,100 man hours worth of work.Rank: 40Chanda Kochhar54 | CEO, ICICI BankCheques and balancesChanda KochharBecause she continues to be the key driver of India’s largest private sector bank, with ICICI Bank being one of the few companies in India to have reported annual profits of over Rs 10,000 crore in what has been an otherwise dismal year for the banking sector.Because she continues to inspire women in India and outside making ‘having it all’ seem possible; as the deputy chairperson of the Indian Banks Association and president of the International Monetary Conference, she enjoys huge clout and her inputs are sought on banking policies.Because ICICI Bank has been speeding up its digital drive-from three million downloads of its digital wallets to mobile transaction ssurpassing physical transactions, the bank has innovated in digital banking products.Because half of ICICI’s total branches are now in rural, semi-urban areas and 462 full service branches in previously unbanked villages.Time outManages to watch every new Bollywood film in the first week of release.So sariHas a formidable collection, from Bandhanis to Paithanis.Rank: 41Harish Salve60 | JuristTroubleshooterHarish Salve. Photo: Rohit ChawlaBecause he won a series of resounding victories in the courts in 2015 against tax terrorism in India; he is appearing in the International Court of Justice for India in a case of Marshall Islands challenging the country’s nuclear programmes; has won several awards for his international arbitrations work.Because he was India’s most-in-demand mediator, whether it was the Modi government request that he become attorney-general (politely refused), or the Supreme Court directive that he be amicus curiae as pollution became a big legal issue.Guardian angelDabangg fans were aflutter after he appeared in the Bombay High Court and got actor Salman Khan bail in 10 minutes in the 2002 hit-and-run case.Rank: 42Anupam Kher61 | ActorActivist actorAnupam Kher. Photo: Milind ShelteBecause he’s now one of the most influential cultural voices, speaking up against the liberals in the debate on intolerance, defending the prime minister and the government and insisting that India remains a tolerant nation.Because with 6.34 million followers on Twitter, whether it is the rights of Kashmiri Pandits or his grievance on being denied a visa by Pakistan, he gets himself heard and gets everybody talking.The world is my stageTeams up with Neeraj Pandey for the fourth time in Dhoni: The Untold Story. And reprises his role in season two of the Wachowskis’ Netflix series, Sense8, and in the film, The Headhunter’s Calling.Rank: 43Soli Sorabjee86 | LawyerWise counselSoli Sorabjee. Photo: Rajwant RawatBecause he led a battery of top lawyers to argue JNUSU leader Kanhaiya Kumar’s bail plea in the Supreme Court pro bono, rising in defence of the right of the citizen to dissent and have a fair trial, clearly setting out what amounts to sedition and what does not.Because he crusaded for one of the biggest free speech judgements in the last 50 years in India, arguing pro bono in a case that led to the landmark apex court judgement striking down Section 66 of the IT Act.Because he battled for the citizen’s right to privacy in the Supreme Court, while the State questioned the existence of such a right, leading it to making the Unique Identification Number or the Aadhar card voluntary.Jazz & jurisprudenceThe Sorabjee bungalow in Mumbai is filled with jazz; a lover of Blues, he understands its fundamentals well. It also helps him forge unexpected camaraderie, as with Bill Clinton.Rank: 44Ritesh Agarwal22 | E-hotelierThe conciergeRitesh Agarwal. Photo: Vikram SharmaBecause he’s a youth icon in the start-up space, and OYO Rooms, which has shaken up the hotel segment with over 50,000 rooms across 4,500 properties in 170 cities, is valued at $400 million with close to 90 per cent market share among online hotel aggregators.Because OYO is on a list of the next 50 companies tipped to enter the coveted start-up unicorn club (billion-dollar companies); Forbes named him in its 30-Under-30 list in the consumer tech sector in 2015; the company got $125 million in funds in 2015.Big bang theoryA computer geek at heart, he still loves coding. Feels that one should stay away from family when working on a start-up, for “they make life difficult”.Rank: 45Aamir Khan50 | ActorConscience keeperAamir Khan. Photo: Reuben SinghBecause he is not afraid of using his fame to speak truth to power, even though it can get him into trouble, as it did when he spoke of his family’s rising sense of fear and insecurity in the climate of intolerance in the country.Because despite losing favour with the Centre, he still enjoys a reputation as one of Bollywood’s best informed and most credible actors.Because his last release PK not only set a box office record in theindustry with its Rs 324 crore earnings but also made waves internationally, including in China, where it had a grand premiere in May 2015.Because he puts his money where his mouth is, with the BJP-led Maharashtra government joining hands with his Paani Foundation for a Jal Yukt Shivir, which aims to provide water to every village in the state and has the who’s who of India, from Mukesh Ambani to Sachin Tendulkar, pitching in.Line it upLoves board games. Plays with everybody, from his children Junaid and Ira to his manger and films’ assistant directors. Has a collection of them. So big a deal is it that almost every table at his Panchgani home is set with one.Rank: 46Devi Prasad Shetty62 | Cardiac surgeonOpen heartDevi Prasad Shetty. Photo: Nilotpal BaruahBecause his Narayana Hrudalaya multi-specialty and super specialty hospitals, set up in 1991 with 31 hospitals in 19 cities and towns, is the third major hospital group to go public, notching up a value of $1 billion on its stock market debut.Because by making advancedt echnology-backed health care affordable, he has made NH the second-largest in bed count, its 5,442 way ahead of Apollo’s 925 beds.Rank: 47Pawan Munjal61 | IndustrialistWheel of fortunePawan Munjal. Photo: Vivan MehraBecause he is one of the most prominent voices from industry on policy deliberations; his Hero MotorCorp sold a record 6.63 million two-wheelers in the financial year 2015-its highest ever annual sales; its products are now available in 26 countries.Because Hero MotorCorp continues to be the market leader in two-wheelers with the total turnover for the April-December 2015 period standing at an impressive Rs 21,087 crore.Global runSet up its first overseas manufacturing facility in September 2015 in Colombia, the first Indian two-wheeler company to set up a manufacturing facility in Latin America.Rank: 48Deepika Padukone30 | ActorWonder womanDeepika Padukone. Photo: Rohit ChawlaBecause she was Bollywood’s most successful female actor in 2015, with Piku, Tamasha and Bajirao Mastani collectively grossing Rs 315 crore and winning her a host of awards; she is also the most bankable model for FMCG goods, currently endorsing 16 brands, the most by an actor in Bollywood.Because she has shown courage in shining the light on the dark topic of depression, and has even set up a foundation that encourages people to seek help and medication.Onward ho!Hollywood beckons as she plays the lead opposite Vin Diesel in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. Directed by D.J. Caruso of Disturbia fame, the next film in the xXx franchise should put her on a global pedestal.Rank: 49Kanhaiya Kumar28 | StudentThe firebrandKanhaiya Kumar. Photo: M ZhazoBecause he has emerged as a symbol around which students are fighting against the encroachment on their autonomy by the government.Because he has single-handedly democratised the chant Azaadi, freeing it from the clutches of Kashmiri separatists and using it to unite Dalits, backwards, minorities and the Left.Because he has brought the nationalism debate to the front and centre, uniting the Kisan and the Jawan in the narrative against the ruling classes.Enter, stage leftLoves theatre and was associated with the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA) during his school days in Begusarai, Bihar.Rank: 50Shaurya Doval41 | AcademicRight thinkerShaurya Doval. Photo: Vikram SharmaBecause his India Foundation, which the ex-investment banker founded in 2009, is a forum for the political Right and now among India’s most influential think-tanks.Because he is Ram Madhav’s co-planner for the hugely successful diaspora events in the US and UK which showcased Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Because his annual Counter Terror Conference held in Jaipur is the must-attend event for all intelligence and security policy wonks.last_img read more

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first_img“They did not have some senior players like (goalkeeper) “They did not have some senior players like (goalkeeper) Srejesh in Azlan too and some seniors were not here (in Champions Trophy) Sardar (Singh) and Rupinder Pal Singh. I think the coach is going in the right direction and experimenting to see where we are lacking. Sardars return will now strengthen the team,” said Dhanraj. Dhanraj was very impressed with the fitness level of the team and its ability to not only keep pace with the speedy set of Australians but even outshine them.”110 per cent I can say our fitness level has improved. Frankly, Indians could never keep pace with Australia. But in this tournament, I could see Australia were nowhere compared with India in terms of fitness or ball possession.”We had 79 per cent possession in the last quarter. We also dominated all the quarters and overall I also could not give the sort of performance these boys have given in recent times.”Dhanraj advised the players to be very careful in their intake of medicines as the wrong ones could land them in trouble in Rio.”Only one month is left and my request to the players is – dont fool around with your body, dont take any unnecessary risk because if you take 2-3 days rest it will take four days for you to recover, concentrate on fitness, eat the right food at the right time and dont take any medicine which is going to harm you in the Olympics.” He said anyone from the team could be asked to give urine samples for dope testing.advertisement”Nobody knows who will be called for dope test in the Olympics. I have given samples in all the Olympics, World Cups, Asian Games. They had called me for dope test. So my advise to the players is – be careful.”He also felt the Indian team should take it one game at a time and target the weaker teams in the group.”Its (introduction of quarter finals stage instead of direct semis after group stage) is going to benefit all teams and especially India. We can concentrate on 2-3 teams which are weaker than us. We should concentrate on those 2-3 teams as Germany and Australia are also there (in Indias pool).”We should make a strategy in such a way that we should not lose also and also keep points. Oltmans is good in making strategy and my advice is – take it one match at a time.” PTI SSR NRB KHS KHSlast_img read more

Football on UK TV this weekend

first_imgWTF Football on TV this weekend: How to watch & stream every game in the UK Ryan Kelly Last updated 2 years ago 19:59 10/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar PSG Paris Saint-Germain Getty Images WTF Premier League Primera División Ligue 1 A-League Bundesliga We’ve taken a look at what matches are on television this weekend to help you figure out what to watch and when A wide variety of football will be on television screens in the United Kingdom this weekend, with clubs across Europe, Australia and the United States in action.As well as Premier League fare, the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona fly the flag for La Liga, while giants such as Juventus, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain will be broadcast into our living rooms.England, the USA, Germany and Brazil are in action in the quarter-finals of the U-17 World Cup, while MLS is building to a conclusion. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The complete schedule of games to be broadcast in the UK this weekend is below – as is our pick of the must-watch match of the week. All times are BST.FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20 Time Match Competition TV Stream 19:30 Schalke vs Mainz Bundesliga BT Sport 1 BT Sport app 19:30 Mouscron vs Standard Liege Jupiler Pro League FreeSports N/A 19:45 St Etienne vs Montpellier Ligue 1 BT Sport 3 BT Sport app 20:00 West Ham vs Brighton Premier League Sky Sports PL Sky Go 20:00 France Women vs England Women International BBC red button N/A SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 Time Match Competition TV Stream 07:35 Melbourne City vs Wellington Phoenix A-League BT Sport 3 BT Sport app 09:50 Sydney FC vs Western Sydney Wanderers A-League BT Sport 3 BT Sport app 12:00 Levante vs Getafe La Liga Sky Sports Football Sky Go 12:15 Hibernian vs Celtic League Cup BT Sport 1 BT Sport app 12:30 Chelsea vs Watford Premier League Sky Sports PL Sky Go 12:35 Tianjin Quanjian vs Hebei China Fortune Chinese Super League Sky Sports Mix Sky Go 15:30 England U-17 vs USA U-17 U-17 World Cup Eurosport 2 Eurosport player 17:15 Connah’s Quay vs Llandudno Welsh Premier League SC4 SC4 online 17:30 Southampton vs West Brom Premier League BT Sport 1 BT Sport app 17:30 Hamburg vs Bayern Munich Bundesliga BT Sport 3 BT Sport app 17:30 Valencia vs Sevilla La Liga Sky Sports Mix Sky Go 19:45 Napoli vs Inter Serie A BT Sport 3 BT Sport app 19:45 Barcelona vs Malaga La Liga Sky Sports Football Sky Go 20:30 Porto vs Pacos de Ferreira Primeira Liga FreeSports N/A SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 Time Match Competition TV Stream 07:00 Brisbane Roar vs Newcastle Jets A-League BT Sport 3 BT Sport app 09:00 Perth Glory vs Central Coast Mariners A-League BT Sport 3 BT Sport app 11:00 Real Oviedo vs Cordoba Segunda Division FreeSports N/A 11:00 Villarreal vs Las Palmas La Liga Sky Sports Mix Sky Go 11:30 Chievo vs Verona Serie A BT Sport 3 BT Sport app 11:30 PSV vs Heracles Eredivisie Sky Sports Red Button Sky Go 12:00 Ipswich Town vs Norwich City Championship Sky Sports Football Sky Go 12:30 Cologne vs Werder Bremen Bundesliga BT Sport ESPN BT Sport app 13:30 Everton vs Arsenal Premier League Sky Sports PL Sky Go 13:30 Feyenoord vs Ajax Eredivisie Sky Sports Mix Sky Go 14:00 AC Milan vs Genoa Serie A BT Sport Extra 2 BT Sport app 14:00 Torino vs Roma Serie A BT Sport 3 BT Sport app 14:30 Freiburg vs Hertha Berlin Bundesliga BT Sport ESPN BT Sport app 14:30 Rangers vs Motherwell League Cup BT Sport 1 BT Sport app 15:15 Celta Vigo vs Atletico Madrid La Liga Sky Sports Football Sky Go 15:30 Germany U-17 vs Brazil U-17 U-17 World Cup Eurosport 2 Eurosport Player 16:00 Tottenham vs Liverpool Premier League Sky Sports PL Sky Go 17:00 Udinese vs Juventus Serie A BT Sport 1 BT Sport app 17:00 Wolfsburg vs Hoffenheim Bundesliga BT Sport 3 BT Sport app 17:00 Anderlecht vs Genk Jupiler Pro League FreeSports N/A 17:30 Leganes vs Athletic Bilbao La Liga Sky Sports Football Sky Go 19:45 Lazio vs Cagliari Serie A BT Sport 3 BT Sport app 19:45 Real Madrid vs Eibar La Liga Sky Sports Football Sky Go 20:00 Marseille vs PSG Ligue 1 BT Sport 1 BT Sport app 20:00 Sao Paulo vs Flamengo Brazilian Serie A BT Sport ESPN BT Sport app 20:15 Sporting Lisbon vs Chaves Primeira Liga FreeSports N/A 21:00 Atlanta United vs Toronto FC MLS Sky Sports Football Sky Go MATCH OF THE WEEKENDHD Jurgen Klopp Mauricio PochettinoTottenham vs Liverpool Sunday, October 22 (16:00)Sky Sports Premier LeagueThe race for Premier League glory is well and truly on, with a number of teams fighting it out at the top end of the table. Manchester City and Manchester United have been the early pace-setters, but the chasing pack remain within touching distance.Two of those challengers face off on Sunday as Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham welcome Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to Wembley with both sides defending unbeaten streaks and intent on claiming maximum points.Reds 9/4 for victoryPerennial runners-up Spurs recovered from a wobbly start to the season to rise to third place in the league and, thanks to the goals of Harry Kane, they once again resemble the team that was pipped to the title by Chelsea last term.A win for Pochettino’s side will ensure they remain hot on the heels of the Manchester clubs and it would also be a severe blow to Liverpool’s hopes of breaking in to the top three.The Reds have dropped points against Newcastle, Burnley and Watford, as well as suffering a heavy defeat to Man City, meaning that they are already playing catch-up. Klopp’s side are currently eighth in the division and a loss could see them slip further out of the running.With plenty at stake for both teams, Sunday’s clash at Wembley is sure to be a tense affair, but with so much talent on display, there should also be an abundance of quality. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Daydream in Style with SleepyJones

first_img It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 Whiskey vs Whisky: Is There Really a Difference? Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App We live in a very busy time. If we ever do get the chance to sit a spell we end up Instagramming our dog or going blind reading Twitter feeds. There was a time when people just chilled the hell out.Proust sat around all day decoding society, Picasso painted in his drawers and George Plimpton was known to stroll the offices of The Paris Review in his boxers. These are the people who inspired Andy Spade and his collaborators Anthony Sperdutti and Chad Buri to come up with Sleepy Jones. They know that not every great idea is born while wearing a suit or selvedge denim so they created a ‘not-quite-ready-to-wear’ line for men and women composed of boxers, broadcloth pajama shirts and pants, socks and tees made for idle time.There are also artist edition boxers, the first being with New York artist Wes Lang rolling out May 15th. We are fans of their journal. Check out their compilation of iconic artists, actresses and musicians lounging, loving and even ironing.Next time you are feeling overwhelmed, get thee to a couch, turn off that f*&#*ing phone and stare at the ceiling, you may just have your best idea yet right then and there. Or you may simply pass out. Editors’ Recommendations Why Mental Health Matters (and Why It’s Time to Change Our Perspective)last_img read more

Rudy’s Barbershop Launches a 3-Step Hair and Body Wash System

first_img How to Shave With a Straight Razor Why You Should Skip the Suave and Try Custom Hair Care Products How Often Should You Wash Your Hair? We Asked the Experts For a proper trim or cut, Rudy’s Barbershop remains one of the premier grooming options along the West Coast — along with its New York City, Atlanta, and Nashville locations. While the popular parlor’s built its name on delivering slick fades, it’s now trying its hand at an exclusive line of hair and body products designed for both men and women. Better yet, the shampoo Rudy’s includes in the system is the same the shop uses to clean customers’ hair — unfortunately, the life-changing head massage which usually comes standard with a barbershop cut isn’t part of the package.Dubbed the 1-2-3 Showering System, Rudy’s hair and body wash (according to the company) comes by way of countless haircuts and endless nights of trial and error. A finished product perfect for any hair or skin type, the 1-2-3 Showering System is a literal one-stop shop to getting clean each day. From its shampoo which retains moisture and adds body, to its companion conditioner that softens hair, reduces static, and proves wildly effective at de-tangling even the messiest of dos, the hair care aspect (something Rudy’s is an expert at) is stellar.Backed by what Rudy’s calls its signature scent, each step features accents of cedar, citrus, and juniper. Though, what this really means is that at the end of a shower, users may step out of their bathroom smelling like a full-blown Rudy’s salon. As anyone who’s ever received a cut at Rudy’s could attest, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.Rudy’s debut into the hair and body wash field is intriguing, no doubt, but it’s the brand’s partnership with the It Gets Better Project that’s particularly influential. For every purchase of its 1-2-3 Showering System, the company says it plans to donate the exact product to homeless shelters across the United States who serve LGBTQ youth. Furthermore, the brand also partners with the Human Rights Campaign and the LA LGBT Center.An ability to make a positive impact and smell good? Few companies offer this kind of lasting impression but Rudy’s does so masterfully. Editors’ Recommendations How to Grow a Beard: It’s Not Just a Look, It’s a Philosophy The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa last_img read more

GapKids Collaboration With Ellen DeGeneres Encourages Positive Social Engagement

first_imgGapKids has partnered with ED, Ellen DeGeneres’ new lifestyle brand to launch GapKids x ED, a limited edition apparel collection and campaign that encourages girls everywhere to be themselves, do what makes them happy and take pride in who they are.GapKids x ED Campaign ImageLaunching today in over 25 markets around the world, the collection, and supporting campaign, is rooted in the same core values that Gap brand has stood for over the past 45 years. Individualism and liberation that comes from confidently being your most authentic self are core values Gap shares with American comedian, talk show host, producer, writer and actress, Ellen DeGeneres.The GapKids x ED campaign features six young girls who have excelled at skateboarding, drumming, robotics and entrepreneurialism, by being true to themselves, regardless of naysayers or outdated stereotypes. These girls, Alexey, Relz, Ryann, Bellatreas, Torrae and Asia, ranging in age from 7 to 12, star in the anthem film and campaign images which all provoke a feeling of strength, empowerment and pure enjoyment. Whether it is the desire to help others like Torrae who builds robotic hands for kids who need them or Alexey’s love for music and her incredible drumming skills, the campaign celebrates girls of all talents for being who they are. The print ads, which launch in August across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, China and Japan, as well as select international franchise markets, feature the hero campaign “selfie” image of Ellen with the six girls. In addition to print, the campaign spans outdoor, mobile, direct, social, in store and digital.Well beyond stores, Gap is aiming to create an environment of positive social engagement. Using the hashtag #heyworld followed by a name, a girl’s friend, mother, father or mentor can issue a call to action for social messages of encouragement and love to any girl in need of positive support, cheering her on through the power of positive words. In addition, there will be a texting opportunity to receive inspiring and encouraging messages from Ellen DeGeneres herself.The GapKids x ED collection is built on Gap’s most loved wardrobe staples, but with an impactful twist, for girls and a selection for boys and adults as well. The collection prominently features two pieces of iconography: the lightning bolt, a symbol of empowerment, and the speech bubble, a symbol of self-expression. Both the speech bubble and lightning bolt are inscribed throughout the collection including Graphic T-Shirts for Girl’s and Boy’s ($24.95), the Girl’s Quilted Speech Bubble Bomber Jacket ($49.95), and the Adult Zip-up Sweatshirt ($49.95), among other apparel and accessories. The entire family is invited to join in on the powerful dialogue and celebration of individuality.“I know from my own experience that nothing makes you feel better than being who you are and celebrating what makes you unique. I think if we shine a light on real girls doing incredible things, that’ll encourage other girls and boys to do incredible things,” says DeGeneres. “This opportunity to partner with Gap and my new lifestyle brand, ED, is the perfect way to celebrate girls just for being who they are; and to encourage them to unleash their passions; whether it’s math, soccer, singing, dancing, or simply singing while dancing in their bedroom.”In keeping with Gap’s long term focus on youth culture, and the commitment to supporting social causes that allow women to seek out their full potential, they are partnering with select girls’ organizations that share a commitment towards girls and women, including Girls Inc (North America) and CARE (UK & Japan).Further details on the campaign can be found at Gap.com.last_img read more

Testimony of intoxicated First Nations girl not credible Judge

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt was a case that hinged on credibility.William’s Lake RCMP officer Andy Yung was found not guilty of assaulting a First Nations girl Monday.Despite admitting to striking and choking Jamie Haller in the back of a police car, the judge said because she had been drinking her testimony was unreliable.It’s left the family and community in shock.APTN’s Rob Smith has the story.last_img

Kim Jong Un open to third summit with Trump KCNA

first_imgSeoul: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is willing meet with US President Donald Trump a third time if Washington comes to the table with the “right attitude”, state media reported Saturday. Kim also said he would wait until the end of the year “for the US to make a courageous decision” on another meeting, after his most recent summit with Trump in Vietnam broke down and both sides left without agreement. Washington has blamed the February deadlock on the North’s demands for sanctions relief in return for limited nuclear disarmament, but Pyongyang said it had wanted only some of the measures eased. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIn a speech to Pyongyang’s rubber-stamp parliament Friday, Kim said the Hanoi meeting had made him question whether Washington is “genuinely interested” in improving its relations with Pyongyang. “We are willing to give another try if the US offers to have a third summit with the right attitude and mutually acceptable terms,” he said, according to a report by North Korean state media outlet KCNA. Kim added that his personal relationship with Trump remained strong, adding they could “write letters to each other” whenever they wanted. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”We will wait with patience until the end of the year for the US to make a courageous decision,” Kim said. Pyongyang has been careful not to criticise Trump personally while attacking sanctions on North Korea as an attempt to “destroy modern civilisation and turn the society back in a medieval dark age”. Trump and Kim held their first landmark summit in Singapore last June, where the pair signed a vaguely-worded agreement on the “denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”. But the failure to reach agreement at their second summit in Hanoi has raised questions over the future of the accord. Trump said Thursday he was mulling a third summit with Kim ahead of a meeting with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in at the Oval Office — a move supported by Seoul. Moon brokered the US-North Korea talks and has been pushing for the resumption of inter-Korean economic projects, but doing so would fall foul of international sanctions imposed on Pyongyang. “Our government will do what we can in order to maintain the current momentum for dialogue,” Moon’s office said in a Saturday statement. The day before Kim accused Seoul of acting as an “overstepping mediator” and said the South should “speak up” for Pyongyang’s interests. On Friday, KCNA reported Kim was re-elected as chairman of the State Affairs Commission, the North’s most important decision-making body, to cheers and loud applause from the delegates.last_img read more

Experienced gender official from Spain chosen to head UNIFEM

Ms. Alberdi, who succeeds Noeleen Heyzer, was selected by UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis in consultation with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UNIFEM Consultative Committee, the agency said in a press release.“The selection process was comprehensive and extensive, taking into account both the challenges facing UNIFEM as such as the broader requirements of strengthening gender-focused work throughout the UN system, something to which the Secretary-General attaches great importance.”Ms. Alberdi has had a long career dealing with issues related to gender, development and politics. From 2003 to 2007 she was a deputy in the Madrid Assembly, and before that she has worked for the European Union, the Spanish Sociological Research Centre and the Inter-American Development Bank.She has also worked as a professor of sociology at Complutense University of Madrid, and has published several books on the social status of women.UNIFEM is tasked with providing financial and technical assistance to programmes and strategies that foster women’s empowerment and gender equality, focusing particularly on reducing poverty, ending violence and reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS.In another appointment, Mr. Melkert announced that Mr. Ban has appointed India’s Ajay Chhibber as Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator of UNDP and Director of its regional bureau for Asia and the Pacific. He replaces Hafiz Pasha. 7 April 2008The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced today that Inés Alberdi of Spain has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). read more

Trial of accused mastermind of Rwanda genocide adjourned until September

The judges in the trial of Col. Theoneste Bagosora and three other high-ranking military officers at the Arusha-based UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) made their decision in a closed session today after defence attorneys had argued on Tuesday they did not received the trial briefs from the prosecution in time and in both English and French, the Tribunal’s official languages.The four accused – Col. Bagosora, Lt. Col. Anatole Nsengiyumva, Maj. Aloys Ntabakuze and Brig. Gen. Gratien Kabiligi – did not appear in court when the trial began yesterday, claiming their human rights were being violated because they did not receive the translations.They are charged in the joint trial with at least 10 counts of genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, complicity in genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, crimes against humanity for murder, extermination, rape, persecution and other inhumane acts. read more

Rights of vulnerable groups must be focus of new development agenda San

The post-2015 development agenda must heavily focus on providing opportunities and protecting the rights of vulnerable populations including women, children and persons with disabilities, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of San Marino, Pasquale Valentini told the United Nations General Assembly today.“Today, women are still the victims of discrimination and violence in many parts of the world, also in the most developed countries. In the poorest regions of our planet, maternal mortality remains a challenge,” Mr. Valentini said.“The advancement of women’s rights, the elimination of all barriers to their full participation in the political, economic and social life must be top priorities for the United Nations, along with the promotion of their economic opportunities and equality in all sectors.”Children are also extremely vulnerable to violence, abuse and exploitation, Mr. Valentini said, noting that in poverty-stricken areas of the world, infant mortality and chronic malnutrition rates are unacceptable.He expressed his hope for universal ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, its Optional Protocols, and their full implementation. The Convention is a universally agreed set of non-negotiable standards and obligations, providing protection and support for the rights of children. Its three Optional Protocols deal, respectively, with protecting children from trafficking, prostitution and child pornography; prohibiting their recruitment in armed conflict; and allowing children to bring forward their complaints to the UN if their rights are being abused.The international community must also strive to protect persons with disabilities as well as ensure they can fully participate in the life of their community. While important steps have been taken on this front, much remains to be done for the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in terms of adopting national policies to advance this issue, Mr. Valentini added.In addition to protecting the rights of minorities, countries must step up efforts to deal with natural disasters. “Member States must do more and give rapid and effective support to populations in emergency situations, both by investing in the most vulnerable regions to build the capacities necessary for preventive actions, and by providing them with the moral and financial backing necessary to cope with disasters,” Mr. Valentini said.He added that peace is an indispensable condition for the achievement of the development agenda, rendering dialogue efforts among nations a vital element for success. read more

UKs automotive supply chain boosted by £15m Stadco investment

Component manufacturer, Stadco, has confirmed a £15 million investment in its Telford-based facility that will support the installation of a new production line at the site.As a result of new high-value contracts with a UK-based vehicle manufacturer, Stadco’s new production line will include a 4,000-ton transfer press – one of the largest in Europe.This will ensure that Stadco’s Telford plant will be able to produce up to four parts at a time, at a rate of up to 3,200 parts per hour to suit high-volume vehicle manufacturing.The new line will be installed early next year, with full production expected to start in December 2014.Stadco Telford’s Facility Director, Ray Macera said, “This investment will ensure Telford remains one of the UK’s top manufacturing facilities, with leading-edge equipment and capabilities. The additional work this new line will generate is a positive step to ensuring secure jobs for local people and will help us to provide the best service to our automotive customers.”Stadco acquired the Telford site in February 2011, a move that created 50 new jobs in the region. The site has two large mechanical stamping lines, a fully-equipped tool room and extensive assembly capability, which support Stadco in its position as the largest independent UK-based international supplier of automotive components.To find out more about investment in UK automotive, visit www.smmt.co.uk/industry-topics/uk-automotive/investment/.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more