PO loses passport, blames applicant

What made matters worse for him was that the postman refused to accept responsibility and tried to put the blame on the resident himself. Subhash K (name changed), 24, had applied for a passport at the Passport Seva Kendra. When the passport was despatched to him, he received an SMS informing him on its arrival, along with the tracking number of the post.

Murli Deora signals no hike in diesel prices

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India will not increase in diesel prices for now, the oil minister signalled on Wednesday, as the government walks a tightrope between reducing the burden of subsidies and tackling public anger over inflation. Last week, India deferred a ministerial panel meeting to discuss a possible increase in diesel and cooking gas prices. While oil companies in India can set petrol prices, diesel and cooking fuel are fixed by the state.

Two Britons detained in Philippines over job scam.

MANILA - Two British men have been detained in the Philippines and could face long jail sentences for allegedly running a scam offering Filipinos non-existent jobs abroad, legal officials said Wednesday. The two took 1.75 million pesos (40,000 dollars) in fees from 12 Filipinos in exchange for getting them work in Britain but failed to deliver, said Kenneth Dasal, legal officer of the Manila suburb where they are being charged. "They were caught by a police investigator posing as a job-seeker in a ’sting’ operation," Dasal told AFP.

MIT to raise the bar for engg: Cherukara

MANIPAL: The three-day conference on Advances in Mechanical Engineering-2011 began at the Manipal Institute of Technology here on Monday. The conference coincides with the 50th anniversary of the department of mechanical and manufacturing engineering, which is organizing the event. An alumnus of the 1985 batch, Thomas J Cherukara, director,

Reliance executive killed by girlfriend’s brother

NEW DELHI: A young Reliance executive paid with his life on New Year day here for his relationship with a woman when her brother, who was against the affair, and his four friends allegedly burnt him to death, according to police. All the five, aged between 19 and 24 years, were arrested recently for the murder of Vaibhav Mishra (28), Territorial Manager with Reliance Communications, within 30 minutes into the New Year.

Israeli ’spy’ vulture caught in Saudi Arabia

Manama: Saudi nationals have seized a vulture wearing a Tel Aviv University tag and a transmitter, prompting speculations that it was used by Mossad, the Israeli spying agency, to gather intelligence on the area. Reports this week said that a vulture was seized near Hail in the northern part of the country and that it was wounded.

2 more Hero Group staff involved in Citi fraud

New Delhi: Hero Corporate Service on Wednesday said it has identified two more employees who could have colluded with its former associate vice-president Sanjay Gupta and Citibank employees in the Rs 300-crore fraud. "Following an initial internal enquiry, two employees - Ganpat Singh and Gaurav Jain - working in the accounts department have also been identified to have been in possible collusion with Sanjay Gupta and Citibank employees," Hero Corporate Service said in statement. They have been sent on leave with immediate effect by the company, it added.

BJP bests Congress, JD-S in Karnataka district polls

Karnataka’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday captured power in 12 of the 30 zila (district) and 68 of the 176 taluka (sub-district) panchayats, far below its ambition of sweeping the year-end polls to the local governing councils.

Air crashes kill 828 people in 2010

The global death toll from air crashes rose by 13% to 828 last year, as the airline industry’s improving reputation for safety suffered a "disappointing" year. Incidents in the Middle East, India and Pakistan accounted for more than six out of 10 aviation deaths last year, as the fatal accident rate worsened from one per 1.5m flights in 2009 - the industry’s safest year - to one in every 1.3m flights in 2010. The Ascend consultancy, which produced the figures, said the industry had endured a "poor" year with aircraft insurance claims reaching their highest total of $1.1bn (£700m).

Europe’s new king of high-speed train travel

Spain hurtled past France as Europe’s high speed rail leader last month when it opened a 6.6-billion-euro line from Madrid to Valencia, banking on a boost to the economy.

US Army soldiers receive awards from Kuwaiti Army

KUWAIT: A Kuwaiti general, Kuwaiti soldiers and 201st soldiers, Staff Sgt. Robert Cooke, Spc. Colin Smith, and Spc. Lance Dicken were recognized for conducting a weapons maintenance class for the 94thMechanized Infantry Brigade, commonly referred to as the Al-Yarmouk Brigade, according to a report published on the website Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System.

Indians top list of non-Arab foreigners living in Kuwait

The Sri Lankan community is the second largest, with an estimated population of 84,000 Manama: Indians top the list of non-Arab foreigners living in Kuwait, official statistics indicate. According to Immigration General Administration figures, around 600,000 Indians lived in Kuwait on November 30, 2009.

BJP takes early lead in Karnataka Panchayat polls

Karnataka’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday took early leads in polls to the local governing councils, the winning of which is crucial for Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to stay in office. Of the 30 zila (district) panchayats, the BJP was leading in 14, the Congress in seven and the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) in four - after two hours of counting that began at 171 centres across the state at 8 a.m.

Dead fetus found in airplane bathroom in Manila

MANILA - Police say a dead fetus has been found in the bathroom of a plane that arrived in the Philippine capital. The gruesome discovery comes months after a woman gave birth on another flight to Manila and dumped the live infant in an airplane trash bag. Aviation police investigator Marcelino Peninoy says a cleaner discovered the remains of the 5- to 6-month-old male fetus Monday on the Etihad Airways aircraft after it arrived from Abu Dhabi.

’VIP’ robbers held in Mongolpuri

NEW DELHI: The police arrested two men in their mid-twenties on Sunday evening for their alleged involvement in at least 24 cases of robbery and snatching over the last 14 months. Cash to the tune of Rs 22 lakh was recovered from the duo along with two luxury cars, a stolen motorcycle, two 120gm gold chains and seven other chains, the police said on Monday. The accused have been identified as Vishal Sharma and Varun Kumar: both are 25 years of age and are residents of Sonepat in Haryana. They were arrested from Mongolpuri by a patrol party. "The two were on a motorcycle and had snatched a chain from a woman. The police team gave chase and nabbed the duo," said DCP (Outer) Chhaya Sharma. According to the police,

Delhi: parents refuse to take back abandoned boy

New Delhi: In Delhi, a six month old infant Chiku was abandoned by his parents after he suffered a brain haemorrhage. Doctors now say that he is medically fit to be taken home. Child rights agencies say serious action will be taken against the parents if they refuse to take him back. For the six month old baby, the nurses at the St Stephen’s Hospital in Delhi are the only family he has as of now. Chiku suffered a brain haemorrhage during the delivery. Soon after, his parents abandoned him saying they can’t look after the child. “When the hospital staff tried to contact them, they were abused by the father and refused to meet doctors and talk about the child,” said Dr Sudhir Joseph, Director, St Stephen’s Hospital.

Etihad begins flights to Bengaluru

Airline will upgrade the schedule to its eighth Indian destination with daily service from March Abu Dhabi: Etihad Airways has launched flights to its eighth destination in India — the Garden City, Bengaluru.

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Father of sextuplets does not regret making plea

Abu Dhabi: It took months of convincing Syed Mohammad, father of the sextuplets, to speak with Gulf News about his family’s situation; and now that he has shared his story with the public, he has no regrets. After 12 years of not being able to get pregnant, an Egyptian mother, Soraya Foully, wished for one child, and got six. The couple’s excitement however was short-lived when they realised that they needed a minimum of Dh11,000 a month and a roof over their heads.

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