FIR against viral song starring Priya Varrier for hurting Muslim sentiments

With her expressions, Priya Prakash Varrier stole the hearts of her social media followers as the song from Omar Lulu’s Malayali film Oru Adaar Love went viral

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The makers of Malayali movie Oru Adaar Love have been booked by Hyderabad police for objectionable references to the love story between Prophet Mohammed and his wife.

The first song of ‘Oru Adaar Love’ became viral on social media within few hours of its release because of Malayalam actor Priya Prakash Varrier’s cute articulations and wink.

The upcoming movie, written and directed by Omar Lulu, tells the story of plus two (12th) students and has newcomers in the cast.

With her expressions, Priya Prakash Varrier stole the hearts of her social media followers as the song went viral.

An overwhelmed Priya said “I do not know how to react. I did what I was asked to do and never expected it to be such a hit.”

“Thank you for all the love,” Priya, who idolises Nayaantara, tweeted.

The song ‘Mankiya Malaraya Povi’, composed by Shaan Rehman and sung by Vineet Srinivasan, has got 68,81,349 views by 7.50 pm tonight.

Priya Prakash Varrier’s instant stardom — thanks to her wink and mischievous smile in a 28-second film clip — has left even her college principal eager to meet her.

Marriette A Therattil, Principal of the prestigious Vimala College here, is a senior nun attached to the Syro-Malabar Catholic Archdiocese of Thrissur.

Therattil told IANS that she learnt lately about how her 18-year-old student has became a “national trend” on social media.

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Moto Z2 Force with shatterproof display launching today: Watch it live here

The key feature of the smartphone is its shatterproof display, which, the company claims, has better resistance than conventional glass-based screens

Moto Z2 Force

Lenovo-backed smartphone manufacturer Motorola is set to launch the Z2 Force flagship smartphone with ‘shatterproof’ display at 12 noon on Thursday (February 15). The Motorola Z2 Force was first unveiled in July 2017, along with Moto Mods that the phone supports.

The key feature of the smartphone is its shatterproof display which, the company claims, has better resistance than conventional glass-based screens. The phone sports a 5.5-inch Quad HD screen of plastic-OLED breed. The screen uses a plastic layer for shatterproof properties.

In terms of specifications, the phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor.

As for the RAM and storage, the Z2 Force has 4GB/6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, expandable via microSD card slot. Imaging is handled by a dual-camera system, utilising two 12-megapixel cameras on the back. For selfies, there is a 5MP camera on the front.

The Motorola Z2 Force runs on Android Nougat 7.1.1 out of the box with support for Android Oreo scheduled some time soon. The phone relies on USB type-C for data transfer, charging and audio output. The phone is powered by a 2,730 mAh battery that can further be expanded using Moto TurboPower Mod, which might come bundled with the smartphone in India.

The launch of the Motorola Z2 Force is scheduled to go live on YouTube. you can watch it here:

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This Valentine’s Day, plenty of heartache for India’s rose cultivators

Rose growers in South India, mainly Hosur, have for many years spread the scent of love on Valentine’s Day around the world. But the world seems to have jilted them for other options this time

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Love may be in the air for the rest of the world as it celebrates Valentine’s Day on February 14. But for rose growers in Tamil Nadu, particularly those in Hosur, this Valentine season has been anything but rosy. The reason: People around the world seem to be jilting them and showering more love on their Kenyan counterparts.

While Indian growers have seen their rose exports declining drastically amid stiff competition from Kenya, market prices in the existing markets have also fallen. And, these are happening at a time when the cultivation cost is rising, too.

Earlier, Valentine’s Day on February 14 alone contributed 25-40 per cent of flower growers’ annual revenue. But not this time.

Unlike 2017, which was drought year, flowers this year have been of a good quality, given good rains and climatic conditions. However, the different export markets this time have been affected by disparate reasons, say the growers in Hosur.

Hosur and Bengaluru are hubs for flower cultivation in South India, while Pune and parts of Gujarat account for the bulk of cultivation in the northern parts.

Of the country’s flower production, 25-35 per cent is accounted for by Hosur alone. In terms of production in South India, the town has a share of 75 per cent, according to Najeeb Ahmed, managing director of Tanflora Infrastructure Park, one of the largest exporters.

A joint venture between Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO) and MNA & Associates, Tanflora has a capacity of producing 67.5 million of roses every year.

The reasons for heartache

Some countries like Australia have lately tightened their regulations to allow the import of only fumigated flowers, for which Indian cultivators lack large-scale capabilities. The exports to other strong markets like Singapore and Malaysia are also impacted this year, as the Chinese New Year falls on February 16. “The Chinese diaspora, which are a large part of the population in these countries, would be travelling to China. So, the demand for imported rose from them will get capped,” said Bala Siva Prasad, president of the Hosur Small Farmers’ Association.

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Budget 2018: Farmers selling cheap, so why do fruits and veggies cost you a bomb?

Foodgrain production in 2016-17 is estimated at 276 million tonnes and in 2017-18 it is targeted at 275 million tonnes

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As Finance Minister Arun Jaitley gets down to finalise his Budget Speech, which many believe could be focused on the farm sector, the December data on consumer food price index (CFPI) and its wholesale price counterpart should offer some insight.

The CFPI-based inflation for the month of December rose to 4.96 per cent year-on-year from 4.35 per cent in November. In contrast, the wholesale price index-based food inflation declined from 6.06 per cent in November to 4.72 per cent in December. As such, retail price food inflation has crossed past wholesale price one for the first time in the recent months.

Though this divergence in the movement of inflation isn’t uniform across all commodities in the group but the index numbers are a pointer to the fact that while farmers continue to reel under the impact of low rise in prices aggravating the distress scenario in rural areas, consumers in cities aren’t getting farm goods that cheap.

Labour bureau data showed that wage growth of general agriculture labourers (watering and irrigation workers), which is a proxy for rural wages grew by 5.16 per cent in October 2017 – the last publicly available data – from the same period last year. It was lower than 7.2 per cent growth seen between October 2015 and October 2016.

The trend of fall in prices in wholesale markets not reflecting fully in the consumer prices is more pronounced in perishable commodities mainly potatoes and tomatoes and also in chana (gram dal) whose prices have seen a massive slump under the weight of bumper harvest.

Data sourced from the department of consumer affairs’— Price Monitoring Cell — shows that in Delhi wholesale markets from December 1 to 29, price of chana dal fell by 9.2% while in the retail markets it dropped by just 2.6%.

In case of some perishables, it was more acute.

Tomato prices in the wholesale markets of Delhi dropped by almost 74 per cent in December, while in the retail markets the commodity became cheaper by mere 47 per cent during the same period.

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Budget 2018: Jaitley’s speech, deficit data to decide rupee’s fate in 2018

How Modi fares in reining in the fiscal deficit while seeking to jump-start activity may determine the currency’s direction for the remainder of the year, analysts say

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Don’t let the rupee’s strength fool you, strategists say. The rally that boosted the currency to the strongest in 32 months will probably be short-lived.

The rupee is facing headwinds as elevated energy prices threaten to increase inflation and worsen public finances in a nation that imports most of its oil needs. Traders are also bracing for higher government spending as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to take measures in the February budget to revive an economy that’s forecast to grow at the slowest pace in four years.

How Modi fares in reining in the fiscal deficit while seeking to jump-start activity may determine the currency’s direction for the remainder of the year, analysts say.

“The budget could well set the tone for the rupee in 2018,” said Aditya Pugalia, Dubai-based director of financial markets at Emirates NBD PJSC, the second most-accurate forecaster in Bloomberg’s quarterly rankings. “A slip-up on the deficit could add a layer of uncertainty.”

Emirates NBD predicts the rupee will weaken to 65 per dollar by the end of March. Mizuho Bank Ltd., the third-best forecaster in Bloomberg’s survey, sees it depreciating to 65.60, while the median estimate in a Bloomberg survey is 64.50. The rupee advanced to 63.2463 on Jan. 8, the strongest since April 2015. It rose 0.3 percent Monday to 63.4175.

The forecasts mark a turnaround in sentiment. The rupee strengthened in 2017 for the first time in seven years as slow inflation, stable commodity prices and a slew of policy reforms lured about $30 billion of foreign inflows into India’s stocks and bonds.

Target Exceeded

A surge in oil prices to a three-year high and slowing economic growth has clouded the picture. The budget deficit exceeded the target for fiscal year 2018 by the end of November, while inflation accelerated to the quickest pace in 17 months in December, data showed Friday. Read More

Budget 2018: This is what the technology sector wants from FM Arun Jaitley

Ahead of the announcement of Union Budget 2018, Tech Industry leaders share their concerns and demands

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Key issues

Newer technologies such as artificial intelligence, cloud, etc, are changing the rules of the game for incumbent IT players

Impact of new regulations such as H1B, GDPR could result in higher deployment costs as well as increased compliance costs

Convergence in online-offline business models in the e-commerce sector, largely due to heightened competition

What industry wants

Adjustments to past years’ income emanating from APAs should be recognised as income of those years itself

Equalisation levy should be treated as tax on income and be eligible for tax credit in a foreign country to the overseas online ad businesses

Extend the exemptions granted to STP units in relation to procurements,as before the GST roll-out

Tax collected at source (TCS) under the GST has been suspended till March 2018 for e-commerce companies. This provision should be removed, given their onerous compliance obligations

Mechanism for entering into an advance agreement (akin to APA) with tax authorities for eligibility of tax holiday claim should be introduced

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Amazon Great Indian Sale: Deals on Pixel 2 XL, Honor 6X, LG Q6 & more

In the four-day sale, the e-commerce giant is expected to run discounts, exchange offers, interest-free EMIs on credit cards and cashback offers on various products

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Amazon India is gearing up for the next iteration of its ‘Great Indian Sale’, which commences on January 21. During the four-day sale, the e-commerce giant is expected to run discounts, exchange offers, interest free equal monthly installments (EMIs) on credit cards and cashback offers on various products, including smartphones and electronic items.

In addition, the e-commerce portal has partnered with HDFC bank for instant cashback of 10 per cent on debit cards, credit cards and EMI transactions.

Here are some of the upcoming deals on smartphones:

Google Pixel 2 XL

The elder sibling in the duo of second-generation Pixel smartphones is among the top flagship device that were launched last year. The phone is expected to be sold at a massive discount during sale and would be available for less than Rs 40,000.

ALSO READ: Google Pixel 2 XL: A strong ‘nexus’

Honor 6X

The Honor 6X, a dual-camera set-up-based budget offering from the stable of China-based electronics major Huawei, would be available at a price cut on the

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