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Woman escapes death after bid to
get Rs2,000 note from metro track
A woman narrowly escaped death after
she jumped onto the train tracks to
retrieve a Rs2,000 note at Dwarka Mor
metro station in New Delhi on Tuesday.
As the 26-year-old jumped to pick up
the note, a few coaches of an
approaching train passed over her.
When the train departed from the
station, she was rescued with minor
injuries and taken to the hospital.
She was detained by the police for
the rash act and subsequently wrote an
apology for disruption of services on the
blue line of the Delhi Metro before she
was let off.
Sex scandal in Tamil Nadu
A sex scandal in Tamil Nadu’s Pollachi
town has caused widespread outrage in
the state. The matter came to light when
a 19-year-old college student came
forward with her story.
Four men had forcibly removed her
dress in a car near Pollachi and
videographed her on Feb 12.
The police arrested
K. Thirunavukkarasu, N. Sabarirajan,
N. Sathish and T. Vasanthakumar in
connection with the case. They later
recovered four videos from the arrested
men involving other victims.
It is feared that more women have
been preyed on by the men.
Archaeologists have found a massive
burial site dating back to the Harappan
civilisation in Gujarat’s Kutch district.
The site is home to 250 graves, out of
which 26 have been excavated.
A human skeleton, 1.83m in length
and believed to be about 5,000 years
old, was dug up during the excavation.
It has been sent to Kerala University
to determine its age, gender and
possible cause of death.
Uber study finds Bengalurans
Bengaluru has been ranked first in the
list of the “most forgetful” cities in India.
It is followed by New Delhi, Mumbai, Hy-
derabad and Kolkata.
A lost-and-found study by cab-aggre-
gator Uber showed that passengers in
Bengaluru have left behind items such as
live fish, milk sachets, prams, ukuleles,
bananas, yoga mats, knee pads and saris
in Uber cars last year. Phones, cameras,
bags, wallets, keys, clothing and umbrel-
las topped the list of items left behind in
Uber cars across India.
United States to build six nuclear
plants in India
The United States and India on
Wednesday agreed to strengthen
security and civil nuclear cooperation,
including building six nuclear power
plants in India.
The agreement came after two days
of talks in Washington involving Indian
Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and
the US Under Secretary of State for
Arms Control and International
Security Andrea Thompson.
Pittsburgh-based Westinghouse had
been negotiating to build reactors in
India for years, but progress was slow,
partly because of India’s nuclear
Goa bridge scaffolding collapses,
Four people were injured after a
scaffolding erected for the construction
of a major bridge in Goa across the
Zuari river collapsed on Wednesday.
The incident occurred in the
afternoon when the metal scaffolding
supporting a concrete slab collapsed,
injuring four workers at the site.
An investigation has been launched
to find out the cause of the collapse.
Bengaluru top pick for
Bengaluru has been found to be the top
destination for migrant workers seeking
jobs in delivery, security, facility
management and beauty.
The city is followed by Delhi,
Mumbai, Pune and Chennai.
According to a survey by the
blue-collar job aggregator BetterPlace,
which studied 11 lakh respondents, job
seekers flock to Bengaluru from
neighbouring states such as Andhra
Pradesh and Telangana and even
further like Rajasthan. Many go to the
city for work from Nepal too.
First transgender to bag
government job in MP
Ms Sanjana Singh Rajput has made
history by becoming the first
transgender to be employed by a
government department in Madhya
She has been hired as a personal
secretary to social justice department
director Krishna Gopal Tiwari.
The Times of India reported the
Bhopal born as saying: “This is as good
as it gets and a step towards bringing the
transgender community into the
Chef pays tribute to heroic air force pilot
Chef Jitender Singh carved out the face of Indian
Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan
Varthaman on a watermelon as a tribute to his
heroism during the 14th edition of Culinary Art
He carved Abhinandan’s “iconic” moustache
on the watermelon, along with “Jai Hind” in
Devanagari script and a couple of army men.
The pilot had shot down a Pakistan Air Force
F-16 fighter aircraft on Feb 27 during an aerial
engagement, but his plane was hit and he landed in
Pakistani territory, where he was captured. He was
later released by Pakistan as a “peace gesture”.
Paying tribute to Abhinandan was more
important to Mr Singh than winning the
competition. He won a silver.
“What Abhinandan did for our country is
beyond courage and bravery. Through this fruit
carving, I wanted to pay a tribute to our brave
pilot,” Mr Singh said.
It was supposed to be a dream family va-
An immigrant grandfather eager to
set foot on African soil after an absence
of 30 years. A doting mother deter-
mined to show her Canadian daughters
where she came from. And two teenage
girls giddy at the prospect of seeing ani-
mals on safari in Kenya.
Instead, the three generations of an In-
dian-origin Canadian family died when
Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302 crashed
last Sunday – killing 157 people.
They were on their way to a vacation
in Kenya when the plane crashed min-
utes after take-off from Addis Ababa,
killing passengers and crew from more
than 30 countries.
Prerit Dixit, 43, and Kosha Vaidya,
37, their daughters Ashka Dixit, 14, and
Anushka Dixit, 13, and Vaidya’s parents
Pannagesh Vaidya, 73, and Hansini
Vaidya, 67, were among the 18 Canadi-
Pannagesh and Hansini were Indian
nationals. They lived in Brampton, a
“This is terrible and tragic,” Mr Man-
ant Vaidya, brother of Kosha, told
“It feels as if my whole support sys-
tem has disappeared. I have no idea how
we will cope with this tragedy.”
In Brampton, a multi-cultural subur-
ban city where Punjabi is the second-
most spoken language after English, the
tight-knit South Asian community was
Within hours of the crash, the mayor
ordered that flags at city hall be lowered
to half-staff to honour the family. Flags
were also lowered at the girls’ schools.
The Dixit-Vaidya family was flying to
Kenya so that Kosha, who became a
Canadian permanent resident in 2003,
could show her Canada-born daughters
the country of her birth, Mr Manant said,
adding his parents were returning there
for the first time in more than 50 years.
“They thought the March break was
the perfect time for them to go over
there, have fun. It was going to be a really
great trip for everybody,” he said.
Mr Manant added that his parents in-
sisted that they also wanted to go on the
“I asked my dad why he wanted to go
and he told me that in his life he wants to
go one more time,” said Mr Manant, who
works for Reuters’ parent company
He said his brother-in-law worked
seven days a week in order to pay for the
He plans to fly to Ethiopia tomorrow
and from there to Mumbai for the final
rituals of the deceased.
Prerit worked at medical-testing com-
pany LifeLabs as a lab technician and as
a lab professional for Public Health On-
In e-mail statements, both organisa-
tions remembered his helpful and pleas-
ant demeanour, sense of humour and
dedication to the family.
Kosha was a human resources adviser
for the Canadian Hearing Society since
2017, the organisation said in a website
statement, adding she would be “remem-
bered for her intelligence, professional-
ism and dynamic personality.”
The other Indians who died in the
plane crash were Shikha Garg, a consul-
tant with India’s ministry of environ-
ment, who was travelling to attend a
United Nations Environment Pro-
gramme conference in Nairobi, and
Nukavarapu Manisha, a young doctor
from Andhra Pradesh studying in the
United States, who was on her way to
Nairobi to visit her elder sister.
Mr Manant Vaidya (right) and his wife Hiral hold a photograph showing the six members of
their family who died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash.
Three generations killed in air crash
March 15, 2019
There were fireworks and an aerial
act at the glitzy celebration night in
Mumbai on Sunday for newly-weds
Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta.
A host of international and Bolly-
wood celebrities, politicians and
sportspersons came together to cele-
brate the couple’s union.
Akash, son of India’s wealthiest
man and Reliance Industries chair-
man Mukesh Ambani, and Shloka,
youngest daughter of diamond mer-
chant Russell Mehta, beamed with
joy as they posed for shutterbugs
against a heavily decorated floral
Bollywood celebrities turned up
in full force for the gala evening at the
Jio World Centre, which was decked
up with elaborate floral arrange-
ments set according to a garden
theme complete with a faux water-
fall, floral figurines, fountain and a
grand stage with a huge Krishna idol
done up in flowers.
The star line-up included Amitabh
Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jeetendra
and daughter Ekta Kapoor, Shankar
Mahadevan, Akshay Kumar and wife
Twinkle Khanna, Karisma Kapoor
and Dia Mirza.
Others celebrities at the function
included former United Nations sec-
retary-general Ban Ki Moon, former
British prime minister Tony Blair and
his wife Cherie, Google CEO Sundar
Pichai, politicians Praful Patel and H.
D. Deve Gowda, business magnates
Ratan Tata and Lakshmi Mittal and
cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.
After getting Beyonce to perform
at a pre-wedding party for his daugh-
ter Isha last year, Mukesh Ambani
got American pop rock band Maroon
5 to regale the star-studded crowd.
Maroon 5, which has Adam
Levine as its lead vocalist, performed
some of their hit tracks, including
“Girls like you” and “What lovers
In a video that went viral, the
newly-weds are seen dancing and lip-
syncing to Levine’s rendition of his
popular song “She will be loved”.
The Ambanis also organised a
unique show involving a musical
fountain and dance set on the theme
of Raas Lila of Lord Krishna, Radha
and the Gopikas of Vrindavan.
It integrated colourful movements
of the water fountain to the dance per-
formance on stage and an aerial act –
signifying a symmetry between wa-
ter, earth and sky.
About 150 Indian and interna-
tional artistes participated in it.
On Saturday, Bollywood stars
Shah Rukh Khan and Ranbir Kapoor
danced to singer Mika Singh’s live
tracks as Akash made his way to wed
Shloka at the Jio World Centre .
The celebrities, including actress
Priyanka Chopra and director Ayan
Mukerji, joined the lively and colour-
ful “baraat”, which also saw the
groom’s parents – Mukesh and Nita
Ambani – and sister Isha groove.
Filmmaker Karan Johar and crick-
eter Hardik Pandya danced together
after the controversial “Koffee With
Dressed in a bright sherwani,
Karan matched steps with Hardik,
who chose a cool blue kurta with a
sleeveless Nehru jacket.
Their dance video, which is doing
the rounds on social media, has gar-
nered interest because of the televi-
sion episode in which Hardik made
some unsavoury and misogynistic
comments on women and received a
lot of flak.
Indo-Asian News Service
(Above) Actor Shah Rukh Khan and Nita Ambani leading
the “baraat” and (below) Akash Ambani and Shloka
(Right) Google CEO Sundar Pichai and his wife Anjali and
(below, right) cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and wife Anjali.
Glitzy Ambani wedding
March 15, 2019
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