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Search for AN-32 goes on, plane's emergency transmitter not working
The search for the Indian Air Force (IAF) AN-32 aircraft that went missing on is seriously hampered as there are no signals from the emergency locator transmitter (ELT) fixed in the plane, said a senior Indian Coast Guard official.
 
He also said the search would continue underwater if no debris is found on the sea surface.
 
"There are no signals from the ELT of the ill-fated plane. Similarly the ELT of the Coast Guard's Dornier aircraft which went down into the Bay of Bengal last year did not emit out any signals," Coast Guard Region (East) Commander, Inspector General Rajan Bargotra told reporters in Chennai on Monday.
 
"It is a serious concern and the matter will be taken up with the aircraft manufacturers," he said.
 
An experienced pilot in Indian defence forces told IANS that maintenance of this equipment is an issue.
 
The aircraft with 29 people onboard went off the radar on July 22nd morning over the Bay of Bengal half an hour after take off from Chennai on its journey to Port Blair.
 
To a query, Bargotra said the search for the missing plane will continue even it is is going to be a prolonged one.
 
"We have requested the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) for their vessel for the search operations," he added.
 
While sources said satellites have provided some hints, and the areas indicated are being searched, no debris or signals from the aircraft could be spotted.
 
Indian Navy chief, Admiral Sunil Lanba, meanwhile, said a total 250 hours of sorties have been flown in search of the plane, and all leads found are being followed.
 
"The coordinated efforts between Indian Navy, IAF (Indian Air Force) and Coast Guard is continuing. All together 17 ships and 17-18 aircraft are searching designated areas. Over 250 hours of sorties have been flown," he said.
 
"We have got inputs from satellite images and also from sensors of the aircraft. All leads have been followed. It is an ongoing search at the moment," the Navy chief said.
 
"We have also kept close liaison with families of all on board. We are keeping them in the loop and informing them how the search is progressing," he added.
 
The navy has pressed a flotilla of vessels including a submarine to locate the missing aircraft.
 
The aircraft, an upgraded AN-32 belonging to 33 Squadron, took off from Tambaram Air Force Station in Chennai at 8.30 a.m. and was expected to land at Port Blair at 11.30 a.m.
 
The recorded transcript of Chennai air traffic radar showed the last pickup of the aircraft was 151 nautical miles east of Chennai when it was observed to have carried out a left turn with rapid loss of height from 23,000 feet.
 
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Temple board firm on no entry to women between 10 to 50 in Sabarimala
The Travancore Devasom Board (TDB) that looks after the affairs of the famed Sabarimala temple is firm on its stand that it does not wish to allow entry of females in the age group of 10 to 50 into the temple.
 
Addressing reporters on Monday, TDB president Prayar Gopalakrishnan said the custom of the temple for the past 800 years is that women in this age group are not allowed and we do not wish to change that.
 
"We have submitted the astrological examination (devaprasnam) of three committees which forbids the entry of women between 10 and 50 to the temple to the Supreme Court, where the case is currently being heard. The last such examination took place on June 18, 2014," said Gopalakrishnan.
 
He said they wish to take forward the customs and beliefs of Sabarimala temple.
 
"We are not against entry of women as of the four crore devotees who visited the temple in the last season, women accounted for half a million. All that we wish to state and which has already been intimated to the apex court is that women between 10 and 50 should not be allowed entry," said the TDB president.
 
TDB's statement comes at a time when the CPI-M-led Kerala government has a different view and wishes to allow entry to all women, while the previous Oommen Chandy government was of the view that the temple customs should be followed.
 
"We are of the firm view, that the apex court will not allow to alter the traditions, and in case that happens, we are certain that no women in the age group 10 to 50 will come to the temple because beliefs will always be adhered to," added Gopalakrishnan.
 
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Verizon set to buy Yahoo's internet business for $4.8 bn
Verizon Communications, the largest US wireless communications service provider, was set to acquire Yahoo's ailing core internet business for about $4.8 billion on Monday.
 
The deal will allow Verizon to get Yahoo's online assets including search, mail and instant messaging, along with its ad technology and land holdings, tech website Quartz reported.
 
The deal will mean an end to the struggle to survive for Yahoo, which was valued at over $125 billion at its peak in January 2000 when the dot com bubble was nearing its end. 
 
Following the sale, the company will be left with about $41 billion it invested in the Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba as well as Yahoo Japan.
 
Verizon makes most of its money from mobile phone connections while Yahoo generated more than twice as much revenue from search and display ads on desktop computers than it did from its so-called MAVENs businesses (Mobile, Video, Native and Social). 
 
If we look closely, Yahoo Mail struggles while its Messenger is almost nowhere. The only known Yahoo business today is photo-sharing website Flickr. 
 
Verizon's acquisition of Yahoo follows its acquisition of AOL which has properties like The Huffington Post, Techcrunch and Engadget, among others.
 
Marissa Mayer, who was appointed Yahoo CEO in 2012, struggled hard to try to position Yahoo as a "mobile" company.
 
The acquisition provides more evidence that it sees online content and advertising as a primary way to increase growth, according to Quartz.
 
It is expected that by combining various tools from AOL, Yahoo, and its own operations, Verizon might be able to mount a credible challenge to Google and Facebook -- its two dominant competitors.
 
Verizon may also leverage millions of viewers of Yahoo's News, Sports and Finance to complement its own popular properties like TechCrunch and Huffington Post. 
 
Earlier in June this year, executives from the micro-blogging website Twitter met Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer to discuss merger possibilities. 
 
However, according to the New York Post, Twitter appeared mainly interested in taking information out of Yahoo and it bowed out of the bidding process soon. Twitter CEO Dorsey did not show up for the Yahoo meeting.
 
Trying to revive it's ailing business, Yahoo, which was found in 1994, also held talks with Facebook in March this year about an advertising partnership to allow the social networking site to sell ads on Tumblr.
 
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