The twelfth edition of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit was inaugurated by former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai.
The theme of the summit was Reshaping India which focused on exploring ways to reshape India into a better and more prosperous economy encompassing different aspects of nation building.
Inaugurating the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, Karzai was all praise for India to provide its continued support to Afghanistan and for standing by it in the last 13 years.
He assured India and Pakistan that Afghanistan would not allow a Proxy war between the countries on its soil and assured its neighboring countries in the region of continued support in curbing terrorism.
Karzai reflected on the international relations between India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the USA.
He urged India, Russia and China to join hands and work together instead of competing with each other as they are the Super Powers in the South Asian Region.
Sharing his views on the current scenario in Afghanistan and whether it is the moment of reckoning , he further said, It was a moment of reckoning for Afghanistan as a nation as it has been clouded by the woes of poverty, interventions from superpowers, a creaking economy and internal clashes between modernists and extremists for some time now.
Talking about public private partnerships, why they fail and how to make them work at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, Rana Kapoor, Founder and CEO of Yes Bank said, It is necessary to Create India along with the Make in India initiatives to move to the next level of public private partnerships.
He said that tourism remains a key industry for reshaping a nation that boasts of 33 UNESCO sites.
Although International tourism has grown rapidly in the past decade, there is still a fair share of untapped potential.
Talking about the concept of a nation which is suitable for the overall growth of its children, Nobel Laureate of 2014, Kailash Satyarthi said, A nation cannot progress without protecting the rights of its children. India is a land of one million problems, but it is also a land of one billion solutions. I am a representative of
the invisible who has been making attempts to make a difference by trying to trigger a sense of responsibility towards children. I feel that adults and not children are responsible for poverty and inequality.
168 million children were in full-time jobs when 200 million adults were jobless as children are easy and docile labor. Liberating children will result in the creation of 168 million jobs for adults, he further added.
In a session titled, Creaking Infrastructure, rickety developments, Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Rural Development stressed on the state of affairs and the hurdles faced by the nation in terms of infrastructure and growth.
Talking on the same he said, Its my promise to bring about a rapid development in roads, shipping and waterways in the forthcoming years. Growth is only possible on a large scale if we could bring down the interest rates which currently hover around 12-13% for contractors in India against 2-3% internationally.
He further added that his ministry would contribute to 2% of the GDP in the coming 2 years and would build concrete roads which would not require any maintenance for the next 100 years.
In an interesting conversation with well-known British television news reporter and interviewer, Rizwan Khan, Director and Producer of The Godfather, Francis Ford Cappola talked about his journey as a story-teller and how he believes that story-telling lies at the core of the film making business.
The candid conversation reflected on how renowned Indian director Satyajit Ray has been a huge influence on him and his work. Coppola described The Godfather as a metaphor for America, saying that trying to do good and in the process doing a lot of bad seemed to be the human condition over the course of history.
In the penultimate session of the day, honorable finance Minister of India, Arun Jaitley stressed on the fact that India is yet to realize its true potential. He said that the development is possible only if the underprivileged sections of the society are strengthened.
He touched upon several grave issues including the issue of black money, making India a manufacturing hub, taxation and implementation of GST.
He also stressed on the fact that economic reforms need to be blended with competent and clever politics.
The day ended with a grand finale in which renowned Director and Producer Karan Johar enthralled the audience with an engaging conversation with actors Aamir Khan and Deepika Padukone. They shared their views on reshaping of the Indian film industry.
Both the actors were of the view that the line between the mainstream and parallel cinema has blurred over the years.
Aamir Khan also expressed his disappointment over the number game and the overhype regarding the revenues generated from a film.]]>sify.com2014-11-23T04:03:00Z328181983News2014-11-23T04:03:00ZSYSTEMImageolxedAdghjdhgd15cf8692252aeb55ee83940815b2888jpg
IMAGE2014-11-23T01:48:35Z2014-11-23T01:48:35Z5image/jpegMumbai2014-11-23T01:48:00ZSYSTEMDefaultfalse2251.2false The actor not only gave an outstanding performance but the kind of physique the actor made had become a talking point.
This time around again the actor is ready to take the audience by surprise.
Farhan will be seen playing an ATS Cop in his upcoming film Wazir.
The character required him to be lean and at the same time muscular.
The actor had gone through months of training to get the right kind of look.
When it comes to gaining muscle mass it becomes very difficult. The actor had gone through vigorous training and also was on a strict diet.
The first schedule of the film took place in Delhi.
While on set the actor had a trainer with him as he has to workout everyday, he spends quality time training before the shoot.
While he has gone through a physical change the actor is also going to look different as for the time being he will be seen in a mustache in the film and also has had a different haircut.
Spokesperson of Farhan said, Farhan had gone through a major major transformation to play the role of Milkha Singh and he was more than determined to get the perfect look for his character in Wazir. He would be seen playing an ATS cop which required him to look fit and muscular. Farhan went through very strict training for it. Till the shoot of the film completes Farhan will be on this workout regime and in his new look.]]>sify.com2014-11-23T01:48:00Z30099384News2014-11-23T01:48:00ZSYSTEMImageolxbMDchbfgcd575156a91eb802d8fabae923d26150e92037-12-31T00:00:00Z
IMAGE2014-11-23T01:48:23Z2014-11-23T01:48:23Z5image/jpegPune2014-11-23T01:48:00ZSYSTEMDefaultfalse6501.2false The game will be an important one for both sides for distinct reasons. To begin with, a win for Pune FC will take them one step closer to a semifinal spot. On the other hand, having lost two consecutive games, ASEB need a win to keep their faint hopes of qualification alive.
Pune FC go in to the game wanting to keep their hundred per cent record intact after logging consecutive wins in their opening two games against foreign opposition.
Moreover, with only two teams out of five in the group qualifying for the semifinals, a win will not only help Pune FC (6 pts) consolidate their top spot in Group-B, but will also keep them ahead of MMC, Nepal (3 pts), Abahani Limited (3 pts), Dhaka and Bhutans Ugyen Academy (3 pts) in the standings.
Furthermore, the game on Sunday will be played at 3.00 PM in the afternoon and will be the third different Kick Off time for Pune FC in the competition. However, it will be a welcome change for the team with the temperature expected to be a little higher than the cold conditions after sunset.
Having trained every day since their arrival in Bhutan, Pune FC had a much needed rest day on Friday as they gear up to play twice in the upcoming three days with the final group game against Abahani Limited scheduled on Tuesday.
Speaking after a training session at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Coach Karim Bencherifa said, We changed our plans from the first game a little bit against Ugyen, and it worked well. Unfortunately we couldnt score more than one goal but we created a host of chances against a team which has been together for a very long time.
He further added, The match tomorrow is a very important one for us. We need to keep performing the way we have done in the first two games. A win tomorrow means we wont have to depend on other results and will be able to make a few changes ahead of the knockouts.
On the team news front, Pune FC will have to deal with a few minor niggles. However, no major injury concerns will be a positive sign for the team ahead of the last two group games.
On the other hand, ASEB, who are yet to open their account in Group-B, come into the game after two hard fought narrow losses against Dhakas Abahani Limited and MMC, Nepal.
With their faint qualification hopes hanging by a thread, ASEB, featuring all Indian players, will go all out against Pune FC and will be a tough nut to crack.
Interestingly, the game against ASEB will be the second time Pune FC face the team from the north-east. Back in January 2008, Pune FC played their first-ever game as a professional team against ASEB in the Kalinga Cup in Orissa and won the clash via a tie-breaker.
Furthermore, the game will also be the first time that Pune FC faces an Indian team on foreign soil.
The match, which will be played late in the afternoon, kicks off at 3.00 PM local time (2.30 PM IST) on Sunday.]]>sify.com2014-11-23T01:48:00Z34563553News2014-11-23T01:48:00ZSYSTEMImageolxbM3cgajhbgda05875536ced11c09746c8cc1b90881jpg