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Outside the mortuary of Babu Jagjivan Ram Hospital, the family of a 36-year-old woman, who was murdered allegedly by her husband and his relatives in Rani Bagh — and her body dumped in a valley at Mussoorie — waited to receive her body on Saturday afternoon.“Weknew she was being troubled by her husband and family but we didn’t know they would go to the extent of killing her, that too, so brutally,” said Sunil Aggarwal, victim Silky Jain’s paternal uncle.The family claimed — which the police also confirmed — that the accused demanded dowry soon after marriage and the matter was pursued in Crime Against Women Cell which was later “resolved amicably”.Silky was bludgeoned to death allegedly by her husband Lalit, his father Ved Prakash, brother Kamal, sister-in-law Swati and her brother Nayan Gupta on December 3.She shared her problems with her family whenever she visited her house in Shalimar Bagh but they sounded like normal issues between husband and wife,” he said.Silky’s brother Supreme Aggarwal recalled that the last time his family spoke to the victim was around December 1. “From December 4, Lalit would say she had gone to the market or she was in the bathroom whenever we called.“Under pressure, he went and filed the missing complaint on December 11,” said Mr. Aggarwal.He also claimed that Silky’s relatives met Lalit and his family in the Rani Bagh police station on December 12 and asked them where Silky was.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:58:29 +0530

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The death toll in the Zaveri Bazaar building collapse has gone up to four.Of the four labourers trapped beneath the rubble, three bodies had been recovered on Friday.Meanwhile, inquiries have indicated negligence on part of the contractor who won the MHADA contract to renovate the building.He should have put up beams to support the slabs on the fifth floor and prevent them from collapsing.”BMC officials said the narrow entrance to the building and the cramped locality slowed down rescue operations.Based on the reports, the police will assess if there is enough evidence to book the contractor for causing death due to negligence under sections of the Indian Penal Code.Police personnel have been deployed to secure the accident site and control crowds as efforts are on to clear the debris.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 22:01:04 +0530

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Barcelona defender Gerard Pique says his former boss Pep Guardiola is achieving "amazing" things at Manchester City and would like the two sides to meet in the Champions League final.Guardiola, who won 14 titles in four seasons at Barcelona, has led City on a 15-game Premier League winning streak and opened up an 11-point gap at the top, as well as reaching the Champions League last 16 as group winners.File image of Barcelona’s Gerard Pique.I hope they win the Cup as well and if we can play them in the Champions League final that would be good," Pique told The Telegraph."What he is doing at City this year is amazing.Spain international attributed City’s trophy-less campaign in Guardiola’s debut season to the players taking tine to adjust to the Spaniard’s tactics."ForI worked with him for four years at Barcelona we won most of the titles playing different football, a new football that right now every team wants to play: having the ball and controlling the possession.""If

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Mobile phone has become an essential tool to communicate in the present world.the seer wants to convey a message to anybody located in a far off place, he prefers to write a letter.If the matter is urgent, he depends on the staff in the mutt to call and convey the message.According to sources in the mutt, the seer had refused to take calls even when people occupying high positions were at the other end.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:49:27 +0530

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The heads of zoological gardens from 28 States will participate in a four-day All-India zoo directors’ conference, which the City of Palaces is hosting for the second time in a span of four years, from Monday.The Zoo Authority of Karnataka and Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens or the Mysuru zoo are jointly hosting the conference in collaboration with the Central Zoo Authority, New Delhi.This year’s theme is ‘Vision 2030 for the zoos’, where the heads of large, medium, small and mini zoos will discuss strategies and come out with a vision document for improving management practices and developing zoos in 10 years.The Central Zoo Authority had prepared a document ‘Vision 2020’ when Mysuru earlier hosted the conference.Major components of the vision were preparation of the master plans, construction of animal housings and development of other infrastructure in the zoos besides the conservation breeding programme.ZAK chairperson Mallige Veeresh will inaugurate the conference on Monday at Radisson Blu Hotel here.The first two days of the conference will be held in Mysuru and the conference will move to Kabini the remaining days.ZAK member secretary and Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests B.P. Ravi said the conference will look at the action plans for 10 years with focus on the what role the zoos’ can play in the light of man-animal conflicts, conservation education and engaging the society for the conservation of wildlife and so on.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:49:09 +0530

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A sessions court here on Saturday convicted Suhaib Ilyasi, producer of television serial India’s Most Wanted, for murdering his wife Anju Ilyasi in 2000.Ilyasi, who was present in the court room, was immediately taken into custody.Additional Sessions Judge Sanjeev Kumar Malhotra held him guilty under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code.According to Satender Sharma, counsel for the complainant Rukma Singh, the sentence against Ilyasi would be pronounced on December 20.The Delhi police arrested him on March 28, 2000, after they lodged a first information report on the basis of an inquest report by the area magistrate.The magistrate had asked the police to further investigate the case after the elder sister of Anju Ilyasi, Rashmi Singh, and her mother Rukma Singh recorded their statements before the magistrate holding Suhaib responsible for her death.Initially, Ilyasi was booked for charges of subjecting his wife to cruelty, dowry death and destruction of evidence.But later, the Delhi High Court in 2014 ordered that Ilyasi be tried for murder.The High Court order had come on a revision petition moved by Rukma Singh challenging a 2011 order of the trial court which rejected her plea for the trial of Ilyasi on murder charge.Justice Indermeet Kaur of the High Court, allowing Ms. Singh’s petition, had said that the material collected by the prosecution had prima facie justified the framing of additional charge of murder.The judge directed the trial court to frame additional charge against Ilyasi.In her petition, Ms. Singh had cited the statement of L.C. Gupta, one of the doctors who conducted the post-mortem of the deceased, and gave his dissenting opinion that homicide could not be ruled out.The court had also made reference to the testimony recorded by Anju’s two sisters, Rashmi and Reeta, alleging that Ilyasi used to harass and torture his wife for dowry.Anju died on January 11, 2000, after she was rushed in a serious condition to the hospital.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:45:11 +0530

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Flying Officers Pratibha and Shivangi Singh were commissioned in the Fighter Stream of Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force today.These two officers were among the 15 women officers who joined the elite cadre of Air Force Officers at the Combined Graduation Parade of Pilots and Ground Duty Officers held at Air Force Academy (AFA), Dundigal near Hyderabad today.The occasion also marked the passing out of 200th Pilot’s course of Indian Air Force officers, a long way forward since the humble beginning of the training of Indian trainees at Royal Air Force College, Cranwell in Oct 1931.Flying Officers Pratibha and Shivangi Singh The Combined Graduation Parade marks the culmination of rigorous training schedule of one year and heralds the entry of another generation of officers in the Indian Air Force.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:47:00 GMT

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Medical students — undergraduates, house surgeons and postgraduates — in government medical colleges in the State will strike work and disrupt studies on December 19 to protest against the government’s decision to increase the retirement age of doctors.The decision has been taken by the Kerala Medicos Joint Action Council (KMJAC).In an order issued on November 28, the government had hiked the retirement age of doctors in medical education service from 60 to 62 years and that of doctors in the health service from 56 to 60 years.The decision had evoked much protest amongst the younger doctors who formed themselves into KMJAC and pointed out that at least 1,900 doctors were waiting for PSC appointments in the health service, while at least 200 doctors in various rank lists were awaiting appointment in the medical education service.The council pointed out that hiking the retirement age at this juncture could affect the job prospects and of all younger doctors, in a State where nearly 3,500 MBBS graduates and some 2,000 doctors with specialisations were being produced every year.The council has threatened to go on indefinite strike from December 23 and launch an hunger strike from December 25.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:10:00 +0530

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2017-12-16 03:47:22pm

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in the State capital on Tuesday evening for an hour-long visit to assess loss of lives and property in Cyclone Ockhi.According to information available with the government, Mr. Modi will reach here at 4.45 p.m. and leave a little after 6 p.m.He would hold discussions with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, his Cabinet members and top State officials, and may also visit one of the coastal hamlets that have suffered heavy human casualty in the cyclone.On his return, he will also visit Kanyakumari.The Latin Catholic Church had sought a visit by the Prime Minister to assess the loss of lives and property that the coastal fishers had suffered following the cyclone.Congress president Rahul Gandhi had visited coastal hamlets in Thiruvananthapuram and Kanyakumari districts soon after the campaign for the second phase of the Gujarat Assembly election was over, putting heavier pressure on the State BJP leadership to ensure at least a quick visit by the Prime Minister.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:28:45 +0530

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Saudi Arabian women will be able to drive trucks and motorcycles, officials have said three months after the kingdom announced a historic decision to end a ban on women driving.In September, King Salman issued a decree saying women will be able to drive from next June as part of an ambitious reform push in the conservative kingdom.The Saudi General Directorate of Traffic gave details of the new regulations that will follow the lifting of the ban on the official Saudi Press Agency late on Friday.“Yes,

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:23:27 +0530

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Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba said that the Naval Air Wing of the Indian Navy will double its aircraft fleet in the coming decade to nearly 500 aircraft.“AtWe have a plan in place and our air wing will grow to close to 500 aircraft of different types in the next 10 years,” he said after reviewing the 200th Combined Graduation Parade at the Air Force Academy here.have a separate design bureau, which has the capability of designing aircraft carriers and we are committed to Indigenisation,” he said.Referring to the issue of Sabi Giri, an Indian Navy sailor, who was discharged from service for undergoing a sex reassignment surgery, Admiral Lanba said the Navy was a gender-neutral service but Giri’s actions violated the Navy rules.“GiriNo provision He had been inducted into the Navy as male staff, and there was no provision in the rules and regulations “where one can go and do what he has gone and done,” the officer said.“We

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:59:01 +0530

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Panaji: Leaders must recognise, promote, protect the specific collective identities of their nations, but they must also open up to the globalised world, former executive president of Sri Lanka Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga said here on Saturday.Speaking at the ongoing India Ideas conclave, Ms. Kumartunga hailed the leadership qualities of Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and Abraham Lincoln, and asserted, “Many of the conflicts which we see around us, in our region, in the world, may not have existed or could be resolved if we have leaders with such an agenda.”I mean the collective identity of a nation, which is formed on this collective identities of all the communities, living within that nation,” said the Sri Lankan politician who served as the fifth President of Sri Lanka and survived many assassination attempts in ethnic-conflict-affected country.Tracing the history of violence and conflicts, she said the demand for identity, the recognition for identity, right or wrong has “led to much violence in our generation within the last, I would say 75 years.”“Indeed they must be sensitive to their people’s needs, their desires, their hopes, but they must lead them towards enlightenment, towards what is right for the nation, but also what is right for the world.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:07:59 +0530

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Three suspects arrested by the Thideer Nagar (crime) police led to seizure of six expensive two-wheelers here on Saturday.The baffling point was that the investigators realised that the robbers had used some students to sell the bikes in Sivaganga and Tirunelveli districts.According to Inspector Chandran, the police seized a vehicle during a vehicle check two days ago.However, discreet checks suggested that he was lying and his statements were contradictory.Based on the confession from Sathish Gopi (22) of Keeraithurai, the police arrested two of his accomplices identified as Manikanda Prabhu (19) of Simakkal and Saravana Pandi (23) of Keeraithurai.They claimed that after stealing expensive bikes parked in public places, which were not locked properly, they removed some of the parts and replaced them with duplicate spares.Showing the photographs of the vehicles through WhatsApp to ‘friends’ in neighbouring districts, they drove them at night and disposed them of for a paltry sum to the ‘customers’.The seizure solved six crimes reported in the city police.The robbers were not habitual offenders and had just started committing crimes and from the money realised they resorted to drinking and other illegal acts.The ‘friends’ were identified as students studying in arts colleges, who were treated for facilitating in the sale of the stolen vehicles, the officer said.Further investigation is on.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:07:04 +0530

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Patna: The Janata Dal (United), an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Bihar, on Saturday described the new Congress president Rahul Gandhi as Vanshvad ka naya avatar (the new incarnation of dynasty politics) and said there is hardly anything new about it."RahulGandhi is a new incarnation of dynasty politics," JD(U) spokesperson Neeraj Kumar told the media after Rahul formally took over the mantle of new Congress president from his mother Sonia Gandhi.File image of Congress president Rahul Gandhi.PTINeeraj Kumar, also a JD(U) legislator and considered close to Bihar chief minister and party President Nitish Kumar said Rahul Gandhi was born with a silver spoon in mouth, and therefore, got the top Congress post."What is new in it?This had been the culture of the party for decades, he added.Rahul Gandhi took over the reigns o the party from Sonia Gandhi, who has helmed the party for 19 long years.Published Date: Dec 16, 2017 08:51 pm | Updated Date: Dec 16, 2017 08:51 pm

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And now it’s time to see whether it was all enough to stop the deadly Thomas fire from wreaking additional havoc.The fire that started in Ventura County on Dec. 4 continued to grow overnight and on Saturday was taking aim at hills above Montecito in Santa Barbara County.The wildfire has scorched 259,000 acres as of Saturday morning, the third-largest fire in modern state history.The westernmost edge of the giant Thomas fire was in the north-south canyon drained by San Ysidro Creek.But firefighters feared that gusts of up to 40 mph could start blowing from the north directly to the south in this canyon from 2 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.And if the fire gets into the canyon and the winds breathe new life into the flames, there is nothing to stop the blaze from racing into the foothill homes of Montecito, said Mark Brown, a fire operations commander.Firefighters have smothered the hills with hundreds of thousands of gallons of fire retardant in an attempt to keep embers from igniting spot fires and to keep flames at bay, Brown said.

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The Maharashtra government is adamant on providing a part of this ecologically sensitive zone for a Metro car shed, while environmentalists and citizens’ groups are fighting against the move as it is home to several species of birds, insects and leopards, and was once part of the adjoining Sanjay Gandhi National Park.Why is the forest needed?What once used to be over 3,000 acres of forest land in north Mumbai has been reduced to around 1,300 acres.There are also plans to make a 200-acre zoo on the land, which some environmentalists support, while others oppose.The Save Aarey movement opposes the car shed construction as it will be declared a high security area and will rob enthusiasts of one of their favourite cycling or trekking venues, not to mention the consequences of the felling of over 2,000 trees.What is also worrying environmentalists like Anand Pendharkar is the issue of tribals who stay in Aarey and their rehabilitation.Why a court battle?The Save Aarey movement has, over the years, sought data from the State government about an expert committee report sanctioned by the Chief Minister’s office, which reportedly concluded that the Aarey forest is the fifth highest in terms of ecological importance in the city, and as to why that report is being disregarded.On October 12, residents of Aarey Milk Colony moved the Bombay High Court alleging that the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited had illegally acquired the Aarey depot land to construct the car shed.The proposal to develop the depot led to a public outcry across Mumbai.The committee recommended that the car depot could be relocated to Kanjurmarg in north-central Mumbai, with only a small stabilising unit at Aarey Depot.On October 26, the National Green Tribunal admitted a petition filed by the NGO Vanshakti alleging illegal construction undertaken by the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) in Aarey Colony.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:04:10 +0530

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Japan’s army of retail investors, no strangers to high risk bets in the past, have emerged as a major force in bitcoin’s spectacular rally, now accounting for an estimated 30-50% of trading in the cryptocurrency as it spikes to record highs.Once sceptics, Japanese retail investors have been attracted by the digital currency’s volatility and inefficiencies in pricing that create opportunities to make money on arbitrage between exchanges.“Whena Japanese bitcoin website, yen-based bitcoin trades reached a record 4.51 million bitcoins in November, almost a half of the total of the world’s major exchanges of 9.29 million bitcoin.Industry officials say not all yen-based bitcoin trading is done by Japanese retail players as some hedge funds now trade bitcoin in the yen to take advantage of price differentials between the yen and dollar prices.Still, many industry officials estimate Japanese account for somewhere between a third and half of global bitcoin trade.Japan’s global share of the bitcoin market jumped after a clampdown this year by Beijing saw bitcoin trading in yuan almost entirely disappear.Japanese government in April granted cryptocurrencies legal status as a means of settlement and in September officially recognised 11 digital currencies exchanges.Also in September, the tax agency issued clarification that revenues from bitcoin will be treated as income, from which trading losses can be deducted.Tax concernsThat eased concerns that profits from bitcoin might be taxed like gambling, where gains will be taxed but losses will not be regarded as costs.Some investors including Mr. Kobayashi also feel affinity to bitcoin partly because its inventor, Satoshi Nakamoto, is said to be Japanese, though the true identity of the father of the blockchain technology is shrouded in mystery.Trading at Japanese major bitcoin exchanges grew to 4.51 million bitcoin in November from 1.19 million in April.Japanese traders don’t even bother to check the dollar price,” said a veteran financial trader, who started bitcoin in September.The trader also said bitcoin’s moves after it rose above 100,000 yen ($880) are very similar to what happened in a big rally in gold and silver in the past.“They

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:10:49 +0530

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced Rs 90,000 crore for improving roads and national highways in the Northeast in the next two to three years to facilitate better connectivity.Meghalaya was the second stop of the prime minister after Mizoram during his day-long visit to the Northeastern region today.He said the central government has sanctioned around 4,000-km of national highway (NH) across the Northeast at a cost of Rs 32,000 crore.The prime minister said that over 1,200 km of NH was constructed at an expenditure of nearly Rs 14,000 crore during the last three years alone.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 14:10:00 GMT

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2017-12-16 07:46:52pm

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Australia’s government avoided losing its slim majority in Parliament on Saturday, voting showed, as it claimed victory in a bitterly fought by-election that had threatened its hold on power.The poll in the suburban Sydney seat of Bennelong was triggered by a constitutional crisis that has seen a host of parliamentarians resign over a once-obscure rule barring dual citizens from federal office.They included Bennelong MP and former tennis star John Alexander, from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Liberal-National coalition, who stepped down after saying he was most likely a dual British citizen.It was revealed later that he may not even be entitled to U.K. nationality.He was recontesting the seat against Labour’s former New South Wales premier Kristina Keneally.The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s respected election guru Anthony Green said Mr. Alexanderhad won.While results showed a swing to Labour, it was not enough to take the seat.There is no sign of a swing larger than that which would endanger the Liberal Party holding the seat and John Alexander will be re-elected,” he said.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:32:07 +0530

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Thousands of delegates from South Africa’s ANC party gathered on Saturday for a five-day meeting to elect their new leader in a divisive race seen as a pivotal moment in the country’s post-apartheid history.The winner will be well placed to be the next President, but the ANC has lost much popularity since Nelson Mandela led it to power in the euphoric 1994 election that marked the end of white-minority rule.Soaring unemployment and government corruption have fuelled frustration among millions of poor black South Africans who face dire housing, inadequate education and continuing racial inequality.President Jacob Zuma, whose reign has been marred by graft scandals, will step down as ANC chief but remain as head of state ahead of general elections in 2019.The two front-runners for the party leadership are his ex-wife and former African Union Commission head Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, a wealthy businessman.Possibility of splitThe battle could split the ANC and the conference looks set to be acrimonious.ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe on Saturday said some delegates had been disqualified from voting after multiple legal disputes raged in courts for weeks before the meeting.As rival delegates danced and sang songs in support of their chosen candidate, Mr. Mantashe said the start of the event had been delayed until 1200 GMT when Mr. Zuma would make the opening address.Ms.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:31:53 +0530

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In the depth of Korean winter, snow flurries along the southwest coastline are common.It was at the port of Beopseongpo along the southwestern coast where centuries ago, an Indian Buddhist monk by the name of Malananda set foot on Korean soil.After breaching the lofty Karakoram mountains through the Gilgit valley, Malananda headed for Hunza — the picturesque town on the edge of the Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan and the Xinjiang region of China.It was along this northern branch of the ancient Silk Road that he entered China.With the backing of the East Jin dynasty, he began his voyage to Korea.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:41:40 +0530

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Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville is one of the most successful footballers of his generation.Neville, who was one of the members of United’s famous “Class of 1992”, made 400 appearances for Manchester United and won 20 titles with the club.He also played in 85 international matches for the England senior side between 1995 and 2007.While he was in his early days at the Manchester United academy, Neville used to play cricket for Greenmount in the Bolton League.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:35:00 GMT

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Thousands of Romanians lined the streets of Bucharest on Saturday for the funeral of the countrys former king Michael, one of the last surviving World War Two European heads of state.Born in 1921, Michael ruled Romania twice, switched its alliance away from Nazi Germany to the Allied side during the war and was subsequently forced into exile by a Communist takeover in 1947.He died in Switzerland on Dec. 5 at the age of 96, having retired from public life due to severe illness in 2016.On Saturday, Bucharest churches rang their bells and mourners, many in tears, threw white flowers at the funeral procession, chanting “King Michael” and “Down with communism”.European royalty attended, including Spain’s former king, Juan Carlos, Britains Prince Charles, King Carl Gustaf of Sweden and his wife Queen Silvia.Even though the restoration of the monarchy is not an issue in the European Union state, Michael commanded great respect from Romanians who saw him in sharp opposition to a political class which they link with poverty and corruption.His death comes at a time of deep divisions in Romanian society.Massive street protests against attempts by the ruling Social Democrats to weaken the fight against corruption and the rule of law have taken place on and off throughout 2017.Earlier this month, the Social Democrats used their solid majority to approve a judicial overhaul in the lower house that threatens to put the justice system under political control.On Monday, lawmakers begin debating changes to the criminal code that critics say will derail law and order.A descendant of the German Hohenzollern dynasty and a cousin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, Michael was in his early twenties when he participated in a 1944 coup that overthrew fascist leader Marshal Ion Antonescu.Romania then broke with Nazi Germany and switched to the Allied side.Historians have said his actions might have shortened the war and saved thousands of lives.After communism collapsed, politicians fearing Michael’s influence blocked his first few attempted visits after decades of exile in Switzerland, Britain and the United States.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:02:29 +0530

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Abu Thuraya’s death came on the bloodiest day of protests since Donald Trump’s controversial announcement.The death of Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, 29, came as Trump administration officialsagain pre-empted negotiations over the disputed city’s final status in comments about the Western Wall.The death of Abu Thuraya came on the bloodiest day of protests since Trump’s controversial announcement earlier this month, with no sign of the unrest dying down.Abu Thuraya, who lost his legs in an Israeli airstrike in 2008, was one of four Palestinians to die in clashes with Israeli security forces on Friday in Gaza and the West Bank.

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National Conference (NC) working president Omar Abdullah on Saturday claimed an “unprecedented and acute” crisis in the delivery of basic governance in Jammu and Kashmir was affecting daily life in the state.Mr.Abdullah alleged there was a severe power crisis in the Kashmir Valley but the government was not showing urgency to address the issue.“Anunprecedented and acute crisis in the delivery of basic governance is affecting daily life in the state.The valley was reeling under a crisis in the supply of ration and other commodities for the last few months and the administration had failed to address it, he charged.“Long,

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 18:14:53 +0530

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It has been six years since Varun Dhawan made his debut in Student of The Year, as part of a talented trio launched by Dharma Productions in a Karan Johar film.Varun plays a tailor in the film and looks intent on getting mannerisms, methods and the body language of the character right.Prior to this, pictures of his understated and convincing look in a Shoojit Sircar film, October, were a pleasant departure from his filmy hero persona that has brought him two blockbusters this year — Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya and Judwaa 2. In his film choices, Varun seems to reflect acquired wisdom that the current generation of actors swears by — never to rest on a hit and to keep going for reinventions onscreen.As a upcoming star, he had chosen to stand alongside Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Sriram Raghavan’s Badlapur, a brilliant actor; and managed to hold his own.

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WASHINGTON — America’s top diplomat stepped back yesterday from his offer of unconditional talks with North Korea, telling world powers the nuclear-armed nation must earn the right to negotiate with the United States.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s declaration before the U.N. Security Council marked a stunning reversal after he proposed discussions with Pyongyang without preconditions earlier this week.Still, Tillerson had planned to reiterate his call at a special U.N. ministerial meeting on North Korea at the council yesterday morning.His prepared remarks suggested only that North Korea would have to undertake a sustained halt in its threatening behavior before talks could begin.But Tillerson changed the script.“Northdebate over offering North Korea unconditional talks reflects the differences within the Trump administration as it runs out of time to prevent North Korea from perfecting a nuclear-tipped missile that can strike the U.S. mainland.

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Pesticide residue in rice is not only a concern for exports, but has vast ramifications on domestic consumption since rice is a staple diet for a large population in the country.In 2008-2009, the All-India Network Project on Pesticide Residues, a project supported by the Union government, had found pesticide residue in paddy above the prescribed maximum residue limit from samples taken from across the country.Excerpts from an interview with Thiruvananthapuram-based C. Jayakumar, Director, Pesticide Action Network-India, and co-chair, Pesticide Task Force - Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific, on the pesticide problem in India:What is the extent of the problem?There are 6 or 7 commonly used pesticides in vegetables, and 14 to 15 in rice at any given point of time.Post-harvest, chemicals are further used during storage in the warehouse or by the shopkeeper.Is it true that pesticides are being used in high quantity?

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 22:06:19 +0530

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After noticing the pesticide level in rice exceeding stipulated limit, which has led to problems in export, major rice producing States in the South have been asked to take necessary steps to reduce the pesticide residue.Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana have been asked by the Union Ministry of Agriculture to keep a watch on the use of pesticides by farmers that could finally enter the food chain.“Export of rice has faced problems in the last few years in different markets such as the U.S., E.U. and Iran owing to detection of pesticides exceeding the prescribed maximum residue limits (MRLs),” said a cautionary note that has been sent in late September to the Agriculture Departments of all five States through the Hyderabad-based Directorate of Oilseeds Development, which is the nodal agency for agri-related activities for South India.In Karnataka, the note was forwarded to the officials concerned in late November.The note, which was issued following an advisory from the Commerce Ministry, pointed out that recently, the European Union has brought the MRL of Tricyclazole to 0.01 gm/kg.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 22:10:00 +0530

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Niyog is all set for the adventure of a lifetime.This 26-year-old adventure traveller from Punalur in Kerala’s Kollam district has just got through an online poll that would make him the first Indian to take part in Fjällräven Polar, an expedition across the Arctic, set to be held in April, 2018.Fjällräven Polar is a dream expedition of adventure travellers across the world.Arctic wildernessThe participants will have to travel 300 km at minus 30° Celsius through the arctic wilderness in Norway and Sweden on sleighs pulled by around eight Siberian Huskey dogs.As only 20 aspirants out the thousands applying for it get the chance to take part in the expedition every year, the competition is quite tough.Indians get to participate in the poll under the ‘World’ category.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:36:30 +0530

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Outside the mortuary of Babu Jagjivan Ram Hospital, the family of a 36-year-old woman, who was murdered allegedly by her husband and his relatives in Rani Bagh — and her body dumped in a valley at Mussoorie — waited to receive her body on Saturday afternoon.“Weknew she was being troubled by her husband and family but we didn’t know they would go to the extent of killing her, that too, so brutally,” said Sunil Aggarwal, victim Silky Jain’s paternal uncle.The family claimed — which the police also confirmed — that the accused demanded dowry soon after marriage and the matter was pursued in Crime Against Women Cell which was later “resolved amicably”.Silky was bludgeoned to death allegedly by her husband Lalit, his father Ved Prakash, brother Kamal, sister-in-law Swati and her brother Nayan Gupta on December 3.She shared her problems with her family whenever she visited her house in Shalimar Bagh but they sounded like normal issues between husband and wife,” he said.Silky’s brother Supreme Aggarwal recalled that the last time his family spoke to the victim was around December 1. “From December 4, Lalit would say she had gone to the market or she was in the bathroom whenever we called.“Under pressure, he went and filed the missing complaint on December 11,” said Mr. Aggarwal.He also claimed that Silky’s relatives met Lalit and his family in the Rani Bagh police station on December 12 and asked them where Silky was.

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A dog was taken into police custody after two persons claiming to be its owners failed to settle the ownership dispute, the police said here.A resident of the Civil Lines area claimed that his dog, which had been missing for two months, was spotted on his neighbour’s roof on Thursday.He claimed that he had brought the labrador from Bareilly on Diwali.However, the neighbour claimed that the dog belonged to him.The police were called when the two failed to resolve the matter between them.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:42:42 +0530

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Just like the airlines and hotels, the railways could soon offer be dishing out discounts on tickets if trains are not fully booked, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said on Saturday, indicating a complete revamp of the flexi-fare scheme.Mr.Goyal’s remarks came days after the Railway Board formed a six-member committee to review the flexi-fare scheme.Speaking after a day-long conclave of senior officials here, the Minister said the national transporter was studying a model of dynamic pricing offered by airlines and hotels.“WeFirst the prices are low... then the prices go high and then later you get discounts on the remaining rooms through bookmyhotel or other websites,” Mr. Goyal said.He also questioned why flexi-fares were meant only for price increase in rail tickets.“Just like the airlines and hotels where a person gets discount at the last minute, it (the railways) should also offer discounts on the routes with relatively low occupancy,” he said.The six-member committee, set up on December 11, has been mandated to recommend ways to offer a more lucrative scheme which may include loyalty and other benefits to the passengers.

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An FIR on Saturday was registered against 15 unidentified BJP members for allegedly manhandling BSP corporator Musharraf Husain during the oath taking ceremony of Aligarh Municipal Corporation members earlier this week, police said today.The FIR against BJP members comes in the wake of mounting pressure by opposition parties alleging that the police was taking one-sided view of the entire episode.He clarified that earlier a case was filed against the BSP corporator on the basis of a complaint filed by a BJP corporator, charging the former of trying to disrupt communal peace of the city during the ceremony.On Tuesday, unpleasant scenes had marred the swearing-in function of members of the Aligarh Municipal Corporation, with the BJP corporators allegedly creating ruckus after the lone BSP corporator, Musharraf Husain, insisted on taking oath in Urdu.

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A teacher couple, sacked by a private school in Pulwama district of south Kashmir on their wedding day allegedly for being in a romantic relationship before their wedlock, were on Saturday reinstated after the district administration stepped in.However, the school was censured for the decision on social media and the State Human Rights Commission also took suo motu cognisance of the news reports about the issue.Justice Bilal Nazki, the chairperson of the Commission took serious note of the reports and asked the Director, School Education, Kashmir, and the school principal to file a report before the commission by December 18.Following the cognisance of the SHRC, the government on Saturday intervened in the matter after which the school reinstated the couple.“I

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A novel device therapy for the treatment of moderate-to-severe chronic heart failure that does not respond to medicines or other corrective measures, termed Cardiac Contractility Modulation (CCM) Therapy, has become the lifeline for Harishankar, from whom life had been slipping away following severe heart failure.CCM therapy, a treatment modality that had gained popularity in Europe, could be a new option for those with severe heart failure and for whom a heart transplantation might be the last resort for survival, C. Bharath Chandran, well-known interventional cardiologist, said at a press conference here on Saturday.Harishankar, a 50-year-old advocate in the city, was the first recipient of CCM therapy in the country, he claimed.The procedure was done by Dr. Bharath Chandran at Sree Uthradom Thirunal Royal Hospital here on December 12, and the patient, who had been in a sinking stage, showed remarkable recovery hence, with improved ejection fraction, he said.Heart failure is a chronic, progressive condition wherein the heart muscle is unable to pump enough blood for the body’s requirements.Heart function deteriorates steadily due to the progressive reduction in the contractility (pumping action) of the heart.The device has to be charged externally every 10 days.However, CCM therapy has been proven to be effective in patients with heart failure due to left ventricular systolic dysfunction for whom newer medicines or procedures such as cardiac resynchronisation therapy does not work.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:48:36 +0530

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Congressional Republicans on Friday unveiled the final version of their dramatic U.S. tax overhaul — debt-financed cuts for businesses, the wealthy and some middle-class Americans — and picked up crucial support from two wavering Senators ahead of planned votes by lawmakers early next week.Passage of the biggest U.S. tax rewrite since 1986 would provide Republican lawmakers and President Donald Trump their first major legislative victory since he took office in January.Corporate tax lobbyists have been seeking a tax cut of this magnitude for many years.The Bill, the summary showed, would create a 20% business income tax deduction for owners of “pass-through” businesses, such as partnerships and sole proprietorships; allow for immediate write-off by corporations of new equipment costs; and eliminate the corporate alternative minimum tax.Under a new territorial system, the Bill would exempt U.S. corporations from taxes on most of their future foreign profits.It also sets a one-time tax for companies to repatriate more than $2.6 trillion now held overseas, at rates of 15.5% for cash and cash-equivalents and 8% for illiquid assets.If passed by Congress, the changes would be in effect for 2018 taxes, with tax returns for 2017 unaffected.Democrats have been unified against the measure, calling it a giveaway to corporations and the rich that would drive up the federal deficit.Bernie Sanders, a leading liberal voice in the Senate who unsuccessfully sought the Democratic presidential nomination last year, called the Bill “a moral and economic obscenity”.“It is a gift to wealthy Republican campaign contributors and an insult to the working families of our country,” Mr. Sanders said.Republicans have said the tax cuts are needed because the economy is not expanding quickly enough.Republicans can afford to lose only two votes from within their own ranks and still win Senate passage.The tax Bill was expected to add at least $1 trillion to the $20 trillion U.S. national debt over 10 years, making it an unusual example of deficit spending on stimulative tax cuts at a time when the economy is already expanding.For months, Mr. Trump has touted the Bill as a middle-class tax cut.

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It is around 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Palayam fish market.Though there is a steady stream of people flitting in and out, there is none of the crowd that one typically sees here.Two weeks after Ockhi, the market is still feeling its aftereffects.Fish prices are high, says Priya, a young fish vendor, packing up for the day.opposite her, another vendor selling crabs says prices are high, though adequate stocks of some fish are available.

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Panaji: Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said that discrimination of any sort must not be allowed and those indulging in it must be dealt mercilessly by law.At the same time he cautioned against politicising such incidents and sensational in the media as “hurtful to national interests”.Speaking at the India Ideas conclave here on Saturday evening, Mr. Naidu said, “Any discrimination on the basis of region, religion, caste, sex, or on the basis of your belief, should not be allowed.Anybody indulging in such things, has to be identified and law must take its own course and the society must also come together and tell him what you have done is wrong.But because of politics you try to highlight it and blow it out of proportion.

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New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra met Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday and discussed with him various issues concerning the state, an official said.File image of Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

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The Mumbai Police on Saturday said that it has sufficient evidence against accused in the minor actor molestation case and requested "all citizens and netizens to exercise restraint while writing or speaking about the case."Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) December 16, 2017 In a statement posted on Twitter, Mumbai Police said much has been written and spoken about the case and "most of the conclusions drawn seem to be without appropriate knowledge of the facts of the case and based on hearsay.""Our action against the accused is backed by sufficient evidence against him and it has been under the scrutiny by the court of law.It is our request to all citizens and netizens, to exercise restraint while writing or speaking about the case of sexual assault on a minor without proper knowledge iof the case," the Mumbai Police said.

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The coalition of the far-Right Freedom Party and the conservative People’s Party (OVP) of Austria, which will form the next government, is planning to increase the daily maximum working hours from eight to 12, a long-pending demand from corporations.“Austria has slipped in many areas from the top of the field to the midfield,” said Heinz-Christian Strache, the leader of the Freedom Party, while praising the new plan.Many observers had expected the new coalition government to be pro-business.That’s exploitation,” he said.Ironically, many working-class people had voted for the Freedom Party, which is one of the reasons why the outgoing Chancellor Christian Kern and his Social Democrats lost the recent election.According to politicians around Mr. Strache and Mr. Kurz, the aim of the reform is not to have a 60-hour week, but to “increase flexibility” of working hours.More exploitation“I believe this will lead to more exploitation.

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America’s mainstream media and policy establishment is still seized of the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, but a new fear has come to grip it — the spectre of Chinese influence.China’s new willingness to be the vanguard of globalisation, along with its proposal of a new model of economic integration and connectivity, has begun to rankle the American establishment.At a Congressional hearing last week convened by Republican Senator Marco Rubio, titled “The Long Arm of China: Exporting Authoritarianism with Chinese Characteristics”, a thought that was repeatedly expressed was on the possibility of Beijing influencing the outcome of an American election in the future.Add to that the willingness of American tech companies to abide by Chinese laws to be able to operate there.A recent report by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) termed these Chinese efforts ‘sharp power’ as opposed to ‘soft power’ that the West seeks to exercise in other parts of the world through similar initiatives.“….it directly threatens our most deeply held values and our national interests,” Mr. Rubio said.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:52:06 +0530

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Panaji: Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said that there are some people who look at "Hindutva" with narrow religious connotations rather than looking at it as a way of living of the people.He was addressing the "India Ideas Conclave 2017" organised by India Foundation in Goa.File image of Indian vice-president Venkaiah Naidu.PTIHe said, "Hamara system ka durbhagya hai ki kucch log "Hindu" mane usko narrow religious connotation me dekhte hai.(It is unfortunate that some people look at the word "Hindu" with a narrow religious connotation).""ItNot only cheated us, but also cheated some of our minds," he said.Naidu said that there are some people who are not able to come out of that mentality (inferiority) despite several years into freedom."IThose people through their education system have put in our mind that they are superior and we are inferior," he added.Published Date: Dec 16, 2017 08:01 pm | Updated Date: Dec 16, 2017 08:01 pm

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After Amrita Fadnavis came under fire for organising a Christmas event, on Saturday, it was the turn of BJP Mumbai President and Bandra West MLA Ashish Shelar to face the heat on Twitter.A lot of right-wingers and BJP supporters appeared to be angered by the BJP leader hosting an event which they felt promoted ‘evangelists’ and demanded an explanation from him and Maharashtra Chief Minis Devendra Fadnavis.Another claimed that while BJP General Secretary was uniting India with India Ideas Conclave 2017, here BJP was ‘supporting those who want to break India’.The criticism is rather bizarre considering Bandra West has a sizeable chunk of Christian constituents who probably voted for Shelar.

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One cannot be seen without the other in winter, the pot warming the body under the pheranIn the biting cold of a Kashmir winter, it is the kangri that offers warmth.The earthen pot filled with burning charcoal is held by its handle under the pheran, a long, loose woollen garment people in the Valley wear.The pot is supplied by the potter, while thousands of people produce the charcoal by burning twigs and leaves of different kinds of trees in autumn.One ill-effect of the hot pot is rashes and burns.Of late, the kangri is displayed as a work of art in affluent households, especially in urban Kashmir.

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On March 13, 1986, British tabloid The Sun, which had already established itself as a platform for sensational stories, ran a front-page story with the headline “Freddie Starr Ate My Hamster”.The story alleged that Freddie Starr, a British comedian, had eaten the pet of a young woman and partner of a friend of his, who he had fallen out with.After checking with Mr. Starr and his manager (who both denied the occurrence), Mr. Clifford told Mr. McKenzie he was happy for the story to run anyway, because Mr. Starr had a forthcoming tour and he was happy for the publicity.Had he been in charge of Bill Clinton’s publicity when the Monica Lewinsky story broke, the scandal would never have reached the light of day, he boasted to The New York Times in 2006.For the past couple of years, Mr. Clifford had dipped out of the limelight after he was jailed for eight years in 2014 for sexually abusing four teenage women.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:44:02 +0530

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Nariman and S.K. Kaul on Friday set aside the high court order, saying that the requisite procedure prescribed in the Drugs and Cosmetics Act were not followed and ordered that these medicines be re-examined by the Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB).The top court said that the DTAB/sub-committee will deliberate on the parameters set out in section 26A (power to prohibit manufacture of drugs and cosmetics in public interest) of the drugs Act like first and foremost in each case, it must satisfy itself that the use of the FDC in question is likely to involve any risk to human beings or animals.The bench said that the board or committee must clearly indicate in its report as to why, according to it, any one of the three factors are attracted and post such satisfaction, that in the larger public interest, it is necessary or expedient to regulate, restrict, or prohibit the manufacture, sale or distribution of such FDCs.The top court said that the DTAB/Sub-Committee must also indicate as to why, in case it prohibits a particular FDC, restriction or regulation is not sufficient to control the manufacture and use of the FDC.“We request the DTAB/Sub-Committee to be set up for this purpose to afford the necessary hearing to all concerned, and thereafter submit a consolidated report, insofar as these FDCs are concerned, to the central government within a period of six months from the date on which this judgment is received by the DTAB,” it said.

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Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter.Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend:TOP STORIESTaking stock of fire seasonThe wine country fires that ravaged Northern California in October and the firestorm in Southern California this month have capped the most destructive year for fires in state history.By contrast, the Southern California fires destroyed about 1,000 homes and left two people dead, with the massive Thomas fire continuing to rage amid strong winds.Issues that have caused so much debate since the wine country fires — a lack of communication and warnings, limited firefighting resources and the possible role of electric lines in sparking the blazes — were addressed in the early stages of the Southland fires.

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A Naval ship on Saturday recovered two more bodies of fishers swept away by Cyclone Ockhi off the Beypore coast.The decomposed bodies were brought to the harbour around 5 p.m.The coastal police said the bodies were yet to be identified.Taluk hospitals in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts would be considered for the purpose, they said.Fisheries officials said the search for recovering floating bodies would continue with the support of rescue teams off the Kozhikode coast.Search has been progressing in various other locations of the coastline based on information given by the fishers, they said.Fishermen’s organisation leaders expressed satisfaction over the initiatives of the District Disaster Management Authority and the Fisheries Department.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:03:37 +0530

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Saudi Arabian women will be able to drive trucks and motorcycles, officials have said three months after the kingdom announced a historic decision to end a ban on women driving.The Saudi General Directorate of Traffic gave details of the new regulations that will follow the lifting of the ban on the official Saudi Press Agency late on Friday.Saudi Arabia was the only country in the world to impose a ban on women driving and its maintenance was seen around the world as a symbol of repression in the Gulf kingdom.Its historic decision to allow women to drive from next June has been cheered inside the kingdom and abroad -- and comes after decades of resistance from female activists, many of whom were jailed for flouting the ban.

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In its strongest action yet, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has temporarily barred Bharti Airtel and Airtel Payments Bank from conducting Aadhaar-based SIM verification of mobile customers using eKYC process as well as e-KYC of payments bank clients.UIDAI, in an interim order, “suspended e-KYC licence key of Bharti Airtel Ltd and Airtel Payment Bank Ltd with immediate effect,” sources with direct knowledge of the development said.This essentially means Airtel would not be able to, in the interim, carry out ‘electronic-verification’ or link mobile SIMs of its customers with their 12-digit biometric national ID Aadhaar though the efficient and paperless eKYC (or electronic Know Your Customer) process of UIDAI.Sources said it was brought to the notice of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) that at the time of mobile verification using Aadhaar e-KYC, the Airtel retailers were also opening Airtel Payments Bank accounts, without informed consent of the user.Suspending the ‘e-KYC licence key’, UIDAI ordered PricewaterhouseCoopers to conduct an audit of Bharti Airtel and Airtel Payments Bank to ascertain if their systems and processes are in compliance with the Aadhaar Act.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 18:19:12 +0530

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Under pressure, undervalued and ultimately underestimated, recalled all-rounder Mitchell Marsh scored his maiden test century at the WACA on Saturday to complete a rare family set of Ashes tons.Clubbing 29 fours in an unbeaten knock of 181, the 26-year-old combined with his captain Steve Smith (229 not out) in a 301-run partnership to give Australia a 146-run lead over England at stumps on day three of the third test.That faith had been dented over the course of 21 tests that yielded just two half-centuries, a paltry average of 21.74 with the bat and a modest 37.48 with the ball.Under the microscope but desperate to perform in front of home fans, the WACA test began poorly for the 6ft-4in all-rounder as he dropped a straightforward catch in the slips to reprieve England opener Mark Stoneman on day one.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:45:00 GMT

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Congratulatory messages from allies and well-wishers poured in after Rahul Gandhi formally took charge as the Congress president on Saturday.Stalin’s praiseDMK leader M.K. Stalin said: “Am confident that he [Rahul Gandhi] will fulfil the aspirations and hopes of the people and restore the glory of secularism, socialism and federalism.”CPI(M)Describing Mr. Gandhi as a young leader of the oldest political party in the country, CPI national secretary D. Raja said there were great expectations from him.BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said when the Congress talked about a change in leadership, the country was seeing how during its 10-year rule, corruption took place under their very nose.(With

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Claiming that she faced a threat to her life, BJP leader and Udupi-Chikkamagaluru MP Shobha Karandlaje recently applied for arms licence.Ms.Karandlaje told The Hindu that she had sent in her application to the Bengaluru City Police Commissioner.I took the decision in the wake of some of the recent incidents witnessed in the State.Karandlaje had accused the government of mishandling the Paresh Mesta case.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:27:28 +0530

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Northern Army Commander Lt Gen. D Anbu on Saturday reviewed the security situation in the Kashmir region during his one-day visit to the valley.During the visit, Lt. Gen. Anbu was accompanied by Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen. J S Sandhu who briefed him about the winter preparedness of the formations and measures taken to meet the challenges posed by weather, he said.The northern army commander also interacted with the troops and emphasised on the need for undertaking relentless intelligence-based operations to sustain pressure on terrorist organisations, the spokesman said.Commending the troops for their dedication and high standards of professionalism, the Lt Gen. asked them to continue strict vigil to thwart any nefarious designs of inimical elements despite the prevalent weather conditions, he said.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:51:17 +0530

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The Yadgir police have booked a suo motu case against T. Rajasingh Lodh, BJP MLA for Ghoshamahal of Hyderabad, and Pramod Muthalik, Sri Ram Sene chief, besides two others for allegedly making provocative speeches.While addressing a convention organised by Sri Ram Sene’s district unit in Yadgir on December 12, Mr. Lodh allegedly said that every Hindu should have weapons in their houses to fight terrorists as well as those harming the Hindu religion and country.After watching the video clippings of the speech, the police have booked the case under various sections.Mr. Muthalik, Siddalingaswamy of Karuneshwar Mutt, Andola, honorary president of Sri Ram Sene, and Vijay Patil, president of Hyderabad Karnataka region of Sri Ram Sene, were also booked for their alleged provocative speeches.Action soon’ Lada Martin Marbanaing, Superintendent of Police, said they had booked cases against them based on the video clippings and further action will shortly be taken according to law.

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Argentina fired the head of its navy a month after a submarine disappeared in the South Atlantic with 44 crew members onboard, a government spokesman said on Saturday.Local paper La Nacion had reported earlier, citing anonymous sources, that Navy Admiral Marcelo Eduardo Hipūlito Srur was let go by the Defense Minister.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:14:08 +0530

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A total of 1,000 saplings of 33 varieties were planted as part of a mass cleaning programme on the premises of the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court here on Saturday.Waste handling and disposal were important to reduce health hazards, he said, and added that the clean-up was a beginning to a bigger step towards establishing a clean environment on the campus.Justice S.S. Sundar said that recently a ‘Greenery and Ecology Committee’ was constituted at the Madurai Bench to look into the ecology of the campus.The members included Chairman M. Venugopal, J. Nisha Banu, G.R. Swaminathan, A.M. Basheer Ahamed and Mr. Sundar.Justices Nisha Banu, Bhavani Subbarayan, A.D. Jagadish Chandira, M. Dhandapani and Abdul Quddhose along with Additional Advocate General B. Pugalendhi, Women’s Advocate Association President N. Krishnaveni and Advocate K. Swamidurai, president of Madurai Bench of Madras High Court Bar Association, and other office-bearers of the Madurai Bench took part in the event.Collector K. Veera Raghava Rao said that the clean-up was held in association with the Advocates Association, Corporation, Public Works Department, Horticulture and the Agriculture Department to bring an awareness to the public.A total of 100 workers from the Corporation would be taking part in the clean-up, he said.Two dustbins were deployed at the clean-up operation, blue for non-biodegradable waste and green for biodegradable, said Corporation Commissioner S. Aneesh Sekhar.Mr.Samidurai thanked the participants for their enthusiasm shown towards the event and said that the Advocate Association would work towards protection of ecology.Additional Registrar General A. Nazeema Banu said 326 teak saplings were planted which would form a bund around the pond located within the campus.

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Panaji: “For India to achieve leadership in the 21st century, to build a new India of our dreams, we have to build it through innovative, entrepreneurial, large-scale companies,” Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said on Saturday.“WeThat is how we will create economic opportunities for all of our people, that can create millions and millions of jobs and really drive our GDP from $2.5 trillion to $5 trillion.he added.Stating that US today is the entrepreneurial engine, the innovation hub of the top $ 1 billion people on this planet, he said that it was mostly of the most affluent people on the planet.always ask our entrepreneurs, don’t solve the problems of Pike Place in Seattle, don’t solve the problems of Union Square in San Francisco, you have to solve Jhanda Chowk’s problems.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:57:59 +0530

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China and Britain have vowed to continue and strengthen cooperation on a wide range of economic, financial and trade issues, including speeding the introduction of a London-Shanghai stock connect programme.In a joint statement on Saturday, coinciding with an official visit to China by British Finance Minister Philip Hammond, the countries also said they opposed trade protectionism and reaffirmed their support for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as a key pillar of the global trade system.The statement comes as China, in an unusual step, accused the United States and the European Union of breaking promises that they made when China joined the WTO.Stock connect schemeSpeaking at a press conference in Beijing together with Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai, Mr. Hammond said the two countries were also discussing a long-awaited London-Shanghai stock connect programme, as well as a scheme to connect their bond markets.

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The agent in Belapur, Mumbai, had told R. Thandapani he was going to serve on a small-size, bulk cargo ship — the type that transports coal, grain and metallic ore all over the world.Nearly five years after doing his qualifying-level shipping course and paying several lakhs of rupees to agents, as well as serving as a trainee seaman for nine months for apprentice wages, Mr. Thandapani thought he was finally going to board a merchant ship as a certified Able Seaman.He served on Seaman Guard Ohio for a year, doing six-hours-on, six-hours-off duty every day — chipping, painting and helping out.The ship would typically drift in the Persian Gulf, receive security guards on anti-piracy duty who were disembarking from big ships coming from Africa and take them to Africa-bound ships, to which they would provide protection against Somalian pirates.Security guards on merchant ships came in the public eye in India when two Italian marines on board a merchant ship allegedly shot dead two fishermen off the coast of Kochi around the same time that Mr. Thandapani joined Seaman Guard Ohio.TINA trapThough the salary was good, Mr. Thandapani realised when he signed off after a year that the sea time he had put in at Seaman Guard Ohio did not quite count as experience on ocean-going ships, and jobs were hard to come by on other merchant ships.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:01:55 +0530

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Good luck convincing some of Zimbabwe’s far-flung residents that they have a new President despite last month’s dramatic ouster of Robert Mugabe after 37 years in power.“Don’t“I don’t think you are a journalist, maybe you are a spy,” the 76-year-old said as her friends nodded in agreement.As new leader Emmerson Mnangagwa tries to revive a shattered economy, the changes his government hopes to hurry along are bumping up against a rural lifestyle where news travels by word of mouth and clearly not all news has arrived.Isolated pocketIn this district disconnected from phone lines, many people are only remotely aware of the momentous events leading to Mr. Mugabe’s resignation, including the military’s takeover, the hundreds of thousands marching in the capital and the impeachment proceedings that finally led the 93-year-old President to step down.Instead, the local buzz was about the cattle auction in Lupane’s Gomoza village, where hundreds gathered to buy and sell.The dusty road to the village is dominated by donkeys drawing carts, the main mode of transport.The scene resembles many parts of Zimbabwe that have been left behind by years of underdevelopment and often rely on international aid organisations to get by.“PeopleBusiness is improving because of support from the Food and Agricultural Organisation, which initiated training for villagers,” said Nyovane Ndlovu, chairman of the auction floor.One bull at the auction fetched $610, which had to be paid in cash.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:20:16 +0530

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Shimla: Elaborate security arrangements have been made to ensure peaceful counting of votes on Monday for all 68 Assembly constituencies in Himachal Pradesh that went to polls on 9 November, an official said on Saturday.Counting will take place at 42 centres and the results are likely to be declared by noon on 19 December, Chief Electoral Officer Pushpendra Rajput said.Three-tier security arrangements have been made at all the counting centres.

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2017-12-16 02:46:28pm

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In an effort to tackle the delay in issuing adoption orders by courts, which are supposed to dispose such cases within two months from the date of filing, the Ministry of Women and Child Development plans to amend the Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act, 2015.According to the JJ Act, once an adoption order is issued by a court, the child becomes the son/daughter of the adoptive parents for all purposes from the date on which the adoption order takes effect.Further, all ties of the child and his or her biological family stand severed and are replaced by those created by the adoption order.Though Section 61 (2) of the JJ Act states that the ‘adoption proceedings shall be held in camera and the case shall be disposed of by the court within a period of two months from the date of filing’, a letter by the Ministry to State governments notes that a number of adoption proceedings are getting delayed, some even pending for more than two years.Proposing an amendment to reverse this, the Ministry’s order states that ‘any matter pending before any court pertaining to adoption shall be transferred to the executive magistrate having jurisdiction over the area to entertain such matters if it was instituted or filed for the first time after the amendment’.The Ministry, which plans to place its proposal in the ongoing session of Parliament, has also sought responses from the States in a week’s time, failing which it will be assumed that the State is agreeable to the amendment.Citing that the adopted child is legally entitled to property, she said the proposed amendments could have implications in this regard.Nina Nayak, former chairperson of the Karnataka State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights, and an adoptee parent, said while the intent is good, the execution of this order may not be in the best interest of the child.

The Hindu

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:01:55 +0530

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In Japan, even ceramic tea bowls are carefully passed down from generation to generation.And yet, it is also the norm for Japanese to discard their houses with almost less thought than most people would give to disposing a beloved kimono.Homes are usually built to last only about 20-30 years, giving rise to a uniquely Japanese building culture termed ‘scrap and build’.The reasons for this phenomenon range from an unstable geography prone to earthquakes making for an architectural context of impermanence to the need for constantly updating building technology as it improves.Instead of a housing shortage, Japan has too many houses that no one seems to want: derelict, ‘ghost’ homes that over time become firetraps, attract vermin, turn into rubbish dumps and diminish the value of surrounding property.According to the Fujitsu Research Institute, the number of vacant houses in Japan in 2013 reached 8.2 million.

The Hindu

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:55:32 +0530

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An estimated 40,000 people traveled from around the world to take up arms for the Islamic State group as it occupied territory in Syria and Iraq and declared a caliphate in 2014.A few hundred are believed to still be fighting as IS struggles to survive, having lost most of its territory to campaigns by Western-backed Syrian and Iraqi coalition armies.How many have gone elsewhere to fight?" said Seth Jones, director of the International Security and Defense Policy Centre at the Rand Corporation.In France, officials say, around 1,700 people went to Iraq and Syria since 2013 to join IS.

DNA India

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 14:32:56 GMT

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HONOLULU — For the first time in more than three decades, an ominous warning siren blared across Hawaii earlier this month — an alarm that one day could mean a nuclear missile is about to hit.The siren, a Cold War relic brought back in the wake of new threats from North Korea, is the centerpiece of the most wide-ranging campaign in the U.S. to prepare for a nuclear strike.Especially after North Korea’s latest missile test, some experts believe California and the Bay Area — one of the closest U.S. metro areas to Pyongyang after Honolulu — should follow Hawaii’s example.“Hawaii feels like it’s on the front lines because it’s so close to North Korea, but these weapons have a pretty long reach,” said Alex Wellerstein, a professor who studies nuclear weapons at New Jersey’s Stevens Institute of Technology.Hawaii’s alarm was tested Dec. 1 following the regular tsunami siren and will be tested on the first business day of every month.

FosterGem News

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 14:00:24 GMT

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News nation India

2017-12-16 02:16:51pm

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Venezuela’s government and Opposition concluded a new round of talks on Friday in an effort to bridge deep and entrenched differences to find a way to end the dire political and economic crisis tearing apart their country.After eight hours of discussions at the Foreign Ministry in Santo Domingo, the two sides agreed to resume negotiations on January 11, Dominican President Danilo Medina announced.It will be followed by a meeting of foreign ministers on January 12. “There has been significant progress,” said Mr. Medina, whose country is hosting the second meeting after a first on December 1 and 2 yielded what was similarly termed “significant advances.”“ThereWe cannot announce any of the advances we have had because they are part of a package.As long as agreements are not reached completely, we cannot make an announcement,” he said.Chilean Foreign Minister Heraldo Munoz expressed hope that an agreement would be “finalised” by January 12.

The Hindu

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:34:34 +0530

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Calicut University will host a two-day conference of Vice Chancellors of southern States organised by the Association of Indian Universities from December 18.K.Mohammed Basheer, Vice Chancellor of the university, told the media here on Saturday that the meeting would discuss the role of digitalisation in the functioning of universities.Basheer said the Governor would inaugurate the renovated Senate House and release a special issue of University News, a journal brought out by the association.There would be discussions on the challenges before raising the standards of universities and the rating of universities and their accreditation, he said.

The Hindu

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:36:26 +0530

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Manager Sean Dyche’s success at Burnley this season is no way less that what Pep Guardiola has achieved with his record-breaking Manchester City side, Brighton and Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton has said.Burnley, who returned to top-flight under Dyche last season, have won nine and drawn four of their 17 league games and are level with fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur and fifth-placed Liverpool on 31 points.APHughton said Dyche’s impact was similar to Guardiola‘s, who has led City on a 15-game winning run in the league to open up an 11-point lead at the top of the standings this season."EverybodyYou have to do it over a season, of course, and it will probably be harder for Burnley, with the size of the club, to maintain it over a season than it will be for the bigger teams.""Butif you’re asking me right at this moment then, yes, Sean’s achievement for what he’s done at Burnley is right up there with what Manchester City have done."With

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:55:52 +0000

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has denied ever meeting women who have accused him of unwanted sexual advances.An Associated Press Fact Check finds that claim is implausible at best.Photos are in circulation showing Trump with some others.His tweet broadly addressed what he called the fabricated stories of women he had never met.

ET International News

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:34:13 GMT

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For a series that has generated more buzz about the impending challenges that await hosts across the Cape of Good Hope than what their current rivals can possibly conjure, the third One-Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka in Visakhapatnam offers a modicum of much-needed relevance.AFPSuch has been hosts’ dominance this year that Sri Lanka’s commanding win in Dharamsala ODI and gutsy performances in the preceding Tests — Delhi and Kolkata in particular — have remained tiny footnotes in India’s eulogy.The first ODI here, however, had India batting first after winning the toss in April heat, and Dhoni, then a greenhorn playing his fifth ODI, walked into Indian consciousness with a stunning 123-ball 148 against Pakistan.Now in the autumn of his career with his place in India’s cricket history secure, Dhoni would want to end the series on a high.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:43:50 +0000

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News nation World

2017-12-16 06:47:07pm

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News nation India

2017-12-16 01:16:58pm

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New Delhi: Recalling the infamous 2012 16 December gangrape incident, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday lamented that not enough has been done towards bolstering the security of women, but asserted that his government would soon install CCTV cameras across the national capital.Addressing a gathering at the inauguration of a loop at a flyover in Mukundpur, he announced that unauthorised colonies will have proper facilities like roads and water and sewer lines in two-three years.File image of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.I was talking to the minister, and perhaps if there are no impediments in technical evaluation, soon we will have CCTV cameras across the city," he said.In the run up to the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections, the Aam Aadmi Party had promised to install CCTV cameras across the national capital.Public Works Department minister Satyendar Jain, who was present on the occasion, had said in November that the Delhi government has floated tenders to install around 1.4 lakh CCTV cameras across the national capital.Installation of these cameras was expected to be completed within five months, he had said.As per the plan, around 2,000 cameras would be installed in each of the 70 Assembly constituencies in Delhi.On the unauthorised colonies, Kejriwal said: "Big projects and big roads are important, and our government is working on several projects.But, our concern is also the unauthorised colonies, where people are living hellish lives.""But, in two-three years, leaving aside a few colonies, all unauthorised colonies, will have the proper facility of roads, water, sewer and gutter.Those 30-35 (colonies) have forest or ASI issues," he said.On 16 December, 2012, a physiotherapy student was gangraped in a moving bus, and dumped on the streets under the cover of darkness in south Delhi, sparking outrage at home and abroad, with many citizens taking to streets demanding proper security for women.Published Date: Dec 16, 2017 06:40 pm | Updated Date: Dec 16, 2017 06:40 pm

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:10:45 +0000

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In quite a bizarre turn of events that would even leave even left the father of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud flummoxed, a Bihar student was handed a marksheet showing he had passed with honours in psychology!The BA Part 1 Exam conducted by Bhim Rao Ambedkar Bihar University (BRABU), Muzaffarpur, has left the student extremely agitated since he got marks in a subject he didn’t even opt for!He is not the only one who is the victim of this marking system, and a non-teaching employee of Ram Lakhan Singh Yadav College admitted that there were discrepancies in 40% of the marksheets of examinees.One student was shown to have failed his exam for being absent even though he had appeared in the exam, while another was given marks in economics after giving the history exam.

DNA India

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:33:00 GMT