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India’s second moon mission to be
launched on July 15
The Indian Space Research
Organisation’s (ISRO) ambitious
Chandrayaan-2 lunar mission is
scheduled to launch on Monday from
the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in
Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
The mission will go to the moon’s
south polar region and its aim is to
improve the understanding of the
moon – discoveries that will benefit
India and humanity as a whole.
ISRO chairman K. Sivan said the
mission, expected to reach the moon
by Sept 6 or 7, will make India the
fourth country to complete a soft
landing on the lunar surface.
Kumaraswamy rejects BJP’s
demand for resignation
Karnataka Chief Minister H.D.
Kumaraswamy yesterday rejected the
opposition Bharatiya Janata Party’s
(BJP) demand for him to quit as his
coalition government has been
reduced to a “minority” after
16 legislators of the ruling
Congress-Janata Dal (Secular)
submitted their resignations to
Assembly Speaker K.R. Ramesh
Mr Kumaraswamy questioned how
the BJP could make that demand
when its former chief minister B.S.
Yeddyurappa did not resign after 18 of
his legislators revolted against him in
Delhi to appoint marshalls in
hospitals for doctors’ security
The Delhi government will appoint
marshalls in its hospitals to ensure the
safety of doctors.
The decision came after doctors at
the government-run Lok Nayak Jai
Prakash Narayan Hospital went on
strike over the alleged assault on a
medical student by a patient’s
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar
Jain said: “Any sort of misbehaviour
with the doctors is condemnable. I also
appeal to the people that they should
not misbehave with the doctors as it
disturbs the atmosphere,” he said.
Sleeping passengers at Goa
airport upset netizens
A picture of several passengers
sleeping on the floor near Goa
airport’s departure gate has been
widely circulated on social media and
likened to a scene at a railway station.
This has upset netizens and
prompted them to express their
A Goa-based journalist said in a
tweet that such a sight is embarrassing
and that it is time to take tourism
more seriously in the state.
Many also pointed out that the
airport is part of the Indian Navy’s
Hansa base, which is home to several
fighter squadrons, and the sleeping
passengers were a security failure.
Goa airport director Gagan Malik
said he has asked officials to ensure
such incidents do not happen again.
Uttar Pradesh boy credited with
A child prodigy from Uttar Pradesh
has written 135 books on subjects
such as religion and biographies of
well-known people, including Chief
Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Mrigendra Raj, 12, said he started
writing books at the age of six and his
first one was a compilation of poems.
His mother, a teacher in a private
school in Sultanpur, said that her son
developed a keen interest in writing
and she encouraged him.
Aircraft technician crushed by
A trainee technician in Kolkata was
crushed to death on Wednesday by the
landing gear flaps of an aircraft while
conducting maintenance work.
“Inadvertently, the main landing
gear hydraulic door closed and he got
stuck in between the hydraulic door
flaps,” a representative of SpiceJet said
after the incident at Kolkata airport.
“The hydraulic doors were broken
to rescue (Rohit) Pandey but he was
Airport director Kaushik
Bhattacharya said that the 26-year-old
was “sucked into the lower end of the
aircraft due to hydraulic pressure”.
Punjab makes NCC compulsory in
schools bordering Pakistan
Punjab will provide compulsory
National Cadet Corps (NCC) training
to students at all government schools
and colleges in areas located close to
the border with Pakistan.
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh
said this would help make the youth
employable in the armed and
paramilitary forces besides inculcating
a strong sense of discipline in them.
Gradually, NCC training will be
made compulsory in all schools.
Vistara to launch first international
flights starting with Singapore
Indian airline Vistara announced
yesterday that it will launch its
international flights next month, a
year later than anticipated, with
Singapore as its first destination.
The carrier, a joint venture between
Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, will
launch a daily flight from Delhi and
one from Mumbai to Singapore
Vistara said international flights will
give it greater scale to grow and is part
of its path to profitability.
Speeding truck kills 8 at wedding
Eight people, including two children,
were crushed to death and over 12
were injured by a truck in Bihar’s
The incident took place late on
Wednesday night near the Halsi block
when the victims were dancing and
enjoying by the roadside at a wedding.
NDTV reported that the driver
parked the truck on the side of the
road and ran off.
Sub-division officer Murli Prasad
Singh said the families of those who
died will be given a compensation of
Rs4 lakhs each.
29 die as bus falls off India’s
‘highway to hell’
The Yamuna Expressway, which was
billed as the pride of Uttar Pradesh, has
turned out be a “highway to hell” for
commuters due to its high accident rate.
It has claimed more than 8,000 lives in
over 5,000 accidents since it was
inaugurated in 2012.
In the latest tragedy, at least 29 people
were killed on Monday after a bus
careered off the road. The driver was
believed to have fallen asleep before the
bus crashed into a railing and fell into a
drain between two flyovers on the
Yamuna expressway which connects New
Delhi and Agra. Eighteen people were
injured, some critically.
The state-run bus was taking more
than 50 people from Lucknow to Delhi
when the accident happened.
State Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath
ordered an investigation into the crash
and a cash compensation of Rs500,000
for the families of the dead.
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P. Rajagopal surrendering at the Madras High Court.
The trailblazing Indian founder of a global restau-
rant chain surrendered to a court on Tuesday after
losing a last-ditch bid to avoid a life sentence for
murdering a love rival.
P. Rajagopal rose from rags to riches to create the
Saravana Bhavan chain which has more than 80
eateries in India and around the world, from
Leicester Square to Lexington Avenue via Singa-
pore, Sydney and Stockholm.
He had been battling for 15 years to avoid prison
since being convicted over the killing of the
husband of a woman he wanted to make his third
wife, reportedly on the advice of his astrologer.
The 71-year-old, dubbed the “Thosai King” after
the famous south Indian food staple, was meant to
have reported to prison last Sunday but made a
final plea on medical grounds.
The Supreme Court in New Delhi turned him
down on Tuesday.
“Surrender immediately,” Justice N.V. Ramana
told his lawyer Kapil Sibal who wanted more time
for the businessman to surrender on grounds that he
was ill. “If he was so ill, why did he not choose to
indicate the same during the hearing of his appeal
Rajagopal later gave himself up at the Madras
High Court in Chennai in his native southern state
of Tamil Nadu, arriving in an ambulance with an
oxygen mask strapped to his face. He was carried
inside the court premises on a stretcher and was
ordered to be sent to jail.
Saravana Bhavan owes its success to catering to
Indians and the large diaspora abroad with the
winning formula of affordable south Indian delica-
cies such as thosai, vadai and idli.
But Rajagopal’s world came crashing down when
he made up his mind to pursue the daughter of one
of his legions of adoring employees, believing that
she would bring him even greater success.
“He was obsessed with her,” said Chennai-based
journalist D. Suresh Kumar.
The woman, then in her 20s, was already
married and rejected Rajagopal’s advances.
He targeted the woman with threats, blackmail,
and even exorcisms, but when they failed the
businessman hired a gunman to kill the woman’s
One attempt was unsuccessful, but the man’s
body was later found in a forest in Tamil Nadu.
Rajagopal was found guilty of murder and
sentenced to 10 years in 2004.
The judge found him guilty of ordering the
abduction and murder of his employee three years
earlier to be able to marry his widow.
Rajagopal appealed against the verdict in the
High Court which concluded in 2009 that he had
been sentenced too lightly and ordered him to serve
a life term in jail.
He appealed again, this time to the Supreme
In March this year, the top court upheld the life
term for the businessman who had started out as an
employee at a utensils store before moving on to
open a grocery store and subsequently the restau-
Rajagopal was given 100 days to surrender by
the top court. The deadline expired on July 7.
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‘Thosai King’ finally surrenders
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