The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the blasts which rocked Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Over 320 people were killed and over 550 people were injured in the attack at churches and hotels.Claiming responsibility for the bombings via its Amaq news portal, ISIS said the blasts were in retaliation to firing at two mosques in New Zealand which led to the death of 50 Muslims.The message was aired on Amaq’s channel on Telegram app, reports News.com. The video, which is suspected to be from Al Guraba Media, relayed the message from ISIS – “This bloody day is our reward to you.”The Sri Lankan government had first placed the blame on local religious group National Thowheed Jamaath. However, intelligence officials felt that the group, which could not completely deface a Buddhist statue, would not be able to carry out a mission on such a large scale. According to TOI, they felt that the NJT would have done this with external help.One of the reasons many believe that the men – Abu Ubaida, Abul Barra, Abul Mukhtar – were part of the mission is because the images were released by pro-ISIS news channels. Another reason is that one of the men, Abu Ubaida, is also known as Zahran Hashin, who is said to be an operative for NTJ.The blasts occurred on April 21, which also happened to be Easter. Churches targetted were St Sebastian’s in Negombo on the West coast of Sri Lanka, a church in Batticaloa and St Anthony’s church in Colombo.Five-star hotels in the country were also targetted. They were the Shangri-La, the Cinnamon Grand, and the Kindbury.
People walk past a barricade inside the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) headquarters in Mumbai in this June 7, 2017 file photo. REUTERS/Shailesh AndradeBank of Baroda and Canara Bank could acquire smaller banks like Dena Bank, Vijaya Bank, UCO Bank, Union Bank of India and United Bank of India, officials said on Thursday, according to a report in the Business Standard.The financial daily said that the government is holding discussions with six or seven banks to examine synergies as it pushes for consolidation among public sector banks. Public sector lender State Bank of India has started the process by merging with its associate banks, even though there is no timeline for the mergers.”Talks are on to see which fit will be the best. We should see something emerge from the discussions with six or seven banks over the next month or two,” an official told Business Standard.Following reports that the government is considering merging public sector lenders with strong smaller state-run lenders, the shares of Dena Bank had surged nearly 15 per cent on Wednesday.ET earlier reported that the balance-sheets of Punjab National Bank (PNB) and Bank of India look too weak to absorb other lenders.A few Bengaluru-based banks like Canara Bank, Vijaya Bank and Syndicate Bank are already in talks for a proposed merger. According to reports, the government has picked relatively stronger lenders including Punjab National Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India and Canara Bank as possible acquirers in this process of consolidation. The banks have made presentations to the government on whether they are in a position to merge with smaller banks and the synergies that various combinations may throw up.A Bloomberg News report noted that the the government had last year approved the merger of SBI with its remaining five associate banks. The consolidation process went smoothly with the merger taking effect from April 1. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in a interview to Bloomberg News earlier this month that the government would be contemplating a few more bank mergers following the merger of SBI with its associates.Banks have been asked to explore issues such as overlap of branches, technical integration and whether there would be anti-competition concerns that could emerge, Bloomberg News said. The objective would be to ensure that the exercise does not turn out to be counterproductive, the official said.Bloomberg News said, quoting a senior bank official, that some Bengaluru-based banks which share their headquarters, such as Canara Bank, Vijaya Bank and Syndicate Bank are already in talks for a proposed merger. Similarly, Kolkata-based Allahabad Bank and UCO Bank may also form a combined entity.
Kolkata: The state Science and Technology and Bio Technology department has joined hands with Science City to provide a platform to more than 45 students from various schools across the state to share their ideas on science models at the West Bengal State Science and Technology Congress (WBSS&TC).The event will be held on February 28 and March 1 in Science City. Various workshops on science will be conducted on the second day of the event. In the first half, the students, who have been selected in three Science and Technology Congresses in three regions of the state, will be solving certain scientific problems under the mentorship of experts from Science City and in the second half they will be making presentation of their respective models before science enthusiasts and guests. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThis is the 26th edition of WBSS&TC and for the first time such an intensive programme is being held to motivate students towards science and research. “The primary objective of the science congress is to provide a forum for research for young scientists and to synergise new ideas with societal needs,” a senior official of the state Science and Technology and Bio Technology department said. Students from Class VIII to XI will take part in the programme. According to the official, there have been several instances when it has been found that students with outstanding marks in science failed to deliver when it came to solving practical problems. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”We are ready to keep our doors open for any state government initiative to nurture the culture of creativity among the students. When the state government sought our cooperation to conducted interactive science workshop we agreed without any hesitation,” said Subhabrata Chaudhuri, director of Science City. The state Science and Technology and Biotechnology department has drawn up a plan for resource sharing among the science and technology-based institutions across the state.
To celebrate the International Mother’s Day, Cordlife in collaboration with Delhi Gynecologists Forum (DGF), organized a unique fashion show tilted ‘Saheli-DGF Gorgeous Moms 2018’. The event was held at Mavalankar hall, Constitutional Club of India, New Delhi.In the first round of the show, about 150 pregnant ladies walked on the ramp, led by their 60 odd gynecologists, in the presence of a select gathering of 500 audiences.This was followed by the selection of the finalists by the jury members. Gynecologists Pooja Jian, Nimmi Rastogi, Ila Gupta and their pregnant patients Nidhika Khatri, Daisy, Mehzabeen Hussain, Jasmeet Kaur, Khushbu Sethi and Bhawna Dua were selected as the finalist, and they came on the ramp towards the end of the show. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA musical evening, held after the healthy competition, saw singer Shibani Kashyap enthralling the audience by her sweet voice. Speaking of the event, Barun Das, CEO, Mydia100, said, “Delhi Gynaecologist Forum and Saheli have come together to celebrate International Mother’s day in a most unique way. Pregnancy is a beautiful experience for all mothers, and this event is an effort from our side to help this moms-to-be to make this time even more delightful and memorable.”
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Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 22:54End of live reporting22:01M 6 Northbound closed due to roadworks during the night between J14 A34 (Stafford North) and J15 A500 Queensway (Stoke-On-Trent).Until 6:00 on 11th December. 21:19None of the night crews from the city’s main fire stations reported any evening incidents.20:41A500 Queensway Southbound closed due to roadworks during the night from A527 (Wolstanton Retail Park, Wolstanton) to A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout, Etruria). Until 6:00 on 11th December. 20:22Officers searching former schoolPolice officers are searching for a man on the site of an abandoned Stoke-on-Trent School. Staffordshire Police, including the dog unit, are scouring the former St Peter’s School, in Queens Road, Penkhull, after receiving reports of a person on the site. No one has yet been found. 19:58Accident cleared on A50 Westbound at Uttoxeter Road (Creda Roundabout / Meir Heath / Blythe Bridge). The slip road from A521 Catchems Corner above the motorway was re-opened around 19:20. 19:56Police officers issue appeal after bike stolen from front garden (Image: pstonier)Police officers are appealing for witnesses after a folding bike was taken from a front garden before items on the cycle were scattered along a Staffordshire Moorlands town. Officers received reports a Raleigh folding bike had been taken from a garden in the Whitemore area, near Biddulph , at around midday on Sunday (December 9). Read more.19:23Vehicle owners told to keep keys safe after early morning theftDrivers are being told to make sure their keys are left in a safe place after a set were taken from a car in the early hours of this morning.Officers in Cheshire received reports that a car on Solly Crescent, Congleton, had been broken into this morning (December 10).PCSO Jessica Shore, of Cheshire Police, says it is believed a set of vehicle keys had been taken from the car, and hopes anyone with any information will come forward.Read more.19:00 A5272 Chell Street busy but moving at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square).18:46 Bucknall Road inbound busy but moving from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. 18:35 A50 Westbound entry slip road closed due to accident at Uttoxeter Road (Creda Roundabout / Meir Heath / Blythe Bridge). Traffic is coping well. The slip road from A521 Catchems Corner above the motorway is closed. 18:12Delays of up to 25 minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast between Stoke-on-Trent and Macclesfield due to trespass incident at Longport.18:10All lanes open and traffic returned to normal, broken down crane removed on M6 Southbound at J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe). Lane one (of three) was closed due to a crane which is moving very slowly, traffic is able to pass in lanes two and three. All restrictions were lifted around 17:40.17:58All lanes open and traffic easing, accident cleared on A500 Southbound before M6 J16 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe).A lane was closed on approach to the M6 J16 interchange. All restrictions were lifted around 17:40.16:36Heavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). 16:36 Bucknall Road inbound busy but moving from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre.16:27One lane closed and heavy traffic due to accident on A500 Southbound before M6 J16 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe). A lane is closed on approach to the M6 J16 interchange.16:03Heavy traffic on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. Travel time is six minutes. 15:59Man treated by paramedics after rescuing pet budgie from flat fireA man had to be treated by paramedics for smoke inhalation after re-entering a burning flat to rescue a pet budgie.Firefighters from Alsager raced to Brook Villas in Talke Road, Alsager at 7.10pm yesterday (December 9) to reports of a small fire involving burnt food.When they arrived at the scene firefighters discovered a man had managed to escape from the sheltered housing block but re-entered the building to rescue the bird.Read more.15:37Usual congestion on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). Travel time is four minutes.15:37 Heavy traffic on A5272 Chell Street at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). Travel time is five minutes. 15:24 Traffic returned to normal on B5051 Moorland Road at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabout). 15:20A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brindley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout.15:08Woman, 23, due in court after incident at city centre shopA 23-year-old woman is due to appear before Magistrates after Christmas following an incident at a city centre convenience store over the weekend.Natasha Woolley, of Madeley Street, Tunstall, has been charged with criminal damage to property over the value of £5,000 and failing to comply with a community protection notice.Read more.12:53A527 Porthill Road clear at A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). 10:10Queuing traffic on A50 Eastbound before A50 Ashbourne Road (McDonalds roundabout) McDonalds roundabout. In the roadworks area.Highways will be filled in a large pot hole that has appeared in the road. 09:44Accident on A50 Eastbound from A522 (Uttoxeter / Upper Tean) to B5030 Ashbourne Road (McDonalds roundabout). Traffic is coping well. In the roadworks area.Incident reported at around 09.10 and Police arrived at scene at around 09.20 to assist with traffic management. Near Uttoxeter09:16More on the James Brindley Way crash…Officers from Staffordshire Police were called to a report of a road traffic collision involving three vehicles on James Brindley Way, Stoke-on-Trent, at 7.44am this morning (10 December).A 30-year-old man has been taken to hospital with minor injuries.The road reopened at just before 9am.08:55 Queuing traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 08:45A collision on the A51 near The Swan with Two Necks (Image: Tommy Booth)Tommy Booth has spotted this collision on the A51 near The Swan with Two Necks pub. Causing long delays in the area.