more-inThe Thrikkakara municipal council under the Left Democratic Front led by Chairperson K.K. Meanwhile, a meeting of the Congress leadership held here on the course of the municipal rule has led to speculation that the UDF was exploring the possibilities for a possible change of guard. The shortage of staff at the municipal office was preventing proper supervision of project works, she said. The ruling council has also blamed the perceived lack of effectiveness of governance on the lack of a clear majority in the council. It may be recalled that the municipal council had a run in with the Local Self-Government Department Principal Secretary late last year on issues related to Plan expenditure.

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So when an indigenous, Telugu-speaking tribe believed to have been around for centuries outside India — in Sri Lanka, to be precise — was identified, it attracted the attention of researchers. Speaking to The Hindu, he said the Ahikuntaka (Telugu tribe) had been living on the island for many centuries but its population was on the decline. They are not migrants from India but natives of Sri Lanka. The last king of Sri Lanka before the British took over in 1817 was of Telugu origin, he said. “Our team will collect all the facts about the existence of Telugus in Sri Lanka.

February 20, 2018 18:45 UTC

After Priyanka Chopra and Sidharth Malhotra's comments on breaking ties with diamond merchant Nirav Modi, who's accused of fraund by the Punjab National Bank, Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh too has added his two cents in the matter. The Bank Chor actor took a hilarious dig at the PNB-Nirav Modi scam and didn't even spare his won film while doing so. Riteish took to his Twitter account and shared a poster of his last release Bank Chor, which had tanked at the box office. With this, Riteish has given the perfect example of how to kill two birds with one stone. pic.twitter.com/E10PzOXe9i — Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) February 20, 2018Bank Chor also had Vivek Oberoi in the role of a police officer.

February 20, 2018 18:33 UTC

You've picked a young team led by the experienced Sardar Singh for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. The regular players who are not part of the squad for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup are not rested. How tricky is it to fit a guy like Sardar Singh, who is in the twilight of his career, into the current scheme of things with that policy? We watch players from tournament to tournament, and it's only about performance. You've switched Sardar from midfield to defence lately, but he is back in the midfield for the Azlan Shah.

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Yet for other Indian cricketers, such as Virat Kohli, the outward variety may work better, and help infuse self-belief in his team. The Sourav Ganguly era is arguably the gamechanger in Indian cricket because that man used a no-holds-barred approach to get under the skin of opposition captains, which helped turn India’s fortunes, especially abroad. Also Read Aggression is not bad in itself; but teams must choose wiselyUnder Ganguly’s leadership, India produced better matchwinners abroad. Kohli captains the No. Having inherited a confident team, and a coach who seems to be in awe of him, is his aggression justified?

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more-inGiving a new twist to the assault case involving Mohammed Nalapad Haris, son of Congress MLA N.A. Kumaraswamy said the case had more to do with bitcoin and ‘hawala’ racket than just a normal fight. Speaking to presspersons at Hubballi airport on Tuesday, he said the assault was related to a multi-crore scam and should be investigated thoroughly. Mr. Kumaraswamy said attempts were being made to cover up the issue. On BJP national president Amit Shah’s statement that Vidvat, who was assaulted, was a BJP worker, Mr. Kumaraswamy said the party had nothing to speak about in Karnataka.

February 20, 2018 18:32 UTC

What does this decision tell us about party funding? If there is one piece of information that a voter is most deprived of in India, it is that about party funding. This gives political parties a convenient loophole to hide their funding sources by breaking contributions into smaller sums, even ₹19,999 each. Is the information about party funding relevant for a voter in choosing a candidate? However, as a matter of legal principle, the court’s recent judgment in Lok Prahari, read along with our constitutional structure, strikes a blow against the provisions discouraging transparency in party funding.

February 20, 2018 18:32 UTC

more-inPublic discourse around artificial intelligence (AI) is often hijacked by themes that belong in fantasy rather than the real world. But an AI that can match human intelligence in all respects is unlikely because it is impossible for AI technology to replicate that which makes human intelligence what it is — its embodiment in a biological substrate refined by millions of years of evolutionary feedback loops. The Big Data leapThis doesn’t mean the advent of AI is no cause for concern. International Data Corporation, the market intelligence agency, estimates that worldwide spending on AI solutions will grow to $57.6 billion by 2021. So, contrary to neoclassical economic wisdom, AI cannot sever the link between labour and economic value, though it does substitute dead labour (capital) for living labour.

February 20, 2018 18:32 UTC

The coal sector was nationalised in 1973.The cabinet committee on economic affairs (CCEA) on Tuesday approved the methodology for auctioning coal blocks for commercial mining by the private sector.Allowing the private sector to enter coal mining is expected to lift supplies and moderate prices while boosting investment. Non-state coal mining had thus far been allowed only for captive use. The Coal Mines Special Provision Act 2015 provided for opening up commercial coal mining to private and public entities. The government had in 2016 awarded coal blocks to state mining corporations for commercial mining. Goyal said it will lead to energy security as 70% of India’s electricity is from thermal power plants.The auctions will end the government monopoly in the coal sector and improve Coal India’s efficiency, he said.

February 20, 2018 18:22 UTC

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh at the conference on doubling farmers’ income in New Delhi on Tuesday. “We have already announced steps like fixing MSPs at 50% over costs of cultivation and are working with state governments to ensure that higher MSPs benefit farmers,” Modi said. The Prime Minister’s speech comes in the backdrop of the government’s stated goal to double real farm incomes between 2015-16 and 2022-23, amid stagnant revenues due to a collapse in crop prices. On the recommendations from the focused groups of academicians, farmers, officials and state government representatives, Modi said that his government will take them forward. “All the steps that the prime minister enumerated in his speech to double farmers’ income are steps in the right direction, and they will surely help farmers.

February 20, 2018 18:22 UTC

more-inA 13-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her home in Golnaka on Monday. Amberpet Police said S. Akshita studied till class VIII and dropped out of school a year ago, as her parents were living separately. Man killedA 40-year-old man was killed by his friends near RTC X roads, allegedly over a tiff involving a few hundred rupees. Chikkadapally Inspector S. Bheem Reddy said autorickshaw driver Sheik Abdul Sattar from Kishanbagh was found with his head smashed early on Tuesday. The accused — Sai Kumar, Ganesh, Mallesh and Basvanth Kumar — were known to the deceased, Mr. Reddy said.

February 20, 2018 18:22 UTC

more-inA range of art forms and cultural storytelling was showcased at the Kerala Tourism Partnership Meet in Hyderabad on Tuesday. Kerala is trying to boost tourist footfalls by 100%. Our temple festivals, cuisine and rural crafts can only add to the travellers’ experience,” said Sudha Rani of Kerala government. Kerala is also trying to pitch the Kochi Muziris Biennale as the premier contemporory art event and Muziris Heritage Project to draw in history buffs from other parts of India. Kerala Tourism has organised similar partnership meets across the country in cities like Mumbai, Pune, Visakhapatnam and others to market itself as the tourist destination of India.

February 20, 2018 18:11 UTC

Is India losing its grip in the region and becoming a non-actor in the mighty Indian Ocean? Photo: AFPThe political impasse in the smallest country in the Indian Ocean is drawing global attention to India’s power in the region and its leadership role in the world. Also, according to India’s ministry of shipping, about 95% of the country’s trade by volume and 70% by value comes via the Indian Ocean. Is India losing its grip in the region and becoming a non-actor in the mighty Indian Ocean? Are we witnessing the making of the Great Ocean of China?

February 20, 2018 18:11 UTC

Previous studies have reported that women were less likely to present with chest pain for acute myocardial infarction — commonly known as a heart attack. (Source: Thinkstock images) Previous studies have reported that women were less likely to present with chest pain for acute myocardial infarction — commonly known as a heart attack. The research paper, published in the journal Circulation, examined the relationship between gender, symptoms, perception of symptoms, and care-seeking among patients (2,009 women and 976 men) who were 55 years and younger and were hospitalised for heart attack. The analysis showed that the majority of both men and women reported chest pain, pressure, tightness, or discomfort as their main heart attack symptoms. Yet, women were more likely than men to report other associated symptoms of heart attack, such as indigestion, shortness of breath, palpitations or pain in the jaw, neck, or arms.

February 20, 2018 18:11 UTC

What are the chances that you get, back to back, two films which expand and stretch the definition of a ‘documentary’? Utoya22.juli (U: July 22) by Erik Poppe is a 72-minute recreation of a black day in Norway on July 22, 2011. Schneider, played beautifully by Marie Baumer, clearly loves her drink even as she is seen struggling with personal demons. Her young son died in a horrible accident, and it is said that she was never the same again. Like all good films, 3 Days in Quiberon, a feature based on fact, compels you to ask the hard questions, and leads you to think.

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