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Indians use too big car to move single person: M&M MD Pawan Goenka

  • Goenka also conceded that the automobile industry does add to pollution, and pitched for adopting all the means to reduce it.
  • He said Indians weighing 65-70 kg use an entire 1,500 kg car to travel individually, hinting at the wastage of resources that go into making the big car move.

MUMBAI : Indians use too big car by size for moving a single person, and the fate met by Tata Nano was unfortunate, Mahindra and Mahindra MD Pawan Goenka said on Saturday.

He also conceded that the automobile industry does add to pollution, and pitched for adopting all the means to reduce it.

It can be noted that the Tatas have discontinued Nano after poor response to the 600-cc ₹1 lakh car. Many experts have blamed the product’s utilitarian product pitch in a country where owning a car is seen as a lifestyle necessity as a reason for the failure.

“It is very unfortunate that nano didn’t do very well,” Goenka said, speaking at an alumni event organised by his alma mater IIT-Kanpur here.

He said Indians weighing 65-70 kg use an entire 1,500 kg car to travel individually, hinting at the wastage of resources that go into making the big car move.

“We need to have personal transport that is more tuned to moving a single person,” he said.

Keeping the same requirement in mind, Goenka said his company has launched a smaller car, which should be hitting the market soon.

He also acknowledged that automobiles at present contribute 7 per cent of the carbon dioxide and a fifth of particulate matter PM 2.5, and every effort should be made to reduce the impact rather than mounting efforts to say that it is only this much of an impact.

India can lead the race on the connected car front due to its prowess on the information technology front, Goenka said.

There is a lot of work happening on the electric vehicles as well, with startups dedicated to niche areas like batteries, charging, two-wheelers and three-wheelers mushrooming, he said.

India is at present five years behind China when it comes to EVs, but can lead the world on a research and development as well as production front, he noted.

At present, India is trailing the world as a consumer of EVs, he said, adding that only 1,400 cars were bought in 2019, which is a very small percentage of the world demand. 

The auto sector will have to play a crucial role in the overall economic development of the country, he said.

Goenka said the manufacturing sector has to contribute USD 1 trillion if the economy were to be a USD 5 trillion GDP and the auto sector will have to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 14 per cent for five years.

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A friendship beyond cricket pitch: Rohit Sharma posts beautiful message for Pragyan Ojha on retirement

  • Pragyan Ojha announced retirement from all forms of cricket on Wednesday.
  • Rohit Sharma, Sachin Tendulkar were among those who wishes Ojha well for the next innings of his career.
  • Ojha played 24 Tests, 18 ODIs and 6 T20Is for India.

Indian off-spinner Pragyan Ojha called times on his career on Friday, having represented India in 24 Tests, 18 ODIs and 6 T20Is. While Ojha’s international career didn’t last long, he did manage to produce some memorable performances. The Twitterverse showered in love as the news of Ojha’s retirement came, a special message came from India’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma.

Having made his debut in 2008, Ojha’s career spanned for 16 years although international appearances faded away as the years progressed. He last represented India in 2013 but has been an active performer in domestic cricket. 

“It’s time I move on to the next phase of my life. The love and support of each and every individual will always remain with me and motivate me all the time,” Pragyan Ojha posted on Twitter with a long message,” Ojha tweeted as he announced his retirement with an emotional letter.

Reacting to the tweet, Rohit wished Ojha well for the next innings of his career having been his teammate in the national team as well as at Mumbai Indians.

“Ojhi, what a pleasure it has been to share some exciting memories whilst playing for India and Mumbai Indians. Our friendship goes way beyond the cricket pitch. Look forward to seeing you on the other side and passing on some knowledge to the next generation,” Rohit tweeted.

Rohit and Ojha have been teammates for two IPL franchises – Mumbai Indians and Deccan Chargers. They were a part of the Deccan team that won the 2009 edition of the T20 league, with Ojha bagging 18 wickets in the campaign.

Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman were also among those who wished Ojha well on the occasion, with the Master Blaster thanking him for making his retirement game special with his 10-wicket-haul in the match.

Ojha’s last game for India came against West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium on November 14, 2013 which was also Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement match.

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Darren Sammy applies for Pakistan citizenship, application forwarded to president by Peshawar Zalmi owner

  • West Indies cricketer Darren Sammy could soon be given honorary citizenship of Pakistan.
  • Peshawar Zalmi owner Javed Afridi has given Sammy’s application to Pakistan President.
  • Sammy was one of the first international stars to support the resumption of international cricket in Pakistan.

West Indies cricketer, Darren Sammy, is all set to become a Pakistani citizen as the application for him to be awarded honorary citizenship has been forwarded to the president of the country. It was the owner of Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Peshwar Zalmi who initiated the whole process and is hopeful that Windies cricketer’s application will be accepted.

“We have requested for the honorary citizenship of Pakistan for Daren Sammy. The application is currently at President’s table. I request the PCB chairman to put in a good word for Sammy, so it can be approved. Sammy’s voice notes were too emotional for Pakistan when PCB was trying to hold the PSL season 2 finale in Lahore,” Javed Afridi was quoted as saying by

Darren Sammy’s love for Pakistan:

Sammy has been a part of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) for all five seasons and has proclaimed his love for the country and its people on multiple occasions. As Pakistan started to resume cricket in the country, Sammy was one of the first international stars to give his agreement to play in the country.

“For me love is in the heart. It is an action and a feeling. For me whether I have a passport or not, I think my contribution to this country is all from within. I don’t need a passport to associate myself with this country,” Sammy was quoted as saying by

“It is not just me but all of the guys that have come here and showed there support, be it the World XI or other teams, have played a massive role in bringing back international cricket to Pakistan.”

Sammy will lead the Peshawar Zalmi side when the team regroups to begin the 5th season of the PSL with a match against Karachi Kings on Friday.

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From martyr’s wife to soldier: Nikita Kaul Dhoundiyal all set to join Indian army

  • Major Dhoundial was martyred in an ncounter with JeM terrorists in J&K’s Pulwama district on February 18, 2019.
  • Nitika has cleared her Short Service Commission (SSC) exam and interview.
  • Nitika lost her husband just ten months after their wedding.

New Delhi: Just a year ago, wife of martyred Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal, had said that she was proud of her husband while standing in front of his coffin. And now, she is making her husband proud as she is all set to step into his shoes and join the Indian Army.

Nitika Kaul, the widow of Major Dhoundiyal, who lost his life in a terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir last year, has cleared her Short Service Commission (SSC) exam and interview and is now waiting for the merit list.

“I have cleared Short Service Commission (SSC) exam and now I’m waiting for the merit list. As soon as it comes and I’m hoping I will make through it, I will be joining Army,” she said.

Major Dhoundial lost his life in terrorist encounter

Major Dhoundial, posted with 55 RR, was martyred in an encounter with JeM terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 18, 2019.

The 35-year-old was among four Army personnel who lost their lives in the 20-hour long battle before eliminating the mastermind of the February 14 terror attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed.

Nitika’s heartfelt message during husband’s last rites

Last year, Major Dhoundiyal’s wife had left the entire country emotional when heartbreaking images of her saluting the coffin of her husband and loudly uttering “Jai Hind” surfaced on media.

Paying tribute to Major Dhoundiyal during his last journey, Nitika, who lost her husband just ten months after their wedding, blew a kiss and said: “I love you.”

In a heartfelt message, the soldier’s wife had said that she was proud of him and asked people not to “sympathise but stay strong and united”.

“I am really proud. We all love you. The way you love everyone is entirely different because you sacrificed your life for the people who you may have never met, but still you decided to give your life for them,” Nitika had said while standing in front of her husband’s coffin that was wrapped in the national flag.

“You are such a brave man. I am very honoured to have you as my husband. I’ll love you till my last breath. I owe my life to you. Yes, it’s hurting that you’re leaving but I know you will always be around,” she continued while holding back the tears during the performance of soldier’s last rites.

Hundreds of people, including Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat had gathered in Dehradun last year to pay tribute to the late Major amid “Vande Mataram” and “Shaheed Dhoundiyal Amar Rahein” slogans

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Vajpayee, Advani were unhappy over match-fixing case against Hansie Cronje, says ex-Delhi cop in tell-all book

New Delhi: Former Delhi Police Chief Commissioner Ajay Raj Sharma in a recent book revealed that the then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and then Home Minister LK Advani were unhappy over the registration of cricket match-fixing case against then South African team captain Hansie Cronje. It was only the confession of Cronje that placated them.

In the book titled “Biting the Bullet – Memories of a Police Officer” was released on Thursday, the author highlighted that the confession of Cronje came as a big relief to him. He said that when the registration of FIR was done, “the Home Minister at the time was out of Delhi and so was the Prime Minister”.

“When the Prime Minister returned, the High Commissioner of South Africa showed her great resentment and protested that a case had been registered against the Captain and some of the other members of South African team, who were celebrities and had a great fan following in South Africa,” he writes.

He said the Prime Minister was disturbed by the development who also spoke to the Home Minister and expressed his disappointment about the decision to the Delhi Police who registered the case.

Sharma said that the then Lieutenant Governor was summoned “The Home Minister summoned the Lieutenant Governor and me to his office the next day. On the way, something fortuitous happened. A South African journalist called me to ask about my reaction to the confession made by Hansie Cronje hardly an hour ago!”

He said the journalist had informed him that Cronje confessed about match-fixing and the involvement of some of his teammates in the case for monetary gains.

Sharma then narrated about what happened at the Home Minister’s office. “When the Home Minister asked me why a criminal case was registered against members of the South African team, I requested him to allow me to switch on the television in his office. As soon I switched on the TV, the Home Minister witnessed the Hansie Cronje kneeling before a priest and making the confession.”

Sharma said he was relieved after the incident and was not asked anything.

The probe into cricket match-fixing came to standstill after efforts to interrogate alleged bookie Sanjeev Chawla, Cronje and others remained unsuccessful, Sharma said.

“Efforts made via the Foreign Ministry and through the Interpol were not successful. Without being able to interrogate the key players, the Delhi Police investigation could not progress further. A non-bailable warrant issued against Sanjeev Chawla by the court was sent to the UK for execution through Interpol which also issued a red corner notice against him,” Sharma said.

The case was registered in April 2000 and it was only last week in February 2020, Delhi police managed to extradite key accused Chawla from the UK.

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Larry Tesler, Inventor of ‘Cut-Copy-Paste’ on computers dies at 75, netizens call him ‘unsung hero’

One of the biggest improbabilities of modern-day life is a day without using the ‘cut, copy, paste’ functions on computing devices. Without even realising, you end up using the function numerous times in the office or at home. But do you know the person responsible for making your life easy? Unfortunately, he passed away recently. But his work will be remembered for generations to come.

Larry Tesler, the man who invented the Cut Copy, Paste function on computers, has died at the age of 74. Although he was not as well-known as computer revolutionaries like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Dennis Ritchie, he will always be remembered for creating a function that has made computing easy for all.

Tesler worked with Apple, Amazon, Yahoo!, and Xerox PARC in his illustrious career. He pioneered the concept of ‘cut-copy-paste’ while working at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center in the 1970s.

Born in America, he went to Stanford University to study computer science before joining Xerox. After his groundbreaking invention in Xerox, Tesler moved on to Apple, where he worked on the user interface design of Lisa, Macintosh and Newton. He worked for the company from 1980 to 1997m during which he was also made the Vice-President of AppleNet.

Before joining his Amazon, he co-founded a company called Stagecast Software, which helped children to learn programming concepts.

He also had successful stints in Yahoo as the company’s head of user experience design and research. Before his death, he spent his days doing consulting work in San Francisco Bay Area.

As the news of Tesler’s death broke on news websites, thousands took to Twitter and Facebook to pay their tributes.

One user wrote, “RIP Larry Tesler. I didn’t get a chance to work directly with him, but have heard inspiring stories about him from Amazon veterans who did work with him.”

“RIP Larry Tesler; the inventor of the cut, copy and paste feature, who without whom it is unlikely I would ever achieve any kind of success in this life,” wrote another.

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Yuvraj Singh clears the air on rumours of his acting debut in web series

The former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has cleared the air regarding reports of his acting debut in a web series via his official Twitter handle.

  • Yuvraj Singh took to Twitter to tarnish rumours of his acting debut.
  • There were reports that Yuvi was set to feature in a web series.
  • The former all-rounder labelled the news as ‘factually incorrect’.

On Tuesday (February 18), there were reports on several news portals that the former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh is set to commence his acting career courtesy a web series, also featuring his younger brother Zoravar Singh and wife Hazel Ketch. However, the 38-year-old former Indian batsman cleared the air regarding the same on Wednesday (February 19). 

The former cricketer took to Twitter to tarnish all such claims and stated, “Just to put some things in to correct perspective with regards to the recent news on me making a debut into web series is factually incorrect, the web series features my younger brother and not me. Request all my friends in the media to take corrective measures on the same. Thank You”

With Yuvraj being closely associated with many from the Bollywood industry since his playing days, many thought Yuvi was destined for acting post his retirement. Hence, the rumours came as a pleasant surprise for some section of the fans, but the former southpaw has tarnished all such claims once and for all.

The web series, however, will focus primarily on his younger brother Zoravar and will also see Yuvraj’s mother, Shabnam Singh, associated with the project. In a recent press-conference, Shabnam had stated, “The central character of the web series is focused on my younger son Zoravar and as a mother, I am proud of both my sons and daughter-in-law.”

The news may come as a jolt to Yuvi’s avid fans, who were awaiting his acting debut on the digital platform. However, the retired all-rounder continues to be active on social media platforms and has featured in T10 Cricket League, Global T20 Canada and other tournaments since hanging his boots from international cricket. He will next be seen in the Road Safety World Series along with a host of former international stars such as Virender Sehwag, Brett Lee, Sachin Tendulkar, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Zaheer Khan and others.

Yuvi also featured in the Bushfire Charity match, which was held in Australia on February 09 in a bid to raise funds for the bushfire incident Down Under.

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Meet Donald Trump Superfan Who Worships A 6-Feet Statue Of The US President

Krishna Bussa has installed a 6-feet statue of US President Donald Trump near his house and offers prayers daily.

Jangaon (Telangana): 

A die-hard fan of United States President Donald Trump, Bussa Krishna, has put forth an appeal to the Central government to fulfill his wish of meeting his idol during his upcoming India visit.

“I want India-America relations to remain strong. Every Friday I fast for Trump’s long life. I also carry his picture and pray to him before commencing any work. I wish to meet him, I request the government to make my dream come true,” Mr Bussa told ANI.

Mr Bussa, however, is not just any fan but considers himself to be a devotee of the POTUS. He has even installed a 6-feet statue of the US President near his house and offers prayers daily.

“I also carry his (Trump’s) picture and before any work, I pray to him. He is like a God to me that is the reason I had his statue built. It took almost a month and 15 labourers to build this statue,” he said.

His friends told ANI that the villagers have started referring to him affectionately as ”Trump” Krishna, due to his devotion to the POTUS.

“Although his real name is Bussa Krishna after he started praying to Trump all villagers started calling him Trump Krishna. Krishna’s residence is known as Trump House here. The villagers never objected to it but appreciated his devotion,” Ramesh Reddy, Mr Bussa’s friend said.

The village head of Konnay, in which Bussa lives, too approved of his beliefs and urged the government to fulfill his dream of meeting the POTUS.

Accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, the US President will arrive on a two-day visit to India on February 24.

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Ratan Tata’s campaign on sanitation workers is hard-hitting

A child in the video recites a poem about his father at a competition in his school and begins the poem with, “Mera baba desh chalata hai (My father runs the country).” Watch the video below:

The public service advertisement shared by Ratan Tata has left netizens speechless. The ad video is about a boy reciting a poem about his father at a competition in his school.

The child begins the poem with, “Mera baba desh chalata hai (My father runs the country).” He goes on to say that his father is not a politician, doctor, policeman or Army-man, yet he runs the country. 

He says that if his father does not go to work, every home will come to a halt. Nobody will be able to reach their workplace. “Mera baba vo kaam karta hai jo desh ka koi bhi baba karna nahi chahta. (My father does what no father wants to do.)”

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The scene in the video then changes to reveal that the boy’s father is a manual scavenger.

The boy says that his father goes deep inside gutters and garbage. He worries that his father will lose the fight with the diseases. He worries that his father won’t return home.

He concludes the poem by saying, “Mere baba ko bachao. Is dekh ko sirf mere baba se mat chalwaao. kyunki desh ko desh ka har aadmi chalata hai. (Save my father. Don’t let the country be run by my father alone because the country is run by every citizen of the country.)

The ad video is a part of Mission Garima to spread awareness about brave sanitation workers. The initiative aims “to provide safe, hygienic and humane working conditions for sanitation workers” via #TwoBinsLifeWins campaign which urges citizens “to segregate their biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste to help reduce the burden on these hardworking workers.”

Tata added that Mumbai, a city of 23 million, has only 50,000 individuals who are employed as sanitation workers.

The hard-hitting video left many netizens speechless. “They should be known as HEALTH POLICE of City,” one user said.

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Meet India’s wealthiest non-promoter CEO whose net worth is Rs 3,128 crore

CFO of the company is the third richest professional in the country with a net worth of Rs 666 crore.

New Delhi: Avenue Supermart, the company that made its promoter Radhakishan Damani India’s second-richest person within three years of its stock market debut, also made its chief executive officer Ignatius Navil Noronha India’s richest non-promoter CEO.

With a net worth of R 3,128 crore, Noronha has emerged as the richest non-promoter CEO in the country putting behind HDFC Bank’s CEO Aditya Puri, whose net worth stands at Rs 943 crore.

According to a report, Noronha has 1.34 crore shares of Avenue Supermart, whose value has risen nearly 670% since its listing on March 21, 2017. As of 2:35 pm, shares of Avenue Supermart, which runs DMart stores, traded 0.60% lower at Rs 2,325.30 apiece as compared to its previous closing price of Rs 2,339.45. Avenue Supermart shares were issued at Rs 299 in the IPO.

Avenue Supermart’s CFO Ramakant Baheti is the third-richest professional in India with a net worth of Rs 666 crore. According to the ET report, he has 28.30 lakh shares of Avenue Supermart. The net worth calculation mentioned here is purely based on the stock they own in the company they lead. This calculation has not taken into consideration his salary and other compensation elements and their other assets.

Shares of Avenue Supermarts rallied sharply after the company announced a share sale for institutional investors on February 5. The company raised about Rs 4,000 crore at Rs 2,049 apiece. On Thursday, promoters of the company announced the offer for sale of 2.28% at a base price of Rs 2,049, a discount of 20% to the prevailing market price.

Analysts say despite expensive valuation, stock performance of Avenue Supermarts has not yet been affected. Out of the 25 brokerages that cover Avenue, 11 have a buy rating, while 9 have a sell. The average target price on the stock by analysts is Rs 1,897, 20% lower than the current market price of Rs 2,325. Brokers said low floating stock and relatively stronger profitability have ensured that the stock has been a D-Street favourite,

In the December quarter, Avenue Supermarts reported a 53.3% year-on-year rise in standalone profit at Rs 394 crore, compared with Rs 257 crore in the year-ago quarter.