‘Aditya has established himself as a master dealmaker’

first_imgAditya MittalReal SteelAditya Mittal 35Legacy Son of Lakshmi N. Mittal, chairman of ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmakerGroup Market Cap Rs 1,62,000 crAditya Mittal’s claim to fame is in having led Mittal Steel’s successful bid for steel giant Arcelor in 2006 to create the first 100 million tonne-plus steel company.As chief,Aditya MittalReal SteelAditya Mittal 35Legacy Son of Lakshmi N. Mittal, chairman of ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmakerGroup Market Cap Rs 1,62,000 crAditya Mittal’s claim to fame is in having led Mittal Steel’s successful bid for steel giant Arcelor in 2006 to create the first 100 million tonne-plus steel company.As chief financial officer, he was also instrumental in cutting the company’s debt to 30 per cent following the mega merger. “It was the biggest IPO (initial public offering) in the steel industry. I learnt a lot in the run-up to it,” he said. The economics graduate from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is now steering the company away from his father’s knack for snapping up failing steel plants on the cheap to big-ticket acquisitions.Aditya has established himself as a master dealmaker, spearheading the company’s expansion into Central Europe, Africa and the US. Like the entire Mittal clan, Aditya is fiercely private about his passions but is known for his love of sports, playing squash and also running the London Marathon. He recently backed his wife, Megha, in her bid to acquire the bankrupt German luxury fashion brand Escada.The couple make for a famously workaholic duo but do find time for ski getaways to exotic slopes. However, they describe their perfect evening as one spent at home with their two daughters in London’s upmarket Belgravia area or their Surrey country home.last_img read more

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Photo: Someone Sprayed #BringBackBruce On Tennessee’s Famous Rock

first_imgTennessee rock spray painted with "Bring Back Bruce."The Rock is one of the major landmarks at the University of Tennessee. According to the UT Athletics website, for decades, students have painted the rock with messages ranging from “birth announcements to memorials, break-up messages to marriage proposals, protests of war to messages of peace, celebration of Vol victories to expressions of, shall we say, disappointment.”Apparently , at least one Tennessee student decided to use The Rock as a personal billboard to advocate the return of former men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl. Pearl enjoyed a successful six-year tenure in Knoxville from 2006-11, before being fired for numerous NCAA infractions. He is currently the head coach of Auburn University. The Vols are in the market for a new head coach after Donnie Tyndall was fired this week for…NCAA violations. Our amateur artist feels Pearl’s track record (at least the positive parts of it) make him the perfect replacement for Tyndall.#BringBackBruce on the rock @coachbrucepearl #VFL pic.twitter.com/QhYzgObwxb— Brandon Carpenter (@bcarp49) March 28, 2015last_img read more

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Bulgaria makes terror financing arrests across the country

first_imgSOFIA, Bulgaria — Police in Bulgaria says they have busted a suspected terrorism financing ring and detained 43 people in raids across the country.Deputy Chief Prosecutor Ivan Geshev told reporters on Friday that one of the suspects was a Syrian citizen permanently residing in Bulgaria who allegedly transferred money to people abroad linked to international extremist groups.Geshev said “the main suspect has been in touch and has financed people who provide logistics to international terrorist groups.”He didn’t name the groups or the countries where they allegedly operate, but explained that the money has been sent through a “hawala,” where individual fund transfers are used instead of regular bank operations.Geshev said that the ring bust follows a year-long investigation in several European Union member states.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Health Canada provides food safety tips when shopping at farmers markets

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the summer well underway, Health Canada is reminding Canadians of how to keep safe and healthy when purchasing fresh, local foods from farmers’ markets.According to Health Canada, fresh produce can become contaminated in the field through contact with soil, contaminated water, wild or domestic animals, or improperly composted manure.To avoid illness, Health Canada advises that you should store fresh produce in the refrigerator, and before consumption, you should always thoroughly rinse fruits and vegetables in cool water. When it comes to buying meats, you should choose properly chilled meat and place packages of raw meat in separate shopping bags to keep meat juices from leaking onto other foods.Health Canada also says that it is a good idea to wash bags and bins after each use to avoid the spread of foodborne illnesses.More food safety tips can be found on Health Canada’s website.last_img read more

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European clubs say will boycott FIFAs Club World Cup

first_imgMIAMI (Florida): Europe’s top clubs say they will boycott FIFA’s proposed new Club World Cup, leaving FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s latest plans in serious doubt and risking a major split in the world game. Infantino had hoped to get backing this week for creating two new, potentially money-spinning, tournaments — a new worldwide Nations League for national teams and a fresh 24-team Club World Cup to start with a ‘pilot’ edition in 2021. However, even before Friday’s meeting of the ruling FIFA Council, Infantino was forced to drop the Nations League plan after his own task force found there was no consensus for such a tournament and a lack of space in the international calendar. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenInfantino still wants to move ahead with his plans for a ‘pilot edition’ of a 24-team Club World Cup, with the council expected to allow the idea to move forward ahead of June’s FIFA Congress which would be asked to endorse the plan. But a letter to UEFA and Infantino from the European Club Association (ECA) head Andrea Agnelli, chairman of Italian side Juventus, and signed by 15 members of the organisation’s board, including officials of Manchester United, Barcelona and Ajax Amsterdam, made clear the opposition. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgeryThe letter, sections of which were published in the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung says they are “firmly against any approval of a revised Club World Cup at this point in time and confirm that no ECA clubs would take part to such a competition”. The ECA represents 232 European clubs, including all the leading teams who would be expected to feature in a Club World Cup. The ECA says a decision on potential new competitions can only be made as part of an agreed framework for the international match calendar post-2024. A spokesperson for the ECA declined to comment on the content of the letter said that they would be meeting later this month to discuss the situation. “We are following developments around the FIFA Council closely. Any decision impacting our members will be discussed and assessed in detail at our upcoming board meeting to be held on 26th March,” they said. The letter also referenced a 2015 agreement between FIFA and the ECA and said that any decision which was against their wishes would “not be in accordance” with it. The agreement stated that “any changes to the International Match Calendar… will require explicit consent from ECA.” The letter said: “We are therefore certain that FIFA will honour its contractual commitments and we reserve all rights in this regard.”last_img read more

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YSRC retains all sitting MLAs Jagan to seek reelection from Pulivendula

first_imgAmaravati (AP): Fighting a do-or-die electoral battle in Andhra Pradesh on April 11, the main opposition YSR Congress on Sunday announced its candidates for all 175 assembly seats, retaining almost all the sitting MLAs and giving a major share to the backward communities.YSRC chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy who is aspiring to become the chief minister in his late father Y S Rajasekhara Reddy’s footsteps will, for the second time, contest from his family pocket borough Pulivendula in Kadapa district. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedIn 2014, Jagan won the seat by a record margin of 74,256 votes, the highest in the state. The announcement of candidates, however, triggered some rebellion in the party in a few districts, including Guntur, Prakasam and Visakhapatnam where some aspirants were denied tickets. Floated in 2011 after Jaganmohan Reddy quit the Congress over denial of chief ministership, the YSRC lost the race in the 2014 general elections, getting just 0.3 per cent less vote share than the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) that captured power winning 106 seats in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) then. Though the YSRC won 67 seats, as many as 23 of its MLAs defected to the ruling party in 2016 and 2017. In the context, the 2019 election is a do-or-die battle for the YSRC as its political longevity will largely depend on election result. Political strategist Prashant Kishore, who worked the electoral magic for Narendra Modi in 2014, is YSRC’s consultant now.last_img read more

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Sunny Saturday morning in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: It was a cool but sunny Saturday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded two notches below the season’s average at 19.8 degrees Celsius, the Met office said. The maximum temperature was likely to hover around 34 degrees Celsius, an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said, adding the day would remain clear becoming partly cloudy during the afternoon. The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was recorded at 61 per cent. On Thursday, the maximum temperature was 32.6 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season’s average.last_img read more

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Khurshid faces stiff challenge from Modi factor UP gathbandhan in Farrukhabad

first_imgFarrukhabad (UP): Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid is locked in a three-way electoral contest from his traditional constituency of Farrukhabad where he is facing the challenge of overcoming the “Modi factor” and outsmarting the SP-BSP-RLD coalition in capturing the anti-BJP vote. The opponents of Khurshid, a former Union minister who has held portfolios of external affairs, law and minorities, may not be political heavyweights, but BJP’s sitting MP Mukesh Rajput and BSP’s Manoj Agarwal are tough opponents on a seat which is not dominated by a single caste, religion or social group. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Muslims, though a little over 14 per cent in this constituency, could still decide the fate of this Lok Sabha seat along with the Yadavs. Muslims are facing the same dilemma here that they have been confronted with in several seats in Uttar Pradesh — whether to go for a Muslim face fielded by the Congress or go for the UP’s ‘gathbandhan’ candidate. They seem to be weighing options for the strongest candidate to take on the BJP. A division of Muslim votes will benefit the BJP big time, while a united vote for Khurshid or Agarwal could put them in pole position. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Lodhs and Dalits are also in substantial numbers and are in a position to make a deep impact on the result. Khurshid’s campaign saw him taking on the BJP and the gathbandhan aggressively, even borrowing a few lines from a blockbuster Hindi movie. While campaigning, Khurshid used the dialogue from Amitabh Bachchan-starter Shehenshah to call himself UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s “baap” and challenged him to a debate on the 2008 Batla House encounter. He also lashed out at the UP gathbandhan, reportedly saying anyone who gets in the way of his fight with the BJP or tries to stop him, “whether they’re from the gathbandhan (alliance) or the BSP, I will smash them to bits”. How much his aggressive posturing has helped him win votes, will be known on May 23, the day of the Lok Sabha results. The constituency votes on Monday. The Congress and gathbandhan has been duelling over the support of Muslims and Yadavs in this constituency, while the BJP is relying on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity. “Muslims aren’t in a dominant number, but can make an impact if they vote together. The Congress in the general election seems to be a better option. But let’s see, a split in votes would be really bad for us as the BJP will win comfortably,” Mohmmad Ataullah, a battery-operated rickshaw driver said. Shaukeen Khan, an auto driver, was more clear that his vote would go to the gathbandhan as he asserted that there was a wave for the alliance in the state. Mujeeb Khan, a security guard, said the Congress could be a good option, but his friends and family will take a decision on the basis of which candidate can garner more support from other communities. Another key factor in the election is which way will the Yadavs go. Khurshid has been trying hard to garner their support as their preference for the gathbandhan seems to be in doubt with a BSP candidate in fray here. Many of them also seem to be headed the BJP’s way, citing Modi as the reason. However, Anirudh Yadav, a small trader, said he would vote for the BSP as “no development work” has been done in the last five years in the constituency. Ram Chandra Yadav, a paint-shop owner, immediately countered him saying no one had done anything for the constituency, but he would go for Modi at the Centre for another five years. “I suffered big time due to GST, but Modi is good for the country,” he said. Narendra Singh, sitting at Yadav’s shop, said, “Modi was responsible for demonetisation. We suffered hardships. Gathbandhan seems to be a good option.” At a mobile shop in Kaimganj, one of the assembly segments in the Farrukhabad constituency, three youngsters said “the Modi factor” is what clicked for them and they would vote not for the candidate, but the prime minister. Interestingly, most people rued the lack of development and neglect, but gave reasons other than development for their support to various candidates. Issues that do strike a chord with the common people in this constituency are potato production, zardozi work and education. Talking about the issue of potato processing, Khurshid said a breakthrough was needed by getting one company and bringing in major investment to this industry. Education, high incidence of cancer, and modern facility for zardozi and printing are also high on the agenda here, he told PTI. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Mukesh Rajput bagged over 4 lakh votes and defeated SP candidate Rameshwar Singh Yadav by over 1.5 lakh votes. The BSP was third, while Khurshid finished fourth. Khurshid last won the seat in 2009 and before that in 1991, while his father Khurshid Alam Khan had been victorious from the seat in 1984. The campaign ended Saturday on a high note for Khurshid as Congress leader and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu held a roadshow in his support.last_img read more

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Baghel campaigns for Rahul in Amethi

first_imgAmethi: Congress leader and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, and party colleague Pramod Dubey led a roadshow in Amethi on Monday. A large of people took part in the show. During the roadshow, which was a part of Congress campaign before next phase of Lok Sabha election, Baghel walked with people while appealing to vote for Rahul Gandhi. He also addressed a gathering after the road show. He said that the people of Amethi loved Gandhi family very much and he believed that people would keep that love alive. They would press the button in favour of Rahul Gandhi, he added. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghTaking a dig at Bharatiya Janata Party, Baghel said, “The BJP does not talk about development anywhere. Wherever Modi goes, he talks about nationalism. And now, Modi claims that he belongs to backward cast. The Prime Minister who changes his colour like a chameleon, talks about going into Pakistan and killing terrorists. But he should tell us, what was the intelligence system doing when our soldiers were attacked in Pulwama.” Meanwhile, Pramod Dubey said, “Modi sahib can speak anything for votes. Because all the promises made by him have been left unfulfilled.”last_img read more

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Ohio State womens volleyball set for beginning of home schedule

Then-freshman outside hitter Kylie Randall (1) delivers a spike against Michigan on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. OSU won 3-1.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorFollowing its season-opening weekend in Oregon, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team is set to begin its home schedule later today with three matches over the weekend in the 9th Annual Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic.The Buckeyes (1-2) are scheduled to play Auburn (2-1) at 12:30 p.m., followed by Florida Gulf Coast (1-2) at 7:30 p.m.  The Buckeyes are then set to take on Southern Illinois (1-3) on Sunday at 2 p.m.After starting the season 1-2, coach Geoff Carlston said he believes the team has had a good week of practice and has corrected some mistakes from the trip to the University of Oregon Invitational last weekend.“We made a few changes on the defensive end that will be really helpful,” Carlston said. “So I’m excited to see the fruits of that labor.”Carlston added that he expects to see more of a crowd Friday evening against FGCU than the early-afternoon matchup with Auburn. He added that when the crowd arrives later in the evening, they will give an advantage to his team.With the Buckeyes playing on their home court, finding consistency, managing unforced errors and a defensive attitude lead Carlston’s three keys to victory.After starting in her first collegiate game against Oregon on Aug. 29, freshman outside hitter Luisa Schirmer is set to play in her first home game at St. John Arena.“I’m super excited to just be in this atmosphere, obviously never having played here before,” Schirmer said.Against Oregon, Schirmer started in all three sets for the Buckeyes.Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe received all-tournament recognition in Oregon and hopes to follow that successful weekend with more success this time around.“I hope to get similar accolades, that would be nice,” Sandbothe said. “But just carrying over intensity and making sure I can be a big leader for the team (will result in) some W’s this weekend,”After the tournament, the Buckeyes are scheduled to play their next three games in Cincinnati at the Millennium Hotel Invitational hosted by Xavier University on Sept. 12 and 13. OSU is set to play Syracuse, Ohio University and Xavier in the tournament. read more

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