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

Cricket could make return at Commonwealth Games if Birmingham wins 2022 bid

1988 was the last time cricket was played as part of the Commonwealth Games. (Source: File, representational) 1988 was the last time cricket was played as part of the Commonwealth Games. (Source: File, representational)Men’s cricket could make a return to the Commonwealth Games if Birmingham manage to win their bid for the 2022 tournament. Women’s cricket was already included in the Durban schedule but Neil Snowball, the Warwickshire chief executive and a member of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games bid company, has confirmed the intention to include men’s cricket, too, subject to the agreement of the ECB and ICC. Cricket had last year been touted to make an appearance in the Olympics if Rome had won the bid for the 2024 edition.

April 25, 2017 18:57 UTC

Govt. offices wear deserted look as staff go on strike

Our indefinite strike will intensify if the government doesn’t call us for talks,” TNGEA general secretary M. Anbarasu said. As for road workers, TNGEA has been demanding that the 41-month dismissal period be treated as months served, as directed by the courts. “Due to some political reasons, these road workers are being punished. The road workers have borrowed heavily during those months and are facing a huge debt burden now,” TNGEA president M. Subramanian said. If the government fails to hold talks with the protesting employees, TNGEA has warned that it would intensify the agitation.

April 25, 2017 18:56 UTC

1st Test: Yasir spins Pakistan to victory over West Indies

"It was tough for me during the last series in Australia and I was happy to get back among the wickets here," he said after receiving the 'Man of the Match' award. "Those rough areas on the pitch were very helpful to me and I hope I can continue with this sort of performance for the rest of the series. "It's pretty frustrating because we need to see our young players learning and improving at the top of the batting order," said a disappointed Holder in the aftermath of defeat. "Our bowlers tried really hard but we didn't help ourselves in the field with the number of chances that we missed. "Any expectation of Pakistan knocking off the required runs swiftly were ended by the dismissals of Ahmed Shehzad and Azhar Ali in successive overs.

April 25, 2017 18:56 UTC

EC bribery case: TTV Dinakaran along with aide Mallikarjuna arrested

TTV Dinakaran (File) TTV Dinakaran (File)TTV Dinakaran, AIADMK leader and nephew of party chief Sasikala, has been arrested by the Delhi Police in connection with the bribery case regarding the party symbol. He was arrested along with his aide Mallikarjuna. It is alleged that Dinakaran tried to bribe Election Commission officials in a bid to retain the two leaves party symbol following the split in the part after J Jayalalithaa’s death. Earlier, alleged middle man Sukesh Chandrashekhar and Dinakaran had reached the Delhi Police Crime Branch office for questioning. The R K Nagar bypoll in Tamil Nadu, necessitated by the death of J Jayalalithaa, had been postponed following the bribery allegations.

April 25, 2017 18:49 UTC

Delhi Police arrest TTV Dinakaran and his friend Mallikarjuna in Election Commission bribery case

Highlights 1 Dinakaran was questioned for a 4th consecutive day by Delhi Police on Tuesday. 2 He admitted to meeting Sukesh, the middleman in the EC bribery case: Police3 He had earlier said he didn't know him. AIADMK Amma leader TTV Dinakaran, who is accused of bribing an Election Commission official to get the AIADMK's frozen ' two leaves' symbol for his faction of the party, has been arrested by Delhi Police's Crime Branch. However, a powerful section of the AIADMK Amma recently revolted against the Sasikala-Dinakaran leadership. (Inputs from PTI)ALSO READ | TTV Dinakaran confesses to meeting middleman in EC bribery case, assumed he was high court judgeALSO READ | AIADMK symbol row: Delhi Police grills TTV Dinakaran over bribery allegationsALSO WATCH | Day after 7-hour grilling, TTV Dinakaran to face Delhi Police again

April 25, 2017 18:48 UTC

Decolonising the mind

A century ago, thousands of Indian soldiers who were fighting for the British were captured in imperial Germany. The extraordinary diversity in this camp attracted linguists, musicologists and chroniclers, and till the end of the First World War, over 1,650 voices from Africa, Asia and Europe were recorded. But for me, the personalities behind the voices were mere details in a feature around the archives itself. But for the Second World War and imperialism? Shashi Tharoor had recently written about the decolonisation of the mind.

April 25, 2017 18:45 UTC

Drive to trace missing OSR lands hits a roadblock

more-inThe Greater Chennai Corporation’s drive to trace the missing OSR (Open Space Reserve) lands in all its 15 zones has hit a roadblock, owing to the reluctance of ward-level junior engineers to identify such lands and share information. The Chennai Corporation Commissioner D. Karthikeyan on April 7, 2017 ordered all zonal level officers to start verifying OSR lands based on the approved layout copy and planning permission applications. Of the 15 zones, just two zones have sent information on OSR lands for “necessary action.”Work on verifyingOSR lands in 13 zones has been disrupted. As per estimates, at least 388 OSR lands in the erstwhile municipalities and panchayats covering the added areas were yet to be used for development of parks or playgrounds by the Chennai Corporation. In addition to the added areas, officials at the seven zones of the core city area have also not been able to trace many records relating to OSR lands.

April 25, 2017 18:45 UTC

Maharashtra considers reserving up to 85% of deemed medical seats for state students

The Maharashtra government is considering reserving up to 85% of medical seats in deemed universities for students from the state. State medical education minister Girish Mahajan on Tuesday said a decision in this regard would be taken soon. There are 10 deemed medical universities in the state. Officials confirmed that the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) had proposed to reserve 50% seats for post-graduate courses and 85% seats for under-graduate courses in deemed universities for domicile students. The medical education minister said the managements of private medical colleges also wanted the government to allow them to hike annual fee.

April 25, 2017 18:45 UTC

The difficult transition from informal to formal

Other data shows that value added in Indian informal firms is nearly a fifth of the value added by formal firms. The question is whether there will be disruption along the way as the implicit tax subsidy to informal firms withers away. Many informal enterprises use family labour far in excess of their needs. Fourth, can easier access to credit or more direct forms of support help tiny informal enterprises compete with larger firms even after paying taxes? Tax evasion also allows low productivity firms to attract capital away from high productivity firms.

April 25, 2017 18:45 UTC

2008 Malegaon blast case: Pragya Thakur gets bail as witnesses turned hostile

A division bench of the Bombay High Court which granted Pragya Singh Thakur alias Sadhvi Poornachetananad Giri bail and simultaneously rejected the bail plea of co-accused Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit, for their involvement in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, passed two separate detailed orders. However, most of the evidence cited by the ATS against Thakur failed to support the charges framed against her. The court, while granting bail to Thakur, primarily relied on the fact that two witnesses, Swami Amurtanand Devtirth and Rakesh Dhawade, who had first implicated Thakur, had retracted their statements. Besides, there were statements by witnesses to establish that even if the bike was the same, Thakur had sold it to Ramchandra Kalsangra two years before the blast. It said that at this stage of bail, it could only rely upon the case diaries and the charge sheets.

April 25, 2017 18:45 UTC

Hard questions about Indian healthcare

He mentioned the National Health Policy (NHP) 2017, exhorted the wealthy to contribute and lamented that demand for healthcare far outstrips supply. Hinting also at the mandatory prescription of generic medicines by regulation, Modi expectedly championed affordable healthcare. Let’s also consider NHP 2017, which seems light on health technology-based assessment and downplays the role of quality in healthcare. Will it then require a health tax to raise funds for overhauling Indian public healthcare infrastructure? Ajaikumar are, respectively, economics and public policy faculty at the Indian School of Business, and chairman of HealthCare Global Enterprises Ltd.

April 25, 2017 18:45 UTC

Mumbaiites oppose ₹100 fee for Byculla zoo

Prominent citizens have opposed Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) decision to increase the entry fee of Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan which houses city zoo and a botanical garden. The civic body is set to increase the entry fee of adults to Byculla zoo from Rs5 to Rs100 while ticket price for children (3-12 years) will be increased from Rs2 to Rs25. Students from municipal schools will, however, get to enter the zoo premises free of cost. Kale said, “Increased prices will discourage people from visiting the botanical garden.” A trustee of Save Rani Bagh, Hutokshi Rustomfram, said, “It is first a botanical garden and then a zoo. While Mehta heard the citizens, he has been non-committal on reduction of entry fee, revealed a civic source.

April 25, 2017 18:45 UTC

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