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Amazon opens its largest campus
Amazon has opened its largest campus
as it cut the ribbon on a building in
Hyderabad on Wednesday.
The subcontinent is one of the
United States technology giant’s
fastest-growing markets. Its new
campus spreads over 9.5 acres with
1.8 million sq ft of office space giving
room for more than 15,000 employees
About a third of Amazon’s 62,000
employees in India are based in
Hyderabad, and it has already moved
more than 4,500 of them to the
campus. The biggest buildings in
Amazon’s Seattle home base house
around 5,000 employees.
Mughal descendant offers gold
brick for Ram temple
Prince Habeebuddin Tucy, who claims
to be a descendant of the last Mughal
emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, has
offered to donate a gold brick to build
a Ram temple at Ayodhya.
He, however, wants the Babri
Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi land to be
handed over to him, insisting he is its
rightful owner as a descendant of the
first Mughal emperor, Babar, who was
the ruler when the Babri Masjid was
built in 1529.
Prince Tucy said that if the
Supreme Court handed over the land
to him, he will donate it for the
construction of the Ram temple as he
respects the sentiments of those who
believe that a Ram temple stood at the
place where Babri Masjid was built.
DBS set to venture into India’s
credit card market next year
South-east Asia’s biggest bank DBS
Group Holdings is preparing to enter
the local credit card market in India
next year, a senior company executive
said on Tuesday.
The Singapore lender’s move
highlights its efforts to tap growth
outside its home market to offset
weakness in the local economy.
“We will launch our credit card by
the second or the third quarter of next
year,” said Mr Shantanu Sengupta,
head of consumer banking for DBS in
India, on the sidelines of a banking
industry event in Mumbai.
DBS, which set a target of reaching
a five million customer base in India
by 2023, expects to achieve this target
Rise in suicides among personnel
big concern for UP police
Uttar Pradesh police has chalked out a
plan to check the disturbing trend of
police personnel committing suicide.
Its personnel will soon undergo
counselling sessions by professional
psychologists to help them overcome
depression and anxiety.
To ease the pressure on the
policemen, the force has also decided
to introduce a weekly off day. Usually
the policemen work for months
without a break.
New Parliament building likely
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on
Monday that a new Parliament
building in New Delhi is likely to be
constructed by 2022.
He felt the current Parliament
House needs a face lift to showcase its
grandeur or a new building has to be
constructed in its place.
It was designed by British architects
Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker and
opened in 1927.
Deadly Chinese kite flying strings
on sale despite ban
The sale of Chinese kite flying thread,
coated with glass or abrasives, is
banned in New Delhi, but the
dangerous cord continues to be
available freely under the counters in
neighbourhood stores, local media
At least 17 incidents of people
getting injured by these threads were
reported on Aug 15 when kite flying
activities peaked on Independence
The People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals also received
many calls of injuries to birds caused
by the kite strings.
Women to drive Kerala
Gone are the days when the post of a
driver in Kerala government
departments and state-owned public
sector undertakings could be filled
only by a male.
The state cabinet has now opened
this post to women too.
“This has been done based on the
government’s policy of following
gender neutrality in all sectors,” a
cabinet statement said.
In Kerala, women drive private
buses, taxis, auto-rickshaws and
ambulances. But this is the first time
they will be appointed to drive
UP villagers stand in knee-deep
water to demand bridge
At a time when the rivers are in spate,
the residents of 25 villages in Uttar
Pradesh’s Bijnor district have started
“Jal Satyagrah” to demand a bridge
and an embankment along the Ganga
in the district.
Over 100 villagers are taking turns
daily to stand in knee-deep waters of
the river as part of the protest in
The villagers want a temporary
bridge on the river to reach their
fields. They are also demanding a
10km long embankment from
Balawali to Ravali.
India set to receive first Rafale jet
on Sept 20
Defence minister Rajnath Singh and
Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa are set
to travel to Paris next month to receive
the first of 36 Rafale jets manufactured
for the Indian Air Force.
The Times of India reported that
top military officials of France as well
as senior officials of Dassault Aviation,
the makers of Rafale, will also be
present at the handing over ceremony
on Sept 20.
Robot, there’s a fly in my rasam...
People in Bengaluru are enjoying a
high-tech dining experience with the
launch of the Robot Restaurant located
at Indira Nagar’s 100 Feet Road.
It can accommodate 50 diners and
has a team of six female robots – one
usherer and five waitresses.
Each table is equipped with a tablet
from which diners can place their order
and call for the robots.
The food will then be served by the
The restaurant has 30 regular staff
The robots are interactive and are
programmed to sing birthday songs
and wishes for special occasions.
The robot-themed restaurant was
brought to Bengaluru after its
successful launch in Chennai two years
ago, followed by Coimbatore last year.
A robot delivers food on the opening day of the Robot Restaurant in Bengaluru.
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CBI net closes in on Chidambaram
Mr P. Chidambaram was among the
dignitaries who attended the inaugura-
tion of the new Central Bureau of
Investigation (CBI) headquarters in
New Delhi’s Lodhi Road area in 2011
during his tenure as India’s home
minister from November 2008 to July
On Wednesday, the 73-year-old
spent the night at the building, after
being arrested by the national probe
agency for his alleged involvement in
a corruption and money laundering
case a day after the Delhi High Court
rejected his application to seek exemp-
tion from arrest.
The Congress leader, who was one
of the key ministers during the 10
years of the United Progressive Al-
liance regime (a coalition of left and
centre-left political parties formed af-
ter the 2004 general elections), was
picked up by CBI officials after they
scaled the boundary walls of his
residence in Jor Bagh.
He was then taken away in a car
that his party supporters tried to stop
briefly, local media reported.
The CBI, which issued a lookout
notice against Mr Chidambaram,
moved to nab him after he made a
dramatic appearance at the Congress
headquarters in Delhi and addressed a
press conference in which he rejected
the charges against him and his son
Karti in the INX Media case and said
“lies” were being spread by “patholog-
Earlier in the day, the politician
from Tamil Nadu, a member of the
Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Parlia-
ment) since 2016, failed to get relief
from the Supreme Court over the CBI
and Enforcement Directorate (ED) –
India’s financial crime fighting agency
– pursuing him in the case.
The matter was not heard by the
court despite repeated efforts of his
The case relates to a first informa-
tion report filed by the CBI on May
15, 2017, over alleged irregularities in
the Foreign Investment Promotion
Board clearance provided to INX Me-
dia for receiving overseas funds worth
Rs305 crore in 2007, when Mr Chi-
dambaram was the central finance
The ED lodged a money laundering
case in this regard last year. Mr Karti
was arrested on Feb 28 last year by
the CBI for allegedly accepting money
to facilitate the FIPB clearance to INX
Media. He was later granted bail.
Mr Chidambaram and his son were
named by INX co-founders Peter Muk-
erjea and his wife Indrani who are in
jail in connection with the murder of
Indrani’s daughter Sheena Bora.
Mr Chidambaram has denied the
allegations, saying the case is a politi-
cal witch-hunt by the Bharatiya Janata
Party-led government. Mr Karti said:
“They don’t have a case. My father’s
arrest is an attempt to silence the most
vocal critic of the government.”
According to IANS, Mr Chi-
dambaram was asked several key ques-
tions related to the case by CBI
officials early yesterday, but his an-
swers were mostly “ambiguous”, not
“clear” or “unanswerable”.
He was scheduled to be produced
before a CBI special court yesterday
with the agency expected to push for
his further custody for interrogation.
Mr Chidambaram has approached
the Supreme Court seeking to appeal
the High Court ruling rejecting his
application to prevent an arrest. It is
due to hear his petition today.
“Between now and Friday, I shall
walk with a clear conscience and my
head held high,” he told reporters on
Indo-Asian News Service, AFP
Mr P. Chidambaram leaving the Congress party headquarters in New Delhi after addressing
a press conference on Wednesday.
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