It’s Donald Trump Vs Barack Obama On Final US Campaign Weekend


Trump says his Republicans are in a good position ahead of the midterm congressional elections

Belgrade: 

After boasting about the economy and raising fears over immigration, US President Donald Trump is facing pushback from his predecessor Barack Obama, who is taking on an increasingly prominent role in the final weekend of campaigning before midterm elections in which Republican control of Congress is threatened.

With rallies taking place in Montana and Florida, a state he had already visited on Wednesday, Trump is keeping up his relentless campaign schedule before Tuesday’s ballot, which has become a referendum on his utterly unconventional presidency.

The campaigning comes one week after a gunman, who allegedly hated immigrants and Jews, killed 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, and after a fanatical Trump supporter was arrested in Florida on charges of mailing homemade bombs to more than a dozen Trump opponents, including Obama.

At a moment of deep national division, with the political temperature soaring, the president’s critics say he has helped create an atmosphere in which the two attackers felt comfortable to carry out their crimes.

“A Republican Congress means more jobs and less crime. A Democratic Congress means more crime and less jobs, very simple. I like that. Nothing like simplicity,” Trump told supporters in Belgrade, Montana.

Trump says his Republicans are in a good position ahead of the midterm congressional elections, particularly with new employment figures out showing the economy booming.

But polls point to the Democrats capturing at least the House of Representatives, threatening the billionaire president with the specter of an opposition finally able to block policies and dig into his highly opaque personal finances.

In the last stages of the campaign, Trump is dueling with Obama, who returned to the public eye at a Florida rally on Friday.

Obama is set to campaign again Sunday in his hometown of Chicago, as well as in Indiana, where the seat of Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly is in danger.

America at ‘a crossroads’

At a rally on Friday, Trump called America’s first black president “Barack H. Obama,” a reference to Obama’s middle name of Hussein. Before his presidential run, Trump fanned conspiracy theories about the origins of Obama, who was born in Hawaii.

Obama explained his reemergence at a Georgia rally in support of Stacey Abrams, who is seeking to be the first black female governor of any US state.

“I’m here for one simple reason: to ask you to vote,” Obama said. “The consequences of any of us staying home are profound because America is at a crossroads… The character of our country is on the ballot.”

Trump has brought an unprecedented brand of confrontational politics to the White House, and clearly enjoys a fight.

The latest official jobs figures, which showed 250,000 net new positions in October — ahead of forecasts — gave him a golden opportunity to crow over what he almost daily claims to be the world’s “hottest economy.”

But if, on the one hand, the president has been touting the United States as a land of plenty with jobs for all, on the other he has stirred fear and loathing.

Even as illegal immigration has dipped to a quarter of what it was in 2000, Trump claims that the country faces an “invasion” of Central Americans.

He has ordered regular army troops to the US-Mexican border as a caravan of a few thousand impoverished migrants slowly marches toward the boundary. They are currently marching toward Isla, in Mexico’s state of Veracruz.

He has also announced “tent cities” to detain people demanding political asylum, and claimed the power to scrap the right to citizenship for anyone born on US soil — until now considered protected by the US Constitution.

A military spokesman said that more than 7,000 US soldiers will be positioned in states bordering Mexico by the end of the weekend.

Newsweek reported that it had obtained documents which showed intelligence officials did not anticipate high involvement of criminal gangs among the migrants, and that the administration expects only a minority of those in the caravan would actually reach the border.

“These are bad people, there’s some bad hombres in that group,” Trump told the Montana rally.

“They came out with a list of 300 really bad ones, really bad ones, they’re in there,” he added, without specifying a source.

Obama decried Trump’s troop deployment as a “political stunt” serving to “get folks angry and ginned up.”

“There’s just constant fear-mongering to distract from the record,” he added.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)





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Mahindra Marazzo: Weekend Drive To Corbett National Park


All good things come in small packages! Well, it did for me too. After ages (a month actually) I had the weekend, just the weekend mind you, to myself. So, there it was! A short two-day weekend which goes away in a blink of an eye! A quick check with my colleagues and a few clicks on the internet later, I had booked myself at one of the many, many resorts dotted in and around Corbett National Park. The park itself hadn’t opened up, thanks to the Monsoon but that area is quite pretty in itself. The drive is not too great, but it is the right mix of good and bad roads, perfect to test a new vehicle. The only question was which one to take?

Mahindra Marazzo
49b8v39c(The Mahindra Marazzo loves to take on the outdoors)

Also Read: Mahindra Marazzo First Drive Review

The newly launched Mahindra Marazzo was standing in the office, silently staring, covered in a thin film of dust, imploring me to take her with me, with her limpid headlamps. And well, I just couldn’t say no to her! So, without much ado, it was decided that I will drive the Marazzo to Corbett. I took her home, filled her up and as I was packing my bags, I got a call from Azam, my colleague, who wanted to take a short break as well. Knowing him to be good company, I was more than happy for him to come along. Plus, Azam is a cameraperson par excellence too! Well, I would have loved for the Marazzo to pose in the wilderness of Corbett and let us take a few pics of her. So, the next morning, I picked up Azam from his home and off we went to Corbett National Park, waiting for some daring adventures to come along our way.

1bujmqhc(The cabin on the Marazzo is feature-rich and laid out well too)

Day 1

The highway leading out of Ghaziabad towards Uttarakhand was as usual piled up with slow-moving traffic and under-construction flyovers which slowed down our progress but once, we were clear of that part, the highway opened up for us to make up on time. It was just the two of us and two duffel bags in the Marazzo which meant that the Marazzo was more or less empty, so the 1.5-litre diesel engine finally got a chance to breathe free and stretch her legs on the highway. We were doing well on time, almost praying that it goes on like this till we reach Corbett! But the almighty had a different plan. The moment I thought this is getting too easy, we found adventure!

j9pj717o(Good roads, bad roads, no roads! The Marazzo takes everything in its stride)

And the adventure came down on us in form of torrential rain and some super bad roads right after the turnoff for Corbett and go towards Rampur from NH 58. The torrential downpour threw a spanner in our plans of taking some nice shots of the Mahindra Marazzo (we did manage a few of course, courtesy Azam) and the rains were making bad roads even worse. But, it was cakewalk for the Marazzo, who in all her Maroon glory took all of it head-on. The suspension setup was supple enough to soak up all the bumps and egged me to keep my foot planted on the accelerator pedal through some rather broken patches of tarmac. The rain slowed down to a light drizzle and it was almost as if the earth came alive. The leaves on the trees dotted along the road almost shone green and the sky too was painted in myriad hues of blue and grey. We found a nice spot for photographs and off Azam went click, click, click!

578gmh14(It is always good to take time out for oneself and to reflect on life. The Marazzo agrees with us!)

An hour and 3 GB of photos later, we resumed our journey towards Corbett and as we entered the periphery of the national park, we hit a jam! It was the weekend after all! We started our drive from Delhi at about 5:00 am in the morning and it was 12 pm by the time we reached our resort. Well, it is no tiring drive by a long stretch of imagination but it was the weekend and the pool in the resort looked quite inviting too! So, Azam and I dumped our bags in the room and hit the pool for a lazy, relaxing afternoon. 

nnjivmoc(The Mahindra Marazzo is quite capable plowing through tough terrain)

Day 2

Having relaxed and feeling refreshed, Azam and I decided to get an early start and see if we could find some nice locations and get some interesting pics of the Marazzo! Upon asking a couple of locals, we found a way which was strewn by rocks of all shapes and sizes and led us to the banks of the Kosi, which flows through the eastern periphery of Corbett and is one of the three rivers apart from Ramganga and Sonanadi which flow through and around Corbett. While the location was a picturesque spot, it was disheartening to see a tonne of garbage that was lying around. A place like this ought to be kept spotlessly clean, but it feels as if cleanliness is a concept which is alien to Indians. It is a crying shame, but we did manage to clean up the spot a bit and get some nice photographs of the Mahindra Marazzo, which was promptly given a wash by the overnight rain. I even managed to say something to the camera (doing a PTC) without stuttering and received a look of admiration from Azam! We spent a nice couple hours on the banks of the Kosi, got some nice shots and then went on our way to find a nice place for parathas and chai.

8iq0901o(The Marazzo, on the banks of River Kosi running across the eastern periphery of Corbett National Park)

After sumptuous breakfast, we lazed around at the restaurant and thinking of a good time to leave and well, that itself took us a good part of an hour. So by the time we decided to leave, it was actually time for us to leave (yea, we are a couple of lazy bums) if we wanted to avoid the evening traffic that was heading towards Delhi. And while the roads were bereft traffic for the better part, it was 50 kilometres outside of Ghaziabad that the traffic started and only ended when we reached office (which was 11pm in the night).

dl9ofpvs(What is life without a splash of colour? Water actually, in this case)

It was a tough drive, not because of the distance but the bad roads and the traffic but the Marazzo kept us comfortable throughout the drive. We had the top-spec model, which was loaded to the features and also proved to be decently fuel efficient, returning fuel efficiency of 15.4 kmpl overall. I am not going to bore you with the engine specifications of the Marazzo and its rivals. You can read all about it here, explained in detail by the boss himself.

rg583c0c(In terms of size, the Marazzo is smaller than the Innova Crysta but is great value for money)

Also Read: Mahindra Marazzo vs Toyota Innova Crysta

The final word is that the Marazzo has proved to be a worthy rival to the segment leader Toyota Innova Crysta and at a substantially affordable price, will definitely cause a dent in the sales of the Innova Crysta. It offers good performance, solid comfort and is priced decently as well.

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Bigg Boss 12 Neha Pendse Elimination Weekend ke Vaar Salman Khan – Bigg Boss 12: नेहा पेंडसे हुईं बाहर, पोल डांस से जीता था सबका दिल, बोलीं


खास बातें

  1. नेहा पेंडसे हुईं घर से बाहर
  2. पोल डांस से जीता था दिल
  3. दीपिका से अच्छी थी दोस्ती

नई दिल्ली: ‘बिग बॉस 12’ से टेलीविजन एक्ट्रेस नेहा पेंडसे (Neha Pendse) की विदाई हो गई है. ‘बिग बॉस 12 (Bigg Boss 12)’ में इस हफ्ते करणवीर और नेहा पेंडसे में से किसी एक को बाहर जाना था. नेहा पेंडसे को जनता के कम वोट मिले जिस वजह वे मुकाबले से बाहर हो गईं. वैसे इस हफ्ते डबल एविक्शन हुआ क्योंकि एस. श्रीसंत को मिडवीक में ही घर से बाहर कर दिया गया था. लेकिन वे बिग बॉस (Bigg Boss) के सीक्रेट रूम में पहुंच गए थे. हालांकि आज अनूप जलोटा के साथ उनकी वापसी होगी. नेहा पेंडसे दीपिका कक्कड़ के साथ मिलकर खेल रही थीं, हालांकि वे दीपिका का हां में हां मिलाने का काम ही कर रही थी. नेहा पेंडसे बिग बॉस के घर में खुलकर नहीं खेल सकी.

अनूप जलोटा ने Bigg Boss में लौटते ही ली जसलीन की क्लास, बोले- सिर्फ फैशन परेड में लगी रही…

 

खेसारी लाल यादव ने अक्षरा सिंह से की शिकायत, बोले- लड़की भी न प्यार को सीरियस लेती है…देखें Video


नेहा पेंडसे बहुत ही मजबूत पर्सनेलिटी के तौर पर घर में आई थीं और कई मौकों पर उन्होंने बहुत ही मजबूती के साथ अपना पक्ष भी रखा था. बिग बॉस हाउस में नेहा पेंडसे दीपिका की अच्छी दोस्त बन गई थीं और दोनों एक साथ काफी समय गुजारा करती थीं. नेहा पेंडसे के खिलाफ कई तरह की आवाजें उठी थीं लेकिन उन्होंने अपने पक्ष को बहुत ही सकारात्मकता के साथ रखा था.

सपना चौधरी के पेरेंट्स की तरह क्या वह भी करेंगी लव मैरिज, हरियाणवी सिंगर ने दिया ऐसा जवाब…

 

‘बाहुबली’ की एक्ट्रेस ने विदेशी धुन पर किया बिदांस डांस, Video देख मुंह से निकलेगा- झकास…

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बिग बॉस से बाहर आने के बाद नेहा पेंडसे ने कहा, “बिग बॉस हाउस में मेरा एक्सपीरियंस कमाल का था. मैंने वहां रहते हुए हर पल और मौके का भरपूर लुत्फ लिया है. मैं कुछ और समय वहां गुजारना चाहती थी लेकिन मेरे आने का समय हो गया था. बिग बॉस हाउस आपको ऐसे हालात में डालता है जहां आपके संयम की परीक्षा होती है और खुद को कूल रखना पड़ता है. घर में समीकरण लोग बदलते हैं और जो इन हालात के साथ तालमेल बनाए रखता है और खुद को इनसे उबार लेता है वही विजेता बनता है. मेरी ओर से दीपिका के लिए मेरा प्यार सच्चा और मैं उन्हें शुभकामनाएं देती हूं.” नेहा पेंडसे ने अपना पोल डांस दिखाकर घर के सभी सदस्यों समेत फैन्स का खूब दिल जीता था.

 …और भी हैं बॉलीवुड से जुड़ी ढेरों ख़बरें…





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Bigg Boss 12 anup jalota jasleen matharu weekend ka vaar elimination secret room


खास बातें

  1. बिग बॉस में आने वाला है ट्विस्ट
  2. अनूप जलोटा-जसलीन की जोड़ी हुई हिट
  3. तो क्या अब हो जाएंगे अलग!

नई दिल्ली: बिग बॉस 12 (Bigg Boss 12) के घर में इन दिनों दर्शकों का सबसे ज्यादा सेंटर ऑफ अट्रैक्शन भजन सम्राट अनूप जलोटा (Anup Jalota) और जसलीन मथारू (Jasleen Matharu) पर हो चुका है. बिग बॉस हाउस में जब-जब यह जोड़ी कैमरे के सामने आती है, दर्शकों में अलग सा उत्साह देखने को मिल रहा है. इसी उत्सुकुता को बढ़ाने के लिए बिग बॉस के घर में एक बड़ा ट्विस्ट देखने को मिलने जा रहा है. सोशल मीडिया पर अनूप जलोटा और जसलीन मथारू को लेकर एक खबर आ रही है कि दोनों जल्द ही अलग होने वाले है. जी हां, सोशल मीडिया की माने तो इस हफ्ते कोई भी इविक्शन नहीं होगा और घर से अनूप जलोटा को निकाल कर सीक्रेट रूम में डाल दिया जाएगा, लेकिन घर में ऐसा लगेगा मानो अनूप जलोटा इविक्ट हो चुके हैं.

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बिग बॉस 12 (Bigg Boss 12) की अंदर की खबरों को सोशल मीडिया तक पहुंचाने वाले बिग बॉस कई फैन पेज यह बता रहे हैं कि सलमान खान इस बार जसलीन को अनूप जलोटा से अलग कर दिया जाएगा. उन्हें सीक्रेट रूम में रखा जाएगा, जहां वह घर में उनसे जुड़ी होने वाले एक्टिविटी और बातचीत को सुन सकेंगे. साफ तौर पर समझा जा सकता है कि अनूप जलोटा (Anup Jalota) और जसलीन मथारू (Jasleen Matharu) के बीच के रिश्ते को टेस्ट करने के लिए बिग बॉस दोनों को अलग कर रहे हैं. पिछले ही दिनों नॉमिनेशन टास्क के दौरान अनूप जलोटा को किडनैप कर लिया गया था, जिसके बदले जसलीन से उनके पूरे कपड़े, मेकअप और छोटे बाल कराने की डिमांड की गई थी, जिसे वह पूरा नहीं कर सकीं. इसके बाद अनूप जलोटा काफी नाराज हुए थे और रिश्ता तोड़ने तक की नौबत आ गई थी. हालांकि बाद में यह सामान्य हो गया और अब बिग बॉस दोनों के बीच एक और नया ट्विस्ट लाने वाले हैं.

 

सपना चौधरी के दीवाने हुए मशहूर सिंगर अंकित तिवारी, बोले- ‘मुझको भावे सपनाजी की गलियां…’

बता दें, शुक्रवार को अनूप जलोटा और जसलीन मथारू की जोड़ी को बिग बॉस ने कुछ हल्के लम्हे दिए और इश्क फरमाने के लिए पूरा माहौल दिया. बिग बॉस में ऐसा कई बार होता है कि जोड़ियों को डेटिंग का मौका दिया जाता है. बिग बॉस 12 (Bigg Boss 12) में अनूप जलोटा (Anup Jalota) और जसलीन मथारू (Jasleen Matharu) को डेटिंग का मौका दिया. अनूप-जसलीन की रोमांटिक डेट के लिए पूरा सेट तैयार किया गया, जिसमें उनके लिए म्यूजिक के साथ ही कैंडल लाइट डिनर का भी आयोजन किया और पूरा माहौल बहुत ही रोमांटिक बनाया गया.

टिप्पणियां


 

दीपिका पादुकोण के साथ रणवीर सिंह ने किया ‘खलीबली’ डांस, Video हो रहा है वायरल

 

अनूप जलोटा (Anup Jalota) और जसलीन मथारू (Jasleen Matharu) डेटिंग के लिए बहुत ही खुश होते हैं, और उन्होंने इस मौके के लिए खास ड्रेसेज भी पहन रखी थी. बैकग्राउंड में ‘सांसों का सांसों’ सॉन्ग चल रहा होता है, और दोनों बहुत ही खुश नजर आते हैं. जसलीन अनूप जलोटा से कहती हैं कि आपके साथ रोमांटिक डांस किए हुए लंबा समय हो गया है. इस तरह अनूप और जसलीन दोनों ही एक साथ डांस करने लगते हैं. यही नहीं, अनूप जलोटा इतने रोमांटिक हो जाते हैं कि वे अपने घुटनों के बल झुककर जसलीन को गुलाब थमाते हैं और कहते हैं, ‘लव यू.’ 

…और भी हैं बॉलीवुड से जुड़ी ढेरों ख़बरें…





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Make Your Weekend Happening With A Plateful Of Cheesecake Popsicles


Highlights

  • This place in Rohini is taking the dessert game to a whole new level
  • It dishes out a heavenly combination of cheesecakes and popsicles
  • The cheesecake popsicles come with a wide variety of toppings

What could be better than a plateful of cheesecake popsicles on a weekend? Sounds delicious, right? If cheesecakes and popsicles are your thing, then we’ve got you covered. Located in Rohini is a small delivery outlet – Demould, that dishes out a heavenly combination of cheesecakes and popsicles in one single delight. Yes, they serve cheesecake in the form of popsicles. The delights are quite drool-worthy and come with a wide variety of toppings. You name it, they have it. This place has certainly taken the dessert game to a whole new level.

(Also Read: Ever Heard Of Pizza In A Cone? Try It At Konetto Pizza In Saket)

Just ask the server for the variety of toppings and go for your favourite one. The Japanese-style cotton soft cheesecake comes with a variety of toppings like salted caramel popcorn, lime and mango, dark chocolate passion fruit, hazelnut chocolate sea salt, peanut butter bruleed banana and blueberry to name a few. You can also go for their New York-style cheesecake popsicles that come with the same above mentioned toppings. Chocolate lovers must opt for hazelnut chocolate sea salt cheesecake popsicle, as it comes loaded with the goodness of melted hazelnut chocolate.

(Also Read: This Dal Makhani Fondue At Pebble Street Is The Perfect Desi Fusion)

These yummy delights are reasonably priced and won’t burn a hole in your pocket. If you’re having those odd-hour hunger pangs and craving for a good dose of dessert, bring this place to your rescue as it delivers till midnight. Yay! Oh, and they also serve cake in jars, called Cakars. Intrigued?

Now, that you know about this delivery place, we hope that your midnight munching scenes are sorted. So, devour these cheesecake popsicles while binge-watching episodes of F.R.I.E.N.D.S and make the most of your ‘me-time’.

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Where: Flat 9, Pocket C/12, Maharaja Agrasen Marg, Sector 3, Rohini (Only Delivery)
Contact No: +918447925925, +918447924924
When: 11 AM – 12 Midnight
Cost For Two: INR 500
Speciality: Cheesecake Popsicles

 





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Spider-Man PS4 Said to Be a Bigger Opening Weekend Hit Than Spider-Man: Homecoming


Spider-Man PS4 is one of the best games of the year thus far and its early sales seem to reflect this. According to Sony, Spider-Man PS4 has sold 3.3 million units in its first three days of release. However, Spider-Man’s appeal on the PS4 appears to have ensured it eclipses Spider-Man: Homecoming’s opening weekend earnings at the box office according to a recent report. This is staggering for Sony when you consider that God of War, another PS4 exclusive, sold 3.1 million units in its first three days this year. Spider-Man PS4 is now the fastest selling PS4 game ever.

“While Sony did not provide an official number, with a retail price of $59.99 for the game the 3.3 million copies translates to roughly $198 million, crushing the $117 million opening weekend box office of the latest solo Spider-Man film, Spider-Man: Homecoming,” according to USA Today.

In terms of pre-orders, Spider-Man PS4 hit one million, which is another record for Sony. Keep in mind that the sales of Spider-Man PS4 include the Spider-Man PS4 and PS4 Pro bundles too. And while the company did not say how many of these consoles were sold, adding their revenue would push the $198 million figure even higher.

 

“Our expectations are always set at the highest levels,” Stephen Turvey, PlayStation’s Global Senior Vice President of Sales and Head of North America Business Operations, told USA Today. “It’s met and exceeded all expectations. I think the company and the campus and our fans are super proud of it.”

The sales success of Spider-Man isn’t just restricted to markets like the US either. It has sold exceptionally well in India too despite of Sony India’s apathy regarding pre-order bonuses and the Spider-Man PS4 Special Edition being canceled after the game’s release with no explanation. Multiple game stores speaking to Gadgets 360 have confirmed it to be selling as well as God of War and some of them even claim that they’re unable to restock the game in time to meet demand.

In our Spider-Man PS4 review, we stated that it isn’t just triumph for video games. It’s quite possibly the definitive interpretation of the superhero in any medium.


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Mallika Sherawats Vegan Salad Will Inspire You To Eat Clean This Weekend!


Highlights

  • Mallika Sherawat is kickstarting her weekend on a healthy note
  • Mallika posted a picture of a vegan salad on her Instagram
  • A number of celebs are turning vegan

Bollywood actor Mallika Sherawat may not be making frequent appearance on the Indian silver screen, but she has been making headlines every now and then. Recently, the actor made headlines for locking herself up in a cage to promote ‘Free a Girl’ initiative, for which she is the brand ambassador. She also made head-turning appearances at the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival 2018. Additionally, Mallika Sherawat is starring in an episode of a web series called ‘The Story’. Sherawat is quite social media savvy and regularly posts pictures and videos from her travels and daily life. She also often posts pictures of vegan meals and drinks, convincing us that even meat-free food can be delicious.

Case in point is today, when Mallika Sherawat posted a picture of a vegan salad bowl on her Instagram stories. The meal looks wholesome and quite appetising. From what we can make out, Mallika Sherawat’s vegan salad is high in fats, thanks to the ripe green avocados, and low in carbs. “My favourite food, yumm”, Sherawat wrote about the very green vegan salad.

Have a look:

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Doesn’t that look delicious? Mallika Sherawat is inspiring us to eat healthy! But, it’s not just about salads for Sherawat. She also indulges in vegan burgers. Have a look:

“A juicy Vegan burger, on quinoa bread, yummmm”, wrote Mallika on Instagram. Even her teas are vegan.

“Chai in the Mumbai monsoon tastes even better (the chai I have is with Almond milk)”, she wrote on Instagram. Mallika Sherawat is among a growing crop of celebrities, who are going vegan, as more and more people associate themselves with the cause of cruelty-free food. However, vegan (meat- and dairy-free) food is still a luxury as vegan products are expensive and less frequently available in the markets. Well, we are inspired to eat clean and healthy by just looking at this salad. Aren’t you?





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PM Modi Likely To Hold Economic Review Meet This Weekend


PM Modi’s review meet analyse the health of the economy, deliberate intervention measures.

New Delhi: 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to hold a review meet this weekend to analyse the health of the economy and deliberate if any intervention measures are required to stem the fall of rupee and rising oil prices, sources said.

An increase in interest rate to shore up the rupee, that hit a fresh lifetime low Wednesday, is also being talked about in some quarters.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar, PMEAC Chairman Bibek Debroy and Finance Secretary Hasmukh Adhia are among the officials who are likely to attend the meeting Saturday, sources privy to the development said.

While the structure of the meeting is not known, it may review macroeconomic indicators, government finances and implementation of flagship financial inclusion and other development schemes, they said.

 The meeting comes in the backdrop of the Indian currency touching its lifetime low of 72.91 to a dollar, depreciating 12.3 per cent since the beginning of 2018.

The rupee Wednesday rebounded from its historic low of 72.91 to end higher by 51 paise at 72.18 after the Finance Ministry assured of steps to avert its fall to “unreasonable levels”.

Besides having an impact on current account deficit, the nosediving rupee has made imports costlier and led to petrol and diesel prices skyrocketing to record highs.

The Finance Ministry has ruled out any cut in taxes to ease the burden on consumers, saying it does not have the bandwidth to lose any revenue without developmental spending being cut. The government can ill-afford this in an election year.

Opposition parties led by Congress have made spiralling fuel prices and plummeting rupee a political issue and questioned the efficacy of the government’s economic policies.

They have been demanding that the Centre cut excise duty and some of the states ruled by them including Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal have announced measures to cut local taxes.

Petrol price Tuesday climbed to an all-time high of Rs 80.87 per litre in Delhi, while in Mumbai it inched up to Rs 88.26. A litre of diesel in the national capital was priced at Rs 72.97 and Rs 77.47 in Mumbai.

Every Rs 2 cut in price of petrol and diesel would lead to a revenue loss of around Rs 30,000 crore, as per ministry estimates.

The government has so far maintained that it would not take any knee-jerk action as a response to the fall in rupee or spike in fuel prices.

Data from the Commerce Ministry has shown better than expected trade deficit at $17.40 billion in August, down from $18.02 billion a month ago. Exports grew 19 per cent to $27.84 billion while imports rose 25.41 per cent to $45.24 billion.

 Also, boosting the government was retail inflation rate easing to a 10-month low of 3.69 per cent in August.

Sources said while the Centre has virtually ruled out a cut in excise duty, saying that it would mean that a commensurate reduction in developmental expenditure has to be undertaken to keep the fiscal deficit at the budgeted level, it is up to the states to reduce VAT on petrol and diesel.

The retail price of petrol and diesel is arrived at after adding excise duty, which is charged by the Central government, commission paid to petrol pumps dealers and VAT, charged by the state governments.

While Brent crude oil price is hovering at around $79 a barrel, the relentless slide in rupee has put pressure on the oil import bill.

The Current Account Deficit (CAD), which is the difference between inflow and outflow of foreign exchange, rose to $18 billion or 2.4 per cent of GDP in the April-June quarter on account widening trade deficit.





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Engagement In Mumbai This Weekend


New Delhi: 

International websites seem to be closely following all the developments related to Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’ rumoured romance. People Magazine and E! News had earlier reported that Priyanka and Nick got engaged in London in July, after having dated for a couple of months. Now, it is believed that their engagement party will be hosted by the Chopras over the weekend in Mumbai. E! News reports that Nick and his family are travelling to India for the party. “Nick Jonas and his immediate family are traveling to India this weekend to attend an engagement party hosted by Priyanka’s family. It’s going to be the first time that their families intermingle and get to know each other,” a source told E! News.

Priyanka is already in India, where she is currently busy with her project, tentatively titled The Sky Is Pink. Nick reportedly proposed to Priyanka on her 36th birthday in London.

“It’s a tradition for them to meet before the wedding and Priyanka’s family insisted on hosting the Jonas family in their country. Priyanka wants everything to be traditional to respect her family’s values, and definitely an Indian wedding. Priyanka and Nick are excited for everyone to meet and to celebrate. Everything is very secretive but guests are expected to head there starting tomorrow. All of the plans are moving quickly and Priyanka and Nick do not want to have a long engagement,” the source told E! News.

 

 

Weeks ago, when Priyanka dropped out of Salman Khan’s Bharat, for a ‘very special reason,’ it was believed that she might have quit the film to marry Nick Jonas and later, reports of the duo being already engaged featured in headlines.

Priyanka and her family had previously hosted Nick Jonas in Mumbai during their brief trip in June. Priyanka, her cousin Parineeti also took Nick to Goa and later, he attended an Ambani party.

Though there is no official confirmation about the rumoured engagement, but a response by Nick on being congratulated had sent the Internet into a meltdown and just yesterday, a picture of Priyanka and her stunning diamond ring from designer Manish Malhotra’s party, kept folks busy.

US Weekly reported that at an event in New York, when a fan congratulated Nick, he responded, “Thanks man!”

And, this was Priyanka’s picture, which the Internet believes is her engagement ring.

 

 

Nick Jonas, 25, had reportedly shut down an entire Tiffany’s store in New York to pick out Priyanka Chopra’s ring. Another E! News report states that Priyanka’s ring has a value of around $200,000. “Priyanka’s ring is a high quality cushion cut weighing around 4 carats. It looks to be somewhere around a G color, VS1 clarity which, from Tiffany & Co, would have a value of around $200,000,” Andrew Brown, President, WP Diamonds told E! News.

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas first met at last year’s Met Gala.





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Weekend In 10 European Cities Like Smoking 4 Cigarettes Per Day: Study


Emissions from cars are the main source of particulate matter in the 10 cities during summer.

New Delhi: 

Spending a weekend in Europe’s 10 most popular cities during summer could have the same health impact as smoking one to four cigarettes per day, according to a study.

Emissions from cars are the main source of particulate matter in the 10 cities during summer months.

Car makers consistently violate fuel efficiency laws by manufacturing vehicles that generate more pollution than the permitted levels, the study said.

“Industry claims modern diesels are clean, but checks reveal this is false, with most emitting up to 18 times the legal limit of nitrogen oxide pollution,” according to the study by Transport & Environment (T&E), a European umbrella for NGO working in the field of transport and the environment, promoting sustainable transport in Europe.

“City breaks are supposed to be refreshing. But tourists are being warned that spending a long weekend in Europe’s 10 most popular but polluted cities could have the same health impacts as smoking between one and four cigarettes,” the study said.

London, hosting 19 million overnight international visitors per day, was ranked first, followed by Paris at 15 million.

Other cities are Istanbul, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Milan, Rome, Vienna, Prague and Dublin, the study said.

The study reveals that air quality is far worse than what the official data shows in Italy, Germany, Bulgaria and Belgium.

Meanwhile, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Hungary and Romania face billions in fines for breaching EU air pollution standards, the study claimed.

“When air pollution is bad, we are told to avoid eating or exercising outside. But walking around cities and eating on restaurant terraces is what city breaks are all about. Right now, tourists, including kids, are more or less forced to smoke, in terms of the health impacts,” said T&E air quality and diesel coordinator Jens Muller.

“City bosses need to get a grip on air pollution or risk a tourist backlash. Cars are the worst cause of air pollution in cities during the summer. Cheating carmakers should be given a deadline to truly clean up the mess they created. If they fail, polluting cars should quickly be banned from cities to protect residents,” she said.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)





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