Over Probe Agency Notice To Raj Thackeray, Support From Cousin Uddhav – NDTV News

Uddhav Thackeray’s comment is significant as the state will go to polls later this year (File)

Mumbai: 

Maharashtra politician Raj Thackeray, who has been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a case linked to the collapse of shadow bank Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services, has received support from his estranged cousin, Shiv Sena chief  Uddhav Thackeray.

“I do not expect any solid outcome from the inquiry,” Uddhav Thackeray said.

Raj Thackeray, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader, has been asked to appear on Thursday before the ED officials for his alleged links to a construction company Kohinoor CTNL, which had received loan and equity investments from the IL&FS. His party has called the notice vendetta politics.

Raj Thackeray had a fallout with his cousin in 2006 after which he had formed his own political party.

His party MNS had dented the Shiv Sena’s chances in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

In the recent national election, Raj Thackeray and his party didn’t contest the polls but he campaigned against the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance in Maharashtra.

Uddhav Thackeray’s comment is significant as the state will go to polls later this year. The BJP and the Shiv Sena have said that they will contest the assembly elections together in an alliance. The partners, however, have launched separate campaigns, triggering speculation that they might go their separate ways if a seat-sharing agreement is not finalised.

Shiv Sena insiders, however, say there is absolutely no prospect of an alliance between their party and the MNS.

With inputs from PTI

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Mi A3 vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: Price in India, Specifications Compared – NDTV

Mi A3 was launched in India on Wednesday as Xiaomi’s latest entrant in the budget segment. The smartphone, which carries Google’s Android One branding, is the successor to the Mi A2 that was launched last year. It has glass sandwich design with Gorilla Glass 5 protection at the front and back, and the back panel particularly sports a nano-level holographic pattern that can attract users at first glance. Being an Android One phone, the Xiaomi Mi A3 runs stock Android and is likely to be amongst the first smartphones to receive the next Android iteration. The key highlights of the Mi A3 make it a comparable option against the Redmi Note 7 Pro, which is one of the hot-selling smartphones in the country and another budget option by Xiaomi.

Here, we compare the Mi A3 price in India and specifications with that of the Redmi Note 7 Pro to help you pick the most appropriate option for you.

Mi A3 vs Redmi Note 7 Pro price in India

The Mi A3 price in India is set at Rs. 12,999 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant, while its 6GB RAM + 128GB storage option is priced at Rs. 15,999. The smartphone comes in three different colour options, namely “Not Just Blue”, “More Than White”, and “Kind of Grey”. Moreover, it will go on sale through Amazon.in, Mi.com, and Mi Home stores from 12pm (noon) IST on Friday, August 23.

In contrast, the Redmi Note 7 Pro was launched in India back in late February with a price of Rs. 13,999 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant, whereas its 6GB RAM + 128GB storage option carries a price tag of Rs. 16,999. The 6GB RAM + 64GB storage model of the Redmi Note 7 Pro, which was launched at Rs. 15,999, also recently received a price cut and is currently available at Rs. 14,999. The phone comes in Neptune Blue, Space Black, Nebula Red, and Moonlight (Astro) White colour options and is available for purchase through Flipkart, Mi.com, and Mi Home stores.

Mi A3 vs Redmi Note 7 Pro specifications, features

The Mi A3 and Redmi Note 7 Pro both have dual-SIM (Nano) support and run Android 9 Pie. However, the Redmi Note 7 Pro has MIUI 10 on top of Android, while the Mi A3 comes with the pure Android experience that’s available on various other Android One smartphones and Google’s Pixel devices.

In terms of display, the Mi A3 houses a 6.08-inch HD+ (720×1560 pixels) Super AMOLED display that has a waterdrop-style notch and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The Redmi Note 7 Pro, on the other hand, features a 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) LCD panel. The phone also has a waterdrop-style notch and 19.5:9 aspect ratio that both make it similar to the Mi A3.

Under the hood, the Mi A3 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC, coupled with Adreno 610 GPU and up to 6GB of RAM. The Redmi Note 7 Pro, however, has the Snapdragon 675 SoC, paired with Adreno 612 GPU and up to 6GB of RAM.

For photos and videos, the Mi A3 flaunts a triple rear camera setup that includes a 48-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.79 lens, 8-megapixel secondary sensor with a 118-degree wide-angle f/1.79 lens, and a 2-megapixel tertiary sensor for depth sensing. The Redmi Note 7 Pro, on the other front, has a dual rear camera setup that consists of a 48-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.79 lens and a 5-megapixel secondary depth sensor.

The Mi A3 also has a 32-megapixel selfie camera that is equipped with an f/2.0 lens. In contrast, the Redmi Note 7 Pro has a 13-megapixel selfie camera.

Xiaomi has provided the Mi A3 in 64GB and 128GB storage options that both are expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). The Redmi Note 7 Pro also has identical onboard storage versions along with the same microSD card support (up to 256GB).

Similarly, the Mi A3 and Redmi Note 7 Pro both have identical connectivity options that include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Sensors on the Mi A3 include an accelerometer, ambient light, gyroscope, infrared (IR) magnetometer, and a proximity sensor. These are in line with what you’ll get on the Redmi Note 7 Pro. However, on the contrary front, the Mi A3 has an in-display fingerprint sensor, while the Redmi Note 7 Pro has a traditional rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.

The Mi A3 packs a 4,030mAh battery that supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology and traditional 18W fast charging. The Redmi Note 7 Pro, on the other hand, includes a 4,000mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 4.0 technology. Both phones come bundled with a 10W charger.

On the dimensions front, the Mi A3 measures 153.48×71.85×8.5mm, while the Redmi Note 7 Pro measures 159.21×75.21×8.1mm. Furthermore, the Mi A3 weighs 173.8 grams, whereas the Redmi Note 7 Pro is weight at 186 grams.

Xiaomi Mi A3 vs Redmi Note 7 Pro comparison

  Xiaomi Mi A3 Redmi Note 7 Pro
Ratings
Overall NDTV Rating
Design Rating
Display Rating
Software Rating
Performance Rating
Battery Life Rating
Camera Rating
Value for Money Rating
GENERAL
Brand Xiaomi Xiaomi
Model Mi A3 Redmi Note 7 Pro
Release date 17th July 2019 February 2019
Dimensions (mm) 153.48 x 71.85 x 8.50 159.21 x 75.21 x 8.10
Weight (g) 173.80 186.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 4030 4000
Fast charging Quick Charge 3.0 Quick Charge 4+
Colours Not Just Blue, More Than White, Kind of Gray Classic Space Black, Nebula Red, Neptune Blue
Launched in India Yes
Body type Glass
Removable battery No
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches) 6.08 6.30
Resolution 720×1560 pixels 1080×2340 pixels
Protection type Gorilla Glass Gorilla Glass
Aspect ratio 19.5:9 19.5:9
Pixels per inch (PPI) 409
HARDWARE
Processor 2GHz octa-core 2GHz octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 Qualcomm Snapdragon 675
RAM 4GB 4GB
Internal storage 64GB 64GB
Expandable storage Yes Yes
Expandable storage type microSD microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 256
CAMERA
Rear camera 48-megapixel (f/1.79, 1.6-micron) + 8-megapixel (f/2.2) + 2-megapixel 48-megapixel (f/1.79, 1.6-micron) + 5-megapixel
Rear autofocus Yes Yes
Rear flash Yes LED
Front camera 32-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.6-micron) 13-megapixel
SOFTWARE
Operating system Android 9.0 Android Pie
Skin MIUI 10
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Yes, v 5.00 Yes, v 5.00
USB Type-C Yes Yes
Number of SIMs 2 2
USB OTG Yes
Active 4G on both SIM cards Yes
SIM 1
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes Yes
SIM 2
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes Yes
SENSORS
Face unlock Yes Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Proximity sensor Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes

Maruti XL6 launched: Why should you buy? – CarWale

For a country which cannot get enough of the high-riding vehicles, Maruti has given us a new one. Called the XL6, the newest product from Nexa premium showroom is Ertiga in new, slightly rugged clothes. If you want to know how it stacks up against the people mover, click here to read about the sibling rivalry between the two. However, the XL6 is much more than that. So read on to find out why you should consider buying the all-new XL6 or should you put your money elsewhere. 

What’s good about it?

What sets the XL6 apart from the Ertiga are six seats on the inside instead of seven. The second-row bench has been replaced with individual captain seats. This might come in handy for customers who never utilize all the full seven seats of the Ertiga. Secondly, the cabin also gets an new all-black theme and the wood on the dash has been replaced by similar dark inserts. 

On the outside, the cosmetic changes include a redesigned fascia with a new grille, new headlamp cluster, black body cladding all around with blacked-out ORVM, bash plates both fore and aft, a black insert on the tailgate and contrasting roof rails. The XL6 does appear distinct and handsome from certain angles. And the added cladding also brings in a rugged appeal to the already good looking MPV. 

Since it will be sold through the Nexa dealerships, the XL6 would also get a premium ownership experience. It also gets a sleuth of safety features as standard fitment under the aegis of Nexa Shield. And there’s the option and convenience of two-pedal set up in both the variants. 

What’s not so good?

Maruti Suzuki is only offering the XL6 with a single petrol engine option. Sure, the 1.5-litre K15 petrol motor is frugal and potent enough. And people looking for a rugged diesel version will surely miss it. We hope to see the 1.5-litre diesel from the standard Ertiga to make its way into the XL6 as well.

Available only in the Zeta and Alpha trims means the XL6 is a feature-rich vehicle. But this also means that the XL6 demands a premium of a couple of lakhs over the equal-spec Ertiga.

The best variant to buy?

The top-spec Alpha trim is the one to go for if you don’t need the convenience of the automatic. That trims offers everything that the automatic trim offers for almost Rs 1.1 lakhs less. 

Specifications

1462cc, four-cylinder, petrol engine

103bhp at 6000rpm 

138Nm at 4400rpm

Five-speed manual and four-speed automatic

Did you know?

 

The name XL6 is a nod to the mid-sized SUV that Suzuki made between 1998 and 2009 called the XL7. The XL7 was a seven-seater and was positioned above the Grand Vitara in the American market. In India, the XL-7 badge was worn by the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara sold between 2003 and 2007.

US Military Drone Shot Down Over Yemen: Officials – NDTV News

This is not the first time a US drone has been shot down in Yemen. (File photo)

Washington: 

A U.S. military MQ-9 drone was shot down in Yemen’s Dhamar governate, southeast of the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Wednesday.

A Houthi military spokesman had earlier said that air defenses had brought down a U.S. drone.

The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the drone was shot down late on Tuesday.

This is not the first time a U.S. drone has been shot down in Yemen. In June, the U.S. military said that Houthi rebels had shot down a U.S. government-operated drone with assistance from Iran.

U.S. forces have occasionally launched drone and air strikes against Yemen’s al Qaeda branch, known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

One of the officials said that it appeared that the drone had been shot down by a surface-to-air missile operated by the Iran-aligned Houthi group. The other official cautioned that it was too early to tell who was responsible for the incident.

The drone shoot down comes as tensions between Iran and the United States have risen since President Donald Trump’s administration last year quit an international deal to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions and began to ratchet up sanctions.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Restrictions Further Eased in Jammu & Kashmir as Life Limps Back to Normalcy – News18

Srinagar: Life was slowly returning to normal in Jammu and Kashmir with the authorities further easing restrictions on Tuesday, officials said. Restrictions were relaxed in 136 police station areas of the total 197 in Jammu and Kashmir.

In Kashmir Valley, restrictions were eased in 50 out of 111 police station areas, state government spokesperson Rohit Kansal said. Barricades around the Clock Tower in Srinagar’s city centre Lal Chowk were removed after 15 days, allowing movement of people and traffic in the commercial hub, as restrictions eased in several localities while continuing in others.

Kansal said attendance in schools and government offices increased across Jammu and Kashmir. More landline phones were made operational on Tuesday. Over 73,000, out of total about 99,000, landlines phones were functional across Jammu and Kashmir, he said.

Mobile services and internet remained suspended for the 16th consecutive day, while landline telephone services in many areas also remained affected. There was increased traffic flow in some parts of the Civil Lines areas of the city but curbs on movement persisted in Downtown Srinagar and in many parts of the Kashmir Valley, officials said.

Though restrictions were lifted in several places, the deployment of security forces continued to ensure law and order, they said. A lot of private cars were seen plying in Dalgate, Boulevard, Sonwar, MA Road, Rajbagh and adjoining areas. Some inter-district cabs also plied in the morning, they said. Vehicles plied between districts in the valley as well. Markets in the Valley were shut.

The officials said the situation has remained largely peaceful since the Centre announced the abrogation of Article 370 and the reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories on August 5.

There were clashes between groups of youth and security forces in several parts of the Valley but authorities said the situation remained peaceful with few injuries reported. Restrictions in many areas of Kashmir are being eased gradually since Saturday — first for six hours in 35 police stations across the Valley and then for eight hours in 50 police station areas.

On Monday, the authorities made all necessary arrangements for the reopening of primary schools in the Valley, including 190 in the city. However, there were no students in most schools, particularly private educational institutions.

The civil secretariat — the seat of the Jammu and Kashmir government here — witnessed about 98 per cent attendance on Monday, while attendance in other government offices is improving, the officials said. The government spokesperson said there was adequate stock of essential commodities. The officials appealed to people to not resort to panic buying.

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Spider-Man’s stint in Marvel Cinematic Universe ends as Sony announces split with Disney – Scroll.in

Sony Pictures, the studio that owns the rights to comic book character Spider-Man, on Wednesday said that it was parting ways with Disney, which meant the end of the character’s appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The company said it was disappointed with Disney’s demand for a higher stake in the superhero’s films, The Guardian reported.

“Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterised recent discussions about Kevin Feige’s involvement in the franchise,” Sony said in a tweet. “We are disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live action Spider-Man film.”

The company further said that it hoped that the situation “might change in the future” but added that Feige, who is the president of Marvel Studios, had been given several new responsibilities, including the new Marvel properties. Sony said that it did “not allow time for him to work on IP [Intellectual Property] they do not own. The company also thanked Feige for his help and guidance.

Negotiations between the two companies had been under way for months, with Disney’s demand of future films to be financed evenly and that Feige act as the consultant producer for the movies. However, Sony wanted to stay with the existing terms, which gave Marvel 5% of first-dollar gross and revenue from merchandise.

Feige had a huge creative input to the last two Spider-Man films, featuring British actor Tom Holland, which also integrated the character into the multi-billion dollar Marvel Cinematic Universe, according to BBC.

In 1999, Sony had bought the rights for the movies on the comic book character after which it had made five films – three starring Tobey Maguire and two with Andrew Garfield. The studio entered into an agreement with Marvel Studios in 2015 after which the character Peter Parker made his entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The deal allowed Disney to co-produce the movies and share profits from the films that featured the superhero.

Spider-Man has been in five Marvel movies – Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home. The last film dethroned the movie Skyfall as Sony’s biggest film at the international box office.

The decision sparked a barrage of reactions from fans all over the world. The hashtag savespiderman was trending on Twitter. While some made fun, others said they will miss their favourite character.

Here are some of the reactions:

Sebi eases rules for FPIs, amends norms for rating agencies – Moneylife

Market regulator Sebi on Wednesday eased the rules for foreign portfolio investors (FPI) doing away with the broad-based eligibility criteria for FPIs and announced that the registration for multiple investment manager structure would be simplified.

 

FPIs will now be re-categorised into two classes — Category I and II, instead of the present three categories. Besides, the documentation requirements for KYC have been simplified. 

 

Proposing the new regulations for FPIs, Sebi Chairman Ajay Tyagi said that central banks shall also be eligible for FPI registration. This decision was taken considering that the central banks are relatively long term, low risk investors directly/ indirectly managed by the Government.

 

FPIs will be allowed off-market transfer of securities which are unlisted, suspended or illiquid, to a domestic or foreign investor. Offshore funds floated by Indian Mutual Funds will be able to invest in India after obtaining registration as FPI. 

 

Some of the other changes announced by Sebi were:

 

Mutual Funds Can Now Invest in Unlisted NCDs

 

SEBI will allow mutual funds to invest in unlisted non-convertible debentures (NCDs) up to a maximum of 10% of the debt portfolio of the scheme subject to such investments in unlisted NCDs having simple structures as may be notified from time to time, being rated, secured and with monthly coupons. This shall be implemented in a phased manner by June 2020. Tyagi said the regulator is examining the possibility of allowing MFs to join inter-creditor arrangements.

 

Rating Agencies to Have Quicker Access to Credit Default Information 

 

In order to enable CRAs to have timely information on the default of an entity, SEBI (CRA) Regulations were amended to incorporate an enabling provision in the rating agreement between the CRA and the issuer/ client, providing explicit consent to the CRA to obtain details of the existing and/ or future borrowing of the issuer, its repayment and any delay or default in servicing of such borrowing, either from the lender or any other statutory/ non-statutory organisation maintaining any such information.

 

Review of Buy-backs

 

SEBI shall continue with the current approach of allowing buybacks if post buy-back debt to equity ratio is not more than 2:1 (except for companies for which higher debt to equity has been notified under the Companies Act, 2013) based on both standalone and consolidated basis. Further, if post buy-back debt to equity ratio is not more than 2:1 on standalone basis and exceeding 2:1 on consolidated basis, in such cases, buy-back would be permitted if:

 

i. Post buyback debt to equity ratio is not more than 2:1 on consolidated basis after excluding the subsidiaries that are non-banking financial companies and housing finance companies and are regulated by RBI or National Housing Bank; and

 

ii. All such excluded subsidiaries have debt to equity ratio of not more than 6:1 on standalone basis.

Further, the financial statements will continue to be considered on both standalone and consolidated basis for calculating the maximum permissible buy-back size and other related requirements relating to buy-back size.

 

Innovators Growth Platform (IGP) Cos Permitted to Trade under Regular Category

 

Companies listed for a minimum period of one year on the Innovators Growth Platform (IGP), having minimum 200 shareholders and profitability/net worth track record of 3 years or 75% of its capital held by Qualified Institutional Buyers can apply for trading under regular category.

 

Minimum promoters’ contribution shall be 20% which shall be locked in for 3 years. Period of earlier lock-in of 6 months served at the time of listing on IGP shall be deducted from the stipulated lock-in requirement of 3 years.

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French Minister, In Call With Pak, Calls For “Restraint” Over Kashmir – NDTV News

French minister ean-Yves Le Drian spoke to his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

New Delhi: 

France has called for “restraint and de-escalation” in a phone-call with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, asserting that it is “essential to abstain from any measure likely to aggravate tension”.

A French spokesperson put out a statement after the country’s Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, spoke to his Pakistani counterpart on Tuesday.

“The ministers raised the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian recalled France’s constant position on Kashmir — it is up to the two countries, under the framework of their bilateral political dialogue, to resolve this dispute so as to establish lasting peace,” the French ministry spokesperson said in the statement.

“France makes a call to the parties for restraint, de-escalation, and easing the situation. It is essential to abstain from any measure likely to aggravate tensions,” the statement added.

Pakistan has been attempting to gather support from the world for its stand against India’s decision to end special status to Jammu and Kashmir and split it into two union territories.

On Tuesday, Islamabad said it would approach the International Court of Justice – where the estranged neighbours recently faced off over Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian on death row in Pakistan.

France’s statement came hours after US President Donald Trump, once again, offered to mediate on Kashmir, saying: “Kashmir is a very complicated place. You have Hindus and you have the Muslims and I wouldn’t say they get along so great…I will do the best I can to mediate….you have two counties that haven’t gotten along well for a long time and frankly, it’s a very explosive situation.”

Trump had spoken to both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani premier Imran Khan a day before. He also indicated that he would take up the subject when he meets PM Modi over the weekend in France for a summit of the Group of Seven (G7) industralised nations.

The US president said he had a “great relationship” with both of them. “But they are not exactly friends at this moment. Complicated situation. A lot has to do with religion. Religion is a complicated subject,” he said.

When Trump first offered to mediate, after meeting Imran Khan at the White House last month, India had firmly reiterated its stand against any third-party mediation on Kashmir.

Last week, Pakistan’s attempts to whip up the subject at the United Nations Security Council fell flat after most of the participating nations agreed that it was a bilateral matter between New Delhi and Islamabad. The meeting of the 15 nations – five permanent members and 10 rotating members – ended without any resolution, which was seen as a snub to Pakistan and its ally China.

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