Virat Kohli 83rd in highest-paid athletes list, no women in top 100: Forbes

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India cricket captain Virat Kohli is among the world’s highest-paid athletes, according to a Forbes’ compilation topped by American boxing champion Floyd Mayweather.

Kohli, the only sportsperson from India to be featured in the list, is ranked 83rd with earnings of $24 million.

Surprisingly, the ‘World’s Highest-Paid Athletes 2018’ compilation is an all-male affair with no women being featured in the list.

Kohli, 29, is not just cricket-crazy India’s biggest name but is also one of the most popular athletes in the world, “boasting more Twitter followers (25 million-plus) than all but three active sports stars”, Forbes said.

The ‘World’s Highest-Paid Athletes 2018’ list is topped by 41-year-old Mayweather, with $285 million earnings.

This year the Indian national cricket board ‘The Board of Control for Cricket in India’ named Kohli as one of just five players to receive the newly-created A+ contracts, which guarantee an annual retainer of more than $1 million, it said.

“Yet like the Indian cricket mega-stars who have come before him, Kohli’s big payday comes off the pitch” where he’s partnered with top brands such as Puma, Pepsi, Audi and Oakley, Forbes said.

There are no women on the list.

Forbes said tennis’ female sportspersons Li Na, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams were list regulars but Li retired in 2014 and Sharapova is still dealing with the aftermath of a 15-month suspension for using a banned substance.

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Ramdev’s Patanjali may get Yogi’s nod for Rs 60-bn food park in Noida

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed officials to expedite the process for Patanjali Ayurved to set up its Rs 60 billion food park, after the company said it was pulling out from the project due to non-cooperation from the state government.

Clarifying that the project has not been cancelled, a senior state government official today said Adityanath spoke to Acharya Balkrishna, MD of the Baba Ramdev-promoted firm.

“The Chief Minister has talked to Acharya Balkrishna and heard his grievances. There is no cancellation yet. They have been allotted land and the project is to be commenced. The CM has directed to expedite the process and also directed officers for the same,” Principal Secretary Information, Awanish Awasthi told PTI.

The Haridwar-based company had proposed to invest up to Rs 60 billion to set up a plant over 425 acres of land along the Yamuna Expressway through its step-down firm Patanjali Food and Herbal Park.

On Tuesday, Balkrishna had told PTI: “We are cancelling the project as we did not get required clearances from the UP state government.”

The company now plans to shift the project to some other state, he had said, adding, “We did not get any cooperation from the state government for this project.

Full text of RBI Monetary policy: Repo rate hiked by 25 bps after 4 years

The Reserve Bank of India RBI Policy on Wednesday announced a 25-basis-point hike in the repo rate to 6.25 per cent, in line with market expectations. The six-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) kept its stance neutral, despite a repo rate increase. All of the six members of the MPC, including Governor and MPC Chairman Urjit Patel voted in favour of a rate hike.

Here is the full text of RBI’s Second Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement:

On the basis of an assessment of the current and evolving macroeconomic situation at its meeting today, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) decided to:

• increase the policy repo rate under the liquidity adjustment facility (LAF) by 25 basis points to 6.25 per cent.

Consequently, the reverse repo rate under the LAF stands adjusted to 6.0 per cent, and the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and the Bank Rate to 6.50 per cent.

The decision of the MPC is consistent with the neutral stance of monetary policy in consonance with the objective of achieving the medium-term target for consumer price index (CPI) inflation of 4 per cent within a band of +/- 2 per cent, while supporting growth. The main considerations underlying the decision are set out in the statement below.

Bihar Board class 12th results 2018: Check your score at biharboard.ac.in

Bihar Board class 12th result 2018

The results of Bihar Board class 12 examination are expected to be declared by Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) today, 6 June, 2018 at 4:30 pm.

Students can check the results of their respective streams (Science, Commerce and Arts) on the website, http://www.biharboard.ac.in. In order to avoid heavy traffic on the official website, which may result in the website crashing frequently, students can also check their results on these alternative links: indiaresults.com, bsebssresult.com.

This year, the written examination was conducted by BSEB 12th result 2018 from 6 to 16 February and the practical examinations were held from 11 to 25 January.

According to The Indian Express reports, 1.7 million students had appeared for the Class 10 examinations and 1.28 million students appeared in the class XII examination. The class XII Bihar Board examination was held at around 1,384 centres across the state.

Meanwhile, class X board results are expected be announced on June 20, according to media reports.

Bihar government has also announced scholarships for the toppers of class X and XII. Ten toppers of Class X will get Rs 1,200 per month for two years to pursue higher secondary education. However, the students will have to fetch at least 60 per cent marks in Class XI to claim the scholarship.

Five toppers of Class XII will get Rs 1,500 per month for pursuing higher education and will receive the scholarship depending on the duration of the course. For instance, if a student is pursuing basic graduation, the scholarship will be for three years. For students who are pursuing professional courses like MBBS and engineering, the scholarship will continue for five years and fours years, respectively.

Here are the steps to check the Bihar Board Result 2018:

CBI questions P Chidambaram in INX Media case: A timeline of events

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Former finance minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday appeared before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for questioning in connection with alleged irregularities in the clearance of foreign investment in INX Media.

Chidambaram’s son, Karti Chidambaram, was earlier arrested in the case for allegedly receiving funds to the tune of Rs 1 million.

On May 15 last year, the CBI had registered an FIR for alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds to the tune of Rs 3.05 billion in 2007, when Chidambaram was the finance minister during the first term of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.

The other accused in the case include then INX media director Indrani Mukerjea and then INX news director Peter Mukerjea.

Here is a detailed timeline of the INX media case:

Apple WWDC 2018: iOS 12 with Memoji, Screen Time unveiled; know everything

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Cupertino, US-based technology giant Apple on June 5 announced the iOS 12 operating system for iPhones and iPads at the WWDC 2018. Starting today, June 5, the OS will be available to Apple Developer Program members at developer.apple.com, and a public beta program will be available to iOS users later this month at beta.apple.com. The iOS 12 will go live this fall as a free software update for the iPhone 5s and, later, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation, iPad 6th generation, iPad mini 2 and later and iPod touch 6th generation.

With a focus on speed and performance, the iOS 12 also brings new features like improved artificial reality, animated personalised emojis, group FaceTime and Screen Time. The new operating system also gets new Siri shortcuts, which now enables it to work with any app.

Here is what’s new in the iOS 12:

Sunanda Pushkar death case: Court asks Shashi Tharoor to appear on July 7

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A court in Delhi on Tuesday asked Congress leader Shashi Tharoor to appear before it as an accused on July 7 in connection with his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s death.

The court took note of a chargesheet filed by Delhi Police and said there were sufficient grounds to proceed against him.

In its 3,000-page chargesheet, Delhi Police named Tharoor as the only accused in the case, alleging that he had subjected his wife to cruelty. Tharoor said the chargesheet was “preposterous” and “unbelievable”.

Pushkar was found dead in a south Delhi hotel on the night of January 17, 2014.

The 51-year-old had not left behind a suicide note.

I have heard the prosecutor. I have gone through and perused the chargesheet and the documents filed along with it. On the basis of police report (chargesheet), I take cognisance of offence of abetment of suicide of late Sunanda Pushkar and committing cruelty upon her by Dr Shashi Tharoor,” Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal said.

On May 28, the court had reserved its order on whether to summon Tharoor as an accused.

According to prosecution sources, the chargesheet mentioned that Pushkar was allegedly subjected to mental as well as physical cruelty, news agency PTI reported.

The couple’s domestic servant, Narayan Singh, was named one of the key witnesses in the case.