Images of the 10.8-million-year-old upper jaw fragment of the Sivapithecus, an extinct ape, from Kutch, Gujarat. Photo credit: Ansuya BhandariScientists have found a 10.8-million-year-old jawbone in Gujarat’s Kutch region belonging to an extinct ape called Sivapithecus, previously documented only from sites in the northern Indian subcontinent. Sivapithecus, first discovered in the Siwaliks in the 19th century, belongs to the group called hominoids and is viewed as an extinct distant ancestor of the great apes and humans. The oldest extinct hominoid remains in the subcontinent are dated at about 12.7 million years and the youngest about 8.6 million years. Sivapithecus specimens had previously been found only in the Siwaliks region — the Potwar plateau in Pakistan, Ramnagar and Hari Talyanagar in India, and the Churia hills in Nepal.
November 16, 2018 22:18 UTC
In Agra, which has been held hostage by gangs of marauding monkeys, the administration has decided to fall back on the same strategy. The SOS unit of the Uttar Pradesh wildlife department has decided to catch the leaders of the packs, the alpha males and typically the most aggressive, so that their simian minions fall apart and scatter. “We have noticed at several places that the entire group obeys the alpha and follows him wherever he goes. “The monkeys attacked Mayank to snatch a toffee from him,” said Balbeer Singh, the boy’s father. Arun Prakash, the municipal commissioner, said forest department and local administration officials would soon meet to find a solution.
November 16, 2018 22:18 UTC
The merger talks with Tatas have sent the Jet Airways stock soaring over 40 per cent in the past five trading sessions ShutterstockThe Tatas on Friday confirmed their interest in Jet Airways for the first time but said it was yet to come up with a concrete plan to acquire the country’s largest full-service carrier. Sources told The Telegraph that the meeting was pre-scheduled, dismissing speculation that it was solely called to discuss the acquisition of Jet Airways. While other matters were also taken up, it is learnt that Tata Sons executive chairman N. Chandrasekaran apprised the board of the group’s interest in the airline. The merger talks have sent the Jet Airways stock soaring over 40 per cent in the past five trading sessions. However, the Centre has denied that it wants the deal to be consummated or has asked bankers to take a haircut on Jet Airways debt to make it more attractive.
November 16, 2018 22:07 UTC
Tata Steel is believed to be in talks with Usha Martin’s promoter Prashant Jhawar to pick up close to a 19.5 per cent stake in the company ShutterstockTata Steel is believed to be in talks with Usha Martin’s promoter Prashant Jhawar to pick up close to a 19.5 per cent stake in the company. Later in the evening, his spokesperson said: “It is a rumour.”Asked about the deal, a top Tata Steel official said: “No comments.”The deal, which will require consent from Rajeev Jhawar and the lenders, is going to be over and above what Tata Steel is paying to buy out the steel division of Usha Martin. Usha Martin received the shareholders’ nod last Saturday to sell the one-million-tonne steel plant located in Jamshedpur for Rs 4,525 crore to the Tatas. Tata Steel subsidiary Tata Sponge Iron is also buying the captive power plant linked to it along with a developed iron ore mine and a coal mine which is under development. Telegraph infigraphicPrashant’s movesWhen the sale of the steel business was announced by Usha Martin on September 22, Prashant Jhawar had praised the Tatas saying the “Tatas are an excellent business house” and that “transaction with Tata Steel is overall a positive development”.
The Valley’s pro-India parties seem to have decided to abandon their boycott politics. The National Conference on Friday formally announced its readiness to participate in future elections, saying the objective was to deny the BJP a free run in the state. A National Conference spokesperson said the boycott had been limited to the recent local body polls and “had nothing to do with Assembly or parliamentary elections”. Former chief minister Omar Abdullah had hinted two days ago that the National Conference would participate in the Assembly polls to deny the BJP a walkover. He had asked the two parties to clear their stand on Assembly elections.
Online fashion retailer Myntra on Friday said it would completely integrate its sister firm Jabong, which will continue to operate as a separate brand. Flipkart’s parent Walmart had then said in a statement that Kalyan Krishnamurthy will continue to be the CEO of Flipkart. The statement had further said that though Myntra and Jabong would continue to operate as separate platforms within the Flipkart business, CEO Narayanan will report to Krishnamurthy. “As the next step in this process, Myntra and Jabong will now fully integrate all the remaining functions, including technology, marketing, category, revenue, finance and creative teams,” the Myntra statement added. Flipkart had acquired online fashion portal Myntra in 2014 and Myntra had acquired Jabong in 2016.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi vented ire at the Nehru-Gandhis, accusing them of making false promises, fooling the people and daring a “muqabla” (challenge) between “four generations of one family and four years of a ‘chaiwala’”. First, they should give an account of what four generations of one family rule has done”, Modi told an election rally in Madhya Pradesh’s Shahdol. “Four generations of one family vs four years of a ‘chaiwala’…. “Only a chaiwala (tea-seller) can understand the feeling of what poor people go through, not those running around abroad,” Modi said. Modi tried to draw a promise from the crowd that they would ask Congress leaders a question he would share with them.
November 16, 2018 21:45 UTC
PTIHundreds of “devotees” laid siege to Cochin International Airport in Kerala and held a marathon vigil, preventing gender rights activist Trupti Desai from leaving for the Sabarimala temple and eventually forcing her to fly back. Desai later described as “lies” suggestions that she was from the Congress, whose local leaders are supporting the “devotees”, or the Sangh. No taxi driver was ready to drive Desai the 150km to Sabarimala and risk the wrath of the protesters. In the evening, after a meeting with police officers, Desai decided to take a night flight to Mumbai. But she vowed to visit Sabarimala “without announcing” and using “guerrilla tactics”.
November 16, 2018 21:45 UTC
“Can I just say that you might recall from previous comments I have made about cricket that one of my heroes was always Geoffrey Boycott?” she said. “And what did you know about Geoffrey Boycott? This happened on the fourth day of the second Test between New Zealand and England in Christchurch in February 1978. Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott ShutterstockThere has been speculation that May could be undone by the resignation of the environment secretary, Michael Gove, a heavyweight member of the cabinet. Brokenshire paid a warm tribute to the Indian community, said Rami Ranger, co-chairman of Conservative Friends of India, who added: “The Prime Minister is trying to do the best for the country in very difficult circumstances.”
November 16, 2018 21:22 UTC
Agency spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said no such notification had yet been received from Andhra. Since then, income-tax raids on certain business establishments in Andhra run by people close to the state’s ruling party had left Naidu red-faced. All the states notify this general consent every year, and the Andhra government had renewed it on August 3. The general consent becomes superfluous, however, if a high court or the Supreme Court has ordered the CBI probe. Krishna, too had withdrawn its general consent in 2001 but the matter was resolved after a few months.
November 16, 2018 21:11 UTC
Krishna is scheduled to sing in a concert titled Awam Ki Awaz, organised by Delhi's AAP government on Saturday, a stone's throw away from the Qutub Minar, the tower symbolising the first stamp of Muslim rule in Delhi. Awam Ki Awaz, where Krishna is expected to perform, is part of a series of concerts started by Delhi's culture minister Manish Sisodia in 2017. The blog also said that bands such as Swarathma and Indian Ocean and vocalist Krishna would perform in the coming months. Mathur said AAP was already in talks with Krishna for an Awam Ki Awaz performance and this was a good opportunity to invite him. Asked if the concert around Krishna was done to make a political statement, Mathur said: “Absolutely.
November 16, 2018 20:48 UTC
All seven men in the car, identified as residents of Mayurbhanj in Odisha, were arrested. The pangolin is a widely distributed mammal in India, including the forests of Odisha. Pangolin scales are used as an ingredient in traditional Chinese medicines . In the illegal market, pangolin scales are valued at $3,000 (Rs 2.16 lakh) a kilo. This is a conservative estimate and the actual count will be far higher because only a fraction of illegal wildlife trade is detected, officials said.
November 16, 2018 20:37 UTC
But there is only one Jagaddhatri Puja. But since we are the only Jagaddhatri puja, there are people visiting from all across England, even as far as Birmingham, Sheffield and Manchester. Jagaddhatri puja lengthens the festive season,” smiled Baishali Ghatak. Neither she, a resident of England for 21 years, nor her 18-year-old son had ever seen Jagaddhatri puja till this puja started. And we do much more than Jagaddhatri puja,” signed off Bose.
November 16, 2018 20:26 UTC
A former research scholar at Jadavpur University has accused a professor who had been her guide of “body shaming” her and making “sexually coloured remarks” that caused “trauma that I could not take anymore”. An internal complaints committee constituted to look into the allegations of sexual harassment met on Monday to discuss the case. The professor contested that the allegations against him were about sexual harassment. “I have been told by the internal complaints committee that the allegations are not about any sexual harassment, they are only about harassment. The research scholar has alleged that the professor had insisted on her sharing a room with him during a conference in Europe that the two were to attend in December.
November 16, 2018 20:26 UTC
Mamata Banerjee on Friday announced a “purification” drive by the Trinamul Congress along the trails of the BJP’s proposed 40-day Bengal Rath Yatra, which she called a “Ravan Yatra” to highlight its alleged divisive agenda. “There will be a purification, peace and unity yatra to cleanse the areas through which their chariots of war will pass. Theirs is a Ravan Yatra replete with luxuries. “The BJP is a policy changer, history changer, name changer, note changer, institution changer and Constitution changer, but not a game changer, because of which the country is in grave danger,” Mamata said. The Rath Yatra, in which BJP chief ministers and senior leaders are expected to participate, would culminate in a Brigade Parade Grounds rally to be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
November 16, 2018 20:15 UTC