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New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday attached former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran's properties worth over Rs 700 crore in the controversial Aircel-Maxis deal. Dayanidhi was interrogated at ED's Delhi office in December last year. The Central Bureau of Investigation had filed separate charge sheets against the Maran brothers - Dayanadhi and Kalanidhi - in connection with their respective ...
Kolkata: The provocation behind the attack that left Masum Akhtar with head injuries and apprehended for his life, seemed to him to be a class on Islam that he took at a madrasa in Kolkata’s Metiabruz area.A newspaper columnist and the headmaster of the madrasa, Akthar, who was attacked by Muslim hardliners on March 26, said his teaching on Islam might have been misconstrued by some students and ...
By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI, April 1 (Reuters) - When it comes to the wrappers of India's state-supplied condoms, boring is out, attractive is in, but erotic is too much. India is readying a redesign of the staid packaging of its half-century-old condom brand, incorporating pictures of handsome men and gorgeous women, in a desperate bid to seduce customers drawn to fancier versions sold by private ...
A major update introduced by Whatsapp will now allow android users to make voice calls on the application. The feature, which had been teased for months, was introduced to select users earlier when the last update was rolled out a few weeks ago. However, it can now be availed by all, reported The Verge. The latest version of Whatsapp offers a cleaner layout with three tabs for Calls, Chats, and Contacts. ...
Businessman Robert Vadra on Wednesday slammed the BJP-led government and union minister Giriraj Singh over the latter's 'white skinned' remark on his mother-in-law and Congress president Sonia Gandhi. "I am appalled to read the comments by a union minister (Giriraj) on my mother-in-law, a woman of immense dignity. Is this the way we speak about a lady who has undergone hardships all through her ...
The Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) Government in West Bengal has banned the entry of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) chief Praveen Togadia into the state. The order issued by the state's Home Ministry said that Togadia's entry may lead to communal tension and disturbance of public tranquility. The prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC have been issued by Additional Chief Secretary ...
Lahore, April 1 (IANS) Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez will undergo an official reassessment of his bowling action on April 9 in Chennai, along with Pakistan Women's allrounder Javeria Khan, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) statement said on Wednesday. Hafeez was reported for suspect bowling action during the first Test between Pakistan and New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates last year. He ...
Senior United Nations officials on Tuesday expressed their deep concern about the fast deteriorating situation in Yemen, where dozens of civilians have been killed in fighting in recent days.The situation in Yemen is extremely alarming, with dozens of civilians killed over the past four days, said Zeid Raad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, echoing a statement issued by UN Secretary-Generals ...
From the happenings of recent weeks, it will be tempting to deduce that Arvind Kejriwal is a Stalinist who, like all autocrats, hates democracy and dissension and loves yes-men. That's what Prashant Bhushan will want us to believe. But the stormy story of the Aam Aadmi Party's internal crisis is far more complicated than such a black-and-white narrative. The most curious case in the entire episode ...
Merely 3 years after 1984's anti-Sikh riots, Meerut and Malyana were gripped in communal frenzy. But what took place on 22 May 1987 is beyond any iota of imagination. 42 Muslims were picked from their homes in Meerut's Hashimpura locality by Uttar Pradesh's Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and killed 36 of them in cold blooded manner. A few days ago a local court acquitted all the accused in the ...
By Athar Parvaiz SRINAGAR, India, April 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As Kashmir braces for what could be its second major flood in six months, residents are worried that inadequate flood-control infrastructure in the region could see them facing yet more death and devastation. On Monday, the government of Indian-administered Kashmir declared the region flooded after two days of incessant rains caused ...
By Meenakshi Sharma MUMBAI (Reuters) - Faced with dwindling business, beef traders called off a month-long strike against a beef ban on Wednesday and decided to mount a legal challenge to the government. Maharashtra, India's second most populous state, extended a ban on killing cows to bulls and bullocks in early March. Cows are considered sacred by many Indians, but beef is eaten by some poor ...
MUMBAI (Reuters) - Drugmaker Indoco Remedies Ltd said on Wednesday it would buy Piramal Enterprises Ltd's clinical research business for an undisclosed amount to reduce its research costs. Piramal Clinical Research, the Hyderabad-based contract research organisation (CRO), conducts clinical trials for generic drugs, and is approved by the U.S. and UK health regulators, Indoco said. The business ...
New Delhi, Apr 1(IBNS) An 18 hour-old baby has emerged as the youngest patient in India to survive after an open heart surgery.Doctors say it is a remarkable event as surgery was no guarantee to the survival of the baby, born with a rare and very serious congenital problem. Mayank, the baby from Mathura, was born with his veins attached to his heart in abnormal positions. Almost immediately after ...
Amsterdam: A monk's 1,000-year-old mummified body was discovered inside a Chinese Buddha statue after it was taken to hospital for a CT scan in the Netherlands, a media report said Monday. The body belonged to master Liuquan, a monk who lived around the year 1100 and was a member of a Chinese meditation school, British daily Mirror reported. Examining the mummy, a gastroenterologist found "all kinds ...
New York: For men who resent wearing condoms, a new non-intrusive solution is on the anvil - a birth control pill. At least two projects are in the pipeline for choking male fertility. One is H2-gamendazole that makes sperms go half-cooked. Normally, premature sperm cells grow a tail and head in the testis, but H2-gamendazole keeps them from reaching this stage of development. "If there's no sperm, ...
By Jibran Ahmad PESHAWAR, March 30 (Reuters) - A northwestern Pakistani province is taking criminal action against 70 schools that have failed to tighten security with measures such as installing barbed wire following a December high school attack that killed 132 children. The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa made it compulsory for all schools to hire armed guards, raise the height of boundary walls ...
By Nita Bhalla MUMBAI, March 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Standing before a classroom packed with teenagers, Yojana Salunke begins her weekly one-hour lesson on a subject which many experts say is crucial to helping India address one of its biggest challenges - gender inequality. "Hands up all those girls who have to do housework before or after school?" Salunke asks, as every pig-tailed girl ...
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