Mercedes Benz price increaseMercedes Benz is incidentally the first luxury maker to have entered India more than 15 years ago. With the launch of the new A-Class and B-Class Sports Tourer vehicles, it has been able to regain lost ground from competitors BMW and Audi. Owing to rising input costs and high exchange rate, the company has recently announced a small price hike of 2.5% across its model range from September 1, 2014Speaking more on the situation, Mr Eberhard Kern, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India, said, “Mercedes-Benz continues to offer ‘top of the line’ products for its customers and focuses on adding more value to their overall ownership experience. We have decided to upwardly revise the prices of some of our models given the rising input costs and continued high exchange rate. Mercedes Benz models are highly enriched in terms of features and they command high customer preference in the market. Our aim remains to grow sustainably in the market in the long-term and keep creating new benchmark in modern luxury for our customers.”Quality, world-class safety standards and refined performance are always standard with the Mercedes brand and the company will continue to maintain its high standards even in times of inflation. To adhere to the interests of the buyers, Mercedes Benz has come out with a host of financial services. Elaborating on the same, Mr. Kern said, “Despite the price hike, the attractive financial solutions from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services like ‘Flexinomics’, ‘STAR Agility, STAR Lease’ and ‘STAR Supersonic’ loan approvals etc. are all tailor made for our customers. These solutions will provide benchmark value proposition, enabling a hassle free purchase, while our service programmes like Star Care, Star Ease and Road Side Assistance, will enhance the customer’s overall ownership experience.”advertisement
Just to fire BCCI for what Pune pitch curator has done is not correct: Sourav Ganguly to India Today
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly reacted to India Today’s sting operation on the Pune pitch curator, hours before the second ODI between India and New Zealand.Pune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaoncar has now been caught on India Today’s camera agreeing to manipulate some bounce, some movement and some balance between bat and ball for the Wednesday ODI at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) stadium.In what was a savage blow to the ICC and the BCCI’s stiff codes on corruption and on restrictions over outsider access to the field before matches, Salgaoncar not only accompanied India Today’s undercover reporters to the Pune pitch but also allowed them to tap it.Maharashtra Cricket Association president Abhay Apte and BCCI joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary have already promised strong action following the sting and Ganguly, also president of the Cricket Association of Bengal, wondered if there was any way to stop anyone from visiting the pitch in India.”I am watching this on TV. I really don’t know what Salgaonkar is trying to say. I don’t think there is any way of stopping people from reaching the pitch. That is an issue in Indian cricket.”(At this point) I don’t have much to say on this as I really don’t know what he was trying to do. I don’t know how he can tweak the pitch in one day and prepare it accordingly for a bookie.”I don’t know in what context he was saying this was he saying this in haste. Let me go through the matter first,” he said.advertisement”If Pandurang Salgaonkar has done something he should be punished. But it should not hamper the progress of the cricket match. The curator needs to be taken off. At the end of the day the cricketers have not done anything, the match officials have not done anything. I don’t see a problem in the game going on.”CK Khanna is the president of the BCCI and he has the right give his opinion, whether it is right or wrong is another issue. It is important to take control of the situation. I personally feel the match should go on.”I don’t know whether its been going on for a while. BCCI has had all the securities but at the end of the day they cannot look into everything. You can have 15 cameras after one person but if he wants to do something wrong he will find out a way to do it.”Anti corruption of the ICC and BCCI has everybody connected. When an international match happens everybody comes under the purview.”No system is fool proof and things happen. Just to fire the BCCI for what Pandurang Ssalgaonkar has done is not correct. You cannot only control it to a certain extent,” Ganguly said.”This has to go till the end and an investigation must take place. But the game must go on. The match hasn’t started and the pitch will be same for both teams, so I don’t think it will be a problem,” he added.
A local cricket match in the Shepherd Neame Kent Cricket League in England produced some never-seen-before numbers on Tuesday.Beckenham CC won the toss against Bexley CC and opted to bat first but little did they imagine that they would be back on the field in 50 minutes after getting bowled out for just 18 runs in 11.2 overs.Bexley CC in reply took just 12 minutes to knock off the 18 runs without losing a wicket in their run chase. The whole match was over within 61 minutes.The total was the lowest ever in Beckenham CC’s history and it will remain a big blot on the cricket club’s reputation which boasts of players from international through County to County 2nd XI level and Minor Counties.It was also the lowest score ever posted by a team in the Shepherd Neame Kent Cricket League.Alexander Senn, William MacVicar and Calum Lennos managed to score 4 runs each with the latter remaining unbeaten on the score while three more – Johan Malcolm, Asad Ali and Junaid Nadir – scored a run each.The rest of the five players faced a maximum of 21 deliveries without opening their accounts. Bexley CC conceded just 3 runs in extras – 1 leg-bye, 1 wide and 1 no-ball – which added to the total. Scorecard of the Kent Cricket League match between Beckenham CC and Bexley CC (Bexley CC Twitter Photo)Beckenham CC cricket club has existed for 152 years but never has it faced such humiliation in the sport as Bexley bowlers Calum MacLeod and Jason Benn ripped apart the batting lineup sharing all the 10 wickets between themselves.advertisementCalum MacLeod finished with figures of 6 wickets for 5 runs with 2 maidens in 6 overs while Jason Benn produced a spell of 4 wickets for 12 runs with 3 maidens in 5.2 overs.Bexley CC openers Christopher Laas and Aiden Griggs then made light work of the run chase and finished the match in 3.3 overs.Griggs ended up with 12 runs from 9 balls with three boundaries while Laas managed a boundary from 12 balls as Beckenham CC’s bowlers – William MacVicar and Asad Ali – gave away 6 runs in extras.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Tyvis Powell #23 of the Ohio State Buckeyes intercepts a ball in the fourth quarter during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Want to relive Ohio State’s Sugar Bowl victory against Alabama, Buckeye fans?Now you can. Ohio State football’s video production staff has created an awesome highlight video of the Buckeyes’ 42-35 upset victory over the then-No. 1 Crimson Tide on Jan. 1. Check it out:
India Today Web Desk New DelhiDecember 28, 2015UPDATED: December 29, 2018 15:53 IST Rajesh KhannaOne of the greatest actors India has ever had was born on December 29, 1942.He was a legendary actor who charmed everyone with the way he delivered his dialogues, slightly tilting his head and speaking in a grave voice. Yes, we are definitely talking about Rajesh Khanna.On his birth anniversary, here are some little-known facts you should not miss about the Kaka of Bollywood:Rajesh Khanna was born as Jatin KhannaHe was adopted and raised by foster parents who were relatives of his biological parentsOn his uncle’s advice, he changed his name from Jatin to Rajesh, before starting his career in BollywoodRajesh Khanna was the first Bollywood actor for whom the term ‘superstar’ was coined after he gave the blockbuster hit film AradhanaHe was a rich newcomer who used to struggle to get work in his own MG sports carTo get into Bollywood, Rajesh Khanna had to compete in the 1965 All India Talent Contest organised by United Producers and Filmfare. He was one of the eight finalistsHe made his film debut in the 1966 film, Aakhri Khat which also made entry into OscarsRajesh Khanna gave 15 consecutive superhits as a solo lead hero from 1969-1971The song Roop Tera Mastana was recorded in a single shotMany children born in 1960s and 1970s were named Rajesh, following Rajesh Khanna’s phenomenal rise to stardomThe title role of Mr. India was first offered to Rajesh Khanna. He declined it, as he could not relate to the invisible character of the heroIn his career of 45 years, Khanna did 180 filmsRajesh Khanna was the highest paid actor from 1970-79 and shared the honour with Amitabh Bachchan from 1980-87He was called a ‘Faaltu hero’ because of his eccentric featuresThe pair Rajesh Khanna-Mumtaz holds the record for being the romantic on-screen pair with 100 percent success ratio at the Box Office. Rajesh Khanna gave eight blockbusters opposite MumtazHe won three Filmfare Best Actor Awards and was nominated for the same, fourteen timesHe received the most number of BFJA Awards for Best Actor and was nominated 25 times for it. In 1991, he was awarded the Filmfare Special Award for completing 25 years in the industryIn 2005, he was awarded with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.advertisementGet 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 Tags :Follow The Ideas factoryFollow university electionsFollow Amitabh BachchanFollow Pregnant womenFollow BollywoodFollow Oil and Natural Gas Corp Rajesh Khanna’s birth anniversary: Some amazing lesser-known facts on ‘Kaka’He was a rich newcomer who used to struggle to get work in his own MG Sports car.advertisement
WASHINGTON – It’s the political nailbiter Washington has been awaiting. A local bar is opening early to serve Russian vodka and an ‘FBI’ breakfast — French toast, bacon and ice cream. All the U.S. TV networks will cut into their live programming.The reason: Public testimony that carries high stakes for Donald Trump’s presidency.After weeks of anticipation, rumour, and the drip, drip, drip of leaks to the media, James Comey, the fired director of the FBI, will testify at a live public hearing Thursday.It’s part of a two-day affair starting Wednesday as a Senate committee first hears from heads of the National Security Agency, the Department of Justice, the Director of National Intelligence and the interim boss of the FBI.A former Watergate investigator calls this a big moment.He says based on what’s already known publicly, Trump is in a precarious legal place: ”I’d say he’s in deep trouble,” says Nick Akerman, who was assistant special prosecutor in the Watergate scandal.He said that as a federal investigator, then as a New York State prosecutor, he never had a witness say so much, so publicly, that could be construed as obstructing justice as the current president.Akerman lists the examples: Trump reportedly asked Comey to lay off an investigation into Russian election-meddling; fired Comey; told NBC News the investigation actually entered into his thinking as he fired Comey; reportedly told the Russians that, after Comey’s firing, the pressure was off; and appeared to threaten Comey on Twitter, by hinting at the existence of some kind of recording.Some of these details were based on anonymous leaks to the press.Now the questions will be aired publicly, by Comey. And what the old Watergate investigator will be listening for is whether there’s any evidence to suggest someone very important violated 18 U.S. Code Section 1503.“What you need for obstruction of justice is intent. The key is the intent — to show you’re trying to stop (an) investigation,” Akerman, now a partner at Dorsey and Whitney, said in an interview.“The bottom line is, the crime is whoever, ‘endeavours to influence, obstruct or impede the due administration of justice,’ commits a crime. It’s a 10-year felony. Here, you’ve got an overwhelming case. …”(What Trump told NBC) is a super-damning admission. When I was a prosecutor you never got that kind of admission from someone that so nailed their intent.”He says it doesn’t matter what the original allegation was — whether or not there was election collusion with Russia, what role aides like Mike Flynn and Paul Manafort played in the controversy, what financial transactions they might have had and what the president knew, because, he says: ”(Obstruction) in and of itself is a felony.”Washington will be hanging on every word. It’s an adrenalin injection into a town whose heart pulses for politics.Will Trump also be watching? Will he continue to provide running commentary on an ongoing investigation? That’s a big question hanging over the event. Sources told the Washington Post he was considering tweeting during Comey’s testimony.Trump tweeted Tuesday about his need to tweet.”The FAKE (News) is working so hard trying to get me not to use Social Media. They hate that I can get the honest and unfiltered message out,” Trump wrote on Twitter. ”Sorry folks, but if I would have relied on the Fake News of CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, Washpost or NYTimes, I would have had ZERO chance winning (the White House).”He offered one gracious line when asked by a reporter at the White House whether he had a message for Comey: “I wish him good luck,” Trump said.Some of the president’s fans want to get tougher.A Republican radio host pressed the party’s Tom Cotton on whether he’d be looking for inconsistencies in Comey’s testimony and whether his side would ask Comey for any memos he kept about Barack Obama’s administration.Yes, Tom Cotton replied.Another Republican radio host urged his side to pound Comey with tough questions like: Did your notes contain classified information? Did you share these notes illegally? Did you witness obstruction of justice and fail to report it? Did you also take, or destroy, notes of conversations with Obama?”To me, the scandal is what’s in these notes,” said radio host Mark Levin, a Justice Department official under Ronald Reagan.”It’s a potential felony (to sit on evidence of a crime).”Partisanship isn’t the only obstacle to investigating a president.Akerman notes two other complications, drawn from experience. One is the possibility that public testimony taints evidence in a criminal case. In Watergate, Akerman said he worked to gather evidence before a witness testified under immunity in Congress, so it wouldn’t later be dismissed in court.Second, it’s unclear whether courts would ever hear a case against a sitting president. That’s why Watergate investigators planned to let lawmakers weigh impeachment against Richard Nixon, before proceeding with charges.”There were a number of things (Nixon) could have been indicted for,” Akerman said, including obstruction and tax evasion.In the end, Nixon resigned; he was pardoned by successor Gerald Ford.
DES MOINES, Iowa — American farmers still working to get out their remaining soybeans after a weather-plagued harvest season are struggling to figure out what to do with a record crop now their traditionally dominant export market is largely closed.Usually by this point in the year, 100-car trains filled with North Dakota soybeans would be moving to ports on the West Coast destined for China. This year is different because that leading soybean customer has all but stopped buying American soybeans in response to President Donald Trump’s trade tariffs.Some farmers are storing unsold beans, hoping prices will improve and markets open. But with farmers already in debt due to high costs but falling net income, economists are warning they could be forced out of business by the export crisis.David Pitt, The Associated Press
Jawed Ahmad, also known as Jojo Yazemi, worked for the Canadian media, including CTV News. He was gunned down on 10 March by two men as he was getting out of his car in Kandahar’s city centre.“The life of a dedicated reporter has been cut short, depriving the whole of Afghan society of a brave promoter of democratic debate and a defender of the basic human right of freedom of expression,” said Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).According to the non-governmental organization Reporters Without Borders, several Afghan journalists said that they suspect the murder may have been ordered by the Taliban. Mr. Ahmad was detained by the United States army in November 2007 for allegedly having contacts with the Taliban, and was released 11 months later.Reporters Without Borders said that the journalist had defended his “right” to be in contact with the Taliban, calling it a necessity for his work as a reporter in southern Afghanistan. 25 March 2009The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today condemned the killing of a reporter from Afghanistan earlier this month in the south of the war-torn nation, calling his death a blow to the freedom of expression.