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Airlines ground Sena MP, cops book him for assault

Friday March 24th, 2017 02:42:42 PM
Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad on Friday became the first lawmaker in the country to be barred from flying by around half a dozen airlines after his outrageous assault on an Air India manager.The MP has also been booked by the police, who have charged him with attempt to commit culpable homicide.In more ignominy for the first-time MP from Osmanabad, Air India and IndiGo cancelled his ticket to Pune in protest, upsetting his plans to return to his hometown for the weekend.All this while, the chorus for a no-fly list to debar unruly passengers grew louder.Gaikwad was to leave for Pune by air around 4 pm. But he is now understood to have taken a Mumbai-bound train in the evening after the airlines cancelled his ticket. IndiGo refunded his money even as he insisted that he will board their flight.He is likely to meet Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray with his side of the story.Gaikwad, whose profession is described as "professor" and "agriculturist" on the Lok Sabha website, continued to be unapologetic even as his colleagues in Parliament found no reason to support him.There seemed to be unanimity among them that such acts by "one or two" politicians were defaming the institution of Parliament and lowering the prestige of MPs.If public condemnation was not enough, more trouble brewed for the 57-year-old MP with Delhi Police registering a case for attempting to commit culpable homicide (section 308 of Indian Penal Code) and assault or using criminal force with intent to dishonour a person (section 355) against him. The crime branch of Delhi Police will investigate the case.In a counter move, Gaikwad filed a complaint claiming misbehaviour by Air India officials. The police said the complaint has been sent for legal examination. Gaikwad waded into a controversy on Thursday after he repeatedly hit 60-year-old Air India manager R Sukumar (correct name) with sandals, tore his shirt, broke his glasses and tried to throw him out of an aircraft at Delhi airport. His complaint was that he could not travel business class - on an all-economy flight.But Gaikwad said, "I will not apologise, why should I? First ask him to apologise, then we will see. A 60-year-old man should also know how to behave."Air India employees were angry over the incident and the management moved swiftly to rally other airlines together for strict action against the MP. Air India and Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA), whose members are Jet Airways, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir, announced that they will not fly Gaikwad on their planes.The Indian Commercial Pilots Association, a body of Air India pilots, wrote to Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, saying they will be forced not to operate any flight with Gaikwad on board if he does not apologise unconditionally. Two other airlines, Vistara and AirAsia India, also supported the decision while all the operators backed the demand for immediately taking measures to have a no-fly list, ensuring that unruly passengers are denied seats on planes.However, there were doubts over the airlines' move to deny a ticket to Gaikwad. Minister of State for Law P P Chaudhary said there was no law that barred anyone from travelling anywhere or being denied a ticket. "If someone has committed a crime, he can be punished but denying a ticket is seriously wrong," Chaudhary was quoted by ANI as saying.

NEET now in four more districts in Karnataka

Friday March 24th, 2017 02:35:45 PM
Davanagere, Hubballi, Mysuru and Udupi districts are now among the places in Karnataka where aspiring doctors can take the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test.The Central Board of Secondary Education announced on Friday it was increasing the number of exam centres in Karnataka and other states.Only Bengaluru, Belagavi, Kalaburagi, and Mangaluru districts had earlier been chosen to conduct NEET in Karnataka this year.With the decision to increase centres, NEET will now be held in eight districts of Karnataka. On the NEET website, students can choose where they want to take the exam, according to a notification issued by the CBSE on Friday. Candidates can revise cities chosen earlier. Once students have chosen their cities, the CBSE will take into account the total number of candidates and allot centres.The CBSE had earlier finalised 80 cities to hold the nationwide test on May 7.It has now increased the number to 103, in view of a 41.42% increase in the number of students registering for the test.Minister of Human Resources Prakash Javadekar prompted the increase of 23 new examination cities, the CBSEsaid.Last year, 8,02,594 candidates had registered for the test. This year, the number is 11,35,104. This is the highest number for NEET so far.To accommodate 11.35 lakh candidates in 103 cities, 2,200 institutions will be made examination centres, CBSE said.Javadekar said the increase in the number of candidates is an indication that the nationwide test has been appreciated by aspiring doctors. "The examination got a better response. Therefore, we have increased the number of city centres," he told reporters. The 23 new examination cities include Guntur and Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh; Anand, Bhavnagar and Gandhi Nagar in Gujarat; Kannur and Thrissur in Kerala; Ahmednagar, Amravati, Kolhapur and Satara in Maharashtra; Amritsar in Punjab; Jodhpur in Rajasthan; Namakkal and Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu; Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh; and Howrah in West Bengal.Online changeStudents have time till March 27 to change their exam centre on the website:

UK home secy certifies Mallya's extradition

Friday March 24th, 2017 02:32:19 PM
Home Secretary of the United Kingdom, Amber Rudd, has certified New Delhi's request for the extradition of business tycoon Vijay Mallya to India, and forwarded the same to a court in London. The court will decide if an arrest warrant is to be issued.Gopal Baglay, spokesperson of the ministry of external affairs, on Friday told journalists in New Delhi that India's request had been certified by the British secretary of state for the home department and sent to the Westminster Magistrates' Court for a district judge to consider issuing an arrest warrant against Mallya.India had on February 8 issued a note verbale to the British High Commission in New Delhi, formally requesting Mallya's extradition from the UK.Mallya, however, still has many safeguards to take recourse to within the UKlegal system.India and the UK have a bilateral extradition treaty in place since 1993, but it is unlikely to help much in expediting the process. The district judge will issue the arrest warrant if he or she is satisfied that the case has "reasonable grounds for believing" that the offences Mallya has been accused of committing in India can be treated as an "extradition offence". If a warrant is issued and Mallya is arrested, he will be brought before the court. When the extradition hearing commences following the preliminary hearing, the judge must be satisfied that the offence he has been accused of committing in India will be considered a criminal offence even if it had been committed in the UK.The judge will also have to determine that none of the statutory bars to extradition applies in Mallya's case and the bars include rules against "double jeopardy", the "absence of a prosecution decision" (whether the prosecution case is sufficiently advanced) and "extraneous considerations".

Law panel wants to amend penal laws for hate speech

Friday March 24th, 2017 02:29:36 PM
The Law Commission on Friday favoured an amendment into the penal law by inserting offences of 'prohibiting incitement to hatred' and 'causing fear, alarm or provocation of violence in certain cases' to deal with hate speech.In a report submitted to the government, the panel headed by Justice B S Chauhan said there is a need to amend provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure."Democracy thrives on disagreements, provided they do not cross the boundaries of civil discourse. Critical and dissenting voices are important for a vibrant society. However, care must be taken to prevent public discourse from becoming a tool to promote speech inimical to public order," the panel said.

SC notice to EC over EVM-tampering claims

Friday March 24th, 2017 02:27:24 PM
The Supreme Court on Friday issued a notice to the Election Commission on a PIL seeking an investigation into charges of tampering of electronic voting machines in the just-concluded Assembly polls.A three-judge bench presided by Chief Justice J S Khehar sought a response from the poll panel on the petition filed by Advocate M L Sharma in his personal capacity.Register FIRThe PIL also sought to direct the Centre to register an FIR to investigate the tampering of EVMs "for the vested interest by a political party and to file their report before the apex court". However, the court did not issue any notice to the Centre and others mentioned in the PIL.The plea sought examination of the "quality, software/ malware and hacking effect in EVMs from a reliable electronic lab/scientist and software expert, and to file their report before this court for further action/prosecution".The PIL claimed that the poll panel had itself admitted that EVMs are tamper-proof only until their technical, mechanical and software details remain a secret."These details can be detected via reverse engineering by any expert. Wireless device/software can be prepared via reverse engineering, and with their help voting records can be changed in any location and at any time," the plea claimed.

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Trump blames Democrats for failed healthcare bill

Saturday March 25th, 2017 03:29:42 AM
US President Donald Trump suffers a major setback as his healthcare bill is withdrawn from Congress.

Singapore teen blogger Amos Yee granted US asylum

Saturday March 25th, 2017 02:10:39 AM
A judge rules the 18-year-old can stay in US as he faces political persecution in Singapore.

UN fears 200 died in coalition airstrike on Mosul

Friday March 24th, 2017 10:54:36 PM
The UN looks into reports that 200 people, mostly civilians, died in an air strike in the past week.

Russia denies it is supplying the Taliban after Nato general claim

Friday March 24th, 2017 03:57:36 PM
A top Nato general had said Moscow was "perhaps" assisting the extremist group.

ICC orders Congo warlord Germain Katanga to pay victims

Friday March 24th, 2017 03:05:25 PM
Ex-Congolese militia leader ordered to pay $1m (£800,000), but he is broke.

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Trump tastes failure as U.S. House healthcare bill collapses

Saturday March 25th, 2017 03:30:08 AM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump suffered a stunning political setback on Friday in a Congress controlled by his own party when Republican leaders pulled legislation to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system, a major 2016 election campaign promise of the president and his allies.

For Trump, it was the lost art of the deal

Saturday March 25th, 2017 12:32:58 AM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the end, the Closer couldn’t close the deal.

Man blows self up near Bangladesh airport, Islamic State claims attack

Friday March 24th, 2017 09:13:34 PM
DHAKA (Reuters) - A man carrying a bomb blew himself up in front of a police checkpoint near Bangladesh's international airport on Friday, in a blast claimed by Islamic State.

Middle-aged London attacker was criminal who wasn't seen as threat

Friday March 24th, 2017 08:04:26 PM
BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - Before he killed four people in Britain's deadliest attack since the 2005 London bombings, Khalid Masood was considered by intelligence officers to be a criminal who posed little serious threat.

Russia, Turkey, Iran must hold talks to stop Syria violence - U.N.

Friday March 24th, 2017 08:51:37 PM
GENEVA (Reuters) - Russia, Iran and Turkey need to convene more Syrian ceasefire talks as soon as possible to bring the situation on the ground under control, U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Friday.

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Germany blocked Russian hacking attacks in 2016

Saturday March 25th, 2017 04:59:00 AM
Berlin: Germany last year warded off two cyber attacks by APT28, a top official said, referring to a Russian hacking group also dubbed "Fancy Bear" that experts say successfully...

Ukraine says Russian agent shot Putin critic Denis Voronenkov

Saturday March 25th, 2017 04:41:00 AM
The assassin who gunned down a prominent Russian opposition figure on a sidewalk in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev was identified by...

Army vet awarded Bronze Star for bravery in Vietnam battle

Saturday March 25th, 2017 04:39:00 AM
MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — An Army veteran was awarded the Bronze Star this week for his heroism in a Vietnam War battle that left more than 50 fellow U.S. soldiers dead and close to 200...

People of PoK are fully aware of Indian atrocities and agendas: Pak army chief

Saturday March 25th, 2017 04:39:00 AM
Army said in a statement that the Chief of Army Staff visited the LoC in Kel sector and a forward post at Sharda. ......

Trade Supports Raising Cambodian Tourism Standards

Saturday March 25th, 2017 04:36:00 AM
Cambodian authorities' plans to raise tourism standards across the Kingdom have been met with approval by agents in the country. Tourism minister Thong Khon announced that the Ministry of Tourism...

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Bloodhound supersonic car record bid slips again

Friday March 24th, 2017 10:04:53 AM
The British-led effort to break the World Land Speed Record is delayed by cash-flow problems to 2018.

'Devastating' coral loss in South China Sea - scientists

Friday March 24th, 2017 12:13:54 PM
Researchers are warning of a "devastating" loss of coral at the Dongsha Atoll in the South China Sea.

Trump administration approves Keystone XL pipeline

Friday March 24th, 2017 06:05:38 PM
The State Department says the project, blocked by Barack Obama, is in the national interest.

Kaikoura: 'Most complex quake ever studied'

Thursday March 23rd, 2017 07:14:49 PM
2016's big quake in New Zealand will likely prompt a rethink about how such events are expected to behave.

Fruit-shaped sensor 'can improve freshness'

Thursday March 23rd, 2017 04:00:21 PM
The sensor comes in orange, apple, banana and mango varieties and alerts to cooling problems.

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Introducing Our "Shark Tank" Participants

Saturday March 25th, 2017 04:36:00 AM
March 24, 2017 Do these innovative GI devices/technologies have what it takes to achieve success in the marketplace? These 5 participants will go up against a panel at the 2017 AGA Tech Summit. We've selected our top five entries for the highly...

Flexible glass for tiny medical devices developed

Saturday March 25th, 2017 04:06:00 AM
New York: Researchers have found a way to make the normally brittle material of glass bend and flex, adding a new level of flexibility to the microscopic world of medical devices. The research opens up the ability to create a new family of lab-on-a-chip devices based on flexing...

Gravitational waves boot monster black hole from galactic core

Saturday March 25th, 2017 04:06:00 AM
Washington: NASA’s Hubble space telescope has detected a supermassive black hole that has been kicked out of the centre of a distant galaxy by what could be the awesome power of gravitational waves. Weighing more than one billion suns, the rogue black hole is the most massive black hole ever detected to have been kicked out of its central home. Researchers estimate that it took the equivalent energy of 100 million supernovas exploding simultaneously to jettison the black hole. The most...

New vitamin may help DNA repair, reverse ageing process

Saturday March 25th, 2017 04:06:00 AM
Sydney: Scientists have identified a vitamin that plays a key role in repairing damaged DNA and may lead to the development of a drug that can reverse ageing, fight cancer as well as help in space travel. The study, published in the...

10 Reasons to Go Carless in Atlanta

Saturday March 25th, 2017 04:06:00 AM
Lyft Atlanta's General Manager, Sam, knows a thing or two about ridesharing - he took the plunge and decided to forgo his own set of wheels. Since then he has been relying on Lyft exclusively to get from place to place. So what is it really like to use only Lyft as a means of transportation? And what are the advantages to riding over driving? Here are Sam's top 10 advantages to living the rideshare life: 'It's been a full four months since I took the plunge and sold my car to rely exclusively on Lyft to get around Atlanta. So far, the experience has been pretty consistent - it's cheaper than it would have been for me to purchase and maintain a new car, more convenient (haven't looked for...

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