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Alexis Sanchez found the winning goal, bundling home from close range in the 101st minute. And judging by the result, he may not be done yet.There was a lot of things right about the way City attacked but they often looked just one tool short of a set. Regardless of Joe Hart's limitations with his feet, surely he is a better option than Bravo How big will David Silva's injury be? They got the first big call correct when Laurent Koscielny's header was ruled out for offside but then came two questionable decisions. Next Alexis Sanchez was hauled to the ground as a cross came in after Jesus Navas had his hands all over him.

April 23, 2017 20:37 UTC

HC seeks govt’s reply on capping airfares

more-inThe Delhi High Court has asked the Central government to respond to a petition seeking capping of airfares. A Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal asked the Centre to file its reply and posted the matter for September 15. The petitioner informed the Bench that the earlier direction by the court to decide the issue was not complied with. Meanwhile, the Centre told the court that airfare were beyond the control of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. The petitioner said an RTI response from the Civil Aviation Ministry had stated that airfares were not controlled by the government.

April 23, 2017 20:03 UTC

Riding for awareness

more-inAs Delhiites were busy choosing their councillors on Sunday, members of a cycling group in west Delhi went to each polling station in the area to spread awareness about the alarming rise in pollution levels in the city and road safety — after casting their vote of course. The issues are still the old bijli and paani [electricity and water], but you need these only when you stay alive,” Mr. Chawla said. Mr. Chawla said they are also raising the problem of lack of safe infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists. Sadly, the government is encouraging the car culture we have,” Mr. Chawla said. The group, which comprises over a dozen cyclists, covered parts of Rajouri Garden, Tagore Garden, Tilak Nagar, Raghubir Nagar, Patel Nagar, and Rajender Nagar.

April 23, 2017 20:03 UTC

Tough time for elderly, disabled

more-inMany senior citizens and differently-abled people had a tough time getting to polling rooms on Sunday, thanks to the absence of wheelchairs and helpers to escort them. ‘Extremely irresponsible’Shanti Devi, 90, who came with her son to a polling station in east Delhi’s Brahmpuri, almost decided to leave without voting. Her son Anil Sharma, 54, tried to arrange for a wheelchair but was allegedly told there none at the polling station. “It’s extremely irresponsible on the part of the authorities, who are not equipped to deal with senior citizens. Sunil Parcha, meanwhile, anxiously followed two policemen as they escorted his 90-year-old mother Saraswati off an e-rickshaw and into a polling station at Mayur Vihar.

April 23, 2017 20:03 UTC

Names missing, change in polling stations

The restructuring of the 272 municipal wards in the city had shifted their usual polling station. But this time, my son’s family had their names in the list, but my wife’s and my name was missing,” said Mr. Sharma. In January this year, the Delhi State Election Commission (DSEC) notified the delimitation of municipal wards, paving the way for Sunday’s municipal polls. “We went to the same polling station that we had voted at last elections but our names were not on the list. They received over 500 queries from voters on their helpline for information on their polling station.

April 23, 2017 20:03 UTC

DMRC set to start survey today

more-inTo assess how its services can be improved, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will conduct a month-long ‘Customer Satisfaction Survey’ starting Monday on its official website — The survey, part of an international initiative by the Railway and Transport Strategy Centre of the Imperial College London, will be conducted in 24 metros across the world. It will end on May 21, said a statement issue by the DMRC. “This international survey is being conducted by the RTSC of Imperial College London, which also coordinates working of Community of Metros and NOVA group. The survey will be conducted across 24 metros of the world,” DMRC said.

April 23, 2017 20:03 UTC

‘Mob too hostile to intervene’

At least 20 of them got hold of the trio and kept hitting them,” recalled Mr. Ashfaq. “What we saw were three cars placed right in front of the victims’ truck and its occupants were among the attackers who kicked and punched them repeatedly. Mr. Ashfaq added that around 50 to 60 others had gathered around to watch. A direct intervention was not possible and no requests would have been adhered to as the angry mob unleashed its brutality,” said Mr. Bijender. Mr. Ashfaq and Mr. Bijender then drove away.

April 23, 2017 20:03 UTC

Seal all borewells in Ghaziabad, Hapur, says NGT

more-inThe National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed that all borewells — run by industries, private individuals, builders or water tanker suppliers — in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad and Hapur districts be sealed within a week. Tribunal cites 2015 orderThe NGT Bench made these observations while hearing a petition filed by environmental activists Sushil Raghav and Akash Vashishtha. The NGT was upset with the CGWA for failing to check illegal extraction of groundwater in compliance with an order it had passed in April 2015. The tribunal noted that the CGWA had breached the mandate by which it was created to control and manage ground water resources in the country. ‘Identify water sources’“Apart from the industries, we further direct that extraction of ground water by private individuals, or any person or builder without permission or having valid permission, shall face the same consequences and that the CGWA shall seal all their borewells,” said the tribunal.

April 23, 2017 20:03 UTC

AIIMS introduces new facility to treat eye cancer

more-inThe Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here is now equipped to offer the plaque brachytherapy facility to treat eye tumours. Plaque brachytherapy is a form of local radiation delivered to the eye via a radioactive device that is stitched onto the eye. The move is expected to benefit children suffering from retinoblastoma, which is a form of eye cancer, and adults suffering from ocular melanoma. Saving lives, visionAccording to an AIIMS release, plaque brachytherapy will not only help save lives but also the vision of patients. “For us, April 18 is a red letter day when the first surgery using plaque brachytherapy was successfully performed at centre.

April 23, 2017 20:03 UTC

‘Cops slow in tracing accused’

more-inThe lawyer of the injured men alleged that the police were going slow in the case. Instead of tracking down and arresting those who had beaten them up, he said, they were going after the victims. Despite being injured, Rizwan, Ashu and Kamil were arrested and kept in the police station for nearly seven hours before being let off. They have been booked under the Prevention of Cruelty Against Animals Act after non government organisation People For Animals (PFA) allegedly submitted a complaint that cattle were being transported in a “cruel and inhumane manner”. We are still trying to find out who used PFA’s name for the vigilante act,” said Gauri Maulekhi, a PFA trustee.

April 23, 2017 20:03 UTC

Cops tackle 865 calls on polling day

The police, however, remained on their toes with an average of 78 calls per hour and a total of 865 calls between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Most calls from RohiniAccording to the Delhi Police, as many as 328 hoax calls were received regarding fake voting, quarrels, money and liquor distribution, and even booth capturing. The north district received 31 calls, which was the least among all districts. Calls about faulty EVMsWhile 186 calls were about candidates “campaigning” during elections, 144 were about quarrels and 118 were about “fake voting”. As many as 10 calls were about defective EVMs, while four calls were about liquor being distributed.

April 23, 2017 20:03 UTC

Ranbaxy-Daiichi deal: Singh brothers move HC to vacate order on unpledged assets

As the matter is sub judice, we cannot offer any further comments," the spokesperson said. "The respondents have so far claimed there is no order blocking them from selling their assets. Rs 8,000 crore it availed of, during the time it bought and sold Ranbaxy. Rs 2,500 crore as an award from a Singapore tribunal. Last April, the tribunal ordered the brothers to pay this amount as damages for concealing information regarding wrongdoing at Ranbaxy while selling it for $4.6 billion in 2008.

April 23, 2017 20:00 UTC

Ikea: Ikea to double India sourcing by 2020

ALMHULT, SWEDEN: The world’s largest furniture retailer Ikea said it would double its sourcing from India by 2020, demonstrating the Swedish company’s commitment to comply with the 30% local purchase norms as it makes its commercial debut in the world’s fastest-expanding major economy.The furniture retailer has said it will double sourcing from India to €600 million, up from its existing base of €318 million. According to India’s retailing policy, overseas companies have to mandatorily meet the 30% local sourcing norm, preferably from smaller suppliers. The Swedish company’s first two stores in India would be in Hyderabad and Maharashtra, and both are expected to start in 2018. The retailer plans to set up 25 stores in the country by 2025 at an investment of Rs 10,500 crore.The company said it plans to hire 500-700 direct employees for each store. The company also plans to set up its first distribution centre in Pune.“We want the manufacturing to be globally competitive.

April 23, 2017 19:41 UTC

Environment, agriculture ministries tread cautiously on cow slaughter law

Cow protection is an election pledge of the BJP, and since coming to power, the party has also heard demands to declare the cow as India’s national animal, replacing the tiger. Of the rest, in some states cow slaughter and beef consumption is completely banned, and in the rest it is allowed after permission. “In response to MoEFCC’s letter, the agriculture ministry replied that the environment ministry should lead the issue and frame the law as it deals with welfare of animals,” said a senior environment ministry official, declining to be named. In 2015, the BJP-led Haryana government banned the sale of beef in any form and proposed imprisonment of 10 years for cow slaughter. In the same year, Maharashtra, also ruled by a BJP-led government, also banned the sale and consumption of beef and imposed a five-year jail term for cow slaughter.

April 23, 2017 19:41 UTC

Telcos want 4G, 5G spectrum auctions in the second half of next fiscal

Analysts said there's no appetite at present for fresh spectrum as the industry is grappling with nearly. Further, all major telcos added the required airwaves in last October's spectrum sale. "Mounting debt, declining revenues and profitability, potentially high spectrum reserve price as well as unutilised spectrum in 3G and 4G spectrum bands do not indicate a need for widespread spectrum auction immediately," said Jaideep Ghosh, COO at KPMG India. 5G airwaves are expected to be used for a host of services, such as machine-tomachine communication, Internet of Things and even connected smart cities. "5G is coming and we have to get ready, no two views," said Joshi, adding that beta stage rollouts for 5G can be expected within this year.

April 23, 2017 19:41 UTC

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