Malaika Khan to replace Karan Johar as 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa' judge

EFT Report, New Delhi: Indian actress-producer Malaika Arora Khan says she is looking forward to stepping into filmmaker Karan Johar’s shoes as one of the judges of the celebrity dance reality show "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Reloaded".

Malaika will soon be seen on the panel with her co-judges Lauren Gottleib, Ganesh Hegde and Shahid Kapoor. 

Excited about judging the show that is hosted by Manish Paul, Malaika said that she is "really looking forward to step into Karan's shoes and enjoy some spectacular performances along with Shahid and the other judges". 

"I worship dance and hold it in high regard. I have sampled some awesome performances on this season of 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa' and not to mention, some great entertainment by Karan and Shahid," she added in a statement.

Karan, who has been on the judging panel on the show from the last four years, will announce his exit this week. 

Lauren will showcase a contemporary dance performance on Karan’s favourite song "Lag jaa gale" as a tribute on behalf of the entire Jhalak team.

“This season of 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa' has been really exciting with its refreshing look and feel combined with the mind blowing performances by our new brigade of talented contestants and choreographers," Karan said. 

"However, owing to my film commitments, I am unable to be a part of the season till the end. Shahid has been my partner-in-crime this season; we shared great chemistry which has made this season fun and entertaining for the viewers. 

"A special shout out to Lauren Gottleib, Ganesh Hegde and Manish Paul for adding lots of oomph, excitement and making this one of the most entertaining seasons," he added.
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Facebook recorded one billion logins on Aug. 24

EFT Report, San Francisco: A billion users logged into social networking site Facebook on August 24 for the first time, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said.

"We just passed an important milestone. For the first time ever, one billion people used Facebook in a single day," he wrote on his Facebook page late Thursday.

"On Monday, one in seven people on the Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family."

The founder of the world's largest social network said the achievement was a step towards the company's objective to connect everyone to the internet.

"Our community stands for giving every person a voice, for promoting understanding and for including everyone in the opportunities of our modern world," Zuckerberg wrote.

He said he believed "a more open and connected world is a better world."

"It brings stronger relationships with those you love, a stronger economy with more opportunities, and a stronger society that reflects all of our values."

Facebook has a total of 1.5 billion users who connect at least once a month. The social network reached the one billion mark in October 2012. 
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Delhi's Aurangzeb Road renamed as APJ Abdul Kalam Road

EFT Report, New Delhi: Delhi's Aurangzeb Road has become A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Road, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Friday.

"Congrats! NDMC just now decided to rename Aurangzeb Road (as) A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Road," Kejriwal tweeted, referring to the New Delhi Municipal Council, the smallest civic agency in the national capital.

The tree-lined Aurangzeb Road is located in the heart of Delhi. 

Former president Kalam died in Shillong on July 27. Aurangzeb was the sixth Mughal emperor and ruled over most of the Indian sub-continent in the 17th century.
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Bihar to get Rs 600 crore for tourism development

EFT Bureau, Patna: As a part of the package of Rs.1.25 lakh Crore announced by Indian Prime Minister on 18 August 2015 for Bihar, Ministry of Tourism pledges Rs 600 Crore for various tourism development activities in the State of Bihar 

Keeping in view the vast tourism potential of the State of Bihar, the Ministry of Tourism decides to consider seven tourism circuits, namely, Vaishali and Bodhgaya development along with other places in Buddhist Circuit including Vikramshila (Rs 200 Crore); Sultanganj to Deoghar project (Rs 50 Crore); Patna Sahib (Rs 50 Crore); Mahatma Gandhi Circuit (Rs 50 Crore); Ramayana Circuit (Rs 100 Crore); Jain Circuit including Champapuri & Pawapuri (Rs 50 Crore); Circuit for Mandar Hills and Ang Kshetra (Rs 50 Crore). 

Their development would be carried out through appropriate circuits/cities identified by the Ministry of Tourism under plan schemes of Swadesh Darshan and PRASAD. 

In addition to above, based on the findings of the study conducted by the Ministry to assess the potential of Indian Institute of Tourism & Travel Management (IITTM) Chapter in Bihar, Ministry of Tourism announces in-principle approval of a Centre of IITTM in Bihar with budgetary provision of Rs 50 Crore.
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Government to replace all street lights with LED bulbs in 24 months

EFT Bureau, New Delhi: Government of India will replace all street lights of the country with LED bulbs in next 24 months. This is in line with the Ministry’s motto of providing energy efficiency and dependable energy in the country. Under Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme efforts are being made to replace all domestic bulbs into LED said Shri. Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and Renewable Energy. Addressing the first Foundation Day Celebrations of the Association of Renewable Energy Agencies of the States (AREAS) in Bengaluru today Shri. Piyush Goyal said that Karnataka should join hands with the Central government in its energy efficiency programmes. 

Solar Roof Top programme introduced by Government of Karnataka is a learning programme for other states the Minister said. The central government expects Karnataka to be in top five in the implementation of new and renewable energy programmes the minister added. India has the target of producing 1,75,000 MW and Renewable energy in next five years. The government also launched Solar Mission to generate 1 lakh MW solar power in the country. Similarly wind mission targeted at 75,000 MW power generations. The government has taken this programme as nation’s mission. 125 crore people of India should work as ‘Team India’ in making this programme as a reality the minister said. The minister assured that the Central government will extend all possible help to Karnataka in its ongoing new and renewable energy projects the minister added. 

Addressing the meet State Energy Minister Shri. D. K Shivkumar said that Karnataka has huge potential for hydro projects but water conflicts between states are hindering the developments of these projects. The minister said that the central government should interfere in this issue and help getting clearance for hydro projects for the growth of New and Renewable energy sector. The Union Minister Sri Piyush Goyal presented awards for representatives from 21 states for showing excellence in New and Renewable Energy sector. 
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Arsenal's Koscielny, Mertesacker doubtful against Newcastle

EFT Report, London: English Premier League (EPL) club Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger on Thursday admitted that his side could be without defenders Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker again in Saturday's away match against Newcastle United.

French international footballer Koscielny has not fully recovered from a back injury which kept him out of Monday's Liverpool game while Mertesacker, member of the 2014 FIFA World Cup-winning German side, is also still ill.

It means Calum Chambers and Gabriel could play again on Saturday with Wenger desperately hoping that either Koscielny or Mertesacker recover in time.

"Mertesacker is still sick and we will know more about Koscielny today. He might have a test on his back today and I will certainly know more tomorrow morning. The less likely to be fit is Mertesacker," Wenger was quoted as saying by

However, Wenger hoped that forward Danny Welbeck and midfielder Jack Wilshere will soon be back after the international break.

"Danny Welbeck is progressing well. He should be available, if all goes well, after the international break,” said Wenger.

"Jack Wilshere is just behind Welbeck, maybe one week after the international break he will certainly come back into full training, the Frenchman added.

Wenger has also backed Aaron Ramsey's call for video technology on offside decisions after the Arsenal midfielder was wrongly ruled out against Liverpool.

Goal line technology has already been brought in to good effect and Wenger is convinced that offside decisions will be next.
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RCom partners Jasper to deliver IoT across India

EFT Report, New Delhi: Reliance Communications (RCom), part of the Anil Ambani-led group, has partnered with global Internet of Things (IoT) platform leader Jasper to enable enterprises throughout India to launch, manage and monetise next-generation IoT businesses, the company said in a filing in the Bombay Stock Exchange on Thursday.

RCom is Jasper's sole telecom partner in India.

This partnership pairs the capabilities of RCom's 11 data centre facilities and its Global Cloud Exchange platform with Jasper's global IoT services platform to enable enterprises to capitalise on IoT services, the company said in a statement.

"This also marks yet another step forward in delivering the infrastructure and IoT platform required to facilitate the diverse array of projects under the Indian government's 'Digital India' initiative," the statement added.

"Businesses throughout India -- as well as India's own infrastructure and services -- are undergoing a massive transformation. Reliable networks, innovative cloud computing and scalable IoT platforms are critical to enabling this revolution," Bill Barney, CEO, Reliance Communications (Enterprise) & Global Cloud Xchange, said.

"We are pleased to team up with Jasper in this important deployment of IoT services, enabling businesses across India to build, implement and go to market faster, while gaining real-time visibility, control and service reliability," he added.

"India is investing a great deal to empower citizens and enterprises with cutting-edge technology and infrastructure, and as a result, there is a large demand for Cloud and IoT services," Jahangir Mohammed, founder and CEO of Jasper, said.

"This partnership allows us to support enterprises and governments throughout India in optimising and automating every stage of their IoT service life-cycle, enabling companies to get the most out of their devices, networks and applications," he added.

In collaboration with Reliance, the Jasper Control Centre platform will enable enterprises throughout India to deliver IoT services that create value for customers and unlock new and recurring sources of revenue for business.
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