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  1. Right from our childhood, we are told that English is a prerequisite for anyone and everyone who wants to succeed or basically achieve anything in life. And those who don't know the language are unfortunately ridiculed. The fact that English is one of the most spoken languages in the world just goes on to establish the dominance it has. via GIPHY But you know us Indians; we have the ability to transform everything as per our tastes and term it as a 'jugaad'. And there's no debate over the fact that the 'Hinglish' language is one of our most successful jugaads. In fact, it is so successful that it now taking over the world starting with a college in UK. © Twitter Portsmouth College is offering its students a course in the hybrid language of 'Hinglish'. The course was first introduced in 2017 as a part of a pilot project. But thanks to the crazy response that the students gave, they are going to offer a longer duration course starting from September this year. © Nacue The curriculum will be designed keeping in mind the growing importance of the language not just in India but across the world in terms of economy, business operations, literature and even films. © Red Chillies Entertainment According to The Tribune, 18 students attended the Hinglish sessions on a regular basis earlier and they will now be helping the faculty to develop the course further. It will then become a regular feature from the 2018-19 academic year as part of the Modern Business Language & Culture programme. You can catch a glimpse of the Hinglish class here: Honestly, it makes us laugh and feel proud at the same time. After years of us trying to adapt to everything that's western, seeing our native language taking over the world in this way is definitely something we didn't expect. But people's massive interest in learning about India, its culture through a language is definitely heart warming.
  2. File Photo NEW DELHI: Hockey?s governing body indicated Thursday that Pakistan will take part in the men?s World Cup this year in India despite acute tensions between the two countries. Pakistan have qualified for the World Cup to be held in the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar between November 18 and December 16. But fears have been raised that Pakistan could skip the 16-team event as sporting ties between the neighbours are frozen. The International Hockey Federation (FIH) told AFP however that no participating nation has indicated problems that could lead to a withdrawal, or India refusing to let any nation attend. "We are looking forward to welcoming all 16 qualified teams. We have not received concerns from any of the participating teams nor the host about this matter," an FIH official told AFP in an email statement. "FIH strongly believes that hockey is an inclusive sport, aimed at celebrating diversity and promoting friendship and respect." India?s blind cricket team did not go to Pakistan in January for the 50-over World Cup, forcing their matches to be switched to United Arab Emirates. India and Pakistan?s senior cricket teams have not played a bilateral series since 2013 because of the tense political climate. India accuses its neighbour of supporting militant activities, particularly in the disputed Kashmir region. Pakistan?s kabaddi, squash, and wrestling teams also did not travel to India for marquee tournaments last year. Pakistan ? who did not qualify for the 2014 World Cup ? are the most successful team in the sport?s showpiece event with title wins in 1971, 1978, 1982, and 1994.
  3. 'IT' is one of those movies that will have you hooked from the first five minutes. Whether it made you feel extremely bad for the kids or because you couldn't wait to watch what happens next, the movie definitely keeps you at the edge of your seat. © New Line Cinema Time and again, we have seen deleted scenes from the movie surfacing online. While some of them could have added a little more twist to the film and scare the hell out of you even more, there wasn't exactly anything groundbreaking. None of them could have changed the entire movie. via GIPHY But today we are here to talk about one such scene which had the ability to change the course of the film entirely. Now you might recall how the movie starts. We see little Georgie Denbrough, sailing a paper boat which goes down the gutter of his rainy street. via GIPHY We then see him running to catch his boat and just as he bends down to find his boat in the sewer, Pennywise appears on the screen. via GIPHY Pennywise introduces himself and offers the boat back to Georgie in an extremely 'friendly' tone and we all know how this unfortunate incident ends. via GIPHY But what if this never happened? What if Georgie actually grabbed his boat back from Pennywise's hand and went on about his usual business? How would Pennywise react? What would have happened thereafter? We have so many questions after seeing this alternate opening scene. Have a look at it yourself: While Pennywise's reaction is hilarious, we cannot imagine the movie with this scene. In fact, we even think this would have spoiled the entire storyline. But nevertheless, at least in some alternate universe, little Georgie is safe and sound.
  4. AML head Sheikh Rasheed and PAT chief Tahirul Qadri address a press conference in Lahore. ? Geo News LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chief Tahirul Qadri said on Thursday that they have called an all parties conference on December 28, during which they would announce their future course of action. Speaking at a joint press conference with Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed, Qadri said they are inviting all major political and religious parties, to hold consultations with them. "The real case is that of the Model Town incident, all others would be opened on their time," he said. Earlier this week, the PAT chief had called on Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Law Minister Rana Sanaullah to step down from their positions by December 31, in the light of the Model Town inquiry report. The incident on June 17, 2014, had claimed lives of at least 14 people and left over 100 others injured during an 'anti-encroachment operation' by Punjab Police outside Idara Minhajul Quran in Lahore's Model Town. On Wednesday, Qadri had also announced launching a movement, 'Tehreek-e-Qisas', in response to 'Tehreek-e-Adl' announced by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Nawaz Sharif, saying that he will announce his next course of action in case his demands are not met. Qadri demands Shehbaz, Sanaullah?s resignations by Dec 31 The PAT leader says that in case his demands are not met he will announce his next course of action Qadri to start movement in response to Nawaz?s call PAT chief also demanded Model Town accused surrender by December 31 "Nawaz Sharif wants to drive the country towards destruction," Rasheed told reporters. "I appeal to them to let the country move forward; shouting at the judiciary and other institutions will get you nothing." Criticising Ishaq Dar, he said the finance minister should return to Pakistan if he is clean. Model Town report The Punjab government, at the behest of the Lahore High Court, had made the report of the Model Town incident public on December 5. The inquiry report, prepared by Justice Baqir Najfi commission, says that police tried to cover up the facts regarding who gave orders to open fire on protesters, according to the commission report released Tuesday. Police tried to cover up who gave orders to shoot: Model Town inquiry report Punjab govt issued commission report on Tuesday after orders by the Lahore High Court It adds that no legal opinion was sought from the Punjab advocate general prior to the start of the operation. The commission, in its report, also stated that on the ground, the standoff continued the whole night, resulting in minor injuries to police constables as well as PAT workers. It was after 9am that the DIG Operation arrived at the site, who called the SPs of different divisions of Lahore, and as a result the policemen started increasing in response to the swelling up of the PAT activists, the report says. The commission observed: "The level of cooperation in digging out the truth is that no police official from top to bottom, whether actively participated in the operation or not, did utter a single word about the person under whose command the police resorted to firing upon the PAT workers." Further, in its conclusion, the commission said, "It is shocking to note that everyone has deliberately but unsuccessfully tried to cover each other from possibly adverse legal effects."
  5. With Congress President Rahul Gandhi conceding defeat to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Gujarat elections today, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has now officially swept the polls. If you still have any doubts as to who won, then just take a look at Rahul's tweet, which makes it crystal clear. And honestly, we aren't shocked. He tweeted, “The Congress party accepts the verdict of the people and congratulates the new governments in both states. I thank the people of Gujarat and Himachal with all my heart for the love they showed me.” The Congress party accepts the verdict of the people and congratulates the new governments in both states. I thank the people of Gujarat and Himachal with all my heart for the love they showed me. — Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) December 18, 2017 The Indian National Congress gave a tough fight to BJP, however, that didn't stop the folks on Twitter from mercilessly trolling the hell out of the defeated party. 1. Burying Their Heads In The Sand. Quite Literally. Congress supporters now. #GujaratVerdict pic.twitter.com/RXhTerKI1t — Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) December 18, 2017 2. Photoshop Level: 100 #GujaratVerdict pic.twitter.com/Bi5VABHqCj — Angoor stark ð (@ladywithflaws) December 18, 2017 3. Sorry Congress, No Lifelines Available Now! Election Commission to Congress#GujaratVerdict pic.twitter.com/oDOGMrnEOI — SAGAR (@sagarcasm) December 18, 2017 4. Pretty Much What Happened Keep calm MITROOO #GujaratVerdict ð¹ð¹ð¹ pic.twitter.com/s6jsNpGE7N — Freelance 007 (@James_Beyond) December 18, 2017 5. Oh well… Congress supporters can't even get a drink tonight. — Tanmay Bhat (@thetanmay) December 18, 2017 6. Poor 'Pidi' Pidis. #GujaratVedict pic.twitter.com/sjIS3v2Psc — BRAHmeme ð¹ð©ð¤ (@effucktivehumor) December 18, 2017 7. Goodbye Rahul People to Rahul Gandhi. #GujaratVerdict #GujaratElection2017 pic.twitter.com/A7qLM5c7jM — Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) December 18, 2017 8. We Kinda Agree Uday Chopra giving a super hit looks more likely than Congress winning an election. #GujaratVerdict — Sonam Mahajan (@AsYouNotWish) December 18, 2017 And then of course, we also saw some who couldn't help but troll the winning party BJP. 9. Too Close For Comfort The fight is so close in Gujarat... so close.. i mean, so close... that it is difficult to decide whether the EVMs are tampered or not! #GujaratVerdict #GujaratElection2017 #GujaratResults — Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) December 18, 2017 10. No Pressure At All I love the process of secret ballot in our country - where a person of any caste,creed,***,religion can walk without any fear into a polling booth, without any pressure and vote for BJP...#GujaratVerdict #ElectionResults2017 — Atul Khatri (@one_by_two) December 18, 2017 11. Please Let This Happen Padmavati waiting for Gujarat elections to be over so she can finally get a release. pic.twitter.com/N0Q8ZX5gfa — Aisi Taisi Democracy (@AisiTaisiDemo) December 18, 2017 12. Slow & Steady Wins The Race, No? BJP supporters from early morning to now. #GujaratVerdict pic.twitter.com/tqNFM9VEeO — Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) December 18, 2017
  6. So if you’ve ever thought, I wonder why or how Jarrod Kimber writes like that, here’s a glimpse inside my head. You can sign up for the course here. View the full article
  7. This is one degree every stoner would be proud to flaunt. Northern Michigan University is now offering a 4-year degree course in marijuana. We are not kidding, we are not high. It's a study in the medicinal value of the plant, its cultivation, commercialization and marketing. “When they hear what my major is, there are a lot of people who say, 'Wow, cool dude. You're going to get a degree growing marijuana,'" said Alex Roth, a sophomore enrolled in the program. © Thinkstock Photos Unlike what you are thinking, the course is not about only marijuana. The students of the course would not be growing marijuana (sorry to douse your stoner hopes) or studying it in particular, rather they'd be focusing on plants whose effects are similar to that of marijuana. © Thinkstock Photos If you think the course is going to be as breezy as a marijuana high, you are wrong. It is a rather technical study in the biology and chemistry. Brandon Canfield, associate chemistry professor at the university, said while talking to Detroit Free Press, “This is not an easy program. It's a really intense, biology chemistry program.” © Thinkstock Photos This is a first of its kind programme that combines all sciences and commercial aspects of marijuana. While there are other universities that offer courses in law and policy pertaining to marijuana, the Michigan University course focuses on the science of the plant too. Well, what can we say, this course is gonna give you one hell of a high. H/t - Detroit Free Press
  8. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer breezed into the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters on Thursday and Juan Martin del Potro defeated racquet-smashing Alexander Zverev. Photo: AFP file SHANGHAI: Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer breezed into the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters on Thursday and Juan Martin del Potro defeated racquet-smashing Alexander Zverev. World number one Nadal blew away Fabio Fognini in 63 minutes and plays sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov as he pursues one of the few tournaments to have eluded him. Timeless rival Federer was even faster, dismissing Ukrainian qualifier Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-2 in 61 minutes. The 31-year-old Spaniard Nadal, fresh off the back of triumphs at the US Open and China Open, anticipates a tough encounter against the Bulgarian Dimitrov. "I played a very good match, I don´t know how many mistakes I made, but very few," said the 16-time Grand Slam winner and top seed in Shanghai. "I have a tough match against Grigor and know I will have to play my best... but I am playing well." Nadal, enjoying a late-career flourish, defeated good friend Dimitrov on his way to winning the China Open on Sunday, his sixth title of the season. And he underlined his status as the man to beat in Shanghai as he battered the Italian Fognini 6-3, 6-1. Dimitrov, chasing a spot at the season-ending ATP Finals in London, beat American Sam Querrey 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) to set up a Chinese reunion with Nadal. Federer, the Swiss world number two, plays either of the Frenchmen Gilles Simon or Richard Gasquet in the last eight on Friday. A mouthwatering Nadal-Federer final on Sunday awaits if the celebrated pair continue at the current rate. Zverev obliterates racquet Gutsy Del Potro recovered from a set down to win 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 against rising star Zverev and will next play Viktor Troicki or John Isner. The talented 20-year-old Zverev was going after his sixth title of a breakthrough season and was comfortable in the first set against Argentine Del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion and 16th seed. The German prodigy and the 29-year-old, whose career has been beset by injury, went toe to toe in the second set and the tie break was just as tight until Del Potro grabbed the crucial mini-break. And then came the turning point -- and a flash of anger from third seed Zverev -- as he yielded the crucial service break to go 3-2 down in the third set. "Right now I´m very pissed off, as you can probably tell," said Zverev afterwards, having smashed the racquet on the court, then trodden on it, and brutalised it further as he stomped back to his chair. A fan at least came away with a demolished racquet for a souvenir after the young German handed it to a spectator. "I don´t understand how I can lose a match where I get broken one time in three sets and not managed to get any chances on his serve," said Zverev, who is tipped to one day make world number one. "I´m a bit pissed off because I feel like I played well and that´s the upsetting part of it -- I could have done great in this tournament." Del Potro, pushed to the brink of retirement by four wrist surgeries that saw his ranking slip as low as 1,045 at one point in his career, said Zverev would learn. "I saw his frustration, for sure... But I think he´s still very young and he needs to keep learning, as he´s doing now," said the Argentine, 23 in the world. "He has everything to be in the top positions in the future, but these things happen. "Remember when Roger (Federer) was young? He broke racquets too." Also through are fourth seed Marin Cilic and Spain´s Albert Ramos-Vinolas, they go head to head in the last eight.
  9. Last month was the 10 year anniversary of this website, and I did **** all to celebrate it. Which is really the right way to celebrate a site like this. I was going to do an infographic making fun of myself, and I didn’t even do that. But I am doing something else that has something, slightly, to do with this site, I’m starting my own sports writing course. I never passed highschool, university, and also never worked at a newspaper. When I started this site I was a car park attendant, so you know, I’ve learnt a few things along the way. This scrappy little cesspool was the place I learnt how to write good like. So if you want to learn from the guy who taught himself by writing about a Kallis orgasm, you can. There are two SE London all day Saturday classes available: The 21st of October that has just had two cancellations, and thusly has a shittone of space for an intimate course where you can feel my spittle on my face as I talk. The 4th of November class is almost booked out. So you’d want to get in fast for that. There will be a course in Melbourne for late January. And more courses in the UK next year. For those who that doesn’t cover, there will also be an online course hopefully active by late November. You can register your interest for it here. The course is essentially me reverse engineering my writing, so it’s a pretty horrible look inside my brain that will hopefully explain how to be a better writer on sport. Or a sociopath. The rest of the course is from spending the last ten years talking to other aspiring writers. Answering their questions, doing reddit AMAs, dealing with the odd work experience kid, and helping out my friends. I think there are important, easy and practical things you can learn in eight hours that can help you become better. This is really the course I wish I’d taken back in the day, instead of pissing about here making fun of cricketers all the time. Anyway, do the course, don’t do the course, whatevs, I’ll be off half arsing that infographic that I’ll never finish. View the full article
  10. The latest US strategy appears to amount to around 4,000 new troops KABUL: US President Donald Trump has opened the door to the deployment to Afghanistan of thousands more US troops, in his first speech outlining American policy after nearly 16 years of grinding war. Reversing course from an earlier assertion that he would end US involvement in a conflict that has cost thousands of lives and trillions of dollars, Trump also hit out at neighbouring Pakistan, which he said was offering safe haven to "agents of chaos". Here are some key questions about the impact Trump´s strategy could have in a country known as "the graveyard of empires". What has Trump announced? He refused to give figures or details. But the strategy appears to amount to around 4,000 new troops, largely freed from Obama-era restrictions and thus able to take on greater frontline combat roles to target "terrorist and criminal networks". The 8,500 US personnel currently in-country are largely restricted to NATO´s mission of training the Afghan Army and offering strategic support on certain missions, though some are already conducting frontline operations. The other main plank of Trump´s outline strategy was to pressure Pakistan, a move which has already been attempted repeatedly attempted by Washington. Analysts point out that US administrations have for years complained that Islamabad talks a good game about helping to defeat extremists, but in fact offers refuge to the Afghan Taliban in particular, and stokes the insurgency. Will more boots on the ground make a difference? Not on the face of it. Former President Barack Obama authorised a massive surge that saw troop numbers top out at over 100,000, a move that decreased violence but did not result in a decisive blow. If the might of the US military could not defeat the militants then, many analysts argue that 12,500 are unlikely to secure a lasting victory. US intervention in Afghanistan: Key developments A timeline on key developments in the US military presence in Afghanistan "Probably the greatest contradiction that emerged from (the speech) is the claim we will learn from history and yet none of the policies have not been tried before," said James Der Derian of the Centre for International Security Studies at the University of Sydney. Others point out however that Afghan forces are now at a point where a smaller number of advisers more strategically deployed could make a difference. How will the Taliban react? With predictable violence and from a position of relative strength, observers say. They are likely to seek to send an early message, perhaps with a major urban attack -- the like of which they proved themselves capable with a massive truck bomb in Kabul´s diplomatic quarter in May. "The Taliban and other belligerents are likely to respond with a new wave of violence across the country," including in urban areas, said Javid Ahmad from West Point´s Modern War Institute. The Taliban has strengthened in recent years, and Afghan forces, beset by spiralling casualties, have struggled to contain them since NATO ended its combat mission in 2014. A US watchdog says Afghan forces control less than 60 percent of the country, with the rest either in Taliban hands or being violently contested. Unlike the war-weary United States, the Taliban has an almost endless capacity to absorb loss of life among its ranks. Nor does the group need -- as Washington does -- to "win" a grinding conflict that US commanders have described as a "stalemate". "(The militants) can wait out another 4,000 troops. The Taliban have survived much worse," said Der Derian, echoing a proverb long attributed to the Taliban about the war: "You may have the watches, but we have the time". Will the pressure on Pakistan work? Trump returned to the theme that has been a near-constant refrain from Washington since shortly after the 9/11 attacks: Pakistan must stop supporting extremists. With its long, porous border and poorly policed tribal areas, Pakistan makes a near-perfect refuge for Taliban, out of the range of Afghanistan´s under-performing army and its American protectors. Trump backs off Afghan withdrawal, slams Pakistan over ?terrorist safe havens? Trump warns vital aid could be cut if Pakistan does not stop Despite being a signed-up ally in the US "War on Terror", Pakistan stands accused of fuelling the insurgency next door, in part as a bulwark against the influence of India -- a modern-day "Great Game" reminiscent of the imperial rivalry between Britain and Russia in the 19th century. Years of pressure from Washington have not changed Pakistani policy, and experts say that sharp words from political neophyte Trump are unlikely to make much difference. "Pakistan´s enemy is India and it sees India as an existential threat, and Pakistan believes that the Taliban and the Haqqani network can help keep India at bay in Afghanistan," said Michael Kugelman of the Wilson Center in Washington. "No matter what threat or punishment the US throws at Pakistan, Pakistan is not going to change these ironclad, immutable strategic interests."
  11. Melisandre has always been somewhat of a mystery and we loved the touch of magic in the show, save for the fact that her miscalculated prediction causes the death of a little girl. After all, dragons can't do much beyond breathing fire, can they? In her brief appearance in episode 3, Melisandre drops a very important hint about Varys that we have most probably missed. © HBO After bringing fire and ice together, Melisandre decides to leave Dragonstone; of course, we know why she is avoiding Jon Snow and Ser Davos – the blood of a little girl on her hands doesn't look too good. She tells a suspicious Varys that she is going to Volantis. Varys slyly tells her not to return to Dragonstone as it might not be safe for her anymore. Melisandre's response "I will return [...] one last time. I have to die in this strange country, just like you" left both Varys and the viewers stumped. What did she mean?! Is she predicting Varys' death? Does she know something we don't? © HBO First things first, if you thought Varys was being hostile towards the Red Witch for no reason, you are right. The reason can be traced back to the tragic incident that changed his life forever. Varys was bought by a sorcerer who castrated him as part of a magic ritual and later left him to die on the streets. He confesses to Tyrion that he hates magic and sorcerers and explains his dislike of the Red Witch. © HBO If you recall, Varys hears a voice from the flames, a fact he is uncomfortable with. The fact that Varys has a connection with the supernatural world has been established in the show. Fan theories suggest that he is not lowborn, but of royal blood – something the Red Witch also hints at when she says, “None of us are common folk anymore.” It is believed that the voice speaks to him during the blood ritual, because he is of royal blood. © HBO Melisandre's prediction of his death hints at two major possibilities – Varys could betray Daenerys, the result of which would be him being burned alive, or he could be capable of magic himself, just like the Red Witch, even though he hates it. Throwback to season 6 when Kinvara, a priestess in R'hllor, stumps Varys by asking him "Should I tell you what the voice said? Should I tell you the name of the one who spoke?" Was the voice predicting his death? Does he know he will die in fire? Varys, if he indeed betrays Daenerys, could then change the course of war since he is an insider in her camp and would be privy to the most confidential of plans. Whatever it is, one thing is for sure – Varys will not have a linear role in the coming episodes.
  12. CARACAS: Venezuela's political crisis looks headed for a dangerous showdown on Friday, after the opposition called for a nationwide protest against President Nicolas Maduro in outright defiance of a government ban on demonstrations ahead of a controversial weekend vote. The war of words escalated on Thursday, the second day of a 48-hour general strike by Venezuelans angry over Maduro's plans for a Sunday vote to elect a new body to rewrite the constitution. "The regime declared we can't demonstrate... We will respond with the TAKING OF VENEZUELA" through a protest on Friday, the opposition coalition, the Democratic Unity Roundtable, said on its Twitter account. Maduro countered by urging the opposition to "abandon the road to insurrection." He called for immediate dialogue -- but signaled he was not backing down. Any talks, he said, should happen "before the election and installation of the Constituent Assembly" tasked with rewriting the constitution. Earlier, he issued a decree warning anybody taking part in protests that "could disturb or affect" Sunday's vote risked five to 10 years in prison. Four months of violent protests have already left 108 people dead, according to prosecutors. Five of them -- including two minors -- died in protests during the two-day strike. Demonstrations have intensified in recent days as the opposition seeks to thwart Maduro's plans and oust him through early elections. Fears of open civil conflict have prompted an exodus of thousands of Venezuelans into neighboring Colombia. - Maduro unbowed - International concern has mounted, with the United States, European Union, United Nations and most heavyweight Latin American nations urging Maduro to back down from his plan. Some 70 percent of Venezuelans oppose plans for the constituent assembly, according to polling firm Datanalisis. The United States has responded to Maduro's intransigence by imposing economic sanctions on 13 current and former Venezuelan officials, freezing their US assets and forbidding US entities from doing business with them. Maduro branded the US punishment "illegal, insolent and unprecedented." The opposition, which controls the National Assembly, has urged civil disobedience against what it terms Maduro's "dictatorship." It is pushing on with its own strategy of trying to force Maduro from power through early elections. Skirmishes in the street between supporters of the opposition and the Maduro government have become commonplace. Volleys of tear gas, rubber bullets and homemade bombs arced through the air in the capital during the strike. Barricades made from debris littered the eastern part of the city, with signs reading "No more dictatorships!" "What happens if they impose the constituent assembly? The crisis will worsen. Where does Maduro want to take the country? To a social explosion?" asked Henrique Capriles, an opposition leader. Dire economy With crippling shortages of basic goods and soaring inflation, protest organizers claimed 92 percent of businesses and workers supported the strike. Maduro accuses Washington of fomenting unrest against him, aided by the conservative opposition. He has increasingly relied on the Venezuelan military, which has repeatedly declared loyalty to him, to hold onto power. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, announcing America's sanctions on Wednesday, warned that any of the 545 members to be elected to Maduro's constituent assembly could also face US punishment. Venezuela's opposition, bolstered by an unofficial vote on July 16 that saw a third of the electorate reject Maduro's plan, has called for a vote boycott. At the same time, Maduro's administration is being squeezed by the long-running economic crisis. The oil export-dependent economy will shrink 12 percent this year, after a contraction of 18 percent last year, the International Monetary Fund said. Inflation is projected to top 720 percent. Venezuela's currency reserves have dwindled to under $10 billion as the government keeps up debt repayments at the expense of imports to stave off a devastating default. The country's isolation was being seen in the number of airlines cutting services to and from Venezuela. Avianca, a major Colombian carrier, said Thursday it was ending flights immediately, moving forward a suspension originally announced for mid-August. US airline Delta is also expected to suspend services from September. The company declined to comment on the move. Currency controls have made it nearly impossible for foreign companies to operate in the country. A Venezuelan source said the government debt to airlines had reached $3.8 billion.
  13. ISLAMABAD: The PPP will announce it future course of action after the Supreme Court?s verdict, said sources In a high-level consultative meeting in Islamabad chaired by party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the party leaders decided to explore the various possibilities which would emerge after the apex court?s decision on the Panama Papers case. The party meeting was attended by Nayyar Bukhari, Sherry Rehman, Faisal Karim Kundi, Farhatullah Babar, Mustafa Khokhar and other party leaders. Bilawal left for Karachi after the meeting concluded. Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan speaking at the PTI`s high-level meeting said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has no other option than to step down. According to sources, while chairing the meeting of party leaders and his legal team to discuss the Supreme Court reserving its judgment in the Panama Papers case, Khan said that the party will not let Nawaz create any undemocratic crisis in the country. The meeting was attended by PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Jahanghir Tareen, Naeemul Haq, Arif Alvi, Shafqat Mahmood and Awami Muslim League leader Sheikh Rasheed.
  14. There are many people who would not admit to themselves that even if they knew what they really wanted to do in life, they still wouldn't leave their well-paying, high-status job for it. But, would you? Or could you? Read on to find a few relevant answers to some of your questions with respect to your MBA aspirations. These points are just a guildeline to show you that there is so much more to the world than an MBA degree. Things you will have to pay for: 1. Time(duration of the course): Your MBA can take up 12 to 24 months to complete. Now, that period hampers your total experience count and it might get even worse if you do not find yourself a seat in a respectable college. In other words, it could be regressive for some. 2. Opportunity cost: Suppose you are earning Rs 8 lakh per anum right now and in the majority of cases there is a 10% increment each year. So, for a two-year program, your potential earnings lost would be around Rs 16.80 lakh. 3. Tuition fee and costs: An average cost for a two year MBA course in India comes to about 12 to 15 lakhs. This is excluding every other cost you will incur during your course and that could be living expenses and a whole host of other things. If you are planning to study abroad for an MBA you can assume it is going to cost around Rs 35 lakh in a decent college. You can also include the loans you will take to go on those trips during your courses which is also an integral part of building deeper relationships. The fees could go up to Rs 25 lakh in India and more than Rs 70 lakh abroad for the top colleges. Recent stats show that a two-year, full-time MBA program at Stanford will now cost you a whopping Rs 1.20 Cr, which in itself is a new record. 4. The Loan: For such a big amount, there is a huge probability that you will have to take a loan. At best you may get 75% of your tuition fee as a loan based on your collaterals and school you get a seat into. If you get a loan of Rs 9 lakh at an interest rate of 10% p.a., for a duration of 10 years, you would have paid Rs 15.85 lakh at the end of the term. Total: Rs 16.80 (Opportunity cost)+Rs 15.85 (fees with loan)+other expenses ~ Rs 32 to 40 lakh in India. Things you may gain: 1.Qualification and knowledge: An MBA definitely increases your knowledge and certainly widens your spectrum of eligible jobs in the market. 2. New opportunities The first year in an MBA course has common subjects for all and thus, no specialization. This gets you ready for many aspects of business and opens up new opportunities for you. 3. Increased relevant network As Steve Winwood said, “Networking is rubbish; have friends instead.” I hope you got the point. 4. Increased pay This is the biggest single reason why most of us go for an MBA and yes it does pay well and not just well, but one of the best in the industry as compared to other masters degrees. A list of Colleges with Tuition fee under Rs 35 lakh (Note: Tuition fees and average salaries have been taken from business school websites and various other sources) Most of the colleges provide scholarships as per your past record but the main thing you need to decide is which college suits you the most for your subject. A look at the affordability in abroad as compared to India A pack of bread in the US costs 7 times more than that in India. © economictimes Conclusion: Now the main question is still simple and easy to answer, but only useful if you are ready to take make daring move. You need to know if you really enjoy business and it's nuances. Does it excites you as your career, or you are just doing it to get that higher salary or to make that shift from your boring field? Now, I won't say any of this is wrong, but first you've got to do what is necessary and then what is possible and only then if you think your MBA would act as a ladder to your dream career, you should go for it, otherwise here are is a list of people who did not have an MBA and still succeeded.
  15. While on one hand we see people getting discriminated and deprived of their basic rights for being transgenders, there are some Good Samaritans who go that extra mile to help them fight for their rights. For instance, the Madras HC has been very supportive of this largely ignored community and is doing every possible thing, under their jurisdiction, to ensure that they get equal opportunities like other genders. Recently, the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) joined this bandwagon, by extending their helping hand to the transgenders, by waiving off the course fees. IGNOU announced that the course fee of all the programmes will be exempted for the transgender students. This move will supposedly benefit nearly 4000 transgenders who lost out on job opportunities due to the lack of required qualifications. © Facebook IGNOU RC Shimla According to The Times Of India, the Regional Director of IGNOU's Kochi Center, M Rajesh said “With an aim to integrate this special group into the mainstream, IGNOU has decided to offer full fee exemption for transgender in all its academic programmes.” He further added, “The study material will also be provided free of cost.” This move has already attracted some people to come forward and take up this opportunity and Rajesh is expecting more people to join in the following days. © BCCL In fact, IGNOU also has a special program called Bachelor Preparatory Programme (BPP) for students without Plus 2 qualification who want to study further. This can be a great move to support the transgender students who were often forced to leave schools after being subjected to discrimination. “This will encourage many to go back to the classroom. We will be propagating it amongst our community members. Most of us are so stuck in the daily struggles that we have forgotten the importance of education in our lives,” said Tripthy Shetty, a transgender activist who was happy with this development. This move can also help those who are financially weak. We are extremely proud of the fact that our society is rising above all the prejudices and stereotypes, to help transgenders get their rights and the opportunities they deserve. Source: The Times Of India
  16. Refurbishing a house takes money, and if you want a luxury home, that’s a lot of money. You’d rather live more humbly than spend a major chunk of your peanuts salary in buying expensive furniture. Hampshire resident Adrian Reeman doesn’t agree. The 67-year-old man converted his 2BHK flat into a palace using Do-It-Yourself hacks. Yes, he did it himself, while we wait for the plumber to fix our bathroom tap. © Caters Adrian is a pensioner who worked as a chef in the Merchant Navy, and had no professional knowledge of how to build and create. Just a man with a hammer and chisel. The entire process took 30 years as Adrian was not working on it continuously but between his jobs whenever he could spare the time. © Caters He began from scratch, working on the dull interiors of his council flat. From carving beautiful woodwork on panels to changing doors, ceilings and every possible inch of the flat, he managed to create a breathtaking wonder. The house now resembles the Palace of Versailles, even though Adrian hasn’t ever been to the palace. Well, now he lives in one. How He Did It © Caters Since Adrian has no professional knowledge of carpentry, masonry etc., he just began with fixing basic paneling of walls and ceilings. The more he worked on the house, the more he got interested in creating a masterpiece. “I just thought it would keep me busy if I started to make it look nicer, and the project grew from there,” he told The Sun. And it didn’t cost him a bomb since he sourced a lot of his materials from skips and shops giving away discarded pieces. He recreated a lot of furniture and wardrobes using discarded wood, and tables from old wooden bowls. © Caters He even retouched the bathroom to give it a beautiful marble finished look and is still doing the final touches. “I’m currently working to make the toilet look like its made of marble. It’s only a small lavatory, and you can barely turn around in it, but that doesn’t mean you cannot make it look grand,” he was quoted by The Sun as saying. He lives there with his wife Annette who now loves her new home. But there’s a dampener – it’s a rented house and a clause in the agreement requires them to return the flat to its original state when vacating! Now, of course, that won’t be possible!
  17. AB de Villiers was run out despite a desperate dive, India v South Africa, Champions Trophy 2017, Group B, The Oval, London, June 11, 2017?AFP. LONDON: India are on course to reach the Champions Trophy semi-finals after demolishing woeful South Africa for 191 in their do-or-die clash on Sunday. Virat Kohli?s side must win their last Group B fixture to avoid an embarrassing exit and they rose to the challenge after electing to bowl first at The Oval. South Africa, who face elimination if they lose, found it impossible to take charge against India?s accurate bowling and only Quinton de Kock (53) produced an innings of substance. India were aided by the shambolic South Africans, whose captain AB De Villiers failed for the third time in the tournament after being run out for 16. In total, South Africa had three run outs as they lost their last eight wickets for 51 runs. If India mount a successful run chase, the holders will join Group A qualifiers England and Bangladesh in the semi-finals. The remaining last four place will be decided on Monday when the winners of Sri Lanka against Pakistan will advance. Playing XI
  18. If you're some die-hard fan of Game of Thrones then this news is for you. Harvard University will soon be introducing a medieval history course inspired by the popular fantasy thriller Game of Thrones. Yes, it's no kidding! According to a leading daily, the course is being offered at the introductory 100-level. The course, titled the Real Game of Thrones: From Modern Myths to Medieval Models, the folklore and mythology course will study the HBO TV show based on George R R Martins' books that "echoes and adapts, as well as distorts the history and culture of the medieval world of Eurasia from c. 400 to 1500 CE". As per a leading international tabloid, Sean Gilsdorf, a medieval historian and Administrative Director and Lecturer in Medieval Studies at the varsity saying, "the course will study a set of archetypal characters at the heart of Game of Thrones -- the king, the good wife, the second son, the adventurer, and so on, with distinct analogues in medieval history, literature, religion, and legend". So, interested?