"It is the duty of every Indian to preserve and protect our culture. Let me once again clarify that religion is personal, while culture is a way of life," he said.He said the festival is a time to "renew our commitment to love and serve our families, communities and society; to be just and transparent in our dealings; to promote social and economic inclusion of all; to promote lasting peace between people of different religions and cultures and to promote sustainable development". "As you all are aware, education is the most important tool for transformation of the society through enlightenment and empowerment. Education is meant to bring out all the good qualities of head and heart in an individual by instilling the values of compassion, morality and ethics. It must help in building character, enhancing capacity, promoting good conduct and patriotism," Naidu said.

December 12, 2017 16:19 UTC

BHOPAL: Congress launched a scathing attack on chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan after police failed to trace minister of state Lal Singh Arya Leader of Opposition (LOP) Ajay Singh asked, "What is the reason that Lal Singh Arya is meeting the chief minister and state BJP president but police cannot find him? This is shameful for the chief minister that police are raiding the minister's bungalow with an arrest warrant and he is absconding. "State BJP president Nandkumar Singh Chouhan is brazenly supporting Lal Singh Arya. He said, "I support what the state BJP president has said about Lal Singh Arya and the arrest warrant." "I don't understand the compulsion of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan that he is taking his government to this depth of disgrace.

December 12, 2017 16:17 UTC

DocsApp has over 2,000 doctors registered on the platform, in domains like dermatology, gynaecology, sexology, paediatrics, psychiatry, general medicine and weight management. Ltd, which operates the doctor consultation app DocsApp, on Tuesday said it raised $7.2 million in a Series-A funding round from Bessemer Venture Partners and Japanese firms Techmatrix Corp. and DeNa Networks. The Bengaluru-based start-up will use the funds for hiring, expanding operations, product development and an outreach to get more doctors to join DocsApp. DocsApp has over 2,000 doctors registered on the platform, in domains like dermatology, gynaecology, sexology, paediatrics, psychiatry, general medicine and weight management. It is backed by GSF Accelerator, IIT-M Incubation Center, Paytm’s Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Anupam Mittal, founder of Shaadi.com and Srikanth Sundararajan from Helion Venture Partners.

December 12, 2017 16:07 UTC

Highlights 1 Bhamre first inaugurated the Injupani Bridge, a 140-metre long-bridge on Roing-Koronu-Paya road. 2 Injupani Bridge will provide an uninterrupted access between Roing & Tezu. Showcasing its commitment, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre today dedicated two crucial bridges in eastern Arunachal Pradesh to the nation. Bhamre flew to Rowing in eastern Arunachal Pradesh where he inaugurated the two bridges. The completion of the Injupani Bridge will provide an uninterrupted access between Roing & Tezu, both important district HQs in Arunachal Pradesh.

December 12, 2017 16:07 UTC

The US has rejected any improvements proposed in the existing peace clause on food security issue at the WTO Buenos Aires meet. On Monday, trade minister Suresh Prabhu had made India’s position clear—that any outcome at Buenos Aires is presaged on a permanent solution to the issue of public stockholding for food security. Earlier, she issued a draft agreement on the permanent solution, but only with modest changes. Mohamed was expected to issue the draft text later on Tuesday to indicate a possible way out on the permanent solution. An outcome on the permanent solution is key, as this is the only mandated issue for the Buenos Aires meeting.

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The study found that abortions are more than 22 times more common than the government’s estimate of less than 700,000 terminations. Illustration: JayachandranNew Delhi: Some 15.6 million abortions take place in India each year, with the majority of women taking pills at home without adequate counselling, a study said on Tuesday, calling for more trained doctors in public hospitals. “Women in India face considerable challenges trying to obtain abortion care, including the limited availability of abortion services in public health facilities,” the Guttmacher Institute’s investigator Susheela Singh, said in a statement. Researchers said that close to three in four abortions were achieved using drugs from chemists and informal vendors, rather than from health facilities where proper counselling and health checks should be provided. “This new evidence provides policymakers with information that is essential for designing and implementing effective reproductive health care programs,” he added in a statement.

December 12, 2017 15:56 UTC

Brent crude, the global benchmark, was up by 36 cents at $65.05 at 1414 GMT, after breaking above $65 for the first time since June 2015 and trading as high as $65.83. Photo: BloombergLondon: Oil rose above $65 a barrel for the first time since mid-2015 on Tuesday following a shutdown of the UK’s biggest North Sea oil pipeline, which helps set the benchmark for global prices. Brent crude, the global benchmark, was up by 36 cents at $65.05 at 1414 GMT, after breaking above $65 for the first time since June 2015 and trading as high as $65.83. “With no timeframe yet available as to when supplies through the Forties pipeline will resume, bulls are in control,” said Ole Hansen of Saxo Bank. Analysts and traders said the outage was likely to cause significant delays in the loading of Forties crude cargoes.

December 12, 2017 15:56 UTC

Photo: BloombergNew Delhi: Diversified group Religare Enterprises Ltd on Tuesday said it has got approval of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) to merge 11 of its entities with itself. Religare Enterprises had in December last year informed NCLT about the said merger in order to achieve better synergy and to simplify its corporate structuring. “NCLT vide its order dated December 8, 2017 has approved the scheme of arrangement/amalgamation between Religare Securities (transferor company 1), Religare Commodity Broking (transferor company 2), RGAM Investment Advisers (transferor company 3)...Religare Capital Markets (India) Ltd (transferor company 11) (collectively referred to as ‘Transferor Companies’) Religare Broking Ltd (resulting company) and Religare Enterprises Ltd (transferee company),” Religare Enterprises said in a regulatory filing. The rest of the entities to be merged into Religare Enterprises are Religare Venture Capital, Religare Arts Investment Management, Religare Capital Finance, RGAM Capital India, Religare Investment Advisors, Religare Support Services and Religare Arts Initiative. Religare Enterprises hopes that this amalgamation will eliminate multiple legal entities and reduce operational and administrative costs while focusing resources on its core businesses.

December 12, 2017 15:56 UTC

Students hold placards stating their demands before the release of the citizens’ manifesto by freedom fighter H.S. | Photo Credit: K_MURALI_KUMARmore-inCutting across party lines and class divisions, Citizens for Bengaluru (CfB) and other groups, on Tuesday, released Bengaluru’s manifesto — the first to be crowdsourced by voters. Subsequently, our volunteers worked on categorising and consolidating the thousands of demands into a short list — #BekuBedaSanthe Citizens’ Manifesto for Bengaluru,” said Ms. Krishnaswamy. After releasing the citizens’ manifesto on Tuesday, freedom fighter H.S. The BJP would prioritise public transport, education, healthcare and sanitation, he said and added that he would apprise the party’s manifesto drafting committee about the demands in the citizens’ manifesto.

December 12, 2017 15:50 UTC

Feminism has been in Merriam-Webster’s annual top 10 for the last few years, including sharing word of the year honours with other ‘isms’ in 2015. Photo: APNew York: This may or may not come as a surprise: Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2017 is “feminism.”Yes, it’s been a big year or two or 100 for the word. Feminism has been in Merriam-Webster’s annual Top 10 for the last few years, including sharing word-of-the-year honours with other “isms” in 2015. “The word feminism was being use in a kind of general way,” Sokolowski said by phone from the company’s headquarters in Springfield, Massachusetts. Other events that drew interest to the word feminism was the popular Hulu series, The Handmaid’s Tale, and the blockbuster movie, Wonder Woman, directed by a woman, Patty Jenkins, Sokolowski said.

December 12, 2017 15:45 UTC

BEIJING: The Doklam standoff had put "severe pressure" on India-China ties though the issue was resolved through diplomatic means, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi told External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during their meeting in New Delhi.The bilateral ties went through a serious test after Indian border troops "illegally trespassed" into the Chinese territory in June, Wang told Swaraj on Monday.The Chinese foreign minister was in New Delhi to attend the Russia-India-China (RIC) Foreign Ministers' meeting.Although the standoff ended eventually through diplomatic means more than two months later, lessons must be learned and efforts must be made to avoid such an incident in the future, said Wang, whose comments were posted on the Chinese Foreign Ministry website on Tuesday. "The standoff put the bilateral relations under severe pressure," he said.Wang said that the India-China relations are at a crucial period and the most important thing between the two countries is to really cultivate mutual trust.Leaders from both countries have shared the view that China and India should regard each other's development as opportunities rather than challenges, and China and India are partners rather than rivals, thus the two sides should sincerely implement the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, Wang noted.While enhancing strategic communication at all levels, restoring dialogue mechanisms that have been established and deepening pragmatic cooperation in all fields, both sides should also properly manage differences so as to maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas, he said.Wang's visit to New Delhi is the first by a top Chinese official to India after the 73-day Doklam standoff and after the commencement of the second five-year term of President Xi Jinping The Doklam standoff ended on August 28 after Chinese troops stopped building a key road close to India's 'Chicken Neck' corridor. India had objected to the construction highlighting its security concerns. The road was being built by China in an area also claimed by Bhutan Besides Swaraj, Wang also called on President Ram Nath Kovind and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.In his meeting with Doval, Wang said China and India should make correct choice in development of relations without politicising and complicating issues left over by history.India-China relations are at a crucial moment when both sides need to make right choice on the future of the bilateral relations, Wang was quoted as saying by the state-run Xinhua news agency.

December 12, 2017 15:34 UTC

Bitfinex last Thursday tweeted saying it has been under significant denial of service attack for the past several days, and that the attack has recently worsened. Photo: BloombergBengaluru: Digital currency exchange Coinbase’s website showed “service unavailable” early Tuesday, flashing a message that said it was down for maintenance. Bitfinex, another cryptocurrency exchange, tweeted on Tuesday saying it was under heavy distributed denial of service (DDoS) and its application programming interface was down. It was not immediately clear if the two incidents were related to any cyberattacks. Bitfinex last Thursday tweeted saying it has been under significant denial of service attack for the past several days, and that the attack has recently worsened.

December 12, 2017 15:33 UTC

2 Five Army soldiers went reportedly missing in the valley. Five Army soldiers went reportedly missing after the intense snowfall caused by the western disturbance over J&K, triggered an avalanche in Bandipora and Naugam sectors on the state on Tuesday. In J&K, three soldiers went missing when their post in Kanzalwan area, Gurez Valley, in Bandipora, was hit by the avalanche. The snowfall hit the 300-km Srinagar-Jammu highway snapping road links to J&K and freezing operations at the Srinagar airport. After Kashmir valley received the season's first snowfall on Monday morning, tourist destination Gulmarg was packed with 20 inches of snow on Tuesday with tourists thronging the hill station.

December 12, 2017 15:33 UTC

more-inThe toll in the Ockhi cyclone in the State has crossed 50 with the recovery of nine bodies off the coasts off Beypore and Tanur on Tuesday. Spotted by fishermenIt was the men fishing off Beypore who had alerted the police after they spotted the bodies floating in the sea. The Indian Coast Guard boat C-144 recovered the bodies between six and 10 nautical miles off the Beypore harbour and 15 nautical miles from the Tanur coast. From TanurThe lone body retrieved from Tanur was shifted to the Ponnani taluk hospital. However, All Kerala Fishing Boat Operators Association State vice president Karikkadi Preman said the deceased fishermen could be from the southern parts of the State, particularly Thiruvanthapuram district.

December 12, 2017 15:22 UTC

more-inAbout 35 lakh identified tuberculosis patients across the country will soon get ₹500 every month from the Centre as social support. Similar support will be extended to all TB patients and their families which can be covered under the ambit of direct benefit transfer using Aadhaar,” he said. It pointed out that under-nutrition is an established risk factor for progression of latent TB infection to active TB. Food insecurity in household contacts of TB patients in India increases their risk of developing active TB. Nutritional support will help reduced TB deaths, which is currently at an estimated 4.8 lakh per year,” he said.

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