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Kochi Metro to get financial assistance from France -

Kochi Metro is to get  financial assistance worth about Rs 1500 crores from France. The 'no-strings' financial help has to be repaid in 25 years and carries a low interest rate of 2.5 per cent. A team from France is to visit the state on September 17 to discuss the terms of the loan. There would be no pre-conditions for the loan and Kochi Metro would not be obliged to use technology from French companies in lieu of the loan. Once the project is completed, there...

Bus owners given time till Oct 2 -

The state government has on Wednesday categorically maintained that there would be no relaxation in its directive to install speed governors in all buses. It was informed during a meeting with the bus owners' association here Wednesday. The government has allotted time till October 2 for the bus owners to install speed governors. The decision was taken after State transport minister, Aryadan Muhammed had held a meeting with bus owners in the state Wednesday. The government has...

Rahul Gandhi slams opposition over food security bill -

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday accused the opposition of creating hurdles for the food security bill till it was eventually passed by parliament. Addressing a tribal and farmers rally here in Rajasthan, Gandhi said the opposition was creating obstacles whenever the Congress-led UPA government tried to bring welfare measures. The rally at Salumber came a day after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi addressed a Bharatiya Janata Party rally in Jaipur. Gandhi...

Apple introduces 2 new iPhone models -

The iPhone 5S— revealed alongside a low-cost iPhone model, the iPhone 5C — keeps the same overall physical design as the previous-generation iPhone 5 but it also has a number of upgrades. Image: AP Apple's latest iPhones will come in a bevy of colors and two distinct designs, a cheaper one made of plastic and another that aims to be "the gold standard of smartphones" and reads your fingerprint. Apple unveiled the latest iPhone models, available on...

Dec 16 gang rape: Police want death, convicts beg for mercy -

Arguing that the December 16 gang rape and murder was "the rarest of rare" case, the police on Wednesday demanded death for the four convicts on the ground that there is no chance of their reformation as their behaviour was barbaric. But lawyers for the convicts Mukesh, 26, Vinay Sharma, 20, Pawan Gupta, 19, and Akshay Thakur, 28, pleaded before the fast track court which held them guilty on Tuesday for leniency citing Mahatma Gandhi's famous quote that "Only God can...

Sreedharan Nair not ready for lie test -

Sreedharan Nair, who had come up with sensational allegations in the solar scam, has said that he was not ready for a lie test. Nair informed the High Court that he had informed the investigating officer looking into the case that he was not ready for the test. Nair also denied some of the information that ADGP Hemachandran had informed the court about the solar case. The High Court has asked Nair to submit an affidavit. Meanwhile, Biju Radhakrishnan and Saritha Nair were...

Syria crisis: Barack Obama wants to explore diplomatic route -

Calling the US "the anchor of global security," Obama in a televised address offered moral, political and strategic arguments for being ready to launch limited military strikes while trying to negotiate a diplomatic solution. Obama termed the Russian proposal an "encouraging" sign to place Syria's chemical weapons under international control. Obama said that he has asked his military to continue maintaining its aggressive posture in the region pending a...

Delhi gang-rape case: we are innocent, shouted rapists on way into court -

The four men convicted of the rape and murder of a 23-year-old student on a moving bus in Delhi were brought to court today where their sentence could be announced.    "We are innocent," they shouted to the legion of reporters while they were being escorted into the small and packed court-room by a large ring of security. The mother of the student they killed said this morning that they must hang. "They have shown no remorse," she said. The barbarous...

Pakistan violates ceasefire again at Poonch -

Violating the ceasefire again, Pakistani troops opened small arms firing at two forward areas in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, drawing retaliation from Indian forces. "There was small arms firing by Pakistan Army on Indian forward posts in two sub-sectors along the Line of Control in Poonch district from last night," Defence Spokesman S N Acharya said on Tuesday. Pakistani troops fired with small arms at Gamdhir and Mendhar sub-sectors along the LoC from 9:15 pm...

Bus strike withdrawn -

The bus strike called by the trade unions of bus crew on Saturday has been withdrawn. Conciliatory meeting The decision was taken at a conciliatory meeting convened by the Ernakulam District Collector Sheik Pareeth on Friday evening. The meeting was attended by the representatives of various trade unions. Revised salary It was also decided to revise the salary of the crew. By the agreement, a bus driver would get a revised daily wage of Rs.577, conductor Rs.420 and...

Kochi Metro is to be up and running in 1000 days -

According to official deadlines, Kochi Metro is to be up and running in 1000 days. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had earlier announced the dates in the presence of the project's main consultant, E Sreedharan. Even though the DMRC had earlier claimed that the rail network would start functioning well before its announced start dates, work on the project has been slow and has not reached full capacity yet. Piling work is progressing on the three reaches between Aluva and Ernakulam...

Australia's John Coates to become IOC vice-president -

Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) president John Coates will be elected as the new International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president after his Syrian rival Sami Moudallah withdrew from the vote. The Australian Olympic chief was due to face Moudallah in the ballot scheduled for Wednesday but Moudallah withdrew his bid Tuesday, reports Xinhua. The 63-year-old Coates, who has been with IOC since 2001, will be voted in at the 125th session of the IOC here Wednesday...

December 16 Delhi gang-rape case - Timeline -

A fast-track court here on Tuesday will pronounce its judgement in the keenly-watched December 16 Delhi gang-rape case. Of the six accused, while one has committed suicide another was sentenced to three-year prison term in a special home by the Juvenile Justice Board.     Following is the chronology of the events in the brutal gang-rape-cum-murder case: # Dec 16, 2012: A paramedic student was gang-raped and brutally assaulted by six men...

Ripper Jayanandan in police custody -

Notorious criminal Ripper Jayanandan, who escaped from the Poojappura Central Jail on June 10 was held from Nellayi, Puthukkad Thrissur on Monday while awaiting for a bus. Two convicts Jayanandan and Prakashan escaped from the Poojappura Central Jail on June 10.Prakashan was held from Kayamkulam on June 18. Jayanandan is an accused in 7 murder cases, including a double murder and 14 robbery cases. Jayanandan, who escaped from Kannur prison earlier, was nabbed from Ootty and was shifted...

RBI query on temples' gold stocks sparks protest in Keral -

: A query issued by Reserve Bank of India to major temple boards in Kerala asking them to provide details of their gold stocks has evoked ire of Hindu outfits in the state. While confirming that they have received such a letter from the RBI, top officials of some of the major temples said they were not taking any hasty decision on the matter without consulting the government and authorities concerned.     When contacted in Mumbai, the RBI...

Aryadan hits out at Bus operators -

Transport Minister Aryadan Muhammed Monday said that the government has not given any assurance to the bus owners' association for calling off the strike. The minister said that the private bus operators' strike has failed because it was completely against the people. He said the strike has not received even the opposition's support. The government will agree only to the clauses abiding with present laws and will not make any compromises, Aryadan said. However, the...

Kerala, Tamil Nadu join hands to fight 'killer spirit' -

With liquor flowing freely as Onam draws near, Tamil Nadu and Kerala will join hands to ensure that "spirit" does not cross borders freely. Spirit, or extra neutral alcohol, the raw material for making what is curiously known as India Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL), is manufactured in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. A few days ago, authorities in Kerala seized about 5,500 litres of spirit brought into the state illegally from near Kollam, about 70 km from the state...

Private bus strike called off in Kerala -

Private bus operators in Kerala who began an indefinite strike on Sunday midnight called off their agitation Monday morning after talks with union Minister K.V. Thomas, officials said. The Kerala government will have a discussion with the bus operators on Wednesday. The indefinite strike was called to protest the Motor Vehicles Department’s directive for installing speed governors on all heavy vehicles. Kerala Transport Minister Aryadan Mohammed, however, told reporters in...

Food bill: Experts seek proper selection, revamped PDS -

Proper selection of beneficiaries by the states and a reformed mechanism of public distribution needs to be put in place if the ambitious food security bill has to achieve its target of mitigating hunger from the country, experts said. While NC Saxena, sitting member of National Advisory Council which had been instrumental in drafting of the bill, banked on schemes like Aadhar in plugging the PDS loopholes, former member Harsh Mander called for focusing on exclusion of the ineligible...

Mullaperiyar: Legal arguments submitted by Kerala -

The final written arguments in the Mullaperiyar case submitted by Kerala before the Constitution Bench of Supreme Court mainly contained technical and legal aspects. The following are the written legal aspects of the arguments of Kerala in support of its case before Supreme Court: Madras ceased to be lessee on 15/08/1947, since the Agreement of 1886 was terminated by Sec7 (1) (b) of the Indian Independence Act, 1947. Tamil Nadu  claimed in Supreme Court  that...

Rising prices will be nemesis of Congress: CPI(M) -

The rising prices of essential commodities is pushing the people to the brink of economic crisis and for this the Congress party will be rejected by the common man in the coming general election, said CPI(M) city secretary Ch. Babu Rao. He was addressing activists participating in a dharna organised by the party near the Sub-Collector’s office here on Thursday. Taking a dig at the Prime Minister, he said, “The PM is advising people not to buy gold, but he should realise that...

24-hour bus strike tomorrow -

Bus employees, under the banner of the Kerala State Private Bus Transport Workers Federation, affiliated to the Centre of Indian Trade Unions, will strike work on Tuesday pressing various demands, including service conditions at par with the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation. K. Firos Babu, district secretary of the federation, said here on Sunday that the government should take steps prevent attacks on bus workers. He called upon the people to cooperate with the striking bus...

Four killed in militant attack on CRPF camp in Kashmir -

Just five hours ahead of Zubin Mehta's Bavarian State Orchestra musical concert at Shalimar Bagh, four people were killed in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) firing, 52 kms away from here at Gagran in Shopian on Saturday afternoon. Inspector general of police (IGP) Kashmir range, A G Mir told the TOI that unidentified militants opened fire on the CRPF camp at Gagran in Shopian district at about 1PM today. The CRPF, in retaliation killed four people whose identity was yet to...

Carriers without speed governors will lose fitness certificate -

The Motor Vehicles Department will cancel the fitness certificate of stage carriers that do not have mandatory speed governors. The decision by State Transport Commissioner Rishi Raj Singh follows preliminary findings by top officials of the Motor Vehicles Department that speeding by the mini-bus had resulted in the death of 13 in a road accident at Perinthalmanna on Friday. Official sources told The Hindu that the decision has been communicated to all field staff. Sources said there...

Kerala Govt to take urgent steps to ensure road safety -

Taking serious note of recurrence of road mishaps in Kerala, including the recent bus tragedy at Malappuram which claimed 13 lives, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Saturday said the government would take urgent measures to enhance road safety. Talking to reporters after paying homage to the victims of the accident at Kapp near Perinthalmanna in the district, Chandy said coordination among motor vehicles, police and public works departments was essential to reduce road mishaps. To...

Tyre burst didn’t cause accident: Rishi Raj Singh -

Transport Commissioner Rishi Raj Singh ruled out trye burst as the reason for the Pernithalmanna bus accident, in which 13 persons were killed on Friday. The tyres of the bus were new and the fitness certificate for the vehicle was issued in March, Singh told Manorama News. “A detailed inspection is needed to find out whether the bus had any other mechanical problem. Since the bus had stopped just before the accident spot, overspeeding would not have caused the accident. Axle...

Biju told to hand over secret statement in writing -

Prime accused in the solar scam case Biju Radhakrishan was asked by the Pathanamthitta Judicial First Class Magistrate on Saturday to hand over his secret statement in writing. This was after Biju expressed his desire to record his secret statement. The magistrate refused this and asked him to give the statement in writing. However, Biju handed over a written statement expressing his desire to record his statement. Following this, he was told by the the magistrate again to prepare...

Manmohan Singh leaves for India after attending G20 Summit -

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday left for home after attending the eighth G20 Summit here during which he asked the world leaders to show collective committment for restoring robust growth in emerging markets. During the two-day Summit here attended by the world's top leaders including US President Barack Obama and host Vladimir Putin, Singh declared that India has been affected by currency volatility in the past few weeks and was taking steps to finance the current account...

Hyderabad under police siege for Seemandhra meet -

Hyderabad is under police siege as Seemandhra employees are set to hold ‘save Andhra Pradesh’ meeting amid tight security later on Saturday during a shutdown in Telangana, which brought normal life to halt. The city is on the edge as hundreds of policemen and personnel from paramilitary forces have been deployed in view of the threats by some Telangana groups to disrupt the meeting being organised by Andhra Pradesh Non-Gazetted Officers (APNGOs) Association to oppose proposed...

13 die in bus accident in Perinthalmanna -

Thirteen persons died in a bus accident at Perinthalmanna, Malappuram district, on Friday. The mishap occurred when the driver lost control over the bus when trying overtake a vehicle at a curve on its way to Vettathur from Perinthalmanna. Nine people died at the Moulana Hospotal, while three persons were declared dead at the Al Shifa hospital. Around 25 people were injured and and admitted in hospitals. Those who suffered serious injuries have been taken to the Kozhikode Medical...