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 »

 

Football has pushed athletics out of stadiums: Anju George

Anju, the only Indian athlete to win a World Championships medal, said that football has taken over the athletics venues everywhere, and that she had to fight with the authorities in the sports ministry to block the ISL’s proposed move to build a football training site.

Football has pushed athletics out of stadiums: Anju George

Anju, the only Indian athlete to win a World Championships medal, said that football has taken over the athletics venues everywhere, and that she had to fight with the authorities in the sports ministry to block the ISL’s proposed move to build a football training site.

Football has pushed athletics out of stadiums: Anju George

Anju, the only Indian athlete to win a World Championships medal, said that football has taken over the athletics venues everywhere, and that she had to fight with the authorities in the sports ministry to block the ISL’s proposed move to build a football training site.

Football has pushed athletics out of stadiums: Anju George

Anju, the only Indian athlete to win a World Championships medal, said that football has taken over the athletics venues everywhere, and that she had to fight with the authorities in the sports ministry to block the ISL’s proposed move to build a football training site.

Football has pushed athletics out of stadiums: Anju George

Anju, the only Indian athlete to win a World Championships medal, said that football has taken over the athletics venues everywhere, and that she had to fight with the authorities in the sports ministry to block the ISL’s proposed move to build a football training site.

Letting go of fear of failure liberated my batting: Mayank Agarwal

Mayank Agarwal is the talk of Indian cricket after a record-setting 2017-18 domestic season. Speaking to TOI, the 27-year-old batsman opened up on his landmark season, batting when the chips are down, his captain’s support and how removing the fear of failure allowed him to cash in like never before.

In blow to Trump, top aide Hope Hicks to leave White House

WASHINGTON: Hope Hicks, one of US President Donald Trump‘s longest-serving and most trusted aides, is resigning from her job as White House communications director, a blow to the president, whose inner circle has been depleted by firings and clouded by scandal.
The White House announced Hicks, 29, was leaving a day after she spent nine hours in a closed hearing of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Hicks’ decision to leave was not related to her appearance before the panel, where lawmakers said she declined to answer questions about the administration. Trump called her “a truly great person” whom he would miss having at his side.

The Republican president has presided over an extraordinary amount of turnover among senior staff in his White House since entering office more than a year ago.

His first chief of staff, Reince Priebus, stepped down last summer, and his chief strategist, Steve Bannon was fired. Four people, including Hicks and former press secretary Sean Spicer, who also resigned, have held the communications director mantle.

Hicks did more than steer messaging. She was a constant presence in Trump’s orbit, sitting in on interviews with reporters and quietly steering press-related policy while maintaining a behind-the-scenes, low-but-glamorous-profile.

Hicks managed in many ways to stay above the fray of staff backbiting and palace intrigue that has characterized the Trump White House, but her proximity to the president has made her a central figure in some of its more dramatic moments.

Lawmakers said Hicks, Trump’s spokeswoman during the 2016 election campaign, did answer House panel questions on Tuesday about her time with the campaign, and the transition months between the November election and the January 2017 inauguration.

Hicks’ exact departure was unclear but is expected to be sometime over the next few weeks.

Hicks was caught up in a controversy surrounding former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, another close Trump aide, whom Hicks had been dating. She worked to defend him when charges of domestic abuse against his two former wives emerged. Porter was ultimately forced to resign.

A one-time aide to Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and with no previous experience in politics, Hicks was one of the first people hired by the then-New York businessman when he began his campaign for the presidency.

An aide said she had approached the president and told him she wanted to leave so she could start exploring opportunities outside of the White House.

Robert Trout, a lawyer for Hicks who has represented her in the Russia investigation, declined comment.

Among the issues Hicks declined to discuss with the House panel was her part in drafting a statement in July 2017 misrepresenting a July 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that included the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., other Trump associates and Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer.

Trump Jr. said initially the meeting was about adoptions, but said later that Veselnitskaya had promised damaging information about his father’s election campaign opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton.

US intelligence agencies concluded that Russia ran a program of hacking and disinformation to interfere in the elections and it later developed into an attempt to help Republican candidate Trump defeat Clinton. On Feb. 16, a US special counsel indicted 13 Russians and three companies on charges of tampering in the campaign.

Russia denies interfering in the US election and Trump denies any collusion between his campaign and Moscow officials.

Hicks took over as communications director in September after the difficult, 11-day tenure of Anthony Scaramucci, who was fired. She is credited behind the scenes for stabilizing the communications operation.

“Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years. She is as smart and thoughtful as they come, a truly great person,” Trump said in a statement released by the White House.

“I will miss having her by my side but when she approached me about pursuing other opportunities, I totally understood. I am sure we will work together again in the future.”

Hicks said in her own statement that “there are no words to adequately express my gratitude to President Trump. I wish the president and his administration the very best as he continues to lead our country.”

Heavy scorer Mayank Agarwal made to play the waitng game

Despite dominating the domestic season, run-machine Mayank Agarwal and Ranji wrecker-in-chief Jalaj Saxena are still not considered fit for India and Irani Cup berths respectively.

Buzz off, I’m busy, Nirav Modi tells CBI

NEW DELHI: Rebuffing CBI’s summons to return to India and join the investigation in the Rs 12,600 crore PNB scam, diamantaire Nirav Modi has told the agency that he would not be able to do so as he was busy with his business abroad.

CBI had emailed the summons to Modi a few days ago and asked him to appear for interrogation. Without disclosing his location, Modi replied, “I have business to run here. Won’t be able to join.”

After receiving Modi’s reply on Wednesday, CBI again wrote to him and asked him to contact the Indian high commission in the country he was staying in so that he could be brought to India. “It is mandatory for all the accused to join the probe,” CBI said and asked Modi to appear before it next week. CBI officials said they would have to trace him and use the extradition route to bring him to India.

The agency may soon approach Interpol to issue a red corner notice against Modi and Mehul Choksi, sources said. CBI on Wednesday arrested the internal chief auditor of PNB, M K Sharma, a chief manager rank officer. “Sharma was responsible for auditing the systems and practices of PNB’s Brady House branch and report the deficiencies to the zonal audit office,” CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said.

It has been alleged that PNB officers omitted entries of letters of undertaking (LoUs) in the core banking system issued on behalf of Modi and Choksi’s companies to avoid detection. The funds raised through the LoUs were meant to be used for payment of import bills of Modi’s companies whereas it was utilised for other purposes.

SBI hikes interest rates on retail, bulk deposits

MUMBAI: In a bid to increase its deposit base before the fiscal year ends, SBI has hiked interest rates on retail and bulk deposits by up to 50 and 75 basis points respectively (100bps = 1 percentage point).
The move will benefit lakhs of fixed deposit investors, particularly retired people. The recent Union Budget had given retired investors a major incentive for choosing fixed deposits, as it increased the interest income limit for tax deduction at source to Rs 50,000 from Rs 10,000 earlier.

Following the increase, rates on deposits maturing in one year to less than two years have been raised by 15bps to 6.40% from 6.25% earlier. The retail rates for deposits of two years and up to 10 years have been hiked by 50bps to 6.50% from 6%. The flip side of the deposit rate hike is that it will push up the cost of funds for the bank.

This eventually gets reflected in higher lending rates as the new benchmark for loans — the marginal cost of lending rate — is calculated based on cost of funds. Interestingly, SBI’s deposit rate hike came a day after the new US Federal Reserve chairman, Jerome Powell, indicated that the Fed might go in for three interest rate hikes this year.

This had an impact on markets across the world. In India, too, the yield on government bonds rose and money market rates increased. On bulk deposits, SBI now offers 6.75% on maturities between one and two years. The bank earlier offered an interest rate that was 50bps lower at 6.25%. Deposits over Rs 1 crore and up to Rs 10 crore qualify for the wholesale rates.

For deposits maturing in two to less than three years, the bulk rates have been increased by 75bps to 6.75%.


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