Everyone loves a comeback story, especially if it includes not one, but two box office hits in same year. Hrithik Roshan has had a happy year with back to back hits in the form of Super 30, and War. While the films did well at the box office, Roshan’s performance in both the films was also appreciated. Will this reinvigoration of his box office prowess translate into a renewed interest from brands? The jury is somewhat divided on this. While for the most part experts agree that consistent performance, at the box office is what drives endorsement prospects for Bollywood celebrities, other factors could come into play. Roshan poses an interesting case as while he is definitely no stranger to euphoric success at the box office, his visibility as an endorser has been inconsistent. Having started his career with a bang in 2000 (Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai) Roshan became a box office sensation, and nationwide heartthrob overnight. While the films that followed did not necessarily … [Read more...] about What does 2019’s box office success mean for Brand Hrithik?
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By Sanjaya Baru While Moody’s Investors Service lowered India’s credit rating from stable to negative last month, it raised Pakistan’s rating from negative to stable last week. ‘The rating affirmation,’ said Moody’s, ‘reflects Pakistan’s relativelylarge economy and robust long-term growth potential, coupled with ongoing institutional enhancements that raise policy credibility and effectiveness, albeit from a low starting point.’ US principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia Alice Wells complimented Pakistan for the Moody’s upgrade, tweeting ‘With bold economic reforms, Pakistan can boost growth, attract private capital, and expand exports.’ The trans-Atlantic powers that hold the purse strings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have been liberal with their assistance to Pakistan, even if the terms are onerous. The Japan-led Asian Development Bank (ADB) has also offered additional … [Read more...] about Why India’s Pakistan policy needs a rethink
Residents of Papua New Guinea’s province of Bougainville have been voting in a referendum to succeed from Port Moresby. The official referendum result shows an overwhelming 98 per cent of voters have opted to leave PNG and become a sovereign nation. Former Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, who chaired the Bougainville Referendum Commission, said 176,928 people had voted for independence with just 3043 backing the option of remaining within PNG with greater autonomy. The vote is non-binding and the final say on independence lies with the PNG Government. But the sheer scale of the vote will put huge amounts of pressure on the government of James Marape to respect the vote. Prime Minister Marape will make a statement on Friday. Bougainville residents gather at a polling station in an historical independence vote in Buka on November 23, 2019. Picture: Ness Kerton/AFPSource:AFP Voting information pamphlets at a polling station ahead of the independence vote. Picture: Ness … [Read more...] about Bougainville province overwhelmingly votes to leave Papua New Guinea in independence referendum
Video PlayerClose Chinese Ambassador to Ireland Yue Xiaoyong (2nd R) addresses a seminar in Dublin, Ireland, Jan. 11, 2019. Ireland and China have developed a strong relationship with plenty of success stories at the people-to-people level, Irish Ambassador to China Eoin O'Leary said on Friday. (Xinhua) DUBLIN, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- Ireland and China have developed a strong relationship with plenty of success stories at the people-to-people level, Irish Ambassador to China Eoin O'Leary said on Friday. Speaking at a seminar organized by Asia Matters, an Irish think tank, O'Leary hailed bilateral ties over the last 40 years and said country-to-country links can only be built on the basis of strong people-to-people links and close local ties. Chinese Ambassador to Ireland Yue Xiaoyong, who also attended the seminar, said he has visited 22 counties of Ireland ever since he became ambassador to the country, during which many local government officials have expressed their interest in … [Read more...] about Ireland eyes closer ties with China at local level
However, if you aren’t keen on spending your entire weekend shopping around there is a way to save thousands on a new car without leaving your house. Motor Scout, a new online car broking business, helps to take the hassle out of buying a new car. Motor Scout chief Peter Gee decided to start the business after he had a shocking experience at a dealership. Peter Gee, the founder of Motor Scout, an online car broking business. Picture Glenn HampsonSource:News Corp Australia “I wasn’t happy about the deal I got and the first thing I had to do when I left the dealership was to go to the petrol station because the tank was empty,” said Gee. That was when Gee realised he could save time-poor buyers a lot of money by doing all the hard work for them. “Roughly we save people about 10 per cent. For a car like a Kia Picanto it won’t be much but on something like a Toyota LandCruiser it can be 10 or 20 grand,” said Gee. And he saw a gap in the market … [Read more...] about How you could save thousands on a new car