Setback for Facebook's free internet scheme, telecom regulator TRAI banned differential pricing in India. All content on the internet needs to be available at the same data price. A violation will lead to a stiff fine of Rs. 50,000 per day, the regulator said. "This (ban) will disallow any program or project which works on the architecture of differential pricing," said the regulator. "Prohibition of discriminatory tariff is necessary to ensure that service providers continue to fulfill obligations in keeping the internet open and non-discriminatory," TRAI said. "By way of financial disincentive, an amount of rupees fifty thousand for each day of the contravention, subject to a maximum of rupees fifty lakh," said the TRAI press release. The news is a big blow to Airtel Zero and Facebook’s Free Basics. Facebook tried its level best to garner support for the platform via advertising campaigns and a poll on its platform asking users to save Free Basics. The committee, which was looking into the issue, had come to a unanimous decision to stop differential pricing, citing that customers should not be constrained from accessing any kind of service or product on the internet. Differential pricing for data, is — charging customers with different prices for the access to different websites and services. If mobile operators had their way, you would get a separate bill for using WhatsApp, another one for watching YouTube videos, yet another one for making a Skype call and pay nothing at all for using Facebook that has struck a deal. By Premji
It’s already known that love birds Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif called for a breakup recently after five long years. They even stepped together and were staying together from the past one year in a posh locality in Mumbai. The news about their breakup created a huge sensation all over and there are rumors that Ranbir is no way interested to get married to Katrina and she decided to keep an end for their relationship. Katrina moved out of their love nest and she has been meeting Salman Khan frequently which has become the most trending news of the B Town. Katrina met Salman before she broke up with Ranbir and she even promoted her upcoming movie Fitoor on Salman’s show Big Boss 9. Katrina revealed that Fitoor is an important film in her career and she pinned huge hopes on the film. She even allotted bulk dates for the film which has been directed by Abhishek Kapoor. Aditya Roy Kapoor and Katrina Kaif played the lead roles in the movie which is gearing up for release on February 12th. The theatrical trailer of the movie caught everyone’s attention and the expectations are huge. The news is that Katrina Kaif asked Salman to promote the film so that it gets wide applause before the release. A special screening has been planned for the actor and Salman will watch the film and reveal good things about the movie which will be released as a video byte. Salman Khan has been backing Katrina ever since their breakup and Katrina revealed that Salman Khan is her very good friend who stood by her during the tough times.
Bollywood’s Greek God Hrithik Roshan has been busy shooting for his next film titled Mohenjo Daro which is said to be a periodic drama. Ashutosh Gowariker is directing the movie and the movie has been made on a budget of Rs 250 crores. Pooja Hegde is the heroine and Ashutosh Gowariker Productions is producing the film. Hrithik has been completely impressed by a script narrated by Sanjay Gupta. The film has been said to be an intense love story and the makers are in hunt for the female lead from sometime. Though they have considered Kareena Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra and Shraddha Kapoor for the roles, none of them have been finalized. There was some time for which the makers have felt that finalizing the female lead was a challenge. Now, the makers are quite relaxed as they locked the female lead. Yami Gautham has been roped in for the heroine’s role in the movie which has been tentatively titled as Kaabil. Rakesh Roshan will produce Kaabil on Filmkraft banner which will start rolling later this year. Sanjay Gupta and Rakesh Roshan are currently busy with the pre-production work of the film.
King Khan Sharukh Khan has been busy with multiple projects in his career and he is busy wrapping the shoot of Raees which is progressing in Bhuj, Gujarat. Rahul Dholakia is directing the movie which is based on liquor mafia. Mahira Khan is the heroine and Nawazzudin Siddiqui is playing the other prominent role. There are rumors that Sharukh has given his nod for a film in the direction of Gauri Shinde who created huge sensation with her debut movie English Vinglish. The latest news is that Alia Bhatt has already started shooting for her part and the shoot is going on in Goa. Sharukh Khan will join the sets from February 16th for this untitled project which is said to be an intense love story. The most surprising thing is that Sharukh will romance Alia Bhatt who is just 22 years old. It is an unsual love story and it has never been discussed on Indian screen revealed Gauri. Ali Zafar and Kunal Kapoor will play the other lead roles in the movie.
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad has said that, the "return of jungle raj in Bihar" is a lie spread by the opposition parties in their attempt to defame the state. "Opposition parties are talking and spreading falsehoods about the return of 'jungle raj' in Bihar as part of a conspiracy to defame the state again," Lalu said. “Bihar is the land of ahmisa and there is no room for violence here. But the Opposition kept repeating ‘jungle raj’ prevalent in the State, instead of focusing on the issues of development, the Opposition has been creating unnecessary confusion to divert people’s attention,” said Mr. Prasad. “Whoever involved will not be spared, there is a rule of law in the State and nobody is allowed to take law into their hand,” Mr. Prasad added. LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan said that, “The voters in Bihar now have realised their mistake of choosing the present government in power, the State is passing through jungle raj and the Chief Minister has lost his moral right to say anything on rule of law, he should now resign.” "Brijnathji was shot dead within 10-15 km of the chief minister's house. He was shot dead only because he and his family fought against Lalu ji in the Vidhan Sabha polls. I would definitely want to ask the chief minister if this is not political rivalry, then what is?" Chirag, son of Union minister Ramvilas Paswan said. By Premji
Union minister Kalraj Mishra has said that the government will take a call on the construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya after the Supreme Court comes out with its verdict on the appeal against the Allahabad High Court judgement on the title suit. "We must wait till the Supreme Court comes out with its verdict. Thereafter, depending upon the situation that emerges, the Centre will take a call on the issue," he said. "There has been no change in BJP's stand that Ram temple should be constructed at Ayodhya though we would proceed in a manner that is amenable to all," Mr Mishra said."Modi is visiting places across the country and there is no reason why he will not go to Ayodhya. We respect the sentiments of our religious leaders, but they should keep in mind that the Prime Minister has to take his own decisions," the minister said. "They can rest assured that Modi will definitely go to Ayodhya at a time that he deems appropriate and also offer his prayers to Ram Lalla," Mr Mishra said. The BJP leader and Union minister Kalraj Mishra rubbished Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan's allegation that PM Modi had met underworld don Dawood Ibrahim during his recent visit to Pakistan. "By such utterances, the senior Samajwadi Party leader is lowering the credibility of his government in the state which is already facing grave resentment due to its absolute failure in maintaining law and order," he said. By Premji
Pakistan’s powerful Inter-Services Intelligence or ISI has long acted as the 'manager' of international jihadi forces and it may have been involved in the rise of the Islamic State, a leading US daily said, in a stinging commentary on Pakistan’s 'intervention' in a number of foreign conflicts. The experts have found “a lot of evidence” that Pakistan facilitated the Taliban offensive, an op-ed in the New York Times said, “This behaviour is not just an issue for Afghanistan. Pakistan is intervening in a number of foreign conflicts.” “Its intelligence service has long acted as the manager of international mujahedeen forces, many of them Sunni extremists, and there is even speculation that it may have been involved in the rise of the Islamic State,” US daily said. “Many analysts have detailed how the military has nurtured Islamist militant groups as an instrument to suppress nationalist movements, in particular among the Pashtun minority, at home and abroad,” it said. “Pakistan regards Afghanistan as its backyard. Determined not to let its arch rival, India, gain influence there, and to ensure that Afghanistan remains in the Sunni Islamist camp, Pakistan has used the Taliban selectively, promoting those who further its agenda and cracking down on those who don’t. The same goes for al Qaeda and other foreign fighters,” wrote Carlotta Gall, the North Africa correspondent for NYT. By Premji
"I don't think India is an intolerant country. Most of the people are quite tolerant for each other's faith, I think", she said at the Kerala Literature Festival in Kozhikode. Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen does not feel India is an “intolerant” country and wondered why secularists in the country are questioning only Hindu fundamentalists. She said that a democracy based on pseudo-secularism is not a true democracy at all. “Why secularists in India were questioning only Hindu fundamentalists while leaving alone Muslim fundamentalists. A true conflict in India is between secularism and fundamentalism, between innovation and tradition and between people who value freedom and who do not”, she said. Nasreen said that, "I think most people are quite tolerant of each other’s faith. The laws in India do not support intolerance. But there are so many intolerant people in this country. You have to keep religion separated from government. Laws should not be based on religion. There is no need to practise 7th Century laws in the 21st century. In India, the laws are based on equality and hence the condition of women is much better." “All religions were anti-women, though distortions caused by fundamentalists added to it”, Nasreen said explaining her struggle against fundamentalism. By Premji
David Coleman Headley, Pakistani-American Lashkar-e-Toiba operative told a special court in Mumbai that he had travelled to India seven times before the 26/11 attacks in 2008. He admitted to the court that his handler, Sajid Mir, instructed him to travel in 2006 to the United States of America and to change his name from Dawood Geelani and obtain a passport under that name. David Headley, 55, began is testifying before a Mumbai court via video link from an undisclosed location in the US. He has said about "my colleagues in the Lashkar," and particularly a handler called Sajid Mir, who he said was his main point of contact in the terror group, though he met others too. Headley said in court that he came to Mumbai seven times before the 26/11 attacks, mostly from Pakistan and once from the UAE. He visited India once after the attacks from Lahore. During the questioning by the National Investigation Agency earlier and in a US court, Headley has said three senior Pakistani officials had played a key role in the attack. They were the same people named by Abu Jundal, who is being tried in Mumbai. "For the first time in Indian legal history, a foreign terrorist would give evidence through video links," said Ujjwal Nikam, adding, "His evidence may unfold many things behind the 26/11 terror attack. David Headley may give the broader aspect of criminal conspiracy, why the conspiracy was hatched and the people behind it." By Premji
Veteran Yuvraj Singh and rookie all-rounder Pawan Negi are among those who had triggered a bidding war when 351 cricketers went under the hammer in the Indian Premier League (IPL) players' auction on today. This year's auction will see two new franchises -- RPG owned Rising Pune Supergiants led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Intex mobiles' Rajkot based team Gujarat Lions led by Suresh Raina. With Indian players available at a premium, even mediocre performers like Dhawal Kulkarni and Stuart Binny, with base prices of Rs 2 crore, could see teams fighting for them. India’s U-19 uncapped batsman Rishabh Pant has been sold to the Delhi Daredevils (DD) in the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) Auction in Bengaluru. He has the ability to bat steadily and can play big knocks along with some real big hitting, that makes him a perfect player for the T20 format, and he fetches Rs. 1.9 crores from Delhi Daredevils. Some of the players sold is as under: Player Team Price Dwayne Smith The Gujarat Lions Rs. 2.3 crores Ishant Sharma Rising Pune SuperGiants Rs. 3.8 crores Shane Watson Royal Challengers Bangalore Rs. 9.5 crores Ashish Nehra Sun Risers Hyderabad Rs. 5.5 crores Yuvraj Singh Sun Risers Hyderabad Rs.7 crores Dale Steyn The Gujarat Lions Rs. 2.3 crores Dinesh Karthik The Gujarat Lions Rs. 2.3 crores Sanju Samson Delhi Daredevils Rs. 4.2 crores Jos Buttler Mumbai Indians Rs. 3.8 crores R.P. Singh Rising Pune SuperGiants Rs. 30 lakhs Abhimanyu Mithun Sunrisers Hyderabad Rs. 30 lakhs Travis Head Royal Challengers Bangalore Rs. 50 lakhs Delhi Daredevils official T.A. Sekar said that at Rs. 7 crore, South African player Chris Morris is a valuable buy. “We feel that he is a very good bowler who can bat a bit. He is been in good form. I think if you have a good bowling side, we can restrict the opposition to under 150 and then the batsmen can win the game going forward. He is a match winner and he can bowl upfront and at the death,” Mr. Sekar said during the course of the IPL auction. Keshav Bansal, owner of The Gujarat Lions said that the emphasis is on building a strong team. “We want to make sure we have a strong core team. They are the players (the retained players) who are going to play most of the game. Most of them are allrounders. We are quite sorted that way,” Mr. Bansal said. By Premji