Chinappa, Pallikal enter last 8

Chennai: Local favourites Saurav Ghosal, Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal Karthik sailed into the quarterfinals of the Asian Individual Squash Championship, here. Ghosal, the second seed in the men’s draw, outplayed Jordan’s 16th seeded Mohammad Alsarraj 11-8, 11-5, 11-2 to join top-seed Max Lee of Hong Kong, who beat countryman Wang Chi Him 11-3, 11-6, 11-6 in the last eight round. In the women’s event, Indian stars second seed Chinappa,

Artificial Intelligence NIA comes form Infosys

New Delhi: IT major Infosys has launched its new artificial intelligence platform Nia, which can help businesses forecast revenues, understand customer behaviour as well as deep dive into content of contracts and deal with compliance and fraud. The new platform builds on Mana, the first AI platform introduced by Infosys last year. “Infosys Nia converges the big data/analytics, machine learning, knowledge management, and cognitive automation capabilities of Mana,” Infosys said

High-end cardiac care for lower section kids

Chennai: In a bid to help the underprivileged sections of the society, Gleneagles Global Health City (GGHC), a Parkway Pantai Enterprise, has partnered with S Badalchand Chordia Trust (SBCT). A n MoU was signed here on Thursday to provide high-end comprehensive cardiac care to children belonging to economically weaker sections of the society. SBCT managing trustees Prasanchand Chordia, Subhashchand Bafna and Shantilal Kankaria and GGHC programme director Dr Sandeep Attawar

Elephant stuck in slush, choked to death in TN

Coimbatore: A 10-year-old female elephant choked to death after it allegedly got stuck in the slush near Anaikatti in the rural limits,forest department officials said. Villagers noticed the pachyderm trapped in the slushy mud at Sembikarai and informed the officials, who rushed to the spot. However, efforts to rescue the elephant using an earthmover failed, as large quantity of mud had entered its mouth, choking it to death, department sources said. The carcass was buried there

NGT asks Kerala to respond on Kochi pollution

Chennai: Taking suo motu cognisance of air pollution in Kochi and damage to biodiversity in Munnar, the National Green Tribunal (Southern Zone) has issued notice to the Kerala government. Judicial Member, NGT, Justice P Jyothimani took up both the issues based on media reports. In its recent notice to the authorities, the NGT cited a newspaper report that claimed the air quality in Kochi city had deteriorated resulting in pollution problem, respiratory diseases, and occurrences of cancer.

No young women worshipped in Sabarimala: Report

Thiruvananthapuram: An official probe into the recent allegation about some young women entering the famous Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala has found that no devotee in the banned age group offered worship there. The probe was ordered by Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran after circulation of photographs in the social media purportedly showing women in the banned age group at the hill shrine. In its report submitted to the government, the Devaswom Vigilance Department has stated that no

Villagers lock up relocated liquor shop in Puducherry

Puducherry: A large group of residents locked up a liquor shop in Ramanthapuram village near here in protest against its relocation from a highway. Protesters urged the territorial government to take steps to shut the shop, which was shifted to the village, following implementation of the Supreme Court order to close liquor outlets and bars situated along the highways. They contended that the shop would be a hindrance and nuisance to the public, especially the devotees visiting

Govt to decide on changing fiscal year to Jan-Dec

New Delhi: Government is deliberating on a possible change in financial year to January-December from April-March at present and a decision would be taken after a ‘cost-benefit’ analysis, a top finance ministry official said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in the NITI Aayog Governing Council meet earlier in the week urged the States to take initiative to shift to a new fiscal year. A top finance ministry official said that

BJP president Amit Shah to visit TN

Coimbatore: BJP president Amit Shah will undertake a three-day visit of Tamilnadu from 10 May, Textile Minister Smriti Irani said. Shah would be in Chennai on 10 and 11 May to attend some party functions and also hold discussions with State unit leaders, she said during an interaction with BJP office-bearers and workers in nearby Tirupur. Shah will visit Coimbatore on 12 May and interact with party workers, BJP sources said. Irani highlighted the BJP’s resounding

Encroachments near Thiruparankundram temple to go

Madurai: The Madras High Court bench here directed the Madurai district administration to remove encroachments along the road around the famous Thiruparankundram hill temple near here. A division bench comprising Justices A Selvam and Athinathan passed the order on a PIL filed by one Karthick. The petitioner submitted that Thiruparankundram Murugan temple is an important and famous place of worship, visited by lakhs of people from across the country and other parts of the world. The indiscriminate

Gujarat beat RCB by 7 wickets, keep play-off hopes alive

Bangalore: Riding on Andrew Tye’s three-wicket haul and Aaron Finch’s whirlwind 50, Gujarat Lions notched up a comfortable seven-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore to keep alive their IPL play-off hopes, here last night. Chasing 135 to win, Gujarat lost both openers — Ishan Kishan (16) and Brendon McCullum (3) — to be reduced to 23-2 but Finch blasted 5 fours and 6 sixes in his scintillating 34-ball 72-run innings as the