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3 life terms for Indian-origin man for killing wife, children

Johannesburg: An Indian-origin man in South Africa who clubbed his wife and two children to death with ‘gadas’, traditional Indian maces, was sentence yesterday to three life terms in prison Mogamberry Rajan Kandasamy, from the sprawling Indian township of Chatsworth near Durban, escaped a death sentence only because it has been outlawed constitutionally in the post-apartheid democratic order, lawyers said Kandasamy, 45, was given three life sentences for the murder

Thiruvananthapuram tops city governance ranking

New Delhi: Delhi slips two places to rank ninth while Thiruvananthapuram retains its number one position in the annual city governance ranking, according to a survey released yesterday, which evaluated 21 major cities from the country’s 18 States The Annual Survey of India’s City-System (ASICS) was undertaken by not-for-profit institution Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy (JCCD). The better a city scores in the survey, the more likely it is

NHRC issue notices on illegal hysterectomy procedures

New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission has issued notices to the governments of Karnataka and Maharashtra over reports of hysterectomy procedures being performed on unsuspecting women in the two States The Commission yesterday said it has taken suo motu cognisance of the media report that an unusual large number of hysterectomy procedures have been performed to remove uterus from unsuspecting women in Kalaburagi district of Karnataka allegedly for commercial

TNAU student bags national award

Coimbatore: P Sivaraj, a Ph.D student of Tamilnadu Agricultural University (TNAU) has received Student of the year award 2016. The national award, carrying a citation, was in recognition to his outstanding contribution for undertaking students welfare activities and empowering the youth in Agriculture in the State of Tamilnadu, a TNAU press release said. Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution C R Chaudhary presented the award to

President to visit Kerala, Tamilnadu

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee will be on a two-day visit to Kerala and Tamilnadu from 2 March, during which he will inaugurate the centenary celebrations of Women’s Indian Association at Theosophical Society in Chennai. The President will inaugurate a seminar on ‘Importance of Sustainable Culture Building’, on 2 March, being organised as part of the third edition of the ‘Muziris Biennale’ in Kochi. “On the same day, he will

AIADMK camp petitions Prez for probe into Jaya's death

New Delhi: A delegation of AIADMK MPs owing allegiance to rebel leader O Panneerselvam yesterday called on President Pranab Mukherjee and sought a probe into the circumstances surrounding the death of late Tamilnadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. The 12-MPs delegation, led by Rajya Sabha member V Maithreyan, submitted a memorandum in this regard to the President at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan here. In their memorandum, they sought steps for instituting a probe

Tamils hold protest in Lanka as UNHRC begins session

Colombo: Hundreds of Tamil people, mostly relatives of those who disappeared during Sri Lanka’s civil war, yesterday held protest outside the missions of India, the US, UK and EU here as the UN Human Rights Council session began in Geneva. The protesters held placards which said ‘India please help in de-militarisation (in the north)’ and ‘India stop betraying Tamils’. They later also held protest opposite the Secretariat of President Maithripala Sirisena, demanding