An Indian, who travelled over 10,000 km through 11 countries across central America — from Brazil to Mexico — in a month in order to enter the United States illegally in 2016, was deported back after he was caught staying there illegally. According to the immigration department, the man was identified as Harpreet Singh, a resident of Punjab’s Kapurthala district. Questioning revealed that after arriving in Brazil, Singh went to Bolivia where he contacted some associates of his travel agent, back in his hometown in Punjab. From Bolivia, Singh arrived in Lima, Peru. Police officials said the accused revealed that he sneaked into the United States illegally because he wanted US citizenship.

May 20, 2018 02:48 UTC

Earlier this week, India’s Minister of State for External Affairs, General VK Singh, paid a two-day visit to North Korea. India has had long-standing diplomatic ties with North Korea and even under pressure from the US, it refused to reduce its diplomatic engagement with Pyongyang. Last week, Pompeo returned from North Korea with three Americans who had been detained by the North Korean regime. India’s ties with Japan and South Korea also meant that New Delhi couldn’t turn a blind eye to Pyongyang’s belligerence. Now as the US, South Korea and Japan all are trying to engage Pyongyang, India too is making a move.

May 20, 2018 02:37 UTC

Among the fatalities at Santa Fe High School were a Pakistani exchange student and a substitute teacher trying to make ends meet for her family. Sabika Sheikh, a 17-year-old Pakistani girl with a bright smile, was studying in the United States as an exchange student. Her father Abdul Aziz Sheikh told reporters in her hometown of Karachi that she was the eldest of four children. Never before had my daughter failed to reply," Aziz told AFP. Among the victims in Santa Fe school shooting was Cynthia Tisdale, a substitute teacher who took on a second job as a server at a local restaurant to support her family.

May 20, 2018 02:37 UTC

What you eat before and after your workout, may be the difference between meeting your goals and falling short. What to eat before your workoutApproximately two to three hours before strength training opt for a meal that is:Relatively high in carbohydrates to maximise the maintenance of blood glucose. Approximately 30 minutes to one hour before strength training, fuel up with a small and easily digestible food that includes:Carbohydrates, focusing on low-glycemic foods such as bananas. Example, a individual weighing 75 kgs would consume approximately 75 grams of carbohydrate within the first 30 minutes post-exercise. Remember, a post-workout diet must consist of protein in a higher amount to avoid muscle breakage and help speed up muscle recovery.

May 20, 2018 02:29 UTC

Book: The Cows of Bangalore: And How I Came To Own OneAuthor: Shoba NarayanPublisher: Simon and SchusterPages: 296 Price: Rs 350Have you seen the cartoon on WhatsApp of two cows looking contemptuously at a man in a robe meditating [chanting om] out in the field? Sree pleads and they relent – reside in the moist dung of the cow they tell her, 'which is why Indians link cow dung with prosperity'. Besides this, cow dung has healing properties and cow urine absorbs beneficial radiation from the sun and spreads positive energy. Here, every house was smeared with cow dung. The king's son has run over her calf with his chariot and she wants justice.

May 20, 2018 01:59 UTC

Informal sector to the rescueIn 1991, Patel recalls, there was massive male unemployment in the informal sector sector; the reason being, women were and still are cheaper labour. “Tailoring had a lot of women participation, but as sophisticated machinery came up and productivity increased men realised there is money in that and so women were weeded out. Let’s consider textiles and garment: here, women are doing all the labour work and men are appointed in supervising positions. Among jobs showing an increase in women participation is elderly and child care and domestic work, says Patel. “They no longer think of women as their own – it becomes working women vs them.

May 20, 2018 01:52 UTC

The 57-year-old Brit investment banker, has been working in India for over 20 years, and sailing for 30. “We take our fun very, very seriously,” says the Joint Managing Director of FDC Limited.Chandavarkar’s 41ft quirky Skadoosh, is a J122E sailing vessel by French manufacturer J/Boats. I may helm, but it’s more about how in sync I am with my team.”Chandavarkar and his crew, all of whom had only sailed on club dinghes and sea birds within the harbour, learned to sail Skadoosh over much practice – including, a nonstop 36-hour Mumbai to Goa sail. BV, which is the oldest yacht on Bombay Harbour at 30 years, is a Danish X Yacht 372 second-hand 1988 cruiser-racer. The 37-foot sail yacht boasts of two cabins each of which accommodates six, a galley, toilet and a chart table, and is touted to go water-coast cruising upto the Maldives.

May 20, 2018 01:41 UTC

When you think of crystals, Indian consumers immediately conjure up images of Swarovski, Baccarat and Lalique. However there's a new kid in town: Moser, with its elegant crystal vases and timeless designs – since most of the artwork on the crystals was designed around 80 to 100 years ago. The uniqueness of these crystals are that they are handcrafted and infuse traditional craftsmanship passed down from generations of glassmakers. What's also notable is that the crystals are extensively hand-painted in gold, platinum and coloured enamels. "At present, decorating with the use of precious stones – 24 carat gold and platinum – has achieved an almost exclusive position in painting techniques.

May 20, 2018 01:41 UTC

However, with the Land Ceiling Act limiting them to just 12 acres of land in North India, the couple decided to look South. Today, SAI Sanctuary stands as India's only privately-owned wildlife sanctuary, though the duo work hand-in-glove with the Forest Department as well. With an Ecotourism section opened up and other simultaneous awareness programmes on their plate, the Malhotras have started to feel the pressure of handling their forest land on their own. His efforts have helped several families living on the fringes of the forests, who depend on them for resources. Modest Payeng calls this forest the people's forest – not asking the state to demark it as 'protected forest area'.

May 20, 2018 01:30 UTC

China will ramp up its purchase of US goods to reduce its massive trade imbalance with the United States, the two countries said in a joint statement at the conclusion of the latest round of high-level trade talks between them. "There was a consensus on taking effective measures to substantially reduce the United States trade deficit in goods with China. This will help support growth and employment in the United States, it said. The United States delegation included Secretary of the Treasury Steven T Mnuchin, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, and United States Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer. China will advance relevant amendments to its laws and regulations in this area, including the Patent Law," the joint statement said.

May 20, 2018 01:30 UTC

We tried but failed in getting the numbers.”In that journey from Tuesday to Saturday lies the BJP’s political failure in Karnataka, despite achieving relative electoral success. For one, the BJP never thought that the Congress and the JD(S) would come together so quickly. We hadn’t thought that the Congress would so quickly offer chief ministership to HD Kumaraswamy,” said the first BJP leader. One day was just not enough to win over enough MLAs from the other side, especially when they were inaccessible,” said a second BJP leader. But the BJP believes that despite losing the battle, it may still win the 2019 war in the state.

May 20, 2018 01:30 UTC

The functioning committees of Jaipur Municipal Commission (JMC) have been formed keeping in view the upcoming assembly elections. In the selection of the committee chairman, councillors’ influence in the field has been kept in mind with caste equation. Even in Vidyadhar Nagar area, the recommendation of local MLA Narpat Singh Rajvi was not considered for committee chairman. Jain is the probable candidate from Vidyadhar Nagar area in upcoming assembly elections and he is engaged in election preparations in the constituency. Anil Sharma, Vishnu Lata, and Bhagwat Singh Dewal were lobbying against mayor Lahoti.

May 20, 2018 01:09 UTC

In relation to the multi-crore bitcoin case, CID crime officials on Friday detained Nikunj Joshi and Pathak School principal Naresh Bhatt, nephews of Shailesh Bhatt, the Surat-based builder who was kidnapped and 176 were extorted from him allegedly by Nalin Kotadiya. Kotadiya had alleged that Bhatt kidnapped two bitcoin investors — Dhaval Malavani and Piyush Savaliya on 1 February and had allegedly extorted 2,300 bitcoins from them. Several police officials, including the Amreli SP, LCB Inspector and Lawyer were arrested in the case. CID officials already had inputs and an investigation was underway regarding Bhatt's bitcoin sources. The officials were playing low in the case in order to get on the top of the bitcoin chain and continued investigating the extortion of 176 bitcoins.

May 20, 2018 00:56 UTC

As part of the ongoing anti-encroachment drive, a number of areas under three different zones in Delhi were cleared of encroachment on Friday by the Supreme Court-appointed Special Task Force (STF). Dozens of illegally parked vehicles were issued challans and many temporary structures outside shops were demolished in the drive. The right of way (ROW) -- footpaths, roads and crossings -- were cleared of illegally parked vehicles, street vendors and temporary structures, said the officers. "Many vendors had set up temporary structures where they were also living. A number of illegally parked vehicles were also seized," said the officers.

May 20, 2018 00:54 UTC

A 45-year-old contractor was shot dead by unidentified assailants in sector 24 of Delhi's Rohini area on Saturday morning. According to the senior police officers, the deceased has been identified as Mukesh Chauhan, who was walking towards his office when he was shot. "According to the eyewitness, two men approached him and allegedly shot him after which, the two accused fled the spot. A PCR call was made and a team of police officials rushed to spot and took the victim to a nearby hospital," said Rajneesh Gupta, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Rohini). Officials of the hospital said that Chauhan had received two bullet injuries and was brought dead to the hospital.

May 20, 2018 00:34 UTC