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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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9 member panel to probe video controversy involving AAP MP Mann
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Monday set up a nine-member panel to probe the alleged breach of Parliament security by AAP lawmaker Bhagwant Mann and "advised" him not to attend the House till the issue is resolved.
 
Addressing the Lok Sabha as soon as it reassembled after the weekend break, Mahajan said taking audio video footage of security zones in Parliament by Punjab's Sangrur MP Mann on July 21 and putting it up on social networking sites was improper.
 
"I have decided to constitute a nine-member Inquiry Committee to probe this incident and submit its report. The Inquiry Committee shall inquire into the serious security implications and related aspects arising out of the conduct of the audio visual recording," Mahajan said.
 
She said Mann's act put "security of the Parliament in peril".
 
Mann has been asked to appear before the panel by 10.30 a.m. on July 26 (Tuesday) and make his submission.
 
The Speaker said the panel should submit its report by August 3 and till then Mann was "advised" not to attend the session.
 
"The Committee is requested to examine the matter expeditiously and is authorized to follow its own procedure. The report of the Committee will be presented to the House for its consideration," Mahajan said.
 
"In view of the seriousness of the matter, Mann is advised not to attend the sittings of the House until a decision is taken in the matter," she said.
 
Describing Parliament as the "sanctum sanctorum" of democracy, Mahajan recalled that on December 13, 2001, security personnel had sacrificed their lives for protecting Parliament and after that the entire security system was reviewed and overhauled.
 
Therefore, the "act of the member" of making an audio visual recording of the security checks inside Parliament and posting it on social media has "put the security of the Parliament in peril", she said.
 
Mahajan said she had consulted leaders of all political parties and everyone supported her action on this issue.
 
The nine-member panel is headed by Bharatiya Janata Party MP Kirit Somaiya and includes Anandrao Adsul (Shiv Sena), Meenakshi Lekhi, Satya Pal Singh (both BJP), B. Mahtab (Biju Janata Dal), Ratna De Nag (Trinamool Congress), Thota Narasimhan (Telugu Desam Party), K.C. Venugopal (Congress) and P. Venugopal (AIADMK).
 
The panel has also been asked to "suggest remedial measures" so that such episodes are not repeated.
 
"The Committee should also suggest suitable remedial measures to avoid recurrence of such incidents in future and recommend appropriate action in the matter," she said.
 
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Jyoti Dua

4 months ago

Good decision by Speaker.

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