Arsenal’s first game in the Europa League started with a bang, having defeated FC Koln 3-1 in a night to remember.
The chairman of Indian Railways, Ashok Mittal, has resigned from his post after two major train derailments within five days, citing ‘moral responsibility’.
The Muzaffarnagar train derailment on Saturday, August 19, left 22 dead and more than 150 injured. Within just four days, on Wednesday, August 22, the Kafiyat Express derailed, injuring more than 70 individuals. Mittal submitted his resignation to Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu, on Thursday, August 23, who is yet to accept or decline it.
The Railway Minister has stated in a Tweet, “Will not allow laxity in operations by the Board. I have directed the CRB to fix responsibility on prima facie evidence by the end of the day.” The Indian Railways have come under serious flak from the media after evidence was unearthed displaying negligence by the maintenance staff.
After the accidents, the General Manager Northern Railways, Chief Track Engineer of Northern Railway Zone and Divisional Railway Manager of Delhi have been suspected.
Mittal’s tenure ended in 2016, but was given an extension of two years by the Indian Railways. Some reports suggest that Ashwani Lohani may take over position of Chairman of the railways.
The Western film industry has lost another fine actor today. Robert Hardy, famous for his role as Siegfried Farnon in the long-running TV series, All Creatures Great and Small, passed away on August 3, 2017.
Hardy’s versatile career lasted over 70 years, where he performed notable roles of Henry V, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Robin Hood, Prince Albert, along with multiple portrayals of the late British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and the role this generation will popularly remember him for, Cornelius Fudge, the Minister of Magic, in the film adaptations of fantasy book series Harry Potter.
His three children, Paul, Justine and Emma, released a statement to the press stating, “It is with great sadness that the family of Robert Hardy CBE today announced his death, following a tremendous life: a giant career in theatre, television and film spanning more than 70 years”. He is fondly remembered by his children as a gruff, yet twinkly and dignified man, loved and celebrated by all.
The former actor spent his last days at Denville Hall, a retirement home for actors in London.
The White House seems to be grappling with a major attrition problem. After Sean Spicer’s resignation from the post of Communications Director at the White House, Anthony Scaramucci was appointed to the post, with much celebration. Not 11 days later, US President Donald Trump has fired Scaramucci.
This dismissal comes just hours after Trump appointed former secretary of Homeland Security and a decorated Marine general, John Kelly as his Chief of Staff. With firing Scaramucci, also popularly known as ‘The Mooch’, Kelly has firmly shown that the current untoward functioning of the Oval Office will be brought to line.
Scaramucci’s dismissal was imminent after he gave a controversial television interview, comparing himself and former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus to Cain and Abel, where as the story goes, the latter is killed by the former in an attempt to gain favour in God’s eyes. However, if the television interview wasn’t damaging enough, in a phone call with a reporter from the New Yorker, he verbally abused Priebus and Trump’s strategist Stephen Bannon, even threatening to oust them from the White House. “I’m not Steve Bannon. I’m not trying to suck my own cock”, said The Mooch.
In an engagement with the media, White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said, “The president certainly felt that Anthony’s comments were inappropriate for a person in that position”.
Pairing the perfect handbag with shoes is no longer a difficult task. Luxury fashion retailer, Michael Kors, announced that it has purchased British powerhouse, Jimmy Choo.
The deal is said to be for $1.2 billion, or £886 million, and is expected to catapult the diminishing sales of these high couture brands. Michael Kors, one of America’s and the world’s most affordable brand on the high couture shelf, has faced dipping sales over the years with a sizeable chunk of their consumer base opting for e-purchases, or more affordable retailers like Zara and H&M.
Jimmy Choo, started in 1996 in a market where shoes did not toe the line. With daring designs and revolutionary styles, a frenzied, loyal consumer base was found, with the likes of the late Princess Diana, Emma Stone, Kate Middleton, Kendall Jenner and Michelle Obama sporting them on the red carpet. They went up for sale in April and finalised with Michael Kors this week.
This deal comes just a month after luxury handbags and accessories giants, Coach and Kate Spade drew a buy-out deal worth $2.4 billion, bringing the affordable high fashion game to a far more competitive edge.
Senior journalist and analyst, Ashok Malik, has been selected as the new President-elect, Ram Nath Kovind’s press secretary.
The announcement of press secretary was made by the Department of Personnel and Training, along with the selection of Sanjay Kothari and Bharat Lal as Rashtrapati Bhavan’s secretary and joint-secretary, respectively.
Malik, a veteran journalist, is one of India’s well-known columnists, having written for The Indian Express, The Telegraph, India Today and more, and also occurs as a commentator on news television programs. Additionally, he also held the position of consulting editor at media publications Tehelka and Pioneer. He frequently writes about trade policy from a domestic and international context, along with national politics and economics. The press secretary is also currently part of Indian think-tank Observer Research Foundation as a Distinguished Fellow from 2015.
In 2016, the senior analyst was awarded the Padma Shri Award by the Indian Government. The Modi government has awarded him honorary positions – a part of the board of governors at a CSR-focused think-tank, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, and the Rajghat Memorial Committee.
- Indian Express- http://indianexpress.com/article/who-is/who-is-ashok-malik-president-ram-nath-kovind-press-secretary-ram-nath-kovind-4762067/