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'Super 30' founder Anand Kumar felicitated in US

Washington: The Indian-American community has felicitated ‘Super 30’ founder Anand Kumar in recognition of his efforts to help under-privileged students get into IITs. Organised by Bihar and Jharkhand Association of North America (BAJANA), the community members praised Kumar for coaching students from lower-income groups for free, or in some cases at nominal charges. Ramesh Patel, chairman of the Federation of Indian Associations, and Alok Kumar, its vice-president, presented a plaque to Anand Kumar. The founder

Bedi says seek expertise to maintain temple tanks

Puducherry: Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi has asked the boards of trustees of temples in the Union Territory to seek the expertise of French Institute (administered by the French government) here to maintain temple tanks. Talking to members of the board of Angala Parameswari temple in neighbouring Muthialpet at the end of her visit to the shrine yesterday, Bedi said the Institute and Department of Science Technology and Environment of the government

Microsoft India enhances paternal leave benefits

New Delhi: Microsoft India has said it has enhanced all types of paternal leave benefits and introduced a new family caregiver leave — which entails four weeks of paid leave to take care of an immediate family member. From 21April, Microsoft India has enhanced all types of paternal leave benefits such as paternity, adoption and surrogacy. Besides, the company has introduced a new family caregiver leave benefit, which includes four

Finance Ministry in talks with PSBs

Mumbai: The Finance Ministry has initiated detailed discussions with select public banks to assess their growth blueprint over the next three years and seek turnaround plans to check if they need more growth capital. The Department of Financial Services will be meeting representatives of 10 state-owned banks that received funds in March this year. “The Ministry officials have sought business plans for the next three years and also wanted detailed

Woman, 3 minor girls run over by train

Kozhikode: A middle-aged woman and three minor girls were run over by a train near Puthiyangady in the city outskirts today, police said. Police, who suspect it to be a case of suicide, said the woman and the girls could not be identified so far. Locals spotted the bodies on the track and alerted them around 7 AM, they said, adding information regarding the train and the time of the

Modi voices for 'New India'

New Delhi: Vision of ‘New India’ can be realised only through combined efforts of all States and Chief Ministers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said. Speaking at the NITI Ayog Governing Council meet here in which Chief Ministers from various States are taking part, Modi, said, “Consensus on GST will go down in history as a great illustration of cooperative federalism. GST reflects the spirit of ‘one nation, one aspiration,

CM meets protesting farmers in Delhi

New Delhi: Tamilnadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami today urged the farmers from his State who have been protesting at Jantar Mantar to call off their strike and assured them of taking up their demands with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Palaniswami made the remarks after visiting the farmers at Jantar Mantar, for the first time, on the 41st day of their protest in which they have been demanding a Rs-40,000 crore

Govt proposes to fast-track insolvency resolution for startups

New Delhi: The government plans to put in place a fast-track resolution process for startups and small companies under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. Looking to provide a faster exit mechanism for certain class of entities, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) has come out with draft norms in this regard. The proposal is to fast-track the insolvency resolution process for three classes of entities — startups, small

Thailand expects to host 12 lakh tourists from India in 2017

Mumbai: Thailand, the South Asian country mainly known for its tropical beaches and cuisine, is eyeing 12 lakh travellers from India this year. “We hosted 11.8 lakh tourists from India in 2016. This year looks promising and we are expecting to host 12 lakh travellers from India,” Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) Deputy Governor for International Marketing (Asia and the South Pacific) Srisuda Wanapinyosak told.. She said TAT is promoting

CIC decides 1,288 appeals by a person in one order

New Delhi: The Central Information Commission has decided a whopping 1,288 appeals filed by a retired air force official in one go. Retired Wing Commander Sanjeev Sharma filed these appeals before the CIC after not getting information on issues ranging from gifts given on farewell parties of the officers, felling of trees, working of AFWWA to contingency funds among others. Sharma had filed 6,443 RTI applications with various wings of

AI to hire 80 co-pilots for wide-body Boeing planes

Mumbai: State-owned Air India is hiring over 80 junior pilots for its wide-body Boeing B777 and B787 aircraft to meet the shortage of cockpit crew. The process to induct these first officers or co-pilots is in the final stage and they are expected to join Air India by next month, an airline source said here. Air India currently has about 170 co-pilots to steer its 15 B777 and 23 B787