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,
DECEMBER 29, 2017
MCI (P) 043/09/2017
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Taking selfies near UP Chief
Minister’s residence can land
you in jail
TAKING a selfie or pictures
outside the official residence
of Uttar Pradesh Chief Min-
ister Yogi Adityanath is now
a “punishable crime” and
can land one in prison.
The Uttar Pradesh police has
banned all kinds of photography, es-
pecially on mobile phones, outside
and around the residence of the Mr
Adityanath at 5, Kalidas Marg. A sign-
board that says photography is pro-
hibited has been put up.
Punjab to ban Chinese kite
THE Punjab government is banning
Chinese kite strings made of nylon
thread and other synthetic threads.
The string, which is a non-biode-
gradable and good conductor of elec-
tricity, has been caught on the power
lines many times, causing interrup-
tion to power. It has also killed birds,
which get entangled in the string.
Chairman of the Punjab Pollution
Control Board Kahan Singh Pannu
said after the ban has been imple-
mented, anyone selling or using the
Chinese string for kite flying will be
sentenced to a jail term of five years
and fined up to Rs 1 lakh.
Exclusive radio station for Goa
GOA International Airport has tied up
with a major radio channel to launch
the Goa Airport Radio.
It will announce flight-related infor-
mation together with curated music,
“enhancing the travel experience of
flyers at Goa International Airport”,
said the airport director B.
C. H. Negi.
He said it would “make
the time spent at the air-
port a lot more engaging”.
Rajasthan cities to get 100 statues
of eminent figures
ABOUT 100 statues of renowned per-
sonalities will be built in different cities
According to Urban Development
and Housing Minister Shrichand Kri-
plani, the statues will be of prominent
personalities, leaders and philanthro-
pists who belong to different commu-
nities and inspired people.
Mr Kriplani has directed the urban
local bodies — municipal corporations
and councils — to start working on
getting the right names from different
UP working to be internationally
recognised for its fossil park
THE Uttar Pradesh government is
working on a plan to promote the Son-
bhadra Fossils Park internationally. It is
believed to house the oldest fossil finds
in the world.
According to a Times of India report,
members of Samajwadi Party had de-
manded that the government get Unes-
co recognition for the site.
The report added that the park in
Salkhan is believed to be more than
1,400 million years old.
Making Delhi’s roads safer
cars and two-
Delhi are not al-
lowed to install
crash guards on
the front and
back of their
can be fined Rs
1,000 for doing
ties will start
trary to what
the guards do
not ensure pas-
In fact, it renders
the airbag ineffective during a crash,
To make the state’s roads safer, the
government is launching centres for
automated driving licence tests.
Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot
said this will prevent unqualified peo-
ple from getting the licence, reducing
the number of road accidents.
The test will be conducted in the ab-
sence of any officials, through cameras
installed around and inside the car. The
selection will be based on the recorded
According to Mr Gahlot, the purpose
of the automated driving tests is so the
licensing officer will not be involved
in making the decision to issue the li-
cence. The first such centre will be in-
troduced in Sarai Kale Khan on Jan 26.
Mumbai commuters get air-conditioned local trains
COMMUTERS in Mumbai travelled comfortably in India’s first
air-conditioned suburban local train, which was flagged off on
Christmas Day (above).
Many crowded the Borivali station and other stations to get a
glimpse of the train. It will start full-fledged operations from Jan
1 next year, with 12 daily services.
Eight will be operated as “fast trains” on the congested Church-
gate to Virar (Palghar) sector, three between Churchgate to Bori-
vali, two with stops only at major stations while one will ply as a
slow service train at all stations between Mahalaxmi to Borivali.
Street fest celebrates Brand
A LOGO was unveiled at the Nam-
ma Bengaluru Habba festival to
put Bengaluru on the international
A day-long street fest (above)
was held in celebration of the re-
lease of the logo — Brand Benga-
luru. It had live performances by
folk artists, storytelling sessions,
interactive workshops and a flea
market, with stalls displaying
handicrafts, herbal products and
The city joins New York, Paris,
Berlin, London, Melbourne, Sin-
gapore and more in having its own
monkeys in the
backyard of his
home in Allapur,
a group of
to play with
arth Bangari of
in Dharwad district of
northern Karnataka has
been attracting visitors
from across the state for
a special bond that he
shares with monkeys.
farmers Sunil and Nanda
Bangari, noticed a few
months ago that the boy
was comfortable with
monkeys when he was
seen playing with nearly
a dozen langurs around
him in an open field out-
side his home.
“Initially, we were
worried the monkeys
would hurt our boy. But
we realised the monkeys
were fond of him and they liked each
other’s company,” said the boy’s un-
cle, Mr Mallikarjun Reddy.
Each morning, the langurs flock to
Samarth’s home, about 400 km from
“Nearly 20 monkeys land up at our
house each morning by around 6 to
play with him. They don’t come close
to anyone else in the house but the
boy,” Mr Reddy said.
The monkeys usually come again
in the evening to see the child, who
shares his food with them.
On many days, the child spends
more time with the langurs than with
his six-month-old baby brother, Mr
“The villagers are amazed at the
friendship that Samarth has with
the monkeys. They believe that he is
blessed by Lord Hanuman (common-
ly known as the Monkey God),” Mr
“We have visitors from nearby vil-
lages, Hubballi (about 10km away),
Bengaluru and other districts coming
all the way to our village to to watch
Samarth play with the monkeys.”
Realising the boy’s affection for the
animals, the family now makes food
for the monkeys too.
“We make around 100 rotis (flat
bread) for Samarth to feed around 20
langurs that visit him each day,” Mr
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