Local Roundup: After a stellar seven days, HSU sophomore Tyras Rattler Jr. nabs CCAA Player of Week honors

first_imgSAN RAMON >> Humboldt State men’s basketball is off to a 6-1 start for the second-straight season, and sophomore Tyras Rattler Jr. has been a big reason why. Rattler was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week on Tuesday.The Oakland native averaged 20 points, six rebounds and 2.3 steals per game as he helped lead HSU to a 3-0 record last week. This is his first career selection as player of the week.Rattler shot 50 percent from the field, scored 19 points, …last_img read more

Sluggish soybean seed orders for 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The dicamba issues from 2017 continue to loom large for 2018 soybean seed orders. As training sessions have continued on the label changes and application requirements for the dicamba products in 2018, farmers have been waiting to make their soybean seed purchase decisions in what seems to be a generally sluggish soybean-ordering season.For those still holding off on making soybean orders because of unanswered dicamba questions, tight budgets, market uncertainty, or the tough agricultural economy, placing orders sooner is probably more beneficial than closer to the quickly approaching planting season.“Seed companies are packaging and treating what has been ordered. If you wait too long you may be limited on seed treatment options and your first choice of varieties may not be what you get. You may have to get something different or go up or down on maturity. We are starting to sell out of things. Plus you miss all of the early order discounts,” said Stuart Yensel, with Seed Consultants, Inc. “If you want bulk or Pro boxes you may not be able to get that with late orders. We have been delivering seed since October. There is still time but if you wait until right before planting season the traits, packaging, varieties, delivery times, and prices you get will be at the mercy of the seed company. There is a lot that goes into the cycle of producing seed and it is a process that takes time.”The changing soybean traits have created challenges for seed purchase decisions, but there have been many training sessions concerning dicamba and countless winter meetings to help sort out the details.“For months now there has been confusion about soybean technology, particularly with weed control,” said John Schartman with Pioneer. “Some of that is waning away now though as the growers are dialing into what they want. We have more technology now than what we have seen for soybeans and it adds complexity to the decision for soybeans this year. We have seen a little indecision this year, but not too much.”Interestingly, AgriGold offers only soybeans with dicamba resistance and sales have exceeded expectations for the seed company that only started selling soybeans for the 2017 growing season.“Because we are new to soybeans we don’t have much history with beans to compare, but we are not seeing that hesitation because we are above our projected sales for beans,” said Nick Brackman with AgriGold. “We only have one soybean platform: Roundup Ready 2 Xtend technology containing both dicamba and glyphosate herbicide tolerance, take it or leave it. We were nervous about going with soybeans but we have really adapted to it and this year’s sales have exceeded our expectations.”last_img read more

No carpet of colours at Shillong festival, as cherry blossoms fail to appear

first_imgOver the past few days, excitement was palpable in the air in Shillong on the much-anticipated Cherry Blossom Festival. Posters and banners were put up across the town announcing its arrival and different venues were being prepared for the four-day festival beginning November 8. This was the second year and the organisers had another prefix – ‘International’ – to the festival name making it the India International Cherry Blossom Festival.All arrangements were in place: scores of stalls centred around the theme of cherry blossoms at the inauguration venue, dancers from the three major tribes of Meghalaya, Garo, Khasi and Jaintia ready to take the stage. As many as 15 different cultural events were planned. Among several events on the opening day, a story telling session was organised at the picturesque Ward’s Lake in the evening. The lake, in the heart of town, had another cluster of about 100 cherry trees, gently lit up, and hundreds of people gathered at the venue. At the inauguration at Polo Grounds, Meghalaya’s Forest and Environment Minister Clement Marak declared the Cherry Blossom festival a celebration of nature.Only, nature wasn’t co-operating. The cherry trees were not ready to come out in full bloom. Not one of the cherry trees in the cluster at Polo Grounds had blossomed.Since 2014, when experts began taking an interest in the tree, the blossoming had occurred in the first week of November. Dinabandhu Sahoo, director of the Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), a Central government institute that has been working to organise the festival, said, “The rainfall pattern has been erratic this year. It rained till the last week of October. For cherry trees to blossom, a chill factor is required. There is a huge difference in the day and night temperature and it is delaying the blossoming.”No edible fruitIn countries like Japan, cherry blossoms appear in spring. The Japanese cherry blossom tree is Prunus yedoensis commonly known as Somei Yoshima. Cherry blossom in northeastern India, particularly around Shillong, is Prunus cerasoides. It is also known as Wild Himalayan Cherry and blossoms in autumn. The fruits are inedible but in perfect bloom the trees are full of pastel-hue pink and soft white blossoms.It was in Autumn of 2014 when Prof. Sahoo, during a visit to Shillong, saw cherry trees in full bloom. Even many locals are not aware that they were cherry trees.“Last year, when we had the festival in the second week of November, the blossoms had already started to fall. We decided to advance the festival this time. With no blossoms this year there are clear indications that climatic factors are affecting the life cycle of the species,” C.P. Marak, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, and Head of Forest Force, Meghalaya, told The Hindu. He said cherry trees had grown in the wild on their own. Though no enumeration has been done, the forest official put the number as low as 2000 trees in Shillong.Between May 2015 to June 2017 the State Forest department planted about 5,000 cherry trees in and around Shillong. “These include avenue plantations and along the highway passing through Shillong. In the next three to five years, these trees will be in full bloom,” Mr. Marak said.Cherry blossom spiritStudents from the Pearly Dew Higher Secondary School here tell the story about the Japanese legend of Sakura or cherry blossom tree. Natsume, a handsome boy met Sakura, a spirit who lived beside a beautiful tree that glowed by the moonlight and bloomed beautifully. They got married but soon Sakura’s time on earth came to an end. While leaving, she gave Natsume a seed, and promised to remain by his side forever. From then on, the tree was called Sakura or cherry blossom tree.At the festival, the wait for pink and soft white blossoms continued on the second day. Some residents say the trees could be in bloom in upper Shillong, near the Shillong peak. The blooms are first spotted in higher elevations and they enter town over the next few days.About eight kilometres from the town, in the 5th mile, a solitary branch of a majestic tree is in bloom and bees have already arrived. Albert Chiang, a scientist with IBSD came up with more good news. He had spotted a tree in bloom higher up in the 6th mile area. Inside the Horti Hub in 6th Mile area, beyond the pine trees, a lone cherry blossom tree was bathed in pink.Experts working on changing climate conditions in the north east underline the need for more and detailed scientific studies on plants particularly those having rich economic, cultural and aesthetic beauty. Partha Jyoti Das, head of Water Climate and Hazards Programme of Guwhati based think- tank Aranyak said some plants were more sensitive to climate change and he had come across reports of flowering of certain plants being delayed for almost a month due to climatic variations. Mr. Das said the changes in the post-monsoon period and winter rainfall had hit crops like paddy, potato, mustard and vegetables.The organisers have decided to keep the dates for the next year flexible and are also keen to take some technical help from Japan on predicting the blossoming phase.last_img read more

Ajit Singh campaigns to ‘bury’ BJP in Muzaffarnagar

first_img“Do you recognise me? I fought nine parliamentary elections, with both wins and losses. But why have I come to Muzaffarnagar to contest election, you tell me?”The question is directed at an audience of men and boys gathered around a Ravidas temple, a place of worship for Dalits, in Ladwa, a village in western Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district.There are Dalits, Muslims, Jats, and OBC communities like Kashyaps/Dheevar in the audience, most of whom are seated on neatly arranged red plastic chairs or standing in clusters.Their eyes are locked at the makeshift stage, dressed in banners of three parties — Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal — where a bespectacled man wearing a white kurta-pyjama is standing holding the microphone. “I have come to Muzaffarnagar because you are responsible for bringing the BJP to power. You fought with each other and destroyed the bhaichara [brotherhood]. As a result of that you have to bear Modi today,” he says.New challengeNow 80, RLD chief Ajit Singh has had many ups and downs in his political career, but facing a steep downward curve since 2013, perhaps the stakes have never been higher for his party as they are in the 2019 election. Moving out from his traditional seat of Baghpat, Mr. Singh has played a gamble by deciding to contest from Muzaffarnagar, a constituency which was marred by communal violence in 2013, triggering a communal polarisation which eventually helped the BJP sweep the State. While he has an uphill task to overturn the deficit from 2014, when the BJP’s Sanjeev Balyan secured a massive 6.53 lakh votes (58.98%), his fight is bolstered by the support of the SP and the BSP. Mr. Singh is going from village to village addressing nukkad sabhas to connect with his new electorate in the sugar belt.“You want to bear Modi for five more years,” he asks the crowd at Ladwa. Some of them reply: “No, not any more.” Mr. Singh then says: “Maintain your bhaichara, and Modi will disappear. You did that in Kairana, didn’t the BJP lose?”The 2013 communal violence demolished the RLD’s carefully stitched decades old Jat-Muslim coalition. The results were clear in 2014; Mr. Singh himself stood a humiliating third from his bastion Baghpat.The Hindu followed Mr. Singh through his nukkad sabhas and found most of his attacks targeted at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, backed by his desire to restore the RLD’s lost social coalition. “Just defeating Modi won’t do. You will have to bury him. You will have to uproot him,” he tells the crowd, his fist smacking the air passionately.The audience bursts into claps and shouts of “Chaudhary Ajit Singh zindabad” resonating in the open venue. “Modi, your achhe din are gone, our achhe din are coming,” he declares.The Jat leader also uses witty one-liners to mock Mr. Modi on his persona and track-record, evoking laughter from the rural audience. “Bhaiya, if he [Mr. Modi] goes to Sri Lanka, he would return and say, I killed Ravan.” Another one-liner which generates a louder response from the audience is: “People say Modi lies a lot. He doesn’t lie, he just never speaks the truth.” Local supportAfter the sabha is over, Mr. Singh moves into his SUV and is quickly escorted away to a local supporter’s house where fruits have been laid out for his welcome. Saying no to hospitality is not an option in this part of western Uttar Pradesh, even though Mr. Singh is an hour behind schedule. After a quick interval, the cavalcade drives past sugarcane and wheat fields and reaches the house of a prominent RLD old-timer, a farmer, to pacify him. To secure his win, Mr. Singh would require to revive support of all such disgruntled loyalists and the farmer, despite not being in the best of health, is convinced to address a nukkad sabha for Mr. Singh at the next location, Titavi. Along the way, drum beats, shower of flowers and handshakes welcome the Jat veteran.At Titavi, Mr. Singh once again presses for communal unity among his core constituencies. He also explains to people the economic downfall caused by the riots and how the local steel rod factories are still shut. “I want to bring Muzaffarnagar back to the same position where it was before the riots,” he says.With the SP and BSP in alliance with the RLD, Mr. Singh has ensured consolidation of the Jatavs and Muslims, with the latter itself making up for 41% of the district population. That the combined vote of the SP, BSP and RLD in each of the five Assembly segments of Muzaffarnagar in 2017 polls had crossed 50% also presents a hope for him.However, to ensure a victory and galvanise his party, he faces the challenge of reviving his appeal among the Jats, a section of whom are still inclined towards Mr. Modi and Mr. Balyan, who himself is a local Jat. To woo them, Mr. Singh focuses on issue of cane dues, menace of stray cattle and joblessness, and accuses the BJP of trying to divide the country in the name of the Army, which also recruits from the Jat community. Farmers’ woesThe RLD chief strikes a chord with Virendra Singh, a Jat farmer listening patiently in the crowd. Virendra complains that the rate of milk and cattle have fallen under the BJP rule. Another Jat, Rajendra Singh, hits out at Mr. Modi over the unemployment issue, while farmer Soraj Singh, a traditional RLD voter, regrets voting for the BJP in 2014 due to the riots. “All they did was increase the power tariff. Even if the BJP fields a Jat, we will vote for Chaudhary ji. We won’t just vote, we will make him win,” says Soraj.Raj Kumar, a Jatav, also speaks against the BJP. “We are fed up of BJP. I lost ₹80,000 during demonetisation.” A few kilometres away in Kutba village, the opinion is, however, split, with many Jats still supporting Mr. Modi and happy to see the back of the previous Muslim MPs from Muzaffarnagar. Current MP Sanjeev Balyan hails from Kutba, which along with its adjoining village Kutbi, witnessed eight deaths during the 2013 violence. While young Akshay Kumar praises the sitting MP for building metalled roads, widening the canal track and setting up solar panels, Randheer Singh, a farmer, is happy with the ₹2,000 he received under the PM KISAN scheme. They also praise the Balakot air strikes, with one local comparing Mr. Modi to a patriotic king. As the conversation shifts to the battle between the RLD and the BJP and economic issues, divisions emerge, a sharp contrast from 2013 when Jats rallied heavily behind the BJP amid communal polarisation.Pushpendra Kumar, a farmer, praises the air strike, but is tilted towards the RLD and regrets voting for the BJP in 2014. He is aggrieved by stray cows which are eating his wheat crop and forcing him to spend money on fencing his 23-bigha field. “Ajit Singh is more sympathetic towards the farmers,” says Pushpendra, blaming Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for “letting loose the cows.Parveen Balyan, who works at a local sugar mill, compares the alliance partners to “thieves” ganging up against Mr. Modi. He also questions Mr. Singh for choosing Muzaffarnagar instead of Baghpat. “For 20 years he was a Minister and an MP but what work did he do?” asks Parveen. But he believes that Mr. Singh will give a tough fight this time, and predicts a low victory margin of 20,000 votes for the BJP.Like a section of Jats, OBC groups like Kashyaps, Dheevars and Julahas, and upper castes are also tilted towards the BJP. “We don’t care about the candidate, we want BJP,” says Sonu, a Julaha, in Dhindhawali village. His namesake, Sonu, a Rohilla Rajput, admits Mr. Singh has the arithmetic to back up a strong fight but still expects the BJP to win. “All I want is a strong government, a BJP government,” he says.last_img read more

Five policemen injured as protesters turn violent

first_imgAt least five policemen sustained injuries on Tuesday when protesters demanding justice for the Alwar gang-rape victim threw stones in Rajasthan’s Dausa district, the police said.A large number of people gathered at Dausa railway station in support of the victim following BJP MP Kirodi Lal Meena’s call for a march from Dausa to Jaipur. “The police had to resort to mild cane charge to disperse the mob. Nearly five to six policemen sustained injuries when the mob started throwing stones. Mr. Meena was sent to a different location. The situation is under control now,” Dausa SP Prahlad Singh said.Anti-govt. slogans Rashtriya Loktantrik Party legislator Hanuman Beniwal reached Dausa to support the rally and addressed the meeting. Agitators raised anti-government slogans, alleged negligence on part of the State government and demanded to know why swift action was not taken in the matter.last_img read more

Pakistan armyman held for terror links with Hizbul Tehrir

first_imgPakistan Army is under the scanner for alleged terror links once again. Brigadier Ali Khan, a serving Pakistan army officer, has been arrested by army officials for suspected links with a banned terror group. Reports say authorities detained Brigadier Khan for ties with defunct terror group Hizbul Tehrir. The report of the brigadier’s detention was confirmed by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Pakistani media has reported. The senior army officer Brigadier Ali Khan was posted at the GHQ.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Hundreds of expensive CWG gizmos go missing

first_imgEight months after the Commonwealth Games, skeletons continue to tumble out of the taint-ridden Organising Committee’s closet.The stock-taking of the assets purchased for the October 2010 Games has thrown up an endless list of expensive gizmos that were purchased but are now untraceable.The OC officials are finding it difficult to fix the exact worth of these gizmos as the files pertaining to their purchase are also missing.As many as 125 laptops, 45 television sets, including 33 LCDs, 25 desktops and over 40 DVD players are found to be missing. The list of missing gadgets is endless. “About 580 mobile phones issued during the Games can’t be traced, as is the case with 15 missing printers, two scanners, 10 microwave ovens, 80 web cameras which were installed on desktops, 10 projectors and 110 phone sets used for internet facility at the venues. Someone has even taken away about 80 pedestal fans from our possession,” OC chief executive officer Jarnail Singh said.Even the plaques, which were to be gifted to the heads of the Commonwealth Federation, were not spared. As many as 180 plaques were designed at a cost of Rs 23 lakh.Today the OC can account for only 89 of them. As they were not gifted to any representative of the Commonwealth Federation, the OC officials were perplexed about the fate of the remaining 91 plaques. The OC officials realised that the plaques had been stolen only when one of their consultants was caught carting it away on a close circuit TV camera. The consultant was later confronted and the plaque retrieved.The disclosure made by the OC chief to Mail Today part of the report being prepared for the Union sports ministry which will present it to the Cabinet at the monsoon session of Parliament.advertisementThe missing inventory is apart from what the Prime Minister appointed V. K. Shunglu Committee has pointed out in its report about the irregularities in giving of CWG contracts and the corruption trail being probed by the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI. Senior officials claimed that the “missing inventory” does not include furniture, which would be more in numbers than what has been disclosed so far.”Unlike government offices, we never kept a record of our furniture, nor did we number it according to the year of purchase. It’s a poor asset management, which has been repeatedly pointed out by the audit teams of sports ministry since 2006. But we failed to correct ourselves,” a senior officer of the OC’s finance wing, said.The OC CEO Singh said, “We can’t even claim back our own furniture because we don’t have proper records of that, nor can we put its worth in rupees as we don’t know in which year it was bought.” The ministry’s audit team would be doing the final exercise very soon. But it would be a messy affair still as there would be many missing links as usual, Singh said.”We are preparing this official note where we are going to present the correct picture to the ministry and also admit that tracing the missing stocks is beyond our capacity,” a senior OC official said.There is something more baffling for the OC officials as they try to bring the shutters down at 1 Jai Singh Road, the OC headquarters.”A lot of our stocks is not matching the purchases in account books as we get ready for our last audit. Besides the list we have prepared for the ministry, there were a lot of items purchased between 2006 and 2008 in the run- up to the 2010 Games and the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune. A lot of these items are missing in our current stocks and mostly got misplaced or stolen when OC headquarters shifted to its present address,” another senior OC official said.The OC’s poor asset management and lack of proper stock verification exercises in the five years leading to the Games is reflected in what OC officials have to face daily. Contractors and vendors make a beeline to the OC headquarters almost daily to claim payment of bills for the logistics support they provided during the Games.”The problem is that the official files do not have the bills while officials within the OC authenticate their claims. We do not even have those logistics to allow for the payment. At the same time the account books cannot be completed without settling these claims,” the official said.These are mostly small vendors who did the contract in the range of Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh and may are approaching the court to settle their claims, he added.advertisementNo one in the OC is able to resolve the mystery of missing gizmos, files and bills. Perhaps the jailed OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi and his henchmen would be able to do it.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Donovan Mitchell, Jae Crowder help Jazz crush tired Timberwolves

first_imgKarl-Anthony Towns, who had 26 points, said the Timberwolves tried to summon energy but admitted, “We knew coming in here the odds were going to be stacked against us. But we’re professionals so we got to go out there and get the job done.”Mitchell converted his scintillating drive and dunk on the baseline and then a tough lay-in from the right angle. The game was within single digits most of the way, but the Jazz led by 24 in the closing minutes as the Timberwolves ran out of steam.The Jazz improved to 17-1 when Mitchell shoots at least 45 percent from the field and has at least five assists (he had six).Utah claimed the season series 3-1 and moved into a tie for sixth in the tight Western Conference, but it wasn’t really decided until the end.Towns had 14 in the third quarter as the Timberwolves drew within 71-70.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash “For that one instance in the third, we found a way to bring it all together,” Towns said. “We need to do that for 48 minutes.”Utah finished the period on a scoring burst and led 91-81 entering the fourth on a rare dunk by Joe Ingles.Andrew Wiggins scored 14 points but shot 6 of 17. Tyus Jones had 12 points and nine assists for the Wolves.JAZZ OWNER SETS TONEJazz owner Gail Miller released a statement and spoke to the crowd prior to the game to address an encounter between Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook and a fan Tuesday. Utah permanently banned the fan from all arena events, and Westbrook was fined $25,000 by the league.Miller, who has owned the team for 34 years with her late husband Larry, implored the crowd to do better and said, “We are not a racist community.”She exhorted fans to enjoy the competition and cheer the Jazz as loudly as ever but cautioned, “No one wins when respect goes away.”Players from both teams listened intently and applauded the speech.“To have your owner to be so forward and so out there and back us the way she did, and back Russell … that’s amazing,” Mitchell said. “That’s the incredible thing about the NBA, because, as we all know, all sports aren’t like that.”TIP-INS View comments Timberwolves: Derrick Rose (elbow), Jeff Teague (foot), Luol Deng (Achilles) and Robert Covington (knee) all missed the game for Minnesota. … Towns caught Mitchell in the back of the head during a scramble for a rebound and received a Flagrant 1 foul. … The Timberwolves went 5 for 24 on 3-point attempts.Jazz: Dante Exum, who missed 25 games with an ankle issue and only returned Monday, left the game after three minutes with knee soreness. … Utah outrebounded Minnesota 49-38. … The Jazz had 30 assists on their 44 field goals. “We moved the ball, that’s what it was,” Crowder said.UP NEXTTimberwolves: Visit Houston on Sunday.Jazz: Host Brooklyn on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Raptors beat Lakers as LeBron James struggles with limited minutes Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) lays the ball up as Minnesota Timberwolves’ Josh Okogie (20) and Karl-Anthony Towns (32) defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY— When Donovan Mitchell lifted off for the baseline dunk that put the exclamation point on Utah’s win over Minnesota, he didn’t even know if he was going to get above the rim.“My legs were kind of heavy on that one and I was surprised it went in, to be honest,” said Mitchell, who scored 24 points as the Jazz beat the Timberwolves 120-100 on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Both teams got winded, but the Jazz got determined and defensive-minded when Minnesota trimmed their lead to one in the third quarter.“Once you play some defense, it’ll lead to offense and change the whole game,” said Jae Crowder, who had 18 points. “We were able to get stops, get out and run and open up the whole court while frustrating those guys.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesDerrick Favors had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Ruby Gobert contributed 10 points and 13 boards for the Jazz, who played Wednesday night but didn’t have nearly the travel adventures that beset Minnesota.The Timberwolves didn’t arrive in Salt Lake City until Thursday morning due to a severe snowstorm in Denver that prevented the team from flying. The team showed up for its charter flight a little after 10 a.m. on Wednesday but was stranded at the airport for nearly 10 hours because of high winds before returning to the hotel. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

SpiceJet maintains gains regional air connectivity scheme UDAN launched by PM Modi

first_imgUpdate at 12.15 pm:  SpiceJet was holding on to its gains, up 1.04 percent at Rs 107, while Jet Airways was almost flat (up 0.19 percent) at Rs 516. IndiGo-owner Interglobe Aviation shares were down 0.31 percent at Rs 1,111. The BSE Sensex was down 53 points at 30,080 and top index losers were ITC, Axis Bank, Tata Steel and Lupin.Original story:Share prices of SpiceJet, Jet Airways and IndiGo-owner Interglobe Aviation were trading with modest gains at around 9.30 am on Thursday ahead of UDAN launch by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Shimla.SpiceJet was trading at Rs 107, Interglobe at Rs 1,121 and Jet Airways at Rs 516. The BSE Sensex was up 12 points at 30,118 and NSE Nifty almost flat at 9,348.The UDAN scheme envisages short-duration flight services at affordable costs. The airfare for a one-hour journey of 500 km has been capped at Rs 2,500.Five carriers will be operating along 128 routes across India under the scheme. SpiceJet, Air Deccan, Turbo Megha and two other operators will be flying the low-fare services.Indian stock markets were on a roll on Wednesday, April 26, with benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty closing at record highs, tracking global and domestic cues. The BSE Sensex closed 190 points higher at 30,133, a record closing for the benchmark after it hit an all-time high of 30,167 while the 50-scrip NSE Nifty ended 45 points higher at 9,352.Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) were net sellers of Indian equities worth Rs 493 crore.Top index gainers were ITC, M&M and HDFC while Ceat, SKF India, Andhra Bank, Tata Chemicals, BEML, MRF and Marico hit a new 52-week high during the day. The Indian rupee hit a 20-month high of 63.93 to the US Dollar on Wednesday before closing at 64.12.UDAN makes air travel accessible to a wider range of citizens & enhances connectivity with many more airports across India. pic.twitter.com/X2wVIq6130— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 27, 2017last_img read more

Trend Alert Go berry

first_imgComplement your sun-kissed look with berry lips. Singer Beyonce Knowles, who has bronzed skin, was recently spotted wearing this dark hue. You can carry this bold look as well. Femalefirst.co.uk explains step-by-step how to create it:Start with a lip liner to define lines. Apply the liner to the whole lip so that the colour sticks for long. Use your finger to apply one coat, then dab the colour on your lips to create a stain. Then add another using a brush. Blot with a tissue and then apply last layer to complete the bold look.Once your lips are done, use a bronzer on your face. To give depth to your eyes, use bronze eye shadow.last_img read more