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Joint efforts to improve Coimbatore?s green cover Open in new window
The Hindu
Drip irrigation systems installed at sites where saplings are planted

Final phase of Kozhikode bypass work reviewed Open in new window
The Hindu
55% of piling work of two bridges completed

?Moral police? attack restaurant in Kozhikode Open in new window
The Hindu
Attack allegedly by BJYM activists following TV channel visuals

Life of yore comes alive in watercolour Open in new window
The Hindu
Fifth in the ?Living Room? series of exhibitions by artist and advertisement professional Sunil Linus De, ?Lights in Life? takes one back to the countryside of yore and kindles the memories of chil...

An effort to capture his myriad themes, and moods Open in new window
The Hindu
Various programmes mark A. Ayyappan?s death anniversary

Serena Williams guaranteed year-end number one ranking Open in new window
Source Icon DNA - India
Serena Williams clinched the year-end world number one ranking for the fourth time without hitting a ball on Friday after Maria Sharapova, the only woman with any chance of overtaking her, was eliminated from the WTA Finals. Needing to win in straight sets to stand any chance of advancing to the semi-finals, Sharapova lost the second set of her match against Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska at Singapore's Indoor Stadium, ending her slim hopes of leapfrogging Williams for the top spot. Sharapova had led 7-5 5-1 and appeared to be cruising towards victory but Radwanska dug deep to reel off five straight games and force a tiebreak, which she won 7-4 to even up the match and effectively eliminate the Russian from the tournament. Sharapova has already lost to Caroline Wozniacki and Petra Kvitova in the White Group and even if she goes on to win against Radwanska, the victory would only be a consolation one. Despite receiving the rankings boost, Williams, who previously finished the year ranked number one in the world in 2002, 2009 and 2013, faces an anxious wait before knowing whether she has advanced to the semi-finals. The reigning US Open champion thrashed Eugenie Bouchard 6-1 6-1 on Thursday night to finish the round-robin phase with a 2-1 win-loss record after beating Ana Ivanovic in her opening match then losing to Simona Halep. The only way she can miss out on the semis is if Ivanovic beats Halep in straight sets on Friday. Well, my fate really rests on me, Williams said after beating Bouchard. If I wanted to win and be a part of the event, I should have won my match yesterday or should have done better. So whatever happens, happens at this time. I did the best that I could do this week. I should have thought about that sooner. (Editing by Julian Linden) ReportSportReutersSerena WilliamsWorld Tennis Association (WTA)Maria SharapovaAgnieszka RadwanskaCaroline WozniackiPetra KvitovaTennisFriday, 24 October 2014 - 2:23pm

Protests continue at Calicut varsity Open in new window
The Hindu
Disquiet gripped the Calicut University campus as student protests continued for the third week over the failure of the authorities in addressing issues about hostel admission and computer network.

Madhya Pradesh: two men arrested, 27 country-made pistols seized Open in new window
Source Icon DNA - India
Police have recovered 27 country-made pistols from two persons near Barwah. The weapons had been made by members of Sikligar tribe, police said. The duo, identified as Bhuru Bavalya and Poonam Yadav (35), were intercepted and arrested on a tip-off, said inspector Vishwajeet Parihar. Two others who had handed them the weapons fled, he added. ReportIndiaPTIBarwah (MP)PoliceMadhya PradesharrestjailWeaponsFriday, 24 October 2014 - 2:16pm Representational ImageRNA Research &

IOA to discuss Sarita ban with Ministry officials Open in new window
The Hindu
IOA president N Ramachandran said the meeting will be held in Delhi on October 28.

Does Diwali light their houses? (Pics) Open in new window
Source Icon Oneindia
Bangalore, Oct 24: Diwali is all about fun, frolic and food. There is no end to the amount of fun that we have during the season of lights. Light does away with the darkness in one's life-be it poverty,

Pakistani troops violate ceasefire again on Thursday Open in new window
Source Icon DNA - India
Pakistan Rangers opened fire on border outposts in Jammu last night but the Indian forces showed restraint and did not retaliate. Throughout Diwali on Thursday, Pakistan Rangers violated ceasefire several times and resorted to firing on border outposts (BoPs) along the international border (IB) in Samba, Kathua and Jammu districts of Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan Rangers resorted to small-arms firing on BoPs along IB in Jammu frontier till 2010 hours yesterday, a BSF spokesman said on Friday. BSF said that the firing along the border by Pakistani troops was intended to provoke BSF. BSF troops guarding the borderline maintained restraint and did not retaliate, the spokesman said. There was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing. Yesterday, Pakistani troops also resorted to firing on two border outposts (BoPs) in Arnia sector in Jammu district and in Ramgarh sector of Samba district The ceasefire violations yesterday came 72 hours after the last instance of firing from across the border in Pargwal sector of Jammu district. Ceasefire violations by the neighbouring country since the beginning of this month have left 10 people dead and over 95 injured, including 13 security personnel. Around 30,000 people have fled their homes to avoid the shelling, leaving 113 hamlets deserted in the border areas. ReportIndiaPTIJammuPakistan RangersDiwaliIndian Armyceasefire violationsJammu and KashmirBorder Security Force (BSF)Friday, 24 October 2014 - 1:54pm

Saina, Kashyap in French Open quarterfinals Open in new window
The Hindu
Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap continued his giant-killing spree, stunning World No.9 Tian Houwei 21-19, 21-18 in the pre-quarters of the French Open Super Series while Saina Nehwal also advanc...

China media: Rule of law Open in new window
Source Icon BBC - South Asia
Media in China welcome the Communist Party's pledge to fight corruption and create a law-based society.

Documentary on playwright screened by Cochin Film Society Open in new window
The Hindu
?Spatial Rhythm?, a documentary on poet and doyen of theatre Kavalam Narayana Panicker directed by Sivamohan Thampi, was screened by Cochin Film Society in the city on Thursday. Prior to the...

MGNREGS job scheme helped reduce rural poverty, says KUFOS study Open in new window
The Hindu
The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme helped improve the status of women, who formed 97.3 per cent of the workforce under the scheme, said a study on the impact of the schem...

Kochi-Coimbatore LPG pipeline project awaits environmental nod Open in new window
The Hindu
Amid mounting safety concerns about the movement of cooking gas by road through densely populated areas in the State, work on the proposed Kochi-Coimbatore gas pipeline is awaiting clearance from t...

LPG tanker overturns at Kundannur, causes panic Open in new window
The Hindu
The driver, Radhakrishnan of Cherthala, was killed on the spot though no other causalities were reported.

Experts moot safety measures to bring down tanker accidents Open in new window
The Hindu
Anti-lock Breaking System to be be made mandatory for gas tankers. The proposal was mooted in 2006.

Terror alert: Security beefed up in Kochi, Ahmedabad airports Open in new window
Source Icon Oneindia
Kochi, Oct 24: Security measures in a number of airports in India, including Ahmedabad and Mumbai, have been increased following an intelligence input which states that suicide bombers will try to board two Air India flights on Saturday. An Ahmedabad Mirror

?Sarkar office? now hardly a touch away Open in new window
The Hindu
Now, a mobile app developed by a young techie would make available different government forms and applications on your smartphone. Aptly titled Sarkar Office (government office), the...

UNESCO to create opportunities for Arunachal Pradesh youths via pilot project in several areas Open in new window
Source Icon DNA - India
UNESCO will roll out a pilot project in Arunachal Pradesh soon in the fields of education, HIV/AIDS awareness and Information Communication Technologies (ICT) in collaboration with the state government for benefit of youths with special focus on adolescent population. Chief of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) India, Dr Alisher Umarov during a meeting with Chief Minister Nabam Tuki recently expressed the willingness of UNESCO to increase the scope of youths for a better future, an official statement in Itanagar on Friday. At a time when several UN Agencies are working towards programmes related to vulnerability of youths, Dr Umarov during the meeting elaborated on the themes and projects being implemented by UNESCO all over the world and India. Tuki while welcoming UNESCO to work in Arunachal Pradesh called for a collaborative approach between UN Agencies and the state government to work towards ensuring quality education and awareness programmes to prepare the youth for the 21st century. The chief minister agreed with the UNESCO officials regarding the need to regularly update the school curriculum by incorporating new developments and studies. He also mentioned that teachers' training is an important component of ensuring quality education and appealed UNESCO to help the state in this regard. While reiterating his commitment to increase the level of awareness of HIV/AIDS in the state the Tuki mentioned that Arunachal Pradesh was the state which gave a fillip to the activities of UNAIDS in India by organising mass awareness programmes in the state last year, the statement said. He also outlined the activities of his government for welfare of youth and students that also included special emphasis on Skill Development and Employment Generation. Tuki suggested that in order to increase the effectiveness of the pilot project of UNESCO, proper plans have to be made to include the target population right from the block up to the district levels. ReportIndiaPTIItanagar (Arunachal Pradesh)UNESCOHIV/AIDSICTArunachal PradeshNabam TukiUnited Nations (UN)Friday, 24 October 2014 - 1:59pm

'Interpreter key witness in Russian woman's molestation case' Open in new window
Deccan Herald
A woman interpreter was witness to the alleged molestation of the 32-year-old Russian national by a doctor at a government hospital here, a lawyer for the Russian consulate claimed today.The lady interpreter who accompanied the victim to Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) on October 18 for medical examination is a witness to the act, advocate Vikram Varma said.The consulate had provided the victim with the interpreter, also a Russian.The victim was allegedly molested and robbed by an unknown man on Baga beach here on the midnight of October 17 when she was with her female friend.After Calangute police sent her to the GMCH for medical examination next day, she was again allegedly molested by a male doctor there.Goa health ministry has already ordered probe into the incident.A senior GMCH official said that medical examination had to be conducted because there were bruises on her neck.But according to advocate Varma, the doctor insisted on gynaecological examination though she had not complained of rape.The victim, who hails from Minsk in Russia, had come to Goa for vacation. She left the state yesterday.Varma said a formal police complaint has not yet been filed against the doctor, but the possibility was being examined.

Elephant herd trampls farmer to death Open in new window
The Hindu
A 49-year-old farmer trampled to death by a herd of elephants in the Ragi field in Tagachikoppe village bordering Savanadurda forest area in Ramnagar on Friday morning.The deceased, Rajendr...

Family of three commit suicide Open in new window
The Hindu
Three members of a family have allegedly committed suicide in Gudadinni village of Basavanabagewadi taluk in Bijapur district sin the early hours of Friday.The deceased have been identified...

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