By Philem Dipak SinghParacas (Peru), Jan 9 (PTI) Indias top endurance biker C S Santosh feels that his sport is so tough that life is not guaranteed and he does not know whether he will go back home after a days race.34-year-old Santosh is one of the two Indians competing in the 2018 Dakar Rally, considered as the toughest off-road race in the world.He is competing in the bike category for Hero MotoSports team. The other Indian is KP Aravind who is representing TVS Racing.”In a race like this, nothing is guaranteed. I might start but the first kilometre itself anything can happen. It is not say like a tennis match that after the match I am going to go home. For me, I dont know I am going to make home everyday. So, I keep a lot of faith with the man upstairs (God),” Santosh told PTI.”Motorsport is different. You put your life on the line. I have some belief and faith on the higher power,” he added.Santosh had a brush with a near fatal accident in May 2013 during the third stage of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. On an extremely hot day, the heat ignited to the fuel spilling from his bike and that left him with third degree burns.That is why he is superstitious and always wears his gear starting with the right boot and also carries his mothers watch as a lucky charm.”Yes, I am superstitious but I need to do that. Not only me, all the riders do something or the other like that,” Santosh said.advertisementHe also said that he does not speak to his parents and other people at home during this rally so that he keeps focus on the job at hand.”I dont speak to anybody, I am just here myself to do my job and enjoy in doing that. Here the mindset changes. Home reminds me of comfort. I want to suffer for two weeks and go back home. Then I will have my whole lot of people to enjoy with but now I need to these two weeks,” he said.”Dakar is very tough, especially the sand dunes here (in the Peru part of the rally). In India I only race in dirt tracks. Here there are no roads. I have never experienced conditions like this.”The weather is hot. The dunes like over here I have never experienced. They were massive, huge and soft. I dont think a lot of cars can finish. There were some places in the dunes where there are massive rocks immediately after that. “Dakar is such a tough event, the body takes a beating. One thing is to work but also to work smart and bring your game to the competition. I want to get out of Peru safely. That is my first priority. Bolivia is going to be hot and wet and that will be a different challenge.”The 9000-km long rally will enter Bolovia in the next few days and it will end at Cordoba in Argentina on January 20.Santosh had finished 36th in 2015, his best so far. He did not finish in 2016 while he was 47th last year. PTI PDS ATK ATK
Backpacker and Yoga Journal publisher Active Interest Media has laid off 23 employees, representing about 10 percent of its workforce. The cuts, according to a spokesperson, were made across “most divisions” and were “non-revenue producing” positions.“We have experienced a slowdown in print advertising revenue in the fourth quarter and we expect it to continue into 2009,” chairman and CEO Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “While AIM is strong and profitable, we must keep costs and revenues in line in order to stay strong. We truly regret having to take these actions, as those who are leaving were real contributors to our success.” Through the first nine months, Backpacker’s ad pages grew 5.4 percent compared to the same period last year, according to Publisher’s Information Bureau figures. Estimated ad revenue was up 10.1 percent to $20.1 million.Other AIM titles, including Yoga Journal and Vegetarian Times, are not tracked by PIB.
Reuters fileInfosys will be giving a salary hike to its approximately 2 lakh employees, but there is not much to cheer about for the workforce for two reasons: the Bengaluru-based company won’t be paying arrears for the April-June period since the hike will be effective from July 1 and the rate of increase at 5-11 percent on an average is lower than last year.The company had 2,00,364 employees as of March 31, 2017, according to regulatory filings.Also read: Salary hike for Infosys, TCS, Wipro, Tech Mahindra employees will be interesting The hike will be a tad higher for top performers, in the range of 9-11 percent, Moneycontrol.com reported, citing news agency Cogencis.Last year, Infosys had announced a hike in the range of 6-12 percent, with onsite staff getting 1 percent pay increase on an average, lower than 2 percent in 2015.The share price of the company was trading almost flat at Rs 954 on the BSE at around 9.45 am. The Sensex was down 10 points at 31,199. TCS is yet to make an announcement on raising salaries of its employees while Wipro is reported to have given an average hike of 5 percent this year, according to a Times of India report.Shareholders of the two companies were kept in good humour, with Wipro declaring 1:1 bonus issue and TCS buying back shares. Hiring and headcount details based on company filings.Quarterly results and statements.
Andrew Harnik/APEnergy Secretary Rick Perry was sworn in Thursday, apparently having come to terms with heading the agency he once wanted to abolish.Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is now the 14th U.S. Secretary of Energy, despite having once pledged to eliminate the Department of Energy.Or at least, he tried to pledge to eliminate the department — including once when he couldn’t think of its name.Perry was confirmed Thursday by the Senate in a 62-37 vote.During his confirmation hearing, Perry said, “My past statements made over five years ago about abolishing the Department of Energy do not reflect my current thinking.”That was not the only thing that Perry appeared to have changed his mind about. As NPR’s Jeff Brady has reported, “At various times, Perry has questioned the role of human activity in climate change. At one campaign event, he accused scientists of manipulating data to continue gaining funding on research.”During his confirmation hearing, though, he said he believed that both natural and man-made activity were contributing to climate change.That hasn’t reassured environmental group 350.org. Executive Director May Boeve said in a statement: “Trump just added one more unqualified fossil fuel shill and climate-denier to his cabinet. As governor, Perry doled out millions to oil corporations while silencing the science that tells us our future depends on keeping fossil fuels in the ground.”Other statements Thursday night were supportive though. The American Wind Energy Association praised Perry’s “leadership on wind energy infrastructure” as governor of Texas.There was plenty of “color,” according to the press pool at the swearing in ceremony. Vice President Pence noted that it was an important day for Texas, “the country,” being Texas Independence Day.Perry mentioned the new Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s arrival at work Thursday on horseback, and joked that Perry would be commuting Friday on a “single-stage rocket… what could go wrong.” Perhaps doubting that the press pool would have a sense of humor, he added that he would, in fact, just “quietly drive over and go to work.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
On Tuesday’s edition of Houston Matters: As the cleanup and recovery effort from Harvey continues, there’s still a lot of water in area reservoirs. We check in on the status of our over-taxed flood system in Greater Houston. Also this hour: We bring you advice on how to file an insurance claim in the aftermath of flooding. And Tilman Fertitta is buying the Rockets for $2.2 billion.We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. Share
00:00 /00:43 X Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaHarris County Clerk Diane Trautman, speaking at the International Association of Government Officials Conference Trade Show Share Harris County is set to replace its antiquated voting machines, which are based on 20-year-old technology. But the work won’t be done in time for the 2020 presidential election.The new voting infrastructure will cost $74 million, with the funding coming out of the 2020 budget. Speaking at a trade show on Tuesday, County Clerk Diane Trautman said it will take until March just to narrow down the selection of voting machines to the top two vendors. She expects to pick the supplier by July of next year.“Actually just to make 5,000 machines will take months,” Trautman said. “So to get them back, put them in the field, teach the election workers and the voters how to use them, you are looking at, our estimate is the May 2021 election before they can be used.”Trautman called for replacing the county’s voting machines as part of her election campaign in 2018.In the meantime, Trautman said her office is taking other steps to try to make voting easier and more convenient. This fall will mark the second time Harris County will use countywide voting centers. The centers allow voters to cast their ballots at any polling location on Election Day, rather than just the one in their assigned precinct. The Houston Endowment awarded the county $250,000 for a voter outreach and education campaign about the centers.“Additionally, we are adding up to six new early voting locations for the November election, including my alma mater, the University of Houston,” Trautman said. That will bring the total number of early voting locations in the county to 52.Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaA prospective voter tries out an Election Systems & Software voting machine at the International Association of Government Officials Conference Trade Show. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen
At the time India played a pivotal role in helping Korea to get out of that tumultous situation. With the communist invasion of South Korea in 1950, the UN sent out a call to the free world for assistance. India decided not to get involved militarily but contributed a medical unit, the 60 Parachute Field Ambulance (60 PFA) which served in Korea for a total of four years.Acknowledging the contribution made by India during the Korean war, an exhibition at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea took place in the national Capital on Tuesday showcasing sixty years of close association with India. It showcased 23 photographs, 2 silver flutes and a bugle, which was used by Korean War Veterans during the Korean War in 1950. The occasion was graced by the presence of Cho Hyun ,ambassador of the Republic of Korea to India, Vikram Doraiswami – ambassador of India to Korea and was joined by the Head of the Korean War Veterans and officials of the Indian army. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Throwing light on India’s role in the Korean war, Cho Hyun, said, “Korea was fortunate to have India, the source of an ancient and noble civilization, as a friend during the war. Without India’s support Korea would not have become what it is today”. Seeing the importance of these images for Korea, the Indian parachute medical unit donated all the showcased items to the Korean Government. This was a very proud moment for the both countries. The future of India-South Korea bilateral relations looks promising. Apart from deepening economic and security, defence cooperation, there is a new political understanding between the two countries. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixBoth the countries have discovered a commonality of strategic interests, experience and belief that are strengthening bilateral ties sharing a somewhat similar historical experience. The strategic history of India with the Northeast Asia remained disjointed for almost four decades since the end of the war despite the important role played by the 60th Parachute Field Military Ambulance Platoon. A mobile army surgical hospital that treated more than half of the wounded soldiers, an average of 250-300 civilians a day, during the UN operations in late 1951, is still remembered with a lot of admiration and appreciation in South Korea.
Delhiites witnessed a beautiful selection of artworks at the Sheraton, Saket recently. During a glittering inauguration, art lovers, celebrities, art collectors assembled together to appreciate the works of art on display. Celebrities like Shilpa Raina Wahal fashion designer, Preeti Vohra model, Bandana Singh of Group 4 securities, Aruna Sethi Chairperson of Luxury Committee, Indo American Chamber Of Commerce, Delhi Chapter, Vijay Chowdhary of luxury farm developers and several others were present at the event. In the words of artist Sweta Jha who is based in Singapore, “Painting is my passion. I started drawing in my childhood. Eventually this hobby became an essential part of my life. As I grew up, I became busy with regular academics, but I never neglected my artistic skills. I used to sharpen my painting skills constantly. I turned my passion into my career because I realised that one can achieve better results and success in the field of their passion. Now my main focus is on Madhubani and Mithala style of paintings. Being based in Singapore, I have successfully promoted these paintings there and have been overjoyed with the response. Now I have the opportunity of showcasing my works here in India.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfArtist Sushma Rishi from Delhi has taken an affinity towards painting modern contemporary art with a social objective motive wherein she depicts a general feeling of community well being with women and nature. Use of bright vibrant colors is visible in abundance in most of her paintings since she staunchly believes that we all need that splash of vivaciousness in our lives through passionate hues. Deepali Mundra from Indore paints calm and serene works which depicts the meditative mind and the emotions we go through when one is in a state of meditation. As per the words of art curator and organiser Vikram Sethi, “This show depicts divine forms of art which make one realise how important spirituality and meditation is in our lives.”