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After massive protest, Mumbai university slashes exam fees
Arun Jaitley flags infra sector, bank clean-up as priorities
Bihar: Minor boy commits suicide after being forcibly married to elder brother's widow
Three years of relative quiet shattered by Trump's Jerusalem declaration
Congress says NPAs of banks rose by Rs 5.05 lakh cr in 42 months; demands independent probe
Rajasthan Muslim labour murder: Prohibitory orders in Udaipur, Rajsamand as tension mounts
Hamas will reverse Trump's Jerusalem move, leader tells Gaza rally
Anti-Semitism rampant among Muslim refugees in Germany — study
2017-12-14 21:25:47 BERLIN, Germany (JTA) — Anti-Semitism among Muslim refugees is rampant and requires urgent attention, a new study suggests. But the study, commissioned by the American Jewish Committee’s Ramer Institute for German-Jewish Relations in Berlin, also finds that refugees from persecuted minority communities are more likely to take a stand against anti-Semitism and for Israel. Titled “Attitudes of refugees from Syria and Iraq towards integration, identity, Jews and the Shoah,” the research report was prepared by historian and sociologist Günther Jikeli of Indiana University and the University of Potsdam, Germany, with help from Lars Breuer and Matthias Becker   Read More ...
Businessman arrested in money-laundering case
2017-12-14 21:22:44 The Central Crime Branch police arrested Haroon Rasheed, a businessman who is considered to be the main accomplice of Mani Anbazhagan, son of late DMK Minister Ko.Si. Mani, in a money laundering case. Rasheed was part of the network which made outward remittances amounting to more than ₹78 crore by submitting fake bills of entry for imports. Last year, the Principal Commissioner of Customs, Chennai Docks Intelligence Unit, passed on a tip-off on illegal outward remittances of foreign exchange by certain importers   Read More ...
Vellore prison inmate escapes, caught in Bargur
2017-12-14 21:22:31 Hours after a 42-year-old remand prisoner escaped from the Vellore Central Prison for Men on Thursday morning, a team of police personnel nabbed him at the bus stand at Bargur in Krishnagiri district by evening. P. Sahadevan, a resident of Chinna Kandhili, was arrested a few months ago in connection with a murder case and lodged in the prison. He was found missing during the roll call at around 6   Read More ...
Chaos as HDMC premises turns into a protest zone
2017-12-14 21:22:18 With several organisations and several municipal councillors belonging to the BJP joining protests seeking fund release for pensioners, contractors and development works, the Hubballi Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC) premises virtually turned into a protest zone here on Thursday. As the protesters subsequently came on to the road demanding release of ₹ 116.17 crore towards pension funds and ₹ 24 crore towards bills of contractors, traffic was thrown out of gear for nearly 45 minutes forcing the police to detain several of the protesters to clear the road blockade   Read More ...
SAAP signs pact with Zeeshan Ali Tennis Academy
2017-12-14 21:21:58 The Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh (SAAP) has entered into an MoU with Bengaluru-based Zeeshan Ali Tennis Academy to promote tennis in a big way in the 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh, according to SAAP Managing Director N. Bangaru Raju here on Thursday. Speaking to mediapersons along with Zeeshan Ali, the current Indian Davis Cup team’s chief coach, he said many parents were worried about the progress of their wards after reaching some stage in tennis   Read More ...
Miracle Software opens AI lab
2017-12-14 21:21:52 Miracle Valley, new facility set up by Miracle Software Systems on Hill No. 2 of IT Special Economic Zone, Madhurawada was launched for development as a premier R&D lab for artificial intelligence and machine learning. The soft launch of the facility was made during the second day of Digital Summit-2017 being organised by Miracle to sensitise students from across the State emerging digital technologies   Read More ...
Vakapalli tribal women approach High Court
2017-12-14 21:21:43 Vakapalli tribal women have approached the High Court seeking appointment of special public prosecutor in the criminal case filed against the Grey Hounds police. It may be recalled that a decade back the tribal women of Vakapalli tribal hamlet of Vishakhapatnam complained that the Grey Hounds special party personnel have outraged the modesty of women of their village. A criminal case has been registered against the accused   Read More ...
Heritage bags second prize in energy conservation
2017-12-14 21:21:20 Heritage Foods Limited of the state has bagged second place in the dairy sector in the National Energy Conservation Awards 2017 presented by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power. Heritage Foods, Executive Director Nara Brahmani received the award from Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy Raj Kumar Singh at National Energy Conservation Day celebrations organised at New Delhi on Thursday   Read More ...
Ban PFI and KFD, BJP tells govt
2017-12-14 21:21:04 Mattar Ratnakar Hegde, president of the Udupi district unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said on Thursday that the State government should ban Popular Front of India (PFI) and Karnataka Forum for Dignity (KFD) as they were behind the killings of Hindutva activists in the State. Addressing presspersons here, Mr. Hegde said that the recent murder of the youth, Paresh Mesta, in Kumta had shown that the State government had no control over the law and order machinery   Read More ...
Organs of Kota accident victim donated
2017-12-14 21:21:01 The organs of an accident victim were harvested after her relatives expressed their desire for it at Kasturba Hospital here and were later transported to other hospitals to benefit six patients through a ‘green corridor’ here on Thursday. Two persons had died and two others severely injured in a collision between a car and a lorry on National Highway 66 at Kota village in Udupi district on December 12   Read More ...
Class XII boy dies in road accident
2017-12-14 21:20:46 A Class XII was killed while two of his friends suffered injured after their car hit a divider near Atta underpass in Sector 18 of Noida on Thursday. According to police, the incident took place around 1.30 a.m. when Raghav Mehra (18) along with his two friends Rehan and Yavesh — all student of Delhi Public School, Indirapuram — were returning from a party in Greater Noida   Read More ...
Govt to take action against schools hiking fee: Kejriwal
2017-12-14 21:20:43 The Delhi government will take action against schools that hike fees under the pretext of implementing the recommendation’s of the 7th Central Pay Commission, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Thursday. Since teachers in private schools are supposed to get salaries at par with government school teachers, the schools have been increasing their fees saying they have to comply with the pay panel’s recommendations   Read More ...
BJP asks CM to resign over homeless deaths
2017-12-14 21:20:21 Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari on Thursday called for Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to resign over the alleged failure of his government to prevent the reported deaths of as many as 91 homeless people in the Capital within the span of a fortnight. Ninety-one deaths. Alleging that the deaths had exposed the insensitivity of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, Mr   Read More ...
SDMC wins award for energy conservation
2017-12-14 21:20:17 The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on Thursday won a presidential honour for their initiatives in energy conservation and successfully implementing the biggest LED installation project in India. In a ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on Thursday, President Ram Nath Kovind presented the National Energy Conservation Award to SDMC Commissioner Dr. Puneet Kumar Goel at Vigyan Bhawan on the occasion of National Energy Conservation Day   Read More ...
Ex-director of Egmore Eye Hospital commits suicide
2017-12-14 21:19:53 K. Sridhar, former director and superintendent of the Regional Institute of Ophthalmology and Government Ophthalmic Hospital, Egmore, who was suspended from service on corruption charges allegedly committed suicide by hanging in the farm house of his friend in Ponneri, Tiruvallur district, on Thursday. The ophthalmologist was under suspension from September 28 after a preliminary inquiry following a video uploaded by Arappor Iyakkam on social media showing him demanding and accepting a bribe of ₹500 from a visually-impaired person to issue disability certificate   Read More ...
Maestro to kick off December festival at Music Academy
2017-12-14 21:19:43 The prestigious Music Academy has broken the mould by inviting music director Isaignani Ilayaraja to inaugurate its 91st annual music conference and concerts on Friday. For an institution perceived to be ‘tradition-bound’ and sworn to uphold the pure strands of classical music, this is certainly a watershed moment. “He [Ilaiyaraaja] has been an icon of Chennai music for the last four decades   Read More ...
Four RK Nagar candidates face criminal cases
2017-12-14 21:19:27 Four of the 59 candidates contesting in the Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagar Assembly constituency bypoll are facing criminal cases and nine of them have not submitted their PAN details in their affidavits filed before the Election Commission, according to an analysis of candidates’ affidavits by the Arappor Iyakkam and the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). The report said there were nine crorepatis among the candidates (assets of the candidates, his/her spouse and dependent) and candidate K   Read More ...
Rain likely in southern T.N
2017-12-14 21:19:24 Some parts of south Tamil Nadu may get moderate rainfall for two or three days. However, places like Chennai may have to wait longer for rain, according to the meteorological department. The northeast monsoon, which has been patchy for nearly two weeks now, may bring some rain over the southern parts till this weekend. S. Balachandran, Director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre, said an upper air cyclonic circulation lying over the Comorin area and its neighbourhood may bring light to moderate rain   Read More ...
Bangalore Turf Club plea: High Court to pass interim order on Friday
2017-12-14 21:19:11 The High Court of Karnataka will pass an interim order on Friday on the plea made by Bangalore Turf Club (BTC) for issuing an interim direction to the State government to grant licence for holding winter races. Justice A.S. Bopanna said he would pass orders on Friday after hearing the arguments made by counsel representing the BTC, the horse owners, the BTC Staff Association, and others in support for their plea for allowing winter races during pendency of their petitions, and the arguments on behalf of the government   Read More ...
Bombay High Court questions KEM's approach to Elphinstone stampede
2017-12-14 21:11:03 The Bombay High Court on Thursday questioned the way in which the officials of King Edward Medical (KEM) Hospital identified the deceased in the stampede at Elphinstone Road station. A division bench of Justice Naresh Patil and Justice NW Sambre said, "Are there no guidelines to be followed to identify the dead bodies, why wasn't a human approach adopted by the hospital?" The court also raised questions about the hospital and administration's ability to cope with the disaster   Read More ...
University of Mumbai paper eval lags, teachers fear repeat of mess
2017-12-14 21:10:46 Even as the University of Mumbai kick-starts assessments for its winter semester examinations, assessments are yet to catch pace as most teachers are still busy with correcting papers of the internal and supervising exams at the college level. The winter semester exams at the varsity began on November 8. This year, the scanning of answer sheets started immediately to avoid delays that had taken place the last time   Read More ...
As Exit Polls Seem To Spoil Grand Gujarat Upset, Congress Doesn't Agree
2017-12-14 21:07:19 New Delhi: As exit poll results started streaming in on Thursday for the bitterly-fought Gujarat elections, predicting a BJP win with near unanimity, the Congress busied itself in rejecting the conclusion and underscoring the statutory warning that comes with forecasting results before they are actually out. An NDTV poll of 10 exit polls conducted by other networks showed that the BJP was likely to get 116 out of 182 seats in Gujarat, improving its 2012 tally by one   Read More ...
By March 1, 12 Special Courts For 1,500 Cases Against Lawmakers: Supreme Court
2017-12-14 21:07:11 New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday gave its go ahead to set up 12 special fast-track courts to try 1,581 criminal cases against members of Parliament and state assemblies and directed that these courts become operational by March 1, 2018. Describing the central scheme to set up 12 courts as a "rudimentary" and "tentative measure", a bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Navin Sinha directed that the Centre will forthwith allocate proportionately the earmarked amount of Rs 7   Read More ...
Youths of Kanjarbhat community stand up against caste panchayat, protest ‘virginity tests’
2017-12-14 21:06:58 A group of youths from the Kanjarbhat community have joined hands to protest alleged unjust practices of their caste panchayat, such as demanding money to approve a marriage, and conducting a ‘virginity test’ of the bride on the first night after the wedding. The youngsters have formed a WhatsApp group, ‘Stop the V-Ritual’, which has about 40 members. ‘V’ stands for ‘Virginity Test’, said Priyanka Tamaichekar, a Pune resident who is part of the group   Read More ...
Beyond Congress-BJP noise, what does the law say on poll code’s violation?
2017-12-14 21:06:50 Both BJP and Congress have accused each other of violating the Model Code of Conduct and Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 — the BJP pointing to Rahul Gandhi’s interviews to TV channels during the 48-hour period before polling; the Congress accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of violating the same provisions by holding a ‘roadshow’ in Ahmedabad after casting his vote on Thursday   Read More ...
On Day 2 of Sawai Gandharva, a ‘Mozart’, a torchbearer and a doyen create magic
2017-12-14 21:06:40 At the 65th Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav, Bhuvanesh Komkali had a difficult legacy to live up to. The grandson of Pandit Kumar Gandharva, the genius with the unconventional, high-pitched voice, and son of Pandit Mukul Shivputra, a musician often described as an eccentric genius, the vocalist chose raag Multani for his opening performance, the same afternoon raag which his aunt Kalapani Komkali had chosen for the same stage in 2012   Read More ...
After massive protest, Mumbai university slashes exam fees
2017-12-14 20:44:03 Looking at protest from several quarters over fee hike in University of Mumbai examination (MU), the authorities on Thursday decided to slash fees by 60 to 80%. The decision was taken after academic council meeting which was held on December 11. However the new examination fee will be applicable from academic year 2018-19, and the first examination of the session will held in summer of 2018   Read More ...
Delhi Man Duped People With Fake Crypto-Currency, Organised Lavish Seminars Across Country, Arrested
2017-12-14 20:39:18 New Delhi: A 32-year-old man, who allegedly duped people by luring them into investing in a newly-launched crypto-currency, "Kashhcoin", was arrested by Delhi Police's Crime Branch, police said today. Narender alias Sonu Dahiya, hailing from Sonipat in Haryana, was arrested from Rithala yesterday following a tip- off, they added. Arun Kumar approached police with a complaint alleging that he was cheated to the tune of Rs 13   Read More ...
Voting First, Marriage Later: Bridegrooms Join In As Gujarat Votes
2017-12-14 20:39:14 Ahmedabad: As Gujarat voted in the second phase of polling today, some eye-catching scenes -- women playing garba on their way to booths and bridegrooms heading to polling stations before marriage venues -- underscored the enthusiasm of the electorate. From youngsters to elderly, politicians to bureaucrats, people from all sections of the society came out to get inked. His wedding scheduled for today, Harish Bhavsar, a businessman from Vatva area, was at the cusp of beginning a new life   Read More ...
Bureaucracy Misleading People For 70 Years, Says Allahabad High Court
2017-12-14 20:39:10 Lucknow: The Allahabad High Court on Thursday made a damning remark on the bureaucracy, saying government officials have only mislead people in the last 70 years. The observation came from Justice SP Kesharwani while hearing the case of one Dulari Devi, who has been fighting her case for the last 19 years. Rapping the bureaucracy for delay in implementation of the Uttar Pradesh Public Interest Guarantee Act 2011, the court said the laws for curbing graft were deliberately made complicated so that accountability of the corrupt officials could not be fixed   Read More ...
Vijay Mallya’s extradition case in London extended
2017-12-14 20:38:56 The extradition hearing for Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya, sought by India on money-laundering allegations, has been extended until January when a session on what evidence meets legal guidelines will be held. The Indian government’s case was completed Thursday at Westminster Magistrates Court with a focus on the prison conditions the 61-year-old entrepreneur would face if sent back to India to be put on trial   Read More ...
Letters to the Editor: Dec. 14
2017-12-14 20:28:47 EC sends notice. The Election Commission (EC), considered an independent constitutional body, is losing its reputation (“EC notice to Rahul for TV interviews”, Dec. 14). Earlier, Election Commissioners were able to maintain the dignity and authority of the body. Now the EC seems to want to please those in power. When the EC took its own time to mention the dates for the Gujarat polls, it gave vague reasons   Read More ...
Exit polls predict saffron sweep across Gujarat, H.P
2017-12-14 20:28:38 As the second phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections concluded on Thursday, with voting for 93 seats across 14 districts, exit polls unanimously predicted the BJP emerging victorious in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh with a comfortable majority. Notwithstanding the Patidar agitation and the concerns over the GST implementation, all polls showed the BJP romping home in Gujarat. While the News Nation and Today’s Chanakya-News polls predicted the BJP getting a mean of 120 and 135 seats respectively in 182-member Assembly, the Aaj Tak-Axis exit poll said the BJP would get 99-113 seats and the Congress 68-82   Read More ...
Doubts over fire safety in tunnel
2017-12-14 20:27:43 The Kerala Fire and Rescue Services has pointed out to the Public Works Department and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) that ‘life safety aspects’ have been neglected in the upcoming twin tunnels at Kuthiran on the Thrissur-Palakkad stretch of NH 544. The tube tunnel, to be thrown open for vehicular traffic in January, has not secured the mandatory fire safety clearance from the department, Director General, Kerala Fire and Rescue Services, Tomin J   Read More ...
Vala gives call to eradicate poverty
2017-12-14 20:27:28 Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala has called upon the public to serve to eradicate poverty. “If the rich wish to contribute a portion of their surplus earnings for the poor, there would not be poverty,” he said. The Governor was speaking in a programme at Hasanamba Kala Bhavan after inaugurating Red Cross Bhavan in Hassan on Thursday. “Earlier when the rate of literacy was low, we did a campaign with a slogan ‘each one, teach one’ and with that, the rate of literacy was improved   Read More ...
Farmers rediscover organic native paddy
2017-12-14 20:27:25 A good number of farmers in the Malnad areas of Hassan district are cultivating native varieties of paddy, thanks to the encouragement by the Department of Agriculture promoting organic farming. Nearly 700 farmers have been growing native paddy varieties and are happy with the earnings. As they are certified organic growers, their produce is attracting demand. “When we began field work in 2007, traditional varieties of paddy were cultivated hardly in 100 acres,” recalled Jayaprasad Ballekere, chief executive officer of Bhoomi Sustainable Development Society   Read More ...
Growth rate in farm sector in State phenomenal, says Somireddy
2017-12-14 20:27:18 The agricultural sector in the State has recorded an astounding growth of 25.56% which is five times the national average growth, according to Minister for Agriculture Somireddy Chandramohana Reddy. Mr. Reddy told reporters after chairing a review meeting on agriculture and allied sectors here on Thursday that the phenomenal growth rate in the farm sector was the result of a massive technological intervention which marked a turnaround in conventional farming   Read More ...
MU reduces exam fees by 10%
2017-12-14 20:26:42 The Mumbai University (MU) on Thursday cut its exam fees and also changed the structure to benefit repeater students. The new fee structure will come into force from the first semester exams in the 2017-18 academic year. Undergraduate students, who at present have to pay ₹1,000 for all subjects together, will now have to pay ₹900 — a 10% cut. The exam fees for postgraduate students have also been reduced by 10%, from ₹1,500 for all papers to ₹1,350   Read More ...
SHCI fire: firefighters enter basement
2017-12-14 20:26:37 Navi Mumbai: On the fourth day of fire at the 50-foot-deep basement of Stock Holding Corporation of India (SHCI), the fire brigade dug out holes on the ground to let hose pipes go in. Initially, a hydraulic concrete driller was used, but later, a JCB was called in. “The holes also acted as ventilation points. Looking at the smoke, it may take three more days for the fire to come under control,” MIDC fire officer R   Read More ...
Narco test likely in missing cop case
2017-12-14 20:26:34 Navi Mumbai: The police will request for a narco test on police inspector Abhay Kurundkar and Dyandev Dattatrey Patil alias Rajesh alias Raju (44), nephew of former Finance Minister Eknath Khadse, when they will be produced before the Panvel court on Friday. The duo were arrested in connection with the disappearance of assistant police inspector Ashwini Jaykumar Bidre alias Ashwini Raju Gore   Read More ...