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March 18, 2018 12:33 UTC

| Photo Credit: AFPmore-inSwiss authorities have said they have recovered the bodies of two French skiers killed in an avalanche in the Swiss Alps but two other skiers remain missing. Police from the Valais canton, or state, said the bodies of the two skiers, aged 20 and 25, were found buried under six meters (20 feet) of snow in in the Vallon d’Arbi area of southwestern Switzerland near the borders with France and Italy. Two others still missingA 32-year-old French citizen and a 57-year-old Swiss skier were still missing on Sunday. The avalanche hit a group of skiers on Friday. Two were able to free themselves quickly but the four others were buried by the snow.

March 18, 2018 12:25 UTC

Ms. Helen first gives them a sense of hope and an identity and more importantly prepares them for the world outside. Society has changed and so also the way we look at crime, Ms. Helen points out. Ms. Helen wants the long-term prisoners to talk to them about the consequences. To keep depressing thoughts at bay, Ms. Helen has motivated them to read a verse each from the Gita, the Koran and the Bible. Next Ms. Helen is planning to start music therapy.

March 18, 2018 12:22 UTC

more-inThe carcass of a goat, poisoned for the dogs that killed it, claimed the lives of 32 rare vultures in eastern Assam’s Sivasagar district on Saturday. Seven survived, of which four were released on Sunday after treatment. At least 20 vultures had died then after consuming the poisoned carcass of a dog. “The death of all the vultures has been a major loss, but the good thing is seven survived. Among the survivors, three each are Himalayan griffon (Gyps himalayensis) and slender-billed (Gyps tenuirostris) while one is white-backed (Gyps africanus).

March 18, 2018 12:22 UTC

KATHMANDU: Nepal's Left alliance government will maintain a "mutually beneficial" relationship with India and China to seek economic benefits from both the Asian giants, the country's newly-appointed Foreign Affairs Minister said today.Pradeep Gyawali, who was inducted on Friday, also said that the Nepal government had started preparations as it expects both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit the country this year. "We want to build a mutually beneficial relationship with both in the changed context," Gyawali said, adding that Nepal needs support from both the countries. "Chinese President Xi was supposed to visit Nepal in 2016, which could not be materialised possibly due to frequent government changes," he said.Speaking to reporters here, Gyawali said similar high-level visits will take place from Nepal's side also.He said the government was making necessary preparations for the foreign trip of Nepal Prime Minister K P Oli. "Prime Minister will make foreign trip soon and we are making necessary preparations to that end. But we have not yet decided from which country he will begin his foreign trip with," he said.Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has congratulated Gyawali on his appointment to the post of Foreign Minister of Nepal.She made a phone call to congratulate the newly-appointed Foreign Minister on Friday, Indian embassy officials said.In her congratulatory letter, Swaraj expressed confidence that India-Nepal partnership will be further strengthened during his tenure.

March 18, 2018 12:22 UTC

A 30-year-old man sent the personnel of a police station in the district into a tizzy when he walked in with the “severed head” of his mother after allegedly killing her on Sunday, police said. They said Anand was having frequent quarrels with his mother Rani, a widow, over a property dispute. After an argument over the issue on Sunday morning in their house, he allegedly beheaded her with a sharp weapon, carried it all the way to the Karambakudi police station and surrendered, the police said. The slain woman was acquitted in a case relating to the murder of her husband 10 years ago, they added. The police said Anand was arrested.

March 18, 2018 11:48 UTC

NEW DELHI : Rebel YSR Congress Party MP Kothapalli Geetha has hinted that she might form a new political outfit in the run-up to the general election and assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh in 2019. "I may come up with my own party or align with a national party. "She laid emphasis on giving 50 per cent representation to women in her party. "No other political party will do that, but when women occupy 50 per cent space on this planet and why don't they get it in legislature?" she asked.Refusing to comment on the possibility of her joining a national party, she said, "A regional party is obliged to have good ties with any party that's there at the Centre.

March 18, 2018 11:48 UTC

Samsung Galaxy S9 takes the mantle from S8 to deliver significant improvements in camera capabilities and under the hood performance upgrades. The new Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus mobile is shown during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain February 27, 2018. As mentioned in our review, Samsung Galaxy S9+ is one of the best camera phones in the market right now. READ: Samsung Galaxy S9+ camera reviewTaken from Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. Running on Exynos 9810 SoC coupled with 6GB RAM, Samsung Galaxy S9 will not disappoint you with its performance.

March 18, 2018 11:45 UTC

NEW DELHI: To put a stop to increasing unauthorised constructions in the national capital, the Delhi High Court has suggested to the AAP government to "stop regularising" illegally-built buildings and to not allow them to exist after paying a "compounding" fees.The advice by a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar came during the hearing on a PIL moved by the residents welfare association ( RWA ) of a south Delhi colony against unauthorised constructions and encroachment in some nearby areas. "Stop compounding and stop regularising," the court said to the Delhi government while issuing notice to it, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, the police, the civic body and Delhi Jal Board , seeking their reply to the petition before the next date of hearing on July 24.A direction was also issued to the petitioner RWA to file an affidavit listing its members and indicating that their properties are not illegally constructed.The RWA of Chattarpur Extension colony in south Delhi has in its plea said that illegal constructions and encroachments were being carried out nearby under a high tension power line.It has said that before approaching the high court, it had made several complaints to the authorities, but no action had been taken on their representations till date.

March 18, 2018 11:37 UTC

The Lok Sabha, earlier this week, passed without a debate a bill that will exempt political parties from scrutiny of funds they have received from abroad since 1976. Amid chaotic protests by the opposition parties on Wednesday, March 14, the Lok Sabha passed 21 amendments to the Finance Bill 2018. One of them was an amendment to the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 that bans overseas corporations from funding political parties. The Representation of People’s Act, which lays down the rules for elections, bars political parties from accepting foreign funds. Now, it has amended it further to do away with the scope for scrutiny of a political parties’ funding since 1976.

March 18, 2018 11:36 UTC

more-inQuestion papers seldom attract smiles of students, but if they are asked to write on Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, it is surely one such occasion. “In the ‘Unseen’ section, 10 marks were alloted for writing a biography on Kohli and almost all my friends opted for this question. We all were excited even after the English exam was over,” said Swarnabho Banerjee, student of Sagar Dutta High School of Belgharia here. Swaranabho’s friend Sudip Malakar said, “Even if the reference points were not given, we would have attempted this question. Cricketer-turned MLA Laxmi Ratan Shukla said the board has done the right thing by introducing a topic on Kohli in the question paper.

March 18, 2018 11:30 UTC

“We believe we can work within the nuclear deal,” Brian Hook, director of policy planning, said after Friday’s quarterly meeting of the joint commission overseeing the 2015 agreement. But there would be no point for the US to withdraw if everybody else was just allowed to go on buying Iranian oil. In 2012, the imposition of tough sanctions targeting Iran’s oil industry cut the country’s exports by around 1 million barrels a day. Both those restrictions were lifted as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as the nuclear deal is formally known. So how can he ensure that U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal has a real impact on Iran’s oil exports?

March 18, 2018 11:26 UTC

In a unique initiative, imams in Murshidabad district of West Bengal have launched a campaign to create awareness against cheating in examinations. The initiative, describing cheating in examinations as Haram (act forbidden by Allah), was started on Friday after prayers and comes amidst the ongoing Board examinations. The district’s Imam-Moajjem Association has also decided to approach counterparts in other districts of Bengal to start similar awareness campaigns. “From a bigger perspective, examination cheating is tantamount to cheating the society and family, and it is our duty to create awareness against it and stop this evil practice,” he said. Murshidabad district administration often takes the help of imams to create awareness for its programmes and social issues such as polio vaccination, building toilets, etc.

March 18, 2018 11:26 UTC

BENGALURU: Former Indian cricket team captain Rahul Dravid has lodged a complaint against a Bengaluru-based firm for allegedly cheating him of Rs 4 crore, police said. "Dravid had lodged a complaint with us two days back against Vikram Investment Company for cheating him of Rs 4 crore," Sadashivanagar police inspector Naveen told PTI here.Though there were reports of many sportspersons and other celebrities being duped by the company, Dravid has been the first to lodge a complaint.A couple of weeks ago, the police had arrested five persons, including a former sports journalist, for allegedly duping several people of crores of rupees through Vikram Investment Company.The company's owner Raghavendra Sreenath and agents Sutram Suresh (a former journalist), Narasimhamurthy, K C Nagaraj and Prahlad were arrested, Naveen said.Dravid, in his complaint, alleged that he had invested Rs 20 crore in the company in 2014 on assurance of getting higher returns, but was yet to get back Rs 4 crore to match his principal investment. "Dravid has got Rs 16 crore, but he is yet to receive the remaining Rs 4 crore. The cricketer has submitted relevant documents in this regard," Naveen said.A case was registered against the company and the five persons on the basis of a complaint lodged by one of the investors P R Balaji, who owns an incense sticks company.The complainant alleged that the agents assured him guaranteed profits in commodity trading, but did not honour it.Sreenath had set up the company and appointed a few men including Suresh as agents promising them enhanced returns on investments, police said.

March 18, 2018 11:15 UTC

England batsman Alastair Cook has revealed contemplating retirement following his struggles in the Ashes 2017-18, before an unbeaten double ton in Melbourne helped him rebuild his confidence. The 33-year-old has acknowledged that he felt being under pressure and even mulled over retirement. “To bat as badly as I did for pretty much two months and then for 10 hours bat as well as I’ve ever done was quite strange. But to keep going and then deliver like that proved I’ve got something,” he was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. After winning the five-match ODI series 3-2, England will now be taking on New Zealand in a two-match Test series starting March 22.

March 18, 2018 11:15 UTC