A search and rescue operations continued for the second day on Wednesday to locate the missing soldiers. Snow avalanches had swept away army bunkers at two different places on Tuesday. The second incident occurred in Naugam sector along the LoC when two soldiers slipped down from high altitude area. Indian Army has pressed Specialized Avalanche Rescue Teams (ARTs) into service and moved special equipment to the site to trace out the missing soldiers. However the rescuers have not got any success to locate the five missing soldiers so far.
‘Feminism’, the Merriam-Webster dictionary’s word of the year, resonates with the spirit of the times. A movement is back in the reckoning at a propitious time — when civilisation is in the throes of a moral and political crisis. In Britain, its emergence coincided with the suffragate movement in the late 19th century when organised protests sought the woman’s right to vote. Perhaps the way forward could begin at home where a boy learns to value equality before he steps out into the world. It’s the every day lessons that can bring about an enduring change, rather than a grand buzz of solidarity with a limited shelf-life.
The standing committee of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday put several road works, worth over Rs 150 crore, on hold. The committee members opposed the administration's move of scrapping several road works without consulting the committee. The BMC administration scrapped more than 100 roads works despite the committee's approval. Members of the committee sought an enquiry against civic officials for scrapping mandatory road works from the priority list of monsoon preparation. 13 were tabled related to road works of which 3 were rejected.
Divyanka Tripathi, who flew to Thailand a few days ago, will be celebrating her birthday in the country of tropical beaches. “Vivek Dahiya and Divyanka went to Thailand to host a corporate event and decided to extend their stay to bring in Divyanka’s birthday. Vivek is planning to take her to a private island for the celebration, which will be a surprise for the Yeh Hai Mohabbatein actress.”
December 13, 2017 20:26 UTC
In what might be the first-of-its-kind step taken by an educational institution in the city, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay asked two of its students to serve a total 72 hours of community service with animal welfare organisations after they were found guilty of being party to an animal cruelty case. As per sources in IIT-B, the incident took place on the campus last year and a disciplinary committee was set up immediately to investigate it. While the committee did not charge the main accused due to lack of evidence, two students, who were found guilty of abetting the crime were sentenced to carry out community service. Shakuntala Majumdar, President of Thane SPCA said, "They were given tasks from cleaning animal enclosures to cutting vegetables and even assisting in providing medical treatment for injured animals," she said, adding that the person clearly seemed shocked to see and learn the animal suffering and even narrated how he developed a change of heart. Majumdar is also planning to write to the University and other major institutions to take strict action against students found involved in animal cruelty cases as well as those abetting or supporting it.
December 13, 2017 20:15 UTC
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) is in talks with Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) for setting up of a warehouse on the latter's land that would obviate the need for cargo meant for Mumbai to be diverted to Bhiwandi warehouses. JNPT wants the cargo which currently goes to warehouses in Bhiwandi from JNPT to be shipped to the MbPT warehouse, which can save about Rs 14,000 per container to the importer. "One area we have identified that pertains to is that the entire cargo from JNPT is moving to Bhiwandi. He said that this results in a wrong move of cargo from JNPT to Bhiwandi, and then the cargo is brought from Bhiwandi as storage in Mumbai is expensive. "Our understanding is that there is a significant cargo which pertains to Mumbai, but goes to Bhiwandi, its a wrong side movement.
December 13, 2017 20:15 UTC
"Armed forces personnel deserve the highest regard and should be given due respect at the toll plaza including salute and standing ovation as deemed fit," an NHAI circular said.The circular was issued after NHAI received complaints from armed forces personnel that toll staff often used harsh language with them or sought further proof even after seeing their identity cards. According to rules, personnel of armed forces are exempt from toll while on duty.The highways authority said verification of ID cards of armed forces personnel should be done by senior/competent authority and should not be left to "untrained lowest staff ". "This is not the first time that NHAI has come out with directions for toll operators. All staff at toll plazas were asked to wear navy blue full-sleeved shirts and trousers, sports caps and safety jackets with the name of the operator mentioned on them. The operators were directed to display toll charges prominently and deploy their personnel only after training them in basic etiquette to deal with commuters.
Source:Times of India
December 13, 2017 20:03 UTC
One of Mumbai's oldest housing society is ready to shed its old look for a new one. The Bombay Taximen Cooperative housing society, located at the mouth of the city's suburban business district, Bandra Kurla Complex spread over 8.4 acres, is up for redevelopment. The society, originally formed by taximen of the city, was inaugurated by Founder of Bombay Taximen Union George Fernandes in 1972. Currently, the Taximen colony is one of the largest housing society in the city. 656 Total number of flats in the society30 Total number of shops8.4 acres The total area of the society.
The Gamdevi police have registered a case against a 35-year-old man for allegedly making a hoax call to National Investigation Agency and Prime Minister’s office about the chemical attack in Gujarat during the election. According to the police, the NIA had received a call from an unknown person claiming that there would be a chemical attack in Gujarat during the election. Following the call, the central agency and other police authorities had begun the investigation and they found nothing suspicious and that the call was a hoax. The agency traced the call to Mira Road and identified the caller as Irshad Shaikh from Mira Road. During the investigation, it revealed that he made the call to trap his business partner who had enmity with him.
15-month-old conjoined twins Love and Prince were separated on Tuesday after a 12-hour surgery at Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital in Parel. Only one operation theatre was available for an emergency case while other OTs were shut in order to ensure silence on the floor during the surgery on the conjoined twins. The surgery successfully separated the twins conjoined at the abdomen and hip. Sheetal Zalte, the mother of the twins, said, "I am happy that both are fine and the surgery has been successful. During the surgery, we separated their liver into half.
more-inThe Delhi High Court on Wednesday dismissed cricketer Gautam Gambhir’s plea seeking to restrain a Delhi-based restro-bar from using his name for its business. The owner of DAP and Co. runs the two restro-bars — Ghungroo and Hawalat — at Punjabi Bagh in west Delhi. He contended that the tagline ‘By Gautam Gambhir’ is used because his name too is Gautam Gambhir. The cricketer had contended in his plea that the use of his name made the restaurant-cum-pubs appear to be “deceivingly associated or owned” by him and would therefore, cause “irreparable loss and undue hardship” to him.
more-inCondemning the brutal murder of a migrant labourer in Rajasthan, a large number of people gathered at Parliament Street on Wednesday to participate in the protest under the banner of ‘Not in My Name’. Holding placards reading ‘I am Muslim, I am India’, citizens came forward to register their protest against the rise of hate crimes in the country. ‘Need to stand up’“It is unfortunate that we are compelled to gather repeatedly to protest against such killings. It is crucial that we stand up against this hatred,” said Rahul Roy, one of the organisers. Why does a Muslim need to prove his nationality and say he is Indian?
more-inThe Juvenile Justice Board here on Wednesday allowed the Central Bureau of Investigation to collect the fingerprints of the juvenile delinquent in the case where a seven-year-old was found dead inside the Ryan International school in Gurugram. Opposition to pleaThe Board also dismissed the defence’s application seeking to defer the proceedings related to declaring him an adult. Despite opposition by the defence counsel, the JJ Board allowed the CBI to collect the fingerprints of the juvenile delinquent from the Observation home in Faridabad on December 19. He added that a further appeal would be made against the JJ Board order to allow the CBI to collect the fingerprints. The court also ruled that as and when the CBI makes a request for the age and matriculation certificates of the juvenile, the defence would be given notice to submit it.
ICICI Bank brought down its one year deposit rate from 6.75% to 6.60% while HDFC Bank brought down its deposit rate from 7 % to 6.75% . HDFC Bank revised its fixed deposit rates effective December 6, while ICICI Bank reduced rates from December 13, 2017. While SBI hiked its bulk deposit rates to 4.75% from 3.75% with effect from November 29, PNB hiked it to 5% with effect from December 4. Praveen Kumar Gupta, managing director, SBI, said, "The hike in the bulk deposit rates was only to align it to the market rates. The fixed deposit rates are expected to remain at the current rates.
December 13, 2017 19:30 UTC
NEW DELHI: PM Narendra Modi on Wednesday accused the previous UPA regime of pressuring banks into giving loans to a few industrialists at the cost of the banking system and economy. "Banks were pressured to give loans to only a select few industrialists... On banks being allegedly pressured under Congress-led UPA to favour handpicked industrial houses, the PM faulted industry groups for their silence over the "loot". I am not sure whether Ficci had carried out a survey at that time around the vagaries of the banking system. Did any survey point this out, or express concern about it, or warn people?"
Source:Times of India
December 13, 2017 19:30 UTC