Ayushmann Khurrana’s Bala, released in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) on November 14, is the third Indian film to see light of the day in the Kingdom.As a part of the drive to modernise Saudi Arabia, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - in 2018 - lifted an over three-decade-old ban on cinemas with the screening of Marvel’s Black Panther.When it comes to Indian films, so far three films including Rajinikanth’s Kaala and Akshay Kumar’s Gold have released in the KSA.Close Hollywood has pulled up its socks to explore the potential of this new market, and it looks like Saudi is on India’s list too. related news In pics: From Iron Man to Thor and Groot, Bengaluru's Comic Con was a hit Kantar to roll out India’s first OTT audience measurement solution While India has a lot to offer to the movie-going audience of Saudi Arabia, what potential does the Kingdom hold for the Indian film industry?Talking to Moneycontrol, Amit … [Read more...] about Bala’s release in Saudi Arabia opens up new BO opportunity for Indian films
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Gaurav GargAfter the announcement of Q2 FY20 results, most of the OMCs announced below estimate bottomline along with muted revenues. Factors that impacted performance were low demand, lower diesel to petrol price parity and struggling auto sector. Let’s look at these in detail to get a perspective.Crude oil prices surged briefly after explosive drones cut Saudi Arabia’s oil production by half, but it remained in lower range for most part of the quarter. In Q2, Brent Crude prices traded in the range of $57-$70 a barrel. Brent Crude closed at $62.22 on November 11th, 2019. Lower crude prices generally mean, higher GRMs and in turn higher profitability for OMCs.Close Indian economy grew at its slowest pace in more than four years in the March quarter and the risk of a wider fiscal deficit threatens government spending as private investment falls, leaving the outlook for infrastructure and construction activities to be uncertain over the near to medium term. related news … [Read more...] about Why OMC’s Q2 results failed to meet street’s expectations?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "successful" visits to several countries as well as his participation in events such as the UNGA and BRICS meetings, and India's refusal to join RCEP in "national interest" were highlighted at the BJP parliamentary party meeting on Tuesday.External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal briefed BJP MPs on the issues in the parliamentary party's first meeting in the Winter session.Modi did not attend the meeting.Close BJP sources said Jaishankar told MPs that Modi's foreign visits have boosted India's standing and furthered the country's interests. related news Shiv Sena equates 'ungrateful' BJP with Muhammad Ghori's 'treachery' ED attaches Rs 21.96-cr assets in NH-74 widening scam case He spoke in detail about Modi's participation in the United National General Assembly meeting in the US in September and the 'Howdy Modi' rally, attended by thousands of people of Indian origin (PIO), which was attended by … [Read more...] about PM Modi’s successful visits abroad, decision to keep out of RCEP highlighted at BJP meeting
The promo of Inside Edge 2 is out and this time around, it seems that a promise is being made to unearth quite a few episodes that take place behind the scenes when it comes to the game of cricket.In the first season of this Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani production, the base was well-set, courtesy the escapades of Vivek Oberoi, Richa Chadha, Tanuj Virwani and Angad Bedi. Circa 2019 and a lot of inside information appears to be in the offing once the series is available on the digital platform.For starters, ‘bhaisaab’ is finally being unveiled. With Aamir Bashir finally exposing himself to the world as the man who wants to ‘change the face of cricket and make it a global sport’ and that too ‘for the love of it’, there is still mystery, intrigue and enigma around his personality. Is he a good guy or a bad guy or someone in between, is the question that may just get answered once the series unfolds.Close As for the 'masala' element that is key … [Read more...] about Inside Edge 2 promises to reveal ‘inside information’ on cricket
Rainforests are the most biodiverse ecosystem on Earth, home to half of all the world’s plants and animal species. Though rainforests once covered 14% of our planet’s surface, they now account for just 6%. Because they’re so rich with life (and so much of them are unexplored), we don’t even know what we’re losing when they’re destroyed. Now, the newest XPrize competition aims to address all these unknowns within our rainforests, before it’s too late. advertisement advertisement From the destructive fires eating up the Amazon as part of slash-and-burn land clearing methods for agriculture and lumber, to the toxic impact of oil spills from pipelines that cut through the trees, to the general effects of climate change, experts say our rainforests could be completely gone in 100 years. “As we’re losing them, we’re at a really critical point where we don’t want to lose the biodiversity before we’ve even … [Read more...] about The next XPrize wants to catalog the riches of the rainforest before it’s too late