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Indian businessman wins UK’s prestigious award April 27, 2017 18:47

Indian businessman’s food processing firm in the United Kingdom has won the prestigious Queen’s Enterprise Award 2017 for its outstanding contribution to the country’s trade, industry and economy. 61-year-old Yusaffali MA said that the recognition for this Birmingham based Y International Ltd will spur his UAE headquartered Lulu Group International to further expand business interest in the United Kingdom. "I am extremely honored and proud to hear the news about Y International UK Ltd been selected for the prestigious Queen's Award this year. This great recognition will surely help us further strengthen our plans to expand business interests in the UK and continue with our innovations and contributions to the dynamic economy of the UK," the Kerala-born, UAE-based entrepreneur said in a statement. The food processing plant employs 300 local staff. It was established in Birmingham in 2013to source and process food products from the United Kingdom to support the demand for high-quality British products for sale in Lulu Group’s hypermarkets across the Middle East, India and Far East. "We are in the process of setting up another world-class food processing plant in the 12.5 acres of land allotted by Birmingham City Council, to further boost our exports and cover a bigger variety of products. The planned investment would be to the tune of 36 million pounds," Yusuffali said. The Queen's Award is conferred annually by Queen Elizabeth II on her birthday, April 21, upon firms that display great enterprise across the fields of innovation, international trade, promoting opportunity through social mobility and sustainable development. The selections are based on the recommendation of Downing Street and published in the official London Gazette. All the entries are subject to audit and scrutiny by over thirty United Kingdom agencies before being included in the roll of honor. The Y International Limited is listed as an international distributor of grocery products, perishables products and non-foods products, was chosen in the international trade category. The winners of the 2017 awards will be invited to a special reception at Buckingham Palace later this year. The Lulu group’s estimated worth is about $6.9 billion, it is ranked as a top retailer in the MENA region and listed among the50 fastest growing retailers in the world by Deloitte. The company made headlines in the United Kingdom in recent years for acquiring the iconic Scotland Yard building in London and for its investment in luxury retail brand East India Company. NRI Bank accounts must be linked to Aadhaar card to avoid blockage AMandeep

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Veteran Actor Vinod Khanna passed Away April 27, 2017 14:50

Veteran actor of Indian cinemas, Vinod Khanna passed away this morning at the age of 70 at Mumbai’’s HN Reliance Hospital. According to reports the actor was battling with cancer for years. The renowned actors had a long Bollywood career; he has worked in more than 100 movies, and was MP from Gurdaspur, Punjab. “Doctors and family were expecting a recovery, but somehow his condition escalated and he succumbed today afternoon,” said a hospital source. He was hospitalized in the April first week due to severe dehydration, but was later said to be stable and responding positively to treatment. He was called on the most handsome men in the film industry, featured in as many as 146 movies throughout his career. Khanna was married twice and is has four children, Ashaye, Rahul, Sakshi and Shraddha. He was one of the most loved and sought out film start in the 1970-80s. In the beginning of his career, he got smaller and mostly negative roles, but in no time, he bagged lead roles in many movies. He made his debut in 1968’s Mann ki Baat, and went on to becoming a star that we know today. His roles in movies like, Mere Apne, Inkaar, Amar Akbar Anthony, The Burning Train, Lahu ke Do Rand, Qurbani, Dayavaan and Jurm will be remembered throughout many generations to come. In 1999, Vinod Khanna received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award. Even with a busy career in politics, he did not give up on films and worked in some recent movies like Dabaang, Players and Dilwale. In April, news about his deteriorating health took the social media by storm, his  picture in hospital was hugely shared. In his last days the actor was surrounded by all his children and wife Kavita. In recent years, we have seen many veteran actors  pass away, though they are not with us anymore, their presence will always be felt, with the iconic roles that they have played by putting life in it. AMandeep

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Kolkata Knight Riders Reaches Top of The Table April 27, 2017 12:17

Kolkata Knight Riders now sits at the top of the Table above Mumbai Indians, courtesy to a 7-wicket victory over the hosts Rising Pune Supergiant. Both Kolkata and Mumbai have 12 points from eight games, with Kolkata ahead on the net run rate. Kolkata skipper Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa put 158 run partnership for the second wicket as KKR chased down the target of 183 with 11 balls remaining and seven wickets in hand. Uthappa scored a brilliant 87 off 47 balls, while Gambhir made 62 off 46 deliveries. With this Kolkata Knight Riders jumped to the top while Pune remained on fourth. For, Pune without Ben Stokes, they lacked the depth and bowlers were under pressure as they leaked unnecessary runs. Gambhir went on to reach his 35th IPL fifty. He was dismissed trying to go for a big hit with Kolkata needing just five runs to win. Earlier in the match, KKR won the toss and elected to field first. Pune’s opening partnership yet again performed well by scoring 65 in 7 overs. But Rahul Tripathi’s departure affected RPS’s run rate. Rahane failed to convert his start and was dismissed for 46 off 41. MS Dhoni made his intentions clear with a six and four, but was soon removed by Kuldeep as Dhoni departed for 23 off 11 balls. Steve Smith looked in good touch and rotated the strike well along with Dan Christian, who added the final touches with two consecutive sixes off Chris Woakers as RPS went on to post 182/5. AMandeep

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Alligators battle on North Carolina golf course April 26, 2017 18:37

The list of things that we hope not to encounter on a golf course is not very long. But, among the highlights are Snakes and especially ‘Alligators’. It is pretty obvious, isn’t it? They are huge, predators not to mention dangerous, especially when you are in its range. Its jaws can crush human bones with ease. If you ever encounter an alligator remember to run as fast as you can in zigzag. And of course in opposite direction. Well, I cannot stand the people who just say, "If you leave them alone, they'll leave you alone." Guys, those things are like water dinosaurs! If you are expecting me to draw some conclusion, well a big no, I am not going to. But yes, I do have a video this nature’s beautiful creatures battling it out in water. Last week on the 18th hole at Panthers Run at Ocean Ridge Plantation in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, A YouTube user named Derekreed36d uploaded a video of two alligators all-out rumbling in a body of water that skirts the fairway of the hole. AMandeep

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Vodafone India launches unlimited international roaming plans April 26, 2017 18:33

Vodafone India, one of the largest telecom companies in the country has launched an unlimited international proposition for people travelling to the United States, UAE and Singapore in its international roaming pack, ‘Vodafone i-RoamFree’. This pack will not charge a single additional paisa for calls and data while international roaming in these three countries, Vodafone India announced on Monday. Vodafone i-RoamFree is available at price points with options of Rs 5,000 for 30 days, Rs 3,500 for 10 days, Rs 2,500 for seven days and Rs 500 for 24 hours, the company said in a statement here. "There is no cap on the number of calls or amount of high speed data that can be used. Also, calls include all incoming calls and outgoing calls anywhere in the world. This means customers travelling in the US can even make calls to Hong Kong at no extra charges," the statement said. The company said that it is an international roaming pack that offers home-like tariffs, while roaming in 47 countries across the world. The Director - Commercial, Vodafone India, Sandeep Kataria said: "This is the first time ever unlimited international roaming proposition and we are very excited to introduce it for our top three travel destinations -- US, Singapore and UAE. We are making calls and data, both incoming nd outgoing, while travelling in these countries completely free.” "This completely eliminates the need and hassle of changing SIM cards when travelling abroad and customers can now freely use their local number seamlessly without worrying about any bill shocks or expensive charges. They can remain confidently connected on their existing Vodafone number when they travel, and be assured the best of voice and data services," he added. Delhi realizes its mistake and throws AAP out AMandeep

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Hindi Medium Movie April 26, 2017 12:37

Hindi Medium is an upcoming Bollywood film directed by Saket Chaudhary, produced by Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar. The film stars Irrfan Khan, Saba Qamar, Deepak Dobriyal, Swati Das in the leading roles.For more previews, stay tuned....

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Delhi realizes its mistake and throws AAP out April 26, 2017 11:32

The Bharatiya Janatha Party (BJP) has retained all three municipal corporations in Delhi. At around 10 a.m. BJP crossed the halfway mark by leading in 67 of 102 wards in for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) North. A party needs 52 to win the 104-ward municipality. In South Delhi, BJP was ahead in 65 of 102 wards. The MCD South too has 104 wards and a party needs 52 to win. In East Delhi, the BJP led in 42 of 63 wards. The MCD East is the smallest with 64 wards, and a party wins with 32. The only challenging completion to be excited was between Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Congress for a poor number 2 position. The MCD election is a clear report card of what Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has done over the past two years in office and Delhi graded him a big “F”. The election showed that Delhilites were disappointed by the false promises and claims made by Mr. Kejriwal, who assumed that public tax funds were his party’s personal property. While talking about Congress, Delhi made it clear long ago that they do not trust Congress, like the most of the country and just put them on the back seat. The whole country saw the results coming before the counting were conducted, which somehow Arvind Kejriwal failed to. Earlier, he tweeted that he will launch a “movement” if the BJP wins Delhi today. But, an hour into counting there was no sight of Mr. Kejriwal. Now, after the clear and fair election results, the country is happy about, wonder what APP has to say, while no one is caring about Congress. Earlier, Mr. Kejriwal suggested that the MCD polls should be conducted using paper ballots, while someone has to remind him the challenge the Election Committee has come up with and also remind him that we are in 2017. Polling was held on Sunday in 270 of the 272 wards of the three municipal corporations. The election to two wards has been postponed because candidates died. AMandeep

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Fashion Designer s/o Ladies Tailor Telugu Movie April 26, 2017 11:17

Fashion Designer s/o Ladies Tailor is an upcoming Tollywood film directed by Vamsi and produced by Madhura Sridhar Reddy. The film stars Sumanth Ashwin, Anisha Ambrose, Manali and Manasa in the leading roles.For more previews, stay tuned....

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Rain wash-out Hyderabad vs Bangalore April 26, 2017 10:24

The second-leg match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore was called off without a ball being bowled as incessant rain made the ground unplayable. Both the teams got one point each from the abandoned match at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. Rain lashed Bengaluru in the evening, but stopped about an hour before the match. It seemed that the match would go ahead as scheduled and Bangalore players even started warming up on the ground. But, just before the scheduled toss time it began drizzling and it continued non-stop. Later, the rain intensified and the match was dismissed. Though the cut-off time for a five-over shootout match was 11.26pm, the umpires called off the match at around 11pm. With a point, the home team jumped to sixth spot with 5 points from 8 matches, while Hyderabad remained at third with 9 points from 8 matches. Hyderabad had won the first leg between the two sides, which was the first match this season by 35 runs in Hyderabad. RCB were looking to come out of the embarrassing batting debacle when they were all out for just 49 in their last match against Kolkata at Eden Gardens. On the other hand, Hyderabad wanted to notch up their first away win this season. AMandeep

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Malegaon Blast accused granted Bail April 25, 2017 15:10

The Bombay High Court on April 25th granted bail to the main accuse of 2008 Malegaon blast, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur on a surety of Rs 500,000 and has also asked her to surrender her passport to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). In August 2016 Sadhvi Singh approached the Bombay High Court after her bail plea was rejected by the NIA court despite the agency dropped all the charges against her in the charge sheet filed before the special court in May 2016. The agency also concluded that there is no substantial evidence against Sadhvi Singh to prove her role. However the High Court rejected the bail of Lt. Col Prasad Purohit, who is also accused in the case. Sadhvi Singh’s lawyer, Avinash Gupta said to the court that his client was not in possession of the motorcycle in which the bomb was planted as she had sold it to an absconding accused in the case four years before the incident. He also argued that the witnesses, who had given their statements against his client before the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), which was investigating the case before the NIA took over, have retracted their statements. Nisar Bilal a surviving victim of the blast, who had intervened in the matter and advocate B. A. Desai, who is representing Bilal told the court that there is incriminating evidence against Sadhvi Singh. “There are reasonable grounds to believe that the accusations are prima facie true and that  Singh was part of several conspiracy meetings prior to the blast. There is voluminous evidence as well as witness statements to prove this.” He also added that NIA taking over the investigation from the ATS and conducting fresh investigations instead of further investigating it is illegal and that NIA’s investigations cannot be considered conclusive.” On September 29, 2008, two bombs planted on a motorcycle exploded in Malegaon, which is around 270 kilometers from Mumbai, killing seven people and injuring more than 100. Sadhvi Pragya Singh was arrested in October that year and Purohit in November and were charged with plotting the blasts as part of a pro-Hindu group, Abhinav Bharat. Supreme Court to scan the linkage of Aadhaar and Pan Cards AMandeep

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