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Gita Gopinath takes over as IMF chief economist Washington (IANS): Eminent academic and former economic adviser to the Kerala government, Gita Gopinath, has taken over as the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) chief economist. When IMF’s Managing Director Christine Lagarde announced Gopinath’s appointment in October with the formal title of Economic Counsellor and Director of the Research Department, she called her “one of the world’s outstanding economists, with impeccable academic credentials, a proven track record of intellectual leadership, and extensive international experience.” “All this makes her exceptionally well-placed to lead our Research Department at this important juncture. I am delighted to name such a talented figure as our Chief Economist,” Lagarde said. Before coming to the IMF, where she succeeded Maurice Obstfeld,

Gopinath was the professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University. She was concurrently appointed in 2016 as the economic adviser to Kerala Chief Minister with the rank of principal secretary. She has also served as a member of the Eminent Persons Advisory Group on G-20 Matters for the

Indian Ministry of Finance. In addition to helping formulate policies for the IMF and set strategies and evaluate performance of nations, she will oversee the World Economic Outlook Report that is considered a major survey of the global economy. A significant aspect of her position will be helping set the conditions

for countries seeking bailouts from the IMF. Often the terms call for stringent financial regulations and unpopular belt-tightening for the recipients. A graduate of Lady Sri Ram College in New Delhi, Gopinath received her MA degree from the Delhi School of Economics. She went on to Princeton University from where she got her PhD in economics in 2001 for her work on international macroeconomics and trade. Gopinath was an assistant professor at University of Chicago before moving to Harvard in 2005. She received the Bhagwati Prize for the best paper published in the Journal of International Economics in 2003 and 2004. In 2014, she was named one of the top 25 economists under 45 by the IMF and was a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2011.

American-Sikhs urge Pakistan to maintain Kartarpur complex in original state

Islamabad (IANS): AmericanSikh communities have urged the Pakistan government to make sure that the Kartarpur Sahib Complex (KSC) is maintained in its original state. The American Sikh Council (ASC) in a statement on Monday said: “Any structural changes and/or additions to accommodate upcoming huge visitors either coming from India, Pakistan or the Sikh diaspora living across globe by lodging to restrooms and more must be done at a distance, away from the main KSC so that the Kartarpur Sahib original farms, natural areas spread around 100 acres of land that belonged to Guru Sahibji, and the forest areas around the River Ravi can retain as much of its originality as possible. “This needs to be preserved in its original landscape for posterity.”

Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur. Photo by Indira Prahst. The appeal was made in the background of recent development where both Pakistani and Indian governments agreed to open up the Kartarpur Corridor for Sikhs to visit the place where Guru Nanak

Dev, the founder of Sikhism, spent 18.5 years of his life as a farmer, husband, father while spreading the word of love, humanism, universal sisterhood and brotherhood. Gurdas Singh, ASC president,

and Gurinder Pal Singh, Sikh in America (SIA) president, told Dawn news via phone that the Pakistani government might change the original archeological and cultural structure and lawns of the complex. Gurinder Pal Singh said they feared that in the name of development sometimes original and historical architecture were not being taken care of by contractors. “Such efforts must be and should be kept at bay without compromising original structure spread across 100 acres,” he told Dawn. He said Sikhs everywhere yearned to visit Kartarpur and see the fields that their “Guru” tilled with his own hands, the place where he lived, the trees he sat under and feel and touch their forehead on the same dusty soil that their Guru walked on!


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Alok Verma removed as CBI chief, opposition attacks government New Delhi (IANS): A day after he resumed duties, CBI Director Alok Verma was on Thursday unceremoniously removed from the post after a 2-1 decision by the high-level Selection Committee, a decision that came under attack from the opposition and legal experts. The decision of the committee came after CJI nominee Justice A.K. Sikri of the Supreme Court sided with the government that Verma should be shunted out of the post on the basis of the findings of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), which went into some allegations levelled against him. The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Justice Sikri and Leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, the other member of the committee, who gave a dissent note and opposed the majority decision. Shortly after the meeting, Verma was appointed Director General, Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guard till January 31 when his tenure would end. The government also brought back M. Nageswara Rao, Additional Director, CBI to look after the duties of the Director, CBI till the appointment of a new Director or until further orders, whichever is earlier, a notification by the Appointment Committee of Cabinet said. Verma, who was removed from the agency’s helm on the midnight of October 23 after his fight with Special Director Rakesh Asthana became public, was reinstated on Tuesday by the apex court on the ground that the government cannot transfer or alter the duties of the CBI chief without going to the Selection Committee. The committee’s members are the Prime Minister, leader of the largest opposition group and the Chief Justice of India. Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who heard the case arising out of Verma’s challenge against the government decision, nominated Justice Sikri as his nominee to attend the committee meeting. The Supreme Court, while reinstating Verma, had said that the Committee should meet within a week and decide the issue afresh. Modi convened the meeting of the committee on Wednesday but Kharge sought the CVC report on the allegations against Verma and also time to study it. The committee met briefly and decided to meet on Thursday. Sources said the Committee took into account the “extremely serious” nature of observations made by the Central Vigilance Commission against Verma. It was of the view that being the head of a very sensitive organisation, Verma was not functioning with the integrity expected of him, they said.

They said the CVC found evidence of influencing of investigation in the Moin Qureshi case. There was also evidence of taking of bribe of Rs. 2 crore. The CVC was of the view that his conduct in the case is suspicious, and there is a prima facie case against him. “The CVC also felt that the entire truth will come out if a criminal investigation is ordered,” the sources said citing the Committee’s view. In the IRCTC case related to former Railway Minister Lalu Prasad, the CVC felt that it can be reasonably concluded that Verma “deliberately” excluded a name from the FIR for reasons best known to him. The CVC found evidence against Verma in several other cases as well. The CVC also found instances of wilful non-production of record, and fabrication of record. The Committee also took note of Verma’s attempts to induct officers of doubtful integrity in the CBI. On the criticism that Verma was not given an opportunity of being heard on the charges against him, the sources said Verma was given an opportunity to present his case before the CVC in the presence of retired Justice A. K. Patnaik. The Supreme Court also provided a copy of the CVC report to Verma’s advocate. The mandate of the Selection Panel headed by the PM is limited to the appointment of the CBI chief and transfer of the CBI chief, the sources said. The Committee felt that as a detailed investigation, including criminal investigation, was necessary in some cases his continuation as CBI Director was not desirable and he should be transferred. In his dissent note, Kharge demanded that the Committee restore to Verma the full powers he enjoyed by the office of the Director CBI to ensure proper functioning of the organisation and to restore normalcy. He also sought an additional period of 77 days being the number of days lost by him on account of the “patently illegal” orders of the CVC and the personnel department on October 28. Kharge said an independent investigation must be carried out to verify the actual events that took place on the night of October 23-24 with respect to Verma’s removal as CBI Director. Referring to the events of the midnight drama in October and the way the government hastened the exit of Verma would “point to the fact that the entire exercise was in furtherance of a pre-meditated decision to remove Verma as CBI Director with reasons and processes being manufactured as an afterthought”. He urged the Committee to allow Verma to explain himself before it on the charges against him before any decision is taken in the matter.

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probe into the Rafale jet deal. The critics of the decision also asked how the committee could take a decision without hearing Verma. The Congress criticised the committee’s decision and said Modi had shown that he was “too afraid” of an investigation into the Rafale deal. “By removing Alok Verma from his position without giving him the chance to present his case, PM Modi has shown once again that he’s too afraid of an investigation, either by an independent CBI Director or by Parliament via JPC,” the Congress tweeted.

Kharge also listed the various allegations made against Verma including influencing the investigation by taking bribe and illegal delay in finalising the probe report in a bank fraud case which were not substantiated, Kharge also listed and said in the light of the above it would be grossly unfair not to restore Verma to the post of the CBI chief and compensating for the loss of 77 days by extending his tenure by that period. Meanwhile, the removal of Verma as CBI Director came under severe attack from opposition parties and legal experts saying it was the “desperation” of the government as Modi does not want any

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Curb social media to check radicalization: Army Chief New Delhi (IANS): Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday said that there should be curbs on social media to check the phenomenon of radicalization. “A lot of people are getting radicalized and are getting convinced that the acts of terrorists or whatever the terrorists are doing, there is sense in what they are doing,” Rawat said in response to a question at a session on terrorism in the 2019 Raisina Dialogue, India’s flagship annual

geopolitical and geo-strategic conference. “These people who get radicalized, if they have funds available with them, they are also able to muster funds and give it for supporting terrorist activities,” he said. “So, I think the biggest issue is curb on the social media to ensure that radicalization does not happen through disinformation or misinformation or false news that has been spreading.”

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Stating that while media and social media must first be controlled, he said that if one country starts controlling a particular media, it is taken to mean that media rights are being curbed. “Therefore, I think, the international community must get together and ensure that the source of the social media is prevented from spreading false information and disinformaion because lot of funds is coming from people who are getting radicalized,” Rawat said. “Radicalization through social media is also becoming one of the causes for raising of funds by the terrorist organisations.”

Stating that terrorism was becoming a new form of warfare, the Army chief said a weaker nation was using terrorists as a proxy to put other nations to come to terms with it. “And, therefore, if this is going to happen, then there will be states which will be funding the terrorists and allowing them to move around the manner in which they want to move,” he said. “Yes, there is definitely a nexus between drugs and guns, they go together. So, unless you are able to first control the movement of drugs, you cannot control the movement of funds and guns.”

Air India new scheme aims to fill vacant business class seats

New Delhi (IANS): With an aim to lure more passengers and sell-off its vacant seats in business class, financially stressed Air India has launched a scheme for passengers to upgrade their economy class tickets to business class. Breifing reporters about the new scheme Air India CMD Pradeep Singh Kharola said that passengers can save up to 75 per cent on cost if they upgrade via the new online offer to destination in the US, Europe, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong and on flights among six metro cities of the country. The scheme launched in December allows passengers to bid an incremental amount or difference between economy class fare they have already paid and that of the business class seat. There would also be a cap on the minimum bid a passenger can make.

In case of a passenger, who made the bid, but was not able to get the upgrade, the entire amount will be returned. Besides, the financiallystrained airline is trying to rationalise catering cost by loading extra on-board meals, that can be served on the return journey of international flights. According to Kharola, the airline has already started to stock extra meals for the entire two-way trip to destinations like Stockholm, Copenhagen, Birmingham and Madrid. Accordingly, the airline intends to save on catering expenses as domestic vendors cost three to four times less than their international counterparts. Further, the airline plans carry extra meals on the flights to Gulf region. In addition, the airline has recieved a bid from Life

Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) for its iconic 23-storey -- Air India Building -- located at Nariman Point in Mumbai. The cash-strapped airline has recieved loans worth Rs 2,000 crore from the National Small Savings Fund, while the Central government will be infusing Rs 2,345 crore into the financially strained national carrier under its ‘Turn Around Plan’. The steps to financially revive the airline, comes after the government had offered to sell 76 per cent stake in Air India. However, the state-owned carrier failed to attract any bidder. On May 31, the Ministry of Civil Aviation said that “no response” was received even during the extended submission deadline for the EOI bids under Air India’s divestment process and the “further course of action will be decided appropriately”.

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Khaira floats new party; lashes out at AAP, Badals and Amarinder Singh Chandigarh (IANS): Former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira on Tuesday floated a new regional party Punjabi Ekta Party (PEP) and said the new party will fight the Congress, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and AAP. Khaira, who resigned from the AAP on Sunday, accused the Congress and SAD of being hand in glove and ruining Punjab in the past over two decades. Six sitting AAP legislators -- Kanwar Sandhu, Nazar Singh Manshahia, Master Baldev Singh, Pirmal Singh, Jagdev Kamalu and Jagga Issowal -- were seen at the launch of the new party.

Sukhpal Khaira These legislators, who are still part of the AAP, were however not seated on the

stage as Khaira announced the new party. Khaira, who was suspended from the AAP in November for “anti-party activities”, said the new party would work for the people of Punjab, especially youth, farmers and women. A sitting legislator, Khaira had earlier ruled out his resignation from the Punjab Assembly even after quitting from the AAP. Khaira said the Assembly Speaker will decide on his status. He said that he and other legislators will not resign from their Assembly seats as they did not want to burden the exchequer with fresh

elections on these seats. The AAP’s Punjab unit leadership had on Sunday demanded Khaira’s resignation from the Assembly after he quit the party. AAP MP Bhagwant Mann had challenged Khaira to resign as legislator and seek re-election. Citing “dictatorial attitude” of AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal,

Khaira on Sunday resigned from the party’s primary membership. “I am constrained to forward my resignation from the primary membership of AAP as the party has totally deviated from the ideology and principles on which it was formed post Anna Hazare movement,” Khaira, who was Leader of Opposition in the

Assembly till August, wrote in his letter to Kejriwal. The AAP got 20 seats in the 117-member assembly in the February 2017 assembly elections. H.S. Phoolka recently submitted his resignation as a legislator to the Assembly Speaker. Phoolka also quit the primary membership of the AAP last week.

‘Amarinder government protecting those behind sacrilege cases’ Chandigarh (IANS): A retired High Court judge who probed incidents of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib when the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-BJP government ruled Punjab on Wednesday alleged that the Congress government of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh was trying to shield those responsible for the sacrilege cases. Justice Zora Singh, a retired judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, who probed the sacrilege cases and the violence related to it in 2015, told the media here that the present government in Punjab was unwilling to make the report of the Zora Singh Commission public. “It is painful that the Commission constituted by the government to bring

those responsible for the desecration of Sri Guru Granth Sahib at Bargari and firing incident at Behbal Kalan in which two persons were killed was not in public domain,” said Justice Zora Singh, who recently joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). The one-man Commission was constituted by then SAD-BJP government in Punjab. It submitted its report in 2016 but no action was taken by the SADBJP government. The Congress government, which came to power in March 2017, junked the Commission’s report and set up its own inquiry Commission under Justice Ranjit Singh (retired). Zora Singh said the Amarinder Singh government

was shielding those behind the sacrilege incidents and the firing on people protesting against the sacrilege cases by not taking action against them. “The Amarinder government has failed to make the report public,” he said, adding that he had done full justice during the inquiry. He said that his report had clearly identified the culprits behind the incidents and the government and the Punjab Police were dragging their feet on taking action in the matter. “The Parkash Singh Badal government, in cahoots with the police, did not want the accused to be brought to book and protected them,” Zora Singh alleged.

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No funds from centre, work yet to start: Amarinder on Kartarpur corridor New Delhi (IANS): Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said on Monday that the central government had not

sanctioned any funds for the construction work to start on the Indian side of the Kartarpur corridor.

“While Pakistan has already started work on the construction of the road on their side, development work had yet to

start in the Indian Punjab as the state government had not got any funds from the Centre for acquiring land for building the infrastructure,” he told the media. The Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara is located around 4 km from Dera Baba Nanak town in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district. Most of the work of the project has to be carried out inside Pakistan. Referring to the controversy surrounding the visit of Punjab cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu to Pakistan in November, Amarinder Singh said he (Amarinder) had given the permission to Sidhu to visit Pakistan for their groundbreaking ceremony for the Kartarpur corridor. “No minister can leave with-

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Amarinder Singh out the Chief Minister’s approval. Sidhu wanted to go there in his personal capacity and hence I had given permission to the minister. However, I had advised him not to go, as I myself had turned down the invite in view of the unprovoked killings of Indian soldiers by Pakistan in Kashmir and ISI’s persistent attempts

to create trouble in Punjab,” he pointed out. Regarding the loan waiver scheme for farmers in Punjab, the Chief Minister said the government had already waived off crop loans worth Rs 3,417 crores [1 crore = 10 million] of 414,275 farmers in just one year. “My government is committed to covering all the 10.25 lakh [1 lakh = 100,000] small and marginal farmers targeted in the farm loan waiver scheme announced by it, with others also to be covered in subsequent phases, as the fiscal situation of the state improves further,” he added. He said loans of the remaining about three lakh out of the 10.25 lakh farmers would be waived off shortly.

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Chandigarh (IANS): The Punjab Police on Tuesday recovered around Rs 30 million in cash from an SUV in the state’s Mansa district. The money was being carried by a couple, Nirmal Singh and Sukhchain Kaur, who hail from Sirsa district in neighbouring Haryana, police said. Mansa district police chief Mandhir Singh said the cash was recovered from the SUV during special checking being done near the bus stand in Mansa. The cash was in notes of Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 denomination. The police chief said that when questioned, the couple could not give satisfactory answers as to why they were carrying so much cash. He said the income tax department had been informed about the recovery. The police are on alert in Haryana and some parts of Punjab as the judgement of a CBI court into the murder of Sirsa-based journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati, in which controversial Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim is an accused, is likely to come on Friday (January 11).


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Border museum provides a rare insight into pre-Partition media Attari (IANS): The important role played by the vernacular media in the country’s freedom struggle, which contributed to the end of the British rule in August 1947, has found a new platform right near the international border between India and Pakistan. A new gallery of rare images of old vernacular newspapers of pre-Partition Punjab has recently been unveiled at the Museum of Peace at ‘Sarhad’ (border) complex, around two km from the Attari-Wagah border. Titled ‘Pre-Partition Punjab - Vernacular Press’, the gallery displays issues of some of the oldest Urdu dailies of those times, including ‘Paisa Akhbar’, ‘Zamindar’, ‘Daily Inquilab’ and ‘The Akali (Amritsar)’. The issues of these old vernacular newspapers, some of them from the 19th and early 20th century, have been sourced from archival sources in Lahore by a retired bureaucrat, D.S. Jaspal. “The role of the vernacular press in pre-Partition Punjab and its critical influence on events leading to 1947 is a very neglected area of study,” Jaspal told IANS. “By the first quarter of the 20th century, Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs had their own media which used nationalism as a platform to project and promote their identity interests,” Jaspal, who served as Secretary in Punjab’s Information Department for several years, pointed out. Started in 1885 at one paisa per copy, ‘Paisa Akhbar’ blazed a new trail in journalism and by 1898 commanded the highest circulation of

The British colonial period traces the organic links between the twin cities of Amritsar and Lahore through growth of the railways, education, trade and Lahore’s film industry. One panel shows a 100-year-old LahorePathankot railway ticket costing Rs 3, considered quite a princely sum in those days. The museum is dedicated to late Prime Minister Atal

5,000 copies. ‘Zamindar’, which started in Lahore in 1903 with a mission to project issues of farmers and landowners, eventually turned stridently nationalistic, projecting the Muslim point of view, which boosted its circulation to over 30,000 copies. “Closer to 1947, the inflammatory and polarised content was pushing up circulation figures and it is not clear whether content was driving circulation or circulation driving content,” Jaspal pointed out. The first issue of ‘The Akali’ was published in Punjabi from Lahore on May 21, 1920. In October 1922, it merged with the “Pradesi Khalsa”, a daily run in Amritsar by Master Tara Singh, an extremely popular leader of the Shiromani Akali Dal who was a founding member of the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committe, and shifted to the Sikh holy city, where it was published in Urdu-Persian script. Master Tara Singh, was its Editor. The language of the earliest

vernacular papers like “Paisa Akhbar” and “Zamindar” had a high degree of Persian content, which was gradually discarded in favor of Urdu to increase circulation by catering to a wider readership. The new gallery is displayed at the ‘Museum of Peace’, conceived, designed and curated by Jaspal as a celebration of the common composite culture of pre-partition Punjab in general and Amritsar-Lahore in particular. Located within the Sarhad restaurant complex, an Amritsari-Lahori cuisine specialty restaurant, near the Attari-Wagah border, 30 km from Amritsar, the museum is India’s first open-air, walkthrough, story-telling museum. It has no entry fee. It has 48 large panels mounted on sturdy 7-feet-high pedestals that depict pre-partition Punjab in three sections, beginning with the rule of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Different panels display Ranjit Singh’s military conquests - the capture of Peshawar Fort, Jamrud Fort and the Zamama Gun.

Bihari Vajpayee. In February 1999, Vajpayee, in his quest for lasting peace in the subcontinent, had crossed the Attari-Wagah border in a luxury bus to Lahore to take forward the sub-continental peace process that however, got derailed when Pakistani intruders occupied the icy heights of Jammu and Kashmir a few months later. The Indian Army lost over 700 per-

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Veer Suryawanshi which also made an announcement of collaboration between Akshay Kumar and Rohit Shetty. “Simmba� ended 2018 with a

bang and was one of the biggest blockbusters of the year. It is expected to cruise past the Rs 200 crore mark by Tuesday.

Deepika turns 33, launches website!

Mumbai (IANS): After an eventful 2018 with the release of “Padmaavat� and her big fat wedding with Ranveer Singh, actress Deepika Padukone,

who turned 33 on Saturday, announced the launch of her website. Just a day earlier, the actress had taken to her Instagram

handle and shared a handwritten note stating something “super exciting� was coming up, with a countdown. It left her fans curious. After the countdown finished, Deepika announced the website’s launch and captioned it: “Here’s presenting my website - www.deepikapadukone.com. Love, Deepika� The post also includes a QR code directing users to the website, which gives a landscape about Deepika’s career. The website features the landmarks and awards that Deepika has achieved, apart from information on Live Love Laugh, a foundation she has been supporting to spread mental health awareness. It is Deepika’s first birthday after her wedding to Ranveer, whom she married in Lake Como, Italy, in November. As far as her projects are concerned, Deepika will turn producer with “Chhapaak�, which will feature her as an acid attack survivor. On her birthday, she received greetings on social media from celebrities like Madhuri Dixit Nene, Preity Zinta and Manish Malhotra. Here’s what they had to say: Madhuri Dixit Nene: Happy Birthday darling Deepika Padukone! Hope this year brings you all that your heart desires. Have a good one. Manish Malhotra: The very beautiful Deepika Padukone... Happy Birthday keep that gorgeous smile always. Preity Zinta: Happy Birthday Deepika Padukone. Wish you loads of love, happiness, joy and laughter always. Xoxo Nikitin Dheer: Wishing the girl who is extremely beautiful inside and out Deepika Padukone a very happy birthday. You are one of the nicest people I have met in my life -- always real, humble, human. Wish you have a fantastic year ahead my Meenamma. Urvashi Rautela: Here’s to the one who inspires everyone with her unwavering determination and passion! The one we all love, adore and respect The Queen of Hearts. Happiest birthday Deepika Padukone. Mika Singh: Happy birthday to the most gorgeous, beautiful, talented and down to earth actress Deepika Padukone. May God bless you with loads of happiness, success and prosperity.


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Sonakshi Sinha wraps up ‘Kalank’ schedule

Mumbai (IANS): Actress Sonakshi Sinha on Tuesday completed the shooting of the upcoming multi-starrer film “Kalank”. She took to social media and shared a picture of herself, expressing her happiness on being a part of the film. She wrote: “Just the beginning of the year, and the end of a new film! It’s a wrap for me on ‘Kalank’... a project I am proud to be a part of! Can’t wait for you all to see it.” “Kalank” also features Alia Bhatt, Sanjay Dutt, Varun Dhawan, Madhuri Dixit-Nene and Aditya Roy Kapur. Abhishek Varman is directing the epic drama, which will hit the screens on April 19. The film is being produced by Karan Johar, Sajid Nadiadwala, Hiroo Yash Johar and Apoorva Mehta. It has been co-produced by Fox Star Studios. Richa Chadha promotes theatre at fest in Assam Actress Richa Chadha promoted the im-

portance of theatre at an event in Assam. She was at the Aaina Jibonot Theatre Competition, an annual programme conducted in Guwahati in Assam. She was sharing the podium alongside ace actor Adil Hussain. Richa said: “It was amazing to meet and see this incredible bunch of talent. They were all amazingly good and had such impeccable performances.” The actress said she thoroughly enjoyed being in Assam. “It was great to see such a variety of actors and plays which were all from different parts of Assam. I thoroughly enjoyed being here and I hope to come back again,” she added. Shatrughan Sinha’s sons were named by Manoj Kumar Actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha says his twin sons Luv and Kush were named by veteran actor Manoj Kumar. Shatrughan shared this in an upcoming episode of “The Kapil Sharma Show”. While he is one of four brothers named after mythological characters Ram, Laksh-

man, Bharat and Shatrughan from Ramayana, when he was blessed with twins, Manoj Kumar named them as Luv and Kush. “Even before me and Poonamji (Sinha’s

wife) could think and decide on the names of their sons, Manoj Kumar had kept their (sons) names and said, ‘Ramayan Mein ab Luv-Kush aa gaye’,” Sinha said.

Ranveer, Ranbir are superb human beings and actors: Alia Bhatt

Mumbai (IANS): Actress Alia Bhatt considers upcoming superstars of Hindi cinema Ranveer Singh and Ranbir Kapoor as superb human beings and outstanding actors. Alia was interacting with the media at the trailer launch of “Gully Boy” along with his co-actor Ranveer Singh, director Zoya Akhtar and producer Farhan Akthar and Ritesh Sidhwani on Wednesday in Mumbai. Alia will be next seen on screen with Ranveer Singh in “Gully Boy” and after that she will feature with Ranbir Kapoor in “Brahmastra”. Asked what was the difference between the two actors, she said: “There are lots of similarities. Both are superb human beings and outstanding actors. “Both of them are really special to me and the only difference between them is that with one of them I am doing ‘Gully Boys’ and with the other I am doing ‘Brahmastra’.” Alia is playing the role of a medical student in “Gully Boy” which is based on underground rapping and hip-hop scene of India. She is also collaborating with Zoya Akthar and Excel Entertainment for the first time in a film. Sharing her experience of working with them, Alia said: “It was a brilliant experience working with Zoya and working with Excel. I think they have such a fantastic team. I have never worked with a better team... It was a crazy ride working on this film.” Alia plays Ranveer Singh’s love interest in “Gully Boy” and there is a dialogue where she tells Ranveer Singh’s character that if any girl flirts with her boyfriend, she shall beat her. Asked whether she has done that in real life, she said: “No! I think I will never do that because I am non-violent.” “Gully Boy” is releasing on February 14 and “Brahmastra” will have a Christmas release.

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Dr. Sydney Bush: Why Not the Nobel Prize? after photos of the eye following the use of vitamin C and lysine. I found him to be a kindly gentleman, totally dedicated to his research. One day, knowing that I had not seen the English Moors, he and I spent the day together exploring this region. Apart from my surgical training, Drs. Linus Pauling and Dr. Sydney Bush, had more effect on my understanding of cardiovascular disease than any other person. I have lost a faithful and frustrated friend who should have been listened to by more doctors. I’m reminded of the frustration of Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England, when he thundered to parliament, “In the bowels of Christ, think it possible that you may be mistaken?” My dear friend, “Rest in peace. History will eventually prove you right.”

WHAT a sad day for me! I should also add, for the world. I have just learned that Dr. Sydney Bush has died. During my 43 years of writing this column I have never devoted a memoriam to a colleague. But one is needed for Dr. Sydney Bush. In part, I’ll miss his presence. But more important, his scientific discovery should have been awarded the Nobel Prize. And it could yet save millions of lives from cardiovascular disease. Ten years ago I learned that Dr. Sydney Bush, an English researcher, claimed he had made a huge scientific discovery. But I questioned its validity. So I travelled to England to interview him and spent several days at his laboratory. Bush, an optometrist, knew that some of his patients, when fitted with contact lenses, developed eye infections, and on rare occasions, an eye was lost when antibiotics failed. He was also aware of Dr. Linus Pauling’s Nobel Prize winning research on vitamin C, heart attack, and infection. So, Bush prescribed for patients who were being fitted with contact lenses 6,000 milligrams (mgs) of vitamin C, and 5,000 mgs. of lysine, an amino acid, daily. Bush then took pictures of the retina, the back part of the eye, the only area of the body where doctors can see arteries. A year later he took a follow-up photo. Bush discovered that in those patients who had atherosclerosis, the hardening of arteries, the defect was fading away. This proved that vitamin C and lysine could prevent and even reverse the aging of arteries. It was a monumental finding. It should have made headlines around the world. Why? Because it’s impossible that vitamin C and lysine would travel only to the eyes! Rather, it would keep all arteries open, supplying oxygenated blood to all organs. This decreases the risk of coronary attack. (I suffered a heart attack at age 74, and I believe the combination has kept me alive to 94!) Vitamin C and lysine also prevent kidney disease, blindness and leg amputations all due to clogged arteries, caused by aging and diabetes. This combination also produces collagen, which strengthens gums and keeps teeth from falling out, fights arthritis, increases immunity to colds, herpes and other infections. And even decreases the onset of wrinkles. For 10 years I’ve written that Dr. Bush deserved the Nobel Prize in Medicine. But his research has sadly collected dust in medical circles. It was apparent when you heard him talk about his research that he did not suffer fools easily. He had a habit of telling them, and medical societies, they were wrong about the cause of coronary attack. I mentioned jokingly to him that he should have read the book “How to Win Friends and Influence people”. His was the old story of the establishment refusing to accept new ideas. In fact, more to the point, it didn’t even want to listen, particularly certain medical specialties. For instance, if you were a cardiologist, would you want to be told that vitamin C and lysine, natural remedies, are more effective, less expensive, and one hundred percent safer than cholesterol-lowering drugs? Or, if you were a cardiac surgeon, to be told that the taking of Vitamin C and lysine could reduce the number of coronary bypass operations? I spent hours with Bush looking at before-and-

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such as through avatars that appear inside the car. By tapping into the virtual world, I2V opens up endless possibilities for service and communication – making driving more convenient, comfortable and exciting. “By helping you see the invisible, I2V enhances your confidence and makes driving more enjoyable,” said Tetsuro Ueda, an expert leader at the Nissan Research Center. I2V is powered by Nissan’s Omni-Sensing technology, which acts as a hub gathering real-time data from the traffic environment and from the vehicle’s surroundings and interior. Nis-

san’s SAM (Seamless Autonomous Mobility) technology analyzes the road environment through relevant real-time information, and the ProPILOT semiautonomous driver support system provides information about the car’s surroundings. The technology maps a 360-degree virtual space around the car to provide information about things like road and intersection status, visibility, signage or nearby pedestrians. It can also monitor the people inside the vehicle by using interior sensors to better anticipate when they may need assistance with finding something

or a coffee break to stay alert. I2V can also connect drivers and passengers to people in the Metaverse virtual world. This makes it possible for family, friends or others to appear inside the car as three-dimensional, augmented-reality avatars to provide company or assistance. Information provided by the guide can be collected with Omni-Sensing and stored in the cloud so that others visiting the same area can access the useful guidance. It can also be used by the onboard artificial intelligence system to provide a more efficient drive through local areas.

Stylish, Versatile and Fun: The 2019 Toyota Yaris Hatchback TORONTO, ON: Conquer the city in the Yaris Hatchback – the agile, urban-savvy

subcompact that delivers style, versatility and driving fun way bigger than its modest

footprint. “Canadians love the efficiency and easy-to-

drive nature of small cars – and the Yaris Hatchback adds in a big dose of design, versatility and fun,” said Cyril Dimitris, Vice President, Toyota Canada Inc. “With the Yaris Hatchback’s style, features and responsive handling, city errands and com-

mutes become welcome adventures.” Nimble and spirited, the Yaris Hatchback is designed for life on the go – and expresses its mission with European styling. Choose from three-door or five-door models, and enjoy the cargo-carrying versatility of a rear hatch plus 60/40 split folding rear seats. The Yaris Hatchback features room for five adults with many welcome amenities – such as heated front seats, power windows and doors, and plenty of thoughtful storage spaces throughout the cabin. The driver-focussed instrumentation features a multi-information display to place all critical information within easy view. Other technology features include a 6.1inch Display Audio system with USB audio inputs, Bluetooth® connectivity, and steering wheel-mounted controls. Under the hood, every Yaris Hatchback is built around a snappy yet efficient 1.5 L four-cylinder engine with weight-reducing aluminum alloy block and engine management technologies including variable valve timing with intelligence and sequential multiport electronic fuel injection. This powers the front wheels through a choice of two transmissions: a five-speed manual or four-speed super electronically controlled automatic with overdrive and the added bonus of an ECO Indicator. Meantime, the combination of electric power steering, well-tuned suspension and impressively tight turning radius makes the Yaris Hatchback fun to drive, even in congested urban environments. Front ventilated disc brakes and rear drums provide ample stopping power. The Toyota Yaris Hatchback also features an impressive bundle of standard safety technologies – headlined by Toyota Safety Sense C. Featuring three advanced active safety systems – Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert and Automatic High Beams – TSS C augments driver awareness, supports driver decision-making, and enhances driver peace of mind. Other safety features standard on all models include the Toyota Star Safety System, nine airbags and a back-up camera. The Yaris Hatchback is offered in a selection of models and trim levels, priced from MRSP: $15,630 to $19,605 The 2019 Toyota Yaris Hatchback is now on sale at Toyota Dealers across Canada. For details and specifications, visit www.toyota.ca/yarishatchback


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Vox Lux (PG) ***

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Open your eyes as a death defying experience catapults an impulsive young woman onto the road of stardom in Vox Lux. Considered a legitimate hit at last year’s uplifting Vancouver International Film Festival now mainstream audiences finally get a chance to see what all the fuss is about thanks to Elevation Pictures. Head out to the last of the Great independents fashionable yet homely and always Friendly Rio Theatre in Vancouver on Commer-

cial and BRoadway to get on the bandwagon. Narrated with a solemn tone by Willem Dafoe (Speed 2) Vox Lux begins with a startling opening that fits with these sordid times. This catastrophe proves to be a turning point for the eternally great full Celeste. Star Wars veteran actress Natalie Portman ( Black Swan) engages fully and gives the performance of a lifetime as a Young woman coping with all sorts of paranoia after an attack. Ever the battler somehow, with the aide of an adoring sister Eleanor, she manages to come out of the shadows and embark on a pop singing career against all odds. Effective as her stand by your fami-

ly sister Eleanor is Stacy Martin ( High-Rise). Director/ writer Brady Corbet (Funny Games) here pulls off a spot on look at our modern celebrity culture world and the violence some malcontents are intent on. Elaborate concert numbers that are full of energy lure you into the troubled world/trap a young world finds herself immersed in when a monster comes her way. Bolstered by a nice turn by Jude Law (Alfie) as an aloof and jaded standoffish manager Vox Lux is a searing indictment of our troubled times with glowing performances and Natalie Portman at the top of her game giving a peak performance.

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All-New Ford Police Interceptor is the Future of Pursuit-Rated Police Vehicles Dearborn, Mich: Already accounting for two-thirds of police vehicle sales in Canada, Ford believes it has found the key to continue winning over the hearts of the law enforcement community –Led by a new hybrid variant of its popular Police Interceptor Utility, Ford’s new lineup of pursuitrated vehicles aims to build upon its 74 percent of Canadian police vehicle sales in 2017. When the all-new Police Interceptor Utility takes to the streets in 2019, that lineup will include Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, F-150 Police Responder, Expedition SSV, F-150 SSV, Transit PTV and SSV Plug-In Hybrid Sedan.

Hybrid technology is ideal for law enforcement – and taxpayers – because of

INFINITI Q Inspiration Concept: Power beyond convention: Previewing a

of materials inspired by a subtle Japanese sensuality. New interior technology follows the Japanese hospitality principle of ‘omotenashi’, creating a welcoming environment, while assisting drivers and connecting occupants t o the world

new generation of INFINITI vehicles, the Q Inspiration Concept proposes how an innovative VC-Turbo powertrain, next-level autonomous drive technologies, and a unique human-centric interior could enrich the experience of drivers in the mid-size sedan segment. The new concept represents INFINITI’s plans for high-performance electrified vehicles, offering complete range confidence, while signaling a new era for INFINITI design and plans for highperformance electrified vehicles, offering complete range confidence, while signaling a new era for INFINITI design enabled by new technology. Infused with Japanese DNA, a refreshed form language hints at the potency and character of the brand’s future d powertrains. The development of new electric vehicle platforms enables the formation of spacious, loungelike interiors. In the case of the QX Inspiration concept, the cabin has been hand-crafted using traditional techniques and a choice

t h e potential for significant idle-time fuel and cost savings. The all-new 2020 Police Interceptor Utility hybrid has a projected EnerGuide-estimated rating of 9.8L/100 combined, a

around them. “QX Inspiration is the beginning of a new era for INFINITI, and an illustration of where we want to go with the brand. New technology has given us the opportunity to evolve our design philosophy – and the new vehicle communicates the ‘serene strength’ at our core.” Said Karim Habib, Executive Design Director, INFINITI. The concept eschews classical sedan forms with its coupe-like appearance and elongated silhouette, presenting INFINITI’s design vision for vehicles in this segment.

41 percent improvement over the current Police Interceptor Utility equipped with a 3.7-litre gas engine. Projections indicate the first pursuit-rated hybrid police utility will save as much as $5,900 per vehicle annually in fuel costs versus the current Police Interceptor Utility*. If those savings were applied to every Police Interceptor Utility sold in 2017, it would equate to $8.5 million*, or more than 6.5 million litres of fuel. The all-new Police Interceptor Utility introduces a number of advanced innovations designed for officer safety. Factory-installed Police Perimeter Alert uses sensors to monitor an approxiThe cabin follows a minimalist approach, with a concise and clean interior design enveloping the driver and passengers in a serene and comfortable environment. The intelligently-packaged four-cylinder VC-Turbo has liberated INFINITI’s designers from the constraints of powertrain architecture to realize a spacious interior. Powered by INFINITI’s revolutionary VC-Turbo technology, the Q Inspiration boasts a powertrain combining turbocharged gasoline power with the torque and efficiency of a hybrid or diesel engine. VC-Turbo continually transforms, adjusting its compression ratio to optimize power and fuel efficiency, resulting in the smart application of power for greater driver control. As a mid-size sedan concept, the Q Inspiration previews other near-future applications for INFINITI’s variable compression ratio VC-Turbo engine technology. New ProPILOT functionality liberates the driver from mundane and stressful driving situations. Realizing the next stage in vehicle autonomy for INFINITI, ProPILOT enables drivers to delegate more stressful driving tasks to the car, and enjoy the ride.

mately 270-degree area around the vehicle.. Motion trails of the detected threat appear on the digital instrument cluster so officers can monitor. Additional optional equipment includes Rear Camera On-Demand, which allows officers to view behind the vehicle at the touch of a button, and a host of factory-installed and factory-sealed wiring and lighting packages that offer agencies turnkey solutions.

Three powertrain options for the all-new Police Interceptor Utility include a standard 3.3-litre hybrid, plus available 3.0-litre EcoBoost® and 3.3-litre V6 engines. All are powered by a new 10-speed automatic transmission and feature full-time Intelligent All-Wheel Drive and deep snow/sand traction control mode. Other standard equipment includes Bluetooth™ l, low- and high-beam LED head-

lamps, a Class III trailer tow receiver with 5,000-pound capacity and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. “The new Police Interceptor Utility will change the way officers work,” said Bill Gubing, chief engineer for Police Interceptor Utility and Ford Explorer. “Everything about it was designed for keeping police officers safe, comfortable and ready for action.”

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