Darbar: Rajinikanth to sport two different looks for AR Murugadoss film

first_imgDarbar: Rajinikanth to sport two different looks for AR Murugadoss filmRajinikanth is acting in a film titled Darbar, which is directed by AR Murugadoss. The film stars Nayanthara in the lead role and has music by Anirudh Ravichander.advertisement India Today Web Desk ChennaiApril 22, 2019UPDATED: April 22, 2019 12:05 IST Darbar posterRajinikanth is playing two different roles in Darbar. Reportedly, he will be seen as an IPS officer and as a social activist in the film. Now, it is revealed that the Superstar will sport two different looks for the film.It is rumoured that in the first half of the film, Rajinikanth will be seen as an activist and from the second half he will take on the IPS avatar. Rajinikanth’s Alex Pandian role from Mundru Mugam is still spoken about as Rajinikanth’s performance as a police officer was stunning.AR Murugadoss is planning to recreate the same magic with the upcoming film. The film has music by Anirudh Ravichander and stars Nayanathara in the female lead role.Other than Nayan, Yogi Babu is ts confirmed to be part of Darbar. Now, it has been announced that Bollywood actor Prateik Babbar has been chosen to play the antagonist in the film.Confirming the news, Prateik, in a statement, said, “It is such a dream come true to have bagged this project in such little time. This year is looking very positive for me and Sanya (Sagar) has been such a great influence on my life professionally and personally.”Darbar will hit the theatres on Pongal 2020. The film marks the 167th film of Rajinikanth and might also be the last film of the actor, who might take the political plunge after this.ALSO READ | Happy Birthday Rajinikanth: Thalaivar’s untold love story with wife Latha RangachariALSO READ | AR Murugadoss on his film with Rajinikanth: It is NOT a political ventureadvertisementALSO WATCH | Actor Vijay pays homage to Karunanidhi at Anna MemorialGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byP Kirubhakar Tags :Follow RajinikanthFollow Darbarlast_img read more


Provinces Power Corporations Sign Legal Agreements for Lower Churchill Project

first_imgNova Scotians are a step closer to benefiting from the good jobs, stable electricity prices and clean energy that will come with the Lower Churchill hydroelectricity project and the Maritime Link. Energy Minister Charlie Parker joined Jerome Kennedy, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Natural Resources, Chris Huskilson, president and CEO of Emera Inc., and Ed Martin, president and CEO of Nalcor Energy, in Sydney today, July 31, to sign the necessary legal agreements for the project to move forward. A similar signing ceremony was held in St. John’s earlier this morning. “By developing Lower Churchill and connecting it to wider markets, we are creating good jobs, growing the Atlantic economy and ensuring a cleaner energy future for ourselves, our children and grandchildren,” said Mr. Parker. “This development is an important component in ensuring Nova Scotia meets federal coal reduction regulations, as well as our province’s greenhouse gas emission targets. “Perhaps most importantly though, it will help stabilize electricity rates for Nova Scotians and their families. This is indeed a game-changing opportunity for the Atlantic region, and part of the approach that makes Canada an energy superpower.” Mr. Kennedy said that the signing of the agreements today represents a major step forward in this historic development. “This is another important milestone as we move closer towards a decision on sanctioning of the project. Muskrat Falls will deliver least-cost renewable power and stabilize rates, support economic development, and provide power to mining companies in Labrador. It will also provide long-term revenue through the export of electricity and reduce dependence on fossil fuels, along with economic and employment benefits for the province, the region, and the rest of the country. “The Maritime Link will allow us to access the Maritime and New England markets and thereby gaining a fair and competitive price for our clean, renewable power. It will also facilitate the development of our province’s energy warehouse. Today’s agreements guarantee the successful responsible development of our province’s hydroelectric resources in a manner that provides maximum benefit to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.” Nalcor and Emera have formalized 13 agreements spanning 50 years related to the development of Muskrat Falls, the Labrador-Island Transmission Link, and the Maritime Link, which will connect hydroelectricity between the two provinces through Granite Canal, NL, and Woodbine, Cape Breton. The purpose of the agreements is to formalize the transactions agreed to by the parties. Six of the agreements reflect the commitment by Emera to develop the Maritime Link connecting Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia, and to provide transmission rights in Nova Scotia. Four agreements relate to transmission rights for Nalcor in the Maritimes and New England as a result of Emera’s investment in the Labrador-Island Link, which will span from Muskrat Falls, across the Strait of Belle Isle, to Soldiers Pond on the Avalon Peninsula. Three related agreements were also completed. “The agreements signed today reflect the strong partnership between Nalcor and Emera, and the commitment by both companies to ensure a quality result for everyone involved,” said Ed Martin, president and CEO of Nalcor Energy. “We took the time necessary to get it right, and I’m proud to say that today we have 13 comprehensive, sound agreements that will stand the test of time.” “Emera is fully engaged in helping transform Atlantic Canada into an energy powerhouse with an electricity system that is more robust, flexible and better connected,” said Chris Huskilson, president and CEO, Emera Inc. “Today’s announcement sets the stage for the development of a new source and route for clean, renewable and reliable energy that will help stabilize energy costs, improve the environment and provide economic benefits for the entire region.” The deal will provide Nova Scotia with access to clean hydro-electricity from the Lower Churchill Project at Muskrat Falls through a subsea cable to Nova Scotia. Emera will invest about $1.2 billion in the project, which is 20 per cent of the estimated cost of the project, in exchange for 20 per cent of the electricity for 35 years. The link to Newfoundland and Labrador places Nova Scotia within an energy loop rather than at the end of the line as it is presently, which will improve transmission in the region, as well as reliability and access to additional electricity at market prices.last_img read more


Senior UN official urges confidencebuilding measures to counter global insecurity

“Throughout the history of UN efforts in disarmament, efforts to eliminate weapons of mass destruction have been pursued in parallel with efforts to regulate and reduce conventional arms. This is because they are mutually reinforcing goals,” High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane told the opening of the annual three-week session of the UN Disarmament Commission (UNDC) in New York.The Commission, whose membership is universal, is a deliberative body mandated to make recommendations in the field of disarmament and to follow up the decisions and recommendations of the General Assembly’s first special session devoted to disarmament, in 1978.The Commission itself was created through Resolution 502 in 1952 due to the General Assembly’s “anxiety as the general lack of confidence plaguing the world and leading to the burden on increasing armaments and the fear of war,” Ms. Kane read. She said the world continues to face a “lack of confidence” today, which feeds instability in the Middle East, South Asia and North-east Asia, while underlying expansion of military budgets and accounting for deeply divided votes in the General Assembly on issues related to disarmament, among others. The first item on the Commission’s agenda concerns non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. In her speech, Ms. Kane said an agreement during this session would help establish a new consensus on nuclear disarmament when the Commission concludes its three-year cycle in 2014. She added that such an outcome would be a “tremendous achievement” given the timing of the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), and the stalemate in recent years within the UN Conference on Disarmament, the world’s sole multilateral disarmament negotiating forum.The Commission is also due to discuss confidence-building measures in the field of conventional weapons. Ms. Kane told participants that they have an opportunity “to build on the recent progress made last month in negotiating the Arms Trade Treaty.”Member States failed to adopt the treaty last week after two-weeks of negotiations in New York. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was deeply disappointed but remained optimistic that Member States will continue exploring ways to bring the treaty into being.Among confidence-building measures related to transparency, Ms. Kane noted that the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs maintains the UN Report on Military Expenditures, along with an electronic database of information known as the UN Register of Conventional Arms.Ms. Kane encouraged Member States to use these tools “precisely because of their value in building the indispensable confidence needed to strengthen international peace and security.”Between 1979 and 1999, the Commission was able to reach consensus at least 16 times to adopt guidelines or recommendations on disarmament subjects. It has not adopted any new guidelines since 1999. Ms. Kane noted that history will judge the Commission not by the quantity of its work but the quality of its outcomes. She also urged Member States to revive the productivity of the Commission as an international resource for cultivating “seeds of future global disarmament norms – guidelines, standards, and recommendations that someday have the potential to flourish into customary practices.” read more