Let roads zigzag, avoid accidents: Indian Supreme Court

The topic of narrow, congested, ziz-zagging roads is a matter of fascination for Indians. Auto forums like this post ( link ), routinely debate the existence of a few straight roads in India.  A recent Supreme Court seems to concur with the popular opinion, and goes a bit further by wondering if retaining  trees and pathways,  zig-zagging  roads  would reduce the speed of vehicles and eventually  minimize accidents and save lives. Quoting a recent hearing in the Supreme Court, Dhananjay Mahapatra, Associate Editor with Times of India tweeted  UP PWD had filed an application in 2017 for cutting down 2,940 trees for the project and Central Empowered Committee had given clearance. SC asks UP to evaluate value of trees taking into account the cost of oxygen, that the trees would have given to nature in their life time. — Dhananjay Mahapatra (@toi_dhananjayM) December 2, 2020 The observation came during hearing of a plea by the Uttar Pradesh government to fell 2,940 trees for the Krishna

Nigerian state says rapists will face surgical castration; death penalty if victims are under 14

The governor of a state in Nigeria has enacted a new law that imposes surgical castration on convicted rapists and the death penalty on those whose victims are under age 14. This news has polarized the digirati drawing praise from some, and accusations of “legislative sadism” from others. Men convicted of raping children under age 14 will have their testicles surgically removed before being executed, under legislation that the governor of Kaduna state signed on Wednesday. Women will have their fallopian tubes cut out. Many Nigerians clamoring for action in the face of a countrywide rape crisis have greeted the new law enthusiastically, but critics say it is a populist move incompatible with the country’s Constitution.   Malam Nasir @elrufai has signed the Kaduna State Penal Code (Amendment) Law 2020 which provides stiff penalties upon conviction for the rape of a child, including surgical castration for male convicts and bilateral salpingectomy for female convicts

Creepy or Sweet? Man installs late wife's silicone statue in his new home

Guests walking into Shrinivas Gupta's newly constructed home were in for a shock: Seated at the couch, was Gupta's deceased wife, Madhavi who sat smiling, in a pink silk saree. Some visitors could be forgiven for thinking that they saw Madhavi's ghost since she had died three years ago in a fatal car crash. This was Madhavi's dream home and her family couldn't think of moving in without her. The answer was a silicone statue so lifelike that the guests were speechless when they walked into the industrialist's new house in Koppala district. Gupta commissioned an artist, Shreedhar Murthy from Bengaluru who took a year to make Silicone statue of Madhavi. "Our architect suggested I get a silicone statue instead of a wax statue as we live in Koppal , which is a hot place, and an AC can't be used all the time to maintain correct temperature for wax," Mr Gupta was quoted saying.  #Karnataka : Industrialist Shrinivas Gupta, celebrated house warming functi

World's largest single-day jump in coronavirus cases recorded in India

India recorded its highest single-day total of new coronavirus cases Sunday with 78,761 new cases. The new total gives the country more than 3.5 million new cases. India, which has reported more than 75,000 new infectious four days in a row, has the fastest-growing daily caseload of any country, according to The Associated Preess . The surge raised India’s tally to over 3.5 million, and came as the government announced the reopening of the subway in New Delhi, the capital. It also will move ahead with limited sports and religious events next month. A country of 1.4 billion people, India now has the fastest-growing daily coronavirus caseload of any country in the world, reporting more than 75,000 new cases for four straight days. In the meantime, however, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pushed for normal life to resume in the nation. India’s central government announced the New Delhi subway will begin the reopening process Sept. 7, although schools, universities and movie theaters will

11-year-old boy kidnapped for ₹2 crore ransom rescued by Bengaluru police

This is a story that resembles a bollywood thriller: son of a businessman is kidnapped for ransom and parents involve the police. After a thrilling chase, the bad guys are caught and the kid rescued! In an operation that involved a car chase, the East division of Bangalore police rescued an 11-year-old boy from kidnappers within 16 hours of the incident. After a dramatic chase, they arrested six men involved in the ransom kidnapping.  The mastermind turned out to be a customer of the boy’s father. Deputy Commissioner of Police (East division) S.D. Sharanappa said that the prime accused, Mohammed Zain, is a resident of Shivajinagar. He was a regular visitor at a readymade garment showroom in Bharatinagar, which is owned by the victim’s father. He added, “Based on what he saw, Zain concluded that it was a successful business, and decided to kidnap the owner’s youngest son for ransom” Zain hatched a plan to kidnap the boy and roped in his friends, Faheem, Muzzamil, Faizan, Mohammed Shahid

Reporter to Trump: Do you regret all the lying you've done to the American people?

White House correspondent at HuffPost, S.V. Dáte had his 15-minutes of fame when he managed to ask President Trump during a meet-the press session  "Do you regret all the lying you've done to the American people?" He tweeted    For five years I've been wanting to ask him that. — S.V. Dáte (@svdate) August 13, 2020   Dáte had waited five long years to ask Donald Trump this one question: “Mr President, after three and a half years [of Trump’s presidency], do you regret at all, all the lying you’ve done to the American people?” Dáte, was quoted by  the Guardian :  I don't know why he called on me, because I've tried to ask him before [in March] and he's cut me off mid-question. Maybe he didn't recognise me this time. You know, he has this group of folks that he normally asks questions of. […] I had always thought that if he ever did call on me, this is the one thing that is really central to his presidency.

This could have been a Karen story: Woman hits American Airlines employee after being told to wear a mask in Phoenix

A recent news story highlighted how passengers clapped as an ‘Airline Karen’ was kicked off flight for refusing to wear face mask Now comes news that another woman was caught on camera becoming irate at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Wednesday after she refused to wear a mask while on a flight. According to American Airlines, 47-year-old Yolanda Yarbrough was on Flight 2027 from Los Angeles to Phoenix, but she wouldn't wear a mask while in the air, which is a mandatory policy for the airliner. After landing in Phoenix, an Airline employee told her that she couldn't get onto her connecting flight to Las Vegas because she wouldn't wear a mask.  Police said Yarbrough got furious and struck the employee in the face with her hand. The worker was not hurt. Officers arrived and arrested Yarbrough, who was then booked into jail on an assault charge. Yarbrough was banned from flying on American "pending further investigation," the  American Airlines said. Ot