NEW DELHI: The government has said that it has no plans to reverse the decision on providing quota to Dalits and OBCs even as the Opposition claimed that steps have been taken by the Centre to disband the OBC Commission. The issue led to chaos in the Rajya Sabha on Friday with Samajwadi Party members rushing into the Well of the House raising anti-government slogans. SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav said the government, rather than giving Constitutional status to the OBC Commission which was created ...
WITH hindsight Shawki Hayel, Yemen’s most successful industrialist, made a mistake putting his food-processing plant in his hometown of Taiz. The town straddles the front line where northern Houthi rebels are fighting the Saudi-backed government in the south and the war has been harshest. Imports of flour for his biscuits are haphazard because of a Saudi-led blockade at Hodeida, the country’s largest commercial port. Warlords on the road in between erect checkpoints to rob travellers and mer...
NEW DELHI: India’s request for extradition of liquor baron Vijay Mallya for defaulting on multi-crore bank loans here has entered UK’s legal system and is awaiting a district court’s approval for issuance of his arrest warrant. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Friday that the extradition request has been approved by the UK’s Secretary of State. India had handed over a formal extradition request on Feb 8. “The UK Home Office, London vide their Note Ve...
A former Social Security Administration judge in Alabama is looking at a year behind bars after he was found guilty of receiving sex in exchange for providing government benefits. Paul Stribling Conger Jr. was 69 when the incident occurred in 2013 that he has since pled guilty to. Court records show that a woman came to Conger claiming she had not received retroactive Social Security benefits amounting to $10,000. The woman, identified only by her initials T.M., then engaged in several sex acts...
NEW DELHI: In what could be termed as a blame game, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad on Friday submitted a complaint against Air India before the Delhi Police alleging that he was pushed and yelled on.    In his complaint, Gaikwad, who allegedly manhandled Air India staffer, said he was made to travel by Air India on economy class even as he had business class ticket. According to reports, after filing the report, the MP reportedly took a train back to Delhi, as most of the airlines...
Plantain is the food of the gods. Plantain is really amazing and it just has so many endless possibilities. It’s also super delicious and whether you’re eating it alone or in addition to another meal, you’re sure to be delighted. Here are 10 pictures of plantain in all its various forms.  1. Fried Plantain Image: Oya Come Chop   2. Plantain Pottage Image- Dooney’s kitchen   3. Boiled plantain Image- Dobby’sSignature   4. Plantain chips Image: ServeP...
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MUMBAI: Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) continue its strike due to not receiving a certified copy of the Bombay High Court order. Earlier on Thursday, the association had asserted that the doctors on strike were ready to join back work after the High Court assured to provide armed police personnel for their security. "The court has requested the doctors to join back to services and simultaneously, directed the state government to allow only one attendant of the patient ...
LUCKNOW: The sudden crackdown of BJP government on illegal slaughterhouses and butcher shops had two unsuspecting victims  — the iconic Tunday Kababi and felines of Lucknow zoo. Both had to make do with chicken in absence of buffalo meat. While Tunday shop in old city area sold chicken kebabs for the first time in its 120 years history, Lucknow zoo’s tigers and lions had to consume white meat to kill hunger pangs. “Our poor tigers and lions have gone virtually vegetarian,...
Royal Jordanian took to Twitter to encourage travelers to book more U.S. trips in case further restrictions are imposed. Pictured is a Royal Jordanian jet. John Taggart / FlickrSkift Take: Middle East carriers stand in opposition to the U.S. laptop ban but they're also making it an opportunity to highlight their superior in-flight experiences even if laptops aren't part of them. — Dan PeltierJordan’s national airline has taken up rhyming to cheer up customers following the new...
CHANDIGARH: As there is no conflict of interest cricketer-turn-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu who is Punjab Local Bodies, Tourism, Cultural Affairs, Archives and Museums Minister can carry on doing his television shows states the report of Punjab Advocate General submitted  to Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh. In his legal opinion, AG Atul Nanda has clarified that there is no conflict of interest in Navjot Sidhu continuing with the work on TV while simultaneously carrying on his r...
WHEN its tanks rolled into Bangkok in 2014—ousting an elected government that had been paralysed by protests—Thailand’s ruling junta promised that democracy would be back in a jiffy. Three years on, there is still no sign of the promised polls. Instead, in mid-March, the generals treated diplomats and foreign journalists to a briefing on their “20-Year National Strategy”, a programme which, they insist, all future governments will be legally obliged to follow. It is only the latest ind...
NEW DELHI: All centrally-funded technical institutions including the prestigious IITs have been asked by the HRD Ministry to close down the branches and courses which have got less takers in past three years. The ministry has also asked the institutions to introduce new courses and disciplines after analysing market opportunity, employability and requirement of higher education. This information was shared by Minister of State for HRD, Mahendra Nath Pandey in response to a written question in t...
AS A teenager, Travis Kalanick’s first job was to knock on strangers’ doors and sell them knives. Now he is trying to dodge the daggers aimed at him and at Uber, a ride-hailing firm that is the world’s most valuable startup. On March 19th Jeff Jones, the company’s president, stepped down after six months, declaring that “the beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber.” At least six key executives and high-ran...
Time for a clean-upMORE than 75 people have been killed, and more than 100,000 left homeless, as Peru’s coast has been battered by the strongest rains seen in decades. Millions are without running water; more than 2,000km of roads and at least 175 bridges have been destroyed. The devastation has been caused by a “coastal El Niño”, a localised version of the global El Niño weather cycle that brings warm currents from Australia to the Pacific coast of the Americas. Peru had been braced for...
The long-awaited branding decision has been made, and as expected, Alaska will be retiring the Virgin America brand in the next couple of years. I had the chance to speak with Alaska’s Chief Commercial Officer and EVP Andrew Harrison as well as VP of Marketing Sangita Woerner yesterday about the changes that come along with this decision. The airline has made a conscious move to chart its own course with an old-school strategy and buck competitive trends, especially in the transcon marke...
U.S. President Donald Trump and House of Representatives leaders pushed on Wednesday for votes for their plan to overhaul Obamacare and said they were making progress in their efforts to win over conservative Republicans who have demanded changes to the legislation. With a vote on the bill possible as soon as Thursday, members of the House Freedom Caucus, a conservative Republican faction, said they had been negotiating alterations to the plan with the White House. Much of the discussion hinged ...
An Android Wear watch app from Domino's that allows customers to track the progress of their delivery. Domino'sSkift Take: Domino's most impressive achievement was innovating at a point where many other companies simply whither away — despite their size. — Kristen Hawley Editor’s Note: In September we announced that Skift was expanding into food and drink with the addition of the Chefs+Tech weekly newsletter. We see this as a natural expansion of the Skift umbrella, bringi...
 Amazon has postponed its much-anticipated entry into Southeast Asia. The company initially planned to launch local e-commerce services in Singapore during the first quarter of this year, as we reported in November, but two sources with knowledge of the plans told TechCrunch that the schedule has slipped to “later this year”. Amazon did not respond to multiple requests for… Read More