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Monday, August 14, 2017

Bigg Boss Tamil - Oviya's new look post exit from Bigg Boss

There’s no doubt to the fact that Oviya has managed to win the hearts of the people and is the most popular contestant of Kamal Hassan’s Bigg Boss Tamil. 

Her fans were disappointed when the actress had to leave the show due to health issues. Hashtags like #OviyaArmy #Oviyans kept on trending on social media for many days. Fans have showered the beauty with lots of love and support. 
Now they have another reason to rejoice. Oviya’s recent pictures have surfaced over the internet and the actress looks stunning in them.

Oviya seems to be enjoying her life outside the Bigg Boss house. She has got a haircut and is slaying the new look. Check out her new pictures.
Oviya looks really refreshed in the new look. She is now gearing up for next movie ‘Silukkuvarupatti Singam’, to be directed by Chella Ayyavu. Her role was earlier supposed to be small but now she will have an extended cameo in the movie. This will her first Tamil film after a gap of more than a year.

Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2017 - All You Need To Know

On Thursday Ag 10,2017, the Rajya Sabha passed the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2017. 
The Bill replaces the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Ordinance, that was passed in May 2017, after the Budget session of the Parliament.

What does the Bill do?

The Bill basically empowers the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to give directions to banks to act against loan defaulters. The Bill seeks to amend the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 by inserting provisions for handling cases related to stressed assets. Stressed assets are loans on which the borrower has defaulted or it has been restructured. The RBI may, from time to time, issue directions to banks for resolution of stressed assets. The Central Government can authorise the RBI to issue directions to banks for initiating proceedings in case of a default in loan repayment. These proceedings would be under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
The RBI may also form committees to advise banks on the resolution of stressed assets. The members will be appointed or approved by the RBI.

What is the background?

The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Ordinance was promoted on May 4 to address the reportedly high levels of stress faced by the banking sector at the time.
The RBI had, in June, identified 12 'defaulters' who account for around 25% of India's non-performing assets (NPA) and informed banks to take up insolvency proceedings against them. A NPA is a loan or advance for which the borrower has failed to repay the principle or interest for a period of 90 days. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told the Parliament earlier this month that the "proceedings had been initiated in the 12 cases" and the RBI is expected to refer more cases to the banks.
Mr Jaitley said that the NPAs had begun during the UPA regime and that the sectors that had the most NPAs were Steel, Infrastructure, Power and Textiles. Public sector banks were hit the most as big industrial and infrastructure programmes were supported by them in the hope that there would be further expansion.
On July 24, 2017, the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha.

How did the Opposition react?

Trinamool Congress member Sougata Ray said he was opposed to the banking regulation ordinance and said it was a “desperate step by a desperate government.” When asked about the urgency to pass this Bill, Mr Jaitley said that it was "already too late" and that the rising NPAs was affecting banks' capacity to lend money to smaller creditors, which in turn was impacting growth.

How world newspapers reported India’s independence in 1947

Indian independence was a historic moment for the world. The largest and most important colony of the British empire was freed. Further, the route to freedom for India was unique in its capacity that it drew on the Gandhian theory of non-violence, something that went on to inspire several leaders across the globe. Unsurprisingly, therefore, the major newspapers of the world had culled out a significant part of their front pages to underline the nationalist aspirations, the birth of the two nations and the celebrations as well as massacre that accompanied the same. Incidentally though, while the partition of Punjab and the bloodshed resulting from it, made its way to the front pages of almost every newspaper, the partition of Bengal was barely ever mentioned at all.
Here is how some of the major newspapers of the world reported on Indian independence in 1947.
The New York Times
Flaunting a large map of the Indian subcontinent, as it stood on August 15, 1947, the front page of the American daily, New York Times reported on the celebration of freedom on one hand and the grief of partition on the other. Further, it also reported on the fact that a number of princely states were yet to decide on the nationality they wished to adhere to. The ambiguity of the status of the princely states was made evident from the map which left out states like Hyderabad and Kashmir that had not yet made up their mind.

The Washington Post
The front page of the Washington Post carried a long reportage on the celebrations following Indian independence. The paper made a keen observation of the oriental pomp accompanying the celebrations. “They began a new chapter of two independent dominions with celebrations in oriental pomp and splendor- marred by bloodshed, death and terror in wide sections of the country,” wrote the paper. The speech of Nehru, the celebratory mood in the Red Fort and the burning of Punjab were all reported under the headline “India achieves sovereignty, amid scenes of wild rejoicing.”
The Chicago Tribune
The focus of the American news daily Chicago Tribune, on the other hand, was on Lord Mountbatten taking oath as the first governor-general of India. While reporting on the increasing death toll in Punjab and the celebration of the role of Gandhi, the Chicago Tribune’s reportage referred to the newly born nations as “Hindu India” and “Muslim Pakistan”. The second page of the newspaper carried a special section dedicated to Pakistan under the headline, “Jinnah frosty as he wins his dream of Moslem state.”
The Irish Times
One of the very first British colonies to gain independence, Ireland shared a special solidarity with India in her long sought after freedom. Accordingly, the Irish daily laid its focus on the Indian accomplishment of independence. “The last stroke of midnight, booming from the dome of New Delhi’s Parliament buildings, set off the highest, noisiest and most joyful celebrations ever experienced in the East,” wrote the newspaper under the headline, “India celebrates as Britain hands over control.”
The Daily Telegraph
The celebrated British daily chalked a large portion of their front page to reportage of Indian independence. Large portions of their report were devoted to the communication between the British and Indian political elite, while a significant section was headed as “Indians praise Britain” and another as “British sagacity”. A photograph of the Union Jack at the Residency of Lucknow adorned the front page as well which said that “the Union Jack flying from the tower of the ruined Residency at Lucknow, from which it had never been lowered since recapture of the town after the siege of 1857. It was hauled down for the first and last time at midnight last night, marking the transference of power to the Dominion of India (Hindustan).”

The Times of India, the Indian Express and the Hindustan Times
Back home, the news dailies like Times of India, Hindustan Times and the Indian Express were paginated with the pride of independence. The front page of each of the papers were basking in glory of the jubilation being observed across the cities of Delhi and Bombay as Nehru delivered his ‘tryst with destiny’ speech. The birth of Pakistan too was given due importance as the paper reported on Jinnah’s communication with Britain regarding the future relationship between Pakistan and its former coloniser. Also reported were the tasks ahead for the newfound nations.

Roger Federer withdraws from Cincinnati Open, Rafael Nadal to become world No. 1

Rafael Nadal was assured a return to world number one for the first time since July of 2014 on Monday when 19-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer withdrew from this week’s ATP Cincinnati Masters tournament.
Third-ranked Federer said he injured his back in Montreal, where he lost in the final to Germany’s Alexander Zverev.
Federer, this year’s Wimbledon and Australian Open champion, was the only player who could have denied world number two Nadal the top spot in next Monday’s rankings.
The 31-year-old Spaniard, who won his 15th Grand Slam title at this year’s French Open, will overtake Britain’s top-ranked Andy Murray, who withdrew from Montreal and Cincinnati with a hip injury.
Federer, a seven-time champion on the Cincinnati hardcourts, could yet move into the world number one spot, but his next chance will come at the US Open, the year’s final Grand Slam event that begins August 28 in New York.
“I am very sorry to pull out of the Western and Southern Open as I always enjoy playing,” Federer said. “Cincinnati has some of the best fans in the world and I am sorry I will miss them.
“Unfortunately, I tweaked my back in Montreal and I need to rest this week.”
Nadal, who has spent 141 total weeks in the top spot, became world number one for the first time in August 2008 after a semi-final run at Cincinnati.
For Federer to have taken the top spot at Cincinnati, he would have had to at least reach the semi-finals. Had Federer reached the final, Nadal would have had to win the title to stop the Swiss star from becoming number one.
Federer will be replaced in the men’s draw by Italian lucky loser Thomas Fabbiano, the world number 85 who will enjoy a first-round bye and face either Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman or Russia’s Karen Khachanov in the second round.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Launches Website To Honour Gallantry Award Winners Since Independence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday August 15,2017 launched a website to honour all the gallantry award winners since Independence.

Announcing the launch of the website in a series of tweets, PM Modi said "the portal will preserve and tell the stories of our bravest men and women, civilians as well as armed forces personnel".

"In remembrance of our heroes who have been awarded gallantry awards since Independence, launched the site," the Prime Minister said.

He also welcomed citizens' participation in the process.

"If you have any information or photo that is missing and can be added to the portal, please share it through the feedback link on the site," PM Modi added

India Celebrates its 71st Independence Day Tuesday August 15,2017

As India is celebrating its 71st Independence Day, Indians around the world are rejoicing too. To mark 70 years of India's independence, Indian embassies in many countries have been lit up in colours of the Indian flag as they celebrate the day. From USA to Turkey to Vietnam, Indian embassies are marking the day India gained independence from the British rule by lighting up in colours of the tricolour, and the pictures are stunning. Take a look:

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Indian Cultural Centre building illuminated in Tri colour on eve of Independence Day 2017

Here's how else embassies around the world are celebrating:


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Embassy Team will be happy to receive all Indian nationals in KSA from 08:00 AM onwards for the Flag Hoisting Ceremony on 15.8.2017


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