Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav turned 70 on Sunday and wished for a Bihar-like secular grand alliance at the Centre too. Amid a stream of visitors, non-stop phone calls and intermittent Twitter messages, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar too turned up to greet Mr. Prasad and recounted his political contribution to the State.Leaders greet“Delhi will now see the leadership of mahagathbandhan (grand alliance). All coalition partners should start preparations,” tweeted Mr. Prasad soon after Bihar Congress president Ashok Choudhary greeted him. Congress president Sonia Gandhi called up Mr. Prasad to wish him. Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee got a quick Twitter response to her greetings as the RJD chief reminded her that “they all stand in solidarity for the great cause ahead.” A row of RJD leaders, well-wishers and Mr. Prasad’s elder son Tej Pratap Yadav were seen sitting with him at his residence 10, Circular Road.Earlier in the day Mr. Nitish Kumar had dedicated two bridges over the river Ganga to the people of the State. The Opposition BJP had objected to the inauguration of the bridges on Mr. Prasad’s birthday. “They may say whatever they want to say…they are ignorant of how these bridges were completed against all odds…the dates were finalised by the concerned department”, said Mr. Kumar on the occasion. But, the BJP leaders alleged that it was only after their objection that the names were changed. “Otherwise, the RJD had decided to name the bridges after Lalu Prasad,” they claimed. Mr. Prasad’s younger son Tejaswi Yadav is Deputy CM and also Minister of State for Road Construction.
While consumers across the world are seeing a growing number of “Made in India” labels on the goods they buy, Indian shoppers are witnessing a more subtle change. Increasingly, multinational companies are selling products that are not just made in — but that are made for — India. Entire generations of Indian consumers, who once felt grateful simply for being able to experience the same brands as the rest of the world, are now realizing they can ask for products that cater to their wants and needs. And they stand a good chance of getting what they want. “The willingness of big brands to customize their products was never the issue,” says Harminder Sahni, managing director of Technopak Advisors India, one of the country’s largest management consultancies. “What has changed is that the Indian market has finally reached a critical mass — after the U.S. and China, this is the largest consumer market in the world — that justifies the investment.” That wasn’t always the case. Before the Indian economy opened up in the early 1990s, “imported” goods were a sought-after commodity, their foreignness often being their most desirable attribute. Not surprisingly, then, many multinationals didn’t think success would require much effort when their brands finally entered the country after 1991.Things have changed. As Indian consumers became more aware of trends and advancements in technology, they began to demand similar sophistication. More important, they wanted products built to their needs. That meant not just automobiles, household appliances and consumer electronics, but also mobile phones, foods and apparel. “Earlier, there was a reverence for anything foreign because local products were of terrible quality,” says Abraham Koshy, professor of marketing at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA). “But as the market developed, the focus started shifting from the product to the brand. Customers started patronizing a brand only if the product suited them. So the need arose for companies to adjust their products to customers’ requirements.”It isn’t only about holding on to existing customers. If altering a product’s design or introducing a variant will help a brand reach out to an additional customer group, most companies would think it worth the investment. “Brands that establish their relevance with customers do well,” says Shripad Nadkarni, director of MarketGate Consulting, a Mumbai-based marketing and brand consultancy. The increasing use of third-party sourcing helps further the customization cause; companies can simply take on additional local suppliers who will adapt the products for different markets and customer groups. Of course, localization doesn’t work for all products. Many high-end luxury goods, for instance, rely on their country-of-origin tag to enhance their brand appeal. A “Made in India” label on these products would be disastrous, says Technopak’s Sahni. Koshy adds that products where the unit consumption is low may not justify huge outlays on customization.‘Culturally Sensitive’ FoodVariations in consumption patterns across countries, or even regions within countries, usually reflect historical, climatic, economic and cultural differences. But not all these factors are equally important. In her book Consumer Behavior and Culture, Dutch economist Marieke K. de Mooij asserts that “70% of differences between countries with respect to product ownership and usage can be explained by culture.”Nowhere is that more apparent than in food preferences and habits. Across most of the world, Nestlé’s Maggi is known best as a soups-and-sauces brand. In India, it has become the generic word for instant noodles. The product sold in India, though, bears little resemblance to the ramen of East Asia. It was introduced in 1982 with a masala (spicy) flavoring and, over the next 25 years, Nestlé continued to launch variants that would appeal to local and regional tastes. Of course, they weren’t all equally successful, and the masala variant continues to be Maggi’s best seller. At the other end of the scale, perhaps, is Kellogg India. The breakfast cereal giant has clung to its determination to popularize cold, uncooked breakfasts, even offering corn flakes in ethnic flavors such as mango, honey and saffron. But given Indians’ preference for hot meals, Kellogg’s is finding that the road to success can be a long one. “Some product categories are more conducive to local interpretation. If you don’t honor that, you’re likely to remain on a slow growth curve,” MarketGate’s Nadkarni says. “Food is perhaps the most culturally sensitive category.”The international fast food chains appear to understand the need for product customization particularly well. A significant number of Indians are vegetarian by choice or for religious reasons, and strict taboos remain on the mingling of vegetarian and non-vegetarian foods in the same kitchen or on the same table. McDonald’s took note of that as far back as 1990, when it began establishing local supplier partners, six years before it opened its first restaurant in India. Working on its first no-beef, no-pork menu, the company ensured that suppliers respected the beliefs of its future customers. Vegetarian products are prepared with dedicated equipment and utensils and, in some cases, by a separate workforce. All food is cooked in vegetable oil, and the mayonnaise and other sauces do not contain egg (considered a non-vegetarian food). “We understand Indian culture because we were born in it,” says Vikram Bakshi, managing director and joint venture partner, McDonald’s India (North and East). “Physical separation of vegetarian and non-vegetarian products is maintained right from the farm to the customer.” The Indian operations may have required extra effort, but McDonald’s executives say the dedication to local cultures is not new for the company: In the last 50 years, the chain has opened more than 30,000 restaurants in 120 countries (155 in India), adapting its menu and operations to complement existing eating-out options. While the iconic all-beef Big Mac has been replaced by the mutton and chicken Maharaja Mac in India, a kosher variant in Israel is served minus the cheese. In China, McDonald’s introduced red bean pies, while Norwegian restaurants offer the salmon McLaks burger. Of course, it helps to have local partners in these markets; about 70% of the chain’s restaurants are owned and operated by local entrepreneurs. “Local owners understand what their customers want and, perhaps more important, what is acceptable within local customs and values,” Bakshi says.Some learn that the hard way. When Yum Restaurants India opened the first Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) outlet in Bangalore in the mid-1990s, locals protested about the brand’s multinational origins. As the ensuing months proved, it wasn’t only KFC’s parentage that was too foreign; the chicken wings and wraps it offered were too alien for Indian taste buds. In just a few years, Yum closed all its KFC restaurants in India, and did not relaunch the brand until 2004. This time, though, the company was more market-savvy. It introduced a vegetarian menu that included rice meals, wraps and side dishes — the most extensive meat-free menu across the chain’s worldwide operations — and, like McDonald’s, stuck to eggless mayonnaise and sauces. Even its trademark chicken dishes were given a local flavor with the use of Indian spices and cooking techniques.“KFC’s strength is our brand-standard products,” says Unnat Varma, marketing director of KFC India. “We work around that core and give consumers products with familiar tastes.” That is in keeping with an independent study in 2001 by Technopak (then called KSA Technopak), which revealed that 70% of Indians preferred traditional foods and flavors over “Western” foods. The company’s new, balanced strategy appears to be working: In four years, KFC has increased its presence in India to 34 outlets, and plans to cross the 100-outlet mark in the next two years. “The vegetarian offerings have made the brand more relevant to a larger section of consumers,” says Varma, “and that is necessary for KFC’s growth.”In contrast to the KFC experience, Yum Foods’ other Indian operation, Pizza Hut, played its cards well right from the start. Within three years of its 1996 launch, Pizza Hut opened its first vegetarian restaurant in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, a state with a large Jain population. Not only did the outlet serve no meat, it also offered a selection of Jain toppings. (The Jain religion proscribes all meat and root vegetables, including ginger, garlic, onion and potato). There are now three all-vegetarian restaurants in India, the only such Pizza Hut outlets in the world. There are other signs of “Indianization”: Three years ago, Pizza Hut launched the “Great Indian Treat” product range, its first completely localized menu. Even now, the menu includes a mix of Indian and international ingredients and tastes. Says Anup Jain, director of marketing for Pizza Hut India: “We customize our international flavors to suit local preferences, and 20% of our overall menu is localized. World over, the toppings at Pizza Hut are mainly beef and pepperoni.” But in India, where up to 60% of the people are estimated to be vegetarian, “we have more variety in vegetarian toppings.”Practical Considerations IIMA’s Koshy points out that some product localization is the result of requirements that cannot be wished away — for instance, the need for right-hand-drive cars in India, or electronic equipment that operates at 220 volts. Physical conditions also matter a great deal. The Nokia 1100 is a case in point. Launched in 2003 as an entry-level mobile handset, the 1100 is designed especially for emerging markets such as India, and is the outcome of detailed studies of users and market conditions. The findings? Users in these markets placed a premium on ease of use and durability. A no-frills phone was acceptable as long as it provided necessary services such as text messaging and an alarm clock at an affordable price. The perfect handset would also be hardy enough to withstand India’s heat, dust and humidity, and would have a battery that could cope with uncertain recharging schedules, given the erratic power supply.Accordingly, the 1100 has a dust-free keypad and an anti-slip grip. It also has an alarm clock and a built-in flashlight that can be activated by pressing a single key. It was priced at less than $116, bringing it within reach of consumers from even lower-income groups. Not surprisingly, the 1100 is not just the world’s best-selling cellular phone model, but also the best-selling consumer electronics device, having sold some 200 million units since 2003.The 1100 is not the first example of Nokia’s product localization in India. The Finnish company started much earlier with a special edition of its 5110 model. Launched on August 15, 1998, the 5110 celebrated the 51st anniversary of Indian independence with a patriotic ring tone, adapted by the composer and sitar player Ravi Shankar. The next year, Nokia included Bollywood hit songs as ring tones in several handset models and introduced the 3210, which offered a user interface in local languages. Text messaging in Hindi followed soon.Other mobile handset manufacturers have been offering Indianized models as well. Bollywood themes and regional language text messaging remain the most popular tweaks, but other interesting modifications have been made. For instance, LG launched cricket-based games in some models a few years ago, while Samsung’s latest phones are loaded with a traditional Indian calendar. A new series of Sony Ericsson phones include dedicated radio speakers and have AM radio capabilities, a first for the Indian market.Mobile phones aside, the most common examples of product localization in India are consumer appliances. And, like the 1100, they are mostly the result of market abnormalities. The biggest barriers to increasing washing machine sales in India are the frequent power outages and the uncertain water supply. Whirlpool India kept that in mind and launched a series of semi-automatic washing machines that require less water and fully automatic machines that restart automatically after a power failure. Market leaders LG and Samsung include similar appliances in their India portfolios. Other region-specific products include refrigerators that keep food cold for four to five hours without electricity.Of course, not all modifications are the result of poor Indian infrastructure. Regional preferences also play a role. LG Electronics India managing director Moon B. Shin says the Korean company’s approach to product customization is one not just of localization, but of “micro-localization.” Intensive customer research and feedback determine the kind of adaptations to be made to products — the color of refrigerators, for instance. The generous use of oil and strong spices such as turmeric in Punjabi cooking can stain pastel-colored appliances, which is why more intense shades do particularly well in that market.Increasingly, the choice of accessories, too, is decided by local requirements. In South India, for instance, most microwave oven starter kits include an idli mold for making the steamed rice dumpling popular in the region. In northern markets, the mold may be replaced by a plate to heat kulcha, a traditional flat bread. “Product customization has to be considered in the social context as well as the physical requirement,” IIMA’s Koshy points out. “Tastes and habits are very individualistic.”Made for India, and OthersCustomizing products for one market doesn’t restrict their appeal. On the contrary, many products designed for the Indian consumer could well find takers outside the country, especially in the subcontinent and West Asia. McDonald’s, for instance, has already realized the potential of exporting its Indian offerings. Since 2004, the company has been exporting McAloo Tikki burgers, Pizza McPuff and Veg Surprise — products developed especially for India — to West Asia. Consumer electronics company Philips India, too, is benefiting from Indianization experiments. In 2007, the company introduced an intelligent water purifier, which works on ultraviolet light technology — a product created especially for India. It is now being exported to Eastern Europe, Thailand, Turkey and Brazil. Similarly, a food processor that generates less noise is finding takers in Sri Lanka and West Asia; another model being test marketed, which allows hands-free operation, may find export markets as well.Tupperware India started operations in India with products selected from its existing international portfolio. Within a few years, though, it had begun modifying products to appeal to Indian consumers and soon began designing specifically for the local market. The spice box is a classic example. Using existing modular containers, Tupperware created an ergonomically sound, rectangular spice box. It was a neat, space-saving design — and it bombed. The traditional spice box in India is made of metal and is round, with round containers inside. Feedback from the sales force revealed that consumers would accept a plastic alternative, but not an altered shape. Tupperware now sells a round version designed and manufactured in India.Even the serving spoons in India are custom-made, points out Anshu Bagai, head of marketing for Tupperware India. “The shapes are very different from what is sold in other markets,” he says. “Indians have specific designs for serving rice, gravies and dry dishes.”Tupperware India hasn’t just introduced new products in India, it has also added new materials. Typically, the company manufactures containers in polypropylene, a cloudy plastic. Given Indian consumer preferences, it has now introduced dinner sets in melamine and upgraded its factory to manufacture polycarbonate, a clear plastic. “Every market is different, but we find customization has to be of a higher degree in India,” Bagai says. “The market size should justify investing in product localization,” Technopak’s Sahni says. “Product customization is the result of a definite consumer need that has to be served without sacrificing profitability. And consumers will always want something different. There is no such Related Items
Fatehgarh Heritage Renaissance Resort in Udaipur uses wind and solar energyFew states of India are as evocative as Rajasthan–the very name conjures up images of medieval forts and flamboyant palaces, havelis and temples, castles on hilltops, picturesque villages and colourful fairs. Today, keeping with the times, Rajasthan’s heritage entrepreneurs are incorporating audio-tours, son et lumiore, alternative technologies for power generation or water harvesting. Nowhere is the change more apparent than in the cities of Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaipur.Udaipur updateA cooking demonstration in progress at Deogarh MahalUdaipur has long been the epitome of Rajasthan’s romance since an island palace of the Maharanas was converted into the stunningly beautiful hotel with five-star trappings. One of the most exciting new heritage developments of Udaipur is Fatehgarh Heritage Renaissance Resort built from the remains of a demolished castle moved to the site from about 150 km away, supplemented with architectural fragments and doors from other heritage properties. Climb to the terrace and the glass-walled restaurant offers a breathtaking view of the lakes. There is much focus on eco and social conscious measures–an energy efficient design that makes the most of air movement and natural light, a wind turbine and solar panels that account for more than half the power consumption of the property, a water harvesting system inspired by medieval stepwell architecture, indigenous plantations to make a home for wildlife, local employment and a focus on using locally available materials. Vintage collections are still popular in the StateIf you are looking for a place to dine on a romantic night out, Udaipur is becoming known for those too–the Whistling Teal is a beautiful garden restaurant with a bar furnished with saddles and a coffee lounge; the park-like Ambrai has a view across the lake to the island palaces, the aptly named Sunset View Terrace in the City Palace complex, and the recently opened Raaj Bagh, which, as the name suggests, is done in colonial style with old dressers, antique furniture and vintage cars in a covered area.Like the properties, Udaipur’s shopping scene is also taking a modern twist–the Bougainvillaea Art Gallery showcases contemporary paintings, sculpture and artworks in aesthetically pleasing interiors with an ambience to match, Andraab is an attractive showroom recently opened for Kashmiri shawls and other handcrafted textile products, the trendy Ganesh Art Emporium, the Pristine Gallery, and galleries of individual artists.New entriesTraditional food is still popular in the StateAs you head up NH-8 from Udaipur towards Delhi, you come to one of Rajasthan’s most fairy-tale heritage hotels–Deogarh Mahal which rises from an elevation in the middle of a village with hill views from its terraces. The 50 rooms are imaginatively designed to match the character of the property. For something more exclusive, head for the owner’s four-suite Fort Seengh Sagar set amid shimmering waters. The decor is Rajasthani yet chic and minimalistic, with rooms having distinctive features–a fountain, a rockery, a temple, stone art and even a jacuzzi.Jodhpur jauntRamgarh Lodge near Jaipur is now a Gateway HotelStraight out of a storybook is Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort, built in AD 1459. The new thing about the historical site is an audio-guided tour that will take you through the collections in the museum of princely memorabilia. At the end of the tour you come to the splendidly designed Museum Shop, which blends the fort’s old-world charm with contemporary visual merchandising to display art, artefacts, handicrafts, porcelain, jewellery, clothing and souvenirs. The display prompted an international magazine writer equalling the shop to being as good as an annexe of the New York’s Museum of Contemporary Art!Head from here to Raika Bagh and the Palace Road for Jodhpur’s superbly carpentered furniture, first-rate antique reproductions and handcrafted artefacts. There are some fun places to eat in this area–On-the-Rocks, as the name suggests, is a bar and restaurant in a rock garden along the imposing Ajit Bhawan Palace while Khaas Bagh has an arts and crafts gallery, a resort garden and a Bollywood themed dining area.A hidden gem in the city is MV Spice Shop in the Vegetable Market. The daughters of spice merchant, Mohanlal Verhomal, who was quite a legend among tourists, have come up with an extraordinarily innovative range of spice blends that they make at home from hand-ground spices. It is the place to buy anything from chai masala to a mutton curry mix.Jaipur goes contemporaryPolo tourism is catching up in the StateWhile Udaipur and Jodhpur remain old-worldly in their charm, Jaipur has burst out of its ‘Pink City’ shell with gleaming glass-and-steel shopping complexes, malls, supermarkets and multiplexes along its thoroughfare, Delhi-style plush new residential areas, and the ubiquitous CCDs, Baristas, fast food outlets and bars. But for visitors Jaipur is still about serious shopping. What is really exciting about shopping in Jaipur these days is the initiatives of the NGOs, cooperatives, self-help groups and artisanal families. A classic is Anokhi’s museum at the restored Chanwar Palkiwalon Ki haveli at Amber which won the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Conservation Award in 2000. Here you can watch craftsmen at work on block printing and woodcarving, learn about the history of block-printing besides experiencing the architecture of a haveli. It is just a few minutes away from Amber Fort, which now offers an audio-tour as well as a Sound and Light Show, with Gulzar’s words, Amitabh’s voice and music to match. Amber is also being given a makeover ahead of the forthcoming Commonwealth Games.The stylish showrooms of Anokhi and Fabindia in the city, the Soma on Jacob Road, the UN-supported Mojari which, as the name suggests, sells footwear from rural Rajasthan, and the blue pottery showroom called Kripal Kumbh, run by the daughters of the master ceramist Kripal Singh, are happening places to shop.Jaipur is also teeming with places to eat–from well-known names like Dasaprakash and Sankalp for South Indian food, Copper Chimney for North Indian, Little Italy, and so forth, to novel places like the Peacock Rooftop Restaurant or Om Tower Revolving Restaurant. Favourite evenings-out from Jaipur are village-theme restaurants like Chokhi Dhani, which also offers a range of folksy entertainments, an artisanal bazaar and camel and elephant rides.A couple of new options are also available for those who want to escape the city and yet not be too far from it. A good example of this is the Ramgarh Lodge, the former hunting lodge of the Maharajas of Jaipur, which is now a Gateway Hotel. And for a taste of something more energetic, get whisked away to Anokhi Farm outside Jaipur where you can learn the royal sport of polo. The training includes riding under supervision, stick-and-ball practice on wooden horses and practice chukkers.They say it’s just the beginning of modernisation. 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India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday admitted that losing quick wickets was still a concern but said his team was gradually improving and will be at its best against Australia in the World Cup quarterfinals in Ahmedabad on Thursday.India, who had lost nine wickets for just 29 runs against South Africa in their last outing, on Sunday slipped from 218 for three to 268 all out.”It (losing wickets) is a concern. But there is a gradual improvement (from seven for 29 to seven for 50) I am sure we will be at our best in the quarters. That’s the positive I will take out of this,” Dhoni said after India beat West Indies by 80 runs here.Dhoni said the turning point of the match was the wicket of opener Devon Smith, who was dismissed by pacer Zaheer Khan in the 31st over to trigger a collapse.”The game really changed once Zaheer gave us the breakthrough, until then Devon was batting really well. After that we could put pressure on both sides, and got more wickets than we needed and seize the game in the end,” Dhoni said.Asked about their quarterfinal match against Australia, Dhoni said they are focusing on the preparation rather than thinking about the result.”Australia are a very strong side and very expressive on the field. But it’s about how we prepare. Preparation is very important and we are just thinking about that particular day and match rather than think about the result,” he said.”Being in the present is a better option that thinking of the past or worrying about the future,” he added.advertisementMan of the Match Yuvraj Singh, who battled stomach cramps to score 113 runs and took two crucial wickets, said he was happy with the way he was middling the ball.”It’s been good, I went in and was middling the ball, so happy with the way it went. When you lose early wickets, you need a partnership going. Me and Virat took us to 220, very happy with the way it went,” he said.”I was getting stomach cramps since morning, but I wanted to bat till the end. I am Very happy with the team effort today. We have our batting plans. Our batting is going well, once we get the bowling and fielding going we should be ok.Asked about the quarterfinals match against Australia, Yuvraj said,”Australia have won five matches, we have also won five matches, so looking forward to the contest.” .West Indies skipper Darren Sammy said though they lost the match, there first objective of reaching the quarterfinals have been achieved.”We reached our first objective of reaching the knockout stage and we have to tighten our games quickly and produce our A game to beat Pakistan in the quarterfinals,” Sammy said.Sammy said he was happy with the bowling but said batting has let them down.”Rampaul was really good in his first game. He bowled tremendously, our bowing game good something which many felt were not our strong point. But we lost seven wickets in 30 odd runs and that is a concern,” he said.West Indies had beaten Bangladesh by nine wickets after bowling out the hosts for just 58 runs and Sammy hoped that they will carry the same confidence when they play in Dhaka on Wednesday.”We did well against Bangladesh at Dhaka and hopefully we will have the same confidence going in there on Wednesday,” he said.Sammy also hoped that injured players Kemar Roach and Chris Gayle will be fit for the match against Pakistan.”Knowing their commitment, I hope they will hopefully come out and give their best for West Indies,” he said.-With PTI inputs
Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered a major blow hours ahead of their match against Gujarat Lions later tonight when AB de Villiers was ruled out with an injury.Disappointed to be missing the match tonight for RCB, due to injury. Good luck to @imVkohli and the team. Lets go @RCBTweets !!- AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) April 18, 2017De Villiers, who had hurt his back before the start of the IPL, had to miss the first two matches, before returning to slam a stunning 89 not out against Kings XI Punjab, albeit in a losing cause. He also looked dangerous against Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant, making 19 and 29 respectively.(After two weeks of frenetic action, Sourav Ganguly, Michael Clarke pick their XIs for India Today)The South African superstar is one of RCB’s most successful batsmen of all time and peaked last year, smashing 687 runs in 16 matches. (Brendon McCullum 158* brings Royal Challengers Bangalore to their knees in IPL opener)ABD’s unavailability could mean another comeback for Chris Gayle, who has already been dropped from the playing XI. This is a great opportunity for Gayle to become the first man to bring up 10,000 runs in T20 cricket – the West Indian powerhouse is currently three short.
Ahead of the third and final ODI between India and New Zealand in the three-match series, the curator of the Kanpur pitch has been gagged by the BCCI.In view of India Today’s Operation CricketGate which caught the Pune pitch curator agreeing to manipulate the surface, BCCI have barred the Kanpur curator from talking about the nature of the pitch to anyone.With the series level at 1-1, India and New Zealand will eye series win when they take on each other in the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur on Sunday.Earlier, The Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) tightened security around the Green Park pitch in order to stop another Pune-like happening.Following the Operation CricketGate, Salgaonkar was barred from entering the MCA Stadium and suspended by the BCCI but the match went ahead as scheduled. India, who were asked to bowl, restricted New Zealand to 230/9 and chased down the target with six wickets to spare.India Today reported late on Thursday that Salgaonkar had in fact been questioned by an International Cricket Council (ICC) committee at an undisclosed location.Salgaonkar had told India Today’s undercover reporters that the Pune pitch would be a high-scoring one where 337 would be chaseable. He had also agreed to manipulate the pitch to suit the needs of two players and even allowed the two reporters to the pitch. BCCI and ICC laws do not allow unaccredited people anywhere near the surface.In what was a savage blow to the ICC and the BCCI’s stiff codes on corruption and on restrictions over outsider access to the field before matches, Salgaoncar not only accompanied India Today’s undercover reporters to the Pune pitch but also allowed them to tap it.advertisementWorse, he revealed to the reporters, posing as bookies, the wicket was a belter.”It is very good. I guess it will garner 337 (runs),” Salgaoncar disclosed.”Are you sure?” probed the journalist.”Sure and 337 will be chase-able,” the curator replied a day before the ODI. “There’s no doubt about it.”Salgaoncar, himself a former cricketer, also permitted the investigative reporters to take a test walk on the pitch and stamp it with the feet.”It’s not allowed. Still, we did it. The BCCI observer is also sitting around,” he confessed. “If someone asks me tomorrow, I’d say no one came. I don’t know.”
Transfers The Covert Agent: Robbie Cornthwaite leaves Western Sydney Wanderers with immediate effect The Covert Agent Last updated 1 year ago 10:20 1/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Western Sydney Wanderers A-League Wellington Phoenix v Western Sydney Wanderers Western Sydney Wanderers v Melbourne Victory The Covert Agent reveals the Wanderers skipper has been allowed to leave the club to return to Malaysia Western Sydney Wanderers captain Robert Cornthwaite has left the club and is expected to officially sign with Malaysian club Perak FA imminently.The Covert Agent can reveal Cornthwaite, who was absent from the last Wanderers matchday squad on January 13, has been sighted training with the Malaysian club over the past few days.It is understood Wanderers coach Josep Gombau deemed Cornthwaite surplus to requirements soon after taking over the club from caretaker Hayden Foxe. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Covert Agent reported on January 8 that 10 A-League players, including Cornthwaite, were unwanted by their clubs.It will be Cornthwaite’s second stint in Malaysia after spending a season with Selangor in 2015-16 prior to rejoining the Wanderers.
Reuters New YorkAugust 26, 2019UPDATED: August 26, 2019 14:45 IST Milos Raonic has withdrawn from the US Open. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMilos Raonic has withdrawn from US Open with an injuryRaonic, former Wimbledon finalist, has played only 11 events this yearThe Canadian has missed 3 of the last 7 Grand SlamsCanadian world number 22 Milos Raonic has pulled out of the U.S. Open with a glute injury, tournament organisers said on Sunday.Raonic, whose 2019 season has been hit by injuries, has not competed since he retired from a second round match in Montreal during a U.S. Open tune-up in early August.The 28-year-old former Wimbledon finalist, who reachedRaonic, the fourth round in New York last year, has been limited to 11 events this year due to both back and knee problems.Raonic, who has now missed three of the last seven Grand Slams, was supposed to play Chile’s Nicolas Jarry in a first-round clash on Monday but his place will be taken by lucky loser Kamil Majchrzak of Poland.Also Read | Novak Djokovic unfazed by foot blisters ahead of US OpenAlso Read | Roger Federer god of tennis, super happy to play him: Sumit Nagal on US Open 1st round tieAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Milos RaonicFollow US OpenFollow Wimbledon 2019 US Open: Milos Raonic withdraws with glute injuryMilos Raonic former Wimbledon finalist, who reached the fourth round in New York last year, has been limited to 11 events this year due to both back and knee problems.advertisement Next
Nova Scotians and others will now have a new and exciting way offinding out more about African Nova Scotian history. The Nova Scotia Archives is launching a virtual exhibit andonline resource called African Nova Scotians in the Age ofSlavery and Abolition. The exhibit coincides with the UnitedNations’ designation of 2004 as the International Year toCommemorate the Struggle Against Slavery and Its Abolition. “This new resource will contribute to a greater public awareness,understanding and appreciation of African Nova Scotian historyand culture,” said Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism, Cultureand Heritage. “This site will be accessible to people from aroundthe world, and will raise awareness of our province as a heritagetourism destination.” Visitors to the exhibit can search a database containing about5,000 names. The database was created from official records ofAfrican American immigrants who came to Nova Scotia in 1783 andin 1815-16. “About 10,000 people of African descent came to Nova Scotiabetween 1749 and 1816. This exhibit provides remarkable insightinto their experiences,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of AfricanNova Scotian Affairs. “It reflects an amazing story of struggleand accomplishment in the face of adversity.” The exhibit pieces together the story of early African NovaScotians through digitized government documents, letters,newspapers and other unofficial sources. It includes strikingimages of everyday life, such as a watercolor of a family,probably from Upper Hammond Plains, heading to the Halifax marketon a Saturday morning in 1835. “The exhibit has been designed to appeal broadly to everyone,including general-interest visitors, genealogists, secondary andpost-secondary students, and especially those interested inAfrican Nova Scotian history,” said Brian Spears, provincialarchivist. “We believe it will be a popular addition to ourwebsite, which already receives more than 400,000 visits everyyear.” Visitors will also find a virtual photo exhibit depicting some ofthe original black settlements and descendants of the earlysettlers in the 1880-1955 time period. Among the communitiesphotographed are Preston, Upper Hammond Plains and Five MilePlains. There are also memorable individual portraits. With funding from Canadian Heritage, the exhibit provides accessto a wide variety of documentary sources relating to earlyAfrican Nova Scotian history and settlement. It is available atwww.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/africanns . TOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–African Nova Scotian Exhibit NowOnline
The number of Peace River Regional District resident contractors employed at Site C decreased to 729 or 24 percent.The number of apprentices employed on the project increased from 145 in September 2018, to 167 during the month of October 2018.The number of indigenous workers employed on the dam also dropped to 270.And the number of female contractors employed on the project dropped by 26, to 458, meaning women make up 12.4 percent of the dam’s contractor workforce. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The number of people working on the Site C Dam project dropped in October from the projects peak of 3,746 in September.The size of the workforce sat at 3,681 in October. The number of contractors on site sits at 3,085. The number of engineers and project team members sat at 596.Of the over 2,085 contractors at Site C, 2,395, or 78 percent were B.C. residents.
By Mohammed Amine BenabouRabat – Moroccan YouTuber Najib El Mokhtari held an interview with NASA astronaut Daniel Tani about his trips into outer space, space discoveries, and trending technologies in the aerospace industry.During the interview, Tani described how the earth looks like through the space shuttle window: “Our earth is beautiful. There are so many colors, textures, and shapes … At night, you can see cities, rivers.”He continued, “The Nile [river] just lights up as it winds its way down. Looking out the window is just fantastic. I could never get enough.” Tani also described how almost all geopolitical borders are indistinguishable from outer space, making the world look like a global village. Tani commented that one can “very, very rarely see political borders,” explaining that they are only visible when they follow the natural boundary of rivers. “When you look down, you think of humanity. You don’t think of nationality.”El Mokhtari remarked on scientific advances and that humans have managed to send robots to Mars, which he said “has been seen as a deity for millennia.”Tani noted that he thinks people will go even further: “It’s amazing to think, we built something and now it’s driving around Mars taking pictures and samples.”El Mokhtari wondered where Tani sees these space explorations going in the decades to come.Tani responded that we “will continue to explore our space.” He believes the most exciting thing that’s happened in the past four or five years is that satellites “used to be the size of a school bus, now we are figuring out [that] it’s smarter to make a 10-centimeter satellite.”A number of these relatively tiny satellites will be launched and programmed to carry out various individual tasks, like taking pictures or measuring the depth of the ocean, instead of a large and costly single satellite performing a series of different functions at once.Will Morocco go to the moon?Tani expressed his delight at the interview with El Mokhtari and his time in Morocco, tweeting, “I was privileged to visit Morocco and I had a great interview with Najib – a famous personality in Morocco. We covered a lot of topics and had a wonderful time.”The interview was not limited to space trips and explorations; El Mokhtari and Tani also touched on the education system. Tani’s piece of advice was that he wishes Moroccan schools would integrate non-educators specializing in fields like accounting, law, etc., to come and explain, for example, “the basics of numbers” to bring a “different experience, a wealth of experience” to students.El Mokhtari said in a Facebook post that, during their pre-interview discussion, Tani told him “Moroccan talented youths are some of the best he has ever seen.”He also said he “is looking forward to the first Moroccan that’s going to build a satellite and get to space.”Science in MoroccoA 2016 Web “Personality of the Year,” Najib El Mokhtari is an IT consultant in Morocco.Through his YouTube videos and blogs, El Mokhtari is dedicated to walking his viewers through complex science topics in simple Darija (Moroccan Arabic) in an easily digestible manner, making his videos accessible to a fan-base of more than 97,000 subscribers. El Mokhtari’s YouTube channel and Othmane Safsafi’s “Science Math” YouTube and Facebook accounts are two of the most popular social media accounts, out of very few, devoted to the popularization of science in Morocco.Not only does he tackle scientific phenomena, El Mokhtari also conducts scientific experiments even with everyday equipment.In 2016, El Mokhtari met the renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson in a conference in the Canary Islands and made a video in which Tyson addressed Moroccans. After a career as a consultant supporting clients in over a dozen countries, El Mokhtari decided to come back to Morocco and started his popular YouTube science channel.The interview is part of the US embassy’s year-round events in celebration of the first moon landing’s 50th anniversary when Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. The US launched its Apollo 11 mission to the moon on July 20, 1969.El Mokhtari’s interview was set up in coordination with the US embassy in Rabat, which organized a series of “Moonshot Morocco” events, beginning two weeks ago which will run until July.The purpose of the event, the US embassy wrote on Facebook, was “to focus on future leaders in science, technology, innovation, and risk-taking … helping Morocco’s talented youth achieve their full potential, and take on challenges as weighty and magnificent as sending a human to the moon.”In the same vein, the US Mission in Morocco held conferences in Kenitra, Casablanca, and Rabat.
One officer and 14 troops who were part of a dissident battalion led by General Laurent Nkunda in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have turned themselves in to the United Nations mission in the country (MONUC).Commander Micho Bizabaso and 14 of his heavily armed men turned themselves in to MONUC last night after attempting to retake a strategic hill in Sake.The forces approached a UN position with an ultimatum calling for the blue helmets to retreat, according to MONUC, which said the peacekeepers refused and instead threatened to disarm the rogue troops by force if necessary.Endeavouring to avoid a resort to force, the UN held negotiations for more than an hour, succeeding at around 2 a.m. in convincing the Commander and his men to deposit their weapons with MONUC and agree to integration in the DRC’s army (FARDC). In announcing the surrender, MONUC called on other dissident forces and fighters in the region to turn in their weapons and agree to integration in the FARDC, pledging to help all those who wish to participate in the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programme – or, for the foreigners among them, to repatriate.Fighting between General Nkunda’s rebels in Sake and its environs at the beginning of September drove tens of thousands of people from their homes before the UN obtained a cessation of hostilities in the area. The UN estimates that some 400,000 people have been newly displaced in North Kivu since December 2006. 27 November 2007One officer and 14 troops who were part of a dissident battalion led by General Laurent Nkunda in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have turned themselves in to the United Nations mission in the country (MONUC).
29 May 2009Poland’s accession to both the European Union (EU) and the Schengen zone has transformed it into both a transit and destination country for human trafficking, a United Nations independent expert said today, noting that the Eastern European nation has made progress in fighting the scourge. Poland’s accession to both the European Union (EU) and the Schengen zone has transformed it into both a transit and destination country for human trafficking, a United Nations independent expert said today, noting that the Eastern European nation has made progress in fighting the scourge.The scale of trafficking was already serious in Poland, but has become aggravated in the past five years due to joining the EU and the Schengen zone, Joy Ngozi, the Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, said, wrapping up a six-day visit to the country.“The endemic forms of trafficking include, but are not limited to, trafficking for labour exploitation, for prostitution and other forms of sexual exploitation,” she said.According to information provided by both the Government and by non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the number of trafficking cases is on the rise.Poland has ratified key international and human rights treaties, including the Protocol on Trafficking in Persons to the 2000 UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (Palermo Protocol), under which States are required to take action to ensure the protection of trafficking victims, prevent trafficking and bring traffickers to justice.Ms. Ngozi said that the Government has taken steps in combating the scourge through cooperation with neighbouring countries. It has amended its Criminal Code to punish perpetrators of trafficking and has a law on domestic violence in place.Further, Poland has a comprehensive law on trafficking in human organs and tissue, “which is very forward-looking and has been enacted and is indeed a welcome development as we must ensure that all forms of trafficking are criminalized,” she added.But the Rapporteur, who reports to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council in an independent and unpaid capacity, noted that there are other steps the country must take to effectively address human trafficking.Poland lacks a clear definition of trafficking in its criminal law, labour exploitation is on the rise and availability and access to help for trafficking victims is limited, she said.Additionally, judicial proceedings for trafficking cases are unduly long, lasting two years on average. “Thus, efforts should be made by the Ministry of Justice and the Judiciary to shorten the period and provide early case closure that will bring succour to victims and reduce trauma suffered, while redirecting focus to victims’ full reintegration and rehabilitation,” she noted.
DWR Press ReleaseSALT LAKE CITY — Veterans with disabilities are now eligible for discounted hunting and combination licenses and will also experience an easier application process.Disabled veterans were previously eligible for discounted fishing licenses, and as of July 1, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is now expanding that to include hunting and combination licenses.“We are appreciative of the sacrifices that members of our country’s armed forces make and wanted to show our gratitude,” DWR assistant director Mike Canning said. “We’d like to thank the Utah Legislature for making this opportunity possible, and we hope that by simplifying the application process and offering a discount that our veterans can more easily enjoy Utah’s wildlife and beautiful outdoors.”The discount will be offered to any veteran who is a Utah resident and has a qualifying service-connected disability of at least 20%. The new discounted hunting license is $25.50, instead of the $34 full price, and the new discounted combination license is $28.50, instead of the $38 full price. The discounted fishing licenses are still $12. All the licenses are good for 365 days from the day they are purchased.“In 2018, DWR issued 636 fishing licenses to veterans with disabilities,” DWR wildlife licensing coordinator Phil Gray said. “There are a lot of veterans in Utah who would qualify for and enjoy the combination license, and we are excited to offer them that opportunity.”The process will also be much simpler for individuals who qualify to apply for the discounted licenses. Previously, veterans had to take their qualifying paperwork to a division office and submit the application there. Now, they can simply submit a photo or scanned PDF of their disability letter and submit it on the DWR website. Once they are approved for the discount, they can buy their license online or from any authorized license agent. The paperwork also only has to be filled out once, and the veteran will then qualify for the discounted license each year.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The new insect is good news for gardeners, according to experts at the RHS, as they eat pests, rotting plant matter and mould, so could enhance and protect a greenhouse full of orchids.Andrew Salisbury, Principal Entomologist at the Royal Horticultural Society, told The Telegraph: “The webspinner is an addition to the UKs fauna which will have no negative effect on our gardens. “It may occur in glasshouses, where it will form webs and largely eat decomposing material, fungi and bacterial growths which is of course good news for gardeners and, by adding to the wealth of insects, only add to the enjoyment of plants and gardens. Basically a really interesting insect.”It is thought that there could be more examples in greenhouses in the UK, as their webbing means they can be easily confused for spiders.Mr Salisbury continued: “The confirmation of a new grouping of insects in Britain is evidence of the role that globalisation is and will continue to play on what is found in our gardens. It’s certainly an exciting discovery – if I’d been told I’d one day be adding an entirely new insect order to British fauna I wouldn’t have believed it.” A new insect order has been discovered in the UK for the first time in 100 years after shocked horticulturalists found a colony of webspinners in a glasshouse in Surrey.An insect order is a classification of a type of insect, for example beetles (Coleoptera), flies (Diptera), bees, wasps and ants (Hymenoptera), and butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera).While webspinners are usually only native to warmer climates such as the Mediterranean, scientists from the Royal Horticultural Society have discovered the first ever UK colony of them at their flagship garden in Wisley.They are intolerant to cooler climates and so do not occur naturally in Britain, and specialists have said they are likely to have been imported into the country via the plant trade.The colony of Aposthonia ceylonica – a species of webspinners – were discovered in the glasshouse and will now join 24 other insect orders found in the UK.Webspinners have up to 2.5cm long brown bodies and are the only insects that produce a silk webbing from their front legs, living in tunnels constructed from it to protect themselves from the elements and predators.The species found in the UK is about 1 cm long and lives on the hanging roots of tropical plants like orchids and bromeliads.
By Sulayman BahFormer Senegalese King of Arena Balla Gaye II’s sibling Sa Thies will be rubbing daggers with Boy Niang II this weekend.Both are going into Sunday’s clash on the heels of victories. Boy Niang humbled Guigi, a victory that had his stake risings while Sa Thies trounced Siteu before sending Ness packing in a 20-second combat peppered with ecstasy.The bout comes after Boy Niang II accosted Balla Gaye at start of the season, urging The Lion of Guediawaye to agree to a fight.Pikine-based Boy Niang had hoped to use a bout with Balla to rise to the A-team wrestlers’ division. But Balla, struggling to reclaim relevance after two consecutive losses, shunned the offer, preferring to pit him with his younger sibling Sa Thies, one of the arena’s fastest rising wrestlers.Many are tipping Sa Thies to rise to the occasion with his penchant for attacking flair but Boy Niang is a composed defensive neutralizer of attacks, making this duel all worth the viewing.
EL PASO, Texas (WSVN) — The father of a teen who was killed during the massacre at Marjory Stoneman High School weighed in on the mass shooting at a shopping center in El Paso, Texas, which unfolded while he was visiting that city.Manuel and Patricia Oliver are in El Paso this weekend to celebrate what would have been their son Joaquin’s 19th birthday on Sunday.Manuel, an artist, is working on a mural in El Paso that is set to be unveiled.In a Skype interview with 7News on Saturday, the painter expressed his support for another city now in mourning due to gun violence.“Sadly but true, um, it happened again, and we’ve been talking about this for a while, and I don’t get why they don’t get it,” he said.Seventeen students and staff were killed in the Stoneman Douglas shooting on Feb. 14, 2018.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
“[It’s] the brand coming to life in a fashion realm,” says Susan Schulz, Cosmo’s editorial brand director. “The process has been very smooth. Everybody, I think, in the beginning was a little nervous. I don’t know that it’s ever really been done before that a magazine would have this much input.”Cosmo will play a role in marketing and promotion of the line through traditional ad placements, as well as content integration.A slideshow featured on the Cosmopolitan.com front page Thursday allows readers to link to a story about the product launch and includes an option to purchase the clothing from jcp.com.“One of my main jobs as we move forward is finding ways to integrate the product,” Schulz says. “How to promote the product in an organic way that makes sense for our reader. We know she doesn’t want to be clobbered with it, she doesn’t want to be getting a message about the Cosmo Collection every five seconds.”“But where it does make sense to her, we want to be able to tell her, ‘Look at these new shoes. They’re in store now. We think you’re going to love them.’ “The product launch is the first of its kind for Cosmopolitan, which attracts more than 18 million print readers and 8.5 unique monthly visitors. The company has participated in collaborative media projects with Sterling Books and YouTube, however.jcpenney also signed a licensing deal with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia [MSLO] in December of 2011. That agreement calls for a line of MSLO products to be sold online and in retail outlets that will be constructed within most jcpenney stores by February 2013. jcpenney also invested $38.5 million in MSLO in the deal. You can now get your Cosmo at jcpenney—not the magazine though, the clothing line.The Cosmopolitan Collection, a new brand of lingerie, sleepwear and accessories inspired by the world’s top-selling women’s magazine, went on sale this weekend at jcpenney’s 600-plus retailers across the country and on jcp.com.The launch culminates a two-year collaborative process between the companies that began with discussions between recently-departed Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Kate White and former jcpenney CEO Mike Ullman in November of 2010.
Aurangabad, Gaya and Navada are the worst-hit districts.TwitterThe Gaya District magistrate has issued an order under section 144 (prohibiting unlawful assembly) banning all governmental or non-governmental construction work between 11 am and 4 pm in view of the heat wave related deaths in the state.The heat wave has killed over 70 people in the state, as of Monday, with Aurangabad, Gaya and Navada being the worst-hit districts. At least 30 deaths were reported from Aurangabad, while 35 people died in Gaya and 11 in Navada.The recent order by the DM restricts all MGNREGA labour work and any cultural programme or gathering in open spaces, between 11 am to 4 pm.All government and government-aided schools in the state will also remain closed till June 22 in view of the scorching heat wave conditions.Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar called for an internal meeting on Monday. Senior officials from the Health Department will be present at the meeting.Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey also visited the patients undergoing treatment in Aurangabad on Monday. Black flags were shown to him by Hindustani Awam Morcha & Jan Adhikar Party Loktantrik supporters. #WATCH Bihar: Hindustani Awam Morcha & Jan Adhikar Party Loktantrik supporters show black flags to Bihar Health Minister, Mangal Pandey’s convoy in Aurangabad. #Encephalitis pic.twitter.com/su5U1ZQ6ui— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2019The state is also grappling with Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) outbreak that has killed around 100 children in two hospitals in Muzaffarpur, as of Monday. Deaths due to AES are being caused because of excessive heat and humidity, according to the doctors.Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan visited the state capital on Sunday to review public health measures for containment and management of the AES. He was met with protests from families of patients.