Construction worker dies in city

Bangladesh, Aug. 20 -- A construction worker died Saturday after falling from an under-construction building in the city's Dhanmondi area.

The worker, Nazmul Islam, 17, son of Akkas Ali, who also works at the same construction site, hailed from Radhanagar village of Nagarkanda upazila of Faridpur district, said Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) police camp in-charge Bacchu Mia.

He said the father and son were working on the 5th floor of... Read More

Gorakhpur deaths: Not fixing public healthcare immediately will have serious consequences for India's economic ambitions

India, Aug. 20 -- The recent tragic and unacceptable deaths of children in the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur has angered many across the country. In part, what further inflamed the popular mood was the inability of the governments - both at the Centre and in the State - to grasp the difference between natural deaths and those caused by negligence. Instead of showing remorse and quickly acting to sort out issues of blame and matters of medical ... Read More

Robots posted at toll to identify smart tag lanes

Gurgaon, Aug. 20 -- To popularise the usage of electronic tags on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway and to ensure that tag users can identify the special lane with ease, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has installed two robots at Kherki Daula toll plaza.

Two robots have been posted on the Delhi and Jaipur sides of the toll plaza, indicating tag users to use a particular lane meant for vehicles that have Fastag. These robots are also ... Read More

From machher jhol to veg thali, what's cooking at President Kovind's Rashtrapati Bhawan?

India, Aug. 20 -- The smell of a Bengali fish curry doesn't waft through Rashtrapati Bhavan's kitchens anymore. The staple fare is strictly vegetarian and almost bland, tailored to suit the new resident's diet and taste.

President Ram Nath Kovind is a frugal eater and told the staff to serve him simple, masala-free food after he moved into the world's second largest presidential estate this July.

"The President has not expressed his fondness fo... Read More

Delhi: 24-year-old woman set on fire by husband, in-laws, suspected dowry death

India, Aug. 20 -- A suspected dowry death was reported in west Delhi on Saturday as a 24-year-old woman died from burns after she was allegedly doused with kerosene and set ablaze by her husband and his family the day before.

In her dying declaration, Parvinder Kaur told a magistrate that her husband and in-laws set her on fire when she visited their home in Vikaspuri on Friday morning to collect her son's clothes, almost a fortnight after she w... Read More

Only 25% roads constructed in Maoist areas of Chhattisgarh

India, Aug. 20 -- The 56-km stretch from Dornapal to Jagargunda in Chhattisgarh's 'Red corridor', where 25 CRPF personnel were killed in a Maoist ambush in April, is one of the 12 roads and bridges projects that are lying incomplete after work on them started in 2011.

According to government data obtained by HT, of the 300 km of road stretches that were to be constructed in Dantewada district, authorities have completed work on only 75 km - 25% ... Read More

Mumbai woman stabs husband seven times in chest, stomach, kills him

Mumbai, Aug. 20 -- A woman killed her 52-year-old husband by repeatedly stabbing him at their Malad (West) apartment on Saturday afternoon.

The victim, Apayya Chenanda, had represented India at hockey tournaments in his youth, said police.

Chenanda had retired after working as an executive with a private company.

His wife, Anita, is also an executive at a private firm, said police. The couple have a 23-year-old son, who is a college student. H... Read More

After doles from China, India set to woo Nepal with economic cooperation

India, Aug. 20 -- Two key infrastructure projects, signalling India's eagerness for economic cooperation with Nepal, are set to move forward during the visit of Nepal's Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to India next week, days after Beijing enhanced its financial assistance to the Himalayan country.

The visit comes amidst a border standoff between India and China in Doklam plateau in Bhutan, and the two Asian powers are seeking support from cou... Read More

IAF staring at midair refuelling crisis, says CAG report

India, Aug. 20 -- The Indian Air Force appears to be facing a mid-air refuelling crisis and its plans to induct modern tankers to expand the strategic reach of its fighters haven't yet taken off.

The IAF's runways are too short for its Ilyushin-78 tanker fleet, their refuelling pods are dogged by failures and the airworthiness is questionable, a comprehensive audit of the Russian-origin fleet has revealed.

In a scathing report, the Comptroller ... Read More

Feminists Anonymous

India, Aug. 20 -- The new brand of feminism is cleverly inclusive, subtle but decisive. It is a way of life with the young Indian woman, away from those knee-jerk bra-burning days, writes MEENAKSHI RAO

A boy and a girl were constantly in competition to stand first in class. To emerge winner for all times to come, the smart Alec thought up a sexist competition in which the girl would have no answers to his limerick. But if she did manage to reply... Read More