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MAN POSING AS DOCTOR ARRESTED FOR FRAUD

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BY A STAFF WRITER EWSPORT, VA -- The US Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Virginia on December 20 announced that an Indian American resident of Glen Allen, Va., Vishal Patel, has been arrested in Kansas on charges of fraud, false statements and identity theft. According to allegations by the US Attorney’s Office in Virginia, Vishal Patel used the personal identifying information of licensed physicians to pose as a doctor in online employment applications to medical staffing companies. Patel (30) used the personal identifying x to information of licensed physicians pose as a doctor in online employment applications to medical staffing companies. Patel falsely claimed in such applications to be licensed to practice medicine in Virginia. To support this claim, he created and submitted false diplomas and certificates concerning his education, training, certifications and licenses in which he included registration and licensing numbers belonging to various licensed physicians. To obtain access to their information, Patel posed as the physicians when contacting various oversight entities, including the Drug Enforcement Administration. Patel has been charged with wire Flipkart, told IANS. According to buying fashion products online, NIVEDITA, NEW DELHI fraud, furnishing false information in a Vasudev, men’s footwear was the with the market becoming bigger. DEA record, mail fraud and aggravated his is one area where the highest e-commerce penetrated Male fashion buying is expected to identity theft. give an extra fillip to this growth. gender gap may be clos- fashion category and was According to Kabir If convicted, Patel faces a maximum ing. Women are consid- expected to grow the Mehra, co-founder of penalty of 20 years, along with a mandatory ered avid online shop- fastest in the next two Herringbone & Sui pers but men are now giving them years with an online consecutive term of two years in prison. Obviously, — a brand that cretough competition in the apparel penetration close to men no longer ates made-to-meacategory and taking the lead in 18 per cent (while feel shy clothing will be in sure suits and Indian foot-wear and accessories. 5-6 per (centre) cent formal wear — with “Over the years, 2017 we are witnessWinners of Trasnqueen India NitashatheBiswas with Loiloi (Left) in storming range). more men likely to ing the otherwise (right) active e-com a female — first runner up andRagasiya — the second runner up. (Photo: IANS) He says that with shop online as shopper — who is male — foraybastion ing more and more into fashion men’s footwear opposed to in brick and online. Market size of both men’s exploding in the next mortar shops, there was and women’s clothing online is at few years, Flipkart was an increase in portals introneck and neck now. However, in poised to take up a large share of ducing menswear to engage with terms of footwear and accessories, this market, close to 45 per cent. this growing clientele. men’s market online is far ahead,” A report by Boston Consulting “As a trend men are more likely Rishi Vasudev, Vice President Group says that between 55 and to shop on occasions, as opposed (Fashion, Home and Furniture) at 60 million consumers are currently to indulging in the activity as

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India to save $1 mn in UN contributions after US pushes budget cuts; Secretary General Antonio Guterres’s Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said it was $286 million below the budget for 2016-17 different set of assessments and time periods. Using a complex formula that includes per capita income and gross domestic product, each country’s assessment for the regular

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ndia is likely to save about $1 million from its mandatory contribution to the world body next year as a result of the five per cent budget cut pushed by the US. India’s assessed share of the regular UN budget in 2017 was $20.46 million and a five per cent cut would amount to $1.023 million. The UN General Assembly approved a two-year regular budget of $5.397 billion for 2018 and 2019 on Christmas Eve during an unusual sitting. Secretary General Antonio Guterres’s Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said it was five per cent or $286 million below the budget for the years 2016 and 2017.

BRIEFS Democrat calls Trump a ‘con man’ WASHINGTON: Democratic lawmaker Gregory Meeks has labelled US President Donald Trump a “con man” for his support to the newlypassed Republi- Gregory Meeks can tax bill. “There is a bait-and-switch…with how this President has governed over the last year. He baits and then switches. He says one thing and there’s really a different result,” Meeks told CNN this week. —IANS

Ex-Trump aide accused of sexual assault WASHINGTON: A US singer has filed a sexual assault claim against President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski. Joy Villa says Lewandowski hit her twice on the backside during an event in Washington last month, BBC reported this week. She told the US media she spoke to the police on Christmas Eve, having been persuaded to launch a formal complaint by friends. Lewandowski has not responded to US media’s requests for comment. “I was initially fearful to come forward with this,” she said and added that she did not want to embarrass Lewandowski’s family or hers. —IANS

India’s share is now 0.737 per cent but it may go up in future as the economy improves.

The United Nations General Assembly session. (Photo: IANS)

It is also $193 million less than the original budget for 2018 and 2019 proposed by Guterres, he added. The General Assembly passes budgets for two years at a

time but is going to switch to a system of annual budgets on a trial basis in 2020. There is a separate budget for peacekeeping operations with a

budget is fixed periodically as a percentage of the total budget rather than an amount. India’s share is now 0.737 per cent but it may go up in future as the economy improves. US Permanent Representative Nikki Haley took credit for the

Trump lawyers looking to end Russia probe IANS, WASHINGTON

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S President Donald Trump’s legal team is standing by its prediction that a central part of the probe into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election will conclude quickly, the media reported. Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow reasserted in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that the parts of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe involving Trump would end

soon, though he did not mention specific dates, reports The Hill magazine. “I know we, collectively, the lawyers, are looking forward to an expeditious wrapping up of this matter,” Sekulow said. A spokesman for Mueller’s team declined to comment on the report. Experts have said it was unlikely that the special counsel’s probe will wrap up anytime soon, given the scope of the investigation that has reached into the upper echelons of the White House.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller

Mueller’s team has brought charges against four individuals in the Russia probe, most recently Trump’s former national security

budget cuts calling it one of the successes for Washington. “We reduced the UN’s bloated management and support functions, bolstered support for key US priorities throughout the world, and instilled more discipline and accountability throughout the UN system,” she asserted in a statement. “The inefficiency and overspending of the UN are well known,” she said. The US share of the budget set at 22 per cent is the highest and it contributed $611 million in 2017. While Haley, using her budget expertise as a former state governor, bargained hard during the negotiations, many other countries and Guterres have also called for reducing the budget. adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty on December 1 to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Trump’s lawyer weighed in on the probe on Monday as the president celebrated Christmas at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida. Over the weekend, Trump ratcheted up his feud with FBI leadership, swiping at Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and former FBI Director James Comey. In one tweet, Trump appeared to weigh in on a Washington Post report that said McCabe planned to retire in the coming months after receiving his full pension benefits. “FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits. 90 days to go?!!!” Trump tweeted.

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ormer US President Barack Obama has warned against the irresponsible use of social media that fosters division and leads to the “Balkanisation of society”, in what was seen as a dig at his successor and prolific tweeter Donald Trump. Obama was speaking to Britain’s Prince Harry in an interview for the BBC’s Radio 4 Today programme. Obama warned that the Internet risked reinforcing people’s prejudices and leading to a fractured society. “All of us in leadership have to find ways in which we can recreate a common space on the Internet.” He expressed concern about a future where facts are discarded and

people only read and listen to things that reinforce their own views. “One of the dangers of the Internet is that people can have entirely different realities. They can be

cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases,” he said. Obama did not mention Trump by name during the interview, which he said was his first since

leaving office. However, Trump’s campaign and presidency have been characterized by his outspoken use of Twitter. “The question has to do with how do we harness this technology in a way that allows a multiplicity of voices, allows a diversity of views, but doesn’t lead to a Balkanisation of society and allows ways of finding common ground,” Obama said in the interview, which was taped in September. Asked how he felt on the day he left office in January, Obama described mixed feelings. “The sense that there was a completion, and that we had done the work in a way that preserved our integrity and that we hadn’t fundamentally changed, I think was a satisfying feeling,” he said.


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2017 became the year when India got its first transgender beauty queen and Miss Peru pageant contestants broke stereotypes by sharing statistics on gender-based violence NATALIA NINGTHOUJAM, NEW DELHI

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eauty pageants are often slammed for being “shallow” and focusing just on the outer looks of a woman. But in the year gone by, India got its first transgender beauty queen and Miss Peru pageant contestants broke stereotypes by sharing statistics on gender-based violence instead of body measurements. All the eyes were on Apart from Kerala when the pageants announcement of championing the the Queen of cause of Dhwayah, the first beauty transgenders, there pageant for was also a Miss transgender Wheelchair World women in the organized with an state, was made aim to change the in May. Winners of Trasnqueen India 2017 Nitasha Biswas (centre) with Loiloi (Left) — first runner up and image and attitude Ragasiya (right) — the second runner up. (Photo: IANS) A few months for the women in later, auditions were wheelchairs For the pageants’ Thailand next year,” she said. who are new in the industry? held in Delhi, Mumfirst runner-up Loiloi It’s certainly a great move, but “No, but I felt disgusted,” she bai and Manipur for Haorongbam, it was a way how can there be beauty pageants said. Miss Transqueen India. Its Apart from pageants champiorganizer, Reena Rai, told IANS that to spread awareness about her without drama? A week after the winners of the oning the cause of transgenders, she wanted to promote transgenders community. “We got to meet so as some of them are her friends and many trans women from different pageant were announced, fake mark there was also a Miss Wheelchair parts of the country. We got to sheets began to surface online. World. It was the inaugural edition she knows “how they feel”. “I don’t know who did this, but which took place in Warsaw in “If this pageant helps them to be know about their cultures and how more confident, then I don’t see they lead their lives, their struggles. we were not dethroned,” said October. Its aim was to change the any harm in showing support to And after winning the second posi- Haorongbam. “image and attitude for the woman them,” she said. tion, I am set to represent India in Would she blame the organizers in wheelchairs”.

Then there was the Miss & Mrs Curvy Queen 2017 that celebrated curves and provided all the “plussize” beauties a platform. It wasn’t just this beauty pageant that didn’t emphasize on the traditional body measurements. Miss Peru pageant contestants, who represented different parts of the South American country, skipped sharing their body measurements (bust/waist/hips). Instead, they announced statistics on violence against women in Peru. Mrs India Universe 2017-World Shreya Krishnan saw it as a good move. “Vital statistics are probably a wrong way to measure fitness. If you want to be healthy, fit and happy, you don’t have to be essentially of a specific size. There is some perception change that needs to be brought in... which some pageants are trying to do,” she said. Further breaking the stereotype, Kavita Malhotra, founder of Crowning Glory, came up with Motherhood — Jewel in My Crown, a beauty pageant involving mothers and their children. “We gave a platform to mothers and their children so that they could express their feelings for one another. We often take for granted that all mothers love their children and viceversa. They don’t say it verbally. There was no age bar. Boys also participated,” she said.

Chinese smartphone players dominated Indian market NEW DELHI: There are nearly 650 million mobile phone users in India — and over 300 million of them have a smartphone. For these users, Chinese players became the first choice this year as they launched devices with compelling features, thus dominating the budget and mid-range price segment in the country. Chinese vendors captured 49 percent of the Indian mobile phone handset market in the first quarter of 2017 — with a 180 percent (year-on-year) revenue growth — threatening to wipe out domestic players from the overall handset segment. Among the top Chinese brands, Xiaomi witnessed the biggest growth this year. With a market share of 23.5 percent and having shipped 9.2 million smartphones in the third quarter this year, Xiaomi became the fastest-growing smartphone brand with a growth

Among the top Chinese brands, Xiaomi witnessed the biggest growth this year. (Above: Xiaomi India Managing Director Manu Jain)

rate of nearly 300 percent (year-onyear) in the third quarter this year. According to IDC, Samsung had 23.5 percent market share in India, similar to Xiaomi, the Lenovo-Motorola combine was at 9 per cent, Vivo at 8.5

per cent and OPPO at 7.9 percent. For Xiaomi, its Redmi Note 4 device that was launched in January at Rs 9,999 for the base model (2GB RAM and 32GB onboard storage) proved to be a game-changer and its best-selling

smartphone too. The company shipped approximately four million units of the device in this quarter, said IDC. Chinese brands like Huawei (which sells its youth-centric sub-brand Honor in India), Vivo, Motorola (a Lenovo brand) and OPPO’s performance remained strong and contributed to more than half of the total smartphone shipments in the country. Aiming to push its position up in the highly competitive Indian market, Honor launched flagship products at “unbeatable prices”, like the highly-successful Honor 8 Pro (Rs 29,999) and Honor 7X (starting at Rs 12,999). Vivo and OPPO’s aggressive marketing spends also paid them hefty dividends. With smartphone growth nearing saturation in metros, Chinese players were also busy building their base in the tier II and III cities. Xiaomi announced its third plant in

the country based out of Noida and the first facility for power banks in partnership with Hipad Technology. Spread across 230,000 square feet, the Noida unit is a dedicated facility for Xiaomi power banks where the Mi Power Bank 2i will be assembled. The company already has two smartphone manufacturing plants in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh, where more than 95 percent of its smartphones sold in India are assembled locally. The Foreign Investment Promotion Board approved OPPO’s request to open single-brand retail stores in the country. With this decision, OPPO became the first smartphone firm to do so in India. Aiming to gain a further foothold in the offline smartphone market, Xiaomi opened its first “Mi Home” store in Bengaluru in May and plans to add 100 such stores in the next two years. — Krishna SinhaChaudhury


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Jadhav meeting: India slams Pak The treatment meted out to the family of Kulbhushan Jadhav in Pakistan angers India IANS, NEW DELHI

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xternal Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday accused Pakistan of committing serious and gross violation of human rights of the family members of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav and creating an intimidating atmosphere for them during their meeting with him which was used as an instrument to further Islamabad’s propaganda. “There are not enough words to condemn the same,” Sushma Swaraj said in both the Houses of Parliament as members endorsed her statement, which also stated that the meeting on Monday in Islamabad was portrayed by Pakistan as a humanitarian gesture “but the truth is that both humanity and compassion were missing”. Referring to the meeting on Christmas Day that was arranged through diplomatic channels, Sushma Swaraj said while the meeting could have been a step

Lok Sabha: Triple talaq bill introduced NEW DELHI: A bill criminalizing triple talaq was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Thursday amid protests from the opposition objecting to its introduction, and an assurance from Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad that “it was not about religion but about justice and respect for women”. Members from the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), All India Majlise-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), Biju Janata Dal and some other parties spoke against the introduction of The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017.

The mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav meet him at the Pakistan Foreign Office in Islamabad on December 25. (Photo: (Photo: Twitter/@ForeignOfficePk) forward in India-Pakistan relations, it was a matter of great concern that there was departure from the agreed understanding between the two countries. “The emotional moment

ed its position in this regard on Tuesday. India’s concern arising out of this meeting were conveyed to Pakistan through diplomatic channels on Wednesday, she said.

Revenge strike: Indian Army kills 3 Pakistani soldiers IANS, SRINAGAR/NEW DELHI

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ndian Army commandos crossed the Line of Control and killed three Pakistani soldiers, penetrating around 200-300 meters on the other side of the de facto border, two days after four Indian soldiers, including a Major, were targeted and killed by Pakistan in cross border firing. Sources said it was a “local tactical level action”, and it was a short distance raid. The source called it a “tit-fortat” action to avenge the killing of the Indian soldiers. Four to five Ghatak Commandos were involved in the action. Ghatak

Jai Ram Thakur sworn in as Himachal Chief Minister SHIMLA: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and his 11 ministers — half of them first-timers — on Wednesday took oath of office at an impressive ceremony attended among others by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah. Governor Acharya Devvrat administered the oath of office and secrecy to Thakur, who will turn 53 on January 6. This will be his maiden term as Chief Minister. The swearing-in ceremony at the historic Ridge here was also attend-

between the mother and her son, and a wife and her husband after a period of 22 months, was misused by Pakistan as an instrument to further its propaganda,” she said, adding that the Ministry had stat-

Listing the concerns conveyed to Islamabad, the Minister said there was a clear agreement that the media would not be allowed close access to Jadhav’s mother and wife. However, not only was the Pakistani press allowed to approach them closely “but the family members were also harassed through use of offensive language by the media”. Under the pretext of security precautions, even the attire of the family members was changed. “Jadhav’s mother, who wears a sari only, was instead given salwar and kurta to wear. Bindi, bangles and mangalsutra (a necklace) of the wife were removed,” she said. “The first thing that Kulbhushan asked his mother was ‘what happened to father’ after he saw no mangalsutra on his mother.” “The mother wanted to talk to her son in mother tongue Marathi, as this is clearly the natural medium of communication between a mother and son. However, she was not allowed to speak in Marathi.”

PM Narendra Modi with Himachal CM Jai Ram Thakur. (Photo: IANS)

ed by Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, J.P. Nadda and Nitin Gadkari. BJP veteran and former Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani was also present.

Grief struck relatives of Lance Naik Gurmail Singh who was killed in a cross border firing at Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir. (Photo: IANS)

Commandos are special operations capable infantry platoon. The post targeted was of 59

Baloch regiment of the Pakistan Army, and at least three Pakistan soldiers were killed while one was

injured. The source added that as per intelligence inputs, there can be three more casualties on Pakistan’s side. The incident took place along the Naushera sector of Rajouri district, and the Pakistan post targeted was in Rukh Chakri sector of Rawalkot. Pakistan Army confirmed the death of three soldiers in an “unprovoked heavy cross-border shelling by Indian forces” at Rukh Chakri sector in Rawlakot. The incident took place two days after four Indian soldiers, who were part of a patrol party, were killed by Pakistan troops in heavy cross-border firing along the LoC in the Rajouri sector.

Vijay Rupani, Nitin Patel take oath to lead Gujarat GANDHINAGAR: Vijay Rupani and Nitin Patel were sworn in as Gujarat Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister respectively for a second stint along with 19 Ministers at a grand function here on Tuesday, days after the BJP’s narrow victory in the state assembly polls. The function held in the lawns of the Gandhinagar state secretariat, was attended by a horde of BJP dignitaries including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and national BJP president Amit Shah. Rupani served as Chief Minister from August 7, 2016 till the 2017 elections, following Anandiben

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah with Vijay Rupani at his swearing-in ceremony in Gandhinagar on December 26. (Photo: IANS)

Patel’s resignation as Chief Minister citing the age factor. Nitin Patel, who won the Mehsana constituency seat with a margin of around 6,000 votes, had also served

at the newly-created position of Deputy Chief Minister from the time of Anandiben’s resignation. Nine cabinet Ministers and 10 Ministers of State were also sworn in.


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India-US ties deepen this year US President Donald Trump said that ties between the two countries have ‘never been stronger’ AROONIM BHUYAN, NEW DELHI

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hough the personal chemistry between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and new US President Donald Trump was the highlight of IndiaUS ties in 2017, what came as a huge boost to bilateral relations towards the year end is the key strategic geopolitical role for India in the new US security strategy. At the same time, New Delhi made it clear that its foreign policy remains independent when it went with the rest of the world in voting in the UN General Assembly against Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Despite a change of guard in Washington, the India-US global strategic partnership remained strong as ever and a warm hug marked the first-ever meeting between Modi and Trump at the White House in June this year. While Trump said that bilateral ties have “never been stronger”, Modi said that both the countries

were “committed to such a bilateral architecture that will take our strategic partnership to new heights”. According to a joint statement, the two leaders “resolved to expand and deepen the strategic partnership between the countries and advance common objectives”. “President Trump and Prime Minister Modi expressed confi-

leading global power and stronger strategic and defense partner,” the NSS states. “We will seek to increase quadrilateral cooperation with Japan, Australia, and India.” This comes in the wake of the meeting between officials of India, the US, Japan and Australia in the Philippines last month in which the security and prosperity of the

Prime Minister Modi and President Trump resolved to expand and deepen the strategic partnership between India and the US, and advance common objectives.

President Trump and Prime Minister Modi And what will come as music to he said that the Indian leader was expressed confidence that, together, India and New Delhi’s ears is the reference to working to bring his country and the US will provide strong leadership to address Pakistan from the perspective of its people together. global challenges and build prosperity Soon after this, Trump and Modi terrorism. “We will press Pakistan dence that, together, the United States and India will provide strong leadership to address global challenges and build prosperity for their citizens in the decades to come,” the statement said. And that is exactly what got reflected in the New Security Strategy (NSS) that Trump announced this month that sees India being mentioned no less than seven times. “We welcome India’s emergence as a

Indo-Pacific region were discussed. “We will expand our defense and security cooperation with India, a Major Defense Partner of the United States, and support India’s growing relationships throughout the region,” the NSS states. It says that the US would “deepen our strategic partnership with India and support its leadership role in Indian Ocean security and throughout the broader region”.

to intensify its counter-terrorism efforts, since no partnership can survive a country’s support for militants and terrorists who target a partner’s own service members and officials,” the NSS states. It also states that the US would encourage India to increase its economic assistance in the region. Trump continued with his praise of Modi at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Vietnam last month where

again met on the sidelines of the ASEAN and East Asia Summits in the Philippines, a meeting that was described as “warm and productive”. Modi-Trump bonhomie apart, high-level visits continued between the two sides throughout the year. Another highlight of the IndiaUS ties this year was President Trump’s announcement of a new US policy on South Asia that called for India playing a key role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

GST made 2017 most significant for economy since Independence The rigours of the new compliance procedures that the GST regime brought in initially caught traders and small businesses off-guard BISWAJIT CHOUDHURY, NEW DELHI

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

he 70th year since Independence will go down in Indian history since the country switched over to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, realizing the vision of a unified market in a federal system that guided the nationalist bourgeoisie in joining Mahatma Gandhi’s struggle so as to liberate India from the British. Of course, the structural reform came accompanied with pain for trade and industry caught off-guard by the rigours of new compliance procedures. Queried by corporate leaders at industry chamber Ficci’s 90th AGM here earlier this month on how GST was impacting through lower tax collections, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley put the onus on them. “It is you from industry, who have

been calling for so long to bring GST… and no sooner do these initial problems in implementing a reform of such scale appear, then you want to go back to the system we’ve had for 70 years,” he said. The earlier system was a myriad of central and state taxes where the movement of goods was slowed

The new indirect tax regime unifying the Indian market has four tax slabs of five, 12, 18 and 28 percent down by products being taxed multiple times and at different rates. State level taxes replaced by the pan-India GST include state cesses and surcharges, luxury tax, state VAT, purchase tax, central sales tax, taxes on advertisements, entertainment tax, various forms of entry tax,

and taxes on lotteries and betting. Central taxes replaced by GST are service tax, special additional customs duties, additional excise duties on goods of special importance, central excise, additional customs duties, excise on medicinal and toilet preparations, additional excise duties on textiles and textile products, and cesses and surcharges. The new indirect tax regime unifying the Indian market has four tax slabs of 5, 12, 18 and 28 percent. It has a novel feature whereby goods and services providers get the benefit of input tax credit for the goods used, effectively making the real incidence of taxation lower than the headline taxation rate. “GST is a way of formalizing the economy and a very effective way of ensuring tax compliance, making it harder to earn black money,” Gita Gopinath, Professor, International Studies and Economies, Harvard University.


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Afghanistan wants to join CPEC: China Beijing warned New Delhi of not ‘disturbing and influencing’ the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor GAURAV SHARMA, BEIJING

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hina on Wednesday said Afghanistan’s willingness to join the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor should not worry India and warned it against “disturbing” the key project of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative. A day after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that China and Pakistan want Afghanistan to join the CPEC, the Foreign Ministry said Kabul is willing to join the multi-billion dollar corridor, which cuts through Pakistan-administered Kashmir claimed by India.

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40 killed in Kabul suicide attack KABUL: At least 40 people were killed and over 30 injured on Thursday in a suicide attack inside a cultural center here, the Interior Ministry has confirmed. The explosion took place around 10.30 a.m. in the Qala-e-Nazar area, Nasrat Rahimi, the ministry spokesman told Efe news, adding that the victims included women and children. Rahimi said the building where the attack took place also houses the office of the Sada-EAfghanistan (Afghan Voice) news agency and a mosque. A ministry official told the BBC that the suicide blast was followed by two other explosions in the area.

Pakistan: More trouble for Sharif brothers ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s anti-corruption body, the National Accountability Bureau, has approved the filing of a new reference against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif over misuse of public money in a road construction project for their home in Lahore. The board okayed the corruption reference against the Sharif brothers on Wednesday for constructing a two-lane road from Raiwind to their family residence at Jati Umra, which allegedly caused a loss of over Rs 125 million to the national exchequer, the News International reported. —IANS

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying sought to allay India’s fear that the project was directed at it and, at the same time, warned New Delhi of not “disturbing and influencing it”. “They are willing to integrate into the regional connectivity process and they are willing to integrate into the CPEC,” Hua said at the daily press conference. However, there has been no public announcement by Afghanistan. Hua said in the Wednesday trilateral meet of the Foreign Ministers of China, Pakistan and Afghanistan, that the three countries agreed to promote connectivi-

ty under the Belt and Road framework. “Just as Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at the joint press conference, CPEC is not directed at the third party and we hope to bring benefit to the third party and the whole region,” Hua said without naming India. “Afghanistan is the common neighbor of China and Pakistan and it has a strong desire for developing the economy and in improving people’s livelihood.” “The trilateral cooperation and dialogue is not directed at any country or any party and the dialogue and cooperation should not be influenced and disturbed,” Hua

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (Photo: Xinhua)

said. The CPEC — a network of highways, railways, roads and special economic zones, which connects China’s Xinjiang with Pakistan’s Gwadar port, is opposed by India as it passes through a part of

Kashmir held by Pakistan and claimed by India. China has always sought to allay India’s apprehensions about the project, describing it purely as an economic initiative.

Putin submits candidacy for 2018 prez race

ular Front and the Russian Public Chamber. The group also included top representatives from several political parties such as the center-left parliamentary opposition party Fair Rus-

sia, the Green Party and the nationalist party Motherland, that decided to back Putin's candidacy. Putin announced his intention to seek another presidential term in 2018 on December 6 and on December 14 he said that he would run as an independent with the support of various political parties and ordinary citizens. This means that the incumbent, if accepted as a candidate, will have to collect and present to the CEC signatures of 300,000 of his supporters. This has to be done no later than 45 days before the elections set for March 18, 2018. A public opinion poll conducted in early December, shortly after Putin announced his intention to run, revealed that 67 per cent of Russians intended to vote for the incumbent.

President of South Korea Moon Jae-in. (File Photo: IANS) apology promising a $8.3 millioncompensation. In return, Seoul promised not to criticize Tokyo on

the issue again, a New York Times report said. After eight rounds of secretive high-level negotiations, when the pact was announced, parts of it were not made public, including Tokyo’s demand that Seoul would not use the term “sexual slaves,” the panel said. Instead they would be referred to as “victims of comfort stations of the Japanese military,” it said. Seoul said on Thursday it would not take a final call without consulting the surviving victims and families of those who died. Tokyo also warned that any attempt to revise the agreement would be “unacceptable” and affect relations.

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ussian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday submitted his application for registration as an independent candidate in the 2018 Russian presidential election. The Central Elections Commission (CEC) accepted the documents, which included an application for registration of an initiative group of supporters, a statement of consent to running for President, confirmations of biographical data as well as income and property ownership data, RT television network reported. The CEC now has five days to check them and make a final decision on Putin's registration as a candidate. The previous day, over 600 Russian politicians, activists and celebrities founded an initia-

Russian President Vladimir Putin (Photo: Xinhua/Wu Zhuang)

tive group backing Putin's independent candidacy for a new term. The group was formed with the help of the parliamentary majority party United Russia, the centrist public movement All-Russian Pop-

‘Comfort women’ deal failed victims: S.Korea IANS, SEOUL

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reported. The government in Seoul in 2015 under impeached President Park Geun-hye made the deal with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over the South Korean victims, who were forced into sexual servitude for Japanese military brothels during World War II. The South Korean governmentappointed panel on Wednesday faulted the “final and irreversible” deal. In the deal, Japan expressed responsibility and made a new


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To engage with the Indian diaspora all over the globe, India will host a conference of members of parliaments in other countries who are of Indian origin, on January 9 in New Delhi diplomacy people-centric. Stating that the government’s interaction with the Indian diaspora has been “transformational”, he said that the total number of such diaspora around the world now stands at 31.2 million.

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n yet another instance of the government giving priority to engaging with the Indian diaspora, India will host a conference of members of parliaments in other countries who are of Indian origin next year, a senior official said this week. “We will have a PIO (person of Indian origin) Parliamentary Conference on January 9, 2018 in New Delhi,” said Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay, Secretary (Consular, Passport, Visa and Overseas Indian Affairs), a newly created post in the Ministry of External Affairs. “There are around 285 parliamentarians of Indian origin and over 125 of them are expected to come,” Mulay said during a media interaction organized by the Indian Association of Foreign Affairs

Novel approach for self-driving cars

The government has laid a strong foundation by making diplomacy people-centric. —Mulay Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay, Secretary (Consular, Passport, Visa and Overseas Indian Affairs), a newly created post in the Ministry of External Affairs.

Correspondents (IAFAC). Of these 285 parliamentarians, 70 are ministers, speakers and even prime ministers in their respective countries. In the US alone, there are four members of the House of

AI shouldn’t be used to replace humans IANS, NEW DELHI

E NEW YORK: A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is developing new depth sensors that could be sensitive enough to make self-driving vehicles practical. The Camera Culture group at MIT’s Media Lab — that has two Indian-origin researchers Achuta Kadambi and Ramesh Raskar — has been developing innovative imaging systems by using “time of flight” — an approach that gauges distance by measuring the time it takes light projected into a scene to bounce back to a sensor. In a new paper in the journal IEEE Access, the team has presented new approach to time-offlight imaging that increases its depth resolution 1,000-fold - the type of resolution that could make self-driving cars practical. The new approach could also enable accurate distance measurements through fog, which has proven to be a major obstacle to the development of self-driving cars. —IANS

Representatives and one senator who are of Indian origin. Giving an update on the work of his division in the ministry, Mulay said that the government has laid a strong foundation by making

He said that there are four segments of the Indian diaspora: the diaspora in the Gulf numbering around 8.5 million; older diaspora who went as indentured labour numbering around 1.7 million; people who hold Indian citizenship but are living abroad; and the

merging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) should not be used to replace human intelligence, instead it should be used to amplify and augment their intelligence, says Indo-Canadian teen prodigy Tanmay Bakshi, known as the world’s youngest IBM Watson programmer. Bakshi, 14, a cognitive developer, TEDx Speaker, Algorithmic as well as an author, was speaking at

an interactive session with technology journalist Rajeev Makhani, organized by FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO) this week. “Technology should be used responsibly and with the intent of not replacing your intelligence but allow it to make you more intelligent,” Bakshi said. “When I use AI, my goal is to learn any information as quickly as possible and use it to amplify my capability.” Bakshi believes that like every technology AI also has some ill

Tanmay Bakshi. (Photo: IANS)

effects, but technology is not going to overthrow humanity anytime soon. “AI in its present form is nowhere near likely to overthrow

floating overseas Indians that include students and people going for short and research purposes. Of the 8.5 million expatriate Indians in the Gulf, around 70 per cent are blue collar workers mostly employed in the infrastructure sector. Mulay also spoke about the Madad portal set up by his ministry that is used to address the grievances of Indians living abroad. “We received around 26,000 grievances in the last one year and over 20,000 of these have been resolved,” he said, adding that the grievances were also received via social media and through call centers. Regarding the Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) set up in Indian missions to help Indians in distress abroad, the Secretary said that since the fund was set up in 2009, 110,000 people have benefited. humanity. The chances are very low and seems impossible for the next many decades.” He also defied the myth that robots will ever replace humans or take away their jobs, rather it would add newer job profiles. Bakshi, who is one of the youngest cloud computing developers in the world, started computer programming as fun and games at the age of five. By eight, Bakshi designed his first major application. He released his first iOS app, called ‘tTables,’ that helped kids learn multiplication tables, at nine. At 12, Bakshi became IBM Watson’s youngest programmer and even detected a bug in the system. According to Bakshi, AI is not limited to one field but applicable to business, entertainment, agriculture and healthcare etc.

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s America battles a variety of ailments related to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Indian American counseling psychologist Ramesh Gune is emerging as a key influencer in the campaign. Gune, who holds a doctorate in counseling psychology with emphasis on mind-body medicine, is bringing to bear a fusion of treatment approaches, which his recent patients extol. PTSD has been described by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) as “a disorder that

Ramesh Gune is bringing to bear a fusion of treatment approaches.

develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event”. America’s international engagement in various

wars combined with policing a heavily armed citizenry at home have led to a large number of veterans as well as first respondents

falling prey to PTSD. According to some statistics, eight per cent of Americans, or nearly 25 million, have some form of PTSD. What Dr. Gune and his wife Dr. Sandra Gune, a holistic chiropractor, offer is a five-day treatment drawing on a combined mind-body approach that looks at PTSD related ailments as both external and internal. “In the West, mind and body were always separate. External cure became crucial. There had been no integrated approach to health in the 20th century. We bring a holistic treatment which recognizes that health is as much about body as it is about mind,” Dr. Gune told IANS in an interview.


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Dinakaran supporters sacked The decision was taken after sidelined AIADMK leader won the R.K.Nagar assembly constituency beating ruling party’s rival by a margin of 40,707 votes IANS, CHENNAI

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BRIEFS Telangana minister invited to WEF meet HYDERABAD: Telangana’s Commerce Minister K.T. Rama Rao has received an invitation to the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Switzerland next month — an invite generally restricted to Union Ministers or Chief Ministers, said an official statement. The Information Technology, Industries and Commerce Minister has been invited to the meet in recognition of his active role in making Telangana the number one state in the ease of doing business.

IAS exonerated of graft charges MUMBAI: After being sent on compulsory leave for 145 days, senior Maharashtra IAS officer Radheshyam L. Mopalwar was this week reinstated as the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation Ltd (MSRDC) chief. An official order said his 145-daylong leave from August 3 had been approved, and it directed him to take over his posting as Vice Chairman and Managing Director of MSRDC. Mopalwar was asked to proceed on “leave” by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis after a BJP legislator complained that the bureaucrat had allegedly amassed disproportionate assets worth over Rs 800 crore.

The decision was taken at a high level meeting held at the party headquarters which was attended by party Coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam and Joint Coordinator Chief Minister K. Palaniswami. (Photo: IANS)

Panneerselvam said the Election Commission should probe the allegation of bribing of voters by Dinakaran. On a video of late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa — which she was undergoing treatment in the Apollo Hospital here in late 2016 —

circulated before the polling, he said that none of the ministers had seen her in the hospital where she breathed her last on December 5, 2016. Reacting to the action taken against him, Thangatamizhselvam told reporters that as per party

constitution, only the General Secretary can dismiss a member from the party. T.T.V.Dinakaran this week won the Radhakrishnan Nagar (R.K.Nagar) assembly constituency here, trouncing his nearest AIADMK rival E.Madhusudhanan

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op Kerala BJP leaders, led by state party President Kummanem Rajasekheran, on Tuesday called on Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam and urged him to intervene to end the violence unleashed by the CPI-M cadres against their workers. “We are forced to approach the

Governor, as there is no point in waiting to get justice from Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan,” said Rajasekheran in his letter to the Governor. “Since the Vijayan government assumed office in May last year, 15 BJP/RSS workers have been killed, 600 attacks against their cadres have taken place, hundreds of our cadres have been seriously injured and

Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam

crores of money has been lost on account of the damages caused in the attack,” Rajasekheran added. The letter mentioned that accord-

by a margin of 40,707 votes. Contesting as an Independent candidate, Dinakaran got 89,013 votes as against Madhusudhanan’s 48,306 votes. The DMKs’ N.Marudhu Ganesh came a poor third securing 24,681 votes. Supporters of Dinakaran celebrated the victory by dancing, distributing sweets and bursting crackers. From the start, Dinakaran was in the lead and the gap between him and the rivals kept on widening as the counting progressed. Earlier in the day, Dinakaran, speaking to reporters at the Madurai airport, predicted that the government headed by Chief Minister K. Palaniswami will fall in three months time. He said the people in R.K. Nagar have reflected the views of the Tamil Nadu’s populace. While 2,373 voters have voted for ‘none of the above’ (NOTA) option, BJP candidate K.Nagarajan has got 1,417 votes and Naam Tamizhar party’s Kalaikotudhayam got 3,860 votes. ing to the National Crime Records Bureau figures, Kerala leads in political violence in the country. “Of late, the CPI-M violence against their cadres has increased in districts like Thrissur and Kottayam. We have again come to the Governor seeking his immediate intervention to end the violence against our cadres,” said the letter. It pointed out that ever since the violence unleashed by the CPI-M caught national attention, their modus operandi had changed. “If earlier they used to engage in killing, now they ensure that there is no killing, instead their opponents are crippled for life,” the letter said.

Terror charges against Sadhvi Pragya dropped IANS, MUMBAI

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special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court here dropped charges under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against Lt Col Prasad Purohit, Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, Ramesh Upadhyay and Ajay Rahikar in the 2008 Malegaon blast case. While the court dropped all charges under Section 17, 20 and 13 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Arms Act, it however, decided that Sadhvi Pragya and Purohit will be tried under Section 18 of the former act

Malegaon blast: All the accused persons are already out on bail. (Photo: IANS)

as well as Sections 120B, 302, 307, 304, 326, 427 and 153 A of the Indian Penal Code. All the accused persons are

already out on bail, though all previous bonds and sureties will continue, the special NIA court said. The next date of hearing has been

scheduled for January 15. The court refused to exonerate Sadhvi Pragya from the charges of conspiracy, holding that she was aware about a motorcycle being used to carry out the explosion. The court had dismissed the petitions filed by Purohit and another accused Sameer Kulkarni, challenging the sanction of prosecution under provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. On September 29, 2008, six people were killed and 101 people injured after a bomb exploded in Nashik’s Malegaon town. The Maharashtra Police’s Anti-Terrorism Squad had arrested 11 people in the case in November 2008.


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Embrace SA test: Shastri to team He said the players are playing together for the last few years and that will help them flourish in the series IANS, MUMBAI

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ndia chief coach Ravi Shastri has urged the squad to embrace the challenges awaiting them in the tour to South Africa, as he insisted that they have prepared well. India will play South Africa in three Tests, six One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). The first Test begins on January 5. Test matches in South Africa have always been tough for India who have never won a Test series there. “We know how tough this tour of South Africa is. That’s the beauty about their profession — wanting challenges and embracing it and that’s what we are looking for,” Shastri said at the pre-departure media conference. “We toured Australia in 2014 and we did a pretty good job. We have done well in England. In 2015, we toured Sri Lanka and it had great tracks on which the ball swung. So preparation has been good.” Shastri said that the players are

Rohit joins Kohli, defends Mahi’s place in ODI, T20I squads NEW DELHI: India opener Rohit Sharma has joined his skipper Virat Kohli in backing former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s future in India’s limited-overs side. Having firmly backed Dhoni during his media interactions in the recently concluded series against Sri Lanka, Rohit, who led the side in the absence of Kohli, expressed his shock at constant questioning of Dhoni’s place in the limited overs side. “I am shocked that this question is being raised. If you look at the recent performances, I don’t understand why people are still taking about it. It is not about whether he

playing together for the last few years and that will help them flourish in South Africa. “These boys have been on the road together for the last 4-5 years — the same team. The nucleus has

will be part of the 2019 World Cup, his recent form has been good,” Rohit was quoted as saying India Today TV. The Mumbai batsman added that those criticizing Dhoni needed to focus on the present given that there is still time for the next 50-over World Cup. “It is too far and we should focus on what is happening now. He bats at No.6 and does not get to play so many balls as some of us at the top of the order,” Rohit said. Dhoni scored a quick-fire 39 off 22 balls in the first of the threematch T20I rubber that helped India reach a challenging score of 180/3.

been the same so that should help a long way,” the former all-rounder added. “One and half years will define Indian cricket. Tour of South Africa, Australia and England. This

Indian Cricket Team coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli during a press conference of the ODI series in South Africa; in Mumbai. (Photo: IANS)

will be a better team after this 18 months.” Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who skipped the One-Day International (ODI) and Twenty-20 International (T20I) series against Sri Lanka to get married, said the team is on the right track and he has full faith in the abilities of his team. Many experts said that this is the toughest tour of India due to the playing conditions. To which Kohli replied: “Cricket is played with bat and ball. Conditions don’t matter. I have no doubt in the ability of the team. We are on the right track.” In South Africa, the batsmen will face extra bounce and pace from the surface. The weather conditions there are also different as

compared to the sub-continent. “You need to play cricket for a long period of time to win abroad. The hunger this time is the same. We want to do what we couldn’t the last time around,” he added. Kohli, who was away from cricket from after the third Test match against Sri Lanka in December, said it is not difficult to switch to cricket. “I was away for something which was much more important in my life but I had been training. Switching back to cricket was not difficult at all. Cricket is in my blood,” the Delhi batsman said. The 29-year-old also said that adjusting to the weather conditions in South Africa won’t be a big problem for the players.

Ashwini backs BWF’s 2018 schedule Rahul, Rohit rise in ICC T20I rankings TRIDIB BAPARNASH, NEW DELHI

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ndian batsmen Lokesh Rahul and Rohit Sharma have made substantial gains in the Twenty20 International (T20I) rankings following India’s 3-0 series win over Sri Lanka. Rahul gained 23 slots to reach the fourth position among batsmen after scoring 154 runs, including two half-centuries, during the series, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced. Rohit climbed six rungs to reach 14th position. He scored 162 runs during the series, which included a knock of 118 in the second match in Indore. Australia opener Aaron Finch moved up a rung, displacing Virat Kohli to take the top spot. West Indies opener Evin Lewis also gained a spot to rise to second place. Kohli slipped to third position after missing the series due to personal commitments. However, Kohli, who is the top ranked batsman in One-Day

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Internationals (ODIs) and placed second in Tests, is only eight points behind Finch and four behind Lewis. Among the bowlers, Indian legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal’s eight wickets in the series have helped him move up 14 slots to reach 16th position while Hardik Pandya (up 40 places to joint 39th) and Kuleep Yadav (up 48 places to 64) have also moved northwards after taking six wickets each.

ndian doubles star Ashwini Ponnappa has backed the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) decision to make it mandatory for top shuttlers to play at least 12 tournaments in a revamped schedule for 2018. Ashwini’s comments came a week after many singles stars, including the likes of Saina Nehwal and Carolina Marin, slammed the world body’s decision. “It is a really packed schedule but that’s how the sport is and next year in particular is more packed because of the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games,” Ashwini told IANS. “Hence a lot of the tournaments which are held in the later part of the year have been moved to accommodate the CWG and Asian Games. “The calendar would have been widely spread out without these two major tournaments. But having said that, the top players, especially the ones who are in the top10 they do have a choice of choosing matches,” she added.

Ashwini said that the top players can still opt out of the optional tournaments depending on their work load. (Photo: IANS)

The BWF has made it compulsory for the world’s top 15 players in the singles events and top 10 pairs in the doubles disciplines to play a minimum of 12 tournaments or face a penalty. Ashwini, who was part of the 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist duo with Jwala Gutta, further said that the top players can still opt out of the optional tournaments depending on their work load. “The most important tourna-

ments that they have to play would be the Premier Superseries but by and large they do have a choice of choosing matches and its also up to the players’ fitness as to how many matches they want to take on. “It’s not like they have to play all the Superseries tournaments in the year. So I think it’s fair enough that few tournaments are made compulsory and few kept optional. Players do get to pick and choose tournaments,” she said.


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Salman ‘Bhai’ turns 52 He celebrated his birthday at his Panvel farmhouse with his friends, including Katrina Kaif, Iulia Vantur, Sangeeta Bijlani, among others IANS, MUMBAI

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ith double celebrations in order for Salman Khan — who turned 52 this week and is revelling in the success of his latest entertainer Tiger Zinda Hai — his Bollywood colleagues wished the superstar a happy and successful year. Salman brought in his birthday at his Salman Khan Panvel farmhouse also planned to with his friends, ensure there including Tiger something was Zinda Hai co-star for his special Katrina Kaif. The Actor Salman Khan at his birthday. (Photo: IANS) his on fans film has crossed Rs special day 150 crore since releasto offer discount on year! Many happy returns of this ing on December 22, select merchandise of day! Congratulations on the record bringing some much-needed Being Human clothing and breaking collections! Superb! Love. respite at the Bollywood box office. jewelery. Here’s what the celebrities Sonam Kapoor: Looking back at He also planned to ensure there tweeted: my time in Bollywood, no one was something special for his fans Aamir Khan: Dearest Salman, stands out as much as you! My first on his special day. So, he decided have a great day and a wonderful ever hero and long time friend and

Vajpayee’s biopic announced NEW DELHI: On the occasion of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s 93rd birthday (December 25), a biopic titled Yugpurush Atal was announced. The film has been written by Basant Kumar and will be directed by Mayank P. Srivastava. “We are making this biopic on Vajpayeeji’s family’s consent. We are constantly in touch with his family members. His niece Mala Tiwari has helped us in executing this project,” Srivastava told IANS. —IANS

inspiration. Happy Birthday Salman, thank you for being the finest co-star I could have asked for. Ali Abbas Zafar: Happy birthday Salman Khan. Some bonds are just special aur bhai bhai hota hai. Vishal Dadlani: Happy Birthday, Salman Khan. Thank you for your faith, for being so chill and for giving us the space to do what we do in both Tiger Zinda Hai and Sultan. You’ve carried both to amazing heights, and it’s been a privilege to have our songs fly along with you.” Bipasha Basu: Happy birthday Salman Khan. Many many congratulations for the super success of Tiger Zinda Hai too. Celebrations galore. Pulkit Samrat: Happy Birthday Bhai! Love and hugs! Respect forever, Fan forever. Shraddha Kapoor: Happy happy birthday! Keep shining, smiling and being awesome!

Nawaz honored to portray Bal Thackeray IANS, MUMBAI

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awazuddin Siddiqui has released the teaser of Thackeray — an upcoming biopic on the life of Bal Thackeray. The National Award-winning actor says it is an honor for him to portray the late Shiv Sena founderpresident. The less than two-minute teaser starts with dramatically showing a small child crying in a poverty-

stricken area. Later on, a bunch of people rush past it and torch the place. Later, scenes of Thackeray conducting his meetings are shown. The video ends with the introduction of Nawazuddin taking up the stage as Bal Thackeray to address a rally. “It’s an honor and pride to portray the real king of the country on screen. Here comes the teaser of Thackeray. Hearty thanks to shri

Uddhav Thackeray, Sanjay Raut, AmitabhBachchan and Abhijit Panse,” Nawazuddin wrote alongside the teaser.

BRIEFS Jaipur historians to review ‘Padmavati’ JAIPUR: The Censor Board has sought the opinion of two veteran historians from Jaipur on film Padmavati by inviting them to view the film. These historians include Professor B.L. Gupta and Prof R.S. Khangarot. While Gupta is professor of history in Rajasthan Vishwavidhyala and has written numerous books on India during the medieval period, Khangarot is principal of Agrawal College. Speaking to the media, Khangarot said the entire tussle related to the movie is not between the Karni Sena and Sanjay Leela Bhansali, director-producer of Padmavati, but between Bhansali and history and hence “once we watch the film, it will be clear if history has been tampered with or not”. Gupta said he was all for artistic freedom but then it should not happen at the cost of history. “It should be very clear that we will share the historical facts to the best of knowledge and will not be backing any political party,” he added.

‘Short films are finding new space’ MUMBAI: Short films are coming into their own in the growing space of digital entertainment, says actress Pallavi Joshi. She feels the format has carved its own niche without being compared with a feature film, and that is a positive change towards great storytelling. Asked if the inclusion of short films in mainstream Hindi film awards is a sign of validation to the format, Pallavi told IANS: “Well, it is a positive sign. I am glad to see that short films are finding new space in entertainment business without being compared with feature films.” —IANS

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esigned purely for Salman Khan fans, Tiger Zinda Hai is elegantly and stylishly made by writer director Ali Abbas Zafar. It is nothing short of an effervescent cocktail of spy thrillers, except that the fizz is mild and evaporating. Tiger Zinda Hai is the sequel to the 2012 released, Kabir Khan directed, Ek Tha Tiger. The tale takes off eight years from where it left in the last edition, sometime in 1993 just after the Gulf War. RAW agent Tiger is now married to his Pakistani girlfriend Zoya who is an ISI agent. He has a 7 year old son, whom he fondly calls Junior. He lives a domesticated life

Film: “Tiger Zinda Hai”; Director: Ali Abbas Zafar; Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Sajjad Delfrooz, Sudeep Zahir, Angad Bedi, Kumud Mishra, Girish Karnad, Paresh Rawal; Rating: **1/2 in the wilderness of the snowclad mountains of the Austrian Alps, where he literally fights wolves who try to prey on him and his son. In faraway Ikrit a small town in Iraq close to the Turkish border, the Islamic fundamentalists have taken over the place. They behead a journalist and are holding a few Americans as hostages. Amidst this

chaos, the lives of twenty five Indian and fifteen Pakistani nurses working in a hospital there, are in peril. The Americans are ready to bombard Ikrit, but the Indian gov-

ernment intervenes in order to protect the nurses who are stranded there. The Americans grant the Indian Government seven days to evacuate the nurses and on the

eighth day they would attack the town. Under such strained conditions, Shenoy, the head of RAW, can think of only one person who could rescue the nurses. He is Tiger. Shenoy and his assistant Karan track Tiger and cajole him to serve the country with, Desh ki izzat ki baat hai, baaki, you know better. It goes without saying, Tiger puts up a team and with patriotic fervour he lands up in Ikrit where he does the needful. We understood what Salman did and why he did it, but the rescue drama definitely seems contrived, to befit his star status. Needless to say, Zoya along with her ISI team, joins him in this mission too.


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fter hosting their first reception in Delhi, high-profile couple Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma hosted their second reception attended by stars from both the sporting world and the film world. The couple looked beautiful. While Anushka seen in side slick hair with cascading curls and nude lips to go with the elegant vibe of her ensemble and wearing a Sabyasachi creation — a dull gold heavily embroidered and embellished lehenga set teamed with a matching dupatta, cinched at the waist with a signature Sabyasachi belt. She completed the heavy dress with simple earing studs, a diamond neckpiece and traditional Punjabi red bangles set.

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ctress Priyanka Chopra believes that apart from actresses, actors also face the casting couch. Talking about casting couch in movies, Priyanka said on the upcoming talent-based reality show India’s Next Superstars: “Men also go through casting couch.” Supporting Priyanka, the show’s host Rithvik Dhanjani said: “It’s the lower level people who want to take advantage of the struggling newcomers. Big directors and producers never do such things. I’ve been lucky to have worked with good people in the industry.” India’s Next Superstars, which will feature filmmakers Karan Johar and Rohit Shetty as judges, will give a chance to commoners to make it to the big screen.

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ctress Shilpa Shetty Kundra has apologized after a FIR was lodged against her and Bollywood superstar Salman Khan for allegedly using the word “bhangi” on a public platform that hurt the sentiments of the Scheduled Caste community. “Some of my words from an interview in the past have been misinterpreted. It was never said with the intent of hurting anyone’s feelings,” Shilpa tweeted. “I apologize if they have. I’m proud to belong to a country that boasts of diverse castes and creeds and I respect each one of them,” she added. The FIR was lodged against Salman and Shilpa last week at Andheri Police station by Navin Ramchandra Lade, General Secretary of the Rojgar Aghari Republican Party of India.

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ollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan says he loves winning awards as nothing can replace the excitement of holding a trophy. Asked about after winning so many awards, if it still holds the same relevance in his life as a superstar, he said: “Yes! I love winning awards. It is not a point to prove that I have done some great body of work and therefore winning the award is a validation to that. I love awards because I love winning!” “When I was a kid, I used to take part in 100 meters run, soccer match, hockey matches etc back then, training and participating in games was exciting for me.”

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uperstar Salman Khan has credited the success of his latest film Tiger Zinda Hai to his co-star Katrina Kaif. The movie had a roaring start as it crossed the Rs 100 crore mark in the first three days since its release on December 22. Salman turned 52 this week and celebrated his birthday in his Panvel farmhouse o. He told media: “Tiger Zinda Hai has done well all because one reason, that is Katrina Kaif.” The film is expected to cross the Rs 200 crore mark by the end of its first week. Salman will next be seen in Remo D’Souza’s Race 3.

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his is one area where the gender gap may be closing. Women are considered avid online shoppers but men are now giving them tough competition in the apparel category and taking the lead in foot-wear and accessories. “Over the years, we are witnessing the otherwise active e-com shopper — who is male — foraying more and more into fashion online. Market size of both men’s and women’s clothing online is at neck and neck now. However, in terms of footwear and accessories, men’s market online is far ahead,” Rishi Vasudev, Vice President (Fashion, Home and Furniture) at

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Online shopping is now making men more trend-aware as it enables brands to showcase looks and help men to evolve their look.

leisure. They are also shoppers of habit and tend to research thoroughly on any expenditure they make when it comes to luxury ensembles. Given this, the online landscape has drastically changed,” Mehra told IANS. Another trend in India is women tend to shop for their partners or male family members and find it a

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he winner of Mr. India World 2017 title, Jitesh Singh Deo, has Bollywood dreams which he hopes come true soon. Deo, who belongs to a middle-class family from Lucknow, bagged the title earlier this month in Mumbai. “I’m an aspiring actor and I am hoping to make it big on the silver screen soon. I’ve walked at various fashion shows and done print shoots,” Deo told IANS.

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Flipkart, told IANS. According to buying fashion products online, Vasudev, men’s footwear was the with the market becoming bigger. highest e-commerce penetrated Male fashion buying is expected to give an extra fillip to this growth. fashion category and was According to Kabir expected to grow the Mehra, co-founder of fastest in the next two Herringbone & Sui years with an online Obviously, — a brand that crepenetration close to men no longer ates made-to-mea18 per cent (while feel shy sure suits and Indian clothing will be in formal wear — with the 5-6 per cent in storming more men likely to range). a female shop online as He says that with bastion opposed to in brick and men’s footwear mortar shops, there was exploding in the next an increase in portals introfew years, Flipkart was poised to take up a large share of ducing menswear to engage with this growing clientele. this market, close to 45 per cent. “As a trend men are more likely A report by Boston Consulting Group says that between 55 and to shop on occasions, as opposed 60 million consumers are currently to indulging in the activity as

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NEW DELHI: With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, its time to take our your most fashionable outfit to attend the best of parties but don’t forget to team it up with right jewelery. Rajesh Tulsiani, Director of Dwarkadas Chandumal Jewellers and Sonal Sahrawat, Creative Director at Sonal’s Bijoux & Adawna lists down the most sought after jewellery trends for the day. l A cocktail ring is always a good idea: Cocktail ring is an appealing accessory option for any party or get together. If you are dressing up for New Year’s Eve, bling statement ring will be a perfect accessory. l Underscore your neck: A choker with diamonds or colored stones or any other simplistic necklace designs work well to ring the New Year in. Remember, classic is best — so a string of marquise or princess diamonds also looks stunning, without any effort! l Animal collection or colored stone earrings: Make this New Year’s Eve extraordinary and memorable by adding sparkle and shine to your outfit with animal collection or colored stone earrings. These will give you a stylish look.

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Having succeeded Rohit Khandelwal, who made India proud by winning the Mr World 2016 title, Deo hopes to win at the international pageant too. He says the “bar is set”, with Haryana girl Manushi Chhillar winning the Miss World 2017 title. “It’s a great achievement that Mr. World and Miss World titles have been won by India by Rohit and Manushi respectively. And the bar is set. So, I have to work even more hard to retain the title. I’ll take proper guidance from Rohit

Jitesh Singh Deo and Manushi, and work smart accordingly,” he said. A City Montessori School alumnus, Deo says he loves outdoor

task to get them to come out and shop, hence they end up finding the e-retail platform convenient. “They can simply share link of what they think is a good purchase and all the men need to do is check this on their phones, thereby making the process quicker,” added Samarth Hegde the other cofounder of Herringbone & Sui. activities and since his days as a student, he has a keen interest in dance, music and creativity. “I took part in various events. There was always an actor in me which couldn’t come out until I stepped out of home and moved to Delhi for further studies. I pushed my limits,” he said. While he agrees that the common perception is that modelling is the stepping stone into films, Deo said: “I believe that one should focus on their strengths and work hard for it. Right now, I am focusing on acting as I want to become an actor.” In his larger role as Mr. India, he wants to “motivate and encourage the youths of this country to work hard for their dreams and goals, and follow their passion”. A cause that is close to his heart is child labour.

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ewly-wed actress Anushka Sharma has been named PETA’s Person of the Year by animal rights organization People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Known for movies like PIKLE, Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Anushka is a vegetarian, has nabbed the title for helping to protect dogs from fireworks to advocating for horses who are forced to pull carriages in Mumbai. “Anushka Sharma is a proud animal rights proponent whose kindness and initiative know no

bounds,” PETA Associate Director Sachin Bangera said in a statement. “PETA is calling on everyone to follow her lead by eating healthy plant-based meals, helping community animals by speaking up when they are suffering, and always keeping an eye out for new ways to help animals,” Bangera added.

Anushka Sharma is a proud animal rights proponent whose kindness and initiative know no bounds

Anushka, who married cricket star Virat Kohli earlier this month, was in 2015 named PETA’s Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity. Some of her recent efforts to protect animals include launching her cruelty-free NUSH clothing line, visiting an animal shelter and promoting its work on her social media platforms, launching a campaign called PAWsitive to raise awareness of the suffering fireworks cause to animals, and taking to Twitter to demand a ban on cruel carriage rides in Mumbai. The actress Anushka Sharma also has an adopted dog named Dude.

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Telugu Christians mark Christmas BY A STAFF WRITER hicago, IL – The United Telugu Christian Community (UTCC), celebrated its Annual 2017 Christmas Carols by candlelight in collaboration with the Indian Christian Federation of Midwest, Indo-Pak Christian Community with carols, dance performances and dinner on December 9 at Croatian Cultural Banquet, W. Devon Ave, here. This Christmas occasion pulled in chapel individuals from different Telugu churches in the Chicago area who met up in incredible quality of solidarity to unitedly praise the Christmas season. The vital host coordinators of the event includes Vijender Doma, Johnson Sukka, Thomas Polepaka, Babu Varma, Sohail Bakshi and Mr. Sohail Bakshi along with Keerthi Ravoori, prominent Indian Christian and FIA leader introduced the distinguished guests for the event. Guests of Honor: Congressman Raja Krishnamurthy, Senator Ira Silverstein, Alderwoman Debra Silverstein, Mr. D. B. Bhatti. Consul, Consulate General of India, Chicago, Iftekhar Sharif, FIA, Asad Azharuddin, a rising cricketer of India, Congressman Danny Davis, MEATF representatives Mrs. Nazeema Chand, Dr. Zenoiba Sowell, Mr. Nagender Ravi Sripada,

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Ruth Varma and Gulzar Bakhsh Honoring with Shawl to Congressman Raja Krishnamurthy, Vijender Doma, Keerthi Ravoori & Johnson Sukka on the stage

and other distinguished personalities also have graced the event and local pastors from North and South India of different denomination churches who participated in this successful Annual 2017 UTCC celebrations, which was attended by more than 600 people. The program started with a supplication offered by Rev. Thomas Polepaka, Pastor of Shekinah Evangelical Church, who welcomed

all attendees for the evening of the UTCC celebrations. The novel feature of the night’s festivals was all pastors, elders, and lady leaders who joined and lit candles for the UTCC celebrations. The message was conveyed by Rev. Dr. John Reynolds Ambati, guest speaker from Michigan State, who delivered a few huge components paving the way to the introduction of our ruler,

Indians’ bootlegging racket unearthed BY A STAFF WRITER AMMOND, IL -- The federal government has seized $1 million from a Hammond liquor store in Northwest Indiana that allegedly sold booze to Illinois liquor stores so they could dodge the higher state alcohol taxes in the Land of Lincoln. In June, law enforcement officials seized $1 million from Columbia Liquors at 6433 Columbia Ave. in south Hammond and its bank accounts at First Merchants Bank in Munster, including more than $52,000 in cash the owners had at their home. The federal case charges that Columbia Liquor owners Shreyas Patel and Dipti Patel “devised a scheme to defraud or obtain money by false or fraudulent pretenses.” Prosecutors allege Columbia Liquors bought liquor from three Indiana distributors and in turn sold it for cash to liquor stores across the south suburbs in Illinois, where excise taxes are substantially higher. Liquor excise tax rates are significantly lower in Indiana than in Chicago: $0.115

Jesus Christ. Congressman Raja Krishnamurthy, Senator Ira Silverstein and Alderwoman Debra Silverstein were felicitated and honored with shawls presented by Ruth Varma, and Gulshan Bakshi, Joce Doma and Mahala Sukka. Congressman Raja presented the Award of Appreciation to the outstanding people of the Indian and Pakistan Christian Community.

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taxes are added up. The Wine and Spirits Distributors of Illinois trade association said cross-state bootlegging costs Illinois nearly $30 million in lost tax revenue every year.

Indo-US Lions Club serves Chicagoland homeless BY A STAFF WRITER HICAGO, IL – The Indo-US Lions Club and some of its members pulled together and served Chicagoland homeless from Buddha temple in Chicago. The beneficiaries included kids, students, parents and orderlies. The Lions gave them food, clothing, blankets, hand gloves, hats, shoes, winter jackets, toys, books and some school supply. This has been an ongoing effort by Lions every year, says Hina Trivedi, president of the club. “I have been doing this for years but for the first time noticed that some Indian kids and old Indian people were part of the group who were served. Last year, we helped about 500 people. This year, it was 650 and we expect to cover a thousand people by next year. This we can do if we all work together,” she added.

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BY A STAFF WRITER ASHINGTON, DC -- Indian American Karthik Krishnan was appointed as the global chief executive officer at Encyclopedia Britannica Group. Krishnan previously served for more than a decade at RELX (Reed Elsevier, FTSE 100) where he served as senior vice president and drove business and cultural transformations, accelerating growth. He was also the senior vice president and general manager of Clinical Reference Solutions as well as the general manager of Global Pharma and eCommerce and the vice president of Interactive Media. Krishnan served close to a decade as a digital transformation consultant at Rodale, publisher of healthy active living magazines and books, where he charted its digital journey by launching award-winning websites, developing e-commerce channels, and forging business partnerships, which included Microsoft and AOL. Krishnan was recognized by former President Bill Clinton for his leadership in launching the Urban Enterprise Initiative and currently serves on the board of Urban Upbound, a nonprofit focused on transforming the lives of people in public housing. Krishnan is working as an adjunct professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business and holds a Master of Business Administration from NYU and a Bachelor of Engineering from Bharathiar University in India.


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Sen. Kamala Harris bats for DACA children

BY A STAFF WRITER ASHINGTON, DC -As members of Congress stated on December 19 that measures to provide relief from deportation to over 800,000 undocumented youth would be delayed until next year, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, joined several senators to say she would not support a stopgap budget measure to keep the government going until mid-January, unless a fix for DACA was included. “This is a matter of morality. What is the right thing to do here among leaders who say they have power,” stated the Indian American senator at a rally in Washington DC on December 19. “Use your power. Keep your promises to these young people,” Harris exhorted members of Congress. “When we wish each other ‘Merry Christmas,’ these young kids won’t be having a merry Christmas. They don’t know if they will be here tomorrow, this week or next month,” stated Harris. These young people’s lives are now in limbo. Without DACA, their only options are to live here without papers and in fear of deportation, or to leave the only country they’ve ever known,” wrote Harris in an oped for Elle magazine. “They have no path to citizenship. They can’t leave the country and get in line to immigrate here. There is no line. And for this Administration, that’s the point.” After Trump rescinded the Dream Act on September 5--an Obama-era executive order providing relief from deportation and work authorization to 800,000 youth, including 7,000 young Indian Americans–13,000

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John Kapoor BY A STAFF WRITER ALEIGH, NC -- North Carolina state government lawyers are suing a pharmaceutical company whose former leaders already face criminal charges elsewhere related to an alleged nationwide bribery scheme involving a powerful opioid. Attorney General Josh Stein announced an unfair trade lawsuit on December 21 he filed in Wake County Superior Court against Arizona-based Insys Therapeutics for an unlawful marketing campaign he says rewarded doctors who prescribed the drug Subsys. Federal prosecutors in Massachusetts indicted the company’s Indian American founder John Kapoor in October in connection with the kickback allegations, while former executives-including one based in Charlotte--face trial next year. Kapoor’s lawyer said he’ll fight the charges. Subsys, a mouth spray, contains fentanyl and is approved only for cancer patients dealing with extreme bouts of pain. It’s 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. Nearly four people a day in North Carolina die from unintentional drug overdoses, according to officials. Several former Insys employees and health care providers have pleaded guilty to felony charges around the country. New Jersey’s attorney general also filed a lawsuit in October.

R Sen. Kamala Harris Dreamers have lost their protected status, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, according to Harris. Each day, about 122 D-California, and others have stated they children lose their status, she noted, adding: will not support CR unless DACA provision “Each day matters.” measures were also in place. Trump has given Congress until “Given the lack of any realistic plan to March 5 to come up with legislation to pass the Dream Act, it’s my intention to permanently protect undocumented youth vote against the continuing resolution,” from deportation. Feinstein said in a statement. She called A House ‘continuing resolution’–CR– on the president, Senate Majority Leader would avert a government shut-down via Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and House a short-term spending Bill which funds the Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, to “to do government until January 19. Harris, along their job (and) include the Dream Act in with Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-California, this Bill.”

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1 held in hit-and-run death of student BY A STAFF WRITER EW YORK, NY -- A 31year old Emergency Medical Technician in the New York Fire Department has been arrested on suspicion of causing the death of Taranjit Kaur Parmar, 18, a dental medicine student, during a fender-bender that turned deadly last month on November 9 in Levittown, N.Y. The man who allegedly snuffed out the promising Indian-American teen’s life has been identified by the police as Daniel Coppolo of Deer Park, N.Y. Coppolo is accused of second-degree manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, tampering with evidence, and reckless endangerment. He is being held on a $1-million bail. His lawyer, Lawrece Carra, told reporters he had yet to see credible evidence that it was Coppolo driving the car that killled Parmar, and would wait to see it before mounting a defense. Coppolo was in custody for an unrelated crime and when he was let out, the Nassau County police were waiting for him. Parmar had been driving home in her Jeep traveling eastbound on Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown, N.Y., late afternoon

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Taranjit Kaur Parmar on November 9, when her vehicle was struck at 4:58 pm, by a red pickup truck. The truck was traveling northbound, attempting

to turn eastbound on Hempstead Turnpike in the vicinity of Gardiners Lane. After the ‘minor collision’, both drivers immediately pulled off the roadway at 3300 Hempstead Turnpike. Parmar sustained injuries to her head and chest and was taken by the Nassau County Police Ambulance to an area hospital where she was later pronounced dead by a staff physician. The young Indian-American was a dental student at Adelphi University, a private higher education institution in Garden City, Long Island, which she joined last year.

Indian is among Global Teacher Prize finalists BY A STAFF WRITER ALLAS, T X -- The Varkey Foundation has announced its 50 finalists for the 2018 Global Teacher Prize, including ndian American

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Akash Patel. Patel, a teacher at Dallas, Texas-based Thomas J. Rusk Middle School, began his teaching career in very small rural communities in Oklahoma where people had never seen or met “a brown Indian guy who spoke five languages and had traveled to over 30 countries,” the prize website said. He used his travel experiences to design all of his lessons, among them using his experiences of working with elephants in South Asia to teach children to map elephant DNA to study poaching patterns. He currently teaches Spanish at a Title 1 Accelerating Campus Excellence 100 percent low socioeconomic middle school in Dallas, and previously taught at a similar elementary school in Oklahoma City.

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BY A STAFF WRITER RICK, NJ -- A local couple charged with murdering Indian American Trupal Patel has been ordered to remain in jail without bail at a pre-trial hearing in which more charges were added to their list of crimes. Raquel Garajau, 20, and Joseph Villani, 21, are accused in the murder of Patel, 29, whose body was found on February 22 in Shark River Park in Wall Township, New Jersey. Prosecutors allege that Villani killed Patel--alleged to be a drug dealer–at Villani’s home on February 6. Patel was reported missing by his family on February 9. Patel’s 2003 Jaguar was found outside Villani’s home. Villani was wearing Patel’s watch when he was arrested, and confessed to the police: “OK, I did it, I did it. Raquel had nothing to do with it.” Villani and Garajau are currently facing trial for 13 counts of first-degree felony murder, robbery, and possession of an unlawful weapon, among other charges. They had been dealing in cocaine, marijuana, and Ecstasy for months before Patel’s body was found. Nine months before Patel’s murder, he was arrested for possessing large amounts of marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms. The police also found $61,000 cash at his home. Hours after Villani shot Patel, the pair went shopping for a “promise ring,” claimed prosecutors in court. Villani also allegedly bought a PlayStation 4 and deposited money into his bank account. It was unclear how much money the couple had stolen from Patel, but they also managed to steal some marijuana which they immediately sold. Patel was born in Nadiad, India, and raised in New Jersey. He was killed four days before his 29th birthday.

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Visa benefit for woman in bitcoin scheme case BY A STAFF WRITER ONG ISLAND, NY -- Federal authorities say a Pakistani-born woman accused in a bitcoin scheme to help the Islamic State group got a visa allowing her into United States because of her family ties. According to the Department of Homeland Security, Zoobia Shahnaz, a naturalized US citizen living on Long Island, benefited from a family-based immigration system Republican President Donald Trump says threatens national security. Earlier this month, Shahnaz, 27, was charged with laundering bitcoin and wiring money to the Islamic State group. After quitting her job, she was stopped at Kennedy Airport in July attempting to fly to Pakistan. Shahnaz’s lawyer has said she was trying to help Syrian refugees.

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BY A STAFF WRITER OUSTON, TX -- Thieves targeted workers at a southside UPS facility on December 23. At the end of their early morning shift, 51 employees found their cars had been broken into. The vehicles were parked in an employee parking lot off Kirbyville Street. In a video, posted to his Facebook page, Mason Brownlow counted the damaged cars one by one. Brownlow, who has worked at the UPS ‘hub’ for the last five years, had his car broken into. Brownlow lost an iPhone, presents for his son, shoes, and cash. “Nobody saw anything. Fifty-one cars got broken into and nobody saw anything.” Brownlow said, adding that his frustration about the crime includes the lack of security camera video from the parking lot.

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Gold nanoparticles to fight viruses When the viruses bind to the gold nanoparticles to infect them, the resulting pressure deforms the virus and opens it, rendering it harmless. Unlike other treatments, the use of pressure is non-toxic esearchers have developed gold nanoparticles that can potentially “trick” viruses into thinking they are invading a human cell and then destroy them — a finding which would help develop a single drug to combat viruses that cause diseases such as HIV, dengue, papillomavirus, herpes and Ebola, all at the same time. Viruses infect Once injected in human bodies by the body, these binding to cells. nanoparticles Once injected in the body, these imitate human nanoparticles imicells and “trick” tate human cells and the viruses “trick” the viruses. Gold nanoparticles can be developed into a single drug to combat viruses that cause diseases like HIV. When the viruses bind to the nanoparticles, to treatments, the use of pres- chemical substance that attacks technique federale de Lausanne infect them, the resulting pressure sure is non-toxic. viruses without harming the host (EPFL) in Switzerland. “But until deforms the virus and opens it, ren“Viruses replicate within cells, cells,” said Francesco Stellacci, led now, that’s been the only known dering it harmless. Unlike other and it is very difficult to find a by researchers from the Ecole poly- approach attempted permanently to

damage viruses,” Stellacci added. However, the gold nanoparticles are harmless to humans, and they imitate human cell receptors — specifically the ones viruses seek for their own attachment to cells. The novel nanoparticles is unique in that it achieves permanent damage to the viral integrity without damaging living cells, the researchers said. Moreover, the broad-spectrum antiviral drugs would also help curb the antimicrobial resistance resulting from the over-prescription of antibiotics, revealed the study published in the journal Nature Materials. “Doctors often prescribe antibiotics in response to the viral infections, since there is no other drug available. But antibiotics are only effective against bacteria, and this blanket use fosters the development of virus mutations and a build-up of resistance in humans,” Stellacci informed.

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ease are not diabetic,” said James Priest, assistant professor at the Stanford University in California. The results showed that the risk

of giving birth to a child with a congenital heart defect was elevated by eight percent for every increase of 10 milligrams per

deciliter in blood glucose levels in the early stages of pregnancy. “We found that in women who don’t already have diabetes or develop diabetes during pregnancy, we can still measure risk for having a child with congenital heart disease by looking at their glucose values during the first trimester of pregnancy,” Priest added. The team examined medical records from 19,107 pairs of mothers and their babies born between 2009 and 2015, including details of the mothers’ prenatal care, including blood test results and any cardiac diagnoses made for the babies during pregnancy or after birth.

TORONTO: A drug commonly prescribed for helping people quit smoking may increase the risk of developing cardiovascular event, says a study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. While varenicline has been known to triple the chances of a person quitting smoking, patients who were prescribed the drug were 34 percent more likely to have an emergency department visit or hospitalization for a cardiovascular event while taking the drug. — IANS

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dihydrosphingosine, were found to be at significantly lower concentrations in the blood samples from the patients suffering multiple sclerosis. As well as offering a diagnostic tool to identify MS, the discovery will aid the investigation of the role of the compounds in the disease and assist potential new drug development, the — IANS researchers said.

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Grant Wheeler from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the UK. "Our research has shown that there could also be further benefits — by joining these two drugs together you may be able to enhance their effects, getting a treatment that is more than the sum of its parts," Wheeler said. Although only five percent of skin cancer cases involve melanoma, it causes the majority of deaths from the disease. If caught early, melanoma is very treatable, but once the cancer has metastasized or spread, then the treatment becomes more difficult.


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FREE Citizenship Applications 6328 N California Ave. Chicago, IL 60659

OM Transportation INC & Nand Freight Brokerage  Plainfield, IL  Owner operators & Company Drivers Wanted! Valid CDL class A license  for local, regional & OTR work Van & Reefer omtrans1@yahoo.com Manminder Heer: 630-709-5331  Onkar Heer: 630-396-0777

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Since 2003 Nova Driving School has helped over 8,000 students achieve their goal of getting their license in Chicago.

VACANT POSITION FOR INSTRUCTOR

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