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Indian superstar Rajinikanth tells fans he is entering politics

The film superstar says he will form a party to “change the political system” in Tamil Nadu state.

The Indian wedding that bet on Bitcoin

Prashant Sharma and Niti Shree asked wedding guests to gift them Bitcoin – and many delivered.

Four persons from Mumbai killed in car accident in Pune

A collision between a car and a truck on Mumbai- Bangalore highway claimed four lives, including three members from a Mumbai based family, on Monday morning. The mishap took place near Katraj area. The deceased have been identified as Yashwant Mane (55), Sharada Yashwant Mane (46), Hrishikesh Yashwant Mane (20) and Krushna Surve. Mane family and Surve were all residents of Chunabhatti area of Mumbai. According to Bharti Vidyapeeth police, the Mane family had traveled to Satara to drop their daughter at a college there. After dropping her, the family had started early morning to get back to Mumbai. “Hrishikesh was driving the car and when their car reached near Katraj tunnel in Jambhulwadi area, it rammed into a truck which was traveling ahead of the car. The car was damaged badly and all the four occupants of the car got trapped inside,” a police officer of Bharti Vidyapeeth police station told DNA. A team of Bharti Vidyapeeth police rushed to the spot and by the time they got all the four occupants out of the car, they had lost their lives.

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India leprosy patient’s pension restored after outrage over ID card

The Indian woman could not provide fingerprints or a retina scan to get her new welfare card.

Mumbai: Real Estate sales increase by 19% during the second quarter

Mumbai Metropolitan Region emerged as the leader with 19% increase in sales during the quarter, showed data from Liases Foras Real Estate Rating & Research.Total sales in key markets including Mumbai, National Capital Region (NCR), Bangalore, Pune, Chennai and Hyderabad was 64,781 units during the quarter of July to September, marginally down from 64,881 in the previous quarter.On a QoQ basis, maximum sales growth of 11% took place in the affordable housing segment (properties priced below Rs 25 Lakh). MMR contributed highest sales 28%, in the affordable housing segment with 3,388 units, followed by Ahmedabad at 24% with 2,903 units. Affordable segment contributed to 19 per cent of the overall sales as compared to 17 per cent in the previous quarter.Sales in the cost bracket of 1 crore- 2 crore and Rs. 25 – 50 Lacs decreased by (-8 %) and (-5 %) respectively. The cost bracket of Rs. 25 – 50 Lacs contributed to 36% of total sales.Unsold stock in Tier I cities marginally declined by (-1 %) QoQ. Hyderabad and NCR witnessed a (-5 %) decline followed by Ahmedabad & Bangalore at (-3 per cent). Kolkata and Chennai recorded an increase in unsold stock by 7% and 6% respectively.During the quarter, the weighted average price level in these 8 markets increased 2% from a year ago. Prices in Ahmedabad and Bangalore rose the highest by 2%, while Kolkata and Pune witnessed a decline in price by 2%. Prices in Mumbai and Chennai remained stagnant.
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SC rejects woman’s plea claiming to be Jayalalithaa’s biological daughter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today refused to entertain the plea of a woman who claimed to be the biological daughter of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.A bench of Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta refused to allow her prayer for DNA test to know her parentage as she claimed to have been given in adoption to Jaya’s sister and her husband. Senior Advocate Indira Jaising, who appeared for the woman, also sought cremation of Jayalalithaa as per Hindu rites on the grounds that she was an Iyengar Brahmin. She said there were two witnesses when the child was given for adoption and the petitioner had come to know about her real parentage only when her adopted father was on his death bed.”There is a politically charged-up atmosphere in Tamil Nadu and this case should be transferred outside the state as infighting is going on in the ruling political party,” she said. Jaising said in order to establish her real parentage, DNA test should be allowed to be conducted on the woman as she has the right to know about her biological parents.”In this society, it is very difficult for an unwed mother to keep the child. Therefore (she) was given to Jaya’s sister who resided in Bangalore and there were two eyewitnesses to the incident,” the senior lawyer said. The court, however, said the petitioner is at liberty to approach the high court.

‘Killfies’: Indian state campaigns against deadly selfies

India records more so-called “killfie” incidents than any other country, researchers say.

Epic India leopard rescue photo wins award five years later

In a rare instance, Indian villagers and forest officers worked together for hours to save the animal

Bengaluru pothole deaths: Rahul Gandhi seeks report from Karnataka govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday sought a report from the Karnataka Government on the issue of deaths in Bengaluru due to potholes and rains, said Congress sources.AICC (All India Congress Committee) in-charge for Karnataka, KC Venugopal is in consultation with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and concerned Ministry over the matter.Earlier last week, four people died in Bengaluru in accidents caused by the potholes.The incident has brought Karnataka Government under light over the alleged poor quality of metalling and corruption in road projects.A day after the Chief Minister instructed Bengaluru Development Minister K.J. George, local MLAs and the city’s municipal corporation to fill all 16,000 potholes dotting Bangalore’s roads within 15 days, a 21-year-old woman became the fourth victim of accidents caused by craters.All the accidents have happened on arterial roads, including a state highway.The woman died after allegedly ramming her bike into a lorry in Bengaluru?s Devanahalli.She was trying to avoid a pothole, which led to the accident.On October 2, a couple were run over by a bus when the husband, Anthony Joseph, 55, tried to negotiate a pothole on the Mysore Road flyover.He and his wife Sagai Mary, 53, died on the spot.Earlier on Thursday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) marched to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) office demanding action against road department officials.

Bengaluru airport plans Aadhaar-based entry system

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Aadhaar-enabled entry system is likely to be put in place at the Bengaluru airport which will help reduce the time taken for screening passengers, according to aerodrome operator BIAL.Embarking on an ambitious project, the Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) has sought proposals for having ‘Aadhaar enabled entry and biometric boarding system’.The BIAL’s move comes at a time when the civil aviation ministry is working on ‘Digiyatra’, an initiative that aims to enable paperless travel by way of using biometric systems for entering airports and boarding flights.A public private consortium, BIAL operates the Kempegowda International Airport.As per the Request for Proposal (RFP), the airport would put in place a backbone infrastructure and software solution along with E-gates with passport and QR (Quick Response) code readers.The plan is to complete the project ‘Aadhaar enabled entry and biometric boarding system’ by December 31, 2018.The rollout is planned in three different phases, with the Aadhaar system expected to go live by March 30, 2018 for three domestic carriers — Jet Airways, SpiceJet and AirAsia India.According to the RFP, all domestic flights would be covered by October while the facility would be extended to international flights by December next year.A system is being envisaged wherein a passenger provides his Aadhaar number at the time of booking the ticket and gains entry into the airport after producing the e-ticket as well as presenting biometrics in the form of a “finger/iris/face scan”.At the next three check points — pre-security area, passenger screening and boarding gates– the e-ticket is scanned each time to gain entry before boarding the flight, the RFP said.”The Aadhaar-based process enables a passenger to be verified in under 5 seconds at every check point right up to the boarding gate, completing the screening process in 10 minutes compared with average time of 25 minutes.”This will also help more passengers enter through the same gate,” a BIAL spokesperson said.In February this year, Bengaluru airport had initiated a pilot project for Aadhaar-based entry of passengers.Earlier this year, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha had said air travellers might be required to provide a unique identification like an Aadhaar card, passport or PAN at the time of booking tickets.Last month, the Supreme Court ruled that the right to privacy was a fundamental one.The judgement was limited to the issue of right to privacy and the question whether Aadhaar violates the right to privacy will be dealt with by a three-judge bench from November.Sinha’s remarks had come before the Supreme Court verdict regarding right to privacy.

India national park: White tigers kill keeper

The keeper was mauled to death as he tried to get the tigers into their enclosure, officials say.

Prowling leopard shuts down Indian car factory

Wildlife rescuers and police have been combing the car manufacturing plant with tranquiliser guns.

Majority of women not aware of safety rights: Survey

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An ASSOCHAM survey of women in major cities across India has revealed that majority of women are not aware of the Constitutional provisions laid down for their safety, which are more than 20 in number. These include over 88 per cent of the respondents in Delhi and the National Capital Region alone.The survey was conducted by the ASSOCHAM Social Development Foundation (ASDF) among 2,500 working women, home-makers and college-going girls in the NCR and in cities like Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Pune. The study also revealed that anxiety level increases among the women as darkness falls, with increasing cases of violence against women.”The similar anxiety is more among the guardians of those women who travel by chartered buses, cabs, autos etc. Working women have to battle day in and day out in chartered buses, cabs, autos without knowing whether their drivers and crew members have been verified by the police or not,” said a release by ASSOCHAM. The study also reveals that respondents work late in sectors like BPOs, and IT-enabled services, travel and tourism, nursing homes, and media, among others, feel more vulnerable.Over 53 per cent of the respondents in the Delhi-NCR have migrated from states such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, etc., in search of work, education of children among other reasons.”The significance of women as an important human resource was recognised by the Constitution, which not only accorded equality of women but also empowered the state to adopt measures of positive discrimination in their favour,” the report stated.GPS-enabled cabs, despite the comfort they offered, have cases against drivers who have molested or raped women travelling in cabs. These cases have, in turn, broken the confidence of many women. “If immediate confidence-building measures are not taken, the impact could be severe on the tourism and hospitality sector in the middle of a tourism season in the North India, which needs to do a lot in terms of law and order,” said DS Rawat, secretary general, ASSOCHAM.Some of the suggestions the ASDF made were self-defence training for women, extra precaution by organisations that employ women for night duties, police verification of cab drivers, and an effective GPS system linked to police stations.

Uber sorry for ‘Wife Appreciation Day’ promotion

The company urged customers to “let your wife take a day off from the kitchen”.

Hindi Divas: Give more respect to other languages, says President Kovind

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday asked Hindi-speaking people to give more respect and space to regional languages and their speakers in a bid to make Hindi more popular across the country.Addressing a function on the occasion of ‘Hindi Divas’ here, the President said Hindi continued to face opposition in some parts of the country even though it became an official language many decades ago. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who was also present at the function organised by his ministry, said in his address that Hindi could be enriched further if its speakers also used words from other languages. Referring to recent incidents on the Bangalore Metro, where a pro-Kannada group opposed Hindi signboards in the train service, and earlier agitations against Hindi in Tamil Nadu, President Kovind said there was a feeling among some people that Hindi was being imposed on them.”Non-Hindi speaking people desire that we (Hindi-speaking people) give attention to their languages. Those who speak Hindi should give space to other languages. We all have the responsibility to give respect to non-Hindi speaking people and regional languages,” he said. Kovind suggested that those who speak Hindi should greet a Tamilian with a ‘vanakkam’, a Sikh with ‘Sat Sri Akal’ and a Muslim with an ‘Adaab’ — words of greeting in Tamil, among Sikhs and in Urdu respectively. They should use the word ‘Garu’ (sir) while addressing a Telugu-speaking person, he said.The adoption of other languages and cultures will help unite the people and the country, he said. The president said he had used the Russian word ‘spasiba’ (thank you) while ending his speech at a state banquet during the recent visit of Belarus President A G Lukashenko. The guest was so delighted that he spontaneously responded with a ‘Jai Hind’. The Belarus president also announced that Hindi would be taught in that country’s state university from this month.Kovind also asked lawyers and doctors to use Hindi and other regional languages at work. “In India people don’t understand the language of lawyers and doctors. In courts, now, gradually Hindi and other languages are being spoken. Similarly, if the doctors start giving prescriptions in Devanagari and other languages, the doctor-patient distance will be reduced,” he said. In his address, the home minister said Hindi was the unifying language for the country and had helped bring people of different regions together during India’s freedom struggle.”We (Hindi-speaking people) should accept and use popular words of regional languages. If we do that, it will enrich the language,” he said. Singh said the contribution of non-Hindi speaking people such as Mahatma Gandhi and Bal Gangadhar Tilak was immense in making Hindi an official language of the country. He also questioned those who said English was required for India to become an economic power. “I want to ask those who say that without English India can’t be an economic power, how come China has become an economic power by speaking Mandarin,” he said.In his welcome speech, Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju said even though Hindi was not his mother tongue, he felt immense pride while speaking the language. “In my native state (Arunachal Pradesh), Hindi is widely spoken and used by common people from all walks of life,” he said. All the speakers spoke in Hindi at the function. Hindi is the mother tongue of the president and the Union home minister.

Gauri Lankesh murder: Ex-husband Chidanand Rajghatta calls her ‘Amazing Grace’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This is a Facebook post by late journalist Gauri Lankesh’s ex-husband, Chidanand Rajghatta, who was married to her for five years. Lankesh was shot dead outside her home on Tuesday.I just deplaned after a 15 hour flight to see hundreds of messages of love and support for the work Gauri did and her shining ideals. She lived a beautiful life of purpose and fought the good fight. It will not be in vain. On the flight, I reflected on our growing up years and updated some of the recollections below because it is important to understand the wonderful milieu we grew up in. Thank you friends for the touching messages. Love and peace.Gauri Lankesh: Amazing Grace
ALSO READ Gauri Lankesh murder: Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare’s families say it’s a warning sign that democracy is in dangerIf Gauri Lankesh read all the tributes and accolades for her, particularly those that refer to soul and afterlife and heaven, she’d have cracked a good laugh. Maybe not a laugh, but at least a chuckle. We had decided in our teens that heaven and hell and afterlife were a lot of b.s. There was enough heaven and hell on earth, and we should just leave god alone – he has enough on his hands – instead of begging him for favors.But part of our compact was we would not be hurtful to others – including family — even if we disagreed with their beliefs and practices. We didn’t always succeed – ah, the impetuosity of youth! — but it was a good principle that served us well later. Which is how even when we divorced 27 years ago, after five years of courtship and five years of marriage, we remained great friends. Part of the compact. Don’t be hurtful. Even to each other.
ALSO READ Gauri Lankesh was an ‘extortionist’ and had ‘Naxal links’: Sanathan SansthaWe met at a school that was the birthplace of the Rationalist Movement of India – National College. Our principal, Dr H.Narasimaiah, and the Sri Lankan rationalist, Dr Abraham Kovoor, were pioneers of the movement, and right from our teens we took to the thrill of questioning and debunking a variety of godmen/godwomen, charlatans, frauds, superstitions etc.More on this another time, but I’m putting this out here early to provide some context to Gauri’s murder. Rationalists and agnostics are in the cross hairs of uber-religious bigots.
ALSO READ Strongly condemn those expressing happiness at Gauri Lankesh’s death: RS Prasad slams online hate-mongersOne of the first books we read together — before getting into the weeds (I mean metaphorically) of religion, politics, and life itself — was Will Durant’s Story of Philosophy. Neither of us was proficient in our mother tongue Kannada (at that time), so we regretfully forsook our own bounteous literature for everything from Wodehouse to Graham Greene, devouring anything that Premier Book Shop’s Mr Shanbhag could produce for us – at a matchless 20 per cent discount (others got 15 per cent). She returned to Kannada years later, but more on that soon.Meanwhile, we “skinned our hearts and skinned our knees, learned of love the ABCs.” Terry Jack’s sappy, saccharine “Seasons in the Sun” had been released a few years earlier, and we hummed it between Dylan and Beatles. I’d return to Indian music years later; she was tone deaf. We read and laughed at Eric Segal’s Love Story, saw the movies Abba, Saturday Night Fever, and Gandhi on our first dates, and went to the boonies on moonless nights to see billions and billions of stars and galaxies after reading and watching Carl Sagan.Feisty wouldn’t even begin to describe her. She hated the fact that I smoked in college. Years later, when I had given it up for a long time, she had begun to smoke. One time, she visited me in U.S (crazy innit? ex-wife visiting me? But we were better friends!) I insisted that she not smoke in the apartment because it was carpeted and the stink wouldn’t go away. It was winter.”What do you want me to do?””If you have to smoke at all, go to the rooftop and smoke.””But it’s cold and snowing!””Shrug””You tightass!…I started to smoke because of you!””Awww…sorry old girl. I’m asking you to stop now.””Yeah, right. You’ve become too *&^%$#@ American!””American has nothing to do with it. Being healthy.””Bollocks. I’ll outlive you!”Liar.Many friends were bemused by our unbroken friendship. Separations and divorces are often messy, bitter, and spiteful in India, or anywhere for that matter. We had our volcanic moments, but we transcended that quickly, bound by higher ideals. On our day in court, as we stood next to each other, our hands reached out. Fingers interlaced. If you want to go your own ways, better disengage, the lawyer hissed.After it was done and dusted (“by mutual consent”), we went out for lunch at the Taj down MG Road. The restaurant was called Southern Comfort. We laughed at the irony and said goodbye as I moved first to Delhi, them Mumbai, then Washington DC. She visited me in each place to argue about Life, the Universe, and Everything (we read Douglas Adams in school).My parents loved her despite her rebellious nature, and remarkably for traditional, orthodox Indian parents, kept in touch with her – and she with them — even after we split. One time, when I told her about a budding dalliance, she drew herself to her full height (all of five feet and HALF INCH – she never failed to emphasize the half inch) and said: “Ha! You can never take away the honor of being the first daughter-in-law of the family.” When my mother passed away this past February, Gauri Lankesh was there, literally “live casting” for me the final rites as I flew home.My ties with her family were as unusual. Through our separation and splitsville, I continued to meet her dad P.Lankesh, a writer, playwright, film-maker and an inspiration for a generation of rebel writers and journalists, and her sister Kavitha – “baby” to us-now a fine film-maker in her own right. Early in our college dalliance, after Lankesh’s due diligence determined that I passed the literary litmus test, I became part of the family – including the extended family of writers, poets, artists, teachers, and what I’d kid as the “buddhijeevi” (intellectual) crowd.Starting early 80s, we met every Sunday evening for a game of cards, where the stakes were modest but the conversation was rich. Poetry, proverbs, epigrams, aphorisms, bon mots in English and Kannada flowed ebulliently at the table. If someone slowed down the game, someone else would intone “Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow…” Another person: “….creeps at this petty pace from day to day.” Third one: “…to the last syllable of recorded time!” It became bad form to speak in anything other than through literary allusions – in any language. A daring pick always invited “Vinashakaale Vipareetha Buddhi.”They were brilliant, effervescent men, and Gauri (who joined us occasionally and was the only woman at the table) and I marinated in their learning. Appa, as I called Lankesh, taught Eng.lit in Bangalore University, but had decamped to Kannada when we met, having just directed his first movie (I think it was either Anuroopa or Pallavi, and it won the national award). Like many great Kannada writers (Bendre, Kuvempu etc) he started out wanting to write in English before finding his métier in his roots. His play “Sankranti’ was prescribed reading for undergrads, but we discussed everyone from Kalidasa to Ibsen, Chekhov, and Brecht.All this continued through courtship, marriage, separation, and divorce, and even after I moved to U.S. Every time I went home, over a drink or two, pop-in-law and I, refereed by his daughter, would argue about politics, religion, literature, movies, U.S-India ties, farming distress, health, the world. Father and daughter would tease me about abandoning the good fight, while I’d insist that it was temporary, and a little time and distance is good for perspective. Lankesh had a low threshold for idiocy (there was a high turnover at the cards table in the initial years with those unable to handle his temperament scramming quickly) but his continued affection for me earned brownie points from Gauri. When he passed away in 2000, she truly became her father’s daughter, taking over the newspaper he founded and continuing the good fight.To this day, I unfailingly drop into to the Sunday cards table (long after Lankesh passed away, Doc Gowda, the writer-physician, is the current torchbearer). At every other visit or so, as the years took their toll of the older generation, I’d see someone missing at the table. “Yelli Sharma? (Where’s Sharma?)” I’d ask, as they made place for me at the cards table, referring to the wonderful poet Ramachandra Sharma. “Oh! He’s gone up to join Lankesh at another table,” someone would respond, without batting an eyelid or breaking the game. “And Mysoremath is on his way to join them. He’s in hospital.”I’m relating all this to give a sense of the intellectual atmosphere Gauri grew up in – practical, rational, and largely agnostic. Death was just incidental. Respect, affection, and admiration for the good people did and what they stood for was important. Her – our – favorite word and topic of conversation in recent years was “horaata” – a Kannada word roughly meaning a movement/agitation/revolution. “Haegide horaata?” I’d ask during our occasional phone calls. She’d launch into a litany of struggles she was in at the moment.Gauri’s presence at the cards table became rare as she threw herself into the fight against right-wing bigots, zealots, and extremists. We argued about that too at the cards table because some friends thought she had gone the other extreme. There was no doubt she was left of center, even extreme left of center. But heart was in the right place, and there was no place in her world for violence. Only cowards took to violence.Some eight years back, after I had built a new home in Bangalore in the fond hope that I’d return to India some day, she determined that I needed a housekeeper to manage the place. “I am sending someone over,” she declared over the phone. “She’s a widow with two young daughters. Make sure you take care of them and put them through school.” It was an order. I complied.Ramakka, her gift to us, is still with us; her daughters Asha and Usha both finished from school, earned degrees, and now work – Asha in Syndicate Bank and Usha at an NGO. There are hundreds of Ashas and Ushas because of Gauri Lankesh.Just a few weeks ago, when Mary, the kids and I were in India, Gauri called to announce she was coming over. She always came to see the kids, bearing gifts, none more precious than the love and warmth she brought with her. Days passed, and she did not turn up. Busy, busy, busy, she said…you know how hard it is handling the paper and fighting the chaddis (she called the right wing nutters “chaddis”).One day, she called to announce that she’s coming with her son. “Who have you adopted now?” I asked. “Kanhaiya Kumar,” she chuckled. “You mean the JNU bloke?” “Yes, you’ll love meeting him.” Little later she called to say his flight was late and she can’t make it. That was the last time I heard her voice. Bubbly and bursting with energy and passion for causes big and small.As my plane now wings towards India to a place without Gauri, my mind is a cauldron of fragmented memories. One phrase keeps repeating and resonating in my mind: Amazing Grace. Forget all other labels: leftist, radical, anti-Hindutva, secular etc. For me, there is just this: She is the epitome of Amazing Grace.

Indian journalist Gauri Lankesh shot dead in Bangalore

Gauri Lankesh, a critic of Hindu nationalist politics, was killed outside her house in Bangalore.

Ignoring FERA summons a criminal offence: Apex court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Disobeying summons issued by an investigating agency under the money laundering law amounts to a criminal offence, the Supreme Court held on Thursday.The SC order came as it set aside a Karnataka High Court order that had held that disobedience of summons for appearance did not amount to contravention of the provisions of the 1963 Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA).”In any event, the judgment of the High Court cannot be sustained as it is contrary to the law laid down by this court,” a bench of justices SA Bobde and L Nageswara Rao said.The bench passed the judgement on an appeal filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) challenging the high court order. Summons were issued under Section 40 of FERA in October 1997 directing three accused who were allegedly involved in releasing substantial foreign exchange in contravention of the law, to appear before ED officer, but they had failed to respond.Thereafter, a complaint was filed against them in a court in Bangalore where one accused Mohammed Akram was represented by an advocate. The lower court, however, acquitted him and directed the other two to face the trial.The trial court had held that the summons issued by ED were not duly served on the respondent personally and the refusal to appear before the enforcement officer in spite of summons under the provision of FERA, cannot be regarded as a contravention of the Act.

New Haj policy will be unveiled this month: Naqvi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The new Haj policy will be unveiled this month and from the next year, Haj will be organised according to it, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said here today. “The new policy is aimed at making Haj process more transparent and smooth. Providing best facilities to Haj pilgrims is at the centre of this policy,” he said at a review meeting on Haj 2017 and 22nd annual Haj orientation camp organised for pilgrims at the Haj House here. Naqvi said that a high-level committee constituted to frame the new Haj policy is giving final shape to the policy. Reviving the option of sending Haj pilgrims through the sea route is also one of the important part of the new policy. “Sending pilgrims through ships will help cut down travel expenses by nearly half as compared to airfares. It will be a revolutionary, pro-poor, pilgrim-friendly decision,” he said. The practice of ferrying Haj pilgrims between Mumbai and Jeddah by waterways was stopped from 1995. An advantage with ships available these days is they are modern and well-equipped to ferry 4,000 to 5,000 people at a time, he said. They can cover the 2,300-odd nautical miles, one-side distance between Mumbai and Jeddah, within just two-three days, he added. Earlier, the old ships used to take 12 to 15 days to cover this distance. Talks are on with Saudi Arabia on reviving Haj pilgrimage through sea route, he said. During first phase of Haj 2017, about 65,000 Haj pilgrims have gone to Saudi Arabia. In the first phase, Haj pilgrims went from embarkation points in Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Gauhati, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Srinagar and Varanasi. In the second phase, Haj pilgrims will go from Bangalore, Bhopal, Ranchi, Nagpur, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Cochin, Chennai, Aurangabad, Ahmedabad and Indore. The second phase will end on 26th August, the minister said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amit Shah on three-day Karnataka visit starting tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP chief Amit Shah will be on a three-day visit to Karnataka starting tomorrow as part of his 110-day nationwide tour to strengthen the party. Shah’s visit assumes significance as assembly elections are scheduled to be held in the state early next year. During his visit, the BJP president is scheduled to meet party legislators from the state. He will also chair meetings of the party’s state core group and political affairs committee. Shah will discuss the assembly elections with the state leaders, the BJP said in a statement. Besides attending a series of meetings with local leaders, he will also address a gathering of college students and intellectuals in Bangalore. Shah’s visit is also important in view of a factional feud between state party president B S Yeddyurappa and former deputy CM K S Eshwarappa. The central leadership had sought to control the issue by acting against some state leaders. Shah has already announced that Yeddyurappa will be the party’s chief ministerial candidate for the assembly poll.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Weekend woes? Here are 5 things to do if you don’t have anything planned for the long weekend

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Your friends are making plans, your neighbours are making plans, your Bareilly wale cousin ki hot girlfriend is making plans…but you, poor you are stuck in office.Its the mother of all weekends and India is going bonkers with getaway plans.Delhi walaz are planning trip to Kasauli, Mumbaikars are going to Matheran and Bangalore, guys, you can plan to escape the city traffic!The Universe has conspired to make you feel miserable. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram are choked with #holidayvibe.Jealous much? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back.If you are someone like this poor writer who will be in office during the weekend, here’s how you can minimise the agony. So stay calm and read on:English Premier League starts: Love Football? Now live footballIndian football fans, celebrate the 25th anniversary of the English Premier League and have a blast. This is the beginning of a very exciting football season and this year’s EPL is one of the most promising events with some awesome football. So park your ass on the couch and watch football….thank us later!Catch up on your reading, yes, we are seriousWhen was the last time that you bought a book and actually read it? Be honest, we all carry a book just to look busy during our daily commute. This is the golden chance. R.E.A.D. Yes, go ahead, pick up that book gathering dust on the shelf and read. It can be naughty, it can be nice, it can be everything and little spice…remember, reading never harmed anyone.Book spa … ummm, feeling nice, alreadySince the entire city would be empty, well almost, you can book that much-needed spa. Trust me, there are some really cool offers in the market. So book a spa and feel like a queen. That way, when everyone returns with holiday hangover, you would shine like a diamond ;)Monsoon cleaning, yes you know you need it, like desperatelyEverybody talks about spring cleaning, but what about Monsoon? Arre, your house need more care in rains! And those clothes and shoes and that old umbrella…please, do yourself a favour, don’t sit and grouch! Channelise the inner Hema Malini of Satte pe Satta and clean your house.Netflix ahoy! Knock yourself outIn age of wi-fi and Netflix if you are still ruing over missing weekend, you were living under a rock. C’mon, catch up on your favourite shows and knock yourself out!

India police pair sacked over faked Everest climb

An inquiry was launched last year after the pair’s claims were queried by fellow climbers.

Youth held with fake visa at Mumbai airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Sahar police have arrested a 20-year-old engineering student at the Mumbai International Airport for allegedly attempting to fly to the USA on a fake visa with his girlfriend.According to the police, the accused, Sushil Ramnath (name changed), studying in a reputed engineering college of Bangalore was intercepted at the immigration counter of the airport where he showed his fake visa to staff. The Intelligence Bureau and immigration officers then checked the list of persons to whom visas were issued and found that a visa was not issued on his name, and that he was attempting to fly to the USA with a fake visa. The immigration officers immediately informed the police and handed over the accused to Sahar police.”During questioning, he revealed that he wanted to travel to the USA with his girlfriend but did not manage to get a valid visa. He then forged a visa using a dummy visa available online. He then took a printout of the same after editing it by adding his name and photograph with the use of a designing software,” said a senior police officer.The accused has been arrested and a case under relevant sections of the IPC for forgery has been registered at Sahar police station.

Centre’s three-language policy not working: Karnataka CM write to Modi govt over Metro signs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has written a letter to the Centre stating the state government was compelled to ask the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation to temporarily re-design signboards in stations without the Hindi language following a row over its use.Amid the protests over the use of Hindi in Bengaluru Metro signboards, Siddaramaiah wrote to Union Housing and Urban Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, in which he said, “the stand of the central government to use three-language formula is not reasonable.” “It is not essential to use Hindi in signages as commuters who use Metro are comfortable with reading and understanding Kannada or English,” he said in the letter released to the media today.”Hence, the state government is compelled to ask Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) to temporarily re-design signages, name boards in Metro stations, without using Hindi language and script,” he said.Although the government has strictly dealt with those who had defaced signages and maintained law and order in and around Metro stations, it is counter-productive to continue to insist on use of three languages including Hindi, Siddaramaiah said.”You would also agree with me that the cultural aspirations and sentiments of the people of Karnataka need to be respected,” he said.Apart from the cultural need to give primacy to the language of the state, it is also practical to use those languages which local people can read and follow, Siddaramiah said.Although both central and state governments have equal (50:50) stake in BMRCL, the financial contribution of Karnataka is much more than that of the Centre, he said.Moreover, the supervision of operations, provision of security, etc, to BMRCL is the state’s responsibility, the chief minister said.Also, Karnataka has undertaken to repay all the loans contracted by BMRCL and also to bear the operating losses, and hence it would be appropriate that the policies of the state are implemented in the project.”I would therefore request you to review your earlier decision in this regard,” he said.He also said the state government had earlier written to the Urban Development Ministry highlighting that the signages at Metro stations should follow the state’s official language policy, as per which only Kannada and English should be used.The central ministry, in its reply, had clarified that all name boards and signages in Metro stations should be in all three languages – Kannada, Hindi and English.With the opening of the entire Phase I network of BMRCL last month, the number of people using Metro network has crossed three lakh per day, Siddaramaiah said.”Ever since the opening of the entire network, there have been widespread protests against the use of Hindi in the nameboards and signages in Metro stations,” he said.It started as a campaign in the social media, followed by protests and submission of memoranda, he said.Later, it began to take a violent turn with activists trying to deface nameboards and signages at Metro stations, Siddaramaiah added.

Sasikala jail bribery case: Police officer D Roopa served notice

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A top police officer, who came out with a controversial report on alleged special treatment in jail to AIADMK (Amma) leader V K Sasikala, was on Wednesday served a legal notice by transferred Karnataka DGP H N Satyanarayana Rao.”You (D Roopa) are required to get an apology duly published in all leading newspapers in the next three days, failing which, I will be constrained to initiate appropriate legal proceedings both civil and criminal, against you to recover damages from you and the same is quantified as Rs 50 crore tentatively,” Rao said in the notice issued to Roopa, a copy of which is with PTI here.Roopa had alleged that Rs 2 crore had exchanged hands to provide special facilities to Sasikala and had dragged Rao into the case, claiming there was a “talk” that he was also a beneficiary.Though she was eased out of the prison department subsequently, she continues to stick to her stand.Rao claimed the allegations have caused severe damage to his name, fame and integrity, apart from causing mental agony to him.He argued that if Roopa could take pictures elsewhere on prison premises, how could she miss to take photo of a convict getting VIP treatment such as setting up of a kitchen in her cell to get special food.”The reason is obvious she could not take photo because the kitchen was not existence at all,” he claimed.Rao also said he would be approaching the income tax department to find out the “trail of Rs 2 crore”.”I will be approaching the concerned in the income tax department to find out the source from where the alleged Rs 2 crore was mobilised, who carried it, who is its recipient and where is it stored, so that the guilty of various provisions of tax laws are brought to book,” he said.The Karnataka government had shunted out Roopa on July 17.Roopa, in an audio clip sent to PTI, said she had “done her duty”.She also urged the Anti-Corruption Bureau to take a lead from a confessional statement made by Australia-based NRI VC Prakash to the Delhi Police in connection with the election commission bribery case.Prakash had confessed that he had helped arranging meetings between the AIADMK party leaders, including Deputy General Secretary TTV Dhinakaran and Sasikala, inside Parapana Agrahara prison as he “knew some jail officials”.The confessional statement of Prakash, says “Mallikarjun (a close aide of Dhinakaran) also asked me to help organise their meetings with Sasikala lodged in Bangalore jail as I knew some jail officials.”Prakash, who was till recently holding a minister of state rank in the government, also had confessed that he had helped Mallikarjun, to send Rs 2 crore to Delhi.

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi flags off first batch of Haj pilgrims from Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) and Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today flagged off the first batch of 300 Haj pilgrims from New Delhi Airport with prayers of country?s safety and prosperity. Naqvi congratulated the Haj pilgrims and extended best wishes to them for their pilgrimage. Naqvi said that the Ministry of Minority Affairs, in cooperation with Haj Committee of India and other concerned agencies, had completed preparations for Haj 2017 well before in time to ensure smooth Haj pilgrimage. ?New Haj Policy 2018 will be finalised soon and Haj from next year will be organised according to this new Haj policy. A high-level committee constituted in this regard will soon submit its report. The new Haj policy is aimed at making Haj process transparent and smooth,? he said. Naqvi said that reviving the option of sending Haj pilgrims through sea route also is part of the new Haj policy. ?Sending pilgrims through ships will help cut down travel expenses by nearly half as compared to airfares. It will be a revolutionary, pro-poor, pilgrim-friendly decision. The practice of ferrying Haj pilgrims between Mumbai and Jeddah by waterways was stopped from 1995,? he said. Naqvi said that another advantage with ships available these days is they are modern and well-equipped to ferry 4,000 to 5,000 persons at a time. ?They can cover the 2,300-odd nautical miles one-side distance between Mumbai and Jeddah within just two-three days. Earlier, the old ships used to take 12 to 15 days to cover this distance,? the Minister said. Saudi Arabia has increased annual Haj quota of India by 34,005. After significant increase in India?s Haj quota by Saudi Arabia Government, a total of 1,70,025 people have been going to Haj pilgrimage this year from India out of which 1,25,025 pilgrims will go through Haj Committee of India while 45,000 people will go through Private Tour Operators from 21 embarkation points. 1628 Haj pilgrims will go from Delhi. A total of 16,600 people will go from Delhi embarkation point, which include Haj pilgrims from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh. Besides Delhi, Haj pilgrims are going to Saudi Arab today from embarkation points in Goa, Guwahati, Lucknow, Mangalore, Varanasi, Srinagar and Kolkata today. Haj Flights will also go from Gaya (27 July), Ranchi, Kolkata, Bhopal and Bangalore (08 August), Nagpur (10 August), Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Chennai, Cochin & Jaipur (13 August) and Indore and Hyderabad (14 August). The 21 embarkation points include- Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Guwahati, Lucknow, Mangalore, Varanasi, Srinagar, Kolkata, Gaya, Ranchi, Bhopal, Bangalore, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Chennai, Cochin, Jaipur, Indore, Hyderabad. A total of 10958 Haj pilgrims from Ahmedabad, 11657 from Cochin, 12380 from Lucknow, 5605 from Mumbai, 2729 from Aurangabad, 4641 from Bangalore, 3370 from Chennai, 4483 from Guwahati, 6273 from Hyderabad, 4777 from Jaipur, 10348 from Kolkata, 2187 from Nagpur, 3159 Haj pilgrims from Ranchi have been going to Haj this year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

From lack of ammunition to food served on trains unfit for consumption: Key observations by CAG

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Comptroller Auditor General of India in its audit reports tabled in Parliament has flagged critical shortage of ammunition in the Indian Army to poor quality of food served on trains. Here are the key observations made by the CAG.1) Lack of ammunition, Navy’s safety and delayed projects ail Defence infraCritical deficiencies in ammunition, anti submarine warfare projects lagging behind time and lack of safety mechanism in the Navy are some of the glaring gaps in the country’s defence readiness pointed out by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in different reports on Friday.The report also said that ammunition depots with shortage of fire-fighting staff and equipment remained accident prone. Read More2) NRHM funds diverted in six statesIn six states, funds amounting to over Rs 36 crore, meant for National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), were diverted to other schemes, the Comptroller Auditor General of India’s report reveals.The states in which fund diversion was reported were Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Telangana, and Tripura. In 27 states, the unspent amount has increased from Rs 7,375 crore to Rs 9,509 crore in 2015-16, the report states. Read More3) Nearly 60% of flood-forecasting stations non-operationalOut of 4,862 large dams in the country, only 349, a mere seven per cent, had emergency disaster action plans in place, Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India’s performance audit report on flood control and management schemes of Water Resources Ministry revealed. The country’s top auditor also found out during the inspection that there were inordinate delays in flood management works, non-operational flood forecasting stations, and inflated costs. Read More4) Student overstaying cost FTII loss of Rs 11.83 cr:Coming down heavily on The Film Institute of India (FTII) in Pune, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India on Tuesday stated that students overstaying at the institute has resulted in the institute incurring a revenue loss of Rs 11.83 crore. Read More5) INS Sindurakshak explosion was due to leakage of oxygen from torpedoIndian Navy’s frontline submarine INS Sindurakshak had exploded in 2013 in Mumbai due to leakage of oxygen from a torpedo, the Comptroller and Auditor General said in a report, revealing the reasons causing the major accident.The CAG cited the report of a high-level inquiry by the Navy into the explosion on board the submarine on Aug 14, 2013 following which it had sunk. The accident is considered one of the biggest in recent times for the Navy in which 17 personnel were killed. Read More6) Food served by Indian Railways’ catering services unfit for consumption The Indian Railways did not take adequate steps to put in place infrastructural and other arrangements for improvement in parcel services, which was estimated to grow from Rs 1,644 crore in 2011-12 to Rs 8,000 crore in 2019-2020, the CAG said. Read More 7) Six telecom majors understated revenues over a period of 5 yearsSix private telecom operators, including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea Cellular, understated revenues by over Rs 61,000 crore over a period of five years, resulting in short payment of nearly Rs 7,700 crore in statutory dues to the government, the Comptroller and auditor general (CAG) said on Friday. Another Rs 4,531.62 crore was due from the six operators as interest on the short paid revenue share. Read More8) Writing off Kingfisher dues to BIAL ‘untenable’The Comptroller and Auditor General termed a request from the Bangalore airport operator to the government to waive more than Rs 9 crore owed by the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines as “untenable” and an “undue favour”.The CAG also censured the government for failing to ensure that the airport operator recovered over Rs 17 crore from various airlines. Read More

Bengaluru: Anti-Hindi row continues to grow as pro-Kannada activists blacken Hindi words

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The anti-Hindi agitation seems to be growing with each passing day, as the members of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV) blackened words written in Hindi on the signboard outside Yeswanthpur metro station.Last night, the members took up the task of blackening the Hindi words written on almost all metro stations, including Jaynagar, Peenya, Deepanjali Nagar, Mysore Road, and Yashwanthpura metro stations.Not just Hindi, even English faced the heat of pro-Kannada activists in Karnataka earlier.On July 6, the KRV defaced English and Hindi signage of a restaurant in a mall near Bengaluru’s Eco tech park.After the anti-Hindi Twitter campaign, #NammaMetroHindiBeda (‘Our Metro, We don’t want Hindi’), Hindi words on the signboards of two Metro stations – Chickpete and Majestic -were covered with paper and taped on July 3.These metro boards were in Kannada, English and Hindi.Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah has reportedly supported the anti-Hindi brigade and has asked the officials to find out what policy was followed in non-Hindi states like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, and etcetera.Following the Chief Minister’s directive, the Kannada Development Authority on July 4 had issued issued notice to the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) and sought an explanation why it was using three-language policy.Earlier this year, the Centre notified a recommendation of the Parliamentary panel after President Pranab Mukherjee gave his nod to the suggestion.The Parliamentary panel had recommended the use of Hindi by parliamentarians and ministers. The recommendation had been sent to the President in June, 2011.Parties like Karnataka’s Janata Dal (Secular) and Tamil Nadu’s Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham (DMK) have criticised the Centre for ‘imposing’ Hindi language in their states.DMK acting president M.K. Stalin threatened to begin an anti-Hindi agitation after milestones marked in Hindi were seen on Tamil Nadu highways.In Bengaluru, protests have been taking place over Hindi being used as a language in the Metro train sign boards.

DIAL’s vocational training school brings hope to hundreds

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Just a year ago, Mohammad Hilaluddin was among the scores of unemployed youths in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh. Today, he is an airport supervisor in Barcelona, Spain. This transformation in Hilaluddin’s life has come courtesy the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme of the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL).The father of the 23-year-old is a labourer and he has five more siblings. There was barely enough to survive and Hilaluddin was at his wits’ end when a neighbour told him about the DIAL training school. After finishing the mechanised cleaning course at the vocational training school in Palam, he started off as a mechanical cleaning staff at a small firm in Delhi.”After completion of the 50-day course in 2015, a company selected him. Then in 2016, he was sent to the Bangalore airport, from when he was hired by another company within the next six months. It was from there that his skills and efficiency convinced a foreign-based firm to hand pick him and recruit him as a contractual worker for the Barcelona airport,” an official working at the training centre said.His first job earned him Rs 7,000 a month. At present, Hilaluddin is earning somewhere between Rs 60,000 and 70,000 a month.Established in 2009, the centre has, so far, produced 4,000 skilled men and women, who have been placed all over the country and even abroad.The centre also provides for boarding facility for outstation candidates and meals for everyone. “At present we have 200 candidates, with 20-25 per cent of them being women. Last year, 86 per cent of our candidates got employed,” the official added.

Metro services in Bengaluru hit after employees protest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>City Metro services were temporarily suspended today as employees staged a protest over alleged manhandling and arrest of two Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited officials after a scuffle with security personnel. As many as four lakh commuters were stranded when they found all stations had been closed, police said. “Train service temporally stopped….,” Bangalore Metro’s Twitter handle said. The services were resumed later after negotiations with police and BMRCL officials who prevailed upon the employees to withdraw the protest, officials said. BMRCL employees were demanding the release of two of their officials arrested yesterday when they got into a scuffle with Karnataka State Industrial Security Force (KSISF) personnel deployed at a station here. The Metro employees and KSISF personnel reportedly exchanged fisticuffs and abuses over a row on security checks at Sir M Visveswaraya Central College station. The employees resorted to protests after talks between KSISF and Namma Metro officials to resolve the matter failed. The talks took place at 4 am, police said. Two KSISF constables also have been arrested after Metro officials lodged a complaint with police. Speaking to reporters, Metro officials alleged that some of their officials were attacked by KSISF personnel yesterday. Security was beefed up at Metro stations recently because of protests over three-language rule and the use of Hindi in signboards and announcements. A #NammaMetroHindiBeda – “Our Metro, We don’t want Hindi” – campaign on social media has erupted into a major controversy as pro-Kannada groups threatened to blacken signs and vandalise stations if Hindi was not dropped. Earlier this week, signs at some stations were masked to cover up the Hindi portions. The pro-Kannada groups call enforcement of three-language rule by the central government as an imposition and an attempt to promote Hindi at the cost of regional languages.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Watch: Pro-Kannada activists deface English, Hindi signages in Bengaluru mall

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After Hindi, now English is facing the heat of pro-Kannada activists in Karnataka. Amid the ongoing anti-Hindi row, a pro-Kannada organisation- Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV) defaced English and Hindi signage of a restaurant in a mall near Bengaluru’s Eco tech park. After the anti-Hindi Twitter campaign, #NammaMetroHindiBeda (“Our Metro, We don’t want Hindi”), Hindi words on the signboards of two Metro stations- Chickpete and Majestic- were covered with paper and taped on July 3. These metro boards were in Kannada, English and Hindi.KRV activist Praveen Shetty owned the anti-Hindi and anti-English action against the restaurant. He told ANI that “we have done this because industries and businesses use land; electricity of Karnataka for profit but they don’t want to use Kannada language or give jobs to Kannadigas”. Shetty further demanded to use Kannada in Delhi and other places if Hindi or English are to be used in Karnataka.Watch:”If you put Kannada signage in Delhi and other places then we will put your signage in Karnataka” , Shetty said. Now, it seems that the controversy is not going to die down soon as the government seems to be with the Twitter campaign. Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah has reportedly supported the anti-Hindi brigade and has asked the officials to find out what policy was followed in non- Hindi states like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, and etcetera.Following the Chief Minister’s directive, the Kannada Development Authority on Tuesday issued notice to the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) and sought an explanation why it was using three-language policy.

Mumbai: Two men arrested with 200 star tortoises

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An intelligence tip-off not only helped nab a father-son duo from Karnataka on Monday, but also rescued 200 star tortoises. The duo had stuffed the tortoises in a shoulder bag and had brought them to Mumbai, with the intention of selling in the illegal pet market.According to M Maranko, Regional Deputy Director, Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), Western Regional office, a close watch was being kept on the network of men selling star tortoises and other turtles that have a huge demand in the market. On Monday, they acted when they had specific information about two people.“Our team along with Thane Forest’s anti-poaching unit reached Kalyan station and as soon as they saw Vijay (27) and Sagiram (40) in the parking area, they apprehended them. After a search, two bags full of star tortoises were found kept in the shoulder bag,” he said, adding that both the men were arrested and were produced before the First Class Judicial Magistrate Court, Kalyan. The WCCB has got custody of them for three days.Maranko informed that both the men hailed from Balegowdanahalle village of Karnataka. “Earlier too, we had arrested few men hailing from this village and during interrogation we got information that several men from the village enter the forest and collect star tortoises and once the number is substantial, they were packed and sent to various cities including Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and other places.”Star tortoises are a species protected under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 and are one of the highest and most popular selling tortoises in the illegal pet markets of Mumbai as people consider them lucky and a harbinger of good fortune, according to myths as well as principles of feng shui.

HC for amicable solution to sentencing of editors by assembly

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Karnataka High Court today advised the state Assembly to amicably resolve the issue of sentencing of two editors of Kannada tabloids to one year in jail for alleged defamatory articles against legislators. Noting that he had no adjudicating powers to give a ruling on a resolution passed by the Assembly, Justice Ashok Hinchigere said he was therefore advising the Speaker to find an amicable solution to the matter. The judge also virtually ticked off the two editors, saying they should restrain from “hitting below the belt” by publishing ‘baseless’ articles. “…Is it possible for the Speaker that he can keep in abeyance the resolution sentencing the two editors? If it is, it should be done in the interest of the system,” the judge said, hearing the petitions filed by the two journalists challenging the assembly’s June 21 resolution. In a rare step, the assembly awarded the sentence besides imposing a fine of Rs 10,000 each on Ravi Belagere and Anil Raju of Kannada tabloids ‘Hai Bangalore’ and ‘Yelahanka Voice’ based on the recommendations of Privileges Committee of the House. The editors have moved the high court seeking a stay on their arrest and quashing of the resolution. Justice Hinchigere said the journalists have the freedom of expression, but not at the cost of hurting and humiliating anyone, in this case the legislators. He also said that Belagere’s non-compliance of (Privileges Committee) summons amounted to “disgraceful disobedience”. “As many as 11 summons were issued to him and yet he did not turn up to depose before the privileges committee. This amounts to ‘disgraceful disobedience’,” he observed. Counsel for the state government Ponanna said Raju, however, deposed before the committee and apologised, but resumed writing against MLA SR Vishwanath. The judge said the editors should face the law and cannot abscond. They should restrain themselves from “hitting below the belt” by publishing baseless articles. He also directed government to give a copy of the resolution to the petitioners in two weeks time. The next hearing will be heard tomorrow. The assembly resolution had triggered protests from media with the Editors’ Guild of India terming it as a “gross misuse” of power which “violates” the fundamental right of freedom of speech and expression. The guild had also urged the assembly to withdraw its resolution “without delay.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India PM Narendra Modi condemns murder in cow’s name

His comments came a day after thousands protested against rising attacks on Muslims and minorities.

Not in My Name: Thousands throng streets across country to protest lynching

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dear Ma, I am home. You wanted me to buy new clothes in Delhi, but fate has landed me in heaven, where you don’t have marauding mobs. I am home. Yours, Junaid.There was not a dry eye at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar when 22 -year-old Mohammed Asaruddin read out from what he called his brother Junaid’s “letter to his mother from heaven”, at a citizens’ protest here today.Asaruddin’s voice quivered as he read out the lines in Hindi from a makeshift dais, set against the backdrop of a “lynch map of India”, highlighting the places where people had been lynched in the country since 2015. The letter, he said, had been penned by a journalist friend.”Even I was called a terrorist in college. This issue is of identity and we have reached a point where we have to conceal skull caps and other symbols that define Islam,” Asaruddin said.Hundreds of people from Delhi joined the protest, called “Not in My Name”, held six days after the 17-year-old Junaid was killed by a mob on board a Mathura-bound train.Simultaneous protests were held in several other cities, and are also slated to be held elsewhere in the world, the organisers said.Among the protesters in Delhi were ordinary citizens, as well as leaders from the Congress, JD(U), AAP and the CPI.Students and artistes voiced their resistance against what the organisers called a “climate of fear” in the country through poetry, plays, songs and posters which carried messages such as “Not In My Name, Not In Anyone’s name” and “Muslim Lives matter, All lives matter”.Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala, JD(U)’s K C Tyagi and CPI’s D Raja were among the politicians present there.Singer Rabbi Shergill was also there, and was among the performers.”We are outraged at the systematic violence. The state has done nothing; there has been a deafening silence from the powers that be,” said filmmaker Saba Dewan, whose Facebook post last week triggered an outpouring of solidarity from across the country — and elsewhere — culminating in spontaneous countrywide demonstrations.Congress chief spokesperson Surjewala said the “recurrence of mob lynchings” showed the “intent” of the BJP- led government at the Centre.”The prime minister should speak out. If the government is competent enough then it should punish the perpetrators.Instead it is protecting them by staying mute,” Surjewala said.Similar protests were held at Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Bhopal and Bengaluru.A few film stars — including Kalki Koechlin and Konkona Sensharma — attended the meeting in Mumbai, braving heavy rains. An ailing Girish Karnad was at the Bangalore protest, with medical pipes attached to his nostrils.Among the many students in the protest meet in Delhi was 25-year-old Vishnu.”I am against mob lynchings, whether they are in Haryana or Kashmir. Incidents like these will destroy the secular fabric of our country. Such protests help build solidarity,” he said.

Journalists move HC challenging jail term awarded by assembly

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two editors of Kannada tabloids have approached the Karnataka High Court challenging the state Assembly resolution sentencing them to a one-year jail term for their alleged “defamatory” articles against legislators. In their petitions filed before Justice Ashok B Hinchigeri, the two have sought quashing of the resolution adopted by the House, contending that it was “illegal and unconstitutional.” The June 21 last assembly resolution sentencing Ravi Belagere of ‘Hai Bangalore’ and Anil Raju of ‘Yelahanka Voice’ has triggered protests from the media with the Editors’ Guild of India terming it as a “gross misuse” of power which “violates” the fundamental right of freedom of speech. The guild has also urged the assembly to withdraw its resolution “without delay”. In an unusual and drastic step, the assembly awarded the sentence, besides imposing a fine of Rs 10,000 each on the two journalists, based on the recommendations of Privileges Committee of the House. In their petitions filed yesterday, the two journalists contended that the sentencing was illegal and unconstitutional as the Speaker K B Koliwad, cannot be an adjudicator for his own complaint. Belagere had published an article against Koliwad in September 2014 issue of ‘Hai Bangalore’. Former Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa had referred the issue to the Privileges Committee after Koliwad, then an MLA, had lodged a complaint against Belagere. Congress and BJP MLAs, B M Nagaraju and S R Viswanath had raised the issue in the House and recommended action against the journalists. The sentencing violated the norms of natural justice because the Speaker had not given sufficient hearing opportunity to them before levelling charges, the petitioners said. “Proper notices also were not served to the Editors.” The petition also said, legislators do not have any power to award a jail term. The court is likely to hear the petitions tomorrow.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Virat Kohli: AB de Villiers offers insight into India captain’s life

What’s it like to shoulder the hopes of 1.3 billion people? South Africa captain AB de Villiers explains how India’s Virat Kohli does everything with a smile.

Kazakhstan, ISRO in JWG pact for space cooperation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A delegation of the Aerospace Committee (Kazkosmos) of the Ministry of Aerospace and Defense Industry of Kazakhstan recently paid a visit to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in Bangalore, where prospects for cooperation in the field of space between Kazakhstan and India were discussed. The Kazakh delegation was led by Kazkosmos Acting Chairman Malik Olzhabekov. Both parties presented their respective space programs and discussed proposals for cooperation in the development of the aerospace industry, such as satellite communication; launch vehicle development and launch sites; remote sensing; small satellites development; development of components. The Kazakh delegation also visited technical facilities and got acquainted with the activities of the Satellite Integration and Testing Establishment (ISITE) and the Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bangalore. As the result of the working visit, an agreement was reached for the establishment of a joint working group for conducting a detailed study of projects where cooperation could take place, especially in the above mentioned areas. Kazakhstan?s Ambassador to India Bulat Sarsenbayev also called on Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala, during which both discussed prospects for cooperation between Kazakhstan and Karnataka.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bangalore water woes: India’s Silicon Valley dries up

Drought, excessive construction and a water cartel are all adding to Bangalore’s woes.

BJP working towards Congress-mukt Karnataka: Yeddyurappa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa today claimed that the saffron party would achieve its dream of ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’ after defeating the ruling party in the state in next year’s Assembly polls. Yeddyurappa, who has been named as the BJP’s chief ministerial face for the Karnataka Assembly polls by party chief Amit Shah, said he and the workers of the saffron party were working towards achieving a ‘Congress-mukt’ (Congress- free) Karnataka as per the wishes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP would achieve its “mission of winning 150 (Assembly) seats” in Karnataka in 2018, he said at a meet-the-press programme organised by The Press Club of Bangalore and the Bangalore Reporters Guild. “We will fight the next election under the stewardship of Modi, like we did in Uttar Pradesh where the party won convincingly,” said the former chief minister. Yeddyurappa, credited with leading the BJP to form its first ever government in the south in 2008, said he would like to repeat the feat, especially after Modi and Shah “honoured” him by announcing his name as the party’s chief ministerial candidate for the next Assembly election. He expressed confidence that the BJP would form government in Karnataka on its own and brushed aside any possibility of a coalition in the run-up to the election. On his recent public spat with senior party leader KS Eshwarappa, Yeddyurappa said the party leadership had resolved the “small” differences between them and all were moving ahead in unison. Asked about the corruption cases against him, Yeddyurappa, who had to quit as the chief minister in 2011 over graft charges, said except “two-three cases related to land denotification”, his name had been cleared in all the cases. Replying to another query, he said the BJP would use former chief minister SM Krishna’s “IT-BT image” to woo the young voters of Bengaluru city. Unhappy over the state of affairs in the Congress party, Krishna had recently defected to the saffron camp.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Darth Vader as life saver? An Indian police force meme crusade

Can a rogue Jedi, white walkers and a drug lord help improve law and order in Bangalore?

Dawn of the age of Aquarius

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>During a visit to two remote villages, Kasti and Pimpaldari, in Maharashtra, 17-year-old Shubh Agarwal was witness to a rather common sight. While volunteering with the Indian Red Cross in 2015, during his field visit he saw women walking for miles each morning with pots on their heads, just to draw clean water for their families. Shubh was moved to action and wanted to help villages get quicker access to clean water. “It is typical in most Indian villages to expect the women to fetch water for the house, no matter how far a well or water source may be. I really wanted to do something to help this situation and hence came up with Aquarius,” expresses Shubh, who is currently in Class 11 at The International School Bangalore (TISB). Just like any other teenager, Shubh loves spending his spare time in playing outdoor games like cricket and squash. “After coming home from the trip, I continued to think of how I could help. One day while sitting in a restaurant, I saw droplets of water condense inside a cola bottle. This intrigued me, and I thought of using humidity and water condensation as a potential theory for my project,” says Shubh. After doing enough research, in December 2015, Shubh began to experiment with his idea. “I first put a vessel made out of aluminum into the ground at a depth of one foot; however, the water collected was insufficient. The next time, I improved on the idea and placed a pipe of seven feet into the soil with a bowl attached. I added a fan to blow humid air into the pipe using a rechargeable battery and solar panels. To my surprise, after 24 hours, I managed to collect 4.2 liters of clean water, an amount sufficient for two individuals,” explains Shubh.After a number of tests and trials, in December 2016, Aquarius was rebuilt costing Shubh a sum of Rs 25,000. A number of improvements were made to the instrument with regard to the fan speed, air volume, laminar flow and the design. The newly designed Aquarius measures 8.50 feet and was planted in his father’s factory compound in the Wada district for further testing. The water obtained from it was sent for testing to the Whaters water testing agency in Navi Mumbai, to see if it meets the government regulated standards.While such a project may bear good fruit only in humid climate, the main challenge lies in getting the word out there. Sunita Agarwal, Shubh’s mother says, “If Aquarius is further worked upon, it can definitely be used to help rural villages. Mass production will also lower the manufacturing cost. The only challenge he has faced so far is getting Aquarius tried and tested on an individual basis in a crowded city like Mumbai, where he built this project though he studies in Bangalore.” It may have been tough so far, Shubh has plans for Aquarius. “It’s been a year now, and soon I hope to put this idea on crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter or Rockethub,” says Shubh. This enterprising innovator is also in the process of developing his own web page for Aquarius by the name Septoid. “The web page will include an overview of the product and how it works. It will also feature a donation dialogue box for people who want to help,” he shares.

Work begins on 5 expressway projs, 7 more on anvil: Gadkari

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government has started work on five expressways including Delhi-Meerut while other seven projects will be launched soon, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said today. “We are constructing 12 new express highways. Work on five has already started. These include Eastern Peripheral expressway which will be completed by August 15 this year and Delhi-Meerut expressway,” Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Gadkari said addressing the media here. After inaugurating an exhibition at India Integrated Transport & Logistics Summit 2017, the minister said work will begin on Vadodara-Mumbai project this year. “Alignments for Delhi-Jaipur and Delhi-Ludhiana- Amritsar-Katra expressways have been finalised,” he said. The other projects he said include 250 km Bangalore- Chennai expressway besides Hyderabad-Vijaywada and Nagpur-Hyderabad projects. The Minister said the road building pace has reached 23 km a day at present and would touch 40 km a day in March 2018. He said a massive road network will be built under Bharatmala that would include highways in border areas and hilly terrains besides road connectivity to district headquarters and tribal areas.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kerala co-op bank to be a reality soon; report submitted

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The proposed Kerala Co-Operative Bank, an ambitious initiative of the CPI(M)-led LDF government, is likely to become a reality in 18 months with a committee today submitting its report on its formation. The government had mooted the bank with the aim of strengthening the cooperative sector in the state. The expert committee, headed by M S Sreeram of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore, entrusted with the study of various aspects of the proposed bank, submitted the report to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan with detailed recommendations for its formation. The report suggested that the government initiate steps to get necessary permission in principle from the Reserve Bank of India and the NABARD for the initiative. State Finance Minister T M Thomas Isaac said the main objective of the proposed bank was to strengthen the cooperative sector in the state. The bank had been envisaged as an apex body of the cooperatives in the state, he told reporters here. Making it clear that there would be no job loss due to the proposed bank, Cooperation and Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran said employees in the cooperative banks would be redeployed. Among other things, the report recommended completion of the process for formation of the bank in 18 months by integrating all 14 district co-operative banks with the state-level bank. With the formation of Kerala Bank, the present three-tie cooperative would be converted into a two-tier system. The existing primary agriculture cooperative societies would be retained as such. The new Bank should be able to function by levying interest on financial products sans exorbitant service fees, the report said. The government should sanction Rs 1,000 crore either as budget allocation or ‘long-term-subordinated-debt’ or grant for the capital investment support, technological integration and human resource development, it said. A special audit based on the financial statement of March 31, 2017 should be conducted as a prelude to the integration at the district cooperative sector. A project management unit and project advisory board should also be set up for the initiative, it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

B’luru Ex-French diplomat acquitted on charges of raping minor daughter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Five years after Pascal Mazurier, a former French diplomat, was accused of raping his three-year-old daughter, he has been acquitted by a court here today. Mazurier?s former wife Suja Jones had complained in June 2012, that Pascal had raped their child. ?The allegations were the most heinous of a kind a father would face, so ultimately based on the material and the defense we have taken, the honorable court came to a right conclusion that the offences have not been proved and ordered the acquittal of Mr. Pascal,? his counsel told ANI here after the hearing. Speaking to ANI here after his acquittal, Pascal admitted that it was mental trauma to be falsely accused, to be separated from his children and to stay for so long out of his country, during which time, he lost some dear ones. ?So yes its joy today to finally see the truth. It?s almost a five year long battle, so I?m happy. Let me get the copy of judgment, then we will take the next step. Not so many people supported me. I was not in my country, I was alone. All I had was my lawyers,? he added. Despite the Vienna convention stating that a diplomat cannot be arrested or detained, Mazurier, however, was arrested on June 2012, following a complaint by his wife. His wife had submitted a medical report to the police reportedly confirming the child had been raped on June 13, following which Pascal, who was the deputy head of chancery at the French Consulate in Bangalore, was arrested.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NGT orders immediate closure of industries near Bengaluru lake

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal today directed an immediate and complete shutdown of all industries around Bengaluru’s Bellandur Lake where a mound of garbage was set on fire in February this year. Slamming the local civic bodies for inaction, a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also banned dumping of any kind of municipal solid waste around the lake and announced an environment compensation of Rs 5 lakh on anyone found dumping waste in and around the lake. “All the industries located in the vicinity of Bellandur Lake and discharging effluent are hereby directed to be closed… “No industry is permitted to operate unless inspection by a joint inspection team is conducted and analysis of effluent is found to be within the permissible limits,” the bench, which also comprised Justice R S Rathore, said. The green panel ordered the State Pollution Control Board to seal the industries which are violating the directions. The tribunal had yesterday taken objection to a legal opinion by the state government while interpreting its May 4, 2016 order that had increased the buffer zone of lakes from 30 metres to 75 metres in Bengaluru. Earlier, the NGT had lashed out at the Karnataka government and its agencies responsible for maintenance of the Bellandur lake, asking them why they should not be prosecuted for negligence following the recent outbreak of fire in the waterbody. It had earlier issued notice to the Union Environment Ministry, the Karnataka government, Lake Authority of Bangalore, state pollution control board and Central Pollution Control Board in the case. On February 20, the NGT had taken suo motu cognisance of media reports and photographs of the incident in which fire broke out in the Bengaluru lake. “It is reported that there were thick clouds of smoke which severely hit traffic and people living around the lake. It is also reported that usually a pile of garbage around the lake is set on fire and there was total panic. “Undoubtedly, such emissions are bound to be have an adverse impact on environment, ecology and human health. It is a matter which requires serious investigation, remedial measures and restoration of the lake to its original wholesome status,” it had said. Thick cloud of white smoke persisted in the air around Bellandur Lake in Bengaluru after the blaze in a garbage mound around it on February 16.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BookMyBai bans celebs for their ‘horrendous’ misconduct

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A popular online platform that helps people find domestic helps has recently taken a decision to not offer its services to Bollywood celebrities, after receiving several complaints from its employees about celebrities misbehaving with them. BookMyBai, an online platform that provides home helps in four major cities — Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Kolkata — has imposed a blanket ban on all celebrities across the country, citing certain ‘horrendous experiences’.Anupam Sinhal, a co-founder of the company, announced the company’s decision via an elaborate blog post last Saturday. “We are all fans of some celebrity or the other. We look up to them. They become role models. Some of them also get prestigious national awards for their work. BookMyBai has worked very closely with a lot of Bollywood celebrities and provided them with a good domestic help in Mumbai and other cities, and our experience has been no less than horrendous,” Sinhal’s post stated.Citing several examples of maids being physically abused and not being given food to eat or leave to attend a relative’s funeral, the post explained the various ways in which domestic helps had suffered injustice while working in the homes of famous people from the film industry.Talking to DNA, Sinhal said that the company came up with the decision after a lot of thought and is firm on not offering its services to celebrities — big or small — anymore. “In the last few months, we have had several complaints from maids about celebrities not behaving well, paying them less — sometimes not paying them at all — and not providing them a meal or leaves that they are entitled to. Celebrities feel that since they have money and influence, they can do anything to their home helps, who often choose to not report cases of abuse and misconduct due to their poor financial condition and fear of being targeted,” Sinhal said.He added that the company has decided to prioritise on providing its services to trusted customers instead of taking a risk with celebrities who have a history of misbehaving. “We have had at least 20 big celebrities as clients, apart from a large number of small-time actors. Around 500 requests come to us everyday and we can only provide close to 80-90 home helps. When the demand is this high, we would rather provide our services to valued customers over celebrities who have a poor record,” he added. MAID TO ORDERWhen asked how BookMyBai knows if a client is a celebrity, Anupam Sinhal, a co-founder of the domestic help supplier, said they can usually recognise big celebrities by their names and (matching) addresses.

Indian Premier League: Chris Gayle becomes first to 10,000 Twenty20 runs

Chris Gayle becomes the first batsman to reach 10,000 Twenty20 runs as Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Gujarat Lions.

Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya held in UK

The businessman faces charges in India of financial irregularities at his defunct Kingfisher airline.

Malnutrition ails urban India too

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When Alankriti and Ashwini Jain welcomed their baby girl in 2015, they vowed to give her the best. “We had been married for four years and longed for a child. We now wanted to ensure Tridha would receive all she needs for a healthy life,” says Answini, an engineer from IIT-Kharagpur, who runs a ceramics company.“We would feed her what our elders advised and what we thought was ideal for her,” Ashwini says.However, Jains were soon to learn that malnutrition is not simply about lack of access to food but lack of right feeding, too.Tridha’s weight was low for her age. She’d fall ill frequently and catch infections. While no doctor flagged off nutrition as an issue, when Tridha was 16 months old, a family friend suggested they see a malnutrition expert.Though initially reluctant to consider it, when the couple eventually went over their daughter’s diet with the doctor, it was an eye-opener, they say.Dr Rupal Dalal of the Foundation of Mother and Child Health (FMCH) who saw Tridha, says, “The child was stuck in a malnutrition cycle due to constant infections. Being severely underweight is not the only indication of malnutrition but catching infections, being very irritable and cranky also suggest that the child is missing micro-nutrients.”Tridha was eating mashed food well after her first birthday, and Dr Dalal diagnosed her with Type-2 nutrition deficiency. “It could be protein, amino acids, essential fatty acids or zinc. There is no way to tell for sure unless you do a muscle biopsy but based on her diet pattern, I figured she was deficient in zinc. When I first met her she would not even make eye contact. She was very irritable,” Dr Dalal says.According to Dr Dalal, such cases of malnutrition in urban India are increasingly coming to notice. Junk food, sweet drinks and biscuits are a strict no-no for children. In case of most well-to-do families, the organic food fad is often an undoing, she says.“I once saw a five-year-old from Bangalore who weighed only 12 kg, an ideal weight of a two-year-old. He was given organic food but his diet was missing in grains and proteins,” she says.Children must be given protein in the form of nuts and germinated pulses, she stresses. “We have also forgotten the nutrient-value of seeds such as pumpkin, and how simple germination raises micro-nutrients in food,” she says.Tridha went from 8 kg to 12 kg in a month-and-half with changes to her diet. She was not given any medicines. Once her meals were supplemented with zinc in the form of cashew paste, her appetite soared. The doctor also recommended that Tridha take five meals (solid foods) a day, along with germinated beans power and curry leaves powder mixed in her food.“We are vegetarians but the doctor convinced us to introduce her to eggs to make up for the deficiency. We also started giving her dry fruit paste during meals, which she relishes,” says Alankriti.In other news93 lakh kids suffer from SAMAccording to the Central Government’s data released in March 2017, over 93.4 lakh children in India suffer from have severe acute malnutrition (SAM).India has 966 Nutritional Rehabilitation Centres (NRCs) in 25 states and union territories that need to be mobilised to tackle the issue. As per the latest survey, 10 per cent of SAM children might need admission to the NRCs. In 2015-16, 1.7 lakh children enrolled at NRCs of which close to 92 thousand recovered.Understanding malnutrition Malnutrition type 1: Vitamin and mineral deficiencies like Vitamin A and D or calcium and iron. It’s symptomatic and can be measured in the bloodType 2: Deficiency of micro-nutrients required for every metabolic process. If the body is short of them, it converts muscle to nutrients, making the child listless and irritable

‘We just went out on our elephants’: Indians slam Uber for suggesting they were ‘locked up at home’ earlier!

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Now Uber wants to rule the world, and has little regard for the opinion of others and any niceties but that still doesn’t explain their suggestion that people in India were stuck in their homes before the app arrived.A piece in the NYT stated: “ The leapfrogging of private car ownership remains far off. At this point, Uber has 200,400 active drivers on its platform in India. Ola said it has 640,000. Those numbers sound large, until you consider that nearly 400 million people live in India’s cities.Still, citizens of a certain professional class — tech workers, frequent travelers — said Uber and Ola had become part of the fabric of Indian urban life.Before Uber, “folks were rather locked up at home,” said Christian Freese, the general manager for Uber’s Bangalore office, where the company has placed its only dedicated engineering center outside of San Francisco. “Now you can see people go out, especially on the weekend. You just press a button and the car is there.”The suggestion from Freese is rather bizarre, as if Indians were unable to move before the app came out. Ride-hailing service Uber Technologies Inc generated $6.5 billion (nearly Rs 43242.87 crore) in revenue last year and its gross bookings doubled to $20 billion (nearly Rs 1.33 lakh crore), the company said on Friday. Its adjusted net loss was $2.8 billion (nearly Rs 1.86 crore), excluding the operation in China it sold last year, Uber said. As a private company, now worth $68 billion (nearly Rs 4.52 lakh crore), Uber does not report its financial results publicly.It confirmed the figures in an emailed statement after Bloomberg reported the results. Uber did not provide first quarter figures, but a spokeswoman said they “seem to be in line with expectations.” For the final quarter of 2016, gross bookings increased 28% from the previous quarter, to $6.9 billion. But Uber’s losses grew to $991 million in the period, as revenues grew 74% to $2.9 billion (nearly Rs 1.92 lakh crore) from the third quarter. In a separate emailed statement, Rachel Holt, Uber’s regional general manager for the United States and Canada, said: “We’re fortunate to have a healthy and growing business, giving us the room to make the changes we know are needed on management and accountability, our culture and organization, and our relationship with drivers.” Uber has been rocked by a number of setbacks lately, including detailed accusations of sexual harassment from a former female employee and a video showing Chief Executive Travis Kalanick harshly berating an Uber driver. The company is in the process of hiring a chief operating officer to help Kalanick manage it, repair its tarnished image and improve its culture. Two of Uber’s high-level executives recently said they intended to leave, and last week the company’s communications head announced her departure.

Tamil Nadu: Ahead of RK Nagar by-poll, IT-dept raids Minister C Vijayabaskar, actor Sarath Kumar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Income Tax department raided the residence and properties of Tamil Nadu Health Minister Vijayabaskar and actor Sarathkumar, on Friday morning.The raids were conducted at Vijayabaskar’s residence at Greenways road, Pudukkottai and Trichy.This comes as a major embarrassment for Palaniswami government ahead of the April 12 by-poll in RK Nagar assembly constituency, the seat fell vacant after the former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s death on December 5.The minister, one of the key members of the Sasikala faction, who is currently lodged in a Bangalore jail, has always known to be her loyalist. Media reports said that raids were conducted in at least 31 places included 21 in Chennai.According to TheNewsMinute, MGR Medical University VC Dr Geetalakshmi and AIADMK politician Chitlapakkam Rajendran were also raided.(More details are awaited)

African envoys: India attacks on Nigerians ‘racial’

African envoys say India has not adequately condemned recent violence or acted to prevent it.

Bengaluru IISc attack suspect arrested from Agartala

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Karnataka Anti-Terror Squad and Tripura Police on Friday arrested a suspect from Jogendranagar area near Agartala in connection with the 2005 terror attack at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru. The arrested man, identified as Habib Miyan, had reportedly helped the main accused – Abu Hamza, a Pakistani national, and Ahmed alias Saba alias Farhan from Motihari in Bihar to escape to Nepal after the terror attack, which claimed the life of one Prof M.C. Puri and injured several other scientists. Public Prosecutor Uttam Banerjee told ANI, ?One suspect in the 2005 militant incident in Bangalore was arrested from Jogendranagar. He has been identified as Habib Mia and was produced in a local court here with plea for transit remand to take him to Karnataka.? Meantime, Habib Miyan?s sister Sabna Begam rubbished the allegations levelled against him and said that her brother was innocent. ?My brother is innocent and is not connected to any crime. He is very religious and works as a plumber. He has not even stepped out of the state. All allegations against him are false,? she said. Earlier on December 28, 2005, two gunmen wearing black masks and army uniforms in a car started firing indiscriminately from a rifle towards the delegates at the IISc killing one Professor Munish Chandra Puri of IIT Delhi and injured four others. The IISc attack was planned by Pakistan-based banned terror organiSation Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Fans’ views ahead of India-Australia Test

Indians and Australians we spoke to were sure of success – but who will win the third Test?

Asserting that Indian Railway was the lifeline of the

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>country, N K Premchandram (RSP) said the merger of Rail Budget with General Budget was a violation of a resolution of the Constituent Assembly of 1949. Constituent Assembly had resolved that Rail finances would remain separate from general finance. Seeking a clarification, he said, “with the merger of the Budget, what happens to the fate of Railway Convention Committee.” Sushil Kumar Singh (BJP) raised the issue of very high cancellation charges, especially for the sleeper segment. Citing an example, he said, for a Rs 605 ticket, the cancellation charge stood at Rs 465. P C Mohan (BJP) demanded that the Railways should consider running suburban trains for Bangalore so that the traffic congestion is tackled. P D Rai (Sikkim Democratic Front) hoped that Sikkim will be connected with the rail network in the next two years. Sikkim is the only state which is not connected to the railways, he said. Naranbhai Kachhadia (BJP) lauded the government’s decision to club rail and finance budgets as a “bold move” while Aparupa Poddar (TMC) questioned the merger saying it has not gone down well with the commuters association. Adhir Ranjan Chowdury (Congress) alleged that the West Bengal was being discriminated by the Narendra Modi government as he sought to grill the government over rising number of accidents. Rammohan Naidu (TDP) demanded a seperate a railway zone for Andhra Pradesh, to be based in Visakhapatnam, as promised under the AP Reorganisation Act. Dushyant Chautala (INLD) lauded the railway ministry for sanctioning a line to connect his constituency of Hisar to Chandigarh. Others who participated in the debate included Bhairon Prasad Mishra (BJP), Dharamvir Gandhi (AAP), and Lakhan Lal Sahu (BJP), Kaushalendra Kumar (JD-U), Rajesh Pandey (BJP) and Darshana Jardosh (BJP).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Telangana IT minister pitches infrastructure plans to Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Telangana IT Minister KT Rama Rao met Union Ministers in the national capital to seek financial aid regarding infrastructure and development projects in the state. Rao met Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and pitched his plans. Speaking to the media after his meeting, Rao said that Prabhu had proposed to barter land in Cherlopalli and Nagulapalli for the 32 acres sought by him, adding that a deadline of two weeks has been fixed in this regard. He then proceeded to meet Gadkari and requested financial support for the proposed skyways on Warangal, Bangalore and Vijayawada highways. Rao also held several meeting with various companies in the national capital in order to bring in more investments to Telangana.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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CISF to do away with baggage stamping at airports

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Equipped with among the best Airport Service Quality (ASQ) ratings, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is planning to do away with cumbersome process of stamping of baggage at six major airports, thus further reducing the number of checks considered obtrusive by passengers.”We will be doing final check of the position and quality of cameras along with Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) and Airport Authority and if all things are up to the satisfaction, we will do away with the stamping of baggage at all the major airports like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai etc.,” said CISF director general, O P Singh.The CISF has sought to replace old CCTV camera with new HD (high definition) cameras to do better profiling of the passengers for doing away with baggage stamping.In the latest ASQ rating done by Brussels based Airport Council International, the six international airports under CISF security cover beat some of the world’s most prominent airports like Dallas, Heathrow, Charles de Gaulle, Dubai, LA and Frankfurt on the parameters of customer satisfaction done on security parameters.The four parameters related to security were: courtesy and helpfulness of security staff, thoroughness of security inspection, waiting time at security inspection, and feeling of being safe and secure.Mumbai airport took the top slot clocking 4.77, 4.69, 4.78 and 4.83 respectively on the scale of five for the above parameters. It was a better score by far than Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas (US) that clocked 4.24, 4.26, 4.10 and 4.32 or other airports like Heathrow (London), Charles de Gaulle (France), Dubai, Los Angeles International (US) and Frankfurt am Main International ( Germany).The other airports that clocked better ratings than the world’s best are Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata and Chennai.Addressing CISF’s annual press conference, Singh said that the force is raising a special tactics wing (STW) at NISA academy in Hyderabad for tactical capacity building for the diversified role of the CISF.”It will cater to the tactical need of hypersensitive airports, Delhi Metro Rail and other hypersensitive units in Left Wing Extremism (LWE) area. It will train the men and officers for building an enhanced combat and tactical advantage against terrorist attacks and other threats to the vital installations,” said Singh.

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