R.K. Nagar bypoll: Parties trade charges at EC meet, Charges and counter-charges flew thick and fast in the meeting organized by Special Officer Vikram Batra to take stock of the situation prevailing in the R.K. Nagar constituency, the bypoll for which is scheduled on December 21. And, political parties not only traded allegations at the meeting but also targeted the police and poll officials for various acts of omission and commission. At the meeting, the ruling AIADMK was represented by Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha M. Thambi Durai, Fisheries Minister D. Jayakumar and P.H. Manoj Pandian. Talking to reporters after the meeting, Mr. Thambi Durai rejected allegations that his partymen were involved in distributing money and claimed some persons were trying to pose as AIADMK functionaries and were distributing money. As for demands by some parties to call off the bypoll, he claimed such demands were being made only by those who were afraid of losing.
The man bleeds to death after dentist extracts 3 teeth, Abdul Khader Bagalkot bled to death after dentist Dr Veeresh Magalad allegedly extracted three of his teeth. The doctor, however, refuted the allegation of medical negligence. According to a police complaint lodged by Khader’s brother Abdul Razak, the patient was taken to Dr Malagad’s Ratna Dental Clinic here for treatment for tooth pain on December 8. The dentist allegedly extracted three teeth. After the extraction, Khader suffered severe bleeding in the mouth and was admitted to Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) on December 9.
Assembly election results 2017: BJP leads in Gujarat after the initial scare, Congress trails in Himachal Pradesh, It’s December 18. EVMs have been opened and brisk counting of votes in two states that went to polls is underway. It will be known in a matter of hours if the BJP under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will retain its stronghold on Gujarat for a sixth straight term, and if it will make a comeback in Himachal Pradesh to capture power in the 16th state. A majority of exit polls have predicted it can. In both states. Belying expectations, initial trends have, however, thrown up a surprise in Gujarat, showing BJP and Congress locked in a neck and neck battle.
Operation to capture elephant continues, As many as seven trained elephants, including Abhimanyu from the Dubare camp and Geeta and Ganga from the Sakrebail forest area, have been brought to Davangere district to capture the wild elephant that has been creating havoc in Chennagiri taluk of the district and Holalkere taluk of Chitradurga district for the last one month. So far, the wild elephant has killed two persons and injured 10 in different parts of the twin districts. The injured persons are in serious condition in different hospitals in Davangere and Shivamogga districts. It has also damaged crops on several acres of land and also injured some animals in the villages.
EC seizes Rs 24 lakh; Rs 120 crore has reached RK Nagar, say parties, On a day when the election commission seized Rs 24 lakh allegedly meant for distribution in Dr Radhakrishnan Nagar constituency to bribe voters, political parties pointed fingers at each other in a closed-door meeting with special officer and observer Vikram Batra. While Batra was not available for comment, and chief electoral officer Rajesh Lakhoni did not respond to TOI queries, sources said the special observer had “taken note” of the contestants’ allegations and acknowledged privately that more needed to be done to curb cash distribution in the constituency.
Pune: Cycle rally with ‘Save Fuel’ message, Over 500 cyclists from the city took part in the ‘Empowered Cyclothon’ on Sunday, which was organised by the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) to convey the message of fuel conservation. The cyclothon was flagged off by MP Anil Shirole at Golibar Maidan on Sunday. Shirole also took part in the 5-km-long rally. He urged residents to use cycles as much as possible. The rally was organised in association with the Petroleum Conservation and Research Organisation (PCRC), the Indian Oil Corporation Limited and the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited.
Report on Ockhi loss filed; T.N. to seek aid, The Tamil Nadu government on Sunday decided to ask the Centre for financial assistance to rebuild infrastructure in the Ockhi-hit Kanniyakumari district and nearby areas. The government also decided to reiterate its demand to declare Ockhi a national disaster, besides urging the Centre to set up a fishing harbour in Kanniyakumari district. During a review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami in the Secretariat here on Sunday, Commissioner of Revenue Administration K. Satyagopal submitted a report estimating the loss of lives and damages incurred due to the natural disaster. He presented a compilation of estimates from various departments as a report.
Micro-breweries in Delhi soon as LG clears hurdle, In the New Year, beer lovers need not drive all the way to Gurgaon or other parts of NCR to enjoy a freshly brewed drink. Three years after Delhi government’s go-ahead, the stage is finally set for micro-breweries to open in the capital with lieutenant governor Anil Baijal clearing a technical hurdle holding up implementation of the decision. To enable issue of licences, it has been decided that micro-breweries will be moved out of the “prohibited” category under the Delhi Development Authority’s Masterplan 2021. Under current rules, small breweries are considered as liquor-making plants, which are banned in Delhi.
Jayalalithaa was brought to Apollo in breathless condition: Hospital official, The late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was brought to Apollo Hospital in a ‘breathless state’ on September 22 last year and those she approved were beside her during her treatment there, a top hospital official said today. The AIADMK supremo spent 75 days in the hospital before breathing her last on December 5 last year. “She (Jayalalithaa) was brought to the hospital in a breathless state, was given adequate treatment and recovered from it,”Apollo Hospitals Vice-Chairperson Preetha Reddy told a private Tamil channel in New Delhi in reply to a question.
Report on Ockhi loss filed; T.N. to seek aid, The Tamil Nadu government on Sunday decided to ask the Centre for financial assistance to rebuild infrastructure in the Ockhi-hit Kanniyakumari district and nearby areas. The government also decided to reiterate its demand to declare Ockhi a national disaster, besides urging the Centre to set up a fishing harbour in Kanniyakumari district. During a review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami in the Secretariat here on Sunday, Commissioner of Revenue Administration K. Satyagopal submitted a report estimating the loss of lives and damages incurred due to the natural disaster.
Photos and TV shows push up desi smartphone memory size, High-resolution photographs and videos taken on smartphones, and downloading of TV shows are sharply pushing up the demand in India for more storage space on the phones, while bigger and higher-resolution screens and applications like video calling are increasing the need for higher RAM (random access memory). The average size of internal storage in an Indian smartphone rose to 28 GB in the third quarter (July-September) of 2017. It was 12 GB in the first quarter (January-March) of 2016, says technology market research firm Counterpoint Research. It is expected to rise to 40 GB by the end of 2018. However, it’s still much below the global average of over 40 GB currently; the latter is expected to rise to 60 GB by the end of next year.
Pinera returns as Chile President, Conservative Sebastian Pinera won Chile’s presidential election by a wider-than-forecast margin on Sunday, pledging to jump-start economic growth in the world’s top copper exporter and opt for more business-friendly policies than his center-left predecessor. Chile’s electoral authority called the election for former president Pinera, who won 54.58 per cent of votes compared with 45.42 percent for the center-left Alejandro Guillier, in a race that had been considered a toss-up. In the end, the 68-year-old Mr. Pinera, who governed from 2010 to 2014, won more votes than any president since Chile’s return to democracy in 1990. It was also the biggest ever loss for the center-left coalition that has dominated Chile’s politics since the end of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship.
9 killed, 44 injured in suicide attack on Quetta church, Nine people were killed and more than 40 injured after a suicide bomber blew himself up at a church during Sunday mass in the southwestern city of Quetta just days before Christmas. Many casualties resulted from a second attacker firing upon worshippers who too was killed. The bombing occurred at the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church on Quetta’s Zarghoon Road at a time when 400 Christians were attending the mid-day service. According to police, the first attacker blew himself up at the gate of the Church, while the second was wounded in firing and later killed.
Myanmar wields colonial-era law against Reuters journalists, Myanmar has accused Reuters reporters Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, of breaching the country’s Official Secrets Act, a little-used hangover from colonial rule. Sam Zarifi, secretary general of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), said the law can ensnare working journalists “at any time”. The two reporters were arrested on Tuesday evening after they were invited to meet police officers for dinner in the north of Yangon. The Ministry of Information said they had “illegally acquired information with the intention to share it with foreign media”, and published a photo of the pair in handcuffs standing behind a table with documents laid on it.
Peru president: Odebrecht payments did bring ‘some money’, Embattled Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski says he did “earn some money” as a result of services his private consulting firm provided to the Brazilian construction company entangled in Latin America’s biggest corruption scandal. In an hour-long interview with Peruvian media Sunday, Kuczynski repeated earlier assertions that he had no involvement in the Westfield Capital firm when Odebrecht-led consortiums made $782,000 in payments over a decade ago. But Kuczynski did acknowledge that as a shareholder in the company he would have benefited from any profits that resulted.