Ever uttered the name of your city and thought of how unique and desi it sounds? But for all their feels, they happen to be not as unique as you'd want them to be. There happens to be a Delhi not located in India, along with many other such cities that share their names with us but are located in another part of the world. That takes 'a home away from home' to the next level.
Here a few cities that share their names with their counterparts abroad
Several committees were appointed by the Union Government post-independence to go into the feasibility of the project and all decided against it.
Vast numbers of Hindus celebrated on Wednesday the affirmation in an American science channel that Ram Setu, an undersea bridge between the Palk Bay and the Gulf of Mannar, is indeed man-made. The promo of the show called 'Ancient Land Bridge' received huge positive response from across the globe, more so in India, much before the actual show itself got aired Wednesday evening (India time), with Union Information and Broadcasting minister Smriti Irani retweeting the video with the caption, 'Jai Shri Ram'.
The US channel supports the theory that the bridge, also known as Adam's Bridge, is man-made based on the studies on the limestone shoals formation and also the findings from the study made by the scientists of the Indiana University Northwest, University of Colorado Boulder, and Southern Oregon University. “The sand bar (sea bed) may be natural but what is sitting on top of it is not”, said the narrator in the promo, while referring to the scientific findings that the rocks on top of the sand bar are 7,000 years old whereas the sand bar is only 4,000 years old.
And that means that the rocks had been brought by someone and placed on the sand bar for making the bridge - the Ram Setu of Ramayana.
Also, the US science channel affirmed what the protagonists of the Ram Setu in India have been claiming for centuries - that the limestone rocks did not belong to that sea area but were brought from elsewhere; in other words, their firm faith that the Hanuman Sena of Vanaras had lifted those rocks across from long distances for building the Setu to Lanka for Rama to rescue Sita from Ravana.
Ram Setu was threatened by an ambitious Rs 2,427-crore project, called the Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project (SSCP) launched by the BJP government of Atal Behari Vajpayee in 2002 and carried forward with ample budgetary allocations by the successor UPA-I regime led by the Congress party to satisfy a prime demand from its key ally, the DMK, whose nominee T. R. Baalu was made the Shipping Minister and consecutively the man in charge of the mega project of mega bucks. The DMK said the 150-year dream of the Tamils should be implemented.
The UPA Government had then sought to contest the petition filed in the Supreme Court by the Rameswaram Ram Setu protection committee by arguing that there was no evidence to show that Ram Setu was a place of worship - the DMK chief Karunanidhi had then remarked that Rama was just a mythological figure. That UPA affidavit was hastily withdrawn after a storm of protests from Hindus across the country.
The project aimed at cutting short the distance navigated by the ships sailing between the ports in the west and the east coasts of the country, and vice versa. It was first conceived by Commander AD Taylor in 1860 during the British era but given up as unfeasible - though the ships those days were much smaller and there were no Ram Setu pressures then.
Several committees were appointed by the Union Government post-independence to go into the feasibility of the project and all decided against it.
Simply stated, it was unthinkable that an undersea dredging would be feasible as sea currents would constantly shift the sand and it would need millions of dollars to maintain the depth of 12 metres and width of 300 metres across the 152-km Sethusamudram shipping channel to allow the passage of ships of 32,000 DWT and below. The call of the shipping industry is even greater now as the favoured size of merchant ships is over 60,000 DWT and much closer to 1,00,000 DWT.
The income tax department’s survey on bitcoin exchanges was undertaken to secure information about transactions, parties involved and bank accounts used
In a first, the income-tax department on Wednesday conducted surveys at bitcoin exchanges across the country.
A spokesperson for the department confirmed the development. Exchanges operating across the country, including those in Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad and Gurugram, were surveyed.
It was undertaken to secure information about transactions, parties involved and bank accounts used as part of the authority’s broader efforts to profile and scrutinize assessees who pose a risk of tax evasion. Income-tax surveys or visits to the premises of an assessee are meant to gather information or documents such as books of account and, in some cases, to verify cash or other valuables.
The move comes at a time the government is taking measures to reduce use of cash in the economy and to encourage digital transactions, which are easier for the tax authority to monitor as financial institutions like banks and broking houses are required to report those.
The government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) are not regulating cryptocurrency at the moment and the tax department wants to ensure gains from dealing in this instrument are not suppressed. One of the concerns of the central bank is that the anonymity surrounding the counter-party in virtual currency transactions may expose its users to unintentional involvement in money laundering or terror financing.
Repeated calls and messages sent to the top bitcoin exchanges and bitcoin firms including Zebpay, Coinsecure and Unocoin remained unanswered.
Sreekanth C.S., chief operating officer, Coinome, a BillDesk-backed cryptocurrency exchange launched in November this year, said he was not aware of any I-T department survey. “I am not very sure who the I-T department is targeting,” he said.
Created in 2009, bitcoin is the most popular cryptocurrency and has the largest market cap currently. According to coinmarketcap.com, the current marketcap of bitcoins stand at $287 billion. Bitcoin doesn’t have any underlying assets and derives value from use. On Wednesday, the bitcoin price crossed $17,000. In the last one year, price of bitcoin has increased over 21 times.
RBI cautioned the public on 5 December about the potential economic, financial, operational, legal, customer protection and security-related risks associated with dealing in virtual currency. The central bank said it has not given any “licence/authorization to any entity/company to operate such schemes or deal with bitcoin or any virtual currency”.
The finance ministry too set up a committee in April to review the global regulatory systems covering virtual currency and the steps India needed to undertake to protect consumers and prevent money laundering.
Gautam Nayak, a Mumbai-based chartered accountant, explained that income tax will have to be paid on any gains accruing from a cryptocurrency transaction. The tax department is likely to ask investors and traders if their virtual currency transactions were reported or not. “This could be for transactions up to March 2017. For the current financial year, one still has time to file the tax return,” Nayak said.
Indian team coach Ravi Shastri handed him his cap, before the ODI against Sri Lanka on Wednesday.
It was a proud moment for Washington Sundar who earned his maiden international cap, after he was picked in the eleven to face Sri Lanka in the second ODI being played at the PCA stadium at Mohali, Punjab.
The honours were done by the Indian team coach Ravi Shastri who handed him his cap, before the start of play on Wednesday.
Washington, aged 18 years and 69 days, has played 12 first class matches for Tamil Nadu and is the seventh youngest cricketer to make his debut for India.
The list is headed by Sachin Tendulkar who remains the youngest cricketer to play for India at 16 years and 238 days.
About a week ago, Washington was picked as a replacement for the injured Kedhar Jadhav in ODIs and now finds himself in the playing eleven in place of chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav.
"It has been my fourth day to be precise but I do not feel that I just became part of the team. I knew lot of players before, have played with Mahi bhai (Dhoni) in the IPL. I would definitely have to be ready to bowl 10 overs of off spin and contribute with the bat no matter what position the team is in," he had said earlier.
Washington has been rewarded for his creditable performances in the Indian Premier League playing for Rising Pune Supergiants and in domestic cricket.
He started his career as a batsman before becoming an off-spinner and represented India at the Under-19 World Cup last year.
As for his unique first name, his father M Sundar had told The Hindu, “I am a Hindu and come from a very humble family. Two streets away from my home in Triplicane lived an ex-army man called P.D. Washington. He was extremely fond of cricket and would come to watch us play at the Marina ground.”
Sundar said that he was poor and Washington would buy uniforms for his son, pay his school fee, take him to the ground on his cycle and constantly encourage him.
“I decided to name him Washington in memory of the man who had done so much for me. Had I had a second son, I would have called him Washington Jr,” Sundar said.
The Lankan Navy takes the fishermen to Kangesanthurai port in Rameshwaram along with five boats.
Rameswaram: Twenty-seven Tamil Nadu fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly fishing in their territorial waters early on Tuesday, an official said.
The fishermen from Jegadapattinam and Kottaipattinam in Pudukottai district were arrested off Neduntheevu by the Lankan Navy and taken to Kangesanthurai port in Rameshwaram along with five boats, Assistant Director of Fisheries department, Pudukottai, Kumaresan said.
In another incident, nearly 3,000 fishermen who had ventured into the sea on Monday evening in 500 boats from Rameshwaram were chased away by the Lankan Naval personnel while they were fishing near Katchatheevu islet, Rameswaram Fishermen Association President S Emerit said.
The Lankan Navy came to the spot and opened fire in the air to drive off the large group of fishermen before damaging their fishing equipment, he added.
The fishermen were forced to return to the shore without a catch, he said.
On December 2, 20 fishermen from Nagapattinam district were arrested by the Lankan Navy on charges of fishing off Neduntheevu.
At this themed restaurant, you can order food – Chinese and Thai dishes primarily – without interacting with a waiter. An i-Pad adorns
every table and an order can be made by the customer directly, which, in turn, lands on the system at the kitchen.
Once the chefs get it ready, a robot picks it up and delivers it straight to your table.
The lovebirds who have been dating together since 2013 are celebrating their big day at a luxury villa in Tuscany, Italy.
Mumbai: It’s official! What could be one of the most talked about marriages in the recent times, in connection with Indian star couples, has happened in Italy as Team India skipper Virat Kohli and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma tied the knot.
The wedding ceremony took place at Borgo Finocchieto, a countryside resort in Italy which also happens to be one of the most expensive holiday properties in the world.
The two shared photos of their social media channels with a message, reading: “Today we have promised each other to be bound in love forever. We are truly blessed to share the news with you. This beautiful day will be made more special with the love and support of our family of fans & well wishers. Thank you for being such an important part of our journey.”
As her condition deteriorated, she was admitted in hospital’s inpatient ward last week.
Chennai: In a shocking incident of negligence, a 16-year-old girl, who was suffering from kidney ailments, died as the Kancheepuram government hospital denied her an ambulance for more than 7 hours.
Sarika (16), a tenth standard student of a government school, was a regular patient at Kancheepuram government hospital who was undergoing dialysis every week.
As her condition deteriorated, she was admitted in hospital’s inpatient ward last week. On Sunday noon, her condition became critical and the doctors there referred her to Rajiv Gandhi government general hospital in Chennai. Though hospital has 2 ambulances, the absence of drivers on Sunday afternoon saw the ambulance service being reportedly denied to Sarika.
Her poor weaver father, Anandan, ran from post to pillar to get his daughter an ambulance but in vain. While Sarika was fighting for her life, other patients and relatives demanded immediate ambulance facility. But the hospital management remained unresponsive and they did not give a proper reply, alleged a relative.
Some contacted Kancheepuram district collector P. Ponnaiah and he assured an ambulance. After the collector talked to the management, the hospital provided an ambulance within 5 minutes at 7 pm. How could the hospital management arrange ambulance within minutes after the collector’s order, while Sarika was struggling for more than 7 hours, relatives asked. But Sarika died on the way to Chennai and this created tension among locals.
Ponnaiah assured that an enquiry would be conducted and actions would be taken against hospital management.
The magazine saluted the Kansas man as the ‘bargoer who stepped into the line of fire.
Houston: Time magazine has honoured Ian Grillot, the US national who took a bullet for an Indian while trying to intervene during a racially-motivated shooting in Kansas early this year.
Grillot’s name features in the magazine among “5 Heroes Who Gave Us Hope in 2017.”
Grillot, then 24, was injured when he tried to intervene in the shooting by a Navy veteran targeting Indians at a bar in Olathe, Kansas, in February.
Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32 , was killed in the shooting that also left his colleague Alok Madasani, critically injured.
“I wouldn’t have been able to live with myself if I didn’t do anything,” Grillot said in an article posted by Time on Thursday.
The magazine saluted the Kansas man as the “bargoer who stepped into the line of fire.”
“Without all the prayers and positive support from everybody, I wouldn’t be doing as well as I am right now. It has been a wonderful year and a blessing to be alive,” said Grillot.
Earlier in 2017, Grillot was honoured as ‘A True American Hero’ by the Indian-American community in Houston which raised USD 100,000 to help him buy a house in his hometown Kansas.
Grillot was watching a televised basketball game at the restaurant when a gunman approached Srinivas and Alok, both 32, and reportedly told them to “get out of my country.”
Grillot was shot in the chest in an attempt to keep the assailant from harming others.
Adam Purinton of Olathe has been charged with first- degree murder and attempted murder in the assaults.
Others saluted by Time included a chef who fed Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico, Houston neighbours who aided a woman having a baby in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and a California dog who refused to leave behind livestock he was guarding as wildfires raged.
At first glance, it was a stylish Mercedes A-Class, and no one had any reason to doubt that the new red car racing through the roads of Northern Kerala was anything else.
But it turns out to be a Maruti Baleno, a wannabe Mercedes, which was heavily modified to look like the luxury car.
The Regional Transport Officer (RTO) of Tirur in Malappuram District has confiscated the car in question which was illegally modified.
According to authorities the original owner of the car had modified it, replaced the bumper, with a Mercedes Diamond grille, alloy wheels, head and tail lamps and sporty air vents and logo to the point that even Mercedes dealers found it difficult to identify it as an imposture.
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