Metrovaartha en-us Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0530 Infosys partners Google Cloud to develop 'Data Native Intelligent Enterprise' Fri, 21 Sep 2018 22:54:55 +0530 ]]> New Delhi | India's second largest IT firm Infosys Friday announced partnership with Google for developing cloud transformation and migration services.
The partnership enhances Infosys' existing capabilities as the Bengaluru-based company will offer solutions and services on Google Cloud Platform (GCP), creating a scalable, on-demand cloud model that will enable enterprises to easily transition and adopt a cloud-first strategy.
As part of this partnership, Infosys has built artificial intelligence and machine learning-driven industry specific solutions on GCP that are foundational to digitising the data supply chain and Customer Genome.
Commenting on the development, Infosys President and Deputy Chief Operating Officer Ravi Kumar said: "Infosys solutions on GCP will provide clients the best-in-class digital technologies, as well as a path to migrate and modernise their legacy infrastructure by leveraging artificial intelligence, machine learning, compute and analytics to build modern digital apps." He further added: "We see Google Cloud as a key partner in the cloud-first landscape, putting our partnership in a great position to provide exceptional value to our global customer base." In addition, Infosys also announced launch of a new offering called the ‘Data Native Intelligent Enterprise' powered by the 'Infosys Digital Brain' on GCP.
Data Native Intelligent Enterprise is a solution that learns from the data collected from various sources, connects it across silos using Artificial Intelligence and encodes this intelligence.
This allows enterprises to react to external signals in real time and create intelligent, engaging experiences for their customers and help organizations accelerate their digital journeys.

Sajan Prakash, Srihari Nataraj steal limelight on Day 3 Fri, 21 Sep 2018 22:48:42 +0530 ]]> Thiruvananthapuram | Sajan Prakash and Srihari Nataraj continued to rule the roost as the two swimmers set national records on day three of the 72nd Glenmark Senior National Aquatic Championship here on Friday.
Day three saw swimmers race for the top honours in nine categories including, seven individual and two team events with three national records being obliterated.
In the men's 400m freestyle event, Sajan blitzed his way to the gold setting a national record by clocking a time of 3:54.93 seconds. Although the 25-year-old started off slowly trailing behind Saurabh Sangvekar, he took the lead by the end of the third lap. Delhi's Kushagra Rawat and Aryan Makhijia won the silver and bronze medals respectively.
The Kerala lad also took the top honours in the 100m butterfly event. Sajan clocked 53.46 seconds bettering his own meet record of 53.83 seconds set last year in Bhopal.
Like Thursday, Srihari continued to break his own national records. He grabbed the top spot in the men's 200m backstroke event. There was hardly any competition for him as the 17-year-old zoomed ahead of all the other participants clocking a time of 2:02.37 seconds. T Sethu Manickavel of Tamil Nadu finished second with a time of 2:06.21 seconds.
The quartet of Neel Roy, Sadhvi Dhuri, Kenisha Gupta and Virdhawal Khade representing Swimming Federation of India set the last record of the day in the 4x50m mixed event. It was a tough competition with Railways breathing down SFI's neck but the latter managed to grab the gold finishing with a timing 1:40.00 seconds.
At the end of day three, Karnataka leads overall with 18 medals including six gold, seven silver and five bronze with SFI (14 medals) and Kerala ( four medals) in second and third place respectively.
Men: 400m freestyle: 1. Sajan Prakash (Kerala) (3:54.93 NR), 2. Kushagra Rawat (Delhi) (3:58.40), 3. Aryan Makhijia (Delhi) (4:01.10) 200m back stroke: 1. Srihari Nataraj (Karnataka) (2:02.37), 2. T.Sethu Manickavel (TN) (2:06.21), 3. K. Abbasuddin (TN) (2:09.36).
100m butterfly: 1. Sajan Prakash (53.46 NR), 2. Supriya Mondal (Railways) (54.70), 3. Mihir Amre (SFI) (55.89).
Women: 50m freestyle: 1.Kenisha Gupta (SFI) (26.92), 2. Deeksha Ramesh (Karnataka) (27.12), 3. Avantika Chavan (Karnataka) (27.23).
1500m freestyle: 1. Richa Mishra (Police) (17:41.16), 2. Bhavika Dugar (TN) (17:58.31), 3. Kushi Dinesh (TN) (18:03.18).
200m back stroke: 1. Maana Patel (Gujarat) (2:20.42), 2. Suvana C.Baskar (Karnataka) (2:25.01), 3. Soubrity Mondal (Bengal) (2:27.60).
100m butterfly: 1. Trisha Karkhanis (SFI) (1:03.62), 2. Divya Satija (Haryana) (1:04.39), 3.Damini K.Gowda (1:05.36).
Mixed: 4x50m mixed relay: 1. SFI (1:40.00 - NR), 2. Railways (1:40.70), 3. Karnataka (1:42.47).
4X200m freestyle: 1. Karnataka (9:05.55), 2. Tamil Nadu (9:13.67), 3. SFI (9:15.67). 

High tension line falls into pond killing six Fri, 21 Sep 2018 21:22:29 +0530 ]]>Villagers noticed the high-voltage power distribution wire of 11000-volt hanging lose over the pond and informed the Assam Power Distribution Company. Electricity department personnel had assured them that the wire was not a live one and so some people went into the pond for fishing. Rupohi | Six persons, including a 10-year-old boy, died of electrocution while eight others were seriously injured when a high tension wire fell into a pond in Assam's Nagaon district on Friday, police said.
Alleging negligence by the Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL), angry locals attacked the house of a company worker after the tragedy occurred when people were fishing at Uttar Khatooal village under Rupohi revenue circle.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal ordered an inquiry while four APDCL employees were suspended including a sub-divisional officer.
Villagers noticed the high-voltage power distribution wire of 11000-volt hanging lose over the pond belonging to Syeb Ali at around 5 am and informed the Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL), the police said.
Electricity department personnel had assured them that the wire was not a live one and so some people went into the pond for fishing, the villagers claimed.
But it was activated around 8 am without informing the locals which lead to the electrocution, they claimed.
The bodies when brought out from the water were either charred or had wisps of smoke emanating from them.
Police said the dead were identified as Rafiqul Islam, Jabar Ali, Habibur Rahman, Mainul Islam, Inamul Islam and Ashiful Islam (10).
The injured were taken to BP Civil Hospital in Nagaon where the condition of some of them was stated to be critical, police said.
State Disaster Response Force personnel rushed to the spot to find if there are any more bodies in the pond, official sources said.
Irate locals armed with sticks attacked the house of an APDCL worker in the area and damaged furniture and his vehicle, police said.
APDCL sub-divisional officer of the Pallab Das and three other employees of the company were suspended following the incident, officials said.
Additional security forces have been deployed in the area and senior district civil and police officials have rushed to the spot, official sources said.
Expressing his deep anguish over the incident, Assam Chief Minister Sonowal ordered an inquiry into it by Additional Chief Secretary and APDCL chairman Jishnu Barooah, an official release said.
The inquiry will primarily include in its ambit circumstances leading to the electrocution and submit the report to the government at the earliest, it said.
On his instruction, Power Minister Tapan Gogoi, Water Resources Minister Kesab Mahanta and the APDCL chairman rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation.
Mahanta announced an ex-gratia grant of Rs 2.5 lakh to the next of kin of each of the dead, besides an inquiry into the incident.
Locals alleged that negligence by APDCL had led to the mishap and demanded compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the next of kin of each of the dead and a government job to one of their family members.
Former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta visited the bereaved families and demanded that they be given adequate compensation, besides an inquiry into the incident.

Indian govt proposed Reliance Defence as partner in Rafale:French media Fri, 21 Sep 2018 21:14:15 +0530 ]]>Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the procurement of a batch of 36 Rafale jets after holding talks with then French President Hollande on April 10, 2015 in Paris. The Congress and other opposition parties latched on to the report and stepped up their attack on the Modi government over the deal. New Delhi | In a significant development, a French media report quoted former French President Francois Hollande as purportedly saying that the Indian government proposed Reliance Defence as the partner for Dassault Aviation in the Rs 58,000 crore Rafale jet fighter deal and France did not have a choice.
Reacting to Hollande's remark that is at variance with the stand taken by the Indian government, the defence ministry spokesman said on Friday,"The report referring to former French president Hollande's statement that government of India insisted upon a particular firm as offset partner for the Dassault Aviation in Rafale is being verified." The spokesperson also said,"It is reiterated that neither the government nor the French government had any say in the commercial decision." Dassault Aviation, the makers of Rafale, had chosen Reliance Defence as its partner to fulfill offset obligations of the deal. The government has been maintaining it did not have any role in selection of the offset partner.
Hollande's remark is set to escalate the political slugfest over the controversial multi-billion dollar deal.
The French media report quoted Hollande as saying "we did not have a say in this...the Indian government proposed this service group and Dassault negotiated with (Anil) Ambani group. We did not have a choice, we took the partner who was given to us." The Congress and other opposition parties latched on to the report and stepped up their attack on the Modi government over the deal.
"President (Former) Francois Hollande should also enlighten us how the price went up from 590 crore in 2012 to 1690 crore in 2015 per Rafale fighter jet? Escalation of a mere 1100 crore. I am sure the Euro equivalent would not be a problem to calculate," Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari tweeted.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the procurement of a batch of 36 Rafale jets after holding talks with then French President Hollande on April 10, 2015 in Paris.
The opposition has been accusing the government of chosing Reliance Defence over state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd to benefit the private firm though it did not have any experience in the aerospace sector.

Jadeja makes roaring comeback as India dismiss Bangladesh for 173 Fri, 21 Sep 2018 21:03:20 +0530 ]]> Dubai | Ravindra Jadeja made a roaring return to limited overs cricket with a four-wicket haul, helping India dismiss Bangladesh for 173 in a Super Four match of the Asia Cup here on Friday.
The all-rounder, playing his first ODI since July 2017, broke the backbone of Bangladesh batting with his accurate left-arm spin and ended with impressive figures of four for 29 in 10 overs.
Bangladesh batsmen faltered again, having come a cropper in the run chase against Afghanistan on Thursday night. The seasoned pace duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/32) and Jasprit Bumrah (3/37) too made life tough for the opposition. The saving grace for Bangladesh was the 66-run stand for the eighth wicket between Mehidy Hasan Miraz (42 off 50) and captain Mashrafe Mortaza (26 off 32) before the team was all out in 49.1 overs.
Bangladesh, who lost to Afghanistan less than 24 hours ago and had to take the 90-minute journey from Abu Dhabi to Dubai, paid the price for reckless batting.
They lost their openers Liton Das (7) and Nazmul Hossain Shanto (7) by the sixth over.
From 15 for two, the experienced pairing of Shakib Al Hasan (21) and Mushfuqir Rahim had a task of rebuilding the innings but the former fell to a loose shot off Jadeja. The star Bangladesh all-rounder, having hit Jadeja for two boundaries in the 10th over, went for another one but his sweep went straight into the hands of Shikhar Dhawan at square leg.
Jadeja, who was playing Vijay Hazare Trophy in Delhi but got a last-minute call-up to join the national team here in the wake of injuries to Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel and Shardul Thakur, grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
He removed Mohammad Mithun in typical fashion for his second wicket, darting the ball into the middle stump to trap him in front of the stumps, reducing Bangladesh to 60 for four in the 16th over. In his next over, the wily spinner sent back Rahim, leaving Bangladesh in deep trouble.
Mahmudullah (25) and Mossadek Hossain (12) batted sensibly, sharing a 36-run stand for the sixth wicket. They could have added a lot more if Mahmudullah had not got a rough call from the umpire in the 33rd over. He was adjudged leg before wicket off Bhuvneshwar but replays showed he got bat on ball before it hit his pads. Bangladesh could not review the questionable call as they had already used up their review.
Much to their relief, Mortaza and Miraz stitched a much needed partnership to give their bowlers something to bowl at.
Mortaza, who is well past his prime, and Miraz entertained the crowd with some clean hitting. The skipper smashed two straight sixes off Bhuvneshwar in the 47th over before getting caught at short fine leg.

BJP MP adopts 'ghost' village to bring back its residents Fri, 21 Sep 2018 19:51:08 +0530 ]]>A recent official report had said that the number of uninhabited villages in Uttarakhand have shot up to 1,768 from 1,034, recorded in the 2011 Census. Poor infrastructure, difficult living conditions and lack of employment have been cited as among the reasons for the mass migration. New Delhi | Hope has emerged for hundreds of Uttarakhand's ghost villages, called so as they have become empty after their residents left them, as BJP MP Anil Baluni has launched a pilot project to repopulate one such village in Pauri Garhwal district.
In a statement, Baluni said a programme to bring back residents of these villages has been prepared and he will work to provide power, water, road and employment in Baur village, which he has adopted.
The problem of migration has acquired dangerous dimensions as one village after another is turning empty, and the state's great culture is on the verge of extinction, he said.
"This effort to repopulate these uninhabited villages will prove to be a milestone for Uttarakhand," he said, adding that many youngsters who left for work will be given alternative employment so as to cause reverse migration and revive the village.
The parliamentarian will visit migrant families living in different parts of the country and also hold talks with associations representing them so that their concerns can be addressed and they persuaded to go back to their villages.
Calling the measure historic, Baluni, who presented the hill state in the Rajya Sabha, such an effort to revive these villages has never been made earlier.
A recent official report had said that the number of uninhabited villages in the state have shot up to 1,768 from 1,034, recorded in the 2011 Census.
Poor infrastructure, difficult living conditions and lack of employment have been cited as among the reasons for the mass migration.

CBSE releases advisory to alert against fake websites Fri, 21 Sep 2018 19:37:54 +0530 ]]> New Delhi | The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has warned public against certain commercial websites which are using the board's logo to mislead students.
"It has come to notice of the board that various commercial websites have created CBSE look alike pages with logo of CBSE on social networking sites for registration of candidates. This is creating confusion among public," an advisory by the board said.
The CBSE has asked people to visit its official website for any query.
"The members of public are, therefore, advised to visit CBSE official website for authentic and official information and prevent themselves from being cheated by the unscrupulous elements. Any information available or displayed other than the CBSE website, must be got verified from the official website. CBSE never asks for any details directly from the students through e-mail, facebook, twitter, phone or any other source," it added.

Jio signs pact with Star India to bring all cricket matches on its app Fri, 21 Sep 2018 19:07:53 +0530 ]]> New Delhi | Reliance Jio said Friday it has entered into a five-year partnership pact with Star India to live-stream T20, ODI, test cricket matches on its JioTV app.
"Jio and Star will make all televised India-cricket matches available to users of JioTV and Hotstar in India. Reliance Industries Limited signed an agreement in this regard with Star India Pvt Ltd," Reliance Jio said in a statement.
The JioTV users will also be able to watch premier domestic competitions of the BCCI under the partnership.
"Cricket is not just played, it's worshipped in India. Every Indian must have access to the best sporting events as well as quality and affordable bandwidth to consume the content," Jio Director Akash Ambani said.
He said that Jio promises to and will continue to bring a superlative customer experience in the areas of sports, augmented and virtual reality, immersive viewing and other such things in coming days "Indian cricket under BCCI is one of the most compelling properties in the world...with a new partner in Reliance Jio, we will have even more opportunities to raise the bar for cricket fans," Star India managing director Sanjay Gupta said.

CM asks U.S Keralites to contribute liberally to rebuild state Fri, 21 Sep 2018 19:01:10 +0530 ]]>At a function in the U.S Pinarayi Vijayan said Keralites willing to contribute should become members of the global salary challenge, which envisages each participant contributing a month's salary for the state. State finance minister Thomas Isaac will visit the U.S next month to collect the financial assistance. Thiruvananthapuram | Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Friday urged Malayalees in the U.S.A to contribute liberally to rebuild the flood-hit state and said he hoped Rs 150 crore would be raised from them.
Vijayan made the appeal at his first public function in New York early Friday after completion of his medical treatment.
The Chief Minister, who had left for the U.S for medical treatment at Mayo Clinic on September 2, is expected to be back in Kerala on September 24.
Addressing the gathering of Keralites, Vijayan said everyone should cooperate for revamping the state, which had last month witnessed the worst deluge of the century.
He said Keralites willing to contribute should become members of the global salary challenge, which envisages each participant contributing a month's salary for the state.
State finance minister Thomas Isaac will visit the U.S next month to collect the financial assistance, he said.
"Only through your cooperation can a new Kerala be built", he said, adding his government was expecting a contribution of Es 150 crore from the malayalees in US.
At least 493 people had died in the rains and floods during the South West Monsoon.
Crowd funding is among the routes the government is mulling to raise the resources to rebuild the state which has suffered an estimated loss of over Rs 40,000 crore.
The Union government had released Rs 600 crore to Kerala as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Rs 500 crore) and Home Minister Rajnath Singh (Rs 100 crore) during their visits to the state.
This was in addition to Rs 562.45 crore already made available in the State Disaster Relief Fund of Kerala.

Kerala nun rape case accused Bishop arrested amid growing public outrage Fri, 21 Sep 2018 18:20:51 +0530 ]]>After a day long drama of sorts police recorded the arrest of former Jalandhar diocese Bishop at 8PM on Friday. The investigating officer in the nun rape case has found that the bishop has committed the crime. The Bishop has been accused by the nun of repeatedly raping and sexually assaulting her between 2014 and 2016. Kochi | Bishop Franco Mulakkal, a senior member of the Roman Catholic clergy in India, was arrested Friday night amid mounting public outrage over allegations of repeatedly raping and sexually assaulting a nun, police said.
He was arrested by Kerala police after intense interrogation over the last three days.
The development came a day after the Vatican relieved him "temporarily" of all pastoral responsibilities as the bishop of the Jalandhar diocese of the Missionaries of Jesus congregation to which the alleged victim also belongs.
The nun had accused the 54-year old clergyman of repeatedly raping and having unnatural sex with her between 2014 and 2016.
Inspector General of Police (Kochi Range) Vijay Sakhare told PTI that the arrest was recorded at 8 pm and the bishop would be produced in a magistrate court in Pala in Kottayam district Saturday.
Mulakkal, who had been coming for the interrogation in the bishop attire, was taken to Tripunithura government taluk hospital in civil dress for medical examination and later to Kottayam.
People gathered there booed the bishop as he was being escorted out of the hospital.
Earlier, Kottayam district police chief Hari Sankar told reporters that the bishop has been slapped with charges, including rape, illegal confinement, unnatural sex and intimidation.
There were evidences to arrive at a reasonable suspicion that the clerygyman had committed the crime, he said.
During the interrogation, the accused was given reasonable time to narrate his version to the investigating team, he said.
The SP said the police will seek three day custody of Mulakkal. Potency test of the priest will be done, he added.
Members of various Christian reformation organisations as also the nuns of the Missionaries of Jesus, who were staging a protest close to the Kerala High Court premises for the last 13 days for the bishop's arrest, erupted with joy as the news broke.
Fr Augustine Vattoli, Convenor of the Save our Sisters (SOS) Action Council, which spearheaded the protest, called off the hunger-strike.
The five nuns who were taking part in the protest welcomed the arrest of the bishop and said they would end their agitation for the time being.
They hastened to add that justice would not be done simply because of the arrest.
"Clear legal steps should also be taken to deliver justice. Law should take its correct course", a fellow nun of the survivor nun said.
The nuns said they would continue their struggle till "complete justice" was done in the case.
They said in view of the arrest, more nuns were likely to come forward to complain against the bishop.
"More evidences are likely to come to fore as he is arrested now. Our struggle was not only for the victimised nun. It was for seeking justice for all women victims who were crying for justice", the nun said.
In her complaint to Kottayam police in June, the nun had alleged that Bishop Mulakkal raped her at a guest house in Kuravilangad in May 2014 and later sexually exploited her on several occasions. She said she had to approach police as the church authorities did not act on her repeated complaints against the clergyman.
Earlier this month, she wrote to the Vatican's representative in New Delhi, alleging that the bishop was using "political and money power" to "bury" the case and seeking his removal.
The sleaze scandal got murkier when the bishop too filed a complaint against the nun, claiming he was being blackmailed by her for not extending her favours.
Outrage over the delay in the top clergyman's arrest, meanwhile, grew. The protests by Christian reformation organisations escalated after some nuns of the religious order came out of the confines of their convent and joined the agitation.
As pressure mounted on police for action against Mulakkal, it asked him to present himself before the Special Investigation Team on September 19.
A day ahead of his scheduled appearance, Mulakkal filed an anticipatory bail petition in the Kerala High Court claiming allegations against him were a "cooked up story to wreak vengeance".
In his petition, Mulakkal said he was "absolutely innocent" and was "falsely implicated" with an "ulterior motive and vexatious intention".
Mulakkal alleged that the nun had an illicit relationship with a relative and a complaint about it was received by her congregation.
"This crucial aspect needs to be considered along with the complaint made by her own cousin alleging the de facto complainant of having illicit relationship with her husband.
"This crucial aspect casts serious suspicion on the credibility of the allegations raised by the de facto complainant," Mulakkal said in his plea before the high court, which was to hear it on September 25.
Citing convention, some legal experts had said the bishop was unlikely to be arrested as his pre-arrest bail plea was pending before the high court. However, since there was no legal bar on his arrest during the pendency of the petition, the police went ahead and detained him.