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first_imgOnline grocery marketplaces are fast changing the habits and mindsets of Indians, especially the young urban professional, on what was once mundane into fun. Plus, no more scurrying around for parking space, small change or wading through dirty marketplaces.In the past year or so, India has seen a virtual mushrooming of online grocery portals, with some even promising free delivery on the same day, and attractive discounts and promotional offerings thrown in.“This was almost the last piece of the parcel that was left,” said 23-year old, Harvard-educated Pratik Jindal, chief executive of SRSGrocery.com, speaking about the online market. “The main reason behind grocery portals is: People are getting more tech-savvy,” Jindal said.Names such as Zip.in, SeaToHome.com, Grofers.com, AaramShop.com, LocalBanya.com, EkStop.com, BigBasket.com, AtMyDoorSteps.com, MyGrahak.com, ZopNow.com, Omart.in, RationHut.com and SeaToHome.com are just a handful of such stores that have set up shop — some with deliveries at multiple locations.Zip.in was started by New Jersey-based Kishore Ganji started in December 2014. “We ventured into this area as the food business in India is very large but fragmented as well. Our main operation is in Hyderabad. But now we have also started in Vizag,” Ganji said.The numbers and the growth potential also seem to add up in favor of such stores.According to the latest data released by the Internet and Mobile Association of India, the online food delivery market saw an impressive 40-percent growth in 2014 and reached Rs.350 crores by the end of December.“The online grocery market garners six percent of the total online services pie,” according to an association release.It’s also not that big physical retailers or the small kirana shops in the neighborhood are scared. This is primarily because the online stores need them.“We already home-deliver goods to our customers in the locality, only that we take orders over the phone. If the big chains or online portals tieup with us, then I think that will help in our business,” Yadav Kumar, who runs a kirana store in Mayur Vihar in east Delhi, said.Even big retailers like Future Group, which owns Big Bazaar, are planning to go online soon. To converge its digital and physical channels, Big Bazaar has roped in SAP company Hybris, which helps transform businesses to meet the demands of the digital age.With Hybris solutions, it plans to give customers the flexibility to buy, pay and get things delivered anywhere. It had also launched Big Bazaar Direct, in which it is partnering with mom-and-pop shops and even individuals.With Bid Bazaar Direct, franchisees can sell both their own and Big Bazaar products, through a tablet provided to them. So far, nearly 700 franchisees have signed up.Globally, according to a Nielsen Global E-commerce and the New Retail Survey released a few months ago, a quarter of the respondents said they were already ordering groceries online for home delivery and more than half were willing to use it in the future.The majority of the 30,000 respondents in 60 countries felt physical shopping had its charm. But the study added: “Research also shows clicks do lead to bricks and this is an important take-away for retailers and manufacturers who must engage the consumer early on the path to purchase.”A study on online groceries done by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) also predicts strong growth. “The availability of multiple payment methodologies such as online banking, credit cards, debit cards, and cash-on-delivery have meant that it is convenient for urban Indian consumers to shop online while saving both time and money,” the study said.Navneet Singh, chief executive and co-founder of PepperTap, said that growth has been strong for his portal. “We are now present in 12 cities and will be present in 35 cities by year-end. It is a capital-efficient model. Logistics is provided by us,” he said.In January, Singh said, the company saw only 50 orders a day, which is now touching 12,000-15,000 orders. He said, its mantra was to partner with local stores and put their catalogues online. “We have tie-ups with 140 retailers so far.”Jindal of SRSGrocery said the venture, which is a part of SRS Grocery stores spread across the Delhi NCR region in the name of Value Bazaar, started in January this year. The company has 45 stores.“Our thought was why not provide everything to the customers at their doorsteps? We have added two crucial things to our existing retail business — procurement technology and a logistics team,” he said, adding: “We do not have any minimum order specs and no delivery charges.”Stakeholders like Jindal also explained there were also attractive captive shoppers in working couples and even old people. Plus, another attraction is that the number of products available in the online format is much higher than neighborhood mom and pop shops.“We have a wide range of products. Now we have our own logistics team. We follow the hybrid model – where we have tie-ups with large retailers, wholesalers and vegetable markets. Capital cost is less since we don’t hold inventory. We pack products well and ensure quality,” Ganji added.But the final say in all this, the stakeholders concede, has to be the price.Ganji says it is but natural for online grocery stores to be cheaper. “We are not into price war with other portals. But things are much cheaper online. We don’t have to set up a shop in a high street mall. We don’t have decoration cost or any such recurring costs.”The USDA report also gave a risk-benefit analysis. “Compared to these (physical) stores, online retailers will need to overcome delivery challenges (traffic, poor roads, greater distance, cost). Nevertheless, online retailers enable consumers to bypass parking and traffic congestion in most Indian cities while providing better selection than a neighborhood store.” Related Itemslast_img read more


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first_imgAFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting TNT KaTropa coach Nash Racela is hardly ruffled despite his team’s recent slump.Even with the Texters in danger of missing out on the playoffs, Racela remains confident TNT can turn things around when it squares off with GlobalPort on Wednesday night in a crucial PBA Philippine Cup clash at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers But a victory by the Batang Pier in the 7 p.m. clash will allow Globalport to pull ahead of Ka Tropa in the playoff race.Racela has been candid enough to admit his need for improvement, but also challenged his players to rise to the challenge.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re trying to address things, probably better management from my end,” Racela said, after a 93-78 defeat to Barangay Ginebra last Sunday.“For some of our players, we’re not getting the usual numbers that we get from them basing on the previous conferences, years, so something is changing. So again, we need to make our adjustments, and be able to manage it better.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The curtain raiser at 4:30 p.m. pitting Phoenix and Meralco also has huge playoff implications with the Fuel Masters looking to gain a share of fifth spot with NLEX and Ginebra.The Fuel Masters stunned TNT, 74-72, in thrilling fashion last Friday, with guard Matthew Wright hoping the victory can spark a stirring finish in the elimination round.“We’re not taking any of those teams lightly in our remaining games,” said Wright. “We are confident in our abilities, and we’re expecting to go 4-and-0 in our last four games. We took care of TNT, so we just got to take care of the next three.”The Bolts are in need of a jolt after dropping to 2-6 following the 87-85 loss to NLEX last Friday.“We just got to keep trying, come back next game and win the game,” said Meralco coach Norman Black, after the Bolts surrendered an 18-point lead in the loss.ADVERTISEMENT Former champs headline TCC tourney Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Racela’s squad rallied late in the same tournament last season and even dragged eventual champion San Miguel Beer to a Game 7 in the semifinals before bowing out.“We just need to break the losing streak,” Racela said. “We just have to find ways to win the next one. We don’t really have a choice, but to focus on the next game.”The Batang Pier boosted their roster ahead of the duel with the Texters after signing former Rain or Shine gunner Jeric Teng, who will be reunited with ex-University of Santo Tomas coach Pido Jarencio, now at the helm at GlobalPort. View commentslast_img read more


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first_imgSuresh Kalmadi.Officials in the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee’s (OC) headquarters are tight-lipped about the nearly-completed audit of accounts of the OC by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India’s office.As the files are moved out of the OC headquarters at 1 Jai Singh Road, some have hinted that it will be tough for the sacked OC boss, Suresh Kalmadi and his close associates to clear the air on accreditation, the ticketing mess, overlays and the Beijing Olympics junket.The CAG started its audit of the OC’s accounts on November 15, 2010. A CAG official said: “We are still in the drafting stage, as we are corroborating the collected data with the agencies involved with the CWG, including the Union sports ministry and the Delhi government.”The CAG will not question the OC directly, but through the concerned ministries – sports, urban development, finance and the Delhi government. The source said: “Many who attended the OC-led Beijing trip, which included over 160 people, had virtually no role to play in the Games.””The major worry for the OC would be to clarify the suspicion over the ‘restrictive’ bidding process done for the overlays contract,” a senior OC official said. It is alleged the Rs 800 crore overlays contract was drafted to deliberately keep many competitors outside the bidding process. It eventually went to a UK firm, inviting criticism of favouritism.last_img read more


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first_imgAdvertisementTrevor Booker is nearing agreement on a contract with the Shanxi Brave Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association, Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype.com reports.A couple of months ago during annual youth basketball camp, he seemed perfectly willing to go anywhere for his next career stop.“Wherever welcomes me, I’ll be happy to go,” Booker said.Booker confirmed on Wednesday that he has agreed to a deal with the Shanxi Brave Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association. That team is based in Taiyuan, China.Booker hasn’t generated much interest in free agency from NBA teams this summer, so he appears poised to head overseas for the first time in his career in an attempt to showcase himself for a potential return to North America next spring. The 30-year-old suited up in 68 regular-season contests between the Nets, Pacers, and 76ers in 2017-18, averaging 6.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 17.0 minutes per contest.Also Read-NBA: Dallas Mavericks sign Donte Ingram to a deal Advertisementlast_img read more


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first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 24 (PTI) The row over JNU is expected to generate heat in Lok Sabha with Congress giving a notice for adjournment motion on the issue on the first working day today of the House in the Budget Session.Party leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Jyotiraditya Scindia and KC Venugopal have given the notice for the motion.Rajya Sabha has already decided to discuss the issue.JNU is caught in a row over an event on February 9 in the campus against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, where anti-national slogans were allegedly raised. The varsitys students union president Kanhaiya Kumar is in judicial custody in a sedition case in connection with the event.Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi had visited the varsity campus on February 13 where he had compared the Modi government to that of Hitler while addressing the students.Mounting a fresh attack, Gandhi had yesterday accused the Modi government and RSS of crushing voices of dissent of college and university students across the country and pitched for a law to protect them from “discrimination” and “suppression”. PTI SPG GJS SClast_img read more



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first_imgLOS ANGELES — NBA forward Kevin Durant won two ESPY Awards, including male athlete of the year, and mixed martial arts star Ronda Rousey earned female athlete honors, becoming the first UFC fighter to claim a trophy in the biggest category at the show honoring the year’s best performances.Durant also won best NBA player, ending LeBron James’ two-year reign in both categories.“Everybody helped me out along the way,” Durant said. “My beautiful mom watching at home who couldn’t be here. My favorite teammate, Russell Westbrook.”Durant beat out fellow male athlete nominees Miguel Cabrera of baseball team the Detroit Tigers, Peyton Manning of the NFL’s Denver Broncos and boxer Floyd Mayweather during the show hosted by rapper Drake at the Nokia Theatre.Rousey, the first female UFC champion, won over WNBA star Maya Moore, Olympic champion skier Mikaela Shiffrin and college basketball player Brenna Stewart.The winners in most categories were determined by fan voting. Rousey didn’t attend, with presenter Chrissy Teigen saying the fighter had surgery a day earlier.Manning didn’t go home empty-handed. He collected two trophies: best NFL player and record-breaking performance. Manning won his fifth Most Valuable Player award last season, when he set single-season records by passing for 55 touchdowns and more than 5,500 yards.The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks won best team. Their All-Pro cornerback, Richard Sherman, won breakthrough athlete.The best game was the Iron Bowl college matchup between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Auburn, with the Tigers winning 34-28 on the final play to spoil the Tide’s BCS hopes.Led by keeper Tim Howard, the U.S. men’s football team won best moment for its run to the round of 16 in the World Cup.Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal won best international athlete.Gregg Popovich won best coach-manager for guiding the San Antonio Spurs to the NBA championship. Spurs player Kawhi Leonard earned the championship performance award to go with his MVP award from the NBA Finals.Westbrook won best comeback athlete, having overcome his latest knee surgery to help the Thunder reach the Western Conference finals.Stewart won best female college athlete, while Creighton basketball star Doug McDermott won male college athlete.Olympic snowboarders Jamie Anderson and Sage Kotsenburg won best female and male Olympian. Kotsenburg won the first gold medal of the Sochi Games in men’s snowboard slopestyle.The Arthur Ashe Courage award went to St. Louis Rams draftee Michael Sam, who announced earlier this year that he is gay. The former Missouri defensive end will be trying to make the Rams’ roster when training camp opens. If he does, Sam would be the NFL’s first openly gay player.Sam teared up throughout his speech and his voice faltered at times. “Great things can happen when you have the courage to be yourself,” he told the audience.Hall of Famer Jim Brown hugged Sam on his way to the stage. The Ashe award is named for the late tennis player who died in 1993 after contracting AIDS from a blood transfusion.The Jimmy V Award for Perseverance was given to ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor Stuart Scott, who is fighting a recurrence of cancer first diagnosed seven years ago.The Pat Tillman Award for Service was given for the first time to Josh Sweeney, a retired Marine who lost both his legs after an explosion in Afghanistan. He scored the lone goal for the U.S. sled hockey team that beat the Russians for gold earlier this year at the Paralympics in Sochi.(BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


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first_imgOK our football team is doing awesome today. I wonder how much of tonight Dana will remember…. #okstate— Samantha Vicent (@samanthavicent) November 10, 20129. I feel like Oklahoma State using the diamond formation against Dana is like Japan selling Americans TV sets. Oh we appreciate you inventing this for us, now how does it taste, is your wallet empty yet? 10. Really a great bounce back win from what could have been a season-spiraling-out-of-control loss in Manhattan last weekend. OSU needs some momentum from Tech heading to Norman over Thanksgiving but an 8-4 (or even 9-3?!) record somehow still isn’t out of the question.Back with more coverage tomorrow.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! uspw 6735892 2Photo Attribution: US PresswireBox ScoreBowl eligible! (kidding…kind of). I was at the game and had absolutely no service so I apologize for the lack of updates. Your local AT&T provider thanks you for your monthly financial support of their ineptitude also.Won’t be doing a favorite tweets section but should have everything else up for you over the rest of the weekend. Enjoy!1. The quarterback situation is just…really…it’s kind of getting embarrassing. When you (Gundy) tell me “Lunt is available but not starting” to me that means Lunt is no longer the starting QB. Then the “Walsh is available” thing comes out of nowhere when three weeks ago you told me he was our for the year, see you in spring ball. I no longer trust anything Gundy says about any QB other than the fact that we’re going to play one and he’s going to throw for a lot of yards.2. For those at the game — how about the noise coming from the speakers over GIA for the entire game? Seems like an athletic department that generates $70M in revenue a year could…you know…figure out how to not provide an unprofessional gameday atmosphere. Maybe I’m crazy.3. Josh Stewart had 13 for 172 but it felt like he had 31 for 721. When Chelf needed a big play or got in trouble Stewart was always exactly where he needed to be and Chelf kept going back to the well. Great chemistry in #10s first start. 4. I was honestly more surprised that Justin Gilbert broke up two passes than that he took a kickoff 99 yards to the house. Speaking of the return, he now trails C.J. Spiller by two TD for the all-time NCAA kick return record. Also, Gundy had a great metaphor on his postgame show for the way Gilbert responded to his stamp of approval on Gilbert’s talent earlier this week. This is a parahprase…It’s like when you’ve been in a fight with your wife for two or three days and you go buy her flowers and tell her you’re sorry even if you don’t mean it. She responds well to that. Same thing with Gilbert.5. Dana’s return was everything I wanted it to be: flying headsets, terrible defense, f-bomb showers, special teams disaster, the live sacrifice of a graduate assistant (not McGee) at halftime with billowing clouds of Red Bull-laden smoke emanating from the visitors’ locker room. And an Oklahoma State W.6. Chelf played really well. The pick was about as much his fault as it was mine and he made all the throws he needed to. He’s definitely more Lunt than Walsh because his arm is above average but he also makes better decisions than #11. The game seems a little slower for him. I’m fine if we want to ride him the rest of the way but Monken and Gundy really need to figure it out before next weekend because I’m getting tired of QB musical chairs[1. Not that Monken or Gundy gives a crap what I think.] every week and I suspect all three of those guys are too.7. The black-gray-gray combo looked terrific in person tonight (and you could see the numbers!) Several people tried to convince me that Quinn Sharp was your uniform Heisman winner tonight but he wasn’t (check back tomorrow for who was).8. Two great tweets right here:We don’t know that Dana Holgerson didn’t invent 4 Lokos.— Nolan (@nolancox) November 10, 2012last_img read more


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first_imgTransfers Real Madrid target Lautaro Martinez admits ongoing talks with Inter Micaela Cannataro 05:00 2/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lautaro Martinez Racing Club 31012018 Goal Transfers Internazionale Racing Club v Huracán Huracán Racing Club Real Madrid Superliga The 20-year-old is one of Argentina’s hottest prospects, and the Nerazzurri have now entered the race to seal his signature Racing Club wonderkid Lautaro Martinez has affirmed that his agents are in talks over a prospective move to Inter, while insisting that the final decision lies with him. Martinez’s ability in front of goal has seen him linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs over the last 12 months. He was reportedly close to a move to Atletico Madrid in January prior to signing a new contract, while last week he admitted contact had been made by Real.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player According to the striker, however, he may now follow in Racing sporting director Diego Milito’s footsteps and play at San Siro. “Right now my representatives are in Italy talking to Inter’s people,” he explained to Goal. “They take care of that, I don’t know. I am aware of what is being discussed but I am thinking about my club. “Now I am part of a big club like Racing and I have a huge responsibility. Tomorrow we will see. “There are lots of offers and they will all be evaluated, to see which is the best option.” The deal signed by Martinez raised his release clause to $20 million, and he reiterated his desire to stay at Racing at least until the end of the Avellaneda club’s Copa Libertadores run.”It is 100 per cent [my decision]. I am the one who will decide where I play, where I want to be, what I want, my representatives know that, I have made that clear ever since they started working for me,” he added. “My family is always with me and they support me in my decisions.”Martinez, 20, was one of the stars of the Argentina Under-20 team last year as they competed in the South American Championships and World Cup, and has been tipped as a possible surprise inclusion in Jorge Sampaoli’s Russia squad.last_img read more


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first_imgIPL 2019: Virat Kohli is still learning as a captain, says Simon KatichFormer Australia batsman and Kolkata Knight Riders assistant coach Simon Katich said has the necessary attributes that make a good captain. He also pointed out that the India and Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper is still learning about himself as a leader.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service KolkataApril 16, 2019UPDATED: April 16, 2019 14:29 IST KKR assistant coach Simon Katich said Kohli has got a strong desire to succeed which is what you need as a captain (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSYou can be a great player as he is, leadership is something that can be developed over a long period of time: KatichKohli has got a strong desire to succeed which is what you need as a captain: KatichKKR and RCB will be hoping to return to winning ways when the two teams meet in Kolkata on FridayVirat Kohli is still learning as a captain, feels former Australia batsman Simon Katich ahead of his team Kolkata Knight Riders’ clash with the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Eden Gardens here on Friday.RCB and India skipper Kohli has cut a forlorn figure more often than not in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this season as his team slumped to one defeat after the other, currently finding themselves rooted to the bottom of the table with seven losses from eight outings. On Monday night, they lost to Mumbai Indians by five wickets.Arguably one of the best batsman to have ever played the game, Kohli has failed to inspire his bunch and Katich, who is the assistant coach of KKR, feels the 30-year old still needs to develop as a leader.”I don’t know how he operates within the group. He is probably still learning as a captain as well,” Katich told IANS in an interview.”You can be a great player as he is, leadership is something that can be developed over a long period of time. So he is still in a phase where he is learning a lot about himself as a leader,” said the 43-year old former Test opener.Kohli will lead the Indian team to the World Cup in a little more than a month’s time in England and Wales.Katich said while Kohli the batsman cannot be faulted, MS Dhoni’s guidance will be the key at the mega event starting May 30.”He has got everything covered as a player, he is going to go down as one of the all time greats. There is no doubt about that. As a leader, he has got attributes like passion and energy he brings to the team, India and RCB. He wants to win and has got a strong desire to succeed which is what you need as a captain.advertisement”But there is also more to it than that. Getting the best out of players, being able to allow players to feel comfortable playing the way they play to help them be as successful as possible. He is learning from one of the greats (Dhoni). As a player you like the captain backing you and that’s something that Virat is still learning as a captain.”KKR will take on RCB looking for a win badly to snap their three-game losing streak.Asked about RCB’s travails, Katich opined the team may have not been able to gel together as a unit and don’t seem clear in the way they want to play despite having star players in their arsenal.”You look at some of the players they have had, I guess you got to ask the question, are they clear in the way they want to play? Because in terms of what they have at their disposal, they haven’t been able to gel as a unit.”That’s something only the coaches and captain can answer. We can only answer from our position and from an opposition point of view, we try to exploit their weaknesses. And if there is over reliance on any players, you try to exploit that by putting pressure on them.”Katich also backed KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik to bat at No.4 for India in the World Cup after the stumper-batsman trumped Dhoni’s heir-apparent Rishabh Pant to the 15-member squad announced on Monday.”There is lot of talk around that No.4 spot, and he is a guy who likes to spend time in the middle. Once he is set, he is very hard to bowl to at the back end. He has got all the tricks and he does have the timing and power to clear the rope,” Katich said.Karthik hasn’t been among runs so far in the IPL, batting at No.5 or No.6. Katich believes it is down to the lack of opportunities that the 33-year old has got.”He can potentially bat higher. He has done very well as a finisher. There is no doubt he is in good form, he just needs opportunities. There is no doubt that when he has got opportunities, he has done well for India and KKR,” he concluded.Also Read | 7 first-timers, 2 World Cup-winners in India’s World Cup 2019 squadAlso Watch | India name 15-man squad for 2019 Cricket World CupFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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first_imgNow you can use WhatsApp on any feature phone running on KaiOSStarting the third quarter of this year, all the feature phones that run on KaiOS will come with come with WhatsApp pre-installed upon shipment.advertisement Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiJuly 24, 2019UPDATED: July 26, 2019 10:03 IST HIGHLIGHTSWhatsApp has unveiled a special version of the app for KaiOS-powered feature phones.Until now, only JioPhone and JioPhone 2 users could use WhatsApp on their feature phones.WhatsApp will also be available on KaiOS-powered Nokia 8110 or the Banana Phone.WhatsApp is one of the most popular social messaging apps in the world with a user base of over 1.5 billion users. Today it is available on every platform be your smartphone or web. But until now feature phone users could not use this popular app on their phones owing to the unavailability of support for phones running on KaiOS. But that is about to change as the Facebook-owned social messaging app has finally released a new version of WhatsApp that would enable all feature phone users to access the app on their smartphones.To be clear, up until now only the users of the JioPhone and the JioPhone 2 could use WhatsApp on their feature phones. Both these feature phones run on KaiOS. The functionality was first introduced in India in September last year and now it is being expanded to other feature phones across the world, including Africa, Europe, North America, Southeast Asia and Latin America.Apart from the JioPhone and the JioPhone 2, the KaisOS-powered feature phones that will get the WhatsApp update include – Cat B35, Doro 7060, MTN Smart, Multilaser ZAPP, Nokia 8110 or the Banana Phone, Orange Sanza and Positivo P70S.With the latest update, feature phones running on KaiOS and sporting either 256MB RAM or 512MB RAM will be able to support the app.”KaiOS has been a critical partner in helping us bring private messaging to smart feature phones around the world. Providing WhatsApp on KaiOS helps bridge the digital gap to connect friends and family in a simple, reliable and secure way.” WhatsApp COO, Matt Idema said in a statement.advertisementWhile Facebook is already available on KaiOS powered phones available in India, Africa, Europe and other Asia-Pacific countries, starting the third quarter of this year, all the feature phones that run on KaiOS will come with come with WhatsApp pre-installed upon shipment.Separately, WhatsApp is working on a new feature, that would allow iPhone users to preview their voice messages before sending. According to a report by WABetaInfo, the feature is still in the developmental phone and it is possible that WhatsApp will rollout this feature with the rollout of iOS 13 in fall this year.ALSO READ: | WhatsApp global head likely to meet IT ministry, RBI officials this week to discuss WhatsApp PaymentsALSO READ: | WhatsApp on JioPhone review: Finding joy in little thingsALSO READ: | WhatsApp will soon allow iPhone users to preview voice messages before sendingGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow WhatsAppFollow KaiOS Nextlast_img read more


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first_imgARLINGTON, Va. – July 10, 2019 – Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) is pleased to announce it added 11 new airline customers during the first half of 2019, achieving a record total of 240. During the same period, the company accredited 33 new travel agencies bringing its total to 6,345 agencies with 12,011 retail locations. “It’s gratifying to see our airline customers grow so briskly in 2019,” said Gena Crowe, ARC’s senior airline participation program manager. “In an industry that’s keenly competitive and continually changing, airlines continue to see value in the services ARC provides by benefitting from the distribution power of thousands of travel sellers within the U.S. We look forward to continued airline growth in the year’s second half.” New airline customers include: Luxair (Luxembourg) Loganair (Scotland) Ellinair (Greece) Samoa Airways (Samoa) Paranair (Paraguay) New agency customers include: App in the Air (Washington) Atlantic4you (Massachusetts) Ponant USA LLC (New York) Roboair Inc. (California) SalesTrip Inc. (Washington)  About ARC:An industry leader in air travel distribution and intelligence, ARC settled $94.8 billion in ticket transactions in 2018 between airlines and travel agencies, representing more than 295 million passenger trips. ARC provides flexible distribution solutions, innovative technology and access to the world’s most comprehensive air ticket transaction data, helping the global air travel community connect, grow and thrive. For more information, please visit www.arccorp.com.last_img read more


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first_img COLCHESTER/HANTS COUNTIES: Highway 102, Shubenacadie River Construction is taking place on Highway 102 at the bridges over Shubenacadie River until Saturday, Nov. 30. Traffic is two lanes in both directions, however drivers are urged to travel with extra caution in the area. DIGBY COUNTY: Acacia Valley Bridge The Acacia Valley Bridge on Acacia Valley Road, about a half-kilometre south of the intersection of Ridge Road and Acacia Valley Road, is being replaced. The new bridge will be open by Wednesday, Dec. 18. A detour route is marked. HANTS COUNTY: Shubenacadie, Bridge Trunk 2 Shubenacadie Bridge on Highway 2 is reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Dec. 31. The speed limit is reduced to 50 km/h in the construction area. KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101, Shaw Road Underpass Shaw Road Underpass, near Berwick, will be closed for repairs until Wednesday, Dec. 4. Detour route is Maple Street to Brooklyn Street. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Canso Causeway Highway 104, from the intersection of Highway 4 in Aulds Cove to the causeway’s swing bridge, will have one-lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Construction is expected to continue until the end of November. Use caution in the area. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 216 Sections of Route 216, from 15 kilometres west of Highway 4 to Eskasoni, are reduced to one lane for repaving until Friday, Dec. 6. The lane closures are 24 hours a day with traffic signals or traffic control people. Delays are expected. Drivers should use extra caution and patience. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge The Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive is closed for replacement. While the bridge is closed, the province is providing a free shuttle bus service between Coxheath Arena (305 Keltic Dr.) and Walmart (65 Keltic Dr.). A detour route for drivers has also been marked. The shuttle bus schedule is available at http://novascotia.ca/tran/highways/srb.asp. NEW WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Malagash Station Bridge Malagash Station Road will be closed from Malagash Road to Wallace Grant Road for bridge repairs to Malagash Station Bridge. Detour signs in place. RICHMOND COUNTY: Cape Auguet Road Traffic on Cape Auguet Road, from the intersection of Lower Road south for about five kilometres, is reduced to one lane for repaving and other improvements. The work is scheduled to be completed by Saturday, Nov. 30. Drivers should travel with caution and obey signs and workers in the area. -30- CONTINUING WORKcenter_img HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Joseph Howe Drive Overpass Repairs are being made on the Joseph Howe Drive overpass on Highway 102, Exit 0 until Saturday, Nov. 30. Travel lanes are shifted to accommodate rush hour traffic. Drivers should reduce speed to 50 km/h and drive with extra caution in the area or use an alternate route. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: George Street, Sydney Construction has started on the George Street Roundabout in Sydney, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Drivers in the area should be alert for slow-moving vehicles and lane closures. Work is scheduled to continue until Saturday, Nov. 30. RICHMOND COUNTY: Highway 4 Traffic on Highway 4, from west of Campbells Bridge, west for about five kilometres to Hay Cove Bridge, is reduced to one lane for repaving and the replacement of the Hay Cove bridge. Work is scheduled to be completed by Saturday, Nov. 30. Drivers should travel with caution and obey signs and workers in the area. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. HANTS COUNTY: Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook Bridges The Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook bridges, on Route 202 in West Gore, have a 24-tonne weight restriction until further notice. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Meisner Bridge Meisner Bridge on Highway 10, near Cherryfield, has alternating lane closures for repairs until Friday, Dec. 13. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road. QUEENS COUNTY: Milton Bridge The approaches to the Milton Bridge on Highway 8 have alternating lane closures during drilling work until Friday, Dec. 29. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset.last_img read more


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The new approach relies on gathering information on the extent and severity of hunger from food-insecure people, through a carefully-designed annual survey to be conducted in collaboration with polling specialists Gallup, Inc, the agency said in a news release. Known as the Voices of the Hungry project, the new approach will be tested beginning this month on a pilot basis in Angola, Ethiopia, Malawi and Niger. These countries have agreed to move towards the complete eradication of hunger, in line with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Zero Hunger challenge. The plan is to then extend the survey to more than 160,000 respondents in up to 150 countries covered by the Gallup World Poll and to publish updated results on each country every year. The project will run for five years and will lead to the establishment of a new FAO-certified standard for food security monitoring that could then be easily adopted by other household surveys. “This innovative method will be an essential tool for governments, civil society and other national and international organizations in the fight against hunger,” says Jomo Sundaram, FAO Assistant Director-General for Economic and Social Development. “It will also be key to increasing the accountability of governments and in encouraging them to commit to hunger eradication.” FAO noted that, despite recent improvements, the methodology it currently uses is not able to provide a comprehensive picture of the many dimensions of hunger. Right now, FAO is able to accurately monitor food availability at the national level, particularly in terms of potential energy intake.The new tool will measure food access at the individual level, and will provide a clearer idea of personal experiences with food insecurity. As part of the pilot project, nationally representative samples of 1,000 to 5,000 people, depending on the size of the country, will be selected to answer eight questions designed to reveal whether and how respondents have experienced food insecurity in the previous 12 months. They will be asked questions such as – During the last 12 months, was there a time when, because of lack of money or other resources: You were worried you would run out of food?; You were unable to eat healthy and nutritious food?; You ate only a few kinds of foods?; You had to skip a meal?“This is an exciting new initiative for FAO because it will enable us to better understand the severity of food insecurity in a cost-effective and timely way,” says Carlo Cafiero, the FAO statistician in charge of the project. “It will also provide FAO with an affordable and methodologically consistent tool for monitoring hunger worldwide.” Results of the surveys will be available in days rather than years, allowing FAO to take an almost real-time snapshot of a nation’s food insecurity situation. read more


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The Rome-based agency said its Food Price Index averaged 203.4 points in January, which is 1.3 per cent below December and 4.4 per cent below January 2013. The Index measures monthly changes in international prices of a basket of meat, dairy, cereals, oils and fats, and sugar.“We’re seeing lower prices due to abundant supplies, but stronger upturn in demand, such as an increase in the pace of imports from Asia, could limit the decline,” said FAO economist Abdolreza Abbassian.Sugar and vegetable oils fell 5.6 per cent and 3.8 per cent respectively. Bumper cereal crops, meanwhile, helped to bring down cereal prices, which were 1.6 per cent lower than in December and as much as 23 per cent lower than in January 2013. Even meat prices, which had strengthened over the past few months, fell slightly in January. “The only notable exception was a rise in dairy prices,” said Michael Griffin, FAO’s dairy and livestock market expert. The FAO dairy price index registered a 1.3 per cent increase in January to 267.7 points, largely reflecting strong demand, especially from China, North Africa, the Middle East and Russia.Overall world cereal production for 2013 was stronger than anticipated, to a record 2,502 million tonnes, up 8.5 per cent from 2012. “The bumper cereal crop in 2013 would help in replenishing world reserves,” FAO said in its news release. The UN agency estimates the harvest could reach 573 million tonnes, 13.5 per cent higher than in the previous season. At this level, the stocks-to-use ratio for global cereals would top 23.5 per cent in 2013/14, its highest value since 2002/03 and well above its historical low of 18.4 per cent registered in 2007/08.Based on the latest information, early prospects for the 2014 harvest looks good, FAO predicted. This view is shared by a separate report published today by the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) a G20 initiative which is housed at FAO and managed by ten international organizations. read more


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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on a recent visit to New ZealandCredit:Paul Edwards The Sunday Mirror quoted an insider saying: “On his mind, William sees this as another concerning example of his younger brother being pulled away from his family by his new wife. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Prince Harry shooting in 2009 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on a recent visit to New Zealand A young Prince Harry shooting with his father the Prince of Wales in 1996Credit:BENNETT / PARKER “Harry’s always loved hunting and it has provided them with a great chance to bond as brothers. But now it looks like Harry’s shooting days are over. It’s the latest point of contention between the Princes after a testing time in their relationship.”Kensington Palace refused to be drawn on claims of a row over the hunting issue nor whether it is true that Prince Harry will avoid the Boxing Day pheasant shoot. The source suggested the claims should be “taken with a pinch of salt”. The Duke of Sussex will miss the Royal family’s traditional Box Day pheasant shoot under pressure from his pregnant wife, according to reports.Prince Harry, now 34, has taken part in the Boxing Day shoot on the Sandringham estate since the age of 12. But according to the Sunday Mirror, he will miss it this year to spend time with the Duchess of Sussex, who he married in May.A well-placed Kensington Palace source dismissed the claims yesterday. The source said: “This is completely untrue.”The Duchess  is described as a ‘principled animal lover’ who refuses to wear fur. She once described herself in an interview as vegan during the week.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– It is alleged that Prince Harry missed the Boxing Day pheasant hunt last year and also grouse shooting at Balmoral three months ago. The Sunday Mirror claimed that the Duchess of Sussex had been unhappy to learn the prince had taken part in hunting boar in Germany while she had been in Canada filming  her final scenes from the hit legal drama Suits.Prince Harry is said to be eating much more healthily since dating the then Meghan Markle, including eating much less meat.The Duchess once told Good Housekeeping magazine that she always kept chia seed pudding in her fridge along with almond milk, carrits and hummus and green juice.The Vegan Society said yesterday it was encouraged by the duchess’s apparent stance against hunting. Prince Harry shooting in 2009 A young Prince Harry shooting with his father the Prince of Wales in 1996 Dominika Piasecka, spokesman for The Vegan Society, said: “We’re delighted to hear that the Duchess has been persuading Prince Harry not to take part in the Royal Christmas pheasant shoot. Traditions are important for every nation but if they involve senseless killing, they should not be allowed to continue.“Vegan or not, many Brits strongly oppose hunting animals and we hope to see the Royal family set an example and stop participating in this cruel practice.” The decision to miss the shoot – if correct – may cause tension between Duke of Cambridge and his younger brother. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have decided to make a house on the Windsor estate their permanent home rather than an apartment in Kensington Palace next door to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge amid suggestions Prince William has not been welcoming towards the Duchess of Sussex, the former actress from America who married into the Royal family. read more


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first_imgI’m not entirely sure that this is what the folks at Twitter envisioned when they gave the world their microblogging service. But heck, that’s sort of the appeal of the service, right? It appeals to everyone, from office workers, to rock stars, to people who get paid to have sex on camera.A company called Pornstar Tweets has taken it upon itself to become the major provider of such content, aggregating the surprisingly numerous pornstars who have chosen to express themselves on Twitter.The company, not surprisingly, was on hand at the AVN show in Las Vegas this week, complete with a Pornstar Tweets trailer, where real life adult stars are tweeting their thoughts on the show.last_img


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first_imgUBS employees work in the UBS “fintech lab” at Canary Wharf in London.ReutersWithin the silos of incumbent financial services, so-called fintech companies are good at picking off one thing only and doing it well.This approach is also taken within data science, where a lot of the properly intelligent work is about understanding the domain (problem) and how best to use the information/data for the problem you have. In doing so, a fintech approach – collaboration, open-sourcing code – is helping to gradually change the culture of finance, even in some hitherto heavily guarded domains.Dr Tristan Fletcher, research director, Thought Machine, said: “Without this specialisation and domain knowledge, it’s very hard to rise above the noise. However, the algorithms themselves are often applicable in many areas or problems, and we are probably seeing decreasing specialisation here.”Fintech lends itself particularly to specialisation because there are many well-packaged problems that need to be solved and can be clearly delineated – KYC, AML, credit checking etc. Having a competence in one area does not necessarily imply it in others, so it is harder to justify being a corporate fox vs a hedgehog.”Bonus-driven executives with a big bank or fund might be reluctant to share their secret sauce with people in their own company, never mind other corporates. In contrast, within the majority of small fintech startups, most employees will share (to varying degrees) in the ownership of the company, which will drive collaboration and the sharing of ideas internally. Furthermore, because of the relative balkanisation of a lot of the domains in the fintech ecosystem, there is much more incentive to co-operate than be competitive in the industry.Fletcher said: “I think the main reasons for the disparity between fintech and investment banks and hedge funds is that a lot of the sources of revenue in the latter are closer to a zero-sum game. Profiting from pure speculation, for example, means that someone else must be losing money (assuming the counterparty isn’t doing something more economically useful like actually mitigating risk).”Furthermore, compensation in traditional financial institutions is much more closely linked to one’s actual proximity to (often large) amounts of money. It’s often a food chain with front office staff getting more than middle office, getting more than back office for example.”Incentivisation through cash bonuses, which is gradually going out of fashion, encourages a very short-termist approach. Fintech incentivisation, being a relatively new and entrepreneurial sector, is much more about ownership in the company, which is clearly much longer term.”Value in the fintech world is much more about the execution of an idea, whereas hedge funds, for example, are known to take a cloak and dagger approach to their intellectual property, in order to justify their management fees.”However, some financial institutions and even secretive hedge funds are changing, sharing information and open sourcing some non-core infrastructure. A good example is the US hedge fund AQR, which open-sourced some of its infrastructure around time series storage and helped kickstart the pandas libraries community.”I have heard of more and more private companies open sourcing non-core infrastructure and this makes a lot of sense: it adds credibility from a technology perspective to the organisation, gets lots of developers to critique and improve any code at very low cost and encourages the adoption of any software the company might be pushing out,” said Fletcher.As much as fintech is providing an exciting new lease of life for the financial services industry, there is a super-abundance of hype out there. Terms like data science, AI, machine learning, blockchain and so on have become extremely hyped terms these days. Attaching these words to your LinkedIn profile if you work in software will get your profile more views; framing a project in this way can get funding more easily.”There are a lot of people claiming to be doing artificial intelligence and machine learning purely to get funding or generate publicity. In some cases this is being a little bit disingenuous, using machine learning when something simpler would be fine and in others it’s just bare-faced lying. This obviously doesn’t just apply to start-ups, ” he added.”The danger is that you get disappointments that blemish the entire field: perhaps some unscrupulous people use machine learning in a massively incorrect way and you get a well-publicised failure that tarnishes the reputation of the entire genre.”Fletcher said there are no easily recognisable conditions that prove some entity is genuinely doing this sort of work, but he would generally look to see whether some of the senior staff did at least have some strong academic credentials in AI or statistics.The financial arena is characteristically conservative, and when it comes to using artificial intelligence, non-finacial use cases associated with the likes of Google DeepMind and IBM Watson (which are modelled around potentially replicating human behaviours) garner much more attention and would appear to be far ahead.Fletcher added: “One of the problems with AI/deep learning is interpreterability; it’s hard to work out what the black box is actually doing. And this is dangerous in applications which could impact the tightly-coupled financial markets or indeed people’s bank accounts.”A lot of the machine learning in markets is based around time-series analysis, and it is more typical to use different methods (less related to biological processes) here.”There has been work using genetic algorithms, biologically inspired in a different way, on portfolio construction (for example bond portfolios by a product called Galapagos) and I’m sure many people used Neural Nets in the 80s but a lot of the ML methods used in markets nowadays are very far away from being biologically plausible in any way.”Newsweek and International Business Times are to host an Artificial Intelligence and Data Science in Capital Markets event, taking place on 1 and 2 March 2017 at the Barbican in the City of London.last_img read more


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first_imgAdvertisements of Paytm, a digital wallet company, are seen placed at stalls of roadside vegetable vendors in Mumbai, India, November 19, 2016.Reuters filePaytm is no longer just a mobile wallet company as founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma is pulling every possible string to make the company a one-stop shop for all retail and financial needs of Indians.Paytm, owned by One97 Communications, is now planning to launch services including mutual funds, general insurance, life insurance and a number of banking services via its payments bank.But why foray into mutual funds?”Wealth management business is the logical next vertical for Paytm to foray into after payments and banking,” Pravin Jadhav, the senior vice president at Paytm Money, told International Business Times India over an email.The company is likely to start mutual funds distribution business with the launch of its digital platform by the end of April. The distribution will be done through Paytm Money, the new wealth management unit of One97 Communications.Paytm Money is in discussions with asset management companies to offer direct mutual fund investments.The new app will offer investors mutual funds from 12 of the 15 largest asset management companies in the first phase. By August, it aims to increase that to around 25 fund houses.”Paytm Money will offer only direct plans of mutual fund schemes that will provide up to 1.5 percent higher returns than regular plans because of lower expense ratio and no hidden commission,” said Jadhav.Paytm aims to increase the penetration of mutual funds through its app at a time when products like systematic investment plans (SIPs) are gaining a lot of traction among the young retail investors.Despite the growing interest, only 28 percent of individual investors’ assets in mutual funds come from beyond the top 15 towns, according to the Association of Mutual Funds of India.Paytm aims to leverage this opportunity by creating awareness and easing mutual funds purchase.”Mutual fund industry today has about 15 million investors, we believe this number will double in next 3-4 years. We want to introduce wealth management products like mutual funds to Paytm’s 300+ million users,” said Jadhav.last_img read more


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first_imgPakistani prime minister Imran Khan. Photo: ReutersPakistani prime minister Imran Khan vowed Tuesday to challenge at the UN security council India’s decision to strip Kashmir of its special autonomy, and demanded action from the international community as tensions soared between the nuclear-armed rivals.Khan gave a forceful rebuke of prime minister Narenda Modi’s decision Monday to scrap the special status granted to the Indian-ruled part of Kashmir from India’s constitution in front of a joint-session of parliament in Islamabad.“I want to make it clear that we will fight this issue on every forum, (including) at the UN security council,” said Khan, who also promised to also raise the issue with heads of state and take the matter to the International Criminal Court.Khan demanded action from the global community as he accused Modi of blatantly violating international law in pursuit of an anti-Muslim agenda in India.“If the world does not act today… (if) the developed world does not uphold its own laws, then things will go to a place that we will not be responsible for,” Khan added.The prime minister’s remarks came shortly after Pakistan’s military announced it “firmly stands” by Kashmiris following a meeting by the army’s top commanders in the garrison city of Rawalpindi to discuss the move by India, which is also set to exacerbate the long-running bloody rebellion in Kashmir.“Pakistan Army firmly stands by the Kashmiris in their just struggle to the very end. We are prepared and shall go to any extent to fulfil our obligations in this regard,” General Qamar Javed Bajwa said, in a tweet sent by a military spokesman after the meeting.Spokesman major general Asif Ghafoor said commanders “fully supported” the civilian government’s rejection of India’s move.“Pakistan never recognised the sham Indian efforts to legalise its occupation” of the disputed mountainous region, he added.On Tuesday, an estimated 500 people demonstrated in Muzaffarabad, the largest city in Pakistani-held Kashmir, with more protests expected in major cities across the country.Pakistani lawmakers also began a session of parliament to discuss a possible response to Delhi’s move.The breathtaking Himalayan region of Kashmir has been disputed by India and Pakistan since independence in 1947. They have fought two of their three wars over the former principality.Earlier this year they came close to war yet again, after a militant attack in Indian-held Kashmir in February was claimed by a group based in Pakistan, igniting tit-for-tat air strikes.For three decades the Indian-administered part has been in the grip of an insurgency that has left tens of thousands dead.Armed Kashmiri rebels and many residents have fought for the Muslim majority region’s independence or to join neighbour Pakistan.Ahead of the announcements, tens of thousands of extra Indian troops were deployed in the territory, and a security lockdown was imposed overnight Sunday. All telecommunications have been cut there since.Editorials and social media in Pakistan were buzzing Tuesday over Modi’s decision, with the English daily Dawn running a large headline on its front page reading: “New Delhi sheds fig leaf, robs held Kashmir of special status”.last_img read more