The GRAMMY winner has held a low profile for the last couple of years, coming off his hugely successful debut album, 2014’s In The Lonely Hour. But judging from a new note Smith’s shared with fans, it seems he is poised to make his presence known again soon.”To all my beautiful fans, first of all I want to say thank you,” wrote Smith. “Thank you for being so patient and for letting me have the past year to really escape into my mind & write music so freely. I feel so rejuvenated and have so many stories I can’t wait to tell you. … The wait is so nearly over.” Sam Smith: “The Wait Is So Nearly Over” stay-him-new-sam-smith-music-coming-very-very-soon https://twitter.com/samsmithworld/status/903271570709381120 The Londoner’s debut spawned GRAMMYs for Best Pop Vocal Album and Record and Song Of The Year (“Stay With Me”) at the 57th GRAMMY Awards. He also took home the coveted Best New Artist award.Feature: Kacy Hill, Melissa Manchester On Building A Village Of Fans Facebook Email NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 8, 2015 – 10:52 pm Sam Smith Wins Record Of The Year Stay With Him: New Sam Smith Music Coming “Very, Very Soon” News Twitter GRAMMY winner says he’s “rejuvenated” — does this mean new music is on the way?Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Aug 31, 2017 – 3:33 pm Between new albums from the likes of Taylor Swift, Foo Fighters, Beck, Miley Cyrus, and Demi Lovato, just to name a few, the schedule for new music in fall 2017 already looks pretty exciting. And now it’s looking like Sam Smith could be adding his name to the mix as well.
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In a fresh twist in the tale that is set to question the integrity of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), it has been found that top RBI officials allowed certain banks to lend to Vijay Mallya’s Kingfisher Airlines (KFA) violating its own asset classifications guidelines. Vijay Mallya blames everybody except himself for Kingfisher Airlines disasterAccording to RBI’s assets classification norms on bank loans, there is no risk in lending to a firm whose assets fall under standard assets category. However, if a company’s assets come under sub-standard assets category, the firm gets declared as a non-performing asset (NPA).In 2008, during a routine annual financial inspection by the RBI of a Kolkata-based bank, the inspection team found that KFA was falling under the category of sub-standard assets. Clearly, that reflected the airline’s poor status of assets classifications and loan repayment for getting next fresh round of loans, the Pioneer reported, citing sources.”As per the RBI guidelines, we were conducting a routine exercise and inspecting bank books at one of the centres in a PSB, headquartered in Kolkata. During the AFI, we had observed that the total loan amount of Rs 3,000 crore, which had been provided to Kingfisher Airlines until 2008, was not falling under standard asset category. So, we had decided that the airlines firm should have declared as an NPA so as to stop any further financial assistance to be extended to the firm,” a source told the Pioneer.However, just when the inspection team decided to take steps to stop any fresh loan to KFA and declare the airline’s existing loan as NPAs, the team received a directive from top RBI officials, asking them not to turn the loan as NPA. And that, in turn, ensured the now defunct airline continued to get loans from the consortium of lenders led by State Bank of India (SBI).The source declined to disclose the name of the bank, but said the inspection was a routine affair of the RBI and the inspection team had acted as per their superiors’ order.”Thereafter, the above loan continued to fall under the category of a standard asset which was the gateway to get further assistance and thus the Mallya-owned firm remained eligible for the next round of fresh loans by the consortium of lenders led by SBI. As a result, the firm was extended several fresh rounds of loan amounting to a total of Rs 6,000 crore over and over again for years,” sources said.A RBI official, on the condition of anonymity, confirmed the development and said: “Had the RBI paid heed to the suggestions of the internal team and turned the already sanctioned loan as NPA, the firm would not have been able to go for a fresh round of loans. And thus our banks, which faced with huge NPAs as of today, would have been saved.”The airline managed to get most of the loans between 2006 and 2009 when Vijay Mallya was also a Rajya Sabha MP and reportedly lobbied the then governments for the revival of KFA.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is questioning L&T Infotech (LTI) for discrepancies on documentation and procedural lapses related to its customer, Apple.The discrepancy between the companies is based on the allegation on LTI for issuing letters of invitation to some of its employees to work on-site for Apple. A thorough investigation by USCIS has revealed that Apple had no knowledge of any kind of such letters being issued by them. Apple claimed that the letters were solely issued by LTI without any proper notice to them. Apple’s relationship with the IT outsourcing partner has been dismantled due to the mistrust between the companies and the legal proceedings.With strict actions against the Indian IT outsourcing company, Apple has ramped down all the projects with LTI to other outsourcing companies. Apple also told The Times of India that it will bar the IT company from its projects. John Moore/Getty ImagesAccording to reports, Sanjay Jalona, the CEO of LTI, has been trying hard to resolve the issues and has been unsuccessful in bringing out any fruitful result. LTI has about 400 employees working for Apple, providing testing, maintenance and development services. LTI had a contract value of about $25 million annually with Apple.Apple has many IT outsourcing partners in India. Some of the IT firms such as Infosys, TCS, Wipro, Cognizant, Exilant Technologies, and Quest Global play a vital role in the smooth usage and testing of the Apple software and products in India.USCIS and Apple have both denied giving any information about the proceedings on the issue.
The Bureau of Indian Standards has taken positive steps towards giving impetus to Modi government’s ambitious “Make In India” campaign by proposing changes in the BIS Act,1986. The need for amendment to BIS Act,1986 accrued from situations demanding BIS to keep pace with the changing requirements of the industry.The BIS Act has never been amended since its enactment in 1986. Due to certain limitations, difficulties being faced in implementation and ambiguity of the provisions, amendment to the BIS Act, 1986, have become necessary. The stakeholders’ meet on the subject was held at BIS which was presided over by Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan. The stakeholders included major industry associations including FICCI, ASSOCHAM, PHDCCI, CII, representatives from Ministry of Power, Ministry of Steel, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Health and Welfare and all consumer associations.