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Tata Group To Acquire Jet Airways, End Ties With Air Asia

Tata Sons have reportedly been planning to buy out the ailing Jet Airways. It has been reported that the airline suffered consecutive 3rd Quarterly Net Loss at Rs.1297 for the month of July and September this year. The Naresh Goyal owned ,Jet Airways, is said to not have been able to pay on time to its creditors, including aircraft lessors and employees.

In the first round of the acquisition,  TATA Sons is said to be acquiring a controlling stake while the 2nd round would be the purchase of the remaining stake by Singapore Airlines. Tata Sons have a joint venture with Singapore Airlines and collectively operates Vistara from Delhi-NCR.

Tata Sons also plans to end ties with the Malaysia owned Air Asia Berhad where the Tata Sons have 49 percent stake. Air Asia have 19 airline.

It has said that Tata Sons will be concentrating on operating its Vistara and buying out Jet Airways. Although, officials of Jet Airways have said that it is  ‘speculation’.

JetAirways have 124 fleets operating, with 51 percent owned by its founder, Naresh Goyal and his wife, Anita Goyal. Etihad Airlines owns 24 percent in it and it was the first private airline that operated post liberalization.

11 Killed and 79 lakh People Evacuated As Cyclone Gaja Hits Tamil Nadu

With a wind speed of 120 kmph, Cyclone Gaja hit the coastal areas of Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

Trees have been uprooted, houses and belongings have been damaged and electricity disconnected as incessant rains ranging from 3 cm to 8 cm along with torrential winds struck several coastal areas in Tamil Nadu.

The TN government have announced a state level helpline number (1070) and districts helpline number (1077) to assist the affected people.

11 people have been killed and 7976290 people from low lying areas across the coastal region of Tamil Nadu have been evacuated and sheltered in 300 relief camps located in six districts which includes Nagapattinam, Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram and Tiruvarur. The State Government have announced Rs 10 lakh to the bereaved families of those who died and Rs. 25000 to those who have suffered injuries.

The Southern Railways have cancelled 4 trains and Indian Navy is on high alert. Two Navy ship – Ranvir and Khanjar- are put on standby and 4 teams from the National Disaster Response Force personnel and 2 teams of state Disaster Response Force personnel have been deployed.

The National Disaster Management Authority have issued guidelines to ignore rumours, stay calm and not to panic.


Deepika To Wed Ranveer Again In A Sindhi Ritual Today

Celebrity couple Deepika And Ranveer are now officially husband and wife after exchanging vows yesterday, following a Kannadiga Brahmin ritual at the beautiful Villa Del Balbianello at Lake Como in Italy. The villa is said to be a 17th century architectural mansion with French and British furnishings.

In symbolism to Ranveer’s heritage, the couple will have a Sindhi wedding at the same venue today. It was said that Ranveer made a grand entrance  to the ‘tune Maari entriyaan’ song ,playing at the background during the Sangeet. Shubha Mugdal’s Thumri performance made Deepika emotional and Ranveer got up to hug his ladylove.They were officially engaged before the day of their Konkani (Kannadiga) wedding by exchanging rings.Their pre-wedding ceremony included a Mehendi and Sangeet.

It was said to be a family affair with only family and close friends of the bride and groom in attendance. A handful of celebrities from Bollywood that include the likes of Shah Rukh Khan, Farah Khan and Sanjay Leela Bhansali, which were special to both or either the bride or the groom, were invited to the wedding.

A wedding reception is to be held in Bangalore on November 21 and another one in Mumbai on November 28. Sabyasachi Mukherjee is said to be the designer of both the bride and the groom.

Deepika And Ranveer met on the set of Ram-Leela and felt in love. Their love blossomed and they subsequently did two more blockbusters together. Bajirao Mastani and Padmavat consolidated their chemistry both on-screen as well as off-screen.

Deepika To Wear A Sabyasachi, Cries At Sangeet

The much awaited wedding of Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh will finally take place in Villa Del Balbianello at Lake Como in Italy today.

It is said that Deepika Padukone cried at the Sangeet ceremony during a Thumri performance by Shubha Mugdal. Seeing his bride to be in an emotional state, Ranveer Singh got up from his seat and hugged Deepika.They are said to have exchanged rings yesterday. Both the bride and the groom are reportedly wearing Sabyasachi for the wedding.

There will be two rituals for their wedding.Keeping the heritage of the bride in mind, the November 14 ceremony will have Kannadiga rituals while a ceremony will take on November 15 in accordance with Sindhi-Punjabi rituals of Ranveer Singh.

There will be a reception both in Bangalore and Mumbai scheduled for November 21 and November 28 respectively.The wedding will be held in the midst of both their family members and close friends. A couple of celebrities of the likes of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Farah Khan and Shah Rukh Khan were invited to their Lake Como wedding.

The couple felt in love while shooting for the film ‘Ram-Leela’ six years ago and it blossomed during their subsequent films together such as ‘Bajirao Mastani’  and ‘Padmavat’. Both the stars are first generation actors of their respective family.

Gandhi Family Reunion Speculated

Speculations are high in the BJP camp on the possibility of a reunion between the two estranged Gandhi family i.e. Maneka Gandhi’s family and Sonia Gandhi’s family.

While the demand for sacking Maharashtra’s Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, for the killing of man-eater tigress ,Avni, by the MWCD (Women and Child Development) Minister Maneka Gandhi have said to not go down well with the high command of the BJP, the Congress President , who happened to be her nephew, have spoken out against the killing of Avni.

Coomi Kapoor, in her recent Indian Express column, have written on the possibility of a reunion. With the former Congress President’s recent attendance of a women ‘s function organized by her sister-in-law’s Ministry and the present Congress Presisent, speaking out against the killing of tigress, Avni, by quoting, Mahatma Gandhi, that ‘A nation is judged by the way it treats its animals’, it is said that BJP are suspicious of a reunion between the two feuding Gandhi family.

Giving instances of the 2017 Assembly Election in Uttar Pradesh, Coomi Kapoor, author of the book, ‘Emergency ‘ pointed out that Varun Gandhi, Maneka Gandhi ‘s son, wasn’t asked to campaign during the election and had completely distanced himself from the party high-command.

Maneka Gandhi left the Congress’ fold, after the death of her husband, Sanjay Gandhi. She, later, joined politics as an independent candidate and , afterwards,  joined the BJP along with her son, Varun Gandhi. Her husband,Sanjay Gandhi, was said to be the heir apparent and the right hand man of his mother, former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.



Women Actors Ruling The Roost

Amid the bad news of child marriage, molestation, female infanticide and puberty girls dropping out of schools for lack of toilets and non availability of proper sanitation during periods in the country, atleast, a certain sort of escapist news is from the lofty world of Bollywood.

With news of demi-goddesses ranging from 45 year old Malaika Arora dating 33 year old Arjun Kapoor to our Hollywood export, 36 year old Priyanka Chopra getting hitched in December to American singer Nick Jonas and even to the very recently confirmed news of former Miss Universe, 42 year old Sushmita Sen dating 27  year old Rohman Shawl, gender seems to have hold no bar for dating spouses much younger than themselves.

Whilst Bollywood is most infamous for lower pay to the fairer sex actor vis-a-vis their male counterpart, atleast, things looks upbeat as far as the real relationships of these reel stars are concerned.

A hero-centric film have always been the norm in Bollywood, although, there have been, few and far between, sporadic films that had women as protagonists.

In a deeply rooted patriarchal country, where cinema upholds the torchbearer for pop culture, these new phenomena of older female actors -dating and marrying- much younger actor should set a precedent for their forthcoming films which would , hopefully, catch up as pop culture in the society that have been entrenched for far too long in a norm that has always been of older men marrying much younger women.May the tribe of these female actors grow.

Go Bananas For Health

One of the cheapest, easily available and nutrients dense fruits is banana. It is not only zero cholesterol and non-fats but also an extremely filling on the go instant health fruit.

It has been found to aid in weight loss, intestinal disorder, constipation, dysentry, anemia, tuberculosis, arthritis, glutens, kidney and urinary disorders.

This tropical fruit also helps in menstrual problems,burns, boost heart health and enhance metabolism and immunity.It is said to promote healthy eyes, promote strong bones and detoxify the body.

Bananas is found to contain only 90 calories per 100 g.It is found to be zero fat and cholesterol free and possess negligible sodium. It is rich in vitamins and minerals namely Vitamins C, Vitamin B6, riboflavin,folate, panlothenic acid, niacin, phosphorous, calcium, manganism and copper.

Although, the many uses of bananas include adding into oats, cereals,cakes and muesli, Ayurveda have discouraged to mix it with milk as it may cause toxins, allergies and other inflammations.

Also,bananas chips uses lots of oil and isn’t a healthy way to consume this nutritious food. The best way to have bananas is to eat the ripe ones by frying or mixing it with oats or mashing it in cakes. Another alternative is baking bananas with dessicated coconut.It is not only healthy but delicious too.




RTE And National Education Day

As the nation celebrates the National Education Day in remembrance of the first Education Minister of India, Maulana Azad, it is important to draw attention to the need for effective implementation of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 also known as the Right to Education Act, 2009.

The policy makers of India had given primary focussed on the higher education for many years since Independence.The result, being that only a coterie of elitists and their offsprings recieved the benefits of higher education, thus, making India, the highest pool of illiterates at 37% which accounts to 287 million of the total 781 million of the world , according to the data available of a recent UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report.

It has been 9 years since the passing of the historic RTE Act which guarantees the right for free and compulsory education for all children till the age of 14 years. The primary loophole is the insufficient and non-availability of basic infrastructure such as qualified teachers who are willing to serve in the interiors, meals for mid day meal found unsafe, non-availability of textbooks, deplorable and dilipadated classrooms and toilets. Not only have these hampered the effectiveness of the Act, it has also sprung up the next generation of illiterates.

More allocation of funds in the annual budget for primary education and a special body should be set up for proper monitoring and keeping an detail view on its execution should be a priority for the decision makers. Accountability of the officials in-charge should be reviewed regularly.

National Education Day is a simple reminder of the task do that India would be fully literate in the coming years.

The proper implementation of this Act would enable to nurture a literate generation who would be able to adept to advanced technology knowhow and learn effortlessly new skills and contribute for the growth in the nation’s per capita income and overall GDP.

Woman Kills 1 Due To Drunk Driving

A 38 year woman was killed and her 13 year old daughter was injured when a group of 4  people in a Maruti S cross car rammed a Mahindra Quantro at Panjabi Bagh in Delhi.

The deceased, Poonam Sardana, was returning to her Adharsh Nagar home from Chattarpur temple with her family when the Maruti S Cross driven by an inbriated 22 year Shivani Malik plunged into the Mahindra Quantro, killing Poonam on the spot and seriously injuring her teenage daughter, Chetanaya.

There were two men and a female friend along with the accused.The two men fled while Shivani Malik have been booked under section 304 IPC for culpable homicide and under section 304A IPC for causing death due to negligence and is under police custody. Medical examination of the accused have shown 200 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood.Shivani Malik was said to work in a salon in Noida and the car was registered under her mother’s name.

The deceased, Poonam Sardana, was survived by two children and husband. Her husband was driving the Mahindra Quattro that met the fateful accident.




Mumbai On A Shoestring Budget


Mumbai is known for being the expensive city in India but there are so many good places where you can stay comfortably at a tight budget. If you are not from the financial capital and wish to visit Mumbai on a shoestring budget, you should definitely read this.

The Backpackers Panda in Colaba is located at a 5 minutes walk from the exuberant Gateway of India.It is not only reasonably priced but clean too. All the dormitories and rooms are air-conditioned and have digital doors and thus are extremely safe.There is also a kitchen available so you can even cook.

Another good hostel to look out for is Zostel.It is located in the suburb of Mumbai in Andheri and is funky, clean, air-conditioned and the staff are friendly. Not only are the doors digitally locked, it also has a kitchen and a cafeteria and organises daily tour to all parts of the city including the slums of Dharavi.

If you are going on a group, the cost effective alternative is the apartments listed on AirBnB. The best part of it is that you and your folks will get the entire apartment to yourself and can even cook dishes of your choice in the kitchen provided. Not only will you experience a feel of home away from home but it is also extremely cheap when clubbed in thus making it affordable for all.

Talking about food, don’t forget to try out at the Yazdani Bakery in Fort which  caters to some really delicious and inexpensive snacks. From bun maskas, fruit cakes and the famous shrewsbury biscuits, this place is an must for some lip-smacking breakfast and afternoon snacks.

The Sassanian Restaurant and Kyani Bakery at Marine Lines will also provide some wholesome snacks including the famous berrypulao.

Taste of Kerala and Hotel Deluxe at Fort also serves some reasonbly priced authentic south Indian thalis including the famous Kerala Parotha.

Also, apart from the famous street food such as vada pav and pav bhaji that are  available everywhere, don’t forget to go to Baghdadi and Bademiya Restaurant at Apollo Bunder in Colaba for some superb non-vegetarian food. A little higher end restaurants are Food Inn, Cafe Mondegar and Leopold Cafe at Colaba Causeway which also serves up some really good food at a better ambience.

And most importantly, don’t forget to take the local trains but not at rush hours (8.30 am -10.30 am and 5pm-8pm).It is not only a cheap mode of transport but you will also get to experience the other side of Mumbai better.

All the addresses of the places mentioned are available online.And instead of booking the hostel from their respective websites, you will find it cheaper to book from the other travel app such as Make My Trip, Agoda and Goibibo. For the apartments available on Airbnb, you have to book through their website.