The loan – which will be operated by the state-run Industrial Development Corporation – will target ‘high value added’ projects in the manufacturing, agro-industry, tourism and mining sectors.The latest loans are part of a €825 package targeting South African projects between 2000 and 2006. Between 1995 and 2000, the bank invested €675 million in the country.
Jason Witten – What has been a physically trying preseason for the Dallas Cowboys got a little better when team doctors informed tight end Jason Witten that he will not need season-ending surgery to repair a lacerated spleen, ESPN reported Wednesday.The bleeding in Witten’s spleen has finally subsided, leading his doctors to believe that it will heal on its own.Witten, who suffered the injury during an Aug. 13 preseason game against the Oakland Raiders, is still aiming to return in time for the Cowboys’ Sept. 5 regular-season opener against New York Giants, but it remains unclear whether he will be ready to play again so soon.A more likely return could be in Week 2, when Dallas plays at Seattle.The news will be welcomed by a team that has been devastated by injuries so far this preseason, particularly throughout its receiving corps. In addition to Witten, Dallas will likely be minus quarterback Tony Romo’s two other top threats in wide receivers Dez Bryant (knee) and Miles Austin (hamstring) until the start of the regular season.Witten, however, is the glue that often keeps the offense together and his loss would have been a major blow to a Dallas team trying to shed its underachieving label of recent years. The nine-year veteran and seven-time Pro Bowl selection is Romo’s unquestioned go-to guy, hauling in 409 passes for 4,824 yards and 21 touchdowns since Romo took over as the starter in 2006.Witten, who is also a key part of the Dallas ground game with his blocking on the edge, has missed just one game in his career because of a fractured jaw he suffered as a rookie in 2003. He’s played through a broken rib, as well as knee and ankle injuries.Witten totaled 79 catches for 942 yards and five touchdowns a year ago, passing Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome as the tight end with the third-most receptions in NFL history.
It was a fashion parade on the second day of the Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter’ 17 – from incredible sarees designed in lustrous tussar silk to kurtas woven from Kuchai – garments created from some of the best organic fabric of Jharkhand were on glorious display as internationally acclaimed designers showcased their work. Madhu Jain, craft revivalist and textile conservationist showcased her specially curated collection at the fashion extravaganza by taking the ‘Ikat weaving craft’ style to another level. Here, she showcased a blend of several cultures that straddles geographies; from Odisha and Andhra Pradesh in India, to Thailand and Uzbekistan. The collection bears her inimitable stamp of exquisite craftsmanship, striking design intervention, and an outstanding colour palette. And the best part? Every single textile innovated by Madhu has been woven in India. Her exquisite collection was introduced with some soul-stirring singing by the mesmerising Raghav Meattle, a Finalist of the wildly popular TV show ‘The Stage.’ Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSome of India’s top fashion designers including Rina Dhaka, Shaina NC, Shruti Sancheti, Divya and Ambika Jain showcased their latest fashion collections designed from Jharkhand’s rich fabrics and handloom at the grand fashion show put together by ‘Jharcraft’. Top models sashayed the ramp displaying the elegant collections with elan as the designers showcased their designs made of Tussar silk, Kuchai silk and other handloom fabrics of Jharkhand.”The treasured hand-loom clusters from remotest tribal belt of Jharkhand inspired me to redefine muted glamour of tribal India. Luminous looms like Tussar, mulberry silk, Eri silk and spun cotton in decadent palette of Sand, Ecru, berry purple, Onyx, Charcoal, Burgundy, Mahogany and Teal are meticulously crafted to create easy separates for the coming festive season,” says Shruti Sancheti. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive’Jharcraft’ (Jharkhand Silk Textile and Handicraft Development Corporation Ltd) conceived the fashion event with an objective to put spotlight on to the exquisite and organic fabrics handcrafted by craftspersons of the state.Union Minister for Textiles, Smriti Irani also paid a visit to the ‘Jharcraft’ pavilion and took a close look at the handloom collection. She also discussed the initiatives being undertaken to help artisans from the state to achieve better market access and improve their livelihood. Tussar Silk, a special silk variety produced in eastern and central India, primarily in Jharkhand, was the special focus of the collection. India is the second largest producer of Tussar silk and the exclusive producer of Indian Tussar (also known as tropical tussar). In recent years, Jharkhand state has emerged as the largest producer of Tussar silk in the country.The artisans producing the silk are largely poor tribals from Jharkhand state. In its quest to improve sources of livelihood for these artisans, ‘Jharcraft’ works to promote their work and take it to national and international platforms. “These silks are a deep manifestation of the tribal arts and crafts of the region and reflect the well-springs of creativity endowed with the ethnic communities of Jharkhand. Recognising it as a source of income, the artisans of the state have in recent years further cultivated and enhanced their skills as well as variety of products. Jharkhand is today the leading producer of Tussar silk which is attracting much attention, especially among the discerning fabric lovers. By associating with such an event and showcasing Tussar silk and garments made of other handlooms of Jharkhand, our attempt is to take ours fabrics and handlooms to international markets,” said K Ravi Kumar, Managing Director, ‘Jharcraft’.