HC seeks State’s response on plea to issue community certificates to Brahmins
- The Madras High Court on Monday sought the response of the State government to a public interest litigation petition that sought for a direction to “include Brahmins as a community in the list of communities of the State” and consequently issue ‘community certificates’ to them too as it was being done with respect to other caste groups .
WRD floats e-tenders to open five sand quarries
- first-of-its-kind step towards bringing in transparency in sand quarrying, the WRD has called for e-tenders to establish five quarries in Tiruvallur and Cuddalore districts. This comes after the Supreme Court in February stayed the Madras High Court order to close down quarries in six months and not to open new quarries .
Minority groups back Paleswaram hospice
- Members of minority communities, including Roman Catholic priests and nuns, on Monday staged a demonstration condemning the false allegations and violence against St. Joesph’s Hospice in Paleswaram, Chengalpattu. They also demanded that State and Central governments provide protection from the interference of anti-social elements.
DMRC to leave Light Metro
- In a setback to the ongoing upgrade of transport infrastructure, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has decided to exit from the Light Metro proposed in 35.12 km in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode and to close down its offices in the two cities by March 15.Offices in Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode to be closed down by March 15 .
The Hindu’s volume on Padmanabhaswamy Temple
- Kerala’s Devaswom and Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran released a special volume on the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple brought out by the special publications , presenting a copy to Aswathy Thirunal Gouri Lakshmi Bayi.
Former DGP moves HC against govt. order
- Former Director-General of Police (Prisons) H.N. Sathyanarayana Rao on Tuesday moved the High Court of Karnataka questioning the State government’s order of directing the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to register a case against him in connection with an alleged bribery case
Relief for some KSOU students
- The University Grants Commission had de-recognised courses run by the KSOU in June 2015, stating that the university had violated the commission’s territorial jurisdiction. It had also pointed out that the university had signed memorandums of understanding with institutions outside Karnataka, which was not allowed .
Central scheme brings cochlear aid to the poor
- District Health Officer Basavaraj and District Surgeon Pashupathi told that seven of the 17 children identified for the surgery had undergone surgery successfully. They noted that they could observe “smile and enthusiasm” on the faces of these children. They said they have taught the children and their parents about the precautions to be taken and how to operate the implants properly. Dr. Basavaraj said the parents thanked the government for introducing such a scheme for the poor.
Andhra Pradesh :
Jagan vows to wage relentless struggle for SCS to State
- YSR Congress Party president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has vowed to wage a relentless struggle to achieve Special Category Status as his Praja Sankalpa Yatra crossed yet another milestone in Prakasam district on Monday when he completed 1,400-km walk. He planted a sapling to mark the event at a remote Naglapadu village near Addanki.
Aadhaar link deadline may be extended: govt.
- “We have extended the deadline in the past and we will extend the deadline again but we may do it by the end of month to enable the petitioners in the case conclude the arguments,” Mr. Venugopal said.
Saudi gives Air India overflight rights for its Israel routes
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Saudi Arabia had granted Air India permission to fly over its territory on its new routes to and from Tel Aviv. There was no immediate confirmation from either Saudi officials or Air India.
Turf wars with ISRO stall connectivity: DoT official
- India builds the cheapest satellites but has the most expensive bandwidth, a government official said on Tuesday, blaming turf wars between the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Department of Telecom (DoT) for delays in taking connectivity to far-flung areas .
Nirav Modi has over two dozen companies abroad
- The Enforcement Directorate has identified over two dozen companies allegedly set up by diamond trader Nirav Modi and his business associates in various countries.Six firms in U.S. tax haven alone; suspected of routing funds from LoUs .
Statues of foreign leaders have no place in India: Minister Hansraj Ahir
- The government condemns all kinds of violence, but statues of foreign leaders have no place in India, Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said on March 6 .
Sri Lanka imposes nationwide emergency in response to anti-Muslim violence
- Sri Lanka on March 6 declared an island-wide state of emergency to curb heightening anti-Muslim violence in the country’s Central Province. The decision, taken at the weekly Cabinet meeting on March 6, came in response to a series of arson attacks targeting dozens of mosques and Muslim-owned shops and homes in Kandy.
Nepal, Pakistan agree to revitalise Saarc process
- Nepal and Pakistan on March 6 agreed to revitalise the Saarc process for “greater peace, security and prosperity in the region” during talks that visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi held with the Himalayan nation’s leadership .
Sri Lanka declares state of emergency for 10 days after anti-Muslim attacks in Kandy
- “At a special Cabinet meeting, it was decided to declare a state of emergency for 10 days to prevent the spread of communal riots,” government spokesman and Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara told Reuters.
‘Fix or nix’ Iran deal, Netanyahu tells Trump
- The singular focus of his five-day tour of the United States this week is Iran,Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said. He met U.S. President Donald Trump for two and a half hours on Monday, and talks on peace with Palestinians took not more than 15 minutes of it .
Indian-origin officer is Scotland Yard’s new counter-terrorism chief
- Mr. Basu, currently the Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner, will be promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations, according to an official announcement .
First U.S. LNG shipment to reach India from Louisiana facility this month
- long-term pact would go a long way in strengthening ties between GAIL and Cheniere and reinforcing India-U.S. trade ties,” B.C. Tripathi, chairman & managing cirector, GAIL, said in a statement. GAIL, which commands 75% market share in gas transmission, is expanding pipeline network by about 5,000 km at an investment of more than $3 billion to operate more than 16,000 km by 2020.
Flipkart invests 414.60 crore in fashion retailer Myntra
- Online retailer Flipkart had invested ₹414.60 crore in its fashion arm Myntra. The funding came from Singapore-based FK Myntra Holdings Private Limited, according to the Registrar of Companies (RoC) documents, sourced from business intelligence platform Paper.vc.
Tata Motors unveils electric concept at Geneva Motor Show
- “It powers our electric aspirations. It is one of the most definitive and aspirational product by an Indian OEM and will be a game changer, reiterating our commitment to offer world-class design, technology and drive the EV revolution to build a sustainable future,” Mr. Butschek said.
Indian women win thriller
- The Indian women’s hockey team edged past Korea 3-2 in an absorbing contest to grab a 2-0 lead in the five-match series .
Shooting World Cup: 16-year-old Manu Bhaker wins 10m Air Pistol gold on final shot
- Sixteen-year-old Manu Bhaker showed that she has a very strong head on her young shoulders as she overcame a 1.4 point deficit on the last shot to win the Women’s 10m Air Pistol gold in the year’s first International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup stage in Mexico’s Guadalajara