Yadav, Bhushan now sacked as AAP spokespersons

AAP tonight sacked dissident leader Yogendra Yadav as chief spokesperson of the party and also removed rebel leaders Prashant Bhushan, Anand Kumar as spokespersons while announcing a new 20-member panel packed with Arvind Kejriwal loyalists to interact with the media.

Atishi Marlena, who was one of the prominent spokespersons of the party during the election campaign, was also dropped.

India to sign international agreement on dry ports

The union cabinet on Tuesday gave the nod to the signing and ratifying of an inter-governmental agreement on dry ports that will facilitate and expand international goods transport.

The decision was taken by the union cabinet under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The approval was given for “signing and ratifying of the inter-governmental agreement on dry ports of international importance”, an official statement said.

Navy assisting evacuation from Yemen, warships enroute

The operation for evacuating Indians stranded in Yemen intensified on Tuesday, with the navy also despatching two warships to Djibouti to escort the passenger liners in view of the threats from the pirates, officials said.

Giving details of the operation named “Raahat”, navy sources said two warships – destroyer INS Mumbai and stealth frigate INS Tarkash – which left Mumbai on Monday are enroute to Djibouti, a country located on the Horn of Africa on the Gulf of Aden.

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250 industries identified for skill development mission: Parsekar

The Goa government has identified over 250 industries which will further Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s skill development dream as far as the state is concerned, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said Tuesday.

“The government has already identified 250 industries which are in need of skilled manpower and has also identified (industrial) plots in different parts of the state where the industries can be set up,” Parsekar said at a school function in Dharbandora, a new sub district in south Goa, 50 kms from here.

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Land operations against Houthis not required: Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday that the military operations on land against Houthis in Yemen were not required now, as the militia supplies have been cut off, a media report said.

The spokesperson for the operation, Brigadier Ahmed Al Asiri, told the daily press conference that the forces have heavily pounded Houthis in Sadaa and foiled their attempts to progress towards Aden and other sites in order to launch missiles, Xinhua reported citing Al Arabiya news.

Finmeccanica boss appointed new ASD president

Finmeccanica CEO Mauro Moretti is the new president of the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD), the Italian industrial conglomerate said in a statement.

Moretti, who has been CEO and general manager of Finmeccanica since last May, was appointed to lead the ASD at a meeting of its board of directors and general assembly held in Brussels on Tuesday.

He replaces Safran boss Jean-Paul Herteman, and was chosen to lead the ASD due to his “significant experience within industry and leadership skills shown at international level”, according to Finmeccanica.

British researchers call for control over e-cigarettes

A large-scale survey of e-cigarette use among high school students in England has revealed one in five have accessed them, according to findings published on Tuesday in the journal BMC Public Health.

More alarmingly, say academics, a large number of the 14-17 year-olds quizzed revealed e-cigarette was their first introduction to tobacco.

More than 16,000 students took part in the study carried out across a large area of England by researchers from Liverpool John Moores University, Xinhua reported.

Iran receives $490 mn of frozen assets

The Central Bank of Iran announced Tuesday that it has received $490 mn of its frozen assets based on an interim deal Tehran signed with the world powers over its nuclear programme last November, a media report said.

The central bank received the latest instalment of its frozen overseas assets in its accounts in Oman. It was the fifth instalment of a total of $4.9 billion which had been agreed to be delivered to Iran in 10 payments, Press TV reported citing a statement from the bank.

Iran has so far received around $7 billion of its frozen assets in two phases.

Rape of foreign nationals brings bad name to India: Court

Incidents of raping foreign nationals has brought a very bad name to India , a court here has said while sentencing two men to 30 years imprisonment for kidnapping raping a Ugandan woman.

“By choosing a foreign national as their target, they have shown that they do not care even for the respect and dignity of our country,” said Additional Sessions Judge Virender Bhat.

“Their act has brought our country also in disrepute in the eyes of the world. Incidents like the instant one brings a very bad name to the country itself.”

Mobile operators contest DoT’s tariff math post-auction

Mobile operators and telecom equipment makers on Tuesday contested the Department of Telecom’s (DoT) calculation on the impact of the recent spectrum (airwaves) auction on tariff.

“We will be happy to understand the government’s calculation on the impact of the spectrum auction and the increased financial burden on the industry if tariffs are not increased in proportion to the huge payouts,” the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) said in a statement here.

Officials summoned over encroachments in Shimla

The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Tuesday directed the principal secretary for urban development and the Shimla municipal commissioner to appear before it on May 12 regarding encroachments in the state capital.

A division bench of Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan passed the order on a petition taken up suo motu as a public interest litigation on a news report.

Learning Kannada to be mandatory in Karnataka schools

Learning Kannada language will be mandatory in schools across Karnataka from the ensuing academic year if bills adopted in the legislative assembly on Tuesday get the president’s assent by May.

State Primary and Secondary Education Minister Kimmane Ratnakar moved the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education bill and the Kannada Language Learning bill 2015 to provide primary education (classes 1-5) in child’s mother tongue (Kannada) and enforce teaching Kannada from Class 1 to 10 in state-run and aided schools.

Jupally calls on Dubai Ruler

Telangana Industries Minister Jupally Krishna Rao met the Ruler of Dubai, Mahammed Bin Rasheed, in Dubai on Tuesday and sought his help in the development of Telangana State.

The Minister had a series of meetings with various dignitaries, policy makers and investors in Dubai. Few of the notable meetings were with Allana Infra Ltd, which has largest chain of food processing units like oil, atta, biscuits units etc., He invited the Allana Infra to invest in Telangana. Later, the Minister visited the facility centre of LULU Group and solicited help for fueling the growth of Telangana.

Three killed in militant attack in Manipur

At least three people were killed and two others injured in a militant attack on a village in Manipur on Tuesday, police said.

“Heavily armed guerrillas attacked the people, killing three on the spot, in Ukhrul district bordering Myanmar. Two others were injured in the attack,” a police official said.

The militants attacked the village when paramilitary forces were patrolling in the nearby area, the official added.

Further details were awaited.

KCR sanctions Rs 28 lakh to ST girl for pilot training

Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao sanctioned an amount of Rs 28,09,815 to Ajmeera Bobby of Dandepally village of Adilabad district for pursing of Commercial Pilot Licences Training at Dean International Flying School, Tamiami, Florida, USA.

The above financial assistance of Rs.28,09,815 will be utilized for Rs. 21,21,215 for Tuition Fee, Rs. 3,75,600 for living expenses, Rs.3,13,000 for other expenses which includes uniform, travel expenses etc.,

Two kids crushed to death in wall collapse in Borabanda

In a tragic incident, two children were killed and their parents critically injured in a wall collapse at NTR Nagar near Borabanda in the early hours of Tuesday.
The GHMC contract employee Raju and his family of four, rented a house in Set 3 of the Weaker Section Colony called Devayya Basti in the Borabanda area. The family moved into the house only on Monday. The wall of the old house soaked in the unseasonal rain that lashed the city on Monday and collapsed while the family was fast asleep.

CREDAI, Arabindo Pharma adopt lakes; present cheques to CM

In a major boost to flagship program of the Telangana government, some of the donors and philanthropists are coming forward to adopt lakes for restoration.
As the State government has taken up Mission Kakatiya in a prestigious manner, the donors are showing interest in adopting the lakes. CREDAI adopted 11 lakes in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts through an agreement reached in the presence of Chief Minster K Chandrasekhar Rao here on Tuesday.

AP CS confers with officials on Bio-Fertilizer & Vermi compost

Andhra Pradesh Chief Secretary I.Y.R. Krishna Rao held a meeting with the officials of Agriculture, Marketing, Horticulture Departments and Acharya N.G. Ranga University to discuss on the production of Bio-Fertilizer and Vermi compost.

Under the scheme of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) six (6) units with a total production capacity of about 1000 tonnes established and they have already become operational and Vermi compost plants established by the Marketing Department are also operational in 26 places.

CS reviews forest clearances to irrigation projects

At a meeting today with the officers of Forest and Irrigation Departments, Chief Secretary I.Y.R. Krishna Rao has reviewed on the Forest Clearances for Irrigation Projects in the State.

The Chief Secretary said Stage-I approval has already been given and Stage-II was pending for forest clearances to the Irrigation Projects. The Special Chief Secretary, Forest Department, was requested to take action for clearance of works as per the guidelines of Government of Indian so that work can start wherever huge chunks of lands are available for compensatory afforestation.