The news that Nestle's Maggi noodles would be recalled from shops across the country spread like wildfire, sparking quite a few funny reactions on Twitter. The Twitterati responded immediatley to the Maggi recall buzz after food inspectors in Uttar Pradesh found dangerously high levels of lead in a particular batch of the popular brand. Although food inspectors later denied recalling the brand and Nestle refuting charges of high content of lead and MSG in its product, the damage was done. Social media was flooded with people expressing emotions from disappointment to shock at the news.
The cow was allotted a seat at the Government Degree College Bemina for writing the examination scheduled to be held on May 10. In a strange turn of events, a cow was issued an admit card by authorities to write a professional entrance examination next week here. The admit card for the entrance examination for Diploma in Polytechnic was issued by Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE) in the name of Kachir Gaaw (Brown Cow) who is supposedly daughter of Gura Dand (Red Bull). The cow was allotted a seat at the Government Degree College Bemina for writing the examination scheduled to be held on May 10. The incident came to light after opposition National Conference spokesman Junaid Azim Mattu uploaded a copy of the admit card on social networking site Twitter. "I have both the Provisional Confirmation Page for applicant Ms ‘Kachir Gaw’ as well as details of payment she made to BOPEE,” Mattu wrote on his account. Mattu claimed that the records about the admit card had been taken off the BOPEE site at the behest of the state government. “However, after an informal heads-up was sent to the government, BOPEE was asked to take the record down from their website this morning. “(Education Minister) Mr. Naeem Akhtar @jkpdp has some explaining to do. New benchmark of progress in Education Sector under him — COWS getting roll no slips?” Matuu added. Former Chief Minister and National Conference working president Omar Abdullah also commented on Mattu’s post saying, “Brilliant. I wish Kachir Gaaw had turned up for the examination.” Controller Examinations of BOPEE Farooq Ahmad Mir said there was not much the authorities could do to prevent people from playing such pranks. All the applications are now made online. There is an image recognition software which does not differentiate between a human face and an animal picture. Someone has played a prank,” Mir said. Asked about his signature on the admit card issued to the cow, Mir said, “I do not sign the admit cards in person. This is a system generated signature and comes by default,” he said. Mir, however, said BOPEE will file a complaint against the prankster. “We will track down the IP address of the person who has played this prank,” he added.
In an embarrassment to the Congress, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi who is back after a sabbatical to a undisclosed destination to introspect has visited the Nepal Embassy to pay condolences to those killed in the Apr 26 quake, was caught on camera copying text from his Blackberry mobile phone while writing on visitor’s book of the building. Does he don’t have any intelligence or knowledge to atleast, write a few words of condolence? After paying condolences to those who died in the killer earthquake in the neighbouring country, the Gandhi scion, who looks aggressive since his return after two-month long sabbatical, signed on the visitor’s register where photographers clicked his pictures. Rahul started writing on the visitor’s register but furtively looked at his mobile to read the text which he want to copy. As he went ahead with copying the text on the register Rahul pressed a button on the mobile to switch on its back-light to read the text again. Thank God the previous Lok sabha elections did not give a mandate to Congress; otherwise it will be a disaster to the people of this country to carry such a dumb as the Prime minister. The people of this country have taken the right decision. Roaring on the parliament and walking miles without any reason to substantiate that is what Rahul Gandhi doing after he is back from his sabbatical. This very act is being seen as something eccentric. There is no vision or prospect in his views or acts. He is very desperate that congress is not in power. The congress which has lost the election and rejected by the people of this country is very much desperate in rejuvenating the party relying on the dynasty. But unfortunately the dynasty does not have any vision or capability to lead the party. Here are the few tweets regarding Rahul Gandhi’s copy paste saga. The trending twitter handle is #PappuCantWriteSaala DHAIRYA @dhairya_c31- Thanks to voters of Ind tht saved us frm getting a PM who wd hv shamed us writing thoughts in books frm mobile! #PappuCantWriteSaala Big Dipper @excise3 - Message on mobile phone wasn't more than five lines and sonia is hell bent on making #Pappu PM. God save this Country #PappuCantWriteSaala ajay pathak @ajaypathak87 - #PappuCantWriteSaala Dont torture the poor guy. His brain has escaped his body with the escape velocity of Jupiter. @AbhishekVHP - Today Rahul G prove himself why all call him "Pappu".. He can't write few lines without copy. Maan gaye Pappu G ko. #PappuCantWriteSaala By Premji
A 31-year-old doctor at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) allegedly committed suicide by slashing her wrist at a hotel room in central Delhi’s Paharganj on Sunday. In a four-page suicide letter and a note on her Facebook page, Priya Vedi said her husband was a homosexual and accused him of mentally torturing her for dowry. Her husband who is also an AIIMS doctor was arrested on Sunday afternoon. According to the note posted on the doctor’s Facebook page, Priya and her husband were married for five years but did not consummate the marriage. “We don’t have any physical relation till now… I found a fake gmail account in his laptop in which he was doing chatting with his gay friends and these messages were before of our marriage (sic),” the note said. “In spite of knowing this I decided to help him to b as a wife with him. But he tortured me a lot mentally… And at last night he tortured me emotionally so I am unabl to take breath with him… You are not a human being you are a devil, who take away my life from me (sic),” the note added. Priya, a senior resident doctor at AIIMS, checked into the hotel at around 11:30am on Saturday. According to a senior police official, her husband lodged a missing person’s complaint around the same time. Investigations led police to the hotel on Sunday where Priya was found dead with her wrist slit. Police said she had submitted her driving license as ID proof to rent a room at the hotel. “She called everyone in the family from the hotel room informing them about the suicide. On Friday, she told us that problems could not be solved. She said that about 15 days ago, she was forcibly given sleeping pills by her husband. We tried stopping her from ending her life but she did not pick up her phone,” said Rishab, Priya’s cousin. Police said while her husband admitted their marriage was going through a rough patch, he rejected all other charges against him. While her family frantically tried to reach her after receiving the call, her phone was found to be ‘busy or on another call’. Vedi reportedly even informed her husband without revealing the hotel’s name she was calling from. Family members suspect she may have killed herself while talking on the phone. “Priya was tracked to the hotel using her mobile phone location. She had used her driving licence to check-in. We forcefully entered the room after several failed attempts to get her to open the door,” said a senior police official. According to senior police sources, the husband was arrested based on the suicide note and a complaint filed by the woman’s parents. “We have arrested her husband and registered a case under sections 498A (demanding dowry) and 304B (dowry death) of the IPC. Further enquiry has also been initiated in the case,” said DCP (central) Parmaditya. Originally from Jaipur, Rajasthan, Priya had been married for five years. Her husband is a senior resident doctor at AIIMS. Both of them lived on the hospital campus. Police said her husband registered a missing person’s complaint with them. According to Priya’s family members, she told them about her husband’s sexual orientation around two years ago. “The families then met and had a discussion. It was sorted because Priya had agreed to accept her husband. However, she was tortured from that day. On Friday, there was another fight and she told her parents about it. Everyone was figuring out a solution when this happened,” said Rishab. Initial investigation revealed Priya and her husband had a heated argument on Friday which instigated her to leave her house. “She left around 11am on Saturday. According to the Facebook note, she was still alive at around 2.45pm. Priya was the daughter of a tailor, who stitched clothes in Laxmangarh. She was cremated on Sunday.
A church in the Cantonment area here was allegedly vandalized by unknown miscreants in the wee hours on Thursday, triggering outrage among the members of the local Christian community. According to police, alleged miscreants vandalised St Mary's Church in Agra Cantonment's Pratabpura area in what is the latest in a spate of attacks on such institutions across the country. An FIR has been registered at Rakabganj police station against unknown persons, they said, adding that two statues on the church premises were found damaged along with its main gate. District and police officials reached the church in the morning to review security arrangements, police said. Meanwhile, Christian community leaders in Agra are furious over the incident and have demanded firm action against the culprits within 24 hours. Last month, an elderly nun was allegedly gang-raped at a convent school in West Bengal by miscreants who also looted cash from its lockers. Two Bangladeshi nationals have been arrested in connection with the March 14 incident. A cathedral premises and a missionary school where people had gathered for a religious convention were vandalized allegedly by Hindu activists in Jabalpur of Madhya Pradesh on March 20. Six persons allegedly belonging to a right-wing Hindu group were apprehended over the incident but were later let off on bail. Manohar M
Posters saying that BJP leader L K Advani was “missing”, appeared in his Lok Sabha constituency Gandhinagar. Similar posters, taking a dig at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, had recently appeared in Amethi, his constituency in Uttar Pradesh. The posters, pasted on electricity poles, bore the name of Aam Aadmi Party. However, AAP denied that it had put up the posters. Convener of Gujarat unit of AAP, Sukhdev Patel, said that anti-Advani camp within BJP could be behind the prank. The posters say in Hindi: “MP from Gandhinagar L K Advani is missing for the last few years. We all residents of Gandhinagar have never seen him in the city. We all want to meet him and tell him about our problems. If any one of you find him in Gandhinagar, please inform us…Regards.. AAP-Gandhinagar.” “Our volunteers in Gandhinagar learnt about these posters only after media drew our attention to them. AAP is not involved in such acts. It is not our way of working. It can be the work of BJP dissidents, who can not express their unhappiness on the party forum,” Patel said. It may be noted that when Narendra Modi was made chief of the campaign committee of BJP before the 2014 elections, Advani had resisted the move. Later, the veteran leader had expressed the wish to switch the constituency, shifting to somewhere in Madhya Pradesh. Adavni has been elected to the Lok Sabha from Gandhinagar six times. BJP leaders denied that anyone from the party could be behind the posters.
The Internet is under threat in India as telecom operators have gone to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to allow them to block apps and websites and charge money from both consumers and businesses to the detriment of users. People from a cross section of society including politicians, who are not known for taking any kind of criticism lightly, and celebrities are rallying up to save the Indian Internet. Supporting the campaign to save net neutrality, thousands of Indians have voiced their support and the number is growing by the minute. Indians have sent over 1 lakh emails to TRAI over the issue through the website savetheinternet.in. The emails have been sent in response to the regulator's call for public consultation. The scheduled government deadline for sending in feedback will lapse in a week. Indians rally for Internet freedom, send over 1 lakh emails to TRAI for net neutrality The emails have been sent in response to the regulator's call for public consultation. The idea of net neutrality or free and equal Internet to all has garnered wide attention from across the globe. While countries like the US, Chile, Netherlands and Brazil have already adopted Net Neutrality that doesn't allow discrimination of Internet content or charge users differently based on the content, site, or platform they consume, back home TRAI has also asked for mass feedback to help formulate regulations for consuming the Internet. Though consumers appear to be majorly in favour of net neutrality, telecom companies are up in arms against the concept owing to the notion that bringing equality of Internet would cut down on their prospective revenue from the OTT services that are offered through their network, including apps such as WhatsApp, Flipkart, Skype, etc. Net neutrality means when a service provider sells you data they don't get to choose how the data is used. The idea is that the Internet Service Provider, from whom you buy your internet pack, should not under any circumstance be able to control how exactly you use it. It is up to the consumer, how they wish to spend the data that they have bought from the Internet Service Provider.
Coming to the aid of acid attack survivors, the Supreme Court today asked all private hospitals across the country to provide free treatment, including medicines and expensive reconstruction surgeries, to such victims. A social justice bench comprising justices Madan B Lokur and UU Lalit asked all state governments and Union Territories to "take up the matter with the private hospitals" to ensure that acid attack victims are attended to immediately and adequately. The court also asked the Medical Council of India (MCI) to take up the issue of free treatment with private hospitals. Disposing of a 2006 PIL filed by acid attack survivor Laxmi, the court said the hospitals, where such victims are rushed after the incident, would have to provide a certificate/document stating that the person was an acid attack victim and the document would enable her or him to access free treatment, including surgeries, at a later stage. On banning off-the-counter sale of acid across the country, it asked all states and UTs to notify acid as a "scheduled substance" to stop its unregulated sale. The court also said its order should be sent to chief secretaries of all states and UTs, who in turn, would ensure that it reached district magistrates for compliance and directed them to publicise it to ensure awareness among the people. During the hearing, the bench, which had fixed Rs 3 lakh as minimum compensation in such cases, was informed by Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, appearing for the Centre, that the Victims Compensation Schemes have been put in place by almost all the state governments. When the bench asked whether Andhra Pradesh or Telangana have not formulated the compensation scheme, lawyer Krishna Kumar Singh, appearing for the new state, said the needful has been done. The bench, meanwhile, rejected the submission of senior advocate Colin Gonslaves that psychological counselling of victims be also provided free. The Centre, in its affidavit filed in pursuance of 6 February order of the court, has said that in 2014, 309 acid attack incidents were reported in the country. During 2011, 2012 and 2013, the country witnessed 83, 85 and 66 cases respectively, it said, adding that a maximum of 185 incidents were reported in Uttar Pradesh alone. The court had sought a comprehensive affidavit from the Centre on the number of acid attack cases apart from the mechanism for treatment, compensation and rehabilitation of the victims. After Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh witnessed 53 such incidents last year, the affidavit said, adding that among the seven UTs, acid attack cases were reported only from Delhi which saw 27 such cases. Earlier, the court had voiced concern over improper rehabilitation of the acid attack victims and asked the Centre and states to apprise it of steps taken to provide free treatment to the survivors of the heinous crime. It had asked the Union home secretary to convene a meeting of chief secretaries and their counterparts in states to work out modalities to implement Section 357C of the CrPC (Criminal Law Amendment Act 2013). This provision provides for free treatment by public and private hospitals to the victims of acid attack. Advocate Aparna Bhat, appearing for an acid victim, had told the court that earlier directions have been complied with, except on the issue of the State bearing 100 per cent cost of treatment. In a bid to curb acid attacks on women, the apex court had earlier directed that this crime be made a non-bailable offence and enhanced to Rs three lakh the compensation amount for the victim. The court had said a photo identity card containing residential address issued by authorities concerned would be required for purchasing acid and such substances, which in any case cannot be sold to anyone below 18 years. The bench had also passed a slew of interim directions on various issues, including sale of acids. "We direct that the acid attack victims shall be paid a compensation of at least Rs three lakh by the state government concerned as an after-care and rehabilitation cost for such victims," the court had said. The court had also said that out of the compensation amount of Rs 3 lakh, Rs 1 lakh should be paid within 15 days of bringing to the notice of the state government the occurrence of the attack
Facebook user Nelson Felippe posted this photo taken on a subway platform. It seems like the focus of this photo is the two women in a loving embrace, and it's easy to read Nelson's caption as that of a man who hates to see women being sexual with each other: I'm not prejudiced. I think people should do whatever they want to with their lives. But I think it's absurd that I should be forced to witness a scene like this. What people do in private is their business only, but yes, what they do in public concerns me, and I refuse to see a scene like this and consider it normal. They're challenging social conventions, and that can be dangerous. What if some tragedy strikes, or worse, if someone dies, who's to blame. What would happen to a child who sees this scene every day? Kids will think it's normal to wait for the subway on the yellow line. So, don't act like that guy over there. Follow the example of the girls. (translation via BuzzFeed) PSYCH. He was talking about this guy: Disgusting!!!! (via Facebook) A lot of people seem to agree that the guy standing on the yellow line is setting a bad example for children everywhere, because the photo has been shared over 3,000 times and liked almost 10,000. The world is changing: it's time to take subway safety seriously.
Five days after Salman Khan's driver told a court he was driving the car at the time of the September 2002 hit and-run case, his wife told Mumbai Mirror that she learned about it like the rest of the world - from television news. Speaking at their modest one-room Andheri home, Anita Singh said her husband did not mention the incident either on the night of the accident or anytime later in the ensuing 13 years. Finding their home in the narrow by-lanes of Four Bungalow is not difficult. In the neighbourhood, Ashok is famous as `Salman ka Driver'. The first person you ask about him takes you straight to his home on a ground-plus-one structure in a compound. The family of four has rented out the upper floor and lives in the 350-square feet ground floor tenement. After letting us in, Anita sits on a cot beside the window, telling us she was waiting for her sons , aged 18 and 25, to come home. The elder one works in a call centre and the younger one is in Class XII. Ashok Singh, 48, came home only once after his court appearance, that too for a few hours, she said. Asked if she had any knowledge that her husband was behind the wheel, she said, "Whatever I know was from the news channels and papers. My husband never told me anything about it. But that's his nature. He never discusses work at home. It was his decision not to tell anything, and even now it was his decision to confess before the court. I respect his decision and am proud that he did not let his master down." Ashok Singh joined Salman Khan's family as a driver in 1989 a few months before the actor signed his debut as a lead actor, Maine Pyar Kiya.Anita said Ashok got the job after replying to a newspaper ad calling for a driver for Salman Khan. The same year, he got married to Anita. He has been with the actor since. "He has been with Salman even before he became a star," Anita said. "I am happy that he has proved his loyalty to him. Agar aaj chup rehte toh 25 saal ki wafadaari ka koi mol nahi rehta. [If he kept quiet even today, then what is the point of 25 years of loyalty?]" She said even on the day of his court appearance, Ashok only told her he was going to court like every other hearing. "The rest, I saw on TV," she said. "Justice has to be done, na? If he is the culprit then he should be ready for the punishment also. And we know Salman will never leave our side. He will do everything to help us out. People do not know the real Salman. He is a man with a heart of gold. He can never see anyone in pain. Even for people who are strangers to him he donates so much." Asked why her husband was silent for so many years, Anita said he had gone to the police station after the accident, but got scared on seeing how the police and media were hounding Salman. "Anyone in his place would have chickened out," she said. "Salman kept saying he was not driving but no one listened. This time my husband had a chat with Salim Sir [Salman's father] and decided to tell the truth. There is speculation that Salman must have paid Ashok a huge sum to take the blame on himself but this is wrong. We don't want anything from Salman. He has been kind to us and we just couldn't see him in suffer." Ashok spends a lot of time with Salman and doesn't come home often, she added . The couple has been living in this house for 15 years. The only time Salman visited them was during the house warming. "Even on the day he deposed in court, Ashok came home for a few hours and left," she said."He has now gone with Salman to his Panvel farmhouse, from where they will go to Lonavala.People target Salman just because he is a star. Agar koi aur hota toh kya media is case ko itna uthati? And even if it was Salman who did it, it was not deliberate. It happened by mistake. Why make a big issue out of it?'
Indian Cricketer Suresh is all set to tie the knot on Friday. He is wedding his childhood friend Priyanka in a grand function attended by all his kiths and kins. The invitee list includes Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Indian Skipper Mahindra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Ishant Sharma, and few friends of the leftie. However, there were no confirmation from both PM and CM's offices. The PM currently is busy in the two-day national executive meet in Bengaluru. Here are a few pictures of Raina's bachelor party and the venue of the grand marriage. Raina said that while he was away in Australia, his mother chose Priyanka to be his bride. "I was in Australia for the last five months. Mamma ne sab fix kiya hai. I didn't know. Mom called me in Australia and told me that my marriage has been fixed with one of my childhood friends. Maine kaha kaun hai. Then I spoke to Priyanka on the phone. Before the World Cup, I had told some of my teammates about my wedding after my mom told me that everything had been finalised. There were some rituals that had to be done, but I asked mom to complete them since I wanted to focus on my matches
In 1988 an asteroid or minor planet was discovered, but remained unnamed for more than ten years. Michael Rudenko, committee member of the Minor Planet Center, a chess buff with a Playchess account, decided it was appropriate to name the object after Viswanathan Anand, himself an astronomy buff. It is now officially known as '(4538) Vishyanand' In addition to the eight planets (in 2006 Pluto had its classification changed from planet to "dwarf planet"), there are likely many millions of small bodies which are members of the Solar System. These include approximately 650,000 minor planets, formerly referred to as asteroids, and 3800 comets currently known. On average a new minor planet is discovered every five to ten minutes, and a new comet every week or so. Once a sufficiently accurate orbit is determined for a minor planet, it is assigned a number. It is also then subject to being named. The first minor planet, discovered in 1801 is known as "(1) Ceres". The privilege of suggesting a name for a minor planet is accorded to the discoverer. An international committee of astronomers – members of a working group of the International Astronomical Union – have the final authority to officially assign a name to a minor planet. The discoverer has this exclusive privilege for ten years following an object being numbered, after which the committee members themselves may elect to assign a name. They occasionally invite select people to submit names for minor planets for which the ten year exclusivity period has expired. Names are subject to certain rules laid down by the committee. The Minor Planet Center, which operates at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, is an organization tasked with being the repository of all observations of minor planets and comets, and computing orbits for them. MPC is responsible for the identification, designation and orbit computation for all of these objects. Recently staff member Michael Rudenko was invited to suggest a name for minor planet (4538), discovered back in 1988 and still unnamed. Rudenko, who received an SB in Mathematics from MIT in 1977, has worked at the MPC since 2009 as an IT Specialist engaged in modernizing the MPC observation processing, orbit computation and related operations. During the 1980s he undertook a visual comet hunting project and discovered three comets with the aid of a six-inch refractor. "My two passions in life are astronomy and chess," says Mike, who has a Playchess account. "I thought it might be appropriate to name a minor planet in honor of a chess grandmaster. My thoughts at once turned to Viswanathan Anand who, in addition to being the fifteenth world chess champion, is also an astronomy buff.