Udaipur village gives free treatment and training to physically-challenged
At Narayan Seva
challenged people and
their families are
trained to repair
phones and learn
the art of stitching so
they can become
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NTR’s son Harikrishna dies in road
Harikrishna, the son of former Andhra
Pradesh chief minister and Telugu
Desam Party founder NT Rama Rao,
died in a road accident in Telangana’s
Nalgonda district early on Wednesday.
He was 61.
Mr Harikrishna suffered critical head
injuries when the car he was travelling
in with two others overturned while
overtaking another vehicle near
Anneparthy. The vehicle hit the divider
and collided with another vehicle
coming from the opposite direction.
Mr Harikrishna was sent to Kamineni
Hospital at Narketpally, where he
succumbed to his injuries. He was
reportedly on his way to Nellore district
in Andhra Pradesh to attend a wedding.
He is survived by two wives Lakshmi
and Shalini, two sons Junior NTR and
Kalyan Ram and daughter Suhasini.
Ahmedabad buildings collapse,
TWO building blocks constructed un-
der a government housing scheme
nearly 20 years ago collapsed in Ahmed-
abad’s Odhav area on Sunday night.
The incident left one dead and sev-
eral others injured. According to news
reports, 10 people are trapped under
the debris but the exact number is still
Occupants of seven blocks in the gov-
ernment housing colony were evacu-
ated as a precautionary measure. The
cause behind the collapse is not known.
In light of the mishap, the city’s civic
body conducted a survey on Monday
and declared five more structures un-
safe. A team will carry out a detailed in-
spection of the blocks and decide
whether to demolish or repair them.
Bus service to Tirupati from
KARNATAKA State Road Transport
Corporation has launched a non-stop
luxury bus service to connect the holy
Hindu town of Tirupati in Andhra
Pradesh with Bengaluru airport. It will
ferry domestic and international
passengers to and from Tirupati to the
airport in five hours covering 280km.
Goa’s lifeguards get training to
handle injured marine life
ABOUT 600 lifeguards in Goa have
undergone a series of workshops to be
trained as first responders to handle
injured marine animals or their
carcasses washed ashore.
Carcasses of whales and other sea
creatures have been washed ashore in
the past along Goa’s 100km-plus
coastline, often leading to squabbles
between government departments and
consequent delay in the disposal of the
carcasses. There have also been
instances of injuries to dolphins and
turtles, both protected species, after
getting trapped in fishing nets and their
death due to lack of coordinated rescue
Delhi court acquits two Sikhs in
1981 hijacking case
NEARLY 37 years after an Air India
plane was hijacked and commandeered
to Pakistan, a Delhi court on Monday ac-
quitted two of the accused in the case
who were charged with waging war
against the country. The court said that
the prosecution had “miserably failed”
to prove its case against the two Sikhs be-
yond reasonable doubt.
India reforms laws allowing
leprosy as grounds for divorce
ACTIVISTS in India have been waging
a long-standing battle trying to amend
laws that allow leprosy as grounds for
divorce. Change is finally taking place.
The Indian government is striking
out the contagious disease as a reason
for couples to divorce.
India to stop sale and import of
e-cigarettes, smoking devices
INDIA’S health ministry is putting a
stop to the sale and import of electronic
cigarettes and smoking devices. In an
advisory to state governments, the
ministry said such devices were a “great
health risk” and it was possible that
children and non-smokers using such
products could switch to cigarettes once
they get addicted to nicotine.
India has strict laws to deter tobacco
use, which the government says kills
more than 900,000 people every year.
But the country still has 106 million
adult smokers, second only to China,
according to the World Health
Kerala taxpayers can file their
income tax returns till Sept 15
DUE to the disruption caused by the
severe floods in Kerala, the government
has extended the deadline for filing of
income tax returns for taxpayers from
Aug 31 to Sept 15. It said insurance
companies have also started processing
flood-related claims to ensure
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New app lets Indian voters rate
AN INDIAN entrepreneur has launched an
app that lets voters rate politicians publicly.
The app, called Neta, was launched last
week by former Indian president Pranab
Mukherjee, The Straits Times reported. It
has 15 million users.
Users are registered on Neta after a
series of checks to ensure a “one person,
one vote” model. This includes one-time
passwords, verification of names against
electoral rolls and India’s biometric
identification system database. Each person
is then allowed to rate politicians in their
They can also indicate who they are
likely to vote for. This can be changed
according to user preferences. Besides
elected legislators, the app also lists popular
contenders. Politicians can even nominate
themselves and be bumped up the ratings
list, depending on the impact they generate
on the app.
Detained... Activist Arun Ferreira (right) being arrested at
his residence in Mumbai.
NDIA’S Supreme Court has ordered the police to
put five prominent rights campaigners suspected
of links to Maoist guerrillas under house arrest as
outrage grew over their detention.
Critics of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s govern-
ment have dismissed the allegations against the ac-
tivists, who were detained on Tuesday, and said the
crackdown was part of attempts to stifle all dissent.
Police detained the campaigners and seized their
laptops and mobile phones, in raids on their homes in
different cities, triggering protests and a petition in the
Supreme Court challenging the action.
Ms Sudha Bharadwaj, who has been fighting for the
rights of workers in parts of India such as Chhattisgarh
where left-wing guerrilla groups operate, said the ac-
tion against her was part of a broader crackdown on
opponents of the government.
“Whatever is the opposition to this regime,
whether it is workers’ rights, tribal rights, everybody
in the opposition is being rounded up,” she said at her
home in Faridabad, a short distance from New Delhi.
The arrests follow months of tension between right
wing nationalist groups and advocates of free speech
that has played out in college campuses and spilt over
into the streets. Critics also say several top journalists
have been forced out of their jobs for their critical re-
porting of the government.
The others detained on Tuesday included Mr Var-
avara Rao, a prominent poet from the southern city of
Hyderabad, activists Mr Vernon Gonsalves and
Mr Arun Ferreira from Mumbai and civil liberties ac-
tivist Mr Gautam Navlakha from New Delhi.
Mr Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party-led government
has faced mounting criticism from activists and aca-
demics, who accuse it of undermining the secular and
pluralistic principles of India’s constitution.
The BJP denies these allegations but says it is op-
posed to appeasement of any community and has long
advocated tough action to protect national security.
Mr Modi faces an election next year and opposition
parties are trying to forge an alliance to stop his party
from coming back to power.
INDIANS returned almost the entire
amount of currency withdrawn in the
government’s note ban of November
2016, raising fresh questions over the
purpose of a shock move that triggered a
sharp slowdown in the economy.
In its annual report, the Reserve
Bank of India (RBI) said the total value
of notes returned by the public was 15.3
trillion rupees or 99.3 per cent of the to-
tal of 15.4 trillion rupees of notes in cir-
culation on November 8, 2016.
“The figures show the demonetisa-
tion exercise was a flop,” said a chief
economist at a bank, who sought
anonymity as the subject is a sensitive
one. “Almost the entire amount came
back, which showed that people were
not hoarding money in cash.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
stunned India with his “demonetisation
campaign” that he said aimed to un-
cover unaccounted wealth and counter-
feit money. The old notes of 500-rupee
and 1,000-rupee denomination ceased
to be legal tender from Dec 31, 2016.
The move hit India’s growth, driving
it to a three-year low of 5.7 per cent in
the June quarter of 2017, with several
small businesses shutting down and
many labourers losing their jobs.
However, Mr Subhash Chandra
Garg, the government’s economic af-
fairs secretary, said the RBI data did not
mean the effort was unsuccessful.
“I think demonetisation achieved its
objective quite substantially,” he said,
declining to elaborate. “Let’s not enter
into a debate on this issue.”
Demonetisation drive fails to
uncover ‘black money’
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