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Qaboos Bin Said Al Said: World’s longest-serving ruler passed away

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On Friday, January 10, 2020, Oman witnessed the death of its monarch, Qaboos Bin Said Al Said while he was 79 years of age. He was ruling over Oman which is home to 4.6 million people for about five decades since 1970 after he dethroned his father with the help of Britain at the age of 29. Though there had been no reason stated of death, it is believed to be due to the colon cancer he was suffering from. He returned from Belgium only a month ago after going through the treatment of cancer.

Qaboos Bin Said Al Said was born on November 18, 1940, and was the world’s longest-serving ruler at the time of his demise. He is known to be a peace working ruler who advanced and bettered the relations of Oman with other countries. In Oman, the Sultan is known to be the supreme power as he enjoys being Prime Minister of the nation, supreme commander of the army, Defence Minister, Finance Minister and Foreign Minister.

Since Qaboos Al Said never married and did not have any children, his cousin and Culture Minister of Oman, Haitham Bin Tariq Al Said is chosen to be the next Sultan of Oman. Oman has a tradition of choosing the sultan by the royal family within three days of the death of the ruler. On failing to do so, a letter which is written to the family by the ruler is opened to choose the ruler as per the will of the Sultan. Everyone has unanimously decided as per the will of Sultan to name Haitham Bin Tariq as the new ruler of Oman. Three days of mourning are to be observed in Oman and the flag will be half-mast for 40 days.

Ministry of Home Affairs in India has declared state mourning to be observed on January 13. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on Saturday expressing his gloom over the unfortunate death of the ruler. The heads of the United Kingdom, Qatar, Pakistan, UAE, United States, Turkey and Israel, and United Nations secretary, Antonio Guterres expressed their disappointment over the demise of the leader. His funeral ceremony in Muscat was attended by Emirs of Kuwait, Qatar, UAE and the king of Bahrain to express their grief over the loss of the leader’s life.

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Taika Waititi Movies: All that you need to know

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Taika Waititi is an Oscar victor. Suppose that once more, one of the innovative brains behind Flight of the Conchords, and the entertainer who offered a voice to Korg in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has an Oscar for screenwriting—in a film where he played blockhead nonexistent Adolf Hitler, no less. The world’s an interesting spot, right?

 

However, it additionally has a propensity for advising you that ability as electric (and offbeat) as Waititi is difficult to measure as only a certain something. To a great many fans, he may be the sweet directorial eye behind Thor: Ragnarok, yet he truly is a lot more. Regardless of whether you’re now a fan or a fledgling, here is the place you can stream each motion picture Taika Waititi has coordinated.

 

Eagle versus Shark (2007)
Waititi’s first motion picture is likewise a sound representative for governments that worth supporting their crafts. Subsidized by the New Zealand Film Commission, Eagle versus Shark slung Waititi from a nearby non-mainstream voice to one who had his reality debut at the Sundance Film Festival.

 

The motion picture is a lighthearted comedy of sorts, yet with that protected despairing trailing sensation that is very commonplace for Waititi fans. The film is about a kid and a young lady (visit Waititi teammate Jemaine Clement and Loren Horsley) who bond after secondary school during a critical outfit party in which one dresses like a bird and the other a shark. They additionally associate in their craving to seek retribution on their school menaces. However, that ends up being a more nuanced dream than anticipated right now.

 

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Kid (2010)
Waititi’s subsequent motion picture presented a repetitive topic in his movies about kids and the dads (or surrogates) they wish they had in their lives. On account of Boy, this is exemplified by James Rolleston’s eponymous youngster, an 11-year-old living in 1980s New Zealand with fantasies of meeting his venerated image, Michael Jackson.

 

He rather winds up running into his truant and ex-con father rather—played by Waititi himself. The elderly person is named Alamein, and Boy is persuaded he has gotten back home to be a dad. Be that as it may, Waititi’s disagreeable dad has something different at the forefront of his thoughts—to be specific the cash he and his “posse” covered on the family ranch before being sent away. All things considered, he is happy to engage the idea of at last being a dad, regardless of whether Boy ought to tune in to his wearier more youthful sibling Rocky (Te Aho Eketone-Whitu)…

 

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What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
Here we happen upon my most loved Waititi motion picture, and his silliest. Demonstrating that short movies can be rearing justification for trenchant thoughts, What We Do in the Shadows develops a 2005 short film he made by throwing himself and Jemaine Clement as Eurotrash vampires who’ve fled mistreatment just to end up in New Zealand throughout the previous 70 years.
Probably the best case of how to work off the mockumentary arrangement, Waititi and Clement’s What We Do in the Shadows screenplay utilizes its false way to deal with deconstruct each sort of vampire motion picture buzzword while training in on Interview with the Vampire, Nosferatu, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Seek the vampire giggles and remain for the scene where they run into some werewolf brothers on a full moon night.

 

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Chase for the Wilderpeople (2016)
Here and there, Hunt for the Wilderpeople remains Waititi’s generally adult and impactful motion picture—regardless of whether it includes a kid fleeing in the New Zealand hedge with a survivalist as they’re sought after by social administrations like an advanced Robin Hood people saints. So you know… it’s still very Waititi.
Highlighting probably the best work of Sam Neill’s vocation, the Australian actor plays Hec, a disillusioned and aloof rancher who hesitantly consents to encourage Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison) at his significant other’s command. Be that as it may, after her shocking passing, Hec needs to ask Julian to take a hike. He’s hence disinclined to get familiar with the child has tailed him into the wild on a chase, similarly as he’s stunned that in shielding Ricky from a hog, he’s additionally been hovelled for the following month. That is sufficiently long for a wide range of unsavory bits of gossip and legends to frame—just as a significant companionship.
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Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Here is the film that transformed Waititi into a commonly recognized name the world over. Joining forces with Disney and Marvel Studios, Waititi inhaled new life into the brand’s Thor establishment, and in the process transformed one of the studio’s lamest adventures into one of its wackiest.

 

Superficially, it is superhuman motion picture standard: Chris Hemsworth’s saint learns he has malice more established sister (Cate Blanchett), who thusly wants to lead over the entirety of Asgard. That is decent, yet how Waititi makes this motion picture heaps of fun is by transforming it into an amigo film between Thor, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) as they attempt to get by on a planet devoted to loving Jeff Goldblum. If lone the entire film was as absurd as its sizable center segment…
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Jojo Rabbit (2019)
The one that won Waititi the Oscar, Jojo Rabbit is without a doubt the producer’s most eager motion picture and one that feels adept for the age it was made in: a period where many miracle how they can relate or understand those they detest—or with those loaded up with so much contempt. Take Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis), and in any case a sweet child who is enchanted with his nation’s Hitler Youth program.
Undoubtedly, Jojo is a sprouting Nazi-to-be in 1940s Germany, and his closest companion is a nonexistent variant of Uncle Adolf (played by Waititi). Better than the genuine beast Jojo is adoring, this false in any case makes Jojo safe to the empathy of his mom (Scarlett Johansson) and at first uninformed of the more established Elsa (Thomasin McKenzie), who his mom is covering up in the storage room. Elsa is Jewish and in this manner a wellspring of dread and disturbs Jojo… yet she and her attentive idea of fellowship may likewise be his last chance to turn into the great man his mom realizes he can be.
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World richest Jeff Bezos will spend $10 billion to fight with climate change

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said Monday that he “plans to spend $10 billion of his own fortune to help fight climate change”. Bezos, the world’s richest person, said in an Instagram post that “he’ll start giving grants this summer to scientists, activists and nonprofits working to protect Earth”. Bezos said in the post “I want to work alongside others both to amplify known ways and to explore new ways of fighting the devastating impact of climate change,” .

Amazon, the company Bezos runs, has an enormous carbon footprint. Last year, Amazon officials said “the company would work to have 100% of its energy use come from solar panels and other renewable energy by 2030”.

The online retailer relies on fossil fuels to power planes, trucks and vans in order to ship billions of items all around the world. Amazon workers in its Seattle headquarters have been vocal in criticizing some of the company’s practices, pushing it to do more to combat climate change.

Bezos said in the “post Monday that he will call his new initiative the Bezos Earth Fund. An Amazon spokesman confirmed that Bezos will be using his own money for the fund”.

Despite being among the richest people in the world, Bezos only recently became active in donating money to causes as other billionaires like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett have done. In 2018, Bezos started another fund, committing $2 billion of his own money to open preschools in low-income neighborhoods and give money to nonprofits that help homeless families.

Bezos founded Amazon 25 years ago, has a stake in the company that is worth more than $100 billion. In September, Bezos announced Amazon’s climate pledge to get the company carbon-neutral by 2040, 100% renewable energy by 2o30, and 100,000 electric delivery vehicles by 2030.

The move follows pressure from Amazon employees to push the company to do more to fight climate change. More than 350 employees signed a Medium blog in January calling for net-zero emissions by 2030, among other requests.

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Who is Debbie Abraham and Why is she deported from India?

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Debbie Abraham is a British MP and Labor Party, leader. She is critical of the government’s decisions on Kashmir under Article 370. Yesterday her e-visa was revoked due to her involvement in anti-India activities. She had reached Delhi on a two-day visit. Harpreet Uppal, who accompanied her, told the news agency that her valid Indian visa was rejected by the authorities at the airport. Officials did not give any reason for the cancellation of Abraham’s visa, while the visa was valid until October 2020. At the same time, a Home Ministry official, on the condition of anonymity, said that Abraham did not have a valid visa to travel. Hence she was barred from entering India. She was put on the UK return flight from Delhi Airport. 

The British MP stated “When he came back he was very rude and aggressive shouting at me to ‘come with me’. I told him not to speak to me like that and was then taken to a cordoned-off area marked as a Deportee Cell. He then ordered me to sit down and I refused. I didn’t know what they might do or where else they may take me, so I wanted people to see me,”

Although she has justified in a twitter post that e-visa has been issued by the Indian Government.

Sources in the government said, “It is the prerogative of the country to grant a visa or e-visa to any person, to cancel it or to cancel its application. Her e-business visa was canceled by the government on 14 February 2020, in view of activities against India’s interests. Abraham was also informed by the government about the cancellation of his visa. ”

The politics heated over it as one of the Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi supported sending Debbie Abraham back from the airport. Singhvi tweeted on Tuesday – “It was necessary to stop Debbie from coming to India because she works as a representative of Pakistan, not an MP.” She is associated with the Government of Pakistan and the ISI. It is necessary to thwart attempts to attack India’s autonomy.

 Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on the other hand given a statement “that it is being said on behalf of the British MP that he had a valid visa, yet he was not allowed to enter India”. They believe that this has happened because of their views on Kashmir.

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor further said that I think it is unfortunate. By not allowing such people to enter India, we will be considered a country with a narrow mind and intolerant, which is not right for our country, there is diversity in our country. We have the ability to tolerate negative attitudes of people coming from outside.

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OYO net loss is USD 335 million in 2018-19

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Accommodation firm OYO Hotels & Homes on Monday reported widening of its net loss to USD 335 million (over Rs 2,390 crore) for the financial year ended March 2019, mainly on account of international expansion during the period. The company had reported a “net loss of USD 52 million (over Rs 370 crore) for the previous financial year”, OYO said in one of his statement “Its consolidated revenue for 2018-19 stood at USD 951 million (over Rs 6,785 crore) as against USD 211 million (over Rs 1,500 crore) in the year-ago fiscal”.

“The inherent costs of establishing new markets, including those related to talent, market-entry, operational expenses, among others, resulted in an increase in OYO’s net loss percentage in the near term, which grew from 25 per cent in 2017-18 to 35 per cent of revenue in 2018-19, to USD 335 million”.

“At the same time, in markets like India, the company reduced its losses from 24 % to 14% of revenue in 2018-19 to USD 83 million”. “The business operations in India, a mature market for the company, contributed nearly 63.5 per cent or USD 604 million to the total revenue as the business clocked a 2.9 times growth y-o-y in the home market” OYO said Further in their statement.

It added “Nearly 36.5 percent or USD 348 million was contributed by the company’s operations outside India, primarily China, signifying its strong commitment towards building a sustainable global business at scale with improved operating efficiencies”. OYO Hotels & Homes Global CFO Abhishek Gupta said “As we work towards consistently improving our financial performance, ensuring strong yet sustainable growth, high operational and service excellence and a clear path to profitability will be key to our approach in 2020 and beyond,”

Rohit Kapoor, chief executive officer for India and South Asia said “Its gross margin rise to 14.7% from 10.6%, the company said. Oyo has cut back in certain markets, firing about 20% of its 12,000 people in India for example. “We have pulled out of 200 cities in India, and these accounted for less than 5% of revenues”.

The two executives were cautious about the China market, given the coronavirus that has all but put a halt to travel. “The coronavirus crisis is gripping all of China, it will impact the business in the short term. We can’t say how much,” said Ghosh. “It is too soon to say how much our business will get impacted, there are too many affected provinces and it is too sensitive a matter.”

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After 17-years-of-long legal battle women get equal rights at the Indian army breaking the stereotype 

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The Supreme Court said in an important decision on Monday that all those women officers who want to opt for this option should be given a permanent commission in the army within three months. The court termed the Centre’s plea as citing physical abilities and social norms behind not giving women command posts. The judgment was delivered by a bench of Justice DY Chandrachud

After this decision of the Supreme Court, now women in the army have got equal rights with male officers. Till now only male soldiers who served in the Army for 14 years in the Short Service Commission (SSC) were getting the option of permanent commission, but women did not have this right. Although, Women officers in the Air Force and Navy are getting a permanent commission.

What really occurred?

in 2003, Babita Punia was the first woman lawyer to petition the Delhi High Court in this case. After that, nine women officers filed separate petitions in the High Court till 2009 on the same issue. In 2010, the Delhi High Court ruled on these petitions and ordered permanent commission of women in the army. The High Court had said, “It is clarified that all those women officers who have not reached the age of retirement should be given permanent commission.” They should also be given benefits like promotions. We are not doing women any favors, we are giving them their constitutional rights. ”

What evoked the situation?

Nine years after the High Court’s decision, in February 2019, the government made a policy of giving permanent commission to women officers in 10 departments of the army but said that only women officers who have been in service since March 2019 will get the benefit. In this way, those women were deprived of permanent commission, who fought a long legal battle on this issue. The Center had filed a petition in the Supreme Court, arguing that male soldiers would not be ready to take orders from female officers.

Three most important things about the decision of the Supreme Court which has been made today 

Permanent Commission: All women officers under Short Service Commission will be entitled to permanent commission. The Supreme Court has said that women officers who have served less than 14 years and above under the Short Service Commission should be given the chance of permanent commission.

Combat Role: The Supreme Court has left the decision on the government and the army to give Combat Roll to women. The Supreme Court said, ‘Deployment of women in the combat roles directly involved in the war is a matter of policy. The Delhi High Court also said the same. So the government will have to think about it.

Command posting: The Supreme Court has said, ‘It is absurd to completely ban women officers from not giving a command posting in the Army and is against the right to equal. Women should get the right to command posting. Command posting means posting leading a unit, corps or command.

 Strict comments of Supreme Court told Center to be preferential and asked to change the mindset

Unique decisions of the Center: The Supreme Court said, ‘The policy decisions of the Central Government regarding the deployment of women officers have been very unique. After the High Court’s decision, the Center should have given permanent commission to women in the army. The Center has shown bias by not giving permanent commission to women officers.

Disturbing arguments: Due to physical limitations and social norms, the Center’s plea of ​​not giving permanent commission to women officers is disturbing. Such pleas cannot be accepted at all.

Need to change mentality: Women officers should be given permanent commission in the Army. In the past, women officers have shown bravery for the country. Even after 70 years of British rule, the government needs to change the mindset to end gender discrimination in the armed forces.

Humiliation of women and the army: Doubting not only the women but also the army, will be an insult to the abilities of women regarding achievements and roles in the army.

The Center did not pay heed to the verdict: In 2010, the Delhi High Court allowed a permanent commission for women officers. 2 September 2011 The Supreme Court also made it clear that the High Court’s decision will not have stayed. Despite this, the Center did not implement it for a decade and did not listen to the decisions of the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court.

Advocate Meenakshi Lekhi, who has pleaded on behalf of women officers in this case, said – this is a brilliant decision of the court. The court has implemented a permanent commission and reprimanded the authorities for not wanting to implement it. Army Lieutenant Colonel Seema Singh said that this is a progressive and historic decision. This will give women a chance to compete.

People on the internet are celebrating the Supreme Court’s verdict on the position of female officers in the army. 

 

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