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Sasikala's Lawyers Trying to Transfer her to Chennai Jail

As per reports, AIADMK general secretary Sasikala's lawyers are trying to get her transferred to Chennai's Puzhal Central Prison from Bengaluru's Parappana Agrahara jail. According to procedures, her lawyers would be required to apply either to the superintendent of Parappana Agrahara jail or they will have to approach the Karnataka law minister.

Reports also say that the law ministry will be considering the legal options.

Conviction of Sasikala and her relatives J Ilavarasi and V N Sudhakara on charges of the disproportionate assets case was upheld by the Supreme Court on 14 February.

Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami Shuts Liquor Shops, Approves 50% Subsidy for Working Women

The new Tamil Nadu chief minister E Palaniswami made some important decisions including shutting down around 500 liquor shops and approving a 50 per cent subsidy for working women. This would help the working women to buy new two-wheeler vehicles. The other decisions include a hike in maternity aid from Rs 12,000 to Rs 18,000 and 5000 new houses would be built for fishermen.

Reports also say that the monthly allowance for unemployed people has been increased by the chief minister.

Manipur elections: Delhi CM donates Rs 50,000 to Irom Sharmila's party

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has donated Rs 50,000 to the party of rights activist Irom Sharila, which is fighting elections in Manipur.

With acute shortage of finances and manpower, Sharmila’s party Peoples’ Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) has taken online route for crowdfunding to raise funds. Also the party is campaigning on cycle to reach out to the people.

Kejriwal said that he is donating an amount of Rs 50,000 to Irom Sharmila. He also made an appeal to people on Twitter to help her.

PRJA is the first regional party of Manipur which has gone out for crowdfunding to finance the poll expenses in the state. According to the party sources, online crowdfunding is an idea in order to involve more people, thus bringing transparency in election funding.

The party has so far collected Rs 4.5 lakh through crowdfunding.

Forever 21 scales up India operations, debuts in Tamil Nadu

Scaling up its IndiaIndia operation, American fast fashion retailer Forever 21, managed by Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd, has launched its first store in Chennai. This launch marks brand’s foray in Tamil Nadu, thus strengthening its foothold in the Southern market.

After establishing a strong affinity with fashion conscious Indians in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad, the brand is looking forward address the fashion needs of Chennai with its trendy, runway fashion.

The store spread over 10,000 sq ft of retail space, is located at the Express Avenue Mall. The store will also feature the retailer's other brands, including 21MEN, Love & Beauty cosmetics line and Forever 21's lingerie and shoe line. With this new store, the brand has increased its store count to 14.

 

Apple to make iPhones in Bengaluru

Reports say that Apple is going to set up a factory in Bengaluru where it will manufacture iPhones.

On Thursday, Karnataka Government issued a release to welcome Apple's proposal to start the initial manufacturing operations in the state.

The state IT minister Priyank Kharge signed the release and said manufacturing iPhones in Bengaluru will help the country to compete globally.

The production is expected to start in June.

New Delhi: RBI Governor says Rs 9.2 Lakh Crore in New Currency Introduced

As per reports, Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel spoke to the Standing Committee on Finance panel members in New Delhi about new currency that have been introduced. He said that around 9.2 lakh crore in new currency have been released. He also spoke about the demonetisation issue and the impact it left on the economy, and even the steps that have been taken by the central bank in regard to deal with the cash crunch.

Reports say that he mentioned to the panel that discussion about demonetisation started between the banks and the government last year.

The RBI Governor will be appearing before the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament on 20 January.

Xiomi promotes India head Manu Jain as Global VP

Xiaomi's India operations head Manu Kumar Jain has been promoted to the post of Vice President of the company. Jain will replace Hugo Barra, Xiaomi's Global VP, who had announced his decision to leave the company last month.

The news was confirmed in a tweet from the official Twitter handle of Xiaomi India - Mi India.

Along with being the Vice President at the company, Jain will also be Managing Director of Xiaomi India. He had joined Xiaomi back in June 2014.

Hugo Barra, Xiaomi's former Global Vice President, decided to part ways with the smartphone-maker last month only to return to Silicon Valley. Barra was with the company from last three and a half year and will now join Facebook to lead the Oculus team's VR efforts within the social network.

Prior to joining the smartphone maker, Barra was the Vice President of Product Development for Android at Google.

Barra has been the face of the company at various events, and his exit was seen as a major blow to the company's strategies for international markets like India.

Jain's promotion has strengthen the fact that India will continue to be an important market for Xiaomi and that Jain will have a key role in maintaining Xiaomi's momentum in the country. Currently India is Xiaomi's biggest market outside of China with over $1 billion in sales last year.

BHIM App: Registration Crosses 140 Lakh

Reports say that more than 140 lakh registration have been done for the recently launched Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) app. According to IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, two new schemes -Referral Bonus Scheme for individuals and a Cashback Scheme for merchants, will be launched. These will help in promoting the usage of this app.

Aadhaar Enabled Payment System's merchant version, Aadhaar Pay is also going to be launched, which will be helpful for those without debit cards, mobile wallets and mobile phones.

Xiaomi plans to launch products in three new categories in India

Chinese handset maker Xiaomi is looking to launch products in three to four new categories in India this year, Xiaomi India head Manu Jain told to media. The brand has crossed the $ 1 billion revenue mark in India in 2016

However, the company is yet to confirm on the new product categories to be rolled out. The brand entered India in 2014 and along with smartphones, the China based player sells air purifiers, wearables, bluetooth speakers and power banks in India.

Apart from phone and routers, all other products of Xiaomi are developed by its ecosystem companies in which Xiaomi holds majority stake. The company has 77 such ecosystem companies, and 20 of them have launched products till now.

Divulging the details Jain said that the new product categories will be customised for the Indian market. Jain was in Hyderabad to unveil the company's latest smartphone, Redmi Note 4.

Apart from Redmi Note 4, Xiaomi also displayed an installation of Mi Home sufficed with Mi Air Purifier 2, Mi Bluetooth Speaker, Mi Powerbanks, Mi Robot, Mi Notebook Air apart.

Commenting on expectation from sales of Redmi Note 4, Jain said that the count is expected to be double the sale figure of Redmi Note 3. Noticeably, Xiomi had sold 3.6 million Redmi Note 3 handsets in 2016.

Saina Nehwal's triumph at Malaysia Masters Final

Days after recovering from knee injury during Rio Olympics, Saina Nehwal is back with a bang as this Indian badminton ace thrashes Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand by 22-20, 22-20, thereby claiming the Malaysia Masters Grand title.

Quashing the air about her ability to win titles, the world No 10 Nehwal clinched her first Masters within five months since knee injury. Nehwal had to undergo surgery after an early exit from the Rio Olympics where her fellow citizen PV Sindhu created history by claiming the first silver medal for Indian badminton.

Silencing the critiques, Saina returned to action within a quarter of the surgery setback. Once the absolute queen of Indian badminton, she faced early exists and missed he qualification mark for Dubai World Superseries Finals. Also, she lost to Sindhu in the Premier Badminton League. However, Malaysia Masters Grand title has been her winning start to 2017.

The hyderabadi had to battle to claim the first game. With her opponent just five points away from winning the first game, Saina let out a series of cross court smashes to come back into the game. After leveling in the game for the first time at 19-19, she went on to nail it. 

ODI Series against England: BCCI Announces India U-19 Team

The team for Under 19 One-day series has been announced by The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The upcoming Under 19 One-day series against England is going to be held in India in the months of January-February at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. It will start from 30 January and end on 8 February.

The team for four-day matches is yet to be announced.

Ranji Trophy: Gujarat lions beat 41-time winner Mumbai at Indore Stadium

In one of the most beautiful and memorable Ranji matches ever, Gujarat has beaten up its opponent and 41-times winner Mumbai at the finals held at Holkar Stadium, Indore. While the credit goes to selfless performance by Parthiv Patel, no one can rule out the contribution of coach Vijay Patel who has lost a Ranji trophy to the same opponent, at the same Stadium 14 winters ago. And now was the time when his boys were taking home that finely crafted piece of silverware.

This was perhaps the most beautiful backdrop of Gujarat’s historic triumph. Gujarat’s Skipper Parthiv Patel scored 143, scoring a century under tremendous pressure and being on the crease for most of the time. Gujarat lions chased the target of 313 at a loss of 5 wickets while beating their rivals, or the arch rivals, by five wickets on Day 5 of the final.

This is the first Ranji Trophy title claimed by Gujarat lions.41 times champions, Mumbai managed 412 in their second innings, credits to half centuries by Abhishek Nayar and skipper Aditya Tare. Post the tea session, Rujul Bhatt and Parthiv Patel started dealing in boundaries when they were just 13 runs short from victory.

It was when Gujarat needed 11 runs to win, Patel was knocked out and Chirag Gandhi took over. What followed was back to back boundaries by Bhatt and Gandhi that made Gujarat lift its maiden Ranji trophy. 

BMC Election 2017: B-Town Celebrities Cast their Votes

As per reports, actresses Anushka Sharma and Rekha were seen casting their votes for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections on Tuesday. Anushka Sharma even shared her picture on Instagram showing her inked finger. Other Bollywood celebrities are also expected to cast their votes as a duty towards the country & its progress.

Anurag Kashyap Speaks on Violence on Set of Bhansali's Padmavati in Jaipur

As per reports, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap supporting Sanjay Leela Bhansali said that it is sad to fear the prime minister of your nation, as you yourself chose him. He put these words in opposition to “Hindu extremists” for violence on the set of Bhansali’s Padmavati in Jaipur.

In his official Facebook page, Kashyap mentioned that he has been taught to question those who govern the public and he has been doing this since he was a student.

Bhansali cancels shooting of Padmavati in Rajasthan after attack

Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has called off the shooting of his most-talked-about project Padmavati in Jaipur, Rajasthan and has returned back to Mumbai. This move came after the director was manhandled by members of Karni Sena on the sets of the movie in Jaipur yesterday.

The Bajirao-mastani fame director was slapped and the movie sets were destroyed along with expensive film equipments.

This movie is based on the 1303 saga of Alauddin Khilji’s obsession for Rani Padmini, the wife of Rana Rawal Ratan Singh. Bhansali’s Padmavati is allegedly expected to portray a romantic plot between Rani Padmini (played by Deepika Padukone) and Alauddin Khilji (enacted by Ranveer Singh).

However, Shobha Sant the CEO of Bhansali Productions has denied any such scene to be a part of the film.

Meanwhile, several actors and filmmakers have condemned the attack on Sanjay Leela Bhansali and the incident has angered the Bollywood fraternity. The Indian Film & Television Directors Association (IFTDA) has also expressed its disapproval on the attack and has urged the government to take immediate action and provide full security to Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

BSF Seizes Bunches of Rs 2,000 Fake Notes along Bangladesh Border

As per reports, a consignment of fake Rs 2,000 notes amounting to Rs.96, 000, has been seized by the Border Security Forces (BSF) near Bangladesh border on Monday. Sharif ul Shah, 32, who is believed to have come from Pakistan, was arrested in connection with smuggling of the Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN).

A week ago, Azizur Rahman, who is from Malda, West Bengal was arrested for carrying 40 fake notes of Rs 2,000 denomination. He told the investigators that those notes were printed in Pakistan and the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) played an active role in it. He also told that these fake notes were smuggled across the border from Bangladesh.

Shahabuddin shifted to Tihar Jail

In a secret operation on Saturday, the Bihar police has transferred don and former RJD MP Mohammad Shahabuddin from Siwan prison, Patna to Tihar Jail in New Delhi on Sampoorna Kranti Express in the evening.

The action came after Supreme Court’s order on February 15 instructing the state government to move Shahabuddin to Tihar jail within a week. This was to ensure a fair trial in the cases filed against him through video conferencing.

The apex court order came in response to pleas of Asha Ranjan, wife of slain Siwan journalist Rajdeo Ranjan, and Chandrakeshwar Prasad, whose three sons were allegedly killed at the don’s behest.

A group of police personnel is accompanying the don-turned-politician on the train.

Tight security measures were put in place when Shahabuddin started from Siwan jail on Saturday. While details of his transfer was kept a secret till the last moment, some of his followers got a hint of the movement and followed the police motorcade while raising slogans in support of their leader.

 

People may Receive Non-Statutory Letters from IT Dept. in Case of No Reply

As per reports, suspicious deposits worth more than Rs. 4.5 lakh crore made by around 18 lakh people, are under “verification” by the I-T department. Non-statutory letters may be issued to those people who have not responded to SMS and e-mail queries. Under the verification process, the source of deposits will be asked from these people on the e-filing portal.