Hyderabad: The hunt for the kidnapper Ravishekhar, 47, who had abducted B Pharmacy student Soni, on Tuesday under Hayathnagar Police Station limits is still on the lookout by the Rachakonda Police. The teams which were formed to nab him and trace the victim are searching for them in three states including Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. According to senior officials of Rachakonda Police, the accused was reportedly moving from one place to other in the car by changing the number plates. Police found that after abducting Soni, he moved towards Vijayawada and later, his movements were reportedly traced in Kurnool and Kadapa. As the accused was continuously moving by placing fake number plates to the car, identifying the movements of the kidnapper turned difficult to the police. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Meanwhile, the Hayathnagar Police on Sunday have announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for tracing out the abducted 21-year-old woman and also for providing information about the kidnapper. They said that the informer’s name will be kept secret. They have appealed the public to share the information of the kidnapper on mobile numbers -9490617161 (Hayathanagar Inspector), 9494721100 ( Rachakonda Police Control Room) and 9490617111 ( Rachakonda Police Commissionerate WhatsApp). Earlier, the accused kidnapped Soni on the pretext of providing her a job. He introduced himself as a doctor and said his name was Sridhar Reddy. The victim’s father Yadaiah, who runs a small hotel at Bonguluru, had lodged a complaint in Hayathnagar police station.
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday summoned India’s Deputy High Commissioner and condemned the alleged “unprovoked ceasefire violations” by Indian troops across the Line of Control which resulted in the death a woman. Director General (South Asia and SAARC) Mohammad Faisal, who is also the foreign ministry spokesman, summoned Gaurav Ahluwalia and “condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian forces along the Line of Control,” the Foreign Office (FO) said in a statement. Also Read – UK, EU Brexit teams to meet twice-weekly in September Advertise With Us On Sunday, firing in the Nezapir Sector, killed the woman in Mandhar village and injured three others. On the same day, another civilian was injured due to firing in the Kailer Sector along the LoC, it said. Faisal said that the Indian forces along the LoC and the Working boundary are “continuously targeting civilian populated areas with heavy weapons.” Also Read – Climate change: Australia downgrades outlook for Great Barrier Reef to ‘very poor’ Advertise With Us “This unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India is continuing from the year 2017 when the Indian forces committed 1970 ceasefire violation,” it alleged. “The ceasefire violations by India are a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation,” the statement said. Faisal urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 Ceasefire arrangement; investigate this and other incidents of ceasefire violations; instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC and the Working Boundary.
Unnao, Aug 13 (IANS) A BJP leader and two others were on Tuesday injured in a blast which took place after a gas cylinder was thrown off a truck as it caught fire here in Uttar Pradesh. According to reports, BJP district President Shrikant Gautam and two others were going to Lucknow to attend a meeting when they stopped at a roadside eatery. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us They were injured after an explosion took place when the truck driver threw the gas cylinder which had caught fire from his parked vehicle. The injured have been admitted to the Trauma Centre in the King George’s Medical University (KGMU) where their condition was said to be stable. Witnesses said that pieces of the gas cylinder had pierced into the face and neck of the victims.
The Windows 8 update, which Microsoft hopes will address complaints and confusions on its current Operating System (OS), will be unveiled on 26 June and freely available to Windows 8 users later this year. This announcement of the new update was made by Tami Reller, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Windows, at the JP Morgan Technology, Media and Telecom Conference in Boston.Windows 8, designed for both touch screen tablets and traditional PCs, had a ’tile’ based interface that was preferred specifically by touch screen users. The OS did not go down well with many mouse and keyboard users who said it was too confusing.The first three months of the year had seen a plunge in sales of Windows 8 OS (almost fourteen percent) according to Data Corp. Microsoft usually registered high sales with the launch of new version of Windows. The popularity of tablets and smartphones coupled with confusing features of Windows 8 was cited as the major reasons behind it. The current update is aimed at winning over the tablet users and also pacifies the PC customers offended by the confusing Windows 8. The much awaited Windows 8 update, Windows 8.1, which was previously dubbed ‘Windows Blue’ will sport the good old ‘start button’ again. And the best part, Windows is planning for frequent updates as well.Microsoft said that the Windows 8.1 update will have the button in the bottom left corner of the screen. The button will perform ‘Start’ functions, but will not be labelled the same like the old OS versions. It will feature the Windows logo and will lead users directly to the grid of applications.Other features of Windows 8.1 update are:The Improvised ‘Search button’, which enable users to search for documents, apps, and items on the internet from a single search barAll applications could be viewed immediately in a grid by swiping down or clicking a button-on-screen, quite functional for unfamiliar users who could get to the app of their choice in a jiffy.Users can customize the screen by changing size of app icons, displaying only certain apps and for the first time ever, open two windows simultaneously.The update will sport Microsoft’s most recent browser, Internet Explorer 11, and will let users restore address bar and tabs to the display.Even though users are not required to revert to the old desktop view to alter default settings, they would need to do so in order to use Word or Excel and other programs which are not redesigned to suit Windows 8.Below is a video showing the Windows 8.1 free update shared by IGN News:
Vodafone India will offer its subscribers free access to the micro-blogging site Twitter for three months.The telecom operator has teamed up with Twitter to penetrate mobile Internet user base in India.Both post-paid and pre-paid subscribers can enjoy tweeting without any 2G data charges for three months. However, Blackberry smartphone users cannot access the Twitter scheme.The scheme in turn is speculated to attract data charges as the user is expected to get hooked on to Twitter or the Android app.”Vodafone India has always been at the forefront of providing innovative and user-friendly mobile internet experience for its customers in India. Our partnership with Twitter and this offering is yet another step in our ongoing endeavour to make mobile internet more fun, smart, engaging and easy,” Vodafone India chief commercial officer Vivek Mathur told Afaqs!All Vodafone subscribers need to set the APN to ‘www’ in their data setting section of the phone to get free access.It has been months since telecom operators, including Airtel, Vodafone and Reliance, have launched a price war in their data services. Airtel slashed 2G prices by 90 percent and Vodafone cut down on its 2G data prices by 80 percent. Idea and Reliance followed with similar schemes to gain subscribers.The social networking site has not partnered with a telecom company for the first time. In fact, Reliance beat Vodafone in the three month initiative. In March, RCom came out with the ‘Reliance Twitter Access Pack’, where it offered free Twitter access to GSM customers.However, Vodafone India is the first to bring out ‘Twitter for Android app’ to the market.
This year, a record number of women have entered the global billionaire community and Forbes released the names of 172 women who have made it io 28th annual billionaires list on Monday.Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, 44, the first woman to serve on the social networking giant’s board, is one among the 10 percent of women who have entered the super rich club. Sheryl Sandberg. (Reuters)Sandberg’s fortune saw a sudden increase last year after she was hired by Facebook and her more than 12 million shares in the company jumped 130 percent last year, according to the reports.Sandberg, who is worth approximately $1.05 billion, also gained popularity with “Lean In,” a book advocating women to put more energy into their careers, and how to succeed in the male-dominated corporate sector.Sandberg is one among the 32 self-made billionaires on the list, which include Sara Blakely, owner of Spanx, an undergarment company, Tory Burch, fashion designer, and Oprah Winfrey, media mogul and talk show host.Interestingly, only one woman, Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett Packard, accomplished the task of increasing her fortunes as a hired hand, according to Forbes.The others inherited their fortune from either parents or husbands.Newbies on the list include Folorunsho Alakija, who became Nigeria’s first female billionaire after finding success with her oil business. Today, the 63-year-old is worth $2.5 billion.”My entry into this oil business was God’s own way of leading me down a particular path,” Alakija said, according to Forbes.English businesswoman Denise Coates, 46, who started the online betting firm Bet365, is worth $1.6billion, and her fortune comes from her stake in the company. Coates is known for her love to stay under the radar even though the company, of which she is a joint CEO with her brother John, has been flourishing over the years. Denise Coates. (Reuters)”I really don’t enjoy the attention,” Coates said in 2012 during an interview with The Guardian. “The public side does not come naturally to me. I’m not saying I’m a shrinking violet. I’m not. I’ve been bossy all my life. It’s just I very much enjoy actually running the business.”Meanwhile, Estee Lauder’s grand daughters – Jane Lauder (aged 41, worth 1.15 billion) and Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer (aged 44, worth $1.1 billion) are also new additions to the list. A transfer of shares in the cosmetic empire helped them gain an entrance into the super-rich club.The duo has been working in the company which their grandmother launched in 1946 since their college days. Zinterhofer is the image and style director at her family’s conglomerate and in April, Jane will head Clinique, a skin-care line, under the Estée Lauder umbrella, Forbes reported.
Tata Sons and Singapore partnership airline, Vistara, received its flying permit from the directorate general of civil aviation, DGCA, on Monday, allowing it to start operations. ReutersDetails about routes, sales and schedules will soon be available, according to a company statement.Vistara chief executive Phee Teik Yeoh said that the Ministry of Civil Aviation was supportive and gave helpful guidance to the full service airline.The airline possesses two leased Airbus A-320s, with a third expected to join in March 2015.Tata Sons owns 51% stake in the partnership with the balance held by Singapore Airlines. ReutersPlans for operation include 87 flights with five Airbus A-320s in the first year of operation and to scale up to 301 flights by the fourth year of operation, reports Businessworld.Given the issues faced by the industry and the no-frills airlines finding it hard to keep flying, a deep commitment by the partners and the fall in crude prices will benefit the full service airline.Vistara will be the third full service airlines after Air India and Jet to fly the skies of India.
Speaking on the sidelines of the event, Khuloud Salim Al Junaibi, General Manager of The Flag Island said, “The festival will give a true insight into a vast range of cultural arts from Russia and Kazakhstan. It will also showcase vivid and vibrant performances that’ll emphasise the ultimate goal of The Flag Island, of bringing people of different international communities together”.She further said, “The atmosphere at the island makes it the perfect venue for such high energy cultural performances. We look forward to welcoming audiences from across the UAE, for what promises to be an enjoyable two-day event.”The Russian word “Kalinka” is a popular world symbolising national culture and through the festival, organisers are striving to uphold and showcase the values of tolerance, friendship and love for arts, in Sharjah.The Flag Island will also turn off all its light between 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm on 30 March, in solidarity with millions across the world who are fighting against climate change, in what has become known as Earth Hour.The Flag Island aims to present healthy and fun activities throughout the year, turning the place into an exciting touristic destination. The Kalinka festival being held at the destination, gives visitors an opportunity to engage with a different ensemble of cultures, that everyone can attend and enjoy, at no extra cost.About the Flag IslandFlag Island is a prominent national monument in Sharjah. The island was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council Ruler of Sharjah, in 2012. The destination offers an array of sports and social attractions for the emirate’s residents and visitors. It serves as a venue for national and religious occasions and celebrations throughout the year. The festival will give a true insight into a vast range of cultural arts from Russia and Kazakhstan.The Flag Island, Sharjah’s leisure, tourist and family destination, is to host the International Festival ‘Kalinka’. The 2-day festival on 29, 30th March, will be showing spectacular cross-cultural performances as Russia and Kazakhstan combine their talents in a dazzling display of music and dance at the Flag Island’s amphitheatre, from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm.The Flag Island will be providing families, children and audiences of all age groups, with a full spectrum of Eastern Europe’s most authentic styles and genres. The Festival Committee collaborates with local artists from Russian and Kazakhstan, both children and adults, aiming to encourage cross-cultural exchanges and forge new professional pathways.The repertoire of participants at the festival includes ‘Sozvezdie Sharma’ who have produced more than 200 dance shows and 6 musical performances internationally. Chorus ‘Kotem’ is another well-reputed ensemble in Kazakhstan and other artists include dance and folklore Russian troupes like Vaselinka and Kupavy. Yakutians from the city of Yakutsk in the Republic of Sakha, in the far north of the Russian Federation, are also one of the highlights of the festival.
The Indian civil aviation industry has finally found some tailwind.While SpiceJet on Wednesday received necessary approvals from the civil aviation ministry to continue operating under the new management led by Ajay Singh, Air India has decided to sell some of its real-estate to reduce debt. Air IndiaThe state-run carrier has decided to sell real-estate assets to bring down its outstanding debt, estimated at ₹40,000 crore. Representational ImageReutersInterest payments on loans taken for buying aircraft stood at ₹3,800 crore. Losses suffered for the previous year amount to ₹36,000 crore.Ever since the 2007 merger with Indian Airlines, Air India has never turned a profit. AI flies a combined fleet of both Boeing and Airbus planes, considered neither efficient nor an industry practice.Filing for major orders in 2005 and 2006 has seen its debt grow disproportionate to its scale of operations, and today it has one of the most-skewed staff-to-aircraft ratio.Currently, AI’s fleet stands at 108 planes, comprising Boeing and Airbus planes, with about 23,500 employees on the rolls.In 2012, the airline received a ₹30,000 crore bailout from the government, which mandated the airline to meet stiff targets on cost, revenue and traffic, if it wants to continuing receiving funds every year, till 2020.To cut costs, AI has resorted to large-scale fuel hedging, taking advantage of the fall in crude prices. Besides, it plans to rationalise manpower ratio to 100 per aircraft, currently at 218, read LiveMint.Sources say that AI could lease turbo-prop airlines manufactured by Avions de Transport Regional GIE for regional routes, given the cost of flying a turbo-prop is significantly less than one powered by a jet engine.SpiceJetSpiceJet shares jumped 6.6% on Thursday, a day after the civil aviation ministry granted initial approval to the revival plan submitted by Ajay Singh, on condition that no foreign airline money is involved.The new owners may acquire 58% stake in the airline, though no word has been forthcoming on the open offer exemption.The ministry asked the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to lift the curbs imposed on the SpiceJet. This frees up the airline to take advance bookings for as late as 24 October 2015. The clause allows the airline to generate significant working capital, which could support the ₹1,500 crore to be infused in three instalments by the new management, spread over three months.Previously, SpiceJet had been limited to take bookings only up to 31 March. SpiceJet plans to re-induct staff it had laid-off; currently the airline describes them as being on ‘furlough.’Aircraft lessors have clamoured for planes to be returned for non-payment of dues. However, the new management wants to boost its fleet of 19 Boeing aircraft to 26, on taking full control and has started discussion with the concerned lessors, read Moneycontrol.On Thursday, SpiceJet share closed at ₹22.10, up ₹1.00, or 4.74% from its previous close.
Indian benchmark index rallied more than 1400 points in four straight sessions in the week ended Friday (May 27). The trend was aided by a slew of positive news, ranging from strong corporate earnings, high possibility of a good monsoon as predicted by private weather forecaster Skymet to hopes of more reforms including the passage of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill as said by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an interview.The next week market movements will be influenced mainly by two external factors â€“ the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) meeting scheduled for next Thursday to discuss freezing crude oil output and reaction of Asian stock markets to US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s remark that interest rate hike is “probably appropriate.””It’s appropriate, and I’ve said this in the past, I think for the Fed to gradually and cautiously increase our overnight interest rate over time and probably in the coming months, such a move would be appropriate,” Yellen said at the Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study on Friday, reported CNBC. These two, along with the fuel price review is due at the end of the month, would be key events to watch next week, brokerage BP Equities Pvt. Limited said in a note on Saturday.The week ended Friday (May 27) was marked by bullish sentiments for most part of the week barring Monday when the Sensex fell 71 points.On Friday, the Sensex gained 287 points, marking the fourth straight day of bullish sentiments.Over the week, global cues, upbeat corporate earnings by Larsen & Toubro, Tech Mahindra and ITC gained on the BSE on the back of upbeat Q4 and full-year earnings. The State Bank of India gained despite reporting a 66 percent fall in March quarter net profit as fewer of its loans turned bad as was initially expected.The buoyancy reflected in equity purchases by foreign portfolio investors (FPIs/FIIs) during the week. They were net buyers of Indian stocks worth Rs. 675 crore, according to provisional data published by the National Stock Exchange. Domestic institutional investors bought equities worth Rs. 1,913 crore on net basis during the week.