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Election Commission to use Facebook to educate voters
Report dated 10/07/2013 @ 12:53 PM
The Indore Election Commission and district administration is going to use Facebook and other social networking sites under SVEEP, the Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation programme, to reach out to young voters and increase their voting percentage.
The CEO of Zila Panchayat Gopal Dad, the nodal officer of the programme, said the page on Facebook will contain all the necessary information about enrolling, list of centres etc, and anyone with a query can post on the page and expect a reply.
As of now Indore has some 6.5 lakh voters in the age group of 18-29 and some 45,000 new young voters have been added thus far this year.
Air Force officer dismissed over extra-marital affair
Report dated 10/07/2013 @ 12:52 PM
IAF flight lieutenant Ishant Sharma has been dismissed from service after he was indicted by a court of inquiry for having an affair with the wife of a fellow squadron leader V Nair who is an Su-30 MK1 pilot.
The woman Anandita Das, herself a squadron leader, committed suicide by hanging herself in her government accommodations last November in Jodhpur after an argument with her husband.
In the armed forces having an affair with a colleague's wife is considered a serious punishable offence.
Terror strikes hit Bodh Gaya temple in Bihar
Report dated 08/07/2013 @ 11:44 AM
Nine serial explosions hit the Mahabodhi Temple complex in Bodh Gaya, injuring two tourists, including a monk from Myanmar.
One of the blasts took place just under the enlightenment tree causing partial damage to the Buddha footprints on the premises. Four blasts went off inside the shrine premises and another three in the Tregar monastery that belongs to the Karmapa, the second most important spiritual leader. Two other bombs were defused.
Some information was received some months ago about a possible terror attack on the temple after which security was beefed up and extra forces deployed.
Police suspect the involvement of the Indian Mujahideen in the blasts and chief minister Nitish Kumar condemned the attacks and demanded deployment of the Central Industrial Security Forces to protect the world famous Buddhist shrine. The minister dismissed suggestions that there was a security lapse. He personally visited the temple and took stock of the situation at the blast sites.
70 % of urban Indian youth vulnerable to heart disease
Report dated 08/07/2013 @ 11:33 AM
According to a survey the lifestyle and habits of urban Indian professionals in their late twenties and early thirties shows that 70 percent of Indian youth run the risk of cardiovascular illness.
The India Today-Saffolalife Study conducted on 46,000 urban Indians says that 78 percent of those age between 30 and 34 run the risk of a heart attack.
No specific profession leads to a higher number of sufferers, but professionals who tend to sit for most of the time are more likely to suffer from the disease. Other unhealthy lifestyle practices also bring on the risks such as smoking, lack of physical exercise and alcohol intake, besides high cholesterol levels, diabetes and hypertension.
The disease that was earlier associated with older men is now becoming common among women. Some 8.6 million women die every year from heart attacks.
Telugu third most searched Indian language on Google
Report dated 08/07/2013 @ 11:31 AM
A comparison of search volumes of major Indian languages on Google Trends shows that worldwide search for Telugu ranks third, behind Hindi and Tamil, with a bulk of searches emanating from India.
In the US, home to the largest Indian population outside India, searches for Telugu and Tamil are nearly neck and neck. Over the 9 year period of the search volumes, an increase for the three languages is seen.
Filmmaker Dharma Teja attributed the language's increased popularity online to the Telugu diaspora and Telugu films and songs that are being enjoyed in many parts of the globe.
Telugu is the third most spoken language in India. Bengali is the second most spoken language.