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Fallen FIFA boss Blatter met U.S. Justice officials, says he is not a suspect

first_imgDISGRACED former FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Friday he had met lawyers from the U.S. Justice Department but was not a suspect in their corruption investigations.The 81-year-old, banned for six years by FIFA’s own ethics committee at the height of a scandal engulfing world soccer’s governing body, told journalists he had otherwise had little contact with U.S. lawyers and was not under the scrutiny of their legal system.Several dozen soccer officials, including a number from FIFA, were indicted in the United States in 2015 on corruption-related chances.Blatter was not among them, although he subsequently said his lawyer had advised him not to travel abroad.“I have had very little contact from my American lawyers because I was never a person of interest under scrutiny by the American justice,” he told a round table of international reporters on Friday.“I have been investigated in two or three matters … but there is no wrongdoing.”He said Swiss prosecutors had not contacted him over a separate case initiated in September 2015 against him relating to accusations of criminal mismanagement and misappropriation. “I have never heard anything, my lawyer has heard nothing about that.“I have been interviewed and I will be interviewed in future but not in these cases; I am interviewed in cases concerning the activities in FIFA, as a person of information,” he said.Blatter said he was still generally liked by his Swiss compatriots.“Here in the city of Zurich and Switzerland in general, I am not only accepted but they like me,” said Blatter, who has denied all charged against him.“I don’t have the impression that I am a rejected man. Why should I be rejected? I have done a good (job at) FIFA.”last_img read more

Premier League to launch official Hall of Fame

first_imgThe Premier League has revealed plans to launch its official Hall of Fame, with the first two players to be inducted next month.The Hall of Fame will recognise and celebrate the exceptional skill and talent of those who have graced the Premier League since its inception in 1992. Candidates must have retired and only a player’s Premier League career is considered.The first two inductees will be announced at a special event on March 19 alongside a shortlist of additional nominees which fans will be able to vote for for future inclusion.“Since 1992, the Premier League has been home to world-class players who have defined generations and provided us with compelling football season after season,” said Premier League chief executive Richard Masters.“A place in the Premier League Hall of Fame is reserved for the very best. It will be an occasion for our fans around the world to look back over the years and help us celebrate some truly exceptional playing careers.”Each inductee will receive a personalised medallion, engraved with the year of their induction.last_img read more

Data dump

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2It’s not likely that ID theft will ever be eradicated. But some forethought and caution can make it tougher for the criminals. IDENTITY theft is a tricky crime to stop when there’s so much personal information readily available to a crafty criminal. That said, the county of Los Angeles seems to be making it a little too easy to poach personal data. The disclosure of a trio of serious security breaches, which included the theft of 12 laptop computers, have put hundreds of people at risk, county officials say. The Sheriff’s Department says there’s no reported case of data from these sources being misused, but with identity theft, victims often have no idea how their personal information was pilfered in the first place. Maybe the county can’t guarantee that it never loses important personal information, but it can be smart about how it handles it. A place to start would be to stop putting sensitive information on laptops. That seems like an obviously bad idea, like giving criminals a carrying case for their stolen files. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Crystal Palace 2 Tottenham 0 live on talkSPORT: Free stream and commentary

first_img 3 Latest FA Cup News Kyle Walker-Peters starts for Spurs Chelsea unveil stunning retro kit to mark 50 years since first FA Cup triumph Premier League rivals Crystal Palace and Tottenham go head-to-head in the FA Cup fourth round this afternoon, a tie that is live on talkSPORT.Both sides saw off League Two opposition in the last round and will now be looking to book a place in the last 16 at Selhurst Park. Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace host Tottenham in the FA Cup LOOKING GOOD Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Kelly, Dann, Van Aanholt, Meyer, Kouyate, Schlupp, Townsend, Zaha, Wickham.Subs: Tupperm Wan-Bissaka, Sakho, Riedewalk, Milivojevic, Benteke, Ayew.Tottenham: Gazzaniga, Trippier, Sanchez, Foyth, Vertonghen (C), Walker-Peters, Dier, Skipp, Nkoudou, Lucas, Llorente.Subs: Lloris, Aurier, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Lamela, Sterling. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman center_img Crystal Palace v Tottenham: How to listenFull commentary of Crystal Palace v Tottenham will be LIVE on talkSPORT, with our coverage beginning at 2pm.Russ Williams will bring you all the build up with John Motson and Alvin Martin on commentary duty.Click below or here for the live commentary stream.You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here. 3 Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham face Crystal Palace in the FA Cup Crystal Palace v Tottenham: Team NewsCrystal Palace regulars Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Luka Milivojevic and Mamadou Sakho start on the bench.Meanwhile, there is a rare start for Eagles striker Conor Wickham.Spurs’ remain without Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Heung-min Son and Moussa Sissoko.Youngsters Juan Foyth, Kyle Walker-Peters, Oliver Skipp and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou all feature in the starting XI for the visitors. Crystal Palace v Tottenham: Kick-off timeThe FA Cup fourth round tie will get underway at 4pm. 3 on target last_img read more

Govt identifies key focus areas

first_imgRural development The government has also provided R4.1-billion in grants to the provinces to support newly settled farmers, through the comprehensive agricultural support programme grant, the land care programme grant, and the Letsema grant. About R12.8-billion is to be added to local government’s share, mainly to compensate municipalities for the higher cost of providing free and subsidised basic services. The municipal infrastructure grant and other infrastructure programmes will also be allocated additional resources. The main budget makes an additional R78-billion available for new priorities. The amount is less than in previous years, amid a more difficult economic environment. Total state spending is set to increase to R905.6-billion in 2010/11, with education spending to increase to R160.2-billion, social protection spending to R132.2-billion, public safety spending to R85.9-billion, and healthcare spending to R100.8-billion. The provinces will get R321.5-billion in 2010/11 and local government R59.3-billion. South Africa has targeted five key areas for improvement over the next three years, namely job creation, education and skills, healthcare, rural development, and the fight against crime and corruption. Also targeted are rural development and the country’s law-enforcement agencies, while support for business and industry will also be considered, with a focus on increasing employment and investments in key sectors. Presenting his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said the state expected to spend R841.4-billion in total in 2009/10, the biggest allocations being for economic affairs (R182.9-billion), education (R144-billion), social protection (R121-billion), healthcare (R89.8-billion) and public safety (R77.7-billion). The comprehensive agricultural support programme has provided support services to 258 830 beneficiaries since its inception in 2004 until the last financial year. Funding for new priorities Housing delivery will also be speeded up by improving coordination between the provinces, which administer the housing grant, and municipalities, which provide bulk infrastructure. In all, 51% of the additional resources will go to provincial governments, mainly to accommodate higher personnel costs and for spending on education, health and housing. Source: BuaNews Municipalities will get 16% of the amount, the majority of which will go to compensate for the rising costs of providing free basic services, such as R509-million to fund the provision of free electricity, and to sustain spending on infrastructure. South Africa’s nine provinces are expected to get R295.4-billion in 2009/10, while local government has been allocated R50.5-billion. R589-million has been set aside for establishing new government departments and appointing new ministers. The government plans to continue investing in infrastructure over the next three years, to promote increased access to basic services such as water, sanitation and electricity, to expand public transport, and to build more schools and hospitals. Increasing access to services 28 October 2009 The national share of these additional resources will largely fund the increase in the number of social grant beneficiaries and be allocated to public employment programmes.last_img read more

2010 Fifa World Cup: Peter Mokaba Stadium

first_imgLocation: Polokwane, Limpopo province Capacity: 45 000 seats Matches: Algeria vs Slovenia (13 June), France vs Mexico (17 June), Greece vs Argentina (22 June), Paraguay vs New Zealand (24 June)Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  Peter Mokaba Stadium Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image Peter Mokaba Stadium Photo: Local Organising Committee • Download high-resolution image Artist’s impression Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image {loadposition fifa}last_img read more

Literacy Charter promotes children’s right to read

first_imgNal’ibali, South Africa’s national reading-for enjoyment campaign, is pushing for children’s right to become literate citizens by distributing its Children’s Literacy Charter to hundreds of schools and libraries across Gauteng.The importance of reading has once again been highlighted by , the national- reading-for enjoyment campaign, when it introduced the Children’s Literacy Charter to many schools and libraries throughout South Africa on 31 October.On 31 October the organisation joined Gauteng’s education department and library service in ensuring 1 000 schools in the province that have libraries – full or partial libraries, or just classroom libraries – have a copy of the poster displaying the charter.The Children’s Literacy Charter outlines key experiences children need to help them learn to read and write.Launched in March 2014 ahead of World Book Day, the charter sets out 11 rights such as reading for pleasure, access to reading material, and encouragement to read. Over the months some 10 000 copies of the charter poster have been distributed at early education centres, schools, libraries, literacy organisations and Nal’ibali reading clubs across the country.Freely available in all 11 official South African languages as a poster or download, the charter serves as a guide for adult caregivers, their children’s first teachers, to do what they can to put the conditions and resources in place to ensure all children have equal access to their right to become fully literate citizens.Members of the public are encouraged to download a copy in any language from the Nal’ibali website.READING AND WRITING IN DAILY LIFEAll 11 rights have been developed out of sound evidence from research, input from the South African public, literacy organisations and experts – as well as from the children, reading club facilitators and volunteers who attend Nal’ibali’s network of more than 300 reading clubs in six provinces across the country.“All children deserve the opportunity to become fully literate citizens,” Righardt le Roux, Nal’ibali schools and public library coordinator, said at a handover event at Venterspost Primary School in Westonaria on Friday. “We need to ensure the conditions that allow children to use reading and writing meaningfully in their daily lives and for personal satisfaction are put in place. Thus, we have developed the charter as a guide to the essential literacy experiences children need to help adults achieve this.”He added that partnering with the Gauteng Library and Information Services and Education Department was an important step for Nal’ibali, allowing them to reach even more librarians, educators, adults and caregivers in their mission to grow a culture of reading for enjoyment in the country.Koekie Meyer, the director of libraries and archives in Gauteng, said: “We as library services are proud to partner with Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa and Nal’ibali – success at school depends strongly on literacy skills, and, only if a nation is literate, can it be truly an informed and democratic society.”EXAMPLES OF READING RIGHTSInspiration: Children of all ages need people to read to them in ways which inspire them to want to read for themselves. Family members at home, teachers in their classroom and librarians at local or school libraries should read aloud to children regularly,Access to material: Children need to easily be able to find a variety of reading and writing materials in their immediate environment. They need access to a large selection of story, and other books; whether these are owned, or borrowed from school and public libraries close enough to where they live. They also need to be surrounded by environmental print in languages they know and understand,Encouragement: Children deserve to have all their attempts at reading and writing celebrated by the adults in their lives and to be encouraged to continue to extend their use of written and oral language. On their journey to becoming literate, children will sometimes get things wrong and sometimes get them right. This, together with encouragement, is how we all learn.last_img read more

How Many Friends is Too Many?

first_imgTags:#Social Web#Trends#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit josh catone 1 Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Related Posts Offline, I have a network of under 50 people that I interact on a regular basis as friends. But online, the concept of “friend” is completely different. On Facebook I have nearer to 250 friends, on Twitter I have just over 300 followers. That’s just a blip compared to how many friends some of the true power users on those services have, but it brings to mind the question of how many friends is too many? Surely, the answer varies person-to-person, but there have to be some universal upper limits to the concept of “friendship.”Ryan Carson of app developer Carsonified wrote yesterday that 3,000 followers on Twitter was too many for him. The problem, according to Carson, is that with so many followers every tweet he sends out generates about 4 @ replies. Replying in kind to those replies ends up littering his feed with one-sided conversations that most of his followers can’t possibly, well, follow.“Microblogging services like Twitter break down if you have more than 100 followers,” wrote Carson. “People like Jason Calacanis might disagree, but I’d argue that by him following 26,672 people he’s obviously not actually interested in what those people are doing (nor would it be possible to actually interact meaningfully with them).”But why limit it to microblogging — can we really keep up with thousands of “friends” on any social network? Could we do it in offline life?Research by Robin Dunbar indicates that 100 to 150 is the approximate natural group size in which everyone can really know everyone else. “Human beings ought to live in groups of around 150 people, judging from the logarithm of our brain size; and sure enough, studies of hunter-gatherer groups, military units, and city dwellers’ address books suggest that 100 to 150 is the natural group size within which people can know just about everyone directly,” writes Jonathan Haidt in the book “The Happiness Hypothesis,” drawing on research by Dunbar.Last summer, we asked readers how many Facebook friends they had. The vast majority had under 500, and 45% had under 100. It might be that most people naturally limit the number of friends on a service to a group that they can realistically manage. Most people don’t have the time to actively manage a network of a thousand or more friends, anyway.Consider this and let us know in the comments: How many friends do you have at your favorite social network? How many of those people do you have regular, meaningful interactions with? Does there appear to be an upper limit to how many online relationships you can manage? Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

India Today Conclave 2012: Call of the Asian Century

first_imgSalman Rushdie and Aatish TaseerThe tables are turned. The old world has squandered its advantages and the new world is ready to step in. The mood is upbeat. The ground reality is teeming with opportunities. With the American economy still stuttering and the Eurozone in deep distress, the centre of,Salman Rushdie and Aatish TaseerThe tables are turned. The old world has squandered its advantages and the new world is ready to step in. The mood is upbeat. The ground reality is teeming with opportunities. With the American economy still stuttering and the Eurozone in deep distress, the centre of gravity of global power and influence is shifting eastward. Hope is not a plan, nor a foreign policy. It’s a choice that confronts the East.Celebrate, ideate, debate the Asian Century. At the 11th Conclave of the India Today Group, An Asian Century: Securing the Global Promise, a formidable galaxy of minds gazed at the crystal ball of Asia’s future. For two days, March 16-17, leaders from all spheres converged in Delhi to analyse the idea of the Asian Century, its power and potential, challenges and choices, vulnerability and vitality. Will Asia conquer the world? Will India find its place in the new world map?The clock strikes 9.45 a.m. It’s Friday, March 16. Chandeliers dim. The LED wall on the stage blinks to life. Giant video screens, spooling quotes and tweets, light up. A hush falls on the audience. This is the hour when every year, for the last 10 years, Editor-in-Chief of the India Today Group, Aroon Purie, welcomes leaders of government, business and society to take part in the country’s largest think-fest. “It is wonderful to see veterans of the conclave. We are now old enough to have veterans. We have tried to make the conclave an arena for the curious mind. And we must be doing something right, that you keep coming back.”advertisementClick here to EnlargeThe off-the-cuff humour set the tone of the two-day event. Analysing the Asian miracle and India’s role in it was an exciting mix of eclectic minds, ranging from statesmen to social activists, ministers to movie stars, scientists to sports stars, authors to ambassadors, business leaders to spiritual leaders, techies to yogis. Opinions and comments flew thick and fast. Sharp questions and playful banter were exchanged. A thousand-strong audience tried to keep up with the war of words as 45 speakers told the story of a new world order in 48 hours.Conclave 2012 had it all. From a mass mobiliser naming his wannabe assassin to an author walking a tightrope between freedom of speech and freedom to offend; from a Bollywood leading lady calling for more zeros in her pay cheque to a sacked railway minister hinting at the whims of his leader; from a US statesman’s unexpected confessions to cricket stars on a soul-searching quest; from Asia’s privileged Generation-Next questioning their inheritance to top officials of political parties talking about truce behind the scenes; from Internet czars battling for social media supremacy to a yogi quantifying Indian black money stashed overseas; from a future leader of Malaysia to a current leader of America.In its scope, this year’s theme was a logical extension of Conclave 2011-The Changing Balance of Power. Ten years ago, the three largest economies, the US, European Union (EU) and Japan accounted for two-thirds of the global economy. Now, it is only half. By 2030, India and China alone are expected to contribute as much to the global economy as the US and the eu combined. For the first time, Asia-Pacific has more billionaires than Europe. But economy no longer determines the hierarchy of global power.Click here to Enlarge”New forces are hard at play,” Purie had pointed out at the 2011 conclave. “Any nation that claims a stake for future generations must strike a balance between the demands of development and the power of technology and the well-being of the earth.” Joining the dots this year, Purie asserted in his opening speech, “I have great faith in the dynamism and energy of Indian enterprise. I doubt whether that faith is matched by the practice of our ruling political class.” Short-term political compromises that hinder badly needed reforms have become a way of life for the nation, he said, sacrificing the prospect of long-term sustainable growth at the altar of an electoral strategy dominated by religion, community and caste. “Political parties in India are completely out of touch with the needs, aspirations and hopes of the Indian people,” he added.M.J. Akbar, Editorial Director, India Today, added a new dimension to the list of vulnerabilities that faces the Asian Century. There is war, peace and the large space in between, “sometimes called the fog of war”, he said. In many senses, the First World War merged into the Second World War, then into the Cold War, and segued into the fourth, or the War on Terror, he explained at the session with former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger. It is neither being fought in uniform, nor in Europe, as it was during the first three wars. Asia is the battlefield of the fourth war. “All you have to do is start a war with Iran and there will be a contiguous war from Nile to the Ganga.” Moreover, Asia is not simply a symbol of economic success. It is developing into the world’s “nuclear crescent”–from Israel, Iran, Pakistan, India, China, North Korea to Russia. “If that is not a recipe for conflict or disaster, I don’t know what is,” Akbar said.While a hundred ideas vied in raucous combat as usual, Conclave 2012 was anchored by two themes: China, or what Purie called “India’s China complex”. The second was freedom of discussion, opinion, speech, expression, thought and action, summed up by author Salman Rushdie in his speech: “We are essentially language animals and are nothing without it.” Imran Khan chose to withdraw because of Rushdie’s presence, but Purie underlined the conclave’s stand on it. He said Khan should have used the opportunity to express his views. Purie said, “We can all agree to disagree but we must present our argument.” He added, “We do not endorse the beliefs of the speakers but strongly believe in freedom of speech and expression. Rushdie is a storyteller, a man of words and of ideas but not a terrorist. Although the world has moved on, it looks like our subcontinent has not.”advertisementClick here to EnlargeSymbolising the passion for freedom was Anna Hazare. As Purie pointed out, “The difference between India and China is that an Anna Hazare could not have happened there.” A standing ovation greeted the man who has pitted, as Purie said, “the power of hunger against the hunger for power”, Hazare, speaker of the inaugural keynote session Yeh Dil Maange No More Corruption, rooted for development as India’s route to nirvana: “Development is just as important as stopping corruption,” because Indian politicians believe “what is mine is mine and what is yours is also mine”. It did not take Hazare long to give the conclave its first headline. He announced a nationwide tour within the next two months and said, “Either Jan Lokpal will come, or I will sacrifice my life. There are no two ways about that.”The idea of the Asian Century took on multiple meanings. But China appeared like a reference point in multiple sessions. Kissinger, Nobel laureate, the first official American emissary to Communist China and responsible for opening up a dialogue between Washington and Beijing, expressed his faith in the “balance of Asia”, with close ties between China and America, as also between India and America. “China and the US have different approaches to the problem of international affairs,” he said. “Americans think every problem has a solution, the Chinese believe that there is no ultimate solution to any problem. Americans have grown up with the concept of sovereignty. The Chinese have never known it.”advertisementIf Kissinger’s visit to China in 1972 prepared the ground for the country “to enter the world”, in 2012 it finally arrived “on the world stage”, said Jon Huntsman Jr. The former governor of Utah, US, is noted most for bringing China into the World Trade Organization in 2001 as an ambassador. The man who has adopted a daughter each from India and China believes the biggest challenge to the Asian Century is China’s ongoing struggle to cope with the role of a world leader. The Fifth Generation of leaders is about to come of age, grabbing 70 per cent of the top posts at the 18th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party in autumn this year. They do not bear any spiritual connection to the Deng Xiaoping period. They will, however, have to convince “the average citizen that it is now time to take the Renminbi out of the mattress and invest in society,” he said.Click here to EnlargeChina returned as a refrain in the Budget session between Kaushik Basu, chief economic adviser, finance ministry; BJP stalwart Arun Jaitley; Rahul Bajaj, chairman of Bajaj Auto; Adi Godrej, chairman, Godrej Group; and Malvinder Singh, executive chairman, Fortis Group. With liberalisation making it easier for foreign manufacturers to enter Indian markets, Indian businesses often find it difficult to compete with low-priced imports from a low-cost country like China. It keeps prices of key industrial inputs low for domestic manufacturers, and high for foreign manufacturers. Should India follow that model? The ‘Chinese model’ was also called into question by Anwar bin Ibrahim, Leader of Opposition and former deputy prime minister of Malaysia. “The debate whether to choose between the Indian model or the Chinese model is due to failure of democratic values. Given half a chance, people will choose democracy with whatever limitations,” he said. China may have done remarkably well in terms of economic reform but in political reforms, India is still the country that Asians must look up to, he explained.Click here to EnlargeThe road towards the Asian Century is strewn with daunting policy, institutional and governance challenges. Where is India headed in these areas? It would not be possible without gender equity, said Bollywood’s leading lady Kareena Kapoor. The Indian film industry may have come a long way from slotting women either as glamour dolls or as downtrodden women, but the heroine is still not on a par with the hero when it comes to her economic status. Kapoor was thrilled with the new wave of films centred around the heroine. “It’s no fun standing behind Shah Rukh Khan and saying, ‘Hey, I’m also here’. I hope directors write more roles and I get to choose,” she said.In the sports session, ace cricketers Harbhajan Singh and Virender Sehwag dismissed recent match-fixing allegations made by a London-based daily, saying they were confident no Indian cricketer would ever think of getting into that messy turf. The road ahead for them was inclusion of young players. “There is a need to push them in the national selection but it would be difficult to find replacements for the troika of Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag overnight,” said Singh. Nasser Hussain, former England captain, was at his witty best. He compared Indian players to biryani. “Indian cricketers are like how my mom used to cook biryani. Its all undercooked or overcooked,” he said. Play and move on was Sehwag’s mantra. “Wins and losses are part of life.” Capitalism needs to have a compassionate face, was the talking point for Kapil Sibal, Union minister for HRD and IT and communications, and Vince Cable, UK secretary of state for business, innovation and skills. In the wake of the collapse of the American banking system and the crisis in Europe, the question assumed added relevance. Both began with references to Adam Smith’s book, The Wealth of Nations. Sibal even quoted from his own poem for the occasion. “This laissez faire has come apart/ The end is here rebuild and start/ Late Adam Smith cannot provide/ A recipe to turn the tide.”There was a surprise in store at the conclave. Controversial former Union railway minister Dinesh Trivedi, who presented the first growth-oriented Budget for the Railways in nine years, walked in to thunderous applause. Speaking about the railway budget he presented on March 14 that forced him to quit, Trivedi talked about populist politics derailing the development agenda. “If Railways is not the growth engine, India will not grow. Railways is not someone’s property. If the Railways is healthy, I guarantee you even Warren Buffet will invest in it,” he said.Technology is moving ideas and cultures across borders and the World Wide Web is bringing people in Asia closer together. For Facebook India head Kirthiga Reddy, the Web revolution depends on putting people at the centre, especially in rural areas. Stressing the importance of community initiatives, Reddy explained how through Facebook, farmers in Sangli, Maharashtra, were able to reverse the price drop of turmeric. “We’re excited about what’s to come.” For Rajan Anandan, country head of Google, consumer is the ultimate king, the reason why e-commerce in India hit the $6 billion mark in 2011. “Today, people are increasingly drawn to the Web to live out their dreams and fantasies; the Web has become the one-stop shop for all needs,” Anandan said. He hit the nail on the head when he summed it up thus: “The relevant question today is no longer one about who will win the Web. Let’s instead focus on getting the next million Net users to log on.”Click here to EnlargeUltimately, it is the question of taking different routes to the next step. For yoga guru Baba Ramdev, who has built an enormous empire of money, power, influence and controversies in a decade, the right path is to stop multinationals from taking out thousands of crores of rupees from the country. For rights activist Dr Binayak Sen, who was branded a traitor and incarcerated without trial, citizen activism is the only way to cleanse India. “Where is the state and what is its role when as much as 51 per cent of the adult population in India is proven to be suffering from chronic malnutrition?” asked Sen. “Democracy has to mean, and has to be made to mean, governance by common consent, governance by consent of the common citizen. Anything less and we will have a catastrophe on our hands.”Click here to EnlargeNamal Rajapaksa, the son of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, became the youngest MP in 2010 at age 23 and represents the third generation of Rajapaksas in politics. For him, the privilege of belonging to a political family is not enough to ensure success. “Belonging to a political family meant easy access to a party ticket, it did not necessarily guarantee success,” he said. Making a rare public appearance, Bangladesh’s Sajeeb Wazed, special adviser to the Awami League and son of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, traced his entry into politics by citing the chaos in his country after the 2001 elections. It compelled him to return from the US to draw attention to the wave of atrocities being perpetuated by the Opposition, the Bangladesh National Party.And then it was time for Salman Rushdie, a writer who revels in the plurality of the subcontinent, said Aatish Taseer, the British-born writer-journalist who moderated the concluding session. No one, he pointed out, has let Rushdie down as much as the subcontinent. “Cambridge teaches one to be savagely critical, without being impolite,” said Rushdie, still smarting at the way he was forced to skip the Jaipur Literature Festival this January. It was a skill he displayed to blistering effect against a range of public personalities who had opted out of the conclave because of him, chiefly Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan. He reminded the audience about Khan’s London “playboy days” when he was allegedly referred to as “Im the Dim”. He argued that Khan was trying to present himself as the acceptable face of Pakistan by placating the mullahs, talked about “the physical resemblance between Imran and Gaddafi”, and talked about the “immeasurable hurt” caused to Muslims by LeT terrorists and the clandestine refuge offered to Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. Rushdie also took swipes at writer Chetan Bhagat, who was in the audience and had allegedly taken a stand against Rushdie at Jaipur, and even at Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi. He concluded by saying that India deserved to be led better than it was. “All of us have the ability to speak our minds,” said Rushdie.The conclave, however, is not only for elite thought leaders or even for serious students of politics, economy and business. Outside the main hall, participants loiter in the various lounges, cafes, lobbies and lecture halls. They talk, chat, network, meet, watch, observe, hover, eavesdrop, drink coffee, eat, float around, name-drop and tweet as they wait for chance encounters. Young artists turn up with sketch pads, notable photographers come without cameras, new writers come with publishers and public relations professionals exchange visiting cards.What did they talk about this year? Psst. “Who is she?” asked Nasser Hussain, after being photographed with Kareena Kapoor. “Instead of doping, you can call them supplements. But do you really think it’s possible to win the 100m gold medal without using those?” Who said that? Manisha Malhotra, CEO of Mittal Champions Trust. “With hard work and with strong determination, we can win the gold,” said Vikas Krishan, welterweight boxing champion. There were others who were charmingly ignorant of the controversies surrounding the conclave. “Who is Salman Rushdie? Is he the president of some country?” asked cricketer Virender Sehwag. Someone please explain to Sehwag before Sir Salman gets angry again.See you next year.- With Bhavna Vij-Aurora, Deepshikha Punj, Gunjeet Sra, Kaushik Deka, Monalisa Arthur, Shafi Rahman, Sandeep Unnithan, Shantanu Guha Ray, Shravya Jain, Olina Banerji, Prachi Bhuchar and Varoon P. Anandlast_img read more

Sony launches Xperia E4 Dual with 5-inch display at Rs 12,490 in India

first_imgTech-giant Sony has un-boxed a budget-smartphone Xperia E4Dual in India. Priced at Rs 12, 490 the smartphone is available from today at the major mobile stores besides on Sony Center stores.The device runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat and sports a 5-inchqHD IPS(540×960 pixel) LCD display. Powered by a 1.3GHzquad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM, the smartphone has8GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD card.In terms of camera, the Xperia E4 Dual has a 5-megapixelrear camera with LED flash, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. It is backed bya 2300mAh battery that Sony claims to provide two days of battery life. Sony hasincluded Battery Stamina and Ultra Stamina modes to help.The device will be available in Black and White colour.The Sony Xperia E4 and its successor Xperia E4 Dual featurecurved edges, a diamond-cut aluminium power button and a stainless steel cameraring and a textured back panel and a scratch resistant display.last_img read more