Highlights 1 50 percent of the 6,000 highway drivers were found to be with weak eyes. 2 NHAI organised a three-day eye testing camp at its toll plazas. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) organised a three-day eye testing camp at its toll plazas in which 6,000 drivers registered. Malik said the major cause of accidents in case of long-haul commercial driving is due to fatigue and sickness. (With PTI inputs)ALSO WATCH: Dense fog leads to massive collision on highway
December 14, 2017 00:26 UTC
A group of people stabbed a 20-year-old man to death and critically injured two of his relatives in southeast Delhi's Pul Prahladpur area, late on Tuesday evening. The police have arrested two of the men and personal enmity is being suspected to be the reason behind the attack. According to the police, the incident was reported at the Pul Prahladpur police station at 8.30 pm. The caller said a violent scuffle had taken place near the Sunday Market at the Lal Kuan area. "It was learnt from the hospital that one of the injured, Rahul, succumbed during treatment.
December 13, 2017 21:45 UTC
Following the death of a two-year-old girl, who accidentally fell into an open drain in northeast Delhi's Maujpur area, the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has formed a three-member committee to inquire into the matter. The committee comprises sanitation superintendent I and II, Shahdara(north), and assistant engineer (maintenance-IV), who have been asked to submit a report within three days. Besides, the Paryavaran Sahayak of Ward 40 has been placed under suspension with immediate effect for dereliction of duty, and the SI and the ASI have been issued show cause notices. The government has demanded a strict action against the officials and staff responsible for the negligence that led to the child's death and that EDMC formulate guidelines to prevent such untoward incidents in future. "We have assured the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillors at EDMC that those found guilty in the matter would be strictly dealt with," EDMC Mayor Neema Bhagat said.
December 13, 2017 21:45 UTC
The Delhi High Court (HC) on Wednesday slammed the Delhi government for its failure to comply with a 19-year-old order of the Supreme Court (SC) to procure adequate number of buses in the national Capital. The court rapped the AAP government, stating that it has not given any reason to back its claim of unrealistic prices being charged for the low-floor buses. "For the last 10 years, you have justified not buying low-floor buses, saying the price was unrealistic without saying what is realistic or carrying out an empirical study," the bench stated. "You should see what you are balancing the cost against," the bench said to the Delhi government. The court's remarks come while hearing a PIL by a person suffering from locomotor disability, challenging the Delhi government's move to procure 2,000 standard floor buses at a cost of Rs 300 crore.
The second phase will see 93 seats in central and north Gujarat region, including 21 seats of Ahmedabad district, go to the polls on Thursday. Gujarat's Chief Electoral Officer BB Swain said that all preparations for smooth conduct of the second phase of elections have been completed. BJP had swept south Gujarat and Saurashtra regions in the 2012 elections, but the two parties were almost neck and neck in central and north Gujarat. While BJP had won 49 of these 93 seats, Congress was not too far behind by winning 44 seats. Led by Narendra Modi, the BJP had won 32 out of 53 seats in north Gujarat.
The national Capital breathed better on Wednesday, with the air quality improving significantly after light rains hit the city a day before. The air quality index (AQI) improved to 270, against Tuesday’s 290. Scientists at the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) attributed the better air quality to the rain and picking up of wind speed. The day temperature fell to 21.3 degrees Celsius, with cold winds coming from northern India. The AQI units are measured against PM 2.5, the most prominent pollutant in Delhi -NCR (measured in microgram per cubic meters).
The Delhi government's Transport Department is all set to change the routes of 798 state-run mini-stage carriage (feeder) buses plying on 73 routes in the city, in order to ensure optimum wait time and viability of the service. "We have asked the transport planning department of the SPA to carry out a route rationalisation study for stretches covered by mini-buses. As per a Delhi High Court order, new permits for mini-buses cannot be granted without the court's approval. Other commercial vehicles such as Gramin Sewas and e-rickshaws plying on these routes also affect the overall economic viability of these buses. IN NUMBERS11,000 standard-size buses required3,944 standard-size DTC buses1634 (cluster buses) standard-size at present798 mini stage buses (feeder)
December 13, 2017 21:22 UTC
Andheri Police are on the lookout for a man who allegedly molested a 25-year-old woman in the Mumbai Metro by touching her inappropriately and stalking her on Monday. According to the police, the incident took place at around 7 pm on Monday evening inside the Metro, when the woman was returning home from Metro. The police said an unknown person touched the woman inappropriately, while she was standing in the Metro. I was standing in the metro as there was no vacant seat due to peak hours. A middle-aged man was standing behind me and suddenly as the Metro crossed Sakinaka station, he started pushing himself at me.
December 13, 2017 21:22 UTC
A video of former Gujarat CM and education minister Anandiben Patel addressing people in Ghatlodia recently went viral in which she lashed out at those alleging privatisation of education on the eve of elections. She says, "People spend Rs1,000 in hotels but when it comes to pay for their children education, it pinches them. Tell me, every state except Gujarat has private schools. People can afford to go to private institutes. I was an education minister and had seen days when people had to pay money to get a job of a teacher.
December 13, 2017 21:11 UTC
The Patidar agitation that began in 2015 has altered the political loyalties in the most vocal community of the state. Now, see the response Patidar leader Hardik Patel is getting for his rallies whether be Surat, Saurashtra or Ahmedabad. Patidar anger is most visible in north Gujarat district where constituencies of Mehsana, Vijapur, Visanagar, Unjha and Bahuchraji witnessed the most fierce agitation. Although Deputy CM Nitin Patel and former Home Minister Rajni Patel are contesting, they are facing uphill tasks. Ruling BJP is better placed in terms of local faces to connect to the Patels in central and north Gujarat.
December 13, 2017 21:11 UTC
Type I diabetic patients have to spend at least around Rs 1,000 per month on glucostrips to test their blood sugar levels. In order to reduce the price of glucostrips, a Mumbai-based diabetologist Dr Pradeep Gadge, has started a petition. An online campaign – #PriceCeilingGlucoStrips – to attract the government's attention to the high cost of glucostrips that every diabetes patient has to bear for managing blood sugar levels has received a good response. Type I diabetes patients and Type II diabetes patients having fluctuating blood sugar levels and as a result have to check their blood sugar levels at least two to three times in a day and thus, it becomes expensive for them financially." Thakkar said, "My son has to use glucostrips three to four times a day to check his blood sugar levels.
December 13, 2017 21:00 UTC
"It does bring in additional responsibilities now, but mind you, responsibilities weren't any lesser even then," Saha told The Telegraph on Wednesday. Saha, though, believes keeping on South African tracks is easier compared to the subcontinent. "I do have things in mind to get accustomed to the bounce of South African tracks. The players in the current South African team have all been successful and even if any one of them are out of form, they need just one match to regain it. "All said and done, if we play to our strengths, I believe we can win," Saha signed off.
Mohali: Sri Lanka batting coach Thilan Samaraweera said the bowlers let the team down in the second ODI against India where they conceded 50-60 runs too many. "I think their plan was to bowl wide yorkers, but the execution was poor. We lost to Rohit. India ended up with 392 for four but Sri Lanka should have restricted them under 330, said Samaraweera. "The wide yorkers backfired.
Abu Dhabi: Gareth Bale scored with his first touch after coming off the bench to strike Real Madrid's winner as they survived a scare to beat local side Al Jazira 2-1 on Wednesday and reach the Club World Cup final. Al Jazira looked to have doubled their lead one minute into the second half but the strike from Mbark Boussoufa was correctly ruled out for offside and Cristiano Ronaldo eased Real's nerves by smashing in the equaliser in the 52nd minute. Zinedine Zidane's side are bidding to become the first team to successfully defend the Club World Cup while victory over Gremio would also equal Barcelona's record three triumphs in the competition. Real fielded a full-strength side with the exception of the injured Sergio Ramos and made an explosive start, having five attempts on goal in the first 12 minutes. The game became shrouded in confusion over Real's second disallowed goal.
Karan Johar and Rohit Shetty’s talent, hunt India’s Next Superstar, will replace The Great Indian Laughter Challenge 5. The finale of Akshay Kumar’s show will be shot on December 19 and aired on 23-24. “For the finale episode, either a leading comedian or actors of an upcoming film will be joining Akshay, Sajid Khan and Shreyas Talpade. Once that show wraps up, there will be a break of two weeks after which India’s Next Superstar will take the slot in January.” informs a source.
December 13, 2017 20:37 UTC