Tendulkar also had a word of advise for the elders.Tendulkar also had a word of advise for the elders.”Instead of fathers drinking and smoking in the evenings, they should spend time with their family. That is more important. Get together, get closer to each other…enjoy that valuable time. Do not miss out on that opportunity,” he said.The batting maestro, who formally retired from cricket exactly on this day in 2013, expressed happiness over the transformation of the nondescript village since he adopted it.”All these developments have taken place. I remember when I came here last time, I said if you are able to stay together and achieve what we all want to achieve, I will pay another visit. I will indeed come here again,” he told the villagers.”Just now they announced that a 10-acre plot would be developed as a cricket stadium. I would only come (here) again if you include other sports also. And that is my promise. Along with cricket, I want other sports included there. And I will come for that inauguration,” Tendulkar said.”I am sure you guys will make the most of all those facilities and once again I congratulate the district Collector for promising to complete the phase-1 of this project in the next two months. From thereon, phase-2 will be completed in one year,” the MP said.Thanking the villagers for showing “truly remarkable” love and affection towards him, the cricket icon said, “I just hope and pray to God that you are happy and healthy. Make the best of these facilities. All the very best and let us keep Swachh Bharat.”advertisementHe also took a “selfie” with the cheering crowd in the backdrop.SPS Nellore district Collector Revu Mutyala Raju, Guduru MLA Sunil Kumar, Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh Chairman P R Mohan and other officials were present on the occasion. PTI DBV DK GK SRY
Mumbai, Aug 14 (PTI) The largest luxury car-maker Mercedes-Benz India today launched a limited edition of its highest selling sports utility vehicle, the GLC Class, at a price range of Rs 50.86 lakh to Rs 51.25 lakh.The rollout of the Celebration Edition of the GLC is to market the 70th Independence Day, the company said in a statement.Mercedes launched the GLC Class in June 2016 and has gone to become the largest selling SUV model in its portfolio. The Celebration Edition offers a sporty exterior and a plush luxurious interior that enhance the cars luxury quotient.Roland Folger, managing director & chief executive, said the special edition launch is to commemorate the 70th Independence Day and also celebrate the SUVs overwhelming success.”We expect the GLC to remain our key volume driver and we are glad that our product strategy has been working well,” Folger added.Within a few months of its launch last June the company began to product GLC locally and became the 9th model to be produced from its Pune plant. PTI BEN NRB
The Ohio State men’s basketball team fell on the road to Iowa Saturday afternoon, 76-67. Buckeyes’ freshman guard D’Angelo Russell, as he’s done basically all season, shined in defeat. Russell, a projected top-10 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, totaled 27 points, 14 rebounds and two assists against the Hawkeyes. He deserved at least three assists, though. Check out this ridiculous one-handed bounce pass Russell threw in the first half:That’s an NBA-caliber feed from a future NBA player. With the loss, Ohio State falls to 14-5, 3-3 in the Big Ten, while Iowa improved to 13-5, 4-1 in the conference.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit the hill shrine of Tirupati on June 9. The information was shared by Andhra Pradesh BJP President, Kanna Lakshmi Narayana who told reporters on Saturday that the Prime Minister will be paying a visit to Tirumala Lord Balaji temple next week. Since the culmination of general elections, a slew of political leaders including Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Reddy and many newly elected parliamentarians have visited Tirumala to pay obeisance to Lord Balaji. On May 26, many politicians, including newly elected MPs and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR), had visited the Tirupati Balaji temple to seek blessings.(With inputs from DNA)
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday directed state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim to carry out joint inspection of a land at New Town and take steps to ensure handover of the same for setting up a research foundation in the name of former Chief Minister Jyoti Basu.The Left Front wants to lay the foundation stone of the same on July 8, which is celebrated as the birthday of the party veteran who died on January 17, 2010. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersLeft Front leader Rabin Deb along with party leaders Sujan Chakraborty and Ashok Bhattacharjee met Banerjee at her chamber in the state Assembly and sought her intervention in the case. The Left leadership alleged that the transfer of land for the project has not happened since 2011, when the erstwhile Left government had procured the land against a payment of Rs 4 crore. “We have been told time and again that there are litigations involved and the transfer has not been effected as yet,” Deb alleged. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to sources, Banerjee instructed Hakim to make a joint inspection of the land and take necessary measures in this regard for handover of the same. The Left is ready to sacrifice the amount of land which comes under the ambit of litigation. It has been learnt that the West Bengal Housing & Infrastructure Development Corp had agreed to give them the same amount of land at a place a few kilometers away from that particular site, but the Left leadership is not ready to accept the offer.
DAVOS, Switzerland – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday, but the Canadian media travelling with the PM did not receive a customary notification in advance.The Prime Minister’s Office sent an email to the media to announce a last-minute meeting between the two men even though it had been mentioned several hours earlier in the Israeli media.The PMO later apologized for the late notice and promised to provide a summary of what it called a “last-minute pull-aside.”The meeting in Davos comes weeks after the Canadian government chose to abstain from voting on a resolution condemning U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to relocate the American embassy.Israeli media also reported that Netanyahu and Trump will meet on Thursday — their fourth meeting since Trump took office.The North American Free Trade Agreement is expected to be the prime topic when Trudeau participates in a roundtable discussion later Wednesday with several U.S. business leaders in Davos.The session will involve several heavy hitters in U.S. business, including the CEOs of Dow Chemical, UPS, Cargill, Qualcomm Inc., Tyson Foods and the New York Stock Exchange.The roundtable on the sidelines of the Forum comes a day after Canada and Mexico joined the new Trans-Pacific Partnership as the NAFTA partners gathered in Montreal for a week of negotiations.There are concerns that the efforts in Montreal could be impacted by the new TPP, but the chief negotiators for Canada and Mexico brushed aside that notion on Tuesday.“It’s pretty much separate tracks,” Canada’s lead negotiator Steve Verheul told The Canadian Press in Montreal.Trudeau was also scheduled to hold bilateral business meetings Wednesday with the heads of Royal Dutch Shell, Microsoft and Ericsson. He also has one bilateral meeting with a political leader — Argentine President Mauricio Macri.Before leave Switzerland on Thursday, Trudeau is scheduled to attend a public session on the empowerment of girls and women and be joined by Pakistani activist and honorary Canadian citizen Malala Yousafzai.Trump is scheduled to speak in Davos on Friday after Trudeau returns home.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – A painting of Christ by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci sold for a record $450 million (380 million euros) at auction on Wednesday, smashing previous records for artworks sold at auction or privately.The painting, “Salvator Mundi,” Latin for “Savior of the World,” is one of fewer than 20 paintings by Leonardo known to exist and the only one in private hands. It was sold by Christie’s auction house, which didn’t immediately identify the buyer.“‘Salvator Mundi’ is a painting of the most iconic figure in the world by the most important artist of all time,” said Loic Gouzer, co-chairman of post-war and contemporary art at Christie’s. “The opportunity to bring this masterpiece to the market is an honour that comes around once in a lifetime.”The highest price paid for a work of art at auction had been $179 million (152 million euros), for Pablo Picasso’s painting “Women of Algiers (Version O)” in May 2015, also at Christie’s in New York. The highest known sale price for any artwork had been $300 million (253 million euros), for Willem de Kooning’s painting “Interchange,” sold privately in September 2015 by the David Geffen Foundation to hedge fund manager Kenneth C. Griffin.A backer of the “Salvator Mundi” auction had guaranteed a bid of at least $100 million (85 million euros). The bidding opened at $75 million and ran for 19 minutes. The price hit $300 million about halfway through the bidding.People in the auction house gallery applauded and cheered when the bidding reached $300 million and when the hammer came down on the final bid, $400 million. The record sale price of $450 million includes the buyer’s premium, a fee paid by the winner to the auction house.The 26-inch-tall (66-centimetre-tall) Leonardo painting dates from around 1500 and shows Christ dressed in Renaissance-style robes, his right hand raised in blessing as his left hand holds a crystal sphere.Its path from Leonardo’s workshop to the auction block at Christie’s was not smooth. Once owned by King Charles I of England, it disappeared from view until 1900, when it resurfaced and was acquired by a British collector. At that time it was attributed to a Leonardo disciple, rather than to the master himself.The painting was sold again in 1958 and then was acquired in 2005, badly damaged and partly painted over, by a consortium of art dealers who paid less than $10,000 (8,445 euros). The art dealers restored the painting and documented its authenticity as a work by Leonardo.The painting was sold Wednesday by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, who bought it in 2013 for $127.5 million (108 million euros) in a private sale that became the subject of a continuing lawsuit.Christie’s said most scholars agree the painting is by Leonardo, though some critics have questioned the attribution and some say the extensive restoration muddies the work’s authorship.Christie’s capitalized on the public’s interest in Leonardo, considered one of the greatest artists of all time, with a media campaign that labeled the painting “The Last Da Vinci.” The work was exhibited in Hong Kong, San Francisco, London and New York before the sale.In New York, where no museum owns a Leonardo, art lovers lined up outside Christie’s Rockefeller Center headquarters on Tuesday to view “Salvator Mundi.”Svetla Nikolova, who’s from Bulgaria but lives in New York, called the painting “spectacular.”“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” she said. “It should be seen. It’s wonderful it’s in New York. I’m so lucky to be in New York at this time.”___This story has been corrected to show the name of the painting is Latin, not Italian.
The police have arrested a teenager who had robbed a house in Mannar yesterday, the police media unit said.According to the police a 15 year old boy was arrested after he broke into a house in Mannar yesterday and stole a laptop and mobile phones. The young thief had stolen a laptop worth 17,450, several other computer parts and three mobile phones.Following the arrest of the boy the police said they had recovered all the stolen items. The boy is a resident of Mannar.Further investigations are underway.
President’s Counsel Sanjeewa Jayawardena appeared for Arcellor Mittal Construction France company. (Colombo Gazette) A fundamental rights petition filed by Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M A Sumanthiran seeking an Interim Order preventing any steps being taken by Minister D.M. Swaminathan with regard to entering into a contract with a French construction company to construct 65,000 of prefabricated steel houses in the North and Eastern Provinces has been withdrawn at the Supreme Court, the Ministry of Prisons Reforms and Rehabilitation said.The Ministry said Sumanthiran decided to withdraw his petition while it was being heard before a Supreme Court three-judge-bench comprising Justice Sisira de Abrew, Justice Anil Gooneratne and Justice Vijith Malalgoda. The petitioners stated that there are irregularities in the tender process awarding the contract to construct houses for the war affected to the French company. He further said that there is lack of durability of the said prefabricated steel houses and environmental unsuitability of the said prefabricated houses. The petitioner further alleged that the respondents are not employing local labour in the implementation of the project to construct the said prefabricated houses.“I am further aware that the District Co-ordinating committees of the Jaffna and Kilinochchi Districts of which I am a member also passed unanimous decision on or around September 27, 2016 rejecting the said prefabricated steel houses,” the petitioner added. In his petition, MP Sumanthiran cited D.M. Swaminathan the Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, Arcellor Mittal Construction France and the Attorney General as respondents. President’s Counsel Upul Jayasuriya with Counsel Kalana Jayasuriya appearing for Minister D.M. Swaminathan raised objections informing court that the petitioner is challenging a decision taken by the Cabinet to construct houses in the Northern Province.
SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance, says it achieved the highest ever monthly revenue in the history of the company in December 2017.A statement by the airline said that the air-transport operation of the company recorded a stand-alone revenue of US Dollar 100.1 million – the first instance in the 38-year history of the airline where monthly operating revenue reached this landmark figure. The company recorded a net positive result for the month even after interest costs, with an un-audited net profit of USD 3.0 million. However, the management stresses that this positive result is only a beginning, especially considering the fact that oil prices have increased by over 25% compared to December 2016.The fuel cost which accounted for 25% of the total operating expenditure a year ago, has risen to 31% whilst the ticket price (yield) has barely increased due to fierce competition and persistent over capacity, ills which are affecting most airlines.Accordingly,much hard work remains to be done in order to drive the airline into sustainable year-round profitability.The airline business is highly seasonal and even achieving a break-even performance during off-peak months require significant improvements,which can be only achieved through a major restructuring. The airline also recorded a successful month in terms of operational efficiency, recording an average aircraft utilization of 13.8 hours per day. The wide-bodied fleet of Airbus A330 aircraft achieved an average daily utilization of 15.2 hours – with industry leading reliability. The airline’s strategy of re-fleeting with fuel-efficient “single aisle” aircraft paid off, with its five-strong fleet of Airbus A320 neo family aircraft helping to combat rising fuel costs. Two days of un-forecast fog in the Gulf were the only blight on the month, leading to several delays due to aircraft diversions.The company’s subsidiary and business units – including SriLankan Catering and Ground Handling – too recorded a stellar performance, comfortably exceeding their revenue and profitability in comparison to the prior year. The Ground Handling division did particularly well, both financially and operationally, despite have to cope with record numbers of passengers, congested facilities at BIA and unusually high disruptions due to inclement weather. The airline attributes the increase in revenue to its expanded network and continuous improvement in revenue management processes. A total of 566,627 passengers were carried during the month, a 27% increase over December 2016 and recorded a Passenger Load Factor of 85.9% – above that of most major airlines in the world. Cargo carriage too witnessed a significant growth, rising 23% year-over-year to 12,016 metric tonnes. The airline’s newly launched route to Melbourne, Australia, was a resounding success – achieving a Passenger Load Factor of 92.4% – and recording a significant overall profit during the month. This makes Melbourne the first long-haul route launch of the airline in recent years to reach profitability in such a short period. In line with this goal, the airline is currently developing the next phase of its restructuring and operational overhaul strategy. Assisting in this complex task is a reputed industry consultant working together with the Government appointed Officials Committee. (Colombo Gazette)