November, 2014


Ebola toll death rises to 5,689

Geneva: The World Health Organization on Thursday said that the global death toll from the Ebola virus had increased to 5,689 out of a total of 15,935 cases of infection, mainly in western Africa. The earlier WHO toll from last Friday gave a death toll of 5,459 and 15,351 cases. The WHO believes that the number of deaths is likely far higher, given the difficulty in collecting comprehensive figures and with Ebola having a high fatality rate. The first case discovered in the current outbreak was in Guinea in DecemberRead More

E-visa facility to encourage international tourists

Melbourne: Indian government’s decision to offer e-visa facility to international tourists from 43 nations will encourage more businesses to travel to the country and spur growth, Australia India Business Council has said. “This certainly is a great initiative as it will encourage many more businesses to travel more readily to India which will in the long run contribute to a stronger Australia- India business & trade relationship,” AIBC national vice chair Sheba Nandkeolyar said. Welcoming the new Indian government’s decision of offering e-visa facility to international tourists from 43 nations,Read More

Three Indian fishermen rescued by navy

Colombo: At least three Indian fishermen have been rescued by the Sri Lankan Navy off the northern coast, a top Naval official said on Saturday. Naval spokesman Kosala Warnakulasuriya said the boat of the fishermen had broken down mid seas off northern Jaffna peninsula’s Madagal area last night. They were rescued by the Navy and were taken to Jaffna’s Delft islet. Early this month, President Mahinda Rajapaksa pardoned five Indian fishermen who were arrested for alleged heroin trafficking.

EC issues showcause notice to 20 political parties

New Delhi: Election Commission (EC) on Friday issued showcause notices to 20 political parties including Congress, BJP and Aam Aadmi Party for failing to file poll expenditure statements within the stipulated time. The EC also warned these parties that it would withdraw their recognition if these statements, pertaining to recently held Assembly and General elections, are not filed and sent to it within the next fortnight. “Final opportunity is being given hereby to comply with the instructions of the Commission, for filing the said expenditure statement within a fortnight fromRead More

Urban planners asked to develop child-friendly infrastructure

New Delhi: Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Friday expressed concern over “harsh urban realities” adversely affecting “brain development and perspectives” of youngsters especially the poor and stressed on the need for child-friendly infrastructure. Inaugurating a two-day conference on ‘Building smart child-friendly cities in India for 21st century’ here, Naidu asked urban planners, architects and all stakeholders to aim at creating an enabling environment for children for their all round development. He stressed on the need for providing adequate open spaces and play centres to nurture creative faculties of children.Read More

Steps taken for greater delegation of power: Suresh Prabhu

Jaipur: Steps are being taken for greater delegation of powers to all the 16 railway zones of the country, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said here. On his first visit at North Western Railway (NWR) here late last night, Prabhu said that powers will be given to zones for faster decision and completion of works. “Major changes in railways for its betterment and delegation of powers to all 16 zones in the country is in the offing,” the railway minister said. The minister also took a review meeting with NWR GeneralRead More

IAF Chief inaugurates computerised pilot selection system

New Delhi: Aiming to adopt better tools for Pilot Aptitude Test in consonance with the modern aircraft being acquired by IAF, its chief Air Marshal Arup Raha on Friday inaugurated the Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS). It was inaugurated at No 2 Air Force Selection Board (AFSB), Mysore. The CPSS replaces the earlier Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) that has been in use for decades. The CPSS was conceived by the then Scientific Advisor to Prime Minister and former President A P J Abdul Kalam with a vision to adoptRead More

Consumption of beedis higher than cigarettes: JP Nadda

New Delhi: The consumption of beedis is higher than that of cigarettes in the age group of 15 years and above, Health Minister JP Nadda told the Parliament on Friday. However, the government does not have any plans of changing the tax structure to curb its consumption, he told the Lok Sabha in a written reply. Nadda said as per the information received from the Finance Ministry, there is no proposal under consideration as of now to introduce a uniform taxation structure on cigarettes which covers all lengths and doesRead More

SAARC leaders to push for connectivity agreements at retreat

Kathmandu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other SAARC leaders on Thursday headed for Dhulikhel in Kavre district, 20 km east from here, for a retreat as they are expected to make a last ditch effort to push Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif to ink the regional connectivity agreements. Retreat is a tradition of SAARC Summit where leaders hold private, unofficial bilateral and multilateral talks in a relaxed and more informal atmosphere. SAARC retreats are ideally organised outside the summit venue in resorts and hotels where the leaders can relax and discussRead More

Government exploring alternative route for Sethusamudram project

New Delhi: Government is exploring the possibility of an alternative route for Sethusamudram ship channel project through Pamban pass without affecting the Ram Sethu or Adam’s bridge. The alternative route for Sethusamudram ship channel project through Pamban pass as suggested by RITES is subject to environment clearance and concurrence of Tamil Nadu government under whose jurisdiction Pamban channel falls, he said during the Question Hour. If the channel is dredged for 12 mt, vessels of about 30,000 dead weight tons size can navigate the Pamban channel with the restriction ofRead More