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Cell phones biometrics fuel jump in bank account ownership

The finding is a sign of the improved financial wellbeing of those living in developing countries and particularly women, who increasingly have a safe place to store their savings and are able to participate in the growing digitalization of the global economy.But women still lag behind their male counterparts in bank account ownership, the World Bank report said.An estimated 69 percent of adults had some sort of bank account in 2017, up from an estimated 51 percent in 2011 and up from 62 percent in 2014. That translates into an additional 515 million adults now having a bank account compared to three years ago.The figures were released as part of the World Bank’s Global Findex Report , a study on financial inclusion released every three years that involves interviews or surveys of 150,000 people covering 144 countries representing 98 percent of the world’s population.A chunk of the growth came from India, the world’s second-most populous country, where bank account ownership has more than doubled from 40 percent to 80 percent in six years. Since 2014, the Indian government has been pushing a program to sign up individuals for simple, no-fee accounts tied to government biometric identification cards. While usage of those accounts is mixed, the World Bank report was not measuring whether or not a bank account is used, just if an adult had one or not. Citation: Cell phones, biometrics fuel jump in bank account ownership (2018, April 19) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-cell-biometrics-fuel-bank-account.html World Bank experts expect that mobile money accounts will be the primary way to drive the remaining 1.7 billion people without a bank account into financial services. The bank estimates that 1.1 billion of those 1.7 billion unbanked adults have a mobile phone, and could be more easily brought into the financial system.The World Bank also recommended in its report that countries move their pension payments and other forms of government transfers from cash to electronic in order to spur broader bank account ownership. Utility companies can also consider other electronic forms of payment to spur bank account usage, the World Bank said. In this March 1, 2016, file photo, two women stand outside a building used by South Africa’s ABSA bank in Cape Town, South Africa. Roughly seven out of every 10 adults worldwide now has some form of a bank account, the World Bank said Thursday, April 19, fueled largely by the proliferation of cell phone-based bank accounts and other simple bank account programs in places like India and Sub-Saharan Africa. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File) Sub-Saharan Africa saw big growth as well, fueled by mobile phone-based accounts. These “mobile money” accounts, as they are sometimes known, are tied to a person’s cell phone account instead of a bank, and allow users to transfer money to family or businesses.In countries such as Kenya, roughly three quarters of Kenyans have a mobile money account, and other Sub-Saharan countries like Zimbabwe and Uganda also saw jumps in mobile phone account usage in the last few years. Mobile money accounts also appear to be gaining popularity in other parts of the continent as well, not just East Africa, to places like West Africa. Roughly seven out of every 10 adults worldwide now have some form of bank account, the World Bank said Thursday, largely due to the proliferation of cell phone-based bank accounts and other simple bank account programs in places like India and Sub-Saharan Africa. In this Feb. 15, 2018, file photo, pedestrians walk past a sign board of Punjab National Bank in New Delhi, India. Roughly seven out of every 10 adults worldwide now has some form of a bank account, the World Bank said Thursday, April 19, fueled largely by the proliferation of cell phone-based bank accounts and other simple bank account programs in places like India and Sub-Saharan Africa. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File) Explore further Bitcoin shouldn’t become the new Swiss bank account: Mnuchin © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. In this Dec. 2, 2016, file photo, Indians stand in a queue outside a bank to withdraw cash in Ahmadabad, India. Roughly seven out of every 10 adults worldwide now has some form of a bank account, the World Bank said Thursday, April 19, 2018, fueled largely by the proliferation of cell phone-based bank accounts and other simple bank account programs in places like India and Sub-Saharan Africa. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki, File) While nearly every demographic and continent saw increased usage of bank accounts and other forms of savings, the gender gap among those using financial services remains high, according to the World Bank. Women are nine percentage points less likely to have a bank or mobile money account, a gap that hasn’t changed since the 2014 report.But the biggest barrier to spur bank account ownership remains wealth itself. The poor are much less likely to have a bank or mobile money account, largely due to the lack of money they have to store in it. Two-thirds of those surveyed who did not have a bank account said a lack of savings was their primary reason for not having one.The World Bank estimates that 93 percent of all American adults have some sort of bank account. That matches a report compiled by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., a federal bank regulator, which estimated that roughly 7 percent of all Americans did not have a bank account. In this Oct. 20, 2017, file photo people walk past a branch of HSBC bank in Hong Kong. Roughly seven out of every 10 adults worldwide now has some form of a bank account, the World Bank said Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

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Personalized medicine software vulnerability uncovered by Sandia researchers

first_img Explore further Citation: Personalized medicine software vulnerability uncovered by Sandia researchers (2019, July 1) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-personalized-medicine-software-vulnerability-uncovered.html Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories identified the weakness and notified the software developers, who issued a patch to fix the problem. The issue has also been fixed in the latest release of the software. While no attack from this vulnerability is known, the National Institutes of Standards and Technology recently described it in a note to software developers, genomics researchers and network administrators.The discovery reveals that protecting genomic information involves more than safe storage of an individual’s genetic information. The cybersecurity of computer systems analyzing genetic data is also crucial, said Corey Hudson, a bioinformatics researcher at Sandia who helped uncover the issue.Personalized medicine—the process of using a patient’s genetic information to guide medical treatment—involves two steps: sequencing the entire genetic content from a patient’s cells and comparing that sequence to a standardized human genome. Through that comparison, doctors identify specific genetic changes in a patient that are linked to disease.Genome sequencing starts with cutting and replicating a person’s genetic information into millions of small pieces. Then a machine reads each piece numerous times and transforms images of the pieces into sequences of building blocks, commonly represented by the letters A, T, C and G. Finally, software collects those sequences and matches each snippet to its place on a standardized human genome sequence. One matching program used widely by personalized genomics researchers is called Burrows-Wheeler Aligner (BWA).Sandia researchers studying the cybersecurity of this program found a weak spot when the program imports the standardized genome from government servers. The standardized genome sequence traveled over insecure channels, which created the opportunity for a common cyberattack called a “man-in-the-middle.” Provided by Sandia National Laboratories A weakness in one common open source software for genomic analysis left DNA-based medical diagnostics vulnerable to cyberattacks. In this attack, an adversary or a hacker could intercept the standard genome sequence and then transmit it to a BWA user along with a malicious program that alters genetic information obtained from sequencing. The malware could then change a patient’s raw genetic data during genome mapping, making the final analysis incorrect without anyone knowing it. Practically, this means doctors may prescribe a drug based on the genetic analysis that, had they had the correct information, they would have known would be ineffective or toxic to a patient.Forensic labs and genome sequencing companies that also use this mapping software were temporarily vulnerable to having results maliciously altered in the same way. Information from direct-to-consumer genetic tests was not affected by this vulnerability because these tests use a different sequencing method than whole genome sequencing, Hudson said.Security cybersleuthsTo find this vulnerability, Hudson and his cybersecurity colleagues at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign used a platform developed by Sandia called Emulytics to simulate the process of genome mapping. First, they imported genetic information simulated to resemble that from a sequencer. Then they had two servers send information to Emulytics. One provided a standard genome sequence and the other acted as the “man-in-the-middle” interceptor. The researchers mapped the sequencing results and compared results with and without an attack to see how the attack changed the final sequence.”Once we discovered that this attack could change a patient’s genetic information, we followed responsible disclosure,” Hudson said. The researchers contacted the open source developers, who then issued a patch to fix the problem. They also contacted public agencies, including cybersecurity experts at the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, so they could more widely distribute information about this issue.The research, funded by Sandia’s Laboratory Directed Research and Development program, continues testing other genome mapping software for security weaknesses. Differences between each computer program mean the researchers might find a similar, but not identical, issue, Hudson said. The LDRD funding also supports membership in the National Science Foundation’s Center for Computational Biology and Genomic Medicine.Along with installing the latest version of BWA, Hudson and his colleagues recommend other “cyberhygiene” strategies to secure genomic information, including transmitting data over encrypted channels and using software that protects sequencing data from being changed. They also encourage security researchers who routinely analyze open source software for weaknesses to look at genomics programs. This practice is common in industrial control systems in the energy grid and software used in critical infrastructure, Hudson said, but would be a new area for genomics security.”Our goal is to make systems safer for people who use them by helping to develop best practices,” he said. New computer program can help crack precision medicine Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories uncovered a vulnerability in open source genome mapping software that has now been fixed by developers. Credit: Brent Haglund This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Robot umpires debut in independent Atlantic League

first_img“Technically, they’re strikes, but umpires never called them,” Atkins said.MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said there’s no timeline on when the technology will be used in the majors.”We need to see how it works, first in the Atlantic League and then probably other places, meaning other parts of minor league baseball, before it comes to Major League Baseball,” Manfred said. “Kind of gets back to the question that I was asked earlier about the baseball, we hear all the time from players, why don’t we have an electronic strike zone, why don’t we have an electronic strike zone? We try to be responsive to those sorts of expressions of concern. We have spent a lot of time and money on the technology. It’s not just to address player concerns. It obviously has broadcasting uses. That same technology can be used in our broadcast, which has value to our fans. But we feel it’s incumbent upon us—people that play the game raised this as something that could make the game better. We kind of feel it’s incumbent on us to figure out whether we could make it work. And that’s what we’re doing.” “Robot umpires” have arrived. Home plate umpire Brian deBrauwere, left, huddles with officials while wearing an earpiece connected to a ball and strikes calling system prior to the start of the Atlantic League All-Star minor league baseball game, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in York, Pa. deBrauwere wore the earpiece connected to an iPhone in his ball bag which relayed ball and strike calls upon receiving it from a TrackMan computer system that uses Doppler radar. The independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to let the computer call balls and strikes during the all star game. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Home plate umpire Brian deBrauwere, left, calls a strike given to him by a radar system over an earpiece as Liberty Division’s Tyler Ladendorf, right, of the High Point Rockers, strikes out to Freedom Division’s Mitch Atkins, of the York Revolution, during the first inning of the Atlantic League All-Star minor league baseball game, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in York, Pa. deBrauwere wore the earpiece connected to an iPhone in his ball bag which relayed ball and strike calls upon receiving it from a TrackMan computer system that uses Doppler radar. The independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to let the computer call balls and strikes during the all star game. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Home plate umpire Brian deBrauwere looks on while wearing an earpiece connected to a ball and strikes calling system prior to the start of the Atlantic League All-Star minor league baseball game, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in York, Pa. deBrauwere wore the earpiece connected to an iPhone in his ball bag which relayed ball and strike calls upon receiving it from a TrackMan computer system that uses Doppler radar. The independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to let the computer call balls and strikes during the all star game. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Home plate umpire Brian deBrauwere, left, huddles behind Freedom Division catcher James Skelton, of the York Revolution, as the official wears an earpiece during the first inning of the Atlantic League All-Star minor league baseball game, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in York, Pa. deBrauwere wore the earpiece connected to an iPhone in his ball bag which relayed ball and strike calls upon receiving it from a TrackMan computer system that uses Doppler radar. The independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to let the computer call balls and strikes during the all star game. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Home plate umpire Brian deBrauwere looks on while wearing an earpiece connected to a ball and strikes calling system prior to the start of the Atlantic League All-Star minor league baseball game, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in York, Pa. deBrauwere wore the earpiece connected to an iPhone in his ball bag which relayed ball and strike calls upon receiving it from a TrackMan computer system that uses Doppler radar. The independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to let the computer call balls and strikes during the all star game. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) A radar device is seen on the roof behind home plate at PeoplesBank Park during the third inning of the Atlantic League All-Star minor league baseball game, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in York, Pa. Home plate umpire Brian deBrauwere wore the earpiece connected to an iPhone in his ball bag which relayed ball and strike calls upon receiving it from a TrackMan computer system that uses Doppler radar. The independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to let the computer call balls and strikes during the all star game. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Home plate umpire Brian deBrauwere, left, wears an earpiece as Liberty Division’s Tyler Ladendorf, right, of the High Point Rockers, swings at a pitch from Freedom Division’s Mitch Atkins, of the York Revolution, during the first inning of the Atlantic League All-Star minor league baseball game, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in York, Pa. Also seen is catcher James Skelton, center, of the York Revolution. deBrauwere wore the earpiece connected to an iPhone in his ball bag which relayed ball and strike calls upon receiving it from a TrackMan computer system that uses Doppler radar. The independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to let the computer call balls and strikes during the all star game. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Home plate umpire Brian deBrauwere, left, taps on his earpiece as Liberty Division’s Tyler Ladendorf, right, of the High Point Rockers, waits for a pitch from Freedom Division’s Mitch Atkins, of the York Revolution, during the first inning of the Atlantic League All-Star minor league baseball game, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in York, Pa. Also seen is catcher James Skelton, center, of the York Revolution. deBrauwere wore the earpiece connected to an iPhone in his ball bag which relayed ball and strike calls upon receiving it from a TrackMan computer system that uses Doppler radar. The independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to let the computer call balls and strikes during the all star game. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) An analysis of nearly 4 million pitches shows just how many mistakes umpires make Citation: ‘Robot umpires’ debut in independent Atlantic League (2019, July 11) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-robot-umpires-debut-independent-atlantic.html Atlantic League President Rick White said it’s going to be implemented league-wide over the next few weeks.”After that, we’re relatively confident that it’s going to spread through organized baseball,” White said. “We’re very excited about what this portends not only for our league but for the future of baseball. What we know is technology can help umpires be more accurate and we’re committed to that. We think the Atlantic League is being a pioneer for all of the sport.”Sword said MLB hasn’t received much pushback from umpires.”One of our focuses is not to replace the umpire,” Sword said. “In fact, we’re trying empower the umpire with technology. The home plate umpire has a lot more to do than call balls and strikes and he’s going to be asked to do all of that. We’re in touch with our umpires’ union and this is the first step of the process.” DeBrauwere had no issue with it.”This is just another plate job and I just get a little help on this one so I feel very relaxed going into this one,” he said.Strike zones are determined according to the average for players of that height unless there’s already information on a player’s particular strike zone if they’ve played in the majors at some point.Pitcher Mitch Atkins noticed pitches higher in the strike zone were called. “If the umpire still has discretion, it defeats the purpose,” said Nieuwenhuis, who batted .221 with 31 homers in 978 at-bats with the Mets, Angels and Brewers.About 45 minutes before first pitch, the public address announcer directed fans to look up at the black screen hanging off the face of the upper level behind the plate and joked they could blame the computer for any disagreements over calls.”This is an exciting night for MLB, the Atlantic League, baseball generally,” said Morgan Sword, MLB’s senior vice president of economics and operations. “This idea has been around for a long time and it’s the first time it’s been brought to life in a comprehensive way.” © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Ron Besaw, right, operates a laptop computer as home plate umpire Brian deBrauwere, gets signals from radar with the ball and strikes calls during the fourth inning of the Atlantic League All-Star minor league baseball game, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in York, Pa. deBrauwere wore an earpiece connected to an iPhone in his ball bag which relayed ball and strike calls upon receiving it from a TrackMan computer system that uses Doppler radar. The independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to let the computer call balls and strikes during the all star game. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) A radar device, top, is seen during second inning action in the Atlantic League All-Star minor league baseball game, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in York, Pa. Home plate umpire Brian deBrauwere wore an earpiece connected to an iPhone in his ball bag which relayed ball and strike calls upon receiving it from a TrackMan computer system that uses Doppler radar. The independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to let the computer call balls and strikes during the all star game. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Explore further Infielder L.J. Mazzilli said a few times hitters who struck out lingered an extra second or so in the batter’s box waiting on a called third strike.”The future is crazy, but it’s cool to see the direction of baseball,” said Mazzilli a son of former big league player and manager Lee Mazzilli.The umpires have the ability to override the computer, which considers a pitch a strike when the ball bounces and then crosses the zone. TrackMan also does not evaluate checked swings.Former big leaguer Kirk Nieuwenhuis doesn’t like the idea of giving umps veto power. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to let a computer call balls and strikes Wednesday night at its All-Star Game. Plate umpire Brian deBrauwere wore an earpiece connected to an iPhone in his pocket and relayed the call upon receiving it from a TrackMan computer system that uses Doppler radar.He crouched in his normal position behind the catcher and signaled balls and strikes.”Until we can trust this system 100%, I still have to go back there with the intention of getting a pitch correct because if the system fails, it doesn’t pick a pitch up or if it registers a pitch that’s a foot-and-a-half off the plate as a strike, I have to be prepared to correct that,” deBrauwere said before the game.It didn’t appear deBrauwere had any delay receiving the calls at first, but players noticed a big difference.”One time I already had caught the ball back from the catcher and he signaled strike,” said pitcher Daryl Thompson, who didn’t realize the technology was being used until after he disagreed with a call. The experiment with radar-tracking technology to call balls and strikes was originally expected to begin at the start of the season but experienced some delays. Home plate umpire Brian deBrauwere checks an iPhone while wearing an earpiece prior to the start of the Atlantic League All-Star minor league baseball game, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in York, Pa. The umpire received information about balls and strikes with the device connected to a TrackMan computer system that uses Doppler radar. The independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to let the computer call balls and strikes during the all star game. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Home plate umpire Brian deBrauwere, left, wears an earpiece as Liberty Division’s Tyler Ladendorf, right, of the High Point Rockers, swings at a pitch from Freedom Division’s Mitch Atkins, of the York Revolution, during the first inning of the Atlantic League All-Star minor league baseball game, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in York, Pa. Also seen is catcher James Skelton, center, of the York Revolution. deBrauwere wore the earpiece connected to an iPhone in his ball bag which relayed ball and strike calls upon receiving it from a TrackMan computer system that uses Doppler radar. The independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to let the computer call balls and strikes during the all star game. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)last_img read more

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Huntsman Spider Devours Possum in Viral and Terrifying Photos

first_img Goliath Birdeater: Images of a Colossal Spider In Australia — where else? — a large spider recently demonstrated the dominance of arachnids over puny mammals, as it chowed down on an unfortunate pygmy possum. Southern Tasmania resident Justine Latton shared her husband’s photos of the gruesome meal on June 14 in the Facebook group Tasmanian Insects and Spiders. He captured the images at a lodge in Tasmania’s Mount Field National Park while doing light repair work, Latton said yesterday (June 18) on the radio program “Tasmania Talks.” Members of the Facebook group identified the arachnid as a huntsman (also known as a giant crab spider); these large, long-legged spiders in the Sparassidae family live all over Australia. In the photo, the huntsman hangs head-down from a door hinge and grips its prey by the neck. The dead marsupial — which appears to be a pygmy possum, according to commenters — dangles limply from the huntsman’s mandibles. [In Photos: A Tarantula-Eat-Snake World]Advertisement The animal commonly known as a possum in North America (actually an “opossum,” which belongs to a different order) can grow to be as big as a cat; were that the case here, the spider would easily be the size of a large dinner plate. But pygmy possums (Cercartetus lepidus) are the smallest possums in the world, measuring about 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7 centimeters) long and weighing about 0.2 ounces (7 grams), according to Tasmania’s Parks and Wildlife Service. On average, a huntsman spider’s leg span can reach up to 6 inches (15 cm), while their bodies measure about 0.7 inches (2 cm) long, the Australian Museum reported. In Photos: Tarantulas Strut Their Stuff Eight-eyed huntsman spiders in the Sparassidae family deliver venomous bites with their sharp fangs, paralyzing small prey. Credit: Courtesy of Justine Latton In Photos: The Amazing Arachnids of the World Latton’s husband was conducting repair work at the lodge when he noticed the spider lurking on the door just above his co-worker’s head, Latton told “Tasmania Talks.” The two captured the spider in an empty ice-cream container and released the huntsman outside the lodge; the arachnid skedaddled and left its possum meal behind, Latton said. Huntsman spiders are ambush predators, and they use their large and powerful fangs to deliver venomous bites. Spiders are commonly thought to suck the liquids from their prey; in reality, they vomit digestive fluid onto their meals, chew the saturated flesh and then slurp up the dissolved nutrients, Rod Crawford, curatorial associate of arachnids at the Burke Museum in Seattle, wrote on the museum website. Huntsman spiders’ usual prey includes many types of insects, reptiles and even other spiders. But it shouldn’t come as a surprise that small mammals are also occasionally on the menu. Numerous spider species worldwide are known to eat bats, and researchers recently recorded the first evidence of tropical spiders preying on mouse opossums, in the Peruvian Amazon, Live Science previously reported. Amazon Spiders Hunt Frogs, Fish, Lizards…And MammalsFor small animals in the tropics, spiders and their arthropod cousins are responsible for “a surprising amount of death,” scientists say.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Better Bug Sprays?01:33 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65746-possum-eating-spider-australia.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0001:0601:06Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?02:31Surgical Robotics00:29Video – Giggly Robot关闭  Originally published on Live Science.last_img read more

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Congress may be tops but BJP will fight for the last vote

first_imgDecember 11, 2018 COMMENT Doing away with the MGNREGS, burgeoning problems of the farmers, unemployment and rural distress have alienated people from the BJP even in its strongholds.   –  PTI BJP’s formidable election machinery has ensured Cong doesn’t sweep Rajasthan, M.P. AM Jigeesh The Congress may have come out on top in the five assembly polls but the BJP’s major push back, especially in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, where it was battling anti-incumbency and rural distress, has also exposed the Congress’ inherent organisational weaknesses, lack of resources and poor last-mile connectivity.The Congress failed to make the most of an anti-incumbency wave against the BJP in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, but in Chhattisgarh, where the grand old party had a good number of leaders connected to the ground, it got a convincing victory.The credit for protecting the BJP’s base goes to the RSS machinery that worked overtime to counter the campaign of the Congress highlighting the problems in governance, particularly in the rural sector. In States like Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, where more than 80 per cent of the people are associated with agriculture or allied works, the high-pitch campaign of the Opposition gained a lot of traction.In Rajasthan, party president Madanlal Saini told BusinessLine in an interview that no party in the world is as strong as the BJP at the level of polling booths. He said his opponents do not have workers and leaders at the booth level. The results prove that organisational problems of the Congress are a reason why it could not get as many seats as projected by pollsters.The “communalisation” of the Congress’ traditional vote base of Dalits and tribals can also be seen as a reason for the anti-incumbency not getting translated into votes. The BJP-Sangh Parivar had constituted 21-member booth committees and the members of it met at least 10 households each during the campaign.RSS supportThe RSS members went to the voters and engaged them with conversations that countered the Opposition’s charges. The Congress has been alleging that the process of polarising the electorate on communal lines has gained much momentum in the last five years of the Vasundhara Raje regime in Rajasthan. But it was unable to pursue this line of campaign, as it did not have people on the ground.However, the result is a clear warning signal for the BJP. Doing away with the MGNREGS, the burgeoning problems of the farmers, and unemployment and rural distress have alienated people from the party even in its strongholds. Though the BJP used the last-minute campaigning by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to form a counter narrative to the Opposition’s charges, the results show that it did not have a desired impact on the people. state politics politicscenter_img SHARE Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Naidu deceiving AP KTR

first_img 0 Published on January 18, 2019 Expressing confidence that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) will win 16 of the 17 Lok Sabha seats from Telangana in the coming elections, TRS working president KT Rama Rao said his party would play a crucial role in forming the government at the Centre. In a blazing attack on Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Rama Rao said TDP, which worked with the BJP for four years, is now criticising the TRS and the BJP to hide administrative failures and win elections in Andhra Pradesh. He said the people of Telangana voted the TRS back to power because they believed in the welfare schemes introduced by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. But today, the people of Andhra Pradesh are not ready to repose faith in Chandrababu Naidu because of his “incompetent governance,” he said. Welcoming Congress leader Vanteru Prathap Reddy into the TRS fold at Telangana Bhavan here today, KTR described the BJP as the ‘Build-up Jatiya Party’ and stated that a major line of Central leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, six CMs and 11 Central ministers campaigned in Telangana Assembly elections but the BJP lost the deposit in 103 seats. KTR remarked that neither the BJP nor the Congress will get the magic number in the next elections. The TRS will be working with non-Congress and non-BJP parties and various political parties such as Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, and Biju Janata Dal which have made their stand clear to not support either the BJP or the Congress, he said. Telangana SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT SHARE state politics TRS working president KT Rama Rao COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Cabinet approves the creation of National Bench of GSTATCabinet approves the creation

first_imgPublished on SHARE SHARE EMAIL The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the creation of the National Bench of the Goods and Services Tax Appellate Tribunal. It will be presided over by the President and shall consist of one technical member (Centre) and one technical member (State). The National bench would be set up in New Delhi.It also approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Kuwait for the cooperation on recruitment of domestic workers. Over 3 lakh Indian domestic workers, of which 90,000 are women, in Kuwait would to be benefited by the move.The Cabinet also gave its nod for the extension of Delhi metro corridor from Dilshad Garden to New Bus Adda, Ghaziabad. The total distance of the extended line would be 9.41 km. January 23, 2019 COMMENT COMMENTS SHARElast_img read more

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Hyderabad metro rail chugs into Hitec City

first_imgHyderabad Metro Rail Photo: Nagara Gopal SHARE SHARE EMAIL March 20, 2019 public transport Hyderabad Metro train operations between Ameerpet and the IT hub of Hitec City stretch of Metro Rail Corridor-III began today with Governor ESL Narasimhan flagging off operations.The commissioning was done in low key as the model code of conduct is now in operation.This long-awaited 10 km stretch with 9 stations will establish the crucial metro connectivity to the congested IT/ITES corridor and ease the pressure on commuters cutting down their travel time.Overcoming innumerable court cases related to Right of Way and acquisition of the affected properties, several innovative engineering techniques were adopted to construct the Metro line and the stations in this stretch.Construction of reverse facility beyond Hitec City station in front of Cyber Towers and Trident hotel is being done in a staggered manner as the narrow passage is wedged between Cyber Towers on one side and flyover on the other side and it will take a couple of months for completion.Trains will initially run in a 5 km stretch between Jubilee Hills Check Post and Hitec City station following a traditional Railway practice of “twin single line method.” In this method the two tracks are treated as two separate single lines and trains are operated in both “up and down” direction on each line separately, till the “reversal” beyond Hitec City station is completed.Two corridors of the three corridor 72 km elevated metro rail being implemented by L&T under PPP mode will now be fully operational.The work on the stretch that seeks to connect Secunderabad with the Old City of Hyderabad is now underway and is likely to be ready by the year end. However, this will be minus a five km stretch that runs in the Old City beyond Musi river.NVS Reddy, Managing Director of Hyderabad Metro Rail said with the commissioning of the line up to the Hitec City the number of passengers commuting daily on the metro lines is set to cross 3 lakh mark from about 1.8 lakh.K.V.B. Reddy, L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad CEO & MD said efforts were on to synchronise operations on this route with other lines.A stretch of 1.5 km running up to terminal Raidurg station is also slated for completion later this year thereby completing Corridor III of 28 km.  transport and logistics Hyderabadcenter_img COMMENT Published on COMMENTS railway SHARElast_img read more

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Kumaraswamy to seek trust vote on July 18

first_imgThe political crisis in Karnataka is set for a climax with Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy deciding to seek a trust vote on July 18.A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly, presided by Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar.Earlier, the principal opposition party BJP served a notice of ‘No-Confidence to the Council of Ministers’ to be taken up on Tuesday. At the meeting, BJP firmly demanded that Kumaraswamy should seek a trust vote immediately or resign.The Opposition planned to abstain from the proceedings of the Assembly on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Speaker told the House and reassured that ‘we will assemble on July 18 (Thursday) for a discussion on trust vote’. It is believed that heated exchanges had taken place between members of the ruling and opposition parties at the BAC meeting‘Unethical to continue’The BJP maintained that the Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress coalition government led by Kumaraswamy has lost its majority. Opposition leader in the Assembly and BJP State president BS Yeddyurappa argued that it is unethical for the coalition to continue in office.However, in view of the Supreme Court hearing, a petition by rebel MLAs (nine Congress, three JD(S) and two independents) who had submitted resignations coming up on Tuesday, BAC fixed the date for trust vote on Thursday.The total strength of the ruling coalition is 116 (the Congress-78, the JD(S)-37 and the BSP-1), besides the Speaker.If the resignations of the 16 MLAs are accepted, the coalition’s tally would be reduced to 100.With the support of the two independents, the BJP has 107 MLAs in the 224-member House in which the majority mark is 113. Meanwhile, the legislators of all three major parties returned to their respective hotels/resorts.Resort politicsNow after fixing the date for the trust vote, the BJP is trying to keep its flock together while ruling coalition is still making efforts to woo back its MLAs who are camping in Mumbai.However, the rebel MLAs, who are staying at a Mumbai hotel, have written to the city police chief, saying they don’t want to meet Mallikarjun Kharge or any other Congress leader. For the ruling coalition, it is not possible to sail through the trust vote if the rebel MLAs do not return to the fold. BJP, which served the no-confidence notice, to stay away from the Assembly till then 0 politics July 15, 2019 Karnataka SHARE Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more

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MATTA members vehicles on ehailing apps

first_imgReports by JOSEPH KAOS Jr, ALLISON LAI, CLARISSA CHUNG, NATASHA JOIBI and ILI AQILAH KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) will be entering the e-hailing space by collaborating with four companies to list their members’ transport offerings on their e-hailing apps. MATTA president Datuk Tan Kok Liang said the move was to enable their members who are transport operators to maximise their offerings to tourists via the apps.MATTA signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with four e-hailing operators, namely Dacsee Sdn Bhd, Ideal Technology Advancement Sdn Bhd (Ciaz2u), Mula Car International Sdn Bhd and Neo Urban Consolidated Sdn Bhd (Nuccar) yesterday. e-Commerce 08 Jul 2019 Sime Darby Motors unit open to working with e-hailing firms Tech News 11 Jul 2019 Halal Holiday launched to cater to Muslim tourists Metro News 09 Jul 2019 Best Tour Operator honour for travel agency {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}center_img Related News Related News “The tour and travel industry has a significant fleet of vehicles such as car rentals, vans, buses – all licensed with skilled drivers. “We want to make it easier for travellers to Malaysia. Instead of doing pre-bookings, we can give visitors and tourists more options through e-hailing apps upon arrival,” he told reporters after signing the MoU yesterday. Tan added that he was not concerned with the new regulations the government had set for the e-hailing operators. “Tourist vehicles for the past 30 years have always had public service vehicle (PSV) licence. “Every six months, tourist vehicles go for inspection. Travel companies also conduct health checks and medical checks to ensure our drivers are healthy,” he said.last_img read more

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China to impose sanctions on US firms that sell arms to Taiwan

first_imgA spokesman for China’s foreign ministry said the U.S. arms sale constituted a serious violation of international law and basic norms governing international relations.The spokesman, Geng Shuang, also called the sale a serious violation of the “one-China” principle, under which the United States officially recognises Beijing and not Taipei.”To safeguard our national interests, China will impose sanctions on the U.S. enterprises involved in the above-mentioned arms sales to Taiwan,” Geng said.The State Department declined to comment and the U.S. firms involved in the Taiwan arms deal did not immediately respond.It was unclear what, if any, impact the Chinese move might have, as U.S. defence contractors have been barred from dealings with Beijing since the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.While its relations with Taiwan are technically unofficial, the United States is required by law to assist Taiwan in its defence and is its main supplier of arms.China deems Taiwan a wayward province and has never renounced the use of force to bring the island under its control.On a visit to Budapest on Friday, China’s top diplomat Wang Yi warned Washington it should “not play with fire” on the question of Taiwan.He said no foreign force could stop the reunification of China and no foreign force should try to intervene.”We urge the U.S. to fully recognise the gravity of the Taiwan question … (and) not to play with fire on the question of Taiwan,” Wang told a news conference via an interpreter.Tsai was last in the United States in March, but her transit stops this time will be unusually long and analysts said the extended stopovers, in which she will spend four nights on U.S. soil, emphasized the Trump administration’s support for her at a time when she has been under increasing pressure from Beijing.Speaking at Columbia University in New York on Friday, Tsai said it was important for the international community to support a free and democratic Taiwan, according to a transcript of her speech on the website of the presidential office. “The cultural and political differences across the Taiwan Strait only grow wider by the day; and each day that Taiwan chooses freedom of speech, human rights, the rule of law, is a day that we drift farther from the influences of authoritarianism,” she said, referring to China.The U.S. State Department has said there has been no change in the U.S. one-China policy and that it allowed such transit stops “out of consideration for the safety, comfort, convenience and dignity of the passenger.” (Reporting by Beijing bureau and David Brunnstrom and Mike Stone in Washington and Krisztina Than in Budapest; Editing by Susan Thomas and Clarence Fernandez) BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China said on Friday it would impose sanctions on U.S. firms involved in a deal to sell $2.2-billion worth of tanks, missiles and related equipment to Taiwan, saying it harmed China’s sovereignty and national security. On Monday, the Pentagon said the U.S. State Department had approved the sale of the weapons requested by Taiwan, including 108 General Dynamics Corp M1A2T Abrams tanks and 250 Stinger missiles, which are manufactured by Raytheon.Washington said the sales would not alter the basic military balance in the region, but Beijing, a major U.S. security rival with which Washington has been engaged in a year-long trade war, has demanded the deal be revoked. China’s latest statement came as Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen was in New York en route to visit four Caribbean allies, a trip that has also incensed China. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} China 11 Jul 2019 China urges US to cancel US$3bil arms sale to Taiwan Related Newscenter_img World 09 Jul 2019 China calls on U.S. to withdraw arms sale to Taiwan World 09 Jul 2019 U.S. State Department approves possible $2.2 billion arms sale to Taiwan Related Newslast_img read more

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First prototype of BrahmosNG to be ready by 2024

first_img Next Sandeep Unnithan New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 18:39 IST The first prototype of the Brahmos-NG will be fielded in 2024. (File Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe first prototype of the Brahmos-NG will be fielded in 2024It is five-metre-long, 50-centimetre-thick and 1.5 tonThe Indo-Russian Brahmos joint venture was formed in 1998The first prototype of the Brahmos-NG, a lighter sleeker variant of the Indo-Russian cruise missile, will be fielded in 2024.A top official of the Brahmos Aerospace, the Indo-Russian joint venture company which manufactures the missile, told India Today TV that the missile was currently under development between NPO Mashinostroyeniya and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).The NG or next generation will mark a quantum jump in the offensive abilities of the Indian armed forces.The five-metre-long, 50-centimetre-thick, and 1.5 ton Brahmod-NG is half the dimensions of the Brahmos missiles currently in service today with the Indian Air Force (IAF), Army, and the Navy.The Brahmos-NG’s significant weight and size reductions mean that it can be carried by many more platforms including the conventional submarines and the fighter aircraft.It will, however, have the same speed, range and lethality of the first generation Brahmos which flies at three times the speed of sound.The Su-30MKI which carries one Brahmos presently, carries one Brahmos-NG, will be able to carry five Brahmos-NGs. We can put it on the MiG-29 and on the indigenous LCA Tejas, Praveen Pathak, Chief General Manager (Marketing Promotions and Export) Brahmos Aerospace International Maritime at the Defence Show (IMDS), said.The Indo-Russian Brahmos joint venture was formed in 1998 and is the oldest military joint venture between India and Russia.ALSO READ | Chandrayaan-1 confirmed presence of water on Moon, who knows Chandrayaan-2 might find alien lifeALSO WATCH | Chandrayaan 2 to be launched on July 15: ISROFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPrakriti Sharma First prototype of Brahmos-NG to be ready by 2024The five-metre-long, 50-centimetre-thick, and 1.5 ton Brahmod-NG is half the dimensions of the Brahmos missiles currently in service today with the Indian Air Force (IAF), Army, and the Navy.advertisementlast_img read more

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107 Congress TMC CPM MLAs will join BJP claims Mukul Roy

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 18:33 IST Mukul Roy said all the 107 MLAs are in contact with the BJP. (Photo: ANI)HIGHLIGHTSMukul Roy did not say when the MLAs would join the BJPRoy said that all the lawmakers are in contact with the state BJP leadershipHe said that the party has a list preparedBharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukul Roy on Saturday said that a total of 107 MLAs from the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Congress and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) will join the saffron party. He, however, did not reveal when the MLAs would join the BJP.Speaking at a press conference, Mukul Roy said that all the lawmakers are in contact with the state BJP leadership. He also said that the party has a list prepared for all the MLAs of Congress, TMC and CPM who would be joining the BJP.The development has come just two days after at least 10 Congress MLAs in Goa switched to the BJP in presence of party working president JP Nadda and Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and amid the Karnataka crisis where 16 Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs have tendered their resignation to the Speaker.In Goa, 10 Congress MLAs joined the BJP on Thursday. On Saturday, three of the 10 Congress MLAs were inducted into the state cabinet by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.To induct the new ministers, Pramod Sawant had asked three Goa Forward Party (GFP) ministers and one Independent MLA to resign from his ministry so that the new ministers could be inducted.The three GFP ministers who have been asked to resign are Vijai Sardesai, Vinod Palyekar, and Jayesh Salgaonkar and the Independent MLA is Rohan Khaunte.In Karnataka, a total of 16 MLAs of the Congress and JD(S) submitted their resignation to the Karnataka assembly Speaker. According to the latest reports, five more MLAs have moved the Supreme Court, alleging the Speaker has not been accepting their resignation.Meanwhile, MTB Nagaraj has said that he will withdraw his resignation if K Sudhakar also takes it back. Nagaraj’s statement came hours after DK Shivakumar and some other Congress leaders met the MLA at his residence. He is expected to address the media later in the day.Also Read | Karnataka crisis LIVE | Will withdraw resignation, MTB Nagaraj tells SiddaramaiahAlso Read | 3 Congress rebels, one BJP MLA sworn in as Goa MinistersAlso Watch | Leaderless Congress headed towards self-destruction?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan 107 Congress, TMC, CPM MLAs will join BJP, claims Mukul RoySpeaking at a press conference, Mukul Roy said that all the lawmakers are in contact with the state BJP leadership.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Repair work on Taj Mahal minaret to be completed by September 15

first_imgRepair work on Taj Mahal minaret to be completed by September 15: OfficialsThe repair work that began a few days ago on one of the four minarets of the iconic Taj Mahal will be completed by September 15, ahead of the World Tourism Day, officials said.advertisement Press Trust of India AgraJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 19:27 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe repair work began a few days ago on one of the four minarets of the iconic Taj MahalSome stones are to be replaced and the black stone linings fixedThe repair work that began a few days ago on one of the four minarets of the iconic Taj Mahal will be completed by September 15, ahead of the World Tourism Day, officials said.Amar Nath Gupta, conservation assistant, supervising the repairs told PTI that speedy completion of the minaret with perfection will be ensured.Some stones are to be replaced and the black stone linings fixed, he said, adding there was no tilt or danger to the minaret.Nam Dev, in-charge of the Taj Mahal, the 17th century monument to love, said work at the minaret has started and the scaffolding was being erected.Earlier, ASI chief of Northern circle Vasant Swarnkar had said it was “not a routine repair work but a specialised one”.Reports had said that the stone slabs of the stairs were damaged and needed replacement. The iron clamps too had rusted.Meanwhile, tourist guides at the Taj Mahal expressed concern over the return of the green bacteria that had proliferated in the polluted waters of the river Yamuna, which remains mostly dry.Patches of green were discernible on the surface of the mausoleum at the rear side facing Yamuna.The World Tourism Day is celebrated on September 27.ALSO READ: Green moss patches grow back on Taj Mahal as rains lash Uttar PradeshALSO WATCH: Is the Taj Mahal doomed?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanjay Nirala Nextlast_img read more

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Here is your horoscope for July 13 2019

first_img Next Here is your horoscope for July 13, 2019Check out what the stars say your day will be like today.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 07:43 IST (Photo: Shutterstock) ARIESPersonal relationships are loving and special. You are a whirling force of activity with so much to be done at home and at work. Your social life is likely to be tiring. A single-pointed approach is important when situations get complicated or confused. Lucky number 1. Colour green. TAURUSOpposite energies symbolized by the Sun and the Moon fuse together to take you to a third dimension or union within. Your professional power and wisdom lie in combining resources and forces with your partners. A project is completed with support from your staff. Lucky number 9. Colour blue. GEMINIA challenging work assignment is short in duration but brings great success. A pleasure trip or a brief and unplanned vacation rejuvenates your energy and relationships. Living totally in the moment and going with the flow are great virtues at this point. Lucky number 6. Colour saffron. CANCERThere is good luck attending material matters as you make positive changes to achieve professional success. Relax and let things happen by themselves rather than pushing them endlessly. Gather courage and enter into your inner being with trust and awareness. Lucky number 9. Colour reds. LEODuality is expressed in your need for freedom, as well as, commitment in business partnerships and relationships today. You can be lead by enthusiasm and then find you have over extended yourself, beware. Trust your intuition and gut in matters of the heart. Lucky number 2. Colour blue. VIRGOMeditation and Yoga can take you through elevating and transforming experiences. You are ripe and ready to express and share your inner riches, creativity and professional expertise with people around you at work and at home. You generate harmony wherever you go. Lucky number 9. Colour red. LIBRAYou enjoy the moment and whatever life brings without clinging to the past or making plans for the future and in that wondrous moment there is no possessiveness and attachment. Everything seems to be coming together in relationships and creative activity. Lucky number 18. Colour red. SCORPIOWhen there is a mess wipe the slate clean and start all over with a fresh and unbiased mind. You need to revamp fitness and diet routines to remain healthy and active. You meet interesting people who become friends. Look at fear in the face and it drops! Lucky number 15. Colour white. SAGITTARIUSA business arrangement with two others can be highly lucrative if you deal with the other two separately today. You resolve a conflict between two important people in your life. Beware of controversy in the work area. You manage situations with firmness. Lucky number 3. Colour pink. CAPRICORNYou tend to think negatively and repeat patterns, which leaves you sad and distraught. It is good to have a playful attitude towards heavy people at work and at home to change their energy. A Libran lifts you and takes you towards laughter and good times. Lucky number 3. Colour blue. AQUARIUSToday you can be the director for a creative event. You are intense and clever at work but can be elusive to loved ones. An intelligent young man close to you is embarking on an independent business venture. It’s time to loosen up and take it easy! Lucky number 18. Colour white. PISCESThe Prince of Wands infuses strength and energy in everything you do today. There is energy, love and warmth in personal relationships. Your sense of humour gets you smoothly through difficult situations. A work change may allow you more time to be creative. Lucky number 18. Colour gold.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkriti Anand Tags :Follow HoroscopeFollow Daily horoscopelast_img read more

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Ghaziabad Man commits suicide after shooting at sisterinlaw

first_img Press Trust of India GhaziabadJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 22:20 IST The accused went to his brother’s house and shot thrice at his sister-in-law. (Photo used for representation)A man hailing from Bihar has committed suicide at Jhanda Pur village in Site-4 Industrial area of Sahibabad after shooting at his sister-in-law, with whom he was allegedly having an affair, police said Friday.As per police investigation, Ramesh, who hailed from Khagaria district in Bihar, killed himself using a country-made pistol, which was found abandoned near his body, City Superintendent of Police Shlok Kumar said.Ramesh’s brother runs a pan shop in Haibatpur area Noida.Ramesh was recently asked to leave his brother’s home. Since then he was living Ghaziabad and selling vegetables, police said.Ramesh was allegedly having an affair with his sister-in-law, which his older brother Janaradan objected to, officials said.Around 8 pm on Thursday, Ramesh went to his brother’s house and shot thrice at his sister-in-law.Later Ramesh returned here and committed suicide.His body was sent for autopsy. His sister-in-law is undergoing treatment at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in Delhi where she is stated to be in critical condition, the SP added.Also Read | TRS leader kidnapped by Maoists 3 days ago found dead in ChhattisgarhAlso Read | Woman shot at in Delhi’s DwarkaAlso Watch | Smriti Irani lends shoulder to mortal remains of close aide who was shot dead in AmethiFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan Ghaziabad: Man commits suicide after shooting at sister-in-lawAs per police investigation, Ramesh, who hailed from Khagaria district in Bihar, killed himself using a country-made pistol, which was found abandoned near his body.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Karnataka rebel MLAs return to Mumbai after meeting assembly speaker in Bengaluru

first_img Next Karnataka rebel MLAs return to Mumbai after meeting assembly speaker in BengaluruAnti-defection law, also known as the tenth schedule of the Constitution was amended in 1985 to prevent political defections and stop legislators from switching sides.advertisement Asian News International BengaluruJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 10:14 IST Karnataka rebel MLAs returned to Renaissance – Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel late last night. Photo: ANIKarnataka rebel MLAs returned to Renaissance – Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel on late Thursday night after meeting the Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar in Bengaluru.They had met Kumar on Thursday evening after they were directed by the Supreme Court to meet the Speaker at 6 pm and resubmit their resignations in person.Following the meeting with the dissenting MLAs, the speaker said he will consider his ‘satisfaction’ whether they are genuine and voluntary before taking a decision.Talking to the media after the MLAs met him, Kumar dismissed the charge that he was delaying a decision on these resignations to help the government which has allegedly lost its majority.”I need to examine these resignations (of rebel MLAs) all night and ascertain if they are genuine. The Supreme Court has asked me to take a decision. I have video-graphed everything and I will send it to the Supreme Court,” said Kumar.Chikkodi MLA and chief whip of the JD(S)-Congress coalition government Ganesh Hukkeri had also issued a whip to party MLAs to attend the Assembly session to pass the finance bill.Kumaraswamy said that the Assembly will discuss several other matters and absent MLAs will be disqualified under the ‘anti-defection law’.Anti-defection law, also known as the tenth schedule of the Constitution was amended in 1985 to prevent political defections and stop legislators from switching sides.The 13-month-old Congress-JDS government had earlier this month slumped into crisis following the resignation of 10 MLAs.Congress leader and Karnataka Irrigation Minister D K Shivakumar, who is back in Bengaluru after a failed trip to Mumbai to meet and placate the rebel MLAs staying there, expressed his optimism that “good sense will prevail” and the dissidents will withdraw their resignations.”I have confidence that they will have good sense and not leave party from which they have been elected,” Shivakumar said at the Vidhana Soudha.The 225-member state Assembly includes one nominated MLA. The halfway mark is 113.Also read: Congress asks Karnataka rebel MLAs to vote for coalition, threatens anti-defection lawALSO WATCH| SC asks Karnataka assembly Speaker to meet 10 rebel MLAs: 5 big developmentsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byIram Ara Ibrahimlast_img read more

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