India Defeat Arch-Rivals Pakistan In Title Clash To Clinch Asian Snooker Championship

Pankaj Advani teamed up with Laxman Rawat to demolish Pakistan in the final of the Asian Team Snooker Championship.Advani drew first blood by putting on a sterling performance against Mohammad Bilal.

After the Pakistani scored the first solitary point and benefited from a foul from Advani, the Indian bounced back to piece together a brilliant break of 83 to seal the first tie of the best-of-five final.

India’s fate was going to be determined by Advani’s partner Rawat’s form and he did not disappoint.

He rose to the occasion to head towards what was to be his first major international title with a clinical 73 break to win the frame without allowing his opponent, Babar Masih to score a single point.

To complete a whitewash the Indian pair needed to maintain their superlative performance in the doubles tie.

However, the Pakistani duo responded well to pressure of being 0-2 down, knowing they needed to win this crucial tie to stay alive in the final. But it was Rawat who saved the day for India by scoring a 50 break just when they had a deficit of a similar margin.

But a critical miss on the pink before starting with the colours, brought Masih back to the table, gifting him a regulation clearance of yellow to black. Given the kind of pressure that was resting on his shoulders to rescue Pakistan from the brink of defeat, he fumbled on the green and gave Advani an unintended snook.

But the Indian ace was in no mood of leaving the table without getting the job done. He played a classy swerve and managed to just sink the green in the pocket and saw himself in a spot of bother with the brown.

Pankaj Advani

 

PM Modi Stays In Safest Suite on Earth, Secured From Bomb Explosions And Even Chemical Attacks

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi got a ceremonial welcome in Israel by PM Benjamin Netanyahu, his stay in Israel has become even more exciting as PM Modi has been kept  in the most secure suite on the entire planet.

“His suite is secured against bomb attacks, chemical attacks, everything,” Sheldon Ritz , the director of operations in King David Hotel told TOI. He is also the incharge of PM’s entire visit.

“If the entire hotel is bombed, PM’s suite will be untouched, will come down in a pod.”

Rits explained that they  had to clear out 110 rooms to accommodate Indian PM and his delegation. “We have hosted every US president in this century, from Clinton, Bush, Obama and, three weeks ago, Trump. And now we are hosting Mr Modi+ .”

The hotel has also kept PM’s vegan food habits and made sure the cookies in his suite are eggless and sugarless. Even the flowers are of Indian delegation’s  choice.

The PM’s suite has a separate kitchen in case  he asks for something other than the food timings.  “I believe he is eating Gujarati food,” Sheldon Ritz said. “We got a list of food ingredients necessary to cook Indian food for the Prime Minister. The ingredients are all kosher, because in this hotel all food has to be kosher.” They got almost all the stuff except just a few items which were probably not kosher.

King Davi

Govt to construct new shopping complex T Nagar

Tamil Nadu Municipal Administration Minister S P Velumani had reportedly announced that the state is planning to build a new shopping complex in T Nagar. According to reports, the complex will be rented out to the pavement dwellers. Notably, the complex is expected to be constructed at the cost of Rs 20 crore. Velumani also announced that a new parking complex would also be built in the congested Thyagaraya Road and Thanikachalam Road at the expense of 36.50 crores.

Govt to construct new shopping complex T Nagar

10 reasons why you need to get the CENTRiC G1 ASAP!

Multitasking becomes a piece of cake

The CENTRiC G1 sports 3GB LPDDR3 RAM along with MT6735 1.3GHz Cortex A53 Quad Core 64Bit Processor. In simple terms, you can watch a movie, play a game, and check your social media profiles simultaneously without any lag.

Multi window experience

Let’s imagine a scenario where you are playing a game on your phone, and your friend sends you a message. You open another window on your CENTRiC G1’s screen beside the game to chat with your friend. He has plans to go for a movie, so you open a third window along the game and the chat to book a movie ticket. Well, that seemed a little uneventful. It’s all because CENTRiC G1 makes using multiple apps simultaneously an effortless experience with its multi-window feature.

Connectivity that will blow you away

The CENTRiC G1 is 4G enabled which allows you to browse the internet and download content at lightning speeds. The smartphone also possesses 4G VoLTE and 4G ViLTEtechnology for improved digital voice and video quality.

There is always space for more

CENTRiC G1 has an expandable memory of 256 GB! All the pictures you take and movies or videos you download can all stay on your phone, without the need of transferring them to an external hard drive to save space. Your smartphone can literally turn into a hard drive.

Sharper pictures and super selfies

Social media is a huge part of our lives, and it’s dominated by pictures. And if you are looking to post some amazing pictures then look no further than the CENTRiC G1. The smartphone has an 8-megapixel ‘quick focus’ primary camera which renders high-quality pictures. In addition to that, the G1 has nifty features like face detection and panorama mode for the perfect picture.

But what about selfies? Don’t fret because CENTRiC G1 has your back! It sports a 5-megapixel ‘wide angle’ super selfie camera which makes taking a selfie with your friends more fun and less inconvenient.

Charging…what’s that?

CENTRiC G1 has a 2900mAh removable battery which provides a standby for 10 days and a talk time of 15 hours. Even if you forget to bring your charger to work for a day, you don’t have to worry about a thing.

The perfect finish

The back of a CENTRiC G1 comes has an amazing sandstone finish which not only it gives a stylish look but also make it stand out from the crowd. While the sandstone finish certainly looks good, it also adds that extra grip which in turn ensure the phone doesn’t slip out of your hand.

Beautiful yet practical

The sleek design and contoured curves of the CENTRiC G1 provide it with a unique look along with a comfortable grip. The design allows the user to operate the smartphone with one hand with ease.

As tough as it gets

CENTRiC G1 sports a 5.5 inch IPS display which provides a brilliant viewing experience. The display is protected by scratch-resistant ‘Dragon Glass’ which ensures it remains perfectly intact even after an accidental drop.

After sales service

One of the most important aspects while buying a smartphone is its after-sales service. To ensure swift and quality service to its customers, Centric has provided a pre-installed ‘CENTRiC CARE’ app in CENTRiC G1 and all other models.

Those were the ten reasons why you need the CENTRiC G1 in your life ASAP! So, if you are looking to get a new smartphone, you know what to do.

CENTRiC G1

Chennai Metropolitan Area set to expand: Minister

Housing and Urban Development Minister Udumalai K Radhakrishnan on Monday reportedly told the Assembly that the Chennai Metropolitan Area would be expanded to cover 8,878 sq km from its current 1,189 sq km. He reportedly said all of Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts, as well as Arakkonam taluk in Vellore district, would be part of the new CMA. The minister also reportedly stated that the move is aimed at countering the effect of increasing population in Chennai, regulating development in fast-growing suburban areas and creating infrastructure on a par with economic activities.

Chennai Metropolitan Area set to expand: Minister

Andhra minister says beer a health drink, promotes its sale

Andhra Pradesh Excise Minister KS Jawahar reportedly termed beer to be a healthy drink during a TV talk show on a regional channel. Explaining about Andhra Pradesh’s new excise policy, he said, “Beer is a health drink, and that’s why his government is promoting its sale in the state”. The state is planning to open round-the-clock ‘Beer Parlors’ in the state to attract foreign tourists.

Andhra minister says beer a health drink, promotes its sale

GST impact: Subsidised cooking gas gets costlier by up to Rs32 per cylinder

Domestic cooking gas (LPG) price has been hiked by up to Rs32 per cylinder — the steepest increase in six years — following implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Subsidised LPG rates have been increased to Rs477.46 per 14.2-kg cylinder from Rs446.65 in Delhi after GST was implemented from 1 July.

In the previous indirect tax regime where separate factory-gate duty and sales tax were levied, LPG attracted a zero or nil excise duty all over the country. VAT or sales tax was nil in Delhi as well as Chandigarh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and some north-eastern states. It ranged from 1% to 5% in other states.

However, under GST, which subsumed more than a dozen central and state levies, a 5% tax was levied on subsidised LPG. This essentially meant that states where VAT was nil or less than 5%, rates have gone up.

Besides Delhi, subsidised LPG price has been hiked by Rs31.67 per cylinder to Rs480.32 in Kolkata and Rs31.41 in Chennai to Rs465.56, according to information available from oil companies. In Mumbai, where a VAT of 3% was applicable previously, the price has gone up by Rs14.28 to Rs491.25 per cylinder.

This is the steepest increase in domestic subsidised LPG rate since 25 June, 2011, a hike of Rs50 per cylinder, which was necessitated due to a jump in international oil prices.

Every household is entitled to 12 cylinders of 14.2-kg each at subsidised rates in a year. Any requirement beyond that has to be purchased at market price.

IT companies to hire more freelancers, part-timers

According to a recent report by Economic Times, top Indian IT companies, including Infosys and Wipro, are exploring the idea of hiring more freelancers and part-timers for future projects. Reports also revealed that a Pune-based Persistent Systems included several freelancers and consultants in a team that worked on a short-term project and now, leading IT firms are also trying to explore the idea.

UPDATES ABOUT THE TPFC & THEATRE OWNERS ASSOCIATION MEMBERS MEETING WITH THE TN CHIEF MINISTER

With Movie halls in Tamilnadu going on an indefinite strike due to inflation in the Municipal taxes from today (July 3rd), TFPC President Vishal, Abirami Ramanathan, President, Tamil Film Chamber of Commerce and few other important members met the Honourable Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, Edapadi Palanisamy to request the state government to remove the Municipal Tax levied on the Movie tickets.

The members met the Chief Minister at 4 PM today and our sources inform that talks ended up negative as there isn’t much change to the proposed tax.  But, this is still not the final call and the team is expected to meet again tomorrow at 3 pm with the concerned government officials,  which will decide the final verdict on this issue.

Producer SR Prabhu, Actor Karthi, Producer KE Gnanavel Raja were also present at the meeting.

GST: WHAT’S CHEAPER??..WHAT’S DEARER??

India has launched Goods and Services Tax, the biggest tax reform since its Independence. Here’s a comprehensive list of goods and services which have become cheaper and costlier starting today.

ITEMS THAT WILL COST LESS NO EFFECT ITEMS THAT WILL NOW COST MORE
TOOTHPASTE MILK COOL DRINKS
SOAP FRESH VEGGIES AND FRUITS CHEWING GUM
HAIR OIL BREAD CHOCOLATE
ICECREAM BASMATI RICE SHAMPOO
CHEESE ATTA FACE CREAM
PACKAGED TEA AND COFFEE JUICES TELEVISION
PACKED PANNER ELECTRICITY FRIDGE
MASALA   AIR CONDITIONER
SWEETS   WASHING MACHINE
PACKED CURD   FURNITURE
ECONOMY CLASS AIR TRAVEL   WATCHES
CORNFLAKES   BANKING SERVICES
    LEASING CARS
    PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
    ADVERTISING SERVICES
    TELECOM SERVICES
    CLEANING SERVICES
    BEAUTY PARLOR SERVICES
    DRY CLEANING SERVICES
    SECURITY SERVICES
    MAINTANENECE SERVICES
    MAINTENENCE SERVICES
    LEGAL SERVICES
    COURIER SERVICES
    EDIBLE OIL
    ALUMINIUM
    PACKAGED CHICKEN AND PULSES
    RESTARUNT AND HOTEL SERVICES
    BUTTER
    BHUJIA
    GOLD

GST impact worries Tamil Nadu’s textile cluster

Erode cloth merchants are planning an indefinite strike from Wednesday if Centre doesn’t accept its demand to withdraw 5% GST on textile goods

Chennai: Tamil Nadu’s textile cluster, which includes Coimbatore, Erode, Tirupur, Salem, Namakkal and Karur, is discontented over the goods and services tax (GST) rate of between 5 and 18% imposed on textile manufacturers, including job workers who were so far exempted from any form of tax.

While the principal manufacturers are to pay GST at 18%, job workers will have to pay 5%. Job-workers produce goods on behalf of principal manufacturers using raw materials supplied by them. The GST council had initially clamped 18% tax on job work too but reduced it to 5% following protests.

The Erode Handloom Cloth Merchants Association, which is again appealing to finance minister Arun Jaitley to withdraw the 5% tax levied on textile goods, is planning an indefinite strike from Wednesday if its demand is not accepted.

P. Eswarmoorthy, secretary of the Chennimalai Powerloom Association, said the powerloom sector will be badly hit by GST. Chennimalai, in Erode district is a handloom and powerloom hub, employing over 15,000 people. Erode district has more than 3 lakh people directly or indirectly involved in the sector.

“The powerloom sector at Chennimalai is more of a cottage industry and more than 80% of the products are sold in weekly shandies,” said Eswaramoorthy.

“The government should have at least streamlined the process in a phase by phase manner before implementing it. This sector is already struggling and for something that remains as an unorganized sector, the GST taxation procedure is too complicated, Eswarmoorthy said, pointing out that the textile industry is the second largest employer after agriculture in the country.

Tirupur, a knitwear and hosiery hub which achieved an export turnover of Rs25,000 crore and domestic turnover of Rs12,000 crore in 2016–17, is dependent on job works at various levels of garment manufacturing for more than 80% of its production.

The industry is still trying to break even after demonetisation and the hurried implementation of GST without any preparedness has made things worse, said an industrialist from Karur, which is a hub for home furnishing textiles. He spoke on condition of anonymity.

Tamil Nadu accounts for one third of the textile business in the country. While the powerloom sector in Tamil Nadu provides employment to around 9.14 lakh workers, there are over 1800 textile and spinning mills located in the state, as per the state government.

The Southern India Mills Association (SIMA) had expressed disappointment over the centre for not considering its demand of reducing the GST rate of 18% on man-made fibre and that on blended spun yarn to 12%.

Some industrialists also said that since Tamil Nadu had been opposing GST for a long time, the state government was not prepared for its rollout.

Recently, leader of the opposition and working president of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) M.K. Stalin blamed the state government for not having created awareness among traders, which has led to protests against the GST in the textile, fire crackers, entertainment and other industries.

The textile industry in Tamil Nadu which had joined the other states on a three-day strike against GST rates, also demanded that the state government remove certain municipal taxes, which will be a burden in addition to GST.

The tax on the job works will mean a huge burden on the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), which form a huge chunk of the state’s substantial textiles sector. Job workers, who are the core of the industry and are largely part of the unorganized sector, have been brought into the tax net for the first time, a move that would hurt the sector say industry stakeholders.

A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

Transgender Students Will Now Be Able To Study All Courses At IGNOU Without Paying Any Fee

In a praiseworthy move, the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has announced the waiver of fees for its transgender students of all programmes. Vice Chancellor Ravindra Kumar announced the initiative during the 22nd Prof G Ram Reddy Lecture, a release issued by the varsity said. The university holds the lecture on July 2 every year in the memory of the founding Vice Chancellor of the university Prof G Ram Reddy.

It invites eminent educationists and scholars to deliver a lecture on higher education, especially in the open and distance learning domain.

Former VC of Telangana’s Kakatiya University Y Vaikuntham advocated spending 6 percent of the GDP on education. He said that the primary thrust should be to devise effective strategies to address the challenges to the growth of education in India

WhatsApp makes it easier to apply text font, find emojis on Android

WhatsApp on Android has made it easier for users to apply text font styles, and also search for emojis in the latest version of its app. WhatsApp’s new feature was first spotted by Android Police, which points out the new options are available in WhatsApp version 2.17.148. WhatsApp’s new tweaks were available to use in the Android Beta version of the app, and the stable Android build as well when we searched for the same. However, WhatsApp on iOS doesn’t yet have these features.

So what does the new WhatsApp feature mean for users? First, users can now easily find the option to change the font style for a text, without having to place the desired text between an asterisk, underscore, or tilde for this. Now a user can just long press the text they wish to convert to bold or italics or underscore. A little menu pops up asking for Cut, Copy or Paste options with three little dots at the end. Just tap on those, and it will open a more detailed menu.

Here a user will see options for Bold, Italic, Strikethrough, Monospace and as well as Share option. Just tap on the style you wish to apply to a particular text, and it will take place automatically. The other new feature on WhatsApp is the option of searching for emojis by just typing in the keyword.

When you go to the emoji keyword, you’ll see a little search option at the bottom. Just type whatever emoji you wish to use, like say pig for the piggy emoji, and you’ll find the relevant result. This should be useful  for users whose only form of communication on the app is via emojis.

India to become first nation using LED for all lights by 2019

India to become first nation using LED for all lights by 2019

Power Minister Piyush Goyal reportedly said that India will be the first country in the world to use LEDs for all lighting needs by 2019. According to NDTV reports, Piyush said, “This effort will help us. India will probably be the first country in the world which will be 100 per cent using LED for its lighting needs by 2019. It will be message that India acts rather than making big promises”. State-run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd has inked pacts with oil marketing companies IndianOil, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum for selling its LED bulbs, tube lights and fans at over 54,500 petrol pumps.

India to face Australia in ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup opener

India to face Australia in ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup opener

India will face Australia in their tournament-opener of the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup scheduled to be held from January 13 to February 3 in 2019 at New Zealand. India and Australia are placed along side Zimbabwe and East Asia Pacific qualifier Papua New Guinea, in group B. Defending champions West Indies, 2012 champion South Africa, New Zealand, Africa qualifier Kenya are placed in Group B. Notably, the Indian team has won the tournament thrice.

65-year-old man marries 15-year-old girl paying Rs 5 lakhs

65-year-old man marries 15-year-old girl paying Rs 5 lakhs

In a shocking incident, a 65-year-old man from Oman has married a 15-year-old girl from Hyderabad according to media reports. The man had allegedly paid Rs 5 lakhs to the girl’s aunty for marrying her. The girl’s parents had logged a complaint in police station saying that they were not aware of the aunt’s plan. The girl was taken to Oman and she has been calling her parents asking them to bring her back to India. She has also told them that she would commit suicide if they don’t take immediate actions according to reports on News7. After this incident, several claims have surfaced alleging that poor families in Hyderabad are being targeted for such marriages.

Puducherry airport back on track

Puducherry airport back on track

Puducherry airport, commenced on Thursday after three years made its first flight to Hyderabad. Puducherry Chief Minister Narayanaswamy greeted all 78 passengers and handed over the boarding pass to each of them. Reportedly, flights to Bengaluru, Kochi, Tirupati and Coimbatore are expected to be started soon. Narayanswamy said that links to Delhi and Chandigarh are in proposal.