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What a goal! Maharashtra yoga teacher to marry Danish woman football star
The duo met in Denmark when he was pursuing his doctoral studies and research at Roskilde University, in Trekroner, in 2011
 
Traditional Buddhist-Maharashtrian wedding preparations are under way at a small household in Manmad, a bustling city around 200 km north of Mumbai. In the wintry chill, the Alinje family here is preparing to warmly welcome Cecilie Vedel Pedersen, a former Danish football international who has turned out for the national women’s team, as the wife of their eldest son, Dr. Rahul Alinje.
 
Scheduled for Sunday (December 20), the wedding excitement and the thrill of having a "star foreign bahu" in their midst have gone viral in the entire Gaekwad Nagar neighbourhood of this city and in entire Nashik district.
 
"We are a Buddhist family, but we love the Maharashtrian traditions and so we shall get married in Buddhist ceremonies, with Cecilie sporting a Marathi 'nav-wari sari' (a nine-yard sari, unique to this state)," a somewhat diffident Rahul told IANS in the midst of the last-minute wedding preparations.
 
The duo met in Denmark when he was pursuing his doctoral studies and research at Roskilde University, in Trekroner, in 2011.
 
"Simultaneously, I was teaching yoga to the locals there. I was introduced to Cecilie by a common friend and she even attended my classes. We got to know each other well since then," Rahul, 34, added.
 
A few years ago, Cecilie, 32, was injured while playing football and stopped playing the game. A forward, she had represented Denmark at the international level and in the 2007 women's World Cup.
 
Incidentally, after completing his BA from a college affiliated to Pune's Savitribai Phule University, Rahul pursued his higher education in Denmark since several years and learnt Yoga on his own there.
 
Acclaimed as a "yoga guru", along with the Indian embassy, he took the lead in celebrating the first International Yoga Day in Copenhagen on January 21 with a large number of Danes participating.
 
Through long walks and discussions on yoga, their friendship soon blossomed into love and one fine day in Denmark, when Rahul finally proposed to her, Cecilie shyly responded with a "Ja" (Yes)!
 
Well, the goal was set for the yoga-loving duo and they decided to marry and settle down in life.
 
For Rahul's parents, father Walmik, a fitter in the railways, and mother Suman, who did odd jobs to support the family, the news surprised and pleased them.
 
"We are followers of Buddhism which teaches us to accept everybody into our fold. My family very happily agreed to our desire to get married," Rahul said.
 
Though Cecilie had visited Rahul's home in the past as a friend and even tried her hand at making 'chapatis', a few days ago she was welcomed as the demure, prospective bride and subjected to royal treatment, pampering and love that any Indian bride gets.
 
Unable to communicate in Marathi, Cecilie makes up with sign language with the Alinjes, including Rahul's sister, Sharda, and cousin Nitin Pagare and is rewarded with helpful tips on Indian culture, customs and cuisine from them.
 
This week, the pre-wedding ceremonies are under way full-scale and she has been seen sporting traditional Marathi attire, jewellery and dutifully attending all the ceremonies.
 
The family is besieged with scores of curious visitors daily, besides the paparazzi, to catch a glimpse of the Danish celebrity who will soon be Manmad's "bahu".
 
Cecilie's parents - her father is a Hollywood director - have come to attend the wedding in Manmad, though her sister could not come due to other commitments.
 
However, Rahul and Cecilie have not yet made up their mind on whether to settle after marriage in Manmad or in Denmark.
 
"That we shall decide later. I am in the process of getting a job as a professor in a university in Denmark. Cecilie also plans to become a teacher and we shall both also impart yoga training," Rahul mused.
 
If his parents agree to shift to Denmark then the couple will settle there, "though we are both agreeable to settling down even in Manmad, if required".
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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India 97th on Forbes best countries for business list
India has been ranked 97th, three notches below China, in Forbes annual ranking of the best countries for business with Denmark topping the list for the sixth time in ten years.
 
European countries represent two-thirds of the top 25 with the US sliding four spots to No. 22, continuing a six-year descent since 2009 when the US ranked second overall.
 
Denmark ranked in the top 20 in all but one of the 11 metrics used by Forbes to gauge the Best Countries for Business. It finished 28th for red tape.
 
New Zealand moved up one spot to No. 2 (it ranked first in 2012). Rounding out the top five are Norway, Ireland and Sweden.
 
While the US fell in Forbes ranking, the world's next four biggest economies all improved their overall standing. Britain and Japan both moved up three spots to No. 10 and No. 23 respectively.
 
Germany improved two places to No. 18. China rose from No. 97 to No. 94.
 
India is developing into an open-market economy, yet traces of its past autarkic policies remain, Forbes said.
 
India's rankings on the 11 metrics were: Trade Freedom 125, Monetary Freedom 139, Property Rights 61, Innovation 41, Technology 120, Red Tape 123, Investor Protection 8, Corruption 77, Personal Freedom 57, Tax Burden 121 and Market Performance 65.
 
India's growth in 2014 fell to a decade low, as India's economic leaders struggled to improve the country's wide fiscal and current account deficits, the business magazine noted.
 
Rising macroeconomic imbalances in India, and improving economic conditions in Western countries led investors to shift capital away from India, prompting a sharp depreciation of the rupee, Forbes noted.
 
However, investors' perceptions of India improved in early 2014, due to a reduction of the current account deficit and expectations of post-election economic reform, resulting in a surge of inbound capital flows and stabilization of the rupee.
 
The outlook for India's long-term growth is moderately positive due to a young population and corresponding low dependency ratio, healthy savings and investment rates, and increasing integration into the global economy, Forbes said.
 
However, India has many challenges that it has yet to fully address, including poverty, corruption, violence and discrimination against women and girls, an inefficient power generation and distribution system and ineffective enforcement of intellectual property rights, it said.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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Nifty, Sensex continue to be bullish – Thursday closing report

Nifty will stay in an uptrend as long as it closes above 7,735

 

We had mentioned in Wednesday’s closing report that Nifty, Sensex are on course to head higher and that while the market will be volatile on Thursday following the US Fed decision on Wednesday, if Nifty stays above 7,650, the rally would continue. There was a sharp rally in all the major indices in the stock market and gains were more than 1%. The trends of the major indices during Thursday’s trading are given in the table below:

 
Bargain hunting, coupled with a dovish US Fed's monetary outlook and broad-based buying propelled Indian equity markets on Thursday. Initially, both the bellwether indices of the Indian equity markets opened on a positive note in sync with their Asian peers, as suspense cleared on the US Federal Reserve's move on a rate hike. Investors breathed a sigh of relief as the US Fed's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) raised key interest rates by only 25 basis points. The interest rate rise was widely expected and factored-in by investors. A higher rate hike would have led to massive pull-back of foreign funds from emerging economies like India. In addition, a dovish outlook by the US Fed, which said that it will maintain an accommodative stand, soothed investors' nerves. Besides rate hike, the FOMC projected an improved US economic outlook, lower unemployment and stable inflation. This was a major positive trigger for Indian markets, as US is India's key exports market. However, both the key indices ceded their initial gains during the mid-afternoon session, as profit bookings subdued markets. The rally at the time of market close showed gains of around 1% in the major indices.
 
The government is mulling waiting till the budget session of parliament to secure passage for the Goods and Services Tax Bill, a highly placed source said on Wednesday. The government is expecting improved numbers in the Rajya Sabha in April 2016 since a number of Congress members are retiring in March and April next year. In March, five nominated members of the upper house are retiring. The BJP-led government will get to nominate new members. "Instead of getting the bill passed now with compromises, we can get it passed in April 2016," the source said. The Congress is adamant on at least three changes in the GST Bill to enable its passage in the Rajya Sabha. "If not in April, the GST can be implemented in May, June or July... it will be a matter of delay of a few months only," the source added. According to government sources, all parties, except the Congress and AIADMK, are supporting the GST Bill at present. The government is in a minority in the Rajya Sabha. The bill was sent to a select committee of the upper house, and a report is with the house now.
 
The top gainers and top losers of the major indices are given in the table below:
 
The closing values of the major Asian indices are given in the table below:
 

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