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Deputy Prime Minister Tharman
meeting Tolaram Group’s Vivek
Aswani (left) and Haresh Aswani
and AASK Advisory’s CEO Sanjay
Sharma (second from left) in
Nairobi last month.
Indian-Singaporean companies from
the Lion City are thriving in the vast
and vibrant market
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,
Ban on photography lifted at most
HOURS after Indian Prime Minister
Narendra Modi questioned the rule
prohibiting photography at protected
monuments, the Archaeological
Survey of India lifted the ban on
photography within the premises of all
except at three sites.
The three sites where photography
will not be permitted are Ajanta Caves,
Leh Palace and the Taj Mahal.
Mr Modi had questioned rules that
prohibit people from taking pictures at
some monuments and referred to
notices asking people not to take
pictures, saying that times have
Bihar to get cheapest drinking
water in the world
AN INNOVATIVE cost-effective
drinking water project in Bihar
promises to lower the price of a litre of
water to 50 paise (one Singapore cent)
– the cheapest in the world.
The project – Sulabh Jal – was
launched on July 14 in Darbhanga by
non-profit organisation Sulabh
It will convert contaminated pond
water into safe drinking water through
various stages of purification.
The project, which will start in
December, will produce 8,000 litres of
potable water a day.
Haryana launches learn-English
campaign in schools
THE Haryana Education Department
has launched an initiative ‘I am not
afraid of English’ to promote English
language from Class 1 in the state’s
It will help students to learn, read,
write and speak English.
A booklet containing 1,000
sentences and phrases has been
prepared. It contains 200 sentences per
grade for all the five grades at the
Six language labs have also been set
up in selected Sanskriti schools in
Haryana to facilitate digital learning
and improve students’ English listening
and speaking skills.
Fine for public drinking in Goa
THOSE who are caught consuming
alcoholic drinks in public in Goa will be
slapped with a fine of Rs2,500 ($50)
from Aug 15.
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar
also warned against littering the state
capital with empty beer bottles, adding
that he had caught and warned college
students found drinking beer along the
newly developed riverfront in Panaji.
Army starts law college in Pune
AN ARMY law college that offers a
five-year integrated Bachelor of
Business Administration and Bachelor
of Law course was inaugurated on
July 16 near a village on the old
The Savitribai Phule Pune
University-affiliated college with
hostel facilities wIll admit 60 children
of serving and retired army personnel
studying in the first and current
academic year 2018 -19.
The students have been selected on
the basis of their score in the
Maharashtra Common Entrance Test
105 couples marry in Kashmir’s
biggest mass function
A TOTAL of 105 couples tied the knot
in Srinagar on July 15 in Kashmir’s
biggest-ever mass marriage function,
arranged by the Jafria Council, a
religious and social organisation.
The council provides all monetary
and social support to the couples as
they do not have the money to spend
on a wedding ceremony.
The council provided marriage
outfits, some ornaments for the brides
and other facilities for the 105 couples
who got married at the mass function.
Odisha aims to attract 23 million
tourists by 2021
ODISHA, a state with exotic beaches,
vibrant wildlife and a radiant heritage
and history, is working towards
building a robust tourism infrastructure
with special focus on eco-tourism as it
eyes 23 million domestic and foreign
visitors by 2021.
It is also hosting the hockey World
Cup in Bhubaneswar this year.
The state has shown growth of more
than 8.5 per cent in terms of overall
tourist footfalls in the last five
In 2016-17, Odisha recorded
over 13.1 million tourist arrivals
compared to 12.1 million in
2015-16, while the number of foreign
tourists visiting the state in 2016-17
recorded a 15.04 per cent hike
compared to the previous financial
Rajasthan government relaxes
THE Rajasthan cabinet, chaired by
Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, has
relaxed the two-child policy for state
government employees, deleting the
clause entailing compulsory retirement
after the third child.
The cabinet has given permission for
amendments in pension laws and other
such norms in this context,
Parliamentary Affairs Minister
Rajendra Rathore told the media after
the cabinet meeting.
He also said that 13 proposals for
investments worth Rs6,000 crores in
various parts of the state were
approved, adding these projects will
generate thousands of jobs in the state.
Central Kerala badly affected by
rains, 16 dead
KERALA is experiencing its heaviest
rains in five years with the death toll
reaching 16 on Wednesday. Life has
been affected in the central districts of
Kottayam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and
The toll went up following the death
of a man after his canoe overturned
and another who died when he fell into
an overflowing paddy field near
Rains have been predicted over the
next five days and it may advance
towards the northern parts of the state.
Around 10,000 people have been
put up in relief camps in Kottayam,
Ernakulam and Alappuzha.
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DEVOTEES gathered to feed elephants during the annual
Aanayoottu ritual as part of ceremonies associated with the
Malayalam month of karkidakom at the Sree Vadakkun-
nathan Temple in Thrissur, Kerala, on July 18.
The festival started with the feeding of an elephant calf by
the temple priest.
Subsequently, the rest of the elephants were fed with big
balls of cooked rice mixed with jaggery, ghee, bananas and
It is believed that offering prayers and delicious food to the
elephants is a way to satisfy Lord Ganesha and devotees’
wishes will get fulfilled.
Jumbo feast at Kerala temple
HE death toll from a collapsed apart-
ment block outside New Delhi rose to
nine on Thursday as emergency work-
ers pulled out four more bodies from a huge
pile of rubble and metal, India’s fire brigade
The six-storey building caved in late on
Tuesday and crashed into a neighbouring build-
ing, trapping more than a dozen people, includ-
ing labourers and two families in Greater
Noida, a satellite city east of the Indian capital.
Five bodies were pulled out on Wednesday
as nearly 150 workers using steel cutters and
drills and helped by sniffer dogs sifted through
the tons of concrete and metal.
“We have found four bodies since last
night. The operation will continue until the
site is cleared,” regional chief fire officer Arun
Kumar Singh said yesterday.
The rescue operations were still on in Shah-
beri village where the crash took place.
According to a member of the rescue team,
at least 20 people are still feared trapped inside
the collapsed building.
A National Disaster Response Force officer
said, based on the operation conducted with
the help of sniffer dogs, “chances of anybody
surviving under the concrete debris were
slim” as more than 36 hours have lapsed since
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi
Adityanath has announced an ex gratia pay-
ment of Rs2 lakh ($4,000) to each to the fami-
lies of the dead. The District Magistrate of Gau-
tambuddh Nagar (Noida) has already ordered
a magisterial probe.
Police have arrested four people, including
the landowner, on charges of manslaughter
and want to question 20 others.
Hundreds of low-budget residential com-
plexes have sprung up in recent years in the
many fast-growing satellite towns dotted
around Delhi, but construction firms often cut
corners with cheap materials.
Building collapses are common across In-
dia, especially during the monsoon season
from late June to September, although it was
unclear whether this latest disaster was due to
recent heavy rain.
At least 18 people died in May when a fly-
over collapsed in northern India, crushing vehi-
cles and passengers under tonnes of concrete.
AFP, Indo-Asian News Service
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is believed to be trapped
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