Tuesday, 5 June 2018


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Keeping in toe the NCC traditions the NCC Boy Cadets Mountaineering Expedition for the year 2018 was flagged off for Mt Saifee (6167). Mt Saifee is a magnificent, semi difficult and technical peak to climb and is situated in GarhwalHimalayas of Uttarakhand state.
Lt Gen PP Malhotra, VSM, DGNCC flagged off the expedition by handing over the flag to the expedition leader Col Dhirendra Singh and wished good luck to the entire team comprising of Maj Neeraj Maan, Dy leader, 17JCOs & NCOs & 20 NCC Boy cadets. The DGNCC in his speech said that he is confident that the team will cadets for their motivation & enthusiasm to become part of the Mountaineering Expedition.

A dramaturgical adaptation of Shrilal Shukla’s  “RAAG DARBARI” 

Dear Friend, 
It gives me an immense pleasure in informing you that the 1st year students’ of National School of Drama is coming on the floor with their new production
A dramaturgical adaptation of Shrilal Shukla’s
Adaptation: Sarah Mariam, Space Design: Asim Waqif
Set & Costume Design: Vidisha Purohit, Light Design: Rajesh Singh
Direction: Amitesh Grover
The performance are scheduled from 06th to 10th June, 2018 daily 06:30 p.m. with an additional show on 09th June, 2018 at 03:00 p.m. at Bahumukh auditorium, Bahawalpur House, Bhagwandas Road, New Delhi.
Director, NSD invites you to witness the above production. You may spare some time from your busy schedule to witness any of these shows and please inform us about your requirement so that necessary arrangement could be made accordingly.
Play contains adult language, children below 18 years will not be allowed. For more information please contact 23031120/21
We look forward to welcoming you to the performance.
With regards,
A.K. Barua
Public Relations Officer
National School of Drama
New Delhi

Sonam Kapoor Ahuja witnessed in Delhi for ‘Veere Di Wedding’ special screening

   The B-town diva Sonam Kapoor Ahuja visited a theatre in the capital for the special screening of her latest release flick ‘Veerey Di Wedding. She arrived at PVR, Chanakyapuri to gauge the public reaction. Where the crowd went wild. She interacted with the crowd and as well as media and grabbed positive response for her film ‘Veerey Di Wedding which also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan, Swara Bhaskar, Shikha Talsania in prominent roles.
   Along with crowd, Sonam herself witnessed highly enthusiastic for this special screening. While interacting with media peeps Sonam stated, “It’s a good commercial film, it doesn’t matter whether there is a man or a woman in the movie. I am very very happy! I am really happy for my sister Rhea Kapoor, who is a creative producer, even for the entire team. I am super happy and I am super excited.”
   Well, Veere Di Wedding is a female-centric comedy film, directed by Shashanka Ghosh. The film is co-produced by Rhea Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor, and Nikhil Dwivedi. Featuring under the banner of Balaji Motion Pictures, Anil Kapoor Films & Communication Network, the film also stars Sumeet Vyas, Vishwas Kini, Manoj Pahwa, Neena Gupta, Vivek Mushran, Edward Sonnenblick and more in prominent roles.

Raj Kundra grilled on trade, GainBitcoin

Businessman and actor Shilpa Shetty’s husband Raj Kundra have been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the Bitcoin scam. Kundra is presently being questioned in Mumbai. The ED is recording Kundra’s statement.
The Enforcement Directorate today questioned Raj Kundra, husband of actor Shilpa Shetty, in connection with a money laundering probe related to a bitcoin transactions case, officials said. The businessman was summoned at the ED office in Mumbai and was asked questions about his involvement in the trade, termed as illegal by the government, they said. There are some instances of the case that are linked to Kundra and hence, he has been asked to record his statement, the officials said without elaborating. The Enforcement Directorate sometime back, had registered a criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act against bitcoin-based investment website GainBitcoin, its founder Amit Bhardwaj and eight others.
Fiscal irregularities are of the tune and is alleged that about 8,000 investors lost about Rs 2,000 crore by transacting in this scheme. The ED had filed its case based on an FIR of the Maharashtra Police in this case and the Pune Police arrested Bhardwaj and his brother Vivek from Delhi earlier. Bhardwaj reportedly was behind ventures like GainBitcoin, GBMiners, MCAP and GB21, and the investors were allegedly duped after transactions on these portals.
Last year, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had informed Parliament that there are no regulations governing virtual currencies in India and the RBI has not given any licence to any entity/company to operate such currencies. The government had also cautioned investors to be wary of virtual currencies such as bitcoin, saying they are like Ponzi schemes with no legal tender and protection. — PTI

Sitharaman no scandal in the Rafale deal

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said, Indian forces will respond to any unprovoked attack to keep the borders safe.
Mrs Sitharaman was addressing a press conference in New Delhi about the achievements of her Ministry in the last four years. She said, it is the government’s duty to guard the border and India will not stop if it is provoked.
The Minister said, terror and talks cannot go hand in hand with Pakistan, adding that this is the government’s stand which has already been told by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
Replying to a question, Mrs Sitharaman said, there is no scandal in the Rafale deal and assured the nation that not a single paisa corruption was done. She also said, there is no shortage of Defence ammunition today. The Minister added that the Armed Forces faced funds shortage under the UPA government. However, there are no shortages now.
Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, “There is no shortage of defence ammunition today. Allegations of scam in the Rafael deal are baseless,” Sitharaman stated while addressing a press conference on the occasion of the completion of four years of the National Democratic Alliance government.
But on the other hand, Congress President Rahul Gandhi has long been criticising the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government, alleging that the government has signed an overpriced deal.
Gandhi had also said the United Progressive Alliance government had cracked a better deal, while the incumbent government’s deal will be causing a loss of over Rs 40,000 crore. In February, Gandhi posed eight questions to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the deal and alleged that the Prime Minister personally went to Paris and changed the deal. — ANI
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on the Ramzan ceasefire with Pakistan.  Addressing a press conference, Sitharaman says terror and talks cannot go together. She said the army was consulted before the ceasefire was announced. The defence minister said 50 terrorists were killed in 19 weeks before Ramzan, while seven terrorists were killed in two weeks during Ramzan. “We will keep our borders safe,” the minister said.
On the Ramzan ceasefire, the minister added, “When it is an unprovoked attack the Army was given the right to retaliate. We honour the ceasefire but of course, a margin was given to us when there is an unprovoked attack. The MoD’s role isn’t to asses whether it was successful or not. It’s our business to guard the border and we won’t stop if we’re provoked. We shall be alert that no unprovoked attack goes without us responding. It’s our duty to keep India safe.”
She said the defence ministry spending was its highest last year for over a decade. She said there was no real cash crunch in defence. She said when the government came in there was an ammunition shortage, but not any more.

Asad Durrani in fix on “The Spy Chronicles:

The Pakistan Army has said that former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt. Gen. Asad Durrani, will be punished as per the law and the country’s Army Act for controversially co-authoring the book “The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI And The Illusion Of Peace” with India’s former Research and Analysis Wing chief A.S. Dulat.
Interacting with the media on Monday afternoon, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor said an inquiry has been ordered against the former ISI chief and outcome of the inquiry will be shared with the media.
“He (Durrani) is retired as a three-star general and you know the circumstances of his retirement – it was premature. He’s involved in the Asghar Khan case as well,” said Major General Ghafoor, adding that the army is clearly unhappy with what the retired officer had done.
“As soon as the book was published, we took action. We all know why he [Asad Durrani] was kicked out from the Army. He remarked that no one can become an angel after wearing the army uniform. He also noted that Durrani’s book referred to incidents that took place after his tenure. It was not okay for the retired spy chief to use his experience to comment on matters that happened after his retirement,”said Major General Ghafoor.
“We are all human, we make mistakes. But when you make mistakes, you suffer the consequences. The Pakistan Army has never forgiven any mistake, whether made by a soldier or a general. What will happen to Durrani will be in front of you,” he said.
He added that the reason why the forces had reacted so sharply to Durrani’s book was because the army does not take violations of its code lightly.
“Had he taken an NOC (no objection certificate) for the book, all of this would not have happened,” he said. — ANI
Further tweets on AsadDurrani has been barred from leaving  after the release of his new book “The SpyChronicles: RAW,ISI & the Illusion of Peace,”which has been co-authored by A.S. Dulat his former counterpart in RAW.
Pakistan Army has ordered an inquiry into a former spymaster who has co-written a book that says Osama bin Laden was handed over to the United States.
The army has asked the government to block Lieutenant-General Asad Durrani, a retired spy chief who headed the ISI in the early 1990s, from leaving the country because of revelations in a book he co-wrote with Amarjit Singh Dulat, a former head of the Indian intelligence Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

Tharoor to face trial

Taking cognizance of the Delhi Police charge sheet, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal asked Shashi Tharoor to appear before him on July 7
A Delhi court today summoned Congress leader Shashi Tharoor as an accused in the Sunanda Pushkar death case and asked him to appear before it on July 7. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal said there were sufficient grounds to proceed against Tharoor for commission of offences in the case.
Tharoor has been charged with abetting the suicide of his wife Sunanda Pushkar, who was found dead in a five-star hotel in Delhi in 2014. Her last mails and messages on social media have been taken by the police as her dying declaration.
The parliamentarian from Kerala has also been accused of cruelty to his wife in the chargesheet submitted in court last month

Delhi Court extends interim protection to P Chidambaram

Delhi Court give interim protection from arrest to Chidambaram till July 10
Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram was summoned by ED today.The agency had issued a fresh summon to Mr Chidambaram yesterday to appear before the investigating officer of the case.
Former FM  appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the Aircel-Maxis money laundering case, he arrived at the agency’s headquarters in New Delhi and was accompanied by a lawyer. The ED is expected to record his statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
Mr Chidambaram’s role has come under the scanner in the 3,500 crore rupee Aircel-Maxis deal in which the ED has already questioned his son, Karti.
The former Finance Minister had last week approached the court of Special Judge OP Saini seeking relief from arrest by the ED in the case.
The same court today directed ED not to take any coercive action or arrest him till the 10th of next month. The court passed the order after ED sought more time to file a detailed reply to Mr Chidambaram’s plea.
The case pertains to grant of Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance to firm M/S Global Communication Holding Services Ltd in 2006 for investment in Aircel.
The Supreme Court had, in March, directed ED and CBI to complete their probe into the 2G spectrum allocation cases, including the Aircel Maxis case, in six months.

Shubhankar Sharma earns US Open berth with tied fifth finish at Sectional Qualifier

Shubhankar Sharma earns US Open berth with tied fifth finish at Sectional Qualifier 
Twenty-one-year-old set to become fifth Indian to appear at year’s second Major, also youngest Indian to achieve the feat 
Columbus, Ohio, USA, June 5, 2018: Indian golfing sensation Shubhankar Sharma added another feather to his cap by earning his ticket to the year’s second Major, the US Open, scheduled to be held at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York, from June 14 to 17.
Two-time European Tour winner and world no. 77 Shubhankar qualified for his maiden US Open after finishing tied fifth at the Sectional Qualifier staged at Columbus, Ohio, on Monday. The top 14 players in the field of 120 made the grade. It was the Indian’s third attempt at qualifying for the US Open.
Twenty-one-year-old Sharma, the current Asian Tour money list leader, returned a three-under-69 at the Brookside Golf & Country Club and followed that up with a four-under-68 at the Lakes Golf & Country Club to finish with a seven-under-137 total at the 36-hole qualifying event.
Shubhankar, who made his Major debut at the Masters earlier this year after receiving an invite, is now set to become the fifth Indian to play the US Open when he tees it up at the 118th edition of the event next week.
The four Indians who have previously appeared at the US Open include Jeev Milkha Singh, Arjun Atwal, Shiv Kapur and Anirban Lahiri. Shiv Kapur’s tied 23rd at the 2014 US Open is the best finish by an Indian at the event.
After setting the record for becoming the youngest Indian to play the Masters, Sharma will now also have the distinction of being the youngest Indian to play the US Open at age 21. Anirban Lahiri held the previous record as he had appeared at the 2015 US Open at age 27.
Soon after his qualification for the 2018 US Open, Shubhankar tweeted, saying, “I am extremely excited to share that I have qualified for the @usopengolf. Third time lucky but worth every chance I took to get there. It also validates how competitive my primary home tours @PGTITOUR @asiantourgolf and, of course, @EuropeanTour are! Thank you, guys! @OWGRltd.”
Interestingly, Shubhankar will also be playing the 2018 British Open, having booked his place at the year’s third Major after claiming his breakthrough international win at the Joburg Open last December.
The Chandigarh-resident had reached a career-high world ranking of 64 in March this year largely thanks to his two European Tour triumphs at the Joburg Open and Maybank Championship and top-10 finishes at the WGC-Mexico Championship and the Hero Indian Open.
Sharma now has a good chance of emerging as only the third Indian to play all four Majors in the same year after Jeev Milkha Singh (2007) and Anirban Lahiri (2015).

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