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  • No organised drug gangs in Goa: Parrikar

    Panaji: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Wednesday said there are no "organised gangs" that distribute drugs in Goa. "There are no organized gangs which specialize in distribution of drugs in the state," the chief minister said in a written reply in the assembly. His comments come a few months after Director General of Police T.N. Mohan attracted flak from the opposition and civil society for trying to play down the menace of drugs and drug mafias in Goa. "There are drugs in Goa... It is still my opinion that Goa is not Mexico. Goa does not have a mafia or a lawlessness which is there is those places," Mohan had said in May, adding that the presence of drugs in Goa was "nominal". Parrikar in his assembly reply also blamed foreign and domestic tourists for the problem of drug peddling. He said there was no organized source from where drugs are carried to Goa. "While LSD and other prescription drugs etc have sources outside India, ganja and charas is being carried and delivered in Goa though carriers or north Indian states," Parrikar said. The comments are contradictory to the claims made by his party MLA Michael Lobo from the coastal Calangute constituency, famous for its beaches as well as sale of narcotics. Lobo has often accused the police of being hand-in-glove with the drug mafias operating in Goa. "The Nigerian and Russian mafia are going unchecked because the police are scared of them... The Nigerians are very organized. If you go into Tito's lane at night, there are Nigerians openly asking tourists if they want 'coca', which is the street name of cocaine. So many police officers are themselves under suspension because of their nexus with the local and other drug mafias. In spite of all this, how can the DGP say there's no drug mafia in Goa," Lobo has said. After a group of Nigerians protested, following the murder of their fellow national in October last year, Parrikar had suggested that the murder was on account of a drug war between gangs. Goa, one of the most popular beach tourism destinations, is also known for easy availability of drugs. ...

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  • Pakistan oppn leader Imran Khan threatens to storm PM house if Sharif refuses to quit

    Pakistan opposition leader Imran Khan has threatened to storm prime minister house if Nawaz Sharif refuses to step down by Wednesday evening, as thousands of anti-government protesters entered the heavily fortified 'Red Zone' and set up camp in front of the Parliament House. "If Nawaz Sharif does not resign, we will enter into the PM House," Khan said on Tuesday night while addressing to protesters, outside the parliament. Khan said that he has given prime minister Sharif till Wednesday evening to resign. The rallies led by Pakistan Awami Tehreek and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Tuesday marched into the Red Zone and set up camp in front of the Parliament House, even as the government, opposition members and the army urging all stakeholders to end the impasse via talks. "Promise me, if something were to happen to me, you will take revenge from Nawaz Sharif," Khan said before starting his march towards the Red Zone that houses important government buildings including the Parliament House, Prime Minister House, President House, the Supreme Court besides embassies. Unfazed by army deployment, Khan and Awami Tehreek chief Tahir-ul Qadri marched towards the Parliament demanding Sharif's resignation, putting the PML-N-led government on the backfoot. Pakistan's powerful military called on Wednesday for talks to resolve the week-long political drama in the country. Men, women and children of all ages staged a sit-in outside the parliament building after defying a government ban on entering Islamabad's "red zone", which houses key buildings including the official residences of the prime minister and the president and foreign embassies. They say last year's general election was rigged, and have piled pressure on the government, starting with two-day "long marches" from the eastern city of Lahore to Islamabad, where they have held five days of rallies. The government had banned them from the red zone. But Khan and Qadri defied the call, and soon after midnight on Wednesday thousands of their supporters entered the high-security area, using cranes to remove shipping containers put in place to seal off the area. Tens of thousands of security personnel have been deployed to maintain order. On Tuesday, the government doubled the contingent of soldiers guarding sensitive buildings in the red zone to 700. Read: Islamabad on edge as Imran Khan, Qadri supporters reach Parliament Pakistani religious cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri flashes "V" sign to his supporters during a massive rally in front of The Parliament building in Islamabad. As Khan and Qadri's followers entered the zone, army spokesman General Asim Bajwa called for restraint and a negotiated settlement. "Situation requires patience, wisdom and sagacity from all stakeholders to resolve prevailing impasse through meaningful dialogue in larger national and public interest," he said through a recognised Twitter account. "We will stay here until the sun of revolution rises and a national government is formed," Qadri said after reaching the parliament building early on Wednesday. "Do not enter inside the president and prime minister's houses or the prime minister's secretariat." Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan gestures during a protest march against the country's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz-led government in Islamabad. (AFP Photo) 'Human lives are precious' Despite fears of violence, there were no major clashes as the protesters entered the red zone Wednesday, with security forces standing off and the government pledging restraint. Both Khan and Qadri have ordered their followers, who numbered an estimated 35,000 on Tuesday night, to avoid violence during the sit-ins. After the leader's speeches overnight, many of the protesters went to sleep on the road and lawns in front of the parliament, hampering morning traffic in the area. Local media reports said lawmakers, judges and staff were unable to reach the parliament or the court due to the sit-in. The United States, which is closely monitoring the protests, echoed the call for demonstrators to avoid violence, urging all parties to "resolve their differences through peaceful dialogue". Nuclear-armed Pakistan has experienced three military coups, and the protests triggered speculation about possible intervention by the armed forces. Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) party has accused the protesters of trying to derail the nation's perennially fragile democratic system, as the government struggles with Taliban militancy and a flagging economy. Opposition parties have shunned Khan's call to unseat the government, while newspapers and business leaders have also criticised Khan's tactics, which include a call for "civil disobedience". Britain, one of Pakistan's leading partners and a major aid donor, urged the two sides to find a democratic solution to the crisis. Thousands of supporters of anti-government cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri dance during a march in front of parliament building in Islamabad. (AP Photo) The European Union also voiced its support for democracy in Pakistan -- and linked it to a highly prized trade deal. The general election of May 2013 which swept Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) party to power -- and brought PTI its best-ever result -- was rated as free and credible by international observers, but both Khan and Qadri insist it was fixed. Last week, Sharif tried to head off the protests by setting up a judicial commission to investigate rigging allegations, but Khan dismissed the proposal immediately. ...

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  • More UP districts engulfed by rising rivers-toll crosses 50, relief on war footing

    Lucknow, Aug 20, 2014: According to official sources, flood fury continued in the eastern and central region of Uttar Pradesh with more districts being engulfed by the rising rivers even as the toll in flood-related incidents crossed 50. There were reports of breaches in the embankments in some districts as a result of which the flood waters had entered the villages. In Deoria district, the swollen Ghaghra river breached its embankment at Pidara. The Jarwal area in Gonda district has also been badly affected and thousands of people have been forced to leave their villages and shift to safer places. Among them are people in the over 200 villages in Barabanki district. Ghaghra was flowing 140 cm above the danger mark. Minister for Irrigation Shivpal Singh Yadav made an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas and directed the officials to take all possible measures to provide relief to the people. Over a dozen districts, mostly in the eastern and central region of the state, have been facing the brunt of the flood fury. Almost all the major rivers, including the Ganga, Rapti, Saryu, Ghaghra, Ramganga and many other smaller rivers have been rising at different places. The toll in the flood-related incidents rose to 50 with reports of more deaths in Barabanki, Gonda and Bahraich districts. Over two dozen people were said to be missing and efforts were on to trace them, sources said. The districts of Gonda, Bahraich, Balrampur and Shravasti remained cut off from the rest of the state. An estimated 30 lakh people in around 800 villages in a dozen districts in the state are affected by the floods, officials said. There were also reports of protests at some places by the flood-affected people over failure of the administration to provide them relief material. Officials said that there might be some respite after Wednesday as rain has stopped in the neighbouring Uttarakhand state, which might result in decline in the levels of the rivers. NEW DELHI : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the flood situation in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, and assured the states all Central assistance, even as over 2,100 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel have been deployed for rescue work in the states. Singh spoke to Chief Ministers Akhilesh Yadav of UP and Jitan Ram Manjhi of Bihar over telephone and promised them Central assistance. The home minister also directed the National Executive Committee (NEC) on Disaster Management to closely monitor the flood situation. “The NEC on Disaster Management is assisting flood-affected states in relief and rescue operations,” said the Home Ministry on micro-blogging site Twitter. The NEC met under the chairmanship of Sneh Lata Kumar, Secretary (Border Management). Representatives of different agencies attended the meeting. Heavy monsoon rain has created flood-like situations in low-lying areas of many states in the country. The NDRF has deployed 53 teams, consisting of 2,158 personnel, to carry out rescue and relief operations in the flood-affected areas. “NDRF teams are stationed in vulnerable parts, as per the request of state governments. The teams are equipped with boats, divers and other flood rescue-related equipment,” said a senior official. A situation report from Bihar said 13 NDRF teams have been engaged for rescue and relief operations in Bihar at Saharsa, Sitamarhi, Nalanda, Supoul, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Gopalganj and Didarganj. The NDRF teams are distributing relief materials to people who do not want to be evacuated. The teams have also organised a medical camp to give essential medicines and treatment to flood-affected people. In HP : Heavy rain, fash foods and landslides wreaked havoc in the most parts of Himachal Pradesh which claimed lives of 31 persons and at least 633 cattle during the current monsoon season, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said on Monday, PTI reports from Shimla. The chief minister, who assessed the loss and damage at the State Level Disaster Management Authority meeting said the government has restored most of the damaged roads and drinking water supply schemes. The total loss of damaged roads and bridges was assessed around Rs 412 crore, he said. The roads and drinking water schemes suffered maximum damage and the of?cials concerned have been directed to restore all the roads by August 22 and also reconstruct the Bailey Bridge on National Highway 88 over Kunah rivulet and at Jahu over sheer Khud, he said. “Lakhs of people in thousands of villages of several districts, including Bahraich, Shravasti, Balrampur, Gonda, Lakhimpur, Barabanki, Sitapur and Faizabad have been badly affected by the floods so far. The situation is grim in the Balrampur and Barabanki districts due to incessant rain, and the Rapti, Ghagra, Budhi Rapti and Sharda rivers are flowing above the danger mark,” said an NDRF statement. ...

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  • Cong to put 'full pressure' on govt to pass women's bill:Sonia

    New Delhi :Making a strong pitch for women's reservation in Parliament and state Assemblies, Congress President Sonia Gandhi today said her party will put "full pressure" on the NDA government to pass the bill on the issue as soon as possible. Addressing a conference of Mahila Congress here, she accused the Narendra Modi government of copying the schemes and programmes of the UPA government and rued that despite doing so much, the Congress-led alliance lost in the Lok Sabha polls as people got misled by false promises. "We had done so much but still people got misled as some persons laid a trap. Our work, our achievement got aside and those showing false dreams marched ahead," Gandhi said at the first such large gathering of party workers after the election debacle. On the occasion of 70th birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi, the Congress President said empowering women was one of the two priorities which the Congress leader had pursued ever since he had become the General Secretary of the party. He believed that no country can move forward by ignoring half of its population, she said.Listing a number of steps taken by Rajiv for women empowerment including reservation for them in panchayats and setting up of a national commission for women, the Congress chief said that the late Prime Minister also wanted that women should get representation in Parliament and Assemblies. She, however, regretted that nobody took the issue forward after Rajiv's death. Unfortunately the bill could not get passed in Lok Sabha because of some political parties, she said, noting that the Congress-led UPA government took up the issue when it came to power in 2004 and ensured passage of the measure in Rajya Sabha. "Today, we are in opposition but Congress will not withdraw from its commitment to women's reservation and we will build full pressure on the NDA government to pass the bill as soon as possible," she said. The 18-year journey of the Women's Reservation Bill has been marked by high drama and roadblocks in each outing in Parliament before the historic measure cleared the first legislative hurdle in March 2010 when Rajya Sabha passed it during a sitting which saw marshals being used. The bill seeks to reserve 33 per cent of the seats in Parliament and legislative Assemblies for women. "All Congress-ruled states have given 50 per cent reservation to women in local bodies while no BJP-ruled state has done so", Congress spokesperson Shobha Oza had earlier claimed. Taking a dig at the Modi government, Gandhi said that those who have come in the government today were showing a different picture to the people as per their old habits."They are implementing the same schemes brought by the UPA government," she said. Noting that victory and defeat were part of life, she said, "The real thing is that one should stick to principles and Congress has never sacrificed its principles for power." Asking women congress workers to raise the issues of women's exploitation in a big way and help the victims in getting justice from police stations and courts, she said that they should not leave any stone unturned to bring back "victory and glory to the party". "Notwithstanding the fact that our struggle is for a longer period, we may have to work hard. But if all of us work unitedly, the day is not far away when Congress will regain its peak," she said. Regretting that incidents of female foeticide, domestic violence and rape "make our head hang in shame", she said that "we have to raise our voice against such crimes". ...

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  • 2G money laundering case: Court grants bail to Dayalu Ammal

    New Delhi, Aug 20, 2014: A Delhi court today granted bail to DMK supremo M Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal, who along with others including former Telecom Minister A Raja, was chargesheeted by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a 2G scam-related money laundering case. Special CBI Judge O P Saini allowed the bail plea of 83-year-old Ammal on a personal bond of Rs five lakh with two sureties of the like amount. The court, however, dismissed the plea of Ammal seeking discharge in the case on the ground that she was not well and was suffering from unsoundness of mind. It asked Ammal’s counsel to furnish the bail bond within two days. The judge, who was also scheduled to pass the verdict on the bail pleas of other nine accused today, said that the order was not ready yet. The court said it would pass the order at 2.30 PM today. On August 6, the court had deferred for today its order on the bail pleas of former Telecom Minister Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and others who were chargesheeted by the ED in this case. ED had chargesheeted 19 accused -- 10 individuals and nine firms -- in the case saying that the transaction of Rs 200 crore, which was allegedly paid to DMK-run Kalaignar TV, was "not genuine" and it was a "bribe for grant of telecom licences to DB Group companies". Ammal was holding 60 per cent stake in Kalaignar TV while Kanimozhi and Sharad Kumar were holding 20 per cent stake each, the agency had said. The agency had also claimed that its probe into the case emanates from 2G spectrum allocation scam and the accused had allegedly conspired and committed offences under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Besides Raja and Kanimozhi, ED had named Swan Telecom promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, Directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd Asif Balwa and Rajiv Agarwal, Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar, Bollywood producer Karim Morani, Ammal and P Amirtham as accused in the case. The ED has also named Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd, Kusegaon Realty Pvt Ltd (formerly known as Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd), Cineyug Media and Entertainment Pvt Ltd (formerly known as Cineyug Films Pvt Ltd), Kalaignar TV Pvt Ltd, Dynamix Realty, Eversmile Construction Company Pvt Ltd, Conwood Constructions and Developers (P) Ltd, DB Realty Ltd and Nihar Constructions Pvt Ltd as accused in the case. During the arguments on the bail pleas, the ED had argued that the accused had committed the offence of money laundering punishable under the provisions of PMLA. The defence counsel, however, had opposed the ED’s claims contending that the charge sheet filed by the probe agency was "contradictory" and the transfer of Rs 200 crore to Kalaignar TV was a "prudent business transaction". On the ED’s allegation that the reverse trail of Rs 200 crore from Kalaignar TV to the DB group company commenced after Raja was summoned by the CBI in December 2010 for interrogation in the 2G scam case, the defence counsel had argued that most of the money given to the TV channel was refunded before it. Raja, Kanimozhi, Shahid Balwa, Vinod Goenka, Asif Balwa, Rajiv Agarwal, Karim Morani and Sharad Kumar are also facing trial in the 2G spectrum allocation case in which the CBI had earlier filed charge sheets. ...

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  • ISIS claims beheading US journalist

    Damascus: The Islamic State (IS) group has claimed beheading a US journalist who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago, a media report said Wednesday.The Sunni militant group has released a video showing one of its fighters beheading James Foley, an employee of the media company GlobalPost who was kidnapped November 22, 2012 by unidentified gunmen, Al Jazeera reported.The IS militants said that they acted in revenge for US strikes against the group in Iraq and threatened to kill another US journalist."The life of this American citizen, (US President Barack) Obama, depends on your next decision," said a masked man in the video titled "A Message To America" which was posted on social media sites Tuesday.The video could not immediately be verified."We have seen a video that purports to be the murder of US citizen James Foley by IS. The intelligence community is working as quickly as possible to determine its authenticity," Caitlin Hayden, a spokesperson for the US National Security Council, said Wednesday.The IS, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), established in June an "Islamic caliphate" in the territories under their control in Syria and Iraq. Since then, they have indulged in sustained persecution of non-Sunnis and other religious communities.According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, more than 6,000 rebel fighters have joined the IS in July this year.The human rights organisation said that the IS pays a single Syrian fighter $400 a month. In case of married militants, their kids and spouses also get paid. As for fighters from overseas, they have a monthly pay of $800. ...

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  • Sharif blinks, agrees to meet Imran Khan as protesters threaten to storm PM House

    Islamabad, August 20, 2014:  Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday decided to meet opposition leader Imran Khan in an effort to end the anti-government protests here seeking his ouster, as Pakistan’s powerful military called for calm and asked all stakeholders to resolve the impasse through meaningful talks.“It has been decided PM (Sharif) will meet Imran Khan for the sake of country,” Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique, a close aide of Prime Minister Sharif, tweeted.Rafique did not give the time for meeting.It is hoped that Sharif will offer Khan a full audit of ballots to address his concerns about rigging in last year’s poll which Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party lost.In the polls, Sharif’s PML-N had won 190 out of 342 seats. Khan’s PTI got 34 seats, the third largest bloc in the legislature.Khan wants Sharif’s ouster, while Canada-based cleric Tahir-ul Qadri wants to bring a revolution in Pakistan.Sharif’s decision came after Khan threatened to storm the Prime Minister House if he refuses to step down by today.“If Nawaz Sharif does not resign then we will enter into the PM House,” Khan said while addressing thousands of anti-government protesters who entered the heavily fortified ‘Red Zone’ and set up camp in front of the Parliament House.Meanwhile, the military called for calm after protesters breached the Red Zone that houses important government buildings including the Parliament House, Prime Minister House, President House, the Supreme Court besides embassies.“Situation requires patience, wisdom and sagacity from all stakeholders to resolve prevailing impasse through meaningful dialogue in larger national and public interest,” military spokesman Maj Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa tweeted.He said the buildings in the red Zone are symbol of state and being protected by army, so the sanctity of these national symbols must be respected.Earlier, the rallies led by Pakistan Awami Tehreek and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf marched into the Red Zone and set up camp in front of the Parliament House. ...

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  • Morgue worker admits to having sex with up to 100 dead women

    Ohio: A man has admitted to having sex with up to 100 corpses, some of whom were murder victims, while he was drunk or high on drugs.Kenneth Douglas, 60, worked as a morgue attendant in Ohio, USA, between 1976 and 1992, where he committed the sexual crimes against the dead women while working the night shift.He admitted to sexually abusing the cadavers of three women between 1991 and 1992, two of which were murder victims, and disclosed in a deposition that he had had sex with up to 100 corpses over a period of 16 years."I would just get on top of them and pull my pants down," he is seen telling the court in a deposition video obtained by WCPO.The former morgue attendant's crimes have only come to light in their entirety after the families of Douglas's victims were told they could sue Hamilton County in Ohio by a Federal appeals court.The county now faces a Federal lawsuit and huge legal bills after a panel cited evidence that Douglas's supervisors knew he was getting drunk and having sex with corpses while on the job."If I hadn't had anything to drink when I went into work, it wouldn't happen," he said in his deposition. "I would do crack and go in and drink and go in."His wife said in the deposition that she had attempted to alert the morgue supervisor, claiming that Douglas would return after work smelling like sex and alcohol."He said, 'Whatever happens on county time and on county property is county business'," she claimed.The county has claimed the abuse of the women were the unknown criminal act of an employee, and that it should not be held liable.Douglas wasn't discovered until 2008 when his semen was found on a murder victim, the 19-year-old Karen Range, who was killed by a door-to-door salesman. Her killer, David Steffen, admitted to her murder but denied the rape charge made against him.Douglas admitted to having had sex with Range's corpse when she died in 1992. Her body had been slashed and she was reportedly nearly decapitated.In 2012 he also pleaded guilty to having sex with the bodies of April Hicks, a 24-year-old woman who had fallen from a third-story window and who had died from blunt trauma, and to having sex with Charlene Appling on the day she died, between 1991 and 1992. Appling was a 23-year-old woman who was strangled while she was six months pregnant.All three families sued the County following Douglas's second conviction in 2012. ...

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  • Fighting corruption by scraping regional RTO’s - Gadkari- Modi mantra

    Pune, Aug 20, 2014: Union minister of road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari on Monday said the central government was in the process of bringing in a law to scrap regional transport offices (RTO) and replacing them with an efficient alternative system in the next few months. Gadkari, who was delivering the J S Karandikar memorial lecture organized by the Pune Union of Working Journalists (PUWJ). Alleging harassment of citizens at the RTOs, Gadkari said, " Money rules there - at RTOs." The minister said a system employing new technology would be introduced to nab traffic violators. "Under the system, you will be served a notice at your doorstep if you break a traffic rule. And if you go to court against the notice and lose the case, you will have to pay three times the fine," he said. The government was preparing a plan to improve traffic in urban areas with the help of the traffic models in the UK and other countries, he said. Gadkari came down heavily on social organizations and NGOs, saying they were a hurdle to development. "There are microscopic minorities that stop ongoing works and get excessive coverage in the media. With such a mentality, how can we get investments and move forward?" he asked. He claimed that power, mining and infrastructure projects were pending because of non-clearance from the forest and environment departments. He said major road projects were also pending because land acquisition had become a tedious procedure. "I have promised the PM that within two years, I will give the nation 2% GDP from the port and road sector. There are difficulties along the way and expectations are high, but we are confident that we will be able to fulfill all promises. The people have rejected communal politics and divisive agendas and have voted for development," he said. ...

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  • Girish Karnad gets invite to inaugurate Mysore Dasara

    Bangalore: Noted Kannada playwright and Jnanpith awardee Girish Karnad was officially invited to inaugurate the Dasara festivities here on August 20 by the state government. Speaking to the reporters he said, "This is a joyous moment in my life, I am left emotional", he said. Earlier CM Siddaramaiah said that the government would extend a formal invitation to Karnad for the 10-day Mysore Dasara which will begin on September 25. The chief minister further said that the government is expected to spend 12 crore on the festivities compared to 10 crore spent last year. “There is no dearth of funds...We will celebrate Dasara in a grand scale by making it people’s Dasara. Cultural programmes will also be held in Chamarajanagar and Mandya districts”, he added. ...

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  • BBMP initiates improvements to the city's infrastructure

    Bangalore: The officials from Bruhat Bangalore MahanagaraPalike (BBMP) along with members from the Bangalore Realtors Organization met Urban Infrastructure experts on Tuesday August 19 to find solutions to some of the key problems plaguing the city including heavy traffic and lack of sufficient basic infrastructure facilities. They sought the advice of senior urban infrastructure experts to aid in sustainably developing the city and converting it into an attractive investment destination. It is reported that proposals for flyovers at 10 to 15 places in the city are being studied, and may be implemented on merit basis. Infrastructure Minister Roshan Baig and BBMP Commissioner M Lakshminarayana were present at the meet. New BBMP Act proposed Following the lines of huge metropolitan cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata, who have separate acts for their city corporations, District Minister Ramalinga Reddy proposed to implement a similar act in Bangalore based on the needs of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). This was proposed at a meeting with the BBMP Commissioner M Lakshminarayana, Bangalore Urban Development officials and other key people on Tuesday. The new BBMP Act will also aim to reorganize the city into new and efficient zones with equal number of constituencies and a zonal commissioner heading it. BBMP Officials taken to task Noting that the officials have not been discharging their duties in a timely and regular manner, the BBMP has warned several officials, while serving show cause notices to three of them. A contractor with the BBMP was fined a whopping Rs. 1 lakh for not discharging his duty of clearing of garbage at KR Market. The BBMP hopes that such fines will serve as a deterrent to negligent officials and contractors. ...

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  • Centre sets three year target to rejuvenate Ganga River

    New Delhi, Aug 20, 2014: With the Narendra Modi Government according top priority to cleaning River Ganga, the Centre has set a target of three years to rejuvenate the polluted holy river. Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti today said that efforts are being made to rejuvenate the river in three years, for which steps would be taken to address the problem of pollution from industries and sewage. "We want to rejuvenate it in three years. In three years, we want to establish the Environmental flow (E-Flow). We want to resolve the issue of pollution on the banks of River Ganga and the pollution caused by industries and sewage," Bharti, who is also holding the Ganga Rejuvenation portfolio, said. She was briefing reporters here on the sidelines of an international seminar on Water Risk and Stewardship in India. Plans to clean River Ganga are likely to commence in six months, she said. On Yamuna river, Bharti said officials of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) would meet the Ministry of Water Resources for sorting out issues concerned with her ministry. "I had a meeting with Delhi LG Najeeb Jung and discussed cleaning of Yamuna river which is flowing in the national capital. A wing has been set up with DDA for the purpose. The officials of the wing will meet us (Ministry of Water Resources) for sorting out issues concerned," she said. Bharti also said that 2015-16 would be observed as the year of "Water Conservation", while emphasising on the need for interlinking of rivers in the country. "We have planned to announce 2015-16 as the year of water conservation... We are ready to interlink rivers keeping environment in mind and we can do it in 10 years," the Minister said. ...

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  • Another fake bill scam in the BBMP

    Bangalore :A fake bill scam has reared its ugly head for the second time in the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike's (BBMP) Gandhi Nagar ward, which is coterminous with the Gandhi Nagar Assembly constituency represented by Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies Dinesh Gundu Rao. Dinesh Gundu Rao, the Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies finds himself in the midst of a controversy after Yediyur corporator N R Ramesh on Tuesday at a press conference, released an investigation report prepared by the BBMP’s Technical Vigilance Cell under Commissioner (TVCC), which reveals that attempts were made to siphon off Rs 4.33 crore from the BBMP by showing asphalting of six roads that were tarred in May this year. It was the second time this year that such a scam has come to the fore in the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP) Gandhi Nagar ward, which is coterminous with the Gandhi Nagar Assembly constituency represented by the minister. The probe was conducted when the BBMP’s West Division engineers submitted a proposal to asphalt six roads, which they said were ruined two months after they were tarred. They had prepared an action plan for the rebuilding and got it approved by the BBMP head office. Placing the work in the “urgent” category, the engineers wanted to bypass the tendering process and hand over the work to the Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development Limited, which charges 11 per cent more than the contract amount. Suspicious about the action plan, the Special Commissioner had referred the matter to the TVCC. The TVCC team, which visited the spot, noted that the roads were in good condition and that there was no reason to re-asphalt the road. The engineers hid the actual condition of the road and got the action plan approved, says the TVCC report. The TVCC has held the executive engineer, assistant executive engineer and the assistant engineer accountable for “attempting to furnish two separate bills for the same work”. It has recommended stringent disciplinary action against them. Ramesh alleged that Dinesh Gundu Rao had written two letters to pressure the BBMP to release funds for the work that was completed two months ago and for which payments have already been made. The case The BBMP had issued the job code for repairing roads on March 19, 2013, as part of Palike’s City development works. As the then BBMP Commissioner Siddaiah grew suspicious about the work, he froze all works ahead of the Assembly elections. Later, these works were started following political pressure. The job codes were issued based on the “Letter of Intent”, which the High Court had banned. The works were started on January 29, 2014 in anticipation of technical approval without seeking necessary permission from the authorities. The completion report was submitted in May 2014. Two months later, however, the action plan for the same roads was prepared again and the proposal was approved by the Palike head office. The engineers wrote in their action plan that the road has been dug up to give sewerage connection to individual houses. However, the roads mentioned by these engineers in their report have only commercial buildings. Also, there is no information about the works carried out by the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board. There is also no mention about the works in the road history book. Reacting to the allegations, the minister termed corporator Ramesh a fraud masquerading as a crusader. “There can be some error by the engineers while drafting the action plan, which can happen in his (Ramesh’s) ward too,” he said. Rao said that as an MLA, he keeps writing letters to various agencies, including the BBMP, but he never endorsed duplication or overlapping of works. He said if any work has already taken place, then the fund would be diverted for some other works by changing the nomenclature. The minister said he was in Bellary and he would check with the engineers after returning to Bangalore to give reply to the allegations. ...

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  • Kagodu criticizes Siddaramaiah govt

    Bangalore :Legislative Assembly Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa on Tuesday rapped the Siddaramaiah-led State government for lack of transparency and effective governance, calling it no better than the previous BJP regime. Speaking to reporters at Vidhana Soudha, he said people do not feel that there is a new government in the State. “The administration has not been effective and the government has not risen up to people’s expectations. It lacks dynamism. There is no transparency in administration,” he said in reply to questions. The attack came after the Speaker received a complaint regarding alleged irregularities in the installation of microphones in the Legislative Assembly. In the complaint, it is alleged that an exorbitant sum of Rs 7.90 crore was spent on installing 250 microphones in the Assembly hall recently without proper approval. Kagodu has been vocal even inside the Assembly as far as administration is concerned. He has taken the government to task on several occasions for its lapses and caused embarrassment to the ruling party. Kagodu criticized the government’s slow pace of functioning and blamed the bureaucracy for the administration being slothful. A government should be conscious of what’s happening around, he said. Policies and programmes of the government should be responsive to people’s aspirations. Decisions should be taken on the spot and files should be disposed of without any delay. These things are missing under this government, he charged and added that he has written a detailed letter to the Chief Minister in this regard. Pressed to elaborate, he said a visit to a local police station or a taluk office would show how effective the administration was. “The government has promised transparency and healthcare for all. Where is transparency? I cannot see it anywhere. There are no doctors (in government hospitals). How can people get healthcare without doctors?” he asked. ...

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  • Congress Needs ’Woman Power Tsunami’, Says Rahul Gandhi to Workers

    New Delhi, Aug 20, 2014: Rahul Gandhi, who led the Congress to its worst-ever electoral performance, addressed party workers in Delhi today to motivate them for elections that are coming up in states like Haryana and Maharashtra. "Every scheme of the UPA has helped empower the common man," said Mr Gandhi, 44, referring to the government that was anchored by the Congress and voted out in May. Mr Gandhi, referring occasionally to notes, focused a large part of his speech on urging his party to ensure the safety of women. "In India, we worship goddesses," he said. "But the same people who go to temples to pray to goddesses molest you in buses. Every woman in India has been oppressed at some point," Mr Gandhi said. The issue of sexual violence against women has been a topic of national outrage and debate since December 2012 when a young Delhi student was fatally gang-raped on a moving bus. The government led by Mr Gandhi’s party then introduced tough laws to punish sexual crimes, but heinous gang-rapes have been reported since then including in Mumbai, often considered the country’s safest city for women. ...

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  • Rowdy-sheeter resisting arrest, shot in the leg

    Bangalore :Venkatesh, a rowdy-sheeted at the Subramanyanagar police station, and an accused in a case of attempt to molest and kidnap a woman near shivananda circle on August 13th was fired at and injured in his leg, when he tried to give the police the slip after attacking a constable in the early hours of Tuesday. On receiving information that Venkatesh would be coming to Maurya junction near Ananda Rao Circle to retrieve the car he had abandoned after the incident of August 13 night, the police lay in wait. Then one of them identified Venkatesh near Palace Cross Road at 2.15 am and sought to stop him. He was on his motorbike when he noticed the police closing in on him. He sped away but he skidded and fell. As the police went near him to grab him, he brandished a machete and stabbed Krishnamurthy in the back. Krishnamurthy is a constable attached to the Ashoknagar police station. Seeing the danger, his men were in, the Ashok Nagar Police Inspector Rangappa fired a warning shot in the air,asking Venkatesh to surrender and drop his weapon. He did not, and Rangapp fired at his right leg, injuring him. Both Venkatesh and constable Krishnamurthy were taken to the Victoria Hospital, the police said. DCP (Central) Sandeep Patil said three teams had been formed to trace Venkatesh. There are around 10 warrants against Venkatesh who was evading arrest changing residences every month to avoid the police. He will be booked under the Goonda Act, Patil added. ...

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  • Pakistan’s envoy Abdul Basit: LoC violations should not stop dialogue

    New Delhi, August 20, 2014: Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit addressed the media on Wednesday at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club in New Delhi, where he said that his meeting with Hurriyat leaders was a routine process and the violations on the LoC should not discourage the two nations to resolve their differences peacefully. "We have been meeting Hurriyat leaders over decades. Our foreign office have already articulated its message to them clearly. Jammu and Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan, and should be solved bilaterally through peaceful solutions. This setback [cancellation of talks between foreign secretaties] should not discourage us to take our talks forward. We owe it to our leaders to implement and translate their vision," said Basit. On the ceasefire violations on the Line of Control, Pakistan’s envoy said that the Indian side violated the ceasefire 57 times since July. "We intimated the Indian officials to stop these violations. We hope this will come to an end," said Basit. ...

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  • B-TRAC first phase not successful: IISc

    Bangalore: Even as the evaluation report by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) revealed that the first phase (from 2007-2012) of the Bangalore Traffic Improvement Project (B-TRAC) has not been successful, the City traffic police are gearing up to implement the second phase of B-TRAC. Under the first phase of the five-year B-TRAC project, the traffic police had listed 500 junctions for improvement, of which, only 46 were developed, according to the report prepared by the Centre for Infrastructure Sustainable Transportation and Urban Planning (CiSTUP) at IISc. The report also points out the discrepancy in release of the money earmarked for the project. The government has released only Rs 124 crore against the allocated fund of Rs 350 crore. A major part of the funds was used for civil works, video walls or providing BlackBerry handsets to traffic cops for booking traffic offenders. Prof T G Sitharam, Chairman, CiSTUP, told Deccan Herald that the project had not been successful overall. “However, some things were successful, such as the introduction of Information Communication and Technology, which helped the traffic police nab offenders and collect penalty instantaneously,” he said. The numbers Prof Sitharam said that the traffic police did not monitor and maintain surveillance cameras, pelican lighting and street furniture like flexible cones, cat eyes, reflective medians and so on. Also, only five enforcement cameras had been installed as against the targeted 26 cameras. Similarly, of the 680 surveillance cameras proposed, 179 were installed, of which, 11 were removed by civic agencies for road improvement. Of the 95 pelican signals proposed, only 16 were installed. The report also points out that the failure of the project was primarily because the traffic police were asked to do civil engineering works, which is not their forte. Awareness increased Meanwhile, another series of surveys has revealed that the awareness quotient on B-TRAC and traffic management had increased among the traffic police and citizens. On the other hand, after the IISc submitted the evaluation report, the government did not even consult the institute for preparing the project report for the second phase, an IISc professor said. Admitting that the project was not fully implemented, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) B Dayananda said that things were progressing gradually and the remaining junctions would be improved in a phased manner. Another proposal for implementing the second phase of B-TRAC for improving 25 junctions is before the government for approval. ...

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  • Red Sandalwood worth crores seized in NMPT

    Mangalore, August 20, 2014: Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) Mangalore seized a Huge quantity of Red Sandalwood at New Mangalore Port on Wednesday, August 20. According to sources, 14 tonnes of Red Sandalwood has been seized from a container, which was transported by a Bangalore-based firm to Dubai via Colombo port in Sri Lanka. By the time the vessel reached Colombo, the DRI learnt that the container was actually being used to smuggle red sandalwood to Dubai. Taking immediate action, the DRI officials contacted the shipping line agency and brought back the container from Colombo. More details in this regard are awaited. ...

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  • Girl missing in Karkala

    Karkala : A Girl named Divyashree aged about 20 yrs, from Gundyadka, Karkala left her house to Yuvashakti Self help group and did not return home. She has been missing since August 11. Divyashree(20) daughter of Gopala Mugera was working for a Cashew factory. She was also a member of Yuvashakti Self help group. The family members along with relatives searched for her but in vain.They then filed a missing complaint at the Karkala police station. The description of the missing girl is as follows: Name : Divyashree Age : 20 yrs Height : 4.5 feet Colour : wheatish Dress : pink color top and yellow pant ...

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  • MLA J R Lobo informs Mangalore-Kuwait flight could be resumed soon

    Mangalore, Aug 20, 2014: The Mangalore-Kuwait flight service is likely to resume operations in October 2014, MLA J R Lobo stated. It may be recalled, delegation headed by minister Roshan Baig and MLA J R Lobo and had recently met union minister of state for civil aviation G M Siddeshwar and impressed him the need to resume flight service. J R Lobo informed public that indications from the civil aviation ministry are that Mangalore-Kuwait flight would re-start flights from October 2014. To start with the flight will be thrice a week. The flight routing may be Mangalore-Bahrain-Kuwait. The official announcement can be expected soon. The Mangalore-Kuwait direct flight was discontinued in February 2014. There have been regular demands from all concerned for re-establishing this route to serve regular passengers between Kuwait and Mangalore which had a good useage. ...

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  • Mangalore : Karnataka Bank launches LAPS

    Mangalore, Aug 20 : Karnataka Bank Ltd., a Mangalore based premier Private Sector Bank has launched the Loan Automation Processing Solution called LAPS. A press release by the bank said the loan automation system, known as LAPS , provides higher level of accuracy of MIS data, apart from timely processing of credit proposals. The Chennai-based Sys Arc Informatics has provided this software, it said. P Jayarama Bhat, Managing Director, launched the system in Mangalore. The introduction of new system provides higher level of accuracy of MIS data, apart from timely processing of credit proposals. This Application will also gradually enable online tracking of MSE application by the loan applicant. The software support is provided by M/s. Sys Arc Informatics Pvt. Ltd, Chennai. ...

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  • Diceasan priest Fr. Archibald J Albuquerque, PP at Neerude parish passes away

    Mangalore, Aug 20: According to information from the Diocese of Mangalore, parish priest of St Roque Church, Neerude passed away in the early hours of August 20 at due to a massive heart attack. He was 62. Fr. Archie was a popular rpiest among his flock - Born on August 15, 1953 to Aloysius and Lily Albuquerque of Derebail, Fr Archibald was ordained priest on April 22, 1981. He served as assistant PP, Karkala town in 1981-’82, and of Bejai between 1982 and 1984. Later he was parish priest of Borimar (1984-1991), Basrur (1991-1997), Nirkan (1997-2004), Manjeshwar (2004-2005), Badyar (2005-2012), Nakre (2012-2013) and Neerude from 2013 o date. As per tentative information his funeral will take place at St Roque Church, Neerude, on August 22, Friday at 10.am. ...

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  • Mangalore : Thokkotu murder:Main accused arrested

    Mangalore, Aug 20 : Ullal police have taken into custody the main accused on Monday August 19 for the murder of an autorickshaw driver at Thokottu Junction. The deceased Yatish, 32, from Kolya was stabbed by a person identified as Uday Bagambila. The incident occurred when Yatish was in Maya bar along with his friends Kailas Babu, Jeevan, Sreejit and Kishore. Another group sitting nearby had made fun of Babu's singing, which angered Yatish which led to verbal friction between the two groups, which soon turned into fistfight. When Yatish was going out of the bar, Uday stabbed him. Yatish was shifted to a hospital in Mangalore, he was pronounced dead on arrival. Uday Bagambila and 3 others are being interrogated by the police personnel. ...

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  • 12ft large python found at MPMC College

    Udupi: A 12ft large python was discovered by the final year students of MPMC College on Wednesday August 20, in their college premises. The students immediately informed the principal, who brought in the snake expert Gururaj Sanil to catch the snake. Sanil caught hold of the the snake as the curious students watched and as he held on to it, he delivered some basic information to the students about the snake, and later released it safely in the forest Principal Shobha, and administrator Dayanand shetty were present among other school staff. ...

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  • Belthangady : Woman commits suicide by jumping from the hanging bridge

    Belthangady , Aug 20 : A woman committed suicide by jumping from the hanging bridge at Mogeradka across River Netravathi in Mogru village in the late hours of Monday, August 18. The deceased is Thimakka, wife of Ramappa Gowda and a resident of Kanchana Poilya of Bajathur Village in Puttur Taluk. According to sources , the lady had left from the house saying that she was on her way to visit her daughter who was staying in Mogru village. Few villagers spotted her when she jumped into the water. Thimakka's body was found on Tuesday, August 19. ...

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  • TCS to build toilets in 10,000 girls schools

    Mumbai: Heeding Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for a "Clean India" campaign, the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Monday pledged to construct toilets in 10,000 girls schools in the country, an official said here. The TCS has set aside a Rs.100-crore budget for the initiative aimed at providing hygienic sanitation facilities to girl students, said N. Chandrasekaran, the company's CEO and managing director. The investment in school sanitation will help children, especially girl students, to participate in school education for a longer period of time and play a larger economic role in their communities. "TCS is proud to support the prime minister's 'Clean India' initiative. We believe that achieving the mission of providing hygienic sanitation for girl students will have a tangible impact on the level of education achievement and development of India's next generation," Chandrasekaran said. ...

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  • Mumbai ; Most powerful women in Indian business

    Mumbai ; Before we talk about women in business, let us reiterate something that we already know. Gender equality in practice is far more complex than it is in words. It has been a man's world for eons and everything has been discussed from that standpoint. That outlook started changing with women making inroads into influential positions - be it politics, business, sports or governance. Slowly and steadily their numbers are growing and their efforts more visible. Women have reinvented themselves with education and endeavour to become role models. The Business Today annual listing of Most Powerful Women In Indian Business 2014 stacks them up for you. In the eleventh edition of this special listing, BT has made two significant changes in the way we decided the winners. Firstly, the magazine in collaboration with EgonZehnder, a leading executive search and talent management consultancy and knowledge partner for the list, shortlisted 55 powerful women from a preliminary list of 170 candidates. They were selected from across various categories such as corporate, finance, media and advertising, publishing, entrepreneurs, family businesses, film production, consultancy and legal and research outfits. We applied four yardsticks to determine their selection: Nature of current role (executive versus advisory); size, scope and complexity of the role; business achievement in the last fiscal year; and spheres of influence and impact. Only those women who have served a year or so in the current executive role were considered. Secondly, an independent jury comprising eminent members in the world of business decided the winners. They are Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman of Microsoft India; Rajiv Memani, Country Managing Partner of EY India, and Leo Puri, Managing Director of UTI AMC. They met in Mumbai on July 1and selected 22 out of the 55 names as the Most Powerful Women in Indian Business for 2014. The jury choices were based on executive performance, company's or institution's performance, and impact. mosimageApart from the consistent performers who feature in our list every year, we have nine debutants and three comebacks. Read on as we narrate their journey to the pinnacle of success and glory. ...

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  • New Delhi, August 15, 2014: In another first, Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke his security cordon

    Mumbai: As India celebrated its 68th Independence Day Friday, Bollywood celebrities like veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar, actor Farhan Akhtar and filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar hoped for prosperity, progress and peace to prevail in the nation. Here’s what they tweeted: Lata Mangeshkar: Namaskar. Aap sab ko Swatantrata Diwas ki shubh kaamnaayein. Karan Johar: Be the person our strong and resilient nation deserves...#HappyIndependenceDay Farhan Akhtar: Happy Independence Day. Wish peace, progress & prosperity for all. Jai Hind. Anupam Kher: Swatantarta Divas ke avsar per sabhi Baratvasiyon ko dher saari Shubhkamnaye. Happy Independence Day to Every Indian in the world. Jai Ho.:) Hema Malini: Good morning! Wish u all a Very Happy & productive Independence Day! May the Lord always bless our country with plenty & prosperity for all. Shabana Azmi: Let us value and guard our Independence, work towards preserving our pluralistic composite culture, democratic values and gender justice. Madhur Bhandarkar: Wishing all my fellow Indians, a very happy Independence Day. Prosperity, Progress & Peace beckon upon a deserving nation. Vande Mataram! Neha Dhupia: Sit back, cherish ur freedom,remember ur martyrs ,enjoy ur day off ... Wishing every #indian out there a #HappyIndependenceDay #jaihind Abhishek Bachchan: Happy Independence Day! #vandemataram Onir: Wishing all of us a #HappyIndependenceDay . On the 67th year of independence I wish us freedom from corruption . Class gender n economic ... Class gender and economic violence and exploitation . Freedom from #ipc377 and other regressive anti human rights laws. Love to all Boman Irani: Happy Independence to one and all! Enjoy it with responsibility. Start by not breaking single traffic signal today! Madhuri Dixit: Happy Independence Day to all!! Anil Kapoor: Blessed to be a Indian. Happy Independence Day. Make in india. Akshay Kumar: Change cannot come from one politician, it has to come from each one of us and not just for today...it's a gradual process. Let's be responsible & work towards it. #HappyIndependenceDay Dia Mirza: "Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high" Happy Independence Day #India! #ILoveIndia Sridevi: Wishing all a Happy Independence Day. May this day bring unity, progress, happiness and prosperity to all. Jai Hind #HappyIndependenceDay Arjun Rampal: Happy Independence Day. It's one free life. Live it to the fullest. Let nobody tell you how to live. #freedom Subhash Ghai: Naya bharat.Nai disha. Hogi aaj ke baad. is our responsibilty ji not the govt...Happy independence day. Jai hind. Preity Zinta: Happy Independence Day to all my fellow Indians! Was Inspiring 2see our PM's add 2the nation & the Independence Day Parade. JAI HIND ! ...

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  • 'Sandalwood to Bollywood' a musical night to be held in Dubai

    Dubai: On the occasion of its 22nd anniversary, the Devadiga’s Sangha Dubai (UAE) in association with Acme Building Materials is all set to present to Dubai, “SANDALWOOD TO BOLLYWOOD”, a unique musical nite, with a generous sprinkling of comedy and dance. The show is scheduled to be held on Friday 12thSeptember , 2014 at 5.30pm at the Sheikh Rashid Auditorium, Indian High School, Dubai. The program has a noble objective - to raise an education fund for financially needy children in India. The show will be supported by a full-fledged Live Orchestra populated by talented & famous musicians lead by well-known Raj Gopal from Mangalore with sensational singing stars who will perform live with some melodious hits from Kannada, Hindi, Tulu and Konkani. The main attraction will be famous renowned playback singers, Sinchan Dixit, Ravi Murur from Bangalore and Ranjan Das from Mangalore. Joining them will be famous local artists who are well known resident singers. A stand-up comedy by Gammath Kalavider from UAE is also expected to entertain the crowd. All in all, it is going to a first class family entertainment with a combined package of comedy, dance and music, for a noble cause. ...

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  • Sharjah : UAE man killed in Sharjah car crash

    Sharjah : An 18-year-old man was killed when his vehicle collided with another vehicle and flipped over on Al Dhaid-Al Wishah Road in Sharjah on Sunday evening. The Emirati victim sustained serious injuries in the crash, Lieutenant Colonel Ahmad Saeed Bin Hareb,acting director of the Traffic Police Department at Sharjah Police central region, said. The operations room was informed about the incident at around 5pm. Police patrols and an ambulance rushed to the spot where they found the driver in critical condition. Preliminary investigations showed that the victim lost control over his vehicle, which hit another vehicle, veered off the road and overturned several times. The body of the deceased was transferred to Al Dhaid Hospital. Lieutenant Colonel Bin Hareb urged motorists to pay attention while driving and abide by speed limits on the road. The accident is the second of its kind in a week and it took place on the same road. ...

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  • Fake policeman molested Indian student in UAE

    Dubai :An Indian woman in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was kidnapped and molested last year by an man posing as a police officer, a court was told, media reported Monday. The Dubai Criminal Court heard Sunday that the Indian student, 21, identified only as T.D., was studying in her car with her 23-year-old friend, M.J., when an Egyptian man, 30, identified only as S.A., knocked on the car window, claiming to be a Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer, in May last year, The National reported. The accused then asked M.J. for his identity card and told him to get down from the car. "He (S.A.) said he will take me home but I told him I could do it on my own, then he threatened to file a police report, so I got scared because I had an exam in two hours that I did not want to miss," T.D. was quoted as saying. The victim said the man drove the car in an isolated place and molested her. "I was scared. I asked him to let me go and tried to open the door. While doing that, I saw someone passing by," she said. The accused got scared and fled from the scene. The victim filed a complaint with police after two days. S.A., however, denied the charges of molestation, kidnapping and impersonation of a police officer. ...

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