Man held in suspected money laundering racket

more-inThe City police have launched a probe into a possible money laundering racket following the arrest of a 55-year-old man on Tuesday who was found to be allegedly in possession of unaccounted money of ₹6 lakh. He was nabbed by a team of the city Shadow Police from Pettah on the basis of a tip-off. He said he had come to the city to hand over the money to two persons. The accused, suspected to be entrusted with the task of delivering the money through the racket, also purportedly revealed that he had made a stop at Attingal to meet a few people. The police have gathered information that the accused was sent to Thiruvananthapuram by one Nizar of Kozhikode.

January 17, 2017 19:45 UTC

Road-widening: Landowners to be paid damages

more-inPayment of compensation to people who have surrendered their land for the second phase development of the Karamana-Kaliyikkavila National Highway road widening project will begin on Wednesday, Deputy Collector (Land Acquisition) Sam L. Sone said. Revenue Minister E. Chandrasekharan informed the Karamana-Kaliyikkavila National Highway Development Action Council that land acquisition had begun in the Pravachambalam-Vazhimukku stretch. A total of ₹122.44 crore had been earmarked for land acquisition, of which ₹29.93 crore has been sanctioned for compensation to property owners in Pallichal and Kalliyoor villages. The owners have been notified.

January 17, 2017 19:45 UTC

Local bodies spent only 17.18% of Plan funds

more-inAs the end of the current financial year approaches, Local Self Governance Institutions (LSGIs) in the district have spent only 17.18 per cent of the allotted plan fund. Nagaroor grama panchayat and Pothencode block panchayat are ahead in scheme implementation, with the former spending 43 per cent of its funds, while Anad grama panchayat and Vamanapuram block panchayat lag behind with less than 10 per cent of their funds put to use. A meeting convened by the District Planning Committee (DPC) on Monday expressed dissatisfaction with the low levels of fund use. The local planning committees will be the constructive partners of the LSGIs in planning and implementation of schemes. The LSGI presidents will be the chairpersons of the local planning committees, while the secretaries will be the convenors.

January 17, 2017 19:45 UTC

Odisha: IIT alumnus quits lucrative career to fight rural body polls

In the politically-sensitive Kendrapara district of Odisha, an IIT alumnus has quit his job and lucrative career to fight the rural body polls in Dumuka gram panchayat. Nihar Ranjan Beura (50), an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur has set his goal to transform the life of the villagers. "I filed nomination papers for member panchayat samity from my native Dumuka gram panchayat today. It is everyone's duty to give back to the society which has contributed to one's success," Beura said. "We feel he will serve the village better," an unemployed youth said.

January 17, 2017 19:31 UTC

No concessions for Apple, but govt to review mobile manufacturing policy to boost the sector

NEW DELHI: The government won't offer any special concessions to Apple but is reviewing its entire policy on mobile phone manufacturing as part of an effort to promote the 'Make in India' initiative, officials said. This could meet some of the demands that Apple has made apart from benefitting other phone makers as well.Apple had sought the concessions to set up plants in the country. The issue will be examined in depth at a high-level meeting with Apple executives next week. Another official said no decision had been taken but that concessions cannot be given to just one company. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged Cook to set up factories in India when they met during that trip.

January 17, 2017 18:33 UTC

Pakistan legend says Tendulkar is much better than Kohli and he has a reason for it

The Pakistan cricketer thinks Tendulkar is much better than Kohli despite the current India captain's astounding form. Former legendary Pakistan batsman Muhammad Yousuf rates legendary Sachin Tendulkar as a better performer than Virat Kohli despite the current India captain's recent astounding form. But I rate Tendulkar much higher because of the era he played in, against the best teams, fast bowlers and spinners," Yousuf said. I don't think Kohli is facing the same quality bowlers or opposition." "It is time for him to go and it is time for a new mindset to come into Pakistan team in Tests and ODIs.

January 17, 2017 18:30 UTC

Tough times ahead for India in Afghanistan

It recognizes the Taliban as just one among multiple warring parties in Afghanistan, and emphasizes its inclusion in the peace process. This flawed theory, India knows well, is propelled by the generals in Rawalpindi as it gives them an extended run of life in Afghanistan, the country they perceive to be their strategic backyard. India had just transferred four attack helicopters to the Afghanistan government to boost its fight against the Taliban. Irrespective of what Trumps opts for, India must begin to re-establish its contacts with the various ethnic groups in Afghanistan. In tough times, it is always better to have support on the ground rather than to rely merely on principled speeches to be delivered in international conferences on Afghanistan.

January 17, 2017 18:25 UTC

I-League: DSK Shivajians beat Chennai City 2-0 to open account

DSK Shivajians opened their account in the I-League with a 2-0 win over Chennai City FC at the Balewadi Stadium in Pune on Tuesday. Juan Quero's free kick found an unmarked Kim Song Yong on 30 minutes, who headed the ball into the net, giving Shivajians the lead. DSK Shivajians doubled their lead, 10 minutes into the second half from the penalty spot. Juan Quero Barraso, who looked particularly lively at the start of the second-half, found Kim Song Yong with a neat diagonal pass, dissecting the Chennai City FC defence. Eventually, the hosts bagged maximum points against Chennai City with a two-goal margin to jump to the sixth spot in the league table.

January 17, 2017 18:13 UTC

Natural for large countries like India, China to have differences, says PM Modi

Addressing the inaugural session of the 2nd Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi on Tuesday, PM Narendra Modi said it was natural for two countries as large as India and China to have differences even as New Delhi and Beijing had deepened their relationship. While underlining the need for regional connectivity, Prime Minister Modi also sent out a veiled message to Beijing on the China-Pak Economic Corridor running through Pak-Occupied Kashmir. PAK MUST GIVE UP ON TERRORPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called upon Pakistan to walk away from terror if it sought peace with India. The Prime Minister advocated the need to 'guard against any instinct or inclination that promotes exclusion, especially in Asia'. But, walls within nations, a sentiment against trade and migration, and rising parochial and protectionist attitudes across the globe are also in stark evidence", said Narendra Modi.

January 17, 2017 17:57 UTC

Nigeria mistakenly bombs camp, kills more than 100

A Nigerian Air Force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp today, killing more than 100 refugees and wounding aid workers, a Borno state official said. The state government official was helping to coordinate the evacuation of wounded.

January 17, 2017 17:41 UTC

BCCI ousts Ashish Kapoor from junior selection panel, eyebrows raised

The Lodha Panel has made it mandatory that both senior and junior panel will comprise three selectors. The BCCI's decision to remove former India Test player Ashish Kapoor from the junior selection panel and retain former first-class cricketer Rakesh Parikh has raised eyebrows. The Lodha Panel has made it mandatory that both senior and junior panel will comprise three selectors. Accordingly, Venkatesh Prasad, Parikh and Gyanendra were retained," a senior BCCI official, privy to the development said on conditions of anonymity. But it is baffling that there were two Test players in junior panel and one has been ousted," the official said.

January 17, 2017 17:30 UTC

Man accused of raping Canadian tourist held

A man accused of raping a Canadian tourist after befriending her in Rishikesh has been arrested and sent to 14 days’ judicial custody, a senior police official said here on Tuesday. The Canadian woman had written to Uttarakhand DGP on January 1 and accused a person she had befriended during her trip to Rishikesh of raping her on December 14. Taking up investigation of the case on January 13, Tehri police arrested Shahrukh from Manglaur on Monday. Shahrukh, who had introduced himself to the Canadian woman as Rahul, has been charged with raping her in a parking lot near Ramjhula area of Muni-ki-Reti police station. The tourist had returned to her country soon after the incident and sent her complaint to the DGP on email.

January 17, 2017 17:19 UTC

IND vs ENG: English pacer says they have figured out a plan to unsettle Kohli

Virat Kohli had blasted a gritty 122 and forged a 200-run stand with Kedar Jadhav (120) for the fifth wicket after being 63-4 to overhaul a stiff target of 351 in the opening game of the three-match ODI series at Pune. England pacer Jake Ball is planning to use the short ball to disrupt the rhythm of India skipper Virat Kohli during the second One-Day International to be held in Cuttack on Thursday. Kohli had blasted a gritty 122 and forged a 200-run stand with Kedar Jadhav (120) for the fifth wicket after being 63-4 to overhaul a stiff target of 351 in the opening game of the three-match ODI series at Pune. "I think that under the lights where it may skid on a bit more - you can use the shorter ball a little bit more... We saw a lot of him in the Tests and he started the ODI series really well.

January 17, 2017 17:10 UTC

Centre sacks 2 IPS officers for non-performance

The Narendra Modi government has finally cracked the whip on non-performing officers. Two IPS officers Rajkumar Dewangan, 1992 batch, Chhattisgarh officer and Mayanksheel Chauhan of AGMUT Cadre, 1998, have been sent on compulsory retirement. As per the order, a senior IPS officer of Chhattisgarh cadre has been given compulsory retirement in "public interest" as ordered by Union Home Ministry. This is one of the first moves against non-performing officers. Modi government for the first time after coming to power sacked these two IPS officers.

January 17, 2017 17:03 UTC

India’s domestic air passenger traffic doubled in past six years

New Delhi: India’s domestic air passenger traffic has almost doubled in the past six years led by strong economic growth and emergence of low-fare airlines, according to data compiled by aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). Indian airlines flew 99.88 million passengers in 2016 compared with 51 million in 2010, the data shows. ALSO READ | India beats China in November air traffic growthAnother key trend over these years was the domination of budget airlines who have wrested market share from full service airlines such as Air India and Jet Airways. Low-fare airline IndiGo controls nearly 40% of the domestic market share, more than the combined share of Air India and Jet Airways. In the past decade, there used to be a difference of 8-12% in the ticket prices of budget and full service airlines, said Vardhan.

January 17, 2017 16:58 UTC

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