3 Students In Andhra Pradesh Killed In Car Accident, 5 Others Injured

Amaravati:  Three engineering students died Monday when a car, allegedly driven at a speed of over 160 km, hit a road divider and rammed into a municipal garbage truck in Guntur district, police said. Four other students and the driver and cleaner of the truck were also injured in the accident at Lalpuram, they said. The students have been identified as Sadineni Dhanush, Gunturu Koteswara Rao and Ch Sairam, second year engineering students at RVR and JC College of Engineering. Their injured classmates were admitted to the Government General Hospital…

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Bullet Parts Removed From Oman Teen’s Brain After 8-Hour Surgery In Kochi

Abdul Qader, 17, was operated upon at the VPS Lakeshore Hospital in Kochi.(Representational) Kochi:  Doctors at a private hospital in Kochi have removed parts of a bullet from the brain and chin of a teenager from Oman after an 8-hour surgery.  Abdul Qader Mohammed Hamed Al Alawi, 17, accidentally fired his gun at himself trying to kill a cat which attacked birds at his chicken farm in Jalan Bani Bu Ali, about 280 kilometers from Oman’s capital Muscat on November 20. A part of the bullet remained inside his chin…

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US Journalist Investigating Tamil Nadu Sterlite Plant Questioned By Cops

US journalist Mark Scialla arrived in Tuticorin on a tourist visa on December 27. THOOTHUKUDI:  An American journalist, who was visiting villages affected by the alleged pollution by Sterlite Copper Smelting factory in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin, was taken away from his hotel and questioned for several hours by the police before being let off on Sunday. Mark Scialla’s Twitter handle describes him as an independent journalist covering environmental conflict and social issues. “We just asked him who all he had met and if there was any violation in his visa…

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Jayalalithaa Panel Accuses Tamil Nadu Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan Of Conspiracy, Official Dismisses Allegation

Jayalalithaa died on Dec 5, 2016 and the Commission of Inquiry was constituted the next year. Chennai:  A counsel for a Commission of Inquiry probing the death of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa has alleged in a petition that Tamil Nadu Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan colluded and conspired with Apollo Hospital and “inappropriate treatment” was provided to her, sources said. Also, the commission’s counsel has alleged that the then chief secretary P Rama Mohana Rao, at the time of Jayalalithaa’s hospitalisation in 2016,  had “purposely given false evidence”, they said.…

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HD Kumaraswamy Tells PM Modi That 60,000 Farmers Benefited In Karnataka

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has termed PM Modi’s remark as “incorrect and unfortunate”. Bengaluru:  After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “cruel joke” jibe at the Congress-JDS coalition government in Karnataka for its farm loan waiver scheme, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has termed the remark as “incorrect and unfortunate”. The government has the figures ready and all the information is available online, he said. “Our crop loan waiver is an open book and information is available online, unlike in many other states. The state government is handling tax payers’ money with caution…

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HD Deve Gowda Says oalition Dharma Violation In Karnataka Can Be Disastrous

Deve Gowda said the alliance would help both the Congress and the JD(S) perform well in Karnataka. Bengaluru:  JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda said on Sunday that violation of coalition “dharma” by any one of the partners would only spell disaster for the Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka as it would benefit the communal forces in the state. “If anybody thinks he is superior and thinks of dominating the coalition partner, and also violates the coalition dharma, that ultimately is going to be disastrous, because it will benefit the communal forces…

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HIV-Positive Man, Whose Blood Infected Pregnant Woman, Dies In Tamil Nadu

The woman is being given antiretroviral treatment in Madurai. Chennai:  A 19-year-old HIV-positive man, who had consumed poison after his blood had infected a pregnant woman in Tamil Nadu, died today. The man was rescued after he had consumed rat poison at his home in Ramanathapuram district a few days ago. He was shifted to the Madurai Rajaji Government Medical College Hospital where he died of Gastro Intestinal (GI) bleeding. “He was in critical condition and under observation for two days. Suddenly, he had internal bleeding this morning. We continued…

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Sabarimala Temple Opens For 21-Day Festival Amid Heavy Security

Thousands of devotees thronged the Sabarimala temple for the 21-day Makaravilakku festival. Sabarimala:  The hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa at Sabarimala in Kerala opened on Sunday evening for the 21-day Makaravilakku festival amid heavy security. The Sabarimala temple had closed on December 27, marking the culmination of the 41-day annual Mandala puja festivities. There was a heavy rush of Ayyappa devotees when the shrine opened at 5 pm today. Chief Priest VN Vasudevan Namboothiri opened the temple doors and performed the rituals inside the sanctum sanctorum as well as on…

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Ahead Of Makaravilakku Season, Prohibitory Orders At Sabarimala Extended Till January 5

Around three dozen women below the age of 50 have so far tried and failed to enter the Sabarimala Temple. Sabarimala:  With the Sabarimala temple opening on Sunday for the popular ‘Makaravilakku’ season, the administration has extended the prohibitory orders till January 5, an official said. The first phase of the current season opened on November 15 and closed on December 27. The season is referred to as ‘mandala pooja’. The temple town in Kerala has witnessed protests by Hindu groups since the September 28 Supreme Court verdict that allowed…

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2019 Seat Sharing Between Congress, JDS Will Be Smooth In Karnataka: HD Deve Gowda

HD Deve Gowda suggested seat sharing would be done without any “hitch”. (File) Bengaluru:  Former Prime Minister and JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda on Saturday said the coalition government in Karnataka was functioning “smoothly”, as he indicated that the party was looking for 12 out of 28 seats in the state to contest during next year’s Lok Sabha polls. The statement comes days after local JDS leaders and party workers asked the leadership to contest all 28 Lok Sabha seats in the state, unhappy over the Congress party’s “big brother…

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Bengaluru Woman Arrested In Puducherry Over Cash Theft Of 4 Lakh From ATM

The theft took place on Friday night, police said. (Representational) Puducherry:  A 28-year-old woman was arrested in Puducherry on Saturday for allegedly stealing Rs 4 lakh from an ATM of a private bank, superintendent of police C Maran said. The theft took place on Friday night, he said. The woman, who is from Bengaluru, has been staying in a village near Puducherry, the police official said. Based on a complaint from a cash replenishment agency, the police used the CCTV footage, traced the woman to the neighbourhood of the ATM…

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N Chandrababu Naidu Is Dirtiest Politician Who Does Cheap Politics

K Chandrashekar Rao hit out at Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu (File) Hyderabad:  Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, who has been making efforts to forge a non-Congress, non-BJP front, said Saturday the country needed new economic and agricultural models as the present system did not work. “We are not in a hurry for the election. It is in the process. I say it will certainly have its implications on the present political system. 100 per cent! Definitely, we will achieve some goal much before the election and…

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Panel Probing J Jayalalithaa’s Death Flags Alleged Issues In Her Treatment

Chennai:  A petition has been filed before a Commission of Inquiry probing the death of former chief minister J Jayalalaithaa by its counsel, raising serious medical issues regarding her treatment at the Apollo Hospital. The hospital has, however, strongly refuted the allegations against it raised in the petition. Commission sources told PTI that the plea filed by the standing counsel for the commission seeks to prosecute Tamil Nadu Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan and former chief secretary P Rama Mohana Rao over their statements and depositions. A statement issued Saturday night…

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Mahesh Babu On Attachment Of Bank Accounts

Mahesh Babu’s legal team said a dispute on the matter was pending before court. Hyderabad:  Actor Mahesh Babu has said there was no undisputed tax payable and that he was a law-abiding citizen complying with all fiscal legislations.  Two bank accounts of Mr Babu were attached by the Goods and Services Tax department on Thursday. The Telugu actor’s legal team said a dispute on the matter was pending before court. “The GST Commissionerate Hyderabad has attached the bank accounts for a disputed tax demand of Rs 18.5 lakh claiming Rs…

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Apollo Hospital Asks Panel Probing Jayalalitha’s Death To Rope In Experts

Jayalalithaa was treated in the hospital for 75 days before she died on December 5, 2016. Chennai:  The Apollo Hospital in Chennai has petitioned the commission probing the death of J Jayalalithaa to rope in specialists to examine the voluminous medical records of the late Tamil Nadu chief minister and help it arrive at a decision. Citing medical terminology bloopers in recording the depositions of doctors, the hospital, in a petition Friday, also sought the Justice A Arumughaswamy Commission to constitute an expert panel of doctors. The depositions of the witnesses,…

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Who’ll Play The Accidental CM?

The Congress tied up with the Janata Dal(Secular) to form the government in Karnataka. Bengaluru:  Just when the controversy over the trailer of the upcoming movie ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ finally seemed to be dying down, the BJP dragged a new name into the fray on Saturday. Their target for the moment was HD Kumaraswamy, a political ally-turned-foe who is now the chief minister of a state once regarded as the party’s stronghold in the south. “If there was a movie titled #AccidentalCM, who will play the role of @hd_kumaraswamy?”…

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5 Bengaluru Medical Students Arrested For Allegedly Ragging Dalit Junior

The accused stormed into the 19-year-old Dalit’s room on the night of December 24. (Representational) Bengaluru:  Five senior students of a medical college in Bengaluru’s Rajajinagar have been arrested for allegedly ragging a Dalit freshman on Christmas Eve. They were sent to judicial custody on the basis of a complaint lodged by the victim at the local police station. According to the complaint, the five final-year students entered the 19-year-old’s room at the college hostel on the night of December 24. They verbally abused him, after which one of the accused…

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Singer Chinmayi Sripaada Asked To Pay Random Fee By Dubbing Union After #MeToo Allegations

Chinmayi Sripaada witnessing a decline in work offers after she came out with the allegations. Chennai:  Singer Chinmayi Sripaada, who had accused veteran poet-lyricist Vairamuthu of sexual harassment as part of the #MeToo movement, has been asked to pay Rs 1.5 lakh to be taken back in the South Indian Cine Television Artistes and Dubbing Artistes Union. Ms Sripaada was removed from the dubbing union after she backed several women who spoke against actor Radha Ravi, who heads the body. Apart from the Rs. 1.5 membership charge, she has also…

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Kerala Couple, Separated During Freedom Movement, Meet After 72 Years

The meetinf left the couple speechless and teary-eyed. Kannur:  In a touching re-union, 93-year-old EK Narayanan Nambiar, who was jailed for participating in the 1946 violent farmers’ struggle in Kerala’s Kavumbayi village, met his first wife after 72 years, leaving them both speechless and teary-eyed. As the two sat quietly and wiped away tears, Sarada, now 89, said she did not harbour any anger against anyone. “I am not angry with anyone,” she told Narayanan. “Then why are you quiet? Why are you not saying anything?” said Narayanan as Sarada…

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DMK Files Police Complaint Against Fake Twitter Account In MK Stalin’s Name

DMK has sought legal action against those who created a fake Twitter account in MK Stalin’s name (File) Chennai:  The DMK Friday lodged a police complaint seeking action against those behind a fake Twitter account in the name of its chief MK Stalin and for posting objectionable comments aimed at defaming him. The fake account, similar to the genuine handle of Mr Stalin, is sharing malicious content to bring disrepute and defame him among Hindus, the party said in its complaint. The main opposition party’s organising secretary RS Bharathi provided…

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Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Parameshwara Says BJP Trying To Destabilise Government

Parameshwara admitted there was discontent within the coalition government on cabinet expansion. Kochi:  Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Parameshwara Friday accused the BJP of trying to destabilise the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in the state, which was facing discontent from within, but asserted that the ruling dispensation would complete its full five-year term. The BJP, he alleged, was trying to destabilise the government through another ‘Operation Lotus,’ “a tactic which will not work this time”. He admitted there was discontent within the coalition government on cabinet expansion and portfolio allocation, but claimed…

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12-Year-Old Boy In Tamil Nadu Rescued After Being Sold Off To Farm Owner

The boy has been sent to the care of a children protection home till the probe is over. (FILE PHOTO) Nagapattinam:  A 12-year-old boy was rescued after being allegedly sold by his parents to a farm owner for a small amount, police said. The boy’s parents were reportedly affected in cyclone Gaja that had hit the coast of Tamil Nadu in November. The parents, who are daily wage labourers, were in a desperate need of money after they lost their possessions in cyclone Gaja, police said. The boy was reportedly…

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Congress Attacks KCR Over Delay In Oath Ceremony Of Telangana Lawmakers

KCR is expected to undertake the exercise of inducting more Ministers in the first week of January. Hyderabad:  The Congress on Friday slammed the K Chandrasekhar Rao-led Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government in Telangana over “delay” in the process of newly-elected members of the assembly taking oath as MLAs. “In the history of India, can you find any state where even 18 days after declaration of results, MLAs have not taken oath?,” the Congress in-charge of Telangana affairs, RC Khuntia told news agency PTI. “It requires the attention of the…

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Telugu Actor Mahesh Babu’s Bank Accounts Frozen Over Tax Dues

Mahesh Babu cannot operate the bank accounts until he settles the tax dues with the department. Hyderabad:  The Goods and Services Tax department on Thursday said it has attached the bank accounts of Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu to recover service tax dues from him. According to a press release issued by the Hyderabad GST Commissionarate, Mahesh Babu has not paid the Service Tax during 2007-08 for the taxable services he rendered as brand ambassador, appearance money and advertising for promotion of products among others. “The total tax due from him…

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HD Kumaraswamy Says Seat Sharing Not Yet Discussed With Congress

New Delhi:  Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said on Thursday that his party JD(S) has not yet discussed with its ally, the Congress, the seat-sharing formula for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The JD(S) leader’s comment came in the wake of Congress leader Siddaramaiah in Hubbali on Thursday rubbishing BJP’s claim that the coalition government in Karnataka would collapse due to an internal rift. “There has not been any discussion on this (seat sharing) with the Congress so far. When the discussion has not yet taken place, then there is no…

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Tamil Nadu, Karnataka Not “Indo-Pak Enemies”, Says HD Kumaraswamy

Bengaluru:  HD Kumaraswamy on Thursday said Tamil Nadu and Karnataka were not “Indo-Pak enemies” and the states can resolve the matter of proposed Mekedatu project on Cauvery River amicably. The centre is expected to call a joint meeting of the heads of both the states in the next 10-15 days to iron out the differences. Mr Kumaraswamy met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday and thanked the centre for giving clearance to the state government for preparing the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the Mekedatu project. The two main Tamil…

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BS Yeddyurappa Says Never Said We Will Execute Operation Lotus In Karnataka

“Neither me, nor our leaders have said we will carry out Operation Lotus,” BS Yeddyurappa said. Bengaluru:  Ruling out any attempts by his party to destabilise the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka, state BJP president BS Yeddyurappa said his party would take “appropriate decision” in case of political instability. BS Yeddyurappa distanced himself from senior BJP lawmaker Umesh Katti’s claim that 15 disgruntled MLAs from the ruling coalition were in touch with him and that the party will form a new government in Karnataka by next week. “Neither me, nor…

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Siddaramaiah Says Strong Congress-JDS Alliance Will Contest 2019 Together

“Nothing will happen, the government will not fall,” Congress leader Siddaramaiah said. Bengaluru:  Dismissing BJP’s claim that the coalition government in Karnataka would collapse due to internal rift, Congress leader Siddaramaiah said on Thursday that a “strong” Congress-JDS alliance will contest Lok Sabha polls together. Siddaramaiah also ruled out any differences between him and Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara over portfolio allocation to newly inducted ministers. “They (BJP) don’t want to sit in the opposition and work. By wrong means, they want to form the government,” hesaid. Siddaramaiah’s comments came…

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Tamil Nadu Blood Donor Attempts Suicide After Infecting Pregnant Woman With HIV In Virudhunagar

Three health workers of the hospital’s blood bank were suspended after initial inquiry (Representational) Chennai:  A pregnant woman in Tamil Nadu contracted HIV after blood transfusion at a government hospital in Virudhunagar district’s Sattur. The donor, a teenager, reportedly attempted suicide today by consuming rat poison as his family struggled to deal with the issue. The woman visited the government hospital on December 3 for a prenatal checkup when she was found to be anaemic. She was advised blood transfusion and four days after the procedure, it was found that…

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PM Modi To Begin 2019 Campaign In Kerala On January 6 From Pathanamthitta

BJP is hopeful of putting up a good show with Kerala in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Thiruvananthapuram:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive at Pathanamthitta in Kerala on January 6 to begin the campaign for the Lok Sabha elections, a senior BJP leader said on Thursday. PM Modi’s arrival in Pathanamthitta — the district where the Sabarimala temple is located, is seen as a deft political move. Speaking to the media in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala BJP President PS Sreedharan Pillai said PM Modi will arrive in Pathanamthitta from Andhra Pradesh.…

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2 Navy Personnel Killed After Hangar Door Falls On Them At Kochi Base

Kochi:  Two Navy personnel were killed today when the heavy door of a helicopter hangar fell on them at the Southern Naval Command’s base in Kochi, Navy sources said. One of the sections of the sliding doors of the hangar at the Naval Air Station of INS Garuda, where helicopters are kept, fell on the two Navy personnel around 10 am, sources said. The two personnel were Chief Petty Officers. More details are awaited. Source link

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Karnataka BJP Leader Umesh Katti Claims In Talks With 15 Congress, JDS Lawmakers

Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa had said the party was not in touch with any lawmakers of Congress. Bengaluru:  Senior Karnataka BJP lawmaker Umesh Katti Wednesday claimed he was in touch with 15 disgruntled legislators of ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition and his party would welcome them if they chose to join it. The eight-time lawmaker further claimed BJP would form a new government in the state by next week, drawing a strong reaction from state Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao, who hit out at him for making “illusionary statements” to “confuse”…

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Kerala Man, Wanted In ISIS Case For 2 Years, Caught By NIA After Using Encrypted Platforms

Habeeb Rahman will be produced before the Special Court for NIA Cases on Thursday. (File) New Delhi:  The National Investigation Agency on Wednesday arrested a 25-year-old man who was missing in connection with a case of ISIS-inspired youths from Kerala joining the West Asia-based terror group, officials said. Habeeb Rahman, from Wayanad in Kerala, was arrested in the two-year old ISIS Kasaragod Module case, the agency said in a statement. “The case relates to the criminal conspiracy hatched by the accused persons from Kasaragod district of Kerala and their associates…

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India’s First Vertical-Lift Bridge To Reconnect Rameswaram With Mainland India

The vertical-life bridge will replace the existing 104-year-old Pamban bridge. (File) New Delhi:  Railways will build the country’s first vertical-lift bridge connecting Rameswaram in Arabian Sea to mainland India that will allow ships and steamers to pass through without any hinderance, replacing the existing 104-year-old Pamban bridge, a senior official in the ministry said. The bridge, over two-kilometre-long, which is likely to cost Rs 250 crore, will have a 63-metre stretch which will lift up while remaining parallel to the deck to allow access to the ships, the official said.…

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From January 1, Andhra Pradesh High Court Will Function From Amravati

The Andhra Pradesh High Court will have 15 judges besides the chief justice (File) New Delhi:  Come New Year, Andhra Pradesh will have a separate high court which will function from Amravati, the new capital of the state. Since the bifurcation of the state on June 2, 2014, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have had a common high court at Hyderabad, the latter’s capital city. With the creation of the new high court, the country now has 25 high courts. “…the President hereby constitutes a separate High Court for the State…

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Ahead Of 2019, 4 New Allies To Join Left Government In Kerala

The ruling CPI(M) led Left Democratic Front in Kerala inducted four more parties into its fold. Thiruvananthapuram:  Seeking to widen its political base ahead of 2019, the ruling CPI(M) led Left Democratic Front in Kerala inducted four more parties into its fold. A crucial front meeting in Thiruvananthapuram, decided to include the Loktantrik Janata Dal led in the state by media baron and Rajya Sabha MP, M P Veerendra Kumar, the K Balakrishna Pillai-led Kerala Congress (B), the Indian National League (INL) and Democratic Kerala Congress (DKC) as new allies.…

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Pregnant Woman Tested HIV-Positive After Blood Transfusion In Tamil Nadu’s Virudhunagar

The woman was administered blood from an HIV-positive young man. (Representational) Chennai:  A young pregnant woman in Tamil Nadu contracted HIV after infected blood was pumped into her during a blood transfusion at a government hospital in Virudhunagar district. Three lab technicians were suspended for alleged lapses over the last two years. The woman was administered blood from an HIV-positive young man on December 3. The man was tested positive for HIV and Hepatitis-B two years ago by a private lab when he donated his blood. However, he wasn’t informed…

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Boy Arrested For Raping And Killing 25-Year-Old Woman

During interrogation, the boy, who lived near the victim’s home, confessed to the crime. Puducherry:  A boy was arrested for allegedly raping and killing a 25-year-old woman at her home in Kuyavarpalayam village in Puducherry, police said on Tuesday. Senior Superintendent of Police Rahool Alwal said the woman’s mother had filed a complaint with police on December 18 that her daughter was found dead in her home with her throat slit. The victim was alone after her mother and brother had left for work. Post-mortem examination suggested that the woman…

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Puducherry Chief Minister Warns Of Revolt By Farmers Over Mekedatu Dam

Mr Narayanasamy called upon the Central Water Commission to convene a joint meeting. Puducherry:  Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy on Tuesday said there would be a big revolt by farmers if the Centre does not pay heed to the objection of the Union Territory and Tamil Nadu to the move of the Karnataka government to build a dam across Cauvery at Mekedattu, Karnataka. Talking to reporters after releasing the 2019 New Year government diary and calendar, he said, “The Centre had arbitrarily given its nod to the Karnataka government to…

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Teen Stabs Mother To Death For Stopping Her From Eloping With Facebook Lover

The girl along with three others have been arrested in the case (Representational) Thiruvallur:  A girl, said to be in her teens, allegedly killed her mother after she was stopped from running away with her Facebook ‘boyfriend’, the police said Tuesday. The accused Devi Priya, a college student, had fallen in love with her Facebook friend Vivek and wanted him to take her to his hometown, the police said. Vivek, who apparently works at a garment shop, told her that he would not be able to come and sent two…

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Rahul Gandhi’s Dig At PM Narendra Modi Over Middle-Class Welfare

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi attacked PM Narendra Modi over a BJP workers’s conference. New Delhi:  Congress chief Rahul Gandhi today tweeted a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who allegedly dodged a question from a BJP worker about the government’s taxation policy for the middle class. The exchange took place during one of PM Modi’s regular video interactions with the party workers through the NaMo app. Mr Gandhi tweeted: “Vanakam Puducherry! That’s NoMo’s answer to the struggling middle class. Forget a press conference he can’t even string together a polling…

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Karnataka Chief Minister’s Order Caught On Tape, Says Kill Mercilessly

HD Kumarawamy was heard giving that the instruction most likely to a senior police officer. Bengaluru:  Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has landed in controversy after being caught on tape instructing someone – most likely a senior police officer – to “mercilessly” avenge the killing of a local leader of his party, the Janata Dal Secular or JDS. “He (Prakash) was a good man. I don’t know who killed him in this way. Kill the miscreant mercilessly. There would be no issue,” he is heard saying in video clips recorded…

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Chandrababu Naidu Accuses Odisha, Telangana Of Blocking Polavaram Project

Chandrababu Naidu vowed to complete the Polavaram project by December 2019. (FILE PHOTO) Amaravati:  Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday accused his Odisha and Telangana counterparts Naveen Patnaik and K Chandrasekhar Rao of trying to block the construction of the multipurpose Polavaram project on the Godavari. He vowed to complete the project by December 2019 and maintained that Polavaram project caused no problems to either Telangana or Odisha. CM Naidu said that no force could stop the work. “During their meeting in Bhubaneswar yesterday, Mr Patnaik and…

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6 Of Family Arrested Over Alleged “Dishonour Killing” Of Woman

The victim’s father, brother and relatives were taken into custody for questioning (Representational) Hyderabad:  Six people, including the father and the brother of a 22-year-old woman who was allegedly murdered in a suspected case of dishonour-killing in Mancherial district of Telangana, were arrested Monday, police said. A video purportedly showing P Anuradha saying she wanted to live with A Laxman and that her parents would be responsible if anything happens to him or her, went viral on social media. Also, she had purportedly said the police should take cognisance of…

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Telangana Man Kills Mother On Suspicion She Made Him Sick With Black Magic: Cops

Based on a complaint lodged by his father, the accused was taken into custody (Representational) Hyderabad:  A 52-year-old woman was allegedly strangled to death by her son in Rajanna Sircilla district of Telangana on suspicion that she practised black magic against him, police said Monday. The incident happened at the woman’s house late Sunday night, the police said. D Srinivas, 30, suspected his mother was practising sorcery as he was falling ill often and so decided to murder her, a police official told PTI. Based on a complaint lodged by…

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President Ram Nath Kovind Inaugurates Palmatum Rock Garden At Rashtrapati Nilayam Telangana

President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated a rock garden and water cascade at Rashtrapati Nilayam in Telangana President Ram Nath Kovind today, during the last leg of his four-day visit to Telangana, inaugurated the Palmatum Rock Garden and Water Cascade near the Herbal Garden located at the President’s residence in the state. The president was accompanied by his wife, Savita Kovind during his trip to Telangana. President Kovind and Ms Savita Kovind posed for photographs amid the picturesque surroundings, which were uploaded on the President’s social media accounts today. After the…

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Everyone Meeting Mamata Banerjee, Says Trinamool Congress As KCR Comes Calling

KCR had met Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata in March as well. (File) Kolkata:  Hours before Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao takes a special flight to Kolkata to meet his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee, her party has said it is all but “natural” that everyone wants to meet her. “When we are looking at 2019, don’t be surprised. Obviously everyone wants to listen to her, share their thoughts with her. This is but natural,” senior Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien told NDTV. On Sunday, K Chadrashekar Rao or KCR…

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2 Women Blocked By Sabarimala Protestors Near Hill Shrine

Around 11 women aborted their attempt to go to the Sabarimala shrine on Sunday (AFP) New Delhi:  Two women below 50 today morning started to trek up to the Sabarimala temple shrine. The women are currently just one kilometer away from the hill shrine and are being escorted by a police team, amid a large group of protestors blocking their way. Kerala police have asked for more personnel to be sent from the base camp. One of the two women, Bindu, said they will not turn back even if there…

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2 Women Blocked By Protesters Near Sabarimala, Cops Wait For More Forces

Sabarimala: Protesters at Pamba say they will block any attempt by women to enter the shrine New Delhi:  Two women below 50 who started trekking uphill to the Sabarimala temple this morning are 1 km away from the hilltop shrine in Kerala. A large group of protesters are blocking their way. The two women are being escorted by a police team. They have asked for more personnel to be sent from the base camp Pamba as the protesters have surrounded them. One of the two women, Bindu, said they will…

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Directorate General Of GST Intelligence Busts Rs 220-Crore Fake Tax-Invoices Scam

The officials seized cheque books with pre-signed cheque leaves pertaining to 45 bank accounts Chennai:  The Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI) has busted a racket of fraudulent companies engaged in raising fake tax invoices worth Rs 220 crore to avail input-tax credit. According to the DGGI, searches were conducted at several official as well as residential premises last Thursday in Chennai and Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu and busted the racket and arrested two persons. “Several incriminating documents, including copies of fake invoices, issued on the letterheads of several firms…

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