November 10, 2017

Bedi asks Pondy officials to cooperate with new CS

Puducherry: Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi showered praise on new Chief Secretary Ashwani Kumar, saying he was known for his courageous integrity and asked the officials here to consider the change in guard at the top bureaucracy as ‘a blessing’ for them and the union territory. In a “mentoring note” to the officers of the Puducherry administration, she said Kumar, a 1992 batch IAS officer, “is known for his courageous

Isha rally for rivers project gets national board

Coimbatore: A national board comprising eminent persons from different spheres has been formed to steer various initiatives taken under the ‘Rally for Rivers’ programme. The programme is a nation-wide campaign by Isha Foundation here covering 7,000 km traversing 16 States to save rivers in the country. It was inaugurated on 3 September here by Union Minister Harsh Vardhan and it would culminate in Delhi on 2 October. A draft of

BJP wooing Minister Shivakumar: Siddaramaiah

Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah yesterday said that attempts by BJP to woo senior Minister D K Shivakumar, under Income Tax department scanner, would not succeed even as the saffron party dismissed the allegation as a ploy to create confusion. “He is a Congressman by birth, he began his political career in Congress… so BJP’s attempts will not work with him. Attempts through IT will also not work. Shivakumar will

Jet-setting gang of chain snatchers from UP held

Bengaluru: Five members of a jet-setting gang from Uttar Pradesh, who allegedly snatched gold chains and necklaces from women here, have been arrested, police said. Bengaluru police commissioner T Suneel Kumar said the gang members used to frequently travel to Bengaluru by plane. They would roam around the city in two-wheelers and snatch gold necklaces from women in secluded places, he said. After staying for a short while, they would

'Bid to suppress dissent in Kerala's cultural milieu'

Thiruvananthapuram: Observing that there was a ‘sinister’ attempt to ‘suppress and punish’ the voices of dissent in the country, noted Hindi poet Ashok Vajpeyi said Kerala has been at the receiving end of such a situation. But the State was battling it out by hosting a string of international standard cultural events, he said delivering the presidential address during the inauguration of the 11th edition of the Kritya International Poetry

Zaira Wasim says Mary Kom is her favourite sportswoman

Bengaluru: Young Bollywood actress Zaira Wasim of ‘Dangal’ fame yesterday said Mary Kom is her favourite sportswoman and would like to play her on silver screen. “I am in love with Mary Kom ever since I have been involved with the Rotary Club. She is my favourite,” she said replying to questions by reporters at the announcement of the 11th edition of ‘Bengaluru Midnight Marathon 2017’ here. Zaira, who is

Indian seeks re-election to international court

Washington: India’s Dalveer Bhandari and Britain’s Christopher Greenwood are locked in a neck-and-neck fight for re-election to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Based out of The Hague, the ICJ has a bench of 15 judges, five of whom are elected every three years for a nine-year term. Along with Justice Bhandari and Justice Greenwood, three others — Ronny Abraham of France, Antonio Augusto Canado Trindade of Brazil and Abdulqawi

Governor lauds Chennai getting UNESCO recognition

Chennai: Tamilnadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit yesterday said it was a moment of pride and honour for the city, which was included in the Creative Cities Network by UNESCO. Chennai has been included in the list of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network for its rich musical tradition. Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday hailed the inclusion of the Tamilnadu capital which is steeped in multi-layered history. “It is a matter of pride and

Puducherry shop names to be displayed in Tamil

Puducherry: Puducherry government has directed the owners shops and establishments to display their establishments name boards in Tamil. If there was necessity to use any other language, it should be displayed below the Tamil version of names, a release said. Shops should not function before 6 am and should not open beyond 10 p.m. Commercial establishments should function between 8 am and 8 pm, it said. The owners of the

Kerala Oppn targets another Chandy in Assembly

Thiruvananthapuram: Facing heat over the solar scam report which was tabled in the Kerala Assembly yesterday, the Congress-led UDF tried to raise the encroachment allegations against Transport Minister Thomas Chandy, in an attempt to embarrass the government in the House. The Opposition tried to seek notice for an adjournment motion over the allegations against the Minister during the one-day session called for tabling of the report. However, Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan rejected

EPS flays DMK, says it can never come back to power

Theni: Tamilnadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami yesterday slammed DMK for questioning the conduct of centenary celebrations of ruling AIADMK founder M G Ramachandran by the government and said it was indulging in false propaganda out of political vendetta. Recalling pro-people measures taken by MGR during tenure as chief minister, he said on the other hand DMK had nothing to boast of except its record in corruption. Addressing the MGR