Hyderabad: A criminal case has been registered against a YSR Congress MP from Andhra Pradesh for allegedly slapping a station manager of Air India (AI) at Tirupati airport. Lok Sabha MP P Mithun Reddy went to the cabin of AI manager at the airport Rajasekhar yesterday afternoon and picked up an "argument" with him regarding boarding passes for his relatives for a flight.
He later "shouted" at the manager before allegedly slapping him, Yerpedu police station sub-inspector Ramakrishnaiah said based on a complaint lodged by the victim. Following the complaint, a case was registered last night against the MP along with his 15 other followers under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 448 (house-trespass) of IPC, he said.
"We are investigating the matter," the SI told PTI over phone. Some passengers, who were to board the flight, had also complained to the MP that the manager had allegedly misbehaved with them, after which Reddy went to Rajasekhar's cabin. Mithun Reddy represents Rajampet constituency in Kadapa district of the state.
Kolkata: Country's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) is finalising plans to set up a subsidiary for managing its large portfolio of real estate properties and those taken on lease or rent. "SBI is planning to set up a subsidiary for management of properties owned by it and also for those taken on lease or rent," a senior official of the bank told PTI. The subsidiary would eventually take over these properties after it was formed, the official said.
Some of the big properties of the bank included Samriddhi Bhavan in Kolkata, the birthplace of the bank, which also houses the Local Head Office (LHO) of the Bengal circle. Others prominent ones included the Bengal circle's CGM bungalow at Shakespeare Sarani in Kolkata, chairman's bungalow and corporate office in Mumbai, the official said. The subsidiary was expected to be formed in the next financial year.
Presently, the bank was collecting data for listing these properties. Meanwhile, consultancy firm BCG, which was roped in by SBI for implementing HR strategy, has made certain recommendations, which had been accepted by the bank management. BCG had devised a grading system for judging the performance of the employees, namely AAA, AA, A, B and C.
Under the new performance appraisal system, any personnel at the officer level might get terminated after completing 25 years of continuous service if the person gets C grade more then twice on two subsequent evaluations. Lucrative cash incentives have been devised for those getting AAA, AA and A grades.
Nagpur: India skipper Virat Kohli on Friday clarified that there is no “policy” of preparing spinning tracks but playing on placid batting wickets will never produce match-winning bowlers.
Panaji: The bond they share is way bigger and beyond the on-screen magic they have created with "Munnabhai" movies, but filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani says the upcoming biopic on Sanjay Dutt is not an attempt to publicise or promote his friend. The 53-year-old director, who will be venturing into an uncharted territory with the biopic was initially hesitant to take up the project, but decided to give it a shot as he found Dutt's story very engaging.
Dutt, 56, has been serving a 42-month sentence at Pune's Yerwada jail after he was convicted for illegal possession of weapons in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. "I take so long to make a film. I will never make a film to propagate a friend. When they told me about the film I said I don't understand this world, till I actually heard his story. "The first time he opened up and when I heard his story, I found it very engaging. That's the only reason I am going to make a film and I am only going to show him as he is," Hirani said in an interview on the sidelines of IFFI.
The filmmaker finds the "Agneepath" actor's life story very intriguing and feels it has all the possible elements which will contribute in the making of a great movie. "It has many elements; it's a father-son relationship. There is humour, pathos. I get sucked in great stories. So, when I was writing something this came on my lap and I thought that's such a great story," he said. The upcoming biopic will touch upon every aspect of Dutt's life- from the age of 17 till present.
Ranbir Kapoor has been roped in to play the lead role and Hirani says the reason they got the "Tamasha" actor on board was because he has seen the industry inside out and also knows Dutt on a personal level."We are showing Sanju's life from the time he was 17 to now, when he is 55. So obviously Sanju can't play it. We needed an actor who looks like a star, is a good actor, who can gain weight and become like that. Ranbir is a fantastic actor. He has grown a lot and he knows Sanju as well." The director says Ranbir believed in the film and was eager to tell Dutt's story on celluloid.
"He understands that world. It is always good to have an actor who believes in the film thematically. Ranbir is somebody who has grown up in a film family and he understands the pathos in his (Dutt's) life."
Paris: Turkish PMr Ahmet Davutoglu sought to ease tensions with Moscow over the downing of a Russian warplane over Syria, and said the world must unite to defeat the Islamic State group.
New Delhi: Punjab Dy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal said the Congress was playing a “dangerous game” for political gains, and accused the party of to create disturbances.
Mumbai: The bearish sentiment is likely to continue in the residential real estate sector for the next six months and the pricing situation will remain stagnant or may even worsen,
London: A simple ultrasound examination can be used to identify patients at increased risk of future stroke, says a study. The findings suggest that since surgical treatment to prevent stroke is only considered beneficial to some, ultrasound can prove useful in preventing unnecessary surgical intervention. "By using ultrasound, we can identify the patients who are at a higher risk of stroke and thus would benefit from surgery," said study author Fisnik Jashari, doctoral student at Umea University in Sweden.
Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, is an inflammatory disease affecting the arteries supplying the brain, heart, other organs and extremities with oxygen-rich blood. A well-established atherosclerosis disease, with accumulation of plaque narrowing the arteries, can obstruct the blood supply to the brain and other vital organs. Atherosclerosis in the neck arteries can cause stroke. The serious condition, known as carotid stenosis, is quite common in the elderly as well as in people with risk factors such as hypertension, smoking, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia and obesity.
Atherosclerosis disease progression can be controlled by medical treatment including cholesterol-lowering drugs, and significant narrowing in symptomatic patients can be treated surgically. "We know that preventive surgical treatment of carotid stenosis is only beneficial for a small subgroup, and that most asymptomatic patients will do better with only medical therapy," Jashari said.
To assess the nature of atherosclerosis disease and the extent of plaque build-up, the non-invasive ultrasound method can be used as it is radiation free, cheap and patient-friendly, the researcher said in an official statement.
Washington: A team of scientists has offered an explanation of the "missing" carbon on Red Planet, suggesting that it may have escaped into the atmosphere owing to the strong ultraviolet (UV) rays from the Sun. They suggest that 3.8 billion years ago, Mars might have had a moderately dense atmosphere. Such an atmosphere -- with a surface pressure equal to or less than that found on Earth -- could have evolved into the current thin one.
"Our paper shows that transitioning from a moderately dense atmosphere to the current thin one is entirely possible,” says postdoctoral fellow Renyu Hu from California Institute of Technology (Caltech). The solar wind stripped away much of Mars' ancient atmosphere and is still removing tons of it every day. There are two possible mechanisms for the removal of the excess carbon dioxide.
Either the carbon dioxide was incorporated into minerals in rocks called carbonates or it was lost to space. One way carbon dioxide escapes to space from Mars' atmosphere is called sputtering, which involves interactions between the solar wind and the upper atmosphere. NASA's MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) mission has yielded recent results indicating that about about 100 grams of particles every second are stripped from today's Martian atmosphere via this process.
Sputtering slightly favours loss of carbon-12, compared to carbon-13, but this effect is small. The Curiosity measurement shows that today's Martian atmosphere is far more enriched in carbon-13 -- in proportion to carbon-12 -- than it should be as a result of sputtering alone, so a different process must also be at work.
Hu and his co-authors identify a mechanism that could have significantly contributed to the carbon-13 enrichment. The process begins with ultraviolet (UV) light from the Sun striking a molecule of carbon dioxide in the upper atmosphere, splitting it into carbon monoxide and oxygen.
Then, UV light hits the carbon monoxide and splits it into carbon and oxygen. Some carbon atoms produced this way have enough energy to escape from the atmosphere, and the new study shows that carbon-12 is far more likely to escape than carbon-13. There are three naturally occurring isotopes of carbon: 12, 13 and 14. Modeling the long-term effects of this mechanism, the researchers found that a small amount of escape by this process leaves a large fingerprint in the carbon isotopic ratio.
That, in turn, allowed them to calculate that the atmosphere 3.8 billion years ago might have had a surface pressure a bit less thick than Earth's atmosphere today. "This solves a long-standing paradox,” added Bethany Ehlmann of Caltech and NASA's JPL in a paper published in the journal Nature Communications.
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