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Mumbai: The chief minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, affirmed today that the BJP and the Shiv Sena will contest together for the assembly elections next month. The chief minister also said he was confident that after the elections he would maintain the post. He rejected press reports that out of a total of 288 seats, the BJP will contest 162 and the Sena 126. An announcement on the formula for seat sharing would be made in a few days. Maharashtra will go for election on October 21. Counting of votes will be done on October 24. 

Sat, 21 Sep 2019 20:52:43 +0530
Mumbai Mega block on CR

Mumbai: The Central Railway(CR) scheduled a five-hour mega block on its Main and Harbor lines on Sunday to carry out maintenance job. Between Mulund and Matunga railway stations on the main line, the block will be operated, while between Panvel and Vashi there will be no slow and fast services. The Western Railway (WR) will have a jumbo block. "All Up fast Line services leaving Kalyan from 10.37am to 3.06pm will be diverted on the Up Slow Line between Diva and Parel stations, stopping at all stations up to Parel and returning to the fast Line and arriving 20 minutes behind schedule at their destination."

"Fast / semi-fast services leaving Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) from 10.05am to 3.22pm will stop at stations Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Bhandup, Mulund and Diva in regards to their normal stops and arrive 20 minutes behind schedule to their destination,". Chief PRO said.

Sat, 21 Sep 2019 20:30:18 +0530
Gaganyaan mission our nex

Our next priority is the Gaganyaan mission, said Chairman K Sivan of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). Sivan added on Saturday that Chandrayaan-2 accomplished 98% of its goals.

"In the orbiter there are eight instruments and each instrument does precisely what it was intended to do. With respect to the lander, we were unable to communicate with it. Our next priority is the mission of Gaganyaan," he said. The chief of ISRO said the organisation was attempting to set next year's goal of attaining this task 'Gaganyaan'. "We are working on various alternatives for this," he added.

Sat, 21 Sep 2019 16:12:37 +0530
Pakistan Cricket Board an

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) formally announced the 16-man team against Sri Lanka for the upcoming three-game ODI series. Head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq stated they had chosen the best possible team together.Pakistan's 16-man squad: Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain), Babar Azam (vice-captain), Abid Ali, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Usman Shinwari, Wahab Riaz.The first ODI match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will play on September 27 in Karachi.

Sat, 21 Sep 2019 16:00:07 +0530
EC announces Assembly Ele

New Delhi:In a press conference at 12 noon today, Chief Electoral Commissioner Sunil Arora announced that the 5-year term of the Haryana and Maharashtra Legislative Assemblies expires on November 2 and 9 respectively.  The two states will be the first to go to assembly polls following the Lok Sabha elections this year. Date of poll for both the states is October 21. The counting will be done on October 24.

Sat, 21 Sep 2019 12:46:44 +0530
PM Modi leaves for US H

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra  Modi left for the US on Saturday morning where he had a packed timetable during a week-long visit. He will participate in the UNGA, which involves multi-lateral meetings, communicate with the business  community, bilateral conferences as well as addressing the Indian diaspora. Besides meeting with US President Donald Trump, a bilateral meeting with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani is also planned for Modi.

Modi will deliver his address on September 22 at ' Howdy Modi, ' an Indian community event that has assumed added significance with the attendance of US President Donald Trump.

Sat, 21 Sep 2019 12:19:27 +0530
Should have checked my st


Aurangabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi should have ascertained his statement about Pakistan before criticising me, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said on Friday.

PM Modi, at a rally in Nashik ahead of Maharashtra assembly elections on Thursday, had claimed that Mr Pawar, at a recent event, said he liked Pakistan."I had said that Pakistan's political and army rulers continue to make fake claims against India in order to preserve their clout in Pakistani politics," Mr Pawar said."I'm not going to criticise Modi anymore because I don't want to harm the dignity of the office of the Prime Minister, "added the NCP leader. Sharad Pawar was addressing a meeting of party workers.

Sat, 21 Sep 2019 09:07:17 +0530
Corporate Tax Cut Histor

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today that the corporate tax move by his government was historic and a "win - win" for 130 crore Indians. In addition to attracting investment, it would offer excellent stimulus to his flagship Make in India plan, PM Modi said in tweets.

"The step to cut corporate tax is historic. It is a great stimulus to #MakeInIndia, attract private investment from across the globe, improve competitiveness of our private sector, create more jobs and result in a win-win for 130 crore Indians," PM Modi tweeted

Fri, 20 Sep 2019 17:21:53 +0530
World Lung Day 2019 Indi

On World Lung Day (WLD) 2019,(25th Sept) Indian Association of Respiratory Care (IARC) will unite with other WLD partner organisations to advocate for respiratory health globally and call on policymakers to ensure that everyone has access to the services they need to improve their lung health.

Respiratory diseases impose an immense worldwide health burden. The facts are shocking:
· 384 million people suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and 3 million die from it each year, making it the third leading cause of death worldwide.
· 10 million people develop tuberculosis and 1.6 million die from it each year, making it the most common lethal infectious disease.
· 1.76 million people die from lung cancer each year, making it the deadliest cancer.
· 334 million people suffer from asthma, making it the most common chronic disease of childhood. It affects 14 percent of children globally − and is rising.
· Pneumonia kills millions of people each year making it a leading cause of death in the very young and very old.
· 91 percent of the world’s population live in places where poor air quality exceeds WHO guidelines. WLD, on 25th September, comes two days after the UN High-Level Meeting on UniversalHealth Coverage (UHC). UHC calls for all people to receive the health services they need, when they need it, without suffering financial hardship. At least half of the world’s population still do not have full coverage of essential health services.
The global spotlight on UHC represents an opportunity for substantial progress in the fight against lung disease around the world. On WLD this year we are united in our message:
‘Leave no one behind. On World Lung Day, we call for healthy lungs for all.’
“UHC is particularly important to persons with respiratory disease. For example, a break in the supply of medicine for patients with tuberculosis could cause the development of drug resistance, which carries serious consequences. The abrupt unavailability of asthma medicine could cause severe suffering and even death. Lack of health care provider availability usually means delay in diagnosis, which could be fatal for lung cancer patients,” said Dean Schraufnagel, MD, Executive Director of Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS).

On WLD we call for UHC action through:
1. Strengthening health care workers.
2. Prioritising prevention, namely tobacco, as well as air pollution, and vaccinations.
3. Maintaining a continuous supply of essential medicines.
4. Stemming antibiotic resistance
In addition, we call for these essential actions to reduce the burden of respiratory disease and improve global health:

1. Increase awareness among the public and policy makers that respiratory health is a major component of global health.
2. Reduce the use of all tobacco products through universal enforcement of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
3. Adopt and require World Health Organization air quality standards to reduce ambient, indoor, and occupational air pollution for all countries.
4. Promote universal access to quality health care, essential medicines, and immunisations.
5. Improve early diagnosis of respiratory diseases through increasing public awareness of lung health and disease.
6. Increase training of health professionals worldwide in respiratory disease.

7. Standardise the monitoring and management of respiratory diseases with evidence- based national and international strategies.

8. Increase research to prevent and treat respiratory diseases.
“We hope World Lung Day will provide an opportunity for action, conversation, and awareness. A unified voice of all dedicated to respiratory health will be a powerful force,” concludes Dr.Schraufnagel.
To learn more about WLD go to our World Lung Day Toolkit.
About IARC
The Indian Association of Respiratory Care (IARC) is an organization for the young and dynamic Respiratory Therapists in and around India. Respiratory therapy is an allied medical specialty concerned with the evaluation and treatment of patients who have breathing
problems. The fully organized respiratory course was started in India in 1995. The training imparted is similar to that of their counterparts in the USA. Respiratory therapists (RT) are in demand in hospitals and hospital-related organisations to provide direct patient care to those with acute and chronic respiratory problems. The field of respiratory therapy is growing rapidly. Diagnosis and management of adult respiratory disorders needing intensive care, neonatal and paediatric intensive care, pulmonary function testing, pulmonary rehabilitation, teaching and research opportunities are areas that offer opportunities to the respiratory therapist for professional growth and personal satisfaction. The Indian Journal of Respiratory Care (IJRC), the official journal of Indian Association of Respiratory Care (IARC) is a journal, first of its kind, catering to the academic and publishing needs of respiratory therapists and all health care personnel dealing with respiratory care including pulmonologists, intensivists,anaesthesiologists, physicians, physiotherapists and critical care nurses. The journal was launched in January 2012 and is published twice a year, January and July. The journal can be accessed online by visiting
For more information about IARC please contact or visit
About the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS)
The Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) is an organisation comprised of the world's leading international respiratory societies working together to improve lung health globally: American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST), American Thoracic Society (ATS), Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR), Asociación Latino Americana De Tórax (ALAT), European Respiratory Society (ERS), International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases (The Union), Pan African Thoracic Society (PATS), Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), and the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD).

The goal of FIRS is to unify and enhance efforts to improve lung health through the combined work of its more than 70,000 members globally.
For more information about FIRS please contact Lisa Roscoe

Fri, 20 Sep 2019 16:53:26 +0530
World Lung Day 2019 Indi

On World Lung Day (WLD) 2019,(25th Sept) Indian Association of Respiratory Care (IARC) will unite with other WLD partner organisations to advocate for respiratory health globally and call on policymakers to ensure that everyone has access to the services they need to improve their lung health.

Respiratory diseases impose an immense worldwide health burden. The facts are shocking:
· 384 million people suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and 3 million die from it each year, making it the third leading cause of death worldwide.
· 10 million people develop tuberculosis and 1.6 million die from it each year, making it the most common lethal infectious disease.
· 1.76 million people die from lung cancer each year, making it the deadliest cancer.
· 334 million people suffer from asthma, making it the most common chronic disease of childhood. It affects 14 percent of children globally − and is rising.
· Pneumonia kills millions of people each year making it a leading cause of death in the very young and very old.
· 91 percent of the world’s population live in places where poor air quality exceeds WHO guidelines. WLD, on 25th September, comes two days after the UN High-Level Meeting on UniversalHealth Coverage (UHC). UHC calls for all people to receive the health services they need, when they need it, without suffering financial hardship. At least half of the world’s population still do not have full coverage of essential health services.
The global spotlight on UHC represents an opportunity for substantial progress in the fight against lung disease around the world. On WLD this year we are united in our message:
‘Leave no one behind. On World Lung Day, we call for healthy lungs for all.’
“UHC is particularly important to persons with respiratory disease. For example, a break in the supply of medicine for patients with tuberculosis could cause the development of drug resistance, which carries serious consequences. The abrupt unavailability of asthma medicine could cause severe suffering and even death. Lack of health care provider availability usually means delay in diagnosis, which could be fatal for lung cancer patients,” said Dean Schraufnagel, MD, Executive Director of Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS).

On WLD we call for UHC action through:
1. Strengthening health care workers.
2. Prioritising prevention, namely tobacco, as well as air pollution, and vaccinations.
3. Maintaining a continuous supply of essential medicines.
4. Stemming antibiotic resistance
In addition, we call for these essential actions to reduce the burden of respiratory disease and improve global health:

1. Increase awareness among the public and policy makers that respiratory health is a major component of global health.
2. Reduce the use of all tobacco products through universal enforcement of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
3. Adopt and require World Health Organization air quality standards to reduce ambient, indoor, and occupational air pollution for all countries.
4. Promote universal access to quality health care, essential medicines, and immunisations.
5. Improve early diagnosis of respiratory diseases through increasing public awareness of lung health and disease.
6. Increase training of health professionals worldwide in respiratory disease.

7. Standardise the monitoring and management of respiratory diseases with evidence- based national and international strategies.

8. Increase research to prevent and treat respiratory diseases.
“We hope World Lung Day will provide an opportunity for action, conversation, and awareness. A unified voice of all dedicated to respiratory health will be a powerful force,” concludes Dr.Schraufnagel.
To learn more about WLD go to our World Lung Day Toolkit.
About IARC
The Indian Association of Respiratory Care (IARC) is an organization for the young and dynamic Respiratory Therapists in and around India. Respiratory therapy is an allied medical specialty concerned with the evaluation and treatment of patients who have breathing
problems. The fully organized respiratory course was started in India in 1995. The training imparted is similar to that of their counterparts in the USA. Respiratory therapists (RT) are in demand in hospitals and hospital-related organisations to provide direct patient care to those with acute and chronic respiratory problems. The field of respiratory therapy is growing rapidly. Diagnosis and management of adult respiratory disorders needing intensive care, neonatal and paediatric intensive care, pulmonary function testing, pulmonary rehabilitation, teaching and research opportunities are areas that offer opportunities to the respiratory therapist for professional growth and personal satisfaction. The Indian Journal of Respiratory Care (IJRC), the official journal of Indian Association of Respiratory Care (IARC) is a journal, first of its kind, catering to the academic and publishing needs of respiratory therapists and all health care personnel dealing with respiratory care including pulmonologists, intensivists,anaesthesiologists, physicians, physiotherapists and critical care nurses. The journal was launched in January 2012 and is published twice a year, January and July. The journal can be accessed online by visiting
For more information about IARC please contact or visit
About the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS)
The Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) is an organisation comprised of the world's leading international respiratory societies working together to improve lung health globally: American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST), American Thoracic Society (ATS), Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR), Asociación Latino Americana De Tórax (ALAT), European Respiratory Society (ERS), International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases (The Union), Pan African Thoracic Society (PATS), Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), and the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD).

The goal of FIRS is to unify and enhance efforts to improve lung health through the combined work of its more than 70,000 members globally.
For more information about FIRS please contact Lisa Roscoe


Fri, 20 Sep 2019 16:42:59 +0530
Tunisia s former presiden
Tunisia: Former Tunisian President Zinelabdin Ben Ali died in Saudi Arabia.  Dissatisfaction with his dictatorship led to the outbreak of the jasmine revolution that later spread to other Arab countries. Ali went into Saudi Arabia in 2011, unable to withstand the protests in Tunisia. The funeral will take place in Saudi Arabia today
Fri, 20 Sep 2019 15:26:09 +0530
Ayodhya Ram Temple Will B

New Delhi: Swami Chakrapani of Hindu Mahasabha, a right-wing political party, said that if the Ramjanambhoomi-Babri Masjid verdict goes in favour of the Hindus, then Lord Ram's grand temple will be constructed with gold bricks in Ayodhya.

India's and the world's Sanatan Dharmi Hindus will contribute to constructing Lord Rama's grand temple of gold, "he said. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court stated that arguments in the case of Ramjanambhoomi-Babri Masjid must be finished by October 18, even though the mediation committee may continue its job in confidence.

Fri, 20 Sep 2019 14:02:21 +0530
After survivor threatened

New Delhi: Leader of Congress Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said Friday that the govt only took action against former Union minister Swami Chinmayanand after the woman, who accused him of rape, threatened self-immolation. Taking up twitter, she said Chinmayanand had to arrest it was the power of the public and journalism.  "The government of the BJP is so dense skinned that it did not take action until the victim of rape said she was going to immolate herself. This is the power of the public and journalism that the SIT had to arrest Chinmayanand," she said.

Fri, 20 Sep 2019 13:37:46 +0530
Chinmayanand Rape Accuse

Shahajanpur: BJP's Chinmayanand, a law student accused of rape, was arrested on Friday, five days after the woman explained in detail what she said was a year of sexual assault and blackmail before a court and nearly a month after the allegations first appeared.

He was produced in court and sent to jail for 14 days. According to his lawyer, the politician was charged not with rape but with the milder "misusing authority for sexual intercourse" or "sexual intercourse that is not the offence of rape."This charge, which carries a punishment of up to five years in prison and a fine, has not been confirmed by the police. He was also charged with stalking, intimidation and misconduct.

Fri, 20 Sep 2019 13:15:01 +0530
Strict traffic rules need

New Delhi: The Union Minister Nitin Gadkari defended the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Act 2019, the law stating that strict rules were "much required" because people did not seriously adhere to the traffic rules.

Gadkari, who launched the ' Safe Safar Awareness ' of Transport Corporation of India Ltd (TCI) on Thursday, said, "I am amazed that people are protesting against a law (Motor Vehicle Act) that was created in the interest of the nation.If one obeys the traffic rules, one should not have to worry about heavy fines." "It's time for people to be careful on the highway as we face the highest road accidents / deaths," he said. He also flagged off a truck specially designed to move around the nation to raise awareness of road safety.

Fri, 20 Sep 2019 09:29:25 +0530
Mumbai Gas leak smell ac

Mumbai: Mahanagar Gas Limited (MGL) and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) received several complaints on Thursday night about a gas odor that was thought to be due to leakage from different areas of Mumbai. The smell began to emerge from locations such as Chembur, Mankhurd, Govandi, Chandivali, Powai, Ghatkopar and Andheri after 10 p.m. The natural gas distribution company MGL said after receiving the complaints ' acknowledgement that emergency teams have spread to locations where complaints were received. "Apart from the nine fire engines, four emergency vans of MGL have been mobilised. If you still notice the odour please dial 1916 gas leak," the MGL said. 

Fri, 20 Sep 2019 09:14:28 +0530
We Have to hug each Kashm

Nashik: Blaming the Congress for centuries for the plight of Kashmiris, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday called for attempts to build a "new paradise" in the Kashmir valley. Modi also said that a lot of attempts are being made across the border to foment violence in Jammu and Kashmir.  "We must build a fresh paradise in Kashmir," he said. "Cattle don't vote," Modi said about criticism that his government to vaccinate 50 crore animals. Modi was Launching the BJP's poll campaign in Nashik for the next month's Maharashtra Assembly elections,

Thu, 19 Sep 2019 17:22:41 +0530
Court extends Chidambaram

In a big jolt to former Minister of Finance and senior leader of Congress P. Chidambaram, the special CBI judge extended his judicial custody on Thursday until October 3.

Senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who appeared for Chidambaram, opposed the CBI's request for extension of judicial custody, said, "CBI's request does not give reasons for extending judicial custody and the accused has been in custody for 14 days."

Thu, 19 Sep 2019 17:09:43 +0530
Exhibition on Space techn


Mumbai: The SIES High School, Matunga, in collaboration with ISRO conducting a three day mega exhibition from September 18 in the school premises , Matunga, Mumbai. This event will serve as a platform to create awareness about space science and
astronomy amongst school students and public at large, thus igniting their interest in the emerging areas of space technology. It will also give them an opportunity to learn about ISRO’s history and glorious space missions through the scaled down
models of rockets, static panels, launch vehicles, satellites, covering information themes like ISRO Time Line, Earth Observation Satellites, Communication Satellites and their applications, inter-planetary mission, Human Space Program.
Visitors will be given a rare opportunity of having a face to face interaction with scientists and to discuss a series of topics based on space. Five scientists have come from ISRO to set up the exhibition. Over 175 schools from all over Mumbai, Thane ,
Navi Mumbai areas have registered and over 50 thousand students will be attending the three days show said the school headmistress Mrs. Kalyani Arumugam. The students have visited the exhibition at Nehru centre and were completely conversed
with the subject and were explaining to the visitors in the schools.

The highlight of the event will be display of models of the equipments used at ISRO Space Centre for the launching of Chandrayan I and II mission to moon.

Thu, 19 Sep 2019 16:14:19 +0530
Ajoy Kumar Congress Lead

New Delhi: Former Jharkhand Congress president Ajoy Kumar joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the  capital on Thursday. Kumar, a former Indian Police Service officer, left the Congress post last month after accusing senior party leaders of "nepotism" and working for "personal  interests" after losing in Lok Sabha elections. "I join AAP with the sole purpose of helping to advance the movement to provide alternative politics. In the fields of schooling, health, energy and water, the AAP government has performed excellent job. Other sections of the nation need to take it," Kumar said.

Thu, 19 Sep 2019 14:30:56 +0530
Genuine voters left out o

New Delhi: Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee met on Thursday in New Delhi with Union Home Minister Amit Shah. The leader of the Trinamool Congress met with Shah at his North Block office. Banerjee met on Wednesday night with Prime Minister Narendra Modi also.  "I gave him a letter to Amit Shah telling him that 19 lakh persons left out of the NRC are Hindi speaking, Bengali speaking, and Assamese local speaking. There were many real voters left out. This should be investigated. I submitted an official letter," said Mamata Banerjee.

“ I had a meeting with Amit Shah, hadn’t met him since he took over as the home minister,” Banerjee told reporters.

Thu, 19 Sep 2019 14:22:00 +0530
Rajnath Singh flies in Te

Bengaluru: Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh conducted a maiden flight from Bengaluru on Thursday on a Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), fully dressed in a G-Suit. Singh, who became the country's first defence minister to fly in a Tejas, took a pilot in the front seat to the fighter jet's cockpit. The fighter jet, a twin-seater trainer aircraft, took off from the airport of defence public sector unit Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Bengaluru for a 30-minute sortie at 9.58 a.m.

Thu, 19 Sep 2019 14:08:14 +0530
Schools colleges closed

Mumbai: Given the heavy rainfall forecast, schools and junior colleges will stay closed today in Mumbai, Thane and Konkan areas.

State Minister of School Education Ashish Shelar tweeted "In view of heavy rainfall forecasts, the holiday is declared as a precautionary measure for all schools and junior colleges in Mumbai, Thane, Konkan region for today 19 September 2019." Furthermore, he said that after recognizing local situations, district collectors in other areas of Maharashtra will decide whether schools will remain in the region.

Thu, 19 Sep 2019 09:37:59 +0530
Transport union calls for

New Delhi: Many colleges in Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida are closed today and because of a one-day strike called by transport unions to protest the steep increase in traffic fines, office-goers might face problems in receiving public transport. 41 Associations and passenger and merchandise unions in the Delhi-NCR region, including trucks, buses, cars and taxis, are in strike under two umbrella bodies.

Thu, 19 Sep 2019 09:30:18 +0530
Ban on e cigarettes appro

The union cabinet  on Wednesday endorsed an order to prohibit the country's e-cigarettes and e-hookahs. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, briefing journalists after a meeting of the union cabinet, said the choice was made to safeguard citizens ' health."The Union Cabinet has given the approval to ban e-cigarettes. It means the production, manufacturing, import/export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertising related to e-cigarettes are banned," She  said.

The 2019 Electronic Cigarette Prohibition Ordinance has penal clauses including imprisonment for first and repeat offense.

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 17:37:18 +0530
Narendra Modi showed Pak

Jamtara: Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Wednesday that by abrogating Articles 370 and 35A, Prime Minister Narendra Modi showed Pakistan its place. Shah also said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi should clarify whether he is in favour of the Centre's decision on Article 370. "By abrogating Article 370, Modi ji (Narendra Modi) showed Pakistan its place, and established that Kashmir is an integral part of India," he said while addressing a public meeting after launching the BJP's 'Johar Jan Ashirwad Yatra'.

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 16:37:35 +0530
Railway employees to get

New Delhi: On Wednesday, Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Prakash Javadekar spoke to the press. The press conference is being held at the Delhi National Media Center's PIB Conference Hall.

The Union Ministers announced that more than 11 lakh Indian Railways employees would get a wage bonus of 78 days.

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 16:01:38 +0530
parties can go for mediat

New Delhi: On Wednesday, the Supreme Court stated that the parties involved in the case of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute were free to settle the matter, if they so wished, through mediation. They can put the report on dispute settlement before it.

The apex court referred to a letter from the three-member mediation panel led by Justice F.M. Kalifulla on Tuesday seeking the approval of the court to resume discussions in the Ayodhya case.The apex court made it clear that the daily hearings in the case will go on and the proceedings will continue to remain confidential.

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 15:40:42 +0530
Amruta Fadnavis Calls PM

Mumbai: Amruta Fadnavis, wife of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, was among the thousands of people who wished PM on his 69th birthday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

Wishing the Father of our Country @narendramodi ji a very Happy Birthday - who inspires us to work relentlessly towards the betterment of the society !" Ms Fadnavis tweeted,

However,  she faced criticism on social media over her referring to PM Modi as the "father of our country",

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 15:00:47 +0530
Mamata Banerjee meets PM

Kolkata: Before flying to New Delhi on Tuesday, Mamata Banerjee met Prime Minister Narendra Modi's wife Jashodaben at Kolkata airport and welcomed each other. The chief minister of West Bengal presented a sari to Jashodaben during the short meeting.

Jashodaben, a retired teacher, was leaving Kolkata after a visit to Dhanbad in neighbouring Jharkhand, 

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 14:53:17 +0530
PM Modi s birthday celebr

Bhopal: Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his followers, social activist Medha Patkar, who leads the Narmada Bachao Andolan, said the birthday celebrations of PM Modi surpassed the grief of those impacted by the Sardar Sarovar Dam project.

Ms Patkar has alleged that around 192 villages in three districts of Madhya Pradesh -- Dhar, Barwani and Alirajpur -- were marooned after the Gujarat government raised the water level of the Sardar Sarovar Dam to 138.68 metres.

The birthday of Prime Minister Modi was celebrated as a festival, but the people affected are still to be rehabilitated. The water level in the dam has been raised before its schedule as the birthday of Modi falls on September 17, "Ms Patkar said.

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 14:42:51 +0530
Gulam Nabi Azad Ahmed Pa

New Delhi: Congress leader P Chidambaram had visitors from his party today in Tihar jail. Leaders of the Congress party  Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ahmed Patel met him in prison.  Chidambaram's son and Congress MP Karti Chidambaram also met with him along with them m for the meeting, which lasted half-an-hour.

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 14:33:54 +0530
Those who went to jail qu

Solapaur: NCP president Sharad Pawar took a dig at Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday, stating his accomplishments should not be questioned by those who have been in jail.

"I would like to say one thing, for whatever good or bad activities he has done, Sharad Pawar has never been in jail." Those who have been in jail for months are wondering what I have done.

I approved Rs 75,000 crore loan waiver for farmers as a Union agriculture minister, "Pawar added. Shah had targeted Pawar at a rally here earlier this month, wondering what his contribution to Maharashtra was.

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 09:24:07 +0530
Terrorists Will Fill Vacu

New Delhi: The government is trying to "remove nationalist leaders like Farooq Abdullah" in order to create a political vacuum that will be filled by terrorists, Rahul Gandhi said today, targeting veteran Jammu and Kashmir leaders under the strict Public Safety Act (PSA) government.

"It's obvious that the Government is trying to remove nationalist leaders like Farooq Abdullah Ji to create a political vacuum in Jammu and Kashmir that will be filled by terrorists. Kashmir can then permanently be used as a political instrument to polarise the rest of India," Rahul tweeted.

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 09:11:05 +0530
PoK Part Of India Expect

New Delhi: Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said today that Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) belongs to India and that "one day we expect to have physical jurisdiction over it." He also said there was no need to "worry" beyond a point about what people would say about Jammu and Kashmir and that India's position on its national  issues prevails. Recently, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu made comparable statements in the context of Pakistan's efforts to internationalise Kashmir following India's decision to end Jammu and Kashmir's unique status under Article 370 and to divide it into two Union Territories.  Pakistan has condemned the action and has vowed to take it up at the UN.

On the option of meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan PM Imran Khan later this month at the session of the UN General Assembly in New York, the minister said: "Just look at the climate of relations right now and that should give you the response." "Don't worry about what people are going to say about Jammu and Kashmir. India's stance has been clear since 1972. My stance will prevail over my problem. I've spent a lot of my working life dealing with the U.S. Congress. They say a lot of things because people go to individual members and say ' you have to say this '."

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 19:26:49 +0530
Onam festival of joy fo


Mumbai: Onam the harvest festival of Kerala celebrated with great fervor since ancient times in honour of the homecoming of the noble and legendary King Mahabali, the grandson of Prahlada (an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu ). Much of Kerala's culture is showcased during Onam festivities . Last year the festival was not celebrated due to floods in Kerala. People collected the money and used it for flood relief.

King Mahabali, who according to legend ruled the state once, under whom the people were equal, prosperous and happy. People believe that it was on this particular day of Thiruvonam in the Malayalam calender month of Chingam when Lord Mahavishnu took his fifth avatar as Vaamana, appeared in the kingdom of King Mahabali and sent him to the netherworld. According to legend, on Thiruvonam day the spirit of King Mahabali visits the people of Kerala.

The festivity of Onam is marked with a range of novel activities, music, worshipping and fascinating decorations such as Pookolam, a fancy and colourful floral pattern laid on the floor as a part of the ritual. Wearing  new clothes and preparation of traditional feast called sadya is a part of celebration. Sadya is a lavish feast with twenty-one homemade curries and sweet payasam( keer) on plantain leaf.

All Keralites make it a point to buy new clothes and men wearing silk dhoti and ladies Kerala type off white sari called Pamundu, visit nearby Krishna temple. In Matunga they visit the 90 year old Kochu Guruvayoorappan temple. People stand in long que from early morning to get the glimpse of Lord Krishna idol in the temple. Malayalam association of the SIES College was celebrating on September 14 by arranging cultural dances.

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 16:44:11 +0530
12 year old boy killed tu

Mumbai: A 12-year-old kid in Mumbai's suburban Govandi  stabbed his tuition teacher to death after a battle between her and his mother.
The event took place on Monday morning in the Shivajinagar region, police said. The victim has been recognized as Ayesha Aslam Husuyae, 30 years old.

At her house, Ayesha Husuyae gave the boy tuition, a police officer said. The boy's mom wished to borrow cash from her on Monday for some family purchases; but the teacher refused to give , the official said.

It resulted to a heated battle in the presence of the boy between the two ladies.The kid was reportedly picking up a knife lying in the house and stabbed Ayesha Husuyae.

She had been taken to a hospital where she had been declared dead.

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 16:33:36 +0530
MS fellowship for 50 yo


Mumbai: On the occasion of the 103 rd birth anniversary of the legend musician Late Dr.M.S.Subbulakshmi, 50 prominent young musicians from all over the country were presented  with "Sri Shanmukhananda Bharat Ratna Dr. M. S. Subbulakshmi Fellowship in Music" on ,September 14. at Shanmukhananda auditorium. The fellowship carries a grant of  Rs. 1 lakh for three years each in the field of   Carnatic
vocal, Hindustani vocal, Mrudungam, Harikatha, Nadaswaram, Chitravina, Veena, Sitar,flute and violin.  The musicians hail from Mumbai, Amritsar, Bangalore, Calcutta,Chennai,  Kerala, New Delhi, Andhra, Udupi ,Pune and Thane. This year, for the first time, the fellowship was given to 13 youngsters and continued for 37 other musicians. On the following day, Shanmukhananda Dr. M.S.Subbulakshmi Sangeetha Pracharya
Award was presented to well known carnatic music guru Mrs. Alamelu Mani , mother of playback singer A.Hariharan, She has trained more than 1000 students across the globe in carnatic music.

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 16:13:55 +0530
Sonia Gandhi wished Prim

New Delhi: The Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi wished Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his birthday. PM Modi turns 69 today. "She wished him a healthy, happy and long life," the Congress said. 

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:40:42 +0530
New Rules For NGOs For Fo

New Delhi: For non-governmental organizations to obtain overseas funds, all their staff and officials must declare to the government that they have not been prosecuted or sentenced for religious conversions under fresh regulations set out by the home ministry. A government notification on Monday also announced changes to the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Rules 2011, which include that individuals need not declare personal gifts worth up to Rs. 1 lakh anymore. Earlier, gifts valued at more than Rs. 25,000 had to be declared.

The notification makes it compulsory for an NGO's "office bearers and important officials and members" to certify that they were not "sued or sentenced" for "transformation" from one faith to another and for "communal tension and disharmony" to be created. Also, from now, not just the applicant but every member of the NGO must pledge that they have never been involved in "diverting" foreign funds or propagating "sedition" or "advocating violent means"

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:35:42 +0530
Mamata Banerjee s Birthda

On his 69th birthday in a tweet this morning, a day before she is planned to meet him in Delhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wished Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"Anniversary greetings to Prime Minister @narendramodi ji," wrote on Twitter Ms Banerjee, PM Modi's arch-critic. The leader of the Trinamool Congress also tweeted her greetings for her birthday in Bengali.

It is expected that Ms Banerjee will land in Delhi this evening. Tomorrow, at around 4:30 pm, she will meet PM Modi. This will be the first meeting since the Lok Sabha elections between PM Modi and Ms Banerjee. The problems facing the state are likely to be discussed.

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:23:47 +0530
An Inspiration For All

The Union ministers and senior BJP officials took to the social media on Tuesday to extend their greetings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his 69th birthday. Wishes for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday have begun to pour since midnight as party leaders praised his leadership and called him an inspiration for all.

Taking to Twitter, Union Minister for Railway Piyush Goyal hailed Prime Minister Modi. "Today, I join 130 crore fellow citizens in wishing PM Narendra Modi ji on his birthday. He is a statesman, decisive leader, and an inspiration for all of us. We are committed to achieving his vision of building a 'New India'. I pray for his long and healthy life. Happy Birthday PM Modi," Goyal wrote.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that "His visionary leadership has helped India in scaling new heights of glory. I pray for his good health and long life."  Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said

"May mother India grant you great strengths to lead us for great future. Happy Bday PM Modi," 

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 09:32:51 +0530
All 6 MLAs of BSP Join Co

Jaipur: In a huge setback for Mayawati, all six members of the Rajasthan Assembly, representatives of the Bahujan Samaj Party, joined the Congress late on Monday. Rajendra Gudd, Jogendra Singh Awana, Wajib Ali, Lakhan Singh Meena, Sandeep Yadav and Deepchand Kheria are the members joined in Congress.  The MLAs, who had been in touch with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, met Assembly Speaker CP Joshi and submitted a letter informing him about their decision to join the Congress.

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 09:08:08 +0530
Fadnavis Slams Sharad Paw

Pune: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar's latest declaration on his experience with Pakistani citizens on Monday hottered the hustings in poll-bound Maharashtra with chief minister Devendra Fadnavis connecting it to voting bank politics. Mr Fadnavis also said that major leaders should bear in mind whether their statements benefit India or Pakistan, adding that Pakistan used Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's comments about scrapping Jammu and Kashmir's unique status to attack India. 

Addressing a meeting of minority community members at the NCP office in Mumbai on Saturday, the former Defence Minister said that he had visited Pakistan several times and was always received warm hospitality.

Mon, 16 Sep 2019 20:19:27 +0530
No Compromise on language

Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, the BJP's highest southern leader, today said a firm "no" to party chief Amit Shah's push to popularise Hindi as a common language across the nation, reviving decades of uniformity versus diversity. Traditionally, the southern states have resisted Hindi's exclusive use as a cultural imposition by northern Indians. The opposition Congress and the Left have entered the fray this time as well.

All official languages in our country are equal. However, as far as Karnataka is concerned, is the principal language. We will never compromise its importance and are committed to promote Kannada and our state's culture. Yediyurappa said in a tweet.

Mon, 16 Sep 2019 20:04:14 +0530
Kodela Siva Prasada Rao C

Hyderabad: Speaker Kodela Siva Prasad Rao, former Andhra Pradesh assembly, committed suicide at his home in Hyderabad, police said today. Mr. Rao, 72, was one of Telugu Desam Party's senior leaders in the country.

He was taken to Basavatarakam Hospital where his death was confirmed by doctors. After Andhra Pradesh's bifurcation to create Telangana, Mr Rao became Speaker in 2014.

Mon, 16 Sep 2019 16:18:01 +0530
I can visit Jammu and Ka

New Delhi: India's Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said on Monday that he would visit Jammu and Kashmir  personally to take stock of the situation.

On Monday, the Supreme Court sought a report from the chief justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on allegations that it was hard for people to approach the high court. India's Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that if people were unable to approach the high court, it is "very serious." "I'm going to visit Srinagar myself," he said. A lawyer representing two child rights activists in court alleged that it was difficult for people to approach the high court. The CJI warned the lawyer that if the High Court Chief Justice's report indicates the opposite, then prepare for "consequences."

This came after when Supreme Court was on Monday hearing a bunch of petitions regarding the clampdown in the state.

Mon, 16 Sep 2019 16:05:41 +0530
Farooq Abdullah detained

New Delhi: Under the Public Safety Act, former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and leader of the National Conference Farooq Abdullah was arrested. Today, the Supreme Court issued a notice to the Center on a plea for Abdullah's imprisonment.

The PSA permits imprisonment without trial for up to two years.On the eve of the hearing of MDMK leader Vaiko's habeas corpus petition in the Supreme Court, the decision to slap the PSA on the NC leader  fell where the lack of any documents justifying the detention would have been a significant embarrassment for the Centre. Though Farooq Abdullah has been under house arrest since August 5, Union home minister Amit Shah had claimed in parliament on August 6 that the NC leader was missing the session of his own volition. This claim, however, was rebutted by none other than the Jammu and Kashmir high court, albeit indirectly, when it allowed two NC leaders to visit Abdullah in his home.

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer issued notice to the Centre and the state, and fixed Rajya Sabha MP and MDMK leader Vaiko's plea for hearing on September 30.

Mon, 16 Sep 2019 15:51:43 +0530
Will implement NRC in Utt

Lucknow:Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath praised the implementation of the National Citizens ' Register (NRC) in Assam, adding that if the need arose, he would introduce a similar drive in his state.  "These things are being introduced phase-wise and I feel that when Uttar Pradesh needs an NRC, we're going to do that. It was Assam in the first phase and how it's being applied there can be an instance for us," the chief minister informed .

Mon, 16 Sep 2019 15:38:36 +0530
12 killed 30 missing as

Visakhapatanam: A  ship with more than 60 tourists capsized in the Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh's East Godavari district on Sunday, killing 12 people while at least 30 were missing.

As many as 27 passengers either swam to safety or were saved from a neighbouring village. The accident happened in the village of Katchuluru, close the famous tourist resort of Papikonda.

Rescue workers pulled out 10 bodies. Rescue operations involving a helicopter of the Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC), a team of deep divers from the Indian Navy and two teams each of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) were on.

Mon, 16 Sep 2019 08:46:38 +0530
Protect constitutional ri

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reiterated that the nation is going through a period of "Super Emergency" and called on citizens to protect the rights and freedom guaranteed by the Constitution.

On Sunday, on the occasion of the International Day of Democracy, she urged the countrymen to uphold the constitutional values on which independent India was founded.

"On the #InternationalDayofDemocracy today (Sunday), let us once again pledge to safeguard the constitutional values our country was founded on. In this era of 'Super Emergency', we must do all it takes to protect the rights and freedoms that our Constitution guarantees," she tweeted.

Sun, 15 Sep 2019 13:04:21 +0530
Aadhaar is mandatory for

Bengaluru: Verification of the Unique Identification Number (Aadhaar) would be mandatory for new retailers from January 2020 to reduce mispractice in paying goods and services tax, said Sushil Kumar Modi, chairman of the GST Network of Ministers. "All new dealers will have to submit their Aadhaar number for authentication as of January 1st. Although presently optional, it has been made compulsory for New Year (2020) to curb false invoices that came to light after the new tax system came into force as of July 1st, 2017," Modi informed journalists here after a session of the group on Saturday. The GST Network has also decided to complete online refunding from September 24 from the central GST or the state GST. 

The next GST Council meeting will be held at Panaji in Goa on September 20.

Sun, 15 Sep 2019 12:59:14 +0530
Pakistan will break into

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh issued a strong warning to Pakistan on Saturday that it will break into several parts if he does not stop supporting terrorism. "In 1971, Pakistan, which was formed on the basis of religion, was divided into two sections. If religion-based politics continues in Pakistan, no one can prevent it from being divided into several parts ... If Pakistan does not stop supporting terrorism, then it can not be denied that it will break into several parts in the future," he said. The Minister of Defence made these comments while addressing the Bharatiya Veer Jawan Trust event in Surat, where families of troops who had lost their life in line with duty were felicitated.

Singh also claimed that only Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) can make a discussion between India and Pakistan. "I have made it clear that if there are talks between India and Pakistan, then it will be only Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK)," he said.

Sun, 15 Sep 2019 12:50:24 +0530
All cases against Azam Kh

Lucknow: All cases brought against Rampur MP Azam Khan would be withdrawn if the Samajwadi Party (SP) came to power, said its President, Akhilesh Yadav, on Saturday, with a sharp retort from Union Minister Santosh Gangwar, who called the allegation "unrestrained gossip." According to a statement by the SP, Yadav made these remarks at Rampur, where he met Khan's family at his residence and visited Mohammad Ali Jauhar University, Urdu Gate and Rampur Public School International.

He assured the party of complete assistance for Khan, who is facing a number of police cases, including those linked to the land grab. Authorities say that the Mohammad Ali Jauhar University Gate, developed by Khan in 2006, is constructed on public property.Yadav said that, if needed, he would meet with Governor Anandiben Patel in this respect. "I will inform her of the crimes committed by the administration. Copies of all FIRs filed against Khan shall be drawn and the report shall be compiled."

Sun, 15 Sep 2019 09:02:51 +0530
Passenger Gives Birth To

Mumbai: A pregnant lady gave birth to a child on a local train in Mumbai on Saturday, authorities said. The woman traveled from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus to Thane Station when she started to experience pain in her abdomen. 

She went  tolabour and delivered a baby kid while the train was on its way to Thane Railway Station.

The woman was later taken to the Railway One Rupee Clinic at Thane Railway Station for emergency treatment, where both mother and child were attended by on-duty physicians. They were later transferred to the government hospital.

Sun, 15 Sep 2019 08:51:24 +0530
Bonded Labourers Minors

Ahmedabad: Gujarat Police rescued 94 bonded workers on Saturday, including 12 minors from Ahmedabad's Chemical Factory in Kathwada. Police are presently interrogating the factory owners.

"The workers were brought from Nagaland and Assam. They were neither paid nor permitted to go home or outide. We've registered a case," Deputy Police Commissioner, told the media on Saturday.

On Friday night, police had obtained data about individuals being kept in a chemical plant in the Kathwada region as bonded labourers.

"We sent teams out to the place today. Initially, we believed there were 30 of them, but after we reached the premises, we saved 94 people and 12 of them were minors," added the officials.

Sat, 14 Sep 2019 22:36:33 +0530
Pakistan Army raises whit

New Delhi: The Pakistan Army was forced to raise the "white flag" in order to recover the body of its soldiers killed by the Indian Army in a robust reaction to the Pakistani side's ceasefire violations.

The white flag is intended to mean surrender or the search for truce. Army sources said Indian Army soldiers killed Sepoy Ghulam Rasool in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) Hajipur sector on September 10-11. Sepoy Rasool hailed from the Pakistani Punjab province of Bahawalnagar. Sources of the army said that despite repeated efforts over two days, the Pakistan Army was unable to retrieve the bodies.


Sat, 14 Sep 2019 19:46:54 +0530
Satish Poonia is New Raja

Jaipur: Satish Poonia was named the new Rajasthan BJP president, the party announced on Saturday. The leader is regarded close to his ideological mentor, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, who is also the spokesman of the party in the state. Mr Poonia, 55, is the MLA from Amber constituency of Jaipur district.Mr Poonia is also an influential leader of the Jat community, one of the biggest vote banks in the state.

Sat, 14 Sep 2019 18:30:51 +0530
UP ministers to pay incom

Under an order given by the state government on Friday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and all members of the Council of Ministers will pay their own income taxes.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered the abolition of a provision of the 1981 Uttar Pradesh Ministers ' Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Act, under which the state treasury paid the ministers ' income tax.

Sharing information of the order, Uttar Pradesh Finance Minister Suresh Khanna said that all ministers ' revenue tax had been paid by the state treasury until now, but according to the instructions of the chief minister, from now on all ministers will pay their own income tax.

Sat, 14 Sep 2019 14:18:48 +0530
Amit Shah Appeals For Hin

Union Home Minister Amit Shah today appealed on Hindi Diwas to unify India with the most widely spoken language of the country-Hindi. His tweet says it is "essential for India to have a language that worldwide marks its identity." While he said that Hindi is the language that can unify the nation, he also stressed that India is a country with many languages and dialects. Amit Shah tweeted on Hindi Diwas, which is celebrated on September 14 each year, marking the day when the Constituent Assembly of India embraced Hindi as India's official language. Hindi, written in the Devanagri script, is one of the country's 22 planned languages. However, Hindi is one of the two official languages of the Union Government, the other being English.

Sat, 14 Sep 2019 12:05:26 +0530
P M Modi Scamsters will

Ranchi: On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned that there would shortly be more scamsters behind bars. Narendra Modi spoke to a public meeting at Prabhat Tara Maidan. "Those who believed they were above the law and the judiciary are now in the clutches of law, moving from court to court for bail. This is the beginning of my 100 days of government. More will be sent to their right place," he said. The prime minister praised Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das for his accomplishments as chief minister in five years and recalled the state now proving to be a well-governed state that was renowned for fraud and corruption. Prime Minister claimed that there was an unprecedented performance in the Parliament since the Independence.The Parliament passed several important legislations, transacted business by sitting till late hours.

Sat, 14 Sep 2019 11:57:17 +0530
Swami Chinmayanand put u

Shahjanpur: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) investigating the case of Shahjahanpur rape has sealed the accused BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand's Divya ashram. "All the rooms in the ashram were sealed and only one room was left open. There was a heavy deployment of force outside the ashram. Forensic teams were called in to take evidence from the accused's bedroom and other rooms," a police officer said. The SIT had earlier searched the hostel room of the victim after which her father claimed that evidences locked in the room were missing.Earlier on Thursday, SIT had recorded the statement of SS Law College Principal Sanjay Kumar Baranwal and Secretary Avanish Misra. The 23-year-old postgraduate student claimed that the BJP leader, whose organisation operates several schools in Shahjahanpur, exploited her repeatedly and "physically abused" her for a year.

Sat, 14 Sep 2019 09:45:46 +0530
Udayan Raje Bhosle to jo

It's going to be a wonderful time for the BJP. The party, once viewed as a Brahmins bastion, is now going to be home to all three major ' Maratha kings. ' After much speculation, Udayan Raje Bhosle, the 13th descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, has announced that he will be joining the BJP on Saturday. All three Maratha heritage inheritors — Udayan Raje, his brother Shivendra Raje Bhosale, and Sambhaji Raje Bhosale will be in the saffron fold with this.

However, soon before the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, after disagreements with some state politicians, he had left the BJP ; joined the NCP and stayed among Pawar's most trusted aide since then.

Sat, 14 Sep 2019 09:31:13 +0530
ABVP wins 3 NSUI ends up

New Delhi: RSS affiliate Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) bagged three of Delhi University Students ' Union (DUSU)'s top four main panel seats on Friday. The right wing organisation has repeated the achievement of their last year, winning chairman, vice president and joint secretary posts. The National Students Union of India (NSUI), backed by the Congress, settled for only one. ABVP's Ashwit Dahiya defeated NSUI's Chetna Tyagi with a margin of more than 19,000 votes for the top post. ABVP's Pradeep Tanwar and Shivangi Kharwal won the posts of vice president and joint secretary with a margin of 8,574 and 2,914 votes respectively. NSUI bagged the secretary’s post with its candidate Ashish Lamba defeating ABVP’s Yogi Rathee by a margin of 2,053 votes.

Fri, 13 Sep 2019 18:23:27 +0530
Militants snatch rifle fr

Jammu: Suspected militants snatched the rifle from a local  Democratic Party (PDP) leader's personal security officer (PSO) in Jammu and the Kishtwar district of Kashmir, prompting authorities to impose curfew and launch a massive search operation. They escaped from the spot, he said. Army, police and CRPF cordoned off the entire area and launched a massive search operation to track down the snatchers, officials said. The curfew has been imposed in the town in the wake of the snatching incident. This is second weapon snatching incident in Kishtwar this year.

Fri, 13 Sep 2019 17:09:56 +0530
Supriya Sule harassed by

Nationalist Congress Party MP Supriya Sule has claimed that she was harassed by a cab driver at Central Railway's Dadar terminus when she reached here on Thursday. Lodging a complaint with the Railway Protection Force (RPF), Sule said that the cabbie, Kuljeet Singh Malhotra, barged into her railway compartment and tried to forcibly tout a taxi service to her. Tagging Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, she added: "Kindly look into the matter so that passengers don't have to experience such incidents again. If touting is permitted under the law, then it cannot and should not be permitted within train stations or airports but only at designated taxi stands."

The RPF quickly tracked and caught Malhotra and booked him under different sections, besides slapping a Rs 260 fine for not having a valid ticket, another Rs 400 fine by the traffic police for not having a driving license and driving without uniform.

Fri, 13 Sep 2019 17:00:22 +0530
Delhi court dismisses P C

New Delhi: Former finance minister P Chidambaram's petition seeking permission to surrender to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) was rejected by a Delhi court Friday. He's going to stay in prison until September 19. Chidambaram is presently being lodged in the INX Media case in Tihar Jail as part of the investigation. Since September 5, the leader of Congress has been in judicial custody. On August 21, he was detained by the CBI and spent 14 days in the custody of the agency.On Thursday, the Delhi High Court asked a status report from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Chidambaram's request for periodic bail in the event of INX Media. It was asked that the investigation agency file the report within 7 days.

Fri, 13 Sep 2019 16:07:43 +0530
Delhi Allahabad route

For the final time, rail passengers from the city boarded the Delhi-Allahabad Duronto Express train as the train left Allahabad on Thursday night's last run. Passengers boarding the train expressed hope that Duronto's replacement will provide good service to them as well.

Fri, 13 Sep 2019 15:46:32 +0530
Piyush Goyal clarifies on

Mumbai: Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal accepted his mistake on his comments on Einstein and Newton on Friday at a function in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) and clarified his position.

The Railway minister had said on Thursday, while defending the economy's current slowdown, "Maths never helped Einstein find gravity." He was talking at an inaugural function of 102 different passenger amenities including flagging of second CSMT-Delhi Rajdhani express.  

The Union Minister added, "there are several startups that are coming up in India and not everyone will be successful. But we will have to encourage them."


Fri, 13 Sep 2019 15:39:00 +0530
Gurgaon Couple Stabbed To

Gurgaon: A Gurgaon couple in their home before their 7-year-old son was stabbed to death, police said. The person was detained, believed to be the assassin. The incident took place late Thursday in Dundehera, according to police. The victims, Vikram Singh, 31, lived together with his spouse and son in a leased apartment. The accused Abhinav was  Vikram Singh's  friend. "Vikram had taken Rs. 1.5 lakh from Abhinav to aid him get a job abroad, however, the arrangement did not work out. They had heated arguments on Thursday, which then led to a major fight between the two.  "Abhinav suddenly got up and stabbed Vikram and then his wife Jyoti, who tried to intervene," said police officials.

Fri, 13 Sep 2019 15:28:23 +0530
Odd Even scheme back in D

New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Friday that from November 4 to 15 the odd-even street rationing system will be introduced in Delhi. Kejriwal said the move was aimed at combating high levels of air pollution in winters when crop burning takes place in neighbouring states. The chief minister announced his seven-point action plan to address pollution from crop burning that involves mask allocation, mechanized road sweeping, tree plantation, and unique plans for 12 pollution hot spots in town. Under the system, strange and even numbered cars are traveling on alternative days. 

Fri, 13 Sep 2019 15:04:36 +0530
18 dead in Maharashtra du

Mumbai: During the immersion of Ganesh idols across Maharashtra, at least 18 people drowned in distinct incidents, police said Friday. Immersions, which started on Thursday on Anant Chaturdashi, continued in several areas of Mumbai, Pune and Sangli until Friday evening, authorities said. Drowning incidents have been recorded in 11 districts including Amravati, Nashik, Thane, Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Dhule, Bhandara, Nanded, Ahmednagar, Akola and Satara,  adding that 18 people were killed in these districts.

Fri, 13 Sep 2019 13:27:56 +0530
Ganesh Immersion 11 dead

Bhopal: At least 11 bodies were retrieved while at Khatlapura Ghat in Bhopal five individuals were saved following the boat they were in capsized during Ganesh immersion this morning. The search procedure is ongoing. "This incident took place at around 4:30 in the morning. At least 40 police staff are present on the spot along with other officials and skilled swimmers. State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) team is also present on the spot,"police officials said,.

Fri, 13 Sep 2019 09:54:38 +0530
Three suspected militants

On Thursday, a senior police officer said, three people suspected of being terrorists were detained with six guns in the district of Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir.  At 8 a.m. on the Jammu-Pathankot Highway, a truck was intercepted and six AK-47 rifles were confiscated during checking. He said the truck was on its way to Kashmir from Punjab's Bamyal region. Three individuals detained, who come from Kashmir, are being questioned.According to officials

Thu, 12 Sep 2019 18:08:03 +0530
Democracy is in Peril BJ

New Delhi: Interim president of Congress Sonia Gandhi blamed the BJP government on Thursday over the financial slowdown and accused it of indulging in vendetta politics as she informed party leaders that it was not enough to be aggressive only on social media as "democracy was in danger" and the government was "misusing" the mandate.  “Sonia informed the party leaders that democracy is in peril today. The electoral mandate is being misused and abused in a most dangerous way by the government. Appropriation of freedom fighters and leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, and B.R. Ambedkar with the sole aim of misinterpreting their real messages to further their nefarious agenda. The Congress party must have an agitational agenda, and merely being active on social media is not enough.”

Thu, 12 Sep 2019 16:42:37 +0530
PM inaugurates new Jharkh

Ranchi: The New Jharkhand Vidhan Sabha building in Ranchi was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday. Today, he also launched multiple Ranchi development projects. The launch of Kisan Maan Dhan Yojana (KMDY) was also scheduled for Modi here. "The PM will launch the scheme — Prime Minister Kisan Man Dhan Yojana — and will also inaugurate 400 Ekalvya Model Residential schools to provide quality upper primary, secondary, and senior secondary level education to ST students in tribal-dominated areas," an official statement had earlier said.

Thu, 12 Sep 2019 16:29:45 +0530
Woman Sits On Snakes Get

Gorakhpur: In an odd incident, a woman sat down on a pair of snakes while talking on the phone, bitten and died minutes later. The incident took place on Wednesday in the village of Riyanv in Gorakhpur.

Gita, Jai Singh Yadav's wife who works in Thailand, spoke on the phone with her husband. A couple of snakes had entered the house and reportedly had a printed bed cover on the bed.

While talking on the phone, Gita walked into the room and sat on the bed without seeing the snakes. The snakes bit her and she fell unconscious in minutes. Other members of the family rushed her to a nearby hospital where she died during treatment.

Angry neighbours beat the snakes to death.

Thu, 12 Sep 2019 15:44:23 +0530
Gas tank explodes at Hind

Unnao: A fire broke out here at a Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited LPG plant, leaving three people injured, officials said. Fire tenders have been rushed from nearby police station areas to douse the flames.Unnao district magistrate and police superintendent rushed to the spot and have asked people in adjoining areas to vacate their houses and shift to safer places. The injured were rushed to the district hospital for treatment, Chief Medical Superintendent said.

As a precaution, trains on way to Kanpur were stopped at Ajgain and Sonik railway stations and trains to Lucknow were stopped at Uanno station. 

Thu, 12 Sep 2019 15:30:51 +0530
Elaborate security arrang

Mumbai: As people gear up for Ganpati Visarjan, which marks the culmination of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, police in the state have put in place elaborate security measures, including crowd control.

Mumbai police and Pune police have made elaborate arrangements for Ganpati Visarjan scheduled for September 12.  "More than 40,000 security forces will be deployed including Mumbai Police Special Forces and Reserved Forces. Civil defense and home guards will also be deployed," police officials said. Reportedly, there are 5630 Sarvajanik Ganpati all over Mumbai and more than 32,000 household Ganpati idols. There are 129 places earmarked in Mumbai for immersion of the idols. "56 roads have been declared as one way. To monitor the crowd more than 5000 cameras all over the city are placed. In three points we are using drones to regulate and monitor the situation; the points are - Juhu Chowpatty, Girgaum Chowpatty and Powai lake," Ashok said.

In Pune also, more than 7000 police personnel will be deployed for overseeing Ganesh Visarjan.

Thu, 12 Sep 2019 13:23:08 +0530
After ED questioning Raj

Pune: NCP leader Ajit Pawar took a jibe at Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Wednesday, stating that after a visit to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office, he has become "less vocal."

Thackeray, who had carried out a strong campaign against the BJP during the Lok Sabha elections, was questioned by the ED in a money laundering case earlier this month. "Some persons face investigation today, some persons receive notices," said Ajit Pawar, a former deputy chief minister. "Take Raj Thackeray's instance. He was very vocal at the Lok Sabha election.

Thu, 12 Sep 2019 09:57:50 +0530
Talk on economy instead o

New Delhi: Congress criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for only speaking about ' cow ' and ' Om ' and requested him to comment on the economy rather than divert and digress from actual problems.

Congress spokeperson Abhishek Singhvi said there is nobody in the nation who has a issue with the word ' cow ' and ' Om. ' "But we're having a issue with the prime minister not responding to the state of the economy and not speaking about the figures," he informed journalists. He also said that while the prime minister is an eloquent speaker, he is not speaking on the slowdown about the financial problems or the reasons the finance minister cites.

Thu, 12 Sep 2019 09:26:46 +0530
If Kashmir issue persists

Geneva: Pakistan's foreign minister warned on Wednesday that the situation in India's Kashmir risked a "accidental war" and urged UN leaders Michelle Bachelet to visit the troubled  region.

Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said he believed that both Pakistan and India "understood the consequences of a conflict," but with tensions rising since New Delhi revoked Kashmir's autonomy last month, he warned that "you can't rule out an accidental war."

Qureshi, who appealed to the Human Rights Council on Tuesday to launch an international investigation into the Indian Kashmir situation, told reporters that he had spoken to Bachelet and invited her to visit the region's Indian and Pakistani parts. "She should visit both places and report as objectively as she can to let the world know what the real situation is," he said.

Thu, 12 Sep 2019 09:17:31 +0530
Mamata Banerjee Pays Homa

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said today that Swami Vivekananda's message of universal brotherhood, in his historic address at the Chicago Parliament of Religions conference, is applicable even in modern times.

"Today is the 126th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda's epochal speech at the Parliament of Religions in Chicago. His message of universal brotherhood is relevant even today. My respectful homage to the great saint." she tweeted.

Wed, 11 Sep 2019 16:36:14 +0530
Happy Onam To All Rahul

New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi welcomed the people on Tuesday at the 10-day Harvest Festival in Kerala, Onam. "Happy Onam to each and every one of you! May this festive season bring love and happiness to all," said Mr. Gandhi, who was elected MP for Wayanad in Kerala, in a tweet.

Wed, 11 Sep 2019 16:26:14 +0530
PK Mishra appointed princ

New Delhi: Dr Pramod Kumar Mishra was appointed as the new Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, effective 11 September. He will substitute Nripendra Misra, a long-standing assistant to the Prime Minister who resigned last month after a five-year period as the central government's top bureaucrat. A Gujarat cadre Indian Administrative Service officer belonging to the 1972 batch, Mr Mishra, who was previously Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, has also held posts like Secretary Agriculture & Cooperation and Chairman, State Electricity Regulatory Commission.

In addition to his appointment, the Government also confirmed that PK Sinha, serving as Special Duty Officer (OSD) in the Prime Minister's Office, has been appointed Principal Advisor to the Prime Minister, also effective 11 September.

Wed, 11 Sep 2019 16:11:32 +0530
PM Narendra Modi launches

Mathura: Prime Minister Narendra Modi started the ambitious National Animal Disease Control Program (NADCP) in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura on Wednesday, among a host of public schemes for farmers.

With 100% financing from the Centre of Rs 12,652 crore  for five years upto 2024, NADCP seeks to vaccinate more than 500 million animals, including cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats and pigs against foot and mouth illness. The program also seeks to vaccinate 36 million female bovine calves annually in the battle against Brucellosis disease. The program has two components: disease control by 2025 and eradication by 2030.

Modi also personally interacted with farmers, veterinary doctors and plastic waste segregators. 

Wed, 11 Sep 2019 14:27:36 +0530
Chandrababu Naidu son Na

Amaravati: Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader N Chandrababu Naidu was placed under preventive custody on Wednesday morning at a time when he and his party workers were scheduled to take part in the ' Chalo Atmakur ' rally. After the house arrest, the former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister sat on a hunger strike to protest the move. Naidu sat fast around 8 a.m. and will continue until 8 p.m. His son was also placed under preventive custody at their residence following an altercation with the police. Meanwhile, party leaders and workers on their way to Naidu's residence were stopped by the police and taken into preventive custody. Section 144 was also enforced in Narasaraopeta, Sattenapalle, Palnadu and Gurajala.

Wed, 11 Sep 2019 10:25:13 +0530
Change in millennials me

Chennai: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Tuesday that the slowdown in the automotive sector was due to a number of factors, such as a change in the minds of millennials, who now prefer taxi aggregators like OLA and UBER to commit monthly installments to own a vehicle. Sitharaman said that the automotive sector had its "nice times" until two years ago. "It was certainly a nice upward trajectory for the automotive sector," she said to reporters. The Minister said that the industry had been influenced by a number of factors, including moving towards BS-VI standards and registration associated issues and

She said some surveys have revealed that there has been a shift in the Millennials ' mentality of not committing EMIs (equivalent monthly installments) to the purchase of a car, instead of OLA, UBER or Metro (train) facilities.changing attitudes. We are all seized of the problem. We will try to solve it", she said. The Bharat Stage VI (or BS-VI) emission standard will enter into force across the nation from 1 April 2020. Currently, cars comply with BS-IV emission norms. On 23 August, in a bid to tackle the slowdown in the automotive industry, Sitharaman announced that it had lifted the ban on the acquisition of cars by public agencies and that it had permitted an extra 15% depreciation on cars obtained from now on.

Wed, 11 Sep 2019 10:14:46 +0530
No Indian Will be Left Ou

Kolkata: Union Minister Smriti Irani criticised West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday for her opposition to the NRC, stating the BJP-led Center government is dedicated to protecting the rights of every citizen of the nation.The illegal infiltrators will be dealt with as per law, she asserted. "No Indian will be left out, we are dedicated towards protecting the rights of the citizens of the country," the union minister said on NRC.  Mamata Banerjee's belligerent stance prevents the state's citizens from taking advantage of the central government's benefits that could have reached farmers, women and children.

Tue, 10 Sep 2019 17:55:32 +0530
Elections in Congress for

New Delhi: It is vital to hold elections for most congress leadership positions, including the membership of the working committee, said senior leader Shashi Tharoor, confident that the party will function towards that end quickly under interim president Sonia Gandhi. The party has gone to appoint Gandhi as interim president for its most competent choice, he said. She is someone who not only has the experience of guiding the party in similar difficult circumstances before, but also a leader with "demonstrated ability to keep various segments and voices together within the Congress, which is crucial considering the present scenario in which we find ourselves," Tharoor said.  I hope that elections will take place quickly and I am confident that the party will work towards that end quickly under Mrs. Gandhi's leadership, "Tharoor said.

Tue, 10 Sep 2019 17:44:13 +0530
Urmila Matondkar quits Co

Mumbai: Bollywood actor Urmila Matondkar has resigned from Congress party, she joined the Congress in March this year.  "My political and social sensitivities refuse to allow vested party interests to use me as a means of fighting petty in-house politics rather than working on a larger objective at Mumbai Congress." Matondkar recently criticised the behaviour of Sandesh Kondvilkar and Bhushan Patil, close associates of Sanjay Nirupam, a former president of the Mumbai Congress, during campaigning in a letter addressed to the party president.

Tue, 10 Sep 2019 16:22:17 +0530
Unemployed man kills sist

Navi Mumbai: A 22-year-old woman and her two-year-old son were reportedly smothered to death at their Kamothe residence in Navi Mumbai by her unemployed brother-in-law, police said on Tuesday. The accused, identified as Suresh Chavan (29), was arrested on Tuesday morning. A Kamothe police station officer said Suresh used to stay with the family of his younger brother in Kamothe which falls under the Panvel City Municipal Corporation (PCMC) limits. Allegedly, on Monday night, Suresh smothered Jaishree and her son Avinash with one pillow after another. The accused sat next to the bodies until his younger brother returned home from the office around 11:30 pm, "police officials said. After his brother called the police, Suresh was arrested from the flat in the wee hours on Tuesday. He has been booked for murder under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Tue, 10 Sep 2019 15:02:09 +0530
District court stays arre

Kolkata: In connection with a case of alleged domestic violence lodged by his estranged wife Hasin Jahan, a district court on Monday stayed an arrest warrant against Indian pacer Mohammed Shami.

Judge Rai Chattopadhyay of the District and Sessions stayed the warrant issued by the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (ACJM) to Shami and slated the matter for hearing on November 2.

Tue, 10 Sep 2019 13:45:01 +0530
Restrictions reimposed inTue, 10 Sep 2019 13:36:24 +0530Army warns of terrorist a

Kerala police issued warnings to all districts throughout the state on Monday following the warning of a terror attack from the army. Loknath Behera, Chief Police Officer of Kerala, has asked police officers to maintain rigorous vigilance in public locations. The risk increased after the Army retrieved some deserted ships from Gujarat's Sir Creek region overlapping and crisscrossing Pakistani waters.

"We have got many inputs that there may be a terrorist attack in southern part of India and peninsular India," Lt Gen S K Saini, GOC-in-C of the Army's Southern Command.

Tue, 10 Sep 2019 10:03:47 +0530
PM to launch Kisan Man Dh

New Delhi: During his visit to Jharkhand on September 12, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch Kisan Man Dhan Yojana (KMDY) and 400 Ekalvya Model Residential Schools." Kisan Man Dhan Yojana and will also inaugurate 400 Ekalvya Model Residential schools to provide quality upper primary, secondary, and senior secondary level education to ST students in tribal-dominated areas," an official statement said on Monday.

The KMDY will secure the life of 5 crore tiny and marginal farmers by offering a minimum Rs 3,000 pension per month to those who have reached 60 years of age. For the next three years, the plan has an outlay of Rs 10,774 crore. All the small and marginal farmers who are currently between the ages of 18 to 40 years are eligible to avail the benefits. The aim of the Eklavya Model Residential Schools is to provide the students of Scheduled Tribes with quality education. This plan will be carried out in blocks with at least 20,000 tribal population. The residential schools will have Class 6-12 tribal students. In the next two years, around Rs. 10,000 crore will be spent on building these schools in Jharkhand, Odisha, Northeastern and other states.

PM Modi will also inaugurate the New Jharkhand Vidhan Sabha Building and lay the foundation stone for the New Secretariat building at Ranchi. 

Tue, 10 Sep 2019 09:50:29 +0530
Formal announcement on BJ

Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Monday said there would be an official announcement on poll alliance  in the next two days. However, he made it clear that after thorough deliberations, the formula for exchanging seats between his party and the BJP will be finalised. "Some things are being worked out. In the next couple of days, the official announcement of the BJP and the Sena contesting the elections will be made," Thackeray told reporters after NCP MLA Avdhut Tatkare, nephew of Raigad Lok Sabha MP Sunil Tatkare, joined the Sena at his suburban residence. Thackeray, while sharing a stage with the PM at a function in Mumbai on Saturday, said the saffron alliance was "atal" (inevitable) and it will return to power once again.

Tue, 10 Sep 2019 09:39:03 +0530
Donald Trump India Pakis

Washington:The Indian-Pakistan relationship is now "less heated" than it was two weeks ago, U.S. President Donald Trump said, reiterating his offer to assist the two South Asian neighbors only if both of them want. Trump's remarks were his first, coming two weeks after his conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of France's G7 Summit on August 26. "As you understand, India and Pakistan have a conflict over Kashmir.  I think it  is a little bit less heated right now than (what) was two weeks ago," Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday. Tensions between the two neighbors escalated after New Delhi revoked the unique status of Jammu and Kashmir by scrapping Article 370 of the Constitution. "I get along very well with both nations," Trump said as he answered a question about his evaluation of the India-Pakistan scenario.

Tue, 10 Sep 2019 09:13:36 +0530
Law student files rape co

New Delhi:BJP leader and former union minister Chinmayanand was accused of rape by a young lady who was found in Rajasthan and was missing from her home in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, for a week. In a police complaint, the law student complained that Chinmayanand had abused her and abused her for a year. The woman, 23, is a student at a law college run by 72-year-old Chinmayanand, a three-time MP. Her brother also studies there. She said she had lodged her complaint in Delhi for refusing to do so by the UP police."Swami Chinmayanand raped me and even physically abused me for a year," she said in front of the press, covering her face with a black scarf."This complaint was recorded by the Delhi Police at the Lodhi Road Police Station and forwarded to Shahjahanpur Police, which does not record the rape case," she said.

Mon, 09 Sep 2019 22:53:05 +0530
Kerala to set up India s

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala will set up the country's first International Women's Trade Center (IWTC), in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in Kozhikode, in a significant initiative to accelerate women's entrepreneurship and secure gender parity. A main project of the State's Gender Park under the Social Justice Department, it is intended as a safe space away from home for women to harness their entrepreneurial capacities, set up or expand their businesses and market their products worldwide.

The first phase of IWTC is scheduled to be completed by 2021 under the "Vision 2020" of the Gender Park. "It is important that the Gender Park unveiled the IWTC project at a moment when more and more women are foraying into entrepreneurship and exploring other alternatives for self-employment in Kerala," Health and Social Justice Minister K K Shailaja said.

Gender Park CEO, P T Mohammed Sunish said that IWTC's general system would be a world-class shopping destination, covering a range of outlets for women  entrepreneurs.

Mon, 09 Sep 2019 17:42:45 +0530
Ravish Kumar receives 201

Manila: Ravish Kumar, a prominent Indian journalist was awarded the prestigious 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award, considered the Asian Nobel Prize version. Kumar, 44, is the senior executive editor of NDTV India and one of India's most important TV reporters who reported real-life and under-reported issues of ordinary people, the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation's award citation said. "Indian press is in a state of crisis, and this crisis is not accidental or random, but a systemic and structural one. Being a journalist has become a lonely effort," Kumar said in his acceptance speech here in the capital of the Philippines. The four other winners of the 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award are Ko Swe Win from Myanmar, Angkhana Neelapaijit from Thailand, Raymundo Pujante Cayabyab from the Philippines and Kim Jong-Ki from South Korea.

Mon, 09 Sep 2019 16:54:31 +0530
Amitabh Bachchan Ambani

Mumbai: At Lalbaugcha Raja in Mumbai, Big-B and Abhishek Bachchan provided prayers to Lord Ganesha. With son Akash Ambani and daughter-in-law Shloka Mehta, business tycoon Mukesh Ambani arrived. The aarti was attended by the families. Lalbaugcha Raja is one of Mumbai's most prominent pandals of Ganesh Chaturthi. This year's Lalbaugcha Raja theme is India's Chandrayaan-2 lunar mission.

Mon, 09 Sep 2019 14:13:56 +0530
Sonia Gandhi summons Kama

New Delhi: As infighting in Madhya Pradesh Congress burst open with followers of both Chief Minister Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia yelling out for their respective leaders to have a say in the choice of the new chief of the state unit, Congress President Sonia Gandhi has called the two leaders for a conference on Tuesday and Wednesday. Sonia has called them separately. while Scindia has been called on Tuesday, Kamal Nath will meet Gandhi on Wednesday.

"We reviewed the political scenario in Madhya Pradesh. Sonia voiced worries about state indiscipline problems. The matter was handed over to A.K. Antony, chief of the party disciplinary commission," Kamal Nath said.

Mon, 09 Sep 2019 14:01:22 +0530
Time to end use of single

Noida: The 14th Conference of the Parties (COP14) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

The event was also attended by Saint Vincent's Prime Minister and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves & Union Minister Prakash Javadekar. Addressing the event, PM Modi said that both biodiversity and soil are affected by climate and environment. The world faces the adverse effect of climate change is commonly accepted. "Climate change is also leading to land degradation of various kinds be it due to rise in sea levels and wave action, erratic rainfall and storms, and sand storms caused by hot temperatures," he said.

Mon, 09 Sep 2019 13:32:36 +0530
Amit Shah Illegal immigr

Guwahati: On Sunday, BJP National President Amit Shah assured the party's Assam unit that action will be taken to guarantee that no illegal immigrant finds a place in the National Citizens ' Register (NRC).

After submitting a memorandum here at the location of the 68th Plenary Session of the North East Council (NEC) to Shah, who is also the Union Home Minister, the state president of the party, Ranjit Dass, informed journalists they had discussed "anomalies in the controversial NRC" with the national party president. "Shah assured us that the BJP's commitment to not allow even one illegal migrant in India remains unchanged," Dass said. "He also assured us that all those who came to India before 1971 would be provided the required protection," Dass said.

Mon, 09 Sep 2019 08:46:10 +0530
Ram Jethmalani passes

Veteran criminal lawyer and former Union law minister Ram Jethmalani died here at his residence on Sunday, Jethmalani was 96 years old. He had also served as the Minister of Urban Development in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government. In 2010, he was elected as the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association.

Born in Sindh, Pakistan on September 14, 1923, Jethmalani finished his S.C. L.L.M. College of Law Shahani, Karachi. He was elected to Lok Sabha in 1977 for the first time. He took over from October 1999 to July 2000 in the Vajpayee as Union Minister of Law, Justice and Company Affairs.

Sun, 08 Sep 2019 17:15:18 +0530
Chandrayaan 2 Lander Loca

Bengaluru: ISRO lost touch with Vikram, one of three Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft parts, on Saturday morning while the lander was trying a historic soft landing near the moon's southern pole. The lander stopped just 2.1 kilometers from the surface of the moon. "We spotted the place of the lander Vikram on the lunar surface and the orbiter clicked on the lander's thermal image. But there's no communication yet. We're attempting to get in touch. It's going to be transmitted shortly, It must have been a tough landing."  Sivan said.

Sun, 08 Sep 2019 16:55:18 +0530
PM Modi Launches Electio

Rohtak:Prime Minister Narendra Modi today initiated the election campaign of the BJP in Haryana, stating "It is evident who will bless Haryana in the days ahead." In the recent national elections, Haryana gave all 10 Lok Sabha seats to the BJP, which has ruled the state for the past five years. PM Modi thanked the state for its support. "Getting 55 percent of the vote is a great sign of the support and trust of individuals. It's a good honour. Haryana's people have provided more than I asked." The country has seen big changes in the last 100 days of the new government, PM Modi said, referring to the crucial laws passed and the massive decision to end the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate it into two Union Territories.

"Whatever major decisions have been taken, it is in your favour, triple talaq, health industry regulations, and many measures are being taken to improve the economy ... whether it is Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh or the water issue, citizens are beginning to seek alternatives." Showcasing the Manohar Lal Khattar government's accomplishments, he said, "Haryana has seen state, centre double engine benefit over the past five years. Projects worth 25,000 crore are being worked on in the state. Projects worth Rs. 2000 crore have already been initiated."

Sun, 08 Sep 2019 15:21:56 +0530
most Kashmiris support re

New Delhi: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval said on Saturday that he was "completely persuaded" that a majority of Kashmiris supported the repeal of Article 370 and that restrictions in Kashmir were intended to prevent Pakistan from generating more mischief through proxies and terrorists.Article 370 "was not a special status. It was a special discrimination. With its abrogation we have brought Kashmiris on par with Indians," he said.

The restrictions have  been eased progressively, and only 10 of the 199 police districts in Kashmir, Jammu and Laddakh now still have prohibitory orders and all land-line telephones have been restored in three areas. "I am fully convinced that most Kashmirs completely support the repeal of Article 370," said Doval. In removing Article 370, which was announced on August 5, "they (Kashmiris) see more possibilities, a better future, more youth employment," he said.  Pakistan has sent many terrorists into Kashmir with the intent of causing trouble, and to ensure that normalcy is not restored. We are not going to allow people to be victims of the machinations of Pakistan and its bullets sent across the frontier. We're going to do all we can to protect the people, "he said.

Sat, 07 Sep 2019 18:47:08 +0530
PM Modi lays foundation s

Mumbai: On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for three metro lines, adding more than 42 km to Mumbai's metro network. The three corridors are 9.2 km long Gaimukh to Shivaji Chowk (Mira Road) Metro-10 corridor, 12.7 km long Wadala to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Metro-11 corridor and 20.7 km long Kalyan to Taloja Metro-12 corridor.

The Prime Minister also set the foundation stone for a state-of - the-art Metro Bhavan that will function and control about 340 km of 14 metro lines. 

PM Modi opened the Bandongri Metro Station in Kandivali East during his visit. He also launched a state-of - the-art metro coach, the first metro coach under the initiative Make in India. The Prime Minister also released a Maha Mumbai Metro Brand Vision Document at a function here.

Sat, 07 Sep 2019 18:31:12 +0530
PM Modi takes darshan of

Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his visit to Maharashtra on Saturday with Lord Ganesha's auspicious ' darshan ' installed in the suburban Vile Parle at the 96-year-old Lokmanya Seva Sangh (LSS).

Modi was received by LSS President Mukund Chitale, committee members Rashmi Fadanvis, Mahesh Kale, Uday Tardalkar and others.

Sat, 07 Sep 2019 18:21:07 +0530
Mamata Banerjee Praises

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said today that the group of scientists at the Indian Space Research Organization "have worked hard" on the Chandrayaan 2 mission.

In applauding the ISRO scientists for their efforts, Ms Banerjee said that the ambitious moon mission is "a fitting tribute to our founding fathers who foresaw India's position far ahead of their time in the league of scientifically developed countries." "We are proud of our scientists. The @isro team worked hard for #Chandrayaan2," she tweeted.

Sat, 07 Sep 2019 14:06:01 +0530
No need to get dejected

On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed solidarity with ISRO researchers following the loss of communication with the ground station during the powerful descent of Chandrayaan-2's Vikram module leading to enormous confusion. "Communication was lost. I could see the anxiety on your faces. There's no need to be disappointed because it's not a tiny achievement. Modi was in the ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) Mission Operations Complex to observe Vikram's scheduled soft landing on the Lunar surface. Had the lander pulled off the historic touchdown, the nation could have joined in soft landing on the lunar surface with the US, Russia, and China. India might also have been the first to lower its lander on the moon's previously unexplored southern polar region.

"We have to learn a lot from your effort. As the scientists have told me if communication is re-established, it will send data. Let us hope for the best", Modi said. "My best wishes to you.

Sat, 07 Sep 2019 10:48:47 +0530
Shehla Rashid booked for

Shehla Rashid, leader of the Jammu and Kashmir People's Movement, was booked for sedition over her tweets alleging that the armed forces "tortured" civilians and ransacked houses in the Valley after Jammu and Kashmir's  special status revoked, police said Friday.

She was also accused of spreading "false news" with the purpose of "maligning the Indian Army image," they said. On August 17, Rashid claimed in a sequence of tweets that the armed forces were entering houses in Kashmir at night and "ransacking" them.

Fri, 06 Sep 2019 18:15:05 +0530
Another IAS officer quits

Bengaluru: On Friday, a Deputy Commissioner in Karnataka, Sasikanth Senthil, resigned from the IAS or Indian Administrative Service, stating in a letter that "the fundamental building  blocks of democracy are being compromised in an unprecedented way." The deputy commissioner of the Dakshina Kannada district is the second high-profile official to resign within weeks. It simply cannot be business as usual anymore," the bureaucrat wrote in an open letter, apologising to the people for "discontinuing the job". A 2009 batch Karnataka cadre officer, Mr Senthil had taken charge in Dakshina Karnataka two years ago.

Fri, 06 Sep 2019 16:44:48 +0530
P Chidambaram Starts Day

New Delhi: Former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, who yesterday spent his first night at cell number 7 in Tihar jail, began his day this morning with a light breakfast. A Delhi court sent Mr Chidambaram in the INX Media corruption case to two-week judicial custody on Thursday. 

The senior leader of the Congress was taken to jail last night. He did not have any special facilities except for a distinct cell and a western toilet as stipulated by the tribunal, jail officials said.

Like other prisoners, Mr Chidambaram will also have access to the prison library and will be able to watch TV for a defined period of time.  Chidambaram began his morning today with a light breakfast. On Thursday night, he had rotis (Indian bread), dal (lentil), sabji (vegetables) and rice, as per the prion's menu. Mr Chidambaram was lodged in prison number 7 after the compulsory medical check-up, which generally houses those charged in involving the Enforcement Directorate case. By the way, in the same case last year, his son Karti Chidambaram was also lodged in the same cell for 12 days.

Fri, 06 Sep 2019 14:49:52 +0530
IndiGo pilots suspended f

New Delhi: On Thursday, Aviation Regulator DGCA suspended two IndiGo pilots for two months for flying  a Hyderabad-Vijaywada flight  with the tail prop attached even though the Air Traffic Control (ATC) notified them instantly after take-off, an official said.
The incident happened on July 24, said a DGCA official.

During loading or unloading of any kind of cargo in an aircraft, the tail support or 'tail prop' is used to prevent the plane from tipping over backwards.  The Aviation regulator DGCA said the air traffic controller instantly notified the pilots about it, but they kept flying instead of returning to Hyderabad. "The pilots — Captain Amit Bansal and Captain Bharat Saini — were advised by the ATC instantly after the take-off that their tail prop is still attached to their ATR-72 aircraft. However, instead of returning, the pilots decided to continue flying to Vijaywada. This could have caused structural damage to the ATR72 aircraft during the flight," said the representative of the DGCA.


Fri, 06 Sep 2019 14:19:16 +0530
AAP MLA Alka Lamba quits

 The  Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Alka Lamba left the party and soon took Twitter to post the news of her departure.

"The time has come to say "Good Bye" to AAP and to resign from the primary membership of the Party," she wrote, "The past 6 years journey was a great learning for me. Thanks to all."

Fri, 06 Sep 2019 11:51:33 +0530
Robert Mugabe ex Preide

Former president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, died at the age of 95, Emmerson Mnangagwa, president of the country, said on his official Twitter account.

"It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe's founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe," a post on Mnangagwa's official presidential Twitter account said.

Fri, 06 Sep 2019 11:37:12 +0530
The Constitution is the B

Mumbai: Maharashtra's chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis, stated on Thursday that the BJP –Shiv Senaalliance's victory in the upcoming elections was certain and that every effort would be made to guarantee that RPI (A) candidates achieved victory.

Fadnavis spoke here at a rally organized by Athawale, Maharashtra's prominent Dalit leader. The BJP-Shiv Senaalliance's victory in the upcoming elections was certain and every effort would be made to secure victory for RPI (A) candidates, he said.

Fadnavis said the opposition's assertion that the BJP is planning to alter the Constitution and end the job and education reservation scheme was not true. "For us, the Constitution is the Bhagavad Gita, Bible and Quran. No one can think of altering the Constitution when rulers like Athawale are with us," he said. Fadnavis said B R Ambedkar had opposed inclusion of Article 370 in the Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Fri, 06 Sep 2019 11:21:04 +0530
Moon Landing of Chandraya

New Delhi: The Chandrayaan 2 moon mission is planned to land on Saturday on the lunar surface at 1:55 am as India seeks to produce history by becoming the first nation to reach the southern pole of the moon closest.
For an ideal touchdown between 1:30 am and 2:30 am on Saturday, the moon lander Vikram, who separated from his orbiting mothership, has already conducted two maneuvers to reduce his altitude.

According to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the rover Pragyan will roll out from the moon lander between 5:30 am and 6:30 am. It will conduct studies, including a thorough mapping of the resources of the moon, searching for the presence of water, and also clicking pictures of high resolution.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and school children will see the historic landing live from the space agency's control room.

Fri, 06 Sep 2019 11:05:26 +0530
INX Media case Delhi cou

A Delhi court on Thursday sent Congress leader  P Chidambaram to judicial custody till September 19 in INX Media case.P Chidambaram applied to the Delhi Court for direction to guarantee secure detention while in judicial custody. Chidambaram also asked the jail officials to provide him with a separate cell, western toilet and medication.

A Bench of Justice R Banumathi and Justice AS Bopanna refused to extend protection from ED's detention to Chidambaram and indicated the provision of anticipatory bail at the inquiry level could frustrate the investigating agency in questioning the accused and gathering helpful data as well as "materials" that might have been "hidden away."

The apex court said that denying anticipatory bail would not amount to denying the appellant's privileges under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution.

Thu, 05 Sep 2019 18:29:24 +0530
INX Media case Delhi cou

A Delhi court on Thursday sent Congress leader  P Chidambaram to judicial custody till September 19 in INX Media case.P Chidambaram applied to the Delhi Court for direction to guarantee secure detention while in judicial custody. Chidambaram also asked the jail officials to provide him with  a separate cell, western toilet and medication.

A Bench of Justice R Banumathi and Justice AS Bopanna refused to extend protection from ED's detention to Chidambaram and indicated the provision of anticipatory bail at the inquiry level could frustrate the investigating agency in questioning the accused and gathering helpful data as well as "materials" that might have been "hidden away."

The apex court said that denying anticipatory bail would not amount to denying the appellant's privileges under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution.

Thu, 05 Sep 2019 18:21:31 +0530
S C Allows Sana Iltija J

New Delhi:The daughter of Mehbooba Mufti will be permitted to meet her in Kashmir, the Supreme Court said today, in response to today's petition. Sana Iltija Javed had said in her petition that she was concerned about the health of her mother because she had not met her in a month. Mehbooba Mufti, a former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, was detained on August 4 along with hundreds of other legislators as a measure to avoid any disturbance or protest over the government's decision to terminate the state's unique status under Article 370 and divide it into two union territories.

Thu, 05 Sep 2019 12:48:18 +0530
SC refuses anticipatory b

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to grant him pre-arrest bail in the INX Media money laundering case filed by the Enforcement Directorate.The Supreme Court rejected Chidambaram's plea challenging the judgment of the Delhi High Court denying him anticipatory bail in the case, stating that financial offense must be treated differently as it impacts the country's economy.

There must be adequate freedom for the investigating agency to perform a probe into the situation, the apex court said. It also dismissed Chidambaram's request to direct the ED to produce his interrogation transcripts performed on three dates by the agency.

Thu, 05 Sep 2019 12:37:39 +0530
No delay in paying reward

Sonipat: The government has decided to give 'reward money' to athletes who make it big at the international events at the earliest This will help to boost the morale of the players and encourage them to accomplish more, "said Union Youth and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday. During his visit to the Indian Sports Authority (SAI) center in Sonipat, he checked the Archery Academy and interacted with national and international players. He also toured the mess, the hostel, the swimming pool, and the center gym. Rijiju clarified the government's strategy to develop India as a' sporting nation' and to attract more sportsmen in the country.

Thu, 05 Sep 2019 09:29:33 +0530
Flight services disrupts

Mumbai: Flight activities at the  Mumbai airport were partly disrupted on Wednesday owing to incessant rains in the town since Tuesday, with around 20 flights canceled and another 280 delayed.

The operation of Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL), was "normal." Due to unprecedented rainfall, almost 24 flights were kept on the floor until 23:30 hrs. As a consequence of collective attempts, five flights left between 10:30 p.m. and 11:10 p.m., the airport authorities said in a declaration.

Thu, 05 Sep 2019 09:15:37 +0530
Suburban train services r

Mumbai: The suburban harbour line services were restored here on Thursday morning, Central Railway reported. Train services were significantly affected by heavy rainfall in Mumbai and the suburbs.

"Local train towards Andheri left Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) at 5:22 am and local train towards Panvel left CSMT at 6 am," read a press release by Public Relations Department, Central Railway, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Mumbai. Train services resumed on Kurla to Kalyan route and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) to Goregaon route after rains relented late on Wednesday evening.

Thu, 05 Sep 2019 09:04:20 +0530
Amit Shah undergoes minor

Ahmedabad: Union Home Minister Amit Shah underwent minor surgery in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. Shah was admitted to KD Hospital at 9 a.m., read a statement from the hospital.

"He was successfully operated for Lipoma at the back side of neck under local anaesthesia. After this minor surgery he has been discharged," according to the statement.

Wed, 04 Sep 2019 18:35:46 +0530
Kumari Selja Appointed Ha

New Delhi : The Congress appointed Rajya Sabha MP Kumari Selja as the party's head of Haryana state, while former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda became the leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) and the chairman of the party election committee. Selja will replace Ashok Tanwar, Chief of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee. Tanwar was named leader of Congress Rahul Gandhi in 2014. Haryana affairs Ghulam Nabi Azad made the announcement at a press conference. Selja, a four-time MP – twice from Sirsa and twice from Ambala – lost this year’s Lok Sabha elections from the Ambala constituency. 

Wed, 04 Sep 2019 18:18:45 +0530
Explosion At Firecracker

Gurudaspur: At least 10 persons died and dozens are feared to be trapped after a huge explosion took place today at a firecracker manufacturing plant in Punjab's Gurdaspur, police said. The plant, situated in Gurdaspur's Batala housing colony, was totally demolished in the blast. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said that relief efforts are ongoing with the District Collector and the Senior Police Superintendent.

Wed, 04 Sep 2019 17:59:10 +0530
Prime Minister arrive

Vladivostok: Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a delegation-level meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the 5th Eastern Economic Forum on Wednesday and said that the ' historical opportunity ' would offer a fresh dimension to support between the two nations. "Your invitation to me is a matter of excellent regard for the Eastern Economic Forum. This is an historic opportunity to offer a fresh dimension to promote between the two nations. I am hoping to be part of the Forum tomorrow," said the Prime Minister.

"Russia is an essential friend and trustworthy partner of India. You have personally focused on extending our unique and privileged strategic relationship. As two essential colleagues, we havemet frequently. I have talked to you on a number of problems over the phone, and I have never felt any hesitation," Modi said on the occasion.

Wed, 04 Sep 2019 15:23:01 +0530
Heavy rains disrupts Mumb

Mumbai: Rains hit Mumbai and the entire coastal region of Konkan with waterlogging reported from many places, authorities said here on Wednesday. The heavy rains that began on Tuesday night saw Mumbai slow down on Wednesday morning, but the highway, rail and air facilities were still in operation. As a precautionary measure, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) ordered all the schools in the city to remain closed for the day, said BMC Disaster Control.

The IMD has forecast heavy rains in and around Mumbai over the next 2-3 days.

Wed, 04 Sep 2019 12:35:47 +0530
DK Shivakumar Arrested In

New Delhi/Bengaluru: Senior Karnataka Congress leader and party troubleshooter DK Shivakumar, who was being investigated in the event of supposed money laundering, was detained on Tuesday night. The Enforcement Directorate, which has been questioning him for the last four days, said that he did not cooperate with the inquiry and that he needs to be questioned while in custody. Mr Shivakumar is spent the night at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, where he was brought by the Enforcement Directorate for a medical check up. The ED will produce him in court on Wednesday to seek his custody.

Wed, 04 Sep 2019 09:04:46 +0530
American Woman Abuses As

Pune: On Sunday, police said, a 43-year-old American woman was charged with alleged abuse and assault of a burqa-clad doctor in Pune.
The U.S.lady is said to face mental disabilities and is receiving the same therapy, they said. She was prosecuted after a complaint was lodged by the 27-year-old doctor. 

The event occurred when the two women were shopping in the Pune cantonment area's Clover Center market, according to police.

The American woman inquired if she was a Muslim to the  victim.  "When the complainant answered in the affirmative, the American woman abused her and began to attack her," the Cantonment police station official said. "We have informed the US embassy about the incident," he added.

Tue, 03 Sep 2019 15:59:05 +0530
Chidambaram s CBI custody

The Supreme Court Tuesday said the CBI custody of former finance minister P Chidambaram would continue till September 5 in the INX Media corruption case.The apex court told Chidambaram's counsel not to press for the provisional bail plea, submitted before Monday's trial court and scheduled for hearing today, until September 5. A judges ' panel R Banumathi and A S Bopanna said it would hear Chidambaram's plea on Thursday challenging the Non-Bailable Warrant (NBW) issued against him, as well as the subsequent court's orders for him to be remanded in CBI custody. While posting the matter for hearing on Thursday, the bench said: "We are conscious that we should not usurp the jurisdiction of the concerned trial court".

Tue, 03 Sep 2019 15:41:53 +0530
Medha Patkar ends hunger

Bhopal: Medha Patkar, a social activist and pioneer of the ' Save Narmada ' movement, finished her nine-day hunger strike in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday after her health deteriorated.

Patkar has been on a hunger strike in the Chhota Barda district of Barwani since August 25, after the Gujarat govt opted to increase water levels in the Sardar Sarovar dam without adequate provisions for citizens residing in neighbouring villages. Her demand was proper rehabilitation facilities for the residents. In a letter to Patkar on Monday, Chief Minister Kamal Nath urged her to end the hunger strike. Chief Secretary S.R. Mohanty of the state also wrote to the activist informing her about the measures made by the government of Madhya Pradesh to assist the persons impacted.

Tue, 03 Sep 2019 14:07:54 +0530
Amit Jogi arrested on cha

Bilaspur: Former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi's son Amit Jogi, who heads the Chhattisgarh (J) Janata Congress, was detained on Tuesday in the Bilaspur district of the state on allegations of cheating and falsification, police said. The arrest was made following a police complaint lodged against him by Sameera Paikra, the BJP candidate from Marwahi constituency in the 2013 state Assembly polls. Paikra in her complaint said that while filing his nomination documents for the 2013 elections, Amit Jogi supposedly provided incorrect data about his birthplace. "Amit Jogi was detained from Marwahi Sadan on the basis of the FIR filed against him in the district police station in Gaurela in February this year," Police said

Tue, 03 Sep 2019 13:58:10 +0530
Building Collapses in Nor

Delhi: lost their life while three others were wounded in a building collapse in North East Delhi's Seelampur region, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Inspector Balwan said Tuesday.

"Two dead bodies were recovered from the site. Locals said that close to five people were trapped in the area, three of whom were recovered and sent to the hospital for treatment. We also conducted a thorough search to find out if there were any more people trapped in the debris but could not find anything."officials said.According to the locals, the under-construction four-storey building collapsed on Monday night which led to its debris falling on the nearby building leading to the deaths and injury to its occupants. 

Tue, 03 Sep 2019 09:25:39 +0530
Fire Breaks out at ONGC

Navi Mumbai: Major fire breaks out at a cold storage facility at the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) in Uran, Navi Mumbai. Fire tenders have reached the place.  Fire brigade staff of JNPT and Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation have been fighting for two hours to control the fire.

Tue, 03 Sep 2019 09:19:18 +0530
5 Arrested For Kidnapping

New Delhi:Five people were detained for murdering a 91-year-old former government worker who was abducted from his South Delhi home on Saturday after being locked up in a refrigerator in an unconscious state, police said.Krishna Khosla, who also worked with the United Nations, was abducted by his domestic assistant, Kishan, and other people from his home in Greater Kailash-2 on Saturday. His domestic help was one of the five men who had been detained in the murder.

Kishan, who had been working at Mr. Khosla's residence since last year, informed the police that he had abducted and murdered his employer because he was angry about his behavior. "During his interrogation, Kishan told the police that he was fed up with the man's' taunting and abuses,' and started planning his kidnapping a month and a half ago," a police officer said.

He walked to Mr. Khosla's home on Saturday along with five other men in a tempo.

Krishna Khosla's wife, Saroj Khosla, 87, informed the police that Kishan had given them tea mixed with sedatives. After she and her family were unconscious, the accused locked Krishna Khosla in the fridge and took him from his house. Next day, Ms Khosla called up the police. She found that jewellery and cash were also missing from their home besides the refrigerator.

Tue, 03 Sep 2019 09:14:02 +0530
Amit Shah offers prayers

Mumbai: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday visited the  Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai to seek blessings of Lord Ganesha on the auspicious day of Ganesh Chaturthi.  Amit Shah is also scheduled to offer prayers at Lalbaug later today which houses 'Lalbaugcha Raja', one of the most prominent Ganesh Pandals in the city.

Mon, 02 Sep 2019 16:53:40 +0530
Congress MLA Abdul Sattar

Mumbai: On Monday, two-termCongress MLA  and former minister of Maharashtra Abdul Sattar joined the Shiv Sena. Sattar, who represents the seat of the Sillod Assembly in the district of Aurangabad, joined the Sena at the residence of the latter in the presence of party chief Uddhav Thackeray. He resigned as Congress MLA before the general elections held earlier this year and helped the then BJP state president Raosaheb Danve, who won from Jalna Lok Sabha constituency, which covers the Sillod Assembly segment.

"I would like to see the Sena victory from the constituency of the Sillod Assembly. It's a significant place for us," journalists here informed the Sena leader. In latest weeks, several opposition Congress and NCP politicians have joined either the BJP or the Sena. Next month is elections for the Maharashtra Assembly are due.

Mon, 02 Sep 2019 16:45:47 +0530
Chandrayaan 2 Moon lande

Bengaluru:ISRO on Monday successfully carried out the separation of lander 'Vikram' from Chandrayaan-2 orbiter. During the one hour separation window starting 12.45 pm, 'Vikram' was separated at 1.15 pm, the Indian Space Research Organisation said. Two deorbit maneuvers of the lander would be performed after the separation to prepare for its landing in the moon's southern polar region.The lander is scheduled to touch the lunar surface near its south pole on September 7 at about 1.55 am.

Mon, 02 Sep 2019 16:34:59 +0530
Sikh Community protests o

Members of the Sikh Community marched here on Monday to protest the abduction and violent conversion of Sikh women in Pakistan. The march started here from Teen Murti Marg, culminated at Pakistan High Commission in solidarity with the Sikh women  who were supposedly kidnapped and converted to Islam before being married to a Muslim person in Punjab province of Pakistan and demanding justice for her.

The Sikh community members wanted to submit a memorandum at the Pakistan High Commission, But , they were stopped. This irked the Sikhs who launched massive protests near the premises of the Pakistan High Commission. The agitators also burnt an effigy of the Pakistan Chief Minister Imran Khan and raised slogans like 'Stop forceful conversion of Minorities in Pakistan'.

Mon, 02 Sep 2019 15:14:47 +0530
Supreme Court ExtendsChid

Former Union Minister P Chidambaram prevented the chance of being sent to Tihar Jail in Delhi today as his CBI custody was extended by the Supreme Court until Thursday. Mr Chidambaram is 74 years old and should be shielded, Kapil Sibal argued for his senior Congressman, who has been in CBI detention for 11 days since his August 21 detention. "There must be some protection to Chidambaram. He is 74 years old. Let him be put under house arrest and not sent to Tihar Jail," Kapil Sibal appealed to the Supreme Court.The top court said the former Finance Minister, arrested by the CBI in a corruption case, should apply for regular bail before the competent court.

Mon, 02 Sep 2019 14:58:45 +0530
Stock market closed on ac

Mumbai: Stock markets were closed for trading on Monday on account of Ganesh Chaturthi festival. The 10-day Hindu festival is celebrated to honour the elephant-headed Lord Ganesha's birthday.

Mon, 02 Sep 2019 11:09:07 +0530
S Jaishankar meets Nigeri

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met Permanent Representative of Nigeria to United Nations, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, here on Sunday. Jaishankar assured the Ambassador of India of complete assistance for the work of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) ahead of his succession as President of the 74th session of the Assembly. According to media reports, Bande was elected as the President of the General Assembly in June and will succeed incumbent Maria Fernanda Espinosa later this month.

Mon, 02 Sep 2019 11:02:38 +0530
Amit Shah If the BJP ope

Solapur:Union Home Minister Amit Shah took a shot at the Congress and Sharad Pawar Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Maharashtra on Sunday over their party leaders entering the BJP in the run-up to the state election due later this year. Amit Shah, the BJP president, was in south Maharashtra's Solapur, addressing the ''Mahajanadesh Yatra'' launched on August 1 by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
"If the BJP opens its door entirely, except for Sharad Pawar and Prithviraj Chavan, there will be no one left in their parties," said Mr. Shah while addressing a rally in Solapur.
On Sunday, Mr. Pawar lost two MLAs known to be close to him, to the BJP. In the presence of Mr. Shah, they joined the BJP. Along with them, the Congress MLA, Jaykumar Gore, also moved to the BJP. Another leader of the NCP, who is also related to Mr. Pawar, left Saturday.

Mon, 02 Sep 2019 10:48:39 +0530
New Motor Vehicles Amend

Brace up for huge penalties as the 2019 Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, which Parliament cleared last month, came into force. If any one is caught driving without a seat-belt, it will cost a fine of Rs 1,000, which was earlier Rs 100. If one is caught driving while using a mobile phone, it will invite a fine of between Rs 1,000-5,000. Earlier it was Rs 1,000. Drunken driving fine will be Rs.10,000, earlier  fine was Rs 2,000. In another move, a driver can be fined Rs 10,000 for not giving way to emergency vehicles like ambulance and fire brigade. Earlier one had to pay out a meager Rs 500 for driving without a license. Under the new rule, that has multiplied to Rs 5,000. For those continuing to drive despite disqualification, the fine has been raised from Rs 500 to Rs 10,000. Overspeeding - a common issue on the road - will now invite a penalty of between Rs 1,000-Rs 2,000.

Sun, 01 Sep 2019 20:12:34 +0530
Arjun Singh Injured As Pr

Kolkata: BJP MP Arjun Singh suffered head wounds on Sunday after police cracked down on party workers who set up a highway blockade in Kankinara, North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. Arjun Singh, seen in a blood-soaked shirt and a bandage, stated that he and his party colleagues were protesting against the "capture" of a BJP office by the Barrackpore Police Commissioner. "They attacked me and vandalised my car even though we were only protesting peacefully. Police Commissioner Manoj Verma hit me on my head, causing a deep wound. My residence is also being attacked,"  Singh said. However, a senior police officer said that the politician was hit by a stone thrown during a clash between two groups in Kankinara.

Sun, 01 Sep 2019 19:54:29 +0530
GSB mandal insured for Rs



Mumbai: Goud Saraswat Brahmin (GSB) Seva Mandal, King Circle, which is considered to be  one of the richest Ganpati pandals has taken an insurance cover of Rs 266.65 crore this year. The Mandal’s 65th year  Ganeshotsave celebrations will run for five days till September 6 The14.5 ft height idol is  adorned with  68 kilos of 22 caret gold and 327 kilos of pure silver.


Mr. Avinash Patkar who has been sculpting the idol since its inception in 1954 has used  clay and durva to make it eco-friendly. Even the paint used are soluble in water to ensure the fishes in the sea are unharmed. The insurance cover includes the devotees, volunteers, archakas and workers.


The seva mandal receives close to 1,50,000 devotees every day for five days.

Sun, 01 Sep 2019 19:33:39 +0530
New Governors Appointed I

New Delhi: Tamil Nadu BJP chief, Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan, and former Union minister Bandaru Dattatreya are on today's list of five new governors announced by President Ram Nath Kovind. Dr. Soundararajan was named Telangana Governor-having a distinct Governor is the first for the latest state in the country. Bandaru Dattatreya was appointed to replace  Kalraj Mishra, Himachal Pradesh Governor.

Besides the two, former union minister Arif Mohammad Khan has been appointed the Governor of Kerala and Bhagat Singh Koshyari as the Governor of Maharashtra.

Kalraj Mishra, who was the Governor of Himachal Pradesh, has been appointed as Rajasthan Governor.

Sun, 01 Sep 2019 13:43:26 +0530
Mamata Banerjee slams NRC

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress Suspreme  Mamata Banerjee initiated a blister attack on the Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) process after the last NRC list was released on Saturday. Banerjee took to Twitter and claimed that Bengali-speaking population were the worse sufferers of the procedure. "The NRC fiasco has exposed all those who tried to take political mileage out of it. They have a lot to answer to the nation. This is what happens when an act is guided by an ulterior motive rather than the good of the society and the larger interest of the nation," she wrote, adding, "My heart goes out to all those, especially the large number of Bengali speaking brothers and sisters, who are made to suffer because of this botched-up process."

Banerjee also said that she will never let the government implement the NRC process in the state of West Bengal.

Sun, 01 Sep 2019 11:00:27 +0530
SC collegium clears 8 nam

New Delhi: The SC collegium has cleared eight names for the chief justices of the High Court, including Madhya Pradesh, acting Chief Justice Ravi Shankar Jha, as Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The Government made Jha the acting CJ in June and last week returned the suggestion of the Collegium of Justice Akil A Kureshi of the High Court of Bombay to consider him to any other High Court. Justice Kureshi was initially a judge of the High Court of Gujarat.At the collegium sessions conducted on 22 and 28 August, the proceedings of which are published on the SC website on Friday evening, no decision has been taken on Justice Kureshi, but the collegium may again press for Justice Kureshi as MP CJ, as no one else has recommended while transferring Jha who was the acting CJ there.

The collegium also on Wednesday recommended four Chief Justices of the High Courts for elevation as SC judges.

Sun, 01 Sep 2019 10:52:44 +0530
Samba Railway Station in

The railway station in Samba district will soon have a freight terminal, the first of its kind in Jammu and Kashmir, having the capacity to move 6,000 to 9,000 metric tonnes of goods per day, officials said on Saturday. The team led by Chief Transport Planning Manager (CTPM), Railways, Devendra Singh visited the Samba station in Rakh Amb Tali on Saturday and took inventory of the current facilities, the official spokesperson said. He said that the team evaluated the need for infrastructure to run a freight terminal to facilitate simple and cheaper transport of commercial products, raw materials and finished products for the advantage of traders and industrialists.Singh was accompanied by Director, Industries and Commerce, Jammu, Anoo Malhotra, Chief Engineer, Northern Railway, Vinod Tripathi and several other senior railway officers, the spokesman said.

Initially, the terminal would have the capacity to handle the movement of two to five cargo trains per day in and out, the spokesman said, adding the cargo trains would be ordinary goods trains, container trains or automobile trade trains, having the capacity to move 6,000 to 9,000 metric tonnes of goods per day.

Sun, 01 Sep 2019 10:41:38 +0530
BJP to observe service w

New Delhi :One of the activities the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is planning to celebrate the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi next month is a campaign to discourage single-use plastic, encourage water debate and distribute fruit in orphanages. On September 17, the prime minister turns 69. From September 14 to 20, the governing party will observe "Seva Saptah" (service week). Under party vice president Avinas Rai Khanna, the BJP has set up a four-member team to oversee a six-point service week action plan. In a letter to all BJP state units, Party Secretary General Arun Singh proposed the organization of blood donation camps, health check-ups and operations, and distributing fruits in hospitals, orphanages and old age homes during the week.and eye checks and procedures,

Party state headquarters will send copies of a book on PM’s life and achievements to intellectuals and those working in different walks of life. “You (senior leaders in states) all should make a plan to meet these people personally and gift a copy of the book to them,” Singh said. The BJP will also collect, through NaMo App and social media tools, photographs and information about interesting events related to Modi. Party state units have been asked to make arrangements for this.

Sat, 31 Aug 2019 16:19:14 +0530
DK Shivakumar appears bef

New Delhi: After being grilled Enforcement Directorate (ED) for more than five hours, Congress leader DK Shivakumar appeared again on Saturday before the agency, which is investigating his alleged involvement in a money laundering case. The leader claimed that he had accomplished nothing wrong and would collaborate completely with the investigating agency. "I have faith in the scheme and the law. They work with me and so am I," the leader informed media people outside the office of the agency.  This had happened after his petition was rejected by the Karnataka High Court challenging the summons given to him in December 2018. "We are lawmakers and law-abiding citizens. I don't understand why they called me under the PMLA Act," he said.

"It's all a conspiracy. I haven't made any mistake, murdered, or indulged in corruption. It's my money you've found, and I've earned it," he said.

Sat, 31 Aug 2019 15:40:23 +0530
PAK ISI plotting big stri

After the revocation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, the Intelligence Bureau (IB), India's inner spy agency, has warned Delhi Police against prospective terrorist attacks in the National Capital Region (NCR). Its top secret reports say, "With Jaish-e-Mohammedd (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) exposed on global platforms, Al-umar-Mujahideen (AuM) is the fresh ISI (Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence) agency and capable of taking significant terrorist attacks outside the Valley." The Pakistan-based terrorist group, AuM, is headed by the dreaded Kashmiri terrorist Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar alias Mushtaq Latram, whose unit carried out a terrorist strike in Anantnag, near Srinagar last June 12, killing five CRPF jawans."Zargar has recruited Kashmiri cadres from Jammu and Kashmir as well from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). Post revocation of Article 370, the ISI's intention is to use Zargar's cadres to carry out terror strikes in and out of Jammu and Kashmir," says the IB report.

Sat, 31 Aug 2019 15:04:34 +0530
20 dead 58 injured after

Maharashtra: The death toll in the explosion that broke out here on Saturday morning at a chemical plant in the Shirpur region has risen to 20. In the incident, 20 people died and 58 people were killed. The injured were rushed to the nearest hospital, "Vishwa Padhare, Police Superintendent, said. The State Disaster Resource Force (SDRF) teams are carrying out rescue operation in the area and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been alerted.

Sat, 31 Aug 2019 14:45:23 +0530
This NRC Won t Help to Ou

Guwahati:Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma says the National Citizens ' Register or NRC-the list intended to identify legal residents and eliminate illegal immigrants from the northeastern state-can not be regarded as a "red letter" for Assamese culture. The senior BJP leader said the list would really help get rid of foreigners if he had little faith. In the final Assam citizens ' list released at 10 this morning, over 19 lakh people were left out. 3.11 crore individuals have been included in the list  on "We lost hope right after the draft in the current form of the NRC. When so many real Indians are out, how can you claim that this document is a red letter to Assamese society," Mr Sarma said to local journalists this morning before the list was published. "In districts bordering Bangladesh, like South Salmara and Dhubri, the rate of exclusion is the lowest and in Bhumiputra district, it's high. How it can be? We are not interested in this NRC anymore," he said. "NRC is no quarter-final, semi-final and final to drive Bangladesh out ... wait a while and you are going to see more finals under the BJP system." Security is tight in Assam, with tens of thousands of paramilitary staff and police deployed across the north-eastern state bordering Bangladesh. 

Sat, 31 Aug 2019 13:48:45 +0530
We ll Implement NRC MaSat, 31 Aug 2019 13:24:37 +0530Nirmala Sitharaman announ

New Delhi:A week after the government announced a slew of measures to increase the economy, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made another set of announcements on Friday to reinforce the country's banking system.

Sitharaman said Punjab National Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce and United Bank will be merged to form the second-largest public sector bank with the business of Rs 17.95 lakh crore. Canara Bank will also be merged with Syndicate Bank to create the fourth biggest bank in the public sector with a Rs 15.20 lakh crore business. Union Bank of India will be merged with Andhra Bank and Corporation Bank to become the fifth-largest public sector bank now, she said at a press conference in New Delhi. Indian Bank will merge with Allahabad Bank to form the seventh-largest Public Sector Bank with a business of Rs 8.08 lakh crore. The Finance Minister said that there will be two national presence banks-Bank of India with business size Rs 9.3 lakh crore and Central Bank with business size Rs 4.68 lakh crore. India will now have 12 public sector banks from 27 public sector banks following the restructuring of these banks, she said.

Fri, 30 Aug 2019 17:37:48 +0530
India s Macroeconomic Fun

Gandhinagar: The macroeconomic fundamentals of India are quite powerful and their economy is presently rising at the world's fastest rate, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said Thursday. In addressing a convocation ceremony here, the home minister said the economy was in a shambles when the government of Narendra Modi took over in its first term in May 2014, but things have improved over the past five years."Even today India is the fastest-growing economy of the world with around 7 per cent (GDP) growth," Shah said. Industrialist Mukesh Ambani, who is the promoter of the university, was present on the occasion.We have managed to maintain the inflation rate below 3% in the last five years. While the fiscal deficit (the gap between spending and income), at 5%, has fallen to 3.5%, "Shah said.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India should develop to be the third most economically advanced country, and that is why we are moving forward with micro-planning," he said.The home minister said FDI (foreign direct investment) in India has also increased. Shah said India's goal is to become a USD 5 trillion economy in the next five years and without contribution from the energy and petroleum sector, this goal can't be achieved.

These include relaxing FDI regulations, releasing Rs 70,000 crore assets to public sector banks to increase credit to various sectors industries, receiving a big portion of RBI funds, and withdrawing start-up angle tax for startups.

Speaking to the graduating students present at the event, Shah said they would start a fresh innings where they would add to the country's growth. He instructed them not to set tiny objectives and to look at the larger image at all times.

Fri, 30 Aug 2019 16:08:23 +0530
Kamal Nath meets Sonia Ga

On Friday, the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Nath, met with interim president of the Congress, Sonia Gandhi, and informed her the need for a new president of the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee.

Speaking to reporters after meeting Gandhi, he said, "I had a discussion with Sonia Gandhi on various topics. I have been saying this that a new state president for Madhya Pradesh should be made.When I became the Chief Minister, I said it then also that new state president should be made, but since Lok Sabha elections were there, I was asked to continue." Asked about reports of Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia's 'ultimatum' to the party to make him MPCC chief, Kamal Nath said,

"I don't agree with this because I don't believe he's dissatisfied." Kamal Nath was named MPCC chairman in April 2018, while taking over as Madhya Pradesh chief minister in December last year.

Fri, 30 Aug 2019 15:37:45 +0530
General Bipin Rawat in J

For the first time since the revocation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, army Chief General Bipin Rawat will visit Srinagar today. General Rawat will review the safety condition and armed forces preparedness in the Valley during his visit.

Ever since the government announced its move on Article 370, the top brass of the Army has frequently undertaken visits to the Valley to review the security situation. Security was tightened up in the region after the scrappig of Article 370 and bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories -- Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh on August 5. 

A 65-year-old man was killed by terrorists in the Parimpora area on the outskirts of Srinagar City on Friday. He was a shopkeeper and allegedly killed for keeping his shop open. He was just closing his shop when the motorcycle-borne assailants fired upon him. He succumbed at the local hospital. A few days back, a truck driver was  killed in Bijbehara in Anantnag district by stone-pelting criminals. 


Fri, 30 Aug 2019 14:51:11 +0530
Narendra Modi Addresses M

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today spoke to a news organization conclave in Kochi, Kerala, where he spoke through video conferencing. 

The conclave, organized by a major  Malayali newspaper, addressed the theme of' New India, New Government, New Aspirations, New Challenges, New Frontiers and New Avenues.'

PM Modi submitted his vision for New India at the conclave, saying New India is all about Participatory Democracy. "India is rapidly developing, and it's going on for good," PM Modi said, "New India is about Participatory Democracy. It's an era of responsible government and accountable citizens.""For many years, a culture has been perpetrated in which aspiration has become a poor word," he said, "Doors opened based on your surname or your contacts. Success depended on whether or not you belonged to an Old Boy's club. Big towns, large organizations, and large families ... that's all that counts."

Fri, 30 Aug 2019 14:38:22 +0530
Urmila Matondkar Scrappi

Nanded:Actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar struck the centre in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday after the repeal of Article 370. Her spouse has not been able to talk to his relatives who have been living in Kashmir for the last 22 days, she said. "It is not just a question of repealing Article 370. It has been accomplished in an inhumane way," said Mrs Matondkar, who unsuccessfully contested the election of Lok Sabha on the Congress ticket. "My father-in-law and mother-in-law stay there. Both are diabetic, have high blood pressure. Today is the 22nd day, neither me nor my husband have been able to speak to them. We have no clue if they have medicines available at home," she said.

Fri, 30 Aug 2019 10:19:01 +0530
ED questions Ahmed Patel

New Delhi: Senior Congressman Ahmed Patel's son, Faisal Patel, was questioned for seven hours by the Enforcement Directorate here on Thursday in the supposed case of multi-crore bank fraud and money laundering by Sterling Biotech-based Gujarat. "Faisal was questioned about his relationship with the Sandesara brothers(Chetan Jayantilal Sandesara and Nitin Jayantilal Sandesara), owners and promoters of the Vadodara-based pharmaceutical company."ED officials said.The agency faced Faisal with a declaration by Sunil Yadav, in which he claimed that the son of the leader of the Congress had taken his friends to the farmhouse for a party and that all the costs had been borne by Chetan.This is for the third time that the financial probe agency has grilled the son of the COngress treasurer in connection with the case. On July 30, the financial probe agency had also grilled Ahmed Patel's son-in-law and advocate Irfan Siddiqui in connection with the probe.

Fri, 30 Aug 2019 10:07:14 +0530
You are a true karmayogi

On Thursday, Mukesh Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Industries Limited, named Home Minister Amit Shah as the real Indian Karmyogi and Iron Man, a title often used by Sardar Vallabh Patel.

"Amit bhai, you are true karmyogi, you are truly Iron Man of our country," Mukesh Ambani said. During his address at the convocation of Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. "Gujarat, and now India, is blessed to have a leader like you," he said.  

The home minister was also present during the convocation.Addressing the students at the ceremony, Mukesh Ambani said that India's future was in safe hands.

Amit Shah, in his speech, said that the economy of India had improved since the NDA took over the reins."Until 2014, there was no attempt to save India's economy. In the last five years, we have been able to create it the fastest-growing economy in the world," said Amit Shah, adding that the inflation rate had fallen from 9% to 3% over the BJP period.

Fri, 30 Aug 2019 09:32:56 +0530
P M launched the FitInd

On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the # FitIndiaMovement for National Sports Day at Indira Gandhi Stadium.

Before the launch, a stellar performance was provided to the Prime Minister and other attendants by students from distinct colleges. All instructional institutes have been taught in the daily routine to prepare and execute a fitness plan that includes sports, exercises or other fitness physical activities.

Speaking at the launch, PM Modi paid homage to Major Dhyan Chand and said, "This day was born an excellent sportsman, Major Dhyan Chand. With his fitness, stamina, and hockey stick, he surprised the world."

Thu, 29 Aug 2019 17:01:29 +0530
SC extends interim protec

Supreme Court reserves judgment for September 5 on appeal by senior Congress leader P Chidambaram against the order of the Delhi High Court rejecting his anticipatory plea in a case investigated by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in INX Media.

Thu, 29 Aug 2019 16:52:21 +0530
Air India bans single use

Air India is set to impose a ban on all of its flights on plastic products such as bags, cups and straws. "The use of plastics in Air India and the low-cost subsidiary Air India Express will be totally banned from 2 October," Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani said on Thursday. The airline will use environmentally friendly wood cutlery instead of plastic cutlery for special meals. Crew meal cutlery with light-weight steel cutlery will be replaced. It will replace plastic tumblers and teacups with paper varieties.

In the first phase, it will implement in all flights of Air India Express and Alliance air flights and in the second phase, it will be implemented in Air India flights.

Thu, 29 Aug 2019 16:28:34 +0530
During the tenure of Yogi

Uttar Pradesh Minister, Sunil Bharala claimed that during the reign of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Ram Temple would be constructed in Ayodhya. Lord Ram's Temple will be constructed during Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's tenure. He is a decisive guy, he will be the one with his own hands to construct the temple, he has ' apaar shakti ' in him, "said Bharala. "The day-today hearing on this is taking place in the Supreme Court and a decision will quickly be taken in favour of building Ram Temple. Even the Muslim community is supporting this," he added. The 16th-century Babri Masjid was demolished on December 6, 1992.

Thu, 29 Aug 2019 15:10:09 +0530
Pakistan launched ballist

Pakistan effectively launched the surface-to-surface ballistic missile ' Ghaznavi ' at night training, the Army said on Thursday. The ballistic missile can deliver various kinds of warheads up to 290 km, wrote Major General Asif Ghafoor on Twitter, the military's press spokesman. President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed gratitude to the team and congratulated the country for the achievement, he said. A video of the launch was also shared in his tweet by the Director-General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

Thu, 29 Aug 2019 14:22:43 +0530
High Alert Sounded in Gul

A high alert was sounded in the state of Gujarat and officials geared at maintaining tight security, including on vessels lying at Kandla port, following intelligence inputs warning Pakistani commandos trained in underwater attacks entering the Kutch Gulf area. In a message, the Port Trust officials said the Pakistan-trained commandos are believed to have entered the Kutch Gulf through the Nala Creek Area of Harami. "Therefore, it is directed to take the utmost security measures and to prevent any untoward situation in the state of Gujarat, all ships at DPT (Deendayal Port Trust) to take the utmost security measures and to keep anti-terrorism watch and be alert." "It also directed Van Oord, a Netherlands-based company with a agreement to preserve the port of Kandla, to warn all dredgers and support ships on the channel and to ' keep sharp watch and report any suspect activity ' to port control.

The alert arises in the aftermath of increased tensions between India and Pakistan over Kashmir following the repeal of Article 370 of the Constitution by New Delhi, which Islamabad called an "annexation" act.

Thu, 29 Aug 2019 13:56:29 +0530
Chidambaram s arrest a Go

Mumbai: It's nice news that the arrest of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Indrani Mukerjea, co-founder of INX Media, said today. Mr Chidambaram is accused by the CBI of enabling an enormous infusion of foreign resources into the media business INX Media–established by Indrani Mukerjea and her husband Peter–in 2007, when he was Minister of Finance, following the example of his son Karti.

"It's good news that P Chidambaram has been arrested," Ms Mukerjea told reporters present in a Mumbai court. The Mukerjeas, who are in prison in Mumbai for the murder of Indrani's daughter Sheena Bora, named Mr Chidambaram and his son. Indrani Mukerjea, who turned approver in the case in July, has allegedly revealed her meeting with the Chidambarams

Thu, 29 Aug 2019 13:05:03 +0530
50 000 vacancies to be fi

Srinagar:In the next few months, the Jammu and Kashmir Government will fill 50,000 vacancies in various government departments. This was announced by Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Press Conference in Raj Bhavan.He encouraged the youth to come forward and take an active part in this recruitment process, as this would be the biggest single recruitment drive ever in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. He also announced that his government was working with multiple central organizations to set up a system to provide a minimum support price for apple crops in the state and that NAFED was prepared to spend more than Rs 5,000 Crores to purchase more than 50 per cent of apple production in the state. This would benefit more than 7 lakh apple farmers.  The Governor also announced that, in order to provide relief to the individuals, it had been decided to open mobile phones in all 10 districts of Jammu (barring one place) and that mobile phones would also be operational in the entire revenue district of the Kupwara and Handwara Police districts in the Kashmir Valley. The government has already announced opening of landline connections in the Kashmir valley.

Thu, 29 Aug 2019 10:02:39 +0530
amendments in

On Wednesday, the Union Cabinet approved amendments to the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill 2019, which Parliament passed earlier this month.

"The original version of the Bill was approved by the Cabinet on July 17, 2019, and was passed in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on July 29, 2019, and August 1, 2019, respectively, with official amendments," an official statement about the cabinet decision said. The amendments were obtained to Clause 4 and Clause 37 of the NMC bill. The Cabinet was informed of the amendments made to the bill authorized by the Parliament in July 2019.

Thu, 29 Aug 2019 09:52:17 +0530
Mukul Roy Questioned by C

New Delhi: BJP leader Mukul Roy and Trinamool Congress MP K D Singh were questioned by the CBI on Wednesday, officials said. Roy, who was a close supporter of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee before he broke ranks with the Trinamool Congress (TMC), went to the Agency headquarters here, where he was examined by a group of Kolkata officials, they said.The former TMC leader is an accused in the CBI FIR pertaining to Narada sting operation case, while he had been questioned in the past in Saradha chit fund case.

Roy said he had been notified under 160 CrPC to appear as a witness in the case of Saradha. "They had some queries about the Saradha case. I replied to all their queries. I informed them they could call me as and when they needed," he said on the phone. Roy said he had not been asked any questions concerning Narada.

Thu, 29 Aug 2019 09:43:32 +0530
Rahul Gandhi s Mindset Ch

Attacking Rahul Gandhi over his Kashmir remarks, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar today wondered whether "his Wayanad election had altered his mind." The remark left him facing questions that some journalists said he had not answered obviously. "I'm amazed ... how far bank politics is going to go. Just because he won from Wayanad, does that imply that his soch (mindset) has also altered," said Mr. Javadekar, targeting the Congress leader at a press conference.

By the way, Wayanad has a big minority population—28.65% of Muslims and 21.34% of Christians. The Congress objected to Javadekar's remarks and called him the "Misinformation Minister."

Asking for an explanation on the comment, Congress tweeted, "Would the Misinformation Minister Prakash Javdekar care to explain what he means when he says 'Wayanad se jeete toh soch bhi badli?'"

Thu, 29 Aug 2019 09:33:14 +0530
Cabinet approves 100 FDI

For international single-brand retailers, the government on Wednesday relaxed FDI law and also allowed foreign investment in contract manufacturing and coal mining. Briefing journalists on decisions made by the Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal said 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has been approved under the automatic path of carbon mining and related facilities.To increase domestic production, under the automatic route, 100% FDI was permitted in contract manufacturing, he said, adding that 26% FDI was permitted in electronic media.

The Cabinet has expanded the definition of the compulsory 30 percent domestic sourcing standard on FDI in single-brand retailing. It also permitted single-brand retailers to begin online sales, waiving the previous condition of establishing a compulsory brick-and-mortar store, he said.

Wed, 28 Aug 2019 22:50:50 +0530
Government using brute f

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accused the central government led by the BJP on Wednesday of using brute force to squat in the Kashmir Valley voices of dissent.

Banerjee also said the country's major institutions are led by retired bureaucrats, who act as the government's "yes men."

What's happening in Kashmir? The government uses brute force to squirt all voices of dissent in the Valley, "she said while addressing a rally of learners here. Banerjee dared to arrest her for increasing her voice against the government, claiming that she would" not bow down before the BJP.

The nation is heading for presidential type of government, and there will be no room for democracy, said Banerjee. "The central government either threatens the leaders of the opposition or buys them out with cash. It's now after Bengal as we oppose its policies and divisive policies," she added.

Wed, 28 Aug 2019 17:53:45 +0530
SIES Students make Eco fr



MUMBAI: With Ganesh festival nearing, an eco-friendly Ganesha modelling workshop was organised at the SIES College, Sion (W), jointly conducted by the college Cultural association and Khula Aasman Trust, which is an organisation with a tag line "Crafting Art for Social Change". 

The trust believes that the art has the power to cross over differences of caste, class, gender, language, region and age and also believed in doing with the hands-on work while remaining conscious towards the needs of the fragile environment.

About 30 students and staff had participated in the workshop which was inaugurated by Dr Uma Shankar, college principal and conducted by Ms Sarita Ganesh of the Trust. Many who came to watch learnt the process of making the clay models and all those participated took their idols home. Dr Lakshmi Muthukumar, head of the English department said “ I tried my hand in making mud Ganesha and I feel happy, I succeeded in making this and I will display this at my home this year” she said.

Wed, 28 Aug 2019 17:33:03 +0530
SIES students make Eco fr



With Ganesh festival nearing, an eco friendly Ganesha modelling workshop was organised at the SIES College, Sion (W), jointly conducted by the college Cultural association  and  Khula Aasman Trust, which is an organisation with a tag line "Crafting Art for Social Change" . 


The trust believes that  the art has the power to cross over differences of caste, class, gender, language, region and age and also believed in doing with the hands-on work while remaining conscious towards the needs of the fragile environment.


About 30 students and staff had participated in the workshop which was inaugurated by Dr. Uma Shankar , college principal and conducted by Ms Sarita Ganesh of the Trust. Many who came to watch  learnt the process of making the clay models and all those participated took their idols home. Dr. Lakshmi Muthukumar , head of the English department said “ I tried my hand in making mud Ganesha and I feel happy , I succeeded in making  this and I will display this at my home this year” she said.


Wed, 28 Aug 2019 16:52:09 +0530
Sitaram Yechury allowed t

 CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury will visit Jammu and Kashmir to meet with his party colleague and former MLA Mohammed Yusuf Tarigami after receiving a green signal from the Supreme Court. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court permitted Yechury to visit the state to meet with Tarigami, who was arrested by the police there in the aftermath of the Centre abrogating Article 370 of the Constitution, which gave the state unique status. However, a panel led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi instructed Yechury to meet Tarigami only and not use the visit for "political purposes." The bench said the officials were free to report it to the apex court if the Left leader indulged in any political activity.

Wed, 28 Aug 2019 14:17:21 +0530
Petition Against Scrappin

New Delhi:On Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court will hear a batch of requests challenging the decision of the Centrer to repeal Article 370, revoking the unique status of Jammu and Kashmir.

The apex court will also hear requests seeking to remove further constraints, including communication blockades in the state, which are coming in the manner of reporters carrying out their professional responsibilities. While the petition against the removal of Article 370 was submitted by ML Sharma, the National Conference Leaders Mohd Akbar Lone and Justice (rtd) Hasnain Masoodi questioned the Centre's modifications to the constitutional status of Jammu and Kashmir.

They were also joined by former IAS officer Shah Faesal and former JNU student leader Shehla Rashid and several others, including eminent individuals such as Radha Kumar.
CPM leader Sitaram Yechury has also submitted a petition requesting the output of his party colleague Mohd Tarigami, who has been arrested by the police.

Wed, 28 Aug 2019 10:19:16 +0530
Amitabh Bachchan to give

Bollywood Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has disclosed that his property will be split equally between his son Abhishek and his daughter Shweta. The veteran often expresses love for his daughter on social media, and now the' Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao ' campaign ambassador has said that Abhishek alone will not have complete power over his estate. Big B was recently questioned about his will at an case. To which he has disclosed that all his properties will be split equally between his kids Shweta and Abhishek. The iconic actor is also the ambassador of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao's campaign, and has been a proponent of saving and educating girls. Praiseing Shweta for the accomplishment, Big B went to social media and wrote, "Nothing gives more pride to a dad than a daughter's achievement. Daughters are unique, from this little ' ghunghat ' to the ' best seller '."

Wed, 28 Aug 2019 10:14:06 +0530
Case Against Ex BJP MP Ch

A case of kidnapping and criminal intimidation was registered against former BJP MP Swami Chinmayanand by Uttar Pradesh police after a 23-year-old law student who had posted a video on social media alleging exploitation by powerful people in the leadership of her college, disappeared on Saturday. The woman doesn't name anyone in her video, but her dad has lodged a missing complaint naming Chinmayanand, who is the president of the college management. The police have, however, not addressed the allegation of sexual harassment made by the woman's father.

Wed, 28 Aug 2019 08:40:09 +0530
Petition Against Scrappin

New Delhi:On Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court will hear a batch of requests challenging the decision of the Centrer to repeal Article 370, revoking the unique status of Jammu and Kashmir.

The apex court will also hear requests seeking to remove further constraints, including communication blockades in the state, which are coming in the manner of reporters carrying out their professional responsibilities. While the petition against the removal of Article 370 was submitted by ML Sharma, the National Conference Leaders Mohd Akbar Lone and Justice (rtd) Hasnain Masoodi questioned the Centre's modifications to the constitutional status of Jammu and Kashmir.

They were also joined by former IAS officer Shah Faesal and former JNU student leader Shehla Rashid and several others, including eminent individuals such as Radha Kumar.
CPM leader Sitaram Yechury has also submitted a petition requesting the output of his party colleague Mohd Tarigami, who has been arrested by the police.

Wed, 28 Aug 2019 08:28:59 +0530
Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium


The Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) on Tuesday announced that the Feroz Shah Kotla cricket stadium will be renamed after Arun Jaitley, who died on August 24. The choice was made to honour Jaitley, who served from 1999 to 2013 as the chairman of DDCA. The stadium's renaming will take place on September 12. In the same feature, the present Indian skipper Virat Kohli will name one of the stands on the floor. DDCA announced their choice on Twitter. The choice was made to honour Jaitley, who served from 1999 to 2013 as the chairman of DDCA. The stadium's renaming will take place on September 12. In the same feature, the present Indian skipper Virat Kohli will name one of the stands on the floor. DDCA announced their choice on Twitter.

Tue, 27 Aug 2019 18:27:36 +0530
Jyotiraditya Scindia s Cr

Senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia mocked BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur for her comment that "marak shakti" (killing power) is being used by the opposition to damage BJP officials. For bringing such a person into politics, he asked the saffron party to "introspect." On Monday, Pragya Thakur said the opposition used "marak shakti" to hurt BJP leaders, and the "evil spirit" was behind the latest fatalities of Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj, former Union ministers. She addressed a condolence meeting at the BJP office in Bhopal to pay tribute to Arun Jaitley and the former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Babulal Gaur, who died last week. Mr Scindia said he was disappointed that such remarks had been made by a individual sitting on a responsible position.

Tue, 27 Aug 2019 17:36:21 +0530
2 terrorists arrested in

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) said on Tuesday that two terrorists were detained, weapons and warlike stores retrieved during an encounter with security forces in the Baramulla region of Kashmir. The joint operation was conducted by a team of jawans from CRPF's 53rd Battalion, Indian Army, and a Jammu and Kashmir Police.

, @adgpi, and @JmuKmrPolice conducted a joint operation and apprehended 02 terrorists in Baramulla, J&K. Warlike stores recovered.@HMOIndia @PIB_India @DDNational @airnewsalerts@PIBHomeAffairs@KOSCRPF,  they tweeted.

Tue, 27 Aug 2019 16:10:19 +0530
Dalit Christian Kevin ki

A court here on Tuesday awarded 10 people with double life imprisonment for the honour killing last year of a 23-year-old Dalit Christian who had caused extensive protests across the state.

The Court of Principal Sessions on August 22 noted that Kevin P Joseph's murder involving the parents of his wife was an honour killing case. 

All the 10 accused found guilty under different sections of the Indian Penal Code, including 302 (homicide), 364A (ransom kidnapping) and Section 506(2) (criminal intimidation punishment) were given a double-life term in the case, journalists were told by Special Public Prosecutor C S Ajayan. Three persons were also sentenced under IPC Section 120(b) (Criminal conspiracy), including prime accused Syaanu Chacko, Kevin's brother-in-law. In the incident, there were 14 accusers. Four people were acquitted for lack of proof, including Kevin's father-in-law Chacko.

Tue, 27 Aug 2019 15:23:05 +0530
Truck overturns on two te

After a truck overturned on two tempos in the Shahjahanpur district of Uttar Pradesh, at least 16 people were killed. The injured are moved to a neighbouring hospital. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath noted the incident and directed district administration to provide those injured with medical care and suitable compensation.

Tue, 27 Aug 2019 15:08:33 +0530
Not afraid to behead Nare

A threat from a member of the Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK) to behead and assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah has seen the BJP state unit lodged a hate speech complaint with the police. The compliant came from the BJP's state unit through a video clip of a speech circulating on a messaging platform. The speech delivered on Sunday by an unidentified TMMK activist in Tiruchirappalli as part of the outfit's protest against the triple talaq bill, the dilution of Articles 370 and 35A, and the amendments to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Tue, 27 Aug 2019 14:58:55 +0530
Arvind Kejriwal Announces

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today announced 100% waiver of water bill late-payment fees by November 30. He said people are eligible for waiver if they have fresh water links.

"When we came to power in 2015, the water situation was bad. People were sitting outside their homes with water bills in their hands when I was campaigning," Mr Kejriwal said as he announced the system ahead of next year's Delhi election. The chief minister said people's complete water bills in categories E, F, G and H-numbering around 10.5 lakh-were waived until next year's March 31. For those in categories A and B, the waiver is 25% ; it is 50% for category C and 75% for category D. The 100 per cent waiver on late-payment charges, however, is applicable across categories, Mr Kejriwal said.

Tue, 27 Aug 2019 14:34:18 +0530
Rahul Gandhi Stealing Fr

As Congress leader Rahul Gandhi upped an attack on the Centre over financial slowdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said today that they are clueless about how to solve "self-created financial disaster" and that RBI borrowing will not assist.

"PM & FM are clueless about how to solve their self created economic disaster. Stealing from RBI won't work - it's like stealing a Band-Aid from the dispensary & sticking it on a gunshot wound," Mr Gandhi tweeted

Tue, 27 Aug 2019 14:23:20 +0530
PM Visits Arun Jaitley s

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Arun Jaitley's residence this morning to pay his condolences, three days after the death of the former union minister at Delhi's AIIMS. PM Modi was on a three-nation trip to France-UAE-Bahrain when he received the news, and was reportedly requested not to shorten his trip when he spoke to the family of Mr Jaitley to express his grief.

The funeral of Mr Jaitley took place on Sunday. PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah visited the home of Mr Jaitley in South Delhi this morning and met the spouse and children of the veteran leader.

Tue, 27 Aug 2019 14:15:52 +0530
J K internal matter Nare

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi told US President Donald Trump that Jammu and Kashmir is a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan when the two leaders met on Monday on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France. Mody said that Kashmir was an internal matter and India didn't need the help of a third party to resolve its issues.

"India-Pakistan are bilateral in nature, that is why we would not bother any other country regarding our issues. India and Pakistan, which were same before 1947, can together solve all problems," said Modi.

Tue, 27 Aug 2019 09:09:54 +0530
Adopt time bound approach

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Monday that Maoism was a significant internal security challenge and asked the authorities to keep synergy between the States and the Center while building up local forces to neutralize organizations run by insurgent agencies. The Minister's comments were made at a review meeting on Maoism. The meeting was attended by Chief Ministers and officials of 10 Maoist-affected states – Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.He urged the states to adopt a focused, time-bound approach to completely eliminate the left-wing extremism (LWE) to ensure all-round development of the affected regions.

Tue, 27 Aug 2019 09:02:58 +0530
Gujarat Police Arrest Na

Surat: Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy was detained by the Surat police on Monday after he was brought here in connection with a nine-year-old sedition case brought against him and 24 others for allegedly spreading Naxal activity in southern Gujarat, authorities said. Ghandy, an alleged key member of the banned outfit CPI (Maoist), was brought to Surat from a jail in Hazaribagh, Jharkhand, on a transfer warrant, they said."We arrested Ghandy after his production in front of the magistrate. In 2010, the Kamrej police in the Surat district lodged an FIR against 25 people, including Ghandy, for disseminating Naxal activities in the south of Gujarat.The police will seek Ghandy's remand from the court on Tuesday to explore his alleged role in spreading Naxal's operations in southern Gujarat, he said.

Tue, 27 Aug 2019 08:46:37 +0530
Imran Khan Will Raise K

With Pakistan failing to take a stand on Kashmir, Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday that he would raise the problem at every global forum, including the UN General Assembly. In his address to the nation on the issue of Kashmir after India revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, Mr Khan assured the people of Pakistan that his government would stand by the Kashmir until India lifted the restrictions in the Valley. Outlining the future approach of his government on Kashmir, Mr. Khan said, "First, I think, the whole country should stand with the Kashmir nation. I said this, that I will behave as Kashmir's envoy.""I'm going to inform the world about this, I've shared this with heads of state that I've been in touch with. I'm going to raise this problem with the UN," he said, referring to his scheduled address to the UN General Assembly next month.

Tue, 27 Aug 2019 08:34:26 +0530
Buried His Party In Gra

Srinagar: On Monday, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik criticised Congress Leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in Lok Sabha, stating that his comments in parliament "buried his party in the grave."

During a discussion in Lok Sabha on a resolution to scrap Jammu and Kashmir unique status, Mr Chowdhury questioned how it was an "internal matter" when "the United Nations has been monitoring it since 1948." Mr Malik's response went to a query about Mr Chowdhury's comments that the statements made by the Governor were similar to those made by BJP leaders, and that he should be made BJP leader in Jammu and Kashmir. 

"I am doing my work with utmost devotion and . I will protect the "culture, dignity, identity, jobs and land of Kashmir. I don't care about these remarks, he said.


Mon, 26 Aug 2019 19:12:32 +0530
Sanjay Dutt I am Not Jo

A day after Maharashtra's ruling coalition partner Rashtriya Samaj Paksha (RSP) chief and state minister Mahadev Jankar stated that on September 25 Sanjay Dutt would enter his party, Monday's Bollywood actor explained that he would not enter politics anytime quickly. "I'm not going to join any political party. Mr. Jankar is my dear friend and brother and I humbly wish him good luck for his future efforts," said Sanjay, who was chosen by the Samajwadi Party as Lucknow's Lok Sabha candidate in 2009.

Mon, 26 Aug 2019 18:31:09 +0530
Court extends CBI remand

Former Union Minister P. Chidambaram's CBI remand is extended by 4 days in connection with INX Media case by a special CBI court. On 30 August, he will be brought before the court. INX Media case.

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition filed by senior Congress leader P Chidambaram challenging the Delhi High Court's order which denied him anticipatory bail in connection with the INX Media case being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Mon, 26 Aug 2019 18:16:01 +0530
Marching Orders to 22 sen

The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) said on Monday it has given marching orders to 22 senior officers following an investigation  into charges of corruption against them.

It has compulsorily retired these officers of the rank of superintendent/AO under Fundamental Rule 56 (J) in public interest  owing to corruption and other charges in addition to traps laid down by the Central Investigation Bureau (CBI). The step is in line with the address given to the country on Independence Day by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Some tax administration black sheep may have misused their powers and harassed taxpayers, either by targeting honest assessments or by taking excessive action for minor or procedural violations," he said.

Mon, 26 Aug 2019 16:14:07 +0530
Manmohan Singh s SPG Cove

The Centre is set to remove the security category of SPG provided to Manmohan Singh, former Prime Minister.

According to MHA sources, "The present security cover evaluation is a periodic and professional threat perception-based practice that is solely based on the secuirty agencies ' professional evaluation."

Manmohan Singh who was the Prime Minister of the country between 2004-2014 will continue to get Z+ security. 

Mon, 26 Aug 2019 15:01:18 +0530
Mayawati Opposes visit of

Slamming the Congress-led opposition for going to Jammu and Kashmir, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Monday said the leaders should have thought before making the visit as it will give a chance for the BJP to politicise the issue. In a sequence of Hindi tweets, the former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh said B.R. Ambedkar was always in favour of the country's equality, unity and integrity.

"He was not in favour of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, which is why the BSP endorsed the axing of Article 370."She said it took 69 years after the Constitution came into force to remove the Article.

"It's going to take some time for things to get normal in the state. We're going to have to wait a while for the situation to enhance.


Mon, 26 Aug 2019 14:37:31 +0530
JDU Can t Use Arrow Symbo

Janata Dal United, the party of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, can not use its arrow symbol to contest elections in Jharkhand and Maharashtra as it is comparable to the bow and arrow symbol of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and Shiv Sena, the Election Commission said. The recent order from the Election Commission emerges as a psychological victory for Jharkhand's primary opposition party JMM as Bihar's governing JDU succeeded in blocking the Jharkhand party and Maharashtra's Shiv Sena from using their symbols in Bihar during the April and May national elections. The election body had permitted JDU to contest Jharkhand elections using its symbol, but it withdrew that license now after JMM approached the Election Commission, stating comparable symbols could confuse voters.However, the ban on the use of their symbols in Bihar on both JMM and Shiv Sena has not been repealed-meaning it is a status quo for all sides for now.

Mon, 26 Aug 2019 14:22:31 +0530
Another NCP MLA set to jo

Mumbai: Maharashtra NCP MLA Dileep Sopal announced on Monday that he will quickly be joining the Shiv Sena and contesting the upcoming elections of the Maharashtra Assembly. Sopal, who represents the Barshi Assembly in the Solapur district, served as a minister of state cabinet in the past coalition government of the Congress-NCP. At a meeting in Solapur on Monday, he said, "I'm going to join Shiv Sena in the coming days and contest the state elections." Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray's close assistant also confirmed that Mr Sopal is going to join the saffron party.

Mon, 26 Aug 2019 14:13:21 +0530
Central team to give repo

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said this morning that the central inter-ministerial team will submit a report to the Center in two days, evaluating the harm caused by the floods in the state.

"The Centre  has sent a study team to our state. The team has come here to study flood-hit regions. They're going to send the report to the Centre in two days. I'm sure the central government is going to offer the state enough money," he informed journalists. So far, at least 82 people have lost their lives in flood-related incidents in Karnataka.

In view of the ongoing crisis, Mr Yediyurappa directed his cabinet's newly-induced ministers to visit the flood-affected districts widely from Wednesday for two days and requested them to prioritize providing relief to flood victims.

Mon, 26 Aug 2019 14:05:05 +0530
SC Won t Hear Plea today

Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, who was detained in an inquiry into corruption on Wednesday, endured a series of setbacks today at the Supreme Court. His petition disputing his CBI custody was not mentioned at the top court for a hearing. A bench informed Mr Chidambaram's lawyer Kapil Sibal that the petition would only be listed following "Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi's instructions." .The top court also refused to take up his petition requesting protection from arrest by the CBI - filed on Wednesday saying that it was "infructuous" now that he was detained. The court is now hearing the Enforcement Directorate's petition to protect Mr Chidambaram from arrest. 

Mon, 26 Aug 2019 13:52:28 +0530
Minibus falls into gorge

After a mini-bus skipped off a highway, as many as seven individuals died and 25 others suffered injuries and fell into a deep gorge on Sunday in Rajouri district, Jammu and Kashmir. The individuals were on their way to Sharda Sharief's renowned shrine when in the afternoon, an official said, the car dropped into the gorge in Dehra Ki Gali area.Five people died on the spot, while two more were declared brought dead at the district government hospital here, according to Medical Officer.

Mon, 26 Aug 2019 09:56:11 +0530
If there is no phone conn

Srinagar: Most of the chemist stores stayed open in the Kashmir Valley on Sunday as Governor Satya Pal Malik refused any shortage in Jammu and Kashmir of drugs and vital commodities, and said communication curbs helped save many life in the state. In a declaration, 1,165 out of 1,666 chemist stores in Srinagar stayed open on Sunday, the Jammu and Kashmir administration said.

Malik said that there was no shortage of drugs and vital commodities in Jammu and Kashmir and  there were enough stocks accessible to purchase individuals. "We actually delivered on Eid meat, vegetables and eggs to the doorsteps of people," he said. "If communication blockade helps save life, what's the damage?" he said when asked journalists to comment on how long the limitations will continue.Malik said that in the past, whenever there was a crisis in Kashmir, at least 50 people used to die in the first week itself. "Our position that human life should not be lost. ' 10 nahi honge din telephone, nahi honge, lekin bahut jaldi sab wapas kar denge. (If there's no 10-day telephone link, so be it. But we're going to rebuild it quickly), ' he said.

Mon, 26 Aug 2019 09:03:41 +0530
P V Sindhu won world cham

Basel (Switzerland)After her agonizing wait for the elusive gold lastly finished with a maiden World Championship title here on Sunday, two-time silver medalist P V Sindhu was left speechless.

Sindhu was the first Indian to win gold in the World Championships by thrashing Japan's familiar rival Nozomi Okuhara 21-7 21-7 in one of the most lop-sided finals ever. Finally, Sindhu exorcized that heart-wrenching loss ghost with a dominant victory over the same opponent."I am really very happy. I have waited for this victory and finally I have become a world champion," Sindhu told reporters. "I have no words to express, because I have been waiting for so long.

Mon, 26 Aug 2019 08:47:02 +0530
Sanjay Dutt To Join Rasht

Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt is set to re-enter politics, according to a minister from Maharashtra.Mr Dutt, 60, is set to join the Rashtriya Samaj Paksh (RSP) on September 25, party founder and Cabinet minister Mahadev Jankar disclosed on Sunday. The RSP is a junior ally of the ruling BJP in Maharashtra. Mr Jankar said the RSP tapped the film industry to expand its party that primarily represents the shepherd society or ' ' Dhangar '. ' We began to work in the film industry to expand our party as well.As part of this, actor Sanjay Dutt will also join the Rashtriya Samaj Paksh on September 25, "announced Mr Jankar, who holds portfolios for Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development, while addressing a party event.


Mon, 26 Aug 2019 08:32:17 +0530
Fire breaks out at godown

On Saturday morning, a senior official said, a significant fire broke out at two godowns in an industrial region in suburban Goregaon. During the fire-fighting operation, two firemen were injured, he said."The fire broke out at 6.57 am at Plot No 7 in Udyog Nagar Industrial Estate in Goregaon West. It was restricted to two godowns of chemical and pharmaceutical products, situated on the second floor of the ground plus a two-story building," Chief of Mumbai fire brigade said. After an investigation the cause of the fire will be ascertained.

Sun, 25 Aug 2019 18:40:41 +0530
NDA has lost big brother

Sunday, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) lost a "big brother" with the demise of former finance minister Arun Jaitley. The demise of Arun Jaitleyji is like loss of a big brother of  NDA. He had a very nice lationship with the Shiv Sena and was our alliance's powerful proponent, "Raut informed journalists here. 

Raut added that Jaitley had played a key role in bringing the Shiv Sena and BJP back together after a fallout between the two in 2015.


Sun, 25 Aug 2019 18:31:56 +0530
Arun Jaitley Cremated Wit

This afternoon in Delhi, Arun Jaitley, former finance minister and veteran of the BJP who died on Saturday, was cremated with state honours. Several political rulers, cutting across party lines, paid him their respects and attended the funeral. The 66-year-old died at Delhi's All India Medical Sciences Institute soon after noon yesterday, where he was admitted for two weeks. The funeral was attended by most of the union ministers, with whom Mr Jaitley had served in the government of PM Modi's first term. In addition, there were Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Kapil Sibal of Congress. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is abroad, missed the funeral.

Sun, 25 Aug 2019 18:13:30 +0530
Narendra Modi conferred

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred 'The King Hamad Order of the Renaissance' during his meeting with the King of Bahrain on Saturday."I feel very honored and lucky to have been given the Renaissance King Hamad Order. I am equally honored by the friendship of your majesty for me and for my nation.I humbly accept this prestigious honour on behalf of 1.3 billion Indians, "Modi said while accepting the award

Before his meeting with the King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the leader addressed a 15,000-strong Indian community event at the Bahrain National Stadium..

Sun, 25 Aug 2019 14:00:17 +0530
IAS Officer Quits Over Re

A 33-year-old Indian Administrative Service officer said he had submitted his papers to leave the much-loved public job.While saying his reasons, IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan said that one of them had denied "basic privileges" to the lakhs of individuals in Jammu and Kashmir for weeks after unique status had been removed from the state earlier this month. 

Mr Gopinathan, the secretary of important departments in Dadra and Nagar Haveli, was instrumental in transforming the government's loss-making electricity distribution company into a profit-making company.An IAS officer for seven years, Mr Gopinathan gave his resignation on August 21.

Sun, 25 Aug 2019 13:47:52 +0530
Gokulashtami Celebrates i



 Gokulashtami was celebrated on a very subdued note due to floods in different parts of the State. Many mandals prefer to skip the function this year and send the money to the flood affected victims.

However some decided to celebrate in a simple way with out any fanfare.

At Dadar Smt. Kamala Mehta school for blind , the visually challenged girls group formed human Pyramid to break Dhahi handi.Another womens' group went on to form pyramid near Dadar Railway station.

Sat, 24 Aug 2019 17:33:02 +0530
Building Collapses In Ma

BHiwandi: Two people were killed and some people are afraid of being trapped after a four-storey building collapsed in Maharashtra's Bhiwandi on Friday night, the police said. After cracks weres seen in the building, the municipal authorities evacuated 22 families on Friday night. Some individuals, however, came back to the construction to collect their possessions. That was when it crashed, and they were trapped, authorities said. Four injured people have been admitted to a hospital.

Sat, 24 Aug 2019 16:37:44 +0530
Rahul Gandhi and Other O

Srinagar: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and 11 representatives of other opposition parties who arrived at Srinagar airport today were sent back to Delh. Restrictions have been enforced in Jammu and Kashmir since the center withdrew unique status from the state and split it into two Union territories  early this month.

Sat, 24 Aug 2019 16:19:37 +0530
Arun Jaitley Former Uni

New Delhi: Former finance minister Arun Jaitley died in Delhi's AIIMS Hospital days after he had been admitted to the hospital for breathlessness. He was 66 years old.

"It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of Shri Arun Jaitley. Honourable Member of Parliament and former finance minister, government of India at 12:07 pm on 24 August, 2019. Shri Arun jaitley was admitted in AIIMS, New Delhi on 09/08/2019 and was treated by a multidisciplinary team of senior doctors," said AIIMS in a statement.

Sat, 24 Aug 2019 12:59:25 +0530
Manmohan Singh takes oath

Former Prime Minister and Congress leader Manmohan Singh took  oath  on Friday as a member of the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan. The Vice President and Chairman of Rajya Sabha, Venkaiah Naidu, administered the oath in the presence of many senior politicians of the Congress. The interim President of Congress Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ahmed Patel, attended the oath ceremony ceremony in the Chamber of Presidents.

Fri, 23 Aug 2019 22:13:20 +0530
Board Exam Fees For Gover

Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia announced on Friday that the City Government will pay the CBSE exam fee for government college students.

The announcement came days after the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) increased the examination charges for all students. "The Delhi Government will pay the CBSE examination charges for all Class 10 and 12 students from Delhi Government Schools," tweeted by Sisodia said.The fee for Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe students under the CBSE was increased from Rs. 50 to Rs. 1,200, that of general category students was up from Rs. 750 for five subjects earlier, to Rs. 1,500. However, after the  government agreed to pay the balance, the board subsequently restored the fee for the SC / ST learners of the Delhi Government Schools.

Fri, 23 Aug 2019 21:19:14 +0530
Opposistion parties held

A number of opposition parties, including Congress, the Trinamool Congress, and the DMK,  held a protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on Thursday  demanding the release of scores of arrested or imprisoned political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir. Senior Congressman Ghulam Nabi Azad, one of the protesters, accused the centre of destruction of democracy and said "we live in the paradise of a fool." CPI Secretary-General D Raja said the repeal of Article 370 was undemocratic and "the start of a battle against fascist powers." Speaking at the event, Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is also a former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, said the ruling BJP had "made a great joke of the Indian constitution".

Fri, 23 Aug 2019 15:53:21 +0530
High alert in Coimbatore

Coimbatore: After intelligence inputs said six terrorists had entered Tamil Nadu on Thursday, a high alert was sounded in Coimbatore. The terrorists are suspected of entering the nation from northern Sri Lanka through Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, claiming to have connections with the Lashkar-e-Taiba.  Currently, the 14 main roads leading to Coimbatore are under rigorous surveillance, while police forces with over 2000 duty staff, both in regular uniform and in casual clothes, have been deployed to cope with the current scenario.

Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:49:11 +0530
Rajiv Gandhi never used

Attacking the government of Modi one day after leader of the party P. Chidambaram in the INX Media case,  interim president of Congress Sonia Gandhi said on Thursday that former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi never used his powers to create "an atmosphere of fear or to destroy the freedom and liberty of the people in the country". "Rajiv Gandhi came to power in 1984 but he never used authority to produce an atmosphere of fear or to ruin people's freedom and freedom. He never used his authority to endanger the values of democracy," she said at an event marking the former Prime Minister's 75th birthday. Leaders of Congress including Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra highly supported Chidambaram and accused the BJP-led government of "vendetta politics."

Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:35:34 +0530
4 dead 27 injured in Ka

Four people died and 27 others were wounded following a stampede today at the Kachua Loknath Temple in Bengal's North 24 Parganas district on Janmashtami's occasion. There are as many as five people in a critical medical condition.

The people had been under a store, according to sources, whose walls collapsed because of heavy rains, leading to a stampede.  Bengal's chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, visited  the National Medical College and met the wounded.. She also announced Rs 5 lakh as compensation for the deceased's family, Rs 1 lakh for critically wounded persons, and Rs 50,000 for minor injured persons.

Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:14:27 +0530
Demonising PM Modi Wrong

After Jairam Ramesh, another senior leader of the Congress, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, said that "demonizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi is incorrect" and that actions should be assessed "problematically and not personally". 

He tweeted" Always said demonising wrong. No only is he of nation, a one way opposition actually helps him. Acts are always good, bad & indifferent—they must be judged issue wise and nt person wise. Certainly, scheme is only one amongst other good deeds.  "

Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:57:50 +0530
Officer Probing INX Media

Investigator of the INX Media case concerning senior Congressman and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Rakesh Ahuja, was transferred back to the Delhi Police as his term in the Enforcement Directorate (ED) finished three weeks ago. In 2017, the CBI recorded a FIR alleging irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance granted to INX Media to the tune of Rs. 305 crore in 2007 when Mr Chidambaram was the Union Finance Minister. On the basis of the FIR, the ED lodged a case against him under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:18:53 +0530
No need of talking to Ind

Pakistan's Prime Minister, Imran Khan, said  that his nation is no longer interested in a dialogue with India. "There's no point in speaking to them. I mean, I have completed all the talking. Unfortunately, now that I'm looking back, all the openings I have been making for peace and dialogue". "There is nothing more that we can do," said Khan in an interview published in the New York Times.

This arises after numerous rulers around the globe have asked Pakistan to engage bilaterally with India to put an end to the tensions that escalated following India's decision to reorganize the Jammu and Kashmir states. India has constantly made it clear that talks with Pakistan are only feasible after Islamabad stops sponsoring terror.

Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:09:59 +0530
P Chidambaram s Plea On A

New Delhi: Former Union Minister P Chidambaram's plea in  challenging the judgment of the High Court in Delhi, which rejected his request for protection from detention in the INX Media case, will be heard today by the Supreme Court. His appeal would be heard by a bench consisting of R Banumathi and AS Bopanna. The leader of the Congress approached the Supreme Court on Wednesday for a timely hearing, but the case was scheduled for Friday. On the same evening, the CBI was detained him from his residence in South Delhi.A special CBI court allowed the investigation agency to have his custody until August 26 for questioning.

Fri, 23 Aug 2019 08:56:28 +0530
P Chidambaram sent to CBI

Former finance minister P Chidambaram, who was detained late Wednesday night from his Delhi residence in the event of INX Media, was sent to CBI custody for four days. At the request of the investigating agency, which accused the former minister of involvement in a decade-old kickbacks case, a Delhi Court ordered CBI custody for the senior politician. The 73-year-old politician was detained yesterday, about 90 minutes after making a surprise appearance at Congress headquarters in front of television cameras to rebut criticism of being on the run. After press conference he headed directly  home  from where he was taken away and detained.

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 19:05:34 +0530
Kevin Joseph death conv

A principal session court in Kottayam(Kerala) on Thursday ruled that the death of Kevin P Joseph (24), a Dalit Christian, was an ' honour killing ' and convicted 10 accused persons including the brother of Kevin's wife in the case. Saturday will be announced the punishment.

On May 24, 2018, at a civil ceremony in Kottayam, Kevin married Neenu Chacko (20) to the consternation of the family of Neenu who opposed it because of his caste. Two days later, a gang reportedly at the behest of Neenu's family, especially her brother Syanu Chacko, kidnapped Kevin and his friend Aneesh from his house.Since  Aneesh was released by the gang, Kevin’s body was fished out of a canal near Thenmala in Kollam district. 

On Thursday, Judge C Jayachandran convicted 10 persons including Syanu Chacko under charges of murder (Section 302), kidnapping (Section 364 A), criminal conspiracy (Section 120 B), house-trespass (Section 449), voluntarily causing hurt (Section 321), wrongful confinement (Section 342) and criminal intimidation (Section 506-2), whereas  the court acquitted Neenu’s father Chacko and three others in the case for want of evidence.T

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:55:13 +0530
Nirav Modi remanded to cu

The diamond merchant Nirav Modi was further remanded to judicial custody until September 19.  He wanted in India in connection with the approximately USD 2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case.

The judge expanded Modi's remand until September 19 during a brief remand hearing at Westminster Magistrates ' Court via video link from Wandsworth prison. Since his arrest in March in connection with the nearly USD 2 billion PNB fraud and money laundering case, Modi, 48, has been lodged in Wandsworth prison in southwest London. He appeared for the second time since the UK High Court dismissed his bail appeal in July.

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:28:12 +0530
15 per cent rebate on pro

Mumbai: The  BMC adopted a proposal on Wednesday to give residential societies at least 15% of property tax rebate, which will follow the laws of segregation, undertake composting of wet waste, reuse dry waste and recycle grey water.

The BMC Standing Committee passed the suggestion that if it segregates its waste and processes wet waste in its premises, a 5% rebate will be provided to a residential society. Another five percent rebate will be given to the society if it makes sure that dry waste collected is reused. If it establishes a system to reuse its sewage (greywater policy) and rainwater for non-potable purposes, such as a toilet flushing, the society will receive another five percent rebate.

"If residential socieites follow all these environmentally friendly methods, we will give a total of 15 percent rebate in property tax. From next year onwards the rebate will be given."  BMC officials said.

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 15:00:10 +0530
Tushar Vellapally arrest

Thushar Vellapally, who contested against Rahul Gandhi at the national election earlier this year from Kerala's Wayanad, was arrested near Dubai on Tuesday in an alleged cheating case. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has written to Foreign Minister Dr S Jaishankar seeking his intervention as "I express concern about his well-being and health while in custody. All possible help within the limits of law needs to be made available to him." 

Vellapally ran a business about 10 years ago in Dubai, sources said. The business came into losses and the subcontractors requested loss compensation. A check provided previously as compensation of 8 million Dhirams lately bounced when Thushar Vellapally was in Dubai, resulting in his arrest, Vellapally was arrested in Ajman near Dubai.

Vellapally is the chief of Kerala unit of Bharat Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS), a political party and an ally of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 14:27:27 +0530
Woman stabs husband to de

33-year-old lady killed her 36-year-old husband in Nallasoppara on Wedenesday. The deceased person is Sunil Kadam, he is survived by wifeparents, wife and two daughters.

The incident took place around 5 am on Wednesday, when the couple had a fight and after that Kadam went to sleep and Pranali went to the kitchen, under the pretext of getting a glass of water for herself. She came back with a knife to the couple's bedroom and stabbed Kadam in the stomach 11 times, slitting his throat. The police said Sunil was immediately killed. Pranali came to the living room after killing Sunil, where her in-laws and two daughters slept, and told Sunil's father he died as a result of suicide. Pranali informed the police that she had learned of Kadam having an extramarital affair and had murdered him as an act of vengeance. Pranali was charged under section 302 (murder) and will be brought before the court of Vasai.

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 13:01:57 +0530
Bhim Army Chief Chandrase

Chief of the Bhim Army Chandrasekhar Azad and a few others were arrested by Delhi Police on Wednesday after protesting against the demolition of the Sant Ravidas temple. "People protesting the issue of Ravida's demolition of the temple clashed with police tonight. Some police officers sustained injuries in the incident. Some protesters were detained and checked," Chinmoy Biswal, DCP South East, said.

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had, on August 10, demolished the centuries-old Guru Ravidas temple in Delhi's Tughlaqabad under a Supreme Court order.

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:50:25 +0530
Raj Thackeray arrives at

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Chief Raj Thackeray arrived at the Enforcement Directorate's (ED) office in South Mumbai where he will be questioned in connection with the money laundering case for Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS).Thackeray’s wife Sharmila, son Amit and daughter Urvashi accompanied him. Kohinoor CTNL is being examined for receiving loan and equity investments from IL&FS that add up to Rs 860 crore. It was established in 2005 by Unmesh Joshi, son of former chief minister Manohar Joshi , Thackeray and Ranjan Shirodkar builder. The ED is investigating how the business used the cash from IL&FS.

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:38:38 +0530
P Chidambaram arrested by

The Central Investigation Bureau arrested Congress leader P Chidambaram in a dramatic turn of events after making a surprise appearance at Congress headquarters on Wednesday night to claim he was not on the run. "I was disgusted that I had been charged with hiding from the law. I was looking for the protection of the law, on the contrary. I was charged with running away from justice. On the contrary, I was involved in the pursuit of justice, "Chidambaram informed the Congress headquarters a late-night news conference before going to his Delhi home from where he was taken to the CBI office and put under arrest. Officers of the CBI, ED and Delhi Police reached Chidambaram’s home again soon after his Press conference and arrested.

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 23:08:53 +0530
Venkaiah Naidu reaches Es

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu arrived in Estonia at the end of his five-day trip to the three Baltic nations-Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia-late Tuesday night (local time) where he looks forward to intensifying the bilateral cooperation shared with India.

"On the final leg of his visit, Vice President @MVenkaiahNaidu arrived in Tallinn, Estonia. Will hold talks with various Estonian leaders to further intensify India-Estonia cooperation," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

Upon his arrival, the Vice President was received by India's ambassador to Finland and Estonia Vani Rao, Estonia's ambassador to India Lauri Bambus, and other officials from Estonia's Foreign Ministry.

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 16:15:24 +0530
Food poison 21 Students

At least 21 high school students in Pune region of Katraj and a teacher fell ill on Wednesday after eating midday lunch, police said. Rambhau Mhalgi high school students complained about nausea after eating masala rice around 11 a.m., after which they were rushed to neighbouring hospital, a police station officer from Bharti Vidyapeeth said. The students are undergoing medical check-up at the hospital, "he said, adding that a school teacher also complained of nausea. The policeman said a self-help group supplied the mid-day meal to the school, which falls under the private / help category. More  investigation is going on.

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 16:01:59 +0530
Rahul Gandhi accuses govt

New Delhi: On Wednesday, Rahul Gandhi accused the government of using the Directorate of Enforcement and the CBI to "character assassinate" former Union finance minister P Chidambaram. “Modi’s govt is using the ED and CBI to character assassinate Mr Chidambaram. I strongly condemn this disgraceful misuse of power,” Rahul Gandhi twitted. A group of top lawyers submitted a unique leave petition at the Supreme Court on Wednesday morning seeking provisional relief after his anticipatory bail plea in the INX Media case was refused by the Delhi high court on Tuesday. After the Delhi high court dismissed his anticipatory bail plea on Tuesday, the former finance minister had approached the apex court requesting protection from arrest.

The CBI released a notice to Chidambaram on Tuesday evening asking him to appear "within two hours" before the inquiry officer. A squad of policemen from the CBI visited his residence in Jor Bagh but left after confirming that he was not there.

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 15:43:03 +0530
23 MLAs sworn in as minis

The cabinet reshuffle of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath led Uttar Pradesh was held on Wednesday. A total of 23 MLAs in the Uttar Pradesh government took the oath of office as ministers. Six of them too  oaths as ministers of the Cabinet. It is the Yogi Adityanath government's first Cabinet reshuffle. The swearing-in ceremony of the new members was held at the Raj Bhawan in Lucknow. 

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 12:56:25 +0530
Reservation will stay Ra

Union Minister Ramdas Athawale said on Tuesday that there is no need for a discussion on the country's reservations and said that the Narendra Modi government should not be viewed as anti-Dalit.

Athawale also praised the government of the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal stating that it has done a great job of defending the rights of Dalits and minorities.Commenting on RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat's declaration on the reservation on Sunday, the Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment said that the constitution was in place and that no one can take it away from the backward parts of society. Whatever Mohan Bhagwatji said the RSS had clarified it. I would like to assure the Dalits of this nation that there is no question of debating or rethinking the problem of the reservation.

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 09:46:47 +0530
Encounter in Jammu and Ka

The SPO of J & K police was killed while another policeman was wounded in a terrorist attack in the Baramulla district on Tuesday night. Cops also shot a terrorist during a meeting whose identity has yet to be established. The police recognized the martyred SPO as Billal. The police said the injured sub-inspector, Amardeep Parihar, has been admitted to a hospital for treatment.

"Encounter is over. One terrorist killed. Identity being ascertained. Arms and ammunition recovered. Our colleague SPO Billal attained martyrdom. SI Amardeep Parihar injured in the incident is being treated at Army Hospital," tweeted by police. 

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 09:33:43 +0530
Encounter in Jammu and Ka

The SPO of J & K police was killed while another policeman was wounded in a terrorist attack in the Baramulla district on Tuesday night. Cops also shot a terrorist during a meeting whose identity has yet to be established. The police recognized the martyred SPO as Billal. The police said the injured sub-inspector, Amardeep Parihar, has been admitted to a hospital for treatment.

"Encounter is over. One terrorist killed. Identity being ascertained. Arms and ammunition recovered. Our colleague SPO Billal attained martyrdom. SI Amardeep Parihar injured in the incident is being treated at Army Hospital," tweeted by police. 

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 09:33:12 +0530
Former M P Chief Minisite

Veteran BJP leader and former Madhya Pradesh CM Babulal Gaur died on Wednesday morning. He was 89 years old and had been suffering from indifferent health for some time. Gaur died following a cardiac arrest at the Narmada Hospital in Madhya Pradesh, capital of Bhopal. He was CM of the state between 2004-2005 and later served as Minister in the Shivraj Singh Chauhan government. 

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 09:21:08 +0530
P Chidambaram Faces Arres

New Delhi: Former Union Minister P Chidambaram's lawyer Arshdeep Singh Khurana wrote to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in reaction to a notice that the investigative agency had placed outside the Congress Leader's residence on Tuesday night. Mr Chidambaram is accused of enabling the government's clearance for a massive injection of foreign funds to INX Media as finance minister in the UPA government, for which his son Karti Chidambaram is said to have received b kickbacks.

On Tuesday, a few hours after the Delhi High Court dismissed Chidambaram's plea for anticipatory bail in the INX Media case, the CBI released a notice asking him to appear "within two hours" before the inquiry officer. A team of CBI officers visited his Jor Bagh residence but left after confirming that the former minister was not present there.

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 09:00:34 +0530
Popular Malayalam Actress

Popular movie actress Manju Warrier is stranded in flood-hit Himachal Pradesh along with a film crew prompting a union minister to intervene. The 30 member crew is stuck in Chatra, 100 kilometers from Manali. They have been shooting for a film by director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan for the previous three weeks. The actress was able to seek help from union minister V Muraleedharan, who in turn reached out to the chief minister of Himachal Pradesh and requested immediate help.

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 17:29:29 +0530

Mumbai: Rasika Ranjani Sabha, Ghatkopar (E) presents a Special Mansoon Concert celebrating Krishna Jayanthi  by `Madhura Gana Thilakam Sri P H Ramani and his Ensemble featuring"OOTHUKAADU RATNAS"(A passionate presentation of Venkata Kavi Subbaiyer's immortal compositions)  traditional Kamakshi Navavaranams, Soulful Saptaratnas, Popular Kritis, Bhava filled Bhajans, Multi-Lingual Stutis, Lilting Panchakams, Slokas & more. Soaring creativity, a robust style and intensely potent voice are the characteristics, that makes P H Ramani, one of the most popular performing vocalists of our times. He has been tutored by Kala Acharya Late Guru Ramachandran, Late Guru Panchapakesa Iyer and Guru R Thyagarajan. He is also a Music Composer, Playback Singer and a leading vocal artiste for acclaimed Bharatnatyam dancers of the country. The venue of the programme:

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Tue, 20 Aug 2019 16:47:58 +0530
High Court rejected Chida

On Tuesday, the Delhi High Court dismissed the anticipatory bail of former finance minister P Chidambaram in the case of INX Media being investigated by the Central Investigation Bureau and the Directorate of Enforcement.

The court had reserved its order on January 25 this year. The court hasn’t ruled on the senior Congress leader’s request to give him three days interim protection from arrest to go in appeal.

The INX media case relates to the supposed irregularities in the clearance of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board to the media group for obtaining foreign funds at a time when P Chidambaram was the Union Finance Minister.

On May 15, 2017, the CBI had registered an FIR alleging irregularities in the clearance of the FIPB, a year later the Enforcement Directorate lodged a case for money laundering.

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:56:32 +0530
Malayian govt banned Zaki

After seven states in Malaysia have banned Zakir Naik from speaking in public space, the controversial Islamic preacher has now been banned from speaking anywhere in the country, Malaysian police have informed.

The move to ban Naik from speaking in public space came after the authorities questioned him over the last two days about his intention to provoke a violation of peace by  allegedly making remarks against Hindus and Chinese residing in Muslim-majority nation.

 The Malaysian police grilled Zakir Naik for more than 10 hours. His declaration has been registered at Malaysia's Bukit Aman Police Headquarters. His lawyer, Akhberdin Abdul Kader, accompanied Naik.

He was challenged for the second time for deliberate insult under Section 504 of the Malaysian Penal Code with the intention of provoking a violation of peace.

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:43:03 +0530
17 ministers sworn in Kar

Karnataka finally has a cabinet with 17 ministers taking oath today, three weeks after the collapse of the previous Congress-Janata Dal coalition government had been sworn in by Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa.Criticized by Congress and JDS for delaying the appointment of ministers, the chief minister suggested to Governor Vajubhai Vala on Monday the names of 17 MLAs including KS Eshwarappa, Jagdish Shettar, CT Ravi and Basavaraj Bommai.

Govind Makthappa Karajol, Dr Ashwath Narayan C N, Laxman Sangappa Savadi, R Ashoka, B Sreeramulu, Suresh Kumar, V Somanna, Kota Shrinivas Poojari, J C Madhu Swamy, Chandrakantagouda Channappagouda Patil, H Ganesh, Prabhu Chauhan, and Jolle Shashikala Annasaheb are those who have been made ministers today.

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:31:11 +0530
Chandrayaan 2 Enters Moon

Bengaluru: After almost 30 days of space travel, India's moonshot Chandrayaan 2 has been effectively steered into lunar orbit today. This was one of the mission's most tricky activities. A higher than expected velocity of approach would have bounced off the spacecraft into deep space, while a slow strategy would have led to the gravity of the moon pulling Chandrayaan 2 and crashing it on the lunar surface. The approach speed had to be pretty accurate and the altitude above the moon pretty accurate. The task would have killed even a tiny mistake.

"Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) of maneuver was completed successfully today (August 20, 2019). The duration of maneuver was 1738 seconds beginning from 0902 hrs IST" tweeted by ISRO.

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:22:17 +0530
Chandrayaan 2 Enters Moon

After almost 30 days of space travel, India's moonshot Chandrayaan 2 has been effectively steered into lunar orbit today. This was one of the mission's most tricky activities. A higher than expected velocity of approach would have bounced off the spacecraft into deep space, while a slow strategy would have led to the gravity of the moon pulling Chandrayaan 2 and crashing it on the lunar surface. The approach speed had to be pretty accurate and the altitude above the moon pretty accurate. The task would have killed even a tiny mistake.

"Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) of maneuver was completed successfully today (August 20, 2019). The duration of maneuver was 1738 seconds beginning from 0902 hrs IST" tweeted by ISRO.

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:10:58 +0530
Tough situation good con

US President Donald Trump spoke with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday, discussing opportunities for enhanced trade relations and stressing the need to decrease tensions over Jammu and Kashmir.

 "Spoke to my two good friends, Prime Minister Modi of India, and Prime Minister Khan of Pakistan, regarding Trade, Strategic Partnerships and, most importantly, for India and Pakistan to work towards reducing tensions in Kashmir. A tough situation, but good conversations!" Trump said in a Twitter post.

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 09:30:40 +0530
Great music composer Khay

Veteran composer Khayyam, best known for his music in classic movies such as ' Kabhi Kabhie ' and ' Umrao Jaan, ' died in hospital on Monday. He was 92 years old.

He was admitted to the hospital a few days ago due to breathing problems and other age-related diseases. He died at Sujay Hospital around 9.30pm, "said a family friend.

Mohammed Zahur Hashmi, popularly known as Khayyam, was also a recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and Padma Bhushan.

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 09:23:05 +0530
Kamal Nath s Nephew Ratul

Ratul Puri, the nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, was detained by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the supposed case of Rs. 354 crore bank fraud. 

The Central Bureau of Investigation also submitted the First Information Report in the  bank fraud and raided six places on Monday.

Mr. Puri is a former senior director of the Moser Baer electronics company. He and four managers were prosecuted by the CBI in a complaint lodged by the state-run Central Bank of India. Those accused include Moser Baer, its managing director Deepak Puri, and Nita Puri, Sanjay Jain and Vineet Sharma.

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 08:43:13 +0530
Ex MPs To Vacate Bungalo

All former members of parliament were told to vacate their official  accommodation — mostly heritage bungalows in the lush Lutyen area — the government said today. Having remained the norm, the government has now taken a tough line. Parliamentarians have been given a deadline of seven days, but at the end of three days, officials have been asked to stop the supply of electricity and water to these accommodations, said CR Patil, chairman of the Housing Committee. More than two months after the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha, many former parliamentarians are still leaving their formal bungalows in Lutyens ' Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the issue in a series of tweets today.

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 08:32:25 +0530
Manmohan Singh elected to

 Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was elected from Rajasthan unopposed to the Rajya Sabha. He was declared unopposed elected as the deadline for the withdrawal of by-poll nominations ended.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot congratulated Singh on his election to the Upper House of Parliament. Singh was nominated by Congress, while the BJP did not nominate any by-poll candidates, which was necessary owing to the death of Madan Lal Saini, Rajya Sabha MP.

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 22:07:07 +0530
Amit Shah meets Doval Ga

Union Home Minister Amit Shah met on Monday with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Intelligence Bureau Chief Arvind Kumar and senior officials in Jammu and Kashmir to review the scenario.  Sources said authorities briefed Shah on the current scenario in Jammu and Kashmir following the opening of 190 schools in the Valley. Following the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir's unique status, no violence has been recorded to date except one or two conflicts over the previous week.Normal life has been restored in the Jammu region with internet services snapped from just a few pockets in the region. Some major decisions were taken in the Jammu and Kashmir meeting to restore normal life.

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 19:27:05 +0530
ED summons P Chidambaram

In connection with its money-laundering probe involving Air India during the UPA rule, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) called former Union minister P Chidambaram.  P Chidambaram, a former finance minister and senior leader of the Congress, was told to depose before the ED on August 23. According to sources, the case pertains to losses suffered by Air India due to an alleged multi-crore aviation scam. The case affects Air India's losses owing to an alleged multi-crore aviation scam. The scam is claimed to involve a number of irregularities including the 2007 merger between Air India and Indian Airlines.

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 19:18:53 +0530
Truck Bus Collision In Ma

As many as 13 individuals were killed and 20 others wounded in an incident involving a late Sunday night collision with an ST bus with a container truck in Dhule district of Maharashtra.

The accident took place near the Dondaicha village in Dhule on the Shahada-Aurangabad highway.The bus driver died on the spot right there.

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 10:01:09 +0530
Arun Jaitley still critic

Former Finance Minister and senior party leader Arun Jaitley's health condition of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) continues to stay critical on Sunday. He is presently working on the life support system at the National Capital's All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Union Minister Piyush Goyal and BSP chief Mayawati also visited Jaitley at the hospital on Saturday.

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 09:43:06 +0530
PM to visit France Unite

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit France, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain for bilateral conferences focusing on problems ranging from collaboration in defence and  energy security and the Indo-Pacific.  Modi will fly back to France to attend the G7 Summit in Biarritz after finishing his visits to the UAE and Bahrain. France, together with the US, played a main role in preventing Pakistan's latest move to seek an open and formal UN Security Council session to address the Kashmir scenario.The prime minister will first travel to Paris during August 22-23 for a bilateral meeting with President Emmanuel Macron.  After his engagements in Paris, Modi will make a state visit to the UAE during August 23-24 and then to Bahrain during August 24-25.

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 09:15:49 +0530
BS Hooda Backs BJP On Kas

Haryana Stalwart Congressman Bhupinder Singh Hooda pursed his lips on Sunday by stating support for the government's move to end Jammu and Kashmir's special status – extensively diverging from the party line ahead of the upcoming state elections. His strong criticism of Congress at that score gave rise to speculation as to whether he was on his route out of the party he served for over four decades. ,However,  he said he would not quit the party, but make a committee of 13 MLAs who would decide the future course of action.

It's no longer the old Congress. When it comes to patriotism and self-respect issues, I will never compromise, "said Bhupinder Hooda at a Haryana's Rohtak political rally.

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 08:45:51 +0530
63 killed 182 injured in

A suicide bomber killed 63 individuals and injured 182 in a Saturday night attack on a packed wedding reception in the Afghan capital, the Interior Ministry said, as violence demonstrates no sign of lightening despite hopes for a US troop withdrawal agreement.The attack came as the Taliban and the United States attempt to negotiate an agreement with the US-backed government on the withdrawal of US troops in return for a Taliban commitment to security and peace talks. In a minority Shi'ite neighbourhood, the Taliban rejected accountability for the blast at a west Kabul wedding hall packed with people celebrating a marriage.

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 19:05:40 +0530
If talks are held with Pa

Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh said on Sunday that only Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) will be involved if talks are held with Pakistan. The Defence Minister declared this in Panchkula, where, in the presence of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, he flagged off party's' Jan Ashirwad Yatra.' Speaking of Article 370 and Pakistan's efforts to internationalise the problem, Rajnath Singh said, "Article 370 has been repealed in Jammu and Kashmir for its growth, and our neighbour knocks the doors of the international community stating that India has made a mistake."If talks are held with Pak it will now be on PoK."He said.


Sun, 18 Aug 2019 18:53:02 +0530
Heavy Rain In Himachal 1

On Sunday, authorities said, at least 18 people were killed and nine others injured as a result of rain-related incidents in Himachal Pradesh. 
Shimla District Magistrate Amit Kashyap said that on Monday schools in Shimla would stay closed owing to heavy rainfall and landslide in the tourist town of Himachal.

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 18:41:44 +0530
Mamata Banerjee People h

On Sunday, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee claimed people had the right to know what occurred to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, while remembering the "son of the soil" on the day he was missing 74 years ago. She said Netaji's whereabouts had not yet been known after he "disappered" on August 18, 1945. "This day, in 1945, Netaji flew from Taihoku Airport in Taiwan only to disappear forever. We still don't know what happened to him. People have the right to know the great son of the soil," Banerjee tweeted. From time to time, the Center had formed panels — the Shah Nawaz Committee in 1956, the Khosla Commisson in 1970, the Mukherjee Commisson in 2005 — to shed light on the mysteries surrounding Netaji's death or disappearance, but none could reply.

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 14:08:45 +0530
Shatrughan Sinha s praise

Former BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha, who had previously been highly critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter, altered gears for his "brave, well-researched and thought-provoking" Independence Day speech on Sunday to praise him. Patna Sahib's actor-politician and former BJP lawmaker who joined the Congress in the run-up to this year's Lok Sabha elections lost from the Patna Sahib seat to Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. He tweeted, “Since I’m famous or infamous for calling a spade a spade, I must admit here, Hon’ble PM that your speech from the #RedFort on 15th Aug’19 was extremely courageous, well researched & thought provoking. Superb delivery of the key problems facing the country.”

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 13:52:42 +0530
No Better Time to Be Youn

On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held extensive discussions with his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering, during which the two rulers discussed measures to further expand the bilateral partnership across multiple industries. Speaking to students at the Royal University of Bhutan, PM Modi said, "I want to inform you all that there is no better time to be young than now, today's world provides more possibilities than ever before. You have the power and ability to do exceptional things that will affect future generations.

PM Modi, praising Bhutanese PM, said, "My good friend, Prime Minister Dr. Tshering, wrote a Facebook post that touched my heart a few days ago. In that post he stated about Exam Warriors, a book I wrote to advise young people on how to face stress-free exams."

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 11:00:07 +0530
Great opening of 9 day A

Union Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda inaugurated a nine-day National Tribal Festival, Aadi Mahotsav at Leh's Polo Grounds on Saturday. This is the Center's first mega event organized after the Ladakh region's announcement of Union Territory status. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of Tribal Affairs said the Centre would extend all necessary assistance to safeguard Ladakh people's aspirations.

Tribal Affairs MOS Renuka Singh said the Aadi Mahotsav would provide Ladakhi tribal artisans with an opportunity to join the Tribal Co-op Marketing Development Federation in expanding their market base.

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 10:40:43 +0530
Retired bureaucrats mili

On Saturday, retired military officers and bureaucrats submitted a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the presidential order that repealed Article 370 stating that the order was constitutionally invalid. The petitioners also questioned the Reorganization Bill for Jammu & Kashmir.

The petitioners include former Air Vice Marshal Kapil Kak, retired General Ashok Mehta, former IAS officers Hindal Haidar Tyabji, Amitabha Pande and Gopal Pillai, and former member of the Interlocutors Group for J&K Radha Kumar at the Home Ministry. The petition was taken by lawyers Arjun Krishnan, Kaustubh Singh and Rajalakshmi Singh and was settled by senior lawyer Prashanto Sen.

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 10:23:46 +0530
Karnataka Cabinet Expansi

Over three weeks after party leader BS Yediyurappa was sworn in as chief minister, the cabinet expansion of the BJP government in Karnataka will take place on Tuesday afternoon. The decision was announced by the Chief Minister's Office on Saturday evening. Mr Yediyurappa visited Delhi earlier this month for a BJP high command list of cabinet members. Party chief Amit Shah, however, advised him to go back instead to Karnataka and supervise flood relief at a time when the state had lost a lot of life to the raging moonsoon.

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 10:12:44 +0530
Fire Breaks out at AIIMS

New Delhi: A fire broke out on Saturday evening on the second floor of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). The fire allegedly broke out near the hospital's emergency ward and patients and employees were evacuated from one building. Patients were also moved from neighboring wards. No casualties have been reported so far in the blaze. 

Twenty two fire tenders have been rushed to the spot. A short circuit is suspected to have caused the blaze, but the exact reason will only be known later after an inquiry, the chief fire officer said.

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 18:28:01 +0530
The family of Nehru Gandh

The congress leader in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, said it would be hard for any leader outside the Gandhi-Nehru family to run the party as it has "brand equity."

He also said Congress ' resurgence mainly relied on the weakening of regional parties that lack ideology, claiming the nation was headed for "bipolar politics." Chowdhury said that only a party like Congress with its "powerful" ideological mooring and pan-India presence could counter the BJP's "communal juggernaut." "The way regional groups work, they will lose their significance in the days to come. Their losing significance implies the country is heading towards bipolar politics.

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 17:42:55 +0530
Restrictions Relaxed In

Restrictions were eased and over 50,000 landline phone links were restored in areas of the Kashmir Valley, approximately two weeks after severe limitations were imposed in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of the government's large move to end the state's unique status. For the time being, the prohibitory orders, banning large gatherings, were relaxed in parts of the valley. However, heavy security remains in place.

In five districts In Jammu region, mobile internet connections were restored.

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 14:19:08 +0530
Rebel AAP Leader Kapil Mi

New Delhi: Former  minister in  Arvind Kejriwal government and disqualified MLA Kapil Mishra along with AAP women's wing chief Richa Pandey joined the Bharatiya Janata Party  in Delhi today.

BJP National Vice President Shyam Jaju and Delhi Unit President Manoj Tiwari welcomed the two leaders at the Pant Marg office of the party.Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel disqualified Kapil Mishra earlier this month under the anti-defection law after campaigning for the BJP during the May Lok Sabha elections. Mr Mishra, elected from Delhi's Karawalnagar constituency, challenged his disqualification at the Delhi High Court. He subsequently grew close to many leaders of the Delhi BJP and often shared the stage with them at public events.

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 14:06:23 +0530
Amit Shah hails Modi over

BJP President and Union Home Minister Amit Shah said Friday that by abrogating Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi did what consecutive Congressional governments could not do in 70 years as a result of voting bank policies. Speaking at the Astha rally in Haryana's Jind, Shah said, "What other governments couldn't do in five years, Modi's government has accomplished in just 70 days. The greatest challenge was to fulfill Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's dream of ' Akhand Bharat ' and Article 370 was a obstacle in that.""Due to the greed of vote bank, the task that Congress governments could not do in 70 years, PM Modi did in 75 days. Removing Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir". He said

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 12:28:19 +0530
Eunuchs rob pregnant woma

Gurugram: A group of eunuchs stolen a pregnant lady and her husband on Friday when they visited their home in the city's upscale Sector 46 area on the pretext of giving them blessings, police said.

A case has been registered at Sector 50 police station and a special team has been formed to probe the incident, the police said.

The lady said her house was visited by three eunuchs and asked for cash. She said her husband offered Rs 2,100 to them, but they requested Rs 21,000. When negotiating, one of the eunuchs allegedly snatched the wallet, containing Rs 10,000, from her husband and fled. Fearing they might be captured by locals, she added, the eunuchs escaped in a vehicle from the place.

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 12:16:30 +0530
UNSC Closed Door Meet On

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) holding a closed-door consultation on developments in Kashmir was the BJP-led government's "serious diplomatic and strategic" failure, Congress leader  Abhishek Manu Singhvi said. Mr Singhvi said Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are "integral, inalienable, untouchable" parts of India and no one can say the opposite. "This is a non-negotiable issue, not debatable as far as India is concerned," he said. "We're not misled by all these open-door, closed-door noises,  there's no such thing as closed-door in the internationalization of such issues," he said.

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 10:48:40 +0530
BVR Subrahmanyam No sing

On Friday, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam addressed the media to announce that phone lines and other limitations on communication in the Kashmir Valley will be phased out in stages beginning on Friday night. He said that  restrictions in the Valley will be removed in phases keeping in view the terror threats from banned organisations like  Lashkar-e-Taiba. Schools will be opened from Monday area by area. Government offices have already been made fully functional from Friday.

Subrahmanyam said the Centre took some measures to guarantee the safety of citizens of J&K, including limitations on free motion and snapping telecommunications connectivity, preventing big gatherings, closing schools and colleges. He added that some preventive detentions of individuals were also made in accordance with law provisions to maintain law and order in the state.

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 10:31:38 +0530
Narendra Modi leaves for

Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Bhutan today for a two-day state visit. This is the second visit to Bhutan by the Prime Minister and the first since his re-election as PM. After taking office as prime minister in 2014, Bhutan was Modi's first overseas destination. The Prime Minister's Office announced in a tweet from its official address that " The Prime Minister emplanes for Bhutan. During this important visit, PM will take part in several programmes. This visit would further cement the bond between India and Bhutan".

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 10:11:49 +0530
Cricketer VB Chandrasekha

In his home at Mylapore in Chennai, former Indian cricketer and Tamil Nadu opener, VB Chandrasekhar (57), was found dead and confirmed by police as a suicide. The family found him hanging from a ceiling fan late Thursday night, according to police. The body, recovered after breaking open the door, had been shifted to the Royapettah Government Hospital for autopsy. He had not left any suicide note, police said. Family sources said Chandrasekhar, who came up in the afternoon to his room after having tea in the house with others, did not come up for long and when they knocked at the door, it was locked from the inside. They saw him hanging from the ceiling fan when they opened the window. It was said earlier that he died of a heavy cardiac arrest. He had spent Rs 3 crore in the TNPL squad, VB Kanchi Veerans, he is in deep debt . He had even pledged his home as a guarantor, and the bank had lately issued a recovery notice and has since been depressed, "said an investigating official.

The BCCI and many former cricketers and current players have condoled the death.

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 14:40:23 +0530
President visits Arun Jai

Former Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, remains in a critical condition. On 9 August, Arun Jaitley was admitted to All India Institue of Medical Sciences  (AIIMS). He's in a stable but critical condition. On Friday, he was visited by President Ram Nath Kovind and Minister of the Union Harsh Vardhan and Ashwini Choubey. 

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 14:17:16 +0530
Man Kills Pregnant Wife

Bengaluru: A person reportedly shot dead his pregnant spouse, son, and relatives in a suspected suicide pact before killing himself in the early hours of Friday at Gundlupet in Chamarajnagar district, police said.

Om Prakash, head of the family, shot them all in their forehead before shooting himself in the mouth. Consent appears to be given as there has been no indication of opposition. Additional inquiries are on, "Police Superintendent H D Ananda Kumar informed.

He said Om Prakash Bhattacharya (38), his wife Nikitha (30), son Arya Krishna (4), his parents, Nagaraja Bhattacharya (65) and Hema (60) were found dead in a field near a resort where they were staying.

Debts after heavy business loss could be the reason the person took the move, police said.

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 13:24:26 +0530
Roopa Ganguly s Son 20

The son of BJP MP and Bengali actor Roopa Ganguly was detained for reckless driving after ramming with his vehicle on Thursday a wall of an upscale Kolkata club. According to reports, Akash Mukhopadhyay, 20, has been drunk.

Police said many had a tight escape as the black sedan slammed at breakneck velocity into the Royal Calcutta Golf Club's wall.

He was detained on dangerous driving charges, police said today. A medical test still needs to find out if he was drunk last night when he crashed his vehicle late.

My son has met with an accident near MY RESIDENCE. I called police to take care of it with all legal implications. No favours/politics please. I love my son and will take care of him but law should take its own course. Neither do I do wrong, nor do I tolerate it. I am not up for sale," the BJP M Psaid in a tweet tagging Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 13:09:39 +0530
War widows felicitated at



MUMBAI: The Shanmukhananda Sabha celebrated the 73rd Independence Day with the singing of the full five stanzas of the National Anthem by 73 students of its Sangeetha Vidyalaya preceded by a Sarva Dharma prayer by students of the SIES High School.

The highlight of the programme was honouring seven war widows and parents of Squadron Leader Ninad Mandavgane who sacrificed his life while on duty last year. Each of them was given a cash solatium of Rs. 2,50,000/- each and mementoes of daily use worth Rs. 50,000/- Lt. Gen. S. K. Prashar,  GoC (Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa) and his wife Mrs. Mamta Prashar presented the awards. Brigadier Praveen Shinde hoisted the national flag.



Major Pradeep Shoury Arya, presently Additional Commissioner of Income Tax in Mumbai who received the Shourya Chakra Award in 2018 from the President of India was conferred the Sabha’s Shourya Ratna Award. He is the only officer who has served the Indian Army in the J& K region and killed terrorists, while in the income tax.

The Indian Army displayed its weaponry at the venue and demonstrated how they are used.



The Sabha has been at the forefront of manifesting its gratitude to armed forces in this manner said Dr. V. Shankar, president of the Sabha. In 2018, the Sabha honoured several wars wounded soldiers and six wives of soldiers who laid down their lives in the year 2017, he said. The honouring of war widows is a small step forward in integrating these families into mainstream society. One human life is heavier than the earth. The civilian society should care for the war heroes family. We are doing our bit, Shankar said.

Addressing the gathering Lt.Gen Prashar said one great thing about Indian armed forces is “ we all tied up as one nation and one family” There is no religion in the defence forces. This is our strength, he said. After seeing the awards being presented to the wives of the martyrs, he said we now fee we are not alone. The entire Society is behind us and we are proud of it. He appealed to one and all to serve the country in any form or the other and if not possible at least follow the discipline. That is very important.



Mrs. Jyoti Jagdale wife of Havaldar Jagdale Somnath who sacrificed his life in the forward areas said she has one son and a daughter both are school going in Satara and she has done a diploma in medical laboratory technology. She has requested the army to give her a job so that she can take care of her family. She said all these awards she got is mainly due to the hard work of her late husband.


Fri, 16 Aug 2019 11:50:09 +0530
Supreme Court to hear pet

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear petitions on Friday raising legal obstacles to the decision of the Center to cancel Article 370 clauses abrogating Jammu and Kashmir's unique status and subsequent measures restricting media  work in the region. A special bench, comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer, will hear the petitions filed by advocate M L Sharma and Executive Editor, Kashmir Times, Anuradha Bhasin. Sharma had filed the petition on August 6, a day after the Centre had abrogated the Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. In his plea, the advocate asserted that the presidential order on Article 370 was illegal since it was adopted without the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly's approval.

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 09:31:08 +0530
President PM pay tribute

President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP national working president JP Nadda and other leaders of the party paid tributes to Vajpayee at his memorial.. The BJP stalwart died last year on August 16 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) following a prolonged illness. He was 93.

Vajpayee’s daughter Namita Kaul Bhattacharya and granddaughter Niharika were also present at his death anniversary function.

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 09:20:55 +0530
Bollywood Actress Vidya S

Veteran actress Bollywood Vidya Sinha died Thursday in a hospital in Mumbai, She died when she was 71 years old. The family of the actress said she died around 1 p.m. after suffering from a short lung-cum-heart ailment. Sunday, after suffering from serious breathing issues, Ms Sinha was admitted to a Mumbai hospital. Ms Sinha was put on a ventilator, but she couldn't recover and died around 1 p.m.

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 09:09:01 +0530
J K Celebrates Peaceful

Srinagar:Independence Day celebrations were held peacefully and without incident throughout the sensitive region of Jammu and Kashmir, the administration said on Thursday. "The main function took place in Srinagar's Sher-e-Kashmir Stadium where the flag was unfurled by Governor Satyapal Malik. Events ended in peace . Celebrations took place in every district. The whole day was incident-free, "said Rohit Kansal, chief secretary of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Jammu and Cashmir Governor Satyapal Malik unfurled the national flag and assured people that they do not need to be afraid of their identities following the controversial choice of the center to withdraw unique status.

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 09:00:16 +0530
War widows felicitated at

Mumbai: The Shanmukhananda Sabha celebrated the 73 rd Independence Day with the singing of the full five stanzas of the National Anthem by 73 students of its
Sangeetha Vidyalaya preceded by a Sarva Dharma prayer by students of theSIES High School.
The highlight of the programme was honouring seven war widows and parents of Squadron Leader Ninad Mandavgane who sacrificed his life while on duty last
year. Each of them were given a cash solatium of Rs. 2,50,000/- each and mementos of daily use worth Rs. 50,000/- Lt. Gen. S. K. Prashar, GoC
(Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa) and his wife Mrs. Mamta Prashar presented the awards. Brigadier Praveen Shinde hoisted the national flag.
Major Pradeep Shoury Arya, presently Additional Commissioner of Income Tax in Mumbai who received the Shourya Chakra Award in 2018 from the President of
India was conferred the Sabha’s Shourya Ratna Award. He is the only officer who has served the Indian Army in the J& K region and killed terrorists , while in
the Income tax.The Indian Army displayed its weaponry at the venue and demonstrated how they are used.
The Sabha has been in the forefront of manifesting its gratitude to armed forces in this manner said Dr. V. Shankar, president of the Sabha. In 2018, the Sabha
honoured several war wounded soldiers and six wives of soldiers who laid down their lives in the year 2017, he said. The honouring of war widows is a small step
forward in integrating these families into mainstream Society. One human life is heavier than earth. The civilian Society should care for the war heroes' family. We
are doing our bit, Shankar said.

Addressing the gathering Lt.Gen Prashar said one great thing about Indian armed forces is “ we all tied up as one nation and one family” There is no religion
in the defence forces .This is our strength, he said. After seeing the awards being presented to the wives of the martyrs , he said we now feel we are not alone. The
entire Society is behind us and we are proud of it. He appealed to one and all to serve the country in any form or the other and if not possible at least follow the
discipline . That is very important.

Mrs. Jyoti Jagdale wife of Havaldar Jagdale Somnath who sacrificed his life in the forward areas said she has one son and a daughter both are school going in
Satara and she has done a diploma in medical laboratory technology. She has requested army to give her a job so that she can take care of her family. She said
all these awards she got is mainly due to the hard work of her late husband.

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 23:19:45 +0530
Kirti Chakra for CRPF off

Thirty-eight-year-old Harshpal Singh, a Central Reserve Police Deputy Commander (CRPF), has difficulty remembering his award dates. It may be understandable given that since he joined the CRPF in 2004, he has won five gallantry prizes.The second highest peacetime gallantry medal –the Kirti Chakara – given to Harshpal on the 73rd Independence Day. Last September in Jhajjar, Harshpal and his team eliminated three terrorists – Kotli in Jammu. The encounter left him with wounds to the bullet and splinter.

Harspal Singh has also received three gallantry police medals and a gallantry medal of Jharkhand chief minister. "It's very uncommon. We're very proud. This is a well-deserved honor," said Bhatnagar, Director General of CRPF RR.

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 19:06:49 +0530
The Chief Minister also a

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel announced on Thursday a rise in the quota in government employment and state education for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and Scheduled Castes (SCs).

At an Independence Day function in Raipur, Baghel made the announcement. These communities have been called upon to increase the quota in proportion to their state population.

Currently, the OBCs, SCs and STs get 12%, 14% and 32% reservation in educational institutions and government jobs in the state. The Chief Minister also announced an elephant reserve, to be developed in Lemru forest area of Korba district.

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 18:51:34 +0530
Sonia Gandhi Hoists Trico

The Interim President of Congress Sonia Gandhi raised the Tricolor in New Delhi's party headquarters on Thursday. Gandhi quoted India's founding values as ' Truth, No – Violence, Compassion, and Unwavering Patriotism, ' addressing party members. Welcoming party members to stand up against all acts of injustice, intolerance and discrimination, Gandhi said that a 73-year-old democratic and resilient India has no room for bigotry, superstition, sectarianism, fanaticism, racialism, intolerance or injustice, yet millions of fellow people face discrimination on a daily basis.Gandhi said in a statement issued by the party, "Reminding the nation that our independence was the consequence of the immense sacrifices of those who made India what it is today."

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 13:44:09 +0530
Dhoni Celebrates Independ

Former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni-India's 73rd Independence Day with the masses of the newly created union territory in Ladakh.

The Lieutenant Colonel reached Ladakh on Wednesday along with soldiers of the Parachute Regiment.

Pictures and videos of Dhoni spending time with the jawans at an Army hospital are doing the rounds on social media.

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 13:30:44 +0530
Free Travel for Women in

Women will ride free on Delhi Transit Corporation (DTC) and cluster busses from October 29, which also marks "bhai dooj," said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at today's Independence Day speech.

The announcement comes a little over two months after the Chief Minister said plans to provide women with free rides on the Delhi Metro and DTC and cluster bus services.

On Raksha Bandhan day, I want to gift  to our sisters that there will be free rides for women on all Delhi Transport Corporation and cluster buses from October 29, which will ensure their safety," Mr Kejriwal said. 

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 13:01:01 +0530
India will have a Chief o

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced a Chief of Defence Staff position to supervise all three defence facilities as he spoke to the country on the 73rd Independence Day of India.

"Our forces are the pride of India. I want to announce a significant decision from the Red Fort to further sharpen the coordination between the forces. India will have a Chief of Defense Staff-CDS. This will make the forces even more efficient," said PM Modi in his Red Fort speech. 

A Chief of Defence staff to oversee the military was first recommended by a committee set up after the Kargil war of 1999.

The concept was strongly backed by Manohar Parrikar, who was Defence Minister for two years during PM Modi's first term.

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 09:52:32 +0530
Shah Faesal Under House A

According to sources, IAS officer turned politician Shah Faesal was arrested while attempting to leave India. He was returned to Srinagar and held under house arrest.

Faesal joins the list of other top Cashmiri leaders, including Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah, who were arrested following the government's decision to end Jammu and Kashmir's unique status by repealing Article 370. To date, Faesal used social media to deliver Srinagar ground report. After leaving services, IAS topper Faesal formed Jammu and Kashmir People's Movement. 

Wed, 14 Aug 2019 15:37:39 +0530
Chandrayaan 2 Leaves Eart

In the early hours of Wednesday, 23 days after its launch on July 22, the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft left the Earth's orbit. A maneuver called' Trans Lunar Insertion' (TLI) was carried out at 2:21 am by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). Chandrayaan-2 will move towards the Moon after this procedure.India’s second moon mission ‘Chandrayaan-2’ is expected to reach the moon’s orbit on August 20 and land on the lunar surface on September 7.

The spacecraft reached the Lunar Transfer Trajectory effectively, according to the space agency. "Trans Lunar Insertion (TLI) maneuver was carried out at 0221 hrs IST as scheduled today (August 14, 2019).

Wed, 14 Aug 2019 09:52:54 +0530
Kolkata court issued an

A Kolkata  court issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday against Congressman Shashi Tharoor for a comment he made last year about a ' Hindu Pakistan ' creation. A  Metropolitan Magistrate Court issued a warrant against the Thiruvananthapuram MP based on a case filed by Sumeet Chowdhary, a lawyer. Tharoor had said in July last year that if Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, it would create a condition that would lead to a ' Hindu Pakistan ' being formed. Speaking at an event in Thiruvananthapuram, Tharoor had said the BJP would write a new constitution that would pave the way for a country like Pakistan where minority rights are not respected.

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 17:15:39 +0530
6 detained for pelting st

Police detained six people  in  Ranchi detained  on Monday, authorities said on Tuesday, for supposedly attacking BJP's Rajya Sabha lawmaker Samir Oraon's car with rocks on the periphery of the town. The arrests came after Oraon filed the first data after the incident near Gadgaon region at the Itki police station on Tuesday morning “Six persons - Gulam Sarvar, Arman Mansoori, Sohrab Mansoori, Aryan Mansoori, Irfan Mansoori and Umesh Lakra - have been arrested in this connection,” said Itki police station in-charge Prithvi Sender..

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 16:16:29 +0530
Bus rams into tree in Pal

In Maharashtra's Palghar, fifty persons were wounded after the state-run bus they traveled in crashed into a tree early Tuesday, authorities said.Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation bus driver lost control of the bus while attempting to save a lady who crossed the road and crashed into Wada's tree, police said. The driver did not see the speed breaker on the highway. The bus was mostly carrying students from Swami Vivekanand College and AL Chandavarkar College in Wada, going to Wada from the village of Pivli. All the injured, including the driver, have been admitted to the Rural Hospital in Wada, a police official said.  Wada Police have registered a case of rash driving against the driver Kashinath Jadhav and are investigating the case.

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 15:33:51 +0530
Manmohan Singh files nomi

On Tuesday, former prime minister and senior leader of Congress Manmohan Singh submitted his nomination documents to the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan for the by-poll. The former prime minister was accompanied by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot. After the death of BJP  president Madan Lal Saini, who was elected to the Rajya Sabha last year when the BJP was in power in the state, the seat fell empty. The former prime minister had represented Assam in the Rajya Sabha for 28 years before his tenure ended earlier this year. 

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 15:02:06 +0530
10 SDF MLAs joined BJP

The Sikkim Democratic Front's(SDF) 10  MLAs  merged here at party headquarters on Tuesday with the Bharatiya Janata Party. The 10 MLAs led by Dorjee Tshering Lepcha met with senior politicians and joined the party in the presence of BJP working chairman Jagat Prakash Nadda and general secretary Ram Madhav.The SDF MLAs, who joined the BJP, are Dorjee Tshering Lepcha, Ugyen Tshering Gyatso, Narendra Kumar Subba, Dilli Ram Thapa, Karma Sonam Lepcha, Krishna Bahadur Rai, Tashi Thendup Bhutia, Farwanti Tamang, Pintso Namgyal Lepcha and Raj Kumari Thapa. Now, the BJP, without winning a single seat in the Assembly polls, has become the main opposition party in Sikkim.

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 14:42:59 +0530
Won t pass any order till

Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to interfere with the request to lift telephone and internet constraints in Kashmir claiming there is a delicate situation and would not like to pass any order that would influence normalcy and lead to any loss of life.

During the hearing on a petition by Tehseen Poonawalla requesting curfew withdrawal, blocking telephone lines, internet, news channels and other J&K limitations, the apex tribunal said this.Representing the government, Attorney General assured the court that the situation in J&K is being supervised on a regular basis and that a phase-by-phase decision to lift borders is being evaluated based on the best interests of administration and peace.

Supreme Court has now posted the matter for hearing after two weeks.

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 14:22:57 +0530
Boney Kapoor Tweets on Sr

On Sridevi's birth anniversary today, the Kapoors posted on social media nostalgic and heart-wrenching pictures and messages for the late actress. Sridevi, who died in February 2018.

 Herr husband Boney Kapoor tweeted a sentimental note for his wife  "Happy Birthday, Jaan. Missing you every minute of my life... keep on guiding us. You will remain with us till eternity."

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 14:14:43 +0530
We don t need an aircraf

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi finally replied yesterday to a stinging barb from Jammu and Cashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik accusing him of irresponsibly talking about the scenario in the Cashmir Valley.

“You are a responsible person and you should not speak like this,” Governor Malik said on Monday, his comment aimed at Congress’ Rahul Gandhi who had spoken about reports of violence in the Kashmir valley after the Centre repealed the state’s special status.

“I have invited Rahul Gandhi to come here. I will send you a plane, to observe  and then speak up,” Malik had announced on Monday. Rahul Gandhi accepted the offer on Twitter. Gandhi wrote "“Dear Governor Malik, A delegation of opposition leaders & I will take you up on your gracious invitation to visit J&K and Ladakh, “We won’t need an aircraft but please ensure us the freedom to travel & meet the people, mainstream leaders and our soldiers stationed over there,”

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 13:37:04 +0530
Want the Same Bonhomie We

Indian Army Chief General Bipin Singh Rawat said on Tuesday that he is hoping for the same bonhomie the allies had in the 70s and 80s with Kashmiris. Rawat said in his address that the security forces interacted ' normally ' with Kashmiris as they used to before and that nothing had changed after the repeal of Article 370, which gave Jammu and Kashmir special status. "The bonhomie we had with people in the 70s-80s, we want the same again. We were deployed there, and we used to meet without guns, and if everything goes well, we will again meet without guns". He said. Rawat's comments come just a day after Eid-al-Adha was celebrated peacefully across the state.

The Army Chief added that everyone is making precautionary deployment and people should not panic or be too worried about it. He ensured that the security forces are readu for any kind of negative action by Pakistan.

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 13:23:05 +0530
Nagpur Delhi Indigo Fli

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari was on an IndiGo flight among the travelers who did not take off this morning due to a "severe mistake" identified by the pilot.

The IndiGo 6E 636 flight from Nagpur to Delhi was moments from the take-off when an mistake alerted the pilot. The pilot aborted the take-off and the aircraft went back to the taxiway from the runway.  Nitin Gadkari, the Minister of Road Transport, and 158 other passengers were reboarded.

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 13:09:02 +0530
Uzbek woman In Gurgaon al

GURGAON: A lady from Uzbekistan, who went to India about two months earlier, claimed that three men in Gurgaon had gang-raped her, including a scrap dealer on Facebook that she had friends with. She informed the police that she had known the Gurgaon-based scrap dealer for two years. He called her to meet him on Saturday and picked her up in a vehicle from Masoodpur in southern Delhi. There were two other guys with him.

The woman claimed to have been taken to a Gurgaon flat where the three men had gang-raped and thrashed her. "She claimed they began assaulting her and they thrashed her badly when she resisted and took turns to rape her," said a police officer.

The woman was dumped in south Delhi near her apartment. Her friends took her to All India Medical Sciences Institute after informing them about the ordeal. The police were notified by the hospital employees.

A case has been filed against the three accused, who are still on the run, at a police station in Vasant Kunj. 

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 13:02:07 +0530
DTC canceled the Delhi La

Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) canceled the Delhi-Lahore bus service on Monday as Pakistan chose to stop it after India revoked the unique status of Jammu and Kashmir, a senior government transporter official said.

A senior Pakistani minister has announced on Saturday that he will suspend Monday's friendship bus service. On Monday 6 AM, a bus from Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) was planned to depart for Lahore. However, due to the decision of Pakistan to suspend the bus service, it did not leave, the official said.

"As a result of Pakistan's decision to suspend the Delhi-Lahore bus service, DTC will not be able to send bus (from Delhi to Lahore) from 12 August," DTC said.

Mon, 12 Aug 2019 16:54:32 +0530
Bihar s 24 year old guy m


Mithilesh, a pipe fitter from Baniyapur's Simari village, modified his Tata Nano car by incorporating a helicopter's basic design features as his dream of designing and flying a helicopter could not be fulfilled. The look-a-like helicopter car i now becoing an attraction centre

It took Mithilesh and his brother nearly seven months to finish the design and, moreover, seven lakh rupees were invested in the project.

A 12th class passes away, the youngster has always dreamed of making helicopters and is happy to drive his "helicopter car" on the road even if he can't fly one.

Mon, 12 Aug 2019 16:05:02 +0530
audi Aramco to invest 75

On Monday, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries Ltd Mukesh Ambani said Saudi Aramco will invest $75 billion in the conglomerate and have a 20% stake in its chemical oil (O2C) business.

"This is Reliance's largest foreign investment and one of India's largest. Saudi Aramco's partnership to cover Reliance's refining and petrochemical assets, including 51 percent of the petroleum retail joint venture." He said.

He aso said BP acquired 49 per cent stake in Reliance's petro-retail business in another major new initiative. For this transaction, Reliance will get BP's Rs 7,000 crore,  "As the world moves towards renewable energy sources and electric vehicles, Reliance has positioned itself to generate fresh value far ahead of the curve," 

Mon, 12 Aug 2019 15:32:09 +0530
Karnataka Flood 40 dead

The Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Center (KSNDMC) reported that 40 individuals have lost their life while 14 have been missing since August 1 owing to floods in the state.

Since 1 August 2019, 40 individuals have lost their life, 14 missing persons, 5,81,702 evacuated persons, 1168 active aid camps and 17 districts and 2028 affected villages, the KSNDMC said.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah yesterday conducted an aerial survey of Karnataka flood-affected regions. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa briefed Shah on the state and district of Belgaum's rescue and relief activities.

Yediyurappa announced Rs 5 lakh compensation to the deceased's next kin on Saturday. Meanwhile, until August 15, all colleges and schools — government and private — will stay closed in affected flood-hit districts.

Mon, 12 Aug 2019 15:19:02 +0530
PM Narendra Modi will be

On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted about the Man vs Wild series to be Telecast on Discovery tonight, where he will be seen with host Bear Grylls addressing the problems of the wild, stating it was the best platform to generate environmental awareness.

“What better than the lush green jungles of India, in the midst of Mother Nature to throw light on environmental conservation and climate change. Do join at 9 PM tonight!” the 68-year-old Modi tweeted.Earlier, Grylls also tweeted writing: “Tonight watch my journey with PM @narendramodi for Man Vs Wild on @DiscoveryIN - Together let’s do all we can to protect the planet, promote peace & encourage a Never Give Up spirit. Enjoy the show.”

Mon, 12 Aug 2019 15:09:42 +0530
We have plans for J K La

On Monday, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries Limited, Mukesh Ambani, announced that his business had plans for Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, the two newly formed union territories.

"We are committed to the requirements of the Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh people in response to PM Narendra Modi Ji's call. You're going to see several announcements in the coming days for Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh," Ambani said at the group's 42nd Annual General Meeting.

Article 370 which granted Jammu and Kashmir special status was scrapped and divided into two union territories – J&K with a legislature and Ladakh without an assembly. The changes were passed by both Parliament Houses.

Mon, 12 Aug 2019 15:01:50 +0530
People rejected dynasty p

Senior BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan said in the last general election that dynasty politics was rejected, but Congress did not learn from it and still wants Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi to lead the party.

Chouhan said the BJP set an example as its leaders naturally grow in the party, while Congress cannot move beyond a family.

The Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Saturday, in a resolution, named interim party leader Sonia Gandhi until the AICC elects a regular president.

Chouhan, a former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, said that everywhere, including Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in the general elections, political parties ruled by dynasty, family and caste politics were defeated.

People have also rejected West Bengal's appeasement policy, he said, adding that people have chosen nationalism and growth. The Congress should choose a leader through a democratic process and no one can save the party if it fails to do so, Chouhan asserted.

Mon, 12 Aug 2019 14:46:49 +0530
Wrestler Babita Phogat Jo

Wrestler champion Babita Phogat and her dad Mahavir Phogat joined the ruling BJP today ahead of this year's elections in their home state of Haryana.

Babita Phogat, 29, is a three-time gold and silver medallist from the Commonwealth. She and her father inspired the 2016 "Dangal" Bollywood blockbuster featuring Aamir Khan about Babita and her older sister making it big in their father's male-dominated wrestling world.

Mon, 12 Aug 2019 13:39:47 +0530
Jaishankar meets Chinese

India's minister of foreign affairs, S Jaishankar, met in Bejing with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi. The meeting was held in the Diaoyutai guest house, once Chairman Mao Zedong's residence, but now used to receive overseas officials.

Jaishankar is visiting Beijing from 11th to 13th on a pre-scheduled visit and left on Sunday for China. During the visit, the focus will be on the second informal summit later this year between PM Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Post lunch, both the foreign ministers will later inaugurate the India China Media forum and make press statements as well. 

Mon, 12 Aug 2019 13:27:25 +0530
Delhi CM inaugurates Mund

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Sunday inaugurated an underground reservoir at Karala in the constituency of the Mundka assembly to guarantee piped water supply in the region.

It is anticipated that the UGR with a capability of 165 lakh liters will benefit 5.36 lakh inhabitants residing in 14 villages and 27 unauthorized colonies in the region where either the supply was small or the links were not piped.

Providing all homes in the capital with potable water was one of the Aam Admi Party's (AAP) main polling  planks  before it went to power in 2015.

Mon, 12 Aug 2019 13:20:42 +0530
Jammu and Kashmir celebra

On Monday, people in Jammu and Kashmir celebrated Bakrid in the midst of huge scale-up security and constant blackout communication after their unique status was revoked last week.

People could be seen flocking in tiny groups to local mosques to offer prayers. Large groups of people were not permitted to assemble and there were also traffic restrictions.

Mon, 12 Aug 2019 13:12:34 +0530
PM Modi extends greeting

Prime Minister wishes the nation on the occasion of Eid. He tweeted " "My best wishes on the occasion of Eid al-Adha. I hope it furthers the spirit of peace and happiness in our society. Eid Mubarak!"


Mon, 12 Aug 2019 13:01:43 +0530
78 deaths in Kerala resc

The death toll from floods in Kerala rose to 78 and 58 people were reported missing, officials said Monday as rains let up enabling rescue teams to change focus on rehabilitating at least 300,000 inhabitants in the state. 

No red alert was sounded on Monday in Kerala as the ongoing heavy downpour in the last few days brought back memories of last year's flooding that murdered over 400 individuals in the state.

Centers for distributing relief material were opened in many places as rescue workers said it would take at least two more days to remove the slush mound triggered by state-wide landslides.

Flight operations from the international airport at Kochi resumed on Sunday afternoon, two days after they were shut due to the inundation of the runway area.

Mon, 12 Aug 2019 09:13:15 +0530
In Srinagar Restrictions

Today in Srinagar, a day after the government said sporadic conflicts took place in the town after the constraints were loosened yesterday, prohibitory orders prohibiting big meetings were re-imposed.

Police vehicles were seen making loudspeaker announcements requesting individuals to return home, and shopkeepers were told to shut down their stores.

A spokesman for the Home Ministry said there were "stray demonstrations" in Srinagar and Baramulla on Saturday, none of which involved a crowd of over 20 individuals.

The Ministry of Home Affairs also rejected press reports of some 10,000 people protesting in the Kashmir Valley as "fabricated and wrong."

Sun, 11 Aug 2019 16:43:44 +0530
Amit Shah Repealing Artic

Chennai: Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday that the central government decided to repeal Article 370 of the Constitution, which granted Jammu and Kashmir a unique status as it did not benefit the nation or the state. 

After the publication of "Listening, Learning and Leading,"  a book that chronicles the two years in office of Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu.Shah said

"Article 370 was of no use to India or Kashmir," Shah said, adding that its repeal will put an end to terrorism in J&K and begin financial advancement and government growth.

Sun, 11 Aug 2019 16:38:09 +0530
Rahul Gandhi reached Kera

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi started a two-day flood-ravaged Kerala trip today, during which time he will visit camps in Nilambur, Mampad, Edavannappara and attend a Malappuram collector's conference. Mr. Gandhi, who represents the district of Wayanad, one of the worst-hit in the state, was due to visit last week but delayed it so as not to impact relief job.Mr Gandhi said he would also review relief measures with government and district authorities in a tweet published today morning.

"For the next few days I will be based in my Lok Sabha constituency, #Wayanad that has been ravaged by floods. I will be visiting relief camps across Wayanad and reviewing relief measures with District & State officials", he wrote.

Sun, 11 Aug 2019 16:23:19 +0530
Amit Shah will do an aeri

The chief minister told that more than two lakh individuals were evacuated from flood-affected regions and there are 1,61 lakh individuals in 664 state-wide aid camps.Yediyurappa also said that the floods harmed about 3.75 lakh hectares of crops, 14,000 homes and 478 km of power lines. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had also visited the flood-affected areas in Belgaum.

Meanwhile, until August 15, all colleges and schools will stay closed in impacted flood-hit districts. All Konkan Railway trains have also been cancelled following a landfall close Karwar.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will do an aerial survey of the flood affected areas of Belagavi district, Karnataka today.

Sun, 11 Aug 2019 11:18:23 +0530
Jawaharlal Nehru was a C

Senior BJP leader and former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan said former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru was a ' criminal ' who committed the crime of enforcing Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as declaring a ' cease-fire ' in conflict with Pakistan.

 First, he committed the crime of declaring ceasefire in conflict with Pakistan at moments when Indian armies were driving out Pakistan's Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) infiltrators, which left one-third of Pakistan's part (PoK), "Shivraj Singh Chouhan said.Secondly, in Jammu and Kashmir, he committed the crime of enforcing Article 370"." How can two symbols, two constitution and two heads exist in one nation? It wasn't injustice, but a crime against the country, "Chouhan said.

Sun, 11 Aug 2019 11:07:46 +0530
J K Peaceful Don t Bele

The Situation in J&K is peaceful, no violence recorded, government police tweeted No unfair incident barring minor stone-pelting has occurred. The Centre has abolished the unique status granted to Jammu and Kashmir. "There has been no untoward incident barring minor stone-pelting which was dealt with on the spot and was nipped in the bud," Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh said. 

Minutes after Mr Gandhi made the statement, the Srinagar police tweeted that the situation was peaceful.

Sun, 11 Aug 2019 10:56:24 +0530
In Kerala the rain relie

In a huge relief for flood-hit Kerala where 57 individuals have died so far, rain subsided on Sunday in many locations, allowing resumption of rescue activities in landslide-hit regions of Wayanad and Malappuram while a red alert remains over many neighboring districts of Karnataka which was also devastated by floods.

For the second consecutive year, heavy rain in the previous week had caused a huge flood in the state that caused havoc in much of the state. In addition to the 57 individuals who died, 60 individuals are still feared to be trapped in slush and mud caused by landslides.

The evening is scheduled for Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to visit his constituency in Wayanad. He's going to camp for two days, Mullapally Ramachandran, head of  Congress in Kerala, said.

Sun, 11 Aug 2019 10:43:26 +0530
Sonia Gandhi is Congress

Sonia Gandhi has been appointed the Congress Party's new interim president. Senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said after day lengthy deliberations conducted in a single line announcement to select a new party President. On Saturday night, the Congress Working Committee made a final attempt to convince Rahul Gandhi to proceed as the president of the party and suggested that if Rahul is still not relenting, Sonia Gandhi should be the interim president and oversee the top post elections.

Sat, 10 Aug 2019 23:28:01 +0530
Jeffrey Epstein Commits S

The rich US financier Jeffrey Epstein, accused of trafficking underage women for sex, committed suicide in prison, revealed on Saturday by the US news media.

Epstein, who had been hobnobbing with politicians and celebrities over the years and was already a convicted sex offender, hung himself in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center and spotted his body around 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning, the New York Times and other media said, citing authorities.

In early July, the private equity director was refused bail after appearing in a New York court charged with one count of sex trafficking in minors and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking in minors.

Sat, 10 Aug 2019 21:57:27 +0530
3 Storey House Crashed in

After a three-storey apartment in Pragatinagar, Nadiad crashed in Gujarat in the wee hours of Saturday, at least four individuals have lost their life and several others are wounded.

The rescue operations are still underway to evacuate those who are still be feared trapped under the debris.

Sat, 10 Aug 2019 19:26:14 +0530
Ex BJP MLA Manoj Shokeen

New Delhi: Former BJP MLA Manoj Shokeen has been booked by the Delhi Police for reportedly raping and threatening his daughter-in-law at gunpoint on the night of 31 December 2018 and 1 January this year, police said on Saturday. The victim approached the police on Thursday following  an FIR registered  against the Shokeen, Nangloi Assembly's former two-time MLA. The victim in her complaint allegedly left her maternal home along with her spouse, brother, and a friend on December 31, 2018, and went to her in-laws home in the Meera Bagh region, according to police. 

But instead of taking her to their house, her husband took her to a hotel in Paschim Vihar area. Some of my relatives were already there to celebrate New Year's Eve when we arrived at the hotel. After the party, we walked around 12.30 a.m. to my in-laws house in Meera Bagh. January 1st. My husband went out to sleep with his friends. The police said that she further claimed that at around 1.30 a.m. her father-in-law Shokeen asked her to open the door as he wanted to talk to her. He began touching me inappropriately after entering the room. After that I told him to go to bed when he was drunk. However, when I attempted to raise an alarm, he took out his gun, slapped me and threatened to kill my brother. He subsequently overcame me and raped me. I initially stopped filing a complaint against him to save the marriage and my brother, "the FIR added.

Sat, 10 Aug 2019 19:08:54 +0530
National Conference Filed

National Conference filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the move by the Centre to remove unique status given to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate it into two Union Territories. National Conference leaders, Mohammad Akbar Lone and Hasnain Mahsood filed the petition on behalf of party.

Sat, 10 Aug 2019 18:47:43 +0530
Bill to prevent religious

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government at the Centre is likely to bring a bill to prevent conversion of religion in the next Parliament session.

This arrives shortly after the government of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi-led NDA enacted significant bills, including Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Bill, bifurcating the state into two Union Territories – Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh, National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill 2019, 

To reinforce the Central Anti-Terrorism Agency and empower its representatives and Muslim Women (Marriage Rights Protection) Bill, which seeks to criminalize the Triple Talaq ancient age practice.

Preparations have started for the anti-conversion bill and debates are ongoing for the same, said sources.

Sat, 10 Aug 2019 16:08:51 +0530
Russia backed India s mov

Russia supported India's move on Jammu and Kashmir, stating that the status changes are within the Indian Constitution and hoped that the differences between India and Pakistan will be resolved bilaterally on the grounds of the Simla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration. India revoked Article 370 of the Constitution on Monday to withdraw the temporary unique status granted to Jammu and Kashmir in 1954 and bifurcated  the state  into two territories of the Union – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Moscow expects that India and Pakistan will not allow the situation in the region to worsen owing to the transition in the status of Jammu and Kashmir by New Delhi, "The Russian Foreign Ministry said in reaction to issues on Friday.

"We continue from the fact that in the structure of the Constitution of the Republic of India, the modifications connected with the change in the status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and its division into two union territories are carried out," the ministry said.

Sat, 10 Aug 2019 14:12:26 +0530
Arun Jaitley admitted to

New Delhi: Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was admitted to the AIIMS for a  morning check-up on Friday after complaining about uncomfortably. Arun Jaitley was admitted to AIIMS at approximately 10 a.m.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh, and Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah later arrived at  hospital to visit Arun Jaitely.

A statement from the hospital said that under the supervision of a multidisciplinary team of doctors, the former finance minister is currently undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit.

“At present, he is hemodynamically stable,” the AIIMS statement said.

Sat, 10 Aug 2019 09:50:07 +0530
Bifurcation Bill for Jamm

President Ram Nath Kovind approved the bill to bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into two regions of the Union – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

After sailing through the Lok Sabha last week, the bill was sent to the president, with some opposition parties walking out, bringing down the majority mark, and others side by side with the government. It's been adopted in the Rajya Sabha already.

The Union Territories will come into existence on October 31, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's 144th birthday.

Fri, 09 Aug 2019 21:38:38 +0530
DMK wins Lok Sabha Seat i

Chennai: The DMK's D M Kathir Anand won over 8,000 votes in the Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu's Vellore. This victory took the tally of the party to 38 in the state. The AIADMK began in the morning on a high note and led in the first few rounds until the gap was closed by the DMK.

The elections for the Vellore Lok Sabha seat  in Tamil Nadu were contested by as many as 28 candidates.

Fri, 09 Aug 2019 17:26:32 +0530
66th National Film Awards

The 66th National Film Awards announcement took place at Shastri Bhawan in New Delhi. Earlier today, the members of the jury presented their report with their final suggestions in different categories to Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar.

The awards will be announced in April each year and the ceremony will take place in May . But this year, in the aftermath of general elections, the awards were delayed.

Prakash Javadekar said, "For the last two months that they have made a lot of efforts. I'm sure that they would pick the best movies, the finest directors. They're going to announce that at today's press conference. This is the 66th year of film awards and they have turned into a prestigious institution."


The Best Film - Gujarati film Hellaro.

The Best Actor – Andhadhun actor Ayushmann Khurrana & Uri actor Vicky Kaushal.

The Best Actress - Mahanati actor Keerthy Suresh.

The Best Director - Uri director Aditya Dhar.

The Best Debut Film Director –Naal Director  Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti.

The Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration- Kannada film Ondalla Eradalla.

The Best Film on Social Issues award- Padman.

The Best Popular Film providing wholesome entertainment award - Badhaai Ho.

The Best Film on Environment Conversation - Mararthi film Paani.

The Best Supporting Actor -  Swanand Kirkire for Chumbak

The Best Child Artist award - P V Rohith for Ondalla Eradalla (Kannada), Sameep Singh for Harjeeta (Punjabi), Talha Arshad Reshi for Hamid (Urdu) and Shrinivas Pokale for Naal (Marathi).

The Best Male Playback Singer award - Arijit Singh for Padmaavat song "Binte Dil".

The Best Female Playback Singer - Bindhu Malini for Nathicharami song "Maayavi Manave".

The Best Dialogue award - Bengali film Tarikh.

The Best Adapted Screenplay award - Andhadhun.

The Best Original Screenplay award - Rahul Ravindran for Telugu film Chi La Sow.

The Best Sound Designer award - Bishwadeep Chatterjee for Uri: The Surgical Strike. 

The Best Production Design award - Malayalam film Kammara Sambhavam.

The Best Costume Designer award - Telugu film Mahanati.

The Best Makeup Artist award - Telugu film Awe.

The Best Music Director award - Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Padmaavat.

The Best Lyrics award - Mansore for Kannada film Nathicharami song "Maayavi Manave". 

The Best Special Effects award  - Telugu film Awe and Kannada film KGF.

The Best Choreography award - Kruti Mahesh Midya and Jyoti D Tommar for Padmaavat song "Ghoomar".

The Best Action award - Vikram More and Anbu Ariv for Kannada film KGF.

The Best Punjabi Film award - Harjeeta.

The Best Assamese Film award - Bulbul Can Sing.

The Best Tamil Film award - to Baaram.

The Best Malayalam Film award - Sudani From Nigeria.

The Best Telugu Film award - Mahanati.

The Best Urdu Film award - Hamid.

The Best Marathi Film -Bhonga.

The Best Hindi Film award - Andhadhun.

The Best Rajasthani film award - to Turtle.

The Best Garu Film award - Mama.

Fri, 09 Aug 2019 17:13:25 +0530
3 doctors get bail on Pay

Mumbai: On Friday, the Bombay high court given bail to the three doctors connected to BYL Nair Hospital in Mumbai and detained for supposedly driving a postgraduate student to kill herself at the state-run hospital, Dr. Payal Tadvi.

The high court granted them bail of the same sum on personal bonds of Rs 2 lakh each and one or two sureties of the same amount.. The high court held them from leaving the town and also ordered them to remain away from Nair Hospital.

The high court said that for the length of the trial, the licenses of all three accused physicians for medicine will stay suspended.

All three doctors — Hema Ahuja, Bhakti Meher, and Ankita Khandelwal — were ordered to go every second day to the local police station.

Fri, 09 Aug 2019 15:50:58 +0530
Rahul Gandhi calls PM to

Leader of Congress Rahul Gandhi made a call to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to seek assistance from the Centre for people in his constituency of Wayanad and Kerala, where 25 individuals have already died in torrential rains.

In the districts of Idukki, Malappuram, Kozhikode, and Wayanad, the weather department released a red alert for the state and predicted more rains.

Rahul Gandhi, representing the electoral district of Wayanad in the Lok Sabha, spoke to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan yesterday to seek help for his constituents.

Fri, 09 Aug 2019 14:57:34 +0530
11 000 free WiFi hotspots

The Delhi cabinet has approved the establishment of 11,000 Wi-Fi hotspot zones in the city that would allow users of smartphones and computers to access free internet services within a 50 m radius, said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday.

The project will be carried out by the Department of Public Works (PWD) of the government.

In the run-up to the 2015 assembly elections, free Wi-Fi in government areas was one of the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) poll commitments. The party went to power with a majority whooping, but despite numerous attempts, the flagship project never started.

The project was provided a new boost early this year as the party begins preparing for the next assembly elections, probably to be scheduled for early 2020.

Fri, 09 Aug 2019 14:31:23 +0530
Three detained for raping

Three people were detained on Thursday, police said, for supposedly molesting and raping a 13-year-old girl, a class eight student in a private school. On Tuesday night the girl had passed missing from her house and on the same day her family had lodged a complaint of missing persons  at the police station in Bajghera.

She had gone to meet a friend, according to police, who later took her to a friend's office in Rajendra Park on Tuesday night. Two other men reportedly sexually assaulted her at the office for more than four hours before one of them dropped her close her house.

Fri, 09 Aug 2019 14:20:50 +0530
Sitaram Yechury D Raja d

CPI(M) Secretary General Sitaram Yechury said Friday that he and his CPI colleague D Raja were arrested on Friday at Srinagar airport and refused admission to the town. The representatives of the Left went to Srinagar to meet with their peers in the party.

"They showed us a legal order that did not permit any entry to Srinigar. It indicated that, owing to safety factors, even escorted movement within the town was not allowed. We still try to negotiate with them," He said.

On Thursday, Yechury and General Secretary of the CPI Raja wrote to Satya Pal Malik informing him of their visit and asking him to allow their entry.

Fri, 09 Aug 2019 14:11:03 +0530
Restrictions Relaxed for

Srinagar: After five days of security lockdown in Jammu and Kashmir, phone and internet facilities have been partially restored this morning and movement constraints have been eased to enable prayers on Friday.

Thousands of security personnel remain positioned across the Kashmir Valley to watch out for any trouble following the centre's decision to end special status and turn the state into two union territories.

Jama Masjid's doors in Srinagar were closed, suggesting that prayers in the city's primary mosque were unlikely. In smaller mosques in the interiors, however, prayers would be permitted, said authorities, and enough staff had been posted to ensure order.

Restrictions can be further lowered if there is no trouble in the prayers, authorities said.

Fri, 09 Aug 2019 13:08:23 +0530
Kerala Flood Kochi airpo

Airport authorities said today that flight operations at Cochin International Airport in Kerala were halted until 3 pm on Sunday owing to heavy rain.

The water level has risen in the river Periyar and a canal near the airport. In the floods, at least six people died ; authorities said the amount of people killed is likely to increase.

The Kerala govt said a red alert was issued for four districts — Wayanad, Idukki, Malappuram, and Kozhikode — probably from very high to exceptionally high precipitation. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan met at their control room with representatives from the State Disaster Management Authority to supervise Thursday's relief and rescue coordination.

Fri, 09 Aug 2019 09:25:26 +0530
PM Modi Addresses to Nati

New Delhi:On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured the Jammu and Kashmir people that only among them would their representatives arise. "Aapka pratinidhi aap ke hi beech se ayeaga" he said in his address to the country. "Your representative will be from you only." We all want assembly elections in Jammu Kashmir to be held in the coming time, a fresh government to be formed and a new chief minister to be founded. I assure the Jammu Kashmir people that you will have a transparent way of electing your representative, "the Prime Minister said. He said the elections to the Assembly will be held in the same transparent manner as the elections to the Panchayat.

Thu, 08 Aug 2019 22:27:02 +0530
Pranab Mukherjee Receives

NEW DELHI: Pranab Mukherjee – a former president and a lifelong Congressman respected across party lines – has received the greatest civilian award from his successor, President Ram Nath Kovind, the Bharat Ratna, from the country. Top rulers, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, attended this evening's award ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, who praised him as the "exceptional statesman of our times" when recipient names were announced in January.

Two others posthumously received the award — famous singer Bhupen Hazarika and Nanaji Deshmukh, one of Bharatiya Jan Sangh's founding members, who later evolved into the BJP.

Thu, 08 Aug 2019 21:45:59 +0530
Maharashtra Floods 11 d

11 People were reported to have died as a result of incessant rainfall in the area following a boat capsized in Maharashtra's Sangli. The relief officials have retrieved nine bodies, while a search for the remainder is ongoing.

Earlier, due to the massive waterlogging and a flood-like situation due to heavy rainfall in the area, several villages in the Sangli district were cut off from the main road. With water entering their homes, people came to the primary street, carrying household products and livestock with them, waiting for the flood-like scenario that lasted four days. The area's security forces, along with marine rescue teams, initiated relief efforts on a war basis to evacuate individuals to safer locations.

For the rescue activities in Maharashtra, five National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams were airlifted from Punjab, sources said on Thursday.

Thu, 08 Aug 2019 17:52:29 +0530
Samjhauta Express Stops A

Passengers from Pakistan's Lahore Samjhauta Express had to wait nearly three hours at the Wagah border today as Islamabad stated it was shutting down the train service as part of its retaliatory action against the Jammu and Kashmir ruling of the centre.

"We decided to shut down Samjhauta Express," Pakistan Railway Minister Sheik Rasheed said on Thursday at a news conference. "Samjhauta Express is unable to operate as long as I am a minister of railways," he said.

The Pakistani crew stopped at Wagah, where the train arrived at 1 p.m., refusing to go any further. They demanded that the Indian crew come across the Indian territory and drive it through. An Indian team took over after almost three hours and the train began on its journey to Attari.

Thu, 08 Aug 2019 16:30:44 +0530
SAIL s Chairman Attacked

New Delhi: The chairman of India's biggest state-owned steel producer was attacked in the national capital on Wednesday night by some individuals armed with iron rods, India Ltd's Steel Authority said.

The company said in a statement on Thursday that Anil Kumar Chaudhary, 58, was on his route home from officewhen his car was struck by another four-person occupied vehicle.

SAIL did not react to further questions about the reason behind the attack immediately and did not elaborate on it in the statement. On Friday, the firm is set to announce its results for the June quarter.o

Thu, 08 Aug 2019 16:11:01 +0530
Animal Slaughter Banned I

Mumbai: The slaughtering  of cattle  has been banned  in private apartments and housing societies, the Bombay High Court said on Tuesday after hearing a petition from animal welfare organizations. In its order, which comes ahead of Bakri I d next week, the tribunal only permitted animal slaughter in the slaughter houses approved by the government.

Thu, 08 Aug 2019 15:29:14 +0530
PM Modi to address nation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will speak to the country at  8 p.m.on  in a unique broadcast. 

Thu, 08 Aug 2019 14:15:16 +0530
Supreme Court rejects urg

On Thursday, the Supreme Court declined to grant an urgent hearing to a complaint challenging the Presidential Order on Article 370 revoking the unique status of Jammu and Kashmir. The matter was raised before a panel led by Justice N V Ramana for urgent listing, and the tribunal said the plea would be heard in due course.

Advocate M L Sharma, who submitted the petition, urged the bench either on 12 or 13 August to list his request for hearing. The bench questioned Sharma if he had healed his petition's defects.

Thu, 08 Aug 2019 14:01:51 +0530
Heavy heavy rain forecast

Mumabai: The weather bureau released a ' heavy to very high ' rain prediction for Thursday and heavy rain alert for Friday across a few locations in the town and suburbs.

An' orange alert' for Mumbai, Thane and a' red alert' warning  for Palghar and Raigad was given throughout the day on Thursday. Extremely heavy rain is anticipated on Thursday for isolated spots in Pune, Kolhapur, and Satara ghat regions.

"With the creation of a profound depression over the Bay of Bengal to the north of Odisha and west coast of Bengal, rainfall is anticipated to increase across parts of the Konkan region, central Maharashtra and Vidarbha, resulting in heavy to very high rainfall in most regions and exceptionally heavy rain isolated in some regions on Thursday," said KS Hosalikar, deputy general manager, western region, India.

Thu, 08 Aug 2019 13:50:50 +0530
Impose restrictions in Ja

New Delhi: On Thursday, a petition was lodged in the Supreme Court challenging the decision of the government to impose constraints in Jammu and Kashmir after the revocation of Article 370 in the state. Congress activist Tehseen Poonawalla submitted the petition, who said on Thursday he will seek an urgent hearing. Poonawalla has attempted "immediate curfew / restrictions withdrawal and all other regressive measures including blocking telephone lines, web and news channels."

Poonawalla has also sought the immediate release of political leaders  “illegal custody since 04.08.2019” and setting up of a judicial commission to visit J & K to assess the ground reality.


Thu, 08 Aug 2019 13:36:29 +0530
Ghulam Nabi Azad stopped


Congressman and opposition leader in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, on his route to the Valley, was arrested on Thursday at Srinagar airport. The visit of Azad arrives days after the Center revoked the provisions of Article 370, which gave Jammu and Kashmir unique autonomous status and split the Himalayan state into two territories of the Union.

The member of the Rajya Sabha was accompanied by Ghulam Ahmed Mir, president of the Jammu and Kashmir Congress. Before leaving for Srinagar, in his comments on the pictures and videos of the interaction of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval with locals in the Shopian district of Kashmir, Azad said that "anyone can be brought with money."

On Wednesday, NSA Doval toured South Kashmir affected by militancy and was seen eating food outside closed stores on a footpath and speaking to local people. The images and videos on social media were viral.

Thu, 08 Aug 2019 13:21:53 +0530
Security tightened at air

New Delhi: Following intelligence on possible terror attacks in Jammu & Kashmir, security has been tightened at airports. On Wednesday, the Civil Aviation Security Bureau ordered state police to conduct extensive random inspections of all cars approaching terminal buildings.

While instructions to improve vigil for Independence Day and Republic Day are given each year and access to visitors is prohibited, a new warning was released on Tuesday in perspective of the scenario in Jammu and Kashmir.

All vehicles, especially cars approaching airports, will be subject to extensive random safety controls at the vehicle inspection point a kilometer away from the terminal building,  adding inspections will continue until the end of August.

Thu, 08 Aug 2019 13:01:10 +0530
Post Office building coll

After a building collapsed inside the Coimbatore railway station due to heavy rains, at least 2 individuals died. The parcel service building on the railway collapsed on Thursday around 4AM. Both the dead originated from Mettupalayam and were employees at that site, according to reports.

After the building crashed, the railway officials notified the officials concerned and rescue employees and fire department men arrived at the place quickly to speed up rescue activities. The wounded have been rushed to Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital where two have been declared dead. From Wednesday night, Coimbatore received heavy rainfall.

Thu, 08 Aug 2019 09:38:47 +0530
Pakistan Expels Indian En

Pakistan expelled the Indian ambassador to Islamabad on Wednesday and announced a five-point plan to downgrade its relations with India and suspend bilateral trade in reaction to the government's move to end Jammu and Kashmir's unique status and divide it into two union territories. While Ajay Bisaria, the high commissioner of India, is in Islamabad, his Pakistani counterpart, Moin-ul-Haq, the high commissioner, is yet to take charge in New Delhi.

Islamabad, who has constantly sought global action on Kashmir, also said that he would appeal against the Kashmir government's choices to the United Nation Security Council. Recently, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan thanked US President Donald Trump for providing mediation on Kashmir, an idea that India dismissed outright.


Thu, 08 Aug 2019 09:20:29 +0530
Woman lover kill her hus

Mira Road: A woman and her lover were detained by Mira Road cops on Monday for supposedly murdering her husband on July 15 by blending 20 sleeping pills in his tea, strangulating him with a rope, and smothering him with a pillow. Police said in the past they had attempted to murder the guy twice by blending in his tea 10 sleeping pills, but failed because he was not losing consciousness.

Deepti Patankar, 40, stayed in a seventh-floor apartment in NG Silver Spring Apartment at Ramdev Park with her husband, Pramod, 43. Deepti worked in a Goregaon college as a clerk, while Pramod worked with a finance company based in Mumbai.

Police say Deepti has had an affair since 2015 with one Samadhan Uddhav Pashankar, 40, a Pashan resident in Pune. "To meet Deepti, Samadhan would create frequent journeys from Pune. One day, Pramod returned early to his home and caught the two in a compromise position, "Navghar Police Station police inspector Ram Bhalsinh said.

Deepti apologized and pledged to remain away from Samadhan before both their parents.

When Pramod left out of station for work, Samadhan began again to meet Deepti. They soon came up with a plan to eliminate Pramod.

Then the duo conspired a different plan. Deepti sent her daughter to the house of her father on Mira Road on July 15. "She mixed twenty sleeping pills in Pramod's tea around 7.15am. Samadhan, who waited downstairs, went to the apartment as he fell unconscious and took Pramod to the bedroom. Then Samadhan strangled Pramod with a rope, while Deepti was holding his feet. Samadhan also had a pillow to smother him, "Bhalsinh said.

Samadhan left a mark on the cup using Deepti's lipstick and held two condoms under Pramod's pillow. He created a mess of the room and removed his wallet  and mobile  and  Rs.two thousand to trick us.

Wed, 07 Aug 2019 17:32:43 +0530
Husband daughter bid fa

New Delhi: A grieved country bid farewell to former Union minister Sushma Swaraj, who died last night. Thousands have been poured into her house since morning and then into the BJP office to pay their respects to the leader whose tenure as foreign minister during the first term of the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Shortly before the funeral procession began, Sushma Swaraj's daughter Bansuri Swaraj and Swaraj Kaushal's husband were seen  saluting as she received state honors.

Wed, 07 Aug 2019 16:26:05 +0530
Come For Re 1 Sushma s
Just before Sushma Swaraj underwent a cardiac arrest and was taken to hospital, she had a light-hearted chat with senior lawyer Harish Salve, during which she requested him to "come and collect his Re 1 fee" for representing India at the International Court of Justice in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former officer under death row in Pakistan.
Harish Salve shared Tuesday night's phone discussion with Sushma Swaraj, who led India's diplomatic attempts to save Jadhav as Foreign Minister in the first term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"She sounded very cheerful and she was very happy. She asked me why I didn't come here to meet her on this visit. I said I'm going to come and meet her today (Wednesday). I was to meet her today at 6 pm. I was so shocked, 10 minutes later she had a cardiac arrest.
Wed, 07 Aug 2019 16:05:38 +0530
RBI Cuts Repo Rate For Fo
 RBI to cut repo rate again. The new rate is 5.40%. The rate for the first week of June is 5.7.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the six-member Finance Committee headed by RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das. This is the lowest rate in nine years. Four favoring a reduction of 0.35%, two saying a reduction of 0.25%.This is the fourth time this year that repo rates have come down. RBI cuts rates in February and April.. Experts say that interest rates on loans will come down as repo rates fall. Repo rate is the interest charged on short-term loans taken by RBI from commercial banks. Meanwhile, the GDP growth rate for the current financial year (GDP) is 7% to 6.9%.Shaktikanta Das, Governor, RBI said.
5.8 - 6.6% in the first quarter of 2019-2020 and 7.3 – 7.5 in the second quarter.


Wed, 07 Aug 2019 15:17:54 +0530
Vikram Saini Now Marry

MuzzafarnagarVikram Saini, lawmaker for Uttar Pradesh, explaining the merits of the center's move to end Jammu and Kashmir's unique status under Article 370-that party workers could now marry fair Kashmiri women. He's captured his misogynistic remarks on camera.

With the new rule on Kahmir, BJPworkers could now go there to purchase land plots and get married, Vikram Saini said Tuesday at a function in Muzaffarnagar to celebrate the transition to Article 370.

The lawmaker, quite unrepentant, later asked about his misogynistic declaration, saying there was nothing objectionable in what he said.

Wed, 07 Aug 2019 14:31:47 +0530
Jyotiraditya Scindia supp

Senior Congressman Jyotiraditya Scindia today surprisingly supported the government in its decision to end Jammu and Kashmir's unique status under Article 370 and divide it into two union territories.

Jyotiraditya Scindia, secretary-general of the party, tweeted his backing just before a session of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the top decision-making body of the party, to strengthen its position on Kashmir.

"I support the move on #JammuAndKashmir & #Ladakh and its full integration into union of India. Would have been better if constitutional process had been followed. No questions could have been raised then. Nevertheless, this is in our country's interest and I support this," Jyotiraditya Scindia tweeted.

Wed, 07 Aug 2019 14:11:10 +0530
Toni Morrison Nobel Priz

US author Toni Morrison, whose 1987 novel "Beloved" about a runaway slave was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and contributed to a body of work that made her the first black woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, died at the age of 88. The death was announced by Paul Bogaards, a spokesperson for publisher Alfred A. Knopf, but he did not provide an official cause.

During the U.S. Civil War, "Beloved" was set up on the basis of the real tale of a woman who murdered her 2-year-old daughter in order not to become a slave. Before she could kill herself, the girl was caught and the ghost of the child, known as Beloved, visits her mother.

Wed, 07 Aug 2019 13:52:47 +0530
Pak PM to chair National

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will chair another National Security Committee (NSC) meeting with regard to the choice of the Indian government to repeal Article 370, according to Geo News.

While addressing Parliament's joint session, Khan said on Tuesday that the choice to cancel Article 370 was in line with the "racist ideology" of the governing BJP and claimed that Pakistan would take up the problem at any international forum to bring it to the attention of global leadership.

Khan said the two-country conflict on Kashmir would have "grave implications" for the whole globe. He also asserted that the unique status scrapping would lead to assaults similar to Pulwama.

On Tuesday, the Indian Parliament adopted a proposal to reorganize Jammu and Kashmir into two territories of the Union and a resolution repealing Article 370 and Article 35(A) of the Constitution.

Wed, 07 Aug 2019 13:39:32 +0530
Congress No Government C

New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir have acceded "as one state" to India and no government has the authority to alter its position or split it or decrease any portion of it to a Union Territory, the Congress said Tuesday after a session of its Working Committee, the top decision-making body of the party.

At the session, held to concentrate on the government's move to end unique status in Jammu and Kashmir and to divide the state into two union territories, the party also said it "deplores the move's unilateral, brutal and utterly undemocratic way."

Article 370, the resolution stated, "deserved to be honoured until amended, after consultation with all sections of the people and strictly in accordance with the Indian Constitution."

Wed, 07 Aug 2019 13:06:49 +0530
J K welcomes Amit Shah

Srinagar: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, who returned yesterday to Kashmir Valley, informed the government that state citizens supported the action of the Center on Article 370 and welcomed the assurance of Home Minister Amit Shah in parliament. During his response to the debate in the Rajya Sabha, Amit Shah had promised that the status of the union territory for Jammu and Kashmir regions was not permanent and that if the situation improved, the government would restore statehood at an appropriate time. Shah also stressed that the Center did not want Kashmir to stay a union territory, but had to create the shift to make it better.

NSA Doval said this promise had gone well with the individuals in its ground report to the Centre.

Wed, 07 Aug 2019 09:44:07 +0530
BJP Leader Sushma Swaraj

BJP Leader Sushma Swaraj passes away at 67

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj died soon after being admitted to the All India Medical Sciences Institute late Tuesday night. She was sixty-seven.

She was the minister of foreign affairs in the first term of the NDA in the cabinet of Narendra Modi. A couple of years ago, Swaraj, who underwent a kidney transplant, decided not to contest the last Lok Sabha elections and also opted out of government.

Tue, 06 Aug 2019 23:38:26 +0530
Mamata Banerjee opposed s

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee firmly opposed the decision of the Center to revoke Article 370 on Tuesday and said that her party TMC could not support the move as stakeholders were not taken into confidence.

Speaking of the whereabouts of former prime ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, she said that they are not terrorists and that they should be freed in the interests of democracy.

Tue, 06 Aug 2019 17:51:02 +0530
Maharashtra Resident doc

The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) threatened to go on strike on August 7 if their stipend does not match that of resident Central Institute physicians.

The association said in a press release here that Maharashtra minister Girish Mahajan had promised previously this year a hike in the stipend but nothing had occurred since then.

MARD will withdraw from all services, including emergency ones, the release said.

Tue, 06 Aug 2019 17:23:19 +0530
Karnataka cabinet expans

The decision of the central government to cancel Article 370 of the Constitution had an unexpected effect on attempts to form the council of ministers in Karnataka of the Bharatiya Janata Party government.

Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, who won the confidence vote last week at the state assembly, is visiting New Delhi to convey the state cabinet development. He hoped to meet with Home Minister Amit Shah, to discuss the development on Tuesday or Wednesday. On Thursday, he's set to return to the state.

This timeline was made last week as he was unaware that  BJP chief   would pass the resolution calling for the removal of Article 370.

Tue, 06 Aug 2019 15:57:17 +0530
Best News Of My Life An

As Article 370 of the constitution that gave Jammu and Kashmir unique status was struck down on Monday, actor Anupam Kher, a loud voice in the state discussion, tweeted on Monday that he had "woken up in New York to the best news".

Mr Kher,  has long been a vociferous active supporter of reform in the relationship between India and its northernmost state. He is known to have powerful opinions on the community exodus caused by violence in late 1989 and early 1990, a Kashmiri pandit himself.

Kirron Kher, Anupam Kher's wife, a lawmaker of the ruling BJP from Chandigarh, also tweeted posted in Hindi.

"The entire credit for removing Article 370 and 35A goes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah," she wrote in Hindi.

Tue, 06 Aug 2019 15:20:45 +0530
Unnao Rape Victim Critica


New Delhi: The Unnao rape survivor, admitted to the AIIMS Trauma Center, stays critical and is on the life support system, said Tuesday a senior doctor at the hospital. The Delhi Traffic Police on Monday, developed a green corridor to move the rape victim to the Indira Gandhi International Airport's All India Institute of Medical Science Trauma Centre, covering an 18-minute distance of about 14 km.

"She is ill and needs medication to help her blood pressure on her life support system. The patient stays critical and undergoes therapy under a multidisciplinary team of physicians," said Dr. Rajesh Malhotra, head of the AIIMS Trauma Center.

The rape survivor, who faced critical wounds in last week's car-truck crash, was airlifted from Lucknow to New Delhi on Monday night for further medication following directives from the Supreme Court in this respect, police said.

Tue, 06 Aug 2019 15:02:00 +0530
It would have happened mu

Anand Mahindra, Industrialist, today expressed his full support for the move by the BJP-led central government to remove the unique status given by Article 370 to Jammu and Kashmir, stating it should have occurred much sooner.

"There are some decisions, which when taken, evoke the reaction 'Why couldn't this have happened earlier?'. Today's decision falls in that category. It's time for us all to embrace Kashmiris as an indistinguishable and inseparable part of our national community," he tweeted.

Tue, 06 Aug 2019 14:47:28 +0530
Transgender bill passed i

 Lok Sabha on Monday  enacted a bill that offers a mechanism to empower transgenders socially, economically and educationally. The 2019 Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill was enacted by a vote in the midst of loud demonstrations by some opposition parties over not being permitted to talk on its notice of adjournment.

Minister of State for Social Justice Rattan Lal Kataria replied on the bill that it provides for the formation of a domestic agency to protect transgenders ' freedoms.

The minister said there are more than 4.80 lakh transgenders in the nation according to the 2011 census. He said there are penalty and punishment clauses in the bill in cases of transgender offences and sexual harassment.

Tue, 06 Aug 2019 14:29:17 +0530
Rahul Gandhi Abuse of Ex

New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi went to Twitter on Tuesday to attack the government of the Union over the repeal of Article 370, which gave Jammu and Kashmir unique powers.

“National integration isn’t furthered by unilaterally tearing apart J&K, imprisoning elected representatives and violating our Constitution. This nation is made by its people, not plots of land. This abuse of executive power has grave implications for our national security,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

Tue, 06 Aug 2019 14:13:52 +0530
Amit Shah J K is an inse

New Delhi: During a discussion on the scrapping of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and the state bifurcation with Home Minister Amit Shah, the Lok Sabha observed some heated moments stating, "We will die for Kashmir."

Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury sought Home Minister clarification asking, "S Jaishankar told Mike Pompeo a few days ago that Kashmir is a bilateral matter, so don't interfere with it. Is J&K still an inner issue? We're going to understand. The whole party of the Congress expects you to be enlightened.

The Home Minister, who introduced a resolution to scrap the article that gives the state unique status and a bill to bifurcate the state, replied: "J&K is an inseparable component of India, this is in the Constitution of India and Jammu and Kashmir. Parliament is therefore fully entitled to make laws on the state.

Tue, 06 Aug 2019 14:04:46 +0530
Fire Breaks out in Delhi

At least six people died and ten people were injured after Tuesday's early hours of fire broke out in a multi-storey building in Zakir Nagar in south-east Delhi.

The injured, including two firemen, were shifted for therapy to the hospital, representatives of the fire department said.

"Five patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), some are in the ward and one is in the pediatric ICU. Everything is under control. We have patient care specialists," Dr. Mala, Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Holy Family Hospital said.

Tue, 06 Aug 2019 13:54:10 +0530
Mehbooba Mufti and Omar A

Srinagar: Among four political leaders detained on Monday were former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah, authorities said.

Also detained were the representatives of the J&K People's Conference, Sajjad Lone and Imran Ansari.

In a notice to People's Democratic Party leader Mehbooba Mufti, Srinagar's executive magistrate said she was being arrested because her  activities “are likely to cause breach of peace”.

“Therefore, keeping into consideration the aforementioned facts and circumstance, I as executive magistrate first class do hereby immediately order your detention for preventing law and order situation and further as a preventive measure you be shifted to Hari Niwas place till further orders,” the notice said.

Mon, 05 Aug 2019 22:48:07 +0530
Rajya Sabha Passes Kashmi

The Rajya Sabha approved a move to strip Jammu and Kashmir of their unique constitutional status on Monday, eight hours after Home Minister Amit Shah launched a resolution to cancel the provision that had remained part of the Constitution for almost seven centuries. The Rajya Sabha also approved a bill for the division of the state into two union territories, one for Ladakh and the other for Jammu and Srinagar regions. Both would be administered by the central government through a Lt-Governor.

The Rajya Sabha enacted a resolution to repeal the unique status with 125 votes in favor, and 61 against. A vote was carried on the bill to separate J&K. Tuesday, the Lok Sabha will take up the resolution and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Bill. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will speak to the country.

Mon, 05 Aug 2019 21:58:26 +0530
Rajya Sabha Cong whip Bh

New Delhi:Congress Party in Rajya Sabha was confronted with huge embarrassment as senior leader and party whip Bhubaneshwar Kalita resigned over Article 370 position. 

In his letter of resignation, Assam-born Kalita accused the party of taking a incorrect stance by opposing the decision of the government to repeal Article 370. He said the political suicide is committed by the party. Senior Congress representatives in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, former home minister P Chidambaram and former Union minister Kapil Sibal, on the other side, opposed the government's decision to end the unique status of J&K.

Mon, 05 Aug 2019 17:47:04 +0530
istorical mistakes have b

New Delhi: On Monday, former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah on the choice to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution, which he said was "correcting a historic mistake." "My compliments to the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji and the Home Minister Shri Amit Shah for correcting a historical blunder," Jaitley tweeted.

"Separate status led to separatism," the former finance minister tweeted further. "No dynamic nation can allow this situation to continue. What was a temporary and transient provision can not be considered as permanent.

It had to go."Jaitley questioned how Articles 370 and 35A be a precedent to merger, saying "J&K integration with India took place in October 1947. Article 370 came into force in 1952, Article 35A came in 1954, four and seven years later respectively. How can Articles 370 and 35A be a condition precedent to merger?"

Mon, 05 Aug 2019 17:35:06 +0530
Omar Abdullah Cautioned

Srinagar:Omar Abdullah, former Jammu and Chief Minister of Kashmir, said today that the government's decision to cancel Article 370 was a "complete betrayal of the people's confidence" and that it was "aggression." Home Minister Amit Shah notified the legislature that Article 370 — which conferred Jammu and Kashmir unique status — was repealed with the President signing an at "once order". Jammu and Kashmir will also be "reorganized," Mr Shah said, with the bifurcation of the state into two union regions, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh

National Conference leader Mr Abdullah has been under house arrest since last night's late.

Leader of the People's Democratic Party Mehbooba Mufti also objected to the decision to scrap Article 370 as "the darkest day in Indian democracy."

Mon, 05 Aug 2019 16:10:20 +0530
Ghulam Nabi Azad Cites Po

The BJP has no sense of history and geography, and for more votes "destroyed" Jammu and Kashmir, Ghulam Nabi Azad of Congress said today in the midst of the tumult over the government's move to end the state's special status."They not only scrapped Article 370, Article 35-A, but also split the state. India was decapitated by this government. Jammu and Kashmir were the heads of India... Jammu Kashmir ka tukde tukde kar diya (they broke the state into bits)," he said as the government shifted four bills to reorganize Jammu and Kashmir in Rajya Sabha. The country is now to be divided into two union regions-Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.

"These people (the BJP) have come to power recently. They don't know ... they haven't considered the strategic aspects ... we've got a long border with China, we've got a border with Pakistan and the occupied Kashmir ... to play around with the border state, its people ... it's a traitor to the country," Mr Azad said.

Mon, 05 Aug 2019 15:47:02 +0530
2 INLD Legislators 1 In

Chandigarh: In another setback ahead of the Haryana Assembly elections for the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), two more party representatives joined the governing BJP in Haryana this morning in addition to an Independent legislator. Ram Chander Kamboj, a  lawmaker from Rania assembly consistency in the district of Sirsa who lately resigned from the party, and Naseem Ahmed, Firozpur Jhirka lawmaker, entered the BJP fold. In the presence of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and State Unit Chief Subhash Barala, Saffidon's independent lawmaker, Jasbir Deswal, who supported the BJP, also joined the ruling outfit. A few days ago INLD legislator Ravinder Baliala entered BJP with former Haryana minister Jagdish Yadav.

Mon, 05 Aug 2019 15:32:55 +0530
RSS Backed Decision On J

New Delhi: On Monday, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat welcomed the actions of the Union government on Jammu and Kashmir, describing them as "courageous" and "very important" for the country's benefit, including Jammu and Kashmir. Mohan Bhagwat and his deputy Suresh Joshi said in a joint declaration published on the RSS's Twitter handle that everyone should rise above their interests and political differences and welcome and support the choice."We heartily welcome the government's brave decision. This was very necessary for the interest of the country, including Jammu and Kashmir," they said.

Mon, 05 Aug 2019 15:04:31 +0530
Delhi Metro Put On High A

In the aftermath of events linked to Kashmir and the forthcoming Independence Day festivities, authorities said on Monday, a ' high warning ' was sounded in the Delhi metro network.

A new advisory was issued on an current one to guarantee that there is no untoward incident in the mass-rapid rail network running across the National Capital Region, safety representatives said.    At many stations, the authorities said, commuters will have to go through extra checking by CISF staff.

Additional CISF troops, counter-terrorism reaction teams, and security gadgets were induced to ensure that passengers face the least trouble while they get frisked and that any emergency situation is reacted too quickly, officials said.

Mon, 05 Aug 2019 14:56:37 +0530
Arvind Kejriwal Supports

As the move to scrap Article 370, which gives Jammu and Kashmir unique status, drew opposition protests, Arvind Kejriwal stood out in support of the government as the lone voice among rivals.

"We support the government in its choices on Jammu and Kashmir. We hope that this will bring peace and growth to the country," tweeted  Arvind Kejriwal. Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have spent a better portion of their political trip hitting the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a number of problems, particularly concerning Delhi's autonomy. He accused the governing BJP at the center for years of attempting to control Delhi through the Lieutenant Governor and ignoring the local government elected.

Mon, 05 Aug 2019 14:49:04 +0530
Special Status For Jammu

New Delhi: Home Minister Amit Shah passed a resolution to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution, extending unique status to Jammu and Kashmir, in Rajya Sabha on Monday. The govt, which before the Rajya Sabha mentioned four bills and legislative suggestions, intends to have the resolution adopted by the end of the day. As Shah read the information of the proposition, representatives of the opposition attempted to interrupt the proceedings but did not go far. Amit Shah, who also leads the Party of Bharatiya Janata, kept reading his other proposals.

Regional parties in Jammu and Kashmir have called an aggression against the individuals attempts to scrap Article 370. The Valley communication network – mobile, fixed line and web – was shut down and satellite phones were provided to important authorities to remain in contact.

Mon, 05 Aug 2019 13:26:09 +0530
Lok Sabha election Today

Vellore: Following an intensive election campaign ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and filmmaker Seeman's Tamil nationalist outfit Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK) for Tamil Nadu's Vellore Lok Sabha seat which ended on Saturday, the electoral district is set to vote Monday. "There are 1,553 booths going to elections in Vellore LS seat on Monday. The elections will be conducted by some 7,500 policemen at the EC booth level. It will use 3,752 voting machines to vote," Sahoo informed the media.

Mon, 05 Aug 2019 10:04:04 +0530
Senior Leaders in J K U

After midnight on Sunday, Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and Sajad Lone, Jammu and Kashmir's three most prominent politicians, were put under house arrest in an unprecedented lockdown following a huge safety build-up and a first-ever public advisory calling on Amarnath pilgrims and visitors to leave Kashmir instantly.

In many locations, mobile internet and telephone links were blocked and public gatherings or rallies in Srinagar and sections of the state were banned 

Mon, 05 Aug 2019 09:50:33 +0530
Kashmir Solution Has Beg

In the midst of drastic late-night events in Jammu and Kashmir, with several top political leaders of the state being placed under house arrest, including Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and Sajad Lone, Bollywood actor Anupam Kher tweeted, stating "Kashmir Solution has begun." 

This recent move comes at a moment of uncertainty in the Kashmir Valley following a huge build-up of safety and a public directive requesting visitors and pilgrims instantly to leave Kashmir.

On Friday, tensions escalated after the Jammu and Kashmir administration scrapped Amarnath Yatra, citing safety threats from Pakistan Army-backed terrorists

Mon, 05 Aug 2019 09:42:52 +0530
Colleges Schools in Mumb

Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has announced that Mumbai schools and colleges will stay closed on Monday to make sure students are not placed at danger owing to heavy rainfall in recent days.

At least five people died throughout the day in rain-related events across the districts of Mumbai, Pune and Palghar, while a person was missing after falling into a swollen sewage line at Dharavi in Central Mumbai.

The Indian Air Force had airlifted around 56 people from Khandvali and Thane district near Mumbai today, after Maharashtra Chief Minister  requested  to help the villagers.

Sun, 04 Aug 2019 22:12:26 +0530
DK Shivakumar Files Defam

Congress leader DK Shivakumar has lodged a Rs. 204 crore defamation lawsuit against what he claims former Union minister and BJP leader Basanagouda Patil Yatnal as "fake and groundless accusations."

Following Mr Shivakumar's defamation suit in his home town of Kanakapura, the First Class or JMFC judge acknowledged the case and issued a summons to Mr Yatnal.

Mr Yatnal, speaking to the media released a ' harmful, image-wrenching and unfounded statement against Shivakumar, putting pressure on domestic BJP leaders and union BJP ministers to guarantee that he is free from instances investigated by the Department of Income Tax (IT) and the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) '

The petition also stated that Vijayapura mentioned that Shivakumar had "promised to stay neutral and not become a stumbling block in Karnataka's BJP state formation."

Sun, 04 Aug 2019 20:30:25 +0530
Shiv Sena shouldn t expec

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Saturday that the Bharatiya Janata Party will contest the Maharashtra assembly elections in collaboration with ally Shiv Sena although it might have won on its own. But the chief minister stated the position of the chief minister should not be expected by the Shiv Sena.Fadnavis ' explicit message emerges decades after the Shiv Sena's Aditya Thackeray, who may be the Thackeray family's first to challenge elections, emphasized that equitable power and post sharing involves all messages and power.

Sun, 04 Aug 2019 20:13:59 +0530
Congress Senior Leaders

The Congress Working Committee, the largest decision-making body of the party, will meet on Saturday in the midst of a management crisis caused by the resignation of Rahul Gandhi as the leader of the party.

"It was decided to hold the next meeting of the Congress Working Committee at AICC on Saturday, August 10, 11 am," tweeted K C Venugopal, general secretary responsible for the organisation of the party.

Sun, 04 Aug 2019 19:59:02 +0530
ACB issued Notice to Mehb

Jammu and Kashmir's Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) issued a notice to former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti asking her if she had verbally or otherwise supported the suggestions made by some PDP-BJP public ministers for JK Bank appointments.Mehbooba posted the notice on Twitter, mentioning she was not surprised by the development.

Sun, 04 Aug 2019 19:51:04 +0530
Five children abducted in

Five kids have reportedly been abducted in district of Bhagalpur in Bihar on Saturday, causing citizens to protest.
A gang of criminals disguised as kanwariyas abducted the kids from Lakhanpur village under the Bath police station and escaped in an Omni van, according to district police officers.

The children were playing near a road.said.The angry villagers protested and demanded  that the kids return safely. All police stations in Bhagalpur and neighboring districts have been informed by Bhagalpur range IG Vikash Vaibhab. An operation was initiated to rescue the kids.

Sun, 04 Aug 2019 11:58:20 +0530
Indian Army offered Pak T

The Indian Army has asked Pakistan to take back the bodies of five intruders shot dead this week in the Keran sector of Jammu and Kashmir. The five people of the Border Action Team (BAT) in Pakistan were killed as they attempted to enter India and strike a forward post in the Keran industry, the Indian Army said on Saturday.

The Pakistani Army has been informed to approach with white flags and take the bodies for last rites.Pakistan not yet responded.In the meantime, heavy cross-border firing is continuing in Keran sector, sources said.

Sun, 04 Aug 2019 11:08:30 +0530
Heavy Rain Disrupts Mumba

Mumbai: After the town got heavy rain overnight, local train services and flight activities in Mumbai were impacted. Water logging on railway tracks owing to heavy rains and high tide on Saturday impacted train motion on Thane and Panvel Central Railway (CR) sections in Mumbai, leaving thousands of travelers stranded at different stations. Some flights have been diverted due to heavy rain, according to Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) spokesperson.To help the train passengers, the city civic body has opened relief camps at various schools in south and central Mumbai and also provided refreshments.


Suburban services were suspended between Kurla-Sion stations on the main line and between Kurla and Chunabhatti on Harbour line. The CR has temporarily suspended the services between CSMT-Vashi route of Navi Mumbai on Harbour line and CSMT-Thane section on the main line.

Sun, 04 Aug 2019 10:51:56 +0530
Modi govt passed number o

New Delhi: In the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha, Modi govt generated record of passing the maximum amount of bills. More than two dozen bills were launched and most of them passed by the house.

However, the achievement came among the allegations of opposition parties that most of the NDA's bills were bulldozed.This is the highest performance in the opening by any government as well as the budget sessions in the last 15 years in a fresh Lok Sabha.

Following the landslide victory of the Modi government in the recent General Elections 2019, it turned out that the first session was quite a win.

Sun, 04 Aug 2019 09:41:19 +0530
Jet Airways extends the i

Jet Airways extended the original bid date for the bankrupt airline from August 3 to August 10, a business declaration said on Saturday.
After running out of cash and failing to obtain funds, Jet, once ranked among the country's largest airlines, was compelled to ground all flights in April, crippled by rising losses as it tried to compete with low-cost rivals.At the request of some potential bidders, the deadline for bid submission has been extended, it said. Since its aircraft were grounded and employees left unpaid, Jet Airways and its lenders have been looking for fresh investors.

Sat, 03 Aug 2019 19:46:24 +0530
Kerala Journalist killed

Thiruvananthapuram: K Muhmmed Basheer, 35 a journalist with Siraj, a malayalam daily, was killed in a road accident in  Thiruvananthapuram late last night by a car driven by IAS officer rammed his motorcycle. 

Besides IAS officer Sreeram Venkitaraman, a lady was also in the car, the police said. "There were conflicting statements.The city police chief Dhinendra Kashyap confrmed that a person witnesses Sreeram Venkitaraman IAS was driving the car.

Sat, 03 Aug 2019 19:21:58 +0530
IMD Predicts extremely h

MUMBAI: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted "extremely heavy rainfall" over the next 24 hours in Mumbai while a constant rain continued to batter the city on Saturday. The schools and colleges were declared a holiday amid bad weather conditions.

The IMD also cautioned people saying that heavy rainfall warning on a "very-high-tide day" today is "not a good combination". Civic authorities in Mumbai issued a "beach safety appeal" warning residents of the metropolis to avoid going near the sea, reports NDTV.

"The IMD gave a warning of extremely heavy rainfall for the next 24 hours from 1 pm on August 3. Citizens should avoid venturing around sea also at water-logged areas," the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said in a statement.

Sat, 03 Aug 2019 17:56:22 +0530
Mediation Failed Before

New Delhi: On Saturday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said he knew nothing would result from the three-member commission appointed by the Supreme Court to mediate in the Ayodhya issue.

He said efforts to mediate were also made before "Mahabharat," a conflict in Indian mythology between the "Pandavas" and the "Kauravas," but they failed. The remarks come one day after the tribunal disbanded the mediation panel, in the decades-old conflict declared regular hearings on August 6. 

The panel of former Supreme Court judge FM Kalifulla, religious guru Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior lawyer Sriram Panchu began consultations in March to explore a friendly settlement.

Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, dissolving the board, said on Friday that there was no settlement by mediation.

Sat, 03 Aug 2019 17:41:51 +0530
Woman complaints against

A  woman  in Barwani in Madhya Pradesh filed a complaint with the police on Friday that her spouse threw her out of her house after three times uttered talaq, just three months after her marriage, police said.

Sendhwa town's eighteen-year-old Asma, about 350 kilometers southwest of Bhopal, said in her complaint that her husband Mahin Mansoori beat her on July 24, summoned her mother, saying he would not keep her (Asma) with him. Three times he uttered talaq and threw her out of their house. Police said she claimed her husband beat her several times in her complaint and asked her parents for dowry. She also claimed that for the previous three months she had been subjected to mental and physical torture.Police have lodged an FIR under section 498A of IPC and also The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019. Police are investigating the matter and no arrest has been made so far in connection with the FIR.

Sat, 03 Aug 2019 15:25:48 +0530
Orientation Programme for

New Delhi: For BJP parliamentarians, where participation is mandatory, a two-day ' orientation program' began today at 10 a.m. Closed-door sessions concentrated, sources said, on behavior, discipline, parliamentary processes, and ideological problems. The program is led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and JP Nadda, working President of the BJP.

The primary aim behind the BJP's mandatory weekend workshop seems to be rein in some misguided legislators. PM has stressed discipline, punctuality and not talking out of turn throughout his second tenure. Some of his other suggestions to the legislators include timeliness and frequent parliamentary participation.

Sat, 03 Aug 2019 15:04:29 +0530
Woman Raped By 4 Men in M

Mumbai: Police recorded a case against four unknown individuals on Friday for supposedly raping a 19-year-old lady on her birthday in the Chembur region of Mumbai on Friday. The police have recorded and moved a ' Zero FIR ' to the police station in Chunabhatti.

After her birthday festivities, the lady was on her way from her friend's house on July 7 when four males supposedly raped her. She did not inform anyone about the incident for weeks and kept crying, according to the family of the woman. 

Police have registered an FIR against four unidentified persons under Section 376 (rape), 376D (gang rape) and 34 (criminal acts by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of Indian Penal Code (IPC),


Sat, 03 Aug 2019 13:34:52 +0530
J K Govt advises Amarna

Srinagar:The Amarnath yatra finished 14 days before its planned closure on 15 August and the Jammu & Kashmir counter-insurgency grid was reinforced with the extra deployment of security  forces following the recovery of a big ammunition cache, a Pakistan-made anti-personnel mine and a U.S .- made sniper rifle along the yatra path, and intelligence reports highlighted the increased possibility of suicide bombing attacks in the Kashmir valley.

The cancelation of the yatra to one of the most sacred temples in Hinduism and an alert to pilgrims and visitors returning home resulted in panic and an air ticket scramble — the highway from Srinagar to Jammu is closed due to landslides — Although unsettled valley residents and increased speculation about a major offing move, perhaps the removal of Article 35A restricting certain advantages (such as public employment and land ownership) to permanent state citizens. Such speculation started last weekend with the deployment of 100companies of security forces (around 10,000 men) 

Sat, 03 Aug 2019 09:26:42 +0530

The Mumbai Parking Authority (MPA) has made a suggestion during the week to allow public parking in vacant areas or to leave over parking slots in malls. The MPA is also planning to launch an app that will introduce people to the parking areas around them, including those in shopping malls.

"By speaking to mall owners, we're exploring the concept of generating more parking possibilities. Our goal is to guarantee that they profit while decongesting the town highways. The plans of the Mumbai Parking Authority were welcomed by institutions and organizations. This is in everyone's interest, "said Mumbai Parking Authority member Shishir Joshi.

The authority had also scheduled to look at housing societies and BEST depots before this in order to generate more parking spaces. A senior civil official said, "We've told them what we need[ mall owners] and how we're going to do it. We have received a favorable reaction from mall owners, but they had some doubts about some problems that need to be resolved.

Fri, 02 Aug 2019 17:59:08 +0530
Assembly Election Deven

On Thursday, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis initiated his' Mahajanadesh Yatra' from Mozri in Vidarbha district of Amravati, 680 kilometers from Mumbai, promising a drought-free Maharashtra if his government receives a second term after the elections of the assembly. Mozri houses Tukdoji Maharaj's poet-saint and social reformer samadhi.

The chief minister will travel through 150 constituencies of the assembly in 32 districts during the yatra, covering 4,384 km of range. The mass outreach tour, to be conducted in a specially designed van, is aimed at cementing the position of Fadnavis as the state's highest leader and creating a buzz in his favor before the election code of conduct is announced.

"I have no doubt that with a huge mandate we're going to return to power. I'm not afraid of that. What concerns me is the droughts cycle facing our country. We've launched a successful scheme like the Jalyukta Shivar to minimize the impact of drought, but I'll make sure the state is completely drought-free over the next five years, "Fadnavis said.

Fri, 02 Aug 2019 17:44:14 +0530
Rajya Sabha passes anti t

New Delhi:The Rajya Sabha today passed the anti-terror law that gives the government the power to designate an individual as a “terror”with 147 members in voting in favour of the bill and 42 against

The Lok Sabha has already passed the bill.

The vote followed an intense discussion that saw Home Minister Amit Shah attack the Congress, telling the party to look at "its past" before charging the government with abusing the law.

Fri, 02 Aug 2019 17:13:37 +0530
Consumer Court Ordered Sa

Chennai: A consumer dispute forum directed the famous South Indian restaurant chain Saravana Bhavan to pay Rs. 1.10 lakh to an advocate of the Supreme Court as compensation for the supposed defect in serving food. The latest order given here by the Tamil Nadu State Consumer Disputes Reddressal Commission directed the hotel to pay Rs. one lakh as a "reward for mental anguish" endured by the plaintiff SK Saamy, in addition to Rs. 10,000 as litigation costs.

In his complaint, SK Saamy prayed for a total compensation of Rs. 90 lakh "for ill-health, severe mental agony and other hardships" faced from "food poisoning" in October 2014, after he consumed food at the restaurant's Anna Salai outlet in the city.

Fri, 02 Aug 2019 16:23:00 +0530
SC to hear Ayodhya case o

On Friday, the Supreme Court decided to hear from August 6 on a daily basis the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid conflict as three-member mediation committee was unable to get the multiple sides engaged in it to agree. A five-judge constitutional bench, comprising India's Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, and SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan, and S Abdul Nazeer, arrived at this judgment following Thursday's panel report.

The mediation panel report, comprising former Supreme Court judge FMI Kalifulla, spiritual guru and founder of Art of Living Founder Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior lawyer Sriram Panchu, a renowned mediator, came after nearly four and a half months of negotiations between Hindu and Muslim litigants to explore the possibility of an out-of-court settlement of Ayodhya land dispute for decades.


Fri, 02 Aug 2019 15:59:10 +0530
Anna Canteens Shuts Down

Anna Canteens, who supplied the poor and the middle class with meals at Rs. 5, was shut down from Thursday across Andhra Pradesh. Daily wage-workers, beggars who daily thronged the canteens discovered the canteens locked.
With the outsourcing agency preventing food supply following instructions from the state government, all 204 canteens were down their shutters.

However, the government of the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) has ensured that this shutdown is temporary and that with certain changes it would restart the system.

Working since last year's July-August, the canteens proved a blessing to the needy as they each had breakfast, lunch and dinner at Rs. 5.

Fri, 02 Aug 2019 14:21:35 +0530
S Jaishankar Meets Lanka

Minister of Foreign Affairs S Jaishankar held a series of bilateral conferences with his Vietnamese, Sri Lankan, Mongolian and Timor Leste counterparts on Friday, during which he addressed a number of important problems, including the battle against terrorism.

Mr Jaishankar attends a number of meetings in the Thai capital, including the ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting, the 9th East Asia Summit of Foreign Ministers, the 26th ASEAN Regional Forum and the 10th Mekong Ganga Ministerial Meeting of Cooperation.

"An important neighbour, a valuable friend. Warm meeting with FM @MFA_SriLanka Tilak Marapana. Reiterated our strong support in the fight against terrorism," he tweeted.

He also reiterated the powerful assistance of India with Sri Lanka in the battle against terrorism, which saw the worst terror attack of the country on Easter Sunday.

Fri, 02 Aug 2019 14:12:39 +0530
Ramon Magsaysay Award for

This year's Ramon Magsaysay Award, regarded the Asian version of the Nobel Prize, was given to journalist Ravish Kumar on Friday. Kumar, 44, who is the senior executive editor of NDTV India, is one of the most important television reporters in India, said the award quote He is among five people who have been declared award winners. Kumar's "Prime Time" program "deals with ordinary people's real-life, underreported issues," he added.

The four other winners of the 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award are Ko Swe Win from Myanmar, Angkhana Neelapaijit from Thailand, Raymundo Pujante Cayabyab from Philippines and Kim Jong-Ki from South Korea.

Fri, 02 Aug 2019 13:53:58 +0530
A jail inmate in Hisar p

A convicted drug peddler was stabbed to death in Central Prison in Hisar and two other convicts were wounded when on Thursday morning about 20 prisoners, supposedly members of a rival gang, assaulted the trio.

The deceased has been recognized as Ravinder Singh, 33, a Fatehabad district village resident of Sardarwala. Harjeet Singh and Tajinder Singh have been recognized as the wounded.

The assailants were led by Jagdish, who assaulted Ravinder numerous times with an ice pick on his chest, head, feet, and hands, according to the complainant. Other assailants, including Jagdish, Pawan, Dilbagh, Deepak, Sachin, Pankaj, Ajay, Ankit, Sonu and Akshay, assaulted Ravinder's assistants Tajinder and Harjeet.

The three victims have been rushed to the Hisar Civil Hospital, where Ravinder has succumbed to his wounds while the other two are being treated.

Fri, 02 Aug 2019 13:31:09 +0530
Delhi CM s office receive

The office of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal received two e-mails from an anonymous e-mail ID that supposedly threatened to kill him. A case has been recorded by the Delhi Police and is trying to define the suspect.

The emails were received on the chief minister's official email ID–first on July 25 and second on July 30 said police.

Deputy police commissioner (unique cyber cell) Anyesh Roy said a complaint was obtained from the home department of the Delhi government about the threat messages.

"A case was recorded under section 506 of the Indian Penal Code (punishment for criminal intimidation). Our teams try to define the suspect and nab him," said DCP Roy.

Fri, 02 Aug 2019 10:03:10 +0530
Same gender pair throw

Chennai: Two females in their early twenties alleged that on July 28 they were thrown out of a Chennai hotel because of their behavior that the hotel claimed had insulted other guests ' sensibilities.The girls involved were Rasika Gopalakrishnan and Shivangi Singh.

"My friend and I decided to go on a Saturday night to a bar called The Slate Hotels. There were 4 to 5 men standing at the bar while dancing and looking at us constantly, making us very uncomfortable," Gopalakrishnan posted on Facebook. According to her, the two went into the washroom."Moments later, at our door, we hear frenzied knocks, ordering us to leave the washroom. In the washroom there were 4 male bouncers and 1 female bouncer, requesting to understand what we were doing together in the washroom. They accused us of' doing something else,' they advised us that the customers had received' several complaints,' and they insisted that we leave instantly. So we left. said Gopalakrishnan.

Fri, 02 Aug 2019 09:50:38 +0530
Trump Offered help for Ka

The US would like to see enhanced ties between Pakistan and India, and that's why President Donald Trump provided his "help" to solve the Kashmir issue, said a senior official of the State Department on

Thursday. "We recognize that Kashmir has been a bilateral problem, but there are possibilities as Pakistan takes measures to create trust in its own attempts to combat terrorism for its ultimate positive dialogue, and we are willing to help if the parties are requested to do so," the official said.

Fri, 02 Aug 2019 09:30:12 +0530
More Troops being sent to

Less than a week after shifting 10,000 paramilitary troops to Kashmir, as part of a huge safety drive, the center is rushing around 25,000 more paramilitary staff into the Valley. Official sources say the soldiers arrived on Thursday morning and are inducted in different areas of the state.Last week, the government had said that 100 firms were brought in (each firm has about 100 troops) to reinforce the Kashmir counter-insurgency grid. The choice to send the soldiers came after last week's return from a two-day visit to the Kashmir Valley by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

Jammu and Kashmir Police Director-General Dilbag Singh said there are fewer soldiers in North Kashmir last week and that's why extra forces are needed.

Fri, 02 Aug 2019 09:15:37 +0530
National Medical Commissi

New Delhi:Rajya Sabha enacted the National Medical Commission Bill on Thursday to replace Indian  Medical Council with a fresh body, in what the government described as one of the country's largest health education reforms.A voice vote passed the bill seeking to repeal the 1956 Indian Medical Council Act, in the midst of an AIADMK walkout.

The Lok Sabha  had passed the National Medical Commission Bill 2019 on July 29.

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, in his reply, on the debate on the bill said  National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is already an institutionalised body which is conducting examinations in 13 languages.

"Once the NMC Bill is approved, exit examination will be implemented in the next three years,"He said.

Thu, 01 Aug 2019 19:02:05 +0530
Priyanka Refused to becom

New Delhi: At a party meeting on Thursday, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra rejected  a proposal that she assume the top position in the party after her brother Rahul. The move by Priyanka Gandhi aims to strongly spike an concept that has been endorsed over the past few weeks by several senior Congress officials.

Captain Amarinder Singh, chief minister of Punjab, and Shashi Tharoor, lawmaker from Thiruvananthapuram, supported Priyanka Gandhi for the post of president of the party.

The proposal went up again this morning to discuss preparations for the birthday of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on August 20 at a conference of general secretaries of Congress and in-charge of states.

Thu, 01 Aug 2019 16:12:38 +0530
Supreme Court orders Rs 2

New Delhi: The Supreme Court ordered the transfer to a CBI court in Delhi of all five cases related to the rape victim of Unnao, including the Rae Bareli accident case. 

The court also instructed the probe to be completed within seven days from Wednesday in the event of the accident. However, it permitted the investigating officer, with the consent of the Supreme Court, to extend the probe by a maximum of seven days in extraordinary conditions. Also instructed was a daily trial to be finished within 45 days.

Thu, 01 Aug 2019 15:59:43 +0530
Kuldeep Sengar expelled f

On Thursday, the BJP expelled Uttar Pradesh MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who is a defendant in the case of Unnao rape and was booked by the CBI on Wednesday for supposed participation in the survivor's accident that left her with critical wounds.

Sengar, 52, a four-time MLA, is charged in 2017 for raping the woman. She was then seventeen years old. The girl and her lawyer were wounded and two of her aunts were murdered in Rae Bareli on Sunday when the vehicle they were traveling in was hit by a speeding truck.

 The CBI named Sengar, his brother and their supposed colleagues as Vinod Mishra, Hari Pal Singh, Navin Singh, Komal Singh, Arun Singh, Gyanendra Singh, Rinku Singh and advocate Awadesh Singh in their FIR on the incident. Ten to fifteen other individuals are also suspects who have not been recognized.

Thu, 01 Aug 2019 14:14:00 +0530
Karti Chidambaram To Vaca

New Delhi:The Enforcement Directorate directed former Union minister P Chidambaram's son Karti Chidambaram to vacate his residence in Jor Bagh of Delhi, previously confiscated in the corruption case of INX Media. In October last year, the probe agency attached the estate. The  probe agency issued a notice  said Karti Chidambaram had to hand over the property's ownership within 10 days of receiving the notification.

 The property was jointly owned by Karti Chidambaram and his mother Nalini, according to sources.

Thu, 01 Aug 2019 09:42:44 +0530
Heavy Rain Vadodara Airp

Vadodara: On Wednesday, owing to heavy rain, Vadodara Airport was closed. There have also been two national flights cancelled, said the airport authorities.
Vadodara got very heavy rain in Gujarat on Wednesday-over 400 millimeters in just 12 hours, said the weather bureau. Western Railways said that owing to water-logging, some trains passing through the town had to be diverted.

The Government of Gujarat directed the local authorities to move individuals from low lying regions in Vadodara. On Wednesday night, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani called a conference to review the Vadodara scenario. He encouraged individuals during the rescue activities to collaborate with local authorities.

A number of other locations in Gujarat including Ahmedabad, Surat and Panchmahal were struck by heavy rainfall.

Thu, 01 Aug 2019 09:28:32 +0530
No Power Tariff in Delhi

New Delhi: Domestic power bills will fall by a few hundred rupees for homes consuming 1,200 units or less, according to the electricity regulator's order. For every kiloWatt of energy, households that use more than 1,200 units will have to pay 25 more paise. Power regulator Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission, an autonomous and quasi-judicial body, has lowered fixed fees for national customers with a load of up to 15 kW that has been approved. Fixed charge, part of the electricity bill, is the cost that a consumer must pay even if they don't consume  any energy unit.

Those with 1kiloWatt of approved load will see a decrease of Rs.105 in their monthly electricity bill due to reduced fixed charges, 2kW connections will save Rs.210, 3kW Rs 270, 4kW Rs 360, while 5kW and 6kW connections will save Rs 450. However, energy charges, which are Delhi's unit electricity price, have risen from Rs 7.75/kWh to Rs 8/kWh for homes consuming more than 1,200 units.

Wed, 31 Jul 2019 18:47:23 +0530
Farooq Abdullah Questione

Srinagar:In connection with a multi-crore scam in Jammu and the Kashmir Cricket Association, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and the president of the National Conference (NC) party Dr. Farooq Abdullah was challenged by the Enforcement Directorate at Chandigarh on Wednesday. Abdullah was JKCA's chairman between 2001 and 2011, a period when it is said that the supposed irregularities occurred at the tune of Rs 113-crore. He was requested from the bank account of the cricket body for suspected money laundering, one official source said.

JKCA officials including Dr. Farooq Abdullah were named in the FIR and charges lodged by the CBI on 18 July 2018, alleging the laundering of multiple crores on bogus bank accounts belonging to the government cricket authority.


Wed, 31 Jul 2019 18:30:48 +0530
3 Days 3 Bills Is it t

Trinamool Congressman Derek O'Brien today slammed the government over what the opposition called the continuing parliamentary session's "hasty" passage of bills. The attack comes one day after the controversial bill banning ' Triple Talaq ' passed through Rajya Sabha, the opposition-dominated. "Parliament is supposed to scrutinize Bills. This chart explains the bulldozing this Session. Are we delivering pizzas or passing legislation?" he tweeted on Wednesday.

He also attached a chart purportedly showing the contrast in the number of bills that were scrutinized when the Congress-led alliance was in power. He claimed that in the present Lok Sabha, only one out of the 18 bills passed were scrutinised, bringing the number down to 5 per cent.

Wed, 31 Jul 2019 18:14:27 +0530
Cafe Coffee Day Owner Fou

Mangaluru: Cafe Coffee Day Founder VG Siddhartha, former Karnataka Chief Minister SM Krishna's son-in-law, was found dead this morning, 36 hours after missing from a bridge close Mangaluru in Karnataka. Since Monday morning, when Mr Siddhartha was missing, there has been a huge search operation involving several organizations. The body washed the Netravati river close Ullal in Mangaluru ashore and was discovered around 6:30 this morning by fishermen.

Mr Siddhartha is survived by his wife Malavika Hegde and two sons.

Wed, 31 Jul 2019 13:51:38 +0530
Narendra Modi on Triple T

Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked "all parties and parliamentarians" who endorsed the passage of the "Triple Talaq" bill for taking the opportunity to correct a "historical wrong done to Muslim women," moments after the legislation crossed the Rajya Sabha barrier on Tuesday with 99 votes in favor. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his tweet, also called it a “victory of gender justice” that will “further equality in society.”

“An archaic and medieval practice has finally been confined to the dustbin of history! Parliament abolishes Triple Talaq and corrects a historical wrong done to Muslim women. This is a victory of gender justice and will further equality in society. India rejoices today!”

His second tweet on the subject conveyed appreciation for all those who backed the Bill.

“I thank all parties and MPs who have supported the passage of The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 in both Houses of Parliament. They have risen to the occasion and this step of theirs will forever be remembered in India’s history.”

Tue, 30 Jul 2019 20:26:57 +0530
Triple Talaq Bill Passes

New Delhi:The triple talaq bill, adopted by the Lok Sabha three times, completed its toughest test in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday when some  parties opposed such as Nitish Kumar and the AIADMK chose to abstain from voting. Their lack from voting helped bring down the 240-member Rajya Sabha's efficient power and the mark of the majority.

The opposition's request to send the bill to a select committee was dismissed with only 84 members voting in favour, 100 against. Shortly afterwards, the triple talaq bill was enacted with 99 representatives in favour. As he emerged from Parliament, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad showed the sign of victory.

Tue, 30 Jul 2019 19:23:52 +0530
Sanajay Sing Resigns

New Delhi: Sanjay Singh, a member of Rajya Sabha, resigned from the Congress together with his spouse Ameeta on Tuesday, claiming they could not stay in a party with absence of communication and clarity. On Wednesday, they are anticipated to enter the BJP. The politician, elected from Assam to the Rajya Sabha, also gave up his upper house seat. Sources said his resignation was accepted by Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.

"I left Congress because it is suffering from a complete absence of communication now. Leadership is hollowed out, and there is no clarity about anything,"Singh, who belongs to the royal family of Amethi, as he said.

Tue, 30 Jul 2019 18:20:35 +0530
BS Yediyurappa

Bengaluru: The birthday of ruler Tipu Sultan of the 18th century will no longer be celebrated in Karnataka as an official festival, in line with today's BS Yediyurappa-led BJP state policy. The BJP opposes any Tipu Sultan celebration on the basis that he was a "dictator."

"Our government has cancelled observing the controversial and communal Tipu Jayanti," four days after taking over the state's reins.

Tue, 30 Jul 2019 17:48:26 +0530
Binoy Kodiyeri donates bl

Mumbai: Binoy Kodiyeri donates blood sample for DNA test The blood was donated at Byccula JJ Hospital, Mumbai.  The police will  submit the results of the DNA test within two weeks to High Court. The police initially decided to collect the blood sample at the Cooper Hospital in Juhu, near the Oshwara police station.. But the decision was reversed on Tuesday afternoon. Police were notified of some inconvenience at Cooper Hospital and were later handed over to the Byccula Hospital. The blood samples of the complainant and the child will be collected for further examination. The court's verdict in Bino's petition to quash the FIR in the petition filed by the complainant is only after the blood sample results. A Bihar native had filed a complaint against Bino for allegedly raping her.

Tue, 30 Jul 2019 15:05:38 +0530
Assault on Journalist by

Haryana Police filed an FIR against self-styled religious leader Radhe Maa and her followers after being attacked "for asking questions" by a journalist in her presence.

While Radhe Maa was booked for allegedly threatening the journalist, a group of followers have been charged with assualt. The incident occurred on Sunday evening when Radhe Maa went to a Kanwar Shivir in Panipat to attend a Shivir

Tue, 30 Jul 2019 14:38:34 +0530
Opposition demans Home M

New Delhi: The Unnao rape survivor's car crash generated ripples in parliament today as opposition parties cornered the governing BJP, wondering why it did not take action on its Kuldeep Sengar accused member of rape.

.Uttar Pradesh's four-time lawmaker, who has been in prison for a year, was mentioned as charged in a murder case after his participation in the Sunday incident was alleged by the teen's relatives. The opposition parties requested an impartial probe on the issue and the home minister's explanation.

The teen, who was in a Rae Bareli-bound vehicle, was wounded and in a critical condition. Two of her aunts are dead, one of whom in the rape situation was a witness. Her lawyer, who was in the vehicle as well, is critical. Kuldeep Sengar, who called up from inside prison and requested that they drop the case, has said they were frequently threatened by the family.

"Today, the people of India feel ashamed of the incident of Unnao.It's a blot on civilized culture, where a minor woman was gang-raped .. We're asking the Home Minister to come to the House and make a declaration. We're talking about what kind of a culture, where such an event can occur," Congressman Adhir Chowdhury said in the Lok Sabha.

Tue, 30 Jul 2019 14:20:42 +0530
Cafe Coffee Day founder V

Founder of Cafe Coffee Day VG Siddhartha, who missed Monday from Bengaluru, had written a note to his staff a few days ago apologizing for failing to develop a ' correct lucrative business model '

After requesting his driver to drop him off at Mangaluru's Netravathi Bridge, Siddhartha was missing as he wanted to take a stroll. A hour later, there was no sight of him and the driver alerted the family, and the authorities were informed in turn.

"I'm very sorry to let go of all the individuals who placed their confidence in me. I fought for a long time but I gave up today because I couldn't take any more pressure," wrote Siddhartha, the son-in-law of former Union minister SM Krishna, in a letter dated July 27.

"I never intended to cheat or mislead anyone, as an entrepreneur I have failed. This is my sincere submission, I hope that one day you will know, forgive and forgive me. Siddhartha, who began his CCD chain with a Bengaluru outlet and quickly grew 15,000 stores, included with the letter a list of assets and tentative valuation of each asset. "As our assets were, our liabilities outweighed and can help repay everybody,” he wrote signing off

Tue, 30 Jul 2019 13:47:05 +0530
Sena denies NCP s poachin

Pune: On Monday, Shiv Sena replied to accusations made by Chief Sharad Pawar of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) that the governing coalition misused the leaders of state and central organizations to "poach." The Sena said that joining them is not arming political leaders, but rather "winning hearts."

Pawar claimed on Sunday that the state and central governments misused investigating  organizations to force opposition political leaders to enter the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the elections to the assembly. His remarks came after a number of NCP leaders–including politician Vaibhav Pichad, Mumbai unit chief Sachin Ahir, and women's wing chief Chitra Wagh. "Many Congress-NCP lawmakers are in the queue to join the BJP. Sharad Pawar was concerned about it. Pawar has claimed that lawmakers are being poached by ED and IT departments. The Shiv Sena has no control over the department of ED, IT or police. Those allegations therefore don't stick to the Sena, "read an article in Saamana - Sena's mouthpiece.

Tue, 30 Jul 2019 10:25:47 +0530
Triple talaq bill in Rajy

NewDelhi:The opposition is looking at the likelihood that the National Democratic Alliance will manage to clear the controversial Triple Talaq bill in the Rajya Sabha after not sending the amendments to the Right to Information Act to a select committee last week. Most opposition parties took a public stand against the bill but the events that unfolded during the enactment of the RTI amendment bill made senior politicians uncertain about the Opposition's real strength when the Rajya Sabha push comes to shove.

The RTI bill was the first instance of the superior leadership abilities of NDA as it guided the bill through the upper house where it is in the minority.


Tue, 30 Jul 2019 09:47:43 +0530
Matunga Sri Shankara Matt



MUMBAI: The Sri Shankara Mattham, Mumbai performed Bhagavati Seva, the Devi puja performed during the month of Adi, which is considered very auspicious month for spiritual activities. It is believed during this month Goddess Shakti's power doubles up and she revives the cosmos with her celestial energies. By performing this puja with devotion, the devotees and their families get the blessings of the Goddess and obtain longevity, health, wealth and happiness.


Mon, 29 Jul 2019 16:16:10 +0530
Karnataka Assembly Speake

Bengaluru: Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar announced on Monday his choice to step down moments after freshly minted state chief minister BS Yediyurappa cleared the ballot by a vote of the confidence.

Kumar's announcement comes one day after he disqualified 14 more legislators from the assembly on requests submitted by Congress and the Secular Janata Dal.

Mon, 29 Jul 2019 14:43:05 +0530
Yediyurappa Wins Trust Vo

Bengaluru:Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa won the assembly floor test with a voice vote on Monday, two days after he took the oath for his fourth term as the state's chief minister. Soon afterwards, Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar announced his resignation requesting forgiveness for 'errors'.

Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa announced that he was following in the footsteps of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, moving a confidence motion at the Karnataka Assembly on Monday.

Mon, 29 Jul 2019 14:37:23 +0530
Karnataka Assembly Speake

Karnataka Assembly Speaker Resigns


Bengluru: Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar announced on Monday his choice to step down moments after freshly minted state chief minister BS Yediyurappa cleared the ballot by a vote of the confidence.

Kumar's announcement comes one day after he disqualified 14 more legislators from the assembly on requests submitted by Congress and the Secular Janata Dal.

Mon, 29 Jul 2019 13:59:01 +0530
Yediyurappa wins trust m

Yediyurappa Wins Trust Vote in Karnataka

Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa won the assembly floor test with a voice vote on Monday, two days after he took the oath for his fourth term as the state's chief minister. Soon afterwards, Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar  announced his resignation requesting forgiveness for ' errors. '

Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa announced that he was following in the footsteps of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, moving a confidence motion at the Karnataka Assembly on Monday.

Mon, 29 Jul 2019 13:45:17 +0530
Heavy rain disrupts

Pune: Heavy rains on Saturday caused traffic congestion and waterlogging in various regions, including Mundhwa, Rasta peth, Sinhgad, Kharadi, Bibvewadi, and Chinchwad.

Pankaj Deshmukh, Deputy Police Commissar (DCP), Traffic, said, "There was waterlogging in some areas due to incessant rains and traffic was moving slowly. But they were less cars on the highway than they were on other weekdays, being a Saturday.

Tree dropping incidents have been recorded in Chikali, Sangvi, Pradhikaran and Rahatani, according to the fire brigade department.

Mon, 29 Jul 2019 10:32:13 +0530
We are confident of provi

On Sunday, Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa said he would move the confident motion in Vidhana Soudha on Monday. He briefed media people here after chairing the conference of the BJP's Legislative Party.

I believe we will be supported by both Congress and the JDS in this matter," he added. In an effort to maintain its flock intact, Karnataka BJP decided to make their MLAs remain for the night at the Chancery Pavilion hotel, just ahead of Monday's vote of confidence in Vidhana Soudha.

Mon, 29 Jul 2019 09:34:07 +0530
Ready to go to jail for p

Srinagar,  Former Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief, Mehbooba Mufti, on Sunday said she is ready to go to jail for protecting Article 35A which talks about Jammu and Kashmir's special status.

Addressing party workers on PDP's foundation day, Mufti said: "Anybody trying to fiddle with Article 35A would be playing with dynamite. It would have such disastrous consequences that nobody would be able to control."

She said her party would stand like a rock for the protection of state's special status and that she was ready to go to jail while protecting the same.

Mufti also criticized former Chief Minister and Vice President of the National Conference (NC), Omar Abdullah, for saying that the decision of the Supreme Court on Article 35A would be accepted by the NC.

"No tinkering of any sort by anybody with Article 35A would be acceptable to the people of Jammu and Kashmir," she asserted.

Sun, 28 Jul 2019 20:21:15 +0530
Nirmala assures all suppo

Dehradun,  Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday assured all support for the overall development of the Himalayan states and consider all their vital issues.

Addressing a Himalayan conclave of the 10 Himalayan states at the hill resort of Mussoorie, Sitharaman said the Centre would provide all necessary help to address the issues related to the Himalayan states. "The Himalayan states are on the top priority list of the Centre," she said.

All the vital issues which were discussed in the conclave would be considered by the Centre, she said.

Stating that the Himalayan states are the vital part of India, she lauded the efforts to hold such conclave saying it was being felt for a long time that such conference should be held.

To bring down the scourge of the widespread migration from the hills, she said special efforts are needed to solve this issue. Panchayati Raj institutions can play vital role in this regard, the Finance Minister said. She said start-ups can also play big role in these areas to provide employment opportunities and create new employment opportunities for the youths.

For carrying out the developmental activities in these areas, she said the vital environmental concerns should not be ignored. "We have to carry out sustainable development in these areas," she said.

Stating that the local people have played big role in these states, Sitharaman called for providing more facilities to them and also strengthen the local democratic institutions.


Sun, 28 Jul 2019 20:13:53 +0530
Amit Shah justifies Yogi

Lucknow,  Two years and four months after Yogi Adityanath was appointed Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, BJP President and Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday explained the party's choice for the top job in the state.

"No one thought Yogi would be Chief Minister. Many people called me, saying 'Yogi has never even run a municipality, why are you making him CM? It is true, he had not run even a municipality. He was a temple head. People asked me why we were giving him the reins of such a big state. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi and I decided to make him Chief Minister. He is work-oriented and has made up for his lack of experience with his work ethic," the BJP chief said here.

The name of Adityanath, who is also the head priest of the Gorakhnath temple in Gorakhpur, began to do the rounds soon after the results of the UP Assembly election, which the BJP won handsomely, were announced in March 2017.

Sources said the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, had vetoed the party's top choice for Chief Minister - then Union Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha. Sources said Adityanath was chosen as he was assessed to be the most popular leader among the cadre.

The selection of the priest-politician, seen as a right-wing poster boy, as Chief Minister in the huge, politically crucial state had baffled many, especially since he did not have any administrative experience.

Sun, 28 Jul 2019 20:05:49 +0530
14 more Karnataka Congres

Bengaluru, A day before the trust vote on the B.S. Yeddiyurappa government in the Karnataka Assembly, Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar on Sunday disqualified 14 rebel legislators of the Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) for defying their parties whip to attend the House on July 23.

The 14 MLAs had remained absent from the House on July 23, when former chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy put the confidence motion to vote for proving majority but failed to do.

"As the remaining 11 Congress and 3 JD-S rebel legislators also defied their respective party's whip by remaining absent from the Assembly on July 23 when the motion was to put vote, they have violated the anti-defection law," the Speaker told reporters as one of the reasons for disqualifying them under the 10th Schedule, read with the Article 191(2) of the Constitution.

The motion was defeated by voice vote and division of votes on the insistence of then opposition BJP leader B.S. Yeddiyurappa.

Then coalition allies polled 99 votes in favour of the motion and 105 by the BJP against it (motion), in an Assembly of 205, including the Speaker and one nominated member, with 103 as the revised half-way for a simple majority.

The 11 Congress lawmakers disqualified are Pratap Gouda Patil (Maski), B.C. Patil (Hirekerur), Shivaram Hebbar (Yellapur), S.T. Someshekhar (Yeshwantapur), Byrati Basavraj (K.R. Puram), Anand Singh (Vijayanagar), R. Roshan Baig (Shivajinagar), Muniratna (R.R. Nagar), K. Sudhakar (Chikkaballapur), M.T.B. Nagaraj (Hoskote) and Shrimant Patil (Kagawad).

The three JD-S legislators are A.H. Vishwanath (Hunsur), Narayan Gowda (K.R. Pete) and K. Gopalaiah (Mahalakshmi Layout).

Three rebel Congress legislators -- Ramesh Jarkiholi (Gokak), Mahesh Kumatahalli (Athani) and R. Shankar (Ranebennur) -- were disqualified on July 25 for defying their party's whip to attend the Assembly and vote in favour of the motion.

Shrimant Patil was disqualified on a complaint against him by Congress Legislature Party (CLP leader Siddaramaiah and its state President Dinesh Gundu Rao) for being absent in the Assembly though he had informed the Speaker on July 18 that he was in a private hospital in Mumbai for treatment.

"All the 14 legislators have been disqualified as members of the 15th Karnataka legislative Assembly from their respective segments across the state for defying their party under Section 208 of the 10th Schedule, read with the Article 191 (2) of the Constitution," said Kumar.

Shankar was disqualified for giving a letter to state Governor Vajubhai Vala that he had resigned as a cabinet minister on July 8 and would support the BJP in forming the government and proving majority in the Assembly.

The disqualification of all the 17 legislators, including 14 of the Congress and 3 JD-S has reduced the Assembly strength to 208, with 105 as the new halfway mark for proving majority by the BJP on Monday when its Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa takes the floor test before moving the Finance Bill for fiscal 2019-20 for the approval of the House.

Sun, 28 Jul 2019 19:56:59 +0530
NIA carries out raids in

Srinagar: Pre-dawn raids were carried out by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday at four locations in Jammu and Baramulla city in Kashmir. Police sources said state police and CRPF-assisted NIA sleuths carried out raids at four traders ' houses involved in cross-LoC trade.

"The NIA sleuths raided Srinagar, Pulwama and Sopore city last week. These raids are part of the NIA's terror financing inquiry," sources said.

In connection with the terror financing inquiry so far, a prominent local businessman, Zahoor Watali, and many separatist politicians have been detained by the NIA.

Sun, 28 Jul 2019 12:46:43 +0530
Mallya moves SC challeng

New Delhi: Fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya has moved the Supreme Court to seek a stay from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on the confiscation of his assets.

After defaulting on bank loans worth Rs 9,000 crore in India, Mallya has fled from India and is presently facing extradition proceedings in the UK. His appeal will probably be drawn up for Monday's top court hearing.

His appeal is likely to be taken up for hearing by the top court on Monday. 

Sun, 28 Jul 2019 12:39:32 +0530
Former Union Minister S

Hyderabad: Leader of the Veteran Congress and former Union Minister S. Jaipal Reddy died in the early hours of Sunday after a short disease in Hyderabad, his family said. He was seventy-seven.

Reddy's last breath was about 1.30 a.m. He was lately admitted to a private clinic in Hyderabad and was diagnosed with pneumonia. Two children and one daughter survive him.

Born in Telangana's Mahabubnagar district, Reddy was elected to the Lok Sabha for five terms and also served two terms as a member of the Rajya Sabha.

He started his political career at Osmania University during his college days. In protest against the imposition of an emergency, he left Congress to enter the Janata Party and later became its secretary general. He contested against  former Prime Minister Indidra Gandhi unsuccessfully in Medak Lok Sabha Constituency.

 Reddy served as Information and Broadcasting Minister in I K Gujral government He also served as a minister in the government of UPA-I and UPA-II and held portfolios such as urban and cultural growth, oil and natural gas, science and technology, and earth sciences.

Sun, 28 Jul 2019 09:54:34 +0530
Anil Kapoor amused by his

Mumbai, FaceApp is a craze among Bollywood celebrities and fans alike, with everyone trying out the app to morph their mugshots into an older look. Interestingly Anil Kapoor, who never seems to age in real life, has garnered a lot of memes on his appearance, and the 62-year-old star is "amused" by the creativity apparent in such memes.

"I'm so amused and entertained by people's creativity! Just when I think they would've run out of memes to make about me, they surprise me with yet another hilarious take! It's quite flattering and humbling honestly. I'm happy that I'm able to entertain and maybe even inspire people of all ages, even when I'm not trying!" Anil reacted.

Once he put out his version of FaceApp, one of the users wrote: "One cannot look 30 years old at the age of 63, unless it's Anil Kapoor."

Another user said: "Anil Kapoor looks younger than young Anil Kapoor."

Sun, 28 Jul 2019 09:43:49 +0530
Kargil war changed world

New Delhi,  Slamming Pakistan for indulging in deceit since 1947, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the Kargil war of 1999 had changed the world's perception about India, which took military action to evict the Pakistani Army and foiled the neighbour's attempt to redraw the boundary.

Addressing a gathering to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Kargil war, the Prime Minister said modernisation of the armed forces was a priority of his government as the wars have now reached the space and are being fought even in the cyber world.

In 1999, Pakistani Army had captured the mountainous heights in Kargil in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir and India undertook military action to evict the intruders in a three-month war.

"We foiled Pakistan's deception in Kargil... This war changed the perception of the world towards India... We exposed the deceitful plans of Pakistan to re-draw the Line of Control (LoC). The world witnessed that we never initiated any act of violence and instead gave a befitting reply," Modi said.

While quoting the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on the episode, Modi said Pakistan had launched the misadventure, thinking that India would seek the help of the international community and foreign powers would step in to mediate.

However, India did nothing like that and on its own used the military power to throw out the Pakistani Army, the Prime Minister said.

Hailing the armed forces for their exceptional valour displayed while recapturing the mountain peaks of Kargil, Modi named a few of those decorated for their bravery.

He recalled the Param Vir Chakra awardee Captain Vikram Batra, who had famously said, "Yeh Dil Maange More" and said the late officer's "heart wasn't asking for himself, not for a religion, language or caste, but for the whole Bharat, for 'Maa Bharati'."

Batra, who belonged to Himachal Pradesh, was killed in close combat with Pakistani troops while recapturing a peak after having taking over one peak already.

Paying tributes to the armed forces for safeguarding the borders of the country, he emphasized modernization to make them in tune with the modern warfare scenario.

"Today, the wars have reached the space. Wars are being fought even in the cyber world. So, the modernization of defence forces is not only a necessity but also our priority", said Modi.

Sun, 28 Jul 2019 09:36:43 +0530
Seven Punjabi youth stra

Chandigarh,  Seven Punjabi youth, who were stranded in Iraq for eight months after cheated by travel agents, returned to India with the Shiromani Akali Dal's intervention, SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal said here on Saturday.

Urging the Punjab government to take action against the travel agents indulging in malpractices, he said steps should to be taken to repatriate all Punjabi women sold in Iraq and other places after being sent there on the pretext of jobs.

Talking to reporters, the SAD President, who was accompanying Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, thanked the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for asking the Erbil Consul General to intervene and repatriate the seven men.

He also thanked SAD volunteers who paid for their homeward tickets.

Badal said they had been promised $700-$800 a month along with food and lodging facilities. However, on reaching Iraq they found that their agent had not taken the required permissions and they had no work contract.

He said due to this, the youth were subjected to a daily fine, which accumulated to $14,000 in eight months.

The SAD president said on the MEA's intervention after Harsimrat Badal approached S. Jaishankar, the Erbil Consul General got the issue resolved by prevailing upon the sponsor to pay the fine.

Harsimrat Badal said the one youth were taken there, their passports were taken away, they were not given work permits and were also asked to cough up more money.

In another development, Ram Singh of Sanour village in Patiala returned to India following Harsimrat Badal's intervention. Ram Singh had gone to Dubai in 2015 but was left high and dry by his employers who closed shop and fled after being caught duping banks.

He had to spend 20 months in a Dubai jail after which he went to Iran.



Sun, 28 Jul 2019 09:27:19 +0530
Assets frozen worldwide


New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) Even as India's most wanted fugitive Dawood Ibrahim's assets are frozen across the world, the underworld don continues to invest money, earned through his organised crime syndicate, in the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX).

These investments are being made through various capital securities firms in all the three stock exchange under in the PSX. 

The Indian agencies are gathering clinching evidence against Dawood Ibrahim's investment of illegal money into the PSX, earned through his crime syndicate, which primarily flourishes on drug smuggling, gun running, Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) racket and extortion. 

The D-company points man Jabir Moti, currently detained in a London jail, runs more than five front capital securities companies, all operating from the Karachi Stock Exchange, merged with the PSX in 2016. 

Besides companies linked with Jabir Moti, D-company has also invested heavily, through various shell companies in Habib Bank's subsidiary, Habib Metropolitan Financial Services (HMFS), a top equity brokerage firm in Pakistan. 

Intelligence reports say Dawood Ibrahim was introduced to the senior management of Habib Bank by cricketer Javed Miandad, a former Senior Vice President of Habib Bank and father-in-law of Dawood's daughter Mehreen Ibrahim. 

Habib Bank was charged by the US Department of Financial Services with money laundering and terror links in 2017. Habib Bank's role is also under suspicion for backing D-company's operations in Nepal as it runs the Nepalese Himalayan Bank in a joint venture project. 

Reports say that around 2012, Dawood Ibrahim came in contact with the then Director of Karachi Stock Exchange Zafar Moti, through his family member Jabir Moti, a listed gang member of the D-company, arrested by the Scotland Yard in a London hotel, on a tip-off from the FBI in August 2018. 

Jabir Moti has been charged by the FBI with collecting illegal money earned from D-Company's narcotics smuggling and has been facing an extradition trial in a London court. Reports suggest that Jabir Moti is the Director of Zafar Moti Capital Securities Pvt Ltd, located at Room 54-55, Ist Floor, Pakistan Stock Exchange Building, Stock Exchange Road, Karachi. 

The CEO of this firm is Zafar Moti, who also runs a few other firms. Another company, BRP-MAC Securities Pvt Ltd, allegedly owned by Jabir Moti has Zafar's wife Afshan Moti on its board. This company is located at 54, Pakistan Stock exchange Building, Karachi. Afshan resides at bunglow 31/1, Ist Girzi Street, Phase IV, Pakistan Defence Housing, Karachi, situated near Dawood's one of hideouts in the port city of Pakistan.

Highly placed sources in the government said that once the entire trail of Dawood Ibrahim's illegal money invested in the Pakistan Stock Exchange through his aide Jabir Moti is gathered, substantial records would be brought to the notice of the world to expose Pakistan's dual policy on terrorism and its intelligence agency ISI's nexus with the international crime syndicates. 

The Indian agencies are also monitoring the extradition trial of Jabir Moti in London's Westminster's Magistrate court. 

Jabir Moti is also accused of supplying drugs to overseas narcotics gangs. In the London Court, the FBI revealed: "Pakistani national Jabir Moti is a top lieutenant in D-company and reports directly to Dawood Ibrahim. Accused of drug smuggling, he is involved in laundering US$1.4 million on behalf of the D-company." 

While FBI is hotly pursuing Jabir Moti's extradition trial, the Pakistan High Commission in London is making all-out efforts to thwart the process as his subsequent criminal trial in the US can expose the nexus between Pakistan's establishment with D-company's organised crime and terror operations.

(Deepak Sharma can be contacted at


Sun, 28 Jul 2019 09:17:21 +0530
Saradha case CBI summons

Kolkata,  The Central Bureau of Investigation has summoned Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Derek O'Brien in connection with the probe into the Saradha chit fund scam, a CBI official said on Saturday.

The senior Trinamool leader from Bengal has been asked to appear before the central agency officials in the first week of August.

O'Brien was earlier also summoned by the CBI before but did not appear citing a busy schedule.

Following the summons, O'Brien put out a tweet on Friday saying he and senior Trinamool leader Subrata Bakshi, the publisher and editor respectively of the Trinamool Congress mouth-piece "Jago Bangla", had been summoned by the agency a month ago regarding some clarifications.

He said he was served a CBI notice at 2 p.m. on Friday, at almost the same time when his party brought up the motion to oppose the amendments to the RTI Act in the Rajya Sabha.

"Jago Bangla is Trinamool's official newspaper. Publisher: Derek O'Brien. Editor Subrata Bakshi was summoned by CBI a month ago to seek clarifications. Now, publisher served a notice at 2 p.m. July 25. Trinamool Motion in RS (Rajya Sabha) to oppose amendments to RTI Act started at 2 p.m., July 25," he tweeted.

The CBI, which is probing the multi-crore chit fund case under the direction of the Supreme Court had also summoned Bengali artist Subhaprasanna and businessman Sibaji Panja earlier this month.

Sat, 27 Jul 2019 16:58:06 +0530
Dalai Lama inspires Sanfo

Dharamsala, Inspired by Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama's philosophy of compassion as a source of happiness, billionaire philanthropist T. Denny Sanford has donated $100 million to the University of California San Diego for the scientific research on empathy and compassion and to cultivate these qualities in doctors and healthcare professionals.

"I have been inspired by the work and teachings of the Dalai Lama, whose interest in the intersection where science and faith meet is deep and profound," Sanford said in a statement.

"Doctors work in a world where compassion is essential, but it is often lost in the harsh realities of modern medicine. If we can help medical professionals preserve and promote their compassion, based on the findings of hard science, the world can be a happier, healthier place. This gift extends that vision," the statement added.

Officials in the Dalai Lama's office told IANS that philanthropist Sanford had a private meeting with the Dalai Lama when he visited the University of California San Diego in 2017.

Earlier in 2012, the Dalai Lama had visited the University on his "Compassion Without Border" tours.

His Holiness' message of global compassion with an emphasis on education and scientific inquiry in the realms of ancient wisdom made an impression on Sanford and scientists and scholars at the university. And now, the message has inspired Sanford to make a donation.

Vice Chancellor of Health Sciences David Brenner said in May 2017 he had led a delegation of university physician-scientists to India, where they met with His Holiness to discuss effective ways to cultivate empathy and compassion in healthcare.

The meeting helped Brenner iron out the final details of Sanford's new $100 million gift to the university.

Then in June 2017, his Holiness gave the University of California San Diego commencement keynote address on "The value of education, ethics and compassion for the well-being of self and others."

"The Dalai Lama said that we must show that there is a scientific basis to empathy and compassion," Brenner said. "That's what Denny's gift will help scientists do," he added.

With the landmark funding, the university has launched the T. Denny Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion which conducts innovative research into the neurological basis of compassion, establishing the empirical evidence required to design a compassion-focused curriculum for training new generations of medical professionals and developing new methods to protect and promote the well-being of current clinicians and their patients.

Officials of the Dalai Lama's office, which is based here, say the spiritual leader visits places only on invitation.

And he prefers visiting universities and educational institutions to speak on peace, non-violence, environment, promoting human values and Buddhism.

Ever since he fled Tibet in 1959, the Tibetan spiritual leader has travelled to more than 50 countries and met with presidents, prime ministers and crown rulers of major nations, said his aides.

In the past five years, the Dalai Lama's preferred foreign destinations have included Japan, the US, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and France.


Sat, 27 Jul 2019 16:54:56 +0530
600 rescued from stranded

Thane, July 27 (IANS) Around 600 passengers, including nine pregnant women, were rescued till 2 p.m. from the Mahalaxmi Express which remains stranded in heavy flood waters near Vangani, around 90 km from Mumbai, officials said here on Saturday.

Other passengers who are still on board are being evacuated by rescue teams in what is now the biggest joint operation in the state by the Indian Air Force, Army, Navy, NDRF, Maharashtra Police, local agencies and volunteers since the great floods of July 26, 2005.

The rescue operation picked up after rain subsided a little post-noon, enabling quicker movement of personnel and the evacuated passengers.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis instructed Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta to personally monitor the evacuation operations and coordinate with various agencies engaged in the rescue works.

So far, four National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have reached the train and evacuating the train passengers using eight inflatable rubber boats.

Besides, seven Indian Navy teams of divers with specialised equipment, two helicopters of the IAF, including a Seaking and MI17, two columns of Indian Army from Mumbai have already gone to Thane and two more are en route, for the massive operations.

Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai called up Fadnavis and offered all help from the Centre for the train passengers.

Additionally, a fleet of ambulances with three dozen doctors including gynecologists, paramedics are deployed at Badlapur to tackle any emergency, 14 buses and three tempos also kept ready to move the passengers to onward safer locations.

The district administration has made arrangement for meals, tea and fresh water at the Sahyadri Mangal Karyalaya and other locations in villages on the route between the stranded train and Badlapur.

Many weary passengers who were saved tried to walk, but when they lost strength, especially the senior citizens, police and others promptly hoisted them on their shoulders and took them to safer locations.

A few local villagers, many of whom were also stranded in the flood waters, nevertheless ventured out to help the train passengers early today before the official rescue teams from Mumbai, Thane and Pune reached the venue.

A Central Railway (CR) official said that after all the passengers are rescued and taken safely to Badlapur, the authorities will decide on where to send them from there, and also how to shift the train and clear the tracks for train traffic on that route.

The official added that a relief train has been stationed at Badlapur to ferry the passengers, along with food, water and medical supplies, besides making arrangements to take the passengers onward to Kolhapur.

As rain continued to lash the coastal districts, many towns were practically underwater since early on Saturday as flooding local rivers and other water bodies overflowed into residential areas.

While the city's lifeline, the suburban trains in Mumbai functioned with delays of 15-20 minutes on Western Railway and CR, the latter had to cancel services between Karjat-Kalyan (in Thane) owing to floods and waterlogging on the tracks since Friday.

Though the country's commercial capital continued to get intermittent showers and rain, the worst-hit were Thane and Ratnagiri with towns of Ulhasnagar, Murbad, Badlapur, Tiwala, Vangani, Khed, Mangaon, Mandangad, Chiplun and surroundings practically submerged.

In Mumbai, Minister of Education Ashish Shelar authorized school and college principals to declare a holiday to ensure students are not inconvenienced if heavy rain continued.

Sat, 27 Jul 2019 16:43:19 +0530
Woman daughter killed in

Patna: On Saturday morning, a mother and daughter were found  killed in their home in Patna's Danapur region. Police said: "Seema Devi's 45-year-old and her 23-year-old daughter were found by Seema Devi's son Rishi in two different rooms of their house. Their throats were slit."

Sat, 27 Jul 2019 16:39:50 +0530
Kerala CPI MLA s injury s

Kochi:The injury sustained by MLA Eldho Abraham of the Communist Party of India (CPI) during a Tuesday protest march is becoming a significant problem in both the party and the government of the Left.

The CPI is the ruling Left government's second-largest ally in the state. It's got four cabinet ministers.

Abraham experienced the injury when he was thrashed by police on Tuesday during a protest march in Kochi with two other senior CPI leaders. With his left side in a plaster, Abraham is seen moving around since the police beat.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan ordered a magisterial probe by the Ernakulam District Collector. The report will be submitted on Monday.

Sat, 27 Jul 2019 16:32:50 +0530
Centre moves 10 000 more

New Delhi, The countdown for the removal of the controversial Article 35A in Jammu and Kashmir has started, top sources told IANS.

Two days after National Security Adviser Ajit Doval returned from a visit to the Valley, the Centre has decided to move 10,000 additional paramilitary troops there to address the likely fallout of the move on the ground, sources said.

During his three-day tour, Doval had held detailed discussions with senior officers of the state administration, police, paramilitary forces, army, state and Central intelligence agencies, they said. 

"An elaborate contingency plan has been worked out to take care of even the minutest details. How the law and order situation would behave, the response of the overground and underground separatist cadres and also the response of the mainstream political leadership.

"It is clear that nothing is being left to chance. The orders seem to be clear, violence and attempts to disrupt peace by anti-national elements, in the garb of a public outcry to oppose the abrogation of Article 35A, has to be contained and controlled so that the common man is put to least inconvenience.

"The entire operation to deal with the law and order fallout in the aftermath of the abrogation of Article 35A has even been code-named," these sources said.

The arrival of additional companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) has started in the Valley over the past three days.

Special flights carrying CAPFs have landed at the Srinagar airport during the last three days, while convoys carrying additional companies of these forces are reaching the Valley through the Jammu-Srinagar national highway.

This is reportedly intended to augment an already overwhelming component of these forces in Kashmir. Over 450 companies of CAPFs (40,000 troops) are already deployed for the security of the ongoing Amarnath Yatra and other security related duties in the Valley at present.

"This number does not include the strength of the counter insurgency Rashtriya Rifles, which carries out anti-militancy operations in the hinterland, and also provides peripheral assistance to the state police and the CAPF in difficult situations.

While the Union Home Ministry has issued an order saying that the troops will be for strengthening the "counter insurgent grid" and for maintaining law and order in the valley, J&K Police said the troops will be deployed in north Kashmir where the security situation is still seen as a challenge. 

"All sensitive installations, including the airport, radio station, Doordarshan Kendra, essential services like hydro-power generation projects, power grid stations, water supplies, hospitals, paramilitary camps and the state police offices down to the level of police stations and police posts are getting additional paramilitary deployments for extraordinary security cover.

"The Army would stand by for any assistance the civil administration might require to maintain law and order," sources said.

Sources also told IANS that the major role in security and law and order maintenance would continue to be shouldered by the state police.

"The NSA has made it clear in his interactions with the state police top brass that the maintenance of law and order is the duty of the state police and all needed support and assistance is being made available to the local police so that they deal with the obtaining situation firmly and effectively," top sources said.

Informed sources say lists of elements who might try to stoke public outcry have already been prepared. "These anti-national and anti-social elements would be taken into preventive custody so that they are prevented from fomenting trouble," sources said.

Interestingly, the lists of anti-national and anti-social elements prepared by the state and Central intelligence agencies are not restricted to the separatist cadres.

"Some local politicians who see the ground slipping from under their feet are also on the radar so that they are not able to take political mileage out of the likely situation," sources said.

Addressing a National Conference workers meeting in Srinagar city on Thursday, former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah had asked the Centre to wait for the verdict of the Supreme Court where a bunch of petitions challenging Article 35A and Article 370 are pending.

"Why should you hurry? We will respect the decision of the Supreme Court as we have always done," Abdullah said.

He also asked the government to clear the air on 'rumours' that there would be another long spell of trouble in Kashmir after August 15. 

Abdullah said bureaucrats were spreading rumours asking people to store rations, medicines, fuel for automobiles etc because a long haul of uncertainty was in the offing.

All regional parties of the state, including the National Conference (NC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jammu and Kashmir People's Movement (J&KPM) and others are opposed to any tinkering with Articles 35A and 370 that give special status to J&K.

Among the centrist mainstream parties, the Bharatiya Janata Party stands for abrogation of these articles arguing they are roadblocks not only in the integration of the state with the rest of the country, but also in the development of J&K.

Interestingly, the Congress party wants these articles to be protected. Congress leaders maintain that senior leaders of the party, including late Prime Minister Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru had painstakingly worked out J&K's relationship with India through promises made in these articles.

Sat, 27 Jul 2019 14:07:10 +0530
Pregnant woman goes into

Thane: In the stranded Mahalaxmi Express train, which has been stuck in flood waters in Vangani for about 18 hours here on Saturday, a nine-month pregnant lady came to work. Her panicky parents sent urgent D1 bogey appeals seeking assistance in rushing her to a hospital.

The woman, recognized as Reshma Kamble, traveled from Mumbai to Kolhapur for her child's delivery, but since Friday evening the train had been stuck in Thane flood waters.

Some unconfirmed reports said that in separate phases of pregnancy there are at least nine other females on board who are in trouble and waiting for assistance.

The Indian Army, Indian Air Forces, Indian Navy and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have initiated one of the largest activities to rescue an approximately 1,500 passengers stranded on the train on all sides with about 3-5 feet of water.

Thane's Guardian Minister Eknath Gaikwad hurried to Badlapur to take stock of the rescue activities and said in addition to the defense and NDRF, all neighboring towns and villages also sent rescue teams to assist the passengers.

Sat, 27 Jul 2019 13:57:28 +0530
Five potential medal winn



New Delhi, July 27 (IANS) In the last 24 Olympic Games that India have participated so far since 1900, only 28 medals have been won by the country which now has a population of more than 1.3 billion. Of these, nine were gold, six silver and 11 bronze medals.

In the 2016 Rio Olympics, India managed to win two medals -- silver by shuttler P.V. Sindhu and bronze by wrestler Sakshi Malik. 

However, despite our poor performance in the last edition of the prestigious quadrennial event, one can hope that India will be able to win a good number of medals at the 2020 Olympic Games slated to be held in Tokyo, Japan.

IANS takes a look at the top five potential athletes who can win medals for India at the Tokyo Olympics:

P.V. Sindhu (Badminton)

The Hyderabadi shuttler has been a heartthrob ever since she won silver medal at the Rio Olympics in the women's singles event. She was, however, been unable to clinch the gold as she went down fighting to Spain's Carolina Marin. 

Ever since that epic final in 2016, Sindhu has improved her games by leaps and bounds. The world No. 5-ranked Indian has not been able to win any tournament in the pre-Olympic year so far. Yet, she remains one of the top potential athletes who can bring the coveted gold for India. 

Mirabai Chanu (Weightlifting)

This Manipuri weightlifter came into spotlight after she clinched the gold medal at the World Wrestling Championship held in Anaheim, US in 2017 - her biggest achievement till date.

After winning the silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Chanu went on to break the games record en route to the gold medal at the 2018 edition of the event held in Gold Coast. During that game, she broke the Commonwealth record five times in her six attempts.

And if she continues to perform like she has been in the recent years, India can definitely expect a medal from the 24-year-old in weightlifting. 

Neeraj Chopra (Javelin Throw)

This 24-year-old javelin thrower from Haryana became a superstar even since he won the gold medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.

Before bagging golds at these two events, Chopra was the 2016 IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) World U20 Champion and set the world junior record of 86.48m. He was also selected as the flag-bearer at the opening ceremony for India at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, which marked his first Asian Games appearance.

Currently placed ninth in the IAAF world rankings (which will constitute 50 per cent of athlete qualification for the 2020 Games, Chopra is enjoying a tremendous growth in his career.

A right elbow injury (on his throwing arm) followed by surgery in March has kept him away from competitions since. However, going by his performance, he is one of the favourites to clinch gold at the 2020 Games.

Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary (Shooting)

Shooting has been one sport where Indiahas performed exceedingly well in Olympics. The likes of Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Abhinav Bindra, Gagan Narang and Vijay Kumar have won medal in previous editions of the Olympic Games and thus the sport remains one of the most favourite sport for the Indian contingent. 

Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary are two athletes who have the capability of winning medals at the biggest stage. With three World Cup gold medals in four months, this teenaged pair has been on a savage streak in the mixed event, which will be making its debut at the Olympics next year.

17-year-old Manu had won the gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games is among the seven shooters who have secured their quota for the Tokyo Olympics. Apart from Manu and Sourabh, the other four shooters who will be participating at the 2020 Games are Rahi Sarnobat, Anjum Moudgil, Apurvi Chandela, Abhishek Verma and Divyansh Singh Panwar.

Thus, India can expect a handful of medals from shooting at the 2020 Games. 

Bajrang Punia (Wrestling)

Ranked number one in world rankings, this 25-year-old lad from Jhajjar district of Haryana has everything which one wants in a medal contender. Bajrang has won eight gold medals over his last nine tournaments. He has three Asian Games medals (1 gold, 1 silver), two Commonwealth Games medals (1 gold, 1 silver), four Asian Championships medals (2 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze) and two World Championships medals (1 silver, 1 bronze).

His performance in the last few years have been relentless as has his fitness which has not flagged off a bit. Thus, going by all these parameters and track records, he seems to be a sure-shot to stand at the podium in Tokyo next year. 

(Aakash Kumar can be contacted

Sat, 27 Jul 2019 13:47:35 +0530
Indians who missed out on



Kolkata,  Indian athletes have not tasted a lot of success in Olympics. There have been moments of glory where the entire country celebrated a gold medal with elan but they have been few and far between.

IANS takes a look at the near-misses at the Games, which on another day could have added to the medal count.

Milkha Singh at 1960 Rome Olympics

Arguably India's greatest runner of all time, Milkha Singh missed out on a podium finish agonisingly in the 1960 Rome Olympics when he made a fatal error of looking over his shoulder midway through the 400-metre race which cost him a place in the podium finish despite getting off to a flying start. US' Otis Davis won the race after tying with Germany's Carl Kaufmann at 44.9 seconds, necessitating the need of a photo-finish. The automatic timing ruled Davis the winner by a margin of 0.01 seconds - 45.07 to Kaufmann's 45.08. South Africa's Malcolm Spence completed the race in 45.50 seconds, 0.1 seconds faster than Milkha, to take the third spot.

P.T. Usha at 1984 Los Angeles Olympics

Champion track and field runner P.T. Usha finished fourth with a time difference that was as small as one-hundredth of a second. Nawal Moutawakal (Morocco) won the gold and Ann Louise (Sweden) the silver medal as Usha later said she was forced to eat just rice porridge with pickle at the Games Village. That food without any nutrition supplement had cost her the bronze.

Joydeep Karmakar at 2012 London Olympics

Shooter Joydeep Karmakar finished fourth in the 50m rifle prone event.
Karmakar came into the finals with a score of 595, tied with four others. Rajmond Debevec was third with 596 points. The rules were different then as shooters scores in the finals, where they had to take 10 shots, were added to qualification tally.

Karmakar's next 10 shots are all in 10s, but that one-point advantage the eventual bronze medallist, Debevec, carried over from qualification proved to be the difference.

Dipa Karmakar at 2016 Rio Olympics

Gymnast Dipa Karmakar was the cynosure of all eyes at the last Games. But along with the Tripura girl, the nation wept in despair when she missed a bronze medal by a whisker, after finishing fourth in the women's vault finals. 

She created history by producing the best-ever performance by an Indian gymnast at Olympic. Dipa scored an average of 15.066 points behind bronze winner Giulia Steingruber (15.216) of Switzerland.

Abhinav Bindra at 2016 Rio Olympics

Shooter Abhinav Bindra, India's only individual Olympic gold medal winner, narrowly missed out on a medal after finishing fourth in the final of the men's 10 metre air rifle final at the Olympic Shooting Centre in Rio three years back. Bindra started well, but a couple of wayward shots cost him dearly as he lost in the bronze medal play-off to finish fourth with a total score of 163.8 points.


Sat, 27 Jul 2019 13:42:18 +0530
Three of family found dea

Three family members were discovered hanging inside the Indian Technology Institute-premises in Delhi, police said on Saturday.

Bodies of Gulshan Das, a senior laboratory assistant at IIT's Department of Biochemistry, his wife Sunita and his mother Kamta were discovered hanging late Friday night inside Kumar's formal accommodation. No note of suicide has been retrieved, police said.

They had reached the IIT campus, according to police, after getting a panic call from Sunita's mom reporting domestic violence, who was unable to reach her daughter.

It was discovered bolted from the inside when it reached the flat. To discover three bodies hanging from the ceiling, the police smashed the gate open.

Sat, 27 Jul 2019 13:35:25 +0530
In Thane Indian Navy IA

Thane:The Indian Air Force (IAF), Navy, Army and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) initiated a huge aerial and surface operation here on Saturday to rescue an estimated 1,500 passengers stranded on the flooded railway tracks in Vangani in the Mahalaxmi Express.

At least two helicopters, including a Seaking and an MI17, were dispatched from Mumbai to the site following an SOS from the Maharashtra government to the Defense officials.

Simultaneously, teams of the NDRF reached the train from Badlapur, around 7 kms away in inflatable rubber boats and started extracting the passengers from the train, which left Mumbai for Kolhapur on Friday around 8 p.m.

The teams, which included divers with unique equipment and medical assistance, managed to rescue about 120 passengers at midday, including females, kids and infants, although work was hampered by continued heavy rain.

Officials said it may take several hours depending on the rain and flood waters to finish the rescue procedure.

Sat, 27 Jul 2019 13:27:53 +0530
CAG pulls up Gujarat Gove

Gandhinagar, The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has pulled up the Gujarat Government for a significant fall in its tax revenues in 2017-18 and asked the authorities to ensure better compliance.

The official auditor's report on the state's finances for 2017-18, tabled in the Assembly here on Friday, took serious note of lower collections, saying: "Tax revenues of the state in 2017-18 stood lower by a significant margin of Rs 41,170 crore than the 14th Finance Commission projections of Rs 1,12,719 crore."

The CAG pointed out that against the 14th Finance Commission's projections of a tax to GSDP ratio of 9.42 per cent, "it stood lower at 5.42 per cent."

It asked the state to ensure better tax compliance as well as recommending that it should explore mobilizing additional resources through tax revenues.

The CAG also took note of the negligible 0.21 per cent returns the state government got on the investments it made in the state PSUs, statutory corporations and institutions during a five-year period of 2013-18 and ask the planners to evolve a dividend policy to ensure reasonable returns from its profit-making PSUs.

During financial year 2017-18, the state government made an additional investment of Rs 8,281 crore, including Rs 7,561 crore in state PSUs, Rs 593.29 crore in statutory corporations and Rs 1.47 crore in cooperative institutions.

"The average return on investment in these companies, statutory corporations, institutions during 2013-18 was 0.21 per cent, while the government paid an average interest of 7.67 per cent on its borrowings during the same period," the CAG pointed out, and added that this needed better planning on the additional investments. It simultaneously also noted that the government had earned Rs 97.89 crore as dividend from six of the 50 profit-making state PSUs during 2017-18.

The auditor said that while the revenue expenditure increased by 13.63 per cent over the previous year, "revenue expenditure as a per cent of GSDP slightly decreased over the previous year and stood lowest at 8.94 per cent during the last five years".

The expenditure on salaries, interest payments, pension and subsidies increased continuously from Rs 35,421 crore in 2013-14 to RS 57,039 crore in 2017-18 and this also formed the chunk of the total revenue expenditure.

Sat, 27 Jul 2019 13:14:10 +0530
Amarnath Yatra resumes af

Jammu:After closing suspended due to terrible weather for a day, the Amarnath Yatra resumed on Saturday as round 4000 pilgrims set out for the holy Himalayan cave, police stated.
Of the entire 3,926 pilgrims, who left the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas -- one escorted convoys of 1,608 pilgrims headed to Baltal, while 2,318 to Pahalgam.
because the pilgrimage started out on July 1, a complete of 3,14,584 pilgrims have paid their obeisance before the ice stalagmite shape stated own the mythical power of Lord Shiva. The footfalls on the cave have broken several previous records.
On Friday, five,745 pilgrims had "darshan" at the cave shrine, an professional stated, at the same time as further boost of devotees in the direction of the shrine from Jammu changed into checked following inclement weather along the Jammu-Srinagar dual carriageway.
situated at a top of 3,888 metres above the sea-stage within the Himalayan levels in Kashmir, the ice shape waxes and wanes with the levels of the moon.
so far, 26 pilgrims have died all through the yatra. similarly to this, volunteers and two protection men also lost their lives.
The yatra will finish on August 15 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima pageant.

Sat, 27 Jul 2019 09:19:59 +0530
Moin Qureshi case Hydera

New Delhi,  The Enforcement Directorate on Saturday said it has arrested Satish Babu Sana in connection with the a money-laundering probe against controversial meat exporter Moin Qureahi.

A senior ED official confirmed to IANS the arrest but refused to share further details. Sana was arrested from Delhi under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, the official said.

Sana, a Hyderabad-based businessman is a close aide of the meat exporter. His role came to light late last year after he gave statement under section 164 accusing senior Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials of taking bribe in lieu for help in a corruption case.

Sana gave statement during the infighting between then CBI Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana.

Sat, 27 Jul 2019 08:59:10 +0530
Lynching SC issues notic

New Delhi,  The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice on a petition seeking direction to stop increasing mob lynching incidents targeting the minority community in the country. A set of directions was laid down by the top court in its 2018 judgement to prevent mob lynching.

The petition was listed before a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. The petitioner contended incidents of mob lynching are on rise especially in the garb of cow protection, and that such acts of violence blatantly infringe on fundamental rights. "The angry mob is trying to become the final adjudicator by punishing the accused without even informing the police and taking law into their hands", said the petitioner.

Citing a spurt in violence, the petitioner said the cow vigilante groups claiming to be "protector of cattle have already taken lives of many innocent Muslims and Dalits merely on suspicion of cow slaughtering and cattle trading." 

The petitioner cited the September 2015 incident where Mohammed Akhlaq, a farm worker, and his son Danish were beaten up by a group of men for allegedly consuming and storing beef. 

The court after hearing the initial arguments issued notice to the Centre, National Human Rights Commission and eleven state governments.

The petitioner sought court's direction to state governments to furnish status report on mob lynching incidents in their jurisdiction, and attach action taken reports "with regard to the directions and guidelines laid down by the apex court against repeated incidents of mob lynching." 

The petitioner also sought court's direction to Parliament to enact a law to contain the incidents of mob lynching by making it "cognizable, non-bailable and non-compoundable offence in a time-bound trial." 

The petition also invoked the compensation scheme for victims in mob lynching cases. "In computation of compensation, the state government should give due regard to the nature of bodily and psychological injury, and also loss of earning, including loss of opportunities, of employment, education, and expenses incurred on account of legal and medical expenses". 

These directions were passed by the top court in the Tahseen Poonawalla case, claimed the petition. The petition was filed through advocate Manju Jetley. The petitioner is a not-for-profit organization, Anti-Corruption Council of India.



Sat, 27 Jul 2019 08:53:41 +0530
Meant for women s safety

New Delhi,  A slew of women's safety measures that were promised under the Rs 1000 crore Nirbhaya Fund are either work in progress or have been non-starters.

A breakdown of Nirbhaya Fund spending in the last five years, shared in Parliament by Union Minister for Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani, show big gaps in money approved and spent. 

The lion's share of the fund -- Rs 2,840 crore -- has been approved for "safe city proposal" covering Delhi and seven other state capitals (Kolkata, Mumbail Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad and Lucknow). The proposal was cleared in march 2018, but so far only Rs 733.92 crore has been spent. 

A proposal to set up a computerized state-wise vehicle tracking platform was cleared under the Nirbhaya Fund earlier this year in February with an approved funding of Rs 463.88 crore, but so far no amount has been spent. 

The setting up of fast-track special courts for which Rs 767.25 crore were proposed, no approval of funds has been given so far. The proposal was cleared in November 2018. 

Another project which has failed to take off is the setting up of Organized crime Investigative Agency (OCIA) for which Rs 83.20 crore were proposed in 2015. No funds have been approved for the agency. 

A sum of Rs 110.35 crore demanded by the ministry to implement a Safe City Project by the Commissionerate of Police in Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar in Odisha is however pending approval for the past two years.

The bulk of the corpus has been spent by the Union Home Ministry. The only project where the funds have been utilized effectively is the setting up of Emergency Response Support System which was proposed in 2014. Out of Rs 321.69 crore approved, Rs 292.15 crore have been spent. 

Apart from the Home Ministry, the Railways, Department of Justice and the Ministry of Women and Child Development have also undertaken projects with funds from the corpus that are in various stages of implementation.

On the One Stop Centre (OSC) that is being set up by Ministry of Women and Child Development, only Rs 49.87 crore have been spent out of approved fund of Rs 867.74 crore. The amount released for the project approved in 2015 is Rs 288.88 crore.


Sat, 27 Jul 2019 08:49:11 +0530
HC provides relief to an

Chennai:On Friday, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court instructed the government of Tamil Nadu to pay Rs 25 lakh compensation, provide a house and work for a pregnant lady who was transfused with HIV-infected blood in a government hospital in the district of Virudhunagar.

The tribunal also instructed the government to provide the lady from Sattur with free medical therapy while hearing a petition to ensure secure transfusion of blood and compensation for her.

Last December, as she was anaemic at the public clinic in Sattur, the pregnant woman was transfused with HIV-infected blood.

She later delivered a child that was not impacted by HIV in January this year.

Sat, 27 Jul 2019 08:44:27 +0530
LS nod to Companies Act a

New Delhi,  A bill to amend the Companies Act to provide for ease of doing business, tighten Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) compliance, transfer certain responsibilities to the NCLT and re-categorise offences as civil defaults was on Friday passed in Lok Sabha with voice vote despite opposition's objection that they had received very little time to scrutinise it.

Replying to the debate on The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2019, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the legislation is necessary as the government had promulgated an ordinance on the subject twice - in November 2018 and February 2019.

Sitharaman, who on Thursday introduced the Bill which was strongly opposed by the opposition, said that a bill to replace the first ordinance was passed in the Lok Sabha in January 2019 but could not get through in the Rajya Sabha. "Hence the second ordinance was promulgated in February. This Bill has been brought to replace the second ordinance," she said.

Rejecting the opposition's claims, she said the government was not bringing the Bill in haste and that best practice were being adopted to enact the law. Noting a committee was set up in July 2018 and which made a detailed study of penal provisions in the Act and some offences of minor nature were being non-compoundable, she said that the changes were being made to plug gaps and strengthen the corporate compliance system. 

Opposing the Bill, Congress' leader in the house Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that government is pushing legislation through Parliament at a fast pace. He said that while he doesn't have a cogent argument to oppose this legislation, he opposes the way this is being brought about in the House.

Chowdhury also said he wanted to know how the government defines shell companies.

Participating in the debate, DMK's A. Raja pointed to a World Bank report where India is ranked 77th in starting of a business, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency among other factors.

Although the amendment is to provide ease of doing business, he asked if the government also has an eye on the means through which it wants to achieve the end. He quoted a Tamil couplet that says the means is more important than the end, he claimed that the bill gives absolute power to the Registrar of Companies and suggests that there must be a body of members who take decisions.

Under the Companies Act, 2013, certain classes of public companies are required to issue shares in dematerialised form only and the amendment bill states this may be prescribed for other classes of unlisted companies as well. 

While the Act contains 81 compoundable offences punishable with fine or fine and imprisonment, the amendment bill re-categorizes 16 of these offences as civil defaults, where adjudicating officers (appointed by the Central government) may now levy penalties instead. These offences include issuance of shares at a discount, and failure to file annual returns.

The Bill also amends the penalties for some other offences.

Under the existing Act, if companies, which have to provide for CSR, do not fully spend the funds, they must disclose the reasons for the non-spending in their annual report. As per the Bill, any unspent annual CSR funds must be transferred to one of the funds under Schedule 7 of the Act within six months of the financial year.

The Bill states that a company may not commence business, unless it files a declaration within 180 days of incorporation, confirms that every subscriber to the memorandum of the company has paid for the shares agreed to be taken by him, and files a verification of its registered address with the Registrar of Companies within 30 days of incorporation.

If it fails to comply with these provisions and is found not to be carrying out business, its name of the company may be removed from the Register of Companies. The Act requires companies to register charges on their property within 30 days of creation of charge, extendable upto 300 days with the permission of the Registrar of Companies. The Bill changes the deadline to 60 days. 

Under the Act, any change in period of the financial year for a company associated with a foreign company, has to be approved by the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT). Under the Bill, the power has been transferred to the Central government.


Sat, 27 Jul 2019 08:36:09 +0530
Azam Khan suffering from

New Delhi, Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday slammed Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan for making objectionable comment against Lok Sabha Deputy Chairman Rama Devi saying he suffers from "mental perversion" and deserves a stringent punishment to preserve the dignity.

"Azam Khan is known for making such statements which prove that he suffers from mental perversion. The statement that he made while addressing a lady Chairperson crossed all limits of decency. He deserves a stringent punishment to preserve the dignity and decorum of the House," Sushma Swaraj said in a tweet.

Her remarks came a day after the while participating in a discussion on the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 on Thursday, Khan made a remark directed at Devi, who was presiding over the House, drawing objections from the treasury benches.

Devi, a member from Bihar's Sheohar, herself objected to the sexist remark and ordered it be expunged from Parliament records.

The Samajwadi Party MP's remarks has created a furore in the Lower House on Thursday as several BJP MPs raised the matter during the Zero Hour on Friday.


Fri, 26 Jul 2019 22:26:55 +0530
Judicial panel in Andhra

Amaravati,The Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Friday passed a bill to set up a mechanism for judicial preview of all infrastructure projects valued Rs 100 crore and above before inviting tenders.

The Andhra Pradesh Infrastructure (Transparency through Judicial Preview) Bill 2019, passed with a voice vote, is aimed at bringing transparency into big-ticket deals.

Intervening during the discussion on the bill, Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy said that this is a beginning for the transparency in governance and it will erase the image of corruption the state had acquired by the misdeeds of the previous government.

He said this was the first time in the country that such a measure was taken to uproot corruption and bring in transparency in the process of tenders and allotting government works.

According to its provisions, a sitting or retired high court judge will head the commission, which will review all projects including Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects of the value of Rs 100 crore and above to ensure conformity in procedure rules and guidelines.

Jagan Mohan Reddy said that the government was determined to create world-class infrastructure in an efficient manner while following the principles of equal opportunity, cost and quality consciousness. This would ensure optimum utilization of public resources in public interest, use of efficient methodologies such as reverse tendering, he said.

According to the statement of objects and reasons tabled with the bill, the government endeavours to fast track infrastructure development with transparency.

The government will submit all documents related to the project to the commission, which will place the tender related documents in public domain for a week and invite suggestions.

After preview and discussions, the judge may suggest modifications which will be binding on the government.

The bill provides for making necessary staff and relevant experts available to the commission to discharge its functions. Technical or other committees may also be constituted to assist the judge.

The entire process takes a fortnight and this is the transparency in governance which we have promised to the people, Jagan Reddy said.

Industries and Commerce Minister, Mekapati Gowtham Reddy, said that the bill would enable bringing in transparency by putting big ticket infrastructure works above Rs 100 crore under public and judicial scrutiny and taking the suggestions before finalising the contract.

Finance Minister Buggana Rajendernath said that the bill was necessary as the previous government institutionalised corruption, mostly in the capital area region, by adopting arbitrary methods in the bidding process and allotting a select few companies the works with terms heavily loaded in the foreign companies' favour. The state has reduced the capital formation activity into a real estate venture selling plots, he said.


Fri, 26 Jul 2019 22:19:55 +0530
Eknath Gaikwad appointed

New Delhi,  A day after outgoing Congress President Rahul Gandhi returned to India, he appointed Eknath Gaikwad as the Mumbai regional Congress Working President on Friday.

"Congress President has approved the proposal for appointing Eknath Gaikwad as the Working President of Mumbai Regional Congress Committee," Congress General Secretary K.C. Venugopal said in a statement. 

The appointment of Gaikwad as the Mumbai regional Congress chief comes almost three weeks after Milind Deora resigned as Mumbai Congress chief. 

Fri, 26 Jul 2019 20:49:23 +0530
Kapil Gambhir hail Dhoni

New Delhi,  Former Indian cricketers Kapil Dev and Gautam Gambhir have praised M.S. Dhoni's decision of spending two months with the Indian Army, saying this move by the 38-year-old will inspire youth to serve the country.

Dhoni has begun his two-month training with the Indian Army's Parachute Regiment. On Wednesday, he joined the battalion, which has its headquarters in Bengaluru.

"Dhoni's move is amazing. I have said many times before that Dhoni should wear the Army uniform only when he does something for the army and now Dhoni has decided to spend time with the Army, it shows that how devoted and serious he is to the Army. This step of Dhoni will work as inspiration for many young people of the country and they will be motivated to join the Army," Gambhir, now a BJP MP, said while speaking at a panel discussion organized by a news channel on Friday. 

Supporting Gambhir's views, 1983 World Cup winning captain Kapil said: "What Dhoni has done, it is a big decision. This will motivate the youth of the country." I think the youth of the country should spend some time with the army, which can help the country and young people learn new things as well."

Dhoni will carry out patrolling, guard and post duties while he serves with his battalion in Kashmir. 

In a statement, the Indian Army Thursday said: "Lieutenant Colonel (Honorary) MS Dhoni is proceeding to 106 TA Battalion (Para) for being with the Battalion from 31 Jul-15 Aug 19."

The statement said that the unit will be posted in the Kashmir valley as part of the Victor Force. "As requested by the officer and approved by Army Headquarters; he will be taking on the duties of patrolling, guard and post duty and would be staying with troops," the statement read.

The 38-year-old holds the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army unit of the Parachute Regiment (106 Para TA battalion).

The honour was accorded to him by the Indian Army in 2011 along with Abhinav Bindra and Deepak Rao.

In 2015, the Ranchi lad became a qualified paratrooper after having completed five parachute training jumps from Indian Army aircrafts in the Agra training camp.

Earlier, the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman had made himself unavailable for the West Indies tour where India will be playing three T20Is, three ODIs and two Test matches beginning August 3.

Ever since the culmination of the World Cup in the UK where India reached the semi-finals, speculation has been rife about Dhoni's retirement, but the team management has asked him to hang around as they groom Rishabh Pant with an eye on the 2020 World T20 in Australia.

Fri, 26 Jul 2019 19:26:43 +0530
7 dead as torrential rain

Islamabad,  At least seven people have been killed as torrential rains continue to batter Pakistan.

According to rescue officials, one woman along her one-year-old boy died as rainwater flooded their house's basement in Rawalpindi. Another young boy drowned while swimming, the Express Tribune reported on Friday.

Separately, a couple in Lahore was killed while three other people sustained injuries in a house collapse.

Water level in Nullah Lai, a rain water fed natural stream that flows through Rawalpindi, rose after continuous rain on Thursday night. It receded to low level later, the report said.

Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed visited Nullah Lai and directed the district administration and rescue agencies to remain alert. 

Thousands of tourists were stranded in Naran, a town in Mansehra district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, following a heavy landslide due to rains.

The landslide blocked the Jalkhand-Naran road in Mansehra on Thursday. A couple was killed after their car was buried under the debris of the landslide, reports said.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province Information Minister Shaukat Yousafzai said that the government will use helicopters to provide the tourists with food and shift the ill to hospitals.

Fri, 26 Jul 2019 19:22:17 +0530
Making privacy controls m

San Francisco,  Google is working towards making privacy controls more easily accessible, expanding its incognito mode to maps and adding new auto delete controls, the company's CEO Sundar Pichai has said.

"And we continue to challenge the notion that products need more data to be more helpful," Pichai said on Thursday during an earnings call with analysts after Google's parent company Alphabet reported a revenue of $38.9 billion for the second quarter (Q2) of 2019.

"For example, we invented a new technique called federated learning that allows us to train AI models and make products smarter without raw data leaving your device," he said.

Pichai's comment came at a time when technology companies are facing challenges of protecting user privacy amid increased scrutiny by regulators.

Google last week faced criticism for letting third-party organisations get access to users' viewing habits even while browsing in 'incognito' mode.

The company had said that Chrome will fix a loophole that allowed sites to detect people who are browsing the web privately.

"As we continue to invest in the platform, responsibility remains our top priority," Pichai said during the earnings call with analysts, while adding that over the years Google has evolved from a company that helps people find answers to a company that helps users get things done.

"We are also developing technology for the next billion users coming online in places like India, Brazil, and Indonesia," Pichai said.

"Thanks to advancements in AI (Artificial Intelligence), we are making significant improvements to the Google Assistant. 

"The next-generation Assistant can process requests up to 10 times faster, making it easier to multi-task, compose e-mails, and even work offline. With features like Duplex on the web, that system will soon be able to help users book rental cars and buy movie tickets," Pichai said.


Fri, 26 Jul 2019 19:17:20 +0530
B S Yediyurappa sworn in

Bengaluru, BJP leader B.S. Yediyurappa was on Friday sworn-in as the Karnataka Chief Minister.

Yediyurappa, who had earlier on Friday staked his claim - three days after the H.D. Kumaraswamy-led JD-S-Congress government fell - was administered the oath by Governor Vajubhai Vala at the Raj Bhavan in a ceremony boycotted by the Opposition. 

No other minister was sworn-in with him. 

The 75-year-old leader from the politically dominant Lingayat community becomes Chief Minister for the fourth time. The BJP's first Chief Minister in south India, he headed the stae first in November 2007 for a week after the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) withdraw support to his party, from May 2008 to July 2011 and for three days in May 2018.


Fri, 26 Jul 2019 19:10:40 +0530
Sensex ends in green afte

Mumbai,  The Sensex and the Nifty on Friday snapped out of their 6-day-long losing streak, to offer some respite on the last day of the week.

Sensex closed 51 points higher at 37,882.79 from its Thursday's close of 37,830.98, while the broader Nifty settled 32.15 points higher at 11,284.30.

The gains could have been higher but for the IT companies. The Nifty IT index was the only sectoral index closing in the red. NIIT Technologies Limited, Tata Elxsi Limited and Tech Mahindra Limited contributed most to its fall.

"The investor sentiment dampened after disappointing quarterly corporate results, the IMF lowering India's growth outlook, and no rollback of surcharge for foreign portfolio investments (FPIs) registered as trusts or association of persons (AoPs)," said Sanjeev Zarbade, VP PCG Research, Kotak Securities.

"The FPIs sold equities worth US$1.2 billion over the past five trading sessions while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) invested US$1.1 billion," Zarbade added.

Vedanta was the top loser among the Nifty50 stocks. It closed 4.29 per cent lower ahead of its quarterly results.

Yes Bank on Friday advanced as much as 10.55 per cent on the BSE, before settling 9.64 per cent higher at Rs 96.10 apiece over reports of capital infusion by certain institutional investors.

The country's largest commercial vehicle (CV) maker Tata Motors' shares closed nearly 2 per cent higher at Rs 147.20 apiece despite reporting double the losses in the June quarter than what it incurred in the same quarter last year.

However, it did succumb to heavy selling pressure on Thursday, ahead of its result announcement.

Fri, 26 Jul 2019 19:00:41 +0530
In India again its Aishw



New Delhi,  The world is riding on the K-Pop wave and India is catching on well beyond the "Gangnam Style" mania. The testimony is the number of Indian participants -- a staggering 3,475 -- in a K-Pop contest that looks for vocal and dance talent in the South Korean pop music genre. For this year's contest finale on Saturday, K-Pop band IN2IT and Alexa, who witnessed some Bollywood action in their April tour, are slated to perform.

IN2IT, a seven-member boy band comprising Jiahn, Yeontae, Inho, Hyunuk, Isaac, Inpyo and Sunghyun -- and guest star Alexa shook a leg to the Bollywood number "Bole Chudiyan" when they were here last.

When asked about their Bollywood connection, Yeontae said that he is interested in films "Gully Boy" and "Student Of The Year 2", and loves the movies of Aamir Khan "who is famous in South Korea".

"Bollywood films nicely combine acting, performance and songs in a musical style," Inho, another band member, told IANS. The group has recently done a dance cover of "The Jawaani Song" of SOTY-2.

For Alexa, who grew up in America, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan makes for the best Indian actor. She also said that having a K-Pop track as background score in a Bollywood movie would be an interesting crossover and "would definitely be something bright and loud".

Their own latest single "Run Away" is scheduled for an August 7 release. As per the band, it is a song about the sorrowful prayers and confessions of young souls in their 20s who never give up and pursue their dreams.

"The powerful guitar riff will show you a powerful and energetic IN2IT with the wonderful choreography of Freemind, the best choreographer in K-Pop," the band said.

On their second India tour, what's on the minds of the artistes is desi food, including tandoori chicken and naan, which they eat in South Korea's Indian restaurants whenever they "miss India".

Indian fans have also managed to leave their mark on the band and Alexa.

"Coming to India is the only time I've really had to interact with my Indian fans in person, but online through my Instagram, a large demographic of my followers is from India. The Indian fans I met happen to be the sweetest people on the planet," Alexa told IANS.

The artistes will be here for the grand finale of the 2019 LG K-Pop Contest, organised by tech brand LG and Korean Cultural Centre India. Select Indian finalists will be competing in the Changwon K-Pop World Festival.

The Indian representatives of the 2016 and 2017 Changwon K-Pop Festival have won the Excellent Vocal and Best Performance awards. Priyanka Mazumdar, the winner of the 2016 contest, has debuted in K-Pop group, Z-Girls. Siddhant Arora, another Indian artiste, has debuted in Z-Boys.

"I think it's absolutely amazing that Priyanka and Siddhant have entered the K-Pop industry as non-Koreans," Alexa said. IN2IT member Isaac who hails from Malaysia is rooting for them.

The grand finale will take place at the Talkatora Stadium here on Saturday, and will feature performances by the band and Alexa.

(Siddhi Jain can be contacted at


Fri, 26 Jul 2019 18:55:29 +0530
ED attaches properties wo

New Delhi,The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached properties to the tune of Rs 68 crore in its probe into Haryana's Manesar land deal, officials said on Friday.

A senior ED official told IANS on the condition of anonymity that this was done on charges of money laundering. The official gave no further details.

The ED is probing the case of land deal it registered in 2016. It has booked a case of money laundering against former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and others on the basis of a CBI case.

The ED questioned Hooda on Thursday for over eight hours in Chandigarh.

Fri, 26 Jul 2019 18:47:09 +0530
Iran frees 9 Indians from

New Delhi,  Iran has freed nine of the 12 Indian crew members on board a Panama-flagged tanker seized on July 13 in the Strait of Hormuz, even as efforts are on for the release of 45 Indians on board this and two other vessels.

The tanker MT Riah was detained along with 12 Indian crew members by the Iranian Coast Guard on July 13. Nine crew members have been released and "they will be on their way to India soon", Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

"Our mission in Iran has requested the concerned Iranian authorities for the release of remaining crew members," he said.

Besides the three on board MT Riah, 18 Indians are still on board the British oil tanker Stena Impero which was seized last week by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Strait of Hormuz.

There are also 24 Indian crew members on board Iranian tanker 'Grace 1', which was detained by British marines in the Strait of Gibraltar.

On Thursday, the Indian embassy in Tehran got consular access to the 18 Indians on board Stena Impero.

India is in touch with the Iranian authorities over these 18 Indians. "We continue to impress upon the Iranians to release them so that we can repatriate them," Kumar said.

Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan also tweeted that the embassy in Tehran has got consular access to the Indians on board Stena Impero.

"All of them are fine, the minister said, adding India will continue to push for their early release," he wrote.

A three-member team from the Indian High Commission in London met the 24 Indian crew members on board 'Grace 1' on July 24 and told them the government will take the necessary steps for their release and repatriation, the spokesperson said.

The 24 Indians were "calm and composed and there was no sense of panic. They are in touch with their family members", he added.

Muraleedharan tweeted: "Crew's morale is high. Assured all assistance for early release. HCI London will facilitate necessary travel document and related arrangements."


Fri, 26 Jul 2019 18:33:58 +0530
Prayagraj police question

Agra,  A team of investigators from Prayagraj on Thursday questioned some church officials of the Bhishop House located in the premises of St Paul's Church School.

The police team went to the Bishop House to meet bishop Prem Prakash Haavil and his secretary but both were not there.

Officials at the local Hari Parbat police station said the Prayagraj police team had come to collect papers relating to an alleged land scam said to be worth several hundred crores of Rupees.

A case is already registered with the civil lines police station on the basis of a complaint filed by half a dozen people.

An official of the diocese said the police team had been given relevant documents that cleared our position.

Fri, 26 Jul 2019 14:20:30 +0530
Pakistan is unable to fig

New Delhi:Lauding the troops who died in the Kargil conflict, Minister of Defense Rajnath Singh said on Friday that his courageous actions in all conflicts with Pakistan made him confident that Islamabad could not participate in a "full or limited war with India.

Speaking on the occasion of Kargil's 20th anniversary, the minister told the Lok Sabha that the country would never forget the soldiers who showed exemplary courage and courage in the conflict and sacrificed their lives to save the dignity of the country.

"As far as Pakistan is concerned, it went to conflict with India in 1965, 1971 and 1999. After witnessing the heroic acts of our soldiers in those wars, I can say it with confidence that Pakistan can not participate in a full-fledged or restricted war with India.

Earlier, at the National War Memorial, the Minister paid homage to the troops and tweeted that their unwavering bravery and supreme sacrifice ensured the security and sanctity of the borders of the country.


Fri, 26 Jul 2019 14:15:23 +0530
Arbitrary fee hike by pri

New Delhi:Arbitrary hike in private school charges came to the spotlight on Friday at the Rajya Sabha, with many participants raising the problem.

Shwait Malik of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) requested an investigation into the unusual charges charged by private schools, stating "traders" were now opening schools for the sole purpose of making cash.

He said colleges only force parents to purchase clothes, books and stationery from them or at exorbitant prices designated stores.

"Schools ask for building fees in addition to donations. Parents are compelled to purchase books at four times the usual cost. They are compelled to purchase uniforms from schools while ideally they should get them from tailors. Parents are exploited on multiple pretexts such as tours and science experiments," said Malik.

Samajwadi Party Surendra Singh Nagar claimed that college charges had risen nearly 150 percent since 2005 during the Zero Hour. The parents were over-charged for different operations besides this.

He said the govt of Uttar Pradesh had introduced a law to regulate private colleges, but it was not yet fully implemented in the state.

Fri, 26 Jul 2019 14:04:50 +0530
President Kovind pays tri

Srinagar,  President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday paid tributes to the Kargil War martyrs at the Martyrs' Memorial inside the headquarters of Army's 15 Corps here.

President Kovind laid a wreath at the Martyrs' Memorial inside the Badami Bagh headquarters. He also signed the visitor's register at the Memorial. 

Senior Army officers, including GOC 15 Corps Lieutenant General K.J.S. Dhillon, were present during the wreath laying ceremony.

As supreme commander of the Armed Forces, President Kovind was scheduled to visit Drass town of Kargil district today to attend the 20th anniversary celebrations of Kargil victory there. However, the programme was cancelled due to bad weather.

Fri, 26 Jul 2019 13:56:19 +0530
Petition equating Vande

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday refused to entertain a petition seeking treatment of 'Vande Matram' at par with the National Anthem.

"We see no reason to entertain the petition," a Division Bench chaired by Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice C. Harishankar said during the petition's dismissal.

BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay's petition also requested instructions from the govt to take suitable measures to ensure that ' Jana Gana Mana ' and ' Vande Mataram ' were sung every working day in all schools.

Fri, 26 Jul 2019 13:53:04 +0530
Not history allergic but

New Delhi:On Friday, Minister of Culture and Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel encouraged the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) to include monuments dating back 500 years in its list of protected landmarks, saying that it is "not allergic to the history and courage of anyone," but that "burying someone below is not acceptable either."

At the opening of a picture exhibition celebrating the Kargil Vijay Diwas, Patel, who represents the Damoh constituency of Madhya Pradesh in the Lok Sabha, made the comments. The leader of the Bhratiya Janata Party also paid homage to the martyrs of Kargil.

"Martyrdom outlasts and is stronger than life lived until ancient times. For a long, long moment to come, martyrs are remembered for their courage and courage," Patel said in his opening lecture.

In the ability of the Minister of Culture, he instructed the ASI and the National Monuments Authority (NMA) to include monuments dating back 500 years ago in the list of protected monuments of ASI if they were allready  not included.

Fri, 26 Jul 2019 13:44:59 +0530
Yeddyurappa to take oath

Bengaluru,  Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader B.S. Yeddyurappa will take oath as Karnataka chief minister on Friday evening after he staked claim to form the new government with Governor Vajubhai Vala at the Raj Bhavan here.

"As the Governor has permitted our party (BJP) to form the government, I will be taking oath around 6-6.15 p.m. today (Friday) evening at the Raj Bhavan," a beaming Yeddyurappa told the media after meeting Vala.

Yeddyurappa met the Governor after the party's national President Amit Shah asked him to stake claim to power and swear in as chief minister today itself, a party spokesman told IANS here.

"The swearing-in ceremony of B.S. Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister of Karnataka to take place at 6.00 p.m. at the Raj Bhavan. As leader of the BJP Legislature Party, he met the Governor with his party delegates," said a communique from the Raj Bhavan.

Staking claim to form the new government in writing, Yeddyurappa told the Governor that he may be invited to form alternate government today (Friday) itself.

"I submit that I am the leader of the BJP Legislature Party and also the Leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly. At present, the strength of the BJP is 105 legislators in the house and is the single largest party in the 225-member House, including a nominated member," said his letter to the Governor.

The letter also mentioned that the Governor had on July 23 night directed H.D. Kumaraswamy to be care-taker chief minister till alternate arrangements were made.

Yeddyurappa will expand his Cabinet only after proving majority in the Assembly early next week.

Kumaraswamy resigned on July 23 as chief minister of his 14-month-old JD-S-Congress coalition government lost floor test in the Assembly on the confidence-motion moved to prove if he had majority following resignation of 15 of their rebel MLAs from their assembly segments across the state.

"I have invited Kumaraswamy and Congress Legislature Party (CLP) Siddaramaiah for my swearing-in at the Raj Bhavan," added Yeddyurappa.

The 75-year-old saffron party leader became the BJP's first chief minister in south India after winning the April-May 2008 Assembly elections, but was forced to resign on July 31, 2011 following graft charges against him in the multi-crore mining scam that rocked the state for a decade since 2001-11.

Fri, 26 Jul 2019 13:35:14 +0530
Seven cows suffocate to d

Jhansi: Seven cows died of suffocation while three others were wounded on Thursday when they were supposedly locked in Sudamapuri village's Panchayat Bhawan building.

While some of the villagers claimed the cows were intentionally locked in the building, the officials said the cattle went into the house alone to escape the rain.

Jhansi Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Amit Kumar Diwedi and a veterinary doctor rushed to the place.

Anoop Kumar Dubey, Charkhari station officer in Jhansi said, "The gram pradhan has filed an application. We are researching whether the cows entered the building on their own or whether they were intentionally locked in by someone."

Fri, 26 Jul 2019 10:28:15 +0530
President Kovind s Drass

New Delhi: The planned visit to Drass City by President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday was cancelled owing to poor weather. The president was planned to attend today's 20th anniversary Kargil victory celebrations in Drass district town of Kargil. Officials said the function to be presided over by the President, who is the supreme commander of the Armed Forces, will now be held at the Badami Bagh headquarters of the Army's 15 Corps in Srinagar city.

Fri, 26 Jul 2019 10:21:27 +0530
Australian delegation Is

Amaravati: On Thursday, an Australian business delegation met with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy and addressed the state's investment possibilities.

The Australian Consul General Susan Grace-led delegation included 22 delegates from Western Australia, Queensland, and Victoria. Delegates from different industries such as mines, fuel, production of lithium batteries, education, logistics and airport management. 

Jagan Reddy assured them that he would fully support the growth of the state's industrial sector. He said that governance transparency would assist industrial sector development.

The chief minister expressed interest in introducing state-owned electric buses to decrease pollution and improve transportation.

The Australian delegation encountered several ministers, secretaries and businessmen on a two-day visit. Meanwhile, Jagan Reddy was also called by Israeli Ambassador to India Ron Malka.

The Chief Minister stressed for mutual advantage the strengthening of bilateral relations between Andhra Pradesh and Israel. In fields where the supply of treated water is hard, they addressed water management and desalination of sea water.

Malka described how 94% of its waste water is recycled by Israel. They also addressed possible collaborations between technological organizations in the areas where supply of treated water is difficult.

Malka said he was impressed with the vision of the chief minister and provided his assistance in advancing relations between Andhra and Israel.

Fri, 26 Jul 2019 10:15:40 +0530
RTI bill passes Rajya Sab

New Delhi: The contentious RTI amendment bill passed the Rajya Sabha obstacle on Thursday after sharp exchanges and subsequent Congress walk-out between representatives of the treasury and opposition benches.

The amendment by the representatives of the opposition to refer the bill to a selected panel was defeated with 75 votes in favor and 117 against it.

On Thursday, Upper House experienced interruptions in the proceedings following the motion by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions of the Union, Jitendra Singh, to amend the Right to Information Act, 2005 and to pass it.

The primary opposition Congress, Trinamool Congress, RJD and CPI demanded that the bill be sent to a selected commission but could not succeed because of inadequate figures in t

Fri, 26 Jul 2019 10:03:56 +0530
Amarnath yatra suspended

Jammu :Amarnath yatra was suspended for the day due to poor weather along the national highway Jammu-Srinagar on Friday.

Due to poor weather along the nearly 300 km long Jammu-Srinagar national highway, officials said no yatri car will be permitted to move into the valley today.

In the Jammu region, the MET department forecast moderate to heavy rain until July 29.

Fri, 26 Jul 2019 09:56:05 +0530
Kargil Vijay Diwas Twent

Today's Kargil Vijay Diwas is marked by 20th anniversary. The Kargil War, known as the Kargil war, came to an official end this day in 1999, and Indian troops succeeded in recapturing high altitudes seized by Pakistani intruders.

The Kargil War was the final armed conflict in India and Pakistan. The Kargil War was also India and Pakistan, after nuclear power, the first time they had entered into an armed conflict.

The Kargil War came about through a series of controls and the capture of strategic mountain peaks by Pakistian forces invading India. The intrusion was first identified in May 1999, but the intruders were presumed not to be regular troops of Pakistan army or activists.

In the next few weeks, when Indian soldiers fought courageous battles to regain the heights of Kargil, it became clear that Pakistan's army actually intruded the control line.

India launched a military and diplomatic blitz in response, driving Pakistani intruders from their captured high altitudes and globally isolating Islamabad.

The end of the Kargil conflict was reached on 26 July 1999. Over 500 Indian soldiers died during the Kargil War.

Fri, 26 Jul 2019 09:25:53 +0530
2 Congress rebels Indepe

Bengaluru,Karnataka Assembly Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar on Thursday disqualified two rebel Congress legislators and an Independent lawmaker with immediate effect.

The Congress rebels are Ramesh Jarkiholi (Gokak) and Mahesh Kumatahalli (Athani) constituencies in Belagavi district, while Independent R. Shankar is (Ranebennur) in Haveri district.

"The 3 legislators have been disqualified under the Anti-Defection Law (10th Schedule of the Constitution) on the recommendation of their party," Ramesh Kumar told reporters here.

Though Shankar was elected in the May 2018 Assembly elections as a KPJP candidate, the Speaker said he had merged the regional outfit with the Congress after he was inducted into the cabinet on June 14 along with Independent H. Nagesh from Mulbagal in Kolar district.

"Congress legislature party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah recommended Shankar's disqualification on July 11 after he resigned from the coalition ministry and gave a letter to state Governor Vajubhai Vala on July 8 that he would support the BJP, which is a violation of the party's discipline under the anti-defection law," Kumar said.

All the three legislators will not be able to contest any assembly or parliamentary election till May 2023, when the 5-year term of the state assembly lapses.

Jarkiholi and Kumatahalli were disqualified for abstaining from the 10-day budget session of the Assembly in February against the whip issued to all party legislators on February 7.

"Though the party recommended disqualification of its 4 legislators, including Umesh Jadav (Chincholi) and B. Nagendra (Bellary Rural), Jadav resigned in March and acting against Nagendra is pending," recalled Kumar.

A decision on the disqualification of the remaining 10 Congress rebel legislators will be taken in the next couple of days as its process is laborious.

"I will inform you when decision on the 10 Congress and 3 Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) is taken in the next 2-3 days," added Kumar.

In all, 15 rebel legislators, including 12 of the Congress and 3 of the JD-S resigned from their assembly segments between July 6-10, abstained from the 10-day monsoon session of the Assembly and defied their parties' whip to be present in the House on July 23 when the floor test was conducted on the confidence motion caretaker Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy moved and lost.

In addition to the rebels, Shankar and Nagesh, who resigned as ministers on July 8, also skipped the floor test despite pledging their support to the BJP.

Nagendra and another Congress legislator Srimanth Patil also did not attend the Assembly for the trust vote as they were in hospitals for treatment and informed the Speaker duly.

With 20 legislators, including N. Mahesh of BSP absenting for the floor test, Kumaraswamy lost the floor test by 6 votes, as the coalition allies polled 99 against 105 by the BJP in the division of votes, which resulted in the fall of their 14-month-old coalition government.


Fri, 26 Jul 2019 09:23:00 +0530
LS passes triple talaq Bi

New Delhi,  The Bill to ban the practice of triple talaq and punish the guilty with three-year jail was passed by the Lok Sabha on Thursday amid the opposition walkout and the government accusing the Congress of dragging its feet on the legislation and contending that it was for the dignity and respect of women.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 that prohibits divorce by pronouncing talaq thrice in one go was passed with 303 votes in favour and 82 against.

The Bill will now be tabled in the Rajya Sabha, where the opposition is numerically stronger than the ruling alliance.

Members of the Congress, the Trinamool Congress and several other parties staged a walkout over the Bill. The Janata Dal (United), a BJP ally, also opposed the Bill and walked out of the House saying it will create distrust among a particular community.

"We do not support this Bill as our party believes if passed it will create distrust among a particular community," Rajiv Ranjan Singh (JD-U) said at the debate. "Nobody wants to see a husband and wife getting separated. But if such a situation occurs, a couple takes the decision after due consent and trust. You can't take decisions on their behalf by imposing such a law." Singh said.

Citing examples of misuse of laws, he said, "You made the Anti-Dowry Act and introduced Section 498A (of the IPC to stop cruelty against women). They are being misused. You will make another law, it will be misused."

Replying to debate, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the legislation was not related to politics or religion, but "women's dignity". Muslim women met me to say they would celebrate Eid and Independence Day on the passage of the Bill, he said.

Noting many evils among Hindus in the country, like sati and dowry, had been penalised, he said the penal laws acted as a deterrent. Only relevant stakeholders when it came to the Bill were the Muslim women, not the Muslim Boards, he said.

The Congress governments had included penal provisions in the Hindu Marriage Act and the Dowry Prohibition Act, but dragged its feet in the Shah Bano case in 1986, he said.

He said three-year jail for a husband going for the triple talaq was needed for gender justice and equality.

Citing the Supreme Court's 2017 verdict striking down the illegal practice and asking Parliament to bring a law, Prasad said women were being divorced by 'talaq-e-biddat' which was against gender justice.

He said the apex court had noted that 20 Islamic countries, including Pakistan, Afghanistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Jordan, Egypt and Tunisia, had outlawed triple talaq. "If they could do it, why cannot it be done in India, a secular country?" he asked.

The Constitution's core philosophy was gender justice, he said and added, "The Constitution is equal for all daughters. So the need of this Bill."

He said three ordinances were promulgated as a similar Bill moved by the previous Narendra Modi government could not get parliamentary approval. A fresh Bill was introduced by the new government in June. 

IUML's P.K. Kunhalikutty said the divorce rate in Muslims was very low and accused the government of playing politics. "You have a political agenda, that's why you are bringing this Bill in a hurry".

S. Jothimani (Congress) said the government was playing a "divide and rule policy" among women.

"Irrespective of religion, women are subjugated to injustices and have been going through this for years. Rape and marital rape are also important issues that Parliament should take up with the same interest," she said, adding the Bill was against the rights of Muslims, and especially Muslim women. The Bill must be sent to the Standing Committee, she demanded.

Asaduddin Owaisi said the Supreme Court had decriminalised homosexuality and adultery, but the government was criminalising talaq.


Fri, 26 Jul 2019 09:01:56 +0530
Chandrayaan 2 successfull

New Delhi,  Indias second moon spacecraft Chandrayaan-2 put into earth orbit on July 22, on Friday successfully completed its second earth bound orbit raising maneuver, ISRO said.

It was "performed successfully today (July 26, 2019) at 0108 hrs (IST) as planned, using the onboard propulsion system for a firing duration of 883 seconds. The orbit achieved is 251 x 54829 km.

All spacecraft parameters are normal," the Indian Space Research Organization tweeted.

"The third orbit raising maneuver is scheduled on July 29, 2019, between 1430e1530 hrs (IST)," it added.

The first one was performed on July 24.

The Chandrayaan-2 is scheduled to reach moon by August 20, the Indian space agency had said on Wednesday.

According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the first earth bound orbit raising maneuver for Chandryaan-2 spacecraft was successfully performed on Wednesday afternoon by firing the onboard motors for 57 seconds.

On July 22, the Chandrayaan-2 was injected into an elliptical orbit of 170x45,475 km by India's heavylift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III) in a text book style.

The spacecraft Chandrayaan-2 comprises three segments - the Orbiter (weighing 2,379 kg, eight payloads), the lander 'Vikram' (1,471 kg, four payloads) and rover 'Pragyan' (27 kg, two payloads).

The Indian space agency said the major activites include earth bound maneuvers, Trans Lunar Insertion, Lunar bound maneuvers, the lander Vikram separation from Chandrayaan-2 and Vikram touch down on the moon's South Pole.

The ISRO said the Trans Lunar Insertion of Chandrayaan-2 is scheduled on August 14, 2019, which will send the spacecraft to moon.

After that, the Chandrayaan-2 is scheduled to reach moon by August 20, 2019, the ISRO said.

According to ISRO, the lander Vikram will land on the moon on September 7.

Originally the GSLV-Mk III rocket carrying Chandrayaan-2 was supposed to fly on July 15. Owing to a serious technical glitch the flight was postponed to July 22.

As a result, there are changes in the mission schedule.

As per the July 15 flight schedule, Chandrayaan-2's earth bound phase was 17 days and it is 23 days as per the new schedule.

On the other hand, the lunar bound phase which was for 28 days for July 15 flight schedule, has come down to 13 days.

Originally Vikram was planned to land on the moon 54 days after the rocket's lift off and now the landing will take place in 48 days.

Fri, 26 Jul 2019 08:52:14 +0530
Goyal Japanese PM s advi

New Delhi,  Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, here on Thursday, met Hiroto Izumi, Special Advisor to Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and discussed the progress on the 508 km Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail (HSR) project, railway officials said.

The Railway Minister apprised the Japanase PM's advisor about the progress in the project. The National High-Speed Rail Corp Ltd (NHSRCL), carrying out the project (commonly known as bullet train project) is hopeful of acquiring a major chunk of land required by the end of this year.

The NHSRCL had acquired 39 per cent of the 1,380 hectares of land till last month.

The bullet trains are expected to run at 320 km per hour, covering the 508-km stretch in about two hours. Trains plying on the route take over seven hours and planes about an hour. 

Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Premier Shinzo Abe of Japan on September 14, 2017 laid the foundation stone for the Rs 1.08 lakh crore ($17 billion) HSR project.


Fri, 26 Jul 2019 08:45:55 +0530
Infosys Murthy fetes son

Bengaluru, Global software major Infosys' co-founder N.R. Narayana Murthy on Thursday congratulated his son in-law Rishi Sunak on his appointment as Minister in the new Boris Johnson-led British government.

"Our advice to our children, including Rishi, has been to work hard, be honest and do good for society. We wish him well," Murthy told IANS in a statement here.

Married to Murthy's daughter Akshata, Sunak, 38, the Conservative Party MP from Richmond (Yorkshire), is one of the three Indian-born leaders appointed ministers by Johnson on Wednesday. He takes over as the Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

The other two are Alok Sharma and Priti Patel.

Elected for the first time to the House of Commons in the 2015 general election, Sunak was also a minister in the previous Therasa May's government. 

Thu, 25 Jul 2019 23:39:53 +0530
Charges framed against Ji

New Delhi,  A court here on Thursday framed charges against industrialist and former parliamentarian Naveen Jindal in a case related to allocation of a coal block in Madhya Pradesh.

Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar framed charges of criminal conspiracy and cheating the Coal Ministry against Jindal, his firm Jindal Steel and Power Ltd, its Executive Director D.N. Abrol, Vice Chairman and CEO Vikrant Gujral, Joint MD Anand Goel and Director, Finance, Sushil Maroo.

All the accused were present in the court.

The court had, on July 1, ordered for framing of charges against the accused under Section 120-B, read with Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The investigating agency, in its charge sheet, has alleged that JSPL misrepresented the equipment purchase orders and misled the Coal Ministry.

Jindal and other accused are also facing trial in the case pertaining to the allocation of Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block of Jharkhand.

Thu, 25 Jul 2019 23:28:52 +0530
Ranbaxy Why cutting corn



New Delhi,  American investigative journalist Katherine Eban pored over roughly 20,000 internal documents from the US FDA, including emails, memorandums, minutes of meetings and thousands of internal government records, as also replies under the Freedom of Information Act, to piece together a riveting and definitive account of how once storied Indian pharma major Ranbaxy blatantly cut corners - to improve its bottom line.

"I discovered that a cloud hovered over the company. American regulators were investigating whether Ranbaxy had fabricated quality data in order to gain approval to market its drugs. The allegations had first been made by a company whistleblower who had contacted the agency (FDA)," Eban, who travelled halfway across the globe as part of her investigations, writes in "Bottle of Lies - Ranbaxy and the Dark Side of Indian Pharma" (Juggernaut/pp 482/Rs 699).

The whistleblower in question, says Eban, is Dinesh Thakur, then Ranbaxy's Director and Global Head of Research, Information and Portfolio Management, who, in 2004, put together a team to study a deadly secret he had come across: that the company was fudging data.

"Little by little, as the team members stitched together small bits of information, they stumbled into Ranbaxy's secret: the company manupulated almost every aspect of its manufacturing process to quickly produce impressive looking data that would bolster its bottom line," Eban writes.

"Each member of Thakur's team came back with similar examples. At the behest of managers, the company's scientists substituted lower-purity ingredients for higher ones to reduce costs. They altered test parameters so that formulations with higher impurities could be approved. They faked dissolution studies. To generate optimal results, they crushed up brand-name drugs into capsules so that they could be tested in lieu of the company's own drugs. They superimposed brand-name test results onto their own in applications," the book says.

Noting that document forgery "was pervasive", the book says: "The company even forged its own standard operating procedures, which FDA investigators rely on to assess whether a company is following its own policies. In one instance, employees backdated documents and then artificially aged them in a steamy room overnight in an attempt to fool regulators during inspections", the book says.

Essentially, Ranbaxy's manufacturing standards "boiled down to whatever the company could get away with", the book says.

Thakur worked 14-hour days and after weeks of exhaustive research, brought his team's preliminary findings to his boss, Raj Kumar.

"Once Kumar heard from each member of Thakur's team, it finally sank in. The company was committing fraud and potentially harming patients on a global scale. He distilled the information into a four-page report for the CEO, Brian Tempest," that "laid bare systematic fraud in Ranbaxy's worldwide regulatory filings", the book says.

Predictably, there was no action as the findings "were not news to Ranbaxy's top executives", Eban writes in the book , and when Thakur pressed the issue, the company fought back in a rather unusual manner: It accused him of downloading pornography on his office computer.

Thakur realised he had to go but agonised on what to do next. He made his first move, masking his identity, on the morning of August 15, 2005 but when there was no action for two weeks, he sent a message directly to FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford, the book says. The result was immediate and set in motion a chain of events that culminated in May 2013 with Ranbaxy pleading guilty to felony charges in the manufacture and distribution of certain adulterated drugs made at two of its facilities in India, and misrepresenting clinical generic drug data. 

"In the largest drug safety settlement to date with a generic drug manufacturer... Ranbaxy also agreed to pay a criminal fine and forfeiture totaling $150 million and to settle civil claims under the False Claims Act and related State laws for $350 million," the Justice Department said in a statement on May 13, 2013.

Ranbaxy also pleaded guilty to three felony FDCA (Food Drug and Cosmetic Act) counts, and four felony counts of knowingly making material false statements to the FDA. Among the adulterated products were antiretroviral (ARV) drugs destined for treatment of HIV/AIDS in Africa.

In this context, the book notes that the endorsement in November 2013 of Ranbaxy and other Indian pharma companies by former US President Bill Clinton for their efforts at producing low-cost generics had set the sales of the ARV drugs zooming.

In the midst of all this, Ranbaxy initially passed into the hands of Japan's Daiichi-Sankyo in November 2008 and was bought over in April 2014 by India's Sun Pharmaceutical.

In February, the Supreme Court asked the company's former owners, Malvinder Mohan Singh and his brother Shivinder to cough up the Rs 35 billion they owe to Daiichi Sankyo in compensation post its exit from the company - warning they could be jailed if they failed to do so.


Thu, 25 Jul 2019 16:53:20 +0530
Nirav Modi denied bail by

London, .A British court on Thursday extended till August 22 the judicial custody of Nirav Modi in connection with the Rs 13,500 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case.

The Westminster Magistrates Court ordered the Metropolitan Police to place him in its custody till the next hearing on August 22.

The 48-year-old businessman, wanted in India, was arrested from Holborn here on March 19. Since then he has been fighting extradition proceedings.

Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi are being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate and the Central Bureau of Investigation after the PNB alleged that they cheated it of Rs 13,500 crore with the involvement of some bank employees.

Modi also faces charges under the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act. The ED has filed a chargesheet against Choksi in a Prevention of Money Laundering Act Court in Mumbai.

Both fled India before details of the fraud emerged in January 2018.


Thu, 25 Jul 2019 16:49:00 +0530
Trouble spikes for Azam K

Rampur, The troubles for Uttar Pradesh's Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan in the Maulana Jauhar University case are increasing by the day. Not only will a part of the building to be demolished but Khan has also been fined Rs 3.27 crore.

In the latest development, the Sub-Divisional Magistrate's court in Rampur has ordered the demolition of the gate of Mohammad Ali Jauhar University. 

The court also ordered that Azam Khan should deposit Rs 3.27 crore as compensation and illegal occupation of a PWD road should be removed within 15 days.

Meanwhile, a petition was filed on behalf of the university that since their application in the district judge's court, had been dismissed, they should be given time to appeal in the high court. The pela was rejected.

The SDM court also ordered that Rs 9.10 lakhs per month will also have to be deposited from the day of trial.

About 11.5 km part of the road, which belongs to the PWD, has been 'acquired' by the Jauhar University on which its gate is built.

The PWD had filed a suit in the SDM court on the issue, after which notices were also issued to Azam Khan, who is also the chancellor of Jauhar University and MP from Rampur.

Khan had appealed for transfer of the case, but the application was already rejected.

Thu, 25 Jul 2019 16:30:24 +0530
Agra Christians to go for

Agra,  The Agra Joint Cemeteries Committee (AJCC) decided in a fresh initiative to bury one family in one tomb. This choice was taken at a latest conference of the AJCC in perspective of the lack of land for cemeteries. 

AJCC Chairman Father Moon Lazurus said the decision will shortly be notified to those attending church services. The commission is responsible for "Goron ka Kabristan" and the cemetery "Tota ka Taal" for Christians.

"We have decided that the graves will now be dug deeper and, after the dead body is buried, a slab will be placed on which another body of the same family can be buried. Father Moon Lazarus said that the decision also has a sentimental value since the dead of the same family will be placed in a grave."

Thu, 25 Jul 2019 16:26:49 +0530
NDA partner JD U opposes

New Delhi,  NDA partner Janata Dal (United) on Thursday opposed the contentious Triple Talaq Bill which was moved by the government in the Lok Sabha.

Participating in the discussion over The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 moved by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, JD(U) member Rajiv Ranjan Singh said his party believed the Bill will cause hurt to the society. 

"The Bill will produce a different feeling in the society because no one wants that there should be differences in the relationship between wife and husband," Singh said. 

He said Triple Talaq was a social issue and it should be resolved at the social level. 

The Bill seeks to curb Triple Talaq and provides for three years jail for the husband. It aims to protect the rights of married Muslim women and prohibit divorce by pronouncing triple talaq by husbands.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has publicly opposed the Triple Talaq Bill. 

Apart from the Triple Talaq Bill, the JD(U) -- an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party -- has differences with the BJP on other issues too like Article 370, Uniform Civil Code and a proposed grand Ram temple at Ayodhya.


Thu, 25 Jul 2019 16:21:05 +0530
Pistol recovered from pas

Patna: A pistol was recovered from the bag of a passenger at the Jai Prakash Narayan International Airport here on Thursday.

The passenger, travelling from Patna to Delhi on an Indigo flight, was stopped on suspicion at the airport. On being searched, a country-made pistol was found in a lunch box in his bag, a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) official said. 

The passenger was arrested and handed over to the Patna Airport police station. The police are questioning the passenger who has been identified as Mohammed Aijaz from Nawada district.

Thu, 25 Jul 2019 16:16:12 +0530
Head Constable booked for

New Delhi: After being booked for supposedly violating his minor domestic help here, a Delhi Police Head Constable is on the run, police said Thursday.

The accused reportedly raped the 14-year-old at his home in the Mundka region of Outer Delhi on Tuesday when they were alone. 

"A case against the Head Constable on the run was recorded under appropriate parts of IPC and POSCO. Teams were formed to nab him," a senior police officer said.

Thu, 25 Jul 2019 14:56:07 +0530
Rajiv Gandhi assassinatio

Chennai: One of the convicts in the event of the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, S. Nalini, released on Thursday's one-month parole from Tamil Nadu's Vellore prison.

On July 5, the Madras High Court awarded Nalini a one-month parole on her request for a six-month parole to arrange for the wedding of her daughter.

Nalini had been specified by the tribunal not to meet with politicians and media. In her plea, Nalini said that after finishing two years in prison, every life convict was entitled to one month of normal leave and she had not even taken the leave once in the previous 27 years she had spent in prison.


Thu, 25 Jul 2019 14:49:59 +0530
Fuel subsidies 3 times hi

New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) India's subsidies to petrol and diesel between October 2018 and June 2019 amounted to almost three times the three-year government budget for electric vehicle (EV) support, a new study revealed on Thursday.

The study by Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) said the government could redirect the money collected in tax via petrol and diesel towards EVs and see far more growth.

Despite the commitment to reduce air pollution and achieve at least 30 per cent of new vehicle sales being electric by 2030, the Indian government subsidised conventional transport by Rs 26,957 crore over the last nine months, far outpacing the Rs 10,000 crore spending over three years on its flagship EV program and faster adoption and manufacturing of electric vehicles.

"The cuts to fuel excise and oil company margins announced late last year resulted in a major drop in government revenue. The money would have been better spent in supporting India's ambitious agenda to adopt EVs and renewable energy rather than perpetuating dependence on petrol and diesel," IISD Associate Tara Laan said in a statement.

India is heavily reliant on fossil fuels in the transport sector, which contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and alarming levels of air pollution.

Transitioning to EVs could reduce the level of toxic air pollutants relative to conventional vehicles and shift the source of these emissions away from cities.

"With the decision to reinstate the fuel excise and further lower GST on EVs, the government is back on the right track," said Purva Jain, GSI India Program Consultant and co-author of the report.

"It should also allocate some of the fuel excise and road and infrastructure cess to boost support to EVs," said Jain.

This would help in reducing dependence on imported crude oil and improve air quality.

"Price cuts for petrol and diesel have the opposite effect, sending motorists a price signal to continue using fuel and, more importantly, a message that the government intends to intervene when international oil prices escalate."

A main recommendation of the study is to reallocate subsidies for oil and fuel to programs that support India's clean energy transition, including implementing additional policies that would support the EV market.

"We recommend that government implements pricing policies that promote EV charging during times when renewable electricity is being generated," said Laan.

"In addition, electricity distribution companies need to be supported in strengthening the grid to accommodate a growing supply of renewable sources and growing demand from EVs."


Thu, 25 Jul 2019 14:42:31 +0530
India to face blowback wh

New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have to face the blowback when the Taliban takes over Afghanistan, the CPI-M has warned.

An editorial in the CPI-M journal "People's Democracy" said this was the outcome of how Modi's foreign policy had turned out to be.

"The image of President Trump speaking in Washington in the presence of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan about Modi's purported request to him to mediate on Kashmir has had a shattering effect," the editorial said. 

"The issue is not whether Modi actually asked Trump to mediate or not, but how this episode has revealed the fiasco that Modi's foreign policy has turned out to be." 

The editorial said Imran Khan's visit to the US showed how the Trump administration had changed its approach to Pakistan. "With Trump intent on withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan, Pakistan's role in getting Taliban to talk became crucial.

"The Imran Khan's visit is a recognition of the progress that has been registered in the peace talks with the Taliban, for which Pakistan is being given due credit. The only problem is that India has been left out of this whole process."

The editorial said: "The Modi government, which had put all its eggs in the US basket, now suddenly finds itself in an unenviable position. For Trump, getting out of Afghanistan and the Kashmir problem have got linked up - just the way Pakistan would want it." 

The Communist Party of India-Marxist said that Modi had in the past five years got India "step by step, hitched on to the American geo-political strategy". 

"With all this leverage gained with India constantly requesting the US to intercede with Pakistan, Trump is now signalling that the issue of Kashmir must be dealt with by India as per America's wishes."

The editorial called Trump's remarks on mediation on Kashmir "an arrogance which has stemmed from the way the US has been able to dictate the issues and the tenor of the bilateral relationship".

Thu, 25 Jul 2019 14:38:52 +0530
Karnataka may head for sp

Bengaluru,  Karnataka may have a spell of President's rule till its Assembly Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar decides on the resignations of the 15 rebel legislators of the Congress and JD-S, as the BJP is not in a hurry to stake claim to form a government amid uncertainty, a party official said on Thursday.

"If the Speaker takes longer time to accept or reject the resignations of the rebels, the Governor (Vajubhai Vala) may recommend President's rule in the state, as we will not like to stake claim to power in such a situation," BJP's state spokesman G. Madhusudan told IANS.

The party is also unclear about the Speaker's decision on the disqualification the Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) have recommended to apply on the rebels for defying their whip.

Though the Supreme Court said in its July 17 order that the Speaker was free to decide on the rebels' resignations as per the anti-defection law, the rebels abstained from the Assembly, as its three-judge bench also said they could not be compelled to attend the House, when their resignations were pending before the Speaker since July 11 when they re-submitted them on its July 10 directive.

In case the Speaker takes more time to decide on their resignations, the rebels are likely to approach the apex court for its intervention, as their plea before it (court) since July 10 was for its direction to the Speaker to accept them forthwith, as the re-submitted the resignation letters were in order.

"Till the resignations are accepted, the strength of the Assembly will remain 225, including one nominated, as the rebels are still members, with 113 as the halfway mark for a simple majority. Even with the support of two Independents, we will be still 6 short of the halfway mark at 107 (105 + 2) if we are asked to prove majority by the Governor after forming the new government.

In case the Speaker accepts the resignations or disqualifies the members, the Assembly strength will reduce to 210, with 106 as the halfway mark, which the BJP will be able to win with the support of the two Independents.

"As the decisions of the Speaker and the top court will take time, the Governor may recommend President's rule and keep the Assembly in suspended animation till we are in a position to stake claim and form a stable government with our own majority," added Madhusudan.

If the rebels' resignations are accepted or they are disqualified, by-elections in the 15 assembly segments will have to be held in six months of vacancy caused.

Thu, 25 Jul 2019 14:33:30 +0530
Mild earthquake in Himach

Shimla, a 4-meter earthquake on the Richter scale struck the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh early Thursday, the weather office said here.

At 12.47 a.m., authorities said, the gentle earthquake was felt in Chamba. There have been no casualties reported so far. 

One of the distant districts of the state, Chamba is situated adjacent to Jammu and Kashmir.

Thu, 25 Jul 2019 14:28:14 +0530
IIT scientists devise rob

Kanpur, The scientists at the IIT-Kanpur have ventured into the world's first robot hand for the rehabilitation of stroke patients and have finished their tests on it.

The device is a two-finger robotic hand (exoskeleton) that uses a four-bar mechanism and has four degrees of freedom (DOF).

Professor Ashish Dutta and Professors K S Venkatesh who have achieved this feat, explain that "The exoskeleton can be used by a patient on the hand. It uses brain signals, with the help of the brain computer interface (BCI) that is worn on the head, and helps paralysed patients to open and close the movement of their thumb, forefinger and middle fingers for physical practice."

The exoskeleton is operated by an MEGA microcontroller of 300 Mhz and powered by a battery. The teachers say that the device will cost around Rs 15,000.

For the exoskeleton, the duo has partnered with the University of Ulster, based in the United Kingdom, and their teacher Girijesh Prasad, who belongs to Gorakhpur.

The device has sensors that control the pressure of the fingertip applied by the patient. If the patient can close or move the finger, the device follows the movement passively. If it does not, then the device actively forces the finger to close, while taking BCI instructions using signals.

Regarding the design of the device, the movement of degrees of freedom of the exoskeleton is based on the movement of the human finger while manipulating a coin in the hands. The joints in the device consist of four bars to give a human movement. 

The design and development of an exoskeleton robot for the support and rehabilitation of human hands is a Rs 55 lakh MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Department) and the British Council (the UK) project which was approved in 2018.

The research has been published in leading journals, including the Journal of Neuroscience Methods, Biomedical and Health Informatics, Haptics and Engineering in the Medical and Biology Society.

Thu, 25 Jul 2019 14:22:54 +0530
Two constables dismissed

Two Delhi police officers were dismissed from their services after they were found guilty of the investigation into the Mukherjee Nagar violence, police said.

A Sikh man and his son were thrashed in wide light on June 16. The duo had claimed that after his mini taxi was brushed off with a PCR van, the event resulted from a heated exchange. Police had challenged the behavior of Sikh man who supposedly struck with his sword a policeman.

According to the police, constable Pushpinder Shekhawat and constable Satya Prakash had physically assaulted the Sikh man and his minor son.

Thu, 25 Jul 2019 14:17:21 +0530
Trinamool fights back for

Kolkata: A no-holds barred political war is on in West Bengal between the ruling Trinamool Congress and the aggressive opposition BJP, with the rivals engaged in a close and often violent duel for control of civic bodies.

The intense battles for municipalities are even being played out in the legal corridors. 

Soon after its Lok Sabha poll successes in the state, the BJP seemed to have taken the upper hand as over 50 councillors of three municipalities joined its fold by deserting the Trinamool. As a result, the Trinamool lost control of the boards in Halishahar, Naihati and Kanchrapara municipalities in North 24 Parganas district.

Powered by the might of its new MP from Barrackpore Arjun Singh, the BJP continued its march to engineer defections from Trinamool, as Bhatpara followed suit. Further north of the state, the Darjeeling municipality also came BJP's way when 17 Gorkha Janmukti Morcha councillors crossed over to the saffron camp.

However, BJP's initial euphoria got muted in the coming months as the Trinamool fought back with lot of gusto to reclaim the civic bodies either by engineering defections or by installing administrators.

The Banerjee led administration appointed an administrator in Naihati, thereby thwarting the BJP's advance in the civic body where 17 Trinamool councillors had changed sides in Dehi soon after the polls to reduce the ruling party to a minority in the 31-ward body.

There is even much speculation that at least four of the Naihati councillors who had crossed over to the BJP are now in safehouses provided by the Trinamool and would rejoin their old party at an opportune time. The Trinamool leadership is also reportedly in talks with four other councillors who had also crossed over to the BJP. Once the talks are successful, the administrator is likely to be removed with the Trinamol forming the board, party sources said.

But Trinamool made its most successful counter-attack at Kanchrapara, where it brought back in its ambit 14 of the deserters less than two weeks back, to once again regain the majority in the municipality.

Similarly, in Halishahar, nine of the councillors who had joined the BJP, have returned to the Trinamool.

:But Halishahar's fate now depends on the judiciary, with the Calcutta High Court ordering an interim stay on a no-trust vote against its chairman.

Another municipality Bongaon in North 24 Parganas district is also now in a legal tangle following dispute over a confidence vote, held amid high drama and confusion with Trinamool Congress and BJP councillors both claiming majority.

State BJP president Dilip Ghosh said inability of the Trinamool councillors to adapt to the strong disciplinary set-up of his party and the blatant use of the police and administration to threaten them forced them to return to their parent party.

"The police is putting pressure, their houses are being damaged, not everybody is able to cope with such pressure," Ghosh told IANS.

On the other hand, state Food and Supplies Minister Jyotipriyo Mullick accused the BJP of engineering the defections under duress. "Many of them had been made to join the BJP with a revolver pointed at them.

Thu, 25 Jul 2019 14:10:43 +0530
The launch of 239 satelli

In a launch of 239 satellites (20:40), the government reported on Wednesday that ISRO gained the 6,289 Rs Cr by launching 239 satellites (20:40), in New Delhi, 24 July  Antrix, the trade unit of the India Space Research Organization (ISRO).

Replying to a question, Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh also said the government had set up NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), which would replace the Antrix Corporation.

NSIL, under the administrative control of the Department of Space (DoS), will commercially exploit research and development work of the ISRO and other DoS units. NSIL had been set up to meet the ever-increasing demands of Indian space programme and to commercially exploit the emerging global space market, he added.

It would spur Indian industries' growth in the space sector and enable them to scale up manufacturing and production base, he said.

Presenting the 2019-20 Union budget previously this month, Minister of Finance Nermala Sitharaman told India that the technology and capacity to start satellites and other space products at low costs has become a significant space force.

NSIL would lead marketing of different space products, including launch cars and techniques, she said. NSIL would lead.

Chandrayaan 2 cost Rs 978 crore, started on Monday. 104 satellites were introduced on one mission in 2017.


Thu, 25 Jul 2019 12:13:57 +0530
Mild earthquake in Himach

Mild earthquake in Himachal, no casualties

Shimla, July 25 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 4 on the Richter scale hit Himachal Pradesh's Chamba district early on Thursday, the weather bureau here said.

The mild earthquake was felt in Chamba at 12.47 a.m., officials said. No casualties have been reported so far.

Chamba, one of state's remote districts, is located adjoining Jammu and Kashmir.


Thu, 25 Jul 2019 11:02:47 +0530
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Aditi Rao Hydari turns showstopper for Pankaj, Nidhi at ICW 2019

 New Delhi, July 25: Actress Aditi Rao Hydari made a stellar appearance on the third day of the FDCI India Couture Week (ICW) 2019 held here on Wednesday. She looked ravishing in a billowy, off-shoulder icy pink blouse and shiny golden skirt as she walked the ramp as showstopper for couture debutants Pankaj and Nidhi.

The actress, who was last seen in the movie "Padmaavat", glammed up in nude makeup and sleek hairdo, wearing a statement neck piece.

"The outfit I'm wearing looks heavy, but it's actually very light. I personally like clothing in which a lot of thought and detailing is put. Every garment however luxurious it may, I feel it should look and feel effortless," Aditi told reporters here.

Commenting on her fashion statement, she said: "I wouldn't give a term to it. Whatever I pick, it has to be effortless and seem timeless. I don't care about what's trending and what's not. I just wear what I like and enjoy wearing."


Thu, 25 Jul 2019 10:45:16 +0530
Assam floods death toll r

Guwahati, July 24 (IANS) At least six persons died in flood-related incidents in Assam in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 75 even as 34,82,170 people continued to be affected by the deluge in 20 districts of the state till Wednesday evening.

Officials of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said that 2,933 villages in 20 districts remained inundated by the floods.

Officials said that although there was a slight improvement in the flood situation in the last two days, incessant rainfall has led to swelling of the rivers particularly in the western Assam districts inundating more villages.

A total of 2,933 villages in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Udalguri, Darrang, Baksa, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup (M), Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat and Cachar are still under water, the ASDMA officials said.

"There are a total of 826 relief camps operational in the districts of Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat and Jorhat districts with 2,00,525 inmates and 107 Relief Distribution Centres," they said.

The Central Water Commission (CWC) said that the Brahmaputra river is flowing above the danger level at Neamatighat (Jorhat) and Dhubri while the Jia Bharali river is flowing above the danger mark at Sonitpur. Similarly the Puthimari river is flowing above the danger level in Kamrup while the Manas and Beki rivers are also flowing above the danger level followed by the Gaurang at Kokrajhar and Sonkosh river flowing above the danger mark at Golakganj.

Meanwhile, panic has gripped western Assam districts following reports that a power company in Bhutan has decided to release excess water from a hydro power dam located in the neighbouring country on Thursday.

The development took place after the Druk Green Power Corporation Limited of Bhutan issued a notice that it would open the gates of the dam to release over 1,200 cubic meter per second of excess water.

The release of this water is likely to affect Kokrajhar, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Baksa and parts of Kamrup district in Assam.

The release of excess water from hydro power dams in Bhutan had wreaked havoc in Assam in the past, inundating hundreds of villages and killing many people.



Thu, 25 Jul 2019 10:41:18 +0530
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Sensex reclaims 38,000-mark, Nifty above 11,300

 Mumbai, July 25: The Sensex and Nifty opened higher and traded on a firm note during the early trade on Thursday.

At 10.10 a.m., the Sensex traded 255.21 points higher at 38,102.86 from its previous close of 37,847.65.

It opened higher at 37,935.02. The broader Nifty was also up 67.75 points or 0.60 per cent at 11,339.05.

Tata Motors and Bank of Baroda is scheduled to announce its June quarter results later in the day.


Thu, 25 Jul 2019 10:37:50 +0530
Punjab extends incentives

Chandigarh, ) In a major impetus to manufacturing in the state, the Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday approved the Public Procurement Preference to Make In (Punjab) Order 2019.

The move is aimed at incentivising local manufacturing by encouraging public procurement, which would also enhance income and employment generation in the state.

It is in line with the state government's focus on promoting 'Make in Punjab' as a key component of its industrial development focus, a government spokesperson said.

The Cabinet also approved enactment of the Punjab Rights of Persons with Disabilities Rules 2019 in order to respect dignity and ensure effective participation of persons with disabilities in the mainstream of society.

The Cabinet also waived the setting up of private market yard for availing exemption from payment of two per cent over and above the minimum support price.

The decision is in line with the government's efforts to promote ease of doing business to boost the industrial development.

The move will incentivise the direct purchase of farmers' produce by food processing units, said the spokesperson after the Cabinet meeting, where amendment to Clause 10.11.3 of the Industrial and Business Development Policy of 2017 was also approved.

The anchor units were extended the incentive from the condition of the license issued by Punjab Agriculture Marketing Board for setting up the private market yard.

The Cabinet decided to extend the setting up of medium small enterprises facilitation councils in all the districts across the state.

Currently, they exist in only seven districts -- Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Mohali, Patiala, Bathinda and Sangrur.


Thu, 25 Jul 2019 10:33:05 +0530
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Trump vetoes Congress' efforts to block Saudi arms sales

Washington, July 25: US President Donald Trump has vetoed congressional resolutions seeking to block the White House from selling weapons to Saudi Arabia and other countries without the legislative branch's prior approval.

Trump on Wednesday said that the congressional resolutions would "weaken America's global competitiveness and damage the important relationships we share with our allies and partners", Efe news reported.

The congressional resolutions sought to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as well as to the UK, Spain, France and Italy, as these European countries also sell arms to Riyadh.

In particular, Congress intended to stop an arms sale worth $8.1 billion to Saudi Arabia and the UAE that was announced in May and backed by a national emergency declaration with which the Trump administration tried to circumvent legislative control.

The sales' main objective is to replenish the Saudis' weapons arsenal, which has been depleted due to the Middle Eastern kingdom's war in Yemen.

The lawmakers alleged that Saudi Arabia used US weapons against civilians in Yemen and cited Riyadh's involvement in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October.

In his veto, Trump said that Congress' resolutions would "damage the credibility of the US as a reliable partner by signalling that we are willing to abandon our partners and allies at the very moment when threats to them are increasing".

The White House said that "Saudi Arabia is a bulwark against the malign activities of Iran and its proxies in the region".

Trump also said that these measures would "degrade" the military preparedness of Saudi Arabia and the UAE "to protect its sovereignty, directly affecting its ability to defend US military personnel hosted there".

He added that the arms sale sought to "protect the safety of the more than 80,000 US citizens who reside in Saudi Arabia and who are imperilled by Houthi attacks from Yemen".

Although the resolutions will now be sent back to Congress, it is unlikely that their supporters can muster the necessary two-thirds majority in both houses to overcome a presidential veto.

source: ians


Thu, 25 Jul 2019 10:31:40 +0530
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Tabacco use by woman invites triple talaq

Barabanki, July 25: A woman has claimed that her husband gave her triple talaq because of her habit of cleaning her teeth with tobacco.

The incident came to light after the woman registered a complaint at the Masauli police station in Barabanki on Wednesday.

The woman, identified as Bano, also claimed that her husband and her in-laws have been tortured her demanding dowry ever since she got married seven months back.

"Since the marriage, my husband and his family used to torture me over dowry. Wais, my husband, used to make obscene videos and threaten me. Disturbed by all these, I informed my family about the situation," she said.

Bano's brother said: "My sister was being tortured for a long time by her in-laws. My brother-in-law, who runs a mobile phone shop, used to make obscene videos after drugging her. At the time of marriage, we had given a lot of dowry, but now they are asking for Rs 3 lakhs and a bullet motorcycle," he said.

According the husband, Mohammed Wais, his wife is addicted to tobacco and when he forgot to bring tobacco for her, she created a ruckus at home. "It has been seven months since we got married," he said, as he raised question about her mobile phone use.

However, the police said that during the investigation they have not found any evidence of torture.

A senior police official said, "According to the complaint, Bano was given triple talaq in front of her father, following which her father got paralyzed. After examining the evidence, action will be taken accordingly. A probe is on."



Thu, 25 Jul 2019 10:14:38 +0530
Coffee table book on Guru

Chandigarh: On Wednesday, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh published the first volume of a coffee table novel from the state government on Guru Nanak Dev's 550th Prakash Purb festivities.

The coffee table book, published in the presence of the ministerial committee, comprises of 70 pages that illustrate vividly the unique ##s that took place as part of the festivities from November 2018 to June 2019.

The events mentioned include the laying of the Kartarpur Corridor Foundation, as well as numerous other works devoted to the historic occasion. The publication outlined various initiatives initiated by the state government. Various projects launched by the state government have been highlighted in the publication.

In addition to rare manuscripts, the coffee table book also provides an account of book exhibitions on Guru Nanak Dev ji's life and philosophy.


Thu, 25 Jul 2019 08:11:18 +0530
Industrialist Pramod Mitt

New Delhi,  Industrialist Pramod Mittal, younger brother of steel baron Lakshmi Niwas Mittal, has been arrested in Bosnia over allegations of fraud and money laundering through a company he co-manages, Global Ispat Charcoal Industry Lukavac.

According to a local news portal " ", two more people have been arrested in connection to organised crime of money laundering through Global Ispat Charcoal Industry Lukavac.

The arrested suspects will appear before a judge on Wednesday.

A general manager, Paramesh Bhattacharyya, was among the two arrested officials.

The company website shows that Pramod Mittal has been the Chairman of the Supervisory Board since the commissioning of GIKIL in 2003.

As Mittal and the other two are suspected of being linked to "organised crime" involving abuse of power and economic crimes, they could be jailed for around 45 years, media reports said.

Also, an arrest warrant has been issued for another man who is considered to be associated in the alleged crimes committed by Pramod Mittal and others. 

The news portal said that investigators suspect that through this company at least five million KM (mark) (around $2.8 million) have been drawn out of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In May this year, Lakshmi Niwas Mittal, the CEO of steel major ArcelorMittal, helped his cash-strapped younger brother Pramod to clear the dues he owed to the State Trading Corp of India Ltd, thereby helping avoid legal troubles.


Thu, 25 Jul 2019 07:45:15 +0530
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New Delhi:On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said a contemporary museum will be opened shortly showing the life and property of all former prime ministers.

The announcement by the Prime Minister came at a book release event. The Book  ' Chandra Shekhar-The Last Icon of Ideological Politics' is written by Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh and Ravi Dutt Bajpai.

Several prime ministers were forgotten, but I decided to build in Delhi a enormous contemporary museum of all former prime ministers," Modi said.

He appealed to all formers prime ministers ' family members to gather their memorabilia to let the new generation know about their accomplishments.

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 21:31:47 +0530
National Games not in Nov

Hours after a Goa minister announced in November that the much-delayed National Games would take place in the state, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said it would not be feasible this year to organize them.

"After the dates for the Games are announced, it will take us at least five months to buy sports equipment to be imported from abroad. We have notified the Indian Olympic Association that the allocation dates will be given in May 2020. It would not be feasible to host the Games in November this year because it is only three months away," he told the Assembly.

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 21:22:13 +0530
Bill for 75 jobs to loca

Amaravati,  The Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill to reserve 75 per cent of jobs to locals in all industries in the state even as Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy assured the industry that his government will extend every possible help to them.

The bill, passed by a voice vote, is aimed at providing three-fourth of all jobs for locals in all industries, including units, factories, joint ventures and projects set up under public-private partnership mode in the state.

Claiming that it is a pro-industry move, Jagan Reddy alleged that some vested interests doing false propaganda that this will lead to closure of industrial units and stop flow of industrial investment into the state.

After the debate on the bill in the absence of opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the Chief Minister tried to allay the apprehensions over the legislation.

Defending the move to reserve jobs for locals, he said this would make people accept the industries and thus help them to prosper.

Assuring that there will be no corruption at any level in the state, Jagan Reddy said the government would pursue a transparent policy for industrialisation.

"We are ready to do anything for you. We only want jobs for our children," the Chief Minister told the industry.

He said the industries make promises to local people and acquire lands but after setting the units, fail to provide jobs to local educated youth. "Why will people come forward to give land if their children and the educated youth do not get jobs," he asked.

Jagan Reddy said due to lack of jobs in the state, educated youth were forced to migrate to cities like Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai and even abroad.

He believes that with this legislation, a situation will be created where people will accept industry and come forward to give their lands.

He said if the industries did not find required qualification and skills among locals in the immediate vicinity of their plant, they can enlarge the area of their search to 'mandal' (block), district or even state.

He announced that a skill development centre will be set up in an engineering college in every parliamentary constituency to train educated youth in the skills required for the industry in that constituency.

The Chief Minister said existing industries get three years to provide 75 per cent jobs to locals. The government will spend the money and work with the industry to train the youth in the required skills.

Several members of ruling YSR Congress Party, who participated in the debate, hailed the bill as a historic move.

A couple of members including Mekapati Goutham Reddy said the move was in line with the global trend. They pointed out that Donald Trump won the US Presidential elections on the promise of jobs to Americans.

They said the move will help people in rural areas, who were losing their lands and livelihood for industries but were not getting any benefit from them.

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 21:13:07 +0530
NIA raids the home of a b

Srinagar:The National Investigation Agency (NIA) raided a businessman's house in Jammu and Budgam district in Kashmir on Wednesday. Police sources said a squad of state-assisted NIA sleuths and the CRPF raided Muhammad Afzal Mir's house in Budgam district Aripanthan village.

NIA sleuths raided another businessman's house in the Pulwama district cross-LoC trade on Tuesday.

Sources said these raids are part of the terror fund case inquiries.

In the terror financing inquiry, NIA has detained many separatist leaders and prominent local entrepreneur Zahoor Watali.

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 21:07:25 +0530
Sensex falls 135 points

Mumbai,  Metal companies fell out of favour on Wednesday over growth concerns after the International Monetary Fund further revised down India's GDP growth rate.

Besides, investors are already in a fix over the exodus of foreign funds which has already crossed Rs 11,000 crore in the month of July till date.

The Sensex closed 135.09 points or 0.36 per cent lower at 37,847.65 from its Monday's close of 37,982.74 while the broader Nifty closed 59.75 points or 0.53 per cent to 11,271.30.

"Investors turned sellers on concerns that economy is moving through a slowdown phase. IMF lowered GDP growth forecast by 30 bps for 2019 based on weak domestic demand outlook which fuelled a sell off in a market where sentiment is already hurt due to tax concerns," said Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services.

Nair added that the mixed Q1FY20 results, outflow of foreign funds and weakening rupee weigh on investor sentiments going ahead.

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 21:01:21 +0530
After Rahul returns CWC

New Delhi:The Congress Working Committee (CWC) will meet in the coming days soon after outgoing party chief Rahul Gandhi returns to India, said a senior party leader on Wednesday.

Senior Congress leader P.L. Punia told IANS: "The CWC will sit in the coming week to decide on a new party chief."

He said the CWC, the party's top decision making body, will decide on the names.

Former Uttarakhand Chief Minister and General Secretary Harish Rawat told IANS that the CWC would be called in August to discuss the new party chief and it would not be fair to herald a guess ahead of the meeting.

"Currently the discussions over the new party are taking place at every level of the party."

This, he said, was happening for the first time.

"And I think that Rahul Gandhi and senior party leaders will respect the feelings of the party workers," he said.

Rahul Gandhi resigned as the Congress President after the party suffered a rout in the Lok Sabha elections.

"But his resignation has not been accepted by the CWC yet," Rawat said.

"So technically it cannot be said that the party is headless. So, the CWC will decide on his resignation and a temporary arangement will be made."

The party is also reportedly mulling the idea of a Presidium system and of having several Working Presidents.


Wed, 24 Jul 2019 20:56:55 +0530
Mumbai Pune Premier train

Mumbai:Important trains connecting Mumbai and Pune, including the Deccan Express and Pragati Express, will be cancelled for a fortnight from 26 July to 9 August to allow Central Railway to solve the issue of dropping rocks in the treacherous Lonavala-Khandala ghats, an official said here on Wednesday.

The Deccan Express, Pragati Express, CSMT Mumbai-Gadag Express, Pune-Panvel passenger train are some of the main trains to be cancelled.

As many as 10 trains including the Kolhapur-Mumbai Koyna Express, Mumbai-Kolhapur Sahyadri Express will be operated only upto Pune, and will be cancelled between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharashtra Terminus-Pune sector.

The Hubbali-Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express (Mumbai) will be run only upto Pune and return journey will commence from Pune to Hubbali.

The Hazur Sahib Nanded-Panvel Express shall be run till Pune and remain cancelled between Pune-Panvel and the return journey will commence from Pune.

In perspective of this, it is anticipated that the passenger load will move to the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and the Mumbai-Pune Highway, which will also witness traffic snarls, landslides, rolling rocks and occasional floods in some areas.

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 20:50:22 +0530
Kerala CM urges media to

Thiruvananthapuram,Stung by the media highlighting of a series of recent incidents, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday reminded mediapersons here that they have a huge role to play in taking the state forward, especially in the sphere of development.

Vijayan was reacting to media reports of Japanese multinational Nissan leaving the state, on issues at the Kerala Public Service Commission ( PSC) and on the recent incidents related to a stabbing of a Student Federation of India (SFI) member by office bearers of the ruling CPI-M affiliated SFI at the local University College.

"The media should not forget that they have a huge role to play in taking forward the state. In the light of recent happenings, the media should introspect if they are doing the right role, as the future of Kerala should not be affected," said Vijayan told reporters here soon after chairing the weekly cabinet meeting.

Elaborating on the issues being projected by the media, Vijayan described as "most unfortunate" the media reports saying that the Nissan Digital global hub, which opened last year and presently employs 600 people, is winding up its Kerala operations.

"The fact of the matter in this is..Nissan has raised issues with us and we have appointed a special official to look into it. One by one we have been attending to their requests and have also resolved it," Vijayan said. 

"While in most cases, the state government has to act, in certain issues, the Centre also has to chip in. We have cleared each of their requests, especially related to issues of their new campus." 

According to the Chief Minister, "another issue that they have raised is national and international air connectivity. We have raised this with the Civil Aviation department and they have said they will be calling a meeting very soon of all airlines to discuss this."

With regard to the stabbing incident at the University College that took place (on July 12, he said the law has started taking its course and none will be spared.

"This famed college has a huge tradition and history and nothing will be left unattended against anyone who tries to create confusion. None need to have any doubt on it," said Vijayan.

On the smear campaign against the PSC that things are not dealt fairly at the state Public Service Commission (PSC), Vijayan dismissed the allegations as absolutely baseless.

"There seems a section which is trying to tarnish the image of the PSC. Incidentally, this is a constitutionally set up body which is doing yeomen service in recruiting people from the peon to the level of deputy secretary," he said. 

"They make the selection to 1,742 categories. A needless campaign is now on meant to just tarnish its image. There are no issues to be probed, so where is the need for a probe?" he asked.

While Vijayan has downplayed the recent events in the University College and PSC, the Congress-led UDF opposition is staging a day-long protest on Thursday over the incidents in front of the state secretariat and the opposition BJP-led NDA is holding their protest demonstrations on Friday.

Both the opposition political fronts are demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and judicial probe into the issues at the University College and the PSC.


Wed, 24 Jul 2019 20:31:59 +0530
Fadnavis to star election

Mumbai:Fadnavis will travel on a special 'rath' (van) which will be equipped with a special LED screen to highlight the achievements of the BJP-Shiv Sena government in the past five years.

"The 'Mahajanadesh Yatra' will start on August 1 from Amravati's Mozari village, which is the birthplace of Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj and end on August 31 at Nashik," Patil, who is also the Revenue Minister, told mediapersons.

Fadnavis will be traveling on a unique' rath' (van) that will be fitted with a unique LED screen to highlight the BJP-Shiv Sena government's accomplishments over the previous five years.

"The' Mahajanadesh Yatra' will begin from Amravati's Mozari village on August 1st, which is the birthplace of Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj and will end in Nashik on August 31st," said Patil, who is also the Minister of Revenue.

Fadnavis will cover 14 districts of Vidarbha and North Maharashtra in the first stage, reaching 57 constituencies of parliament, finishing at Nandurbar between August 1-9.

From 17 August, Fadnavis will embark on the second stage of 18 districts covering 93 constituencies.

During the' Mahajanadesh Yatra,' Fadnavis will reach 150 assembly sections in 32 districts and report on the government's performance for the last 5 years.

Fadnavis will address 87 significant rallies and 57 other government conferences during the' Mahajanadesh Yatra,' receiving a reception in more than 238 villages.

The responsibility for arranging the mega-yatra is entrusted to BJP State Secretary-General Sujitsinh Thakur, all ministers will attend the inauguration on 1 August, and later local legislators / ministers will attend the event.

Maharashtra has a total of 288 constituencies in the assembly, including 36 in Mumbai, which are likely to be elected in October.


Wed, 24 Jul 2019 20:26:10 +0530
Congress says its MP MLAs

Bhopal,  Two BJP MLAs on Wednesday cross-voted in favour of the ruling Congress to help pass a Bill on prevention of mob lynching in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly. The House was adjourned sine die after the bill was passed.

Embarrassed Leader of Opposition, Gopal Bhargava said he will discuss the issue later. Wednesday's developments bring to an end the speculation over the survival of Kamal Nath government, especially in the wake of developments in Karnataka. 

The two BJP legislators - Sharad Kol of Beohari and Narayan Tripathi of Maihar - are reportedly joining the Congress. Tripathi, who has been elected from Maihar several times, is a known party-hopper and has been in the Samajwadi Party and the Congress earlier. Kol of Shahdol has also been in the Congress earlier. 


A triumphant Congress later expressed hope there will more arrivals from the BJP. "Some more BJP MLAs are in touch with (Chief Minister) Kamal Nath. Let us wait and watch," said a party leader.

Kamal Nath had earlier challenged the Opposition to try and buy out the ruling party legislators in this state. Responding to Bhargava's boast: "We can bring down the government the moment the No 1 and 2 leaders give a go ahead", he retorted: "Your No 1 and 2 have the wisdom not to give you the go ahead." 

"Everyone knows about the skills of your No 1 and No 2. Our government will complete five years. If you are so sure, why don't you bring a no-confidence motion right away?"

"Instead of this everyday clamour of keeping the minority government at its mercy, the opposition should hold a no-trust vote right away. We are prepared for it, here and now. Is the Opposition ready?" he asked.

While discussing a calling attention motion on Medicity brought by Congress members Rajyvardhan Singh Dattigaon, Kunal Chaudhary and Vinay Saxena, Kamal Nath said that the BJP has been making such claims right from the day his government took office. "Let me make it clear the Opposition's claims are bogus and our MLAs are not for sale." 

Amid thumping of desks by the ruling coalition members, he said that this government is here for five years and Madhya Pradesh will create history by setting up new benchmarks of development bringing prosperity to every class.

Making first person remarks for a long time, Kamal Nath said that that he had maintained certain probity in his political life and tried to set an example. He said no one has raised questions or made any allegations in his 45 years of political life.

"I have been an MP for 40 years and was a Minister of several departments at the Centre. I have always tried to keep my political life clean. As a minister, I have always protected the interests of people of Madhya Pradesh."

The Chief Minister said that as Union Commerce Minister, he took care of the interests of farmers in the WTO and did not compromise. 

As Minister of Urban Development, he had given Madhya Pradesh the highest amount of money for the development of the cities, he said. "It is a record. When I was the Environment Minister, I made available the funds for the development of the Bhopal lake and benefitted the state by changing the transport rules while being Transport Minister. It was appreciated even by the then Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan."

"When I was questioned about the decision to sell the airplane of the state government, I felt great pain and sorrow," he said, adding that the decision was not his. 

"It was the government of Shivraj Singh. His cabinet had decided it. We just implemented that decision."

Kamal Nath said that Chouhan has this habit of making allegations but he was not used to hear such accusations. "I haven't done anything to be questioned by people. It hurts if someone blames me needlessly.

"I do not resort to television and media politics. I do not have the passion to show face and print photos. If any section of the state is in crisis, then I try to resolve the issue immediately and bring relief. This, I believe, is true sensitivity to people."

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 20:09:22 +0530
TDP boycotts the proceedi

On Wednesday, the primary opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) boycotted the proceedings of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly to protest its leader N Chandrababu Naidu's denial of chance. To talk in the House.

Earlier, they staged a House walkout to protest that the opposition leader was denied the mike to talk during Question Hour. Naidu wished to talk about the issues of farmers and the system to promote investment.

They also raised slogans protesting the suspension of three MLAs for the rest of the budget session. They were suspended on Tuesday by Deputy Speaker K. Raghupathi, who was in the chair, for disrupting the proceedings.

The TDP alleged that its members were suspended for questioning the government.

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 17:28:09 +0530
This Muslim woman also re

Meerut, Undeterred by the threats to Kolkata BJP MP Ishrat Jahan - a Lord Hanuman devotee and a petitioner in a triple talaq case, 42-year-old Shaheen Parvez, also a devotee of Lord Hanuman, recites the Hanuman Chalisa regularly.

Shaheen says, "I am not scared of anyone. I will not let someone who claims to be a custodian of religion dictate my choices. My choices are mine alone."

She adds, "We live in a country where we should respect each other's religion. What is wrong in learning about other religions too? After all, there is no greater religion than humanity."

According to Shaheen, she has been reciting the Hanuman Chalisa since she was in college. "The school I went to, taught us about all religions - Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Christianity. I felt good whenever I recited Hanuman Chalisa and I have continued the practice till this day," she recalls.

Shaheen says she feels good about the fact that she is making an effort to blur religious divides and that too, at a time when there is a great deal of negativity on the issue.

Shaheen keeps an idol of Lord Hanuman in her house and worships it daily.

The metal idol is adorned with 'Tulsi' beads and she performs 'aarti' on a daily basis.

She says that her family has never objected to her choice.


Wed, 24 Jul 2019 17:19:10 +0530
No question of adopting K

New Delhi: There's "no question of accepting mediation from anyone on the problem of Kashmir," Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said on Wednesday.

Speaking after U.S. President Donald Trump's claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to mediate on India-Pakistan's Kashmir problem, Rajnath Singh informed the Lok Sabha that foreign minister S. Jaishankar's declaration on the matter was most authentic because he was present during talks between the two leaders in Japan.

Responding to the opposition's demand that the Prime Minister should speak, Singh insisted that "there was no talk on Kashmir".

"It is true that talks between the US President and our Prime Minister took place but there was no talk on the Kashmir issue.

"I also want to make it clear that there is no question of accepting the mediation of anyone on the problem of Kashmir," he said, adding that this would violate the Shimla Agreement.

This is also a matter of the pride of the nation, he said. "We can accept everything. We can compromise on anything, but at the cost of the pride of our nation we can not compromise."

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 17:14:11 +0530
The toll increases to 26


Over the previous 24 hours, four pilgrims have died bringing to 26 the toll of pilgrims murdered during the Amarnath Yatra this year.

Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) officials, who manages the annual Hindu pilgrimage affairs, said three pilgrims were killed on Tuesday, while the fourth pilgrim was killed today morning.

Over the past 23 days, some 2,96 lakh pilgrims have provided prayers within the cave shrine. This is more than the complete amount of pilgrims performing the Yatra during last year's lengthy 60-day span when only 2,83 pilgrims did so.

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 16:47:14 +0530
RS offers goodbye to five

On Wednesday, the Rajya Sabha bid goodbye to five of its Tamil Nadu representatives who have finished six years of their term with one of them, V. Maitreyan, breaking down while providing his speech of goodbye.Maitreyan, D. Raja, K.R. Arjunan, R. Lakshmanan and T are the five retired on July 24. Rathinavel. While Raja belongs to the CPI, all others belong to AIADMK. House Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu valued the outgoing members ' contributions to the law-making and public service process.

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 16:38:54 +0530
Four employees were feare

Bhubaneswar,At least four employees are feared to be trapped while nine were wounded in a landslide at Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL) open cast mine in Odisha's Talcher, a Wednesday official said.

"Workers in the night shift at Bharatpur open cast mine in MCL's Talcher Coalfields came under a strata failure dump slide," an MCL declaration said.

The accident took place from 11 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. When a part of the earth broke loose on Tuesday trapping 13 employees and equipment at job, he said.

The fellow laborers and rescue teams jumped into action instantly and saved nine employees who were transferred to Talcher's Central Hospital for minor injuries therapy. To recover four missing employees, rescue operations are ongoing.

The Director of MCL (Technical / Operations) and the Director (Personnel) rushed to Talcher to supervise the rescue activities.

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 16:28:55 +0530
32 Killed in Bihar by lig

Patna: At least 32 individuals have been killed, including females and kids, and more than a dozen have been wounded in the last 24 hours in lightning strikes across Bihar, an official said on Wednesday.

Eight fatalities were recorded in Jamui, seven in Aurangabad, five in Banka, three in the districts of Bhagalpur and Rohtas followed by two fatalities in Nalanda and one death in the districts of Gaya, Munger, Katihar and Araria.

"The state government has ordered ex-gratia payment of Rs 4 lakh each to the kin of those who lost their lives," said an official of the Disaster Management Department.

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 16:18:03 +0530
The state of Gujarat make

Ahmedabad:The state of Gujarat has produced Hrithik Roshan-starrer "Super 30," based on the life of Anand Kumar, who operates the Super 30 program for IIT-JEE aspirants from bad households.

The Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar governments have already produced the film tax-free. Kumar, the educator based in Patna, feels that the move will help bring the message of the film about the importance of merit and equal opportunities to more educators and learners.

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 16:10:04 +0530
In defamation case Court

New Delhi:On Tuesday, a Delhi tribunal summoned Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and three other leaders of the AAP as accused by BJP leader Karan Singh Tanwar in a defamation complaint.

Special Judge Samar Vishal has summoned Kejriwal and AAP politicians Amanatullah Khan, Dilip Pandey and Surendra Kumar to be charged with defamation offenses under section 500 of the Indian Penal Code. The tribunal asked the chief of the AAP and three others to appear on August 7 before it.

Tanwar lodged a case against the rulers of the AAP alleging that they accused him of involvement in the murder of an offical M.M. of the NDMC. Khan, who in 2016 was shot dead. The chief of the BJP claimed that the CM had "maligned his picture along with others and ruined his political life."

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 13:29:43 +0530
Was Gumnami Baba actual

Was 'Gumnami Baba' actually Subhash Bose: Not really

 Lucknow, July 24: The controversy over whether the Gumnami Baba of Faizabad was actually Subhash Chandra Bose, is about to be put to rest.

The Justice Vishnu Sahai Commission's report on the mysterious 'Gumnami Baba', which was tabled in the UP cabinet on Tuesday, says it's difficult to determine whether he was indeed Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, as popularly believed.

The findings of the commission, set up in 2016, which will now be tabled in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, reportedly only draw parallels between Bose and the Baba.

It mentions that other than literature in English, Bengali and Hindi, the three languages in which Netaji was fluent, books on Bose himself and authors he liked to read have been recovered.

Sources said that the report also mentions that Gumnami Baba was also fluent in these three languages and was an influential person to whom people flocked.

"As per the report, Gumnami Baba continued to stay in his Faizabad house till rumours of him being Subhash Chandra Bose surfaced, after which he left that place. The report also mentions Gumnami Baba's love for music and cigars," said the source.

The report, prepared by Justice Vishnu Sahai, was commissioned by the Samajwadi Party government in 2016 on directions of the Allahabad High Court. The court order followed a PIL, in which the petitioner claimed that Gumnami Baba was Subhash Chandra Bose.

Justice Vishnu Sahai had earlier told reporters that many people he interviewed, had come with the pre-conceived notion that Gumnami Baba was indeed Bose.

He, however, added that collecting reliable testimony was a challenge since the Baba died in 1985 and witnesses deposed before the commission only in 2016 and 2017.

Gumnami Baba was a fairly known entity in Uttar Pradesh and, he lived in various parts of the state in great secrecy, hidden behind a curtain most of the time.

It was only after he died that he began making news. He was known as 'Gumnami Baba'-- a term never used by his followers, who called him by the 'Bhagwanji' (the reverend one).

After his demise, his room was found to contain hundreds of objects, most important of which were his correspondence and notes.

There was much connected with Subhash Chandra Bose and those who were known to Bose in pre-Independence period. It was at that time that many of his followers were confronted by the media. They gave out that he was Subhash Bose to their belief and knowledge. They had kept their mouths sealed in deference to his order that it be done in 'national interest'.

Matters turned volatile when Lalita Bose, a niece of Subhash Chandra Bose, arrived in Faizabad, where the holy man had last lived. She conducted a personal inquiry and was convinced that he was her uncle.

Lalita Bose tried to persuade the then Chief Minister of the state, Vir Bahadur Singh, to order a proper inquiry, but he is said to have told her that the matter was beyond him.

Lalita and two citizens then filed a suit in the Allahabad High Court, using the services of eminent lawyer Robin Mitra. In response, the state government just clammed up and filed a counter-affidavit only after 13 years.

It was only in 2013 the order for an inquiry could be delivered. Three years later, following some lobbying with then Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, an inquiry commission was set up, headed by Justice Vishnu Sahai.


Wed, 24 Jul 2019 11:19:19 +0530
Stardom is imposed on you

Stardom is imposed on you: Mammootty 

Kochi, June 25: Mammootty neither takes the tag of "superstar" seriously, nor does he take it for granted. The megastar, who at 67 is set to feature in a mega-budget Malayalam period drama, feels stardom is imposed, and not acquired by anyone.

After a brief appearance in 1971 film "Anubhavangal Paalichakal" and 1973 "Kalachakram", Mammootty's career in showbiz officially started with "Vilkkanundu Swapnangal" in 1980. Since then, he has showed his calibre and versatility with a repertoire of over 400 films. He will next be seen in "Mamangam".

Before his 'light, camera and action' moment, Mammootty had embarked on the way to become a lawyer. He calls himself an "accidental" lawyer.

"I wanted to become an actor, and accidentally I became a lawyer for a while," Mammootty told IANS in a candid chat here.

"But I was still trying to get into films and act. I tried and got my first chance. I was struggling only for my first chance. And then everything came my way," the superstar said zestfully, without showing any sign of fatigue from his night shoot for his upcoming period drama "Mamangam" here.

The actor, born as Muhammad Kutty Paniparambil Ismail, enjoys a wide fan base in India, especially southern India. But he doesn't let it go to his head.

"Stardom is not a position. You are not acquiring it. It is imposed on you that ‘you are a star'. You should not take it to your mind," said the actor, who considers his first film as the most challenging of his career.

Reflecting on his journey, he said: "As an actor, you have to reinvent yourself...You can correct yourself only when you find your mistakes."

At this point of conversation, the actor mentions that though he isn't afraid of failure, it does affect him in some way.

"I am not scared, but that affects me. You can only win when you fail. You can be successful when you lose it."

Over all these years, he has donned several avatars and moulded his on-screen image as per the demand of his films. But drawing a line between his reel and real self is not easy.

"Being yourself is different from being an actor. It is actually a struggle between yourself, your persona and the character's persona. Sometimes you will fail to be successful to overcome your persona to be the character. When you overcome your persona to be the character, then you are a successful actor.

"It happens with every actor and it happens to me as well. Sometimes I am successful and sometimes I am not."

And that's the reason he describes himself as a "growing actor".

Have all the years spent in the industry changed him as a person?

"My personal life is entirely different. I play different characters. My personality is the same. I don't change it."

That gives a sense that he keeps himself detached from a lot of things that come with fame?

But he said, "I am not detached. I am carrying all this with me."

At the moment, Mammootty is excited about M. Padmakumar's "Mamangam" which will narrate a true story around the medieval festival called Mamangam. He will be seen playing a mysterious character with multiple looks in the film.

Said to be the biggest Malayalam film in terms of the budget and expanse, the project showcases a wide action sequence of Kalaripayattu.

The film will tell a story of one great real hero and one glorious unknown hero. The action sequences are choreographed by Sham Kaushal.

The project, slated to release later this year, will release in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. It is produced by Venu Kunnappilly of Kavya Films.

On the film, Mammootty said: "What excited me was the role offered to me and the historical importance of the story.

"It happens in the 15th and 16th century in north Kerala... There were braver and bolder people and their sacrifice must be known to the new generation. And my role is also interesting."

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 11:07:42 +0530
Article 370 divides Kashm

Article 370 divides Kashmir and Jammu

Srinagar, July 24: Just the mention of "Article 370" divides Jammu and Kashmir state on regional lines. While Jammu overwhelmingly wants the provision to be scrapped from the Constitution, Kashmir valley-centric parties, across board, warn that tampering with the special provision would stir the hornets nest and the fallout would be difficult to handle.

Kashmir-centric politicians argue that Article 370 has largely been eroded during the last 70 years and its total abrogation would lead to trouble.

Parties like the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party have advanced ideas like ‘autonomy' and ‘self-rule' as measures to reinforce the guarantees made under Article 370.

However, the BJP, on the other hand, along with most of the Jammu-centric parties have been pushing for scrapping of the Article, arguing that it is preventing complete integration of the state with the Union of India.

Four-time former chief minister and president of National Conference (NC), Dr Farooq Abdullah said, "(there is) no question anybody can even dream of abrogating Article 370. The Article has to be there till the permanent solution of the Kashmir problem is found."

Dr Abdullah believes that the abrogation or any tinkering with this Article would end the constitutional relationship of Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of India.

"We have acceded and not merged with India. Our special relationship with the union is governed by article 370 and once you abrogate this article, the constitutional relationship between J&K and India would be over", the NC president asserts.

Mehbooba Mufti, former chief minister and president of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) believes the abrogation of Article 370 would open floodgates for separatist sentiment in Kashmir.

"If that (abrogation) is done, nobody would be there to support the accession of the state with India. Our party has always said that guarantees given to the state need to be reinforced and once you abrogate whatever is left of this Article you would have strengthened the hands of those who support secession," she argues.

Others like Yusuf Tarigami of the CPI(M) say this is a political card the BJP wants to play in the name of national integration.

"India is a country of diverse ethnicities, religions and regions. Its glory lies in unity among diversity. We cannot paint whole of India with one saffron colour. Those thinking of abrogating article 370 would be playing with fire", Tarigami believes.

The separatist politicians are apparently not concerned with whether the Article remains or goes, but in their private conversation they also express disgust over the attempt to scrap article 370.

"It serves the mainstream Kashmiri politicians well because they would realise how hollow the premises made to Kashmiris have been. Yet, the removal of this article would have far reaching consequences even for the separatist politics in Kashmir", said a separatist leader who did not want to be named.

But the view in Jammu region is diametrically opposite, as an overwhelming majority there wants the Article to be scrapped.

While the Congress party prefers to maintain a steady silence over the debate on Article 370, the BJP is vocal about demanding its end.

"Yes, we believe and want that Article 370 must be abrogated. And at the same time, we believe that the process of abrogation has to be totally constitutional and legal," senior BJP leader Nirmal Singh told IANS.

He pointed out that the demand for abrogation of the article is a party of BJP's election manifesto since the days of the Jana Sangh.

Other leaders of the BJP, like former minister Kavinder Gupta said, "Kashmir-centric political parties like the National Conference and the PDP are both trying to use the debate to resurrect themselves among the people whose faith they have totally lost."

He underlined that the Article is a temporary provision and its continuation endlessly is not guaranteed by the Constitution. "The argument that it was not abrogated for 70 years and thus it assumes finality is completely flawed," Gupta said.

He contended that abrogating the Article would open new opportunities for the local youth, industrialists and businessmen of the state.

Many other Jammu-centric politicians, who belong neither to the NC or PDP, also support abrogation of the Article.

There is a common erroneous belief about the Article 370 was a part of the Instrument of Accession signed by Maharaja Hari Singh, the then ruler of the state, on October 27, 1947.

The provision was, in fact, designed to protect the rights of Jammu and Kashmir, which was the only Muslim majority state to accede to India when the sub-continent was divided in 1947 purely on the basis of religion.

To meet the aspirations and to address the fears expressed by Kashmiri leadership, Article 370 was incorporated into the Constitution of India as a temporary provision.

On October 17, 1949, Indian Constituent Assembly adopted Article 370 of the Constitution ensuring special status and internal autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir. The Article became operative on November 17, 1952.

Under the provisions of this Article, as was agreed upon in the Instrument of Accession, Indian jurisdiction in the state was only limited to the areas of defence, foreign affairs, communications and ancillary matters.

Originally it was agreed upon that the making of laws on other subjects mentioned in the Union List and the Concurrent List, as specified by the President, can only happen with the concurrence of the state government.

Over the years, the jurisdiction of the Comptroller and Auditor General, the Supreme Court of India, the income tax laws and scores of other central laws have found their way into the state, either by the writ of Parliament or through Presidential orders

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 10:41:19 +0530
32 killed by lightning in

32 killed by lightning in Bihar

Patna, July 24: At least 32 people, including women and children, were killed and over a dozen injured in incidents of lightning strikes across Bihar in last 24 hours, an official said on Wednesday.

Eight deaths were reported in Jamui, seven in Aurangabad, five in Banka, three each in Bhagalpur and Rohtas districts followed by two deaths in Nalanda and one death each in Gaya, Munger, Katihar and Araria districts.

"The state government has ordered ex-gratia payment of Rs 4 lakh each to the kin of those who lost their lives," said an official of the Disaster Management Department.

According to the weather office, lightning strikes occur in the state during the June-September monsoon season.


Wed, 24 Jul 2019 10:27:14 +0530
Heavy rain disrupts mumba

Mumbai:Suburban train services were running at least 10-15 minutes late on all four Central Railway lines. The primary line services slowed down as the trains took longer to cross the submerged tracks owing to waterlogging between Kurla and Sion stations. Western Railway said it usually runs its services.

From some areas in the suburbs, especially across Andheri and Sion, waterlogging was reported as showers continued after 7 am. People were seen walking along highways through knee-deep water as commuters were waiting to get on crowded trains at several stations where tracks were flooded after the rains.

The weather bureau issued a Nowcast warning at 12.30am on Wednesday about intense rain over the next four hours. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted that heavy storms would be isolated during the night before that.

IMD's updated Wednesday morning prediction said in the next 24 hours there will be intermittent rain with heavy showers in town and suburbs.

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 10:25:09 +0530
Heavy rain disrupts mumba

Mumbai:Suburban train services were running at least 10-15 minutes late on all four Central Railway lines. The primary line services slowed down as the trains took longer to cross the submerged tracks owing to waterlogging between Kurla and Sion stations. Western Railway said it usually runs its services.

From some areas in the suburbs, especially across Andheri and Sion, waterlogging was reported as showers continued after 7 am. People were seen walking along highways through knee-deep water as commuters were waiting to get on crowded trains at several stations where tracks were flooded after the rains.

The weather bureau issued a Nowcast warning at 12.30am on Wednesday about intense rain over the next four hours. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted that heavy storms would be isolated during the night before that.

IMD's updated Wednesday morning prediction said in the next 24 hours there will be intermittent rain with heavy showers in town and suburbs.

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 10:25:05 +0530
Revealed Salman s love i

Revealed: Salman's love interest in 'Dabangg 3'

Mumbai, July 23: Actor-filmmaker Mahesh Manjrekar's younger daughter Saiee, is all set to make her Bollywood debut in "Dabangg 3", and it has now been confirmed that the budding actress will play the love interest of superstar Salman Khan's character, Chulbul Panday.

According to the reports, the film's narrative oscillates between the past and the present. So, while Sonakshi Sinha returns as Salman's wife Rajjo, flashback scenes will have Saiee playing Salman's love interest.

"Dabangg 3" is being directed by Prabhu Deva, and produced by Salman Khan and his brother Arbaaz Khan.

"I am excited about the film, and we are having a lot of fun making it. People have told me they have a lot of expectation from the film. I feel that is a nice thing," Arbaaz had earlier said.

"We are in middle of a long schedule. We have completed almost 60 per cent shooting of the film and, hopefully, by the end of September, we will wrap up entire shoot," he added.

"Dabangg 3" is scheduled to release on December 20.


Wed, 24 Jul 2019 10:19:05 +0530
For Chhichhore Tahir t

For 'Chhichhore', Tahir trained in different sports for 4 months

 Mumbai, July 24: Actor Tahir Raj Bhasin says he had to train for four months in four separate sports to prep for his character in the upcoming film "Chhichhore".

"I can't reveal much about Derek from 'Chhichhore', except that he is one of the most layered and fun characters that I have played... But it is true that Derek has a sports champ vibe in his college.

"I underwent four months of intense training in 4 different kind of sports -- athletics, football, kabaddi and volleyball to get Derek's attitude right," Tahir said in a statement.

The "Mardaani" actor, who will be seen playing a sports champion in the film, said that to perfect each sport he had to train under different national coaches, training for about four to five hours hours daily .

"We shuttled between different sports and this gruelling process crafted what Derek eventually became, an authentic sports champion. Between '83' and 'Chhichhore', two very distinct genres, I have played five different kind of sports in the last one year," he added.

"Chhichhore" also stars Shraddha Kapoor and Sushant Singh Rajput. It is slated to hit the screens on August 30, 2020. The film will be produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and will be presented by Fox Star Hindi.

Tahir will also be seen in Kabir Khan's upcoming film "'83", which traces India's historic victory at the 1983 cricket World Cup.

"I'm truly humbled to work with epic minds like Nitesh Tiwari and Kabir Khan. Being a part of their vision has pushed my craft on and off screen and I know I have put in my 200 per cent," Tahir added.



Wed, 24 Jul 2019 10:10:25 +0530
Debt ridden farmer in Ma

Bhopal: A debt ridden farmer has committed suicide in Madhya Pradesh by jumping in front of a speeding train, police said. Worried about loan repayment, Govind Singh, 50, a Sagar district resident of Chhapri, jumped in front of the train on Tuesday. 

Rajkumar, a member of the family, said Singh had received from two banks a loan of around Rs 5 lakh. He was concerned that he received the credit repayment notice commonly. A probe was instructed in the event. An official said family conflict might also be the reason for the extreme move taken by Singh.

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 09:49:58 +0530
Kashmir issue Trump bomb

New Delhi, As Home Minister Amit Shah grapples with the Kashmir issue, looking at various options to resolve the vexatious problem, the Trump bomb has created needless consternation. Under Westphalian sovereignty system and laws, Kashmir is an internal issue of India, but due to the alleged disputed nature of the accession and Mountbatten-Nehru taking it to the United Nations, it has turned into a bilateral issue.

Unfettering the State and granting some sort of 'autonomy' has been one option for it frees up the regional aspirations of the two contiguous geographical blocks Ladakh and Jammu divisions as well. 

Autonomy is desired not only by the Valley; Jammu and Ladakh are seeking regional autonomy within the same narrow confines of the Constitution of India. But with the Sunni-dominated Valley holding the entire State to ransom, it stands to reason that other divisions also require to be unshackled. 

What constitutes this so-called 'autonomy' within the purview of the Indian Constitution, as well as Article 370 giving special status to the state enshrined in the same Constitution? Indian prime ministers have spoken of a construct within the confines of the same Constitution. What is the leverage possessed by the current prime minister? 

Analysts reckon that the Delhi Agreement was the defining moment in the contractual relationship between India and Kashmir; the seed of doubt was planted in Sheikh Abdullah's mind that this actually paved the way towards full integration with India and did not grant autonomy as structured in Article 370. 

When one ponders over the 70-year-old Kashmir question, using documents hitherto unpublished, the journey becomes that much more interesting for one quickly understands that there are no monochromatic shades to the problem. 

Amit Shah knows that he has to stamp out local militancy, shut down cross border infiltration, look at greater mobility and integration with the Indian Union and of course bring back democratic processes to the State by holding elections. If that quiver of solutions requires setting up of a Delimitation Commission, scrapping the contentious Article 35A and revisiting the abrogation of Article 370, then so be it. 

For the past several decades, a succession of Indian prime ministers has engaged in a plethora of grandstanding on the issue of Kashmir. To be sure, there are those among them who have been genuine about their concern for the State-most notably, Jawaharlal Nehru, who reckoned that J&K was a ‘shop window' for his brand of Indian secularism. 

Many others have promised, but delivered nothing. 

At the very kernel of the debate on Jammu & Kashmir is autonomy and its polychromatic shades, and how it could be enshrined in the Federal context in terms of contractual relations between Centre and State. After all, India is a Union of States and J&K's accession is subject to an Instrument of Accession and a subsequent 'special status' accorded to it under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. Prime ministers have sought solutions, but to no avail-the Delhi Agreement and the Sheikh Abdullah-Indira Gandhi Accord included.

Attempts to find a lasting solution to the Kashmir question have all come to naught once the situation had stabilised in the valley and "business as usual" was restored. 

Recent history shows that in 1995, then Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao said in Parliament, "So far as granting autonomy to the State of Jammu and Kashmir is concerned, only sky is the limit. In this context the Constitution of our country has a lot of room and short of Azadi, we are ready to give anything." 

Fast forward to 2016, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he is willing to architect a permanent solution within the boundaries of the Constitution.

A catalogue of delegations and interlocutors have failed to break the impasse. It was in September 2010 that a delegation landed in Kashmir after months of protest. Five leaders, including (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury and Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen's Asaduddin Owaisi, met separatist leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani at his residence in the curfew-bound city. T.R. Baalu of the DMK, Rattan Singh Ajnala of the Shiromani Akali Dal, and Namanageshwara Rao of the (TDP) were also present in the meeting. 

Geelani had reportedly said, "We will perish but won't give up. We have decided we will not surrender in the face of blind Indian imperialism. Talks won't be meaningful unless India accepts Kashmir as an international dispute." 

Another small group that included CPI's Gurudas Dasgupta heard out Mirwaiz Farooq, chairman of the All Jammu and Kashmir Awami Action Committee, who is said to have spoken vehemently: "This is not a mere political dispute... India should look at it as a humanitarian issue. Sentiments in the valley are for freedom, and India ought to respect that. Sitting in Kashmir, we come to the conclusion that the people of India are so ill-informed about Kashmir... Kashmir is an internationally accepted dispute. It is time to call a spade a spade."

The semantics employed by the two Kashmiri leaders was almost identical. In the nine years since, Kashmir has got more complicated, the Hurriyat itself finds itself marginalised as neophytes paying obeisance to the Islamic State have sprung up, taking religious Islam careening out of control to rabid fundamentalist political Islam. 

The Instrument of accession: ‘Safeguard autonomy; cooperate with union'
Kashmir is now in the throes of an Islamist insurrection. The blue baby called BJP-PDP coalition has only widened the gulf between Delhi and Srinagar. As the hardliners are pushed to the margins and the ideologically driven Islamic indoctrinated terrorists take centre stage, the Indian security forces have their work cut out.

Despite all adversities, they have done a fine job of stamping out local militancy, killing both proxies and locals with all their might and firepower. A fragile peace may prevail at times, but this is only a chimera, albeit till the next popular outburst. 

If Prime Minister Modi wants to make a meaningful break from the past, then he will have to lead the way in finding a transformative solution which promises mobility and integration and for that permanent residency under Article 35A needs to be pole axed. 

The Instrument of Accession itself-executed in October 1947 and under which Maharaja Hari Singh handed over the State to India-had three specific clauses which remain relevant today:

Clause 3 : "I accept the matters specified in the schedule hereto as the matters with respect to which the Dominion Legislature may make laws for this State;
Clause 5: "The terms of this Instrument of Accession shall not be varied by any amendment of the Act or of the Indian Independence Act, 1947, unless such amendment is accepted by an instrument supplementary to this instrument";

Clause 7: "Nothing in this Instrument shall be deemed to commit me in any way to acceptance of any future Constitution of India or to fetter my discretion to enter into arrangements with the Government of India under any such future Constitution."

# It should become clear that we are taking the position that our autonomy should be consistent with this document that is, autonomy should be in consonance with the Instrument of Accession.

It is pertinent to note that in October 1949, Drafting Committee member Gopalaswami Ayyangar said before the Constituent Assembly: "We have also agreed that the will of the people through the Instrument of the Constituent Assembly will determine the Constitution of the State as well as the sphere of Union jurisdiction over the State….You ill remember that several of these clauses provide for the concurrence of the Government of Jammu and Kashmir State. 

"Now, these relate particularly to matters which are not mentioned in the Instrument of Accession, and it is one of our commitments to the people and Government of Kashmir that no such additions should be made except with the consent of the Constituent Assembly which may be called in the State for the purpose of framing its constitution. In other words, what we are committed to is that these additions are matters for the determination of the Constituent Assembly of the State."

In 1951 when the Constituent Assembly of J&K state was convened, Sheikh Mohd. Abdullah addressed the members and said: "You are no doubt aware of the scope of our present constitutionalities with India. We are proud to have our bonds with India, the good will of whose people and Government is available to us in unstinted and abundant measure. The constitution of India has provided for a federal Union and in the distribution of sovereign powers has treated us differently from other constitutional units, with the exception of the items grouped under Defence, Foreign Affairs and Communication in the instrument of Accession. 

"We have complete freedom to frame our constitution in the manner we like. In order to live and prosper as good partners in a common endeavour for the advancement of our people, I would advise that while safeguarding our autonomy to the fullest extent so as to enable us to have the liberty to build our country according to the best traditions and genius of our people, we may also by suitable constitutional arrangements with the Union establish our right to seek and compel federal co-operation and assistance in this great task, as well as offer our fullest co-operation and assistance to the Union."

The Delhi Agreement of July 1952 was supposedly an agreement between two individuals, Sheikh Abdullah and Prime Minister Nehru. After being signed, the Delhi Agreement was debated in the Lok Sabha on July 24, 1952 by Nehru. It was then adopted. The Rajya Sabha then discussed the agreement on August 5, 1952 and approved it. On August 11, 1952, Sher-i-Kashmir presented it before the Constituent Assembly of the State, which also gave its approval. It was, clearly, backed and authorised by the legislatures of both India and Kashmir giving it a stamp of finality. The salient points of the Delhi Agreement also need to be reiterated thus:

*The decision to abolish the hereditary Dogra dynasty was accepted by New Delhi.

*The Indian Citizenship Act was made applicable to the state, but the state legislature was empowered to regulate the rights and privileges of permanent residents, specially over acquisition of immovable property and appointment to services.

*The right of state nationals who had gone to Pakistan or Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in 1947 or earlier, to return to their homes was acknowledged.

*The President of India was empowered to declare a state of emergency in case of external danger, but in case of internal disturbance the power could be exercised only at the request, or the concurrence of, the state government.

*The President of India was empowered to grant reprieve and commute death sentences.

*India's agreement to the confiscation of jagirs without compensation shall permanently stand.

*The state was allowed its own flag, which was the flag of the National Conference party.

*The jurisdiction of the Supreme Court was extended to certain matters; and

*It was agreed that Jammu and Ladakh should have cultural and regional autonomy.

As Abdullah wrestled with the pros and cons of the concept of ‘full integration' through the Delhi Agreement, he quickly realised that his dream of limited autonomy was slipping away. His actions thereafter belied his nationalist character and in a silent coup d'etat, Director of Intelligence Bureau, B.N. Mullick's dramatic operation saw Abdullah being arrested in Gulmarg. 

By the mid-1990s, the demand for autonomy had grown and most people agreed that if there was a solution to the problem, it was the restoration of autonomy. In a 1994 resolution, the National Conference (NC) clearly stated: "At this sensitive moment we want to remind the Government of India that the people of the State had joined Indian Union on the basis of some shared principles. The Constitution got stability when the state of J&K and the Indian Union entered into an agreement in 1952 which is commonly known as Delhi Agreement. After that, the relations got disrupted because the Union of India did not stand by its assurance which resulted in the loss of Autonomy."

The State Autonomy Committee Report of 2000-after long hours of angry deliberation in the J&K Legislative Assembly-is itself vague on specifics. It points to the 42 constitutional application orders that were issued making Union legislation applicable to the State between 1954 and 1986, as visible evidence of an "erosion of autonomy". 

It then enters the plea that "not all of these orders can be objected to", though "it is the principle that matters." At the level of principle, the Central government may have found it difficult to accept that the Constituent Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir ceased to have any legal validity after Sheikh Abdullah was dismissed from his post as Wazir-e-Azam and imprisoned in 1953. It was on this account that the accord negotiated between Sheikh Abdullah and Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1975 laid down strict limits on the scope of constitutional review. It allowed for a review of the constitutional provisions that had been applied to Jammu and Kashmir in a modified form, but affirmed that all provisions applied "without adaptation or modification" would be "unalterable".

The July 4, 2000 meeting of the Union Cabinet called Farooq Abdullah's autonomy demand "unacceptable" and threw it out. Instead, the 'Autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir and the Restructuring of Indian Federalism' was spelt out alliteratively by Narendra Modi, the then party general secretary in-charge of Jammu and Kashmir: development, democracy, dialogue, and the use of the defence forces. Now the same Party official, Modi is the PM and has the chance to make game-changing decisions.

The following section examines some facts pertaining to Kashmir and Autonomy:

What is ‘greater autonomy', or the Pre-1953 position? The debate in the J&K Legislature expanded on this theme:

*Congress leaders, especially Nehru, created an impression that it was essential to grant ‘Special Status' to J&K due to its peculiar position.

· The term ‘peculiar position' led communal elements to interpret that Congress had accepted in principle that the 51 Muslim-majority character of the State shall be maintained at all cost.

· The State was accorded ‘Special Status' under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution with hardly any discussion in the Constituent Assembly.

· In 1952 Delhi Agreement was concluded between Nehru and Sheikh to give practical shape to the ‘Special Status'.

· Under the agreement, the State was given a separate Constitution and its own flag. The Head of the State and Government were given the nomenclature of Sadar-i-Riyasat and Wazir-i-Azam, respectively.

· The people who wished to enter the State of J&K or go out were required to seek ‘Permit' from state authorities.

· The accession of J&K with Indian Union was accepted only in terms of three subjects, viz., Defence, Foreign Affairs and Communications.

· Under the circumstances, the Jammu and Kashmir Praja Prishad launched a movement demanding 'Ek Pradhan, Ek Vidhan and Ek Nishan'. More than a dozen workers sacrificed their lives at Hiranagar, Jourian, Sunderbani and Ramban and thousands were arrested.

· Bharatiya Jan Sangh under Shyama Prasad Mookerjee launched a nationwide satyagrah in support of the movement. Dr. Mookerjee entered the State on May 8, 1953 without ‘Permit'. He was arrested and sent to jail at Srinagar, where he died on June 23, 1953 under mysterious circumstances.

· Sheikh Abdullah, who had succeeded in achieving maximum possible autonomy for the State, was found conspiring with American and Pakistani agents to separate J&K from the Indian Union. He was arrested on August 9, 1953, thus ending one phase of the separatist movement in J&K.

*An erosion in the State's autonomy set in between 1953-1975 as pliant governments in Kashmir did the Centre's bidding. During this period, 13 steps were taken systematically-sometimes surreptitiously-to extend various provisions of Indian Constitution to the J&K State. The following are some of them:

· By 1954 Presidential Order the operations of Customs, Central Excise, Civil Aviation, Post and Telegraphs were extended.

· In 1958 All India Services - IAS, IPS was introduced and the functions of Comptroller and Auditor General were extended.

· In 1959 the legislative entry relating to Census was applied, making way for the conduct of Census of 1961 under Central Law.

· In 1960 J&K was brought under the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court. The jurisdiction of Election Commission of India was extended.

· In 1964 Articles 356 and 357 of the Constitution were applied, making way for the introduction of President Rule in emergencies.

· In 1965 a number of legislative entries relating to Welfare of Labour, Trade Unions, Social Security and Social Insurance, were applied.

· In 1966 provisions related to direct elections to Lok Sabha were applied.

· Since 1953 about 337 laws were extended to Jammu and Kashmir State, including those related to Chartered Accountants Law, Coinage Act, Conservation of Foreign Exchange and Prevention of Smuggler Activities Law, Contempt of Courts Law, Customs law, Copy Right Act, Dangerous Drugs Act, and Delimitation.

· The visa-type ‘Permit System' was abolished.



Wed, 24 Jul 2019 09:40:28 +0530
Commonwealth Games 2010

New Delhi,The 2010 Commonwealth Games, mired in allegations of corruption and delay in completion of infrastructure, including against then Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, would perhaps not have taken place if the Manmohan Singh government had not appointed a group of IAS officers to see that the work was completed on time.

"The Games were beset with delays, delays and more delays. We were given eight months to complete the work when it should have been ready a year before the inauguration," one of the IAS officers, now retired, recalls.

The Games were allotted to India in 2003 - seven years before the event, with ample time for completion of the projects. In May 2005, India set up an organising committee, headed by Suresh Kalmadi, to oversee the work.

For holding of such Games, a Master Schedule is prepared in which all items are listed - from when the design of a stadium is to be submitted, the day to award the tender, when it will be completed, selecting the caterer, organise the opening and closing ceremonies and so on.

"There were about 5,000 items in the CWG master schedule in 36 separate areas, from catering, road transport, broadcasting -- and when to begin and when to finish - to ensure that things are ready a year before the Games. However, the tragedy is no one followed the schedule... all gave it the bye," the former IAS officer, who did not want to be named told IANS.

The Games were "almost on the brink of failure" when the Central government stepped in, and it was given to a group of six Indian Administrative Service officers to carry it through. Then Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrasekhar got in a couple of more IAS officers, and even put two officers in charge of each Games venue to see that things are completed on time and conducted properly.

"When we were tasked with the Games we saw that nothing was done. Out of 540 contracts only 17 had been finalised and 523 not done. This was December 2009, when they (organising committee) should have allotted everything months before, and trial runs should have been held, and checking of equipment."

When Mike Fennell, then President of the CWG Federation, came and saw the poor state of preparations, he had proposed shifting the games to Melbourne while keeping minor events like cycling in Delhi.

"For the opening and closing ceremony, one has to decide what kind of ceremony will be held. For this there were 157 tenders, from appointment of musicians, artistes etc. Rehearsals should be conducted one year before. But in this case they were not ready even with the concept!" the official added.

In contrast, China which held the Asian Games that year in November, had already held the rehearsal of its opening ceremony a year before.

The team of IAS officers went on "fast-track mechanism" to deal with holding of the Games, including the opening and closing ceremonies. "There were 157 contracts to be signed. We had to run at full speed. And when you run at full speed, you are bound to make mistakes. But we couldn't afford to look back," the officer recalled.

In view of the very short time left to do things, most of those given contracts upped their price. "They said if you want take it, or forget it."

The responsibility for the Games was divided, with the Delhi government in charge of roads and some stadia, the Public Works Department under the Central government in charge of other stadia, the Delhi Development Authority in charge of the Games Village, and the Organising Committee, where the IAS officers were placed, had to conduct the Games.

"We had nothing to do with construction of the stadia etc, only to ensure that the Games are held. We were in a very tight spot. Many were running away - they did not want to be part of the Games. But the team of IAS officers said 'we have to push the Games through'," he added.

Asked about the scam allegations, the official said: "Scams always come in when things are delayed. It should have been ready one year before, but we went in nine months before the event."

"Some said the Games cost Rs 75,000 crore, but there was not so much money involved. It was around Rs 18,000 crore. Some people would have made some money...," he added.

"We were given Rs 2,000 crore for conduct of the Games, and we returned Rs 300 crore. The stadia were completed just a month or so before the Games. There was leakage in the stadia during the rains, and we were trying to push in the equipment at the same time.

"The whole thing was like you are getting onto a running bus... But if you get in early, you can get a nice seat and get a good price."

India hosted the Commonwealth Games from October 3-14, 2010. In her memoir, "Citizen Delhi: My Times, My Life", Dikshit, who passed away last week, has spoken about the alleged irregularities surrounding the Commonwealth Games and the unacknowledged work by her team. She had felt upset by the appointment of the V.K. Shunglu committee and ignoring the hard work she and her officials had put in to complete the infrastructure.

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 08:17:02 +0530
PM s photo with toddler g

New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday treated his Instagram followers with pictures of him playing with a toddler in his arms. The picture went viral in seconds and received as many as 13 lakh likes and over 16,000 comments.

Modi uploaded two photos of the toddler -- the first showing Modi looking like a doting grand-dad as the baby played in his arms, while in the other the "mystery" kid was sitting on his lap and peering into papers kept on the Prime Minister's desk. 

"A very special friend came to meet me in Parliament today," was the caption on the images on the official Instagram account of the Prime Minister. There was a pack of crayons and large bar of chocolate on the table that the infant seemed to be drooling over.

Later in the evening, the baby was identified as Rudrakshi - the grand-daughter of BJP Rajya Sabha MP and former Union Minister Satyanarayan Jatiya.


Wed, 24 Jul 2019 08:11:23 +0530
ICW 2019 Designer Suneet


New Delhi,  For ace couturier Suneet Varma, every person has got a "light within" which makes them unique. Drawing inspiration from these energies, the designer curated his latest collection titled "Amara", showcased on the second day of the FDCI India Couture Week (ICW) 2019 on Tuesday.

"'Amara' means the light within. I have met a lot of people over the course of work in this industry in the last 31 years. The more people I meet, the more girls I dress, my believe that there is light within everyone gets stronger. Some of them are aware of it, and a lot of people don't know this. I am more interested in the light that is within a bride. "

Varma presented 52 pieces, including lehengas, sarees as well as contemporary wears with bead work, Swarovski crystals, mirror work and intricate hand embroidery. He has used Indian silhouettes, traditional motifs and applique on a wide range of fabrics like satin, silk, net and georgette.

Ivory, beige and icy pink dominated the ensemble. Dark shades of midnight blue and burgundy with silver accents were used. Ditching too much of red or dark navy blue which the designer has used in the past, there were hues of green, light blue and gold.

Varma said the idea was to create beautiful clothing, not necessarily only traditional as people today are more open about fashion, and are addressing and talking about it. 

"For me everything should come from the heart. It cannot be about the colour of the season or what would sell, and is commercial. It will sell regardless. I have to be happy with what I do," he said. 

(Puja Gupta can be contacted at

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 08:07:31 +0530
Rahul Priyanka slam BJP

New Delhi, Outgoing Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Tuesday slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after the 14-month-old Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government in Karnataka failed to prove its majority in the floor test in the state Assembly.

"From its first day, the Cong-JD(S) alliance in Karnataka was a target for vested interests, both within and outside, who saw the alliance as a threat and an obstacle in their path to power. Their greed won today. Democracy, honesty and the people of Karnataka lost," Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

His sister Priyanka Gandhi also slammed the BJP, saying one day it will discover that everything cannot be bought and till then the citizens will have to endure their unbridled corruption.

"One day the BJP will discover that everything cannot be bought, everyone cannot be bullied and every lie is eventually exposed," she said in a series of tweets.

"Until then I suppose the citizens of our country will have to endure their unbridled corruption, the systematic dismantling of institutions that protect the people's interests and the weakening of a democracy that took decades of toil and sacrifice to build," she said in another tweet.

The Congress leaders remarks came after the Congress-JD(S) government lost the trust vote on the floor of the Karnataka Assembly by six votes after a four-day debate on the confidence motion that was moved by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy.

Of the 225-member Assembly, 20 legislators were absent for the floor test, reducing the House strength to 205 with 103 as the halfway mark for simple majority. In the division of votes, 99 were for the motion and 105 against it.

Political crisis gripped the 14-month-old fledgling government in Karnataka after 13 Congress and 3 JD-S rebels resigned between July 1 and July 10 in protest against weak leadership and lack of development across the southern state.

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 08:02:11 +0530
Mayawati suspends the sin

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Tuesday suspended the party's lone Karnataka MLA for indiscipline as he did not participate in the crucial trust vote in the state Assembly despite having clear instructions to vote in favour of the H.D. Kumaraswamy government. "BSP MLA N. Mahesh, who was instructed to vote in favour of the Kumaraswamy government in Karnataka remained absent from the House during the trust vote which is a clear case of indiscipline and the party has taken it seriously. And thus Mahesh has been suspended from the party with immediate effect," Mayawati tweeted.

Twenty of the 225-member Karnataka Assembly did not attend the floor test in the House. The state coalition government faced a significant crisis over the past two weeks after 17 rebel MLAs resigned.

Tue, 23 Jul 2019 23:03:19 +0530
Outstanding NCC cadet ent

On Tuesday, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh endorsed an rise in the amount of National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadet awards from current 143 to 243 as well as money incentives in different categories.

The NCC's complete number of staff rose from 11,31,083 in 2014 to 13,29,202 in 2018. Following the rise in entitlements, two Raksha Mantri Padaks each carrying money awards of Rs 30,000 will be awarded annually against one such award carrying a Rs 20,000 incentive previously.

Four Raksha Mantri Commendations worth Rs 20,000 each will be provided against three Rs 15,000 each previous commendations. 

The award value of the 10 Commendations of the Defense Secretary has risen from Rs 10,000 to Rs 12,000, while the Commendations of the Director General have risen substantially from the current 102 to 200.

In addition, in separate categories, nine fresh best cadet awards were launched. From 18 to 27, the complete amount of best cadet awards has risen. There was also an increase in cash incentives connected to each prize.

Tue, 23 Jul 2019 22:54:42 +0530
HDK loses trust vote BJP

Bengaluru,  The head of the Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress coalition, H.D. Kumaraswamy on Tuesday resigned as Karnataka Chief Minister an hour after losing the trust vote in the Assembly on the confidence motion he had moved on July 18 to prove majority, a Raj Bhavan communique said.

"I hereby tender my resignation as the Chief Minister of Karnataka along with my cabinet and request you to accept the same," Kumaraswamy said in the letter submitted to Governor Vajubhai Vala at the Raj Bhavan.

Accepting the resignation, the Governor asked Kumaraswamy to continue as the caretaker Chief Minister till alternative arrangements were made.

"It is needless to state that no executive decisions be taken during the period," said the Governor in his letter to Kumaraswamy, added the communique.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will stake claim to form the next government in Karnataka on Wednesday after meeting the Governor, state BJP leader R. Ashoka said.

Kumaraswamy lost the floor test by 6 votes after a four-day marathon debate on the motion that witnessed heated exchanges and acrimonious scenes in the House.

"Chief Minister Kumaraswamy has lost the floor test, as 99 votes were in favour of the confidence motion and 105 against it," Assembly Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar told the members of the House after the trust vote.

Of the 225-member Assembly, 20 legislators were absent for the floor test, reducing the House strength to 205 with 103 as the halfway mark for simple majority.

"Kumaraswamy moved the motion for trust vote. As per the procedure, voice vote was conducted first, followed by division of voters after opposition BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa pressed for division. I will vote only if there is a tie. To save the dignity of the chair, I will not vote now," the Speaker said in Kannada.

In the division of votes, 99 were for the motion and 105 against it.

Of the 20 legislators who were absent for the floor test, 15 were rebels of the Congress-JD(S) coalition, two Congress members who are in private hospitals in the city and in Mumbai for treatment, two Independents and one Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) member.

Soon after the floor test, BSP supremo Mayawati expelled N. Mahesh, the party's MLA from Kollegal in Karnataka, for abstaining from voting.

The political crisis gripped the 14-month-old fledgling government in Karnataka after 13 Congress and 3 JD-S rebels resigned between July 1 and July 10 in protest against weak leadership and lack of development across the southern state.

Senior Congress lawmaker and former minister R. Ramalinga Reddy, however, withdrew his resignation and voted in favour of the motion.

Though the BJP sought Kumaraswamy's resignation for losing majority in the Assembly after the rebels refused to withdraw their resignations and two Independents, who were ministers in his 34-member cabinet, withdrew their support on July 8, a defiant outgoing Chief Minister moved the confidence motion to prove majority in the hope the rebels will return to the coalition fold.

Tue, 23 Jul 2019 22:44:28 +0530
Parliament session extend

New Delhi, The ongoing Parliament session will be extended by 10 more working days to complete the legislative business and the government's target to pass at least 35 Bills, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said on Tuesday.

"I officially announce that the Parliament session will be extended for 10 more working days," Joshi said. Asked about the number of Bills to be passed, the Minister said the government's target is to pass at least 35 Bills and asserted that it "will pass all the Bills".

With the extension of sittings, the session will now conclude on August 9.

The first session of the 17th Lok Sabha commenced on June 17 with oath-taking by members and it was scheduled to conclude on July 26.

Joshi's assertion came hours after the BJP's Parliamentary Party meeting, which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Giriraj Singh among others.

Tue, 23 Jul 2019 20:55:44 +0530
Stall privatisation of or

Kolkata,  West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee here on Tuesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stall and reverse the move to corporatise all the ordinance factories, including the Ordinance Factory Board, headquartered in Kolkata.

Noting that industrial policies under the Modi government have gradually been made more and more friendly towards the private companies, Banerjee said some core and strategic areas, like the ordinance factories, should be kept under the state's purview for the interest of the country's national security.

I have been receiving reports regarding a decision that the central government has apparently been taking to corporatise all the ordinance factories, including the Ordinance Factory Board. It is also suggested that this will finally lead to privatisation of these great national assets, Banerjee wrote in her letter to the Prime Minister.

I would request you to kindly stall and reverse the process of corporatisation and privatisation in the interest of the national security and defence of our country. There are some core and strategic areas where the state is yet to abdicate its paramount role. I urge to keep the role of national custodianship unaffected, she noted.

The Bengal Chief Minister also said she was shocked and surprised to know that this vital pillar of the country's defence was being contemplated to be privatised without holding any consultations with the stakeholders.

She said the Bengal government had not received any written information in this regard from the centre.

Set up in 1975, the Ordinance Factory Board has 41 factories all over the country, nine training institutes and about 1.6 lakh officers and employees and is considered to be the world's largest government setup for manufacturing arms and ammunitions.



Tue, 23 Jul 2019 20:44:27 +0530
Coalition govt falls in K

Bengaluru,  Beleaguered Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Tuesday lost the trust vote on the floor of the state Assembly by 6 votes after a four-day debate on the confidence motion he had moved on July 18.

"Chief Minister H.D.Kumaraswamy has lost the floor test, as 99 votes were in favour of the confidence motion and 105 against it," Assembly Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar told the members of the House after the floor test.

Of the 225-member Karnataka Assembly, 20 were not present in the House for the floor test.

Tue, 23 Jul 2019 20:37:32 +0530
No time frame for the res


Panaji, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday said his government cannot give a time-frame to restart mining in Goa, which was banned by the Supreme Court in 2018 on account of irregularities in the mining lease renewal process.

In a written reply to a query by BJP MLA Subhash Shirodkar about the time by when mining in Goa would resume, Sawant said: "The time-frame cannot be ascertained at this stage. However, efforts are being made to start the mining operations."

Sawant also said that the state government was "exploring all options" to restart mining in the coastal state.

The mining issue has been hanging fire in Goa every since the apex court banned extraction and transportation of iron ore from 88 mining leases from March 2018, while also directing the state government to re-issue the mining leases.

This is the second time in less than a decade that all mining in the state has come to a standstill.

On the request of the state government, the Centre last month formed a Group of Ministers, comprising of Union Ministers of Home, Finance, Mining, Environment among others, to expressly resolve the issue, which has rendered thousands of people in the state jobless.

Sawant, in his reply, however, added that the losses incurred by the state exchequer on account of the mining ban had not been quantified.


Tue, 23 Jul 2019 15:55:06 +0530
Indian comedian dies on s

Indian comedian dies on stage in Dubai


Dubai, July 21: Indian comedian Manjunath Naidu died on stage while performing a stand-up act in Dubai.

The performer, originally from Chennai, passed away from a reported cardiac arrest on July 19 at the Signature Hotel.

"I was sitting in the front row at the show and Manjunath was the last performer of the night," PR manager Sana Topiwala told the Gulf News. "The show kicked off around 9.30 p.m. and Manjunath came on around 11.20 p.m."

According to Topiwala, 15 minutes into his act, Naidu started complaining about growing anxiety.

"He suddenly started to pant and sat down on the bench to catch his breath," Topiwala continued. "Few minutes in, he suddenly collapsed and fell to the ground in front of an audience of 80 people."

According to the eye witness, everyone assumed this was part of the act. However, after three minutes of no movement some of the comics and hotel staff members rushed on stage to administer CPR.

"We called the paramedics and followed him to Al Zahra Hospital Barsha. They attempted CPR, injected him with adrenaline but it was too late. We were informed he died of a cardiac arrest," she added.

Naidu, 36, was a well respected comedian on the UAE circuit, having performed stand-up for five years.

Last rites for Naidu are scheduled on Monday.

Tue, 23 Jul 2019 15:39:22 +0530
Assembly uproar over Jhar


 Ranchi, July 23:The Jharkhand Assembly on Tuesday witnessed uproar over Health Minister Ramchandra Chandravansi viral video in which he was allegedly seen seeking bribe.

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leader and Leader of Opposition, Hemant Soren, on Tuesday raised the issue when the House gathered at 11 a.m. Soren demanded a probe into the matter and Chandravansi's resignation.

The JMM legislator also approached the Speaker's podium and raised slogans.

"I will resign if the bribery charges are proven," Chandravansi said.

The ruling BJP legislator Radha Krishna Kishore defended the Health Minister and sought proof of the bribery charges made by the opposition legislators.

The BJP legislators also raised the issue of Soren's violation of Land Act. "Table the report which indicated land act violation," Soren retorted.

The opposition members also raised the drought, mob lynching and other issues of the state.


Tue, 23 Jul 2019 15:34:09 +0530
Pakistan knew about Osama

Pakistan knew about Osama's presence on its soil, says Imran

Washington, July 23: Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that his country knew about the presence of Osama bin Laden on its soil and that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) provided information to the CIA, which helped the US track down the Al Qaeda chief.

His comments are in stark contrast to Pakistan's official stand, as per which, it has denied any knowledge of Osama bin Laden's whereabouts until he was shot dead in a night-time raid by American special forces on May 2, 2011 in Abbottabad.

Khan, who is on a three-day visit to the US, made the remarks in an interview to Fox News when he was asked whether Pakistan would release jailed doctor Shakeel Afridi, who played a key role in the tracking down of the Al Qaeda chief.

He said that it was the ISI that had provided the initial location through a phone connection to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). "... It was ISI that gave the information which led to the location of Osama bin Laden. If you ask CIA, it was ISI which gave the initial location through the phone connection," the Pakistan Prime Minister said.

Khan did not say anything more on the release of Afridi even as US President Donald Trump has called for the release of the Pakistani doctor.

The Pakistani leader said the Afridi issue is considered an "emotive" one in Pakistan as he was a US spy.

"We in Pakistan always felt that we were an ally of the US and if we had been given the information about Osama, we should have taken him out," Khan said.

The killing of Osama right under Pakistan's nose was a major national embarrassment and deteriorated ties between the two countries.

Though Pakistan has officially denied knowing that Osama was living on its territory, Asad Durrani, a former spymaster, told Al Jazeera in 2015 that the ISI probably knew where he was hiding and hoped to use him as a bargaining chip before he was killed.



Tue, 23 Jul 2019 15:28:44 +0530
Vidya Balan turns produce

Vidya Balan turns producer

Mumbai, July 23: Actress Vidya Balan is foraying film production with a short film titled "Natkhat".

Vidya on Tuesday took to Instagram to announce the news.

"I'm happy and excited that a few days ago, I did my first short film as an actor... The film is called 'Natkhat' and has me in a new role... that of 'producer'," she wrote.

Vidya also shared that she wasn't planning "to turn producer but the story written by Annukampa Harsh and Shaan Vyas propelled me in that direction". The "Parineeta" actress co-produces "Natkhat" with Ronnie Screwvala.

Sharing her experience on working as a producer for the first time, Vidya said: "It's been a new and precious experience working with Shaan Vyas -- the director -- and his team, and to be partnering with Ronnie Screwvala on this beautiful and powerful story. (I) Can't wait to share it with the world and hoping that it speaks to you like it did to me."




Tue, 23 Jul 2019 15:24:39 +0530
Kiara Advani dazzles in r

Kiara Advani dazzles in red at ICW 2019 (Lead)

 New Delhi, July 23:  Actress Kiara Advani dazzled the opening show of India Couture Week (ICW) 2019, wearing a red-coloured quintessential bridal lehenga.

Kiara walked the ramp as the showstopper for ace designer Amit Aggarwal who kickstarted the 12th edition of the show on Monday with his collection called 'Lumen'.

The actress was welcomed on the ramp with loud cheers. With sleek hair and subtle makeup, she adorned a green-coloured statement necklace to give a much-needed contrast to her look.

Speaking about her outfit, Kiara said: "Amit's works are stunning. The sculpting of this outfit, or the organza, I absolutely love it. Amit makes statement pieces, something which I really like. You can figure out from a distance if it's a Amit Aggarwal piece."

For soon-to-be-brides, the "Kabir Singh" star said: "Girls, wear something which is light and have fun. It's your day. Try to be as light as you can be."

She said: "Whenever I'm going to get married, I'm sure I would wear something which is light and allows me to breathe and have fun."




Tue, 23 Jul 2019 15:20:48 +0530
Secret handshake detect

New York:  A team of researchers has discovered the making of a "secret handshake" between sperm and the cells lining the uterus that finally let one sperm out of nearly 200 million to make it through and fertilise a single egg, say researchers.
Uterine cells express a receptor that recognizes a glycan molecule on the surface of sperm cells.
It's possible that this interaction may adjust the female's immune response and help sperm make it through the leukocytic reaction, said the researchers from University of California, San Diego. The leukocytic reaction is not well understood.
What we do know, explained molecular anthropologist Pascal Gagneux, is that "after crossing the cervix, millions of sperm that arrive in the uterus are faced by a barrage of macrophages and neutrophils".
This attack by the innate immune system kills a majority of the sperm cells in semen, winnowing hundreds of millions of sperm down to just a few hundred that enter the fallopian tubes.
The defensive response may be beneficial in preventing polyspermy, when an egg is fertilized by more than one sperm and cannot develop.
"It's somewhat embarrassing how little we can say about what this [interaction] means," said Gagneux in a paper published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.
Reproduction, he said, "is a very, very delicate tug-of-war at many levels. The fact that there is (also) this immune game going on is completely fascinating."

Tue, 23 Jul 2019 12:07:16 +0530
Stop financing subvention

New Delhi:  The National Housing Bank (NHB) has advised housing finance companies (HFCs) to stop providing loans to finance subvention schemes offered by builders to sell homes.
In a circular, NHB said that it has received several complaints in relation to the loans under subvention schemes and instances of alleged fraud by certain builders have also been reported.
"Based on a review of the matter, HFCs are advised to desist from offering loan products involving servicing of the loan dues by builders, developers etc. on behalf of the borrowers. The prevalent products of HFCs, if any, should also be reviewed on the above lines," said the circular dated July 19.
"It is clarified that the above stipulation shall also be effected in cases wherein the HFC is yet to commence disbursements under the sanctioned cases," it added.
Under subvention schemes, the home buyer, banker and developer enter a tripartite agreement, whereby the buyer books the property by paying 5-20 per cent money upfront.
The rest is paid by the bank in the form of loan to the buyer which is disbursed to the developer as construction progresses. The most important aspect is that the developer bears the interest cost till possession or for a fixed period mentioned in the buyer-seller agreement.
The housing regulator has also recommended that housing loans should be offered strictly linked to different stages of construction and no upfront disbursal should be made in case of incomplete projects.
In cases of projects sponsored by government or statutory authorities, HFCs may disburse the loans as per the payment stages prescribed by such authorities, even where payments sought from house buyers are not linked to the stages of construction, provided such authorities have no past history of non-completion of projects, it added.
Market players, however, were not too happy about the development and said that along with affecting the fund flow it would eventually pull down the sales in the already subdued market.
Gulam Zia, Executive Director for Valuation and Advisory, Retail and Hospitality, Knight Frank India said: "It was one of the most important schemes used by developers to induce purchase by homebuyers for under-construction properties, in the absence of subvention scheme the transaction volumes may come down in metro cities.
"In recent times, the subvention schemes were extended to even ready properties wherever unsold inventory was piling up. The new ruling will make a dent on this side of the market as well".
According to Zia, subvention schemes are offered by reputed and A-grade developers who the financial lenders had enough confidence upon. About 10 per cent to 12 per cent of home loan market in top eight cities of the country were subvention schemes, he added.
Parth Mehta, Managing Director, Paradigm Realty told IANS that, the latest regulation is "another detrimental news" for real estate sector. He noted that generally the properties priced less than Rs 1 crore are paired with subvention schemes from HFCs and banks by developers to make it easier for first time homebuyers to manage their monthly expenditures on rent only, instead of double burden of rent as well as EMI of under construction property.
Ashok Mohanani, Chairman, EKTA World said: "Subvention schemes offered by developers through tie-ups with banks, could attract customers in what is seen as a buyer's market at the moment. The announcement is detrimental as subvention schemes are beneficial for homebuyers; amongst others, especially for those who live in rented accommodation."
The scheme eased the financial burden of the homebuyers from EMIs, he said, adding that paying a small amount to book an apartment and deferring EMIs till possession attracts potential home buyers.
"This move by NHB throws up a red flag about various subvention schemes promoted by some developers, and will impact their liquidity and also discourage buyers who were largely attracted to a project due to these schemes," said Anuj Puri, Chairman of Anarock Property Consultants.
He, however, added that the move reflects the increasing focus on project execution, as the circular directed the HFCs to have in place a "well-defined mechanism" to monitor the progress of the construction of a concerned housing project.


Tue, 23 Jul 2019 12:06:16 +0530
Unresolved demands the B

Mumbai: Although the loss-making Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transportation (BEST) saw an increase in passenger numbers after a fare cut previously this month, its personnel union on Monday threatened to go on an indefinite strike starting at midnight on August 6, demanding, among other things, a fresh salary contract.

The BEST Workers ' Union, the only labor union authorized to negotiate labor matters with the administration, said it sent a notice about the strike to the officials. If the negotiations fail, this will be BEST workers ' second strike this year, about eight months after the previous one from 7 to 16 January.

Tue, 23 Jul 2019 09:53:44 +0530
Government panel for ban

New Delhi,  An inter-ministerial committee has recommended banning cryptocurrencies in India along with imposition of fines and penalties on activities linked with private virtual currencies in the country.

According to an official statement here on Monday, the committee headed by Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg has submitted the report and the draft bill on banning of cryptocurrencies and regulating official currency.

The government would study it and consult departments and regulatory authorities concerned to take a final decision, it said.

"As for private cryptocurrencies, given the risks associated with them and volatility in their prices, the group has recommended banning them and imposing fines and penalties for carrying on of any activity connected with them in India," said the statement.

However, the government should keep an "open mind on official digital currency," it said.

As virtual currencies and its underlying technologies are still evolving, the group has proposed setting up of a Standing Committee to revisit the issues as and when required.

The report highlighted the positive aspect of distributed-ledger technology (DLT) and suggested various applications, especially in financial services, for use of DLT in India, the Finance Ministry statement said. 

"The DLT-based systems can be used by banks and other financial firms for processes like loan-issuance tracking, collateral management, fraud detection and claims management in insurance, and reconciliation systems in the securities market," it said.

The committee was set up on November 2, 2017 under the chairmanship of the Economic Affairs Secretary, with the Secretary for Electronics and IT Ministry, the Chairman of Securities and Exchanges Board of India (SEBI) and a Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India as its members to study the issues related to virtual currencies and propose specific action to be taken in the matter.


Tue, 23 Jul 2019 09:41:10 +0530
Kiara Advani dazzles in r

New Delhi,  Actress Kiara Advani dazzled the opening show of India Couture Week (ICW) 2019, wearing a red-coloured quintessential bridal lehenga.

Kiara walked the ramp as the showstopper for ace designer Amit Aggarwal who kickstarted the 12th edition of the show on Monday with his collection called 'Lumen'.

The actress was welcomed on the ramp with loud cheers. With sleek hair and subtle makeup, she adorned a green-coloured statement necklace to give a much-needed contrast to her look.

Speaking about her outfit, Kiara said: "Amit's works are stunning. The sculpting of this outfit, or the organza, I absolutely love it. Amit makes statement pieces, something which I really like. You can figure out from a distance if it's a Amit Aggarwal piece."

For soon-to-be-brides, the "Kabir Singh" star said: "Girls, wear something which is light and have fun. It's your day. Try to be as light as you can be."

She said: "Whenever I'm going to get married, I'm sure I would wear something which is light and allows me to breathe and have fun."

Tue, 23 Jul 2019 09:32:09 +0530
Congress witnessing deep

New Delhi,  Reeling under the impact of disastrous result in the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress is going through a deep crisis, with uncertainty over the leadership at the top and exodus of legislators and senior leaders in some states.

The 134-year-old Congress, which ruled the country for nearly 60 years after Independence, has been witnessing serial setbacks and has been worst hit in Karnataka, Telangana and Goa.

The unrest in the Congress was fuelled by the debacle in the Lok Sabha elections, whose results came on May 23 and gave the party only 52 seats in the 545-member House.

The stunned party's woes increased with Rahul Gandhi tendering his resignation as Congress President immediately after the poll results came, creating a sort of vacuum in the leadership and uncertainty among the cadres, which persists even though months on.

Some Congress leaders in private say that they are not aware who is running the show in the party now since Rahul Gandhi has refused to reconsider his resignation and recently made public that he was no more the President.

Veteran party leader Karan Singh, however, was an exception in making his views public, saying he was "aghast to see the confusion and disorientation" in which the Congress has fallen since Rahul Gandhi resigned on May 25.

In a statement, he said instead of putting an alternate structure in place after Rahul quit, "a month was wasted pleading" before him to take back his resignation, which "as a man of honour and integrity, he should not have been pressured to do."

The biggest hit to the Congress came in Karnataka where the party is on the verge of losing its government, which it had managed to form in May last year in alliance with JD(S) after the Assembly polls threw up a fractured verdict.

With 13 of its 79 MLAs, along with three of the ally JD(S), tendering their resignations in the state since July 6, the Congress is struggling against all odds to save the government it is running with the 37-member JD(S).

Prior to the spree of resignations, the Congress and JD(S), along with the support of lone members of BSP and regional party KPJP and an Independent, had 118 MLAs, five more than the required simple majority in the 225-member Assembly, which includes a nominated member.

The MLA of KPJP and the Independent have also withdrawn their support.

The BJP has 105 MLAs.

After the poll debacle, Roshan Baig, a former Karnataka minister who was one of the senior Congress leaders to resign recently, had attacked some senior party leaders like K.C. Venugopal and Siddaramaiah for the poor performance.

Baig, who is among the legislators who have tendered their resignations, had said that it was because of leaders like Venugopal and Siddaramaiah that the Congress won only one seat in the recent Lok Sabha elections out of 28 seats in Karnataka, despite bagging 79 out of 225 seats in the Assembly elections held last year.

The BJP swept the Lok Sabha polls, bagging 25 seats.

Even as the Congress was grappling with the Karnataka crisis, it faced a mass exodus in Goa where 10 of its 15 MLAs, led by Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Chandrakant Kavlekar, quit the party and joined the ruling BJP.

With this, the ruling party's tally rose to 27 in the 40-member Assembly.

Commenting on the exodus in the Congress, its MLA and former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat told IANS recently, "If the Opposition leader himself quits the party and joins the BJP, what can I say?"

The shockers for the Congress in Karnataka and Goa came just about a month after 12 out of its 18 MLAs dumped the party in Telangana to join the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS).

The party also faced embarrassment in Maharashtra, where its Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil quit in June.

There are suggestions that the Congress could face a similar situation in Madhya Pradesh too, because of simmering infighting among various camps, which got aggravated after the Lok Sabha polls. 

Infighting is said to be strong in the party even in Rajasthan, where it is in power.

Tue, 23 Jul 2019 09:18:41 +0530
Karnataka Speaker sets Tu

Bengaluru,  A miffed Karnataka Assembly Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar on Monday night set 6 p.m. on Tuesday as the last deadline for the floor test to prove majority by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy in the House.

"The session is adjourned to 10 a.m. on Tuesday for concluding the debate by 4 p.m. and conducting the floor test at 6 p.m.," Kumar told the members and left the Assembly in a huff.

The opposition BJP members, however, protested adjourning the House without the floor test by the Speaker and bowing to the demand of the ruling Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) and Congress to give more time for concluding the debate on the motion.

Earlier, Karnataka's beleaguered ruling JD-S and Congress members beseeched Ramesh Kumar to grant two more days for the floor test on the confidence motion their Chief Minister Kumaraswamy moved on July 18 to prove majority in the House.

"In view of the changed circumstances since July 19 and a few petitions pending or coming up in the Supreme Court on Tuesday for hearing and ruling on issues pertaining to the state and the prevailing political crisis, we request you to defer the floor test to Wednesday," Kumaraswamy told the Speaker.

Admitting that Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah and he had assured the House on Friday of completing the debate for the floor test, the Chief Minister alleged that a fake resignation letter with his forged signature and address to state Governor Vajubhai Vala was being circulated in the social media like WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook since late evening when he was in the Assembly.

"I don't know who is so desperate for my resignation that a fake letter was prepared with my forged signature and shared in the social media. It also made it to the print and electronic media, which brought it to my office's notice. This mischief needs to be investigated to find who all are behind this," Kumaraswamy told the Speaker in Kannada.

Tue, 23 Jul 2019 09:14:10 +0530
Kashmir bilateral issue

Washington,  Hours after US President Donald Trump offered to mediate in the Kashmir issue, saying he had been requested to do so by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a claim India has rejected, the US Acting Assistant Secretary Alice Wells clarified that the Trump administration welcomes India and Pakistan sitting down to resolve the issue and the "US stands ready to assist".

Wells, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, acknowledged that Kashmir is a bilateral issue for both parties to discuss -- echoing India's consistent stand on the subject.

"While Kashmir is a bilateral issue for both parties to discuss, the Trump administration welcomes #Pakistan and #India sitting down and the United States stands ready to assist," Wells tweeted.

On Monday, President Trump claimed during a press conference with visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan that Prime Minister Modi had asked him to mediate in the dispute with Pakistan.

India immediately rejected Trump's assertion. "No such request has been made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the US President," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

In his euphoria with the Pakistan Prime Minister offering to help resolve the Afghanistan war, Trump positioned himself as a mediator in the Kashmir dispute.

Speaking to reporters before his meeting in the White House with Khan, Trump asserted that during his meeting with Modi in Osaka, "We talked about the subject, (and) he actually said, 'Would you like to mediate, mediate or arbitrate?' I said, 'Where,?' (and he said) 'Kashmir'."

Trump made the claim about Modi while answering a question from a reporter about what he would do to help resolve the Kashmir issue.

Any request for mediation would be a major change in India's policy of not having third party involvement in the Kashmir issue, which India sees as a bilateral matter with Pakistan.

Denying that Modi had made a mediation request to Trump, Kumar said: "It has been India's consistent position that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally. Any engagement with Pakistan would require an end to cross-border terrorism. The Simla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration provide the basis to resolve all issues between India and Pakistan bilaterally."

Despite previously taking a stand against Islamabad-backed terrorism, Trump put himself in a neutral position equating India and Pakistan,

He said: "I think it (India-Pakistan dispute) is two-way street. You say that India is coming in and destabilising Pakistan, and India is saying Pakistan is coming and destabilising. There is a lot of room right there where we can meet."

When Trump said, "If you want me to mediate or arbitrate, I will be glad to do it", Khan immediately said, "Yes, Mr President," and added that he will have the prayers of millions if he accomplished it.

"I will speak to him (Modi) or you can speak to him," Trump said.

Trump said that he was surprised at how long the Kashmir problem has been dragging on.

Imran Khan interjected at this point to say the Kashmir problem has been going on for 70 years.

Trump continued: "I think they (India) would like to see it resolved, and I think you (Pakistan) would like to see it resolved. And if I can help, I would love to be mediator."

"It's impossible to believe that two incredible countries that are very, very smart, with very smart leadership, can't solve a problem like that. But if you would want me to mediate, or arbitrate, I would be willing to do that," the US President said.

Khan then added: "I would like to tell you that right now you will have the prayers of over a billion people if you can mediate and resolve this issue."

To which Trump nodded and said, "It should be resolved. But he (Modi) asked me the same thing. So I think there is something. So, maybe we'll speak to him, or I'll speak to him and we'll see if we can do something."

"Because I have heard so much about Kashmir. Such a beautiful name, it's supposed to be such a beautiful part of the world. But right now, there's just bombs all over the place. So everywhere you go, there are bombs.. And it's a terrible situation, been going on for many years. If I can do anything to help, let me know," Trump said.

"I think they would like to see it resolved. And if I can help I would love to be the mediator," he added.

"The two countries that are incredibly smart, with incredibly smart leadership they can resolve an issue like that," he said.


Tue, 23 Jul 2019 09:10:43 +0530
Kerala Left leader s son

Mumbai/Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala CPI-M leader Kodiyeri Balakrishnan's son Binoy Kodiyeri on Monday moved the Bombay High Court, seeking to quash the FIR registered against him in a rape case.

The high court will now hear his petition on Wednesday.

A 33-year-old Mumbai-based woman had filed an FIR at the city's Oshiwara police station last month, alleging that Kodiyeri had sexually exploited her for several years on the promise of marriage and they also had an eight-year-old child.

Kodiyeri, who was on the run for a few weeks, had been granted bail by a Mumbai court last month, subject to conditions that he should undergo a DNA test, while submitting himself before the police probe team every Monday for a month.

Appearing before the Oshiwara police on Monday, Kodiyeri again failed to submit his blood for the DNA test, like the previous two occasions.

According to the complaint, the woman entered into a relationship with him while working at a dance bar in Dubai in 2008 and till 2015, he even used to send her money every month. She filed the FIR after coming to know that Kodiyeri was already married.

Mon, 22 Jul 2019 23:01:56 +0530
Calcutta HC extends Rajee

Kolkata,  In fresh relief for former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, the Calcutta High Court on Monday extended, by a week, his interim protection from arrest and coercive action with regard to a CBI notice, asking him to appear before it in connection with a multi-billion rupee ponzi scheme scam probe.

Kumar, currently the Additional Director General, CID, had headed the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the West Bengal Police that initially probed the scam.

Justice Madhumati Mitra extended the interim protection, slated to expire on Monday, by a week or until further orders.

The judge also adjourned, till Tuesday, the hearing on a plea by Kumar seeking quashing of the Central Bureau of Investigation notice issued in May for his appearance before its officers in connection with the probe.

Earlier this month, Kumar's counsel had accused the CBI before the high court of being selective in issuing summons to him in the case as the SIT had 121 officers who investigated the fraud perpetrated on lakhs of investors.

Kumar has been grilled by the CBI multiple times in Kolkata and Shillong under directions of the Supreme Court which asked him to cooperate with the probing agency.

Earlier, despite multiple summons from the CBI, Kumar had failed to appear before it.

The investigative agency had issued a lookout notice for Kumar in May directing all airports and immigration authorities to alert it if they spot him leaving the country.

Following this, Kumar moved the Calcutta High Court seeking quashing of the CBI notice against him.

The court granted him interim protection from coercive action, but asked him not to leave Kolkata and cooperate with the agency in the ongoing probe.

The CBI is seeking custodial interrogation of Kumar as it believes that certain documents seized by the state police's SIT during the initial stages of investigation into the Saradha scam, were not handed over to them.

Mon, 22 Jul 2019 22:56:04 +0530
Nation applauds success o

New Delhi,Leaders from across the political spectrum on Monday applauded the successful launch of the Chandrayaan-2 Mission and termed it a proud moment for the country.

Soon after India's second lunar mission 'Babubali' GSLV rocket put Chandrayaan-2 into the orbit, President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the launch historic and a proud moment for all the countrymen.

"The historic launch of Chandrayaan-2 from Sriharikota is a proud moment for all Indians. Congratulations to our scientists and engineers for furthering India's indigenous space programme. May ISRO continue(s) to master new technologies and continue to conquer new frontiers," the President tweeted.

Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu said the landing of Chandrayaan-2, "an indigenously developed spacecraft launched by India's most powerful rocket GSLV MKIII, on the moon in a few weeks would make India the fourth country to do so."

Noting that Chandrayaan-2 will be the first spacecraft to land close to the moon's South Pole in some 50 days from now, he said, "The mission is expected to lead to new discoveries and enrich our knowledge systems. I wish the Chandrayaan-2 team every success."

Modi called it a special moment "that will be etched in the annals of our glorious history!"

Along with congratulating the ISRO team for "setting yet another benchmark in the field of space technology", Union Home Minister Amit Shah also thanked Modi for encouraging "institutions for setting new standards every time".

Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Rajnath Singh and Piyush Goyal too congratulated the ISRO team.

"If lunar landing of Apollo 11 was hailed as 'giant leap for mankind' the launch of Chandrayaan-2 will be remembered as a 'giant leap for womankind.' Congratulations to the ISRO team, led by space scientists M. Vanitha and Ritu Karidhal, for India's leap to the lunar south pole," Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said.

Former Union Minister Sushma Swaraj wished the mission a grand success.

The Congress also congratulated the ISRO team for the successful launch of Chandrayaan-2 and recalled country's first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

"This is a good time to remember the visionary move of India's first PM Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to fund space research through INCOSPAR in 1962, which later became ISRO. And also Dr Manmohan Singh for sanctioning the Chandrayaan-2 project in 2008," the Congress tweeted.

Chief Ministers of Delhi (Arvind Kejriwal), Chhattisgarh (Bhupesh Baghel), Telangana (K. Chandrashekar Rao), and Uttar Pradesh (Yogi Adityanath) also called the mission historic and congratulated the ISRO team.

The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III) blasted off from the second launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota spaceport at 2.43 p.m.

About 16 minutes into its flight, the rocket put into orbit Chandrayaan-2 to begin its 48-day journey to the Moon. The success of the mission will make India the fourth country in the world to land a vehicle and travel on the Moon surface after the US, Russia and China.


Mon, 22 Jul 2019 22:51:00 +0530
84 saved from burning MTN

Mumbai,  Mounting one of the biggest rescue operations in recent years, Mumbai firefighters saved a total of 84 persons trapped on the terrace and upper floors of the burning Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. exchange building at Bandra here on Monday evening.

Fireman Sagar D. Salve, 25, who was suffocated by smoke while fighting the blaze, was admitted to the Bhabha Hospital nearby and his condition is stable.

It was around 3.10 p.m., during the post-lunch period, that a massive blaze engulfed the third and fourth floors of the ground plus nine storey building and quickly spread upwards, trapping many MTNL employees working on the upper floors.

Some MTNL staffers, who were out for lunch at that time, said they saw huge clouds of smoke billowing out of the building and immediately alerted their colleagues to move to safety.

As there was no escape route to go down, many of them did the next best thing by rushing towards the upper floors and terrace, which proved to be a life-saver for them.

Some of the trapped women wrapped their 'dupattas' around their faces to keep out smoke, while men used hand towels, as they frantically waved their hands and handkerchiefs while screaming for help from the rescue teams below.

Braving strong winds, calm firemen, using sophisticated ladders, managed to reach the terrace and rescued those trapped there, including several women. Many of those trapped there seemed dazed but had not panicked.

For the first time in the country, the Mumbai Fire Brigade also deployed its sophisticated fire-fighter robot, costing around Rs 2 crore and unveiled last week, to battle the blaze in the MTNL Building.

The fire-fighting work continued till late evening but the cause of the blaze is not known, a BMC Disaster Control official said.

The MTNL telephone exchange is located on the busy S.V. Road and as many as 31 fire tenders were rushed to fight the conflagration.

Police cordoned off traffic on the road to enable rescue vehicles rush to the tragedy site, leading to massive traffic snarls on the north-bound sectors in the evening return peak hour.

School Education Minister Ashish Shelar as well as Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar and other top civic and police officials rushed to the spot to supervise the rescue operations.

This is the second major fire to shock Mumbaikars in the past 24 hours.

On Sunday, a fire raged through the third floor of Churchill Chambers in Colaba, claimed one person, while another 14 were rescued by firemen from the burning building.

Maharashtra Congress President Balasaheb Thorat criticized the government for sheer inaction which is claiming lives in building fires in the city almost daily.


Mon, 22 Jul 2019 22:44:29 +0530
M P minister for NSA agai

Bhopal,  Madhya Pradesh Health Minister Tulsi Ram Silawat has told the Food and Drug Administration officials to act tough against those who make synthetic milk and milk products under the National Security Act (NSA).

While meeting the departmental officials Minister said, "Synthetic milk and its by-products are extremely harmful. We won't let adulterators play with the lives of people. Flying squads will be formed to arrest them."

He said all the Divisional Commissioners, District Collectors and Superintendent of Police have been asked to take strict action against such people as per NSA.

He said disciplinary action will be taken against those officials also who don't perform their duties well.

Mon, 22 Jul 2019 22:37:25 +0530
Congress members tear pap

New Delhi,  The Rajya Sabha on Monday witnessed chaotic scenes, with Congress members tearing papers and throwing them in the air. Amid the massive uproar, the House Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh adjourned the proceedings.

It was the third disruption during the day.

The members stormed the space near the Chair protesting on the twin issues of the Karnataka political crisis and the killing of tribals in Sonbhadra in Uttar Pradesh.

Even as the din continued, an amendment Bill that allows a Supreme Court judge besides the Chief Justice of India to be appointed the Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and increases the number of members from two to three was introduced.

Initially, the Deputy Chairman asked members to continue the discussion on the bill and urged Left members to move amendments but adjourned the House as nothing was audible.

Congress members chanted slogans accused the Modi government of being "anti-Dalit" and said it won't be allowed to remain in office.

The Deputy Chairman repeatedly urged the protesting members to take their seats and allow the House to function but none paid heed to his appeal.

TMC leader Derek O'Brien said it was unfair to expect the members to proceed with the consideration of amendments at such short notice. 

Mon, 22 Jul 2019 15:28:31 +0530
Shatrughan Sinha favours

Patna,  Actor-turned-politician and Congress leader Shatrughan Sinha on Monday backed Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's name for leading the party.

"It's my humble appeal that she would be apt as the party president to lead ahead. It will be a shot in the arm," Sinha tweeted.

Sinha said Priyanka's leadership will be a boost for the Congress party in particular and political parties in general. "She is a role model of a true dedicated leader. Other political parties should learn and follow her too," he added.

The former BJP leader, who joined the Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, also compared the Congress General Secretary to her late grandmother and former prime minister Indira Gandhi.

"Day before, the timely involvement of Congress' most popular, bold, dynamic leader Priyanka Gandhi for Sonebhadra massacre was reminiscent of the late and great Madam Gandhi. During her Belchi days she had travelled on an elephant. Priyanka broached everything with determination, commitment and courted arrest with a smile," he wrote on Twitter.

Sinha added that her detention by the UP police was uncalled for. She displayed tremendous composure in those circumstances, he said.

Mon, 22 Jul 2019 15:23:41 +0530
IIT Hyderabad incubated h

Hyderabad,  An Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad-incubated startup BeAble has won Rs 25 lakh in funding for developing 'ArmAble' -- a gamified arm rehabilitation device for stroke patients aimed at providing an intensive and regular rehabilitation therapy for the upper limb.

The device that provides rehabilitation therapy for the upper limb through interactive and fun games can help patients suffering from cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis (MS), traumatic brain injury, fracture and frozen shoulder.

The startup was awarded seed grant of Rs 25 lakh to support its market penetration and scale-up operations at the ‘Open Innovation Challenge 2019' of India Innovation Growth Programme (IIGP) 2.0 which received more than 1,600 applications.

"The Center for Healthcare Entrepreneurship (CfHE), IIT Hyderabad, is focused entirely on boosting healthcare innovation in India. BeAble is one such example of an innovative startup coming out from the CfHE and we are sure they will make a positive impact on Indian healthcare sector," said professor Renu John, Co-Head of CfHE and Head, Department of Biomedical Engineering, IIT Hyderabad.

The IIGP 2.0 is a tripartite initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), American global defense manufacturer Lockheed Martin and Tata Trusts. 

"IIGP 2.0 has put 'BeAble' health in a position which allows us to aggressively pursue our targets. The seed granted will accelerate our pilot production," said Habib Ali, Biomedical Engineer and a CfHE Fellow who co-founded BeAble.

At present, BeAble is preparing to sell the devices to hospitals, physiotherapy clinics and rehabilitation centers as well as to individual customers on a rental basis.

Mon, 22 Jul 2019 15:17:45 +0530
Dhoni asked not to retire


New Delhi,  Chief selectors M.S.K. Prasad started Sunday's press conference with great gusto after picking the Indian squads for the Windies tour. Not only did he say that he would clear all doubts about the strange replacement pattern during the World Cup, but also added that he would clear the air over M.S. Dhoni's position. While he started on the lines that Rishabh Pant is being groomed with an eye on the 2020 World T20, what he did not reveal was how the team management has requested Dhoni not to retire at the moment.

Speaking to IANS, sources in the know of developments said that while Pant is being readied with an eye on the 2020 World T20, the team management doesn't wish for Dhoni to hang his boots as that could create a sudden vacuum in the set-up which will be hard to fill if Pant suffers an injury by any chance going into the next showpiece event.

"Dhoni knows what his role and position is. All these talks about his retirement and when he will call it quits makes no sense as he is a team player. He will never react to any controversy and I am sure you all know this much about the man and his ethics. 

"While the team management is grooming Pant with an eye on the next T20 World Cup and beyond, they want Dhoni as a mentor and back-up if he is needed going into the tournament. They want him to stick around a bit longer.

"Take a look around and tell me who are your options if Pant suffers an injury? To be honest, all the names on the other side don't match-up to be half as good as Dhoni still is. Yes, there is no denying the fact that Pant is the future and he will be looked at across all formats, but Dhoni's guidance as well as presence is still needed," the source explained.

Prasad on his part said that the team was looking at Pant across all formats and that it was on Dhoni to decide when he wishes to retire. "Retirement is purely individual. A legendary cricketer like Dhoni...he knows when to retire. But as far as the future roadmap is considered, that is in the hands of the selectors. He (Dhoni) is unavailable for this series. Having said that, we had certain roadmaps till the World Cup. Subsequently, post the World Cup, we have laid down few more plans. 

"We thought of giving as many opportunities to Rishabh Pant to see he is groomed. That's our plan right now. Pant hasn't done anything wrong for his non-inclusion in the playing XI. Pant will be playing all the three formats so we will have to look about his workload management," he said.

When asked why Prasad made such a comment if it was indeed a team management decision to ask Dhoni to hang around a little longer, the source declined to get into that but said that there seems to be more than what meets the eye when it comes to his handling of questions on Dhoni.

"Even earlier he had made a public statement about Dhoni that was different from what he had stated in private on the day of a selection meeting. He had said that MS had wanted rest and in public he said that the selectors were looking for more options," the source added.

(Baidurjo Bhose can be contacted at


Mon, 22 Jul 2019 15:13:12 +0530
J K Governor retracts sa

Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday retracted his comment that the militants should kill corrupt politicians and bureaucrats who have robbed Kashmir.

Addressing a gathering at the inauguration of the Kargil and Ladakh tourism festival on Sunday, Malik said: "These boys with guns are killing their own people for no reason. They kill PSOs (personal security officers), SPOs (special police officers). Why are you killing them? Kill those who robbed your country; those who robbed the whole wealth of Kashmir. Have you ever killed anyone of those?"

Malik's remark ruffled many a feather in the state. Reacting to his comment, former chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted: "This man, ostensibly a responsible man occupying a constitutional position, tells militants to kill politicians perceived to be corrupt. Perhaps the man should find out about his own reputation in Delhi these days before sanctioning unlawful killings and kangaroo courts."

The Governor on Monday told a media organisation: "As Governor, I should not have made such a comment, but my personal feeling is the same as I said. Many political leaders and big bureaucrats are steeped in corruption. Whatever I said was in a fit of anger and frustration due to rampant corruption here."

The news outlet also quoted Malik's reaction to Abdullah's tweet. "He is a political juvenile tweeting on everything. See the reaction to his tweets and you will find out," Malik was quoted as having said.


Mon, 22 Jul 2019 13:42:20 +0530
Karnataka Speaker issues

Bengaluru,  Karnataka Assembly Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar on Monday issued a notice to 15 rebel legislators of the state's ruling Congress-Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) coalition.

In the notice, the Speaker asked the 15 MLAs to meet him in his office here on Tuesday at 11 a.m. to record their responses on their disqualification following a plea by the ruling parties (Congress and JD-S) after they defied a whip to be present in the House for the floor test.

Mon, 22 Jul 2019 13:34:29 +0530
Kumaraswamy denies gettin

Bengaluru,  Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Sunday denied he was getting into a hospital to avoid the floor test in the state Assembly on Monday.

"The news of Kumaraswamy being unwell and getting admitted in a city hospital is fake and based on rumours, which is being spread by those trying to topple the coalition government," said the Chief Minister's office in a statement in Kannada here.

The rumours were spread in social media and found mention in a joint petition two Independents a" R Shankar and H. Nagesh filed in the Supreme Court for a direction to the Chief Minister to hold the floor test on Monday by 5 p.m. and prove he has majority.

Accusing the BJP of forcibly taking away 15 rebel legislators of the ruling allies forcefully and subverting the law to bring down his 14-month-old government in the southern state, Kumaraswamy said the opposition party (BJP) made a mockery of democracy by indulging in poaching of lawmakers and horse trading with them.

"Video footage in news channels over a week has shown the BJP's state leaders and cadres accompanying our MLAs to Mumbai in special aircraft," recalled a miffed Kumaraswamy in a statement here.

Clarifying that he was not clinging to power, the Chief Minister said his only intention for seeking more time to debate on the confidence motion he moved on July 18 to prove majority in the House was to let the country know how the BJP, which talks high of morality was trying to subvert the very principles of democracy and the Constitution.

"With the sole ambition of capturing power through immoral and illegal ways, the BJP has been demanding my resignation and making the state governor (Vajubhai Vala) set deadlines to prove majority," asserted Kumaraswamy.

Appealing to the rebels, including 12 from Congress and 3 JD-S, to attend the Assembly and explain how the BJP sabotaged the democratic edifice and destroyed its sanctity, Kumaraswamy said he was ready to discuss all issues due to which they resigned from their assembly seats.

"Let us discuss all issues including your problems, if any, and arrive at a solution to save our democratically elected government from the evil forces which are trying to shake the foundation of democracy by misusing their political influence," he added.

Mon, 22 Jul 2019 10:12:57 +0530
Over 2 70 lakh perform Am

Jammu,  Over 2.70 lakh pilgrims have performed the ongoing Amarnath Yatra during the last 21 days as another batch of 3,178 pilgrims on Monday left Jammu for Kashmir Valley, officials said.

Officials of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) said since the Yatra started on July 1, a total of 2,72,004 pilgrims had 'darshan' inside the cave shrine.

Police said another batch of 3,178 pilgrims left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in two escorted convoys.

"Of these, 1,544 are going to Baltal base camp while 1m634 are going t o Pahalgam base camp," a police officer said.

Situated 3,888 metres above the sea level in Kashmir's Himalayas, the cave shrine houses an ice stalagmite structure that symbolises mythical powers of Lord Shiva according to the devotees.

The ice structure waxes and wanes with the phases of the Moon. Pilgrims approach the cave shrine either through the longer 45 km long Pahalgam route or the shorter 14 km long Baltal route.

Those using the Baltal route return to the base camp the same day after performing the Yatra. Helicopter services are available for the pilgrims at both the base camps. 

Local Muslims are lending a helping hand to ensure that their Hindu brethren can perform the Yatra with ease and convenience to uphold the centuries-old tradition of Kashmir, abode of saints and Sufis.

The cave shrine was discovered in 1850 by a Muslim shepherd named Buta Malik. To reward the shepherd, a saint gave him a bag of charcoal that turned out to be gold, says the local folklore. 

Symbolically, the lore turned out to b e true. The descendants of the shepherd have shared a portion of the offerings at the cave shrine for over 150 years.

This year's Amarnath Yatra will conclude on August 15 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.


Mon, 22 Jul 2019 10:03:47 +0530
7 500 people register onl

Chennai, July 22 (IANS) A total of 7,500 persons have registered online with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to watch India's heavy lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III) roaring towards the skies carrying Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft on Monday afternoon, it is learnt.

People from various places have registered to witness the launch.

"A total of 7,500 people have registered online to witness the rocket's launch," an ISRO official told IANS.

The ISRO decided to allow general public to witness the launch recently. A gallery has been built for the purpose. Though the gallery capacity is about 10,000 people, ISRO plans to increase the number of viewers in a gradual manner.

It will be a great sight to witness the rocket emitting deep throated growl on its way up with bright orange fire tongues at its rear.

The ISRO has asked the Andhra Pradesh government's transport corporation to run shuttle services between Sullurupetta and the rocket port to transport people.

Collecting their mode of transport data from those who registered online, necessary parking arrangement has been made.



Mon, 22 Jul 2019 09:58:13 +0530
20 years since SC order


New Delhi,  It was in July 1998 that the Supreme Court directed the Delhi government to augment its fleet of buses to 10,000 by April 2001, but over 20 years and six governments later, the total buses in the Delhi Trasport Corporation (DTC) cluster fleet stands at 5,576.

According to the government data, till March 2019, the total functional buses in Delhi were 5,576 -- 3,897 DTC buses and 1,679 cluster buses. The orange buses are operated under the cluster scheme, which was introduced in 2011 to replace the erstwhile blue line buses.

The ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), however, is aiming to roll out about 4,000 more buses to make the count cross 9,500 by May 2020 -- although its tenure is ending in February.

Of the 4,000 new buses to be added, 1,000 will be standard floor cluster buses and 1,000 will be low floor cluster buses. 

Apart from clusters, 1,000 CNG low floor buses by DTC and 1,000 electric buses will also be added.

In its manifesto in 2015 Assembly polls, the AAP said it will expand the bus services in the city.

"We will expand bus services in the city on a massive scale, adding at least 5,000 new buses to the city fleet in five years. This will reduce the cost of transportation and pollution in the city," party's manifesto read.

In February 2015, Arvind Kejriwal became the Chief Minister when the AAP swept the elections and bagged 67 of the 70 seats. But the promise to give 5,000 new buses could not be fulfilled in 4.5 years.

The Kejriwal government has blamed non-availability of land for new depots and repeated failure of tenders issued by the DTC for procurement of buses.

In July 2018, the Delhi government filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court saying the city is far from its total required 11,000 buses having just 5,554 operational buses.

It said there were 1,275 low floor AC buses, 2,506 low floor non-AC buses, 101 green standard floor non-AC buses and 1,672 cluster buses.

The data from the Transport Department claimed that there are 58 bus depots in the city till March, having a capacity to park 5,561 buses and are fully utilized.

"By March 2020, the department is aiming to increase the number of depots in the city to 70 having a capacity to park 9,500 buses," a Transport Department official said.

Although the data from the Transport Department says the total buses by March were 5,567 in the city, another data released by the Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi earlier this year claimed that there are 5,884 buses functional.

It stated that there were 5,847 buses functional in Delhi in 2013-14, which went up to 6,118 in 2014-15. The number reduced to 5,659 in 2015-16 and in the next year it went up to 5,826 buses. The number fell to 5,884 in 2017-18 and remained constant for the last financial year 2018-19.

It claimed that the city will get additional 3,000 buses by the next year and the count will be 8,884 functional buses.

"Every year, a number of buses are scrapped when they were not found fit for usage, so the number may vary from time to time," the Transport Department official added.

The average daily ridership for DTC buses was 33 lakh between 2018-19, while that of cluster buses was 12.24 lakh. 

After Delhi Metro, the public buses are the most used public transport in the city. Collectively, the average daily ridership of the two buses is more than that of the Delhi Metro -- 22.85 lakh.

(Nivedita Singh can be contacted at

Mon, 22 Jul 2019 09:47:46 +0530
Countdown for India s 2nd

Chennai, The countdown for Monday's Rs 978 crore Chandrayaan-2 mission launch that started at 6.43 p.m. on Sunday is progressing smoothly, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.

The rocket and spacecraft's systems will undergo checks and fueling during the countdown.

The rocket is scheduled to lift off at 2.43 p.m. later.

According to ISRO, fueling of the second stage/engine with unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine (UDMH) and nitrogen tetroxide (N2O4) has been completed.

The GSLV-Mk III rocket with Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was originally scheduled for flight at 2.51 a.m. on July 15. However, the flight was postponed after a technical snag was detected an hour prior to the rocket lift-off.

The ISRO later rectified the fault in its 44-metre Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III). Weighing about 640-tonne, the GSLV-Mk III rocket is nicknamed 'Bahubali' after the hero of a successful film of the same name.

Just like the protagonist of the film lifted a heavy Lingam in one of its scenes, the rocket will carry the 3.8-tonne Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft.

About 16-minutes into its flight, the Rs 375-crore GSLV-Mk III rocket is expected to sling the Rs 603-crore Chandrayaan-2 into its 170x39,120-km orbit.

ISRO has sent up three GSLV-Mk III rockets so far. The first carried Crew Module Atmospheric Re-entry Experiment in December 2014. The second and third GSLV-Mk III carried communication satellites GSAT-19 and GSAT-29 in February 2017 and November 2018 respectively.

GSLV-Mk III will also be used for India's manned space mission in 2022.


Mon, 22 Jul 2019 09:25:09 +0530
Bengali actress Rimjhim M

Kolkata,  Three days after a host of Bengali actors, including Parno Mittra, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Delhi, Bengali film and television actress Rimjhim Mitra followed suit, here on Sunday.

Rimjhim is a popular TV actress who won 'Jhalak Dikhla Jaa Bangla' in 2013 and was also seen in Bigg Boss Bangla. She also made her mark in films, like 'Teen Yaari Katha' and 'Cross Connection'.

"I am not happy working under the monopolistic approach in the Bengali film and TV industry. I have felt cornered many times and this is the first time I am openly talking about supporting a party. I have joined the BJP as I found it welcoming," Rimjhim said after she was handed the BJP flag by its state President Dilip Ghosh.

Actor Surojit Choudhury and model Pamela Goswami also joined the BJP alongside Rimjhim.

Only a couple of hours before Rimjhim arrived at the state BJP headquarters, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleged at the Trinamool Congress 'martyrs' day programme that celebrities were being forced to join the BJP out of fear of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Negating the allegation, Rimjhim said there wasn't an iota of truth in that. "I have joined the BJP as I believe in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision and want to work for the betterment of the television industry," she said.

On July 18, film and TV personalities Rishi Kaushik, Kanchana Moitra, Rupanjana Mitra, Parno and Biswajit Ganguly were among the dozen of celebrities who cast their lot with the BJP at its Delhi headquarters.


Sun, 21 Jul 2019 20:24:34 +0530
1 killed 14 saved from M

Mumbai, One person was killed and another critically injured while 13 others were rescued from a fire that broke out in a four-storeyed building in Mumbai on Sunday afternoon.

According to the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Disaster Control, the fire was noticed around 12.20 p.m. on the third floor of Churchill Chambers, behind the iconic Hotel Taj Mahal in Colaba area.

Teams of fire brigade rushed to the spot and started fire-fighting operations.

The conflagration was confined to electrical wiring and installations and household furniture in an area of around 5,000 sq. feet besides the staircase of the old heritage building.

At least 14 residents, who were trapped in the intense smoke on the third floor and a loft, were rescued using fire-ladders and brought down safely.

One person, Shyam Ayyar, 54, who was injured critically, was declared dead at the GT Hospital.

Another seriously injured 50-year-old man, Yusuf Poonamwala, has been admitted to Bombay Hospital for treatment.

Five others who had inhaled the toxic fumes were given first aid and allowed to go.

One firefighter from Mandvi Fire Brigade, Bhurmal Santosh Patil, who also suffocated was administered medical aid in an ambulance.

The fire was brought under control in around three hours and cooling operations are underway.

As a precaution, police had cordoned off the busy Mereweather Road after the blaze triggered panic among the locals and tourists.

Sun, 21 Jul 2019 20:19:23 +0530
Taslima Nasreen s Indian

New Delhi, The Indian government has again extended the residence permit of controversial Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen for one more year, an official said on Sunday.

The residence permit of the author, a citizen of Sweden, was on Saturday extended till July 2020. 

The 56-year-old writer, physician, feminist and human rights activist's permit has been extended regularly since 2004. 

The permit was extended for three months on July 17, a day after she made a request to Union Home Minister Amit Shah. 

The Home Ministry extended the permit for one year when she took to Twitter to request Shah. 

"Hon'ble @amitshahji, I sincerely thank u for extending my residence permit. But I'm surprised it's only for 3M. I apply for 5 yrs but I've been getting 1yr extension. Hon'ble Rajnathji assured me I would get an extension for 50 yrs. India is my only home. I'm sure u'll come to my rescue. 

"Every time I apply for the extension of my Indian residence permit for 5 years, I get extension for 1 year. This time I applied for the extension for 5 years, I get for 3 months only. Hope Home Minister will reconsider to extend my residence permit for at least 1 year," she tweeted on July 17.

After getting extension of the residence permit, Nasreen thanked the Home Ministry and her Twitter friends who had backed her case. 

Nasreen left Bangladesh in 1994 in the wake of death threats by fundamentalist outfits for her alleged anti-Islamic views. 

Since then she has been living in exile. The author had applied for permanent residency in India but the Home Ministry has not taken any decision over her plea. 

She had to leave Kolkata in 2007 following violent protests against her works. 



Sun, 21 Jul 2019 17:24:07 +0530
Mamata says Centre cancel

Kolkata,  West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday accused the BJP-led Central government of trying to prevent Trinamool Congress supporters from coming to its 'Matryrs' Day' rally by cancelling several trains to Kolkata.

She also charged the saffron party activists with forcefully stopping and vandalising many buses carrying Trinamool activists to Kolkata from the districts and said her party would hold protest rallies at those locations on Monday.

"BJP is in power at the Centre. They control the railways. I have got the information that many trains have been cancelled today (Monday) so that people from far-off districts and north Bengal cannot come to our rally," Banerjee alleged while speaking at the 26th edition of her party's Martyrs' Day rally in central Kolkata's Esplanade.

"BJP has started attacking our people after winning only a handful of seats in the Lok Sabha elections. I have got the news that they vandalised buses and beat up our workers at Hooghly's Gurap and Midnapore's Patashpur. Trinamool will hold counter rallies against this violence in all those places tomorrow," she said. 

Accusing the BJP leaders of threatening to pull Trinamool workers off buses on the way to the rally, Banerjee questioned whether the BJP would be able to handle the situation if Trinamool supporters and common people start paying them back in their own coin.

Referring to the ongoing political violence in West Bengal's Bhatpara since the 2019 polls, Banerjee said the place is a prime example of how the situation could turn hostile if people vote for the BJP.

"Look at Bhatpara. See what happens if people vote for BJP. Schools, colleges, factories, markets are closed. Such a situation had never occurred since Trinamool came to power. Not a single Panchayat office (of opposition parties) was attacked, no one was boycotted for supporting another party because we wanted change, not revenge," Banerjee claimed.

Sticking to her claims that the 2019 elections were rigged by the BJP, she said the saffron party managed to win 18 Lok sabha seats in Bengal by manipulating electronic voting machines (EVMs), misusing the Election Commission and the Central forces, as well as intimidating people.

She said her party had never reacted in such a hostile manner as the BJP even after winning 26 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal in the 2009 general elections when the Left was in power in the state.

Alleging that the BJP leaders in the state had no understanding of the cultural ethos of Bengal, she said the saffron party was trying to capture power by bringing in leaders from other states and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) "miscreants".

She also urged her party workers to keep an eye on the movement of "outsiders" in their localities and prevent them from misguiding people.

Sun, 21 Jul 2019 17:15:02 +0530
TMC workers look to Mamat

Kolkata,  Holding its first martyrs' day rally, after the Lok Sabha setbacks, the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) is leaving no stone unturned to ensure a mega show on Sunday when its chief Mamata Banerjee is expected to detail a roadmap to TMC workers for combating an aggressive Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Ever since the Lok Sabha polls saw the TMC's stock dwindle to 22 from 34 in 2014, there has been an exodus from its ranks to the BJP. Several district and panchayat level leaders as well as councillors and legislators are taking the exit route.

An aggressive BJP has been protesting against the TMC leaders on the issue of cut-money or bribes, giving fresh headache to Banerjee.

Daily scenes on television channels of TMC leaders confessing to have taken cut-money from the people for providing government welfare schemes and services have seemingly dented the image of the TMC, which has been in power in the state since May, 2011.

It's an irony of sorts that it was Banerjee who had brought the cut-money issue into focus by openly asking TMC leaders to return bribes taken by them from the beneficiaries of government schemes and welfare projects.

Banerjee had hoped to cleanse the party and refurbish its public image through such move, but the events that unfolded -- of daily gherao of TMC functionaries' residences, and statewide protests -- could be an indication of the script going awry.

With the BJP, riding the success of grabbing 18 Lok Sabha seats from Bengal, going aggressive to discredit the TMC government, all eyes would be on Banerjee on Sunday as she addresses the rally at Dharamtalla.

The Centre has already sent a series of advisories to the Banerjee government on issues, like law and order and health, while the central agencies, like Enforcement Directorate and Central Bureau of Investigation, have stepped up their probe into many ponzi scams as also the Narada sting, in which a number of TMC leaders are said to be involved.

The TMC ranks are looking at their leader to spell out ways to prevail over the BJP, and announce programmes to regain its lost votes less than two years before the May 2021 Assembly polls.

Banerjee, who visited the rally site during the day, however, said the party was not thinking at all of the 2021 polls. "2021 is still two years away. We now have so much work to do. We are not at all thinking of elections. We will start thinking about it, three months prior to it," she said.

Banerjee stressed the top issue would be the demand for dumping EVMs and bringing back the ballot papers in polls. The Sonbhadra killings in Uttar Pradesh is also likely to figure prominently in Banerjee's speech.

On Saturday, the TMC supremo smelled a BJP hand in about 30 per cent of the train services not being run on Sunday. "This is not fair. All parties have the right to conduct their programmes".

Asked whether she had approached the railway ministry for hiring special trains for the rally, Banerjee claimed her party didn't have the financial strength to afford such things.

However, she mentioned how she had given up to 75 per cent concessions to political parties for holding their programmes during her stints as railway minister. "When I was the rallway minister, all political parties used to come to me. I gave up to 75 per cent concession. Now only the BJP (gets it). I don't know they can get the free train also," she said.


Sun, 21 Jul 2019 14:38:04 +0530
Hima sprints to 400m gold

Nove Mesto (Czech Republic),  Ace Indian sprinter Hima Das continued her sensational sprint as she clinched her fifth gold in July by claiming the top honours in a 400-metre race in Czech Republic.

The ace Indian sprinter won the gold after she clocked a season-best time of 52.09 seconds in her pet competition at the Nove Mesto nad Metuji Grand Prix on Saturday. Her personal best is 50.79 seconds, which she recorded at the Asian Games in 2018. 

"Finished 400m today on the top here in Czech Republic," she tweeted after the race. 

The Assam sprinter, however, failed to qualify for the World Athletics Championships as the 400-metre qualification mark for the world event has been kept as 51.80 seconds. 

On Wednesday, Das had won the gold medal in the 200m race at the Tabor Athletics Meet.

In her first competitive 200m race of the year on July 2, Hima had clocked 23.65s to win gold at the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix, also in Poland. 

Then on July 8, she won her second 200m gold at the Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland. Braving a sore back, the Assam runner had clocked 23.97 seconds to win the gold while Kerala runner V.K. Vismaya had grabbed silver with a timing of 24.06 seconds. 

On July 13, she won her third 200m gold at the Kladno Athletics Meet in Czech Republic with a time of 23.43 seconds.


Sun, 21 Jul 2019 12:01:41 +0530
Monsoon gains strength 3

Thiruvananthapuram,  With the monsoon getting stronger in Kerala, the Meteorological Department has issued red and orange alerts for a few districts until Monday. While a red alert has been issued in Kasargode district today, Kozhikode and Wayanad are expected to get more rains tomorrow.

Already, three fishermen have been reported missing at sea since Thursday morning. According to officials, seven fishermen -- including three from Tamil Nadu -- had gone fishing from Neendakara in Kerala's Kollam district when their boat capsized at sea. While four of them swam for 12 kms and saved themselves, there was no word from three others.

Two rescue camps have been set up in Kannur district, after rains flooded certain low lying areas. 

At Chellanam near Kochi, 80 homes were damaged by huge waves hitting the coast. However, the residents living near the sea shore were unwilling to move to the rescue camps.

"We won't move to any rescue camp. We demand a sea wall of rocks and stones, not plastic bags, which is of no use, as the waves have started going above it," said the angry residents.

The monsoon, which arrived a week late in June, was inactive and 40 per cent less than previous years so far. It is expected to improve in the second half of the season.

Sun, 21 Jul 2019 11:57:47 +0530
Happy how my life has sha



Mumbai, From hosting a youth show on television to venturing into new business to mothering three children to working in Bollywood films, Sunny Leone has been super busy over the past seven months. Each of her projects and relationships is special, she says, and so, driven by passion, she is ready for all the sleepless nights.

"I have no choice. I have to make time because these are all the things I want to do in life. I'm very passionate about the projects I'm working in, so I fit it everything accordingly. Whether it's in the middle of the night, early in the morning or in the middle of the day, everything that needs my attention has to get it," Sunny told IANS.

In 2017, Sunny, along with husband Daniel Weber adopted a baby girl. They named her Nisha. She has started going to playschool now, and the couple has started a new branch of their playschool chain, D' Art Fusion, in Juhu for their daughter and other kids.

Education, she reckons, is a different world - far removed from the business of entertainment.

"Education helps people know the basics of life, but I know a lot of people who don't have a degree or never finished school and yet are very successful. I am one of them," she said.

"I strove for what I wanted as a businessperson. I was passionate about the stuff I wanted to do and I worked hard, and that's why I am where I am right now," added the ‘Baby Doll' famed actress.

She is proud of her daughter. "My daughter goes to an amazing school that offers her so many different things, and I'm happy about that. I believe in every country there are different levels of education for children, and it depends on whether they are able to get it or not," said the 38-year-old actress, who is also the mother of twin boys, Asher and Noah.

Sunny's stint in the Indian film industry began in 2011 as a participant on the reality TV show "Bigg Boss". Soon, she was balancing her career acting in films such as "Jism 2" and "Ragini MMS 2", and shaking a leg to hit dance numbers such as "Pink Lips", "Laila", "Piya More", and "Trippy Trippy".

Sunny's latest item dance is in the upcoming film "Arjun Patiala".

She has also been co-hosting the show "MTV Splitsvilla" with Rannivijay Singh over the past five seasons.

"MTV Splitsvilla", which has young participants and aims at the youth audience, has been a learning process for Sunny.

"What I've noticed after hosting ‘Splitsvilla' for so long is that most young people have the same concerns. Only the periphery changes -- like how we meet people, or how things are done now. Digital dating and dating apps, for instance, have changed how young people meet," she said.

"The primary concerns, though, remain the same. It is always about falling in love or getting to know each other," added Sunny.

It has been over seven years that Sunny, the Canadian-born Indian-American former adult movie star, arrived in India and made Mumbai her home. With several films, superhit dances, cosmetic and perfume brands, a skincare line, and a strong presence in the social media, Sunny has bolstered a huge following in India.

The actress said she has no plan to leave her newfound homeland, where she has not only received applause for her screen efforts, but has also seen growing business opportunities.

"I think India is one of the most fast-paced countries in the world right now when it comes to doing business. If you have a dream and you want to do something, then you can achieve it. I see myself as an example of that, as I have been able to achieve whatever I wanted to so far. I'd have sleepless nights doing so many things I'm passionate about, but I am happy with the way everything has shaped up for me in India," she says.

"It's been an amazing journey so far. It's panned out beyond everything I ever expected, and I'm very happy with my life right now," said Sunny, adding: "I don't see myself leaving anytime soon or doing something else."

Sun, 21 Jul 2019 11:54:12 +0530
Indices to remain volatil

Mumbai,  The Indian equity markets is set to face another volatile week ahead, as the ongoing flight of foreign funds is expected to continue on the back of latest taxation surcharge on the super rich category along with subdued quarterly earning numbers.

Market observers opined that monsoon progress coupled with derivatives expiry will also affect investors sentiments.

"Markers are likely to remain volatile heading into the expiry (July 25). However, markets seems to be hitting important area of support on most indices," said Sahil Kapoor, Chief Market Strategist-Research, Edelweiss Investor Research. 

"Expect stocks to stabilise this week and Nifty to head towards 11,650 points by end of the month.

Till date, an outflow of over Rs 5,500 crore has taken place in the month of July, which is the highest this year. The surcharge was announced on July 5 in full-Budget 2019-20.

Besides, investors will also look out for the upcoming Q1 results. 

According to SMC Investments & Advisors Chairman and Managing Director D.K. Aggarwal: "Markets have moved sideways to lower in the first week of earnings, and it is expected that earnings season could deliver more stock specific movements in the market."

Companies such as Larsen & Toubro, TVS Motor Company, Hindustan Unilever, Zee Entertainment Enterprises, IDFC First Bank, Ambuja Cements, Bank of Baroda, Biocon, Mphasis, Tata Motors, ABB India, Bajaj Auto, Maruti Suzuki India, ICICI Bank are expected to announce their Q1 earning results in the coming week.

"The week ahead will focus on results from heavy weights like HUL, ICICI Bank, Tata Motors and L&T," said Deepak Jasani, Head of Retail Research for HDFC Securities.

"Also commentary by consumer-focused companies on demand will be closely watched by investors. Progress of monsoon will also be tracked closely."

In terms of currency, the rupee weakened by 12 paise to close at 68.81 from its previous week's close of 68.69 per greenback.

"Rupee broadly traded weakish to close at 68.80 after touching 69 on Thursday. Negative global growth concerns and strong dollar led to the move... But broadly the range 68.40 to 69 remains intact," said Sajal Gupta, Head, Forex and Rates, Edelweiss Securities.

"Equity weakness and crude oil prices shall be the key themes to watch in coming week and weakness may continue... Next week's range can be expected between 68.65 and 69.30."

On technical charts, the NSE Nifty50 remains in a downtrend.

"Technically, with the Nifty breaking the previous lows of 11,461 points and falling sharply, the index is now in a firm downtrend," Jasani said.

"Further downsides are likely in the coming week once the immediate support of 11,400 points is broken, in which case testing of 11,150 points is possible. Any pullback rallies could find resistance at 11,586 points."

(Rohit Vaid can be contacted at

Sun, 21 Jul 2019 11:50:58 +0530
British Airways Lufthans

London, British Airways and German airline Lufthansa, two of Europe's largest airlines, have suspended flights to Cairo for unspecified security reasons.

British Airways announced on Saturday that the flights are suspended "as a precaution to allow for further assessment."

Lufthansa said in a statement that "as safety is the number one priority of Lufthansa, the airline has temporarily suspended its flights to Cairo today as a precaution", reported Xinhua news agency.

The British carrier said it cancelled flights to the Egyptian capital for seven days. The German airline said normal operations would resume on Sunday.

Ahmed Fawzi, Chairman of the Cairo Airport Company, told Egyptian newspaper Al Shorouk that British Airways did not inform them of any concerns regarding airport security prior to the cancellation.

He said Cairo airport had not received any notification of British Airways' decision and the cancellation was "an internal affair inside the company."

Egypt's Ministry of Civil Aviation said in a statement on Saturday that it had confirmed that the decision to suspend the flights was not issued by Britain's transport or foreign ministries.

Officials from the ministry said the decision was one of "security and political measures that are concerned with internal affairs, and not those of Egypt."

The ministry said that Cairo airport, as well as Egypt's second busiest Hurghada airport, resulted in "excellent ratings" in a recent security check conducted by British airlines, and that other airlines were operating as usual.

The Egyptian ministry added that it will increase the capacity of EgyptAir flights to London starting Sunday "to facilitate transporting passengers during this period."

The British government has long advised against nonessential travel by air to and from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, where a Russian passenger jet was bombed in 2015, but has not issued similar warnings against air travel to and from Cairo since.

"Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Egypt. Although most attacks occur in North Sinai, there is a risk of terrorist attacks across the country," according to an updated advisory Saturday on the British government website.

The bombing of the Russian jet in 2015, which was claimed by the Islamic State, killed all 224 people on board shortly after takeoff.

The attack prompted Russia to halt all flights to Egypt for several years and a number of countries including Britain to cease flights to Sharm el Sheikh, which have yet to resume despite repeated reassurance from Egyptian officials.


Sun, 21 Jul 2019 11:47:09 +0530
Expansion flight GoAir p


Mumbai, Budget passenger carrier GoAir plans to add destinations such as Hanoi and Phnom Penh to its international network by the year-end, sources said.
Sources said the airline, which is rapidly expanding its international presence, will also deploy capacity to Bhutan in the coming days. Till recently, the airline flew to just four international destinations -- Phuket, Malé, Muscat and Abu Dhabi. 

Lately, it launched a slew of new international flights -- Delhi-Abu Dhabi, Mumbai-Abu Dhabi, Mumbai-Muscat, Delhi-Bangkok and Kannur-Kuwait. However, some of these new international flights are being operated on re-allocated slots of Jet Airways. GoAir has the rights over these till September.

An airport slot is a specified time period granted at airports to an airline to operate its scheduled flights.

GoAir's Vice President - International Operations Arjun Dasgupta told IANS that the airline was considering further expansion in Southeast Asia and the SAARC countries.

Dasgupta pointed out that the destinations would be selected keeping in mind the airline's aircraft range. At present, the airline operates Airbus A320Neos aircraft, which have an endurance of around six-hours of flying time.

Consequent to its expansion plans, the airline has enhanced its fleet size and recently took the delivery of its 51st plane. Going forward, it will be adding at least one aircraft every month. 

On tie-ups with other international airlines for codeshare or an interline agreement, Dasgupta said the company was in touch with many players, including those who were with erstwhile Jet Airways.

Some of GoAir's rivals have already tied up with the likes of Turkish Airlines and Emirates. However, Dasgupta said that these airline's can also have additional tie-ups. 

The codeshare and interline agreements between airlines allow for a seamless travel experience for passengers through an extended global network.

Furthermore, Dasgupta elaborated that an increasing number of international players were looking at the India market for potential tie-ups. 

GoAir has flown approximately 73.3 million passengers since its inception. The company aims to touch the figure of 100 million in the next two years.

(Rohit Vaid can be contacted at

Sun, 21 Jul 2019 11:42:46 +0530
Getting a dose of life in


I suppose she should have warned me. I had not heard of a Divorce Anniversary before this day. Or that it could be perceived as grounds to request a welcome cake on arrival. Blessed be the hotel and the legendary Thai hospitality who conceded to one such demand from my impish daughter.

This trip was intended to be the first step towards celebrating my several decades on Earth, even though D-day was still a month away. Like most travels for me, this one too had a quest at its Centre. Not the "find myself once again" kind of a quest but perhaps the "find how many massages can I possibly get in a day" types. Monumentally important too as it had been painstakingly planned to its minutest detail by my daughter, right till the "D- Anniversary" bit. But of course this quest was not the ONLY reason that we had chosen Phuket.

Nothing about Thailand was new to either of us so we clearly knew what we were getting into. We understood the heat and the humidity and were ready for the thick downpours. We anticipated the incessant bargaining with the street vendors and looked forward to the familiar comfort of putting our feet up on a deep chair for a deeper massage. Striking out half a dozen similar destinations, we had unanimously zeroed in on this one. The stage was set and there still were experiences lined up for me which couldn't slip my radar now. Phuket wakes you up. To many things.

Phuket has two infinite advantages. Both God given. One is it's breathtaking location which offers panoramic views of the Andaman Sea, from wherever one views it. The other is the emphasis on ensuring that the vacationers leave with memories of unadulterated fun, good food and warm hospitality.

To experience an uninhabited island experience, one only has to look East. Plenty of lovely islands, each accessible by boat of every kind, make for an easy pick. Inclusive of land travel in a private limousine (pick up from hotel/ airport in Phuket) to your chosen resort on the island, it's a three hour journey, priced at 12,000 Baht for two. The ferry option comes at one third of the price, takes twice the time but offers no speed thrills. Holiday Inn Resort, in Phi Phi Island is located in an exclusive beachfront position. Miles and miles of finest white sands lapped by water which seems to change colour from green to a deep indigo depending on the mood of the skies above.

Adding to its lustre is a cluster of villas, some visually linking the rooms and the seascape beyond, all the way to the breaking line of the surf and the azure skies. What a vision to open your eyes to. Breakfast is wide ranging as is the rest of the menu, predictably genuflecting to matters maritime! However, we are keen to embrace the salty tang so we opt to pig out at the few standalone shacks with their tables set on the sand. Each night we leave, wined and dined, with enough sea wind in our hair, blown away by the visual impact of an intense alfresco experience.

If you have ever wished to soar effortlessly like a bird and touch the skies, the islands fulfil this fantasy too. Try viewing this expanse, tied to a parasail, which scoops you up to 200 feet and above in a heartbeat while a speedboat tows you all at Godspeed.

My pleas and yelps of "I have changed my mind" get swallowed by the merciless roar of the waves and the flailing hands are possibly perceived as a sign of gay abandon. It's paralyzing fear, albeit quite short lived. I am in good hands. With my turn over, I sit on the sand, watching my petite daughter sway like a leaf against a stunning backdrop. Its clearly visible now. In this moment I see how we ARE and WILL remain tiny and insignificant in the larger scheme of things. A sensational learning carved out of a thrilling experience. One can find several operators on the beach for all adventures activities and water sports. Parasailing in particular starts at 2500 baht per person. At Sunset, romance seems to come alive for everyone over pre Prandial cocktails. But my searching gaze takes my eyes past the celebrations, soaking in the descending blackness.

The journey back to Patong is rather rough as if the choppy seas are in sync with the agitated energy of my soul. My daughter's banquet of commentary is a reminder that there are promises to keep, a long way to go before eternal sleep. As I bid adieu, I leave in body but leave a part behind.

The Millennium Resort in Patong is chosen carefully with two prime considerations. First, it opens up right in the heart of Jungceylon, a lively and well stocked/equipped shopping mall in Patong which in turn saves the two of us a zillion sweat and rain soaked trips to our favourite stores and spas. Secondly, it's steps away from Bangla Walking Street. A street well known for its delicious array of street food, happy pubs and spunky shopkeepers hawking everything from clothes to shoes to bags to eyewear and watches. All copies. First copies, as they say.

The ruthless ricocheting of blaring music, the awkward attempts to keep one's belongings safe amidst the bedlam, the over enthusiastic street performers and the gorgeous Lady Boys (they charge 100 baht+ for a pic with/of them). The street is rigged for ruckus! Ready for an army touting a unique menu card in your face, hard selling an adult experience that you may or may not be ready for? Or saying a yes to being seated at a communal table of sorts with total strangers? Or leering at the extravagantly dolled up beauties in a cabaret show? This isn't even peak season. The staff at the Millennium Resort is unfailingly courteous, the grace beautifully maintained for the entire length of our stay. Caring enough to serve us our "store bought" passion fruit in their restaurant. No unnecessary snobbery, serving with a smile that looks and feels original.

The foodscape in Thailand has undergone enormous gentrification and between the two of us so much food is put away in a week, it's more outrageous than grand. So amidst all the sharing how does one remember all that was tried, treasured or disrelished on these damp shores. Thai Green/ Red and Massaman Curry continue to be the fiery arriviste that it always was. Chilled smoothies and fresh coconut ice cream (100 baht for two scoops) seem fair game 24/7 and many savoury nibbles are needed as a mid day stimulant. A fiery lunch with all its trimmings still cannot suppress the need for a lazy walk up to The Coffee Club, an Aussie born, Thai owned chain. From French Toast to pancakes and smashed avocado, the place also serves some extraordinary Mac and Cheese fritters, a fiery Thai Chicken Curry with cashews and a Coconut frappe that's insanely good.

The massages are unable to reverse the damage of The gluttony. Patong caters to the World's growing affluence, yes, but more to those with an appetite for unadulterated fun amidst this chaos called life. We knew that this travel will turn out to be a fortunate stroke of serendipity, with our days filled with equal measures of drama and joy. Because that's just so us. So as I recount priceless moments, caressed by a memory of a week well spent, it's easy to say that Phuket holds the power to infuse life into the lifeless. Get your dose now!

Destination Rating :****

(Aditti Ahluwalia is a blogger. The views expressed are personal. She can be reached at


Sun, 21 Jul 2019 11:00:16 +0530
India set to get first de


Mumbai, Almost a year after the landmark Supreme Court judgement decriminalising homosexuality, India is set to get its first dedicated hiring consultancy firm for the members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, intersex and queer/questioning) community.

At present, even after the change in law, members of India's LGBTIQ community lag behind their western counterparts in attaining equal pay, corporate representation and other benefits. 

Accordingly, the Bengaluru-based Diversity & Inclusion firm -- Pride Circle -- plans to shatter some of these stereotypes via a dedicated wing which will look at the job consultancy market for the LGBTIQ candidates. 

"There is a lot of systemic bias and roadblock for LGBTI job seekers, these becomes even more challenging for visibly LGBTI individuals," Pride Circle's Co-Founder Ramkrishna Sinha told IANS.

"Our goal is to work with companies to eliminate such conscious or unconscious biases in the recruitment process and also work with candidates to enable them for facing interviews. A lot of LGBTI candidates face issues of self-esteem, due to the series of discrimination they have faced."

Not just unemployment of LGBTIQ candidates, even the lack of sensitisation and unfriendly policies towards businesses that cater to this internationally significant segment of consumers has led to an estimated loss of around $30 billion to India's GDP as per a World Bank report.

The 2014 World Bank report -- Economic Cost of Homophobia and the exclusion of LGBTIQ people: A case of India -- estimated the country to have lost 0.1-1.7 per cent of the GDP due to homophobia.

"Companies have been hesitant in engaging and at times are unaware of the method to that engagement. The siloes leads to stereotypes and misinformation on both ends, leading to a growing chasm, our aim to build platforms of engagement for the community and corporation to meet," Sinha said.

"We are encouraging corporations to have avenues of dialogue, look at opportunities to engage besides a full time job, and these could be fellowship, internship, skill building programs etc."

Globally, this segment known generically as -- Pink Dollar Economy -- has become a financially significant sub-section of the consumer market for various industries like travel, insurance and even white goods.

Recently, the firm organised India's first LGBTIQ job fair -- RISE (Reimagining Inclusion for Social Equity) -- in Bengaluru. Over 40 companies participated in the event including the likes of Uber and Intel.

Besides, the job fair saw a participation of more than 300 LGBTIQ candidates for various sectors in IT, banking and administration.

"We have over 50 companies, who are very interested in hiring from the LGBTI talent pool," Sinha said.

"The companies which participated in the job fair were delighted by the candidates they met, five candidates already got confirmed job offers from the fair."

Additionally, the firm aims to organise the job fair in 10 cities over the next 18-24 months. The firm is hopeful to place at least 1,000 LGBTIQ candidates within a year.

(Rohit Vaid can be contacted at

Sun, 21 Jul 2019 10:40:46 +0530
Devotees throng BSF outpo

Amritsar, An outpost of the Border Security Force (BSF) on the Pakistan frontier here is thronged by scores of devotees daily.

They visit the Viewers' Gallery at the outpost to have a glimpse, using binoculars, of a white-coloured gurdwara located in Pakistan.

The shrine is Kartarpur Sahib gurudwara, situated in Narowal area of Pakistan's Punjab Province.

The gurdwara building is visible on clear days from the elevated Viewers' Gallery.

"Suddenly, the flow of people has increased here. On weekends and holidays, there is a huge rush and sometimes it is difficult to manage," a BSF official posted at the gallery told IANS.

Enthusiasm among the devotees is growing against the backdrop of a corridor being built to enable pilgrims to visit the highly revered Kartarpur Sahib gurudwara where Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev spent 18 years of his life and is his final resting place.

"For us, the upcoming corridor is a link that takes our faith and devotion closer to the God," said octogenarian Mahinder Pal Singh, one the visitors to the Viewers' Gallery.

Devotees, especially the Sikhs, have been demanding for over 70 years a visa-free "khule darshan" (free obeisance facility) at the gurdwara for all faiths, from India and overseas, all seven days a week.

Work on the project is at an advance stage and the corridor is targeted to be ready by October 31, a week before the celebrations to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.


Sun, 21 Jul 2019 10:35:47 +0530
Centre to come up with an


New Delhi,  A year after the Supreme Court directed the government to enact a law to deal with the rising cases of mob lynching in the country, the Centre is working out such a legislation and is likely to introduce it in the ongoing session of Parliament, according to sources.

The Ministry of Home Affairs had asked the Law Ministry to draw out a draft law after carefully examining rising incidents of violent lynching sparked by rumours spread on social media platforms, each of which have no less than 200 million users in the country.

Referring to the Supreme Court directive, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday asked the Centre why it was delaying the enactment of the law. 

"I would like to ask Home Minister (Amit Shah), why a law on mob lynching is not being made? Last year, the Supreme Court had asked the government to make a law on mob lynching. If you make all SC's orders into laws, why not this?" Owaisi said in the Lok Sabha. 

Rajasthan, which has witnessed over a dozen cases of lynching by the mob over the past two years, has announced plans to come up with a law against mob lynching. 

Earlier this month, the Uttar Pradesh Law Commission also came up with a draft Bill recommending harsh punishment, including life imprisonment, for people involved in cases of mob lynching. 

According to a source, the law will force the police to take effective action in incidents of mob lynching and to also act tough on curbing dissemination of information that is dangerous to social harmony, especially videos carrying hate messages. 

(Sumit Saxena can be contacted at

Sun, 21 Jul 2019 10:30:54 +0530
15 killed in China gas fa

Beijing,  At least 15 people have been killed and 15 others severely injured after an explosion ripped through a gas plant in China's Henan province, authorities said on Saturday.

A device in the gas factory owned by the Henan Coal Gas (Group) Co. Ltd., located in the city of Yima, exploded on Friday evening, according to the government of Sanmenxia City, which administers Yima.

The injured were sent to hospital for treatment. Rescuers were searching for the missing people, authorities were cited as saying by Xinhua news agency.

The Ministry of Emergency Management sent a work team, while the National Health Commission dispatched medical experts to the site.


Sun, 21 Jul 2019 10:14:46 +0530
Yogi to meet Sonebhadra v

Lucknow,  Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will visit Sonebhadra on Sunday to meet the family members of the victims of the firing incident.

Ten people were killed and several sustained injuries on July 17 in a shootout over a land dispute at Murtiya village in Sonebhadra district.

The Chief Minister, in the state Assembly on Friday, had said that 29 people have been arrested and four officials have been suspended in connection with the incident.

"Till now, 29 criminals have been arrested. A single barrel gun, three double-barrel guns and a rifle have been seized. Whoever is found responsible for this incident, strictest action will be taken against them," he had said.

The state government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for the families of the victims.

On Saturday, Sonebhadra District Magistrate Ankit Agarwal, who disbursed the relief funds, said: "According to the instructions of Chief Minister, Rs 5 lakh was made available to the families of the ten deceased in the Sonebhadra firing case. Eight of the affected parties were present today while two were not available."

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi also met the families of the victims on Saturday and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh each to the kin of the deceased from Congress party. She urged the state government to give Rs 25 lakh as ex-gratia to the victims.

The Sonebhadra carnage has turned into a major controversy after Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was detained on Friday and kept in detention for more than 24 hours. The families of the carnage victims walked nearly 70 kilometres and came to meet her at the Chunar guest house where she was detained.

Priyanka Gandhi later ended her dharna and returned to Delhi after meeting the victim

Sun, 21 Jul 2019 10:10:13 +0530
World celebrates 50 years

Washington,  The world on Saturday celebrated the success of Apollo 11 -- one of humanitys greatest achievements -- when American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin became the first humans ever to land on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

US Vice President Mike Pence was set to visit NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to deliver a special address. According to NASA, during his visit, the Vice President would recognize the success of Apollo 11 and address progress in NASA's return to the Moon with the upcoming Artemis missions. 

Going back to the Moon sustainably with this innovative approach will enable America to take the next giant leap -- sending humans to Mars.

Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted: "50 years ago today, millions of us were transfixed by the sight of men on the moon. In watching that astounding achievement together, our differences faded, replaced by a shared faith in humankind's ability to realize our dreams, on Earth and among the stars". 

NASA also released stunning images from the Apollo landing sites on the Moon for a 50th anniversary reminder of what the 12 humans who walked on its surface experience visually.

"The Valley of Taurus-Littrow on the Moon presents a view that is one of the more spectacular natural scenes in the Solar System," said Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, the only geologist to walk on the Moon. 

"The massif walls of the valley are brilliantly illuminated by the Sun, rise higher than those of the Grand Canyon, and soar to heights over 4,800 feet on the north and 7,000 feet on the south," Schmitt added. 

As he took his first step, Armstrong famously said, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

The Apollo 11 mission occurred eight years after President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) announced a national goal of landing a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s.

Apollo 17, the final manned moon mission, took place in 1972.

An estimated one million people gathered on the beaches of central Florida to witness first-hand the launch of Apollo 11, while more than 500 million people around the world watched the event live on television, NASA said in an earlier statement.

The two astronauts spent more than 21 hours on the lunar surface deploying scientific experiments and gathering samples before returning to the orbiting command module, piloted by Collins.

Sun, 21 Jul 2019 10:07:43 +0530
Dump EVMs bring back bal

Kolkata,  Reiterating her demand for use of the ballot paper instead of the electronic voting machines (EVMs), West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said here on Saturday electoral reforms were must for ensuring transparency and preventing black money in polls.

Stating that she has been rooting for electoral reforms since 1995, Banerjee said, "For preventing black money (in polls), restoring democracy, ensuring transparency on the part of political parties, the reforms are must. It should include state funding. Why should a party collect funds? Why should black money be there?".

Stating that EVMs have been discarded by many countries, like England, France and Germany, the Chief Minister said, "Those who introduced EVMs are not using it. When there are so many complaints, ballot papers should be revived. We are saying no to EVM, and asking for return of ballot papers."

She was talking to mediapersons at the venue of annual Martyrs' Day rally. It's organised in memory of the 13 Congress workers killed in the firing in 1993 during a Writers' Buildings (state secretariat) blockade agitation.

Banerjee reminded reporters the rally on July 21, 1993, was held on the slogan "no I-card, no vote".


Sat, 20 Jul 2019 22:14:47 +0530
Rajnath Singh inaugurates

Jammu,  Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday inaugurated two bridges in Kathua and Samba districts of Jammu and Kashmir during his daylong visit to the state.

A defence statement said on Saturday, "Ushering in a new revolution in the connectivity of roads and bridges in border areas, Rajnath Singh inaugurated the 1000 metre-long Ujh bridge in Kathua district and 617.40 metre-long Basantar bridge in Samba district today.

"The event was attended by MoS PMO Jitendra Singh, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, Director General Border Roads Lt Gen Harpal Singh and many other Army and Civil administration dignitaries.

The 1000 metre long Ujh bridge is the longest bridge constructed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and also has the distinction of using the technology of Pre Cast Segmental bridge with 60 metre spans. It has been constructed at a cost of around Rs. 50 crore. Basantar bridge has been constructed at a total cost of Rs 41.7 crore.

These bridges will provide smooth connectivity and are vital for the mobility of security forces in the border areas. They will be a big relief for the villagers of Kathua and Samba as road connectivity used to get affected during the monsoons.

Terming the construction of the Ujh and Basantpur bridges a great achievement by the BRO, the Defence Minister said that roads and bridges are the lifeline of any nation and play a vital role in the socio-economic development of far flung regions and population. He praised the BRO personnel for working in difficult areas, far away from their families and rendering commendable services through construction and maintenance of roads and bridges in border areas fulfilling the strategic need of the Indian Defence Forces. Reiterating the Central Government's commitment to the development of connectivity in Jammu and Kashmir area, he said that "our Prime Minister is regularly monitoring the progress of these projects and funds are being ensured accordingly". 

"Jitender Singh also highlighted the development programme of Central government and PM Modi's steps for boosting connectivity in the state.

"Lt Gen Harpal Singh, DG Border Roads Organisation underlined the contribution of BRO to the nation in far flung areas of the country under extremely difficult and harsh conditions. 

Sat, 20 Jul 2019 22:06:52 +0530
Three time Delhi CM Sheil

New Delhi,  Veteran Congress leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit passed away on Saturday at a private hospital here following cardiac arrest. She was 81.

According to the Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Dikshit, who was Chief Minister for three consecutive terms (1998-2013), suffered cardiac arrest and was brought to the hospital on Saturday morning in a critical condition.

A multi-disciplinary team of doctors carried out advanced resuscitative measures on her, it said. 

"Her condition stabilised temporarily. However, she had another cardiac arrest and despite all the resuscitative efforts, passed away at 3.55 p.m.," the hospital added.

Credited for Delhi's growing infrastructure including roads and flyovers, better public transport system - especially the Delhi Metro, as well as development on the health and educational fronts, during her tenure, Dikshit had also been Kerala Governor briefly in 2014. 

Heading the Congress' Delhi unit since January this year, she had also contested the 2019 Lok Sabha polls unsuccessfully.

Leaders from across the political spectrum paid her tributes for her contribution to Delhi's development.

President Ram Nath Kovind condoled her demise, saying she had transformed the national capital in her tenure.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also credited her with noteworthy contribution to Delhi's development.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday mourned the death of his predecessor, saying Dikshit's contribution to the city will always be remembered.


Sat, 20 Jul 2019 18:25:54 +0530
Authorities to probe all

New Delhi, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday said that the authorities will investigate all aviation related safety incidents.

According to the Minister of State with independent charge for Housing and Urban Affairs and Civil Aviation, safety is of paramount concern and no compromise with safety related issues will be allowed "just because the sector is growing at a very fast pace".

Puri, who is also the Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, was speaking at an industry event here orgnaised by Assocham.

In the last couple of weeks, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has carried out several inspections of airlines and issued show cause notices to key airline safety personnel.

Recently, a spate of aviation related incidents were reported around the country due to inclement weather, among other reasons.

Besides, Puri said that aviation authorities have been directed to precursor disabled aircraft recovery kits.

At present, the country only has one such kit which is essential in recovering an aircraft that might get stuck near the runway in a case of overshooting the tarmac area.

In early July, a SpiceJet flight from Jaipur overshot the runway at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai and got stuck outside the tarmac area, forcing the closure of the runway.

Sat, 20 Jul 2019 15:40:20 +0530
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New Delhi,  Outgoing Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday accused Uttar Pradesh's Yogi Adityanath government of trying to suppress democracy by cutting the electricity and water supply at the Chunar guest house, where his sister and party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi has been detained since Friday afternoon.

In a Facebook post, Rahul Gandhi said: "By cutting the electricity and water supply at the Chunar guest house, where Priyanka Gandhi was detained while she was going to meet the families of the victims of Sonebhadra, the dictatorial Uttar Pradesh government has tried to suppress the democracy. Congress is not scared of these pressure tactics. It will keep on fighting for the Dalits and tribals."

Priyanka was prevented from going to the Murtiya village in Sonebhadra by the district administration and had been detained since Friday at the Chunar Guest House. On Saturday, she met the victims' family members who arrived at the Chunar guest house on the own.

On Friday, Rahul Gandhi described his sister's detention as "disturbing". "This arbitrary application of power, to prevent her from meeting families of the 10 Adivasi farmers brutally gunned down for refusing to vacate their own land, reveals the BJP government's increasing insecurity in UP," he tweeted.

Sat, 20 Jul 2019 15:34:59 +0530
Modi Xi summit will take


Beijing, The informal summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this year will take the bilateral relations to new heights but at the same time the two countries cannot let "individual" issues hurt their ties, Beijing's newly-appointed envoy to Delhi Sun Weidong has said.

Sun, who is headed to New Delhi on Saturday to take charge of his office, spoke to the Indian media in Beijing on a host of issues ranging from border dispute to trade deficit and US' trade war to the forthcoming informal summit between Xi and Modi.

"This year the two leaders are going to hold another informal meeting. I believe this will be the top priority in our bilateral relations which will surely scale our relations to new heights," Sun said in Beijing.

Modi and Xi are likely to meet in Indian city of Varanasi in October this year, which will their second informal meeting after the one in China's Wuhan last year.

"I think since the informal meeting between the two state leaders in Wuhan... China-India relations have now taken on a very good and sound momentum for development," Sun said.

The two Asian giants have a decades-long dispute over boundary over which they went to war in 1962. Besides that, several issues test the ties between the world's two most populous countries.

Sun, who is a former envoy to Pakistan and a South Asia expert, said China and India "will have to do more than just managing differences and take more initiative in shaping our relationship".

"I think we share very enormous potential for our cooperation and our shared interests far outweigh our differences. That's why we need to focus on cooperation, make a bigger pie and narrow down the list of our problems and do not allow any individual case at a certain time to disrupt the development of our bilateral relations."

It was unclear which "individual case" he was referring to.

The planned route of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor through disputed Kashmir, Beijing's opposition to New Delhi's entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group and widening trade deficit are some of the key irritants in India and China ties.

On the boundary issue, Sun said that both sides will have to "accommodate each other's legitimate concerns so as to find the solution that is fair rationale and acceptable to both sides.

"We have signed an agreement on the political guidelines for the boundary question. We have also identified the basic principle of a package planned though mutual adjustment to resolve the boundary issue.

"A series of consensus was reached under the framework after our in-depth communication. An early settlement of the boundary issue is in line with the interest of the two peoples and the two countries.

"But before we finally come to a solution to this boundary dispute, we need to properly manage our differences so as to ensure peace and tranquility in the border areas," Sun added.

Answering a question about the yawning trade deficit in favour of China, he said: "What I want to say is that China highly values India's concerns for the trade imbalance, but I have to point out that we have never deliberately created a trade surplus against India."

The ambassador said China has increased the import of rice and sugar from India and also accelerated the review and approval process of the Indian pharmaceuticals.

"We are also willing to import other Indian competitive Indian products. As I understand, in the last five years China's import from India grew by 15 per cent and more and more India goods have found their way into Chinese households.

"I saw some reports and also heard from colleagues that in the last fiscal year, India's export of agriculture goods to China actually doubled.

"According to the statistics at my hand in the first half of this year, India' trade deficit with China is down by five per cent. So, I am convinced that with our concerted efforts, the issue of trade imbalance between China and India will be gradually addressed," Sun said.

He also spoke about the US' trade offensive and suggested that India and China should forge a joint front against Washington.

"There has been a change that is unseen in this century. Like I just mentioned the ugly path of unilateralism and protectionism has now affected the growth and stability of the world economy.

"This will surely have an impact on the emerging markets and the developing countries because it also based on the international order that relies on that. 

"In this changing world, China and India have all the reasons to work together to safeguard our common interests and promote a more fair and open international economic order. Also to realise our mutual and common interests, it is very important."

China and the US have been engaged in the world's biggest trade war, slapping tariffs worth billions of dollars on each other's products. Washington triggered it last year, claiming Beijing's business practices are unfair, a charge denied by the Chinese government. 

Experts say India could be Washington's next target after the US ended preferential trade status that had allowed Indian goods to enter America without duties. India retaliated by slapping additional duties on US products which American President Donald Trump described as "unacceptable." 

Sat, 20 Jul 2019 15:28:32 +0530
Indians aboard British oi

New Delhi/London,  Indians are among the 23 crew members of a British-flagged oil tanker that Iran has seized in the Strait of Hormuz, amid fresh escalation of tensions in the Gulf.

Iran seized the British-flagged Stena Impero, which has 23 crew members of Indian, Russian, Latvian and Filipino nationalities aboard on Friday, media reports said.

Stena Bulk, the shipping company that owns the vessel, said in a statement that the tanker was "approached by unidentified small crafts and a helicopter during transit of the Strait of Hormuz while the vessel was in international waters. We are presently unable to contact the vessel which is now heading north towards Iran".

Iran's Revolutionary Guard forces, in a statement on their website, said the ship was seized for "non-compliance with international maritime laws and regulations" and was being brought to an unnamed Iranian port.

The vessel sailing to Saudi Arabia was seen changing its course and heading north towards the Iranian island of Qeshm, marine tracking data showed.

Stena Bulk said "there have been no reported injuries and their safety is of primary concern to both owners and managers".

Later, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps also seized a Liberian-flagged tanker Mesdar. The tanker's owner later said the ship was briefly boarded by armed guards before being allowed to go. Iran's semi-official Fars news agency tweeted that the Mesdar had left Iran's territorial waters.

The Iranian private Tasnim news agency said that the British-owned Mesdar was cleared to continue its course, after having received a warning from the authorities over safety and environmental issues.

Britain and Iran have been locked in a bitter row ever since a super tanker Grace 1 carrying Iranian crude oil was seized by the British marines in the Strait of Gibraltar on suspicion of violating European Union (EU) sanctions against Syria.

Tehran denied the accusations and also accused the UK of acting on behest of the US.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has termed the seizure of the oil tankers as "unacceptable".

"It is essential that freedom of navigation is maintained and that all ships can move safely and freely in the region," he said.

"We're not looking at military options, we're looking at a diplomatic way to resolve the situation, but we are very clear that it must be resolved," Hunt later told Sky News, warning that if the situation is not resolved quickly "there will be serious consequences".

President Trump on Friday said that Iran is "nothing but trouble" and that "we heard one, we heard two" tankers were seized.

"Iran is showing their colours," Trump told reporters. "Iran is in big trouble right now. Their economy is crashing, it's coming to a crash... It's very easy to straighten out or it's very easy for us to make it worse."

Late Friday, US Central Command (CENTCOM) said the US had intensified air patrols over the Strait of Hormuz. CENTCOM spokesman Lt. Col. Earl Brown said that US Naval Forces Central Command had been "in contact with US ships operating in the area to ensure their safety".



Sat, 20 Jul 2019 13:56:20 +0530
Parties in Tripura favour

Agartala, As an exercise to identify illegal immigrants is underway in Assam, all major political parties in the neighbouring Tripura favour its replication in this state too, although some put certain riders.

The major parties seeking introduction of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Tripura include the ruling BJP, the Congress, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and Meghalaya-based National People's Party (NPP), which was declared as a national party by the Election Commission last month.

Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT), Tripura's oldest tribal-based party, has already filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking NRC in Tripura.

Ruling BJP's junior ally Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) has been campaigning for initiation of NRC in Tripura to check illegal infiltration and oust the foreigners.

The NRC exercise is being carried out in Assam under the directions and supervision of the Supreme Court.

Tripura Pradesh Congress President Pradyot Bikram Manikya Deb Barman said that NRC should be introduced in Tripura as per the mandate of the Constitution.

"NRC should not be introduced on religious basis. The government of India should declare National Refugee Policy. Before introducing the proposed Citizenship law, NRC should be enforced very judiciously," Deb Barman told IANS.

CPI-M central committee member and veteran tribal leader Jitendra Choudhury told IANS that his party supports the NRC but foreigners should be detected as per the Indira-Mujib Accord, 1971.

"Some parties are demanding introduction of NRC with a cut-off year 1952 but we are against this," said Choudhury, who was former Tripura Minister, Lok Sabha member and President of the Tripura Rajya Upajati Ganamukti Parishad, the frontal tribal organization of the CPI-M.

Tripura Pradesh BJP spokesman Nabendu Bhattacharjee said that if the central government introduces the NRC in the state, the party would welcome the move.

"Our party's top priority is to move out the illegal infiltrators from India. The illegal infiltrators are also a threat to the country's security and integrity," Bhattacharjee told IANS.

IPFT General Secretary and Tripura's Tribal Welfare Minister Mevar Kumar Jamatia said introduction of NRC has been "our prime demand" since 2009.

INPT General Secretary Jagadhish Debbarma said after his party filed writ petition before the Supreme Court in October last year, the apex court had served three notices to the central and state government but both the governments were yet to reply to these notices.

Tripura Congress' Vice-President Tapas Dey said Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb had last year and earlier this year opposed NRC in Tripura.

"Deb should clarify his stand now on NRC," Dey said.

Sat, 20 Jul 2019 13:46:24 +0530
Murder accused in MP Asse

Bhopal,The Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh has run into fresh trouble over its alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

The husband of one of the two BSP legislators who prop the minority government is wanted in murder case of a senior Congress leader. Furore over his presence in the Assembly on Friday has embarrassed the ruling party. 

Govind Singh Thakur, the husband of BSP legislator Rambai Thakur, was seen sauntering in the Assembly premises though there is an arrest warrant against him for the past four months. An award of Rs 25,000 was announced for his arrest. The government quietly dropped the award last month triggering an outcry within the party and the opposition. 

Devendra Chaurasia, a former senior leader of the BSP who had joined the Congress just before the elections, was murdered in March before the Lok Sabha elections. His son Somesh Chaurasia has now accused the Kamal Nath government of protecting his father's "killer" in a bid to remain in power.

The Congress, which has 114 seats in the state Assembly, enjoys only a slim lead over the BJP's 108 in the state Assembly. Four independents, two BSP and one Samajwadi Party MLA are backing it.

"I'm an eyewitness to my father's murder and had recorded before the magistrate that Govind Singh Thakur was among those who killed my father. Now I feel that my father made a mistake by joining the Congress," said Somesh

Damoh district police who declared Rs 25,000 reward on Thakur's arrest dropped it after he submitted several applications saying he was not involved in the murder case.

Govind Singh Thakur is also convicted in a 1998 murder case of Congress leader Rajendra Pathak by district court. He is currently out on bail granted by the state High Court. 

Former Minister Vishwas Sarang slammed the government saying: "A murder accused was roaming freely in the Vidhan Sabha despite the heavy security. I could not have happened without the connivance of the police at the behest of the Congress which is at the mercy of the BSP leader."

Home Minister Bala Bachchan pleaded ignorance even while the television channels had shown Thakur moving about in the Vidhan Sabha. His stock reply was, "We'll look into the matter."

Devendra Chaurasia was murdered on March 15, 2019 in Hatta town of Damoh district. Thakur and his aides are accused in the case. Govind Singh Thakur had earlier claimed before newspersons he was not present at the spot of murder.

Rambai had also had raised the issue many times in the Vidhan Sabha saying her husband and close relatives were being falsely implicated in the murder case.

Sat, 20 Jul 2019 13:43:00 +0530
Not fair to win the World

London,  England captain Eoin Morgan admitted that he is troubled with the way the 2019 World Cup ended. England and New Zealand played out a match that was tied twice -- first in regular play and then in the Super Over -- and Morgan's side won the title on the basis of their superior tally of boundaries in the match.

"I don't think it's fair to have a result like that when there's very little between the sides," Morgan told The Times. "I don't think there was one moment that you could say: 'That actually cost the game there.' It was quite balanced."

In what has since been described as the greatest World Cup final ever and even the greatest ODI match ever played, the method of finding the winner has come under almost universal criticism and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was hailed for the way he handled the defeat. 

Morgan is normally known for his clear headed approach and has been credited with leading a sea change in England's attitude towards white ball cricket but even he admitted that he is struggling to make sense of what happened in the final. 

"I'm black and white. I'm normally going: 'I know. I was there, that happened.' (But) I can't stick my finger on where the game was won and lost. I'm not sure winning it makes it any easier. It would be more difficult to lose, of course," he said. 

"There's no defining moment that you'd say: 'Yes, we thoroughly deserved it.' It's just been crazy."

The match ebbed and flowed and there were times when one side looked as likely to win the game as the other. Morgan said that he has been speaking to Williamson, with whom he has played on a number of occasions in the Indian Premier League, about the game. 

"I spoke to Kane over the last couple of days on numerous occasions and none of us has come up with a rational explanation as to the various times we gave them the game and they gave it back to us. Like me, he can't get his head around everything," he said. 

The 32-year-old, however, agreed that the final was probably the greatest ever cricket match. "By a long way. I can't think of a game that's come close. Madness. I should be cheery about it, shouldn't I?" he said. 

Sat, 20 Jul 2019 13:35:41 +0530
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Varanasi, A three-member delegation of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) was on Saturday stopped from visiting Sonebhadra district in Uttar Pradesh, where 10 people died in a caste violence on Wednesday.

The TMC said that a delegation comprising party senior leaders, including Derek O'Brien, Sunil Mondal, Abhir Ranjan Biswas, were detained at the Varanasi airport after they deboarded the plane. 

The leaders were supposed to meet the injured persons admitted to the Trauma Centre of the Banaras Hindu University and then head to Sonebhadra to meet the victims' families.

In a video message, Brien said: "We just landed at Varanasi airport, with my colleagues Sunil Mondal and Abir Ranjan Biswas. Now the ADM and SP are here. They have told us that we have been detained... It cannot be under Section 144 as we are only three people here."

"We wish to proceed to BHU Trauma Centre to meet the injured and then we wish to go to the spot in Sonebhadra. They are saying we have been detained, but under which section?" he said.

Earlier, the TMC in its tweet quoted Brien as saying: "Trinamool Parliamentary delegation detained at Varanasi airport. The ADM, SP have not told us under which section. ("Doing as told from topmost"). We have told them that we will cooperate, wish to meet injured and then proceed to Sonebhadra to meet and give confidence to grieving families."

On Friday, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi was detained in Mirzapur and taken to Chunar guest house. She was also not allowed to go and meet the victims families in Sonebhadra. 

At least 10 people, including three women, died and over 24 were injured in a clash between Gond and Gujjar communities over a land dispute in Sonebhadra on Wednesday.

The police have arrested 29 people, including the kingpin Yogesh Dutt, in connection with the violence in Sonebhadra. A case has been filed against 78 people.

Sat, 20 Jul 2019 13:25:35 +0530
Kin of Sonebhadra carnage

Mirzapur,  About 18 family members of the victims of the Sonebhadra carnage on Saturday arrived at Mirzapur's Chunar fort where Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been detained since Friday afternoon. However, only five of them were allowed to meet the Congress leader.

Priyanka told the media: "The victims of the family members have arrived here, but only a few people have been allowed to meet me."

The Congress leader said she was trying to meet the kin of the victims since Friday but was not allowed to. "And now that they are here to meet me, they are also being stopped. Even I am being prevented from speaking to them," she said. 

Lambasting the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, she said: "God knows what is their mindset. The administration did nothing when these people needed help and protection but it has been actively guarding me since 24 hours."

"A lot of people have come to meet me since yesterday, they were not stopped, but these families from Sonebhadra are not being allowed to talk to me. What crime have they committed?" she asked. 

According to Congress leaders, the group came to the Chunar Fort all way from Ubhha village in Sonbhadra, 70 kms away. "They started at 4 a.m. and walked all night to meet her. They kept crying for hours after seeing her," he said.

The five people, who met Priyanka told the media: "We have come on our own. We are 18 people, including many women." 

On Wednesday, 10 people, from the Gond tribe, were killed and two dozen injured in a caste clash over a land dispute in Murtiya village in Sonebhadra.

On Friday, Priyanka was on her way to Sonebhadra to meet the victims' families when she was detained at Narayanpur in Mirzapur. She has been under detention at the Chunar Guest House for 24 hours, but refused to fill the bail bond of Rs 50,000.

Senior Congress leaders P.L. Punia, Pramod Tiwari, Ajay Kumar Lallu, Ajay Rai, Laliteshpati Tripathi have been camping at the Chunar fort since Friday with Priyanka. She was joined by Congress Women's Wing chief and former MP Sushmita Deb on Saturday. 

Insisting that she would not return without meeting the families of the victims, Priyanka on Saturday morning, asked the district administration to arrange her to meet them either in Mirzapur, Varanasi or Sonebhadra. 

"Is it a crime to wipe the tears of these people?" she tweeted attaching a video of the weeping kin. She described the killings as a "massacre". 


Sat, 20 Jul 2019 13:16:00 +0530
Indian animation film to

Mumbai,  Actress-animator-filmmaker Gitanjali Rao's latest animation feature "Bombay Rose" will open the Critics' Week at the upcoming Venice International Film Festival on August 29.

The film tells the story of a flower seller who has to make a choice between protecting her family and falling in love. 

Talking about the film and it's world premiere, Gitanjali said: "I have always wanted to paint stories about people who live and love in the streets of Bombay, never become success stories, and yet their struggle for survival makes them heroes. This is a city of unsung heroes and heroines and I wanted to share (their stories) with the world. So, I started this labour of love six years ago." 

"My handpainted short films have travelled the globe and my films have found a connection in the most unusual places, from Cannes to Kanpur. These fans of my stories give me confidence. My first feature film, 'Bombay Rose', about simple people with simple yet impossible dreams, can connect with people around the world. I am thrilled that Bombay Rose will be the first Indian animation film to open Venice Critics' Week," she added.

Sat, 20 Jul 2019 13:09:01 +0530
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Kolkata, The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday quizzed Bengali superstar Prasenjit Chatterjee for more than six hours in connection with the Rose Valley chit fund scam.

The summon notice was issued to the actor's production house on July 9 with regards to the money his company allegedly received from the Rose Valley Group.

Chatterjee said he has fully cooperated with the agency officials and submitted all the necessary documents sought from him.

"They had certain questions and wanted me to submit certain documents. As a responsible citizen of India, I have fully cooperated with them and completed all formalities. I have told them that I will be there if they require any further cooperation from me in future as well," he said after coming out of the ED office in Kolkata's CGO Complex at around 6 p.m.

On Thursday, another popular Bengali actor, Rituparna Sengupta, was quizzed by ED officials for close to seven hours regarding the transactions between Rose Valley and her firm.

The Rose Valley ponzi scheme scam run by the group's Chairman Gautam Kundu was unearthed in 2013.

The group allegedly floated 27 companies to run various schemes and collected Rs 17,520 crore from depositors in West Bengal, Assam and Bihar.

The ED, which is investigating the scam along with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), has attached assets including resorts, hotels and land worth Rs 2,300 crore and recovered incriminating documents, gold ornaments and precious stones worth Rs 40 crore during searches at the showrooms of a jewellery house in connection with the scam.

Sat, 20 Jul 2019 13:03:28 +0530
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Darshan Raval's romantic tryst with the rain is on

 Mumbai,  Singer Darshan Raval is back with a monsoon special track, and says releasing a song during the rains has become a norm for him.

Since 2015, Darshan has released a song pertaining to the rains every year. This year, he is back with "Hawa banke".

"Releasing a song during the rains has become a norm for me. My listeners love the tracks and I keep trying to better the previous song. Since 2015, this will be my fifth track that I released during the monsoon and it has been a wonderful journey," Darshan said.

"I hope the listeners give 'Hawa banke' the same love as they have given my previous tracks, and I hope to create more memorable music in the times to follow," added the singer, who garnered fandom and prominence despite losing the reality television show "India's Raw Star".

Darshan has crooned songs such as "Jab tum chaho", "Kheech meri photo", "Chogada", "Kamariya" and "Ek ladki ko dekha toh aisa laga" in Bollywood. On the independent music front, he is known for "Ishq chada hai", "Tera zikr", "Baarish lete aana", "Do din" and "Bhula diya".

Indie Music Label released "Hawa banke" on their official YouTube channel.

Sat, 20 Jul 2019 12:27:27 +0530
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Economic remedies for water crisis 


While contemplating our natural resources, past conversations often centered around fossil fuels and them becoming scarce due to overuse. However, recent conversations have stirred our attention to another natural resource that is available in abundance but is still causing a crisis in many parts of the world.


Water covers approximately 70 per cent of the earth, but only 2 per cent of it is fresh water of which 1.3 per cent is in the form of glaciers and polar ice caps. Many developing countries are struggling with ensuring that this basic resource is safe and accessible. Nowhere is this more obvious than in India. The country has 16 per cent of the world's population and only 4 per cent of the world's water resources at its disposal.

The situation is made worse by the fact that 70 per cent of its water is contaminated. As a result, India ranks 120 among 122 countries on the Water Quality Index released by WaterAid. According to the Composite Water Management Index (CWMI) report released by the NITI Aayog in June 2018, 21 major cities including Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad are racing towards zero groundwater levels by 2020, affecting access for 100 million people.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which came into effect from January 1, 2016, aim to ensure Clean Water and Sanitation availability and sustainable management of water for all (Goal 6) by the year 2030. This is a basic human right which needs to be given the highest priority over other demands, considering the impact of a water crisis on food supply as well. The northern states at risk of water scarcity as per the CWMI report also account for about 20- 30 per cent of the country's agricultural output, which indicates the associated food security risk for India.

One of the major reasons for this water crisis is groundwater depletion. Many states like Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan have an annual groundwater consumption much greater than annual groundwater recharge. Moreover, this is only increasing with time. According to a study, India's rate of groundwater depletion increased by 23 per cent between 2000 and 2010. India also uses the largest amount of groundwater - 24 per cent of the global total - which is even more than China. This has resulted in overexploitation and contamination of groundwater.

Another problem is the neglect of local water bodies which are being encroached or have dried out. Over-reliance on monsoons with water management systems have led to this predicament. The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that an individual requires around 25 litres of water daily for meeting his/her basic hygiene and food needs. The rest is used for purposes like mopping and cleaning. This shows that for purposes other than drinking, non-potable water can be supplied. Thus, for economic efficiency and environmental sustainability, water must be supplied according to usage.

Looking at the gravity of the problem, the Union Government has formed a Jal Shakti Ministry, which has launched a targeted water conservation programme that emphasises on specific interventions like rainwater harvesting and watershed development. While this is a step in the right direction, India cannot fight this problem without changing the dystopian reality of its agriculture and irrigation system. To ensure complete utilization and maintenance of irrigation assets, states need to implement robust participatory irrigation management measures. There is a need to modernise the irrigation methods and adopt newer technologies while also switching to less water-intensive cash crop.

Additionally, states also need to drop the practice of supplying free and subsidised water. Market-based solutions through pricing of water supplied to urban homes can encourage efficient usage of water. Equity can be ensured through consumption slabs for the same. Delhi government, for instance, is making laudable efforts to address the water crisis by initiation of water harvesting plans on the Yamuna floodplains and installation of rainwater harvesting structures in all government buildings and existing structures. But these efforts need to be supplemented with elimination of free water supply to households that can very well afford to pay for it.

To develop long-term solutions, state governments can incentivize entrepreneurs in designing decentralized technologies for measuring and improving water quality and recharging groundwater. They also need to renovate existing infrastructures, such as water treatment plants, water networks and reservoirs. The idea is to supply water to more people using the same capacities, rather than waiting for new infrastructures to be built. Public-private partnerships can be the way to go, where the public sector must retain ownership on the assets and set tariffs ensuring that these resources are affordable for all. Lastly, emphasis on behavioural change should also be made. As local citizens and beneficiaries, we need to have the realization of our responsibilities and face the consequences of our actions. We need to keep our own usage and actions in check to overcome this issue before most of our cities are parched.


Sat, 20 Jul 2019 11:08:25 +0530
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Tusker 'brothers' go on rampage in Pilibhit village

 Pilibhit, July 20: The two tuskers 'brothers' who were released in Chuka compartment of Mahof forest range in Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR) on Thursday, went on a rampage in the area.

The tuskers partially damaged a house and consumed fruit-laden banana trees on Friday. The terror-stricken villagers ran away from their houses after spotting the elephants.

It was only after forest officials and the police arrived at the spot that the villagers returned to their homes, demanding that the elephant be pushed back.

This is the first time that PTR is witnessing the presence of elephants. There is no record of any elephant in these forest ranges.

The two tusker brothers who have remained inseparable since they were seen on June 24 in the district, have wandered from place to place, with forest officials on their heels in a bid to push them back into the forests.

These tuskers, responsible for killing five people, were finally tranquilized, shifted and released in PTR on Thursday night.

It is hoped that the elephants will retrace their steps back to where they came from, possibly Nepal, along the Sharda river via Uttarakhand forests.

The elephants are expected to move away from Chuka as it does not have an abundance of 'narkul' grass, a favourite of elephants, or adequate supply of water.

"The stray tuskers are on way back to their natural habitat in Nepal via the village belt of Pilibhit. The second tusker had moved towards Uttarakhand but they are expected to reunite in the catchment area of Sharda River to finally retreat to their home in Nepal," said a forest official.

Meanwhile, the Chief Conservator of Forest (CCF) of Rohilkhand zone, Lalit Verma, inspected the village and deployed pickets of forest force to keep the tusker away from human habitation.


Sat, 20 Jul 2019 10:39:00 +0530
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Dheeraj Dhoopar has two reasons to celebrate

Mumbai, July 20 : Actor Dheeraj Dhoopar is in a mood to celebrate his professional and personal achievements as his show "Kundali Bhagya" has bagged the top position and he has completed a decade with actress Vinny Arora, who is now his wife.

"I feel on top of the world. I think it's a matter of great happiness and I feel blessed everyday. The show is doing so well. I always wanted to do an Ekta Kapoor (producer) show. I wanted to play a romantic hero in Ekta Kapoor's show. Today, the show is so big," Dheeraj told IANS here with a lot of excitement.

His wife took to social media on Friday to tell the fans of #Viraj (a name given to the couple by their admirers) about them completing 10 years together.

"Ten years ago, I had met my wife. It's a great achievement... personally for me. After she entered my life, it became much better. I have become more mature," said the actor.

The couple had met on the sets of the show "Maat Pitaah Ke Charnon Mein Swarg".

"She has made me more stable. She has brought in calmness in my life. I had no patience. She taught me how to be more patient. I think whatever I am today is because of her, her blessings and love. She is my backbone," said Dheeraj.

He would like to reunite with her on-screen.

"We would love to work together. She is a wonderful actress. I have learnt so much from her. If I get an opportunity to work with her again, that will be a big thing for me. We are waiting for a good offer," said the "Sasural Simar Ka" actor.

Like most of the telly couples, they are open to taking up reality shows too.

"We were offered 'Nach Baliye', but due to time constraints, we couldn't do it," he said.

He had to even give up hosting a dance reality show due to "Kundali Bhagya".

"I was excited about hosting 'Dance India Dance', but I couldn't manage time well. I shoot for 'Kundali...' 12 hours a day. I believe in giving 100 per cent to one show," he said.

As for the fiction show, he promises there will be a lot of twists and turns.

Preeta (played by Shraddha Arya) is getting ready to tie the knot with Prithvi (Sanjay Gagnani) on Zee TV's "Kundali Bhagya". It has become a topic of discussion for fans who have been hoping to see her unite with Karan (Dheeraj).


Sat, 20 Jul 2019 10:31:35 +0530
Home Ministry working to

New Delhi,  While the finalization of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is at an advance stage in Assam, the Home Ministry is working on modalities to implement across the country the exercise to identify illegal immigrants for deportation.

An amendment in the Foreigners (Tribunals) Order, 1964, issued by the central government on May 30 paves the way for expanding the scope of NRC beyond.

The amended order empowers state governments and even district magistrates of all states and Union Territories to set up tribunals to identify a "foreigner" who is living in India illegally.

Until now, only the Centre had the power to constitute such tribunals, which were essentially quasi-judicial bodies unique to Assam.

The NRC exercise in Assam - under the supervision of the Supreme Court - is one of the most keenly watched processes in the country as several lakh people will be rendered stateless once the final list is published.

Pitching for the NRC to be a nationwide exercise and not just restricted to Assam, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday told the Rajya Sabha that the government will ensure that all illegal settlers in India are deported as per international law.

The government would deport illegal immigrants from "every inch of the country's soil", Shah said in the House.

The NRC, first published in Assam in 1951, is being updated as per directions of the Supreme Court to segregate Indian citizens living in Assam from those who have illegally entered the state from Bangladesh after March 25, 1971.

The apex court had asked the Centre and the Assam government to publish the list by July 31 but both the governments have sought more time to do so, citing the need for "sample re-verification" in areas bordering Bangladesh.

Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai, while replying to a query on the NRC in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, had also said there would be "some delay in finalising the NRC" as the government does not want genuine citizens to be left out or any illegal immigrant to be included.

Sat, 20 Jul 2019 10:25:44 +0530
Ghatam my alternate sou



New Delhi,  Padma Bhushan recipient musician Vikku Vinayakram is credited for putting the Carnatic music instrument of 'Ghatam' (an earthen pot) on the world map by playing it for a Grammy-winning music album.

Still playing the instrument with the same energy as ever, he feels the 'Ghatam' is his alternate soul.

"Without the 'Ghatam,' I am nothing. It's my breath, my life, my soul. Playing it is a ritual for me. I see God through my 'Ghatam'. It's part of my prayer through which I meditate," the award-winning percussionist told IANS.

Born in 1942, Vinayakram has collaborated with tabla maestro Zakir Hussain and leading Carnatic vocalists such as M.K. Thyagaraja Bagavathar, G.N. Balasubramaniam and M.S. Subbulakshmi. He played alongside Hussain for Mickey Hart's music album "Planet Drum" which won the Grammy in 1991.

Even at 77, with his third generation into music, the exponent feels each concert has something to teach.

"We are all part of the same family. Each concert is a learning and there is a lot to learn from each other. That's how we mature over a period of time through the music we share," he said about his collaborations.

Asked how the youth can be roped in as listeners and patrons of classical music, Vinayakram pointed to more concerts and outreach through radio.

"Radio channels play a big role for the Indian population but there are few public radio broadcasters that play classical music. This needs to increase and music should be taught as a curriculum from young age," said the Sangeet Natak Akademi fellow.

Looking back at an illustrious career in music that started at age 13, he observed: "We used to have long hours of practice and performances that has changed a bit".

The music maestro added that everything is an evolution and "you have to adapt along else you will become obsolete".

Vinayakram is set to put together a unique Carnatic percussion act '3G' at an HCL concert, with his son V. Selvaganesh and grandson Swaminathan on Friday. Renowned Bharatanatyam artiste and actor Shobana's dance performance is also scheduled at the event.

(Siddhi Jain can be contacted at

Sat, 20 Jul 2019 10:20:51 +0530
50 nominated posts in An

Amaravati, The Andhra Pradesh government on Friday decided to give 50 per cent of the nominated posts and 50 per cent of the contracts on nomination basis to the scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, backward classes and minorities.

The key decisions were taken by the state cabinet at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy here. The cabinet approved the draft bills in this regard.

SCs, STs, BCs and minorities will be provided 50 per cent of the posts in government corporations, boards, societies, trusts and market yards. SCs, STs and OBCs will also get half of the posts in temple committees.

Officials said 50 per cent of the nominated posts and 50 per cent of contracts to be given to the weaker sections will go to women.

In another bonanza for backward classes, the government decided to provide annual financial assistance of Rs 10,000 each to washermen, barbers and tailors.

The cabinet decided to provide free electricity to SC families with an upper limit of 200 units per month. This move is expected to benefit over 15.62 lakh SCs and impose a burden of Rs 411 on state exchequer.

The decisions were taken to implement the promises made by Jagan Reddy during election campaign.

In a move to address the issue of unemployment, it was decided to provide 75 per cent of jobs in industries to the locals.

The cabinet decided to bring a legislation to provide employment opportunities to those who lose their lands for the development of industries.

In a key move to root out corruption, the cabinet approved draft bill to set up Judicial Commission. To be headed by sitting or retired judge of the High Court, the Commission will scrutinize all tenders worth over Rs 100 crore for infrastructure projects. The government said the move would ensure transparency in tender process and eliminate corruption, irregularities and favoritism.

Every department will have to submit work proposals to the Judicial Commission, which will be assisted by experts. It will complete the entire tender process in 15 days.

The cabinet cleared a new scheme 'YSR Navodayam' to help micro, small and medium enterprises facing problems for three years. Under the scheme there will one-time restructuring of loans worth Rs 4,000 crore.

The government also decided to replace existing Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) with Andhra Pradesh Investment Promotion and Monitoring Agency (APIPMA). 

The Chief Minister will be chairman of the body, which will have seven directors. It will be responsible for attracting investment, branding, promotion, approvals for projects, funds mobilization and framing rules for controlling industrial pollution.

APIPMA will an advisory council, comprising company CEOs, leading businessmen and economic experts. The body will have head office in Vijayawada and another office in Hyderabad.

The cabinet also approved a draft bill for monitoring schools and higher education institutions. A commission will be constituted to ensure good quality education and to regulate fee structure.

Sat, 20 Jul 2019 10:16:15 +0530
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Women hold themselves back at work: Survey


New Delhi, July 20: While most young Indian women feel that women can pursue careers that were not previously available to them, only half are actually able to pursue a career of their choice, a new survey has revealed.

The research study by skincare brand Ponds, conducted on 1,000 women aged between 18 and 35 and living across India's metro areas, showed the glaring gap between perception and practice for women.

The survey also said that among the 85 per cent women who say that more and more women are starting businesses, just 58 per cent are able to go ahead with this.

It added that just five out of every 10 women are able to ask for the salary they think they deserve.

"Almost 9 in 10 (89 per cent) feel that women today can openly speak their mind at work and in meetings; however, only about six in 10 (62 per cent) end up doing so themselves."


Sat, 20 Jul 2019 10:15:54 +0530
Home Ministry working to

Home Ministry working to expand scope of NRC across India


New Delhi, July 20:  While the finalization of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is at an advance stage in Assam, the Home Ministry is working on modalities to implement across the country the exercise to identify illegal immigrants for deportation.

An amendment in the Foreigners (Tribunals) Order, 1964, issued by the central government on May 30 paves the way for expanding the scope of NRC beyond.

The amended order empowers state governments and even district magistrates of all states and Union Territories to set up tribunals to identify a "foreigner" who is living in India illegally.

Until now, only the Centre had the power to constitute such tribunals, which were essentially quasi-judicial bodies unique to Assam.

The NRC exercise in Assam - under the supervision of the Supreme Court - is one of the most keenly watched processes in the country as several lakh people will be rendered stateless once the final list is published.

Pitching for the NRC to be a nationwide exercise and not just restricted to Assam, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday told the Rajya Sabha that the government will ensure that all illegal settlers in India are deported as per international law.

The government would deport illegal immigrants from "every inch of the country's soil", Shah said in the House.

The NRC, first published in Assam in 1951, is being updated as per directions of the Supreme Court to segregate Indian citizens living in Assam from those who have illegally entered the state from Bangladesh after March 25, 1971.

The apex court had asked the Centre and the Assam government to publish the list by July 31 but both the governments have sought more time to do so, citing the need for "sample re-verification" in areas bordering Bangladesh.

Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai, while replying to a query on the NRC in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, had also said there would be "some delay in finalising the NRC" as the government does not want genuine citizens to be left out or any illegal immigrant to be included.

reference: IANS

Sat, 20 Jul 2019 10:04:23 +0530
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Pilibhit,  The two tuskers 'brothers' who were released in Chuka compartment of Mahof forest range in Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR) on Thursday, went on rampage in the area.

The tuskers partially damaged a house and consumed fruit-laden banana trees on Friday. The terror-stricken villagers ran away from their houses after spotting the elephants.

It was only after forest officials and the police arrived at the spot that the villagers returned to their homes, demanding that the elephant be pushed back.

This is the first time that PTR is witnessing the presence of elephants. There is no record of any elephant in these forest ranges.

The two tusker brothers who have remained inseparable since they were seen on June 24 in the district, have wandered from place to place, with forest officials on their heels in a bid to push them back into the forests.

These tuskers, responsible for killing five people, were finally tranquilized, shifted and released in PTR on Thursday night.

It is hoped that the elephants will retrace their steps back to where they came from, possibly Nepal, along the Sharda river via Uttarakhand forests.

The elephants are expected to move away from Chuka as it does not have an abundance of 'narkul' grass, a favourite of elephants, or adequate supply of water.

"The stray tuskers are on way back to their natural habitat in Nepal via the village belt of Pilibhit. The second tusker had moved towards Uttarakhand but they are expected to reunite in the catchment area of Sharda River to finally retreat to their home in Nepal," said a forest official.

Meanwhile, the Chief Conservator of Forest (CCF) of Rohilkhand zone, Lalit Verma, inspected the village and deployed pickets of forest force to keep the tusker away from human habitation.

Sat, 20 Jul 2019 09:28:24 +0530
Security at Taj Mahal to

Agra, July 20 The district administration of Agra has agreed to beef up security outside the Taj Mahal at the request of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), following Shiv Sena's threat of performing 'aarti' at the monument on each Monday of the holy month of 'Sawan'.

The ASI authorities wrote a letter stating that under the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 any kind of religious practice and beginning of new tradition in the protected monument is against the rules of the Act.

Agra Shiv Sena President Veenu Lavania on July 17 challenged the district administration and police to stop him and his aides from offering 'aarti' at the Taj Mahal.

Lavania had said: "Taj Mahal is not a mausoleum but Tejo Mahalaya, a temple of Lord Shiva. We will perform 'aarti' at Tejo Mahalaya on every Monday of 'Sawan'."

The Superintending Archaeologist of ASI of Agra circle, Vasant Swarankar, said that no 'aarti' or 'puja' has ever been performed in the Taj Mahal.

"We have requested the district authorities to make proper security arrangements outside the Taj Mahal," he said.

Additional District Magistrate (ADM) K.P. Singh said that no one would be allowed to disturb the law and order situation in the city. He said that proper arrangements would be made as per the ASI's request.

This is not the first time when right wing groups have attempted to create controversy over performing 'puja' inside the Taj Mahal.

Last year, a group of women from right wing organizations had performed 'puja' in the mosque inside the Taj Mahal to prove that the monument was originally a Shiv temple.

In 2008, a group of Shiv Sena activists had sneaked into the Taj Mahal, and performed religious ritual of a parikrama with folded hands, and when the cops spotted and challenged them, they got into a scuffle, which led to their arrest by the police.

The Shiv Sena says that the 17th century monument was built by Emperor Shah Jahan on an older Shiva temple called Tejo Mahalaya.



Sat, 20 Jul 2019 09:24:41 +0530
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Jammu, Over 2.38 lakh pilgrims have performed the ongoing Amarnath Yatra during the last 19 days as another batch of 4,094 yatris left Jammu on Saturday for the cave shrine in Kashmir Valley, officials said.

Since the Yatra began on July 1, a total of 2,38,974 pilgrims had 'darshan' at the cave shrine.

Police said another batch of 4,094 pilgrims left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas for the shrine in two escorted convoys. 

"Of these, 1,686 yatris are going to Baltal base camp while 2,408 are going to Pahalgam base camp," a police officer said.

Situated 3,888 metres above the sea level in Kashmir's Himalayas, the cave shrine houses an ice stalagmite structure that symbolises mythical powers of Lord Shiva, according to the devotees.

The ice structure waxes and wanes with the phases of the moon. 

Pilgrims approach the cave shrine either through the longer 45 km-long Pahalgam route or the shorter 14 km-long Baltal route.

Those using the Baltal route return to the base camp the same day after performing the Yatra. Helicopter services are available for the pilgrims at both the base camps. 

Local Muslims are lending a helping hand to ensure that their Hindu brethren can perform the Yatra with ease and convenience to uphold the centuries old tradition of Kashmir, abode of saints and Sufis.

The cave shrine was discovered in 1850 by a Muslim shepherd named Buta Malik . 

To reward the shepherd, a saint gave him a bag of charcoal that turned out to be gold, says the local folklore. 

Symbolically, the lore turned out to be true. The descendants of the shepherd have shared a portion of the offerings at the cave shrine for over 150 years.

This year's Amarnath Yatra will conclude on August 15 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.


Sat, 20 Jul 2019 09:21:50 +0530
India China to hold join

New Delhi,  The next edition of India and China military drill, that was resumed last year following a freeze over the Doklam stand-off, will be held later this year.

An official said there that the joint military exercise "Hand-in-Hand" will be held in Umroi near Shillong, Meghalaya. The last exercise, which was the seventh edition, was held in Chengdu in December 2018. 

In Umroi, the two forces will focus on counter terror operations, establishment of joint command post and joint combat drill though a detailed planning meeting will be held in August. 

Hand-in-Hand was started in 2007 in Kunming but was halted after the Chinese troops came to Belgaum in Karnataka for the second edition. The exercised resumed only five years later in 2013 as New Delhi and Beijing had suspended their military ties because of a visa row. After the 6th edition in Pune in 2016, the exercise again got derailed because of 73-day stand-off between the two forces in Sikkim's Doklam area where the troops from both sides came face to face. 

The situation eased last year and the troops of the two sides interacted once again in China and videos of People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers dancing with their Indian counterpart also went viral. The drill is on track this year despite recent incident in Demchok region of Ladakh where a Chinese group objected to locals celebrating the Dalai Lama's birthday. The situation was diffused in flag meeting as is the practice. 

Fri, 19 Jul 2019 22:48:59 +0530
Karnataka CM misses Gover

Bengaluru,  Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Friday missed the second deadline of 6 p.m. set by Governor Vajubhai Vala to prove the Congress-JD(S)coalition government's majority in the Assembly.

"As the debate on the confidence motion moved by the Chief Minister on Thursday did not conclude in the Assembly, Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar could not conduct the floor test by the 6 p.m. deadline set by the Governor for the second time," an official told IANS.

The Governor directed the Chief Minister to prove the majority by 6 p.m. after the 1:30 p.m. deadline he set on Thursday night lapsed, as the discussions on the motion did not conclude by then even as the Speaker adjourned the House till 3 p.m.

In response to the demand of the ruling Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) lawmakers to allow them to participate in the discussions, the Speaker said that he would extend the session's time for a couple of hours, but pleaded with them to end the debate by Friday and conclude the floor test.

The opposition BJP insisted on conducting the floor test by Friday night itself.

Kumaraswamy and Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Krishna Byre Gowda appealed to the Speaker to extend the debate to Monday, assuring him to complete the floor test.

Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah also sought time till Monday.

"The Chief Minister failed to prove majority in the Assembly by 1:30 p.m., the deadline set by the Governor on Thursday," opposition BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa told the Speaker after the first deadline lapsed.

When the former three-time BJP Chief Minister urged the Speaker to conduct the floor test forthwith, Kumar said that he would do it after the discussions on the confidence motion were completed by the treasury and the opposition members.

"Voice vote on the confidence motion only after discussions on it by the treasury and opposition members. Division of votes will be looked into if anyone demands for it after the voice vote," said Kumar.

In a letter issued on Thursday night, Vala had directed the Chief Minister to prove majority by 1:30 p.m. on Friday, a time set in response to BJP's complaint to him on the dilatory tactics of the ruling allies on the confidence motion Kumaraswamy moved on Thursday.

"I require you to prove your majority on or before 1:30 p.m. tomorrow (Friday)," said Vala in the letter after his Thursday's order to complete the floor test by the end of the day also lapsed.

Resuming the inconclusive debate on the motion, stalled six times due to ruckus between the lawmakers of the ruling allies and the BJP, Kumaraswamy said that it was for the Speaker to decide on the Governor's order as to when he should prove the majority on the floor of the House.

"It is not for me to decide by when I should prove the majority. It is the Speaker who is the custodian of the House and has the supreme authority to decide how the session should be conducted," said Kumaraswamy.

Intervening in the debate, Byre Gowda said the Governor cannot give such an order on the motion which was being debated by the ruling parties and the opposition members.

"We fail to understand how the Governor could direct the Chief Minister to prove majority in a limited timeframe without completing the debate by both sides and hearing the reply on it by the Chief Minister as mentioned in the rule book," said Gowda.

A restive BJP told the Speaker not to allow the ruling combine to further delay the floor test as there was no stay on it from the Supreme Court on the trial of strength.

Rejecting the BJP's demand, ruling lawmakers asked the Governor to go back and accused him of being a BJP agent who was converting the Raj Bhavan into a BJP office.

About 20 legislators, including 14 from the Congress, 3 from the JD-S and 3 Independents, were absent in the 225-member Karnataka Assembly when the session began on Friday.

Fri, 19 Jul 2019 22:01:20 +0530
Trump says US warship des

Washington,The US President Donald Trump has said that the American military destroyed an Iranian drone that came within 1,000 yards of one of its naval vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, a claim rejected by Tehran on Friday.

Speaking at the White House, Trump said that USS Boxer -- an amphibious assault ship of the US Navy -- "took defensive action" on Thursday as the Iranian drone was "threatening the safety of the ship and the ship's crew". 

"The drone was immediately destroyed," the US President added without giving more details.

The incident marks a new escalation of tensions between the two countries less than a month after Iran shot down an American drone in the same waterway and Trump came close to retaliating with a military strike.

Reacting to Trump's statement, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said that Iran had not lost any drone in the Strait of Hormuz, one of the world's most critical petroleum shipping routes as one-fifth of global crude exports pass through it. 

"We have not lost any drone in the Strait of Hormuz nor anywhere else. I am worried that USS Boxer has shot down their own UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) by mistake!," Araqchi tweeted, referring to a US warship in the strategic waterway. 

The development comes after Tehran on Thursday said that it had seized a "foreign tanker" and its 12 crew for "smuggling fuel" in the Gulf and days after reports of a British tanker being harassed in the region.

Chief Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said that USS Boxer downed the approaching drone at approximately 10 a.m. on Thursday during its planned inbound transit of the Strait of Hormuz, the US media reported.

"A fixed wing UAS approached USS Boxer and closed within a threatening range. The ship took defensive action against the UAS to ensure the safety of the ship and its crew," said the statement.

Citing US defence officials, the US media reported that the Iranian drone was brought down by counter-drone jamming equipment, which was operated by US marines aboard the USS Boxer.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had earlier told reporters in New York that "we have no information about losing a drone...".

Tensions are running high between Washington and Tehran over Trump's decision to pull the US out of the 2015 nuclear deal which Iran signed with world powers. The US President reinstated sanctions on Iran following the withdrawal.

"This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran against vessels operating in international waters. The US reserves the right to defend our personnel facilities and interests and calls upon all nations to condemn Iran's freedom of navigation...," said Trump.

"I also call on other nations to protect their ships as they go through the strait and to work with us in the future," he added.

USS Boxer, a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, arrived in US Central Command area of operation on June 23 with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and two other amphibious warships, according to a statement of US 5th Fleet.

The US has been upgrading its military posture in the Middle East since May by sending troops and military assets to the region, claiming that these measures are "prudent response to credible threats from Iran" and for "defensive purposes".


Fri, 19 Jul 2019 21:57:33 +0530
NCST team to visit Sonebh

New Delhi,  A team of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) will visit Uttar Pradesh's Sonebhadra district on Monday to inquire into the killings of 10 tribal farmers allegedly over a land dispute on Wednesday.

The team led by the NCST Chairperson Nand Kumar Sai has also decided to visit the place of the incident, meet the family members of deceased and injured persons and hold meetings with the administration and the police in the district.

The Commission has already issued notices to the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police (DGP), Uttar Pradesh, and the District Collector and Superintendent of Police (SP) of Sonebhadra district to send factual and action taken report in the matter.

"It has come to the notice of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes through print and electronic media on 18.07.2019 that 10 persons belonging to Scheduled Tribes have been killed and several injured over a land dispute in Umbha village of Sonebhadra district in Uttar Pradesh. 

"Keeping in view of the seriousness of the incident, the Commission issued notices to the Chief Secretary and DGP, Uttar Pradesh, and District Collector and SP of Sonebhadra district to send factual and action taken report in the matter," a government statement said.

"Accordingly, a team of NCST comprising Nand Kumar Sai, Chairperson, Maya Chintamn Ivnate, member, S.K. Ratho, Joint Secretary to Government of India, and R.K. Dubey, Assistant Director, will visit Sonebhadra district to inquire into the incident," it added.

After visiting the Umbha village, the NCST team will hold a meeting with the Divisional Commissioner, Mirzapur, Additional DGP, Varanasi Range, District Collector and Superintendent of Police, Sonebhadra district.


Fri, 19 Jul 2019 21:53:15 +0530
3 held for physically abu

Srinagar: Three people were detained here in the renowned Dal Lake for physically abussing a minor girl on board a' shikara,' police said Friday.

Police got data on Thursday that three people physically abused a minor girl in the Dal Lake region of Hazratbal inside a' shikara.' The accused were the region's local inhabitants. 

Acting on the information, the police arrested two accused but the third one managed to escape. However, he was arrested later, the police said. 

Fri, 19 Jul 2019 21:50:13 +0530
African national gang rap

Gurugram,  An African national has filed a complaint with the Gurugram Police, allegeing that two people had gang-raped her in Gurugram's Sheetala Colony on Thursday night.

"On the basis of the narrative given by the victim, the Gurugram Police have registered an FIR under the relevant section (367D) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and managed to arrest one of the accused, identified as Saddam, a native of Kasganj in Uttar Pradesh who currently lives in Sheetala colony," said Subhash Bokan, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Gurugram police.

Bokan said that the victim had gone to one of the night clubs in Sahara Mall on Thursday night. Around mid night, she came out of the club and hired an auto-rickshah to go near the Guru Dronacharya metro station.

"After she boarded the auto, the accused driver Saddam and his friend, instead of taking her to the metro station, drove her to a rented house ownned by Saddam where they took turns to rape her," Bokan said.

Bokan said that the victim was not familiar with the roads of the city and the accused might have taken advantage of this fact.

"Going by the seriousness of the matter, we immediately conducted medical examination of the victim which confirmed rape. The victim has given physical descriptions of the accused and has verified the rented house where the crime was committed," Bokan said.

"Since the police identified the accused based on the statement of the house owner, we mounted manual and technical surveillance on the accused to nab them. One of the accused, Saddam, was arrested by the poice from the CRPF Chowk on Sheetala Mata road on Friday afternoon. We are trying to catch the other accused," the officer said.

Fri, 19 Jul 2019 21:01:45 +0530
Priyanka s detention Mah

Mumbai,  Maharashtra Congress protested strongly against the detention of AICC General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi by the Uttar Pradesh Police when she was proceeding to meet the victims of the Sonbhadra massacre, here on Friday.

Leading the vociferous demonstrations in south Mumbai, Maharashtra Congress President Balasaheb Thorat and other leaders demanded to know whether "it is a crime" to meet and console the kin of those killed in the caste riots which rocked Sonbhadra on Wednesday in which at least 10 people were gunned down.

"Instead of going after the perpetrators of the heinous caste violence, the UP government is misusing its power by detaining the opposition leaders. This is because they are 'scared' of Priyanka Gandhi," Thorat said.

He termed Priyanka Gandhi's detention as "totally illegal" and "high-handedness" of the UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's government which has failed to curb such blatant violence in the state and was busy targeting opposition leaders.

Later, hundreds of Congress activists and top leaders burnt effigies of the UP CM and raised slogans condemning the 'autocratic actions of his government' on Priyanka Gandhi.

Fri, 19 Jul 2019 20:57:04 +0530
Shiv Sena plans Aaditya a

On Thursday, the Shiv Sena presented party leader Uddhav Thackeray's son and chief Yuva Sena, Aaditya, as their chief ministerial candidate, ahead of the October state assembly elections. The statement came just after Aaditya began his national' Jan Ashirwad Daura' from Jalgaon, the first time Sena rulers formally estimated the 29-year-old as the decision of the party.

It's the people's decision that Aaditya should lead the Vidhan Sabha state and decide Maharashtra's future, "said Raut, a Rajya Sabha MP, adding that Aaditya has the state-acceptable management characteristics.

Patil, Pachora's Sena MLA said, "The saffron flag is going to fly over the Vidhan Sabha, and then nothing can prevent our Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray from becoming chief minister."

Fri, 19 Jul 2019 15:36:34 +0530
Centre s response sought

New Delhi,  The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre to file a response on a public suit seeking a ban on green flags with crescent and star which resembles those of the Pakistan Muslim League.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked the government to file a reply within four weeks.

The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by Shia Waqf Board chief Syed Waseem Rizvi.

Rizvi said that hoisting such flags atop buildings and religious places in the country was un-Islamic.

Such flags were being hoisted in Muslim dominated areas with impunity, he said.

He added that the crescent and star in a green backdrop had never been a part of any Islamic practice and do not have any role or significance in Islam.

Rizvi has also sought direction to proceed against persons and organisations hoisting the flag of the Pakistan Muslim League party.


Fri, 19 Jul 2019 15:20:36 +0530
Priyanka detained on way

Mirzapur (Uttar Pradesh), Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi was arrested here at the Chunar Guest House after being prevented from going to the village of Murtiya in the district of Sonebhadra in Uttar Pradesh where ten individuals were murdered in a property dispute.

The leader of the Congress arrived in Varanasi on Friday morning and met the wounded at Banaras Hindu University who were admitted to the Trauma Center. Her convoy was halted at the Mirzapur frontier when she proceeded toward Sonebhadra.

Fri, 19 Jul 2019 15:10:37 +0530
CRPF trooper killed as te

When a Noida businessman's adolescent son rammed his Mercedes vehicle into a vehicle occupied here by three paramilitary staff, a CRPF trooper was murdered, police said Friday.

The collision happened in Greater Kailash region just before midnight on Thursday when teenager Sanidhya Garg jumped a traffic signal, struck the other vehicle, climbed on to the divider and stopped after hitting an electric pole.

The accident left in the wounded vehicle all three CRPF troops including constable driver Vinod Kumar, 36, Babu Lal Yadav, 38, and Narender 24.

Fri, 19 Jul 2019 15:00:25 +0530
Opposition walks out of L

New Delhi,The opposition, including the Congress, DMK and TMC, on Friday walked out of the Lok Sabha over the Karnataka crisis, accusing the BJP of destabilizing the state government.

The MPs trooped out of the House during Zero Hour when Speaker Om Birla allowed Congress floor leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury to speak on the issue but only for a few minutes.

Chowdhury said the opposition was hopeful that Home Minister Amit Shah would speak on the issue as an adjournment motion had been given.

He accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of attempting to destabilize the elected state governments one by one in every state. "The conspiracy in this direction is continuing."

When the Speaker interrupted Chowdhury, the opposition members walked out of the House.

Earlier, the opposition raised the issue during Question Hour with members shouting slogans like "Save democracy" and "We want justice". DMK and the Congress MPs also trooped near the Speaker's podium.

The Speaker said as it was a state matter and the issue had already been raised during Zero Hour in the past, it should not be raised again.

As the protest continued, the Speaker urged the opposition members to return to their seats and promised to allow them to speak during Zero Hour.

The political crisis in Karnataka has been deepening with many Congress and JD-S MLAs resigning or siding with the BJP, the main opposition party, threatening the future of the H.D. Kumaraswamy-led government.

Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:44:05 +0530
Naidu pulls up Modi minis

New Delhi,  After Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed his displeasure over ministers skipping Parliament proceedings, Rajya Sabha Chairperson M. Venkaiah Naidu on Friday embarrassed the government by pulling up Minister of State for Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairying, Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, for being absent recently when his name was called.
Naidu cautioned the Minister not to repeat the mistake.

"Mantriji, day before yesterday your name was there in the agenda. But when called, you were not there. Please note that it should not happen in future," the Chairman said.

Balyan, who laid paper on the table listed against his name in the House, regretted for being absent and assured the same will not happen again.

Later, the House took up various important issues during the Zero Hour. The leaders from Bihar raised the issue of flood in the state that has affected nearly a dozen districts.

Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:39:47 +0530
Karnataka CM misses Gover

Bengaluru,  Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy missed the deadline 1:30 p.m. on Friday given by  Governor Vajubhai Vala's for proving majority in the Legislative Assembly of the State here.

However, the Speaker ruled out floor test before the discussion on the confidence motion was completed.

Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:31:54 +0530
SFI stabbing Knife recov

Thiruvananthapuram,  The Kerala Police on Friday recovered the knife used in the stabbing of a third-year graduate student here, even as protests continued over the murder and the Governor was urged to intervene in the PSC and collegiate education handling.

Led by Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala a delegation met Governor P. Sathasivam, who is the Chancellor and also the appointing authority of the Public Service Commission. They sought immediate intervention into the admission procedures being followed in government colleges and examinations conducted by the PSC.

This comes after protests raged in the state over the murder of a third-year graduate student Akhil, who was stabbed by SFI activists inside the Thiruvananthapuram's University College, while two others were also injured. 

The delegation briefed Sathasivam about the callousness being followed by the PSC and the sorry state of affairs at the way the Collegiate education has been functioning in the state.

"We briefed him that it's mayhem created by the Student Federation of India (SFI) (the student wing of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)," Chennithala told the media after the meeting. 

"We have sought his immediate intervention to see that the admission procedures in government colleges, the way examinations are being conducted and the functioning of the PSC is looked into," he said.

The Governor has assured the delegates taht he is closely watching the developments on a day-to-day basis, the Congress leader said. He had already expressed his displeasure over the incident.

Chennithala said the opposition's protest will continue till a CBI probe is ordered.

Last week, eight members of the SFI allegedly stabbed a B.A. final year student Akhil to death and injured two others of the University College.

The police have so far arrested five of the accused while three are still at large. Both the prime accused in the case -- Shivaranjith and Nazeem -- are office bearers of the SFI unit in the college. They have secured first and 28th rank in the Public Service Commission (PSC) of the 4th battalion of officers of the Kerala Armed Police (Kasaragod) list.

The PSC has launched an internal probe on the allegations.

On Friday, a police team brought the two arrested students to the college as part of evidence collection, when the knife used in the stabbing was recovered. The arrested have confessed they had bought the knife online. 


Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:17:19 +0530
Kohli available for WI to

New Delhi, The selection of the Indian team for the West Indies tour has been postponed by a day and is to be held in Mumbai on Sunday, thanks to the new CoA diktat on the Chief Selector convening the meeting instead of the Secretary, but the focus of the five-wise men -- led by M.S.K. Prasad -- will remain the same when they sit to pick the teams. It will be all about laying the building blocks for mission 2023 -- the year of the next 50-over World Cup.

While skipper Virat Kohli has decided to now make himself available for the limited-overs series of the tour, there will still be quite a few fresh faces, especially after a gruelling season saw the Indian players first play the Indian Premier League and then the World Cup. Add to that the injuries to players like Shikhar Dhawan and all-rounder Vijay Shankar.

The Indians will first play the limited-overs series - three T20Is and three ODIs between August 3 and August 14 -- before starting their campaign in the Test championship with two Tests in Antigua and Jamaica.

While Kohli is now available, the pace battery of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are most likely to be given a break and that would then see youngsters like Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar and Khaleel Ahmed being given a go.

In the batting too, with Dhawan injured and the duo of Dinesh Karthik and Kedar Jadhav putting on a poor show in the World Cup, the likes of Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill and Manish Pandey could be given a go-ahead.

In fact, it could be a case of the Indian selectors finally giving Shreyas Iyer a chance at the number four spot. At present, Gill and Iyer are the two players who definitely have the arsenal to stand tall and hold fort at that position. While Gill has scores of 62 and 77 in his last two games for India ‘A' against West Indies ‘A', Iyer has a 77 (first game) and 47 (third game).

Mahendra Singh Dhoni though is expected to take a break even as rumours over his retirement have not yet been officially confirmed by either skipper Kohli or the BCCI.

The spin bowling department too could see a few changes if the selectors do decide to show some courage and rope in young turks like Rahul Chahar or Shreyas Gopal to give them a chance to express themselves on the big stage. Kuldeep Yadav is most likely to miss the flight after a dismissal show in the World Cup.

Rahul impressed in the IPL and picked up 13 wickets in 13 games and was a key figure in Mumbai's triumph. Gopal also had a brilliant IPL for Rajasthan Royals. Apart from bagging 20 wickets from 14 matches, Gopal achieved the rare feat of dismissing both Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in the same innings, not once but twice.

(Baidurjo Bhose can be contacted at


Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:06:50 +0530
79 Indian smartphone use

Gurugram,  Seventy-nine per cent smartphone users in India are using over-the-top (OTT) apps for entertainment and as many as four out of five users have at least one OTT entertainment platform on their device, a new report said on Thursday.

Hotstar is the most-penetrated OTT entertainment app with 49 per cent of smartphone users having it installed on their devices.

The OTT platforms installed on the devices are in addition to the casual entertainment apps such as YouTube and UGC (User Generated Content) platforms like TikTok and with such as penetration, OTT entertainment apps have become the 'most-penetrated' app category for smartphone users in India after social networking, chatting and e-commerce Apps, revealed the report by market research firm techARC.

"Over the past three years, we have seen a lot of enablement both from the smartphone OEMs as well as operators' sides. This has facilitated the growth of OTT entertainment services as well as consumption.

"While 4G has undoubtedly created this category, it has been complemented by the smartphone industry that has innovated to save every micron on the screen for full-screen viewing, backed by a powerful battery and stereophonic sound," said Faisal Kawoosa, Founder and Chief Analyst, techARC.

One of the main factors for Hotstar's growth has been its sports content, especially cricket.

Meanwhile, Amazon Prime Video has slightly better penetration than Netflix in India. Prime Video penetration is 15 per cent as compared to 13 per cent of Netflix. 

This is a result of Amazon's close relationship with some smartphone OEMs where Amazon apps like Amazon Shopping and Amazon Prime Video come pre-loaded in the device. 

Fri, 19 Jul 2019 09:57:09 +0530
Half glass water policy i

Lucknow,  Keeping in mind the drinking water crisis that has been predicted by several agencies within the decade, the Uttar Pradesh Assembly has decided to follow the 'half glass water' policy in order to prevent wastage of water.

In an order that has been implemented with immediate effect, Principal Secretary of the Vidhan Sabha Pradeep Dubey has said that half-filled glasses of water should be served in all offices and canteens.

"Most people tend to leave water in glasses, hence, only half filled glasses of water will be served and those who want more can ask for it," he said.

The order, sources said, would increase the work pressure on fourth class employees, especially during summer months, since majority of the people consume more water and those serving it will have to be ready with second helpings.

It may be recalled that several restaurants, especially in Maharashtra, have already implemented the half glass water policy to conserve water.

Fri, 19 Jul 2019 09:46:08 +0530
Portugal honours Imtiaz A

Mumbai,  Imtiaz Ali's 2017 film "Jab Harry Met Sejal" didn't impress the Indian audience much, but the Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma-starrer, has now received a Medal of Merit from the Portuguese Government.

Imtiaz was conferred the Portuguese Touristic Medal of Merit earlier this month. The medal and diploma were awarded by the Minister of Economy, Pedro Siza Vieira, and the Secretary of State for Tourism, Ana Mendes Godinho. 

Incidentally, a priotion of the film was shot in Portugal. 

Imtiaz shot in places such as Lisbon, Sintra and Cascais. He was awarded the medal for choosing Portugal to film his movies and promoting Portugal through his Bollywood lenses.

The Indian ambassador to Portugal, K. Nandini Singla, was also present, along with other members of the Indian community living in Portugal, at the award ceremony.

For Imtiaz, Portugal is a special place, full of beauty and character. "It's been a privilege visiting here (Portugal) and getting to shoot with these wonderful people. I feel immense gratitude for this medal, to the ministries of Economy and Tourism and Cinemate, for the warmth and the recognition. Can't wait to come back to work here," he added.

According to Godinho: "This is a public recognition from the Portuguese Government of Imtiaz Ali's role in connecting Portugal and India more and more and in promoting Portugal as a great destination for making movies and, particularly, Bollywood movies."


Fri, 19 Jul 2019 09:41:04 +0530
Jailed Arun Saha centrifu

New Delhi,  The rating agencies fiasco viz IL&FS is now common knowledge. Triple A rated IL&FS Group entities enjoyed best of credit worthiness in the market place and a whole catalogue of high profile MNCs, trusts and corporate entities subscribed to its bonds.

On Wednesday, it accounted for another victim. CARE Ratings placed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rajesh Mokashi on leave until further notice, making it the second rating agency to do so amid regulatory concerns. Earlier this month, ICRA Ltd, the Indian unit of Moody's Investors Service, placed its CEO Naresh Takkar on leave after Sebi forwarded concerns raised anonymously to the company. 

CARE said Mokashi would be on leave until the company had examined an anonymous complaint against him sent to the Sebi. The same Mokashi connect emerges in the questioning of joint Managing Director (MD) at IL&FS, Arun Saha.

Saha, a key member of the operating cabal who was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in mid-June, has during the course of his interrogation dropped quite a few clangers and implicated himself and the clique which ran the Group headed by Ravi Parthasarthy on the jiggery pokery that was going on. 

The malfeasance stems from the role played by this closed user group. The narrative that emerges from Saha's questioning on this issue is a telling tale of how the collusion between managements and ratings agencies functions to the detriment of corporate India. 

Take a gander at the questioning of Saha by the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO), which reveals the world of complicity. On a question posed to him by the SFIO during the course of the interrogation, Saha is asked about a mail dated December 30, 2015 from Ravi Parthasarthy to him. His response is that he intimated Ravi that IL&FS had not given CRISIL any business and only once the negative rating in ITNL was removed by them would business be given to them again for new ratings. 

On being asked about how extreme pressure was brought to bear in the context of forwarding of the Rating letter with the mail subject, IEECL-CARE RATING BBB- OUTLOOK STABLE, Saha's retort was that it was done in the context of achieving the result for FY 2017 with only two months left in the financial year. 

Extreme pressure being in the context of the Rating Agency agreeing to the company's Plan. So brazen and naked was the threat of removing or giving business by Saha and Parthasarthy that it was used as a lever for power play. 

Here is a sample of the line of questioning:

Q4. Please state the issues which you were handling in rating agencies in absence of Ravi in light with the answer to question no.30 in your statement dated 9.4.2019.

Ans. The matters handled were with regard to update on fund raising plan, Operational issues raised by the Rating agencies. Post Mr Parthasarathy's illness attending meeting with Rating Agencies along with Mr Hari Sankaran on matters relating to capital raising plan in IL&FS that was contemplated and the shareholder support and divestment initiatives of ITNL and other assets.

Q5. What are the operational issues which were handled by you with the rating agencies?

Ans. Issues, if any that the agency wanted to have discussions on any operational matters. Like various discussions were held with regard to adoption of IND AS account standard, compliance of norms, observations of auditors etc.

Q8. You have been shown email dated 24.11.2016 from Hari to you regarding appointment of an Independent director, why have you stated that in the reply of the same that the person has to be non-intrusive and obedient?

Ans. That was inappropriate communication. What I wanted to communicate was that the person should be a nice gentleman.

Q9. Are you suffering from any mental illness?

Ans. No, I am not suffering from any mental illness.

Q10. Then in that situation how can the words non-intrusive and obedient mean nice? Which in fact are the very reasons why an independent director is mandated in Companies Act?

Ans. It was a judgmental error to use those terms.

Q11. Are you saying today on 17.04.2019 that the words used by you in 2016 were inappropriate for the appointment of an independent director?

Ans. Yes I am saying this today.

Q13. Please see the email dated 4.5.2018 from you to Ravi wherein you have stated that I have told ICRA to keep in abeyance the downgrade in rating to A- (negative) for ITNL. Can you do so?

Ans. I had requested ICRA on intimation from ITNL, that to keep the rating decision in abeyance for discussions and I wanted the CFO of ITNL to meet them asap.

Q14. Were you not interfering in the independent process of rating agencies to the advantage of your company?

Ans. No. As soon as a rating mandate is given to the rating agency, the agency has the unfettered right to go ahead with their rating decisions. As a customary practice, rating agencies keep a communication with the Company till it's formally published and provide draft of their communication for review and comments.

Q20. Were such communications with Mr Anjan Ghosh done previously also by you for ratings given by ICRA for instruments raised by your companies?

Ans. I do''t think so, it has been done by me previously for ratings given by ICRA for instruments raised by our companies. This would be a one off case, where such telephonic communication has been made with Mr Anjan Ghosh and email to that effect (dated 04.05.2018) had been sent to me which is mentioned above.

Q21. So you mean to say that you were influencing the rating agencies after the customary practice of communication sent to your company?

Ans. No, in this case no formal communication was sent to me.

Q23. Having written -- "I have already spoken to CARE and India Rating"", please explain what does this mean? Were you speaking directly and if so to whom?

Ans. I do‘'t recollect to whom I have spoken in the rating agency.

Q24. Do you know anyone in CARE and India Ratings?

Ans. Mr Rajesh Mokashi, MD of CARE and Mr Anando Bhowmik, head of financial services ratings of India Ratings were known to me.

Q16. In case the interactions were done by the officials of the companies with the rating agencies then in what capacity were these rating agencies informing you?

Ans. The communications take place at the credit department and accounts department and the credit department handling these rating agencies communications were headed by Sujoy Das and in case of ITNL it was handled by Mr Dilip Bhatia, CFO.

Q17. So you mean to say in the context of the mail above that Dilip Bhatia informed you about the downgraded rating of ITNL by ICRA?

Ans. The name of the person who intimated me over the phone about this downgrade is not recollected today but he was reporting to Dilip Bhatia, CFO in ITNL.

Q18. So after this telephonic communication by this person in ITNL you mailed Ravi immediately about this downgrade.

Ans. Yes.

Q25. Is''t it coincidental that you are knowing all the heads of the rating agencies in spite of not having any mandate for taking up the task of rating of the IL&FS entities?

Ans. I have been dealing for IL&FS rating for over two decades and in this process have made various officials of rating agencies from time to time and on few occasions interacted with rating agency officials for group rating if needed by the group entity.


Fri, 19 Jul 2019 09:38:40 +0530
After ICJ rap Pakistan a

Islamabad/New Delhi,  Acting on the International Court of Justice ruling, Pakistan has agreed to grant consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav "according to Pakistani laws", the Pakistan Foreign Office said.

In a statement released post midnight, the Pakistan foreign office said it has informed Jadhav of his rights to consular access under the Vienna Convention.

However, the statement said that Pakistan will grant consular access to Jadhav "according to Pakistani laws".

"As a responsible state, Pakistan will grant consular access to Commander Kulbushan Jadhav according to Pakistani laws, for which modalities are being worked out," it said.

The move comes after the ICJ rapped Islamabad for continually denying Jadhav, incarcerated in a military jail in an unknown location in Pakistan, consular access in accordance with the Vienna Convention.

India on Thursday had asked Pakistan to "act immediately" on the ICJ verdict and grant consular access to Jadhav.

The ICJ has directed Pakistan for continued stay on the death sentence of Jadhav and to provide him consular access. Pakistan had refused to allow Indian officials to meet Jadhav ever since his "arrest" in March 2016 for alleged espionage. India had approached the ICJ after he was in April 2017 sentenced to death by a military court.

Islamabad's move comes ahead of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's visit to Washington, where he is to meet President Donald Trump at the White House on July 22.

Pakistan also arrested Mumbai attacks mastermind and Jamat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed on Wednesday, in another move ahead of the Imran-Trump meeting.

While acceding to the ICJ ruling on Jadhav, Pakistan has maintained that it will "proceed as per law".

The Foreign Office said after the ICJ ruling: "Having heard the judgment, Pakistan will now proceed as per law", which was also echoed by Imran Khan in his tweet on Thursday. 

"(I) appreciate ICJ's decision not to acquit, release & return Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav to India. He is guilty of crimes against the people of Pakistan. Pakistan shall proceed further as per law," the Pakistan Prime Minister tweeted.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Thursday said that India expects Pakistan to "act immediately" on the ICJ ruling and allow consular access to Jadhav.

"When the court says immediate action, it means 'immediate' and Pakistan should take immediate action. We are waiting for Pakistan to act," he had said.

Kumar said the ICJ in its verdict ruled that Pakistan "should take all measures to provide for effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentencing of Jadhav, and that this should include enacting appropriate legislation".


Fri, 19 Jul 2019 09:34:38 +0530
Activists criticise raids

New Delhi,  Activists on Thursday expressed dismay and disappointment over the raids carried out by the CBI at the Lawyers Collective's offices and the residences of its founders Anand Grover and Indira Jaising, saying that "it is an attempt to muzzle civil society voices and assault on democracy and democratic values."

The activists belonging to various sectors, including public health experts and representatives of marginalised communities, in a statement demanded to stop deliberate and illegal harassment of Lawyer's Collective.

"The civil cociety stands firmly in their support and will take all necessary action to resist and challenge this arbitrary action by the government," the activists said in the statement. 

"We are deeply concerned that by targeting Lawyers Collective and its founding trustees -- Indira Jaising and Anand Grover -- a chilling message is being sent to the civil society to toe the line and curb dissent. We stand with the Lawyers Collective, Indira Jaising and Anand Grover and urge them to stay undeterred and continue to respond based on their Constitutionally guaranteed fundamental rights," the statement said.

The activists appreciated the work of the Lawyers Collective in improving the lives of lakhs of people through legal advice and support and said that the Lawyers Collective's doors have always been open for the weakest and the most marginalised, who needed refuge and hope in the judicial process.

The statement also said that if the whole world today acknowledges the strides India has made in articulating the law on HIV/AIDS (2017), it is because the Lawyers Collective found the resources and invested its expertise and its heart in trying to protect the rights of people living with HIV.

The statement was endorsed by A. Jayavathana of HIV Ullor Nala Sangam, Aaron Sunday of Nigeria-based African Network of Adolescents and Young Persons Development, Aarti from Mumbai-based Triveni Samaj Vikas Kendra and Abhijit Ghosh of Kolkata-based Komal Gandhar, among others. 

The CBI on July 11 searched the residences of senior Supreme Court lawyer Indira Jaising and Anand Grover for alleged violation of Foreign Contribution (regulation) Act (FCRA) norms and claimed to have recovered incriminating documents.

The action came almost a month after the CBI registered a case against Mumbai-based NGO Lawyers Collective and its President Anand Grover for alleged violation of FCRA, criminal conspiracy and criminal breach of trust.

Jaising accused the government of targeting the couple for the human rights works they have done.


Fri, 19 Jul 2019 09:31:07 +0530
Kashmir issue has no solu

New Delhi, Former External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh has said the Kashmir issue has no solution as the relation between India and Pakistan is "accident-prone".

Speaking at the launch of the book "Indo-Pak Relations: Beyond Pulwama and Balakot" by U.V. Singh here on Thursday, the former Union Minister said the future of both countries lies in the past as they carry lot of baggage, finding it almost impossible to jettison. 

He said one country's victory will be another's fall. "Pakistan is suffering from chronic inferiority complex when it comes to India," Singh said. 

Giving the example of International Court of Justice (ICJ) judgment in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, Singh said the verdict was favourable to India (15:1) but Pakistan Foreign Minister said that it was favourable to them.

"They are not ready to concede anything in favour of India and this shows the mentality of 'I don't agree'," he said.

He said India is not obsessed with Pakistan but Pakistan is obsessed with India. 

The former Minister also said any decision of the Pakistani government needs an approval or disapproval of the Pakistani army. 

Besides the army in Pakistan, Singh said the other factor was the ISI that needs to be consulted on every issue.

Fri, 19 Jul 2019 09:26:16 +0530
Karnataka Governor direct

Bengaluru,  On a day of high drama in the Karnataka Assembly and swift developments later, Governor Vajubhai Vala on Thursday directed Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy to prove his majority on Friday by 1:30 p.m.

"I require you to prove your majority on the floor of the House on or before 1:30 p.m. tomorrow (Friday)," said Vala in a letter to the Chief Minister within hours after Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar adjourned the Assembly to meet on Friday at 11 a.m. for resuming the debate on the confidence motion Kumaraswamy moved earlier in the day for a floor test.

The Governor also brought to the chief minister's attention that he had already directed the Speaker to hold the floor test by the end of the day (Thursday) under Article 175(2) of the Constitution.

"But I am informed that the House is adjourned today (Thursday). Under these circumstances, I require you to prove majority on Friday by 1:30 p.m.," the letter reiterated.

The Governor's direction to the Chief Minister and the Speaker earlier was in response to a written representation to him by a delegation of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators that the House proceedings for vote of confidence have been stalled and consequently adjourned without reaching any finality.

"This cannot go on in a democratic set-up governed by the Constitution," Vala said in the letter.

Referring to the BJP's complaint to him that the government was dragging the trust vote, the Governor said even as the head of the state he had not intervened in the issue, as the Assembly was already called and the trust vote moved.

"The fact that 15 legislators who resigned and two members who withdrew support to the government have met me and other attendant circumstances do prime facie indicate that you have lost majority or confidence of the House," Vala recalled on the occasion.

Noting that of the 117 members of the ruling Janata Dal (Secular) and Congress allies, if 15 of them were to move away, Vala said their action would cast a serious doubt on the confidence in the government led by Kumaraswamy.

"It is well settled that the Chief Minister and his ministry are expected to always enjoy and maintain the confidence of the House," added the letter.


Fri, 19 Jul 2019 09:21:38 +0530
Azam Khan declared land

Rampur, Samajwadi MP and former Uttar Pradesh Minister Azam Khan has finally been declared a 'land mafia' by the Yogi Adityanath government.

The Rampur district administration put Khan's name on the 'anti-land mafia' portal late on Thursday after 13 FIRs were lodged against him on land-grabbing charges. The name of Alay Hasan Khan, a former circle officer in Rampur was also put on the same list.

Both, Azam Khan and Alay Hasan had been named in the FIRs lodged by 26 local farmers, accusing them of forcibly acquiring their land for the Jauhar University during the Samajwadi regime in the state.

Rampur District Magistrate Aujaneya Kumar Singh confirmed that the two accused had been named as land mafia.

"As many as 26 farmers had claimed that Azam Khan and his close aide Alay Hasan Khan acquired their land for the Mohammad Ali Jauhar University through coercion," the district magistrate said.

Azam Khan, on the other hand, called it a conspiracy hatched by the Rampur District Magistrate to defame him and the prestigious Jauhar University.

"My name was put up on the portal just on the basis of FIRs without conducting any preliminary inquiries. Most of the FIRs were registered within hours and this shows how the law was misused for political vendetta," he said.

"Most of the complainants had already filed their apologies on affidavits before the courts also but now the administrative officials have lured them and fooled them to file an FIR against Azam Khan because he is very affluent and wealthy and they will get the handsome amount from him," he said.

Azam Khan further said: "I have full faith in the judiciary of my country and I will produce each and every evidence supporting my claims before the court. We have got sale deeds registered and payments were made through cheques," he added.

Meanwhile, SP MLAs said they will stage a protest demanding the state must withdraw the cases registered against Azam Khan and his family members in Rampur.

SP MLA from Moradabad Dehat constituency, Haji Iqram Qureshi, said: "All the SP MLAs will protest again, this time before the Speaker inside the Assembly on Friday."

Fri, 19 Jul 2019 09:18:35 +0530
Windies tour a litmus tes



New Delhi,  The West Indies tour will be a litmus test for skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri after Indias exit in the semi-final stage of the 2019 World Cup. While it was a case of a one-off bad day, but the fact that the head coachs contract is up for renewal means that the performance of the team in West Indies will play a role in deciding if Shastri is handed an extension.

While the team has done well under Shastri, winning series in Australia, it has also competed well on overseas tour in South Africa and England. But with fresh application set to come in, the credentials of the candidates applying will also be considered by the ad-hoc Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) that is being formed by the Committee of Administrators.

Speaking to IANS, a senior board official had said that while applications have been invited for the head coach and support staff, they must all be made to submit reports to explain what went wrong in India's campaign in the showpiece event in England.

"A report must be sought from not only the manager but also each of the specific coaches. The physio and trainer should also be asked to submit their reports. It would be necessary to set the rumours around the curious case of Vijay Shankar's injury and its handling by the management to rest.

"The batting coach (Sanjay Bangar) must have answers for the number 4 question since it is obvious that it was the team management that was asking for certain players to be included. He must also answer if he was not informed about the injury to Shankar," the official said.

It has also been said that while skipper Kohli played a pivotal role in Shastri being appointed coach last time round, the captain will have no say when it comes to picking the head coach this time round.

But it will be interesting to see if the ad-hoc CAC does indeed ignore the suggestions of the captain because at the end of the day, the coach has to work closely with the captain to ensure that the team achieves successful results.

Similarly, it will be a test for Kohli as well after certain sections have spoken about the possibility of handing deputy Rohit Sharma the mantle of captaincy in the shorter formats. A comprehensive result in the West Indies will go a long way in silencing the critics as far as skipper Kohli is concerned.

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Fri, 19 Jul 2019 08:59:12 +0530
IMA founder Mansoor Khan

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the SIT arrested  Mansoor Khan shortly after he arrived here from the UAE in a major breakthrough in the IMA Gold multi-crore cheating case.

"He shared a video yesterday in which he claimed he would return to India in the next 24 hours, when he arrived at the Indira Gandhi International Airport . We arrested him on the basis of the Look Out Circular," ED officials said.

Development is anticipated to ease the continuing  effort to return thousands of investors ' cash. Khan is accused in Bengaluru of committing economic fraud worthy of crores.

Fri, 19 Jul 2019 08:56:11 +0530
Karnataka BJP legislators


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Bangaluru, ) Upping the ante, about 100 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators are sleeping in the Karnataka Assembly from Thursday night to protest against the delay in taking the floor test by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on the confidence motion he moved on Thursday to prove that his Congress-JD-S coalition government has majority.

"About 100 of our MLAs are on an overnight stay in the Assembly precincts after Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar abruptly adjourned the House without the trust vote despite Governor Vajubhai Vala directing the latter to hold it by the end of the day7," party's state unit spokesman G. Madhusudan told IANS.

The legislators had 'masala dosa' and curd rice for supper in the assembly lounges. Many went to sleep early after a long day in the House due to heated exchanges and acrimonious scenes in the House, as the ruling combine was reportedly delayed in going through the crucial vote.

Though most of the party lawmakers have been staying at a resort on the city's northwest suburb since July 12 when the 10-day monsoon session began, they are overnight staying to ensure the floor test is conducted on Friday by 1.30 p.m. as Vala directed the Chief Minster.

As many of them didn't have pillows and bedsheets, some rebels bought them from nearby shops to sleep on the floor on bedsheets and rest their heads on soft pillows for a sound sleep.

"We will not budge from the Assembly till the confidence motion is put to vote for the floor test to prove the ruling allies have the majority of the House," a BJP lawmaker told IANS on the condition of anonymity.

Some of the legislators watched a movie on TV sets in the lobby where they were shown before going to sleep, others were in serious discussions over the strategy to be adopted for the Friday trust vote.

The legislators have decided to go back to resort or their rooms in the adjacent Legislature Home on early Friday and return to the Assembly for the session from 11 a.m. to resume the inconclusive debate on the motion.

With the Governor writing to the Chief Minister to prove majority in the House by 1.30 p.m. on Friday, uncertainty continues to dog the legislators

Fri, 19 Jul 2019 08:46:22 +0530
Scheme to help colleges r

New Delhi, Higher education institutions that have failed to meet the quality standards of the National Assessment Accreditation Council (NAAC) can now get mentorship from the top universities and colleges.

Under the Paramarsh scheme of the University Grants Commission (UGC), launched by HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' here on Thursday, initially 71 universities and 391 colleges with NAAC score of 3.26 and above will mentor five colleges each. 

Expressing his satisfaction, the minister said, "The first step of the mission that we had started to improve the quality and standards of education has been initiated by the UGC with the launch of Paramarsh and Deeksharambh schemes."

Under the Paramarsh scheme, the leading institutions will provide regular mentoring to help colleges achieve high quality standards. The scheme also proposes to provide financial assistance to the mentoring institutions and the option of appointing an expert, who can be paid a fellowship amount of Rs 31,000 per month. 

Terming Paramarsh as an important scheme, he said the ministry's thrust was on improving the global ranking of the Indian higher education institutions.

As a part of this scheme, hundreds of top universities and colleges will be selected to lead the institutes, which failed to achieve the NAAC grade. 

The eligibility guidelines laid down by UGC say the mentor and the mentee can be government, aided, private or self-financing institution. "The mentor institution should be NAAC accredited with an A grade, having an overall score of 3.26 and above. Any such institution recognised under 2(f) & 12B of the UGC Act 1956 will be eligible to receive UGC grants for the purpose. Since these grants will be used for mentoring the institution and not for creation of any infrastructure, the private institution can also receive funding as they do for student teacher centric schemes," the guidelines stated. 

The scheme will lead to enhancement of the mentee institutions' quality and its profile as a result of improved quality of research, teaching and learning methodologies. The mentee institution will also have increased exposure and speedier adaptation to best practices. 

The Paramarsh scheme will also facilitate sharing of knowledge, information and opportunities for research collaboration and faculty development in mentee institutions.

As part of the scheme, the mentor institutions can secure financial assistance up to Rs 30 lakh from UGC and can also hire experts. 

"This scheme will be a paradigm shift in the concept of mentoring of institution by another well performing institution to upgrade their academic performance and enable them to get accredited by focusing in the area of curricular aspects, teaching-learning and evaluation, research, innovation, institutional values and practices etc," an official said. 

Officials said since the scheme had been launched, the proposals would be invited from the leading institutes that would like to mentor colleges. "Once the proposals are accepted by the UGC, the institutes can start the mentoring programme within a month," said an official. 

The NAAC ia an autonomous body that assesses and accredits higher education institutions (HEIs) in India. It assesses the higher learning institutes on the basis of seven parametres. 

The parametres include teaching-learning and evaluation, infrastructure and learning resources, research, innovation and extension, curricular aspects, governance, leadership and management, student support and progression and institutional values and best practices. 

Thu, 18 Jul 2019 22:26:38 +0530
Rajya Sabha passes bills

New Delhi,  The Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed the Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill 2019 that seeks to make India a hub of arbitration for settling commercial disputes in a shorter period of time.

The Upper House also cleared another bill for setting up the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre (NDIAC) for creating an independent and autonomous regime for institutionalised arbitration. The New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill, 2019 declares the NDIAC as an institution of national importance.

Members of main opposition Congress and other political parties supported the bill. The opposition also gave various suggestions.

TMC MP Sukhendu Sekhar Ray and CPI(M) leader Elamaram Kareem said that the bills should have been vetted by the Select Committee of the House before being brought for discussion and approval. Ray protested against government's "unusual hurry" in bringing the legislation and staged a walkout.

As many as 23 members participated in the discussion with most of them supporting the two bills.

The government move to amend the earlier law on the alternative dispute resolution mechanism is aimed at making India a major arbitration centre in the world on the lines of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) and Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) among others.

The draft legislation provides for establishing an independent body to lay down standards for timely and cost-effective disposal of cases and eventually improving ease-of-doing business. The proposed law provides for setting up of an independent body Arbitration Council of India (ACI) to frame arbitral institutions and grade arbitrators.

The Chairperson of ACI will be appointed by the government in consultation with Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Its other members would include eminent persons and government nominees.

Participating in the discussion on the bill, former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said that appointment criteria of the ACI will make the body seem like a "sarkari centre."

"Who will prescribe composition and functions of committee? The Centre. If eminent jurists are appointed, why can't they define composition and functions? These defects must be corrected. Centre should constitute a collegium to make these appointments," said Chidambaram.

Later, replying to the members, Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad dismissed the view.

Prasad thanked the entire House for supporting the bills and said it was a rare occasion in the Rajya Sabha. He appealed to the members to pass other bills as well.


Thu, 18 Jul 2019 22:07:41 +0530
Trigger happy UP police c

New Delhi: "Udhar mat jao, maar diye jaaoge" (do not venture there (in UP) you will be killed in a police encounter). The phone conversation between two Delhi-based gangster recorded by the police speaks volume about the trigger-happy police of Uttar Pradesh. No wonder, in UP's 'wild west' (Meerut-Saharanpur range) more than 57 gangster have been killed and a record 817 have been seriously injured in police encounters since July 15, 2017. The encounter list of the police grows bigger by each day as for every daring encounter, a cop either gets a reward or a plum posting.

The daredevil encounter strategy of UP police has its side-effects. Big or small-time gangsters, fearing 'encounter killings' in UP, have now escaped either to Delhi or Haryana. Subsequently there seems to be a rise in the graph of organized crime, including loot, auto-lifting in the NCR region except UP's western zone.

The Additional Director General of Police (in-charge of Meerut and Saharanpur range) Prashant Kumar says incidents of loot and murder, the two important parameters of heinous crimes, have come down by 20 per cent in his zone.

"In the past two years, Meerut and Saharanpur range (which also includes crime-prone cities such as Noida, Ghaziabad, Bulandshahr and Muzaffarnagar), is witness to more than 1,500 encounters. The encounter strategy has frightened hardened criminals who have fled their area of operation. Others have surrendered in courts. Fear psychosis works in criminals too," said the ADG, adding, "our rule is simple. If a gangster tries to bully, he will be retaliated. If he tries to pull the trigger (of a gun), he will not be spared."

While Eastern and Central parts of Uttar Pradesh are still witnessing law and order problems and an increase in crime rate, the situation is much different in UP's wild west.

"I cannot comment on the situation beyond my jurisdiction. But in my Zone, we have made efforts to post police officers on the basis of performance and merit. If a Deputy SP or an SHO is unable to check the crime graph, he has no right to stay there. Similarly, those whose performance is excellent, are being promoted to better assignments. Besides, the new government has no place for 'sifarish' (political recommedation) or other considerations for postings and transfers," said the senior IPS officer of UP cadre, Prashant Kumar.

He was of the view that meritocracy is not only followed at the rank of Inspectors or Circle officers but even the District Police Chief(SP/SSP) are selected on the basis of their leadership quality and performance.

Talking about the use of technology in tackling organised crimes, ADG Prashant Kumar explained that police have modern surveillance gadgets and software to track criminals and also workout complex cases.

"But let me tell you, human intelligence is crucial in busting crimes. I have tried to motivate constables to gather intelligence. You will be surprised to know that all the top 15 gangs involved in kidnapping for ransom have been smashed," he said, adding, "members of Sushil Mooch, Kala or Rathi gangs, involved in extortion and kidnapping have either been killed or put behind bars. Efforts to nab absconding gang members are on. The point is to keep putting pressure on gangsters 24x7."

On Tuesday, the UP police chased four dreaded criminals of Rohit gang in two daring daylight encounters. Gang leader Rohit, who escaped from Muzaffarnagar jail and had killed a police sub-inspector, was also shot dead by the cops.

"The police have had to pay a heavy price for eliminating dreaded gangsters. More than 335 policemen have been injured in encounters in the past two years. For pro-active policing, we have to be on our toes, 24 hours a day," said Prashant Kumar.

On prevailing corruption in the police department, the ADG said that CM Yogi Adityanath has a very clear mandate on this. "Whenever a complaint is received against an erring cop, the matter is investigated. The zero tolerance policy on crime and corruption seldom gives black sheep a chance to operate," he said.

Thu, 18 Jul 2019 22:03:01 +0530
Imran Khan hails ICJ ruli

Islamabad:  Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday appreciated the ICJ's decision "not to acquit, release and return" Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav. But notably, Khan did not term the court ruling a victory for Pakistan, something that the media and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi have claimed.

Imran Khan's statement came a day after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) announced its verdict and ruled that Jadhav be "allowed consular access immediately" and asked Pakistan to ensure "effective review and reconsideration of his conviction and sentence".

On Twitter Imran Khan posted: "(I) appreciate ICJ's decision not to acquit, release and return Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav to India. He is guilty of crimes against the people of Pakistan. Pakistan shall proceed further as per law."

Foreign Minister Qureshi on Wednesday claimed the ICJ ruling on Jadhav was a "victory for Pakistan" as the top UN court did not ask for his release.

"Commander Jadhav shall remain in Pakistan. He shall be treated in accordance with the laws of Pakistan. This is a victory for Pakistan," Qureshi tweeted.

The Foreign Office in a statement on Wednesday evening said the fact that the ICJ did not ask Pakistan to release or acquit Jadhav meant that the UN court had "not accepted India's plea" for his release.

The Foreign Office said that Pakistan was a responsible member of the international community.

"Having heard the judgment, Pakistan will now proceed as per law," the statement said.

It reiterated its accusations against Jadhav -- that he "entered Pakistan without a visa on authentic Indian passport with a fake alias Hussain Mubarak Patel".

It reiterated its charges that Jadhav "is responsible for acts