Melbourne: Two Indian-origin sisters werekilled when their car collided with a truck in north-east Australia. Anjumol, 23, and Asha Mathew, 18, were returning home when their car rammed into a truck at Peaks Crossing in Queensland on Monday. A missing complaint was lodged by their family friends Ranjeet Vadassery and Anish Mathew when the sisters did not return home. The police confirmed the death of the duo on late Monday.
"They were wonderful young people, and it's a very big loss for all of us personally," Vadassery said. "We both hail from Kerala and it's a small close knit community in Toowoomba. Since then a lot of friends have got together on many occasions while we were students with church and cultural activities," he said.
A student of University of Southern Queensland, Anjumol was a nurse at Lourdes home and her sister was following her sister's footsteps and studying nursing at the same varsity. The sisters and other relatives of the deceased are working out modalities with the Indian embassy to bring the bodies to India for cremation. Their parents still live in India.
Patiala: Punjab vigilance bureau arrested an insurance agent while receiving the bribe of Rs 13,000 for releasing the claim amount, on Wednesday at Patiala. The accused has been identified as Inderpal Singh investigation officer of New Indian Insurance Company at Patiala.
Complainant, Gurjit Singh resident of village Kangthala in Patran stated in his complaint that the accused had demanded the bribe money Rs 15,000 for releasing the insurance of his cows. While narrating the story, he said that he is running a dairy farm at his native place and have 10 cows. He added that around 2 years back he had availed the veterinary insurance scheme of the New Insurance Company and deposited all the installments as the directions of the company. On April 4 of this year, one of his cows died due to illness and the post-mortem report of the cow was submitted with Punjab Agriculture and Development Bank (PADB) insurance company to avail the insurance money.
The company had appointed the accused as investigation officer to verify the claims of owner of cow. In the middle of the investigation, the accused had demanded the bribe of Rs 15,000 to clear the investigation file. After the negotiation, it has been decided that the bribe amount would be paid in two installments. The complainant had paid the first installment of Rs 2,000 earlier and the next installment was scheduled to hand over on 25 May.
In the meantime, he had approached the vigilance bureau and lodged a complaint against the investigation officer of insurance company. Following the complaint the vigilance team led by Sub Inspector Pritpal Singh laid a trap and caught the accused red handed with the recovery of Rs 13,000 bribe money from his possession. The vigilance bureau has registered the case under the relevant sections of Prevention of Corruption (PC) act at Patiala and initiated the further investigation to verify the role of others in the episode.
Chandigarh:The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday directed the Secretary, Union Ministry of Civil Aviation, and the chairperson of the Airport Authority of India (AAI) to appear in person in the court on May 30. The court was hearing the case of operation of international flights from the Chandigarh airport. The directions were given by a Division Bench comprising Justices SS Saron and Gurmit Ram during the hearing of the case.
Meanwhile, the counsel for the petitioner Puneet Bali, Mohali Industries Association, demanded inquiry by a high-level authority, like the CBI, in the whole matter. The petitioner’s counsel stated that it seemed that somebody does not want to start the flights from here. He said it needed to be inquired into. The counsel for the IndiGo said that though the airlines (indigo) had submitted the file for Customs clearance on March 29, the same had not been cleared by the Centre. He informed the court that the Punjab Government had cleared the file within a week.
The high court pulled up the Central government agencies responsible for the delay. The court asked the counsels of the Central agencies that “why are you coming here?” The Punjab Government Advocate General Ashok Aggarwal said that the state government had contributed huge amounts to build this airport besides constructing new roads leading to the new airport and creating other infrastructure needed for this. Despite spending so much of money of the people the state was getting nothing in the absence of international flights from here, he added. A PIL was filed by a Mohali Industries Association seeking to start operation of international flights from Chandigarh airport. The airport has been built by spending Rs 1,400 crore.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the airport in 2015. The petitioner has submitted that the non-operation of the international flights from airport is causing huge loss not only to the public exchequer, but also to the passenger services, business and industries in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. This airport also aimed at reducing the burden on Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi and to provide convenient mode of transportation for Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana.
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.
Shimla: The mortal remains of two troopers, who were killed along with four others of 29 Assam Rifles in an ambush in Manipur, were brought to their villages in Himachal Pradesh and cremated on Wednesday, officials said. Subedar Baldev Sharma of Maruda village near Shahtalai in Bilaspur district and rifleman Bhupender Kumar of Gohar in Mandi district were among the six who were killed when their convoy was ambushed in Manipur on May 22.
Both the soldiers were cremated with full military and state honours in their villages. A large number of people joined in the cremation, a government spokesperson told IANS. Local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Rikhi Ram Kaundal attended the funeral of Baldev Sharma, while member of parliament Ram Swaroop Sharma and legislators Jairam Thakur and Vinod Kumar participated in the funeral of Bhupender Kumar. Governor Acharya Devvrat and Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh expressed grief over the death of the troopers.
Chandigarh:Russia has evinced keen interest in mutual cooperation with Haryana in the areas of aero space and semi-conductor chip manufacturing. Haryana has also assured all support and cooperation for further strengthening business ties with Russia. The Minister of Government of Moscow, Sergey Cheremin, who called on Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Finance and Industries Capt Abhimanyu here on Tuesday to discuss various investment opportunities in Haryana said that Russia is keen to promote business relationship with India and Haryana.
Sergey Cheremin was leading a Russian Government delegation. While welcoming the delegation, Capt Abhimanyu said that defense and aero space sectors have been prominently highlighted in the state’s new Industrial Policy besides offering special incentives in case production takes place in the state. He said that the state government has a plan to set up an aviation hub over an area of 3000 acres in Hisar, about 150 kilometers from International Airport at New Delhi. T his would be taken up by the government as an alternative airport.
He said that recently, the state government organised its first ever Happening Haryana Global Investors’ Summit-2016 at Gurgaon which has proved as a highly successful meet in the country. As many as 359 MoUs were signed during the Investors Summit with investment proposals to the tune of Rs 5.84 lakh crores. Some of the MOUs are already starting to move. The Wanda Group of China, Asia’s Richest Group, has proposed to set up an Industrial Park in NCR area in Haryana over an area of about 3000 acres and the state government is going to finalize the deal in coming months.
Apart from this, the state government has received a large number of proposals from various top companies to set up their units in Haryana. Capt Abhimanyu said that India always had strong relations with the USSR in the past and Russian Federation now and the state government believed that there was ample potential for mutual cooperation in different fields between the two countries.
New Delhi: The government is focussed on improving infrastructure and driving innovation to ensure that India ranks among the top 30 countries in terms of ‘ease of doing business’ in the next 3-4 years, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said on Tuesday. Speaking at an IAMAI event here, Kant said the ecosystem of innovation is just “beginning to blossom” and one is seeing a resurgence of young Indians starting new businesses.
“Our objective is that India must become a very easy and a very simple place to do business in. This is one government that is focussed on innovation and trying to make India an easy simple place to do business,” he added. Stating that India has jumped up 12 positions in the ease of doing business, Kant said the government has taken various steps in this regard including bringing in the bankruptcy law, e-biz platform for a single channel of approvals and is also introducing a national company law tribunal.
According to the World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2016, India ranks 130 out of 189 countries in the ease of doing business. “...our objective is that in the next 3-4 years, India must come in the top 30 countries as far as ease of doing business is concerned,” he added. -Kant added that the government is strongly focussed on enhancing the infrastructure sector and improving connectivity. He also released a report by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) that highlights the opportunities for India to become a leading player in the global data centre market.
“Decision to set up data centre in the country cannot be mandatory and it will not be conducive for the ecosystem. For a conducive policy and regulation on data centres, we have to work in partnership with the industry and bodies like IAMAI,” he said. He added that a dialogue will be initiated with departments like IT, telecom and energy to create the best possible infrastructure for data centres. According to the report, India’s data centre infrastructure market is pegged to be around $7 billion by 2020 from about $2.2 billion currently.
New Delhi:The wait is finally over for Chandigarh, the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana to be developed into a smart city, with the City Beautiful finding a place in the list of 13 new smart cities released by the Central government on Tuesday. Lucknow in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh has topped the list, followed by Warangal in Telangana and Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh.
As many as 23 cities with the higher rankings from as many states and Union Territories, which failed to get representation in the first round of a competition held in January, participated in the ‘Fast Track Competition’, the result of which was announced by Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday. Of these 23 cities, only 13 could qualify for the smart city projects through the fresh competition. Other cities, which won this round, were Chandigarh, Raipur (Chhattisgarh), New Town Kolkata, Bhagalpur (Bihar), Panaji (Goa), Port Blair (Andaman and Nicobar Islands), Imphal (Manipur), Ranchi (Jharkhand), Agartala (Tripura) and Faridabad (Haryana).
“The 13 cities selected in the Fast Track Competition have proposed a total investment of Rs 30,229 crore. With this, the investment proposed by 33 cities (20 cities announced in January and 13 cities today) under the smart city plans is now Rs 80, 789 crore,” Naidu told a press conference. “Seven capital cities--Patna (Bihar), Shimla (Himachal Pradesh), Naya Raipur (Chhattisgarh), Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh), Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh), Bengaluru (Karnataka) and Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala)--which were not included in the 100 cities shortlisted for the competition will be able to participate in the next round with other cities,” added Naidu.
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Jalandhar:The sports capital of Punjab got yet another reason to cheer, when rising star in the cricket world Mandeep Singh was selected in the Indian cricket team for the upcoming Zimbabwe tour, beginning June 11. The BCCI announced the Indian squad for the Zimbabwe tour on Monday, bringing Mandeep in the league of international cricketers. Back home in Jalandhar, it was celebration time. Popularly known as “Century Singh”, Mandeep was currently playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore under the captaincy of Team India’s heart throb Virat Kohli.
The young cricketer has been making waves in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Ranji Trophy matches ever since he started his career. Talking to Daily Post over the phone from Bangaluru, Mandeep said that the selection in the Indian team was a bit on expected lines as majority of the main players were on rest. “When the news arrived, I was about to sleep. My friend Kedar Jhadav came rushing to my room and kept knocking at the door until I opened it to hear the news of my selection. It was a dream come true for me as wearing the jersey of Indian cricket team remains the ‘ultimate achievement’ for any cricketer,” he said.
An all rounder and attacking right hand batsman, Mandeep is a big fan of ace international cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and Kohli. “I am deeply inspired by Virat Kohli and his style of cricket. He is not only aggressive but mature too. Playing with an icon like Virat, who knows how to perform and maintain balance at the highest level of excellence, is something, which gives me a high. Under Virat’s leadership, I have been improving every day,” he added. Mandeep, who is also known as ‘Mandy’ among his friends said in a typical Punjabi style on a lighter note, “Not only Virat Kohli is an excellent cricketer but he is an amazing person too. He (Virat) is a ‘pure Punjabi’ by heart and you know how Punjabis are.”
Sharing his cricket lessons, the Jalandhar boy said that work ethics, fitness regime, how to play the game and maintain a balance on and off the field was something that he has picked up by seeing Kohli play. “After playing One Day International, T-20 and IPL matches format, Virat Kohli has been guiding me to improve Test Match performance. I am focusing on this format of cricket as I am here to stay in the game for the next 10 years,” he added with confidence. Earlier, his father, a retired district sports officer from Jalandhar, Hardev Singh shared that how initially he never wanted Mandeep to take up a career in sports. “After seeing his interest in cricket I decided to let him go for it. Mandeep’s elder brother Harvinder Singh, a doctor, was instrumental in motivating him to make a career in cricket.
New York: Learning about English ivy plant's natural glue can lead to better medical adhesives and stronger armor for the military, researchers report. Famous naturalist Charles Darwin had discovered ivy's sticking power which is because of a thin yellow glue secreted from its roots. Now, the team from The Ohio State University have discovered the tiny particles responsible for ivy's ability to latch on so tight to trees and buildings that it can withstand hurricanes and tornadoes - not to mention infuriate those trying to rid their homes of the vigorous green climber.
The researchers pinpointed the spherical particles within English ivy's adhesive and identified the primary protein within them. "By understanding the proteins that give rise to ivy's strength, we can give rise to approaches to engineer new bio-inspired adhesives for medical and industry products," said Mingjun Zhang, biomedical engineering professor who led the work. "It's a milestone to resolve this mystery. We now know the secret of this adhesive and the underlying molecular mechanism," said Zhang in a paper appeared in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Ivy has these very tiny hairy structures that have a wonderful interaction with the surface as the plant climbs. It's very difficult to tear down, even in a natural disaster. It's one of the strongest adhesive forces in nature. When the team took a look at the ivy's glue with a powerful atomic-force microscope, they were able to identify a previously unknown element in its adhesive. The tiny particles inside the glue on their laboratory slides turned out to be primarily made up of arabinogalactan proteins.
They discovered that the driving force behind the curing of the glue was a calcium-mediated interaction between the proteins and pectin in the gelatinous liquid that oozes from ivy as it climbs. Zhang said particles rich in those proteins have exceptional adhesive abilities - abilities that could be used to the advantage of many, from biomedical engineers to paint makers.
When climbing, ivy secretes tiny nanoparticles which make initial surface contact. Due to their high uniformity and low viscosity, they can attach to large areas on various surfaces. After the water evaporates, a chemical bond forms. "It's really a nature-made amazing mechanism for high-strength adhesion," Zhang said. The glue doesn't just sit on the surface of the object that the ivy is clinging to. It finds its way into openings invisible to the naked eye, further solidifying its bond.
"In addition to its strength, ivy adhesive has other properties that make it appealing to scientists looking for answers to engineering quandaries," Zhang added. Ivy is very resistant to various environmental conditions which makes the adhesive a particularly interesting candidate for the development of armour coatings. Ivy is also considered a pest because it can be destructive to buildings and bridges.
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
Hong Kong: Our romantic choices are not just based on feelings and emotions, but how rich we feel compared to others, finds an interesting study. According to researchers, the study suggested that human beings engage in "conditional mating strategies", basing their romantic choices on environmental factors like wealth. "We wanted a better understanding of the psychological importance of money in the development of romantic relationships because very little is known about this subject.
That way people would have a better perspective of the relationships they are in," said Darius Chan, professor at the University of Hong Kong. Two experiments were performed on groups of Chinese college students already involved in heterosexual long-term relationships. The couples were made to think they were either wealthy or poor to examine their mating behaviour. In the first study men who felt rich were less satisfied with their partners' physical attractiveness and were more interested in short-term relationships than those who were made to feel that they were poor.
However, women who felt wealthy did not make higher demands regarding the men's physical appearance. In the second study, all of the wealthy participants found it easier to interact with an attractive member of the opposite sex than those belonging to a financially disadvantaged class. Also, more men than women from both wealthy and poor conditions selected a closer seat to the more attractive people. "Wealthy men attach more importance to a mate's physical attractiveness setting higher standards and preferring to engage in short-term mating than those who have less money.
However, for committed women, money may lead to less variation in their mating strategies because losing a long-term relationship generally has a higher reproductive cost," Chan explained. The study was so far limited to a particular culture, but this plays a role for human mating overall, the researchers noted in the paper published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. "We expect that our findings are likely to be found in other cultures as well," Chan said, adding "because the basic mechanisms of mate selection have been found to be rather similar across culture."
Moscow: The Russian Defence Ministry has denied reports that Islamic State militants destroyed four Russian helicopters at an air base in Syria's Homs province. "All Russian combat helicopters currently stationed in the Syrian Arab Republic, are performing routine tasks destroying terrorists. There have been no losses among the personnel of the Russian air base there," Defence Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said in an official statement on Tuesday, reported RT online.
Stratfor, a private intelligence and analytical company, previously reported that Russian helicopters and supply trucks were destroyed in an Islamic State attack, basing the data on a comparative analysis of satellite images of the T4 airbase in Homs province. The Syrian Air Force base, according to Stratfor, had been used by Russian helicopters which were providing support to government troops during fighting for the liberation of Palmyra. On May 14, IS announced that four Russian attack helicopters and 20 supplies trucks were destroyed by fire.
Around the same time, according to Stratfor, Syrian government sources reported "random explosions" in the T4 base area. The analysis of satellite images taken on May 14 and 17 prompted the intelligence company to conclude that four helicopters were actually destroyed at the base, as well as trucks, with a Syrian MiG-25 also being damaged. Stratfor claims that the nature of the damage seen in the satellite images indicates that the base fell under attack. Konashenkov, however, stresses that "the authorship of rumors about the destruction of Russian combat helicopters and trucks belongs to IS agitators, who unsuccessfully tried to sell this alleged news some 10 days ago."
Concerning the pictures of the Syrian air base, the Defence Ministry representative noted that "burned aircraft and automotive electronics, as well as numerous craters from missile explosions have been there for more than one month" and are the result of heavy fighting in the airfield area between the Syrian government troops and terrorists."
New York: Long-term exposure to air pollution is likely to increase the risk of heart disease, says a new study. The findings showed that air pollution accelerates the progression of atherosclerosis -- the condition called hardening of the arteries, which can cause heart attacks. People living in areas with more outdoor pollution, even at lower levels, accumulate deposits in the arteries that supply the heart faster than do people living in less polluted areas.
"The study provides important new information on how pollution affects the main biological process that leads to heart disease," said lead author Joel Kaufman, professor at University of Washington. Results were strongest for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and the traffic-related pollutant gases called oxides of nitrogen. For every 5 Âµg/m3 higher concentration of PM2.5, or 35 parts per billion higher concentration of oxides of nitrogen, individuals had a faster rate of progression of coronary artery calcium scores.
This is about 20 percent acceleration in the rate of these calcium deposits, the researchers warned in the study published online in The Lancet. The team conducted a 10-year epidemiological study of atherosclerosis and air pollution on more than 6,000 people from six US states. Researchers repeatedly measured calcium deposits in the heart's arteries by using CT scans. They also assessed each person's exposure to pollution based on home address.
Pathankot: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday visited the strategically important IAF base here and reviewed the situation.