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Death toll in Easter Sunday explosions in Sri Lanka revised to 253

Colombo: The dramatic revision of the death toll in Sri Lanka’s Easter bombings, which has been cut by more than 100, is a grim indicator of the power of the deadly blasts. The force of the explosions so badly mutilated bodies that parts of victims were wrongly collated and identified in the initial confusion, officials said here Friday “Many of the victims were badly mutilated... There was double counting,” the health...

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Panda wanted to head LS panel to help Imfa: BJD

Bhubaneswar: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Thursday targeted the BJP candidate for Kendrapara Lok Sabha seat, Baijayant Panda, alleging that he wanted to be the chief of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance to help his family business. BJD spokespersons Sulata Deo, Lenin Mohanty and Sasmit Patra addressed a joint press conference here and said that former MP Panda desperately wanted to become the Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on...

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CAT stays suspension of IAS officer who checked PM’s copter

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Bengaluru: The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) here Thursday stayed the order of the Election Commission (EC) suspending IAS officer Mohammed Mohsin for checking Prime Minister Narendra Modi's helicopter in Odisha. The officer from Karnataka cadre, deployed in Odisha as a general observer, was suspended April 17 for checking Modi's helicopter in Odisha's Sambalpur in violation of norms for dealing with SPG protectees and sent back to the state. The CAT maintained...

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NHRC did not deal with 2007 Kandhamal riots: State

New Delhi: The state government Thursday submitted in the Supreme Court that the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has not placed any report or fact in respect to the communal riots occurred in Kandhamal district of the state in 2007. A two-judge bench of the apex court comprising Justice UU Lalit and Justice Indu Malhotra heard the petition filed by Archbishop John Baruwa seeking additional compensation to the victims of the...

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SC ultimatum for RBI in RTI case

New Delhi: The Supreme Court directed Friday the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to disclose information pertaining to its annual inspection report of banks under the Right to Information (RTI) Act unless they are exempted under law. A bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao also directed the federal bank to review its policy to disclose information...

Old speech of Kumar Sangakkara is going viral after Sri Lanka blasts

The children drummed away on their palms with one, two, three, and then five fingers, the crescendo of their applause rising like the music of thickening summer rain. "You hear that noise?" asked Kumar Sangakkara, the conductor of this impromptu orchestra. "That is the noise of what Sri Lanka sounds like when we all work together." Sangakkara's...

Watson, who was the captain of the Sydney Thunders, has called time to his BBL career in order to spend more time with family.

Shane Watson retires from Big Bash League

New Delhi: Veteran all-rounder Shane Watson has announced his retirement from Australia's Big Bash League (BBL). Watson, who was the captain of the Sydney Thunder, has called time to his BBL career in order to spend more time with family. The 37-year-old played for the club for four years, captaining the side for the past three seasons....

The new LP is his 19th studio album and first since 2014's 'High Hopes'.

New Springsteen album ‘Western Stars’ out in June

Los Angeles: Singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen has announced that his new album 'Western Stars' will release June 14. The 69-year-old rock legend to Twitter to share the news and said the first track of the album, titled ‘Hello Sunshine’, will be released later. “This record is a return to my solo recordings featuring character driven songs and sweeping,...

Man bobbitised in Keonjhar

Patna: In a shocking incident, a man was bobbitised by miscreants at Sanraposi village under Patna police limits in Keonjhar district Friday morning. Sources said, Deepak Mohanta, 28, son of Rohidas Mahanta had gone out of the house to attend nature’s call early in the morning. His family members grew apprehensive when he did not return for...

The study, published in the journal Psychological Science, shows that spousal life satisfaction was associated with mortality, regardless of individuals' socioeconomic or physical health status.

Happier spouses could lead to longer lives: Study

London: Having a happy spouse not only leads to a longer marriage, but may also be key to a longer life, a study claims. The study, published in the journal Psychological Science, shows that spousal life satisfaction was associated with mortality, regardless of individuals' socioeconomic or physical health status. Spouses' life satisfaction was an even better predictor...

Radical cleric Zahran Hashim led attack on Shangri-La hotel: SL Prez

Colombo: An Islamic extremist believed to have played a key role in Sri Lanka’s deadly Easter bombings led an attack against a Colombo hotel, the President Maithripala Sirisena confirmed Friday. “What intelligence agencies have told me is that Zahran was killed during the Shangri-La attack,” Sirisena told reporters, referring to Zahran Hashim, leader of a local extremist...

Deepika opens up about plans on having a baby

There have been constant rumours and questions abuzz about Deepika and Ranveer’s plans on having a baby. Yet such talks have turned out to be a source of irritation for the actress. In a recent interview with a website, Deepika came down heavily on people who have been talking about her pregnancy. The actress said it is...

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