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Friday, September 22, 2017

Kenya’s electoral commission postpons re-run of the presidential vote to October 26, 2017

Kenya’s electoral commission on Friday Sep 22,2017 postponed a re-run of the presidential vote to October 26, giving itself nine extra days to fix problems that had caused the first poll to be annulled.
The decision came a day after the Supreme Court issued a detailed judgement lambasting the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for failing to properly conduct the August election. The IEBC had set the new election for October 17.
However, concerns have been mounting over whether the panel was able to conduct the necessary reforms in such a short time.
In a statement, the IEBC said it had decided to push back the vote as the full court ruling “impacts on the election operations and in particular (the) technology to be deployed.”
“In order to ensure that the commission is fully prepared to deliver an election that meets the standards set out by the Supreme Court, we wish to notify the public and all stakeholders that the fresh presidential election shall now be held on Thursday, 26 October,” the IEBC said in a statement.

Here are 30 ‘lost’ English words you may find useful. Check how many of them you know

Experts have drawn up a list of 30 words that have gradually disappeared from the English language and said the “lost” words remained relevant to modern life.

Here is the full list of “lost” words that the researchers think people may find useful:
Ambodexter, n: One who takes bribes from both sides
Betrump, v: To deceive, cheat; to elude, slip from
Coney-catch b, v: To swindle, cheat; to trick, dupe, deceive
Hugger-mugger, n., adj., and adv: Concealment, secrecy; esp. in phr. in hugger-mugger: in secret, secretly, clandestinely. Formerly in ordinary literary use, now archaic or vulgar
Nickum, n.: A cheating or dishonest person
Quacksalver, n: A person who dishonestly claims knowledge of or skill in medicine; a pedlar of false cures
Rouker, n.: A person who whispers or murmurs; one who spreads tales or rumours
Man-millinery, adj: Suggestive of male vanity or pomposity
Parget, v: To daub or plaster (the face or body) with powder or paint; to cover with cosmetic
Snout-fair, adj.: Having a fair countenance; fair-faced, comely, handsome
Slug-a-bed, n: One who lies long in bed through laziness
Losenger, n.: A false flatterer, a lying rascal, a deceiver
Momist, n: A person who habitually finds fault; a harsh critic
Peacockize, v.: To behave like a peacock; esp. to pose or strut ostentatiously
Percher, n.: A person who aspires to a higher rank or status; an ambitious or self-assertive person
Rouzy-bouzy, adj.: Boisterously drunk
Ruff, v: To swagger, bluster, domineer. To ruff it out / to brag or boast of a thing
Sillytonian, n.: A silly or gullible person, esp. one considered as belonging to a notional sect of such people
Wlonk, adj + n (also ‘wlonkness’) Proud, haughty / Rich, splendid, fine, magnificent: in later use esp. as a conventional epithet in alliterative verse (N. A fair or beautiful one)
Fumish, adj: Inclined to fume, hot-tempered, irascible, passionate; also, characterized by or exhibiting anger or irascibility
Awhape, v. To amaze, stupefy with fear, confound utterly
Hugge, v. To shudder, shrink, shiver, or shake with fear or with cold
Merry-go-sorry, n. A mixture of joy and sorrow
Stomaching, adj.: Full of malignity; given to cherish anger or resentment
Swerk, v. To be or become dark; in Old English often, to become gloomy, troubled, or sad
Teen, v To vex, irritate, annoy, anger, enrage / To inflict suffering upon; to afflict, harass; to injure, harm
Tremblable, adj. Causing dread or horror; dreadful
Wasteheart, int. Used to express grief, pity, regret, disappointment, or concern: ‘alas!’ ‘woe is me!’ Also wasteheart-a-day, wasteheart of me
Dowsabel, n. Applied generically to a sweetheart, ‘lady-love’
Ear-rent, n. The figurative cost to a person of listening to trivial or incessant talk

2017-18 Indian Super League (ISL) Season 04 - All You Need To Know

Two-time champions and holders ATK will take on runner-up Kerala Blasters in the opening match of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2017/18 at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata on November 17,2017
The match is looked upon as a re-run of last year’s final and the Kerala outfit would be eager to make amends for last year’s disappointment.
Altogether 95 matches will be played this season and 10 teams will be in action with the addition of Bengaluru FC and Jamshedpur FC, a media release issued here said.
Football Sports Development Ltd, a joint venture between IMG, Reliance Industries and Star India, today announced the match schedule of the power-packed ISL season 4.
All the 10 teams will play each other in a home-and-away format in 90 games before the two-legged semi-finals which are scheduled to take place in the second week of March 2018
All league matches to be played from Wednesday to Saturday will kick off at 8 PM (IST) with Sunday featuring double headers at 5:30 PM and 8 PM (IST).
The season’s first double-header will see a repeat of the 2015 final between Chennaiyin FC and FC Goa in Chennai followed by AFC Cup 2016 finalist, Bengaluru FC, getting their first taste of ISL when they take on last season’s semi- finalists Mumbai City FC in a home match at Sree Kanteerava Stadium on Sunday, November 19,2017
The 10 clubs have collectively spent Rs 132.75 crores in signing 77 international and 166 domestic players.
Unlike previous seasons, the maximum number of foreign players in the playing XI has been reduced from six to five from this season onwards.

Goldstone Launches India's First Electric Bus For Public Transport In Himachal Pradesh

Goldstone Infratech Limited today announced that its electric bus - Goldstone eBuzz K7, has been commercially launched for public transport in the state of Himachal Pradesh. 
The eBuzz K7 is the country's first electric bus to enter the public transport sector, which as of today, September 22, started running under Himachal Pradesh Transport Corporation. 
The 25+1 seater Goldstone eBuzz K7 will ply between the Kullu-Manali-Rohtang Pass route in Himachal Pradesh

Goldstone also says that the eBuzz K7 has successfully completed trial runs at a steep gradient and over 13,000 feet altitude to be eligible for this region.
The Goldstone eBuzz K7 comes with a range of 200 Km on a single charge and can be recharged in less than 4 hours, courtesy of its fast charging technology.
 The bus uses Lithium Iron Phosphate battery which ensures longer lifetime, better power density and is safe due to chemical and thermal stability. 
The eBuzz K7 also comes with front and rear air suspension that will largely help in offering comfortable rides to commuters, especially in regions like Himachal Pradesh which have rough terrains.

Uber Loses Licence To Operate In London

London's transport regulator on Friday Sep 22,2017 stripped Uber of its licence to operate from the end of the month, affecting over 40,000 drivers in a huge blow to the taxi app.

"Uber's approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications," Transport for London (TfL) said.

The final day of Uber's licence will be on Sep. 30,2017

Uber, which has the right to appeal the decision within 21 days, did not offer an immediate comment. It is unclear whether Uber will be able to operate in October whilst any appeal is being considered.

In London, Uber has faced criticism from unions, lawmakers and traditional black cab drivers over working conditions.

Globally, Uber has endured a tumultuous few months after a string of scandals involving allegations of sexism and bullying at the company, leading to investor pressure which forced out former CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick.

The app has been forced to quit several countries including Denmark and Hungary and faced regulatory battles in multiple U.S. states and countries around the world.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he backed the decision.

"All companies in London must play by the rules and adhere to the high standards we expect - particularly when it comes to the safety of customers," he said.

"It would be wrong if TfL continued to license Uber if there is any way that this could pose a threat to Londoners' safety and security."

Rajkummar Rao and Anjali Patil-starrer Newton to Represent India at Oscars 2018

As soon as the news of Rajkummar Rao and Anjali Patil-starrer Newton being India’s official entry for the Best Foreign language category at the Oscars was announced on Friday Sep 22,2017, several fans and popular names from the industry took to social media to acknowledge it and shared their thoughts via tweets. 

Filmmaker Aanand L Rai couldn’t contain his emotions while congratulating director Amit Masurkar and Rajkummra on their big win. 

“While typing this tweet I feel so emotional YES #NEWTON is India's official entry to OSCARS this year.So proud @Amit_Masurkar @RajkummarRao,” his tweet read. 

Rai had joined hands with producer Manish Mundra of Drishyam Films to present Newton. 

For those who came in late, actor Rajkummar, the male lead in the political satire, took to Twitter to share the big news.

“Very happy to share this news that #NEWTON is India's official entry to the #OSCARS this year. Congratulations team,” his tweet read. 

Very happy to share this news that  is India's official entry to the  this year. Congratulations team.

Haseena Parkar - Hindi Film

Cast -Shraddha Kapoor,Siddhanth Kapoor,Ankur Bhatia,Rajesh Tailang
Directed by Apoova Lakhia
Produced by Nahid Khan

Music Composed by Sachin-Jigar
Cinematography by Fasahat Khan
scheduled to be released on Friday Sep 22,2017