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Army using radar to
THE Indian Army has
started using radar,
which can detect
terrorists hiding behind
walls or in houses, in
A source in the army
said the radar devices
were imported from
the US and Israel.
They will help secu-
rity forces locate the
terrorists hiding behind
specially created walls
or in underground
cavities in houses dur-
ing search operations.
The devices were
introduced after the
security forces and
police from Jammu and
Kashmir failed to locate
terrorists during search
about their presence in
Sexual harassment training for women
AS MANY as 16,000 women will be trained
to defend themselves against sexual harass-
ment at the workplace.
About 1,500 women volunteers, mostly the
heads of Internal Complaint Committees from
all the eight districts of Marathwada, were
trained in a workshop organised by the Maha-
rashtra State Commission for Women.
After the completion of the training, the
women will train other women at their work-
places. The workshops will be held at all divi-
sions, including Pune, Mumbai and Nashik.
Compulsory for pregnant women in Tamil
Nadu to register with authorities
TAMIL Nadu is making it compulsory for all
pregnant women to register with the health
department from July, to make sure that the
pregnancy and childbirth are monitored regu-
larly by medical professionals.
Those who don’t do so will not receive a
birth certificate for the child.
The registration will help the health depart-
ment track the expectant mothers’ medical re-
cords, send them reminders for doctor’s visits
and warn them about certain diseases.
Mumbai station becomes
canvass for animal welfare
OVER 100 volunteers and
artists from Mumbai came
together on June 11 to spread
the message of animal welfare
through their paintings and
artwork on the bridges of
Bandra railway station (right).
They were working with
two animal rights organisa-
tions — People for Animals
and Bird Helpline — in the
The artwork focused on ani-
mal rescue and adoption, as
well as other issues like water
conservation to save marine
life and appeals to free caged
Smart cards for commuters
COMMUTERS in Bengaluru
will finally be paying for their
bus rides using smart cards
instead of cash.
The cards will be launched
in phases by the Bangalore
Metropolitan Transport Corpo-
Commuters can tap the card on the elec-
tronic ticketing machine when they board the
bus and the fare will be deducted when the
commuter taps out before alighting.
The transport corporation also plans to link
these smart cards to rides on the metro in
Marathi textbook to be re-published due
to incomplete national anthem
THE education authorities in Goa said a
“technological” error has resulted in the
publishing of an incomplete version of the
national anthem in the Class 2 Marathi text-
State Council of Educational Research and
Training director Nagaraj Honnekeri said “two
lines” from the national anthem were missing.
He added that 13,000 pages containing the
complete text of the national anthem will be
re-published and sent to all the schools with a
Allahabad and Varanasi to be linked by
PEOPLE will soon be able to commute be-
tween Allahabad and Varanasi via the river as
the two cities will be connected through an
inland waterway before the Kumbh mela in
2019, said shipping minister Nitin Gadkari.
He made the announcement after his meet-
ing with Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Ad-
ityanath during which they discussed various
transport projects for the state.
Mr Gadkari said since around 15 crore
devotees visit the Kumbh mela in a single
day, Mr Adityanath had asked the minister to
develop a waterway between Allahabad and
Amritsar’s Partition musuem to be
inaugurated again in August
AMRITSAR’s Partition musuem will be inau-
gurated again on Aug 17. Former deputy chief
minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had inaugurated
the museum last October.
The museum’s chief executive officer Malika
Ahluwalia told Times of India that at the time
of the first inauguration, only 30 per cent of
the work was completed.
“Now we are opening the full museum,”
The Arts and Cultural Heritage Trust had
built the museum at the Town Hall in Amritsar.
It pays tribute to the partition of the sub-
continent in 1947 — its victims, survivors and
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Bengaluru citizens come together to save trees
CITIZENS in Bengaluru rallied together in a bid to save trees over
100 years old in the Government Veterinary Hospital on Queens
Road on June 11.
They were doing so to
protest the Bruhat Bengaluru
Mahanagara Palike’s (the au-
thority in charge of civic and
infrastructural assets) decision
to chop the trees on the hospi-
Over 200 people including
Ms Saalumarada Thimmakka,
a 105-year-old environmental-
ist, were present to show their
support. Professional models
donned organic clothes and
posed with the trees, which
have been marked to be
Nalin Vyas, a poet, ac-
tor and stand-up comedian,
who was at the event, said: “If we, as Bengalureans, don’t show our
support and care about our surroundings, I don’t think anyone else
June 16, 2017
Ms Haley told The Char-
lotte Observer in 2010, when
she became governor, that she
dropped her maiden name
simply because it “wouldn’t
fit on a yard sign”. She used
Nikki, which was her nickname at
home, and Haley her husband Bob’s
More controversy arose when an
AP report said that in 2001 Ms Haley
identified herself as “white” on a vot-
er registration card.
Another is her backing her boss on
the pulling out of the Paris climate
“What President Obama submitted
the US to was not achievable under
our standards or any other country’s
standards,” Ms Haley said on CNN’s
State of the Union this month.
She rejected claims by critics that
by ditching the deal supported by 195
countries, Mr Trump ceded his leader-
ship role in the international commu-
“What we want to do is say is we
are a sovereign country. We’re going
to make sure we’re looking out for the
US first,” she said. “We will always
be leaders in the environment… But
we’re going to make sure we’re not
hurting our companies in the process.
There’s a balance.”
That stance did not win her many
friends around the world.
Like her or not, there is no doubt-
ing this Indian-American has the am-
bition and drive that might take her to
HE is of Indian origin
and is making her name
as the United States’
combative United Nations
Ms Nikki Haley (right)
this month told the United Nations
Human Rights Council to throw out
abusive regimes and end what she
called its “anti-Israel bias”, warning
that its credibility was at stake. She
even called the world body a “bully”,
adding she does not take kindly to the
way it dealt with Israel.
That tough stance and controversy
is nothing new for Ms Haley.
“Every position I’ve ever had, peo-
ple have assumed that I am looking
towards something bigger, when in re-
ality I am the daughter of Indian par-
ents who said to me ‘whatever you do,
be great at it and make sure people
remember you for it’.
“That is all I have ever known how
to be, try and just do my job to the
best of my ability and if that comes
out blunt and if that comes out strong
— I’m one of two brothers and a sis-
ter — my parents raised us all to be
strong,” said the first Indian-Ameri-
can to hold a cabinet-level position
in a US administration and at, 44,
became the only the second Indian-
American to become governor, when
she headed South Carolina.
The first was Mr Bobby Jindal who
became governor of Louisiana.
Ms Haley was born Nimrata Rand-
hawa to Ajit Singh Randhawa and
mother Raj Kaur Randhawa, who had
‘Blunt and strong’
emigrated from Punjab to Canada and
then to the US in the 1960s.
Her father had been a professor at
the Punjab Agricultural University,
and her mother had received her law
degree from the University of Delhi,
reported The Times of India.
When she began her political career,
people thought there was no chance
she could make it.
An accountant by training, Ms
Haley ran for the state legislature of
South Carolina in 2004.
“When I started going around tell-
ing people I was running for the state
house, I got a lot of responses,” Ms
Haley wrote in her 2012 autobiogra-
phy, Can’t is not an option: My Amer-
“Some people looked at me like
they felt sorry for me. Others suggest-
ed, yet again, that I not set my sights
so high. Perhaps, I would be more
comfortable running for my school
One political consultant was direct,
reported Hindustan Times.
“You are attractive, but you are an
Indian woman. You are only 31-years-
old and your dad wears a headdress (a
turban, as a Sikh). Lexington County
(which she was running to represent)
just won’t support that,” he said
She proved him wrong and won,
but she never forgot.
When she was running for governor
in 2012 she would begin her speeches
by saying: “I am the proud daughter
of Indian immigrants who reminded
my brothers, my sister and me every
single day how blessed we were to live
in this country.”
Her success and strong performance
drew the attention of Republican par-
ty power players and eventually US
President Donald Trump.
But like her boss, she is not without
And she had changed her name
from Nimrata Randhawa.
June 16, 2017
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