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REALISING THE TRUE MEANING OF REPUBLIC DAY

- KRITI RAI
“Being Indian is not blood as much as it is culture”- Tony Hillerman.
India, a country of many ethnic groups,a land of throng languages, a veritable babel of tongues and numerous modes of apparel celebrates its 67th republic day with great enthusiasm and fervour. As Delhi turns into fortress with 50,000 security men, preparations for ceremonial parade are in full swing. But the perspective of denizens of India about republic day seems to be altogether different. A national holiday, a day when could get an extra hour of sleep in chilly winter, a time when various e-commerce websites are hosting sales and luring customers, a day to remain glued to television sets to watch parade and feel proud by getting glimpse of various parts of india; humming patriotic songs, remembering freedom fighters, spending quality time with friends and family that’s it. That’s how 26 January each year like a wa…

Trains in Delhi to be suspended during R-Day parade

A few trains to and from the national capital will be suspended for a short while on Tuesday during the Republic Day parade, the Northern Railway has said.

"Due to Republic Day parade on January 26, the rail traffic on Tilak Bridge will remain suspended for one hour 30 minutes from 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon," a statement from the Northern Railway said.

Jhelum Express, Jan Shatabdi Express, Garib Rath Express, Duronto Express and a few other trains would be regulated till the parade through the bridge, according to the railway..

Mahatma Gandhi's statue defaced in Rajasthan, 'ISIS zindabad' scribbled on it

A statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Dudu area of Jaipur in Rajasthan was on Monday found defaced by some unknown miscreants, with a warning of possible ISIS attacks on the Republic Day.

The message has created a panic in Dudu area with police saying that efforts are on to ascertain the identity of the people behind it.


According to agencies , 'ISIS zindabad' was scribbled on it."


Additional SP Dudu Sanjay Kumar said the message was written on the back of the statue with paint threatening devastation on January 26.

Padma Bhushan for Sania, Saina; Deepika to get Padma Shri

NEW DELHI: Women dominated this year's Padma awards for sports with tennis star Sania Mirza and ace shuttler Saina Nehwal getting the nod for the Padma Bhushan, while archer Deepika Kumari was chosen for the Padma Shri on Monday.

Tamil film actor Rajinikanth and classical singer Girija Devi were on Monday selected for Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian award, while Anupam Kher, Udit Narayan, Priyanka Chopra and Ajay Devgn are among other Padma honourees from Bollywood.
Rajinikanth (65), one of the most celebrated actors of his generations with fans according him the status of a demi-god, is already a recipient of Padma Bhushan.
Responding to the announcement, his daughter Soundarya tweeted, “Proud daughter!!!!! Appa is now Padma vibhushan shri Rajinikanth.”
Since making his debut with K Balachander’s “Aboorva Ragangal” in 1975, the actor saw a steady rise to stardom, which continues even today. The Tamil superstar has also acted in Hindi, Telugu, Kann…

Noted South Indian Actress Kalpana passed away !!!

Noted Malayalam film actress Kalpana Ranjani, known as Kalpana, died in Hyderabad on Monday (January 25) morning, according to information reaching here. She was 51.
Kalpana was in Hyderabad for the shooting of a Telugu film. She was brought dead at Apollo Hospitals from her hotel room, where she was found unconscious early morning today. According to Malayala Manorama, the actress suffered a heart attack.
Kalpana, who had acted in 300-odd films in South Indian languages, had won the Best Supporting Actress award for her performance in a Malayalam film in 2012. Sister of film actresses Urvashi and Kalaranjini, Kalpana was known as a comic actress in the industry.

She had made her debut in the film industry as a child artiste in 1983. Since then, she grew along with the South Indian film industry to become a leading actress. She was last seen in Malayalam movie – Charlie !

Titan launches smartwatch - Juxt !!!

Titan, one of India's most popular watchmakers, has launched a new smartwatch named Juxt. The Juxt smartwatch starts retailing at Rs. 15,995 for the Stainless Steel model and goes up to Rs. 19,995 for the Titanium model. There is also a Rose Gold variant of the Juxt, which is available at Rs. 17,995. Titan has introduced the Juxt in India as well as US, UK and Canada, simultaneously. The company says that by the end of this year, the Juxt smartwatch will be available in six international markets.
In India, the Titan Juxt can be pre-booked on the Titan website and also on ecommerce platform Myntra. The Juxt sports a dual-caliber mechanism with an analog Titan caliber 6130 and a digital mechanism that adds to the smartness of the watch. As far as the design of the Juxt smartwatch is concerned, it has a honeycomb dial and comes with a leather strap. The watch can be paired with an Android or iOS device and offers a slew of standard smartwatch features such as - incoming calls and mess…

Hate getting out of bed? Microsoft launches alarm app that requires a SELFIE to shut it up

Getting out of bed in the morning isone of the curses of modern life- and it's not made easier by the temptation of the snooze button. Seemingly in an effort to help raise us from slumber each day, +Microsofthas unveiled a new alarm app that forces you to prove you're awake before it stops. So, for example, it might ask you to snap a selfie or play a particular game before it finally shuts up. The app, called Mimicker Alarm, may ask you to take a picture of something green - or repeat a tongue twister over and over. If you don't complete the task, the alarm starts up again.

Mallika Sarabhai slams PM Modi for not paying tribute to her mother

Mallika Sarabhai criticised Prime Minister Narendara Modi for not paying tributes to her mother, renowned Bharatanatyam dancer, Mrinalini Sarabhai, who passed away on Thursday.

“My dear prime minister. You hate my politics and I hate yours, that has nothing to do with what Mrinalini Sarabhai did to promote the culture of this country to the world over 60 years. She blazed a trailer for our culture in the world,” Mallika the social actiist and dancer said in her Facebook post.

Mallika, has constantly attacked the former Gujarat Chief Minister Modi for the 2002 communal riots in the state.

“That her death sees no word from you shows your mentality. However much you hate me, as our prime minister it behove you to recognise her contribution. You have not. Shame on you,” she continued in her post.

Mrinalini Sarabhai was a Padma Bhushan awardee. She founded Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, an institute for imparting training in dance, drama and music.

After Bigg Boss exit, Keith to come home to Gurgaon

After spending almost three months in the 'Bigg Boss' house, Keith Sequeira was recently ousted from the competition in a midnight eviction.


+Keith had lost his brother when he was in the house and had stepped out for a few days to be with his family, but had entered the house again.

Google, RailTel's Free Public Wi-Fi Service Launched at Mumbai Central

Google India and Indian Railways' arm RailTel on Friday announced the availability of free high-speed public Wi-Fi service at the Mumbai Central station. To recall, the public Wi-Fi project for Indian Railways was announced back in September when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Google headquarters in Mountain View.

The search giant in an emailed statement on Friday said that it will expand the free public Wi-Fi network to 100 of the busiest railway stations in India by the end of this year, and eventually expand to 400 railway stations. Next in line are stations in Allahabad, Patna, Jaipur, and Ranchi.

"Even with just the first 100 stations online, this project will make Wi-Fi available to millions of Indians - who pass through railway stations every day, making it the largest public Wi-Fi project in India and among the largest in the world by number of potential users," the statement added.

The Google RailWire public Wi-Fi service will be accessible by Wi-Fi enabl…

CIA, French sleuths join hands with Indian agencies to ensure a safe Republic Day

On January 13, Goa police received an anonymous letter issued under the name of ISIS, threatening to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. The most likely module to be adopted for the terror strike by ISIS would be the ‘lone-wolf’ style of attack. Although, the government claims that the impact of ISIS in India is negligible, there is small section within the minority community, who are attracted by the online propaganda of the terror cult.
Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in major cities across the nation including Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Panaji, Chandigarh and Bengaluru.

Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra replace Aamir Khan as 'Incredible India' brand ambassadors

After about a month of speculation, actors Amitabh Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra have been chosen as the brand ambassadors for the government's 'Incredible India' campaign.

The selection of the two actors follows the Centre's decision to discontinue the contract of actor Aamir Khan, who had angered the BJP-led government with his remarks on perceived intolerance in the country.

Khan had promoted Indian tourism for a decade as the brand ambassador.

A number of multi-disciplinary icons, including famous sports personalities, were shortlisted by the tourism ministry to be the face of the 'Incredible India' campaign.

Other suggestions being considered include choosing a female personality as the mascot for the 'Atithi Devo Bhava' series which is part of the 'Incredible India' campaign to attract foreign tourists.

Bacha Khan University attack: 20 killed; Pakistani Taliban spokesman denies hand behind attack

At least 25 people were killed and 50 others injured today after heavily armed militants stormed the Bacha Khan University in Pakistan. The gunmen entered the university in Charsadda, some 50 kilometers from the city of Peshawar, and opened indiscriminate fire on students and teachers. According to reports, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack. However, their spokesperson Muhammad Khorasani later denied their involvement.
The investigations into the terror attack are underway, but we must not avert our eyes from the fact that the attack was the result of yet another intelligence failure and a major security lapse, especially when only three days ago, rumors of security threats to educational institutions triggered the closure of schools in the same region. In many ways, today's attack was reminiscent of the gruesome December 2014 terrorist attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar which left over 140 dead - most of them children. The message b…

Seven dead as suicide bomber hits Afghan TV channel bus

Seven people were killed on Wednesday when a suicide bomber struck a minibus carrying employees of popular Afghan TV channel TOLO, just months after the Taliban declared the network a legitimate "military target". The bombing near the Russian embassy in downtown Kabul also left 24 people wounded, in the latest in a wave of attacks despite an international push to jumpstart Taliban peace talks. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the bombing, which marks the first major attack on a media organisation in Afghanistan.

CBI nabs Chennai’s PF regional commissioner for bribery

CHENNAI: Central Bureau of Investigation sleuths on Monday arrested the Employees Provident Fund Organisation regional commissioner in an alleged bribery case involving a major educational organisation hours before he was to address the media. Six others were arrested in this connection.

Soon after the arrests, officials said the new dates for the media conference on the EPFO migrating online would be announced later.

CBI sources said regional commissioner E S Durga Prasad, enforcement officers Ezhumalai and Manikandan, alleged conduit Sudalai Muthu, his manager Suryanarayana, alleged bribe giver Sengottaiyan and Raja, a friend of Prasad, were nabbed in the case in which the Saveetha Group of Institutions has also been named.

CBI officials booked the accused under Sections 7, 12, 13 (2), 13 (1) (b) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and a CBI court remanded them in prison till February 2.

CBI sources said Durga Prasad had allegedly demanded Rs 25 lakh as illegal gratification for favouri…

What Pooja Bedi Wrote on Facebook After Kabir Bedi Married Parveen Dusanj

Veteran actor Kabir Bedi married his long-time girlfriend Parveen Dusanj on January 15 in an intimate ceremony on January 15. However, actress Pooja Bedi, who is Mr Bedi's daughter from his first marriage with dancer Protima, was rather straight-forward with her comments on Facebook.
Mr Bedi, who celebrated his 70th birthday a day after his wedding on January 16, said: "I wish to thank every single person who has loved me, wished me, supported me and wanted the best for me. I hope I live up to their expectation and believe me the best is yet to come," he added.

The Sandokan star married British born Parveen, 42, in presence of close friends and family. This is Mr Bedi's third marriage after his separation from dancer Protima. He married fashion designer Susan Humphreys before marrying radio and television presenter Nikki Bedi in the late 1990s, with whom he was divorced from in 2005. He was also rumoured to have been dating Bollywood actress Parveen Babi, with whom h…

Zinnia is first flower grown in space

NEW DELHI: US astronaut Scott Kelly aboard International Space Station (ISS) has tweeted the stunning pictures of the first flower grown in space. The first flower is an edible zinnia that is consumable and can be used in salads.

Kelly uploaded the image on his official twitter account and soon the image went viral on the social media recieving more than 20k retweets and 28k favourites.

Zinnia plant comes under the family of sunflower tribe and are native to scrub and dry grassland in an area stretching from the Southwestern United States to Sout America. The plant was grown inside the Veggie laboratory installed on the ISS. The lab was setup back in May 2014 while astronauts started growing the flowers 3 months back.

The zinnia plant takes nearly 60 to 80 days to bloom and its growth increases in later days. Since, it is a difficult to grow zinnia plant in the space, thus scientists believe that it can be a good precursor to tomato plant and growing tomatoes in space will take much …

Tsai Ing-wen becomes Taiwan president

Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan's main opposition party will become the island's first female president in a landslide victory over the ruling Kuomintang Saturday, as voters turned their backs on closer China ties.


KMT candidate Eric Chu conceded defeat in a disastrous rout for the party, addressing tearful crowds at the party's headquarters in Taipei.
The vote count is continuing but live television figures from polling stations show Tsai of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has secured a historic landslide victory, with around 60 percent against 30 percent for Chu.


That would be the biggest ever win for any president in Taiwan -- the previous record was 58.45 percent for current KMT president Ma Ying-jeou in 2008.
"I'm sorry... We've lost. The KMT has suffered an election defeat. We haven't worked hard enough and we failed voters' expectations," said KMT candidate Eric Chu addressing tearful crowds at the party's headquarters in T…

No decision on govt formation in PDP core group meet

No decision has yet come on the issue of Govt formation after the core group of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) meeting was held under the leadership of Mehbooba Mufti.


Any major decision likely to come only after 26th January.

Meanwhile, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said his party would consider a tie-up with the BJP to form the government if it received any such proposal.

Jammu and Kashmir is currently under Governor's rule, following the death of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, earlier this month.

Governor's rule had to be imposed, as PDP and BJP could not immediately take a decision on continuing the arrangement on a coalition government.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui booked for 'assaulting' woman over parking row

MUMBAI: Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui was booked on Sunday for allegedly assaulting and misbehaving with a woman over a dispute related to a parking space in their housing society here.

Sushma Swaraj pays tributes to Yasser Arafat

RAMALLAH: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today paid tributes to iconic Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, calling the late President a "friend of India".

Bigg Boss 9: Prince Narula is fake, obnoxious, says season 6 finalist Imam Siddique

He might be touted as the strongest contender for the “Bigg Boss Nau” title but season 6 finalist Imam Siddique, who is returning to the show as a guest, calls the reality TV star the most fake person in the house.



49-year-old Imam is remembered even today for his eccentricity and quirky entertaining quotient on the show. He will enter the house this week with a bag full of challenges for the housemates.



“Prince is obnoxious. He is the most fake person inside the house. He is spineless. Throughout the show he kept saying ‘bhai-behen’ and in the end, ditched his sister Kishwer Merchant. It was all for game. He needs to know this is not ‘Splitsvilla’ and ‘Roadies’ "







The fashion stylist, one of the most popular contestants of “Bigg Boss” across all seasons, will stay inside the house for a week and will be seen giving the housemates series of tasks that will put their determination and perseverance to test.



The tasks results would determine if the present contestants- Rochelle Rao, Kei…

Mahesh Babu to resume shooting for 'Brahmotsavam' from next week

Superstar Mahesh Babu, who rang in the New Year in Switzerland with his family, is back from a holiday. He's all set to resume shooting for Telugu family drama 'Brahmotsavam' from next week. "Had a quick break in Dubai and the Swiss Alps. Kids loved it! Now it's back to work (sic)," Mahesh posted on Twitter page on Friday.
Mahesh, who left on a holiday in the third week of December, spent two weeks in Switzerland with his wife Namrata Shirodkar and two kids, Gautam and Sitara.
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Lenovo, Google announce Project Tango smartphone at CES 2016

Google’s Project Tango was first announced two years ago and has been in the experimental phase since. But on 7 January at CES, Lenovo announced that it will release the first consumer smartphone with Google’s Project Tango hardware and software inside it, by June-July this year. Project Tango lets you map the 3D space around you by using a combination of cameras such as a regular camera, an integrated depth sensing camera and a motion tracking camera. The 3D space mapping is done in real time and can help out with navigating within shopping malls and other internal locations. It also lets you interact with your real surroundings thereby adding a layer of augmented reality to the mix. You can read our complete lowdown on+ProjectTango.
The phone which will be released by Lenovo will be a consumer facing device and will come under $500 (approx Rs 33,400). The device is expected to come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset and will have a display size under 6.5-inches. Lenovo will be using…

Odd-Even Trial Will End After January 15, Says Arvind Kejriwal Government

The 15-day restrictions under the odd-even formula for running cars have brought down pollution, the Delhi government has claimed.

Blast in Meghalaya leaves at least two dead

Atleast seven persons, including a woman, were injured and two killed when proscribed Garo National Liberation Army militants triggered an IED blast in Meghalaya's East Garo Hills district on Saturday. The blast was reportedly perpetrated by militants associated with the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA). However, nothing has been confirmed yet as the more details about the blast are awaited. This comes in the wake of continued unrest in the state’s Garo hills, which was a major cause for concern for the state government throughout 2015.

Anantapur court issues Non Bailable Warrant against Dhoni

The judicial first class magistrate court on Friday issued a non bailable warrant against Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the case of complaint of hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus, originally filed in 2013.

Security reduced for Aamir, SRK, removed for others

The Mumbai Police have reduced security for a number of Bollywood personalities, including Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan. The decision was taken as they felt that such high degree of security was "unwanted" for these celebrities, as reported by Indian Express.

Aamir and Shah Rukh were provided additional security during the end of 2015 after their remarks on 'intolerance' drew extreme and unprecedented reactions from political parties and various outfits. SRK has been a target ever since his film 'My Name Is Khan' ran into trouble in 2010 and later, when terrorist Hafiz Saeed offered accommodation to the actor in 2013. Aamir was provided extra cover in 2013, for the outrage against his film 'PK', and more so, after his 'intolerance' remarks in November last year.

There are some Bollywood personalities whose security cover has been completely removed. These include Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rajkumar Hirani, Farah Khan and producers Ali and Karim Mo…

Al Qaeda-linked Bengaluru madrasa teacher sent to police custody

The madrasa teacher, who was arrested by Delhi Police for suspected links with the al Qaeda from Bengaluru, was on Friday sent to police custody till January 20.

The alleged member of the terror group, identified as Maulana Anzar Shah, was arrested by the anti-terrorist special cell of Delhi Police in its ongoing operation against al Qaeda in the Indian sub-continent (AQIS) on Wednesday, agencies reported quoting unnamed police sources.

Jallikattu allowed: Centre makes arrangements for bull-taming in TN

Prospective bull tamers tackle a raging bull at the bull taming festival called Jallikattu in Alanganallur, about 575 kilometers (359 miles) south of Chennai.

  Jallikattu is 'celebrated' around Pongal and the Environment Minister was under pressure from the state unit of the BJP to allow the festival to be organised with an eye on the Tamil Nadu assembly elections.

Netflix launches in India, plans start at Rs. 500

Netflix Inc. launched operations in India on Wednesday, with plans starting at Rs. 500 ($7.50) per month, as the U.S.-based video streaming company pushes ahead with its global expansion plans.
The move confirmed months of speculation on the launch of the service in the second-most populous country in the world.
The company will also offer two other plans priced at Rs. 650 rupees and Rs. 800 rupees, it announced on its website.
Netflix is aggressively moving into new markets and aims to reach 200 countries by the end of 2016, as slowing domestic growth puts pressure on the company.
Users can access Netflix through an app on a smart TV, a videogame console, a streaming player, a smartphone or a tablet.

The company also went live in more than 130 countries on Wednesday, covering almost the entire globe except China, in a huge global push by Chief Executive Reed Hastings to counter slowing growth in the United States.
Nigeria, Russia and Saudi Arabia were among the other major…

J&K CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passes away

New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed died this morning at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where he was admitted for the past 15 days.

The Chief Minister breathed his last around 7.30 AM, Education Minister and spokesman for Government Nayeem Akhter said.

Sayeed, 79, is survived by his wife, three daughters including PDP President Mehbooba Mufti, and a son.
The mortal remains of the Chief Minister would be flown to Srinagar where the body will be kept for people to have the last glimpse of their leader. He is likely be buried in his ancestral village in South Kashmir.

Sayeed was admitted with complaints of fever and neck pain on December 24 after which the doctors at AIIMS diagnosed him to have sepsis, decreased blood counts and pneumonia.

He was in the Intensive Care Unit of AIIMS and during hospitalisation his platelets had dropped dangerously low. For the past few days, the Chief Minister was on a ventilator.

Sayeed took over as chie…

2016 will be the year of innovation in India, for India

2015 was a crazily fast-paced year in India’s tech startup world. From an entrepreneur or potential entrepreneur’s perspective, it was like the gold rush – it was easy to raise funds (and large sums at that) very quickly as long as you were tackling a problem or space that was “hot” according to the larger venture capital firms (both Indian and global). If you ever had had any entrepreneurial ambitions (or had boasted about your jugaadu-ness to your friends in college), 2015 was your time. You had to start up and raise money, preferably lots of it. And in the process become a startup celebrity.


For investors, 2015 was when it seemed like the Indian Internet ecosystem had finally come of age. Much like everything else in India, we tend to really believe in ourselves only after the world starts to believe in us. Whether it is an Indian Nobel Prize winner or an Indian sportsman, it’s only after the world starts to send accolades their way that we recognise their worth. Th…

HM approves 33% women posts in CAPFs

With a view to enhancing representation of women in Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has approved the 33% posts at Constable level for being filled up by women.
The 33% reservation of Constable level posts in CRPF & CISF and 14-15% posts at Constable level in border guarding forces i.e. BSF, SSB & ITBP will start immediately to begin with.

This reservation would be horizontal. The Committee on Empowerment of Women in its Sixth Report (Recommendation No.84) of the (2010-11) had recommended urgent need to provide due representation to women in paramilitary forces.

Lenovo Vibe K4 Note: Top 5 New Features

Lenovo on Tuesday launched the Vibe K4 Note in India, the successor to last year's sleeper hit the K3 Note. For the Lenovo Vibe K4 Note, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer has updated the hardware specifications while also adding some features that we usually find on high-priced premium handsets.

But that's not all. Lenovo has made all the inclusions while maintaining an affordable price tag range, a factor that ushered Lenovo K3 Note's popularity in the country. The company told Gadgets 360 last month that it sold over 1.2 million units in less than six months since the launch. Here are some of the best features of the Lenovo Vibe K4 Note.

1. TheaterMax
The Lenovo Vibe K4 Note comes with a feature called TheaterMax which, as per company's claim, can convert regular content to its immersive VR counterpart. Powered by Lenovo Virtual Reality (VR) technology, the idea is to give users a virtually large screen cinematic experience. It should work with any virtual reality hea…

Income Tax department conducts raids at Apollo Hospitals

Chennai: The income tax department conducted raids across various premises of Apollo Hospitals Enterprises Ltd on Tuesday.

“Yes, we are conducting raids across various places of Apollo Hospitals,” a senior official income tax official in Chennai said on condition of anonymity.

The official declined to give further details.

“The IT department visited our hospitals today and we extended our complete cooperation to them,” Apollo said in a statement.

“We have always conducted ourselves with the highest degree of diligence and would like to reassure our patients, shareholders and stakeholders that we shall uphold their trust and faith in us.”

The Chennai-based company runs 64 hospitals with at least 10,000 beds besides 2,200 pharmacies and a network of clinics. Malaysia-based IHH Healthcare Bhd holds a 10.85% stake in Apollo Hospitals.

BCI issues fresh notice to DU Faculty of Law demanding compliance undertaking within 4 weeks

Spelling fresh trouble for Delhi University, BCI’s Legal Education Committee has issued a show cause notice to explain the “illegalities” in its functioning and has demanded an assurance in writing that it would comply with the prescribed recommendations within four weeks. Failure on the University’s part would entail disaffiliation for two academic years. The Notice came after recent inspection by a panel headed by former Chief Justice of Patna High Court L. Narasimha Reddy. The BCI Panel noticed fresh violations of the recommendations, besides the University’s ignorance in attending to the ones highlighted earlier. The Committee had reportedly noted that the Faculty of law had just 20 classrooms, instead of 100 for 5895 students.

Despite such infrastructural deficiencies, the College had increased its intake by 54 per cent instead of the permitted 27 per cent, without seeking BCI’s approval. Moreover, it had been functioning with an ad-hoc faculty for the last 15 years. It was also…

Fire in Manyata Tech Park; no casualties reported

Tension gripped Bengaluru's Manyata Tech Park premises on Tuesday evening, after a minor fire broke out due to an electric short circuit.

Thousands of employees were evacuated from the Green Heart Building where the fire broke out. However, there were no casualties reported.

Three fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the fire. According to reliable sources, the fire and emergency services personnel are expected to douse the fire in the next 30 minutes.

Fortunately, a fire station is situated in the premises of Manyata Tech Park to attend fire accidents in and around Hebbal.

Pathankot Attacks - Latest news !!!

As the operation against the terrorists entered the third day, NSG, IAF and Army officers said there was no collateral damage to the strategic Air Force assets. At least two terrorists are believed to be holed up in a two-storey building in the complex.
Forty hours into the operation against the terrorists who stormed the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot, investigating agencies have not yet made any significant recoveries that could give a clue to their identity or the route they took to enter India.
A top intelligence officer told reporters they were not sure whether the terrorists belonged to Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). Their initial presumption was based on a piece of paper recovered from SP Salwinder Singh’s vehicle, which was snatched by the terrorists and abandoned later. “It is all a presumption till now that they belonged to JeM. We have not recovered any GPS sets yet that could have given clues about their location. It could be LeT as well… we don’t know yet,” said…

Earthquake rocks North East India !!!!

At least six people were killed and over 90 injured as a strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake epicentred in Manipur today hit the northeastern region, causing damage to buildings and triggering panic. The epicentre of the earthquake was 35 kms northwest of Imphal. People panicked and rushed out of their homes in Gauhati, the capital of neighboring Assam state, as they felt massive shaking at least twice within 60 seconds.India’s Meteorological Department said the epicentre of the quake was in Tamenglong region of Manipur. It struck before dawn on Monday at a depth of 17 kms in the India-Myanmar border region. The U.S. Geological Survey said the depth was 55 kms.
The high-intensity earthquake also jolted parts of Tibet with many residents waking up after feeling the ground shake. The earthquake affected the prefectures of Nyingchi, Shannan and Qamdo as well as the regional capital Lhasa reporting “strong tremors."In India it was felt in several parts of Jharkhand with people rushing out …