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Britain's oldest man is a Christmas loving NRI
Report dated 21/12/2014 @ 8:19 PM
Nazer Singh, 110, who was born in Punjab had not heard of Christmas until he moved to England in 1965.
An ex-labourer, Singh lives with his 61-year-old son Chain in Sunderland. He is planning to celebrate his Christmas this year with family, but he won't be seeing all his 9 children, 34 grandchildren and 63 great-grandchildren. Son Chain said they always give Singh warm clothes and whisky on the occasion.
Singh who is Britain's oldest man is the 3rd oldest man in the world after two 111-year old Japanese men.
Ex-Indian Dy. CG Devyani Khobragade stripped of her duties
Report dated 21/12/2014 @ 8:13 PM
Diplomat Devyani Khobagade who hit the headlines when as India's Deputy Consul General in New York she was arrested by the State Department and taken into custody before being released on a $250,000 bond after pleading not guilty, has now been stripped by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs of her duties as Director in the Development Partnership Division, for making unauthorised statements in the media.
Khobragade has been placed under a 'Compulsory Wait'.
It is understood that a departmental inquiry into Khobragade acquiring US passports for her children without informing the ministry has been concluded and her actions were found to have violated conduct rules.
During the incident in America she was subjected to a humiliating strip search, was swabbed for DNA and kept in a cell with drug addicts after her arrest, before she was released on bail the same day. The incident caused a great deal of controversy between India and the US.
Khobragade said she will not resign and justified talking to the media, saying this was under the ambit of her service rules that provided for them as long as they were 'personal views'.
Conversion to Islam just for marriage invalid
Report dated 20/12/2014 @ 12:45 PM
In the course of dismissing a batch of petitions filed by five couples who sought protection as a married couple, the Allahabad high court ruled that the religious conversion of girls 'without their faith and belief in Islam and solely for the purpose of marriage to Muslim men can not be held valid'.
In each case the men were Muslim while the women were Hindus who converted to Islam in order to solemnise the "nikah".
The judge quoted a Supreme Court order dated 2000 where it was ruled that "conversion of religion of a non-Muslim without any real change of belief in Islam and only for the purpose of marriage is void".
Politicians fly high on private chartered planes !
Report dated 20/12/2014 @ 12:40 PM
Brazenly flouting Election Commission (EC) rules prominent politicians and their families frequently use private and chartered aircraft owned by corporate houses to fly around the country.
The fact was revealed in a Cobrapost investigation that was culled from RTIs from airports under the Airports Authority of India.
The report listed these most prominent frequent flyers including Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Congress VP Rahul Gandhi, BJP president Rajnath Singh, BJP veteran LK Advani, NCP boss Sharad Pawar and foreign minister Sushma Swaraj, among scores of others that include state party politicians CMs, MPs, and MLAs.
It was also found that over 100 politicians used private planes and the list was endless with netas from every state in every party using the disallowed facility, despite air charter companies declaring running losses as learned from the Registrar of Companies data that showed that Charter companies who filed balance sheets claimed they were running huge losses.
India’s most advanced rocket successfully test fired
Report dated 19/12/2014 @ 4:17 PM
The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has successfully conducted an experimental test-flight of GSLV MK III carrying an unmanned crew module to be used in future manned space missions.
The rocket soared from the launch pad after a 24-hour countdown and the crew module separated from the rocket then re-entered earth's atmosphere at 80 km. It then followed an uncontrolled trajectory into the Bay of Bengal some 180 km off the Andaman Nicobar Islands. The flight also tested the parachute deployment system of the crew module that has to work in a cluster formation to slow down the module and reduce atmospheric friction and thermal corrosion during its free fall back to the surface.
Chairman K Radhakrishnan said the performance of solid and liquid propulsion stages happened as expected and the crew module was plunged into the sea. The next developmental flight will be done in the next two years.
GSLV Mark III is Isro's most advanced launch vehicle capable of injecting heavier satellites like the GSAT 19e.