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Monday, July 24, 2017

Ram Nath Kovind To Take Oath As India's 14th President Today Tuesday July 25,2017

Ram Nath Kovind has arrived at Parliament and will in a short while from now, take oath in the Central Hall as India's 14th President. 

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Ram Nath Kovind was accompanied by outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee; they drove down from the palatial Rashtrapati Bhavan which will be Mr Kovind's new home.

Ram Nath Kovind (71) former Governor of Bihar, will be the second Dalit president after KR Narayanan. 

Ram Nath Kovind is the first President to have been a member of the BJP and its ideological mentor, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

Ram Nath Kovind began the day with a visit to Rajghat, where he paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. He then arrived at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, where he was greeted by President Mukherjee.

In Parliament, 22 members of Mr Kovind's family will watch him take oath. "This is the first time we are entering Parliament. It is a proud moment for us. All of Uttar Pradesh is happy, for the first time a person from the state is becoming President," said Deepak Kovnd, Mr Kovind's nephew.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Vice-President Hamid Ansari will receive Mr Kovind and President Mukherjee in Parliament and will escort them to Central Hall.

Ram Nath Kovind will be sworn-in by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar. He will then exchange seats with Mr Mukherjee. A 21-gun salute will follow and the new President will make his first address.

After the ceremony, Pranab Mukherjee will give the new President a tour of the Rashtrapati Bhawan and will then head for 10, Rajaji Marg, where a freshly-painted British-era bungalow with sloping red-tiled roof and fitted with chimneys, wide lawns and gardens awaits its new resident.

7 ways to use turmeric for beautiful and glowing skin

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Turmeric is one of the most powerful ingredients in your spice cabinet. It is an antiseptic and an anti-inflammatory.

 Its beneficial qualities have been credited to the presence of an active ingredient called curcumin.

 It adds a beautiful bright hue to our dishes, but did you know that turmeric can double up as a great beauty ingredient too?

 It is one of the most effective natural remedies for acne, black head and ageing skin. 

Here are 7 ways to use turmeric for beautiful and glowing skin that you probably didn't know. 

1. Soothes dry skin: You can make a quick face pack with half a teaspoon of turmeric, 1 tablespoon of fresh cream and few drops of rose water. This face masks helps in naturally moisturizing your skin and makes it soft. 

2. Improves uneven skin tone: All you need are just three basic ingredients - 1 teaspoon of turmeric, 1 tablespoon honey and 1 teaspoon lime juice. Mix all together to make a face mask. Apply it on your skin and leave it on for 20-20 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water to reveal bright and glowing skin.

3. Treats acne: Turmeric powder helps in treating pimples by removing excess oil and destroying the bacteria due to its antimicrobial properties. Mix turmeric with some coconut oil and apply on the affected area. Let it stay for 15 minutes and then wash with lukewarm water. 

4. Removes tan: Using turmeric can be a great way to get rid of sun tan. Make a mix of 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder, 1 tablespoon tomato puree and 1 tablespoon yogurt. Apply this on tanned skin and let it dry. Later, wash with water. You will see a difference in just two-three applications. 

5. For dark circles: Turmeric powder is an effective cure for dark circles. Mix turmeric, honey and yogurt in equal quantities to make a paste and apply it gently under your eyes. Leave it on for 15- 20 minutes and then wash off. Repeat this for a few days and you'll notice a change.

6. Skin tightening and anti-ageing benefits: As you age, so does your skin and it tends to become saggy and wrinkly. Turmeric is known for its powerful anti-ageing effects. For this, you can make a mask with egg white (from one egg), 1 tablespoon of turmeric and 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Apply it on your face and skin and then wash off. Turmeric is a great antioxidant and it helps in repairing the damage to the skin's epidermis.

7. Exfoliator: Turmeric acts as a great exfoliater. It helps in removing blackheads and dead skin cells. Just apply a smooth paste of turmeric and milk and scrub gently. You can do this at least twice a week to keep your skin clean and smooth.

National Stock Exchange(NSE) - All You Need T o Know


Nifty hits 10,000-mark for first time ever – Here's the journey


Journey of Nifty from 1,000 to 10,000 level

The NIFTY 50 index was launched on 21st April 1996 with the base value of the index set at 1,000.
Nifty touched 2,000 mark for the first time in 2004.
On January 2006 Nifty touched the 3,000 level for the first time.
Nifty touched 4,000-mark in 2006.
Nifty crossed 5,000 mark for the first time in 2007, the same year it also crossed 6,000 mark.
After almost a three-years hiatus, Nifty touched 7,000 mark for the first time in May 2014  as optimism increased in favour of BJP winning majority in Lok Sabha elections.
In September, the same year Nifty crossed the 8,000 mark with market anticipating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will push through further economic reforms.
Nifty crossed the 9,000 mark for the first time in March 2015.
The market sentiment driven by the country's biggest tax reform till date -- the Goods and Services Tax -- which came into force from July 1, good monsoon and hopes of of intact economic growth, RBI seen cutting rates and recovery in earnings recovery are believed to have pushed the index higher to 10,000 mark on July 25, 2017

Here's the journey of Nifty over the years

  • Recognised as a stock exchange
  • Launched the equity and wholesale debt market segments.
  • Commenced electronic or screen-based trading.
Established an Investor Protection Fund Trust.
Created and administered a settlement fund.
Launched NIFTY 50 Index, which remains our flagship index today.
Commenced trading and settlement in dematerialised securities on our exchange.
Commenced NSE certification for "Financial Markets certification program" (NCFM) in India.
Launch of index futures based on the NIFTY 50 index (then known as S&P CNX NIFTY) for trading;
Listed index futures on NIFTY 50 on the Singapore Exchange;
Commenced internet trading
Launched index options based on the NIFTY 50 index (then known as S&P CNX NIFTY) for trading
Launched single stock futures and options on listed securities.
Launched ETFs listings.
Launched NIFTY Bank index derivatives.
First in India to offer trading in Currency Futures.
Establishment of Securities Lending and Borrowing Scheme (SLBS).
Launched NOW platform for web-based trading.
Launched Mutual Fund Service System (MFSS).
Launched NOW platform for mobile devices.
Launched trading in Currency Options
Commenced trading in index futures and options on global indices, namely the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average.
Commenced trading in index futures and options contracts on the FTSE 100 index
Launched SME-specific EMERGE platform for the listing and trading of securities of SMEs.
Launched the New Debt Segment(NDS).
Launched NMF-II platform for mutual funds
Launched NBF II segment for interest rate futures
Launched trading on India VIX index futures
Commenced trading on NIFTY 50 (then known as CNX NIFTY) on the Osaka Exchange
Entered into a memorandum of understanding to enhance the level of cooperation with the London Stock Exchange Group.
Renamed CNX NIFTY to NIFTY 50.
Launched NIFTY 50 index futures trading on TAIFEX
Launched platform for sovereign gold bond issuances
Launched electronic book-building platform for private placement of debt securities

Love Island 2017 - Kem Cetinay and Amber Davies are crowned winners of Love Island 2017 Monday July 24,2017

Kem Cetinay and Amber Davies have won Love Island 2017  after beating Camilla Thurlow and Jamie Jewitt to the £50,000 prize money on Monday night's final of the ITV2 show.

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The 21-year-old hairdresser and the Welsh dancer, 20, were tipped as winners with odds coming in high ahead of the show - despite Amber previously being voted least popular housemate. Marcel Somerville and Gabby Allen were the first couple to be evicted followed shortly by Chris Hughes and Olivia Attwood in third place.

After first hitting screens on 5 June, this year's show has been a widespread hit with record viewing figures far surpassing the previous two seasons, which were won by Jess Hayes and Max Morely and Cara De La Hoyde and Nathan Massey respectively, and leading to the programme being recommissioned for 2018

Grant Thornton Survey Says '' India Rises to 2nd Spot on Business Optimism Index ''

A survey conducted by Grant Thornton has stated that Indian business continue to be optimistic backed by a buoyant economy and continued reforms.

According to the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR) survey, India's ranking has rallied from 4th to 2nd position on the optimism index in the second quarter of 2017. The IBR finds that 94 percent Indian businesses are confident of India's economic growth story. While India continues to rise on the optimism index, China is still struggling to build the business confidence with only 48 per cent businesses displaying confidence in the economic growth for the second consecutive quarter.

The survey noted that the report was prepared on the results of a quarterly global business survey of 2,600 businesses in 37 economies. 

While only 52 percent respondents expect the selling prices to increase as against 55 percent in the last quarter, India saw a jump of two places in the ranking for this parameter to 4th position from 6th in the previous quarter. The report said that this may be nullified by the GST implementation.

"After a slight dip in Q1, India is climbing the optimism charts faster, ranking 2nd on the index this quarter. Indian businesses expect an increase in selling prices and higher revenue, both reflected in the booming stock markets. The Government continues to bring in transformational reforms such as GST which has given a further push to optimism. The only worrying factor is the weak outlook on employment which we hope will give impetus to labour reforms. The other area which also needs to be addressed is exports," said Harish HV, Partner – India leadership team, Grant Thornton India LLP, in a press release.

The survey further stated that India also topped the chart on the ranking for revenue expectations with 78 percent of the businesses in India expecting an increase.

"As far as the profitability expectation goes, 69 percent of the respondents expect higher profitability, thus, bringing India on the 2nd position on the chart from 6th position in the last quarter. While the APAC region has witnessed an increase in exports expectations, in India, there hasn’t been any significant rise on this parameter. Only 34 per cent of the businesses surveyed expect an increase in exports. This reflects the weakening sentiment on IT exports which may have caused this dip," the IBR survey said. 

The report, additionally, has shed light on employment expectations in the country. India has slipped to 4th position from 3rd in the last quarter in the ranking for employment expectations.

"There is a consistent fall in the employment expectations ranking in the last three quarters with 51 percent expecting a rise in employment in Q2 2017 compared to 56 percent and 62 percent in Q1 2017 and Q4 2016 respectively. This continues to be a worry for the Indian Economy," the survey said

Opposition Boycotts UP Assembly, Holds Parallel 'House'; Speaker Terms it Unfortunate Monday July 24,2017

Opposition members on Monday July 24,2017 boycotted the proceedings of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly for the third day, accusing the Leader of the House Yogi Adityanath of not taking any initiative to end the deadlock, even as the Speaker termed their stand as "unfortunate".

Instead of participating in the proceedings of the House, members of the Samajwadi Party (SP), the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Congress sat in the central hall and ran a parallel "House".

With just four days of the budget session left, Speaker Hriday Narain Dixit expressed displeasure at the opposition's move.

It's "unfortunate", he told media persons outside the House which was adjourned after condoling the death of BJP MLA Mathura Prasad Pal, who died after prolonged illness.

"I had called the opposition for a meeting of the business advisory committee that decides agenda of the House. I was expecting them to participate in the proceedings as condolence was to be taken up on the death of a legislator. It's unfortunate," Dixit said.

"The alternative of House is the House alone", Dixit emphasised adding that the opposition members should raise their voice in the Assembly itself.

Asked about the opposition's allegations that the microphone was switched off when Leader of the Opposition Ram Govind Chowdhury was speaking in the House, Dixit said that no such thing had happened.

The opposition has accused the treasury benches of threatening them, using unparliamentary language and decided to boycott the entire session.

"The government is not serious on the issues being raised by the opposition. No attempt has been made by the Leader of the House (Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath) to end the deadlock and run the House. To mark our protest, we sat at the central hall and I was made Leader of the House, while Ram Govind Chowdhury was leader of opposition and Lalji Verma was made Speaker," Congress Legislature Party leader Ajay Kumar Lallu told PTI.

He said that it was unfortunate that the chief minister was not present in the House today at the time of the condolence resolution. "It has been a tradition that Leader of the House reads the resolution but the CM was not present and it was read by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna," Lallu said.

He claimed that instead of discussion on matters like law and order, farmers' issues, unemployment which were being raised by the opposition, the government was "threatening" members. This will not be tolerated, he said.

Under the previous regime, when BJP member Upendra Tiwari sat on a dharna, the then Parliamentary Affairs minister Azam Khan, senior minister Shivpal Yadav and Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey had reached out to him, he said, claiming that the present government did not want to run the House with the opposition.

Earlier, with the opposition boycotting proceedings, the budgets of 75 departments were cleared on Friday when the government conducted its entire business in less than two hours. The Question Hour ended in just a few minutes. Now, only the budgets of home and general administration departments are to be passed before the House is adjourned sine die

2017-18 Premier League - Manchester City Sign Benjamin Mendy For Record Fees Monday July 24,2017

Monaco full-back Benjamin Mendy has signed a mega five-year contract with Manchester City, the Premier League club announced on Monday July 24,2017

The 23-year-old, who joined the French champions from Marseille last summer, has agreed a deal reported to be worth a record £52 million (58 million euros, $67 million) for a defender.

The France player will link up with his new teammates in the United States where Pep Guardiola's side are preparing for their second pre-season tour game against Real Madrid in Los Angeles.

"I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester City," Mendy said. "They are one of Europe's leading Clubs and in Pep Guardiola they have a manager committed to playing attacking football.

"I am sure that over the next few years we will be successful."

Guardiola was desperate to add Mendy to his full-back options after releasing Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta this summer, but City's original £44.5 million ($55.7 million, 49.7 million euros) offer was rejected.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss had already lured Tottenham's England right-back Kyle Walker to Etihad Stadium in a deal which could be worth up to £54 million ($70.1 million, 60.1 million euros) and Monaco wanted a similar amount for Mendy.

Mendy becomes City's fifth major signing of the summer and takes their spending to more than £200m (223 million euros, $260 million).

The Premier League giants, who have already raided Monaco in the close season having signed midfielder Bernardo Silva, and on Sunday welcomed another full-back, Real Madrid's Danilo.

Mendy made his France debut in a 3-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Luxembourg in March, and won Ligue 1 in his first season with Monaco.