City Harvest announced today that it will honor Lise & Michael Evans, Chelsea Clinton, and Chef Geoffrey Zakarian at its 23rd annual gala, Evening of Practical Magic.The event, which will be hosted by Zac Posen, will take place on Tuesday, April 25th at Cipriani 42nd Street and feature a performance by Ja Rule.Lise and Michael Evans, members of the City Harvest family since 2009, will receive the Harry & Misook Doolittle Heart of the City Award for their ongoing commitment to helping City Harvest feed hungry New Yorkers. Michael Evans is a City Harvest Board member. Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, will be presented with the City Harvest Award for Commitment, for her dedication to supporting the organization’s work through volunteerism with the Clinton Foundation’s Day of Action program. Geoffrey Zakarian, City Harvest Food Council chairman and chef/owner of The Lambs Club, will receive the Mnuchin Family Award for Excellence for bringing together the city’s restaurant community to raise funds, food and awareness for City Harvest’s mission.Guests, dressed in Garden Festive attire, can look forward to a special evening including cocktails and a silent auction, followed by an elegant dinner and dynamic live auction which will feature a private omakase dinner for six in the winner’s home by Masa Takayama, a private concert and cocktail party for 20 guests with violinist Joshua Bell in his Flatiron apartment, and a dinner for up to 20 guests in the winner’s home by Eric Ripert. City Harvest Food Council member Chrissy Teigen, lifestyle expert Martha Stewart, and actor JJ Feild are expected to attend. Sirius XM Radio host and actress/comedienne Sandra Bernhard and actress Bridget Moynahan will serve as special guest presenters. Celebrity chefs in attendance will include Eric Ripert, Dominque Ansel, Masa Takayama, Ted Allen, Donatella Arpaia, and Michael Anthony.At the event, City Harvest will launch its “1.4 Million Reasons to Believe” campaign to raise an additional $1.4 million in funds by June 30 to help fill its trucks with food for the nearly 1.4 million residents struggling to put meals on their tables regularly. City Harvest supporters will also be invited to share the reasons they believe in City Harvest via social media using the hashtag #IBelieveinCityHarvest.Evening of Practical Magic is generously sponsored by Stella Artois, Citi, Evian, Patrón Tequila, Westfield World Trade Center, Breville, Mandarin Oriental New York, and I. Halper.Proceeds from the event support City Harvest’s work of rescuing good food that would otherwise go to waste and delivering it to hungry New Yorkers — a mission that has been referred to as “practical magic.” City Harvest’s goal is to raise $2.3 million from the event – enough to help feed over 8,400 families for a year.For more information, please visit www.cityharvest.org.
ChiranjeeviScreenshot of YouTube videoDirector Vamshi Paidipally and musician Devi Sri Prasad were thrilled to receive surprise calls from megastar Chiranjeevi, who appreciated their works and the weekend agriculture concept in Maharshi.Along with many fans, some celebs were also waiting for the release of Maharshi. They watched the film on the first day and shared their reviews on the movie on social media. Interestingly, Chiranjeevi was also one among those excited celebs. But since he is not active on social media, he directly made phone calls to director Vamshi Paidipally and Devi Sri Prasad after watching hit and lauded their efforts.Vamshi Paidipally and Devi Sri Prasad, who never expected such a thing, were surprised to receive the megastar’s calls. It was great way to start the day with the energies generated by the appreciations from Chiranjeevi. Soon after getting his calls, both of the addressed the media and gushed their excitement.Talking to media, Vamshi Paidipally told, “I got a call in the morning from an unknown number and when I received it, I got shocked to hear the voice of Megastar Chiranjeevi. He spoke about more than five minutes and this gave me goose bumps. Chiranjeevi told me to save my number much to my surprise.”Vamsi Paidipally revealed Chiranjeevi was impressed with the concept of weekend agriculture in Maharshi. He lauded Mahesh Babu’s performance and his role of businessman, who left the job of world’ largest MNC to start farming. He also praised other actors and technicians for their good works. MaharshiTwitterRecently, Dil Raju had said Jagadeka Veerudu Atiloka Sundari was released in theatres on May 9 and it is one of the biggest hits for Ashwini Dutt, who has co-produced Maharshi. Hence, they finalized the same date for Maharshi. Vamshi said, “I had goosebumps on receiving Chiranjeevi’s call this morning. It was on May 9 that Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari released. I am glad Maharshi too arrived on May 9.Speaking to the media, Devi Sri Prasad said, “It’s very great of him to mention each scene during his call to me. Chiranjeevi garu recalled many dialogues during the course of the phone call. He is especially spellbound by the issue of farmers and weekend agriculture that the film talks about.”
Reserve Bank of IndiaReutersThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is likely to give the government an interim dividend payout of as much as Rs 40,000 crore by March.”We are absolutely sure that an interim dividend of more than Rs 300 billion (Rs 30,000 crore) would be paid before March end,” a sources told Reuters.Another source apparently put the payout some at around Rs 40,000 crore. The report said the final decision on the dividend size would be taken around February 1 when Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presents the government’s budget.The move comes at a time when the government is seeking additional funds to bridge the fiscal gap in the run up to the elections.The agency also reports that the move assumes significance in the backdrop of the recent change of guard at the central bank. Last month, Former top finance ministry official Shaktikanta Das was appointed as the new governor of the RBI.Payouts to the governments was one of the key issues that roiled the relationship between former RBI governor Urjit Patel and the finance ministry.Jalan CommitteeAnother major point of conflict between the RBI and the government was increased restrictions on lending by banks swept into the prompt corrective action (PCA) programme. The government, wary of a credit crunch taking hold over the economy in the wake of the restrictions, was cut up over the RBI move.There were reports that the RBI leadership was wary of transferring a part of the huge central bank reserves to the government. The government later clarified that it was not after RBI reserves. RBI governor Shaktikanta DasIANSHowever, days after Patel quit, the government set up a committee headed by former governor Bimal Jalan to ascertain how much should be the ideal size of the RBI reserve capital, which is meant to deal with unforeseen liquidity crises.The RBI keeps about a fourth of its annual turnover as its capital reserve. As of the end of June 2018, the reserves were Rs 9.59 lakh crore. The finance ministry had sought to halve the reserve size to around 14 percent.The Jalan Committee faces the onerous task of taking a call on this.Both RBI and the finance ministry declined to comment on the development regarding the dividend payment, the agency reported.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina receives the IPS International Achievement Award on 27 September for her humanitarian and responsible policy in hosting the Rohingyas. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina has received two international awards – the IPS International Achievement Award and the 2018 Special Distinction Award for Leadership – for her humanitarian and responsible policy in hosting the Rohingyas and for her farsighted leadership over the Rohingya issue respectively.The Inter Press Service (IPS), one of the world’s leading news agencies, and the Global Hope Coalition, a network of three not-for-profit foundations based in New York, Zurich and Hong Kong honoured her with the two awards on Thursday.Sheikh Hasina received the awards at two functions here.Director general of International Organisation for Migration ambassador William Lacy Swing handed over to Sheikh Hasina the IPS International Achievement Award at a function held at the United Nations Headquarters.Under-Secretary-General of the UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock, Canadian minister for International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau spoke at the function. Director-General of IPS International Farhana Haque Rahman delivered the welcome address.At a separate function at Park Avenue in New York, honorary president of Global Hope Coalition Irina Bokova conferred the 2018 Special Distinction Award for Leadership.The three other world leaders who also received the awards are president of Niger Mahamadou Issoufu, president of Tunisia Beji Caid Essebsi and Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras.Speaking at the IPS award-giving function, prime minister Sheikh Hasina dedicated this award to the people of Bangladesh who have opened their hearts and houses to shelter 1.10 million traumatised forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals.Hasina said she believes that it is the duty of all responsible nations to show humanity to the distressed and displaced people around the world.She said it is important that a conducive environment is created in Myanmar for ensuring safety, dignity, livelihood options and re-integration process for the return of the Rohingyas to Myanmar.“The causes of the crisis is rooted in Myanmar. Hence, the solution is also to be found in Myanmar … the international community has a clear obligation to collectively address the source of the problem in Myanmar and engage effectively with its government to prevent further exodus,” she added.“The voluntary return of Rohingyas can only be ensured with collective actions by the international community to ensure prevention of repetition of atrocity, crimes against ethnic and religious minorities in Myanmar by establishing international, independent and impartial mechanism to put accountability into effect,” Hasina said.Speaking on another award-giving ceremony, she dedicated this award also to the people of Bangladesh.“I wish the world never had to witness the worst form of violence and atrocities that has been committed against the Rohingyas in Myanmar. It stunned me, as it did to the billions of other conscience minds throughout the world,” she said.Hasina said the mass exodus of those persecuted people soon turned out to be the fastest movement of displaced people in the recent history. The recent report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission as mandated by the Human Rights Council has documented incidents of ‘ethnic cleansing’ and ‘genocide’.“The prolonged presence of the Rohingyas in Bangladesh poses serious challenges to our economy, environment and security. The crucial focus of our emerging nation is being largely diverted for its resolve,” she said.Bangladesh has signed two instruments with Myanmar for repatriation of the Rohingyas. However, the repatriation process is yet to begin, the prime minister said.“I call upon the international community to continue their efforts in creating pressure and resolving the problem at the earliest,” she said.
A girl who was burned in an arson attack at a nursery school in Brazil succumbed to her wounds on Saturday, bringing the overall death toll to nine people.The four-year-old girl had been transferred to a hospital in Belo Horizonte , the state capital of Minas Gerais, some 370 miles (600 kilometers) north of the small town of Janauba where the attack occurred, according to Folha de Sao Paulo, a local newspaper.A security guard at the nursery sprayed his young victims with alcohol before setting fire to the building. He himself died from burns a few hours later.According to local authorities, he had suffered from mental health issues since 2014.In total, eight four-year-old children were killed, along with a teacher aged 43. Another 40 people were treated at three hospitals in the region.Dozens gathered for the first funerals of victims at a cemetery in Janauba on Friday afternoon, according to an AFP photographer.Small white coffins were opened for a few minutes as devastated family members wept.”What has happened is inexplicable. I have no words. When I heard about the fire on the radio, I immediately thought of my grandchildren. I was sure something had happened to them,” said Antonio Pereira da Silva, who buried his granddaughter.The mayor of Janauba declared seven days of mourning, while Brazil’s President Michel Temer expressed his solidarity with the victims of the “tragedy.”
Kolkata: The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) will announce the results of Madhyamik examination 2018 on Wednesday. The results will be declared in a Press conference at the Board office in Salt Lake at 9 am. A senior official of WBBSE informed that the results can be accessed from as many as eleven websites, including www.webresults.in/wbbse.org, examresults.net/wb, westbengal.indiaresults and exametc.com, from 10 am onwards. Apart from this, candidates can also type WB 10, followed by their roll number and send it to 54242 or 5888 to receive their marks.It may be mentioned that a total of 11,21,921 candidates had appeared for Madhyamik examination this year, which is 31,075 higher than 2017. Among the examinees, 6,21,366 were girls, while 4,81,555 were boys. There were 2,811 centres in which the examination was held from 12 to 21 March.The results are being declared within 77 days of the completion of the examination.