Mobile mania ups road accidents, finds study

New Delhi: Nearly 60 per cent of two-wheeler-users “instinctively” answer mobile phones on ride while 14 per cent pedestrians click selfies crossing the road, finds a survey. Sixty four per cent pedestrians regularly do this and 18 per cent immediately respond to a call from their superior at work, even while switching sides on the road. That is only one part of the story. One in every three car drivers tends to send

Demonetised notes seized; five held

Kochi: Police yesterday seized demonetised currency notes with a face value of over Rs 2.71 crore from a five-member gang at Paravur area near here. The gang members, also comprising a woman, was arrested while transporting the currency notes in a vehicle at five am in Paravur area, police said. Police said their team found demonetised currency notes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 denominations hidden in a bag kept in

Bribery allegation against Education Minister

Chennai: The Madras High Court yesterday sought the reply of State Higher Education Minister K P Anbalagan to a plea alleging that he demanded a bribe of Rs 13 crore from a contractor to give him a tender to construct polytechnics buildings. On the plea by Krishnagiri-based building contractor V Vengan, the bench of Justice M Duraiswamy also sought explanation from the Public Works Department’s chief engineer, Higher Education Department’s

Dish TV-Videocon D2h merger approved

New Delhi: The National Company Law Tribunal has approved the merger of satellite TV service providers Dish TV and Videocon D2h, paving the way for creation of the country’s largest direct-to-home service provider. “Dish TV India Limited is glad to announce that the Mumbai Bench of Hon’ble National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), at a hearing held today has approved the scheme of arrangement amongst Videocon D2h Limited and Dish TV

PM launches deep-sea fishing scheme in Rameswaram

Rameswaram: Acceding to a long-pending demand of the Tamilnadu government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday launched a deep-sea fishing scheme for fishermen of this region, saying it would help them overcome problems of fishing in Palk Strait. Under the initiative taken up under the “Blue Revolution” scheme, the Centre would allocate Rs 1,500 crore over a period of time for conversion of bottom trawling boats into deep sea liners. Handing over

Kerala govt trying to arrest brain drain: Vijayan

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan yesterday said the government is doing its utmost to arrest the trend of brain drain in the State. Encouraging the students to think on bridging the divide between the pace of technological progress and the growth of societal concerns, Vijayan said “The government is creating opportunities for home-grown engineers to stay here and use their talents to make a difference in the State.” He was

AICTE harps on changes in engineering curriculum

Thiruvananthapuram: The recent downward trend in employability of engineering graduates was due to an outdated curriculum, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Chairman Dr Anil Sahasrabudhe yesterday said. A slew of remedial measures, including a reduced credit requirement and more practical tests, are set to be launched, Sahasrabudhe said on the sidelines of “Sankethapravesam 2017,” an induction function for incoming engineering students held here. “Antiquated syllabus and run-of-the-mill modes

Puducherry govt notifies real estate rules

Puducherry: Puducherry government has notified the real estate rules under the Centre’s Real Estate Act to regulate and promote the real estate sector. The government on July 26 notified the Puducherry Real Estate (Regulation and Development-General) Rules and Puducherry Real Estate (Regulation and Development-Agreement for Sale) Rules 2017. The Central Act came into force on 1 May, 2017 , a release from Puducherry Real Estate Regulation Authority said yesterday. The rules make

PM inaugurates Kalam memorial at Rameswaram

Rameswaram: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated a memorial dedicated to former president A P J Abdul Kalam at Peikarumbu, near here, on his second death anniversary. Modi opened the memorial built in the hometown of the former president at a location where the mortal remains of the Missile Man are buried. Modi, who also unveiled a statue of Kalam playing a veena, was accompanied by Tamilnadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar

25 held for ransacking liquor outlet in Kovai

Coimbatore: A group of 25 persons were arrested for ransacking a bar attached to a government-run liquor shop, behind the airport here, allegedly being operated without a valid licence, police said. The protestors, including locals, college students and youths, were led by one “Colony” Prabhu, district secretary of Hindu Makkal Katchi. The locals had been staging protests in the last few months, seeking closure of the outlet and were agitated

Desilting of lake by AIADMK leads to protest by DMK

Coimbatore: Desilting of a lake at Kongapuram town by farmers,reportedly owing allegiance to ruling AIADMK,a day ahead of DMK leader M K Stalin’s proposed visit to oversee the work by his party cadres, led to protests by the latter in the district yesterday. Over 800 DMK workers were arrested from various parts of the district for staging road rokos, protesting against the action of the farmers. The DMK leader also