By Dhirendra Kumar It’s hard to recognise something that does not follow an expected pattern or fit a conventional template. For investors and analysts, this is the exact case while observing the wave of reforms that is happening in the Indian economy. These changes on Indian businesses are deep and hugely impactful but since they don’t fit the established ‘reforms template’, all of us talking heads sometimes fail to recognise them. Last week, I had an opportunity of participating in an interesting discussion organised by S&P Dow Jones Indices. While listening to the astute insights of the speakers, I realised that, to some extent, we are all prisoners of what we think is implied by the word ‘reform’. Most of us have this conventional idea in our head as to what ‘economic reforms’ are. Mostly, it’s the 1991 template that was first created by the PV Narasimha Rao government. Lower tariffs, no licensing, foreign ownership, free … [Read more...] about What’s an economic reform, as we know it?
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NEW YORK: MacKenzie Bezos, soon-to-be ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has promised to donate half her fortune to charity, joining the ranks of the world's ultra-wealthy philanthropists, the Giving Pledge has announced. The charitable organisation, founded in 2010 by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, listed MacKenzie Bezos, an American, among 19 new signatories of the pledge from China, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and Britain. She instantly became one of the world's wealthiest individuals in April, gaining a net worth estimated at $36 billion after finalising the terms of her divorce with Jeff Bezos, the world's richest man. MacKenzie is going to be amazing and thoughtful and effective at philanthropy, and I’m proud of her. Her letter is… https://t.co/YoohADeiiG— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) 1559050724000 "In addition to whatever assets life has nurtured in me, I have a disproportionate amount of money to share," MacKenzie Bezos said in a letter … [Read more...] about Jeff Bezos’s ex-wife MacKenzie joins billionaire philanthropist club, pledges $13 mn to charity
On the condition of anonymity, a handful of women told news.com.au they were still waiting for assurances from the ABC, the production company behind the doco or Spicer herself that their sexual assault allegations and identities would remain confidential. One woman, who wrote to the ABC’s head of disputes and litigation a week ago asking for a guarantee that her identity and disclosure would not be in the film, hasn’t received it. A former journalist and editor with more than 20 years experience working in the media, the woman spoke with Spicer extensively about being sexually harassed by a “high-profile Australian”. “This whole episode has made me extremely anxious,” the woman wrote to the ABC in an email, seen by news.com.au, on November 14. “I am particularly concerned that anything about my story will signal to my attacker that I have spoken about it — we continue to cross paths professionally and this would have a significant impact … [Read more...] about Sexual assault survivors exposed by #MeToo documentary starring Tracey Spicer speak
Video PlayerClose XIAMEN, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- The 28th China Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival launched special screenings of five Chinese documentaries Wednesday. It was the first time the film festival held a promotion for documentaries since its founding in 1992. "A nation without documentaries is like a family without a family photo album," said Yin Hong, vice chairman of the China Film Association, at the event. A forum on the development of Chinese documentaries was held alongside the main festival. The increasing need for cultural products in China has strongly pushed forward the development of documentaries, particularly quality products that maintain a good balance between social responsibility and commercial feasibility, Yin said. According to a report on the development of documentaries from 2018 to 2019 released at the forum, the number of homemade documentaries and their box office both increased steadily. "Amazing China," a 90-minute documentary recording … [Read more...] about China’s national film festival highlights documentaries
“It takes a lot of effort to become a lookalike — to behave like them, learn their dance steps or perform like them. We have to show the audience their every move and to capture all of this in a song requires a lot of hard work. But people just dismiss us as duplicates. We can’t be 100 per cent like them because of the way God has created us. An original will remain an original and a duplicate will remain a duplicate,” remarks Rais Khan, a lookalike artiste who plays late actor Shashi Kapoor in the documentary film, Hubahu. Khan is among the many actors who comprise the Bollywood lookalike industry, and now feature in Ramsha Alam’s aptly-titled documentary that was recently screened as part of the Open Frame Film Festival by PSBT at the India International Centre in New Delhi. The film, which also features lookalikes of superstar Rajesh Khanna and Hema Malini, delves into the lives of these artistes giving viewers a peek into their personal and … [Read more...] about Alternate stardom: Documentary peeks into the world of Bollywood duplicates