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Stadium to a sold out
crowd of 12,000.
36 children die of adenovirus in
West Bengal over nine days
The adenovirus menace in West Bengal
has taken an alarming turn with the
death of 36 children over nine days,
according to the state health
The latest deaths were reported on
Sunday from the BC Roy Children’s
Hospital in Kolkata following the
death of 18-month-old Atifa Khatun
and four-year-old Aarman Gazi.
The common symptoms of
adenovirus are cold, fever, breathing
problems, sore throat, pneumonia and
acute bronchitis. Children aged two
and below are most vulnerable.
‘World’s first’ bamboo crash
barrier installed in Maharashtra
Union Minister for Road Transport and
Highways Nitin Gadkari on Saturday
said a 200m-long bamboo crash
barrier has been installed on a
highway connecting Chandrapur and
Yavatmal districts in Maharashtra.
“The species used in the making of
this barrier is Bambusa Balcoa, which
has been treated with creosote oil and
coated with recycled high-density poly
ethylene,” he said, adding that this was
the world’s first bamboo crash barrier.
“This is remarkable for the bamboo
sector and India as a whole. This crash
barrier offers a perfect alternative to
steel and addresses environmental
concerns and their aftermath.”
All Adani Group share-backed
Billionaire Gautam Adani and his
family have repaid all borrowings
backed by his conglomerate Adani
Group’s shares, senior executives told
investors at a meeting in London,
Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.
The investor meeting was part of a
worldwide roadshow for the
conglomerate to reassure investors that
its finances are under control.
Another Bloomberg report said the
Adani group repaid a US$500 million
($677 million) bridge loan that was
due on Thursday.
Apple changes business strategy
to focus more on India
Apple is reshuffling management of its
international businesses to put a bigger
focus on India, Bloomberg News
reported on Wednesday.
This shift will result in India
becoming its own sales region at
Apple, the report said.
The iPhone maker, in a recent
earnings call, said India had a record
quarterly revenue and strong
double-digit growth year on year.
Air India flies 90 all-women-crew
flights to mark Women’s Day
Air India on Wednesday said it flew 90
all-women-crew flights to celebrate
International Women’s Day.
Women constitute more than 40 per
cent of Air India’s workforce, with 275
of its 1,825 pilots being women.
“With more Indian women pursuing
careers in aviation, we are achieving
gender equality in the workforce,” said
Air India CEO and Managing Director
Crackdown on pharma firm linked
to Uzbekistan deaths
Police on Friday arrested three
employees of a pharmaceutical firm
whose cough syrups were linked to the
deaths of 19 children in Uzbekistan.
The arrests were made after tests by
a government laboratory found 22
drug samples of Marion Biotech, based
near New Delhi, “adulterated and
Asianet News office in Kozhikode
raided days after SFI protest
Police on Sunday raided the office of
popular Malayalam news channel
Asianet News in Kozhikode, Kerala,
for allegedly fabricating a news story.
It came days after activists of the
Student Federation of India (SFI)
allegedly forcibly entered its office.
The raid was related to a complaint
by Communist Party of India
(Marxist)-backed legislator PV Anwar.
He claimed that the channel
featured a series “Narcotics is a dirty
business” last year in which a
14-year-old student was portrayed as a
victim of drug trade and sexual abuse.
Mr Anwar said the series was fake
and that the girl in the show was an
“Attempts to intimidate will not
succeed and we will approach the
court against the police move,” said a
spokesman for the channel.
Mutilated body of woman
recovered from water tank
A man allegedly murdered his wife,
chopped her up into multiple pieces
and dumped them into a water tank at
his house in Chhattisgarh’s Bilaspur
district, police said on Monday.
Police found the mutilated and
decomposed body of Sati Sahu in the
Uslapur area on Sunday night.
Her body had been decomposing
for about one month.
Investigators said her husband,
Pavan Singh Thakur, could have
murdered her after he suspected that
she was cheating on him.
Agencies to buy red onion as
prices plunge on surplus output
The Central government on Tuesday
said it has directed two of its agencies
to “immediately intervene” and
purchase red onion crops from the
market after prices fell significantly
over the last month, resulting in
protests by farmers.
Prices of the crop have fallen to as
low as Rs200 ($3.30) per 100kg,
prompting farmers to dump the crop in
fields in Maharashtra, the largest
producer of red onion in the country.
“Experts attribute this fall to overall
increased production in other states,
reducing the dependence on the
supplies from the major producing
district of the country Nashik (in
Maharashtra),” said the government.
India is the world’s biggest exporter
of onion, primarily meeting the
demand of Asian countries including
Bangladesh, Nepal and Malaysia.
Gloom over actor Satish Kaushik’s
The sudden death of actor-director
Satish Kaushik on Thursday morning
has shocked the Hindi film industry.
Several artists have been paying
tribute to the film personality, who was
popular for his role of “Calendar” in
Mr India. According to news agency
PTI, the 66-year-old was at a friend’s
home in Delhi when he complained of
uneasiness. He asked his driver to take
him to a nearby hospital but suffered a
heart attack and died en route.
WPL will challenge Big Bash as
best women’s cricket league
The newly-introduced Women’s
Premier League (WPL) in India will
challenge Australia’s Women’s Big
Bash League (WBBL) as the best
Twenty20 competition in women’s
cricket, Australia’s wicketkeeper-batter
Alyssa Healy said.
“WBBL has been the envy of
women’s cricket for eight years now,
but there’s no denying that WPL will
put pressure on our domestic
competition,” Healy wrote in her
column on Cricket Australia’s website
“For WBBL to keep pace with WPL
and retain its status as the best
domestic competition in the world, we
need to make sure it’s lucrative and
exciting enough for the best players to
keep making the trip to Australia.”
External Affairs Minister
S. Jaishankar’s principal
aide Shilpak Ambule (in
jacket) has been
appointed India’s next
ambassador to Singapore.
The joint secretary,
handling the Ministry of
External Affairs’ (MEA)
East Asia Division
including China, succeeds
Mr P. Kumaran, who will
return to MEA as a
secretary after a successful
stint in Singapore.
A 2002 batch Indian
Foreign Service officer,
Dr Ambule has been
working closely with
Mr Jaishankar since the
latter became foreign
secretary in 2015.
The fluent Chinese
speaker, who has served
as Prime Minister
interpreter, is known to
keep a low profile.
Jaishankar’s aide appointed new envoy to Singapore
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