Impacting Lives of Beginners: Mrs. Neena Bhatia, Principal ABC Public School

Impacting Lives of Beginners: Mrs. Neena Bhatia, Principal ABC Public School

  Who was your inspiration in Childhood ? My father was my inspiration in Childhood. He always preached us that luck sure comes at the door and knocks too but your efforts More »

Top of the Town: Ravindra Bhadana, MLA  Indian politician and a member of the 16th Legislative Assembly of Uttar Pradesh of India

Top of the Town: Ravindra Bhadana, MLA Indian politician and a member of the 16th Legislative Assembly of Uttar Pradesh of India

1. आपका बचपन में प्रेरणा स्त्रोत कौन था? मेरे पूज्य बाबाजी स्वर्गीय श्री रामसिंह जी । जो एक कृषक थे, एक सामाजिक व्यक्ति थे। उन्होंने जिंदगी में मुझे जीना सीखाया। प्ररेणा भी More »

Top of the Town: Mr. Vikram Parakash Lamba, MD American Institute of English Language Pvt. Ltd.

Top of the Town: Mr. Vikram Parakash Lamba, MD American Institute of English Language Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Vikram Parakash Lamba, MD American Institute of English Language Pvt. Ltd. with 300+ Centers all across India Who was your inspiration in Childhood ? My mother and father were my source More »

Top of the town: Dr. Mohini Lamba, Director in American Kids Play School, Early Childhood Curriculum Developer, Montessori Teachers Trainer

Top of the town: Dr. Mohini Lamba, Director in American Kids Play School, Early Childhood Curriculum Developer, Montessori Teachers Trainer

Who was your inspiration in Childhood ? My inspiration was my family. I was surrounded by educators in my family. Ma Nanaji, Mamaji, my mother everybody was into academics. My Mamaji was More »

Top of the Town: Mrs. Monika Kohli, 52 years young model and actor, into print ads, T.V. commercials and movies

Top of the Town: Mrs. Monika Kohli, 52 years young model and actor, into print ads, T.V. commercials and movies

Who was your inspiration in Childhood ? I always believed that inspiration is from inside and not from outside. Only you can inspire yourself. Outward inspirations are momentary and do not stay More »

Top of the town: Respected Rajendra Aggarwal, MP

Top of the town: Respected Rajendra Aggarwal, MP

  Who was your inspiration in Childhood ? My dad and my uncle were my inspiration in my childhood. Both of them were associated with RSS. They inspired me to join RSS More »

Top of the town: Dr. Vishwajeet Bembi, renowned Physician and Social Worker

Top of the town: Dr. Vishwajeet Bembi, renowned Physician and Social Worker

Dr.Vishwajeet Bembi, renowned Physician and Social Worker Who was your inspiration in Childhood ? My mother was my inspiration in my childhood and she is still my inspiration. My brother had also More »

Top of the town: Mr. Rakesh Kohli, Chairman, Stag International known for sporting goods in different countries of the world.

Top of the town: Mr. Rakesh Kohli, Chairman, Stag International known for sporting goods in different countries of the world.

Who was your inspiration in Childhood ? My grandfather was my biggest inspiration. I had learnt the minutest details of life from him. I learnt a lot from him about business. Like More »

Top of the town: Mr. Prem Mehta, Principal City Vocational Public School

Top of the town: Mr. Prem Mehta, Principal City Vocational Public School

Who was your inspiration in Childhood ? I think in my childhood it was the national leaders like Gandhi ji and Nehru ji who inspired me the most because our exposure at More »

Top of the town: Dr. Mamta Varshney, Lecturer and Poetess

Top of the town: Dr. Mamta Varshney, Lecturer and Poetess

Who was your inspiration in Childhood? Radio was my source of inspiration as I used to listen to loads of music and radio and tape recorder were the only source to listen More »

 

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Gutsy Ramkumar goes down fighting to Baghdatis

Ramkumar Ramanathan of India fought gallantly before losing a gruelling three-setter against veteran Marcos Baghdatis in the quarter-final of the ATP 250 Antalya Open on Thursday.

Can’t wait to perform in India: Jinder Mahal

If the rumours of WWE coming to India in September this year are anything to go by, it is highly likely that ‘The Modern-Day Maharaj’ could very well hold on to the title till that time.

ATP must look beyond the ‘big four’, says Jamie Murray

Doubles specialist Jamie Murray believes ATP must focus on the long-term future of the game and not just promote the ‘big four’ of men’s tennis that include his brother Andy.

‘Partition 1947’ new poster: Huma Qureshi starrer looks like a compelling watch

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WATCH: ‘Mubarakan’ new song ‘Hawa hawa…’

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Market arrests slide, trades flat ahead of GST roll out

The equity benchmarks recovered from the continued slide over the last two sessions to end flat on Thursday. 30-share BSE Sensex gained 23.20 points to finish at 30,857.52 while the broader 50-share NSE Nifty gained 12.85 points to close at 9,504.10.

While both the indices saw only moderate gains, but it was a sigh of relief for investors as stock market slipped alarmingly on Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of expiry of June futures & options and GST roll out on July 1.

Axis Bank, Tata Steel and Vedanta were the top gainers, while Kotak Mahindra Bank and Tata Motors DVR lost the most.

Srikanth returns to top 10 of BWF men’s rankings

Kidambi Srikanth has entered the top ten of the BWF men’s singles rankings for the first time in ten months, moving up to three spots to eighth place in the latest updated rankings.

China 'highly alarmed' after reports of Australian spying

BEIJING: China said Thursday it was “highly alarmed” over threats to its national security, after a state-run newspaper accused Australia of spying on the country and stealing its technology.

An employee of China’s national security department told the Global Times that Australian intelligence agents “in disguise” collect information from Chinese people overseas or “even encourage them to subvert China”.

The report, published on the nationalistic newspaper’s front page, comes weeks after Beijing rejected allegations of interference in Australian politics.

“We are highly alarmed and remain alert on other countries’ actions to endanger China’s national security and state interests,” foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a regular briefing.

“(The report) reminds me that recently the Australian media also played up reports on so-called Chinese spying.”

According to the Global Times, Australian agents closely monitor Chinese people and the embassy in Australia to foil “Chinese spy threats”.

“In global covert struggles, Australia had never played the role of victim,” the unidentified staffer was quoted as saying.

“However, they are wantonly working on intelligence about China and groundlessly accusing China of spying on them. The logic is ridiculous.”

The Australian government did not immediately respond to the allegations.

The article followed an Australian media report this month that the country’s intelligence agencies had major concerns China was interfering with Australian institutions and using political donations to gain access.

An investigation by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Fairfax Media found the country’s political elite had been warned two years ago about taking donations from two billionaires with links to the Chinese Communist Party.

But despite being cautioned by the nation’s spy agency both the Liberal and Labor parties continued accepting substantial sums of cash.

The probe showed that property developers Huang Xiangmo and Chau Chak Wing, or their associates, had donated around AUS$6.7 million ($5 million) to political parties over a decade.

Following the report Canberra announced it had launched an inquiry into espionage laws and foreign government interference.

China’s foreign ministry has called the reports “totally groundless” and said Australian media should not “waste their time on such meaningless and malicious” stories.

The Global Times article said many Chinese people have been interviewed or harassed by Australian intelligence and are required to provide information on Chinese communities and the embassy.

Some have been sent back to China to “gather information”, the report said.

It also accused Australia of “stealing Chinese technology” and installing listening devices in China’s embassy.

China’s national security department could not be reached for comment as its phone number is not available to the public.

Iraq military says it has retaken iconic Mosul mosque

BAGHDAD: The Iraqi military announced on Thursday that special forces had recaptured the iconic Mosul mosque where jihadist chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made his only known public appearance.

A top special forces commander told AFP that while the Nuri mosque — which was blown up by the Islamic State group last week — was close to being recaptured, it had not been retaken yet.

“Counter-Terrorism Service forces control the Nuri mosque and Al-Hadba (minaret),” the Joint Operations Command said in a statement.

But Staff Lieutenant General Abdulwahab al-Saadi said that while Iraqi forces were close to retaking the mosque, they were still some 20 metres (yards) away.

The mosque and its famed Al-Hadba (hunchback) leaning minaret were Mosul landmarks and also held major significance in the history of IS rule in Iraq.

Baghdadi appeared during Friday prayers at Nuri mosque in 2014, soon after IS seized Iraq’s second city, calling on Muslims to obey him.

Three years later, Baghdadi’s fate and whereabouts remain unknown, and IS has lost much of the territory it overran in 2014.

The jihadists blew up the mosque and minaret on June 21 as they put up increasingly desperate resistance to the advance of Iraqi forces.

Officials from Iraq and the US-led anti-IS coalition said the destruction of the site was a sign of the jihadist group’s imminent loss of Mosul, with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi calling it an “official declaration of defeat”.

The loss of the iconic 12th century minaret — one of the country’s most recognisable monuments sometimes referred to as Iraq’s Tower of Pisa — left the country in shock.

But the destruction had been widely anticipated, with commanders saying IS, also known as ISIS and Daesh, would not have allowed Iraqi forces to score a hugely symbolic victory by recapturing the site.

IS claimed on its Amaq propaganda agency that the site was hit in a US air strike, but the US-led coalition said it was the jihadists who had “destroyed one of Mosul and Iraq’s great treasures”.

Russia has said it is seeking to verify whether the IS leader, whose whereabouts have been unknown for months, was killed when its warplanes hit the group’s leaders in a night air raid in Syria last month.

The mosque in Mosul’s Old City was the latest in a long list of priceless heritage and historical monuments destroyed by IS during its three-year rule over swathes of Iraq and Syria.

The minaret, which was completed in 1172 and had been listing for centuries, is featured on Iraq’s 10,000-dinar banknote and was the main symbol of Iraq’s second city — giving its name to countless restaurants, companies and even sports clubs in Mosul.

After seizing Iraq’s Sunni Arab heartland in June 2014, IS reportedly rigged the Hadba with explosives but was prevented from blowing it up by the local population. The jihadists consider the reverence of objects, including of such sites, as heresy.

The mosque’s destruction came three days after government forces launched an assault on the Old City, the last district of Mosul still under IS control.

About 100,000 residents are believed to still be trapped in the district by IS, which has been using civilians as human shields to defend its last redoubt in Mosul.

The area still controlled by the jihadists is small but its narrow streets and the presence of so many civilians has made the operation perilous.

The jihadists have been offering fierce resistance in the Old City, with barrages of mortar fire and a huge number of booby traps slowing the Iraqi advance.

While Iraqi forces have made good progress to reach the Nuri mosque, Iraqi commanders have warned that the battle for the Old City is far from over.