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London mayor Sadiq Khan says UK must apologise for India massacre

The London mayor calls for an apology over one of the bloodiest massacres in British history.

Govt not to acquire Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Israel, DRDO roped in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government has decided to retract the process to acquire a batch of Spike anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM) from Israel for the Army, and asked premier defence research laboratory DRDO to develop it with indigenous technology.The government has decided to retract the Request for Proposal (RFP) to procure the Spike missiles from an Israeli firm, official sources said. The sources indicated that the proposal to acquire the missile system faced hurdles when Israeli side apparently expressed reservations in ensuring full transfer of technology as per the provisions of the ‘Make in India’ initiative. They said the decision to retract the RFP was taken after the DRDO expressed confidence of producing the ATGMs.The DRDO has now been told to work on the project and has been given four years to develop the missile, the sources said. There was no official comment from the defence ministry on the issue. India’s Kalyani group and Israel’s state-run Rafael Advanced Defence Systems had commissioned a Rs 70 crore production facility near Hyderabad in August, anticipating that the Israeli firm would bag the contract. In Jerusalem, Rafael Advanced Defence Systems said it has not received any communication from India on retraction of the RFP.”Rafael has not been officially informed of any change in the decision to purchase Spike missiles. Spike is in use with 26 different militaries around the world, and was selected by India after a long and rigorous process, in which it successfully met all the requirements in a wide variety of combat test scenarios,” Rafael’s deputy spokesman Ishay David told PTI. The defence ministry has been strongly pushing for transfer of technology in procuring various weapons and other platforms from foreign defence majors as part of its broad policy initiative to encourage domestic defence industry. As per the original proposal, India had planned to acquire the ATGMs for the Army at a cost of US$ 500 million.

Test championship & ODI league confirmed by International Cricket Council

The International Cricket Council confirms plans for a Test championship and one-day international league and gives the go-ahead for four-day Tests.

35-year-old man murders aunt for money, arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police arrested a 35-year-old man who murdered his aunt using an ice prick and fled with Rs 5,000 cash and valuables. The incident took place in west Delhi’s Moti Nagar area. Police said the man was arrested within 24 hours of the murder.The accused has been identified as Lalit Chandna, a resident of Jahangir Puri area. According to the police, on Thursday evening, they received a call about a murder at New Moti Nagar. The deceased was identified as Priskilla David.The police inquired relatives and neighbours and scanned the CCTV footage in the area. It was revealed that one Lalit, nephew of deceased, had asked her daughter for some money about a month ago, but she had refused.Lalit was tracked and arrested after a raid. During interrogation, he disclosed that he sells hosiery items and is an alcoholic. He said that he was in need for money and sought financial help from his cousin Marlin David, daughter of the deceased but she had refused. He planned to get some money from the house of his aunt by robbing her. On Thursday, he reached her residence when Priskilla was alone and stabbed her,” said Vijay Kumar, DCP west.

Trump to discuss South Asia strategy at Camp David on Friday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>US President Donald Trump would discuss South Asia strategy with his national security team on Friday at Camp David, a picturesque presidential retreat in Maryland, the White House said today. US National Security Advisor Lt Gen H R McMaster would be among those attending the meeting. “The President along with the Vice President will meet with the National Security Team on Friday at Camp David to discuss the South Asia strategy,” the White House said. South Asia strategy primarily means the policy in Afghanistan, but the Trump administration feels that the war- torn country needs a regional approach to resolve the decades old problem. In the past few weeks, senior officials of the Trump administration have gone on record to say that the regional approach to Afghanistan means both India and Pakistan. However, the officials so far have remained tight lipped on what this means for India given that Pakistan has been averse to any Indian role in Afghanistan. During the Bush administration and the initial years of the Obama administration, Pakistan had successfully managed to keep India out of major strategic conferences on Afghanistan. However, the successive administrations in the US have acknowledged the role of India in the development of Afghanistan. After the US, India is one of the largest donors for developmental projects in Afghanistan, as a result of which India s popularity in this war-torn country is much higher than any other nation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Criminals flee from Kalyan prison, destroy CCTV cable

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Two criminal escaped on Sunday morning jumping over the walls of the Kalyan jail in Maharashtra?s Thane district. A senior police officer, Balasaheb Kadam told ANI, ?We got information in the morning that two under trials escaped from the jail by jumping over the walls of Aganwadi jail.? ?They jumped over the wall and loosened the closed circuit television cable (cctv) and escaped from jail,? he added. The dacoits were recognised as Manikant Nadar and David Devendram who were accused of robbery and several other criminal records. Devendram, a Dombivli resident, was arrested in 2014 while Nadar, a Mumbra resident, was in jail since 2015. Search operation for both is underway. Furthers details are awaited.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

British students on charity trip to India sent home because of wrong visas

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A group of British school students on a charity trip to India were sent home from Chennai airport after officials said they had the wrong visas, the school’s head teacher said on Friday.The 16 students and three staff from Poynton High School in Cheshire in northern England were denied entry by immigration staff for having tourist visas.Headteacher David Waugh said the school had made three previous trips to support a Macclesfield-based charity, India Direct, which runs two homes for 165 destitute children in Chennai and in a nearby fishing village.He said the students had always travelled on tourist visas as they did not work for the charity once there but simply visited the homes to deliver toys and other goods.Waugh reported feelings of “sadness and shock” in the community as the charity has been an integral part of the school since 2005, with students raising more than 27,000 pounds ($35,000) for their work.”A barrier has been put up between students simply reaching out from here to there,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Waugh said attempts to reach the Indian High Commission were unsuccessful as he was referred to the complaint section of their website.The Indian High Commission did not respond to a request for comment by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.The block on their entry comes after civil society groups in India have come under increased government scrutiny in recent years.More than 10,000 charities in India have had their licences to receive or donate foreign funds cancelled or suspended since 2014, hampering their ability to work in areas ranging from housing and education to health and sanitation.India Direct said attempts to get the immigration decision overturned were unsuccessful, with a disappointing outcome for the students.”Our hearts go out to this great team of staff and students, who have already made a real difference, and who must be so disappointed,” the charity said on its website.”As you can imagine the staff and students are in a state of tired shock, having travelled for 48 hours as a round trip.”

South Sudan: Indian peacekeepers praised by top UN official

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian peacekeepers stationed in a South Sudanese town have been praised for providing lifesaving medical assistance to a woman who collapsed near a UN base. An 18-year-old internally displaced woman who lives in the Protection of Civilian site at Melut was returning from a nearby market when she collapsed and fell unconscious. The peacekeepers at the sentry gate immediately rushed to bring her into the base, a report on the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) website said.It added that an ambulance to transport the severely ill woman to a local hospital was unavailable at the time so the Indian peacekeeping medical team provided her with immediate treatment at the hospital within the base. The woman is now recovering well and has been moved to another hospital for further care.UNMISS head David Shearer praised the Indian battalion for its quick response in helping the woman and for the “quality of care they were able to provide in such a remote and dangerous environment,” the report added. India, which is among the largest troop contributors to UN peacekeeping missions, has a total of 7,665 troops, police and military experts stationed in the South Sudanese mission.

Modi in US: Sundar Pichai says everyone looking forward to investing in India, excited by GST rollout

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After attending the CEOs roundtable conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said here that the former was focused on getting insights on how to attract more foreign investment.’It (the conference) was a discussion across many industries and I think the Prime Minister was looking for insights into how India can attract more foreign investment,’ Pichai told ANI in an exclusive interview.He added that good ideas were discussed regarding the same and that everyone was looking forward to invest more in India.’I think there were many good ideas discussed and I think everyone is excited to invest more in India and I’m excited about what we all can do together,’ said the Google CEO.Commenting on the upcoming rollout of Good and Services Tax (GST), Pichai said, ‘We are all looking forward to the July 1st roll out. I know it has been a very difficult thing to do so I’m excited to see it happen. Shows that you can achieve reform by pushing hard for it and I hope it is just the beginning.’GST is India’s biggest and most ambitious tax reform that is being rolled out in hope that it will shore up tax revenues, cool inflation and accelerate growth.When implied it will tear down trade barriers by replacing 15 different central and state levies. The government has assured that the reform will not be inflationary.At the conference with the business honchos, the Prime Minister stressed that the whole world is looking at India today adding that growth for New Delhi also presents a win-win partnership for the United States.The Indian Government so far has carried out about 7,000 reforms for ease of doing business in the country and provide for minimum government, maximum governance.’The implementation of the landmark initiative of GST could be a subject of studies in US business schools,’ said the Prime Minister.The CEO’s in presence included ‘1. Shantanu Narayen, Chairman, President & CEO, Adobe2. Jeff Bezos, Founder & CEO, Amazon3. Jim Taiclet, Chairman, President & CEO, American Tower Corporation4. Tim Cook, CEO, Apple5. Jim Umpleby, CEO, Caterpillar6. John Chambers, Executive Chairman, Cisco7. Punit Renjen, Global CEO, Deloitte8. David Farr, Chairman & CEO, Emerson9. Mark Weinberger, CEO, Ernst & Young10. Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google11. Alex Gorsky, Chairman & CEO, Johnson & Johnson12. Jamie Dimon, CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co.13. Marillyn Hewson, Chairman, President & CEO, Lockheed Martin14. Arne Sorenson, President & CEO, Marriott International15. Ajay Banga, President & CEO, Mastercard16. Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman & CEO, Mondelez International17. David Rubenstein, Co-founder & Co-CEO, The Carlyle Group18. Doug McMillon, President & CEO, Walmart19. Charles Kaye, Co-CEO, Warburg Pincus20. Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman, IHS Markit21. Mukesh Aghi, President, USIBCPrime Minister Modi who touched down the Andrews Air Force base in Washington yesterday is on a bilateral visit to meet U.S. President Donald Trump.

4 held for drug trafficking, drugs worth Rs 1 cr recovered

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police have arrested four persons, including a Nigerian national, for their alleged involvement in two separate cases of drug trafficking, and recovered drugs worth Rs one crore. The Crime Branch has busted two networks of drug peddlers supplying narcotic drugs in Delhi and Punjab, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rajesh Deo. On May 24, police received information about a man engaged in supply of heroin in Punjab and Delhi coming to Mata Chanan Devi Hospital, Janakpuri. The accused, Brijesh Kumar Garg, was supposed to receive a huge consignment of heroin from an African national Ejime David. A trap was laid and Garg and David were arrested. Police recovered 260 grams of heroin from the duo. During interrogation, it was found that the heroin supply network was being operated from Punjab, said the officer. In another case, two men Hemraj and his associate Nitu were arrested on May 25 near Guru Nanaksar Gurdwara and 700 grams of heroin was recovered from them. During interrogation, the accused told police that they worked for a man by the name of “Shera of Punjab”. They revealed that the recovered contraband was procured from one ‘Bhaijaan’ of Faridpur, Bareilly in UP, who was in regular contact with Shera. The accused used to travel by roadways buses plying between Delhi and Bareilly to avoid police raids.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kamuthi: The world’s largest solar power project

The world’s largest solar power park is located in the Kamuthi in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Times Group files police complaint against Goswami, reporter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd (BCCL), also known as the Times Group, has lodged a police complaint against Arnab Goswami, founder of recently launched English news channel Republic TV, and its journalist Prema Sridevi for alleged infringement of copyright and property theft. BCCL filed the complaint with the Azad Maidan police station here yesterday, alleging commission of offences of theft, criminal breach of trust, misappropriation of property and infringement of the company’s intellectual properties by using the same on Republic TV on multiple occasions on May 6 and 8. BCCL is the media conglomerate that owns The Times of India newspaper, along with several other entities and TV channels including Times Now, which was earlier headed by Goswami as the Editor-in-Chief. “BCCL owns several intellectual assets in the form of stories, audio-video content, documents, tapes, etc., gathered by its team of reporters and journalists during its news gathering and broadcasting operations,” the company said. In the police complaint, the BCCL said two “exposes” by Republic TV displayed material, in the form of audio tapes of phone conversations, that was procured and accessed while Goswami and Prema were in the employment of Times Now. Goswami and Prema Sridevi have acknowledged that the audio conversation in the ‘expose’ relating to Sunanda Pushkar case was in their possession for the last two years while they were employed with Times Now, the complaint said. “Goswami and Sridevi have wilfully, deliberately and with knowledge converted for their benefit and used the intellectual property of Times Now, thereby committing the offence of criminal misappropriation of property,” it said. An officer at the Azad Maidan police station said they have received the BCCL complaint. Reacting to the BCCL complaint, Goswami said, “It is a David versus Goliath fight.” “Goliaths can sit in the police station and David will sit in the news room,” Goswami said, adding, “Goliath is down to his knees,” Goswami said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

How free wi-fi is transforming India’s rail stations

Free high-speed wi-fi is now being offered at 115 stations on India’s railway network.

ISIS suspect held from Kullu in Dec in NIA custody

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NIA today took into its custody a suspected ISIS operative, hailing from Bengaluru, who was arrested from Kullu in Himachal Pradesh last December to unravel the conspiracy and his motive of staying in the northern state. Abid Khan, 23, was produced before a court in Shimla where the NIA got his 14 days remand for custodial interrogation, officials said here. He is being brought here. The case became important in the light of investigations into the operations of Pakistani-American national David Headley, conspirator of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, which pointed out that he wanted to target Israeli backpackers who frequented a village between Kullu and Manali. The probe was handed over to the NIA to understand the ramifications of the case as four other accused of Khan were arrested by the agency last November. He had ostensibly converted to Christianity in 2016. His name cropped up during interrogation of four of his associates who were arrested from Karnataka, the officials said, adding he knew at least six languages and was allegedly planning to go to Israel to learn Hebrew. He had been living in a church and had undertaken a journey to Sri Lanka, they said. The accused had claimed he was planning to escape to Indonesia where his could meet his girlfriend who had promised to take him to Syria for fighting along with ISIS. The plan failed to because of financial crisis, they added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

When the wild and the city coexist in harmony in Nairobi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When a city encroaches into its wildlife territory, can you really blame the animals when you read stories of leopards wandering into societies inhabited by humans? A stark contrast to our city of skyscrapers, Nairobi’s conservation policy not only allows people and animals to coexist, but also ensures that the animals — that are their pride and joy — are protected.So, one moment we’re driving along the bustling streets of Nairobi and the next we’re watching 25 orphaned baby elephants (in batches of 11 and 14) roll around in the muck, topple over cans holding water and photobomb people’s selfies at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Tha e trust’s Nairobi nursery nurtures baby elephants and rhinos, who have lost their mothers due to illness, drought, and even poachers. Rescued from different parts of the country, the elephants are transported by air to the nursery, where they are cared for and then released into the wild after they turn three. But the trust has done more than successfully hand-rear and rehabilitate over 130 orphaned elephants; it’s anti-poaching and aerial surveillance teams patrol and tackle illegal activities in the Tsavo Conservation Area, while four mobile veterinary units and a sky vet unit treat injured wildlife across Kenya, and its ‘Saving Habitats’ programme protects unique wilderness areas for the future. The trust also donates tree saplings to schools and communities to rehabilitate deforested areas, thus encouraging the community to be more involved in wildlife conservation.Ngilai, Sana Sana, Tamiyoi, Murit, Esampu, Luggard, a few more names and I lose track of the elephants that are being introduced to us; they have been named for the place they’ve been rescued from or for the reasons that have left them orphans. It’s feeding time now, and they’re chasing after their keepers for their baby formula that is fed to them from something resembling an oversized milk bottle. If they come close to you, you can pet them, but “don’t sit down or squat; they may think you’re a toy,” warns one of the keepers. The keepers care for the orphans 24 hours a day and sleep with them on a rotational basis, so that no elephant gets too attached to one particular keeper.A few more photos and we’re on our way to our second animal encounter for the day — feeding the giraffes at the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife, more commonly known as the Giraffe Centre. Once started as an initiative to rescue the endangered Rothschild giraffe, the centre, situated in Nairobi’s Lang’ata suburb, now gives visitors a chance to interact with the world’s tallest species. Founded in 1979, it educates Kenyan school children about the country’s wildlife and environment. The centre also holds training workshops for trainers, conducts national environmental competitions, organises ecology trips, and funds micro-projects, among several other environmental conservation activities it undertakes. So, feed them, pose with them, even steal a sloppy kiss if you dare; they’ll certainly steal your heart.Zebras graze in open fields of grass as the sun sets over the city skyline in the backdrop… nothing could be more picturesque, as we travel along the mud tracks within Nairobi National Park. Located in the heart of Nairobi (10 km south of the city centre), you’re bound to notice parts of the 117 sqkm park as you drive past from the airport. Believed to be the only wildlife park in the world that is so close to the city, it is home to the buffalo, giraffe, lion, baboon, wildebeest, topi, Thompson’s gazelle, rhino, impala, hartebeest, leopard, Grant’s gazelle, and over 400 species of birds.

David Wigler Named North American Principal for Neeyamo

David Wigler Named North American Principal for Neeyamo

Thu, 2 Mar 2017-11:29am , PTI

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BKC school students learn important life lessons from cancer-stricken kids

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>How do you ensure that schoolchildren imbibe important life lessons and empathy along with getting holistic education? In an effort to do so, Mount Litera School International (MLSI), BKC, had 20 students of the school interacting with children suffering from pediatric cancer at the Tata Memorial Centre (TMC) in Parel on Friday.The school students interacted with cancer patients at the hospital and took part in various fun activities and games, including a musical performance especially created for them. Students were accompanied by two teachers, along with the head of the secondary section of the school, and they offered gifts to the kids affected by cancer.As per a study published in the Journal of Global Oncology, over 50 children in the age group of one month to 14 years die of cancer every day in India. Sensitising students about the disease and encouraging empathy towards those suffering could make an everlasting impact on their minds.Eury David, the head of the school, said, “All children deserve love and support from the society, especially from their peers. We hope our students have learnt some crucial life lessons and made some lifelong friendships. These small steps go a long way towards creating awareness against cancer and, as an educational institute, we must encourage it.”STATING FACTSChildhood cancer contributes to around 5 per cent of the total cancer burden in IndiaApproximately 45,000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year in IndiaIn the developed countries, 80 per cent of the children with cancer are eventually cured

David Guetta: Uproar over India concert cancellation

Organisers said they were advised to cancel after reports of women being molested at New Year.

After New Year’s Eve debacle, Mariah Carey wishes for ‘more headlines’ | Reuters

By David Ingram

(Editor’s note: This story contains an obscenity in paragraph 2)By David IngramNEW YORK Grammy Award-winning singer Mariah Carey shrugged off a botched New Year’s Eve show in New York’s Times Square, telling fans and critics on Sunday that life does not always go as planned.”Shit happens,” Carey, the world’s million-selling female singer, wrote on Twitter. “Have a happy and healthy new year everybody! Here’s to making more headlines in 2017.”Carey, named the Grammy’s Best New Artist in 1991, was the final musical act on ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” taking the stage just before midnight. In addition to the television audience, the program was watched in person by the hundreds of thousands of people who gathered in what is called the “Crossroads of the World” to mark the beginning of 2017.

Carey’s opening song, a rendition of Robert Burns’ “Auld Lang Syne,” seemed to go as planned. But then the singer, surrounded by dancers and a sea of humanity, appeared flustered and complained of technical difficulties. “We can’t hear,” she said, as the music from her 1991 hit song “Emotions” began to play. “It is what it is,” she said. “Let the audience sing, OK?”

But the awkwardness persisted, prompting Carey to say: “I want a holiday, too. Can I not have one? I’m trying to be a good sport here.” The next song, “We Belong Together,” Carey’s 2005 hit, went awry as well. Carey dropped her hand-held microphone to her side and the song went on playing, revealing that she may have been only syncing her lips to the words.”It just don’t get any better,” a frustrated Carey said after the song.

After the debacle, some fans came to Carey’s defense on Twitter, while others were less than kind. Several tweets compared her to the disgraced pop duo Milli Vanilli, who lost their Grammy for Best New Artist in 1990 when it emerged they had never sung on their records. A spokesman for ABC declined to comment. (Reporting by David Ingram; Editing by Alan Crosby)

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