October 2017

Indian students assaulted in Italy

Milan: Indian students have been assaulted in a string of incidents in northern Italy, the Indian Consulate in Milan has said. The Consulate General of India (CGI) in Milan yesterday issued an advisory to Indian students and asked them not to panic. “The Consulate has received reports of unfortunate incidents of attacks on Indian students in Milan. All Indian students are urged not to panic. The Consulate is taking up

Activists feel Chennai will be badly hit like 2015 floods

Chennai: Remember 2015 floods that hit Chennai badly. The blockage in free flow of rain water and improper bunds of two major rivers – Adyar river and Kosasthalaiyar river – were claimed to be the major reason why the city was flooded, say activists. The South Chennai which was worst hit by Adyar river, is now set to meet the current monsoon, where the height of the bunds have been

Aadhaar anxieties

At one level, the Modi Government’s insistence on linking Aadhaar card to more and more services and schemes, including bank accounts, property transactions, may be justified due to the endemic dishonesty and fraud prevalent in the economic sphere. The argument that those who have nothing to hide can have no objection if Aadhaar is linked to an increasing number of private and public services resonates with a huge section of

Youngsters aping Kohli's action worries me: Dravid

Mumbai: The impact of Virat Kohli’s in-your-face persona on young, impressionable cricketers is a cause for concern for Rahul Dravid. The former India captain feared aping Kohli’s aggressive words and approach might lead to youngsters not being authentic to themselves. While Dravid admitted to cringing at some outrageous things Kohli says on occasions, he also defended him by saying that so long as he was true to himself, and it

F1 Champion re-writes history books

Chennai: Lewis Hamilton won his fourth championship in Mexico to become the most successful British driver of all time. Sebastian Vettel missed out on his fifth title to a rampant Hamilton who was on another level post the summer break, to overcome a points deficit, in the most crushing way possible. Points deficit At the summer break, Hamilton was 14 points behind Vettel, who dominated the first part of the

Govt, restaurants spar over 6% GST benefit

New Delhi: Backing the recommendation of a panel of state finance ministers, the Centre is expected to slash goods and services tax (GST) on restaurants. The government may withdraw input tax credit facility offered to the restaurants, as reported by a leading national daily. The government claims that the gains pocketed by eateries in the tune of six per cent should have been accrued to the consumers. However, National Restaurant

Telcos in race to lure RCom customers

Chennai: India’s telecom market has become a battlefield after Jio entered it. Every top telco looks to strengthen its customer base in all possible ways, which includes luring customers from other networks. After the recent announcement from Reliance that they are planning to shut down their 2G services, Airtel, Vodafone even Jio has come up with a plan to snatch its customer base. RCom had 81,272,601 subscribers as per the

Woman kills 13 in-laws while trying to poison hubby

Islamabad: A woman, forced to marry against her will, accidentally killed 13 in-laws while trying to poison her new husband. The incident came into light when 13 members of a family died under mysterious circumstances while 28 others fell ill in Pakistan’s Punjab province. Nearly 14 people are still battling for their lives in a hospital. Upon preliminary investigations, it was found that the family fell sick after consuming an

North Korea denies involvement in WannaCry

Seoul: North Korea has slammed Britain for accusing it of being behind a global ransomware attack that hit the National Health Service, calling the allegation a ‘wicked attempt’ to further tighten international sanctions against Pyongyang. A third of Britain’s public hospitals were affected by the WannaCry worm in May, according to a government report. Up to 300,000 computers in 150 countries were hit by WannaCry, which seized systems and demanded

Digital self harm is high in teens, say scientists

Houston: An alarming trend of a new form of self-harm is emerging in teens, where they anonymously post mean things about themselves online, scientists including one of Indian origin have found. Adolescents harming themselves with cuts, scratches or burns has gained a lot of attention over the years not just because of the physical damage and internal turmoil, but also because it has been linked to suicide. More recently, self-cyberbullying