India plans to launch 30 satellites in next decade

India is mulling to launch at least 30 earth observation satellites in the next one decade, a senior official at the Department of Space (DoS) said on Tuesday. "We expect not less than 30 satellites," Director of the Hyderabad-based National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), under the DoS Dr V Jayaraman said. NRSC is responsible for remote sensing, satellite data acquisition and processing, data dissemination, aerial remote sensing and decision support for disaster management.

Two charged for murder of Indian student in Texas

United States authorities have filed capital murder charges against two men in the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old Indian student during a 20-second robbery ’blitz’ at a Pasadena convenience store in Texas on Christmas day. Daniel Jacob Stiner, 22, and Michael Ray Morris, 29, both from Pasadena, were charged in the death of Jayachandra Elaprolu, a computer engineer, who worked as a convenience store clerk. Elaprolu was living in the Seabrook area, working on a master’s degree in computer engineering at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, a relative said.

Patel inaugurates seaplane service

Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel yesterday inaugurated the country’s first seaplane service to improve connectivity and tourism in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal. “This is the first time seaplane operations are being introduced in India. The scheme (aims to give) impetus to the tourism infrastructure in the islands,” said an official statement. The service will be operationalised under a memorandum of understanding signed between the Andaman and Nicobar administration and Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd (PHHL). The service, which will be operated through a Cessna 208A that has a capacity of eight passengers and two pilots, will connect capital Port Blair with Havelock Island and subsequently other islands in the North Andamans to promote tourism. The statement added that seaplane operations will also be introduced in Lakshadweep, Goa and Orissa among other places, and that the government has allowed 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) in the sector.

Dubai police chief calls for expat quota system - paper (Comments)

DUBAI - Expatriates are a threat to the UAE’s national identity and the country should impose quotas on all nationalities to keep the population in check, Dubai’s police chief said in remarks published on Monday. “Today Emiratis are very concerned about their national identity, as the number of foreigners is rising rapidly and nationals are now a minority in their own country,” Lt General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim told local daily Khaleej Times.

Indian origin man charged with Britain terror plot

Nine people, including a man of Indian origin, have been charged with conspiracy to cause explosions and plotting terror attacks in Britain, a media report said Monday. The suspects, who were arrested a week ago during a series of dawn raids by police, will appear in a London court Monday, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Karnataka not in favour of single common entrance test

Karnataka Government today said it was not in favour of a single common entrance test (CET) at the state level for admission to professional courses, as it would not benefit the state students. The government had no objection to the existing system of CET conducted by the Karnataka Examination Authority and COMED-K, a consortium of private medical, engineering and dental colleges in the state, Higher Education Minister Dr V S Acharya told reporters here.

Brides abandoned by NRI husbands on rise

A velvet-bound album of wedding photographs and two unused train tickets for her honeymoon are the only remnants of Amanjyot Kaur’s marriage. One week after the grand wedding ceremony in a small village in the northern state of Punjab, Kaur’s husband, who lives in Montreal, Canada, returned home, promising to send his new wife documents she needed for a visa.

Saudi-made passenger car on the way

A Saudi university has signed a deal with a South Korean firm to produce passenger cars. The Korean company is investing $500mn in the project. Abdullah al-Othman, president of King Saud University, said the first car, a five-passenger model, is expected to roll out within two years.

All eyes on a Mangalore-bound ’terror’ ship

Intelligence agencies have sounded a terror alert against a Mangalore-bound ship which would be coming in from the United Arab Emitates via Pakistan. The Intelligence Bureau has stated that terrorists could be on board this ship and could infiltrate into Mangalore from where they may try and launch a terror attack in the country.

No New Year holiday for UAE public sector

Dubai: Humaid Mohammad Obaid Al Qutami, Minister of Education and Chairman of the Federal Authority for Human Resources, issued a circular to all ministries and federal government bodies regarding the New Year’s Day holidays.

Indian worker to be cremated in RAK

RAS AL KHAIMAH —The Ras Al Khaimah Public Prosecutor has ordered the cremation of the body of a 35-year-old Indian worker according to his religion, after keeping it for more than six months in the morgue at Seif Obaidullah Hospital in the emirate. The order followed a request by the RAK Police to bury the body of Falsiyu Salfani as his family in India informed the police that they had failed to raise money for the repatriation of the body. Salfani’s family had requested the authorities to help them cremate the body as per the belief of Hindu religion and to conduct the last rituals on their behalf.

Bird strike forces Saudi flight to return: paper

DUBAI - A Saudi Arabian Airlines flight with some 200 passengers on board had to make an emergency landing after one of its engines caught fire, Bahrain’s Gulf Daily News reported on Monday. The engine caught fire following a collision with a bird, forcing the Bahrain-bound flight to return to Medina, according to the newspaper.

Gas heater suffocates Jordan wedding night couple

AMMAN - A newly-wed Jordanian couple died from suffocation on Saturday after they left a gas heater turned on overnight, a security official said. "The newlyweds died from suffocation at dawn on Saturday after they inhaled carbon dioxide emitted from the gas heater in their room," in the northern province of Zarqa, said local civil defence chief Colonel Mohammed al-Malaba.

SBI plans 30 overseas offices

The State Bank of India is planning to open another 30 overseas offices in the next year to increase its global balance sheet size. “We plan to add about 30 more overseas offices in our network in the next 12 month,” a senior SBI official told PTI.

Abu Dhabi to make feature-length horror film: paper

DUBAI - An Abu Dhabi production company has brought in a Hollywood director to make the UAE’s first feature-length horror film, local daily The National reported on Friday. Imagenation, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Media Company (ADMC), said the film is entitled “The Jinn” and is based on the genie in Arab folklore of the same name, according the newspaper.

55 percent vote in Karnataka local bodies polls

Around 55 percent of the over 10 million electorate in 12 Karnataka districts voted Sunday in the first round of bitterly-fought elections to the local governing councils, an official said. "Around 55 percent voting has taken place according to preliminary information from districts," a spokesperson of the state election commission told IANS. Voting for 375 zilla (district) and 1,340 taluka (sub-district) panchayat seats was peaceful, though there were complaints of missing names, attempts at bogus voting, malfunctioning of electronic voting machines and distribution of money to voters, the spokesperson said.

Fog woes begin as over 100 flights hit in Delhi

Over 100 flights were delayed, diverted or cancelled due to dense fog at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, which witnessed its first major disruption this winter. Stranded passengers had to spend long hours at the airport as the domestic and international flights were delayed for upto five hours. The fog started to envelop the airport around 1900 hours on Saturday evening reducing visibility to zero and lasted for over 17 hours forcing the airport authorities to implement low visibility procedure. Thirty-eight domestic and international flights were cancelled while around 30 flights were delayed. 42 flights, including 14 international, had to be diverted Hyderabad, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Lucknow as the runway visibility dropped to less than 100 metres.

Indian student shot dead in store robbery in US

An Indian student of software engineering in Stratford University in Connecticut was gunned down by unidentified assailants in a grocery store in a suspected robbery case. A native of Hyderabad, Arun Kumar Narote, who was working as a part-time clerk at a grocery store in Bridgeport, was shot on Monday around 9:30 pm (local time). Police are investigating the case. According to police, two masked men walked in to the Norman Grocery Store on Monday night, robbed cash and shot Narote in the head. Though there were no signs of resistance on his part.

Murdered baby found in Dubai airport bathroom.

Suspect strangled her new-born child, which she gave birth to in the bathroom of Dubai airport. Dubai: Dubai Police are investigating a case, in cooperation with the Interpol, of a woman who strangled her new-born child and dumped the child in the airport’s bathroom. The suspect, who is from an African country, had strangled her newborn child, which she gave birth to in the bathroom of Dubai International Airport. She then dumped the child in the trash and boarded a plane back to her country, said police sources.

Byndoor Circle Inspector facing charges of hushing up murder case

UDUPI : It has come to light of late that GM Kantaraju, the present circle inspector of Byndoor had once earlier been suspended on the charges of hushing up a murder caseby selling the body of the dead to a medical college. An aggrieved person has decided tomove the court questioning the reappointment of Kantaraju.

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