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Kashmiri Pandits plan struggle for restoration of identity

  JAMMU:  KASHMIRI Pandits have “pledged” to launch a “sustained struggle” in Jammu and Kashmir for restoration of their “lost identity and rights,” an outfit representing the community said. Members of the community had to flee the Kashmir Valley in the wake of spread of terrorism in 1989-90. The pledge was taken at a convention titled ‘Future of next generation of Kashmiri Pandits’ here. “The community’s leaders have pledged ..

3 lakh paramilitary, 20 lakh cops deployed in 7-phase LS elections

 NEW DELHI: AS MANY as three lakh paramilitary personnel along with over 20 lakh State Police officials and Home Guards were deployed for the seven-phase Lok Sabha election in the country, officials said on Monday. The Home Ministry officials said deployment of such a large number of security personnel in the 2019 general election was the highest ever in India. For the current parliamentary election, the Home Ministry has mobilised 3,000 companies of paramilitary forces comprising more than ..

Yogi Adityanath sacks Rajbhar from Cabinet

 LUCKNOW: JUST a day after polling ended in the Lok Sabha elections, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday sacked SBSP leader Om Prakash Rajbhar from the Cabinet for his outbursts against senior NDA partner BJP. Governor Ram Naik accepted the recommendation and relieved Rajbhar with immediate effect from his post of Backward Class Welfare and Divyangjan Empowerment Minister, an official spokesperson said here. The CM also recommended to Governor that all Suheldev Bhartiya ..

Over 51,000 farmers get Rs 21 cr drought aid in Mah

 PALGHAR:  So far, 51,174 farmers from 333 villages in Palghar have been paid Rs 21.09 crore towards compensation for the scarcity situation in the district MORE than 51,000 farmers in Palghar district of Maharashtra have been provided drought assistance worth Rs 21.09 crore, an official said on Monday. Due to the deficient monsoon last year, reservoirs in the district have only about 22 per cent water stock of their total storage capacity, Collector Prashant Narnavre said in a statement. ..

BJP requests EC to conduct repolling in booths affected by violence in polls

  NEW DELHI: A BJP delegation led by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal approached the Election Commission (EC) and urged it to conduct repoll in the constituencies where violence had taken place during all the phases of the Lok Sabha polls in some States.  Speaking to media here, he said, “We have met the Election Commissioners and informed them about the violence that had taken place in all the seven phases of the Lok Sabha polls and requested ..

13 killed, 3 hurt in truck-SUV collision near Malkapur

 Our Correspondents: NANDURA/Buldana   IN a ghastly road mishap, total 13 persons were killed while three were injured seriously in the head-on collision of a Tata Max vehicle and a truck in front of Rasoya Company near Dharangaon in Malkapur tehsil of Buldana district on National Highway no 6 around 2.30 pm on Monday. As per reports, the truck (MH-40/BG-9112) heading towards Nagpur from Mumbai collided with Tata Max vehicle (MH-46/X-7925) heading towards Anurabad from Malkapur ..

NDA leaders to meet today

WITH exit polls forecasting NDA’s return to power, top leaders of the BJP-led alliance will meet on Tuesday over dinner to be hosted by party President Amit Shah where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to be present,..

Mayawati meets Akhilesh, discusses exit poll projections

BSP supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav met here on Monday after exit polls indicated gains for their alliance in the politically important state of Uttar Pradesh. Yadav, who had formed a coalition with the BSP and the RLD to take on the BJP, drove to the residence of Mayawati and the closed door talks lasted for almost an hour...

BJP demands spl session of MP Assembly, may demand floor test of Govt

LEADER of Opposition in Madhya Pradesh Assembly Gopal Bhargava has fired yet another salvo at Congress by writing a letter to Governor Anandiben Patel, requesting to call special session of Assembly to discuss burning problems..

‘I do not see anything wrong in PM performing religious rites’

AMID criticism over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Kedarnath and Badrinath temples in Uttarakhand, Janata Dal (United) leader K C Tyagi asserted that he does not see anything wrong in it. Speaking to ANI, Tyagi said:..

143 pc voter turn out in world’s highest polling booth in Tashigang

 By Dharmendra Joshi; SHIMLA  IT IS strange but true! The world’s highest polling station at 15,256 feet in Tashigang village of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday recorded an unbelievable 142.85 per cent voter turn out. And all votes were duly declared valid. In another unique feature of the country’s democratic exercise, the smallest polling booth Ka, located near Tashigang in Sipti valley itself and having only 16 registered voters, the poll percentage stood at over 81.25 per ..

Aishwarya Rai shimmers in lustrous fish-cut gown at Cannes

 CANNES (France),Seasoned Cannes celebrity, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, owned the red carpet at the French Riveria in a metallic hued dual-toned fish-cut ensemble. The former Miss World’s gold gown, designed by Jean-Louis Sabaji, sported a long train. and came with a sweetheart neckline and a small slit. For her hairdo, she kept it simple with straight locks with a side-part. Aishwarya rocked it with elegant minimalistic makeup with contoured makeup and nude lipstick.  The former ..

No oil and gas reserves found off Pakistan shore

 KARACHI: PAKISTAN Prime Minister Imran Khan’s dream of cash-strapped country becoming self-sufficient in oil has been dashed after no reserves were discovered in the Arabian Sea off the Karachi coast, media reports said on Sunday. The drilling work at Kekra-1 well in deep sea near Karachi has been stopped after no oil or gas reservoir could be found, according to Special Assistant to PM Khan on Petroleum Nadeem Babar. Pakistan was hopeful of finding large oil and gas reserves in its ..

Nitish Kumar questions prolonged poll duration, favours voting in 2-3 phases

  PATNA:  BIHAR Chief Minister and JD(U) president Nitish Kumar Sunday questioned the long drawn polling in intense heat conditions and suggested general election should be held in two or three phases. He said February-March or October-November would be ideal weather condition for the polling in the country. He also disfavoured gap between voting days. He stressed on a constitutional provision for conduct of election at above-mentioned suitable time and said in the capacity of ..

India’s first voter Shyam Saran Negi casts his vote

(L) 102-year old Shyam Saran Negi from Kalpa arrive to casts his vote (R) Tulki Devi, a 102-year-old voter shows her finger marked with indelible ink at a polling booth on Sunday.   By Dharmendra Joshi: SHIMLA NOTWITHSTANDING his failing vision and aching knees, India’s “first” voter Shyam Saran Negi Sunday reached his polling booth in Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur district to exercise his franchise. The 102-year-old was given a warm welcome by election staff ..

Evidence of water found on Ultima Thule: NASA

  WASHINGTON NATIONAL Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has found evidence for a unique mixture of methanol, water ice, and organic molecules on Ultima Thule’s surface -- the farthest world ever explored by mankind. The US space agency has published the first profile of Ultima Thule -- an ancient relic from the era of planet formation -- revealing details about the complex space object.  Analysing just the first sets of data gathered during the New Horizons spacecraft..

Modi meditates for 17 hours in Kedarnath

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday performed puja at the Kedanath shrine after meditating for 17 hours at a holy cave near the temple. He reached the shrine situated at a height of 11,755 feet near the Mandakini river..

Exit polls predict another term for Modi

MOST exit polls on Sunday forecast another term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with some of them projecting that BJP-led NDA will get more than 300 seats to comfortably cross the majority mark of 272 in the Lok Sabha. Exit polls were, however, divided in their prediction for the politically most crucial State of Uttar Pradesh ..

64 pc turnout in last phase of LS polls

VOTING for the marathon seven-phased Lok Sabha elections came to a close on Sunday as 64.26 per cent turnout was recorded in the last phase of polls in 59 seats, which also featured Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency Varanasi...

Pre-monsoon rainfall deficit drops to 22 pc

PRE-MONSOON rainfall from March to May, a phenomenon vital to agriculture in several parts of the country, has recorded a deficiency of 22 per cent, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD) data...

TMC banking on Mimi’s ‘filmi magic’ for 3rd consecutive win in Jadavpur LS seat

 By Amitava Roy: JADAVPUR (WB), Jadavpur has the highest number of voters in West Bengal. It has 1,81,6098 electors, of whom 90,9061 are male, 90,6962 female   THE prestigious Jadavpur parliamentary constituency in West Bengal has never blessed a political party for a third consecutive term. Can the Trinamool Congress buck the trend? As this question was posed to an elderly TMC worker, his mind flashed back to 1984 -- when a young woman leader defeated an erudite lawyer and ..

Modi addressed 142 rallies in all; 40% in UP, WB, Odisha

 NEW DELHI;  PRIME Minister Narendra Modi addressed 142 rallies during his marathon election campaign, devoting 40 per cent of these in the politically-crucial Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Odisha which have a combined seat strength of 143 Lok Sabha seats. During the high-pitch campaign that began from Meerut in Uttar Pradesh and concluded in Khargone in Madhya Pradesh, Modi also held four roadshows and finally appeared at a press conference where he did not answer any questions, attracting ..

710 companies of forces for last phase of LS polls in W Bengal

 KOLKATA:  The BJP and CPI(M) had complained to the EC over violence in West Bengal and had demanded adequate measures to ensure that polls are held in a free and fair manner  THE Election Commission of India (ECI) will be deploying 710 companies of security forces to ensure that the last phase of Lok Sabha polling in West Bengal on Sunday goes off peacefully. “710 companies of security personnel will be providing 100 per cent coverage during the seventh phase of elections ..

Deepika dazzles in neon green ensemble on day 2 in Cannes

 NEW DELHI:  WITH a smile as bright as her neon-coloured outfit, actor Deepika Padukone has yet again stunned her fans on day two of the Cannes Film Festival. The 33-year-old opted for a neon green Giambattista Valli gown with a long trail. She paired the gown, consisting of elaborate ruffled detailing, with a pink headband, and completed the look with nude coloured stilettoes. Similar to her earlier outfits, this one, too, comes with a bow, although smaller than the others.  The ..

Govt rejects Vice Admiral’s plea challenging Navy Chief’s appointment

 L-R: Vice Admiral Bimal Verma and Vice Admiral Karambir Singh.   NEW DELHI; THE Defence Ministry on Saturday rejected the plea of Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, who has challenged the appointment of Vice Admiral Karambir Singh as the next Chief of the Indian Navy. Verma had questioned the Government’s decision of overlooking him for the post of Navy Chief despite he being the seniormost. Rejecting his statutory complaint filed on April 10, Defence Ministry’s Joint Secretary ..

PM discusses Kedarnath re-devpt with U’khand Chief Secretary

 KEDARNATH (Uttarakhand): PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday held a meeting with Chief Secretary of the Uttarakhand, Utpal Kumar over re-development projects in Kedarnath. Earlier, Prime Minister Modi also inspected the ongoing work at the site of the redevelopment project and was briefed by officials. The Kedarnath temple complex is currently the focus of major development and reconstruction effort, following the severe flood and landslide that affected the region in 2013.  In ..

Modi offers prayers at Kedarnath, to visit Badrinath today

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday offered prayers at the Himalayan shrine of Kedarnath, a day after campaigning for the general election came to a close. On Sunday, he is expected to be in Badrinath, another temple in Uttarakhand’s ‘char dham’..

Last phase of Lok Sabha polls today

THE seven-phase Lok Sabha elections, one of the most bitterly fought in recent memory, will come to a close on Sunday when polling will be held in 59 constituencies including in Varanasi where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking to retain the seat. Polling will be held in all 13 seats in Punjab and an equal number of seats in..

Four militants killed in two separate encounters in J&K

FOUR militants, including the one who was part of a group of ultras involved in the killing of Army jawan Aurangzeb last year, were on Saturday gunned down in two separate encounters in Pulwama and Baramulla districts..

Oppn leaders step up coalition talks; Naidu meets Rahul, others

A DAY before the last phase of polling, leaders of Opposition parties have stepped up efforts to cobble up a coalition for formation of the next Government, with TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu meeting Congress, CPI, NCP..

TDP opposes EC’s order for repolling in 5 booths

AMARAVATHITELUGU Desam Party (TDP) on Thursday “strongly opposed” the Election Commission’s decision to hold repolling at five booths under Chandragiri and Chittoor Parliamentary constituencies and termed it as “partial one-sided and undemocratic.”  “I am writing this letter to strongly oppose the partial one-sided and undemocratic motivated actions of the Election Commission. The decision to conduct repolling in five polling stations under 166-Chandragiri ..

Give Cong a chance if stable Govt is needed, stresses Azad

SHIMLASENIOR Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday appeared to have made a u-turn saying his party must be given a chance if a stable Government is needed at the Centre, in remarks that came a day after he had said that Congress was only keen on defeating NDA and the Prime Minister’s post was not its primary concern.   “No, it is not true that Congress will not claim the Prime Minister’s post. We are the biggest and the oldest political party. If the Government ..

Uncle, niece fight for Bihar’s Patliputra seat

PATNA WITH RJD chief and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad’s daughter Misa Bharati pitted against BJP’s sitting MP and Minister Ram Kripal Yadav from here, Bihar’s Patliputra Lok Sabha constituency has become a prestige battle.While Bharati is relying on sympathy for her father, imprisoned in the Ranchi jail in the fodder scam, her BJP opponent is flaunting the appeal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his development plank. The fight between the two Yadavs is being termed ..

Sacrilege incidents, 1984 anti-Sikh riots dominate campaign in Punjab

CHANDIGARH IT is religion and not nationalism, unlike in most parts of the country, which is dominating the political discourse in Punjab. However, issues of drug abuse, farmers stress and unemployment also have resonance on the ground.While the Congress is raking up incidents of sacrilege of the holy book of Sikhs that took place in 2015 in its campaign, for the Shiromani Akali Dal, the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and Operation Bluestar are some issues on which it is relying to revive its fortune. ..

Rahul kept mum when Aiyar abused PM: Shah

MAHARAJGANJ/Ballia BHARATIYA Janata Party President Amit Shah on Thursday accused Congress chief Rahul Gandhi of remaining silent after his party leader Mani Shankar Aiyar hurled abuses at Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  Addressing a rally in Maharajganj, he termed Aiyar “guru ghantal” (shrewd). “Mani Shankar Aiyar used abusive words against PM Modi but Rahul baba remained silent,” Shah said. Aiyar had stirred a controversy recently through an article in a newspaper, ..

Opposition’s assurance as an alternative is scary: Jaitley

“The groundswell in favour of Modi has become consolidated as the seventh and last phase of Lok Sabha elections approaches to a closure,” said Jaitley.NEW DELHI THE “frightening and scary scenario” that the Opposition promises as an alternative will be responsible for its rout in this year’s Lok Sabha elections, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday.  “The positive reasons for the Prime Minister’s acceptability has been his decisiveness, ..

Big B would’ve been better pick for PM: Priyanka

MIRZAPUR CONGRESS General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who held a massive roadshow in Mirzapur parliamentary constituency on Friday, took a potshot at Prime Minister Narendra Modi by calling him “sabse bada abhineta” (greatest actor). Addressing the ebullient gathering, Priyanka told people that it would have been great if you had chosen veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan as the Prime Minister.  Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra arrives for her election campaign ..

BJP will form majority Govt: Modi tells media

NEW DELHI ADDRESSING the first press conference of his tenure, Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed the Lok Sabha elections “spectacular” and expressed confidence of coming to power again. In a surprised move, Modi showed up on the dais for a scheduled press conference by BJP President Amit Shah, who gave a detailed report card of the campaigning as well as performance of the NDA Government.   “In my opinion, our full majority Government will return to power. ..

Modi promises Vidyasagar’s statue at ‘same spot’ in WB

 MAU (UP): Acknowledging that Vidyasagar has immense emotional value for the people of Bengal, Modi said: “We will install the statue made of ‘panch dhatu’ (five metals) at the same place where the earlier statue was installed.”    PRIME Minister Narendra Modi said that his Government was committed towards Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s vision and promised to install his grand statue of 19th century reformer at the same spot where his bust was ..

Books on Modi in demand in poll-bound Varanasi

 By Kunal Dutt: VARANASI Narendra Modi: Ek Sakaratmak Soch” is an unusual book as it is shaped like a cut-out put up during election rallies. People are lapping it up for its quirky design.  AMID election fever in Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity in this holy city can be seen from streets to stands, with booksellers saying titles written on him are flying off the shelf ahead of the polls in his constituency.  Among the books doing well are ..

FIR against Computer Baba for violating code of conduct

 Staff Reporter: BHOPAL EC recommended filing of a FIR and also ordered that cost of the event be added to Digvijay’s election expenses  Koh-e-Fiza police have filed an FIR against self-styled godman Computer Baba, alias Namdas Tyagi, on Thursday for violating the model code of conduct by organising a three-day ‘hath yog’ in Bhopal to ‘ensure’ Congress leader Digvijaya Singh’s victory. Singh faces BJP leader Pragya Singh Thakur in Lok Sabha ..

Mah gets EC’s nod to promulgate ordinance on Maratha quota

 MUMBAI: The issue will be discussed in the State Cabinet meeting today  Promulgation of ordinance will pave the way for admissions to PG medical courses under the Maratha quota  THE Maharashtra Government has received permission from the Election Commission (EC) to promulgate an ordinance for Maratha reservation in Post-Graduate medical courses. Sources said the issue would be discussed in the State Cabinet meeting to be held on Friday. Promulgation of ordinance will pave ..

BJP delegation meets EC officials seeking action against Mamata

  NEW DELHI: A BHARATIYA Janata Party (BJP) delegation on Thursday met Election Commission (EC) officials seeking action against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party President Amit Shah “awwal darje ke goonde” (goons of the highest order). “We met the election officials and urged them to act against Mamata Banerjee. She has called the Prime Minister and our party President ‘do goonde’ (two goons). ..

Probe into Bofors payoff case to continue, says CBI

 NEW DELHI: THE CBI on Thursday triggered curiosity when it withdrew its application from a Delhi court seeking permission to pursue its probe into the Bofors payoff case, but asserted later that the investigation would continue in the high-profile matter. The CBI had moved the application on February 1, 2018 seeking further investigation in the case in view of “fresh evidence” in the case, which had once led to the fall of the Rajiv Gandhi Government.  However, on Thursday ..

Nuclear test ban body offers ‘Observer’ status to India

THE Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) has offered India an “Observer” status and access to International Monitoring System (IMS) data. Addressing a group of Indian journalists at CTBTO headquarters ..

6 militants among 8 killed in J&K gunfights

SIX militants, including a top Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) commander, as well as a soldier and a civilian were killed and four others injured in three gunfights between security forces and militants across the Kashmir ..

SC seeks replies from Centre, CBSE on 10 per cent quota for EWS in CTET

 NEW DELHI:  THE Supreme Court on Thursday sought responses from the Centre and CBSE on a plea seeking ten per cent reservation for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET), 2019. A vacation bench comprising justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna issued notices to the Centre and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on the plea and asked them to respond to it by July 1, the next date of hearing. The court was hearing a plea by some ..

Many edn institutions shut in J&K

 SRINAGAR: AMID calls of hanging of rapist as students continue to clash with the police, the authorities in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday shut down most educational institutions in the Valley. Fearing further spurts in violence as the protests took centre-stage after two consecutive rape incidents were reported in Bandipora and Ganderbal districts, colleges in Srinagar city, Baramulla, Sopore, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Anantnag, Kupwara, Badgam and other districts were ordered to remain shut. ..

India set to export 1st batch of missiles

 By Gurdip Singh: SINGAPORE INDIA will export its first batch of missiles this year to the South East Asian and the Gulf countries after receiving “increasing interests” from them, a top defence official said here on Wednesday. Speaking at the IMDEX Asia 2019 exhibition, Commodore S K Iyer, Chief General Manager for HR at BrahMos Aerospace, said that the first missile export contract awaits a Government to Government approval. “A number of South East Asian countries ..

Tortured in jail, claims BJP activist who released Mamata’s morphed photo

 KOLKATA/NEW DELHI: BHARATIYA Janata Party youth wing activist Priyanka Sharma, who walked out of jail on Wednesday after being arrested for posting a morphed picture of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Facebook, said jail authorities pressured her and extracted an apology for the post. Sharma, however, asserted she had no regrets for sharing the post for which she had to spend five days behind bars. She claimed she was “mentally tortured” in jail and was not even ..

Cong has fielded 2 batsmen to take blame for poll defeat: Modi

 DEOGHAR (Jharkhand): ASSERTING that the Congress will be losing the Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday claimed that the party has fielded “two batsmen” to defend the “naamdar” (dynast). In a veiled dig at Congress leaders Mani Shankar Aiyar and Sam Pitroda, Modi said they were tasked by the party to take responsibility for its poor poll show.  “One says ‘hua to hua’ (it happened, so what) on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, ..

‘Internet sensation’ on polling duty is from Lucknow

 LUCKNOW: WHEN she walked in for polling duties in Lucknow carrying an EVM, earlier this month, her svelte figure and canary yellow sari made heads turn. One of her colleagues clicked her photograph and posted it on the social media.  Within no time, her photograph went viral and people began making inquiries. The ‘internet sensation in yellow’, as she was called, is Reena Dwiwedi, a Lucknow resident. Hailing from Deoria district, Reena has worked as an assistant officer ..

‘Iran started pulling out of 2015 N-deal’

 TEHRAN: President Hassan Rouhani had on May 8 warned that Iran would begin to withdraw from key aspects of the agreement if global powers failed to keep their commitments within the next 60 days  IRAN has officially ended its compliance with several commitments of the country’s 2015 nuclear deal, the country’s atomic energy body said on Wednesday. An official from the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran told the semi-official ISNA news agency that “the country ..

Escaped safely thanks to CRPF: Shah after violence

 NEW DELHI: May 15 Shah blames Mamata Banerjee for violence State Police was a mute spectator to the violence, says Shah   A POLITICAL slugfest has erupted over the violence that marred on Tuesday the roadshow of BJP chief Amit Shah, who said here on Wednesday that he managed to escape safely only because of the personnel of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). Talking to media persons here, Shah blamed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the violence, which was allegedly “unl..

In unprecedented action, EC curtails WB campaigning after Kolkata violence

IN FIRST such action in India’s electoral history, the Election Commission on Wednesday ordered campaigning in nine West Bengal constituencies to end at 10 pm on Thursday, a day before its scheduled deadline..

Major Gen A K Dhingra is first Spl Operations Division Commander

ACE Special Forces operative and Sri Lanka war veteran Major General AK Dhingra has been appointed as the first head of country’s first Tri-Services Special Operations Division comprising commandos from all three Services...

10 Mah mountaineers summit Mt Kangchenjunga

TEN members of a mountaineering club from Pune in Maharashtra on Wednesday summitted the 8,586- metre Mount Kangchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak. With this, the club members have summitted seven peaks, including the world’s highest Mt Everest, in the list of 14 mountains that rise above the formidable altitude of 8,000 metres..

Modi challenges Oppn to prove if he has amassed assets

 BALLIA (UP): PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday threw an open challenge to the Opposition to prove if he had amassed any assets or kept money in any foreign bank. Addressing an election meeting here, Modi said: “I throw an open challenge challenge to these ‘mahamilavati’ (highly-adulterated) people to show if I have any benami property, farmhouse, shopping complex or money in any foreign bank, or whether I have purchased any property abroad or bought a luxury car.” ..

Develop an attitude, mindset of serving people: President to IFS officer trainees

 NEW DELHI: PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday asked officer trainees of Indian Foreign Service (IFS) to develop an attitude and mindset of serving people as professional diplomats. Addressing them, he said such sensitivity and human approach will go a long way in approaching public-service delivery. “As professional diplomats, you must develop an attitude and mindset of serving the people. At times, you may be required to go that extra-mile to give them a helping hand.   Such ..

‘Kashi blesses me with an opportunity to serve them’

CALLING himself a ‘Kashi vaasi’- resident of Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is seeking re-election from the Lok Sabha seat, issued an emotional message for people of the constituency and sought their blessings for victory. ..

WhatsApp fixes bug, urges users to upgrade app

 NEW DELHI:  WhatsApp discovered a vulnerability that allows spyware to be installed on users’ phone. It identified and promptly fixed a vulnerability that could enable an attacker to insert and execute code on mobile devices  WHATSAPP has urged its 1.5 billion users globally to update their app to protect against “potential targeted exploits” after it discovered a vulnerability that allows spyware to be installed on users’ phone. The Facebook-owned company ..

KCR meets Stalin, bid for federal front appears a non-starter

 CHENNAI: TELANGANA Rashtra Samiti chief K Chandrashekhar Rao’s bid to rope in DMK in his proposed alternative front appeared to be a non-starter with the Dravidian party chief M K Stalin urging the Telangana CM to extend TRS’s support to the Congress.  Continuing his efforts to bring together regional parties, Rao called on Stalin at his residence here and discussed with him his proposal for a federal front, DMK sources said. In the meeting that went beyond an hour, Stalin ..

Modi, Yogi popularity on test in Varanasi, Gorakhpur

 VARANASI/Gorakhpur: Although there is no doubt about the result of the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat, the question is mainly about the margin of victory for the Prime Minister.  AS the ongoing Lok Sabha polls move towards a finale, the biggest battle will take place in the seventh and last phase of the elections in Uttar Pradesh. The final phase will put to test the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi and the prestige of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Gorakhpur. ..

Air defence units to be moved near border

 NEW DELHI:  Post Balakot airstrikes, the air defence units will be deployed closer to the border to enable the Army to tackle any possible aerial strike from enemy side and thwart it close to the border itself  AFTER a deep internal review of the recent conflict with Pakistan, the Indian Army is planning to deploy a number of its air defence units close to the border to thwart aerial threats emanating from Pakistan. “Some of the fighting formations including air defence ..

Violent clashes, arson mar Shah’s Kolkata roadshow

 KOLKATA: BHARATIYA Janata Party (BJP) and TMC supporters on Tuesday fought pitched battles on the streets of Kolkata during a massive roadshow by Amit Shah, who escaped unhurt but was forced to cut short the jamboree and had to be escorted to safety by police. Parts of the city plunged into a welter of violence as his convoy was attacked with stones by alleged TMC supporters from inside the hostel of Vidyasagar College, triggering a clash between supporters of the two parties, officials ..

Govt extends ban on LTTE for 5 more yrs

THE Central Government on Tuesday extended for five more years the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a terror group that was behind the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi...

Jaish ultra planning to escape to PoK nabbed

 NEW DELHI: THE Special Cell of Delhi Police has arrested an absconding Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist from Srinagar, who was planning to go to Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), officials said on Tuesday. The 51-year-old, who was carrying a reward of Rs 2 lakh, has been identified as Abdul Mazeed Baba, a resident of Sopore in Jammu and Kashmir, they said. According to the police, Mazeed, along with his two associates, was convicted by the Delhi High Court in 2014 for delivering a consignment ..

Mumbai girl is world’s first to cross Atlantic Ocean in LSA

 By Quaid Najmi: MUMBAI CAPTAIN Aarohi Pandit, a 23-year-old pilot from Mumbai became the world’s first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo in a Light Sports Aircraft (LSA), thrilling her family, friends and aviation circles here. She achieved the feat around midnight Monday-Tuesday (May 13-14) when she landed her tiny aircraft at Iqaluit Airport in Canada, after a gruelling 3,000 km long flight, under adverse and extreme weather conditions following take-off from Wick, Scotland ..

Vadra posts Paraguay flag after voting, trolled on social media

 NEW DELHI: CONGRESS leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s husband Robert Vadra on Sunday was trolled on social media after he wrongly posted a Paraguay flag emoji with a picture showing his inked finger after voting here. Though he later replaced the Paraguayan flag with the Indian tricolour and admitted his mistake, Robert Vadra could not escape criticism from Twitterati.  “Our right our strength !! Everyone must step out n vote We need all support, to create a combined future ..

Cong used defence deals as ATMs: Modi

 SOLAN (HP): Modi accused the previous UPA dispensation of delaying the purchase of bullet-proof jackets for the Armed Forces for six years  PRIME Minister Narendra Modi accused the previous Congress Governments of using defence deals as automated teller machines (ATM). Addressing a rally in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan district, Modi claimed that had the previous UPA Government maintained the growth rate achieved during former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s term, ..

Vehicles of Babul Supriyo’s security staff attacked

 NORTH 24 PARGANAS (WB): UNION Minister Babul Supriyo on Sunday alleged that his security personnel’s vehicles were attacked with stones by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) ‘goons’ near Basirhat. Supriyo said that he had gone for a rally for BJP candidate Sayantan Basu and while returning the attack took place.  “Driving bk frm Bashirhat after a rwlly for fellow BJP candidate Sayantan Basu*Stopped 2 hv some tea*People taking selfies, cordial chats but suddenly a ..

End terrorism or we will stop our share of water: Gadkari warns Pakistan

 NEW DELHI: IF Pakistan continues to support cross-border terrorism, India will have no option but to take the “hard” decision of stopping its share of water of three common rivers, Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari has said, in a warning to the neighbouring country. He told IANS in an interview that India is starting a study and a Detailed Project Report (DPR) of all the three rivers over which it has complete right under the Indus Water Treaty and has taken up two projects ..

SC collegium recommends four Chief Justices for HCs

NEW DELHI:  The Collegium has recommended names of Justice D N Patel, Justice Kureshi, Justice Ramasubramanian and Justice R S Chauhan for their appointment as Chief Justices of High Courts of Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Telangana respectively  Two advocates, Vishal Dhagat and Vishal Mishra were recommended as judges at the Madhya Pradesh High Court  THE Supreme Court Collegium has recommended names of four High Court judges for their appointment as Chief Justices ..

Artificial Intelligence systems can beat doctors in predicting heart attack: Study

 LONDON: ARTIFICIAL Intelligence-based systems can predict death and heart attack in patients suffering from chest pain with greater accuracy than humans, says a new study. Doctors use risk scores to make treatment decisions, but these scores are based on just a handful of variables and often have modest accuracy in individual patients.  Through repetition and adjustment, machine learning, the bedrock of AI, could exploit large amounts of data and identify complex patterns that might ..

There is pro-incumbency wave in 2019 Lok Sabha polls: Modi

CLAIMING a strong pro-incumbency wave in his favour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday slammed political pundits ‘for failing to perceive nerve of first-time voters and women and planting new stories every day.’..

47 security men injured in J&K as mob pelts stones over rape of 3-yr-old girl in Valley

FORTY-SEVEN security personnel were injured in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district when stone pelting mobs went on the rampage following the rape of a three-year-old in Bandipora. At least one officer was in critical condition...

Shah’s rally cancelled in West Bengal, TMC denies any role

Bharatiya Janata Party Chief Amit Shah’s scheduled rally in Jadavpur was called off on Monday after the West Bengal Government, the BJP claimed, denied him permission to land his chopper and address the public meeting in the Lok Sabha constituency. Accusing the West Bengal Government of “replacing democracy with dictatorship”,..

‘You should be ashamed’, Rahul lashes out at Pitroda for remarks on 1984 riots

FACING a mounting attack from the BJP, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday again rebuked his party’s overseas unit chief Sam Pitroda, saying he should be “ashamed” for his “totally wrong” remarks on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and should seek apology from the country. Gandhi’s remarks came at his first poll rally..

Over 63 pc turnout in 6th phase of LS polls

  Singh had a face-off in Sultanpur, with the BJP leader warning him that hooliganism will not work. Singh dismissed her charge. BJP MLA Dinanath Bhaskar and four others allegedly beat up a presiding officer in the Aurai Assembly segment in Badohi, accusing the official of deliberately slowing the polling process. Poll officials have sought a report on the matter.  Akhilesh is trying to retain his father and SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav’s seat against Bhojpuri film star ..

Naveen demands special status for cyclone-hit Odisha

ODISHA Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has demanded special category status from Centre for his disaster-prone State, saying it faces natural calamities almost every year. In his first interview since cyclone Fani that ravaged the coastal districts killing 41 people, he said special category status is the need of the hour due to the massive loss to infrastructure which may stall growth of the State. “In fact, this is one of the our main demands before the Union Government. Odisha faces natural ..

RBI proposes app for visually impaired to identify banknotes

  The app should be able to identify notes by capturing imageTHE Reserve Bank of India proposes to come out with a mobile application to aid visually impaired persons in identifying Indian currency notes.At present, banknotes in the denominations of Rs 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 2,000 are in circulation, besides Re 1 notes issued by the Government of India. Intaglio printing based identification marks for helping the visually challenged in identification of denomination of banknotes are ..

Controversial tusker opens Thrissur Pooram fest

  The tusker, Thechikottukavu Ramachandran, has killed seven people in the past and is considered a tough elephant to handleTHE opening of the famed Thrissur Pooram festival here on Sunday was attended by more than 10,000 people after an order disallowing a 54-year-old controversial tusker from taking part in the festivities was reversed on Saturday.  The tusker, Thechikottukavu Ramachandran, was brought to the Vadakkumnathan temple here in a vehicle at around 10.30 AM and he symbolical..

I am really impressed with EVMs, we do not use it in Australia: Envoy

THE Australian High Commissioner to India, who is here to observe the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, praised the Election Commission for a “well-organised and orderly” election as 59 seats voted on Sunday. Harinder Sidhu said witnessing the exercise was an inspiring experience and added that she was impressed with the use of Electronic Voting Mach-ines (EVMs).  “It has been a really inspiring experience to see the world largest democracy go to polls... How can India get so many ..

Over 63 pc turnout in 6th phase of LS polls

BJP candidate Bharati Ghosh attacked in WB when she tried to take a BJP agent inside a polling boothBharatiya Janata party (BJP) candidate Bharati Ghosh was attacked in West Bengal and a poll officer was allegedly beaten up by a BJP MLA in Uttar Pradesh during the Lok Sabha poll’s sixth and penultimate phase on Sunday in which over 63 per cent turnout was recorded in 59 seats across six States and the national capital.  Elections were held in 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh, 10 seats in ..

BJP, AAP, Cong fight for Delhi’s seven seats

 NEW DELHI;  Major Contenders:  Congress:  Sheila Dikshit (North-East Delhi), Vijender Singh(South-Delhi),  BJP:  Meenakshi Lekhi(New Delhi), Manoj Tiwari(North-East Delhi), Harsh Vardhan(Chandani  Chowk), Gautam Gambhir(East-Delhi),  AAP: Atishi(East-Delhi), Dilip Pandey (North-East Delhi).  THE stage is set as the national capital goes to Lok Sabha polls on Sunday where the incumbent BJP, Delhi’s ruling AAP and the Congress are locked ..

Chinese envoy suggests relaxation in business hours to boost trade along Nathu La corridor

 GANGTOK;  AMID escalating trade war between Beijing and Washington, China’s ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui has called for relaxation in trade hours and increase in number of business days along the Nathu La corridor, giving an impetus to Sino-Indian economic ties.  According to an official release issued by State’s Information and Public Relations Department, the two dignitaries talked about the common areas of concern, which, if addressed, could improve border trade ..

I belong to caste of the poor: PM

 SONEBHADRA (UP): PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday came down heavily on the Opposition alliance in Uttar Pradesh for raising questions on his caste, asserting that he belongs to the caste of all poor countrymen. Addressing an election rally here, Modi continued to attack the Congress over its leader Sam Pitroda’s “hua to hua” (It happened, so what?)” remark on the anti-Sikh riots in 1984. National security also figured prominently. Modi accused a previous ..

Wife campaigns for husband as court barred him from entering constituency

Sujata Khan, Saumitra Khan  By Amitava Roy: BISHNUPUR (WB) A SCHOOL teacher by profession, little did Sujata Khan know that she would have to move out of her cushy world among children and get airdropped into the grinding heat and dust of electioneering. She actively campaigned for her husband, the BJP candidate from Bishnupur Lok Sabha seat Saumitra Khan. Saumitra is probably the only candidate in the country who cannot enter his constituency to campaign, having barred by ..

Rahul posts photo of himself ‘fixing’ chopper

 LUCKNOW: CONGRESS President Rahul Gandhi has posted a picture of himself on Instagram which shows him trying to fix a helicopter. According to reports, Rahul was campaigning in Himachal Pradesh on Friday when his helicopter developed a snag. However, instead of waiting for others to fix his chopper, Gandhi decided to lend a helping hand and can be seen in the picture working with others to set the chopper right. He posted the picture with the caption:  "Good team work means all hands ..

Sixth phase of LS polls today

THE fate of several Union Ministers including Radha Mohan Singh, Harshvardhan and Maneka Gandhi, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and Congress leaders Digvijay Singh and Jyotiraditya Scindia will be decided on Sunday in the sixth and penultimate phase of Lok Sabha polls to be held in 59 constituencies in six States and Delhi. Elections will be held in 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh, 10 seats in Haryana, eights constituencies each in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, seven seats in Delhi and four in Jharkhand...

Actor Arun Bakshi joins BJP

 NEW DELHI; FILM and television actor Arun Bakshi on Saturday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) here in the presence of former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh. “I am highly impressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. There is no other leader of his stature,” Bakshi told reporters after he was formally inducted into the party. ..

IAF gets 1st Apache Guardian attack copter

US AEROSPACE major Boeing has handed over first of the 22 Apache Guardian attack helicopters to the Indian Air Force, nearly three-and-half years after a multi-billion dollar deal for the choppers was sealed...

Tenure of top bureaucrat seeking IPL passes curtailed

THE central deputation tenure of senior bureaucrat Gopal Krishan Gupta, who had sought complementary passes for IPL matches from Delhi cricket association, has been curtailed and he has been sent back to his cadre..

ITC chief Y C Deveshwar no more

NOTED industry leader and ITC Chairman Y C Deveshwar, who transformed the cigarette major into a diversified player with interests in FMCG, hospitality, IT and other sectors, passed away on Saturday morning after a brief illness. Deveshwar (72), who stepped down from executive role as Chairman and CEO in 2017..

Five killed in Pune saree shop blaze

 PUNE:  AT least five people were killed on Thursday in a major fire that engulfed a well-known saree shop here, police said. According to an official of Pune Police (Rural), the fire was reported at around 5 a.m. in the Rajyog Saree Centre, when the workers were asleep in a room above the shop located in the Devachi Urli area on the outskirts of the city.  The blaze quickly spread from the shop to the room above and the five workers sleeping there were suffocated to death, said investigatin..

Tirupati temple owns 9,259 kg of gold: Official

 TIRUPATI: THE Sri Venkateswara Temple at Tirumala here owns 9,259 kg of gold deposited with various banks and in its treasury, a senior temple official said on Monday. Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), which manages the affairs of the country’s richest temple, has 5,387 kg of gold with the State Bank of India and 1,938 kg of gold with the Indian Overseas Bank under gold deposit schemes.  TTD Executive Officer Anil Kumar Singhal said Punjab National Bank (PNB) returned 1,381 ..

North Korea fires missiles as US envoy visits Seoul

 SEOUL: NORTH Korea welcomed a US envoy’s visit to Seoul by firing two missiles on Thursday, the South’s military said, in Pyongyang’s second launch in less than a week as it seeks to up the ante in deadlocked nuclear negotiations with Washington. It came after North Korea carried out a military drill and fired multiple projectiles on Saturday, when at least one was believed to be a short-range missile.  The North had not previously fired a missile since November 2017, ..

SC to hear Ayodhya dispute case today

 NEW DELHI: THE Supreme Court constituted three-member mediation committee, tasked with exploring the possibility of an amicable settlement in the decades-old, politically sensitive, Ayodhya’s Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case, has submitted its interim report in a sealed cover. “Sources aware of the development said the interim report was filed with the apex court Registry on May 6, and the matter has been listed for hearing on Friday. “The apex court on March ..

Mamata insulting Constitution by not accepting me as PM

 BANKURA/PURULIA (WB):  PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is insulting the Constitution by saying that she is not ready to accept him as the prime minister of the country. Addressing an election rally at Bankura, Modi said `”Didi (Banerjee) is publicly saying that she is not ready to accept the country’s PM as the head of the nation, but she feels proud in acknowleding Pakistan PM as that country’s Prime Minister.`..

SC dismisses plea against convicts’ release in Rajiv’s assassination case

   NEW DELHI: THE Supreme Court on Thursday disposed of a plea of the kin of those killed along with former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991, challenging the Tamil Nadu Government’s 2014 decision to release seven convicts in the assassination case. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said that all relevant issues raised in the petition were decided by the 2015 constitution bench verdict of the apex court.  “Having ..

4 IAS, 10 IPS officers retired prematurely

NEARLY 1,200 officers of Indian Police Service (IPS) and nearly the same number of IAS officers have come under the scanner of the Home Ministry for non-performance, an official said on Thursday. The Ministry has reviewed service records..

Collegium reiterates names of Justices Bose, Bopanna for elevation to SC

REJECTING the Government’s objections, the Supreme Court Collegium has reiterated its recommendation to elevate Justices Aniruddha Bose and A S Bopanna to the apex court, observing that nothing adverse has been found..

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

THE Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a plea seeking direction to the Centre and the Election Commission to debar Congress President Rahul Gandhi from contesting Lok Sabha elections till the issue of his citizenship is decided. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi rejected the contention of the petitioners..

Maharashtra using drones for smart water management

TO MAKE water management in the state more efficient, Maharashtra is updating its decades-old agricultural maps with the help of aerial survey carried out by Terra Drone India, a subsidiary of Japan-based Terra Drone Corp. Terra Drone India on Thursday said it has completed the aerial survey of 4,200 sq km of agricultural land for the Water Resources Department of the Maharashtra Krishna Valley Development Corp (MKVDC) in India...

79-yr-old Pune woman living whole life without electricity

Dr Hema Sane  PUNE: Former professor Dr Hema Sane has been living without electricity as her love for nature and the environment  WITH summer at its zenith, can you imagine living without electricity for a few weeks or even a few days? The answer will obviously be no. However, Dr Hema Sane, a 79-year-old former professor has been living in a house without electricity in Budhwar Peth, Pune all her life. And the reason behind not using electricity is her love for nature and ..

Antiques smuggled to US by Subhash Kapoor identified

A CACHE of ancient Indian antiques and valuable artefacts, seized by the US Immigration and Customs Department from arrested art smuggler Subhash Kapoor, have been identified by Indian archaeologists and could soon be returned to the country. In a statement on Wednesday, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) announced that finding over 300 antiqu..

Prakash Raj, Gul Panag campaign for AAP’s Raghav Chadha

 NEW DELHI: ACTORS Gul Panag and Prakash Raj campaigned for Aam Aadmi Party’s South Delhi candidate, Raghav Chadha, on Tuesday, urging the people to vote for their constituency’s representative and not for the Prime Ministerial candidate. “People need to realise that their vote is not for the Prime Minister, but for the candidate,” Raj said. “People need to know whether the candidate knows about your problems, whether he will solve them or not.  You are ..

Priyanka is wasting time in campaigning: Kejriwal

 NEW DELHI: PRIYANKA Gandhi Vadra is wasting her time in campaigning in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal here on Wednesday, while accusing her of not going to places where the BJP is in a direct fight. “She (Priyanka Gandhi) is wasting her time. Why doesn’t she campaign in Rajasthan and MP? She is doing rallies in UP against SP-BSP.  She is doing rallies in Delhi against AAP. Both the brother and the sister are not going to those places ..

People divided by taste and culture but united by chants of Modi: Shah

 DHANBAD: ASSERTING that the BJP will be re-elected to power in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, BJP chief Amit Shah on Wednesday claimed that people in this country were divided by tastes and culture, but united by their chants in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Addressing a rally here, Shah said the Congress could not do in 55 years what the Modi-led Government did for the welfare of the poor in five years. “I have visited almost all States for my election campaigns. People ..

Will put ‘shahenshah’ who looted farmers behind bars: Modi

FATEHABAD (Haryana): Those who have looted the country “will have to pay back”, said the Prime Minister while addressing gathering  PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said if the NDA Government comes back to power, he will put the ‘shahenshah’ who looted farmers behind bars within the next five years. “Whenever there was Congress’ government in Centre and Haryana, they took away the land of farmers at low rates. With your blessings, this ‘Chow..

Army has no data on surgical strikes before Sept 2016: DGMO

 JAMMU: The RTI reply puts to rest the claim of UPA and Congress that six surgical strikes were conducted during the period of Manmohan Singh Government  ARMY has no data to suggest that surgical strikes were conducted by its troops across the Line of Control (LoC) before September 29, 2016, the day when such strikes were carried out in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). This was stated by the Directorate General of Military Operations (DGMOs) in a RTI reply, putting to rest the ..

170 terrorists killed in Balakot airstrike: Italian journalist

THE airstrike by the Indian Air Force at the terror training camp at Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26 killed between 130 to 170 JeM terrorists, according to an Italian freelance journalist. Quoting local sources, Francesca Marino wrote on ‘Stringerasia’ that after the IAF strike at around 3.30 am, a Pakistan Army unit arrived at their location from their camp..

IAF to buy ‘bunker buster’ version of Spice-2000 bombs

BUOYED by its success in the Balakot airstrikes against a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist camp in Pakistan, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is now planning to buy an advanced version of the Spice-2000 bomb, which can completely..

Rahul Gandhi finally tenders unconditional apology to SC

CONGRESS President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday tendered unconditional apology in the Supreme Court for wrongfully attributing his “chowkidar chor hai” remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the apex court in the Rafale verdict. Gandhi, who filed an additional affidavit, said he holds the apex court in the “highest ..

IAF aircraft overshoots runway in Mumbai

AN INDIAN Air Force (IAF) aircraft overshot the main runway while departing from the Mumbai airport on late Tuesday night, an official said. Due to the incident, aircraft movement was diverted to the secondary runway,..

Unaffected by criticism of opponent, focused on task ahead: Sunny Deol

 GURDASPUR (Punjab):  “People keep asking me this question (on rivals dubbing him an outsider) and I say, I am not here to reply to what all is being said. I have come here to work and serve the people,” said Sunny.  BOLLYWOOD actor and BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate, Sunny Deol says he is focused on the task ahead and is not affected by his opponents dubbing him an “outsider”. The BJP has pitted the 62-year-old actor against sitting MP and Punjab Congress ..

Modi attacks Cong, dares it to contest remaining phases of Lok Sabha polls in name of Rajiv Gandhi

 CHAIBASA (Jharkhand): “Modi dared the Congress to a debate on the Bofors scandal and other issues ahead of the last two phases of the polling. ”  PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Monday threw a challenge at the Congress, asking it to contest the remaining phases of the Lok Sabha elections in the name of Rajiv Gandhi, who he recently dubbed as “bhrashtachari no. 1”. He also dared the Congress to a debate on the Bofors scandal and other issues ahead of ..

Zero vote cast from Burhan Wani’s village, only 15 from Pulwama suicide bomber’s

 SRINAGAR: NOBODY from the village of Burhan Wani, the poster boy of terror group Hizbul Mujahideen, voted on Monday, while just 15 from the native place of Pulwama suicide bomber, who nearly brought India and Pakistan to a war, cast the ballots, officials said. Also, zero polling was witnessed from the villages of other top militant commanders in south Kashmir, the hotbed of militancy in the valley, they said. Wani’s Shareefabad village in the Tral area decided to give a miss to the ..

Very strong support behind complaint against CJI: BCI

  NEW DELHI: THE Bar Council of India (BCI) has opined that there was “something fishy” in the harassment allegations levelled by a former employee of the Supreme Court against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. In a statement directed to members of legal fraternity, judges and people of the country, the BCI claimed that there was some very strong support behind the complaint against the CJI. “The common man of the country is not a fool. Mass was/is realising that ..

Chhattisgarh cops deploy first ever anti-Naxal women’s commando unit

RAIPUR:  The specially-raised squad, christened ‘Danteshwari Ladake’, or fighters of Goddess Danteshwari comprises of 30 women  THE Chhattisgarh police for the first time has inducted women commandos in the District Reserve Guard, its frontline anti-Naxal force. A senior official said these women commandos were part of the security forces’ “short action teams” that eliminated three Naxal “commanders” in the past one month. The specially-raised ..

SC ‘no’ to increase VVPAT slips

THE Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to modify its April 8 order which directed the Election Commission to increase random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs to five polling booths per Assembly segment in the Lok Sabha elections, and dismissed the review plea of 21 Opposition leaders seeking that it be raised to 50 per cent...

2 students score 100 pc marks in ICSE class 12 exam for first time

GIRLS outshone boys in the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) Class 10 and 12 examination, with two students scoring 100 per cent marks. This is the first time that students have scored 100 per cent ..

ED attaches bribe cash seized from Bansal’s nephew

THE Enforcement Directorate has attached cash worth Rs 89.68 lakh in a money laundering case involving the nephew of Congress leader and former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal. The ED said, in a statement,..

Why is Rahul so disturbed if integrity issues of Rajiv Gandhi Govt are questioned: Jaitley

  NEW DELHI: FINANCE Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday wondered why Congress President Rahul Gandhi gets disturbed when integrity issues of his late father Rajiv Gandhi-led Government are raised and the ‘Q’ connection in the Bofors gun-deal is questioned. In a series of tweets, Jaitley said that Rahul Gandhi thinks that “dynast” does not have to answer any question even though he can attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi -- a man of utmost integrity.  Responding ..

Modi a much mellowed man on Twitter this election season

 By Gokul Bhagabati: NEW DELHI  WITH about 10-15 posts a day in April, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is definitely one of the most prolific Twitter users in the country, but his attack on the Opposition on the platform, especially on the Congress, appears to have blunted a bit compared to the tweets five years ago. Modi, who is hoping for a second term as the Prime Minister after results of the general election are declared on May 23, continued to urge people never to vote for the ..

Didi politicising cyclone Fani, refused to talk to me: Modi

  TAMLUK (WB): PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Monday accused West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of pursuing “cheap politics” over cyclone Fani, claiming that she did not speak to him when he tried to contact her to talk about the calamity. Modi also criticised Banerjee for not hailing the designation of Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist” by the UN as she is “afraid that it might affect her vote bank politics”. “I am just back from ..

‘Gathbandhan’ wants to take Bihar into era of ‘lantern’: Shah

  MADHUBAN (East Champaran): They want ‘jungle raj’ while we want ‘Janta raj’, they want loot order of ‘Lalu raj’ while we want law and order,” said BJP President Amit Shah  Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah on Monday said ‘Gathbandhan’ (grand alliance) wants to take Bihar back into the era of ‘lantern’ while the BJP wants to take the State ahead into the era of ‘LED bulb’. “The ‘Gath..

6 of a family, driver killed in car mishap

 District Correspondent: BULDANA Total seven persons including six of a family from Khamgaon were killed in a car mishap that took place at Velamma near Bengaluru on Monday afternoon. The family had gone to Bengaluru on vacation. As per details, Milind Narayan Deshmukh who hailed from Khamgaon, was Railway Protection Force constable working at DRM Office, Bhusawal. His brother Rajesh Deshmukh was working in a company at Havsar in Bengaluru.   The members of Deshmukh family ..

Clean chit to CJI Gogoi in harassment allegations

  By Ranjit Kumar Sinha: NEW DELHI CHIEF Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Monday got a clean chit from the Supreme Court’s In-House Inquiry Committee which “has found no substance” in the allegations of harassment levelled against him by a former woman employee of the apex court. A notice by the office of Supreme Court Secretary General said the report of the Committee, headed by Justice S A Bobde, “is not liable to be made public”.  The committee, ..

PM announces Rs 1,000 cr more for Odisha

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday conducted an aerial survey of cyclone-ravaged areas of Odisha and announced an additional central assistance of Rs 1000 crore for relief works in the State. Lauding..

Over 63.5 pc turnout in 5th phase

TWO explosions at polling stations in Pulwama in Kashmir and clashes between TMC and BJP in West Bengal were reported during the fifth phase of Lok Sabha polls on Monday across seven States in which over 63.5 per cent ..

Centre gives Rs 7.69 cr incentive to 10 States each for police reforms

THE Centre has released Rs 7.69 crore each as incentive to 10 States which have succeeded in implementing police reforms like filling up of vacancies, use of technology in tackling crime and welfare of police personnel...

CBSE declares Class X results

WITH a pass percentage of 92.45 in the Class 10 Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) results, which were announced on Monday,..

Seer breaks 194 days fast to save Ganga

  HARIDWAR: SWAMI Aatmabodhanand broke his 194 days fast to save River Ganga after receiving written assurances from the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG). The seer was on a fast in Haridwar for the past 194 days with an aim to save the holy river.  He was made to break his fast by having juice in the presence of Haridwar Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Kusum Chouhan and other officials. “NMCG Director General Rajeev Ranjan met me on April 25 and gave it in writing ..

Bikaner farmers root for Modi, cite stance on terror over benefit of agrarian schemes

 By Manish Sain: BIKANER (Raj) ““There can’t be a better Prime Minister than Modi for the country. We can never have a PM as good as Modi, the kind India hasn’t seen before. He has kept India’s money inside. Unlike the Congress, he didn’t let anyone steal it from us,” says a farmer ”  THE Narendra Modi-led Government’s many programmes have made little or no difference to their lives but many farmers in Bikaner say he is ..

Bollywood backs Modi as PM, seeks one more term for him

 NEW DELHI: A PHALANX of Bollywood and other celebrities on Sunday came together and threw their weight behind Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking one more term for him. The event - Celebrities with NaMo for building a new India - was held at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters here. Some of the important celebrities who attended the meeting included Boney Kapoor, Jaya Prada, Dalip Singh Rana aka The Great Khali, famous Haryanavi dancer Sapna Chaudhary, and Poonam Dhillon. External ..

Mamata confronts BJP supporters shouting ‘Jai Shri Ram’

 KOLKATA: WEST Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday got angry at a group of purported BJP supporters shouting “Jai Shri Ram” in front of her convoy in West Midnapore district’s Chandrakona. The slogan is frequently used by the leaders and activists of the BJP. A video circulated on social media platform Whatsapp showed the Chief Minister stepping out from her vehicle in a bid to confront the people who fled at seeing the convoy stop.  The incident took ..

Vivek Oberoi urges Delhiites to vote for PM Modi

   NEW DELHI: IN THE run-up to Lok Sabha polls in Delhi, actor Vivek Oberoi on Sunday campaigned on behalf of the BJP in the capital, urging the people to vote for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The actor, who plays Modi in the biopic “PM Narendra Modi”, asked Delhiites to vote for the Prime Minister on all seven seats in the city. After almost three hours of wait, Oberoi arrived at the Constitution Club of India for the event, titled ‘Saaton seetein Modi ko’ ..

‘Mahamilawati’ parties do not want to acknowledge India’s strength: PM

  BHADOHI (UP): LAUNCHING a fresh tirade against the Opposition alliance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said ‘mahamilawati’ parties do not want to acknowledge India’s growing strength in the international arena. He said that the country has seen four types of Government - ‘naampanthi’ (dynastic rulers), ‘vampanthi’ (left), ‘damanpanthi’ (rulers using money and muscle power) and now ‘vikaspanthi’ which talks of developmen..

It was a terrible night: PM on Abhinandan’s capture

  NEW DELHI: PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that the Indian airstrike on a terrorist camp in Pakistan’s Balakot would have been ranked “among one of the major military operations of the world”, had it not been for “politics”. In an interview to India TV’s Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Rajat Sharma in front of nearly 2,500 people at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Modi was asked what had prompted the early release of captured Indian Air Force ..

Top Naxals Ganapathy, Basavraj named in Gadchiroli attack FIR

  MUMBAI: TOP functionaries of the proscribed Communist Party of India (Maoist) and at least 120 others have been named in the police case registered in connection with the IED blast in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra on May 1 that killed 15 policemen and a driver. The incident took place near Jambhurkheda village in Kurkheda tehsil of the district, over 900 kilometres from here, when jawans of Gadchiroli police’s Quick Response Team were on their way to a site where Naxals ..

Post Fani, Odisha struggles to provide basic services

EVEN after two days of cyclone ‘Fani’ hitting the Odisha coast, the State Government is struggling to provide basic amenities to people in the affected areas. The office of Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) said massive relief and ..

Chardham Yatra set to begin from tomorrow

WITH the Chardham Yatra set to begin on the auspicious occasion of Akshaya Tritiya on Tuesday, the Uttarakhand Government has been preparing for a smooth conduct of the annual yatra to the shrines. While Gangotri and ..

India, UK in talks to build aircraft carrier: Report

  By Aditi Khanna  LONDON:  The aircraft carrier will be built along the lines of Britain’s HMS Queen Elizabeth as part of the ongoing ‘Make in India’ negotiations. The 65,000-tonne warship will be named INS Vishal in 2022   THE UK is in talks with the Indian Government on building a new state-of-the-art aircraft carrier along the lines of Britain’s HMS Queen Elizabeth as part of the ongoing ‘Make in India’ negotiations, according ..

Polling for fifth phase today

  NEW DELHI:  Rajnath Singh, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Smriti Irani in fray  NEARLY nine crore voters will decide the fate of 674 candidates, including political bigwigs Rajnath Singh, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Smriti Irani, in the fifth phase of polling on Monday in 51 Lok Sabha constituencies in seven States. The stakes are high for the ruling BJP and its allies as it had swept 40 of these seats in 2014, leaving just two for the Congress and the rest for other ..

Kejriwal slapped by man during roadshow

 NEW DELHI: DELHI Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was slapped by a man during a roadshow in Moti Nagar in the New Delhi constituency, prompting a strong reaction from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which alleged the BJP was behind the “cowardly act”. Police said the man has been taken into the custody and an investigation into the matter is underway.  Kejriwal was on an open jeep when a man wearing a red t-shirt jumped onto the vehicle and slapped the Chief Minister before he ..

W Bengal BJP candidate hurt in accident, party cries foul

 KOLKATA: SHANTANU Thakur, the BJP candidate from West Bengal’s Bongaon Lok Sabha constituency, sustained head injury after his car collided head on with a vehicle bearing a police sticker on Saturday, party officials said. The BJP termed it a “staged accident” and claimed that there might be a conspiracy to kill Thakur ahead of the elections.  “Shantanu Thakur suffered serious head injury while on his way from Jagulia to Gaighata in North 24 Parganas district ..

Cong reduced to ‘vote katwa’ party: PM

 PRATAPGARH (UP): INTENSIFYING his attack on the Opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the ‘mahagathbandhan’ (Grand Alliance) will give rise to ‘mahabhrashtachar’ (grand corruption)’. Modi said the Congress has been reduced to the status of ‘vote katwa’ party and it will soon witness its “downfall”. “See its (Congress) downfall,” he said, as he made a no-holds barred attack against party President Rahul ..

Equal development for all under Modi Govt, no communal bias, says Naqvi

 JAIPUR: UNION Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday said providing equal opportunities of development to all sections of the society, without any discrimination or political prejudice has been the major achievement of Narendra Modi Government during the last five years. He said Prime Minister Modi has put corruption on ‘ventilator’ and development on ‘accelerator’ in the last five years.  “This has made the champions of corruption feeling suffocated ..

Rahul’s adopted village awaits his visit

 By Sanjeev Chopra: JAGDISHPUR (Amethi) FIVE years after Congress President Rahul Gandhi adopted Amethi’s Jagdishpur village under the ‘Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana’ (SAGY), residents say they have been waiting for him to visit and get the development work started. The last time Gandhi visited Jagdishpur was in December 2014, when he adopted the village. “Rahul Gandhi visited only once in 2014. At that time, every tree, pole and road was measured with a view to ..

UN praises India for evacuating record 1.2 mn in 24 hours

The UN agency for disaster reduction has commended the Indian Meteorological Department’s “almost pinpoint accuracy” of early warnings that helped authorities conduct a well-targeted evacuation plan and saved “a record 1.2 million people in 24 hours” ..

Campaigning ends for phase 5 of LS polls

CAMPAIGNING ended on Saturday evening for elections to 51 Lok Sabha seats in six northern and eastern states besides the Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh in the fifth phase on May 6 with Union Ministers Rajnath Singh..

Death toll in cyclone Fani rises to 16 in Odisha

THE death toll in the Cyclone Fani rose to 16 in Odisha on Saturday as the Government mounted a massive restoration work across 10,000 villages and 52 urban areas ravaged by the storm that pounded coastal parts of the state..

Review pleas in Rafale deal case is abuse of legal process: Centre

THE Centre on Saturday filed a fresh affidavit in Rafale deal in the Supreme Court seeking the application of review of the deal “ought to be dismissed with exemplary costs” as it signifies “complete misuse and abuse of the legal process”. The Centre expressed its commitment to provide the top court any document..

R K Studios sold to Godrej Properties for Rs 50-60 cr

MUMBAIGODREJ Properties has acquired the iconic R K Studios located in suburban Chembur where the film studio was established by and named after the Bollywood legend Raj Kapoor in 1948 for a reported Rs 50-60 crore.The studio was not functional since a devastating fire in September 2017 that nearly gutted the decades old studio, forcing the Kapoor brothers to look for an ownership change as it was haemorrhaging their finances, as since January 1999, the family’s production house R K Films has ..

A glimpse into working style, multi-tasking abilities of Modi

Modi attended 200 programmes, political as well as official, held across 27 States and Union Territories in last 125 days There is no part of the country that he did not visit during these days as he crisscrossed from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Jamnagar to SilcharNEW DELHIIN THE last few months of his tenure, Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended 200 programmes, political as well as official, held across 27 States and Union Territories, “touching base with almost every Indian” in 125 days, ..

EC clean chit to PM in two more speeches

NEW DELHITHE Election Commission concluded on Friday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not violate the Model Code or its advisory on Armed Forces in his speech in Varanasi.   It also found nothing wrong in his comments made in Nanded, Maharashtra where he reportedly dubbed the Congress as a ‘sinking Titanic’. With this, the EC has decided on five complaints against Modi and gave him a clean chit in all matters. “In a matter related to a complaint concerning ..

SC to hear Oppn’s review plea on 50% VVPAT match

NEW DELHITHE Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear next week a review plea filed by 21 Opposition leaders seeking further increase in random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs in the ongoing general elections. The apex court had on April 8 directed the Election Commission to increase random matching of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in five polling booths per assembly segment from one booth.  The top court, however, had not agreed ..

Rahul urges his ‘Amethi pariwar’ to re-elect him

AMETHICONGRESS President Rahul Gandhi has made an emotional appeal to the voters of Amethi urging them to re-elect him and promising to give momentum to the development works in his Lok Sabha constituency “blocked” by the BJP Government.  In a letter written in Hindi to members of his “Amethi pariwar” (Amethi family), Gandhi said he drew strength from them to stand firmly and listen to their woes. He accused the BJP of starting a “factory of lies” and ..

Cong surgical strikes only on paper, party telling lies: PM

Congress leaders were confusing video games with surgical strikes Congress first ignored the strikes carried out under his Government and then opposed them. “Now it’s me too, me too,” Modi said using the English termSIKAR/HINDAUN/BIKANER (Rajasthan)PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Friday mocked the “me too” Congress claim that its Government had also conducted surgical strikes across the Line of Control and accused the party of telling lies. Addressing a rally in Sikar, ..

ISRO eyeing to launch Chandrayaan-II rover in Moon’s South Pole

Till date nobody has made an attempt to land a rover in Moon’s south pole regionKANYAKUMARI (TN) SEEKING to create history with India’s second Moon mission Chandrayaan-2, space agency ISRO on Friday said that it will attempt to launch a rover in the lunar South Pole, a uncharted territory so far.   “Till date nobody has made an attempt to land a rover in the region. It has been only near the Equator (of the Moon).We will be attempting to launch the rover (of Chandrayaa..

Cyclone ‘Fani’ bites Odisha, 8 killed

Winds reaching speeds of up to 175 kilometers per hour uprooted trees and thatched structures Telecommunication lines, mobile towers damaged and power supply disconnected in many places Nearly 12 lakh people from about 10,000 villages and 52 urban agglomerations evacuated and shifted to safer locationsBHUBANESHWAR/KOLKATACYCLONE ‘Fani’ barrelled through Odisha on Friday, unleashing copious rain and windstorm that gusted up to 175 kmph, killing at least eight people, blowing away thatched ..

Youth to be main priority for Sunny Deol

  GURDASPUR: BOLLYWOOD actor and BJP candidate from Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat Sunny Deol on Thursday said creating employment opportunities for the youth will be his main priority. Asserting that he came to Gurdaspur to serve the people and not to return to Mumbai, Deol, whose real name is Ajay Singh Deol, also praised the tenure of late BJP MP and actor Vinod Khanna and said he will take his work forward while seeking voters’ support for winning this border seat. “The most ..

Rs 72,000 will be provided to 5 cr beneficiaries under NYAY if voted to power, assures Rahul

  SIMDEGA (Jharkhand); CONGRESS President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said if voted to power, Rs 72,000 would be deposited in bank accounts of 5 crore people of the country within one year under NYAY scheme. The amount will be given under the NYAY scheme till a family earns Rs 12,000 per month on its own, he said. Addressing an election rally in Simdega, which is a part of Khunti Lok Sabha constituency where voting will take place on May 6, the Congress chief made a blistering attack at ..

Alka Lamba skips Kejriwal’s roadshow, says she was insulted by AAP

  NEW DELHI: DISGRUNTLED AAP MLA Alka Lamba said she skipped the road show of party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in Chandni Chowk on Wednesday as she was “insulted” by her party. In a tweet, the Chandni Chowk MLA vented her anger and claimed she was asked to walk behind Kejriwal’s car while other MLAs were with him in the car. “AAP candidate Pankaj (Gupta) ji’s phone came to me and he invited me for the CM’s road show.  I was ..

Mastermind behind Neelaway ambush gunned down in C’garh

  Our Correspondent: DANTEWADA IN a major success to security forces, a dreaded ultra the mastermind behind the Neelaway ambush which claimed life of Bharatiya Janata Party Member of Legislative Assembly Bhima Mandavi on April 9, 2019, was gunned down during a pitched gunbattle between the security personnel and outlaws in restive Dantewada district on Thursday. Confirming this, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Dr Abhishek Pallava informed that the slain outlaw, identified as ..

We don’t negotiate on matters of national security, terrorism: India

  NEW DELHI: “Elements are being introduced to divert attention from Pakistan on this diplomatic setback that they have suffered. They cannot welcome the decision, they cannot criticize the decision. The only option left for them is to pick up some holes,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.   DISMISSING any quid pro quo with China on the UN listing of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, India on Thursday said it does not negotiate ..

Rahul, Kejriwal cried like their cousins were killed in Balakot airstrike: Shah

  NEW DELHI: BHARATIYA Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah said when Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Government gave a befitting reply to terrorists in Pakistan after the ghastly Pulwama attack, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal were crying as if their cousins were killed in the neighboring country.  “On the 13th day of Pulwama attack, Narendra Modi instructed the Indian Air Force to conduct an operation. Our jawans entered Pakistan ..

CM pays tributes to jawans killed in Gadchiroli ambush

CHIEF Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited Gadchiroli on Thursday afternoon and paid condolences to the jawans who were killed in a landmine blast triggered by the Naxalites near village Jambhulkheda in Kurkheda taluka on May 1. The CM laid wreaths on the mortal remains of jawans and also met their kin and consoled them...

‘Chandrayaan-2 ready for Moon landing on Sept 6

ALL modules of India’s second moon mission “Chandrayaan-2”, scheduled for launch in July, are getting ready and the lander is expected to touch down on the lunar surface in early September, the ISRO said on Wednesday...

Girls outshine boys in CBSE Class XII exams

GIRLS outshone boys in the class 12 CBSE examination, the results of which where declared on Thursday way ahead of schedule, with Ghaziabad’s Hansika Shukla and Muzaffarnagar’s Karishma Arora sharing the top rank with 499 out of 500 marks. Girls have a pass percentage of 88.70, which is 9 percentage points..

‘Oppn not celebrating Azhar sanctions’

DESCRIBING the UN designating JeM chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist as a great diplomatic victory for India, the BJP on Thursday said Opposition parties are reluctant to celebrate the achievement because they feel they may have to pay political price for it. The UN Sanctions Committee on Wednesday designated ..

Naxalites burn down 36 vehicles in Gadchiroli

Charred vehicles which were allegedly torched by Maoists, at Kukheda town in Gadchiroli district in Maharashtra on Wednesday. District Correspondent: GADCHIROLI: ONCE again baring their violent face after a long gap, Naxalites burnt down as many as 36 vehicles belonging to a private contractor at village Dadapur in Kurkheda taluka on Tuesday night. According to reports, more than 150 Naxalites armed with weapons entered the village, which is around 15 kilometers from the taluka headquarters ..

Court summons to Rahul in defamation suit for calling Shah ‘murder-accused’

  AHMEDABAD: A COURT in Ahmedabad on Wednesday issued summons to Congress President Rahul Gandhi in response to a criminal defamation suit filed by a BJP worker for calling BJP chief Amit Shah a “murder accused”. Additional chief metropolitan magistrate D S Dabhi issued a summons, returnable on July 6, holding that prima facie (on the face of it) there was a case of criminal defamation against Gandhi under section 500 of the IPC.  Krishnavadan Brahmbhatt, a local BJP ..

Will see if evidence shows need for custodial interrogation of ex-Kolkata CP, says SC

 NEW DELHI:  Kumar was earlier heading the West Bengal Police’s special investigation team (SIT) probing the chit fund scam. The apex court had in May 2014 directed the CBI to investigate the case  THE Supreme Court told CBI on Wednesday that it would examine whether there was evidence requiring former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar’s custodial interrogation by the agency in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan ..

When Modi speaks, Imran sweats: Yogi

  AMBEDKAR NAGAR (Uttar Pradesh); In last 5 years 1.5 crore poor have been given houses, 4 crore poor got free electricity connection and 7 crore poor got LPG connection UP CM Yogi Aditynath said  ADDRESSING a political rally here on Wednesday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath alleged that speeches made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi causes his Pakistani counterpart to sweat across the border. “Today when Prime Minister Modi makes a speech anywhere in India, ..

Terror factories in neighbourhood waiting for weak Govt, says PM

  GOSAINGANJ (UP): TERMING terrorism the biggest threat facing India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said terror factories running in the neighbourhood are waiting for a weak Government here. This is a new India which will strike terrorists in their den, within the border and outside it, he said in an election rally, about 25 km from the temple town of Ayodhya, in which he focussed much of his attention on the dangers of terrorism. Recalling the Easter Day blasts across Sri ..

Didi supporting those who wish to divide India: Shah

  KALYANI: STEPPING up its attack on Mamata Banerjee, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah on Wednesday said the West Bengal Chief Minister has extended her support to those who wish to separate Kashmir from India. Addressing a rally here in Bongaon Lok Sabha constituency, Shah said the BJP will continue its fight to ensure that Kashmir remains an integral part of India, no matter who is in power at the Centre.  “Today we are in power, Narendra Modi is the Prime ..

Found no objection to list Azhar after studying revised materials: China

  BEIJING: CHINA; which lifted its technical hold on listing JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN, said on Wednesday that it took the decision after it found no objection to the listing proposal by the US, the UK and France following a careful study of the revised materials. In a huge diplomatic win for India, the United Nations on Wednesday designated Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Azhar as a “global terrorist” after China lifted its hold on ..

UN decision to declare Azhar as global terrorist a big success for India: Modi

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the UN decision to declare Masood Azhar as a global terrorist is a big success for India’s efforts to root out terrorism and proved that the country’s voice can no longer be ignored on the global stage...

15 cops killed in ‘call ambush’ in Gadchiroli

IN WHAT could be termed as one of the biggest attacks in recent time, Naxalites triggered a landmine blast and killed 15 policemen near Lendhari nullah close to Jambhulkheda village, barely six kms from Kurkheda in Gadchiroli district. The incident, which Naxalites effected on May 1, foundation day of the State of Maharashtra..

‘Leave my country alone’, Lankan President Sirisena to IS chief Baghdadi

SRI Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday asked Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to “leave my country alone” after the dreaded Islamic State leader claimed the massive suicide bombings in the island nation was a revenge attack for the fall of the Syrian town of Baghuz, the terror group’s final bastion. Sirisena also warned it may be possible Islamic State had launched a “new strategy” by targeting smaller countries, Sky News Wednesday quoted him as saying...

Sri Lanka attack was ‘vengeance for brothers in Baghouz’: Baghdadi

  DOHA: CHIEF of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in a propaganda video, asserted that the battle for Baghouz, ISIL’s final bastion in eastern Syria, “is over.” Al Jazeera cited the video, published by ISIL’s Al Furqan media network on Monday, in which the ISIL leader seemed to have grown a bushy grey beard. He kept an assault weapon close by and sat in a cross-legged position on a cushion along with three men by ..

EC gives clean chit to Modi for Wardha speech issue

  NEW DELHI: THE Election Commission on Tuesday gave a clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his speech in Wardha in which he had slammed Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for contesting from Wayanad and had “indicated” that the Kerala constituency had more voters from the minority community.  “The matter has been examined in detail in accordance to the extant guidelines/provisions of the Model Code of Conduct, the Representation of the People Act and the report ..

Oppn lost sleep after 4th phase; 23rd expiry date for SP-BSP alliance: Modi

  BAHRAICH/BARABANKI (UP): PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday took a swipe at Opposition parties, saying those who cannot win enough seats to claim the Leader of the Opposition post in Parliament are getting clothes stitched for becoming Prime Minister. He also hit out the SP-BSP alliance, saying that May 23 is the “expiry date” for the grouping, and their leaders will tear each others’ clothes after the Lok Sabha poll results are declared that day. At his rallies ..

Huge amount of cash, liquor seized during 4th phase

  NEW DELHI: THE Election Commission said it has seized unaccounted money, illicit liquor, drugs and other inducements worth a total of Rs 3,274 crore in the fourth phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections on Monday. “Total cash seizure is Rs 785.26 crore, liquor (Rs 249.038 crore), narcotics (Rs 1214.46 crore), Gold and precious materials (Rs 972.253 crore) and other freebies (Rs 53.167 crore), which makes the grand total of Rs 3,274.18 crore,” said an official statement ..

I caught the Presiding Officer standing behind the EVM, says Babul Supriyo

  ASANSOL (WB):  The EC directed the State police to register an FIR against Supriyo for allegedly trespassing into polling booth and threatening the polling officers  REFUTING the allegations that he intimidated polling officers, Union Minister Babul Supriyo has said that the Presiding Officer was stage managing the entire voting process, which he just opposed. “The windows adjacent to electronic voting machine (EVM) were open. People from outside can actually see what ..

Veteran IAF pilots relive 1971 photo, image goes viral

  NEW DELHI: MONTHS ahead of the India-Pakistan war broke out in 1971, it was just another day at work for the five young pilots at IAF’s 22 squadron in Kalaikunda as they moved around camouflaged nets and concrete blast pens in their black overalls and bikes, preserving themselves for the action. Realising the similarities in their appearances and the Jawa bikes, they decided to capture the moment in the camera. The five Gnat pilots happily posed for a photograph with one hand ..

Army finds ‘Yeti’ in Himalayas?

THE Indian Army has claimed its mountaineering expedition team in the higher Himalayas had found “mysterious footprints” in the snow that they believe belong to the ‘Yeti’ or the abominable snowman, triggering a barrage of reactions...

Rahul Gandhi draws SC flak for not admitting mistake over his ‘Chowkidar’ remark

CONGRESS President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday drew flak from the Supreme Court over his fresh affidavit in which he did not directly admit his mistake for incorrectly attributing the allegedly contemptuous “chowkidar chor hai” ..

Cyclone ‘Fani’ intensifies into ‘extremely severe cyclonic storm’

CYCLONE ‘Fani’ has intensified into an ‘extremely severe cyclonic storm’ and it will cross the Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali by Friday afternoon, the India Meteorological Department said on Tuesday. The IMD has issued a formal cyclone alert for Odisha, West Bengal and parts of Andhra Pradesh, ..

MHA notice to Rahul on citizenship status row

IN A move that comes in the middle of the Lok Sabha polls, the Centre issued a notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi seeking the “factual position” of his citizenship within a fortnight following a complaint by a BJP MP..

3,000-kg garbage collected from Mt Everest

  KATHMANDU: A TOTAL of 3,000 kilogrammes of solid waste has been collected from Mt Everest since April 14 when Nepal launched an ambitious clean-up campaign aimed at bringing back tonnes of trash from the world’s highest peak, which has lately turned into a “garbage dump”. The 45-day ‘Everest Cleaning Campaign’, led by Solukhumbu district’s Khumbu Pasanglhamu Rural Municipality began on April 14 with the Nepali new year and aims to collect nearly ..

B’wood stars vote in Mumbai, ask fans to exercise franchise

 MUMBAI: Polling is being held in Nandurbar, Dhule, Dindori, Nashik (North Maharashtra), Palghar, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Thane, Mumbai-North, Mumbai-North West, Mumbai-North Central, Mumbai-North East, Mumbai-South and Mumbai-South Central in the Mumbai region, Maval and Shirur in Pune district, and Shirdi in Ahmednagar district.  SEVERAL Bollywood stars, including Rekha, Madhuri Dixit, Aamir Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor Khan, cast their vote as Mumbai went to polls in the ..

Mission ‘mahamilavat’ wants ‘khichdi’ Govt at Centre: Modi

   KODERMA (JHARKHAND): PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the ‘mission mahamilavat’ of the Opposition is keen to form a “khichdi” Government at the Centre, the strings of which will remain in the hands of the Congress. Addressing a poll rally in Jamua under Koderma Lok Sabha constituency in support of BJP candidate Annapurna Devi, Modi alleged that the grand alliance of Opposition parties does not at any cost want a Government with absolute majority. ..

Nirmala holds meet with her Chinese counterpart at SCO

   BISHKEK: DEFENCE Minister Nirmala Sitharaman held a bilateral meeting with her Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, (SCO) Defence Ministers’ Meet at Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan on Monday. She reached Bishkek on Sunday on a three-day visit. The SCO Defence Ministers will explore ways to further boost defence and security cooperation among the member countries in the wake of evolving security challenges in the region. India is also keen ..

NIA nabs follower of SL bombing mastermind

  NEW DELHI: THE National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday arrested an Islamic State sympathizer and follower of alleged Sri Lanka bombings mastermind Zahran Hasim, the agency said. Riyas Aboobacker was arrested from Kerala after he disclosed NIA investigators that he has been following speeches and videos of Hashim, a radical Tamil-speaking cleric who is believed to have masterminded the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka which left 253 people dead and over 500 injured.  The ..

Employees’ consortium to bid for Jet Airways

 NEW DELHI: Two associations representing pilots and engineers seek to raise Rs 3,000 cr from outside investors  AS uncertainty continues over the fate of the shuttered Jet Airways, an employees’ consortium has proposed to take over the airline with at least Rs 3,000 crore expected from outside investors for the bid, according to two staff unions. This is the first time that employees have come together with a proposal to run the more than 25-year-old Jet Airways, which temporaril..

64% turnout in fourth phase LS polls

INCIDENTS of violence in West Bengal and Odisha that left a Congress worker dead and EVM glitches were reported in the fourth phase of Lok Sabha polls on Monday which saw 64 per cent turnout in 72 seats across nine States...

SBI files recovery suit against Ruias

THE SBI on Monday filed recovery suit against Prashant and Ravi Ruia, before the Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT) in Ahmedabad. The Essar Steel Lenders led by SBI are saddled with dues of over Rs 63,000 crore,..