Uttar Pradesh govt. to fund fairs by three religious trusts

first_imgIn an outreach to the Hindu community during Navaratri, the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday approved proposals to fund fairs held by three religious trusts in the State.These are the Ma Lalita Devi Shaktipeeth Amavasya Mela, Naimisharanya in Sitapur, Ma Pateshwari Shaktipeeth, Devipatan Tulsipur Mela in Balrampur, and Ma Vindhyavasini Shaktipeeth Mela in Mirzapur.The government will provide them funds of ₹ 60 lakh, ₹48 lakh and ₹41.49 lakh respectively, a statement said.The decisions were taken at a Cabinet meeting headed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.Earlier, local municipal corporations arranged for these religious fairs, now it will be the responsibility of the respective district magistrates. The decision was taken with a view to providing proper facilities and successful arrangement of the fairs keeping in mind their inter-district, inter-State and international appeal, the government said, adding it had received proposals from district Collectors.Urban Development Minister Suresh Khanna said the fairs would be funded to ensure basic facilities for all devotees.last_img read more

Reality check

first_imgHotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte A marked man as mentioned by Eriksson before the match, Wu proved to be a cut above the rest as his well-placed effort in the 40th minute opened the scoring for the Chinese.In front of 16,000 fans, most of them Filipino workers spending their day off at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, another moment of magic from the Chinese striker in the 66th minute doubled the advantage, before substitute Yu Dabao cashed in on some indecision from Azkals defenders off a corner.“We knew that one of the two things we needed to before the match was that we cannot give him space, but he still finished twice unmarked. We have to do a better job in this situation,” said Schrock.Defender Daisuke Sato said the Azkals have to be physically stronger at this level after the Chinese refused to pull up on some heavy challenges during the course of the match. Sato had a swollen lip after getting hit in the first half.“You cannot switch off in these types of games, in this level we are playing now,” said Schrock.The midfielder warned his team from looking past Kyrgyzstan, a newcomer in the tournament, which the Azkals have beaten twice two years ago.“We cannot overlook anyone in this group especially now that Kyrgyzstan has a chance to advance to the next round. Like I said, it’s a final. We have more time together and work something out for this game and we will take the challenge.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phil Younghusband shrugs off the challenge from Wu Xi. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Ryan LimABU DHABI—The Philippines left this city tired and disappointed after a heavy 3-0 defeat to China last Friday night that left its hopes of reaching the next round of the AFC Asian Cup hanging by a thread.Getting a grim reality check on the level of competition they are facing, the Azkals were punished by a sharp and incisive Chinese side, which capitalized on some poor defending from the Philippines to secure their second straight win and progress to the Round of 16.ADVERTISEMENT A few tactical tweaks by coach Sven-Goran Eriksson did not go as planned as the Chinese overran the Azkals midfield. Manny Ott was relegated to the bench with Carlie de Murga getting a first start.Schrock took an advanced role on the left wing, while Luke Woodland played at rightback.The Azkals, however, seemed to run out of ideas when they had the ball and struggled to settle into the match, unlike in the Korea encounter where they looked comfortable soaking up the pressure, before breaking forward in numbers.Javier Patino, just like against Korea, again couldn’t find a way through the Chinese goal, after he was released by Patrick Strauss on the counterattack.“We were all very disappointed with the outcome but just to defend in a game like this is not enough,” said Schrock. “We barely created our opportunities from our side. We had one golden opportunity with Javier on the counter and that was it.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Ginebra, TNT kick off season of chasing San Miguel Beer LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening On a high after their impressive performance in the 0-1 loss to South Korea, the Azkals’ pride was pricked by China’s workmanlike and classy display that was highlighted by two sublime goals by Wu Lei.The Azkals still have an outside chance of reaching the next round after South Korea nipped Kyrgyzstan, 1-0, last Friday night, but they would need to beat the Kyrgyz side first and hope that other results go their way.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe final group match is slated on Wednesday at Rashid Stadium in Dubai.“We still have hope,” said captain Stephan Schrock. “As you know, South Korea beat Kyrgyzstan last night and so we can still have a little final for the third place for maybe a place in the next round.” PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

TCI voters have a few more days

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppIndividuals who are not on the Turks and Caicos Register of voters have a few more days. Supervisor of Elections, Dudley Lewis is asking locals who are eligible to vote and were not registered before to do so before the November 30, 2013 deadline. He also noted that individuals who will become eligible by age or status after November 30 can apply after the deadline, and will be added to the register. Application forms for inclusion on the TCI Register of Voters may be collected from the Elections Office in Grand Turk or Providenciales or the District Commissioner’s Officers in Salt Cay, South Caicos, Middle Caicos and North Caicos. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img

72 magnitude earthquake strikes Papua New Guinea felt in Australia

first_img(Awaiting further details) [Representational Image]TwitterA strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 struck off the east of Papua New Guinea during the early hours of Tuesday (May 7) morning, said the United States Geological Survey (USGS).The earthquake hit Papua New Guinea at a depth of 127 km above the surface near Bulolo in Lae, Morobe province. Its effect was felt in the capital Port Moresby, which is 250 km away.The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that because of the depth of the epicentre of the quake there is no threat of Tsunami. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology also said that the quake was felt all the way in far North Queensland. But it poses no tsunami threat to Australia. However, no immediate reports of damage were reported. The fire department in Lae said no one had yet called in to report damage or injuries so far following the quake. The minor damages to the powerhouses have caused a complete power failure in certain sections of the affected area.last_img

Swan Song

first_imgMusic has always been a pivot of Hindi cinema. Whether love ballads or heavily choreographed masala numbers or item songs, music not only embellishes our films but is integral to the movie-viewing experience. But, in the last few years, the industry appears to have lost its musical ear. While songs are being generated at a rapid rate, the tunes being composed are no longer striking a chord or tugging at the heart strings as they once did. From ‘Bom diggy’ and ‘Dil chori sada’ in Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety to ‘Tareefan’ in Veere Di Wedding and ‘Dilbar dilbar’ in Satyameva Jayate, we have only one blockbuster that is an original composition. All the others have been tried and tested before. And now, remixed versions of certain songs are also failing to live up to the mark. This week, we raised the question – why is the Hindi film industry seeing a dearth of original songs? Are even recreations failing to work? We spoke to a few film directors, music composers and lyricists and asked them to help figure it out. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfShashank Khaitan, Writer-Director As filmmakers, we are all trying to see what is good for our movies, whether situational songs or promotional songs. Some original songs have done well. Some recreations have done well. The industry, right now, is figuring out how to take songs forward. As we speak, I am writing my next script and figuring out what to do. I am trying to see how I can integrate musical numbers in the story so that they can authentically take the storytelling forward. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveNow we need to figure out whether a song that has already released can be used if it is apt for the film or do we need to create original music for every film? If the song is in line with the situation, may be it is better to use an already existing song over creating a new one. Having said that, we are all working to create original songs; they are a part of Hindi cinema. I hope and pray that such songs continue to be a part of Hindi cinema. We are trying to understand and strike a balance between originality and commerce. Hopefully, we can arrive at a balance between original songs and recreations. Milap Milan Zaveri, Writer-Director There has to be a good mix of both, original songs and recreations. In Satyameva Jayate, we had both ‘Dilbar’ and ‘Paniyon sa’ – one a recreation and the other an original song. ‘Dilbar’ notched up record-breaking numbers. ‘Tareefan’ from Veere Di Wedding and ‘Paniyon sa’ from my film have done well. The songs of Dhadak, although remakes of their Marathi versions, were pretty new for the Hindi audience. It is not that original music is not doing well. What has happened is that some recreations like ‘Dilbar’ have become successful because they are new songs for this generation. They are not aware of the original numbers as they released a long time ago. Amit Trivedi, Composer-Singer Original compositions are not grabbing the limelight or becoming successful these days because recreated songs are being heavily promoted. There is also a surge in the number of songs being released… an overdose. People are exposed to songs from new releases, almost every day. There are so many songs. When something is available in abundance, it diminishes in value. That’s exactly what’s happening with songs today. It seems that supply is far outstripping demand. It feels as if the audience is being burdened with too much and that is not really necessary. Vishal Mishra, Composer – Singer Today, we are living in the best times to make music. We have never before had such a big talent pool, so many great writers, music directors, music producers and music equipment. The labels are so strong and so many platforms have cropped up exclusively for music. As far as recreations are concerned, some of them work and I think it’s a beautiful process. Shalmali Kholgade, Singer-Composer I think at the root of all the speculation on the longevity and workability of music today is the shortening attention span of the audience and the effort to cut through the clutter on the part of creators. At a time when there’s so much information out there to consume, it’s a risk for most artistes to try something new and different. Most creators would consider it wiser to present an existing piece of music in a relevant context (remix/reprise) and thus get the audience’s attention, before treading on new terrain. It’s just a business model, I guess. Some people are stubborn and believe firmly in their sound and negate the demand. They stand a chance to either make a mark or go unnoticed. This is probably why we have fewer original songs that have made a mark. Why aren’t recreations working? We see a recreation in every other film and the novelty factor is lost. There is very little room to be surprised. Familiarity works for recreations but over-familiarity can work in the other direction. Rachita Arora, Composer I think it is unfortunate that we have so many remakes but there are also some amazing musicians coming up with original stuff, experimenting and exploring. I feel we do have some numbers that are hitting the charts. So I don’t fully agree with the question. One bright side is that a lot of new composers are getting the chance to showcase their work and are getting the chance to do it their way.last_img read more

The Next Dodge Challenger Muscle Car to be Electrified

first_imgJanuary 22, 2019 This story originally appeared on Engadget How Success Happens Dodge is the last of Detroit’s Big Three to truly keep the muscle car purpose and heritage alive with the Challenger and Charger. As the Mustang and Camaro have transitioned to sports car-like experiences, the high-horsepower Dodges have stuck to their guns as straight-line behemoths with little intention of competing with the others in corner carving.People still dig the old-school-cool of cars like the Challenger, as sales actually went up while Mustang and Camaro sales took a hit in 2018. That said, new FCA boss Mike Manley said things will be changing in an electric way for the next generation, in a report by The Detroit News. “The reality is those platforms and that technology we used does need to move on. They can’t exist as you get into the middle-2020s. New technology is going to drive a load of weight out, so we can think of the powertrains in a different way. And we can use electrification to really supplement those vehicles.”News of electrified muscle cars is nothing new at this point. Ford says it’s going to reveal a Mustang Hybrid in 2020. And with Al Oppenheiser (former chief engineer for the Camaro) moving to GM’s electric division, you better believe Chevrolet is working on an electrified version of the Camaro. This, however, is the first solid evidence we have that FCA and Dodge are making such a move.What Manley said next is something we all know to be true, but a bit heartbreaking nonetheless. “I think that electrification will certainly be part of the formula that says what is American muscle in the future. What it isn’t going to be is a V8, supercharged, 700-horsepower engine,” Manley says.Even if it’s a bit silly, we all love the Hellcat for its 707 horsepower V8. Clearly, plenty of other people do, too, because Dodge keeps cranking out more insane versions of the car with the Redeye and Demon. As for how much electrification Dodge’s muscle car will receive, Manley wouldn’t go into detail. Though he does say that electrification “can’t be the dominant part.” This should provide some solace to all those worried the gasoline engine could disappear from the American muscle car. Just as Dodge is reluctant to stray from the original intent of the muscle car, it’s not hard to imagine the Challenger/Charger being the last to go full-electric. Gas engines supplemented by 48-volt systems or plug-in hybrids will most likely be the end result when we first see electrified Challengers.Making the transition to an electrified vehicle could finally be the push Dodge needs to move away from the ancient platform it currently uses — a platform developed in the mid-2000s based on parts from the Mercedes W210 platform developed in the 1990s. Considerable updates and refreshes have been made since, but it’s still one of the oldest underpinnings in a vehicle sold in the U.S. today.We’ll surely hear more of this over the coming years, but consider it very forward thinking right now. Mid-2020s is a long ways from 2019, so consider your 700-plus horsepower, supercharged, fear-inducing V8 safe for the time being.This article originally appeared on Autoblog, the complete authority for news, reviews and car-buying research. Listen Now 3 min read Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible.last_img read more