first_imgThe Union Budget 2016 for financial year 2016-17 to be presented next February could have an unpleasant surprise for the Indian middle-class.Interest rates on retail deposits could be announced, affecting millions of Indians in the middle income group and who form a significant vote base for the Narendra Modi government.The logic is simple: If lending rates have to come down, deposit interest rates have to be reduced first, for which the government would have to lower interest rates on a range of fixed-income products offered through post offices. The cascading effect would be a risk the government would be forced to take hoping the trade-off does not harm the BJP politically.The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), since January this year, has reduced the repo rate by a cumulative 125 basis points (bps), but only half of it, about 60 bps, has been passed on by banks to borrowers, according to RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan.A worried RBI has said it will come out with new guidelines for calculating the base rate this week.”The median base lending rate has declined only by 60 bps since then. There is a particular way to calculate the base rate now. And our worry is it should not come in the way of banks to pass through lower lending rates to customers. That is why we took a relook at the base rate and are coming to the marginal cost pricing which we will be announced later this week,” Rajan told reporters after the fifth bi-monthly monetary policy review on 1 December.A look at interest rates on term deposits offered by Indian post offices would give some insight on the nature of the risk involved.The total term deposits held by Indians with post offices stood at Rs 2,42,795 crore as of 31 March, 2014, in 3.62 crore accounts. The interest rate on term deposits, including the monthly income scheme, has remained unchanged at a high 8.4% from 1 April, 2014, for a tenure ranging from one year to up to three years, and 8.5% for more than three years and up to five years.On the other hand, public-sector banks offer anywhere between 7% and 7.75% interest for a one-year term deposit.”Any cuts in lending rates will require deposit rates to be adjusted down. This in turn needs the government to lower returns on post office deposits and other small savings schemes, which compete with banks’ deposits. We expect some developments on this front on or before the February 2016 budget,” said Radhika Rao, economist, group research, DBS Bank.The earliest the Modi government can make an intervention would be in the forthcoming Budget to be announced in February next year.Keen to ensure that any move by the government does not impact the middle class, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday his government would have to “move cautiously” on reducing interest rates on retail deposits, since it has the potential to “hurt vulnerable sections like retired employees”.last_img read more

first_imgDomestic stock markets plunged on Wednesday to hit a fresh 20-month low as sell-off in other Asian markets weighed on investor sentiment.The BSE S&P Sensex fell sharply by 406 points to trade at 24,073 points, while the 50-share Nifty dropped to 7,322, down 113 points.Asian markets tumbled again on the back of falling crude oil prices, with Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index and Japan’s Nikkei plummeting by 3.7% and 3.1% respectively. Chinese stock markets also fell 1.3%, despite hopes of imminent policy stimulus by the country’s authorities.Crude oil prices continued to trade at 12-year low, with the benchmark Brent oil prices trading $28.51 a barrel, down 25 cents. The recent fall in oil prices to below $30 a barrel was mainly led by intensifying concerns over worsening global supply glut.Last week, Western sanctions over Iran’s nuclear programme were lifted, allowing the country to start exporting its oil, which is expected to put further pressure on the oil prices.”(Iran) is really another strike in the same beating the market has taken,” Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at Sydney’s CMC Markets, told Reuters.Meanwhile, banking, realty and energy stocks traded lower on the BSE, while the sell-off was seen across all the sectors.Reliance Industries’ strong results for the December quarter failed to lift its stocks and RIL shares were down 2.5% to trade at Rs 1,017. The Mukesh-Ambani-led group posted a record profit of Rs 7,290 crore in the third quarter of the current fiscal year.The sharp sell-off in the stock markets also hit the rupee as it fell to 67.77 against the US dollar compared to previous close of 67.65.last_img read more

first_imgTrinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee described the Centre sending the advisory as a conspiracy against the state government.Major conspiracy by BJP home minister to destabilise #Bangla govt will be countered: Partha Chatterjeeবাংলাকে অশান্ত করার ষড়যন্ত্রের বিরুদ্ধে প্রতিরোধ হবে: তৃণমূলRead More >> https://t.co/X5SK79muh3 pic.twitter.com/JBOXVDfssV— All India Trinamool Congress (@AITCofficial) June 10, 2019 BJP in the state took to twitter and blamed the TMC workers for the murder of Anil Singh, a BJP worker from Englishbazar, on Wednesday, June 12,  just hours before the march.Anil Singh, another BJP worker from Englishbazar, Malda was brutally murdered and burnt by @mamataofficial’s goons. He was missing from last few days. Why are the chest thumping liberals of ‘award wapasi’ fame silent now? Is it because West Bengal is not ruled by the BJP, yet? pic.twitter.com/WN3Ajhuxb4— BJP Bengal (@BJP4Bengal) June 12, 2019The state had seen violence in the run up to the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections as well. West Bengal Governor, Keshari Nath Tripathi, also expressed concern after the violence North 24 Parganas district, on June 8. “Governor Tripathi is sad at unfortunate loss of lives and properties of citizens. Extends his heartfelt sympathy for families of deceased. Appeals to all to see to it that no violent incidents take place, and peace and harmony prevail in state,” the governor’s press secretary said. West Bengal BJP leader Mukul Roy wrote to the Union Home Minister Amit Shah on June 11, claiming that there has been a “complete breakdown of state machinery and if steps are not taken urgently to contain the situation, the same will go out of hands.”West Bengal: BJP leader Mukul Roy writes to Home Minister Amit Shah in response to the letter TMC wrote to HM on June 9; states,’There has been a complete breakdown of state machinery and if steps are not taken urgently to contain the situation, the same will go out of hands.’ pic.twitter.com/2tCLcTJOCl— ANI (@ANI) June 11, 2019center_img Kolkata Police resorted to teargas shelling and used water cannons to disperse the mob.TwitterThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers were lathi-charged and tear-gassed by the Kolkata Police on Wednesday, June 12, during a rally conducted to protest against the killing of its party workers in the state. “Several BJP workers including state general secretary Raja Banerjee were injured in the lathi-charge,” the official Twitter handle of BJP in Bengal tweeted. Close to one lakh people were expected to take part in the march held by the BJP in West Bengal, which called for the arrest of the killers of BJP workers and demanded maximum punishment for them. The march, which began at central Kolkata’s Subodh Mullick Square, was supposed to conclude at the Kolkata Police Headquarters in Lalbazar. The state has seen numerous instances of political violence in the days after the Lok Sabha election of 2019. Both the Trinamool Congress and BJP have blamed each other for the political killings of party workers and stoking political unrest. TwitterEvents that led to the present situation in the state:Ahead of the seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha 2019 elections, Amit Shah held a roadshow in West Bengal on May 14, during which a violent clash broke out between the TMC and BJP workers. The Vidyasagar college was ransacked and the statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was vandalised. “Today, the way BJP’s roadshow got a response in Kolkata, with almost every citizen attending it, TMC’s goons were frustrated and so attacked it. I would like to congratulate the BJP workers as even after such chaos the roadshow continued and concluded at the planned place and time,” Amit Shah had said, after the incident. Amit Shah had also accused the TMC of creating an atmosphere of violence in West Bengal. Speaking at a press conference at the BJP headquarter in Delhi, Shah said: “In the last six phases, only Bengal has witnessed violence. Mamata Banerjee claims that BJP is behind the violence [in Bengal]. I want to tell her you are fighting on just 42 seats. We are fighting across the country. We are pitted against everyone but there has been no violence elsewhere.” Responding to Shah’s comments, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that she will give a befitting reply to the BJP hooligans who vandalised Vidyasagar college. Sharing videos of the incident on Twitter, TMC leader Derek O’Brien also said: “Desperate BJP goons from outside Bengal smash a statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar inside the college. Violent mob of BJP ‘outsiders’ in presence of Pukeworthy Shah. How little you know about Bengal, its rich history, its culture. Bengal will never forgive for what you did today.” Tensions between BJP and the ruling TMC only increased after BJP managed to secure 18 out of the total 42 seats in the LS polls. The Trinamool Congress had to settle with 22 seats while the Congress party won two seats in the state. CM Mamata Banerjee also imposed a ban on victory processions of the BJP earlier this month, stating that they were triggering violence across Bengal, and instructed the police to take “strong action against BJP leaders if they try to create trouble”. The BJP, however, had reportedly vowed to defy the ban on its political programmes, including victory processions. The BJP in the state observed a “black day” across the state on June 10 to protest against the killings of its workers. Further clashes had broken out during the day when police allegedly stopped BJP workers from taking away the bodies of the slain party workers. Instances of continuing tension in the state:    A Bharatiya Janata Party worker in West Bengal was killed while putting up the party’s flags in Burdwan district on May 30.Two Trinamool Congress workers were killed in two separate incidents in West Bengal, on June 4 and 5. TMC supporters blamed BJP for both the killings. BJP MP from Cooch Behar refuted the claims made by TMC workers and said that the killings took place because of personal issues.Three BJP workers and a TMC worker were killed in a clash that broke out over removing party flags in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district, on June 8. The BJP carried out a bandh, blocked roads and held protests across the state afterwards.The Home Ministry issued an advisory on June 9, stating that the Centre had viewed the current situation in West Bengal with “deep concern.” “The centre has expressed deep concern over continuing violence in West Bengal even after conclusion of General Elections and issued an advisory to the State Government,” a senior home ministry official reportedly said.West Bengal government called the instances of violence “stray post-poll clashes” and said that “firm and appropriate actions” were initiated in all cases of violence in a letter addressed to the Union Home Ministry on June 9. “The situation is under control and it may not be construed under any circumstance to be a failure on the part of the law enforcement machinery of the State to maintain the rule of law and impure confidence among the people,” the letter said.Families of victims of post-poll violence to be offered compensation: Bangla CMরাজনৈতিক হিংসায় সকল নিহতদের পরিবারকে ক্ষতিপূরণ দেওয়া হবে: মুখ্যমন্ত্রীRead More >> https://t.co/UMJXbVBPnF pic.twitter.com/1KdZk6fZgk— All India Trinamool Congress (@AITCofficial) June 11, 2019last_img read more

first_img1965 Ashton martin DB5 outfitted with hidden weaponry and cutting-edge spy technology by fictional weapons mastermind Q.RM Sotheby’sA fully updated version of the Aston Martin DB5, also known as one of the most iconic-pop culture specimens for being the vehicle James Bond drives in the 1964 movie “Goldfinger”, is going to be auctioned by RM Sotheby.The car, which is the only remaining out of the four that were made exclusively for the film by Aston Martin, will be auctioned by RM in Monterey in August. It is expected to fetch between $4 million and $6 million.Described as “the most famous car in the world”, the car is introduced as one that is outfitted with hidden weaponry and cutting-edge spy technology by fictional weapons mastermind Q in the film.RM revealed that the car will be equipped with 13 fully functional Bond modifications including:Fender-mounted Browning .30-caliber machine guns RM Sotheby’sWheel-hub-mounted tire slashers RM Sotheby’sOil-slick and smoke-screen dispensers RM Sotheby’sCaltrop dispenser RM Sotheby’sRevolving license plates RM Sotheby’sEjector seat system RM Sotheby’sRising rear bulletproof screen RM Sotheby’sRadar-tracking GPS system RM Sotheby’sCentre-console defence-mechanism controls RM Sotheby’sOriginally only two were used in the making of Goldfinger. The car that was equipped with the special ‘effects’ including the gadgets was stolen from a hangar in Florida in 1997 and never recovered, reported TopGear.However, this Bond car “Chassis 2008/R was one of the two built with Bond gadgetry was last used in promotions for the fourth movie in the James Bond series, “Thunderball.”EON Productions had previously bought the car for promotions and then put it on sale in 1969. Initially bought by British multinational corporation, JCB’s Lord Bamford, it was later resold to BH Atchley, who put it on display in his Smokey Mountain Car Museum in Tennessee for the next 35-years.The car was restored by official Aston Martin heritage specialists Roos Engineering in Switzerland, according to Sotheby’s, with all Stears-designed Bond modifications refurbished to function as originally intended.In 2018, EON and Aston Martin announced that they will be making would build 25 new Bond DB5.last_img read more

first_imgDeepika Padukone (left); Kangana RanautVarinder ChawlaDeepika Padukone may very well replace Kangana Ranaut in Anurag Basu’s next movie Imali.The director recently revealed that Kangana has opted out of the project, and now he is keen to have Deepika on board for the film. Basu said that although Kangana was game for Imali, things could not work out due to date issues.”We were supposed to start in November but we couldn’t because she got busy with ‘Manikarnika’ and ‘Panga’. Even I got busy with my other film. She wanted to be in good space and time to do this film but things did not work out,” DNA quoted Basu as saying.When questioned about rumours of Deepika replacing Kangana for the role, the director said that he has approached her but nothing has been finalised.”I cannot confirm until she (Deepika) confirms anything. I did meet her. She has to confirm it to me and then we can confirm it to others,” he told the publication.Both Deepika and Kangana have an interesting line-up of movies. She has been busy shooting for much-awaited film Chhapaak that will present her as an acid-attack survivor. It is being directed by Meghna Gulzar. Next, she will be seen as Ranveer Singh’s onscreen wife in 83, which is based on India’s first World Cup victory.On the other side, after the success of Manikarnika, Kangana has been shooting for Mental Hai Kya that also features Rajkummar Rao. She has another interesting film Panga, which is based on the sport of Kabaddi.last_img read more

first_imgOPEC and non-OPEC producers on Saturday reached their first deal since 2001 to curtail oil output jointly and ease a global glut after more than two years of low prices that overstretched many budgets and spurred unrest in some countries.With the deal finally signed after almost a year of arguing within the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and mistrust in the willingness of non-OPEC Russia to play ball, the market’s focus will now switch to compliance with the agreement.OPEC has a long history of cheating on output quotas. The fact that Nigeria and Libya were exempt from the deal due to production-denting civil strife will further pressure OPEC leader Saudi Arabia to shoulder the bulk of supply reductions.Russia, which 15 years ago failed to deliver on promises to cut in tandem with OPEC, is expected to perform real output reductions this time. But analysts question whether many other non-OPEC producers are attempting to present a natural decline in output as their contribution to the deal.”This agreement cements and prepares us for long-term cooperation,” Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih told reporters after the meeting, calling the deal “historic”.Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told the same news conference: “Today’s deal will speed up the oil market stabilisation, reduce volatility, attract new investments.”Last week, OPEC agreed to slash output by 1.2 million barrels per day from Jan. 1, with top exporter Saudi Arabia cutting as much as 486,000 bpd. Falih said on Saturday that Riyadh may cut even deeper.On Saturday, producers from outside the 13-country group agreed to reduce output by 558,000 bpd, short of the initial target of 600,000 bpd but still the largest contribution by non-OPEC ever.Of that, Russia will cut 300,000 bpd, Novak said. He added it would be gradual and by the end of March Russia would be producing 200,000 bpd less than its October 2016 level of 11.247 million bpd – Russia’s highest production estimate so far.Russian output would fall to 10.947 million bpd after six months, Novak said.”They are all enjoying higher prices and compliance tends to be good in the early stages. But then as prices continue to rise, compliance will erode,” said veteran OPEC watcher and founder of Pira Energy consultancy Gary Ross.Amrita Sen from consultancy Energy Aspects said: “Compared to two months ago when the prospects of a deal were fading rapidly, this is a huge turnaround. Sceptics will argue about compliance but the symbolism in itself cannot be understated.”Ross added that OPEC would target an oil price of $60 per barrel as anything above that could encourage rival production.TWO YEARS OF PAINOil prices have more than halved in the past two years after Saudi Arabia raised output steeply in an attempt to drive higher-cost producers such as U.S. shale firms out of the market.The plunge in oil to below $50 per barrel – and sometimes even below $30 – from as high as $115 in mid-2014 has helped reduce growth in U.S. shale output.But it also hit the revenues of oil-dependent economies including Saudi Arabia and Russia, prompting the two largest exporters of crude to start their first oil cooperation talks in 15 years.In April in Doha, an attempt to clinch a deal collapsed. Novak said talks between OPEC and non-OPEC had been rescued after Saudi Arabia replaced veteran oil minister Ali al-Naimi with Falih, who “had fresh views and ideas”.Apart from Russia, the talks on Saturday were attended by or had comments or commitments sent from non-OPEC members Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brunei, Equatorial Guinea, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Oman, Sudan and South Sudan.Novak said OPEC and the non-OPEC countries at the meeting were responsible for 55 percent of global output. Their joint reduction of around 1.8 million bpd would account for about 2 percent of global oil supply.Many non-OPEC countries such as Mexico and Azerbaijan face a natural drop in oil production and some analysts expressed doubts those declines should be counted as cuts.Oman said it would cut output by 45,000 bpd and Kazakhstan said it would try to reduce by 20,000 bpd next year.”While a lot of the countries are formalising natural declines, cuts by Russia, Kazakhstan and Oman are real. Russia and Kazakhstan were between them expected to add 400,000 bpd to production next year,” Sen of Energy Aspects said.last_img read more

first_img SBI website The State Bank of India headquarters in Mumbai, March 14, 2016.Reuters fileState Bank of India (SBI) has slashed interest rates on home loans effective from January 1, 2017, after reducing the marginal cost of lending rate (MCLR) by a steep 90 basis points to 8 percent. The decision follows deposit surge after demonetisation, making the cost of funds cheaper for banks.The reduction in home loans varies for gender (lower for women) and amount. Home loans are linked to one-year MCLR and therefore new home loan borrowers can be assured of the rate for at least 12 months.Read: Realty stocks slide over possible crackdown on illegal propertiesWomenIn the floating rate category, the interest rate for loans up to Rs 75 lakh is 8.60 percent per annum, while for loans above that limit, it will be 8.65 percent.OthersIn the floating rate category, the interest rate for loans up to Rs 75 lakh is 8.65 percent per annum, while for loans above that limit, it will be 8.70 percent.The rates go up for both categories of borrowers under the bank’s Home Loan (Max Gain) Floating Rate option.Other lenders, both in the private and the public sector, are expected to announce similar reduction given the changed dynamics of deposit-credit triggered by demonetisation in November last year.”We are flush with funds and credit offtake is nil. The expectation is that it will help us in increasing the loan portfolio because, otherwise, a lot of money is going into treasuries, low-yielding instruments. As a result, if the credit offtake improves, the impact will be neutralised,” Rajnish Kumar, managing director, SBI, told BloombergQuint.The fall in lending rates is more than what was expected, according to brokerage house Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd. “PSU Banks like SBI and PNB announced a cut in lending rates. Overall interest rates were expected to move lower but the cuts seem sharper than expected,” it said in a note on Monday.Interest subvention announced by PM ModiIn his address to the nation on December 31, 2016, after the end of the 50-day deadline for returning the banned denominations (relaxed for certain categories), Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced interest subvention for home loan borrowers to spur affordable housing.”Two new middle income categories have been created under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana in urban areas. Loans of up to 9 lakh rupees taken in 2017, will receive interest subvention of 4 per cent. Loans of up to 12 lakh rupees taken in 2017, will receive interest subvention of 3 per cent.”In addition to this, another scheme is being put in place for the neo middle and middle class in rural areas. Loans of up to 2 lakh rupees taken in 2017, for new housing, or extension of housing in rural areas, will receive an interest subvention of 3 per cent,” he declared.last_img read more

first_imgIndia beat PakistanReutersFormer Pakistani cricketer Sikander Bakht stated that India may intentionally lose in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on June 30 at Edgbaston so that Pakistan do not qualify for the semi-finals. This statement of the former cricket comes after the statement of another former Pakistani cricketer Basit Ali who stated the same and came out with a conspiracy theory.Bakht, who played 26 Tests and 27 ODIs for Pakistan stated that the Men in Blue will start loosing after they have sealed the semi-final berth so that Pakistan cannot get through.Basit Ali earlier had also claimed that India do not want Pakistan in the semi-finals so they will lose their matches against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.A video shared by Pakistan journalist Saj Sadiq featuring Bakht in a Pakistan news channel had him saying, ” If India are already through, they will in their final match allow the opponents to win to ensure that Pakistan are knocked-out.”Former Pakistan bowler Sikander Bakht “If India are already through, they will in their final match allow the opponents to win to ensure that Pakistan are knocked-out” #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/LNrwGgsrTo— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 28, 2019India defeated arch-rival Pakistan by 89 runs (DLS method) in a rain-hit encounter in Manchester. The most awaited match became a one-sided affair as the Indian team did not let Pakistan get into the game. Indian opener Rohit Sharma scored yet another ton in the tournament. He scored 140 runs and was supported by Virat Kohli and KL Rahul. India are on the verge of qualification after beating West Indies in their last fixture. They will face England, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka next. The Virat Kohli led squad need to win a match to secure qualification. The Men in Blue are placed second on the table with 11 points.On the other hand, Pakistan have an uphill task in their hands. They are placed sixth on the table with seven points from seven games. They have to beat Afghanistan and Bangladesh to qualify for the next stage. At the same time they need other results to favour them especially they will want India to beat England, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.last_img read more

first_imgA Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) sign is pictured outside its restaurant in Paramus, New Jersey.ReutersKFC is all set to debut a new sandwich – The Zinger – and has spent nearly $80 million to ideate and create the sandwich. The Zinger is said to be the first fried chicken sandwich made by hand, every day, in KFC’s kitchen.The sandwich was first introduced in Trinidad and Tobago and has been a hit with KFC patrons ever since. The chicken in the sandwich is marinated in a cayenne pepper sauce, breaded in different herbs and spices, and fried.Sounds pretty simple right? So you must be wondering what KFC spent $80 million on. “We have been actually working on this for two years, we spent $80 million dollars upgrading our back house equipment and we spent the last six months re-training all of our staff on how to make a fried chicken sandwich fast, because ultimately at lunch, we have to win on speed,” Kevin Hochman, president and chief concept officer for KFC US told FOX Business.Hochman also explained that the chicken used in the sandwich is 100 percent “real” without any antibiotics and will also be free of hormones, food dyes, as well as steroids.When Business Insider asked Hochman how the Zinger was different from what McDonald’s and Burger King have on their menus, he said that the key was frying the chicken in-store, something neither of its competitors do.”The one thing they all have in common is they’re all made in a central factory, they’re frozen, and then they’re refried at stores,” Hochman noted.”You can come to KFC and get a hand-breaded Zinger and a $5 fill up — that is just unbelievable value and a vastly superior sandwich,” he added. “Compared to a factory breaded sandwich, it will always be crunchier, more flavorful, more juicy.”KFC will also reveal a colonel that will represent the Zinger and plans to come up with fun and innovative marketing strategies to make sure the sandwich is a success.The brand new Zinger sandwich goes on sale across the United States on April 24.Meanwhile, KFC seems to be going all out to rival other brands such as Wendy’s, McDonald’s and Burger King, to name a few. In early February, the brand launched Chizza, which technically is a pizza on a fried chicken base. The Chizza was touted as “all chicken and no crust” and KFC even released a video on how it was made. Take a look.last_img read more

first_imgThey may have parted on a bad note but Salman Khan and Sangeeta Bijlani continue to be good friends. A picture of Salman Khan, Mohnish Bahl, Aarti Bahl, Iulia Vantur and Sangeeta Bijlani has been doing the rounds on social media.As per reports, Salman Khan had hosted a hush-hush birthday party for former girlfriend Sangeeta Bijlani. Mohnish Bahl’s wife, Aarti shared a picture from the event on her Instagram handle and since then the picture has received massive comments and likes.Former Indian captain Mohd Azharuddin and his love-life with model-turned-actress Sangeeta Bijlani remained under the spotlight for a very long time. The fact that Sangeeta Bijlani had left superstar Salman Khan and was finding solace in the cricketer was too much for many to digest. It was reported that after dating for a long period, Sangeeta Bijlani and Salman Khan were all set to tie the knot in 1994 but owing to his adultery and non-committal attitude, Sangeeta called off the wedding a few days before the function.As per a report in India.com, Sangeeta had caught Salman Khan red-handed with Somy Ali. Not willing to listen to any of the convincing, Bijlani called off the wedding with a heavy heart. It was during the same phase that Sangeeta Bijlani and Mohd Azharuddin came together for an ad shoot. While Sangeeta had been told that Azhar is a man of very few words, when they met, something in them triggered and the duo got along like a house on fire.Despite having parted ways under not-so-amicable circumstances, the duo continues to remain on cordial terms. While Sangeeta is a constant fixture at all the events by Salman Khan and family, same is the case for Salman Khan when it comes to events hosted by Sangeeta.last_img read more