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government keen for welfare of persons with disabilities: thaawar chand gehlot


by: pti | new delhi | published:march 5, 2017 8:28 pm union social justice and empowerment minister thaawar chand gehlotunion social justice and empowerment minister thaawar chand gehlot on sunday said the centre is concerned and keen for the welfare of the persons with disabilities.he distributed the aids and assistive devices to over 800 differently-abled people at a camp organised in rohini under the government’s assistance to disabled persons for purchasing or fitting of aids or appliances (adip) scheme.watch what else is making newsspeaking on the occasion, gehlot said that the government is concerned and keen for the welfare of the persons with disabilities, and the distribution of free aids and assistive devices to such persons was a step in this direction.the camp was organi...






japan keen to invest in india's food processing sector: harsimrat kaur badal


new delhi: japanese companies are keen to invest in india's food processing sector especially in fruits, vegetables and spices, union minister harsimrat kaur badal said today. badal, who is on a three-day visit to tokyo leading an industry body cii delegation, today met japanese agriculture minister ken saito to discuss ways to improve bilateral trade between the two countries. she highlighted the opportunities that india offers in the food processing sector. badal also met top officials of japanese food companies. "we had positive interaction. the japanese government and companies are keen to strengthen ties in the food processing sector. they are looking for more business opportunities in india," badal told pti over phone from tokyo. japan, the fourth largest investor in india, is pre...






teenage boys, muscles and masculinity


apparently 2016 was the year men became focused on their bodies and my eldest teenager was no exception. a keen sportsman, he has always been fit and lean, but with slight parents, genetics dictate that he will not be predisposed to a large physique. however, after years of acceptance, he decided to take the matter into his own hands and keen to build his strength, sought advice on a training schedule and overhauled his diet. so where is the harm in all that? teenage boys are the masters of doing nothing, so a young man that is actively doing something about his general health and fitness is a good thing and as a parent i would clearly prefer his pursuits were of the healthy variety. our bodies are our greatest anxiety and everyone's definition of physical beauty and perfection is complet.






the seven first aid myths paramedics are keen to debunk once and for all


pouring urine on a jellyfish sting. sucking the venom out of a snake bite.they are just some of the myths which have been circulating for years all over the world as effective first aid treatments. st john ambulance is aiming to debunk many of the first aid myths in the community.  photo: st john ambulancebut st john ambulance is keen to debunk every single one of them, once and for all.sja's top first aid trainer, rondel dancer, says in actual fact, such myths are doing more harm than good.some sound silly, laughable, but others are just downright dangerous, ms dancer says.in her 25 years as a first aid educator ms dancer said she had "heard it all" when it comes to first aid myths and old wives' tales. advertisementrondel dancer is the first aid training team leader f...






the missing's david morrissey says he'd be keen to step up as the time lord


with the news that there's a vacancy going at doctor who following peter capaldi's announcement that he's leaving the show, speculation has been rife over who could step up as the next doctor. the diverse range of names thrown into the whirl of potential successors include ben whishaw, richard ayoade, idris elba and even tilda swinton. david morrissey (third from the left), pictured here in the 2008 doctor who christmas special, says he'd be keen for the role.  but one british actor has already had a dry run at being the next doctor – and says he'd be willing to give the real gig a go. david morrissey, best known for his role as governor in the walking dead and soon to be seen in season two of bbc first's crime-thriller the missing, has already appeared on the doctor who an...






douglas carswell 'very keen' on free movement of labour after brexit


douglas carswell has admitted he is “very keen” for britain to continue allowing unlimited numbers of eu workers into the country - on one condition.the mp, who last month left ukip to become an independent in the house of commons, said free movement of labour should continue, but only for migrants paid more than £24,000 a year by the companies hiring them.carswell predicted setting a minimum income for eu workers would help take the “toxicity out” of immigration - and be where theresa may “will have to... land”.“unless you want to live in north korea, you have to accept that the degree of labour mobility will be higher in 10, 15, 20 years time,” he said on tuesday in a talk to the institute for government. justin tallis via getty images theresa may has not said yet ...






gst rollout in india: govt keen on gst rollout in july to save diwali sales


new delhi: the government is keen on a july 1 rollout of goods and services tax (gst), instead of postponing it to september, to avoid the possibility of businesses getting hit during the peak festival season which includes navratra and diwali sales. while the modi government has maintained that it wants to move to the new tax regime from july, some tax consultants, industry bodies as well as a few states have suggested that a september launch will help with a smooth transition to new regime. senior government officers, however, said that there is only a small section that wants to postpone the rollout, and that majority of businesses have prepared themselves for a july rollout. the overhaul in the tax regime is expected to result in massive changes in the way business...






bantala sez is open for infosys: bengal govt


kolkata: west bengal government today said if infosys is keen it could come to bantala here which has it sez status. "if they are keen, infosys can come to bantala. it has a lot of space of over 100 acres and buildings also," west bengal industrial development and promotion chairman siddharth told reporters on the sidelines of a cii organised event. asked whether it is a solution plan, siddharth said, "certainly. there is water treatment issue which we are looking into." bantala it sez is about 130 acres of which 110 acres had been allotted to it companies and builders, an official said. infosys had paid rs 75 crore and bought 50 acres in rajarhat but did not develop its new kolkata centre as it wants special economic zone(sez) status for its kolkata project as the...






gst: government keen on gst rollout in july to save diwali sales


new delhi: the government is keen on a july 1 rollout of goods and services tax (gst), instead of postponing it to september, to avoid the possibility of businesses getting hit during the peak festival season which includes navratra and diwali sales. while the modi government has maintained that it wants to move to the new tax regime from july, some tax consultants, industry bodies as well as a few states have suggested that a september launch will help with a smooth transition to new regime. senior government officers, however, said that there is only a small section that wants to postpone the rollout, and that majority of businesses have prepared themselves for a july rollout. the overhaul in the tax regime is expected to result in massive changes in the way businesses operate — from e..






ryan eggold’s tom takes center stage in ‘blacklist’ spinoff


los angeles — ryan eggold is ready for more action in nbc’s “the blacklist: redemption.”eggold’s character, tom keen, grew into a key part of mothership “the blacklist.” now tom and famke janssen’s susan “scottie” hargrave are front and center in “redemption,” two people with dark pasts who now are intent on righting wrongs, not committing them.or so we are told as “redemption” begins an eight-episode run 10 p.m. est thursday. but as “the blacklist” viewers know, and eggold helpfully points out, appearances can be deceiving in the complicated world of keen, his wife and fbi profiler liz (megan boone), and puppet master raymond “red” reddington (james spader).a primer for the spinoff: tom believes that scottie, head of a covert mercenary group, is the mot...






ryan eggold’s tom takes center stage in ‘blacklist’ spinoff


los angeles — ryan eggold is ready for more action in nbc’s “the blacklist: redemption.”eggold’s character, tom keen, grew into a key part of mothership “the blacklist.” now tom and famke janssen’s susan “scottie” hargrave are front and center in “redemption,” two people with dark pasts who are intent on righting wrongs, not committing them.or so we are told as “redemption” begins an eight-episode run 10 p.m. est thursday. but as “the blacklist” viewers know, and eggold helpfully points out, appearances can be deceiving in the complicated world of keen, his wife and fbi profiler liz (megan boone), and puppet master raymond “red” reddington (james spader).a primer for the spinoff: tom believes that scottie, head of a covert mercenary group, is the mother ...






vladimir putin says will be ‘glad’ to meet donald trump when scandals


by: afp | moscow | updated: march 30, 2017 9:22 pm putin said he would be keen for their first face-to-face talks to happen at the g20 summit in july or earlier.russian president vladimir putin on thursday denounced the scandals over donald trump’s ties to moscow, adding that he would be happy to meet with his us counterpart this year. speaking at an international forum on the arctic organised by russia in the northern city of arkhangelsk, putin once again denied any kremlin involvement in the us election last year, slamming the recent accusations as “absurd” and “irresponsible.”“we are just waiting for when the situation improves,” putin said in televised comments. “when it’s over, i hope we decide on holding a meeting” with trump.putin said he would be keen for t...






un expert keen to probe philippines killings, but won’t debate duterte


by: reuters | manila | published:may 6, 2017 9:59 pma united nations expert who irked the philippines with a surprise visit said on saturday she was keen to return and investigate alleged summary killings, but only if president rodrigo duterte drops his condition that she must hold a debate with him. agnes callamard, un special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, has been vocal about allegations of systematic executions in the philippines as part of duterte’s war on drugs. thousands have been killed since he came to power in june last year.a planned visit by callamard in december was cancelled because she refused to accept duterte’s conditions. she turned up in an unofficial capacity on friday, telling an academic conference on human rights issues that she would not carry out an...






desi salman khan keen to work in punjabi film industry but what about hollywood?


salman khan is on his international tour dabangg, with bipasha basu, manish paul and daisy shah. after enthralling the audience in hong kong, the superstar has now moved to auckland. in the press conference he organised before his stage show, salman talked about venturing in hollywood. the actor who is gearing up for the release of kabir khan’s directorial, tubelight was asked whether he wants to now conquer hollywood the way he has done with bollywood. and salman, owing to her perfect bhai style, gave a rather straight answer. he said:“no, hollywood is too far. i don’t even feel like leaving my home when working.”however, salman mentioned that he is very keen to work in a punjabi language film. talking about if his audience will get a chance to watch him in any punjabi movie, the






there are better things to spend $1 billion on than the adani coal mine


ever since taking office, the palaszczuk government has been walking a tightrope with respect to the adani group's proposed carmichael mine in the galilee basin.on the one hand, it's obvious that the project is both environmentally disastrous and economically dubious. the government has been keen to avoid putting public money into this mess. queensland premier annastacia palaszczuk meets indian billionaire gautam adani in townsville last december. on the other hand, if the project falls over, as still appears quite likely, the government is keen to avoid the blame.the supposed benefits of 10,000 jobs and billions of dollars in royalties make an appealing case to voters at any time and particularly with the mining boom on the edge of failing. the adani coal mine will be an ecolog...






naidu keen to continue alliance with bjp


andhra chief minister tells party men to prepare for next elections and sets the target of securing 80% votes in the statehyderabad: telugu desam president and andhra pradesh chief minister n chandrababu naidu was keen not to disturb his party’s alliance with the bharatiya janata party (bjp). this was the indication he gave at the 35th mahanadu or annual conference of the party which concluded in the port city of visakhapatnam today.addressing the party delegates from both the telugu states of ap and telangana, naidu said that the decision to form an alliance was taken in the larger interest of the state. “don’t make any comments on the alliance”, he told party leaders. he also told them not to retort sharply to comments made by other parties. “leave this to the party leadership....






david baddiel, frank skinner 'both keen for reboot of their popular chat show'


there’s already been talk of bringing back ‘men behaving badly’, and now the nostalgia for millenial lad culture continues, with david baddiel and frank skinner revealing they’re keen to reboot their popular chat show.the pair, whose distinctive mo saw them basically replicating the behavior of every bloke who ever sat on a sofa with his mates, were last seen together in ‘baddiel and skinner unplanned’ 12 years ago, when the show finished online, after running on and off for 15 years.but now, according to the sun, they feel the time is right to revisit the show, which saw them taking questions from a live audience and basically having a chat. avalon david baddiel and frank skinner relished the spontaneous nature of their showdavid baddiel says of the show now: “the grea...






labour reforms: onus on states to push labour reforms


new delhi: the onus of driving big-bang labour reforms, which could bring india’s hiring norms in kilter with flexible global practices, rests with the states now as the centre lacks the required upper house majority to push such a bill, and isn’t keen on an encore of the experience on the land acquisition law. furthermore, with the national democratic alliance (nda) in power in a number of big states, new delhi believes it will be easier to drive legislative changes in labour laws at the state level to enhance the ease of doing business. a senior government official told et that the centre is not immediately keen on bringing labour law amendments to parliament. “some work has been done on codifying labour laws and reducing 44 legislations into four codes. however, in terms of progre...






reliance jio: trai keen on determining 'fair' tariff


new delhi: the telecom regulator is keen on fixing loopholes in tariffs through a transparent pricing regime, making a clear distinction between what is fair and what isn't, an indication that it is ready to wade into an issue that is at the heart of a bitter battle between industry newcomer reliance jio infocomm and its older rivals. "the framework (for fair pricing) already exists. we want to fix it though the process is delayed as the telecom service providers sought more time to respond," telecom regulatory authority of india (trai) chairman rs sharma told et. trai on february 17 issued a 32-page consultation paper, 'regulatory principles of tariff assessment', to bring transparency in tariffs with a focus on anti-competitive behaviour of operators in pricing their services. the l...






sam allardyce keen on jermain defoe but needs crystal palace safety first


by: reuters | published:may 5, 2017 8:48 pm wins over chelsea, arsenal and liverpool propelled crystal palace away from the drop zone. (source: reuters)crystal palace manager sam allardyce is keen on signing sunderland’s 34-year-old striker jermain defoe at the end of the season, but must wait until his own team’s premier league future is secure before a reunion becomes possible.sunderland have been relegated to the championship and are likely to lose their top scorer, who has an escape clause in his contract, but palace’s slip-up against burnley last weekend means they are not yet safe from the drop themselves.“if we are safe in the premier league and jermain defoe is available and he wants to come to crystal palace, i’d be interested,” allardyce, who managed the striker ...






tmc leaders waiting for outcome of party's core panel meet on april 1


kolkata: almost all the key trinamool congress functionaries in the city are very keen to know the outcome of the party's core committee meeting to be held on april 1, which will be be addressed by none other than chief minister mamata banerjee herself. party leaders are keen to know whether the party chief would take any action against their rajya sabha mp and industrialist k d singh, who had reportedly funded the narada sting operation, the video tapes of which, were aired in march last year showing several trinamool ministers, mps, accepting cash from a narada journalist, who posed as a prospective investor for bengal."didi had suspended another rajya sabha mp of our party kunal ghosh for his alleged involvement in the saradha chit fund scam. if the media reports, which suggested that..






germany says unsure of donald trump trade stance, but keen for us talks


by: reuters | berlin | published:february 24, 2017 9:24 pm u.s. president donald trump. (file photo)germany does not yet have a full picture of the approach u.s. president donald trump’s administration is taking on foreign, security and trade policy but is keen to engage with washington on these issues, a foreign ministry spokesman said on friday. “we don’t yet have full certainty about how the new u.s. administration is going to position itself on foreign, security and trade policy questions,” ministry spokesman martin schaefer told a government news conference.“we have every interest in getting in touch with important figures in the slowly growing u.s. administration,” he added.watch what else is making newsgermany is still getting to grips with the new u.s. president, w...






act brumbies veteran ben alexander keen to extend australian rugby career


ben alexander is on the verge of a remarkable act brumbies record and the veteran prop is keen to extend his super rugby career beyond the end of the season.but if there was one night the 10-season front-rower would rather forget after 139 games, the last time the johannesburg lions were in canberra would be right near the top of the list. ben alexander. photo: sitthixay ditthavongalexander is back in the brumbies' starting xv for the clash against the lions on friday night as he edges closer to george smith's games record of 142 caps for the club.alexander, 32, has flagged his desire to keep playing for as long as he feels he can contribute to the brumbies and australian rugby.he is one of only two brumbies still at the club who were a part of a horror night against the lions six y...






hugh jackman wins mtv award for logan but forgets his manners


hugh jackman has missed out on a best actor gong at the mtv movie and tv awards but he didn't leave the awards ceremony empty handed.jackman and his young co-star dafne keen took out best duo for their roles in the third instalment of the wolverine movies, logan.  hugh jackman and dafne keen accept the mtv award for best duo. photo: chris pizzelloand it was the pint-sized dafne who stole the show from her much bigger co-star - cheekily chastising him for leaving out two important people in his acceptance speech.when jackman accepted the golden popcorn award, he began by saying "thank you, thank you. listen, on behalf of —". amy schumer and goldie hawn present the award for movie of the year. photo: chris pizzellobut dafne interrupted: "hey, hey. you do 17 years [as wolve...






antonio conte wants to stay ‘many years’ at chelsea


by: reuters | london | published:may 26, 2017 9:42 pm inter milan have been keen to tempt former juventus manager conte away from stamford bridge. (source: reuters)antonio conte said he hopes to stay at chelsea “for many years” despite speculation that the italian could be tempted by big-money offers back home.inter milan have been keen to tempt former juventus manager conte away from stamford bridge, where he has enjoyed a superb first season by winning the premier league title.conte could clinch the “double” in saturday’s fa cup final against london rivals arsenal.“at the moment my situation is very clear. i have a two-year contract with the club. if they give me the possibility to stay here and extend my contract, for sure i will be able to do this,” the former italy ...






talgo makers likely to meet pm modi in spain


new delhi: keen to do business with indian railways, senior representatives of talgo, the spanish lightweight train coach maker, are likley to meet prime minister narendra modi during his spain visit on may 30. in a three-phased trial conducted last year, talgo trains clocked a top speed of 180 kmph on the mathura-palwal route and covered the delhi-mumbai distance in 11 hours 48 minutes. the meeting with pm seems to be crucial for talgo as the spanish company is keen to join indian rail sector, sources in the government said. modi is embarking on on a six-day tour to russia, germany, spain and france from may 29. the pm will leave germany for spain late on may 30. he will meet president of spain mariano rajoy and discuss bilateral and other issues of mutual interest. as part of the program






talgo makers likely to meet pm narendra modi in spain


by: pti | new delhi | published:may 26, 2017 6:08 pm prime minister narendra modi (pti photo)keen to do business with indian railways, senior representatives of talgo, the spanish lightweight train coach maker, are likely to meet prime minister narendra modi during his spain visit on may 30. in a three-phased trial conducted last year, talgo trains clocked a top speed of 180 kmph on the mathura-palwal route and covered the delhi-mumbai distance in 11 hours 48 minutes.the meeting with pm seems to be crucial for talgo as the spanish company is keen to join indian rail sector, sources in the government said. modi is embarking on on a six-day tour to russia, germany, spain and france from may 29.the pm will leave germany for spain late on may 30. he will meet president of spain mariano ra...






fit-again andy murray eyes first monte carlo final


by: reuters | published:april 19, 2017 3:16 pm andy murray has recovered from an elbow injury and is keen to reach the final of the monte carlo masters for the first time. (source: reuters)world number one andy murray has recovered from an elbow injury and is keen to reach the final of the monte carlo masters for the first time, the briton said ahead of his opening match against gilles muller in the second round on wednesday.murray has been out of action since march but has worked his way back to full fitness and reckons his serve was back to its best.“i wouldn’t start the tournament unless i felt comfortable (going full tilt), but i’ve only been really serving at my normal pace the last couple of days,” murray said in an interview on the atp tour website(www.atpworldtour.com)...






sweden keen to collaborating with maharashtra govt on climate issues


by: pti | mumbai | published:april 25, 2017 6:15 pm swedish deputy minister on climate eva svedling. (source: swedish govt website/government.se/government-of-sweden)sweden is keen to collaborate with maharashtra on waste management, smart cities, and renewable energy.“i exchanged views with both the governments at the centre and in the state on global climate change efforts, ongoing international negotiations and the potential for bilateral cooperation,” visiting swedish deputy minister on climate eva svedling said in mumbai on tuesday.the minister met chief minister devendra fadnavis and the state environment minister ramdas kadam and discussed collaboration on climate change and sustainability solutions.“sweden and our business are ready to work with india on the important tr...






anganwadi workers torch bearers of welfare schemes: pondicherry minister


by: pti | puducherry | published:march 14, 2017 1:32 pm the government was keen to ensure that various schemes including the centrally sponsored programmes were implemented fast, he said. (representational)puducherry welfare minister m kandasamy tuesday said anganwadi workers “are torch bearers of various welfare measures” implemented by the territorial administration, for the benefit of women and children. inaugurating a three-day sensitisation and training programme for the anganwadi workers here, he said, “workers of the anganwadi centres are torch bearers of the welfare measures and are effective link between the beneficiaries and the government.”watch what else is making news:the government was keen to ensure that various schemes including the centrally sponsored programm...






investors hope for trump trade 2.0


the political failure of the republican health-care bill may prove a fleeting moment in time for markets keen to rally.






india keen on boosting ties with uae: m j akbar


by: pti | dubai | published:april 11, 2017 12:29 pm minister of state for external affairs mj akbar. (file photo)india is keen on bolstering its strong ties with the uae to face challenges posed by fast-paced regional and international developments, minister of state for external affairs m j akbar has said. akbar, in his address in dubai at the 11th forum of uae ambassadors and heads of representative missions, said india wanted to boost the bilateral ties in light of the prospects for bilateral cooperation.in a statement released by the uae’s official news agency, wam, akbar said that there was a need to enhance coordination and understanding in order to face challenges posed by regional and fast-paced international developments and shifts and invest in available opportunities.duri...






pm narendra modi launches digitised system for sc to go paperless, says e-govern


prime minister narendra modi on wednesday launched the integrated case management system of the supreme court to help the apex court go paperless. the integrated case management information system (icmis) helps in the digital filing of cases called e-filing and will also help litigants access data and retrieve information online. speaking at the occasion, the pm stated that technology can be accepted only if people are keen on it. “embracing technology can’t happen if only a few people are keen on it. the scale must be larger. e-governance is easy, effective and economical. it is also environment-friendly. paperless offices will benefit the environment,” he said.he also added that technology has the power to transform our economic potential as well. the prime minister also spoke abou...






geoscience australia public servants not keen on open-plan office


public servants working at geoscience australia in canberra are reportedly not keen on an open-plan office that's been proposed as part of their $17.5 million building refurbishment.nearly 600 employees are housed at the facility on the corner of jerrabomberra avenue and hindmarsh drive. a $17.5 million refurbishment is planned for the geoscience australia building in canberra. photo: michael goreythe public works committee met friday to review submissions on the project, including one from the main public sector union.a letter signed by cpsu deputy secretary beth vincent-pietsch recommends reconsidering the open-plan office.the submission notes the proposed refurbishment involves shifting executive level-two (el2) staff from private offices to an open-plan work area."el2 st...






jenna mccormick keen to avenge canberra w-league heartache with aflw premiership


    ask jenna mccormick what football means to her and she'll you that depends on the time of year.the dual-threat footballer was still competing in the w-league finals series for canberra united when the adelaide crows kick-started their run to the inaugural aflw grand final. jenna mccormick [pictured] is keen to avenge her canberra united heartache with an aflw premiership on saturday. photo: getty imagesunited lost a heartbreaking extra-time semi-final against melbourne city and mccormick is determined to avenge that pain with an aflw premiership on saturday playing against the brisbane lions on the gold coast."i've played in the past two w-league semis but i've never played in a grand final and i'm so excited and thankful i finally get to have my grand final experience wi...






jenna mccormick keen to avenge canberra w-league heartache with aflw premiership


ask jenna mccormick what football means to her and she'll tell you that depends on the time of year.the dual-threat footballer was still competing in the w-league finals series for canberra united when the adelaide crows kick-started their run to the inaugural aflw grand final. jenna mccormick [pictured] is keen to avenge her canberra united heartache with an aflw premiership on saturday. photo: getty imagesunited lost a heartbreaking extra-time semi-final against melbourne city and mccormick is determined to avenge that pain with an aflw premiership on saturday against the brisbane lions on the gold coast."i've played in the past two w-league semis but i've never played in a grand final and i'm so excited and thankful i finally get to have my grand final experience with adelaide...






traditional way of reporting on a president is dead. and trump's press secretary


president donald trump‘s counselor kellyanne conway said white house press secretary sean spicer used “alternative facts” when he falsely called the crowds at trump’s swearing-in ceremony “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration." media: time the presidency is not a reality show, but president donald trump on his first full day in office made clear that he's still obsessed with being what he once proudly called "a ratings machine."he cares enough about it to send his press secretary, sean spicer, out to brazenly lie to the media in his first official briefing."this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration - period - both in person and around the globe," spicer said. and he added a scolding about widespread reports that differ from his evidence-free essment: "th