Ranveer takes nasty jibes at Katrina, ex Ranbir laughs

first_imgKaran Johar managed a coup when he managed to bring Deepika Padukone’s ex-boyfriends Ranbir Kapoor and Ranveer Singh on his show Koffee With Karan. Our already high anticipation went through the roof when Ranveer revealed at a press meet that he had a blast shooting with Ranbir and that their replies were ‘Befikre.’ALSO READ | Kareena on Deepika, Katrina’s relationship with Ranbir: None of them was a good girlfriend ALSO READ | Deepika-Katrina avoid each other again. Other times they were colder than AntarcticaALSO READ | Ranbir, Ranveer on Koffee With Karan: Will Deepika’s secrets be out in the open? As per tradition, shocking revelations were made on the show. According to a report on SpotboyE, when Ranbir was asked if he was heartbroken, he replied that he wasn’t. His six-year-long relationship with ex-girlfriend Katrina Kaif recently ended, and the Kapoor scion seems to have moved on already.It is also said that Ranveer sportingly agreed when he was asked to imitate Katrina. A report in Filmfare says that he took a dig at Kat’s acting skills. RS said that Katrina maintains only one expression, which she uses to convey all emotions through all her films. Ex-boyfriend Ranbir couldn’t help but laugh at Ranveer’s observation.As reports of Katrina Kaif coming on Karan’s couch with ex-beau Salman are doing the rounds, it will be interesting to see how Kat responds to these jibes. She has maintained a dignified silence, but these jokes at her expense might just push her to retaliate. Let’s wait and watch.advertisementlast_img read more

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‘Pogba would be world’s best under Ferguson’

first_imgPaul Pogba would be “the best player in the world” under Sir Alex Ferguson, says Michael Owen, with current Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho failing the attacking talent in his squad.The man currently at the Old Trafford helm has enhanced his reputation down the years on the ability to build success from the back.A similar approach has been taken during his time in Manchester, although defensive frailties have started to creep in over recent weeks. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Issues across the field have contributed to a four-match winless run, with reports of disputes away from the pitch doing little to aid performances on it.World Cup winner Pogba is among those to have been dragged into a distracting series of rows, with the Frenchman considered to be failing to reach his potential as a result of having the wrong manager guiding him.Former United striker Owen told the Daily Star on the inconsistent midfielder: “I think he’s a great player, although I find it quite frustrating watching him. Considering his age he ought to know a lot more and play a lot more maturely than he does.“Consistency comes with maturity, but again there’s mitigating circumstances with the manager and things like that. Under Ferguson he would be the best player in the world.“He got the best out of players and would see the unbelievable talent. You look at the likes of Eric Cantona.“Even if he did something that everyone sees is wrong, Ferguson would still make a case and make allowances for players like that, because he realised how important they are.“Mourinho has a long list of players…you look at Mohammed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne, players like that. Now Pogba and Alexis Sanchez.“There’s no question that they’ve been better in different teams and I think you could say that about a lot of his players. Mourinho has improved some players – but the majority of those are defenders.”Jose Mourinho Manchester United West Ham 290918Owen believes Mourinho must shoulder much of the blame for United’s current struggles, with big money having been spent bolstering the Red Devils’ ranks since he took the reins in 2016.The ex-England international added: “I’m convinced a manager has got so much importance to how the team plays.“It’s no coincidence that with United, it doesn’t matter who they sign.“I said at the time with Sanchez, he would be a far better player at Manchester City and it’s turned out to be correct. I’m convinced managers are hugely influential.“You could put an average player in Pep Guardiola or Jurgen Klopp’s side and they would look world class because of how they play and who they play alongside.“Without naming names you could look at lots of players in those two teams who are only okay and all of a sudden people are calling them world beaters.“I could name half a dozen at Liverpool and City. In other teams they’d just appear like normal players -now they’re being discussed in world-class terms. That’s down to the style of management.”last_img read more

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50 power people

first_imgRank 1- MUKESH AMBANI59 | IndustrialistMR BIG BUSINESSBecause with the audacious capture of 12 per cent of India’s mobile telephony market in less than six months through Reliance Jio, the owner of India’s largest private sector company and the 24th richest man in the world, with a net worth of,Rank 1- MUKESH AMBANI59 | IndustrialistMR BIG BUSINESSBecause with the audacious capture of 12 per cent of India’s mobile telephony market in less than six months through Reliance Jio, the owner of India’s largest private sector company and the 24th richest man in the world, with a net worth of $29.7 billion (Rs 1.93 lakh crore), has started another revolution, this time in telecommunicationsBecause with revenues of $44.7 billion (nearly Rs 3 lakh crore) in 2015-16 and a net profit of Rs 27, 630 crore, its highest ever, the Reliance Industries behemoth encompasses the world’s largest petroleum refinery processing capacity, retail chain Reliance Fresh, with 3,300 stores, and the world’s largest integrated production facility of polyester fibreBecause he pumped in huge investments into his various businesses in 2016, taking the total investments announced in 2015-16 to Rs 1.12 lakh crore, the highest ever by a corporate in IndiaBecause he is a visionary. After becoming the czar of petrochemicals, he now aspires to be emperor of data with his humongous investmentMASTER OF THE UNIVERSE MOMENTWhen 77 million of Jio’s 100 million subscribers signed up for Jio Prime, the paid service, after the end of the free offer period.WINDING DOWNReads late into the night, sometimes till 2 am. Devours spiritual as well as science and technology books. Orders them online.ART OF GIVINGWas third on the India philanthropy list with donations of Rs 303 crore in 2016, according to the March 2017 Hurun India Philanthropy List.FAVOURITE FOODIdli-sambar from the Mysore Cafe in Matunga, Mumbai. Also relishes street food.advertisementGENERATION NEXTAkash, 25, a graduate of Brown University, US, is chief of strategy at Jio, and is on the boards of both Reliance Jio and Reliance Retail. His twin Isha, is a Yale University graduate, and is also on the boards of both Reliance Jio and Reliance Retail. Anant, 22, studies at Brown University.Rank 2 – RATAN TATA79 | IndustrialistRex features: AFPRETURN OF THE JEDIBecause as chairman of Tata Trusts, which holds over 60 per cent stake in group holding company Tata Sons, he came out of retirement to effect a coup in September 2016, dramatically ousting then chairman Cyrus Mistry, first from the group’s helm and later from group companies on charges of non-performance.Because he has weathered all allegations levelled by Mistry and continues to be India’s most admired industrialist, advising Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a member on his Council on Trade and Industry, and top MNCs such as Mitsubishi Corporation, JP Morgan Chase, Rolls Royce and Temasek Holdings as a member on their international advisory boards.Because his trusted lieutenant N. Chandrasekaran is now at the helm of Tata Sons, which controls the $103 billion Tata business empire.Because he has been a champion of innovation, investing in 29 start-ups in less than two years after retirement, in areas as diverse as retail, transportation, finance and baby products, and is in talks with US-based Falcon Edge Capital to together put in Rs 650 crore into taxi aggregator Ola.FAN CLUBThough not a frequent tweeter, has 6.7 million followers on Twitter.FRIEND TO FOENusli Wadia, chairman of Bombay Dyeing and one-time friend, turned foe after he supported Mistry on the boards of two group companies.OLD BUDDYR. Venkataramanan, managing trustee of Sir Dorabji Tata Trust.FAVOURITE CARHis red Ferrari California. Also has a Land Rover Freelander, Maserati Quattroporte, Cadillac XLR, Mercedes Benz 500 SL and Chrysler Sebring.Rank 3-  KUMAR MANGALAM BIRLA49 | IndustrialistPhoto: Rachit GoswamiIDEA NO. 1Because by leading the merger of Idea, his telecom business, with Vodafone India in a $23.2 billion (Rs 1.5 lakh crore) deal, he has created India’s largest mobile telephony company with over 395 million subscribers, 35 per cent market share, and 41 per cent slice of revenue.Because in the 22 years at the top, he has transformed the Aditya Birla Group into a formidable global conglomerate, with revenues of $41 billion (Rs 2.66 lakh crore) and a leading presence in aluminium, cement, viscose staple fibre, textiles, financial services and telecom.Because he paid $2.4 billion (Rs 15,600 crore) for the acquisition of Jaypee Group’s cement units in 2016, taking Aditya Birla Group’s cement business UltraTech closer to its target of 100 MT capacity, the largest in India.Because he merged Aditya Birla Nuvo with the cash-rich Grasim Industries to create an entity with Rs 60,000 crore in revenues, mixing conventional and new-age businesses-cement, chemicals and viscose staple fibre on the one hand and telecom, textiles and fertilisers on the other.MENTORING THE FUTUREWas named chairman of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in October 2016.NEVER A DULL DAYComes to office on most Sundays to complete pending work.advertisementCAPTAIN COOLCalm demeanour in office, says has lost temper just three times at work.BEST HOLIDAY SPOTLondon, where the family travels together.GENERATION NEXTAnanya, 22, an Oxford University alumna, founded Svatantra Microfinance, which provides microfinance to rural women; Aryaman Vikram, 19, an avid cricketer and painter, donates money collected from his exhibitions to charity; Advaitesha, 13, is in school.Rank 4 GAUTAM ADANI54 | IndustrialistPhoto: Shailesh RavalPORT OF CALLBecause he is one of India’s most astute businessmen with an appetite for big risks. His latest, an audacious push in the global markets when companies are turning more conservative, is expanding one of the world’s largest coal mines in Australia at $21.7 billion (Rs 1.4 lakh crore), and building a greenfield multi-purpose port near Kuala Lumpur.Because he’s still bullish on India when many private entrepreneurs are shying away, pledging Rs 49,000 crore investments in Gujarat in January 2017.RAGS TO RICHESCollege dropout, was diamond sorter in Mumbai before starting own brokerage.GREEN PUSHIndia’s largest power producer with over 11,000 MW capacity, plans to add 10,000 MW of renewable power, with solar projects in Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Rajasthan.GENERATION NEXTKaran, 29, is CEO of Adani Port & SEZ; Jeet, 19, is studying at University of Pennsylvania.Rank 5 – BABA RAMDEV51 | Power yogiPhoto: Bandeep SinghBecause he presides over the fastest-growing FMCG empire in the country, with revenues expected to spike from Rs 5,000 crore in 2015-2016. Over a thousand Patanjali products now reach millions of Indian households through 47,000 stores nationwide.Because he is one of India’s top advertisers in the TV/digital media space. In 2016, Patanjali ads averaged close to 20 hours of ad time every day.Because his proximity to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP has helped his Patanjali empire grow, with party chief ministers allotting land for his factories, research labs and educational institutes.Because in 2016, despite opposition from the bureaucracy and Opposition parties, the Maharashtra government allotted land to Baba Ramdev’s food park at 75 per cent discount.BLACK MONEY WARRIORAn early demonetisation advocate, the PM granted his wish in November 2016.OLD FAVOURITEStill has the Bajaj scooter he had as an Ayurveda products salesman.FIGHTING FITBeat Beijing Olympic silver medallist Andrey Stadnik 12-0 in a show bout, played football at an MPs vs actors match, exhibited yoga skills on TV show.GENERATION NEXT”At our acharyakulams, we are creating hundreds of Ramdevs,” he says Yoga guru.Rank 6-  ANAND MAHINDRA61 | IndustrialistWHEEL OF FORTUNEBecause India’s most non-controversial and articulate businessman with 4.47 million Twitter followers overcame the Supreme Court ban on diesel vehicles in Delhi and fierce competition from MNCs in the SUV segment to launch 14 models in 2016.Because his Rs 1.15 lakh crore Mahindra Group has signed up with France’s Segnere to make airframes, will launch its eCitySmart car, the e2oPlus, and has invested in agriculture start-up MeraKisan.Because the maker of the Reva electric car plans to develop up to four affordable e-vehicles in India, an e-SUV and even e-buses by 2018 in line with the government’s alternative energy push.advertisementROLE MODELUS financial media firm Benzinga put him in top 10 global CEOs to follow on Twitter.CROWNING GLORYAppointed Knight of the National Order of the French Legion of Honour in March 2016.TURNAROUND MOMENTIn 2016, SsangYong Motor, a 100 per cent subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra, reported its first annual net profit in a decade of 58.1 billion Korean won.(Rs 329 crore)GENERATION NEXTAalika, 34, is a freelance writer; Divya, 30, is the creative director of Verve magazine.Rank 7- UDAY KOTAK58 | IndustrialistPhoto: Mandar DeodharSAFE DEPOSITBecause he picked up a 19.9 per cent stake in Airtel M-Commerce in February 2016, grew his company’s life insurance business over 50 per cent compared to a year ago, and has assets under management to over Rs 1 lakh.Because he made Kotak Mahindra the fourth largest private sector bank by acquiring ING Vysya in 2014, with revenues of Rs 9,513 crore in 2015-16.PROFITABLE MOVESold 1.5 per cent of his 30.3 per cent stake in his bank to two Canadian pension funds for around Rs 3,355 crore to comply with an RBI directive.FAMILY MATTERWas raised in a Gujarati Lohana joint family with 60 people sharing one kitchen-capitalism at work and socialism at home, as he’d call it.SOUND OF MUSICLoved playing the sitar until work robbed him of the time to do so..GENERATION NEXTJay, 27, is pursuing an MBA at Harvard University; Dhawal, 24, works on the mid-day meal programme at Kotak Education Foundation.Rank 8 – DILIP SHANGHVI61 | IndustrialistPhoto: ReutersRIGHT PRESCRIPTIONBecause his aggressive overseas acquisitions continue even as cross-border M&As are drying up, acquiring skin cancer drug Odomzo from Swiss giant Novartis for $175 million (nearly Rs 1,200 crore) in December 2016.Because he is the second-richest Indian after Mukesh Ambani, with a net worth of $14.7 billion (Rs 95,550 crore), according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index March 2017, and his Sun Pharma is the world’s fifth-largest generics company.Because his perspectives on macroeconomic fundamentals are much sought after by the government and media alike.EXPANDING THE HORIZONHis Sun Oil and Natural Gas bought 33.3 per cent stake in the Hazira oil and gas field from Canada’s Niko Resources.REVERSE GEARWithdrew plans to launch a payments bank in May 2016, despite getting in-principle approval.GENERATION NEXTSon Aalok, 31, is a molecular biology graduate from the University of Michigan and heads the emerging markets division of the Sun-Ranbaxy combine; Daughter Vidhi, a Wharton graduate, works at Sun Pharma in the marketing division.Rank 9 –  AZIM PREMJI71 | IndustrialistPhoto: ReutersA MIGHTY HEARTBecause India’s eighth richest Indian, with a net worth of $13.8 billion (Rs 89,700 crore), was at his most generous in 2016, donating Rs 27,514 crore through Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives and the Azim Premji Trust.Because under him Wipro had a busy 2016, acquiring Florida tech insurance firm HealthPlan Services for $460 million (Rs 2,990 crore) and Brazilian firm InfoServer for $8.7 million (Rs 56 crore).MENTOR-IN-CHIEFFunds firms through Premji Invest; infused Rs 162 crore into Bengaluru venture ID Fresh Foods in January 2017.SMART SAVERFlies economy. Traded his modest Toyota for a second-hand Mercedes Benz from an employee.SWEATING IT OUTJogs daily, plays golf occasionally.GENERATION NEXTRishad, 40, is Wipro’s Chief Strategy Officer and member of the board; younger son Tariq is also at Wipro.Rank 10- N. CHANDRASEKARAN NEW53 | Chairman, Tata SonsPhoto: Vivan MehraTHE CHOSEN ONEBecause this Tata veteran with a 30-year-long stint was anointed seventh Chairman of the $103 billion (over Rs 7 lakh crore) Tata Group after Cyrus Mistry’s ouster, making him the first professional executive as well as the first non-Parsi to head the conglomerate.Because his seven years as chief executive of TCS took the company to its number one position, with a market capitalisation (value of the company’s traded shares) of over $70 billion (Rs 4.5 lakh crore) in March 2016, more than half the m-cap of the 29 publicly listed Tata companies put together.FIRST OFF THE BLOCKReached settlement with NTT Docomo for enforcement of $1.17 billion arbitration award.CHILDHOOD LESSONSBorn in Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, used to walk three kilometres to school every day.FAST TRACKTook up running in mid-40s due to history of diabetes in family; is now an avid marathoner.Rank 11- VIRAT KOHLI28 | Indian Cricket CaptainPhoto: Rohit ChawlaWARRIOR PRINCEBecause his ability to assess situations and win matches for India, almost at will, makes him the most valuable player of the team. In 2016, Kohli averaged more than any other Indian batsman-75 in Tests, 92 in ODIs and a phenomenal 106 in T20s.Because he is the only Indian captain to win six consecutive Test series, the first batsman to slam four double hundreds in successive series. Between August 2015 and February 2017, Kohli was without a defeat in 19 Tests, the longest streak for any Indian captain.MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE MOVERs 110 crore endorsement deal with Puma. Endorsement fee Rs 5 crore a day is highest among Indian celebrities.FIRST CRUSHKarisma Kapoor; he is dating actor Anushka Sharma.THINK INKHe sports seven tattoos: a monastery, Lord Shiva in meditation, Test cap number 269, ODI cap number 175, parents’ name in Hindi, a Samurai and the zodiac sign of Scorpio.Rank 12- NANDAN NILEKANI/ NEW61 | Former chairman, UIDAINilotpal BaruahCHANGE AGENTBecause the government has made his brainchild, the Aadhaar card, mandatory for PAN cards and filing of income tax returns.Because the Narendra Modi government has made him a special invitee in the 13-member committee set up to promote digital payment systems.Because he is one of India’s most prolific angel investors, giving over $50 million to a dozen start-ups in just one year and committing to invest $25 million more.DID YOU KNOW?When Infosys went public in 1993, no one picked up the stock. Among the first people Nilekani tried to sell the Infy stock to was his IIT Bombay senior Jairam Ramesh.GENERATION NEXTDaughter Jahnavi, 27, is a trustee of Arghyam, a foundation providing grants with a focus on groundwater and sanitation, and a PhD student in public policy at Harvard University; son Nihar, 26, is a Yale University graduate.Rank 13- AMIT AGARWAL/NEW42 | Country Manager, Amazon IndiaPhoto: Twitter/@jonas1hrSHOPPING MASTERBecause he adopted a policy of lower costs, higher sales and fewer defects at Amazon India, selling through his platform 26 per cent of the $10.2 billion (over Rs 65,000 crore) worth of goods sold across all online platforms in India by May 2016.Because he was promoted to global senior vice-president just a year after being included in the senior leadership at Amazon.TWIST OF FATEWanted to become a primary school teacher and start his own school.HIGH POINTMountaineering, one reason he chose to join Amazon in Seattle in 1999.LOW POINTHad to apologise to Sushma Swaraj for Indian flag doormats being on sale on the portal.Rank 14 -SUNIL MITTAL59 | Founder-Chairman, Bharti EnterprisesRuben Sprich / ReutersSTILL IN THE RINGBecause he is the telecom czar of India, the chairman of what was till recently India’s largest mobile operator with a subscriber base of 270 million.Because he clearly wants to lead the big data revolution in India and give Reliance Jio stiff competition. A series of strategic acquisitions, such as Tikona Digital Networks, Telenor and Augere Wireless, have made Airtel the second company after Reliance Jio to have pan-India presence in the 2,300 Mhz band, which has the second-largest ecosystem of 4G devices.Because not only does he head the world’s third-largest telephony company but is also the first Indian to be elected the chairman of GSMA, which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide.NUMBERS GAMEAll his cars have the same number plate, 0023, after his date of birth, October 23.GENERATION NEXTEiesha, 33, runs a fashion investment fund; Kavin, 29, is founder and CEO of Hike Messenger, the world’s sixth largest mobile messaging application; twin Shravin works on an independent business venture.Rank 15-  AMITABH BACHCHAN74 | ActorPhoto by: Bandeep SinghTHE GOLD STANDARDBecause he continues to command the screens for his talent, with scripts written around him. After his National Award-winning performance in Piku, Bachchan followed it up with another power-packed show in Pink.Because at 74, he is still courted by advertisers and trusted by audiences and is the face of over 10 brands.Because with 26.1 million followers on Twitter, second only to PM Modi, he cuts across as a positive figure who uses the platform to reminisce, congratulate and recommend rather than lament and create controversy.Because he has the government’s seal of approval. Whether it is promoting the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, family planning, polio vaccination or a tuberculosis-free India, he is the go-to face for the Centre’s welfare schemes, which he does pro bono.COMING SOONWorking with Aamir Khan for the first time in Thugs of Hindostan.GENERATION NEXTGrand-daughter Navya Naveli Nanda, 19, is a social media star in her own right for her busy Instagram feed; Agastya Nanda, 16, is studying in London; Aaradhya Bachchan, 5, the youngest of the Bachchans, is a student at the Dhirubhai Ambani International School.Rank 16- SHIV NADAR71 | Founder-chairman, HCL & Shiv Nadar FoundationTHE BENEFACTORBecause with total donations of Rs 630 crore in 2016, the Hurun Research Institute named him the most philanthropic Indian for 2016. Nadar, worth Rs 73,000 crore, gave away 27 per cent of his wealth, and was at number 5 in generosity in 2015.Because HCL, the country’s fourth largest software services firm, has grown beyond an IT company and represents excellence in education, nurtures artists and is a key driver for skilling and job creation at the grassroots.Because he has begun the reinvention of the struggling IT services sector and is creating high quality jobs for youth through an agreement with Andhra Pradesh-HCL will invest Rs 500 crore in the project.QUICK LEARNERPicked up English watching English films.GENERATION NEXTDaughter Roshni, 35, is executive director and CEO of HCL Enterprise.Rank 17- RAHUL BHATIA61 | Group MD, Interglobe Enterprises.Photo: Shekhar GhoshAIR KINGBecause a net worth of $3.65 billion makes him the 38th richest in India. His airline, Indigo, completed a decade in 2016 and at a valuation of Rs 35,000 crore is the largest and most profitable airline in India.Because Indigo notched a 40 per cent market share and a 28 per cent year-on-year growth in passenger volumes, and will get a new aircraft every nine days till 2027.Because he was the first to tell Indian fliers that he respected their time and made on-time performance a key metric at Indigo.DID YOU KNOW?Travel wasn’t his first career choice. He wanted to set up a telecom venture with Nortel in the 1980s.WORK MANTRADelegate authority and work.GENERATION NEXTMadhav, 18, and Sumita, 15, both students.Rank 18-  VIJAY SHEKHAR SHARMA43 | Founder-CEO, PaytmPhoto: Shekhar GhoshPAY AND PLAYBecause he is the pioneer of an idea that was once audacious but is today one of the defining pillars of the India growth story. The biggest beneficiary of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise demonetisation, his company name is almost a verb now, synonymous with digital payments. With over 200 million users, Paytm has the deepest penetration in India.Because he was quick to spot a vacuum in his business and fix it. Even as money added to Paytm accounts grew at over 1,000 per cent, he realised the untapped opportunity in offline payments and increased their share to nearly 40 per cent from 1 per cent in the past one year.Because he isn’t capping his ambition at India alone. Paytm took its global leap this year with services in Canada.STRIKING A CHORDWants to set up a Sanskrit rock band, is a big fan of Coldplay.FAVOURITE QUOTE”Someday you are the pigeon and someday you are the statue”.Rank 19- ARUNDHATI BHATTACHARYA/ NEW61 | Chairman, State Bank of IndiaPhoto: Rachit GoswamiCREDIT CZARINABecause as head of the country’s largest bank, with a 22 per cent market share, she led the State Bank of India through the tumultuous demonetisation exercise, beginning November 8 last year.Because she oversaw the merger of five of SBI’s subsidiaries and the Bharatiya Mahila Bank with itself, taking the bank to the global league of Top 50 with a balance-sheet size of Rs 41 lakh crore, 500 million customers, more than 22,500 branches and 58,000 ATMs.Because she is positioning SBI as ‘the banker to digital India’ by focusing on technology to improve the outreach of the 211-year-old bank.BIGGEST CHALLENGEFighting bad loans worth Rs 1.08 lakh crore till December 2016.HELPING HANDHusband Pritimoy Bhatta-charya manages home to aid the busy banker.TOP HONOURAmong 50 greatest leaders in the world in Fortune magazine, March 2017.Rank 20- SUBRAMANIAN SWAMY77 | PoliticianPhoto by: Bandeep SinghMASTER BLASTERBecause his Rajya Sabha nomination in April 2016, despite the opposition of several senior party leaders, signalled his strong Sangh connect. With 4 million Twitter followers, he sets the social media agenda for the right wing.Because his firepower is as unpredictable as it is deadly. Opposes the party line and targets BJP leaders, including Arun Jaitley, with the same intensity as the Congress’s P. Chidambaram. Was the first to oppose a second term for Raghuram Rajan as RBI governor.SWAMY’S TARGETS 2016-17 AND HIS NICKNAMES FOR THEMFormer RBI governor Raghuram Rajan (R3)Finance Minister Arun Jaitley (Shakuni)Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (Shri 420)STUNNING U-TURNAIADMK chief V.K. Sasikala was jailed on February 14 this year based on a disproportionate assets case he had filed in 1996. But he supported her bid for chief minister after J. Jayalalithaa’s death.GENERATION NEXTDaughter Gitanjali Swamy, 46, is an IT professional; Suhasini Haidar, 44, is a journalist.Rank 21- VINOD RAI/ NEW68 | EnforcerPhoto: Rajwant RawatPRIME COUNSELBecause he’s the one-stop expert for both the political class and judiciary to enforce reforms. The Modi government made him chief of the Banks Board Bureau; the Supreme Court has him running the all-powerful cricket body, the BCCI, and the Indian Railways has made him member of its Kayakalp Council to recommend improvements.Because when the ex-CAG writes to the PM (in March) on the lack of action by banks on bad loans, even the finance ministry takes note of it.AT THE CREASEThe present BCCI chief was captain of his school cricket team.OLD SCHOOLFormer PM Manmohan Singh was one of his teachers at the Delhi School of Economics.DID YOU KNOW?After his wife died in 1990, he married the widow of a colleague. Rai has a son and two daughters.Rank 22 – UDAY SHANKAR55 | JournalistPhoto: Mandar DeodharHOT SHOTBecause he’s chairman and CEO of India’s largest entertainment network, Star India, which had a turnover of Rs 10,800 crore in 2015-16.Because Hotstar is the market leader among digital streaming platforms, with an estimated 200 million downloads of the app, and Star Sports, with its 10-channel bouquet, is the destination for the nation’s sporting needs.TECH CREDENTIALSHotstar is one of the first to embrace virtual reality (VR), with the Kabaddi World Cup games streamed in 360-degree perspective.PAST LIFETook time off to travel in eastern UP during the recent polls to gauge the mood of the people.FUTURE PERFECTNayi Soch, the new advertising campaign by Star India to usher in gender sensitivity, has Indian cricketers wearing their mother’s names on their jerseys and Aamir Khan as a shopkeeper who breaks gender stereotypes.Rank 23 – VINEET JAIN49 | Media TycoonPhoto: Mandar DeodharTIME OF HIS LIFEBecause notwithstanding the snub from the prime minister who pulled out of their global business summit, he heads the Times Group, India’s largest media house with the top-selling English daily, pink paper, the highest-rated English news channel, the biggest radio network and the most expansive digital network.Because despite losing their top anchor, news channel Times Now continues to be the leader in English news. They have also launched a second news channel, Mirror Now.Because he is the de facto boss of the Times Group, with brother Samir having mostly withdrawn from day-to-day activities.CRICKET WATCHTimes Internet has in-match digital video clip rights to all ICC events till 2019 for US, Canada.NON-CONFORMISTLives up to his profile, tweeting on controversial topics like demonetisation and the liquor ban.MILLENNIAL MOVEEntered into a partnership with Vice Media, the edgy US-Canadian company with a focus on youth content.OUT ON THE TOWNLikes to dine at Papaya, a pan-Asian restaurant in Mumbai; movie of the year: Lion.Rank 24 – ADITYA PURI66 | BankerPhoto: Rachit GoswamiNEW CURRENT ACCOUNTBecause this vocal commentator on financial matters runs India’s largest private sector bank, with income of Rs 41,589 crore in the nine months ended December 2016.Because he has headed HDFC Bank since 1994, overseen it reaching a nationwide distribution network of 4,555 branches in 2,597 cities/towns.Because HDFC Bank was adjudged India’s Most Valuable Brand for the third consecutive year in 2016 by WPP research agency Millward Brown. Rank 25 – ANIL AMBANI57 | IndustrialistPhoto: Reuters WIDE SPECTRUMBecause the merger of his Reliance Communication’s telecom business with rival Aircel will form the country’s fourth-largest mobile phone operator.Because he has buried the hatchet with brother Mukesh and collaborated on the latter’s Jio telecom venture by providing critical tower infrastructure.Because he is betting big on defence-Reliance Defence and Engineering has tied up with Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems to manufacture air-to-air missiles. He is targeting a business of Rs 2.85 lakh crore in the next 3-5 years.WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAMMESold radio, TV businesses, power transmission assets, cements business to cut debt by Rs 7,000 crore.THINKING CAPInducted into advisory board of top global think-tank, The Atlantic Council, in March 2017.GENERATION NEXTSon Jai Anmol, 25, who works in Reliance Capital, is now on the company board. Jai Anshul, 21, is studying in New York University. Rank 26-  BINNY BANSAL & SACHIN BANSAL35 | EntrepreneursSachin, left, and Binny Bansal (Photo: NILOTPAL BARUAH) RIGHT CLICKBecause e-tail giant Flipkart posted a 56 per cent growth in sales in 2015-16 despite the Amazon onslaught, at a time when other domestic firms such as Snapdeal struggled with soaring operational costs leading to massive layoffs.Because they bought rival eBay’s Indian operations as part of a Rs 9,000 crore deal that includes funds infusion from investors led by China’s Tencent.Because investors in Flipkart and rival Snapdeal are in talks for what could be the biggest merger in India’s $10 billion (Rs 65,000 crore) e-commerce sector.STEM THE BLEEDCurbing losses, which doubled to Rs 2,960 crore in 2015-16 is a challenge.FIRST CAREER CHOICESSachin wanted to be a pro gamer; Binny wanted to build computer games.FIRST INVESTMENTInvested Rs 4 lakh in business, of which Rs 1 lakh was spent on buying computers. Rank 27-  SANJIV GOENKA / NEW55 | IndustrialistSanjiv Goenka (Photo: SUBIR HALDER) IN A SWEET SPOTBecause 2016 was a year of turnarounds and expansion for the Rs 17,000 crore RP-Sanjiv Goenka group. Retail business (Spencers) is in the black and power utility business CESC has expanded from Kolkata to Bikaner, Greater Noida, Kota and Bharatpur.Because he is the bridge between the government in Delhi and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. Always beside Banerjee at state meetings, he played a key role in her supporting the GST Bill. Rank 28-  NITA AMBANI53 | EntrepreneurNita Ambani (Photo: RACHIT GOSWAMI) SPORTING DIVABecause she wields enormous influence in the Indian sports arena as owner of an IPL cricket team, as chairperson of the Indian Super League football and as the first Indian woman to be elected member of the International Olympic Committee.Because she is the moving spirit behind all philanthropic activities of the Reliance Foundation.Because invitations to parties at her plush Mumbai home Antilla are considered proof of arrival in Mumbai society and every Diwali, recipients can grade their social status according to the lavishness of the gift given.SUPERWOMAN MOMENTWhen over 205 million fans watched Indian Super League in its third season.RURAL CONNECTReliance Foundation Youth Sports reached 2 million children across 1,800 schools/ colleges in 2016.BOARD MATTERSIs on the board of Reliance Industries and EIH Ltd, the company behind the Oberoi luxury hotel chain. Rank 29- SALMAN KHAN51 | ActorSalman Khan (Photo: Bandeep Singh) BIG BROTHERBecause a Salman Khan release is now Bollywood’s most anticipated event. His sole release in 2016, Sultan, was the year’s biggest hit with Rs 300.6 crore in collections until Aamir Khan’s Dangal (December 23 release) surpassed it in January 2017.Because Khan paid Rs 44.5 crore in advance tax in 2016, the highest by any Bollywood actor.Because everybody wants a piece of him, literally, and can now buy it, with the Being Human apparel range growing to stores across 40 cities.Because he is everyone’s benefactor. His banner has the rights to remake the Korean film Ode to My Father, is producing an international film with Irrfan Khan and is collaborating with Karan Johar for a film with Akshay Kumar in the lead.COMING SOONTwo releases, Kabir Khan’s Tubelight and Ali A. Zafar’s Tiger Zinda Hai.FAVOURITE MEAL’Mixture’, a home-cooked dish that has rice, mutton, some salad, sweet and salty mango pickle all blended together.GENERATION NEXTHe doesn’t have a child of his own yet but his sister’s one-year-old, Ahil Sharma, is the apple of his uncle’s eye. Rank 30-  S. GURUMURTHY68 | Chartered Accountant; Co-convenor, Swadeshi Jagran ManchS. Gurumurthy (Photo: JAISON G) SOUTHERN IMPACTBecause he endeared himself to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by being the first to welcome demonetisation unlike others in the RSS and Sangh parivar. BJP president Amit Shah is in constant touch to tap his thoughts on enlarging the party base across South India.Because the Chennai-based opinion-maker has taken charge of Thuglak as editor after Cho Ramaswamy’s death and is BJP’s advisor on Tamil Nadu politics. It is he who recommended that the party not interfere in the pro- and anti-Sasikala factional battle in the AIADMK. Rank 31- SUBHASH CHANDRA66 | Media tycoonSubash Chandra (Photo: CHANDRADEEP KUMAR) SHOW STOPPERBecause the Essel Group chief is the richest media baron in the country with a net worth of $2.7 billion (Rs 17,370 crore). In 2016, he also became a Rajya Sabha MP, with his influence extending beyond business to policy-making.Because in 2016, he acquired Anil Ambani’s radio and TV business for Rs 1,900 crore and merged his Dish TV with direct-to-home TV company Videocon d2h Ltd to create the largest Indian listed media firm by revenue. Rank 32- VISHAL SIKKA49 | Tech guruVishal Sikka THE DAREDEVILBecause he brought IT major Infosys back on its high growth trajectory from a period of slow growth and high attrition, with revenues up 17 per cent to Rs 62,441 crore in 2015-16; profits spiked to Rs 13,678 crore.Because he survived allegations of splurge and erosion in values from powerful co-founders such as N.R. Narayana Murthy, with the board supporting him. He has set a target of doubling revenues to $20 billion (Rs 1.3 lakh crore) by 2020.TOP DOLLARIndia’s highest paid IT executive’s annual salary is $11 million or Rs 74 crore.DIARY WRITERHis prolific blog, Timelessness, shares his views on a diverse range of topics.FAVOURITE BOOKHermann Hesse’s Siddhartha, as it had a big cultural impact in Germany, India and the US-“the three cultures that shaped who I am”. Rank 33- RAJAT SHARMA60 | Media tycoonRajat Sharma FRIENDLY CONNECTIONSBecause the chairman and editor-in-chief of popular news channel India TV has direct access to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, thanks to his long friendship with the two. BJP president Amit Shah has him on speed dial.Because his talk show, Aap ki Adalat, running for 23 years now, is still one of the most watched programmes on Indian television.Because he is on the road to expansion with plans to enter the general entertainment genre. Negotiations are on with equity firm New Silk Route, which owns 9X MediaBecause from attending a reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II to launch the UK-India Year of Culture 2017 to speaking at Harvard University and IIT Kanpur, he has emerged as an icon of inspiration.FIT FADA fitness fanatic, he rarely misses the gym, and doesn’t eat after 7 pm. Every year, he goes to an Austrian clinic to detox.RAGS TO RICHESHe used to live in a 100 square foot room in Delhi with nine relatives. There was no electricity and he would study at the Sabzi Mandi railway station under the lamplight.DID YOU KNOW?He became editor of the now-defunct Onlooker magazine at the age of 28.BUDDY-BUDDYNarendra Modi and Arun Jaitley address him as “Panditji”. Rank 34- RAJINIKANTH// NEW66 | ActorRajnikanth LEADER IN WAITINGBecause the BJP wants to tap his phenomenal popularity and fan base that steadily chants ‘thalaiva, thalaiva (leader, leader)’ every time he makes a public appearance and project him as a potential chief minister in Tamil Nadu post-Jayalalithaa.Because the prime minister requested that he shoot his next film, 2.0, in India in keeping with the Make in India campaign. The Enthiran sequel will release later this year.Because even a humanitarian exercise of him flagging off a housing scheme to rehabilitate Sri Lankan Tamils in Jaffna became political dynamite and had to be called off.GOLD STANDARDThis one-time Bengaluru bus conductor has eaten wafer-thin gold sheets with his meals given his faith in the Siddha system of medicine, yoga and meditation.GENERATION NEXTElder daughter Aishwarya, 35, is married to actor Dhanush; the younger, Soundarya, 32, is a director, producer and graphic designer in Tamil films. Rank 35-DR. NARESH TREHAN70 | Surgeon & entrepreneurDr. Naresh Trehan (Photo: YASIR IQBAL) THE GOOD DOCTORBecause as one of the most influential healthcare personalities, he is everywhere: from the Union health ministry’s Key Advisory Group to the National Skill Development Corporation; from the Export Promotion Council to the Healthcare Skill Sector Council and the Delhi government’s mohalla clinics.Because the serial institution-builder is determined to push high-end healthcare to areas that lack such facilities; creating Rs 1,000 crore hospitals along the lines of Medanta-The Medicity in Lucknow, Bhubaneswar, Noida and Patna, apart from smaller facilities in Jharkhand and Indore.Because he has initiated the unique ‘One Heart Team’ concept at Medanta, a broad-based approach towards coronary artery disease management, built on consensus-a first in India.Because he is leading Medanta towards public service: from Mission TB Free Haryana to Mission Stop Dengue, the latter with active participation of Gurugram school students.GENERATION NEXTDaughters Sheyl and Shonan. Sheyl studied law at the Columbia Law School, US, and is a registered attorney; her husband Pankaj Sahni is COO, Medanta-The Medicity; Shonan did a master’s in architecture from the Bartlett School of Architecture, London, and is the founder and principal architect of the firm, Labwerk. Rank 36- P.V. SINDHU/NEW21 | Badminton playerPV Sindhu A BIG HITBecause she has proved that her Olympic silver at Rio was no flash in the pan. She has risen to No. 2 in the World Badminton Federation rankings.Because she has emerged as the most rewarded sportswoman, bagging a Rs 50-crore, three-year deal with sports management firm Baseline.Because the post-Olympic incentives she was offered include direct appointment to the state as an officer in the government after her playing years.IN THE FAMILYParents P.V. Ramana and P. Vijaya represented Andhra Pradesh in volleyball.BEYOND BADMINTONSwimming is the only thing she likes, that too at the Gopichand Academy.THREE-TIME LUCKYShe has won the Macau Open three times in a row from 2013.HER OWN TALISMANUnlike many successful sportspersons, she does not believe in any talisman. Rank 37- AMIT JAIN/NEW40 | President, Uber India & South AsiaAmit Jain (Photo: VIVAN MEHRA) UBER COOLBecause he leads growth for the world’s most valuable start-up in one of its most strategic markets. India is in second place in the number of trips worldwide, with over 3 million weekly active riders and 200,000 weekly active drivers in 29 cities in three years. Uber nearly doubled its customer base in 2016.Because the $70 billion start-up chose Bengaluru as one of the two areas for R&D, as well as its first engineering centre in Asia in March 2016. Research on mapping and self-driving technologies is being driven out of India. He is also making a host of India-specific solutions.Because he leads growth for the world’s most valuable start-up in one of its most strategic markets. India is in second place in the number of trips worldwide, with over 3 million weekly active riders and 200,000 weekly active drivers in 29 cities in three years. Uber nearly doubled its customer base in 2016.Because the $70 billion start-up chose Bengaluru as one of the two areas for R&D, as well as its first engineering centre in Asia in March 2016. Research on mapping and self-driving technologies is being driven out of India. He is also making a host of India-specific solutions.TAXI, TAXI!Jain Ubers his way across town for meetings. Has a car for his family.TOTAL CONTROLIs obsessively organised and plays the santoor.COMRADE-IN-ARMSWife Priyanka, a PhD in social theory. His father, the hardest working person he knows, is his inspiration.FAVOURITE QUOTE”The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained in sudden flight but, they while their companions slept, they were toiling upwards in the night”-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Rank 38- PRIYANKA CHOPRA34 | ActorPriyanka Chopra SERIAL WINNERBecause she is now a bona fide Hollywood star. From red carpet appearances to being cover girl of leading glossies; from hanging out with Meryl Streep backstage at the Golden Globes to winning two People’s Choice awards for Quantico, Chopra has in just two years become the eighth highest-paid TV actress in the world, with earnings of $11 million.Because from silencing her trolls with a picture of her armpits on Twitter (16 million followers) to sharing pictures of her Quantico co-stars and celebrities like Mick Jagger on Instagram (16.1 million), she is a social media queen.TALK CENTRALBeloved of US talk show hosts, she’s a hit with Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres.COMING SOONHollywood debut as baddie Victoria Leeds in summer release Baywatch.PRIZED POSSESSIONA healing charms necklace belonging to her late father, Ashok Chopra. Rank 39-MAHENDRA MOHAN, SANJAY & SHAILESH GUPTA75,53,45 | Media ownersMahendra Mohan HINDI BARONSBecause as the owners of the largest-selling daily in India, Dainik Jagran, with a circulation of 4 million, they can reach Indians across the country. Little wonder that Prime Minister Modi often quotes their newspaper in Mann ki Baat.Because their company, Jagran Prakashan, registered operating revenues of Rs 2,106.5 crore in 2016, up by 19 per cent from Rs 1,769.7 crore in 2015-despite a stagnant market. Their music broadcast arm, under the Radio City brand, also had a successful initial public offering.THE PATRIARCHKanpur-based Mahendra Mohan is no longer a member of the Rajya Sabha but he still maintains a keen interest in parliamentary affairs.THE NEPHEWSanjay, based in Delhi, is the editor-in-chief of Dainik Jagran.Sanjay Gupta THE SONShailesh, based in Mumbai, is responsible for directing the group to new businesses.Shailesh Gupta Rank 40- SHAH RUKH KHAN51 | ActorShah Rukh Khan (Photo: Bandeep Singh) MULTI STARBecause he is the superstar who risks it all, whether it is taking on a supporting role in his home production Dear Zindagi, sharing the spotlight with Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Raees or exploring the complex fan-star relationship in the underappreciated drama Fan.Because he gives back to the movie industry. Khan’s studio, Red Chillies Entertainment, is one of the leading visual effects providers in India, and is producing films which go beyond formulaic fare-from Dear Zindagi to the forthcoming Ittefaq.Because he is King Khan when it comes to public speaking. Is sought after for his oratory skills-the latest being Oxford University which wants him to deliver a speech offering his trademark mix of wise words and self-deprecating humour and charm overload.Because he is the highest-earning star in Bollywood. With $33 million (Rs 212 crore) earnings in 2016, Khan was the eighth highest-paid actor in the world.COMING SOONAn avid reader, Khan landed himself a guest appearance in sci-fi drama Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, based on the Douglas Adams novels; returns to the small screen to host TED Talks India: Nayi Soch, a new series on Star India; and next stars with Anushka Sharma in the Imtiaz Ali-directed globe-trotting romance.GENERATION NEXTThat Aryan, 19, is a future Bollywood actor is a foregone conclusion. Currently, Khan’s oldest child is studying filmmaking at the University of Southern California; Suhana, 16, recently caught eyeballs for giving a ditzy, melodramatic twist to Cinderella in a school play; AbRam, 3, makes sure he keeps his father’s fans entertained and awww-ed with his antics when he isn’t giving his father company at Mehboob Studios during promotions. Rank 41- RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR/NEW52 | EntrepreneurRajeev Chandrasekhar (Photo: M ZHAZO) ONE-MAN ARMYBecause he is among a handful of MPs who actively pursue causes to their conclusion, from armed forces pensions to mobilising citizens against Bengaluru’s steel flyover (now scrapped). His 943 Rajya Sabha questions over 11 years are twice the parliamentary average.Because the tie-up of his media firm Asianet News with Arnab Goswami’s forthcoming news channel Republic News is the talk of Lutyens’ Delhi.Because his September 2016 appointment as vice-chairman of the NDA’s Kerala unit acknowledges his key role in the BJP’s 2019 southern thrust.DEBT OF HONOURBought and refurbished a vintage Douglas DC3 ‘Dakota’ in the UK. Plans to gift the aircraft, the type his air force officer father once flew, to the IAF’s vintage squadron.GENERATION NEXTSon Ved, 18, and daughter Devika, 17. Rank 42- RAJIV BAJAJ/ NEW50 | IndustrialistRajiv Bajaj (Photo: Tsering Topgyal / AP) TOP GEARBecause he continues to give rivals Honda and Hero MotoCorp a good fight by focusing on the high-margin, premium two-wheeler segment with new launches and features, clocking a profit of Rs 3,930 crore on revenues of Rs 23,883 crore for the year ended 2015-16Because like his forthright father Rahul Bajaj, he likes to speak his mind, be it blaming demonetisation for affecting the sale of two-wheelers, saying the Supreme Court ban on BS-III vehicles was a blessing for the auto sector, or warning that ‘Made in India’ could turn ‘Mad in India’, going by the hurdles in launching a quadricycle in India.HEALING TOUCHBelieves in homeopathy and is a practitioner of Iyengar yoga, propagated by B.K.S. Iyengar.BEST BUDDIESChief technology officer Abraham Joseph, head of engineering Pradeep Shrivastava and president, business development, S. Ravikumar. Rank 43 – HARISH SALVE60 | LawyerHarish Salve (Photo:Bandeep Singh) MASTER OF STRATEGYBecause, at Rs 30 lakh a day, he is not just the highest-charging advocate in the country, but also among the top 10 most expensive lawyers in the world.Because with formidable expertise and experience in a range of jurisprudence-constitutional, commercial, taxation-and big-ticket arbitrations, he is the lead counsel on most significant and polarising legal debates of the day, be it Ratan Tata vs Cyrus Mistry, Centre vs NDTV, Daiichi vs Ranbaxy, Prashant Bhushan vs Reliance Jio Infocomm or interstate disputes on water or pollution.Because he was part of the team that successfully argued at the United Nations’ highest court against a bid by the Marshall Islands to sue India for violating nuclear disarmament obligations. Rank 44- AKSHAY KUMAR/ NEW49 | ActorAkshay Kumar (Photo: Milind Shelte) CITIZEN STARBecause he is the only actor after the three Khans to be a safe bet at the box office, and has also evolved as a spokesman for all the right causes. It doesn’t hurt that he has just received a National Award for his lead act in courtroom drama Rustom.Because Mr Prolific had three Rs 100 crore-plus hits in 2016 and is now placing his clout behind new filmmakers, from Raja Krishna Menon (Airlift) to Shree Narayan Singh (Toilet: Ek Prem Katha).Because he is one half of a most interesting couple in Bollywood-wife Twinkle being a force in her own right with her columns/books.LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR Stays in the same Juhu Beach-facing building as Hrithik Roshan and Sajid Nadiadwala.COMING SOONSouthern debut, taking on Thalaivar in 2.0, and a role in Padman, wife Twinkle’s debut as producer.GENERATION NEXTAarav, 14, shares his father’s passion for martial arts, has a black belt in Kudo; Nitara, 4, has mum’s funnybones. Rank 45- KAMAL HAASAN/NEW62 | ActorKamal Hasan (Photo: Bandeep Singh) ACTOR WITH A MINDBecause unlike most movie stars, he’s not afraid to speak his mind, whether in favour of jallikattu ahead of Sankranti which culminated in the protests at Marina Beach, or using social media-where he has a legion of followers-to rail against politicians, especially after all the upheaval following J. Jayalalithaa’s death, leading Rajinikanth to call him the “angriest man I’ve ever met”.Because he has not allowed disruptions in his personal life, be it a multiple fracture and then a split with his long-term partner Gautami in the space of a year, to deter him.Because his 58-year-long association with the industry as actor, screenwriter, director and producer enables him today to experiment and innovate with remarkable ease.NO GODSA Tamil Brahmin by birth, he is a self-declared atheist.GENERATION NEXTDaughters Shruti, 31, and Akshara, 25, born to him and second wife Sarika. Both are actors. Rank 46- MANISH SABHARWAL/ NEW 47 | Chairman, TeamLease ServicesManish Sabharwal (Photo: Nilotpal Baruah) THE THINKERBecause he is a member of the National Skill Development Mission, the Central Advisory Board on Education and a state nominee on the Reserve Bank of India board. He is the only individual from the private sector whose article Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tweeted.Because TeamLease, a Fortune 500 company, is on an acquisition spree, taking over firms such as ASAP Info Systems, Keystone Business Solutions and NichePro Technologies in the past year.Because the Centre consults him on labour reforms. He was the brain behind Rajasthan’s labour reforms under Vasundhara Raje.BOOK WORMHe reads a book every week and organises a two-hour-long authors’ evening at home every month.GENERATION NEXTSon Dhruv, 15, and daughter Noor, 12, both in school. Rank 47-AAMIR KHAN52 | ActorAamir Khan (Photo: Rachit Goswami) MASS APPEALBecause Dangal beat both demonetisation and #BoycottDangal on Twitter to emerge as Bollywood’s biggest film to date with a collection of Rs 386 crore, breaking the record set by another Aamir starrer, PK.Because his not-for-profit initiative Paani Foundation has been working with the Maharashtra government to educate villagers on watershed management.Because everybody loves Aamir. Be it his birthday bash or the success party for Dangal, the who’s who of Bollywood turns up to celebrate.ON BOARDAn avid collector of board games, his latest obsession is The Settlers of Catan.PARTY ANIMALThank Kunal Kapoor for telling us about Aamir having the drinking “capacity of a whale” and throwing the longest parties.GENERATION NEXTJunaid, 24, all set to follow papa into show business; Ira, 19, working with an ad film production house; and Azad, 5, studying at Dhirubhai Ambani International School. Rank 48- PRATHAP C. REDDY/ NEW84 | EntrepreneurPrathap C Reddy (Photo:Social mediaTwitter) DOCTOR YESBecause the founding patriarch and chairman of the four-decades-old Rs 6,000 crore Apollo Hospital Group was whom everyone in Tamil Nadu turned to as they prayed for the recovery of AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalithaa.Because he has made it clear that the entry of the third generation into the family business will be based on merit than by virtue of inheritance. In February 2017, he set up a family constitution to avoid ambiguity on succession and structure at the group.FOREIGN STINTHe spent a decade as a doctor in the US and then another on his return in 1970 before launching Apollo as a 150-bed hospital in Chennai in 1983.GENERATION NEXTThe eldest, 59-year-old Preetha, will be the next executive chairperson, as per the family constitution, while she is currently, like the remaining three daughters, Suneeta, 57, Shobana, 55, and Sangita, 53, managing distinct divisions and business entities. Rank 49- PAWAN MUNJAL61 | CMD & CEO, Hero MotoCorpPawan Munjal (Photo: Yasir Iqbal) RIDING HIGHBecause Hero MotoCorp sold 600,000 units in March alone, over double what its competitors sold. It also added Argentina to its global footprint in 35 countries, even as its global manufacturing facility in Colombia became operational in 2016.Because in the age of disruption, he has invested heavily in the future of technology. A Rs 850 crore state-of-the-art R&D centre in Jaipur employs over 500 engineers from India and across the world. He has also invested in e-mobility start-up Ather Energy and is exploring the two-wheeler taxi market through a possible alliance with Uber.THE OTHER DRIVEMakes it a point to play golf in the very early hours, irrespective of where in the world he is. Has appointed his golfing hero, Tiger Woods, as Hero’s Global Corporate Partner.GENERATION NEXTVasudha, 36, has built India’s premium chocolate brand, Choko-la; Supriya, 27, has her own fashion line; son Annuvrat, 22, is studying in the US. Rank 50- DEEPIKA PADUKONE31 | ActorDeepika Padukone (Photo: Bandeep Singh) LEADING LADYBecause she is now a global celebrity, beating contemporary Priyanka Chopra by making her Hollywood debut early this year in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. With $346.3 million worldwide collections, the action thriller is so far the fifth-highest grossing film of the year.Because she is the most coveted face among movie-makers and advertisers, currently endorsing 18 brands. No wonder she was recognised as the world’s 10th highest-paid actress of 2016 and paid the highest advance tax of Rs 10.25 crore among actresses.Because with 18 million followers on Twitter-more than POTUS-she is currently the most followed woman in India, ranking sixth overall, behind only Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amitabh Bachchan and the three Khans of Bollywood.NO STRESSWhile shooting her Hollywood debut in Toronto, she learned to do her own laundry, even made her own scrambled eggs.FAVOURITE FOODBenne masala dosa and south Indian filter coffee.BEST HOLIDAY DESTINATIONHer parents’ home in Bengaluru.LAST TV SERIES WATCHEDThe Crown on Netflix.last_img read more

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Hope Cheteshwar Pujara improves his T20 skills, says Virender Sehwag

first_imgCheteshwar Pujara comes with the reputation of a good Test cricketer, according to former opener Virender Sehwag, who hoped that the Indian batting mainstay improves his skills in T20 cricket and gets picked by an Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise in the next season.Labelled as a ‘Test match specialist’, Pujara didn’t find takers in IPL for the third successive year when he went unsold at the player’s auction this season.Replying to a question which sought to draw parallels between Hashim Amla and Pujara, Sehwag said, “Amla knows how to adapt to different formats, he knows how to play in what situation. As far as Pujara is concerned, he played for us but may be the hopes we had from him he did not come up to that expectations.”But this happens when you play only one format, it becomes difficult to play in other format. Pujara’s reputation is that of a wonderful Test batsman and not T20. Hope in coming years, he will improve his skills for the shorter format and hope he gets picked by some team next year.”Pujara last took part in the IPL in 2014 where he played for the Kings XI Punjab. He has also featured for Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore but never could manage to seal his place.Sehwag, who is the head coach of Kings XI Punjab, heaped praise on Amla, describing him as an asset. “Amla is among top five to six batsmen in world cricket. He is an asset. He is talking to youngsters like Manan Vohra and results are coming. He is a nice person and a great player,” he said.advertisementSehwag, who was addressing a news conference ahead of his side’s clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday, advised the youngsters to play their natural game and learn from experienced cricketers but never copy them.Asked what is his advice to youngsters who want to bat like him or KXIP skipper Glenn Maxwell, Sehwag replied, “I tell them only one thing, Manan Vohra can bat like Manan Vohra and not like Virender Sehwag or Maxwell. Youngsters should know about their strengths as also their weaknesses. When you know that it becomes easy for you to bat or bowl.”I also wanted to become Sachin Tendulkar, but I quickly realised that I cannot become like him and cannot give performance the way he did or play shots as him. I had to create my own image and I played what was natural for me.”This is the advice I give the youngsters. I tell them that you can learn from other players, but you cannot copy them. Be what you are, this is what I tell them,” said Sehwag, who played 104 Tests and 251 ODIs for India.Asked how he grooms young Indian players, Sehwag said, “I tell them people will give them advice, but their job is to take the best advice and adapt the same in their batting or bowling. In our country, everyone gives advice but player should take what suits him as an individual.”I speak to players and tell them to be mentally tough because one can improve skills, but to be mentally strong it takes years for that. And when one becomes mentally tough, it helps your self-confidence and self-belief,” he said.KXIP has won just three games out of seven so far and their next match is against defending champions Hyderabad and Sehwag said that all upcoming matches are going to be crucial for the team.”Out of remaining seven matches we will have to win 4-5, only then can we qualify for the playoffs. What is more important than win is the process to achieve that, which is playing good cricket in all departments. In last match, we showed that,” he said.”What sometimes happens in a long tournament is that you seldom tend to give a consistent performance, but when your bowlers perform and batting unit clicks, then win becomes easy.”With Punjab boasting of players like Maxwell, Amla, David Miller, Shaun Marsh and Manan Vohra in the side, Sehwag said batting is his team’s strength.”I feel among the batting lot we depend on our foreign players. Even if two out of the four foreign players perform, we tend to be in good position,” he said.Asked if KXIP’s failure to win the title so far affects his players, Sehwag said: “When we meet, we talk that we have to win the championship. The goal can be achieved in only one way, which is performance.advertisement”My responsibility is to create an environment in which a player gives his best performance. I can create such environment in the dressing room and in the team, but I cannot go out and perform for them,” he said.last_img read more

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Azlan Shah Cup: India bounce back as Mandeep Singh shines in 4-3 win over Japan

first_imgMandeep Singh struck a hat-trick as India staged a strong comeback to beat Japan 4-3 in a league match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament here on Wednesday.Mandeep Singh struck in the 45th, 51st and 58th minutes after defender Rupinder Pal Singh (sixth minute) had powered home a penalty corner to hand an early lead to India.Japan fought back through Kazuma Murata (10th minute), Heita Yoshihara (43rd minute) and Genki Mitani (45th minute).Mandeep thus became the third player to score a hat-trick in the tournament after the Australian pair of Trent Mitton and Tom Craig.India now have seven points from four matches. They had started their campaign with a 2-2 draw with title contenders Britain in the opening match of the tournament.They had then defeated New Zealand 3-1 before going down by a similar margin to favourites Australia on Tuesday.India will now take on hosts Malaysia in their last match of the league stage on Friday.It was a fast paced match which saw an aggressive India enjoy the bigger share of ball possession while Japan relied on speedy counter-attacks.To their credit, the spirited Japanese took the lead twice but the Indians did well to stage comebacks on both occasions.Despite being the higher rated team, the Indians struggled to contain their opponents and their defence was repeatedly caught on the wrong foot by the fast counter-attacks by the Japanese.Indian coach Roelant Oltmans will also be worried by the poor penalty corner conversion rate. The Indians got five penalty corners and barring the first one, the rest were wasted.There was plenty of action in the first 15 minutes with India putting Japan on the backfoot by constantly attacking them and making space in the penalty circle.It was Rupinder who showed innovative dribbling skills to penetrate the circle and take a shot at the goal in the initial minutes of the first quarter but he was slightly off target with the shot going wide. But he made up almost immediately when Talwinder Singh — who was playing his 50th international match — won India their first penalty corner. Rupinder improvised on the injunction by Sardar Singh to fire the ball into the top left of the goal giving Japan goalkeeper Suguro Shimmoto little chance to react.But Japan were quick to hit back when Masaki Ohashi set up their first goal with a square pass to Murata who deflected the ball past Indian custodian Akash Chikte. India had an opportunity to regain the lead when they won a penalty corner in the dying minutes of the first quarter. But Harmanpreet Singh’s flick rebounded off a Japan defender. Though Affan Yousuf found the rebound and took a shot on goal, his attempt went wide. India dominated ball possession to keep the pressure on Japan in the second quarter. Though they won a penalty corner in the 26th minute, Rupinder’s flick went wide.India were quick to get off the block in the third quarter. Rupinder did well to assist forward S.V. Sunil who made space in the circle to attempt a field goal. But the Japanese defenders made the task tough for the experienced Sunil who couldn’t make a strong enough connect to the ball. Heita Yoshihara was the hero of the third quarter for Japan as he came up with a speedy dribble to carry the ball from the half way line and beat Indian defender Gurinder Singh to score a sensational goal at the far post to give Japan a 2-1 lead.But India equalised when Mandeep claimed a dramatic goal when he touched the ball assisted by Harmanpreet Singh to deflect it into the post. Japan reclaimed the lead in the final minute of the third quarter when they again beat the Indian defenders and Mitani found the target.India won a crucial penalty corner in the 46th minute, but Japan goalkeeper Suguro Shimmoto did well to pad away a fiercely struck dragflick by Rupinder. However, the Indians held their nerve, came up with good counter attacking skills and fought back to level terms for the second time in the match when Mandeep scored his second goal with a perfect deflection of Talwinder’s assist from the baseline. Mandeep won a penalty corner soon after Sardar Singh showcased brilliant dribbling skills to find space in the circle. However, defender Harmanpreet Singh fired wide from back-to-back penalty corners.The final few minutes saw tense, end to end action with both teams keeping up a frenetic pace. But Mandeep clinched the issue for India with a fierce reverse hit after an assist by Rupinder.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Force India would be against Mercedes helping Honda

first_imgForce India, who use Mercedes engines, would be against the German manufacturer helping Honda to improve their Formula One power units, the team’s deputy principal Bob Fernley said on Friday.Media reports last month suggested that Mercedes, whose works team have been world champions for the past three years, had discussions with Honda about providing consultancy assistance.Joint ventures between manufacturers are common in the auto industry.Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff, who is also a team shareholder, initially refused to comment but then told reporters at the Spanish Grand Prix that “we’re not doing anything for Honda”.However, he left the door open by saying that was “the current status quo”.”Unless that situation changes, I don’t want to contribute to rumours out there that are false and that I think are damaging for Honda and create hardened standpoints from teams or other stakeholders. We’ll see what happens,” he added.Fernley, sitting alongside at the regular Friday news conference, said his team would take a dim view of any cooperation.”As a team that is not only paying for its engines but contributed to the development, I would certainly be very negative towards sharing that technology with another team that is a competitor of ours,” he said.Force India finished a best ever fourth overall last season while former champions McLaren, the only team currently partnered with Honda who are due also to supply Swiss-based Sauber next year, were sixth.McLaren have had a nightmare season so far, failing to score a point and with double world champion Fernando Alonso unable to start in Russia two weeks ago due to engine problems.advertisementHis car broke down again on Friday at his home race with an oil leak and the Spaniard was slowest of all in the afternoon session.Wolff said Honda was an important part of Formula One and he was sure the Japanese manufacturer would get to where they expected to be eventually.last_img read more

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French Open: Understated Rafael Nadal hits top gear

first_imgTo Rafa Nadal’s extraordinary list of achievements in Paris, the nine-times French Open champion might well add ‘Master of Understatement’.”I think I played a good match,” the Spaniard offered, almost as a question, when asked about his form in thrashing Robin Haase 6-1, 6-4, 6-3.There would be few in the Roland Garros crowds on Wednesday who would disagree with that analysis – least of all Dutchman Haase, who appeared shell-shocked at the end.”I think I did a lot of things well this afternoon,” Nadal added, with almost comedic understatement.Nadal was irresistible. Pummelling the ball with such force that it appeared distorted into an oval shape at times, he was able to toy with his opponent until ready to finish him off.The hour spent drilling forehand after forehand on the main showcourt in the morning before fans were admitted had been time well spent.”I felt I had things pretty much under control, that I could change the direction the ball went in,” the fourth seed said.”I didn’t really think about it too hard, because when you think about it too hard, you can’t act anymore.”So I tried not to think about it too much, and it went well.”Certainly Nadal seemed to be enjoying himself in warm Parisian sunshine, the conditions suiting his game and giving his groundstrokes a little extra zip.”It’s true that if sun there, between 18 and 25 degrees, normally is good for me, because the ball flies and we have good bounces on my forehand, especially,” the 30-year-old said.advertisementNadal, who next plays Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, deflected any talk about his uncle, Toni, stepping down as his coach.Nadal’s old friend and former Roland Garros winner Carlos Moya, and former tennis pro Francisco Roig, will take on the full-time duties of coaching the player, while Toni takes a back seat.”Toni is the most important person in my tennis career without a doubt. So a lot of things that I achieved are because he was there since I was three-years-old, helping,” Nadal said.”I’m here to play a tennis tournament. An important event for me. I cannot be thinking if Toni is leaving or not leaving.”Toni take his position. He’s free to do what is good for him. I am happy that he will be involved in the (Rafael Nadal tennis) academy more than ever, that’s good for kids, and that’s all good for the academy.”He’s free to do whatever he wants. So is something that I don’t think about, no? He’s my uncle, I say hundred of times, but he’s my uncle more than my coach. He’s always free to come wherever he wants.”last_img read more

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Champions Trophy 2017: Sri Lanka’s stand-in captain Upul Tharanga suspended for two games

first_imgSri Lanka’s stand-in captain Upul Tharanga has been suspended for two matches due to his team’s slow over rate in Saturday’s Champions Trophy game against South Africa, the International Cricket Council said.Sri Lanka completed their 50 overs more than half an hour behind schedule during the 96-run defeat by the South Africans at The Oval.”Tharanga pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing,” the ICC said in a statement.Tharanga, deputising as captain for the injured Angelo Mathews, will miss Sri Lanka’s remaining Group B matches against India and Pakistan.last_img read more

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Sudarsan to create sand Konarak temple at Asian Athletics

first_imgBhubaneswar, June 28 (PTI) Internationally renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik today said he will create sand sculptures highlighting Odisha?s rich culture during the 22nd Asian Athletics Championship being held here next month.Sand arts, to be carved out in the premises of Kalinga Stadium before the inauguration of the mega event on July 5, would seek to promote the rich cultural heritage of the state, Pattnaik said.Sudarsan has planned to create a miniature of the Sun Temple of Konarak, a world heritage monument. Around nine tonnes of sand would be used to create all these sculptures, said the artist.”Around four days will be required to complete the entire work. The objective is to make the participants in the international sport event aware of Odishas rich culture,” said Sudarsan, who has participated in more than 50 sand art championships and festivals around the world and won many prizes for the country.Over 1000 athletes and delegates from 45 countries are slated to take part in the event which is scheduled to conclude on July 9.Sudarsan has created many sand sculptures in different international sport events like Doha Asian games, Delhi Commonwealth games and cricket World Cup in London.The government has also taken steps for showcasing different facets of rich and diverse Odishas culture at the sport event to attract people and athletes taking part in the championship. PTI SKN CR LNSlast_img read more

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A look at Roger Federer and Marin Cilic at Wimbledon 2017

first_imgRoger Federer, the 18-time Grand Slam champion, will face Croatian Marin Cilic on Sunday in his quest of conquering a record eighth Wimbledon title.Cilic, on the other hand, is playing his first Wimbledon final and will be looking to notch up only his second Grand Slam victory.Along with chasing his eight title at the All England Club, Federer will also be aiming to become the oldest player to win the Wimbledon in the Open Era. If Federer manages to win on Sunday, he will rise to world No. 3 in the ATP rankings, behind Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal but if Cilic wins, he will go above Federer to capture the fifth spot, his first time in the top-5.Federer and Cilic have both had a dominating and strong campaign and while the Swiss has not yet dropped a single set, Cilic has fought off tough challenges from Nadal-conqueror Gilles Muller and Sam Querrey on his road to the final.Federer leads the head-to-head record 6-1 against Cilic and the Wimbledon men’s singles final will be only their fourth Grand Slam meeting. Of these four meetings, Cilic has beaten Federer only once when he went on to win the US Open in 2014.Federer and Cilic faced off just last year at Wimbledon where Federer staged a remarkable comeback from two sets down to outlast Cilic.This Wimbledon, the statistics for both the finalists have been as follows.Image Credit: APGoing by the statistics, Cilic clearly possesses big serves but Federer has fended off a similar challenge before against Milos Raonic, who is also known for his big serves.advertisementOn the other hand, Cilic is guilty of more double faults than Federer and the Swiss remains way ahead in terms of his saved break points. Federer has shown exceptional resilience; Including the break points he saved in the semi-final against Tomas Berdych where he shot four straight aces to save two break points and win the game.In all the other areas, Cilic is neck-and-neck with Federer but the seven-time Wimbledon champion may come fresher into the final considering he has spent 4 hours and 72 minutes less on court than the Croatian.Federer has reached the final winning each of his last seven games in straight sets whereas Cilic dropped two against Gilles Muller in the quarter-final and one against Sam Querrey in the semi-final. ROUNDS ROGER FEDERER   MARIN CILICFIRST beat A. Dolgopolov 6-3, 3-0 beat P. Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-2, 6-3SECOND beat D. Lajovic 7-6, 6-3, 6-2 beat F. Mayer 7-6, 6-4, 7-5THIRD beat M. Zverev 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 beat S. Johnson 6-4, 7-6, 6-4FOURTH beat G. Dimitrov 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 beat R. Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-2, 6-2QUARTERS beat M. Raonic 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 beat G. Muller 3-6, 7-6, 5-7, 7-5, 6-1SEMIS beat T. Berdych 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 beat S. Querrey 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 7-5Federer and Cilic’ last Wimbledon meeting ended with Federer winning 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 and the Swiss maestro will look to pull off another win, albiet in an easier manner, to win his fifth title and second Grand Slam of the year 2017.last_img read more

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Captain Upul Tharanga calls for patience before India ODIs: Can Sri Lanka turn it around?

first_imgA day after Sri Lanka’s test captain Dinesh Chandimal apologised for a 3-0 series whitewash against India, limited-overs captain Upul Tharanga has asked fans for patience ahead of their upcoming ODIs and Twenty20 matches.Sri Lanka failed to challenge the world’s top-ranked Test side during the three-match series and the gulf in quality between the two sides was clearly visible.They also suffered their maiden one-day international series loss to Zimbabwe last month, prompting long-serving captain Angelo Mathews to step down.Sri Lanka next play five ODIs and a Twenty20 against the Virat Kohli-led India, starting on Sunday, which will be Tharanga’s first as full-time captain.”Every team goes through a rough patch,” Tharanga said in a statement from Sri Lanka Cricket. “This is something that happens in cycles to every team and every nation no matter how great a cricketing nation they are.”Sri Lanka dominated in all three formats for a good 18 years – don’t forget this now when we are going through a rough patch.”The 32-year-old said the 1996 World Cup winners had already identified areas for improvement.”These areas are being taken care of, and we are seeing the results behind the scenes – however it will take a little more time for it to be seen externally, so please have patience, and most importantly have faith,” Tharanga said.Sri Lanka have recalled all-rounders Thisara Perera and Milinda Siriwardana to their limited-overs squad and Tharanga was confident of defeating India.”Sri Lanka have always been stronger in our white-ball format, and I am confident that we will come out strong and beat India,” he said.advertisement”We have the talent, we have the skill. We have been putting in the hard work, we just need the spirit, and for that we need your support too.”Squad:Upul Tharanga (captain), Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella (wicketkeeper), Dhanushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Chamara Kapugedera, Milinda Siriwardana, Malinda Pushpakumara, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando.last_img read more

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Mercedes Benz warn of prices going back to pre-GST level

first_imgChennai, Aug 29 (PTI): German luxury car maker Mercedes Benz today said that levy of cess might see prices of its vehicles go back to what was prevalent before implementation of Goods and Services Tax. Mercedes Benz India, Managing Director, Roland Folger, said that the situation may go back to “square one” due to levy of cess for large cars and Sports Utility vehicles if government does not intervene. He was speaking to reporters after inaugurating the companys first AMG Performance Centre here, the seventh in the country. To a query, he said that after GST was implemented,prices (of Mercedes Benz cars) went down. “Then we had cess.It is still an ordinance. It may be back to square one (if cess is levied). The price may go what was (prevailing) before GST”, he said. Under the GST regime, large cars with engine capacity of greater than 1,500 cc and SUVs with length of more than four metres and engine greater than 1,500 cc attracts cess of 15 per cent in addition to the top tax rate of 28 per cent. The overall tax incidence on locally-assembled luxury cars had come down from around 55 per cent earlier to 43 per cent in the GST regime. Last month, Folger had sought lower taxes on luxury cars in India, saying the move would help in job creation as well as increase tax collection from the segment. “We have seen in India that if on the one hand something is given, then on the other hand something is taken back”, Folger had said. Referring to the companys AMG Performance Centre, he said “We are proud to inaugurate our first AMG Performance in your city today. 2017 is a year of celebration for us. Mercedes Benz has completed 50 years.. We believe the AMG Performance cars will increase volumes”. In the January-June period, the company sold 7,171 units, a growth of 8.7 per cent over the 6,597 units it sold during the same period last year. Mercedes Benz had reported its best ever quarterly sales at 3,521 units in April-June 2017 period, up from 2,975 units during same period of last year. The company had sold 13,231 units in 2016. PTI VIJ APR APRadvertisementlast_img read more

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453 arrested for drug trafficking in Jammu this year: IGP

first_imgJammu, Oct 10 (PTI) Over 450 people have been arrested for drug trafficking in Jammu province till August this year under measures taken to curb the growing menace, Inspector General of Police S D Singh Jamwal said.A large haul of narcotic substances, including charas, brown sugar and heroine, were seized during the drive which is going on in full strength in the area, Jamwal told PTI.He said 379 cases were registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act during the same period. The number of such cases registered in 2016 was 377 and in 2015 was 275.Among these 379 cases this year, the charge sheet has been filed in 210 cases. 168 cases are still under investigation and one case has not admitted, Jamwal said.”A total of 453 persons were arrested under the NDPS Act till August end against 511 in 2016 and 307 in 2015,” he said.During the same period, 568.94 kg of marijuana was seized, five times more than the seizure made during this period last year. The quantity of charas recovered in 2015 was 24.3 kg which reached 107 kg in 2016.The seized poppy straw recorded a remarkable increase at 5610 kg, which was 3268 kg in 2016 and 1846 kg in 2015, Jamwal said.There was a significant drop in the amount of brown sugar seized. Last year, 13.1 kg was seized and it came down to 1.306 kg. In 2015, police had seized 4.4 kg of brown sugar till August.Similarly, 39.315 kg heroin was seized till August this year against 64.143 kg in 2016 and 14.953 kg in 2015 for the same period.The other recoveries made from the arrested persons, included smack, opium, ganja and banned capsules and tablets, he said.advertisementJamwal said the police has taken a number of measures to curb drug menace in the province and was planning to acquire 1.5 acres of land at Samba district to construct a state-of- the-art drug de-addiction centre.A drug de-addiction centre has already been established at Gulshan ground here and in Kathua, Rajouri and Udhampur, he said.”A number of youth clubs have also been established across Jammu region under civic action programme to engage youths in sports activities to divert their attention from drugs,” he said.The police is patrolling around educational institutions to check drug use.Anti-drug drives are also launched frequently with the participation of students from schools and colleges along with social organisations to ensure public cooperation with law enforcing agencies.The police is also organising meetings with the civil society at district and tehsil headquarters regularly. PTI TAS NKS AARlast_img read more

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Honoured to have Feroz Shah Kotla gate named after me: Virender Sehwag

first_imgFormer India opener Virender Sehwag on Tuesday hoped that Delhi will produce many more stars to have more gates of the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium named after them.Inaugurating the Virender Sehwag Gate at the Feroz Shah Kotla here, the right-hander said it was a huge honour to have a gate named after him at the ground where he started his journey to become a great cricketer.The Gate No.3 of the stadium was dedicated to the star batsman.”It’s an honour to have a gate named after me at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. I remember when I started off I used to daily cross this gate and now it has my name,” Sehwag told reporters here.Head Coach @RaviShastriOfc and #TeamIndia members congratulate @virendersehwag after the gate at Feroz Shah Kotla was named after him. pic.twitter.com/bveVvQtUrP- BCCI (@BCCI) October 31, 2017However, there was a major blunder on the banner adorning the gate. It said Sehwag was the “only Indian to score a triple century in Test cricket.” That was true up until December 2016 when Karun Nair became the second Indian to score a triple hundred in Tests.Sehwag, of course, remains the only Indian to score two Test triple hundreds and could have had a third had he not fallen agonizingly short against Sri Lanka.Thanking the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), the cricketer-turned-commentator said: “There will be many more cricketers from this state who will have stands, gates, pavilions named after them but I am glad that I am the first one. I feel very fortunate and would like to thank the DDCA for this honour.”advertisementMadan Lal, head of the DDCA cricket affairs committee, hailed Sehwag’s contribution to Indian cricket.”Sehwag changed the way the game was played in India. Earlier we used to score 240-250 runs in a day, but after he came 350-360 became possible. He was a major reason why India won so many matches,” he said.https://t.co/65dpspkzJ7- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 31, 2017last_img read more

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