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Today's Headlines THE TIMES OF INDIA

Monday, June 15, 2015
Today's Headlines
Govt will consider joint panel's views on land bill, Sadananda Gowda says
The government may not after all need a joint sitting of Parliament to clear the land bill, feels law minister DV Sadananda Gowda.
Pokhran village wants radiation level checked
A fresh committee of experts will investigate the problem of radiation from nuclear tests conducted during Pokhran I & II affecting residents of the Khetolai village.
US curbs: Nestle hints at counterfeit Maggi
Caught in a regulatory mess, Nestle India said most of the Maggi products rejected by the US food regulator for import in January were not exported from India.
Cairn India merges with Vedanta in $2.3bn deal
Anil Agarwal, chairman of London-listed Vedanta Plc, is merging his cash-rich oil and gas company Cairn India that he bought for $8.7 billion in 2011 with his debt-laden mining firm Vedanta Ltd, formerly known as Sesa-Sterlite, in an all-share $2.3-billion (Rs 14,500-crore) deal to create India’s leading natural resources company.
Govt to revamp sourcing, testing of telecom gear
The government is looking at a major overhaul of telecom equipment sourcing and testing in India as it fears that unfettered supplies from foreign vendors, including Chinese companies, are making the system susceptible to spyware and malware from unfriendly countries and anti-national activists.
Air India to raise up to $350m via ECB route
Air India is raising up to $350 million to meet its working capital requirement through the external commercial borrowing (ECB) route.
Wildlife tales for Lanka kids, courtesy Indian naturalists
The Indian school curriculum does not have a text book to connect the school children with nature and wildlife, but Sri Lanka may boast of one soon, and that too sourced from India.
Mining of sand, gravel set to resume in Haryana
Mining of sand, boulder and, gravel, halted for almost five years, is set to resume shortly in Haryana, a much-needed relief to construction sector.
Coastal sand mining poses environmental hazard
Mining in the dune sand along the coastal belt of Andhra Pradesh has raised many eyebrows.
17-year-old is 'UK's youngest ever suicide bomber'
A 17-year-old boy who left the UK to join the dreaded Islamic state terror group is believed to have become Britain's youngest ever suicide bomber.
Algerian jihadist killed in US strike
Notorious Algerian jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar has been killed in a US airstrike in Libya.
Niger: 18 migrants found dead in Sahara desert
The bodies of 18 migrants who likely died of dehydration have been found in the Sahara desert in northern Niger.
Amitabh Bachchan: Crazy things his fans do
Amitabh Bachchan fans are crazy when it comes to expressing their love for the superstar. Here's taking a look at the things they do to please him.
Masaba to design for Shahid-Mira wedding?
Heard Masaba, who is the wife of Shahid Kapoor’s close buddy Madhu Mantena, will be designing the wedding outfits of the actor and his bride Mira Rajput.
Pet photo series aims to counter 'black dog' theory
It was a summer day at the dog park when Fred Levy, a professional pet photographer, overheard a conversation that he couldn't shake off.
Magna Carta scribes identified ahead of its 800th anniversary
In a significant find, British scientists have identified the scribes who wrote two of the four original copies of the 1215 Magna Carta, ahead of the 800th anniversary of the historic charter on Monday.
Active videogames better than outdoor play?
Active videogames can be a better source of physical activity than outdoor play for children between the ages of five and eight, a new study suggests.
Kohli backs Dhawan to replicate Sehwag's success
India skipper Virat Kohli on Sunday said that Dhawan has it in him to replicate Virender Sehwag's heroics at the top.
Nadal beats Troicki to win Stuttgart grass title
Rafael Nadal earned his second title of the season as he defeated Viktor Troicki to become the first man to triumph on both clay and turf at Stuttgart Open.
India-Bangladesh one-off Test ends in a draw
As expected, the rain-truncated one-off Test between India and Bangladesh meandered to a dull draw on Day 5 at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah.
10 hot smartphones launched recently in India
The month of May witnessed the launch of several new smartphones. Here’s the list of 10 hottest smartphones that were unveiled recently in the Indian market.
Buyer's guide: Digital cameras under Rs 15,000
If you are looking for greater control over shutter speed, aperture, exposure, etc, then opt for a 'bridge' camera.
'Death of net neutrality will kill media freedom'
The proposal of doing away with net neutrality, as mooted by a Trai consultation paper, raises the possibility of media websites too falling prey to the carriage fee model.
When service can be a career
Life in social sector allows one to make a difference.
Alternative pathway
American Honors (AH), a programme that allows students to transfer to a US univer sity for a Bachelor's degree after two years at a community college, is open to applications from India for the first time.
Mission admission — season of confusion
This is the season of confusion. Aspiring undergraduates still have some or the other query before admission time. At The Times of India's Mission Admission seminars in Delhi, many of them heard experts advising them about making academic choices and about different facets of the enrolment process at various institutions.
Diplomatic enclave project in Airoli shelved, for now
Ten years on, a dream project to create a diplomatic enclave in Airoli by carving out a zone for embassies so as to shift their visa and other international services, has been shelved for now, reliable government sources said.
Rain fails to cast damper on Vasai-Virar poll turnout
The Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC) polls on Sunday saw a voter turnout of over 50%, despite heavy rains in the region.
Mangroves gutted in Wadala blaze
The fire that broke out on the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) land in the Wadala area on Saturday evening was extinguished bySunday morning. Petrol leaking from a 14-inch MbPT pipeline that was being repaired had caught fire, and flames 20-30 feet high had led to the shutting down of the Eastern Freeway and burnt over half a kilometre of mangroves.
Travel fast and cheap as Metro shrinks Delhi
Come 2016, and Delhi is all set to become smaller.Thanks to 18 more interchange stations--connecting two or more lines--in Phase III of Delhi Metro, distances will shrink.
CM: Single helpline for civic issues
The Delhi government is planning a one-stop helpline, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has said. But the helpline will have to wait till the municipal polls in 2017 which the AAP is hoping to win.
Jamia Millia Islamia entrance paper leaked
Jamia Millia Islamia has postponed its entrance test for bachelor of dental surgery (BDS), which was scheduled for Sunday, following reports of the test paper being leaked a day before the exam.
Civic complaints in Bengaluru fall between agencies
The citizen, faced with traffic snarls, overflowing drains, long power cuts and fallen trees, finds there are too many helplines, many of which don't work
Yoga is an antidote to restlessness, says Karan Bajaj
The practice has a spiritual heritage, says this author
Answer to water crisis blowing in air
Bengaluru-based scientist and his team have developed a device that can literall y produce water capturing atmospheric humidity.
Four dead as rain wreaks havoc in city
At least four people died as their house collapsed in heavy rain triggered by the southwest monsoon in Ranga Reddy district early on Sunday. The rains also wreaked havoc across the city, flooding streets and inundating several low-lying areas.
Ban on plastic all set to be back in SCB
The Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) is all set to ban use of polythene bags in its jurisdiction. Though the move is not new, being revived after a gap of five years, SCB officials want to enforce polythene ban strictly this time.
Install CCTVs or pay fine, shops told
With efforts to ring the city with closed circuit television (CCTV) network under the Public Safety Act failing to bring the desired result, the Hyderabad police have decided to crack the whip on business establishments that are ignoring the directive to install electronic eyes.
Beno wants to begin her journey by meeting Modi
"I am grateful that the central government has modified some parameters in order to give me the assignment," Beno reiterated.
150 dead, now Madras HC to monitor ban on manual scavenging
Pointing out that more than 150 people had died since 1993 while manually clearing sewerage blocks in Tamil Nadu, the Madras high court said it would henceforth monitor implementation of manual scavenging laws in the state.
Chennai records 45 break-ins in two and a half months
Summer temperatures may have eased off a bit but city residents are finding the heat is still on — from burglars.
Wash away diabetic foot fear
Senior diabetologist Dr Mayur Patel On Sunday steered 'Save A Leg' campaign that saw 100 family members reviving the age-old tradition of washing feet of elders to raise awareness on diabetic foot.
Man jumps to death in Sabarmati River
A 33-year-old man committed suicide by jumping in Sabarmati River after alleged harassment by moneylenders.The body was fished out on Sunday from Ellisbridge.
Woman abducted by estranged husband rescued in capital
A 32-year-old woman was abducted from Ghatlodia by her estranged husband and brother-in-law late on Friday night but she managed to free herself in Gandhinagar and call the state capital’s police control room.
Allahabad University to start MSc rural development
The students would be able to pursue a new MSc course in Allahabad University.
Police constable run over by a truck in Kaushambi
A police constable was killed in an accident after he was hit by a truck at Kokhraj toll plaza in Kaushambi district on Saturday.
Chowkidars to lead anti-crime drive in rural Kaushambi
Unable to check spiraling crime graph, Kaushambi police has once again turned to chowkidars to put a tab on anti-social elements of the district.
BJP plans to showcase Modi's success in state
The BJP plans to aggressively take up the "achievements" of the Narendra Modi government at the grassroots level and compare it with the "failure" of the Naveen Patnaik government here.
Mentor institute gives final diagnosis for IIM
What was being feared for a long time is almost certain now. In all probability, the proposed Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Odisha, will not admit students in this academic year.
Nabard brings variety of mangoes to Bhubaneswar
Mango lovers in the city have a sumptuous treat this year at the four-day mango festival organized by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) here.
Road accident claims lives of four
Four persons including a woman and a child died in a road accident in a Dhar village on Sunday night.
Communal tension spread in Dhar town after inflammatory posters
Communal tension was spread in Khalghat village of Dhar district on Sunday morning after inflammatory posters were found pasted on the walls in the village.
Veterans show strength on OROP issue in Mhow
About 500 ex-servicemen of Mhow and nearby places gathered at the Dreamland square on Sunday morning to express solidarity with the nation wide protest of the veterans on the issue of One Rank One Pension (OROP) issue being raised by the Defence personnel since last four decades.
Sikh beats US army in court for turban right
In a historic decision, a US federal court has allowed a Sikh student to enroll with its campus Reserve Officer Training Corps unit with his beard, long hair and turban. In 2013, Hofstra University student Iknoor Singh had been denied entry unless he got rid of all his articles of faith.
Modi's visit to Anandpur Sahib off
Taking some sheen off Punjab government's mega plans to celebrate the 350th foundation year of Anandpur Sahib shrine, the Prime Minister's Office on Sunday conveyed to the state government that Narendra Modi will not attend the event on June 19.
Free Sikh convicts: RSS offshoot to HM
At a time when the BJP was differing with its alliance partner SAD over the release of Sikh prisoners, Rashtriya Sikh Sangat, an affiliate of RSS, has landed at the doors of Union home minister Rajnath Singh making demands that could ruffle a few feathers in its political wing.

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