Tuesday, 16 August 2016

11 mysterious deaths in Bihar, probe ordered

At least 11 people died overnight under mysterious circumstances in #Gopalganj district of #Bihar. The administration on Wednesday morning ordered a probe after families claimed it to be a hooch tragedy, police said.

11-mysterious-deaths-in-bihar-probe-orderedFive others were in critical conditions at a government hospital here, said the police.

All the victims were residents of Nonia tola locality and from the poorest section of the society, it said.

According to the families, the deceased had complained of uneasiness and breathlessness, followed by stomach pain and vomiting, after they consumed "desi" alcohol on Tuesday evening.

Their condition deteriorated on Tuesday night and later they died in the hospital, the police said.

World's longest, highest glass bridge to open in China

The world's longest and highest #glassbridge will open to visitors on Saturday in Hunan province of #China, the management committee said.

glass-bridge-to-open-in-chinaThe 430-metre long, six metre wide bridge, paved with 99 panes of three-layer transparent glasses, hangs between two steep cliffs 300 metres above the ground, Xinhua news agency reported.

The bridge has set 10 world records spanning its design and construction, according to the committee.

A maximum of 8,000 visitors are allowed to cross the bridge every day and a reservation must be made one day prior to visiting.

Construction was completed in December. In July, a two tonne truck was driven across in a show of the bridge's sturdiness.

Intel to develop ARM-based smartphone chips

Targeting smartphone chipmakers like Qualcomm and potentially #Apple, #Intel has entered into a new licensing agreement with rival ARM Holdings to produce 10-nanometre #ARMchips.

intel-to-develop-arm-based-smartphone-chips#SouthKorean consumer electronics company #LG will be one of the first customers to use Intel's new service, the chip giant announced at the ongoing Intel Developer Forum here.

"LG Electronics will produce a world-class mobile platform based on Intel Custom Foundry's 10 nm design platform," said Zane Ball, co-general manager of Intel Custom Foundry at Intel Corporation.

Intel Custom Foundry has developed full-featured design platforms on Intel's 22 nm, 14 nm and the forthcoming 10 nm FinFET process.

A.R. Rahman honoured with Tamil Ratna Award

Oscar-winning music maestro #ARRahman has been honoured by the America Tamil Sangam with its #TamilRatnaAward.

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Presenting the award after Rahman's concert at the United Nations General Assembly chamber on Monday, Sangam president Prakash Swamy said the double #Oscar and double Grammy winner is "an embodiment of peace, humility and charity".

Swamy said that having Rahman's concert to honour M.S. Subbulakshi, the doyen of Carnatic music, at the General Assembly - "the venue of peace" - was an historic occasion for global Tamils.

Dabur joins hands with NDMC to fight dengue

To battle the yearly menace of dengue, #Dabur on Tuesday joined hands with the New Delhi Municipal Corporation #NDMC to raise awareness among the general public, especially school children.

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Dabur and NDMC organised a rally of school children from Navyug school in Delhi.

During the rally children raised awareness about the importance of keeping their surroundings clean to prevent mosquito breeding and protect themselves from dengue.

Speaking on the lethality of dengue, Dabur's Ramarao Dhamija said, "Dengue has today emerged as the most hazardous disease prevalent during & post the rainy season. According to recent reports, the number of confirmed cases this year is more than twice the number of cases registered in 2015." 

Jaitley urges Telangana CM to ensure quick ratification of GST Bill

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has urged Telangana Chief Minister #KChandrasekharRao to ensure expeditious ratification of the Goods and Services Tax #GSTbill by the state assembly.

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In a letter to the Chief Minister, Jaitley suggested that if necessary a special session of the state assembly should be convened.

The Finance Minister said the GST bill (122nd Constitution Amendment Bill, 2014) passed by parliament required to be ratified by the legislatures of not less than one-half of the states before it is presented to the President for assent.

Stating that April 1, 2017 is the target date for introduction of GST, Jaitley said it was only after a Constitutional amendment that legal, administrative and infrastructural changes can be put in place.

RBI penalises four co-operative banks for norms violations

The Reserve Bank on India #RBI on Tuesday said it has imposed penalties of up to Rs 5 lakh on four co-operative banks for violation of norms.

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The central bank said it has imposed a monetary penalty of Rs 5 lakh on The Co-operative City Bank, Guwahati, for flouting know-your-customer (KYC) norms and non-adherence to requirements relating to identification and reporting of suspicious transactions.

A penalty of Rs 2 lakh has been imposed on Indapur Urban Co-operative Bank, in Pune dsitrict of Maharashtra for violations of norms related to KYC and anti-money laundering and credit exposure norms on loans.

Militants kill three security personnel in Kashmir

Three security personnel including two army soldiers and a policeman were killed and four others injured when the militants attacked an army convoy in Kashmir's Baramulla district on Wednesday.

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The militants attacked the convoy in Khawaja Bagh area of Baramulla town around 3.30 a.m., a senior police officer told.

The injured have been shifted to hospital. 

The area has been cordoned off and massive searches have started to trace the militants, the police officer said.

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Uttar Pradesh government not to remove Noida CEO

The Uttar Pradesh government has told the Allahabad High Court that it did not approve of its decision to remove the chief executive officer (CEO) of Noida and Greater Noida Authority, #RamaRaman, officials said on Wednesday.

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This was communicated to the court which earlier asked the state government if it had any other competent officer for these posts, officials told.

Raman has been in Noida which is a National Capital Region, as its CEO for the last ten years. 

The state government informed the court that projects worth Rs 5,000 crore were being executed under Raman's watch and his transfer would delay the projects.

Chief Standing Council Ramesh Upadhya informed the high court on Tuesday that the transfer board of the state government was not ready to transfer the official. 

13 persons killed in Uttar Pradesh rains

At least 13 persons were killed in the past 24 hours in rain related incidents in Uttar Pradesh, a home department official said on Wednesday.

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It has been raining heavily in most parts of central and eastern Uttar Pradesh since Tuesday evening, leading to water logging, caving in of houses and collapse of walls.

As many as six persons were killed in Rae Bareli late on Tuesday after their mud house caved in due to heavy rains, the official said.

Two others were killed in Khurehati village here after being struck by lightening, he said.

Another woman and her minor daughter were also killed due to lightening in Tedhwa Chillaula village of Sitapur district.

Three persons died in Lucknow due to wall collapse of their house.