Reports from Mosul suggest that the Badush jail where the 39 Indians were held captive has been completely destroyed during fighting between Iraqi forces and ISIS fighters. After India Today's report, Congress has accused Swaraj of misleading the nation on Indians missing in Iraq. Karnataka's Deputy Inspector of General Prisons D Roopa alleged that VK Sasikala is being given special treatment in Parappana Agrahara Central jail, where she has been imprisoned after being acquitted in the disproportionate assets case. D Roopa, in her report, also suggested that Sasikala paid Rs 2 crore was paid to avail facilities like five rooms, cot, bed, television and a separate kitchen inside the prison. A probe was ordered by Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah, who ordered Roopa's transfer.
July 24, 2017 04:30 UTC
The jumbos in troubled waters were first noticed by an Inshore Patrol Craft on routine sea patrol. Upon being alerted the Department of Wildlife in Trincomalee, a combined rescue mission was launched by the Navy and Wildlife officials to save the two wild elephants. Responding promptly to the situation, the Navy augmented the rescue mission by deploying 3 more Fast Attack Craft, on patrol and a team of Navy divers. Sri Lankan Navy rescues two more jumbosAccordingly, the mammoth effort of the rescue teams saw the two jumbos being carefully directed to the shore without causing any harm to the animals. Having safely guided the two elephants to the shore, they were subsequently released to the Foul Point jungle.
July 24, 2017 04:18 UTC
More From Livemint »Unlike China’s mom-and-pop day traders, Indian households tap into the market mainly through mutual funds. Retail investors now own 85% of such funds invested in equities, compared with 38% of bond mutual funds. Government-backed small savings schemes, once popular with individuals, are less so now. Will retail investors who came late to the party have the patience, or the nerve, to buy and hold? In June, CPI inflation was 1.5%, down from 2.2% in May, making those small savings plans the most attractive in five years.
July 24, 2017 03:00 UTC
While the whole nation praised the women team's effort in the summit clash, English journalist Piers Morgan took a dig at Virender Sehwag when the legendary cricketertweeted praising Mithali Raj's girls. However, Morgan, who has had Twitter battles with Sehwag in the past, was at it again. Sehwag gave Morgan a fitting reply yet again, "Me and all of India prouder even in this loss than you can ever be mate. https://t.co/Dv1gn2jpWn - Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 23, 2017Sehwag and Morgan's Twitter war has become quite famous since the Rio Olympics in August when the Englishman took a dig at India's medal celebrations. Morgan had even challenged Sehwag for Rupees 1 million for charity on England winning an ODI World Cup before India won another Olympic Gold medal.
July 24, 2017 03:00 UTC
The 9% drop in Ashok Leyland Ltd’s June quarter truck sales may have been partly due to BS-IV transition and goods and services tax (GST) implementation issues. This was also very untimely in that the regulatory changes came amid rising costs that accelerated at a faster pace than sales growth. After a smooth uphill ride for many quarters, Ashok Leyland’s market share has risen from 27% a couple of years ago to 35% now. As a result, Ashok Leyland’s operating profit of Rs306 crore was a substantial 37% lower than the year-ago period. Net profit at Rs111 crore plunged to a little less than half that posted in the year-ago period.
July 24, 2017 02:26 UTC
Maidavolu Narasimham, 80, the 13th governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), must be a happy man in Hyderabad today. It seems that Oriental Bank of Commerce, Allahabad Bank, Corporation Bank and Indian Bank will be merged with Punjab National Bank; Union Bank will absorb IDBI Bank Ltd, Central Bank and Dena Bank; Syndicate Bank, Indian Overseas Bank and Uco Bank will be merged with Canara Bank; and Bank of India will grow by merging Andhra Bank, Bank of Maharashtra and Vijaya Bank with itself. The only instance of a state-owned bank being merged with another was in 1993, when New Bank of India was merged with Punjab National Bank and this was not a voluntary merger. (Out of these, Canara Bank’s NPAs are of the June quarter and the rest relate to the March quarter.) Indeed, bank consolidation is the flavour of the season, but one should not lose sight of the fact that India needs more banks.
July 24, 2017 02:15 UTC
Analysts at Kotak Institutional Equities said a walled garden, which is any set of pre-installed apps (Jio apps or non-Jio apps, doesn’t matter) on a handset where the consumer cannot install competing apps, flirts with the boundaries of net neutrality. “I am not very sure of technicalities but unless there is an independent app store, the net neutrality purists won’t be happy. That operators can’t act as gatekeepers is the fundamental premise of net neutrality,” an industry analyst said seeking anonymity. According to Nikhil Pahwa, co-founder of the savetheinternet.in campaign for net neutrality in India, and founder of digital news site Medianama.com, there is not enough information available on the JioPhone yet to say whether the service will clash with net neutrality. “A JioPhone allows Jio apps as well as non-Jio apps.
July 24, 2017 02:15 UTC
After announcing free phones, Reliance Jio now wants to provide free Wi-Fi to three crore college students across the country. According to sources in the government, the company has submitted a proposal in this regard to the human resource development (HRD) ministry. Reliance Jio had last month made a presentation before the ministry regarding its plans. Significantly, even the HRD ministry’s proposal to provide free Wi-Fi to central universities, which has been in the pipeline for quite some time, is also likely to take off this year. HRD minister Prakash Javadekar had recently announced that 38 universities would be made Wi-Fi enabled by August 31 this year.
July 24, 2017 01:41 UTC
While the CBRI is yet to table a report, an official said the findings showed that the sand inside the Jagmohan had sunken over seven feet. The 800-year-old temple structure was filled with sand between 1903 and 1906 by the ASI to ensure that the structure stands. The CBRI, engaged by the ASI for renovation in the 13th century building, suggested after the findings that the sand can be extracted without any damage to the structure. The structure can be strengthened by using iron beams, in a manner similar to the renovation work at Jagannath temple at Puri," said the official. Owing to the ASI's renovation work, the structure has been shut to the public for more than a century now.
July 24, 2017 01:18 UTC
BENGALURU: Internationally-renowned space scientist UR Rao passed away early Monday, leaving the Indian Space Research Organisation ( Isro ) bereft of the experience of a man who has been a part of all its launches in one capacity or another. Senior scientists have told TOI that his domain expertise and ability to stay up-to-date with technological advancements is unrivaled.In January this year, he was conferred the Padma Vibhushan. Interestingly, Rao had one said: "I thought I will get this (Padma Vibhushan) posthumously ..."Among other positions that Rao has held, he is remembered for his tenure at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In May 2016, Rao became the first Indian to be given the 'Hall of Fame' award by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF).He has published more than 350 scientific and technical papers covering cosmic rays, interplanetary physics, high energy astronomy, space applications and satellite and rocket technology and authored many books.He is also the recipient of D.Sc (Hon. Causa) Degree from over 25 universities, including the University of Bologna, the oldest University in Europe.
Source:Times of India
July 24, 2017 01:15 UTC
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Source:Times of India
July 24, 2017 01:06 UTC
The broader market valuation is no longer cheap. With a market share of around 70% in infant-wear exports, Kitex is a leading player. Large organised players have already started reducing prices, thereby reducing the price gap with that of unorganised players. The company is expected to report double-digit volume growth due to market share gain from unorganised players and low base of last year. The unorganised players are more in the replacement market and to corner market share, Amara Raja plans to expand its capacities both in the two-wheeler and four-wheeler space.
July 24, 2017 00:56 UTC
more-inThe posts of chairperson and members of the Tamil Nadu State Commission for Women have remained vacant for nearly a year. The posts have remained unfilled since former chairperson Visalakshi Nedunchezhian died last year. Of these, two are MLAs, two are government nominees and the other three are appointed after an application process. Its involvement in critical matters plaguing women across the State could have helped relieve many from distress,” she said. “We hope that someone with considerable knowledge and experience in the field of gender is appointed,” she added.
more-inEarlier this month, when disability rights activist Rajiv Rajan booked a shared ride on an app-based cab service, the driver arrived at his home and then refused to take him. Persons with disabilities in the city say that while many cab drivers are friendly and helpful, some create a fuss about wheelchairs. Companies need to conduct orientation programmes to sensitise their drivers on the needs of persons with disabilities, they point out. ‘Carriers can help’“Some drivers do not like it when we have to keep wheelchairs in their cab. Cab services are public services now, and should follow the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, said B. Meenakshi, of Equals, Centre for Promotion of Social Justice.
more-inThe Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has struck a hat-trick, seizing 28 kg of gold biscuits smuggled from Sri Lanka via the sea route in three separate incidents – one in Coimbatore and two in Ramanathapuram district. DRI officials from Thoothukudi intercepted a two-wheeler at East Coast Road junction near here and seized 4 kg of gold, concealed in a bag. Pursuing another lead, the officials intercepted a car at Sayalkudi on Saturday night, and seized 10 kg of gold biscuits. This was the sixth seizure of smuggled gold in this region by the DRI and Customs preventive units since January this year. The DRI in its operations on January 1, February 23, March 27 and June 1 had seized 50.39 kg of gold.