A dominant India won a historic first-ever series in Australia with a 2-1 victory after play in the fourth and final Test in Sydney was abandoned due to rain on Monday. Australia were still trailing by 316 runs when the match was called off as a draw, leaving India with a series triumph after wins in Adelaide and Melbourne. It is the first time they have managed the feat since they began touring Australia in 1947-48. Consequently, Virat Kohli became the first Indian as well as the first Asian captain to win a Test series in Australia. Light rain prevented any play with Australia needing to bat out the last day to salvage a draw. The hosts were six without loss at stumps on a weather-affected fourth day on Sunday after being forced to follow on by India. Australia were dismissed in their first innings for 300 in reply to India's 622 for seven. India retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a historic 2-1 series win.
Swami Vivekananda Jayanti 2019 Quotes: One of India’s most revered spiritual leaders, Swami Vivekananda was born in Kolkata on January 12, 1863, as Narendra Nath Datta. It was in 1887 that he along with other disciples of Ramakrishna Paramhansa took formal vows of sannyasa and renounced the worldly pleasures. Advertising With a special interest in Western philosophy and history, he was often assailed by doubts about the existence of God. Through his speeches and lectures, Vivekananda tried to awaken the religious consciousness among people and also tried to uplift the downtrodden using the principles of practical Vedanta. To take his message to a wider audience, Vivekananda also attended the World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893. His iconic speech there that touched topics like universal acceptance, tolerance and religion, got him a standing ovation at the parliament. On his 156th birth anniversary, let’s take a look at some his inspirational and famous quotes that might change the way you look at life: * You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul. * Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is sin, this is the only sin, to say that you are weak, or others are weak. * The fire that warms us can also consume us; it is not the fault of the fire. * Ask nothing; want nothing in return. Give what you have to give; it will come back to you, but do not think of that now. * Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way. * All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything. * Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being. * Do one thing at a Time, and while doing it put your whole Soul into it to the exclusion of all else. * The moment I have realised God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him – that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today accused the Congress of "misleading farmers" in the name of loan waivers, days after Rahul Gandhi said he would "not let him sleep or rest" until the centre writes off farm loans across the country. "You know it cannot be done. This is only being done to win elections. To win elections you're fooling the youth. To win elections you're stabbing the farmer in the back," PM Modi said, addressing a rally in Himachal Pradesh to celebrate one year of the Jai Ram Thakur-led BJP government. Rahul Gandhi's challenge followed Congress governments in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh announcing farm loan waivers not long after the new chief ministers took charge. "It's done," tweeted the Congress chief, saying he had asked for 10 days while campaigning for the state elections but his party had made good on the promise sooner. In his strongest reaction on farm loan waivers in recent times, PM Modi said: "If you can't deliver, tell the farmers that, they will accept it. Don't lie and play with their lives." Targeting the Congress, he said "They did that in 2008 - farmer debt was Rs. 6 lakh crore, they announced Rs. 60,000 crore and they paid only 52,000 crores. In Punjab, before the election they promised, but nothing was given. In Karnataka too, only 800 farmers benefited and that too was token." The prime minister's comments came a day after reports that he held a high-level meeting at his official home in Delhi to discuss a wide-ranging farm relief plan that goes beyond loan waivers. Sources say PM Modi held discussions with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, BJP chief Amit Shah and Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh. According to finance ministry sources, the government will announce a new set of measures for farmers before the end of the winter session on January 5. Among the ideas discussed in the meeting were extending schemes by two BJP governments to the national level. One of them is the scheme of the previous Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in Madhya Pradesh to pay the farmers the difference between Minimum Support Price and the market price.
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After Rahul Gandhi's Challenge, PM Modi Retorts: "Don't Lie To Farmers"

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today accused the Congress of "misleading farmers" in the name of loan waivers, days after Rahul Gandhi said he would "not let him sleep or rest" until the centre writes off farm loans across the country. "You know it cannot be done. This is only being done to win elections. To win elections you're fooling the youth. To win elections you're stabbing the farmer in the back," PM Modi said, addressing a rally in Himachal Pradesh to celebrate one year of the Jai Ram Thakur-led BJP government. Rahul Gandhi's challenge followed Congress governments in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh announcing farm loan waivers not long after the new chief ministers took charge. "It's done," tweeted the Congress chief, saying he had asked for 10 days while campaigning for the state elections but his party had made good on the promise sooner. In his strongest reaction on farm loan waivers in recent times, PM Modi said: "If you can't deliver, tell the farmers that, they will accept it. Don't lie and play with their lives." Targeting the Congress, he said "They did that in 2008 - farmer debt was Rs. 6 lakh crore, they announced Rs. 60,000 crore and they paid only 52,000 crores. In Punjab, before the election they promised, but nothing was given. In Karnataka too, only 800 farmers benefited and that too was token." The prime minister's comments came a day after reports that he held a high-level meeting at his official home in Delhi to discuss a wide-ranging farm relief plan that goes beyond loan waivers. Sources say PM Modi held discussions with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, BJP chief Amit Shah and Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh. According to finance ministry sources, the government will announce a new set of measures for farmers before the end of the winter session on January 5. Among the ideas discussed in the meeting were extending schemes by two BJP governments to the national level. One of them is the scheme of the previous Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in Madhya Pradesh to pay the farmers the difference between Minimum Support Price and the market price.


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Bad chief minister of India?

It surely is not one of the best times for Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who has been embroiled in a prolonged tussle with right-wing outfits over the Sabarimala temple. The latest trouble, however, comes from the Internet and not his political opponents. Google searches have time and again embarrassed the most unsuspecting of people and now the search giant's algorithm has made Pinarayi Vijayan its latest victim. When one looks up 'bad chief minister' on the Google search bar, the search engine throws up the Wikipedia page of Vijayan. On Monday, Google recorded over 20,000 searches on the keyword 'bad chief minister'.


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Andhra Pradesh govt to distribute Swift Dzire cars among unemployed brahmin youth

head of elections, the Telugu Desam Party-led government in Andhra Pradesh is showering sops in the state. Apart from Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu's plan to distribute smart phones, the government will also distribute Swift Dzire cars among unemployed brahmin youth. Naidu had earlier said the state required to distribute 14 million smart phones for ease of living. The chief minister will distribute 30 Swift Dzire cars among unemployed brahmin youth on Friday at his camp office in Amravati. The distribution is being done under a self employment programme. The Brahmin Welfare Corporation will provide a maximum of Rs 2 lakh as subsidy and the beneficiary has to bear 10 per cent of the cost of the vehicle and the remaining amount will be provided by the Andhra Pradesh Brahmin Cooperative Credit Society as a repayable loan in monthly instalments. The corporation sanctioned 50 cars in the first phase. Corporation chairman Vemuri Anand Surya has said that so far around 1.5 lakh persons have been benefited by the Brahmin corporation.


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340-Day Footmarch Takes Jagan Mohan Reddy Closer To KCR

The route to the Chief Minister's chair in Andhra Pradesh appears to lie through the dust and sand of village roads, by way of a foot march. Former Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy did it in 2004, Chandrababu Naidu, a decade later, in 2014. Now YSR's son, Jaganmohan Reddy is out to make a record, covering 3,650 km in over a year - the longest footmarch undertaken by any political leader in the country. Assembly elections are due in the state in about four months. The jury is out on whether it would catapult him to the Chief Minister's chair. But Mr Reddy believes he is now in a better position than in 2014, when his YSR Congress party was up against a grand alliance of Telugu Desam, the BJP and regional party Jana Sena. The YSR Congress lost, but its voteshare was hardly 2 per cent less than the winner. And now, Mr Naidu's Telugu Desam Party has parted ways with the BJP and the Jana Sena. When Mr Reddy started the Praja Sankalpa Yatra in November 2017, he was rattled by the defection of 21 of his lawmakers, how had shifted to the TDP. Mr Naidu had given ministerial berths to four of them. Mr Reddy has come to an understanding with Mr Naidu's arch-rival- Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao. He has told people that he and Mr Rao would get together to bring special category status for Andhra Pradesh and for that, they are ready to support anyone. "We don't trust any of the national parties or Naidu... they all cheated Andhra Pradesh. Whoever signs on dotted line for special category status, we will support. That is why we need to get 25 MP seats here and 17 from Telangana will support us, and we can emerge as a formidable force." Several cars bringing up the rear in the foot march carry stickers on their rear window that say, "Ninnu nammam Babu" meaning "We won't trust you Chandrababu". That was a line used multiple times by Mr Reddy in his public meetings after each day's walk. Relating stories about failed promises, like loan waivers or unemployment dole or job for all or fee reimbursement, he would conclude, "Now people are saying "Ninnu nammam Babu". In 2014, voters often said they had voted for Mr Naidu instead of Mr Reddy, since he had experience and would deliver on any aspirations of a newly carved state. Mr Reddy tries to drive home a claim that he has not delivered. Today, at the end of 340 days of March Mr Reddy unveiled a pylon and held a massive public meeting. The challenge, however, would be to keep up the momentum till elections in April. Mr Reddy also mocked Mr Naidu's attempt to play a role in national politics, saying he tours all over the country but doesn't address people's problems in the state. "Naidu goes to have coffee with Kumaraswamy but won't find time for Anantpur farmers. Naidu goes to Chennai and has idli-sambar with Stalin. Goes to Mamata and has chicken, but doesn't solve people's problems," he said. 15 COMMENTS Mr Reddy's next stop is Tirumala, where he will trek uphill for a darshan of lord Balaji as thanksgiving for a successful padyatra.


Cast: Radhika Apte, Siddhanth Kapoor, Adil Hussain, Ravi Kishan, Akshay Oberoi Director: Pia Sukanya Rating: 1 star (out of 5) For a movie that gallops at a fair clip, first-time director Pia Sukanya's Bombairiya is extraordinarily inert. It strives for deadpan humour but falls way short, leaving the audience at the receiving end of a tedious, scrappy, patience-trying guessing game. Bombairiya has bomb written all over it. One of its principal props, among other daft diversions, is indeed a parcel bomb. It's in the possession of an angadia (delivery boy), played by Siddhanth Kapoor with wide-eyed amazement (absolutely understandable!), who rides a pink scooter. He dons a helmet of the same hue. But he is no panther, pink or otherwise. He is a scalded cat trapped in a cul-de-sac. The guy is on the run from a bloodthirsty cop. Updated: January 18, 2019 08:52 IST Share EMAIL PRINT 0 COMMENTS Bombairiya Movie Review: This Tangled Mess Is More Errors Than Comedy Bombairiya Movie Review: Radhika Apte in a film still. (Image courtesy: YouTube) Cast: Radhika Apte, Siddhanth Kapoor, Adil Hussain, Ravi Kishan, Akshay Oberoi Director: Pia Sukanya Rating: 1 star (out of 5) For a movie that gallops at a fair clip, first-time director Pia Sukanya's Bombairiya is extraordinarily inert. It strives for deadpan humour but falls way short, leaving the audience at the receiving end of a tedious, scrappy, patience-trying guessing game. Bombairiya has bomb written all over it. One of its principal props, among other daft diversions, is indeed a parcel bomb. It's in the possession of an angadia (delivery boy), played by Siddhanth Kapoor with wide-eyed amazement (absolutely understandable!), who rides a pink scooter. He dons a helmet of the same hue. But he is no panther, pink or otherwise. He is a scalded cat trapped in a cul-de-sac. The guy is on the run from a bloodthirsty cop. 33s3cg3 Bombairiya Movie Review: A still from the film. (Image courtesy: Instagram) A bunch of many such oddballs and their mystifying escapades lie at the pulpy heart of Bombairiya. But the film also has a message to deliver about the urgent need for witness protection. We keep hearing of a star witness who's got to be kept out of harm's way, but there's no clarity on the nature of the criminal case that is about to come up for hearing in a court except for stray hints about a missing cop and his dead wife and daughter. Logic never shows up to throw more light on the goings-on and dispel the haze. The film opens in a dark, dank room where a morose, ageing bomb-maker is at work. The man scribbles a letter addressed to a person whose identity we have no way of knowing and then proceeds to put together an explosive device that we can, with a bit of effort, figure out is meant for a predetermined target. Soon enough, the old man ends up dead. The convoluted story flits from one thing to another so flightily that it is impossible to focus on any of its multiple characters and plot strands. It is only in the second half that feeble attempts are made to explain the inchoate flurry of scenes that kicks off the proceedings, but given the tangled mess it creates no amount of elucidation can help the film crawl out of its trough. The courier guy gets into a kerfuffle with a short-fused public relations girl (Radhika Apte). In the melee, he snatches the lady's mobile phone and scoots. The handset, as it transpires, has a video that could cast a shadow on the career of a hard-drinking movie superstar (Ravi Kishan) who is due to spend time with a fan who has won a lunchtime FM radio show prize. The sozzled actor flees a shoot in his van and resurfaces on a paddle boat in a serene pond sipping whisky. The harried PR woman, who, when we first see her, tries to send a standee up in flames only to be chased by a group of urchins, has another major irritant to deal with: a wannabe superhero (Akshay Oberoi) who is on the way to a bistro to meet the girl that his parents want him to marry and but gets held for reasons beyond his control. Before he eventually makes it to the family get-together, he buys himself a change of shirt and a fedora to make the right impression. It is a Tex-Mex joint, and he is offered a sombrero. But our Topi-man sticks to the hat of his choice. There is, however, no cap on the unbridled mayhem that unfolds on the screen. The film is trying to tell us how chaotic a city Mumbai is and how many idiots the teeming metropolis has per square foot. In the process, it actually goes well beyond its avowed ambition. It is as much of an unintelligible jumble as any that the onscreen characters can trigger. Bombairiya never lets you wrap your head around it and that is clearly wholly unintentional. The makers have no inkling what they are after. Neither does the audience. There are a whole lot of clueless characters here, each as incomprehensible as the other. A politician (Adil Hussain) cools his heels in a VIP prison cell but is constantly on a phone barking orders. At the other end of the line is an encounter specialist (Amit Sial). A police chief (Ajinkya Deo) steps in once in a while but never comes close to restoring order. There is also a lady (Shilpa Shukla), who is both a media entrepreneur and a politician intent on giving the incriminating video a quiet burial. With all of them working at cross-purposes in a hopelessly purposeless screenplay, the result is an absolute riot but not of the kind that comedies usually aim to be. Bombairiya strives to be a cross between Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron and the better Priyadarshan laugh riots, but possesses neither the inventiveness of the former nor the inspired lunacy of the latter. It crams into its 108 minutes every cliché under the Mumbai sky - bumbling cops, smarmy politicos, a womanizing superstar and his hangers-on, a terror suspect, a comic book-obsessed mamma's boy, shenanigans of the media industry, a sharpshooter at large and sundry members of the underworld, all pulling in different directions.
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Bombairiya Movie Review:

Cast: Radhika Apte, Siddhanth Kapoor, Adil Hussain, Ravi Kishan, Akshay Oberoi Director: Pia Sukanya Rating: 1 star (out of 5) For a movie that gallops at a fair clip, first-time director Pia Sukanya's Bombairiya is extraordinarily inert. It strives for deadpan humour but falls way short, leaving the audience at the receiving end of a tedious, scrappy, patience-trying guessing game. Bombairiya has bomb written all over it. One of its principal props, among other daft diversions, is indeed a parcel bomb. It's in the possession of an angadia (delivery boy), played by Siddhanth Kapoor with wide-eyed amazement (absolutely understandable!), who rides a pink scooter. He dons a helmet of the same hue. But he is no panther, pink or otherwise. He is a scalded cat trapped in a cul-de-sac. The guy is on the run from a bloodthirsty cop. Updated: January 18, 2019 08:52 IST Share EMAIL PRINT 0 COMMENTS Bombairiya Movie Review: This Tangled Mess Is More Errors Than Comedy Bombairiya Movie Review: Radhika Apte in a film still. (Image courtesy: YouTube) Cast: Radhika Apte, Siddhanth Kapoor, Adil Hussain, Ravi Kishan, Akshay Oberoi Director: Pia Sukanya Rating: 1 star (out of 5) For a movie that gallops at a fair clip, first-time director Pia Sukanya's Bombairiya is extraordinarily inert. It strives for deadpan humour but falls way short, leaving the audience at the receiving end of a tedious, scrappy, patience-trying guessing game. Bombairiya has bomb written all over it. One of its principal props, among other daft diversions, is indeed a parcel bomb. It's in the possession of an angadia (delivery boy), played by Siddhanth Kapoor with wide-eyed amazement (absolutely understandable!), who rides a pink scooter. He dons a helmet of the same hue. But he is no panther, pink or otherwise. He is a scalded cat trapped in a cul-de-sac. The guy is on the run from a bloodthirsty cop. 33s3cg3 Bombairiya Movie Review: A still from the film. (Image courtesy: Instagram) A bunch of many such oddballs and their mystifying escapades lie at the pulpy heart of Bombairiya. But the film also has a message to deliver about the urgent need for witness protection. We keep hearing of a star witness who's got to be kept out of harm's way, but there's no clarity on the nature of the criminal case that is about to come up for hearing in a court except for stray hints about a missing cop and his dead wife and daughter. Logic never shows up to throw more light on the goings-on and dispel the haze. The film opens in a dark, dank room where a morose, ageing bomb-maker is at work. The man scribbles a letter addressed to a person whose identity we have no way of knowing and then proceeds to put together an explosive device that we can, with a bit of effort, figure out is meant for a predetermined target. Soon enough, the old man ends up dead. The convoluted story flits from one thing to another so flightily that it is impossible to focus on any of its multiple characters and plot strands. It is only in the second half that feeble attempts are made to explain the inchoate flurry of scenes that kicks off the proceedings, but given the tangled mess it creates no amount of elucidation can help the film crawl out of its trough. The courier guy gets into a kerfuffle with a short-fused public relations girl (Radhika Apte). In the melee, he snatches the lady's mobile phone and scoots. The handset, as it transpires, has a video that could cast a shadow on the career of a hard-drinking movie superstar (Ravi Kishan) who is due to spend time with a fan who has won a lunchtime FM radio show prize. The sozzled actor flees a shoot in his van and resurfaces on a paddle boat in a serene pond sipping whisky. The harried PR woman, who, when we first see her, tries to send a standee up in flames only to be chased by a group of urchins, has another major irritant to deal with: a wannabe superhero (Akshay Oberoi) who is on the way to a bistro to meet the girl that his parents want him to marry and but gets held for reasons beyond his control. Before he eventually makes it to the family get-together, he buys himself a change of shirt and a fedora to make the right impression. It is a Tex-Mex joint, and he is offered a sombrero. But our Topi-man sticks to the hat of his choice. There is, however, no cap on the unbridled mayhem that unfolds on the screen. The film is trying to tell us how chaotic a city Mumbai is and how many idiots the teeming metropolis has per square foot. In the process, it actually goes well beyond its avowed ambition. It is as much of an unintelligible jumble as any that the onscreen characters can trigger. Bombairiya never lets you wrap your head around it and that is clearly wholly unintentional. The makers have no inkling what they are after. Neither does the audience. There are a whole lot of clueless characters here, each as incomprehensible as the other. A politician (Adil Hussain) cools his heels in a VIP prison cell but is constantly on a phone barking orders. At the other end of the line is an encounter specialist (Amit Sial). A police chief (Ajinkya Deo) steps in once in a while but never comes close to restoring order. There is also a lady (Shilpa Shukla), who is both a media entrepreneur and a politician intent on giving the incriminating video a quiet burial. With all of them working at cross-purposes in a hopelessly purposeless screenplay, the result is an absolute riot but not of the kind that comedies usually aim to be. Bombairiya strives to be a cross between Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron and the better Priyadarshan laugh riots, but possesses neither the inventiveness of the former nor the inspired lunacy of the latter. It crams into its 108 minutes every cliché under the Mumbai sky - bumbling cops, smarmy politicos, a womanizing superstar and his hangers-on, a terror suspect, a comic book-obsessed mamma's boy, shenanigans of the media industry, a sharpshooter at large and sundry members of the underworld, all pulling in different directions.


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Viswasam box office collection Day 1

It has been one and a half years since Ajith's Vivegam hit the screens. After a brief hiatus, Thala and Siruthai Siva are back with another rural entertainer titled Viswasam, which released worldwide on January 10. Going by the initial reports, Viswasam has opened to positive reviews and is said to have collected a huge sum at the box office. Trade reports suggest that the film has grossed Rs 26.7 crore in Tamil Nadu on its opening day. [BREAKING] '#Viswasam' - 1st Day Boxoffice Collection in Tamilnadu - 26.7Cr Historical Opening.. AJITHKUMAR FANS CLUB (@ThalaAjith_FC) January 10, 2019 The premiere shows were scheduled as early as 1 AM on January 10 in a few theatres in Chennai and his fans celebrated the release like a festival. Both premiere and early morning shows were houseful and fans seem to have been impressed by Ajith's performance. In the US, Viswasam was released in over 95 locations and has managed to rake in Rs 59 lakhs from the premiere shows. The box office collection across the globe is expected to see a rise in the upcoming days. MOVIE REVIEW: Viswasam Also, popular opinion is that the film will lure in people to the theatres because of positive word of mouth. Apart from Chennai, Viswasam took a flying start in Karnataka and the US as well. #Viswasam has taken superb opening in Karnataka. Packed evening & night shows in Bangalore city Expecting good week 1 overall as WOM is very good Raghu Nandan Reddy (@Ragsblr) January 10, 2019 India Today reviewer Janani K rated the film 2.5 out of 5 stars and wrote, "It is probably the first time that a leading actor like Ajith and director Siruthai Siva have collaborated for four consecutive films. By now, they have worked together for nearly 6 years, which is enough to analyse one's strength and weakness in their craft. Even after working together for half a decade, Ajith and Siva don't seem to have understood each other's work style or the audience's pulse." Viswasam is an emotional family entertainer starring Ajith, Nayanthara, Baby Anikha and Jagapati Babu in the lead roles. Produced by Sathya Jyothi Films, the movie is said to have released in over 1000 screens across the globe.


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Ranveer Singh-Sara Ali Khan film marches to Rs 100 crore

Rohit Shetty's Simmba, starring Ranveer Singh and Sara Ali Khan continues to roar at the box office. It earned Rs 20.72 crore on its opening day. The cop drama, which also stars Sara Ali Khan, witnessed a boost on its second day and made Rs 23.33 crore. It made Rs 31.02 crore on its third day, bringing its total collection to Rs 75.11 crore. The film is expected to have made Rs 28 crore on the fourth day, and cross Rs 100 crore. Ranveer has received rave reviews for his performance, as always. It has been quite an eventful year for him, as he started the year with Padmaavat, which crossed Rs 300 crore at the box office. MOVIE REVIEW: SIMMBA An official remake of the Telugu hit Temper, Simmba is the tale of a dishonest cop named Sangram Bhalerao (Ranveer), who falls in love with Shagun (Sara), who runs a catering service near his police station. Everything is hunkydory, until the woman he considers his younger sister, 19-year-old medical student Aakruti Dave, gets brutally raped and killed. Simmba, which features Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar and the team of Golmaal - Tusshar Kapoor, Shreyas Talpade and Arshad Warsi - in special appearances, has already nudged out last week's release, Aanand L Rai's Zero. The film is expected to continue its winning streak, as there is no big Bollywood release until January 11.


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Rajamouli RRR Second Schedule

Rajamouli's ambitious project temporary titled RRR is hitting the headlines for a long time. Over the past few days, speculation is doing the rounds on the storyline of RRR which features Tollywood top actors come best friends-Jr NTR and Ram Charan. The first schedule of the movie has been completed last year. It is learnt, they are vying for a release in 2020. Rajamouli movie will definitely hit the bulls’ eye. He is demanding as a director and delivers the product finally. The actors must be prepared to devoting their time totally. We have already seen Prabhas dedicating his five years for Baahubali franchise. Of late, Ram Charan and Jr NTR’s names have been added to the list. This time, Rajamouli seems to be planning to wrap up the movie by end of this year. Rajamouli who is scouting for female stars and other supporting cast and making a tight schedule of RRR for the next few months. A little birdie tells us that the second schedule of RRR is all set to begin from January-21. The movie is not likely to have any breaks. Non-stop shooting up to October, is likely to continue and Charan and NTR have given a bulk dates of ten months for Rajmouli. Last year, it was speculated that Jr NTR and Ram Charan will be busy with RRR for two years. Rajamouli has decided to finish the regular shoot by the middle of this year which is a big relief to his fans. However, there is no official confirmation from filmmakers. Coming to the personal front, Ram Charan is currently coping with Vinaya Vidheya Rama loss. It would take considerable time for him to come out of it. Jr NTR name has been cropped up with regard to hosting Bigg Boss-3.


Course Details Marketing is no longer just a business function, it is a way of doing business that places the consumer at the centre of organisational activity. Marketing is an essential component of organisational success not only in businesses, but also in the public sector and not-for-profit organisations. Whether you are actively seeking opportunities in other countries, or working with global influences in a home market, international marketing strategy affects us all. This course will enable you to develop the professional marketing skills and knowledge required to work effectively in this increasingly complex environment. Studying this course will also enhance your ability to think strategically about marketing issues and challenges. Our MSc International Marketing Strategy is made up of several modules that combine to provide you with a comprehensive coverage of the challenging and dynamic discipline of international marketing. The content of the course reflects the key strategic decisions that underpin international marketing including: the decision to internationalise market identification screening and selection market entry tactical action programmes implementation monitoring and evaluation The dissertation gives you an opportunity to complete a substantial piece of independent research on an international marketing topic of your choice. Industry Placement Option The industry placement enables you to develop your skills and knowledge in a real-world work environment, whilst completing an applied research project. This will give you an advantage over the competition for jobs and scholarships after you graduate and could be a good starting point for setting up your own consultancy business. Your placement will need to be appropriate to your level of study and you should also be paid for this work. We will support you in finding and securing a suitable placement opportunity, however it must be noted that placements are highly competitive and there is no guarantee of a placement offer being made by an employer. If you are unable or unwilling to progress with an industry placement, for whatever reason, you will have the option to transfer onto our Dissertation and Research Methods module in order to gain the required credits to complete your programme of study. Assessments An innovative range of individual and group-based assessments are used involving the preparation of essays, marketing plans, case study analyses, portfolios and presentations as well as the dissertation
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Study Abroad , International Marketing Strategy MSc

Course Details Marketing is no longer just a business function, it is a way of doing business that places the consumer at the centre of organisational activity. Marketing is an essential component of organisational success not only in businesses, but also in the public sector and not-for-profit organisations. Whether you are actively seeking opportunities in other countries, or working with global influences in a home market, international marketing strategy affects us all. This course will enable you to develop the professional marketing skills and knowledge required to work effectively in this increasingly complex environment. Studying this course will also enhance your ability to think strategically about marketing issues and challenges. Our MSc International Marketing Strategy is made up of several modules that combine to provide you with a comprehensive coverage of the challenging and dynamic discipline of international marketing. The content of the course reflects the key strategic decisions that underpin international marketing including: the decision to internationalise market identification screening and selection market entry tactical action programmes implementation monitoring and evaluation The dissertation gives you an opportunity to complete a substantial piece of independent research on an international marketing topic of your choice. Industry Placement Option The industry placement enables you to develop your skills and knowledge in a real-world work environment, whilst completing an applied research project. This will give you an advantage over the competition for jobs and scholarships after you graduate and could be a good starting point for setting up your own consultancy business. Your placement will need to be appropriate to your level of study and you should also be paid for this work. We will support you in finding and securing a suitable placement opportunity, however it must be noted that placements are highly competitive and there is no guarantee of a placement offer being made by an employer. If you are unable or unwilling to progress with an industry placement, for whatever reason, you will have the option to transfer onto our Dissertation and Research Methods module in order to gain the required credits to complete your programme of study. Assessments An innovative range of individual and group-based assessments are used involving the preparation of essays, marketing plans, case study analyses, portfolios and presentations as well as the dissertation


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MBA General Management

General Management I Data Analysis This subject provides the fundamental quantitative skills necessary you need to extract information from data to make better managerial decisions. You will become familiar with the tools of quantitative analysis, develop the necessary skills for analytical thinking and gain a quantitative mindset to measure performance. The fundamental quantitative skills you gain from this subject will provide a foundation for advanced MBA subjects and an analytical framework for solving managerial problems throughout your career. Financial Reporting and Analysis Understanding and using financial accounting information is essential to your success as a professional manager. This subject provides you with foundation knowledge about for-profit entities’ external financial reporting – knowledge that is not only the basis for correctly interpreting and applying accounting information, provided for internal managerial decision-making, but also for financial statements, used to make externally?focused judgments and decisions (e.g., assessing a firm’s intrinsic value or its strengths and weaknesses, relative to competitors). People Management This subject provides the analytical skills and tools to identify, diagnose and solve people-related challenges in organisations. It examines different theoretical perspectives and concepts, underlying individual, group and organisational behaviour, and teaches you how to apply these concepts in a practical manner to improve performance. Economics for Managers This subject gives you economic-reasoning tools for developing and evaluating strategic business options and making better choices. You will discuss the fundamental concepts and develop analytical skills required in managerial and strategic decision?making. General Management II Leadership Develop the capability to lead individuals and teams through intrapersonal (self-awareness, self-management) and interpersonal (social awareness, social skill) development. This confidence-building subject includes theoretical and conceptual content alongside solo and group exercises, designed to prepare you for leadership experiences in the MBA program and your future career. Social Responsibility and Ethics Learn about the societal context in which business operates and develop the skills for reasoning about the ethical problems it generates. This intensive subject examines the various stakeholders of business and discusses the obligations that corporations have to them. It considers strategies for achieving corporate social responsibility goals and also examines a range of alternative approaches to moral reasoning. Finance This introduction to valuation and financial management is based on the principle that firms should be managed to increase the wealth of their shareholders, subject to fulfilling their contractual and legal obligations to other stakeholders. To this end, it focuses on valuing financial assets and selecting investment projects. It provides a solid foundation if you want to specialise in finance or study other finance electives later in your MBA. Marketing Management The focus of this subject is the challenges that organisations face in managing demand and how to address them with optimal demand?side strategies. To be successful, organisations need to recognise, create, grow and protect market?based assets that influence demand. You will learn how (and which) marketing investments help develop market?based assets, how they translate into market outcomes, and how market outcomes help ensure an organisation’s long?term survival and success. Process and Operations Management In fiercely competitive global and dynamic environments, companies face increasing pressures to exceed customer expectations along multiple performance measures, such as cost, quality, flexibility and innovation. This subject deals with the design, management and continuous improvement of business processes, providing some of the core concepts that are essential for leveraging a firm’s operational capabilities to achieve sustainable competitive advantage. It takes a logical and rigorous approach to planning and controlling process structure and provides managerial levers for achieving the desired performance from a business process. General Management III Innovation Bootcamp During this intense, week?long subject, you are introduced to a number of exciting techniques and concepts, including individual creativity and brainstorming, team creativity, innovation within small and large firms, and linking ideas, generated in this subject, to your other subjects, including strategy, marketing and operations. It is not a "theory" subject. It is hands?on and experiential, with a focus on a real project to help you acquire practical skills. We want you to learn how to think outside the box and be creative and inventive, whether you decide to become an entrepreneur or join an existing firm. Such skills are becoming more important to employers as industries face rapidly changing market conditions and innovative global competitors. Corporate Financial Management This subject provides advanced knowledge about financial management - knowledge that is the basis for funding a firm’s investments and using its resources efficiently, and useful for addressing risk management, capital investment in foreign markets and corporate payout policy. Management Accounting This subject gives you foundation knowledge about the financial information that underlies managerial reports, used for internal planning, decision?making and performance evaluation. This knowledge is fundamental to making informed, value?creating, managerial decisions. Global Business Economics This subject examines the broad environment in which firms operate and explains factors that affect the output growth, inflation, unemployment, interest rates and exchange rates of a country in a globalised world. These economy?wide variables are beyond a firm’s control but critically influence their decision?making. The subject presents a macroeconomic framework to illustrate the dynamic interconnections among markets (such as financial assets, goods and services, labour, money) and government policies. With the aid of country case studies and current policy research, it demonstrates that economics is not primarily a set of answers but a method of reasoning. Strategy This subject examines: a general manager’s primary roles and responsibilities in formulating business strategies and building and sustaining competitive advantage; the fundamental issues involved with integrating and coordinating the activities of different functional areas, such as marketing, operations management, accounting, human resource management and finance; and the frameworks and tools, commonly used to develop and assess business strategies.


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Career in C.A

Chartered accountancy is the core of all business, be it big or small. A chartered accountant’s work involves auditing, taxation, accounting and financial planning. It can be a very challenging and rewarding job. Career prospects after doing chartered accountancy are exciting. Chartered accountancy can be the first step to other rewarding careers in finance, investment consultancy and fund management. The Chartered Accountancy course is conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, which has its headquarters in New Delhi, 5 regional offices (Calcutta, Kanpur, Chennai, Mumbai and New Delhi) and 81 branches under these regional centres. Step-by-Step The qualifications for becoming a CA have changed over the years. Initially — and that was decades ago — one could think of becoming a CA only after finishing graduation and a candidate had to undergo five years of articleship training. In 1991-92, ICAI allowed candidates who had cleared their Plus Two examinations to appear for the Foundation Course of the CA programme. In October 2001, ICAI introduced PE-1 and PE-2 system of examinations in place of the Foundation and the Intermediate examinations. However, in 2006, ICAI revamped the system and launched CPT, IPCC and FC. The unique feature of the chartered accountancy is its curriculum, which is theoretical education with complementary practical training. A student would undergo theoretical education and practical training concurrently from the very beginning. This balanced approach helps the students to appreciate the underlying practical applications of the theoretical education scheme. Common Proficiency Test (CPT) CPT is an entry level test of four subjects i.e. Accounting, Mercantile Laws, General Economics and Quantitative Aptitude. Integrated Professional Competence Course (IPCC) This is first stage of CA curriculum wherein only working knowledge of core and allied subjects to accountancy profession is covered. The subjects of IPCC are classified into two groups which a student can study and appear in the examination group-wise or both the groups together. IPCC is designed to improve knowledge of accountancy linked to accounting standards to build strong foundation for developing knowledge of financial reporting at the final stage. The students update their knowledge of business communication, business strategies, taxes, information technology and audit. CA Final CA Final covers advanced application knowledge of core subjects like financial reporting, strategic financial management, advanced management accounting, advanced auditing and professional ethics and information systems control and audit. In addition, principles of e-governance, corporate and allied laws, international taxation and VAT are important features of the updated subject contents. Articleship The students after passing Group I of IPCC will register for Articleship for a period of three years with experienced CAs. Certain rules do apply - CAs with 16 years of experience and above can take on about 8 articles, those with less experience can train fewer articles and these teachers or 'Principals' as they are called, can be changed during the course of training. An agreement of training needs to be executed before it begins. During the training time, articles learn the technical details of the work and as time passes, they are given larger assignments with less supervision. All articled clerks are paid a stipend depending on their city's population. Start Early In today’s cut throat competitive world, it is advisable that a student starts planning right after class 10. For chartered accountancy, a student can register with the Board of Studies and prepare for entry level test while pursuing 10+2. It is better to take mathematics at this level. Students of commerce stream definitely have an advantage while pursuing this career. The latest scheme of CA is designed to encourage young talented students having aptitude for accounting education to make an early entry into the profession. Is it the Right Career for Me? It is generally believed that only students of commerce should pursue CA course. However, CA being a very practical course, the students from science and arts streams can equally benefit and make a successful career. Students of science and arts stream have to make extra efforts in order to understand some complex accounting nuances and have to get basic knowledge of various management topics. But it can be easily concluded that students of science and arts streams can be successful CAs, if they are ready to toil. What would it Cost Me? Unlike other professional courses, the fee for becoming a CA is very less, which is inclusive of the cost of study material. For registering with IPPC you have to shell out Rs 9000 while the fee for CPT is Rs 6700. Funding/Scholarship There is not much scope for any scholarships while pursuing chartered accountancy. Job Prospects On completion of the training, the candidates need to gain membership to the ICAI before they can start practicing as a CA. A member wishing to practice in India or abroad needs to obtain a Certificate of Practice from the ICAI, the yearly fee of which is Rs. 400. Once the membership is taken, the practicing member cannot work in any other business or occupation without taking permission from the council; they are only permitted to work in areas as specified in the CA regulations. More information on enrolment or the examinations can be requested from the Institute's offices or the Headquarters at Indraprastha, New Delhi or the Board of Studies, C1 - Sector 1, Noida - 201301. Pay Packet For CA Inter: Generally candidates holding CA inter-qualification are paid somewhere between Rs 7,500 and 15,000 depending on the type of firm. Payments can be higher for candidates possessing other qualifications such as MCom or an MBA. On the other hand starting salaries can be as little as Rs 4,500 to 5,000 in some small towns of the country. For CA Final (FCA): Starting salaries range between Rs 12,000 to 30,000 depending on the type of firm and nature of the economy. A full fledged CA can expect a salary between Rs 30,000 to 75,000 after serving a stint of more than 5 years at a top firm. Demand and Supply It can be easily concluded that the country needs about 7,500 to 10,000 fresh CAs every year seeing the growth of Indian economy in the last 5 years. Market Watch Chartered Accountants have been one of the most sought after professionals in India. Much of the reputation of CAs is due to the fact that their rigorous training (both theoretical and practical) makes them practically jack of all trades as far as the domain of finance is concerned. In spite of the sea change in global trade systems and practices, the requirement of CAs has remained steady. The demand for CAs has been growing between 10% to 15% over the past 3 – 4 years. The demand however depends on the state of the economy and there is direct bearing on the demand of CAs when the economy is in downtrend. But the statutory clause for mandatory appointment of CAs provides substantial cushion support to the CA fraternity as compared to other comparable peers. International Focus The qualification of CA is globally recognized hence industry outlook for CAs is bright indeed. Much recognition for CA degree is due to the fact that the CA course has been able to keep pace with changes in industry scenario. Several new modules and topics have not only been incorporated into the CA course but have been very effectively implemented to give increasing more power to the CA degree. In spite of the fact that several top-notch B-schools (including IIMs) have produced some of the most brilliant B-school grads, it is noteworthy that CAs has been able to retain their prominence in present world order. Positives/Negatives +ves The job is highly paying. CAs command tremendous respect in the organisations and society. -ves It can be a stressful job as the responsibilities are enormous and there is no scope for any errors. Regular update of knowledge is a must otherwise it may lead to stagnation in career. Different Roles, Different Names A Chartered Accountant’s work area has become so wide and involves so many activities that sometimes a CA is perceived as almost an enigma. A CA can start career with auditing activities, which is the basic work area of a CA. From here a more fulfilling career in finance can be pursed after getting enough exposure of intricacies of finance. As an investment consultant and as a fund manager a CA can play the role of a top decision maker. CAs also work in project management and consultancy services. Top Companies/Verticals Following are the areas where CAs find an opportunity: Banks (Both private and public) Public Limited Companies (mandatory for the purpose of law) Auditing Firms (such as KPMG, Price Waterhouse, etc.) Finance Companies, Mutual Funds, Portfolio Management Companies, Investment Houses, Stock Broking Firms Legal firms, Legal houses, Patent Firms, attorneys, Trade Mark and Copyright Registers Tips for Getting Hired Accounting is a precision oriented job. Pay attention to how you dress, speak and conduct yourself in company. These also add a personal charisma which helps in maintaining good relations with peers and clients. You need to understand the business world. It is also important that you show this understanding. Start looking at the bigger picture in terms of company numbers. This business acumen is a prerequisite for a CA. Leadership and analytical skills are vital to a chartered accountant. Besides these, work on your communication skills both oral and written. Be prepared to work long and hard when needed especially in the taxation months. Maintain high ethical standards.


The 2019 Kumbh Mela, one of the largest religious gatherings in the world commenced on January 15 on Makar Sankranti - considered as the most auspicious day in the Hindu calendar. Day one was for ascetics from various akharas and those who braved the surging crowds; day two on Wednesday (January 16) was for hundreds of thousands of people, including tourists, who lined up along the Sangam for a purifying dip. A visitor was quoted saying that the Kumbh Mela was called "the greatest show on earth" for a reason. Like always, many people were seen making a beeline for the Juna akhara, an organisation of sadhus, and posing with the Nagas who are naked men with ash smeared on their body and long dreadlocks. However, it is the sadhus in different attires which are catching the eyes of the devotees, especially the foreign tourists, at the mela. Their style and ability to attract people has made the religious event more unique and colourful this time. One of the sadhus at the Kumbh Mela, Mahant Shakti Giri of the Juna akhada, sat with his mighty head gear and flashy sunglasses. Giri was seen carrying 70-kg weight on his body, including his crown and hundreds of 'rudrakhsh mala'. Sitting in style, and flaunting the sunglasses, his attire attracted hundreds of foreign tourists on the second day of the Kumbh. Speaking to India Today, the sadhu, who is also famously known as 'rudrakhsha waale baba', said, " The crown which I am wearing weighs more than 22 kg and the other 48 kg is due to hundreds of rudhray seed chains on my body. This time the Kumbh is unique and more elaborate arrangements have been made for everyone." Using animals as props is another way of attracting the attention of the crowd. At the Kumbh Mela, another seer was seen entertaining the crowd with a pigeon in his hand. The sadhu, who was able to attract hundreds of visitors, has been given the tittle of 'kabutar baba'. The Kumbh Mela is a spectacle not only for the Indians but also foreign tourists who come from all over the world to witness the event. Many foreign tourists, who were seen in traditional attires, had come to these akhadas to connect better with seers and other people. Geanopierre from Paris, who is known as Hari Pyare in India, is also attending the Kumbh Mela for the second time. He believes that no other gathering can become such a strong message of faith. "I have been learning Yoga in Rishikesh for past six months and people there call me 'Hari Pyare'. I attended the last Maha Kumbh as well." Commenting on the different attires and shows put on by the sadhus at the Kumbh Mela, Geanopierre said, "The atmosphere here is incredible and the sadhus in different attires are definitely stealing the show." Sadhus of 13 akharas took out a procession went for 'shahi snan" with thousands of supporters added a lot of colour to the congregation. The saints in different colourful attire were on their rath while the followers of their akharas were marching majestically, dancing and humming devotional songs, all the way to the confluence (the meeting point of river Ganga, river Yamuna and mythical Saraswati). One also witnessed a decent number number of people visiting the Kalpavasis side of the mela, which is established on the other side of the main Triveni Sangam this time. Kalpavasis, who are pilgrims following the same regimen like sadhus during the course of the mela, have been an essential part of the Prayag Kumbh since time immemorial. The Kumbh Mela will come to a close on Maha Shivratri, March 4.
Petrol and diesel prices were hiked on Friday (January 18) as global crude oil prices cross $61 per barrel for the first time in 2019. Petrol price has been hiked by Rs 8 paise while diesel rates have gone up by 19-20 paise across the country. In Delhi, petrol price is slowly inching towards the Rs 71 per litre mark while a litre of diesel will almost cost Rs 65 per litre in the national capital. Commuters in Mumbai have to pay Rs 76.18 for a litre of petrol after a 7 paise increase over yesterday’s rate; diesel price in the financial capital has crossed Rs 68 after the fresh increase. Petrol prices have also gone up in other cities including Kolkata (Rs 72.66/litre), Chennai (Rs 73.23/litre), Gurugram (Rs 71.24/litre), Noida (Rs 70.27/litre), Bengaluru (Rs 72.80/litre) and Hyderabad (Rs 74.84/litre). With the fresh hike in petrol rates, there are only two cities Bhubaneshwar (Rs 69.43/litre) and Chandigarh (Rs 66.72/litre) left where prices have not crossed Rs 70 per litre. Diesel prices were retailing at Rs 64.97 per litre in the national capital while it went up to Rs 68.02 per litre in Mumbai. Diesel rate is currently the highest in the city of Hyderabad (Rs 70.62/litre) while Bhubaneshwar (Rs 69.52/litre), Patna (Rs 68.28/litre) and Trivandrum (Rs 69.96/litre) are closely following suit. Strengthening of global crude oil rates coupled with a fresh dip in rupee’s value against the dollar has resulted in daily hikes since January 7. Since the starting of the month, petrol prices across the country have gone up by almost Rs 1.82 per litre while diesel has gone up by more than Rs 2 per litre. Global crude oil prices have been firming up as Saudi Arabia and Russia suggested that they were on track to cut oil production. The oil market has significantly picked up pace since dipping almost 40 per cent in 2018. Crude oil prices, however, continue to be at least 30 per cent lower than the levels witnessed in October last year. However, one of the major worries for the government is the rupee’s fall over the last four days, resulting in subsequent hikes in fuel prices. The rupee has declined over 2 per cent against the US dollar in the first 18 days of 2019. A sharp hike in fuel prices was observed in India for a couple of months till October 4 when both petrol and diesel values reached their peak levels. Petrol price had touched Rs 84 per litre in Delhi and it was recorded above Rs 91 in Mumbai. Diesel price, on the other hand, crossed Rs 80 per litre in the financial capital while it crossed Rs 75 per litre in Delhi. With the oil market expected to firm up further in 2019 along with a fresh dip in rupee’s value, fuel prices may witness another sharp rise in the future.
Various trade unions and farmers' and teachers' associations across the country are on a two-day nationwide strike beginning today (January 8). The Left parties have called affiliate unions to participate in the strike to protest against the Narendra Modi government. Trade and farmers' unions have said they will stage rail and rasta roko (stop traffic and trains) protests in their respective areas. In some states, educational institutes have declared holidays and transport unions have also extended support to the strike. Besides this, several bank unions will also be participating in the nationwide strike. The strike does not have a unified agenda and trade unions will be pressing for their own unique demands. 10 things to know: 1) People's collectives like the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), Adivasi Adhikar Rashtriya Manch, Bhumi Adhikar Andolan and several unions have announced their support to the two-day strike. 2) The unions have accused the BJP of making "desperate attempts" to change labour laws without taking trade unions into confidence. In a press statement, the Centre of Indian Trade Unions, a Left-affiliated body, said the Modi government is wiping out regular employments and payments by unilaterally changing labour laws. ALSO READ | Strike likely to hit bank services on January 8-9: All you need to know 3) Speaking to news agency IANS, Anurag Saxena, the general secretary of CIYU's Delhi unit, said labourers, workers, government and bank employees will participate in the protest. "Industries, factories across Delhi will remain shut tomorrow. Employees of many banks, government departments will also participate in the protest," he said. 4) Similarly, announcing its support to the shutdown call, the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "betraying" all promises he had made to farmers in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. AIKS chief Ashok Dhawale said, "Farmers are being dispossessed and forced to sell their labour in the unorganised sector under precarious conditions. This situation calls for greater coordinated actions between the working class and the peasantry." 5) Meanwhile, the ruling party in Odisha, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), has announced that it will stage a protest in New Delhi and raise demands for higher minimum support price for paddy. Odisha Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik will also join the protesters. ALSO READ | Bharat Bandh: Enough is enough, no strike in Bengal, declares Mamata Banerjee 6) In West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has slammed the Left for organising the two-day strike. The state government said it has made elaborate plans to ensure that routine life is not affected due to the strike. "We do not support any bandh in the state. They (the Left) have pushed the state backwards in their 34 years of rule by calling bandhs. There will be no bandh," Banerjee told reporters. 7) The state finance department has already issued a notification making attendance in government offices mandatory. No Casual Leave for absence either in the first half of the day or in the second on those days will be granted to employees. The West Bengal government will press in 500 additional buses during the strike to ensure that commuters don't face much trouble. Besides this, 20 per cent extra trams will be on the tracks in the eastern metropolis, said an official. 8) In Delhi, the Delhi University Teachers' Association (DUTA) and the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) have extended support to the two-day strike. The JNU administration has urged students to refrain from participating in "disruptive activities". However, Left unions said they will go ahead with the strike in the varsity campus. 9) In Mumbai, news agency PTI reported that around 29,000 employees of the civic run transport service BEST (Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport) are going on an indefinite strike starting Monday midnight. The strike is likely to cause inconvenience to nearly 25 lakh people who travel by BEST buses every day in Mumbai. 10) In Odisha, all educational institutions, including schools, colleges and universities in the state, will remain closed today due to the nationwide strike. The state education department issued a notice in this regard on Monday evening.