more-inThis year’s pre-monsoon season between March and May has witnessed severe storms, often laden with dust. In the second week of April, though, the skies opened up in several parts of eastern and southern States, bringing more rain than the average. People soaked in the rain in West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh, and the showers moved to the Andhra Pradesh and Kerala coasts as well. The transition from April to May, however, was marked by the return of hot weather and crippling dust storms that killed scores of people, mainly in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. At the same time, easterly winds from the Bay of Bengal brought in moisture, creating the right conditions for thunderstorms.

May 19, 2018 18:33 UTC

Who’s this guest holding our family’s marriage invitation, wondered the family members. Hope the marriage went off well...”“Yes, the wedding was a grand ceremony. Tell us, what do you need?”“I’m looking for some brass vessels for cooking for my father’s ceremonies commencing on the tenth day. The silver counterpartIt was reported that in the 1990s, the then Director General of Police, Walter Devaram, gave him the moniker ‘Silver’ considering Srinivasan’s preference for lifting silver vessels. Reading the news, a thought struck me if it was perhaps a ‘Brass Balakrishnan’ who had essayed the Kumbakonam escapade four decades ago and he may run into the police with the confession, “I am the Brass Balakrishnan you’re looking for.”vishyvaidya@gmail.com

May 19, 2018 18:33 UTC

Director Pawel Pawlikowski stands next to Jury member Kristen Stewart at Cannes. Photo: ReutersCannes: Poland’s Pawel Pawlikowski won the best director award at the Cannes film festival Saturday for his love story “Cold War”. Pawlikowski, who won an Oscar for “Ida” in 2013, said the award was a “rare piece of good news these days” for Poland. The best actress award was given to Kazakh actress Samal Yeslyamova for playing a jobless single mother from post-Soviet Central Asia adrift in Moscow in Sergey Dvortsevoy’s “Ayka”. Samal Yeslyamova, Best Actress award winner for her role in the film “The Little One” (Ayka).

May 19, 2018 18:22 UTC

I had arrived a week earlier in Indonesia’s most popular island, Bali, to attend a workshop and had planned to spend a few extra days relaxing in the Island of Gods. Bali has four volcanoes, of which two are popular with hikers for the gorgeous sunrise views from the mountaintops — Mount Batur (1,717 m) and Mount Agung (3,031 m). The thing is, at a height of 3,031 m, Mount Agung is serious business. Over the eastern horizon, the striking summit of Mount Rinjani on the neighbouring island of Lombok rose above the clouds as well. Or that a simple night hike would bring me to my knees.

May 19, 2018 18:22 UTC

After 10 years of delay, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has finally started widening and desilting work of the Vallabh Baug storm water drain in Ghatkopar. According to the civic body, during heavy rains, water did not flow out of these areas in Ghatkopar, resulting in water-logging. The Vallabh Baug drain joins the Laxmi Baug drain, a major drain in the eastern suburbs. BMC will widen and clean only 255 metres of the drain prior to the onset of monsoons this year. Following completion of the work next year, rainwater in the said flood-prone areas will drain out faster.

May 19, 2018 18:22 UTC





More than three weeks after a 21-year-old man from Pune was found dead near the Dehrang dam on Panvel-Matheran road, two men were arrested for allegedly killing him. The Panvel taluka police have not revealed the identity of the accused, who are said to be from Panvel, as it may hamper the investigation. According to the post-mortem report, he was shot dead. The Pune police had earlier registered a missing person’s case, following a complaint by Aarne’s wife, Sudha. Our teams have fanned out to different places; therefore, we cannot say anything about the identity of the arrested people.

May 19, 2018 18:22 UTC

The list price will be $6,900 a year, and Amgen said the drug will be available to patients within a week. Until now, drugs used to prevent migraines were designed to treat other diseases, like high blood pressure. In clinical trials, people taking the new drugs reported no more side effects than those taking a placebo. Drug side effects are frequent and include mental fogginess, sedation, weight gain, sexual dysfunction and dry mouth leading to cavities. Some patients find the side effects worse than the migraines; 85% of migraine patients stop taking the drugs within a year.

May 19, 2018 18:22 UTC

more-inTension prevailed in the Andhra Odisha Border (AOB) area as well as in the interior parts of Visakhapatnam Agency on Saturday, as combing operation intensified, a day after a couple of exchanges of fire between security forces and Maoists at cut-off area near Malkangiri district of Odisha on Thursday and Friday. A police force has also been deployed to the Agency areas in Visakhapatnam district. A Maoist aged around 25 years was reportedly killed during second EOF on Friday and the police recovered one SLR with ammunitions and one Lee Enfield .303 rifle. Police are even yet to ascertain the identity of the slain Maoist. However, they escaped from the spot.

May 19, 2018 18:22 UTC

Wazir Ahmed alias Daddu Miya, from Bihar’s Gopalganj, was arrested from Jamia Nagar following a tip-off, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South-East) Chinmoy Biswal. Daddu Miya, a welder, had entered the crime world in 2002 to establish supremacy in his village. “Daddu Miya was arrested in 2007 when he met another gangster Mintoo Singh in jail. Eight years later, Daddu Miya met Singh in Motihari jail again and the two allegedly conspired to kill public prosecutor and senior advocate Trupurari Sharan. “On August 30, 2015, Daddu Miya and his associate entered the lawyer’s chamber and shot him dead in broad daylight.

May 19, 2018 18:11 UTC

Meghan Markle took a break from traditional wedding vows today as she did not promise to 'obey' Prince Harry in her nuptials at St George's Chapel, British media reported. In her vows, Meghan did not promise to "obey" her husband, while the prince broke with royal tradition by choosing to wear a wedding ring, the BBC reported. Instead of using traditional vows, the royal couple have selected words from The Marriage Service from Common Worship (2000), Yorkshire Evening Post reported. Recent royal tradition has been for royal brides not to pledge to obey their husbands. Diana was the first to break royal precedent when she did not promise to "obey" Prince Charles at their wedding.

May 19, 2018 18:11 UTC

It was a sultry day in the national capital, with the mercury settling at 41.4 degrees Celsius, one notch above the season’s average on Saturday. The weatherman has predicted a rise in the maximum temperature which is likely to settle at 43 degrees Celsius on Sunday. The meteorological (MeT) department also said that there is a possibility of thundery development on Sunday evening. The minimum temperature and maximum temperature are expected to hover around 27 and 43 degrees Celsius, respectively, tomorrow. Yesterday, the maximum settled at 40.6 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature recorded was 26.7 degrees Celsius.

May 19, 2018 18:11 UTC

Students, too, have spent several sleepless nights waiting to see how they fared and what the future has in store for them. He was speaking at the 15th edition of The Hindu Edge Career Counselling at Chowdiah Memorial Hall on Saturday. It’s not uncommon to find students taking up a stream just because their friends are doing so. There is no necessity to imitate someone else as each human being is inherently dissimilar, he added. On the definition of success, Mr. Krishna said, “We have achievers who are discontent and also those who are content without any accomplishment, but a blend of both would be meaningful.”

May 19, 2018 18:11 UTC

With the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) in force, approximately 10-15 % of real estate brokers seem to have quit the sector. The reasons — only registered brokers can sell MahaRERA registered projects; massive slowdown in the realty market; and overriding sentiments that there are no provisions in MahaRERA to protect the rights of the brokers even though they are made liable for penal action. According to the Confederation of Real Estate Brokers Association of India (CREBAI), MahaRERA has brought into place a form of regulation of the brokers dealing with real estate. Till now around, 14,000 such realty brokers have registered with MahaRERA by paying ₹10,000 in charges. Realty brokers also agree that MahaRERA registration has boosted their profile but rue that their interests are still not protected.

May 19, 2018 18:10 UTC

"She helped me put it on, she helped fix my hair," Olinde said through tears. Tisdale's house was the center for family gatherings, and she loved cooking Thanksgiving dinner and decorating her house, Olinde said. A Pakistani foreign exchange student is among those killed in the shooting, according to a leader at a program for foreign exchange students and the Pakistani Embassy in Washington, DC. Megan Lysaght, manager of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study Abroad program (YES), sent a letter to students in the program confirming that Sabika Sheikh was killed in the shooting. Shubert told the Houston Chronicle that he then heard "three loud pops" before the attacker fled into the hall.

May 19, 2018 18:10 UTC

The accused has been identified as Manish alias Varun Kaul alias Ashutosh Marwah alias Dr Vishesh Dheeman alias Dr Sanjeev Chaddha, said DCP (West) Vijay Kumar. They got married wherein the woman’s father allegedly spent about ₹70 lakhs on the wedding. Manish’s father also allegedly introduced himself as a doctor retired from the Indian Air Force. Ritu soon got to know that his real name was Varun Kaul and he was involved monetary frauds including in duping a bank of ₹40 lakh,” the DCP said. “The doctor said that Manish had just come and was asking about Dr. Ritu.

May 19, 2018 18:00 UTC