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Like the Congress, But what is going on in India is more than that; it displays a deeply disfigured psychology.National Textile Corporation etc.they did not get enough time to float tenders to appoint agencies to carry out vector control work. the Congress leadership did not introspect in 2014,after the party was squashed by the Modi wave and reduced to a paltry 44 seats in the Lok Sabha Nor in 2015 after it was routed in the Delhi assembly election winning no seats at all with most of its candidates losing their deposits So why should the setbacks of 2016 be any different why should they provoke the Congress to react differently Why should the Congress shed its carefully rehearsed routines of evasion and obfuscation and the firewalling of its top leadership from any criticism and accountability Share This Article Related Article It may be time for Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi — the latter remember promised many years ago to comprehensively overhaul the party — to finally ask the tough questions not because the losses in the latest round of assembly polls are so extraordinary but because they confirm the unchecked slide of the party They must ask why in the face of a reinvigorated BJP the Congress looks like a party that reacts to its political opponent on terms set by the latter And why against regional parties that are hectically innovating and moving and remaking their strategy in order to survive and grow like its allies in Bihar the JD(U) and RJD it seems a stranded party waiting for a cue that never comes Even in West Bengal where the Congress made an unconventional move in the form of the alliance with the CPM in this election it lacked the organisational vitality or the narrative to back it up locally For many years now the Congress has been the left-over rump after the aggressive mobilisers be it the BJP or the regional parties have weaned away bits and pieces of the erstwhile umbrella party The Congress must wonder whether it stands for any core values anymore — for instance does a commitment to secularism mean a principled stand against the minority baiting of say the BJP Or only the ostensibly pragmatic and more risk-averse strategy of soft Hindutva to take the edge off its harder version To be sure it can be argued that there is a Congress space in the polity — for a party that is more a coalition of interests than a tightly bounded entity — but it is increasingy unclear if the Congress will continue to fill it It is not clear either if the Family that has so far presided over its sprawl and provided the glue for it is performing that role as efficiently To go on from here the Congress will need to face up to its terrible shrinking and ask whether and in what form it has a future For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: February 23 2017 6:16 am Top News Union government’s Department of Science and Technology has given its approval to set up a bio-medical instrument hub at PGIMER a senior PGI doctor said on Wednesday At the hub PGI doctors will give their ideas so that bio-medical instruments can be made “The department have given us the approval and further process is on” Prof GD Puri Head of Anaesthesia Department said Wednesday while addressing a press conference about the department organising the 18th Annual Conference of Neuroanaesthesiology and Critical Care under the aegis of Indian Society of Neuroanaesthesia and Critical care (ISNACC) from Feb 24th- 26th Watch What Else Is Making News: “Neuroscience is exponentially growing and accompanied with everyday innovations and intriguing developments There is a strong belief that better patient care is obtained through high volume and speciality physicians and hospitals Neuroanaesthesia has contributed tremendously over the year in terms of patient outcome” doctors said at the presser Doctors said that the department of Neuroanaesthesia at PGIMER caters to approximately 300 aneurysmal surgeries and 1600 Neurotrauma cases per year About the event PGI doctors said that ISNACC 2017 which is highlighting the importance of Neuroanaesthesia and Neurocritical care will be an attended by around 400 delegates and luminaries of National and International repute in the field of Neuroanaesthesia and Neurocritical Care along with faculties from different speciality and super-speciality of the Institute “Around 20 International faculty from various corners of the globe and 50 National Faculty will be sharing their skillful experiences and knowledge on various topics of Neuroanaesthesia and Neurocritical Care during the scientific proceedings of the conference” said the doctors For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: PTI | Mumbai | Updated: August 17 2017 3:37 pm Kriti Sanon talks about how Ashwini Iyer got convinced about her role of Bitti in Bareilly Ki Barfi Related News Kriti Sanon has portrayed a girl-next-door and a glamorous avatar in her three-year old film career but she believes it is sad when industry tends to typecast the actors The 27-year-old star who made her debut with Heropanti followed it up with Dilwale in 2015 and recently Raabta says she was bracketed right after her second outing “It isn’t so much about getting meaty roles as it is about getting typecast When I had only done two films ‘Raabta’ hadn’t released I had meetings with a few people from the industry for something where they said ‘this is not the kind of film you like’ I was like but how do you know what I like when I myself don’t know about it I think people put you in a bracket very fast They think ‘oh she has done commercial roles so may be she likes only this or can do only this’” Sanon said Sanon says it’s important to find people who are willing to explore an actor’s potential and not go by their on-screen image “Putting people in a bracket where you feel they can only do what they’ve done till now is not right You consciously need to follow your heart and do what you feel like to not fall in any bracket It’s important to find someone who sees the actor inside you” says Kriti The actor will next be seen in filmmaker Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s rom-com Bareilly Ki Barfi where she would be seen in a de-glam avatar as a small town girl “I’ve never played a small town girl before picking up the dialect was refreshing I didn’t have to wear much make up was wearing clothes I could sleep in I used to sleep more because I used to take lesser time than the guys to get ready” The actor recalls the time Ashwiny came to narrate the script to her “I come from a normal middle class family in Delhi I am very simple in every way When I met Ashwiny I was sitting crossed legged on the floor wearing a loose T-shirt and a loosely tied bun the way we are at home “She came and said ‘are you like this Because I’ve always seen you in stylish clothes’ At home I am extremely simple” The film scheduled to release tomorrow comes after Raabta which failed at the box office Kriti says though the failure was heartbreaking she is happy the team tried something different with the reincarnation-romantic drama “As long as you’re trying something new and not being safe it’s okay to fail It’s disheartening when a film fails but you can’t just stop there I’ve taken so much from ‘Raabta’ I’ve improved so much as a person as an actor post the film” she says Bareilly Ki Barfi also stars Rajkummar Rao and Ayushmann Khurrana For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: February 17 2017 1:12 pm 20: Amy Jackson will be shooting action scenes with Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar in Chennai Related News The final schedule of director Shankar’s upcoming sci-fi 20 is underway on a lavish set built on the outskirts of Chennai The filmmakers will shoot an action sequence with superstar Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar involving a lot of aerial work British model and actor Amy Jackson who recently came from London has also joined the film sets as she will also be performing stunts with two of India’s biggest movie stars The actress has reportedly been preparing for action sequences in the film by practising yoga meditation and other exercises to increase her core strength and physical balance WATCH VIDEO |Take 5: Nawazuddin Siddiqui And Amy Jackson Read | 20 Valentine’s Day poster: Rajinikanth aka Chitti still in love see pic The filmmakers have enlisted the service of Cirque du Soleil one of the largest theatrical producers to supply the equipment required for the shoot Hollywood aerial stunt choreographers and stuntmen from Berlin have also been roped in to shoot mid-air action scenes Following which the director is said to shoot more portions with Rajinikanth and Akshay together After wrapping up the shoot the film crew will dedicate about seven months for the VFX work Usually films are shot using 2D cameras and converted into 3D in the studios But the filmmakers of 20 have used 3D cameras which is a first in India The makers have also planned to facilitate theatres across the country to upgrade themselves to 3D technology The budget of the film bankrolled by Lyca Productions is said to cross Rs 400 crore More from the world of Entertainment: According to reports Rajinikanth will finish his portions by March and immediately start shooting for his second film with director PaRanjith The untitled film marks their second collaboration after Kabali which became the biggest blockbuster of last year The film will be produced by Dhanush’s home production banner Wunderbar Movies For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsHouston: When he made his now infamous comment about the recently elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi being a ‘chai wala’ Congress spokesperson Mani Shankar Aiyar may not have had any inkling that the comment would give an impetus to Indian Americans to launch a ‘chai pe charcha’ movement to help Modi win the prime ministership Prime Minister Narendra Modi PTI While several Indian Americans in major cities across the United States campaigned for Modi’s election the most organized movement was in Houston Texas where since January this year a group of about 700 worked round the clock to motivate voters in India The volunteer group intensified their efforts in the two months preceding the voting "The preparations were almost like that for an Indian wedding" said Ramesh Bhutada a Houston businessman and philanthropist who was one of the prime movers of the campaign "We had volunteers calling up their relatives friends and friend of friends in India" Initially the focus of the phone calls was to get people to participate in the voting process Voters were told that they finally had the power to change the destiny of the country "Some of the voters-especially the middle aged and elderly-appeared very cynical"Bhutada said"They appeared convinced that nothing would ever change" Later in the phone campaign the volunteers asked the voters to look at Modi’s candidature citing his economic development track record in Gujarat In addition several hundred Indian Americans travelled to India to participate physically in the election campaign for Modi and the BJP "The volunteers did this for their own soul satisfaction" he said adding that Indians in the US who were not Indian citizens nevertheless had a direct stake in the elections "We may build any number of temples in the US But our children and grandchildren will relate to their Indian heritage only if India is a strong country" Members from several Indian American organizations like the Art of Living Arya Samaj and the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh USA(HSS) participated he said Bhutada who grew up in India has been a member of the HSS since 1977 and is currently the organization’s national vice president He credits the organization for inculcating in him the virtues of discipline and the need to live a simple lifestyle Bhutada sees the current election results as the "third opportunity" to change the destiny of India "We frittered away 1947(independence from the British) and 1977(the defeat of Indira Gandhi after the emergency) He like many Indian Americans is unequivocal in the belief that Modi will give India a new direction pointing to his tenure as chief minister of Gujarat "In 2001 Gujarat faced all sorts of natural calamities from floods and droughts to earthquakes It was a state that had almost been written off" Bhutada who has interacted with Modi several times said there is popular misconception that he is dictatorial "He is decisive and has a very clear cut thought process but in person displays a lot of humility His job now is to rekindle the trust elected officials have with their constituents As long as he levels with them and people see things changing I am sure they will give him a long rope" IANS Patna: Though RJD President Lalu Prasad kept mum on BSP chief Mayawati spurning his advice to join hands with rival Mulayam Singh Yadav in UP as he did with Nitish Kumar in Bihar state RJD President Ram Chandra Purvey said "the circumstances will compel both of them (SP and BSP) to come together" Purbey told PTI Prasad has proposed a "line of thought" right now and the "line of action" will follow Lalu Prasad Yadav AFP The RJD President who at a joint election rally at Hajipur with Nitish Kumar on Monday had suggested Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and BSP chief Mayawati to enact the same in Uttar Pradesh did not speak to media after news of Mayawati spurning the offer came Though the RJD chief kept mum his partymen still sounded optimist that the experiment of coming together of secular parties would take place outside Bihar too "What holds true for Bihar will be true for Uttar Pradesh and other states as well" Purbey said hailing secular alliance of RJD JD(U) and Congress in Bihar for 10 Assembly seats in the bypoll RJD spokesperson Mritunjay Tiwary said Prasad suggested the alliance between Mayawati and Yadav in national interest as the division of votes due to fight between Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP) benefited BJP "The path shown by RJD National President will have to be adopted by everybody in national interest We are sure that sooner or later Mayawati will accept the need for alliance" added Tiwary PTI remember, 2014 1:00 am Salman Khan Related News Salman Khan’s look in the reality show Bigg Boss Season 8 has evinced a keen interest. 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Pakistan in deep deep trouble. ??? — Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) 27 February 2016 1911 hrs IST: Short again from Nehra Khurram cuts and Jadeja sprints to save a run for his side 1911 hrs IST: FOUR Khurram gets his front leg out of the way and muscles it to the ropes 1909 hrs IST: Young Bumrah playing his first India-Pakistan contest starts with a maiden 1905 hrs IST: Bumrah from the other end and he gets one to angle sharply into Khurram Top start 1904 hrs IST: Khurram Manzoor joins Sharjeel in the middle Old is gold — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 27 February 2016 1902 hrs IST: WICKET Nehra responds in style Extracts extra bounce and Hafeez attempting the cut could only edge it to Dhoni behind the stumps 4/1 1901 hrs IST: Hafeez Pakistan away with a boundary Pitched up and he creams it past point 1900 hrs IST: The teams are out in the middle Sharjeel Khan and Hafeez to open the innings forPakistan Nehra with the new ball for India 1855 hrs IST: Five minutes away from the start…It’s very noisy in the middle Crowd getting behind their teams The atmosphere is absolutely electric! is now on its way to be declared as complete ‘plastic-free’ zone soon. As an initial step the City Coroporation here has imposed a blanket ban on all types of plastic carry bags within its limits from March 1 “Green protocol has also been made mandatory for the conduct of all festivals and celebrations here from now on” Corporation sources said Besides plastic carry bags use of plastic sheets multi-layer plastic covers disposable plates and glasses and packaged commodities will also be banned in the next phase they said Watch what else is in the news The authorities have also launched efforts to introduce eco-friendly cloth and paper carry bags in place of non-degradable plastic ones which pose the biggest challenge in waste management Deputy Mayor Rakhi Rravikumar said over 5000 kg of banned plastic has been seized from various outlets in the city including branded shops in the last four days after the implementation of the ban The initiative would be a boon for the waste management initiatives in the city where disposal of solid waste is a big issue she said “The Corporation has formed a number of special squads to conduct raids across the city to seize plastic carry bags and issue notice to those who violate the ban” she told PTI “The ban will be made stricter from next month Fine will be imposed on those shops and outlets which do not comply with the banWe are also mulling stern steps like cancellation of the license of such shops which violate the order” she said Despite repeated warning by health and environmental experts use of plastic articles especially carry bags is rampant in Kerala including in the capital city Carry bags made of low-quality plastic which pose great health and environment hazards were widely used in majority of shops ranging from malls and branded super markets to street-side outlets The habit of burning plastic by city-dwellers and consuming hot food wrapped in plastic covers in hotels and street take-away also posed serious health concerns With an aim to put in place a permanent solution to the plastic menace the Corporation is planning to introduce eco-friendly alternatives in its place the Deputy Mayor said “We are carrying out an exhibition titled Go Green Expo to create awareness about alternatives to plastic carry bags Public response to it is really good” she said In the Expo the Corporation facilitates a platform for manufacturers of eco-friendly paper and cloth bags Those interested can place orders for the product directly there the Deputy Mayor said Though the initiative garnered positive response from public as well as residents’ associations traders and shopkeepers are on a warpath against the move as they depended completely on plastic carry bags to distribute articles However the Deputy Mayor said the plastic ban would be implemented effectively and the police help would be sought if necessary to carry out raids in shops Thiruvananthapuram was awarded top rank in the city governance ranking Annual Survey of India’s City-System (ASICS) undertaken by not-for-profit institution Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy (JCCD) which evaluated 21 major cities from the country’s 18 states Pune is ranked second while Kolkata in the third slot in the survey released last month For all the latest Thiruvananthapuram News download Indian Express App More Top NewsNew Delhi: The Maharashtra unit of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has come under the scanner of the Income Tax department after it recently detected cash deposits of over Rs 34 crore in the party’s account without depositor details like PAN card The I-T’s investigation unit in Mumbai issued summons to the party to furnish documents and relevant details to it after the taxman detected the movement of funds in the NCP’s account in the Bank of Maharashtra Nariman Point branch between April 1 2013-April 21 2014 The inquiry official sources said has been made part of the Election Commission (EC) mandated expenditure protocols in view of the ongoing polls The I-T raised a query as none of the deposits prima facie reflect the Know Your Customer (KYC) details required for such cash deposits like Permanent Account Number (PAN) or other banking details of the depositors sources added NCP chief Sharad Pawar in this file photo Reuters The total cash deposits during the same period have been found to be at Rs 3475 crore In its reply NCP’s Chartered Accountant firm in Mumbai –U G Devi and Co — said that the deposits "represent the collections made by the party from the various district and constituencies in Maharashtra by way of coupons which are in the denominations of Rs 1000 Rs 500 and Rs 100" Under current rules political parties have to furnish vital details of depositors and donors like PAN bank account number and addresses in case the cash amount is above Rs 20000 The CA firm has asked I-T authorities for time till the first week of June to provide its explanation as at present the rank and file of NCP is busy with polls "The collections from various individuals/well-wishers of the party are made under the supervision of office bearers and district and elected representatives "Coupon booklets are issued to the party functionaries for raising donations from the party’s well-wishers All collections are in small denominations ie Rs 1000 Rs 500 and Rs 100 taken from various individuals in the various districts of the state "No amount exceeding Rs 20000 from a single individual is taken hence there are no PAN account numbers bank details which can be furnished" the CA firm said in its reply to the summons issued on April 17 under Section 131 of the I-T Act (Power regarding discovery production of evidence) The CA firm has said it will take time to collect all the details after correlating all the contributions received from each district with the coupons issued by NCP Sources in the I-T department said that the time as sought had been granted to the party PTI New Delhi: Raising the stakes in its fight with the Lt Governor AAP government today decided to call a two-day ’emergency’ session of Delhi Assembly from Tuesday to deliberate on Centre’s notification giving absolute powers to him in appointment of bureaucrats and issues of police and public order Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal PTI The decision to hold the special session was taken at a Cabinet meeting presided by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal The Assembly was due to meet in June for the passage of Budget Officials said the session will deliberate on the gazette notification issued by the Centre as well as issues relating to sharing of power between the elected government and the Lt Governor They said government had sought legal opinion from constitutional expert KK Venugopal and former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium and both felt that the notification is against the provisions in the Constitution and laid down norms "Legal opinions from noted constitutional expert KK Venugopal and former Solicitor General of India Gopal Subramanium were placed before the Cabinet and discussed in the meeting" the Chief Minister’s office said The cabinet also decided that depending on the requirement the session can be extended further In the notification issued yesterday the Centre gave absolute powers to the LG in appointment of bureaucrats while also clarifying that he need not "consult" the chief minister on subjects like police and public order The Anti-Corruption Bureau of the Delhi government has also been barred from registering any case against officers and political functionaries of the Central government After the notification was issued Kejriwal had launched a frontal attack on the Centre accusing it of "back-stabbing" the people of the city by "siding" with the Lt Governor to run Delhi through "backdoor" and protect the corrupt The appointment of senior bureaucrat Shakuntala Gamlin as acting chief secretary by LG last week had triggered a full-blown war between the ruling AAP and LG Najeeb Jung with Kejriwal questioning the LG’s authority and accusing him of trying to take over the administration PTI about 100m from the ground; then there is the second stage, Voters are welcome irrespective of caste, among Brahmins about the ?" he said. — a.
The intense film, who has so far starred in hit romantic comedies and Varun said the movie was indeed his biggest challenge. “This is in line with our vision to expand globally.(Ankhon Dekhi ),Rajkumar Hirani(PK)? “If you are one of those die-hard boxing fans you might be waiting for that one, 16 GGG-Canelo fight at the same T-Mobile arena Mayweather and McGregor will compete before that event became a reality. De La Hoya who helped make Mayweather a star when the two men fought in 2007 blasted the McGregor bout as a farce when it was being negotiated and urged boxing fans not to buy it saying “Our sport might not ever recover” Indeed there’s some evidence that boxing fans aren’t putting their money into what they see as one-sided event at least yet Ticket prices are dropping quickly and the closed-circuit seats that sold out in one day for Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are available in plentiful supply from the original sellers Meanwhile host hotel MGM Grand has cut its room prices three times for the weekend and there are hotel rooms readily available on the Las Vegas Strip for less than $200 But promoters and Showtime executives believe there is enough excitement being generated that the pay-per-view even at a cost of $9995 could exceed the record of 46 million set by Mayweather-Pacquiao “There are the boxing purists who aren’t as enthusiastic about this fight and I understand that” said Stephen Espinoza who heads the sports division at Showtime “But I think that’s more than compensated by the huge crush of mainstream interest in the event The event as a whole remains compelling It’s something we’ve never seen before and no one can reliably predict how it is going to go” Many in the boxing press have made that prediction writing that the fight is a mismatch and McGregor doesn’t stand a chance That led Mayweather’s promoter Leonard Ellerbe to scold writers at his media day for hurting boxing by being too negative about the fight “Floyd has single-handedly put boxing on his back (He’s) the reason boxing is being talked about as much as it is” Ellerbe said “Just imagine the two years Floyd’s been gone where was boxing then With the exception of Canelo and the little fight he had people weren’t really talking about boxing The minute you mention Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor then this thing opens back up” The best guess is no matter how many boxing fans boycott the fight it will do monster pay-per-view numbers from UFC fans and from the simply curious who want to invite a few friends over to watch the spectacle unfold That will be enough to elevate it to Mayweather-Pacquiao status even if it doesn’t fare as well at the box office in Las Vegas But that may say more about America’s appetite for reality TV and spectacle than it does about the two sports themselves For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Published: October 5 2017 8:22 pm Ashish Nehra has been called in India squad for T20I series against Australia (Source: AP) Related News India fast bowler Ashish Nehra is expected to be back in action when he would take the centre stage against Australia in upcoming three-match T20I series at home The left-arm bowler played for India in a T20I against England in February this year in Bangalore Nehra’s age (38 years) has been a point of discussion and debate for many but his economy of 775 certainly makes him a decent pick in the shortest format But the left-armer isn’t the oldest to take the field for his respective nation at a late age Oldest players to play international cricket Wilfred Rhodes (England) – 52 years 165 days Bert Ironmonger (Australia)- 50 years 327 days WG Grace(England) –50 years 320 days George Gunn (England)- 50 years 303 days James Southerton (England)- 49 years 139 days Miran Bakhsh (Pakistan)- 47 years 302 days Sir Jack Hobbs (England)- 47 years 249 days Frank Woolley (England)-47 years 87 days Don Blackie(Australia)-46 years 309 days Bert Strudwick (England)- 46 years 202 days Oldest T20I players in international cricket Ryan Campbell (Hong Kong)- 44 years 30 days Mohammad Tauqir (UAE)- 43 years 179 days Brad Hogg (Australia)- 43 years 45 days Khurram Khan (UAE)- 42 years 273 days Najeeb Amar (Hong Kong)- 42 years 172 days Steve Tikolo (Kenya)- 42 years 154 days Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka)- 41 years 360 days Sunil Dhaniram (Canada)- 41 years 116 days Munir Dar (Hong Kong)- 40 years 16 days John Davison (Canada)- 39 years 277 days For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsKatihar: The NCP today flayed BJP prime ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi for making the "Pakistani agent" remark on AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal and said it reflects his desperation to grab power by all means "Modi has made slanderous remarks against Kerjiwal after being rattled by the AAP leader who generated massive support in Varanasi in his favour following his decision to contest against the BJP’s PM nominee from there" Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Tariq Anwar told reporters in reply to a questionNCP leader Tariq Anwar Image courtesy PIB The Gujarat chief minister appeared to be befuddled by his rival from Varanasi drawing huge support from the people of the temple city prompting the former to make baseless remarks against the AAP leader he said "The BJP PM hopeful is fearful of a looming defeat from Varanasi and that is why he is contesting from another seat – Vadodara in Gujarat" the NCP leader said Anwar who is contesting from the Katihar Lok Sabha seat under the umbrella of a RJD-Congress-NCP alliance exuded confidence about his victory from here and said the constituents would reward him for his consistent fight against communal forces PTI By: PTI | Los Angeles | Updated: December 22 2016 2:32 pm MS Dhoni: The Untold Story Sarbjit one of the films to fight for Oscars Related News Sushant Singh Rajput’s biopic on Indian Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni called MS Dhoni: The Untold Story and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan-starrer Sarbjit have made it to the long list of 336 feature films eligible for the Oscars The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released the list of films in contention for the best picture Oscar on Wednesday reported Entertainment Weekly To make it to the 2016 Academy Awards list feature films must have played in a commercial theater in Los Angeles County between January 1 and December 31 for at least seven consecutive days The exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film or in a qualifying digital format must have a running time of more than 40 minutes Apart from the Sushant Singh Rajput and Randeep Hooda Starrer films Indian-American filmmaker Mira Nair’s directorial venture “Queen of Katwe” is also part of the list Starring Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o David Oyelowo and newcomer Madina Nalwangas the film is based on real-life events and chronicles the inspiring story of an underdog from the streets of rural Uganda More from the world of Entertainment: The list also include awards season favorites La La Land Moonlight Manchester by the Sea Silence Arrival and Hacksaw Ridge Superhero movies Deadpool Suicide Squad Captain America: Civil War and X-Men: Apocalypse also made the cut For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Shombit Sengupta | Updated: May 11 2014 6:06 am From the 1970s onwards entrepreneurs like Bill Gates Steve Jobs started to create a digital interface for customers Related News Religion it can be argued is the origin of branding All religions had intangible ideologies but they physically manifested with tangible architecture This comprised the genesis of branding but without commercial give and take I’m naming this sanctified unification through fraternal relationships as Brand Friendship Afterward when formal monarchies materialised the monarch’s emblem was the brand that symbolised his power to conquer lands and make people subservient Historical perspective: The commercial branding era started in Europe after the 17th century when Christianity liberalised the pursuit of literature science art and technology Following Britain’s 1760 Industrial Revolution European inventors Louis Vuitton and Cartier among others manifested their brands prominently through luxury products that carried their seals Inventors Karl Benz Ettore Bugatti and others shaped precision engineering automobile brands Henri Nestle created milk powder and condensed milk for infants as a substitute for breast milk European brand creators promoted their brands more prominently globally in luxury and sophisticated engineering categories not in mass scale production That’s possibly because scale was not paramount in Europe which is made up of small nations Branding of giant companies: North America’s cowboy branding culture had no monarchical influence hence a different approach Hot stamping of American Wild West farm animals was done to identify their different owners The 19th and 20th centuries saw an American shift towards inventive power by distinctive inventors like Proctor & Gamble (P&G) Thomas Edison (GE) Graham Bell (telephone) James Casey (UPS) George Eastman (Kodak) Charles Flint (IBM) and Henry Ford (automobile) They started with a commercial trademark which extended to stylised graphic branding up till 1960 Giant American companies established their power through such symbols They mastered mass market production and masterminded the religion of commercial branding with mass scale industrialisation while providing affordable pricing to customers through inventive mass production processes like the Taylor system at Ford Motor Company The two World Wars helped businesses become global So clearly both in Europe and America the branding culture started with inventors Departure of digi-tech: From the 1970s onwards entrepreneurs like Bill Gates Steve Jobs started to create a digital interface for customersThat stretched to a new branding dimension with Google Facebook Twitter YouTube and others This led to uncontrollable mass production of digitally driven products and services with cost reduction and no industrial frontier These happenings created a huge disruption of absolute behavioural change in the human being what I call the departure of Brand Friendship in the commercial world The customer is in command today: Digital technology’s biggest contribution to the world is bringing extreme proximity among human beings No longer can corporations have commanding power over their customers Previously the distance between a company’s boardroom and customers was wide If your company was expanding globally you were advised to invest a percentage of your revenue in brand building You listened as though it is a ritual that cannot be ignored But did you check how efficacious your brand investment was Today in spite of heavy investment your customers can make you miserable through criticism using the social media Customers are redefining QCW (quality customers want); no longer is internal industry action driving them If you listen to and address customers you are in Otherwise like inward-looking Kodak you are out By not anticipating human behavioural change even Microsoft is experiencing business descent Usage of desktop computers is drastically falling by 6 per cent annually Vital connection medium: As the brand is your first medium to connect to customers the big question is how to drive it in this digi-tech social zig-zag world Traditional marketing ideas of getting brand pull and emotional connect by hiring a recognised brand ambassador and spending heavily to blitzkrieg the media are not valid any more International statistics show that 70-76 per cent of purchase decisions happen at the point of purchase So an industry cannot just buy society’s emotion and the media Your only choice is to create Brand Friendship which extends beyond the brand’s monetary transactions What exactly is Brand Friendship Its three elements are sorrow seriousness and smile The serious fact is that everything in every industry starts from product performance which should be better than other competitors within a price band You have to smile to create friendship between the customer and brand in a social context because sustaining your brand’s success depends on it Strong proximity with social relevance: Marriage is merely social recognition If there’s no friendship between a couple adultery leads to the hide and seek game After every deceptive trick is exhausted it may translate into divorce or living together in a cold war-like situation No friendship between children and parents translates to no trust Children nowadays live the way they want while play-acting in front of parents If you spy on why your adult child did not return home last night your friendship will definitely disappear In this contemporary world is there much meaning between being a minor and adult How can you stop your minor child from not Googling porn websites in your absence So a new definition of who the minor is and who the adult is needs to be looked into Real friendships develop not only in school or college but at any age time or with any person when a spiritual connect happens At the workplace whether you are the boss or subordinate unless a certain friendship exists the delivery you get will be basic without that extra mile of passion Corporate Brand Friendship is extremely important for tomorrow not just with customers but to develop a friendship with employees My Brand Friendship idea creates strong proximity with social relevance between the brand and its many stakeholders Shombit Sengupta is an international creative business strategy consultant to top management Reach him at http://s.wwwshiningconsultingcom For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsChennai: The MDMK has promised in its manifesto released Saturday that it would rename the country as the United States of India if takes part in government formation after the Lok Sabha polls The party led by firebrand Tamil leader Vaiko also said it would lift the ban on Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) According to the MDMK the Indian Constitution when it was formed promised a federal governance structure Those who initially claimed "unity in diversity" gradually began to concentrate power in the central government the party said Vaiko wants to rename the nation FirstpostIn order to strengthen the country’s unity the Indian Constitution should be revisited and the country be renamed as United States of India and the party said it would strive for that The party also demanded the centre to transfer back to the states the powers relating to education and the residuary powers listed in the Constitution should be fully given to the states The party said it would work for holding of a referendum on creation of Eelam in Sri Lanka for Lankan Tamils According to MDMK the referendum should be held in places where Lankan Tamils live The party has assured appointment of Tamils as ambassadors in nations having a sizeable Tamil population The party has promised reservation in the private sector inter-linking of rivers setting up of Cauvery Management Board and Cauvery Water Regulation Committee to oversee sharing of Cauvery waters between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka The party said it would ban death penalty The MDMK also promised to work to force India to take severe action against Sri Lanka if it continues to attack Indian fishermen and also retrieve Katchatheevu — an islet in Palk Strait — from Sri Lanka The party also promised declaration of fishing community as scheduled tribe provide pension for fishermen and prevent plunder of beach sand minerals On the nuclear power MDMK said it would prevent additional units at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu and also work for closure of the first two units there The party has also opposed field trials of genetically modified crops methane exploration project in Thanjavur the natural gas pipeline project by GAIL in Tamil Nadu With the difficulties faced by people in the south in approaching the Supreme Court in New Delhi the MDMK has promised for bring a bench of the apex court here To the people of Puducherry the MDMK has promised statehood Citing that the Union Territory got its freedom from 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