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Report Dated March 22, 2017 5:53 PM
Four Indian cities are among the cheapest to live in globally, while Singapore has been ranked as the most expensive for the fourth consecutive year, as per a report by Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
Bangalore (3rd place), Chennai (6th), Mumbai (7th) and New Delhi (10th) have been ranked by EIU among the 10 cheapest cities in the world.
Almaty has been ranked as the cheapest city in the world followed by Lagos. Karachi was placed 4th, Algiers (5th), Kiev (8th) and Bucharest (9th) rank.
Singapore retained its title as the world’s most expensive city for the fourth consecutive year, while Hong Kong remained second, closely followed by Zurich at the 3rd place, include Tokyo at 4th position, Osaka (5th), Seoul (6th), Geneva (7th), Paris (8th), New York (9th) and Copenhagen at 10th place.
Report Dated March 21, 2017 7:16 PM
The Supreme Court said on Tuesday that fresh attempts must be made by all parties to end the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute through negotiated settlement.
CJI J S Khehar also said he was ready to sit down as principal negotiator with the mediators chosen by parties to settle the disputes between Hindus and Muslims over the nearly century-old issue.
The CJI told BJP leader Subramanian Swamy that if the parties wanted any other sitting judge of SC as the principal negotiator, he was ready to make the judge available.
However, the bench stressed that both parties must adopt ‘give a bit and take a bit’ approach fora meaningful and sincere negotiations for settling the dispute.
The 3-judge bench headed by CJI Khehar said judicial orders can bind parties but such sensitive matters are best settled through negotiations. However Swamy contended that several such attempts had been made in the past and the time is now ripe for judicial intervention to settle the case.
The court asked Swamy to mention the matter again on March 31.
After the Allahabad HC verdict on the issue, appeals from both sides are pending in the Supreme Court for several years.
The Allahabad HC in its 2010 judgement ruled for a 3-way division of the disputed area.The majority of the three-judge bench directed that the disputed site of 2.77 acres be partitioned equally among three parties: Muslims, Hindus and Nirmohi Akhara (a Hindu group).
Report Dated March 19, 2017 7:05 PM
The marine engineer in India does not blame his grandfather for giving him the Iraqi dictator’s name 25 years ago.
But after being refused a job some 40-odd times, he has concluded employers are loath to hire him – even if his name is marginally different – spelt Hussain, not Hussein.
So he went to court to become Sajid. But the wheels of bureaucracy are turning slowly – and so is his search for a job.
It may never have opened many doors in India – and has raised eyebrows and grins elsewhere – but one thing was guaranteed: a name like Saddam Hussain was not likely to pass unnoticed.
Two years after graduating from Tamil Nadu’s Noorul Islam University, the man from Jamshedpur in Jharkhand is feeling the strain.
He did well at college, and his classmates have already found jobs, but shipping companies turn him away.
He says they fear complications from an encounter with immigration officials across international borders.
Saddam thought he might easily get around this obstacle, by getting a new passport, driving licence and more.
But his job applications are still not proceeding smoothly as he cannot provide proof, under his new name, that he went to school – and this is proving to be a time-consuming exercise.
Another court hearing beckons on 5 May, this time to force authorities to change the name on his secondary school certificates, after which his graduation papers will need amending.
Sajid is not alone in his plight – but he may feel more aggrieved than the numerous Saddam Husseins of Iraq, who feel cursed with a name that was originally given in tribute to a leader whose legacy is one of a brutal dictator.
Report Dated March 19, 2017 10:07 AM
The Madurai city police on arrested three teenagers in connection with the murder of K Nagaraj, a 17-year-old Class 12 student.
Nagaraj was stabbed to death when he prevented the trio from escaping with his smartphone.
The city police, who checked the footages from CCTV cameras in the area, zeroed in on the accused. Police sources said one of the accused was a Class 10 student, aged just 16. The other two, aged 17, were school dropouts. Police said all the three accused were from Ramarayamandapam in Madhichiyam police limit.
Nagaraj and his parents visited a relative’s house in Vandiyur and were returning home. While his parents reached home on a two-wheeler, the teenager took a share auto. He got down at St Mary’s Church and stared walking towards his home.
Police investigation revealed that the trio loitering in the East Veli Street found Nagaraj walking past them. They stopped him and asked him to hand over his phone to them to make a call. He told them that there was no sufficient balance to make calls. However, the trio convinced him that they would use a SIM card they were carrying and they wanted to make an emergency call.
Nagaraj gave the phone after removing his SIM card. Soon after getting the phone, the accused tried to walk away. When Nagaraj asked for the phone, they threatened him with dire consequences. Police said Nagaraj was in no mood to leave the place without his phone and tried to get it back. The 16-year-old boy took a knife and stabbed Nagaraj on his thigh.
As he screamed for help, the trio escaped from the place. Police said Nagaraj started to bleed profusely. However, he walked for a few metres and collapsed. He went unconscious due to the blood loss. A passerby stopped to attend him. He found Nagaraj’s SIM card next to him and used it to inform his parents.
Report Dated March 15, 2017 6:22 PM
For the third consecutive time, Hyderabad emerged as the Indian city with the best quality of living, according to Mercer’s Quality of Living rankings 2017. Globally, Vienna walked away with the honour, for the fourth time in a row.
Mercer, head-quartered in New York, is a global human resources consulting firm.
While Hyderabad maintained its ranking at the national-level, it slipped five notches lower since last year in the overall rankings. Yet, both Hyderabad and Pune stood higher on the charts than the country’s more “traditional business centres”, Mumbai and New Delhi, ranked at 154 and 161 respectively.
What worked in favour of Hyderabad, is its “relatively lower crime rate, lesser air pollution and improved options for international and reputable English speaking schools”.
Mercer’s survey, covering over 230 cities across the globe, is conducted annually to enable multinational companies and other employers compensate its employees fairly, while sending them on international assignments. “In comparison with other metros in the country, Hyderabad offers a cosmopolitan environment and a higher standard of living at more affordable rates. The city’s international schools also offer good-quality education at a cost that is only one-third of what is charged by schools in Mumbai and New Delhi,” said Padmaja Yalamanchi, president of Twin-Cities Expatriates Association (TEA). While the report applauded Hyderabad’s “efficient police force” and relatively better quality of air, it did indicate that the city fared poorly in civic amenities. The survey also revealed that Hyderabad ranks below major cities like Mumbai, Kolkata and Pune in terms of city infrastructure.