New Delhi: An air ambulance coming from Patna with seven people on board made an emergency landing in a Najafgarh village in west Delhi after both its engines failed. Two passengers received some injuries, fire officials said. All the passengers were moved to a hospital.
At least 12 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, fire officials said. The aircraft landed in a field.
Chandigarh: An 18-year-old boy shot dead by a farmer while picking the corn maize from his farm, on Tuesday at village Dolewal in Ferozepur. The deceased has been identified as Sukhdev Singh resident of Ferozepur. According to the eye witness, the deceased was returning from his school along with his friends on a bike.
They parked their bike near the corn maze farm and stepped in the farm that was owned by the accused person. The owner of the farm put his gun out without any prior warning and opened fire. Eye witness revealed that after listening the gunshot they rushed to the spot and witnessed that Sukhdev received the bullet injuries.
The boy was rushed to nearby hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. Meanwhile the police among senior officers reached at the spot and initiated the investigation.
Chandigarh: A crushed body of a 55-year-old driver of PRTC (PEPSU Road Transport Corporation) was found under mysterious circumstances here at Sector 29, Chandigarh on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday. The police are suspecting it to be a case of hit-and-run accident.
Police sources said that the body of the deceased was found by a local passerby at the ground near kerosene pump at Sector 29 at around 12 midnight. The informed found that a dog was eating a body part of a human on the road side, following which he went closer to the spot and saw the crushed body of Singh. The police was called at the spot and the body was taken to Government Multi Specialty Hospital (GMSH) Sector 16, Chandigarh.
The police have taken the body into custody and have kept it at the mortuary for post-mortem. The body will be handed over to the family after post-mortem is conducted. Police teams have also recorded the statements of the family members on Monday who stated that Singh left home at around 10 pm on Sunday. The police team received information about the body around 12:15 am.
Meanwhile, the preliminary investigation of police suggests that the deceased may have been hit and crushed by a rashly-driven vehicle. “We have initiated investigation and all angles are being probed in the case,” said a police official.
Ludhiana: A former sarpanch of Jassian village has been booked by the Division Number 4 police for embezzlement of funds which were meant for the pensions to the widows and elderly persons. The police have registered an FIR against Davinder Singh, a former sarpanch of Jassian village, and his wife Sarabjit Kaur on the complaint of Harjit Singh of the same village. Cops registered the case against accused under section 409 (Criminal breach of trust by public servant) of the IPC.
In his complaint Harjit Singh said that the accused during his term as sarpanch Davinder embezzled the funds sent by social security department meant for the pensions of the widows and elderly persons. He added that the instead of distributing the pension among the beneficiaries the accused used to embezzle the same.
He also alleged that the accused misused the pension of those persons also who were dead, but the accused showed them alive in the records and thus embezzled the funds. According to police officials, investigation of the case is going on and the exact amount of embezzled funds would be accessed and the accused will be arrested soon.
Jammu: Authorities today booked 11 private schools and seized 14 buses ferrying students for not following the Administration Department's order for closure of educational institutions from May 21 to 28 in view of heat wave conditions in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir.
"A total 11 schools have been booked (for violation of government order for closure of educational institutions from May 21 to 28 in view heat wave conditions)", Deputy Commissioner, Udhampur, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said. "Fourteen buses of three major schools were also seized by ARTO as these were found ferrying students. The students were safely accompanied to their residences," he said. Choudhary led a team of officers which carried out surprise inspection of 16 private schools after inputs were received about schools being run in violation of the order.
Around 10 other schools were inspected by Additional Deputy Commissioner A S Rana and five of them were found open. "A number of schools closed the classes after news of surprise inspection spread in the city," he said. The schools were earlier directed by the district administration to adhere to a directive of Administration Department regarding closure of schools from May 21 to 28, he said, adding, students have alleged that they were forcibly called to school despite the order. The managements and staff of all the private schools assured the administration for strict adherence to government orders regarding closure of schools, he said. A helpline number 272727 has been released by the district administration for registering any complaint by parents, students or any stakeholder in the matter, he said. PTI
Chandigarh: Haryana: Kiran Choudhry, Leader of the Haryana Congress Legislature Party, has demanded that the state government, led by the Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, should declare at least nine water-starved and rain-deficit districts drought-hit to entitle the farmers to certain concessions from the Centre. “If the state government can’t bail out the farmers of the state, it should not come in the way of the Centre”, she said.
In a statement issued here on Monday, the former excise and taxation minister blamed the acute shortage of water, both for drinking and irrigation purposes, on the insensitive BJP Government which cares two hoots for people’s basic needs. “They keep talking about providing water to all and taking it right up to the tail-ends of canals but they seem oblivious of the ground reality that there is very little water to drink and most of the canals have gone dry. Women in villages have to leg long distances to fetch potable water,” she added.
The latest figures on the demand and availability of potable water in Haryana paints a grim picture in at least nine districts. These are: Sonipat, Jind, Sirsa, Hisar, Bhiwani, Rohtak, Jhajjar, Mahendragarh and Rewari. Many areas, especially in Bhiwani, Mahendergarh, Hisar and Jhajjar, are Laturs in the making, Choudhry said. Referring to Bhiwani, she said that against the demand for 156.95 MLD, only 128 MLD is made available. While the people are thirsting for water and some areas are beginning to turn Laturs they go without drinking water for days on end 10,000 litres are wasted on building a helipad for the CM, she said.
Even though the Mahalanobis National Crop Forecast Centre had, in its October 2015 report, identified Bhiwani, Hisar, Mahendragarh, Rohtak as drough-hit, the state government is yet to declare them so, robbing the farmers of their due from the Centre. In these four districts, the rainfall was short by more than 30 per cent, and going by the Centre’s rules, drought has to be declared if the deficiency exceeds 25 per cent or more, she contended.
This clearly shows that the state government merely pays lip sympathy to the farmers but does not do anything for them, she said. In drought-hit areas, people are entitled to 150 days of work under MGNREGA against 100 days at other places.
Chandigarh: HP Lubricants has launched a premium synthetic oil for motorcycles - HP Racer 4 Synth 10W 30. Kushal K Banerjee, DGM, Retail Lubes, HPCL, said: “HP Racer 4 Synth 10W 30 is manufactured using synthetic base stocks and next generation state of art additive technology to meet API SN and MA2 of JASO T 903:2011 specifications.” “The features provide benefits in protecting new, hotter-running engines with advanced exhaust emission control technologies and compatibility with existing and advanced fuels,” added Banerjee. He informed that HP Racer 4 Synth 10W 30 is recommended and is suitable for all motorcycles of all makes from across the world. DP
Thane: A 24-year-old women was allegedlygangraped by two youths in Kalwa area of the district, police said today. The victim, who separated from her husband about four years back, was sleeping at home in Jaibhim Nagar of Kalwa along with her two children on Sunday night. The two youths - Vikas alias Ambadas Awhad (21) and Vishal Gopichand Telore (20) - barged into her house in the wee hours yesterday at around 1.15 AM, Kalwa police station sub-inspector S M Dhadve said.
They allegedly pulled her out of the house at knife-point and then took turns to rape her, he said. Prior to the offence, the accused threatened the woman that they would slit her throat and kill her two children if she resisted their move, he said, quoting the complaint filed by the victim. Based on the complaint, the two accused -- one of them a newspaper vendor -- were arrested yesterday, police said.
The duo has been booked under sections 376(d), 452, 506(2) and 323 of the IPC, he said. The accused were produced in a local court which remanded them in police custody till May 28, Dhadve added.
Mumbai: Celebrities like Farah Khan, Neetu Chandra and Dino Morea have wished filmmaker Shirish Kunder on his 43rd birthday on Tuesday. While some wished an year full of happiness for him, others asked him to stay "witty". Kunder entered the film industry as an editor, debuting with the movie "Champion". He got recognition through editing superstar Shah Rukh Khan starrer "Main Hoon Na", directed by Farah Khan, whom he married in 2004 and has triplets, son Czar and daughters Diva and Anya.
His directorial debut was titled "Jaan-E-Mann". The film starred Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Preity Zinta. Kunder then produced "Tees Maar Khan". His second directorial venture was "Joker". Currently, he is giving final touches to his 18 minute short film "Kriti", featuring Manoj Bajpayee, Radhika Apte and Neha Sharma. It's scheduled for a June 22 release. Here's what celebs had to say: Farah Khan: Happy birthday wishes for Shirish Kunder from his favourite people in the world...Yes yes I am fourth favourite ! Sajid Khan: Happy birthday to you brother-in-law.
Have a great one! Shirish Kunder Farah Khan Ali: Happy Birthday Shirish Kunder. Have a fabulous day and year. Aftab Shivdasani: Happy birthday buddy Shirish Kunder! Have an awesome one, love. Vishal Dadlani: Happy Birthday, Shirish Kunder! Have a stellar one! Take no prisoners, spare no fools! Dino Morea: Hey Shirish Kunder, a very happy birthday to you. Have a super day and year ahead and stay witty. Neetu Chandra: Shirish Kunder Many many happy returns of the day. Milap Zaveri: Shirish Kunder happy birthday brother! Have a super day and a fab year!
Paris: French football star Karim Benzema has lost the lawsuit he filed against daily newspaper Le Monde for publishing the transcript of his interrogation as part of the investigations into his alleged involvement in a plot to blackmail his compatriot Mathieu Balbuena with a sex tape.
L'Equipe reported on Monday in its online edition that the French court overturned the complaint due to a procedural error, reports Efe. Benzema filed a complaint against Le Monde, which last December 2 published the content of his statements to the judge conducting the investigation. The Real Madrid forward had planned to give his first interview to TF1 television on the day of publication.
Bengaluru: The sixth edition of India's biggest social media festival Social Media Week (SMW) is set to be organised here on June 9-10 with an aim to explore how digital technology has been successful in changing our daily lives.
One of the most popular platforms worldwide to discuss the power of technology and global impact, the event will have as speakers advertising film director Prahlad Kakar, Microsoft marketer Jyotsna and Ahmed Aftab Naqvi, entrepreneur and founder of hybrid startup accelerator Sparknext, among others. Based on the theme titled 'The Invisible Hand.
Hidden Forces of Technology (and how we can Harness it for Good)', the event welcomes the modifications in technology that has changed the way people connect, consume and communicate. The event was first organised in New York in 2012 by Crowdcentric Media LLC. This year's event is expected to attract over 2,000 professionals, including people from advertising and marketing, brand management, entrepreneurs, start-ups and students, among others.
New Delhi: Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has said he was confident that each state would be able to set up its regulator for the real estate sector within a year as envisaged in the Bill passed by Parliament.The ministry is working on the rules which need to framed for the Real Estate Bill within three months and then it will be circulated to the states. “My department is now internally discussing the rules which need to be framed within three months. Then it has to communicated to the states and then each state has to set up a regulator.
“I am confident about achieving the time-frame given in the Bill itself or even before the time-frame. I am actively pursuing it. It will be before one year,” he said during an interaction with journalists at Indian Women’s Press Corps. The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2015, seeking to regulate the real estate sector, bring transparency and help protect consumer interests was passed last month in Parliament in the first leg of the Budget session.
It will help establish state-level Real Estate Regulatory Authorities (RERAs) to regulate transactions related to both residential and commercial projects and ensure their timely completion and handover, Naidu had said in Parliament. He said today that the government had recently released a set of building by-laws which empower urban local bodies to grant building permissions. “Things are moving fast. Recently urban building bye-laws were released. Somebody told me it’s revolutionary since for 105sq.m area, you need not get the land approved by anybody and don’t have to wait for permission to start construction,” he said.PTI
New York: Cue-based reminders can offer a no-cost, low-effort strategy to help people remember to complete the tasks that tend to fall through the cracks in daily life, say researchers. Whether it is paying the electricity bill or taking the clothes out of the dryer, there are many daily tasks that we fully intend to complete and then promptly forget about. New research suggests that linking these tasks to distinctive cues that we'll encounter at the right place and the right time may help us remember to follow through. "People are more likely to follow through on their good intentions if they are reminded to follow through by noticeable cues that appear at the exact place and time in which follow-through can occur," explained psychological scientist Todd Rogers from Harvard Kennedy School.
Rogers and co-author Katherine Milkman from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania hypothesised that "reminders through association" may be a tool for remembering and following through. By design, these cue-based reminders don't depend on any technology other than the human mind and they are delivered exactly when we need them. Data collected from customers at a coffee shop suggest that the "reminders through association" approach may also be useful for organisations that want to help their clients remember to follow through on intentions. Over the course of one business day, 500 customers were given a coupon that would be valid at the coffee shop two days later.
Only some customers were told that a stuffed alien would be sitting near the cash register to remind them to use their coupon. About 24 percent of the customers who were given a cue remembered to use their coupon compared to only 17 percent of the customers who received no cue - a 40 percent increase in coupon usage. Rogers and Milkman hope to build on this research to explore whether reminders through association might also be useful for boosting adherence to medical and other health-related regimens. The research was published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. --IANS
Los Angeles: All five people abroad a small plane were killed in a crash in Hawaii on Monday. The skydiving tour plane got burned while taking off in Hanapepe of Kauai island. County officials said four people were pronounced dead at the scene and one man died in hospital. The single-engine Cessna 182H, which can carry four passengers and a pilot, crashed at Port Allen Airport at about 9.30 a.m.
Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, was quoted by Honolulu Star newspaper as saying. The pilot, two skydiving instructors and two tandem jumpers were in the plane at the time of the crash. The Kauai crash was the first of two plane accidents in Hawaii on Monday. A small plane with two people aboard reportedly crashed in the waters off Makaha later Monday. No major injuries were reported in that crash.
London: A typical Western-style diet that is rich in fat and low in fibre, vitamin D and folic acid is likely to play a major role in the development of colorectal cancer, reveals a new study. Colorectal cancer, the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths, is due to the abnormal growth of cells that have the ability to invade or spread to other parts of the body. The earliest changes in normal colonic mucosa -- the first layer of the intestines where nutrients, fats and proteins are absorbed from the foods we eat -- has the potential to lead to the early detection and prevention of cancer development, the researchers said. "We wanted to be able to spot cancer-predicting events in the colon mucosa before tumours developed," said Marjaana Pussila, doctoral student at the University of Helsinki in Finland.
For the study, the team carried out a long-term diet experiment on genetically engineered mice model affected with Lynch syndrome -- the most common form of inherited colon cancer. The mouse with Lynch syndrome carries a mutation in MIh1, a mismatch repair gene, which is one of the main susceptibility genes in the disease. Each time cells divide, DNA replicates itself. It is during this process that mistakes can be made, leading to genomic instability and potentially to cancer. The findings showed that the gene expression profiles of normal mucosa in those mice that developed colon cancer were very different from those of the mice that did not. "This seems to indicate that there is a colon-wide effect of events that predispose to cancer.
And the Western-style diet seemed to be a severe risk factor, since 80 percent of cancers were detected in such mice," Pussila added. Further, no typical Lynch syndrome tumour characteristics, such as lack of MIh1 protein or microsatellite instability, a kind of genetic hyper-mutability, were detected, although MIh1 gene expression was already severely decreased in the mucosa. This suggests that a decrease in MIh1 gene expression may be sufficient to prompt the development of tumours, even where the DNA mismatch repair mechanism that recognises and corrects mistakes in DNA replication is still operating well enough to avoid microsatellite instability. It has been generally assumed that the development of cancer in Lynch syndrome carriers needs an inactivation of both the mismatch repair genes or pairs, involved, thus causing microsatellite instability.
However, "our studies have shown that this is not necessarily the case, since a severely decreased amount of MIh1 without loss of the mismatch repair gene and without microsatellite instability appears to be enough to provoke the development of tumours," Pussila explained. "Now, by studying the gene expression profiles of Mlh1 low mucosa we hope to be able to further identify cancer predisposing changes which may help in the early detection of tumours," Pussila noted. The findings were recently presented at the annual conference of the European Society of Human Genetics held in Spain. --IANS
Pathankot: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday visited the strategically important IAF base here and reviewed the situation.