India
After massive protest, Mumbai university slashes exam fees
Farmers rediscover organic native paddy
Bihar: Minor boy commits suicide after being forcibly married to elder brother's widow
Extradition trial: Indian jails over-crowded with poor hygiene, says Mallya's defence
US Regulator Scraps "Net Neutrality" Rules In Blow To Fair Access To Web
For Cyclone-Hit Kerala, Rahul Gandhi Has An Apology And Advice
Of rats, rituals and Rajputs
2017-12-14 21:23:49 Recently, The Rajput Karni Seva, a self-styled outfit drew attention to itself by expressing its aggressive resentment against depiction of certain Kshatriya values in a Bollywood film. Significant of those Rajput beliefs are drawn from the cult of Karni Mata. The 15th Century sacred shrine of the Karni Mata also known as the Rat Temple of India is located in village Desnok, 30 kilometers from Bikaner, in the Marwar region of the Thar Desert   Read More ...
NASA’s Kepler probe discovers eighth planet in faraway solar system, matching ours
2017-12-14 21:23:07 An eighth planet has been found in a faraway solar system, matching our own in numbers. Even more amazing, machines and not humans made the discovery. NASA joined with Google on December 14 to announce the finding. This eighth planet orbits the star known as Kepler-90, 2,545 light-years away. Like Earth, this new planet is the third rock from its sun   Read More ...
ATM burglars from north India nabbed
2017-12-14 21:22:47 In a pre-dawn operation on Thursday, the police arrested eight members of a gang from north India, who broke open automated teller machines (ATM) of two private banks and took away ₹30.05 lakh in Coimbatore in the early hours of December 10. The gang landed in the hands of the police while attempting to leave Tamil Nadu in two cars and a mini lorry   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 ...
8 Indian Navy pilots, 1 belonging to Bangladesh Navy get wings
2017-12-14 21:22:40 Eight Indian Navy pilots and one Bangladesh Navy pilot were awarded “wings” at the passing-out parade held to mark the graduation of pilots of the 89th Helicopter Conversion Course at Naval Air Station, Rajali, Arakkonam, on Thursday. Rear Admiral Alok Bhatnagar, Flag Officer, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Naval Area, reviewed the parade. He awarded the Governor of Kerala Rolling Trophy to Lieutenant Ankur Jangra for being adjudged as the Best All Round Trainee Pilot   Read More ...
Explore quota for indigent among forward castes: HC
2017-12-14 21:22:37 The Madras High Court on Thursday directed Advocate-General Vijay Narayan to get instructions from the State government as to whether it is possible to provide reservations in higher education and public employment for the economically backward among the ‘forward caste’ (open competition) people. Justice N. Kirubakaran also wanted to know the names of castes brought under Backward Class, Most Backward Class, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes lists and the year in which they were included   Read More ...
Vellore’s performance in board exams improving: Collector
2017-12-14 21:22:34 Vellore’s performance in the board examinations has been improving steadily in the last few years, according to Collector S. A. Raman. “When we look at the overall performance of the district, Vellore stands second from last in the State rank list. But we are improving little by little. There is no need to be worried as the district has many challenges,” he told a gathering of school heads at VIT on Thursday   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 ...
Gutkha scam: former top officials receive questionnaire from DVAC
2017-12-14 21:22:28 The Directorate of Vigilance and Anti Corruption (DVAC) has issued a questionnaire to two former top bureaucrats, Sheela Balakrishnan and K. N. Venkataramanan, and serving officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Apurva Varma on the multi-crore gutkha scam issue. The questionnaire was sent to the three persons about a week ago as the retired IAS officers were part of the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) and Mr   Read More ...
Bodies of two more victims recovered off Koyilandy
2017-12-14 21:22:25 The Marine Enforcement wing of the Fisheries Department and the Coast Guard on Thursday recovered two more bodies, believed to be of fishers who were swept away by Cyclone Ockhi, off Koyilandy. The bodies, which were spotted floating several nautical miles off the Koyilandy coastline, were brought ashore around 3 p.m. and later moved to the Government Medical College Hospital mortuary here   Read More ...
Distressed families to be counselled
2017-12-14 21:22:22 A project has been organised jointly by the Health and Social Justice departments to bring back to normal life the families of those fisherfolk who lost their loved ones at sea in Cyclone Ockhi, Health and Social Justice Minister K.K. Shylaja has said. The plan is to give psychological, social and financial support to these families. The Revenue, Fisheries and Education departments would coordinate with the Health and Social Justice departments in the project   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 ...
Keep communal BJP at bay, CM exhorts party workers
2017-12-14 21:22:16 While exhorting party workers to keep what he termed the communal BJP at bay in the coming Assembly elections, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that his government was not facing the usual anti-incumbency factor in the days leading to the polls. “The BJP seems to be leaving no stone unturned to come to power. This includes spreading lies, making baseless allegations and also provoking communal violence   Read More ...
Of women and freedoms
2017-12-14 21:22:13 Belagavi police have traced in Mumbai two women who had fled their homes seeking independence from their families. Priyanka Siddappa Sayannanavar (24) and Radhika Vithal Sayannanavar (21) fled their house in Balekundri village in Belagavi taluk one week ago. Their family members had registered a case in the Marihal police station. The women’s family members had also gathered a crowd and staged a protest in front of the police station, seeking early detection of the missing members   Read More ...
Funeral for ‘chembu’ drives home message
2017-12-14 21:22:10 For the residents of South Mopuru village, the sudden arrival of top district officials, including in charge Collector A.Md. Intiyaz became a matter of surprise but they soon realised the significance of their joint visit for stepping up the anti-open defecation campaign under the ‘Atmagauravam’ (self-respect) programme. The uniqueness of the programme in Nellore district was that the officials themselves were taking part in the symbolic funerals held for the ‘globular tumblers’ called ‘chembu’ locally to underline the fervent appeal for ending the practice of open defecation   Read More ...
Girl found hanging in school hostel
2017-12-14 21:22:07 A girl student of the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) allegedly committed suicide in the hostel at Simhadripuram village of Kadapa district on Thursday. According to the police, the 10th class student and a resident of Diguvapalli village of Lingala mandal, allegedly hanged herself. Her friends and the KGBV staff told the police that she showed no suicidal tendencies nor had she shared any reason that could possibly have driven her to commit suicide   Read More ...
Online course on temple administration
2017-12-14 21:22:04 As a part of its efforts in safeguarding the culture and traditions of ancient Indian temples and to create awareness among people, Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha (RSVP) announced the decision to launch a one-year online diploma course on ‘Temple Administration and Temple Culture’. RSVP Vice Chancellor Prof.V. Muralidhara Sarma said the course would enable those in the field of temple administration to have a thorough knowledge of the legal procedures and agamas in the temple   Read More ...
Lobbying for APOA posts takes curious turn
2017-12-14 21:22:01 The tussle for one-upmanship in the Andhra Pradesh Olympic Association witnessed an interesting twist with Narinder Batra- Rajeev Mehta duo winning the contentious Indian Olympic Association election as president and general secretary respectively, in New Delhi on Thursday. The victory got nothing to do with the warring groups led by Telugu Desam’s Guntur Member of Parliament Galla Jayadev and Rajya Sabha MP C   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 ...
Krishna to be declared malnutrition-free district
2017-12-14 21:21:55 Krishna district will be declared malnutrition-and-anaemia-free in January, said District Collector B. Lakshmikantham. In a release, Mr. Lakshmikantham said the district topped the State in nutritional status and was poised to become free from malnutrition and anaemia soon. He said the departments of health, medical, women and child welfare had taken up special initiatives to bring down such cases in the last six months   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 ...
Property tax: special notices issued
2017-12-14 21:21:49 As a part of improving tax revenue, 35.000 under-assessed or residential properties converted to commercial use have been identified all over the city and for 11,000 special notices have been issued, Municipal Commissioner M. Hari Narayanan has said. Besides, efforts were also being made to bring vacant sites under vacant land tax net, he told reporters here. Owners of such sites had to come forward and co-operate by submitting documents as in some cases owners were either abroad or in other cities, he said   Read More ...
GVMC contractors to stop work from Monday
2017-12-14 21:21:46 Members of Greater Visakha Municipal Corporation Contractors’ Association have decided to go on strike from December 18 bringing to a halt all works alleging inordinate delay in payment of bills, deduction of GST, not getting free supply of sand and double deduction of EMD on SC Sub Plan and Special Development Fund works. Association president T.Veera Reddy and general secretary Gompa Chandra Mouli told reporters here that key issues in the minutes of meeting held with the Commissioner on October 4 were not implemented   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 ...
CM to inaugurate heli-tourism tomorrow
2017-12-14 21:21:40 National helicopter carrier Pawan Hans will bring a twin-engine chopper for inauguration of heli-tourism by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu paving the way for the much-delayed launch of the project. Pawan Hans will also operate the tourism trips from December 28, when Visakha Utsav opens. VUDA is confident that it will be able to ready a good, heliport by the Utsav time   Read More ...
Issues being addressed, says Commissioner
2017-12-14 21:21:35 The issues raised by contractors are being addressed and with technical processes involved some of them are taking time, Municipal Commissioner M. Hari Narayanan has said. Responding to questions at a press conference here, he said ₹ 2.5 crore of EMD was paid and EMDs up to 2015 worth ₹ 7.5 crore were processed. However, payment of EMDs pending for years together should have been taken up then itself, he said   Read More ...
‘Take precautions during winter’
2017-12-14 21:21:33 The cold and chilly weather during winter aggravates asthma. Asthma causes inflammation of the airway, obstructing the entry of oxygen into the lungs. The triggers for asthma vary from person to person and the affected person should identify the triggers and take extreme care to avoid them. Air borne substances like pollen of flowers and dust mites and non-allergic causes like stress, illness, cold and extreme weather can aggravate the problem in patients   Read More ...
Investor-friendly tourism policy soon, says Akhila
2017-12-14 21:21:29 The State government will unveil an investor-friendly tourism policy very soon, according to Tourism Minister Bhuma Akhila Priya. Addressing a press conference at the Secretariat on Thursday, the Minister said investors don’t feel at ease with the existing policy. The Tourism Department suggested amending the existing policy to attract the investors. The lease period, at present, was 33 years. The investors wanted it to be made 99 years   Read More ...
Fathima willing to refund fee: Kamineni
2017-12-14 21:21:26 Health Minister Kamineni Srinivas said on Thursday the management of the Fathima Institute of Medical Sciences (FIMS) had agreed to refund the fee paid by the 2015-16 batch students willing to give up their seats. Those wanting relocation in other colleges must write the NEET again, he told mediapersons after holding deliberations with the representatives of the FIMS, the students and their parents at the Secretariat   Read More ...
Security stepped up on boats, jettys
2017-12-14 21:21:23 The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) stepped up security on boats crossing the Krishna river and on the river bund. Twenty-one tourists drowned in the river near Pavitra Sangamam when a private boat carrying about 45 persons overturned on November 12. The local fishermen and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel rescued the remaining tourists from the waters. The government suspended three tourism employees and the police arrested 10 persons, including the boat driver and other crew, holding them responsible for the mishap   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 ...
Net connection likely to PDS shops with poor network
2017-12-14 21:21:13 The State government is contemplating providing broadband connection to those fair price shops that are facing difficulty in installing point of sale (PoS) machines owing to poor network, Food and Civil Supplies Minister U.T. Khader has said. While 75% of the fair price shop owners have installed PoS machines, poor network was making it difficult for 10% of the owners in installing the machines, the Minister told presspersons here on Thursday   Read More ...
Post-mortem reveals cause of carpenter’s death in Puttur
2017-12-14 21:21:10 A 48-year-old carpenter belonging to a particular community was found dead in the attic of a house belonging to a person from another community in a village in Puttur in Dakshina Kannada district that borders with Manjeshwar of Kerala on Wednesday evening. The police said that post-mortem revealed that death was owing to shock after the carpenter, identified as Prabhakar, had climbed onto the attic   Read More ...
₹ 5 lakh each relief granted to families of Sharath Madiwala, Mohammed Ashraf
2017-12-14 21:21:07 The State government has granted compensation of ₹ 5 lakh each to family members of Sharath Madiwala and Mohammed Ashraf who died in communal attacks in June and July this year. The Home Department, in its orders on November 27 and December 11, respectively, has asked the Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner to release ₹ 5 lakh each to the families of RSS activist Sharath Madiwala, who died on July 6, and SDPI activist Mohammed Ashraf, who died on June 21   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 ...
Time running out for Kotalingala excavation
2017-12-14 21:20:56 The focus is back on Kotalingala, the only pre-historic Satavahana site located in Karimnagar district, which is a treasure trove of archaeological evidence to the early history of Andhra kings, before the well-documented Satavahana period. With Telugu language, literature, culture and history in the limelight thanks to the World Telugu Conference -2017 (WTC) being organised by Telangana State government, can Kotalingala and its legacy be ignored any longer by the government, ask historians, archaeologists and numismatists   Read More ...
‘Suspicion fell on mother when she pointed to terrace’
2017-12-14 21:20:52 After six-year-old Kajal was found murdered on the terrace adjacent to her rented accommodation, her mother, allegedly through the son, tried to mislead the police by concocting a story about black magic ritual. However, the woman became a suspect when she was the one who pointed the police towards the terrace. “We were all looking for the girl for over an hour, many residents were questioned but she was nowhere to be found   Read More ...
Max case: probe reports sent to DMC
2017-12-14 21:20:49 The Delhi Police and Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, submitted to the Delhi Medical Council (DMC), on Thursday, their investigation report on the case involving twin babies, one of whom was found alive after being declared dead by the doctors at Max. “The Delhi Police have completed their part of the investigation and now the council will look into the case to see if there was any medical negligence   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 ...