By Ruchi BhatiaThe government is likely to announce a list of items for import curbs sometime this week as part of measures planned to check the widening current account deficit and stem the fall in the rupee.Subhash Garg, Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs, is working on a comprehensive list of non-essential items for import curbs. Government sources said import duty may be imposed on items like steel, finished steel, furniture, electronics, food items like fruits, almonds and others. The government is also weighing options to increase import duty on gold, as it sees the risk of a possible spike in gold smuggling if import duty is too harsh.US tariff measures and a rising dollar are the key reasons behind the fall in the rupee. Government finances have also been under pressure from rising oil prices. The government expects oil prices to move up further when Iran oil goes offline in November following US sanctions.On Friday, the government announced a series of steps, … [Read more...] about CAD control: Government readying list of good for import curbs
Actor Vijay Suriya’s dimpled smile and lover- boy image are what have endeared him to Kannada TV and movie audiences. But with his next cinematic outing, the actor is looking at breaking away from that, with a more rugged, massy makeover – a look that was revealed when the team released a teaser. The film, called Veeraputra, will be directed by Dr S Devaraj, who had earlier helmed Supplementary, is set to go on floors in October. Shedding light on the film, Vijay says, “It will see me in three shades. It is a revenge drama that deals with the bond and relationship shared between a father and son. It is set against the backdrop of the medical world, where it pits traditional medicine against modern medicine. The film is more relevant than ever today, as it deals with medical mafia and other things, which is said to be rampant during this pandemic.” The actor, who has won most fans and even the Kannada TV’s Most Desirable Man title for his earlier image, … [Read more...] about Vijay Suriya sheds lover-boy look, for massy makeover
Four years later, while Akki continued his stint as Khiladi, Juhi was relegated to playing his didi married to a greedy Mohinish Bahl in Suneel Darshan’s trite family drama, Ek Rishtaa: The Bond of Love. … [Read more...] about PIX: Kabhi sweethearts kabhi siblings!
Actress Meghana Raj Sarja, who is currently staying with her parents as she is in her third trimester of pregnancy, had a very special Saturday today as she got to meet with close friends of her parents from the industry over a special meal and bond over laughter and tales. Actress and politician Malavika Avinash shared images of a bunch of them visiting the Sundar Rajs and Meghana. "Known SundarRaj from the time I was a child artist. Each one of us separately & together have travelled so much in the film fraternity! It was heartwarming to catch up with mum-to-be Meghana Raj over Masala dose made with such love by Pramilaji, with Sudharani, Shruti and her daughter Mili." Malavika shared a bunch of photographs of the family along with her industry and good friends Sudharani and Shruti. Also joining them was Shruti's daughter Mili. The actress and politician shared her happiness after meeting the family and young mother to be Meghana on her social media much to love and wishes of … [Read more...] about Malavika Avinash catches up with Meghana Raj Sarja
Could the caste system have originated from the Harappans? Indians have an uncomfortable relationship with the sanitary system. We have permitted and even justified manual scavenging. A place where the latrine is not connected to the drainage system and so humans have to come into the back alleys of homes, clear excrement from toilets, and then carry it out of the village. Those who were forced to do this job as part of caste duties and karma were called ‘untouchables’. They were not even given respect for the forced service extracted for the benefit of the community. It is ironic then that India has the privilege of the oldest and most sophisticated sewer system seen anywhere in the world. The Harappan civilisation thrived in northwest India 4,500 years ago. It had over five major cities, 100 towns and 1,000 villages, with a population of five million. This was 20 per cent of the world’s population, 4,000 years ago. They had a sanitation system. Every house had a … [Read more...] about Who is a Hindu? Dark secrets of the sewers of Harappa