Bill Gates talked about 10 breakthrough technologies for the near future.

In the “10 Breakthrough Technologies” column of Technology Review, MIT, Microsoft founder Bill Gates was asked to name a dozen innovations that will be remembered for 2019 and that will affect our future. The well-known leader tried to select not only the technologies that will be reported in the news headlines this year, but also those that will go down in history.  According to him , reducing the list to just a dozen was difficult. By the way, most of the technologies named by him in one way or another have been developed…

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Karnataka’s Mandya Set For Cinematic Clash As Ambareesh Wife Announces Candidature

Sumalatha Ambareesh said she has taken the “difficult path” by choosing to contest as an independent. Mandya (Karnataka):  Sumalatha, the wife of late Kannada superstar Ambareesh, today announced that she will contest the Lok Sabha elections from Karnataka’s Mandya as an independent candidate. It is a seat that the actor had earlier represented, and Sumalatha’s decision to follow in his stead will result in a direct contest between her and Janata Dal (Secular) chief Deve Gowda’s grandson Nikhil Gowda. Sumalatha was flanked by Kannada film stars Yash and Darshan when…

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6-Year-Old Dies Of West Nile Virus, Through Mosquito

Kozhikode, Kerala: West Nile virus is transmitted to humans through a mosquito bite (Representational) Kozhikode, Kerala:  A six-year-old boy, who was undergoing treatment for vector-borne West Nile fever, died at a hospital in Kerala’s Kozhikode on Monday. Announcing the death, Kerala Health Minister KK Shylaja said there was no need to panic and steps were being taken to prevent the spread of virus, which is transmitted to humans through a mosquito bite and is mostly reported in North America. The boy, hailing from neighbouring Malappuram district, was admitted to the…

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Key Accused Sent Back To Jail, Cops Say Will File Chargesheet Soon

Pollachi, Tamil Nadu:  The investigating wing of the Tamil Nadu police, probing the Pollachi serial sex abuse case, today produced the accused, Thirunavukarasu at the residence of the magistrate, who sent him back to jail. Taking no chances, he was produced even before the four-day custody ordered by the court ended.  Investigators say they had grilled him with the information the woman survivor had given and the video evidence they had collected from the gang’s mobile phones, pen drives and storage devices found in Thirunavukarasu’s home. “We have collected a…

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Arch-Rivals AIADMK, DMK To Face Off In 8 Lok Sabha Seats In Tamil Nadu

Both AIADMK and DMK are contesting on 20 seats each in the state. Chennai:  The ruling AIADMK and the opposition DMK will face off in eight seats in Tamil Nadu in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Both the parties will be in straight contest in South Chennai, Kancheepuram (SC), Tiruvannamalai, Tirunelveli, Mayiladuthurai, Salem, Nilgiris (SC) and Pollachi. Both AIADMK and DMK are contesting on 20 seats each in the state, allotting the remaining 19 to their respective allies. The lists announced on Sunday by the two parties comprises several prominent personalities, including…

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Just One Woman In AIADMK’s List For Lok Sabha Polls

AIADMK allted the remaining 20 seats to its allies — PMK and BJP. Chennai:  While the DMK has fielded two woman candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, political rival AIADMK could accommodate for just one in its list released on Sunday. The BJP, which has allied with the ruling party, is yet to disclose its choices for the polls. The single seat given to Maragadam Kumaravel accounts for just 5% of the total tally, as compared to almost 12% during party founder J Jayalilithaa’s rule in 2016. Six sitting lawmakers,…

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13 New Faces, 2 Women In DMK List For Lok Sabha Elections

This will be the first time MK Stalin leads DMK into an electoral battle. Chennai:  The DMK released its list of candidates for 20 seats in Tamil Nadu on Sunday, earmarking four for children of leaders and two for women in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The rest of the 20 constituencies will go to the Congress and other allies.  MK Stalin’s sister, MK Kanimozhi, will be one of the two women contesting the polls on party tickets this time. With her Rajya Sabha term ending in July, the journalist-turned-politician…

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8th Congress Lawmaker In Telangana Quits To Join KCR’s Party

The lawmaker met KCR at the TRS chief’s farmhouse at Erravelli near Hyderabad, according to reports. Hyderabad:  Congress in Telangana continued to face desertions ahead of Lok Sabha elections as one more MLA and a party functionary Sunday announced their decision to leave the party and join the ruling TRS. Vanama Venkateswara Rao, representing Kothagudem, announced his support to the TRS president and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. He becomes the eighth Congress lawmaker to shift sides, which had won 19 seats in the December 7 elections to the 119-member…

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Nun Who Protested Against Bishop Franco Mulakkal Says Witnesses In “Extreme Fear”

Sister Anupama expressed disappointment over the delay in filing the charge-sheet against Bishop Mulakkal Kottayam:  A nurse who protested against rape-accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal said witnesses in the case of alleged rape of a 44-year-old nun live in “extreme fear.” Sister Anupama also expressed disappointment over the delay in filing the charge-sheet against Bishop Mulakkal. “We witnesses are in extreme fear. The investigation of this case is over, and the charge-sheet was to be filed in the court. Due to some reasons, the charge-sheet is getting delayed,” she told reporters.…

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Telangana Anticipates Security Personnel Shortage

The Lok Sabha elections will be held in a single phase in Telangana on April 11 (Representational) Hyderabad:  Telangana anticipates a shortage of police personnel for the Lok Sabha polls as it is difficult to get additional forces from other states due to simultaneous elections all over the country, a top election official said. “We are taking all efforts to make proper arrangements but I anticipate there will be a slight shortage of uniformed personnel,” Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar said. During the assembly polls last year, about 19,000 additional…

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Tamil Nadu Pursuing HAL To Set Up Manufacturing Unit At Salem

The move is a part of ‘Make in India’ to catalyse indigenous production in defence manufacturing. (FILE) Chennai:  The Tamil Nadu government is trying to get Hindustan Aeronautics Limited onboard to set up a manufacturing unit at Salem as the state has been chosen for establishing the Centre’s ambitious defence corridor, a senior official has said. The move is a part of the ‘Make in India’ programme to catalyse indigenous production in defence manufacturing. “(In) Salem, we are looking at a big chunk of land. To do that we are…

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Students, Upset Over Ragging, Die After Drinking Poison

Madurai, Tamil Nadu: The two students were not able to put up with the ragging (Representational) Madurai:  Upset over being ragged by a senior, two students of a private arts and science college in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison, police said Sunday. The students, both pursuing their first year BA Economics course, had taken the poison on March 2, after which they were hospitalised. While one of them died Saturday, the other had died four days ago, police said. They said the two students were not…

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Adala Prabhakar Reddy, Ex-Minister Joins YS Jaganmohan Reddy YSR Congress

Adala Prabhakar Reddy joined the YSRC in the presence of party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy Amaravati:  Hours after being named as the party candidate for the Nellore (Rural) assembly seat, former minister Adala Prabhakar Reddy shocked the ruling TDP by switching over to the opposition YSR Congress on Saturday. Mr Reddy joined the YSRC in the presence of party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy. “I regret not having joined YSRC all these days. My aim is to make Jagan the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh,” Mr Reddy said on the occasion.…

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3 Leaders Leave TDP Chandrababu Naidu Party, Join Jagan Mohan Reddy YSR Congress

Amaravati:  With just two days to go for the nomination process to begin for the April 11 elections, political defections have gained pace in Andhra Pradesh with three leaders leaving the ruling Telugu Desam Party and joining the main opposition YSR Congress. Kurnool Member of Parliament or MP Butta Renuka, who ”associated” herself with the TDP two years ago, returned to her parent YSRC Saturday evening while Member of Legislative Council or MLC Magunta Srinivasulu Reddy too switched over to the opposition party. The two were admitted into the YSRC…

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25-Year-Old Woman From Kerala Among 49 Dead In New Zealand Terror Attack

She lived with her husband in Christchurch near the mosques that were attacked. Thrissur:  A 25-year-old woman from Kerala was among the 49 people killed in the terror attack on two mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch yesterday, the Kerala Police said. Ancy Ali was doing her post-graduation in Christchurch. She lived with her husband Abdul Nassar near the mosques that were attacked. The couple hailed from Kerala’s Kodungalloor, police said. “They migrated to New Zealand last year. While she was a student, her husband was working there. We received the…

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Bengaluru Protests Against Elevated Corridor Project, Citizens Say Scrap The Tender

Bengaluru:  Citizens of Bengaluru held a protest on Saturday against state government plans to construct a series of elevated roads. The Karnataka government is planning to start work on a mammoth project to build elevated roads over Bengaluru city to help ease the city’s terrible traffic problems. The project will cover almost 90km and is estimated to cost almost Rs 27,000 crore. But a petition against it has gathered more than one lakh signatures – as many citizens say it would not be worth the loss of thousands of trees,…

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Tamil Nadu Congress Asks Rahul Gandhi To Contest Polls From State

Tamil Nadu Congress Chief said Rahul Gandhi “is seen as an asset of the people of India”. (File) Chennai:  The Tamil Nadu Congress unit on Saturday urged its national president Rahul Gandhi to contest from the southern state for the April 18 Lok Sabha elections, saying he was first proposed as the next prime minister from Tamil Nadu by the DMK. Tamil Nadu Congress president KS Alagiri said besides contesting from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, Mr Gandhi should also select a seat from Tamil Nadu as he cannot be perceived…

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Four Kerala Nuns Question Delay In Filing Of Chargesheet Against Mulakkal

Bishop Mulakkal is accused of raping a nun on 14 occasions from 2014 to 2016. Kerala:  Four Kerala nuns today met the Kottayam Superintendent of Police in connection with the delay in filing of chargesheet against Franco Mulakkal, a former Bishop of the Jalandhar diocese who is accused of rape. The nuns, living with another nun who raised allegations of sexual abuse against the Mulakkal, told Kottayam SP Hari Sankhar that they were “living in extreme fear”. “We witnesses are living in extreme fear and anticipation of this case. The…

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Transgender Community In Tamil Nadu Wants Election Dates Changed

Nearly 6.5 lakh transgenders are likely to take part in the Koovagam Koothandavar festival. Madurai:  The transgender community in Tamil Nadu wants the Election Commission to change the Lok Sabha election dates in the state due to Koovagam Koothandavar, a three-day long festival of transgenders. Bharathi Kannama, a transgender activist, said the transgender community will not be able to vote in the upcoming parliamentary election due to the Koovagam Koothandavar festival. The representatives of the transgender community in Madurai pleaded to the District Collector S Natarajan in a letter, demanding…

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Pollachi Main Accused Taken Into 4-Day Police Custody For Questioning

Thirunavukarasu allegedly used videos of sexual assault to blackmail the women. Chennai:  The Tamil Nadu Police’s CB-CID wing has taken the prime accused in the Pollachi sexual abuse scandal into four-day custody to procure more information and possible evidence for investigation purposes. It is alleged that Thirunavukarasu, an MBA graduate who owns a finance business, used videos of women being sexually abused to blackmail them into providing money as well as sexual favours. Thirunavukarasu is among four accused who have been charged under the Goondas Act in connection with the…

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Congress Names 8 Candidates In Telangana For Lok Sabha Elections

The names of the eight candidates in the state figure in the list announced by the Congress Hyderabad:  Hammered from the defection of its MLAs to the ruling TRS in Telangana, the Congress has announced candidates for eight out of the 17 Lok Sabha seats in the state. The party has fielded state Congress working president and former lawmaker A Revanth Reddy from Malkajgiri Lok Sabha seat. The names of the eight candidates in the state figure in the list announced by the All India Congress Committee (AICC) Friday night.…

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KCR K Chandrashekar Rao To Kick Off Lok Sabha Election 2019 Campaign From Karimnagar, Telangana

K Chandrashekar Rao had represented Karimnagar in the Lok Sabha earlier (File Photo) Hyderabad:  TRS president and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao will kick off his campaign for the Lok Sabha polls with a public meeting at Karimnagar on Sunday. Karimnagar has been a stronghold of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) since the party’s formation in 2001. Mr Rao had represented Karimnagar in the Lok Sabha earlier. Mr Rao, the star campaigner for TRS, will address election rallies at various places in the state beginning from Karimnagar, party sources…

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Coast Guard Puts Out Major Fire On Ship Off Karnataka, 16 Scientists, Crew Rescued

Mangaluru, Karnataka: The Coast Guard said it ensured safety of 36 crew, 16 scientists on the ship New Delhi:  A major fire on board a research vessel with more than 30 people at sea was extinguished by the Indian Coast Guard on Friday night. An alert was sounded late Friday night after which the Coast Guard sent two of its ships to deal with the fire. The ships, named Sujay and Vikram, engaged in firefighting operations as soon as they reached the spot. After some time, the ships managed to…

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Shashi Tharoor’s Relatives Join BJP Day After Tom Vadakkan Quit Congress

Shashi Tharoor’s relatives said they were long-time supporters of BJP. (File) Kochi:  The BJP welcomed Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s aunt and her husband into the party fold at a function in Kochi on Friday but faced embarrassment as they said they were already supporters of the party. The development comes a day after congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan joined the BJP.  Shashi Tharoor’s aunt Sobhana Sasikumar and her husband Sasikumar said they had been long time supporters of the BJP and wondered why such a function was organised to welcome them…

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Madras High Court orders Rs 25-Lakh Compensation For Pollachi Survivor

Initially, police said around 60 women were targeted in the Pollachi sex racket over years. Chennai:  The Madras High Court has ordered the Tamil Nadu government to pay Rs 25 lakh to a woman whose name was revealed twice by the government in connection with the Pollachi sexual assault case. While Coimbatore Superintendent of Police SP Pandiarajan had mentioned her name during a press meet, Tamil Nadu Home Secretary Niranjan Mardi revealed it in an order transferring the case to the CBI. The high court’s Madurai bench directed disciplinary action…

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DMK Alliance Announces Constituencies, Calls It Secular Progressive Alliance

The alliance would be called Secular Progressive Alliance. Chennai:  With weeks to go for the national elections, the DMK-led alliance in Tamil Nadu on Friday released the list of constituencies allotted for each of the nine partners. The alliance would be called Secular Progressive Alliance, it announced. The DMK, which will contest 20 seats, has taken its old stronghold Chennai’s North, South and Central constituencies, besides Tuticorin where there is speculation MK Kanimozhi could contest to make an electoral debut Nilgiris. Former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran is likely to fight…

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AR Rahman-Mentored Chennai Prodigy Lydian Nadhaswaram Wins $1 Million In US Reality Show

Lydian Nadhaswaram is a student of the Chennai-based KM Music Conservatory that AR Rahman runs. New Delhi:  Academy Award winner AR Rahman is all praises for 13-year-old Lydian Nadhaswaram. The teenager, who is being praised for being a “piano prodigy”, won a million dollars for his performance on the American reality show ‘The World’s Best‘. “It was really good performing in a huge international platform. I practiced a lot for the competition,” Lydian told NDTV. The young prodigy also made his debut on The Ellen Show. A video shared by…

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Jaganmohan Reddy Demands CBI Probe Into Uncle YS Vivekananda Reddy’s Murder

Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh:  YSR Congress party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy today demanded a CBI probe into the “murder” of party leader and his uncle YS Vivekananda Reddy. The leader of opposition also blamed the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) for the killing of Vivekananda, brother of his late father and former Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy. Vivekananda, a former state minister and a former MP, was found dead under suspicious circumstances at his residence in Pulivendula town in Kadapa district Friday morning. After preliminary investigations, police said the YSRCP leader…

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Nun Who Protested Against Franco Mulakkal Told To Leave Congregation

Bishop Mulakkal is accused of raping a nun on 14 occasions from 2014 to 2016. Wayanad:  A nun from Kerala’s Wayanad, who was part of a protest against rape-accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal, was issued a final notice by church authorities and asked to leave the congregation. She had earlier been issued two warning letters. In its notice, the Franciscan Clarist Congregation accused Sister Lucy of leading a life which was against the “principles of religious life” and the rules of the congregation. She has been asked to give an explanation…

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Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Plea Of TTV Dhinakaran On Common “Pressure Cooker” Symbol

TTV Dhinakaran had floated Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam after he and Sasikala were expelled from AIADMK. New Delhi:  The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a plea of former AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran and VK Sasikala challenging a Delhi High Court order granting the ”two leaves” symbol to a faction led by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister EK Palaniswami. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi issued notice to the Election Commission of India (EC) on the limited plea of Mr Dhinakaran that they be allowed to use common symbol…

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Lok Sabha Elections Ahead, Sexual Assault Cases Filed Against Congress Lawmakers In Kerala

Police lodged various cases of sexual assault against the three legislators. Thiruvananthapuram:  In a setback to the Congress in Kerala, sexual assault charges have been levelled against three sitting legislators likely to be fielded by the opposition party in the Lok Sabha elections. A first information report (FIR) in the case was filed against Hibi Eden, Adoor Prakash and Anil Kumar on the basis of complaints filed by the accused in the 2013 solar panel scam. While a case of rape has been registered under Section 376 of the Indian…

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3 Generations Of Deve Gowda Family Are Candidates; Some Tears And Complaints

HD Deve Gowda was moved to tears while announcing his grandson’s candidature from Hassan. Bengaluru:  Family matters can get emotional. Janata Dal (Secular) chief HD Deve Gowda could barely keep his tears in check while handing over his seat – Hassan in southern Karnataka – to grandson Prajwal Revanna at a public event in the parliamentary constituency on Wednesday. “With your blessings and the blessings of God Channakeshava, I have chosen Prajwal Revanna to contest from Hassan (in the Lok Sabha elections),” he announced, moving three generations of his family…

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Jagan Reddy’s Uncle YS Vivekananda Reddy Murdered, Body Found In Blood-Splattered Bathroom

Hyderabad:  YS Vivekananda Reddy, younger brother of former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and a former minister in the state government, was found murdered at his home in Pulivendula, Kadapa district. He had sustained severe injuries in his head, the police said. A murder case has been lodged. “There were two injuries on his head, one each on the front and the back,” his nephew Avinash Reddy was quoted as saying by news agency Press Trust of India. Huge clots of blood were found in the bedroom…

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Supreme Court Seeks Election Commission Response On TTV Dhinakaran Plea Over Pressure Cooker Symbol

AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran seeking “Pressure Cooker” as a symbol for the Lok Sabha Elections New Delhi:  The Supreme Court on Friday sought the Election Commission’s response on a plea by AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran seeking “Pressure Cooker” as a symbol for both the Lok Sabha polls and Assembly by-elections. Seeking a response from the election panel, a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjiv Khanna agreed to hear the matter on March 25. The plea by Mr Dhinakaran and VK Sasikala, now jailed in…

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Kamal Haasan Questions Chief Minister E Palaniswami’s Silence

Kamal Haasan accused the AIADMK government of trying to silence the Pollachi sex abuse victims Chennai:  Actor turned politician Kamal Haasan tore into the ruling AIADMK government of Tamil Nadu questioning the silence of the ministers and top leaders in the Pollachi sex abuse case. “You carry Jayalalithaa’s picture in your pocket but what have you done for safety of women?” “Why is the government silent on the Coimbatore Superintendent of Police naming the woman, who had filed a complaint? How were the videos leaked?” Kamal Haasan lashed out, accusing…

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TDP Releases First List Of 126 Candidates For Andhra Pradesh Assembly Polls

TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu also released an audio song for the election campaign. Amaravati:  The ruling Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday night released its first list of 126 candidates for the April 11 assembly election, amid unprecedented protests and rebellion in the party. Name of Chief Minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu and his son Nara Lokesh figured in the list announced by Mr Naidu himself at a late-night press conference. He called it “Mission 150 Plus”, as the party aimed to win at least 150…

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Rahul Gandhi Targets CPM For Violence, PM Over Mann Ki Baat In Kerala

Congress President Rahul Gandhi spoke at a public event in Kozhikode today. Kozhikode:  Weeks before Kerala votes in the national election, Congress president Rahul Gandhi today met family members of three youth Congress activists who were brutally murdered in the span of one year, allegedly by CPM activists. At least five CPM members, including a leader, have been suspended from the party since the killings. “I assure the family members justice”, Rahul Gandhi told media in Kasargod after meeting the families. Speaking in Kozhikode at a public event, the Congress…

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30 Students Fall Ill After Having Breakfast In Telangana School

The students were shifted to Asra hospital for treatment where their condition is said to be stable. Hyderabad:  More than 30 students of Telangana Minorities Residential Girls School fell ill allegedly after having breakfast provided by the school on Thursday. The students were shifted to Asra hospital for treatment where their condition is said to be stable. A few among them have also been discharged. “We received information that few students have fallen ill after having breakfast at Telangana Minorities Residential Girl’s School. Immediately our local police personnel reached the…

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Asaduddin Owaisi Hits Out At PM Modi After China Move On Masood Azhar

This is a failure of Narendra Modi’s Jhula diplomacy, said Asaduddin Owaisi. Hyderabad:  Unable to get Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar listed as a global terrorist at United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is a failure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Jhula diplomacy”, said Hyderabad parliamentarian Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday, in an obvious reference to PM Modi ‘swinging’ with Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to India. The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) party president said that while China was refusing to cooperate in blacklisting the terrorist, the Modi government placed…

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Students’ Stir Continues, Local Colleges Shut

Students boycotted classes and staged sit-ins demanding stringent punishment in the case. (FILE) Pollachi/Chennai:  Authorities on Thursday declared holidays in local colleges over the issue of sexual abuse of nearly 60 women in Pollachi fearing violence following the surfacing of explosive details, a day after the Tamil Nadu government gave its nod for a CBI probe. The Madras High Court on Thursday rejected a plea for a special investigation team probe, saying the Central Bureau of Investigation has already been told to probe the case.  The CBI will investigate the…

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Centre Sends Team To Kerala After Boy Tests Positive For West Nile Virus

The virus is transmitted to humans through a mosquito bite and is mostly reported in North America (FILE) New Delhi:  A central team has been sent to Kerala where a seven-year-old boy has reportedly tested positive for vector-borne West Nile virus to review the situation. The team will also help the district administration in its prevention and management. The virus is transmitted to humans through a mosquito bite and is mostly reported in North America. Affected people complain of fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, occasionally skin rash and swollen…

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Karnataka BJP Chief BS Yeddyurappa Says His Priority Is To Win At Least 22 Lok Sabha Seats And Make PM Modi Prime Minister

BS Yeddyurappa told NDTV that the conditions are very favourable for the BJP in Karnataka Bengaluru:  The BJP in Karnataka has won more than half of the state’s 28 Lok Sabha seats in the last three general elections. In 2014, the party won 17 and this time round, state party president and former chief minister, BS Yeddyurappa, said that the BJP will do even better.  Speaking to NDTV in Bengaluru on Wednesday he said, “This time PM Modi will come back to power. We are going to win more than 275…

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Rahul Gandhi In Kerala Today To Flag Off Election Campaign

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Rahul Gandhi will be in Kerala today to address a fishermen’s parliament New Delhi:  Congress chief Rahul Gandhi will today be in Kerala where he will address a fishermen’s parliament, hold a public rally and meet the families of Congress workers who were allegedly killed by the activists of the CPM. Rahul Gandhi will begin his tour of Kerala by addressing the fishermen’s parliament at around 10 am. At around 12 pm, Rahul Gandhi will meet the family of a youth Congress worker, Shuhaib, who was…

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HD Devegowda, Grandson Weep At Event, BJP Calls It First Drama For 2019

New Delhi:  Janata Dal (Secular) founder HD Devegowda on Wednesday wept as he announced that his grandson Prajwal Revanna would be the Congress-JDS candidate from his Lok Sabha constituency of Hassan. Prajwal Revanna also welled up as he saw his grandfather crying. The opposition BJP dismissed the public display of emotion as the “first drama” for the Lok Sabha polls. The Congress and Janata Dal Secular–coalition partners in Karnataka– have come to an agreement on seat sharing. The split was 20-8, with the Congress getting the larger share. The JD(S)…

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HD Deve Gowda, Son, Grandson Cry At Event, BJP Calls It Drama

HD Gowda said he was pained by controversy in Mandya against his grandson Nikhil’s candidature. (File) Bengaluru:  Janata Dal (Secular) chief HD Deve Gowda Wednesday broke down and said he was pained by allegations of dynasty politics against him. The former prime minister’s emotional response was to growing criticism of his family’s alleged nepotism with JD(S) fielding both his grandsons Nikil Kumaraswamy and Prajwal Revanna from party bastions of Mandya and Hassan respectively for the Lok Sabha polls. “…so many allegations, from morning in the media (they talk about) Deve…

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Ex-DMK Minister Ko Si Mani’s Son Mani Anbazhagan Gets 7-Year Jail Term In Money Laundering Case

The money laundering case involves an estimated Rs 78 crore. (Representational) Chennai:  The son of a former DMK minister was sentenced to seven years of rigorous imprisonment by a CBI court in Chennai in a money laundering case involving Rs 78 crore investigated by the Enforcement Directorate. Judge R Vasanthi also imposed a fine of Rs 1 crore on Mani Anbazhagan, the son of late DMK leader Ko Si Mani. According to prosecution, foreign exchange worth about Rs 78 crore was remitted abroad by eight shell entities on production of…

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In Tamil Nadu Sex Abuse Case, Police Naming Woman And Other Lapses

The police claimed that there were only four women who were abused; number of accused is also four Pollachi:  The Tamil Nadu police’s statement on the sexual abuse of nearly 60 women in Pollachi has raised several questions. The horrific sex abuse case, which has rocked the state, came to light last month after one of the women filed a police complaint. Yesterday, the state government decided to transfer the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation. The police’s handling of the case appears to have been marked by lapses…

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Congress Chief Talks To Chennai Students

Rahul Gandhi was speaking to students from Stella Maris College in Chennai. Chennai:  Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is “so angry” that he is “unable to see the beauty of the world” and that is what made him hug him in parliament, recalling one of the most memorable moments in politics last year during a breezy interaction with students in Chennai. “I could see that the Prime Minister was very angry and was speaking about me, the Congress party and about how we had…

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Andhra Pradesh Man Chops Off Wife’s Legs Over Sale Of Buffalo

Daughter said her father had asked her mother to soak up the axe in water. Krishna:  A man from Andhra Pradesh allegedly chopped off his wife’s legs after an argument broke out between them over the sale of their buffalo. G Picchaiah, who lives in Lingalapadu village, fought with his wife Rajeswari on Tuesday night. In a fit of rage, he picked up an axe and chopped off his wife’s legs, the police said. Their daughter said her father had asked her mother to soak up the axe in water,…

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Investigate Robert Vadra But Don’t Be Selective

“Government shouldn’t be selective,” Rahul Gandhi said referring to the probe against Robert Vadra Chennai:  In an interaction with students in Chennai, Rahul Gandhi today referred to the investigation against his brother-in-law Robert Vadra and said, “The government should not be selective”. Prime Minister Narendra Modi should also be investigated in the Rafale jet deal, said the Congress President. “Investigate Mr Vadra, I am the first one to say it. But investigate the Prime Minister also,” Rahul Gandhi said, speaking to a gathering of hundreds of students at the Stella…

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Family Of 6, Including 2 Minors, Dead As Car Falls Into Tamil Nadu Canal

Six members of a family, including two minor girls, drowned after their car fell into a canal in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore early this morning, police said.  The accident occurred when the family, hailing from Masakalipalayam in the city, was returning after visiting the Palani hill shrine. The car plunged into the canal at Kedimedu, after the driver lost control of it, they said. Senior district and police officials have rushed to the spot and operations are on to retrieve the bodies, they added. Source link

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