IISc alumna wins Kalam fellowship at US varsity

, Veena Subramanian, a Master’s student from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) here, won the second A.P.J. Kalam Post-Graduate Fellowship from the University of South Florida, the American varsity announced on Saturday. “The Fellowship was instituted in 2015 in honour of (former) President Abdul Kalam, who visited the University in 2012,” said the varsity …

BJP delegations seeks President’s intervention in Delhi government’s functioning

A BJP delegation on Saturday met President Ram Nath Kovind and sought his intervention into the functioning of AAP-led Delhi government which it dubbed “unconstitutional and undemocratic”. “As an opposition party, it is our primary responsibility to question the government and ensure that it remains accountable to the public. Keeping public interest in view and …

SIM cards not linked to Aadhaar to be decativated after Feb next year

The government is moving ahead with linking Aadhaar with mobile SIM cards and all unlinked phones will be deactivated after February 2018, said informed sources. The sources said Aadhaar mobile linkage is being done as per the orders of Supreme Court passed in February this year in Lokniti foundation case and all SIM cards have …

Maneka urges parents, schools to be vigilant against child abuse

Terming the murder of a seven-year-old student in Ryan International School “unfortunate”, Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi on Saturday urged parents and school authorities to remain vigilant about any actual or suspected occurrences of child abuse. In a series of tweets, she said any incident should be immediately reported on POSCO e-box …

Fans complain, but come back to my concerts, says Rahman

Grammy and Oscar winning Indian musician A.R. Rahman says his fans often complain about the language he chooses for his performances, but they always come back and attend his shows. When Rahman performed in London as part of his ‘Netru, Indru, Naalai’ (Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow) in July, some fans were left disappointed as he sang …

Cess increase on luxury cars unfortunate, says Mercedes Benz

Luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz on Saturday termed as unfortunate the decision of GST Council to increase the cess on luxury cars, saying this would hurt the segment. The German automobile major also hinted that the prices of luxury cars would leap back to pre-GST regime or even higher. “The decision to increase the cess yet again …

Cess increase on luxury cars unfortunate, says Mercedes Benz

Luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz on Saturday termed as unfortunate the decision of GST Council to increase the cess on luxury cars, saying this would hurt the segment. The German automobile major also hinted that the prices of luxury cars would leap back to pre-GST regime or even higher. “The decision to increase the cess yet again …

Broad consensus in society for change in education system: Bhagwat

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Saturday said there is a “broad consensus” in the society that the present education system should change. The RSS leader, who launched “Bhartiya Shiksha Granth Mala” by Ahmedabad-based Punaruthan Vidyapeeth here, said that Vivekananda, Lokmanya Tilak, Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore had studied under the Macaulay’s education …

Broad consensus in society for change in education system: Bhagwat

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Saturday said there is a “broad consensus” in the society that the present education system should change. The RSS leader, who launched “Bhartiya Shiksha Granth Mala” by Ahmedabad-based Punaruthan Vidyapeeth here, said that Vivekananda, Lokmanya Tilak, Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore had studied under the Macaulay’s education …

Tihar women inmates awarded certificates

Setting up new benchmarks in skill development, the Pearl Academy awarded certificates to the first batch of women inmates of Tihar Jail who have completed their course from the ‘Tihar Fashion Laboratory’ at the convocation here on Saturday. The certification course was aimed at linking creative exploration and market understanding. Determined to keep its spirit …

Luxury vehicle manufacturers’ disappointed over hike in cess

Luxury vehicle manufacturers on Saturday expressed their disappointment over GST Council’s decision to hike the cess on mid and high-end cars. After the Council meeting in Hyderabad, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that while status quo has been maintained for small cars (petrol and diesel), hybrid cars and 13-seater vehicles, the GST Council decided …

30 items of mass consumption to cost less, GST cess to go up on SUVs, large cars (Roundup)

The GST rates on 30 items of mass consumption were slashed on Saturday while the cess on mid and high-segment cars went up by 2 to 7 per cent as the GST Council formed a five-member Committee to sort out technical glitches faced on the return-filing portal while the last date for GSTR 1 has …

Israel blamed for arming Myanmar amid Rohingya Muslims tragedies

Human rights groups criticized Israel for the continued sale of weaponry to the Myanmar junta amid violence against Rohingya Muslims, local media reported on Saturday. More than 100 tanks as well as boats and light weapons have been sold to the Myanmar government by Israeli arms companies, investigations by several human rights watchdogs have found, …

Exercise your voting right, DU official urges students

The Delhi University Chief Election Officer (CEO) on Saturday appealed to the varsity students to turn up in large numbers to cast their votes on September 12 — the day students’ union election takes place. CEO S.B. Babbar said students must proactively exercise their voting right, since the representatives thus chosen were not only their …

Smoke in Bhutan airlines flight, all passengers evacuated at Kolkata

All 68 passengers and crew members of a Bhutan Airlines flight were safely evacuated after smoke was seen coming out from the aircraft during its preparation for take-off from the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport here on Saturday, an official said. “Bhutan Air flight B3 700 going to Bangkok was held at taxiway F2 …

Kazakh government orders 60 Indian workers to leave after mass brawl

The Indian embassy in Kazakhstan said it is closely monitoring the situation after a mass brawl broke out at a construction site in capital Astana and the government ordered the expulsion of 60 Indian workers from the country. “Following media reports about an incident at the Abu Dhabi Plaza construction site on the evening of …

Bengaluru pianist jumps to death from Mumbai highrise

A pianist from Bengaluru jumped to death from a highrise building in suburban Bandra on Saturday morning, police said here. The deceased has been identified as 29-year old Karan Joseph, a well-known name in the Indie music world, said Mumbai Police spokesperson and Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Rashmi Karandikar. “We have registered an accidental …

Unmanned railways crossings to go within a year: Piyush Goyal

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Saturday said the railway authorities have been asked to remove unmanned level crossings within a year. The newly-appointed minister also emphasised on leveraging technology to improve Indian Railways’ efficiency and claimed to have mooted the idea of floating global tenders for laying new railway tracks. “Initially, the railways had a …