The film starts on a fresh note however the Bollywood audience witnessed many similar films in the past. It is the performances which make the film going and the songs are completely melodious and have presented well on screen. The interval episodes make the film interesting however the entire first half of Ok Jaanu is completely predictable. The second half of Ok Jaanu dips down badly after a convincing and interesting first half. The movie turns emotional and the dose of sentiment leave the audience irritated. The pace slows down as time proceeds and the pre-climax episodes spoil the entire film’s flavour. The climax of Ok Jaanu has been positive however the second half of Ok Jaanu is a huge disappointment.
Dangal is completely about wrestling and the first half of the film looks entertaining and gripping. Though the pace of the film has been slow, the performances and the power-packed performances of the lead actors take the film to the next level completely. The first half of Dangal takes over the family emotions and it takes ample time to get you indulged into the film’s plot. The interval episodes make Dangal a masterpiece.A sports biopic will sure be predictable and Dangal is not an exception at all. However the second half is all about the journey of Mahavir’s daughters how they work hard and end up at the International level makes the film. The climax and the emotional content strike a chord completely and are the major highlights of the film. On the whole Dangal is a must watch film because of the gripping narration and the power-packed performances.
India has announced the names of the new army and air force chiefs and the heads of the spy agencies. Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat will take over as the new chief of the army staff from General Dalbir Singh Suhag. Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa will be the new chief of the Indian Air Force. "Government has decided to appoint Lt Gen Bipin Rawat, vice chief of army staff, as the next chief of army staff with effect from afternoon of December 31," the Defence Ministry said in a tweet. Anil Dhasmana will be the new chief of the Research and Analysis Wing while Rajiv Jain will head the domestic agency, Intelligence Bureau. India to train Vietnam fighter pilots Profile of the New Chiefs Indian Army: Lt Gen Bipin Rawat Lt Gen Bipin Rawat was commissioned in to the 11 Gorkha Rifles in December 1978, Rawat has commanded an infantry battalion along the Line of Actual Control. He has vast experience in high-altitude warfare and counter insurgency operations. Timeline - Lt Gen Bipin Rawat joined the Indian Army in Dec 1978 - He was commissioned into 5/11 Gorkha Rifles - He is second consecutive chief from the Gorkha Rifles - General Rawat’s father was also a lieutenant general - Rawat was commanding the Pune-based Southern Command before he was appointed army vice-chief - Rawat miraculously survived a chopper accident when he was commander in the Dimapur-based Headquarters 3 Corps - He headed the Indian brigade during the UN peacekeeping operation in Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2008 - He is credited with providing dynamic leadership under the UN banner - Indian peacekeepers switched approach under his command Indian Air Force: Air Marshal Bs Dhanoa Air Marshal Bs Dhanoa has vast experience in flying various types of fighter aircraft and is a qualified instructor. He commanded a fighter squadron during the Kargil Operations and flew numerous night strike missions in the mountainous terrain. Timeline - Air Marshal BS Dhanoa has joined the IAF as a fighter pilot in June 1978 - His father, SS Dhanoa, was the chief secretary of Punjab - Dhanoa has seen the action during the Kargil war and was awarded Yudh Seva Medal - He is currently the IAF’S vice-chief and before was heading the South-Western Air Command - He will be the third Sikh to head the IAF after distinguished military leaders Arjan Singh and Dilbag Singh Defense ministers letter to Mamatha Banerjee Intelligence Bureau: Rajiv Jain Rajiv Jain, the New IB chief is expected to sharpen focus on coordinating the government’s financial surveillance program after demonetisation. Timeline - Rajiv Jain is a 1980-batch officer, joined the IB in 1989 as assistant director - Jharkhand-cadre officer Jain, is the senior-most special director with the IB - He is the domestic intelligence wing’s point-man for other agencies in the government’s demonetisation exercise - Jain handled assignments as chief of Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau (SIB) - Headed the Ahmedabad SIB between 2005 and 2008 and later in Delhi from 2008 to 2012 - Jain, is presently serving as the Special Director in the IB and will take over on January 1 after the incumbent Dineshwar Sharma completes his two-year tenure on December 31 - He was advisor to the previous NDA government’s interlocutor on Kashmir K C Pant when talks were held with separatist leaders like Shabbir Shah Research And Analysis Wing: Anil Kumar Dhasmana Anil Kumar Dhasmana, joined the RAW in 1993 from his parent cadre Madhya Pradesh and has worked extensively with the external intelligence agency’s Pakistan desk. Timeline - Anil Kumar Dhasmana has joined the R&AW in 1993 - He is known to be a Pakistan expert - Dhasmana is a 1981-batch IPS officer By Premji
Income disclosure scheme, the last attempt by the government to curb the black money inflow in the system, is all set to roll out on December 17 and end on March 31, 2016. The Central government has unveiled a new scheme under which those are having undisclosed income and assets located in India can come clean by paying a tax of around 50 percent. In this, unlike the earlier income declaration scheme, the tax evader will have to first pay the tax, put money in the deposit scheme and then make a declaration, either online or at an income tax office. The new scheme offers the tax dodgers confidentially and immunity from the prosecution. A declarant of undisclosed income needs to pay a tax at the rate of 30%, a penalty at the rate of 10% and a Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Cess at the rate of 33% on the tax, all of which add up to around 50%. Pay digital win prizes The declarant should deposit 25% of the undisclosed income in the zero-interest Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Deposit Scheme and will be locked for four years. He needs to furnish his permanent account number (PAN) during the declaration. Part of the proceeds of the scheme will be used for welfare schemes for the poor. Declarations made under this scheme will be kept confidential and those coming clean will not be prosecuted under any other legislations such as Central Excise Act, Wealth Tax Act and Companies Act. There will be no immunity from the prosecution under criminal acts like the Prevention of Corruption Act and Prevention of Money Laundering Act. By Premji
The first half of Wajah Tum Ho offers nothing much except the same old, routine and predictable narration that we have seen in many crime romantic thrillers. The plot has nothing new to reveal however the director tried to bluff the audience as if the film has interesting twirls. The songs have been decent however the romantic episodes too looked fake. The interval episodes look completely unusual and on the whole the first half of Wajah Tum Ho offers nothing. After such a disappointing first half, the audience expected less obviously however the film dips down even further during the second half. Even the songs fail to impress the audience and the female leads irritate the audience with their glamorous acts. The special songs test the patience of the audience and the climax has been shot in a hurry. On the whole the second half of Wajah Tum Ho too offers nothing.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, is named in the Global Thinkers List of 2016, compiled by Foreign Policy magazine. She is named in the "decision makers" category along with the Democratic Party's nominee for US presidential election Hillary Clinton, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, etc. National policy making should eye children Pranab Mukherjee The magazine had recalled how, when around 10,000 Indian workers in Saudi Arabia faced a "food crisis" due to job losses, Swaraj tweeted about the issue and "What followed was a weeks-long social media operation in which Swaraj posted information for migrants about rations provided by the Indian embassy, claims for unpaid wages, and government-organised transportation home," Foreign Policy magazine said. The posting said, "From evacuating Indians from Yemen to helping replace lost passports, Swaraj has earned the nickname 'the common tweeple's leader' for her aggressive use of Twitter." Jansakthi supports demonetisation Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Very proud to see our hardworking EAM @SushmaSwaraj part of the @ForeignPolicy Global Thinkers list 2016! Congrats.” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted, “MEA proud to be led by EAM @SushmaSwaraj, who receives yet another recognition for her unique brand of diplomacy.” Senior BJP leaaders, Venkaiah Naidu and Suresh Prabhu had sent out congratulatory messages to Swaraj. President Pranab Mukherjee congratulated the minister as well. By Premji
The cyclone Vardah had that hit the Tamil Nadu capital on Monday evening and had claimed ten lives. Thousands of people are evacuated as roaring winds, clocking speeds of over 100 km an hour has devastated and uprooted trees, tore off hoardings and toppled cars. "Total human loss reported is 10 including four in Chennai, 2 in Kanchipuram, 2 in Tiruvallur district and one each in Viluppuram and Nagapattinam," a statement issued by the NDMA read. Haryana - Delhi and neighbouring areas experience 4.4 magnitude earthquake A total of 1,1899 people are evacuated and sheltered in the relief camps as the local administration had worked overtime to bring back normalcy in the state. "Nearly 394 relief camps were set up across the state and more than 15,000 food packets were distributed among the cyclone victims," NDRF sources said. "Our officers are working hard to clear rest of the roads," a senior NDRF official said. "After 1994, this is the first very severe cyclonic storm to hit Chennai coast. The storm has completely crossed the coast as expected (this evening)," a senior Met Official said. Indore - Patna express derailment M L Sahu, Director of India Meteorological Department's observatory in Goa had said that Cyclone Vardah will hit Karnataka On Tuesday and pass through south of Goa on Wednesday. "The intensity of the cyclone has had a severe impact on the infrastructure of Chennai Division, resulting in considerable damage. Overhead electrical lines have been damaged at several locations," Anupam Sharma, Divisional Railway Manager, Southern Railway said. "As a result of disruption of overhead electrical lines, 16 trains have been held up in Jolarpettai – Chennai Central section and four trains in Villupuram – Chennai Egmore section. Several Chennai-bound trains have been regulated at various stations of Chennai division,” he said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in a series of tweets, expressed solidarity with the people in cyclone-hit areas. "My prayers are with all those people who are affected due to adverse weather conditions caused by #CycloneVardah. Stay safe," he said in a tweet. By Premji
While addressing the opening session of the first ever “Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit”, the President had said that programs and actions for children have to take centre-stage in the national policy-making. “We, indeed, have a moral obligation towards our children; towards their development and security and in giving them equal opportunity,"said President Pranab Mukherjee. “The children are also denied education in several parts of the world. They are still suffering from malnutrition and are dying of preventable diseases. According to UNICEF, 80 percent of child deaths occur in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. In regions marred by armed conflicts, violence and insurgencies, children are the most affected. There are many children amongst refugees who face an uncertain future,” he added. “We have a shared responsibility to reduce the inequalities that harm the underprivileged children more than any other age group. The path towards an equal future will come through prioritizing. The disparities in education, health and poverty indicators will have to be eliminated. The factors hampering the progress of disadvantaged children will have to be removed,” he added. “We, indeed, have a moral obligation towards our children; towards their development and security, and in giving them equal opportunity. Let us commit ourselves to the noble task of fulfilment and protection of child rights everywhere. Our children will inherit a world that we would devolve them. It is our responsibility to ensure that such a world is a better place than what we were given,” President Mukherjee said. “Developing economies, which are closely tied to climate-sensitive sectors like agriculture and forestry, are more vulnerable to climate change,” he added. By Premji
Both the Centre and states failed to a consensus and approve the GST laws and had agreed to meet on December 22 and 23, dashing the hopes that the crucial bills will be introduced in the ongoing winter session of Parliament and made it tough to meet the 1 April 2017 rollout date for the goods and services tax (GST) across the country. "Today we had a discussion which was exclusively on the legislative drafting. So bulk of the critical provision we have approved today ," Jaitley told reporters after the meeting. "There is one section which needs to be redrafted...one cross empowerment issue which we are leaving aside and therefore the discussion on the legislation and its approval each section is moving satisfactorily. And hopefully in the next meeting we would be able to clear it," Finance minister Arun Jaitley said after the Sunday’s meeting. "Well, that issue did not co me up for discussion today because today's agenda was taken up exclusively by the legislation and that's an issue which is still flagged and still pending. I have various options ready for discussion and as and when it is discussed we will place those options before the council," Jaitley said, when inquired whether the issue of dual control was discussed. "I told you after the last meeting also our target is the 1st of April. The luxury of time is not available to us for the simple reason that if 1st April is the first possible day it can be implemented, then the last date also is constitutionally defined as 16th of September 2017," the FM said. By Premji
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has written a letter to Mamata Banerjee, and expressed his pain by the Chief Minister's allegations on the army's presence at toll booths in Bengal and said that he didn't expect it from "someone of your standing and experience". "Your allegations run the risk of adversely impacting the moral of the country's armed forces and the same were not expected from a person of your standing and experience in public life," Mr Parrikar wrote in his letter. Pakistan violates cease fire, 6 civilians injured "If only you had inquired with the concerned agencies of the state government, you would have come to know of the extensive correspondence between the army and the state agencies including the joint inspection of the sites carried out by them." 7 Pakistani Rangers and one terrorist killed by BSF Parrikar said, "Political parties and the politicians may have the luxury of making wild and unsubstantiated allegations against each other, but one needs to be extremely careful while referring to armed forces." TMC leader Sukhendu Shekhar said, "We have all respect for Indian Army. We have also submitted the detail on how Army was depolyed. What the Defense Minister has written is totally rubbish." By Premji