November 2017

SC confirms fine on Mercedes for faulty airbags

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has directed luxury car maker Mercedes Benz India to deposit Rs 10 lakh with its registry as one of its cars, on having met with an accident, failed to trigger airbags. The airbags of the car failed to open during a head-on collision with a container truck in 2006 in which managing director of electrical company Crompton Greaves, who was travelling from Nasik to Mumbai

Karnataka doctors end indefinite strike

Bengaluru/Belagavi: Doctors protesting the proposed amendments to an act aimed at making them accountable for medical negligence today ended their indefinite strike, which had crippled health services in private hospitals and nursing homes, after an agreement with the government. The decision to call off the strike was taken at a meeting between Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and representatives of doctors, who had intensified the stir yesterday, declaring it to be indefinite.

Calls mount at UN for action against killer robots

Geneva: “Robots are not taking over the world”, the diplomat leading the first official talks on autonomous weapons assured today, seeking to ease criticism over slow progress towards restricting the use of so-called “killer robots”. The United Nations was wrapping up an initial five days of discussions on weapons systems that can identify and destroy targets without human control, which experts say will soon be battle ready. The meeting of

Fresh plea against 'Padmavati' in Supreme Court

New Delhi: A fresh plea has been moved in the Supreme Court to remove alleged objectionable scenes and registration of an FIR against the makers of upcoming Bollywood flick Padmavati. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud agreed to hear the plea but refused urgent listing of the matter. The petitioner, advocate M L Sharma, who mentioned the matter for urgent

Pak NSA accuses India of creating two-front situation

Islamabad: National Security Advisor Nasser Khan Janjua today accused India of creating a “two-front situation” for Pakistan, saying such a policy would be detrimental for regional peace and stability. His statement came during his talks with visiting Special Representative of Germany for Afghanistan and Pakistan Markus Potzel who was accompanied by German Ambassador Martin Kobler here. According to a statement by the NSA office, the two sides discussed the regional

6 children among 19 killed in shelling near Damascus

Douma: Shelling by the Syrian regime on the rebel-held area of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus killed at least 19 civilians, among them six children, a monitor said today. The deaths came amid an escalating cycle of tit-for-tat attacks between regime forces and rebels holding the enclave on the Syrian capital’s eastern outskirts. Rebel shelling yesterday killed three civilians. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 52 civilians have been

Bad condition of Chennai road to be repaired

Chennai: Sundareshwarar Street off East Mada Street is one of the streets at Mylapore in the city that is calling for attention. The stretch that lies in front of the Lady Sivaswami Iyer Girls Higher Secondary School on the road is in such a bad condition that it is causing great concern to the authorities. This stretch has become a parking lot for vehicles. even vehicles that need repair are

Karnataka assembly passes SC/ST promotions bill

Belagavi (Karnataka): The Karnataka Assembly yesterday unanimously passed a bill aimed at determination of seniority of government servants promoted on the basis of reservation to post of civil services of the State. Popularly known as “SC/ST promotions bill”, it is titled the ‘Karnataka Extension of Consequential Seniority to Government Servants Promoted on the Basis of Reservation (to the post in the civil services of the state) Bill, 2017′. The government

Arterial junction in Chennai area worries commuters

Chennai: The intersection of Venkatakrishna Road, Mandavelli , RA Puram Second Main Road, and Sringeri Mutt Road, at Mylapore is a nightmare for road-users. Vehicles coming from the four directions, do not bother to stop at the junction. It is an absolute case of survival of the fittest principle. Though traffic bottlenecks do not occur, the careless way in which vehicles cross from one side to another at this point

Zimbabweans to march against Mugabe

Harare: Zimbabwe was set for more political turmoil today with protests planned as veterans of the independence war, activists and ruling party leaders called publicly for President Robert Mugabe to be forced from office. The marches will cap an unprecedented week in which generals seized power and put Mugabe under house arrest in a stunning turnaround for the president who has ruled since 1980. The 93-year-old autocrat did not resign

Damaged street lights in Chennai area needs repair

Chennai: Most of the street lights at Mugappair in the city are not in correct position. Everything was fine when the lamps were installed, but later, the direction of the lights changed due to weather conditions and because of the wiremen who often climb the posts to do repair work. ‘”The street lights have to face downward. But the position of the lights is turned either to right or left.