Yogi Adityanath: With power comes greater responsibility

Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath. Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Aditya Nath Yogi on Sunday asked all BJP office bearers and public representatives not to undertake any contractual work and instead monitor them for effective execution. “No office bearer of the party or any public representative should undertake any contractual work (thekedaari). The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, who is still the local MP, urged the party to gear up for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

March 26, 2017 12:22 UTC

Teenager gangraped on Facebook Live relocated for safety reasons

After the video of gangrape of a 15-year-old girl was streamed live on Facebook, her family has been relocated to a safe space. WHAT HAPPENEDOn Monday, five to six men allegedly gangraped a teenager and streamed the assault live on Facebook. PREVIOUS INSTANCESLast year three men in the US, who were streaming a video on Facebook Live, ended up recording their own shooting. In another incident, a 28-year-old man was gunned down while he was filming some lighter moments with friends for Facebook Live in Chicago. Also Read40 people do nothing but watch 15-yr-old's gangrape, live on Facebook: Welcome to 2017

March 26, 2017 12:11 UTC

Telangana minister KT Rama Rao praises Pawan Kalyan's Katamarayudu

Powerstar Pawan Kalyan's commercial entertainer Katamarayudu has opened to phenomenal response from fans across the world. Apparently, Telangana Information Technology minister KT Rama Rao, has watched Katamarayudu and appreciated Pawan Kalyan for the same. Taking it to Twitter, Rao wrote "Watched @PawanKalyan KatamaRayudu. You have a sure winner Kalyan & @sharrath_marar Appreciate the subtle but strong promotion of Handlooms." ALSO READ: Katamarayudu ReviewALSO READ: RGV lahses out at Pawan for Katamarayudu

March 26, 2017 11:48 UTC

UK targets WhatsApp encryption after London attack

Home secretary Amber Rudd told Sky News it was completely unacceptable that police and security services had not been able to crack the heavily encrypted Whatsapp service. Photo: ReutersLondon: The British government said on Sunday that its security services must have access to encrypted messaging applications such as WhatsApp, revealing it was used by the killer behind the parliament attack. “There should be no place for terrorists to hide,” Rudd said in a separate interview with the BBC. You can have a system whereby they can build it so that we can have access to it when it is absolutely necessary,” she told Sky News. Germany this month proposed fining social networks such as Facebook if they fail to wipe illegal hate speech from their sites.

March 26, 2017 11:37 UTC

France’s Francois Hollande in Singapore at start of Asian tour

French President Francois Hollande (AP Photo/Francois Mori, pool, File) French President Francois Hollande (AP Photo/Francois Mori, pool, File)French President Francois Hollande arrived on Saturday in Singapore, the first leg in the final foreign tour of his five-year term, and will go on to Malaysia and Indonesia. Hollande will meet French business leaders at the Asia-Pacific campus in Singapore of France’s ESSEC business school, before holding talks later Sunday with his Singapore counterpart Tony Tan Keng Yam. On Monday he will open a forum grouping 170 French start-ups with a presence in Singapore and make a speech on the regional and international situation to the prestigious Singapore Conference. On Tuesday he travels to Malaysia, which has a continuing relationship with France in defence matters. Hollande’s tour ends Wednesday in Indonesia, where he will make the first visit by a French head of state since Francois Mitterrand in 1986.

March 26, 2017 11:25 UTC

Bangladesh attack: Fresh explosions rock building occupied by militants

It was not immediately clear whether the blasts were bomb attacks carried out in support of the militants holed up in the building. Yesterday, the first blast happened around 7:00 pm about 400 metres off the building where the militants were holed up. Hours later the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack through its propaganda news agency Amaq. The Operation Twilight was launched after a suicide bomber on Friday night blew himself up at the international airport in Dhaka in an attack claimed by the ISIS. The country launched a massive crackdown on militants specially after the Dhaka cafe attack.

March 26, 2017 11:03 UTC

One killed, 14 wounded in Ohio nightclub shooting

Captain Kimberly Williams told CNN there were at least two shooters. Photo: AFPWashington: One person was killed and 14 others wounded early Sunday in a shooting involving at least two attackers at a packed nightclub in Cincinnati, Ohio, police reported. “We are in the middle of a very horrific situation that occurred at the nightclub with multiple victims,” assistant police chief Paul Neudigate said, WLWT 5 News reported. He said hundreds of people were in the Cameo nightclub when the shooting broke out, causing many to flee the scene. Captain Kimberly Williams told CNN there were at least two shooters.

March 26, 2017 10:52 UTC

Yannick Binvel: What the future of the workplace will look like

From Artificial Intelligence (AI) to a new generation joining the workforce, the workplace is gearing up for change. We spoke with Yannick Binvel, president, global industrial markets, at organizational and people advisory firm Korn Ferry International Inc., to understand what these changes will mean. These AI systems are performing tasks that one thought only humans could. Also, AI systems, unlike traditional automation software, only get better with time as the systems keep learning and adapting to evolving needs without human intervention. Today’s employees expect a workplace that treats them as customers and provides a similar user experience across several touchpoints.

March 26, 2017 10:41 UTC

Kerala minister A K Saseendran resigns over allegations of sexual misdemeanour

"I am sure that I have not done anything wrong. At the same time the pride of the party and the government has to be protected. My resignation is to uphold the political morality," he told reporters at Kozhikode.Maintaining that he harboured no complaints against anyone, Saseendran said, "I do not thing I have wronged anyone. Let the chief minister order a probe by any agency.. a proper probe will prove my innocence. The report has shocked everyone," Chennithala told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram.BJP state President Kummanam Rajasekharan hit out at the minister, saying all Keralites need to hang their heads in shame over the allegations.

March 26, 2017 10:34 UTC

Haj application process in UP likely to be linked with Aadhaar

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government is mulling to link the Haj application process with the Aadhaar number of the applicant to ensure “greater transparency” in selection of pilgrims. Minister of state for minority affairs in UP government Mohsin Raza, told PTI, “We are planning to link the process of filing of the Haj application with the Aadhaar number of the applicant, so as to check whether the applicant had undertaken Haj earlier or not. Asked whether the process of filing of Haj application would also be linked to Income Tax Returns, Raza said there was no such proposal. “The poor must get subsidy for Haj pilgrimage, and not the affluent ones. I appeal to the rich Muslims to give up their Haj subsidy, so that the poor and deserving may get an opportunity,” Raza had said.

March 26, 2017 10:30 UTC

Delhi civic polls: They offered Kejriwal help, AAP pays back with party tickets

Naren Jain and Harjeet Singh had offered accommodations to Arvind Kejriwal when Aam Aadmi Party was spreading its wings in Delhi. This central Delhi address was used by Kejriwal to file his nomination paper as a Delhi resident during 2013 Assembly polls. Now the party has given Singh ticket for Rajouri Garden Assembly by-election, where polling will take place on April 9. 'HELPING HELPS BACK'An ardent Kejriwal supporter, Singh is believed to have charged nothing from the party for using the bungalow. (With PTI inputs)ALSO READ|No residential house tax if AAP wins Delhi civic polls, says KejriwalWATCH

March 26, 2017 10:30 UTC

Deccan, Alliance Air, others to fly on regional routes

NEW DELHI: Private charter firms Deccan Charter and Air Odisha together are learnt to have bagged around 50 regional air routes to propel the government's ambitious regional connectivity scheme, UDAN.The process of selection of the routes and the operators is nearly complete and the government is likely to make an announcement on this issue in the next few days, sources close to the development told PTI here. Air India 's subsidiary Alliance Air, regional carrier TrueJet's holding company Turbo Megha Airways and budget airline SpiceJet are among other operators which have won the bids for the UDAN flights, the sources said.While the first RCS (Regional Connectivity Scheme) flight is likely to be operated by Alliance Air to Bhatinda from the Indira Gandhi International Airport here soon, full-scale operations are expected to commence from May, they said.In all, as many as 70 routes have been allocated to five operators for 43 airports, the sources said.The scheme, known as UDAN (Ude Desh Ke Aam Naagrik), seeks to connect unserved and under-served airports and make flying more affordable. Ticket price is capped at Rs 2,500 for one-hour flights.The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is the implementing agency for the scheme. It had received 43 initial proposals from 11 bidders for 43 airports which would offer RCS flights. Of these, 31 are unserved airports and rest under-served.According to the sources, Air Odisha is likely to fly on at least 25 routes under the scheme, while Deccan Charter, owned by G R Gopinaath, the founder of low-cost airlines in India, has bagged flights for not less than 21 routes.While Alliance Air and SpiceJet will operate RCS flights on at least five routes each, Turbo Megha would fly on at least six routes, they said.At some airports, there would be two operators who will be flying on different routes, the sources added.

March 26, 2017 10:30 UTC

Hindustan Zinc plans solar power projects worth Rs425 crore by next year

Hindustan Zinc is yet to zero-in on the locations where the 85 MW power plants would be set up. New Delhi: Hindustan Zinc on Sunday said its 15 MW solar projects in Rajasthan will get commissioned this month, and it is also planning to invest Rs425 crore for 85 MW power plants by next year. “We are in the process of putting up 15 MW (rooftop solar power plants) which will get commissioned before 31 March. The Vedanta Group firm has already invested 75 crore in 15 MW solar power projects, Duggal said, adding that the company is planning to pump in Rs425 crore for 85 MW power plants. The company’s board had earlier approved setting up 100 MW solar power projects.

March 26, 2017 10:18 UTC

Will the new maternity-benefits Bill help close the gender diversity gap at the workplace?

One of its most talked about highlights is the increase in maternity leave, from 12 weeks to 26, for employees in the formal sector. With this, India joins Poland and Ireland, both of which offer 26 weeks of paid maternity leave. Our research shows that women employees stay longer with an organization throughout their careers. Second, the Bill should provide for paternity leave as well as parental and family leave, not just maternity leave. Adequate support from the organization—be it 26 weeks of maternity leave or daycare facilities—is crucial to ensure they don’t leave the workforce.

March 26, 2017 10:18 UTC

Kerala minister AK Saseendran quits over alleged obscene phone conversation with woman

In a huge embarrassment to the CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front government in Kerala, transport minister A K Saseendran (NCP) resigned on Sunday after allegations of misconduct with a woman surfaced against him. The woman had reportedly approached the minister for some favour. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also termed the incident “a serious issue” leaving little room for the beleaguered minister. However, the woman with whom the minister allegedly spoke has not filed any compliant against him. He is the second minister to quit the 10-month-old Pinarayi ministry.

March 26, 2017 10:18 UTC