Top StoriesSC Seeks Centre’s Reply On Plea To Bring Back Indians Stranded In USA Amid COVID-19 LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK13 April 2020 7:18 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Monday sought the response of Central Government on a plea seeking repatriation of Indian citizens stranded in United States of America due to COVID-19 pandemic. While Solicitor General Tusahr Mehta referred to the general policy of the Union regarding evacuations, the Court directed him to file a US specific reply. The Court requested him to file the reply affidavit…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Monday sought the response of Central Government on a plea seeking repatriation of Indian citizens stranded in United States of America due to COVID-19 pandemic. While Solicitor General Tusahr Mehta referred to the general policy of the Union regarding evacuations, the Court directed him to file a US specific reply. The Court requested him to file the reply affidavit within one week, in particular, responding to the issue of extension of visa status of Indians whose visas are about to expire, and also to address the issue regarding GOI’s stand on bringing back persons in distress. The matter is directed to be listed on 20th April 2020 for further hearing.The petition has been filed by Senior Advocate, Vibha Datta Makhija, acting on behalf of the BringIndiaHome Initiative, an initiative by Indian and American Indian lawyers to assist stranded Indian citizens to return to India. The petition seeks the relief of directing the Government to formulate a scheme to identify Indian Nationals in distress in the US and airlift them, specially in view of the WHO travel advisory which advised nation States not to impose disproportionate and excessive travel bans.Next Story
Saint Mary’s College sophomore Giavanna Paradiso recently started a repurposed clothing business in collaboration with her older sister Chiara Paradiso, a 2018 graduate of the University of Toledo. According to their website, the self-named “Bleach Buddies” sell fun, one of a kind, custom-made recycled clothing under the brand name Redo By 2.While the sisters design each piece with cutting-edge fashion in mind, they also keep their work loyal to the Redo By 2 mission to produce clothing that is “unique like you,” Chiara said.“I think unique clothes are so expensive these days, and if you look out there there’s not that much variety that you can choose from in a store, so we both wanted to create something unique,” she said. “When someone has one of our shirts on, no one else in the entire world will have that exact same shirt, and that makes it unique, just like you because there is no one else in the world exactly like you.”The Paradiso sisters started by catering to the gameday needs of college students, bleaching, cropping and embellishing old t-shirts from universities around the U.S. They said they decided to appeal to their younger, more cash-strapped customers by keeping prices low.“Anything that’s not custom is under 30 bucks, and custom things are a little more expensive because Chiara hand-paints all the designs,” Giavanna said. “We wanted to keep it affordable, and we wanted to keep it available to as many people as we could.”Outside of donations, it’s up to the sisters to stock Redo By 2 with materials. Since starting their company, Giavanna and Chiara have traveled to consignment and re-sale shops in their home state of Ohio and all over the country. The girls are regular customers at their local Goodwill in Columbus, Ohio, where the staff knows them by name and makes sure to point out new additions to the inventory, Giavanna said.“We go all over the place. We’ve gone to Dayton, we’ve gone to Athens, we’ve gone to West Virginia, Michigan, Alabama [and] Colorado,” Chiara said. “You have to go all over and find that special diamond in the rough place. I like to get [clothes] at second hand stores because there’s a story to [them].”Giavanna said she and her sister always enjoyed repurposing clothing since it resulted in relatively cheap fashion statements that reflected their more creative sides. Redo By 2 repurposes used clothing in the name of sustainability, and the Paradiso sisters said they wanted to keep their brand environmentally conscious by resurrecting old materials.“It’s a big problem nowadays. There are landfills filled with clothes, which don’t break down easily. We upcycle old clothes because it’s better for the environment,” Giavanna said. “We thought we’d work with materials that were already available. Nobody was using them, so they were kind of unloved clothes. Then we make them prettier and better for everybody.”The sisters have found the learning curve of owning and running a small creative business to be challenging but rewarding, Chiara said. In order to fulfill their shared dream of creating an upcycled fashion line, the Paradisos had to learn how to build a website, buy a domain name, maintain an inventory and accounting, obtain a vendor’s license and manage taxes.“I’m still learning some of this,” Chiara said. “That’s one thing I really like about [running a business] is that every single day is different. You are constantly learning and challenging yourself.”The Bleach Buddies also made discoveries about the chemistry of their namesake chemical product, witnessing varying results with different fabrics. Giavanna said the bleach ate through the denim on more than one occasion.“There’s a lot of trial and error when it comes to the stuff that we do,” she said. “We’ve lost a lot of pieces along the way.”Redo By 2 has grown beyond the two sisters, with the entire Paradiso family contributing to both the creative and business sides of the business. Their younger sister Vinni, a high school sophomore, has even stepped in to run the Redo By 2 Instagram. Friends and others have also helped expand the clothing line, volunteering to model pieces and promote the brand on social media.“I am so lucky to have my family involved in supporting Giavanna and I 100 percent,” Chiara said. “Even when I didn’t have faith in myself, my family and friends always did. I can’t thank them enough for that.”In the future, Chiara and Giavanna said they would love to give Redo By 2 a physical home with a store in the Short North Arts District of Columbus, Ohio. No matter how big their business grows, the pair said they’ll never forget how it all started.“One day at church I listened to a visiting holy sister who said that we can’t stop doing what we want to do because we might think it’s too big,” Chiara said. “I came home from church and I said, ‘G, I want to go full in with you. Let’s make this happen.’”Tags: redoby2
(l to r) ANC general secretary GwedeMantashe, President Jacob Zuma,Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe andjustice minister Jeff Radebe cut thecentenary cake at the Free-State Stadium. Former President Thabo Mbeki, RevJesse Jackson and President Jacob Zumachat while eating birthday cake. The three days of celebration culminatedin a fireworks display.(Images: Skyscraper City)MEDIA CONTACTS• Jackson MthembuANC: National Spokesperson+27 82 370 8401Ray MaotaAfrica’s oldest liberation struggle movement and South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), has turned 100 years old.Thousands of people descended on the quiet Free State province to the city of Mangaung, also known as Bloemfontein, to celebrate the party’s existence since 8 January 1912.The celebrations were attended by former heads of state, current leaders, the party’s political elite, and throngs of ordinary citizens.Those in attendance included former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda; Ugandan president Yuweri Museveni; Namibian president Hifikepunye Pohamba; Mozambican president Armando Guebuza; and Rev Jesse Jackson from the US.“Let’s congratulate South Africa for a job well done on their freedom. The ANC brought this country’s people into a new dawn,” said Kaunda.Museveni labelled the ANC’s centenary as an “achievement for the entire African continent.”The motto for the celebrations is Unity in Diversity – also South Africa’s national motto – and the party truly displayed this sentiment after being plagued with faction fighting over the past year, especially with its youth wing.But it showed a united front throughout the weekend of festivities.Former ANC and South African president Thabo Mbeki was seen laughing heartily with the incumbent president Jacob Zuma and suspended ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.Zuma said: “We continue to have different and differing perspectives on the processes unfolding in our country. Despite the progress we have made, there remain deep fault lines in our society that continue to undermine our vision of a united, non-racial and non-sexist South Africa.”Nobel Peace laureate and the country’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela, was there in spirit although not in person.Attendees were reminded of the elder statesman’s contribution to democracy by the many posters of him, and other former presidents of the party, hung throughout the usually quiet city.Baleka Mbete, the ANC’s national chairperson, said: “He is in good spirits but very, very old.”Nobody expected the centenary events to be anything else but pomp and ceremony with nearly R100-million (US$12.4-million) spent to commemorate this achievement.The celebrationsThe celebrations included a golf day; gala dinner; a cow slaughtering ritual to appease the ancestors; a centenary torch lighting ceremony and a rally held at the Free State stadium, which included a concert by some of South Africa’s most prominent artists.The golfing took place at Schoeman Park golf club in Bloemfontein on 6 January 2011.ANC stalwart and enthusiastic golfer Andrew Mlangeni opened the celebrations by playing a round of golf with government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi; Justice minister Jeff Radebe; former ANC chief whip Tony Yengeni; former South Africa Broadcasting Corporation chief executive Dali Mpofu; and United Democratic Movement leader and MP Bantu Holomisa.On 7 January, a cow slaughtering ritual took place at the Waaihoek Wesleyan Church – where the ANC was founded – as part of a cleansing ceremony to thank the ancestors for helping the party reach such a milestone and to ask for guidance in the future.Luxury cars lined the streets and hymns were sung along with revolutionary songs as dignitaries entered the birthplace of the movement.Waaihoek Church is where the party’s first president John Dube and his compatriots Sol Plaatjie and Pixley ka Isaka Seme founded the organisation as the South African Native National Congress.The slaughtering of an animal in most African cultures symbolises a connection with the ancestors to give thanks for blessings received, and to ask for more blessings.Later that night Zuma lit a centenary torch that will go around the country throughout the year to commemorate the centenary. It was handed over to the Free State leadership of the ANC, who will in turn hand it over to the party’s Western Cape leaders, where the next celebrations will be held.The torch will make its way back to Bloemfontein when the party holds its national conference in December. Here party members will elect the next round of leaders.Mbete said the symbolism of the torch “is a poignant reminder of pulling together in one direction”.On 8 January, thousands gathered at the 48 000-seater Free State Stadium to celebrate. The mood was festive, and the stadium was a sea of yellow, green and black – the party’s colours.The 40°C temperature could not stop the people from rejoicing as they packed the stadium.The event opened with the singing of the national anthem and a prayer blessing by the country’s Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein and ANC chaplain-general Vukile Mehana.President Zuma made a speech and cut a huge cake, and the bottles were popped to toast the centenary.The rest of the day was about the entertainment of the revellers, who saw performances by singer Zahara, rapper AKA and the 100-year history of the ANC in the form of a play.TributesMany speakers throughout the weekend praised the ANC and the tributes poured in from as far afield as the UK.British Prime Minister David Cameron said: “On behalf of the British people, I want to congratulate you and everyone involved with the ANC on this very special anniversary,” in a letter addressed to Zuma.Leader of the opposition Democratic Alliance, Helen Zille, said: “I extend my sincere congratulations to the ANC and its leader, President Zuma, on reaching this impressive milestone.“These 100 years show an extraordinary record, without parallel on the continent of Africa,” Zille continued. “If the ANC is saying this is much more than a celebration of the 100th birthday of a political party, we agree. It represents a history of progress, a quest for human rights and the advent of democracy after a long, arduous struggle that took over 80 years.”Kaunda stated that the liberation struggle would not mean anything if the fight against poverty in Africa was not won.“We have to fight poverty and all its offshoots of hunger, ignorance, disease, crime, corruption and above all, exploitation of one mind by another.”
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Narain Karthikeyan on Friday gave a sneak peak of what to expect when the MRF Challenge 2012 begins its inaugural season at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC), this October.The Hispania Racing Team (HRT) driver enthralled hundreds of motor racing enthusiasts as he drove the powerful 2000cc MRF Formula car around the Express Avenue mall here.The brand new MRF Formula 2000 cars will be seen going full throttle around the BIC in Greater Noida as a support race to the Indian Grand Prix.One of the most sophisticated cars ever assembled in the country, the MRF Formula 2000 has been built by Jayem Automobiles in Coimbatore under a technical collaboration with Italys Automobili Dallara.The powerful 210BHP racing engines, with a six-speed sequential gearbox, have been supplied by Frances Renault-Sports.The two litre engine carbonfibre marvel matches the latest FIA specifications for Formula 3 cars.MRF wanted to make a car that should be world class. So, it decided to go for F3 type which is ideal in Indian scenario to showcase the talent of the Indian drivers, said J Anand, who has put the car together at the Jayem Automobiles.Narain took it as an opportunity to fulfill the wish of driving his HRT car on the streets of Chennai, which, however, had to be cancelled after it hit a legal roadblock.Indias first F1 driver was pleased with the final product and said that the engine is at par with European championships.It will be the fastest singleseater series in Asia and would provide opportunity to the Indian drivers, said Narain.The inaugural season of the MRF Challenge 2012 will kick off with its first round on October 27 and 28. Round two will be held on December 1 and 2 as a support race for the FIA GT1 championship.For the final two rounds the race will come back to Chennai with the penultimate round on February 1 and 3.The championship will conclude at the same circuit on the 8th and 10th of the same month.The organisers have kept the championship as a winter series and hope to attract European drivers during that period. We will operate it as a winter series so that it would be easier for some of the European drivers to be part of it, said Arun Mammen, managing director, MRF. We are in talks with some European drivers as well and some of the names have already been forwarded to the government for clearance, he added.The organisers also plan to take the series abroad from the second season but a lot will depend on how things pan out in the season opener.advertisement
It’s an English language “offbeat” entertainer; made by an Indian director with three veteran and two young stars of Bollywood, and topped with one promotional Hindi song- that’s Homi Adajania’s “Finding Fanny”. Arjun Kapoor, who plays one of the five “oddballs” in the movie, believes Indian audiences are ready for such content.”I was scared and apprehensive to begin with, but as the journey went on, I was more and more happy that I made the brave choice of doing an English film, which is offbeat,” said Arjun.Well, Arjun “never saw it as an offbeat film”!At 29, the son of veteran film producer Boney Kapoor has four distinct movies behind him”For me, it’s a film which the country is ready to watch, and the fact that the trailer has received an overwhelming response is an example that people are willing to watch such content,” he said of the over two million views that the “Finding Fanny” trailer garnered within two days of hitting online videosharing platform YouTube.Arjun is a happy and content young man.At 29, the son of veteran film producer Boney Kapoor has four distinct movies behind him. Starting with the 2012 movie “Ishaqzaade”, in which he sported a rough and rebellious look as Parma, he pulled off a double role in “Aurangzeb”, essayed the hot-headed Bala in “Gunday”, and the nerdy yet affable boy-in-love Krish in “2 States”.Arjun says he was surprised when Adajania, the man behind English language film “Being Cyrus” and the Bollywood saga “Cocktail”, considered him for the role of Savio D’Gama in “Finding Fanny”, especially after watching the actor’s work in “Ishaqzaade”.advertisementThe fact that the forthcoming movie has a stellar cast comprising actors as senior and prolific as Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia as well as a glamorous star as Deepika Padukone in a de-glam avatar made the “Finding Fanny” journey all the more inviting for Arjun.Arjun Kapoor in Finding Fanny”It was almost like going to an acting class…having such fantastic actors around. The idea is to do something different, keeping in mind that you can get eyeballs with these actors who are a known commodity for Indian audience.”Had Homi taken five unknown actors, it would have been a very niche film. But he has taken five known actors and set out to do something different. I think it’s an intelligent choice on their part to mix known commodities with an unknown world,” said the tall and handsome actor.Of course, Arjun stepped into the film clearly knowing that away from the commercial Bollywood potboilers that he’s been part of so far, this one’s going to have a limited audience given the fact that it’s in English and sans any of Hindi cinema’s song and dance routines.”That’s the amazing part about making cinema! People can have an opinion about it. I’d rather be part of a film about which people have an opinion than be in a project people don’t notice.”‘Finding Fanny’ is definitely relevant in terms of getting people to talk about it. If it does well, people will talk about encouraging young talent to make films like this. If it doesn’t, then they will think how well did it do or didn’t do.”I think it is a talking point kind of film. It won’t just come and go, which is what I like – it’s got people talking already. And you can’t always expect people to love everything you do…if they notice, for better or for worse, it’s a good thing,” said the actor.Presented by Fox Star Studios, “Finding Fanny” is produced by Maddock Films. The film, a quirky satirical comedy, releases Sep 12.
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Ex-Wolves stalwart Edwards lauds strong leader Coadyby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Wolves stalwart Dave Edwards has praised Conor Coady for his leadership skills.The former Liverpool man has been a mainstay for Wolves since Nuno took over the dugout.Edwards said: “Conor has always been a leader. He’s so vocal – such a big talker.”He’s like that every single day in the dressing room, and such a happy guy as well, always having a smile on his face.”That raises the energy in training and around the place, even when you’ve lost a game.”Conor was the natural choice for Nuno, and he has revelled in the centre of defence.”It was a natural option. He can see the pitch from there and organise.”He has been a leader since he was a teenager, captaining England at youth level. I just hope he gets a chance at senior level with England now.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
United Nations: The UN Security Council will meet here on Friday to discuss India revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir after Pakistan wrote a letter on the issue to the world body. China, the closest ally of Pakistan, asked for “closed consultations” in the Council, which will meet at 10 am (7:30pm IST) to discuss the matter. A UN diplomat had told PTI that China had asked for closed consultations on the Security Council agenda item ‘India Pakistan Question’. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The request was in reference to the Pakistani letter to Security Council President,” the diplomat said. The Council’s schedule said “Security Council consultations (closed) India/Pakistan”, listed for 10 am. Closed meetings are not open to the public and no verbatim record of statements is kept. Consultations are informal meetings of the Security Council members and are not covered in the Repertoire. The Repertoire, mandated by the General Assembly, provides comprehensive coverage of the Security Council’s interpretation and application of the United Nations Charter and its own Provisional Rules of Procedure since 1946. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Its primary purpose is to provide Member States, including those elected to serve on the Security Council, the United Nations system, academics and others with a source of information regarding the evolving practice of the Security Council. According to UN records, the last time “the Security Council addressed the dispute between India and Pakistan over the territories of Jammu and Kashmir under agenda item ‘The India-Pakistan question’ was in 1964-65. Then, by a letter dated January 16, 1964, the representative of Pakistan had requested the President of the Council to “convene an immediate meeting” of the Council to consider the Kashmir situation. India had asserted that the Pakistani request was “a propaganda move.” The issue of Kashmir was also raised under a separate agenda item ‘Situation in the India/Pakistan subcontinent’ in 1969-1971. Following India’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan formally called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss India, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said. Qureshi has sent a formal letter to the president of the Security Council, Polish Ambassador Joanna Wronecka, through country’s Permanent Representative Maleha Lodhi to convene the meeting. Qureshi said the letter will also be shared with all members of the UNSC. Qureshi had air-dashed to Beijing for consultation with the Chinese leadership on the issue of raising the Kashmir issue at the UNSC. He had also said that China backed Pakistan on the issue and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang told him he believed “China will stand up for justice on the Kashmir issue”. During his bilateral meeting with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Monday in Beijing, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar conveyed that the decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter for India. He said the issue related to changes in a temporary provision of the Constitution of India and was the sole prerogative of the country. Jaishankar noted that the legislative measures were aimed at promoting better governance and socio-economic development and there was no implication for either the external boundaries of India or the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. “India was not raising any additional territorial claims. The Chinese concerns in this regard were therefore misplaced,” he said. Jaishankar told Wang that these changes had no bearing on Pakistan as it was an internal matter. After India revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5 and announced the bifurcation of the State into two Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh, Pakistan announced that it will approach the UN Security Council against New Delhi’s decision. India has categorically told the international community that its move to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution removing the special status to Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter and has also advised Pakistan to “accept the reality .