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Bank employees stage protest against Centre’s decision to merge PSU banks

Bank employees stage protest against Centre’s decision to merge PSU banks

Finance
Chennai: Members of the All India Bank Employees' Association on Saturday staged a protest here against the Centre's decision to merge 10 public sector banks into four entities. Employees of all public and private sector banks wore black badges to work as a mark of protest to the government's decision. The Association's General Secretary, C H Venkatachalam said the government's move was "ill timed" and needs a review. A rally opposing it was also planned by the Association, Venkatachalam told PTI. He alleged the merger of public sector banks would mean closure of six banks. The BJP government at the Centre had on Friday unveiled a mega plan to merge 10 public sector banks into four, to create fewer and stronger global-sized bankers as it looks to revive economic growth. Finance Minister Ni...
Bob Dylan and Neil Young share Hyde Park stage

Bob Dylan and Neil Young share Hyde Park stage

Entertainment
Bob Dylan and Neil Young co-headlined a UK gig for the first time as the sun set over London's Hyde Park on Friday."I've never played in daylight before!" joked Young, who went on stage first, adding "it's great to see everybody."The event, which was originally billed as part of the Barclaycard presents BST series, went ahead as a solo concert without any sponsorship.That's after he refused to perform at a festival bearing the name of what he called "a fossil fuel-funding entity".Neil Young says Hyde Park show will proceed without Barclaycard as sponsorOn site, fans applauded the Canadian's decision to pull rank in order to make an environmental point. One fan told the BBC: "If an old rocker wants to pull his weight and knock som...
Stormzy tears up the stage at Glastonbury

Stormzy tears up the stage at Glastonbury

Entertainment
Stormzy dominated Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage on Friday, with a thrilling, thought-provoking show that cemented his status as Britain's best rapper. Wearing a stab-proof Union Jack vest, he used his set to highlight inequality in the justice system and the arts.In lighter moments, he covered Shape Of You and Sweet Like Chocolate, before wrapping up his set with a celebratory Big For Your Boots."This is the greatest night of my entire life," he told the crowd.The show opened with an introductory video of Jay-Z giving Stormzy advice for his history-making Glastonbury set. The US star explained he could use the moment to change culture, and inspire future generations of black children.Watch Stormzy's set on the BBC's Glastonbury site"Culture moves the world,...
Protester confronts Jeff Bezos on stage

Protester confronts Jeff Bezos on stage

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your device An animal rights activist came within a few feet of Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, on a stage in Las Vegas.Priya Sawhney evaded event security, as well as some of Mr Bezos' personal detail, which costs a reported $ 1.6m (£1.25m) per year. "Jeff, you are the richest man on the planet," Ms Sawhney said, holding a flower. "You can help the animals." Mr Bezos and Jenny Freshwater, another Amazon executive on stage at the time, sat calmly as the woman was removed. "Do you have a response to that?" Mr Bezos quipped after Ms Sawhney had been taken away. Mr Bezos was appearing as part of the firm's Re:Mars conference, where the company has discussed its efforts in ma
Hamilton leads with five wins at What's On Stage Awards

Hamilton leads with five wins at What's On Stage Awards

Entertainment
Hamilton was the biggest winner at the What's On Stage Awards, taking home five prizes on Sunday night.This included best actor in a musical for its star Jamael Westman and best supporting actor in a musical for Jason Pennycooke.Little Shop of Horrors and Heathers the Musical also took home three and two awards each at the London ceremony.The awards are decided by members of the public as opposed to critics.Sophie Okonedo and Aidan Turner won best actress and best actor in a play - Okonedo for Antony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre and Turner for Michael Grandage's production of The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Hamilton, the musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, which tells ...