Woman held for robbing own home

more-inA 19-year-old woman allegedly schemed with two friends to commit a theft in her own house because she needed money to pursue her dream of becoming a model, which the parents did not support. Lock brokenOn April 17, 44-year-old Sahab Singh, a resident of north-east Delhi’s Saboli Bagh, woke up to find the money and jewellery in his poseesion stolen. Accused Vikas told the police that the 19-year-old Class XII student studying in a private school is passionate about modelling but her family members were not supporting her. So she asked Vikas and another friend Akshay to help her steal the money. According to the police, Vikas is a 19-year-old student pursuing Law and Akshay is a 20-year-old who has taken Class XII board exams.

April 25, 2017 20:01 UTC

Man killed in freak accident

more-inA 35-year-old bus driver died in north Delhi’s Sarai Rohilla on Monday evening while he was trying to change one of the tyres of his vehicle. Identified as Sandeep Dass, the victim had been driving the private bus for the last three years. Changing tyre“Of late, he felt that there was some problem with the left tyre of the bus. To change it, he parked the bus in one corner of the road and started to remove the tyre using a jack,” the bus conductor told the police. He stepped out to find that his face had been crushed under the tyre which he was trying to remove.

April 25, 2017 20:01 UTC

Sequoia: Awfis gets $20 million from Sequoia as WeWork readies India entry​

Call it the WeWork effect, Indian venture capital firms are warming up to the nascent shared work place market locally. Sequoia Capital is putting $20 million or around Rs 130 crore in Awfis , a network of collaborative co-working spaces, which wants to establish 100 centres within a ten minute driving distance of each other across metros. Awfis has 50% of its users come from the SME sector, 25% are freelancers and startups, while the rest are corporates. Abhay Pandey , MD at Sequoia Capital, said Awfis is playing on two significant global trends-- sharing economy and communities. Bhive , 91 Springboard, Investopad, Breathing Room, Innov8 are some of the local startups offering co-working spaces in India while Bengaluru-based RMZ Corp is also foraying into this business.

April 25, 2017 19:52 UTC

Amazon crashes digital gate

Amazon on Monday created a single spot for people to sign up to digital subscriptions from companies including the Los Angeles Times and digital file cabinet Dropbox. Amazon is giving companies an alternative to distributing their digital subscriptions without relying on the storefronts controlled by Apple and Google. And indeed, the new digital subscription storefront mimics one Amazon started in 2015 for online video subscription services like Starz and Seeso, a comedy-focused Web video service. For companies that opt to sell digital subscriptions through Amazon, it is offering similar revenue sharing as Apple’s recently revised business terms for companies that sell digital services. For a customer’s first year as a subscriber, the owners of a digital subscription keep 70% of the revenue and gives 30% to Amazon.

April 25, 2017 19:52 UTC

A village prays for quick recovery of its injured Sher

Sher Mohammad reportedly killed five Maoists and saved the lives of his fellow soldiers. Back in his village of Aasifabad, in Bulandshahr, everyone is praying for his quick recovery. We are with the family and praying for his recovery,” says Saleem, a village resident. Sher Mohammad comes from a military family. I want my grandson [Sher Mohammad’s son] to also be in the Army and serve the nation,” says Fareena.

April 25, 2017 19:51 UTC

BJP expects to sweep MCD polls

NEW DELHI: After a high-pitched campaign throughout last month, the results of the civic polls held in Delhi on April 23, are set to be declared on Wednesday.Tightly pitched between the incumbent BJP, which is looking at clinching a victory in the polls riding on its recent success in the Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand polls, the AAP that had swept the Assembly polls in 2015 and the Congress, which is looking at re-claiming its lost ground since it was rooted out from the city’s politics in 2015, the results of the municipal polls are billed to have a major impact on the capital’s politics ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and the Assembly elections that will be held in the subsequent year.With two exit polls declaring a landslide victory for the BJP across the three municipal corporations, the BJP continues to remain the front runner in these polls despite allegations of inefficiency and corruption in it’s 10-year rule over the civic body. Both polls have placed AAP and Congress, scrambling for a second spot and far behind the BJP. Counting is expected to take place across 35 centres in the city from 8 am and the results will be declared for 270 municipal wards.Voting for two wards- Maujpur and Sarai Pipal Thalawas postponed for the next month after deaths of two Samajwadi Party candidates-one from each- were reported last week.

April 25, 2017 19:41 UTC

SC slaps ₹1.4 crore fine on docs for ‘medical asylum’

A Bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra, A. M. Khanwilkar and M. M. Shantanagoudar refused the petitioner’s plea to cancel the licence of the Gurugram-based private hospital but agreed to impose a cost of ₹1.40 crore on the two doctors. The court asked the doctors to deposit the amount with the apex court registry within two months. Didn’t surrenderThe SC had set aside the order passed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court granting bail to Balbir and had directed him to surrender forthwith. Following this, a trial court had issued non-bailable warrants against him. The doctors had told the court that they were not aware that there was any direction to Balbir to surrender.

April 25, 2017 19:41 UTC

FOREX-Dollar surges against loonie on tariff announcement, euro gains

U. S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Monday the United States will impose preliminary anti-subsidy duties averaging 20 percent on imports of softwood lumber. The greenback hit C$1.3626, its highest level against the loonie since late Feb. 2016. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Monday the United States will impose preliminary anti-subsidy duties averaging 20 percent on imports of softwood lumber. The euro hit $1.0950, its highest level against the dollar in five and a half months, as traders digested centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron's victory in the first round of France's presidential election on Sunday. Harajli of Mizuho said more hawkish ECB policy would drive interest rates higher in Europe, which would likely boost the euro.

April 25, 2017 19:30 UTC

Global research body to recognise Prafulla Samantra in US

A global research organisation will recognise Prafulla Samantra, a leader of social justice movements, in Washington DC in the US. Samantra, who is the winner of Goldman Environmental Prize, will share his story and then join a conversation with experts on access to justice, indigenous land rights and sustainable development. "WRI will recognise one of this year's incredible Goldman Environmental Prize winners, Prafulla Samantara in Washington DC," a WRI statement said. Samantara is among the six winners of the Goldman Environmental Prize 2017. The Goldman Environmental Prize is one of the most prestigious environmental awards, which recognises champions from six continents.

April 25, 2017 19:30 UTC

‘War veterans now fighting mosquitoes’

more-inOn receiving a complaint from ex-servicemen and war veterans seeking basic facilities at Sena Nagar, a colony of ex-servicemen, here on Tuesday, district in-charge Minister M.B. Ealier, Vishwanath Bhavi, a war veteran who participated in the 1971 Indo-Pak war, said that the jawans who fought against the enemies for the nation now have to fight mosquitoes. After hearing the complaint, the Minister said, “We all should be ashamed of that; we cannot provide facilities to our war heroes and retired defence personnel.”He then directed Deputy Commissioner to make necessary arrangements to provide facilities sought for in the colony. “The bank is facing ire of the Human Rights Commission and other such organisations for not helping beneficiaries. We have filed a complaint against the bank,” the Deputy Commissioner said.

April 25, 2017 19:30 UTC

Green Investment Bank may invest in Lightsource India

The proposed deal comes against the backdrop of a growing interest from global investors in India’s renewable energy space. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/MintNew Delhi: In a sign of growing overseas investor interest in the Indian clean energy space, UK Green Investment Bank Plc. (GIB) plans to become an anchor investor in the Indian operations of UK-based Lightsource Renewable Energy. Lightsource Renewable Energy is among the largest global solar power project developers and announced its plans to develop 1,000 megawatt (MW) capacity in India. The Indian solar power space has become intensely competitive with electricity tariffs set to fall below those of coal-fuelled power stations.

April 25, 2017 19:18 UTC

View From The Right

Commenting on the present situation in Kashmir, the editorial in Organiser, ‘Manufactured Alienation’, slammed former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah(above) who termed the recent Srinagar bypoll as the “bloodiest” ever. “Human rights violations in thePak-occupied J&K” and the people of Jammu and Ladakh are “nowhere in their discourse on inclusion and justice”. Standing with SonuTaking note of the recent tweet by singer Sonu Nigam on azaan, an article in Panchjanya says it exposed “the hypocrisy of media”. “The main problem is the mainstream media comprises a fleet of Congress and Left-nourished journalists,” the Panchjanya article claims. This “colonial missionary theme” “has been picked up in Jawahar Lal Nehru University for celebrating Mahishasura martyrdom day”.

April 25, 2017 19:18 UTC

Forum wants fuel outlets to curtail working hours

The Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers wants dealer commission to be increased as suggested by the Apoorva Chandra Committee. File Photomore-inThe Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers (CIPD), which has around 25,000 petroleum dealers affiliated to it across eight States in the country including Tamil Nadu, has asked its members to keep outlets open for one shift from May 15. This is to press for their demand of revision of dealer commission as suggested by the Apoorva Chandra Committee in 2011. We are worried about our margins becoming thinner due to increase in minimum wages in several states. A dealer in Chennai said that they were aware of the CIPD decision and they were discussing the timings suggested by them.

April 25, 2017 19:18 UTC

In Fact: China shadow looming, India set to re-enter China Bay

Ironically enough, Trincomalee’s natural harbour, where the oil farm is located, is called China Bay. LIOC paid $ 100,000 annually to the Sri Lankan government for the lease, but did nothing with the property. But the Trincomalee oil tank farm remained a fraught issue. The facility is divided into an 800-acre Upper Tank Farm (UTF), which has 84 tanks, and a 50-acre Lower Tank Farm (LTF), with 15 tanks. The material lands at Trincomalee port, and is transported to the LTF through an oil jetty at the port.

April 25, 2017 19:07 UTC

T.T.V. Dhinakaran arrested for bid to bribe poll panel

| Photo Credit: Shiv Kumar Pushpakarmore-inThe Delhi police Crime Branch late on Tuesday arrested AIADMK (Amma) deputy general secretary T.T.V. Along with Mr. Dhinakaran, his close friend Mallikarjuna was taken into custody. Both he and Mr. Dhinakaran were being questioned at the Inter State Cell office of the Crime Branch in Chanakyapuri. She made these observations while extending the police remand of Mr. Chandrashekhar by three days. The judge directed the police to show the call details which proved that Mr. Chandrashekhar was in touch with the politician.

April 25, 2017 19:00 UTC

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