The Sabarimala Stand-Off Explained In 10 Points

Numerous protesters camped outside Nilakkal in an attempt to prevent women from entering (AFP File Photo) Thiruvananthapuram:  A religious stricture banning women between 10 and 50 years from entering the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala in Kerala has always raised eyebrows in the past, but never did it spark violent protests that shocked an entire nation. Two days after the hill-shrine opened its doors to the public, Hindu devotees continued to lay seige to the holy hill on Friday – vandalising vehicles in open defiance of the police and threatening…

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Swami Paripoornananda Joins BJP May Campaign In Telangana Elections

New Delhi:  Swami Paripoornananda, head of Sree Peetham mutt, joined the BJP today in the presence of party president Amit Shah. He is likely to be a key face of the BJP in the two Telugu speaking states in India – Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. His entry is particularly significant given the upcoming Assembly elections in Telangana. Reports suggest he is interested in contesting from Telangana either in the state polls or in the 2019 general election. “I am happy to be part of this party…I am grateful to BJP…

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Telangana BJP To Announce First List Of Candidates Soon

BJP has decided to slug it out alone in the Telangana polls. Hyderabad:  The Telangana unit of the BJP is likely to announce first set of candidates for the upcoming Assembly polls in a day or two, the party’s spokesperson Krishna Sagar Rao said today. The party has formed an election committee headed by its Telangana unit president K Laxman for screening candidates. “Most likely we may announce the first set of contesting candidates tomorrow or day after tomorrow. We are hoping to announce 25 to 30 names in the…

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Rehana Fathima, Devotee And Activist Could Not Enter Sabarimala Temple. Her Kochi House Was Vandalised

“My life is in danger. The police have said that they will provide protection,” said Rehana Fathima Sabarimala, Kerala:  As Rehana Fathima tried to reach the Sabarimala shrine in Kerala on Friday, carrying on her head the offerings for Lord Ayyappa, like all devotees and guarded by hundreds of policemen, there was trouble for her back home in Kochi. Ms Fathima’s home was vandalised by men angry with her for trying to “defy” Sabarimala’s centuries-old ban on women of menstrual age, or between 10 and 50 years; the Supreme Court…

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Tradition, Mobs Block Women Trying To Get To Temple

Devotees wait in queues inside the premises of the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district. Sabarimala Temple, India:  At Sabarimala temple that is the focus of a battle over gender equality, many devotees are in festive mood, successful – so far – in their bid to keep women out. A Supreme Court decision to end a ban on women of menstruating age or between 10 and 50 years at the temple in Kerala has sparked violent demonstrations on the roads leading to the site. Traditionalists have threatened women trying to get…

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Centre’s Advisory To Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka On Sabarimala Verdict

Protests ensued as entry of women was allowed again in Sabarimala. (File) New Delhi:  The centre has asked the southern states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to tighten security in view of the continuing protests against the Supreme Court order allowing entry of women of all age groups to Sabarimala temple. In an advisory, the Union Home Ministry also asked the three states to closely monitor the dissemination of various “adverse” messages through social media and the Internet services. “All necessary precautionary measures may be taken to maintain law…

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Rehana Fathima, Devotee And Activist Could Not Enter Sabarimala Temple. Her Kochi House Was Vandalised

“My life is in danger. The police have said that they will provide protection,” said Rehana Fathima Sabarimala, Kerala:  Amid huge protests by hundreds of devotees at the entrance of Sabarimala temple, woman devotee and activist Rehana Fathima had to come back, without entering the shrine on Friday. As she was walking to the shrine in the morning guarded by hundreds of policemen, from Pamba to Sannidhanam, Ms Fathima’s house in Kochi was vandalised by men protesting the Supreme Court’s order overturning the ban on menstruating women in Sabarimala. “I…

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On Your Own, Police Told Kerala Woman Mary Sweety After Sabarimala Protests Forced 2 To Return

She was later taken to a police control room and efforts to stop her from walking up to the shrine New Delhi:  As two women tried and failed to take the last few steps to the famed Sabarimala shrine in Kerala on Friday, blocked by fierce protests, a third woman started her climb. Only to be told by the police that she would have to make her way to the hilltop temple alone, unlike her predecessors, who went with heavy police escort and in riot gear. Mary Sweety, 46, only…

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Pandalam Palace Trust Tells Officials

The Pandalam Royal family claimed to have a strong bond with Lord Ayyappa. Thiruvananthapuram:  The Pandalam Palace Trust today wrote a letter to the functionaries of the Sabarimala temple asking them to shut down the temple if any ritual was broken. Three women who trekked today from the Pamba base camp, 5 km from the temple, had to return after the protesters stood their ground and did not allow them to advance. The letter, addressed to the executive and the administrative officers of the Sabarimala Devaswom, said that if anything…

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Kavitha Jakkal, One Of The Under-50 Women, Who Had To Stop 500 Metres From Sabarimala Temple

Sabarimala, Kerala:  Kavitha Jakkal, is one of the two under-50 women, who tried and failed to enter Sabarimala shrine on Friday. She had to stop 500 metres away from the shrine after the head priest told the police that if the two women enter the temple, he will close the gates and stop puja. After senior police officer, S Sreejith informed the two women, they agreed to return. Ms Jakkal, 24, a journalist from Mojo TV in Hyderabad, was in a bullet proof jacket and helmet and surrounded by 300…

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Kerala IG S Sreejith Said, I Am Also Ayyappa Devotee, While Negotiating With Protesters

Sabarimala, Kerala:  Just minutes away from the last 18 steps to the Sabarimala shrine, hundreds of protesters stood in front of policemen, determined to stop two women from entering the temple. Around 300 policemen had escorted the women on a five-km walk to the hilltop shrine, which has opened for the first time since the Supreme Court ended a ban on women of menstruating age or between 10 and 50 entering the temple of Lord Ayyappa. “I am not going back on the stance. I am doing everything that the…

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2 Women Agree To Return Amid Priests’ Threats To Shut Sabarimala Temple

Pamba/New Delhi:  Two women who trekked 5 km towards the Sabarimala temple with 300 policemen in riot gear escorting them had to turn back after the temple priests threatened the rituals will be stopped if they entered the shrine of Lord Ayyappa nestled in the Western Ghats. The women, including a journalist, were 500 metres from the 18 steps — the golden steps — that lead to the sanctum sanctorum of the famous shrine where no woman between 10 and 50 years has been allowed for centuries, when they decided…

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Woman Devotee 10 Minutes From Sabarimala Shrine, Blocked By Protesters

Sabarimala: Kavitha Jakkal is escorted by policemen on her trek to Sabarimala temple Pamba/New Delhi:  Two women started a 5-km uphill trek towards the Sabarimala shrine in Kerala, escorted by about a 100 policemen in riot gear shielding them from a sea of protestors determined to stop them from reaching the hilltop temple of Lord Ayyappa. The two, including a journalist, are expected to make it to the shrine, on the third day since the temple opened for the first time after the Supreme Court last month overturned a centuries-old…

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Devotees Continue To Block Entry Of Women, Say Lord Ayyappa “Must Be Preserved At Any Cost”

Women in the age group of 10 to 50 years from entering Sabarimala New Delhi:  Two days after the Sabarimala temple opened for the first time after the Supreme Court ruling lifting the centuries old ban on entry of women of all age groups, no women has yet been able to visit the Lord Ayyappa shrine. Devotees have blocked attempts from women in the age group of 10 to 50 years from taking the 4.7 km walk from Pamba. On Thursday, Suhasini Raj, who works as the India reporter for…

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Congress Lost Karnataka Election On Minority Tag To Lingayats

DK Shivakumar, 56, is a Congress minister in the JDS-Congress coalition government (File Photo) Bengaluru:  In an unusual revelation, a senior Karnataka minister has admitted that the religious minority status granted to the powerful Lingayat community by the previous Congress government led to its defeat in the May Assembly election. “The poor show by Congress in the Assembly election is proof that people not liking our government’s decision,” Mr Shivakumar told reporters in Bengaluru on Thursday. Mr Shivakumar, 56, is a Congress minister for water resources in the Janata Dal-Secular…

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Kandaru Rajeevaru, Sabarimala Head Priest Debunks Closure Reports, Asks Young Women To Not Come

Kandaru Rajeevaru urged everyone to not turn Sabarimala temple complex into a ‘war zone’ (File Photo) Sabarimala, Kerala:  The Sabarimla head priest, Kandaru Rajeevaru on Thursday dismissed reports that the tantric family had planned to close down the Lord Ayyappa temple if young women entered it to offer prayers. He was reacting at Sannidhanam, the temple complex, after some reports were widely shared on social media. However, the priest appealed to the women, belonging to the age group of 10-50 who were restricted as per the centuries-old traditions of the…

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MK Stalin Defends His Seeking A Stay On Secretariat Building Probe Case

Chief Minister E Palaniswami had sought only to divert the issue, Mr Stalin alleged (File Photo) Chennai:  DMK president MK Stalin Thursday defended his party obtaining court stay against the probe into alleged irregularities in the construction of a building complex during his party’s rule to house the secretariat, saying the allegations were fabricated. A day after Chief Minister E Palaniswami hit out at DMK for obtaining a stay from the Madras High Court, Mr Stalin claimed there were no corruption allegations, not even irregularities in the construction. “They (AIADMK…

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Recommending Religious Minority Status For Lingayats A Blunder: DK Shivakumar

Bengaluru:  In an embarrassment for the Congress, senior leader and Karnataka water resource minister DK Shivakumar has said that his party committed a “major blunder” by recommending religious minority status for the Lingayat community in the run-up to the May 12 assembly polls. Seeking pardon from people, he said politics in the name of religion was unacceptable. The previous Siddaramaiah government’s gamble to play the Lingayat card with a religious minority tag turned out to be a costly misadventure electorally, leaving Congress poorer in terms of assembly seats. The open…

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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Says Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Spreading Terror In Sabarimala

Several people including journalists were injured after the protests turned violent in Nilackal. Thiruvananthapuram:  Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan blamed Wednesday’s violence against the entry of women into the Sabarimala shrine on “Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) backed attackers” and accused the outfit of trying to destroy the temple’s individuality. The chief minister, who left for United Arab Emirates on Wednesday for a four-day visit, wrote a blog on his Facebook page on the issue today and shared translated excerpts from it on Twitter. “Sabarimala has a uniqueness that other temples…

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Relief For Chennai Residents As Water Tanker Operators End 3-Day Strike

Water tanker operators in Chennai resumed water supply late last night. (File) Chennai:  In a sign of relief to residents of Chennai, water tanker operators called off their three-day strike late last night. However, suppliers of packaged drinking water continue their indefinite strike. The two bodies had called for a strike on Monday following a court order that restricted extraction of groundwater in the city. Water tankers operators, who have resumed water supply in the city, said they withdrew the strike following an assurance reportedly given by the state government…

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Day 2 Of Sabarimala Temple Opening, Prohibitory Orders Imposed

Sabarimala temple opening: Prohibitory orders in place in and around Sabarimala New Delhi:  Over 12 hours after Sabarimala opened its doors to devotees including women of all age groups for the first time after a historic Supreme Court last month that permitted the entry, no woman from the “banned” age group of 10 to 50 years has made it to the hilltop temple. On day two, several outfits called for a 12-hour shutdown. Prohibitory orders were put in place by the police in and around Sabarimala in a bid to…

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New York Times Journalists Forced To Return From Sabarimala, Protests On

Suhasini Raj works as the India reporter for The New York Times. Sabarimala (Kerala):  Two New York Times journalists had to to abort their trek to Sabarimala temple today after angry protesters threw stones and blocked their way. Suhasini Raj, who is a Delhi-based journalist, along with her colleague, a foreign national, managed to go past the Pamba gateway but had to turn back after massive protests. Suhasini clearly said that she was not a devotee and did not want to enter the temple or pray, but the protesters did…

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Bandh In Kerala. Protesters Stop Women From Going To Sabarimala, Protesters Clash With The Police

Widespread protests in Kerala on Wednesday over women’s entry in Sabarimala temple Sabarimala, Kerala:  A day after protests and violence in Kerala against the entry of women of menstruating  age at the famous Sabarimala temple, the state government has banned the gathering of more than five people in Sannidhanam, Pamba, Nilakkal, and Elavungal – the base camps from where devotees head to the hill-top shrine. A 12-hour state-wide shutdown has been called today by a group that calls itself the Sabarimala Protection Committee. Many shops are shut and vehicles are…

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Airport Authority of India Plants 40,000 Saplings At 21 Airports In South India

The saplings were planted, resembling the AAI logo,. (Representational) Chennai:  The Airport Authority of India (southern region) planted over 40,000 saplings of herbal plants in 40 places, including 21 airports, as part of observing national ayurveda day on Wednesday. The initiative was taken up under the ‘Swachch Bharat, Swasth Bharat’ campaign, which would see setting up of herbal gardens in airports and AAI buildings, a release said. The saplings were planted, resembling the AAI logo, between 1000 am-10.05 am in all the 21 airports of the southern region. In the…

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Kerala Cops Vandalise Parked Vehicles Near Sabarimala

Cops were caught on camera pushing two-wheelers and even smashing their rear-view mirrors with sticks. Nilakkal, Kerala:  The gates of Kerala’s Sabarimala temple were opened this evening for the first time since the Supreme Court allowed women of all ages to enter the shrine. However, no woman from the “banned” age group – 10 to 50 years — could make it to Lord Ayyappa’s temple amid protests that turned violent during the day. Protesters, including elderly women, first blocked their way and even screened vehicles for women of menstrual age…

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Sabarimala Protests: Sabarimala Temple Opens After Day Of Protests, Women Stopped: 10 Points

Sabarimala protests: Police lathicharged the protesters who threw stones at them Nilakkal/Pamba:  Scores of protesters in Kerala trying to stop women – including journalists – from visiting the Sabarimala temple were chased away by the police with batons and arrested on Wednesday as the shrine opened for the first time since the Supreme Court overturned the centuries-old ban on entry of women of a menstruating age – or between 10 and 50 year. Protesters in the forests of Nilakkal, around 20 km from the shrine, were bundled into buses shortly…

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Amid Protests, 2 Women Doctors Trekked to Sabarimala Temple For Review Meeting

New Delhi:  Two women doctors of the Kerala government attended a review meeting called by Devasom (temple affairs) minister Kadakampally Surendran on the Sabarimala shrine premises, hours before the temple’s opening for monthly rituals amid tight security on Wednesday. Kerala Public Health Department additional director KJ Reena and deputy director Meenakshi, attended the meeting amid protests against a Supreme Court order ending the temple’s centuries-old ban on women of menstruating age or between 10 and 50 years. Despite women being allowed by the court to visit the shrine, traditional devotees…

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Origin, Beliefs And Controversy Over Women Entry

The pilgrims of Sabarimala have to reach the temple through difficult treks. New Delhi:  Sabarimala is a prominent Hindu temple located on a hilltop in Kerala’s Pathanamthitta district. It is surrounded by 18 hills in the Periyar Tiger Reserve. The temple is dedicated to Ayyappa, the God of growth. The temple attracts pilgrims from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and from various parts of the country and the world. The temple is open for worship only during the days of Mandalapooja in November-December, Makara Sankranti on January 14…

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Centre Denies Kerala Ministers Permission To Mobilise Flood Funds Abroad

Kerala had suffered huge damage in the torrential rains that lashed the state in August this year. Thiruvananthapuram:  The Centre has denied permission for the scheduled visit of Kerala ministers to 17 countries to mobilise funds from expatriates for flood relief work, officials said on Wednesday. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is scheduled to leave for some of the Gulf countries on Wednesday as part of the efforts to mobilise funds from Kerala expatriates. He is expected to be back by October 21. Seventeen of the 20 state ministers had also…

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Two Journalists Covering Sabarimala Protests Attacked, Car Smashed

New Delhi:  Two reporters — one from The News Minute and one from the Republic TV — were attacked by anti-women protesters when they had gone to cover the protests near Kerala’s Sabarimala temple. Traditionally closed to women aged between 10 and 50 years, the famous shrine to Ayappa opens its doors to women this afternoon following a Supreme Court order. The News Minute reported that the anti-women Sabarimala protesters had attacked reporter Saritha S Balan in Pamba. The reporter was on a state transport bus that was carrying devotees…

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2 Women Stopped Just Short Of Sabarimala Shrine, Sent Back By Protesters

Kerala journalist Libi CS had posted on Facebook her plan to visit the Sabarimala temple Thiruvananthapuram:  Two women, one from Kerala and another from Andhra Pradesh, were among the first women to begin their trek to the Sabarimala temple in Kerala on its opening day, but they were stopped by protesters on their way. They managed to walk only a few hundred metres. Libi CS, the woman from Kerala, is a journalist. Hours before her trek, she had announced her plan on Facebook to visit the Sabarimala temple. The protesters…

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Tribals Near Sabarimala Temple Claim Centuries-Old Custom Being Demolished

On Sabarimala, tribals said, “our custom is being demolished by those duty-bound to protect them.” Nilackal, Kerala:  Tribals living in the hills around Sabarimala alleged that the government and the Travancore Devaswom Board were trying to “demolish centuries-old customs” by allowing women between the ages of 10 and 50 to enter the famous Sabarimala temple. They claimed that restrictions imposed on women in the menstruating age group were part of a custom prevailing in tribal societies living in the forests in Kerala. They also claimed several rights of the tribal…

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Sabarimala Temple Set To Open For Women Today, High Alert At Base Camp

Devotees are “screening” vehicles, preventing girls, women of menstruating age from visiting Sabarimala Thiruvananthapuram:  Kerala’s Sabarimala temple is scheduled to open today for devotees, in the backdrop of a controversial Supreme Court judgement, which lifted a centuries-old ban on girls and women of menstruating age from visiting the temple. On Tuesday, devotees took to the streets to “screen” vehicles and prevent girls and women between the ages of 10 and 50 from visiting the holy Hindu shrine. Local television reports said college students and women journalists were stopped about 20…

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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao Announces Rs 1 Lakh Farm Loan Waiver; Doubling Of Old Age Pension

K Chandrasekhar Rao promised an allowance of Rs 3,016 for unemployed youth. Hyderabad:  Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao Tuesday assured Rs one lakh farm loan waiver, besides increasing assistance under the Rytu Bandhu scheme to Rs 10,000 per annum from the current Rs 8,000 if the TRS was voted to power once again. Announcing some of the important points of the Telangana Rashtra Samitis manifesto for the December 7 assembly polls, he said the pension amount would be double and the eligible age limit reduced to 57 years from…

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Women Complain Of Molestation, Sex Harassment At Mysuru Dasara Festival

Police were scrutinising footage obtained from CCTV cameras in the area, he said. Mysuru:  An event during the ongoing Dasara festivities in Mysuru turned into a nightmare for several women who complained of being stalked, sexually harassed and molested. Several women took to social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share their experiences during an event of the ‘Open Street Festival’ held at the Krishnaraja Boulevard. The incidents reportedly occurred Monday when a large crowd, consisting of locals and tourists, gathered to witness the cultural events organised as…

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Man Injured During Protest Dies, Number Of Dead Now 14

Justine had been in coma for the past five months. Chennai:  A person, who was injured during the anti-Sterlite protests in Thoothukudi district in May, died last night taking the number of dead in the incident to 14. Justine had been in coma for the past five months. On May 22, 13 people were killed and more than 60 injured in the alleged police firing during the violent protest against Sterlite plant in Thoothukudi. The people were protesting against the construction of the Sterlite copper plant, claiming that it was…

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Madras High Court Bans Online Sale Of Crackers Till November 15

The petitioner contended that online sale of crackers was against the explosives rules and guidelines. Chennai:  The Madras High Court Tuesday banned online sale of crackers till November 15 on a petition by a fireworks trader who cited loss of business as well as safety concerns. Justice S Vaidyanathan passed the interim order and issued notice to the deputy chief controller of explosives and the commissioners of the Chennai Police and the corporation. Petitioner M Shaik Abdullah sought a direction to the respondents to consider his September 23 representation for…

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About 190 Rohingya In Telangana Voter List, Authorities Seek Deletion

there are specific by the Election Commission to not include identified immigrants in the voters’ list. Hyderabad:  The names of nearly 190 Rohingya living in Telangana have appeared in the voter lists and the process of verification and deletion is on, a senior official of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation said on Tuesday. “We have received the list from the Election Commission with nearly 190 names of Rohingya living in Telangana to be verified. We have sent the list to Returning Officers (RO) and Assistant ROs to verify,” the officer…

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Protesters Check Vehicles For Women Day Before Sabarimala Temple Opening

College students and even women reporters were stopped at the base camp. Thiruvananthapuram:  Hours ahead of the opening of the Lord Ayyappa Temple for devotees, this time for women too, the air is thick with resistance and anticipation at Nilackal, the main entrance to Sabarimala. Girls and women of menstruating age en route the shrine are being stopped or asked to get off vehicles by those who disagree with the Supreme Court decision that has allowed women of all ages to enter the temple. Several groups of devotees, including elderly…

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On Video, Karnataka Woman Beats Bank Officer Over ‘Sex-For-Loan’ Demand

In the video, the woman is heard ordering the man to come with her to the police station. Davangere, Karnataka:  Confronting a bank manager for allegedly demanding sexual favours, a woman is seen thrashing him on the streets in south Karnataka’s Davanagere city, some 260 km from Bengaluru. The video of the incident, which took place yesterday, shows a woman beating up the bank manager for allegedly asking for sexual favours in return for approving a 15 lakh loan that the woman was seeking, news agency ANI reported. In the…

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Sabarimala Temple Body To Meet Soon As Protests Grow Over Women’s Entry

Protesters held a massive ‘Save Sabarimala’ protest march at the Kerala Secretariat yesterday. (File) New Delhi:  A little over 24 hours to go before the Sabarimala shrine in Kerala is scheduled to be open to women of all age groups for the first time after the Supreme Court’s historic ruling last month that permitted the entry. The verdict however received mixed reactions with several thousand people, mostly women, taking to the streets to hold protests against the verdict. Several political parties, religious bodies and groups close to the temple board…

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Abused By Superior, Sub Inspector Attempts Suicide

His colleagues, spotted the note, rushed to the area and prevented Sub Inspector from committing suicide. Kodaikanal:  A Sub Inspector allegedly attempted to commit suicide Monday after the inspector verbally abused him a couple of days ago, police said. The sub-inspector pinned a note on the notice board at the police station against the inspector and tried to hang himself in another part of the building, they said. His colleagues, who spotted the note, rushed to the area and prevented the Sub Inspector from committing suicide. (This story has not…

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3 Drown After Falling Into Lake Near Bengaluru While Taking Selfie: Cops

Bengaluru:  Three teenage students drowned after they fell into a lake on the outskirts of Bengaluru while taking a selfie, the police said on Monday. The boys were among 50 students from Siddaganga Pre-University College in Tumakuru district who were on a visit to Dobbespet to participate in the National Service Scheme or NSS camp. The three students, in the age group of 16-17 years, went to the Siddheshwara shrine. They later went to see a lake nearby and started taking selfies on the edge of the water body. One…

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BJP Congress And Janata Dal Secular Give Preference To Political Families In Karnataka By-Elections

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s wife Anita Kumaraswamy has filed her nomination from Ramanagara. Bengaluru:  By-elections for three Lok Sabha seats and two assembly seats in Karnataka will be held on November 3. Apart from the Jamkhandi Assembly seat, in which Congress lawmaker Siddu Nyamagouda died earlier this year, all the other seats fell vacant because of resignations. The BJP members of Parliament from Shivamogga and Ballari – BS Yeddyurappa and B Sreeramulu – and Janata Dal (Secular) lawmaker from Mandya CS Puttaraju, had chosen to resign after getting elected to…

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Unfair To Target Mohanlal Over Handling Of Kidnapping Case Accused Membership: Film Body AMMA

Actor Mohanlal is the chief of the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists or AMMA Thiruvananthapuram:  The Association of Malayalam Movie Artists or AMMA today came out in support of its chief and actor Mohanlal, who has been criticised by a women’s group over the way a case involving an actress’ kidnapping case was handled. “AMMA finds it unfair that Mohanlal is being targeted,” AMMA treasurer and spokesperson actor Jagdish said in a statement. “Dileep’s case is currently in the court and unless the court gives its final ruling, no one…

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Telangana Congress Gears Up For Rahul Gandhi’s Visit

Rahul Gandhi would address two public meetings in Telangana on October 20. (File) Hyderabad:  Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee Chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy and other party leaders today inspected the arrangements for the visit of party President Rahul Gandhi to Telangana on October 20. Mr Reddy and others left from Hyderabad by a chopper to Bhainsa near Adilabad where Rahul Gandhi will address a public meeting. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Reddy attacked the Telangana Rashtra Samiti government in Telangana for allegedly ignoring farmers’ and other sections and highlighted the…

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Ahead Of Sabarimala Temple Opening, Big Protests, Plans To Stop Women

Thiruvananthapuram:  Thousands of Lord Ayyappa devotees, including women and children, today protested in Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram against the Supreme Court order allowing entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala temple. As the temple complex opens Wednesday for monthly rituals, protesters have warned they will not allow women inside the complex and if needed, they will lie down at the entry points. Steered by the state unit of BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), devotees raised slogans and held pictures of Lord Ayyappa, placards as part of their “Save Sabarimala”…

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Bishop Franco Mulakkal, Accused Of Raping Kerala Nun, Gets Bail

Franco Mulakkal has denied the allegations of repeatedly raping and sexually assaulting a nun. Thiruvananthapuram:  Franco Mulakkal, the senior Catholic priest accused of raping a nun, has been granted bail by the Kerala High Court over three weeks after he was arrested. The priest had approached the high court for bail last month after it was rejected by a lower court. Franco Mulakkal was arrested after three days of questioning and amid protests over the sexual assault allegations. The Kerala government had assured the probe by the Special Investigation Team…

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Massive Protest Against Sabarimala Verdict To Reach Thiruvananthapuram

Political parties and Hindu organisations have been part of a ‘Save Sabarimala’ protest. New Delhi:  Less than 48 hours before the Sabarimala shrine in Kerala will be open to women of all age groups as per a Supreme Court ruling last month, thousands of Lord Ayyappa devotees, mostly women, continue to carry out protests against the ruling. Earlier, police were forced to use tear gas on the angry protesters who turned violent and tried to break brigades. A massive protest will today reach the Kerala secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram. Political parties…

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In Visakhapatnam, Goddess at Sri Kanyaka Parameswari Temple Wrapped In Gold Jewellery Worth Rs 4.5 Crore

Goddess at the 140-year-old temple is adorned with jewellery worth crores every year Visakhapatnam:  As Dussehra festivities gather momentum, the goddess at Sri Kanyaka Parameswari temple was decorated with gold ornaments worth crores this year. The goddess was gifted jewellery worth Rs 4.5 crore and another Rs 2.5 crore as currency notes were used to decorate the temple interiors, said the organizing committee on Sunday in Visakhapatnam. Traditionally every year, on the occasion of Devi Navaratri Vustavalu, the idol is wrapped with gold jewellery and decorated with new currency notes…

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