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As the country celebrates
Independence Day on Aug 15,
we look at Prime Minister Modi’s
foreign and economic policies
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GST BOOST FOR MODI:
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T H E H E A R T B E A T O F T H E I N D I A N C O M M U N I T Y
SINGAPORE, WEEKEND OF FRIDAY,
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This is an initiative by the Kid-
ney Federation of India.
The Federation chairman Fr
Davis Chiramel noted that there
were about 500 patients in the
district who need regular dialysis.
Each patient is known to be
spending about Rs25,000 per
month for dialysis and nearly half
of this goes to transportation, he
The Federation has introduced
two Kidney Taxis, donated by two
“We will need more vehicles
to meet the requirements of the
patients in the district,” said Fr
Hello, this is your police
THOSE who have complaints on
traffic movement or would like
to report on the sale of cannabis
or other problems can chat with
Mangaluru police commissioner
M. Chandra Sekhar or deputy
commissioner of police (law and
order) K.M. Shantaraju every Fri-
day between 10am and 11am.
The phone-in facility is one of
the measures that the city police is
taking to be in touch with people.
Mr Sekhar said members of the
public can call and raise issues that
are affecting them.
Dehradun to get
India’s first tiger cell
IN A bid to push its tiger conser-
vation efforts, India will set up
its first tiger cell at the Wildlife
Institute of India (WII) campus in
A memorandum of understand-
ing regarding the setting up of
the cell will be signed between
the National Tiger Conservation
Authority and WII.
The cell will house a database of
tigers as well as DNA and stripes
samples of the big cats from over
50 tiger reserves.
It will also help conservation
efforts by keeping tabs on the tiger
population as well as tracking
poaching incidents in the country.
Survey: Delhi students
struggle with learning
A DELHI government assess-
ment of Class 6 students in 1,011
schools has shown that 74 per
cent of them faced difficulties
reading a paragraph from their
The survey also showed that 8
per cent of them were clueless
about Hindi alphabet, while 46
per cent stammered over Hindi
stories meant for Class 2 students.
There was a drop in standards
in Maths. The survey, which aims
to improve learning levels in Class
6 and 9, and decrease the rate
of dropouts, was carried out on
Air India chief says focus on
work, not ‘petty courtesies’
AIR India chief Ashwani Lohani
has urged employees to stop send-
ing him bouquets of flowers and
also make sure that fewer officials
see him off at airports.
Mr Lohani, who will complete
one year at the end of this month,
said that work should be the focus
rather than “petty courtesies”.
He added that taxis hired for
domestic travel should not be
luxury vehicles while “crew hotels
being fairly reasonable, officials
shall invariably stay in the hotels
only during official travel both
within India and overseas”.
Odisha minister launches
pension scheme for weavers
ODISHA chief minister Naveen
Patnaik has launched a pension
scheme for the weaver community
in the state.
The scheme, Baristha Bunakar
Sahayata Yojana, was launched on
National Handloom Day on Aug 7.
It gave out Rs500 pension to the
weavers on the day. The benefi-
ciary must have worked at least
20 years in the weaving profession
and turned 60 to be eligible for
the pension, said Mr Patnaik.
He added that weavers who has
hit the age of 80 will get Rs700
pension per month.
Official sources said about 8,000
beneficiaries will be covered un-
der the scheme which will cost the
government Rs5 crores every year.
Ride the Kidney Taxi for free
PATIENTS who require kidney
dialysis in Kerala’s Trichur dis-
trict can get free rides between
the hospital and their home with
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August 12, 2016
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