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Yeddyurappa moves HC seeking ACB case rejection

Bengaluru: Former Karnataka chief minister and State BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa has moved the high court, seeking quashing of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) proceedings against him in connection with an alleged illegal land denotification. He filed the petition in the Karnataka High Court yesterday after the ACB had summoned him to appear before it. Yeddyurappa has been accused of de-notifying 257 acres of land from a preliminary notification of

39 held for disrupting religious harmony

Kochi: At least 39 suspected members of a little known Islamic outfit were arrested today at Vadakkekara in Ernakulam district on charges of attempting to trigger a religious animosity in the society, the police said. They added that the accused were placed under arrest after scrutinising the contents of the pamphlets, bearing the name of an outfit called the Wisdom Global Islamic Mission, seized from their possession. The accused were

Migrant labourers in Kerala get health card

Thiruvananthapuram: Migrant labourers, working in various sectors in Kerala capital, will soon have a health card of their own. With an aim to reach out to the migrant labour population here, the city corporation today launched the distribution of health cards to address the increasing health concerns among them. The health cards, which would also act as an authentic registry of each individual migrant labour, was launched under the ‘Shehar

Scientist held for sexual harassment of Ph.D scholars

Bengaluru: A principal scientist of a government science research institute here has been arrested on charges of sexually harassing four Ph.D scholars, the police said. Imtiyaz Ahmed Parvez, principal scientist of the CSIR Fourth Paradigm Institute, was arrested on Friday under section 354A (sexual harassment) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Deputy Commissioner of Police Abdul Ahad told PTI. “He was arrested and released on bail the same day,” he

CG reviews operational preparedness

Chennai: Coast Guard Commander, Eastern Region, Rajan Bargotra reviewed the operational preparedness of the the region at the District and Station Commanders Works conference here on Saturday. Bargotra reviewed the operational preparedness with emphasis on coastal security, pollution response and infrastructure development, an official release said. He sensitised the District Commanders on the present security scenario in Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu and Puducherry and stressed the importance of working in tandom

‘Fix responsibility on prima facie evidence’

New Delhi: Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today directed the Chairman Railway Board (CRB) to fix responsibility on prima facie evidence by the evening, in connection with yesterday’s Utkal Express derailment, which left 23 people dead and over 100 injured. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Prabhu posted, “Will not allow laxity in operations by the Board. Have directed CRB to fix responsibility on prima facie evidence by end of day.”

Banks stare at union strike on Tuesday

New Delhi: Services at public sector banks may take a hit on Tuesday as all unions under the aegis of UFBU have threatened to go on strike against the government’s proposed consolidation move besides raising a host of other demands. Most banks have already informed their customers that functioning of branches and offices will be impacted if the strike takes off. Operations at private lenders like ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank,

‘Trials on for AC jackets for Indian Special Forces’

 New Delhi: The government is testing ‘airconditioned’ jackets to be worn by special force soldiers who operate for long hours in hot areas. Though the government has not said what material the jackets would be made of and the kind of technology used, former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has confirmed that trials for such jackets are on. In a special forces operation, there is extensive exercise. The body heats up.

Govt exploring PPP model for handling e-waste

New Delhi: The government is exploring the possibility of setting up an eco-park under public-private partnership mode to make research and development in e-waste recycling commercially viable, the environment ministry has told a parliamentary panel. The ministry said this to the Committee of Subordinate Legislation 2016-17 in its 23rd report on action taken by the government on the recommendations contained in the 15th report of the committee on e-waste management.

TiE Chennai enters new partnership

Chennai: TiE Chennai will be entering into a strategic partnership with Chennai Angels and Keiretsu Forum, said president, V Shankar. He took over as the new president recently from Naru R Narayanan. Speaking to media persons in city yesterday he said, “TiE Chennai is a chapter that is into encouragement, education and promotion of entrepreneurs from Chennai and other parts of Tamilnadu.” “The new partnership will give us a structured

Kiran Bedi checks out Pondy at night in disguise

Pudhucherry: Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi today said she went incognito for a night check on women safety in Puducherry and found it ‘safe’. The night check was done incognito, as a pillion rider on a two-wheeler to personally check on how secure it was for women at night to be on the road, on in a public place. The round indicated the need to ensure police presence with mobility