more-inAfter giving several anxious moments to the sleuths of the Red Sanders Anti-Smuggling Task Force by switching guises and modus operandi, red sanders smugglers have really evolved to change attires and mood with the changing times. Finally, timing with the Ayyappa season, they turned up in the guise of devotees bound for Sabarimala, clad in black, for their job. However, the perpetrators dumped the red sanders logs and fled, only to reappear at a distance in ‘black shirt and dhotis’, which is traditionally worn by Ayyappa devotees. In another operation near Mungilipattu, diagonally on the western side of Tirupati, woodcutters reportedly rained stones and sickles on the combing party. Inspector-General of Police (RSASTF) M. Kantha Rao called as ‘crafty’ the woodcutters’ bid to misuse religious sentiments to carry out their smuggling activity.
November 15, 2018 19:30 UTC
(PTI)Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) is all set to revive iconic motorcycle brands of yesteryear — Jawa, Yezdi and BSA — through a separate company, Classic Legends Private Ltd. The Mahindra subsidiary on Thursday relaunched the iconic Czech motorcycle brand Jawa in India with two new models that were unveiled at Mehboob Studios in Mumbai. Classic Legends, in which M&M has a 60 per cent stake, was launched two years ago to re-introduce iconic marquee motorcycle brands in the market. Irani belongs to the family that owned Ideal Jawa, which manufactured the Jawa-Yezdi motorcycles in the sixties and seventies. Catering to the premium segment, the company introduced the Jawa and the Jawa Forty Two, both powered by 293cc liquid cooled single cylinder engines and priced at Rs 1.64 lakh and Rs 1.55 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), respectively.
November 15, 2018 19:30 UTC
more-inThe Kerala High Court on Thursday granted the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) two more weeks to file a statement in response to the petitions filed by State Administrative Reforms Commission chairman V.S Achuthanandan and former Minister K.M Mani challenging the order of a Thiruvananthapuram Vigilance court in the bar bribery case. They had challenged the order on two separate grounds. While Mr. Achuthanandan questioned the directive of the Vigilance court to him, Mr. Mani challenged the decision of the court to allow further investigation in the case.
November 15, 2018 19:25 UTC
more-inThe Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation can save around ₹450 crore in costs if it can make Mumbai zero-garbage. Together, they called for decentralisation of the city’s solid waste management practice by completely recycling all waste at the source. In the centralised method the focus is on the waste disposal site instead of the source of waste generation, according to the panelists. Praja Foundation believes that Mumbai produces 8,780 metric tonnes waste daily, of which around 3,000 metric tonnes is wet waste. This was achieved using house-to-house dustbin distribution, awareness, separate collection of wet and dry waste, transportion to centre through mini trucks, wet waste converted to compos or manure, selling dry waste to a recycler.
November 15, 2018 19:18 UTC
more-inThe State Auto Taxi Light Motor Drivers Coordination Committee’s proposed indefinite stir from November 18 in protest against the delay in increasing fares has been deferred following talks with Transport Minister A.K. Saseendran. At the meeting convened by the Minister in the Secretariat on Thursday, it was informed that the fare hike proposed for autorickshaws and taxis by the four-member M. Ramachandran Committee on fare revision would come into effect from December. The coordination committee of the workers decided to defer the strike after the government agreed to the demands.
November 15, 2018 19:14 UTC
Hockey fans on Thursday ransacked the tickets counters at Kalinga Stadium over non-availability of tickets for the opening ceremony of the Men’s Hockey World Cup on November 27 in which Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan will perform. Then, the irate fans went on a rampage and ransacked the ticket counters. Besides, the people at the ticket counters have also told us the same during the start of sale of tickets for the matches on November 5. Accordingly, we stood in the queue for hours to get a ticket for the opening ceremony,” said Santosh Dash. “There was no programme of sale of tickets at the counters for the opening ceremony on Thursday.
November 15, 2018 19:07 UTC
The final edition of The Hindu Academic Pentathlon will be held at Oberon Mall here on Saturday. The event is being organised by The Hindu Future India Club in association with Vignan University. Five categoriesIt will see brainy young minds of Kerala battle it out in the scholastic competition covering five disciplines, including mathematics quiz, physics quiz, chemistry quiz, elocution in English, and fine arts (music or dance). The first edition of the event, which aims at nourishing young minds, was earlier held in Kozhikode, Kochi, Kannur, Alappuzha, and Kollam. Two winning teams from each city will participate in the grand finale.
November 15, 2018 19:07 UTC
This refers to the hypothesis that decisions made by groups of individuals turn out to be better than the decisions taken by isolated individuals. It is used to emphasise the wisdom of crowd knowledge. The dumb agent theory has been used in support of the efficient market hypothesis which states that the the prices of securities properly reflect their true underlying value. It has also been applied in the field of prediction markets where the wisdom of the crowd, rather than an individual, is employed to forecast the future to the best possible accuracy level. The idea was first conceptualised by American journalist James Surowiecki.
Vitiello said ICE employees are threatened with violence or targeted at their homes. "They should not have to bear the burden of attacks motivated largely by political and policy disagreements," he said. But Vitiello was questioned by Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., about a tweet Vitiello sent from a personal account in 2015. Vitiello has been a law enforcement agent for more than 30 years, starting in 1985 with the U.S. Border Patrol. He was previously Border Patrol chief and deputy commissioner U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which oversees the patrol.
November 15, 2018 18:45 UTC
more-inThe sudden flare-up in Gaza between Palestinian militant groups and Israel is another grim reminder that the situation in the blockaded Mediterranean strip remains precarious. The latest violence was triggered by a botched spy operation by Israeli commandos inside Gaza that killed seven Palestinians, including a Hamas military commander. Israel responded with airstrikes and artillery fire, hitting scores of military posts and weapons depots across Gaza. Now, Gaza is staring at the prospect of a fourth war in a decade. But Hamas continues to control Gaza, having found multiple ways to smuggle in weapons, while ordinary Gazans bear the brunt of the blockade.
The diplomatic solution was to have Afghanistan represented by the High Peace Council (HPC), set up and supported by the government with the specific aim of furthering peace talks, though formally not part of government. Taliban’s growing visibilityAfter prolonged negotiations, a Taliban office opened in Doha in June 2013 to promote talks and a peace process. Remaining engagedMr. Ghani launched the Kabul Process for Peace and Security Cooperation, and in February, made an unconditional dialogue offer to the Taliban. Since July 2011, when the former President and Chair of the HPC, Burhanuddin Rabbani, visited Delhi, India has supported an ‘Afghan-led and Afghan-owned’ peace process. Peace remains elusive but India’s engagement demonstrates commitment to the idea of a stable, independent and peaceful Afghanistan.
On Wednesday the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle MarkIII (GSLV MkIII) launched GSAT29, an advanced communications satellite, into a geosynchronous transfer orbit where the satellite’s closest approach to earth would be 190 km and the farthest 35,975 km. Seventeen minutes later, after various stages, the vehicle injected the satellite into the transfer orbit. With a liftoff mass of 640 tonnes, the GSLV MkIII is the heaviest launch vehicle made in India, and GSAT29 is the heaviest satellite to take off from Indian soil. The launcher can carry payloads up to 4 tonnes to the geosynchronous transfer orbit and up to 10 tonnes to a low-earth orbit. The present launch marked the second developmental flight of the MkIII.
The DSP, N. Jeevanandham, 54, is presently attached to the Prohibition and Enforcement Wing of Tiruchi district. Nine of the stolen idols were recovered by the Idol Wing police. But four of the nine idols were smuggled out of the country with the knowledge of officers, including Jeevanandham, who was then Inspector of the Idol Wing. Kapoor also published the picture of the Ananda Natarajar idol for sale at a price of ₹15 crore in a catalogue. The case was investigated by Jeevanandham and DSPs Khader Batcha and Mohammed Kasib, who were with the Idol Wing at that time.
November 15, 2018 18:33 UTC
NEW DELHI: Staffing firms and trade unions have urged the Indian labour ministry to revise upward the wage ceiling for women employees the government would reimburse for seven weeks of maternity leave. “This will help companies ease into the change in policy, where eventually government can reduce the compensation percentage over a period of three years,” ISF suggested.Under the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017, the government extended maternity leave from 12 weeks to 26 weeks with effect from April 1, 2017. “Centre has done a positive thing to share the financial burden of employers on the extended maternity leave. However, we hope the wage ceiling currently fixed at Rs 15,000 in sync with EPFO is revised upwards to bring more women into its fold,” Vrijesh Upadhaya of the Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh, said. BMS is a trade union affiliates to RSS.A senior labour ministry official told ET that views of all stakeholders at the tripartite consultation have been taken into consideration and the government would soon finalise the policy in this regard.
November 15, 2018 18:10 UTC
दिल्ली पुलिस ने सिग्नेचर ब्रिज पर अश्लील हरकत करने के मामले में चार किन्नरों को हिरासत में लिया है. पुलिस के एक वरिष्ठ अधिकारी ने बताया कि पुलिस ने चार लोगों के खिलाफ अश्लील हरकतें करने का मामला दर्ज किया है. बता दें कि वीडियो में दिख रहा है कि वे सिग्नेचर ब्रिज पर अपने कपड़े उतार रहे हैं और डांस कर रहे हैं, वहीं राहगीर उन्हें देख रहे हैं. पुलिस ने सिग्नेचर ब्रिज पर सुरक्षा भी कड़ी कर दी है, क्योंकि इस तरह के दावे थे कि पुल पर पुलिस की तैनाती नहीं थी. बता दें कि दिल्ली का सिग्नेचर ब्रिज निर्माण में भारी लेटलतीफी के कारण जहां चर्चित हुआ वहीं उद्घाटन के बाद यह कुछ अलग ही कारणों से चर्चित हो रहा है.
November 15, 2018 18:00 UTC