March 18, 2017

Offbeat Medley: News Today goes freewheeling

This is not your regular news. News Today correspondents give you experiences of life that you won’t find in the regular news reports. JAWANS SHOW THE WAY The service rendered by our jawans are often overlooked. While travelling on a busy stretch, this scribe noticed an Army jeep with two armed personnel shouting at nearby vehicles to give way. Everyone thought they were trying to make way for an official

All your money are belong to us

Whenever I find myself a bit low, I generally look to the government (Motto: Entertaining the public since forever) for some easy fun, and they never let me down. This week they gave me good humour in the form of a major announcement on the EPF (Employees’ Provident Fund) front. But first, let me explain what EPF actually is: The government takes a portion of your salary, and your employer

UGC blamed for research scholars not getting funds

Chennai: “When equality is denied, everything is denied.” This was the words in the last Facebook post of Jawaharlal Nehru University research scholar Muthukrishnan Jeevanantham before his alleged suicide. It has left behind a lot of questions in the minds of educationalists and academicians on the current situation of research scholars being discriminated inside campuses, facing obstacles and delay in getting fellowship for their projects. When News Today contacted several

Didn’t want this to be my last Test: Maxwell

Ranchi: His voice choking in emotion, Australia’s Glenn Maxwell said he did not want the ongoing second Test against India to be his last, as a sleepless night gave way to a dream day for the maiden centurion. Making a Test comeback after more than two years, Maxwell hit a career-best 104 and put on 191 runs with skipper Steve Smith (178) to take Australia to 451. It’s been a

Chelsea eight wins away from Premier League Title

London: Chelsea need 24 points from their remaining 11 fixtures to win the Premier League title, manager Antonio Conte said on Friday ahead of their trip to Stoke City today. Leaders Chelsea, who are yet to face four other teams from the top seven, appear to be running away with the league title as they sit 10 points above the chasing pack but Conte was not thinking too far ahead. ‘Now

Idea to sell 2G, 3G, 4G mobile data at same price

New Delhi: Telecom operator Idea Cellular will start selling 1GB and above mobile data plans across its 2G, 3G and 4G network at same price by the end of this month. ‘Idea has now announced that it will allow open market data recharges of 1GB and above to work on Idea’s 2G, 3G or 4G network without any differential prices and this will be rolled out nationally by 31 March 2017,”

Rs 10 plastic note could soon be in existence

New Delhi: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has been authorised to conduct field trials for printing plastic Rs 10 denomination notes which will have a longer life span, Parliament was informed. “Approval for procurement of plastic substrate and printing of bank notes of Rs 10 denomination on plastic banknote substrates has been conveyed to the RBI,” Minister of State for Finance, Arjun Ram Meghwal said. Substrate denotes the underlying

Rahman's concert film One Heart to release in April

For the first time in India, AR Rahman’s music concert tour across North America will be out as a movie in cinema halls soon. Grape Ventures in association with YM Movies has produced the venture titled ‘One Heart’. This movie was premiered exclusively in Toronto’s Scotia Bank cinema hall. It was a great experience, said those who watched it. One Heart, the music-movie chronicles Rahman’s concert tour across 14 cities

Congress leader meets TN CM Palaniswami

Coimbatore: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Tamilnadu Congress Committee president S Thirunavukkarasar had a chance meeting at the airport here. The meeting happened when the Chief Minister landed in the industrial city to attend government programmes. According to sources, Thirunavukkarsarar wished Palaniswami for becoming the CM. Later, Palaniswami inaugurated a slew of government projects including Coimbatore Collectorate building. He also met Athikadavu protesters and assured them all steps by

Queensland supports Adani coal mine

New Delhi: Adani group has said Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has reaffirmed her government’s committment to the $16.5 billion Carmichael mine project in the Australian province. “Adani Group, a global integrated infrastructure conglomerate, hosted a high-level delegation led by Annastacia Palaszczuk, Premier of Queensland, Australia, at Mundra Port who reaffirmed Queensland government’s commitment to the $16.5 billion Carmichael mine project,” the group said in a statement. The statement came a

Airtel most aggressive to match Jio: Report

Chennai: As Reliance Jio moves to open up its prime membership from 1 April, Bharti Airtel is seen to be the most aggressive rival to match its prices, a research report has said. Citi Research, a part of the Institutional Group, which also comprises the Citibank, says that all the incumbent telecom operators have moved to meet the Jio challenge, in various degrees, though Idea Cellular and Vodafone India have