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  • US asks Bangladesh to address the current impasse in the country

    Washington: Expressing concern over the continuing political violence in Bangladesh, the US has called for a viable opposition to create inclusive processes and address the current impasse in the country, days after a court ordered the arrest of former prime minister Khaleda Zia in connection with two graft cases.

    "We do think that it's very important that for Bangladesh, as a democracy, to have space for a viable political opposition," Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Nisha Desai Biswal, told reporters at a news conference at the Washington Foreign Press Center yesterday.

    "There is a continuing political impasse and that there is a continuing violence, and we hope that government and opposition leaders can address these issues and can improve and advance beyond that political impasse," she said.

    While we have a great deal of concern about the level of political violence and think it's incumbent upon all political parties to repudiate violence, it's also equally important that government provides space for peaceful political opposition to be able to exist and to create inclusive political processes, she said.

    "I'm not going to speculate on the charges that have been levied, except to say that we do hope and expect that there will be due process in terms of any ? pursuing of any charges in any legal procedures," she said.

    These are matters that are going to need to be addressed internally. I think the Secretary (of State) has stated that he stands ready to provide whatever support the United States can provide to support resolution of these issues, she said.

    We are in very regular contact with all aspects of Bangladeshi society -the government, opposition, civil society. But these are fundamentally issues that require internal resolution, Biswal said.

    These are internal issues that need to be resolved by the Bangladeshi people and by the political leadership in Bangladesh, she said.

    "We have restated our concern that all political parties need to reject and renounce violence, but we do also believe that there should be space in a democracy for a viable opposition and a more inclusive political process," Biswal said.

    A special anti-corruption court ordered the arrest of former prime minister Khaleda Zia in connection with two graft cases after she repeatedly failed to appear for the hearings on February 25, a development which could escalate the ongoing political turmoil in the country that has claimed at least 110 lives. 

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  • Reward announced on ’missing’ Rahul, Priyanka in demand for vice-president

    New Delhi: Ever since Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi decided to go on "leave" for couple of weeks, rumour mills are working overtime. Amid all this, a section of disgruntled Congress workers in Allahabad have put up posters and banners in the city announcing "handsome reward" for anyone who can find Rahul.

    Some of the Congress workers even demanded that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra be made the party’s vice-president, while others have demanded that she should take over the reins of the party. These Congress workers have been joined in the ’jibe campaign’ by some workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party as well.

    Amar Vaishya alias Munna Bhaiyya, a businessman of the city who has been eying a BJP ticket for the Assembly elections, on Thursday put up hoardings near Anand Bhawan, the ancestral house of the Nehru-Gandhi family. "Rahul Gandhi is missing. Those who find him would be made rich," the hoarding declared.

    "Rahul Gandhi is an escapist. He has run away from the battlefield leaving behind his men in lurch. So I have announced a cash reward to those who find him," Vaishya said.

    Earlier on Wednesday, some Congressmen in Allahabad put up posters and banners in which they demanded Priyanka Gandhi Vadra should be inducted as the Congress vice-president in absence of her brother Rahul.

    Haseeb Ahmad and Shrish Dubey, two local Congressmen associated with the youth wing of the party, declared that they would campaign to bring Priyanka into mainstream politics. "We have sent a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi to appoint Priyanka as the vice-president. Rahul has failed to rejuvenate the party," Ahmad said.

    "We seriously believe that all is not well between Rahul and Priyanka. We know many aspirants of the Assembly and Lok Sabha election whom Rahul wanted to field but Priyanka denied them ticket. There are many senior party leaders behind the posters which we see in Allahabad every now and then. These leaders are not happy with Rahul for personal reasons," said a senior Congress leader in Lucknow.

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  • Pak Gen warns India ahead of Foreign Secy S Jaishankar's visit

    Islamabad : Pakistan's powerful army chief General Raheel Sharif on warned India of a "befitting response" to alleged provocation along the Line of Control (LoC), just days before the arrival of foreign secretary S Jaishankar here.

    "Repeated Indian ceasefire violations on the Working Boundary and the LoC in recent past was a distraction for Pakistan from campaign versus terrorism and it affects regional stability," a statement issued by the military qouted Sahrif as saying.

    "Let there be no doubt that any provocation along LOC and Working Boundary will meet a befitting response," he said.

    The statement came just days before the crucial visit of Jaishankar to the country.

    Military spokesman Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa said that the army chief visited areas affected by recent Indian firing near Sialkot and met troops and local residents.

    "Nation united in defence of motherland," Sharif said. Pakistan and India have traded heavy fire in the area in recent months.

    Jaishankar will arrive here on a two-day visit on March 3, seven months after India cancelled foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan.

    India broke off foreign secretary-level talks in August last at the eleventh hour because the Pakistan high commissioner in New Delhi held consultations with Kashmiri separatists.



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  • Mufti Mohammed Sayeed to sworn in as J&K CM on Sunday

    Jammu and Kashmir : Peoples Democratic Party and Bharatiya Janata Party have ironed out their differences and reached a consensus on a Common Minimum Programme that will form the basis of their unique coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir to be sworn-in at 11 am on Sunday.

    Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, founder-patron of PPD, flew in on Thursday evening to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday which will be final step in his return as the state's chief minister at the head of the coalition that will mark the first time ever for the BJP to be in power in the sensitive state.

    Sayeed said on his arrival that a CMP on which there has been a consensus has been made and now he will be meeting the PM on Friday.

    Refusing to talk about the understanding on contentious issues like Article 370 which gives special status to the state, he said, “I won’t talk on the issues....it (CMP) will come in black and white and the entire public of the country will see what we are doing.”

    It is expected that Sayeed will invite Modi for the swearing-in function in Jammu.

    Ahead of the meeting between Sayeed and Modi, presidents of both the parties -- Mehbooba Mufti of PDP and Amit Shah of BJP, met on Wednesday after which they announced formation of a coalition government in the state.

    Shah had tweeted after the meeting that “glory will be restored in the ‘Jewel of the Crown’, BJP-PDP govt will take J and K to new heights by ensuring good governance and development.”

    Sayeed will also hold the portfolio of home department which has been traditionally held by the CM since 1953. Nirmal Singh from BJP is expected to be the Deputy CMhaving the portfolio of planning.

    The December 23 election results saw a highly-fractured mandate with PDP emerging as single largest party with 28 MLAs followed by BJP with 25. Erstwhile allies National Conference and Congress ended with 15 and 12 seats respectively.

    BJP and PDP, which have been in negotiations for nearly two months now, have sorted out all the differences over Article 370, Armed Forces Special Powers Act, resettlement of west Pakistan refugees and holding of talks with Pakistan and separatist leaders of the state.

    Highly-placed sources said the document prepared by the two sides mainly focuses on development and providing job opportunities to youths.

    The document also lists ways and means for rehabilitation of nearly 60,000 Kashmiri Pandit families who had left the KashmirValley after the onset of militancy in early 1990s.

    On Article 370, while BJP has given no written assurance as demanded by PDP, the document is expected to say that both parties will respect the aspirations of the people of the state within the Constitution, the sources indicated.

    The proposed document may also touch upon the issue of more than 25,000 families of West Pakistani refugees by terming it a humanitarian issue.

    The other issues include handing over of hydel projects to the state government and vacating of land and buildings by the army in the Valley.

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  • No Mosque possible in Ayodhya: Yogi Adityanath

    Lucknow: BJP MP form Gorakhpur, Mahant Yogi Adityanath has ruled out the proposal for an out-of-court settlement with regard to the Ayodhya issue.

    He said that just as there could not be a temple in Mecca or in the Vatican City, there was no possibility of a mosque in Ayodhya. He said that Ayodhya, the land of Sanatan Dharma, was a sacred city since it is the birthplace of Lord Ram.

    Adityanath was responding to questions on the proposal for a dual shrine at the dispute site in Ayodhya. “Hashim Ansari (main litigant in the case) and Mahant Gyan Das (Akhara Parishad head) are making statements they should not be making.

    They should first understand the sentiments of millions of Hindus before making such uncalled for statements,” he said.
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  • PM Modi is allergic to me : Anna Hazare

    Bijnor: Social activist Anna Hazare, who is spearheading agitation against the Land Acquisition Bill,  said Prime Minister will not accept his suggestions on the issue as Narendra Modi is "allergic" to him.

    "Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not accept my suggestions on the Land Acquisition Bill as during the Lok Sabha elections, I had called Modi and Rahul Gandhi pro-industrialists. This statement has made them allergic to me," he told reporters here on Thursday, February 26.

    The government is pro-industrialists and it wants to forcefully acquire land owned by the farmers, Hazare said.

    He also questioned the need to bring the changes in the Land Acquisition Act when an agreement was already in place in 2013.

    Proposing a new action plan for the agitation, he said that a team of 8-9 leaders will soon be formed which will mobilise the movement in the villages.



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  • Railway Budget 2015 : No increase in passenger fares

    New Delhi: Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu in his budget speech announced a slew of passenger friendly measures such as better ticket booking facilities and more general coaches for the benefit of travellers. Also in line with expectations, no hike in rail fares was announced.


    Announcing multiple measures that are meant to improve passenger comfort Prabhu said, "We will throttle tout menace by increasing ticket booking time. We will raise reserved ticket booking window to 120 days versus 60 days now."We will ensure quick availability of passenger tickets. Also unreserved passengers can book tickets in 5 minutes," he said.Apart from this he said that Rs 120 crore will be spent to install lifts and escalators at major stations.

    Prabhu also said that more general class coaches will be added to benefit travelers.Stressing on need to enhance customer experience, Prabhu in his budget speech said that Railways will hike allotment for passenger amenities by 67%.

    Talking about the need to work towards PM Narendra Modi's 'Swachh Bharat' drive, Prabhu in his budget speech said, "17,000 more toilets will be replaced by bio-toilets.""We will make cleanliness a major initiative. We will engage private agencies & set up waste-to-energy conversion plants," Prabhu said.Outlining his vision for Indian Railways, Suresh Prabhu in his budget speech talked about four main goals that PM Narendra Modi government will work on to get railways out of its abysmal state.

     "We want to work on these four goals; to deliver a sustained improvement in customer experience; make railways a safer means of travel; modernise infrastructure of railways and expand capacity and finally make railways financially self-sustainable," Prabhu elaborate.Prabhu announced a 24*7 helpline for Indian Railways. "An all India 24*7 helpline 138 will be effective from 1/3/2015; Toll free No. 182 for security complaints," Prabhu said.

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    Presenting his maiden Rail Budget, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said that the government will improve capacity on high density network in next five years.

    Here are the live updates:

    -Legacy of past will take some time to neutralize

    -Connected with users through social media, 2000 suggestions received

    -Connected with all stake holders

    -Railways Minister sets 4 goals

    -Goal 1: Sustained and measurable growth/efficiency

    -Goal 2: Improve Safety

    -Goal 3: Expand capacity and modernisation

    -Goal 4: To make Railways financially independent

    - Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu begins his Budget speech

    - Suresh Prabhu presenting first Rail Budget of Modi led NDA govt

    - Prabhu thanks Modi for granting him the opportunity

    - Railways life pumps blood into the heart of India

    - Suresh Prabhu remembers Mahatma Gandhi and his faith in Railways

    - Problem on under investment in Railways

    - Investment in Rail must for employment opportunities

    - Investment in Rail important for environment

    - Not sufficient funds for maintenance and safety

    -Railways can have rebirth

    -I asked “prabhu” (God) how will all this happen: Suresh Prabhu

    -Improving efficiency on high density networks priority

    -Emphasis on gauge conversion

    -Trains to become punctual

    - Suresh Prabhu will begin Rail Budget speech shortly

    - Lok Sabha adjourned till 11:30 am amid uproar over Venkaiah Naidu's remarks. The minister clarifies in Lok Sabha, says, "I respect the Opposition. I have never used unparliamentary language."

    - Suresh Prabhu Reaches Rail Bhavan

    - Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu leaves for Rail Bhavan

    - Opposition threatens to disrupt proceedings during presentation of Rail Budget in Lok Sabha over Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu's controversial remarks made yesterday. Naidu had said that "minority cannot trample majority".

    - Hope to improve Railways, says Prabhu

    - Have to keep in mind long-term benefit of Railways, says Prabhu

    - Will take the right step on fare hike, says Prabhu

    - Will not leave work after Budget. The journey is long, it will not be completed in a year, says Prabhu

    - Suresh Prabhu says Budget will set the direction, but it will be a tough and long journey.

    - It is a tough task but we will work hard, Prabhu says.

    - This is common man's transport, our dream is to bring it back on track, says Prabhu.

    - Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu is expected to leave for Parliament at 10.45 am.

    - PM has a dream to improve the Railways, says Prabhu.

    - Rail Budget will be as per common man's expectations, Sinha says.

    - Expansion and modernization of Indian Rail network will find space in Budget, passengers will benefit, says Manoj Sinha.

    - Ahead of the Rail Budget to be announced at 12 noon today, Manoj Sinha, MoS Railways, says that common man will be given prime importance.The Railway Minister had earlier ruled out a cut in fares in the context of reduced diesel rates but he is expected to make a tightrope walk as he tries to bridge the huge gap in finances while presenting his maiden Rail Budget in the Lok Sabha.

    In the first Rail Budget of the Modi government in July last year, fares were increased by 14.2 percent and freight rates by 6.5 percent.

    Considered a reformer, Prabhu may lay the road map for attracting private investment for the public transporter, which badly needs funds for completion of many crucial rail projects.

    As the Railway Minister has stressed on improvement in passenger amenities before increasing fares, there will be a series of measures including utilisation of CSR funds to improve amenities at rail premises.

    Prabhu is expected to focus on tapping more revenue channels and could announce some innovative ways for raising resources through non-tariff methods like increasing revenues from advertisements and leveraging surplus land among others.

    In line with the 'Swachh Bharat' campaign, Rail Budget 2015 is likely to give special attention to cleanliness exercise and a slew of measures like provision for dustbins in all coaches besides proposal to cover 100 more trains under 'On Board Housekeeping Services'.

    Keeping with the NDA government's bullet train promise, Prabhu could announce the way forward for the ambitious high-speed train project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad and survey programmes for the proposed diamond quadrilateral route.

    Customer satisfaction will be a focus area of this year's Rail Budget as a series of steps including air-conditioning of Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) trains for inter-city services and noise reduction in diesel locomotive cabs are likely to be proposed, sources said.

    The Railway Minister is also likely to spell out plans for joint venture mechanism for implementing projects involving state governments and other external agencies.



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  • Documents from Osama bin Laden raid read at US terror trial

    Prosecutors on Wednesday presented declassified al-Qaeda documents obtained after the 2011 raid of Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound at the trial of a man charged in a British terrorism plot.

    The al-Qaeda documents, read by the FBI linguist who translated them from Arabic, were presented at the trial of Abid Naseer and discussed attacks in Britain and elsewhere in Europe. The documents also mentioned terror attacks in Russia, including plans to bomb a pipeline or the U.S. embassy there.

    Naseer headed a British al-Qaeda terror cell that in 2009 was part of a broader conspiracy to commit attacks in the United Kingdom, New York and Denmark, prosecutors have charged. Emails show the same al-Qaeda handler was in contact with Naseer and two men convicted of planning to bomb New York’s subway system, prosecutors charge.

    Naseer, who’s from Pakistan, has pleaded not guilty and is defending himself in federal court in Brooklyn. He took the stand Wednesday after the prosecution rested and was questioned by his court-appointed adviser, James Neuman.

    Naseer was in the U.K. as a student studying computers and the English language and denied being a member of al-Qaeda or receiving training from the terror group, he testified. He was extradited to New York in 2013.

    The documents discuss a range of al-Qaeda business, from operational tactics to training methods and suggestions on how to avoid detection by law enforcement. One letter suggests that attacking the continental U.S. “in its heartland ... has the most significance” and “cannot be compared” to an attack outside the country.

    The goal of an attack would be “to pressure 300 million Americans,” who vote for their elected officials, to end the nation’s war against al-Qaeda and its goal of establishing an Islamic state, the letters said.

    None of the letters mentioned Naseer by name.

    Also Wednesday, a top FBI counter-terror official testified that he travelled to Afghanistan and managed the handling of evidence recovered after the Bin Laden raid, spending 16 hours to process the weapons, documents and electronic equipment recovered in the secret operation.

    The official, Alexander Otte, also testified that he saw Bin Laden’s body after it was returned to a military hangar.

    “I knew who he was, and I recognized him immediately,” he said. ...

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  • Udupi Palace workers win $112k damages for underpayment

    Multiple outlets of an Indian-cuisine restaurant chain were slapped with more than $112,000 in fines, to be handed over to their staff whom they “deliberately” underpaid, and in some cases did not pay at all, according to the prosecuting federal agency, the U.S. Department of Labour (DOL).

    In a statement the DOL said that Udupi Palace restaurants in San Francisco and Berkeley violated the federal Fair Labour Standards Act (FLSA) by not paying workers overtime and the minimum wage to at least one worker, and ordered that the restaurant shell out to eight kitchen workers $56,288 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages.

    The pay practices of the chain have been under the scanner of DOL investigators of the Wage and Hour Division since 2011, and “rampant overtime violations” were discovered, the agency said.

     Jose Carnevali, Deputy Regional Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labour in San Francisco said, “Investigators found some employees at the Udupi Palace locations routinely worked up to 60 hours per week with no overtime pay. In fact, one employee at the Berkeley eatery worked for no pay. The employer claimed the unpaid employee was in training.”

    The U.S. government has frequently come down hard upon violations of minimum wage standards, and recent notable case of this was the alleged underpayment of salary to a domestic employee in 2013 by Devyani Khobragade, former Indian Deputy Consul in New York, who was then arrested for visa fraud.

    In the Udupi Palace case, “Hard-working employees will finally get paid the overtime owed to them in the past three years,” said Susana Blanco, a DOL Director in San Francisco, adding, “These employees worked long hours to support themselves and their families. Denying them wages they rightfully earned made paying the rent and putting food on the table more difficult.”

    DOL officials charged the Udipi Palace chain with ignoring “an important, well-known 1938 rule that requires time and one-half wages be paid when staff work more than 40 hours in a workweek.”

    Under the U.S. FLSA employees must be paid at least the Obama-mandated, federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour for all hours worked, plus time and one-half their regular rates, including commissions, bonuses and incentive pay, for hours worked beyond 40 per week.

    The law also requires employers to maintain accurate records of employees’ wages, hours and other conditions of employment, another condition that Udipi Palace was said to have violated. ...

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  • Bengaluru: City Police Nab Nigerian National while Peddling Ganja and Cocaine

    Bengaluru: The CCB police from the city have nabbed Paul Ezenwa (27), a Nigerian national for possessing and trying to peddle ganja weighing 5 gms and cocaine.

    He is said to have arrived into India via Goa two years ago. Ever since he has been into narcotics business. He is already facing a few charges of similar kind.  Upon interrogation, he has said that he secured the contraband from a fellow-Nigerian called Chigo in Goa.

    He was caught in a raid a K R Puram. At the time of arrest, he was under the influence of drug and was trying to run away. He was caught with the help of the public.

    He does not remember his passport number, but says it had been seized by Melkote police relating to a case under IPC 307.

    The CCB police have filed FIR no. 100/14 under section nos. 20B and 21 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS Act) and section 12 (b) of the Passports Act 1920 and Foreigners Act.


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  • Rail Budget: State projects get Rs 2,450 crore

    Bengaluru: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday earmarked over Rs 2,450 crore for Karnataka’s ongoing projects, of which Rs 368 crore has to be borne by the state on cost-sharing basis.

    Last year, Karnataka received around Rs 2,000 crore for ongoing projects. Though a major portion of the state comes under the Hubli-headquartered South Western Railway Zone, some parts of railway network also fall under the Southern Railway Zone and South Central Railway Zone.

    Prabhu allocated Rs 1,001 crore for laying new lines against last year’s Rs 487 crore and Rs 66 crore for gauge conversion against last year’s Rs 11.5 crore. A sum of Rs 1,268 crore has been sanctioned for doubling work, while last year the state got around Rs 400 crore. He sanctioned Rs 115 crore for railway under/over bridges. The State government has to sanction Rs 368 crore mostly for new lines as well as doubling work.

    Karnataka has only 16.9 km per 1,000 sq km railway network while Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Punjab have much higher rail densities.

    To increase the railway network in the state, the government had signed an MoU with the Ministry of Railway earlier to provide free land and bear 50 per cent of the project cost.
    Union Fertiliser Minister Ananth Kumar appreciated Prabhu’s proposals. He said the budget would help in early completion of several pending projects in Karnataka and also increase the railway network.
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  • Isha Ambani and Radhika Piramal among Forbes 12 powerful business women

    New Delhi: Isha Ambani and Radhika Piramal, the generation next of India Inc, have been named by Forbes among its 12 'Power Business women' from Asia who are well on their way to forging stellar reputations in their industries.

    The 23-year-old Ambani, daughter of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) chairman Mukesh Ambani, is a director at Reliance Jio Infocomm and Reliance Retail Ventures. One of three children of India's richest person and chairman of the $75 billion in revenue RIL, she was named to the telecom and retail units' Boards in October.

    Forbes has named 12 savvy, ambitious women-some of whom are well on their way to forging stellar reputations in their industries, others still in apprenticeship but learning fast-in its 2015 list of Asia's Power Businesswomen to watch out for. It said that the world should expect more from these women in the years to come.

     

    On the list is Piramal, 36, managing director (MD) of VIP Industries (luggage). She took over in 2010 turning a sluggish luggage maker into a soughtafter brand that in India outsells world market leader Samsonite and has annual sales of more than $150 million. Forbes said that the daughter of company founder and chairman Dilip Piramal has tapped Bollywood stars to promote her goods. She previously worked at management consultant Bain and is a graduate of Oxford with an MBA from Harvard.

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    Also on the list are Ameera Shah, 35, MD, promoter and CEO at Metropolis Healthcare and Samina Vaziralli, 39, head of strategic projects at Cipla New Ventures.

    The list includes 42-year-old Jocelyn Kum, the eldest daughter of Singapore hotel magnate Michael Kum, and 36-year-old Jean Liu, president of taxi hailing app Didi Dache. Daughter of Lenovo founder, Liu is the head of a taxi hailing app in China that has just merged with its biggest rival forming the largest company of its kind in the world by users.

    Besides, six Indian woman CEOs and MDs, including State Bank of India chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya and ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochchar, have been named by Forbes in its 50 'Power Businesswomen' from Asia who are knocking down walls in the traditional male bastions.

    The list also includes Akhila Srinivasan, MD/non-executive director of Shriram Life Insurance/Shriram Capital; Biocon founder chairman and MD Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw; Axis Bank CEO and MD Shikha Sharma and Life Insurance Corporation MD Usha Sangwan.

    Forbes said that in less than a decade, Srinivasan has catapulted Shriram Life Insurance into one of the top five private players in its industry in India in terms of profitability. Forbes said that Bhattacharya, the first lady of Indian banking, has had her hands full addressing bad loans and shoring up the bank's capital. ...

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  • Hubli Electricity Supply Company Limited has launched online electrical bill payment facility to eas

    HUBBALLI: Tired of waiting in long queues to pay your electricity bills? Hubli Electricity Supply Company Limited (Hescom) has introduced the option of online bill payment in its portal to ease the customers by logging on to www.hescom.co.

    To avail the online service, one needs to register consumer ID with the portal. Registrations can be done as owner or lessee. Once registered, consumers can review their previous bills and consumption history on the portal. Registered consumers will also receive email alerts on change in tariff and load. Non-registered consumers can also pay their bills online by opting as a guest user. Payments can be made via credit card, debit card and internet banking. Consumer rights activist Chamaraj Bangi welcomes the service as it is beneficial for Dharwad which a large number of elderly and retired people whose children work in other cities or countries.

    Kasturi Hangal, 59, whose children work in Bengaluru, used to stand in the queue to pay the electricity bill. She is now saved of the trouble as children pay the bill online.

    Jagadish Kukanur, who has been a registered user of the portal for the past 20 days, says that the user attached to a particular meter can also be changed. “If any person shifts his rented house, he can change the account ID using his account,” he says.

    However, Ganapati Kakade, a bank employee, complains that the portal is not connected to internet banking services of nationalized banks like State Bank of India. “Though I brought this to the notice of Hescom, it has neither responded nor corrected the mechanism,” he says.

    While appreciating the Hescom initiative, Bangi also raises certain problems in the portal. “If we click on ‘streetlight problem’, the portal says that it doesn’t have email ID of local administration and insists us to contact the municipal office,” Bangi complains.

    Hescom general manager SR Kulkarni explains that the portal was launched in the second week of January under the title of “Web Self Service” (WSS). “Currently WSS is available for customers of 31 towns, that are selected for ‘Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme’ of the Union government. It may be extended to all towns and villages in the coming years,” he assures.

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  • Bengaluru: Water tanker mows down two near Hebbal

    Bengaluru (DHNS): Two people were killed and five injured when a water tanker ploughed through a group of pedestrians at Hebbal.   

    The deceased have been identified as Arpita (19) and Anand(25). The incident took place near Esteem Mall near Hebbal flyover.

    The driver of the tanker has been arrested. The spot where the incident took place is on the busy airport road and no foot over bridge is available for pedestrians to cross the road. ...

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  • Mangaluru-Mysuru-Bengaluru road gets NH status

    Mangaluru/Bengaluru : Taking into account the requirement of connectivity, the Union Ministry for Road Transport and Highways has declared the road connecting Bengaluru, Ramanagaram, Channapatna, Mandya, Mysuru, Madikeri, and Mangaluru as National Highway.

    Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Pon Radhakrishnan in his written reply in Lok Sabha said that developmental works are being taken up in the stretches and funds are being sanctioned on priority basis.

    "However it will be too early to tell when the project will be completed," he added.



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  • Shah Rukh Khan hopes Budget 2015 will benefit film industry

    Mumbai: As Arun Jaitley is set to present the Union Budget on February 28, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan hopes that the film industry will be taken into consideration by the Finance Minister.

    “It is weird when people ask an actor about budget. Please do not ask me about it. I respect it. It is very important for our economy,” replied the 49-year-old actor when asked to comment about the upcoming budget.

    “I am sure that this year’s budget will have something that will benefit our film industry… attracting people into business is very important part of budget,” SRK told reporters during the press conference for his new TV show ‘Sabse Shana Kaun?’ on &TV.

    Addressing the censor board controversy, the ‘Happy New Year’ star said that the system of ratings should be improved so that creative freedom of filmmakers and artistes is not compromised. “Some say it is freedom of expression and some say we are out in bad light. A bigger picture of censor board without differentiation should be brought in. If you have a generic rule for everything then it is going to be troubling… This discussion will continue for years but they should increase the rating system and introduce more rating,” he said.

    Shah Rukh will be next seen in ‘Maneesh Sharma’s ‘Fan’ and Rahul Dholakia’s ‘Raees’.

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  • Three killed as car hits divider in Mandya

    Mandya: In an early morning demonic road mishap, three persons, including two of a family from Mysuru, were killed on the spot and another woman sustained serious injuries when the car in which they were travelling to Bengaluru to attend a house warming ceremony was hit by another car coming from Bengaluru side.

    It is said, the car coming from Bengaluru side jumped a road divider and rammed into the ill-fated car near Hosabudanur gate between Mandya and Gejjalagere on Mysuru-Bengaluru Highway.

    The deceased have been identified as Raghunandan Jetty (55), son of Subba Jetty and an Engineer at Mysuru ZP and residing on 10th Cross, Ramanuja Road, his younger sister Sumitra Devi (53), wife of Padmanabha Jetty residing in Nethajinagar and car driver Prakash (25), son of Ningaraju of Kethahalli in T. Narasipur taluk, working for a travel agency in city.

    The injured woman, who is being treated at Columbia Asia Hospital in Mysuru after first-aid at Mandya district hospital, has been identified as Mythili, 48, wife of deceased Raghunandan.

    It is reported that the tragedy occurred at about 6.30 am when the car (KA-04 MG-3976) jumped a road divider following a reported tyre burst and crashed into the TATA Indigo Car (KA-09 C-1361) in which the unfortunate victims were on their way to Bengaluru to attend the house-warming ceremony of Raghunandan’s another sister.

    Meanwhile, the occupants of the car (KA-04 MG-3976), which was also badly damaged in the mishap, are said to have fled the scene.

    Mandya Rural Police, who rushed to the accident spot, conducted mahazar before registering a case.
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  • Air India plane’s tyre bursts on landing in Kerala

    The pilot managed to keep the aircraft on the runway even after the tyre burst and hence further complications were avoided.

    Kochi – All 161 passengers on board an Air India aircraft, on a Delhi-Kochi flight, had a narrow escape when a tyre of their plane burst on landing at the airport on Thursday, said an airport official.

    A.C.K. Nair, a top official at the Cochin International Airport Limited, told IANS that the incident occurred at 9.15 a.m. soon after the aircraft touched the ground.

    ”One tyre at the rear burst, but everything after that was smooth and all the passengers were safely evacuated. The engineers are now inspecting the aircraft,” said Nair.

    The pilot managed to keep the aircraft on the runway even after the tyre burst and hence further complications were avoided.

    The aircraft was supposed to take off in the afternoon for Sharjah, but this has been delayed.

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  • Gold thief trapped by police

    Beltangady: A thief who robbed gold from a house 9 months back is arrested by Beltangadi police and is produced before court. Court ordered 15 days judicial custody to him.

    Resident of Mittabagilu, Laxman Kumbra on 10th May last year, had stolen gold from Ramanna Kumbar’s house worth 45 thousand.

    Ranmmanna has lodged a complaint regarding the theft in Beltangadi police station. On his complaint police suspected Laxman Kumbara and arrested him on Wednesday. ...

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  • Protestors slam Mohan Bhagwat's remarks on Mother Teresa

    Mangaluru: Members of Communist Party of India (Marxist) and representatives of various organizations including Christian leaders on Thursday carried out a demonstration condemning the comment made by Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat’s remarks on Mother Teresa.

    Addressing the protestors, CPI(M) leader K. Yadav Shetty said that the RSS has been for several years accusing Mother Teresa, who has served the needy and allowed them to practice their own beliefs. Instead of making such criticism, the RSS should instead work towards the elimination of untouchability and superstitious practices.


    Roy Castelino, chairman of Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy said if Christian missionaries have indeed indulged in conversion then the number of Christians in the country would have risen to 50 per cent.

    Presently, Christians were very few in number. “It was because of the English education provided by missionary schools that many students have made a mark in the emerging fields. Mother Teresa has served people selflessly”, he added.

    Muneer Katipalla, Democratic Youth Federation of India’s state president said that Mother Teresa served the needy by treating them as her own. Before criticizing her, RSS should introspect as to how many of them cleaned the stool and urine of needy and ill patients like Mother Teresa.

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  • Mangaluru: Minister Khader Distributes Rs 3.9 Lakh compensation to 13 Shop Owners in Thokkuttu

    Mangaluru: Minister for Health and Family Welfare U T Khader visited Thokkottu on February 26 and met the shop owners who lost their shops in the fire on February 25.

    Thirteen shops were set on fire after group clashes in K C Road, Talapady on February 25.  Miscreants had set fire to 13 shops which were totally gutted in the fire by the time the fire service reached the spot.

    As soon as the news spread, Minister U T Khader promised compensation for the victims. Later minister Khader visited the spot and distributed Rs 30,000 each to all the 13 shop owners. He also assured that the police would investigate the matter and the culprits would be severely punished. 

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  • Shoddy road work near Adkasthala bridge: Locals protest

    Badiadka: The interstate road adjoining Kerala and Karnataka is completely damaged and the poor renovation work of the road has irked the locals who staged a protest on Thursday morning Feb.26.

    The road travelling was giving hiccups for vehicle goers as the road near Adkasthala which connects Adyanadka to Vitla was completely damaged. After many appeals from the locals the Public welfare department took the work of re constructing the road. But the locals lament that the officials are trying to just patch up the damaged road instead of completely re constructing it.

    Irked by the negligence of the department locals along with vehicle drivers staged a protest on Thursday. ...

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  • MLA Lobo meets Home Minister; urges strict action against perpetrators of Panir shrine attack

    Mangaluru : Mangaluru South MLA JR Lobo along with Dennis D’Silva, Convenor of International Federation of Karnataka Christian Associations  met State Home Minister KJ George in Bengaluru on February 26, Thursday in the wake of the recent attack on the  St Joseph Vaz shrine at Panir.

    Both Lobo and Dennis D’Silva  expressed their apprehensions over the recent incident which they said has brought in a sense of insecurity among  Christians. The Home Minister is learnt to have assured them that the government would do everything possible on its part to ensure that Christian shrines are unharmed. Lobo said the minister has also informed him that the Police Department has been instructed to initiate strict action against the miscreants resorting to such act.

    It may be recalled here that some unidentified miscreants had stoned the St Joseph Vaz prayer centre at Panir on February 24 night and had  caused harm to the  glass enclosures having the statues of Infant Jesus and Mother Mary.

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  • Udupi: JCTU Holds Jail Bharo Campaign against Land Acquisition Ordinance and FDI in Insurance sector

    Udupi: The JCTU, held a jail bharo campaign against the ordinance on Land Acquisition and Foreign Direct Investment in insurance sector in front of the Post office, here on February 26.

    K V Bhat of AITUC, Udupi said that the central government is ruining the purpose of socio economic development by favoring the ordinances which are in favor of the corporate establishments. The Jansangh had earlier mocked the ordinances passed by the late PM Indira Gandhi and now they are following the same path of dictatorship.

    The Land Acquisition Act passed by the UPA government had stressed the need of the opinion of people on the acquisition of land for various purposes. The government had to return the land acquired to the beneficiaries after 5 years if the purpose of acquisition was not fulfilled.  The clauses mentioned earlier have been removed in the ordinance which is condemnable. The efforts made by the central government to promote development is in vain. There is a drastic decrease in oil prices in the international market but there is no reduction in petrol and diesel prices.

    The central government should change its stand on the ordinance and support the farmers. The ordinance will destroy the farmers life, he added.

    The police later detained the protesters who were holding dharna in front of the post office.

    Balakrishna Shetty, Secretary CITU, Balgangadhar Rao, Bharatiya Mazdur Sangh; U Gurudath, General Secretary, Life Insurance Employees Association, Sashidhar Golla, Ravindra A and others were present. ...

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  • Caste survey from April 11 to 30 : BC Commission Chairman

    Udupi :  Briefing media,   Karnataka State Backward Classes Commission Chairman H Kantharaju said caste survey would be held in State from April 11 to 30 to ensure data collection pertaining to educational and social status of backward communities

    He also said preparations for mega survey are underway. The survey is taken up following the statute enshrined in Karnataka State Backward Classes Act, 1995, which demands survey of backward classes.  The enumerators would do the survey, which seeks to ensure justice to backward classes not adequately represented in the reservation strata.

    The State government had earmarked Rs 117 crore in 2014 budget. However, present estimation states that the amount would be around Rs 180 to 185 crore. As many as Rs 32 crore is already allotted. The Centre has released Rs 21 crore. The census survey is being done since 1872.  Census done from 1872 to 1931, comprised details of OBC communities. However, census done after 1931 comprises no details of OBC communities.

    He added that there are 1,357 castes in Karnataka. As many as 101 SC communities and 51 Scheduled Tribe communities are there in State. The reservation criteria began in 1918.   The Panchaytah Raj Act says there should be 27 per cent political reservation for OBCs in Zilla and Taluk Panchayat. The reservation status also clarifies that reservation should be given based on number of population in each caste.

    A scientific survey is the need of the hour to know the accurate data of OBC communities, Kantharaju said the survey would ensure proper details of all OBC communities. The data entry would take another 3-4 months. The survey would be held under strict adherence to the legal regulations. He said the pilot survey is being carried out, which would end by March 10. He said the survey would comprise of 55 questions under four titles.

    The questions would focus on social, economic, educational and political status of the family. The data collection would also focus on family occupation, education of each member in the family, drop outs, number of domestic animals in each house and the availing of the government schemes etc. The door-to-door survey would also include the migratory people and nomads. As per the 2011 census, a 6.11 crore population exists in Karnatak  As per a rough estimate, there are nearly 1.26 houses in the State. The surveyors would visit each household and collect data.  In Udupi, as many as 2,239 enumerators and 2,239 supervisors would be appointed.

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  • Gold worth Rs. 35 lakh seized from bus: Two arrested

    Kasargod: Police have nabbed two persons who were illegally transporting gold in a bus and seized gold weighing 1.25 kg.

    The arrested are identified as Koliadka resident Abdul Kunhi (22) and Mohammed Rafiq (28) resident of Melparamba.

    The accused who arrived from Sharjah had somehow managed to hoodwink the customs officers at Bengaluru Air port and reached Sullia. They were then proceeding in a KSRTC bus to Kasargod.

    The police on a tip-off found the accused with the gold. The gold was hidden in four suitcases in the form of sheets inside their covers. The value of seized gold is said to be Rs 35 lakhs.
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  • Mumbai: Family Rehearsed Suicide for 5 Days

    Mumbai (Mid-day): On the day mid-day reported that a family of four in Andheri (West) had carefully scripted and shot their suicide videos before hanging themselves on Friday night, the Oshiwara police have discovered that the deceased had been rehearsing their deaths and their last words since five days before they were found dead.

    The police continues to be baffled by the case since brother-sister duo, Bharti Pal (25) and Somnath Kartik Pal (20), were found hanging in their employer's flat in Oshiwara on February 20, and their mother (Sikha Pal) and stepfather (Manoj Ajitkumar Patel) were found similarly dead in their apartment in Lokhandwala the next morning.

    Rape?

    Each of them left behind one-minute suicide notes on video, on a mobile phone that was bought on January 15 and was found near the mother's body. Bharti, in her video, said that her employer, Tinku Singh, would frequently sexually assault her, and had even proposed marriage to her. She said this had driven her to the extreme step. 

    Her brother said the same, and added that Singh would also beat him up at times. Singh was arrested for molestation and abetment of suicide based on the suicide notes, and he then told the police that Bharti was like his sister and he did not touch her.

    In a later statement, however, Singh confessed that he liked Bharti and would kiss and touch her, but had never had sex with her. But according to Bharti's post-mortem report, although there was no indication of rape, she was sexually active.

    This has led cops to wonder: is Singh lying about his relations with Bharti, or did she have a boyfriend? The police is now making efforts to unlock Bharti's phone and to check the call records of all four family members to see whether she had a boyfriend, and also to determine whether they were pushed to commit suicide by a fifth person.

    Trial runs

    Yesterday, this paper reported that all four deceased seemed to be reading their suicide notes from a script and it also seemed like they had recorded each other's clips.

    After a more detailed scan of the mobile phone, the police found more videos in which the family members are seen 'rehearsing' their last words. All four had been practising their suicide messages at least five days in advance, the police concluded from their changing garb in each of the clips.

    While Bharti and her brother were found hanging from hooks in a bedroom in their employer's flat in Oshiwara, their mother and stepfather were found hanging from hooks in their Lokhandwala flat's kitchen. But, the investigating team also found two extra hooks in the passageway of the Lokhandwala flat, and suspect that this was where they practised taking their lives.

    Cops believe that the hooks in the passageway were placed too close together, which is why the brother-sister duo decided to commit suicide at their employer's house instead. They are now trying to find out what exactly happened during those five days of rehearsal, as all the furniture in the Lokhandwala flat's entire living room had been cleared out, leaving only a wooden temple and a wall clock.

    A police officer from the Oshiwara police station said, "The kitchen has a fridge, which was also empty. The dustbin had been emptied and washed, and just a stack of newspapers was lying in the corner of the room." The police officers have now asked for the CCTV recordings of the building to find out who moved the furniture of the house or who visited the couple in the five days of their planning.

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  • Buntaravani Talent completion and School Anniversary held

    Mumbai : “Let us remember the contribution of our elders who established the night school. It was the time where our people had no facility for further education as they came to Mumbai in their early age. During that time our elders established these Kannada Night School. Those who studied in such school have achieved in their life becoming Industrialist and are in high post. So there is a good future for the night school Kannada medium students”. Said Karnire  Vishwanath Shetty, president of Bunts Sangha Mumbai.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     


     Buntaravani Talent completion and the Anniversary of The Karnataka Free Night High School and Nityanand Kannada Free Night High School held on 14th April, 2015 at Radhabhai T. Bhandary Auditorium, Buntara Bhavana, Kurla (E), Mumbai. Further Karnire  Vishwanath Shetty, appreciated the development of Buntaravani Editorial and Advisory board and the Education & Social Welfare Committee.

     President of Mulund Bunts, Dr. Satyaprakash Shetty was the Chief guest. Addressing the students he said competition is just a support for the development. Bunts Sangha is supporting for the education as education can solve poverty. Children should learn their mother tongue in their small age and then they can easily learn our state language and other languages, he said.

     Vishwanath Niddodi, N. Shivaraj, Yamuma R. Shetty and Navin Shetty were the judges of the competition. Dr. Sunita Shetty, Lata P. Shetty and Chitra R. Shetty compared the talent competition. Shantaram B Shetty, Chairman of Buntaravani welcomed and briefed about Buntaravani. N Vivek Shetty Chairman of Education & Social Welfare committee congratulated the students.

    Member of Parliment Nalinkumar Kateel and Social Worker from Mangalore Monappa Bhandary were present during the occasion. Editor of Buntaravani Premnath Shetty Mundkur introduced the guests. Secretary Bhaskar Shetty Karnad offered vote of thanks.

     Vice President of the Sangha Prabhakar L Shetty, Treasurer CA I R Shetty, Education & Social Welfare committee Vice president Appanna M Shetty, treasurer CA Ramesh Shetty, Premnath Shetty Mundkur, School supervisor Sanjeeva M. Shetty were preset on dais. Tonse Vijayakmar Shetty compared the programme.

     

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  • Mumbai: 'Small Change' Coming! One-rupee Note to be Back in Circulation Soon

    Mumbai: Wherever one goes in India, it is the same issue - there seems to no 'change'.

    Whether in malls and petty shops, the person at the counter may have heaps of coins in the metal containers under the till, but still questions like 'Do you have three rupees?' are popped at the buyers.

    But when the bill, say, is Rs 27.50 and if you are asked, 'Can you give me Rs 7.50?' it can certainly get anyone on his nerves.

    What, pray, does cause this shortage? It goes without saying that most of the time it is psychological. Everyone presumes there is a scarcity and tends to hoard coins.

    Of course, there is another reason. Coins in large quantities get blocked in collection boxes in houses of worship belonging to all religions since the amounts that pile up are counted and accounted for only periodically.

    Besides, there are reports that since the intrinsic value of the metal is far higher than the face-value of the coins, they are diverted to shady trades like illegal firearm manufacture.

    Whatever it is, there is some good news which could provide some sense of relief to the general public. The printing and circulation of Re 1 had been stopped in November 2014 in view of forbidding cost of printing and production. Subsequently, the printing of notes in denominations of Rs 2 and Rs 5 also was stopped.

    Instead, more and more more coins in smaller denominations like Re 1, Rs 2 and Rs 5 were put into circulation. But, as mentioned already, they seem to vanish soon to be melted and used for more 'paying' purposes.

    Now, the Reserve Bank of India has decided to bring out the one-rupee notes back into circulation. The new versions will bear the signature of the Union finance secretary instead of that of the RBI governor.

    Let's wait with patience to see if this could bring about a real change in the situation with the arrival of small notes.

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  • Indian teacher in Doha forced to quit over Narendra Modi caricature

    Doha: A woman teacher at a prominent Indian school here was forced to resign after she posted a derogatory caricature of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on her Facebook account, a media report said on Thursday.

    The caricature last week had triggered a huge outcry in a section of the Indian expatriate community here as some objected to it, saying the 'photoshop' work was insulting to the Prime Minister.

    The teacher, who was not identified, said the caricature was circulating on social media and she had just picked, shared and posted it on her Facebook account.

    "I didn't create the caricature nor did I post it to insult Modi," The Peninsula quoted the teacher as saying.

    "I just used it to protest against what has been happening back home."

    The teacher was initially suspended for three days pending inquiry by the management, the paper said. Yesterday she was asked to put in her papers, which the teacher said she did.

    Her friends told the newspaper that they found the school's action shocking because India being a democratic country, its citizens enjoyed freedom of expression.

    However, contacted for comment, the management of MES Indian School said they had asked the teacher to quit since she used the school's name and logo with Modi's caricature.

    "Being a teacher, she shouldn't have posted such a derogatory caricature on her Facebook account. A teacher is a role model for the entire society," said a senior official from the management.

    The teacher said she didn't know how the school's name and logo appeared on her posting.

    The school official said that after the posting of the caricature by the teacher the school got calls from several parents.

    Meanwhile, the Indian embassy in Doha said it had received some complaints informing them about the teacher's Facebook posting and they forwarded it to the school management.

    "Yes we had received complaints about it and we forwarded it to the school...It is a private school. We have no say in their matters. The decision to terminate the services of a teacher comes under school's authority," an embassy official told sources over phone.
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  • Riyadh: Five Indian workers killed in Saudi Arabia road crash

    Riyadh (IANS) Five Indian workers - four of them from Kerala and one from Bihar - were killed in a road accident in Saudi Arabia, media reported Wednesday.

    Acoording to Arab News, the group was returning from Saudi Arabia's King Khaled International Airport to their camp in the Huraymila town, 97 km from Saudi capital Riyadh Monday when the accident happened.

    The workers were travelling on the Huraymila-Thadig route Monday when their car collided with another vehicle driven by a Saudi man.

    The four Keralites killed in the accident were identified as Mohammed Haneef, 52, his wife Noor Jahan, 49, Mohamed Salim, 50, and Shareef, 50.

    Rona Hayat Muhammed, 44, the Indian driver of the car, was also killed in the accident.

    The police took the Saudi driver into custody, while the five bodies are being kept in the morgue of the Huraymala General Hospital.

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  • UAE: Thumbay Hospital Dubai to Host Annual Healthy Baby Contest on February 27

    UAE: The Thumbay Annual Healthy Baby Contest & Exhibition 2014 will be held by Thumbay Hospital, Ajman on the 27th of February 2015 at Thumbay Hospital Dubai. Every year, the contest is held under the patronage of Thumbay Moideen, Founder President Thumbay Group UAE, promoters of Thumbay Hospitals and Gulf Medical University.

    The contest helps to raise community awareness and to inculcate health and nutrition habits for children at an early age for a healthy living & good lifestyle. The contest also promotes health consciousness among mothers regarding different factors affecting the health of children and detecting ill health & sickness at early stages and also a personal and friendly interaction with our renowned doctors.

    According to the organizers, the selection of the ‘Healthy Baby’ will be done according to the physical and mental growth, complete immunization, and general appearance of the child and parent’s knowledge about childcare. The following categories based on age are open – from 3 months to 1 year, 1 to 2 years, 2 to 3 years, 3 to 4years and 4 years to 5years. Apart from prizes in five age group categories the participants will also have prizes in the following categories - Curly Hair, Sparkling Eyes, Sunshine smile and chubby cheeks.

    Renowned pediatricians, apart from the experts at GMC Hospital will judge the participants. We are receiving an overwhelming response for this year’s edition and we expect over 500 children to participate this year, said one of the organizing committee members. Entry is free, and we will be issuing children & parent’s family passes to attend the event. The competition will be formally judged on elements like creativity, coordination, vibrancy in color, costumes, and audience engagement. There are lots of prizes to be won informed the organizers.

    This year’s edition will also highlight a special live Healthy Food preparation for mothers and fitness training session for dads. Past events have been of remarkable success with an attendance of over 3000. The popularity of this event amongst the parents & children has inspired us to get much bigger and better this year, and we expect the attendance to cross 4000.

    Also, the hospital will offer a free dental checkup, blood sugar, blood pressure and BMI checkup for the family members.

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  • THE WORLD NEEDS OTHERS TOO

    By Deepti Rani

    ''I want my son to be an engineer. I want my daughter to be a doctor '' . Am sure this is a common expectation from most of the parents .

             When I passed my SSLC with 92% my parents forced me to take up science though I was interested in arts . When I passed my PU board exam with 91% my parents forced me to take up engineering though I aspired to be a lawyer . When I asked my parents why science? Why not arts ? They told ' society thinks only dull students take up arts ' . Wait a second! What is this society now? Don't you think even my parents belong to the same society which thinks arts is meant for dull students . 
             If all parents blindly followed this cheap social mentality we wouldn't get a great teacher Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan , great singer Latha Mangeshkar , great advocate K.S Hegde , great astronaut Kalpana Chawla and so on. 
             If Sachin Tendulkar's dad would force him to clear the subject that he once flunked then the world wouldn't get 'The God of Cricket' .
             At the end of the day it's not our degree that counts but its the satisfaction that matters. We have one life . And the biggest adventure is to live the life our DREAMS . Each one of us are born with a talent and nobody can beat us in that . 
            Most of us enjoy the dance performance given by others . But when the same talent lies in our own house nobody supports it because we want to have an engineer or a doctor who can raise the family reputation. 
            We often blame our system and politicians . We expect Lot of development and changes in society. But we never take an initiative to bring that change . India needs young energetic leaders to bring this change . But unfortunately very few parents encourage their children to get into politics . 
           To all the parents who force their children to take up a particular stream here is a piece of advice .Only a poet can write a beautiful poem and only a sculptor can give us a beautiful sculpture . Even a sweeper if he's really passionate about his work then his passion can make him the best sweeper that the world has ever seen.No work is inferior or superior in front of god . 
           Here is a story which I came across in one of the lectures that I attended in my college. There lived a bank manager who had a son who flunked in his pu board exam . Even at the second attempt he couldn't manage to clear the subject .His dad was upset that his son was ineligible to take up engineering. But his son had a high knowledge about the cars and it's functioning . So he started working at the garage .One fine day he came across an advertisement given by FORD car manufacturing company which was asking for a solution regarding a major car design problem . The advertisement mentioned that the person with best solution will be rewarded rs 32 crore. This guy who was extremely passionate about cars approached the company with the solution .They implemented his design and his idea actually solved the major design problem . Thus he was awarded with rs 32 crore . He was asked to give lectures to research and mtech students at NIT's regarding his design . Further he was given a 100 crore overdraft for his next project . His dad who once considered him to be useless is now proud of him . Probably this guy wouldn't achieve this greatness if he was forced to take up engineering . 
              I guess this is the best example for great achievement by ordinary person with an extraordinary passion . 
              I hope my article will motivate atleast few parents to support and encourage their children in the field that they are passionate about.
              Because THE WORLD NEEDS lawyers , singers , sportsmen , astronauts , politicians and many OTHERS TOO.

    By Deepti Rani.
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  • Manipal Students Harrased by Police

    I am writing this to you as the media is the only system left that can provide justice for all in our country today. The politicians, the police, the authorities and sometimes even the law is corrupt. But among all this, Media remains to be the one system that speaks for the "little guy" and stands up for justice.

    I am writing to you concerning several cases of harassment of students by Manipal Police. Manipal is a university town sprawling with students from different states and countries. It is known to have a few drug problems as well it has a number of suicide cases of students taking their own lives after being intoxicated.

    Recently, A student had committed suicide due to drugs as claimed by the police and papers. The police have begun closing all restaurants and shops by 11:30pm so as to minimize movement around the area. They have also started searching suspected apartments for drugs and have caught many drug dealers. This is all commendable though the effort has started late.

    Over the past week, the police have beaten over 13 students walking back/to a friends apartment after 11:30pm. Students go to watch the last film which ends at 12pm and visit each others houses for group discussion and studies. The Manipal Police have been stopping students walking or on bikes and beating them without question. The police do not ask for students' Id cards neither do they ask any question as to where the student has been or is going. Numerous students stay in apartments as the Hostels are very expensive and visit each others houses for video games or studies. The police have started this brutal action the beginning of this week and everyone is too afraid of saying anything as the university has good relations with the police. Something needs to be done so that the police do not harass students in this way. Students are afraid of walking around. This has instilled fear in many. It is very unpatriotic and uncivilized for the police to catch students and beat them with sticks without questioning.

    I hope you will look into this as "Media" is the only source of justice left in this country.

    By- A Student of MANIPAL
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    I have been cheated by the following company, which claims to be a job consultant. A lady called me and asked me to register my profile in their website: www.aapkacareer.com by paying Rs.1685/-, for which i have not received any confirmation mail. After that the call was transferred to another person who claimed himself to do profile verification for my profile and asked me to pay Rs.6180/- for the same, which was not intimated to me earlier.

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