The search has intensified and widened for an American woman kidnapped at an African wildlife park. Kimberly Sue Endicott and her local driver were taken at gunpoint inside Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda on Tuesday evening. Ugandan authorities tell CBS News that "hard negotiations" are taking place for the release of the two hostages.Since the kidnapping, the hostage takers have made repeated demands for a $500,000 ransom. CBS News correspondent Roxana Saberi reports the search for Endicott and tour driver Jean Paul Mirgene Remezo has expanded beyond the park, where four gunmen abducted them.
According to a report on Box Office India, the film will see substantial growth over the weekend. However, since the dubbed Hindi, Tamil and Telugu versions of the film are unlikely to have many takers, the road beyond that may not be as smooth for the Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck directorial.What is worth mentioning is that Captain Marvel has opened better than two of the major grossers of 2019, Uri: The Surgical Strike (Rs 8.20 crore) and Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi (Rs 8.75 crore). The film, however, has failed to go past the opening day numbers of films Total Dhamaal and Gully Boy.
Gujarat: At least two dead in fire at ONGC oil well in Nandej Not schools, Gujarat education board to conduct practical exams At Godhra rail yard, a man remembers the dead, others vow never to forget them From a batch of 393 students, 385 sat for placements and the remaining six sought off campus recruitment. (Source: File photo) Only two students of the Post Graduate Programme (PGP) in Management at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, (IIM A) chose entrepreneurship as a career option. This is in sharp contrast from the six students who ventured into entrepreneurship last year.The two students will work under the mentorship of Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CII), IIM A.
Not schools, Gujarat education board to conduct practical exams At Godhra rail yard, a man remembers the dead, others vow never to forget them Jagdish Bhavsar takes charge as Pro Vice Chancellor of Gujarat University From a batch of 393 students, 385 sat for placements and the remaining six sought off campus recruitment. (Source: File photo) Only two students of the Post Graduate Programme (PGP) in Management at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, (IIM A) chose entrepreneurship as a career option. This is in sharp contrast from the six students who ventured into entrepreneurship last year.The two students will work under the mentorship of Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CII), IIM A.
Leeladhar Singh, a farmer from Madhya Pradesh 's Hoshangabad district, is losing patience. Since 2016, whenever he applies for crop loan, the bank deducts a part of the amount as premium for the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yoja na (PMFBY) before disbursing it. ”They say the mandatory provision would insure me against crop losses. I have not received any money despite facing losses in the past four successive cro ping seasons, ” he says. Under PMFBY, launched in April 2016, the government appoints an insurance company, selected through bidding, to insure farmers in a cluster of districts against crop losses due to weather events, pest attacks or fire. The insurer charges the premium on an actuarial rate (an estimate of the expected value of future loss). Farmers under PMFBY pay a fixed 2 per cent of the sum insured for kharif crops and 1.5 per cent for rabi crops. The differe nce between the actuarial premium rate and the rate of insurance payable by farmers is shared equally by the state and Union governments (see lsquo;Has crop insurance worked for the farmers ', Down To Earth, 1 15 August, 2017). Singh says he has to shell out almost Rs 6,000 every crop season as PMFBY premium. ”Given an option, I would like to opt out of it, ” he adds. Far away from Hoshangabad, Chamarasa Mali Patil, a non lonee farmer and president of the Karnataka State Farmers ' Association, has already stopped subscribing to the scheme. ”I was excited when I heard about it and invested Rs 6,000 as premium in kharif 2016. A prolonged dry season ruined my gram and barley crops. My claims are yet to be honoured, ” he says. A government reply in Lok Sabha in March 2018 shows the number of farmers under PMFBY, both loanee and non loanee, has significantly reduced over the past years (see lsquo;Few takers '). The number of loanee farmers, who account for over 70 per cent of those under PMFBY since the insurance is a prerequisite for crop loans, has dropp ed by 20 per cent. The government has a plausible reason for it. According to the Reserve Bank of India, agricultural credit saw less growth (3.8 per cent) in 2017 18 in comparison to 12.4 per cent in 2016 17. This brought down the number of farmers under PMFBY. What 's worrying is non loanee farmers who had voluntarily joined the scheme are opting out of it mdash;and there are some 0.8 million such farmers like Patil. Prerna Terway, a researcher with the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi, says, ”The assessment of success of such a scheme depends on how many non loanee farmers are interested. Their numbers going down does not bode well for PMFBY. ” As the scheme enters its third year, the government is worried about its ambitious target of covering 50 per cent of the gross cropped area by March 2019. The extent of insured farms has reduced in last two years and only 30 per cent area is now covered under PMFBY (see lsquo;Target missed? '). So, where lies the problem? Analysts say delay in processing of claims is the reason PMFBY is losing favour with farmers. So far, insurance companies have settled only 45 per cent of the PMFBY claims made over the last three crop seasons. In May, during the meeting of the scheme 's National Level Monitoring Committee, the gov ernment admitted that in the first year claim settlements were delayed by over seven months. This has been reduced to two months in the second year. The delay is attributed to problems associated with the core mechanism involved in claim settlement mdash;the crop cutting experiment (CCE). Every crop season, a team of officials from the state agriculture department and local insurance company visits four rando mly selected fields in a village to assess crop loss. Using sampling method, they identify small areas on the fields and harvest the produce to ascertain yield of the season. This is CCE. The state shares the crop yield data with the insurer, which then decides the extent of crop damage and the claim amount. Going by PMFBY guidelines, insurance companies are bound to settle the claims within three weeks of receiving the yield data. But a working paper by ICRIER, published in February 2018, shows the government in 2016 17 conducted 0.92 million CCEs against the need of 3 million. Besides, hardly any investments have been made to make CCEs reliable and timely. A senior official at Agriculture Insura nce Company of India Ltd (AIC), says, ”States do not have humanpower even to conduct half of the targeted CCEs. ” The May 2018 report of the Union agriculture ministry shows most states delayed sending the yield data for kharif 2017 by three months while states like Jharkhand, West Bengal and Gujarat didn 't provide any data. The way officials conduct CCE has been another bone of contention. PMFBY guidelines say officials must use mobile based technology with GPS sta mping to improve transparency and quality of CCEs. But a few states mdash;Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Chhattisgarh mdash;have done, on a case to case basis. Most states do not have the required number of smart phones. Once transparency is questioned, the credibility of CCE data comes under fire. In early July, hundreds of farmers from Maharshtra 's Parbhani districts trooped down to Delhi and submitted a memorandum to Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh. They allege Reliance General Insurance (RGI), which is the insurer for the region, interfered in CCEs to see to it that the yield is declared very high so that it pays less compensation. The company does not have an office in the district and has not appointed a notified loss assessor at taluk level, as required under PMFBY. Though 11,000 farmers submitted premium under the scheme in kharif 2017, thousands of them did not feature in the beneficiary list and did not get compensation. Despite this, RGI has not conducted a grievance redressal, mandatory under PMFBY, they allege. RGI officials did not respond to Down To Earth queries. Expensive for government? States also do not appear to be as supportive of the scheme as they are expected to be. To begin with, several states are not regular in paying their share of premium citing heavy financial load (see lsquo;States reluctant... '). This means non initiation of the insurance process as the Centre pays its share only after the states have paid. According to the ICRIER working paper, high cost of actuarial premium could be a major hurdle for PMFBY. It accounts for nearly one third of the budget of the Department of Agriculture Coope ration and Farmers Welfare under the Union government. Many states say the premium accounts up to 40 per cent of their annual agriculture budget. Though it was expected that the increase in insured areas would reduce the premium rate, the premium rates have increased from 11.6 per cent of in kharif 2015 to 12.5 per cent in kharif 2016. Now, with less area under coverage it might increase further. The premium rates are spiralling due to two reasons. First is untimely notification by states for bidding by insurance companies. PMFBY guidelines say the notification must be issued at least a month in advance. But this has not been the case. For instance, only six states had issued bidding notification till June 13 for this year 's kharif season that starts in July. Experience shows such delay means a higher actuarial premium rate. This leads to the second reason. The insurance business has changed fundamentally. ”Most companies now transfer their risk to re insurance firms. Untimely notification and delayed subsidy payments do not inspire confidence in them, and they quote very high premium rates, ” says the senior AIC official. He offers a solution: Instead of bidding every crop season, it should be done once in three years so that insurance firms gain confidence to create infrastructure down to the level of village.
The reactionary impulses against Washington consensus and the elite stranglehold on narrative that swept US president Donald Trump to victory are slowly making their presence felt by raising doubts over some fundamental assumptions about American politics and foreign policy. For instance, there are more takers now for Trump's unconventional style. Many are willing to buy the notion that his transactional, protocol busting maneuvers may achieve what silk tied staid conventions cannot, and that mixing morality and diplomacy is no longer valid in the new, multipolar world order.
The publication dedicated to developments related to WhatsApp has found instances in the code for the latest beta version of the Windows Phone 10 app. It found references to a new platform or operating system that will be connected to WhatsApp servers over the coming months.KaiOS is a special operating system designed for low cost feature phones such as JioPhone and the recently the recently rejuvenated Nokia 8110 which now comes with 4G. It has been developed, partially to compete against Android on feebly powered smartphones but, majorly to tap into the unexplored markets in countries where penetration of mobile phones is low. KaiOS with its share of app single handedly dismantles competitors like Symbian and Java which only have a handful of takers now.
The company has sold 15,245 units of the SUV after it started deliveries from August 2016. This indicates Jeep India has found over 2,000 takers for the Compass every month. Considering the meager sales of its high end SUVs, the number is overwhelming.The waiting period for the Compass has also come down to one month across India. Previously, Jeep Compass was demanding nearly three months of waiting time.
The giant Trump statue depicts the president as a white dog sporting Trump's signature comb over, golden eyebrows narrowed down, and one index finger pointed up a popular Trump move from the 2016 presidential debates. Similarly, last year's giant Trump statue showed the rooster version of him making his well recognizable hand gestures. This year's Trump dog sculpture also features a red collar, possibly to drive away evil spirits. According to Chinese astrology, your zodiac year is an unlucky year and wearing red, one of the luckiest colors in Chinese culture, is tradition for driving away bad luck.The publicity stunt will no doubt become a hit with selfie takers. His likeness has appeared everywhere from Trump socks (with hair) to Trump Halloween pumpkins, also known as #trumpkins. Street artists have also immortalized Trump on wall murals, such as the one in Lithuania where Trump is kissing Vladimir Putin and the one in the West Bank where Trump is kissing Benjamin Natanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister.
The pattern of the forenoon slot of CAT 2017 was very much on the lines of CAT2016 the number of questions across sections remained the same as that of last year. This would have come as a huge sigh of relief for all aspirants as the conducting IIM (in this case IIM Lucknow) had not disclosed the number of questions per section.However, the resemblance to CAT2016 ended here. The overall refrain was that the exam was challenging and would have required the best efforts from every aspirant. The exam started with Verbal Ability Reading Comprehension section which had 34 questions. This was followed by the Logical Reasoning Data Interpretation section which had 32 questions. The last section was Quantitative Ability which had 34 questions. Students who were regular with their AIMCATs and did a thorough analysis of the AIMCATs gave feedback that the tough LRDI sections that they were exposed to in multiple AIMCATs along with the challenging VA questions they faced helped them tackle this exam with a lot more poise and confidence. As reported by students across the country, the security check at entry was very rigorous at most centers. Belts, Clips, Jewellery including rings, ear rings, chains etc. were not allowed. Many were forced to rush back to deposit such items outside, and get admitted into the test area.The test experience, however, was very smooth. No issues were reported by the students at the time of filing this analysis, except at one center in Delhi where there were server issues, because of which students at that centre could not take the CAT. We are sure that the IIMs will address this on priority.Verbal Ability Reading ComprehensionThis section had 24 Qs in RCs and 10 Qs in Verbal. Aspirants would have been delighted by the RCs as they were easy to read both in terms of language and the subject area. There were three passages with 6 Qs each and two, with 3 Qs each. The relative ease of reading the passages was compensated by the increased level of difficulty in the choices . A relatively high proportion of questions from this area were inference based, requiring good critical reasoning skills. The options in most questions were close and would have required involved reading and sometimes, multiple reading of the relevant portions of the passage. This would have taken up time and would have left test takers with niggling doubts in their minds as to whether they had marked the right option. The ten questions on verbal ability were of moderate level of difficulty, overall. However, with seven of these ten being non MCQ type questions, the effective level of difficulty would appear to be higher by a notch or two.The cut off in this section is expected to be slightly lower than that in CAT2016.Logical Reasoning Data Interpretation What more can I do ? I had burned more midnight oil on this section than any other The difficulty level was beyond what I had anticipated Most conversations outside the exam venues were on the above lines. The LRDI section once again proved to be the nemesis of all aspirants. While the LRDI section of CAT2016 was considered by many to be the most difficult ever, CAT2017 exceeded even that very high mark The entire section comprised difficult and very difficult level questions. Several familiar models of questions in LR and DI were conspicuous by their absence and every set had unfamiliar written all over it Infact, the entire section can be termed to have DI based reasoning sets and Quant based reasoning sets, making it almost impossible to identify and classify the sets in DI and LR separately. While the data in some of the sets looked innocuous to begin with, enticing many an aspirant to attempt them, they would have soon realised that there was much more to the sets than what initially appeared, leading to a feeling that one was trapped in quicksand. Other sets were outright intimidating even at the first glance, given the volume of data and text given in them. The cut off in this section are expected to be slightly lower than that in CAT2016.Quantitative AbilityMost aspirants would have perceived the quantitative ability section of this slot to be the easiest of the three sections, and rightly so. The relative absence of Difficult and Very Difficult questions and the corresponding increase in the number of questions on basic arithmetic concepts would have enabled a higher level of attempts in this section. Those students who had attended classes regularly and had worked extensively on the study material books would have found that their attempts are on the higher side compared to the other aspirants. Leaving out any time consuming questions and maximizing the number of attempts would be the key to scoring high in this section.The cut off in this section is expected to be higher than that in CAT2016.
WWE legend The Undertaker is set to make a return to WWE television to celebrate the 25th anniversary of WWE Monday Night Raw next January. As you would expect, the news wires were buzzing when the news of The Undertaker 's return was made official, because it had been assumed that the Deadman had retired after losing to Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 33. WWE boss, Vince McMahon, would have been delighted by the buzz created by The Undertakers return. However, McMahon will be far from thrilled with the latest news that is emerging about the Phenom.It seems that The Undertaker is the latest celebrity to be accused of sexual harassment in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. According to U.K. tabloid the Sun, The Undertaker has been accused of sexual misconduct by adult video star Jenna Jameson.
Telecom regulator Trai today began the process of consultation for next round of spectrum auction across nine bands which include 60 per cent of the unsold radiowaves in last auction and 275 megahertz from two new 5G bands.It has also sought fresh views on valuation methodology for the prized 700 MHz, a band that found no takers in the last auction given the reserve or base price of Rs 11,485 crore per MHz in 2016.
Entertainment Weekly revealed that a new race of aliens referred to as the Caretakers will join Luke Skywalker (and the Porgs) as residents of Ahch To. That s them above.
A German fellow, named by Guinness World Records as being the most pierced man in the entire world, recently shared with a European publication that nearly half of his body jewelry can be found down low. ”Dusseldorf native Rolf Buchholz was named by the professional record takers ' collective as possessing the most piercings ever recorded on the human body mdash; a whopping 453 overall, according to the New York Post mdash; with 278 of the metal fixtures reportedly residing on and around his genitalia.
Related Sean Spicer Dances Around Presser Questions About NYT Report White House Is Source Of Devin Nunes Claims So far, he has no takers, the publication reported, citing anonymous officials "with knowledge of the matter. " Flynn 's attorney, Robert Kelner, declined to comment on the new report.
The UK Strategy for Rare Diseases, published in 2013, was created to recognize and respond to the needs of patients, families, and caretakers affected by rare diseases (RD). The strategy centers around five areas: patient empowerment, identification and prevention, diagnosis and early intervention, coordination in the care of patients and their support network, and the role of research.
Manu Jain in the post wrote, ;This achievement of US$ 1 Billion is a great motivation for us to deliver even more high quality, disruptive products in the coming year. It speaks volumes about the love and trust Mi fans have for Xiaomi, and we are extremely thankful to everyone who was part of our journey.; He also wrote, ;We are truly excited to announce that Xiaomi India crossed a revenue of US$ 1 Billion in the year 2016.;Also read Chinese smartphones gain 40 per cent of Indian market last year: Survey
Launched two years ago, Flipkart First was the first mover in India in the premium loyalty services space, but didn t find many takers. However, the launch of Amazon Prime in July saw similar competitive offerings from both Flipkart and Snapdeal aimed at improving customer stickiness and reducing reacquisition costs for lapsed customers. Globally, Amazon Prime has been very successful at not only locking in existing users but also making them spend more a major painpoint for Indian e commerce. Can Amazon Prime change the game in India too, where bargain hunters rule the roost?As e commerce players slug it out in the premium service space, BrandWagon assesses whether subscription based services can work in the Indian context, or if free for all, inclusive services like Snapdeal Gold and Flipkart Assured are the way to go.
Why Indus Waters Treaty is a bad bargaining chip for India The possibility of Kashmir being flooded is being perceived as the biggest obstacle. Kashmir 's recent floods were arguably a natural disaster; this would be a government made human tragedy and a huge setback to peace in the Valley. Assuming we find an unlikely way of avoiding this, say flooding Pakistan instead of parching it, we face other difficulties. Some years ago Hafiz Sayeed and the Pakistan army ISI terrorist complex sought to deflect popular unrest arising from inter provincial water problems while adding another quiver to their arsenal by saying that these problems were arising because of India 's actions. They have not been entirely successful. This would be playing into their hands. Our prime minister has been rightly circumspect and strategically intelligent in distinguishing the Pakistani people, who are increasingly reaping the whirlwind of terror, from their de facto rulers who sowed the wind. By making the populace suffer, we would ourselves be fomenting widespread anti India radicalisation and empowering the terror masters beyond imagination. We would also lose the strategic benefits of whatever high moral ground we have been acquiring internationally: Pakistan would now be in the news as a war victim rather than a terror state, and the old humbug of equating the two neighbours would find new takers. This, when America and Europe finally show some signs of passing resolutions or imposing sanctions against Pakistan.
Sister Huguette Peron and Sister Helene Decaux, both in their early 80s, were among the people taken hostage by the attackers, who pledged allegiance to the terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS ISIL). Two days after the attack the still shocked women talked to the Catholic newspaper La Vie, which published their interview on Friday.READ MORE: ISIS hostage takers kill 84yo priest at French church, reportedly slitting his throat