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 West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee came back to home minister Amit Shah for saying a National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be implemented across the nation, similar to the one in Assam. Banerjee said she will never allow division on the basis of religion in her state. In the name of NRC implementation, there are few people who are trying to build disturbance in the system. We're not going to allow NRC in Bengal, "she said at a rally in Sagardighi, about 200 km from Kolkata. In his address on Wednesday in Rajya Sabha, Shah said there was no reason to worry about NRC for people.

Wed, 20 Nov 2019 17:08:30 +0530
Govt will bring legislati

New Delhi: In the midst of concern about the safety of bank deposits from Punjab and Maharashtra Co-Operative (PMC), Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharman said on Friday that the government is considering proposals to raise the insurance cap from existing Rs 1 lakh. In September, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) placed restrictions on withdrawals at the PMC Bank following suspected Rs 4,355-crore irregularities. The cap has now been increased to Rs 50,000, but the fear of account holders about the future of their deposits has not been allayed. Currently, bank depositors get an insurance cover of Rs 1 lakh on their amount by the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation. 

Wed, 20 Nov 2019 15:32:21 +0530
NRC Will Be Implemented N

New Delhi: A citizens ' register or National Citizens ' Register (NRC) on the lines of the Assam exercise will be conducted across the country, Home Minister Amit Shah announced today in parliament, stating that "no one should be worried  from any religion." Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, Amit Shah said the NRC is "just a process" to get everyone under the citizen's list."

Wed, 20 Nov 2019 15:16:33 +0530
Sharad Pawar meets Prime

NEW DELHI: Sharad Pawar, leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the farm crisis in Maharashtra, creating a buzz in the midst of intense political activity to establish a state government after a week of presidential rule. Your urgent involvement is highly needed because of the prevalence of the presidential rule in the government. If you take immediate steps to implement massive relief measures and relieve the miseries of distressed farmers, I will be thankful, "Mr Pawar wrote to PM Modi in his message.

Wed, 20 Nov 2019 13:46:17 +0530
NCP Congress meet today

New Delhi: The Congress and the leaders of the NCP will meet in New Delhi on Wednesday afternoon, where the remaining issues of the Common Minimum Program are likely to be resolved. 

The talks from the Congress side are likely to be led by Malikarjun Kharge.  Earlier in the day, Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi held a meeting with Ahmed Patel, A.K. Antony, Mallikarjun Kharge and K.C. Venugopal.

Wed, 20 Nov 2019 13:37:54 +0530
Internet Restrictions In

New Delhi; A decision to restore internet services in Kashmir-where the internet has been snapped for more than 100 days will be taken when the "local administration is informed," said Union Home Minister Amit Shah in parliament today, adding that no one has died in Jammu and Kashmir as a result of police firing since 5 August when the government made the big announcement of ending Jammu and Kashmir's special status. We heard leaders say that on Srinagar's streets there would be blood bath, but nothing of this kind happened. I'm happy that not one person died as a result of police shooting, "said the Home Minister. He also said that the number of stone-throwing incidents has fallen from 805 to 544. The central government had ended Jammu and Kashmir's special status on August 5 and split it into two union territories - Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

Wed, 20 Nov 2019 13:33:35 +0530
NCP Congress meet today

New Delhi: The Congress and the leaders of the NCP will meet in New Delhi on Wednesday afternoon, where the remaining issues of the Common Minimum Program are likely to be resolved. 

The talks from the Congress side are likely to be led by Malikarjun Kharge.  Earlier in the day, Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi held a meeting with Ahmed Patel, A.K. Antony, Mallikarjun Kharge and K.C. Venugopal.

Wed, 20 Nov 2019 10:15:08 +0530
Will join hands with Raji

Chennai: South mega stars Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan have shown their willingness to work together politically, sparking speculation that they could turn the 2021 elections to the Tamil Nadu assembly into a kind of blockbuster.  Having received an honorary doctorate from Odisha, Kamal Haasan said on his way home: "Rajini and I will work together if there is a need for the growth of Tamil Nadu. It's important to work now. Later on, we can discuss our policies. We've been together for 43 years, we're not a miracle coming together.

"If there is a situation that requires for the development of the Tamil people, I would join hands with Kamal Haasan". Rajinikanth said.

Wed, 20 Nov 2019 10:01:43 +0530
Mohan Bhagwat Egoism i

Nagpur: Weighing over the government formation in Maharashtra on the recently divorced BJP and the Shiv Sena, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat warned that "egoism" is a bad thing.

"Everybody knows that if they are going to fight over a matter, both of them will face defeat," he said. "Everyone knows that egoism is a bad thing, but very few people are giving up their egoism. Take the country or individual example," he added. The comments from the RSS chief came while he was addressing an event in Nagpur on Tuesday morning.

Tue, 19 Nov 2019 16:58:11 +0530
HC dismisses plea challen

Nagpur: Bombay High Court's Nagpur bench imposed a fine of Rs 2 lakh on the petitioner on Monday challenging former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis ' election.  Petitioner Suresh Rangari had said, through counsel Ashwin Ingole, that Fadnavis had concealed details about the alleged atrocity complaint filed against him in the district of Wardha. The court held that there was no substance in the allegations and imposed a fine of Rs 2 lakh. 

Tue, 19 Nov 2019 16:05:22 +0530
Mamata Banerjee warns min

At a speech in Cooch Behar on Tuesday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee cautioned the TMC party workers and leaders against the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) party of Asaduddin Owaisi without directly taking any names.She implied that the AIMIM is teaming up with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), even claiming that the AIMIM takes money from the saffron party. AIMIM won a seat at the Kishanganj constituency of Bihar's Purnia district, which is itself adjacent to West Bengal, in the recent by-polls of the Legislative Assembly. Thereafter, several AIMIM posters were found to be plastered all over Cooch Behar, where the group said the wait was over and West Bengal was the next contest in line.

Tue, 19 Nov 2019 15:58:19 +0530
Girl 12 Stopped By Cops

Thiruvananthapuram: A 12-year-old girl was crying as she was stopped this morning on her way to Kerala's Sabarimala shrine, while her family were reportedly being asked to go without her. The girl is being led away by a police woman at the Pamba base camp, about 9 km away from the shrine.  Her father tried to comfort her with the police and explanation, but nothing helped. The Kerala government remained uncommitted to protecting women and girls between the ages of 10 and 50 who are no longer barred from visiting the shrine after a Supreme Court order but were unable to do so because of the stiff opposition of priests, rightwing activists and even some political parties.

Tue, 19 Nov 2019 14:35:51 +0530
Protests In Parliament Ov

New Delhi: Today, opposition Congress leaders in the Lok Sabha asked for a response from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah on withdrawal of the Gandhi family's Special Protection Group (SPG) protection.  Shah left the lower house when the members of Congress started to shout slogans, asking him to make a statement as to why SPG security cover had been removed from Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her children Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who said they were facing serious threats. The three are now covered under the class Z plus by the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), which provides security cover for around 100 personnel. Leader of Congress Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury gave a notice moving an adjournment motion in Lok Sabha against the Gandhi family's removal of SPG protection. A motion for an adjournment is moved to postpone the house's proceedings to resolve the problem raised in the motion. The Speaker refuted this.

Tue, 19 Nov 2019 14:28:19 +0530
Sena led coalition in Mah

New Delhi: Mr Raut expressed confidence that in Maharashtra, which has been under the rule of the President for a week, a coalition led by the Sena will soon take power.  Raut later told reporters that he had met Sharad Pawar to discuss agricultural problems, among other issues. "Sharad Pawar is a senior leader and a former Union Agriculture Minister. 

Tue, 19 Nov 2019 10:09:53 +0530
More Talks required for f

New Delhi: After a 45-minute meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi at her home in Delhi on Monday, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar said they addressed the political situation in Maharashtra, but not the formation of government with the Shiv Sena. We've got to sort out a few more things, we haven't discussed forming an alliance with any party yet, "Sharad Pawar told reporters, giving the impression a Sena-NCP-Congress alliance might not be a deal yet.

The NCP leader also rubbished speculation that he had left the door open for a tie-up with the BJP; in last month's Maharashtra elections, the BJP captured 105 seats and secured a comfortable majority with the Shiv Sena (56), who walked out of their alliance after a bitter tussle. The NCP is just two behind the Sena.

Tue, 19 Nov 2019 10:01:29 +0530
Narendra Modi praises NCP

New Delhi: In the midst of the estranged attempts of BJP ally Shiv Sena to get NCP-Congress support for government formation in Maharashtra, the Nationalist Congress Party of Sharad Pawar came in on Monday for unprecedented praise from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Speaking in Rajya Sabha during a special discussion marking 250 sessions of Parliament's Upper House, Modi said the hearts of people can be won by political parties even without rushing to the House Well to register their protest on different issues. "Today I want to appreciate two parties, NCP and BJD. These parties have strictly adhered to parliamentary norms. They have never gone into the well. Yet, they have raised their points very effectively," PM Modi said. 


Mon, 18 Nov 2019 17:24:20 +0530
Shiv Sena MPs being allot

New Delhi: Shiv Sena MPs are being granted opposition seats in both parliamentary houses as their minister resigned and the party is "working out" coalition with Congress and NCP to form government in Maharashtra, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi said on Sunday. Arvind Sawant, the lone Sena minister submitted his resignation last Monday in the Council of Ministers of the Union. The party said it would not attend NDA constituents meeting on the eve of Parliament's winter session on Saturday. "Shiv Sena's minister has resigned from the NDA government, they're not attending the NDA meeting today and they're working with Congress and the NCP. So it's normal that they will be granted seats in both houses on the opposition side," Joshi told reporters after the all-party meeting.

Mon, 18 Nov 2019 17:16:02 +0530
BJP govt is going to rest

Gorakhpur: On Sunday, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the previous "insensitive" governments did not worry about youth, traders, and peasants. "We used to sell and shut sugar mills, but the BJP government is running closed sugar mills and setting up new ones," he said after opening a sugar mill with a daily crushing capacity of 50,000 quintals and a 27 MW co-generation facility in Pipraich, Gorakhpur. 

Addressing a public meeting in Gorakhpur, he said that the `closure' of this sugar mill in Pipraich started in 2008 and was shut down completely in 2010-11. "We had demonstrations about this, and all the BJP and Hindu Yuva Vahini activists ' regional leaders were involved in it," he said. Yogi also said, "When we formed the government in 2017, the decision was taken at the very first meeting to set up a new sugar mill in Pipraich." Closing a sugar mill means making 50,000 farmers unemployed and another 1,000 young people unemployed, he said.

Mon, 18 Nov 2019 17:05:51 +0530
Uddhav Thackeray cancels

Mumbai: Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray has, for security reasons, canceled his scheduled visit to Ayodhya, party sources said Monday. Uddhav was scheduled to visit Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh on November 24. "The Shiv Sena leader did not get permission from security agencies to visit the site because of security concerns in Ayodhya," sources said in the group.

Mon, 18 Nov 2019 15:05:08 +0530
Sena stages walkout from

New Delhi: Amid the power tussle, Shiv Sena raised voice on Monday against its former alliance partner BJP on the first day of Parliament's winter session, seeking immediate relief for farmers hit by unseasonal rains in parts of Maharashtra. Sena's stand-off with the BJP was evident in the lower house as its leaders were the first to demonstrate against the government and disturb the proceedings among other opposition parties. Both the Sena and the BJP had contested the elections to the Maharashtra Assembly together, but failed to reach a power-sharing arrangement which led to the implementation of the state rule of the President.

Mon, 18 Nov 2019 14:58:29 +0530
Justice SA Bobde Takes Oa

Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde on Monday took oath as the 47th Chief Justice of India. Justice Bobde, 63, succeeds Justice Ranjan Gogoi who retired on Sunday.


Mon, 18 Nov 2019 10:02:18 +0530
Maharashtra Governor Ann

Mumbai: The Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari today (16 Nov) took stock of the damage to crops caused by unseasonal rains during October - November 2019 and announced the financial relief to the affected farmers.

A relief of Rs.8,000/- per hectare up to 2 hectare for agricultural Kharif crops and a relief of Rs.18,000/- per hectare up to 2 hectares for horticulture/ perennial crops was announced today. In addition to above relief package, the Governor further announced  exemption of land revenue to the affected area and exemption of examination fee of school and colleges to the wards of farmers whose crops suffered damages.





The Governor also directed the state administration to disburse relief immediately

Sun, 17 Nov 2019 23:01:07 +0530
Modi Congratulates Gota

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated Gotabaya Rajapaksa on winning the presidential elections in Sri Lanka. He tweeted: "Congratulations @GotabayaR on your victory in the Presidential elections.

I look forward to working closely with you for deepening the close and fraternal ties between our two countries and citizens, and for peace, prosperity as well as security in our region".

Sun, 17 Nov 2019 16:30:33 +0530
Devendra Fadnavis Attende

Mumbai: Devendra Fadnavis was present at an event this afternoon at Shivaji Park in Mumbai to mark the death anniversary of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray.

Fadnavis, who left after offering his respects almost immediately, Sena supporters shouted slogans-" sarkar kunauchi, shiv sena chi" (whose government? Shiv Sena's).

Sun, 17 Nov 2019 16:22:03 +0530
Ranjan Gogoi offers praye

Chief Justice of India (CJI) Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who is expected to retire formally from his post on November 17, accompanied on Sunday by his wife Rupanjali Gogoi, offered prayers in Lord Venkateswara's Hill Shrine. On his arrival at the temple's main entrance, Gogoi and his family were greeted with the chanting of vedic hymns by Veda pundits and melam band.

Sun, 17 Nov 2019 10:33:18 +0530
Sena won t attend NDA mee

The Shiv Sena, who walked out at the core of Modi government this week, will remain in the Rajya Sabha opposition benches, party spokesman Sanjay Raut said."We have to learn that two Shiv Sena MPs ' seating arrangement in the parliament has changed," he said.  Raut is one of the upper house's three Shiv Sena MPs. With the winter session of parliament beginning on Monday,  Raut said the Sena will not attend the meeting of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance or NDA ahead of it.

Sun, 17 Nov 2019 09:54:03 +0530
MiG trainer fighter jet c

Indian Navy's MiG-29 K fighter jet trainer crashed on Saturday on his way to a training mission from Goa. As the pilots managed to eject safely before the crash occurred, no casualties were reported from the incident. The fighter aircraft crashed soon after it took off from INS HANSA at Dabolim in  Goa. Captain M Sheokhand and Lieutenant Commander Deepak Yadav are the pilots who managed to eject safely.

Sat, 16 Nov 2019 15:34:18 +0530
We Don t want any company

New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman spoke about the crisis in the telecommunications sector saying they don't want any company to shut down operations and they want everyone to flourish.  Since major telecom firms Vodafone Idea and Airtel posted huge losses in the September quarter, the Finance Minister made these statements during a press briefing in New Delhi. Sitharaman also said that a committee of secretaries which was constituted to study the stress in the telecom sector was yet to make a decision.  

Sat, 16 Nov 2019 13:10:06 +0530
Goa DGP Pranab Nanda dies

Goa Police Director-General Pranab Nanda died on Saturday of cardiac arrest. When he suffered a heart attack and died, the top cop was on an official visit to Delhi. He was an officer of the Indian Police Service (IPS) batch in 1988 and his wife, Sundri Nanda, is an IPS officer of the same batch and is currently posted as Spl. CP / Vigilance Delhi Police.

Sat, 16 Nov 2019 12:51:30 +0530
No protection for women v

The Temple of Lord Ayappa in Kerala is set to open for the Mandala Pooja festival today. No protection will be given to women. Kerala Devaswom Board Minister K Surendran said on Friday, prior to the opening of the Sabarimala Temple, the state government will not provide protection to any woman visiting the temple and those needing protection must receive a Supreme Court order. The top court decided to set up a larger bench to re-examine religious issues, including those that emerged from its earlier decision that lifted a centuries-old ban on menstruating-age women visiting the shrine.

Sat, 16 Nov 2019 10:46:42 +0530
No protection for women v

The Temple of Lord Ayappa in Kerala is set to open for the Mandala Pooja festival today. No protection will be given to women. Kerala Devaswom Board Minister K Surendran said on Friday, prior to the opening of the Sabarimala Temple, the state government will not provide protection to any woman visiting the temple and those needing protection must receive a Supreme Court order. The top court decided to set up a larger bench to re-examine religious issues, including those that emerged from its earlier decision that lifted a centuries-old ban on menstruating-age women visiting the shrine.

Sat, 16 Nov 2019 10:27:28 +0530
Governor pays tribute to

Mumbai: Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari garlanded the photograph of Loknayak Birsa Munda on the occasion of 144th birth anniversary of the great revolutionary freedom fighter at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai on Friday (15th Nov).

Principal Secretary of Tribal Development Department Manisha Varma, Principal Secretary Rural Development Aseem Kumar Gupta and Principal Secretary to the Governor Santosh Kumar were present.  A presentation on Tribal Development Department and Rural Development department was made on the occasion.

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 23:34:07 +0530
U P Shia Central Waqf Boa

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Central Waqf Chairman Wasim Rizmi declared on Thursday that he will donate Rs. 51,000 to create a Ram temple in Ayodhya. Rizvi said the board favoured building a Ram temple in Ayodhya, and the judgment of the Supreme Court on the decades-old issue was the "best decision" that could have been possible. Last week, in a unanimous verdict, the Supreme Court cleared the way for the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya and ordered the Centre to allocate to the Sunni Waqf Board a separate five-acre plot to build a mosque.

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 17:19:27 +0530
Lightining in Rajathan 2

Barmar: On Thursday two people killed and 8 were injured by lightning struck by unseasonal rain and stroms at  Barmar district in Rajasthan . The unseasonal rain have damaged many crops as well as killed many animals. The district administration had ordered the closure of schools on Friday as incessant rain and hail have been reported from more than 100 villages.

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 15:15:54 +0530
The process to form the c

Sharad Pawar, chief of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), said Friday that the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress coalition government will last the full five-year term if it comes to power in Maharashtra. Sharad Pawar told reporters in Nagpur, "The process of forming the government has begun. The coalition government will last five years and there is no possibility of a mid-term poll being held in Maharashtra." The NCP leader also said that Shiv Sena's request for the post of chief minister would "talk about" his faction. Since his party colleague Nawab Malik said the alliance will be led by the Shiv Sena, Pawar's comments come immediately.

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 14:34:25 +0530
The process to form the c

Sharad Pawar, chief of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), said Friday that the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress coalition government will last the full five-year term if it comes to power in Maharashtra. Sharad Pawar told reporters in Nagpur, "The process of forming the government has begun. The coalition government will last five years and there is no possibility of a mid-term poll being held in Maharashtra." The NCP leader also said that Shiv Sena's request for the post of chief minister would "talk about" his faction. Since his party colleague Nawab Malik said the alliance will be led by the Shiv Sena, Pawar's comments come immediately.

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 14:25:39 +0530
CJI Ranjan Gogoi s last w

New Delhi: Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi is retiring on November 17, but todoay is his last working day at the Supreme Court.  The Supreme Court Bar Association will organise a farewell ceremony this evening.

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 14:18:50 +0530
Geeta Mali Marthi Singer

Mumbai: Geeta Mali, a playback singer who had been singing for Marathi movies, died in a road accident in the Thane district of Maharashtra, police said on Thursday. Geeta Mali and her husband Vijay were on the highway between Mumbai and Agra, heading to their home town of Nashik after returning from the United States when the car crash occurred. At about 3 pm, a container parked along a street was rammed by their driver. Both Geeta Mali and her husband were severely wounded and taken to the Rural Hospital in Shahpur. During the treatment, the singer died.

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 14:10:21 +0530
Boy Rescued from Borewell

NASHIK: A six-year-old boy was rescued on Thursday after falling into a 200-foot deep borewell in Nashik district of Maharashtra. In the morning, police said, Ritesh Jawansingh Solanki, the boy, fell into an open borewell while playing in Bej village in Kalwan tehsil

The police were alerted and a rescue operation was launched immediately. A rope was lowered inside, and the boy, who had been trapped at a depth of 50 feet but was conscious, was pulled out after three hours.

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 13:34:04 +0530
For Next 25 Years Sena wi

Mumbai: The next government of Maharashtra will be led by the Shiv Sena and the Common Minimum Program (CMP) being worked out together with Congress and the NCP will be in the "state interest" ahead of its creation, said party spokesman Sanjay Raut on Friday.  For the next "25 years," not just five years, the Uddhav Thackeray-led party will lead the government in Maharashtra,  Raut said while talking to reporters in Mumbai. The Rajya Sabha MP, who turned 58 on Friday, answered questions as to whether his party is going to share the post of chief minister with the NCP and Congress, its allies in the prospective government of three parties. Talks are on with the Congress and the NCP to work out a common minimum programme which will be in the interest of the state and its people," he said.

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 13:19:11 +0530
Anything can happen in Ma

Mumbai: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday that anyone forming government in Maharashtra would not disrupt the previous regime's development projects and policies. "I think there won't be any difference. Policies are modified in Indian history, in our democracy, but there's no issue with the projects and they're going ahead," Nitin Gadkari said.

"I don't know which government will come. Any government whether NCP, Congress, BJP or Shiv Sena they will support the positive policies, the development policies and the big projects," he added.

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 10:00:55 +0530
Brookfield checks in at H

Brookfield Asset Management Inc. of Canada has completed its purchase of Hotel Leelaventure Ltd's luxury hotels to mark its entrance into the Indian hospitality industry with a brand competing with the likes of Indian Hotel Co. Taj Hotels, Ltd. and Oberoi Hotels, EIH Ltd. The hotel chain based in Mumbai has sold four of its hotels in New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Udaipur together with a parcel of land in Agra. The deal, which was first announced in March, excludes its fifth property in Mumbai and a parcel of land in Hyderabad. The hospitality company said it obtained Rs 3,950 crore ($556.9 million) on October 16 from Brookfield for the offer to repay its loans to banks and financial institutions. The promoters and promoter group companies have completed the sale of the Leela brand and trademarks to Brookfield for Rs 150 crore in the hotel and hospitality market. Leelaventure also announced the resignation of its President Rajiv Kaul and Chief Financial Officer Rajan Shah following the agreement. Umesh Dombe has been appointed Chief Financial Officer by the company with effect from October 23, it said. The announcement comes almost a month after an appeal by ITC Ltd, which owns a 7.92 percent stake in Hotel Leelaventure, was dismissed by the Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT), challenging the sale of Leelaventure's assets to Brookfield. Before SAT, ITC challenged the deal before the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), citing Leelaventure, its promoters, and 26 percent shareholder JM Financial Asset Reconstruction Company's oppression of minority shareholders and corporate governance issues. It had also approached the bankruptcy court asking for a waiver of the requirement to hold no less than one-tenth of the company's issued share capital. The ITC's petition for waiver is pending before the court. The Bombay High Court has also dismissed an appeal filed by Airports Authority of India (AAI) that challenged the deal with Brookfield.

 Brookfield had been in talks with the promoter Nair family of Hotel Leelaventure to purchase the four luxury hotels. In addition to Brookfield, there was also reportedly a consortium of investors including Blackrock, SSG Capital and RB Capital in the hotel chain's acquisition fray. It was reported that Rashid Al Habtoor, a billionaire based in Dubai had bid Rs.4,200 crore for the hotel chain, real estate and infrastructure sectors of India. Overall, the company has so far plowed nearly $2.5 billion into India's commercial real estate market. The investor is currently developing 4 to 5 million square feet of commercial properties in India, including Mumbai's Waterstones hotel and about 1.5 million square feet of an office park in Pune. A report on Monday indicated that Brookfield looks to buy Sri Chaitanya school chain from its promoters and New Silk Route private equity firm.

Thu, 14 Nov 2019 19:43:11 +0530
Brookfield checks in at H

Brookfield Asset Management Inc. of Canada has completed its purchase of Hotel Leelaventure Ltd's luxury hotels to mark its entrance into the Indian hospitality industry with a brand competing with the likes of Indian Hotel Co. Taj Hotels, Ltd. and Oberoi Hotels, EIH Ltd. The hotel chain based in Mumbai has sold four of its hotels in New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Udaipur together with a parcel of land in Agra. The deal, which was first announced in March, excludes its fifth property in Mumbai and a parcel of land in Hyderabad. The hospitality company said it obtained Rs 3,950 crore ($556.9 million) on October 16 from Brookfield for the offer to repay its loans to banks and financial institutions. The promoters and promoter group companies have completed the sale of the Leela brand and trademarks to Brookfield for Rs 150 crore in the hotel and hospitality market. Leelaventure also announced the resignation of its President Rajiv Kaul and Chief Financial Officer Rajan Shah following the agreement. Umesh Dombe has been appointed Chief Financial Officer by the company with effect from October 23, it said. The announcement comes almost a month after an appeal by ITC Ltd, which owns a 7.92 percent stake in Hotel Leelaventure, was dismissed by the Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT), challenging the sale of Leelaventure's assets to Brookfield. Before SAT, ITC challenged the deal before the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), citing Leelaventure, its promoters, and 26 percent shareholder JM Financial Asset Reconstruction Company's oppression of minority shareholders and corporate governance issues. It had also approached the bankruptcy court asking for a waiver of the requirement to hold no less than one-tenth of the company's issued share capital. The ITC's petition for waiver is pending before the court. The Bombay High Court has also dismissed an appeal filed by Airports Authority of India (AAI) that challenged the deal with Brookfield.

Rs 4,200 crore for the hotel chain in January 2019. The Canadian company has made a lot Since last year, Brookfield had been in talks with the promoter Nair family of Hotel Leelaventure to purchase the four luxury hotels. In addition to Brookfield, there was also reportedly a consortium of investors including Blackrock, SSG Capital and RB Capital in the hotel chain's acquisition fray. Rashid Al Habtoor, a billionaire based in Dubai, was reported to have bid of deals in the real estate and infrastructure sectors of India. Overall, the company has so far plowed nearly $2.5 billion into India's commercial real estate market. The investor is currently developing 4 to 5 million square feet of commercial properties in India, including Mumbai's Waterstones hotel and about 1.5 million square feet of an office park in Pune. A report on Monday indicated that Brookfield looks to buy Sri Chaitanya school chain from its promoters and New Silk Route private equity firm.

Thu, 14 Nov 2019 19:43:10 +0530
15 disqualified MLAs join

Bengaluru: Fifteen out of the 17 rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs joined the BJP in the presence of chief minister BS Yediyurappa in a new development in Karnataka politics ahead of the upcoming bypolls in the state. Back in June-July, the rebel MLAs rebelled against the functioning of the government of Congress-JD(S) led by former chief minister Kumaraswamy claiming that they had lost confidence in the government. The Karnataka chaos that lasted for more than a month ended after the Kumaraswamy government failed to prove the majority on the house floor, and BJP formed a new government under BS Yediyurappa's leadership. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court upheld Karnataka Governor KR Ramesh Kumar's decision to disqualify rebel MLAs but allowed them to contest by-polls and elections in 2023.

Thu, 14 Nov 2019 15:22:10 +0530
Supreme Court closed a co

New Delhi: A contempt case filed against Rahul Gandhi was closed by the Supreme Court after he wrongly linked his Rafale case order to his phrase against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, "chowkidar chor hai." A three-member bench headed by India's Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the court accepted an unconditional apology tendered The Supreme Court has closed a contempt case filed against Rahul Gandhi in May from Congress leader and warned him to be "more careful" about future remarks.

Thu, 14 Nov 2019 13:38:33 +0530
Supreme Court Rejects Re

New Delhi: Today, in the Rafale fighter jet deal with French firm Dassault Aviation, the Supreme Court dismissed demands to review its clean chit to the government, saying there was no need for a "roving investigation" into the case. On May 10, the Supreme Court had reserved the petitions decision, including one by former union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie, together with activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan, seeking a re-examination of their findings that there was no opportunity to question the decision-making process in the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets. "We do not feel it is necessary to order a FIR (First Information Report) or a roving inquiry into the Rafale deal incident," said Ranjan Gogoi, SK Kaul and KM Joseph, the outgoing Chief Justice of India, while dismissing the petitions. "We think that there is no substance in the applications for review," said the top court.

Thu, 14 Nov 2019 13:25:10 +0530
Maharashtra Governor pres

Mumbai: Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari presented the Our North East (O.N.E.) India award for 2019 to Social Activist and Novelist from Sikkim Choden Lepcha. The O.N.E. India award was presented in recognition of her work in the field of culture, education and welfare of the Lepcha community. Former Governor of Tripura and Bihar Dr D Y Patil, founder of ‘My Home India’ Sunil Deodhar, Chairman of Saraswat Bank Gautam Thakur and Vice Chancellor of Central University Bilaspur Dr Anjila Gupta were prominent among those present. The Award instituted by My Home India was presented at Swatantryaveer Sabhagriha, Dadar, Mumbai on Wednesday (13th Nov).

The Govenor complimented ‘My Home India’ for its efforts in bringing about emotional integration of the people of North East with the rest of the country. He applauded Choden Lepcha for matching her novel writings with noble social work.

Thu, 14 Nov 2019 13:15:50 +0530
SC referred Sabarimala ca

New Delhi: Today, the Supreme Court referred petitions seeking a review of its decision to allow women of all ages to join a larger seven-judge bench in Kerala's Sabarimala Temple. The Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the issue of whether women of all ages should be allowed into Sabarimala was part of a wider discussion that also included issues such as allowing Muslim and Parsi women to enter religious practice. "Fresh opportunities to be given to all parties," the Chief Justice said.

Thu, 14 Nov 2019 11:13:46 +0530
Modi pays tribute to Jawa

On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary. Modi tweeted:  “Tributes to our former PM Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary.”

Thu, 14 Nov 2019 09:13:36 +0530
J N U HRD announces part

New Delhi: Today, the Executive Committee of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) declared a partial roll-back of the newly proposed host fee hike and other provisions. Nonetheless, no change in mess or service charges were declared in JNU's new fee structure. Not everyone has been appeased by the move, and JNU students continue to protest.  Education Secretary, R. Subrahmanyam today tweeted: " Executive Committee announces major roll-back in the hostel fee and other stipulations. Also proposes a scheme for economic assistance to the EWS students. Time to get back to classes. @HRDMinistry"

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 18:13:30 +0530
Chief Justice s office al

New Delhi: The Supreme Court ruled that Chief Justice's office is governed by the transparency law, the Right to Information (RTI) Act, adding that by holding back information, judicial independence can not be achieved. ' Judicial independence and transparency go hand in hand ... Transparency strengthens independence, ' said Ranjan Gogoi, Chief Justice, who heads the bench of five judges.

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 16:11:08 +0530

Mumbai:  Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd., (The Times of India Group), one of India’s leading multimedia companies, today forayed into beauty services, with the launch of its first Femina FLAUNT Studio Salon in Mumbai. Situated at Khar Linking Road and spread over 3000 sq feet, the studio salon is a ‘statement-making’, contemporary hotspot, serving global beauty services and trends in hair, make-up, nails & skin. The Femina FLAUNT Studio Salon was launched by  Vineet Jain, Managing Director – the Times Group, along with, the gorgeous and 3-times National Award winning actress, Kangana Kanaut. Looking at beauty holistically, the company has roped-in renowned experts from the field of fitness and nutrition Dr. Mickey Mehta & Saanchi S. Nayak, respectively, to serve bespoke as well as holistic beauty solutions, to its customers and well-known celebrity make-up artist Namrata Soni for make-up. Further, Femina FLAUNT has collaborated with some of the best international brands from across the globe – Schwarzkopf, Olaplex, Thalgo, Morrocan Oil, Newsha, Rene Furterer, Bead Head from TiGi, and American Crew, Eminence, Jansen, OPI, Elements, The Nail Lounge, Mint Tree, Footologix, AVL Cosmetics, amongst others. As the melting pot of global influences and Indian sensibilities, Femina FLANUT Studio Salon has tied up with some of the top beauty bloggers from across the style capitals of the world, from Tokyo to Rio, to bring to Indian consumer a daily canvas of beauty trends - across skin-tones, across nationalities, across sensibilities, and across preferences. Once in the Studio Salon, the consumers not only get to experience the full-fledged services, but also get to see the ‘Top10Looks’ in Make-up and Nails, that Femina FLAUNT has put together, with its experts.

Speaking about the initiative, Vineet Jain, Managing Director – the Times Group, said, “We’re excited to extend our legacy brand, Femina in one of the most relevant categories for women – beauty. As Femina enters its 60th year since inception, this is a befitting tribute to a brand that has kept pace with the times, and celebrated women, across generations.” He further added, “Our entry into the beauty segment is in line with the group’s philosophy of continuing to invest in newer and future growth opportunities” 

Commenting on the concept, Kangana Ranaut, said, “the whole concept of beauty has changed considerably over the last few years. Today, women are comfortable in their own skin and are looking at beauty as a way of self-expression. I am really glad that Femina FLAUNT has taken an approach that’s embracing and forward-looking.” She further added, “I am very excited looking at their concept and ideas – the place makes me comfortable and excited at the same time.”

Speaking on the launch, Sandeep Dahiya, CEO – Times Lifestyle Enterprise, said, “Femina FLAUNT Studio Salon is designed to be a hotspot to ignite ideas for self-expression. It’s a place where beauty meets bravado, glam meets gusto, comfort meets creativity, chic meets street and expertise meets experimentation.” He further added, “As the concept of beauty itself gets redefined, Femina FLAUNT will continue to redefine the ‘experiential’ part in this space.”

Speaking on the expansion plans, Sandeep elaborated, “The venture will follow a hybrid model of growth in this segment, starting with COCO salons, and simultaneously expanding through a robust franchise program, to create a footprint of over 100 salons in the first 5 years.”

Celebrated nutrition consultant, Saanchi S. Nayak, feels, “It’s great to see Femina FLAUNT Studio Salon integrate fitness and nutrition with beauty. Our awareness and discipline in our dietary habits and maintaining an active lifestyle directly impacts how we look, and feel. With people getting more aware and conscious about these aspects, initiatives like these are bound to resonate well.”

According to Miss Diva Universe 2019, Vartika Singh, “I am amazed to see the whole concept of Femina FLAUNT Studio Salon. It’s such a fresh approach in this industry, and I am sure it’ll delight consumers like me, who want to relax and chill, while we’re at the salon.”

“I loved working with Femina FLAUNT Studio Salon, creating make-up looks for the brand. It’s rare to see a brand give you freedom and let you experiment with your creativity, and I loved that part about their approach.” Said, the well-known celebrity make-up artist Namrata Soni.

“I have been long associated with the Times Group and I am very excited to collaborate with them on this new venture which is all about beauty, glam and of course fitness! With a 24Hr Beauty Fitness Ritual curated especially for Femina FLAUNT, I am all set to get everyone energized and Mickeymized!!” Said, Dr. Mickey Mehta, Global leading holistic health guru / Corporate life coach.

The entry in the salon segment, follows Femina FLAUNT’s successful foray into the consumer products space with Shoppers Stop in 2015, across core fashion categories. Today, Femina FLAUNT is already available across 6 categories – apparel, footwear, handbags, accessories, fragrances & eyewear. The brand is today available in more than 60 Shoppers Stop stores, across India and in over 600 eyewear stores. Within 36 months of launch, Femina FLAUNT range of products have already had a cumulative MRP sales of over Rs. 250 million.  

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 15:57:20 +0530
Maharashtra Governor Kosh

Mumbai: The Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari attended the Prakash Purab of Guru Nanak Dev Ji on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.

The Prakash Purab celebrations were organized by the Guru Singh Sabha at Dewan Chand Ram Saran Compound near Bhakti Park, Wadala Mumbai on Tuesday (12th Nov).

Paying rich tributes to Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the Governor said the tradition of Langar has its roots in the teachings of Guru Nanak. The Governor released specially minted gold and silver coins on the occasion.

Charanjit Singh Sapra, Raghubir Singh Gill, President of Guru Singh Sabha, Manmohan Singh, General Secretary, Harinder Singh, Trustee and thousands of devotees were present. 

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 13:48:34 +0530
Supreme Court verdict on

New Delhi: On Thursday, the Supreme Court will issue a judgment on a bunch of petitions seeking to overturn its order enabling women of all ages to enter the temple of Sabarimala in Kerala. A  five-judge bench court, led by India's Chief Justice (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, had reserved its verdict in Feburary on pleas challenging its Sabarimala ruling of September 28, 2018. The court will deliver its judgment on as many as 65 petitions. Other than the CJI, the other members of the bench are justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra.

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 13:26:07 +0530
17 Karnataka rebel MLAs r

New Delhi: The disqualification of 17 Karnataka MLAs whose rebellion caused the fall of the government of Janata Dal Secular-Congress and the BS Yediyurappa-led BJP's takeover will stand, the Supreme Court said.  But the court cancelled the decision of the Speaker to prohibit the rebel MLAs from contesting polls until 2023.

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 11:22:49 +0530
We will work together Ud

Mumbai: On Tuesday, hours after the presidential rule was proclaimed in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray kept hope for a stable government through a new political configuration. He said that if the BJP and the People's Democratic Party of Mehbooba Mufti could find a way to work together, it is also possible in the current situation. "We are from different ideologies but we can come together just like the BJP has done," he told reporters.

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 09:19:36 +0530
Maharashtra Under Preside

New Delhi: Maharashtra was placed under the rule of the President on Tuesday following a report from Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to the Centre that since Saturday none of the three parties he had  invited - BJP, Shiv Sena, and the Nationalist Congress Party  – even 20 days after the October 24 state election results, could produce enough numbers to stake power claims.

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 18:12:40 +0530
Cabinet recommended Presi

New Delhi: Union Cabinet recommended presidential rule in Maharashtra where after last month's assembly polls, no political party was able to form a government. The decision of the Cabinet followed extreme hours-long speculation that Governor Bhagar Singh Koshyari had recommended the rule of the President in the State and an initial denial by the Raj Bhavan in Mumbai. When rumors reached a feverish peak, a statement was issued by the governor's house that it supported the rule of the president.

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 17:13:17 +0530
Shiv Sena Approaches Supr

The Shiv Sena approached the Supreme Court today after reports that the cabinet of Prime Minister Narendra Modi recommended the rule of President for Maharashtra, where no government was formed nearly 20 days after the results of the assembly elections.Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari yesterday invited the Nationalist Congress Party of Sharad Pawar to stake claims for government creation, refusing to accept the Sena's demand for a 48-hour government extension. The Sena said in its request, while the governor gave the BJP 48 hours to suggest if it could form government, he gave them just 24 hours to get the letters of support from Congress and the NCP.

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 16:05:51 +0530
Parliamentary panel urged

New Delhi: A parliamentary committee called on the government to improve the cancer treatment system and make it affordable by extending a leading health care institution's network, as it expressed concern about nearly two-thirds of patients dying in the country. The Standing Parliamentary Committee on Science and Technology, Environment, Forest and Climate Change presented its report on "an expanded role for the Atomic Energy Department in the treatment of cancer in India through an enlarged Tata Memorial Centre (TMC) network in Mumbai." The report was submitted by the panel members, including chairman Jairam Ramesh, to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday, the upper house secretariat said in a statement.

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 13:29:06 +0530
Man beheads wife

A 30-year-old man hacked his wife to death and cut her head off as she tried to stop him from drinking on Sunday night at the Itimad-ud-Daula police station in Agra, police said Monday. The accused, who surrendered before Hari Parvat Police Station with his wife's severed head before the police, confessed to the crime and was immediately arrested. The accused, Naresh Kumar, was a mechanic, according to police, and he used to have regular fights about his drinking habit with his wife Shanti.

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 13:19:23 +0530
Governor asks Nationalist

Mumbai: The Governor of Maharashtra Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari asked the leader of elected members of the third largest party, the Nationalist Congress Party, Shri Ajit Pawar to indicate the willingness and ability of his party to form the government in Maharashtra.

Elections to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly were held on 21st October and the results were declared on 24th October. However, despite the passage of 16 days, no single party or alliance of parties has come forward with requisite letter of support from alliance partners to form the government.

Yesterday Shri Eknath Shinde was called upon to express his willingness and ability to form Government. The Shiv Sena leaders met the Governor and submitted a letter expressing their willingness to form the Government; however they could not submit the requisite letter of support from the alliance partners.

The Governor has, therefore, asked the leader of elected members of the third largest party, Nationalist Congress Party, Shri Ajit Pawar, to convey its willingness and ability to form the government to him.

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 01:01:22 +0530
Shiv Sena delegation met

Mumbai: A delegation of Shiv Sena met with Governor Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Monday evening to indicate the willingness to form the government in Maharashtra.

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 00:45:25 +0530
Lata Mangeshkar admitted

Mumbai: In the early hours of Monday, after complaining of breathing difficulties, iconic singer Lata Mangeshkar was admitted to the Breach Candy hospital's Intensive Care Unit, hospital sources said. In 2001, Mangeshkar, who gave her voice in Hindi alone to over 1,000 songs, was awarded the Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian honour.

Mon, 11 Nov 2019 17:12:31 +0530
Shiv Sena s Sanjay Raut a

Shiv Sena's Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut was admitted to Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital in Bandra on Monday after complaining of chest pain. Raut, who has faced the Sena attack since the results of the Maharashtrra election were declared on October 24, was advised by doctors at the hospital to rest.  Since a few days, he has been complaining of chest pain. He went for a checkup. Doctors have recommended for a day or two, to rest; tomorrow he could be released. There's nothing serious about it," said brother Sunil Raut.

Mon, 11 Nov 2019 16:42:10 +0530
Shiv Sena s Sanjay Raut h

Shiv Sena's Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut was admitted to Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital in Bandra on Monday after complaining of chest pain. Raut, who has faced the Sena attack since the results of the Maharashtrra election were declared on October 24, was advised by doctors at the hospital to rest.  Since a few days, he has been complaining of chest pain. He went for a checkup. Doctors have recommended for a day or two, to rest; tomorrow he could be released. There's nothing serious about it," said brother Sunil Raut.

Mon, 11 Nov 2019 16:17:01 +0530
Congress Final decision

New Delhi: After the meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Monday at the residence of Sonia Gandhi, sources said, Congress leaders did not make a definitive decision on the Maharashtra situation. The party has agreed to call all senior Maharashtra leaders to Delhi, where they will meet Sonia Gandhi at 4 pm. At that conference, the final decision will be made. Earlier today, Congress called for a meeting of Congress Working Committee (CWC) on the political situation in Maharashtra at Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi's residence in Delhi.

Mon, 11 Nov 2019 13:27:00 +0530
13 Injured when two train

Hyderabad: When a local train rammed into a stationary express train and derailed near Kacheguda railway station in Hyderabad on Monday, at least 13 people were injured, railway officials said. The local train, a Multi-Modal Transport Service (MMTS), was moving from Falaknuma to Secunderabad when it collided on the same track with an Intercity Express train. False signaling was the reason of accident The arrival on platform No 2 at the Kacheguda railway station was given a green signal, but another train was already standing there. The MMTS train, which slowed down as it approached the railway station, rammed into the Inter-City Express only a few meters from the platform, "said an unnamed South Central railway official. In the crash, the MMTS train engine failed as its three coaches derailed and turned to the left. It is said that the MMTS train driver, identified as Sekhar, suffered severe injuries and was trapped in the cab. His condition is said to be serious. "At least a dozen passengers suffered injuries due to the impact in the coaches behind the car. Had the MMTS not been running slowly, it would have been a serious accident, "he said. The victims were rushed for treatment to nearby hospitals. Many local trains were cancelled via Kacheguda while the other tracks were operating on important express services. 

Mon, 11 Nov 2019 13:18:47 +0530
13 Wounded when two train

According to officials, 13 people were injured after a local train struck a stationary train from behind leading to the destruction of three bogies at Hyderabad's Kacheguda railway station.

Mon, 11 Nov 2019 12:50:01 +0530
Union Minister Arvind Saw

Mumbai: On Monday, Union Minister and Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant announced that he would resign from the post, NCP said that Shiv Sena had to sever all its ties with the BJP to get its help. "BJP has taken a lot of measures in the promotion of lies in Maharashtra. Shiv Sena's side is the facts. Why remain in Delhi's government in such a false environment? That's why I resign as Minister of the Union," Sawant said.

Mon, 11 Nov 2019 09:39:31 +0530
Supporting Sena will be a

Mumbai: Sanjay Nirupam, leader of the Congress, cautioned his party and the NCP against allying with the Shiv Sena to form the Maharashtra government. Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari extend an invitation to the Congress-NCP alliance to form the government given the BJP and the Sena have been unable to agree a power-sharing deal.

"In the current political arithmetic in Maharashtra, it is just impossible for Congress-NCP to form any government. For that we need Shiv Sena. And we must not think of sharing power with Shiv Sena under any circumstances. That will be a disastrous move for the party," Mr Nirupam said on Sunday.

Mon, 11 Nov 2019 09:26:59 +0530
Former Chief Election Com

Chennai: Former Chief Electoral Commissioner T N Seshan, who had become an icon of Indian bureaucracy to initiate tectonic reforms in the electoral process of the country during his tenure in the 1990s, died of a cardiac arrest in Chennai on Sunday. He was 86. Between 1990 to 1996, TN Seshan, a former 1955 batch Indian Administrative Service Officer from the Tamil Nadu Cadre, headed the election commission. He is credited as India's 10th Chief Electoral Commissioner with flexing the far-reaching constitutional powers of the polling body to hold politicians in place.

Mon, 11 Nov 2019 09:15:21 +0530
Sonia Gandhi writes thank

New Delhi: One day after the Center decided to withdraw Special Protection Group (SPG) protection from the Gandhi family, Congress president Sonia Gandhi wrote to the head of the elite force on Saturday, thanking him for the "unfailing high professionalism, commitment to duty and honesty" that the organization has been protecting them for years. The letter from the president of Congress comes after the government of Narendra Modi has decided to withdraw the SPG cover given to Gandhi family members-Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka.

Sun, 10 Nov 2019 10:15:59 +0530
India rejects Pakistan s

New Delhi: India dismissed on Saturday Pakistan's "unwarranted and gratuitous" remarks on the Supreme Court's judgment on the Ayodhya land dispute issue, and denounced Islamabad's "pathological urge" to comment on its internal affairs in an attempt to spread hate. "We condemn Pakistan's unjustified and gratuitous remarks on India's Supreme Court judgment on a civil matter that is entirely within India. It is about the rule of law and equal respect for all religions, values that are not part of their ethos, "said Raveesh Kumar, spokeswoman for the Ministry of External Affairs in a statement.

Sun, 10 Nov 2019 10:05:16 +0530
We Will Not Challenge Ayo

New Delhi: Hours after the counsel of the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board said it would pursue a review of the Ayodhya verdict in view of its "contradictions," head of the Islamic legislative body clarified that it had no such move in mind. "In the situation, we welcome the decision of the Supreme Court. The board has no intention to challenge it," said Zafar Ahmad Farooqui, Chairman of the Waqf Board. "The decision is now being thoroughly studied and the board will release a detailed statement after that."

Sun, 10 Nov 2019 09:55:42 +0530
Maharashtra Governor asks

Mumbai: The Governor of Maharashtra Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari today asked the leader of elected members of the single largest party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, Shri Devendra Fadnavis to indicate the willingness and ability of his party to form the government in Maharashtra.

Elections to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly were held on 21st October and the results were declared on 24th October. However, despite the passage of 15 days, no single party or alliance of parties has come forward to form the government.

The Governor has therefore decided to explore the possibility of formation of Government and today asked the leader of the elected members of the single largest party, that is BJP, to convey its willingness and ability to form the government.


Sat, 09 Nov 2019 21:19:01 +0530
Robbers bind the civil se

Habra:A gang of five robbers barred a West Bengal civil service officer's official residence in the North 24 district of Parganas early on Friday morning and pillaged valuables after tying up the bureaucrat and his family. The robbery took place in Habra, about 50 km from Kolkata in Subhro Nandy's residence, the Habra 1 community block development officer. Inside the local administration office complex, the criminals took cash, jewelry and some mobile phones from Nandy's home. The price of the jewelry and phones was around Rs 100,000. Police were told by the BDO that four of them spoke in Hindi. The incident created a buzz in the region with local people saying the BDO's official quarters robbery showed criminals were not afraid of the law. "We asked the police to act quickly. Senior officers are looking into this, "said Chaitali Chakraborty, magistrate of the district of North 24 Parganas.

Sat, 09 Nov 2019 17:30:15 +0530
Kartarpur Corridor Opens

New Delhi: The Kartarpur Corridor was inaugurated today by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the first batch of Sikh pilgrims left for Guru Nanak Shrine in Pakistan. Modi tweeted: "With Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji's blessings & firm resolve of the Government, #KartarpurCorridor is open & thousands of people go on a holy pilgrimage. Check out the hashtag #KartarpurCorridor on Your Voice section of Volunteer module on NaMo App. Graphics, tweets & more await you," PM Modi tweeted.

Sat, 09 Nov 2019 16:35:20 +0530
We Will Decide On Review

New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board — one of the respondents in the Ayodhya title suit — expressed dissatisfaction with the Supreme Court's decision that Ram Lalla was granted the 2,77 acres of disputed land for the construction of a temple and said that an alternative five-acre plot for a mosque would be provided. "We feel it's unfair ... We can't consider it justice. We don't condemn all aspects of the decision," said Muslim community lawyer Zafaryab Jilani. The board said they will hold a meeting and take a call on whether a review petition should be filed.

Sat, 09 Nov 2019 16:16:21 +0530
Ayodhya Disputed Land For

New Delhi: The disputed land in Ayodhya will be given to a government trust to create a temple and Muslims will be given a five-acre "correct" plot in the city, announced today by the Supreme Court in a landmark verdict in a religious and political flashpoint that has cast a shadow over the country for decades.A five-judge constitution bench delivered a unanimous verdict. There have been appeals for peace and heightened security across the country.

The decision follows a centuries-old legal dispute over a piece of land in Ayodhya where the Babri mosque of the 16th century stood before it was demolished by Hindu activists who say it is Lord Ram's birthplace.

Sat, 09 Nov 2019 11:37:55 +0530
BJP Lying Shah We Want E

Mumbai: The rivalry between the BJP-Shiv Sena, festering since the outcome of the Maharashtra election 15 days ago, escalated considerably after Devendra Fadnavis resigned as chief minister on Friday, hours before the end of the government formation deadline. Every accused the other of lying with BJP president Amit Shah earlier this year about a "50:50" deal that the Shiv Sena claims was discussed. But the relationship wasn't over yet, both parties said. "I'm not going to talk to them until they believe what they're saying. I'm not going to talk to those who consider me a liar," Thackeray said, who had let Sanjay Raut of his party do most of the talk in the last couple of days. "I challenge the BJP to form a government in Maharashtra as soon as possible, otherwise each party has the right to form its own combination and form a government," the Sena chief said, asking the leadership of the BJP to continue the alliance.

Sat, 09 Nov 2019 09:17:32 +0530
Maintain Harmony PM Modi

New Delhi: The decades-old land dispute over Ayodhya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for peace ahead of the Supreme Court's historic verdict. The Prime Minister said in a series of tweets in Hindi on Friday that the "Ayodhya verdict won't be the win or defeat of anyone," adding that preserving peace was the priority of the country's citizens.

Sat, 09 Nov 2019 09:03:53 +0530
Government withdraws SPG

New Delhi: The government has removed Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her children Rahul and Priyanka's Special Protection Group (SPG) cover, and the CRPF will now provide them Z-plus protection, officials said Friday. A Govt source said that on 50 occasions Sonia Gandhi did not use the bullet-resistant SPG vehicle while traveling in Delhi during 2015-19. Rahul Gandhi has also been flying since 2015 on 1892 occasions in a non-bullet-resistant car. He has also not taken the SPG along on 143 visits since 1991.

The Gandhis will be without SPG protection after 28 years. They were included in the VVIP security list following an amendment in September 1991 in the SPG Act of 1988. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will now be the only person being protected by the elite SPG commandos.

Fri, 08 Nov 2019 17:46:05 +0530
Centre makes Rs 25K crore

New Delhi: In a move to protect more than 4 lakh home buyers, the Center set up a Rs 25,000 crore fund on Wednesday with the participation of state-run LIC and the Bank of India (SBI) to restart stalled projects. After a cabinet meeting here, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman declared that the Ministry had set up an Alternative Investment Fund (AIF) with an initial government investment of Rs 10,000 crore, while the remainder would be invested by Life Insurance Corp (LIC) and SBI. The decision, which will also benefit projects that have been categorised as non-performing assets (NPAs or bad loans) or are facing proceedings in the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT). The Minister also said that SBI Caps will be the lead professional manager of the AIF and will assess the viability of stalled projects.

Fri, 08 Nov 2019 17:33:55 +0530
Devendra Fadnavis hands o

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis handed over his resignation to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at a quick meeting on Friday evening, 15 days after the united Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena won a strong majority in the state elections last month. Nevertheless, after a tense tussle with his coalition partner led by Uddhav Thackeray, Fadnavis, the presumptive chief minister of the BJP for the second term, Sena demanded written assurance that a Sena candidate would have the opportunity to become chief minister after 30 months. Upon handing over the formal letter to the president, he appeared before television cameras to announce his resignation. Fadnavis started by thanking his party and its members for the opportunity to serve the Maharashtra people.

Fri, 08 Nov 2019 17:00:31 +0530
The serious cyclone Bulbu

Cyclone Bulbul is likely to hit the Sunderban Delta on Sunday along the border between India and Bangladesh with a wind speed of up to 135 km per hour, officials of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said. Then the cyclone loses some of its power and 

again becomes a ' bad ' cyclonic storm. The ‘severe’ cyclonic storm Bulbul gathered strength and intensified further into a ‘very severe’ cyclonic storm early on Friday morning. The cyclone is likely to intensify further and move northwards till early morning of November 9. Thereafter, it is expected to re-curve northeast wards and cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Sagar Islands (West Bengal) and Khepupara (Bangladesh), across the Sunderbans delta during the early hours of November 10. As a strong cyclonic storm, Bulbul will cross the coasts with a peak sustained wind speed of 110 to 120 km per hour up to 135 km per hour.

The IMD said Odisha's north coastal districts and West Bengal's coastal districts should receive medium to moderate rainfall in some regions, with strong to very heavy rainfall. Sea situation would be very rough and a storm surge of 1-1.5 meters is likely to flood most low lying areas in West Bengal's coastal areas during the landfall of the cyclone. While it was advised to fishermen not to venture into the sea, the IMD said the storm could destroy mud houses, break trees branches, and snap power 

lines. All states ' authorities were required to prohibit beach activities.

The authorities in West Bengal have already started to advise people and fishermen in coastal areas not to go close to beaches and dive into the sea. Watchtowers are being installed and loudspeakers are broadcasting warning messages. At about 8:45 a.m. on Friday, the cyclone was centered about 390 km southeast of Paradip in Odisha and 530 km southwest of the Sagar Islands in West Bengal. With a speed of 10 km per hour, it was going.

Fri, 08 Nov 2019 13:19:50 +0530
BJP delegation met Govern

Mumbai: A delegation from the BJP met with Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Thursday to brief him on the ongoing political developments, but with ally Shiv Sena not letting go of its request for equal share of the Chief Minister's office, he stopped short of staking a formal government statement.  BJP appears to be exercising caution in the absence of Sena's support, although it is the largest single party with 105 MLAs in the 288-member assembly. They met with the governor to brief him on the political developments as policy formulation took longer than usual. There has been consideration of different legal and constitutional consequences.

Fri, 08 Nov 2019 09:44:15 +0530
Modi Shah wants to contro

Mumbai: Leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and chief of Mumbai, Nawab Malik, hit the BJP over delay in government formation in Maharashtra saying it is pushing the state towards the rule of the President. Taking it to Twitter, Nawab Malik said, "BJP moves Maharashtra towards the rule of the president as Modi-Shah wants to run the government from Delhi. State people will not tolerate this ... as Maharashtra will never bow ..."

Fri, 08 Nov 2019 09:28:40 +0530
PS Sreedharan Pillai tak

Aizawl: PS Sreedharan Pillai takes over as Mizoram governor. Chief Justice of Guwahati High Court Ajay Lamba administered the oath of office and secrecy at Raj Bhavan here. Chief Minister Soramthanga, other ministers, former chief minister Lal Tanwala and other senior officials were present on the occasion. Four bishops from Kerala, representatives of the Kochi Bar Council, BJP leaders Alphonse Kannanthanam and MT Ramesh were also present.

Thu, 07 Nov 2019 16:33:14 +0530

കരിപ്പൂർ : കരിപ്പൂർ വിമാനത്താവളം വഴി  സ്വർണം കടത്താൻ ശ്രമിച്ച മൂന്ന് പേർ പിടിയിലായി. മൂന്ന് പേരിൽ നിന്നായി മൂന്ന് കിലോയോളം സ്വർണ്ണമാണ് പരിശോധനയ്ക്കിടെ പിടികൂടിയത്.

കാലിൽ സ്വർണ്ണ മിശ്രിതം കെട്ടിവെച്ച് കടത്താൻ ശ്രമിച്ചപ്പോഴാണ് രണ്ട് പേർ അറസ്റ്റിലായത്.  അറസ്റ്റിലായ ഇരുവരും കാസർഗോഡ് സ്വദേശികളാണ്.

പതിനാല് ലക്ഷം രൂപ വില വരുന്ന സ്വർണ്ണം കടത്താൻ ശ്രമിച്ച മുംബൈ സ്വദേശിയായ യുവതിയും പിടിയിലായി. ഗുഹ്യഭാഗത്ത് സ്വർണ്ണ മിശ്രിതം ഒളിപ്പിച്ച് കടത്താനുള്ള ശ്രമത്തിനിടെയാണ് ഇവർ പോലീസ് അറസ്റ്റിലായത്

Thu, 07 Nov 2019 13:58:37 +0530
BJP will Get Sena Support

Under the leadership of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, a BJP-Shiv Sena government will take power in Maharashtra, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said today, stating that his party would win the support of the Sena. The choice is Devendra Fadnavis, and he ought to lead the state. The BJP has secured 105 seats so it should be the BJP's chief minister. Nitin Gadkari said as his sudden flight to Nagpur, the headquarters of the BJP's ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), fueled speculation that he was an option for consensus chief minister to mollify the Sena. Reacting to the speculation, Mr Gadkari said: "I am in Delhi, there is no question of my coming to Maharashtra." A BJP delegation will meet Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari today.

Thu, 07 Nov 2019 13:17:11 +0530
Amity University is celeb


The inaugural ceremony of the Korean Culture Day at Amity University on Wednesday was marked by bright paper lanterns, traditional dolls and students singing a folk song, Arirang. In a first, as collaboration with India's Korean Cultural Center (KCCI), the university organized two-day long festivities on the occasion. University students also performed on K-pop songs and performed in Korean drama, known as' K-drama ' more popularly. The students from the school's own K-pop group, AmiKo, performed and rapped many well-known K-pop songs. Draped in traditional Korean clothing, known as hanboks, students also played the legend of Suri Ratna, an Ayodhya princess who is believed to have married Korean King Kim Suro.

Thu, 07 Nov 2019 12:55:44 +0530
BJP postpones meeting wit

Mumbai: A delegation of BJP leaders who were supposed to meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Thursday at 11:30 AM was abruptly postponed without further explanation as the power tussle over government formation in Maharashtra continues. The delegation, which includes leaders such as State BJP President Chandrakant Patil, Sudhir Mungatiwar, and Ashish Shelar, is now scheduled to meet with the governor instead at 2 p.m. According to sources, the BJP will not stake claim to form a government in Maharashtra without a majority.

Thu, 07 Nov 2019 11:28:58 +0530
Supreme Court Reconfirms

New Delhi: The Supreme Court reaffirmed the death penalty for a man who gang-raped a minor girl "horribly" before killing her in 2010 in Coimbatore with her brother.
In a 2:1 majority decision, a bench led by Justice RF Nariman said there was no need to revise the death penalty handed down by Manoharan as he committed a serious offence. While the appeal for review was rejected by the judges Nariman and Suryakant, Justice Sanjiv Khanna, who was also part of the tri-judge bench, said that only on the point of the sentence he had a different view."In view of the majority judgment, the review petition stands dismissed in its entirety," the bench said. 

Thu, 07 Nov 2019 11:19:46 +0530
Maintain Harmony In The C

Peace and harmony should prevail in the country after the Supreme Court delivers the Ayodhya verdict, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday to his ministerial council and top government officials. "The prime minister headed a long meeting of his ministerial council that lasted until late at night and he also turned the focus back on cleanliness during it. Modi asked his team why unclean areas were there despite his government's massive push, "said a second official present at the meeting.  Modi asked political leaders to be responsible in their comments. Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind president Arshad Madani said the community was willing to accept the decision of the Apex Court, although he believed that the Babri Masjid was a mosque according to Islamic laws.

Thu, 07 Nov 2019 09:52:17 +0530
U P Police Inspector com

Lucknow: A 42-year-old Uttar Pradesh Police Inspector in Lucknow committed suicide by hanging himself in his house from a ceiling fan. The deceased has been identified as Brijesh Kumar was posted in '112', the state emergency helpline. It is reported that on Sunday night, Kumar had a spat with his wife over his late arrival, after which he locked himself in his rom. He would often lock himself in his room if was upset over something or had a fight in the family. On Tuesday, his wife Maya tried to call him, but there was no answer. She looked through a window into the room later at night and screamed.

Wed, 06 Nov 2019 12:41:17 +0530
NCP makes proposal to Shi

Mumbai: The power tussle of BJP-Shiv Sena continues in Maharashtra over government formation, the latter's leader, Sanjay Raut, continues his attacks on ally BJP. Raut has reiterated that the demands of Shiv Sena are firm. "There is no new proposal on the formation of government, and we will move forward with our demand to share the post of chief minister for 2.5 years each.   If the President's rule is imposed in Maharashtra then it will be an insult to the peoples' mandate," Raut said. 

Wed, 06 Nov 2019 12:27:35 +0530
Melanie Jones appointed n

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The appointment of former player Melanie Jones as their director was announced by Cricket Australia on Wednesday. Jones, a former international cricketer, debuted in 1997 for Australia as she joined the team and won her first of two World Cups(2005).  In 2019, Jones was recognised as one of Australia's highest honors, the Order of Australia Medal, among a long list of accolades and recognitions for services to cricket and the community.

"I am excited to be able to work with Board to strengthen the bond of cricket with the community and ensure a healthy and sustainable future for the next generations". Jones said after her appointment. 

I have a lot of admiration for the work that has been done in particular over the past 18 months, an incredibly challenging time for cricket, and a testament to its place in Australian heartsshe said. Cricket Australia Chairman, Earl Eddings welcomed Jones to the board: “Mel has been an active and inspiring part of the cricket fabric for many years and we are privileged to have her join the board. Australian cricket has been undergoing significant change over the past two years and I've no doubt Mel's experience on and off the field will be an asset to the team as we move into our next phase.

Wed, 06 Nov 2019 12:24:19 +0530
Delhi schools reopen

New Delhi: After an extended Diwali break due to pollution, schools reopened on Wednesday with a large number of students seen using anti-pollution masks to shield them from health hazard. Although the levels of pollution have steadily decreased since Sunday, the AQI remains in the classification of ' bad. '

Wed, 06 Nov 2019 09:54:42 +0530
Delhi Police Call Off Str

New Delhi: On Tuesday, Delhi Police announced an ex-gratia of Rs 25,000 each for the cops injured in the November 2 clashes with lawyers at the Tis Hazari court premises as hundreds of police officers and their family members hit the streets on Tuesday to protest the advocates ' attack on some of their colleagues. Talking to the agitating cops here at the Police Headquarters, Special Commissioner Satish Golcha said, "We will give the best treatment to the injured cops during the clashes and also give the wounded cops an ex-gratia of Rs 25,000 each." Golcha also said that a case has been registered in the Saket Court incident, in which a lawyer was seen assaulting a policeman on Monday.

Wed, 06 Nov 2019 09:24:04 +0530
Railway Board okays Benga

Bengaluru: Railway Board gave clearance to set up suburban railway in Bengaluru, Union State Minister for Railways Suresh Angadi said. “In order to fast track the Bengaluru Suburban Rail, the extended railway board met today and gave its clearance,” Angadi tweeted. Assuring residents of Bengaluru, Angadi said he would make every effort with Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal to ensure that suburban rail is launched as soon as possible.

Tue, 05 Nov 2019 16:48:38 +0530
Few intellectuals eat be

Dilip Ghosh, president of the West Bengal BJP, made bizarre statements saying that few intellectuals who eat beef on road side stalls would like to tell them to eat dog meat as well, their health would be fine but why they should eat on the roads. Speaking in Burdwan of West Bengal, Dilip Ghosh said, "Few intellectuals eat beef on the roads, I advise them to eat dog meat too, their health will be fine whatever animals they eat, but why on the roads? Eat at your home. Dilip Ghosh added, ' Cow is our mother, we're still alive by eating cow's milk, so if someone misbehaves with my mother, I'll treat them the way they should be treated. It's a sin on India's holiest soil to kill cows and eat beef. Dilip Ghosh also went to claim that cow milk contains gold and that is the reason its milk colour is golden. 

Tue, 05 Nov 2019 16:25:25 +0530
Former Maharashtra minist

Former minister of Maharashtra, Babasaheb Dhabekar, died after prolonged illness on Tuesday, family sources said. The leader of the 89-year-old Congress was admitted to a hospital in Mumbai, where he died, said the sources.

Tue, 05 Nov 2019 15:02:37 +0530
Go to work Delhi Top Cop

New Delhi: Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik from Delhi called for agitating police officers to return to their duties and posts after his colleagues today began a massive protest outside their headquarters. The officers were protesting violent clashes that broke out on Saturday at the Tis Hazari court complex in the city between cops and lawyers. In Saturday's clash, at least 20 police officers and eight lawyers were injured and 20 vehicles vandalized. "We must act as a disciplined force. It is our great responsibility that the government and the people expect us to uphold the law. I urge you to go back to duty, "said the top cop of Delhi,

Tue, 05 Nov 2019 13:34:05 +0530
The Chief Minister will b

Mumbai: Maharashtra's chief minister will be from the Shiv Sena, its leader, Sanjay Raut, claimed today as proof that the ruling BJP and its long-time ally are no closer to an agreement that will open the process of forming government almost two weeks after the election.The chief minister is only going to be from Shiv Sena. Maharashtra's face and politics are changing, you'll see. What you call hungama is not hungama, but the struggle for justice and rights ... It will be our victory, "said Sanjay Raut, Sena's Rajya Sabha MP

Tue, 05 Nov 2019 13:19:42 +0530
Amit Shah praises PM Modi

Union Home Minister Amit Shah praised PM Modi as India decided not to join the Commercial Agreement of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) as its key concerns were not addressed. Amit Shah tweeted: "India’s decision to not sign RCEP is a result of PM @narendramodi’s strong leadership & unflinching resolve to ensure national interest in all circumstances. It shall ensure support to our farmers, MSMEs, dairy & manufacturing sector, pharmaceutical, steel & chemical industries".

Tue, 05 Nov 2019 09:58:25 +0530
138 Bengali workers retur

Kolkata: A total of 138 workers who had gone to Jammu and Kashmir to earn a living were brought back from Srinagar on Monday in the wake of last month's terror attack in which five West Bengal workers were killed. They were brought back by the government of West Bengal by Jammu Tawi Express arrived at Kolkata. While there are 133 from West Bengal, there are five from Assam. Five labourers were killed in a terror attack in Kulgam on October 29.

Tue, 05 Nov 2019 09:45:01 +0530
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Mumbai: Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to renowned Hindi writer-poet Dr Uday Pratap Singh in Mumbai on Sunday (3rd Nov). The Award was presented at the Hindi Poetry Festival ‘Anubhuti’ organised by Paasbaan -E- Adab, a cultural organisation.

Well known Hindi writer - poets Dr Ashok Chakradhar, Inspector General of Police Quaiser Khalid, Dikshit Dhankauri, Athar Shakil, filmstar Rajpal Yadav, Maya Govind and others were present. Two books authored by Quaiser Khalid were also released on the occasion.



Mon, 04 Nov 2019 18:22:01 +0530
Sanjay Raut Ramdas Kadam

Mumbai: Minister of Envirnoment Ramdas Kadam and Member of Parliment  (R S) Sanjay Raut called on Governor of Mahrashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai on 04th  November 2019. 



Mon, 04 Nov 2019 18:17:26 +0530
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Mon, 04 Nov 2019 17:27:12 +0530
1 dead 22 injured after

Jammu and Kashmir: One person died and 22 others were injured following a grenade attack in the Lal Chowk area near a market on Monday at Maulana Azad road in Srinagar. 

Three terrorists had come on a motorcycle, as reported in the initial reports, who are now being suspected of being behind this grenade attack.

The whole area was cordoned off and a search is underway to nab the culprits.

Mon, 04 Nov 2019 15:17:09 +0530
Haryana Girl Trapped In

Chandigarh: A five-year-old girl's body was pulled out by rescuers almost 18 hours after she fell into a 50-foot-deep borewell in Harsinghpura village in Karnal district of Haryana, police said Monday. She fell in her family's borewell while playing on the fields in Gharaunda area on Sunday,  police officials said. "After being pulled out by the rescuers from the borewell, she was rushed to Karnal Civil Hospital where she was declared dead by doctors,"

Mon, 04 Nov 2019 15:07:16 +0530
Mehbooba Mufti criticises

The former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti, hit the Congress Party over its position on the repeal of Article 370. Mehbooba's remarks against Congress came after recently Congress leader Pawan Khera said that his party too diluted Article 370 without controversy, not one but several times. She tweeted: "Congress competing with BJP over who aced the art of unconstitutionally violating & betraying people of J&K. Might as well be callous enough to start matching records about communal riots too".

Mon, 04 Nov 2019 13:29:09 +0530
Devendra Fadnavis meets A

New Delhi: On Monday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis arrived at Union Home Minister Amit Shah's official residence to hold a meeting with the Minister of the Union. According to sources, Fadnavis is meeting with Shah to request more Central Government assistance for farmers affected in Maharashtra due to unseasonal rain. "We have approved Rs 10,000 crore already. The state government stands firmly with farmers whose crops are destroyed by heavy rains, and they will be provided with all the necessary steps and assistance, "he said.

Mon, 04 Nov 2019 13:17:35 +0530
30 people died during Ch

Patna: A total of 30 people, including 18 children, died in separate wall collapse, stampede, and drowning in various parts of Bihar during the "Chath" festival that ended on Sunday, police said. The wall collapsed about 6.30 am, when the devotees prepared to leave the ghat after offering ' arghya, ' said Chandrakant Gauri, Police officials said. The injured devotees have been admitted to Hasanpur primary health centre. A 35-year-old man died in drowning incidents after entering a pond in the village of Khajuri in Samastipur district, said Sarairanjanj BDO Gangasagar Singh. Four persons drowned and one has gone missing in different ponds on Saturday evening in Bhagalpur district.

Mon, 04 Nov 2019 09:23:22 +0530
Sanjay Raut To Meet Gover

MUMBAI: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut is scheduled to meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at 5 p.m. today with other senior party leaders. Raut has also confirmed that he will meet the Governor and request him to invite the single largest party to form the government in Maharashtra. The move comes at a time when both the BJP and the Shiv Sena are engaged in a bitter tug-of-war over the equal distribution of Cabinet portfolios and the 2.5-year tenure of the post of chief minister. While the BJP stands firm that Devendra Fadnavis is going to become Maharashtra's next chief minister, Shiv Sena is looking for an equal term for the post of chief minister.

Mon, 04 Nov 2019 09:07:03 +0530
We have support of 170 ML

Mumbai: Leader of Shiv Sena, Sanjay Raut, said his party had the support of 170 MLAs and was able to form the next Maharashtra government. "We are supported by more than 170 MLAs, the number can even hit 175," he said as he addressed a press conference here."The impasse continues. There has been no debate on government formation so far. When negotiations take place, it will only be on the position of the chief minister. Our side has no communication gap," he said.

Sun, 03 Nov 2019 16:52:06 +0530
Flights Diverted As Smo

New Delhi: Thirty-two flights were diverted as pollution levels crossed the 600 mark in Delhi this morning. The Air Quality Index or AQI rose to 625 from yesterday's 407 level-enveloping the city in a thick blanket of fog that made it difficult to breathe and played havoc with air and road traffic. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal described the situation as "unbearable" and said that the people of Delhi suffered "no fault of theirs." In Delhi's neighbouring areas, pollution levels were also high, forcing the Noida authorities in Uttar Pradesh to shut down schools until Tuesday.

Sun, 03 Nov 2019 16:42:26 +0530
Govt sanctions Rs 10 000

Mumbai: The government of Maharashtra approved Rs 10,000 crore on Saturday as a special provision to provide immediate assistance to farmers affected by unseasonal rains. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis took the decision to discuss the losses at a meeting of a Cabinet sub-committee held at his official residence. Ministers of the BJP and allies Chandrakant Patil, Girish Mahajan, Subhash Deshmukh, Anil Bonde, Sadabhau Khot, Suresh Khade, Mahadev Jankar were present at the meeting.

Sun, 03 Nov 2019 09:39:33 +0530
NCP prefer Sena Governmen

Mumbai: The NCP said on Saturday that if the Shiv Sena is ready to form a "people's government as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj" minus the BJP, it will take a "positive view." NCP chief spokesman Nawab Malik said alternatives can be possible if the party led by Uddhav Thackeray takes any decision in the interest of the people in this regard. NCP spokesman Nawab Malik said alternatives could be possible if the party led by Uddhav Thackeray takes any decision in the people's interest in this regard.

Sun, 03 Nov 2019 09:27:53 +0530
Gold investors in a fix w

By Sasi Nair

Since time immemorial the shining yellow metal, ‘Gold’ has been an assured and safe investment option for mankind. Many find it difficult to buy Gold at one go and to lessen this hassle, jewellers float “gold schemes”, an investment scheme which allow them to buy Gold over a period of time through equated monthly instalments (EMIs). Attractive isn’t it, when a person pays smaller amounts and in due course get to buy something more than what he would have invested? There is a caveat however, all these schemes have an element of risk associated with them and identifying exactly what the risk is, is a daunting task.

Goodwin Jewellers which had been running its shops since over two decades is but the latest to join the scrapheap of failed jewellers that have dishonoured their commitments. There are many: IMA Jewellery in Bengaluru, Nathella Sampathu Chetty and Ruby Jewellery in Chennai, Thunchath Jewellers and Avathar Jewellers in Kerala, which are some of the prominent cases that have come to public light. In all these investors had to face the brunt of losing their hard earned money.

In wake of these many instances of jewellers’ businesses collapsing, the question comes up in mind: Do we have a remedy? As per prevailing laws, investors have no protection whatsoever if the jeweller’s business crashes and goes into liquidation or the jeweller absconds. “More often than not the investor’s money will be less than Rs. 1 lakh and this will not come under the ambit of Insolvency Bankruptcy Code. The amount invested in such cases is considered as unsecured credit or as trade advance,” said a former government official from Ministry of Corporate Affairs. He further pointed out, “It is pertinent to note that the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) guidelines declares that if the deposit exceeds Rs. 100 crores in any scheme then it becomes a collective investment scheme. For that obtaining SEBI’s approval is mandatory, which many companies don’t get.”


 Unfortunately many investors aren’t aware that only some gold schemes are legal. It is very important to determine the nature of the firm doling out such gold schemes, whether it is a public limited company or a private limited one, a partnership firm, or a proprietorship, before you invest. Legal experts opine: “A public limited company can accept deposits from the public. Companies Act, 2013 provides the statutory authority for this. Furthermore, the total deposits that a company can receive are capped at 25 per cent of the net worth of the firm,” said a legal analyst.

Gold harvest schemes are extremely popular among Indian masses, right from the small shop in your nearest marketplace to big corporates such as Tanishq, Nakshatra, Kalyan Jewellers, Malabar Gold, and many more. Tanishq, for instance, in FY 2018-19, generated deposits worth Rs. 1,273 crores as against Rs. 1,041 crores in the preceding financial year, as per its annual report. Companies have to comply with regulation changes whenever it happens. Kalyan Jewellers, an unlisted public company, has been offering gold schemes for around 30 years. The company’s chairman and managing director, T.S. Kalyanaraman, said, “The amended Companies  Act was effective from April 1, 2014. At that time, we communicated to customers to close their schemes and refunded their money. We then operated a new scheme which didn’t get us any returns for almost two years, till the time we converted into a public limited company on June 15, 2016. We launched a product which was in compliance with the Companies Act in August 2016, in terms of the duration of the scheme and the return offered to customers.”

Private limited companies can take deposits from customers since Rule 2 of Companies Act allow them to do so. Some well-known jewellers have registered themselves as private limited companies and have been running gold schemes since decades. An industry analyst pointed out, “Private limited companies can’t accept deposits. They can however take advances for sale of goods for which the goods and money should be returned within a year without any returns or interest.” He further added, “There are many firms which aren’t registered either as public limited or as private limited but continue to operate different schemes. This presents a question mark on the Companies Act as
schemes that these companies offer aren’t covered under the purview of the Act.”

Nevertheless until legislation covers these grey areas public however needs to caution itself to the mouth-watering schemes offered by jewellers and find out themselves whether it is worth parking your funds with the jeweller. Following the advice of your friend who has been getting bonus or discounts, as the jewellers’ term it, regularly, or looking at the history chain of the jeweller could perhaps be one way. However, there is no guarantee as seen from the pitfalls of Goodwin Jewellers or IMA Jewellers seen in recent past, as schemes after all, comes with that element of risk in.

Sat, 02 Nov 2019 21:25:26 +0530
Governor visits historic

Mumbai: Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari today visited the historic Banganga Tank at Walkeshwar and obtained information about the heritage conservation work being carried out.The Governor also visited the Kavale Math Shanta Durga Temple for a darshan. He was felicitated by the GSB Temple trustees on the occasion.

Malabar Hill MLA Mangal Prabhat Lodha, Corporator Jyotsna Mehta, Deputy Municipal Commissioner of BMC Pravin Gaikwad, officials of RPG Foundation, Trustee of GSB Temple Trust Pravin Kanvinde and Secretary Bhushan Jack were present.


Sat, 02 Nov 2019 19:45:20 +0530
We Will Drop Wait And Wa

Mumbai: In the midst of a power tussle with the BJP over the formation of government in Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena today sharpened its ally's attack saying BJP minister Sudhir's "president's rule threat" by BJP minister Sudhir Mungantiwar is an "insult" to the state and people's mandate as it warned that it will soon drop its "wait and watch mode".

Sena leader Sanjay Raut today told his ally that the party's "wait and watch mode" will be dropped soon. "In India, the constitution is protected by the president," he said. The term of the new Maharashtra Legislative Assembly expires on 8 November.  Mungatiwar said in his remarks on Friday: "In the stipulated time, a new government will have to be in place, or the President will have to interfere."

Sat, 02 Nov 2019 15:31:37 +0530
PMC Bankdepositor dead in

Navi Mumbai: Another Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative Bank scam-hit depositor is no longer; she died in Navi Mumbai as a result of a heart attack, the family said Friday. Kuldeep Kaur Vig (64) is the seventh PMC depositor who died after the alleged Rs 4,355 crore scam was exposed and the RBI imposed cash withdrawal restrictions.  She was worried about her bank money and felt stressed after watching news on TV about the protest of depositors, said her husband Varinder (74).

Sat, 02 Nov 2019 08:50:09 +0530
Jharkhand Election 5 P

New Delhi: Jharkhand will vote for its state assembly in five phases beginning November 30 and the results will be declared on December 23, announced on Friday by the Election Commission. Voting dates for the five phases will be November 30, December 7, December 12, December 16, and December 20, Chief Electoral Commissioner Sunil Arora said at an election briefing. The election is the third state poll since the Lok Sabha elections.

Chief Minister Raghubar Dass is leading the BJP government in Jharkhand. After winning 35 seats at the 81-member house in 2014, the BJP came to power. His ally, the AJSU, won 17, taking over the NDA from the majority mark. The dominant performance of the BJP also saw it take the Congress down to only six seats.


Fri, 01 Nov 2019 18:25:04 +0530
Saritha Nair husband get

On Thursday, a Coimbatore court sentenced Saritha Nair, the prime accused in the 2013 solar scandal cheating the previous Congress-led government in Kerala, and two others to three years in prison. Sixth Judicial Magistrate K R Kannan held Saritha, her husband Biju Radhakrishnan and C Ravi, who were directors of the ICMS Power Company, guilty of cheating two over Rs 32 lakh after promising to set up windmills about ten years ago. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on the three.

Fri, 01 Nov 2019 16:42:46 +0530
Schools in capital to be

New Delhi: All schools in the national capital will remain closed till November 5 (Tuesday) amid rising pollution in the region, tweeted Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday.  While air quality deteriorated further in the national capital, a committee commissioned by the Supreme Court on Friday called on schools to curb all outdoor activities and sports until November 5 to reduce children's exposure to pollution.

Fri, 01 Nov 2019 15:30:53 +0530
Maharashtra may head for

Mumbai: Maharashtra may head for President's rule if the new government is not in place in the state by November 7, Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar said Friday. 

Today, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut told reporters that the new Maharashtra chief minister will be from the Sena. "If the Sena decides, it can get the required numbers to form a stable government in Maharashtra," he said.


Fri, 01 Nov 2019 14:56:22 +0530
Bomb scare at Delhi airpo

New Delhi: The suspicious bag lying otuside of Delhi airport sparked a frightening early Friday, resulting in a few hours of restrictions on passenger movements. Initially, RDX or its traces were suspected of containing the bag. The bag was examined by the bomb squad's explosive detector and a dog. The Delhi Police said that a call was received about 1 am after which a CISF staff noticed the bag near the arrival terminal gate number 2. A bomb detector and a dog checked the bag, giving positive signals for explosives. After a complete search of the arrival area was conducted by the CISF, movement of passengers and vehicles was resumed around 3.30 am.

Fri, 01 Nov 2019 13:34:36 +0530
Pollution Control Body De

New Delhi: The pollution control body mandated by the Supreme Court has declared a public health emergency in Delhi and nearby areas as the capital has been struggling with rising levels of air pollution since Diwali. The Environment Emissions (Prevention and Control) Authority also suspended construction activities until November 5 as the region's level of pollution reached the late Thursday night "extreme plus" class. The pollution authority has also banned the bursting of crackers during the winter season.

Fri, 01 Nov 2019 13:21:43 +0530
BJP going back on its pro

Mumbai: During a party meeting, Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray slashed at prospective ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday, alleging that Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray was a man of his word and the BJP should note that and abide by their earlier pledge of a 50-50 formula for power sharing in Maharashtra. Uddhav also said they insisted on the very formula that Union Home Minister Amit Shah told them during a meeting earlier this year before the Lok Sabha elections.  The Shiv Sena chief said that his party is not power-hungry and just wants to follow up on whatever was promised to them. 

Fri, 01 Nov 2019 09:04:00 +0530
Imran Khan No passport

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced on Friday several concessions for Indian pilgrims to go to Darbar Sahib gurdwara in Kartarpur, Punjab, Pakistan, where Guru Nanak, Sikhism's founder, spent the last years of his life.“For Sikhs coming for pilgrimage to Kartarpur from India, I’ve waived off 2 requirements: they won’t need a passport-just a valid ID; ii)they no longer have to register 10 days in advance. Also, no fee to be charged on day of inauguration&on Guruji’s 550th birthday.” Khan tweeted

Fri, 01 Nov 2019 08:51:25 +0530
NCP leader Chhagan Bhujba

Mumbai: Senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal was admitted to a private hospital here on Thursday after complaining about high blood pressure and chest pain.

"He complained about chest pain and high BP. For further treatment, he was moved to Jaslok Hospital," Bhujbal's assistant said.

Thu, 31 Oct 2019 16:40:00 +0530
Seventh Pay Commission be

As Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh officially become two separate territories from midnight on October 31, 2019, government employees in new Unio Territories are now eligible to receive salaries under the 7th Pay Commission. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who addressed the country on the occasion of the 144th anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's birth at the Statue of Unity in Kevadia, Gujarat, said " "I am happy that from today all the government employees of Jammu, Kashmir & Ladakh will be getting the benefits under the 7th Pay Commission as granted to the employees of other Union Territories."

Thu, 31 Oct 2019 16:20:23 +0530
Eknath Shinde elected lea

Mumbai: After Aaditya Thackeray and his father Uddhav decided that the 29-year-old should now sit out of the government of the BJP-Sena alliance, the Shiv Sena legislators on Thursday elected state minister Eknath Shinde as Sena's legislative party leader. The decision of Aaditya Thackeray will also have an effect on how the Sena negotiates with its coalition partner, the Bharatiya Janata Party, for cabinet berths in the new government. A senior Sena leader also said Uddhav Thackeray may not accept deputy chief ministership since son Aaditya is not going to be part of the BJP-Shiv Sena government at this point.

Thu, 31 Oct 2019 14:43:40 +0530
Pakistan train fire 65 d

Lahore: On Thursday at least 65 people were killed and dozens injured as a massive fire broke out on a moving train after some passenger cooking gas stoves exploded in the eastern Punjab province of Pakistan. The train, Tezgam Express, was on its way from Karachi to Lahore when the fire broke out, destroying three bogies near Rahim Yar Khan in Liaquatpur, about 400 km from Lahore. The police officials said that most of the victims belonged to the Tableeghi Jamaat (Islamic preachers) who went to Raiwind to attend a large annual congregation.

Thu, 31 Oct 2019 14:33:00 +0530
Staging Sree Narayana Gur

Sasi Nair

Two decades before India won its independence from British crown, spiritual leader and social reformer in Kerala was invited as chief guest to inaugurate a newly renovated temple in Kalavankode, Kerala. Sree Narayana Guru who was pioneering a reform movement in Kerala against the injustice in a caste-ridden society of Kerala back then had been inaugurating many temples across the state to promote equality among classes. In the process he was creating spaces where people cutting across caste and community
could congregate under a single roof to attain spiritual enlightenment.

Sree Narayana Guru had in due course stopped attending such inauguration events and had instructed his disciples to open schools and institutions of public service. The organizers of this event were adamant on getting the Guru to open this temple with some even threatening to commit suicide if Sree Narayana Guru didn’t comply with their wishes. They even urged him to consecrate some idol and install it in the temple premises. The Guru yielded, his selection of deity, however, was a different one this time around. With
‘Om Shanti’ inscribed on it, the Guru ordered that a piece of mirror be installed in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. A devotee seeking God will have to find it in his own reflection, i.e. within them. Such an act of genius offers but an insight into the ideologies of the Great Narayana Guru.

For the first time, distinguished classical singer, T.M. Krishna along with R.K. Shriramkumar and K. Arun Prakash, have composed some of Sree Narayana Guru’s verses in music form and give a live performance at a concert in Nariman Point, Mumbai. Speaking to Media, T.M. Krishna said, “Nool in Malayalam meant ‘string’ and it was taken from Sree Narayana Guru’s ‘Janani Navaratna Manjari’, which was written over 100 years ago. In the poem, the Guru talks about the strings from which this
magical world was weaved.” Elaborating further, Krishna said, “To me the biggest appeal lies in Narayana Guru’s message of inclusion and which was what inspired him to turn it into music. The message was derived from his unique understanding of the world. Justice and empathy were the fundamentals to his vision of life and the natural rhythm of the cosmos.”


Sree Narayana Guru’s ‘Vaikom Satyagraha’ launched by him as a revolutionary rebelliousness against Brahmin superiority and dominance and his close relations with towering figures such as Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore, cast him strongly as a social reformer. The Guru’s writings in Sanskrit, Tamil and Malayalam reveal a lot of metaphysics and spiritualism. However, these hitherto have been limited to Kerala, particularly to his community of followers.

Similar to most things that Krishna did, these writings are unique in nature as well as gently and purposefully provocative. Note the components (with a thoughtful use of unadventurous adjectives) of Krishna’s design in this: a Brahmin singer, a classical art form, an Ezhava guru, and an Urdu name for the concert. Breaking down one insular, invisible wall after another, he assembles them all together under one umbrella of true art. The artist, author, and anti-caste activist in him speak in unison and he is not alone.

Sree Narayana Guru has been a guiding light for radical minds that have been assembling in Kochi. An important part of the famous Kochi Muzuris Biennale is a conference on metaphysics and politics, which aims to lessen the gap between the seemingly mismatched goalposts. Famous personalities who come for such events include Riyas Komu and Zoya Riyas (founders of the Uru Art Harbour); Roby Rajan, Vinay Lal, MC Dinakaran and Anish Damodaran (founders of the Backwaters Collective); and loyalists such as  Ashis Nandy and G N Devy, and many more. As in the Guru’s life and teachings, these famous personalities are trying to reunite the interior and exterior worlds and the personal as well as the political.

The thought process of Rooh-e-Nool began in T.M. Krishna’s mind when he began attending these conferences in Kochi some years ago. At the Kochi conferences on metaphysics and politics, where thinkers, artists and performers assemble, Sree Narayana Guru gains spotlight. Krishna had been a participant in many of the cultural exchanges over the last two years and this thought germinated during such discussions. For Krishna, who is known to fuse Carnatic music in refreshing, surprising ways with
lesser known folk art forms — Rooh-e-Nool is the next move in his signature art of syncretism. 

Krishna wants to take this show far and wide since Sree Narayana Guru’s message is more relevant in today’s time of polarization in society. Plans are underway to perform such shows in Colombo, Yangon, Dhaka, Thimphu, Kathmandu, Zanzibar, etc. Krishna said that he would even consider organizing shows in Lahore and Kabul, if conditions permit. We would like this to be the beginning of a conversation between the mystics and forgotten poets of South Asia, who, in their seeking, brought together self-
questioning, discovery and societal equality. “At a time when polarization in the name of religion and caste is pervading every part of our society, it is essential that we rediscover the words of our mystic Sree Narayana Guru,” Krishna concludes.


Rooh-e-Nool will be performed at Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point, on November 1, 7 p.m. Entry is Free, Registration is required.

Thu, 31 Oct 2019 13:56:22 +0530
PM Modi Pays Tribute To S

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Gujarat today to mark the 144th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. He paid tribute to the freedom icon at the Statue of Unity which he inaugurated last year.President Ram Nath Kovind and Home Minister Amit Shah also paid tribute to Delhi'sSardar Patel in Delhi.  Shah kicked off the Run for Unity marathon in the capital with Mary Kom's boxing champion handing over the flag.

Thu, 31 Oct 2019 09:59:50 +0530
Delhi women are loving th

New Delhi: A day after his government launched free women's bus rides in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal boarded a bus to assess the impact of the scheme, introduced months before the city's assembly polls. The chief minister said he was enthusiastic about the feedback from the women who not only enjoyed the free rides, but also felt safe to use public transport as a result of the move by the government to deploy marshals.

Wed, 30 Oct 2019 16:13:56 +0530
Without Shiv Sena No Swe

Mumbai: There will be no oath ceremony in Maharashtra without the Shiv Sena, a senior ruling BJP leader said, who took another leap today towards the second term of the chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis, in the midst of Sena's persistent demand for top-post rotation between the two allies. The MLAs of BJP voted to elect Devendra Fadnavis as their leader before being sworn in for the second time as chief minister. "There shouldn't be any doubt. We said the mahayuti (alliance) would form the government," Mr Fadnavis said after the vote. So far, the Shiv Sena has stuck to the point it made right after the results of last week's Maharashtra election about a "50:50" deal it said was discussed earlier this year before the national elections.

Wed, 30 Oct 2019 15:38:38 +0530
Shahuwadi MLA Vinay Kore

Mumbai: Amid the tussle between BJP and Shiv Sena over the post of chief minister, Jan Surajya Shakti leader of the party and Shahuwadi MLA Vinay Kore extended support to BJP on Wednesday, which emerged as the largest single party in the recent polls. Kore extended support to BJP after meeting Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today. The Jan Surajya Shakti leader won the Shahuwadi seat after defeating Satyajit Babasaheb Patil Sarudkar of the Sena by over 27,000 votes.

Wed, 30 Oct 2019 13:15:58 +0530
Nobody has stopped opposi

New Delhi: Hitting the opposition back over its criticism of the government for the visit of the EU delegation to Kashmir, the BJP said on Tuesday that no one prevented Congress leaders and other parties from travelling to the Valley as the situation there "normalised." BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain told reporters that the "frustration" of the opposition over the visit of MPs to Kashmir derives from the failure of its "propaganda on the situation" there.  In questioning the delegation's selection of MPs, Owaisi said it was not an official visit by EU members and that most of the MPs visiting the valley are suffering from "Islamophobia." 

The BJP spokesperson said when the government did not earlier allow visits by outsiders, then the opposition criticised it for denying the permission and now it is still attacking the Centre for allowing the visit.

Wed, 30 Oct 2019 13:08:24 +0530
Raj Kundra appears before

Mumbai: Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty's husband and businessman Raj Kundra joined the investigation of suspected deals involving the deceased gangster Iqbal Mirchi on Wednesday in the Enforcement Directorate (ED). He arrived at Mumbai's ED office on Wednesday to join the case investigation. ED Joint Director Satyavrat Kumar also arrived at Ballard Estate's Mumbai office. Former Union Minister Praful Patel is also being probed in this case. He is being probed for controversial monetary transactions between his company Millennium Developer Private Ltd and Iqbal Mirchi's son Asif Memon in Worli land deal, according to reports.

Wed, 30 Oct 2019 12:58:16 +0530
PM Modi Meets Saudi King

Riyadh: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and  Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh on Tuesday. PM Modi said India is going to invest $100 billion in oil and gas infrastructure to meet the energy needs of an economy aimed at almost doubling in five years. He was also looking for investment to raise supplies from oil-rich Saudi Arabia and other nations. The Prime Minister also met key Saudi ministers, in the backdrop of the two nations' decision to develop an oil refinery in Maharashtra's Raigad with investment from Saudi oil giant Aramco.

Wed, 30 Oct 2019 09:01:16 +0530
5 Non Kashmiri workers ki

Srinagar: In a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam district on Tuesday, five workers were killed and another injured. They were all non-Kashmiris, said police. The incident came one day after terrorists shot a truck driver in the district of Anantnag and targeted people waiting in Sopore at a bus stand. Terrorists had indiscriminately fired at paramilitary personnel deployed to a school in the district of Pulwama earlier in the afternoon. We rushed a police party led by South Kashmir's Deputy Inspector General, Jammu  and multiple bodies were recovered. police officials said.

Tue, 29 Oct 2019 22:14:38 +0530
5 Non Kashmiri workers ki

Srinagar: In a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam district on Tuesday, five workers were killed and another injured. They were all non-Kashmiris, said police. The incident came one day after terrorists shot a truck driver in the district of Anantnag and targeted people waiting in Sopore at a bus stand. Terrorists had indiscriminately fired at paramilitary personnel deployed to a school in the district of Pulwama earlier in the afternoon. We rushed a police party led by South Kashmir's Deputy Inspector General, Jammu  and multiple bodies were recovered. police officials said.

Tue, 29 Oct 2019 22:14:33 +0530
BJP had never agreed for

Mumbai: On Tuesday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that Bharatiya Janata Party had never agreed to what the Sena refers to as a "50-50" formula for power sharing. Our party president has confirmed nothing has been decided on giving the chief minister’s post to Shiv Sena. No formula has been decided yet,” Fadvanis said. The BJP is the single largest party in Maharashtra with 105 seats in 288-member assembly but is 40 MLAs short of the majority mark. The Sena, a pre-poll ally of the BJP, is the second largest party with 56 seats. Together, they have a majority.

Tue, 29 Oct 2019 15:30:16 +0530
Ponzi schemes and Money s

Pandora’s Box has opened many times over in recent past and cans of worms have spread out. Take the Punjab National Bank fraud case where banks weren’t the only victims of the
fraud orchestrated by Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, to the IMA jewellery fraud that happened down south or the latest Goodwin Jewellers who have absconded. All these have
some similar pattern, i.e. the unholy nexus of unscrupulous politicians, greedy government officials, and callous businessmen, and then we have the public which wakes up at the
thirteenth hour.

Banks step in only when the fraud is unravelled through measures like banning short-term financing in foreign currency called Letters of Undertaking to limit collateral damages to the
financial system. Worst hit will be the common public and the smaller enterprises as the ban is eroding their margins and competitiveness when such measures are taken. The fugitives
have run away to foreign shores. Likewise the Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) Bank which sanctioned money to Housing Development and Infrastructure Limited (HDIL),
a real-estate company that went bankrupt is also doing the news rounds. Although HDIL’s directors have been arrested in connection with the Rs.4,355 crore scam it is the common
man whose hard-earned income is stuck with the PMC Bank.

Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council had in a statement said that after the Nirav Modi scam came to light the jewellery industry was badly hit and is facing a trust deficit. In
the IMA jewellery fraud for example when the scam came to light an audio clip went viral in which Mohammed Mazoor Khan, the founder of IMA jewels blamed Karnataka MLA
Roshan Baig and other government officials of corruption. Khan said that he defaulted on payments due to the high amounts that he had to pay as bribes to politicians and government
officials. Khan has fled the country and is believed to be hiding somewhere in the Middle East.


Now with investors protesting outside the offices of these jewellery shops and banks and giving nightmares to the police, the question which first comes to mind is why can’t pre-
emptive measures be taken in first instance? Many jewellery chains across India are facing liquidity issues, their balance sheets reveal huge losses and this mess needs to be cleaned up.
As a means of fixing this banks need to tighten lending norms to the jewellery sector. Banks should cap exposure to a certain amount in case of a single borrower as well as for a group.
For borrowers without rating it should be much lesser amount. There should be greater due diligence and checks on credit and inventory qualities. Although stricter credit norms may
affect the store expansion plans and working capital position of industry players, it is good to do so to prevent big frauds.

Often people fall in trap as cooperative banks offer higher interest rates on fixed deposits as against the larger state-owned or private commercial banks. Most such cooperative banks are
“fly by night operators” having the patronage of some local politicians, public servants and influential businessmen and are used for stacking their ill-gotten money. When crisis occurs,
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will put restrictions on lending as well as on withdrawals. Situation becomes complicated for investors who have parked their hard-earned income in
these banks and have to run from pillar to post and may not get the redressal in time. Government needs to come up with legislative amendments to implement effective
regulation, even though most of these banks have been now brought under the ambit of RBI.

For the common man it is perhaps best to keep his savings in different banks, jewellery schemes, and chit fund schemes. As the old adage, “Never keep your eggs in the same
basket”, holds very much true in the current scenario when we see many helpless investors thronging the jewellery shops and bank premises. At least everyone will not sink at the same
time. If you have some money in another entity then you could use the funds in case of emergency.  Anyway the public needs to be vigilant and keep a tap on their investments
whenever and wherever possible, after all it is your hard earned money that is at stake.

Tue, 29 Oct 2019 15:11:47 +0530
Ponzi schemes and Money s

Pandora’s Box has opened many times over in recent past and cans of worms have spread out. Take the Punjab National Bank fraud case where banks weren’t the only victims of the
fraud orchestrated by Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, to the IMA jewellery fraud that happened down south or the latest Goodwin Jewellers who have absconded. All these have
some similar pattern, i.e. the unholy nexus of unscrupulous politicians, greedy government officials, and callous businessmen, and then we have the public which wakes up at the
thirteenth hour.

Banks step in only when the fraud is unravelled through measures like banning short-term financing in foreign currency called Letters of Undertaking to limit collateral damages to the
financial system. Worst hit will be the common public and the smaller enterprises as the ban is eroding their margins and competitiveness when such measures are taken. The fugitives
have run away to foreign shores. Likewise the Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) Bank which sanctioned money to Housing Development and Infrastructure Limited (HDIL),
a real-estate company that went bankrupt is also doing the news rounds. Although HDIL’s directors have been arrested in connection with the Rs.4,355 crore scam it is the common
man whose hard-earned income is stuck with the PMC Bank.


Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council had in a statement said that after the Nirav Modi scam came to light the jewellery industry was badly hit and is facing a trust deficit. In
the IMA jewellery fraud for example when the scam came to light an audio clip went viral in which Mohammed Mazoor Khan, the founder of IMA jewels blamed Karnataka MLA
Roshan Baig and other government officials of corruption. Khan said that he defaulted on payments due to the high amounts that he had to pay as bribes to politicians and government
officials. Khan has fled the country and is believed to be hiding somewhere in the Middle East.

Now with investors protesting outside the offices of these jewellery shops and banks and giving nightmares to the police, the question which first comes to mind is why can’t pre-
emptive measures be taken in first instance? Many jewellery chains across India are facing liquidity issues, their balance sheets reveal huge losses and this mess needs to be cleaned up.
As a means of fixing this banks need to tighten lending norms to the jewellery sector. Banks should cap exposure to a certain amount in case of a single borrower as well as for a group.
For borrowers without rating it should be much lesser amount. There should be greater due diligence and checks on credit and inventory qualities. Although stricter credit norms may
affect the store expansion plans and working capital position of industry players, it is good to do so to prevent big frauds.

Often people fall in trap as cooperative banks offer higher interest rates on fixed deposits as against the larger state-owned or private commercial banks. Most such cooperative banks are
“fly by night operators” having the patronage of some local politicians, public servants and influential businessmen and are used for stacking their ill-gotten money. When crisis occurs,
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will put restrictions on lending as well as on withdrawals. Situation becomes complicated for investors who have parked their hard-earned income in
these banks and have to run from pillar to post and may not get the redressal in time. Government needs to come up with legislative amendments to implement effective
regulation, even though most of these banks have been now brought under the ambit of RBI.

For the common man it is perhaps best to keep his savings in different banks, jewellery schemes, and chit fund schemes. As the old adage, “Never keep your eggs in the same
basket”, holds very much true in the current scenario when we see many helpless investors thronging the jewellery shops and bank premises. At least everyone will not sink at the same
time. If you have some money in another entity then you could use the funds in case of emergency.  Anyway the public needs to be vigilant and keep a tap on their investments
whenever and wherever possible, after all it is your hard earned money that is at stake.

Tue, 29 Oct 2019 14:14:48 +0530
Ponzi schemes and Money s

Pandora’s Box has opened many times over in recent past and cans of worms have spread out. Take the Punjab National Bank fraud case where banks weren’t the only victims of the
fraud orchestrated by Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, to the IMA jewellery fraud that happened down south or the latest Goodwin Jewellers who have absconded. All these have
some similar pattern, i.e. the unholy nexus of unscrupulous politicians, greedy government officials, and callous businessmen, and then we have the public which wakes up at the
thirteenth hour.

Banks step in only when the fraud is unravelled through measures like banning short-term financing in foreign currency called Letters of Undertaking to limit collateral damages to the
financial system. Worst hit will be the common public and the smaller enterprises as the ban is eroding their margins and competitiveness when such measures are taken. The fugitives
have run away to foreign shores. Likewise the Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) Bank which sanctioned money to Housing Development and Infrastructure Limited (HDIL),
a real-estate company that went bankrupt is also doing the news rounds. Although HDIL’s directors have been arrested in connection with the Rs.4,355 crore scam it is the common
man whose hard-earned income is stuck with the PMC Bank.

Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council had in a statement said that after the Nirav Modi scam came to light the jewellery industry was badly hit and is facing a trust deficit. In
the IMA jewellery fraud for example when the scam came to light an audio clip went viral in which Mohammed Mazoor Khan, the founder of IMA jewels blamed Karnataka MLA
Roshan Baig and other government officials of corruption. Khan said that he defaulted on payments due to the high amounts that he had to pay as bribes to politicians and government
officials. Khan has fled the country and is believed to be hiding somewhere in the Middle East.

Now with investors protesting outside the offices of these jewellery shops and banks and giving nightmares to the police, the question which first comes to mind is why can’t pre-
emptive measures be taken in first instance? Many jewellery chains across India are facing liquidity issues, their balance sheets reveal huge losses and this mess needs to be cleaned up.
As a means of fixing this banks need to tighten lending norms to the jewellery sector. Banks should cap exposure to a certain amount in case of a single borrower as well as for a group.
For borrowers without rating it should be much lesser amount. There should be greater due diligence and checks on credit and inventory qualities. Although stricter credit norms may
affect the store expansion plans and working capital position of industry players, it is good to do so to prevent big frauds.

Often people fall in trap as cooperative banks offer higher interest rates on fixed deposits as against the larger state-owned or private commercial banks. Most such cooperative banks are
“fly by night operators” having the patronage of some local politicians, public servants and influential businessmen and are used for stacking their ill-gotten money. When crisis occurs,
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will put restrictions on lending as well as on withdrawals. Situation becomes complicated for investors who have parked their hard-earned income in
these banks and have to run from pillar to post and may not get the redressal in time. Government needs to come up with legislative amendments to implement effective
regulation, even though most of these banks have been now brought under the ambit of RBI.

For the common man it is perhaps best to keep his savings in different banks, jewellery schemes, and chit fund schemes. As the old adage, “Never keep your eggs in the same
basket”, holds very much true in the current scenario when we see many helpless investors thronging the jewellery shops and bank premises. At least everyone will not sink at the same
time. If you have some money in another entity then you could use the funds in case of emergency.  Anyway the public needs to be vigilant and keep a tap on their investments
whenever and wherever possible, after all it is your hard earned money that is at stake.

Tue, 29 Oct 2019 12:50:24 +0530
Shankarrao Gadakh 5th In

Mumbai: Today, a fifth Independent MLA extended support to the Shiv Sena, raising the tally of the party to 61, sources say. The Sena won 56 seats in Maharashtra's recently concluded assembly elections. It is expected that the upward movement of numbers will give power to its demand for a 50:50 division for a turn at the post of the chief minister, over which a bitter tussle with ally BJP is on.

Four of the 15 Independent candidates had previously declared support for Shiv Sena. Today, the MLA from the Nevasa constituency, Shankarrao Gadakh, met with Uddhav Thackeray at his Mumbai residence in Matoshree to declare his support.


Tue, 29 Oct 2019 09:38:34 +0530
Boy Trapped In Tamil Nadu

Tiruchirappalli: The two-year-old boy who fell into a borewell was declared dead by officials early Tuesday morning. Inside the borewell, the body of Sujith Wilson had decomposed. Soon after the body was found, a rescue operation that involved digging a parallel tunnel to get to the kid was called off. Government officials said last night that it would have taken 12 more hours to rescue the child. A stench from the borewell reinforced their worst fears-the child died without food or water after four days in the tunnel. Officials retrieved Sujith Wilson's dismembered body from and sent it for a postmortem.

Tue, 29 Oct 2019 09:20:35 +0530
Investors lose money as G

Mumbai: In yet another Ponzi scheme Goodwin Jewellers having retail stores in the suburbs of Mumbai and Kerala seems to have vanished and are untraceable since the last 4-5 days, leaving traders and customers a worried lot.

Many among the public who have invested in Goodwin’s gold schemes and others who have been regularly supplying to them are having sleepless nights. Perhaps they will never get their goods and money back. Some of its stores in Vashi, Chembur, Thane, Mira Road and Dombivili among the suburbs of Mumbai were shut. Anxious customers thronged its Dombivili store which remained closed for the past several days. Police complaint have been lodged and calls to the stores went unanswered.

Sources revealed that many of the mid and small jewellers were completely stressed as consumer demand for the yellow metal had fallen with prices having risen Rs 6500 per 10 gm to nearly Rs 40000 since last Diwali.

The owners of Goodwin Jewellers hail from Kerala and had 13 outlets in operation in Mumbai and Pune. Most investors in their schemes were Mumbai settled Malayalis. When police raided the owners Sunil Kumar and Sudeesh Kumar’s residence, it was locked.

The company had floated two schemes. In the first, investors were offered 16 percent interest on their fixed deposits. In the second, it offered gold jewellery or cash at the end of the year based on the deposits made. One could invest any amount in a month for a year. Investors could avail gold equivalent to the total amount and those wanting to collect cash could do so after 14 months.

Sources said that people had invested around Rs.2000 to more than Rs. 50 lakhs. However, police believe that the amount could run to over several crores. S P Aher, senior inspector at Ramnagar police station, said, “We have filed a cheating case against the owners and their area manager Manish Kundi.” He further said that some 250 people had approached them from only Dombivli and their statements were recorded to find out the money that they lost.

Goodwin Jewellers have been in the business since last 22 years and the owners had left behind a voice message promising investors that their investments were safe and would be returned. The company’s Dombivli office was closed on October 21 and when they enquired on phone, the jewellery staff told that the shops will remain closed for two days. However, the shop being shut even during Diwali sparked worries among its customers.

After the news spread, people began gathering outside Goodwin showrooms in Thane too. Though police have told that a probe is being conducted and efforts are on to trace the owners, investors are more or less likely to lose their hard-earned money. All are unsure of what news they will get tomorrow

Tue, 29 Oct 2019 00:16:19 +0530
Grenade Attack By Terrori

Sopore: On Monday, police said, fifteen civilians were injured in a grenade attack by terrorists in Jammu and Sopore City in Kashmir. It comes two days after six security personnel in the Karan Nagar area of Srinagar were injured in a similar incident. The previous grenade attack was carried out by terrorists on October 26, while at a checkpoint a CRPF team was inspecting vehicles. At least seven people were wounded in Srinagar even earlier this month after terrorists targeted civilians visiting a busy market place.

Mon, 28 Oct 2019 18:10:37 +0530
PM Modi left on two day v

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, welcomed by Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, will embark on a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia on Monday, the first to the Kingdom in his second term. The Prime Minister's visit will focus on energy, the kingdom launch of the RuPay card and a speech at the third Future Investment Initiative (FII) Forum, also known as the "Davos of the Desert."On Tuesday, he will hold a bilateral meeting with King Salman and separate delegation-level meetings with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

Mon, 28 Oct 2019 16:21:53 +0530
Journalist veteran C Ragh

AMARAVATI: Eminent journalist C Raghavachari died in early Monday after prolonged illness. He was eighty years old. Raghavachari has been an editor of the Telugu daily ' ' Visalaandhra '' since 1972 for over 30 years He rose to become his editor in a short span of time and has been in the helm for over 32 years.

Raghavachari, a modest, down-to-earth man, was known in a wide range of subjects for his in-depth knowledge and his punchy editorials testified to it. For some time now, he had been suffering from age-related illnesses and was admitted to a private hospital in Hyderabad last week for treatment.

The death of Raghavachari was condoled by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu, Jana Sena Chairman K Pawan Kalyan, State Information and Public Relations Minister Perni Venkataramaiah and several others. 

Mon, 28 Oct 2019 16:03:49 +0530
Maharashtra Elections BJ

Today, the BJP and Shiv Sena, locked in a tussle over power sharing, met separately with the state governor. The two allies have been battling over the Sena's demand for a better deal since contesting the Maharashtra polls together and winning a majority. A delegation from Shiv Sena led by Diwakar Raote met in the morning with Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. The chief minister of the BJP, Devendra Fadnavis, met with him after that. The official word is that to exchange Diwali greetings, the delegations meet with the Governor."This morning at RajBhavan, Mumbai, Hon Governor Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari ji and wished him Diwali. He also learned about the current scenario," Mr Fadnavis tweeted after the meeting. The governor must invite the largest single party to form the government, unless there is a clear majority alliance.

Mon, 28 Oct 2019 13:49:57 +0530
ndia complaints to Intern

New Delhi: India has brought Pakistan to the Global Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for refusing President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi the use of airspace for travel. Islamabad on Sunday announced that it will not be allowing the use of its airspace for PM Modi's flight to Saudi Arabia. Under the ICAO charter, it is unlikely for any nation to refuse the use of airspace by singling out unless its war. Pakistan has a heavy fine to pay, govt.officials said. This is the second time since India's withdrawal of Jammu and Kashmir's special status on August 5, Pakistan has refused PM Modi's use of its airspace.  Earlier in September, Modi was denied to permission to fly over Pakistan on his way to New York for United Nations General Assembly. 

Mon, 28 Oct 2019 13:25:45 +0530
Maharashtra Elections BJ

Today, the BJP and Shiv Sena, locked in a tussle over power sharing, met separately with the state governor. The two allies have been battling over the Sena's demand for a better deal since contesting the Maharashtra polls together and winning a majority. A delegation from Shiv Sena led by Diwakar Raote met in the morning with Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. The chief minister of the BJP, Devendra Fadnavis, met with him after that. The official word is that to exchange Diwali greetings, the delegations meet with the Governor."This morning at RajBhavan, Mumbai, Hon Governor Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari ji and wished him Diwali. He also learned about the current scenario," Mr Fadnavis tweeted after the meeting. The governor must invite the largest single party to form the government, unless there is a clear majority alliance.

Mon, 28 Oct 2019 13:22:40 +0530
3 Accused Of Sexually Abu

Thiruvananthapuram: A special court acquitted three accused in the case more than two years after minor sisters, allegedly victims of sexual assault, were found dead in their home in Kerala. The court delivered its verdict on Friday, saying police had failed to prove the crime. Since then, the mother of the sisters has claimed lapses in the police investigation and the accused has connections with the left parties. "Left Democratic Front (LDF) shielded the accused because they used to work locally for the Left," she told media after announcing the acquittal. "If the power and intervention of the left-wing government need to be brought to light in this case, an external agency needs to investigate this case. Congress MLA Shafi Parambil said today. Parambil was seeking an adjournment notice in today's assembly to address suspected deliberate police sabotage.  Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan described the fact that the accused was not punished as an "unfortunate incident," adding that he expects to bring them to justice.

Mon, 28 Oct 2019 13:09:58 +0530
Balasaheb Sanap joins Shi

Mumbai: On Sunday, Balasaheb Sanap, a BJP lawmaker denied a ticket in the just-concluded assembly poll and contested on an NCP ticket, joined Shiv Sena.  Sanap's entry into the Sena-fold will help the party to wrest the power of Nashik Municipal Corporation in the future.

Mon, 28 Oct 2019 09:26:27 +0530
Narendra Modi Wishes Pres


NEW DELHI: On Sunday Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and former president Pranab Mukherjee to greet them on Diwali.


Mon, 28 Oct 2019 09:04:31 +0530
Shiv Sena has remote cont

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut warned ally BJP that he had "absolute control of power" in Maharashtra, despite winning far fewer seats in the assembly elections, compared to both the BJP and its own in 2014. "This time, the Sena won fewer seats-56 compared to 63 in 2014-but it has remote control of power. The dream of the Shiv Sena dragging behind the BJP is busting after results," wrote Sanjay Raut, a Rajya Sabha MP, in his column for "Saamna," the party's publication. The Sena demanded written assurances from the BJP on Saturday in an unprecedented move that it would follow a "50:50" agreement negotiated between party chief Uddhav Thackeray and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. The BJP has yet to respond to the demand; its MLAs are to meet on October 30. According to party sources, Amit Shah will be in Mumbai on that date and could meet  UdhavThackeray.

Sun, 27 Oct 2019 16:49:44 +0530
Manohar Lal Khattar Takes

Chandigarh: Manoharlal Khattar of the BJP has taken oath as Haryana's chief minister today. Dushyant Chautala, ally chief Jannayak Janta Party or JJP, took oath as his deputy at the function in Chandigarh's Raj Bhavan. The ceremony was attended by a number of central and state ministers and senior BJP leaders. The list included Union minister JP Nadda, Akali Dal chief Parkash Singh Badal, his son and senior party leader  Sukhbir Badal. Congress's Bhupinder Hooda also attended the ceremony. Seven independent MLAs also extended support to the BJP, helping it in the 90-member house to reach a tally of 57 seats.

Sun, 27 Oct 2019 16:10:11 +0530
In top secret operation

According to three officials, a U.S. military raid on northern Syria targeted Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The actions of the United States According to one of the people who asked not to be identified addressing the incident, the Special Forces concentrated on the northern province of Idlib. Newsweek confirmed that, pending further confirmation, al-Baghdadi was killed in the operation. If the operation was successful, al-Baghdadi would be the top terrorist leader killed or captured since the 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden. Late on Saturday, the White House announced plans for President Donald Trump's announcement at 9 a.m. EST on Sunday, shortly after Trump said on Twitter, "It's just happened something very big!”The announcement will take place in the Diplomatic Reception Room, the same place he gave Turkey's ceasefire statement. When asked to confirm the news that Trump will announce is about al-Baghdadi, communications aides from the White House refused to comment. The capture or killing of al-Baghdadi would be a boost for Trump, who faced increasingly intense and bipartisan criticism after his announcement on October 6 that he would pull back the U.S. forces in the face of a Turkish invasion of northern Syria. The move caused even Trump's Republican backers to say that he was abandoning America's Kurdish allies who had helped defeat the "caliphate" of the Islamic State. Idlib province, where the raid was conducted, isn’t in the region where U.S. forces were based or withdrew from following Trump’s decision. Instead, it was a haven for jihadist groups, many with ties to al-Qaeda, which had thwarted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's military efforts to take back the region. After more than eight years of civil war, it had become the focus of Syria's efforts, supported by Russia, to regain control over the country.

Sun, 27 Oct 2019 15:05:21 +0530
Manohar Lal Khattar s Sw

.New Delhi: Manohar Lal Khattar will take over as Haryana's chief ministe todayr. Dushyant Chautala, whose Jannayak Janta Party backed the BJP after it fell short of support, would also take oath as his deputy at the ceremony at Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh at 2.15 p.m. 

Mr Khattar was accompanied by Dushyant Chautala when he met Haryana Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya at his official residence, where he was invited to form the next government in the state. The BJP, which has 40 seats, has signed an alliance with the party of Dushyant Chautala which won 10 seats in the state polls.. Seven independent MLAs have extended support to the BJP, enabling it in the 90-member house to cross a total of 57 seats.

Sun, 27 Oct 2019 10:29:44 +0530
BJP Single Largest Party

Mumbai: On Saturday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the BJP emerged as Maharashtra's single largest party, and the "BJP-led coalition" will provide a stable government. The process of government formation will start after Diwali, Mr Fadnavis said, addressing party workers at a Diwali gathering in Mumbai.With the BJP's tally fell to 105, well below the Assembly's midway mark of 144, the Shiv Sena, who won 56 seats in the October 21 elections, demanded written guarantee" that the BJP would uphold "fifty-fifty" power sharing agreements.

For BJP, Shiv Sena, (and other allies) RPI, RSP, Shiv Sangram, the vote is a clear majority. It will honor the mandate. There should be no question about anyone, "Mr Fadnavis said. "The BJP is the single largest party according to the mandate. After Diwali, we will elect the leader of the legislature party and soon afterwards we will swear the new government," he said, adding that "the BJP-led coalition will provide a strong and stable government."

Sun, 27 Oct 2019 10:17:40 +0530
Terrorists hurled grenade

Srinagar: A CRPF chief constable suffered severe injuries and at least five paramilitary force personnel were injured after suspected terrorists hurled a grenade on Saturday at Karan Nagar in Srinagar. The attack occurred when unidentified terrorists hurled a grenade at a 144 CRPF Battalion patrol unit. All the injured personnel were shifted to the Army base hospital.

Sat, 26 Oct 2019 23:38:11 +0530
BJP MLAs to meet on Octob

On October 30th, the Maharashtra BJP convened a meeting of its newly elected MLAs to elect the House leader, state unit chief Chandrakant Patil said on Saturday. However, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is in touch with BJP MLAs, Independents as well as from smaller parties, for support.

Sat, 26 Oct 2019 16:14:02 +0530
Khattar to be sworn in as

New Delhi: On Sunday afternoon, Manohar Lal Khattar will be sworn in as Chief Minister of Haryana. This follows his election as the Haryana BJP Legislative Party's leader on Saturday and a meeting with the governor. "We have claims of stake to form Haryana's government, our plan was approved by the Governor and invited us. I have tendered my resignation. The ceremony at Raj Bhavan will take place tomorrow at 2:15 p.m.Dushyant Chautala will take oath as Deputy CM,”  Khattar said. "


Sat, 26 Oct 2019 16:00:44 +0530
Woman strangles 8 year ol

Thane: An allegedly 35-year-old woman strangled to death her eight-year-old son early on Thursday. Police arrested Sheetal Maner, a homemaker who confessed to the crime and said that after separating from her father, she was struggling financially. Sheetal and her son, Arnav, were living with her sister, Shweta Shirsat, 28, in Badlapur East. Sheetal separated from her husband, Vaibhav, a resident of Vikhroli, 18 months ago and their divorce proceedings are ongoing. They were married 10 years ago.

Sat, 26 Oct 2019 09:16:14 +0530
BJP Jannayak Janata Party

New Delhi: The BJP will form the government in Haryana in alliance with the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) of Dushyant Chautala, Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah declared on Friday, 

"Bearing in mind the people's mandate, the leaders of BJP and JJP have decided that the two parties will form a government in Haryana together, with the BJP chief minister and the JJP deputy chief minister," Amit Shah announced at a news briefing, flanked by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Kahttar and Dushyant Chautala.

Incumbent chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar is likely to be elected the leader of the BJP legislative party at a meeting in Chandigarh on Saturday, and then claim to form the government before the governor.

Fri, 25 Oct 2019 23:10:19 +0530
Dushyant Chautala We wil

New Delhi: Neither the BJP nor the Congress is untouchable to him, Dushyant Chautala, leader of the Jannayak Janta Party (JJP), said on Friday that he would help any party that agreed with his organisation on a common minimum plan. After a meeting of the JJP Legislative Party of 10 MLAs, he said he had so far not spoken to either BJP or Congress on the matter. He was elected legislative party leader of the JJP.

Fri, 25 Oct 2019 17:18:03 +0530
Bangladeshis arrested for


Kolkata: Thirteen Bangladeshi nationals from different areas of West Bengal have been arrested while trying to cross the Indo-Bangladesh border illegally since Wednesday, a statement from the BSF said. The statement said that four Bangladeshis were arrested from Basirhat, Gaighata on Thursday while attempting to sneak from Bangladesh into the country illegally. Four others were also arrested from Hakimpur area while trying to cross the border illegally from India. On Wednesday night, while trying to cross the border from the neighbouring country, five Bangladeshi nationals were arrested from Jayantipur, Petrapole, Gaighata and Hingalganj.



Fri, 25 Oct 2019 16:39:35 +0530
PM Congratulates Elected

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated the winning candidates of the Block Development Council (BDC) polls held in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, announcing that the vote marked "the dawn of new and youthful leadership." The Prime Minister, who called the voting "very peaceful" in Jammu, Kashmir, Leh and Ladakh, said the polls were indicative of "the unshakeable belief of the people in democracy." Modi tweeted: "I am delighted to share that the BDC polls in Jammu, Kashmir, Leh and Ladakh were conducted in a very peaceful manner. There was no violence. This shows the people's unwavering faith in democracy and the importance they accord to grassroots level governance".

Fri, 25 Oct 2019 16:17:01 +0530
Independents support BJP

New Delhi: The BJP is expected to retain power in Haryana, where it fell short of a majority, with today's Gopal Kanda of Haryana Lokhit Party announcing that six independent MLAs are willing to give the ruling party unconditional support. The announcement follows a series of meetings held since yesterday following a hung verdict in the Haryana election as eight independent MLAs were reached by the BJP, which emerged as the largest party.  Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, in Delhi to meet the BJP leadership, had said he was optimistic about forming a government soon in Haryana.

Fri, 25 Oct 2019 13:39:02 +0530
Shah Rukh Khan send ador

On Friday, the actor took Instagram to mark his 28th wedding anniversary with a photo of his beloved wife and interior designer Gauri Khan. Sharing the picture, he wrote:  “Feels like forever, seems like yesterday....Nearly three Decades and Dearly three kids old. Beyond all fairy tales I tell, I believe this one, I have got as beautiful as beautiful can be!” Shah Rukh and Gauri were married in 1991 and share three children together — Aryan, Suhana and Abram.  It looks like Shah Rukh has decided on his next film after months of speculation.



Fri, 25 Oct 2019 13:10:26 +0530
Worker of the Muslim Leag

On Thursday night, police said, a Muslim League employee was hacked to death in Tanur in the Malappuram district of Kerala. The Muslim League, the Congress-led United Democratic Front's second largest ally, allegedly supported the attack by CPI(M) workers. Muslim League worker M Ishaq (36) has been brutalized and assaulted as he returned from a local mosque after prayers, according to police. He was rushed to the hospital, but he eventually succumbed to his stab wounds. Police said the region was seeing violence between the two parties ' employees and they believe that this was a consequence of the latest killing. On Friday, the Muslim League called for a shutdown in Malappuram and the police were monitoring the area strictly. A few months after repeated incidents of political violence in coastal areas of Malappuram, police had called for a peace conference. After that, the fights subsided a little. Two months ago, in an attack, two CPI(M) workers were wounded and the party claimed that League members were behind this. Last month, police said, a regional leader's CPI(M) car was also torched .

Fri, 25 Oct 2019 12:23:33 +0530
Narendra Modi BJP will

New Delhi: On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the party on the outcome of the elections in Maharashtra and Haryana, saying these days that having consecutive terms in power in a state is no mean achievement for a government.The BJP will come back in power in Maharashtra and in Haryana, it has emerged as the single largest party."These are unprecedented victories because normally few governments return after five years these days. It's a big deal in such times to be elected again," PM Modi told party workers, attributing the victory to the hard work of chief ministers Devendra Fadnavis and ML Khattar.

The teams formed after the victory in the 2014 elections are relatively new in both Maharashtra and Haryana, the prime minister said. High praise was given to the BJP party in Haryana in this context. "People who know Haryana politics should know if we had to form an alliance with a party in the state, we had to fight on their chosen seats. That was a pre-2014 condition. Likewise in Maharashtra, the party had been Shiv Sena's junior partner until the sweeping win in the general elections of 2014, he said.

Fri, 25 Oct 2019 08:35:03 +0530
BJP Shiv Sena ready to fo

New Delhi:  Haryana Chief Minister M L Khattar will meet the Governor Satyadev Narayan Arya today to stake claim to form government in the state, sources said. The BJP is leading on 40 seats in the 90 member assembly,where the majority mark is at 46.  The Congress is leading on 31 seats  where Jat Leader Dushyant Chautala's JJ could emerge as a possible kingmaker

The BJP is also ready to form government in Maharashtra along with Shiv Sena.  The Sena improved performance, is talking of a 50:50 formula in regardes to cabinet berths and a turn at the Chief Minister's post.   

Thu, 24 Oct 2019 19:12:00 +0530
Congress wins three left

The Congress led opposition, United Democratic Front (UDF), retained three of the five assembly seats that voted in the October 21 by-polls in Kerala. The ruling CPI (M)-led Left Democratic Front won the remaining two, leaving the BJP zero in Kerala, again.

Left candidate V K Prashanth, who is also Thiruvananthapuram Mayor, won the Vattiurkavu seat by 14,465 votes. Konni seat in Pathanamthitta district-was won by K U Janeesh Kumar by 9,953 votes. Aroor (Alappuzha) seat won by Shanimol Usman by a slender margin of 1955 votes and in Ernakulam, Congress candidate T J Vinod won by a thin margin of 3750 votes. In Mancheshwaram seat won by Kamaruddin of UDF with a margin of 7923 votes.

Thu, 24 Oct 2019 17:25:38 +0530
Bhupinder Singh Hooda

As the possibility of a hung house in Haryana, senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda called on all non-BJP to come together to form a strong coalition government in the state.

Thu, 24 Oct 2019 16:57:26 +0530
Aaditya Thackeray wins fr

Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray wins from Mumbai's Worli Assembly Constituency.

Pankaja Munde loses to cousin and NCP's candidate Dhananjay Munde from Parli constituency.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar's nephew Ajit Pawar wins Maharashtra's Baramati constituency with a substantial margin. He was re-elected for the seventh term from the seat. 
Thu, 24 Oct 2019 16:29:27 +0530
BJP gains in Sharad Pawar

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has made significant inroads in western Maharashtra once the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) strong bastion and its leader Sharad Pawar are in defeat, according to initial trends as the counting of votes in the state.

Thu, 24 Oct 2019 11:06:35 +0530
Counting of votes begins

Early trends show  BJP leading in Maharashtra and Haryana.

Thu, 24 Oct 2019 08:29:41 +0530
BSNL MTNL to be merged

New Delhi: On Wednesday, the Union Cabinet decided to merge Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) with state-owned telecom companies. The announcement was made by Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who assured that neither MTNL nor BSNL would be closed or disinvested.  BSNL and MTNL will be merged and the government will put in Rs 29,937 crore for revival of the companies,” he said.

Prasad said that workers will be given a voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) to cut costs. The minister said that if they opt for VRS at age 53 and a half, workers would be given 125 per cent compensation of wages, gratuity and pension over the remaining years of service. He said majority of workers will be under this age group.

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 18:36:31 +0530
Delhi s illegal colonies

New Delhi: The decision to give ownership rights to 40 lakh people living in illegal colonies in Delhi was taken by the central government, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Wednesday as he briefed Cabinet policies. "The cabinet has made a landmark decision to grant ownership rights to 40 lakhs residing in Delhi's illegal colonies," said the Union Minister. 1797 illegal colonies are to be regularized, established before 1 January 2015. Earlier, the center sent the proposal for the same to the Delhi government, completing all the necessary formalities and returning the amended proposal to the centre which was approved.

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 18:22:09 +0530
Sourav Ganguly appointed

Mumbai: Former Team India skipper Sourav Ganguly was eventually unanimously elected on Wednesday in Mumbai as president of the new Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Earlier today, Sourav officially took over the charge as the new head at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the apex body.

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 16:25:27 +0530
Delhi high court grants b

New Delhi; Congress leader DK Shivakumar, who was in Tihar for a money laundering case, was granted bail on Rs 25 lakh by the Delhi high court on Wednesday. Shivakumar had played a key role in sheltering Congress's Gujarat lawmakers ahead of a 2017 Rajya Sabha election, displacing them at his outskirts resort in Karnataka capital Bengaluru. It is around this time that assets related to Shivakumar were raided by income tax authorities.

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 15:35:15 +0530
Bishop Franco Mulakkal sh

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala nun, who was then accused of sexual assault by Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar Diocese, filed a complaint with the state women's commission last week saying he and his supporters falsely shamed her on social media. The complaint was lodged on October 19 and copies were also sent to the National Commission for Women and National Human Rights Commission, a Save Our Sisters (SOS) spokesman, an outfit founded against the bishop in solidarity with the nun, said. The nun even charged a YouTube channel with sharing videos and defaming her with recordings. She also alleged that some websites revealed her identity, disregarding the directive of the Supreme Court. 

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 15:26:06 +0530
Five MLA join BJP befor

Ranchi: Five sitting lawmakers two each from Congress, one  Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and one independent joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday. Former president of the Jharkhand Congress and lawmaker of Lohardaga, Sukhdeo Bhagat, four-term congressman MLA Manoj Yadav, JMM's Kunal Sarangi and JP Patel, and Bhawnathpur MLA Bhanu Pratap Shahi joined the BJP at Ranchi headquarters.

Chief Minister Raghubar Das said other party leaders are joining the BJP motivated by development and nationalism policies. Looking through the mandate that people gave in 2014 and 2019, it is clear that they opposed voting bank and nepotism policies. We preferred the growth and patriotism policies adopted by the BJP headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, president of the BJP. These leaders joined us to put Jharkhand on the road of growth, "Das said. In addition to the MLAs, Senior Congress member and former police officer Arun Oraon , former top cop DK Pandey and retired IAS officer Suchitra Sinha joined the BJP.

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 14:34:15 +0530
Three Terror Militant Enc

On Wednesday Jammu & Kashmir DJP  Dilbar Singh said " Army, CRPF and state police jointly killed three militants of Ansar Ul Gazwat Ul Hind, a terror outfit linked to Al Qaeda , in an encounter in Tral area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, on Tuesday. These terrorists were members of Zakir Rashid Bhat aka Zakir Musa's terror outfit, who was Kashmir’s most-wanted militant, was killed in a joint operation on May 23. Musa has belonged to Pakistan-based militant group, Hizbul Mujahideen when it was led by Burhan Wani. In 2017, Musa formed his own outfit Ansar ul Gazwat ul Hind. However, with the death of three militants, the organisation has been completely wiped out.



Wed, 23 Oct 2019 13:31:55 +0530
This is a political vende

New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her party colleague Ambika Soni went this morning to Delhi's Tihar Jail to meet with Karnataka lawmaker DK Shivakumar, who is in jail for money laundering charges. The Delhi High Court will give its verdict on Mr Shivakumar's bail plea today. He was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in an alleged money laundering case in September. Suresh told reporters that Soniaji had informed Shivakumar that the party was with him.  Mrs Gandhi told him this is a "political vendetta", and the BJP government at the centre is also targeting other Congress leaders, Suresh said.

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 13:28:07 +0530
Two more arrested in murd

Ahmedabad:  Gujarat ATS arrested two people wanted in connection with  Hindutva leader Kamlesh Tiwari's murder, officials said. The suspects, residents of Surat Ashfaq Shaikh (34) and Moinuddin Pathan (27), have been absconding since the brutal killing of Tiwari on October 18 in Lucknow. The duo will be handed over to the Uttar Pradesh police for further interrogation on Tiwari's sensational murder.  

Tue, 22 Oct 2019 23:48:05 +0530
Trapped in lift shaft wo

Mumbai: A 51-year-old woman died on Monday after she was allegedly trapped in the lift shaft between two floors of a residential building in the Nagar area of south Mumbai. Police said the incident took place about 12.15 pm when the woman was stuck between the lift and the wall, identified as Aarti Dashrat Pardeshi.

Tue, 22 Oct 2019 18:05:01 +0530
PMC Bank Scam 73 year ol

Solapur: A 73-year-old woman died as a result of cardiac arrest in Solapur after speaking to her daughter from Mumbai who has a PMC bank account. She was under a lot of stress over the situation of her mother, according to Chandan Chotrani, her son-in-law."My wife and I had PMC Bank accounts. All our life savings in the bank. My wife, Hema, shared her concerns with her mother, who called us every day to check it out," She had no history of heart-related diseases, her family said. She was healthy and there was no indication that something like this could happen. 

Tue, 22 Oct 2019 16:44:40 +0530
Armed forces are capable

New Delhi: Defence minister Rajnath Singh said the Navy was alert to ensure that 26/11 is not replicated. "India has never been the aggressor, but its armed forces are capable of providing a suitable response to those who cast evil eyes on us," the minister added as he addressed the media at the Naval Commanders conference. In response to Pakistan's unprovoked firing, the Indian Army conducted heavy artillery attacks in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, attacking at least four terror camps and several Pakistani military positions opposite the Tangadhar sector.

Tue, 22 Oct 2019 16:32:00 +0530
PM Modi meets Nobel Prize

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Abhijit Banerjee, who won the Nobel Prize in Economics.  P M Modi tweeted: "Excellent meeting with Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee. His passion towards human empowerment is clearly visible. We had a healthy and extensive interaction on various subjects. India is proud of his accomplishments. Wishing him the very best for his future endeavours."

Tue, 22 Oct 2019 14:27:16 +0530
Govt employees in Jammu a

On Tuesday, the Center approved the proposal for payment under the 7th pay commission allowances to government employees of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Union Territory of Ladakh. Government employees in new UTs J&K and Ladakh will now be eligible to get salaries under the 7th pay Commission from October 31. It will add an additional Rs 4,800 crore to government spending with J&K and Ladakh government employees to be paid under the 7th pay commission.

Tue, 22 Oct 2019 14:10:43 +0530
INX Media case SC grants

New Delhi: On Tuesday, in INX Media corruption case lodged by CBI, Supreme Court granted bail to former finance minister P Chidambaram. In the case of INX Media corruption, the Supreme Court set aside the Sept. 30 judgement of Delhi HC denying bail to P Chidambaram. Supreme Court says that, if not needed in any other case, P Chidambaram will be released on bail. In the corruption case, a bench led by Justice R Banumathi set aside the September 30 judgement of the Delhi High Court refusing him bail. The bench, which also included Justice A S Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy, granted Chidambaram bail on a personal Rs 1 lakh bond with one surety of the same amount.

Tue, 22 Oct 2019 13:58:51 +0530
AIMIM NCP workers clash i

Aurangabad : All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) workers clashed in the city on Monday with supporters of NCP's Aurangabad Central candidate Abdul Qadeer Maulana, soon after polling for 288 Maharashtra assembly seats came to an end. "A fight broke out between two-party workers after the vote was closed. The situation is under control," Aurangabad police said.

Tue, 22 Oct 2019 08:49:41 +0530
Exit Polls BJP likely t

Exit polls conducted by different agencies have projected that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would return to power in Maharastra and Haryana, where polls were held on Monday, with a two-thirds majority of the saffron party in both states.Voting for Maharashtra and Haryana state elections took place on Monday along with by-polls to more than 50 assembly seats and two Lok Sabha seats.

Mon, 21 Oct 2019 23:25:15 +0530
Highest battlefield Siac

India's Siachen Glacier, the world's highest battlefield, is now open to visitors,  Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday. Singh was in Ladakh to inaugurate a strategically located bridge across the Shyok River along with Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat to provide easy connectivity to the Daulat Beg Oldi sector along the Actual Control Line (LAC) with China. Ladakh has immense tourism potential. Better connectivity in Ladakh would certainly bring tourists in large numbers. 

Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:42:09 +0530
Highest battlefield Siach

India's Siachen Glacier, the world's highest battlefield, is now open to visitors,  Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday. Singh was in Ladakh to inaugurate a strategically located bridge across the Shyok River along with Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat to provide easy connectivity to the Daulat Beg Oldi sector along the Actual Control Line (LAC) with China. Ladakh has immense tourism potential. Better connectivity in Ladakh would certainly bring tourists in large numbers.


Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:13:53 +0530
Salman Khan leaves the st

Bigg Boss 13 is big on fights and low on TRPs. The reality show that is nearly synonymous with Salman Khan, his host for many years now, seems to have once again settled squarely in it. A new promo released by its creators shows a frustrated Salman walking off the stage as the competitors are cowering in fear. Salman says he wants to do that for someone else–the show's host. Is the actor leaving Bigg really?

Mon, 21 Oct 2019 16:36:51 +0530
The winter session of Par

New Delhi: Parliament's winter session will begin on 18 November and last until 13 December. This has been conveyed to the secretariats of both House of Parliament by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs. Last week, at the residence of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) met to discuss the potential schedule for the winter session of Parliament. The winter session starts as India starts to slow down economically. Although the Center has announced numerous measures to address the situation, such as the lowering of tax rates, the opposition has been critical of the policies of the Modi government in areas such as agriculture and banking. They argued that the adverse impact of moving to ban high-value notes in 2016 was evident in the midst of a major downturn in car sales, etc.

It is also predicted that the opposition and government will lock horns over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) following the revocation of the special status of the state. As part of an exercise to curb illegal immigration from Bangladesh, nearly 2 million people were left out of Assam in September. It is possible that the government will bring the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to ensure that non-Muslims left outside the NRC have a chance to become Indian citizens. It may also carry another major industrial relation labour reform bill. The government was able to pass as many as 28 bills during the previous session of Parliament. 

Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:56:57 +0530
Kathakali music programme

Mumbai: A Kathakali music programme was conducted by Liota - Lavanya institute of Traditional Arts, Mumbai in coordination with Srutilaya Fine Arts, Mumbai during the recent Vijayadasami celebrations.

Kathakali music students Ravindra Varier & Muralidharan started the programme by rendering Vandana slokam & “Ajitha Hare” a famous Padam in Sree Raagam from Kuchelavrutham.

The famous singers Nedumbally Krishnamohan & Kottakal Ranjith Varier sang few kathakali padams in the 2nd Liota – Unwinding concert series of programmes as variety of songs with different ragaas. Few songs to mention from the renderings - “ Naishadhanivan thaano “ in Mukhari raagam, “Vasa vasa soothaa” in Kaapi ragam were from the famous classic Nalacharitha – written by Sree Unnaayi Varier & songs from other kathakali stories were well accepted & enjoyed by the audience. The percussion was brilliantly supported by Anil Pothuval on Chenda, Nelluvai Parameswaran on Maddalam & Rahul Nair on Edayka respectively.

Liota plans more concerts and dance programmes in near future also among art connoisseurs Lavanya institute is managed by famous artists: Bharatnatyam dancer Ms. Shashi Ramesh & singer Shivaprasad. Admission of new students is still in process for classical & various film dances, classical & kathakali music in the institute which is located at Vidyavihar west in Mumbai suburb.



Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:32:54 +0530
Tiger Shroff Disha Patan

Kochi: Actors Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani added a splash of glamour to the ISL 2019 (Indian Super League) brilliant opening ceremony which took place on Sunday in Kochi. The event took at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium. Tiger dressed in a pair of gold-coloured pants, barechested, and a pair of aviator glasses as he danced to hit songs from his films. Disha also put up a routine inspired by athletics and gymnastics, wearing a matching bodysuit of gold and coffeeTiger and Disha appeared in a promo before the opening ceremony on Sunday, telling everyone to catch a glimpse of the opening ceremony. The Indian Super League is a soccer league in  India. 

Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:00:11 +0530
Tiger Shroff and Disha Pa

Actors Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani added a splash of glamor to the ISL 2019 (Indian Super League) brilliant opening ceremony which took place on Sunday in Kochi. The event took at Jawaharlal Nehru stadium. Tiger dressed in a pair of gold-colored pants, bare chested, and a pair of aviator glasses as he danced to hit songs from his films. Disha also put up a routine inspired by athletics and gymnastics, wearing a matching body suit of gold and coffeeTiger and Disha appeared in a promo before the opening ceremony on Sunday, telling everyone to catch a glimpse of the opening ceremony. The Indian Super League is a soccer league in  India 

Mon, 21 Oct 2019 13:58:01 +0530
Nitin Gadkari predicts re

In Maharashtra, there are 288 assembly seats where BJP contests in an alliance with the Shiv Sena. There are 90 seats in Haryana. “The BJP-Sena will have a record-breaking victory and Fadnavis will be the chief minister again,” said transport minister Gadkari. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, who voted in Mumbai, said Maharashtra people will again vote for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and CM Devendra Fadnavis ' leadership. I am sure that 225 seats will be won by the BJP Shiv Sena coalition. BJP is contesting on 150 of the 288 seats in Maharashtra while the Shiv Sena has put up candidates in 124 seats. 14 candidates of the NDA’s other alliance partners are fighting on BJP’s poll symbol — lotus. 

Mon, 21 Oct 2019 13:21:43 +0530
Devendra Fadnavis cast hi

Nagpur: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis cast his vote in Nagpur city of Maharashtra on Monday and urged people to participate in the "festival of democracy". Together with his wife and mother, Fadnavis went to a polling booth set up at a Dharampeth area school where they all voted.  Fadnavis seeks a fifth term as MLA from the electoral district of Nagpur South West Assembly. He expressed confidence during his election campaigns that the BJP will maintain power in the state for the second term

Mon, 21 Oct 2019 12:58:14 +0530
Fire breaks out at a godo

Bhiwandi: On Monday morning, a major fire broke out at a godown in the Bhiwandi region of Maharashtra. At the place, fire tenders rushed immediately to douse the flames. In the incident so far, no fatalities or injuries have been identified. The reason for the fire has yet to be identified.

Mon, 21 Oct 2019 12:40:50 +0530
Narendra Modi urges voter

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged voters to "turnout in record numbers". He tweeted: "Elections are taking place for Haryana and Maharashtra assemblies. There are also by-polls taking place in various parts of India. I urge voters in these states and seats to turnout in record numbers and enrich the festival of democracy. I hope youngsters vote in large numbers."

Mon, 21 Oct 2019 12:29:33 +0530
Fire Breaks Out At Hotel

Indore: A major fire has broken out at the Golden Hotel in the Vijay Nagar area of Indore in Madhya Pradesh.  Fire tenders have reached the spot and there are ongoing efforts to extinguish the fire. When the fire exploded and was evacuated by emergency personnel, an unknown number of people were inside the building. The reason for the fire is not yet known. No injuries have been reported as yet.

Mon, 21 Oct 2019 12:21:42 +0530

By Radhika Nair

The translucent moonlight settles on my room's 

ceiling, bugging me to take notice.

As the day has been long gone and the sun dipping

far below, questions my current motive.

The drizzlig rain shells another beauty of the

delirious dark, making it hard to let go of tonight.

The primary ignition of captivating the goddess of

sleep rebooting your system must be set right.

Roundabout the edge of midnight, the brazen

melancholia in me has arisen.

Sobbig about facing the deceitful tomorrow makes

me invite an uncalled liaison.

The ticking clock leaves behind my second of calm,

forbidding me to resurrect my numbness.

The bedspread longing for me crawl on it, makes me 

drift away to the utter wildness.

Can't the time slow down its haste to finish the night

as my limbs act quite unheeded?

The lusty want of a tired body and soul wishing to

sleep till the afterlife is much needed.

And when the night slowly comes to a standstill, it

brims my brain and the vibes turn blue.

The thought of encountering the rush hours of the

day makes me picture my work station's view.

The curtains caress my window blinds shutting the

ugly world outside, draping it so humbly.

I dread the moment it will unwittingly welcome the

sunshine, yearning me to get up so numbly.


Mon, 21 Oct 2019 12:07:17 +0530
Maharashtra Haryana elec

Voting for Maharashtra and Haryana state elections will take place on Monday along with by-polls to more than 50 assembly and two seats in Lok Sabha. The BJP governs both states. Counting of votes for all seats will be held on October 24. 

Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:34:26 +0530
Tejas Express Passengers

New Delhi: Passengers travelled between Lucknow and New Delhi on October 19 in Indian Railways Tejas Express will be eligible for compensation as the train has been delayed by three hours during the journey. Tejas Express is India's first train whose passengers will be compensated in case of any delay, Railways had said earlier. This train is being operated by IRCTC. This is the first time in the history of railways that passengers will get compensation for a delay in train.

Sun, 20 Oct 2019 19:11:23 +0530
Yogi Adityanath meets Kam

Lucknow: On Sunday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met Kamlesh Tiwari's family, chief of a little-known Hindu group killed two days ago. At his official residence here, Tiwari's mother, his daughter, and three sons spent around 30 minutes with the chief minister.  His cremation was delayed as members of his family were demanded meeting the chief minister to put forward their nine requests, including a National Investigation Agency probe, government job for one of the victims ' sons, and protection for them.  In this case, five people were taken into custody, three of whom were taken into custody in Gujarat and two of whom were taken into custody in Uttar Pradesh. A special investigation team has been formed. Terming the assassination "an act of mischief to create fear," Adityanath had said on Saturday that it would not spare the guilty person.

Sun, 20 Oct 2019 17:21:20 +0530
FIR Against Dhananjay Mun

Beed: An FIR was lodged against NCP leader Dhananjay Munde for allegedly making obscene remarks at an election rally against his cousin and Maharashtra minister Pankaja Munde. A video allegedly showing the NCP leader making marks against the minister went viral on social media, according to which on Saturday a police complaint was lodged against him by a BJP member from Parli in Beed district. Nevertheless, the NCP leader said the video was edited and is false, and his statements are "twisted." Both cousins are locked up for Monday's state assembly polls in a contest from the Parli assembly seat.

Sun, 20 Oct 2019 13:57:11 +0530
2 ex IAS officers Senior

Jammu:.  A party spokesman said PDP State Secretary Faqir Chand Bhagat, former IAS officer GR Bhagat and former KAS officer Kuldeep Khajuria joined the BJP together with over 500 others in the presence of BJP national vice president Avinash Rai Khanna in Jammu. He also said, PDP zonal president and sarpanch Bhagwan Dass Sharma, PDP youth wing president and district coordinator Bablu Sharma,and youth secretary Cong Balraj Singh Charak were among the 500 political and social activists who joined the party.

Sun, 20 Oct 2019 09:25:20 +0530
Modi meets Film stars to

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with actors and filmmakers from Bollywood on Saturday to discuss initiatives to mark Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birthday, including Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan. In contact with them at hisl residence, as India celebrates its 75th Independence Day in 2022, the entertainment industry will showcase the inspiring stories of the country's struggle for freedom. "Many people from the film and television world have done a great job in popularising Mahatma's values". he said. Modi  also released four videos on the theme ' Gandhi at 150. '

Sun, 20 Oct 2019 09:09:17 +0530
Amit Shah s helicopter ma

BJP President Amit Shah's helicopter made an emergency landing on Saturday at Ozar Airport in Nashik Maharashtra as he was on his way to addressing a poll rally in Akole. On the last day of campaigning for the October 21 Maharashtra Assembly polls, the Union Home Minister was expected to address a rally in Ahmednagar district when the pilot decided to land the chopper at Ozar airport at 2:25 p.m. due to bad weather.

Sat, 19 Oct 2019 21:48:56 +0530
Election campaign to Maha

Mumbai: The campaign for the elections to the Maharashtra assembly ended on Saturday night. The main focuss was the BJP's divisive narrative of nullification of Article 370, which seeks a second  term under Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Maharashtra has a total of 8,98,39,600 voters, including 4,28,43,635 women and 4,68,75,750 men to elect 288 out of total 3237 candidates, including 235 women in the election.

Sat, 19 Oct 2019 21:33:49 +0530
Unable to withdraw cash f

Mumbai: A bankrupt cooperative lender's 83-year-old depositor died on Friday, which was due to the family's failure to raise funds to pay for critical heart surgery.
The deceased, 83-year-old Murlidhar Dharra, who has a deposit of Rs. 80 lakh in PMC Bank  but was unable to withdraw the money because of the RBI restrictions.

Sat, 19 Oct 2019 13:37:16 +0530
Salman Khan s longtime as

Mumbai: Bollywood star Salman Khan's longtime assistant Gurmeet Singh  joined the Shiv Sena on Friday three days ahead of the assembly polls in Maharashtra.

He joined Shiv Sena in the presence of party chief Uddhav Thackeray and Yuva Sena president, Aaditya Thackeray at their home Matoshree in Mumbai.


Sat, 19 Oct 2019 12:57:25 +0530
I picked the wrong candid

Sharad Pawar, leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), spoke to a public rally in Satara on Friday amid heavy rains. Terming rain as God's blessing, he said the NCP will perform a miracle in the district of Satara. "During the Lok Sabha elections, I picked the wrong candidate. I openly accept it. But I'm glad that Satara people are waiting for October 21 to correct the error," he said. The state will go to polls on October 21 and the counting of votes will take place on October 24.

Sat, 19 Oct 2019 09:22:14 +0530
Congress has ruined the e

Mumbai: Speaking at the ' Mahajanadesh Sankalp Sabha ' alliance , Modi blamed the UPA government headed by Congress for fracturing the banking sector's backbone. Over the past 15 years, the Congress has ruined the entire banking sector, and today some of them are in Tihar jail, while others are facing probes, "he said. The cleaning process has just started, he said, indicating more is in store. "I guarantee that no one will ever violate honest taxpayers ' hard-earned money. Our government is here to protect people, not loot them," he assured. "There used to be terror attacks in Mumbai earlier, but later the government was busy doing business with Mirchi," Modi said. In the last five years  not a single terrorist attack took place in Mumbai, alleging that those opposed to the revocation of Articles 370 and 35a were on the side of Pakistan. Speaking of the Maharashtra BJP government, he said the Devendra Fadnavis-led government has increased the state's growth over the past five years.

Sat, 19 Oct 2019 08:49:54 +0530
Former state president of

Jammu: Former state president of Peoples Democratic Party's Scheduled Caste wing Vijay Anand on Thursday joined BJP along with six others in Jammu, a party spokesperson said.  Anand, accompanied by Sanjay Kumar, Himanshu, Ravi Kumar, Rakesh Kumar, Ajay Kumar and John Sotra joined the Scheduled Caste wing of the BJP in the presence of its state president Jagdish Bhagat and state spokesman Balbir Ram Rattan. Welcoming the new entrants to the party fold, Mr Bhagat said that the BJP has relieved ' ' Valmiki Samaj '' from the suffering they have had to bear over the past 70 years because of Article 370. "These people were not treated as state citizens and their educated children were unable to apply for government jobs or other benefits," he said, adding that the BJP scrapped Article 370 provisions to benefit weaker sections of society.

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:45:15 +0530
Kamlesh Tiwari shot dead

Lucknow: Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha (ABHM) leader Kamlesh Tiwari was killed after he was shot at by unidentified assailants in Lucknow on Friday. Tiwari made headlines in 2015 following his alleged derogatory statements against Prophet Muhammad, which generated tremendous outrage and led to massive Muslim protests across the country. In connection with the case, he was also charged.

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 15:59:48 +0530
Let him do what he wants


Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh hitting out at Navjot Singh Sidhu, said that Sidhu always does what he likes, let him do whatever he wants to. The statements came during a press conference when Amarinder Singh was asked about the absence of Navjot Singh Sidhu from the campaign trail, whose name was listed among star campaigners. When the CM said, “Sidhu should not have done this, the party gave him such an important duty. He should have obeyed the party’s instructions.” “If he did not come, he did not come. Anyway, he does whatever he feels like,” he further added.

This is not the first time the Punjab Chief Minister has expressed  Navjot Singh Sidhu's behaviour. Earlier, when Sidhu tendered in his resignation, Captain Singh had reportedly stated there was nothing he could do as Sidhu did not want to do his job. He had reported then Sidhu should have accepted his new portfolio at the time, instead of shunning work in the middle of the crucial paddy season, the chief minister said, reiterating that Sidhu was given a job which he should have accepted and done. "If Sidhu doesn't want to do the job, there is nothing I can do about it," said Singh, questioning how a soldier can refuse a job assigned by the General.

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 15:54:19 +0530
Sonipat means Kisan Jaw

Sonipat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday addressed a poll rally in Haryana's Sonipat and said that this region has made India proud in every field, Be it fighting in the wrestling ring or fighting against terrorism, Sonipat means 'Kisan, Jawan aur Pehelwan'. During Congress misrule, PM Modi in Sonipat's Gohana said neither jawans were safe, neither farmers nor our sportsmen. "Congress indulged in corruption in agriculture and did scams in sports," he said. "When we're talking about Swacch Bharat or surgical strike, Further Modi said, "Congress gets a stomach ache, and if by chance someone says Balakot then Congress starts to leap with discomfort".

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 15:19:27 +0530
Bollywood star Amitabh Ba

Mumbai: Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan has been hospitalised to Mumbai's Nanavati Hospital for a regular check-up, according to sources. The 77-year-old actor is still under observation. "Mr Bachchan had come for a routine check-up," a hospital staff saidHe was taken to the hospital due to liver issues. Amitabh Bachchan had revealed that only 25 per cent of his liver is functional while the rest was damaged after a bad blood transfusion 20 years ago after he was seriously injured while shooting for 1983 film Coolie.


Meanwhile, amidst the reports of hospitalisation, Amitabh Bachchan was quite active on social media. On Thursday, he shared a post of karwa chouth with his wife.


Fri, 18 Oct 2019 15:02:02 +0530
Justice Sharad Arvind Bob

New Delhi: India's Chief Justice (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi has recommended as India's next Chief Justice (CJI) the second senior judge, Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde.  The sitting CJI has to write and recommend its immediate successor according to tradition. India's Chief Justice (CJI) will retire on November 17, 2019. After recommending Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde's name, CJI Gogoi has requested the government that it should initiate the process for appointing Bodbe as his successor.  Justice Bobde was former Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court and also serving as the Chancellor of Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai and Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur.

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 13:41:30 +0530
Rahul to Address Sonia s

The interim president of Congress Sonia Gandhi's rally in Haryana's Mahendragarh's poll-bound state has been cancelled. Instead of Sonia Gandhi, party leader and former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi will address the rally. The assembly election in Haryana will be held on October 21 while the counting of votes will take place on October 24.


Fri, 18 Oct 2019 13:27:59 +0530
Row over exclusion of S

Mumbai: A controversy over "dropping" the biography of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj from Class IV books of the Maharashtra International Education Board (MIEB) broke out just days before the Maharashtra assembly election. While the department of education is being blamed for exclusion, officials from the city-based Maharashtra State Council for Educational Research & Training (MSCERT) accused the row of "misunderstanding" and said no attempt was made to remove Shivaji Maharaj from the syllabus. On Thursday, former school education minister Vinod Tawde said under the MIEB curriculum there are no separate topics up to Class IV. Separate topics like history, geography, and science will only be implemented under the board from Class V, which came into being just four years ago, he said.

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 13:03:02 +0530
Manmohan Singh Congress

Following the pledge of Bharat Ratna to VD Sawarkar by the Maharashtra BJP, Congress made it clear that it is not opposed to Swarkar as an individual, but opposed to his Hindutva ideology. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh was speaking at a meeting  with intellectuals on Thursday. Sawarkar was an accused but acquitted in the case of the Mahatma Gandhi assassination.  The Congress prime minister, late Indira Gandhi had issued a postal stamp in Savarkar’s memory Singh said.

"The Congress does not need anybody's patriotism certificate, particularly the RSS, which did not participate in the struggle for freedom," he said, reacting to the BJP's criticism of the Congress's stance on Article 370. Pointing out that it voted in favour of the abrogation of Article 370, but opposed the high-handed way in which it was done.

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 10:16:20 +0530
India Among the fastest g

Washington: India remains one of the world's fastest growing economies, and efforts are being made to make it grow faster, said Nirmala Sitharaman Union Finance Minister. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has forecast a lower growth rate for India, but the economy of the country is "still rising as fastest," she said on Thursday to a group of Indian journalists.  As against India's real growth rate of 6.8 per cent in 2018, the IMF in its latest World Economic Outlook released on Tuesday, projected the country's growth rate at 6.1 per cent for 2019 and mentioned that the Indian economy is expected to pick up at 7 per cent in 2020.

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 09:56:47 +0530
All flames set to rest by

The Ayodhya case heard by the apex court in last 40 days, plans to conclude the argument.The decade old Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute case which is considered to be the second longest case of the nation - was closed by the Supreme Court on Wednesday. ChiefJustice Rangan Gogoi along with five magistrates gave three days to the parties to file writtennotes on moulding of relief or narrow down the issue on which the court declares to pass a final resolution. The other members of the bench included SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and SA Nazeer.They heard the 14 appeals filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad Court case,which had ordered three way division of the 2.77 acres of the disputed land. The Supreme Court is expected to deliver its ruling by 17 November - the day when Chief Justice  Ranjan Gogoishall retire.

Thu, 17 Oct 2019 17:55:03 +0530
All flames set to rest by

The Ayodhya case heard by the apex court in last 40 days, plans to conclude the argument. The decade old Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute case which is considered to be the second longest case of the nation - was closed by the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Chief Justice Rangan Gogoi along with five magistrates gave three days to the parties to file written ​​​​​​​notes on moulding of relief or narrow down the issue on which the court declares to ​​​​​​​pass a final resolution. The other members of the bench included SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and SA Nazeer.

They heard the 14 appeals filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad Court case, ​​​​​​​which had ordered three way division of the 2.77 acres of the disputed land. The Supreme ​​​​​​​Court is expected to deliver its ruling by 17 November - the day when Chief Justice  Ranjan Gogoi ​​​​​​​shall retire.

Thu, 17 Oct 2019 17:28:33 +0530
Give Devendra Fadnavis a

Jyoti Dubey

Navi Mumbai: On Wednesday PM Modi  appealed to give a second opportunity to Devendra Fadnavis on this assembly election. He was speaking at an election rally in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai.  He also said that the first flight will take wing from Navi Mumbai international airport soon. He predicted that BJP and Shiv Sena will win more than 250 seats. Fadnavis was the first BJP chief minister in Maharashtra to seek a second term. He had played an important role in the state’s growth.

Maharashtra has a big role in the country’s development. You elected Narendra Modi in Delhi for a second term, like that elect  Devendra for a second term in the state.  The Narendra-Devendra is the double engine of development in Maharashtra.   

The coastal  Konkan belt was becoming the main pillar for a’ new Maharashtra’ with a lot of ongoing infrastructure projects such as Navi Mumbai airport, Mumbai Trans Harbour Link and Metro  Rail. Modi said.


Thu, 17 Oct 2019 15:06:09 +0530
35 people killed four in

Madina:Thirty-five foreigners were killed and four others were injured when a bus collided in Medina's Muslim holy city with another heavy vehicle, Saudi state media said . According to the official, the accident on Wednesday involved a collision between "a private chartered bus  with a heavy vehicle." in the western Saudi Arabian city. According to local media, those involved were Arab and Asian pilgrims who carried pictures of the bus engulfed in flames and blown out with their windows. The injured have been transferred to Al-Hamna Hospital.

Thu, 17 Oct 2019 10:13:15 +0530
INX media case ED arrest

New Delhi: Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday after grilling him at Delhi's Tihar Jail .in connection with the INX Media money laundering case.  The arrest of Chidambaram came one day after a special court allowed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to quiz Chidambaram for 30 minutes to decide on his arrest . in connection with the matter.  Nalini and Karti Chidambaram, the wife and son of the Congress leader, too reached the jail premises ahead of the interrogation process. Since September 5, Chidambaram has been in judicial custody in Tihar Jail in a corruption case linked to the alleged scam. His remand is scheduled to end on October 17.

Wed, 16 Oct 2019 16:44:05 +0530
If re elected governmen

Akola: Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed Hindutva ideologist Vinayak Damodar Savarkar on Wednesday and said it was his values that nationalism was placed at the heart of nation-building. Prime Minister said addressing a rally,  Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) promised if relected, its government would recommend the name of Savarkar for the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in India. Hitting out at the opposition parties for protesting against its proposal of honouring Savrakar with Bharat Ratna, Modi said: "There are those who insulted Bhim Rao Ambedkar by keeping him away from Bharat Ratna for decades.

Wed, 16 Oct 2019 16:32:15 +0530
DK Shivakumar s custody e

New Delhi: A Court here on Tuesday extended the legal custody of leader of Congress D.K.Shivakumar until October 25  in an alleged case of money laundering. An I-T raid on his apartment in New Delhi on August 2, 2017, led to the seizure of Rs 8.83 crore in uncounted cash.

Wed, 16 Oct 2019 10:04:16 +0530
Margaret Atwood Bernard

London: Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo jointly won the 2019 Booker Prize on Monday.  The Booker Prize for Fiction, first awarded in 1969, is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English and published in the UK or Ireland. 

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 17:29:06 +0530
Government has zero tole

Gurugram: Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Tuesday that the government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a "zero-tolerance" policy against terrorism which he called the greatest challenge on the path of development. He also said India has long been a target of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism while speaking here at the 35th Raising Day celebrations of the National Security Guard (NSG). "Terrorism is a threat for humanity and is the biggest developmental barrier. Our country has suffered more than any other country in the world from the plight of terrorism. We are committed to a zero-tolerance policy on terrorism under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Today, because of NSG, I'm confident of our security, "Shah said.

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 16:13:05 +0530
Farooq Abdullah s Sister

Srinagar: Several women demonstrators, including former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah's daughter and mother, were detained in Srinagar this afternoon during protests against the end of the special status of the state. Prominent women activists and leading academics were among the demonstrators. On August 5, we were locked inside our homes and Article 370 was abrogated. This is a marriage by compulsion which won't work," Suraiya Abdullah told reporters. In Pratap Park near Srinagar's Lal Chowk, women carrying placards had gathered. The police swooped in on them as they began to protest and put a dozen women in preventive custody. They have been brought to a nearby police station.

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 15:57:12 +0530
Ban on EXIT POLL from 7 a

Election Commission of India said on Tuesday that exit polls would be barred from 7 AM to 6:30 PM on October 21 during the Haryana and Maharashtra Legislative Assembly elections and by-elections to 51 assembly constituencies. Sheyphali Sharan, official spokesperson of EC tweeted: "General Elections to the LAs of Haryana & Maharashtra and bye elections to 51 Assembly Constituencies of 17 States &23-Samastipur (SC) PC in Bihar & 45-Satara PC in Maharashtra to be held simultaneously - Ban on EXIT POLL from 7am to 630pm on 21st October …"

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 13:50:48 +0530
PMC Bank depositors will

When launching the BJP manifesto on Tuesday, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said depositors from PMC Bank would get the money back at any cost. "We. are going to take this issue to the Centre after elections. We're going to ask the Centre to help depositors get their money back. I'm going to follow up on this personally," Devendra Fadnavis on the issue of PMC Bank. "I will ensure that the defaulter's properties are confiscated to resolve the default sum," said the chief minister of Maharashtra.

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 13:34:28 +0530
More Rahul Gandhi speaks

Yavatmal: On Monday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that Rahul Gandhi's speeches would ultimately help the BJP-Shiv Sena coalition win more votes in assembly elections. Speaking at a rally in Yavatmal district, the chief minister said Gandhi "unwillingly" joined the campaign in view of the remarks made by Congress leader Salman Khurshid.  Khurshid said Congress had failed to conduct a detailed analysis of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls since Gandhi, the party's then president, "walked away."

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 13:19:25 +0530
Man Dies Hours After Prot

Mumbai: A Punjab Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) bank account owner, Sanjay Gulati, 51 who had more than Rs. 90 lakh with the troubled bank, died on Monday in Mumbai. He died of a heart attack  after attending a protest by angry customers of the bank outside a Mumbai court. Gulati, an engineer with Jet Airways now grounded, had lost his job. He has a wife and two children.

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 13:05:21 +0530
We could have destroyed

Thane: Addressing an election rally for BJP's Mira Bhayander candidate Narendra Mehta in the neighbouring Mumbai district of Thane, Maharashtra, Singh defended conducting ' ' shastra puja '' after recently taking delivery of the first Rafale aircraft in France. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also said on Monday that the IAF would not have needed to enter Balakot in Pakistan to strike the terror camps if India had already possessed Rafale fighter jets.  Singh clarified that only for self-defence and not for provocation were the fighter planes intended. He also praised Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for his performance.

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 09:36:14 +0530
Heartiest congratulations

Sourav Ganguly received wishes from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee following his appointment on Monday as President of the Cricket Control Board of India (BCCI). 

 Mamata Banerjee tweeted: Heartiest congratulations to @SGanguly99 for being unanimously elected @BCCI President. Wish you all the best for your term. You have made India and proud. We were proud of your tenure as CAB President. Looking forward to a great new innings.

Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:33:57 +0530
Abhijit Banerjee Esther

Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics for "combating poverty," the Swedish academy announced today.  Abhijit Banerjee, a native of India, is an American citizen.  He is a Professor of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US  while Esther Duflo is a French American citizen. Michael Kremer also comes from the United States.

Esther Duflo, 47, was born in Paris and is currently a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and  Michael Kremer, 55, is a professor at Harvard University and has a PhD from the university.

Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:25:22 +0530
Narendra Modi integrated

On Sunday, BJP President Amit Shah lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "56-inch chest man" for nullifying Article 370 and integrating Jammu and Kashmir with the mainstream, further sharpening the BJP's narrative for Maharashtra assembly polls on nationalism. Addressing an election rally in the Kolhapur district of Maharashtra, he said the previous governments never had the strength Modi had shown. He called on people to ask the leaders of Congress and the NCP, when they come to seek votes, if they support the decision of the NDA government to revoke the provisions that gave Jammu and Kashmir special status.

After the country's people and Maharashtra voted for him for the second term, Modiji did something that the whole country had been waiting for 70 years for,. he abrogated Article 370 on August 5 and entered Jammu and Kashmir with the mainstream of the nation, "Shah said.

Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:25:07 +0530
Fire at commercial buildi

Mumbai: A fire broke out on Monday at a 22-storey commercial building in Andheri, Mumbai's western suburb. 

Although the fire was not a big one, inside the building people were still trapped and saved by the Fire Brigade staff. The Fire Brigade has been pushing four fire engines, one rapid rescue truck, three jumbo tankers, two turntable ladders, and six ambulances to deal with the fire and rescue operations.

Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:14:50 +0530
Section 144 imposed till

Ayodhya: In anticipation of a verdict in the Ayodhya land trial, the District Magistrate Court placed Section-144 in the district. Section 144 will be in effect until December 10.  District Magistrate Anuj Kumar Jha said in the order. "The decision  took because of the upcoming festivals,"  A per the order, there will be a ban on drone use and without prior information, no shop will be allowed to sell them.

Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:30:25 +0530
Postpaid mobile services

Srinagar: On Monday, post-paid mobile services were restored on the BSNL network in Kashmir Valley. The move comes over two months after the suspension of mobile phone services in the valley following the move of August 5 to scrap Jammu and Kashmir of their special status.  The ban on prepaid mobile connections and internet services will continue, officials said  “internet facilities are being opened” at tourist spots, officials said. Security forces have said they take all precautionary measures before the post-paid telephone service is restored.

Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:18:26 +0530
10 people died following

Mau: 10 people died and several wounded in the Mau district of eastern Uttar Pradesh after a house collapsed this morning following a cylinder explosion. On the site of the collapsed building, there is a rescue operation to determine if people are trapped in the rubble. Ambulances and a huge crowd assembled at the scene. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked the district officials to ensure that the injured and families of those who have died get all the help.

Mon, 14 Oct 2019 09:38:53 +0530
It is an acupressure rol

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday, ending people's curiosity about the stick-like object he held while jogging on Mamallapuram beach, it was an acupressure roller he often uses. Modi was in the coastal town with Chinese President Xi Jinping for a two-day informal summit. During his morning walk, the Prime Minister was seen cleaning up a beach on Saturday, the last day of the summit, by picking up plastic litter and other waste. Modi tweeted: "Since yesterday, many of you have been asking - what is it that I was carrying in my hands when I went plogging at a beach in Mamallapuram. It is an acupressure roller that I often use. I have found it to be very helpful."

Sun, 13 Oct 2019 19:13:04 +0530
Fire breaks out at reside

Mumbai: A fire broke out in a residential building near Dreamland Cinema, Charni road on Sunday.  Fire tenders reached the spot to douse the flames. No casualties or injuries have been reported.

Sun, 13 Oct 2019 16:24:32 +0530
President Kovind Meets Mo

Ahmedabad: Sunday morning President Ram Nath Kovind met Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mother Hiraba at her residence near Gandhinagar. He is on a two day visit to Gujarat.

Sun, 13 Oct 2019 16:16:21 +0530
Security Tightened Outsid

Mumbai: Police have tightened security outside Bollywood actor Salman Khan's residence in the Bandra area of Mumbai following protests demanding a ban on "Bigg Boss Season 13" to include a new concept that they say is "against Indian culture and encouraging vulgarity." On Friday, outside Salman Khan's Bandra bandstand residence in Mumbai, a protester group, including leaders of Karni Sena, held protests, an official said on Saturday. "Police detained protesters from the spot and increased security outside the house," police official said.

Sun, 13 Oct 2019 16:07:30 +0530
Running between jail and

Aurangabad: The statements made by NCP leader Sharad Pawar in recent rallies indicate that his "restraint" is over as he is feeling defeat in elections to the Maharashtra Assembly, Working President of BJP, JP Nadda said. Nadda was addressing a rally ahead of the October 21assembly elections. At Barshi earlier in the day, Pawar had blamed Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for saying that there was no opposition to the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance. "Leaders moving between jail and the Enforcement Directorate and not able to take the state on the development path ahead," Nadda said. In a case of money laundering registered in connection with the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank scam, the ED recently named Sharad Pawar and his nephew and former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar.

Sun, 13 Oct 2019 11:15:47 +0530
No slowdown Ravi Shanka

A total of 3 films earned a cumulative collection of Rs 120 crore on October 2. Combat, Joker and Syera are the three blockbusters that accomplished this feat. In a press conference, Ravi Shankar Prasad cited these figures and went on to explain that these record collections are happening since the ‘economy is sound’. "I was Minister of Information and Broadcasting in the government of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and I love movies. Movies have been doing huge business.

The manufacturing sector, which contributes more than 77 percent to the IIP (Index of Industrial Production), reported a 1.2 percent decrease in production in August 2019 compared to a 5.2 percent increase in the same month last year. The government has taken a series of measures to boost demand and give a fillip to the economy.



Sun, 13 Oct 2019 10:51:48 +0530
G Parameshwara s personal

Bengaluru: The former deputy chief minister G Parameshwara's personal assistant Ramesh committed suicide on Saturday in Bengaluru, police said, a day after the income tax department searched for medical colleges and other premises related to the Congress leader. Deputy police commissioner (West) B Ramesh said Ramesh's body was found hanging from a tree in the Gnana Bharathi area "He seemed to have committed suicide. We are checking the details".  Ramesh was with Parameshwara during the raids, but a senior I-T official said neither was he covered in the department’s action nor was his statement recorded.

Sat, 12 Oct 2019 17:51:54 +0530
Kashmir issue not discus

According to Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, the Kashmir issue was not raised or discussed at the second informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping. He was at a special press briefing following the end of the two-day summit. India had previously taken exception to references to Kashmir following talks between Xi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan prior to the informal meeting visit by the Chinese President to India.

Sat, 12 Oct 2019 17:35:23 +0530
Grenade Attack By Terrori

Srinagar: After a grenade attack by terrorists in a market area on Saturday at least seven people were injured in Srinagar, police said Three civilians are in a critical condition and every injured person has been moved to a hospital. The attack happened at Hari Singh High Street Market, which is a few hundred metres away from Lal Chowk. Jammu and Kashmir Police and the CRPF are jointly conducting a search.

Sat, 12 Oct 2019 17:19:22 +0530
Xi Jinping leaves for Nep

Chinese President Xi Jinping is leaving for Nepal; for the second informal summit with PM Narendra Modi in Mahabalipuram, he was on a two-day visit to India.

Sat, 12 Oct 2019 14:41:47 +0530
Jagan Reddy is implementi

Vishakapatnam: Ex- Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu criticised chief minister Jagan Reddy, saying the state's new government is imposing "anti-people policies."Needless and unlawful cases are filed on other party leaders. Police create unnecessary problems. I'm good to people who are good to me. Jagan behaves like a psycho".said  Naidu. I saw a lot of chief ministers, but I never saw such a chief minister. The rule needs to be the same for all. I advise the government to change its stance of arrogance. he added.  Naidu, his son Nara Lokesh and several of their party leaders were put under house arrest last month to prevent them from taking part in a massive protest against the government of Jagan Reddy.

Sat, 12 Oct 2019 14:29:46 +0530
Postpaid Mobile Phones To

Srinagar: People in Jammu and Kashmir with postpaid mobile connections will be able to make calls beginning on Monday as the communications blackout imposed before the government revoked the decades-old special privileges of the state entered its 69th day. However, Internet connectivity will remain suspended for now. "The mobile phone connections, all postpaid mobile phone connections, regardless of a service provider, will resume at noon from Monday, October 14. This will happen throughout the state in all 10 districts, "said Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary Rohit Kansal, at a briefing.  He also said that political leaders who have been detained will be gradually released.

Sat, 12 Oct 2019 14:13:56 +0530
BJP poster with Jyotiradi

Bhopal: A poster put up by a member of the BJP welcoming AICC General Secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia during his visit to Bhind created waves in political circles. In the poster, Scindia shares space with national president Amit Shah, PM Narendra Modi. The BJP worker had put up the posters to congratulate Scindia for supporting the repeal of Article 370. After the revocation of Article 370 in August, Scindia had tweeted his support for the move. His stance was in sharp contrast to the official position of Congress.

Sat, 12 Oct 2019 09:43:47 +0530
Chinese President Xi Jinp

Mamallapuram (Tamil Nadu):  Chinese President Xi Jinping started his second informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Tamil Nadu's Mamallapuram.  Both leaders shook hands and exchanged pleasantries. At the temple complex, Modi and Xi visited three monuments – Arjuna’s Penance, Panch Ratha and the Shore Temple. They spent about 45 minutes in the temple complex, watching the Kalakshetra Foundation's cultural program consisting of Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi dances. This will be preceded by a private dinner at the Shore Temple Complex hosted by Modi.

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 17:50:59 +0530
Welcome to India Presid

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived at Chennai Airport for an unscribed meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi described as "unparalleled" by New Delhi. President Xi was received by Governor Banwarilal Purohit and Deputy Chief Minister O Pannerselvam. PM Modi, who had reached Tamil Nadu a few hours earlier, took a chopper to Mamallapuram on the outskirts of Chennai where the visiting dignitary will be received later that evening. “Welcome to India, President Xi Jinping!,” PM Modi tweeted minutes after President Xi landed in Chennai. 

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 17:12:38 +0530
Sitharaman defends Rafale

Pune: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Friday defended ' Shastra Puja ' by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at a hand-over ceremony for France's first Rafale fighter, claiming it is part of Indian tradition. The Minister of Finance also added that the BJP government was committed to the country's economic well-being and to bringing in deep structural reforms and that moving on corporate tax was a testament to the will of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to implement the changes.

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 16:54:30 +0530
37 year old man strangles

Mumbai: A 37-year-old Ghatkopar man suffering from a chronic disease strangled his two boys, aged 11 and 7, in a shocking incident on Wednesday. The man was named as an app-based cab driver, Chandrakant Mohite. For the past two years, Mohite had been sick. Mohite called his younger brother on Tuesday night, who lives with him, saying he was sick of his illness and wanted to end the pain. Later, Mohite left his home in his car when his brother alerted the police after Mohite stopped responding to calls. Mohite had a fight over his chronic illness with his wife Kavita before he left home. Through the GPS, they tracked his car and found it travelling to Pune. Police were alerted in Pune and they started tracking his movements as well. At 3.15 am, Mohite was stopped at toll plaza and cops apprehended him and he admitted that his kids are inside the dicky.

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 15:28:20 +0530
Nobel Peace Prize goes to

Abiy Ahmed Ali, the Ethiopian Prime Minister who helped end the 20-year war with Eritrea in his nation, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Abiy was honoured "for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and particularly for his decisive initiative in resolving the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea," said the jury.

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 15:11:17 +0530
Tibetan protesters detain

Chennai: Hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Chennai on Friday morning for his informal summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, five Tibetan students were arrested by city police for staging a protest and shouting slogan at Guindy, in front of the ITC Hotel, where the Chinese dignitary would stay during his visit.  The police took away the five students who breached a police cordon and shouted slogans demanding Tibet's freedom while holding flags of "Free Tibet."

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 13:31:55 +0530
I T raids on G Parameshwa

The raids by the Income Tax Department continue on Friday at the premises of Siddhartha Medical College in Karnataka for the second day. The college is affiliated with the Sri Siddhartha Higher Education Academy, where Karnataka G Parameshwara, former deputy chief minister is the chancellor. An approximate amount of Rs 4.52 crore cash was confiscated in the I-T raids at Parameshwara's residence and at two medical colleges linked to him, IT official said . As part of its investigation into the alleged selling of government quota seats in the three institutes, officials said as many as 30 premises were checked by the (I-T) department.

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 13:22:50 +0530
Narendra Modi arrives in

Chennai: On Friday morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Chennai ahead of his informal meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping who will be in town by 2 pm. A safety exercise has been put in place for the summit, including the sealing of main roads, in and around Mamallapuram's seaside resort. India looks forward to the unstructured meeting between Xi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to clear the air and pursue bilateral relations following a challenging exchange on the Kashmir between the two sides, including China's support for Pakistan on the issue.

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 13:00:20 +0530
Infiltrators must leave t

Tuljapur: Infiltrators must leave the country and the National Citizens Register (NRC) will be implemented for the purpose, said Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday. The president of the BJP made the announcement  at a campaign rally for the October 21 Maharashtra Assembly elections in Osmanabad district. "Before we come to ask for votes in 2024 (general elections), let me assure you that the government of the BJP will ensure that every infiltrator is expelled from the country, Congress and NCP have opposed NRC as such residents form a vote bank for these opposition parties,"  Amit Shah Said.

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 09:42:04 +0530
Bus Runs Over People 7 D

Bulandshahr: Seven people-four women and three children-died early this morning in the Bulandshahr district of western Uttar Pradesh after a bus ran over them. The people on a pilgrimage slept on the pavement when they were hit by the private bus. All bodies have been sent for post mortem.

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 09:26:44 +0530
Ex Ranbaxy promoter Shiv

New Delhi: The Delhi Police arrested former promoter of Ranbaxy, Shivinder Singh, in connection with the Rs 740 crore fraud case.  The arrest was made on the basis of a criminal complaint lodged in December last year by Religare Finvest against the Singh brothers with the Economic Offences Wing. The search is reportedly on for his brother and co-accused Malvinder Singh. The offences booked for the brother duo are criminal breach of trust, cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy, fraud, and money misappropriation. In the situation, the name of Sunil Godhwani of Religare Enterprises Ltd (REL). is also taken in the case.

Thu, 10 Oct 2019 22:52:16 +0530
J K government release

Srinagar: Thursday, the Jammu and Kashmir government released three politicians, Yawar Mir, Noor Mohammed and Shoiab Lone who had been detained since August 5, when the Centre abrogated the legal special status given to the state, officials said. The governor administration had earlier released Imran Ansari of the People's Conference and Syed Akhoon on health grounds on September 21. More than a thousand people were detained after the central government's decision on August 5 to abrogate the special status of the country, including politicians, nationalists, activists and lawyers.

Thu, 10 Oct 2019 15:09:16 +0530
Nirmala Sitharaman intera

Mumbai: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman met with Punjab & Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) Bank customers and heard their woes. After the meeting she said  "The Ministry of Finance may have nothing directly to do with it (PMC bank matter) because RBI is the regulator. But on my side, I asked my ministry's secretaries to consult with the Ministry of Rural Development & Urban Development to examine in-depth what's going on". She also said she would speak to RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das about the situation.

Last month, the RBI restricted the PMC Bank's activities for six months and requested that no loans and advances be issued or renewed, make any investment or incur any liability, including borrowing of funds and acceptance of fresh deposits.

Thu, 10 Oct 2019 14:57:58 +0530
Rahul Gandhi appears in C

Surat: Leader of the Congress  partyRahul Gandhi appeared before a Surat court today to plead "not guilty" on a defamation case filed after he allegedly said: " In this case, Mr Gandhi also submitted a request for permanent exemption from future court proceedings. All thieves have Modi as common surname" at an election rally in Karnataka ahead of Lok Sabha polls in April-May. The court also said that Mr Gandhi was not needed to be present in court for that hearing, which set December 10 as the date of response to the petition.

Thu, 10 Oct 2019 14:45:14 +0530
Ghaziabad MLA Nand Kishor

BJP MLA from Ghaziabad, Nand Kishore Gujjar wrote a letter to Prakash Javdekar, Minister of Information and Broadcasting, requesting that the Salman Khan's reality show "Bigg Boss" be taken off the air. The BJP legislator argued that the "show encouraged obscenity and vulgarity and was inappropriate for viewing with the family.  "Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the one hand, attempts to restore India's lost glory and, on the other hand, these shows have degraded the culture of the country," he wrote. The Brahmin Mahasabha also sought an immediate effect ban on the reality show. In this regard, the Mahasabha submitted a memorandum to the  Ghaziabad district magistrate.

Thu, 10 Oct 2019 13:46:18 +0530
RSS Worker his pregnant

Kolkata: The bodies of Bandhu Prakash Pal, a 35-year-old school teacher, his wife  30, and young son were found murdered on Tuesday at their home in Jiaganj.  Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) saying Bandhu Pal was an RSS worker. Six years ago, the family reportedly moved into the area. The crime was revealed when neighbours, concerned about the family's absence at the puja pandal on Vijayadashami, went to their home and found the door bolted from inside.

"The locals reported to police and the bodies were found lying in a blood bath," an officer said.

Thu, 10 Oct 2019 13:22:21 +0530
Rahul Gandhi will campaig

Leader of Congress Rahul Gandhi will campaign on October 14 in Haryana', party sources said on Wednesday. They also said that Rahul Gandhi will also hold an election rally in Mumbai on October 13. This comes as the BJP criticised former president of Congress running away from election campaign as he is going on "holiday" ahead of the Haryana and Maharashtra assembly elections. Haryana and Maharashtra are scheduled for election on October 21 and the votes will be counted on October 24.

Thu, 10 Oct 2019 10:03:53 +0530
Tejas has only come to wa

Mumbai: In his campaign speech, the president of the Sena said Tejas, the younger sibling of party leader Aaditya Thackeray, had just come to the stage to see the rally held at Sangamner in the district of Ahmednagar. Tejas, 24, was in the news recently after a new species of snakes was called Boiga thackerayi (Thackerays cat snake) for his contribution to the finding after a new species of snakes discovered in the Western Ghats. 

"Tejas has only come to watch the rally. He is more at home in forest," Uddhav said.

Thu, 10 Oct 2019 09:51:30 +0530
Curfew imposed after comm

Malpura: Curfew was placed on Tuesday morning in Malpura town in the Tonk district of Rajasthan following communal tension that broke out when some miscreants pelted stones at a Dussehra rally, police said."This morning in Malpura city, the curfew was enforced and additional police officers were deployed to maintain law and order," Police officials said.  Members of the Hindu community staged a sit-in demanding for the arrest of the miscreants, police said.

Wed, 09 Oct 2019 17:10:47 +0530
D A for government employ

New Delhi: Wednesday, the Union government increased the Dearness Allowance (DA) for central government workers by 5% from the present 12%. The announcement made after a Cabinet meeting by Union Minister Prakash Javadekar is expected to help 50 lakh central government employees and 65 lakh pensioners. Calling it a ' Diwali gift, ' Javadekar said almost Rs 16,000 crore would cost the raise to the exchequer. The DA has now grown to 17 per cent.

Wed, 09 Oct 2019 16:56:08 +0530
Amit Shah hit back at the

New Delhi: Home Minister Amit Shah hit back at Congress for criticizing Rajnath Singh's "shastra puja" during Tuesday's Rafale jet handover ceremony in France, saying the big old party must introspect the issues that need to be criticized.Not performing ' shashtra pujan ' on Vijayadashami? They should think about what needs to be questioned and whatnot, "Amit Shah said during a rally in Kaithal, Haryana. The BJP alleged that the Congress has a problem with Indian customs and traditions and that it is against modernisation of the Air Force.


Wed, 09 Oct 2019 16:32:03 +0530
10 people drown during id

Ten people drowned in Dholpur on Tuesday during the Durga idol immersion. "A total of ten people have drowned. We have been able to recover seven bodies" officials said. The District Administration has called for assistance from local divers and a State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) team

Wed, 09 Oct 2019 14:12:23 +0530
Kerala government felicit

Thiruvananthapuram: On Wednesday, the Kerala State Government congratulated PV Sindhu, who recently became the first Indian to win the BWF World Championships. The Kerala Olympic Association President V Sunil handed over the cash reward of Rs 10 lakh to Sindhu. The 24-year-old became the first Indian to win a gold medal in the World Championships on August 25 by beating Japan's Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in the tournament finals held in Basel, Switzerland. The 24-year-old met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi two days after the win. He congratulated her and said that by winning a gold medal, she brought glory to the country.

Wed, 09 Oct 2019 14:02:42 +0530
Local train caught fire

Vashi: A  Panvel-CSMT local caught fire at Vashi station during the rush hour on Wednesday. There were no injuries reported. The incident took place at about 9:30 am. Local services were delayed for 10 minutes on the harbour line. The Central Railway tweeted: "Pantograph of PL-49 CSMT-Panvel local flashed due to discarded bag thrown by unknown person on pantograph of PL-49 local at Vashi station. Train detained for 12 minutes from 09.28 hrs at Vashi station. Rake withdrawn and sent to Car shed for safety reasons".

Wed, 09 Oct 2019 13:40:20 +0530
Sharad Pawar will retire

Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patil today said they would "permanently retire" Sharad Pawar from his social and political life after the outcome of the October 21 assembly elections were announced. Addressing an election rally for Shiv Sena candidate Prakash Abitkar in Kolhapur district, Patil took a jibe at Sharad Pawar's party, hit by defections. At the same time, Senior Congressman Sushilkumar Shinde said his party and the NCP will "come together in the future" on Tuesday. Sharad Pawar is currently spearheading the campaign for his crisis-hit NCP, addressing rallies in which he is attacking the BJP over various issues.

Wed, 09 Oct 2019 13:30:25 +0530
All daughters should be w

New Delhi: Narendra Modi today asked people to celebrate the girl child this Diwali while inaugurating a Dussehra celebration at Delhi's Dwarka. Lakshmi in our house.PM had adopted "Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (Save the girl child, educate her) as one of the key programmes of his government.

PM Modi said in his address today, "Our festivals are educational, we can change ourselves if necessary because we have people fighting evil in our society."

Greeting the nation on the occasion of Vijayadashami, PM Modi had tweeted:" May the blessings of Prabhu Shri Ram always remain upon us.

May the power of truth, goodness and compassion always prevail.

May evil be eliminated.

Jai Shri Ram!"

Wed, 09 Oct 2019 09:58:39 +0530
First Rafale Handed Over

Bordeaux: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who is visiting France for three days, received the Rafale fighter jet at Dassault Aviation’s Mérignac facility in southwestern France.  After Shastra Puja, the annual worship of arms during Dussehra, followed the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The minister also went for a short trip in the aircraf.  Before the function, Singh met French President Emmanuel Macron and discussed stronger strategic ties with France.

Tue, 08 Oct 2019 22:18:33 +0530
Air Force Day Sachin T

Sachin Tendulkar, who was made honorary Group Captain in 2010 attended the Air Force Day celebration on their 87th anniversary at the Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad on Tuesday,  He also paid tribute to the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman led a MiG-21 Bison formation at Hindon Air Force Station on Tuesday. Sachin tweeted:" Wing Commander leading the flying parade in the MiG-21 Bison at the 87th Anniversary of the @IAF_MCC!
His spirit and courage is an inspiration to all of us. Had goosebumps seeing him lead the parade today.".

Tue, 08 Oct 2019 21:55:39 +0530
Amritsar train tragedy V

Family members of those killed in last year's Amritsar train accident on Dussehra took a march here on Tuesday to mark the anniversary and demand justice and compensation. "It's been a year but we haven't been offered justice yet. So we're going to sit on the railway tracks in protest. We've had to make several rounds of offices throughout the year asking for justice" Said protestor. Hundreds of protesters took part in the march asking for justice and raising slogans against the government of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.

The accident took place on October 19 last year at the Dhobi Ghat ground in Choura Bazar near Jhoda Phatak area in Amritsar after a speeding train ran over a crowd of Dussehra revelers who saw the burning of a Ravana effigy on the railway tracks.

Tue, 08 Oct 2019 15:43:21 +0530
I salute our Air Force h

New Delhi: On Tuesday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah welcomed the Indian Air Force on its 87th birthday, saying the force is a sign of bravery and courage. "On Air Force Day, I salute our Air Force heroes and their families," he said. The IAF is celebrating its 87th anniversary on Tuesday.

Tue, 08 Oct 2019 15:25:55 +0530
Shashi Tharoor Writes To

New Delhi:  Congress MP Shashi Tharoor appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday saying that the FIR had filed against an open letter to the PM in July against the writers.  'deeply distrubed'. Tharoor urged the Prime Minister to "affirm Article 19's constitutional principle" and guarantee freedom of expression and speech. He tweeted: Urging all those who believe in to send this or similar letters to @PMOIndia @narendramodi urging him to affirm the constitutional principle of our Article 19 rights & the value of democratic dissent — even if more FIRs follow as a result! .

Tue, 08 Oct 2019 15:14:32 +0530
Bharat Is Hindu Rashtra

Nagpur: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, said RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday, is firm on its vision that "Bharat is a Hindu Rashtra. Addressing the RSS event of Vijayadashmi on Reshimbagh ground in Nagpur city of Maharashtra, he said that all Bharatiyas working for the glory of the country and enhancing their harmony are "Hindus." "Those who belong to Bharat, those who are descendants of the ancestors of Bharatiya, those who work for the supreme glory of the country and join hands to promote unity, value and accept all diversity; all these Bharatiyas are Hindus," he affirmed.  Bhagwat spoke to swayamsevaks at the annual Vijayadashmi event of the Sangh, during which he also conducted ' ' Shastra puja '. HCL founder Shiv Nadar was the chief guest.

Tue, 08 Oct 2019 14:59:15 +0530
Sampradaya patashala an


Mumbai: Sampradaya patashala , an initiative started by the Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam , that integrates teaching and training of traditional practices along with regular school/college
education. It is an institution that gives education with the essence of culture thereby encourage care for the community and people we live with – and finally prepare
ourselves to serve the country with desa bhakti, devotion, dedication, courage and commitment.                                                                                            

The first batch of Sampradaya was started in 2015 at Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu, with 15 students. In two years, it has grown to a strength of 120 students. Sampradaya
extended to Hyderabad and then Nashik for students in Maharashtra. It is totally a residential institution for girls students. The vidyarthis are given all the necessary
facilities free of cost. The inmates have a regular schedule with due care for traditional cultural education and school/college education.


Sampradaya offers regular schooling and college education in courses like B.Com (Regular), B.Com (Computer), B.Sc Mathematics, B.A Sanskrit.
Along with that students also get regular education; opportunity to learn, develop and to train themselves in various life skills. Classes in classical music – vocal, Veena and violin
are conducted. Learning Sanskrit and various Stotras is an integral part of the curriculum. As part of their education , 50 girls students visited Sri Shankara Mattham, Matunga, and
took part in the Kanhiha puja held at the Mattham along with Mumbai girls during Navaratri celebration. They were given new dresses and sweets.
Later the orphanage students from nearby BJ Home also visited the Shankara Mattham and were given sweets by the Mattham.

Tue, 08 Oct 2019 09:47:51 +0530
5 Children Drown In Pit I

Katihar: Five children aged between five and ten, drowned on Monday, an official said, in a large pit filled with floodwater.  They slipped into the pit while playing. The accident took place in Bochahi village falling under Narayanpur panchayat.Rs. 4 lakhs ex-gratia will be granted to each child's next kin who died in accordance with the policy of the state government, officials said.

Tue, 08 Oct 2019 09:13:13 +0530
Hyderabad Police stop RTC

Telangana RTC employees and workers ' unions ' Joint Action Committee (JAC) declared a rally at Indira Park in Hyderabad to protest the Chandrashekar Rao government's attempt to dismiss their strike. The joint police commissioner found the rally unlawful and refused to allow it. "We have specific information that the members of the JAC intend to organize thousands of people," he said.  It could lead to peace disruption and breakdown of law and order. So, we are not going to allow any meeting at Indira Park. On Sunday, after their indefinite strike, the KCR government dismissed 48,000 TSRTC staff and employees seeking solutions to their long list of issues.

Mon, 07 Oct 2019 17:33:44 +0530
Rajnath Singh leaves for

New Delhi: Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh left New Delhi on Monday for a two-day visit to France where he will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron and receive the first Rafale aircraft. The Defence Minister will also be performing 'Shastra Puja' on October 8 for the occasion of Dussehra and fly a sortie in the Rafale aircraft. "Leaving New Delhi for Paris on a three day visit to France. Shall attend the Annual Defence Dialogue and the Induction Ceremony of Rafale.

India-France bilateral relations have made tremendous progress in the recent years. Looking forward to further and deepen these ties". He tweeted.

Mon, 07 Oct 2019 16:33:58 +0530
Aarey Colony Protesters

Mumbai: The protesters, arrested here for allegedly obstructing and assaulting police during the Aarey Colony trees felling, were released from prison after bail was issued, officials said on Monday.  Police have also relaxed prohibitory orders imposed in the Aarey Colony and its surrounding areas. The arrests were made in the Aarey Colony on Friday and Saturday after clashes broke out between police and environmental activists opposed axing trees.

Mon, 07 Oct 2019 16:25:58 +0530
Amit Shah interacted with

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah interacted with probationers at Maharashtra Sadan in the national capital on October 07 with the Indian Police Service (IPS). He interacted with IPS probationers of 71 RR (2018 Batch). Training of 2018 batch commenced at the academy on December 17, 2018. Also present on this occasion were several senior government officials.

Mon, 07 Oct 2019 15:52:16 +0530
High Technology Kitchen a

By Vani Parameswaran


Kollur Mookambika Temple residing in Karnataka in the Udupi district is known to hold an esteemed honour in the Hindu religion, where the devotees seek blessings from the powerful goddess of Mookambika.  The Karnataka endowments minister Kota Srinivas Poojari has recently inaugurated new dining halls in the temple along with Byndoor MLA Sukumar Shetty, Udupi District Collector G Jagadeesh and Temple Trustee Abhilash P V. The 23 crore project boasts high-tech kitchen facilities, air-conditioned halls which can hold a capacity of 2000 people at a time.



The temple is located on the banks of river Souparnika. The deity here is Sri Mookambika Devi, unique among the other Hindu gods and goddesses as she embodies the powers of Mahalaxmi, Mahasaraswathi and Mahakali combined into one as Adiparashakthi - Mookambika. It is believed that offering prayers to Devi enhance knowledge and excellence in academics. Kollur Shrine is dedicated to knowledge and art, also known as vagadevatha, Goddess of letters and speech. 




Navarathri days are considered to be the most auspicious time to worship all Shakthi devathas. It is also the most important festival of Mookambika. Thousands of pilgrims throng the temple on those nine days. Vijaya Dashami day is the most auspicious day for beginning education (Vidya Arambham), in Mookambika. 


Mon, 07 Oct 2019 14:12:30 +0530
No More Tree Cut at Aarey

New Delhi: Supreme Court ordered status quo at the site until October 21, when the case will be taken up by the Court. There will be no more tree-cutting and no construction activity at Aarey until the next hearing, said the court. Amid Dussehra holidays, the Supreme Court took up the case after a group of law students wrote to India's Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asking him to urgently stop tree cutting for a subway car-shed at Aarey Colony. Although the court ordered status quo, which would mean no activity, a lawyer from the Maharashtra government said that there was no bar on construction in the patch already cleared.

Mon, 07 Oct 2019 13:14:58 +0530
Fake paid news are distu

Cuttack: On Sunday, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu raised the issue of false and paid news and said these instances are troubling as media play a major role in a democracy.

"I would like to alert everyone that we live by our value system and ethics, "he said. Naidu spoke to a gathering in Cuttack to mark the 100th anniversary of an Odia daily newspaper.

"Media should not go for sensationalization just because of rivalry and motivation for TRPs. Learn Hindi, English, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada or even French. But first, promote your own mother tongue". he said. 

Mon, 07 Oct 2019 09:45:00 +0530
Congress wiped out Asad

Pune: The Congress Party has been "wiped out" of the landscape and can not be resurrected even if a "calcium injection" has been provided, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said while addressing a public meeting on Sunday for the Maharashtra assembly elections on October 21. Owaisi said Congress ' top leadership has "ignored" Maharashtra and Haryana elections.


Mon, 07 Oct 2019 09:26:40 +0530
BJP Corporator Family Me

A BJP corporator and four members of his family were shot dead by three gunmen on Sunday at his residence in the Jalgaon district of Maharastra, police said.
The incident took place late Sunday night when, police said, BJP corporator Ravindra Kharat (55) and members of his family were inside their house. All the injured were rushed to the hospitals nearby but declared dead during treatment. After all the attackers fled the scene but eventually surrendered to the police.

Mon, 07 Oct 2019 09:11:17 +0530
High Tech Dining Halls I

Kollur: The high tech dining halls inaugurated at Kollur Mookambika Temple recently by Karnataka endowment minister Kota Srinivas Poojari. Byndoor MLA Sukumar Shetty, Udupi district collector, G Jagadeesh and temple trustee, Abhilash PV were also attended the function. The construction cost of the project was Rs.23 crore with a/c halls, high tech kitchen, etc. and at a time 2000 people can dine.

Sun, 06 Oct 2019 23:21:46 +0530
Famous national startups

By Radhika Nair


A famous name to whistle and hop on in the taxi sharing industry, OLA announced to spread its rides in Australia this year. Riding big in more than 110 cities in India, OLA also announced plans to launch in the UK. Various benefits like “Ola Play” and others can highly boost their success in the coming run.



Going international right from 2012, ClearTrip; the second largest online travel agent has begun its operation in the UAE. Having offices in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, it fledges a 60% marketing zone in the ticketing sector of the UAE. ClearTrip recently acquired Saudi Arabia’s online travel aggregator Flyinn, which powers direct access to over 3 lakh hotels and 450 airlines. Companies like MakeMyTrip, Yatra, Flipkart and PayTM are some keen competitors in the travel ticketing sector.



OYO Homes and Hotels, initially famous for its budget-friendly hotels that is growing massively in India also stands as the world’s third-largest and one of China’s top two fastest-growing hospitality chains. The portal has been opened in Nepal and Malaysia. The Indian startup now targets to enter Indonesia, UK and European countries to expand in the next 18 months.



One of India’s favorite craft beer Bira91 has swiftly become popular internationally as well. Already flourishing in the US, Bira91 largely focuses to brew carefully according to their customer preferences and has spread its beer space in Singapore and Nepal by raising over $77 million in funding to date. With a mission to go global like the established brands of Apple, Nike, Google -  Bira91’s founder Ankur Jain plans to further invest and take steps for international expansion.

Sun, 06 Oct 2019 19:15:41 +0530
Farroq Abdulla Omar Meet

Srinagar: Chief of the National Conference Omar Abdullah and his father and party patriarch Farooq Abdullah are allowed to meet their party leaders today for the first time since he was detained two months ago. Senior NC member Akbar Lone said after the meeting, "We had come to ask about their well-being. Nonetheless, the two leaders said that the party would not take part in the Block Development Council elections because "the whole leadership is in jail."

Sun, 06 Oct 2019 16:07:25 +0530
The rise and fall narrati

By Radhika Nair

Every villain has a tragic story that lands them playing the protagonist of a movie either with a mission of vengeance or demolition. At least that's why every Batman fan grips tightly as they enter into the story to understand what made Gotham turn mayhem. Joaquin Phoenix playing the title role questions his counselor “Is it just me or is it getting crazy out there?” and sure enough the entire film erupts into a heart wrenching and intense tale of the Joker mutating from making people laugh to blowing up their brains as he gives the rich taste of
their own torturous medicine of being uncivil.

The delicious story of the Joker that has been portrayed in a variety of films till date from Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight”, Jared Leto in “Suicide Squad”, Jack Nicholson in “Batman’ to Cameron Monaghan in ‘Gotham’, only makes the much anticipated Joker played by Joaquin Phoenix to set another dome of good impression that can create either a distinguished or disapproved view for a fan. 

The first half launches the character of Arther Fleck creeping into your mind - shocking and shaking you with his displeasing laughter mixed with sadness, captivating us with his loose and derailed dancing movements, carrying the mannerism of a disturbed and mentally distraught person - who in reality is just a common man crunching hard to make his living.
The somber pace of Arthur's nihilistic thoughts, ravaging guffaw, freakish vibe of an unsettled mind, escalates the movie towards the turning point of how a person with a broken dream of being a comedian wrecks havoc in the city.


The remarkable performance of Phoenix who delivers a version of Joker that the directer Todd Phillips has built the film’s premise from the graphic novel Batman: The Killing Joke, astounds and frightens the audience making one gasp or gather their minds understanding how the society molds a person to become someone so horrific and villainous. It is the first live-action Batman franchise film rated R with a tone and tide of how a forlorn mind with no positive will to live in a world where he is tired of being mistreated - makes us drop our hearts
and sympathize with Arthur fleck who instigates an insurgency.

The missing puzzle piece of why Gotham breathes crime and chaos in every corner of the city finally brings us the gratifying story of the clown mask and the symbol of the revolution that it carries with it. The sheer intensity of rage and fear instilled in Pheonix’s eyes portrays an image of a debilitating man about to pounce on anyone he could confront in the times of adversity. The movie frames an understanding of the white grease painted clown running in business to fill his stomach and the consequence of a scarring childhood which is aching to
watch out for what lies ahead in his life that can only get worst. It’s as if the stand-alone violent biopic that streams ahead its first half of the movie, somehow managed to drag it by focussing thoroughly on just how hallow and pitiful Arther’s life is.

The essential other elements of half encompassed characters like that girl in the same building, ailing mother, pals in his work, his awe and interest for Murray Franklin (Robert De Niro) a famous talk host comedian, also including the need to unravel his linkage to the Wayne family - surely opened new possibilities to make his lineament turn fierce, but some might find it quite scattered. The role of Joker is a powerhouse of outrageous fall outs in his past, excruciating times of living in pain in the present and coming into power as one of the most maddening and celebrated villains in the future. Phoenix has vehemently carried ahead the legacy of a street menace overthrowing a tumbling city’s social injustice in a way that will leave an impression of sorrow or anguish in the minds of the audience.

Sun, 06 Oct 2019 13:22:00 +0530
Woman two others held fo

With the arrest on Saturday of three men, including a woman from the same family who is suspected of masterminding silent deaths over the years for six of her kin with cyanide-laced meat, state police said. Arrests came one day after the dead family members ' mortal remains, allegedly killed between 2002 and 2016, were exhumed from their tombs in northern Kerala to test the police theory of Jolly Thomas, 47,former wife of deceased Roy Thomas who died mysteriously in 2011. "We arrested Jolly Thomas, her friend M Mathew, who arranged potassium cyanide and Praju Kumar, a jewelry worker who supplied the poisonous substance," Police officials said. The mother-in-law of Jolly Thomas, Anamma Thomas, died the first in 2002, followed in 2008 by her son Tom Thomas. Jolly’s former husband Roy Thomas died in 2011 and Roy’s maternal uncle Mathew died in 2014. After two years another relative Scily and her one-year-old child too died under mysterious circumstances. Police suspect the extramarital affairs of Jolly and greed for family property as the reason behind the "murders".

Sun, 06 Oct 2019 10:52:36 +0530
Broad gauge rail by 2021

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Saturday that by 2021 Mizoram's capital Aizawl will be connected via a broad gauge railway line.Inaugurating the North East Council's handloom and handicraft exhibition here, Shah said the BJP-led government at the Center had provided more money to Mizoram compared to the UPA government. In the handicraft and handloom field, he said, there is a huge job range. He also assured the necessary assistance to Mizoram CM Zoramthanga for the development of the state.

Amit Shah also said the state had great potential in cultivating bamboo. "We took bamboo out of the list of plants that could not be cut under the Forest Act in the first term of our government. It has benefited immensely the northeastern states,

Sun, 06 Oct 2019 10:25:49 +0530
K Governor allowed NC

The Jammu and Kashmir administration has granted permission to a national conference delegation from the province of Jammu to meet with party president Farooq Abdullah and vice president Omar Abdullah, who are under house arrest. Jammu provincial president Devender Singh Rana had requested permission from Governor Satya Pal Malik in this regard. The delegation led by provincial president Devender Singh Rana and former party legislators will meet both NC leaders tomorrow morning.

Sat, 05 Oct 2019 23:08:49 +0530
Hacking of trees began la

Mumbai: Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd began cutting trees at Aarey Colony late Friday night to make way for its car shed, hours after four petitions by NGOs were rejected by the Bombay High Court. On Saturday, opposition NCP and Congress criticized the Shiv Sena and BJP, alleging the ruling parties failed to save trees in Aarey Colony. Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray, the Nationalist Congress Party asked where were the "fake environment lovers" when the hacking of trees began late Friday night.

Sat, 05 Oct 2019 16:38:33 +0530
Haryana Congress Leader A

Leader of the Haryana Congress Ashok Tanwar, who was ousted last month as the head of state of the party, resigned from Congress just two weeks before state elections. He tweeted: After long deliberations with party workers and for reasons well known to all Congressman and public, I hereby resign from the primary membership of the @INCIndia

Sat, 05 Oct 2019 16:21:48 +0530


                                                                                             बृहन्मुंबई महानगरपालिका विकास नियोजन विभागातील महिला कर्मचारीवृंद

Sat, 05 Oct 2019 11:56:37 +0530
Durga Pooja and Navratri

By Radhika Nair

The festive season has kicked in and the beaming Durga Pooja has illuminated the streets as her devotees celebrate the festival performing different rituals and practices. It is a common perception to believe that Durga pooja is elaborately and massively celebrated by Bengalis, but the entire nation chants and joyously celebrates the Durga Pooja in their own unique way, which spreads and shines from state to state. 

Let's take a took at the top 5 states of India which adores her holyness by engraving their prayers to seek blessings and prosperity.


                                                                                          Uttar Pradesh and Bihar



One of the most common and religious practice of feeding young girls during the final days of the festival, offering special worship in the holy temples of elegant Durga idols for long hours, and other similar traditions are closely observed in both Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

The key highlight of this state is how the locals set a temporary altar of the deity and recite the scripture Durga Saptashat

                                                                                                      Tamil Nadu


Tamilians workship the three powerful goddesses of Durga, Saraswati, and Lakshi as per their deity rituals during the last three days.

The key highlight of this state is the celebration of Golu, quite an interesting ritual where young women and children display dolls on a small wooden pavilion that has been passed down from one generation to another.



Celebrating with pomp and music, in Gujarat Durga Pooja marks a divine date where people observe fasts in great admiration, install heavy decorations, and have group gatherings as the cities turn festive.

Key highlights of this state is people invite Ahmedabad based singers who sing Rabindra Sangeet in Gujarati and an auspicious evening aarti using a Garbi, an earthen pot and diyas. 



                                                                                                                   Andhra Pradesh


During the Navratri, women in Andhra Pradesh get ready to seek blessings for conjugal bliss. Unmarried girls offer their prayers to the sacred Mother Gauri and this ritual which has been passed down from eons is called Bathukamma Panduga in the Tamil language which means “Mother Goddess, Come Alive!”

The key highlight in this state is where women create flower stacks in time-honored style using local flowers for Mother Devine and on the final day, the stack is immersed into a lake or river. 





Sat, 05 Oct 2019 11:42:55 +0530
Show cause notice to Cong

Lucknow: For defying whip and attending the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly's 36-hour special session, the Congress issued a show cause notice to Rae Bareli MLA Aditi Singh on Friday. Within two days, she was asked to submit the answer. "The party decided to boycott the house's two-day session and also released a whip to ensure that it was not attended by any MLA. You were also told individually about it, but you ignored the party orders," Congress Legislature Party leader mentioned in the notice. Singh also remained absent from Congress's Gandhi Jayanti functions led by party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi on October 2.

Sat, 05 Oct 2019 10:28:16 +0530
Joy Thomas Suspended MD

Joy Thomas, the suspended managing director of Punjab and Maharashtra (PMC) Bank, was arrested in an alleged case of Rs. 6,500 crore fraud, sources said. The agency conducted searches at six locations in Mumbai and adjacent areas connected with the bank's former chairman and HDIL promoters. Rakesh Wadhawan and Sarang Wadhawan, senior executives at HDIL, are in police custody till October 9. On Thursday, the Reserve Bank increased the withdrawal limit for account holders of the stressed PMC Bank to Rs. 25,000 from the previous Rs. 10,000 withdrawal cap.

Last week, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) moved to take over PMC, one of India's top five cooperative banks with over nine lakh depositors and suspended Joy Thomas and the board of the bank after uncovering irregularities in lending.

Sat, 05 Oct 2019 10:11:19 +0530
Air Chief RKS Bhadauria

Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria, at an Indian Air Force (IAF) press conference, said the air force will be ready to react with another Balakot-type surgical strike as decided by the government if Pakistan is carrying out a terrorist attack. He said that with moves such as France's procurement of Rafale fighters and Russia's anti-aircraft missile systems S-400 Triumf, the air force is confident of its ability to fight at short notice. He mentioned that on the schedule of the IAF, many joint air exercises were scheduled with different countries. "Joint air drills will take place in November with Singapore, in January with Russia and in February with the UK,"

Fri, 04 Oct 2019 17:04:22 +0530
ED raids six locations in

Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate raided six locations in Mumbai on Friday following the filing of an Enforcement Case Investigation Report (ECIR) to probe bank erring officials on money laundering charges linked to the Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) bank case. The case was registered on the basis of an FIR filed by the Economic Offence Wing (EoW) of Mumbai Police under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA),  ED officials said. This comes one day after the EoW arrested Housing Development Infrastructure Limited (HDIL) directors Sarang Wadhawan and Rakesh Wadhwan, accused in connection with the case of PMC Bank of default loan.

Fri, 04 Oct 2019 16:51:41 +0530
Bombay HC dismisses all p

On Friday, the Bombay High Court dismissed all petitions against the BMC decision allowing the felling of thousands of trees for metro car sheds in the Aarey forest of Mumbai. A division bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Bharati Dangre dismissed four petitions filed by NGOs and environmental activists on issues related to Aarey colony in Goregaon, a major green belt of the metropolis. 

Fri, 04 Oct 2019 16:33:22 +0530
Rahul loyalists sidelined

Mumbai: In a press conference, Sanjay Nirupam lashed out at Congress. Nirupam claimed yesterday that he wasn't going to campaign in Maharashtra. He said the loyalists of Sonia are excluding the people of Rahul Gandhi and disconnecting the top brass from the ground realities. He said the loyalists of Sonia are excluding the people of Rahul Gandhi and disconnecting the top brass from the realities of the field. He accused his opponent in Congress and former MP Milind Deora, calling him a ' nikamma. 'The Congress leader said that the candidate recommended by him is rejected meant that the party does not need my services."I hope that the day has not yet come to say goodbye to the party. But the way leadership is behaving with me, it doesn't seem far away." he tweeted

Fri, 04 Oct 2019 16:24:43 +0530
FIR lodged against celebr

Muzaffarpur: An FIR was lodged here on Thursday against celebrities, including Ramchandra Guha, Mani Ratnam and Aparna Sen, who had written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi raising concerns about the increasing mob lynching incidents, police said. The case was lodged two months ago after an order was passed on a petition by local lawyer Sudhir Kumar Ojha by Chief Judicial Magistrate Surya Kant Tiwari. Police said the FIR had been lodged under sections of the Indian Penal Code, including those relating to sedition, public nuisance, hurting religious feelings, and insulting in an attempt to provoke peace break.

Fri, 04 Oct 2019 11:18:09 +0530
BJP releases fourth list

The BJP has not included names like Vinod Tawde, Prakash Mehta and Eknath Khadse in its lists of candidates, but Rohini Khadse, daughter of BJP leader Eknath Khadse, gets ticket to contest polls from Muktainagar.  BJP has fielded Charan Singh Thakur from Katol, Pradeep Padole from Tumsar, Rahul Dhikale from Nashik East, Sunil Rane from Borivali, Parag Shah from Ghatkopar East and Rahul Narvekar from Colaba.

Fri, 04 Oct 2019 11:07:49 +0530
150 students dance on Ga

K A Viswanathan

On the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Sri Shanmukhananda Sabha had organized a dance drama “Mahatma Nrityanjali” by 150 students of Sri Raja Rajeswari Bharata Natya Kala Mandir, Matunga at the Sabha auditorium, The programme was
based on Gandhiji’s favourite devotional songs in Sanskrit, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil and Bengali, written by Rabindranath Tagore, Subramanya Bharathi and other famous poets. The governor of Maharashtra Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari presided and Dr Anand
Gokani, great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi was the Guest of honour. Guru Kalyana Sundaram Pllai, director of the Kala Mandir who is a torchbearer of the Tanjore tradition of Bharata Natyam, said among the dances “Vaishnava Janato” which was most liked by Gandhiji was staged by 15 students.




In his address, Dr Anand Gokhani said he was lucky to be born in the family of Mahatma Gandhi and he will try his best to live up to the ideals of his great grandfather. Gandhiji stood for qualities, ethics, value and morals and it is our duty to follow these and also to teach our children. “Gandhiji was a normal person as we all are.” But he had two things which we people don’t have - ram-rod spine and courage beyond measure. Gandhiji espoused the principles of civil disobedience with discipline, he said. “Truth was his destination and “ahimsa” was his humble path to reach the destination.”

These were the two main tools used by him to get India the freedom we wanted, Gokani said. There is a little bit Gandhi in all of us. He is present in the form of dormant principles we espouse, he said. Addressing the audience the governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari said not just Anand (Gokhani), we are all Gandhiji’s great-grandsons and daughters. But we are not great like him. We only have to follow his principles and follow his footsteps, the governor said.

Thu, 03 Oct 2019 19:26:37 +0530
P Chidambaram s judicial

A Delhi court Thursday extended the former finance minister P Chidambaram's judicial custody in the INX Media corruption case until October 17. On May 15, 2017, the CBI recorded an FIR alleging irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance given to the INX Media group during Chidambaram's tenure as finance minister for obtaining Rs 305 crore foreign funds in 2007.

Thu, 03 Oct 2019 18:16:47 +0530
Maharashtra Governor pays

Mumbai: The Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari offered floral tributes to the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of 150th Birth Anniversary of the Father of the Nation at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai on Wednesday (2 Oct).

Governor of the Arkansas State of United States of America Mr Asa Hutchinson was also present along with his delegation.

Governor Koshyari and the visiting dignitary also offered floral tributes to former Prime Minister of India late Lal Bahadur Shastri on the occasion of the 115th birth anniversary of Shastriji.


Thu, 03 Oct 2019 17:02:13 +0530
150 students dance on Ga

K A Viswanathan

On the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Sri Shanmukhananda Sabha had organized a dance drama “Mahatma Nrityanjali” by 150 students of Sri Raja Rajeswari Bharata Natya Kala Mandir, Matunga at the Sabha auditorium, The programme was
based on Gandhiji’s favourite devotional songs in Sanskrit, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil and Bengali, written by Rabindranath Tagore, Subramanya Bharathi and other famous poets. The governor of Maharashtra Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari presided and Dr Anand
Gokani, great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi was the Guest of honour. Guru Kalyana Sundaram Pllai, director of the Kala Mandir who is a torchbearer of the Tanjore tradition of Bharata Natyam, said among the dances “Vaishnava Janato” which was most liked by Gandhiji was staged by 15 students.




In his address, Dr Anand Gokhani said he was lucky to be born in the family of Mahatma Gandhi and he will try his best to live up to the ideals of his great grandfather. Gandhiji stood for qualities, ethics, value and morals and it is our duty to follow these and also to teach our children. “Gandhiji was a normal person as we all are.” But he had two things which we people don’t have - ram-rod spine and courage beyond measure. Gandhiji espoused the principles of civil disobedience with discipline, he said. “Truth was his destination and “ahimsa” was his humble path to reach the destination.”

These were the two main tools used by him to get India the freedom we wanted, Gokani said. There is a little bit Gandhi in all of us. He is present in the form of dormant principles we espouse, he said. Addressing the audience the governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari said not just Anand (Gokhani), we are all Gandhiji’s great-grandsons and daughters. But we are not great like him. We only have to follow his principles and follow his footsteps, the governor said.


Thu, 03 Oct 2019 16:41:43 +0530
Security tightened in Del

New Delhi: Security was tightened in Delhi on Wednesday following intelligence inputs that some JeM terrorists infiltrated into the national capital. Multiple raids are being carried out throughout Delhi after intelligence reports have suggested that three-four terrorist outfit members have entered the state. At the bases of the air force in Amritsar and Pathankot in Punjab and Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir, security was increased.

Thu, 03 Oct 2019 16:11:16 +0530
Bangladesh Prime Minister

New Delhi: On a four-day trip to India, Bangladesh PM Sheik Hasina arrived in India, the first since her landslide victory in December 2018. Minister of State for Women and Child Development Debasree Chaudhuri, High Commissioner for Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das and, HC Syed Muazzem Ali  received  PM at the airport. Around a dozen bilateral contracts will be signed during the trip and will concentrate on enhancing bilateral collaboration, including addressing a number of problems such as Rohingya problem & NRC. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is the Chief Guest at the India Economic Summit organized by the World Economic Forum on 03-04 October 2019.

Thu, 03 Oct 2019 14:24:50 +0530
Aditya Thackeray files no

Mumbai: On Thursday, Shiv Sena youth wing leader Aaditya Thackeray submitted nomination documents to contest the upcoming assembly elections from the Worli Assembly constituency in Maharashtra. Aaditya's father and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray were present at the office of returning officer to witness the event, along with other family members and top party leaders.  This is the first time a member of the Thackeray family will contest any form of election. Scores of followers from Shiv Sena joined party leader Aaditya Thackeray as he led a roadshow to file nomination on his way to Returning Officer's office.

Thu, 03 Oct 2019 14:15:06 +0530
Bus falls into river in R

Raisen: About six people were killed, including a two-year-old kid, and 19 others were wounded last night after a bus fallen into a river in Raisen district, Madhya Pradesh, police said.  The incident occurred around 2 AM when the bus was travelling to Chatarpur from Indore.  To oversee the rescue operation, senior officials including district collector and police superintendent also reached the place. An inquiry to prove the cause of the incident is ongoing.

Thu, 03 Oct 2019 13:40:46 +0530
New Vande Bharat Express

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi defined today the launch of the Vande Bharat Express on the Delhi-Katra path as a "Navratri gift" to the Jammu people and pilgrims visiting the state's Vaishno Devi temple. Modi tweeted: "A Navratri gift for my sisters and brothers of Jammu as well as devotees of Maa Vaishno Devi! The New Vande Bharat Express from New Delhi to Maa Vaishno Devi, Katra will improve connectivity as well as spiritual tourism," 

Thu, 03 Oct 2019 13:20:11 +0530
DD officer suspended for

Chennai: A senior official of Doordarshan Chennai Kendra was put under suspension and "disciplinary proceedings" were launched against her reportedly for not broadcasting live portion of the speech made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Chennai earlier this week. Shashi Shekhar Vempati, Chief Executive Officer of Prasar Bharati, said in an order dated October 1, that R Vasumathi, Assistant Director (Programme), DD Chennai Kendra, was suspended with "immediate effect," pending disciplinary action. She was told not to leave Chennai without Vempati's consent.

Thu, 03 Oct 2019 10:24:11 +0530
India now open defecation

Ahmedabad: On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that India is now open defecation-free and said the 60-month-long feat has amazed the world.Plastic is a significant threat to the environment and by 2022, he said, the nation must pursue the objective of eradicating single-use plastic. "Rural India and its villages have been proclaimed ' open defecation-free ' today," Modi said, speaking at the 'Swachh Bharat Diwas' programme  on Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary.

When Modi introduced the ambitious campaign for Swachh Bharat (Clean India) after becoming prime minister in 2014, he announced on 2 October 2019 that India will be free from defecation (ODF),

Thu, 03 Oct 2019 10:11:47 +0530
Ashok Gehlot BJP RSS sh

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, a scathing attack on the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said "the country's democracy is in jeopardy for the first time after Independence and the whole nation is experiencing an atmosphere of fear and violence." He said that for 70 years BJP has never taken the names of Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel or BR Ambedkar, but today RSS and BJP are taking their names, which is the victory of Congress politics and ideology."They were not involved in the battle for freedom, but they assisted British people. Before taking the name of Gandhi, they should first acknowledge their wrongdoings and apologize to the country," he added. Speaking to a unique seminar on Mahatma Gandhi's 150th anniversary, organized by the State Congress, he said that the task facing today's generation is to protect the democracy that is at risk. "The Congress has been strengthening the democracy for 70 years, and India is respected throughout the globe.

Wed, 02 Oct 2019 12:33:21 +0530
Mumbai man stabs girlfrie

Mumbai: A 24-year-old man was booked by the Kurar police on Monday for supposedly stabbing his wife after she chose to end her friendship. The accused then jumped from the 10th floor flat of the lady to death while in a critical condition the woman was admitted to the hospital.The accused, who lived in Kurar's Ambedkar Nagar slums, went to the woman's home around 12 pm on Monday while she was alone. For one-and-a-half years they had known each other, police said.The police have booked the accused under section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Wed, 02 Oct 2019 12:20:10 +0530
Make Tamil an official la

Chennai: After Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised Tamil as "one of the oldest living languages," on Tuesday DMK chief MK Stalin urged him to take "all needed measures" to make it one of the country's official languages. Stalin said in a declaration that the Center is responsible for recognizing Tamil as an official language since Modi himself accepted the importance of the language. Modi quoted his address at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Monday, where he ' spoke a few lines in Tamil, ' telling the meeting that it was one of the ancient languages of the world.

Wed, 02 Oct 2019 09:45:08 +0530
Amit Shah asks West Benga

Kolkata: BJP president Amit Shah asked West Bengal's party workers on Tuesday to begin raising awareness about the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to dampen the  Trinamool Congress campaign that the NRC's saffron stand creates panic in the state. Leaders of the Trinamool Congress have alleged that the BJP is creating panic over NRC and the situation in West Bengal is such that 17 people have died because of the fear that the exercise will be carried out in the state. In Assam, over 19 lakh people have been excluded in the NRC exercise.

"The president of the party has asked us to reach every corner of the state where refugees are, to tell them about the facts of the proposal. We were told to restore confidence among the people that not a single refugee from Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh or Jain should leave the country as they would be given citizenship.They don't need to worry about NRC," a senior state BJP leader said after the meeting.

Wed, 02 Oct 2019 09:23:14 +0530
Rahul Gandhi meets Kerala

New Delhi: Leader of Congress and Member of Parliament from Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, Rahul Gandhi, met with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan  and discussed flood relief and rehabilitation attempts. Gandhi also addressed night ban on theNH-766 forest stretch among Kerala-related problems. 

Tue, 01 Oct 2019 16:05:41 +0530
BJP announces first list

New Delhi: On Tuesday, the Bharatiya Janata Party announced its first list of applicants for 125 constituencies, Devendra Fadnavis will contest from Nagpur South West  assembly constituency. The Maharashtra assembly has 288 seats, and the BJP in alliance with the Shiv Sena will fight this month's election. BJP chief of Maharashtra, Chandrakant Patil, will be contesting from Kothrud. There are also 12 female candidates in the list. The BJP also fielded Udayanraje Bhosale, a former Nationalist Congress Party MP from Satara in the bye-election to Satara parliamentary seat. It is anticipated that the BJP will have 145 seats to contest and the Sena, 125. Balance  seats will be allocated to allies.

Tue, 01 Oct 2019 15:22:34 +0530
J K Only 200 250 peopl

Aurangabad:  BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav has said that during the abrogation of Article 370, around 2000-2500 people were under preventive arrest in Jammu and Kashmir but at prest  around 200 are under preventive arrest ."Today in Jammu and Kashmir, in perspective of the law and order, only 200-250 people are being held in preventive detention, some in 5-star guest houses, some in 5-star hotels," said Madhav during an event.

Tue, 01 Oct 2019 13:38:38 +0530
A minor fire erupted on B

Mumbai: A Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transportation (BEST) Electric Bus caught fire outside the Mulund bus depot. "A minor fire broke out in the BEST electric bus ' front tire. In a couple of minutes, the fire was doused. No casualties have been recorded," an official of the fire brigade said.

Tue, 01 Oct 2019 13:29:08 +0530
Narendra Modi wishes Pres

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished President Ram Nath Kovind on his 74th birthday on Tuesday. Modi tweeted:

 India has gained significantly from his insights and understanding of policy matters. One can always see his passion towards empowering the poor and downtrodden.

May Almighty bless him with a long and healthy life.

Tue, 01 Oct 2019 13:21:55 +0530
Teach him a little bit a

New Delhi: On Tuesday Congress leader Rahul Gandhi hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi  for his "Abki Baar Trump Sarkar" remark at the "Howdy, Modi!" event. He said it reflected his "incompetence". He thanked External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar for "covering up" Modi's "incompetence" and asked him to teach  prime minister "a little bit about diplomacy".

Rahul tweeted: "Thank you Mr Jaishankar for covering up our PM's incompetence. His fawning endorsement caused serious problems with the Democrats for India. I hope it gets ironed out with your intervention. While you're at it, do teach him a little bit about diplomacy," 

Tue, 01 Oct 2019 13:15:06 +0530
Former Kolkata top Cop Ra

Kolkata: In the Saradha chit fund scam, former Kolkata chief of police Rajeev Kumar was provided protection from arrest by the Calcutta High Court. The IPS officer is accused when he headed the probe of destroying proof linked to the Ponzi scheme.

The high court said that if he is arrested by the CBI, he will immediately be granted bail on two Rs. 50,000 each sureties. Kumar is not allowed to leave Kolkata by the court.

Tue, 01 Oct 2019 12:59:04 +0530
Rape Accused Chinmayanand

New Delhi: On Monday evening, former Union minister Chinmayanand, who was admitted to a Lucknow hospital after being arrested in a rape case, was discharged. The bail plea of the 73-year-old on Monday was rejected earlier. The former minister was admitted in hospital three days after his arrest on September 20, with complaints of high blood pressure and chest pain.

Tue, 01 Oct 2019 09:26:30 +0530
BS Yediyurappa Assures Ti

Bengaluru: Disqualified Congress and Janata Dal Secular MLAs will be given BJP  tickets for by-poll if they wish, said Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday, in the midst of increasing resistance within the party to any such move. Yediyurappa said party chief Amit Shah said that giving tickets to the former MLAs was "our duty." The rebellion by the then MLAs had resulted to the collapse of the government of Congress-JDS in July, paving the way for the BJP to return to power in Karnataka. In December, by-elections are scheduled for the constituencies held by them.

Tue, 01 Oct 2019 09:19:07 +0530
Bus Overturns In Gujarat

Twenty-one people have died and more than 50 were wounded following the "private luxury bus" they were traveling in Banaskantha in northern Gujarat. The bus driver, transporting people home after a temple visit, lost control over a slippery highway in the hilly region owing to heavy rain, said rescuers. Prime Minister tweeted."Devastating news from Banaskantha. I am extremely pained by the loss of lives due to an accident. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. The local administration is providing all possible help to the injured. May they recover soon," Prime Minister tweeted.

Mon, 30 Sep 2019 22:24:03 +0530
Gadkari inaugurates Delh

New Delhi: On Monday, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the phase-3 Delhi-Meerut Expressway, constructed at Rs 1,058 crore expense. In western Uttar Pradesh, the 82-kilometer lengthy Delhi-Meerut Expressway connects Delhi with Meerut.

Mon, 30 Sep 2019 16:02:37 +0530
Namita Mundada joins BJP

NCP leader Namita Mundada, who obtained party ticket to contest from Kaij joined the BJP on Monday with Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) leader Gopichand Padalkar and Congress MLA Kashiram Pawara.

In the presence of BJP's Lok Sabha member Pritam Munde and state minister Pankaja Munde, Mundada joined the saffron fold in Beed district. Her candidature  from Kaij's Beed seat was announced earlier this month by NCP Chief Sharad Pawar for the October 21 Assembly elections.

Mon, 30 Sep 2019 15:58:13 +0530
We will contest Assembly

Mumbai: The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) is going to contest the elections to the October 21 state assembly, party president Raj Thackeray announced on Monday. "We will contest the elections to the Assembly and we will also win ... The candidates and the seats we will contest will be announced in the next few days," Thackeray said  at a meeting of the party officials.

Mon, 30 Sep 2019 15:47:54 +0530
Navaratri celebration beg

K A  Viswanathan

Mumbai: The nine-day Navaratri is being celebrated from with pomp and devotion in temples and houses in Mumbai. The South Indian housewives celebrate this by arranging dolls in steps which are in odd numbers as five, seven or nine and keep
Dolls of Gods and Goddesses. Generally, mothers hand over these dolls to their daughters. Some dolls are preserved in the family for generations. The dolls are dusted, cleaned and placed on the Golu Padi (steps) a day before the festival begins. The steps are usually makeshift benches or wooden planks draped with a cloth. It's a practice to have the wooden dolls named Marapaachi, a traditional couple symbolizing fertility. It is a custom to add a few new dolls every year.  

During the nine days, the ladies and children visit their friends and relatives houses and invite them for their house Golu. The traditional thamboolam is given along with a blouse piece, a small mirror, a comb, coconut, turmeric powder, betel leaves and a
kumkum container along with eatery called Sundal, Keeping Kalasam in front is a must. Kalasam is an auspicious set up of brass pot with rice, dal covered with mango leaves & coconut on top of it. 

The Ninth day is celebrated as Saraswati Pooja when children are initiated into the first stage of learning on this auspicious day and the tenth day is Vijayadasami (day of Victory). 



Several temples in Matunga like Sri Sankara mattham and Sri South Indian Bhajana Samaj celebrate the nine days with varieties of Homams like Chandi Homam, Durga Mantra Homam, Ganapathy Homam to appease Gods and Goddesses for universal peace
and prosperity. Sumangali (married ladies)  poojas are also conducted in some temples.

Another temple in Matunga which is owned by a Maharashtrian trust called Marubai Gavdevi temple keep typical five steps Golu for the last 18 years and invite ladies from different communities to sing songs on all nine days. “ It is the only Maharashtrian temple in Maharashtra which celebrates all South Indian festivals “, says Anil Gavand managing trustee of the 350-year-old temple where the goddess is a Swayamboo. (came on its own). During the festivals, they conduct music and bhajans by various mandals in Mumbai.

Besides this the Gujarathis and other communities arrange Garba dance late evening with bands and music. This is the occasion when all communities join hands to enjoy the festival.


Mon, 30 Sep 2019 15:11:30 +0530
Navaratri celebration


Mumbai: The nine-day Navaratri is being celebrated from with pomp and devotion in temples and houses in Mumbai. The South Indian housewives celebrate this by arranging dolls in steps which is in odd numbers as five, seven or nine and keep
dolls of Gods and Goddesses . Generally, mothers hand over these dolls to their daughters. Some dolls are preserved in the family for generations. The dolls are dusted, cleaned and placed on the Golu padi (steps) a day before the festival begins. The steps are usually make-shift benches or wooden planks draped with cloth. It's a practice to have the wooden dolls named Marapaachi, a traditional couple symbolizing fertility. It is a custom to add a few new dolls every year.




During the nine days, the ladies and children visit their friends and relatives houses and invite them for their house Golu. The traditional thamboolam, is given along with a blouse piece, a small mirror, a comb, coconut, turmeric powder, betel leaves and a
kumkum container along with eatery called Sundal . Keeping Kalasam in front is a must. Kalasam is an auspicious set up of brass pot with rice, dal covered with mango leaves & coconut on top of it. The Ninth day is celebrated as Saraswati Pooja when children are initiated into the first stage of learning on this auspicious day and the tenth day is Vijayadasami ( day of Victory) Several temples in Matunga like Sri Sankara mattham and Sri South Indian Bhajana Samaj celebrate the nine days with varieties of Homams like Chandi homam ,Durga mantra homam, Ganapathy homam to appease Gods and Goddesses for universal peace and prosperity. Sumangali (married ladies) poojas are also conducted in some temples.

Another temple in Matunga which is owned by a Maharashtrian trust called Marubai Gavdevi temple keep typical five steps Golu for the last 18 years and invite ladies from different communities to sing songs on all nine days. “ It is the only Maharashtrian
temple in Maharashtra which celebrates all South Indian festivals “, says Anil Gavand managing trustee of the 350 year old temple where the goddess is a Swayamboo. ( came on its own). During the festivals, they conduct music and bhajans by various mandals in

Besides this the Gujarathis and other communities arrange Garba dance late evening with bands and music. This is the occasion when all communities join hands to enjoy the festival.

Mon, 30 Sep 2019 14:07:33 +0530
Viju Khote Veteran Actor

Mumbai: Veteran actor Viju Khote(77), best known for his role in movies like Sholay and Andaz Apna Apna, died on Monday morning in Mumbai. 

Viju Khote has starred in more than 300 movies throughout Hindi and Marathi cinema. Some of the most recalled roles of Viju Khote include dacoit Kalia in Sholay, who was second in command to the Gabbar of Amjad Khan.

Mon, 30 Sep 2019 13:17:58 +0530
Emergency Landing for Del

GOA: A Goa-Delhi Indigo airline flight with approximately 180 passengers on board, including Goa Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral, was forced to make emergency landing on Monday following a fire from its left engine. A turnaround to Dabolim International Airport was required for the flight.

Mon, 30 Sep 2019 13:02:39 +0530
BJP approaching voters ba

On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the BJP is going to polls in Haryana and Maharashtra based on the development work of the party and the "double engine" of having the party ruling both the Center and the states. The Prime Minister tweeted: "Joined extensive Central Election Committee meetings for elections in Haryana and Maharashtra. We are going to polls in these states based on our development work and double engine of the Centre and State Governments, led by popular as well as industrious Chief Ministers."

Mon, 30 Sep 2019 08:57:07 +0530
Subhash Chandra not left

Mumbai: Subhash Chandra, chairman of the Essel Group, hasn't left the country and is at his home "very much in Mumbai," his son Punit Goenka said on Sunday. Amid rumors about Chandra leaving the country, Mr Goenka took to Twitter on Sunday to clarify that his father is in Mumbai. He tweeted "It has been brought to my notice that certain mischief makers have insinuated that my father and our Chairman Subhash Chandra has left the country. Vide this tweet, I wish to clarify straight away, that he is very much in Mumbai at home," 

Mon, 30 Sep 2019 08:41:25 +0530
Amit Shah Time has come

New Delhi: Union home minister Amit Shah said on Sunday that Kashmir's distorted history has been presented so far and that it is time to "write and present correct history to people." Speaking at a function of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in Delhi, Shah said in his references to Kashmir, "Since the responsibility of writing history was in the hands of the same people who had committed mistakes, true facts were hidden as a result. I think it's time for people to write and present the right history. "There are many rumors about Article 370 and Kashmir making rounds even today. They need to be clarified. We know that Kashmir has been a matter of discussion and controversy since 1947, but it has presented distorted history to people," he said.He also attacked human rights activists during the exodus of Kashmiri pundits and questioned their silence.

Sun, 29 Sep 2019 16:05:38 +0530
Narada Case SMH Mirza Que

The IPS officer arrested in the Narada sting operation against the ruling Trinamool Congress leaders of Bengal was taken to the house of BJP leader Mukul Roy to "re-build the crime," CBI officers said today.SMH Mirza, who was Burdwan district police chief at the time of the incident in 2014 — had allegedly given Mukul Roy huge cash, officials said.Arrested last week, until 30 September, SMH Mirza was sent to the Central Investigation Bureau's custody.

Sun, 29 Sep 2019 15:55:22 +0530
Bihar Flooded After Heav

Patna:Over 80 people have died in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in the last four days. The weather bureau in eastern districts of Uttar Pradesh and several parts of Bihar, including Patna, sounded a red alert.

Over the past three days, heavy downpour has flooded many parts of Patna, disrupting traffic on the rail and road. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar held a review meeting on Saturday through video conferencing. 

Sun, 29 Sep 2019 13:34:49 +0530
Grand welcome for Modi on

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on Saturday after a week-long journey to the United States.The Prime Minister was received by BJP working president JP Nadda at the airport along with other leaders.  Modi emplaned for New Delhi on Friday after giving a speech at the UN General Assembly's 74th session and holding a series of bilateral talks with CEOs of several top global companies in Houston.

He had  tweeted about the  'Howdy Modi!' event, which was held in Houston on Sunday,  which was attended by over 50,000 people from the Indian-American community.

Sun, 29 Sep 2019 09:48:36 +0530
Government Extends Last D

The government  extended the due date for linking  Permanent Account Number(PAN) with the Unique Identity Number(Aadhaar number) -upto December 31, 2019.

The Finance Ministry said in a notififcation that the new deadline for linking the Aadhaar number with PAN will be December 31. This is the seventh time the government has extended the deadline for the public to link the two identification numbers.  

Sun, 29 Sep 2019 09:35:38 +0530
Youngsters Urged to Devel

 By Fr. Joaquim Fernandes, SDB and Pearl Fernandes

Mumbai : Youngsters in India had much to celebrate as the festival of Madonna 2019 took place in a wonderfully uplifting atmosphere. Nearly 2,000 youngsters from 25 junior colleges across Pune, a city in the western India state of Maharashtra, were in attendance to enjoy a packed diary of faith-based events with a particular focus on the environment. This event was organised by Don Bosco Junior College Pune and co - powered by Tolani Maritime Institute, Trinity School of Performing Arts, International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM), Pride Globaltech Services Pvt. Ltd.,and Melwin Holidays on 21st and 22nd, September, 2019.

Father Michael Bansode, SDB rector of Don Bosco Education Complex, opened the event and unveiled the Madonna Championship Trophy, which was to be awarded to the group which made the most significant contribution on the event's thme of " Think Green, Keep it Clean".



The overall goal of this year's Madonna festival was to get the young delegates to explore new ways they could promote greater environmental awareness albeit always linked to faith. However, the event was much more than a conference on the environment, with the young delegates enjoying a host of sports and other cultural events in what was an extravaganza of fun, laughter, singing , dancing and joy. 

Father Joaquim Fernandes, SDB, Former Regional Delegate BOSCOM, South Asia delivered the keynote address on the theme, while Raghunath Dhole, a well-known environmentalist known locally as ' The Tree Man', spoke about the benefits to society as a whole of tree planning, and exhorted the children to plant at least two trees. To practice what he preached he said that he had planted nearly 12 lakh sapling in his campus in Pune. 

Father Bosco D'Mello, SDB, Principal of Don Bosco School and Junior College who conceptualised the Fest said ''It was a team effort to encourage youth talent and build the community to save our environment.'' He pointed out that the event was part of the Don Bosco Worldwide's vision of empowering the youth to be responsible citizens, instilling in them values and spirituality through education. " We feel inspired by the words of our patron saind: 'Education is the matter of the heart, " he siad.

During the event Father Francis Gonsalves SJ posed a significant question to staff and students: Where am I going with my life? He gave the example of Greta Thunberg, the now world-renowned Swedish child environmental activist credited with raising global awareness of the risks posed by climate change. It was her stand that has inspired students around the globe to engage in similar protests in their own communities. Together they are part of the school climate strike movement, under the name Fridays for Future.




Greta knew where she was going with her life, Fr Gonsalves said. God has created you; you too can make a difference.  He urged young people to change the channel of your life. “Like the prophet Jeremiah, you are not too small to make a difference.” He quoted Jeremiah 1:5 when he said “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born, I set you apart. I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Other speakers included Jeevan Kumar Anand from Anandvan. This means literally ‘Forest of Joy’ and he spoke about his journey of environmental activism. He created flora and fauna through partnerships and has been a volunteer on a number of eco-projects.

He encouraged students to volunteer at his site and reduce thetime they spend on social media – “give the planet two hours you used to give to Facebook”, he said. In that time, he suggested, they should volunteer to plant trees and protect the environment. This will reduce carbon footprints and help save our environment. College students participated in various competitions like Rangoli , Mehendi , Nail art, Poster making,  Face painting, Debates, Elocution, Essay writing, Group Singing, Solo singing, Solo dance, Group dance, Fashion Shows, Band, Street play, Chess, Table tennis, Football ,Basketball and Carrom tournaments, Quiz, Cooking with and without fire, saw determination and grit in achieving success.

The following Junior Colleges won the First prize at the Madonna 2019-  Inter Junior College Fest event. 

Anglo Urdu High School & Junior College - Carrom Singles (Boys), Don Bosco Junior College - Elocution Competition, Carrom Singles (Girls), Cooking Without Fire, Football (Boys) and Essay Writing, Loyola Junior College - Face Painting, Quiz and Debate competition, N. M. V. Junior College - Solo Dance, Chess (Girls)and  Rangoli competition, Pune International Junior College - Fashion Show, S. N. B. P. Junior College, Morwadi - Chess (Boys), Football (Girls), St. Felix High School & Junior College - Cooking With Fire, St. Mira's Junior College - Poster Making, Mehendi, Basket Ball (Girls) and Street Play Competion, St. Patricks Junior College - Nail Art, St. Vincent's Junior College - Table Tennis (Boys), Symbiosis - Basket Ball (Boys), Jai Hind Junior College - Group Dance, Bishops Junior College, Camp - Group Singing, Solo Singing.




Street play, eco clubs and LED bulbs

The festival’s street play was a particularly popular activity. Sakshi Singh from St Mira’s College of Girls said: “It took us three days to produce the street play on the topic of Think Green, Keep it Clean. It was a team effort. I wrote the script and produced the play, with the students acting out the key roles. “The message was loud and clear: save our planet and protect the children, refuse plastic and stop using fire crackers which pollute the environment.”

Her group’s efforts and enthusiasm were rewarded with them winning the Madonna 2019 Championship Trophy for the best contribution at the event on its environmental theme. Swayam Ghevade, a science student from Pune International College, was excited to win the fashion award. “This is a glorious day in the life of our group. This concept has led me to respect cultural diversity and religion. Kudos to all our teachers who motivated us and trained us to showcase our personalities,’’ he said. 


During his closing address,  Father Donald Fernandez SDB Principal, Don Bosco High School and Junior College, Navi Mumbai encouraged the students to love Don Bosco and, in true Don Bosco style, to stay young. The event had an immediate impact on the young delegates, too, as they planned to take new ideas on being kind to the planet back to their colleges. These included a greater emphasis on recycling as well as preserving resources such as water and electricity and reducing their carbon footprints. Others commented on the practical steps they will take to protect the environment after the Fest. Student Kirthi Dominic said: “I plan to start an eco club in our college and plant more trees. I will also use my bike to travel to my college.’’ Fr Bosco D’Mello plans to make the Don Bosco School and JuniorCollege an eco-friendly campus by fixing LED bulbs and solar panels to cut carbon footprints.


Sun, 29 Sep 2019 00:06:54 +0530
Shiv Sena BJP seat sharin

Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said on Saturday that talks with BJP chief Amit Shah were moving well and a final decision would be announced shortly. He said he would fulfill his father's commitment and late Sena's supreme Bal Thackeray to make Maharashtra's chief minister a Shiv Sena party worker.He was addressing party workers and ticket aspirants at Rang Sharda Auditorium in Bandra here.

Sat, 28 Sep 2019 21:05:29 +0530
We are capable of giving

Rajnath Singh warned Pakistan against the armed conflict with India, claiming that with the strength of the Navy and the "powerful determination of our government ... we can give a much larger blow."

The remarks of the Defence Minister follow Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan's speech at the UN General Assembly on Friday, in which he raised Kashmir's problem and cautioned the worldwide "consequences" body if India and Pakistan – two nuclear-armed countries – waged conflict. "India is proud of its Navy and can never forget its outstanding position in the 1971 war when Operation Trident and Operation Python broke Pakistan's navy backbone," he said while commissioning Scorpene-class attack submarine in Mumbai this morning.

Sat, 28 Sep 2019 16:43:53 +0530
Encounter in Jammu and Ka

Two encounters and one grenade attack were recorded this morning from Jammu and Kashmir. The first incident began when five terrorists attempted to prevent a passenger bus on the Jammu-Srinagar highway in Batote in Ramban district.J & K Police tweeted:" A group of 5 terrorists trapped in Batote town of Ramban district of Jammu Zone. Joint parties of Police Army Crpf cordoned the area & exchange of fire ensues.Trapped terrorists had fired on a Security team in morning and tried to escape.After a hot chase the terrorists entered the house of a civilian in Batote town which was immediately cordoned. Senior officers on spot supervising the operation".

Sat, 28 Sep 2019 16:24:22 +0530
Time for Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata: Bharatiya Janata Party  Working President J.P. Nadda asserted on Friday that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is watching defeat and writing on the wall is evident about the BJP coming to power in the state. "It's time for you to go. The writing is obviously noticeable on the wall. She's on her way out. We're on our way in. Under her feet the floor has slipped," Nadda said while addressing at a public awareness programme here on the abrogation of Article 370 pertaining to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.

 "I would like to ask Mamata whether vote bank is more important than the country?" he asked. Showing happiness at a number of parties even outside the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), backing the coalition in the Rajya Sabha last month in the voting on scrapping Article 370, Nadda said: "They put country above everything else".


Sat, 28 Sep 2019 09:49:59 +0530
Ex ACP Jagdish Lohankar

Kalyan: Former Assistant Police Commissioner (ACP) Jagdish Lohankar and ex-inspector Kalyan Kolsewadi Police Station, joined the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) in Kalyan on Thursday.

Kolsewadi people were excited when they heard about Lohankar's entry into politics, and he's likely to contest Kalyan East's upcoming assembly election.

Sat, 28 Sep 2019 09:31:51 +0530
LDF candidate won Pala By

Pala: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidate Mani C. Kappen  won the Pala by-poll(Kerala) by a margin of 2,943 votes. Kappen secured 54,137 votes, Jose Tom got 51,194 and the BJP's N Hari got 18,044 votes.. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan thanked the electorate of Pala for giving a good victory to the Left-backed candidate.

Fri, 27 Sep 2019 23:13:49 +0530
Don t come we ll call yo

Politician Sharad Pawar, who had declared that he would go to the Enforcement Directorate office today, was told by the agency -- don't come, we'll call you if needed. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader had said he would go to the probe agency himself before engaging busy with election to be held in next month in Maharashtra. Mr Pawar was named in a complaint about an Rs. 25,000-crore scam involving the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank illegally sanctioning loans. He is not listed as an accused by police FIR.

Fri, 27 Sep 2019 13:40:54 +0530
Compensation of Rs 25 la

The owners of flats in illegally constructed in Kochi that have been scheduled for demolition tomorrow, must be paid ad hoc compensation of Rs. 25 lakh within 4 weeks, the Supreme Court said today. The court also said the demolition of all four buildings must be completed within 120 days, as per  schedule provided by the state. "Our main concern is construction violations, but we're not against them (flat owners), we can't leave them in the lurch. They've got to be adequately compensated," the court said, adding, "If you don't, we'll ask someone else to do that." In reaction, the state government said it had hired a demolition agency and had already disconnected water and electricity supplies to over 340 apartments. The next hearing has been fixed for October 25.

Fri, 27 Sep 2019 13:28:58 +0530
PMC Bank issue Nirmala S

New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman replied to the continuing PMC Bank crisis on Thursday, stating the government is monitoring events there and will see what can best be done for the persons impacted. The Reserve Bank of India on Thursday increased the withdrawal limit from Rs 1,000 to Rs 10,000 in a relief to the crisis-hit Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) bank customers. "Other terms of the Directive shall stay unchanged. With the above-mentioned relaxation, more than 60% of the bank's depositors can withdraw their entire account balance, "the RBI said in a statement.

Fri, 27 Sep 2019 09:19:47 +0530
Sharad Pawar to appear be

Mumbai: Sharad Pawar, chief of the Nationalist Congress Party, set to appear before today's Enforcement Directorate, the Mumbai Police prohibited big meetings near the Ballad Estate in south Mumbai, where the probe agency office is situated. Sharad Pawar has requested to NCP workers not to gather outside the Enforcement Directorate's office.

"As mentioned during my press conference yesterday, I will be visiting the Mumbai ED office at Ballard Estate tomorrow, Friday 27 September, at 14.00 hrs. @MumbaiPolice @NCPspeaks," Mr Pawar tweeted.

Fri, 27 Sep 2019 09:08:52 +0530
BMC employee ends life by

Mumbai: A Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) 23-year-old worker reportedly committed suicide by jumping from his Dadar area office building on Thursday, a police officer said. He was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him dead, the official said. The deceased was a resident of Dombivali in  Thane district.

Thu, 26 Sep 2019 16:43:49 +0530
BJP protest outside

New Delhi: After his comment against Manoj Tiwari on the National Register of Citizens (NRC), BJP workers protested outside the residence of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. Arvind Kejriwal had said on Wednesday that if such a list was compiled, Tiwari, who was looking for NRC in Delhi, would have to leave the national capital. Tiwari, the chief of the Delhi BJP, blamed migrants for the city's growing crime. Tiwari was quick to react to the remark of After Kejriwal on Wednesday, claiming that the leader of the Aam Aadmi Party endorsed "hatred" politics and that his comment was an "insult" to millions of immigrants from East Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Thu, 26 Sep 2019 13:48:34 +0530
Defence minister Rajnath

The defence minister Rajnath Singh, said on Wednesday that if Pakistan did not stop supporting terrorism then India would not be restrained. He said, referring to the Balakot airstrikes, that India upheld the neighbouring country's sovereignty.

Speaking at a Dhankya event in the outskirts of Jaipur, the Singh said, "When terrorists sent by Pakistan came to India and killed 40-45 of our CRPF staff, we had to attack terrorist training camps, but we did not attack Pakistan. “Don’t repeat the mistake of 1971 else be prepared for what will happen to PoK,” he said.

Thu, 26 Sep 2019 13:39:13 +0530
Kerala govt cuts off powe

The Kerala government snapped power on Thursday to the four apartment complexes in Kochi that violated the guidelines for coastal regulatory zone (CRZ). The move followed repeated Supreme Court stringences over the delay in demolishing 357 flats on the waterfront flats. In the early hours, the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) stopped the power supply in the midst of protests by residents of flats facing demolition following the order of the Supreme Court. The water supply to the flats will be cut by tonight with a 3-month demolition action plan being chalked out by the government. 

State power minister M M  Mani said the government was helpless in expressing ' regret ' over cutting off the power supply. "

Thu, 26 Sep 2019 13:30:33 +0530
Narendra Modi wishes Dr M

 Dr. Manmohan Singh turns 87 years today.  On the occasion of his birthday, Prime Minister Modi tweeted " Best wishes to our former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh Ji on his birthday. I pray for his long and healthy life".

Thu, 26 Sep 2019 13:20:16 +0530
Heavy rains in Pune 12

Pune: In rain-related incidents in Pune, twelve people were killed after unusually heavy downpour lashed the city from late Wednesday night. The rainfall stopped on Thursday early in the morning. The city's schools and colleges will be closed on Thursday, Pune district collector Navalkishore Ram ordered the closure of the school in Pune and Purandar, Bhor, Baramati and Haveli's adjacent talukas.

“2 NDRF teams are deployed in Pune and 2 in Baramati, state government is also closely monitoring the dam discharge,” Fadnavis said in a  tweet on Thursday morning.


Thu, 26 Sep 2019 13:13:00 +0530
9 Party Leaders Quit



In a setback to the Tripura Congress, the vice president and nine leaders quit  the party a day after party chief Pradyot Kishore Debbarman announced his resignation.

Addressing a press conference at Pradyot Kishore Debbarman's residence, Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee's General Secretary Sridam Debbarma, who is among the nine leaders, said the "Maharaja Pradyot was forced to resign from the party as he demanded the implementation of NRC and refused to compromise with a section of  leaders," "Now that we've resigned, many more will follow suit in the districts and subdivisions to protest the conspiracy to drive out the ' ' maharaja '. ' We can form an independent party to protect people's interests," he added.

Thu, 26 Sep 2019 13:06:21 +0530
No Question of Closing An

New Delhi: "Reports appearing in some sections of social media about RBI closing down certain commercial banks are false.," Reserve Bank of India said Wednesday in a brief Twitter message.

Rajiv Kumar,Secretary, Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, Government of India also tweeted " There are mischievous rumours on Social Media (picture below) about @RBI closing some banks. No question of closing any #PSB, which are articles of faith. Rather Govt is strengthening PSBs with reforms and infusion of capital to better serve its customers @FinMinIndia @PIB_India ". 

Wed, 25 Sep 2019 23:04:15 +0530
Indian Coast Guard ship

Chennai: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh commissioned Indian Coast Guard ship 'Varaha', offshore patrol vessel on Wednesday. Rajnath Nath Singh tweeted:

Delighted to attend the Commissioning Ceremony of ‘ICG Varaha’ in Chennai today.

May Lord Varuna always bestow His blessings on the crew of ICG Varaha for contributing effectively towards the Nation's Maritime Interest and keeping our National Flag flying high.

Wed, 25 Sep 2019 17:32:28 +0530
Bail denied for rape vict

SHAHJAHANPUR: A law student in Uttar Pradesh who accused former union minister Chinmayanand of rape was arrested and imprisoned in an extortion case filed by politician today. Her family alleges that this morning, a day before a court took up her request for protection from arrest, the police arrived and dragged her out of her home.The 23-year-old, covered in her face, was taken before the arrest to a hospital  for a routine medical exam. Her father claims to have been forced to sign a "memo" arrest, a document needed for police paperwork. A court denied her bail application.

Wed, 25 Sep 2019 17:14:37 +0530
Sharad Pawar named in mo

Mumbai: Senior opposition leader Sharad Pawar, named in a money laundering case, said he was going to appear before the investigating officials before getting busy with the upcoming state elections. "They shouldn't believe I'm not accessible," he informed journalists today after announcing he'd be going to the Enforcement Directorate's office on Friday. He also  said, "Maharashtra follows Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's ideology. We don't understand how to bow down before the Delhi Takht (Throne)." He questioned

"I would have been amazed if such action had not been taken against me after the kind of response I received during my visits to different districts of the state," said the leader, who took on the governing BJP-Shiv Sena alliance.

Wed, 25 Sep 2019 17:01:05 +0530
Dadasaheb Phalke Award Fo

Amitabh Bachchan was chosen on Tueaday for the Dadasaheb Phalke Award-India's largest film honor. "Proud Son" Abhishek Bachchan's excitement spread on social media as he shared his father's congratulatory post on Tuesday night, in which he wrote that he was "overjoyed" with the accomplishments of his dad. Abhishek Bachchan wrote: "Overjoyed and so, so proud." Congratulating her "Papa," Shweta Bachchan Nanda also shared a throwback picture of Amitabh Bachchan and tweeted: "Whose your Dada (Saheb Phalke)? Uncontainable excitement, pride, tears, and general hysteria! Congratulations Papa."

Tue, 24 Sep 2019 23:05:13 +0530
Repealing Article 370 Wil

The repealing  of Article 370 will help integrate Kashmir with the remainder of the nation and Kashmiris need not worry about losing their employment or property, said Chief Mohan Bhagwat of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Tuesday in an interaction with international media platform reporters. The chief of the RSS is also learned to explain Hindutva's version of the Sangh, emphasizing that Hinduism is diversity in unity and is a concept. For the RSS, he said, every Indian is a Hindu. The RSS chief accompanied by General Secretary Suresh Bhaiyaji Joshi also addressed questions on caste-based reservation problems, homosexuality, and continuing NRC practice in Assam.

In the name of cow protection, the RSS chief also condemned lynching, saying the Sangh condemns all forms of violence, and if any Sangh volunteer is found guilty, the law will take its course.

Tue, 24 Sep 2019 16:31:38 +0530
PMC Bank Panic among Mum

Mumbai: The Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative Bank Ltd (PMC) branches of Mumbai experienced chaotic scenes on Tuesday after the Reserve Bank of India placed regulatory restrictions on the bank for six months with impact from September 23.

Long queues of account holders, could be seen as anguished depositors hurried to the branches of the PMC Bank in various branches to make withdrawals even as police were deployed around the branches to prevent untoward incidents.

According to the RBI regulations, PMC cannot grant or renew any loans and advances, make any investment, incur any liability including borrowing money and accepting new deposits or disburse any liabilities without RBI's prior permission, the bank said in a September 23 press release.

Tue, 24 Sep 2019 16:02:29 +0530
Satara Lok Sabha by poll

New Delhi: The election commission announced that the by-poll to the Satara Lok Sabha constituency will take place on October 21 along with the elections of the Maharashtra Assembly. The announcement was made by the commission after the Bombay High court passed an order on an election petition.The by-poll is being held as sitting Member of Parliament Udayanraje Bhonsle left the Nationalist Congress Party to join the BJP earlier this month

Tue, 24 Sep 2019 14:29:54 +0530
Labourer beats to death o

Thane: A 28-year-old labourer in the Thane district of Maharashtra murdered his colleague over some old dispute, police said on Tuesday. The incident happened on Monday in Uttan village when the accused, Ramaswami Srinivas, and the victim, Shanturam Hariram (34), worked on their fishing boats with other workers, police officers said.  Srinivas allegedly thrashed Hariram  severely, killing him on the spot, he said,   The other labourers informed the police.

Tue, 24 Sep 2019 13:56:29 +0530
34 year old man stabs bus

Navi Mumbai: A 34-year-old man was detained for stabbing a bus driver at Panvel's NMMT (Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport). Panvel Police arrested a 34-year-old person for stabbing the NMMT bus driver on the issue of change. The victim was recognized as Rameshwar Ippar (25), while the accused is Tanmay Kavthekar. Police said the accused requested in exchange for a note of Rs 10 instead of a coin of Rs 10. The bus conductor refused to comply, however, and twice he stabbed him.

Tue, 24 Sep 2019 13:47:58 +0530
Schools Temples to be re

Bengaluru: Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy on Monday said hundreds of temples and schools that stayed shut down in the Kashmir Valley over the years would be reopened  as normalcy returns in the strife-torn northern border state. "In the Valley, a study will be undertaken to recognize temples and schools, evaluate their condition to revive and restore them for use as they have been shut down or deserted over the past 20 years as normal life has been interrupted by terror operations," he told reporters. Defending the repeal of Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution, which gave the border state a unique status but deprived its people of advantages, Reddy said that even several cinema theaters stayed closed for years because the state was in the grip of terrorism and separatism.

Tue, 24 Sep 2019 09:29:28 +0530
Milind Deora Praises Modi

On Monday, Congress leader Milind Deora got Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "thank you" note for praising his speech at the' Howdy, Modi!'Houston event. In a tweet, Mr Deora called the address of PM Modi a "momentous first for the soft power diplomacy of India." He  tweeted: "Thank you @narendramodi jiMurlibhai put nation first & worked with all governments in India & the US to deepen ties between our great countries.In my many interactions with my Democrat & Republican friends, they, too, acknowledge India’s leadership in the 21st century". PM Modi, who shared the stage with US President Donald Trump and spoke at the Sunday event to over 50,000 Indian-Americans — thanked Mr Deora for his comment. Modi tweeted:" Thank you @milinddeora. You are absolutely correct when you highlight my friend, late Murli Deora Ji’s commitment to strong ties with USA. He would have been really glad to see the strengthening of ties between our nations. The warmth and hospitality of @POTUS was outstanding". 

Tue, 24 Sep 2019 09:06:39 +0530
15 year old boy rapes 10

Mumbai: Bangur Nagar police detained a 15-year-old kid on the pretext of offering her a couple of DVDs for raping a 10-year-old girl. The teen was sent to a remand home and booked under Indian Penal Code and Children's Protection Against Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act sections. The incident took place on Sunday afternoon in the Naya Nagar region of Goregaon (W), according to police. The arrested teenager, a resident of the same area, took his neighbour, a 10-year-old girl at home on the pretext of offering her some Bollywood song DVDs.

Mon, 23 Sep 2019 17:19:23 +0530
Oil Prices Will Ease Dha

New Delhi: Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said worldwide oil prices on Monday would ease if geopolitical conflicts did not escalate further. Earlier last week, oil prices had risen by as much as 19 per cent before coming off peaks after an assault on Saudi Arabia's oilfields interrupted 5 per cent of worldwide oil supply over the past weekend. Crude oil prices have already fallen by a couple of dollars per barrel, Mr Pradhan said at an industry event.

Mon, 23 Sep 2019 16:57:13 +0530
Policewoman commits suici

A police woman committed suicide here alleging harassment by two of her colleagues, a senior officer said on Monday. Neetu Yadav (22), hanged herself from the roof of a barrack in the Police Lines in City Kotwali Police Station area on late Sunday night. Neetu Yadav (22) hung from the ceiling of a barrack in the police station area of City Kotwali late Sunday night. Her body  was sent for post-mortem examination and investigations are on.

Mon, 23 Sep 2019 15:26:12 +0530
Census 2021 will be digit

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced today on the public consensus on population census, stating that it is ' not a dull practice, ' and announced several features for digitalizing the census by 2021, "It's an exercise that helps bring the advantages of public systems to people. The National Population Register (NPR) will assist the government solve many of the country's problems." Shah spoke to reporters on New Delhi's Mansingh Road, where he laid the foundation stone for the Janganana Bhavan (census office). Sources added that the work for the Census of India office's new seven-story green building will be completed by 2021.

Mon, 23 Sep 2019 15:16:00 +0530
Sonia Gandhi Manmohan Si

New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and president of Congress Sonia Gandhi visited Tihar prison in Delhi on Monday to meet with former union minister P Chidambaram, who has been in jail since September 5 in connection with a corruption case.

Mr Chidambaram appreciated the visit in his tweets. "I am honoured that Sonia Gandhi and Dr. Manmohan Singh called on me today. As long as the party is strong and brave, I will also be strong and brave," his family tweeted 

Mon, 23 Sep 2019 15:04:28 +0530
Majama che PM Modi at

Houston: Talking to a crowd of 50,000 cheering Indian Americans, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the response to the question ' Howdy Modi ' is ' everything is fine in India ' and attempted to tell it in distinct Indian languages. He then said, "Sab changey si, majama che ; ellam saukiyam, sob khub bhalo, saboo bhallachi,".PM Modi said that India has distinct languages, cultures and food practices. "This distinguishes our nation, this unity in diversity makes our nation unique and also our strength."

Mon, 23 Sep 2019 09:27:51 +0530
Language No Barrier for F

First-time filmmakers from Kerala and first-time actors from a village in Maharashtra collaborated to make a Marathi feature film 'A Thing Of Magic'. Speaking about the project, the film director Nitin Anil said, “We turned a house in the village into a makeshift audition camp where over a hundred villagers turned up, out of which two children were selected to play the lead characters.”

The movie was made by a group of cinema-loving story-hunters and storytellers, in collaboration with a village full of welcoming people who are unafraid to dream. The film’s production team travelled more than 2000 kilometres from the southern state of Kerala and set up camp for a month-long shoot in Arale, a beautiful nondescript village in Maharashtra.

All actors in the film were first-timers and residents of the village and weren’t predetermined by choice. The filmmakers approached them directly when particular scenes had to be shot. Around a hundred people of Arale acted in the film. The film had some golden moments of unscripted and non-staged moments as well. This wouldn’t have been possible without the support from the village residents, many of whom were in the cast and surprised us with their effortless acting.

The script originally written in Malayalam and English was translated into Marathi and directed mostly in Hindi, proving that language can be no barrier for filmmaking. The journey also unearthed the acting talent in common men who are tucked away from the mainstream. The film provided a platform for them to perform and show their talent besides enjoying the challenges and thrills of movie-making.

Sun, 22 Sep 2019 20:54:51 +0530
Kashmiri Pandits meets Mo

Houston: Prime Minister Narendra Modi had interacted with a 17-member delegation of Kashmiri Pandits  and assured them of "building a new Kashmir" which would be for everybody.

Modi  thanked the community for their patience for over 30 years. "I had a special interaction with Kashmiri Pandits in Houston," Prime Minister Modi later tweeted.

Sun, 22 Sep 2019 15:25:26 +0530
Turbulence Hit Air India

New Delhi: The turbulence on Friday struck an Air India aircraft from Delhi to Thiruvanathanpuram via Kochi with 172 passengers on board. Although no passengers were injured and the aircraft landed safely, an official said the aircraft endured damage. The incident was revealed to the security department of the airline, which, he said, initiated a thorough inquiry.

Sun, 22 Sep 2019 12:15:07 +0530
Blast at Fire cracker fac

 Six people were killed while dozens were wounded following a blast on Saturday at the illegal fireworks plant in Uttar Pradesh's Etah. The event occurred in Takiya town of Mirehachi. Reports said a house owned by one Niresh Jatav was running plant. The house where crackers were produced was heavily damaged and it is still said that some persons are under the debris. Police sources said the license was in the name of one Munni Devi for the manufacturing unit. At the moment of the blast, the plant had at least 20 employees. Police and local authorities initiated an operation to rescue individuals trapped beneath the debris.

Sun, 22 Sep 2019 10:18:32 +0530
PM Modi s mega event How

On Sunday in Houston, Texas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the largest Indian diaspora event in the United States. According to diaspora event organizers— the Texas India Forum to be held at the NRG Stadium in Houston— 50,000 people have already registered for the event. The event, which is also the biggest gathering  for any democratically elected overseas leader in the U.S., has cultural programs to show the world the traditional types of dance, music, and cultural art of India. The main focus is on the appearance of US President Donald Trump at the event.

The ' Howdy, Modi ' event duration is three hours, starting at 8:30 PM IST and continuing until 11:30 PM IST.


Sun, 22 Sep 2019 09:40:39 +0530
Fadnavis Seat sharing fo

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:

                                                                                                                   RASIKA RANJANI SABHA,

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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.

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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 all