Saif Ali Khan on Sonu Nigam azaan row: Sound amplification during azaan comes from insecurity

And I do think religion should be a private affair and we should be a secular country. I don’t think so. And then there is an espionage situation then you don’t know what’s really happening? I don’t know what was really happening when the man was tied to the jeep by the army. So I called him and told him I don’t think I deserve it, there are so many people senior to me.

April 23, 2017 05:15 UTC

IPL: No run-rate is high: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

CHENNAI: MS Dhoni, the finisher, is back. In the first five games of the season, Dhoni's willow too didn't do much of the talking. "What matters (in those situations) is keeping your calmness," Dhoni said after he was adjudged the man of the match. "Mere paas words nahi hai (I don't have words to praise Dhoni)," said Tahir. We are all excited that henceforth (in the IPL campaign), we will see this kind of Dhoni.

April 23, 2017 05:15 UTC

Government proposes to fast-track insolvency resolution for startups

NEW DELHI: The government plans to put in place a fast-track resolution process for startups and small companies under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code Looking to provide a faster exit mechanism for certain class of entities, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) has come out with draft norms in this regard.The proposal is to fast-track the insolvency resolution process for three classes of entities -- startups, small companies and companies or Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs).Comments have been sought from the public till May 8 on the draft IBBI (Fast Track Insolvency Resolution Process for Corporate Persons) Regulations, 2017.IBBI comes under the corporate affairs ministry. The draft regulations were prepared by a working group that was constituted by the ministry.Small companies will be those fulfilling the criteria as laid down in the Companies Act, 2013, while startups are defined by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).As per the draft norms, a company or LLP which has not borrowed more than Rs 2 crore in any manner will be eligible for the process fast-track.While the draft norms do not spell out the timeframe for a fast-track process under the Code, it is expected to be 90 days. "Fast-track is a process which has to close in 90 days and these are likely to be applied to cases with less complications... The example could be startups," IBBI Chairperson M S Sahoo told PTI earlier this month.The Code provides for completing insolvency resolution process within 180 days and the timeframe starts from the insolvency commencement date.It seeks to consolidate and amend laws relating to reorganisation as well as insolvency resolution of corporate persons, partnership firms and individuals in a time-bound manner.

April 23, 2017 05:15 UTC

Talk of women abroad, their role in projecting India's soft

A ministerial group set up to examine the draft National Policy for Women has suggested the document cover issues relating to women living outside the country and highlight their contribution in projecting India's 'soft power' abroad. The Group of Ministers (GoM), chaired by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, has also suggested involving women in launching awareness drives on issues like public toilets for women and their health issues, including reproductive and nutritional needs. It was decided that the draft policy would be revised on the lines of the suggestions by the GoM at the earliest and taken for a review again, the official said. The policy aims at developing a framework to provide equal rights and opportunities to women in family, community and at workplace. The draft policy addresses diverse needs of women through seven identified priority areas health (including food security and nutrition), education, economy (including agri, industry, labour, employment, science and technology), governance, decision-making, violence against women and environment.

April 23, 2017 05:15 UTC

Woman fined Rs 50K for submitting forged documents for claim

The apex consumer commission has imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on a woman for submitting forged documents for claiming insurance. "It is evident that the petitioner (Sumanbai) has tried to practice fraud by submitting a forged document. According to the complaint, Sumanbai's husband Ramesh Gaikwad had purchased two life insurance policies of Rs 5 lakh each from Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC). The district forum had allowed her complaint and directed the insurance company to pay her Rs 10 lakh. Sumanbai's counsel claimed at NCDRC that the state commission erred in dismissing the complaint as the doctor's version was not reliable.

April 23, 2017 05:15 UTC

Kimberly Wyatts daughter wants a baby sister

London, Apr 23 (PTI) Singer Kimberly Wyatt says her two- year-old daughter Willow wants a baby sister. The 35-year-old songstress, who has not yet revealed the gender of her second child, says her little one hopes to get a sister soon, reported FemaleFirst. "Shes adamant shes getting a baby sister and theres no telling her otherwise... We always wanted Willow to have a sibling and really hoped they would be as close in age as possible, although you dont always get to choose when these things happen," Wyatt says. "She definitely senses theres a change coming because she wants to be close to me more, but I have to admit I love that - Ill take as many cuddles as I can get," she adds. PTI RDS SHD

April 23, 2017 05:14 UTC

Aadhaar data breach: Personal data of over 1 million pensioners available on govt website

The personal details of nearly 1.5 million pensioners of Jharkhand, including Aadhaar card details, bank account details, and more, have been made public on a state website of social security. According to a report by the Hindustan Times, a programming error has made public the personal details and sensitive information of over 1 million pensioners. The report says there are about 1.6 million pensioners in the state and 1.4 million have linked their bank account with their Aadhaar numbers to get direct benefits of subsidies. This isn't the first time personal data of the general public has been made available online due to a technical glitch. Read the full story here - Is your personal data like Aadhaar, PAN card safe with the government?

April 23, 2017 05:03 UTC

How testing urine can help fight off kidney transplant failure

Testing for molecular markers in the urine of kidney transplant patients could reveal whether the transplant is failing and why, according to a recent research. The research could form the basis of a urine test to pick up early signs of transplant failure and ensure the correct treatment is given. However, when transplant patients are given immune suppressing drugs, the virus can reactivate, infecting and destroying the new kidney. The research was a pilot study in four Spanish hospitals involving 30 kidney transplant patients. Another ten had been diagnosed with BK virus nephropathy, meaning the virus was destroying the kidney.

April 23, 2017 05:03 UTC

Services Sports Control Board win 7th Junior Men's C'ship

Services Sports Control Board were crowned champions of 7th Junior National Championships 2017 (Men) ?B? Services Sports Control Board produced a high quality performance to down Punjab & Sind Bank 4-0 to take the title. Punjab & Sind Bank never really recovered from that as Services Sports Control Board held on for a deserving victory. Earlier in the day, Hockey Bihar beat Hockey Patiala in a highly entertaining third place game. Karajwinder?s second goal in the 65th minute, raised Hockey Patiala?s prospects of extending the game for a bit, but Hockey Bihar held out defensively to take win and seal third place.

April 23, 2017 05:03 UTC

MCD polls: Lt. Governor, Kejriwal cast votes

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal along with his family members after casting their vote at the Civil Lines polling booth in New Delhi on Sunday. Moorthymore-inPolling for choosing municipal councillors is underway across the national capital with Lt Governor Anil Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia casting their votes. The Delhi Municipal polls appear to be a triangular high-octane contest between the BJP, the AAP and the Congress. Mr. Kejriwal, accompanied by his parents, wife and daughter, reached a polling booth in North Delhi’s Civil Lines area to cast vote. There are a total of 1,32,10,206 voters entitled to exercise their franchise in electing councillors for the wards falling under the three civic bodies — North Delhi Municipal Coporation (104), South Delhi Municipal Corporation (104) and East Delhi Municipal Corporation (64).

April 23, 2017 05:03 UTC

From June, railways will answer all queries on one mega app

Come June, all train travel-related queries will be answered through one mega application, likely to be named HindRail, which incorporates in it most of the existing railways’ apps. The Indian Railways is developing the new app to work as a full-fledged inquiry system providing information on arrivals, departures, delays, cancellations, platform number, running status and berth availability. The Railways will offer all these services on a revenue-sharing model with the service providers. The Railways often finds itself flooded with complaints from passengers about not getting reliable information on train running status, especially when they run late. The National Train Enquiry System (NTES) app provides inquiry facility.

April 23, 2017 04:52 UTC

Tamil Nadu CM asks farmers to end protest in Delhi, says will speak to Modi

Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi Palaniswami visited the protesting farmers from his state at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar on Sunday morning and urged them to end their agitation. Palaniswami also assured the protesters that he will submit a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the plight of farmers and ask him to waive off their loans. Palaniswami has reportedly discussed the issue with finance minister Arun Jaitley and home minister Rajnath Singh. Over the past 40 days, the farmers have grabbed national attention through novel, and often shocking, forms of protest. In Saturday, the farmers had decided to “wait” for two days to see what steps the government takes to help them.

April 23, 2017 04:52 UTC

US carrier heading for North Korea trains with Japanese destroyers

Two Japanese destroyers joined the USS Carl Vinson and two other US warships as they continued their journey north in the western Pacific Ocean. Photo: AFPTokyo: An American aircraft carrier heading toward the Korean Peninsula began joint exercises on Sunday with Japanese naval ships in the Philippine Sea. Two Japanese destroyers joined the USS Carl Vinson and two other US warships as they continued their journey north in the western Pacific Ocean, the US navy said in a statement. Two Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force destroyers left Sasebo port in southern Japan on Friday to join the Vinson strike group. The Vinson group has conducted three previous bilateral exercises with the Japanese navy since leaving San Diego on 5 January for a western Pacific deployment.

April 23, 2017 04:41 UTC

Magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits off Chile coast

The Chile Navy’s hydrographic and oceanographic service found that the quake ‘has the characteristics to generate a tsunami’. Photo: ReutersSantiago: A magnitude 5.9 earthquake rocked central Chile late Saturday, monitors said, though there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The tremor took place at 11.36 pm (0236 GMT), centered off the coast at 42 kilometers (26 miles) west of Valparaiso, according to the US Geological Survey. The Navy’s hydrographic and oceanographic service found that the quake “has the characteristics to generate a tsunami”. However, no warning was issued by the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

April 23, 2017 04:41 UTC

Is morning azaan disturbing? See for yourself, Sonu Nigam seems to say in new tweet

Goodmorning India - Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) 23 April 2017The post was captioned 'Goodmorning India'. Sonu Nigam had posted a series of tweets on April 17 saying though he is not a Muslim, he was woken up by the morning Azaan and asked when would this "forced religiousness" end in India? Though Sonu Nigam spoke about loudspeakers atop temples and gurudwaras too, his outburst was construed as being against 'azaan' and Islam. Sonu Nigam was booked under section 153A and 295A of the Indian Penal Code. ALSO READ| Even though Sonu Nigam has his say and loudspeakers are banned, forced religiousness is here to stayALSO WATCH | AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi takes a dig at singer Sonu Nigam

April 23, 2017 04:41 UTC

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