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Why Pawan Kalyan bombed at ballot box office

Amaravathi: The popular Telugu film star Pawan Kalyan’s tryst with electoral politics has ended in a disaster. His Jana Sena Party has bombed at the ...

2 Indian climbers die at Mount Everest due to overcrowd

Three people, including 2 Indians have died on Mount Everest due to ‘traffic jam’, expedition organisers and officials said on Friday, taking the toll to seven. Nihal Bagwan and Kalpana Das died while descending from heavily traversed Nepal side, while another person, an Australian climber died on the Tibetan side of the mountain. According t...

Surat fire incident: PM expresses anguish over 15 student’s death

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday (May 24) expressed anguish over the fire tragedy at a commercial complex in Gujarat's Surat in which several students attending a coaching class lost their lives and many others were trapped. He also asked the Gujarat government and local authorities to provide all possible assistance to those affected. At ...

Naveen Patnaik: The man with a plan

Be it a cyclone or a tsunami-like ‘Modi wave’, Odisha’s Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik knows how to dodge it in time. Despite the resurgence of the BJP in the state, which has not only replaced the Congress as the Opposition in the Assembly, but also increased its Lok Sabha tally by eight from a mere one (of a total of 21 seats) in 2014, Naveen has ...

It’s not Sharon Tate’s story: Quentin Tarantino on Margot Robbie’s ...

Los Angeles: Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has defended the lack of scenes of Margot Robbie, who is essaying the role of the late actor Sharon Tate in his upcoming directorial Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, saying the films story is not about her character. The much-awaited film, which is Tarantinos ninth directorial, is described as an ode to the Hollywood of...

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Government requests for FB user data rises by 7% globally; India 2nd

Washington: Government requests for Facebook user data increased globally by seven per cent in the second half of 2018 with India being on the second spot after the US in the list of nations asking the social networking giant to divulge details, a top executive of the company has said. California-headquartered Facebook, sharing its latest transparency repor...

Four new Supreme Court judges administered oath of office

New Delhi: Four new judges of the Supreme Court were on Friday (May 24) administered the oath of office by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. With the swearing in of the four judges, the number of judges in the Supreme Court stands at 31, the full sanctioned strength of the top court. Justices B R Gavai, Surya Kant, Aniruddha Bose and A S Bopanna were...

Blast in Assam Hailakandi district, no casualty reported

Hailakandi: A blast was reported at a place in Hailakandi district of Assam on Friday, partially damaging a place of worship, a police officer said. No casualty has been reported so far, Hailakandi superintendent of police Mohneesh Mishra said. A mosque, located at Kachurtal near the inter-state boundary with Mizoram, was partially damaged in the explosi...

Saffron surge stuns Trinamool Congress in Mamata’s citadel

Kolkata: Bengal witnessed a saffron surge on Thursday (May 23) as the BJP inflicted a deadly blow to ruling Trinamool Congress by winning 16 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state and leading in two other. TMC won 19 seats and was leading in three others till last reports came in. The saffron party was giving the TMC a run for its money even in terms of vot...

Curfew imposed in parts of Kashmir following Tral encounter

Srinagar: Curfew was imposed in parts of Kashmir on Friday, a day after Zakir Musa, the so-called chief of a group affiliated to the Al-Qaeda, was believed to have been killed in an encounter with security forces in Tral. Educational institutions have been closed and curfew was imposed in places in Kashmir as a precautionary measure, following the inciden...

After sweeping Delhi LS polls, BJP sets eye on 2020 Assembly polls

New Delhi: After it won all seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital by huge margins, the BJP on Thursday (May 23) expressed confidence that it would wrest power in the city from the AAP in next year’s assembly elections. The BJP has been out of power in the city for more than 25 years. Its last victory in assembly elections in Delhi came in 1993. ...

Daily wrap: Modi 2.0 wave in India; BJP no more ‘Chowkidar’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reigned again. BJP, now, stands as the single largest party. Opposition’s constant charges on Modi and BJP has most certainly not affected the party’s image. BJP-led NDA has only grown as a bigger party this Lok Sabha elections, retaining most of the seats and winning some in addition. Arunachal MLA who was shot ...

Modi no more ‘Chowkidar’, others follow suit

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Prime Minister Narendra Modi removed the prefix ‘Chowkidar’ from his Twitter handle on Thursday (May 23), after the party and the alliance secured a major win in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. PM Modi said he was dropping the prefix ‘Chowkidar’ from his Twitter handle. He but tweeted: ‘it remains an integral ...

TINA factor, strategy, messaging aided BJP quest for victory, paved way for Modi 2.0

What can be said about an election that looks like a replica of results five years ago? The BJP’s tally of around 345 seats—with a few more allies—makes it appear that absolutely nothing changed in the country since the day Narendra Modi swept to power in 2014. But, when you look closely at the results, the difference between the two results bec...

Lotus finally blooms in West Bengal as Mamata suffers setback

Kolkata: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday severely mauled the Trinamool Congress as it's all set to reach the double-digit mark in West Bengal parliamentary elections for the first time. As per the trends till 8 pm, the party is leading in 18 of the state’s 42 Lok Sabha seats, a spectacular increase from its earlier best tally of two. The ...

Naveen Patnaik creates history; set to get sworn in for record fifth term

Naveen Patnaik’s BJD is on its way to forming the government in Odisha, with the party leading in 110 Assembly constituencies in a house of 147 Assembly seats, followed by the BJP leading in 25 and the Congress in 10 seats. Patnaik’s victory seems to have turned the tables on naysayers who had predicted the BJP of eating into a major share of BJD v...

Daily wrap: MHA warns of violence; Anniversary of anti-Sterlite stir observed

MHA warns of violence on counting day, asks states UTs to stay alert The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has asked all states and Union Territories to stay alert against possible eruption of violence. The MHA caution comes in the midst of heavy police deployment across the country to ensure the smooth counting of votes and subsequent announcement...

Adani Group to withdraw defamation cases against ‘The Wire’

In a surprise move, The Adani Group has decided to withdraw all defamation cases filed against The Wire, a news portal, and its editors, in an Ahmedabad, reports said. A report on Scroll.in said the cases were filed with regard to articles against Adani Group companies. Adani Power Maharashtra Ltd had filed two suits against the news portal, ...

Drug case in Hyderabad brushed under the carpet to save Tollywood stars

Hyderabad: It was the most high-profile drugs case, which had rocked Hyderabad as the names of several celebrities from Tollywood surfaced during the investigations. Leading film personalities one after the other appeared before the Prohibition and Excise department officials investigating the case. Shocking details of the use of drugs by some people in film ...

Anti-Sterlite protests: MHC orders stay on cases filed under CrPC sec 107

Chennai: Acting on a plea, the Madras High Court on Wednesday (May 22) ordered the police not to proceed on cases filed under CrPC 107 against the anti-sterlite protesters and barred the law enforcement machinery from registering new ones under the same section. The petition moved by "People's Watch", an NGO, came up for hearing in the backdrop of the pe...

Opposition in Bihar refuses to buy ‘NDA sweep’ predictions

Victory and loss are part of any electoral system. But the kind of suspense and tension that prevails this time, was perhaps never witnessed in the past. Earlier, both sides would reach the counting centres, hoping for the best, but this time, even before the actual counting of votes could begin, the exit polls itself – which predicted an absolute ...

Budgam chopper incident: IAF may press charges against officer

The Indian Air Force may press charges against those who found guilty of lapses that led to the downing of the Mi-17 helicopter on February 27 by friendly fire which killed seven people. The IAF inquiry into the accidental shoot down of its own chopper will be over in 20 days. The summary of evidence will be presented and the officers will be ch...

Unable to digest “defeat of dynasty,” opposition wants to discredit democ...

New Delhi: Attacking the Congress and other opposition parties for raising concerns about EVMs, senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Wednesday said they want to “discredit” democracy as they are unable to digest “defeat of the dynasty”. The Minority Affairs Minister said the “glamour of victory and grace in defeat” should be two sides of the same coin ...

Court reserves order on plea against Rahul for ‘khoon ki dalali’ jibe at ...

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday (May 22) reserved for June 7 its order on a complaint seeking lodging of an FIR against Rahul Gandhi for his alleged ‘Khoon ki Dalali’ remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Additional chief metropolitan magistrate Samar Vishal reserved order on the complaint, filed by advocate Joginder Tuli, which has sought dir...

First anniversary of anti-Sterlite protests observed in Tuticorin

Tuticorin: The first anniversary of the police firing during the anti-Sterlite protests, which left 13 people dead last year, was observed here on Wednesday ( May 22) with scores of locals turning up to remember the victims. Security was beefed up in the district though there were no reports of any untoward incidents so far. The victims were remembered by ...

EC wants to set new precedent of dark secrets, secluded chambers: Cong

New Delhi: A day before the counting of the votes polled in the Lok Sabha election, the Congress on Wednesday termed as “constitutional travesty” the EC’s rejection of Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa’s demand that dissent notes should be recorded and alleged that the poll watchdog wanted to set a new precedent of “dark secrets” and “secluded chambers” in p...

Two terrorists killed in encounter in J&K

Jammu and Kashmir: Two terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in the wee hours of Wednesday (May 22) in Gopalpora area of Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, ANI reported. The police is yet to ascertain the identity of the terrorists. Sources, however, said the terrorists belonged to the Hijb-ul-Mujahideen. The encounter broke out after a...

2 flour mill workers die after inhaling poisonous gas

New Delhi: Two labourers of a flour mill at Lawrence Road died after inhaling poisonous gas while they were cleaning a tank of the mill, police said on Wednesday (May 22). The deceased were identified as Mobin Khan and Bilal Khan, they added. The fire department was alerted at around 9.20 pm on Tuesday about the gas leakage and two fire tenders we...

ISRO places surveillance satellite RISAT-2B in orbit

Sriharikota: In a pre-dawn launch on Wednesday (May 22), Indian space agency ISRO scripted history by successfully launching earth observation satellite RISAT-2B that would enhance the country’s surveillance capabilities among others. As the 25-hour countdown which began Tuesday concluded, the agency’s trusted workhorse, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (P...

Naidu meets Gowda over EVM issue

Bengaluru: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP leader Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday (May 22) met former prime minister and JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda as part of his efforts to mobilise opposition parties on the controversy over alleged manipulation of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). Confabulating with Gowda for over an hour in Bengaluru on late Tuesd...

Daily wrap: Oppn leaders meet EC over VVPAT; MLA shot dead in Arunachal

Oppn leaders meet, move EC seeking VVPAT verification with EVMs The leaders of 22 opposition parties have demanded that the Election Commission of India randomly verify VVPAT slips of 05 polling stations randomly ahead of taking up counting of votes on May 23. And in case of a discrepancy the leaders would want the ECI to count all the VVPAT sli...

Rajiv’s death anniversary: Did time of demise affect Congress poll prospects?

Chennai: The assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi  at Sriperumbudur in Chennai on May 21, 1991, impacted the election process only partially as nearly half the electorate in the country had already voted.  Polling was held in the second phase after a delay of a few days post-assassination, and therefore it could be said that the Congress deri...

Congress takes to yagna in Dravidian heartland for electoral triumph

Chennai: Days after the ruling party in the state, the All India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), conducted several yagnas in temples, praying for rains in the state, it's now the turn of the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee. But the party has turned to prayers for a different reason. Starting Tuesday (May 21), the party is conducting a three-day homam and ...

SC dismisses plea against appointing observers for Lok Sabha elections

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday (May 21) refused to entertain a plea challenging the appointment of two retired bureaucrats as observers in West Bengal for the Lok Sabha polls, saying the voting is already over. While Vivek Dubey was appointed as a central police observer for West Bengal and Jharkhand, Ajay Nayak was appointed as a special observer...

Poll panel dismisses talk of EVM tampering; calls it baseless

In the backdrop of videos, in the social media, showing EVMs being transported without any security, the Election Commission of India has asserted that all polled EVMs are safe and that all allegations to the contrary are "frivolous" and "baseless." "Polled EVMs and VVPATs were sealed properly in front of political parties candidates in videogra...

Pranab Mukherjee expresses concern over reports of EVM tampering

In the midst of allegations and counter-allegations over the controversy surrounding the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), former president Pranab Mukherjee, in a statement, has expressed concerns over reports of EVMs being tampered with. He also has emphasised that it is the responsibility of the poll panel to end all speculations about the possi...

SC dismisses PIL seeking 100 pc matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday (May 21) dismissed a PIL seeking 100 per cent matching of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) during the counting of votes on May 23 for Lok Sabha polls. A vacation bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra refused to entertain the plea filed by a Chennai-based organisati...

Madhya Pradesh to reopen 12-year-old murder case against Pragya Thakur

Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh government is planning to reopen an old murder case against BJP candidate Pragya Singh Thakur, a day after exit polls predicted a victory for her from Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency. The Congress-led government in the state will seek a legal opinion on reopening the murder case of ex-RSS pracharak Sunil Joshi, in which Pragya S...

Rupee slips 6 paise against US dollar

Mumbai: The rupee on Tuesday declined 6 paise to 69.80 against the US dollar in early trade following increased demand for the greenback from importers and banks. Besides, a strong US dollar against major global currencies and rising crude prices influenced the domestic unit, forex dealers said. However, a positive start of the equity markets and fresh f...

DMK asks EC to assign VVPAT counting agents at poll booths

The DMK has requested the Election Commission to permit appointment of agents for counting VVPAT slips at polling booths in the 38 Lok Sabha constituencies and 22 assembly constituencies of Tamil Nadu. On Tuesday (May 21), DMK organising secretary RS Bharathi met Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Satyabrata Sahoo and filed a petition requesting to a...

AIADMK asks counting agents to be alert over DMKs ‘dishonest practices’

Chennai: The AIADMK on Tuesday instructed its counting agents to remain vigilant over arch-rival DMK's 'dishonest practices' during the counting of votes polled in the Lok Sabha elections and Assembly bypolls, and asked them to ensure all standard procedures were followed. AIADMK Coordinator O Panneerselvam and Joint Coordinator K Palaniswami said in a s...

PM Modi pays tribute to Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday took to Twitter to pay tribute to former PM Rajiv Gandhi on his 28th death anniversary. “Tributes to former PM Shri Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary,” Modi tweeted. This comes after Modi dubbed Rajiv Gandhi “bhrashtachari no 1” (corrupt no 1) at an election rally earlier this month. Hitting out at ...

Rahul pays homage to Rajiv Gandhi at Veer Bhoomi

New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi paid homage to his father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 28th death anniversary on Tuesday at his memorial, Veer Bhoomi, here. Rahul was accompanied by his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other senior Congress leaders. In a tweet, Rahul remembered his fat...

Malegaon blast case: Pragya, two other accused exempted from court appearance

Mumbai: A special court here has granted exemption to the 2008 Malegaon blast case accused Pragya Singh Thakur, Lt Col Prasad Purohit and Sudhakar Chaturvedi from appearing before it this week. When the matter was taken up by the special NIA court on Monday (May 20), the three accused filed applications through their lawyers seeking exemption from appea...

Vivek Oberoi apologises for derogatory meme on Aishwarya

After facing sharp criticism from various quarters for tweeting a derogatory meme on actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Vivek Oberoi on Tuesday (May 21) apologized on Twitter for the same and deleted the offensive tweet, which through a meme had compared the personal life of Bachchan with poll results. "Even if one woman is offended by my reply to th...

Vivek Oberoi tweets distasteful meme on Aishwarya, gets notice from NCW

Actor Vivek Oberoi has stirred up the hornet’s nest by tweeting a meme on actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s relationships and her personal life through the years, comparing them with results of the ongoing elections. The three-part meme calls Aishwarya’s relationship with former beau Salman Khan as “opinion poll”, while comparing that with Vivek Ob...

K’taka-Maha water sharing turns damp squib as latter backtracks on promises

Fifteen days after the Maharashtra and Karnataka governments agreed on sharing water in view of the drought situation in both the states, Maharashtra has allegedly backtracked on its agreement. In a tweet, Karnataka Water Resources Minister DK Shivakumar called the decision of the Maharashtra government “unexpected and shocking” as it concerns d...

Daily wrap: Naidu meets Mamata; TN parties rubbish exit poll results

Naidu briefs Mamata importance of uniting all anti-BJP parties Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Monday (May 20) met Kolkata Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at her residence in south Kolkata's Kalighat. According to the sources, they discussed about the possibility of forming a non-BJP government at the Centre comprising regional...

Unmoved by DMK threat, AIADMK reboots pet projects in TN

The exit polls may have predicted the DMK and its alliance to sweep the Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu. But the AIADMK, seems unperturbed by Lok Sabha results. The party which is more concerned about its results in the bypoll – which will decide the continuance of its regime in the state – now seems confident to win it. The confidence reflects in th...

Congress workers rubbish exit polls, say party will perform better

New Delhi: Exit polls painted a grim picture for the Congress but party workers remain unfazed, asserting that the results on May 23 would not be one-sided as it was projected, and their party would perform better. Most exit polls on Sunday (May 19) forecast another term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with some of them projecting that BJP-led NDA will g...

BJP seeks spl Assembly session in MP; claims Cong govt reduced to minority

Bhopal: The BJP unit of Madhya Pradesh, on Monday (May 20), wrote to the state Governor Anandiben Patel asking for a special session-undoubtedly for a trust vote-while claiming that the Kamal Nath government has been reduced to a minority. We are sending a letter to the Governor requesting an Assembly session as there are a lot of issues... It (the Madh...

Exit polls pull markets up; Sensex zooms 1300 points, rupee gains 79 paise

Mumbai: Domestic financial markets cheered exit poll results that showed ruling NDA is likely to win the general Lok Sabha elections on Monday, with the benchmark BSE Sensex skyrocketing over 900 points early on to reach 1300, and the rupee appreciating 79 paise against the US dollar. After soaring over 962 in early session, the 30-share index pared som...

Madras HC grants Kamal anticipatory bail over ‘Godse’ remark

A day after Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan stood by his remark that Nathuram Godse was the “first Hindu extremist” of India, the Madras High Court on Monday (May 20) granted anticipatory bail to the actor-turned-politician from arrest after cases were filed against him over his remarks. Kamal during a recent election campaign at Ar...

No guarantee of Oppn alliance staying intact by May 23: Sena

Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Monday hit out at the opposition parties for trying to come together to keep the BJP out of power after the Lok Sabha poll results, saying the country cannot afford to have a coalition government “crawling” with the support of several small outfits. Taking a swipe at TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu’s efforts to forge an alliance of ...

Saif Ali Khan’s ‘Laal Kaptaan’ to release in September

Mumbai: Saif Ali Khan-fronted epic action drama ‘Laal Kaptaan’ is set to have a worldwide release on September 6. The film, produced by Eros International and Aanand L Rais Colour Yellow Productions, will feature Saif in the role of a naga sadhu out on a journey ridden with drama, revenge and deceit. "Saif is a gifted actor and this script allows h...

Film on Indian Navy’s 1971 Karachi harbour bombing in works

Mumbai: The attack launched on the Karachi harbour during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war and its aftermath will be explored in the recently announced film, tentatively titled, as ‘Navy Day’. The film will be directed by Razneesh Ghai, a renowned name in the advertising industry and backed by T-Series and Ellipsis Entertainment. Development of the project...

Adityanath recommends sacking of SBSP leader Rajbhar to UP Governor

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday (May 201) recommended to the governor the immediate sacking of SBSP leader Om Prakash Rajbhar from his cabinet for his outbursts against the BJP. Adityanath also recommended that all other Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) members holding the rank of minister of state be removed immediate...

Exit polls not exact polls, most have gone wrong: Venkaiah Naidu

Amaravati: Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday (May 19) mocked the exit polls, saying they were not exact polls. "Exit polls do not mean exact polls. We have to understand that. Since 1999, most of the exit polls have gone wrong," the Vice-President pointed out. Naidu addressed an informal meeting of well-wishers, who felicitated him in Guntur. Refer...

Daily wrap: Oppn leaders slam exit polls; Dal Lake’s floating market stays afloat

Opposition leaders slam exit polls, see it as attempt to set false narrative With many of the exit polls throwing up a surprisingly large majority for the BJP-led NDA, opposition leaders have expressed serious doubts about the polls. West Bengal Mamata Banerjee was among the first to rubbish the exit polls as gossip. “The game plan is to manipul...

Kejriwal, Sisodia trying to implicate me in criminal cases: Delhi BJP MLA

New Delhi: Delhi BJP leader Vijender Gupta on Sunday (May 19) lodged a police complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia accusing them of hatching a conspiracy to falsely implicate him in criminal cases. The Rohini MLA’s claim comes a day after Kejriwal had alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would get hi...

Shiv Sena’s Hindutva different from BJP’s Hindutva: Aaditya Thackeray

New Delhi: Hindutva is one of the ideologies of Shiv Sena, but it is different from “BJP's Hindutva”, argues Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray in a new book. The book, ‘The Young and the Restless’, authored by student-activist Gurmehar Kaur, is a series of interviews of the country’s young politicians which include the likes of Omar Abdullah, Sachin Pilot,...

Kejriwal’s ‘fear of getting killed:’ BJP writes to Delhi top cop

New Delhi: The Delhi unit of the BJP on Sunday (May 19) requested the commissioner of police to review the security cover of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, a day after the AAP chief alleged that he could be assassinated by police personnel deployed for his security. In a letter to Commissioner of Delhi Police Amulya Patnaik, BJP spokesperson Praveen Shank...

Dutee shunned by family for coming out of the closet

New Delhi: Unapologetic about her same-sex relationship with a younger relative, India’s fastest woman Dutee Chand is facing a tough battle of acceptance in her family. Dutee, who won two silver medals at the 2018 Asian Games, became one of the few athletes in the world to openly admit same-sex relationship. “I am having a relationship with a 19-year-ol...

BJP wants central forces in Bengal until lapse of Model Code of Conduct

New Delhi: The BJP on Sunday (May 19) urged the Election Commission to order the presence of central armed police forces in West Bengal till the Model Code of Conduct period ends, as it expressed concern that the states ruling TMC may target a section of voters after polling is over. BJP leader and Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters that elec...

Sporadic violence marks last phase of 2019 Lok Sabha polls

Sporadic violence was reported as polling got underway in the seventh phase of the Lok Sabha elections in 59 constituencies. The fate of 918 candidates from Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Jharkhand and Union Terriory, Chandigarh will be decided in this phase. Re-polling in Tamil Nadu and Kerala too i...

Pattachitra artists in Odisha look at bleak future post cyclone Fani

The famous Pattachitra paintings of Odisha’s Raghurajpur village may have embellished the walls of several houses and edifices across the world. But closer home they have become a faded reality for many ‘chitrakars’ (painters), who having lost a chunk of their work — some even worth lakhs — to cyclone Fani, now look at a bleak future. One of the...

Despite unrest in Kashmir, Dal Lake’s floating market stays afloat

As dawn breaks, 28-year-old Javeed Ahmed Bhat paddles his wooden canoe (shikara), to the interiors of the Dal Lake in Srinagar. Soon, two other vendors join him. Bhat and the others — vegetable farmers and vendors — go past the lake’s touristy house boats and picturesque water lily and lotus farms to reach the floating vegetable market in the midst...

Daily wrap: Chandrababu Naidu meets Rahul, Pawar; 4 militants killed in J&K

Final leg of Lok Sabha polls to see voting in 59 seats in 7 states, 1 UT The polling for the final leg of Lok Sabha elections will be held on Sunday (May 19). With this polling in 543 Lok Sabha constituencies would be over marking an end of one of the most acrimoniously fought elections. The final 7th phase will witness polling in 59 constituenc...

Four militants killed in two encounters in J&K

Srinagar: Four militants, including the one who was part of a group of ultras involved in the killing of Army jawan Aurangzeb last year, were on Saturday (May 18) gunned down in two separate encounters in Pulwama and Baramulla districts of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. While three Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militants were killed in a pre-dawn operation by s...

1984 anti-Sikh riots survivors say they still await justice

Ludhiana: As Gurjal Kaur, 75, stares blankly at the dirty, moldering wall of her house, her nightmarish memories of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots turn into fresh bleeding wounds. With Punjab going to polls on Sunday, Congress leader Sam Pitroda's flippant remark that '1984 hua to hua' and the BJPs relentless offensive over it has brought the anti-Sikh riots ba...

The unchanging face of two K’taka BJP MPs known for courting controversies

Bengaluru: The two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentarians Nalin Kumar Kateel and Anant Kumar Hegde from coastal Karnataka who stoked a controversy by taking sides with Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse, are not new to making communal and insensitive statements. With the support of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the party’s core Hin...

SIT constituted to probe Bhaderwah killing, curfew continues for third day

Bhaderwah/Jammu: A five-member special investigation team (SIT) was constituted on Saturday (May 18) to probe the death of a person in firing here which triggered violent protests, forcing authorities to impose an indefinite curfew in the communally-sensitive town, officials said. The Doda district administration had refuted reports that "cow vigilantism" was th...

Chargesheet filed in Alwar gangrape case

Alwar: Police on Saturday (May 18) filed a chargesheet against the accused in the Alwar gang-rape case in a court here. Five accused had allegedly gangraped a woman in front of her husband when she was going with him on a motorcycle on Thanagazi-Alwar road on April 26. Another accused had shot a video clip of the crime and circulated it on social media...

India offers Sri Lanka full support to fight ‘Jihadi terrorism’

Colombo: India has offered full support to Sri Lanka in dealing with the common threat of "Jihadi terrorism" following the deadly Easter Sunday suicide bombings that killed nearly 260 people, including 11 Indians. Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu on Friday (May 17) also discussed the prevailing security situation during his rec...

Daily wrap: Modi at his first press conference; 3 BJP leaders to explain Godse remark...

Modi at his first media event diverts questions to Shah, asserts BJP will be back in power Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his first face-to-face with a large contingent of reporters, asserted confidently that the BJP will come back to power with a full majority on its own. In a surprised move, Modi showed up on the dais for a scheduled press c...

BJP’s Hegde tweets in support of Pragya’s Godse remark, then disowns it

Soon after former Union Minister from BJP Anantkumar Hegde backed the comments by Malegaon blast accused and BJP MP candidate from Bhopal Sadhvi Pragya Thakur on Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse, on twitter, he has swung into damage control mode, saying his Twitter account has been breached. The MP candidate from Uttara Kannada in Karnat...

Terrorists abound in all religions: Kamal stands by statement on Godse

Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) party chief Kamal Haasan on Friday (May 17) stood by his statement on Nathuram Godse, saying that terrorists abound in all religions. "Every religion has their own terrorist. We cannot claim that we are sanctimonious. History shows that all religions have their extremists,” he said. Addressing the media, he said that th...

Pragya apologises for Godse remark, says comment was twisted by media

After calling Nathuram Godse a “deshbhakt” (patriot), the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Bhopal candidate Pragya Singh Thakur on Thursday (May 16) night tendered an apology. “It was my personal opinion. My intention was not to hurt anyone’s sentiments. If I’ve hurt anyone I do apologise,” she is seen saying in a video. “What Gandhi ji has done f...

Guwahati blast: Ulfa sleeper cell member, actress arrested

The Guwahati Police have arrested a sleeper cell member of the United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) and an actress for their suspected role in the grenade blast in the city on May 15 that injured 12 people. The police also recovered 20 kg of gunpowder, one 9 mm pistol, 25 rounds of live ammunition, ULFA documents, mobile phones and othe...

Following violence, Kamal denied permission to campaign in Sulur

On Thursday (May 16) evening, footwear, eggs and stones were hurled at Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) party chief Kamal Haasan in Aravakuruchi constituency of Karur district in Tamil Nadu. Meanwhile, the Coimbatore police denied him permission to campaign in Sulur constituency in Coimbatore district. After the incident, MNM party functionaries shield...

Daily wrap: Re-poll in Chittor; Pragya calls Godse a patriot

EC announces re-poll in AP’s Chittor LS seat The Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced re-polling for the Chandragiri Assembly constituency and the Chittoor Lok Sabha seat in Andhra Pradesh. The re-polling will be on May 19, during the last phase of polling in the country. The polls were held to these constituencies on April 11. Repor...

Who said what: From PM Modi to Priyanka Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi visits Alwar gang rape victim: "Soon after I heard of the Alwar gang rape incident, I spoke to Ashok Gehlot. This is not a political issue for me. I met the victim's family and they have sought justice which will be done. Action will be taken against culprits." PM Narendra Modi in Mau, UP: "We saw hooliganism by T...

CBI withdraws plea seeking to further investigate Bofors case

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday withdrew its application from a Delhi court seeking permission to further investigate the politically sensitive, Rs 64-crore Bofors payoff case. The agency told Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Navin Kumar Kashyap that it wants to withdraw the application filed on February 1, 2018. CBI had moved th...

Violence breaks out in J&K’s Bhaderwah after one person killed in firing

Curfew was on Thursday (May 16) imposed in Jammu and Kashmir's Bhaderwah Valley following violent protests triggered by the killing of a person in a firing incident, police said. While officials were trying to ascertain the reason behind the firing incident, relatives of the deceased Nayeem alleged he was a victim of cow vigilantism, police said...

Tourism takes a hit post Fani, but Puri remains indefatigable

Ramachandra Prusty, who has seen eighty summers, can barely see or hear. But he sits patiently with his bags of ‘sindura’ (vermillion) on the Grand Road of Puri Town, waiting for prospective buyers. Selling vermillion at the same spot near the Jagannath Temple for 60 years now, he is probably among the few vendors, who came to work the day after th...

Assam: Grenade blast near shopping mall in Guwahati, six injured

At least six people, including two Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) jawans, were injured in a grenade blast near a busy shopping mall in Assam's Guwahati around 8pm on Wednesday evening (May 15). While the injured have been shifted to the Gauhati Medical College and (GMCH), the condition of two people is reportedly critical. Deepak Kumar, Commissioner ...

Daily wrap: Kamal says he called Godse extremist; WhatsApp confirms spyware attack

Kamal says he called Godse extremist, not terrorist  At the campaign for the Thirupparankundram Assembly bypoll in Tamil Nadu, Kamal Haasan sought to clarify his Godse remark saying he used the Tamil word for extremist rather than terrorist. While campaigning for his party, MNM, in Aravakkurichi on May 12, Kamal Haasan had said, “Independent Ind...

Abhinandan’s squadron gets ‘Falcon Slayer’ patches to mark F-16 air encounter

In order to commemorate Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s encounter with the Pakistan Air Force’s F-16 aircraft in February this year, the MiG-21 Bison Squadron, which he belongs to, will now have special uniform patches. The squadron has assumed the sobriquet --Falcon Slayers. Along with the MiG 21 squadron, no 51, the Sukhoi-30 squadron that ...

Lanka police lifts nationwide curfew, arrests 60 people for anti-Muslim riots

Colombo: Sri Lankan authorities said they have arrested 60 people linked to the communal riots as a nationwide curfew was lifted on Wednesday (May 15) in the island nation, which witnessed Sinhalese mob attacks on Muslim-owned shops and businesses in the aftermath of the deadly Easter blasts. The government imposed the island-wide curfew on Monday after ...

Jet Airways shares continue to fall for 3rd day; tank nearly 7 pc

New Delhi: Shares of Jet Airways continued to fall for the third straight session on Wednesday, dropping nearly 7 per cent, after four senior executives, including chief executive Vinay Dube and his deputy Amit Agarwal, quit the ailing airline. After a weak opening, the scrip further tumbled 6.85 per cent to Rs 120.25 -- its 52-week low -- on the BSE. O...

Enforcement Directorate arrests 3 in connection with ponzi scam

New Delhi: Three people, including two women, have been arrested by the ED in connection with an alleged multi-crore ponzi and investment fraud scheme that duped many investors in Telangana, the agency said on Wednesday. It said Nowhera Shaikh, Molly Thomas and Biju Thomas were placed under arrest under the provision of the Prevention of Money Laundering A...

Visas of 90 Pakistani brides withheld by China over trafficking fears

Islamabad: Amidst a raging controversy over Pakistani girls being trafficked to China after fake marriages, the Chinese embassy here has withheld visas of 90 Pakistani brides, according to a media report. Chinas Deputy Chief of Mission in Pakistan Lijian Zhao said on Tuesday that 140 applications have been received this year from Chinese nationals, seeking...

Delhi HC dismisses PIL against Haasan’s “first Hindu terrorist” remark

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday declined to entertain a PIL which referred to actor-cum-politician Kamal Haasan’s remark about Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin being a Hindu terrorist and had sought directions to the Election Commission (EC) to “restrict” misuse of religion for poll gains. A bench of Justices G S Sistani and Jyoti Singh said the cause ...

TMC behind violence in Kolkata, not BJP, says Amit Shah

New Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday accused West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress of indulging in violence in the state and alleged that the Election Commission has been a “mute spectator.” Addressing a press conference here, Shah also said he would not have escaped unhurt without CRPF protection when his convoy was allegedly attacked in Kolk...

There is something about Priyanka Gandhi’s smile

Bathinda (Punjab): At a rally in Punjab's Bathinda, Priyanka comes on the stage, takes the lantern and says, 'Bole so nihaal.' The rows of men in colourful turbans and women in bright dupattas seated in front of her chant back, 'Sat sri akal'. Priyanka Gandhi reveals a grin that will stay on her face throughout her 20-minute speech. There are smiles and there is t...

TMC seeks meeting with EC in aftermath of Shah road show violence

New Delhi: The TMC on Tuesday sought a meeting with the Election Commission over the destruction of a statue of Bengali writer and philosopher Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar during clashes between workers of the ruling party and the BJP. Supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) fought pitched battles on the streets of Kolk...

Morphed image of WB CM: SC says arrest of activist prima facie arbitrary

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday (May 15) termed as "prima facie arbitrary" the arrest of BJP's youth wing leader Priyanka Sharma for allegedly posting morphed image of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on social media. The apex court's observation came after counsel for Sharma's brother mentioned the matter before it and said that despite the court'...

Air India sets up high-level inquiry after pilot alleges sexual harassment

New Delhi: Air India said on Wednesday it had set up a high-level inquiry to probe a sexual harassment complaint filed against a commander by one of its woman pilots. According to a complaint filed by the pilot, the incident allegedly took place on May 5 in Hyderabad where she was being trained by the commander. “As soon as the matter came to our notice...

Daily wrap: Kamal booked for Hindu terror remark; Lanka bans NTJ

Morphed Mamata picture: SC grants bail to BJP activist, asks her to apologise The Supreme Court on Tuesday (May 14) granted bail to a BJP activist arrested for allegedly posting a morphed image of Mamata Banerjee on social media and asked her to apologise, while observing that freedom of speech ends when it infringes upon others’ rights. A vacat...

Saudi Arabia halts oil pumping at main pipeline after drone attack

Riyadh: OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia said it had stopped pumping crude oil along a major pipeline on Tuesday following a drone attack, hours after Yemen's Huthi rebels said they had targeted vital Saudi installations. Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said two pumping stations on the pipeline from the oil-rich Eastern Province to the Red Sea had been targete...

Air India refutes reports of airline being on verge of collapse

Tel Aviv: Allaying fears among a growing number of Israelis using Air India flights to Delhi, India's national carrier has rubbished as "baseless" the claims in certain sections of the Israeli media that it is on the verge of bankruptcy. Some Israeli media outlets recently reported that Air India was trapped in huge debt running over a billion and may col...

Mani Shankar Aiyar justifies “neech” jibe against PM, BJP retorts strongly

New Delhi: After months of silence, Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar was back in the news on Tuesday with an article justifying his “neech” jibe against Narendra Modi, and also calling him the most “foul-mouthed” prime minister the country has seen. The article, published in Rising Kashmir and The Print, drew sharp retorts from the Bharatiya Janata Party...

Morphed Mamata picture: SC grants bail to BJP activist, asks her to apologise

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday (May 14) granted bail to a BJP activist arrested for allegedly posting a morphed image of Mamata Banerjee on social media and asked her to apologise, while observing that freedom of speech ends when it infringes upon others’ rights. A vacation bench comprising justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna said Priyanka ...

Twelve-year-old from Kashmir valley pens fantasy novel

Chennai: Twelve-year-old Touyiba Binti Javaid is probably the youngest writer from the conflict-ridden Kashmir valley. Her debut novel called ‘Luna Spark and the Future Telling Clock' published by the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Arts, Culture and Languages has created waves just a few days after it hit the stands. The book traces the story through the e...

Sultry morning in Delhi

New Delhi: Overnight rains in parts of the national capital led to humidity level rising up to 73 per cent making it a sultry morning for Delhiites. “The minimum temperature recorded at 8.30 am was at 20.8 degrees Celsius, five notches below normal while the humidity level was 73 per cent,” a MeT official said. The Safdarjung observatory received 3.3 mm...

Delhi police nabs absconding Jaish terrorist from Srinagar

New Delhi: Delhi Police has arrested an alleged terrorist of Jaish-e-Mohammad carrying a reward of ₹2 lakh from Srinagar, officials said on Tuesday. The accused has been identified as Abdul Majeed Baba, a resident of Magrepora district of Sopore, they said. The arrest was made on Saturday evening from Soura in downtown Srinagar, Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, Deputy ...

Final phase of Telangana rural local body elections underway

Hyderabad: The third and final phase of polling for Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituencies (ZPTC) and Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituencies (MPTC) elections got underway Tuesday. The polling began at 7 AM and would continue till 5 PM, except in Left Wing Extremism (LWE)-affected areas, where it would conclude an hour early at 4 PM, State Election C...

Jet Airways deputy CEO and CFO Amit Agarwal quits

Mumbai: Grounded carrier Jet Airways’ deputy chief executive and chief financial officer (CFO) Amit Agarwal has resigned, the airline said on Tuesday. Agarwal’s resignation is effective from May 13, it said. “We wish to inform that Amit Agarwal, the deputy chief executive officer and CFO of the company, has resigned from service due to personal reasons,...

No chance for non-BJP, non-Cong ‘third front’ post LS polls: Stalin

Chennai: DMK president MK Stalin on said he saw no chances for a non-BJP, non-Congress "third front" post Lok Sabha polls, but a decision could be taken only after May 23, the counting day. Stalin's remarks come a day after TRS supremo and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekara Rao, who has been pushing for a non-Congress, non-BJP federal front of regi...

India declares LTTE ‘unlawful,’ SL’s anti-Muslim riots claim first ...

Colombo: India's Ministry of Home Affairs released a notification on Tuesday (May 14) calling the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) an unlawful association. The notification states that LTTE cadres sent to Tamil Nadu would "ultimately be utilised by the LTTE for unlawful activities". It added that activities of pro-LTTE organisations and individuals h...

Odisha seeks 5 lakh PMAY houses for cyclone-hit people

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Monday (May 13) urged the Centre to sanction at least five lakh houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) as the extremely severe cyclone Fani which hit the state on May 3 has damaged lakhs of kutcha houses in its coastal region. According to preliminary estimation, five lakh houses have been completely or subst...

Daily wrap: Kamal says India’s 1st terrorist was Hindu; Odisha seeks 5L PMAY ho...

Supreme Court to hear bail plea of Priyanka Sharma The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the bail plea of BJP youth wing worker, Priyanka Sharma, on May 14 (Tuesday). Sharma, the Howrah District Club Convenor of BJJM, was arrested by the TMC government in West Bengal for allegedly posting a morphed picture of the state Chief Minister Mamata Ban...

Supreme Court to hear bail plea of Priyanka Sharma on Tuesday

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the bail plea of BJP youth wing worker, Priyanka Sharma, on May 14 (Tuesday). Sharma, the Howrah District Club Convenor of BJJM, was arrested by the TMC government in West Bengal for allegedly posting a morphed picture of the state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Currently under 14 days police custody, she ...

Assam: How a group offering namaz on road led to a communal clash, 1 death

The residents of Hailakandi, a small town nestled in the heart of Assam's Barak Valley, don't remember when the SS Road market last wore a deserted look, especially during the month of Ramzan. Hailakandi, which also happens to be the headquarters of the district, has a mixed population of Bengali-speaking Hindus and Muslims apart from a number of c...

In poll-bound Punjab, AAP no longer a force to reckon with

Chandigarh: On an empty road on the outskirts of Punjab’s Sangrur constituency, a few dozen bikes are speeding away. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Bhagwant Mann, who is seeking re-election from the constituency, is perched on the footrest of one of them, his arms spread like that of Kate Winslet in Titanic. A truck mounted with a “DJ”—music system with monst...

Sri Lanka blocks social media after unrest

Colombo: The Sri Lankan government on Monday (May 13) blocked social media following rising tensions between the minority Muslims and majority Sinhalese in the wake of the Easter Sunday bombings which killed nearly 260 people. The blockade comes a day after Sri Lankan police imposed curfew in the country's western coastal town of Chilaw where a mob attac...

Daily wrap: ISIS announces new ‘branch’ for India; polling in Phase VI

Terror group ISIS announces new ‘branch’ for India ops The Islamic State (IS) terror group has claimed to have established a new ‘province’ in India by drawing a link to the clashes between militants and security forces in Kashmir on May 10. The IS reportedly claimed a link to Ishfaq Ahmad Sofi, a militant killed in Kashmir on May 10, Indian Exp...

BJP to scrap Article 370 if voted back to power: Shah

Shimla: BJP president Amit Shah Sunday said the Article 370 that gives special powers to Kashmir will be scrapped if Narendra Modi is elected as prime minister again. Targeting the Congress on the issue of national security, he said the Manmohan Singh-led Congress government did nothing when Pakistan beheaded five Indian soldiers but under Modi rule air...

Eco-tourism destination in Odisha ravaged by tidal waves

Kendrapara: The unmanned Habelikahti Island at Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapara district, a favourite eco-tourism destination, has been ravaged by mighty tidal waves during cyclone Fani, forest officials said. Cyclone Fani that made landfall near Puri on May 3, however, spared the rest sheds for tourists at the island, they said. But a day later,...

It is clear BJP govt is going: Priyanka after casting vote

New Delhi: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Sunday said it is “very clear” that the BJP will face defeat in Lok Sabha polls as people are “angry and distressed” and they will convey their sentiments through voting. Interacting with reporters after exercising her franchise, the senior party leader said it was “very clear that the BJP government is goin...

Voting undeway in 168 polling stations of West Tripura seat

Agartala: Voting is underway on Sunday in 168 polling stations of West Tripura Lok Sabha constituency where re-poll was ordered following complaints of violence and large scale rigging by the ruling BJP on April 11. A total of 1,41,251 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the repoll which is peaceful so far, Deputy Chief Electoral Officer Su...

Terror group ISIS announces new ‘branch’ for India ops

The Islamic State (IS) terror group has claimed to have established a new ‘province’ in India by drawing a link to the clashes between militants and security forces in Kashmir on May 10. The IS reportedly claimed a link to Ishfaq Ahmad Sofi, a militant killed in Kashmir on May 10, Indian Express reported. The Arabic name of the new branch is ...

Govt concedes economy slump; blames shrinking pvt consumption, dull exports

New Delhi: An outgoing government has quietly acknowledged at the fag end of its term that the Indian economy is slowing down. It is another matter that the same government maintained a studied silence over any economic achievements in the last five years, throughout a prolonged campaign to get re-elected. This description sums up the state of the world's fas...

Fani: Naveen govt draws flak for tardy restoration after kudos for evacuation

Bhubaneswar: The Naveen Patnaik government in Odisha justifiably won fulsome praise from all over the world for evacuation of well over a million vulnerable people living on the 480-km long coastline of the state in the hours leading up to Cyclone ‘Fani’, which pummeled the Puri coast at a speed of 197 km/hour on the morning of May 3. And it is now getting all ...

Daily wrap: CSK to take on MI; chowkidars on Twitter mull suing Time magazine

Over 10 cr people to cast votes in phase 6 of LS polls; 979 nominees in fray India goes to penultimate 6th phase of polling on May 12. Voters from 59 Lok Sabha constituencies spread across seven states will be casting their ballots by pressing the EVM buttons. BJP would be facing toughest battle in this round as it had 46 of these seats along wi...

Chowkidars on Twitter mull suing Time magazine for ‘maligning’ Modi

Karuna Gopal, an advisor to India's ambitious 100 Smart Cities Mission, on Saturday announced that she would sue Time magazine for "maligning" Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Friends, I am initiating legal action against Time magazine. How can this treacherous publication malign the serving Prime Minister of India?" tweeted Gopal, who claims to b...

TV9 CEO Ravi Prakash sacked after boardroom battle

Hyderabad: A bitter boardroom battle in the company that owns TV9, a leading multi-lingual television news channel, has culminated in the ignominious exit of its CEO Ravi Prakash. The new management Alanda Media and Entertainment, which has acquired 90.50% stake in Associated Broadcasting Company Private Limited (ABCPL) that runs the media organisation, anno...

ITC Chairman Y C Deveshwar passes away

New Delhi: Noted industry leader and ITC Chairman YC Deveshwar passed away on Saturday (May 11) after a brief illness. He transformed the cigarette major into a diversified player with interests in fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), hospitality, IT and other sectors. Deveshwar, 72, who stepped down from executive role as chairman and CEO in 2017 but remain...

China’s third aircraft carrier in the making, to project aero-sea power

The Indian Navy cannot ignore the latest development in the Chinese Peoples’ Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) – construction of a third aircraft carrier Type 002 at the Jiangnan shipyard, Shanghai. The PLAN’s second aircraft carrier the Type 001A is a domestically built vessel and presently undergoing sea trials. The third carrier when operational would...

Past haunts Mamata’s blue-eyed-officer-turned bête noire Bharati Ghosh

Kolkata: From a United Nation peacekeeper to political intimidator, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Lok Sabha candidate from Ghatal in West Midnapore district of West Bengal, Bharati Ghosh epitomises an identity paradox. At least that is what many in her constituency believe and her detractors, who were her cheerleaders until recently, affirm. During her...

Over 10 cr people to cast votes in phase 6 of LS polls; 979 nominees in fray

India goes to penultimate 6th phase of polling on May 12. Voters from 59 Lok Sabha constituencies spread across seven states will be casting their ballots by pressing the EVM buttons. BJP would be facing toughest battle in this round as it had 46 of these seats along with its allies in 2014 parliamentary polls and retaining them is going to be a...

Daily wrap: BJP ‘looks’ for Atishi’s husband; giant virus species d...

Delhi: BJP 'looks' for Atishi's husband, rakes up 1984 riots as campaign ends With the 48-hour silence period ahead of the May 12 Lok Sabha polls kicking in on Friday evening (May 10), Delhi saw leaders from across political parties sweating it out in the seven constituencies, reaching out to voters. While all three major parties — the BJP, the ...

TIME magazine portrays PM Modi on its international edition

New York: The TIME magazine has featured Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the cover of its international edition with a controversial headline and a secondary one that reads "Modi the Reformer" as the country enters the final phase of the mammoth general election. The American magazines May 20, 2019 international editions — the Europe, Middle East and Afri...

IAF intercepts Georgian aircraft coming from Pakistan

New Delhi/Jaipur: IAF fighter jets on Friday (May 10) intercepted a Georgian An-12 aircraft flying from Tbilisi to Delhi via Karachi and forced it to land at the Jaipur airport after the plane entered the Indian air space from an unscheduled point, officials said. They said the crew members of the aircraft were questioned at Jaipur and the plane was being allowed to...

Jet gets two unsolicited bids, one more expected: SBI chairman

Mumbai: State Bank of India chairman Rajnish Kumar on Friday (May 10) said the lenders have received two "unsolicited" bids for Jet Airways and "one" more is expected by the end of the day, keeping the hopes for the revival of the grounded carrier alive. The consortium of 26 lenders, led by State Bank which now owns 51 percent in the airline, had invite...

Scientists discover giant virus species in India

Chennai: Scientists in Mumbai have found the presence of giant viruses (GV) in water samples. While giant viruses have already been discovered, this is the first time GVs have been found in India. Called the Bandra megavirus or Kurlavirus, the virus measures 465 nanometre, which is much larger than some microorganisms. For comparison, most viruses are sm...

As poll result date closes in, Delhi’s political backstage gets active

Come May 23 and the results of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be out. This will see the arrival of regional party leaders in  New Delhi en masse. Parties, especially the southern ones, like the DMK, the TRS, and the TDP have begun reserving posh rooms in 5- and 7-star hotels. Hotel rooms would not be available in New Delhi from May 24 to J...

Manual scavenging claims 3 lives in Maharashtra

Thane: Three labourers died of suffocation while cleaning the sewage treatment plant (STP) of a housing complex here shortly after midnight Friday (May 10), civic officials said. A total of eight labourers were involved in the STP cleaning operation in the complex in Kapurbawdi when they got stuck inside the plant, said Santosh Kadam, chief of the Regi...

Supreme Court stays Madras HC gag on Kiran Bedi

The Supreme Court on Friday (May 10), stayed the Madras High Court order that curtailed the powers of Puducherry’s Lieutenant Governor saying she cannot interfere in the day-to-day affairs of the government, a report by Indian Express said. The court also issued a notice to Congress leader K Laksminarayanan, who had filed a plea in the Madras Hi...

Ex-Navy officers debate on Modi’s claim of Rajiv Gandhi misusing INS Viraat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claim that former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi used the warship INS Viraat for a family vacation in 1987 has triggered responses from retired Navy officers, along with the chief of Navy. Former Chief of Navy Retired Admiral Laxminarayan Ramdas has refuted PM Modi’s claims that former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi used...

Civil society urges Odisha CM to take a closer look at issues post Fani

Civil Society Responds to Fani, a society comprising people from civil society organisations and concerned citizens, has drawn the Odisha government’s attention towards pressing issues ailing people in districts that have been affected by ‘extremely severe’ cyclonic storm Fani that left the state battered in its wake. In a letter to Chief Minist...

Gambhir sends notice to Kejriwal, Sisodia, Atishi, demands ‘unconditional apolo...

BJP's East Delhi candidate Gautam Gambhir sent a notice to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Atishi on Thursday (May 10), demanding their apology after being accused of being involved in distribution of "obscene and derogatory" pamphlets against his AAP rival. In the notice, the trio was asked to withdraw their allegations...

SC extends time till Aug 15 for Ayodhya mediation process

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday (May 10) extended the time for a panel of mediators, heading the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute at Ayodhya, till August 15. A five judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said they have received the report from Justice Kalifulla, who is heading the panel, in which...

Daily Wrap: Telugu CMs vie for role of kingmaker; SC sticks to two judge nominees

Ex-Navy Chief Ramdas rubbishes PM Modi's INS Virat misuse statement Former Navy chief Admiral Ramdas has issued a statement saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s take that there was misuse of aircraft carrier INS Viraat by then PM Rajiv Gandhi is wrong. He said Rajiv Gandhi boarded the aircraft carrier in his official capacity in Trivandrum...

Cong has lost credibility to address poverty: Gadkari

New Delhi: The Congress has lost all political credibility when it comes to addressing the issue of poverty, Union minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday (May 9), taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi's proposed 'Nyay' scheme by invoking Congress prime ministers, who, he claimed, had vowed to eradicate poverty and failed. Addressing a press conference at the BJP o...

Poverty, debt, nomadic existence trap Irula tribe into bonded labour

Chennai: On May 7, three families of bonded labourers were freed from a brick kiln in Thirupattur in Vellore. Trapped in the kiln and made to work all through the day, the families were caught in the web of repayment of debt amounting to ₹30,000, for the last four years. The families belonged to the Irula community from Krishnagiri. The most vulnerable o...

Re-polling in 5 Tamil Nadu booths due to mismatch in EVM-VVPAT tally

Amid allegations of unreliability of EVMs by the opposition, five polling booths in Tamil Nadu, which registered discrepancies in the number of votes registered on EVMs and VVPATs, will go for re-polling on May 19.  Re-polling will also be held in eight other polling booths in Dharmapuri district which saw voting malpractice. Following the huge ...

TN welcomes sub-quota panel’s recommendation for 8%-10% reservation

Chennai: The Rohini commission, set up in October 2017, to look into the sub categorisation of the quota in central jobs and higher educational institutions in the other backward class category is all set to set to fix the percentage between 8 and 10 per cent. According to a report that appeared in the Indian Express on May 9, out of the 27 per cent, the...

Can ‘Bihari Babu’ protect his turf, Patna Sahib with theatrics?

“He is dashing, dynamic, futuristic, able, respectable, a visionary and a ‘dabbang’ action hero”. This is how Shatrughan Sinha, the actor-turned-politician from Bihar, had described Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an interview during the 2014 general elections. Five years later, he took a U-turn. Sinha, a two-time BJP MP from the Patna Sahib co...

SC scraps plea of sacked BSF jawan over rejection of LS nomination

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday (May 9) rejected sacked BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav’s plea challenging the Election Commission’s decision to scrap his nomination papers from Varanasi Lok Sabha seat to contest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, “We do not find any grounds to entertain the plea o...

Indians, Chinese reluctant to use public transport: Study

Melbourne: People in India, China and other Asian countries are reluctant to use public transport, according to a study which urges urban planners to find ways to overcome this "negative attitude". Researchers from the University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia interviewed commuters in several countries including India, China, the US, the Netherlands and A...

SC dismisses plea seeking to debar Rahul Gandhi from contesting LS polls

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday (May 9) dismissed a plea seeking direction to the Centre and the Election Commission to debar Congress President Rahul Gandhi from contesting Lok Sabha elections till the issue of his citizenship is decided. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi rejected the contention of the petitioners, Jai Bhagwan Goyal an...

Emilia Clarke to star in Bjorn Runges Let Me Count the Ways

Los Angeles: Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke will be teaming up with filmmaker Bjorn Runge for his next project, Let Me Count the Ways. Runge, who most recently helmed Glenn Close-starrer The Wife, will direct the romance drama from a script by Paula Milne, reported Variety. Based on a true story, Let Me Count the Ways will chronicle the love affair betwe...

SC turns down plea against release of Rajiv Gandhi case convicts

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a plea against the release of the seven Rajiv Gandhi convicts. The pleas was filed by Congress leader Americai Narayanan and Rama Sugandhan, the son of a policemen who died in the bomb blast which killed Rajiv Gandhi on May 21, 1991. The SC said only the Governor had the authority in deciding on the matter...

Florida governor signs bill allowing more armed teachers

Florida: Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a bill that will allow more classroom teachers to carry guns in school, a response to last years mass shooting at a Parkland high school. DeSantis signed the bill in private on Wednesday (May 8) and issued no statement. It was one of the more contentious bills of a legislative session that ende...

Election Commission may hold re-poll in 46 TN polling stations

Chennai: In the backdrop of the controversy surrounding the shifting of 50 Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) from Coimbatore to Theni, the Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer Satybrata Sahoo, on Wednesday, said that some voting machines had issues in 46 constituencies spread over 13 districts including Theni and Erode. Sahoo further said that the election...

Daily wrap: Centre moves SC over Pondy LG’s powers; Maoists killed in Odisha

Centre moves SC against Madras HC verdict on Puducherry LG The Centre on Wednesday (May 8) approached the Supreme Court challenging the verdict of Madras High Court which held that Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi "cannot interfere" in the day-to-day affairs of the elected government of the Union Territory. The matter was mentioned for ...

Freedom fighter’s dream stands dilapidated

Chennai: The building sports a deserted look. It has no doors, and the walls and floors are covered with layers of dust. The campus is surrounded by overgrown bushes and cattle can be seen grazing around it. If it not for a rusted signboard which says ‘Parali Su Nellaiyappar Municipal Primary School’, the structure will be mistaken for an abando...

Five Maoists killed in encounter by security forces in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: At least five Maoists, including three women, were gunned down in an encounter with security personnel in Koraput district of Odisha on Wednesday (May 8), a senior police officer said. The encounter took place in a forest under Padua police station limits in the morning when personnel of the Special Operations Group (SOG) and District Voluntary ...

Mahagathbandhan’s prospects to improve in next two phases: Mayawati

Azamgarh (UP): Rubbishing the BJP’s claim that it was doing good in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, the opposition “mahagathbandhan” on Wednesday said that on the other hand the prospects of the opposition alliance was improving day by day. “Our (electoral) prospects are improving...the prospects of the opposition alliance will further improve in the remaining t...

Mamata likens fight against Narendra Modi with Quit India movement

Debra (WB): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday accused Prime Minster Narendra Modi of running a fascist government in the country, and drew a parallel between her campaign against the BJP and the Quit India Movement of 1942. Addressing a rally here, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo said the prime minister and his party will be shown...

Once bitten, twice shy: Telangana now extra cautious over 10th exam results

Hyderabad: In the backdrop of widespread public outrage over student suicides following errors in the evaluation and processing of results of the 12th standard examination, the Telangana government is taking extra precautions ahead of the declaration of 10th class board exam results. As part of efforts to prevent student suicides, the state education depar...

Chandrababu meets Rahul; likely to call Opposition meeting on May 21

New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday (May 8) met Congress President Rahul Gandhi and discussed plans to hold a meeting of Opposition parties on May 21, two days ahead of Lok Sabha results to chalk out a post-poll alliance. Naidu met Gandhi before heading out to West Bengal to attend public rallies in support of the ruli...

Lanka restricts 5-day national Vesak festivities to 2 days after blast

Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has restricted the five-day national Vesak festival celebrations to just two days citing the prevailing security situation in the country following the massive Easter Sunday bombings. Vesak, the Day of the Full Moon in the month of May, is the most sacred day to millions of Buddhists around the world and this year it wa...

China says Iran nuclear pact must be upheld

Beijing: China on Wednesday (May 8) called on all parties to uphold the Iranian nuclear pact after Tehran said it would end curbs on its uranium enrichment stockpile unless other powers helped it bypass renewed US sanctions. "Maintaining and implementing the comprehensive agreement is the shared responsibility of all parties," said Chinese foreign minist...

Disney announces more Star Wars films, pushes Avatar sequels

Los Angeles: Disney has announced its future slate of films, which has postponed James Cameron Avatar movies and announced a new trio of untitled Star Wars entries. According to Variety, this is another push for Cameron's long-awaited and oft-delayed follow-up to Avatar series. Avatar 2 will hit theatres on December 17, 2021 instead of December 18, 2020 as o...

2 die in septic tank in Delhi, family says cries for help went unanswered

Soni was going to deliver lunch around 1 pm to her husband who was working as a labourer in northwest Delhi, but she was in for a rude shock. “When I reached the location, I could not find anyone there,” Soni, the wife of Sher Singh (30), said. “When I looked into the septic tank, I saw that all the five persons were lying there. I started shout...

Blast at Sufi shrine in Lahore kills 4, injures 24

At least four people were killed and 24 injured in a blast that targeted a police vehicle near the shrine of Data Darbar in Lahore on Wednesday (May 8). Reports said hundreds of pilgrims were at the site to offer their prayers in the month of Ramzan. Although the nature of the blast is yet to be ascertained, police suspect that it was a suicide ...

CJI sexual harassment case: Complainant demands copy of probe report

The former woman employee of the Supreme Court who had accused Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi with sexual harassment, on May 7 demanded a copy of the report of the in-house committee which gave a clean chit to the CJI a day before. The three-member committee headed by Justice SA Bobde while clearing Gogoi of all charges said it found “no su...

Fani: Death toll rises to 37, Odisha seeks Centre’s help to restore power, tele...

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Tuesday (May 8) sought the Centre's help in restoration of power and telecom services in Puri and Khurda districts - the worst hit by cyclone Fani - due to a shortage of skilled manpower, an official said. The state has to install as many as 1.56 lakh electric poles. According to an official, the toll in the cyclone, whi...

Delhi varsity teachers engage in verbal spat over Modi’s dig at Rajiv Gandhi

New Delhi: Delhi University professors have got into a war of words over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks about late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, with one section condemning the comments and another supporting him. As many as 207 DU teachers issued a statement on Monday night against Modi for making "derogatory and untrue" remarks about former Prime ...

Delhi reels under intense heat as mercury touches 43 deg C, no rain in sight

New Delhi: Sweltering conditions prevailed in the national capital on Tuesday with the mercury touching the 43-degrees mark in some parts of the city. The Safdarjung observatory, recording of which is considered the official figure for the city, recorded a maximum temperature of 41.3 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season's average, said a Met dep...

Daily wrap: Stalin snubs KCR on Federal Front, CJI sexual harassment case causes ripp...

Stalin snubs KCR on Federal Front meet, lukewarm to non-Congress grouping DMK leader MK Stalin is unlikely to meet Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao who is on a mission-mode visit of various states to create a non-BJP, non-Congress front after the elections. The DMK leader may not give KCR an audience as he is reportedly busy with hi...

Gurgaon girls top ISC exam in Delhi-NCR, bag second rank nationally

New Delhi: Gurgaon girls Srinwanti Debgupta and Shruti Jhamb have topped the ISC class 12 examination in Delhi-NCR with 99.75 per cent marks. Delhi-NCR schools achieved a pass percentage of 99.23 and 98.35 in the ISCE and ISC examination with girls outshining boys in both the classes. The toppers are from Sri Ram School, Aravali, Gurgaon and have got the s...

Dalit man forced to eat excreta; 2 caste Hindus held, one on the run

Two caste Hindus were arrested, for having allegedly assaulted a dalit man and made him consume excreta, in Tiruvarur district of Tamil Nadu. One other accused is till at large. According to the victim, P Kollimalai, who owns a brick kiln unit at Tiruvandudhurai village in Tiruvarur district, was allegedly assaulted by caste Hindu men, in the we...

Random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs: SC rejects review plea of oppn leaders

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday rejected the VVPAT review plea of 21 opposition leaders led by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who came unexpectedly to the hearing but returned dejected as it was dismissed in about a minute. Naidu, along with National Conference's Farooq Abdullah and CPI MP D Raja, was present in the courtroom to wa...

Avengers: Endgame scribes talk about Fat Thor

Los Angeles: Avengers: Endgame co-screenwriter Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have said there was no intention to promote fat shaming by showing Thor as an overweight superhero. In the film, which released worldwide on April 26, Thor, portrayed by Chris Hemsworth, is shown battling depression and alcoholism in the aftermath of supervillain Thanos fin...

CJI sexual harassment case: Ripples in TN

On a day when major cities saw protests against the clean chit given to Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Tamil Nadu pitched in, too. On Tuesday, protests erupted across the country after a three-judge in-house committee gave a clean chit to the CJI on a sexual harassment complaint made by a former court employee. Even as Section 144 was impo...

Inter-caste marriage: Pregnant woman burnt to death by kin including father

A woman, two-months pregnant, died and her husband sustained severe burns at a village in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, district after the couple were set ablaze on May 1 reportedly by the woman’s family members, Indian Express reported on Tuesday. The attackers included the girl’s father too and the family was reportedly against the couple’s inter-c...

Karnataka alliance on edge, fate rests on outcome in Mandya, Mysore

Bengaluru: On May 23,  the results of the ongoing general elections is likely to play a big role in deciding whether Karnataka’s Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition will hold. If the results throw up a coalition government at the Centre with the Congress on the ruling side Karnataka’s coalition will be on surer footing.  On the other hand, if  the May ...

Daenerys had ordered herbal tea: HBO’s response to GoT coffee cup goof-up

Los Angeles: In a funny reaction to the coffee cup goof-up on the fourth episode of the final season of its fantasy series ‘Game of Thrones’, HBO said Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke) had ordered herbal tea, but was delivered a latte by mistake. GoT followers went crazy on social media after watching ‘The Last of the Starks’ after they spotted a ...

‘Want due, not dude process’: The protest scene outside Supreme Court

'We want due process, not dude process,' read a poster held aloft by a woman outside the Supreme Court on April 7. A day after the in-house panel of the top court said that there was 'no substance' in the sexual harassment allegations against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, a group of peaceful protesters gathered outside the court. Howe...

Supreme injustice: 350 women’s rights activists reject clean chit to CJI

New Delhi: As many as 350 women’s rights activists and civil society members on Tuesday (May 7) "rejected" the findings of the in-house Justice Bobde committee that has cleared Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi of sexual harassment allegations. In a press statement, the signatories described it as a "blatant abuse of power exercised by the highest consti...

CJI sexual harassment case: Section 144 imposed in SC after protests break out

Chennai: Protests broke out outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday (May 7), a day after an in-house panel of the court cleared Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi of sex harassment allegations, NDTV reported. The protesters included lawyers and members of women’s organisations. Section 144 was imposed on the Supreme Court campus, soon after the protests er...

Tharoor praises Pak PM Imran Khan for remembering Tipu Sultan

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday (May 7) took to Twitter to praise Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for remembering Tipu Sultan’s death anniversary on May 4. On May 4, Imran Khan tweeted that he admired Tipu Sultan as “he preferred freedom and died fighting for it rather than live a life of enslavement”. https://twitter.com/ImranKh...

Gambhir’s celebrity status will go against him: Atishi

Claiming that her BJP rival Gautam Gambhir is proving to be a “novice” whose celebrity status will go against him, AAP’s East Delhi candidate Atishi says people might want to see stars but want their representatives to be available to them in their everyday lives. The Oxford graduate, who believes the BJP is her main opponent and the Congress is...

Matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs: SC scraps review plea of 21 Oppn leaders

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (May 7) dismissed the plea filed by 21 Opposition leaders seeking a review of its April 8 order directing the Election Commission to increase random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs to five polling booths per assembly segment. “We are not inclined to modify our order,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi sa...

Pak S&T minister says country sent Hubble telescope, gets trolled

Pakistan’s Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry was the butt of online trolls for his statement that the Hubble Space Telescope was sent to space by the country’s space agency Suparco. Chaudhry said this during a show Geo News. According to news reports, he said: “The world’s biggest telescope… was sent by Suparco ”. “… one of the w...

You BJP babu, have you built one Ram Mandir yet? Didi asks Modi

Chennai: A war of words seems to have broken out between PM Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi - visibly miffed over West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s refusal to take his calls to touch base with her regarding cyclone Fani - dared her to get him arrested for chanting ‘Jai Sri Ram’ at ...

Myanmar frees two Reuters journalists in amnesty

Yangon: Two Reuters journalists who had been jailed for their reporting on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar walked out of prison on Tuesday (May 7), freed in a presidential amnesty after a global campaign for their release. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were mobbed by media as they stepped out of Yangon's notorious Insein prison after their lengthy detention. T...

Odisha CM demands special status for state, asks for funds to build resilient infra

Through a tweet on April 6, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reinforced his demand for special category status to Odisha, in view of its vulnerability to frequent calamities of extreme nature, even as the death toll due to cyclone Fani rose to 35. The CM said the state needs Rs 10,000 crore to build energy infrastructure which is resilient t...

Pompeo slams China, Russia for ‘aggressive’ Arctic behaviour

Rovaniemi (Finland): The US on Monday (May 6) said it planned to beef up its Arctic presence to keep Russia's and China's "aggressive behaviour" in check in the resource-rich region. "The region has become an arena of global power and competition" owing to vast reserves of oil, gas, minerals and fish stocks, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned in a speech in Ro...

SL officials find bombers’ training centre; Odisha gets additional ₹1,000 cr

CJI Ranjan Gogoi cleared in sexual harassment case The three-judge in-house committee constituted to probe allegations of sexual harassment  against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has cleared the CJI, said a notice put on the Supreme Court's website. Also, in line with the judgment delivered by the top court in the Indira Jaising case, the ...

Good Samaritan writer tries to save life, gets arrested by police

Chennai: Koyambedu is the busiest part of Chennai on a typical day. Home to wholesale and retail markets as well as the bus stand, it, however, was deserted on May 5. Traders Day had driven away shopkeepers and shoppers to their homes. At the market, a man sauntered around. He was a regular there. Locals say he didn't seem to have his wits about him and ...

Centre releases additional ₹1,000 cr to cyclone-hit Odisha

New Delhi: The Home Ministry on Monday (May 6) announced release of an additional ₹1,000 crore to the cyclone-hit Odisha as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A Home Ministry statement said the amount would be in addition to the ₹341 crore that had been provided to the Odishas State Disaster Response Force in advance. As announced by Prime Minis...

Rave party racket: Revellers go hi-tech to network, hoodwink police

Chennai: Even as the Coimbatore district police, in Tamil Nadu, continue to dig deeper into the details of the rave party busted in the city on Saturday, preliminary investigative details shed light on the meticulous planning and networking. At least 163 people, comprising 140 Keralites, including a Russian national were arrested for allegedly conducting...

Tapping youth power to end human trafficking

Chennai: The anti-human trafficking clubs, headed by college students in Tamil Nadu, are working towards realising the stated goal of ending the crime, through a highly-networked student community. At present, four clubs are being run in Tamil Nadu, while work is on to get more formed in every district to promote advocacy and campaigning for the preventi...

Lankan officials discover training centre used by suicide bombers prior to Easter att...

Colombo: Sri Lankan authorities on Monday (May 6) discovered a facility believed to be used as a training centre by the suicide bombers prior to the terror attacks on churches and luxury hotels on the Easter Sunday that killed more than 250 people. Nine suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three ...

Indian Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi cleared in sexual harassment case

The three-judge in-house committee constituted to probe allegations of sexual harassment  against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has cleared the CJI, said a notice put on the Supreme Court's website. Also, in line with the judgment delivered by the top court in the Indira Jaising case, the findings of the committee will not be made public, the...

Navy launches 4th Scorpene-class submarine Vela

Mumbai: The Navy on Monday (May 6) launched the Scorpene-class submarine Vela, the fourth of six underwater warships being built in India with French collaboration, with an aim to boost Indian capability to defend and secure the strategic sea lanes. The Vela submarine will undergo a number of tests conducted by the Navy before it is commissioned in the ...

Ram Madhav: Anti-incumbency to come in way of securing majority for BJP

New Delhi: Striking a different note, from that of his party and its leaders, on the question of forming the next government, BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav, on Monday (May 4), predicted that the BJP would need the help of NDA allies to form the next government. This is the first time that a senior member of the saffron outfit has conceded that his...

13 students secure first rank in CBSE exam

New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced the results for Class 10 examination on Monday (May 6). Thirteen students bagged the first rank with 499 out of 500 marks of which 8 are from Uttar Pradesh. The second rank were shared by 25 students with 498 out of 500 and 59 students share third position with 497 marks in the CBSE exami...

Shahid Afridi calls Gautam Gambhir ‘saryal’, what do East Delhi voters think

New Delhi: Standing next to a pan shop at Pandav Nagar in East Delhi on a sultry May evening, a salon-fresh Vinod Kumar looks somewhat flustered. The 21-year-old says he had gone to attend an event where Bhojpuri ‘superstar’ Pawan Singh was singing but it was “choc-a-bloc”. "Bapre itni bheed thi hum toh gate he se wapas chale aaye... Pawan Singh ek gana bh...

Daily wrap: Fani death toll mounts to 29; Charminar needs space to breathe

Suicide bombers visited Kerala, Kashmir: SL army chief The suicide bombers of the April 21 Sri Lankan bombings visited Kashmir and Kerala for ‘some training,’ Sri Lanaka’s army chief lieutenant-general Mahesh Senanayake has said. He said it was for ‘some training’ or to ‘make some links’ with other foreign outfits. It is the first time a top sec...

Fani death toll mounts to 29 in Odisha; Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Maha chip in

The death toll due to Cyclone Fani increased to 29 on Sunday (May 5), two days after the extremely severe cyclonic storm hit the state of Odisha, causing widespread destruction. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced a relief package for those affected by the cyclone earlier in the day. Various state governments on Sunday offered assista...

Netanyahu vows more ‘massive strikes’ in response to Gaza rockets

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on May 5 that he had ordered the military to launch further strikes on Gaza Strip militants in response to rocket fire from the territory, as an escalation entered its second day. "I instructed the military this morning to continue its massive strikes on terror elements in the Gaza Strip and ordered...

Suicide bombers visited Kerala, Kashmir: SL army chief

The suicide bombers of the April 21 bombings visited Kashmir and Kerala for ‘some training,’ Sri Lanaka’s army chief lieutenant-general Mahesh Senanayake has said. He said it was for ‘some training’ or to ‘make some links’ with other foreign outfits. It is the first time a top security official has confirmed the militants’ visit to India, which ...

BJP leader shot dead in Anantnag ahead of elections on May 6

Militants on Saturday (May 4) night, shot dead Gull Mohammad Mir, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Anantnag district (Jammu and Kashmir) vice-president, in his house. The police said three militants entered his house in Nowgam Verinag area and took him in car around 10pm, and shot him on the way. Locals took Mir to a district hospital 22 ...

I make these people untie my shoelaces: Varun Gandhi on BSP’s Sultanpur candidate

Chennai: BJP leader Varun Gandhi on Saturday (May 4), took a swipe at the Opposition’s candidate in Uttar Pradesh’s Sultanpur constituency by stating that he gets such people to untie his shoelaces, ANI reported. Gandhi is said to have made the comment against Bahujan Samaj Party’s candidate Chandra Bhadra Singh, known as Sonu Singh, while addressing an ...

Daily wrap: MJ Akbar records statement; Fani kills 12 in Odisha

MJ Akbar records statement in court, gets cross examined In a heated courtroom drama that lasted for almost two hours, former Union minister MJ Akbar on Saturday (May 4) recorded his statement and was cross examined in a defamation case filed by him against journalist Priya Ramani. Akbar, who appeared before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistr...

Fani fallout: It could have been far worse, say Odias as they restore normalcy

As Fani ripped through the cities and villages of Odisha after making a landfall in Puri on May 3, raging at a wind speech of 175kmph, residents of the eastern Indian state stayed indoors, watching – some even capturing on camera - the sound and fury of the storm. For many, the stormy winds re-ignited memories of the devastating super cyclone of 19...

Anger in TN over central jobs in state going to outsiders

A petition at the Madras High Court asking for details on people from other states who got jobs in Railways in Tamil Nadu has raised the hackles in the state. Tamil nationalist and Dravidian outfits announced protests in various cities saying that Tamils are being discriminated against in central government jobs within Tamil Nadu. These protests...

Work on to ensure barrier free bypolls on May 19 in Tamil Nadu

Chennai: After people with disabilities faced an array of problems during the elections held in Tamil Nadu--- Lok Sabha and bypolls-- on April 18, disability rights activists have begun working closely with officials in the Disability Welfare Department to ensure that the bypoll on May 19 for four Assembly seats are barrier free. From unavailable wheelch...

Fani causes extensive damage to telcom, power infrastructure in Odisha

Cyclone Fani has caused extensive damage to telecommunications and power infrastructure in Puri, Bhubaneswar and some other areas of Odisha, while rail and air connectivity to the state is getting restored on Saturday (May 4), the Centre said. The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), headed by Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha, review...

Fani kills 14, injures 63 in Bangladesh; leaves 12 dead in Odisha

Dhaka/Bhubaneswar: After wreaking havoc in Odisha on May 3, claiming 14 lives and injuring 63, the severe cyclonic storm Fani barrelled into Bangladesh through West Bengal on Saturday (May 4). The cyclone, however, had minimum impact in West Bengal. According to IANS, it entered Bengal at 12.30 am through Odisha’s Balasore on Saturday and crossed Kharagpur with a ...

SC’s Rafale verdict has no apparent error warranting its review: Centre

New Delhi: The Centre has told the Supreme Court that categorical and emphatic findings recorded by the top court in its December 14 last year verdict in the Rafale deal case has no apparent error warranting its review. It said the petitioners, in the garb of seeking review of the verdict and placing reliance on some press reports and some incomplete int...

Shaving off Myth: When Tendulkar got a shave from Neha and Jyoti

New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar has many firsts to his credit but a "first shave" from female barbers Neha and Jyoti is something that he will possibly be proud of, having done his bit in breaking the gender stereotype prevalent in India. Hailing from the Banwari Tola village in Uttar Pradesh, Neha and Jyoti entered the profession, which till now has been stri...

CSK will look to maintain pole position, KXIP to play for pride

Already assured of a playoff berth, table toppers Chennai Super Kings will aim to maintain their pole position with a victory over a struggling Kings XI Punjab in their last IPL group league encounter on Sunday (May 5). After a defeat against Mumbai Indians in an earlier match, Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led CSK bounced back with a massive 80-run win ...

Army is not Modi’s personal property; Rahul’s counter to BJP on nationalism

New Delhi: Taking the BJP’s nationalism narrative in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls head-on, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said the Indian Army is not Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “personal property” and it should not be politicised as he also slammed the government on tackling terror, citing JeM chief Masood Azhar’s release during the NDA rule. ...

Arsenal bid to reverse slump as Brighton fight for survival

London: Arsenal have one foot in the Europa League final but know they cannot afford the luxury of taking it easy in Sunday's (May 5) match against struggling Brighton as they chase a Premier League top-four berth. Unai Emery's team have wobbled badly in the league in recent weeks, losing four out of their past five matches after putting themselves in a...

MJ Akbar records statement in court, gets cross examined

New Delhi: In a heated courtroom drama that lasted for almost two hours, former Union minister MJ Akbar on Saturday (May 4) recorded his statement and was cross examined in a defamation case filed by him against journalist Priya Ramani. Akbar, who appeared before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal, said the allegations made by ...

Japans private rocket reaches outer space for first time

Tokyo: A Japanese aerospace startup funded by a former internet maverick has successfully launched a small rocket into space. Interstellar Technology Inc. says the unmanned MOMO-3 rocket has exceeded 100 kilometers (60 miles) in altitude before falling into the Pacific Ocean. The company says it proves that a rocket using mostly commercial parts can re...

Pakistani among 4 arrested without visas in Sri Lanka

Colombo: Four foreign nationals including one from Pakistan who violated immigration and emigration regulations were arrested by the police in Sri Lanka during search operations. The arrested persons include two Nigerians and one each from Pakistan and Bangladesh, News 1st reported. The 25-year-old Pakistani and the 24-year-old Bangladeshi nationals were...

Around 50 rockets fired at Israel from Gaza: Israeli army

Jerusalem: A barrage of around 50 rockets was fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip on Saturday (May 4) and dozens were intercepted by air defences, the Israeli army said. The army said earlier it had targeted two rocket launchers in Gaza with an air strike in response. It was not yet clear if there were casualties on either side. The escalation follows the ...

Lanka to regulate Madrasas under religious & cultural ministry

Madrasas in Sri Lanka should be regulated by the Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs Ministry and not by the Education Ministry, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said, days after the country's worst terror attack killed over 250 people. Authorities are on high-alert in the country after nine suicide bombers carried out a series of dev...

India gives clarion call at UN to adopt CCIT after Azhar blacklisting

India, close on the heels of getting Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar blacklisted, has given a clarion call at the UN for strengthening efforts to adopt the long-pending global convention on international terrorism amidst increasing terror attacks on places of worship across the globe. India proposed a draft document on the Compre...

Sri Lanka Catholic church turns to TV mass amid threat of repeat suicide bombings

Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Catholic Church will televise a private Sunday mass after cancelling regular services over fears of a repeat of Easter suicide bombings that killed 257 people, a spokesman said. Father Edmund Tillakaratne said public masses were suspended for a second week, but a service conducted by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith will be broadcast on nati...

In eastern UP, caste, local equations may trump national issues championed by BJP

It is noon in Chandoli district of Uttar Pradesh. Away from the blazing sun and the cacophony of heavy traffic on the Grand Trunk Road that passes through it, Narayan Sonkar is supine on a cot in his dilapidated office. The usual suspects are blaring out of a TV set. Oblivious to the din, a few labourers in vests, dhotis and gamchhas (cotton tow...

Cyclone Fani: UN agency praises India for minimising loss of lives

United Nations: The UN agency for disaster reduction has commended the Indian Meteorological Department's "almost pinpoint accuracy" of early warnings that helped authorities conduct a well-targeted evacuation plan and minimise the loss of life as extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani made landfall near the coastal city of Puri. The powerful cyclone, strongest t...

Cyclone Fani moving towards Bangladesh, no major impact in Bengal

Kolkata: People of West Bengal heaved a sigh of relief as severe cyclonic storm Fani weakened on Saturday morning and began moving towards neighbouring Bangladesh, a senior official of the regional meteorological centre said.The city witnessed wind speeds of 30-40 kmph with moderate to heavy rainfall overnight, he said. There was no report of any casualt...

Rahul accuses govt of compromise in dealing with terrorism

New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi accused the BJP-led government on Saturday of compromising in dealing with the challenge of terrorism and cited the release of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar during the NDA rule. Addressing a press conference at the Congress headquarters here, he said, if voted to power, his party will adopt a sterner approac...

As West Bengal gears up for Cyclone Fani’s landfall, PM Modi speaks to governor...

New Delhi: As West Bengal braces for Cyclone Fani's landfall, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the governor of the state, Keshari Nath Tripathi, on Saturday about the ground situation. During his conversation with Tripathi, the Prime Minister reiterated the Centre's readiness to provide all help needed to cope with the extremely severe cyclonic storm. ...

Cyclone Fani claims 3 lives; 3 militants killed in encounter in Shopian

Cyclone Fani expected to trigger heavy rains; claims 3 lives As cyclone Fani is expected to trigger heavy rains in the northeast after hitting West Bengal, the Assam government on Friday (May 3) directed all district deputy commissioners and agencies concerned to be on alert and take necessary measures to deal with the situation. The Central Wat...

Cyclone Fani expected to trigger heavy rains; claims 3 lives

Guwahati: As cyclone Fani is expected to trigger heavy rains in the northeast after hitting West Bengal, the Assam government on Friday (May 3) directed all district deputy commissioners and agencies concerned to be on alert and take necessary measures to deal with the situation. The Central Water Commission, in a bulletin, has forecast high rainfall in w...

Delhi-based photojournalist covering Sri Lanka blasts held for trespassing

Colombo: An India-based photo journalist, who was in Sri Lanka to cover the aftermath of Easter Sunday bombings, was arrested by Sri Lankan police for alleged unauthorised entry into a school. Siddiqui Ahamad Danish, who works for Reuters news agency and is based in New Delhi, was arrested when he allegedly attempted to forcibly enter a school in Negombo...

Actor Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca in Star Wars saga, dead at 74

Los Angeles: Actor Peter Mayhew, who won over fans worldwide as the Wookiee warrior Chewbacca in the blockbuster Star Wars movies, has died at the age of 74, his family announced on Thursday (May 2). Mayhew died on Tuesday (May 1) at his home in Texas, surrounded by loved ones, the family said in a statement released on the actors Twitter account. "He put hi...

Biopic on PM Modi to release on May 24

Mumbai: The makers of Vivek Oberoi-starrer biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday (May 3) announced that the film will be released countrywide on May 24, a day after the results of the Lok Sabha elections are declared. The film, titled PM Narendra Modi, was earlier set to release on April 11 but was banned by the Election Commission. In its or...

Three militants killed in encounter in Shopian

Srinagar: Three unidentified militants were on Friday (May 3) killed in an encounter with security forces in poll-bound Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir, the Army said. An encounter broke out between militants and security forces in the Imam Sahib area of Shopian following a cordon and search operation in the early hours, an Army official said. He sa...

This ex-soldier battles all odds to discover, promote rural innovations

Hyderabad: P Ganesham, a retired Brigadier, is on a unique mission to spot and nurture rural innovators and help them patent their ideas. The septuagenarian ex-serviceman is engaged in a battle of a different kind; fighting the odds that the rural innovators face in getting recognition for their devices and traditional practices. He travels to villages,...

Interact with media only after prior approval, Air India tells staff

Mumbai: Air India has cautioned its employees of "appropriate action" if they interact with the media without prior authorisation in writing from the airline chief, according to a communication. In the communication dated April 30, the airline said there have been instances where employees have interacted with the media or posted videos in uniform in Air I...

West Bengal braces for cyclone Fani; Kolkata airport to be shut from 3 pm

Cyclone Fani — billed as the worst April season cyclone in decades — made its landfall at Puri, Odisha around half an hour ago with a wind speed of 185 kmhr. The Army, Navy and the coast guards have been kept on standby. As 14 districts of the state are likely to be affected by the cyclone, more than a million people have been evacuated to safer ar...

Daily wrap: Muslim group bans face veils on campus; TN to give athletes ₹15L

Odisha braces for Fani; IMD predicts wind speed of 170-180 kmph A day before dreaded cyclonic storm Fani, described by the IMD as an ‘extremely severe cyclonic storm,’ is expected to make landfall between Gopalpur and Chandbali, Odisha is all braced to prevent any eventualities. According HR Biswas, director of the Regional Meteorological Centre...

Modi works for his ‘maliks’, Cong will work for farmers: Rahul

Jaipur: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday (May 2) said his party's government will not work for a handful of top businessmen, calling them Prime Minister Narendra Modi's masters. We will not run the government for 15 people because they are not our 'malik' (masters), he told a public meeting at Chomu in Jaipur district. These are Narendra M...

Why these ‘missing’ migrant voters have little to lose this election

As an Aam Aadmi Party padyatra (rally) crosses a tiny lane of swarming houses that stand cheek by jowl in South Delhi's Dakshinpuri, Sanatan Halder emerges from a mound of garbage inside a litter bin. His hands and clothes are soiled. Halder smiles to himself looking at the election rally passing by. A Bengali migrant, Halder earns his livelihoo...

Yashwant takes a dig at Jaitley, EC issues showcause notice to Rahul

Delhi Dubbing Union finance minister Arun Jaitley as ‘economically illiterate,’ former Union minister Yashwant Sinha has said the economy of the world’s largest democracy is being run by economy illiterate people. Criticising the policy planning of the Centre, the veteran BJP leader said the condition of the Indian economy was ‘serious’ and need...

SpiceJet offers 19 more flights from city from May 4

Mumbai: No-frills carrier SpiceJet on Thursday (May 2) announced launch of 19 more flights connecting the city with various other domestic destinations, beginning the weekend. This the fourth time SpiceJet has been expanding its network in less than a month, particularly since the grounding of Jet Airways last month. With these additional flights, since...

Odisha prepares for cyclone Fani, state on high alert; NDRF, navy on standby 

Bhubaneswar: A massive operation was launched in Odisha on Thursday (May 2) to evacuate more than eight lakh people from low-lying coastal areas as the extremely severe cyclonic storm 'Fani' moved closer to the eastern coast, officials said. As per the latest bulletin of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Fani lay centred over West Central Bay of Ben...

Why does Imran want Modi to continue as India’s PM, asks Chidambaram

New Delhi: The Congress is happy as the process of designating Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist has concluded successfully, senior party leader P Chidambaram said on May 2, while also asking why Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan wants Narendra Modi to continue as India’s Prime Minister. In a huge diplomatic victory for India, ...

Scientists crack genetic code to develop high-yield chickpea

Hyderabad: In a major breakthrough, a global team of scientists, led by the Hyderabad-based International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), have successfully completed genome sequencing of chickpea (Bengal gram or chana) to identify genes for tolerance to drought and heat. This is significant on several counts. The complete geno...

The ‘key’ that ‘unlocked’  United Nations Masood Azhar decision

A series of disparate, yet related, developments appear to have led to the United  Nations Security Council designating the Pulwama attack mastermind Masood Azhar as a terrorist. The key to the decision was a meeting on April 28 between Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.  Though reports, quoting the two...

Can India’s ailing airlines take a cue from US restructuring?

After over a quarter century of operations, one of India’s largest private airline operator Jet Airways grounded its fleet in April due to heavy debts. India’s state operator Air India is reeling under debts of over ₹50,000 crore. Despite a strong bankruptcy law such as the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (IBC), why are Indian airlines unable ...

Daily wrap: JeM chief named ‘global terrorist,’ India may stop oil import...

UN designates Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist In a major diplomatic win for India, the United Nations on Wednesday designated Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a ‘global terrorist’ after China lifted its hold on a proposal to blacklist him. A UNSC designation will subject Azhar to an assets freeze, tra...

UN designates Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist

In a major diplomatic win for India, the United Nations on Wednesday designated Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a 'global terrorist' after China lifted its hold on a proposal to blacklist him. "Big, small, all join together. Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist in @UN Sanctions list. Grateful to all for their support," Indi...

Saina crashes out of NZ Open after shocking loss to world no 212

Auckland: India's Saina Nehwal suffered a shocking first round loss to world number 212 Wang Zhiyi of China to exit the New Zealand Open on Wednesday (May 1). The 29-year-old Olympic bronze medalist and world number nine lost 16-21 23-21 4-21 to her 19-year-old opponent in the women's singles match that lasted one hour and seven minutes. In men's singl...

Delhi HC sends notice to Jet Airways on refund, alternative flights to passengers

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday (May 1) issued notice to Jet Airways on a plea seeking direction to the Civil Aviation Ministry and the DGCA to ensure refunds or provide alternative travel mode for passengers who have booked tickets with the airlines which has temporarily suspended all its flights. A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and J...

Terror groups may be recruiting more women to wage jihad: Study

Washington: Terror groups may be increasingly recruiting women, data from the first large-scale research project evaluating the characteristics of women involved in jihadism-inspired terrorism has found, days after Sri Lanka witnessed the country's worst terror attack. A woman was part of the nine suicide bombers in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday and intelligen...

When a wild elephant walked down Guwahati road and people went wilder

On April 30, a wild elephant walked right into the heart of Guwahati city on busy a road lined up with luxury shopping malls and retail stores on both sides. The animal stalled the traffic on the GS Road for an hour. As forest officials and police personnel tried to chase it away, a crowd of enthusiastic netizens started stalking the jumbo and shoo...

Warrior of bedridden: How necessity prodded this welder to invent toilet-cot

His bedridden wife and the difficulties she faced while going to the toilet prompted, a welding mechanic, Nagercoil-based Saravana Muthu, to come up with a cot specifically designed for bedridden people. Beneficial for both patients and people with disabilities, the remote operated cot won him an award from the National Innovation Foundation. He wa...

Heat wave sweeps central, west India as mercury soars above 47 degrees Celsius

Even as the governments of eastern and southern states are bracing up to counter the “extremely severe” cyclonic storm Fani, extreme heat wave gripped several parts of central and western India including Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on April 30 issued a ‘red alert’- the highest warning level ...

Half of World Heritage glaciers may disappear by 2100: Study

Geneva: Glaciers from almost half of natural World Heritage sites — such as the Khumbu Glacier in the Himalayas — may disappear completely by 2100, if emissions continue at current rate, a study warns. The research is the first-ever global study of World Heritage glaciers — home to some of the worlds most iconic glaciers, such as the Grosser Aletschglet...

Bribery integral part of electioneering, reveals TDP MP; rival YSRCP mum

The distribution of cash to the voters is the worst kept secret of the Andhra elections. The quantum of cash may vary but all the major parties have perfected a well-oiled mechanism over years to deliver wads of currency at the doorsteps of the voters. A senior MP from the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP), J C Diwakar Reddy, has now gone on recor...

Modi slams Maya, SP; skips reference to Ram Mandir in rally near Ayodhya

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a public rally at Mayanagar Bazar in Gosainganj, 27 km away from Ayodhya, during the course of which he raised issues of terrorism and development and called upon the people to vote for the BJP. He even lashed out Mayawati accusing her of misusing Ambedkar's name. He slammed the Samajwadi Party alleging that i...

Quoting Lanka, Shiv Sena demands ban on burqa; NDA ally RPI disagrees

Chennai: Close on the heels of Sri Lanka imposing a blanket ban on anything that covers the face including burqas, niqabs, helmets and masks, the Shiv Sena on Wednesday (May 1) asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to emulate the move in India to prevent terror attacks. In the latest editorial of ‘Saamana’, its mouthpiece the party has welcomed the move by ...

Fani: Odisha on high alert; schools, colleges shut; NDRF, navy on standby

Coastal Odisha has been put on high alert with cyclone Fani intensifying into an “extremely severe cyclonic storm,” according to an Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) release on late Tuesday (April 30) night. IMD has issued a ‘yellow warning’ for Odisha coast, predicting heavy to very heavy rains at places such as Boudh, Kalahandi, Sambalpur...

Daily wrap: MHC curtails Bedi’s powers; notice to Rahul over citizenship

ISIS hunt: TN Q-Branch raids Chennai upscale apartment The Q-Branch of the Tamil Nadu police and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) were raiding a high-end apartment complex in Poonamalle, Chennai, in a bid to locate ISIS operatives ‘holed up’ there. Earlier, the police had reportedly arrested a suspect from Mannady. On interrogating him, t...

Assange to be sentenced for UK bail violation

London: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces sentencing in London on Wednesday for breaching his bail conditions, the whistle blowing site and a court official said. Assange could face a 12-month prison sentence for the violation, although time already served in prison may be taken into account. The 47-year-old, who was arrested earlier this month ...

Charges against CJI: Ex SC employee not to participate in proceedings

New Delhi: A former apex court employee, who levelled allegations of sexual harassment against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, decided on Tuesday (April 30) not to participate any more before the in-house inquiry panel. The employee said in a statement that on Tuesday was the third day she had gone to participate before the three-member panel headed b...

DMK moves no-confidence motion against TN Assembly speaker

Chennai: The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Tuesday evening (April 30), submitted a notice to the Assembly secretary K Srinivasan, demanding introducion of a no-confidence motion against the Tamil Nadu Assembly speaker P Dhanapal. The move came after the ruling party All India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) issued notices to three sitting MLAs - E R...

Manual scavenging still thrives, courtesy lack of political will

Bengaluru: On April 27, Gafoor Pasha, 40, and Aftab Pasha, 38, descended into a narrow contaminated well with ropes. They had no safety gear. The Pashas agreed to clean the well as per the job contract. But soon after they entered it, with toxic gases choking them, both died of asphyxiation in North Bengaluru. Though, alerted by neighbours, the fire and emerg...

Fani likely to make landfall in Odisha on May 4, TN to get rain

Chennai/New Delhi: Light to moderate rainfall is expected in the northern parts of Tamil Nadu under the influence of Cyclone Fani which is presently lying over the southwest Bay of Bengal, Area Cyclone Warning Centre Director S Balachandran said on Tuesday (April 30). Reports said cyclone Fani could make landfall in Odisha on May 4. "Kumarikadal, Mannarvalaikuda a...

Rohit Tiwari: His life, and death, revolved around family

In a deeply patriarchal and misogynistic society such as ours, growing up was not easy for Rohit Shekhar Tiwari. In fact, it was downright confusing — whispers of his paternity, infrequent visits from a well-known politician and his entourage that left his mother in tears, birthday wishes and promises that never left the confines of their house. ...

Listing of Azhar as global terrorist by UN will be properly resolved: China

Beijing: China said on Tuesday (April 30) that "some progress" has been achieved on designating Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN and hoped that the vexed issue will be "properly resolved" but refused to give any timeline. The comments by the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman on Tuesday came days after President Xi Jinp...

Rafale case: SC directs Centre to file response by May 4

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Centre to file a response by May 4 to the petitions seeking review of last December's verdict by which the apex court had dismissed the pleas challenging India's deal to procure 36 Rafale fighter jets from France. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi did not allow the plea of the Centre that it b...

TMC says Modi’s speech is provocative, MHA serves notice to Rahul

TMC accuses Modi of horse trading, asks EC to cancel his nominations The Trinamool Congress on Tuesday (April 30) alleged that Narendra Modi’s recent speech, where he claimed that 40 TMC MLAs are in touch with him, indicates “impending horse-trading” and asked the Election Commission to cancel his nomination for such “provocative and undemocrati...

NIA arrests IS man planning suicide hit in Kerala; says he followed SL attacker

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday (April 30) arrested an ISIS sympathiser from Kerala, identified as Riyas Aboobacker, 29, on charges of planning a suicide attack in the state, ANI reported. The NIA made the arrest as part of its investigation into the 2016 Kasargod Islamic State (IS) module case. In 2016, 15 people had disappear...

Dispute resolution: Restoring dignity with justice

Whenever her husband wanted to get intimate with her, Asha*, the mother of two teens, was taken to a beauty parlour. Her husband instructed the hair dresser for a specific type of hair cut that he felt would arouse him. Whenever this happened, Asha felt used and she decided to move the court for a divorce. She and her husband then sat through sessi...

Madras HC curtails Kiran Bedi’s powers, asks her to mind her business

Chennai: In a major setback to Puducherry's lieutenant governor Kiran Bedi, the Madras High Court on Tuesday (April 30) asked her to refrain from interfering in the day-to-day activities of the government. The court also set aside the directives given by the Home Ministry to the lieutenant governor, which enabled her to have a say in the everyday functionin...

TMC accuses Modi of horse trading, asks EC to cancel his nominations

New Delhi: The Trinamool Congress on Tuesday (April 30) alleged that Narendra Modi's recent speech, where he claimed that 40 TMC MLAs are in touch with him, indicates "impending horse-trading" and asked the Election Commission to cancel his nomination for such "provocative and undemocratic" statements. In its letter to the Election Commission, the TMC dema...

Airbus profits plunge on A380 scrapping and German arms freeze to Saudi

Paris: European aerospace giant Airbus on Tuesday (April 30) reported a slump in first-quarter net profit, hit by Germany's freeze on weapons exports to Saudi Arabia and its own decision to stop building the loss-making A380 super-jumbo. It said profits were down 86% from the same period in 2018 at 40 million euros. It blamed "adjustments" including "a...

Ayodhya: Rhetoric of temple building, religion missing; caste cauldron to work in pol...

Bang in the middle of the Chowk in Ayodhya, the Uttar Pradesh town believed by the Hindus to be the birthplace of their deity Lord Rama, stands a ghantaghar (clock tower). Legend has it that the tower was built in the middle of the town’s busiest roundabout by the king of Balrampur, a nearby town that was part of an ancient kingdom but is now kn...

Indian Army puts out ‘Yeti’ footprint, gets trolled

The Indian Army on April 29 created a flutter of sorts on Twitter when it tweeted that its mountaineering expedition team had come across a set of “mysterious footprints” near the Makalu base camp on April 9. The tweet claimed that the footprints belonged to the “Yeti”, a mythical creature which is believed to have been born of human imagination. ...

Can’t hide if plane is downed: Pak rejects India’s F-16 claim again

Islamabad: The Pakistan Army on April 29 once again rejected India's claim of shooting down a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet, saying one cannot hide if a plane is downed in today's age when even if a motorcycle crashes the world finds out. India has asserted that an Indian Air Force MIG-21 shot down an American-made F-16 on February 27 during the aerial confro...

Daily wrap: Kerala CEO confirms bogus voting; SL gets new acting police chief

Kerala CEO confirms bogus voting, CPM in a fix In an embarrassment to the ruling CPI(M) in Kerala, the chief electoral officer, Teeka Ram Meena, on Monday, said bogus voting took place at a polling booth in Kannur district, Onmanorama reported on Monday (April 29). Three women were found doing it, the CEO was quoted as saying. "This happened at ...

‘NaPanta’ mobile app transforms farmers’ lives in Andhra, Telangana...

Riding a motorbike from Hyderabad to his native village in Warangal district on a weekend in 2016, V Naveen Kumar stopped midway on noticing a group of farmers standing near a field. He was shocked to find a farmer lying dead. He had committed suicide, unable to repay loan due to the crop loss he suffered because of spurious seeds. Disturbed by wha...

Cut the curls and gossip: Pope’s advice to hair stylists, beauticians

Pope Francis is breaking new ground, literally. No Pope in the recent past would have given an advice to hair stylists and beauticians. The Pope, on Monday, welcomed hairdressers, hairstylists, and beauticians to the Vatican but warned them not to indulge in gossip while feathering locks or painting fingernails. “Practise your profession in a Ch...

Sri Lanka president appoints new acting police chief

Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday (April 29) appointed CD Wickremaratne, Senior Deputy Inspector General, as acting police chief. The appointment came in the backdrop of suspending police chief Pujith Jayasundara after the defiant Inspector General refused to quit taking responsibility for the intelligence failure that led to t...

Three poll officials die in Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal: Three government employees including a woman engaged in poll duty died in separate incidents in Madhya Pradesh, an official said on Monday (April 29). Sunanda Kotekar, 50, who was deployed at Lodhikheda polling booth in Saunsar area of Chhindwara Lok Sabha seat, felt uneasy on Sunday night, state chief electoral officer V L Kantha Rao said. K...

Rahul files reply in SC on contempt notice over ‘chowkidar’ remark

New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday (April 29) filed his reply in the Supreme Court on a notice issued to him after a contempt case by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi for his remarks on the Rafale verdict. The counsel appearing for Gandhi mentioned the matter before a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and said they be allowed to file a rep...

Sunny Deol files nomination from Gurdaspur

Actor and BJP candidate Sunny Deol Monday filed his nomination papers from the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat in Punjab. After paying obeisance at the Golden Temple and Durgiana Temple in Amritsar in the morning, Deol filed his nomination in Gurdaspur. Deol was accompanied by his brother and actor Bobby Deol. Punjab BJP chief and Rajya Sabha MP ...

Delhi HC rejects plea seeking media gag from revealing charges against CJI

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday (April 29) refused to entertain a plea seeking to restrain the media from publishing allegations of sexual harassment against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi by a former Supreme Court employee. A bench headed by Chief Justice Rajendra Menon dismissed the plea filed by an NGO and said the top court is already se...

Sri Lanka’s face veil ban takes effect under new regulation

Colombo: Muslim women in Sri Lanka will not be allowed to wear any form of face veils in public from April 29 under new regulations announced by President Maithripala Sirisena who used emergency powers in the wake of the Easter Sunday bombings. The new regulation banning any form of face covering was announced by the President on April 28, a week after t...

Daily wrap: NIA searches at 3 places in Kerala; Fani to intensify

Pragya's curse on Masood Azhar could have averted Balakot: Digvijaya Singh Taking a dig at BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal Pragya Thakur, Congress’ Digvijaya Singh who is fighting the elections from the same constituency said had Pragya 'cursed' Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar, there would have been no need for the Balakot surgical str...

Father, brothers of Lanka bombings mastermind killed in shootout

The father and two brothers of Zahran Hashim, the suspected mastermind behind the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka, were killed in a police raid on safe houses two days ago, Reuters reported on Sunday (April 28). Hashim’s father Mohammed Hashim and brothers Zainee Hashim and Rilwan Hashim, were among the 15 killed in an encounter with the military. ...

Pragya’s curse on Masood Azhar could have averted Balakot: Digvijaya Singh

Taking a dig at BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal Pragya Thakur, Congress’ Digvijaya Singh who is fighting the elections from the same constituency said had Pragya 'cursed' Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar, there would have been no need for the Balakot surgical strikes, NDTV reported. Singh was alluding to Pragya’s recent statement that f...

Modi lauds Sunny Deol’s ‘humility and passion for India’

New Delhi: Actor Sunny Deol, the BJP candidate for Punjabs Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat, on Sunday (April 28) met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Modi appreciated Deols "humility and deep sense of passion for a better India". "Happy to have met him today. We are all rooting for his victory in Gurdaspur. We both agree that India will continue to prosper," the PM ...

Refugees, asylum seekers harassed in Sri Lanka after Easter Sunday blasts

Colombo: Nearly 1,600 refugees from about 15 countries, mostly from Pakistan, are facing threats  and have been attacked in Sri Lanka following the Easter Sunday bombings which killed over 250 people, an official said on Sunday (April 28). Sri Lanka on Sunday (April 28) marked a week since the coordinated blasts hit three churches and three luxury hotels...

Troubled Jet Airways employee jumps to death

Chennai: A senior technician from Jet Airways, who was suffering from cancer, committed suicide by jumping off the terrace of his four-storey building at Palghar in Maharashtra, IANS reported on April 27. Shailesh Singh, 45, was suffering from depression due to cancer and had got discharged from the hospital a day before. Reports said that Singh was frus...

Fani to intensify into severe cyclonic storm but will skip TN, rain likely

New Delhi/Chennai: Cyclone Fani is very likely to intensify into a 'severe cyclonic storm' in the next 12 hours and further soar into a 'very severe cyclonic storm' in the next 24 hours, the Cyclone Warning Division of the MeT department said on Sunday (April 28). In its 1 pm bulletin, the Cyclone Warning Division said Fani currently lays over 745 km east-southeas...

Kerala CEO seeks report on alleged bogus voting

Chief electoral officer (CEO) of Kerala Teeka Ram Meena on Saturday (April 27) sought reports from Kasargod and Kannur district collectors over alleged bogus voting at various polling booths in the Kasargod Lok Sabha constituency. "We have got complaints from certain places. The Election Commission will take further action in this regard. We are...

Good to end home season on a high: Steve Smith

Jaipur: Steve Smith is happy to have ended Rajasthan Royals "home run" on a high after a seven-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad as he gears up to leave for Australia to take join national teams World Cup preparatory camp. Rajasthan Royals kept slender hopes of IPL play-off qualifications alive with a seven wicket win over Sunrisers and are currently ...

Imad Wasim century sets up Pakistan win in tour opener

London: Imad Wasim hit an unbeaten century as Pakistan began their tour of England with a 100-run win over Kent on Saturday (April 27). The all-rounder 117 not out, his career-best List A score, featured 13 fours and four sixes. It was the cornerstone of Pakistan's commanding 358 for seven from 50 overs at a windswept Beckenham and that proved far too ...

TDP leader detained at Renigunta airport for carrying bullets

Tirupati: A Telugu Desam Party leader bound for Hyderabad by a private airlines flight was detained at the Renigunta airport on Saturday (April 27) for carrying 20 bullets, an airport official said. The party leader from Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh was handed over to police by the airport authorities as the bullets were detected during scanning, the...

Parts of Telangana to experience heat wave for three days

The northern parts of Telangana are likely to experience heat wave conditions for three days beginning Saturday, Met officials said. The temperatures are rising due to the winds blowing from the north westerly and northerly direction, a Met department official told. The highest maximum temperature of 44.7 degrees celsius was recorded during t...

Ex-IAF wing commander’s wife found dead in Dwarka

New Delhi: A former IAF wing commander's wife was found dead at her house in Dwarka's Sector-7 area, police said on Saturday (April 28). The deceased was identified as Meenu Jain (52), a resident of Air Force Naval Officers Enclave in Dwarka Sector-7, they added. According to a senior police officer, Meenu's father HP Garg (76), a retired IIT Delhi prof...

Exam results fiasco: Committee points out errors, suggests measures

Hyderabad: The three-member committee of technical experts, appointed by the Telangana government following the furore over Intermediate examination results, pointed out certain lapses and suggested various measures for improvement, officials said on Saturday (April 27). In its report, submitted to the government on Saturday, the committee pointed out mist...

RLD’s Mathura candidate raises questions over safety of EVMs

Mathura: RLD candidate from Mathura in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls Narendra Singh raised questions over the safety and security of electronic voting machines (EVMs) on Saturday (April 27). "Since the EVMs kept in the Mandi Samiti may be damaged by rats, we want an assurance about the safety of the machines," the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) candidate told. He...

Cong candidates’ 10-yr-old appeals to voters to make her father win

Jodhpur: The high-pitched election campaign of the Congress' Jodhpur candidate Vaibhav Gehlot concluded on Saturday (April 27) with his 10-year-old daughter appealing to people here to vote for her father. During a public meeting at the historic Tower House, Kashwini, the daughter of Vaibhav Gehlot, said "please ensure my father's victory by a margin of ...

Daily Wrap: RBI to issue new ₹20 note; Modi’s assets touch ₹2.5 crore

Depression over Bay of Bengal intensifies into cyclonic storm The depression over southeast Bay of Bengal has intensified into a cyclonic storm named Fani, the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) said on April 27. Speaking to the The Federal, S Balachandran, director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre, said, “The storm, named ‘Fani’ is likely to inte...

Pragya was stripped, beaten by Karkare: Malegaon blast case accused

Ballia: Those accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case were tortured at the "behest" of senior Congress leaders, Maj (retired) Ramesh Chandra Upadhyay, who is also an accused in the case and contesting the Lok Sabha polls, has alleged. His remark came days after BJP's Bhopal Lok Sabha seat candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, also an accused in the case...

Tharoor summoned by Delhi court over scorpion remark

New Delhi: A court here on Saturday (April 27) summoned Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on June 7 on a complaint over his remarks that an unnamed RSS leader had compared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “a scorpion sitting on a Shivling”. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal was hearing a criminal defamation complaint filed against Tharoor b...

Depression over Bay of Bengal intensifies into cyclonic storm

Chennai: The deep depression over southeast Bay of Bengal has intensified into a cyclonic storm, named Fani, the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) said on Saturday (April 27). “Deep depression over southeast Bay of Bengal intensified into a cyclonic storm Fani over southeast Bay of Bengal and lay centred at 1130 hrs IST of April 27 about 1190 km south...

Politics of Jugaad: New book examines coalition govt possibility in 2019

New Delhi: Why should a party that performs well in the Hindi-speaking parts of India inevitably end up leading the nation? author Saba Naqvi questions in her new book in which she examines the possibility of a coalition government after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. In 'Politics of Jugaad: The Coalition Handbook', the political analyst runs through the histor...

BJP aims to upset Gehlot’s applecart in Jodhpur

Jodhpur: With the battle for supremacy for the Jodhpur Lok Sabha constituency becoming a prestige issue for Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who has put all his might to ensure victory of his son, rival BJP is crying foul saying government machinery is being "misused". Gehlot's son Vaibhav is making his debut from the seat, which his father has rep...

Thousands of tribals benefit from literacy drive in Kerala

Nearly 10,000 tribals, living in backward conditions, have been initiated into the world of letters in Kerala in the past two years, thanks to an epoch-making drive by a government agency. According to statistics, a total of 9,975 tribal people have been benefited from three programmes successfully implemented by the Kerala State Literacy Missio...

Chandrababu Naidu stays on collision course with poll panel

The actions of the Election Commission have come under scanner in Andhra Pradesh with the ruling Telugu Desam Party dubbing the state chief secretary L V Subrahmanyam, appointed by the poll panel, as “extra-constitutional authority.” While the state ministers have virtually declared a war on the top bureaucrat, the Chief Minister N Chandrababu N...

Gomathi Marimuthu: A story of deprivation, hardship and stardom

Gomathi Marimuthu (30 years), who made history by clinching gold at the 800 metre event in the Asian Athletics Championships earlier this week, almost hung up her boots a couple of years ago. Talking to The Federal, she recounts, “I had suffered an injury at a training camp and I thought my tryst with sports was over. My friends and family supporte...

Reserve Bank of India to issue new ₹20 notes in greenish yellow colour

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday (April 26) announced that it will introduce a new series of ₹20 notes. The new notes will be in greenish yellow colour, bearing the Ellora cave motifs depicting the country's cultural heritage. These notes will have all the regular features of Indian currency such as the photo of Mahatma Gandhi, Asoka pi...

US urges citizens to reconsider travel to Sri Lanka over terror threat

Washington: The US State Department on Friday (April 26) raised the level of its travel warning for Sri Lanka, urging citizens to reconsider visiting the island in the wake of a devastating series of suicide bombings that killed more than 250 people. The department has "ordered the departure of all school-age family members of US government employees in kin...

Landmark law behind US women’s football dominance

Los Angeles: The United States will arrive in France for the women's World Cup as the standard-bearers for one of the most dominant eras in the history of international football. In the 34 years since a makeshift team played their first international, the Americans have forged a record of success unparalleled in womens football. Since the first women's World...

Not harsh enough: England star Rose shocked by Montenegro racism rap

Lausanne: England defender Danny Rose said he was "shocked" that Montenegro were only told to play just one game behind closed doors as punishment for racist chants, insisting the sanction "was not harsh enough". UEFA ordered Montenegro to play their next home Euro 2020 qualifier in an empty stadium after Raheem Sterling, Rose and Callum Hudson-Odoi were ...

It was a massive boost that MSD wasn’t around, says Rohit

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's name not figuring in the Chennai Super Kings team sheet owing to fever was a massive boost for Mumbai Indians ahead of their return-leg IPL fixture, feels skipper Rohit Sharma. In the talisman's absence, MI thrashed CSK by 46 runs to brighten their chances of qualifying for the playoffs. "It was a massive boost that MSD...

6 children, 3 women among 15 killed in raids on terror hideouts in Sri Lanka

At least 15 people, including six children and three women, were killed when suicide bombers blew themselves up during a shootout with security forces in Sri Lanka's Eastern province, police said Saturday (April 27). The security forces continue their hunt for members of the local terror group National Thowheeth Jamath (NTJ) which was behind the...

Sri Lanka troops kill two suspected IS gunmen

Colombo: Sri Lankan security forces raided a safe house of Islamic State affiliated militants in the east of the country and killed at least two men in an exchange of fire, the military said on Saturday (April 27). Gunmen opened fire on troops when they attempted to storm the house in the town of Kalmunai, spokesman Sumith Atapattu said. "In our retal...

Harvey Weinstein trial postponed to September

New York: The sexual assault trial of disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein will take place on September 9, three months later than expected, a New York judge said on Friday (April 26). Weinstein, a catalyst for the #MeToo anti-harassment movement-- has been charged over the alleged assaults of two women and faces life in prison if he is convicted...

Air India operations affected globally as software shuts down for six hours

Hundreds of Air India passengers were left stranded at several airports across the world as its check-in software stopped functioning for around six hours, the airline said on Saturday (April 27). According to airline sources, the software, which is of Atlanta-based SITA company, was not functioning approximately from 3 am to 9 am on Saturday. C...

AI to charge no fees for cancellation of tickets within 24 hrs of booking

New Delhi: Air India has decided that from May 1, if a customer wants to cancel his air ticket or make changes in it within 24 hours of booking, he will not be charged any fee, according to an airline document. However, this facility will be available only if the flight is scheduled at least seven days after the booking date. Indian aviation regulator DGCA...

TN govt memo talks of terror alert; instructs police to take action

An internal Tamil Nadu government memo to the Director General of Police as well as other police officers has urged that all precautionary measures be taken to maintain law and order after the Bengaluru police received a terror alert regarding Tamil Nadu. The letter written by the principal secretary (FAC) on April 26, a copy of which is with Th...

Importance of the battle of Begusarai, the former citadel of CPI

In the sweltering heat of Begusarai, under a blazing red sun, Kanhaiya Kumar usually campaigns in a flaming red shirt. Every few minutes, he underlines the symbolism of his sartorial choice with his trademark salutation delivered with a clenched fist and a raised arm: Jai Bheem, Lal Salaam. But, the essence of Kumar’s campaign is the Bheem in hi...

IPL 2019: Five veteran cricketers who prove that age is just a number

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will have truly defeated age.” The above quote was written by famous Italian actress Sophia Loren, in the context of growing old. You are only as old as you allow your mind t...

Daily wrap: Fire on board INS Vikramaditya, SL police chief resigns

Fire on board INS Vikramaditya: one dead, probe ordered A fire broke out on board INS Vikramaditya, India’s 40,000-tonne aircraft carrier, on Friday (April 26) as the ship was entering the Karwar port, in Karnataka. Lieutenant-commander DS Chauhan, who led the firefighting efforts, died, said an NDTV report. The fire was brought under control bu...

Playback theatre effect: Enacting a change in lives of kids in govt homes

A 10-year-old Anandhi* would not stop talking or getting into fights with her classmates and friends at a government home in Tamil Nadu. Her teachers grappled with her behaviour and would reprimand her for her misdemeanours, but all their efforts were in vain. However, they found a solution to make her fall in line, playback theatre. The theatre fo...

Fire on board INS Vikramaditya: one dead, probe ordered

A fire broke out on board INS Vikramaditya, India's 40,000-tonne aircraft carrier, on Friday (April 26) as the ship was entering the Karwar port, in Karnataka. Lieutenant-commander DS Chauhan, who led the firefighting efforts, died, said an NDTV report. The fire was brought under control but the officer lost consciousness due to smoke and fumes ...

AIADMK chief whip seeks disqualification of 3 MLAs

AIADMK's chief whip Rajendran has sought the disqualification of three AIADMK MLAs. In a letter to Tamil Nadu speaker P Dhanapal, he has asked for the move against Kallakurichi MLA Prabhu, Virudhachalam MLA Kalaiselvan and Aranthangi MLA Rathnasabapathy, alleging their closeness to AMMK chief TTV Dhinakaran. Allegedly, the three had also campaig...

Poll scam money used for Naamdars campaign: PM targets Rahul

Sidhi: Targeting the Congress on corruption, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday (April 26) said the party committed the "Tughlaq road election scam", whose money was being used for the poll campaign of its chief Rahul Gandhi. Addressing a poll rally, Modi said that in the Congress culture, corruption was the "only protocol." The Prime Minister also...

Fake news on social media: A menace with a mission

With 900 million eligible voters, the largest democratic process to elect the 17th Lok Sabha is underway in India. But the spread of misinformation on social platforms not only poses a serious challenge to the democratic system but also vitiates the poll atmosphere in the run up to the elections. Though vigorous efforts are put in by fact-checki...

Nirav Modi, Choksi’s luxury cars auctioned at ₹3.29 cr: ED

New Delhi: A dozen luxury cars of PNB scam accused businessmen Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi have been auctioned, fetching the government exchequer ₹3.29 crore, the ED said on Friday (April 26). The vehicles were attached by the agency under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in the past. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had in March obtained the ...

Rahul calls NYAY scheme a surgical strike on poverty

Samastipur: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday (April 26) called NYAY scheme a surgical strike on poverty and allayed fears that the salaried middle class would have to foot the bill which he said would be entirely funded with the money that thieves like Anil Ambani have plundered with Narendra Modi's help. Launching a fresh attack on the NDA govern...

My job to lead from front, says Dinesh Karthik after another KKR loss

Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Dinesh Karthik feels that questions are bound to be raised against his captaincy after the team suffered its sixth defeat in row in the IPL but "his job is to lead from the front". The World Cup-bound Karthik regained his batting form with an unbeaten 97 off 50 balls, helping KKR recover from 49 for 3 to a challengi...

Getafe aims champions league spot after draw with Real Madrid

Getafe: Real Madrid's dreary end to the season took another turn for the worse on Thursday (April 25) as they were left holding on for a goalless draw away to Champions League chasers Getafe. Just 48 hours before Barcelona are set to be celebrating a 26th La Liga title at Camp Nou, Madrid drifted to a stalemate that leaves them 15 points behind the soon...

Guardiola urges caution from City, ManU seek Chelsea redemption

London: Manchester City and Liverpool are showing no signs of letting up in their thrilling Premier League title race but their flawless form contrasts sharply with the struggles of the teams chasing a top-four finish. Manchester United host Chelsea on Sunday (April 28) hoping to arrest an alarming slide of seven defeats in nine games in all competition...

Sri Lanka police chief resigns over bombings: President

Colombo: Sri Lanka's top police official, Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara, has resigned over failures that led to the deadly Easter bomb attacks, the country's president said on April 26. "The IGP has resigned. He has sent his resignation to the acting defence secretary. I'll nominate a new IGP soon," President Maithripala Sirisena told re...