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Jamal Khashoggi Murdered With Overdose of Drugs: Saudi Probe November 16, 2018 12:26

Saudi Arabia's Public Prosecution revealed on Thursday that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered with "overdose" of a drug injected by a group of Saudi agents. Khashoggi was "forcibly restrained and injected with a large amount of a drug resulting in an overdose that led to his death," the Public Prosecution said in a detailed press briefing on the results of the investigation into Khashoggi's death, Xinhua reported. The investigation comprised 21 suspects, including five key offenders, who were urged by the Public Prosecution for the death penalty as a punishment for their direct roles in the slaying. The statement said that the plot began on September 29 on an order to bring back Khashoggi by means of persuasion and if persuasion fails, to do so by force. The former Deputy President of the General Intelligence Presidency (GIP) issued this order. The mission's leader formed a 15-member team which incorporates three groups for dialogues, intelligence, and logistics to carry and return the victim. The leader likewise asked a forensics expert to join the team for the intent of removing evidence from the scene in case force had to be used. The expert joined the team without the cognition of his superiors, said the statement. A collaborator in Turkey was as well contacted to secure a safe location for transferring the slain journalist. After surveying the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the negotiation team concluded it would not be possible to transfer Khashoggi to the harmless location. Then, the head of the negotiation team decided to murder the journalist if the negotiations fail, said the statement. Five individuals killed Khashoggi with an injection of a large amount of a drug consequent in an overdose. Then the victim's body was dismembered by the individuals that committed the murder and transferred outside the consulate building, it added. The investigation also identified the individual who wore Khashoggi's clothes after the murder and disposed of the victim's belongings in a trash receptacle, including his watch and glasses, after leaving the consulate building. The investigation revealed that the leader of the mission agreed with the negotiation group to write a mendacious report that stated the victim had left the consulate after the failure of dialogue or forcing his return. In a statement issued earlier on Thursday, Saudi Public Prosecutor requested death penalty for the five prime suspects in the case over charges accompanying ordering and committing the murder. Khashoggi, a journalist for The Washington Post and a beefed-up critic of Saudi regime, disappeared on October 2 after getting into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey to acquire documents for his marriage, sparking a probe by the Turkish government and international pressure on Riyadh to reveal about his whereabouts. Saudi authorities after initial denials admitted late earlier this month that Khashoggi was dead inside the consulate and 18 individuals in connection to the case were arrested. By Sowmya

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Indians Among World's Highest Spenders Abroad: Report November 16, 2018 11:45

Over the next five years, the number of Indian visitors traveling to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations will create an extra 10.8 million room nights, since Indians are among the world's highest spenders per visit made abroad, according to new data. The latest research published by Colliers International, ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2019 (ATM), foretells that around nine million Indians will travel to the GCC states by 2022 - 37 percent of India's total outbound market with the place of work, business, and leisure underpinning this demand. Indian outbound tourists will account for 22.5 million worldwide tourists in 2018, with reports from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) estimating this figure will increase by 122 percent to reach more than 50 million by 2022. The ATM is scheduled to happen from April 28-May 1, 2019. In addition to this, Indian tourists are among the world's highest spenders per visit made overseas, with visitor spend expected to increase from USD 23 billion in 2018 to USD 45 billion by 2022. Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director, Arabian Travel Market, said, "Despite recent weak rupee exchange rates, which have seen the rupee lose around 14 percent of its value against the U.S. dollar over the last 12 months, the Indian outbound market has continued to grow at an average annual growth rate of 10-12 percent over the last seven years". She said, "The GCC has benefited from this trend with Indian travelers' willingness and ability to spend on outbound travel supported by the country's pace-setting seven percent GDP growth and a new generation of leisure attractions in the GCC as well as increased business opportunities and relaxed visa regulations for Indian nationals. We are witnessing this growth first hand with Indian visitors to ATM increasing 27 percent year-on-year between 2017 and 2018". In 2017, the United Arab Emirates welcomed 2.3 million Indian tourists, accounting for 13 percent of its entire yearly visitors, with this figure expected to rise at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of seven percent by 2022. India retained top spot on Dubai's list of source markets for inbound tourism, with more than a million Indian tourists getting in the emirate during the first half of 2018, registering a three percent growth over the same period in 2017. Laid-back visa limitations and the introduction of a free two-day transit visa have contributed to this growth. "The influx of Indian visitors to the GCC shows no sign of abating, with every reason to believe India will maintain its position as a top source market, moving forward. Supporting this demand, in the UAE alone, there are currently 1,065 weekly flights to India corresponding to 130,000 seats per week. Meanwhile, ongoing bilateral talks are continuing to take place to increase airline frequency between India and all GCC countries," Curtis said. The Colliers research suggests India will rank as the world's youngest country demographically, with 65 percent of the entire population categorized as Gen X or Gen Y by 2025. "A rapidly growing younger population combined with a burgeoning middle class currently representing 350 million of India's total population who have an increasing amount of disposable income, provide strong indications that the country will continue to see a steep rise in the number of nationals traveling abroad over the coming years," Curtis added. By Sowmya

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Julian Assange Charged in US: WikiLeaks November 16, 2018 11:08

The founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange has been charged in the United States for being behind a massive dump of classifies U.S. documents in 2010, WikiLeaks said on Thursday. Prosecutors revealed the existence of the sealed indictment inadvertently in a court filing in an unrelated case, WikiLeaks said. The exact nature of the charges against Assange was not instantly known. "SCOOP: U.S. Department of Justice 'accidentally' reveals the existence of sealed charges (or a draft for them) against WikiLeaks’ publisher Julian Assange in apparent cut-and-paste error in an unrelated case also at the Eastern District of Virginia," Wikileaks wrote on Twitter. The still unsealed charges against Assange were disclosed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen Dwyer as she made a filing in the misrelated case and urged a judge to keep that filing sealed. Dwyer wrote, "due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged," according to The Washington Post. Later, Dwyer wrote the charges would "need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested." The U.S. media were alerted late on Thursday to the inadvertent disclosure thanks to a tweet from Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University. He is best-known to follow court filings closely. By Sowmya

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul Seeks Political Asylum For Asia Bibi November 16, 2018 10:33

A top Republican Senator has urged the United States President Donald Trump to grant asylum and refugee status to Pakistani national Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who recently freed from prison after her blasphemy sentence was reversed. The 47-year-old Bibi, a mother of four, was released from Multan jail earlier this month after the Supreme Court in its landmark decision acquitted her of blasphemy charges. Senator Rand Paul said that he was worried that Bibi won't survive and he in person took up the matter with President Trump earlier this week. "I've been fighting for them to free Asia Bibi. I've talked to the President about granting her asylum and refugee status here," Paul told CNN in an interview. A superior member from an American think-tank has also recommended that Bibi should seek asylum. "President Trump should invite Ms. Bibi to come to America and request asylum. To do so would be just, moral and wise," Clifford D May, president of the Foundation for Defence of Democracies, said in an op-ed in The Washington Times this week. By Sowmya

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American Eagle Outfitters Bet On Indian Market November 16, 2018 10:25

American Eagle Outfitters, a global denim and fashion company expects India will be its topmost three international markets in the following five years. The United States-based specialty retailer ventured in the Indian market through an authorizing agreement with Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd., which was at one time known as Pantaloons Fashion & Retail. Guillermo La Rosa, Vice-President, International and Business Development, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc told BusinessLine, "We believe that in the next five years India could emerge as the top three markets outside the U.S. for the company. We believe our entry to the Indian market, which has the fastest growing millennial population, is the right step for the brand." The company's brand American Eagle is known for its on-trend clothing, jeans, accessories and personal care products and its core customers are largely millennials. Currently, there are three standalone stores in Chandigarh and Delhi-NCR. The brand is likewise accessible on Myntra, besides its own website. "By February-March, we expect to have 6-9 standalone stores operational in the country. The long-term plan is to open 25 standalone stores in the next three years," he added. The company is looking at metros for enlargement. "We have a robust plan for expansion in this market through our Indian partnership. But this expansion will be across the locations to ensure that the brand is built in the right manner. We want to create loyalty and true connection with the Indian consumers," Rosa said. The company may possibly as well look at having a presence through multi-brand stores hereafter. Asked if the company is looking to bring its lingerie and intimate apparel sub-brand Aerie to India, Rosa said, "Aerie is going to be a big part of our expansion plan as we see huge opportunities for it globally. Our partners Aditya Birla Group has the rights for Aerie for the Indian market and when we find the right locations we will open Aerie stores in India with them." By Sowmya

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Amar Akbar Anthony Movie Review, Rating, Story, Cast and Crew November 16, 2018 10:08

Amar Akbar Anthony is all about Amar (Ravi Teja) and Aishwarya (Ileana). Their fathers are business partners and they build up an empire in USA. When things are going extremely happy, a bunch of culprits kill the entire family and Amar, Aishwaraya escapes from the incident. The rest of Amar Akbar Anthony is all about the situations that make Amar turn as Akbar, Anthony and how he manages to nab all the culprits. He meets back Aishwarya after years. Watch Amar Akbar Anthony to know about the film.

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Adobe CEO In Fortune Business Person Of Year List November 16, 2018 07:30

An Indian-American Chief Executive officer (CEO) of Adobe, Shantanu Narayen, has been named by Fortune in its 2018 Business Person of the Year list. The list ranks 20 business executives "delivering on the bottom line and beyond". Narayen, 56, ranks 12th on the list, which has been topped by CEO of insurance company Progressive Tricia Griffith and includes CEO of graphics chipmaker Nvidia, Jensen Huang, French conglomerate Kering CEO Francois-Henri Pinault, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and PayPal CEO Dan Schulman. Reports said, "The maker of creativity tools like Photoshop doesn't quite grab headlines like some of its Silicon Valley neighbors. But Adobe is playing the long game - and so is Shantanu Narayen." In November, Narayen celebrated his 11th anniversary at the helm, a tenure that is increasingly rare in corporate America, Fortune said. "Narayen's move to turn boxed software into cloud services gave the San Jose company a subscription business that keeps on giving. And his recent rash of marketing-tech acquisitions signals he is not afraid to compete with Salesforce and Oracle. A quiet giant? Not anymore," it stated. In picking out Fortune's Business person of the Year, the publication weighs 10 financial metrics including 12-month and 36-month increases in profits and revenue, total shareholder returns, and stock performance. By Sowmya

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Dust From Middle East Affects Indian Summer Monsoon: Study November 16, 2018 07:18

A study has found that dust and soot transported from the deserts of the Middle East settle on the snow cover of the Himalaya mountain range, affecting the intensity of the summer monsoon in India. The researchers from University of Maryland in the United States, using a powerful NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)-developed atmospheric model found that the large quantities of dark aerosols - airborne particles for instance soot and dust that absorb sunlight - lay on top of the Tibetan Plateau's snowpack in spring before the monsoons begin. These dark aerosols trigger the snow to absorb more sunlight and melt more rapidly. The findings suggest that, among these dark aerosols, windblown dust from the Middle East has the most powerful snow-darkening effect. More than a century ago, British meteorologist Henry Blanford noted a relation between springtime Himalaya snow cover and the intensity Indian monsoons. "Blanford knew that snow cover on the Tibetan Plateau wasn’t the only phenomenon that influenced the monsoon, but he knew it was important," said William Lau, a research scientist who led the study. "The relationship between snow cover and the monsoon is useful enough that the India Meteorological Department still uses it to develop its annual summer monsoon forecast," Lau said. Researchers used the Goddard Earth Observing System Model to re-create 100 years' worth of springtime snow cover and its consequence on the annual summer monsoon cycle. To test the consequence of dust blown in from the Middle East, the researchers ran the same simulations over again, with an added software package that comprises the snow-darkening effects of soot, dust, and else dark aerosols deposited on the top of the Tibetan Plateau. Adding dark aerosol deposition to the model considerably augmented the amount of sunlight absorbed by the snow, increasing the rate of liquefying. By Sowmya

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Swearing Actually Makes You A Better Person And Badass, Science Says November 16, 2018 07:07

Our fondness for swear words is irresistible and though it has now and then has few drawbacks if used unseemly, it is surprisingly doing wonders for our self-growth. Swearing means you are indeed super smart and badass. Need a point to swear? Here are four f*cking great ones American psychologists after doing a study at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts have found the theory that swearing is interconnected to sheer awesomeness. The study reveals four key things: Swearing makes us better The reason is obviously savvy, all right, we can clarify this for you. Sweary people don't bullsh*t and they say what they intend and they are frank, bold, open, and honest, all sublime traits to own, right? Actually, the study found that downright people tend to swear a lot more, even in court and when speaking to police. Innocent suspects oftentimes curse through the testimony which in reality makes them sound more believable. Swearing makes better friends The study also suggests that, when picking out your friends, look for those who swear a lot. Because they make spiffing mates! So there you go. Friends who swear, care. Swearing means you're actually super smart Those who go forbye the archaic swear word vocab and design their own swearwords/ vulgar phrases are the smartest of the bunch, according to the study. "People who use taboo words understand their general expressive content as well as nuanced distinctions that must be drawn to use slurs appropriately," the researchers wrote. "The ability to make nuanced distinction indicates the presence of more, rather than less, linguistic knowledge." Swearing makes more tolerant The ultimate finding the psychologists disclosed is that people who swear a lot are more at ease with expressing themselves. They have less built-up choler inside and therefore, are able to control the pressures from day-to-day dickheads much better. By Sowmya

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Trump Jr's Trip To India Cost U.S. Tax Payers $100000: Report November 16, 2018 06:44

A business trip by Donald J Trump Jr, the son the United States President Donald Trump, this year to India cost the American taxpayers about USD 100,000 in fees related to the Secret Service agents protecting him and some other costs, according to a media report. Donald J Trump Jr, 40, visited four India cities - New Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata - in February 2016, in order to promote the high-rise luxurious condos being built by the Trump Organization, of which the U.S. president Trump is an exclusive owner. Trump Jr is the vice president of his family-owned firm. The Washington Post reported on Thursday that it reckoned this figure from the documents it acquired from the Department of Homeland through the Freedom of Information Act, which is akin to India's Right to Information Act. The documents showed that Trump Jr's February trip cost more than USD 97,805 for hotel rooms, airfare, car rental and overtime for Secret Service agents, the daily reported. Though Donald J Trump Jr and the White House did not immediately respond to the news report, which their political opponents on the social media supposed the Secret Service expenses for his trip to promote condos in India was misapply of taxpayers money. As per the U.S. laws, the President and his immediate family members are entitled to protection by the Secret Service. Same is the case with the erstwhile presidents and their family members as well. "Donald Trump Jr went to India to promote condo sales. His trip cost taxpayers almost USD 100,000. That's essentially the government spending money on the president's private business," Citizens for Ethics, a watchdog, alleged in a tweet. "Because the president has not placed his assets in a blind trust, as other presidents have done, he still effectively controls his real estate empire and benefits from his children's travels," Jordan Libowitz, communications director for the Washington-based watchdog group told the Washington Post. "The issue is that essentially the president still owns his businesses, and these trips are being done to make the president money. Essentially the government is spending money for the president's private businesses," Libowitz told the daily. By Sowmya

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