Los Angeles: Singer-actor Mandy Moore has released her first song in a decade. Titled ‘When I Wasn’t Watching’, the number is from her new album, the name of which is yet to be declared. The album is slated for release early next year. “The idea of diving back into music after so much time and personal change was really intimidating to me for a while,” a report in variety.com quoted Moore as saying. “But then I finally realised: I’m the only person who can make this move. It all has to start with me,” she added. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe song has been produced by longtime collaborator Mike Viola and the video has been directed by Lauren Dukoff. The release is significant because it is her first music since her former husband Ryan Adams faced multiple accusations of sexual harassment. “I think everyone’s had the experience of feeling lost and not quite understanding how you’ve found yourself at a certain point in your life. And I think the key is not to judge yourself for that. I’m a big believer in the idea that what you’ve journeyed through is ultimately going to factor into the person you become, and how you’ll greet whatever big challenge you face next,” Moore asserted. The actor, who is looking forward to the premiere of her show ‘This Is Us’, began recording her upcoming album earlier this year. She created the album’s lyrics on her own and recorded each song live with a full band set-up. The 35-year-old actor will release another single before the end of the year.
New Delhi: The government has approved 8.65 per cent interest rate on employees provident fund for 2018-19, which will now be credited into the accounts of over 6 crore subscribers of retirement fund body EPFO, a source said on Thursday. The EPFO has been settling EPF withdrawal claims at 8.55 per cent interest rate, approved for 2017-18. Now, the EPFO will settle accounts on higher rate of 8.65 per cent for 2018-19. “Ministry of Labour and Employment has notified 8.65 per cent rate of interest on EPF deposits for its subscribers (over 6 crore). Now, the interest would be credited into accounts of subscribers and claims would be settled at this rate,” the source privy to development said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe Central Board of Trustees — the apex decision-making body of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) — had approved 8.65 per cent interest rate for the last fiscal on February 21 this year. The proposal was sent for the concurrence of the finance ministry, and the labour ministry was waiting for its approval. Earlier this week, Labour Minister Santosh Gangawar had assured, “..ahead of the festival season, over 6 crore EPFO subscribers would get 8.65 per cent interest for 2018-19”.
Mumbai: The Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) would not have come into existence had Jawaharlal Nehru not declared untimely ceasefire with the neighbouring country, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday. Targeting Nehru over “non-integration” of Kashmir with India, he said Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the country’s first home minister, should have handled the issue, instead of the then prime minister. Addressing a rally here on the Centre’s decision to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and to campaign for the BJP for the next month’s Maharashtra Assembly polls, he said, “I want to tell all BJP workers that our work doesn’t end at the removal of Article 370, our work starts now.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “It is our target to take this country forward on the chapter of nationalism and progress,” he said. Hitting out at the Congress and NCP, he said, they were “shamelessly” opposing the abrogation of Article 370. Expressed confidence that Devendra Fadnavis will again be the chief minister after the Maharashtra polls on October 21, he said, “I am happy that the campaign for the state polls is beginning with the discussion on our decision to remove Articles 370 and 35(A).” Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen The Congress sees politics behind Article 370 abrogation, “we don’t see it that way”, he said. “The PoK wouldn’t have come into existence had Nehru not declared untimely ceasefire with Pakistan, a mistake of Nehru…Sardar Patel should have handled Kashmir, instead of Nehru handling it,” he opined. Nehru then went to the United Nations under Article 35 of the UN Charter. “Had he gone through charter 51, still PoK would have been with India,” he added. “After Sardar Patel’s death in 1950, the Indian government signed the Delhi agreement with Sheikh Abdullah which became the foundation of Article 370,” he said. Those who came from Pakistan to India, two of them – Manmohan Singh and I K Gujral – (later) became prime ministers, while L K Advani became deputy prime minister. “But those who went to J&K never had voting rights till Article 370 was removed. Today, these people can vote,” he said. Shah said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi he has been demanding proofs of the government’s works, including surgical strike and air strike (by IAF after Pulwama attack), but stands with the ‘tukade tukade gang’ of the JNU. “When Gandhi and (NCP chief) Sharad Pawar will be here for campaign, you should ask them whether they support or oppose removal of Article 370,” Shah said to people at his rally held in suburban Goregaon. “Not a single bullet has been fired in Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370,” he said, adding that there is no unrest in Kashmir and in the coming days, “terrorism will be finished”. Without taking any names, he said three dynasties which ruled Kashmir didn’t allow the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) to be set up there. “Those who indulged in corruption in Kashmir now are feeling the heat despite the cold there,” he said in remarks laced with sarcasm. “Only (political) dynasties in Jammu and Kashmir are feeling threatened. Several communication lines are working, telephones are operational and some markets have also opened. You will soon get Kashmir’s famous apples here,” he said. Shah said nobody ever thought of abrogating Article 370 and 35(A) so swiftly, but the Modi government did it. “Rahul Gandhi has come to politics recently. The Jan Sangh and later BJP’s three generations did not back off from making sacrifices for the abrogation of Article 370,” he said. Shah said Gandhi needs to learn history. “We (in opposition) stayed with the government in the past over national issues, like when Atal Bihari Vajpayee supported Indira Gandhi during Bangladesh war or representing the Indian side in the UN over Kashmir issue,” he said. He said Article 370 was and is a political issue for the Congress, “but for us, its removal was a promise of re- integration. You (Congress) see politics into it, but we see it as patriotism,” the Union home minister said. “Due to ‘Operation Tupac’, around 40,000 people have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir from 1990s till today. And the opposition questions our motive behind it (scrapping of Article 370). I can assure you that we will get rid of terrorism soon from the crown of this country,” he said. Shah said out of 196 police stations in Jammu and Kashmir, prohibitory sections were imposed only under 10. “Ninety nine per cent of land lines are working, and 67 per cent mobile phones connections reinstated. Curfew has been removed from all areas and trade is going on,” he said. He said after the abrogation of Article 370, people from the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes can now get the quota benefits in government jobs. “Thousands of Kashmiri minor girls were earlier married because the Indian government’s Prohibition of Child Marriage Act was not applicable in the state. With Modi’s decision, Kashmiri girls are now safe,” he said. On Pawar’s remarks that only a “Pulwama-like” attack can save the BJP from losing the Maharashtra polls scheduled next month, Shah said, “Whether something happens or not, the BJP will definitely win the Assembly elections.” He urged people to come out in large numbers and vote in the polls and “show the right place to those who opposed the abrogation of Article 370”.
New Delhi: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday hit out at the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh over the arrest of the student whohas accused former Union minister Swami Chinmayanand of rape, and asked if this is the BJP’s justice. The law student was on Wednesday arrested on charges of extortion and sent to 14-day judicial custody. Hours later, her bail plea was rejected. “Unnao rape case: Victim’s father is killed. Victim’s uncle is arrested. Following massive public pressure and after 13 months, accused MLA arrested. Attempt to kill the victim’s family. Shahjahanpur rape case: Victim arrested. Victim’s family being pressured,” Priyanka Gandhi tweeted. Police deliberately delayed action against the accused BJP leader and it was after public pressure that they Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singharrested him, said the Congress general secretary in-charge of eastern UP. “Even the charge of rape has not been put on the accused BJP leader. This is BJP’s justice?” she said. Chinmayanand, sent to judicial custody after his arrest, was booked under section 376C of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), a charge with lesser punishment than rape. Priyanka Gandhi also on Thursday urged Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath to ensure stringent punishment to those who beat to death two Dalit children in the state for defecating near a village panchayat.