China Has No Right to Oppose Japan’s investment in Northeast: Amit Shah

first_imgBharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah on Sept. 16 responded to China’s objection to Japan’s plans for investment in the development of India’s northeastern states. “India has sovereign right to develop the country within its boundaries,” Shah said, PTI reported.Shah’s response came after China said on Sept. 15 that it was opposed to any foreign investment in the “disputed areas” in northeast India. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe had discussed the possibility of investment from Japan in India’s northeast when they met for annual summit-level talks in Gujarat earlier this week.In line with Modi’s “Act-East” Policy, Abe announced increased Japanese investment in infrastructure projects such as road connectivity and electricity in the region. The joint statement issued by the two countries did not specifically mention Arunachal Pradesh, parts of which are claimed by China. However, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying referred to the “Eastern section”, the term used by Beijing to refer to the border along the state, in her response to a question over the issue.Hua Chunying said at a news briefing, “You also mentioned Act East policy. You must be clear that the boundary of India and China border area has not been totally delimited. We have disputes on the eastern section of the boundary.”She added: “We are now trying to seek a solution through negotiations that is acceptable to both sides. Under such circumstances, various parties should respect such aspects and any third party should not be involved in our efforts to resolve the disputes.”She also said in response to other questions that China had closely tracked the Japanese Prime Minister’s high-profile visit to India. “India and Japan are important countries in Asia. We hope the normal development of the relationship can be conducive to regional, peace and development and play a constructive role in this process,” the Chinese spokesperson added. Related ItemsAct-East PolicyArunachal Pradesh China JapanIndia China JapanLittle IndiaNarendra Modi Shinzo AbeNortheast India Japanlast_img read more

CBI Sends Jail Cell Video to UK Court for Mallya’s Extradition

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has submitted a 6-8-minute video before a court in London to counter the claims of fugitive business tycoon Vijay Mallya that conditions in Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail are poor.Refuting the hygiene-related concerns raised by Mallya, the Indian agency said that cell number 12 of the jail, where he will be lodged after extradition, has not only adequate sunlight but also other facilities like a private toilet and a washing area, NDTV reported.The inmate of barrack number 12 will also have a 40-inch LCD television set, access to a library and a courtyard to walk, the CBI showed in its video. “The court wanted us to show if Indian jails are hygienic. We have given them proof of the hygiene level and medical facilities available in jail. In fact, the barrack in which Mallya would be lodged is east-facing so it has lot of sunlight too,” a senior level official told NDTV. “The cell has cross ventilation with a window and bars on opposite sides. The cell also opens to a courtyard,” he added.The CBI has submitted the video after liquor baron Mallya, who faces extradition to India over accusations of unpaid loans to a consortium of Indian banks, had claimed in court that Indian jails don’t have natural light or fresh air. He had also said in his defense that Indian jails are overcrowded and have poor hygiene conditions.The Indian government had submitted some photographic evidences to show the court that the conditions in the concerned jail are appropriate, but the judge was not convinced.Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot of Westminster Magistrates’ Court then asked the Indian government on July 31 to submit a “step-by-step video” of the barrack, where Mallya was supposed to be held after extradition. The London court gave three months to India for submission of the video, which the CBI filed within a month. The next hearing for this high-profile extradition case is scheduled to be held on Sept.12.If the court gives the judgement in the Indian government’s favor, the UK Home Secretary will have two months to sign Mallya’s extradition order. This verdict may not be the final one, as both sides have a right to appeal in higher courts in the United Kingdom against the judgement. Mallya faces allegations that his Kingfisher Airlines defaulted on loans and interest in 2010, and owes Rs 9,000 crore to a consortium of 17 Indian banks. The Indian government is seeking his extradition after he fled to the United Kingdom in 2016.  Related ItemsCBILondonVijay Mallyalast_img read more

Rickshaw Blog

first_imgIf you’ve been enchanted by the “poetry, phrases, expressions” on the back of rickshaws on the Indian subcontinent,  treat yourself to the Rickshaw Blog (, which is devoted to capturing the “moving works of art.”Here are some gemsJinnay apni maa noo sataya,Onay saree umar ricksha hee chalayaHe who is troublesome to his mother,Spends his life driving a rickshaw.himmat hai to paar kar warna bardaasht karIf you’ve the courage, overtakeOtherwise tolerateKabhee side say aatee ho kabhee peechay say aatee ho,Meree jaan horn day day kar mujhay tum kyon satateey ho?At times you come from the side, at times from the back,My love, why do you torment by blowing your horn?Maalik ki gaadi driver ka paseenaChalti hai road par ban kar haseenaThe owners’ car, the driver’s sweatTravels on the road like a gorgeous ladyMera Bharat mahan (lekin janta pareshan)India is great (but the public is desperate)Dulhan hi dahej haiThe bride is the dowryQismat aazma chuka, muqadar aazma raha hoonAik baywafa kay kahtir riksha chala raha hoonAlready tested my destiny, now I am testing my luck Because of an unfaithful act, I am driving a rickshawAy adhmi haram khana chor deyTyre mehngay hain race lagana chor deyOh man, stop eating what you don’t needTyres are expensive, so stop racingSharabi kay do hi thikaanaythekay jayay ya thaanayA drinker has only two destinationsThe liquor store or the lockupKoi jal gaya kisi ney dua diJalnay walay tera mooh kalaSome are jealous, some offer blessingsThe jealous one, may your face be darkened! Related Itemslast_img read more

Back From Exile

first_imgAfter waiting four hours to get tickets and negotiating tight security around Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium, Cyrus Raza Tahir finally made it into the packed stands to watch a rare game of cricket with international players on Pakistani soil.So great was their desire to watch the March 5 final of the Pakistan Super League, the fast-paced T20 version of the game played in the United Arab Emirates for security reasons, Tahir put aside concerns after Lahore was hit by two explosions last month. Fans were carted into the 25,000-capacity redbrick stadium by special buses as thousands of police were deployed.“We had to go, there was no two ways about it,” said Tahir, a 31-year-old distribution manager. “It was amazing — I hope PSL moves to Pakistan for good.”The success of the match was a rare bit of good news for Pakistan’s cricket industry, which has lost millions of dollars in revenue since militants attacked a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team to the same stadium in Lahore eight years ago. Companies including MCB Bank and PepsiCo want to leverage the sport to reach out to fans in the cricket-crazy nation of 200 million people, where Euromonitor International estimates disposable income has more than doubled since 2010.After successfully hosting the final, Pakistan is hoping to show investors it can safely hold and build a sports industry that’s a fraction of the size of neighboring rival India, home to cricket’s largest market. Only Zimbabwe has played an international match in Pakistan since the attack on the Sri Lankan team.The PSL has a market value of up to $300 million, said Arif Habib, a business tycoon and PSL director. That could increase as much as five-fold if more matches were played at home, he said. That compares with London-based Brand Finance’s $3.5 billion valuation of the Indian Premier League. It would also be a positive signal to investors looking at the country’s security climate. “That will encourage others to come here,” Habib said in an interview in his Karachi office decorated with cricket trophies. “The perception of Pakistan is worse than it really is.”Introduced to the region during the colonial era by the British East India Company, cricket is the most popular sport in South Asia and is often said to be an obsession.More companies are now lining up to put cash behind the Pakistan league. MCB Bank, the nation’s third-largest lender by market value, wants to enter with a “dominating” advertising position next season, following competitor Habib Bank Ltd., the current main sponsor, said Rais Ahmed Alvi, MCB’s head of marketing. That’s despite prices set to rise 50 percent next year, Alvi said.Pakistan’s household consumption has risen to 80 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product in 2015 from 68 percent in 1990, World Bank data show. That compares with 59 percent in India and a global average of 58 percent.“There’s tremendous potential,” Shahryar Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board and a former foreign secretary, said in an interview at the stadium. “The whole object of the exercise is to open the doors to foreign teams coming here and feeling relatively safe.”Pakistan plans to build secure accommodation for international teams, with negotiations underway with Serena Hotels for five-star lodging next to Karachi’s stadium, he said. When asked if there are now plans to bring back international games to Pakistan, the International Cricket Council said its board will consult with security experts and its Pakistan task team next month to decide on future steps. Yet despite the purchase of bullet-proof vehicles and offers to foreign players of thousands of dollars, many of the international stars, including England’s Kevin Pietersen playing for Quetta Gladiators, refused to travel to Pakistan, where Peshawar Zalmi won the title. Critics of the cash incentives for overseas players include Imran Khan, the 64-year-old former national cricket captain who led Pakistan to its only world cup victory in 1992. “They’re offering them huge amounts of money to come to Pakistan, which is not how it should be,” Imran Khan, now head of the nation’s third-largest opposition party and no relation to the PCB’s Shahryar Khan, said in an interview in Islamabad. The ex-cricket star was also skeptical that security conditions have improved enough to allow more high profile matches, even as fatalities from violence in Pakistan dropped 66 percent from 2014 to 2,610 last year, according to the Islamabad-based Center For Research and Security Studies. “We need more stability,” he said.Shahryar Khan conceded that Pakistan’s battle with militancy won’t be a quick fix and will possibly hinder the game’s development over the next 30 years. “Major security concerns mean that international fixtures remain a long way off,” said Finn Dowley, an analyst at Brand Finance. However, “the economic potential attached to international and franchise cricket within the country is huge.” Bloomberg’s Jeanette Rodrigues contributed.— Bloomberg        Related Itemslast_img read more

Canadian Organization Apologizes After Sikh Man is Asked to Remove Turban

first_imgThe Royal Canadian Legion, a decades-old non-profit organization for Canadian veterans, apologized to a Sikh man on Jan 19. for allegedly subjecting him to racist remarks and asking him to remove his turban. The incident happened on Jan. 17.Stephen Gallant, the president of Tignish Branch No. 6, said that the branch’s policy is to ask people to remove all headwear in the building, and that the staff was simply caught off-guard since it was the first time someone came to the bar wearing a religious headdress.“He was asked by a staff member to remove his headdress, which he didn’t. And at that time, he didn’t clarify it was a religious headdress,” Gallant was quoted as saying. “He was asked again the second time by our manager who had entered the building. And at that time, he described that it was his religious belief with his headdress, and that he wasn’t about to take it off. And at this time, things escalated a little bit.”Gallant apologized and said he would like to welcome the two men back to the bar.The incident happened when Jaswinder Singh and Sunny Pannu went to play pool at a Legion center with their co-worker Annemarie Blanchard. They say they were told to remove their winter hats once they are inside, which they obliged to as the Legion observes a policy of not allowing headgear as a mark of respect to the veterans “who fought for freedoms they enjoy today”. However, about 45 minutes later, a staff member asked Singh to take off his turban.“I was like no man, it’s my religion, and in my religion, I always cover my hair,” Singh told CBC. “And I can’t do that.”Pannu added: “They told us you have to remove your turban, because this is our rules. We said, OK we remove our winter hats because we respect your rules, but you should understand our thing also. They said no, it’s not about your religion, you have to follow our rules.”Blanchard told the media that she tried standing up for the men, but to no avail. The incident was captured on video, as Singh used his cellphone to tape it after he refused to take off his turban. The video, which was viewed by CBC News, featured the manager of the Legion saying to Singh: “If you don’t stop taping me … cause you know what, I’ll rip your headpiece off.”The manager later told the publication that she didn’t realize it was a religious head covering. She said she only said what can be heard on the video after the two men got upset and started recording her with the phone.In the video, another man at the Legion bar threatened to fight the two men. He was seen swearing at them and making obscene hand gestures, saying, “Take your f–king hat off in the Legion. It’s the f–king law here. It’s the law.”The men also said they were told by the patrons to “go back to your country.”“They were told to leave our Island, they’re not welcome here, to go back to their country, that they’re not welcome in Canada at all,” Blanchard added. “Outraged, I was absolutely outraged. I was totally ashamed.”Blanchard said that the Legion staff ensured that the three were out of the premises. “They don’t even know about their own Canadian history — there are a lot of Sikh people in the army, they wear the turbans. The defence minister is also Sikh,” Pannu said.The Royal Canadian police refused to get involved, saying it was an issue between the Legion and patrons, the report added. Related ItemsCanadaracismSikhismlast_img read more

Toronto’s Gerrard India Bazaar Comes Alive on Screen

first_imgA theater that came into existence to let the South Asian community meet with each other and give a chance to Indian women to flaunt their saris. A local store re-named as Amitabh Shopping Mall to satiate the Bollywood craving of Indian immigrants. A bazaar that is “a microcosm” of the cultural and religious diversity of world’s largest democracy. These are some of the few stories that unfold in Little India: Village of Dreams, Canadian filmmaker Nina Beveridge’s documentary on Toronto’s iconic Gerrard India Bazaar.“I have lived very close to Gerrard Bazaar and I have seen it change with time. Walking through the Bazaar makes me feel home. The Indianness of the market was always more than nostalgia for me. Making this film was like exploring an identity and exploring myself,” Nina Beveridge told Little India.Nina BeveridgeLittle India: Village of Dreams, showcased as part of the 150th year celebrations of Canada to mark the year when British North America Act was passed and the colonies of Canada joined to create a single Dominion of Canada, aims to reflect upon the Canadian diversity.“This film is a quest to explore who we are and what we mean when we say we are Canadians,” Beveridge said.Toronto’s Little India is a story of immigrant dreams defining and re-defining social, cultural and geographical identity of a place.In 1972, Gian Naaz, an immigrant from India, rented a defunct theater in Gerrard, with a capacity of around 700 people to show Indian films over the weekend. His idea was to create a place where Indians and South Asians could meet. Gerrard was a low-income area but Naaz saw it as a place where Indian businesses could proliferate.From weekly shows and from a single store that sold souvenirs and items from India, the place was soon taken over by South Asian merchants. By the 1980s, Little India was firmly established with approximately 100 South Asian shops and restaurants and received an estimated 100,000 tourists in 1984.Born in Mumbai, Beveridge grew up in India, Canada and the United States. She traveled to India for work and to be with her extended family, and a part of her always stayed connected to India.“Little India: Village of Dreams is a story of multigenerational families running businesses in the Gerrard bazaar,” she explains. “The idea was to speak to the second-generation Canadians who have taken these ‘mom n pop shops’ further. Unlike their parents who were immigrants and struggled to establish their businesses the second generation is confident, optimistic and want to get the best of their Indo-Canadian identity.”The documentary that explores how the traditional Indian shops and restaurants have attempted to modernize while preserving their cultural legacy, also talks about the different South Asian communities that have come together to share a business space.“The challenge was to give a snapshot of the bazaar in the limited duration of a film. But the film does reflect how a Sri Lankan shop, a Tibetan outlet, the Pakistani and Bangladeshi business setups have all mingled and showcase the new and a much diverse Canada. The business prospects of ethnic food, fashion and Beauty in a ‘foreign’ land have brought them all together.”Gentrification is the new reality of the iconic Gerrard India Bazaar. An area with a declining economy in the 1970s, exploded into a lucrative business space for South Asians. The portraits of non-South Asian businesses reflect the dilution of the ethnic identity and emergence of a more global culture.“You can only sell what people want. It is not a museum,” Beveridge had earlier told NowToronto. In fact, I have developed a real appreciation for these new businesses from other cultures in the neighborhood. I hope this film makes people appreciate the diversity we all share as Canadians.” Related ItemsCanada IndiansCanada NRIGerrard India BazaarLittle IndiaNina BeveridgeToronto Little Indialast_img read more

Canadian Province Alberta Exempts Turban-Wearing Sikhs from Helmet Rule

first_imgIn a big win for the Sikh community in Canada, Alberta has become the third province in the country to legally allow followers of the faith to ride motorcycles without helmet, according to reports. Manitoba and British Columbia were the first two provinces to allow turban-wearing Sikhs to ride motorcycles without helmet. The exemption to the rule, which made helmet wearing mandatory in Canada, was made last week in Alberta, and will be effective starting on April 12.The amendment to the Traffic Safety Act was made by an order from the local Transportation Minister Brian Mason. Mason was approached by the Sikh community for this exemption to be granted in recognition of their civil and religious rights. The community has been pitching for this for three decades. The rule applies to drivers and pillion riders over the age of 18 years.“We think that the number of people who will be wearing a turban and not a helmet is going to be very small. So we decided on the balance that this was the right thing to do,” Mason said in a statement.Alberta has the third-highest Sikh population in Canada – 52,335 people, according to the 2011 census.The decision was met with ecstasy from members of the Sikh community, many of whom were not able to ride motorcycles since they would be asked to remove their turban. “It really means a whole lot more than I can even explain with words how it feels to be accepted wholeheartedly as you are, as opposed to thinking, ‘Hey, it’s just a turban why can’t you put it off to the side?’,” Gurpeet Pandher of the Sikh Motorcycle Club of Edmonton said to the RideApart website.However, a motorcyclist will have to identify as Sikh to ride without the helmet. If a traffic officer does not believe him, a ticket can be issued. This ticket can be challenged in court.Not everyone is happy though. “ The reality is this is going to put people’s lives at risk and it’s something that unfortunately didn’t get debated publicly. It’s beyond my comprehension in 2018 that we’re even having this discussion,” Dr. Louis Francescutti, an emergency room physician and motorcyclist, told RideApart.When the Sikh community petitioned for the same exemption in Ontario in 2014, they were soundly denied. “After careful deliberation, we have determined that we will not grant this type of exemption as it would pose a road safety risk. Ultimately, the safety of Ontarians is my utmost priority, and I cannot justify setting that concern aside on this issue,” Premier Kathleen Wynne said in a letter to the CBC in 2014. Related ItemsAlbertaCanadaSikhismlast_img read more

Frugal Foodie’s Holiday Wine Steals: 7 Picks for Under $20

first_imgHas an organization or university offered you an opportunity with a stipend? Whether it’s an internship or apprenticeship, a stipend is a set amount of money that helps offset living expenses. This fixed amount is financial support provided while you’re… Full Story,Truth is, there is a lot to be excited about when it comes to college: new friends, a new routine, (college parties!), and more independence. But along with all these perks, it’s also time to start thinking about your finances…. Full Story,A routing number is a unique number that identifies a specific banking institution. Each routing number is made up of nine digits. Routing numbers are sometimes referred to as an American Banker’s Association routing transit number or an ABA RTN…. Full Story,It’s stressful enough having a car loan over your head and staying on top of your monthly payments. But what if you have an upside-down car loan — in other words, the amount you owe on your set of wheels… Full Story,When you’re trying to get your financial house in order, it’s easy to get lost in the specifics. You might stress about how to adjust your budget, where to find some extra cash for the holidays or what funds to… Full Story,Shortly after graduating from New York University with a Master’s degree, Melanie Lockert turned to food stamps, as she worked her way out of $81,000 in student loans. “There were a lot of emotions around carrying that debt. It caused… Full Story,Traveling is one of the best things in life, and luckily, low funds don’t have to dash your dreams of enjoying an epic adventure. A wealth of destinations—both in the U.S. and abroad—are so affordable that even hardcore penny pinchers… Full Story,While we don’t yet have flying cars that collapse to the size of a suitcase, pneumatic tubes that transport us from room to room or machines that automatically bathe and clothe us in the morning, every day we’re getting closer… Full Story,Times have changed since Grams and Gramps were your age, looking to settle down and buy their first home. But today the house with the white picket fence—or that trendy loft in downtown—isn’t completely out of the question if you… Full Story,We recently hosted a Twitter chat as part of our #RealTalkSeries. And let’s just say, things definitely got real. Many of you joined us to discuss “taboo” and cringe-worthy money questions such as how to improve a bad credit score,… Full Storylast_img read more

What You Need to File with FAFSA

first_img Post navigation Filling out the FAFSA is one of those tasks that’s easy to keep putting off. It’s boring, time-consuming and notoriously complicated – for students as well as parents.But as many prospective college students have learned, ignoring it completely is bad news, and waiting too long to file is almost as bad. Just like a hefty research project, completing the FAFSA is a much smoother process when you start early.To make things easier, here’s a rundown of what you need to file the FAFSA.Why You Need to File a FAFSAYou don’t need to fill out the FAFSA to get into college, but it can certainly help with the cost of tuition. The FAFSA is the primary way in which students can qualify for financial aid and a required part of the federal student loan process.The government uses the results from the FAFSA to decide how much financial aid you qualify for, also known as your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). This is the annual amount they decide your family can afford to contribute to your college education.Colleges deduct the EFC from the total tuition amount and try to fill the gaps with federal student loans, federal grants, and state grants. Many colleges and universities also use the FAFSA to decide if you qualify for need-based scholarships and grants.Many schools won’t give out aid unless you’ve filled out the FAFSA, even for merit-based scholarships. That’s because most schools have a limited amount of aid they can distribute. If you qualify for need-based, government-funded aid like a Pell Grant, they might prefer to award you that over a merit-based scholarship funded by the university.Some parents avoid filling out the FAFSA because it can be time-intensive, confusing and complicated. Many think they earn too much to qualify for any aid in the first place. That misconception causes millions of students to lose out on potential aid every year. Even if your parents say there’s no way you’ll receive need-based aid, tell them you still need the FAFSA for merit-based scholarships.Beyond financial aid and merit-based scholarships, successfully completing the FAFSA is also a requirement to take out federal student loans. Federal loans have lower interest rates, better repayment options, and more forgiveness programs than private student loans.If your particular state offers any grants or scholarships, the FAFSA you fill out will be sent there to determine eligibility. You can also have the FAFSA sent to the colleges you’re applying to.You can list as many as 10 schools on the form. If you apply to more than 10 colleges, you’ll have to complete the process manually and contact the schools or call the Federal Student Aid Information Center directly.The FAFSA is divided into two sections. The first section is completed by the student, and the second section is completed by their parents.What Students Need to File the FAFSAThe student portion of the FAFSA is fairly simple. Most of the questions focus on demographics, like where you live, what kind of degree you’re working toward and if your parents attended college.The only financial questions that a student needs to answer are about their earnings for the previous year and their financial assets, such as a savings account or any investments.The questions on the FAFSA are also used to decide if you qualify as an independent student. An independent student does not have their parent’s income count towards their expected family contribution.Many independent students can qualify for more aid because their incomes are lower than their parents. In general, it’s difficult to be registered as an independent student unless you’re 24 or older, married or in the military.What Parents Need to File the FAFSAThe parent or guardian portion of the FAFSA is much more detail-oriented than the child portion. The questions are specific and ask for details such as your income, assets and what federal aid programs you received.Filing the FAFSA can be confusing, especially figuring out which tax year you have to pull the information from. For the 2019-20 school year, you use the 2017 tax form, not the 2018.This can be tricky for parents whose income changed significantly from 2017 to 2018. If your financial situation dramatically decreased between 2017 and 2018, fill out the FAFSA and then call the school financial aid department directly.Parents that filed their taxes online can use their IRS account credentials to automatically fill in that information on the FAFSA. In 2018, the federal government launched myStudentAid, an app you can use to fill out the form.When to File the FAFSAThe deadline for the FAFSA for the fall 2020 semester is June 30, 2020. The FAFSA form for that semester was available on October 1, 2018. That gives parents and students more than a year to file the form.But that doesn’t mean you should dawdle. The sooner you fill out the FAFSA, the more financial aid you’ll get. Many college financial aid departments give out funds on a first-come, first-serve basis. It doesn’t matter how highly qualified you are – once the money is gone, it’s gone.Every state has its own deadline for the FAFSA for any state-specific scholarships or grants. For example, the Tennessee state lottery scholarship has a FAFSA deadline of September 1, 2020, for the fall term. Other states have a March 1, 2020 deadline.Why the FAFSA Needs to be Submitted AnnuallyThe FAFSA needs to be filled out each year, so current college students need to have their parents help them submit it before each academic year. If your parent’s financial information has changed at all, the EFC will also change. For example, if your mom got a huge raise, then you may qualify for fewer grants. If one of your parents lost their job, you may receive more.Your parents can also decrease their income and help you receive more aid by contributing more to their retirement accounts. That money doesn’t count as assets on the FAFSA.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedHow to Help Your Kid with FAFSA, Student Loans, and More!May 23, 2019In “Family Finances”How To Apply For Student Loans Without Your ParentsAugust 29, 2019In “Student Finances”Student Loans Explained: WTFinanceAugust 12, 2019In “Financial IQ” last_img read more

Serena Williams dresses her five-month-old daughter Alexis in cute costume

first_imgSerena Williams’ daughter is already a little caped crusader.The tennis star shared a sweet video of her little bundle of joy, Alexis Olympia Ohania Jr, five months, wearing a superhero costume on Thursday.The 36-year-old shared footage of her daughter wearing a top with the word ‘supergirl’ emblazoned on the front on Snapchat. The pink baby outfit also featured an adorable yellow superhero cape that had the iconic ‘Superman’ emblem on the back.The video also showed proud mom Serena holding her daughter as she reminded her followers: ‘You have to teach them early that they’re Supergirls.’She continued: ‘You’re a Supergirl mamas. You’re a supergirl! Momma loves you.’Serena shared a second video, this time highlighting the yellow superhero cape while shouting, ‘Show them your cape hunny. Supergirl fly! Yay!’ Later that day, the doting mom shared a photo on Instagram of Alexis in a pink star-patterned outfit with the caption: ‘She wanted to dress 80’s’.Serena shares her daughter with husband 34-year-old Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.The new parents threw a lavish wedding with a Beauty And The Beast theme in New Orleans this past November.Covering this year’s February issue of Vogue with her baby, Serena revealed inside that small blood clots were discovered on her lungs soon after she gave birth.Although she experienced post-pregnancy complications, the 39-time Grand Slam winner focused on the positives and wrote on Facebook: ‘It made me stronger and it made me appreciate women – both women with and without kids – even more. We are powerful!!!.’ Sourcelast_img read more

Setting the Bar for Success at the Paris Climate Summit

first_imgThis December, negotiators from nearly 200 countries will convene in Paris with the aim of forging a legally-binding international climate agreement. The new pact will incorporate more ambitious national commitments to address climate change than ever before.What is the proper yardstick for measuring success in Paris? Is it whether country leaders agree to a new global pact, or does success hinge on whether country commitments will limit global warming to under 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F)? The answer is neither. A global problem requires a global solution. That solution will be a combination of the details in the new agreement and the substance of national commitments – from historic renewable energy investments to major new efforts to restore forests and beyond.The Paris climate summit, known as COP21, must set the stage for a new form of international cooperation to accelerate the transition to a clean, resilient economy and achieve more than individual countries can on their own.A truly successful outcome in Paris must do three things:1. Solidify a common vision of the future by establishing long-term goals to shift to a cleaner global economy, reducing carbon pollution and building resilience to climate impacts around the world;2. Establish regular intervals – every five years – for countries to set more ambitious commitments to reduce emissions, strengthen resilience and provide financial support to drive climate action; and3. Ensure that countries are open about their actions and transparent about their progress.With these three components securely in place, and a set of new national climate commitments (known as INDCs), the Paris agreement can begin to immediately scale up actions over time to avoid the worst impacts and have a higher probability in keeping global average temperatures below 2 degrees C. In the process, the agreement can send a clear message around the world that dirty energy is a thing of the past, and new business models to scale clean energy are the wave of the present and future. The confidence, clarity and new level of cooperation resulting from these actions would help shift how we power the world and invest in our communities.The COP21 moment will also be more than the actions of government; it will be a moment for CEOs, mayors and investors to demonstrate that they understand both the risks associated with inaction and the opportunities from being part of the solution. Hundreds of cities, companies and investment firms are expected to announce their own climate pledges that will significantly contribute to the commitments made by national government leaders.Paris represents a key marker for how the global community responds to climate change — it is not the grand finale. The Paris climate agreement should be judged by whether it includes the ingredients necessary to keep the goal of limiting global warming to 2 degrees C within sight.last_img read more

3 Reasons Why Community Land Rights Are Not Legally Secure in Many Countries

first_img2. Laws often only recognize communities as occupants of government-owned land.In 25 of the 36 countries assessed, Indigenous Peoples and local communities are not granted ownership rights to their lands. Instead, many of these countries only recognize communities as possessors, occupiers and users of government-owned land, and laws in some countries do not mention community land rights at all. Without recognized ownership rights, community lands in these countries may be particularly vulnerable to expropriation without compensation, land use restrictions, and other infringements by governments, companies and other outsiders. For example, many indigenous communities in the United States, Canada and Australia are only granted the right to occupy, use and control areas they occupy. The governments of these countries ultimately own these reserves and retain underlying authority over them.3. Communities often must register to receive legal protection.Of the 36 countries assessed, only the Philippines, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda and South Sudan have laws that recognize communities as property owners regardless of whether they’ve registered or obtained formal titles to their lands. In other countries, where registration is required to receive legal protection, communities must follow processes that are often unclear, difficult to access, time-consuming and expensive. While registration processes are underway but incomplete, communities remain vulnerable to dispossession, displacement and other risks associated with insecure land rights.Moving Toward Secure Land TenureLast month saw the launch of the Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Lands (GCA). The campaign aims to double the amount of land legally recognized as owned and controlled by Indigenous Peoples and communities by 2020, and eventually, secure lands for all communities and Indigenous Peoples. LandMark can help support the GCA campaign by monitoring progress towards the target and encouraging governments to enact laws that strengthen the tenure security of community lands.Strong legal rights are a necessary first step. But the law itself is insufficient to ensure land tenure security. Governments must not only enact, but also enforce laws that protect the land rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities. By doing so, governments can help improve livelihoods, combat climate change and promote a sustainable future for our planet. Strong legal rights to land are crucial for Indigenous Peoples and local communities. When communities have weak or insecure land rights, such areas are particularly vulnerable to expropriation, land grabbing and infringements by outsiders. And since communities rely on land and natural resources for their livelihoods, food supply, cultural and spiritual traditions, and more, threats to their lands are really threats to life as they know it.The problem is that community land rights are insecure in many regions around the world. LandMark, a mapping platform, provides information on communities’ legal rights to land and natural resources in 36 countries. Analyzing the data reveals many reasons why community land rights are insecure, three of which are particularly noteworthy:1. Laws often do not recognize communities as landowners.Only 11 of the 36 countries assessed (Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, China, Colombia, Kenya, Peru, the Philippines, Tanzania, Uganda and South Sudan) have laws that recognize communities as the property owners of their lands. Community land in these countries is not treated as vacant or government-owned, as it is in many other countries. Rather, communities are given the same level of legal protection as other types of property owners, such as freeholders or leaseholders.The remaining countries have laws that provide limited or no legal rights to community and indigenous lands. For example, India and Cambodia have national-level laws that grant communities ownership rights to forest lands and cultivated land respectively, but not to other types of lands commonly held by communities, such as rangelands, wetlands and other uncultivated areas.last_img read more

The 3 Key Tasks for World Leaders at the UN Climate Action Summit

first_imgWorld leaders will soon gather in New York City for a summit on an urgent challenge that affects every aspect of our lives, from the economy to jobs, security and migration and our health. It is, of course, the climate crisis.The tens of thousands of fires recently afflicting the Amazon rainforest may have been started by humans, but the tinderbox conditions of a drier Amazon can lead the blazes to spread very quickly. Similarly, temperatures in the Arctic are hitting record highs, and a scorching summer in the Northern Hemisphere left hundreds of people dead and hundreds of millions more desperate for relief. New analysis by The Washington Post found that 10% of the world is a dangerous hot zone that has already warmed over 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F).If there is a silver lining, it is that the reality of the worsening impacts around the globe and dire predictions of impacts to come have galvanized a global citizen movement calling for climate action from their leaders. Young people in particular are capturing attention through school strikes, and people everywhere are demanding that we start calling this situation what it is: a crisis that requires urgent action. More companies, investors and individuals are also recognizing that a low-carbon and climate-resilient growth path is also an important economic and development opportunity. Innovations and falling costs in clean technologies — such as with renewable energies, battery storage and electric vehicles — and an awakening of the financial markets to the risk of high-carbon growth are reinforcing that change. In short, the real world is moving faster than the politicians. It’s time for national leaders to now step-up and help, rather than hinder, the global transition underway.It is in this new context of awareness that world leaders will gather for the United Nations’ Climate Action Summit on September 23. The last UN summit of this kind, in 2014, was a major political milestone that helped catalyze the adoption of the Paris Agreement and the submission of national climate commitments from nearly 200 countries the following year. U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres is organizing the 2019 summit in pursuit of a similar goal: to generate much-needed political momentum heading into 2020, when countries need to accelerate action and strengthen their national commitments at a scale commensurate with the climate challenge.National leaders have three main tasks at the U.N. Climate Action Summit:1. Pledge to Reach Net-zero Emissions by 2050The 2018 report from the IPCC revealed that, while the world will face major climate impacts even with 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F) of warming, the effects get significantly worse with warming of 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F) — with greater exposure to extreme heat, plummeting crop yields, less productive fisheries and much more. Limiting warming to no more than 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels must be the new North Star that guides climate action for all of us — countries, cities, businesses and civil society. We must dramatically cut emissions across the global economy while building resilience and adapting to the serious climate impacts that are inevitable. The U.N. summit in New York is the first chance since that report to put heads of state in the spotlight and demand a response.To move toward a 1.5-degree pathway, Secretary-General Guterres has called for all countries to commit to shrinking their net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050, as the IPCC report made clear was necessary at the global level. The nations of Suriname and Bhutan are leading the way, as they already absorb more greenhouse gases than they emit. So far, 15 other countries have adopted or proposed legislation with a net zero emissions goal in mind (some on even shorter timelines than 2050). This includes developed countries such as Norway, Sweden, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, as well as developing countries like Chile, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Fiji and the Marshall Islands. The commitments made thus far are inspiring and necessary, but we need similar action by many more nations, especially the biggest emitters. At the U.N. Climate Summit, leaders should reassure the public and their peers that they will take the steps necessary to decarbonize their economies by mid-century or earlier.Recent research in Indonesia, Mexico and China for example highlights the benefits to countries of doing so. For example, earlier this year the Indonesian government’s Low Carbon Development Initiative found that if the country shifts to a low-carbon development pathway, it could deliver an average of 6% GDP growth per year until 2045 — better than the current economic growth pathway — as well as more jobs, better health outcomes, and regional and gender benefits.  Countries can continue resisting the inevitable, or they can seize this immediate opportunity to deliver more equitable, sustainable growth and a competitive low-carbon economy. This summit is the moment to accelerate the transition to a brighter, safer future.2. Prepare to Strengthen their National Climate Commitments under the Paris Agreement by 2020When the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015, nations agreed to boost the ambition of their national climate commitments — known in U.N. circles as nationally determined contributions or NDCs — every five years. Guterres is calling for all countries to ramp up national commitments in 2020, aligning these near-term goals with the aim of keeping temperature rise below 1.5 degrees C. At this summit, it is vital that presidents and prime ministers — especially those from the largest emitters — make clear they will put forward ambitious national climate targets next year. This will be a critical signal of whether the world will live up to the goals of the Paris Agreement.In recent joint statements with France, India and China indicated that they will update their national commitments under Paris “in a manner representing a progression beyond the current one and reflecting their highest possible ambition,” and also committed to submitting long-term climate strategies next year. Leaders from these countries and from other major economies need to come to the summit prepared to announce they will step up their Paris commitments.  When these new national climate commitments are put on the table next year, they can include not only targets on reducing GHG emissions, but also policies on everything from accelerating the adoption of renewable energy, investing in electric vehicles, reducing food loss and waste, to protecting and restoring mangrove forests that sequester carbon and shelter coastal communities from storms.3. Advance Other Initiatives and Funding That Will Help Make a Zero-emissions Future PossibleDuring the summit we expect that many cities, states and businesses will unveil new initiatives or bolster existing efforts to address the climate crisis. Some of these announcements could be game changers for climate action. Many of these initiatives will be undertaken together with national governments, and all should underpin setting stronger national climate commitments and reaching countries’ net-zero goals. Simultaneously, national climate action can send clear, stable signals to encourage even greater action and innovation by cities and the private sector. For example, cities can save consumers hundreds of billions of dollars in energy costs by transitioning to net-zero buildings. Governments and companies can work together to set targets to increase the proportion of vehicles on the road that are emissions-free. Twenty-eight major companies have already pledged to meet the 1.5 degree C target; hopefully, many more will follow their lead at the summit.The summit is also a major opportunity for leaders to show that the global economy is undergoing a fundamental shift from “brown” to “green” financing that will transform our industrial and transport systems and provide clean jobs. One critical step in that direction is to halt the funding and building of coal plants, which are the world’s greatest source of carbon pollution. New coal power is also increasingly more costly than renewables, and once the health costs of air pollution are included, coal looks like an even worse economic deal. Essential to success will be the careful management of the transition, to ensure they are just and leave no one behind.And as always, ambitious pledges are not enough if there isn’t money to back them up. Developed countries must increase financial support for climate action in developing countries, which are often the most vulnerable to its effects. This includes following the lead of German, Norway, the UK and France in at least doubling their pledges to the Green Climate Fund, which is being replenished this year. This must include significantly ramping up investments in climate resilience to protect communities from climate impacts such as drought, sea level rise and extreme heat. A recent report from the Global Commission on Adaptation finds that investing $1.8 trillion globally in climate resilience from 2020 to 2030 could generate $7.1 trillion in total net benefits.A Livable Planet for AllOn September 20 and 27, concerned citizens — led by youth activists — will flood the streets demanding that global leaders wake up to the reality that an incremental approach to climate action is nowhere near enough: To combat climate change we need system change.Government leaders and the UN also have other urgent, important objectives on its radar, including reducing poverty and enabling sustainable development and halting the extinction crisis. However, there is a growing recognition that any one of these objectives cannot be achieved in a silo: without tackling climate change, all other goals at are risk of becoming out of reach, and vice versa. The UN Climate Action Summit and the SDG Summit that follows it are a unique opportunity to link these agendas and demonstrate how actions to cut emissions, decarbonize industries and adapt to increasingly severe impacts can help to build a better future that includes quality jobs, stronger economies, better health and food for all. This is the new growth story of the 21st century.last_img read more

Why You Can’t Fully Outsource SEO

first_img . A big piece of search engine optimization is creating interesting and relevant content for your audience. That often means calling on your expertise for the content of a blog post, for example, even if it means hiring a writer or editor to put it down in sentences and paragraphs. Your Relationships quick fix on SEO 101 Your Content SEO Why Your Business Can’t Fully Outsource SEO: Topics: . Another big piece of search engine optimization is can quickly get you up to speed. All that said, this is not to say that you should not hire an SEO consultant. The key here is that you cannot fully outsource this project – you must be commited to being involved in your SEO initiatives (and should probably be wary of any SEO consultant that says they can do it all without your input). Whether you hire a consultant or decide to take on your SEO yourself, you should probably educate yourself on the basics and understand what you should be tracking and measuring to make sure you’re not wasting your time and money. Our one hour Or, really want a ? Originally published Jun 20, 2008 3:10:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 SEO Pixie Dust linkbuilding Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack . You (hopefully) know your business better than any SEO consultant you could hire. This means that you know your market and you can make the right judgments on the most relevant keywords to optimize around. When it comes to developing a smart Internet marketing strategy, you should do a full keyword research process to identify which keywords (1) have a high number of monthly searches, (2) are not as competitive or difficult to start ranking for, and (3) are relevant to your business. We talk to a lot of businesses who say they want a company to “do SEO” for them – they’re looking for a company or consultant to whom they can outsource their search engine optimization completely. Many people who are new to the space and don’t yet understand how SEO works – how it is an ongoing process that requires a business’ input – think that it’s simply a checklist of items that they can hand off to an outside consultant. But that is not actually the case. ? How about some – links serve as references for your site and signal to the search engines that you are important. Some linkbuilding you can outsource – getting listed in high quality directories, for example – but another piece of your linkbuilding strategy should include engaging in the blogosphere and developing relationships with bloggers in your industry. Much of building up your business’ reputation online involves building up your personal reputation online by interacting on a individual level with the consumers and peers in your industry – something a consultant cannot really do on your behalf. marketing webinar Your Keywordslast_img read more

13 Steps That Transformed One Company From Invisible King to Sought Leader

first_img Elekta’s blog to publish RSS feeds, comment on industry-related news and build networks. Thus, it brings up relevant questions to hospitals and engages them in conversations. On Twitter, Elekta also monitors its competitors’ performance. (1) Deleted Duplicate Content Photo Credit: The company monitored the sites linking to it. Elekta Here’s exactly what they did: Andrew took much of’s great content and “blogofied it.” In addition to adding and updating site information, Elekta is also archiving some of its old content. By archiving content as opposed to deleting it, the site keeps its inbound links. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack When it releases a new product, Elekta also creates a domain name for it. Multiple relevant domain names enable the company to track what gives it the most inbound traffic. (12) Optimized Keywords inbound links and used alt tags for those with higher ratings. Following up on inbound links helped it build great SEO authority. As accuracy of information in healthcare is crucial, Elekta keeps its content fresh. For instance, Andrew suggested, nothing was worse than reading X-Ray was the best tool to use today. In order to feature the most up-to-date content, Elekta plans on adding a content timer of six months. Thus, authors will receive email alerts to check the accuracy of their six-month-old content. Elekta canceled its paid ad campaigns because, as Andrew noted, they “were just wrong.” The company was losing money investing in campaigns whose analytics it didn’t really measure. Soon Andrew realized that he preferred to be seen in organic search rather than in paid content. “We are getting more clicks from organic search than we ever did with PPC,” he said. As a result of these 13 steps, Elekta increased its traffic globally. Now its kingdom is listening and the inbound links are there to show it. Download our Instead of targeting just oncology, Elekta investigated what people were actually looking for when they think of oncology. “Let’s use the stuff that not many people are searching for,” said Andrew. Thus, the company went for the long-tail keywords and improved its SEO strategy. Elekta recognized this problem, and took a series of steps to fix it. The results were significant; in four months they move from a PageRank 6 to a PageRank 7, in a industry where most companies are stuck with PageRanks between 4 and 6. The company also saw an increase in traffic globally. Learn more about inbound marketing and how to combine blogging, SEO and social media for results. RSS feeds (8) Bought Relevant Domains Topics: (2) Followed Up on Inbound Links (4) Started a Blog (3-4 times/week) (13) Increased Activity in Social Media (9) Created Well Structured Landing Pages enable people to get in contact with Elekta without visiting the site. Now that everyone has BlackBerries, Andrew suggested, it is easy to push information anywhere and keep people informed on-the-go. “Our syndication has gone from several people to several thousand people per month,” he said. Twitter SEO Similarly, Elekta uses Elekta has been regularly monitoring its data — comparing web pages, following site traffic, and evaluating customer engagement and keyword performance. Andrew found out that what works in America might not work internationally. “We try something, look at the results and if the results don’t work we go back and change it,” said Andrew. Originally published Jul 22, 2009 8:15:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Elekta created a set of enhanced landing pages. As Andrew said, he wanted the new pages to be “short and sweet, and to the point.” The landing pages got customized to different audience segments — health care professionals, patients and hospital administration. Thus, they offered critical information for targeted buyer personas. (10) Checked Analytics Inbound Marketing Kit (11) Added, Updated, and Archived Content . Andrew noticed that visitors were coming to not only via traditional channels like Google and MSN, but also through Twitter and Flickr. In order for people to stumble upon Elekta’s brand, the company became active in the social mediasphere. You might be the king of your field but if you are invisible, your kingdom simply won’t see you. turned out to be a great channel for event information and direct communication with customers. It covers industry-specific news, not product information. (7) Updated Profile in Online Directories (5) Created RSS Feeds Jim Linwood (3) Stopped PPC & Ad Words Campaigns , a Swedish company with US base in Atlanta that specializes in clinical oncology solutions had a great business, but not one that was getting found in search engines. “A lot of our smaller competitors were beating us,” Elekta’s Andrew Rodgers said. In order to keep its site consistent and correct, Elekta updated its profile in many online directories. The company also keeps track of the accuracy and appearance of its Google images. In short, it has made it a priority that company information — web addresses, logo, SEO links, etc — is correct everywhere. inbound marketing kit As an international company, Elekta has created satellite sites (.com, .net, etc) and regional pages with local languages. These pages feature in-depth content and point to landing pages. Elekta deleted duplicate content from its site. The easy “cut and paste” was no longer an option. On the contrary, production of unique and regional content was necessary. (6) Created Twitter Profile compared Elektalast_img read more

Data: Free Stuff and Contests Work for Lead Generation

first_img Click here to register now .  that will teach you scientifically proven ways to get more leads.  Topics: Science of Lead Generation webinar I found that landing pages that included the word “free” did much better than those that did not. This post is a sneak-peak of data from the upcoming  Lead Generationcenter_img Next I analyzed pages that said the words “contest” or “winner” to explore whether or not contests work the same way free stuff does. First, I analyzed the difference in conversion rates between pages that mentioned the word “free” and those that did not. Originally published Oct 12, 2010 7:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 I found that, in fact, landing pages that referred to contests or winning tended to have higher conversion rates than pages that did not. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Giving away free stuff is a time-honored marketing tradition, but I wanted to explore its effects in online lead generation.last_img read more

35th anniversary of World Cup win: Kapil’s Devils stay relevant

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 25 (PTI) It’s seven years now and Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s six off Nuwan Kulasekara at the imposing Wankhede Stadium is still etched in the memory of millions. Those who who were present at the stadium and also those who watched it on television. However, notwithstanding Dhoni’s heroics, it’s the bunch of upstarts, which upstaged the best cricket team of their generation 35 summers back at the ‘Mecca of Cricket’, which still remain refreshingly relevant on this day and age. ‘Kapil’s Devils’ had upset all equations during their 43-run win against Clive Lloyd’s West Indies at the hallowed Lord’s on this very day 35 years back. Many would agree that Dhoni’s winning six is the lasting memory of the 2011 final and everything else is a kind of blur. The classy Mahela Jayawardene century, the gutsy Gautam Gambhir, whose 97 set it up for Dhoni’s final flourish. Blame it on excessive cricket where you just flip from one game to another. But, cut to the highlights of the 1983 final, shown a zillion times on various sports channels, you seem to remember every flash points of that match. May be, less amount of memorable footage of that generation of players have played its role but no ardent cricket fan can deny that they don’t mind an nth glimpse of that highlights, whenever they get a chance. Balwinder Singh Sandhu’s outswing turned off-cutter, Jeff Dujon getting played on to an Amarnath delivery bowled at Anil Kumble’s speed, Amarnath’s Bolt like (or in 1983, may be Carl Lewis like) sprint towards pavilion after getting Michael Holding leg before and that catch. Yes, the most significant catch in Indian cricket history till date.advertisement One of India’s greatest ever cricketers ran 35 yards to get the most destructive batsman out. Kapil Dev’s catch of Vivian Richards is a stuff of legends. The bowler Madan Lal was being butchered by ‘King Richards’ and that’s fate he would have met with on most days but ‘Maddipa’, as he is affectionately called, is possibly among the top five honest triers in Indian cricket, who made up for lack of talent with sheer hardwork. No wonder it had encouraged generations and Virender Sehwag, himself a legend in his own right and a World Cup winner, tweeted a photograph of a smiling Kapil being presented the Prudential Cup. “This photo will forever remain in the memory of every Indian cricket fan and so will this victory, a victory which changed the face of Indian cricket. 35 years have passed and hope our Indian team repeats this a year from now at the same venue,” Sehwag tweeted. Save Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar, the team didn’t have any great talent but had self belief in abundance. Despite Kapil’s iconic 175 not out at Tunbridge Wells or Roger Binny’s incisive swing bowling, Indians were always rank outsiders as per betting companies, which meant that punters went home richer. India were 60:1, the odds stacked heavily against them. Years have passed by but June 25 still holds a special place in the hearts of cricket lovers. In 2008, the BCCI had arranged a special felicitation for the 1983 team and a private company flew them to England where they revisited the day, standing at the Lord’s balcony. Another 10 years have passed and although 35 doesn’t hold any special significance, with the passage of time people cling onto memories even more. Madan Lal, who will be contesting for DDCA president’s post, in what promises to be a bitter election, today organised a dinner party to celebrate the anniversary. While the batch of 1983 were invited, it was expected that without their trips being sponsored, none of the members living outside Delhi would even drop in for the function. No one knows whether they were sent formal invites at all and it turned out to be an event that was used for election campaign by Madan Lal’s backers. But even after 35 years, the team has stuck by each other. From Gavaskar, Kapil, Amarnath, Sandeep Patil, Ravi Shastri (who has also wished Rajat Sharma), most of the members of the 1983 batch showed their solidarity for Madan’s candidature by posting videos on twitter. PTI KHS KHS AHAHlast_img read more