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Freeze ‘Two Leaves’ for good, says Ramadoss

PMK founder S. Ramadoss on Wednesday welcomed the arrest of the deputy general secretary of AIADMK (Amma), T.T.V. Dhinakaran, by the New Delhi police on charges of attempting to bribe Election Commission (EC) officials for retrieving the ‘Two Leaves’ symbol. He also called for the party symbol to be frozen permanently.
 

Call to turn Kochi into ‘no-horn zone’

No-Horn Day, coinciding with International Noise Pollution Awareness Day, was observed in the city on Wednesday. P. Vijayan, Inspector General of Police, Ernakulam range, inaugurated the programme at a fuel station at Edappally. The event, aimed at sensitising the public to curb noise pollution and....

Major plans to save water

The Thiruvananthapuram district panchayat is planning to launch Jalasree, a comprehensive project for the conservation of water resources in the district, by next month. The project would be implemented in 73 grama panchayats and 11 block panchayats, district panchayat president V.K. Madhu said on Tuesday.

BJP had no hand in Dhinakaran’s arrest: Tamilisai

BJP State president Tamilisai Soundararajan on Wednesday denied her party’s involvement in T.T.V. Dhinakaran’s arrest following Opposition charge that it was a politically-motivated move orchestrated by the BJP. CPI State secretary R. Mutharasan had said that since former chief minister Jayalalithaa....

Trump gives Pentagon more flexibility on Iraq, Syria troops

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is giving the Pentagon greater flexibility to determine the number of U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria, in another move by President Donald Trump to shift greater power to his military leaders. The decision will give Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to send more forces into Syria, to assist U.

In another jab at Cooper, N Carolina lawmakers override veto

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina legislature on Wednesday seized the initiative in a monthslong effort to weaken Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, overriding his veto of a Republican bill that would reduce the number of judges on the state Court of Appeals.

Utah Rep. Chaffetz needs surgery, will be away for weeks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz (CHAY'-fits) of Utah says he needs immediate foot surgery and will be out of Washington for three to four weeks, missing a key vote on a spending bill to keep the government open. Chaffetz, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, surprised the....

Power prices could halve under new gas export restrictions, Turnbull says

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has defended an intervention in the energy market, saying it could halve electricity prices and save up to 65,000 jobs. The Federal Government will impose export restrictions on gas that could force producers to boost supply for domestic users before they are allowed to send gas offshore.

Inflation up

April 27, 2017, 8:15 am By Dasun Edirisinghe Year-on-Year inflation, based on National Consumer Price Index, had increased to 8.6% in March 2017 from 8.2% in February 2017 according to the NCPI, Director General of Census and Statistics Dr. Amara Satharasinghe said yesterday.

Minister wants special report from dengue unit

April 27, 2017, 8:16 am Minister for Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Rajitha Senarathne has called for a special report from the National Dengue Prevention Unit on dengue prevention cleaning programmes conducted in schools after the commencement of the new school term yesterday.

CKDu, the silent killer 2017-04-26 Read More

CKDu, the silent killer April 26, 2017, 12:00 pm During the last few years, many disasters have taken place killing hundreds of people and damaging property. The Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown etiology (CKDu), also called Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) is spreading fast.

Govt overturns ban on adopting elephants

April 27, 2017, 8:26 am by Amal JAYASINGHE The government said yesterday it was overturning a ban on adopting baby elephants, drawing sharp criticism from the animal protection lobby. Elephants are revered as holy in the mainly Buddhist nation, where the high-maintenance beasts have become a status symbol for the wealthy elite.

Two more ‘garbageslides’ possible, warns Champika

April 27, 2017, 8:25 am By Maheesha Mudugamuwa Seven main cities across the country were facing a huge risk from garbage dumps while Gohagoda in Kandy and Gampola were among the high risk areas, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said yesterday.

Jakarta election result will not negatively affect investment climate: BKPM

Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) head Thomas Lembong has stressed that the result of Jakarta gubernatorial election, which saw Anies Baswedan emerge victorious over incumbent Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, will not negatively affect the investment climate in the country.

Australia, Indonesia agree to conclude IA-CEPA talks by end of year

The Australian and Indonesian governments have agreed to conclude the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) by the end of this year. “We agree with the Indonesian government to conclude the negotiations in December.

Polygamy not part of Islamic teachings: Muslim clerics

Responding to the long-standing controversy over polygamy, Indonesia’s women Muslim clerics are emphasizing that the practice is not part of Islamic teachings. According to Siti Ruhaini Dzuhayatin, who represents Indonesia in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC), Islam never introduced the concept of having multiple spouses at once.

The yoghurt with more sugar than ice-cream

An analysis of 197 flavoured yoghurts on the shelves of Coles and Woolworths found that 55 per cent had more than 12 grams (three teaspoons) of sugar per 100 grams - the upper limit of the recommended amount. The most sugar-laden was Chobani-owned Gippsland Dairy's Choc Cherry Twist, which, at 4.

Man airlifted after Rutherford accident

Man airlifted by Westpac Rescue Helicopter after Rutherford accident. A man has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after a motorbike accident at Rutherford. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called to transport the man on Thursday. More to come.

In another jab at Cooper, N Carolina lawmakers override veto

The North Carolina legislature on Wednesday seized the initiative in a monthslong effort to weaken Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, overriding his veto of a Republican bill that would reduce the number of judges on the state Court of Appeals. Several hours apart, the GOP-dominated state House and Senate....

Utah Rep. Chaffetz needs surgery, will be away for weeks

Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz (CHAY'-fits) of Utah says he needs immediate foot surgery and will be out of Washington for three to four weeks, missing a key vote on a spending bill to keep the government open. Chaffetz, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, surprised the political world last week by announcing he will not seek re-election.

Brazil lawmakers pass labour bill in bittersweet victory for Temer

Thursday, 27 April 2017 | MYT 10:21 AM Brazil lawmakers pass labour bill in bittersweet victory for Temer. by maria carolina marcello BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's lower house of Congress on Wednesday approved the main text of a bill to relax the country's restrictive labour laws, a main plank of....

Trump gives Pentagon more flexibility on Iraq, Syria troops

WASHINGTON The White House is giving the Pentagon greater flexibility to determine the number of U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria, in another move by President Donald Trump to shift greater power to his military leaders. The decision will give Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to send more forces into Syria, to assist U.

Utah Rep. Chaffetz needs surgery, will be away for weeks

WASHINGTON Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz (CHAY’-fits) of Utah says he needs immediate foot surgery and will be out of Washington for three to four weeks, missing a key vote on a spending bill to keep the government open. Chaffetz, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, surprised the political....

Couple stole hundred-plus pieces of

LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C. -- Expecting a letter that didn't come or a package that was never delivered. If you live in Lancaster County, there may be a reason why. Sheriff's Deputies caught a couple with more than a hundred pieces of other people's mail stashed in their car.

Traffic 28 mins ago 10:05 p.m. $1.47 a gallon? SC group wants drivers to see tax-free gas prices

LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C. -- While Columbia tries to decide whether to raise the tax on gas, one group wants drivers to know how much it would cost to fill up tax-free. "We want to inform folks what they already pay and what politicians are trying to do to add to that costs," said David Schwartz, President of Freedom Action Network (FAN).

Foreign Banks Reduce Lending to U.K. Commercial Real Estate

North American banks cut new lending for U.K. commercial property by more than half last year as a market slowdown reduced the number of big deals being done. Banks focused more on refinancing existing loans than extending new credit, a trend that favored domestic firms, according to a survey of 77 lenders by De Montfort University.

Canada committed to Israel's security

Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister, Chrystia Freeland, reiterated Canada's commitment to fight anti-Semitism and to support Israel in a speech given this week at the World Jewish Congress’ Plenary Assembly in New York. Freeland pointed out that the Jewish people are the most likely religious group in Canada to be targeted for hate crimes.

Charleston Animal Society presents proposal on carriage horses

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The great debate on carriage horses will continue. The Charleston Animal Society made a presentation at the City of Charleston's Department of Livability & Tourism meeting on Wednesday. On paper, it appears no progress was made. All sides, however, seem to agree this meeting was not pointless.

Chaffetz to take leave from Congress for medical procedure

House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz announced Wednesday that he will take a leave of absence from Congress to undergo surgery on his foot, with an estimated return in mid-May. The Utah Republican posted a picture of an x-ray on Instagram and wrote that an injury he sustained 12 years ago on his....

Brazil lawmakers pass labor bill in bittersweet victory for Temer

BRASILIA Brazil's lower house of Congress on Wednesday approved the main text of a bill to relax the country's restrictive labor laws, a main plank of President Michel Temer's efforts to bolster investment and pull the economy out of its worst recession ever.

Chinese banks, brokers eye robo advice for edge on competition

HONG KONG China's wealth management industry is preparing for a boom in automated investment advice and trading programs, or "robo-advisors", as brokerages, banks and insurers look for a cheaper way to increase revenue from retail clients. Robo advice services barely existed in China before 2015, but they are expected to manage $27.
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