United Kingdom: UK’s SFO ends probe in to De La Rue’s South Sudan dealings

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United Kingdom: UK’s SFO ends probe in to De La Rue’s South Sudan dealings
Jun 17, 2020 06:00 pm
Banknote printer De La Rue said on Tuesday Britain’s Serious Fraud Office had closed a year-long investigation into “suspected corruption” in the company’s business conduct in South Sudan with no further action. Shares in the company, which holds the contract to design and print the Bank of England’s new polymer
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France: Verdict in French graft trial of Bashar al-Assad’s uncle
Jun 17, 2020 05:30 pm
A Paris court will give its verdict Wednesday in a trial on money laundering charges for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s uncle, who amassed a fortune in France over several decades. Rifaat al-Assad, 82, may not be in the dock for judgement, having been hospitalised last December during his trial with
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Spain: Fines, short jail terms for four ex-ICBC Spain employees in laundering case
Jun 17, 2020 05:00 pm
Four ex-employees and executives of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China’s (ICBC) Madrid branch reached a plea deal with Spanish prosecutors in a money-laundering case and accepted prison terms of between three and five months. The prosecutor’s office said on Tuesday the accused also agreed to pay a fine
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China: China’s Former Top Insurance Regulator Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for Bribery
Jun 17, 2020 04:30 pm
Xiang Junbo, a former chairman of the now-defunct China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC), has been sentenced to 11 years behind bars and fined 1.5 million yuan ($211,477) for taking bribes, a court ruled Tuesday. From 2005 to 2017, Xiang accepted bribes worth more than 18.6 million yuan in exchange for
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Armenia: Armenian parliament backs arrest of opposition leader for fraud
Jun 17, 2020 04:00 pm
Armenia’s parliament on Tuesday voted to strip the head of the biggest opposition faction of his parliamentary immunity and allow him to be arrested on suspicion of fraud. Gagik Tsarukyan, leader of the Prosperous Armenia party and one of Armenia’s richest businessmen, has denied any wrongdoing and told the assembly
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Malaysia: Ex-Felda head ordered to enter defence on nine graft charges
Jun 17, 2020 03:30 pm
Malaysia’s High Court has ordered former Umno leader Isa Samad to enter his defence on all but one of the 10 charges against him in relation to the purchase of a hotel six years ago when he was chairman of key government agency Felda. In his judgment, Judge Mohd Nazlan
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Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, early 17th century

Beneficent or kindly.


(Astrology) Relating to or denoting the planets Jupiter and Venus, traditionally considered to have a favorable influence.

Examples of Benefic in a sentence

“Our benefic neighbor is always kind when the children lose their balls in his yard.”

“I don’t usually believe in astrology, but my sister says my horoscope is benefic, and I should expect good things.”

Did you know…

… that today is Amelia Earhart Flight Day? On this day in 1928, Amelia Earhart began the flight that made her the first woman to successfully fly across the Atlantic Ocean. With pilot Wilmer Stultz and copilot/mechanic Louis Gordon, the team departed Trepassey Harbor, Newfoundland, landing at Burry Port, Wales, United Kingdom, exactly 20 hours and 40 minutes later.


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“When you blame others, you give up your power for growth and change.”

— Dr. Robert Anthony


Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, mid-19th century

A small group of people specially trained for a particular purpose or profession.


A group of activists.

Examples of Cadre in a sentence

“The cadre of heart specialists were on call for the transplant procedure.”

“The cadre gathered in front of the statehouse to listen to speakers.”

Did you know…

… that today is Amelia Earhart Flight Day? On this day in 1928, Amelia Earhart began the flight that made her the first woman to successfully fly across the Atlantic Ocean. With pilot Wilmer Stultz and copilot/mechanic Louis Gordon, the team departed Trepassey Harbor, Newfoundland, landing at Burry Port, Wales, United Kingdom, exactly 20 hours and 40 minutes later.



The dominant culture by Seth Godin Newsletter

The dominant culture

One of the great cartoons involves two goldfish in a tank talking to one another. One responds in surprise, “wait, there’s water?”

When we don’t see the water, it’s a sign we’re benefitting from being part of the dominant culture.

And since we’re not fish, we can learn to see the water and figure out how it is affecting us and the people around us.

Visit a country where they don’t speak English and you’ll probably remind yourself all day that you speak English, something you didn’t have to think about last week. You’ll have to work overtime to understand and communicate. Back home, that stress disappears.

Living within a dominant culture means being reminded of this all day, every day.

When media images, policies and corporate standards tell someone that they are an outsider who needs to fit in in non-relevant ways, we’re establishing patterns of inequity and stress. We need to be clear about the job that needs to be done, the utility we’re seeking to create, but not erect irrelevant barriers, especially ones we can’t see without effort.

Good systems are resilient and designed to benefit the people who use them.

If the dominant culture makes it harder for people who don’t match the prevailing irrelevant metrics to contribute and thrive, it’s painful and wasteful and wrong.

It’s becoming more and more clear to me how much ‘water’ there is in the world I live in. Much of it is needless and counterproductive. Unfair, too. It will take an enormous amount of effort and persistence to reduce it. I’m working hard to see it. Because it’s everywhere.


Humorous Signboards in the UK –via WhatsApp Univ.:)

Humorous Signboards in the UK –

A sign in a shoe repair store:
“We will heel you, we will save your sole, we will even dye for you!”

Sign over a Gynaecologist’s Office:
“Dr. George, at your cervix”.

At an Eye Clinic:
“If you don’t see what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place”.

In a Non-smoking Area:
“If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and will take appropriate action”.

On a Maternity Room door:
“Push. Push. Push”.

At a Car Dealership:
“The best way to get back on your feet – miss an EMI”.

At the Electric Company:
“We would be delighted if you send in your payment on time. However, if you don’t, YOU will be de-lighted”.


Sign on the back of a Veolia Tank-Truck (carrying rubbish/sewage):
“Caution – This Truck is full of Promises of Politicians!!”.

Courtesy SPT

First Bosss

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I remember my first formal boas in the  Village branch of a. Nationalised bank,

As Agri. Graduate joining. as Agri Assistant, I did not know Ledger keeping , Debit, Credit also.  He put me on the Savings account counter and taught.  Over few days, I learnt to do Cash book, Contra and weekly Balance sheet every Friday for reporting apart from Loans, account opening documentation etc.

Naturally, I was prone to mistakes.  Simple things like overwriting.  He was a young, Angry, bald-headed, Gujarati Chartered Accountant – my branch Agent.  We were a branch of 4 people, a Cashier, a Daptary/ peon and the. Branch. Agent.

He was hot-headed and would shout at the top of his voice.  He would make me sit balancing books till late hours and I would sleep without dinner (as I could not reach in time to cook my dinner), He would sit patiently in the bank – checking and pointing errors to me.  He would not pay any Overtime for this.  (A natural Gujju who thought this money was going from his own pocket).

He would often say “Mr Parkhe, you can commit any number of mistakes and errors knowingly or unknowingly. I shall point them to you by meticulously, scrupulously checking with a Microscope.  My only expectation is, once told you will not let it RECUR ever again. If you do, You will hear me shout till you become stone deaf !”  My cashier colleague vouched for it.  He had wonderful handwriting – almost pearly letters and while I had won awards in Handwriting contests,  I could not think of using the best in my bookkeeping as I did not wish to make it my career,. I wanted to be a salesperson, a Manager, My Dreams were big.

This learning, which came the hard way, nearly making my semi-deaf at 6000db levels and above – remained with me.  It became a habit.  I always praised Mr U.V. Shroff for this. I never met him in the past 43 years but, I can not forget the wonderful foundation he laid in my 1st job.  Gratitude!

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14. Sustainable Gastronomy Day – 18th June

14. Sustainable Gastronomy Day – 18th June

Sustainable Gastronomy day

This day emphasizes the need to focus the world’s attention on the role that sustainable gastronomy can play.

Content marketing opportunities:   

  • Listicle idea: X Plants you can grow in your backyard
  • Infographic idea: Which foods around the world have the GI tag?
  • Video idea: Why should you opt for local produce?
  • Podcast idea: Here’s how you can ensure no food goes waste

Brand campaign that worked:

This video by CGTN explores the idea of sustainable gastronomy and its place in society.