Digitally register instances of graft with govt: Kamal

Chennai: Under attack from the ruling AIADMK in Tamilnadu, including Chief Minister E K Palaniswami, for his allegations of corruption in the government, filmstar Kamal Haasan yesterday exhorted the public to digitally register instances of graft with the government. In his first response to the dig at him by ministers, including Palaniswami, that he should take the political plunge to expect a response to his allegations, the 62-year- old actor

Nallakeerai shows organic way to good health

Chennai: Gone are the days of farm-fresh foods as we now live in the age of packaged food. But we are in luck. There are people like R Jaganathan, who mans the organic farm called Nallakeerai, and produces over 40 varieties of crisp keerai (greens). He ventured into the field of organic farming to contribute to the restoration of a healthy lifestyle among the people. He says one can earn

GST win-win deal for all: Arun Jaitley

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today described the Goods and Services Tax (GST) as a “win- win” deal for all as it will expand the tax net, end “inspector raj” and bring down prices of goods. Pitching the GST as a measure beneficial for the country at a meeting of the BJP parliamentary party attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior leaders and party MPs, Jaitley said prices of

T rex dinosaur could not have run at high speed: Study

London: The size and weight of the giant T rex dinosaur would have made the fearsome carnivore unable to run at very high speeds, according to a new study which proves that a classic chase scene from the Jurassic Park movie was scientifically inaccurate. In Stephen Spielberg’s original adaptation of the Jurassic Park, a rampant Tyrannosaurus rex (T rex) is shown chasing Jeff Goldblum’s character, Ian Malcolm, as he sits

SC bench begins hearing on right to privacy

New Delhi: A nine-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court today began hearing arguments to determine whether the right to privacy is a fundamental right under the Constitution. Senior advocate Gopal Subramanium initiated the hearing before the bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar saying that the rights to life and liberty are pre-existing natural rights. The nine-judge bench also comprises Justices J Chelameswar, S A Bobde, R K

Non-bailable warrant against Amanmani Tripathi

Lucknow: A court here has issued a non- bailable warrant against Independent MLA from Nautanwa Amanmani Tripathi in connection with a kidnapping case. Additional Sessions Judge A K Ravi issued the non- bailable warrant against Tripathi yesterday. The case is registered with the Gautampalli Police Station in Lucknow. An FIR was lodged by contractor Rishi Kumar Pandey on 6 August, 2014 alleging that Amanmani and his friends had kidnapped him

Indians prone to rare genetic diseases: Study

Boston/Hyderabad: People living in India and other South Asian countries are particularly vulnerable to rare genetic diseases, according to a genomic analysis that may help detect and prevent population-specific disorders. Several diseases specific to South Asian populations had been identified in the past, but the genetic causes of the vast majority remained largely mysterious. The study, led by Harvard Medical School (HMS) in the US and the CSIR – Centre

Opposition targets govt over agrarian crisis, farmers' suicide

New Delhi: Opposition members in Rajya Sabha today strongly raised the issue of agrarian crisis in the country, saying farmers were being forced to do distress sale of crops in the face of cheaper zero-duty imports. Several members gave notices under rule 267 that allows adjournment of the proceedings to take up a discussion on an issue. Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said a discussion on the matter has been

Podanur residents protest seeking more trains

Coimbatore: Around 50 residents of a village arrived at the Podanur railway junction here in five bullock carts and attempted to enter the station premises, protesting against the low frequency of trains on the Coimbatore-Pollachi broad gauge route, police said. However, they were prevented by the police. Later, the agitators submitted a memorandum to the officials seeking introduction of more trains on the newly-laid Coimbatore-Pollachi broad gauge route, police said. The

Kerala pitches for new Railway zone

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala made a strong pitch for setting up a new Railway zone headquartered at Ernakulam and sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention, yesterday. The plea in this regard was made by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in letters to Modi and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. The Chief Minister suggested that Palakkad and Thiruvananthapuram divisions be amalgamated to form a single zone which can be headquartered at Ernakulam. Vijayan also said

GSTN allays concerns of data mix-up on GST portal

New Delhi: GST Network allayed concerns of mixing up of taxpayers’ data on the portal, saying enough protection has been taken to guard against any overlapping. The Mumbai division of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) had received complaints from certain taxpayers that the GST portal is mixing up their data with others. GST Network (GSTN), which provides technology backbone for the new indirect tax regime, said instances