Thousands evacuated as Cyclone Debbie bears down on Australia

Residents fill sandbags in preparation for the arrival of Cyclone Debbie in the northern Australian town of Bowen, located south of Townsville on 27 March, 2017. Photo: ReutersAyr (Australia): Thousands of people including tourists were evacuated on Monday as northeast Australia braced for a “monster” cyclone packing destructive winds, with warnings of major structural damage and dangerous tidal surges. Cyclone Debbie has been forming off the coast of Queensland state over recent days, the Bureau of Meteorology said, and is expected to make landfall as a category four storm—on a scale of five—after daybreak Tuesday. “This is probably the largest evacuation we’ve ever had to do,” said Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, adding that structural damage and power outages were likely. The cyclone is forecast to hit at around 8am (2200 GMT Monday), with high tide in the area at 9.44am.

March 27, 2017 11:48 UTC

Google working on a new social app, revamping Play Store

Starting from revamping the Play Store with new categories, to introducing a new photo editing app, Google is doing a lot more. The crucial of all the lot is the new 'Free App of the Week' section that Google has come up with for its Play Store. However, this new feature on the Google Play Store is not available in India as of now, however will soon be rolled out in the country. Google Play Store will now be divided into four new tabs, which includes - Updates, Installed, Library, and Beta. Apart from revamping the Google Play Store, the tech giant is working on introducing a social photo app very soon.

March 27, 2017 11:37 UTC

Raj govt squares up Cong on state's food scheme beneficieries

The BJP-led Rajasthan government today sought to square up the previous Congress regime in the Assembly over a question about information on the number of beneficiaries under Right to Food Security Guarantee Act. While Verma was replying to the house, Dotasara intervened and shot back, saying the government could have rectified the list in three years time and claimed that several eligible needy people were not getting the benefit under the scheme. Verma said currently over 4.44 crore people were getting benefit under Right to Food scheme, assuring the poor will be provided the benefit. He also requested Dotasara to provide list of eligible people and he will get their issues resolved. (This article has not been edited by DNA's editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

March 27, 2017 11:37 UTC

2017 Special Olympics Winter Games: India's Special Olympics Winter Games champions felicitated

The way I fought through the struggles, you guys have done the same today and the entire nation recognises you. It's a proud moment for me to see any other athlete, across sports, across nations fighting their way through the tough times. "I am also going through a rough patch, Saina has been going through with her knee surgery and all. We being a normal athlete cannot even think of winning 73 medals but you guys have done it. "Speaking at the occasion, Air Marshal, Denzil Keelor, CEO of Special Olympics Bharat said, "These (special) children participating do not want any money.

March 27, 2017 11:26 UTC

PM’s intervention sought to stop racial attacks against Indians

"We will leave no stone unturned to ensure safety of Indians abroad,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar assured in the Lok Sabha. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the safety of overseas Indians was a matter of priority for the government and it will not leave any stone unturned in ensuring their safety. Mr. Venugopal said it was a racial attack as the assaulters had hurled abuses like “you bloody black Indians” at him. “It is a matter of serious concern...we are with the overseas Indians. We will leave no stone unturned to ensure safety of Indians abroad,” said Mr. Kumar.

March 27, 2017 11:20 UTC

Soccer-Van Gaal to help in search for new Netherlands coach

AMSTERDAM, March 27 (Reuters) - Louis van Gaal featured prominently as Dutch media speculated over possible coaches for the national team but the country's football association (KNVB) wants him to help search for Danny Blind's replacement, De Telegraaf reported on Monday. Our list of candidates can be made up of whoever is going to take Dutch football forwards. Koeman, manager of Premier League club Everton, has told Dutch media he is not available. The 65-year-old Van Gaal has previously said that he has now retired from coaching. He has had two spells as Netherlands coach, taking the team to third place at the 2014 World Cup.

March 27, 2017 11:15 UTC

Consumers value their cars more than their lives

It does not sound rational, but somehow, we value our cars more than we value our lives. An adequate term insurance plan ensures that the financial needs of our family are met irrespective of what happens to us. Life insurance equals to tax savingsThe benefit of financial protection is unique, which is provided only by life insurance products. Moreover, technology has made it easier for consumers to understand, compare and purchase life insurance. Thanks to increasing awareness of financial products and the digital platform, information on term products is readily available.

March 27, 2017 11:03 UTC

Chandigarh: PGI’s first master plan approved

The decades-long wait has come to an end, as the UT administration has in-principle approved the first master plan of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER). “The master plan is the institute’s future plan. In the absence of the master plan, parallel regimes were constructed, which were not interconnected, and the facilities were not being provided in totality. “In the coming week, we will receive the conceptual approval of the master plan. For instance, as per the master plan, all 2-3 rows of residential houses behind Kairon Block will be demolished.

March 27, 2017 11:03 UTC

US universities register drop in Indian student applications: report

Washington: US universities have registered a hefty drop in the number of applications from Indian students amid a spate of hate crimes and fear about potential changes to visa policies by the Trump administration. These higher educational institutions reported a drop of an average of 40% application from international students. China reported a drop of 25% application in undergraduate studies and 32% from graduate studies, said the survey report. The Portland University has registered 27% drop in Indian students this fall. The optional practical training programme allows international students to work for one to three years on their student visas after graduation.

March 27, 2017 11:03 UTC

A new lease of life

The 22-year-old B.Com graduate opens up gradually on her life story...It’s at the café that I ate pizza for the first time. You know, my life can be defined in two parts: after the incident and before it. I was about to start a new life; college was to begin in a week and I’d shopped for new churidars in T Nagar only the previous evening. I’m earning a good salary now and lead an independent life. I go home during holidays, and when I do, I’m treated with respect; they consult me when important decisions are to be taken.

March 27, 2017 11:03 UTC

Ravindra Gaikwad: Shiv Sena wants flying ban on MP revoked, asks 'why no action against Kapil Sharma?'

issue of assault +ban on his flying +misbehaviour +during a flight +MP Ravindra Gaikwad lies low, with family for Gudi Padwa Osmanabad's Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who ‚Äčassaulted an Air India staffer in Delhi on Thursday, refused to reveal his whereabouts when contacted by TOI over the phone on Sunday. "To this, Raju said, "We cannot have an unequal approach" but did not elaborate.With the minister giving no positive response, the Shiv Sena members expressed their unhappiness by trooping into the Well of the House.Speaker Sumitra Mahajan told them that it was not right. This is not the way," she said and told the agitating members to discuss and resolve their issues with the civil aviation minister.The Speaker said the Shiv Sena members were trying to support something that is "wrong". "Being a public representative, the incident he (Gaikwad) was involved in, does not send the right message," she said. "Mujhe zyaada bholne pe majhboor na kare (Don't force me to speak more on the issue)," Mahajan said.

March 27, 2017 10:59 UTC

Sapna Bhavnani BREAKS SILENCE on her lip-lock picture with VJ Bani

The picture featuring the two Bigg Boss contestants went viral on the Internet...Sapna Bhavnani and VJ Bani might be the best of friends but a recent row has put them in a fix. The two Bigg Boss contestants were spotted locking lips on a beach. The picture has already gone viral on the Internet and has received tremendous backlash as well. While Bani has maintained a stoic silence on the issue so far, got in touch with Sapna who lashed out at the portal. I am work right now and won’t discuss this," said an irritated Sapna.

March 27, 2017 10:52 UTC

Sensex sheds 184 points; Nifty50 slips below 9,050

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March 27, 2017 10:52 UTC

Motion tabled in UK parliament against Paks occupation of

Gilgit-BaltistanFrom Aditi KhannaLondon, Mar 27 (PTI) A motion has been tabled in the UK parliament condemning Pakistans "arbitrary" move to declare the strategic Gilgit-Baltistan region, bordering disputed PoK, as its fifth province. EDMs are formal motions tabled in the House of Commons as a means of drawing attention to a particular issue or cause. The motion said that Gilgit-Baltistan has been illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947 and the country is attempting to annex the already disputed area. India has termed as "entirely unacceptable" any possible attempt by Pakistan to declare the Gilgit-Baltistan region, bordering disputed PoK, as the fifth province. It is believed that Chinas concerns about the unsettled status of Gilgit-Baltistan prompted Pakistan to change its status.

March 27, 2017 10:41 UTC

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Kolkata to host FIFA U-17 World Cup final; Mumbai and Guwahati get semis

Then we can have a fantastic World Cup here. This is not just a World Cup, this is the development of football for almost 500 million kids in India. There might be a Plan B applied in the future but right now we are counting with Kochi as one of the venues of the World Cup. We are hoping that Delhi will respond to the World Cup and families and kids will come to watch matches. They are doing everything to have a fantastic World Cup stadium.

March 27, 2017 10:41 UTC

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