SC quashes TN’s petition to restrain Karnataka from building dam

The Supreme Court on Thursday (November 14) quashed a petition filed by Tamil Nadu seeking a restriction on Karnataka’s construction of a da...

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Partial roll back in JNU hostel fee after protest, but students unhappy

New Delhi: The Executive Council meeting of the JNU on Wednesday decided to partially roll back the hike in hostel fees. As per the revised decision, the room rent for single occupancy will be ₹200 while for double, it will be ₹100. The caution deposit will be ₹5,500. The service charges will continue to be fined at ₹1,700.

No need for govt to form new trust, says Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas chief

Ayodhya: After the Supreme Court's verdict in Ayodhya land dispute, Ram Janmabhoomi Nya's president Mahant Nritya Gopal Das said that there is no need for the government to set up a new trust for the Ram Temple because the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas already exists. Ram Janambhoomi Nyas is an organisation run by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP). Mahant Nritya...

High court grants conditional bail to activist Mugilan in sexual harassment case

Chennai: Social activist T Mugilan who was among those in the forefront of agitations against several government projects including the anti-Sterlite protest in 2018 was, on Wednesday (November 13), granted conditional bail in a sexual harassment case by the Madras high court. The matter came up before the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court. Mugilan ...

Bus driver ends life as transport strike enters 40th day in Telangana

Mahbubabad (Telangana): As the state-wide transport employee’s strike in Telangana entered its 40th day, a bus driver working at the Mahabubabad bus depot committed suicide on Wednesday (November 13) allegedly for not receiving two months’ salary and fears of losing his job.

BJP clash with Kolkata police during rally to protest spurt in dengue cases

Kolkata: The BJP on Wednesday (November 13) clashed with the police during a rally to protest against the spurt in dengue cases in the city and its fringe areas and accused the Trinamool Congress government of trying to ‘hush up’ the figures. The protest march, convened by BJP Yuva Morcha, has been taken out from Central Avenue in the city and is schedul...

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JNU administration skips crucial meet, changes venue 18 kms from varsity

New Delhi: Two days after Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students took to the streets protesting a 300% hike in hostel fees, the varsity administration on Wednesday (November 13) skipped a crucial meeting on the issue.

Congress demands dismissal of Yediyurappa govt post SC ruling on MLAs

After Supreme Court upheld then Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar's decision disqualifying 17 Congress and JD(S) MLAs and allowed them to contest the bypolls on Wednesday (November 13), the Congress hit out at the Yediyurappa government saying the top court's decision has exposed the BJP's Operation Kamal in the state. The court on Wednesday struck down ...

Any party with numbers can form govt in Maharashtra: Amit Shah

Mumbai/New Delhi: Talks over government formation in Maharashtra were progressing in the "right direction" and a decision will be taken at an appropriate time, said Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday (November 13) after meeting Congress leaders at a suburban hotel in Mumbai.

Ajit Pawar, Jayant Patil among NCP members in joint panel to prepare CMP

Amidst the power tussle in Maharashtra and the uncertainty over government formation in the state, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Wednesday named its five members for a joint committee set to be constituted with Congress for deciding a common minimum programme (CMP) before their possible alliance with the Shiv Sena. The panel will compr...

Chronology of events in Karnataka MLAs disqualification case

The top court on Wednesday (November 13) upheld former Karnataka assembly speaker Ramesh Kumar’s decision to disqualify 17 rebel MLAs. A three judge bench, however, allowed the lawmakers to contest the upcoming by-polls, rejecting Kumar’s order to disqualify them till 2023. The 17 rebel MLAs had switched sides to BJP after assembly elections in ...

Delhi air quality nears emergency zone; odd-even back, but schools open

The National Capital Region (NCR) gasped for breath on Wednesday as noxious smog, resulting from raging farm fires, and unfavourable weather pushed pollution levels in the region towards the emergency zone for the second time in the last 15 days. A large number of children were exposed to the harmful spike in pollution as schools remained open o...

SC to hear Madhu Koda’s plea challenging his disqualification by EC

The Supreme Court on Wednesday (November 13) agreed to hear a plea filed by former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda challenging his disqualification by the Election Commission in 2017 for not truthfully disclosing election expenses. A bench headed by CJI designate Justice S A Bobde took note of the submission that Koda's petition needed an ur...

VHP wants Shah, Yogi to be included in Ayodhya temple trust

Days after the Centre began the process of constituting a trust for construction of a Ram Temple in Ayodhya, as mandated by the Supreme Court, right-wing organisation Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has suggested that Home Minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath be included in it. VHP spokesperson Sharad Sharma on Wednesd...

Shiv Sena not to mention plea in SC against Guv’s refusal for more time

New Delhi: The Shiv Sena will not mention in the Supreme Court on Wednesday (November 13) its plea challenging the governors decision of not granting it 3 days time for getting letter of support for government formation in Maharashtra, according to the party lawyer. The lawyer representing Shiv Sena in the apex court told that the party has preferred not t...

This Collector in Telangana is making waves with his unique war on plastic

A district collector in Telangana has launched an innovative initiative to promote public awareness on shunning the use of plastic. The initiative is called ‘Give 1 Kg Plastic Waste To Get 1 Kg Rice’. This idea is developing rapidly in Mulugu district of Telangana. The district administration collects plastic items from people across 175 vill...

Sena, Cong, NCP will work out a formula for govt formation: Uddhav

Mumbai: Even as the Congress and the NCP remained indecisive over extending support to a Shiv Sena-led government in Maharashtra, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday (November 12) said that the three non-BJP parties will work out a formula for government formation in the state.

Maharashtra under President rule for 3rd time in 59-year history

After Maharashtra assembly elections threw a hung verdict, President's rule was imposed in the state on Tuesday (November 12). This is the first instance in the 59-year-old history of the state when Article 356 has been invoked due to inability of political parties to form a government after an assembly election. The Governor of Maharashtra, Bha...

YSRCP govt scraps Amaravati capital city startup area project

Andhra Pradesh's capital dream faces another setback after Singapore announced closure of the Amaravati capital city startup area project with “mutual consent” of the state government.

Congress slams governor for recommending President’s rule in Maharashtra

The Congress hit out at Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Tuesday (November 12) for recommending President's rule in the state, alleging that he has committed a grave travesty and made a mockery of the Constitutional process. Congress Chief Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala also questioned the Maharashtra Governor for the arbitrary allo...

Kerala HC directs police to conduct probe into killing of two suspected Maoists

Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Tuesday (November 12) directed the police to conduct a probe into the circumstances leading to the killing of two suspected Maoists in an alleged encounter in Agali forest of Palakkad district last month. It also gave instructions to ascertain whether the officers who took part in the alleged encounter had committed any ...

JVM(P) nominates MLA accused of sexually harassing party leader

Ranchi: The Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) on Tuesday (November 12) included sitting MLA Pradeep Yadav, now free on bail in connection with a sexual harassment case, in its second list of 37 candidates announced for the Jharkhand assembly elections. With these 37, the party announced a total of 46 contestants. JVM(P) president Babulal Marandi ear...

13 life convicts in 1996 Melavalavu dalit massacre released

Thirteen men who were convicted in the sensational Melavalavu massacre in which six persons belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST) were hacked to death in 1996, were released from Madurai Central Prison on Saturday (November 9). Ten years after the accused were jailed, 13 of the convicts were released by the state on the grou...

Shiv Sena moves SC against Guv’s denies extra time to muster numbers

The Shiv Sena on Tuesday (November 12) moved the Supreme Court against Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's refusal to grant more time to the party to submit the required letters of support to form the next government on Monday night, a party leader said. The Sena, which is trying to form a possible coalition government with the support ...

Rajiv Gandhi assassination life convict Perarivalan gets parole

Chennai: One of the life convict in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, AG Perarivalan was released on a one month parole on Tuesday (November 12) from Vellore Central prison. In view of his father's failing health, the court granted Perarivalan parole to visit his hometown of Jolarpettai. This is the second time Perarivalan has been granted with parole. Ea...

Chennai: 25-year-old manual scavenger inhales toxic gas, dies

Chennai: A 25-year-old manual scavenger sent from a private agency to clean a septic tank in Express Avenue mall died due to inhaling of poisonous gases in the wee hours of Tuesday (November 12). The incident occurred in Chennai’s Royapettah where a group of five men was employed to clean the septic tank. Among the five were Arun Kumar, Ranjith Kumar and...

Gorkha body urges Modi govt to consider demand for separate state

The National Gorkhaland Committee (NGC), a non-political organisation of Gorkhas, has urged the BJP government to look into their longstanding demand for the creation of a separate state of Gorkhaland in West Bengal’s Darjeeling hill region. For the Gorkhas, a separate state will be the only political solution to the more than 100-year-old deman...

Anuradha after Subashri as another woman hit by flagpole in Coimbatore

Hours ahead of the Madras High Court granting bail to the accused in the case relating to the death of Chennai techie Subashri, another woman was severely injured after a pole with an AIADMK flag allegedly fell on her way, resulting in her swerving her two-wheeler thereby losing control of the bike. This resulted in her legs run over by a lorry, in...

Sharad Pawar visits ailing Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut

National Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday (November 12) visited Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut at a hospital in Mumbai where the latter underwent angioplasty. Pawar's visit to 57-year-old Raut, admitted to the Lilavati Hospital here, comes in the midst of the ongoing political drama in Maharashtra. What transpired between the ...

No shift in policy or want for girls make Tamil Nadu’s sex ratio stagnant

Chennai: Last week, reports of a father burying alive his 17-day-old baby girl in Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu rocked the state. The case of infanticide has turned the spotlight on the state’s fight, as it struggles to stabilise sex ratio at birth. At a time when states like Haryana, that have grappled for long with illegal sex determination followe...

D K Shivakumar hospitalised due to high BP

Senior Congress leader D K Shivakumar, who was released on bail from a Delhi prison recently in connection with a money laundering case, has been hospitalised due to high blood pressure, family sources said on Tuesday (November 12). Shivakumar complained of restlessness and back pain on Monday night following which he was admitted to the hospita...

New Delhi’s air quality worsens, enters severe category again

A week after the wind speed reduced the pollution levels marginally in Delhi, the air quality in the national capital worsened again and slipped into the severe category on Tuesday morning. At 9.36 am, the air quality index (AQI) in Delhi was 414. The AQI at Bawana, Wazirpur, Anand Vihar and Rohini was 445, 442, 442 and 440 respectively. Accordin...

Maharashtra logjam: Senior Congress leaders defer Mumbai visit

Mumbai: Senior Congress leaders KC Venugopal and Mallikarjun Kharge, who were supposed to come to Mumbai on Tuesday (November 12) to discuss modalities of support to the Shiv Sena for government formation in Maharashtra, have deferred their visit, a Congress leader said. The two leaders postponed their visit after NCP chief Sharad Pawar conveyed that st...

President’s rule in Maharashtra, Sena not to seek urgent SC hearing

Mumbai/New Delhi: Congress and NCP remained indecisive over supporting a Shiv Sena-led government in Maharashtra even as President’s rule was imposed in the state on Tuesday. On Wednesday, all eyes will be set on the Supreme Court whether it takes up for hearing the Sena plea against governor’s refusal of more time.

Vigilantes quiet as over 800 cows die in shelter homes in Patna

Patna: Cow vigilante groups who indulge in assaulting suspected cattle smugglers are strangely silent over the pathetic conditions of bovines kept in the Kanji houses (cattle shelter homes) in Patna, Bihar, where over 800 animals have died in the last two years. The situation is so grim that the shelter homes are facing fodder shortage and lack of medi...

AIADMK questions motive behind Rajini, BJP’s stand on ‘political vacuum&#...

For long two political stalwarts on the opposite sides of the political spectrum in Tamil Nadu— J Jayalalithaa and M K Karunanidhi - had ruled the state with an iron hand laced with unprecedented charisma and grass-root support. Their deaths in 2016 and 2018 respectively had resulted in coinage of a new term in the political lexicon namely ‘vacuum’...

JNU students will continue to fight and resist, says Prakash Karat

New Delhi: The CPI(M) on Monday condemned the attack on the JNU students who are fighting for an affordable education. A statement by the Central Executive Committee of the SFI said that the demands raised by the students should be met immediately.

Konark Sun Temple sees sharp dip in tourists this year

There is a sharp decline in the number of Indian and foreign tourists visiting the famous Konark Sun Temple in Puri. According to a report by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), responsible for the upkeep of the protected monuments in India, there has been a steep decline in total domestic as well as international tourist footfall in last ...

Karnataka parties fight hard to select candidates for Assembly bypolls

Even as the filing of nominations to 15 legislative constituencies in Karnataka, which is set to go to polls on December 5, began on Monday (November 11), all the three major political parties — the Congress, the Janata Dal (Secular) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) — are yet to decide on their candidates. While the BJP waits for the Supreme...

Madras HC grants bail to former AIADMK councillor in Subhasri death case

Former AIADMK councillor S Jayagopal, who is accused of errecting an illegan banner which fell on an unsuspecting techie Subhasri leading to her death has been granted bail by Madras High court on Monday (November 11). Jayagopal denied any role in the installation of illegal banners for his son's wedding. Judge C Karthikeyan who heard the case c...

Justice AP Sahi sworn in as Madras High Court Chief Justice

Amreshwar Pratap Sahi, the former Chief Justice of Patna High Court was sworn in as the new Chief Justice of Madras High Court on Monday (November 11) as recommended by the Supreme Court Collegium. Governor Banwarilal Purohit administered the oath of office to Sahi at a ceremony at Raj Bhavan in Chennai. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami,...

JNU protest intensifies; HRD minister meets students’ union president

The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union protest outside the university campus turned violent on Monday (November 11) as the agitators clashed with the police and security personnel who were deployed at the AICTE auditorium in Vasant Kunj. The JNU students staged a demonstration against fee hike, curfew timings and dress code restrictions...

NCP asked to stake claim after governor refuses Sena more time

Mumbai/New Delhi: Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari invited the NCP to stake claim to form government in the state after he refused to provide more time to Shiv Sena after its deadline to form a government ended at 7:30 pm on Monday (November 11).

Indian economy currently facing challenges, says Sitharaman

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday (November 10) unveiled a book on global finance, said the book suggests a solution for challenges that the world and Indian economy is currently facing. Launching the book titled 'The Rise of Finance: Causes, Consequences and Cure', she said it will help "understand the current economic situation fac...

DMK slams BJP over Kashmir move, says RSS trying to divide nation

Chennai: In a blistering attack, Tamil Nadu’s principal opposition party, the DMK, slammed the central government for “turning Jammu and Kashmir into a huge prison”. It also demanded the release of all the leaders who were arrested in the view of abrogation of Article 370.

Karnataka high court to get five more judges

Bengaluru: Karnataka High Court will get five additional judges on Monday (November 11) when they will be sworn in by the state Governor Vajubhai Vala at the Raj Bhavan.

Ayodhya verdict: Security of five judges enhanced as precautionary step

After delivering the verdict in the highly-sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case on Saturday, the security of five judges has been enhanced with the deployment of additional troops, barricades and mobile escort teams, officials said on Sunday (November 10). The enhanced security has been put in place since Saturday, when the j...

Shiv Sena invited to form Maharashtra govt after BJP pulls out of race

Mumbai: Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari has invited Shiv Sena to form the government in the state after BJP pulled out of the race, citing lack of numbers and support from the Uddhav Thackeray party.

Fadnavis invited to form govt in Maharashtra, ends political stalemate

Mumbai: Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari has invited caretaker Chief Minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis to form government in Maharashtra, bringing an end to weeks of uncertainty over the issue.This comes a day after he met the Governor and tendered his resignation as the chief minister.

Treat construction of ‘Ram Mandir’ as ‘Rashtra Mandir’: Karna...

Bengaluru: Bharatiya Janata Party's Karnataka unit president and Lok Sabha MP Nalin Kumar Kateel on Saturday (November 9) urged members of all communities to treat the construction of the Ram Mandir as "Rashtra Mandir" and said that all should come together to build it.

Goa CM hails Ayodhya verdict as ‘historic’, Congress calls for peace

Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday (November 9) termed the Supreme Court verdict that paved way for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya as "historic" and appealed for peace and harmony.

Relief in Ayodhya after Supreme Court’s judgment

After Supreme Court pronounced its judgment on Saturday (November 9) on the disputed site and allotting it for the construction of a Ram temple, relief appeared to be the overwhelming emotion in Ayodhya. Many lanes and bylanes were barricaded by the police, but elsewhere the business was as usual. In the run-up to the judgement delivered by a fi...

Rajinikanth’s political entry: His strength, weakness and prospects

Chennai: After he made his fans wait for over a decade, Superstar Rajinikanth announced his political entry in December 2017 by showing his famous baba sign. He had said that it was a compulsion of time. Born on December 12, 1958 to a Maratha family in Karnataka, Rajinikanth started his career as a bus conductor and became the highest paid film star, and...

Feel bad we entered into an alliance with wrong people: Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Friday (November 8) said he felt bad he entered into an alliance with the “wrong people”. This comes soon after Maharashtra’s caretaker Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the issue of sharing the top post was never discussed in his presence.

Maha deadlock deepens as Fadnavis quits, Sena rues over alliance

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday (November 8) met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari and tendered his resignation even as uncertainty continues over government formation in the state due to a power tussle between the BJP and the Shiv Sena.

Multi-layered security arrangements in place in Ayodhya

Ayodhya: Ahead of the Supreme Court's judgment in the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case, a multi-layered security arrangements have been put in place in the temple town of Ayodhya with drones being used to monitor the situation. Be it the area near the Ramjanmabhoomi police station, "karyashala" of Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas or other parts of the t...

Cong attacks govt on DeMo anniversary, Rahul terms it terror attack

New Delhi: The Congress on Friday (November 8) launched a multi-pronged attack on the Modi government over its 2016 move of demonetisation with former party chief Rahul Gandhi terming it a "terror attack" that "devastated" the economy and "took many lives". The opposition party also likened the notes ban move to Muhammad Bin Tughlaq rendering currency usel...

No equal power-sharing deal between BJP, Shiv Sena, says Gadkari

Mumbai: Amid the BJP-Shiv Sena power sharing tussle, the Union minister and BJP leader Nitin Gadkari on Friday (November 8) denied Shiv Sena's claim over equal distribution of portfolios, including sharing the post of chief minister. The assertion by Gadkari indicates the BJP is not budging firm its stand of not sharing the chief minister's post with al...

Disqualified Karnataka MLAs move SC for postponement of Dec 5 bypolls

New Delhi: The disqualified Karnataka MLAs moved the Supreme Court on Friday (November 8), seeking further postponement of the Assembly bypolls which are scheduled to take place on December 5. A bench headed by Justice NV Ramana on October 25 had reserved its verdict on a batch of petitions filed by the 17 MLAs, challenging their disqualification as lawmak...

Sena firm on CM post; asks BJP not to misuse interim govt norm

Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Friday (November 8) remained firm on its demand for sharing the chief minister's post in Maharashtra and asked the BJP not to misuse the provision of the "caretaker" government to remain in power in the state.

BJP trashes horse-trading charges in Maharashtra

Mumbai: Congress leader Vijay Wadettiwar on Friday (November 8) alleged that sums of "₹25 crore to ₹50 crore" were being offered to MLAs to switch sides in Maharashtra.

Rajini clarifies saffronisation remark, says press depicting him as BJP man

Hours after superstar Rajinikanth on Friday (November 8) was reported to have said that attempts were being made to paint him in "saffron" a la ancient Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar, the actor clarified that it was the media which was trying to portray him as a BJP man. The actor had earlier said that attempts were being made to “saffronise” him and ...

Tis Hazari clash: CCTV footage shows lawyers charging at woman officer

A fresh CCTV footage of the cop-lawyer clash at the Tis Hazari court on November 2, shows a group of lawyers purportedly chasing Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), North District, Monika Bhardwaj who in the video seems to be attempting to talk to them. The video shows Bhardwaj, being shielded by a few colleagues during the scuffle. Repo...

52-year-old BSNL contract employee ends life in Kerala

Malappuram: A 52-year-old contract employee allegedly committed suicide on Thursday (November 7) after not being paid for the past 10 months. According to police officials, Ramakrishnan, hailing from Vandoor, was working with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) as a part-time sweeper for the past 30 years. On Thursday, stressed over the wage issue, he has alleg...

Mercury dips to 14 deg C in Delhi after rains

The mercury in Delhi dipped to 14 degrees Celsius on Friday due to rains in the past 24 hours, officials said. The temperature recorded was four notches below the season’s average, they said, adding that a shallow fog covered the city in the morning hours. The city received 8 mm rainfall till 8.30 am and relative humidity was 94 per cent, a M...

TN allotted ₹928 crore for water associations, activist alleges scam

The Tamil Nadu government has allocated ₹928.64 crore for Water Users Associations responsible for tank maintenance under the Kudimaramathu scheme in the last 3 years. Environmental activists have alleged that this was a major scam as the associations have been defunct for years although officials dismissed the charge. Tamil Nadu has 14,098 l...

Birthday of Italian missionary marks Lexicography Day in TN

In a first, Tamil Nadu is set to celebrate Tamil Lexicography Day on Friday (November 8), which marks the birth anniversary of Italian missionary Constantine Joseph Beschi, also known as Veeramamunivar, who was responsible for bringing out the first Tamil dictionary.

Lakshmi Parvathi’s elevation reflects relevance of NTR’s legacy

Hyderabad: The appointment of NTR’s widow N Lakshmi Parvathi as the chairperson of the Andhra Pradesh Telugu Academy by the Jagan Mohan Reddy government has revived the debate over continued relevance of NTR more than 23 years after his death.

YSRCP slams Naidu for questioning expenditure on Jagan’s residence

The ruling YSR Congress Party in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday (November 7) hit out at Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu for questioning the money spent for carrying out works at Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy's residence and terming him as "Nero of AP." Attacking the TDP chief, State Information and Public Relations Minister P...

BJP slams ‘divider’ Didi for questioning inclusion of Gujarati in JEE (Ma...

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has triggered a controversy over the inclusion of Gujarati as an optional language in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) mains paper. The issue escalated on Thursday as the BJP accused her of diving people in the name of language.

AIADMK General Council to meet on Nov 24

The ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's (AIADMK) announced on Thursday (November 7) that party leaders O Panneerselvam and K Palaniswami along with the top decision making bodies, Executive and General Council, will meet here on November 24. On Thursday, Panneerselvam, AIADMK coordinator and joint coordinator said in a statement th...

Lawyers continue to abstain from work, litigants offered flowers

Litigants were welcomed with flowers by lawyers at the entrance of Saket district court complex on Thursday (November 7) as advocates abstained from work for the fourth consecutive day, protesting against the clash with police at Tis Hazari court on November 2. Lawyers of all six district courts — Tis Hazari, Saket, Karkardooma, Rohini, Patiala ...

BJP not in favour of forming minority govt in Maharashtra, says Mungantiwar

Mumbai: In the midst of the deadlock, over government formation, that has engulfed the state Maharashtra Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar on Thursday (November 7) said his party is not in favour of forming a minority government in the state. Speaking to reporters ahead of the BJP delegation’s meeting with Governor Bhagat Singh K...

KPL betting scam: Crime Branch arrests two more domestic players

The Central Crime Branch police wing on Thursday (November 7) arrested two more domestic cricketers in connection with the Karnataka Premier League fixing scandal, taking the total number of arrests to six. The arrest of Bellary Tuskers captain CM Gautam, a former Karnataka wicketkeeper-batsman and his teammate Abrar Qazi comes two days after cr...

Congress-JDS on backfoot after phone tapping details emerge in K’taka

The CBI probe into the phone tapping case in Karnataka which recently revealed that the previous coalition government of Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) had illegally tapped phones of 30 public figures, as per a recent report by Indian Express has put both the parties on a back foot. The Congress which is attacking the ruling BJP at the Centre...

SC dismisses plea of death row convict in Coimbatore child rape-murder case

The Supreme Court on Thursday reaffirmed the death penalty of a convict for “horribly” gang raping a 10-year-old girl and killing her along with her brother in Coimbatore in 2010. In a majority judgment of 2:1, a bench headed by Justice RF Nariman dismissed the plea filed by the convict Manoharan and said there are no grounds to review the verdi...

Delhi’s air quality in ‘poor’ category; mild rain expected

New Delhi: Delhi’s Air Quality improved from “very poor” category to “poor” category on Thursday (November 7) morning, giving some respite to people grappling with severe pollution. The air quality index was recorded at 214 this morning. An AQI between 0-50 is considered ‘good’, 51-100 ‘satisfactory’, 101-200 ‘moderate’, 201-300 ‘poor’, 301-400 ‘very po...

Kolkata’s air quality dips to very poor category

Kolkata: The air quality in Kolkata turned very poor on Wednesday (November 6) night with pollution levels in the city breaching the 300 mark for the first time in recent months, an official from the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) said. Measures are being taken to bring down the pollution levels, he added. The Air Quality Index (AQI) in K...

Delhi air pollution: SC raps states, asks where is smart city here?

The Supreme Court on Wednesday (November 6) came down heavily on the governments of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh for not doing enough on stubble burning. A bench comprising of Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta also questioned Delhi chief secretary on what steps were taken by the government to curb air pollution in Delhi. The apex cou...

Lawyer-police clash: Delhi HC says no need to clarify Nov 3 order

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday (November 6) said its November 3 order in the lawyers-police clash at Tis Hazari Court's Complex is self explanatory and there is no need to clarify it.

‘Orders for phone, internet shutdown in J&K illegal & unconstitutiona...

The shutdown of internet, mobile and landline services in Jammu and Kashmir following the abrogation of provisions of Article 370 were "illegal and unconstitutional", the Supreme Court was told on Tuesday (November 6).

I-T attaches properties worth ₹1600 crore to VK Sasikala under Benami Act

Three years after raids, Income Tax department attached properties worth  ₹1,600 crore to VK Sasikala, aide of former and late chief minister J Jayalalitha under the provisions of Benami Transactions Act. Soon after demonetisation, Income Tax sleuths conducted massive raids at 37 places across the state as part of the ‘Operation Clean Money’. Se...

Violence will not be tolerated, action to be taken against guilty: BCI

New Delhi: For the third consecutive day on Wednesday (November 6) the clash between advocates and the police intensified as lawyers in all the six district courts here abstained from work and demonstrated outside the courts across the national capital. They also denied access to litigants in some courts. The lawyers closed the main gates at Patiala House ...

This Odisha village has no toilets, but flaunts an ‘open defecation free’ tag

Residents of Kopasinga, a small village in Sadar block of Odisha’s Sundergarh district woke up to a laughable sight recently when they saw a signboard reading ‘Open Defecation Free’ put up at the entrance of the village. The irony of the signage was that the village doesn’t have a single toilet. The signage, for the villagers, was also a mockery...

Maharashtra: BJP leaders to meet Governor, govt formation on cards

Government formation is on the cards in Mahrashtra as BJP leaders are set to meet governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Thursday (November 7) even though Shiv Sena had not assured its support and the NCP has chosen to remain in the opposition. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has not received any proposal from the BJP on government formation, party ...

K’taka govt urges iPhone manufacturer to hire locals on priority basis

The Karnataka government has urged Apple’s leading manufacturer Wistron Technologies to give top priority to locals in jobs, generated for its upcoming facility in Kolar district, said S Muniswamy, the Lok Sabha MP from the district on Monday (November 5). Wistron Technologies, a Taiwanese contract manufacturer of iPhones for Apple Inc, has plan...

Angry lawyers gather outside district courts in Delhi

New Delhi: Scores of angry lawyers gathered outside the district courts in Rohini and Saket on Wednesday (November 6), a day after Delhi Police personnel laid an 11-hour siege outside the Police Headquarters.

Why bureaucracy in Andhra Pradesh is in a mess

The sudden and unceremonious transfer of Chief Secretary LV Subramanyam to a nondescript posting on Monday (November 4) has set off ripples in the bureaucratic circles. The way the senior most officer was shunted out has sent shock waves across the state.

Action assured in lawyer clash, Delhi cops end protest after 11 hours

New Delhi: Thousands of Delhi Police personnel, who staged a demonstration outside the police headquarters over alleged assault by lawyers over past few days, ended their protest after 11 hours on Tuesday evening following an assurance that their grievances will be addressed.

Intellectuals who consume beef must also eat dog meat: Bengal BJP chief

Burdwan (West Bengal): West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh courted controversy on Tuesday (November 5) when he said intellectuals who consume beef and "demean" cows should also eat dog meat. He also said that "any meat" should be eaten at home, not on roads.

Pawan Kalyan set to don greasepaint again, to star in Telugu remake of ‘Pink...

Pawan Kalyan will play the lead in the Telugu remake of critically-acclaimed Hindi film Pink starring Amitabh Bachchan. Producer Boney Kapoor, who forayed into Tamil industry with the remake of Pink, Nerkonda Paarvai with Ajith Kumar, is also producing the Telugu version.

Local body polls in Tamil Nadu likely in December in two phases

Chennai: After three years delay, the Tamil Nadu State Election Commission is expected to notify the local body polls in the first week of December. The election is likely to take place in the same month in two phases.

Odisha may witness 42,000 more deaths annually by 2100 due to heat: Study

Bhubaneshwar: Odisha may witness 42,334 more deaths every year due to extreme heat by 2100, a new study has said. It will be almost five times more than the total deaths the state records due to cardiac arrest every year. The spike in average summer temperature and number of extremely hot days has an impact on mortality, the study revealed. The number of e...

Delhi Assembly polls: EC reviews poll preparedness

Senior Election Commission of India officials held a meeting with poll panel officials of the city to review poll preparedness for the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections. The meeting on Monday was attended by a team of Election Commission of India led by Sandeep Saxena, senior deputy Election Commissioner, Director Generals of Expenditure and Med...

NC asks govt to release political leaders held prisoners in J&K

Srinagar: The National Conference (NC) on Tuesday urged the government to release all political leaders being detained in Jammu and Kashmir, allow political activities and normalise the situation there. In a statement, the NC said November 5 marks three months since the central government abrogated the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Artic...

Shift my mother to place equipped for winter: Mehbooba’s daughter

Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter has asked the administration to shift her mother, under detention at a guesthouse here for the last three months, to a place equipped to deal with the Valley’s harsh winter. The Centre will be responsible if anything happens to Mehbooba, the president of the PDP, Iltija Mufti has ...

Chennai officially out of water shortage, announces metro water department

The incessant spells of rain that lashed Chennai in the past few weeks seem to have done their job. The city, which a few months ago was reeling under acute water crisis, with the government even sending for water from Vellore in a train has been finally declared “water secure” by the Chennai Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB), for now....

Jagan declares Abdul Kalam unwanted, beats hasty retreat

Facing a backlash over its move to rename the award named after the iconic Abdul Kalam, the Jagan Mohan Reddy government, in Andhra Pradesh, withdrew the order in less than 24-hours on Tuesday (November 5). On Monday (November 4), the state government issued an order re-designating “Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Pratibha Puraskar awards” as “YSR Vidya Pura...

Woman tahsildar’s driver succumbs to burns

Hyderabad: A day after a woman tahsildar was allegedly burnt alive in her office near here, her driver who tried to rescue her, succumbed to injuries on Tuesday (November 5), police said. Tahsildar Vijaya Reddy, 37, died on the spot after she was allegedly set a fire at her office in Abdullapurmet by K Suresh over some land dispute. Two staff, including Vi...

After ‘saffron Thiruvalluvar’ row, BJP faces flak for trolling woman MP over attire

At a time when political parties in Tamil Nadu are hauling the state unit of the BJP over the coals for posting on Twitter a picture of Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar, clad in saffron robe, the party has raked up another controversy by shaming Congress parliamentarian S Jothimani over her attire on Twitter. The official Twitter handle of the Tamil Nad...

Police-lawyer clash: Delhi police personnel protest assault on cops

Delhi: In a first of its kind, hundreds of police personnel gathered outside the police headquarters here on Tuesday (November 5) staged a protest against the assault on policemen following a clash with lawyers. Several policemen holding placards that read “We are human in police uniforms” and “Protectors Need Protection” were outside the police headqu...

Pollution levels likely to drop due to wind, air quality remains ‘very poor’

Delhi: Pollution levels in the national capital are expected to drop on Tuesday (November 5) due to an increase in wind speed even as air quality remained in the “very poor” category in the morning. According to the Meteorological (MeT) department, there is a possibility of strong winds in the next 24 hours. At 9.44 am, Delhi’s air quality index (AQI) ...

Next Maharashtra CM will be from Shiv Sena: Sanjay Raut

Mumbai: Amid the deadlock over government formation in Maharashtra, senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Tuesday (November 5) reiterated that the state's next chief minister will be from his party. He said the politics of Maharashtra was changing and his party would win in its fight for justice. "The decision on Maharashtra will be taken in Mahara...

TN adds mental health in CM insurance scheme, but delays guidelines

The announcement by the Tamil Nadu government to include mental health under its Chief Minister's Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CMCHIS) has come as a sigh of relief for many. It is expected that due to the inclusion, the number of people with mental health issues approaching government hospitals will increase.

Onus on BJP, allies, but Pawar leaves hints on Maharashtra govt formation

Mumbai: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis met Amit Shah, Sharad Pawar met Sonia Gandhi and Sanjay Raut met the governor on Monday (November 4)in separate meetings, but there was no clarity yet on the formation of a new government in the state, 11 days after the declaration of the Assembly poll results.

Woman tahsildar burnt alive in office in Telangana over suspected land dispute

Hyderabad: In a gruesome incident, a woman tahsildar in Telangana was allegedly burnt alive by a man in her office at nearby Abdullapurmet in broad daylight on Monday (November 4) over some suspected land dispute, Police and Revenue officials said.

Madras High Court decries excessive fee charged by NEET coaching centres

Taking strong exception to private National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) coaching centres charging exorbitant fees, the Madras High Court on Monday (November 4) asked how students from poor background could afford an amount ranging between two-five lakh.

Blame game over UP power corpn’s PF scam: SP demands judicial probe

Ballia (UP): The blame game over the investment of over ₹2,600 crore of Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) employees’ provident fund in the scam-hit housing finance firm DHFL continued on Monday (November 4) with the Samajwadi Party (SP) demanding a probe by a sitting high court judge into the matter.

Why KCR can do better than sacking strikers, privatising TSRTC

‘Trade union’ seems to be the new hate word for Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao who went about crushing the ongoing strike by the state-owned transport corporation, announced partial privatisation of the bus services and set the November 5 deadline for the 49,000 odd employees to resume their duties or face dismissal from service. I...

Legislation to evade SC verdict on Sabarimala not possible: Kerala CM

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday (November 4) told the Assembly that the government was bound to implement the Supreme Court order that allowed entry of women of all age groups in the Sabarimala temple and that it was not possible to bring in any legislation to evade it.

Need to form govt at the earliest, says Fadnavis after meeting Shah

New Delhi: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday (November 4) met Union Home Minister Amit Shah to discuss strategies related to the government formation in the state.

Lawyers of Delhi HC, district courts stir against clash with police, shun work

Advocates in the Delhi High Court and all district courts here on Monday (November 4) abstained from judicial work protesting against the clash between lawyers and police in the Tis Hazari court complex on Saturday.

The ‘left has turned against the left’ in Kerala encounter killings

The killing of four suspected Maoist guerrillas in Kerala and the subsequent arrest of two students have angered the public and riven the governing leftist coalition at a time when the communist movement in India is celebrating its centenary. The Communist Party of India (CPI), which is part of the Left Democratic Front (LDF), has rubbished the ...

Maharashtra power tussle: Flurry of activity to break impasse

Amid the exchange of barbs between the warring BJP and the Shiv Sena and a flurry of backdoor meetings and negotiations, the BJP, the NCP, the Shiv Sena and the Congress are slated to hold a series of high-level meetings, on Monday (November 4) to arrive at a solution to break the impasse over government formation in Maharashtra. While Maharasht...

Cong urges SC to consider audio clip of Yediyurappa in MLAs’ disqualification case

Ahead of the Supreme Court delivering its verdict on the disqualification of the 17 MLAs in Karnataka, the state Congress on Monday (November 4) requested the top court to take on record a fresh audio clip in which Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa is purportedly referring to rebel MLAs. In response, a bench headed by Justice NV Ramana said it will ...

5-year-old falls into 50-feet deep borewell in Karnal, dead

Chandigarh: In another shocking incident, a 5-year-old girl who fell into a 50-feet-deep borewell in Harsinghpura village in Haryana's Karnal district, died on Monday (November 4). However, rescue operations were on to pull her out. According to police, while playing in the fields on Sunday (November 3) in Gharaunda area, she fell into the borewell belongin...

Scholars allege BJP trying to appropriate Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar

Chennai: On a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the Thai translation of Thirukkural during his visit to Thailand, the official Twitter handle of the BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit released a picture of Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar clad in a saffron attire.

Thousands submit online applications for scholarships in Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar/ Jammu: Thousands of students have filled and submitted online applications for pre and post matric scholarships at special kiosks set up by Srinagar administration, an official said on Sunday (November 3). These include students from other districts and those who have applied for minority scholarships adding up to a total of over 7200 applications, the...

Congress distorting my statement on rebel MLAs, says Yediyurappa

Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Sunday (November 3) charged the Congress with distorting his statement in a leaked audio clipping on rebel MLAs, even as the opposition party announced state-wide protests over his confession on the BJP leaderships involvement in it. The Congress also said they would mention the matter before the Supre...

Punjab fines 3,000 farmers for stubble burning as Delhi engulfed in smog

Chandigarh, Chennai: As Delhi chokes under severe pollution, the Punjab government has acted against nearly 3,000 of its farmers for burning stubble, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday (November 3), while accusing his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal of doing little beyond "playing" politics to address the problem. "Instead of addressing the problem, D...

Fresh plea in SC challenging its verdict in Maradu flats demolition case

New Delhi: A fresh plea has been filed in the Supreme Court challenging its verdict directing demolition of four apartment complexes in Kochi's Maradu for violation of environment norms by the builders. The aggrieved residents of Golden Kayaloram Apartment, one of the four complexes to be razed down in a month, have petitioned the apex court claiming that ...

UNESCO tag: Hyderabad will become culinary capital of world, says Mayor

Hyderabad: Mouthwatering delicacies like Haleem and Biriyani, which orignated from other parts of theworld and blended with local flavours over time have helped Hyderabad secure UNESCO's Creative City of Gastronomy tag, Mayor B Rammohan said.

Satya Pal Malik takes oath as Goa governor

Chennai, Panaji: Former governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Satya Pal Malik was sworn-in as the Governor of Goa on Sunday (November 3). Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court Justice Pradeep Nandrajog administered the oath of office to Malik at Raj Bhavan. Malik was appointed as the Governor of Goa by President Ram Nath Kovind on October 25. He replaces Mridula Sinha...

Schools shut, flights diverted, odd even on as Delhi air quality hits 625

New Delhi: The pollution levels in New Delhi shot up on Sunday morning even as the city was enveloped in a thick smog. Pollution levels in New Delhi escalated to the ‘emergency’ category on Friday for the first time since January 2019.

Will explore other options for govt formation: Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai: Amid the ongoing power tussle in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday (November 3) said people will come to know in the coming days if his party will be in power, while replying to the reporters at a press conference in Aurangabad district. Further, he refused to answer any political questions. He visited Aurangabad to take st...

Clash between police, advocates at Tis Hazari Court; 20 cops injured

New Delhi: Lawyers and police clashed at the Tis Hazari Court complex here on Saturday (November 2) during which at least 20 police personnel and several lawyers were injured while many vehicles vandalised or set on fire, according to officials.

Researcher tells childhood tales through comics to save hedgehogs

A new comic is doing the rounds in schools in southern Tamil Nadu. Titled Mullikkaattu Ithigaasam (Legend of Thorny Land), it tells the tale of two schoolchildren saving a hedgehog from a quack and reuniting it with its mother. Dr Brawin Kumar, who brought out the comic with the support of Inlaks Ravi Sankaran Fellowship, says it is an attempt t...

Cong seeks K’taka BJP govt’s dismissal; BJP says CM quoted out of context...

Bengaluru: The Congress on Saturday (November 2) demanded the dismissal of the BJP government in Karnataka following the leak of an audio clipping in which Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa purportedly can be heard mentioning the disqualification of rebel Congress-JDS MLAs and the alleged involvement of the saffron party's central leadership. In the clipping t...

BJP demands re-probe into sexual assault, deaths of 2 sisters

Walayar (Kerala): The BJP in Kerala on Saturday (November 02) demanded a re-investigation and an impartial probe into the sexual assault and suspicious deaths of two minor sisters here in 2017. Senior BJP leader O Rajagopal, who visited the parents of the minor girls, told reporters here "we need a re-investigation into the case. There should be an impartial prob...

Lawyers allege police firing during clash at Delhi court, cops deny

New Delhi: Chaos prevailed at Delhi’s Tis Hazari Court after a scuffle broke out between the police and lawyers on Saturday (November 2). Gunshots were reportedly heard during the clash and a lawyer, who is believed to be wounded in police firing, had to be hospitalised.

No leave for police officials in Madhya Pradesh ahead of Ayodhya verdict

Bhopal: Police officials and employees in Madhya Pradesh are directed to not avail leave until further notice ahead of the upcoming festivals and the Supreme Court's verdict on the sensitive Ayodhya issue. An order in this regard was issued by the state police headquarters on Friday (November 2) which is addressed to superintendents of police (SPs) of a...

Maharashtra sanctions ₹10,000 crore immediate aid for farmers

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government approved a special provision of ₹10,000 crore on Saturday (November 2) to provide immediate relief to farmers whose crops were damaged by unseasonal rains. The decision was taken by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at the meeting of a Cabinet sub-committee held at his official residence to discuss the losses. As per...

Naga peace talks: Security upped in Manipur, protests continue

Imphal: Amid growing concerns over the outcome of Naga peace talks, security has been heightened in Manipur, which has a sizeable Naga population, with additional companies of paramilitary forces being deployed in the state to meet any eventuality. Civil societies across Manipur have been holding protests, seeking assurances from the Centre that the sol...

Restrictions imposed on Friday lifted from all parts of Srinagar

Restrictions imposed in view of Friday prayers were lifted from all parts of the city on Saturday (November 02). However normal life remained affected for the 90th day in Kashmir following the abrogation of Article 370. A police official asserted that there were no restrictions on movement of people in any part of the valley today. While Frid...

Arrest of Gauri Media Trust secretary raises questions

Mystery shrouds the arrest of writer and journalist Doddipalya Narasimhamurthy in a 25-year-old case. The Raichur Police in Karnataka booked Narasimhamurthy on October 24 for treason among other charges including attempt to murder and extortion. Narasimhamurthy, the secretary of Gauri Media Trust which was formed after the death of journalist Ga...

Nearly 16 acres of encroached land retrieved in J&K’s Samba

Jammu: As a part of the anti-encroachment drive, nearly 16 acres of government land was retrieved in Jammu-Pathankot highway in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Saturday (November 2).

Sena lashes out at BJP for ‘President’s rule’ remark in Saamana

Mumbai: Taking strong exception to BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar’s statement that Maharashtra may head for President’s rule if new government is not put in place by November 7, the Shiv Sena on Saturday (November 2) sarcastically questioned the senior ally whether the President’s seal was lying at its office in the state. The Sena, which is locked in a ...

Honour for Rajinikanth, Isabelle Huppert to get Lifetime Achievement at IFFI

New Delhi: The 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will honour superstar Rajinikanth with a special Icon of Golden Jubilee award, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar announced on Saturday (November 2).

Ola, Uber to deactivate surge pricing during odd-even scheme in Delhi

New Delhi: Cab aggregators Ola and Uber have said that they will not resort to surge pricing during the 12-day odd-even road rationing scheme starting from November 4.

In deference to people’s wish NCP will sit in oppn, says Pawar

Mumbai: In the backdrop of speculations that the Shiv Sena will tie up with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress to form the government in Maharashtra, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar on Friday (November 1) asserted that his party will sit in the opposition as preferred by the people. Speaking to reporters in Nashik, he said, “We do not have a...

Delhi gets a breather, but still struggling to breathe

A day after recording its worst air quality, which forced authorities to declare a public health emergency, a slight increase in the wind speed has reduced the pollution levels marginally in Delhi, and neighbouring cities on Saturday (November 2).

Maha deadlock continues, buzz of Sena-NCP partnership rife

Mumbai: The deadlock between allies BJP and Shiv Sena continued on Friday (November 1), for the eighth straight day since the assembly election results were announced on October 24. Meanwhile, the media reported that the chiefs of Sena and the opposition NCP spoke over the phone on Thursday night.

No special treatment for Jagan, CBI court directs him to appear for hearing

A special CBI court in Hyderabad on Friday (November 1) dismissed Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s petition for exemption from personal appearance before the court in connection with the alleged disproportionate assets case against him.

Burglars decamp with ₹1.43 crore from BHEL Co-Operative Bank

Trichy: Unidentified miscreants on Thursday (October 31) robbed ₹1.43 crore cash from the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) Employees Cooperative Bank Limited on the outskirts of Trichy.

Chidambaram fine, need not be hospitalised as per AIIMS report, SG Mehta tells HC

The Delhi High Court was informed on Friday (November 01) that former finance minister P Chidambaram, lodged in Tihar jail in the INX Media money laundering case, is fine and does not require hospitalisation. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta read out the report of AIIMS Medical Board, set up on the courts order to examine Chidambaram's health cond...

Jharkhand assembly elections to be held in 5 phases from Nov 30

New Delhi: Elections in Jharkhand’s 81 assembly constituencies will be held in five phases beginning 30 November, the Election Commission of India announced on Friday. Counting of votes will take place on 23 December. The term of the outgoing assembly expires on 1 January 2020.

BJP’s Rajasekharan on hunger strike for justice for Walayar rape victims

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala BJP leader Kummanam Rajashekharan on Friday (November 1) observed a day-long hunger strike in front of the state secretariat here demanding a CBI probe into the rape and death cases of two minor sisters in Walayar in Palakkad district.

BJP leader says President’s rule in Maharashtra if no govt in place by Nov 7

Chennai, Mumbai: Amidst the ongoing tussle between BJP and Shiv Sena over Chief Minister's post, Maharashtra may now head for President's rule if the new government in the state is not in place by November 7, Finance Minister and BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar said on Friday (November 1). His comments came even as there appeared no headway in government formation...

Citizens’ group to protest against K’taka HC nod to construction in Cubbo...

Bengaluru: Citizen groups in Bengaluru have threatened to stage a protest on November 3, against the Karnataka High Court’s approval for the construction of a seven-storey annex building of the court on Cubbon Park premises. The protesters including members of forums like Heritage Beku, Citizens for Bengaluru and Cubbon Park Association also plan to challe...

Bag with suspected RDX contents found at Delhi airport

New Delhi: A bag with suspected explosives was found at Delhi's Terminal 3 airport in the early hours of Friday (November 1), leading to passenger movement being restricted for a few hours and roads outside the high-security complex blocked, officials said.

Doctors call off strike, TN govt says it will consider demands

After striking work for a week, government doctors in Tamil Nadu affiliated to the Federation of Government Doctors Association on Friday (November 1) called off the agitation pressing a four-point charter of demands including time-bound promotions. FOGDA, an umbrella outfit of five associations, said it has withdrawn the stir considering the as...

Treat PILs against odd-even scheme as representation and decide by Nov 5: HC

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday (November 1) directed the AAP government to treat as a representation three PILs challenging the road rationing odd-even scheme, expected to be in force in the national capital from November 4-15.

Schools shut, health emergency declared as toxic haze shrouds Delhi

A Supreme Court-mandated panel declared a public health emergency in Delhi on Friday as the Air Quality Index hit the 500-mark in several locations, and hovered close in many other areas. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal also announced schools in the capital would be shut till November 5.

Maharashtra will have a Sena chief minister: Sanjay Raut

A day after his meeting with NCP chief Sharad Pawar sparked speculations of a new alliance to form the government in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena senior leader Sanjay Raut on Friday (November 1) asserted that the next chief minister of the state will be from the Sena. The Sena is currently in the midst of a standoff with its ally the BJP over a 50:50 per...

Let me be Maha CM until BJP-Sena iron out differences, farmer tells govt

Aurangabad, Chennai: Penning a letter to the district collector, a farmer from Beed district has volunteered to be the chief minister of Maharashtra till the ruling BJP and Shiv Sena resolve their differences over power-sharing and formation of the next government. The farmer, Srikant Vishnu Gadale, a resident of Vadmauli in Kej taluka, has expressed this wish in a ...

Sena leader Sanjay Raut meets Pawar amid deadlock over govt formation in Maha

Amidst the deadlock between the BJP and the Shiv Sena on government formation in Maharashtra, senior Sena leader Sanjay Raut reportedly met NCP chief Sharad Pawar, on Thursday (October 31) evening, sparking speculations of a new alliance. Although it is yet to be known what transpired between Raut and Pawar, the meeting indicates that attempts a...

Telangana to rope in economist Abhijit Banerjee to improve school education

The Telangana government is roping in Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) to formulate a strategy to improve the quality of school education in the state. According to sources in the state education department, Randomised Control Trials (RCT) technique, which helped Abhijit Banerjee and his two colleag...

Tamil Nadu to celebrate formation day on Nov 1, but differences prevail

Chennai: For the first time since its formation in 1956, the Tamil Nadu government is all set to celebrate ‘Tamil Nadu Day’ on November 1. Though the announcement has been welcomed by all political parties, historians aren’t on the same page.

One week since results, no sight of govt formation in Maharashtra

Mumbai: It has been a week since the Maharashtra Assembly election results were announced on October 24, however, uncertainty still continues over the formation of government in the state as the BJP and the Shiv Sena are at loggerheads over the quantum of power-sharing.

Declare ‘wet drought’ in Maharashtra: Aaditya Thackeray to governor

Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray on Thursday (October 31) asked Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to declare a wet drought in the state owing to unseasonal rain in various parts. Heavy post-monsoon showers in various areas in Maharashtra have prompted this demand, Aaditya told reporters after meeting Koshyari at Raj Bhavan with Sena l...

HC rejects plea seeking media ban on sexual abuse case

New Delhi: The Delhi High court on Thursday (October 31) has refused to entertain a plea to restrain media reporting in a sexual harassment case, saying it could be filed only before the court where the main matter is pending. Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw said prima facie it is not open for another court to enter into the controversy and take call on the res...

Shinde elected Shiv Sena’s house leader after Aaditya proposes name

Mumbai: The newly-elected Shiv Sena MLAs on Thursday (October 31) elected Eknath Shinde as the leader of the party's legislative wing. Sunil Prabhu was elected as the chief whip of the party in the Maharashtra legislature. Shinde, MLA from neighbouring Thane, was the leader of the house in the previous term as well, besides being a cabinet minister in t...

Maha cyclone likely to intensify into severe cyclonic storm, says IMD

Chennai: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday (October 31) said Cyclonic storm Maha in the Arabian Sea was likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm. Under its influence, Lakshadweep was likely to receive extremely heavy rainfall and the regional weather office issued a 'red message' for the island. "Maha cyclone lay centred in th...

Is Thirumavalavan playing the Panchami land card to checkmate Stalin?

DMK chief Stalin’s praise for the recently-released film Asuran which talks about the Panchami farmlands given to Dalits by the British in the 1930s seems to have boomeranged on him, with many alleging that Arivalayam, the party's office and the land on which the office of the party’s mouthpiece Murasoli stands is a Panchami land itself. Even th...

CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta passes away

Kolkata: Veteran CPI leader and former MP Gurudas Dasgupta died here on Thursday following a prolonged illness. He was 83. Dasgupta is survived by his wife and daughter. West Bengal CPI secretary Swapan Banerjee said, “He (Dasgupta) passed away at his home in Kolkata at 6 am. He was suffering from lung cancer for quite some time. Due to his poor health, ...

NIA raids houses of two suspected aides of terrorists in Coimbatore

Coimbatore: As part of its crackdown on terror modules in the state, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) sleuths on Thursday (October 31) carried out searches at the houses of two persons in the city in connection with a terror probe. A five-member team carried out searches in the house of Nissar in GM Nagar and Sauridin in Lorrypet in the city. Acco...

End of J&K as state, UTs Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh come into existence

The President's rule imposed in undivided Jammu and Kashmir was on Thursday (October 31) revoked following bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories 86 days after the Parliament abrogated its special status under Article 370. The UTs of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh will be headed by lieutenant governors GC Murmu and RK Mathur, respecti...

PM Modi pays floral tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on Ekta Diwas

Kevadiya: Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid floral tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at the Statue Of Unity here on the occasion of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas on Thursday (October 31). When the prime minister was offering floral tributes to Patel, flower petals were also showered on the world's tallest statue by an Indian Air Force helicopter. Patel's birth ...

Palaniswami to visit Israel to study water management: TN minister

New Delhi: Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami will soon visit Israel to study and get the latest technologies used by the country for water management, said state Industries minister MC Sampath on Wednesday (October 30). Sampath, who was in Delhi to participate in a workshop on 'Make In India' organised by the Commerce And Industry Ministry, ...

K’taka may remove lesson on Tipu from school books, says Yediyurappa

Bengaluru: Karnataka chief minister B S Yediyurappa on Wednesday (October 30) indicated his government’s plan to remove the lesson on Tipu Sultan from middle school history textbooks and said he does not believe the 18th century ruler of erstwhile Mysore kingdom was a freedom fighter. “We are planning to drop everything on Tipu,” he said. The comment comes...

SC verdict on Ayodhya case should be accepted wholeheartedly: RSS

New Delhi: The impending Supreme Court decision on the Ayodhya case should be accepted wholeheartedly by everyone, the RSS said on Wednesday (October 30), stating that it is everybody's responsibility to ensure that harmony is maintained in the country whatever be the judgement. In its tweets, the Hindutva organisation said the issue arising out of the Sup...

Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry brace for heavy rains

Chennai: Parts of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala will see heavy rains over the next 24 hours, the regional weather office said on Wednesday (October 30). These areas include Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Ramanathapuram and Madurai. Tamil Nadu and Puducherry received good rains in the last 24 hours with 80 places recording heavy to very heavy rains. The In...

Kudankulam N-plant was hit by malware, says nuclear power corp

Chennai: A day after denying claims of cyber-attack at the Kudankulam Nuclear Plant, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) on Wednesday said that the strategic nuclear facility was attacked by a malware.

Kerala minister’s Innova wears out 34 tyres in 30 months, netizens ask how

Kerala’s electricity minister MM Mani seems to be making headlines for all the wrong reasons. A Right to Information (RTI) query filed by S Dhanaraj, a resident of Ernakulum has revealed startling statistics on the amount of money spent by Mani to change his car tyres. The RTI response showed that the minister had spent around ₹3.4 lakh to ch...

Kulgam attack: Mamata seeks probe, announces ₹5L solatium for victims’ kin

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has expressed shock and sadness over the killing of five labourers from West Bengal in a terror attack in Kashmir. Condemning the act, Banerjee on Wednesday (October 30) demanded a "strong investigation" into the incident to find out the "real truth". She also announced a compensation of ₹5 lakh each fo...

Devendra Fadnavis elected Maharashtra BJP legislature party leader

Mumbai: Nearly a week after the BJP emerged as the single largest party in the 288-member Maharashtra assembly, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was on Wednesday (October 30) unanimously re-elected leader of the state BJP legislature party. All the 105 newly-elected BJP MLAs were present at the meeting, where Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar and part...

Police, law and order to be under Centre’s control in new Union Territory of J&...

New Delhi: According to the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, the Centre will be in direct control of the police and law and order in Jammu and Kashmir when it becomes a Union Territory on Thursday (October 30). The Act also states that the land will be under the control of the elected government in the state. The Act says that the Legislative...

Karnataka CM says will talk to Speaker on issue of media restrictions

Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Wednesday (October 30) assured he will speak to the Assembly Speaker regarding the decision to restrict camera persons from covering the proceedings of the session, and will make honest efforts to restore earlier system. "I will try to convince the Speaker, and make honest efforts to rectify things th...

Kerala wants Centre to strengthen NDPS Act

Contending that the current Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act is toothless, the Kerala government on Wednesday (October 30) asked the Centre to bring necessary amendments to the NDPS Act to ensure stringent punishment to those involved in drug cases. NDPS Act is an Act that prohibits a person to produce, manufacture, cultivat...

At 416, air quality remains ‘severe’ in Delhi

Delhi: Pollution levels, in the national capital New Delhi, continued to be in the “severe” category on Wednesday (October 30) as a blanket of smog wrapped the city. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the air quantity index was 416 at 11 am. On Tuesday, the overall air quality index was 414 at 8 pm, worse than Monday’s AQI of 3...

‘Mumbai at risk of being wiped out by rising seas’

India's financial capital, Mumbai, is at the risk of being 'wiped out', new research has found suggested. It also reinforced the fact the rising seas could affect three times more people by 2050 than previously thought.

Tamil Nadu high on Diwali liquor sales despite claims of outlet closures

Chennai: The Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (Tasmac), which runs retail liquor outlets and has monopoly over Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) sales in the state, earned nearly ₹450 crore this Diwali season, much beyond its last year’s earnings of ₹325 crore

EU MPs visiting Kashmir are united by a cause and have a message

Srinagar: It was a great day of boating on Dal Lake in Srinagar for the 23 Members of the European Parliament (MEP), who arrived in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday to “see for themselves” the situation in Kashmir following the removal of the special status of the state under Article 370.

Former collector and wife booked over property grab of Koodathil family

Thiruvananthapuram: Former bureaucrat and his wife on Tuesday (October 29) were booked by Kerala Police in connection with the death of seven members of the Koodathil family who died under mysterious circumstances over three decades.

5 migrant labourers shot dead by terrorists in J&K’s Kulgam

Srinagar: Terrorists on Tuesday (October 29) shot dead five migrant labourers from West Bengal in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, police said. They added that another labourer was critically injured in the attack.

Goodwin Jewellers fraud: Thane EOW takes over investigation

Thane: Thane police's Economic Offences Wing (EOW) has taken over the probe against Goodwin Jewellers for allegedly cheating hundreds of investors of several crore rupees, an official said on Tuesday (October 29). Goodwin Jewellers shut its outlets in Thane, Palghar and Mumbai region a couple of days before Diwali, leaving hundreds of people, who had i...

Kerala Jacobite church in a spot on forcing kids to write on paper in blood

Thiruvananthapuram: The Jacobite faction has found itself in a bind with a state panel for protection of children's rights taking up a case against it for allegedly forcing children to write 'sathyam' (truth) in blood as part of its protest against the Orthodox church which is trying to gain control of churches armed with a Supreme Court order.

As Delhi chokes, Kejriwal appeals with folded hands to Punjab, Haryana

New Delhi: As the air quality in the national capital entered the second-worst severe category on Tuesday, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed “with folded hands” to Punjab and Haryana to take concrete steps against stubble burning to prevent the national capital from becoming a gas chamber.

PDP delegation denied permission to meet Mehbooba Mufti

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party (PDP) said on Tuesday (October 29) that the administration had denied permission to its delegation to meet party president Mehbooba Mufti who is currently under house arrest in Srinagar. On Monday, the PDP leadership in Jammu had forwarded a letter to the Deputy Commissioner of Srinagar seeking per...

BJP miffed as ‘brother’ Sovan visits Didi’s house on Bhai Dooj

Kolkata: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is miffed with former Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee for visiting Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s residence on the occasion of Bhai Phonta, or Bhai Dooj, on Tuesday.

Depressed IIT-Hyderabad student leaps to death from hostel building

Hyderabad: Driven by depression, a 20-year-old B Tech student from the Indian Institute of Technology in Hyderabad (IIT-H) allegedly leaped to death from the hostel building on the campus on Tuesday (October 29). According to the police, this episode is the third suicide by a student of the prestigious institution this year. Pichikala Siddarth, who is a...

Not part of ‘Kashmir PR stunt’, EU MP asks what India is hiding

London: Chris Davies, a senior UK politician, on Tuesday claimed that the Indian government didn’t allow him to accompany a European Union delegation to Kashmir since he insisted on speaking freely to the locals. He also termed the visit as a “PR stunt” of the Modi government.

Sena cancels BJP meet as Fadnavis denies sharing of CM’s post

Mumbai: Uddhav Thackeray cancelled his party Shiv Sena's meeting with the BJP on Tuesday (October 29) during which they were planning to discuss the formation of the next government. This occurred hours after Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis denied that the Shiv Sena was assured a CM post for 2.5 years as part of a power-sharing "formula". T...

157 Maradu flat owners to get ₹25 lakh as compensation

As per the Supreme Court’s order, as many as 157 owners of the Maradu flats will be given an interim compensation of ₹25 lakh soon. A total of 39.25 crore has been allocated for the compensation. The apex court had appointed Justice Balakrishnan Nair committee to carry out the compensation process as soon as possible. The apartment owners who...

Create more awareness on open borewells, Madras HC appeals to media

Chennai: Hours after the death of a toddler inside a borewell in Tamil Nadu’s Trichy district, the Madras high court on Tuesday (October 29) appealed to the media to create more awareness over the issue of leaving borewells open.

Air quality plunges to ‘severe’ category in several parts of Delhi

New Delhi: The air quality in New Deli deteriorated and came under the "severe" category in several parts of the city on Tuesday (October 29). According to the Central Pollution Control Board, the city's overall air quality index (AQI) at 12:30 pm was 390, which was marginally better than Monday's high of 397 at 8 pm. An AQI between 0-50 is considered g...

Maha power tussle: Sena hits back with CM’s role-sharing clip

Mumbai: Hours after Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis rejected the Shiv Sena’s claim that there was a 50:50 power-sharing deal between the two allies, the Uddhav Thackeray-led party on Tuesday (October 29), released an old video of the CM in which he purportedly talked about equal sharing of posts and responsibilities in the state government. ...

Free bus ride scheme might be extended to senior citizens, all students: Kejriwal

New Delhi: The free-ride scheme for women on Delhi public buses might be extended to senior citizens and all students, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said as the initiative took off on Tuesday (October 29). This scheme will help in women empowerment by bridging the gender gap that exists in society, the chief minister said on his mobile application AK App ...

2-year-old girl drowns in water tub as parents watch rescue ops

Tuticorin: A two-year-old girl drowned in a tub of water at her house while her parents were watching the operations to try and rescue the toddler Sujith Wilson on television, police said here on Tuesday (October 29). Revathi Sanjana was playing in the tub last night as her parents sat glued to the TV at Threspuram village, watching the attempts of rescuer...

BJP never had power sharing deal with Sena, I will be the CM: Fadnavis

Breaking his silence over the ongoing tussle between the BJP and the Shiv Sena following the Maharashtra Assembly polls, caretaker Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis rejected the Sena's claim that there was a 50:50 power-sharing deal between the two allies before the polls. Reports also suggest that the BJP is in no mood to accept the Sena's deman...

Delhi govt flags off free bus ride scheme for women, issues pink tickets

The free of cost travel scheme for women in Delhi public buses began on Tuesday (October 29) with deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia saying it will ensure their safety and increase their role in the national capital's economy. Women will be given pink tickets in Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and cluster buses to avail the free-ride scheme,...

Third bus conductor suicide in Telangana amid transport strike

Khammam (Telangana): A woman bus conductor employed with the TSRTC allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself, police said. Nearly 48,000 employees of various unions of the RTC have been on a strike since October 5 over various demands including the merger of the corporation with the government.

How Prince was rescued from a borewell in Haryana in 2006

Chennai: In the past couple of days, the rescue operations of Sujith Wilson, a two-year-old boy who is trapped in an abandoned borewell in Tamil Nadu's Trichy district, has become a kind of 'Peepli Live' situation. But, this is not the first time that an incident received such media attention. In July 2006, Prince, a six-year-old boy from Haryana's Kuruk...

6 injured in grenade attack in J&K a day before EU panel visit

Srinagar: At least six civilians were injured on Monday (October 28) in a grenade attack by terrorists at a bus stand in Jammu and Kashmir’s Sopore town, media reports said quoting the police.

85 days since Article 370 move, Kashmir businesses suffer ₹10,000 crore hit

Srinagar: The business community in Kashmir has suffered losses to the tune of over ₹10,000 crore in the last three months due to the shutdown that followed the abrogation of Article 370, reports said.

Modi, Ajit Doval brief European panel ahead of Tuesday’s Kashmir visit

New Delhi: A European Union (EU) delegation comprising 25 MPs was on Monday (October 28) briefed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and NSA Ajit Doval, ahead of their visit to Kashmir on Tuesday. The delegation is also set to meet Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday.

Expelled Kerala nun writes to Vatican, seeks to present case before Pope

Kochi: A Kerala nun, who has challenged the Franciscan Clarist Congregations decision to expel her, has written to the Vatican, alleging the disciplinary action was taken for participating in protests by a group of nuns seeking arrest of a bishop accused ofraping a fellow nun. In her letter to Leonardo Cardinal Sandri, Prefect, Congregation for the Ori...

Tension at Kerala church after Orthodox priests prevented from taking possession

Kochi: Tension prevailed in Kothamangalam in Ernakulam district on Monday (October 28) as a large number of Jacobite faction priests and followers prevented those belonging to the Orthodox faction from entering a church here to take its possession as per a Supreme Court order. Hundreds of people belonging to the Jacobite faction are camping in the chur...

Kerala police file appeal in Walayar minor girls’ case; CM may order re-probe

Bowing to public pressure over the acquittal of the three accused in the sensational 2017 sexual assault and murder of two minor girls at Attappalayam in Walayar, the Kerala police on Monday (October 28) filed an appeal in the Kerala high court. With two of the accused being members of the ruling CPI (M), the mother of the deceased has accused t...

Fire-related incidents see a dip in Delhi on Diwali eve

With the Delhi Fire Service (DFS) on Diwali night responding to just over 200 calls, including fires at garbage dumps due to bursting crackers and a blaze at a central Delhi market shop, officials on Monday (October 28) that there has been a decline in such cases as compared to last year. According to the fire department, 245 fire-related calls ...

Post Diwali, Delhi air quality drops to season’s worst

New Delhi: A day after Diwali the air quality in the nation’s capital has dropped to the season’s worst, but the situation was still better than the last three years, according to government agencies. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the city’s overall air quality index (AQI) stood at 345 at 10.30 am on Monday (October 28), whereas ...

Surjith has fainted, but is breathing, rescue efforts still on

Tiruchirappalli: Efforts to rescue a three-year-old boy trapped in a borewell near here for over 48hours continued on Sunday (October 27) with officials saying the child has fainted, but was breathing.

Administration of Nilavembu Kudineer for dengue stirs a debate

Chennai: Whenever dengue plagues Tamil Nadu, the government, its doctors and advocates of alternative medicine, come up with Nilavembu Kudineer, a concoction made various herbs touted as a cure for the disease.

7 deaths over 26 years, cops probe another Kerala murder mystery

Thiruvananthapuram: The death of seven members of a family in Kerala’s Karamana village in Thiruvananthapuram, which took place over a span of 26 years is being investigated by Kerala Police after it was found that assets owned by the family may have landed in wrong hands due to forgery. The eerie resemblance of this case to the Koodathayi murder case, where the pr...

2 Vidarbha MLAs offer support to Sena for forming govt in Maharashtra

Mumbai: Two days after the Maharashtra Assembly election results were announced, two MLAs from a smaller party in Vidarbha extended support to the Shiv Sena, thus increasing its bargaining power with BJP over power sharing.

Environment offences surge by 1,220 times in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu has witnessed an unbelievable 1,220-time rise in the number of environment-related offences, accounting for about half of all offences in the country, as per the national crime records bureau (NCRB) data which was released recently.

Didi-Dhankhar slugfest adds to Bengal political drama

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar is miffed with what can be referred to as conscious disobedience of officials and ministers of the government led by Mamata Banerjee. On many instances, the governor had expressed his dissatisfaction with the ruling dispensation.

Festivals in Tamil Nadu are never complete without debates

Chennai: The festive season in Tamil Nadu is celebrated with crackers, traditional sweets, silk sarees, special magazine editions and of course, new star-studded films. However, one celebratory element that remains exclusive to the state is pattimandram (debates).

Former Kerala CM Achuthanandan’s condition stable

The condition of veteran Communist party leader and former Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan, who was admitted to a hospital here on Friday (October 25), is stable, hospital sources said on Saturday (October 26). Achuthanandan, who turned 96 on October 20, was admitted to the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology...

Jharkhand govt hikes honorariums of Anganwadi workers

Ranchi: The Jharkhand government on Saturday hiked the honorariums of Anganwadi workers in the state.Addressing a programme here, Chief Minister Raghubar Das announced an increase in the monthly honorariums of Anganwadi Sevikas (servers) from ₹5,900 to ₹6,400 and that ofAnganwadi Sahayikas (helpers) from ₹2,950 to ₹3,200.

Instead of boycotting corrupt people, we are honouring them: Santosh Hegde

Hours after Congress leader D K Shivakumar arrived in the city to a grand welcome on Saturday (October 26), following his release on bail from a Delhi prison in a money laundering case, former Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde said instead of boycotting corrupt people, they are being honoured. The former Supreme Court Judge also said, personalit...

Shivakumar accorded tumultuous welcome by supporters in Bengaluru

Hundreds of Congress workers and supporters of senior party leader D K Shivakumar, who was released on bail from a Delhi prison in a money laundering case, gave him a grand welcome as he landed at the city airport on Saturday (October 26) afternoon. The 57-year-old Vokkaliga strong man, who has his own support base in parts of old Mysuru region ...

Toddler trapped in borewell for 24 hours, rescue operations underway

Chennai: The rescue teams are frantically undertaking operations to save Surjith Wilson, a two-year-old boy who fell into an alleged 1,000 feet deep borewell at Tiruchy in Tamil Nadu. The child has been stuck at a depth of 65 feet for over 21 hours now without food and water. Sujith who was playing near his house in Nadukattupatti, fell into an abandoned...

BJP clarifies it will not take support from Gopal Kanda in Haryana

Chandigarh: Putting all speculations to rest, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday (October 26) made it clear that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will not rely on the support of controversial Sirsa MLA Gopal Kanda to form government in Haryana.

60 suspected Bangladeshi labourers held in Bengaluru raids

Bengaluru: About 60 people, suspected to be undocumented Bangladeshi nationals, were arrested in raids conducted by the city police in coordination with central agencies in slums across Bengaluru on Saturday (October 26).

Maharashtra: BJP-Shiv Sena lock horns over portfolios, govt formation delayed

With the bickering between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv Sena over allocation of portfolios showing no signs of ending, the pace of government formation in Maharashtra has taken a beating.

Independents pulverise BJP in J&K BDP polls

The first-ever Block Development Council (BDC) polls in Jammu and Kashmir saw Independents making a clean sweep by bagging 217 of the 307 blocks for which elections were held on Thursday (October 24) and the results declared late in the evening.

Khattar to be sworn in tomorrow; Dushyant to take charge as Deputy CM

Chandigarh: A meeting of the BJP legislators on Saturday (October 26) unanimously elected Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar its leader.

93% newly elected Haryana MLAs are crorepatis: ADR report

New Delhi: Eighty-four of the 90 newly elected Haryana MLAs are crorepatis, according to an analysis by poll watchdog Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).

BJP clinches deal with JJP in Haryana, gives Dushyant deputy CM

The BJP is all set to form a new government in Haryana after clinching an alliance with the Jannayak Janata Party, which has won 10 seats in the 90-member assembly, by giving it the post of deputy chief minister.

Ensure zero-tolerance policy towards drunken driving, HC tells Centre

Chennai: The Madras high court on Friday (October 25) directed the Centre to make appropriate amendments to section 185 of the Motor Vehicles Act to ensure a zero-tolerance policy towards drunken driving in the country.

Like flights, bus ticket fares in Tamil Nadu hit a high during Diwali

Chennai: A day ahead of Diwali, private bus operators in Tamil Nadu have started charging nearly equal to the flight ticket prices, for their services from Chennai to tier-2 cities like Coimbatore and Madurai.

Gopal Kanda, backing BJP in Haryana, faces charge of abetting suicide

Chandigarh: Gopal Kanda was booked in 2012 for allegedly abetting the suicide of an air hostess employed with his aviation company. Kanda was then Haryana’s home minister in the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government.

Dushyant Chautala to meet MLAs, father Ajay Chautala in Tihar

New Delhi: Dushyant Chautala, Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) leader, who has emerged as a kingmaker in Haryana, will meet his 10 legislators on Friday (October 25) at his residence here to decide on the future course of the party.

Haryana: Khattar to be sworn in tomorrow as independents go with BJP

Ahead of getting sworn in on Saturday (October 26) as the chief minister of Haryana, for a second consecutive term,  Manohar Lal Khattar reached Delhi a short while ago to meet senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders.

Amrita college student suicide: Four days on, no arrests yet

Four days after a student of a private-run Amrita School of Engineering in Bengaluru committed suicide over alleged harassment by school management, no formal arrest has been made.

NEET impersonation case: HC directs scrutiny of admission forms of medicos

The Madras High Court while hearing the NEET impersonation case on Thursday (October 24) ordered officials of CB-CID to visit the deemed universities in the state and personally examine the admission forms of medical students within a week, along with the state forensic department. Also read: NEET impersonation case: Student, parents held  Th...

Haryana’s fractured mandate sets off flurry of talks, BJP eyes independents

Dushyant Chautala, who will play the kingmaker’s role, will have the cake and eat it too in Haryana. He is reported to have sought the chief minister’s post for his party, Jananayak Janata Party (JJP).

Sena roars in NDA win, ‘Pawar play’ eats into saffron votes

Mumbai: Maharashtra on Thursday (October 24) looked set to have a BJP-Shiv Sena alliance government for another five years. The win, however, wasn’t something the saffron combine would be very happy about, in closed doors.

Curious case of Latur result: NOTA finishes second, Sena loses deposit

Mumbai: The simmering discontent between BJP and Shiv Sena in Latur has thrown up one of the most interesting results in the history of Indian election. This is for the first time that none of the above (NOTA) has finished second with 19,133 votes (13% vote share).

KCR keeps winning streak intact despite unpopular decisions, graft charges

Hyderabad: The massive victory margin of 43,000 votes for the TRS candidate S Saidi Reddy comes as an anti-climax to a sustained opposition campaign against the government for its inept handling of the agitation by the 48,000 odd employees of the Road Transport Corporation.

How the dynasties fared in Maharashtra election

There were many political dynasties in the fray in Maharashtra Assembly election. For years, the BJP's main charge against the Congress has been instituionalisation of dynasty politics at the cost of merit. However, this time there are more BJP dynasts in the fray than any other party.

Sena set for hard bargain with BJP over govt formation, CM post

Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday (October 24) reminded the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of the 50:50 deal agreed by the two parties during their pre-poll alliance meeting. He said that the BJP must not take for granted the formation of government in Maharashtra.

TN government medicos to go on indefinite strike from today

The government doctors in the state are planning to go on an indefinite strike starting today (October 25), to urge the government to fulfil their various demands including salary hike and appointing a sufficient number of doctors, said the Federation of Government Doctors Association here on Thursday (October 24). The demands also include 50 pe...

Jammu records 99.5% polling in block development council elections

Jammu: Nearly 100% polling was recorded in Jammu district in the maiden Block Development Council (BDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir. The electoral exercise, the first in the state after the abrogation of its special status, was boycotted by the Congress, the National Conference and the PDP. "Jammu district has registered a polling percentage of 9...

BJP wins both Dharamshala, Pachhad seats in Himachal bypolls

Shimla: The ruling BJP on Thursday (October 24) retained both Dharamshala and Pachhad seats in Himachal Pradesh where bypolls were held earlier this week. In Pachhad, Reena Kashyap of the BJP defeated her nearest rival and former minister Gangu Ram Musafir of the Congress by a margin of 2,742 votes. Rebel BJP candidate Dayal Pyari, who contested as a...

BJP-Sena to form Maharashtra govt, will stick to 50-50 formula: Raut

Mumbai: With the early trends suggesting a win-win situation for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Thursday (October 24) said his party and the BJP will form the next government in Maharashtra as per the pre-decided seat-sharing formula of '50-50'. Stressing that the two parties will stick to the decided formula, Raut ruled o...

Green activists see red over move to set up hydel project in Western Ghats

Bengaluru: Amid stiff opposition from environmentalists, the Karnataka government has in principle given nod to the proposed 2000MV Sharavathy pumped storage hydel power project that is likely to come up in the eco-sensitive zone in the Western Ghats. The project located in Shimoga and Uttara Kannada districts of Karnataka, is one of the biggest in the cou...

Telangana school enrollment drops; teachers, ‘free education’ nowhere in ...

Hyderabad: “KG to PG Free Education” was one of the catchy manifesto promises of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), a promise that is now completely forgotten. Leave alone providing free education as promised in the poll manifesto, the TRS government has been consistently slashing budgetary allocations for the education sector over the past few years. Th...

Investigation on Subasri’s death completed, Chennai police informs HC

The Madras High Court which was hearing simultaneous petitions on digital banners clarified that it had not granted any permission for the installation of banners during the Modi-Xi informal summit at Mamallapuram and that the media had “misreported” it.

BJP, Hindu outfits call to boycott Muslim & Christian shops on Diwali falls flat...

Chennai: Despite BJP and Hindu outfits call to boycott products from the shops of atheists, Muslims and Christians for Diwali, people in Tamil Nadu have extended their full support to these communities.

Maradu apartment director surrenders before Kerala court, remanded

Kochi: The director of one of the four apartment complexes built in violation of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms in Maradu here, surrendered before a court in Muvattupuzha on Wednesday (October 23), police said. The Vigilance court sent Paul Raj to judicial custody till November 5, they said. Raj, who is facing a Crime Branch probe in a cheating ca...

Kerala nun accuses Bishop Mulakkal, supporters of ‘harassment’

The nun, who filed a rape case against former Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal, has moved the National and State Women's Commissions besides the National Human Rights Commission, accusing the priest and his supporters of "harassing" her through various online platforms.

Pudukkottai district conducts mental health counselling for sanitary workers

In a unique step, more than 100 sanitary workers in Pudukkottai district were given mental health counselling under the district mental health programme, recently. The counselling, touted as the first-ever programme conducted for sanitary workers in the country, coincided with the Mental Health Week which was observed between October 6 and October ...

60% space on signboards should be in Kannada: Bengaluru civic body

Ahead of Karnataka Rajyotsava (formation day) on November 1, Bengaluru’s civic body has asked all commercial establishments to give prominence to Kannada language on their display boards – at least 60% of signboard space - or risk losing their trade licences. As per the order, commercial establishments have to ensure that 60% of the writing on s...

Search for suspected terrorists continues in J&K’s Rajouri

Jammu: An official said on Wednesday (October 23) that the Army continued its search operation a day after a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) was killed in a gunfight with terrorists. Those terrorists had sneaked into the Indian territory and took cover when the Pakistani side opened fire, in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district, the official said. ...

Bengal BJP seeks removal of 6 years residence clause in Citizenship Amendment Bill

Kolkata: The BJP leadership in West Bengal is raising a pitch to remove the "six years residence" clause from the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) and has urged Union Home Minister and BJP president Amit Shah to look into it. The CAB seeks to provide Indian citizenship to Hindus, Christians, Jains, Buddhists, Sikhs and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan ...

Bengal govt urges MHA to rethink on entrusting Guv’s security with CRPF

Kolkata: The West Bengal government has urged the Union Home Ministry to reconsider its decision on entrusting the security of governor Jagdeep Dhankhar with the CRPF, a senior official said on Wednesday (October 23). In a letter to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the state government has also sought to know the reasons why it was not consulted befor...

Delhi air quality sees minor improvement, but still remains poor

The air quality in Delhi on Wednesday (October 23) has seen a slight improvement but continued to remain in the poor category. According to the Air Quality Index (AQI) of the Central Pollution Control Board, the reason could be, easterlies that might have reduced the impact of the northwesterlies which have been bringing the biomass from stubble...

3 injured due to explosion at Sivakasi firecracker unit

Three people including a woman suffered serious burn injuries in a minor explosion at Ayyans firework unit in Subramaniyapuram, Sivakasi taluk on Tuesday (October 22) afternoon. The explosion took place due to friction caused while mixing powdered chemicals. The incident had supposedly taken place at 1 pm. When G Ganesan (38) of Thiruvengadap...

2 BSP leaders garlanded with shoes, paraded outside party office in Rajasthan

Jaipur: Two Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leaders who alleged corruption in ticket allocation in the 2018 Rajasthan Assembly polls were garlanded with shoes, their faces blackened and paraded outside the party office on Tuesday (October 22) by the party workers. The BSP workers also made Ramji Gautam, the national coordinator, sit on a donkey and paraded hi...

From 2021, no govt jobs for those with more than 2 kids in Assam

Guwahati: Come January 1, 2021, no individuals in Assam with more than two children will be given government jobs, the state cabinet has decided in line with the state’s small family norms.

Delhi roads to be redesigned, landscaped: Kejriwal

New Delhi: The Delhi government will redesign and landscape all roads in the city managed by the Public Works Department in accordance with 'international standards', Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday (October 22). The government has selected nine roads measuring 45 kilometres on a pilot basis, the chief minister said at a press conference her...

IMD withdraws red alert in 5 districts of Kerala, no let-up in showers in some parts

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday (October 22) lifted the red alert issued for five districts in Kerala. However, following a directive from the administration, educational institutions will remain shut on Tuesday in the districts of Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Thiruvananthapuram as a precautionary measure. On Monda...

North Karnataka districts receive heavy rains; orange alert issued in Kodagu

Mangaluru: Some parts interior parts of Dakshina Kannada (DK) and Udupi districts in the last three days experienced moderate to heavy rains even as north interior Karnataka including Belagavi and Shivamogga were badly affected by flooding, the Met department sources said on Tuesday (October 22). The Kodagu district administration has declared an orange al...

Haryana’s poll turnout touches 68.46%, still down from last assembly polls

Chandigarh: The voter turnout in Haryana assembly polls touched 68.46 per cent, with Election Commission officials saying the figures may again change slightly when entire data is tabulated. However, even at 68.46 per cent, there was a sharp drop from the 2014 assembly elections which brought the BJP to power in the state. Barring "minor incidents", polling...

West Bengal Governor takes offence to officials’ refusal to meet him

Taking a strong exception to officials refusing to meet him on the ground that the chief minister Mamata Benerjee is on an administrative tour, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, on Tuesday (October 22), wondered whether some sort of censorship was in place in the state. He also termed the refusal “unconstitutional.” He had last week express...

FSSAI report that found carcinogen in TN milk was lopsided, say producers

A recent study by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) over milk safety has stirred up a fresh controversy in Tamil Nadu with many milk producers and dealers in the state accusing the authority of coming up with a biased report to serve ulterior motives. The finding The study, 'Milk Safety and Quality Survey 2018', report...

Japan may extend spl recruitment prog to NE residents for offering jobs

New Delhi: Japan may extend a special recruitment programme to the Northeast under which residents of the region will be offered nursing jobs in that country.

EC sets up creches at booths for kids of women voters in Maharashtra

Mumbai: For the first time, temporary creches have been installed in some Assembly segments of Maharashtra to facilitate women voters who come with their kids to vote, an official said on Monday (October 21).

SC will not stop Metro shed construction in Mumbai’s Aarey colony

New Delhi: The construction works for the Metro shed project in Mumbai's Aarey colony will not be stopped, the Supreme Court said on Monday (October 21).

Red alert issued in 7 districts of Kerala, poll booths flooded in Ernakulam

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday (October 21) issued a red alert for seven districts of Kerala with several parts of the state experiencing heavy rainfall since Saturday. The seven districts include — Thiruvananthapuram, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Eranakulam, Thrissur and Palakkad for today. Red alert  issued for Idukki, Thr...

SC stays criminal trial against Chhattisgarh CM Baghel in sex CD case

Chennai/New Delhi: The ongoing criminal trial of the alleged sex CD case involving Chhattisgarh Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel was stayed by the Supreme Court on Monday (October 21).

Delhi’s air quality drops to poor with change in wind direction

New Delhi: The national capital's air quality turned "poor" on Sunday (October 20) as wind direction changed to northwesterly, increasing the contribution of smoke from stubble burning in neighbouring states to the pollution in the city. Westerly and northwesterly winds bring dust from western regions and smoke caused by burning of crop residue in the neig...

TSRTC strike: Employees unions to intensify protests

Hyderabad: The TSRTC employees unions, spearheading the 16-day-old indefinite strike pressing various demands, on Sunday (October 20) announced it would intensify the agitation with a slew of protest programmes over the next few days. The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Telangana State Regional Transport Corporation (TSRTC) unions held a meeting here with ...

Kamlesh Tiwari murder case: Clothes matching of suspects found; one held

Nagpur: Uttar Pradesh police on Sunday (October 20) found clothes that they believe match the description of those worn by the two suspects in the murder of former Hindu Mahasabha leader Kamlesh Tiwari. The two male suspects, who were identified as Sheikh Ashfaq Hussain and Pathan Moinuddin Ahmed, were staying at Hotel Khalsa, near Tiwari’s residence. ...

Asuran and the political spat between DMK, PMK over Panchami lands

Off late, Tamil cinema has been exploring the path of the downtrodden man. Among them, National awardee Vetri Maran’s Asuran, based on dalit writer Poomani's second novel 'Vekkai' and starring Dhanush, talks about how dalits face oppression and are unable to control ownership over their land. The film also triggered a political controversy after...

Fearing SC crackdown, TN firecracker makers avoid supply to Delhi

Sivakasi: Fearing a crackdown by the Supreme Court, firecracker manufacturers in Tamil Nadu have this time refrained from sending their products to wholesalers in New Delhi. The reason behind this reluctance is their failure to comply with the standards set by the top court.

Four of a family found dead in Auroville, suicide suspected

Chennai: Four members of a family were on Friday found dead at their residence in Auroville, near Puducherry, in what looked like an apparent suicide. The deceased were identified as Sundaramoorthy, his wife Maheshwari and their daughters, Kiruthiga and Samiksha.

BJP’s Sapna Chaudhary campaigns for rival candidate in Haryana

New Delhi: Popular Haryanvi singer Sapna Chaudhary, who joined the BJP recently, campaigned for a rival candidate Gopal Kanda in Haryana Assembly elections, leaving her party red-faced.

With Khattar-Modi combo, it may take a miracle to defeat BJP in Haryana

Chennai: The outcome of the forthcoming Haryana Assembly polls is a foregone conclusion given the internal wrangling within the main opposition party, the Congress, and the caste equations stacked in favour of the BJP.

BJP eyes easy victory in Maharashtra as opposition struggles

Chennai: For the Fadnavis-Uddhav Thackeray duo, Diwali would begin in earnest on October 24, when the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) are opened for counting of votes.

Bandh in Telangana marks Day 15 of transport strike, cabs off the road too

Hyderabad/Chennai: A state-wide bandh called by the striking transport employees in Telangana disrupted normal life across Hyderabad and several other districts on Saturday. Besides, over 50,000 cabs have also gone off the roads due to a strike called by Ola and Uber drivers, reports said.

Students made to wear cardboard boxes during exam to avoid cheating

Chennai: Students in a Karnataka college were made to wear head covers made of cardboards during an exam, apparently in a bid to prevent them from cheating. The move triggered widespread criticism after a video of the incident went viral. Around 50 students from Bhagat Pre-University College in Haveri town were made to write their mid-term exams in econo...

Police warn PMC Bank victims not to organise protests in poll-bound Mumbai

Four bank depositors died of shock fearing dark days ahead ever since the Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) Bank scam came to light last month. The Mumbai Police now are denying permission to victims to hold rallies and protest marches ahead of the elections on October 21. The Police cited the election code of conduct as a reason to deny...

The rise of ‘Kalki’ Bhagwan: From an LIC agent to a self-proclaimed ‘avatar’

The recent seizure of over ₹ 30 crore of unaccounted wealth during I-T raids on as many as 40 properties including ashrams and residences of self-styled godman ‘Kalki Bhagwan’ in Hyderabad and Chennai, is yet another exposé that shows that not all self-proclaimed godmen are saints. Bhagwan alias Vijay Kumar’s story is that of a transition from a...

Caught in snare, lion chokes to death in Gujarat

Ahmedabad: A lion choked to death after getting caught in a snare put up by farmers near a village in Amreli taluka of Gujarat on Friday, officials said. The incident took place in the morning on the outskirts of Mithapur-Dungri village in Dhari taluka, located close to the Gir forest, the last abode of Asiatic lions. "As per the investigation carried o...

Three kids drown as school van falls into well in Madhya Pradesh

Chennai/Shajapur: Three schoolchildren drowned near Ricchoda village in Shajapur district of Madhya Pradesh on Friday (October 18) when their school van, packed beyond capacity, fell into an open well, the police said.

Yogi bans mobile phone in all educational institutions in UP

The Uttar Pradesh state government on Friday (October 18) has banned the use of mobile phones in colleges and universities. Yogi Adityanath has directed the Directorate of Higher Education in UP to send a circular to all the institutions in the state. The ban is also applicable to the teachers across the state. The move is to ensure a ‘better...

Terror sleeper cells active in Bengaluru, Mysuru: Karnataka Home Minister

Bengaluru: Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Friday (October 18) some terrorist sleeper cells were active in Bengaluru and Mysuru and their activities have intensified in coastal Karnataka as well as the Bay of Bengal. Speaking to reporters at Mysuru, Bommai said the National Investigation Agency suspects movement of terrorists belonging to ...

MHC shocked over sessions judge awarding lesser punishment in murder case, seeks repo...

Madurai: The Madras High Court has taken a serious view of a sessions judge awarding lesser punishment to two murder convicts instead of death or life imprisonment as provided in the statute, and sought an explanation within three days. Justices S Vaidyanathan and N Anand Venkatesh of the Madurai bench said the Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section 302 (punish...

Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel convicted in 2015 rioting case

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Friday (October 18) sentenced Delhi Assembly Speaker and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Ram Niwas Goel to six months in jail for trespassing and voluntarily causing hurt at the house of a realtor, Manish Ghai in an East Delhi colony in 2015. Goel's son Sumit Goel and four others have also been sentenced to six-month imprisonment each...

Student who accused Chinmayanand of sexual abuse completes admission formalities

The law student who had accused former Union minister Chinmayanand of sexual exploitation completed admission formalities for the Masters of Law (LLM) course in Bareilly University on Friday (October 18), officials said. Earlier in the day, the student was taken to Bareilly by the police for admission following the orders of a court. "The gir...

Delhi’s air quality very poor again, likely to drop sharply over weekend

New Delhi: The national capital's air quality slipped into the very poor category on Friday (October 18) morning, and was expected to decline sharply over the weekend owing to changing weather and "significant" stubble burning. The city's overall air quality index (AQI) stood at 306 on Friday. It was 276 on Thursday. The overall AQI at DTU, Dwarka Sector 8...

SC order to have safe Diwali of no avail, Sivakasi crackers are anything but green

Sivakasi: Diwali’s just a week away. But, despite the Supreme Court’s ban on conventional firecrackers and pitch to switch to green crackers to help sustain the livelihood of people dependent on the industry, sources in Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO), the body entrusted to approve the environment-friendly firecrackers, said 98 per cent o...

When Nobel winner Duflo was appalled by Kerala govt’s apathy

Chennai: The Nobel Prize in economics may have vindicated the years of research and field work by Esther Duflo and Abhijeet Banerjee, who won it for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty, however, their fieldwork in Kerala in the health sector wasn’t a cakewalk. According to a report in Kerala-based website Onmanorama, Duflo was disap...

Bihar man jumps inside lion enclosure in Delhi zoo, escapes unhurt

New Delhi: A 28-year-old man jumped inside the enclosure of a lion in the Delhi zoo on Thursday (October 17), but escaped unhurt as zoo staff acted quickly and tranquilized the animal, official sources said. The incident happened at around 12.30 pm. A zoo official said that the man went near the animal, sat down and started teasing it. The feline, however,...

Singh hits out, says govt unable to find solution to revive economy

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday, responding to finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman's comment blaming him for the bank crisis, said that the government “is obsessed with trying to fix blame on its opponents” instead of finding solutions.

Maternity benefits approved for staff of private educational institutions in Kerala

Chennai: Kerala becomes the first state in the country to bring employees in the private educational sector including those working in the unaided sector, under the domain of the Maternity Benefit Act. On August 29, 2019, a cabinet meeting was held by the Kerala government to get the approval of the Centre and to issue notification for bringing employees...

RSS-affiliate NGO plans to train MPs in speaking Sanskrit

An RSS-affiliated non-profit organisation working to revive Sanskrit, has requested Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla for providing training to parliamentarians so that they can learn and speak the language. Samskrita Bharti all India convener Dinesh Kamat said the organisation has prepared such training for lawmakers in the past as well. It also has a...

Vehicles with children in school uniforms exempt from odd-even: Kejriwal

Chennai: Easing the restrictions that the odd-even scheme would entail, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said that vehicles carrying children in school uniforms will be exempted from the scheme in New Delhi.

AIADMK celebrates founding day

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