New Delhi, Aug 24 (IANS) The Indian Navy said on Wednesday the leaked documents on the Scorpene submarine not impact its stealth and operational capabilities as the details are "old" and that the vessel's "signature" will be known only once it heads for the open sea. The documents from DCNS, the French company that designed the boats being built in India, were leaked, triggering fear that it may compromise the stealth aspect of the submarine. "Details in the leaked documents regarding Scorpene submarine are not valid because the signature can be known only once the boat goes to sea," an Indian Navy source said, adding that the specifications mentioned in the document are hypothetical.
New Delhi, Aug 24 (ANI): The Supreme Court, which today heard an appeal by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to quash the defamation case filed against him by the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), stated that he never accused the 'institution of being responsible for Mahatma Gandhi's killing'. Senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, who appeared for Gandhi, told the apex court that the Congress vice-president never accused the RSS as an institution for the crime. "'RSS ke logon ne hatya ki' is entirely different from 'RSS had killed Mahatma Gandhi'," Sibal told the court.
Hyderabad, Aug 22 (IANS) She belongs to India, said badminton coach Pullela Gopichand on the ongoing row over Olympic silver medalist P.V. Sindhu's nativity. Sindhu was born in Hyderabad, now a part of Telangana but her parents hail from Andhra Pradesh.
New Delhi, Aug. 24 (ANI): Not completely declining the fatwa issued by Islamic seminary against products with cow urine, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Zafar Islam on Wednesday said the scientific use of cow urine is not known, adding there are many things which are permitted even though the Islamic faith doesn't allow those things in normal course of action. Talking to ANI, Islam said the consumption of cow urine and the products, which have cow urine, is prohibited as far as Islamic faith is concerned.
A 16-year-old girl, whose father refused to build a toilet for her and her mother, received a surprise gift from panchayat officials who built her a toilet in one day. Sunitha, of Kukkodu village near Mudigere in Karnataka, had been trying to convince her father to have a toilet constructed at home. But her father, an alcoholic who would drink his earnings away, was hostile to the idea. Image for representation purpose only Frustrated by the situation, Sunitha spoke with a visiting team of panchayat officials, led by Taluk Panchayat executive officer M.N. Gurudath. They tried to convince Sunitha's father Sheshe Gowda to use funding from the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to build a toilet. But Gowda refused, leaving his daughter in tears. “We were moved by what we saw. We decided to do it ourselves. We collected tools from the neighbourhood and started digging work and summoned the material needed. The girl left for her morning class. When she returned, the toilet was nearly ready,” Mr. Gurudath told The Hindu. “Using a couple of masons, we laid the foundation and completed the walls. I will never forget the joy in her eyes when she saw it,” added Gurudath. He and the other officers have pooled in their personal funds to cover the Rs. 22,000 cost of building the toilet, leaving the Rs. 12,000 subsidy granted under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan for Sunitha's education. Like this story? Have something to share? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or join us on Facebook and Twitter (@thebetterindia). To get positive news on WhatsApp, just send 'Start' to 090 2900 3600 via WhatsApp.
New Delhi, Aug 22 (IANS) Cash awards have been pouring in for star shuttler P.V. Sindhu, who clinched a silver medal in the women's singles category at the Rio Olympics.
New Delhi, Aug.24 (ANI): Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik, who scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to clinch a medal in wrestling in the prestigious quadrennial event, on Wednesday admitted that her minor mistakes cost her spot in the finals of the freestyle 58kg event. The 23-year-old suffered a major setback when she went down 2-9 against Russia's Valeriia Koblova in the quarter-finals of the event at the Rio Olympics. Sakshi, however, received another chance at a medal via repechage and made full use of the second life by outplaying Asian No. 1 Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyztan 8-5 in the bronze-medal match to end India's 11-day long agonizing wait for a medal in the Summer Games.
Nashik (Maharashtra), Aug.23 (ANI): Contradicting marathon runner OP Jaisha's claim of official apathy in the Rio Olympics, co-runner Kavita Raut on Tuesday said that the Athletics Federation of Indian (AFI) had provided her with an option of having energy drinks during the race and, therefore, she has no complaints against the apex body. "The Athletics Federation of Indian (AFI) had offered to provide personalized drinks ahead of the marathon, but I had refused.
Agartala, Aug 23 (IANS) The Tripura government on Tuesday gave out of turn promotions to ace gymnast Dipa Karmakar and her coach Bisheshwar Nandi in their government jobs under the sports and youth affairs department, a minister said. "Dipa would be promoted from existing sports officer to assistant director and Nandi from assistant director to deputy director of the Tripura government's sports and youth affairs department," Information, Cultural Affairs and Finance Minister Bhanulal Saha told reporters after a cabinet meeting.
New Delhi, Aug. 22 (ANI): A Delhi court on Monday awarded the death sentence to Ravi Kapoor and Amit Shukla for kidnapping and killing IT professional Jigisha Ghosh in New Delhi in 2009 and the third convict Baljeet Malik was sentenced to life in prison. The three convicts Ravi Kapoor, Amit Shukla and Baljit Singh Malik have also been asked to pay a fine of Rs. 20,000, Rs. one lakh and Rs. three lakh respectively.
Hyderabad, Aug 22 (IANS) Olympic silver medalist P.V. Sindhu on Monday received a Rs 5 crore cheque from Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao. The Chief Minister also presented a cheque of Rs 1 crore to her coach Pullela Gopichand. Accompanied by her parents, Sindhu showed her silver medal to Rao, who was all praise for her historic achievement.
Vijayawada, Aug 23 (IANS) Olympic silver medalist P.V. Sindhu on Tuesday reached Vijayawada to a grand welcome by the people. Large number of students and fans were lined up on either side of the road to welcome Sindhu as she emerged from Gannavaram Airport. Standing in a specially decorated open-top bus along with her coach Pullela Gopichand, parents and some ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Sindhu waved at the huge crowd.
New Delhi, Aug. 24 (ANI): Dubbing Narendra Modi's statement at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) core group meeting as 'one more act of political deception', the Congress Party on Wednesday said the Prime Minister's promise of 'achche din' and characteristic 'jumla style' stands exposed before the nation. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement at the BJP core group meeting is one more act of political deception by a Prime Minister whose promise of 'Acche Din' and characteristic 'Jumla Style' stands exposed before the nation," Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.
Bhubaneswar, Aug 22 (ANI): Defying all odds, an 11-year-old football prodigy from an impoverished area of Bhubaneswar has been selected to train at Germany's most iconic club Bayern Munich, as an academy player for two months. Chandan Nayak, hailing from Sabar Sahi slum of the city, endured a tough upbringing and journey in his quest to become a part of the Indian football team and bring accolades for the country. Now, he has become one of the few who were selected for an all-expenses-paid junior football camp to Munich.
Hyderabad, Aug 22 (IANS) Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan on Monday felicitated Olympic silver medallist P.V. Sindhu and her coach Pullela Gopichand. Sindhu and Gopichand, who returned from Rio to a rousing reception, drove to Raj Bhavan and met the Governor and his wife Vimla Narasimhan. The Governor said the power of mother, father, guru and the Almighty helped Sindhu to take the nation to the heights.
New Delhi, Aug. 24 (ANI): Backing long-distance runner O.P Jaisha's claim of there being no support from the Indian officials at the recently concluded Rio Olympics, senior advocate and Rajya Sabha MP K.T.S. Tulsi on Wednesday said that the incident revealed 'gross mismanagement' on the Centre's part. This is total mismanagement. This is gross mismanagement," Tulsi told ANI.
Bengaluru, Aug 22 (ANI): Long-distance runner OP Jaisha, who fainted at the end of gruelling race at the just-concluded Rio Olympics, has alleged that she neither received water nor energy drinks at refreshment points from the Indian officials during her marathon event under blistering heat. "Even in a local marathon (42km), there is adequate availability of refreshments and water, which is extremely important. Not a single Indian official was present at designated points to provide refreshments and water to runners.
New Delhi, Aug. 23 (ANI): After expelling fellow party leader Anmol Ratan, who was facing charges of rape by a student, the All India Students' Association (AISA) president, Sucheta De, said they have also demanded that he be suspended by the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration. De told ANI here that the incident was extremely humiliating for the university and to AISA, adding that AISA is adamant and resolute on taking severe action against accused, who is a leading activist from their party.