Fire at Bengaluru’s Kailash Bar & Restaurant: 5 employees charred to death

Five employees of a bar-cum-restaurant were charred to death when a major fire broke out at Kumbaara Sangha building in Kalasipalya in Bengaluru during Monday morning, police said.

The incident occurred at 2:30 am at Kailash Bar and Restaurant when the employees were asleep.
Police identified the victims as Swami (23), Prasad (20), Mahesh, all residents of Tumakuru, Manjunath (45) from Hassan and Keerthi (24) from Mandya.

“An incident of fire has occurred at Kailash Bar and Restaurant located in the ground floor of Kumbaara Sangha building (in the vegetable market area). Fire and smoke was noticed by some persons at around 2.30 am and read more


West Bengal man arrested for stalking Sachin Tendulkar’s daughter Sara

A 27-year-old man from East Midnapore district in West Bengal was on Sunday arrested for allegedly harassing cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s daughter, Sara, over the phone, police said.

Deb Kumar Maiti, a resident of Debkundu village near Geonkhali under Mahisadal Police Station, had gone to Mumbai sometime back to visit his elder brother when he somehow got hold of her number, they said.

He then called Sara several times and expressed his desire to marry her, they added.

A case was filed in this regard by the Tendulkar family in Mumbai, but the entire matter was kept secret by the Cyber Cell of the Mumbai Police.
A team of the Mumbai Police early today arrested Maiti near Andulia and read more

Fodder scam: Court to announce Lalu Prasad’s quantum of punishment today

The Ranchi Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court will now pronounce the quantum of sentence against Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad in connection with fodder scam on Friday.

During the proceedings, the court said that Bihar vigilance Director General, Janata Dal (United) leader Jagdish Sharma and former Bihar Director General of Police D P Ojha are the main masterminds in the scam.

Earlier on January 3, the court deferred the matter due to the demise of advocate Vindeshwari Prasad.

The court also found Lalu’s son Tejashwi Yadav and other party leaders Raghuvansh Prasad Singh and Manoj Jha guilty of contempt of court.

On December 23, the RJD chief, along with 14 others, was found guilty by the court, while seven accused, including former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra, were read more

Apple to issue fix for iPhones, Macs at risk from ‘Spectre’ chip flaw

Apple Inc will release a patch for the Safari web browser on its iPhones, iPads and Macs within days, it said on Thursday, after major chipmakers disclosed flaws that leave nearly every modern computing device vulnerable to hackers.

On Wednesday, Alphabet Inc’s Google and other security researchers disclosed two major chip flaws, one called Meltdown affecting only Intel Corp chips and one called Spectre affecting nearly all computer chips made in the last decade. The news sparked a sell-off in Intel’s stock as investors tried to gauge the costs to the chipmaker.

In a statement on its website, Apple said all Mac and iOS devices are affected by both Meltdown and Spectre. But the most recent operating system updates for Mac computers, Apple TVs, iPhones and iPadsprotect users against the Meltdown attack and do not slow down the devices, it added, and Meltdown does not affect the Apple Watch.Macs and iOS devices are vulnerable to read more

Electric cars may soon sport green number plates

Indian roads may see a new colour on the number plates of cars — a green one, with the NITI Aayog planning such a move for electric vehicles. At present, the country has four kinds of number plates: White (with black numbers) for personal vehicles, yellow for commercial vehicles, black (with yellow numbers) for self-drive rental vehicles, and blue for embassy vehicles.

A draft policy on e-vehicles, being prepared by the government think tank, has also suggested three-year free parking and toll waivers. According to a person familiar with the suggestions …


Ola, Uber to tie up with railways, airports, metros for easy booking kiosks

After witnessing slowing growth over the past 18 months, India’s ride-hailing bigwigs are partnering mass transit companies. Both Ola and Uber have been tying up with mass transit companies, setting up easy-booking kiosks at metro stations and airports to grow user base.
“Growth definitely slowed in 2017, but the market did not decline. This had to happen since every time you have a new concept, there will be early adopters, and then it will reach a level of incremental growth. That is the stage the market is entering now, and that is why there is a change in strategy of these firms,” said Jaspal Singh, partner at Valoriser Consultants.
Ride hailing still has a long way to go in replacing car ownership, but the market is beginning to mature in India. Customers are beginning to pay for rides even when fares are not heavily subsidised, while budget-conscious users are opting for services such as read more

Fodder scam: Sentencing of RJD chief Lalu Yadav tomorrow

A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court was to pronounce the quantum of sentence for former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad who has been convicted in a fodder scam case. However, the sentencing has been postponed to Thursday due to the passing away of advocate Vindeshwari Prasad, according to TV reports.

On December 23, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief along with 14 others was found guilty by the court while seven accused including former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra were acquitted.

Lalu has been convicted in one of the cases of the fodder scam, wherein Rs 900 crore from the Bihar exchequer were siphoned off under the pretext of purchasing fodder for livestock, during ’80s and ’90s.