Schools shut as IMD forecasts ‘extremely heavy rainfall’ in Mumbai

Mumbai: All schools and junior colleges in Mumbai are shut after met department on Wednesday forecast "extremely heavy rainfall" over the next 48 hours in Mumbai and adjoining Raigad district.

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Toll in Andhra river tragedy mounts to 38, boat located

The death toll in the tourist boat accident in the Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh has risen to 38, with the recovery of 10 bodies on Wednesday (September 18). Eight more passengers of the ill-fated boat that capsized in the swollen river near Katchuluru in East Godavari district on Sunday are still missing. The overloaded private vessel, carry...

Victory for heritage lovers as Telangana HC stops demolition of ‘Errum Manzil’

In a major setback to the Vaastu-loving chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, the Telangana High Court has directed his government on Tuesday (September 17) not to demolish the ‘Errum Manzil’, a 19th century heritage structure in the heart of the city. The plan was to bring it down to pave way for a new Assembly complex at a cost of ₹100 crore. Br...

Hindi imposition will only encounter resistance, says Rajinikanth

Chennai: Opposing Union home minister Amit Shah’s recent pitch to make Hindi a common language in the country, actor Rajinikanth on Wednesday (September 18) said the concept of common language in India is not a feasible option and any attempts to impose Hindi will only invite resistance. “Having a common language for a nation is welcomed. It will help in...

SC hauls up Kerala HC for overlooking order on Malankara Church dispute

Chennai: In a strongly worded remark, the Supreme Court on September 17 disapproved of a Kerala High Court order that went against its judgement on the Malankara Church dispute in Kerala. The Supreme Court has said that Kerala is a part of the Indian Territory and the Kerala High Court is bound to follow the law declared by the top court. In 2017, the...

NCW seeks action against cops who ‘stripped, abused’ three sisters in Ass...

Taking cognizance of the allegations by three sisters in Assam of being stripped and beaten up by policemen at an outpost in Darrang district, the the National Commission for Women (NCW) on Wednesday (September 18) sought stern action from Assam Police against officials involved in the act. One of the women, who was pregnant has alleged of under...

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In a first, Rajnath Singh does a sortie in Tejas fighter aircraft

Bengaluru: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday flew in the Tejas fighter aircraft from the HAL airport in Bengaluru, becoming the first defence minister to fly in the indigenously-built light combat aircraft.

Nirav Modi to appear via videolink for UK remand hearing

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Schools shut as IMD forecasts ‘extremely heavy rainfall’ in Mumbai

Mumbai: All schools and junior colleges in Mumbai are shut after met department on Wednesday forecast "extremely heavy rainfall" over the next 48 hours in Mumbai and adjoining Raigad district.

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Mamata stresses on need for conservation of water resources

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday (September 18) emphasised the need for conservation of water resources on the occasion of World Water Monitoring Day. She highlighted a slew of projects which were undertaken by her government with an aim to strengthening irrigation facilities and providing relief to people during the perio...

Dalit BJP MP denied entry to OBC settlement in own constituency

Bengaluru/Chennai: A Dalit Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament, A Narayanaswamy, from Karnataka’s Chitradurga was allegedly prevented from entering a Gollarahatti – a settlement of Gollas (Yadavs) – at a village in Tumakauru district.

Man dies after electricity pole falls on him; poor maintenance blamed

Chennai: A 42-year-old commercial van driver was electrocuted after an electricity pole fell on him in Chitlapakkam of Chennai on Monday (September 17). The driver Sethuraj had gone out to feed the stray dogs when the pole fell on him. He was rushed to a private hospital where he was declared brought dead. He is survived by his wife and two children. ...

Kerala all-party meet decides on legal recourse to halt Maradu flats demolition

Chennai: The all-party meeting headed by Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday (September 17) decided on a slew of measures to avoid the demolition of the Maradu flats near Kochi. As part of its efforts, it was decided to send a three-member team consisting of K Gopalakrishna Bhat (secretary, local self-government), Mohammed Sarifulla (di...

17 more bodies found in Godavari, boat tragedy toll stands at 25

The total confirmed toll in Sunday’s Godavari boat tragedy now stands at 25 after 17 more bodies were recovered from the river during search operations on Tuesday (September 17).

SC stays execution of convict till Oct 16 in Coimbatore rape, double murder case

New Delhi: Three days ahead of the scheduled hanging of a death row convict for 'horribly' gang raping a minor girl and killing her along with her brother in Coimbatore in 2010, the Supreme Court on Tuesday (September 17) stayed his execution till October 16. A bench headed by Justice R F Nariman said it would hear on October 16 the plea filed by convict M...

Shivakumar’s bail plea kept on hold, sent to judicial custody

Bengaluru: A special Delhi Court on September 17 (Tuesday) remanded Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar to judicial custody. The court posted the hearing on his bail peal to Wednesday (September 18). Enforcement Directorate (ED) on September 3 arrested the Congress leader in an alleged money laundering case. In a similar pattern, after the expiry of...

Dramatic twist in AP ex-Speaker’s suicide as kin alleges son’s role

In a dramatic twist after the death of former Andhra Pradesh Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao, one of his close relatives accused the veteran TDP leader’s son of being responsible for the death.

Sibal questions Abdullah’s detention under PSA, suspects Vaiko’s SC petit...

Chennai: Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal lashed out at the BJP over the detention of Farooq Abdullah under the Public Safety Act on Monday (September 16) He questioned whether the step was prompted by MDMK chief Vaiko's plea in the Supreme Court seeking a directive that the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister be produced before it. A patron of ...

Maradu flat demolition order in Kerala leaves residents in the lurch

The Supreme Court’s directive to demolish a group of prime waterfront high-rise apartment complexes near Kochi in Kerala over violation Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms has snowballed into a major controversy. The demolition of H2O Holy Faith, Golden Kayaloram, Alfa Serene and Jain’s Coral Cave in Maradu in Ernakulam district, which houses ar...

Congress, NCP to contest 125 seats each in Maharashtra polls

Mumbai: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress will contest 125 seats each in next month’s Maharashtra state election, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said on Monday.

No Shah, Sultan or Samrat must renege on unity in diversity promise: Kamal

Chennai: Actor-turned politician Kamal Haasan on Monday (September 16) raised his voice and opposed to any attempts to "impose" Hindi saying it was a promise made to the country decades back which "no Shah, Sultan or Samrat must renege on." Further, the Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder said, India was an "excellent feast" and that such imposition would ...

Longest, loudest & most musical farts to get trophies in Gujarat

Ahmedabad: To stink is not just good but great, that is, if you are in Gujarat's Surat, where two residents are organising a fart competition, apparently India's first fart competition. Unthinkable it may be, but the "longest", "loudest" and "most musical" farts will win trophies on September 22, said organiser Yatin Sangoi, who is also a singer and makes ...

Pune surgeon helping driver fix flat tyre run over by luxury bus  

Chennai: Two people, including renowned orthopaedic surgeon Dr Ketan Shripad Khurjekar were killed after a private luxury bus rammed into their stationary car along the Pune-Mumbai Expressway on Sunday (September 15) night. Dr Khurjekar and driver, Dnyaneshwar Bhosale, who also died in the accident, is reported to be in his mid-thirties. The mishap to...

J&K ex-CM Farooq Abdullah detained under stringent PSA

Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah has now been detained under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA), which enables authorities to detain any individual for two years without a trial, sources said on Monday (September 16). The 81-year-old patron of the National Conference has been under house arrest since August 5 when the C...

TDP veteran, Andhra ex-Speaker dies; suicide suspected

Former Andhra Pradesh Speaker and senior Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader K Siva Prasada Rao died on Monday (September 16) at his residence in Hyderabad. While his close aides said he had administered himself some injections on Sunday night leading to a heart attack, the police are yet to confirm it as a suicide. Rao, a six-time legislator who...

Andhra boat mishap: A tragedy waiting to happen

“It happened within the blink of an eye. My husband and my daughter fell into the river and were swept away in the swirling waters before my own eyes. I was helpless,” an inconsolably sobbing Madhulatha recalled her ordeal. Minutes before the overloaded private tourist boat, packed with holiday revellers, turned turtle and capsized in the Godava...

BJP confident in Maharashtra but uncertainty remains over Sena tie-up

Chennai: While Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis expressed confidence that the BJP will come back to power in the state, its all-weather ally Shiv Sena reviewed its poll preparedness amid speculations that the BJP might not agree to the seat-sharing formula proposed by it.

J&K polls after delimitation of constituencies, says BJP working president Nadda...

Thane/Chennai: Over a month after the central government revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) working president JP Nadda said that the elections in the state would be held after the delimitation of its constituencies.

Will implement NRC in Haryana, says CM Khattar, gets Hooda’s support

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday (September 15) said that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be updated in the state, as done in Assam. "We will implement NRC in Haryana," Khattar told reporters in Panchkula after meeting justice (retd) HS Bhalla  and former Navy chief Admiral (retd) Sunil Lanba at their residences ...

12 drown in Godavari as tourist boat with no life jacket, permit capsizes

The boat, Royal Vashishta, was overloaded with over 70 people, including the crew, on board even though the maximum carrying capacity of the boat was 50. Most of them were tourists travelling to Papikondalu, a famous tourist spot near Rajahmundry.

Chopper pressed into rescue as boat capsizes in Godavari, kills 12

Amaravati/Chennai: A boat carrying 61 people capsized in the Godavari river near East Godavari district’s Devipatnam on Sunday, resulting in the death of 12 people. While 23 people have been rescued so far, a search operation is underway for the rest.

Flats demolition: Vijayan calls for all party meeting on Tuesday

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government on Sunday (September 15) called for an all-party meeting on September 17 to discuss the plight of owners of around 350 flats in Maradu in Kochi, facing demolition for violating Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms. The meeting will be held here on Tuesday at 3.30 pm, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's office said. The 1,200 o...

Task force to check child marriages in Odisha’s Koraput dist

Koraput: A task force has been constituted in Odisha's Koraput district to check the practice of child marriage, common among the tribal communities in the region, a senior official said. Against a state average of 21.3 per cent and a national average of 26.8 per cent, the annual rate of child marriage in the district is 34.7 per cent. Child marriage...

Here are the murky deals that landed Shivakumar in trouble

Congress leader DK Shivakumar, who was arrested on September 3 in an alleged money laundering case, suffered yet another setback on Friday (September 13) as a Delhi court extended his Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody till September 17.

Board exam for Class V, VIII students in Tamil Nadu govt schools

Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government has decided to hold board examination for Classes V and VIII from this academic year, defying its earlier policy of no-detention till Class XI.

Ancient Synagogue in Kochi ruined by relentless rains in Kerala

A prominent victim to the devastating rains in Kerala, which killed more than 100 people besides rendering two lakh people homeless, is a 600-year-old Synagogue that got reduced to a rubble. Following heavy rains, a portion of Kadavumbhagam synagogue at Mattancherry in Kochi- a remnant of Jewish history- collapsed on Tuesday (September 10) morni...

Flood-hit Kerala celebrates Onam with all-time high liquor and milk sales

Chennai: In sharp contrast to the news of economic slowdown all over, the state of Kerala has hit the headlines with its new record in liquor and dairy sales. During the 10-day long festive season of Onam that came right after the flood devastation, the south Indian state saw ₹487 crore of sale in liquor.

Protests against uranium exploration in Amrabad forest gains momentum

Protests against the proposed exploration for uranium deposits in Telangana’s Amrabad forest, the second largest tiger reserve in the country, are gaining momentum with celebrities lending their support for a ban on the proposed exploration.

HC slams Tamil Nadu over Subhasri’s death, says lost faith in govt

Chennai: A day after a 23-year-old Subhasri Ravi was run over by a water tanker after a hoarding erected by the AIADMK crashed on her, the Madras High Court on Friday came down heavily on the state government, observing that the court has lost faith in the government.

Odd-even vehicle rationing scheme back in Delhi to tackle air pollution

Chennai: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday (September 13) announced that the odd-even scheme to ration vehicles will be implemented in Delhi after Diwali, from November 4 to November 15, to reduce air pollution. The odd-even scheme was introduced in Delhi in 2015. It was enforced twice when vehicles having odd and even number plates were all...

Counting underway for DU students’ union elections; voter turnout drops by 4%

The counting of votes for the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) elections began on Friday (September 13), a day after students across different colleges under Delhi University voted for their desired candidates. The results are expected to be out by Friday afternoon. Around 1.3 lakh students cast their votes. The voter turnout was recorded...

J&K leader Shah Faesal withdraws petition in HC against his detention

Bureaucrat-turned-politician Shah Faesal on Thursday withdrew the habeas corpus plea from the Delhi high court, challenging his detention. The plea was withdrawn by Shah Faesal’s wife Iram Shah, after she met the former IAS officer in Srinagar’s Sher-i-Kashmir International Convention Centre, which is now a detention center on Tuesday (September 10...

Dalit woman forced to prostate for attending church prayers in TN

Chennai: Two men were booked on Wednesday (September 11) for allegedly forcing a Dalit woman to prostate before them for attending church prayers in Madurai’s Samayanallur town.

Kerala’s ancient synagogue reduced to debris in heavy rains

Chennai: A major portion of an ancient and non-operational synagogue of the black Jews in Kochi has collapsed due to heavy rains on Tuesday (September 10). 

Post big Lok Sabha gains in Telangana, BJP looks for aggressive state chief

With Telangana emerging as the priority state for the BJP as part of its “Look South” mission, the race has intensified for the party chief’s post. The saffron party, which has vowed to capture power in Telangana in the 2023 Assembly polls, is looking for an “aggressive” leader who can galvanize the cadre across the state to take on the well-ent...

Chennai woman run over by truck after AIADMK banner falls on her

Chennai: A 23-year-old woman was run over by a lorry after an illegally-erected banner of the AIADMK party fell on her, near Pallikaranai in Chennai on Thursday (September 12).

BJP has offered Sena 106 seats in Maharashtra: Source

New Delhi: The BJP has offered 106 seats to its main alliance partner Shiv Sena for the next month's Maharashtra Assembly polls, but the latter is not likely to accept less than 120 seats, a source said on Thursday. The seat-sharing talks between the two parties are likely to conclude in a day or two, a BJP source said here. The Assembly has a total of 288...

SC collegium warns it could disclose reasons for Tahilramani’s transfer

The Supreme Court collegium has warned that it would have no hesitation in disclosing the reasons for the transfer of Vijaya K Tahilramani, who resigned as Chief Justice of the Madras High Court as she was transferred to Meghalaya High Court. In a statement released by the collegium's secretary general Sanjeev S Kalgaonkar on Thursday (September...

With Siruvani level reduced, Coimbatore loses world’s 2nd tastiest water

Chennai: With the Kerala government’s move to reduce the maximum water storage level at Siruvani reservoir, Coimbatore is slowly losing out on the “world’s second tastiest drinking water”, which was once the only source of drinking water for the district.

Pledge to root out terrorism, develop J&K and Ladakh, says Modi

Ranchi/Chennai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who launched a series of schemes in Jharkhand on Thursday (September 12), said that the BJP government in the first 100 days of its second term had taken several steps to root out terrorism and rein in corruption.

Madras HC refuses to extend parole for Rajiv Gandhi murder convict Nalini

The Madras High Court dismissed S Nalini's latest plea, a convict in the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's assassination on Thursday (September 12) seeking an extension of parole for 15 days till October 15. When the case came up for hearing on Thursday, Justices MM Sundresh and RMT Teeka Raman dismissed her plea. Nalini filed the petition...

To save skin, officials blame rats for ‘disasters’ in Bihar, Jharkhand

In Bihar and Jharkhand, rats don't just eat crumbs. They bring down crores-worth projects, sip on lakhs of seized liquor bottles and cause "disasters", destroying large tracts of farms and leaving common people helpless. Well, that is what officials in the two states would want everyone to believe, especially every time a graft comes to light an...

After US, Europe, Palaniswami plans next investment trip to Israel

Chennai: Soon after returning from the first foreign trip to three countries, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami claimed to have signed 41 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) grabbing investments to a tune of ₹8,830 crore that would generate about 37,300 job opportunities in the state. Palanaiswami said he was inspired by the way how water re...

Palnadu turns ground zero for Andhra revenge politics

In terms of its ruthlessness, the revenge politics in Andhra Pradesh is beginning to resemble the rivalry of the Dravidian parties of the neighbouring Tamil Nadu. In an unprecedented development, the former Chief Minister and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N Chandrababu Naidu was put under house arrest, along with his son Nara Lokesh, while...

Vokkaligas protest against arrest of DKS choke Bengaluru roads

Protests organised by Vokkaliga community members and Congress party choked Bengaluru roads on Wednesday. An estimated 7,000-8,000 people belonging to the community from across the state thronged to the city to protest against enforcement directorate’s (ED) arrest of Congress leader D K Shivakumar in the alleged money laundering case. ED took his c...

Row over choice of Telangana Governor

When the appointment of Tamilisai Soundararajan as Governor of Telangana was announced last week, it was seen as a politically-loaded move by the BJP to put the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and his government under watch. Unlike her predecessor E S L Narasimhan who was widely perceived as being close to the Chief Minister, Soundararajan was e...

TDP chief Naidu on fast as police puts him under preventive custody

Amaravati: Former Andhra Pradesh chief minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supremo N Chandrababu Naidu started a 12-hour long hunger strike after he was put under preventive custody by Andhra Pradesh police.

Post NRC: Why the road to oust illegal immigrants seems never-ending

On a cold afternoon of February, 2014, then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi had promised at an election rally in Assam’s Silchar, a region dominated by Hindu Bengalis, to oust all “ghuspethiyos” (intruders) from the country.

Cong-NCP to fight 123-125 seats each in Maharashtra: Chavan

Mumbai: The Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) will fight about 123-125 seats each and leave 41 constituencies for smaller allies in the upcoming state polls, former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said on Tuesday.

Hit by economic slowdown, Telangana downsizes budget by 20%

The economic slowdown has forced Telangana to cut its budget by nearly 20 per cent from what was projected in the vote-on-account budget in February. The 2019-20 budget has been downsized from ₹1.82 lakh crore to ₹1.46 lakh crore since the revenues have fallen steeply across the board.

Actor Urmila Matondkar quits Congress over ‘inner party politics’

Mumbai: Actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar on Tuesday (September 10) said he resigned from the Congress, five months after she joined the party, due to “petty in-house politics.”

Pawar, Sonia hold seat-sharing talks ahead of Maharashtra polls

New Delhi/Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar on Tuesday met interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi at her residence and reportedly discussed seat-sharing arrangement between the two parties for the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly elections.

JMB member wanted in 2013 Bodh Gaya blasts, arrested from Chennai

The Kolkata Police arrested a Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) member, wanted in connection with the 2013 Bodh Gaya blast, from Chennai's Thoraipakkam in the early hours of Tuesday. Asadullah Sheikh alias Raja (35), a resident of Nityanandapur village in Burdwan in West Bengal, was arrested by the Special Task Force of the Kolkata Police ba...

After consecutive floods, resilient Kerala set to celebrate Onam

Thiruvananthapuram: A security alert not withstanding, it is Onam time again and Keralites are getting ready to celebrate the biggest festival of the state putting behind the havoc wrought by two consecutive floods. As Kerala gets into the festive mood, police are maintaining tight vigil with the army receiving information that there may be a terror attack in south...

Once thriving, Bihar’s real estate, auto sectors grapple with economic distress

The economic slowdown that has slumped demand and production in many sectors, leading to job cuts, has severely affected the livelihood of lakhs of workers in Bihar.

Odisha truck driver fined ₹86,500, highest under new MV act

A truck driver in Odisha has been fined a whopping ₹86,500 for violation of traffic rules, the highest so far under the new Motor Vehicles Amendment act 2019.

Terror alert sounded in Kerala after Army receives inputs

Chennai: The Army has received inputs that there may be a terror attack in southern part of India, Lt Gen S K Saini, General Officer Commanding (GOC), Southern Command said near Pune on Monday (September 9).

Toddler falls off running jeep, crawls to safety in Kerala’s Idukki

A one-year-old toddler had a miraculous escape as she accidentally fell off a moving jeep on a road inside a dense forest here and crawled to a nearby check-post in Rajamala in Kerala's Idukki district, police said on Monday (September 9). The girl child, sitting on her mother's lap, fell off the vehicle on Sunday night (September 8) after her p...

KCR inducts son, nephew into cabinet

The induction of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s son KT Rama Rao and nephew T Harish Rao in the state cabinet on Sunday (September 8) was a strong message of family unity besides being a desperate move in order to keep the flock together to foil the designs of the resurgent BJP.

After resigning, Madras HC Chief Justice abstains from court hearing

Chennai: Madras High Court Chief Justice VK Tahilramani on Monday (September 9) abstained from court proceedings, three days after she resigned from the top post as a mark of protest against her transfer to the Meghalaya High Court.

Restrictions lifted from most areas of Kashmir

Restrictions were lifted from most areas of Kashmir, except some parts of Srinagar, on Monday (September 9) even as the stalemate in the Valley following abrogation of Article 370 entered its 36th day with schools closed and public transport off the roads, officials said. The restrictions have been lifted from most areas of the valley, but conti...

Tribal woman becomes first female pilot from Odisha’s Malkangiri district

Malkangiri/Bhubaneswar: Her dream to touch the sky has catapulted a tribal woman from Odisha's Malkangiri district to become the first female pilot from the region. Twenty-three-year-old Anupriya Lakra's dream of becoming a pilot has become a reality, seven years after she quit engineering studies midway and joined an aviation academy here in 2012. The woman from t...

Centre will not touch Article 371, Amit Shah assures northeast

Guwahati: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday (September 8) assured the northeast that the Centre will “not touch” Article 371 of the Indian Constitution, which provides special provisions in the region.

BJP will cross 75-mark in Haryana Assembly polls, says CM Khattar

Rohtak: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday (September 8) expressed confidence that the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) will cross the 75-mark in the upcoming Assembly elections in the state. “We will cross the target of 75 seats in Haryana,” the Chief Minister said while addressing the Vijay Sankalp rally in Rohtak, considered to be a bas...

Milk prices to go up in Kerala by ₹4 from September 21

The Kerala government has decided to hike milk prices in the state by ₹4 from September 21. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting convened by state Minister for Dairy Development K Raju. Kerala Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (Milma), which is authorised to decide on price hikes, had demanded a hike of ₹5-7, but the state g...

100 days of Jagan: a political scion’s tumultuous rise to power

From a reticent businessman, working under the shadow of his illustrious father and former Congress chief minister of the combined Andhra Pradesh YS Rajasekhar Reddy, to a mass leader in his own right, the political journey of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has been as tumultuous as it is controversial. The roller coaster ride, over a span of ten years, h...

Development, trust, big changes: Modi on first 100 days of 2nd term

Rohtak: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (September 8) said that the first 100 days of the NDA government's second term has been of "development, trust and big changes" in the country.

Curfew-like restrictions reimposed in several parts of Kashmir

Srinagar: Curfew-like restrictions were reimposed on Tuesday (September 10) in several parts of Kashmir, including the city, to foil any plans on taking out Muharram processions in the Valley as authorities apprehended that large congregations might lead to violence. Commercial hub of Lal Chowk and adjoining areas were completely sealed off by placing con...

Tamilisai Soundararajan sworn-in Telangana Governor

Tamilisai Soundararajan was on Sunday (September 8) sworn in as the first woman Governor of Telangana at the Raj Bhavan here. Chief Justice of Telangana High Court Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan administered the oath of office to Soundararajan. Fifty-eight-year-old Soundararajan was the former Tamil Nadu BJP chief and the party's national secr...

Odisha ranked 6th in diabetic deaths; behind TN, Kerala

At a time when Odisha's healthcare system is in shambles, with pregnant women being carried in slings due to lack of proper access, a study has put the state on the sixth position in the list of diabetic deaths.

After Congress, JD(S) grapples with infighting and possible defections

Bengaluru: Even as the Congress party in Karnataka struggles to set its house in order by keeping its senior leaders together and building its fight for its arrested leader DK Shivakumar, it’s coalition partner Janata Dal (Secular) seems to be fighting a different battle. On one front, there’s infighting within the party while there are speculations of a h...

DMK stages stir against railway examinations in English, Hindi

Chennai: DMK leaders and workers staged a protest here on Saturday (September 7) against the Railway Ministry's instruction to hold competitive examinations in English and Hindi. Led by MP Kanimozhi, party leaders, including RS Bharathy and MP Kalanidhi Veerasamy staged the protest and raised slogans in front of the Southern Railways office here, party s...

After SC declines to reconsider transfer, Madras HC Chief Justice resigns

Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, Vijaya K Tahilramani put in her papers on Friday (September 7) after the Supreme Court declined to reconsider its decision to transfer her to Meghalaya High Court. Sources say that Tahilramani resigned on Friday (6 September) evening whereas she is due to retire in October 2020. Sources said that, at a din...

With a friend like BJP pressing for NRC, Nitish doesn’t need enemies

The Narendra Modi-led BJP has not only denied the special status, but state party leaders are making moves — especially the demand for NRC updation in Seemanchal region of the state — that are slowly eroding Nitish’s key voter base — the Muslims.

Kerala to host Tourism ministers meet on sidelines of Onam celebrations

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Tourism's week-long cultural extravaganza to mark this years Onam celebrations will kick off on September 10, showcasing the states vibrant classical and folk dances, modern art and performing traditions. As part of the Onam celebrations, the capital city, Thiruvanathapuram, will also host the State Tourism Ministers Conclave, to be inaug...

Congress leader Harshavardhan meets Fadnavis amid talk of shift to BJP

Mumbai: Maharashtra Congress leader Harshavardhan Patil, after being unreachable to his partycolleagues, on Friday (September 6) met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, fuelling speculation that he was on his way to the ruling party.

Jagan’s faith comes under attack; BJP ups offensive in Andhra

The honeymoon period between Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and the BJP leadership appears to be coming to an end sooner than expected. For, the saffron party has opened a new front to attack the YSR Congress president, invoking his Christian faith.

Days after meeting Sonia, Delhi MLA Alka Lamba resigns from AAP

New Delhi: The time had come to say goodbye to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), disgruntled MLA Alka Lamba said on Friday (September 6) while quitting the primary membership of the party three days after she met Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Mamata troops to Assembly well to pacify Congress and TMC MLAs

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday (September 6) intervened to pacify the MLAs of the ruling TMC and the opposition Congress, who were at loggerheads over a comment by a state minister during Question Hour.

Kerala govt announces Onam freebies to flood hit

The Kerala government has decided to give Onakodi (New clothes for Onam Festival) to everyone who are staying in the flood relief camps in different parts of the state. The state hosts 23 relief camps in the Kerala with 502 families which includes 1245 people. These relief camps are situated in Malappuram, Wayanad and coastal regions of Trivandr...

Dalits prevented from using common pathway by Caste-Hindus

Madurai: After being denied permission by Caste-Hindus to cremate a deceased relative in their  village's common burial ground, dalits in P Subbulapuram village, Madurai district, Tamil Nadu are now barred from walking on a common pathway which is also used by the Caste-Hindus. A video surfaced on social media, in which a dalit man’s corpse was seen bein...

War of words in TN over One Nation, One Ration scheme

Chennai: A day after Tamil Nadu’s minister for cooperation Sellur K Raju said that the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) government would implement the Central scheme of One Nation, One Ration, state minister for food and civil supplies R Kamaraj said on Thursday (September 5) that he was unaware of Raju making such announcements abou...

Vokkaliga sentiments force BJP to keep mum on DK Shivakumar’s arrest

Bengaluru: The arrest of 57-year-old Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar by the enforcement directorate in a money laundering case on Tuesday (September 3) has created something unusual. While the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members maintained deafening silence, the Congress could not carry sustained campaign. It also failed to get much response f...

Batala firecracker factory illegal, police say; victims’ families demand action...

Batala (Punjab): Tempers ran high at the government hospital at Batala over the deadly blast at a firecracker factory, which operated illegally, according to what the police said on Thursday (September 5). Twenty-three people were killed and several others injured in the Wednesday (September 4) afternoon explosion at the factory set amid homes and shops in Gurda...

AP woman becomes mother at 74, delivers twins

Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh): Having longed for over five decades to become a mother, a 74-year-old woman finally realised her dream by giving birth to twins in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday (September 5). This, doctors say, could be a new world record. The previous record was said to be held by a 66-year-old Spanish woman in 2006, according to the Guinness World Records. E Man...

OPS’ son attends Hindu Munnani’s programme, triggers controversy

Chennai: Tamil Nadu deputy chief minister O Paneerselvam’s son, OP Raveendranath Kumar, attending a public meeting on the sidelines of Ganesh Chatturthi function, organised by Hindu Munnani, recently, led to a huge political furore in the state. Perundurai constituency MLA and former minister Thoppu ND Venkatachalam was also a special invitee to the program...

A month after lockdown, life hangs by a telephone line in Kashmir

When lashkars of tribals from north Pakistan had raided Kashmir in October 1947, India could be informed of the attack only because a single telephone line still existed between the army headquarters of the two countries.

Bandh against Shivakumar’s arrest hits life in Ramanagara

Bengaluru: Normal life was hit in parts of Ramanagara district in Karnataka on Thursday (September 5) following a bandh called to protest the arrest of senior Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case on Tuesday (September 3). Sporadic protests were reported in places, including Channapattanna and Ram...

Propaganda-mongers spreading rumours on J&K: US-based Kashmiri group

Asserting that Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian constitution allowed a breeding ground for armed violence in Jammu and Kashmir, a top Kashmiri-American body on Wednesday alleged that a group of propaganda-mongers is spreading misinformation and confusion about the abrogation of these provisions.

Court seeks HC nod for recording statement of Unnao rape survivor

New Delhi: A special court here on Wednesday (September 4) sought the Delhi High Court's permission to hold in-camera proceedings at AIIMS for recording the statement of the 2017 Unnao rape survivor after doctors said it was "not advisable" to bring her to the court premises. District judge Dharmesh Sharma informed the Registrar General of the high court t...

People excluded from NRC may get extended time to approach foreigners tribunals

Those left out of the final NRC may get an extended period of time to approach a tribunal to prove their Indian citizenship as the authorities are yet to start issuing the certificates citing the reasons for their exclusion from the list of Assams residents, officials said on Wednesday (September 4). According to the new guidelines issued by the...

23 killed, 27 hurt in Punjab firecracker factory blast; Punjab CM expresses grief

Batala (Punjab): Twenty-three people were killed while 27 injured in a blast at a firecracker factory in Batala of Gurdaspur district on Wednesday (September 4), an official said. Several people were feared trapped under the debris, police said, adding that the rescue operation was underway. The incident took place around 4 PM at the factory located in a residen...

ED gets custody of Congress leader D K Shivakumar till Sept 13

Bengaluru: A Delhi court on Wednesday (September 4) remanded Karnataka Congress leader D K Shivakumar, arrested in a money laundering case, to EDs custody till September 13. Special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar passed the order after the ED sought 14-day custodial interrogation of Shivakumar, arrested on Tuesday night, claiming that he was evasive and non-cooper...

India, Pakistan agree on visa-free travel of Indian pilgrims to Kartarpur

New Delhi: India and Pakistan on Wednesday (September 4) agreed on visa-free travel of Indian pilgrims to Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan using the Kartarpur corridor, officials said. However during the meeting between the two sides at Attari in Amritsar, Pakistan insisted on charging a service fee for allowing pilgrims to visit the Gurdwara, which was ...

Two Pakistani infiltrators with LeT links caught in Kashmir

Srinagar: Two Pakistani nationals associated with the Lashkar-e-Taiba were caught while trying to enter Kashmir, top security officers said on Wednesday (September 4). "Pakistan is desperate for terrorists to infiltrate... to disrupt peace in the valley," General Officer Commanding (GoC) of the Army’s 15 Corps Lt General KJS Dhillon said at a joint briefi...

Harassment case: Chinmayanand tells media he trusts judiciary

Shahjahanpur (Uttar Pradesh): Former Union minister and BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand on Wednesday (September 4) expressed full faith in the judiciary, a day after the UP government constituted a Special Investigation Team to probe charges levelled by a Shahjahanpur woman against him. Appearing before the media for the first time after an FIR was lodged against him by a fema...

Mumbai put on red alert after heavy rains; local trains cancelled, flights delayed

Mumbai: Heavy rains in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra on Wednesday (September 4) inundated several low-lying areas, leading to cancellation of some local trains, delaying of flights and slow movement of road traffic. Over 100 villages in Gadchiroli and Gondia in Vidarbha region and several others in Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg of Konkan region were...

Even Mulayam’s defence may not save Azam Khan from land grabbing charges

Mohammad Azam Khan, the controversial and senior leader of Samajwadi Party and its MP from Rampur in Uttar Pradesh, has been missing from his constituency for the past few months. Sources say he is somewhere in New Delhi, but is incommunicado with his mobile phone switched off and calls to his official residence in New Delhi, having failed to elici...

DK Shivakumar’s arrest triggers violence in parts of Karnataka

Following the arrest of senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar, who is being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a case of alleged money laundering, on Tuesday (August 3), violence broke out in parts of Karnataka on Wednesday (August 4). Supporters of Shivakumar set aflame a state-run KSRTC bus in Kanakapura, the home turf of the a...

Denied permission at common ground, Dalit man’s body cremated using petrol

Denied permission to cremate a deceased relative in common ground by caste Hindus when it was raining, Dalits in P Subbulapuram village in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai cremated the body of Shanmugavel using petrol in an open land. Alaguraj, a relative of Shanmugavel, said, “We approached six leaders of the village to seek permission for burying the corp...

DK Shivakumar arrested in money laundering case, Cong cries foul

Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar was arrested on Tuesday (September 3) by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a money laundering case, triggering a backlash from Congress leaders who termed in “vendetta politics”.

In rain-hit Kerala, Onam bonus adds to KSRTC’s revenue woes

Chennai: Incessant rainfall and floods that hit Kerala in the first week of August has resulted in a severe financial crunch for the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), and the bonus given during the Onam festival has become an additional burden for the agency.

Panch, Sarpanch in J&K to get security, insurance coverage, says Amit Shah

New Delhi: Panch and sarpanch in Jammu and Kashmir will get police security and insurance coverage of ₹2 lakh each. This assurance was given by Union Home Minister Amit Shah to a delegation of sarpanch (village head) and panch (panchayat member) from Jammu and Kashmir who met him on Tuesday (September 3). "We have requested the home minister to provide ...

Maharashtra, Karnataka to form panel for better dam management

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Tuesday (September 3) met his Maharashtra counterpart Devendra Fadnavis here and the two decided to form a high-level committee for better dam management to avoid flood situation in parts of the two states. The decision by the two chief ministers comes in the wake of the devastating floods in parts of ...

Non-iodised salt affects Tamil Nadu’s battle against iodine deficiency

Chennai: Despite being banned in Tamil Nadu, the availability of non-iodised salts in the domestic markets, is severely affecting the state’s fight against iodine deficiency.

Andhra takes first step towards liquor ban, but will it work?

In a first step towards fulfilling its key poll promise of imposing total prohibition, the Jagan Mohan Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh has taken over the retail liquor trade on the lines of the Tamil Nadu model.

Former Chhattisgarh CM’s son Amit Jogi arrested

Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh): Former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi's son Amit Jogi, who heads the Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J), was arrested on Tuesday (September 3) in the state's Bilaspur district on charges of cheating and forgery, police said. The arrest was made following a police complaint lodged against him by Sameera Paikra, the BJP candidate from Marwahi...

Omar’s sister meets him; govt allows kin to visit detained leaders in J&K

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah's sister met him on Monday, the 29th day of his house arrest, officials said, adding that some detained political leaders were now being allowed visits by their families. Safiya, whose father Farooq Abdullah is also under house arrest, met her brother for the second time since August 5, when ...

Prashant Kishor calls NRC botched up; dissident JD(U) leader lashes out

In an embarrassment for JD(U), its national vice-president Prashant Kishor on Monday came under blistering attack from a dissident leader for calling the final NRC in Assam a botched up exercise. Kishor, a poll strategist-turned-politician who has been professionally linked to anti-NDA parties like YSR Congress in Andhra Pradesh and Trinamool Co...

Spate of suicides by UP cops point to pressure, low population ratio

A spate of suicides by Uttar Pradesh police personnel over the last month has left a blot on the country’s largest police force in most populous state. As many as seven police personnel of different ranks have committed suicides in the last one month across Uttar Pradesh, raising questions on the style of working of the UP force. The latest c...

JNUTA slams admin for asking Romila Thapar, emeritus professors for CV

The JNU administration’s demand for CV from its emeritus professors, including renowned historian Romila Thapar and sociologist TK Oommen, in order to review their positions has triggered a row, with the JNU Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) terming it "politically motivated". The administration said the move was done in accordance with “Ordinance 3...

Amit Shah meets Maharashtra BJP leaders, keeps away from ally Shiv Sena

Home Minister and BJP president Amit Shah on Monday held a brief meeting here with Maharashtra party leaders, including Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, but kept away from the ally Shiv Sena.

Those excluded from NRC not stateless, says govt, assures support

People left off the NRC are not "stateless" and will continue to enjoy all the rights as before till they exhaust all the remedies available under the law, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Sunday. It said exclusion from the NRC has no implication on the rights of an individual resident in Assam and that they will not be deprived of...

AirAsia flight delayed at Goa airport as dog walks into runway

An AirAsia India flight to Delhi had to abort its take-off at Goa airport on Sunday (September 1) after a dog entered the runway when the plane was readying to depart, an official said. Flight I5-778 was set to depart around 8.25 am, the official of the Airports Authority of India said. "The dog, once spotted by the Air Traffic Control, was i...

My father, a Congress veteran, will be happy today: Tamilisai Soundararajan

Elated on being appointed Telangana Governor, BJP leader Tamilisai Soundararajan on Sunday said her father, a Congress veteran, would be happy about her decision to choose the path she wanted to tread (join BJP). Her father Kumari Ananthan is a veteran Congress leader and had been the state party chief. Recently, he was detained along with party...

Kerala’s new guv quit Rajiv govt in protest against triple talaq

Kerala’s new governor Arif Mohammed Khan, whose appointment was announced on Sunday (September 1) is famously known as the minister who had quit the Rajiv Gandhi government in 1985 in protest against the enactment of a law to nullify the Supreme Court verdict in the Shah Bano case. Also read: Centre appoints four new governors, transfers one ...

BJP MP suffers head injuries during clash, claims cops baton-charged him

Kolkata: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Arjun Singh suffered head injuries on Sunday (September 1) when police allegedly indulged in baton charge at Kankinara in West Bengals North 24 Parganas district to lift a road blockade by a group of persons. Singh claimed Barrackpore police commissioner Manoj Verma struck him, causing a gash on his head. The MP, ...

Entertainment tax is back in Kerala, movie tickets to get costlier

Movie tickets are set to become costlier in Kerala from September 1 as the state government is bringing back the entertainment tax, which will be levied in addition to the GST. Local bodies will now charge a 5 per cent entertainment tax on movie tickets priced up to ₹100 and 8.5 per cent on those above. The government decided to reintroduce e...

Doctor killed in Assam tea garden following worker’s death

An elderly doctor of a tea estate in Assam's Jorhat district has succumbed to his injuries allegedly inflicted by garden workers following the death of one of their colleagues who was undergoing treatment at a hospital in the plantation, officials said. The incident occurred at Teok tea estate on Saturday. "The garden doctor, 73-year-old Dr Debe...

CBI takes over probe into alleged phone tapping of politicians in Karnataka

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has taken up investigation into alleged phone tapping of politicians during the term of the Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka, officials said on Saturday (August 31).

Citizens out, foreigners in, say leaders after final NRC list released

The long wait to the publication of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is finally over as the Assam government on Saturday (August 31) published the final list of genuine Indian citizens. The list left out 19,06,657 people, including 3,11,21,004 people out of the 3,30,27,661 in the state.

BJP’s Nizamabad MP faces ire of agitating turmeric farmers

The turmeric farmers of the region, which accounts for the highest production of the commercial crop in the country, are on a warpath. Their key demand for setting up of the National Turmeric Board in Nizamabad has been hanging fire for decades. They have also been demanding remunerative price for their produce.

Regularly humiliated, Sovan now wants to quit BJP, claims close aide

Kolkata: Former Kolkata mayor Sovan Chatterjee, who joined the BJP earlier this month, hasexpressed desire to quit the saffron fold for being "regularly humiliated", his close associate Baishakhi Banerjee claimed on Saturday (August 31)

NRC flawed, software used doubtful, says original petitioner

The Assam Public Works (APW), the original petitioner in the Supreme Court which led to the updation of the National Register of Citizens six years ago, called the final NRC a "flawed document" as its prayer for re-verification of draft NRC was rejected by the apex court.

NRC left out many refugees from Bangladesh prior to 1971: Himanta

Guwahati: Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday (August 31) said that the final version of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) did not contain names of many person coming to India from Bangladesh before 1971, the cut off period for updation.

Himachal facing debt burden of over ₹49,000 crore, CM tells Assembly

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh is facing a debt burden of ₹49,096 crore, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur informed the state Assembly on Saturday (August 31).

13 killed in explosions at chemical factory in Maharashtra

Mumbai: Thirteen workers including six women were killed and 64 others injured in explosions ofnitrogen gas cylinders at a chemical factory in North Maharashtra's Dhule district on Saturday (August 31) morning, police said.

Final NRC list: No Aadhaar for those who can’t prove citizenship

New Delhi: Aadhaar cards will be issued to all those who were excluded in the draft National Register of Citizens NRC but could get an entry in the final list to be published on Saturday (August 31), officials said. This will happen as NRC authorities have taken biometric data from more than 36 lakh people who have claimed Indian citizenship after their ex...

Chinmayanand case: Missing UP law student found, to be with SC till parents come

The 23-year-old law student from Uttar Pradesh’s Shahjahanpur, who was reported missing after she accused BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand of harassment, will be under Supreme Court’s protection for the next four days until she meets her parents, who will be brought to the national capital by the Delhi police. The woman, who was brought to the cour...

No third party in question; HC may allow Jaya kin to administer assets

Chennai: The Madras High Court on Friday (August 30) said that there is no question of a third party in former chief minister Jayalalithaa's assets when there are class-II legal heirs to take care of her properties.

MP who said will set Dakshina Kannada on fire is now Karnataka BJP chief

Kateel, who rose to the top rank from being an ordinary party worker, comes from a humble family with a strong Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) background. He replaced BS Yediyurappa as the state chief of the saffron party.

NRC: Sonowal asks people not to panic; govt to provide legal aid to poor

Guwahati: Ahead of the publication of final NRC, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday (August 30) asked people not to panic and said the state government will take all possible steps to help genuine Indians prove their citizenship and provide legal assistance to the poor. Sonowal also said the exclusion of anyone’s name from the final list of...

Two consecutive floods leave Kerala tourism in dire straits

Popularly known as the ‘Venice of the East’ for its lakes, lagoons and serene backwaters, Alappuzha which witnesses a surge of tourists during the monsoon months of June and August and October and November, has borne the brunt of the recent rains that lashed Kerala, causing floods and landslides in several parts. According to latest data availab...

HC dismisses Rajiv case convict Nalini’s plea on premature release

Chennai: The Madras High Court dismissed on Thursday (August 29) Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict Nalini Sriharan's plea seeking direction to the state to press the governor decide on its recommendation for premature release of all the seven people, including her, serving life term in the case. A division bench of Justice R Subbaiah and Justice C ...

Carrot and stick policy helps contain dissidence in Karnataka BJP

Bengaluru: Fissures in the Karnataka BJP that emerged after the portfolio allocation and the choice of three deputy Chief Ministers last week appear to have died down with the party issuing a stern warning to dissidents. Alongside, BJP national general secretary B L Santosh playing a mediator between Yediyurappa, the central leadership and the disgruntled ...

NIA conducts raids at five locations in Coimbatore

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted raids at the residences of five people who were earlier booked for their suspected links with ISIS, in Coimbatore in the early hours of Thursday (August 29). According to sources, the raid involving almost 20 NIA officials started from 5 am onwards. Officials seized mobile phones, laptops, sim ca...

Nagaland govt decides to discontinue Hornbill International Rock contest

Kohima: The Nagaland government has decided to discontinue the Hornbill International Rock contest from this year, an official said on Wednesday (August 28). The Hornbill International Rock Contest was held annually as part of the Hornbill Festival of Nagaland. The event was started in 2004 as the Hornbill National Rock Contest and it went international...

IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan asked to continue with duty

Daman: IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan, who resigned last week and stated that he did so as the denial of "freedom of expression" to the people of Jammu and Kashmir was not acceptable to him, has been asked to resume duty and continue to work till his resignation is accepted. Gopinathan, who was the secretary, power department of the Union Territories of...

Lord Shiva was of Bind caste, claims Bihar minister

A Bihar minister has claimed that Lord Shiva, also known as Mahadev (the greatest among gods), belonged to the socially and educationally backward Bind caste. The minister, Brij Kishor Bind left people bemused when he made a statement to the effect on Tuesday at a function organised here to felicitate the newly-appointed Governor Phagu Chauhan, ...

CBI may seek SC nod to conduct lie detector test on Chidambaram

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to plead in the Supreme Court expressing desire to conduct a lie-detection test on senior Congress leader and former Union minister P Chidambaram.

50K jobs in 3 months: J&K Guv announces major recruitment drive

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday (August 28) announced that the government would launch a major recruitment drive to provide 50,000 jobs to youths in the state.

Woman dies after ‘wrongly diagnosed’ as HIV positive in Shimla

A 22-year-old woman from Himachal Pradesh lost her life after a private clinic in Shimla district "wrongly" diagnosed her as HIV positive, which had caused her to go into coma and resulted in her death. A government hospital diagnosis found that she was not HIV positive. Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Wednesday (August 28) ...

BJP leader booked after girl who alleged abuse in video reported missing

After rape-accused MLA Kuldeep Sengar, another BJP leader, Swami Chinmayanand has been caught in the eye of a storm after a 23-year-old female law student was reported missing in Uttar Pradesh’s Shahjahanpur, days after she accused him of “ruining the lives of several girls” in a video she posted online.

KPCC seeks explanation from Tharoor for “Modi praise”

Thiruvananthapuram: The Congress in Kerala has sought an explanation from senior party leader Shashi Tharoor, days after his remarks that Prime Minister, Narenedra Modi, should be praised for doing the "right things" kicked up a storm in the state. In a release, the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) said the party had decided to seek the explanation from the...

High schools reopen in Kashmir, but students stay away

Srinagar: High schools in the Kashmir Valley reopened on Wednesday (August 28) in areas where restrictions have been lifted but students kept away. Higher secondary schools in the valley have been shut for over three weeks due to restrictions imposed in the state after its special status was revoked. Officials said that high schools reopened this morning....

SC issues notices to Centre, J&K on plea for removal of restrictions on journali...

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday (August 28) sought responses from the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration on a plea seeking the removal of restrictions imposed on journalists after Article 370 was scrapped. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi issued a notice on the plea filed by Anuradha Bhasin, Executive Editor of Kashmir Ti...

Northern Army commander reaches out to people in north Kashmir

Jammu: Army commander, Northern Command, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh reached out to the people of north Kashmir on Tuesday (August 27) with an aim to instill a sense of security and promote wellbeing among the public. In a series of interactions, the Army commander, accompanied by Lt Gen K J S Dhillon, Chinar Corps Commander met people at Vilgam (Kupwara distr...

Supreme Court to hear pleas relating to Article 370 repeal today

The Supreme Court is set to hear on Wednesday (August 28) a batch of petitions concerning the Centre's decision to abrogate Article 370, revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. In a first after the Centre's J&K move, a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi will take up matters relating to Article 370 and subsequent development...

Congress pet project Indira Canteens on the verge of closure

Bengaluru: Indira Canteens, the pet project of the previous Congress government to provide highly subsidised food to the urban poor, is on the verge of closure as neither the state government nor the Bengaluru corporation (BBMP) have made any budgetary allocations. The Congress has been accusing the BJP of planning to shut down the Indira Canteens, named a...

New Karnataka DyCM Laxman Savadi targeted over porn-watching past

The recently sworn in BS Yediyurappa government has come under attack for making Laxman Sangappa Savadi, who was caught on camera watching porn on his mobile phone during Assembly proceedings in 2012, as Deputy Chief Minister. Savadi was made deputy CM along with Govind Kajrol and Ashwath Narayan. Back in 2012, he and then-minister CC Patil had ...

Scrutiny commitee junks Ajit Jogi’s claim of being tribal

Raipur: A high-level caste certificate scrutiny committee set up by the Chhattisgarh government has dismissed former chief minister Ajit Jogi's claim of belonging to a Scheduled Tribe (ST), an official said on Tuesday (August 27).

Rahul Gandhi visits relief camps in flood-hit Wayanad

Wayanad: In Kerala for the second time this month, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday (August 27) visited people at relief camps in Wayanad, his Lok Sabha constituency, which had seen widespread devastation in the recent rains and landslips.

Odisha government appoints BJD members in ‘futile’ advisory posts

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik recently appointed Biju Janata Dal (BJD) members as advisors to several Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) and government programmes, taking the total number of advisors in the state to 36.

Two persons held in Ambedkar statue clash in Vedaranyam

Nagapattinam: Two key accused in the case relating to the vandalism of a statue of Dr BR Ambedkar at Vedaranyam in the district, which led to a violent clash between people of two communities, were arrested on Tuesday (August 27), police said. Police identified the arrested as Pandiarajan (33) of Vedaranyam and Lenin (25) of Kadinelvayal. On Monday, 28 people...

Dalit Christian honour killing: 10 get double life sentence

Kottayam (Kerala): A court here on Tuesday (August 27) awarded double life imprisonment to 10 people for the honour killing of a 23-year-old dalit Christian man last year, which had triggered widespread protests across the state. The Principal Sessions Court on August 22 had observed that the murder of Kevin P Joseph, involving his wife's relatives, was a case of ...

Yediyurappa allocates portfolios, Karnataka to have 3 deputy CMs

Bengaluru: In a first, Karnataka will have three Deputy Chief Ministers as Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday (August 26) allocated portfolios to 17 newly appointed ministers who were inducted into the cabinet nearly a week ago. Among the three Deputy Chief Ministers are Govind Karjol, who has also been given the charge of PWD and Social welfare; Ash...

Sanjay Dutt wishes Maha minister luck, says not joining his party

Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt on Monday (August 26) denied a Maharashtra minister's claim that he would be joining politics soon. On Sunday, state Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development Minister Mahadev Jankar announced that Dutt will join his party, Rashtriya Samaj Paksh (RSP), on September 25. The 60-year-old actor, who earlier dabbled in pol...

B M Kutty the Malayali voice in Pak politics falls silent

Veteran peace activist and Pakistani politician of Kerala origin BM Kutty passed away in Karachi on Sunday after a protracted illness. He was 89. Biyyathil Mohyuddin Kutty, popularly known as BM Kutty, was born in Kerala’s Tirur on July 15, 1930. He migrated to Pakistan in 1949 at the age of 19 and rose to prominence there. "He had great prid...

Ambedkar statue vandalised in TN’s Nagapattinam over caste-related clash

Chennai: Tension prevailed in the town of Vedaranyam in Nagapattinam district, Tamil Nadu due to a caste-based clash that led to the beheading and vandalism of a BR Ambedkar statue in front of the Vedaranyam police station on Sunday (August 26) night. A few dalits in Vedaranyam set fire to a car belonging to Pandiyan, an OBC caste (Mukkulathor) outfit le...

J&K state flag removed, only Tricolour unfurled atop Civil Secretariat

The state flag of Jammu and Kashmir was removed from atop its Civil Secretariat in Srinagar on Sunday (August 25), around 20 days after the Centre revoked the Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, stripping the special status of the state. Until Saturday, both the state flag and the Tricolour were seen atop the Secretariat and other government...

Will restore everything soon, says Guv Satya Pal Malik on J&K situation

New Delhi: Governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday (August 25) denied that there was any shortage of medicines and essential commodities in Jammu and Kashmir and said communication curbs helped save many lives there. Mailk also said that no life has been lost in Jammu and Kashmir due to any violence in the last 10 days after the abrogation of the special status...

MP village set to vanish as Sardar Sarovar Dam water level rises

Indore: A village in Madhya Pradesh's Dhar district has begun submerging as the level of the backwater of neighbouring Gujarat's Sardar Sarovar Dam started rising over the past fortnight due to heavy rains. On Sunday, the backwater level rose to 133 metres, 6.5 metres above the danger mark, leaving thousands of trees, large chunk of agricultural land an...

Hindus trump Muslims in forging documents to be bonafide Assamese

With the hugely contentious NRC exposing communal fault lines in Assam, it has emerged that more Hindus than Muslims forged documents to find their way into the National Register of Citizens, sources with close knowledge of the exercise said on Sunday (August 25). The final NRC list, which will identify bonafide citizens of Assam, is set to be p...

Prohibition in revenue-hit Andhra could mean windfall for Telangana

As Andhra Pradesh is heading for a phased prohibition, liquor shops and bars are expected to mushroom in neighbouring Telangana, which will witness a boom in the liquor business, as an unintended consequence of the dry law in AP. Liquor dealers in Andhra, particularly those operating in districts bordering Telangana, are likely to shut down thei...

J&K administration decides to hold block development polls soon

Srinagar: The block development council (BDC) elections will be held soon in Jammu and Kashmir and the adminstration is preparing for it, an official said on Saturday (August 24). According to Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary of Planning and Development, the schedule for the BDC polls, the second tier of panchayati raj system, is being drawn up and "we a...

3 detained in Coimbatore, 1 in Kochi for suspected terror links

Coimbatore: Police have detained three people for interrogation at Coimbatore on Saturday (August 24) in connection with the reported intrusion of six members of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba into Tamil Nadu. The three were taken into custody on suspicion that they were in touch with them and are being interrogated at an undisclosed place, police sources sa...

Apprehensions basesless: Opposition leaders cry foul after J&K entry denied

An opposition delegation comprising Rahul Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Sitaram Yechury and others, slammed the government for not allowing them to visit Jammu and Kashmir, saying the apprehensions raised were baseless. The leaders said they were detained at Srinagar airport on the apprehensions that they would mobilise people, in view of the restri...

Yoga guru Ramdev’s aide Balkrishna discharged from AIIMS

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand: Yoga guru Ramdev's close aide and Patanjali CEO Balkrishna was discharged from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Saturday (August 24). Balkrishna was on Friday (August 23) admitted to AIIMS here after he complained of chest pain and giddiness. Balkrishna (47), who heads Patanjali Yogpeeth, was first taken to a hospital in Har...

BJP protests non-Hindu pilgrimage ads on bus tickets in Tirupati

Tirupati: Bus tickets carrying advertisements of Jerusalem yatra and Haj pilgrimage issued to devotees proceeding to the famous Lord Venkateswara temple at nearby Tirumala triggered a protest by the BJP here on Friday (August 23) against the state-run transport corporation. As a controversy broke out over the issue, Endowment Minister Vellampalli Srinivas...

Sans RFID, commercial vehicles entering Delhi to pay heavy penalty

Commercial vehicles entering Delhi without radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags will have to cough up a heavy penalty from Friday (August 23) night, with the South Delhi Municipal Corporation enforcing the new rule in the national capital. According to authorities, after three weeks, vehicles without RFID tags will not be allowed to enter ...

Eyeing $1 trillion economy, Adityanath to elevate UP chief secretary

Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Dr Anup Chandra Pandey is all set to become Adviser to Chief Minister with cabinet minister rank, post retirement. Referred to as the "Chanakya" of the Yogi Adityanath government, he is the chief minister’s most trusted IAS officer, having successfully implemented most of his ideas and schemes. The post-retirement e...

Akhilesh Yadav dissolves all Samajwadi Party units in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow: Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav on Friday (August 23) dissolved the party's entire Uttar Pradesh units including the state executive, and district and youth wings, sources said, as he attempts a course correction in the party after its Lok Sabha poll debacle. The party, however, has retained its state president Naresh Uttam, they s...

Three killed, over 20 injured in stampede near West Bengal temple

Kolkata: At least three persons were killed and over 20 injured in a stampede near a temple in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district on Friday (August 23), Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said. The mishap took place around 2.15 am near Kachua Loknath temple at Kachua. Lakhs of people gather at the temple every year on this day to celebrate the birth an...

Jagan Reddy’s ‘village volunteers’ to counter BJP’s ‘panna pramukhs’

On the face of it, the ‘village volunteer’ scheme comes across as one of those innocuous-sounding government initiatives. However, the flagship programme of the Jagan Mohan Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh has an elaborate political planning behind it. It is a carefully crafted plan by Jagan’s YSR Congress Party to scuttle the expansion of the...

Yamuna crosses warning level, flows close to danger mark in Mathura

Mathura: The water level in the Yamuna is inching towards the danger mark in Mathura, an official said here on Friday (August 23). "The Yamuna has crossed the warning level and it is moving towards the danger mark," ADM Brajesh Kumar said. He said no casualty had been reported so far. After the discharge of 8.28 cusec of water from the Tajjewala headw...

BJP MLA Vijender Gupta suspended for using unparliamentary language

New Delhi: Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel suspended BJP legislator and Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta on Friday (August 23) over the usage of unparliamentary language in the House. Gupta will not be allowed to attend the ongoing session for two days, the Speaker said. He also marshalled out Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa for i...

Kerala, Tamil Nadu on high alert after intel on terrorist movement

Tamil Nadu has been put on high alert after intelligence agencies alerted the state police that six Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists have entered Tamil Nadu through Sri Lanka.

Restrictions imposed in Srinagar after march call to UN office

Srinagar: Restrictions were imposed in Srinagar city on Friday (August 23) after posters issued by the separatists called on people to march to the local United Nations military observer group office, officials said. Restrictions were eased in most areas of Kashmir this week, with barricades being lifted and the movement of people and traffic increasing g...

In late night UP cabinet rejig, Yogi keeps home, revenue; Suresh Khanna gets finance

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath late on Thursday (August 23) night allocated portfolios to ministers inducted into the cabinet, keeping 37 departments, including home and revenue, with him. Deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya was given the charge of PWD, food processing, entertainment tax and public enterprises departments. D...

BJP’s ‘Cha Chakra’ to counter TMC’s ‘Didi ke Bolo’...

Kolkata: In a bid to counter TMCs 'Didi Ke Bolo' (Tell Didi) mass outreach programme, the West Bengal BJP unit is all set to launch 'Cha Chakra' - get together over a cup of tea - to reach out to the people and spread party's message with an eye on the next Assembly polls. Although West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh denied that the initiative, which w...

How Madras lost its textile legacy in checks

Chennai: At one point, the global currency for trade, textiles, particularly the Madras checks, made the British establish a flourishing trade in the sleepy fishing village of Madrasapattinam. Today, the prized export fabric, even as we mark the 380th birthday of the city, has vanished entirely from the textile-scape. The roots However, the roots of t...

Mountaineers find new trekking route linking U’khand’s Darma, Vyas valley...

Pithoragarh: Mountaineers from Uttarakhand's Pithoragarh have discovered a new trekking route linking Darma and Vyas valleys through the 5,435-metre high Sin La Pass in the district. They said that if commissioned, it would give a boost to adventure tourism in the region and create employment opportunities for the locals, preventing migration from border vil...

Setback to Jagan as court stays re-tendering of Polavaram works

In a major setback for the Jagan Mohan Reddy government, the Andhra Pradesh High Court on Thursday (August 22) stayed the re-tendering process for Polavaram irrigation project and suspended the order terminating the contract awarded to Navayuga Engineering Company Limited (NECL). Finding fault with the government order prematurely cancelling the...

Minister hints at discarding Amaravati project over ‘unsafe location’

Ever since the change of guard in Andhra Pradesh following the April 11 Assembly elections, a question mark has been hanging over the fate of Amaravati, the dream capital city project envisioned by former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. The first clear indication of the Jagan Mohan Reddy government’s plan to discard the project came on Wedne...

Now, Kerala women to drive govt vehicles

Thiruvananthapuram: Breaking yet another glass ceiling, the Kerala government has decided to appoint women drivers in government offices and public-sector establishments. A cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday (August 21) took the decision, which would end the decades-long monopoly of men in this sector. Women would be appointed a...

Milind Soman named ambassador for Gurugram marathon

Gurugram: Actor and fitness promoter Milind Soman was named the event ambassador for the fifth edition of the Millennium City Marathon (MCM) to be held here on December 1. The event will see MCM partner with the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) to promote water conservation. "Running is the best form of fitness and I couldn't be happier to join G...

When rains snap power lines, these linemen risk lives to light up homes

The landline phone at the office of Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) at Thrissur rings incessantly. Satheesh, who with his team of linemen has been working day in and day out to restore power in different parts of the city, in the wake of floods, has lost count of the number of times people have called in the past one week to convey their grie...

Why 2,000-year-old Chennai shouldn’t celebrate its 380th birthday

Even as a section of Chennai erroneously trudges along the path of ‘380-year-old celebration’, scholars, epigraphists and history lovers have demanded that Chennai should be projected as a city that is over 2,000 years old, judged by overwhelming archaeological evidence and recorded history. There is perhaps no other city in the world with a liv...

Dalits in TN lower their dead from bridge as caste Hindus deny access to path

Chennai: A widely-circulated video showing dalits of Narayanapuram Colony near Vaniyambadi in Vellore district, dropping their dead from a bridge to the burial ground after being denied access to the road leading up to the site, has yet again exposed the blatant and archaic practice of caste-based discrimination in the interior parts of Tamil Nadu. Speak...

Madras HC declines to grant interim relief to Kiran Bedi

Chennai: The Madras High Court on Wednesday (August 21) declined to grant any interim relief to Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi on her petition to stay the order of a single judge, restraining her from interfering in the day to day administration of the territorial government. The court said the elected government functioning through a council of minis...

Yogi Adityanath’s UP cabinet expansion balances caste, regional equations

The first expansion of the Uttar Pradesh government held on Wednesday seems to have been undertaken after much thought, balancing caste as well as regional equations in the most populated state of the country. Of the 23 ministers who were sworn in, there were six Brahmins, four Thakurs or Kshatriyas, three Vaishya or Bania and 10 from Dalit or B...

Petrol, diesel become cheaper in Delhi than UP

New Delhi: Petrol and diesel are now cheaper in Delhi as compared to adjoining cities of Uttar Pradesh after the Yogi Adityanath government in the neighbouring state raised taxes on the two fuels. While petrol and diesel traditionally have been cheaper in Delhi than most states in the country due to lower local sales tax or VAT, the October 5, 2018, cut in...

KCR’s move to appoint bureaucrats as varsity VCs draws flak from academia

The Telangana government’s decision to appoint IAS officers as vice-chancellors of eight state-run universities has drawn flak from the opposition, academicians and the student community. Ignoring the talent pool from academic community, the TRS government has chosen IAS officers to fill the vacant posts of vice-chancellors in eight universities...

Madras HC to hear plea on roping in social media giants to track cyber crime on Sep 1...

The Madras High Court on Wednesday (August 21) posted the hearing of a petition requesting formulation of rules to prevent cyber crime in coordination with social media companies, to September 19 as a similar case will be heard by the Supreme Court on September 13. In 2018, Antony Clement Rubin, an activist filed a PIL in the Madras High Court, ...

Justice Patnaik completes probe into larger conspiracy against Gogoi

A Supreme Court-appointed one-man panel, holding inquiry into allegations of "larger conspiracy" to frame Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, has completed its task and is likely to submit the report by mid September. Sources said on Tuesday (August 21) that Justice A K Patnaik, a retired Supreme Court judge who was appointed by the apex court,...

Three killed as chopper crashes in Uttarkashi, probe ordered

Dehradun: A helicopter engaged in relief and rescue operations in rain-ravaged Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand crashed on Wednesday (August 21), killing three persons onboard, an official said. A private helicopter with three persons on board crashed near Moldi in the rain-hit Uttarkashi district after getting entangled in cables, Uttarakhand's DG (law...

Floods wash away months of toil in this sculptors’ village in Karnataka

Konnur (Belagavi): Ganesha Chaturthi is right around the corner and the entire state, recovering from the impact of the floods, is waiting for the festivities to take the edge off the calamity. But, the switch from a disaster to festivities isn’t easy for the idol makers in Konnur village of north Karnataka’s Gokak Taluk, who are trying to cope with the devastation c...

‘Lady Amitabh’ Vijayashanti may leave Congress and join BJP again

Hyderabad: Firebrand Congress leader and popular yesteryear South Indian actress, Vijayashanti is set to gravitate towards the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) again. Over her two decade long political career, Vijayashanti, known in film circles as “Lady Amitabh” for her action-packed roles, will come a full circle as she had started out with the saffron party...

Woman given triple talaq for refusing chewing gum from husband: Police

Lucknow: A man allegedly gave triple talaq to his wife right inside the civil court premises at Lucknow in presence of her advocate after she refused to accept a chewing gum from him, police said on Tuesday. Thirty-year-old Simmi of Amrai village was divorced by her husband Syed Rashid on Monday (August 19) inside the Lucknow civil court premises where s...

TN CM Palaniswami to make his first foreign trip to the US, UK to woo investors

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami is set to go on his first foreign trip to the US and the UK on August 28 to attract investments and give a shape to his ambitious Yaadhum Oore (All Places Are One) project. Palaniswami will be accompanied by Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar and Industries Minister MC Sampath on the trip and will retu...

Yogi Adityanath to rejig UP cabinet tomorrow; 5 ministers resign

UP CM Yogi Adityanath is set to reshuffle the state cabinet on Wednesday (August 20) in a bid to induct new faces into the ministry ahead of the Assembly bypolls in the state.

Rajiv Gandhi case convict Nalini moves HC for parole extension

The Madras High Court on Tuesday (August 20) directed the Tamil Nadu government to file its reply to a plea by Nalini Sriharan, a convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, seeking extension of her ongoing parole by 30 days. Seeking the government's response, a bench comprising Justices M M Sundresh and M Nirmal Kumar posted a petition by N...

Milk production hit by Belagavi floods, sees 45 lakh litre dip

Milk production has been hit due to the heavy rain-induced floods in north Karnataka’s Belagavi where more than 60 lives have been lost. The Belagavi District Co-operative Milk Producers' Societies Union Limited (BEMUL), which used to receive around 1.8 lakh litres of milk per day, has seen a dip of 45 lakh litres daily to 1.35 lakh litres. T...

HC judge withdraws controversial observation against Christian institutions

Chennai: After facing criticism from the National Commission for Minorities and Christian associations, Madras High Court Judge S Vaidyanathan on Tuesday (August 20) withdrew his controversial observation that Christian institutions were unsafe for female students. Before the court proceedings could start on Tuesday, lawyer John Zachariah, appearing for ...

Revolt in Karnataka BJP minutes after ministry formation

Even before the ink dried on the register signed by the 17 newly sworn-in ministers of the Yediyurappa government, the BJP in Karnataka witnessed widespread dissent and resentment by legislators who could not make it to the ministry.

Dry spells and floods leave Kerala farmers clueless on future

From drought to floods, the livelihood of the Kerala farmer seems to have moved from the frying pan to the fire, with more than a lakh farmers in the state losing their crops to floodwaters this year. According to estimates, the floods have caused crop losses worth ₹1,166.42 crore over 34,374 hectare of agricultural land in the state, directly a...

Yediyurappa inducts 17 MLAs to cabinet, 26 days after taking over as CM

Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa expanded his ministry on Tuesday (August 20) by inducting 17 ministers in the first phase.

Yediyurappa to expand cabinet today, to induct 17 MLAs as ministers

Bengaluru: Nearly a month after assuming office, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa will expand his ministry on Tuesday (August 20) by inducting 17 ministers in the first phase. This will be the first-ever expansion of Yediyurappa's ministry after he assumed office on July 26 and proved his government's majority on the floor of the Assembly on July 29...

Trader refuses donation, assaulted by VHP activist in Tiruppur

Tiruppur police have booked five members of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) for assaulting a shopkeeper for refusing to pay ₹1,000 donation for erecting an idol of Lord Krishna on the eve of Krishna Jayanthi. A couple of days ago, VHP members had approached Shiva, an electrical shop owner in Mudhalipalayam near SIDCO, demanding donation for erecting...

NSA Ajit Doval meets Shah on Kashmir, reviews security situation

New Delhi: National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Monday briefed Home Minister Amit Shah on the prevailing security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, where restrictions have been imposed since August 5, officials said. This was for the first time that Doval met Shah after his return from the Kashmir Valley, where he stayed for about 10 days and person...

Biz-friendly yesterday, Andhra Pradesh scaring off investors today

There is a growing fear that Jagan Mohan Reddy’s penchant for reversing his predecessor Chandrababu Naidu's decisions may have unintended consequences. This comes at a time when Andhra Pradesh is still grappling with bifurcation blues, and struggling to attract investments.

Intriguing blue hue off Chennai coast spells trouble

Residents of Chennai’s Valmiki Nagar in the last couple of days have chanced upon a spectacular sight on the Bay of Bengal.  Many stood transfixed seeing thousands of tiny star-like bioluminescent phytoplanktons scintillating like a starry sky off the Chennai shore. “It was like a floating tube light which appeared briefly. We were awe struck by...

As Yamuna surges above danger mark, Kejriwal puts Delhi on high alert

New Delhi: The water level in the River Yamuna crossed the warning mark on Monday (August 19), prompting Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to call a meeting of departments concerned to assess the situation and review arrangements in place.

Karnataka Cabinet to be expanded tomorrow, says Yediyurappa

Bengaluru: The expansion of the Karnataka cabinet will take place on Tuesday (August 20) and 13-14 ministers are likely to be inducted, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said on Monday. "The cabinet expansion will take place between 10:30 and 11:30 AM tomorrow. I have already written a letter to the Governor in this regard. I have asked Chief Secretary to make...

Teachers report to schools in Kashmir, students don’t

Srinagar: Teachers reported to work in many schools in Kashmir as restrictions were eased further on Monday (August 19) but not many students were seen.Officials said the government has made necessary arrangements for opening of 190 primary schools in Srinagar city as security forces remained deployed in most of the Valley.

Journalist, brother shot dead by neighbours in UP’s Saharanpur

Lucknow: A photojournalist with a prominent Hindi daily and his brother were shot dead in Saharanpur district on Sunday (August 18) morning following an altercation over disposal of cow dung, prompting opposition parties to slam the government on law and order. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced an ex-gratia of ₹5 lakh each for the kin of the decea...

Minister Jitendra Singh stresses on ‘freeing’ PoK from Pakistan

Jammu: Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Sunday (August 18) said that after the revocation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, people should now pray for the integration of the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) with India in their lifetime.

Rename JNU after Modi: BJP MP Hans Raj Hans stokes controversy

Bharatiya Janata Party MP and singer Hans Raj Hans suggested renaming the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) here after Prime Minister Narendra Modi. His remarks on Saturday drew sharp reactions from some quarters, including the Congress and the JNU students union. The northwest Delhi MP made the suggestion at an event titled EK Sh...

UP cabinet expansion postponed over critical condition of BJP leader Arun Jaitley

Lucknow: According to sources, around 4-6 non-performing ministers are likely to be sacked in the UP cabinet reshuffle, and while some fresh faces could be inducted, some Ministers of State could be promoted as Cabinet Ministers.

In flood-hit Belagavi, relief efforts put politics to shame

Belagavi: After the huge political ‘nataka’, Karnataka is now going through another severe crisis — the floods, which have claimed more than 60 lives and left a trail of destruction and devastation, and many homeless. As people in some parts are hit by landslides, top political leaders of the state from BJP, Congress and JD(S) are busy mudslinging, but a ...

18 missing after Tons river washes away 20 houses in Uttarakhand

As many as 18 people are missing after 20 houses were washed in floods triggered by overflowing of Tons river in Uttarakhand's Uttarkashi district on Sunday (August 18). A cloudburst hit Uttarkashi's Mori tehsil resulting in the Tons river overflowing beyond its danger limits and hitting markets and houses along its course. “We have recei...

Restrictions reimposed in parts of Srinagar after incidents of violence

Srinagar: Restrictions were tightened in some parts of the city on Sunday (August 18) following incidents of violence a day earlier, even as the first batch of Haj pilgrims returned to Kashmir from Saudi Arabia, officials said. They added restrictions continued in many parts of the Valley for the 14th day on Sunday. Restrictions were reimposed in certain ...

BJP’s Operation BSP round the corner after strike on SP, TDP

After the successful surgical strike on Samajwadi Party (SP) and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Rajya Sabha, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has now trained its guns on MPs of Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

Incumbent CMs likely to lead BJP in Maha, Jharkhand, Haryana Assembly polls

New Delhi: The BJP is likely to fight the Assembly polls in Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand, all three ruled by the saffron party, under the leadership of incumbent chief ministers, party leaders have said. While BJP president Amit Shah made it virtually clear at a rally in Haryana on Friday (August 16) that Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will again...

TN CM Palaniswami defends milk price hike, says costs have gone up in 5 yrs

Salem: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Sunday defended the governments move to increase milk prices by ₹6 per litre stating that in the last five years prices have gone up across all sectors. The AIADMK government on Saturday announced a revision of milk prices with procurement prices going up by ₹4 per litre for cows milk and by ₹6 per litr...

Five school students electrocuted in hostel in Karnataka’s Koppal

Bengaluru: Five high school students died of electrocution while allegedly trying to remove a flagpole erected for the independence day celebrations at their government-run hostel in Koppal as they came in contact with an overhead power line, police said. Two students got electrocuted first as they came in contact with adjacent power line as they attempte...

When Princess Diana wanted to help AIDS patients in Kolkata

New Delhi: Princess Diana was in awe of Mother Teresa and wanted to accommodate a small number of AIDS patients in Kolkata after the legendary nun talked about it. A new book The Journey of a Wise Man: LM Singhvi, a pictorial biography of the statesman by his son, Abhishek Singhvi, brings to light many interesting nuggets. Diana and her husband Prince C...

18 killed in rain-related incidents in Himachal; dam gates opened

Shimla: At least eighteen people were killed and nine others injured in rain-related incidents in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday (August 18), officials said. Landslides hit a spot near the RTO office here, leaving three persons dead. One person is still trapped under the debris, police said. In another incident, a labourer was killed as the wall of a hou...

Mobile internet services snapped again in Jammu region

Jammu: Low-speed (2G) mobile internet services were once again snapped in five districts of Jammu region on Sunday (August 18) to check rumour-mongering, a day after the services were restored. A police official said that authorities concerned directed service providers to snap the services around forenoon. The official said that the decision was taken...

People have the right to know about Netaji’s disappearance, says Mamata

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday (August 18) asserted that people have the right to know what happened to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, while remembering the "son of the soil" on the day he reportedly went missing 74 years ago. She said the whereabouts of Netaji after he "disappeared" on August 18, 1945 were still not known. "O...

A ravaging flood, a birthday and a tale of survival

On August 17 this year, Sajitha Jabil’s house at Aluva in Kochi was filled with happiness. It was her son Subhan’s first birthday. But what made the anniversary more special was the story of survival behind it. The same time last year, when a deluge took the entire state of Kerala in its grip, a nine-month pregnant Sajitha (with Subhan), instead of...

Yediyurappa to order CBI probe into phone tapping of BJP leaders in Karnataka

Days after charges of phone tapping during the previous coalition government headed by JD (S) surfaced, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Sunday (August 18) said he will order a CBI probe into the allegations, citing demands by several Congress leaders. “On the telephone tapping issue, several leaders, including Congress Legislature Par...

Ladakh leaders urge Centre for tribal-area status to protect land, identity

Leh: Prominent leaders of Ladakh have made a fervent appeal to the Centre to declare the region a tribal area under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution, saying that the biggest concern for its people is to protect their land and identity. Though locals have welcomed the Centre's decision to revoke Article 370 and make Ladakh a Union territory, the...

Fire at AIIMS forces evacuation of patients; Arun Jaitley safe

New Delhi: A fire broke out at the teaching block of the AIIMS here on Saturday (August 17), destroying samples and medical reports and forcing evacuation of some patients, though no one was injured, officials said. Patients from a few floors of the AB ward, close to the Microbiology department where the blaze started at around 5 p.m., were evacuated along...

11 lose vision after cataract surgery at Indore hospital

Indore: Eleven persons have lost vision due to a bacterial infection following cataract surgeries conducted at a private hospital here last week. Thirteen patients underwent surgeries under the National Programme for Control of Blindness at Indore Netra Chikitsalay on August 8, and some of them later complained of blurred vision, Indore Chief Medical an...

Gang ‘involved in Gauri Lankesh murder’ charged in MM Kalburgi killing

Bengaluru: Ganesh Miskin, the hitman allegedly involved in the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh, had also shot littérateur and researcher Dr MM Kalburgi dead in August 2015, according to the special investigation team (SIT). SIT, probing the case, stated this in a charge sheet it had filed in the district court of Hubballi-Dharwad on Saturday (August 17...

Madras slang a unique concoction of Chennai, but it is not just Tamil

Poda beimaani, somaari (get lost you cheat, lazy fellow). Innu oru daba sollamaten (I won’t say it again) and OCla kadacha vudamaaten (If I get it for free, I won’t let it go). The lines above are in Madras bashai, or a slang that is unique to Chennai. However, it is not Tamil alone, but a mix of Urdu, Telugu and even English. The lingo trace...

Drone over Naidu house triggers row; Jagan govt says it was flood survey

A drone flying over the residence of the TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu on the banks of Krishna river near Vijayawada has triggered conspiracy theories, with party leaders alleging that the Jagan Mohan Reddy government had committed a security breach.

Expelled Kerala nun moves Vatican against congregation’s decision

Kochi: A Kerala nun on Saturday (August 17) said she has filed an appeal before the Vatican against Franciscan Clarist Congregation's decision to expel her from it even as the congregation tightened its stance by issuing a letter to the her elderly mother to take her back home.

New head priest selected for Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala

Thiruvananthapuram: AK Sudheer Namboodiri of Areekkara Mana at Tirunavaya in Malappuram district was on Saturday (August 17) selected as the next melsanthi (head priest) of the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple for a period of one year starting from November 17. The selection of the head priest was through a draw of lots held at the temple sopanam. Meanwhile, MS Parameswar...

Disqualified AAP MLA Kapil Mishra, women’s wing chief join BJP

New Delhi: Disqualified Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator Kapil Mishra and party women's wing chief Richa Pandey joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday (August 17). Speculations about Mishra joining the BJP were doing the rounds since he started criticising AAP supremo and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal after being removed as a minister i...

Yediyurappa mulls job reservation for locals in Karnataka

A month after the Andhra Assembly passed a bill to reserve 75 per cent of upcoming industrial jobs for locals, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa promised to do the same. Yediyurappa on August 15 assured a lion’s share of jobs in the private sector to Kannadigas in Karnataka. He had proposed a similar move when he was the chief minister in ...

This relief camp is home away from home for 250 flood-hit in Belagavi

Examba (Belagavi): A relief camp set up in a government school in Examba village in north Karnataka’s Belagavi district, near Krishna river and bordering Maharashtra, has come as surprise, as many residing here don’t want to return home. "People are very warm, we are being treated like family," say residents of the camp.
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How this Thrissur man saved scores of animals from flood

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87 villages in Andhra Pradesh affected by Krishna floods

Amaravati: Tens of villages and hundreds of acres of farmland remained under a sheet of water in Krishna and Guntur districts of Andhra Pradesh on Saturday (August 17), even as the flood fury in river Krishna showed signs of abatement. After touching a maximum of 8.21 lakh cusecs in the early hours of the day, the flood discharge at Prakasam Barrage in Vij...

Modi arrives in Bhutan on two-day visit

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Bhutan on Saturday (August 17) on a two-day state visit during which he will hold talks with Bhutanese leaders to further deepen the bilateral ties. This is prime ministers second visit to Bhutan and the first since his re-election. Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering received Modi at the airport. Modi...

Landline services restored in Kashmir; 50,000 lines reopened

Srinagar: More than 50,000 landline phones were made operational on Saturday (August 17) after services in 17 exchanges of the Kashmir Valley were restored after a period of about 12 days, officials said. Seventeen out of a little over 100 telephone exchanges were made operational. These exchanges are mainly in Civil Lines area, Cantonment area, airport o...

Swept by Karnataka floods, Belagavi weavers drown further in debt

Like around 150 weavers in Nekar Colony of Karnataka's Belagavi district, Vijay Kattimani has suffered losses of around ₹50,000-₹1 lakh due to the floods. But that is not the only concern of the 32-year-old. Like the others, he is drowning in debts that need to be repaid urgently.

BJP MP Roopa Ganguly’s son rams car into Kolkata club, arrested

Kolkata: Actor-turned-BJP MP Roopa Ganguly's son was sent to one-day police custody on Friday (August 16)  for allegedly ramming his car into the wall of prestigious south Kolkata club here. The order came after the police produced 21-year-old Akash Mukherjee before the Alipur court. Police had taken the youth into custody after the incident around 9.15 ...

Why Telugu states are rooting for delimitation of constituencies

As the Narendra Modi government faces criticism over its move to go for delimitation of constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir following its re-organisation, it is finding support for the cause in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, albeit for the two Telugu states.

After row, Karnataka CM goes back on renaming villages after corporates

Apparently faced with criticism from a section of villagers and political class, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Friday (August 16) dropped the offer to rename flood-hit villages after donors who contribute more than ₹10 crore for relief works. The offer has now been modified, and the Chief Minister said donors contributing for the d...

Restrictions in Kashmir to be eased in a few days: J&K chief secretary

Most phone lines in Kashmir will be restored over the weekend and schools will reopen next week, Jammu and Kashmir chief secretary B V R Subrahmanyam said on Friday (August 16) while announcing the easing of restrictions in a phased and "orderly way". Offices of the Jammu and Kashmir government in the Valley functioned normally on Friday and the...

How wristbands keep caste lines alive among students in Tamil Nadu

Chennai: In southern Tamil Nadu, caste-based wristbands and ‘tilakas’ on forehead have been a silent method of discrimination in schools and colleges. While reports of such discrimination surfaced years ago, The Federal found out that these practices are still prevalent in several regions of the state. Earlier this year, a group of IAS officers belong...

In flood-hit Kodagu, landslide adds to coffee planters’ woes

Heavy rainfall that lashed Kodagu in the first two weeks of August caused severe damages to the coffee and spice plantations in the district, which accounts for 45 per cent of Karnataka’s coffee production.

Floods in Kerala wash away centuries of isolation for tribes

It is not every day that 75-year-old Vellaga sleeps in the safety of a gated community, gets a square meal or interacts with people from the city or even mingle with other tribes. The flood in Kerala has done what centuries of tradition couldn't do – warm up the primitive tribes of the Padduka Forest under Karulai Forest Range to civilisation.

We would like to give little time: SC on plea seeking removal of restrictions on medi...

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday (August 16) said it will wait for sometime before passing any direction on the plea seeking removal of restrictions on the media in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of abrogation of Article 370 after the Centre said curbs are being lifted gradually. During the hearing, the Centre told the apex court that the situation is...

Kodagu grapples with rain, landslide and extreme weather

Kodagu: As a whole, Kodagu district received rainfall seven times higher than the average, while Virajpet taluk received nine times the normal rainfall. District officials and disaster management authorities say weather events of such magnitude cannot be predicted.

Chigadolli, a village in Belagavi that continues to drown in sorrow

Gokak, Belagavi: “I lost everything. It would have been good if the floods had taken us away too,” says Mahadevi, a resident of Chigadolli, a small village in Gokak taluk of Belagavi district in Karnataka. Belagavi is the worst affected district in the rain-battered state. The lives of many, like Mahadevi, have been forced to square one, where they have to r...

Amit Shah is on a Mission South tour to boost BJP’s prospects

Union Home minister Amit Shah’s recent whirlwind of southern states is aimed at strengthening BJP’s base in Karnataka and reviving its prospects in Tamil Nadu. He shared dais with superstar Rajinikanth which is a clear sign of a new political alignment in the state.

Voices of Kavalappara: ‘Allah gives and takes, who are we to question?’

Heavy rains welcomed us as we stomped through muddy water to reach a relief camp in Pothukal, Malappuram district. The Catholic Higher Secondary School at Pothukal hosted more than 1,100 victims of the deluge and landslides that ravaged the district over the past few days. A week back, the village of Kavalappara looked like any other village in ...

Saved by a stroke of luck, landslide victims live to tell the tale

Pothukal: What used to be 33-year-old Santhosh’s neighbourhood, is now a mass grave, levelled to the ground by a landslide that is feared to have killed almost 60 residents of Kavalappara village in Mallappuram district of Kerala. But, Santhosh can exactly locate where his house stood if you show him a photo of the landslide site. Ask him how many houses ...

Stone-pelting festival celebrated in Uttarakhand

Devotees turned up in large numbers at the Devidhura temple in Champawat district on Thursday (August 15) and pelted each other with stones to celebrate Bagwal, a festival in which blood is shed to please the presiding deity. The festival is celebrated annually on Raksha Bandhan, which falls on Shravan Purnima, to please Barahi Devi, the presidi...

Vellore to be trifurcated; Ranipet, Tirupattur to be new districts

Chennai: After the bifurcation of Kancheepuram and Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday (August 15) announced that Vellore district would be trifurcated. This will increasing the number of districts in the state to 37. The Chief Minister said that Vellore would be trifurcated, creating two more districts — Ranipet and...

Job opportunities of Kannadigas will never be compromised: Yediyurappa

Bengaluru: Amid a growing clamour to reserve jobs for Karnataka residents, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Thursday (August 15) said his government is committed to ensuring employment opportunities of Kannadigas are never compromised and they get a lion's share. The chief minister also called on those migrating to Karnataka to adapt to the Kannada cultur...
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Of four rescuers, three died, says Kavalappara’s first responder

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Crisis brewing in TDP as Kapu leaders may quit party en masse

After suffering a humiliating drubbing in the Lok Sabha elections, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), headed by N Chandrababu Naidu, is now grappling with an existential crisis. Having already lost four of its six Rajya Sabha (RS) MPs, including Naidu’s decades-old confidants Sujana Choudary and CM Ramesh, there are reports of a possible mass exodus of ...

Faceless heroes of Kavalappara brave warnings, floods to restore normalcy

Kavalappara: It is yet another day for Ibnu. Going to the site of the landslide at Kavalappara and helping rescue workers scoop out decomposed bodies of the people he once knew, one after another, and ferrying them to the village’s burial site after post mortem.

Rebel MLAs in Karnataka face backlash in flood-affected districts

Bengaluru: The resignation of 15 rebel MLAs in Karnataka that led to the collapse of the Congress-JD(S) coalition government, has only worsened the situation for the people of the state.

Razed by a landslide, Kavalappara is a picture of death and despair

The usually pristine charm of Kerala, Thrissur to be specific, fades away when you enter the district limits of Malappuram, which is among the worst affected by the recent floods and landslides in the state, triggered by torrential rains. The road to Kavalappara, where 30 have perished and 29 are missing in landslides, reeks of death and despair.

Kashmir is home to extremists, terrorists, says Rajinikanth

Chennai: Tamil superstar Rajinikanth said Kashmir is home to extremists and terrorists, and reiterated his support to the Narendra Modi-led government for abrogating Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, saying that the Centre handled it very diplomatically.

Nobody killed Pehlu Khan, all six accused in lynching case acquitted

A district court in Jaipur on Wednesday acquitted six men accused of lynching Pehlu Khan in Rajasthan’s Alwar on April 1, 2017 on allegations of cattle smuggling for slaughter.

Standing apart, Edappadi Palaniswami creates a space for himself

The victory in Tamil Nadu Assembly bypolls and a near win in Vellore Lok Sabha election seem to have boosted Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami's confidence. For now, he has the support of the people and the party workers.

Woman accuses husband of giving triple talaq case in Odisha

A Muslim woman from Soro area in Odisha’s Balasore district has lodged a complaint, accusing her husband of divorcing her by pronouncing "talaq" thrice on Monday, the day of Eid-al-Adha. The incident took place when Rosaya Khatun of Soro Pathan Mahalla area had gone to her husband Karim Khan to seek “Eidi”, which is gifts or goodwill money given...

IAS officer accident case: Kerala govt offers job to late journo’s wife

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala cabinet on Wednesday (August 14) decided to provide a government job to the wife of a senior journalist, who was killed after being hit by a car driven by IAS officer Sreeram Vekitaraman last week. After chairing the cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters here that the wife of late K Muhammed Basheer would be ...
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Rajya Sabha MP, Jose K. Mani demands center for more assistance

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Shah Faesal stopped on way to Istanbul, sent back to Kashmir

Former IAS officer Shah Faesal was sent back to Kashmir from the Delhi airport on Wednesday and detained in Srinagar under the Public Safety Act (PSA), officials said. Faesal, who was bound for Istanbul, was detained at the airport on Wednesday morning, they said. Also read: Govt says unprovoked stone-pelting in Kashmir, but forces didn’t ret...

Restrictions in Jammu lifted, curbs to continue in Kashmir: J&K ADG

Srinagar: Restrictions imposed in Jammu have been completely lifted but curbs will continue in some places in Kashmir for a while longer, a senior Jammu and Kashmir police officer said on Wednesday (August 14). The situation in Jammu and Kashmir is totally under control and there have been no major injuries to anyone, Additional Director General Munir Kha...

Accept invite to visit J&K without any conditions, when can I come, asks Rahul

New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday (August 14) repeated his demand to visit Jammu and Kashmir and asked Governor Satya Pal Malik when he could come. https://twitter.com/RahulGandhi/status/1161513040497524739 He said he had accepted Malik's invitation to visit J&K and meet people without any conditions and termed the governors reply...

TN crack down on schools making students wear caste wristbands

Chennai: The Tamil Nadu School Education department has asked its officers to identify and crack down on schools in the state where children were allegedly being made to wear coloured wristbands to identify their caste. The Director of School Education has directed officials to identify schools in their districts where such discrimination is practised, b...

Govt says unprovoked stone-pelting in Kashmir, but forces didn’t retaliate

New Delhi: After refuting reports of firing and unrest in Kashmir, the Home Ministry on Tuesday said that "miscreants" resorted to unprovoked stone-pelting against security personnel last Friday (August 9), but no bullet was fired against them.

Why September 17 holds key to BJP’s ‘Capture Telangana’ mission

When Home Minister Amit Shah addresses a public meeting in Telangana’s Nizamabad on September 17, it won’t be just another routine meeting for the BJP as he is likely to unveil its political strategy for the key southern state.

Palaniswami calls Chidambaram ‘a burden on earth’, Karti responds

Tamil Nadu chief minister Edapaddi Palaniswami stoked a row on Tuesday (August 13) when he called former finance minister P Chidambaram “a burden on earth”, in reaction to the Congress leader’s criticism over AIADMK’s support for the scrapping of Article 370. Chidambaram on Sunday (August 11) had reportedly said that if the Centre decided to div...

Transgender woman Sudha gets Kalaimamani award, bats for awareness

Sudha, a transgender woman, received the Kalaimamani Award from the Tamil Nadu, alongside 200 other artistes. On August 13, 46-year-old Sudha from Chennai received the award that has also been bagged by big names from the Tamil film industry like actor Vijay Sethupathi, actress Priyamani and actor-choreographer-filmmaker Prabhu Deva. The awar...

Red alert in 3 districts; Kerala CM tours Wayanad, Malappuram

Thiruvananthapuram: A red alert has been issued for 3 districts of central Kerala where heavy rains are expected even as flood-hit northern parts are limping back to normalcy. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan toured worst-affected districts of Malappuram and Wayanad.

140 places in Nilgiris district hit by landslides, says TN CM

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Tuesday (August 13) said nearly 140 places in the Nilgiris district have been hit by landslides following a torrential downpour. He also slammed DMK president and Tamil Nadu leader of opposition, MK Stalin, for giving "false information" that no state minister had visited the district to oversee rescue ...

TN CM releases 3,000 cusecs of water from Mettur, farmers say it isn’t enough

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami on Tuesday oversaw the opening of the sluice gates of the Mettur dam in his home district of Salem. The dam, which receives water from the Cauvery has been witnessing massive inflows thanks to heavy rainfall in the catchment areas of the river. However, this is for the eighth consecutive year, that ...

Punjab shuts down in protest against demolition of Ravidas shrine in Delhi

Chandigarh: Normal life was affected at many places in Punjab on Tuesday as demonstrations were held by Dalits to protest the demolition of a temple dedicated to Guru Ravidas in New Delhi’s Tughlakabad area on directions of the Supreme Court. There were reports that protesters had blocked roads at a few places including the Jalandhar-Delhi national highway ...

Karnataka drowning in flood, yet no sign of BJP ministry in the state

Three weeks since BJP’s B S Yediyurappa was sworn in as Karnataka chief minister, there is no sign of his council of ministers. What makes the delay inexplicable is the song and dance that the BJP made when the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government was in power.

How Pune flood showed us why rivers can’t be encroached upon

Pune: It was 4.30 am when Kanchan Thorat, who was fast asleep with her husband and children, awoke with a start. Water from the Mula river had seeped into her one-room home along its banks and was quickly flooding. The family rushed out of their home, with nothing but their clothes on and leaving the door unlocked. Thorat’s home in the Manoj Balwadkar...

Monsoon fury unabated in Kerala, 92 dead and 2.87 lakh displaced

Thiruvananthapuram: With rains subsiding in many parts of Kerala, search operations are on in landslide-hit Kavalappara and Puthumala in Malappuram and Wayanad districts, as the toll in the monsoon fury climbed to 76 and 2.87 lakh people have sought refuge in relief camps.

BRTS on the cards in Chennai, but last mile connectivity remains a worry

A 120-km Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) in the offing in Chennai is expected to make transportation speedy and effective. However, with the existing mass transport systems such as Metro and suburban rail, the question of first and last mile connectivity looms large, according to experts. What BRTS aims to do Talking to The Federal, Shreya...

Elderly couple from Tirunelveli chase away armed burglars, video goes viral

Chennai: An elderly couple from Tamil Nadu's Tirunelveli turned into an internet sensation, after a one minute video of them fighting off burglars armed with billhooks went viral. Shanmugavelu (72) and his wife Senthamarai (68), farmers living in Kadayam village, were attacked by two masked men on Sunday night. The attack took place at around 9:30 p.m., ...

CRPF’s Kashmir helpline 14411 reactivated, over 500 calls received

New Delhi: The Srinagar-based CRPF helpline — 14411 — has been re-activated for people, especially Kashmiri's, who require help for their families or are in distress post the decision to revoke provisions of Article 370, officials said on Monday (August 12). They said the standard five-digit landline number of the madadgaar helpline has been restored after...

NSA undertakes aerial survey of Kashmir Valley

Srinagar: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Monday (August 12) undertook an aerial survey of the city and South Kashmir areas to take stock of the security situation as the valley celebrated Eid al-Adha amid strict restrictions that are in place after the decision to revoke provisions of Article 370. Officials said that police chief Dilbag Singh and...