WWE and Hollywood superstar Dwayne Johnson, better known as “The Rock” has reportedly been registered with the US Federal Election Commission. His name appeared in a FEC Form 1 document on the FEC website on Tuesday alongside the title of a new political entity called “Run The Rock 2020”. Notably, The Rock had joked about running for the post of President in the upcoming 2020 elections.
A museum dedicated to former President APJ Abdul Kalam will be opened in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday. Titled Dr. Kalam Smriti International Science & Space Museum, the facility is considered to be the first of its kind in South India. The museum will have personal memorabilia of the late President, a large number of very rare photographs and miniature models of rockets, satellites, and his famous quotes aimed at inspiring the youth.
Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed, Reuters quoted the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as saying. “(We have) confirmed information from leaders, including one of the first rank, in the Islamic State in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zor,” the director of the British-based war monitoring group Rami Abdulrahman said.
Although Baghdadi’s death had been announced many times before, the Observatory is known for its track record of credible reporting on Syria’s civil war. Abdulrahman said Observatory sources in Syria’s eastern town of Deir al-Zor had been told by Islamic State sources that Baghdadi had died, but said “they did not specify when”.
However, Islamic State-affiliated websites and social media feeds have not carried any news regarding the leader’s death. The latest development also comes days after Iraq announced that the city of Mosul has been completely reclaimed from the clutches of ISIS. It brought an end to three years of jihadist rule in the city, where thousands of civilians were killed and nearly one million people were displaced.
Earlier in June, Russia’s Defence Ministry had suggested that one of its air strikes might have killed Baghdadi when it hit a gathering of Islamic State commanders on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Raqqa. However, US said it could not confirm the death, while Western and Iraqi officials remained sceptical.
The United States had offered a reward of USD 25 million for his capture, the same amount it had put up for al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and his successor Ayman al-Zawahri. However, it is not yet known if anybody will claim the bounty.
In a bid to help out consumers, the Ministry of Finance along with the Central Board of Excise and Customs launched GST rates finder app on Friday, where users can verify the exact tax rates on commodity and services under the Goods and Services Tax. The app, which is currently available on Android platform, will soon be launched for iOS and can be used in offline mode once downloaded.
Tamil Nadu Health Minister, C Vijayabaskar on Tuesday reportedly announced in the Assembly that the government will launch Amma Health Radio Service to provide awareness messages on public health. The initiative is to provide awareness messages on public health through specialist doctors and experts and take measures during the emergency situations and disasters.
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.
South Indian Actor Vijay reportedly raised his voice in support of the farmer’s welfare. Speaking at Behindwoods Gold Medals 2017, Vijay said: “It is mandatory for us to address the problems of our farmers.” He also stated that it is sad to watch rice producing farmers to stand outside the ration shops to procure rice. Battering the Indian government, Vijay said: “the government should first address the concern of its farmers before becoming a superpower.”
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.