Kamal lauds SC ruling on right to privacy

Chennai: Actor Kamal Haasan today welcomed the Supreme Court declaring privacy as a fundamental right, saying “these are the moments that make India”. In a tweet, he said there was “nothing vague or amorphous about” the apex court’s verdict on the matter. “People thank the Honourable Judges. These are moments that make India,” he added. Earlier in the day, in a landmark decision that will affect the lives of all

Indian-American fund manager's conviction upheld

New York: An Indian-origin portfolio manager, who is serving a nine-year jail term for his role in the most lucrative insider trading scheme in the US, has lost his bid to overturn his conviction after an appeals court ruled that there was overwhelming evidence against him. Mathew Martoma, 43, was convicted in 2014 for his role as the “central figure” in the most lucrative insider trading scheme ever charged involving

NASA rockets to create glowing artificial clouds

Washington: A NASA rocket mission is set to form white artificial clouds that will glow in the night sky, to study disturbances in the upper atmosphere that interfere with communication and technology systems. The artificial clouds will be visible to residents of the Republic of the Marshall Islands during two rocket flights to occur between 29 August and 9 September, the US space agency said. The Waves and Instabilities from

'India emerging as important regional partner to US''

Washington: India is emerging as a very important regional strategic partner for the US that has played an important role in helping Afghanistan by supporting the war-torn country’s economy, a top US official has said. The US recognises India’s contributions in Afghanistan where New Delhi has pledged about USD 3 billion for various developmental projects since 2001, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters yesterday. “India is emerging as a

'This Is Us' directors in talks to helm Joker, Quinn film

Los Angeles: The directors of This Is Us, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, are in final negotiations to direct an untitled movie project revolving on Batman villains, Joker and Harley Quinn. The duo will also pen the script of the film, wherein Jared Leto and Margot Robbie are due to reprise their roles as the antagonists, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Leto and Robbie first portrayed these characters in Suicide

Arms recovered near LoC

Srinagar: Security forces have recovered arms and ammunition during patrolling near the Line of Control in Gurez sector of Kashmir, the police said today. The recoveries which were effected yesterday included five hand grenades, one AK rifle, two magazines and 50 rounds, a police official said. He said a case has been registered in this regard and investigation taken up.

BRD college: UP govt transfers Additional Chief Secy

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government has transferred Additional Chief Secretary (Medical Education) Anita Bhatnagar Jain in connection with death of children at State-run BRD college in Gorakhpur, an official spokesperson said today. A high-power committee probing the hospital tragedy, where over 50 children had died in less than a week, had submitted its report to the UP government yesterday. “Anita Bhatnagar Jain has been transferred. She has been posted as

Privacy intrinsic part under Article 21, rules SC

New Delhi: In a landmark decision that will affect the lives of all Indians, the Supreme Court today unanimously declared that right to privacy was a fundamental right under the Constitution. A nine-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar ruled that “Right to privacy is an intrinsic part of Right to Life and Personal Liberty under Article 21 and entire Part III of the Constitution”. The ruling

Mizoram governor accepts Minister's resignation letter

Aizawl: Mizoram Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma today accepted the resignation letter of Minister of State for Fisheries, Buddha Dhan Chakma, Raj Bhavan sources said. Chakma submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla on Monday. The chief minister’s office sent the letter to the governor on Tuesday. The governor accepted the resignation of Chakma today, the sources said. In his resignation letter, Chakma said that four Chakma students

Best ever image of a star's surface, atmosphere taken

London: Astronomers have captured the most detailed image ever of the surface and atmosphere of any star other than the Sun. They have also made the first two-dimensional map of the velocities of material in the atmosphere of a star beyond the Sun, revealing unexpected turbulence in the red supergiant star Antares’s huge extended atmosphere. To the unaided eye the famous, bright star Antares shines with a strong red tint

Coast Guard gets two interceptor boats

Chennai: Two interceptor boats that would be utilised for coastal security and monitoring in Bay of Bengal were formally launched here, the Coast Guard said yesterday. The boats C-435 and C-436 would be formally inducted in October upon completion of extensive trials on fitted equipment and machineries, a Coast Guard release said. The boats are part of the 36 Interceptor Boats project contract which was signed between the Ministry of