Thiruvananthapuram: A 19-year-old Dalit nursing student was allegedly gang raped in Varkala, days after the rape and brutal murder of a law student in Kerala's Ernakulam district that sparked protests by students and rights activits.
The victim, a second year BSC nursing student, was raped by an auto rickshaw driver and two of his friends near Ayanthi bridge in Varkala, about 50 km from here, on Tuesday. She has been admitted to the ICU of a hospital, police said on Wednesday.
A case under IPC 376 (2) (g) (gangrape) was registered against the accused, who are absconding, police said, adding, her statement will be recorded before a magistrate today. "Based on the statement of the girl, we registered case against three persons. A medical examination has confirmed that she was gangraped," Varkala Circle Inspector Vinod B said.
The victim had gone with an autorickshaw driver, who was known to her, in his vehicle on the day of the incident. Two of his friends also got into the vehicle later. They then took the autorickshaw to a deserted spot and allegedly raped her, police said.
The girl was in a state of shock and suffered from fits when she was found by some people who rushed to the vehicle on hearing her cries for help, they said. A team of expert doctors is monitoring the condition of the girl, who was admitted to the ICU of the SAT hospital at the Thiruvanathapuram Government Medical College here late night from a private hospital in Varkala.
Hospital sources said her condition is stable. "Doctors are frequently monitoring her health condition, which is stable now. Visitors are strictly prohibited," SAT hospital superintendent said here in a release. The incident comes days after a 30-year-old Dalit law student was raped and murdered in Perumbavoor in Ernakulam district.
Chandigarh: Member Parliament from Ludhiana constituency, Ravneet Singh Bittu, today drew the attention of Lok Sabha towards rising incidents of suicide by the farmers of Punjab. He said, this year till 11th March, 56 farmers have committed suicide. Between 1st April and 26 April, 39 farmers have committed suicide in Punjab. He said the farmers owe money to the banks, they have to pay their instalments.
The delay by the Government in paying farmers after procuring their crops was leading to a lot of harassment and causing distress among them. He said that though 100 LMT of wheat has been purchased by the procurement agencies in last one month, so far 70 per cent of the sanctioned amount of Rs. 17,253 Crore has not paid to the farmers. Only Rs. 5,908 Crore has been paid to the farmers till date, he said.
As the delay in payment is leading to rise in burden of the farmers day by day, Ravneet demanded an early release of Rs. 11,500 Crore to them and prevent any of them from taking extreme step.
Chandigarh: Media fraternity of Chandigarh scribes have condemned the alleged attack on two journalists of vernacular newspapers on Wednesday. The scribes were on duty at Punjab Congress Bhawan, Sector 15, Chandigarh while they were allegedly thrashed by an Inspector level officer.
Governing Council of Chandigarh Press Club also has extended its unity with all journalists and demanded immediate action against policemen.
One of the victim, Jai Singh Chibber said “I was with Kuldeep, a scribe here at Sector 15 for the coverage of the protest where the policemen came after Kuldeep and me following a minor issue and assaulted us.
One of the senior cop thrashed the Kuldeep very badly, who got injured and was later admitted to GMSH-16, however I escaped somehow from the spot, said Chibber, a photo journalists.
Barinder S Rawat, Secretary General, Chadigarh Press Club has stated in a circular that all of journalists are professional and abides with the journalistic ethics and the Press Club demands to Punjab Governor-cum-UT Administrator Professor Kaptan Singh Solanki and Tajender Singh Luthra, Inspector general (IG) of Chandigarh police to take appropriate action against the policemen soon so that the security and the dignity of the journalists could be ensured.
(Ludhiana): Sriram Balaji and Sasi Mukund continue their winning stir in Pre-Quarter Finals of the HTA–ITF Men’s Futures US$ 10,000 Tennis Tournament being played at Harvest Tennis Academy courts.
Tomorrow Singles Quarter Finals will start at 0930 hrs and Doubles Finals will be played at 1200 hrs.
Singles First Round (Main Draw):
David Agung Susanto (INA) beat Vishnu Vardhan (IND)  7-6(12), 2-0 (retd.); Christopher Rungkat (INA)  beat Kunal Anand (IND) 6-3, 6-1; Shintaro Imai (JPN) beat Bernardo Saraiva (POR) 7-5, 7-6(2); Sho Katayama (JPN)  beat Haadin Bava (IND) 3-6, 7-5, 6-0; Yuya Ito (JPN) beat Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan (IND) 6-0, 6-1; Sidharth Rawat (IND)  beat Puriwat Chatpatcharoen (THA) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3; N.Sriram Balaji (IND)  beat Jeson Patrombon (PHI) 1-6, 6-3, 6-4; Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND)  beat Dalwinder Singh (IND) 6-3, 6-2.
Doubles Quarters Finals (Main Draw):
Mohit Mayur Jayaprakash (IND) & Vinayak Sharma Kaza (IND)  beat Niki Kaliyanda Poonacha (IND) & N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) 6-3, 4-6, 10-7; Francis Casey Alcantara (PHI) & Christopher Rungkat (INA)  beat Jajbir Saran (IND) & Dalwinder Singh (IND) 6-1, 6-4; N.Sriram Balaji (IND) & Vishnu Vardhan (IND)  beat Shintaro Imai (JPN) & Ken Onishi (JPN) 6-4, 6-3; Yuichi Ito (JPN)  & Sho Katayama (JPN) beat Aryan Goveas (IND) & Isa Mammetgulyyev (TKM) 6-3, 6-2.
Shimla: Dinesh Malhotra Managing Director Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation on Tuesday took over as Director Information and Public Relations. Addressing an informal meeting with the officers of the department, he stressed upon speedy dissemination of news as well as policies and programmes of the State Government to every nook and corner of the State so that people could be made aware of the welfare schemes being implemented.
Underlining the importance of media in disseminating the information, Malhotra urged the officers for maintaining cordial relations with the media persons and added that data bank of department should be updated on regular basis. He directed the officers to strengthen feature service as well as publicity through electronic media. He said that publications of the department were effective medium for reaching out to the public and asked the officers to work upon publishing them more frequently. Malhotra said that efforts would be made to strengthen the department by technical upgradation in order to keep pace with the modern technological advancement in the field of media and publicity. Social media can be of great help to achieve this objective, he added.
Additional Director, R S Negi, Joint Directors and other senior officers of the department were present in the meeting. Malhotra, who was DPR earlier also, is an efficient officer, who is much known for his contribution to infrastructural improvement wherever he has served. He was Deputy Commissioner, Shimla before becoming the Managing Director, HPTDC.
Chandigarh: People living in Haryana will soon be able to get any road repaired within 48 hours by sending a photograph of the damaged road to a number, a senior minister said on Saturday.
Haryana government will soon release a WhatsApp number through which anyone in the state can send a photograph of a damaged road which would then be repaired within the next 48 hours, Public Works (Buildings and Roads) Minister Narbir Singh said on Saturday. "After a year, people coming from other states would feel the difference in roads in Haryana.
The condition of roads in the state would speak of the development taking place here," an official release quoting him said. The minister, who was speaking at a function in Gurgaon, also said the Department will spend Rs 213 crore on various development works in Gurgaon during the current financial year.
The Department will spend about Rs 108 crore on repair and strengthening of roads, about Rs 50 crore on construction of various buildings apart from the PWD rest house in Gurgaon, he said. The minister said with that the help of the central government, construction of flyover at Hero Honda Chowk in Gurgaon on NH-8 is in progress and it will cost about Rs 200 crore. Besides, the central government has also released Rs 1,000 crore for remodelling of three important intersections on NH-8 to resolve the problem of traffic jam in Gurgaon, he said.
New Delhi: To spread investor awareness and financial education, markets regulator Sebi plans to explore cinema advertising and digital platforms for its advertising campaigns, including on ponzi menace and dabba trading. Besides, the regulator also plans to undertake financial market education and training programmes for specific target groups such as teachers and police officials. As part of its mass media campaign, Sebi (Securities and Exchange Board of India) has so far carried one campaign on its Investor Grievance Redressal Mechanism and six on on unregistered collective investment schemes and ponzi menace.
Some new campaign relate to 'dabba trading' and to ASBA (Applications Supported by Blocked Amount) facility that allows money to remain in the investor's account till shares are actually allotted to him or her in public offers. In the current financial year, Sebi would run campaigns on various media platforms, including on TV channels, radio and print, on these new topics as well as on ponzi schemes. "Sebi also intend to explore other media such as cinema advertising, digital media etc so as to increase the reach of SEBI in spreading education and awareness," as per the regulator's Plan of Action for the current financial year. This fiscal, Sebi also plans to increase the number of various education and awareness programs through Resource Persons workshops and through Investor Associations, by over 30 per cent and 20 per cent, respectively.
To meet this objective, Sebi would empanel new Resource Persons across the country, while its Regional Offices have been asked to ensure at least one Resource Person per district. Besides, refresher training of the eligible RPs is proposed to be undertaken under all the offices. Sebi also plans to undertake development of new study material such as brochures and booklet, which would be distributed in various education and awareness programs conducted pan India. The regulator would also participate in various fairs and exhibitions to promote education and awareness among investors. Periodic follow up meetings would be conducted with the recognized Investors Associations and Resource Persons at Sebi's Headquarters in Mumbai and at regional level so as to synergize the efforts related to education and awareness. PTI
New Delhi: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev has got an unusual friend in RJD chief Lalu Prasad, who has been critical of him in the past due his links with the BJP and RSS. "People are jealous of Baba Ramdev because he is highly successful... he has earned everything through sheer hard work," the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader said.
Unusual camaraderie was on display when the two met here, with Ramdev hugging and rubbing facial cream on Lalu's forehead. Both have been critical of each other in the past over their political ideologies. Asked whether he would endorse Ramdev's Patanjali products, Lalu said: ''I am a permanent brand ambassador of his products.'' On the meeting, Ramdev said he had come to invite Lalu to attend International Yoga Day celebrations.
Ludhiana: The star cast of 'Sultan' movie was seen in city's village Narangwal following Dabangg star Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma who were here for the shooting of their upcoming film.
The video shows actors Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma.
New Delhi: Ace tennis star Sania Mirza has documented her journey to become the World No. 1 in the women's doubles rankings in an autobiography set for release this July, according to publishers Harper Collins.
Titled, 'Ace Against Odds,' the book has been penned by Mirza with her father Imran Mirza.
"Sania's is an extraordinary achievement and her autobiography is as compelling as it is inspirational. We are privileged to be able to work with her on the book," says Karthika V K, Publisher and Chief Editor, Harper Collins.
The 29-year-old sportswoman, who shot to fame at the age of 16 after winning the Wimbledon's Championships Girls' Doubles title, was ranked as India's No. 1 player by the Women's Tennis Association, both in singles and doubles circuits.
"I hope the book is a useful roadmap to guide the next generation of tennis players from India. If my story can inspire even one youngster to the heights of winning a Grand Slam in the future, I will feel blessed," says Mirza.
The autobiography chronicles her rise to the top, and is peppered with anecdotes where she talks about the difficulties and hardships as well as the joys and triumphs that came her way.
Mirza, who announced her retirement from the singles circuit in 2012 underwent a remarkable transformation between August 2015 and March 2016, during which she pocketed 41 consecutive wins with her doubles partner Martina Hingis, and went on to become the World No. 1 in the Women's Doubles rankings.
The book also contains some memorable encounters of the player on and off the court and the people and relationships that have contributed to her growth as a person and a sportsperson. The tennis star who is married to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik is among the highest paid and high profile athletes in the country.
New York: Google has acquired a business technology start-up founded by an Indian-origin entrepreneur as part of its plans to scale training offerings for Google Apps to its customers and customers' users. Varun Malhotra is the founder and CEO of Toronto-based Synergyse, which was launched in 2013 with an aim to teach users how to use Google Apps. Google did not disclose the financial details of the deal.
Google Apps Operations Senior Director Peter Scocimara said in a blog post yesterday that Google and its thousands of Google Apps customers have been "excited" about Synergyse. The Google Apps product suite, which includes Gmail, Calendar, Drive and Docs, was built to provide cloud-based productivity and communications and is now used by more than two million paying businesses around the world, Scocimara said. "As more businesses sign up, we wanted an elegant way to scale our training offerings to our customers and our customers' users," he said adding that Synergyse builts a virtual coach inside of the Google Apps interface.
With voice and text interactive modules that are searchable by topic within its apps, Synergyse will help users get up to speed quickly — including when new features are rolled out. He said Synergyse will be joining Google, and the company intends to make the product available as an integral part of the Google Apps offering later this year. "By providing the right help at the right time, Synergyse will help our customers with the critical task of change management in the enterprise, and bolster the training and support programs we already offer today," he said. Synergyse said by joining the Google Apps team, it can accelerate its mission because the company will be working closer with the teams that build Google Apps. According to his profile on his commonly page, Malhotra specialises in training and strategy and has over 10 years of experience in the enterprise space. PTI
New York: Antibiotics are essential for fighting bacterial infection, but, paradoxically, they can also make the body more prone to infection and diarrohea by allowing gut pathogens to "breathe", says a study. Antibiotics benefit pathogen growth by disrupting oxygen levels and fibre processing in the gut, the study said. The findings, published in the journal Cell Host Microbe, could lead to development of new strategies to prevent the side effects of antibiotic treatment.
Exactly how the resident "good" microbes in the gut protect against pathogens, such as Salmonella, and how antibiotic treatments foster growth of disease-causing microbes have been poorly understood. But the new research in a mouse model has identified the chain of events that occur within the gut lumen after antibiotic treatment that allow "bad" bugs to flourish. The process begins with antibiotics depleting "good" bacteria in the gut, including those that breakdown fibre from vegetables to create butyrate, an essential organic acid that cells lining the large intestine need as an energy source to absorb water, said lead researcher Andreas Baumler, professor at University of California Davis Health System in the US.
The reduced ability to metabolise fibre prevents these cells from consuming oxygen, increasing oxygen levels in the gut lumen that favour the growth of Salmonella. Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrohea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection, according to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "Unlike Clostridia and other beneficial microbes in the gut, which grow anaerobically, or in the complete absence of oxygen, Salmonella flourished in the newly created oxygen-rich micro environment after antibiotic treatment," Baumler said. "In essence, antibiotics enabled pathogens in the gut to breathe," Baumler noted. --IANS
Gurgaon: Mothers can now share their personal parenting experiences across cities and help other parents with their experiences though online portal mycity4kids, which is an online community for mother-bloggers in India. Since the website has more than 8000 stories, contributed by more than 1000 bloggers, the website has launched a #1000Mums8000Stories campaign. "We are extremely delighted to become a family of 1000 bloggers with a rich tapestry of touching stories documenting their personal parenting experiences across cities.
Through our platform, we have successfully created a warm and wonderful space of mothers reaching out to others like them to form an active, engaging and compassionate community," Vishal Gupta, co-founder and managing director of mycity4kids, said in a statement. "We wish to thank all these supermoms who have been brave enough to share their private anecdotes and give other parents a trustworthy sounding board and a wisdom-sharing platform they can all relate to," he added. The campaign is for mothers to deal with the challenges that life throws at them. The platfrom is to help multi-tasking parents in managing the task of modern-day parenting better. It is a virtual support system which is meant to serve as an unbiased, authentic and practical guide to parenthood. --IANS
Washington: Once a fieriest critic of Donald Trump and a former presidential contender, Indian-American Bobby Jindal has said he would vote for the New York billionaire if he were to be the Republican party's pick.
"I do think he'll be better than Hillary Clinton, I don't think it's a great set of choices. If he is the nominee, I'm going to be supporting my party's nominee. I'm not happy about it ... but I would vote for him over Hillary Clinton," Jindal on Tuesday told CNN in an interview.
Jindal, a former Governor of Louisiana, was himself a presidential candidate till a few months ago. His popularity ratings dropped below one percentage soon after he launched a scathing attack against Trump from the National Press Club last year.
Jindal had then described Trump as an "egomaniac" who was "devoid of substance" and "dangerous".
But yesterday, Jindal said he would vote for Trump arguing that he is better than Clinton, who is likely to be the Democratic presidential nominee.
"I think Donald Trump has tapped into middle class anxieties. He's doing well in part because voters are responding to what he is saying, he's saying, look, he'll fight for them," Jindal said hours before Trump won the Indiana primary and became the Republican presumptive nominee.
But at the same time, Jindal said it would be tough for Trump to defeat Clinton. "I think Donald Trump is going to have the hardest time beating Hillary of all the candidates that ran for president," he said. PTI
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
Pathankot: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday visited the strategically important IAF base here and reviewed the situation.