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India’s first Cherry Blossom
Festival in Meghalaya
MEGHALAYA in north-east India
became the first state to celebrate the
country’s inaugural Cherry Blossom
Festival, on Nov 14.
Chief minister Mukul Sangma
inaugurated the festival.
Cherry blossoms are in full bloom
in several parts of the city and the
The four-day festival, which is
widely commemorated in Japan,
showcased the unique beauty of
pink and white cherry blossoms, as
well as Meghalaya’s traditional arts,
culture and cuisine to naturalists and
First Women’s Park for
entrepreneurs in Karnataka
THE Karnataka government will set
up the first Women’s Park in Kalabur-
gi to facilitate women entrepreneurs
starting up their manufacturing and
Called the Karnataka Ladies As-
sociation and Manufacturers Park, it
“will have facilities to incubate, train,
develop and test diverse products for
mass production”, said additional
chief secretary K. Ratna Prabha.
The state government also
launched a website — www.klampk.
com — dedicated to women entre-
preneurs on the valedictory day of
country’s ‘breast cancer capital’
been called India’s ‘breast cancer
capital’, with cases at a record high
of 40 per lakh of population.
The revelation was made dur-
ing the Kerala Chapter of Indian
Radiological and Imaging Association
“A few reasons could be attributed
for this and one is that these figures
are taken from the registry of the Re-
gional Cancer Centre in the capital
city,” said president of the Thiruva-
nanthapuram chapter of the IRIA S.
An IANS article stated that nine
lakh women are diagnosed with
breast cancer every year and it is the
second most common cancer after
30 per cent rise in respiratory
complaints in Delhi
WITH the onset of winter and
increase in smog, hospitals in Delhi
have witnessed a 30 per cent rise in
respiratory and vision-related com-
plaints in the past few weeks.
According to the hospitals, the
major cases involved skin and eye
allergies, followed by conjunctivitis
and lung and chest infection.
Director and head of medicine at
Artemis Hospitals Ashutosh Shukla
explained: “As PM 2.5 is very fine,
it can settle in the lungs of children
and worsen asthma and other respi-
ratory problems. Sixty per cent of
patients are under the age of five or
over the age of 50.”
Darjeeling youths sing about
plight of tea garden workers
A YOUTH group from Darjeeling
district in West Bengal is shedding
light on the plight of tea garden
workers through a Nepali song.
The students studying in North
Bengal University and Jadavpur
University expressed solidarity with
labourers at “so-called well-run” tea
gardens through the song.
A verse in the song reads: “In the
tea gardens, the dreams that our
grandparents sowed are stolen away
by whom.” One of the students, Am-
bika Rai, said: “Through the song,
the tea garden workers are saying
they have not spoken up for many
years and the problems have stayed
Pune doctors perform
A TEAM of doctors in Pune’s
Deenanath Mangeshkar hospital has
performed the state’s first combined
The surgery on a 28-year-old
management professional suffering
from Type 1 diabetes for 18 years has
allowed him to take insulin shots to
control his blood sugar levels.
The donor is a 16-year-old boy
who met with a road accident on
Nov 4 and was declared brain dead
the next day.
He gave his liver, kidneys and
pancreas that helped save the lives of
Asia’s largest cattle fair
begins in Bihar
ASIA’S largest cattle fair began on
Nov 12 at Sonepur in Bihar with
the mood in the market not upbeat
as potential buyers are facing a
cash crunch in the wake of
The cattle fair is held annually,
beginning on Kartik Poornima — a
Hindu and Jain festival celebrated on
the full moon day.
In the picture (left), passengers are
seen hanging from the coaches of an
overcrowded train to take a dip in
the river Ganga for the festival.
Spanning 500 acres near the
Ganga and Gandak rivers, the fair
not only sees sale of cows, buffaloes
and oxen, but also goats, horses, don-
keys, monkeys, rabbits, bears, cats
and guinea pig.
for anti-Naxal operations
THE Central Reserve Police Force
(CRPF) has deployed a team of
women commandos in anti-Naxal
operations in Jharkhand for the first
The 135-strong women team is
currently undertaking operations
under the supervision of CRPF’s 133
battalion in Naxal-infested forests on
the outskirts of Ranchi.
CRPF Commandment of 133
battalion Neeraj Pandey said: “They
have been provided extensive train-
ing in CRPF academies specially
for countering Naxals. Since the
induction of women commandos,
the strength of our operation in
Naxal-infested areas has increased
Converting fly ash
for use in Maharashtra
MAHARASHTRA’s state cabinet has
approved a first-of-its-kind policy to
convert fly ash for construction in
Fly ash refers to ash produced in
small dark flecks during the burning
of coal or other materials. It will be
used in laying roads and making con-
struction material, bricks and wall
Most of the ash will be taken from
19 thermal power plants, and biogas
plants across Maharashtra. The state’s
energy minister Chandrashekhar
Bawankule called the policy titled
Maharashtra Fly Ash Utilisation a
game-changer and said it would go a
long way in managing the 18.62 mil-
lion tonnes of fly ash generated from
the use of coal in power plants.
Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan celebrate Children’s Day in Mumbai
BOLLYWOOD actress Alia Bhatt celebrated Children’s Day with children
from Dharavi in Mumbai on Nov 14 (above).
She organised a meet-and-greet session for her young fans while other
celebrities including Varun Dhawan took time out of their busy schedules
to spend time with the children.
Alia also danced to popular songs such as Radha from her film Student
Of The Year while the children from a rock band taught her how to make
music from a paint bucket and a water storing drum.
November 18, 2016
EVENTEEN of the top 50 fami-
lies in this year’s Forbes list of
Asia’s richest families are Indian.
The Ambani family is No. 3 on the
list and they are worth US$25.8 bil-
Their wealth rose from US$21.5
billion last year.
Oil and gas tycoon Mukesh Ambani
sparked a price war in India’s telecom
market with the launch of 4G phone
service Jio in September.
In the same month, his brother Anil
announced the merger of Reliance
Communications’ telecom business
with rival Aircel, which awaits ap-
Their father, Dhirubhai Ambani,
started the business trading spices
and yarn, and built Reliance into one
of India’s biggest private sector busi-
After his death in 2002, brothers
Mukesh and Anil divided the empire.
Mukesh’s twins work at telecom arm
Reliance Jio Infocomm and Reliance
Retail, while Anil’s son works at Reli-
The Bangur family (No. 32, US$5.75
billion), led by patriarch Benu Gopal
Bangur, is featured on the cover of
this issue of Forbes Asia.
According to Forbes, the family’s
shares in Shree Cement, India’s fast-
est-growing cement producer, soared
Indians dominate Forbes
Asia’s Richest Families list
nearly 35 per cent, buoyed by rising
sales and falling coal prices.
Now run by Benu Gopal’s son Hari
Mohan and grandson Prashant, the
firm’s revenues exceed US$1 billion,
with a market capitalization of $8.7
Three out of four newcomers this
year are from India. Each climbed into
the ranks from a different industry.
They include the Singh family (No.
43, US$4.26 billion), whose wealth
was built on real estate from its Bom-
bay Stock Exchange-listed DLF, the
Dhingra family (No. 48, US$3.6 bil-
lion) who own India’s second largest
paint maker Kolkata-based Berger
Paints and the Piramal family (No. 50,
US$3.4 billion) whose business inter-
ests range from real estate to health-
The full list can be found at www.
forbes.com/asia-families and in the
latest issue of Forbes Asia.
Leading the list for the second year
in a row is South Korea’s Lee family
behind the storied Samsung Group,
with a combined wealth of $29.6 bil-
lion, up from $26.6 billion last year.
Thailand’s Chearavanont fam-
ily rose to the No. 2 spot, with a net
worth of $27.7 billion.
The family owns Charoen Pokphand
Group, one of the world’s largest pro-
ducers of animal feed and livestock.
November 18, 2016
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