In 2013, columnist Shefali Vaidya celebrated Christmas in all its glory. Vaidya shared with the world her joy of celebrating Christmas, and told everybody that this Santa Claus "clearly takes into account cultural preferences and individual tastes,". FAST-FORWARD TO 2017: SHEFALI VAIDYA SLAMS AMRUTA FADNAVIS FOR PARTICIPATING IN CHRISTMAS-THEMED EVENT. Four years later, when Amruta Fadnavis -- wife of Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis -- tried to participate in and promote a Christmas-inspired event, Vaidya got offended. - Shefali Vaidya (@ShefVaidya) December 12, 2017We hope everybody a very merry and peaceful Christmas.
December 13, 2017 10:51 UTC
A special CBI court today convicted former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda on charges of corruption in the multi-crore coal block allocation scam, commonly referred as coal scam or Coalgate. After the coal scam was reported, Manmohan Singh offered to resign from Prime Minister's post if found guilty. A number of coal blocks, which were not in the production plan of Coal India Ltd and the Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL), were identified and a list was prepared. Subsequently, Supreme Court decided to set up a special CBI court where all coal block allocation cases will be tried. In April 2015, CBI filed a chargesheet against former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda, former MoS for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao and 13 others in a coal block allocation case.
December 13, 2017 10:48 UTC
The ministry says that the deadline to link Aadhaar with bank accounts has been moved to March 31, 2018. At the same time, the government has said that to open a new account Aadhaar number is no longer mandatory. Now it says that there is no deadline to link the bank accounts with Aadhaar number. Now instead of saying that bank account owners will have to submit "the Aadhaar number and Permanent Account Number by December 31, 2017" it says "submit the Aadhaar number, and Permanent Account Number or Form No. -- In other words, wait at least another day -- or week -- to find about the new deadline for linking Aadhaar and bank accounts.
December 13, 2017 10:46 UTC
I hope to make a nice pot all by myself at the newly-opened Simply Arts Studio. It is a space in the city where you can learn pottery, sculpting, making Tanjore art and more. “ It keeps you focussed and you have the satisfaction of creating something new.” The studio will offer classes in Tanjore art, pencil sketching, and colouring using water colours, and oil. We have a long legacy and our art studio is an attempt to foster that sense of art and promote it.” He invited Jesen, an MFA graduate who specialises in sculptures on pottery like Ayyanar horses, human body forms, peacocks, and realistic art. Pottery classes from 5 pm to 7 pmFor more details, call 82201-99995/ 82200-00524 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
December 13, 2017 10:41 UTC
You don’t need to be hacked to lose your cryptocurrency to thieves. Photo: AFPNew York: You don’t need to be hacked to lose your cryptocurrency to thieves. Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said this type of crime will become more frequent as values of cryptocurrencies continue to surge. Ether, the second biggest cryptocurrency, has spiked to all-time highs amid a bitcoin rally. “Hackers, data breaches and fraud aren’t the only threats to an individual’s wealth,” Vance said in a statement.
December 13, 2017 10:41 UTC
Highlights 1 BJP files complaint against Rahul Gandhi over alleged poll code violation. 2 BJP claims Rahul giving TV interview was violation of poll code. In the interview, Rahul repeated his criticism of the Goods and Services Tax roll out and demonetisation. Results of the Gujarat Assembly election will be announced Monday, December 18, 2017. Complete Gujarat Assembly Election 2017WATCH | Gujarat elections 2017: Congress, BJP locked in a tug-of-war for supremacy
December 13, 2017 10:36 UTC
more-inChennai-based industrialist C.V. Karthik Narayanan died on Wednesday morning in Chennai. Narayanan, was Chairman of Ucal Auto Pvt Ltd and an independent director at Sundram Fasteners Ltd (SFL). Narayanan also served as President of Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (earlier called of Indian Automobile Manufacturers and Automotive Research Association of India) in 1980. “A true friend for many years, an industrialist par excellence, a very exalted person with many and varied skills. We will miss his guidance at SFL,” Suresh Krishna, Chairman and Managing Director of Sundram Fasteners Ltd. said.
December 13, 2017 10:30 UTC
Rohit Sharma set the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali ablaze with a sensational double-century against Sri Lanka in the second ODI. The hurt of an embarrassing defeat in his first ODI as captain was amply visible in Rohit as he went about setting the record straight. Follow live updates of the second ODI between India and Sri Lanka HEREIndia were shot out for 112 in the first ODI in Dharamsala a few days ago, going on to lose by seven wickets. It was an extra special day for Rohit as he celebrated his second wedding anniversary on Wednesday. Rohit acknowledged the special day by kissing his ring finger while celebrating his century as well as double century.
December 13, 2017 10:30 UTC
The move will provide temporary relief to crores of bank account holders who had not linked their bank accounts with Aadhaar.Photo: Kalpak Pathak/Hindustan TimesNew Delhi:The government on Wednesday extended the deadline for linking of bank accounts with Aadhaar to 31 March, in line with its submission to the Supreme Court. This will provide temporary relief to crores of bank account holders who had not linked their bank accounts with the 12-digit unique identity number. Last week, the income tax department had extended the deadline for linking of Aadhaar with the permanent account number to 31 March from 31 December. The move comes a day before a Constitution bench of the Supreme Court starts hearing the issue of stay against mandatory linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts and mobile phone numbers. “This is just a gesture from the government, seeking to avoid the court granting an interim stay against the mandatory linkage of Aadhaar with bank accounts.
December 13, 2017 10:18 UTC
NEW DELHI: Bitcoin and Bollywood dominated Indian searches on Google in 2017, says data released by the internet company on Wednesday. According to Google's search trends data, Bahubali 2, the film which saw a multilingual release in India this year, was the top trending search query of 2017 across categories. "How to link Aadhaar card with PAN card" and the Goods and Services Tax were the top trending searches from India in other categories. The third top trending "how to" query in India was "How to buy bitcoin in India" while "how to mine bitcoin" came at number 8. "What is GST" made it to the top of the "what is" queries for 2017 from India.Technology was prime on the minds of those carrying out Google searches in India.
December 13, 2017 10:10 UTC
That's a line from the opening paragraph of a withering USA Today editorial which goes on to say that Donald Trump isn't "fit to clean the toilets in the Barack Obama Presidential Library or to shine the shoes of George W. According to an AP report, she's "a leading voice in the (US) national debate over how to confront sexual assault and harassment." Therefore, Congress should investigate the multiple sexual harassment and assault allegations against him. - Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) December 11, 2017And then came Trump's tweet, which USA Today described as amounting to "all but call(ing) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a whore." https://t.co/UbQZqubXZv - Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) December 12, 2017But Trump's press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sandeers said "there is no way that this is sexist at all," AP reported.
December 13, 2017 10:07 UTC
Nasa said the latest theory on the object named 2014 MU69 comes as New Horizons team continues to analyse telescope data on the target of a New Year’s Day 2019 flyby. Photo: BloombergWashington: The next flyby target of Nasa’s New Horizons’ mission, which is a peanut-shaped object a billion miles past Pluto, might have company in the form of a small moon, astronomers say. The latest theory on the object named 2014 MU69 comes as New Horizons team continues to analyse telescope data on the target of a New Year’s Day 2019 flyby, Nasa said. “A binary with a smaller moon might also help explain the shifts we see in the position of MU69 during these various occultations. Ancient Kuiper Belt object MU69, just discovered in 2014, is more than 6.5 billion kilometres from Earth, Nasa researchers said.
December 13, 2017 10:07 UTC
NEW DELHI: The claim made in a new show of a US science channel that the 'Ram Setu' is man-made and not natural has reaffirmed the stand of the BJP on the issue, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Wednesday.He also hit out at the previous UPA government for filing an affidavit in the Supreme Court questioning the belief that the land bridge was built by Lord Ram to reach then Lanka to rescue his wife Sita, as depicted in the epic Ramayana. "Those who filed the affidavit should explain now. The research has supported what the BJP has been claiming all along...The setu is part of our cultural heritage," Prasad told reporters here.In a promo for its upcoming show, the channel quotes an archaeologist that the rocks on top of sand pre-date the sand. "This is what the BJP has been saying all along," Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said here.
December 13, 2017 10:07 UTC
THIRD double century in ODIs. Speaking on Rohit's double hundred, Iyer said, "I think I was just a spectator at the non-striker's end. He got his hundred off 112 balls and it was just the Rohit Sharma show. There was a patch where I just saw Rohit Sharma and I was stunned." If anyone of us stays, it will be great for the other batsmen," Iyer added.
December 13, 2017 09:56 UTC
MUMBAI: The first of the six Scorpene-class submarines handed over by shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Limited, will be commissioned into the Navy by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Thursday.The prime minister will unveil its plaque at the commissioning ceremony tomorrow, an official told PTI This will be preceded by reading out the commissioning warrant, hoisting of colours and breaking of commissioning pennant with national anthem, the official said.Pennant is a tapering flag on a ship, especially one flown at the masthead of a vessel in commission.Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman , Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba , Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding of the Western Naval Command, and top defence officials will attend the commissioning ceremony. "Kalvari underwent around 120 days of extensive sea trials and tests for various equipment," the official said, adding the vessel is expected to bolster India's maritime prowess.The submarines, designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS, are being built by Mazagon Dock Limited ( MDL ) in Mumbai as part of Project-75 of the Indian Navy "The technology utilised in the Scorpene has ensured superior stealth features such as advanced acoustic silencing techniques, low radiated noise levels, hydro-dynamically optimised shape and the ability to launch a crippling attack on the enemy using precision guided weapons," an official of the MDL said.Kalvari is named after the dreaded tiger shark, a deadly deep sea predator of the Indian Ocean The first Kalvari, commissioned on December 8, 1967, was also the first submarine of the Indian Navy. It was decommissioned on May 31, 1996 after nearly three decades of service.
December 13, 2017 09:45 UTC