Woman passenger, Air India duty manager slap each other at Delhi IGI airport

A woman passenger and an Air India duty manager slapped each other at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on Tuesday morning after she was denied boarding for reporting late, police said.

The incident took place after the Ahmedabad-bound woman passenger had an argument with the official.

“A lady passenger was told by a counter staff that she will not be able to check in because she was late for the flight. This led to an argument and the staff directed her to the duty manager who was also a lady and there was an altercation,” an Air India spokesperson said.

Sources in the airline said the passenger allegedly slapped the duty manager.


PM Modi meets with Ivanka Trump at GES

  • Ivanka Trump met with PM Modi on the sidelines of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad
  • Ivanka also held talks with Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj ahead of her meeting with PM Modi
  • Ivanka is leading the US delegation at the GES

‘There is a uniqueness about Kohli’

He was also the fastest to score 8,000 ODI runs — and by scoring 1,460 runs in ODIs so far in 2017, Rajneesh pointed out, Kohli’s tally is now the highest for any captain in a calendar year. Ricky Ponting, the great Australian batsman, held the previous record.

Kohli’s six ODI hundreds are also the most by a captain in a calendar year, beating the record of five centuries by Sourav Ganguly and Ponting.

Ironically, those feats came hours after Rahul Dravid told an audience at the Bengaluru Lit Fest that he ‘cringed’ when he heard Kohli’s comments before a series.

‘Virat sometimes comes across as outrageous, and I cringe on reading his statements before a series. But if he can bring the best out of himself by needling the opposition, so be it,’ Dravid told a discussion about Rajdeep Sardesai’s new book Democracy XI, moderated by our former colleague Prem Panicker.

Unlike Dravid or Sachin Tendulkar or V V S Laxman whose achievements on the cricket pitch were accompanied by an absence of drama, everything Kohli does on the field has aggression as an accomplice.

Which may be why Kohli does not quite attract the same unqualified adoration from the cricketing public that Tendulkar did and still does. Even those awestruck by Kohli’s genius, his athleticism, his reverence for the game are sometimes put off by what they view as his arrogance.


What are Modi’s plans to stop future black money?

The world is fretting over Donald Trump winning the mandate to lead the US for the next four years. But we Indians are preoccupied with an issue that is much more local. To paraphrase a well-worn saying, ‘local’ is all politics. So is the sudden demonetisation of high denomination currency notes.

Demonetisation is the act of a government declaring that a currency or some of its components are no longer legal tender. As a consequence the citizens can no longer exchange it for anything of value.

On the face of it this can be draconian since the poor have no assets other than a few rupees to fall back on. What do they do if those rupees are declared worthless?

The rich have many other assets to fall back on. They do not live a hand-to-mouth day-to-day existence.

Demonetisation, as with inflation, recession, stagnation, unemployment etc, affects the poor disproportionately.


How SBI plans to retain its competitive edge

State Bank of India (SBI) will assess executives’ competencies, craft individual development plans and provide 360-degree feedbacks to its top management to ensure the lender has a competitive advantage.

The country’s largest lender is hiring an advisor for this exercise.

A 360-degree feedback for top executives is the need of the hour to help them understand the perception gap, said sources.

t would ensure that employees and peers give feedback on the subject of the assessment.

A senior SBI executive said with the “merger of associate banks giving us scale, the focus is now on enhancing human resources capacity”.

The top management – which includes the chairman, managing directors, deputy managing directors and chief general managers – drives the lender’s key initiatives, serves as change agents and also acts as mentors.

In this backdrop, the bank would like to assess key competencies required for a successful leader and devise individual development plans, another SBI executive said.

The time frame for the project is five months. The bank is aiming at completing the process by the end of March 2018.

The bank is also working on a three-year business plan, nearly coinciding with the time its new chairman Rajnish Kumar would be in the corner office. Kumar took charge in October 2017.


Students in MP will now have to answer roll call with ‘Jai Hind’

Madhya Pradesh Education Minister Vijay Shah on Monday said that students in government schools would now have to respond with ‘Jai Hind’ during attendance call.

“From now, in government schools during attendance call, students will reply with ‘Jai Hind’ instead of ‘Yes sir’ or ‘Yes Madam’. This will instill a sense of patriotism among the youth,” Shah told reporters in Bhopal.

“I don’t think anyone will have an objection to it,” Shah added.

In September, the Education Minister had passed a similar order for all schools in the state’s Satana district, with effect from October 1.

At the time, he had also stated that that if this mission is successful, he would take approval from Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and request to implement this rule all over Madhya Pradesh, whether it’s a public school or a private school.  — ANI


Ivanka Trump arrives in India to attend GES

United States President Donald Trump’s daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump arrived in India for the annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit co-hosted by India and the US.
For the first time, the GES is being held in South Asia. The three-day summit, from November 28-30, will be held at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre and Hyderabad International Trade Expositions.
The inaugural session of the summit will be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and Ivanka.
Ivanka will also be part of a discussion on increasing women in the workforce through skills training, education, and mentorship on the second day.
Over 1,500 delegates, including entrepreneurs and investors and CEOs of major knowledge-based companies, are expected to attend the summit.
Ivanka is leading a delegation from the US at the three-day event.

Congress did only 15 per cent work on Metro Rail Project: TRS government

Hyderabad: Taking serious objections to the Congress presentation on Sunday claiming credit for the Metro Rail project, minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav on Monday said only 15 per cent of the work was completed during the tenure of the Congress governments.

He said the TRS government had resolved pending litigations and completed the rest of the work. Speaking to mediapersons here, the minister objected to former Union minister S. Jaipal Reddy’s comment that the then UPA government had gone out of its way to favour the Hyderabad Metro. He said the Congress leader must explain what he meant by “out of the way” in approving a project.


It seemed like Lee Chong Wei had lost his grip on the game he loved the most. One of the most prolific shuttlers in the history of badminton lunged uncomfortably and struggled to hit the bird, something the Malaysian had mastered since bursting out on the scene at the 2000 Asian Junior Championships. The unexpected first-round defeat in the recently-concluded World Badminton Championships in Glasgow at the hands of Brice Leverdez was clearly an indication that Lee’s game had slowed down a bit. If the Glasgow disappointment doesn’t prove it, the straight-game loss against Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto in the Round of 32 at the French Open should. Just after the 2016 Rio Olympics, a slew of questions was raised about the 35-year-old’s time on the international circuit after failing to win his maiden gold in three attempts. As tournaments passed by, Lee’s reflexes appeared sluggish and his much-talked-about swift court coverage didn’t please the audience as it did a few years ago.

Kolkata: Asura Bibi welled up as she remembered her late husband Sirajul Islam, who succumbed to dengue over two months ago.

Asura, 29, a resident of Deganga block in North 24 Parganas district, is particularly appalled by the administration as none of the government officials visited her house to know about her predicament. What further aggravated her anger was the recent dengue deaths figure submitted by the West Bengal government in the Calcutta High Court, that confirmed just 39 dengue deaths in the state this year.