PNB fraud: ED charge-sheet names Nirav, 23 others

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday filed a charge-sheet against fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi and 23 others, including his father, sister and brother-in-law, in the over Rs 13,400 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam. The fraud was committed during 2011-2017 by illegally issuing Letters of Undertaking (LoUs) and Foreign Letters of Credit (FLCs). The …

TN CM blames parties, anti-socials for Thoothukudi violence (Lead)

Thoothukudi remained tense for the third day as the death toll in police firing climbed to 13 while Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswamy on Thursday accused political parties and anti-social elements of “deliberately instigating and misleading” innocent people leading to violence and loss of lives. Selvasekar (43), who suffered serious injuries in police lathicharge …

India, Netherlands agree to boost trade, cooperate across multiple sectors (Roundup)

India and The Netherlands on Thursday agreed to boost bilateral trade and investment and strengthen cooperation across multiple sectors, including agriculture and food processing, water management and science and technology, following a bilateral summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte. Jointly addressing the media with Rutte after attending an India-Netherlands …

Government launches integrated school education scheme

The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) on Thursday launched an integrated scheme for school education from pre-school till Class 12 and promised to increase the budget for the entire school education next year by 20 per cent. The new scheme, called “Samagra Shiksha”, is integration of three components into which school education was …

Nipah kills one more in Kerala; public meetings banned, exams put off (Lead)

Kozhikode/Malappuram (Kerala) With the death of one more patient on Thursday morning, the Nipah virus has claimed 12 lives in Kerala till now, while a fresh case of a nursing student in Kozhikode testing positive has surfaced, officials said. Death of Moosa was confirmed at a private hospital where he was being treated. Earlier this …

Awareness on sanitary napkins still low in rural areas: India’s real Pad Man (IANS Interview) (May 28 is Menstrual Hygiene Day)

Some thought he was possessed, some thought he was just being a pervert when he started questioning young women about sanitary pads. But Arunachalam Muruganantham did all this in his quest to make cheap sanitary napkins for his wife, which, eventually, went on to revolutionise menstrual health for rural women around the globe. Muruganantham, who …

Priyanka Chopra marvels at dichotomy of life at refugee camps

Actress and global Unicef Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights Priyanka Chopra, who is on a field visit here, has been meeting women and children at the Rohingya refugee camps. Their stories remind her of the dichotomy of life, and she pondered upon how women find their ‘house of peace’ in the harsh conditions. During the …

IPL: Buoyant KKR pose tough challenge for heavyweights Hyderabad (Preview)

Despite their dominance throughout the league stages, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will have to bring their best to the table when they take on buoyant Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Qualifier 2 here on Friday. The winner of Friday’s big-ticket game at the Eden Gardens will take on Mahenda Singh Dhoni’s …

Change can be implemented only once we initiate discussions: Akshay Kumar

Superstar Akshay Kumar, who will participate in a Menstrual Awareness Conclave here to mark Menstrual Hygiene Day on May 28, says the society can only implement change if there are discussions. He has urged people everyone should ensure that all women have the right to manage their periods safely and with dignity. “The Menstrual Awareness …

Nipah deaths: Centre keeps close watch on Kerala

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday said the central expert team is closely monitoring the situation in Kerala and is working towards containment of Nipah virus that has claimed 11 lives so far. “Following directions of the Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda, a multi-disciplinary central team from National Centre for Disease …

Modi to lay foundation stones for AIIMS, power plant in Jharkhand

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Friday lay the foundation stones for several projects, including an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and a 4,000mw super thermal power plant, among others, an official said on Wednesday. The proposed projects involve a whopping Rs 27,212 crore. Modi would digitally lay foundation stone for 800x5mw super …

Link between TB, Parkinson’s identified

Researchers have uncovered a potential cause of Parkinson’s disease which may also help combat drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis (TB). The biological causes of Parkinson’s remain largely unknown, making it more difficult to develop and improve treatments. The study, to be published in The EMBO Journal, showed that the mechanism our immune cells use to clear …

Key Taliban commander among 6 militants killed

Six Taliban militants including a key commander were killed after the Afghan security forces’ aircraft struck the terror group’s hideout in Kunduz province on Wednesday, officials said. Notorious commander Mullah Karim Mukhlis was among the six militants killed during the raid on the hideout in Kunjak area, an Afghan government official said. The official said …

Global cues subdue key equity indices; Vedanta scrips fall (Lead)

Weakness in global markets along with concerns of renewed geopolitical and trade tensions subdued the key Indian equity indices on Wednesday afternoon making the bourses trade on a flat-to-negative note. According to market observers, heavy selling was witnessed in oil and gas and metal stocks. However, healthy buying activity in capital goods, banking and IT …

BJP MP Bandaru Dattatreya’s son dies of heart attack

Former Union Minister and BJP parliamentarian Bandaru Dattatreya’s only son Bandaru Vaishnav, 21, died of a massive heart attack on Wednesday, family sources said. Vaishnav, a third year medical student, collapsed while having dinner with his family at their Ramnagar residence in Hyderabad on Tuesday. The youth was rushed to a private hospital in Musheerabad. …

Fortis to disclose EGM outcome on Wednesday

Fortis Healthcare will disclose the outcome of its Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on Wednesday, a company spokesman said. The EGM, which was held on Tuesday, sought shareholders approval on a resolution filed by a minority shareholders’ group to induct and remove certain Board members among other clearances. The resolution sought Fortis’ shareholders approval to replace …

Patients and medical staff in peril in Libya, warns UN

Libya’s ongoing conflict is putting patients’ lives at risk and even causing their deaths as hospitals and clinics are bombed, shelled and looted in possible war crimes, the United Nations said Tuesday, warning that the violence is having a “devastating” effect on health care in the country. Medical personnel are also in jeopardy and are …

SC to hear plea against NGT order on lead content in PVC pipes

The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a plea challenging the National Green Tribunal’s order by which it has put on hold its earlier direction mandating all the manufacturers of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) pipes with lead content to carry a warning that their use was harmful to human health. PVC pipes are being widely …