• Egypt Independent

    Beyonce, Bollywood, Hillary as India's richest daughter weds

    Topping anything in hit film “Crazy Rich Asians”, the only daughter of India’s richest man ties the knot Wednesday after days of lavish celebrations that included a Beyonce concert in a lakeside palace. Isha Ambani, whose father is tycoon Mukesh Ambani, was set to wed Anand Piramal, son of Indian billionaire industrialist Ajay Piramal, in the Ambanis’ 27-storey home in Mumbai. Days of pre-wedding festivities at a sprawling palace in Udaipur in the desert state of Rajasthan included a concert by Beyonce, purportedly the bride’s favorite singer. Attendees included Hillary Clinton, former US Secretary of State John Kerry and dozens of Bollywood stars including Salman Khan and Aamir Khan as well

  • Arab News

    Doha Bank to cut construction exposure

    MUMBAI: Ex-finance ministry official Shaktikanta Das took charge of the Reserve Bank of India on Tuesday, in a swift appointment expected to ease a dispute with the government as it pushes for looser credit rules ahead of a general election. The announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration came just a day after Urjit Patel resigned from the post, following months of clashes between the two institutions over lending curbs and how to deploy the central bank’s surplus reserves. Pressure on the RBI to take immediate steps to boost the economy, including a transfer of the excess reserves to the government, could well rise after Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) suffered likely election losses in three key states on Tuesday.

  • Egypt Independent

    First Egyptian host with Down's Syndrome starts Tuesday on DMC

    Rahma Khaled, a 22-year-old swimmer and Paralympic gold medalist with Down’s Syndrome expressed happiness over signing a contract with DMC channel to host a program dubbed “8 AM” starting Tuesday. “I am flying with joy. I cannot believe that my dream since I was 8 years old will come true,” Khaled told Al-Watan newspaper, in her first comment on the contract. She added that DMC officials had put her under test cameras since January, expressing admiration for her performance and her desire to learn. They decided to provide training for her to develop her skills to reach a professional level, Khaled said. Film producer Hisham Suleiman, head of the DMC, announced one week ago that Khaled would broadcast

  • Al Jazeera

    Is the GCC dead?

    Last year, the emir of Qatar was the only head of state, besides the host, to attend the GCC summit in Kuwait. In response, this week Qatar sent a low-level delegation to the Riyadh summit. It was yet another clear indication that the Gulf crisis is unlikely to be resolved anytime soon. Over the past 18 months, it has become increasingly clear that GCC members have developed diverging interests, foreign policy options, and threat perceptions, which have seriously undermined the organisation's raison d'etre. Threat perception In 1981, Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the late ruler and brother of the current emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, suggested the establishment of a collective

  • english.alarabiya.net

    IN PICTURES: Serene valleys of Saudi Arabia, a treat to the eye

    Several valleys have formed south of Saudi Arabia, running through plains and mountains, with lots of greenery on its banks and clear water flowing through them. Last Update: Tuesday, 11 December 2018 KSA 14:06 - GMT 11:06

  • CNN Style

    Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, honors wedding dress designer in surprise awards appearance

    Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, surprised guests at the British Fashion Awards Monday night, as she made an unexpected appearance to honor her wedding dress designer, Clare Waight Keller. After praising the fashion industry in her "new home of the UK," she named Keller, Givenchy's artistic director, as British Womenswear Designer of the Year. Actress Rosamund Pike was initially scheduled to present the award. But after reading out the finalists, she welcomed a "special guest" to join her. Markle then appeared in a black one-shoulder Givenchy dress to rapturous applause from the star-studded London audience. She described Keller as a "British designer leading on the global stage with vision and

  • Arabian Business

    India's rupee, stocks down as central bank chief quits

    India's rupee plunged along with equities on Tuesday after the country's central bank chief quit following a dispute with the government that analysts say raises fears about its independence. Urjit Patel stood down as governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Monday evening following months of tensions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government over interference in policy. Patel cited "personal reasons" for his decision but experts and media reports have said he was annoyed by New Delhi's repeated efforts to impose its influence. The rupee sank more than one percent to 72.19 to the dollar, with speculation swirling that an RBI intervention kept it from falling further, while the benchmark