Bastar’s tribal reporter-couple: Editor’s pride, colleagues’ envy, cops’ bane

She is a Gond tribal from Chhattisgarh and he a former Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) constable from Maharashtra. Together, Pushpa Rokde (née Usendi) and Nitin Rokde make for a unique couple in the state’s Maoist hotbed of Bastar. Both are reporters with the Dainik Prakhar Samachar and are the editor’s pride, colleagues’ envy and a constant source of worry for the security forces. In 2015, she was one of the first to report on the alleged rapes and atrocities by security forces in Bijapur. But the reporter couple of Pushpa and Nitin have been defiant.

January 21, 2017 01:39 UTC

Torture at police station left painter disabled: Report

G. Arun Kumar, a painter, was picked up by the police on suspicion in a theft case in 2006. Alleged brutality at the Mambalam police station led to the failure of both his kidneys and amputation of nine fingers. His pregnant wife was also taken to the police station and allegedly beaten up, resulting in her suffering an abortion. After his parents died and his wife left him, Mr. Kumar lives in the debris of a demolished room in T. Nagar. I cannot even afford medicines and the dialysis recommended by doctors,” Mr. Kumar told The Hindu on Friday.

January 21, 2017 01:18 UTC

SP list baffles Congress' dreams of alliance

Highlights 1 SP is not willing to give more than 100 seats to alliance partners. While the first list declared in the afternoon has candidates from 191 seats of the first three phases of polls, the second list of 18 candidates declared in the evening was for fifth phase. "I will be able to talk about the SP alliance once Ghulam Nabi meets Akhilesh Yadav," said Congress spokesperson Ajay Maken. Maken's comments came after top Congress leaders held emergency meetings in Delhi to discuss whether and how to salvage the partnership with Akhilesh Yadav. The Congress core committee had organized an emergency meeting at 6.30 pm on Friday, to discuss the alliance with SP," said a source.

January 21, 2017 01:09 UTC

Grant relief, say farmers

With the meeting about to commence, sections of farmers laid a siege of officials and urged the Central and State governments to accept responsibility for the drought, crop loss and death of farmers, declare the State drought-hit, sanction Rs. 25,000 per acre for all farmers who have lost their crops and Rs. Immediately all farmers joined him in the act and demanded that the government take a list of affected fields and enlist all farmers who had died for awarding compensation. Thozhagiripatti Govindaraj wanted the government to extend crop loss relief to sugarcane growers also and urged the authorities to release the arrears of Rs. Collector A. Annadurai announced that the Central team would assess the ground situation with regard to drought and crop loss in Thanjavur district on Sunday.

January 21, 2017 01:07 UTC

Jairam Ramesh to deliver Bodheswaran lecture

more-inFormer Union Minister and Member of Parliament Jairam Ramesh will deliver the annual Bodheswaran Foundation lecture on the theme ‘How to save Earth, our only home’ here on Saturday. The event, being held at Gandhi Bhavan here, would also see M.A. Baby [Communist Party of India (Marxist)]; V.D. Satheesan (Congress), Binoy Viswam (Communist Party of India) and Kummanam Rajasekharan (Bharatiya Janata Party) presenting their parties’ perspectives and programmes for saving the environment. Mr. Ramesh would also deliver a lecture on ‘Indira Gandhi and Silent Valley Revisited’ at the Centre for Development Studies (CDS) and release a book, Globalisation, Development, and Plantation Labour.

January 21, 2017 01:07 UTC

Tall buildings to help in smog watch: CPCB

2 It claims that tall buildings might help in curbing pollution levels. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) is looking forward to constructing a 'tall' office building which would soar over crowded Delhi and help it in monitoring the city's wind patterns and ambient air quality levels accurately. CPCB's old and un-calibrated pollution monitoring machines have also come in for much criticism. To enforce the plan, CPCB will have to generate an average Particulate Matter 10 (PM 10) and PM 2.5 figure for the whole region daily. Meanwhile, EPCA conducted a meeting of senior officials of Delhi and neighbouring states to rollout the 'graded pollution response plan' on Friday.

January 21, 2017 01:06 UTC

Efforts to restrict H-1B visa gather pace as Trump enters White House

H-1B and L-1 are both visas that allow foreign personnel to work in the US for periods of three years and more. For Indian IT, which gets 60% of its revenue from the US, this is a cause for worry. Shroff said given that the H-1B 2018 season starts in April 2017, Indian IT companies would have already initiated the process of shortlisting the candidates and preparing their applications. "Such a legislation if enacted prior to the application date, could have a huge impact on those companies' business commitments," he said. Rakesh Prabhu, partner-immigration practice in law firm ALMT Legal, said the move is an alternative way of seeking a restrain on H-1B visa.

January 21, 2017 01:05 UTC

Archaic drugs sales law to be ammended soon by Health Ministry

Highlights 1 The new rules will enable certain pharmacists only for selling particular drugs. Soon, only registered pharmacists will be able to deal in the supply and storage of medicine for distribution to retail pharmacy outlets. The union health ministry has issued a draft notification to amend the Drugs & Cosmetic Rules 1945 to stop unqualified 'pharmacists' from dealing in wholesale and distribution of drugs. Taking cognizance of the complaints, the union health ministry will change the rules to allow only a registered pharmacist to be in charge of supply. Also read | Union Health Ministry to give Drugs and Cosmetics Act a makeover

January 21, 2017 01:05 UTC

Apple files $1 billion lawsuit against chip supplier Qualcomm

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January 21, 2017 01:03 UTC

Demonetisation hampers Delhi government's revenue targets

Highlights 1 A drastic 16 percent in revenue collection was observed due to Demonetisation. 2 The Delhi government plans to revise their revenue target for second half of the year. The overall reduction in revenue collection during December 2016 in comparison to December 2015 was almost 16 per cent. Even before the demonetisation exercise started, it was clear that the departments were going to miss the set target by a fair amount. Last month, only `252.58 crore revenue came in the coffers of the Delhi government.

January 21, 2017 01:03 UTC

'The Crew' review: Only watch it if you are fan of visual effects

Or its attempt at showing why their pilots are the best, most effective and most reliable, all their flaws notwithstanding. It's about how an older pilot Leonard is forced to take on a trainee, a former military pilot Alex under his wing and train him in flying passenger planes, while keeping his emotions in check. What's hot:The visual effects, even those in pilot simulation are very well done. The flight scenes, the volcano scenes and the general photography are competently done. The script is severely limited by the constant contrast played out between the idealism of the younger pilot and the effectiveness of the older one.

January 21, 2017 00:54 UTC

Movie Review: The Founder

The story of how salesman Ray Kroc (Keaton) made his multi-billion continent-spanning empire and built one of the world's best known and recognised brands: McDonald's. And Kroc doesn't let his limitations hold him back. In that purpose - glorifying the man in the title - The Founder impresses to no end. Kroc goes from struggling salesman to intrepid entrepreneur to ruthless businessman through the span of the film despite his apparent shallowness. People are drawn like the flies to him and he doesn't hesitate to trample over them with impunity.

January 21, 2017 00:49 UTC

Trump signs first executive order on Obamacare

President Donald Trump +repeal and replace the health care law +WASHINGTON:signed his first executive order on Friday in the Oval Office shortly after his inaugural parade ended, directing agencies to ease the regulatory burdens associated with Obamacare as the US Congress determines how toTrump also signed the commissions for his Defense Secretary James Mattis and his Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, who were confirmed by the Senate on Friday.White House spokesman Sean Spicer also told reporters that Trump's Chief of Staff Reince Preibus is sending a memo to agencies directing an immediate regulatory freeze.

January 21, 2017 00:44 UTC

Ex-JNUSU leader speaks for Dangal star

No Kashmiri child, neither Zaira Wasim or anybody else, should have to apologise for who they are, or for making certain choices, said former vice-president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union Shehla Rashid. ‘Cut her some slack’Ms. Rashid took to social media to say “Kashmiris should understand that Zaira Wasim has not claimed to represent Kashmiris and then back-stabbed them, unlike all our leaders. Kashmiris have been Home Ministers, Prime Ministers, actors, businessmen, journalists, etc. So, let’s cut Zaria some slack.”The youth leader said there was a “jingoistic” habit of pitting Kashmiris against one another. “Dividing us into good Kashmiris and bad Kashmiris is perhaps what made Zaira feel apologetic.

January 21, 2017 00:38 UTC

Cameroonian Matip can resume playing for Liverpool

(Reuters) - Liverpool defender Joel Matip has finally been cleared by FIFA to resume playing for the Premier League club after he declined to represent Cameroon at the African Nations Cup. Matip was called up despite retiring from international football in 2015 and Cameroon's FA failed to confirm if he could play club football while the finals are taking place in Gabon. FIFA rules state that a player who refuses an international call-up cannot be selected for his club side. But Liverpool said in a statement on Friday that all charges against the club and player had been dismissed by FIFA. Liverpool asked for guidance on Matip's eligibility after a complaint was made to FIFA by Cameroon's soccer federation (FECAFOOT) concerning his call-up.

January 21, 2017 00:37 UTC

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