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Plane turns back after rat spotted

A plane travelling from Mumbai to London was forced to turn back mid-flight after a rat was spotted on board, local media report.

Two arrested over Pune rape

Two men are held in connection with the rape of a woman in the campus of tech giant Infosys in the western city of Pune.

India court upholds Kerala alcohol ban

India’s Supreme Court upholds the Kerala state government’s decision to ban the sale and consumption of alcohol in bars.

With eye on China, India seeks armed drones from US

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India had requested for the latest Avenger drones, which is basically an unmanned combat air vehicle, and is mainly being sought after with an eye on China. It has also sought Predator XP category which is a surveillance version for internal security issues and terrorist threats.

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With an objective to bolster its arsenal amid recurring incidents of incursions by Chinese troops, India has sought the latest versions of unmanned aerial vehicles, both the armed and surveillance ones from US.Industry sources familiar with New Delhi’s interest and ongoing talks between the two governments, said that India is looking for about 100 such drones worth USD 2 billion.India had requested for the latest Avenger drones, which is basically an unmanned combat air vehicle, and is mainly being sought after with an eye on China. It has also sought Predator XP category which is a surveillance version for internal security issues and terrorist threats.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>However, while talks in this regard have accelerated in the past few months, the United States has not made any formal commitment or given a public indication pending India’s application to joining Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).Italy, which is upset with New Delhi’s treatment of its marines, appears to have currently blocked India becoming a member of MTCR.However, both Indian and US officials are confident that they would be able to get through the last hurdle in the next few months, thus making them possible to take the defence trade which would include armed drones to the next level.”Yes, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc is aware of India’s interest in Predator -series Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA),” Vivek Lall, chief executive of the US and International Strategic Development of General Atomics told PTI.General Atomics Aeronautical Systems produces Predator series of remotely piloted aircraft.”Due to US export laws, the US government has to approve the export of a Predator-series RPA to the Indian government.GA-ASI remains very encouraged by the recent India-US bilateral engagements at the highest levels and we are hopeful that we can play an important supporting role in these discussions,” he said.”Predator-series RPA could provide a world-class Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capability for India which would include both high-definition radar and Electro-optical/Infrared (EO/IR) coverage along India’s borders,” Lall said in response to a question.Additionally, the RPA can perform humanitarian aid/disaster relief surveillance over both land and sea, said Lall, who had previously played a key role in US sale of high tech military assets to India during his stint at Boeing.Lall gave positive indication of General Atomics’ interest in the path breaking DTTI and Narendra Modi government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.”GA-ASI is very interested in opportunities to work with new international industrial partners. We focus on identifying those opportunities that leverage the strengths and growth capabilities of new partners to enhance the already impressive capabilities delivered by Predator-series RPA,” Lall said.Predator-series RPA provide a highly reliable, cost-effective ISR capability that is fully inter-operable with US forces and US military platforms in the Indian military’s aircraft inventory, he said.The aircraft can perform wide-area surveillance along India’s extensive terrestrial and marine borders, he added.”Extremely safe and reliable, Predator-series RPA have been updated with state-of-the-art technologies, including an automatic takeoff and landing capability, redundant flight control surfaces, enhanced avionics, and triple-redundant flight control computers,” Lall said.Noting that GA-ASI also is committed to developing a Detect and Avoid (DAA) capability for its RPA, Lal said the company is currently developing a DAA system, enabling it to successfully detect and avoid cooperative and non-cooperative aircraft.”It has most recently accomplished the task during a series of flight tests conducted in conjunction with the FAA and NASA,” he said.According to Lall, Predator-series RPA may be integrated with multiple ISR sensors, including state-of-the-art EO / IR cameras and GA-ASI’s Lynx Multi-mode Radar which features a state-of-the-art Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) mode that offers all-weather, day/night performance for a wide-area search capability.Its Ground Moving Target Indicator (GMTI) mode provides a quick and easy method for locating moving vehicles, he said.The radar’s Maritime Wide Area Search (MWAS) mode provides the capability to complete a variety of maritime missions successfully, including coastal surveillance, long-range surveillance, small target detection, and search and rescue operations.”Predator-series RPA also are equipped with an Automatic Identification System (AIS) for identifying vessels at sea.Other sensors may be integrated at the customer’s request,” Lall said.”Additionally, Predator-series RPA are equipped with both Line-of-Sight (LOS) and Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLOS) data link systems for over-the-horizon operations. The ability to be flown from remote locations precludes the need for a large logistics footprint at forward operating bases,” he said.

Puducherry government announces Rs 114.45 crore flood relief for affected families

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Puducherry government is disbursing Rs 114.45 crore towards payment of flood relief to more than 2.86 lakh families affected by the floods. Each affected family would get Rs 4,000.

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Puducherry government is disbursing Rs 114.45 crore towards payment of flood relief to more than 2.86 lakh families affected by the floods. Each affected family would get Rs 4,000.The payment was being made to all families covered under Public Distribution System through their bank accounts under ‘direct benefit transfer’ system, an official release said.Also read: Chennai floods: PM Modi announces Rs 1,000 crore relief, TN CM Jayalalithaa demands addl Rs 5000 crore<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It said those who were yet to have a bank account could open them under ‘zero balance’ scheme with the banks after submitting address proof.For details of getting the relief, cardholders could approach taluk offices or the directorate of Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs or the Collector’s office the release said.

Air India worker ‘sucked into engine’

An Air India ground staff member dies after being sucked into an aircraft engine at Mumbai airport, the airline says.

Delhi zoo installs camera traps to track animal movement

Two to three infra-red camera traps were installed in the enclosures recently to gauge their movements and food intake.

Infra-red camera traps would monitor animals’ movement and food intake

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Infra-red camera traps have been laid in the enclosures of foxes and jackals at Delhi zoo to keep a track of activities of these animals that love to spend most of their time in burrows. Two to three infra-red camera traps were installed in the enclosures recently to gauge their movements and food intake.”We were facing a lot of troubles as foxes and jackals spend most of their day huddled in burrows. Whenever we approach them with food or treatment, they sprint towards their holes,” says veterinary officer Dr Abhijeet Bhawal. “The cameras do not have flash so that the animals are not disturbed. The infra-red beams record any movement of these nocturnal creatures. We get to know whether they are healthy and having their food, even in case of new births,” he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The zoo currently has six jackals and four foxes. The official adds that there are plans to install similar technology in the area where hyenas are kept if they show similar detachment.

Lyft in Asian partnership to rival Uber

US ride-sharing service Lyft expands global partnership to include India’s Ola and South East Asia’s GrabTaxi, in a challenge to rival Uber.

India ‘will cut coal for climate cash’

India will cut back its skyrocketing use of coal if sufficient cash for renewables emerges from a Paris deal, says a senior negotiator.

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Jumbo healthcare: Kerala launches ambulance service to transport sick elephants

Wayanad (Kerala): In a first of its kind, the Kerala forest department has launched an ambulance service to transport sick and injured elephants.

A brand new lorry has been acquired with facilities for transporting wild animals by lifting them onto the vehicle using a winch, Sudhir Neroth, range forest officer attached to the elephant squad, told IANS.

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The lorry also has a 1,000 litre capacity water tank for the animals.

“It has cost Rs.20 lakh and basically this is part of our strategy to reduce the man-animal conflict in the forest,” said Neroth.

He said there were times when wild elephants come out of the forests and create havoc for human beings.

“During such times, the accepted norm is to use trained captive elephants (kunki elephant squad) and drive the wild elephants back into the forests.

The ambulance, apart from providing medical treatments to wild animals, will also be used to transport these kunki elephants to the place where the wild elephants have to be driven away,” said Neroth.

It will be based in Sultan Battery near here as the hilly district of Wayanad borders both Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and has faced frequent problems of wild elephants entering the domain of human beings.

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Waitlisted passengers will now get confirmed berth under new railways scheme

Known as Viklap, the alternative train accommodation scheme will take off in trains running on Delhi-Lucknow and Delhi-Jammu sectors from November 1, on a pilot basis.

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Railways is launching a new scheme tomorrow under which waitlisted passengers can get confirmed accommodation in next alternative train if they opt for the option while booking their tickets online.Known as Viklap, the alternative train accommodation scheme will take off in trains running on Delhi-Lucknow and Delhi-Jammu sectors from November 1, on a pilot basis.Initially, Vikalp scheme will be available only for the tickets booked through internet for six months and option will be limited to mail and express trains on the two selected routes, said a senior Railway Ministry official. As per the scheme, waitlisted passengers of a train would be given option of getting confirmed accommodation in the next train running on the route.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Railway aims to achieve the twin objectives of providing confirmed accommodation to waitlisted passengers and ensure optimal utilisation of available accommodation by this scheme. While there is a huge demand for train berths in certain sector round the year, some routes witness increased rush during festive season.Describing the scheme as a “passenger friendly” move to provide confirmed accommodation to waitlisted passengers in alternative trains, the official said, the scheme will be extended to reservation booking counters and also on other routes after getting the feedback.Passenger, if opts for the Vikalp scheme while booking tickets online, will get SMS alert on their mobile phone about getting confirmed accommodation in alternative train. As per the scheme, there would be no extra charges taken from the passenger or any refund provided for the difference of fare.The name of passenger who have been provided accommodation in the alternative train will not figure in the waitlisted charts of their original train, the official said, adding a separate list of passengers transferred in alternative train will be pasted along with the confirmed and waitlist charts.

India’s biggest airline in share offering

Indian budget airline IndiGo has plans to conduct an initial share offering this week as it seeks to raise as much as 32.68bn rupees ($500m; £325.6m), according to reports.

Tata Steel announces 1,200 job cuts

Tata Steel announces that nearly 1,200 jobs will go in Scunthorpe and Lanarkshire, dealing another blow to an industry reeling from collapsing prices.

Not a moo point: Cow milk party in Uttar Pradesh in response to beef controversy

The event was seen as a response by intellectuals and religious leaders to the debate trigged all over the nation on beef eating and ban.

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In response to beef and pork parties, a cow milk party was organised by Lok Adhikar Manch at Hazratganj here on Saturday. Professors and scientists from Lucknow University, and locals served cow milk to people and passers-by and spread awareness among them about its utilities.Also read: From Dadri murder to Cow Ministry: 8 incidents that prove that India has gone to the cowsThe event was seen as a response by intellectuals and religious leaders to the debate trigged all over the nation on beef eating and ban. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Speaking on the occasion, Maulana Khalid Rasheed, a leading cleric from a prominent Islamic seminary, asked people to take care of each other’s sentiment. People present at the event said the debate on beef ban was baseless and politically motivated.Also read: Jammu and Kashmir beef ban- Ball in govt’s court as HC sets aside earlier order

How the right to information law is changing India

Social activists Aruna Roy and Nikhil Dey explain how the right to information law has deepened democracy in the country.

Can Pakistan and India ever live in harmony?

India and Pakistan’s leaders may both want to settle their countries’ differences – but there’s little sign of them being able to do so, says Owen Bennett-Jones.

Hyderabad: Auto driver’s son wins five medals at 2015 national skating championships

After three months of training, he took part in the 15th national level speed skating open championship in Chennai.

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T Chandra Ganesh, 8, has won four gold medals and a bronze medal in the national-level skating competitions. Remarkably,he has achieved this within six months of having learnt how to skate. Chandra Ganesh is the son of auto driver T Dorai Murugan. According to a report in the Deccan Chronicle, his coach Prem realised that he had good skating skills and taught him his winning ways.The report adds that after three months of training he took part in the 15th national level speed skating open championship in Chennai. He ended up getting a gold medal in the 6-8 year age group in January this year. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Then Chandra Ganesh took part in the 16th national roller relay skating championship at Goa in April this year. He won three gold medals and a bronze medal.

Twitterati full of praise for ex-PM Manmohan Singh on his 83rd birthday

Former PM Manmohan Singh turned 83 on Saturday. While PM Narendra Modi and other politicians have already wished him, Twitterati are still tweeting enthusiastically. Here are some significant tweets:

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Former PM Manmohan Singh turned 83 on Saturday. While PM Narendra Modi and other politicians have already wished him, Twitterati are still tweeting enthusiastically. Here are some significant tweets:Taran makes a poignant remark:This user takes a more sarcastic line, but the conclusion is what matters.Another heartfelt message:Most bhakts would be furious with Ganeshan Iyer:Plain Speak spoke plainly:MalhaRonaldo hits the nail on the head:Gau is very succinct in his remarks:Mr Saran throws a positive light upon Manmohan’s term as PM:Bob Biswas makes a very crucial, very pertinent point: While Manmohan Singh may not enjoy the popularity of Narendra Modi, his legacy as India’s finance minister during the 1991 liberalisation will never be forgotten. That he ushered the country away from beaureucratic socialism into a new era with much higher growth and opportunity is his enduring legacy.Most people also empathise with Singh for the alleged limits imposed on his powers during his terms as PM. Singh remained a largely untainted figure even as scam after scam broke during UPA-2. His remark that history would judge him more kindly seems to be slowly coming true.

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Technology entrepreneur and academic Vivek Wadhwa suggests eight things Narendra Modi can take away from his upcoming visit to Silicon Valley.

Files on India ‘freedom hero’ revealed

India state has declassified files on revolutionary leader Subhash Chandra Bose, whose death has been the subject of a number of conspiracy theories.

Stop blaming police, respect women: Delhi Police Commissioner Bassi tells Somnath Bharti

Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi on Wednesday said that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Somnath Bharti must stop blaming the police, and instead, he should respect women.

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Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi on Wednesday said that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Somnath Bharti must stop blaming the police, and instead, he should respect women.There was no abetment from the police side. I advice Somnath Bharti that rather than putting allegations on his wife and the Delhi Police, he should respect women, Bassi told media here.Somnath Bharti is putting baseless allegations on the Delhi Police. This is a harassment case against him by his wife, he added.Bassi further said, “Our effort for mediation failed and the only way left is the course of law. If police had anything against Somnath Bharti, then it would have immediately filed an FIR against him.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Somnath Bharti on Wednesday rubbished the domestic violence case filed against him by his wife Lipika Mitra and said that he has audio and documentary evidence which would reveal the truth.Bharti further said that he was not hiding and added that he was only attempting to save himself from the Delhi Police which is acting on the orders of the Centre.The AAP MLA is facing a non-bailable warrant against him in a domestic violence and attempt to murder case filed by his wife.

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Maharashtra police ‘detain’ parrot accused of hurling obscenities

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In a bizarre case, a parrot accused of “hurling obscenities” at an octogenarian woman was summoned to a police station at Rajura in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district on Monday after a complaint against its owner that he had allegedly tutored his caged pet to do so.The police was at its wit’s end after 85-year-old Janabai Sakharkar accused her stepson Suresh of teaching his parrot ‘Hariyal’, to shower abuses at her whenever she passed by his house.In order to verify the agitated woman’s complaint, the police called all the three involved, including Janabai, her stepson Suresh and Hariyal the parrot to the police station.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>However, the parrot seemed to have became conscious of khaki clad policmen and kept mum when his cage was brought near Janabai, to see if it would hurl any obscenities at her.”There is a dispute over land and property between the woman and her stepson. We watched the parrot carefully but it did not utter a word at the police station after being confronted by the complainant,” Police Inspector P S Dongre told reporters.Although Hariyal never showed any alleged penchant to abuse the woman, the police decided to hand it over to forest department officials, after taking into account the harassed mental condition of the aged woman.

30,000 kilos of onions sold in a day as Delhi government slashes rate

Delhi Food and Civil Supplies Minister Asif Ahmed Khan said that the slashing of prices had led to a huge spurt in the sale of onions at 280 FPSs and mobile vans.

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A massive 30,000-kg of onions was sold on a single day on Friday at Delhi government’s Fair Price Shops (FPSs) across the national capital following its decision to reduce their rate from Rs 40 to Rs 30 per kilogram.Delhi Food and Civil Supplies Minister Asif Ahmed Khan said that the slashing of prices had led to a huge spurt in the sale of onions at 280 FPSs and mobile vans.The AAP government also said it will continue to keep a close watch on the prices and availability of onions in the market and interventions will be initiated as and when required.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Khan said that, in light of directions by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the department will keep working round-the- clock to make good quality onions available to the common man at a reasonable price.He further claimed that Delhi government’s recent interventions have kept onion prices in check and markets have seen a downward movement of retail prices in the last one week.The minister added that sufficient quantities of onion will be released for sale through FPS and mobile van outlets.Meanwhile, Delhi government further said in a statement that “keeping pace with the general market sentiment on onion prices, largest retail chain Safal has also reduced retail onion prices from Rs 39 per kg to Rs 38 per kg.”

West Bengal: Six mowed down by Shatabdi Express

Superintendent of Police Prasun Bandyopadhyay said the victims were crossing the tracks at around 7 AM when they were mowed down by the speeding train

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Six persons, including two children, were crushed under the wheels of New Jalpaiguri- Howrah Shatabdi Express in Malda district on Friday. Superintendent of Police Prasun Bandyopadhyay said the victims were crossing the tracks at around 7 AM when they were mowed down by the speeding train. The incident occurred near Baroduari under Harischandrapur Police Station, around 90 km from the district headquarter, the SP said.

Government blacklists three Madhya Pradesh-based NGOs

Three NGOs located in Madhya Pradesh have been blacklisted after due process, the government said, after stating other instances of improper functioning of the NGOs.

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Three NGOs located in Madhya Pradesh have been blacklisted after due process, the government said, after stating other instances of improper functioning of the NGOs.In his reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Vijay Sampla said that three NGOs located in Madhya Pradesh were defaulters and they have been blacklisted after due process.Responding to another question, he said that there have been some instances, where improper functioning of the NGOs have come to the notice of the government.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Show cause notices were issued to such NGOs and further release of funds is stopped to those NGOs, who are found misappropriating funds, Sampla said.He further said online process portal for applications of NGOs is in operation since April 1, 2014 and NGOs are required to submit their applications for grants online, which is mandatory.

Delhi Metro tokens to have micro advertisements

“Tokens are mostly used by new travellers to Delhi. Hence, advertisement on tokens provide an attractive destination to the advertisers for wide publicity,” says Delhi Metro Rail Corporation chief spokesman Anuj Dayal

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Bare bodies of Delhi Metro tokens would soon be wrapped by micro advertisements, a move aimed at augmenting revenue by tapping the nearly eight-lakh-strong commuter base who use the contact less circular coins.While about 70% commuters travel using smart cards as per Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) data, the rest, primarily visitors to the national capital, are dependent on tokens. Nearly 16,000 smart cards are sold every day from stations across the network.Explaining the logic behind the step, DMRC officials said that on an average a token is circulated in three different hands within a day, thus providing “repetitive visibility” to different persons in different sections of the network. “Moreover, tokens are mostly used by new travellers to Delhi. Hence, advertisement on tokens provide an attractive destination to the advertisers for wide publicity,” DMRC chief spokesman Anuj Dayal said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The tokens, with an average diameter of 30 mm, provide printable space for advertisement at the centre with diameter of 25 mm, which can be viewed from both sides. “This printable space shall be licensed to selected bidder for advertisement of its artwork in pursuant to bidding process,” the Request For Proposal (RFP) said.Last December, metro had leased out the outdoor bodies of its coaches to agencies, following which fully ad-wrapped trains were introduced on the network’s busiest corridors, namely Yellow and Blue lines.

Hundreds of dead fish surface in Ganga river, probe ordered

Hundreds of dead fish were found floating in the Ganga river at Shukhra area on Sunday, promoting district authorities to launch a probe.

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Hundreds of dead fish were found floating in the Ganga river at Shukhra area on Sunday, promoting district authorities to launch a probe.The fish were suspected to have died due to discharge from industries, government officials said here.Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Umesh Mishra told reporters that the sample of the Ganga river water was collected and will be sent for test.Meanwhile, some social and religious activists staged ‘dharna’ and demanded action. They also gave a memorandum to the SDM.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Minorities can self-attest community certificates to get govt schemes

The removal of requirement of minority certificates is in keeping with the government’s decision to accept self-attestation across all departments and educational institutes.

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People belonging to minority communities will no longer have to secure certificates from officials to avail of benefits of welfare schemes, with the government making it clear that self-attestation was enough. “In this context, it is informed that minority certificate is not mandatory for getting the benefits of welfare schemes being implemented by the ministry,” the Ministry of Minority Affairs has said in a recent communication to the states.The government has notified six communities as minorities — Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Parsis and Jains.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The latter’s inclusion was notified in January last year.The removal of requirement of minority certificates is in keeping with the government’s decision to accept self-attestation across all departments and educational institutes.The development came after the ministry received several representations from people belonging to minority communities, especially Jains, complaining about not being able to avail of benefits extended to them in the absence of certificates testifying to their communities from the concerned state government authorities.The ministry had last year done away with the requirement of submission of affidavits towards community certificate and income certificate under pre-matric, post-matric and merit-cum means based scholarship schemes for students belonging to the notified communities. It had stated that for community certificate, self certification by the student is sufficient. The decision also comes in wake of the ministry launching programmes for raising the socio-economic profile of the minorities.These include the USTAAD programme for capacity building and updating the traditional skills of master craftsmen and artisans who in turn will train the minority youths in various traditional arts and craft.The ministry is also in the process of launching a programme called ‘Nai Manzil’ which seeks to bridge the knowledge gap of students passing out of Madrasas and facilitating their admission into mainstream schools and colleges.

Mallakhamb veteran calls for universal syllabus for yoga

On the eve of International Day of Yoga, yoga expert and veteran in the art of Mallakhamb Uday Deshpande, who is also the state convenor for the movement, talked to dna’s Santosh Andhale on the need for a universal syllabus of yoga across the country and its inclusion in the school curriculum.

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How’s the response from different parts of the state for the day?Very good. Now, people are slowly understanding the importance of yoga. On Sunday, lakhs, including students will observe it by doing sessions. I have spoken to more than 30 NGOs, who have been working in the field of yoga for long. They are getting inquiries from a number of people. Yoga is beneficial for health in ways that modern science is just beginning to understand. Even though it has been applied with therapeutic intention for thousands of years, it is only now emerging as a discipline in itself.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Then why the controversy over it?I really don’t understand why some section of people give it a religious colour. It’s been endorsed as International Day of Yoga, which means most of the country is in favour of it. If anybody wants to perform yoga, they should be allowed to, instead of a controversy being created on it. Does the government have any other plans with respect to yoga?The government has plans to introduce it in school syllabus. I think it there should be a uniform syllabus of it across the country, it will help people understand it better. There are a lot of institutes in the country and state that teach yoga. There is a huge potential for it… What are the benefits of yoga?It is a great stress-buster. Most doctors advise doing it daily to keep the mind cool and calm. While there is research going on on it, some diseases can controlled by yoga. It also helps you lose weight, improves your stamina and even beats migraines and insomnia.

Indians lead world in focus on global news, says BBC survey

It found that 52% of Indians read news stories on social media, compared to a global average of just 38%.

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Indians are more interested about what is going on around them in the world than the citizens of any other country, a BBC survey has found.In a survey done by BBC World News Research, almost 84% of the Indians polled said they were anxious to learn about what was happening around the world.According to the study, this is the highest among the countries covered with the global average being 69%.Americans, Germans, Japanese, South Africans, Australians, Hong Kongers, Singaporeans and Indians were surveyed, with a total sample size of 7,691 adults.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Among the 1,005 surveyed in India, nearly 58% said they use world news coverage to make decisions about how to protect their family, while globally it is only 36%.Almost 76% of the Indian respondents said news from around the world was more relevant to them now than in the past, while globally only 64% of those who took the survey felt that way.Almost 46 per cent Indians find global news stories useful to make financial choices, whereas this is only 28% among the other countries included in the survey.It further notes that over 51% of Indians said they have given advice to others based on the news around the world, while globally that is only 26%.The survey also notes that Indians are more concerned about news stories related to terrorism, war, health and the environment.”Terrorism was the main concern in five of the eight countries, including India, where 71% of the people said it was something they were concerned about.”Indians are also more likely than any of the other people to be concerned about the environment (62%), health (63%), corruption (60%) and human rights (52%),” the survey said.It found that 52% of Indians read news stories on social media, compared to a global average of just 38%.Only 1% of respondents in India said they are not concerned about any global news stories.

Farmers to get 5-times compensation for land acquisition

Rawal, along with a delegation of project-affected land owners, had met Khadse yesterday at Mantralaya. He had requested the minister to resolve the issue of land acquisition as the 3,300 MW thermal power project was stuck in his constituency.

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The farmers in Dondaicha constituency in Dhule district will be the first beneficiaries of five times higher compensation for land acquisition following the new rate announced by the Maharashtra government.The coal-based thermal power project was stuck in BJP legislator Jaykumar Rawal’s constituency for the last two years as farmers opposed the land acquisition process and waited for a new Bill after it was introduced in Parliament by the then UPA government.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to state Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse, farmers will be content and allow their land to be acquired if they get a compensation higher than their expectations.”We have recently taken the decision to compensate two-and-half times more than the cost of land by ready reckoner (RR) rate for its acquisition in urban area. Whereas land owner in rural area will get five times more compensation than the rate of RR,” he said.A wave of farmers’ suicides has hit rural India over the last few years, with reported estimates of 10,000 succumbing annually – Getty ImagesElaborating on the decision, the minister said, “For a land worth Rs 100, the land owner will get Rs 400 and Rs 100 as additional 25 per cent compensation in rural areas. That means he will get five times more compensation.” In urban areas, a land owner will get double the compensation than the rate of RR and if the land is purchased with open negotiations, he will get two-and-half times compensation than that of the RR rate, Khadse said.”The government resolution was issued on May 12 this year and first beneficiary will be from BJP legislator Jaykumar Rawal’s constituency Dondaicha in Dhule district,” he said.Rawal, along with a delegation of project-affected land owners, had met Khadse yesterday at Mantralaya. He had requested the minister to resolve the issue of land acquisition as the 3,300 MW thermal power project was stuck in his constituency.”When farmers or land owners get five times the compensation, they will happily give away their land for the project. The issue will be resolved very soon and the project will be completed in the upcoming years,” Khadse said.

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