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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Vouches to Stand by Earthquake-Hit Nepal

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the nation on All India Radio’s “Mann Ki Baat” yesterday, said that he was saddened by the devastation the earthquake had caused in Nepal as well as in various parts of India. He went on to say that in this time of distress, “India is with Nepal”. The 30-minute one in a month programme on AIR was cut short to just 15 minutes as the question-answer session was dispensed by the PM. Modi said that he can feel the pain of Nepal as he closely witnessed the devastating earthquakes that took place in Gujarat's Kutch back in 2001.

Expelled AAP leaders to launch Swaraj Abhiyan

To gain support, the supporters of expelled AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan will launch 'Swaraj Abhiyan' in Thane. Maruti Bhapkar who was also thrown out of the party will attend the event to decide further course of action. Manav Kamble main person behind the launch said that more than 300 supporters who will attend the launch.

TMC worker shot dead in West Bengal civic poll

Incidents of violence have been reported from several areas including Burdwan district in West Bengal just after the beginning of civic polls. One TMC worker has been shot dead in Burdwan. As per the State Election Commissioner, 35 companies of central forces in addition to state forces have been deployed to keep the situation under control during polling. In all 763 candidates are contesting civic polls and near about 74 lakh people are eligible to vote.

Diageo Plc-Vijay Mallya Tussle Reaches a New High

The tussle between UK-based Diageo Plc (the company having controlling stake at United Spirits Ltd) and Vijay Mallya led UB Group reached a new high when the former asked Mallya to step down from the post of the chairman of USL. The decision comes following a PricewaterhouseCoopers’s inquiry report that shows fund diversion and other financial irregularities between 2010 and 2013 in the transactions that took place between USL and UB group. Diageo is all set to submit the findings to SEBI and at the same time contemplating the idea of filing criminal complaint. While Vijay Mallya refused to resign, he appointed top lawyers to make it a long drawn legal battle.

Diageo asks Vijay Mallya to step down

New owner of United Spirits, Diageo has asked Vijay Mallya to step down as Chairman and Director of the Indian liquor firm for diverting funds. But it was straightway rejected by Vijay Mallya. Diageo said so after a probe that reports "various improprieties and legal violations" while giving loans by USL to various UB Group companies. Vijay Mallya called all these allegation false and unjustified.

Infosys trying to regain its market share

Quarterly net profit posted by Bengaluru-based Infosys is far below the expectation of most of the analysts. Recent frequent changes in the top management are impacting the ability of Infosys, India's second largest software service exporter. As per media reports, Infosys is trying to regain its market share and is expecting a rise in revenue to $20 billion by 2020 from $8.7 at present.

Ratan Tata makes an Investment in Chinese Tech Behemoth Xiaomi Technology

A statement issued by Chinese Technology giant, Xiaomi Technology, said that Chairman Emeritus of Tata conglomerate, Ratan Tata, has acquired a personal stake in Xiaomi. This move is expected to increase the Chinese behemoth’s clout in the expanding Indian smartphone market. The statement, however, does not reveal the extent of investment done. Founder and CEO of Xiaomi, Lei Jun, told media that a personal investment by a respected businessperson in India such as Ratan Tata will bolster Xiaomi’s presence in India and also give impetus to the strategy adopted by the company. He went on to say that the company plans to unveil more products in India.

Government Asks People to Ignore Text Predicting Earthquake in North India

With the rising fear of earthquake in north India and circulation of text messages predicting the same, Government of India was forced to come up with a clarification. GOI said that the earthquake prediction text is a fake one and NASA has not forecast anything regarding the matter on India. A seismologist and top official at India Meteorological Department made it clear that there is no country in the world that can predict earthquakes, not even NASA. He also said that research is currently going on in China but it has not produced any substantial result as yet. Indian government made it clear that “there is no substance in such messages”.

Google's Person Finder Tool for Nepal Earthquake

A Person Finder Web-based tool of Google has been officially opened in response to 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal. The simple tool can give information about a person if it exists in the database. The tool is also accessible via mobile devices. On said profile you can find a person by name, sex, age, home address, or any other related description. On the flip side you can enter information about a person if you have.

N Srinivasan Allegedly Spent Rs. 14 Crore BCCI Money to Spy on Other Members, says report

A newly published report says that N Srinivasan, ex-BCCI President, spent Rs 14 crore of board’s money to spy on other BCCI members with the help of a London based private investigating agency. The report alleges that the concerned spy agency not only tapped phones and heard telephonic conversations of the BCCI officials but also tracked their private emails. It is learnt that a new probe panel, headed by its Secretary Anurag Thakur, will investigate the matter. During a recent BCCI meeting, Jyotiraditya Scindia (who was a special invitee in the meeting) questioned the glaringly depreciated value of Chennai Super Kings, valued at Rs. 5 lakhs, when it pays BCCI Rs. 40 lakhs yearly.

Dhoni works on his instincts while playing - Ashwin

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said that skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni goes blank and without preconceived notions to the field and works on solely his instincts. By winning a match against Kings XI Punjab on Saturday night, CSK is now at the top of the Indian Premier League (IPL) points table. Spinners Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja played exceptionally well and helped team to win match.

IOC President to Meet PM Modi Fueling Speculation of India's 2024 Olympic Hosting Bid

President of International Olympics Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, is all set to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. The upcoming meeting has fueled speculation that Modi may show willingness to host the 2024 Olympics in India. Sources say that PM Narendra Modi may approve bidding for hosting the game after the meeting. When Randhir Singh, the only IOC member from India, was contacted he said that approval of bidding to host Olympic games will be welcomed by his colleagues in the IOC. He downplayed the talks on hosting 2024 Olympics by calling it wishful thinking. However, he kept the hope alive by saying that if India misses the 2024 opportunity, it may host 2028 or even 2032 Olympics.

India Launches "Operation Maitri" to Expedite Rescue and Relief Operation from Earthquake-hit Nepal

Indian government has stepped up its earthquake-hit Nepal rescue mission by deploying 24 choppers and military aircrafts along with giving maximum push to evacuation by roads. While naming the relief op. “Operation Maitri”, one thousand National Disaster Response Force professionals have been deployed.  Vikas Swarup, MEA spokesperson, has tweeted that India has till now evacuated 1935 Indians from Nepal through IAF aircraft. As per latest available information, the official death toll in Nepal has increased to 3,218 and the number of injured people has crossed 5,000. It is learnt that led by a top Home Ministry official an inter-ministerial team will leave for Nepal to coordinate the rescue operation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemns manual scavenging and asks for cooperation to get rid of this

In “Mann ki Baat” Radio programme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about manual scavenging and expressed regret that we still have manual scavengers in India. He appealed that everyone in the society should cooperate to get rid of this spot during the 125th birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar which is going to be celebrated this year. He added that what was not done 20 years, we have pledged to do that in 20 months.

Rahul Gandhi's core team consists of young with corporate style working

Along with organizational revamping of the Congress, Rahul Gandhi's core team is also undergoing silent changes. Priyanka Vadra's office is now being managed by Gandhi's close friend Kanishka Singh and Rahul Gandhi's office is managed by Oxford University graduate Kaushal Vidyarthee. The office has a staff of 6-7 young people. The office has a corporate style of working. They give written appointments, give main talking points to Rahul Gandhi before his public meeting and his team also prepares notes for him.