TDP’s Mallikarjuna Reddy Suspended Amid Reports Of Joining YSR Congress

N Chandrababu Naidu announced, “Mallikarjuna Reddy is ineligible to continue in Telugu Desam” Amaravati (AP):  The ruling Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh Tuesday suspended its MLA and the government whip in the Assembly Meda Mallikarjuna Reddy from the party amid reports that he was ready to join the opposition YSR Congress. “Mallikarjuna Reddy is ineligible to continue in Telugu Desam,” party president and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu announced. There was no place in the TDP for anyone who caused trouble to party workers, he said without elaborating. The…

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Andhra Pradesh Gives 5% Reservation To Kapus Community In 10% Quota Law

The Naidu government has been claiming that it has honoured its promise on reservation Amravati, Andhra Pradesh:  The Andhra Pradesh government has announced it will give only five per cent reservation to the economically weaker sections (EWS) under the Centre’s 10 per cent quota, setting aside the rest to the upper caste Kapus. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu made the announcement today. “We had requested the Centre to extend five per cent reservation to the Kapu community long ago but the BJP leaders did not agree. Now, out of the 10…

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Karnataka Seer Shivakumara Swami Remembered For Spending Lunchtime, Supper With Children

Shivakumara Swami studied in state-run schools and colleges and graduated in Arts in 1927. (File) Bengaluru:  Dr Shivakumara Swami, the 111-year-old seer of the Siddaganga Mutt at Tumakuru near Bengaluru, was a popular and religious leader of the Lingayat community in Karnataka who served the poor and the needy for over eight decades. The seer, who passed away on Monday at the mutt, about 70 km northwest of Bengaluru, due to old age-related illness, was known for pioneering education for thousands of boys and girls, with free boarding and lodging and…

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Funeral Today For Shivakumara Swami, Karnataka Holy Seer

Dr Shivakumara Swami died at age 111 after weeks of treatment (File Photo) New Delhi:  The funeral for Dr Shivakumara Swami, the seer who headed the Sree Siddaganga Mutt in Karnataka’s Tumakuru, will be held today. Dr Swami died at age 111 after weeks of treatment. Condolences from all quarters poured in after news of his death emerged, with Karnataka observing a three-day mourning period. Schools, colleges and government offices are closed today as a mark of respect for the seer, who was revered by millions. Top political leaders mourned…

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Chandrababu Naidu Asks Centre To Finish Polavaram Project Reimbursement

So far, about Rs 15,380.97 crore has been spent on the Polavaram project, Chandrababu Naidu said New Delhi:  Faced with a fund crunch, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu shot off a letter to Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari today, demanding early reimbursement of Rs 3,722 crore for the ongoing Polavaram project on Godavari river. The state is making available funds for the project from its “meager resources” to ensure the ongoing work does not stop, but this is affecting other flagship state programmes severely, he said. So…

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Centre To Soon Link Godavari And Cauvery: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari

Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are locked in a dispute over sharing of the Cauvery river water for decades. Amaravati:  The Centre would soon take up a major project to link rivers Godavari and Cauvery that would resolve water issues between four southern states, Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari announced in Amaravati on Monday. The objective of the project, expected to cost upto Rs 60,000 crore, was to make good use of about 1100 tmc ft of Godavari water that currently drained into the sea, he said, addressing a meeting…

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Karnataka Congress Leader Anand Singh Files FIR Against Colleague Over Alleged Assault

Congress lawmaker Anand Singh was injured after an alleged assault at a Karnataka resort Bengaluru:  A Congress lawmaker in Karnataka has filed a complaint against his colleague for allegedly assaulting him during their stay at a resort on the outskirts of Bengaluru. Anand Singh was allegedly thrashed, punched and threatened by JN Ganesh on Saturday evening after which the former had to be rushed to a hospital. Anand Singh filed a First Information Report or FIR today, in which he alleged that JN Ganesh abused him, beat him with a stick,…

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Represented Best Of Our Traditions

New Delhi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi today condoled the demise of prominent Lingayat seer Shivakumara Swami, saying he represented the best of Indian lived for the people, especially the poor. The seer of the Tumakuru-based Siddaganga Math, 111-year-old Shivakumara Swami, who was known as the ”Walking God”, died today after a prolonged illness. “His holiness Dr Sree Sree Sree Sivakumara Swamigalu lived for the people, especially the poor and vulnerable. He devoted himself towards alleviating ills like poverty, hunger and social injustice. Prayers and solidarity with his countless devotees spread…

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DMK Challenges 10 Per Cent Quota, Madras High Court Asks Centre To Reply

Chennai:  The Madras High Court has asked the centre to reply to a petition challenging the constitutional amendment granting 10 per cent reservation to economically weak sections of the upper castes by February 18. The centre has reserved 10 per cent of government jobs and college seats for the economically weaker sections in the general category. The 10 per cent reservation is over and above the 50 per cent reservation limit set by the Supreme Court. Any reservation above the cap invites judicial scrutiny. But the government argued that the…

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Shivakumara Swamiji, The 111-Year-Old Lingayat Seer Who United All Political Parties

Tumakuru/New Delhi:  Shivakumara Swamiji, the revered Lingayat seer known as the “Walking God” of Karnataka, had survived many health scares in the past. On Saturday, some leaders of the Janata Dal (Secular), the party led by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, had said it was a “miracle” that Shivakumar Swami’s health was improving and attributed it to his selfless service. “The health of Shatayushi Sri Shivakumar Swamiji is improving reasonably. It’s a miracle. It’s his selfless service to mankind that has helped the seer gain speedy recovery,” a JDS leader had…

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Lost A Guru, Says BS Yeddyurappa As Leaders Pay Tribute To Karnataka Seer

Shivakumara Swami who headed the Siddaganga Muttin Karnataka’s Tumakuru. New Delhi/Bengaluru:  Political leaders from across the spectrum mourned the death of Dr Shivakumara Swami, the 111-year-old seer from Karnataka and a prominent face of the influential Lingayat community. President Ram Nath Kovind expressed his condolences. “Extremely sad to learn of the passing of spiritual leader Dr Sree Sree Sree Sivakumara Swamigalu Ji. He contributed immensely to society particularly towards healthcare and education. My condolences to his countless followers,” President Kovind tweeted. Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a moving tribute along…

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Voting Held For First Phase Of Panchayat Polls

Telangana Panchayat Election: The second and third phases of the polls will be held on January 25 and 30. Hyderabad:  Polling for the first phase of the panchayat elections in Telangana were held today amid tight security. This is the first ever polls for panchayats after the formation of the state in 2014. Polling began at 7 am and will end at 1 pm even as counting will be taken up from 2 pm. Though 4,479 panchayats were scheduled to go the polls in the first phase, the election was declared…

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Karnataka Seer Shivakumara Swami, 111, Dies; HD Kumaraswamy, BS Yeddyurappa United In Grief

Shivakumara Swami was the head of Sree Siddaganga Mutt based in Karnataka’s Tumakuru. Bengaluru:  Shivakumara Swami, the head of Sree Siddaganga Mutt in Karnataka’s Tumakuru, has died at 111 after two weeks on the ventilator. Shivakumar Swamijihad been unwell for a while and was briefly treated in Chennai before being brought back to the Mutt, where he was placed on life support. Senior political leaders, including rivals Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa, united in mourning the death of the seer known as “the walking god”.…

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Shivakumara Swami, Seer Of Siddaganga Mutt, Dies At 111: Updates

Shivakumara Swami, the head of Sree Siddaganga Mutt in Karnataka, died today. NEW DELHI:  Shivakumara Swami, the head of Sree Siddaganga Mutt in Tumakuru, has died at 111 after two weeks on ventilator. Dr Shivakumar Swamiji had been unwell for a while and was briefly treated in Chennai before being brought back to the Mutt where he was placed on life support. Senior political leaders including chief minister, HD Kumaraswamy and former chief minister, BS Yeddyurappa have expressed grief. Security arrangements are in place as hundred of devotees have travelled…

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Siddaganga Mutt Head Shivakumara Swami Critical

Special ‘yagna’ being organised to pray for Mutt head Shivakumara Swami’s well-being. Tumkuru:  Shivakumara Swami, the head of Sree Siddaganga Mutt,  is critical, his doctor said on Monday. He has been on ventilator support since 15 days. “We noted variations in health parameters of the seer last night. He is on ventilator support and is in critical condition,” said Dr Pramesh, who has been treating Shivakumara Swami for a long time. A team of specialist doctors have also reached Tumkuru Mutt from Bangalore to attend him. Special ‘yagna‘ are being…

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Karnataka Congress Lawmaker Anand Singh Slipped, Says Colleague JN Ganesh, Accused Of Hitting Him

Bengaluru:  A Congress lawmaker in Karnataka is in hospital with injuries as multiple theories are being bandied about on how he was wounded. Anand Singh was allegedly involved in a brawl with a colleague on Saturday evening at a resort near Bengaluru where the Congress has sequestered 76 lawmakers “to protect them from the BJP”. A new version of what went down was “revealed” on Monday by JN Ganesh, the lawmaker accused of hitting Anand Singh on the head with a bottle during their fight at Eagleton resort. He admitted…

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BJP Legislator From Andhra Akula Satyanarayana Resigns To Join Jana Sena Party

Akula Satyanarayana represents BJP as legislator from Rajahmundry-Urban. Amravati:  BJP legislator from Rajahmundry-Urban, Akula Satyanarayana, confirmed his resignation from the party and the assembly’s membership to join the Jana Sena Party of Pawan Kalyan on Sunday. Mr Akula said he has sent his resignation to the state BJP unit president Kanna Lakshminarayana. He told news agency ANI that he will be giving the letter of resignation from the membership of Assembly to the State Assembly Speaker personally on Monday in Amaravati. “I could not send the resignation to the Speaker…

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KCR’s 5-Day Farmhouse Maha Rudra Sahitha Sahasra Chandi Yagam Will See 200 Priests, Governor, TRS Leaders

Hyderabad:  Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has organised a five-day religious ritual or yagam near his farmhouse in Siddipet district, around 60 km from Hyderabad. This will be the first major religious ritual being conducted by Mr Rao, or KCR as he is known, after being elected for a second time as Chief Minister in December 2018, this time with a brute majority of 88 legislators. At least 200 vedic priests will participate and several holy seers have reportedly been invited for the ‘Maha Rudra Sahitha Sahasra Chandi Yagam‘ that…

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Sabarimala Temple Closes After Annual Pilgrimage Season; Political War On

The Sabarimala temple will be opened in February. (File) Sabarimala/Thiruvananthapuram:  After witnessing unprecedented protests over the entry of women of menstruating age, the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala was closed on Sunday marking the culmination of the over two-month-long stormy annual pilgrimage season. As the temple closed, the opposition BJP ended its 49-day-long relay hunger strike staged in front of the Secretariat, the administrative hub in Thiruvananthapuram, demanding the lifting of prohibitory orders and restrictions at Sabarimala, which the LDF government rejected. While Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday lashed…

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Wife Of Hospitalised Karnataka Congress Lawmaker

Anand Singh was admitted to Apollo Hospital in Sheshadripuram in Bengaluru in the morning. (File) Bengaluru:  The wife of Karnataka Congress lawmaker Anand Singh, who had to be hospitalised after being injured in an alleged fight with party legislator JN Ganesh, has threatened to take legal action. “If it is true that Ganesh beat up my husband, my children and I will not keep quiet and will take legal action against him,” Laxmi Singh said. She is in Mumbai to attend a relative’s wedding and is expected to return to…

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Chest Pain Or Fight With Friends? What Congress Says On Karnataka Lawmaker

DK Shivakumar even said Anand Singh was actually in his room at the resort. Bengaluru:  The Congress in Karnataka took its MLAs to a resort outside Bengaluru on Friday night in a bid to keep them together. To keep them safe and united against what former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah describes to NDTV as “threats from the BJP”. What occurred on the second night of their stay at the Eagleton resort was certainly not part of the plan. The details of what led to Anand Singh — one of the missing…

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Elephant Plays Mouth Organ At Camp In Tamil Nadu

Lakshmi’s mahout says it took a lot of time and patience to train her to play the musical instrument. Thekkampatti:  A mahout in Tamil Nadu’s Thekkampatti has trained his elephant to play the mouth organ. A video on Twitter shows the elephant Lakshmi, holding the instrument with her trunk and swaying as she plays it. Lakshmi’s mahout Balan says that it took a lot of time and patience to train her to play the musical instrument. “I had to struggle a lot to train Lakshmi to play the mouth organ.…

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Man Watching Bull-Taming Festival Jallikattu Killed In Tamil Nadu

Chennai:  A man was killed at the bull-taming festival Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu’s Pudukottai district today. A Ram, a 35-year-old spectator, was gorged by a bull and died of injuries. “This tragedy happened beyond the collection point, where owners take the bulls back after they have completed in the barricaded arena,” a senior police officer told NDTV. Chief Minister E Palanaswami, who flagged off the event at Viralimalai, said, “We’ve followed all safety norms as per the Supreme Court directions. For the first time, spectators too have been insured besides…

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Internal Bickering Will Collapse Karnataka Congress-JDS Coalition

“All our 104 MLAs are together, unlike the Congress,’ said KS Eshwarappa (File Photo) Bengaluru:  Former Karnataka deputy chief minister and BJP leader KS Eshwarappa has said the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in the state would fall due to internal bickering and his party would form the government. The present political turbulence is because of the internal bickering in the Congress and their leaders have been needlessly levelling allegations against the BJP, he said. “There actually is no need for the BJP to indulge in Operation Kamala to topple the Congress-JD(S)…

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A Mercedes Benz For Siddaramaiah? Karnataka BJP Allegations Raise Dust

The BJP has alleged that Siddaramaiah received a Mercedes-Benz car worth 1.5 crore as gift. Bengaluru:  The Karnataka Congress, facing questions about reports of a brawl between its two lawmakers, had to counter BJP attacks on another front: Allegations that its party leader and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had received a Mercedes car from party lawmaker Byrathi Suresh. A tweet from the BJP this morning read: “Congress MLA Byrsthi Suresh gifts Sri @siddaramaiah a Mercedes-Benz car worth 1.5 crore. Wears spectacle costing ₹2 Lakh. Wore 80 lakh worth hublot watch.…

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Karnataka Congress Lawmaker In Hospital After ‘Fight’, BJP Rubs It In

On Friday, the Congress moved 76 of its 80 lawmakers to the resort amid fears of poaching by the BJP. New Delhi:  A Congress lawmaker has ended up in hospital reportedly after a brawl with a party colleague last evening at a resort, where they were moved on Friday. Anand Singh was hospitalised after he was allegedly hit on the head with a bottle by JN Ganesh at Bengaluru’s Eagleton resort, the local media reported. While the Congress denied the reports, several of its leaders were spotted making a beeline…

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Karnataka BJP Lawmakers Return From Gurgaon Resort Stint

Bengaluru:  Karnataka BJP MLAs have returned to the state from Gurgaon where they were lodged in a private resort for the past few days. State BJP president BS Yeddyurappa had asked all 104 party MLAs to return and they flew back to the state late Saturday night, BJP MLC Lehar Singh told PTI. “Some of them have directly flown back to their constituencies and others including former deputy chief ministers R Ashoka and K S Eshwarappa returned to Bengaluru,” he said. With the Congress on tenterhooks to keep its numbers…

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KCR K Chandrashekar Rao Vows To Make Telangana Roads Shine Like A Mirror

K Chandrashekar Rao said several roads and bridges in the state need to be repaired (File Photo) Hyderabad:  Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Saturday vowed to make Telangana roads “shine like a mirror”. The chief minister in a review meeting held at Hyderabad’s Pragathi Bhavan to discuss the current condition of state roads, directed concerned officers to complete the task in next two years. The chief minister made it very clear that after irrigation projects, the top priority will be accorded to roads and highways. He further instructed that…

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BJP Says We Failed In Our Protest Over Sabarimala Issue

The BJP sought the release the activists who were jailed during the Sabarimala protests (File) Thiruvananthapuram:  The BJP Saturday admitted that its fight to protect the faith of devotees on the Sabarimala issue was ”not entirely successful.” The party has been spearheading the nearly two-month-long agitation against the decision of the Kerala government to implement the Supreme Court order allowing entry of women of all age groups into the shrine of Lord Ayyappa. Speaking at the venue of the protest, state BJP president PS Sreedharan Pillai said the party would…

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BJP Says Resort Where Congress Lawmakers Are Staying Owes 982 Crores To Karnataka Government

Bengaluru:  Alleging that the resort where the Congress legislators were staying fearing poaching owes Rs 982 crores to the Karnataka government as a penalty in a land encroachment case, the state BJP on Saturday asked the Congress leaders to collect the amount and use it to waive farm loans. “Eagleton resort owe GOK Rs 998cr Penalty amount in land encroachment case. “Now that Congress Party will spend time in resort we request ”Maryada Purushothama” Sri.@siddaramaiah,@DKShivakumar &@dineshgrao to collect this money (sic) while u return U can use it for farmer…

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DK Shivakumar Says Ministers Ready To Resign To Accommodate Unhappy Lawmakers

DK Shivakumar has offered to step down “in the interest of the party”. (File) Bengaluru:  Senior Congress leader and Minister DK Shivakumar on Saturday said all ministers in the party including him were ready to step aside from the cabinet in the interest of the party to accommodate the lawmakers that are dissatisfied. “We are loyal soldiers of the party. When Dharm Singh government was there I was kept out of the government for political reasons…in the last regime I was MLA for sixth term, Siddaramaiah could not include me…

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4 Lawmakers Still Missing, Karnataka Congress Holds Legislature Party Meet At Bengaluru Resort

Congress lawmakers at the Eagleton Resort in Bengaluru. New Delhi:  The Karnataka Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting began at Bengaluru’s Eagleton Resort this evening, a day after lawmakers from the party were shifted there amid fears of poaching by the opposition BJP to topple the coalition government in the state. The Congress rules the southern state in alliance with the Janata Dal (Secular). The Congress legislators, who were moved to the resort directly from the Vidhana Soudha on Friday evening, are likely to remain there until all the BJP lawmakers…

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Kerala Nuns To Pinarayi Vijayan

The Jalandhar diocese claims that the allegations against Bishop Franco Mulakkal are baseless. Thiruvananthapuram:  Kerala nun who raised allegations of rape against Bishop Francko Mullackal, along with four other nuns, have written to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan asking him to ensure the nuns are able to live together in the current convent till the trial is over. “The aim of the present transfer is to threaten and pressurize the nuns, who are witnesses in the case, and very vulnerable”, the nun wrote to the chief minister. “I am living…

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Volcano Waiting To Erupt In Congress-JDS Alliance: BS Yeddyurappa

Absence of Congress MLAs from the CLP meeting shows widespread anger among them, Yeddyurappa said Bengaluru:  Karnataka BJP president BS Yeddyurappa has said some Congress MLAs skipping the Congress Legislature Party meeting and the deep differences between the ruling coalition partners are an indication that a volcano may erupt in the coming days. His remarks came after four dissident Congress MLAs on Friday skipped the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting in Bengaluru that was called as a show of strength against an alleged bid by the BJP to dislodge the…

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2 Women Stopped From Reaching Sabarimala Temple In Second Attempt

Sabarimala temple has been the site of controversy ever since the Supreme Court ruling on September 28 New Delhi:  Two women returned from the Nilakkal base camp after a second failed attempt to enter the Sabarimala temple. Kerala police warned them about protestors who had gathered at Pamba, which is around 5 km away from Sabarimala temple. The women, identified as Reshma Niashanth and Shanila, attempted the reach Sabarimala temple last week as well, but had been stopped from doing so. The women had reached Nilakkal with a team of…

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Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu Man Throws Acid At Widow, Commits Suicide After She Rejects Marriage Proposal

Kanyakumari:  A 29-year-old man allegedly threw acid on a young widow for refusing to marry him and later committed suicide at a village, police said Friday. The woman, who had rejected the proposal since she wanted to remained focused on bringing up her two daughters, was injured in the face, chest and stomach in the attack on Tuesday night at Etttrakodu, they said. Neighbours rushed to her rescue and got her admitted to the government hospital. Even as a search was on for the man, a labourer, he consumed poison…

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Kerala’s List Of 51 Women Who Entered Sabarimala Has A Tamil Nadu Man

Several women of the “banned” age group tried to enter the Sabarimala temple, but stopped by protesters. Thiruvananthapuram:  The Kerala government today claimed that 51 women between the ages of 10 and 50 have entered the Sabarimala temple since the Supreme Court’s September verdict allowing women of reproductive age into the shrine. A list of names along with their age and Aadhaar details was also submitted in the court. But many of the women who featured on this list say the claim isn’t entirely correct. In fact, a 42-year-old woman…

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Woman, Son Arrested In Tirupati With Stolen Jewelry Worth Rs 60 Lakh

The police recovered about Rs 60 lakh worth gold and silver jewels from the two. (Representational) Tirupati/Coimbatore:  Days after a daylight highway heist of nearly Rs one crore worth jewellery in Tamil Nadu, a woman and her son have been arrested in Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh and a major portion of the loot recovered from them, the police said today. Crime wing police in Tirupati arrested Shama, 46, and her son Mohammed Salim, of Tiruvallur district in Tamil Nadu, on Thursday after they were found moving in a suspicious manner…

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Amid Rebellion, Congress Moves Karnataka Lawmakers To Bengaluru Resort

Bengaluru:  After the BJP’s Gurgaon retreat, it is the turn of Karnataka’s Congress lawmakers for a staycation, at a Bengaluru resort. The same where they were sequestered just seven months ago, when the elections threw up a hung verdict and lawmakers were flying between rival parties. Four Congress lawmakers were AWOL today as the party held a meeting for a headcount of its members amid what it suspects is a BJP strategy to topple the Janata Dal Secular-Congress government headed by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy. The 76 Congress lawmakers who…

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Ram Temple Will Be Built Only When Congress Comes To Power: Harish Rawat

Harish Rawat accused the BJP of trying to topple the government in Karnataka. Pauri Garhwal:  Ram temple in Ayodhya will be built only under the Rahul Gandhi-led Congress party’s regime, claimed former Uttarakhand Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Harish Rawat. “The BJP is a party of unethical people. Those who have no regard for ethics and dignity cannot be devotees of Maryada Purushottam Ram,” the Congress general secretary said on Thursday. “We believe in ethics and in the Constitution. A Ram temple will come up in Ayodhya only when the Congress…

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BJP Leader VT Rema On Hunger Strike Over Sabarimala Shifted To Hospital

VT Rema, along with other BJP leaders, was sitting on protest outside the state secretariat. Thiruvananthapuram:  Kerala BJP leader VT Rema, who was on a hunger strike since 10 days over the Sabarimala issue, was today admitted to the hospital, reports news agency ANI. Ms Rema, along with other BJP leaders, was sitting on protest outside the state secretariat. The BJP has been staging a strike since 40 days demanding withdrawal of restrictions imposed in Sabarimala and dropping of police cases against BJP and RSS workers who had taken part…

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Jallikattu Spectator Dies Of Heart Attack, Several Bull Tamers Injured

A total of 729 bulls were used in the Jallikattu event watched even by foreigner tourists. Madurai:  A Jallikattu spectator died of heart attack near Madhurai and more than 40 bull tamers were injured at the bull taming sport held across Tamil Nadu on Thursday as part of Pongal festivities that began on January 15. At the bustling hamlet of Alanganallur, a popular venue for Jallikattu, a 45-year-old man in the spectators’ gallery died of heart attack, police said, adding that about 40 bull tamers were injured. A total of…

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3 Missing Karnataka Lawmakers Spoil Congress Headcount Amid Rebellion

Bengaluru:  Three “missing” Karnataka lawmakers remain a big worry for the Congress even though the party says it has successfully dodged the BJP’s “Operation Lotus” to topple its coalition government in a coup. The Congress has ordered all its legislators to show up at a meeting in Bengaluru where attendance is a must and absence will be seen as exit from the party. The “rebel” Congress legislators are believed to be in a hotel in Mumbai, along with two independent lawmakers. Reports say a BJP parliamentarian, Sanjay Ramchandra Patil, visited…

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Kerala Nuns Turn Down Transfer Orders

The Jalandhar diocese claims that the allegations against Bishop Franco Mulakkal are false. Thiruvananthapuram:  Even as the Catholic Church’s Jalandhar diocese reiterated its support for rape-accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal, five nuns leading the campaign against him said they have refused to accept transfer orders issued to them for fear of being targeted. “We will obey the church’s directive only if somebody takes responsibility for the victimised nun’s safety. If we leave her alone here, she — or maybe all of us — will meet the same fate as that of…

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BJP Not Involved In Any Operation To Topple Karnataka Coalition: BS Yeddyurappa

BJP Karnataka chief BS Yeddyurappa says internal fight within Congress, JD(S) going out of control.(File) Bengaluru:  BJP Karnataka chief BS Yeddyurappa today said no member of his party is involved in any operation to topple the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in the state. “The BJP has nothing do with ruling coalition MLAs who are in Mumbai,” the former Chief Minister said and accused the Congress and JD(S) of trying to shift the blame on his party to cover up their “failures and inability” to keep their flock together. “No one from…

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Karnataka Congress Mocks BJP Lawmakers Retreat On Twitter

Bengaluru:  Over 100 Karnataka lawmakers of the BJP will return to Bengaluru soon after their three-day stake-out at a luxury resort near Delhi. “Hearty welcome,” sneered the state Congress, which accuses the BJP of a failed attempt to topple its coalition government with the Janata Dal Secular. “We extend a hearty welcome to all Karnataka BJP MLAs who are returning home after an extended holiday at a luxury resort near Delhi. Now that they are sufficiently rejuvenated let us hope they will attend to the work of their constituencies which…

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Rahul Gandhi Urged To Name Congress Legislature Party Leader In Telangana

Congress won 19 seats in the 119-member house in Telangana in the December 7 assembly elections. Hyderabad:  Newly-elected members of the Telangana legislative assembly and council on Thursday unanimously decided to urge party president Rahul Gandhi to choose their leader. In a meeting with Congress MLAs, MLCs and MPs, AICC representative KC Venugopal said he would convey the decision to Mr Gandhi. “We took a unanimous resolution authorising the Congress president to nominate the new CLP (Congress legislature Party) leader of Telangana,” he said. Congress won 19 seats in the…

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2 Women Who Entered Kerala’s Sabarimala Temple Go To Supreme Court, Seek Protection

Faced with threats, two women who entered Kerala’s Sabarimala temple earlier this month – defying a decades-old ban on women of menstrual age – have approached the Supreme Court seeking protection. The top court has agreed to hear their request tomorrow. Kanaka Durga, along with 40-year-old Bindu Ammini, are the first women below 50 in decades to enter the hilltop shrine. For the past two weeks, they had been staying in an undisclosed location on the outskirts of Kochi, under state protection. On Tuesday, Kanaka Durga was attacked allegedly by…

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Congress’s KC Venugopal On Karnataka Political Turmoil

KC Venugopal said by tomorrow evening, there will be a clear picture about Karnataka Bengaluru:  A day after two independent MLAs withdrew support to the ruling coalition in Karnataka, Congress General Secretary K C Venugopal Wednesday asserted that none of his party legislators were going to quit and said a clear picture would emerge tomorrow. “Not even one MLA is going to quit Congress. I have contacted my MLAs, and therefore, I am telling you this very confidently. In fact, by Thursday evening, you will have a clear picture about…

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