100 million rupees ($1.4 million) — from India’s richest individuals in the 2018 financial year, according to this year’s India P
hilanthropy Report by consulting firm Bain & Company and philanthropy fund Dasra. Private indi
viduals in India donate about 430 billion rupees ($6.2 billion) each year, the report said.
Wipro was founded by Premji’s father in 1945 as a vegetab
le oil manufacturer, and transitioned to the technology industry in the 1980s under Premji
‘s leadership. It has since grown into one of India’s biggest IT services companies, with more than 160,000 em
ployees worldwide and over 1,200 clients in industries ranging from aerospace to retail.
Premji’s foundation focuses on supporting education, and ru
ns the Azim Premji University in Bangalore. Its billionaire benefactor’s latest donation coul
d help it open a second university and “scale up significantly,” the organization said.
When Ahmed Khan moved to New Zealand as a refugee from Afghanistan 12 years ago, he thought he had left violence and death behind.
But on Friday, as he was praying at Linwood mosque in Christchurch, an armed man started shooting indiscrim
inately at worshipers — first outside the mosque, then through the windows as women and children huddled inside, screaming.
Khan said he pulled one injured child out of danger and was holding a man who’d been shot in the arm when the gunman returned.
”(The wounded man) was asking for some water. I said to him, ‘calm down, the police are here now’ and stuff. And the g
unman came through the window again while I was holding him and shot him in the head. And he was dead,” Khan told CNN.
Many people in the diverse city have ties to the community that stretch back generat
ions. Former refugees and migrants have told CNN they chose to make it their home because it was safe.
at the mosque. He remembered his mother was at their property waiting to meet a contractor. He texted her. She was safe.
Then he saw the video broadcast live from a camera fixed to the gunman’s helmet. It
showed the gunman using the family’s driveway as a base to store his loaded weapons.
”I couldn’t believe it, that the guy had literally parked in our driveway and walked into the mosque, walked back to our driveway and back into the mosque,” South said.
When police arrived they helped Harrison get out of the house and over the back fence. “She wa
sn’t allowed to leave (by the front) because there were literally bodies lying in the driveway,” her son said.
The family says there’s no way that house can be their home now.
Amid the flowers at the roadblock on Saturday was a homemade sign printed on a piece of A4 paper, titled “#No to hate and terror.”
”If New Zealand is like a vessel of milk filled to the very brim, then consider immigrants
as a pinch of sugar. We’ll not bring the vessel to overflowing but make the milk sweeter,” the sign said.
The author, Deepak Sharma, was standing nearby holding an identical copy. He moved from India to New Zeal
and 10 years ago, and with tears in his eyes told CNN, “This is not the country we chose to immigrate to.”
g to “negotiate with the Obama administration” about trade. In fact, the prev
ious administration sought to conclude a Transatlantic Trade and Investm
ent Partnership — or TTIP — with Europe, though was unable to get the deal across the line. Trump’s own talks on t
rade with Europe have been inconclusive, after he threatened to spark a trade war.
Trump vs. his global counterparts
Trump’s comments on Brexit also illustrated the tendency of a Pre
sident who admires dictators to throw allied leaders under the bus.
He criticized Prime Minister Theresa May, whose credibility has been shredded by parliamentary defeats.
”She didn’t listen to that and that’s fine, I mean, she’s got to do what she’s got to do,” said Trump, who was forced into
a rare apology last year after hammering May’s Brexit strategy on the eve of meeting her in the UK.
when he flew into his Turnberry golf course in 2016. In fact, Trump arrived on the west coast of Scotland hours after the result of the referendum was announced.
Whether the President knows he’s lying, or has convinced himself of the truth of his alternative reality, is unclear. But
his continued use of a discredited fact is a core element of his political technique.
Trump also put Varadkar on the spot — asking him to comment on Brexit, threatening to expose their differences on the issue.
Then Trump interrupted Varadkar, who watched with a bemus
ed look as the President savaged the EU alongside one of its national leaders.
”The European Union treats us very, very unfairly,” Trump s
aid, in a screed that included another characteristic political device — a flagrant threat.
made a jarring comment that hinted at the possibility of political violence.
”I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the milita
ry, the support of the Bikers for Trump — I have the tough people, but they don’t play it to
ugh — until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad,” Trump told the conservative website.
Trump’s incessant appeals for his base are undeniably effective.
One Republican, Sen. Thom Tillis, of North Carolina, made an 11th hour switch of hi
s vote on the declaration of national emergency, falling into line behind the President.
A top GOP official in North Carolina told CNN’s Jim Acosta that Tillis was under fierce pressure ahead of a potential primary challenge next year.
The official said, Tillis is “getting hit hard in the state.”
North Korea is considering suspension of denuclearization talks with the United States, Deputy Foreign
Minister Choe Son Hui told reporters on Friday.
”We have no intention to yield to the US demands [put forward at the Hanoi summit] in any form, nor are we willing to engage in neg
otiations of this kind,” said Choe, according to Russian state news agency TASS, which attended the press event in Pyongyang.
Choe said the North was deeply disappointed by the failure of the two sides to reach any agreements at last m
onth’s summit between Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi.
She blamed the breakdown of talks on the US side, saying the Am
erican delegation was being too demanding and inflexible: [The US] “were too busy with pu
rsuing their own political interests and had no sincere intention to achieve a result,” Choe added, according to TASS.
However, US National Security Advisor John Bolton disputed Choe’s characterization of the breakdown of talks
as “inaccurate” and said he had discussed the reports from North Korea with his South Korean counterparts.
decorated a unique cement pipe room in 45 days, and made short videos to record the whole process and put them online, attracting many followers.
The man surnamed Long, 28, used to serve in the army and now runs a home “agritainmen
t” inn in Shaoshan, Central China’s Hunan province, the Xiaoxiang Morning Herald reported Wednesday.
Long said he has been a fan of Japanese animation and manga since childhood — especially
Doraemon, in which a pile of cement pipes is a place for Nobita Nobi to play with his friends and a shelter from bullies.
Inspired by the scene, Long has always dreamed of actually living in a concrete tube.
In January, Long started his ambitious construction plan. He used planks to form the tube frame fast
ened by steel bars, and filled it with cement. After the tube was done, he set out on interior design and decoration.
end of 2017, accounting for about 16 percent of the population, ac