An Explosion shatters glasses of houses and establishments as far as two kilometres from the chemical factory at Dombivali. A huge explosion has occurred inside a chemical factory in Dombivali on today afternoon. The blast occurred in a boiler room of the Acharya Chemicals factory in the MIDC area in Dombivali (east), three feared dead. "We have learned about three workers dying in the incident but are further confirming this. Fire tenders, water tankers and ambulances are currently at the spot," said Joint Commissioner of Police Ashutosh Dumbare, Thane police. "My sister stays three minutes away from the factory. Every window in her house has been reduced to powdered glass. People are scared and confused. There is chaos everywhere," said Raju Nalawade, a resident of a nearby locality, Milaap Nagar. “It felt like an earthquake in the beginning but people realized it was an explosion. There is a lot of smoke everywhere,” said a local. Adjacent buildings too are damaged with their glass windows shattered, ceiling panels damaged and debris all over. Officials have sealed the immediate periphery of the factory to ensure that rescue work is carried out unhindered. The injured have been shifted to nearby hospitals like the AIMS hospital located in Milap Nagar, Dombivali East. By Premji
Dazzling beauty Jacqueline Fernandez has been busy with many big ticket films in her career. She wrapped up the shoot of Housefull 3 and is busy promoting the movie aggressively along with the team. She wrapped up the shoot of her next projects Dishoom and A Flying Jatt which will release later this year. As per the latest news we hear, Jacqueline signed a British film which will start rolling soon. The movie has been titled Definition of Fear and will be a British outing. This will be second International film for the actress after According to Mathew. The actress revealed that she is quite excited about her British outing which will start rolling soon. Jacqueline allotted 40 days for the film in which her character will be wrapped up. Definition of Fear is a thriller in which Jacqueline will essay a phycology student in the film. Jacqueline is currently working on her accent to suit the British accent. The regular shoot of the film will start early next year. More details to be revealed soon.
Super Talented actor Akshay Kumar has always been busy with multiple movies in his career. He has been aiming 3-4 releases every year. This has been a huge step for a senior actor as many of the top and leading actors have been struggling to complete one film every year. He is gearing up for the release of Housefull 3 and Rangoon which will release soon. He has been shooting for many new films and the latest news we hear is that Akshay signed one more new film. As per the latest update, Akshay Kumar will be seen in the lead role in a movie that will be directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia. The movie will be produced by Nikhil Advani’s Emmay Entertainments who produced Akshay Kumar’s Airlift in the past. The update is that Akshay and Tigmanshu have been discussing about the possibilities of working out from sometime. After months of discussion, things have been finalized and the script of the movie has been locked now. The regular shoot of the film will start rolling next year once Akshay wraps up all his current movies. More details about the movie will be revealed soon.
If global food prices double in future, India could lose $49 billion in GDP, according to a new UN report. UN report had said that the world will likely suffer from more volatile food prices due to rising populations. "In the future, the world will likely suffer from higher and more volatile food prices as a result of a growing imbalance between the supply and demand of food. Rising populations and incomes will intensify the demand for food while climate change and resource scarcity will disrupt food production," UN report said. The five countries that will be worst hit if food commodity prices double are all in Africa - Benin, Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal and Ghana. But China will see the most amount of money wiped off from its GDP of any country - $161 billion, equivalent to the total GDP of New Zealand. Countries such as Egypt, Morocco and the Philippines, that combine high food commodity imports and high household spending on these commodities, see the worst effects in terms of reduction in absolute GDP, worsening of current account balances and higher inflation. UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said, "Fluctuations in food prices are felt directly by consumers and reverberate throughout national economies. As environmental pressures mount, it is important to anticipate the economic impact of these stresses so that countries and investors can work on mitigating and minimising risk. And as the global population continues to rise, food prices can be a bellwether for how environmental risk translates to economic risk and vulnerability." By Premji
Now Congress taking written assurance from its own legislators to show their unflinching allegiance to party high command. West Bengal Congress chief Adhir Chowdhury has made the winning MLAs from his party to sign an undertaking “swearing unqualified allegiance” to the party led by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi and do not involve in in any anti-party activity”. The downfall of the party and the dissent raising in the party against the first familly of Congress had prompted them to ascertain the allegiance to the party’s first familly. All the other parties have condemned the act of the desparate Congress trying all out efforts to keep hold of its partymen. The undertaking was made on a Rs 100-stamp paper and has the following points. 1) “I do swear my unqualified allegiance to Indian National Congress led by Hon’ble Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi Ji and Hon’ble Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi Ji.” 2) “I, as a member of the legislative assembly, will not get involved in any anti-party activity. Even if I do not agree with any party policy and/or party decision, I will not make any negative comment thereon and/or I shall not take any negative action to the detriment of the party. In such a scenario, I shall resign from my post of MLA before making such comment and/or taking such action.” 3) I as a member of Legislative Assembly will abide by the party guidelines and following “guidelines framed by the CLP leader and the chief whip in the floor of the assembly”, while the fourth confirms that the first three statements are “true to my knowledge”. This is a shame for the grand old party to indulge in this kind of arm twisting process to ensure that the people will stand in the party and not criticise the first familly. By Premji
The government is set to aggressively determined to push the Constitution amendment bill for implementing goods and services tax (GST) in the monsoon session of Parliament. "We will look to introduce the bill on the first day itself and ask for a vote," said a senior government functionary. "All parties other than Congress are supporting GST and even Congress chief ministers are in favour of it," said a top government source. "Ideally, we would like to pass it with the support of Congress. It is a Constitution amendment bill and so it is desirable that all are on board. However, we don't mind doing it without them if it comes to that," a source said. “It would have been much better if industry leaders asked the Congress and other political parties opposed to GST, to extend their support to the government in passing legislation in the Rajya Sabha,” said Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT). “It is a well-known fact that since last two years, the government has put all efforts in building consensus on the complex issue but adamant attitude of the Congress and not allowing discussion on the GST Bill in Rajya Sabha has proved the biggest impediment in passing the legislation,” CAIT Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal said. “However, once the bill is passed in Parliament, the concerns of trade and industry could be raised with the government in order to have a simplified and rationalised GST tax structure in the country to ensure better self compliance and widening of tax base,” B C Bhartia, National President of CAIT said. By Premji
The officials of Minister of Science and Technology have confirmed that India will have its own indigenously-built supercomputer by next year in the month of August. The project is being supervised by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing that built India’s first supercomputer ‘Param’. “The first supercomputer will come up by August 2017”, stated Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology. “We are working on how to control heat”, he added. The secretary explained that the cost of power to run this supercomputer alone will be Rs. 1,000 crore and will be kept in different institutes across the country. These supercomputers offer various features like weather forecast, climate modelling, discoveries of drugs and many others, Ashutosh added. The indigenously-built supercomputer, ensures Prime Minister’s vision of “Make in India” taking shape as different sectors of science and technology are coming forward to contribute to this mission and projecting India as their new incubation hub. Under the National Supercomputing Mission’s plan, in next 7 years 80 supercomputers will be built. “Some of them will be imported and the rest will be built indigenously. The first one will come up by August 2017,” said Sharma. US, Japan, China and the European Union currently account for a major share of the top supercomputing machines in the world. By Premji
A suicide bomber has struck a vehicle carrying court employees in Kabul, killing 10 people. The explosion took place during the morning rush hour in the western part of the city, which also wounded four people. Najib Danish, the Interior Ministry’s deputy spokesman, said the bomber, who was on foot, detonated his explosives vest as he walked by the vehicle in the Afghan capital. The attack comes as the Taliban named a new leader following Mullah Akhtar Mansour’s death in a US drone strike. the Taliban, who often target government employees in their war against the state, claimed responsibility for the bombing. The claim came from Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, in an email sent to the media. "A suicide bomber blew himself up, in the Paghman district, killing 10 people and wounding four others," ministry spokesman Najib Danish said. By Premji
Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has on Tuesday criticised RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan's monetary policies and said that high interest rates are impacting cost competitiveness of the industry, especially small and medium enterprises. "I have already said that the input cost cannot be so high. Particularly, if we keep in mind those industries, say for small and medium industries, who do not have any group companies or holding companies outside from where they can get cheap credit. So interest rates do have a bearing on the cost competitiveness of industries," Sitharaman said. When asked whether she agrees with Dr. Subramaniam Swamy's views, Sitharaman said, "Mid-sized corporates have been engaging with us. They have also voiced this. SMEs have voiced it. Industry, when interacting with the ministry, has also expressed similar views." She said, "We have communicated with the Finance Ministry, we have also once written to the Reserve Bank of India." "The Licence Quota Raj which was leading towards corrupt practices is being taken head on by the Prime Minister and that is where the efforts are for. So this government has been working on bringing down inspections," she said. Last week, while pitching for a better business environment for startups, Rajan had said that India has done away with the 'licence raj', but 'inspector raj' continues to some extent. By Premji
India and Iran took a major step in boosting connectivity and trade with the inking of the Chabahar port agreement. The two sides had signed 12 agreements, including on science and technology, culture and railways and three on the port itself. Modi, along with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani presided over the signing ceremony. Modi described the signing of the trilateral Chabahar port agreement as creation of history even as India and Iran signed 12 bilateral agreements. "Today, we are witnessing a creation of history. Not just for the people of our three countries, but for the entire region,” Modi said in a joint media conference with Rouhani and Ashraf Ghani after the signing of the trilateral agreement between India, Iran and Afghanistan. "The agenda for economic engagement is a clear priority for us. We stand together in unity of our purpose," Modi said. "This major effort would boost economic growth in the region. We are committed to take steps for early implementation of the agreements signed today," Modi said. Modi said, "It is our common goal. We want to link with the world." The prime minister said that the Chabahar transport and transit corridor "would spur unhindered flow of commerce throughout the region". “The key arteries of the corridor would pass through the Chabahar port of Iran.” “Our present growth and future prosperity is under threat from the spread of radical ideas and physical terror,” he said. He added that the Chabahar corridor would be a "corridor of peace and prosperity for our peoples”. “With our joint investments in Chabahar, we can connect India with Afghanistan, Central Asia and the CIS countries,” he said. “Through centuries, our societies have stayed connected through art and architecture, ideas and traditions, and culture and commerce,” he said. “The agenda and scope of our partnership is truly substantial. The outcomes and agreements signed today open a new chapter in our strategic partnership,” he said. “We also have shared concerns at the spread of forces of instability, radicalism and terror in our region,” he said. By Premji