Kashmir resolution is bound to happen, no power on earth can stop it: Rajnath

Pandori, Jammu and Kashmir: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh asserted on Saturday (July 20) that the Kashmir issue will be resolved and no power on the earth can stop it....

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Sheila Dikshit no more, Delhi govt declares two-day mourning

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Heavy rains continue in Kerala, 2 drown, 3 TN fishermen among 4 missing

Thiruvananthapuram: Two people have died so far and four, including three fishermen from Tamil Nadu, are missing as heavy rains continue to lash Kerala, with Kudule in Kasaragod district recording over 30 cm of rains till Saturday. In the hilly Idukki district, a minor landslide occurred on Saturday morning at Konnathady village, causing crop loss. There were no ca...

Mufti dissolves PDP’s political affairs committee

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday (July 20) dissolved the party’s top decision-making Political Affairs Committee (PAC). The move comes less than a week ahead of the PDP's 20th foundation day anniversary scheduled to be observed on July 28. “Mehbooba Mufti has dissolved the PAC and a new body will be reconsti...

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh accepts Sidhu’s resignation

Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday (July 20) accepted Navjot Singh Sidhu's resignation, an official said here. He further said Sidhu's resignation has been forwarded to Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore. The acceptance of the resignation came days after Sidhu resigned from Punjab Cabinet. Singh, who was in Delhi earlier this w...

Cong announces ₹10L compensation to kin of Sonbhadra victims

A four-member Parliamentary delegation of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) led by MP Derek O’Brien was detained at Varanasi airport on Saturday (July 20) while it was on its way to meet the victims of the Sonbhadra tragedy.

Death toll due floods in Assam, Bihar nears 150; over 1.15 crore affected

New Delhi: The flood situation in Bihar and northeast India showed little improvement on Friday (July 19) as over 1.15 crore people remained affected while the death toll due to flood and rain-related incidents neared 150. The southwest monsoon advanced into the remaining parts of west Rajasthan, thereby covering the entire country on Friday. Most regions ...

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Rising mob lynchings highlight growing lawlessness in Bihar

Bihar has never been known for incidents of mob lynching, but in the last few months, such incidents have registered an alarming spike. This is despite efforts by the BJP-JD(U) alliance since it came to power in the state. For the past 14 years since chief minister Nitish Kumar came to power, the JD(U) leader has been seeking votes over the issu...

Karnataka assembly defies governor, trust vote on Monday

The H D Kumaraswamy led JD(S)-Congress coalition won a two-day breather as the assembly was adjourned despite Governor Vajubhai Vala intervening twice asking the chief minister to conclude the floor test on Friday. The debate on the constitutional authority and legality of his order to the legislature overshadowed the House proceedings. The House will now meet on July 22 (Monday).

Heavy rains lash Kerala, lead to flooding in several parts

Two days after the Indian Meteorological Department issued a warning, Kerala witnessed heavy rains on Friday, leading to flooding in several parts of the state. The weather department had issued red alert for Idukki, Patthanamthitta and Kottayam districts. Many residents in coastal areas have been relocated. Pamba River is overflowing as the ...

Manali in Chennai shows the way for other cities in India

At a time, when cities across India is grappling with solid waste management issues, an entire zone in the teeming metropolis of Chennai in India is showing the way by becoming zero waste zone. Manali, a suburb in Chennai can put any other locality in Chennai and other major cities to shame. Also known as Zone 2, the garbage from the households ...

World Bank: Dropped Amaravati project due to withdrawal of finance plea

The World Bank on Friday said it dropped the $300-million loan proposal for the Amaravati development project as the central government withdrew the financing request, triggering a blame game between the ruling YSRC and opposition TDP in Andhra Pradesh. "The Government of India has withdrawn its request to the World Bank for financing the propos...

Bill to amend RTI law introduced in LS amid opposition

New Delhi: A bill which seeks to take away the stature of information commissioners from equivalent of election commissioners and give the Centre the power to set their salaries and service conditions was introduced in Lok Sabha on Friday amid protests by opposition parties. Introducing the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019, Minister of State in ...

Priyanka’s arrest disturbing, shows BJP govt’s insecurity: Rahul

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday hit out the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh for the "illegal arrest" of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Sonbhadra, saying this "arbitrary application of power" to stop her from meeting those injured in a clash reveals the BJP dispensations increasing insecurity in the state. Congress general secretary ...

How government apathy keeps popular Hyderabad monuments off UNESCO list

Jaipur got UNESCO world heritage tag this month while Hyderabad, a strong contender for this status, is witnessing a tussle over a heritage structure which the Telangana government wants to demolish to build a new legislature complex. Steeped in history and endowed with rich architectural legacy and vibrant culture, Hyderabad is considered by ma...

Vellore LS poll: Nominations of DMK, AIADMK candidates withheld briefly

Chennai: The nominations of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) candidates, scheduled to contest the Vellore Lok Sabha polls, were accepted on Friday (July 19) after they were held back, for a while, by the Election Commission. During the scrutiny of nominations, the opposition raised questions ab...

Tirumala temple board abolishes ‘VIP darshan’ at Tirupati shrine

In a significant move, the authorities at Tirumala, India’s richest temple, have abolished the decades-old practice of “VIP break darshan” that gave privileged access to certain categories of people for a quick darshan of the deity. “The decision was part of our plans to overhaul the system and make it transparent, keeping in view the convenienc...

Madras High Court suspends one-year sentence imposed on Vaiko

Chennai: In a major relief to MDMK general secretary Vaiko, the Madras High Court on Thursday (July 18) suspended one-year life imprisonment imposed by the trial court on charges of sedition against him. While hearing an appeal petition moved by Vaiko against his conviction and one-year imprisonment for making a statement in support of LTTE, Justice PD A...

Failing heart, rising stress kill Saravana Bhavan owner Rajagopal  

Doctors treating Saravana Bhavan founder P Rajagopal (72) who died at a private hospital in Chennai on Thursday (July 18), said the ‘dosa king’ was frustrated and under immense pressure, which led to his health condition deteriorate rapidly. On July 10, Rajagopal had arrived in an ambulance with an oxygen mask strapped to his face after the Supr...

Govt: Data leak of unemployment figures serious

New Delhi: The government on Thursday (July 18) admitted in the Rajya Sabha that there has been a data leak of unemployment figures and said efforts were being made to ascertain who was behind it. Replying to queries during Question Hour, Minister of State for Planning and Statistics Rao Inderjit Singh termed the issue as ‘serious’ and said data pertaining...

National Wushu champ’s eardrum ruptures after being hit during ragging

Palakkad: A case has been registered against six students of Islamic Studies at MES Kalladi College in Manarkkad, Palakkad district on Thursday after they attacked Mohammed Dilshad, 19-year-old, national Wushu champion. Dilshad who was slapped and beaten by his seniors had his right eardrum ruptured in the attack. The incident took place on Tuesday at a b...

Dawood’s nephew arrested at Mumbai airport while trying to flee India: Cops

Mumbai: Mumbai Police has arrested terrorist Dawood Ibrahim's nephew Rizwan Kaskar in connection with an extortion case, an official said on Thursday (July 18). Rizwan Kaskar, the son of Ibrahim's brother Iqbal Kaskar, was arrested on Wednesday (July 17) night from the international airport here when he was trying to flee the country, the official said....

Prohibition-bound Andhra to take up retail liquor trade à la Tamil Nadu

After promising to impose total prohibition in a phased manner over the next five years, the YSR Congress Party government in Andhra Pradesh is planning to follow the Tamil Nadu model of excise policy and take over retail liquor trade as a first step. The government is now in the process of formulating a new excise policy to regulate the sale an...

Nalini’s plea seeking direction to Guv for early release dismissed

Chennai: The Madras High Court on Thursday (July 18) dismissed a petition filed by Nalini Sriharan, a life convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, seeking a direction to the Tamil Nadu Governor for her premature release. A division bench comprising Justices R Subbaiah and C Saravanan held that Article 361 of the Constitution insulated the Governo...

Karnataka crisis: Likely scenarios in the Assembly today

The floor test in the Karnataka Assembly today (July 18) may put an end to the political uncertainty of the last two weeks. The Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka led by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy is likely to move a confidence motion to prove majority in the state assembly. If there is a discussion on the motion of confidence, th...

Multiple organ donation in Delhi: Man gives new life to several patients

New Delhi: Several people got a new lease of life after receiving organs of a 40-year-old man, including his heart, liver and kidneys, who died at a private hospital here, doctors said Wednesday. An in-house green corridor was created at the hospital premises in south Delhi which facilitated a quick and efficient transfer of donated organs, which benefited...

Flood waters maroon 29 districts in Assam, death toll rises to 27

Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam remained grim on Wednesday (July 17) with 29 districts marooned by the deluge, which has so far claimed 27 lives and affected 57 lakh people, officials said. According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) bulletin, the Brahmaputra and its tributaries are flowing above the danger mark in various pl...

Cracks widen in JD(U)-BJP ties as Nitish goes after Sangh in Bihar

Has Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar gotten “suspicious” of the activities of the RSS, the ideological fountainhead of the BJP with whose support he runs his government in the state? The question is being hotly debated after a letter was issued by the Bihar Police Special Branch seeking details about the activities of the RSS and its 18 affiliates...

Irate BJP shuns AIADMK, alliance goes kaput

Chennai: The poor showing of the BJP-AIADMK alliance in the recent Lok Sabha elections has had its first fallout in Tamil Nadu: They are no longer friends. The BJP that is seriously looking for other options including Rajinikanth as the party leadership is of the view that the tie-up with the AIADMK is not likely to help in its electoral ambitions. On...

Village head, supporters open fire in UP over land dispute; 9 killed

Sonebhadra, Uttar Pradesh: A village head and his supporters allegedly opened fire on a rival group over a land dispute in Ghorawal area at Sonebhadra, Uttar Pradesh, killing nine people, including three women, and leaving 19 injured on Wednesday (July 17), police said. The incident occurred in Sapahi village. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed the DGP to monitor...

Cabinet clears bill to amend companies law

New Delhi: The government on Wednesday approved a bill to amend the Companies Act, 2013. The bill would replace an ordinance issued in 2019. “The proposed amendments will lead to further promotion of ease of doing business, de-clogging of National Company Law Tribunal and Special Courts,” an official release said. The focus would be on serious cases of ...

Govt approves 7 amendments to insolvency law

New Delhi: In a significant move, the government on Wednesday (July 17) cleared seven amendments to the insolvency law. The amendments to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) are aimed at filling critical gap in the corporate insolvency resolution framework while at the same maximising value from the resolution process. The Cabinet has approved the ...

BJP expels Uttarakhand MLA Pranav Singh Champion

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday (July 17) expelled its Uttarakhand MLA Pranav Singh Champion from the party for six years, days after a purported video of the legislator brandishing guns and dancing at a house party became viral on social media. Uttarakhand BJP chief Ajay Bhatt had last week served a show-cause notice on Champion, ...

Bihar BJP leaders unhappy after cops seek info on 19 Sangh outfits

Patna: A letter purportedly issued by the special branch of Bihar police with directions for collecting details about functionaries of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and its affiliates has raised hackles of state Bharatiya Janata Party leaders and brought to fore the uneasiness in ties with ally JD(U). Home department officials were tight-lipped about...

Govt extends 15th Finance Commission’s term by a month till Nov 30

New Delhi: The government on Wednesday extended the 15th Finance Commission's term by a month till November 30, and broadened the ambit of its recommendation to include funds for defence and internal security, an official statement said. The government on November 27, 2017, notified the 15th Finance Commission, headed by N K Singh, to suggest, among other ...

The rise of BL Santhosh: From ‘pracharak’ to BJP’s trump card in So...

Bengaluru: The iron ore mining scam in Karnataka during the previous BJP regime between 2008 and 2013, had badly dented the party’s image. The party had no hopes of winning the subsequent election. But three months ahead of the state elections, an English weekly (now defunct) did a cover story on RSS man BL Santhosh. “Meet your real Chief Minister,” scream...

Extremely heavy rains forecast, red alerts in 6 districts of Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram: With the weather office predicting extremely heavy rains in the coming days for Kerala, a red alert has been issued in six districts in the state, including Idukki and Malappuram, from July 18. The red alert, denoting likelihood of very heavy to extremely heavy rain, has been issued in Idukki, Malappuram, Wayanad, Kannur, Ernakulam, and Thrissur...

Centre to identify illegal immigrants, deport them: Amit Shah

New Delhi: The Centre will identify illegal immigrants staying in any part of the country and deport them as per international law, Home Minister Amit Shah said in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday (July 17). The minister was replying to a supplementary query by Samajwadi Party member Javed Ali Khan on whether the National Register of Citizens will be implemented i...

K’taka crisis: Cong says SC order nullifying whip sets terrible judicial preced...

New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday (July 17) said the Supreme Court order on the Karnataka political crisis nullifying the whip and providing "blanket protection" to MLAs who have betrayed public mandate sets a "terrible judicial precedent". The Supreme Court on Wednesday said 15 rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs in Karnataka "ought not" to be compelled to parti...

Expect BJP govt in K’taka next week: Muralidhar Rao

Hyderabad: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government is expected to take charge in Karnataka next week, party national general secretary P Muralidhar Rao claimed on Wednesday (July 17). He said that the BJP was confident that the Congress-JDS government, led by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, would lose the trust vote in the Legislative Assembly on Thursd...

Jagan rechristens Andhra’s populist schemes after self, father

What’s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Well, try telling that to political parties in Andhra Pradesh. For them, it’s all in the name. Eager to perpetuate their legacies, the parties in the state treat the welfare schemes as effective tools for political messaging, more so when they carry the names of their supreme leade...

Rebel K’taka MLAs can’t be forced to attend trust vote: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court directed on Wednesday that the 15 rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs "ought not" to be compelled to take part in the proceedings of the Karnataka Assembly, which is slated to decide the confidence motion moved by the H D Kumaraswamy-led state government on Thursday. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi further said Karnataka...

K’taka MLAs can’t be forced to participate in trust vote: SC

Pronouncing its verdict in the Karnataka MLAs resignation case on Wednesday, the Supreme Court directed that the 15 rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs “ought not” be compelled to participate in the trust vote in the Karnataka Assembly on July 18. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also said that Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ra...

World Bank clears ₹1700 crore to rebuilding Kerala

Chennai: As a part of an initiative to rebuild Kerala, which suffered massive losses after the floods that hit the state in 2018, the World Bank has granted a loan of ₹1700 crore to the Pinarayi Vijayan-led LDF government under the ‘Resilient Kerala Initiative’ (RKI). This will be a long-term plan for the state’s development. In August 2018, Kerala was d...

14 deported TN terror suspects wanted to wage war against India

The 14 men from Tamil Nadu who were arrested and deported from the United Arab Emirates, on charges of raising funds to wage war against India had reportedly sent lakhs of rupees to form a terror module in Tamil Nadu.

Extend TN irrigation law benefits to Kudimaramathu, demand activists

Two years ago, the Tamil Nadu government launched Kudimaramathu, an age-old practice of maintaining tanks. With an objective of rejuvenating existing water bodies in the state, the government allocated ₹100 crore for the first phase and around 1,519 tanks in 30 districts were desilted. The numbers grew in the second phase, with 2,065 tanks were ...

90% of Kaziranga National Park submerged; anti-poaching camps affected

With over 150 anti-poaching camps in the Kaziranga National Park affected by the Assam floods, the authorities are working round-the-clock to check poaching at the UNESCO World Heritage site, officials said. The staff and security personnel are performing their duties using mechanised and country boats to deal with any kind of eventualities, the...

Air India: With Pak airspace open, operation cost for flights likely to come down

New Delhi: With Pakistan opening its airspace for all commercial airlines on Tuesday morning, Air India said operation costs for one-way US and Europe-bound flights are likely to come down by ₹20 lakh and ₹5 lakh, respectively. After Pakistan closed its airspace following the Balakot air strikes of February 26, Air India suffered a financial loss of around...

Network of wires over school buildings to be removed soon: UP govt

Balrampur: A day after 50 students were injured when a high-tension wire fell into a primary school here, Uttar Pradesh Basic Education Minister Anupma Jaiswal on Tuesday said network of wires over school buildings in the state will be removed to check recurrence of similar incidents. Jaiswal, who visited the Naya Nagar Vishnupur area where the incident to...

SC to pronounce order on rebel Karnataka MLAs plea tomorrow

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will deliver on Wednesday (July 17) its crucial order on pleas of 15 rebel Congress-JD (S) MLAs seeking a direction for Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar to accept their resignations, which may seal the fate of 14-month-old H D Kumaraswamy government. The apex court reserved its order after high-voltage arguments in w...

Andhra to limit VIP ‘darshan’ at Tirumala, India’s richest temple

Thousands of ordinary devotees who throng the Tirumala temple in Andhra Pradesh shudder at the mention of “VIP break darshan”. It’s a decades-old practice that allows VIPs to breeze through, based on their “importance”,  for a darshan of the deity, Lord Balaji, while the ordinary devotee, standing in queue for hours, are made to wait longer. The...

Modi asks ministers to be present in Parliament as per roster

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has often pulled up BJP MPs for absenteeism during Parliament sessions, on Tuesday (July 16) cautioned Union ministers against skipping their roster duties in both the Houses and told the party leadership that he should be informed if they skip their duty, sources said. Speaking at the BJP parliamentary party me...

Postal exams cancelled, will be held in regional languages: Govt

The government on Tuesday (July 16) cancelled the postal exam for recruitment of postmen and other posts in the postal department, following vociferous protests by the AIADMK and DMK in the Rajya Sabha demanding that the test be held in Tamil too. Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad announced that the exams which were conducted on Sunda...

Over 14,800 foreign-funded NGOs de-registered in last 5 yrs: Govt

New Delhi: The government in the last five years has de-registered over 14,800 NGOs which were registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) and had been receiving funds from abroad, the Lok Sabha was told on Tuesday (July 16). Replying to a written question, Union minister of state for home Nityanand Rai said the registrations were cance...

RS proceedings adjourned over demand for postal exam in Tamil

New Delhi: Proceedings of the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday (July 16) were adjourned thrice during the pre-lunch period after repeated protests by Tamil parties led by the AIADMK over their demand that the exam for postmen be held in Tamil language. The protests started soon after the listing of papers in the House, with AIADMK members shouting slogans and demand...

Rebel K’taka MLA Roshan Baig detained by SIT sleuths in IMA scam

The Special Investigation Team on Monday (July 15) night detained Karnataka MLA Roshan Baig, one of the accused in the I Monetary Advisory (IMA) fund scam that cheated thousands of customers. The development came hours after IMA founder Mansoor Khan, who went absconding last month, released a video saying he would return to India within 24 hours...

HC allows Saravana Bhavan founder Rajagopal to shift to private hospital

Chennai: The Madras High Court on Tuesday (July 16) permitted Saravana Bhavan founder and murder case convict P Rajagopal to be admitted in a private hospital here. A bench comprising Justices MM Sundresh and M Nirmal Kumar passed the direction on Tuesday, a day after Rajagopal’s younger son P Saravanan filed a petition before the Madras High Court seeking...

Port project in north Chennai to hurt Pulicat ecosystem: Jairam Ramesh

Former environment minister Jairam Ramesh has warned against the port project proposed in north Chennai, saying it will affect ecosystem of Lake Pulicat and Kattupalli Island. “The proposed construction of a megaport complex in North Chennai by a private company with dubious environmental credentials will irretrievably damage the Ennore Pulicat ...

ABVP wants ‘objectionable’ material removed from new syllabus of DU courses

The ABVP Monday staged a protest against the Delhi University vice-chancellor over inclusion of "objectionable and unilateral material" in the new syllabus of some courses. The RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) said it condemns the efforts made by some departments of the varsity to impose the "Leftist ideological agenda" o...

Hold postal department exam in Tamil: AIADMK, DMK demand

The AIADMK and DMK on Monday asked the Centre to cancel the postal department examination for postmen and other posts and hold it afresh with questions in Tamil language also. Raising the issue during the Zero Hour in the Rajya Sabha, A Navaneethakrishnan (AIADMK) said questions in the postal department's examination for appointments of postmen ...

Centre says no to TN, Puducherry for NEET exemption

New Delhi: The Centre has turned down requests from Puducherry and Tamil Nadu governments to exempt students from appearing in National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for undergraduate and postgraduate medical admissions, according to the HRD ministry. The information was shared by Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank in response to a written ...

Karnataka crisis: Trust vote to be taken up on July 18, says Speaker

Bengaluru: The confidence motion moved by Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy would be taken up in the Assembly on July 18, Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar said on Monday (July 15). The date has been fixed after consulting both the opposition and ruling coalition leaders during the Business Advisory Commitee meeting, Kumar announced in the Assembly. The Speak...

Now, Chennaites can tweet their water woes to Metro Water

Chennai: In an attempt to keep in touch with people and their water-related woes, the Chennai Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) opened its official Twitter account named Chennai Metro Water on Monday (July 15). The board will now tweet from the handle @CHN_Metro_Water. The account has got 600 followers within hours of its opening. Many welco...

Will Jagan’s cordial ties with Modi end sooner than expected?

Soon after the YSR Congress Party supremo Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy stormed to power in the April 11 Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, it was widely believed that he would forge a friendly equation with the BJP leadership at the Centre. The tone and tenor of his election campaign had indicated that he would make a common cause with the saffron p...

Chief Minister Kumaraswamy to face floor test in assembly on Thursday

Bengaluru: The BJP in Karnataka on Monday (July 15) sought to move a no-confidence motion against the Congress-JDS government, which is battling for survival after 16 lawmakers of the ruling coalition resigned from the Assembly. Meanwhile, former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that discussion on vote of confidence will be taken up on Thursday at 11 am in...

Thiruvananthapuram University stabbing: Two more students held

Thiruvananthapuram: Two Students Federation of India (SFI) leaders, the prime accused in the stabbing of a student inside the campus of the famed UniversityCollege here, were arrested Monday (July 15), police said. The accused, identified as R Sivaranjith and N Nazeem, were serving as the president and secretary respectively of the left student unions unit at the ...

Karnataka crisis: SC agrees to hear plea of 5 more rebel MLAs on Tuesday

The Supreme Court on Monday (July 15) agreed to hear the plea of five more rebel Congress MLAs along with the pending petition of 10 legislators seeking a direction to the Karnataka Assembly Speaker to accept their resignation. ALSO READ: Karnataka: Congress tries to woo back disgruntled MLAs, holds hectic parleys A bench headed by Chief Just...

K’taka MLAs write to Mumbai Police, say don’t want to meet Cong leaders

Bengaluru: The rebel Karnataka MLAs staying at a Mumbai hotel have written to the city police chief, saying they don’t want to meet Mallikarjun Kharge or any other Congress leader. There have been speculations that Kharge, some other senior Congress leaders and Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy may visit Hotel Renaissance in Powai where the rebel le...

Karnataka: Congress tries to woo back disgruntled MLAs, holds hectic parleys

A day after rebel Karnataka Congress MLA MTB Nagaraj hinted at taking back his resignation, more MLAs appeared to be following suit. Nagaraj headed to Mumbai on Sunday, and Congress leaders in the state expressed confidence that he has gone to bring back another disgruntled MLA. On the same day, senior Congress leaders Siddaramaiah and G Parames...

DMK appoints nine-member team to review Draft NEP

Chennai: The DMK on Sunday (July 14) appointed a team to review the Draft National Education Policy, saying that the decision was necessitated by BJP-led central government's "serious" attempts to somehow "impose" the Hindi language. The Leader of Opposition in the assembly, MK Stalin said that allocation of funds in the Union Budget to support the appoi...

NIA arrests two in Tamil Nadu in terror gang case

After carrying out searches on the premises of three people in Tamil Nadu, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday (July 14) morning arrested two persons in Nagapattinam for their alleged links to the ‘Ansarulla’ terror gang. On Saturday (July 13) morning, based on the first information report(FIR) filed by the NIA, Delhi, the agency s...

K’taka crisis: Rebel Congress MLA Nagaraj heads to Mumbai

Bengaluru: Efforts by coalition leaders to mollify rebel Congress MLA M T B Nagaraj seem to have failed as he has flown to Mumbai on Sunday, according to sources. Leaders of the Congress-JD(S) coalition held negotiations with Nagaraj on Saturday in a bid to woo him back to save the H D Kumaraswamy-led government in Karnataka that is on the brink of collapse. ...

Shah directs officials to be on high alert for floods, provide help to states

Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday directed the NDRF and all agencies dealing with flood rescue and relief operations to remain on high alert so that they can handle any situation arising out of the natural calamity. The directive was issued at a high-level meeting chaired by Shah and attended by top officials. "The home minister has directed t...

Kolkata: Man dragged to death by Metro train after hand gets stuck in door

A man died on Saturday after his hand got stuck between the doors of a metro train in Kolkata which started moving soon after at Park Street station, police said. The deceased has been identified as Sajal Kanjilal, 56, a resident of Kasba area of the city, they said. The train was immediately brought to a halt and its power supply switched of...

Police dogs transferred to CM’s residence in MP, BJP cries foul

Bhopal: The transfers of police dogs and their handlers by the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh came in for criticism from the opposition which called it a "transfer racket". In an order issued on Friday (July 13) by the commandant of the 23 Battalion of Madhya Pradesh police, 46 dogs and their handlers were transferred, including a sniffer named '...

Illegal migrants seeking passports on the rise in Hyderabad

Cases of illegal migrants from countries like Myanmar, Bangladesh and Nepal, who have settled in the city, applying for passport by producing Aadhaar cards and other identity proofs are on the rise, the regional passport office here said Saturday. "Cases of illegal migrants from Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal etc who have settled in the city and app...

Resort politics returns in Karnataka with a bang

People often go to resorts or weekend gateways to rejuvenate themselves and have some fun time. But when is the fun time for politicians? Perhaps, only in times of crisis. Whenever political parties in Karnataka do not have faith in their own MLAs, they rush them to luxury resorts. With the state’s Congress-JD(S) government on the brink of colla...

Flood cripples life in Assam, 14 lakh affected in 25 districts; 7 dead

The flood situation in Assam continued to deteriorate on Saturday (July 13) with one more person losing his life, taking the toll to seven, as over 14 lakh people were affected by the deluge across 25 districts of the state. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal called Union Home Minister Amit Shah and briefed him about the latest flood situation in...

Child sex abuse cases piling up, render law toothless

When the horrific tale of an 11-year-old's sexual abuse by 17 men came to light, it shook the collective conscience of the society. However, a year later, the culprits are yet to be convicted. The case is like the thousands reported in the state, awaiting disposal, in clear violation of the Protection of Children From Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act...

Omar mocks cleanliness drive at Parl, says it’s one of the cleanest places

Srinagar: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Saturday (July 13) mocked the cleanliness drive at the Parliament complex, saying it was one of the cleanest places in the country. The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister was responding to a Swachh Bharat programme held inside the Parliament complex in which several BJP MPs, including actor-turned...

NIA raids four places in Tamil Nadu over alleged terror links

NIA sleuths from Cochin carried out searches at four places in Tamil Nadu, including two in Chennai, on Saturday in connection with alleged terror links in the state. “There have been cases of foreign funding to certain people in Tamil Nadu. We are conducting inquiries in connection with that as well,” a source said. In Chennai, the agency ra...

Karnataka: Cong MLA Nagaraj hints at taking back resignation

Bengaluru: As the Congress intensified efforts to woo back its disgruntled MLAs in Karnataka on Saturday (July 13), one of them hinted that he might consider withdrawing his resignation and also said he would try to persuade others. State Housing Minister and Hoskote MLA MTB Nagaraj, one of the 16 rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs who resigned from the Assembly la...

K’taka: Congress reaches out to rebel MLAs, Yeddyurappa wants trust vote

As Congress-JD(S) coalition leaders in Karnataka reached out to rebel MLAs, urging them to withdraw their resignations, state BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa demanded that the no-confidence motion against the Kumaraswamy government be brought in the Assembly on Monday (July 15). "We will wait until Monday. Why delay it (no-confidence motion)?" Yeddyura...

Goa CM Pramod Sawant drops four ministers from cabinet

Panaji: Ahead of a reshuffle of the state cabinet, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant dropped four ministers — three of the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and one Independent — from his cabinet on Saturday. A notification to this effect was issued in the afternoon. According to the notification, the four ministers -- Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai, Water R...

Goa deputy Speaker Michael Lobo resigns from post

Panaji: Deputy Speaker of Goa Assembly Michael Lobo Saturday resigned from the post, paving the way for his induction into the Pramod Sawant-led cabinet. Lobo submitted his resignation to Speaker Rajesh Patnekar at noon. "I resigned from the post as I will be inducted into the cabinet later in the day," Lobo said. Apart from Lobo, Chandrakant Kavlekar,...

In Bengal, BJP faces ‘ghar wapsi’ crisis as new recruits jump ship 

Kolkata: In a haste to weaken the Trinamool Congress by ‘indiscriminately’ poaching its members, an overzealous BJP has now been left red-faced after many defectors flocked back to the TMC. What's more, the saffron party old guards are now asking the top leadership to revise its recruitment policy. At least 23 councillors of two municipalities, who had def...

K’taka: Congress initiates backchannel negotiations to win back rebel MLAs

Bengaluru: As the political imbroglio continued in Karnataka, Senior Congress leaders on Saturday (July 13) began backchannel negotiations to persuade the disgruntled MLAs, who have resigned from the Assembly, dealing a blow to the coalition government. A day after Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy made a surprise announcement in the Assembly that he would se...

Meghalaya Cabinet approves draft water policy

Shillong: The Meghalaya Cabinet has approved a draft water policy to address water usages, issues of conservation and protection of water sources in the state. Chaired by Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, the cabinet on Friday (July 13) discussed at length the various aspects of the policy before approving the draft policy, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone T...

Six people dead in Assam floods; Army called in

The Army was called for assistance in Assam as the flood situation in the state worsened on Friday (July 12) with the toll rising to six and affecting nearly 8.7 lakh people across 21 districts. Officials said the Army's assistance was sought in Baksa district to aid the personnel of National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response F...

New cabinet ministers to be sworn-in at 3 pm: Goa CM

Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said late on Friday night that he would reshuffle the cabinet on Saturday (July 13) replacing four ministers and the swearing-in ceremony would be held at 3 pm. Ten Congress MLAs had on Wednesday joined the BJP increasing the strength of the party to 27 on the floor of the House. The chief minister said the th...

4 madrassa students thrashed, ‘forced to chant Jai Shri Ram’ in UP

Four madrassa students were allegedly thrashed with cricket bats and forced to chant 'Jai Shri Ram' during a clash between two groups in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh, according to police. The students of Dar-ul-Uloom Faiz-e-Aam were playing cricket, when the accused allegedly beat them up with bats and sticks. "Four children were beaten by some boy...

Telangana: ‘Best Tehsildar’ awardee falls from grace after bribe sting

From the 'Best Tehsildar' in Telangana two years ago, young V Lavanya has fallen from grace when television images of seizure of massive amount of cash and gold jewellery during a raid on her residence evoked public outrage on Thursday (July 11). Lavanya, a revenue officer of Ranga Reddy district, was arrested after sleuths of Anti-Corruption Bu...

Tensions run high after student stabbed at Kerala Univ campus

Campus violence in Kerala raised its ugly head on Friday after a student was stabbed inside Thiruvananthapuram University College campus. According to sources, Akhil, a third year BA political science student was allegedly thrashed and then stabbed by members of the Student Federation of India (SFI), the student’s wing of the CPI(M). Incidentall...

Amid storm, Karnataka Speaker sticks to his guns

The Supreme Court on Friday forced a 4-day stalemate in the Karnataka crisis, restraining Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar from taking any decision on the resignations and disqualification of 11 Congress MLAs until July 16. This comes a day after Kumar refused to comply with an SC ruling asking him to decide on the resignations immediately. The ...

Like Marathas, Kapus in Andhra in agitation mode for quota

The Jagan Mohan Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh has a new challenge on hand: the threat of revival of quota stir by the Kapu community. Kapus, who constitute over 15 per cent of the state’s population, had largely voted for Jagan’s YSR Congress Party in the April 11 elections. The state had repeatedly witnessed agitations in the past, demandi...

Muslim youth stabbed for posting ‘beef-eating’ photo on Facebook

Nagapattinam police arrested four members of a Hindu outfit for allegedly stabbing a Muslim man for posting a photo of him having beef, on his Facebook account. The victim Mohammed Fisan (24), who owns a photocopy shop in Poravachery village in Nagapattinam district had posted a photo of him having beef soup on Facebook. The accused after seeing...

K’taka CM Kumaraswamy to seek trust vote, asks Speaker to fix time

Bengaluru: As his government teetered on the brink, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Friday announced that he would seek a trust vote and sought time from Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar. The surprise announcement from the embattled chief minister came in the state Assembly, which met here for a 11-day session in the backdrop of the resignatio...

SC stays proceedings before Madras HC in case against Tamil magazine

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday (July 12) stayed further proceedings in the Madras High Court in a case against Tamil magazine Nakkheeran for publishing articles allegedly denigrating Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit. A bench headed by Justice S A Nazeer agreed to examine the Tamil Nadu government's plea against the Madras High Court order sta...

Bahuda Yatra starts in Puri, holy triads of Jagannath temple bid adieu to aunt

Rituals for the ‘Bahuda Yatra’, the homeward journey of the trinity - Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra - of the Jagannath temple of Puri on their chariots, began at the Gundicha temple on Friday morning, marking the 10th day of the annual sojourn of the deities. A large congregation of devotees have assembled near the Gundicha T...

Three ex-Congress MLAs, one from BJP likely to join Goa cabinet

Panaji: Four Goa MLAs, including three Congress rebels who joined the ruling BJP a couple of days ago, would be inducted in the state cabinet on Saturday (July 13), sources said on Friday. Ten of the 15 Congress MLAs, led by Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, switched sides and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday (July 10). A...

Paper I of postal exams to be held in English, Hindi only

There will be no provision for candidates applying for certain posts in the postal department to take Paper I in local language as the department is setting the paper in English and Hindi only. However, candidates can still write the Paper II in English, Hindi or their preferred local language, for the jobs of postman, mail guard, postal assista...

Fire breaks out in West Delhi hospital, six patients rescued

New Delhi: A minor fire broke out in the operation theatre of ESI Hospital in west Delhi's Basai Darapur on Friday morning, with firefighters evacuating six patients to safety, fire officials said. No one was injured in the blaze, they said. The fire department said they received a call about the blaze at 9.10 am, after which six fire tenders were rushe...

Cong’s LS leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury likely to chair PAC

New Delhi: Leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury is likely to chair parliament's Public Accounts committee (PAC), a source said on Thursday. Fifteen of the 24 members of the PAC were unanimously elected by the Lok Sabha. They include Chowdhury and former Union ministers Jayant Sinha and Ram Kripal Yadav. The remaining nine members o...

Prahlad Joshi: Lok Sabha sits till 11.58 pm to conclude debate on railways

New Delhi: The Lok Sabha sat till 11.58 pm on Thursday (July 11) to conclude discussion on demands for grants for the Railway Ministry, with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi saying it is for the first time in nearly 18 years that the Lower House has sat for this long. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal is likely to reply to the debate on Friday (Jul...

First water train from Jolarpet reaches parched Chennai

In a much-needed relief for water-starved Chennai, a special train loaded with 50 wagons of water, which was flagged off from the Jolarpet railway station in Vellore has reached Chennai city on Friday (July 12) afternoon. The train carries almost 50,000 litres of water will be discharged at Villivakkam and will be pumped to the treatment plants ...

Kumaraswamy govt on the brink, crucial test today

Bengaluru: Teetering on the brink of collapse, the Karnataka government has its task cut out for Friday. Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy will have to survive the first day of the Monsoon session. The BJP has assured the session will be stormy. Speaking to The Federal, BJP leader K S Eshwarappa said, “We have 107 seats with the support of two Independent MLAs...

Will have to examine if resignations are genuine: K’taka Speaker

Bengaluru: The political drama in Karnataka, saw many twists and turns on Thursday, with the Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar saying that the MLAs, who met him at the Vidhana Soudha in the evening had given their resignations in the "right format". "The MLAs had come, they said they want to resign, I said they can give... they asked me to accept it. It cannot...

Female reproductive organs removed from man’s body

Mumbai: In an extremely rare case, a 29-year-old man, who had sought a cure for infertility, was found to have non-functioning female reproductive organs including the uterus. Doctors at the government-run JJ Hospital operated on him last month and removed the unwanted organs. The condition is so rare that so far only 200 such cases have been found, sai...

Vaiko, Anbumani elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from TN

Six candidates, including MDMK chief Vaiko and PMK's Anbumani Ramadoss, were elected unopposed in the biennial elections to Rajya Sabha from Tamil Nadu on Thursday (July 11). Returning Officer and Secretary, Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Secretariat, K Srinivasan, announced here that Vaiko, DMK's M Shanmugam and P Wilson, AIADMK's N Chandrasek...

Govt will survive, ready to face no-confidence motion: Cabinet

Bengaluru: As the government in Karnataka faces an existential crisis with the resignation of 16 legislators of the ruling coalition, the state Cabinet that met on Thursday (July 11) resolved to face the situation "bravely" and "withstand" it unitedly. Expressing confidence that the government would survive, the cabinet that met under the leadership of Chi...

Bandicoot, TN’s answer to manual scavenging, wages lonely battle

In 2018, a robot in Kumbakonam municipality of Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu, did what numerous deaths, protests and legislations weren’t able to – putting a stop to manual scavenging. The Thoothukudi municipality followed suit and deployed the robot named ‘Bandicoot Robotic Scavenger’ in March this year, to desilt sewers. However, the rest of t...

Tour the state, pay surprise visits to offices, get feedback: Naveen tells ministers

Bhubaneswar: In an effort to make BJD's fifth term "people centric", Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday (July 11) asked his ministerial colleagues to undertake extensive tours of the state and get feedback from the grass-root level. Patnaik made the five-point suggestions at a meeting of the council of ministers at the state secretariat here. ...

Economy is weak, needs bold, structural reforms: Chidambaram

New Delhi: The Union Budget 2019-20 does not chalk out a clear roadmap to take India on the path of high economic growth and lacks bold steps and structural reforms, Congress leader P Chidambaram said on Thursday (July 11) in Rajya Sabha. Participating in the debate on the Budget, the former finance minister said the country's economy is weak and requires ...

11th batch of 5,486 pilgrims leaves Jammu for Amarnath

Jammu: The eleventh batch of 5,486 Amarnath pilgrims left a base camp here on Thursday (July 11) for the 3,880-metre-high cave shrine in south Kashmir, officials said. They said over 1.31 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance at the shrine in the South Kashmir Himalayas till Wednesday evening (July 10) and over 1.75 lakh pilgrims from across the country ha...

Polavaram project in Andhra: Delhi HC sets aside NHRC order

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has set aside a NHRC order which had terminated proceedings initiated on a complaint alleging human rights violation and forced evictions in connection with a multi-purpose irrigation project at Polavaram, in west Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had dismissed the proceedings a...

Chidambaram says Karnataka, Goa crisis will hurt economy

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Thursday (July 11) attacked the BJP-ruled government over the situation in Karnataka and Goa, saying they have "gravely damaged" democracy and that the developments will hurt the economy. The developments in Karnataka and Goa may help the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in "advancing their political goals", b...

After hike in power tariff, Kerala residents to shell out more for water too

A day after Kerala’s power minister MM Mani announced a hike in electricity tariffs in the state in view of a failed monsoon, the Kerala Water Authority (KWA) on Wednesday (July 10) announced its plan to increase water tariff in the state. This decision was taken to compensate the extra charges that will be borne by KWA due to the increase in po...

After Karnataka, BJP strikes in Goa: 10 Congress MLAs join ruling party

As many as 10 MLAs of Congress have deserted the grand old party in Goa and joined the ruling BJP, which has effected another defection following Karnataka. The group, led by Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, met Assembly Speaker Rajesh Patnekar in the evening and gave him a letter, informing him about their breaking away from the party...

4,698 complaints from Indian women deserted by NRI husbands addressed: MEA

New Delhi: As many as 4,698 complaints from distressed Indian women deserted by their NRI husbands were addressed in the last three and a half years, the Ministry of External Affairs said Wednesday. Replying to a question in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said the complaints were received between January 2016 and May ...

Naidu proposes, Jagan disposes: How Amaravati landed in hot water

Fuelled by expectations of a massive development boom, a string of residential and commercial complexes — gleaming glass and steel structures — has come up on the Vijayawada-Guntur highway. A typical 3 BHK flat in these complexes costs nothing less than ₹1.2 crore. However, with works on Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh's upcoming capital, being put on...

HC dismisses plea challenging proposal to make Delhi Metro free for women

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition challenging the AAP government's proposal to make metro ride free for women, saying it is for the authorities to decide on giving concession to a particular class. A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar refused to entertain the plea, saying there is no substance in it ...

Article 370 temporary provision in Constitution: Govt tells RS

New Delhi: The government on Wednesday said Article 370, which provides for special status to Jammu and Kashmir, is a temporary provision in the Constitution and Article 35A, which gives special rights to the natives of the state, was added through a Constitution order issued by the President of India. Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy told R...

1,513 farmers committed suicide in AP between 2014-19: CM

Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Wednesday (July 10) said that 1,513 farmers had committed suicide in the state from 2014 to 2019, but only 391 families were paid ex-gratia. The Chief Minister stated this during a video conference with district Collectors and Superintendents of Police from the state headquarters. "Records of...

13 from Navy, 3 from Coast Guard graduate as Observers

Kochi, Kerala: A batch of 13 officers from the Indian Navy and three from the Indian Coast Guard graduated as Observers at a passing out parade at the naval air station INS Garuda in Kochi on Wednesday (July 10). Rear Admiral Puneet Kumar Bahl, Chief Staff Officer (training) of Southern Naval Command, reviewed the parade and awarded the golden wings to the pas...

Vaastu-loving KCR plans demolition of heritage structures

Hyderabad: A major criticism against the Vaastu-loving Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is that he avoids visiting the Secretariat but prefers to work from his official bungalow “Pragati Bhavan”. All his official review meetings and media interactions, which are few and far between, happen at “Pragati Bhavan”. A strong believer in astrology and...

Rahul visits Amethi, first time after Lok Sabha poll defeat

Amethi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday reached Amethi, his first visit after losing the parliamentary constituency to Union minister Smriti Irani in this general election. Gandhi went to Gauriganj and visited the house of his partys Tiloi assembly in-charge Mata Prasad Vaish, whose relative died on June 25, and paid condolences to the aggriev...

93 terrorists killed in JK since Pulwama attack: Govt tells RS

New Delhi: As many as 93 terrorists have been neutralised by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir since the Pulwama terror attack, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy informed the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. The minister said as compared to the corresponding period of 2018, the first half of this year has witnessed a reduction in terrorists initi...

Governance comes to a standstill as political crisis grips Karnataka

Even as the political crisis in Karnataka worsened with the number of MLA resignations reaching 18 as of Wednesday, the crisis has taken a toll on administration and governance in the state. Work has come to a standstill in the departments of education, water resources department, agriculture and civic administration due to the instability of th...

Here’s why K’taka speaker rejected resignations of 8 rebel MLAs

The Karnataka speaker KR Ramesh Kumar’s rejection of the resignations of eight of the 13 Congress and JD(S) legislators on July 9, came as a surprise to many who hadn’t anticipated that a minor glitch as a letter’s format could render a resignation invalid, especially when it has the power to topple a government. But the speaker’s order has made...

Darkness followed by power tariff hikes in Kerala

Chennai: Chennai: Kerala Electricity Minister MM Mani on Tuesday (July 9) said that the state will have to impose power cuts within 10 days, as the monsoons are failing in the state. The announcement came a day after the state hiked the electricity tariff. The water level in the hydro Electric projects have also been decreased. “The crisis can be solved by...

Karnataka crisis: 2 more MLAs have resigned, says Speaker Ramesh

The political turmoil in Karnataka took a new turn on Wednesday (July 10) with both the government and the opposition engaging in a virtual tug of war to gain an upper hand. While BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa along with others on Wednesday staged a sit-in outside the Karnataka Assembly demanding the resignation of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, sen...

Rebel MLAs approach Mumbai police, say they feel threatened by Cong-JD(S) leaders

In a dramatic turn, 10 rebel MLAs from Karnataka who resigned previous week sought protection from Mumbai police saying they feel threatened by Chief Minister Kumaraswamy and Congress leader DK Shivakumar. In a letter addressing the Commissioner of police, the 10 MLAs said they requested the police not to allow Shivakumar and Kumaraswamy and tha...

The fate of AP’s ₹55,000 cr dream project, Amaravati, hangs in balance

Amaravati literally means the ‘Land of Immortals’. But, what it is witnessing now is the existential crisis of mere mortals. Touted as the world-class capital city that India has never seen before, Amaravati, a dream project of the former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, is now staring at an uncertain future following a change of guard in the...

Centre backs Balakot narrative, says 43% fall in infiltration

Chennai: In a vindication of its stand, which was a crucial narrative during the Lok Sabha campaign, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) said in the lower house of the Parliament on Tuesday (July 9), that there has been a 43 per cent fall post-Balakot strike. Union minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai responding to a wri...

Karnataka crisis: Speaker douses fire, keeps BJP waiting longer

Even as the HD Kumaraswamy-led JD(S)-Congress coalition government was reduced to a minority, with the about 15 MLAs resigning as on July 9 (Tuesday), the Karnataka assembly Speaker K R Ramesh’s decision stalling the resignations has come as a relief for some. Rejecting eight MLAs' resignations saying they were not in accordance with rule 202 of...

SC refuses to interfere with HC order on Jaya, AIADMK minister

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to interfere with a 2011 order of the Madras High Court quashing a case against former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and two others for allegedly receiving unaccounted gifts worth over ₹2 crore. Jayalalithaa and former minister Azhagu Thirunavukkarasu, who were arrayed as accused by the CBI in the ...

BJP received more than ₹900 crore as donations between 2016-18: ADR

New Delhi: The BJP received more than ₹900 crore as donations from over 1,500 corporates between 2016-18, over 16 times more than what the Congress got in the same period, a new report said on Tuesday. The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) analysed the donations from corporates to national parties said during the period 2016-18. According to the ...

Power tariff hiked in Kerala, rates for domestic purposes up by 11.4%

Chennai: In bad news for Kerala residents, electricity rates in the state have been raised by 11.4% for households, which means that users will have to pay 20-40 paise more per unit. The hike, fixed by the Electricity Regulatory Commission, came into effect yesterday (July 8). For up to 50 units a month, the rate has been increased from ₹2.90 to ₹3.15. F...

Verify nativity of non-TN medical candidates, demands Madurai MLA

A Tamil Nadu MLA has demanded thorough verification of nativity documents of non-natives listed for admission to medical colleges in the state, saying that such students forged the documents, and thereby denied deserving TN students their chance to study in colleges here. Madurai MLA PTR Palanivel Thiagarajan of the DMK noted that as many as 218...

As Parliament passed Aadhaar bill, Ordinance on its use no longer survives, Centre te...

New Delhi: As Parliament has passed the Aadhaar amendment bill for voluntary use of the biometric ID in private sector, the Ordinance on the issue "does not survive", the Centre informed the Delhi High Court on Tuesday. The submission by the central government before a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar came on a plea challenging t...

BJP resorting to politics of poaching in Karnataka: Cong

New Delhi: The Congress on Tuesday (July 9) staged a walkout in Lok Sabha after accusing the BJP of indulging in "politics of poaching" in Karnataka, a charge denied by the ruling party at the Centre. The Congress tried to raise the issue in Lok Sabha during the Zero Hour, but was disallowed by Speaker Om Birla, who said the matter was discussed in the Hou...

Saravana Bhavan owner Rajagopal surrenders after SC refuses relief

Chennai: P Rajagopal, owner of Saravana Bhavan, the South Indian chain of restaurants, surrendered before the IV Additional Sessions Court on Madras High Court premises on Tuesday (July 9), after the Supreme Court turned down his request to extend the time for surrender. On March 29, the apex court upheld the life imprisonment for Rajagopal and nine othe...

16 parties in Tamil Nadu oppose 10% reservation for poor

Chennai: As many as 16 parties in Tamil Nadu have opposed the 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections in the state. However, Congress, BJP, CPI(M), Puthiya Tamilagam Katchi and Tamil Manila Congress have supported the law. The ruling AIADMK has refused to take sides, but said it will maintain the 69% reservation in the state. Dravida ...

Rains return to Mumbai after hiatus; airport ops hit briefly

Mumbai: Heavy rains made a reappearance in Mumbai on Monday (July 8) after a hiatus, affecting road and rail traffic and briefly disrupting operations at the city airport. Office-goers braved torrential downpour in many parts of the metropolis to reach their places of work. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast "intense spells of rainfa...

India slams UN report on J&K, calls it a false narrative

New Delhi: India on Monday (July 8) lodged a strong protest with the UN rights office over its report on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and asserted that it is merely a continuation of the earlier "false and motivated" narrative and ignores the core issue of cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan. Last year, the Office of the UN High Commission...

Vaiko confident that nomination for RS polls will be accepted

Dindigul, Tamil Nadu: A day ahead of scrutiny, MDMK founder Vaiko said on Monday (July 8) that he was confident his nomination for the Rajya Sabha elections will be accepted. Vaiko's conviction by a Chennai court in a sedition case last week has led to question marks over his eligibility to contest the poll, though the sentence of one year imprisonment does not disqu...

DMK MPs walk out of LS over NEET

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) MPs on Monday (July 8) staged a walkout in the Lok Sabha after demanding a reply from the government over the issue of the President rejecting two Bills passed by the Tamil Nadu Assembly to conduct medical admission in the State solely on the basis of Class 12 marks. Opposition parties in Tamil Nadu have for long ...

3 years after Wani’s death, Valley at the crossroads of hate

Srinagar: Before the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen’s charismatic 22-year-old commander Burhan Wani on July 8 in 2016, the Indian Army was building guest houses, a lot of them, almost at every big base in Kashmir valley. It's a fact admitted by a former General Officer Commanding of the Chinar Corps. The Jammu and Kashmir police, which broke the backbone of...

Binoy Kodiyeri agrees to paternity test in rape case

Mumbai: Kerala CPI(M) secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan's son Binoy Kodiyeri, who is accused in a rape case in Mumbai, has agreed to undergo a paternity test. The 33-year-old woman, a former bar dancer, had accused Binoy of sexually abusing her on the pretext of marriage. She had also told the court that she had an eight-year-old son from Binoy. Binoy,...

Dependence on secularism, Mandal and Lalu have weakened RJD

Patna: There was a time when the vast sections of poor, Dalits, deprived sections of the society and people with “secular” looked impressed with the kind of politics pursued by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), a party headed by jailed politician Lalu Prasad. Such was RJD’s popularity that it ruled Bihar uninterrupted for 15 years. But currently, the party is b...

TN yet to frame rules to create ‘area sabhas’ in urban areas

To empower rural and urban local governments and integrate citizens in the process of governance, the PV Narasimha Rao government in 1992 introduced the 73rd and 74th amendment to the Constitution. But, even though the 73rd amendment was implemented across village panchayats over the years and ‘gram sabhas’ were created under it, in Tamil Nadu, rul...

UP cops torture man for reporting wife’s gang-rape; SHO suspended

Lucknow: A man was allegedly subjected to third-degree torture by Uttar Pradesh cops in Mainpuri after he approached them to file a complaint of abduction and rape of his wife. The Uttar Pradesh director general of police (DGP) OP Singh on Monday (July 8) suspended Mainpuri's station house officer (SHO) and other staff following the incident which took p...

Will not withdraw resignations, say rebel Karnataka MLAs

Bengaluru: Even as Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy went into a huddle with the coalition leaders in a last attempt to save his 13-month old alliance government, hit by resignations of over a dozen Congress-JD(S) MLAs, disgruntled MLAs camped in Mumbai on Sunday and made it clear they will not withdraw their resignations. A day after the resignatio...

Congress, JD(S) go into a huddle as Karnataka govt faces collapse

Congress and JD(S) in Karnataka have gone into a huddle to deliberate the next course of action, after 13 MLAs resigned from their Assembly membership and put the coalition government in crisis. BJP, which denied all allegations of interference in the MLAs’ resignations, said it was keeping a watch on the developments and indicated that it was l...

‘Ailing’ Saravana Bhavan owner Rajagopal, fails to surrender

Chennai: In an unsurprising move, P Rajagopal, the owner of Saravana Bhavan chain of restaurants, who was supposed to surrender before the court or the local police on Sunday (July 7), failed to do so. It’s been a hundred days since the Supreme Court upheld the life sentence of the fallen restaurateur in the Prince Santhakumar murder case. He has filed a...

Budget: Tax on imported books will not benefit us, say local publishers

Chennai: While the government’s decision to hike by five per cent the customs duty on imported books created a ripple across the publishing industry, Tamil publishers claimed that the move will neither benefit them nor affect the regional industry. On Friday (July 5), Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a five percent customs duty to be imposed...

Anti-Sterlite activist Mugilan arrested under rape charges

Environmental activist T Mugilan alias Shanmugam, who was found on Saturday (July 6) from Tirupati four months after he went missing, has been charged with rape. The complaint has been filed by a woman from Kulithalai in Karur district. In the complaint, she said Mugilan sexually abused her whenever she accompanied him to various protests across...

Kerala: Christian priest held for sexually assaulting children

Kochi: A 40-year-old Christian priest was arrested on Sunday (July 7) for allegedly sexually assaulting inmates of a boys home here, police said. George alias Jerry was arrested on a complaint lodged by the parents of the children who ran away from the home in Perumbadom near here on Saturday (July 6) night when he allegedly attempted to sexually assau...

After poll defeat, Milind Deora resigns as Mumbai Congress president

Mumbai: Mumbai Congress president Milind Deora on Sunday announced his resignation from the post and said he was looking forward to play a role at the national level to help stabilise the party. He recommended setting up of a provisional collective leadership comprising three senior Congress leaders to oversee the city party unit till the Maharashtra As...

Budget gives clear signal on promoting electric vehicles: NITI Aayog

New Delhi: The Budget has given a clear signal that the government wants to encourage electric vehicles and domestic firms ought to gear themselves to become world leaders in this field, NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar said on Sunday (July 7). Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in her maiden Budget on Friday, provided additional income tax deduction...

File tax returns if you have foreign trips, steep electricity bills

New Delhi: The government has made income tax return filing mandatory for high spenders even if their taxable income is below the threshold exemption limit of ₹5 lakh. Those mandated to file returns include people spending more than ₹2 lakh on a foreign trip or depositing ₹1 crore in a year in a bank account or paying electricity bill of more than ₹1 lakh ...

Teacher stopped from sacrificing child in Assam

Udalguri, Assam: A school teacher and his family reportedly tried to sacrifice a three-year-old in their house in Udalguri district of lower Assam on Saturday (July 6), but their plans were hindered when the locals intervened and informed the police and media. The situation turned violent when the people of Ganakpara village in the district called in the police ...

474 arrested in 3 hours in Noida, Gr Noida for drinking at public places, drunk drivi...

As many as 474 people were arrested in Noida and Greater Noida on Saturday (July 7) night for allegedly consuming alcohol at public places and drunk driving during a three-hour anti-liquor drive, police said. Of the total arrests, 241 were made in city areas, while 233 in rural areas, they said. "The arrests were made under a three-hour anti-li...

Anti-Sterlite activist Mugilan, missing since February, found in Tirupati

Environmental activist T Mugilan alias Shanmugam, who had gone missing following a press conference related to the police firing during anti-Sterlite protests in Tuticorin, was detained by the Andhra Pradesh police in Tirupati railway station on Saturday (July 6). On February 15, Mugilan had orgnaised a press conference regarding the police firi...

Rajya Sabha candidates: How AIADMK got 2 birds with one stone

On Saturday (July 6), AIADMK announced that it was going with A Mohammed John and N Chandrasekaran for the July 18 Rajya Sabha elections. The announcement put an end to speculations that senior leaders V Maitreyan and M Thambidurai might be given the posts. The terms of six Rajya Sabha members from Tamil Nadu are coming to an end this month. Of ...

How organic products empower women in Tamil Nadu

Chennai: Every month, an exclusive marketplace for organic products by women entrepreneurs in self-help groups offers the much-needed boost for empowerment in Tamil Nadu. The market, which opened on Saturday (July 6) with over 50 stalls put up by sellers from across the state, is an initiative by the Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women. Th...

11 Karnataka coalition MLAs quit, BJP waiting in the wings

In a big jolt to the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka, senior Congress leader Ramalinga Reddy announced he had submitted his resignation as legislator on Saturday (July 6). Seven other Congress MLAs and three JD(S) MLAs, including former party president H Vishwanath, have also quit.  Of the total 11,  Ramesh Jharkiholi and Anand ...

AIADMK to send Mohammed John, N Chandrasekaran to Rajya Sabha

AIADMK has announced former Tamil Nadu minister A Mohammed John and party's Mettur secretary N Chandrasekaran as its candidates for the July 18 Rajya Sabha elections from the state. The announcement comes almost a week after the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) announced LPF general secretary M Shanmugam and advocate C Wilson as its candidates...

PM Modi launches BJP’s membership drive from his LS constituency

Varanasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the membership drive of the ruling BJP from his Lok Sabha constituency here on Saturday (July 6), noting that it will further connect people from all walks of life with the saffron party. Addressing a gathering on the occasion, the prime minister also talked about the Union budget 2019-20 and his thoughts on...

Three women among four Naxals killed in encounter in C’garh

Raipur: Four Naxals, including three women, were killed in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh's Dhamtari district on Saturday (July 6), police said. The skirmish took place in the morning in the forests between Khallari and Mechka villages when a team of the Special Task Force (STF) was out on an anti-naxal operation, said Deputy Inspecto...

TTV in political wilderness, his only hope is Sasi’s return

The debacle in the Lok Sabha elections of the much-hyped politician T T V Dhinakaran, has all but pushed him into political wilderness. For a politician who promised much and indicated that he would occupy the post-Jayalalithaa political vacuum, Dhinakaran is struggling to be counted. His AMMK (Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam) scored zilch, sparki...

Maharashtra MLA remanded to police custody till Jul 9 in assault case

Mumbai: A court in Maharashtra on Friday remanded Congress MLA Nitesh Rane and 17 of his supporters, arrested for attacking a deputy engineer with mud, in police custody till July 9. Rane and the other arrested accused were produced before a court at Kankavli in coastal Sindhudurg district this afternoon and were remanded in police custody till July 9. ...

SC seeks reply from Centre, UIDAI on plea challenging 2019 Aadhaar Ordinance

The Supreme Court on Friday (July 5) asked the Centre and the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to respond to a petition which has challenged the validity of the 2019 Aadhaar Ordinance. A bench of Justices S A Bobde and B R Gavai issued notices to them on a PIL challenging the validity of Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Ordinan...

Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict Nalini gets 30 days parole

Chennai: The Madras High Court on Friday (July 5) granted one month parole to S Nalini, one of the convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case to make arrangements for her daughter’s wedding. One of the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, S Nalini has been in prison for over 28 years. A couple of months ago, she filed a habeas corpus p...

Sitharaman falters while quoting Tamil poet, colleagues correct her

When Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman quoted a few lines of the famous Tamil poet Pisiranthaiyar in her budget speech on Friday (July 5), while the entire House waited for her to translate it to English, her colleagues from Tamil Nadu helped in correcting her pronunciation when she faltered to utter the name of the poet. The trend of qu...

Maha minister blames crabs for Tiware dam breach

Mumbai: Maharashtra minister Tanaji Sawant has attributed the breach in Tiware dam in Ratnagiri district, which claimed the lives of 18 people, to the weakening of wall by crabs. Calling the dam breach incident a "natural calamity", the newly-appointed Water Conservation Minister also said whatever is destined to happen, will happen. Talking to reporter...

SC convicts 12 persons for killing ex-Gujarat home minister Haren Pandya in 2003

The Supreme Court convicted 12 persons on Friday (July 5) for killing former Gujarat home minister Haren Pandya in 2003. A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra allowed the appeals of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Gujarat government challenging the high court order by which the convicts were absolved of murder charges in the ca...

MDMK Vaiko convicted in sedition case; sentenced to a year in prison

Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) general secretary Vaiko was convicted in connection with a sedition case filed against him for his speech during a book release function in 2009 on Friday (July). The special court judge J Shanthi found him guilty under section 124A (sedition) of the IPC and sentenced him to one year imprisonment, ap...

Voting begins for bypolls to two Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat

Gandhinagar: Voting for the by-polls to the two Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat began at the Assembly complex in Gandhinagar on Friday (July 5). State ministers Saurabh Patel, Pradeepsinh Jadeja and BJP MLA Arunsinh Rana were among the first few to cast their votes. While the BJP has fielded External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and OBC leader Juglaji Thakor, ...

Inter-caste couple hacked to death in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi

A newly-wed couple, who had married against the wishes of their parents, was hacked to death in their sleep allegedly by the girl’s relatives, at their house in Vilathikulam village in Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu on Thursday (July 4). The deceased were identified as T Solairaja (23) and Petchiammal alias Jothi (20), both residents of Peri...

Nusrat joins Mamata on Rath Yatra, CM calls for religious harmony

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called for religious harmony and togetherness on Thursday as she inaugurated the ISKCON Rath Yatra festival here, the largest in the city. Banerjee, who was flanked by newly-elected MP Nusrat Jahan and her husband Nikhil Jain, said, "Togetherness and tolerance for all faiths is the real religion." Ur...

The Cauvery conundrum: Weak monsoon worries Karnataka farmers

Bengaluru: The southwest monsoon has evaded Karnataka with rainfall deficit close to 30 per cent in June and the Cauvery delta region seem to be the worst affected. The rainfall in Malnad region, a crucial Cauvery catchment area, witnessed deficit of 42 per cent between June 1 and July 1. Experts believe the situation is set to worsen as they foresee weak ...

Corruption cases against 36 CBI officers in past three years: Govt

New Delhi: As many as 36 CBI officers faced corruption charges in the past three years, the government said on Thursday. "The CBI has a robust mechanism to deal with internal vigilance matters and complaints of corruption against its own officers. During the years from 2016 till May 31, 2019, on the basis of complaints received and information developed by...

Vellore Lok Sabha constituency goes to polls on Aug 5

Election Commission of India on Thursday (July 4) announced that Lok Sabha polls for the Vellore constituency in Tamil Nadu would be held on August 5 and that results would be declared on August 9. The notification for the August 5 election will be issued on July 11. The nomination process will begin the same day and the last date for filing pap...

Rajnath urges oppn to bury the hatchet over Kiran Bedi’s jibe at Tamil Nadu

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday (July 4) appealed to the opposition, particularly the DMK, to put to rest the controversy over a tweet by Puducherry LG Kiran Bedi, saying she has deleted it and expressed deep regret. Singh's comments came after DMK leader T R Baalu raised the issue for the second consecutive day in Lok Sabha and said ...

Udhayanidhi Stalin appointed DMK’s youth wing secy 

Chennai: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president MK Stalin’s actor-turned-politician son Udhayanidhi Stalin was appointed as the secretary of the party’s youth wing on Thursday (July 4). Udhayanidhi’s elevation has been doing the rounds since he began getting involved in party activities a couple of years ago. With his appointment, Udhayanidhi becomes ...

Rath Yatra begins in Puri; despite Fani millions throng to witness annual sojourn

Puri, Odisha: The Grand Road of Puri on Thursday (July 4) witnessed a sea of people, who congregated to participate in the famous Rath Yatra festival of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra of the Srimandir. The Pahandi (where the idols of the three deities are carried to the chariots) ritual of the holy trinity started in the morning and the dei...

DMK MP urges media not to mention caste with leaders’ names

DMK MP S Senthil Kumar, representing Dharmapuri constituency in Tamil Nadu, on Wednesday asked media organisations not to mention the caste names along with the names of leaders. Stating that caste system has become a part of lives of many Indians although it was abolished in 1950, he said it still continues to be practised in the country and it...

Urbanisation, changing cropping patterns contributing to temperature rise: Study

New Delhi: Warming induced by changes in land use and land cover is contributing to rise in temperature in Eastern India, according to a new study. Over three decades (1981-2010), the mean temperature in Odisha has recorded an increase of about 0.3 degree Celsius. The highest temperature rise of 0.9 degrees Celsius has been recorded during the years 2001 t...

In budget, Tamil Nadu has many demands from Railways

All eyes are now on Budget 2019, which is to be tabled on July 5. But the Railways budget, which used to be separate till 2017, will be even more keenly watched. For, expectations are high in a state like Tamil Nadu, which has many requirements such as converting metre gauge to broad gauge, doubling and trebling of rail tracks, laying new tracks...

In Bihar, mangoes get mired in political controversy

Patna: The king of fruits came in the eye of a storm in Bihar on Wednesday (July 3) when a fancy variety of mangoes and its saplings were gifted to members of the bicameral legislature by the state government. The goodwill gesture, however, did not go down well with the Opposition, which accused the Nitish Kumar government of trying to divert the atten...

Kerala CPM leader Kodiyeri’s son gets anticipatory bail in rape case

Mumbai: A sessions court here granted anticipatory bail on Wednesday (July 3) to Binoy Kodiyeri, son of a senior Kerala CPI(M) leader, in connection with a rape case. The anticipatory bail application filed by Binoy (37), son of Kerala state secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) K Balakrishnan, was allowed by Additional Sessions Judge M H ...

TN woman finds ‘missing’ husband on Tiktok, reunites with him

Chennai: In a strange turn of events, a woman from Tamil Nadu found her ‘missing’ husband, thanks to TikTok app. Jayapradha and Suresh were married and had two children. Three years ago, Suresh, a native of Krishnagiri, abandoned his family and did not return. A worried Jayapradha filed a complaint with the police after she enquired with Suresh’s friends an...

Dam breach in Maharashtra: 23 feared dead, 11 bodies recovered

Mumbai: Twenty three persons are feared dead after a dam in Maharashtra's coastal Konkan region breached following incessant rains leading to flood-like situation in downstream villages, officials said on Wednesday (July 3). Bodies of 11 persons have been recovered so far, a police official said. The total toll would be 23, he added. The Tiware dam in R...

Mumbai limps back to normalcy as rains subside

Mumbai: India's financial capital limped back to normalcy on Wednesday (July 3) morning with public transport resuming services after torrential rains, that lashed the city since Sunday (June 30) subsided. At 375.2 mm, the rainfall in the 24-hour period before 8.30 am on Tuesday (July 2) was the highest since the July 26, 2005, deluge in Mumbai. It had ...

Pilot project successful, Tamil Nadu steps up child-friendly measures

With block-level child-friendly initiatives, Tamil Nadu is showing the way towards ensuring a protective environment for children in the state. After successful pilot projects in Villupuram and Thiruvannamalai districts, the Tamil Nadu State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights is looking to scale up the programme. The project, which...

Pope to declare Kerala nun Mariam Thresia as saint on October 13

Kochi: Pope Francis will declare Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan, an Indian nun, a saint on October 13, her congregation said here on Tuesday (July 2). The Pope has formally approved the canonization of Mariam Thresia, foundress of the 'Sisters of the Holy Family', at an ordinary public consistory of cardinals on causes of canonization at the Vatica...

Implement church order or face jail, SC tells Kerala chief secretary

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has warned the Kerala government that it would put the chief secretary behind bars for failing to implement its 2017 order on a case relating to a feud between Orthodox and Jacobite factions of the church in Kerala, according to reports. Justice Arun Mishra rapped the Kerala government, saying it was trying to delay implentatio...

Cong holds together, makes it hard for BJP to dislodge K’taka govt

Following the resignation of its two MLAs, the disarrayed Congress party in Karnataka is in damage-control mode to keep its flock together. The resignations have brought back the number game as former chief minister Siddaramaiah called for an urgent legislative party meeting to address the concerns of the rebel MLAs. Congress sources said the pa...

Third batch of 4,823 pilgrims leave Jammu for Amarnath shrine

Jammu: The third batch of 4,823 Amarnath pilgrims left a base camp here on Tuesday (July 2) for the 3,880-metre-high cave shrine in south Kashmir. As many as 8,403 pilgrims have paid obeisance at the shrine in the Himalayas till Monday (July 1) evening, officials said. Over 1.5 lakh pilgrims from across the country have so far registered for the 46-day...

Fuel tank falls off Tejas aircraft, incident being investigated, says IAF

Coimbatore: A fuel tank fell off from a Tejas aircraft, which was on a sortie, into an agricultural field in the city's outskirts early on Tuesday (July 2), police said. Also read: 20th year of Kargil war: IAF turns Gwalior airbase into ‘war theatre’  Defence sources in Chennai confirmed that a fuel tank from Tejas aircraft fell and said, "All (was) safe...

SC set to hear DMK’s plea to disqualify 11 AIADMK MLAs

New Delhi: The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Tuesday (July 2) moved the Supreme Court seeking an urgent hearing of its plea for disqualification of 11 All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) MLAs for voting against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami in a 2017 confidence motion. The court has listed the matter for hearing on Wed...

Jagan’s ambitious ‘Amma Vodi’ aims to uplift Andhra, but faces hurdles

Ever since taking over as the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh a month back, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has announced a slew of sops for different sections of people in a bid to fulfill promises made before the elections. One such announcement was ‘Amma Vodi’ under which poor mothers sending their children to government-run schools would be paid Rs 15...

Activists bat for tiger reserve to revive Vaigai river in Tamil Nadu’s Theni

Activists are demanding the speedy setting up of a tiger reserve in Srivilliputhur-Megamalai in Tamil Nadu’s Theni district. But it is not just to conserve the tigers, whose numbers are growing, but also to revive the Vaigai river, which originates from the region. First proposed in 2012 under the then-environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan, wh...

Oppn demands early assembly elections in J&K

New Delhi: The Congress on Monday (July 1) accused the BJP-led central government of "betraying" the people of Jammu and Kashmir by imposing the President's rule in the state and demanded early Assembly elections there. Initiating the debate on statutory resolution to extend the President's rule, Congress member Viplove Thakur questioned why assembly elect...

Punishment for perpetrators of violence against doctors should be component of centra...

New Delhi: Citing recent cases of violence against doctors, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Monday (July 1) asked the government to declare hospitals as "safe zones" and asserted that exemplary punishment for perpetrators of such acts should be a component of the central law. On National Doctors Day, the IMA organized a mass awareness programme thr...

2 Congress MLAs resign, keep Karnataka coalition on the edge

In a further jolt to the wafer-thin majority of the HD Kumaraswamy-led coalition government in Karnataka, two Congress MLAs - Anand Singh and Ramesh Jarkiholi - resigned from the party on Monday (July 1) even as the chief minister is on a private visit to the US. Singh, an MLA from Vijayanagara constituency, has attributed his exit to disagreeme...

T’gana Cong leaders visit Secretariat; oppose construction of new buildings

Hyderabad: The Congress leaders in Telangana on Monday (June 1) voiced strong opposition to the TRS government's move to construct new secretariat and legislature buildings here, saying the existing buildings were in good condition, having been constructed only about 30 years ago. Congress MLAs and other leaders, who visited the Secretariat buildings, also...

Amarnath yatra begins, Guv Malik participates in Pratham Pooja

Srinagar/Jammu: The annual Amarnath yatra to the 3880-metre high holy cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas began on Monday (July 1) amid tight security arrangements as Governor Satya Pal Malik participated in the Pratham Pooja (first prayer) and prayed for peace in the state, officials said. "The yatra began this (Monday) morning from both the routes as the f...

DMK slams Kiran Bedi for comments ‘against Tamil people’

DMK members staged a walkout in the Tamil Nadu Assembly after its president MK Stalin's demand for a daylong debate on the water crisis was denied. Stalin also rued that his comments condemning Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi's remarks "against Tamil people" over the water crisis, was expunged from the records. Bedi had in a tweet blame...

LPG truckers withdraw strike after court appoints mediator

Truckers transporting LPG products in Tamil Nadu have decided to call off the strike they planned from July 1 to protest fewer job orders by top oil companies after the Madras High Court appointed a mediator to resolve the issue. "The court of Justice Adhikesavalau appointed former chief justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, N Paul Vasanthaku...

CBI carries out searches in 22 locations at West Bengal

New Delhi: The CBI carried out searches in 22 locations at West Bengal which are the premises of directors and promoters of New Land Agro Industries, one of the accused companies in a ponzi scam case, officials said. The company was booked in May 2017 on the orders of the Supreme Court, they said. The apex court had directed the agency to probe all the com...

DMK goes traditional way, nominates lawyer, unionist to Rajya Sabha

The DMK on Monday announced trade unionist M Shanmugam and senior advocate P Nelson as its candidates for the July 18 Rajya Sabha polls. The polls are being held to replace six members of the Upper House whose term comes to an end on July 24. With increased strength after the recent bypolls, DMK can nominate three MPs. Of this, it has given one s...

MTC workers withdraw flash strike in Chennai after talks with govt

Within hours of the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) workers going on a flash strike on Monday morning (July 1) over payment delay and alleged salary cut, leaving unsuspecting commuters stranded, the same has been withdrawn. This came about after the government agreed to meet the demand of the striking workers. Earlier, Various parts ...

Woman forest official assaulted in Telangana, TRS MLA’s brother held

Hyderabad: A Telangana woman forest department official was injured Sunday when she was attacked by some people, allegedly led by the brother of a TRS MLA, at a village in Komaram Bheem Asifabad district over a land issue. Superintendent of Police Malla Reddy said Koneru Krishna, brother of TRS MLA Koneru Kannappa, has been arrested and booked under variou...

One Nation One Ration card strikes at federal structure of India: Stalin

DMK president MK Stalin on Sunday slammed the Centre over the one nation one ration card policy and the proposal to have a single national level exam for recruiting judges and judicial officials across the country. Stalin said the Narendra Modi government's move "struck at the roots of the federal structure of the country". He said the one na...

Summer vacation extended by a week in Delhi schools due to heat wave

The Delhi government on Sunday extended by a week the summer vacation in city schools for students till Class 8 in view of hot weather conditions in the national capital. The schools for up to classes 8 will reopen from July 8 while for the higher classes will reopen from Monday as per the earlier schedule. ALSO READ: Heatstroke victims let d...

4 TN fishermen seriously injured after Sri Lankan naval personnel attack them

Pudukottai: Four Tamil Nadu fishermen were seriously injured after they were attacked by Sri Lankan naval personnel while fishing in the island nations territorial waters, police said. They were part of a group of 1,200 fishermen, who had put out to sea in 150 boats from here on Saturday. Other fishermen rescued the four, brought them ashore last night ...

AAP MLA convicted for assaulting man during 2015 Assembly poll campaign

New Delhi: A Delhi court has convicted AAP MLA Som Dutt for beating and assaulting a man during the 2015 Assembly election campaign. Additional chief metropolitan magistrate (ACMM) Samar Vishal held Dutt, a legislator from Sadar Bazar constituency here, guilty under section 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt without provocation), 341 (wrongful restrain...

It’s official now. Tamil Yeoman is the state butterfly of Tamil Nadu

In a happy news for lepidopterists in Tamil Nadu, the state finally got its official butterfly, after a wait of four years. The government declared the Tamil Yeoman as the state butterfly through a GO issued on June 26. It becomes an addition to the existing symbols of the state tree of Palmyra Palm, the state flower of ‘Kandhal’ (Gloriosa superba)...

Rain water harvesting should be taken up on war footing, says Rajinikanth

Chennai: Tamil film superstar Rajinikanth Saturday said Rain Water Harvesting (RWH) should be taken up on a war-footing to address the acute water crisis in the state. The 69-year-old actor was speaking to reporters here on his arrival from Mumbai, where he was shooting for his film Durbar. "As of now, immediate measures that need to be taken is savin...

Manoj Tiwari demands anti-Romeo squads in Delhi

New Delhi: Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari Saturday suggested taking a leaf out of neighbouring Uttar Pradesh government's anti-Romeo squads to check eve-teasing in the national capital. "Eve-teasing incidents in buses, Metro and other places in Delhi is a matter of great concern. I demand the Delhi Police to form special squads as has been done in Uttar Prad...

Was recuperating after surgery: Tejashwi on his absence

Patna: RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Saturday accused the opposition and a section of media of "cooking up spicy stories" about his prolonged absence, claiming that he was convalescing after undergoing a "long delayed surgery" for a ligament injury. In a statement, the RJD heir apparent expressed his "wish to assure the people of Bihar as well as our sp...

Attempts to derail probe into custodial death of Kerala man, alleges Congress

Kerala Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala on Saturday said there were attempts to derail the investigation into the custodial death of a man charged with financial fraud in Idukki district's Nedumkandam. Chennithala alleged that higher officials, including the Superintendent of Police, was behind this and sought a judicial probe into the case....

Alwar lynching: Ashok Gehlot says Pehlu Khan not named in chargesheet

Two years ago, dairy farmer Pehlu Khan was lynched by cow vigilantes for allegedly transporting cattle without permission in Rajasthan. Now, the state police have filed a chargesheet against him posthumously and his two sons, Irsad (25) and Arif (22). After the chargesheet caused an uproar, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot rejected the repo...

Caste atrocities, honour killings on the rise in Coimbatore

Chennai: Yet another honour killing has rocked the Kongu region of Tamil Nadu, which comprises Coimbatore. Varshini Priya (17) and Kanagaraj (22), an inter-caste couple, were attacked in Mettupalayam on Tuesday. While Kanagaraj died on the spot, Priya succumbed to injuries on Saturday. Kanagaraj’s brother, Vinoth, who was opposed to his brother’s choice ...

Felling of banyan trees prevented on highway thanks to people’s movement

Hyderabad: If you had travelled to Hyderabad by road a few decades ago, your best memory of that trip would invariably be the majestic banyan trees lined up on either side of the road leading to the city, forming a canopy that fills your heart with pure joy, the joy of being in the lap of Nature. The travellers would often stop under these trees to take a bre...

Here’s why 20,000 clinical establishments may shut down in TN

Around 20,000 clinical establishments in Tamil Nadu failed to register under the Tamil Nadu Clinical Establishments Act, 2018 within the May 31 deadline because of high registration fee, disposal of biomedical waste norms and floor space for laboratories. The Act, framed in March 2018, mandates all clinical establishments — public and private — ...

Tamil Nadu: Shanmugam appointed CS, Tripathy to take over as DGP

Chennai: Ending days of suspense, the Tamil Nadu government, on Saturday (June 29) appointed finance secretary K Shanmugam the next chief secretary and JK Tripathy the Director General of Police (DGP) of the state. Tripathy is currently serving as the DG of Uniformed Services Recruitment Board. Both are likely to take over on Sunday (June 30) - the day ...

Heavy rains wreak havoc in Maharashtra, 15 killed in Pune, Mumbai besieged

Pune: Maharashtra, specifically Pune and Mumbai, has been witnessing heavy rains over the past few days. At least 15 people, including four children, were killed when a portion of the compound wall of a housing society collapsed on shanties adjacent to it in Kondhwa, Pune, in the early hours of Saturday (June 29). The shanties were set up for labou...

LDF govt will not change its stand on Sabarimala: Pinarayi Vijayan

Thiruvananthapuram: Despite the perception Sabarimala issue was the reason for the LDF's drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls in Kerala, Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan Wednesday said his government does not intend to change its stand and wound continue to protect women's rights. As the opposition Congress-led UDF, which won 19 of the 20 Lok Sabha seats, sought to taun...

Politician offers cash rewards for killing rapists as Bihar gets flooded by rape case...

The 15-year-old regime of husband-wife duo Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi was often likened to the proverbial “Jungle Rule”. This term was coined by the Opposition NDA after Bihar was rocked by a series of caste massacres—the deadliest being Laxmanpur-Bathe, Bara and Miyanpur in which 58, 37 and 34 villagers from different castes were killed respective...

Water diplomacy: Sibling Telugu states break new ground

Shedding the bitter baggage of the past, the sibling Telugu states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have decided to stop approaching courts and tribunals over water disputes in future and, instead, draw up joint plans to harness the river waters for the benefit of the people of both the states. A meeting of the two Chief Ministers K Chandrasekhar...

Gram Sabhas oppose development projects, demand civic polls to be held

A majority of the 12,524 gram sabhas in Tamil Nadu on Friday (June 28) took a resolution to oppose development projects being brought by the government. The meetings were held for the first time after being deferred in May due to the Lok Sabha polls, whose model code of conduct was in place. The Sabhas also called for holding of the civic polls,...

Will cloud seeding be prospective answer to Chennai water woes?

Chennai: Recently, the Minister of Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department, Tamil Nadu SP Velumani revealed that the government is mulling cloud seeding, in the backdrop of the acute water crisis in the state. Cloud seeding is a method used to introduce suitable sized cloud condensation nuclei or ice nuclei (particles on which cloud droplets...

Rising vacancies a cause of worry for engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu

It is the admission season again and students are braving the sun and rain to get into the best colleges. However, a large number of seats in engineering colleges have been lying vacant. There are more than 450 engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu offering around 1.75 lakh seats, but more than half of them have been vacant in the recent years. ...

IMA ponzi scam: ED attaches ₹209-cr assets under PMLA

Bengaluru/New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday said that it has attached assets worth ₹209 crore, including 20 immovable properties and bank deposits, in its money laundering probe into the alleged IMA group ponzi scam of Karnataka. Thousands of depositors are said to have been duped in the alleged scam. The central agency said that its Bengaluru zo...

Bengal govt faces BJP heat over dining room diktat, withdraws circular

Kolkata/New Delhi: West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh has slammed the state government for its directive on construction of dining rooms for midday meals in state-run schools having more than 70 per cent minority students in Cooch Behar district. Uploading a copy of the circular on his Twitter handle, he sought to know whether there was any "mala fide motive" b...

Govt mulls ban on construction of residential high-rises in Bengaluru

Bengaluru: While Bengaluru and Chennai face severe water crisis this year, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara has stoked a controversy saying that the coalition government in the state has planned a five-year ban on the construction of residential high-rises in the capital city. With Bengaluru’s population nearing one-sixth of the state’s 6.7 c...

What about Kashmiri Pandits’ return, Cong asks Amit Shah

The Lok Sabha on Friday (June 28) passed a resolution to extend the President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir by another six months. After Amit Shah moved the resolution for President's Rule in Jammu and Kashmir, he blamed India's first Prime Minister Nehru for the Kashmir crisis, drawing vociferous opposition from Congress members in the House. ...

AMMK leader Tamil Selvan joins DMK amid rumours of defecting to AIADMK

Chennai: In an interesting twist, rebel AMMK leader Thanga Tamil Selvan, a former close aide of party chief TTV Dhinakaran, has formally joined the Opposition DMK on Friday (June 28), even though speculations were rife that he would join the ruling AIADMK. Following a TV interview and an audio leak a couple of days ago, Dhinakaran had told the media that...

Jagan’s revenge? Demolition heat reaches Naidu’s doorsteps in Andhra

The demolition heat has finally reached the doorsteps of former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. The new government, headed by his bete noir Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, has served Naidu with a notice to vacate his rented residence on the banks of Krishna river in Vijayawada. The authorities have pasted a demolition notice on the ...

AP govt serves notice for ‘removal’ of bungalow taken on lease by Chandra...

Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh: The Andhra Pradesh government on Friday (June 28) served a notice for the 'removal' of an illegal bungalow on the Krishna riverbed taken on lease by former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. The Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority pasted the notice on the bungalow's wall as the owner, Lingamaneni Ramesh, was away. The bungalow w...

UP govt transfers 21 jailors after video of prisoners with gun go viral

Lucknow: Amid reports of a few inmates having their way in jails in the state, the Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday night (June 27) transferred 21 jailors, officials said. According to a statement issued here by director general (prisons) Anand Kumar, 21 jailors in the state have been transferred. Some of the jailors who have been transferred are Rav...

When it pours in parched Chennai, residents try to harvest every drop

Looks like the unprecedented water scarcity in Chennai has made many conscious of wasting even a drop of rain water. On June 26, when Chennai city was revelling in the downpour that lasted for almost an hour in many parts, there was also a group that considered it important to collect every drop of it. One such resident was Dr J Amalorpavanat...

Andhra projects in the dark as Jagan orders probe on Naidu’s decisions

A question mark hangs over the fate of several projects in Andhra Pradesh following the decision of the new government, headed by Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, to constitute a cabinet sub-committee to review “all major policy decisions and projects” undertaken by the previous Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government. The move, ostensibly aimed at unearthing...

Jharkhand’s Pathalgadi movement loses steam as fear clouds villages 

It’s been a year since the Pathalgadi movement reached its peak in Jharkhand and things have changed drastically. Tribals who took to bows, arrows and slingshots to take charge of their governance, are now clouded with fear. They are not even willing to talk about the movement because they are afraid they will be arrested or harassed. Around Jun...

Video of prisoners brandishing pistols inside UP jail goes viral; pistols turn out to...

Unnao: A video of two prisoners in jail holding pistols and commenting on the Uttar Pradesh government has gone viral on social media. In the video, the two prisoners reveal their names and identity without fear, and one of them is seen brandishing a pistol. They are seen referring to the jail as their “office” and claiming that the “Yogi sarkaar” (Yog...

Tamil Nadu CM lays foundation for desalination plant

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Thursday (June 27) laid the foundation stone for a ₹1,259 crore seawater desalination plant in neighbouring Kancheepuram district, making it the third such unit that would address the city's drinking water supply needs. Palaniswami said the government was expediting works on setting up a 400 mld desalin...

Cong, Left rebuff Mamata’s outreach, hope a sinking TMC can help them float

A senior Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader on Thursday claimed that opposition Congress and CPI (M)’s approach in the state vis-à-vis the ruling party is:  "Hum to dube hai sanam, tujhe bhi lekar dubenge (We have already drowned, darling, but we will drag you down along with us)." The remark of the TMC leader from the party’s South Kolkata distric...

Will Telugu megastar Chiranjeevi join BJP?

As part of its ‘Look South’ mission to make inroads in southern states, the BJP is trying to lure Telugu megastar Chiranjeevi into its fold. The saffron party has sent feelers to the actor whose tryst with politics in the past had ended as a flop show. The ageing star is now keeping himself away from active politics.  His younger brother Pawan Kaly...

Shah reviews security in J&K; meets kin of cop killed in Anantnag terror attack

Srinagar: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday chaired the unified headquarters meeting of the security grid in Jammu and Kashmir and reviewed the overall security situation in the state, officials said. The Home minister, who is on a two-day visit to the state, reviewed the overall security situation in the state with special emphasis on restoration...

Car runs over kids in Patna; 3 killed, driver lynched

Patna: A 30-year-old driver was lynched by mob after the car he was driving allegedly ran over four children on the footpath in Agamakua, Patna, on Wednesday (June 26) night. The driver was detained by passersby and lynched before being handed over to the police. The state government announced an ex-gratia payment of ₹4 lakh to the each of the families of...

Centre extends approval for construction on Polavaram project

The Centre on Wednesday extended the approval for construction works to be carried out on the Polavaram irrigation project in Andhra Pradesh in a bid to complete it quickly. The approval overrides a ‘stop work’ order issued by the environment ministry in 2011. After a meeting with Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, who hails from Andhra Pradesh, ...

In search of water, space, Western Ghats elephants stray out of forests

Chennai: At a time when acute water crisis ails most parts of Tamil Nadu, residential areas and villages near the forests of Western Ghats are witnessing an intrusion of elephants. While locals say that lack of water in the forest has driven the animals out of their habitat, environmentalists say water crisis may not be the sole reason for such a migration....

Beyond Cauvery, K’taka govt eyes Sharavathi water to Bengaluru

The Karnataka government’s decision to diver Sharavathi river water to Bengaluru city drew much criticism. In a bid to mitigate the risk of drinking water woes of the capital city, the Kumaraswamy led government directed the water resources department to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) upon which it will take a final decision. The govern...

Amit Shah reviews security situation in J&K on his maiden official visit

Srinagar: Signifying the importance given to Jammu and Kashmir by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday chose the state for his maiden visit after assuming office and reviewed the security situation. Breaking away from protocol, Governor Satya Pal Malik, accompanied by his advisors and some top officials of ...

Arvind Kumar new IB chief, Samant Kumar Goel to head external spy agency RAW

Senior IPS officers Arvind Kumar and Samant Kumar Goel were appointed chiefs of Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), respectively on Wednesday. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved their appointments for a fixed two-year tenure, an order issued by the Personnel Mini...

With Congress’s Abdullakutty, BJP strengthens base in Kerala

Former Congress MLA from Kerala, A P Abdullakutty joined the BJP in the presence of its working president JP Nadda on Wednesday (June 26). The induction happened in the presence of Union minister of state V Muraleedharan and Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar. Abdullakutty has been part of all the three major parties in Kerala. He had served...

Sabarimala temple issue led to LS poll debacle: CPI(M)

Thiruvananthapuram: After the Lok Sabha poll drubbing in Kerala, where the LDF could win only a single seat, the ruling CPI(M) Wednesday admitted the entry of two women into the Sabarimala temple did cause a "big impact" at the hustings. This was stated in a post-poll evaluation report, prepared by the party's central committee and discussed during the two-day stat...

Bihar deaths shameful, Jharkhand lynching painful: Modi in Rajya Sabha

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday emphasised that encephalitis deaths in Bihar was a matter of shame. He also called the instance of mob lynching in Jharkhand a sad and a painful one. Replying to the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address, the prime minister said, “The deaths in Bihar due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome...

Leonardo DiCaprio posts about Chennai water crisis

Chennai water crisis has now gathered attention from Hollywood’s Leonardo DiCaprio. The actor who is an active environmental activist has shared on his Instagram a post talking about Chennai’s growing water woes. In a repost of BBC article, the actor wrote, "Only rain can save Chennai from this situation."   View...

TN water crisis: Work on fifth reservoir nearing completion, says CM

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Wednesday said that a fifth reservoir that would help quench the thirst of Chennai-ites was nearing completion. The chief minister made the remarks at a review meeting of various works undertaken by the Public Works Department, including the creation of the reservoir in Tiruvallur district. Palaniswami,...

One lakh more people excluded from draft NRC in Assam

Guwahati: Over one lakh people were on Wednesday (June 26) excluded from the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam after they were found ineligible, adding to the 40 lakh names left out of the list published on July 30 last year. According to a statement issued by the state coordinator of NRC, 1,02,462 persons were declared ineligible during ...

BJP eyes Rajya Sabha seat from Tamil Nadu; DMK, allies have a deal

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) are scouting for candidates for the Rajya Sabha elections to be held from Tamil Nadu. The DMK is clear about reserving seats for its allies. While one seat has been promised to Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) chief Vaiko, the other has been as...

No end in sight for Naidu’s woes in Andhra

When the former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu returned home on Tuesday (June 25) from a family vacation in Europe, more bad news was in store for him. The security cover for his family members has been scaled down by the new government, headed by his bete noir Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy. The Telugu Desam Party chief’s son Nara Lok...

Kumaraswamy yells at protesters, tells them to go to Modi with problems

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy lost his cool on Wednesday (June 26) when a group of Yermarus Thermal Power Station (YTPS) employees in Raichur waylaid his convoy during his state-wide tour to connect with the people and staged a protest in front of his bus. The protesters stopped the chief minister’s convoy and started shouting slogans ...

HC allows Nalini to appear in person to argue her plea for leave

Chennai: The Madras High Court on Tuesday granted permission to Nalini Sriharan, serving life sentence in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, to appear in person on July 5 to argue her plea for six months ordinary leave to make arrangements for her daughter’s wedding. Nalini, who has been in prison for over 27 years, wanted the court to direct the Super...

Newly-wed couple attacked in Coimbatore, honour killing suspected

Chennai: In what is believed to be yet another honour killing, a newly-wed inter-caste couple was attacked in Mettupalayam, Coimbatore. The woman is in critical condition while the man died on spot. Kanagaraj (22), hailing from an upper caste, married his lover Darshini Priya, a Dalit, against his family’s wishes in Metttupalayam, Coimbatore on Tuesday (...

Who is encroaching on Chennai lakes? Government buildings, say experts

Mercury witnessed a dip in Chennai in the last few days, thanks to the mild showers. However, millions in the city were witness to another major slump — the satellite images of extremely shrunk lakes, the core water source for the parched city. The images showed the extent to which the lakes had dried up across the city this summer. While this d...

K’taka schoolgoers struggle sans textbooks; e-copies a waste without computers

Even three weeks after the commencement of the academic year 2019-20, students in many schools and pre-university colleges in Karnataka are struggling without textbooks. In districts like Mangaluru, Dharwad and Koppal, not even 50 per cent of the required textbooks have been distributed so far. There were delays even during the last two academic...

Rajya Sabha elections: Tamil Nadu to elect 6 new MPs on July 18

Chennai: Tamil Nadu will elect six Rajya Sabha (RS) members on July 18 as the term of the current members are coming to an end. DMK leader Kanimozhi, who was a Rajya Sabha member, got elected to the Lok Sabha, following which she resigned from the Upper House. The other members whose terms are ending on July 24 are AIADMK's KR Arjunan, R Lakshmanan, V...

Will Andhra’s demolition drive reach Naidu’s doorstep?

Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is on a demolition spree, both literally and politically. When he made a sudden announcement, while addressing a conference of district collectors on June 24 (Monday), that his government would start demolishing all the illegal constructions on the banks of river Krishna in Vijayawada, it was l...

Rebuilding Kerala post-2018 floods will take 3 years: CM

Thiruvananthapuram: Rebuilding of the state after the devastating floods last year will take at least three years, the Kerala government told the state assembly on Tuesday (June 25) as it rejected the opposition UDFs charge that many victims were yet to get succour. The Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) members, who sought to move an adjournment motion on ...

Release Cauvery water as per availability, board tells Karnataka

The Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) on Tuesday (June 25) ordered Karnataka to release water to the lower riparian state of Tamil Nadu “if” the inflow of water increases in its reservoirs. The order comes as water crisis looms large in both the states due to a weak monsoon and poor inflow to reservoirs. Considering the deficient rain...

Andhra Pradesh, Telengana CMs to meet on June 28 to discuss water issues

Hyderabad: The chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana would meet "officially" for the first time in almost three years on June 28 at Hyderabad to sort out differences related to water issues, sources close to the development said on Tuesday (June 25). In September 2016, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and his then Andhra Pradesh count...

Those imprisoned during Emergency to get pension: Fadnavis

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday (June 25) said those who were imprisoned during the Emergency will be provided pension and a citation. Speaking in the state Assembly during the Question hour, Fadnavis said "pension was an honour more than money" for those who served jail term during the Emergency. "Many people refused ...

Why judging singer Sudha Raghunathan’s personal life is none of our business

As we talk, Shah Rukh Khan’s daughter Suhana is being trolled for partying with “shirtless boys when she should be studying”. A few days ago, Union minister Smriti had to pull down an Instagram photo (which she re-posted with a badass message later) of her with daughter Zoish, after the latter was bullied by a classmate in school over it. A while b...

SC rejects Cong plea against separate Rajya Sabha bypolls in Gujarat

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to entertain a plea by the Gujarat Congress challenging the Election Commission’s decision to hold separate bypolls to two Rajya Sabha seats in the state. The court said it won’t interfere with the Election Commission’s decision since the poll panel has stated that the two vacancies were classified under “cas...

Thanga Tamil Selvan to be sacked soon, says TTV Dhinakaran

Chennai: Following an audio leak in which Thanga Tamil Selvan, propaganda secretary of Amma Makka Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK), was heard making an attack on the party’s chief TTV Dhinakaran, the latter has decided to sack him soon. Addressing media at his residence in Chennai on Tuesday (June 25), Dhinakaran said Selvan will be removed from the party and sa...

Freedom fighter Mohan Ranade dies

Veteran freedom fighter Mohan Ranade, who also participated in the Goa liberation movement, died at a Pune-based hospital in Maharashtra on Tuesday morning (June 25), a family source said. He was 90. Ranade had been ailing since some time and undergoing treatment at the hospital where he breathed his last around 5:30 am, his friend and Goa-based...

Palaniswami seeks Modi’s intervention on Mekedatu issue

Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government on Monday sought the Centres urgent intervention on the Mekedatu reservoir issue, saying Karnataka seeking environmental clearance for the project was in violation of an award of the Cauvery Water disputes tribunal and a Supreme Court judgment. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister K Palaniswami re...

When all else fails, politicians dial strategists for help

Political strategists are the flavour of the season. After Prashant Kishor made a success of Narendra Modi in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, politicians of all hues are wooing private agencies to manage the specifics of their election campaigns. JD(U)’s Nitish Kumar hired Kishor for the Bihar Assembly polls and even went on to induct him into his...

‘Wrong’ marriage act stands between inter-caste couples and govt incentiv...

For Kalaiarasan, a Dalit youth and Jhansi Rani, a girl from an upper caste community, getting married wasn’t a rosy tale. After facing opposition from their families, the couple eloped in 2014 to get married and start life anew in Tiruvarur. But soon the couple was faced with financial difficulties as Kalaiarasan’s income from driving autoricksh...

K’taka may get more ‘Silicon Valleys’ as govt opts to revise IT policy

Bengaluru may no more be India’s sole Silicon Valley for smaller cities from the state may soon join the fold. In a bid to stretch the IT industry beyond Bengaluru, the Karnataka government plans to revise the Information Technology Policy and boost IT investment in Tier II and Tier III cities like Mysuru, Mangaluru, Shivamogga and Huballi among ot...

RS members discuss NEET removal, bringing back BSNL at session

New Delhi: A Congress Rajya Sabha member on Monday (June 24) sought immediate steps to revive state-owned telecom firms MTNL and BSNL, saying that employees were not being paid salaries on time. Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Ripun Bora said that, while private sector companies have been alloted 4G and 5G spectrum, the two public sector enterprises we...

Chopper scam: SC to hear ED’s plea against Saxena’s permission to go abro...

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a plea by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against the permission granted to Rajeev Saxena, an approver in a money laundering case related to the AgustaWestland chopper scam, to travel abroad on medical grounds. The Delhi High Court had on June 10 allowed Saxena to go abroad for treatment for blood canc...

RS members pitch for interlinking of rivers, rain water harvesting

New Delhi: Rajya Sabha MPs on Monday (June 24) raised the issue of growing drinking water crisis in different parts of the country and demanded immediate interventions such as inter-linking of rivers and rain water harvesting to recharge the ground water table. Raising the issue through a Zero Hour mention, Satyanarayan Jatiya (from BJP) said that parts of...

SC asks Centre, Bihar, UP govt for response on encephalitis deaths

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday sought a response within seven days from the Centre and the Bihar government on the issue of the deaths of more than 100 children in Muzaffarpur due to the outbreak of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES). A bench of Justices, Sanjiv Khanna and B R Gavai also asked the Uttar Pradesh government to file a response on the d...

TMC MPs hold protest in Parliament premises against EVMs

New Delhi: Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs are holding a sit-in in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue on the Parliament's premises, demanding that elections be held by ballot paper instead of electronic voting machines (EVMs). The party, which has been crying foul over the use of EVMs in the recently-concluded Lok Sabha polls, said on Monday that their ag...

‘Will cut journalists who suggest I’m a tree-cutter’: S Ramadoss

Chennai: PMK founder S Ramadoss, a BJP ally in Tamil Nadu, stoked a controversy, saying that he would “cut” journalists who question him about cutting trees. A video of the speech he made at an event, recalling an incident with a journalist, went viral on social media. “I said I have answered this question a hundred times. You are asking about it repe...

IMA chief offers to surrender, says he fears he will be killed

Bengaluru: Three days afer the Enforcement Directorate summoned him, absconding IMA chief Mansoor Khan in a video clip on Sunday purportedly offered to surrender before the police and reveal 'big names', who he alleged were behind its downfall and feared they would kill him. IMA Jewels has allegedly cheated a large number of investors after promising them ...

Former TN DGP who arrested Indira Gandhi dies

Chennai: Former Tamil Nadu DGP V R Lakshminarayanan, who arrested the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in a corruption case, died here on Sunday following a brief illness, family sources said. He was 91 and is survived by a son and two daughters. Lakshminarayanan, fondly known as VRL, was a 1951 batch IPS officer. He began his career as an Assistant Sup...

Gehlot meets kin of Barmer tent collapse incident victims

Barmer, Rajasthan: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday met the grieving family of those killed and injured in an accident during a religious programme here. Gehlot, along with state Health Minister Raghu Sharma, Revenue Minister Harish Chaudhary, Energy Minister B D Kalla, and others visited Jasol village and paid floral tributes to those who lost thei...

Site, design of 100-bed PICU in Muzaffarpur finalized: Health Minister

New Delhi: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday that the site and design of a 100-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district have been finalized. He reviewed the status of cases of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in the state with ministry officials. "The central and state teams have fi...

4% quota for differently abled in TN teacher recruitment is back

Chennai: Four per cent quota for people with disabilities in Tamil Nadu teachers recruitment is back. The Tamil Nadu Teachers Recruitment Board (TRB) issued the notification for the reservation and enabling recruitment of those with more than 70 per cent disability on June 12, three years after the quota for differently abled was raised to 4 per cent fro...

16-year-old gang-raped by six over 5 days in Andhra Pradesh

Amaravati: A 16-year-old girl was allegedly raped for five days by six persons, including three minors, after being locked up in a room in Ongole town of Andhra Pradesh, police said on Sunday (June 23). All those accused of allegedly raping her have been apprehended from different parts of the state and police said they are further investigating the case. ...

Jagan govt transfers 17 IPS officers in second rejig in a week

Amaravati: Continuing with the bureaucratic reshuffle, the Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday (June 23) transferred 17 IPS officers, five of them for the second time in a week, and gave posting to three other officers who were on wait. Director general of police-rank IPS officer A R Anuradha of the 1987 batch, who was transferred...

Mayawati appoints brother, nephew to key party posts

Lucknow: BSP chief Mayawati on Sunday appointed her brother Anand Kumar as the party's national vice president, a senior leader said. She also appointed BSP leader Ramji Gautam as the party's national coordinator. The decision was taken at a meeting held in Lucknow, which was attended by top functionaries of the party. Amroha MP Danish Ali has been made ...

Nadigar Sangam elections held; Rajinikanth excuses himself

Chennai: Election of the South Indian Artists Association popularly known as Nadigar Sangam was held on Sunday (June 23). While actor Kamal Haasan, Surya and Vijay cast their vote, Rajinikanth who is in Mumbai for a shooting, regretted not being able to cast his vote. Over 1,200 actors had voted till 2pm, according to sources, while reports said that som...

Four prisoners escape from MP jail

Neemuch: Four prisoners, including two convicted for smuggling drugs and others facing trials in murder and rape cases, escaped from a jail in Neemuch district of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday, police said. As per preliminary investigation, the four prisoners - Nar Singh (20), Pankaj Mongia (21) (both from Rajasthan), and Lekh Ram (29) and Dubey Lal (19) - cu...

Here’s how Telangana is nipping its water crisis in the bud

While several states are reeling under severe drinking water crisis, Telangana presents a picture of contrast. Despite delayed monsoon and a prolonged dry spell, there is no major water crisis in the state. This is particularly heartening for a region that was always in the news for protests over water scarcity, farmers’ suicides, prolonged powe...