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Priyanka second most searched celeb in Oscar searches: Google
New Delhi : While India made it to the top 10 markets for searches related to the 88th Academy Awards held in Los Angeles on Sunday, it was actor Priyanka Chopra who was the second most searched celebrity in India after Hollywood actor Leonardo Dicaprio, internet search giant Google said on Monday.
 
India although contributing about two percent of the global searches for the Oscars, still made it to the top 10 markets for Oscar searches, the company said in a statement.
 
As much as 50 percent of all Oscar searches worldwide originated from the US. 
 
Markets that made up to the next 30 percent of the search share included Britain, Canada, Australia and Spain. 
 
"Compared to 2015, this year has seen an unprecedented 70 percent year-on-year growth in queries for the Oscars. January 2016 saw two times spike in searches in comparison to December 2015," the company said in a statement.
 
The top searches for Oscars 2016 from India included best picture, best actor, best actress and best director, Google said.
 
The top searched nominees in the best picture category were "The Revenant", "Mad Max: Fury Road", "The Martian", "Room", "Bridge of Spies", "Spotlight" and "The Big Short".
 
For Indian fans, Leonardo DiCaprio emerged as the most popular nominee in the race for best actor, followed by Matt Damon (The Martian). 
 
Incidentally, DiCaprio also emerged as the most searched best actor nominee across the US.
 
Among the best actress nominees, Cate Blanchett (Carol) was the most searched nominee followed by Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), Brie Larson (Room), Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) and Charlotte Rampling (45 Years). 
 
In the US, the two best searched nominees in this category were Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Lawrence
 
"In 2016, searches around the Oscars are trending to be the top query worldwide in the art and entertainment category", Google added. 
 
The same trend was seen in India as well. All varieties of queries were typed by the users -- around the awards, award dates and nominations, Google said.
 
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PSEs to divest assets for investing in new projects
New Delhi : The government would encourage the central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) to divest individual assets like land and manufacturing units to release their asset value for investing in new projects, said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley here on Monday.
 
"We will encourage CPSEs to divest individual assets like land, manufacturing units to release their asset value for making investment in new projects," Jaitley said in the Lok Saba, presenting the Union Budget for fiscal 2016-17.
 
Asserting that assets of the enterprises have to be leveraged for generating resources for investment in new projects, Jaitely told lawmakers that a new policy for management of government investments and strategic sale has been approved.
 
The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog will identify the enterprises for strategic sale.
 
The Ayog was set up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015 as the country's new policy think-tank in place of the erstwhile Planning Commission.
 
Declaring that the disinvestment department would be renamed the department of investment and public asset management (Dipam), the minister said a new approach would be adopted for efficient management of investments in the PSEs.
 
"We will also address issues such as capital restructuring, dividend, bonus shares, etc.," Jaitley affirmed in his 100-minute long speech in English while seated.
 
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'The Revenant' bags top honours, 'Mad Max...' shines at Oscars
Los Angeles : "The Revenant" had a golden night by taking home the top honours, including a Best Actor gong for Leonardo DiCaprio and Best Director for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, at the 88th Academy Awards. British filmmaker of Indian origin Asif Kapadia won the golden statuette for "Amy", India's Reliance Entertainment-backed "Bridge Of Spies" won one award and Indian actress Priyanka Chopra took to the stage as a presenter.
 
"Spotlight" was named the Best Film at the glitzy Sunday night gala, where "Mad Max: Fury Road" dominated the technical categories.
 
DiCaprio, who had been nominated for the golden statuette four times for his acting earlier, finally broke the jinx this time, and took home his first Academy Award in the Best Actor category for his power-packed performance in "The Revenant". It was also a first for Brie Larson when she won an Oscar in the Best Actress category for her portrayal of a kidnapped girl imprisoned by a psychopath in "Room".
 
George Miller's directorial "Mad Max: Fury Road" won six trophies -- Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup and Hair Styling, Best Production Design and Best Costume Design categories.
 
The Supporting Actor category saw English actor Mark Rylance defeating Sylvester Stallone to win the Academy Award for Steven Spielberg's cold war drama "Bridge of Spies", backed by Indian businessman Anil Ambani-led Reliance Entertainment; and Swedish actress Alicia Vikander won in the same category for women, for her role in "The Danish Girl".
 
The awards ceremony, held at the Dolby Theatre here, was hosted by actor-comedian Chris Rock who tackled the 'lack of diversity' and #OscarsSoWhite controversy, in a light-hearted manner.
 
For India, while Marathi film "Court", the country's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film, did not make it to the final nomination list this year, there were proud moments for the country in abundance.
 
Priyanka Chopra looked stunning in an elegant gown, a creation by Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad. Besides flaunting a perfect red carpet appearance, she exuded confidence as she presented the Oscar in the Best Film Editing category to "Mad Max: Fury Road" along with Hollywood star Liev Schreiber.
 
Also presenting an award at the event was British actor of Indian origin Dev Patel, while London-based filmmaker of Indian origin Asif Kapadia bagged the Best Documentary Feature Oscar for "Amy", based on the life of late singer Amy Winehouse.
 
However, Indian-American Pixar artist Sanjay Patel's animated short "Sanjay's Super Team", which tells the story of an immigrant community and "a family of colour", lost the Oscar to Chilean film "Bear Story".
 
Also, Indian-born British actor Saeed Jaffrey was remembered in the annual "In Memoriam" montage, along with Alan Rickman, David Bowie and Leonard Nimoy.
 
For Pakistan, it was time for celebrations as filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy won the Oscar for Best Documentary-Short Subject for her project based on honour killing titled "A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness". It is her second Oscar win.
 
The night of the glitz and glamour would have been incomplete without soulful music. Sam Smith performed Oscar winning song "Writing's on the Wall" from the James Bond movie "Spectre", The Weeknd getting on the stage to perform Oscar nominated song "Earned it" from "Fifty Shades of Grey" and Lady Gaga calling for an end to rape culture with a rendition of her "Till it happens to you".
 
Other star presenters at the Oscars included Julianne Moore, Reese Witherspoon, Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett.
 
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