Indian roses help love blossom on Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day today and most Valentines around the globe will say ‘I love you’ to their sweethearts with red roses from India. India shipped over 100 million stems of red roses to key Valentine’s Day markets across UK, West Asia, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Russia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Holland, Germany, Spain, China and Netherlands.

The International Flower Auction Bangalore (IFAB) witnessed a flurry of activities in the last few days in preparation of huge Valentine’s Day shipments.

5 killed in blast on ONGC ship under repair at Cochin Shipyard

An explosion and fire on an ONGC drill ship while it was undergoing repair at the Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) left five people dead and seven injured today, the CSL said.

The explosion occurred in a front tank of the ONGC vessel Sagar Bhushan at 9.15 am. It could have been due to "gas consolidation (inside the tank)", CSL chairman and Managing Director Madhu S Nair said, citing immediate reason for the blast.

He, however, said that the exact reasons would be known only after a detailed investigation.

Aadhaar critics say harassed, put under surveillance

Researchers and journalists who have identified loopholes in India’s massive national identity card project have said they have been slapped with criminal cases or harassed by government agencies because of their work.

Last month, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the semi-government body responsible for the national identity project, called Aadhaar, or “Basis”, filed a criminal case against the Tribune newspaper for publishing a story that said access to the card’s database could be bought for Rs 500 ($7.82).

Affordable jewellery rule online sale

When it comes buying jewellery online, customers still hold their purse strings a bit and prefer to go for the affordable price points. No wonder, the largest chunk of diamond-studded jewellery sold online falls in the sub-Rs 10,000 category.

Darwin Week to take on minister’s rubbishing of Theory of Evolution

To remove the “doubts being planted in the minds of the common people” about the theory of evolution, and demonstrate with evidence how humans evolved from apes, scientists from across the country are celebrating ‘Darwin Week’ from Monday. Recent statements by Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Satyapal Singh have compelled the scientific community to step out of their laboratories and raise their voices against political interference in the field of science.

FSSAI’s bhog to control quality of ‘prasad’

Food and eatables served at places of worship such as temples, gurdwaras, mosques and churches would soon have to follow stringent quality control norms with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) launching the ‘blissful hygienic offering to god (Bhog) scheme. The project aims at mandatory adoption of food safety and hygiene standards in preparation of ‘prasad’ for devotees.

Alert cop foils audacious bank robbery bid

An alert police constable has foiled a daring bank robbery attempt in Jaipur. Had it not been for the vigilant cop, robbers, numbering over a dozen, would have decamped with hundreds of crores of rupees from Axis Bank’s chest branch in Ashok Nagar. Some reports put the cash available at the bank at Rs 925 crore.

Apex body for spectrum management a must

The department of tele­co­mmunications (DoT) is in the process of formulating the National Telecom Policy (NTP) 2018 for which the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has issued a consultation paper and is currently soliciting responses. This will be the fifth of such policies, the previous ones being in 1994, 1999, broadband policy 2004, and 2012. The proposed policy will have new targets for broadband penetration, rural and urban broadband density and broadband speeds, as specified in the consultation paper.

Tier2 cities shop more online than metros

When it comes to shopping online, tier 2+ cities are growing faster than tier 1 and metros. No wonder, the contribution of sales from these cities have become higher than that from metros in 2017.

In 2017, the growth rate of monthly active shoppers in tier2+ cities was nearly 34 per cent while that in tier 1 and metros was 18 per cent and 11 per cent respectively. Of the 20 million active monthly e-commerce buyers in 2017, 40 per cent were from metros, 19 per cent from tier 1 cities and the largest share of 41 per cent were from tier 2 and cities smaller than them.