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Centre not imposing any language on anyone: Naidu

Centre not imposing any language on anyone: NaiduNew Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday denied as incorrect the perception that the Centre is imposing Hindi language on others, maintaining that the government has only notified the recommendations of a parliamentary panel. "I was pained to read in a section of the media today (Monday) that DMK leader M.K. Stalin has alleged imposition of Hindi by the central government," the Information and Broadcasting Minister said in a statement here. "I would like to clarify that the Parliamentary Committee on Official Language headed by the then Home Minister P. Chidambaram made a recommendation (about use of Hindi by Ministers, MPs etc.) and the same was forwarded to the President of India on June 2, 2011," Naidu said.


Rallis India's consolidated Q4 net profit down 8.8%

Rallis India's consolidated Q4 net profit down 8.8%Mumbai, April 24 (IANS) Agro-chemicals major Rallis India on Monday reported a decline of 8.82 per cent in its consolidated net profit for the fourth quarter of 2016-17.


Jet Airways to add 42 weekly flights

Jet Airways to add 42 weekly flightsMumbai, April 24 (IANS) Full-service airline Jet Airways on Monday said that it will add 42 weekly flights to meet an expected surge in demand during the summer holiday season. According to the company, the introduction of additional frequencies and wide-body aircraft deployments between key metros will boost capacity on existing sectors during the summer season. The airline will commence operations between Nagpur and New Delhi, Lucknow and Kolkata, and Kozhikode and Bengaluru as part of its broader strategy of connecting India's emerging cities with metros by direct flights.


Maximum temperature at average in Delhi, but warmer days ahead

Maximum temperature at average in Delhi, but warmer days aheadNew Delhi, April 24 (IANS) The national capital saw a warm day on Monday with the maximum temperature at 37.8 degrees Celsius, average for the season. Tuesday is likely to be cloudy and while the respite from heat will last this week, warmer days lie ahead. According to the weather office, the national capital will see warm days but the respite from heat waves would continue for another 5 days.


Students ask UGC if NET examination will be held

Students ask UGC if NET examination will be heldNew Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Fearing cancellation of the biannual National Eligibility Test (NET) examination, the All India Students Association (AISA) demonstrated outside the University Grant Commission (UGC) office here on Monday and sought its clarification on the issue. The students group moved into action on the basis of news in the media a couple of days back, which talked about the "inability" of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to conduct the NET examination.


Maoists massacre 25 CRPF troopers in Chhattisgarh

Maoists massacre 25 CRPF troopers in ChhattisgarhRaipur/Sukma, April 24 (IANS) In one of the deadliest attacks, 300 to 400 heavily armed Maoists, women included, ambushed a CRPF contingent in a forested patch in Chhattisgarh on Monday, killing 25 troopers and escaping with their AK-47 assault rifles. Six Central Reserve Police Force personnel were airlifted to Raipur in critical condition. Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the deadly ambush on the 74th Battalion at a place between Burkapal and Chintagufa in Sukma district as "cowardly and deplorable" and said the deaths won't go in vain.


Sulabh International honours personalities, institutions

Sulabh International honours personalities, institutionsNew Delhi, April 24 (IANS) NGO Sulabh International on Monday awarded personalities and institutions for contributing towards improving sanitation in the country and generating awareness among the people of Rural India.


IAF inducts Su-30 MKI into frontline 221 Squadron

IAF inducts Su-30 MKI into frontline 221 SquadronNew Delhi, April 24 (IANS) The Indian Air Force on Monday inducted its frontline Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft into the 221 Squadron, 'Valiants', at its base in Punjab, enhancing the IAF's capabilities, an official release said.


Banks may have to swallow losses to resolve NPA issue: Jaitley

Banks may have to swallow losses to resolve NPA issue: JaitleyNew York, April 24 (IANS) Banks may have to take "haircuts" - swallow losses - as one of the measures to resolve the sector's problem of non-performing assets (NPA) and this is a top priority for the government, Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said here Monday. Speaking at the Council for Foreign Relations, Jaitley said that after having successfully implemented measures for growth, NPAs in the banking sector was "one big challenge" that was adversely impacting investments in India. "This is a hurdle which we are now required to jump." To resolve the problem, he said "some precipitative action may be taken and this may involve some haircuts by the banks, which could be (on the basis of) bonafide commercial consideration".


Indians are lucky, says Kamal Haasan on Viswanath

Indians are lucky, says Kamal Haasan on ViswanathChennai, April 24 (IANS) Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan on Monday said Indians are lucky to have filmmaker K. Vishwanath, who will be conferred the Dada Saheb Phalke Award, the country's highest award in cinema.


Joint Indian-French naval exercise 'Varuna' begins

Joint Indian-French naval exercise 'Varuna' beginsNew Delhi, April 24 (IANS) India and France on Monday began their week-long bilateral naval exercise Varuna in France's Toulon port, a navy statement said. The Indian contingent comprises Indian Naval Ships Mumbai, Trishul and Aditya, part of Indian Navy's Overseas Deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and the west coast of Africa, and part of an anti-piracy operation in the Gulf of Aden.


TCS, Infosys got only 8.8% of H-1B visas, Nasscom rebuts US claim

TCS, Infosys got only 8.8% of H-1B visas, Nasscom rebuts US claimBengaluru, April 24 (IANS) Indian IT industry's apex organisation has said that the two top companies -- TCS and Infosys -- got only 8.8 per cent of the H-1B visas for placement of workers in the United States. "Of the six Indian IT companies, software majors TCS (Tata Consultancy Services) and Infosys received 7,504 H-1B visas in FY 2015, which is 8.8 per cent of the total H-1B visas," said the National Association of Software Services and Companies (Nasscom) in a statement here.


Gauahar Khan's STRONG opinion on PROSTITUTION

Gauahar Khan's STRONG opinion on PROSTITUTIONWhether prostitution should be legalised or not in India has been a long standing debate, but actress Gauahar Khan, who has just featured as a sex worker in "Begum Jaan", feels at least the issue has to be addressed if not legalised.


Northeast India's largest IT hub opens in Tripura

Northeast India's largest IT hub opens in TripuraAgartala, April 24 (IANS) Northeast India's sixth and largest Information Technology (IT) hub was inaugurated here on Monday to boost employment and e-governance besides to export software technology. Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, accompanied by IT and Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty and Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) Director General Omkar Rai inaugurated the IT hub, set up at a cost of Rs 50 crore.


Arunachal, Assam firm on fast-tracking Subansiri hydro project

Arunachal, Assam firm on fast-tracking Subansiri hydro projectNew Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Both Assam and Arunachal on Monday assured the Centre that the 2,000-Megawatt Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Project will be put back on the track to ensure no further delay.


BJP themselves have become law and are spreading terrorism: Owaisi

BJP themselves have become law and are spreading terrorism: OwaisiTaking jibe at the Kalkaji incident, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi lashed out at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday and stated that, rather than stopping the Cow Vigilantes, BJP itself has become the law and is spreading terrorism among the people by brutally beating them for no reason. Owaisi further added that whosoever is doing this should be booked and put behind the bars to send out a strong message. Three cattle traders were transporting buffaloes from Haryana's Pataudi to New Delhi's Ghazipur area and were allegedly thrashed by Cow Vigilantes in Delhi's Kalkaji area.


Cows to have Unique Identification Number, Supreme Court told

Cows to have Unique Identification Number, Supreme Court toldNew Delhi, April 24 (IANS) The Supreme Court was informed on Monday that every cow and its progeny will be given a Unique Identification Number (UIN) and will be kept at shelter homes run by state governments in every district after they cease to give milk. Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar told the bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud that each cow and its progeny across India would get a UIN so that their tracking could be done.


Skill India candidates felicitated by Delhi Daredevils

Skill India candidates felicitated by Delhi DaredevilsNew Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modis vision of Skill India, Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Daredevils on Monday met several candidates trained under Skill India at IL&FS Institute of Skills (IIS) here.


RIL's Q4 consolidated net up 12.3%, annual profit rises 18.8%

RIL's Q4 consolidated net up 12.3%, annual profit rises 18.8%New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Industrialist Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Limited's (RIL) consolidated net profit for the fourth quarter (January-March) of 2016-17 Fiscal moved up by 12.3 per cent, a company statement said here on Monday. The company posted net profit of Rs 8,046 crore for the 2016-17 fourth quarter compared with Rs 7,167 crore clocked during the corresponding period in 2015-16.


'Development projects ignore fragility of Andaman, Nicobar Islands'

'Development projects ignore fragility of Andaman, Nicobar Islands'Kolkata, April 24 (IANS) Most of the development projects happening in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (ANI) are "almost in negation" of the reality of the fragility and vulnerability of the island chain, says researcher and author Pankaj Sekhsaria. The public, politicians and administrators have to recognise the constant state of flux, the fragility of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, because most of the development projects happen almost in the negation of this reality and that can be a deadly combination," Sekhsaria told IANS ahead of the launch of his book 'Islands in Flux - The Andaman and Nicobar Story' here on Tuesday.


Defence, internal security to be part of planning process: NITI member

Defence, internal security to be part of planning process: NITI memberNew Delhi, April 24 (IANS) In a radical departure, the new 15-year long-term vision being worked out by the NITI Aayog would also include defence and internal security within its ambit, V.K. Saraswat, a member of the panel that has succeeded the Planning Commission, said on Monday. Saraswat said the NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog would pitch for long-term planning of various policy-related issues of internal and external security rather than looking at micro and macro plans. "Its role would be related to strategic analysis of those aspects of security which are dependent on other aspects like external affairs, economic issues and technology issues," Saraswat told IANS.


Naxalabari, Mamata's constituency in Shah's three-day Bengal tour

Naxalabari, Mamata's constituency in Shah's three-day Bengal tourKolkata, April 24 (IANS) BJP chief Amit Shah begins a three-day political campaign in West Bengal from Tuesday, kickstarting his booth level public interactions with house visits to Naxalbari - where the Maoist movement in India was born half a century back - and carpet bombing Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's constituency the next day. Amit Shah's visit, aimed at giving a boost to the Bharatiya Janata Party's efforts to corner more political space in the eastern state and emerge as the main opposition to the Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress, also includes meetings with party workers and addressing gatherings of intellectuals.


Maoists massacre 26 CRPF troopers in Chhattisgarh

Maoists massacre 26 CRPF troopers in ChhattisgarhPrime Minister Narendra Modi described the deadly ambush on the 74th Battalion in a forested area in Kala Pathar near Chintagufa as "cowardly and deplorable" and said the deaths of the troopers won't go in vain. The Central Reserve Police Force said the ambush began at 12.30 p.m., leading to a gun battle between the troopers and the Maoists who, survivors said, used hand grenades, automatic rifles and rocket launchers.


Chhota Rajan held guilty in fake passport case

Chhota Rajan held guilty in fake passport caseNew Delhi, April 24 (IANS) A CBI court here on Monday convicted underworld don Rajendra Sadashiv Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan and others in a fake passport case. It is the first case in which Rajan, facing nearly 85 cases, has been held guilty. Rajan, who was present in the court via videoconferencing, was held guilty of possessing the fake passport.


Nepal quake: Slow reconstruction work worries global community

Nepal quake: Slow reconstruction work worries global communityKathmandu, April 24 (IANS) Kathmandu-based Nepal International Development Partners Group (IDPG) has expressed concern over the slow pace of reconstruction work in Nepal since the Gorkha Earthquake of 2015 and urged the government and the stakeholders concerned to expedite the process. In a statement on the eve of the second anniversary of the deadly earthquake, the group said on Monday that although some progress had been made, there were people and communities who were yet to receive help and for whom the process of reconstruction had not moved fast enough. The IDPG is the apex platform of international development partners present in Nepal who meet to exchange views and information about all aspects of development cooperation and to coordinate joint efforts.


Smart cities expo to showcase 5 major exhibitions

Smart cities expo to showcase 5 major exhibitionsNew Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Five major exhibitions -- 'Buildings India', 'Solar India', 'Transport India', 'Smart Cities India', and 'Water India' -- will be held at the International Smart Cities expo here in which 40 countries will participate, it was announced on Monday.


Protecting Bengal's interest in water sharing my priority: Mamata

Protecting Bengal's interest in water sharing my priority: MamataKolkata, April 24 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that her government would prioritise the state's interest when it comes to the Teesta water sharing deal with Bangladesh. If there is sufficient water left after providing it to all the people in the state, we have no issues in giving the spare water to Bangladesh," said Banerjee, who is on a trip to north Bengal. "We love Bangladesh.


Mehbooba says PM intends to talk to all Kashmir stakeholders

Mehbooba says PM intends to talk to all Kashmir stakeholdersNew Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi intended to hold talks in a "conducive atmosphere" with all stakeholders to bring order to the troubled state as she invoked former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's policy, saying "talks" were the only way to "move forward". Mehbooba Mufti met Modi here to review the worsening security situation as speculations gained momentum about the possibility of Governor's Rule in the state amid allegations that the PDP-BJP coalition government has failed to control law and order in the Kashmir Valley.


'Centre lacks Kashmir policy, BJP-PDP handling dangerous to unity'

'Centre lacks Kashmir policy, BJP-PDP handling dangerous to unity'New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) The Congress on Monday slammed both the Centre and the PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir, and said their handling of the situation in Kashmir is detrimental to the national unity and security. Asserting that the central government lacks a policy on how to handle the situation in Kashmir, the Congress asked it to "articulate its policy towards the Kashmir situation in clear-cut terms".


Kerala Minister adamant on not apologising personally to plantation workers

Kerala Minister adamant on not apologising personally to plantation workersMunnar (Kerala), April 24 (IANS) Kerala Power Minister M.M. Mani, who is facing flak for his remarks about women plantation workers, on Monday said that he has already apologised but will not go personally to say sorry to some of them sitting on a protest near here. Meanwhile, the agitating women plantation workers demanded he come to them to apologise and that he must resign as he has no moral right to continue in his post. "There is no question of me going to Munnar and apologising before the protesting women.


India's first sea ropeway to link Mumbai, Elephanta island

India's first sea ropeway to link Mumbai, Elephanta islandMumbai, April 24 (IANS) India's first and longest ropeway to connect Mumbai with the famous Elephanta Island in the Arabian Sea is planned to be constructed by the Mumbai Port Trust, officials said here on Monday. The 8-km ropeway will begin from Sewri in Mumbai's east coast and end at Raigad district's Elephanta Island, globally renowned for Elephanta Caves, a Unesco World Heritage site.


AIFF firm to check chances of malpractice in Lajong-Aizawl I-League tie

AIFF firm to check chances of malpractice in Lajong-Aizawl I-League tieKolkata, April 24 (IANS) To take any chance of corrupt practices out of the equation, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is sending their Integrity Officer Javed Siraj a day earlier to Shillong where Lajong FC will take on Aizawl FC in what would be I-League's title-deciding match on Sunday. The Khalid Jamil-coached side won 1-0 against Mohun Bagan at home in the weekend to inch closer to laying their hands on the crown in an improbable season for them much like Leicester City winning the English Premier League (EPL) last year.


Mumbai-based designers to open fashion week in Delhi

Mumbai-based designers to open fashion week in DelhiNew Delhi, April 24 (IANS) The eighth edition of India Runway Week Summer will have Mumbai-based designers opening and closing the fashion extravaganza, which is scheduled to begin from April 28 here. While designer Ken Ferns will open it, Kristy De Cunha will bring down the curtains on the fashion week on April 30, read a statement. It's quirky and colourful," said Avinash Pathania, Founder at Indian Federation for Fashion Development.


Two leaves' symbol case: TTV Dinakaran reaches Crime Branch for questioning

Two leaves' symbol case: TTV Dinakaran reaches Crime Branch for questioningAll India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Deputy General Secretary TTV Dinakaran on Monday reached the Crime Branch office of Delhi Police for the third day in a row. The Delhi Police Crime Branch has been questioning Dinakaran in connection with the alleged bribing of an Election Commission official to get the party's 'two-leaves' symbol. Earlier, on Saturday, Dinakaran was questioned for seven hours by the Crime Branch. The AIADMK leader is already facing a rebellion back home in Chennai, as his faction of the party has decided that both Mr. Dinakaran and his aunt, VK Sasikala, should be evicted from their positions.


B-Town star kids gearing up for Justin Bieber's India concert

B-Town star kids gearing up for Justin Bieber's India concertWith less than 30 days left for Canadian pop star Justin Bieber to come on his maiden India tour, celebrity kids including Jhanvi Kapoor, Aryan, Suhana Khan are gearing up to attend the concert. The lists of celebrity kids also include, Ibrahim and Sarah Ali Khan, Nirvaan and Arhaan Khan, Aarav Kumar, Athiya and Aahan Shetty, Navya Naveli Nanda, Rahima and Khatija Rahman. According to sources, the list of celebrities attending the event are - Sonakshi Sinha, Disha Patnani, Jacqueline Fernandes, Malaika Arora Khan, Sunny Leone, Tiger Shroff, Arjun Rampal, Siddharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan. Bieber's Purpose World Tour has reportedly grossed close to $200 million. Box office counts claim more than 2.2 million tickets have been sold. On a related note, White Fox India will be bringing the 23-year-old Canadian megastar's 'Purpose World Tour to India's DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai on May 10.


Punjabis may be aborting female foetus in Canada too: Study

Punjabis may be aborting female foetus in Canada too: StudyToronto, April 24 (IANS) Indians are known for their preference for male children, and according to a new study, some Indian-origin couples living in Canada -- mostly those from Punjab and the Hindi heartland -- may be practicing sex selective abortion out of a preference for boys. Interestingly, the research published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, found that longer the women lived in Canada, the greater was the gender imbalance in live births. The practice of sex selective abortion appeared to be more common among those who already had two daughters.


PM Modi Wishes ‘India’ on her 2nd birthday, click here to know about ‘India’

PM Modi Wishes ‘India’ on her 2nd birthday, click here to know about ‘India’Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday took to microblogging site twitter to wish ‘India’ on her second birthday. 


K Viswanath conferred Dada Saheb Phalke Award

K Viswanath conferred Dada Saheb Phalke AwardNew Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Eminent film director and actor Kasinathuni Viswanath will be conferred the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the countrys highest award in cinema, it was announced on Monday. Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu approved the recommendation of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award committee for the latest recipient of the award, conferred by the government for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema, an official statement said. The award consists of a Swarn Kamal (Golden Lotus), a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh and a shawl will be conferred by President Pranab Mukherjee here on May 3 in the national capital.


Belgium hails direct Brussels-Mumbai flight

Belgium hails direct Brussels-Mumbai flightBrussels, April 24 (IANS) Belgian ministers on Monday welcomed the direct flights since March 30 that connect Brussels and Mumbai. Belgian Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Secretary for Foreign Trade Pieter De Crem hailed the move at the official inauguration of flights on Monday. Belgian national carrier Brussels Airlines now flies five times a week between Brussels and Mumbai.


In a first, Uttarakhand monitors forest fires with drones

In a first, Uttarakhand monitors forest fires with dronesNew Delhi/Nainital, April 24 (IANS) In a first, the Uttarakhand Forest Department has launched a drone for real-time monitoring of the forest fire and to take preventive measures, officials said here on Monday. The drone was launched by the state's Forest and Wildlife Minister Harak Singh Rawat from a remote location in Nainital district that falls under the western circle -- a big part of the vast Terai region of the state located outside the tiger and forest reserves. The Forest Department has dedicated three drones for monitoring the forest fire, according to the officials.


Nagaland builds Asia's largest church at Zunheboto town

Nagaland builds Asia's largest church at Zunheboto townNagaland has added yet another feature to its cap by producing one of the largest churches in the Asian continent. Located in the heart of Zunheboto town in the landlocked state of Nagaland, the new Sumi Baptist church was inaugurated on 22nd April, 2017 by Rev. Dr. Solomon Rongpi, general secretary of the Council of Baptist Churches in Northeast India, at an impressive function held inside the Church building.


L'Opera: From France, with love and flavours

L'Opera: From France, with love and flavoursNew Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Remember Julia Child? L'Opera -- Kazem Samandari's initiative -- is a delightful place that offers authentic and explicit French bakery and pastry products and has been successful in bringing the best of the French recipes to the people of Delhi. Samandari came to India along with his wife nine years ago to stay along with their daughter and ever since have became a part of the country.


'India needs to prepare a pool of future leaders'

'India needs to prepare a pool of future leaders'New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Management guru MB Athreya has said that India needs to prepare a pool of future leaders, who are ready to scale greater heights in a fiercely competitive global economy that faces challenges of climate change, rising inequality and terrorism. "Indian corporations, equipped to sustain current economic growth levels, too need to build a robust pool of leaders to beat the mighty Chinese economy, currently estimated to be five times bigger than India's," Athreya told an audience of CEOs, policy-makers, management and leadership experts at a book launch here over the weekend. Titled "Manthan: Art and Science of Developing Leaders," the book is a synthesis of dialogues emerging out of twelve leadership round table events organised by BIMTECH with 55 participants sharing their experiences, processes and best practices in leadership.


Northeast no more a nursery, it's a football factory: Mizoram CM

Northeast no more a nursery, it's a football factory: Mizoram CMNew Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla on Monday backed former India football team captain Baichung Bhutia's comment on the northeast no more being a nursery of the game but a leader, saying it's not only his state but also Manipuri and Assam that have come of age at the national level. Ecstatic at the performance of Aizawl FC, who are on the cusp of becoming the first club from the northeast to bag India's premier domestic football tournament -- the I-League -- in their maiden season in the top division, the chief minister said he is "proud of his boys". "I subscribe to Baichung Bhutia's idea.


5 Indians jailed for fraud in Singapore

5 Indians jailed for fraud in SingaporeSingapore, April 24 (IANS) Five Indian nationals were jailed here on Monday for making fraudulent Goods and Services Tax (GST) refund claims amounting to 167,253 Singapore dollars (US $120,422) between January 2015 to May last year, a media report said. Kothandaraman Gnanam (29), Karunanidhi Rajesh (32), Ramaiyan Karthikeyan (44) and Waithiyalingam Karunanidhi (61), were each jailed for three years and three months. The men were also fined between 14,000 Singapore dollars ($10,080) and 70,000 Singapore dollars ($50,400).


'Gau Rakshaks' committing acts of terror: Owaisi

'Gau Rakshaks' committing acts of terror: OwaisiHyderabad, April 24 (IANS) AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday said "Gau Rakshaks" (cow vigilantes) are committing acts of terror against innocent people and warned that continued attacks will stoke anarchy in the country. The Member of Parliament alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its government did not want to stop Gau Rakshaks as they had a soft corner for them. The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President said the attacks by Gau Rakshaks were increasing day by day and they had so far killed nine people and raped two women.


Retailer Jimmy Choo puts itself up for sale

Retailer Jimmy Choo puts itself up for saleLondon, April 24 (IANS) Luxury shoe and bag retailer Jimmy Choo, with market value of over 700 million pounds (Rs 5,800 crore), has put itself up for sale. The move was backed by the company's independent directors and JAB Luxury, its majority shareholder with a stake of 68 per cent. Shares in Jimmy Choo jumped 10 per cent to a record high of 186.25 pence on the news, valuing the group at more than 720 million pounds. The company was founded in London in 1996 by the Malaysian fashion designer Jimmy Choo and the then Vogue accessories editor Tamara Mellon.


Vodafone India launches unlimited roaming plans for US, UAE, Singapore

Vodafone India launches unlimited roaming plans for US, UAE, SingaporeNew Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Vodafone India has launched an unlimited international roaming proposition for travellers to the US, UAE and Singapore in its international roaming pack, Vodafone i-RoamFREE, where customers opting for this pack will not be charged a single additional rupee for calls and data while roaming in these three countries, the company announced on Monday. Also, calls include all incoming calls and outgoing calls anywhere in the world. This means customers travelling in the US can even make calls to Hong Kong at no extra charges," the statement said.


Panchayati Raj workers vital for transforming rural India: PM

Panchayati Raj workers vital for transforming rural India: PMNew Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday praised individuals serving people through Panchayati Raj institutions, and said they play a vital role in India's transformation.


ITBP gets new sleek snow scooters to patrol high altitude locations

ITBP gets new sleek snow scooters to patrol high altitude locationsThe Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) got new sleek snow scooters to patrol high altitude locations of the India- China border. These modern scooters can seat two personnel, a rider and a pillion passenger, who can also carry his rifle along with him. The scooters can easily cut through snow and are powered by hydraulic brakes to provide an effective ground control.


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