SEOUL, South Korea – The huge civilian entourage Seoul sent to the latest inter-Korean summit includes the third-generation heir of South Korea’s largest business group and a Colorado-born pop diva nicknamed the “Korean Beyonce.”President Moon Jae-in’s office said the 52-member “special” entourage will help promote civil exchanges and engagement with younger Koreans.Some experts believe Moon is preparing for the resumption of inter-Korean economic co-operation projects after diplomacy eventually yields results. Currently, all major joint economic projects between the Koreas remain stalled because of U.S.-led sanctions.What the civilian delegation will do in North Korea has not been formally announced.The inclusion of billionaire Samsung scion Lee Jae-yong has been controversial since Lee was convicted of crimes related to the massive corruption scandal involving former South Korean President Park Geun-hye.Lee initially received a five-year prison term but it was reduced to two and a half years and suspended. Lee awaits a final ruling at Seoul’s Supreme Court. Park was removed from office last year and is serving a lengthy prison term for accepting bribes from Lee and other crimes.The liberal Moon won a special byelection last year to replace Park, under whose conservative government tensions with North Korea had been extremely high.When asked about Lee’s inclusion in Moon’s trip to North Korea, presidential chief of staff Im Jong-seok said: “Trials are trials; work is work.”Other business leaders accompanying Moon include Hyundai Group chairwoman Hyun Jeong-eun, whose company had operated now-suspended joint tours to North Korea, Hyundai Motor Group Vice Chairman Kim Yong-hwan, SK Group Chairman Chey Tae-won and LG Group CEO Koo Kwang-mo.K-pop starlet Ailee and rapper Zico, who were described by Moon as pioneering “new culture,” were also part of the entourage. Born in Denver as Lee Ye Jin and raised in New Jersey, Ailee moved to South Korea in 2010 where she began her career. She quickly became one of the country’s biggest popstars after displaying her powerhouse vocals on television shows, where she performed her own songs and also renditions of Beyonce’s “One Night Only” and Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”The South Korean delegation also includes athletes Park Jong-ah, an ice hockey player who was on the joint Korean Olympic team earlier this year, and Hyun Jung-hwa, a retired table tennis player from the combined inter-Korean team in the 1991 World Championships.
New Delhi,: Hours after a Bihar court granted him bail in a poll code violation case for making controversial remarks against the Muslim community, Union minister Giriraj Singh Tuesday made another provocative statement. In an apparent reference to the controversial Malayalam movie, the minister said anybody can make a film like “Sexy Durga” but nobody has the courage to make one on Prophet Mohammed or Fatima. Giriraj Singh was addressing a public meeting in support of BJP’s South Delhi candidate Ramesh Bidhuri. At the rally, Bidhuri also used a Hindi slur against Aam Aadmi Party leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, and accused him of stalling the prosecution of former Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader Kanhaiya Kumar in a sedition case. Giriraj Singh, who is the BJP candidate against Kanhaiya Kumar for Bihar’s Begusarai seat, charged that Kejriwal is part of the “tukde tukde gang”. Earlier in the day, the minister surrendered before the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate in Begusarai and was granted bail in the poll violation case. The Election Commission had issued a show cause notice to Giriraj Singh over his anti-Muslim remarks at an election rally. “I didn’t say any such thing in Begusarai, still a case was registered against me. I just said that the slogan Vande Mataram made India independent. I said the country will show the door to any person who can’t chant Vande Mataram, he said at the meeting in Delhi. “The Hindus were abused in Begusarai. Some people said Hindus eat beef and drink liquor at night. I informed the Election Commission, but it too didn”t take action,” the minister said. “Abusing Hindus has become a habit for some people,” he said. Referring to the movie that was later released as S Durga, he said if he would send to hell anyone who referred to his mother or sister in such terms. The Union minister also mentioned the burqa ban in Sri Lanka after the recent terror attacks there. Giriraj Singh claimed that the United Nations declared Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist because “people in India gave power to Modi”. The minister said he “feared” that the “tukde-tukde gang” might ask the United Nations to furnish evidence to prove it declared Masood as a global terrorist. Attacking Mamata Banerjee, he said the West Bengal chief minister “gets angry and slaps people who say ‘Jai Shri Ram’. Let’s see who will slap us”. A video has surfaced on social media, where Banerjee can be purportedly seen stopping her car at a place in West Midnapore district when people chanted “Jai Shri Ram” slogan as her convoy was passing the area. The people fled the spot as soon as she got out of her car.
Kolkata: Separate dock systems should be developed with ship-to-shore handling facility to ease congestion in Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) due to traffic from Chittagoing port, a chamber of commerce paper said Wednesday. The separate dock system would help to efficiently handle growing Bangladesh and coastal cargo, an ASSOCHAM paper on shipping, ports, customs and inland waterways said. The paper also suggested that the separate dock system was necessary since KoPT does not permit transhipment. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The permission for transhipment of Bangladesh export cargo via Indian Ports like Kolkata, Vishakhapatnam, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, Mundra Port will help create a reverse cargo flow from Bangladesh, it said. Assocham suggested coastal exim cargo for Bangladesh can have the flexibility to avail direct port entry for exports from Kolkata, instead of container freight station routing so that trade volumes grow. This would serve as revenue incentive,” it said. The Inland Waterways Authority is building coastal shipping infrastructure, including multi-modal terminals till Allahabad begining from Haldia.
QB Cam Newton and his Carolina Panthers teammates will be headed to Florida early next week to miss the Democratic National ConventionThe Carolina Panthers are hitting the road early next so as to avoid the chaos of the Democratic Convention coming to town.Final preparations are already underway at Bank of America Stadium, where President Obama will deliver his speech on Sept. 6 formally accepting his party nomination for re-election.Things figure to be more than a little chaotic, with generators being moved into place, wires strung everywhere and heavy volumes of security roaming every part of the facility.All this would be going on while the Panthers are trying to prepare for their season opener at Tampa Bay on Sept. 9.The obvious potential logistical nightmare is the reason the team has opted to head to Florida early, departing Tuesday to spend the next three days practicing at the IMG Academy in Bradenton before heading to Tampa for the game.“When we were talking about this in February, I don’t think we knew what it would be like if we stayed here,” general manager Marty Hurney told the Charlotte Observer. “From the football side, some of the things you worry the most about are the unknowns.“We felt like going [to Florida], we could go to someplace we know and we’d know the set-up, whereas we wouldn’t know what it would be like here.”Hurney, coach Ron Rivera, equipment manager Jackie Miles, trainer Ryan Vermillion and head of football operations Brandon Beane mapped out a plan to make the trip as similar to any other road game during the season.The IMG Academy offers plenty of practice space, as well as a spacious weight room to use. The Panthers will be based in a nearby hotel with ample meeting space to accommodate the various position meetings that normally take place for a home game.Team owner Jerry Richardson donated the use of Bank of America Stadium at no charge to the Democratic Convention and has said he would have done likewise for the Republican Party.Players sounded initially excited about the break from routine.
Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has confirmed that they are indeed interested in signing loan star Michy Batshuayi on a permanent deal at the end of the seasonThe Chelsea loanee had thrived in his short loan spell with the Bundesliga giants, before he sustained an ankle injury in their 2-0 defeat to rivals Schalke 04.Batshuayi has since confirmed that he will be out for the rest of the season and is now a very big doubt for the World Cup this summer.The 24 year-old has also made it clear that he wishes to leave Chelsea in the summer transfer window with Batshuayi having struggled for opportunities under Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge, since completing his £32m transfer from Ligue 1 side Marseille last summer.Report: Dortmund hammer four past Leverkusen George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund put four past Bayer Leverkusen.Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Bayern Munich to claim second place in the Bundesliga. After handing out a 4-0 thrashing of…Dortmund had attempted to include a buy option for Batshuayi in his initial loan deal in January, but the terms were then rejected by Chelsea.But in light the Belgium’s nine goals in his first 14 matches for the Bundesliga side, the club are keen to make the deal happen with CEO Watzke confirming their interest in Batshuayi.“The interest to sign him is basically there,” Watzke told BILD (via Goal).“Chelsea have two strikers with Giroud and Morata anyway. But first we have to wait and see who will be Chelsea’s coach next season. Then we’ll see.”
Southgate was overwhelmed with excitement over his side’s opening World Cup win against Tunisia in Volgograd on Monday.The 2-1 victory plus another three points against Panama in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday will book their place in the knockout stages.However, the England boss, Southgate was brought crashing back to earth quite when he tripped up while jogging and dislocated his shoulder.He admits he feels embarrassed and that the messages from back home have gone from herograms to mocking ones.He said as reported by Daily Star:Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I just clipped a step, landed on my elbow and that popped my shoulder out. I tried to get up, but my arm was pointing in a different direction so I just pulled my cap down hoping no-one would see me!“Running is, as a manager, where you get time to think. That time on your own and I will have to find a replacement for that because I don’t think I’ll be on the running machine any time soon in the next couple of months.“Every time I phone home, it’s the usual thing once people know you’re alive the gloves are off and there is more stick flying around!”Southgate has refused to wear a sling and will settle for the damaged arm being strapped up when he’s on the touchline to face Panama.He added: “They’ve got it strapped up. I didn’t like the look of a sling in public. So they can strap it and keep it in place.”
Apple’s iPhone X as seen on its official websiteAppleThe world’s most envied smartphone launched its new generation of phones this week. The iPhone X, whose top-end, 256 GB model reportedly costs Rs. 102,000, is the most expensive smartphone today.No doubt, a beautiful, shiny new phone would provide you great satisfaction, utility, brag value, and the respect of peers. Having a great smartphone solves many problems today. Not only do people find amusement in their many features such as selfie cameras and emojis, smartphones also provide utilities such as mobile payments and cab booking. Our world revolves around our phone. But how does a phone this expensive fare when you look at it from the point of view of investment?An electronic item is ultimately a depreciating asset – it starts losing monetary value the moment you purchase it. On the other hand, wealth is created through the purchase of appreciating assets – think of real estate, Mutual Funds, gold, etc. Owning certain depreciating assets may be a necessity at times. But before you blow up a lakh rupees, make sure you’ve earned this luxury. Make sure you’ve made the following smart money moves which entitle you to indulge yourself – all for less than the price of an iPhone X.Buy A Life Cover For Rs. 2 CroreIf you have dependents, you should protect their long-term finances by buying a term insurance plan. A salaried male, aged 30, with no tobacco habit can purchase a lump sum cover of Rs. 2 crores for 30 years, for premiums starting from just over Rs. 21,000. As a person with dependents, you should prioritise this purchase before you indulge yourself in any manner. An adequately sized life cover will protect your loved ones and cover their long-term money needs that may range from rent and EMIs to providing your surviving spouse an income to pay for your child’s education.Buy Health Insurance Cover For Rs. 5 LakhEvery person should have his own health cover. However, in India, people are shockingly under-insured. A media report in 2016 quoting the National Sample Survey said over 80% of the country isn’t protected by Health Insurance.Shockingly, 66% of the richest persons surveyed were also not insured. This reveals a lack of awareness of why Health Insurance is necessary: it is to protect you from draining your savings during a hospitalisation. Suppose you’re a married 30-year-old with one child, you can buy a family floater plan of Rs. 5 lakh with annual premiums starting from around Rs. 11,500.If you were buying it just for yourself, the costs would be much lower. If you already have Health Insurance, consider buying an adequate top-up especially if you’re approaching an age where you may be susceptible to health problems.Mutual Funds You can save tax upto Rs. 46,350 per year by investing in ELSS funds.FlickrMutual Funds are becoming a highly popular way of investing, and why not? Most Mutual Fund schemes allow you to invest with amounts as small as Rs. 500. You can invest monthly, or via lump sum. You can liquidate your investments when you need the money. And you can invest towards objectives of any kind – be it wealth creation, tax saving, or saving up for another investment. The equity mutual fund category has provided long-term returns ranging between 10-15% per annum in the last ten years, beating returns from small savings schemes. If you have spare cash lying around, consider putting some of it in a mutual fund to save for your life goals—and only then consider buying an expensive smartphone.The equity Mutual Fund category has provided long-term returns ranging between 10-15% per annum in the last ten years, beating returns from small savings schemes. If you have spare cash lying around, consider putting some of it in a mutual fund to save for your life goals—and only then consider buying an expensive smartphone.Settle Your LoansInterest rates have been trending downwards in the last three years. With the rate cut in August, they may have bottomed out for the foreseeable future. This is a great time to take stock of your Home Loan, Car Loan, or any other loan or high value that you may have. Use the low-interest period to make principal pre-payments. This would save you a lot of money in the long term, and is especially useful when you’re in the first half of your loan tenure.Emergency FundEmergencies come unannounced. They could come as a job loss, an accident, or damages to property. Everyone needs to prepare a fund to tackle these contingencies. A typical emergency fund should be at least three to six months of your regular income, and it should help you cover your regular expenses such as rent, EMIs, groceries, insurance premiums, utilities etc. If you don’t have a fund, you should use your surplus cash to prepare it. If you already have an emergency fund, take stock of its value and top it up to match your most recent income level.All the ideas suggested above cost only a fraction of the iPhone X, or as much as a no-frills smartphone. If you haven’t worked on these five smart money requirements first, you should postpone your phone purchase. Once you have the financial cushion of insurance and surplus funds, only then should you start indulging yourself.(The author is the CEO of BankBazaar. Views expressed in the article are personal.)
Thousands in northeastern India joined demonstrations on 7 January against a proposal to grant citizenship to religious minorities in the region, a move criticised as a sop to Hindus before a general election. Photho: AFPThousands in northeastern India protested Monday against a proposal to grant citizenship to religious minorities in the region, except Muslims, with critics attacking the bill as prejudiced and a sop to Hindus before elections.Protesters burned copies of the legislation in angry marches across Assam state, where millions have settled in recent decades after fleeing neighbouring Muslim-majority nations.The controversial bill would grant citizenship to select groups — including Hindus, Christians and Sikhs, but not Muslims — who have moved from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan and lived in India for at least six years.The proposal has been hotly contested in Assam, a hilly state that has witnessed violence between settlers and indigenous groups, who say they have lost land and jobs to the newer entrants.”This is just the first phase of our agitation,” said Palash Changmai, the general secretary of a student organisation that participated in a march.”Today, we burnt copies of the bill and hoisted black flags in different towns and sub-divisions of Assam as a mark of protest.”The legislation could be tabled in parliament as early as Tuesday, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.The fiery opposition to the measure reflects the complex nature of religious and ethnic identity in Assam, a state already embroiled in a separate citizenship controversy.A new registry of citizens compiled in Assam this year forced the state’s 33 million people to submit documents proving they were there before 1971, when millions fled Bangladesh’s independence war.In July a draft registry left four million people off the list effectively rendering them stateless, drawing concern from human rights experts at the United Nations and rights groups.But the new proposal, which would grant Hindus another path to citizenship in Assam, has been criticised for being prejudicial and comes as Modi, a Hindu nationalist, seeks re-election in national polls expected within months.Critics say the bill, which offers preferential treatment to certain groups seeking citizenship, is a transparent pitch to voters as Hindu-majority India prepares for the world’s largest election.Assam, which is controlled by an alliance led by Modi’s Hindu-right Bharatiya Janata Party, is known for its lush tea estates and rhino sanctuaries.But for decades it has been plagued by violence between tribal and ethnic groups indigenous to the state and settlers from outside the region.
Police and ambulance staff help a wounded man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, on 15 March 2019. Photo: APThe Latest on shootings at mosques in New Zealand (all times local):3:45pmNew Zealand media say a shooting has occurred in a second mosque in the city of Christchurch.No details were immediately available.Earlier Friday afternoon, police had urged people to stay indoors as authorities responded to a shooting at the Masjid Al Noor mosque.A neighbour described mass casualties inside the mosque and said he saw the gunman flee.3:00pmA witness says many people have been killed in a mass shooting at a mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.Police have not described the scale of the Friday shooting but urged people in central Christchurch to stay indoors.Witness Len Peneha says he saw a man dressed in black enter the Masjid Al Noor mosque and then heard dozens of shots, followed by people running from the mosque in terror.He says he also saw the gunman flee before emergency services arrived.Peneha says he went into the mosque to try and help: “I saw dead people everywhere.”