Uttarakhand CM Pushkar signs MoUs worth crores during Britain visit

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami’s visit to United Kingdom for the Global Investors Summit in London witnessed a series of meetings with global investors.

On the third day of his visit, the Uttarakhand government, under Dhami’s leadership, signed Investment Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) worth 3,000 crores with two prominent companies.

One of the agreements that was agreed was worth 2,000 crores which the state government signed with Agar Technology. Agar Technology commited to invest in lithium battery plants within Uttarakhand.

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In a anathore development, an MoU amounting to 1,000 crores was formalised with Fira Barcelona which is a renowned European entity that deals in convention centre management and specialises in organising business fairs.

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The MOUs were officially signed on behalf of the state government by Secretary of Industries, Vinay Shankar Pandey.

Furthermore, two additional MoUs were signed with EaseMyTrip. With this agreement Ease My Trip’s agreed to establish a state-backed Online Travel Aggregator (OTA) and promote Uttarakhand as a global tourism destination. This effort is expected to generate employment opportunities for the people of the state.

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On September 27, the CM stated that MoUs worth 9,000 crores have been signed. CM Dhami said while speaking to ANI, “We have made more than 27 new policies.” He added, “So far, MoUs worth 9,000 crores have been signed. It is expected that some more MoUs will be signed tomorrow.”

The meetings held in London was attended by dignitaries and officials including Secretary to the Chief Minister, Dr. R. Meenakshi Sundaram; Director-General of Industries, Rohit Meena; and various other members of the official delegation along with investors.

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Updated: 29 Sep 2023, 03:04 PM IST

Asian Games, Squash: Indian Women’s Team Signs Off With Bronze | Asian Games News

Asian Games: The Indian women’s squash team signed off with a bronze medal.© PTI

The Indian women’s squash team signed off with a bronze medal after going down fighting to Hong Kong in the semifinals at the Asian Games on Friday. The trio of veteran Joshna Chinappa, Anahat Singh and Tanvi Khanna went down 1-2 to Hong Kong. Joshna was the only Indian who won her match as she defeated world number 24 Tze Lok Ho 3-2 (7-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8) to level the tie after Tanvi went down meekly (3-0) to Sin Yuk Chan in the opener.

Playing against high-ranked and experienced opponent in Lee Ka Yi, the 15-year-old Anahat tried her best.

The teenager saved eight match points as she went from 10-2 to 10-10 in the third game but eventually lost the final (0-3) 8-11, 7-11, 10-12 and the tie.

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WWE signs new media rights deal with ABEMA for broadcast in Japan

WWE has struck a new media rights deal for broadcast of its shows in Japan. According to a press release about the deal, WWE’s premium live events in future, will be broadcast exclusively on ABEMA.

From October, WWE Raw, SmackDown, NXT, and all future premium live events will be available exclusively on the streaming platform, ABEMA in Japan.(Instagram/@shinsukenakamura)

From October, WWE Raw, SmackDown, NXT, and all future premium live events will be available exclusively on the streaming platform, ABEMA in Japan.

As per the press release, for the first time ever, Raw and SmackDown will be broadcast free-to-air in Japan every week with Japanese commentary after the shows are first telecast in the US. The broadcasts will start with Raw on Tuesday, October 3 (and every Tuesday night at 8pm local time). SmackDown broadcast will start on on Saturday, October 7 (and every Saturday night at 8pm local time).

Japanese fans will also be able to watch both Raw and SmackDown on-demand. As per the new deal, WWE NXT will also be available to watch on-demand in Japan via ABEMA Video.

Beginning October 1, WWE’s grandest event WrestleMania’s all previous editions will be available on Abema Video.

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WWE superstar Shinsuke Nakamura who hails from Japan, welcomed the deal. Nakamura shared a poster of WWE Raw with “ABEMA” written on the top left corner.

Notably, other WWE wrestlers like Iyo Sky are also from Japan. WWE has a considerable fan base and its shows are greatly loved in Japan. Clearly, the latest deal is an effort to cement and widen the fan base there.

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Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar Signs Women’s Reservation Bill

Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar on Thursday signed the women’s reservation bill as passed by Parliament.

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Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar on Thursday signed the women’s reservation bill as passed by Parliament before it is presented to President Droupadi Murmu for her assent.

The Constitution amendment bill was passed by the Lok Sabha with near unanimity and the Rajya Sabha with unanimity during a special session of Parliament earlier this month.

The bill, which seeks to give 33 per cent reservation to women in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies, will take some time before being implemented as the next census and the subsequent delimitation (redrawing Lok Sabha and Assembly constituencies) exercise will ascertain the seats being earmarked for women candidates.

“Hon’ble Chairman, Rajya Sabha has signed the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-eighth Amendment) Bill, 2023 as passed by the Houses of Parliament, for being presented to Hon’ble President of India for her assent to the Bill under Article 111 of the Constitution of India,” the Vice President Secretariat said in a post on X.

It also shared a picture of Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal receiving the signed copy of the bill from Dhankhar.

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BITS Pilani signs MoU with ICWA for student internships at Rajya Sabha

The Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani signed an MoU with the Indian Council of World Affairs. Through this partnership, five BITS Pilani students will be selected for internships at Rajya Sabha. As a part of this partnership, BITS Pilani students will also be given the opportunity to visit Rajya Sabha as guests.

This MoU was announced by Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar, while he was on a visit to the institute along with Union Minister for Law and Justice, Arjun Ram Meghwal.

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“One should never fear failure and always be innovative. Students are the ultimate stakeholders of democracy,” the vice president said.

The vice president and union minister also engaged in discussions regarding strengthening ties between academia and government.

BITS Pilani is headed by Prof V Ramgopal Rao, who is the Vice Chancellor of the university, and has served as the Director of IIT Delhi from 2016 till 2021.

Maserati MSG Racing Signs Jehan Daruvala For 2024 Formula E Season

Maserati MSG Racing is gearing up for Season 10 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship with the announcement of its driver lineup. The team has signed Jehan Daruvala and retained Maximilian Günther, forming one of the championship’s youngest driver pairings.

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Jehan Daruvala, the 24-year-old Indian racing sensation, is set to make a transition to a race seat in Formula E after serving as Mahindra’s official reserve driver last season. He gained valuable experience during the Berlin rookie test and the rookie practice session in Rome.

His journey in motorsport started in karting, and he quickly climbed the single-seater ranks. In 2019, he became a key title contender in FIA Formula 3 and moved on to Formula 2 in 2020, securing four race wins and 18 podiums. Jehan Daruvala’s experience and recent Gen3 exposure make him a promising addition to Maserati MSG Racing.

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Maximilian Günther, at just 26 years old, is already one of Formula E’s most experienced drivers. He had a breakout season with Maserati MSG Racing in 2023, securing two pole positions, four podium finishes, and a historic victory for the Maserati brand. Max’s performance played a pivotal role in rewriting the team’s history.

Günther’s experience in Formula E extends over five seasons, making him a valuable asset to the team. His partnership with Jehan Daruvala is expected to bring a blend of experience and fresh perspective, setting the stage for a competitive Season 10.

James Rossiter, Team Principal of Maserati MSG Racing, expressed excitement about the team’s driver lineup for Season 10. He believes that the combination of Max’s experience and Jehan’s determination will be a competitive force. Rossiter highlighted Max’s impressive knowledge of Formula E’s Gen3 package and Jehan’s potential as a race winner. The team’s past season taught them valuable lessons, and they are eager to build on that foundation.

Season 10 promises to be an exhilarating journey for Maserati MSG Racing as they aim to compete at the front of the grid. The new season features an added challenge with a race in Tokyo, Japan, making it the longest competition in Formula E’s history. Maserati’s return to single-seater motor racing in 2022 marked a significant step.

The team will continue its preparations for the 2023/24 campaign with pre-season testing at Valencia’s Circuit Ricardo Tormo from October 23-27. Season 10 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship promises thrilling racing action, and Maserati MSG Racing is poised for a competitive performance with its driver lineup.

Sir Ian McKellen says he ‘likes a surprise’ as he bemoans theatres mollycoddling audiences with warning signs

Sir Ian McKellen has said he is not a fan of how modern theatre audiences are mollycoddled with warning signs pandering to sensitivities.

Speaking to Sky News ahead of the first night of the London transfer of his new play Frank and Percy, the 84-year-old X-Men and Lord Of The Rings star said: “Outside theatres the audience is warned ‘there is a loud noise’, ‘there are flashing lights’, ‘there is a reference to smoking’, ‘there is reference to bereavement’…

“I like to be surprised by loud noises and outrageous behaviour on stage.”

Should his co-star Roger Allam be worried?

Arguably, the actor – best known for his roles in Endeavor and The Thick Of It – knows what he’s getting into as this isn’t the first time he has worked with Sir Ian on stage.

In 2004, they shared a dressing room while performing in panto at the Old Vic’s production of Aladdin.

Sir Ian McKellen on the set of Frank and Percy.
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Sir Ian McKellen and Roger Allam on the set of Frank and Percy.
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Almost 20 years on and this two-hander is rather different, described by Allam as “an old guy gay romcom” about two men who meet walking their dogs.

Exploring grief, death and ageing.

“When I read it I just saw it as a comedy,” Sir Ian explains.

“I didn’t really think of it as being a gay play, but of course it is.”

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A prominent LGBTQ campaigner, Sir Ian believes the fact audiences seem to “revel in” seeing their romance unfold onstage suggests “that the world has actually become a better place over the last 10 years”.

Both actors feel that it is short-sighted that desire in middle age is a subject so rarely tackled by scriptwriters in TV, film or theatre.

As Sir Ian explains: “In this case, it’s grandparents having sex… and people are living longer and presumably having sex longer.

“[While] we all like to see young people and we’re remembering what it was like… actually older people can be a lot more interesting than young people because they’ve been through a lot more.”

Certainly the case with Sir Ian having played arch-villains, wise wizards and collected six Oliviers over the years.

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But what’s it like starring opposite him in “an old guy gay romcom”?

It would seem there is a substantial element of teasing…

Delivering a sharp jab to the ribs, Sir Ian says: “He’s fun to tease, is Roger.”

“Did you see that?” Allam pleads.

Frank and Percy is at The Other Palace, London until 17 December.

Desperate road workers in London put up ‘not ULEZ’ signs to stop vigilantes

Fearful road workers in London have started to make hand-written “not ULEZ” signs and attach them to their vehicles to stop themselves from being targeted as ULEZ engineers.

One passerby, Chris Thorn, spotted a highway maintenance truck parked on double-yellow lines in Bromley, London, earlier this week, with the sign attached to his vehicle.

Further down the street, he noted another sign had been cable-tied to safety barriers around repairs to a set of traffic lights.

Mr Thorn commented: “It was 10.10am on the main road in Biggin Hill. There were two guys plus security repairing a severed traffic light. They were getting a lot of horns from passing motorists.

It makes you wonder how enjoyable their job is nowadays if they have to display ‘not ULEZ’ signs.”

MyLondon  reported comments about the picture online which included “frightened to be targeted” and “that means, BEYOND DOUBT, that they do not wish to be associated in any way whatsoever with the ULEZ installers”.

Mayor Sadiq Khan’s plan to expand the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) came into force across all London boroughs on August 29, 2023.

Since then, there have been multiple attacks on ULEZ cameras and infrastructure across the capital. Only last week, a set of Dartford traffic lights were completely cut in half in an anti-ULEZ attack.

Drivers must pay £12.50 if they enter the ULEZ zone with a non-compliant car. This would amount to around £87.50 per week or £375 per month if locals used their vehicles every day. Fines range from £90 to £180, depending on how long drivers take to pay the fee.

One anti-ULEZ campaigner, Prabhdeep Singh, went on a seven-day hunger strike in opposition to the new daily fees, stressing it would hit people’s pockets.

Speaking to Talk TV, he said it was a “tax on poor people” that could see motorists “bankrupt”.

Sadiq Khan has publicly defended the policy in an article for the Observer, citing government figures that show air pollution is causing between 28,000 and 36,000 early deaths nationwide every year and about 4,000 of these premature deaths are in London.

Khan wrote: “The Government has long recognised that clean air zones are one of the most effective tools we have for tackling air pollution in London.”

These zodiac signs make the worst frenemies

Backstabbing and glad-handing, let’s talk about frenemies.

The term “frenemy” — an amalgamation of friend and enemy that dates back to the 1950s — is attributed to Aries gossip columnist Walter Winchell, who used it to describe the fraught relationship between Russia and the US.

In the ensuing decades, “frenemy” has been used to describe the dynamic between two friends that leaves either or both parties with a disquieting sense of ick.

Can I trust this person? Is their kind smile masking a dubious plot? Do they want to f–k my significant other and steal my job? Are they the Woody to my Buzz Lightyear? Is there poison in the cup of camaraderie? Et tu, Brute?

Some signs are more likely than others to operate in the realm and roles of frenemies, while others keep the peace and the pleasantries.

Pisces, like giant jellyfish and polar bears, tend not to have natural enemies or frenemies, as they are more self-indulgent/codependent than malicious/competitive.

They also do this wet-eyed approximation of remorse that makes it easy to forgive them. For evidence, look no further than Pisces Elizabeth Taylor legit running off with best friend Debbie Reynolds’s husband, and Reynolds welcoming her back in an act of true Aries armistice. Bless.

These three zodiac signs are the most likely to attract and act as frenemies.

Leos are the sign most likely to f–k with a frenemy situation.
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Leos top the list of zodiac frenemies. Lions love hard, feel deep, commit to competition, and fight back with equal intensity.

The yellow journalists of the zodiac, Leos are oxygenated by theatrics and grand displays of love or ire. For this ilk, above all others, a dramatic friendship beats a dull one any day.

Ruled by the heart, they have high expectations of others and are prone to hold onto hurts, slights, and resentments. That same heart makes it difficult for them to cut ties or exile anyone. Weak for flattery and suckers for a redemptive arc, Leos keep company with those they would be better off excommunicating.

Weak for flattery and suckers for a redemptive arc, Leos keep company with those they would be better off excommunicating.

A Leo-on-Leo, claw-for-claw friendship — where competition is the bedrock and mangled manes are the casualties — is a classic frenemy dynamic.

Leo loves to be a hype man — so long as the object of their support does not surpass them, and a fellow lion is apt to do just that. The viability of this pairing relies solely on the emotional health and humility of the cats in question.

Axl and Slash embody the frenemy dynamic of Aquarius and Leo.
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In a Leo/Taurus situation, we have a loyal, but immovable kind of friendship; neither is giving ground nor offering an apology, making it a kind of s–t talking frenemy stalemate.

Leo finds a most worthy adversary and frenemy in Aquarius. Zodiac opposites, there is mutual respect and zero compromise when it comes to these two. We see this dynamic at work in the personal and professional saga of lion king Slash and his triple Aquarius bandmate Axl Rose.

Interestingly, the only sign that habitually wages frenemy war against hard-to-hate Pisces is Leo, as big cats carry tall standards, and Pisces can’t even with that kind of pressure.

We see this dynamic of disappointment in the frenemy relationship betwixt Leo Jennifer Lopez and Pisces Eva Longoria. When J.Lo split from ex-husband Marc Anthony, she reasonably assumed Longoria would follow suit and sever ties with Anthony too, perhaps not realizing that asking a Pisces to hold a grudge is like asking a toddler to hold their bladder or a dog not to sniff. Some things defy nature.

Oscar Wilde, circa 1800.
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Libra is the sign of forging partnerships/relationships, scratching backs, kissing babies, and keeping score. Ruled by Venus, the planet of maintaining appearances, Libras are more likely than others to avoid the kinds of conflicts that end friendships or the kind of commitments that fortify them.

Practiced in the art of diplomacy and getting theirs, Libras will wield charm, wear smiles, and keep it copacetic even and especially among those they despise.

For them, it ain’t about what you’ve done, but how you can be leveraged, utilized, and used for ulterior motives. Capricorn assumes a similar strategy in relationships, but they do so with less finesse and more brass tax.

A Libra is statistically just as likely to talk s–t/consort with your foes as they are to attend your child’s Bat Mitzvah, stay in your lake house, or recommend you for a raise. Fittingly, Libras make for excellent politicians, lawyers, double agents, used car salesmen, and frenemies. Lauded Libra Oscar Wilde proves the stance of his sign in the oft-quoted parable, “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”

Drake is a Scorpio frenemy who deals in diss tracks.
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Fixed water and born with a tail to sting and a claw to entrap, Scorpio is the most powerful sign under the sun and among the zodiac wheel.

The underbelly of the scorpion’s power is the relentless fear that someone (coughseveryone) is trying to take it from them or they must take it from others to feel secure.

Suspicion is a hallmark of this sign, which can hold a grudge as well as it can hold eye contact and which believes that survival comes from competition. Scorpios expect absolute loyalty from the people they love and when dealt anything less, they get hurt and hateful.

Betrayal for these folk can be as simple as lying or as subtle as failing to take their side. Scorpios play the long game when it comes to revenge and are able to put on a friendly face to an enemy to exact their master plan of punishment and just desserts.

See apex Scorpio Puff Daddy’s long list of feuds and reconciliations including that time he got Wendy Williams fired. For further evidence, see the even longer list of Drake’s beef-starting, peace-making, and diss-track-releasing. Fine line between friend and foe, lover and lawsuit with that dude.

Scorpios live and love by the adage, “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” As a kind of signature move, written in bold, Scorpio will always stab you right in the front — and right when you least expect it.

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