Massive Fire Breaks Out At Plastic Godown In Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram:  A massive fire broke out at a plastic godown in Thiruvananthapuram today evening. No casualties have been reported so far. The fire have been so massive that authorities have ordered evacuation in 1 km area around the warehouse.  Firefighters have been trying to contain the flame for over three hours now. Fire engines from nearby Kollam district and the city airport has also been asked to join the operations. Source link

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GPS Helps Unearth Rs 400 Crore Garbage Scam In Bengaluru

Bengaluru’s civic authority was ending up paying for garbage disposal vehicles that didn’t exist. Bengaluru:  Bengaluru’s civic authority, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), has decided to hand over the investigation of the garbage-disposal scam to Karnataka’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID). Under the scam, the BBMP was ending up paying for garbage disposal vehicles that didn’t exist. “I have discussed matters related to the scam with Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara, who has agreed to hand over the investigation to the CID,” said BBMP Commissioner Manjunath Prasad. Mr Parameshwara…

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Kerala Minister Mathew Thomas’ Personal Security Officer Dies After Shooting Himself

The policeman was found with a bullet injury on his head and his wrists slashed. (Representational) Thiruvananthapuram:  A personal security officer of Kerala Irrigation minister Mathew T Thomas allegedly shot himself using his service revolver today, the police said. The body of 28-year-old security officer Sujith, who worked at the Armed Reserve Camp, was found with a gunshot wound on his head at his house in Kadakkal, in Kerala’s Kollam district. He had also cut the veins on both his hands, the police added. The officer was taken to the…

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Centre Approves Rs 229 Crore In Advance Andhra Pradesh In Wake Of Cyclone Titli

Andhra Pradesh faced cyclonic storm ‘Titli’ on October 11 and its two districts were severely affected. New Delhi:  The Centre has approved Rs 229 crore for the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) of Andhra Pradesh as its share for 2018-19, the Home Ministry said today. Home Minister Rajnath Singh has approved the release of the second installment of central share of SDRF amounting to Rs 229.05 crore in advance to help Andhra Pradesh in providing relief measures to the disaster-affected people. Further assistance will be provided from the National Disaster…

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Telangana Assembly Election Candidates Shave Cook Even Babysit To Woo Voters

Some candidates in Telangana were seen giving a bath to children and even adults. Hyderabad:  If you are a voter in Telangana and need a haircut, a shave, a meal or even someone to take care of your child, don’t be surprised if your local candidate decides to help you out. In the last few days, several photographs and videos have gone viral in the election-bound state, showing candidates performing all kinds of tasks to endear themselves to voters. Take Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) candidate from Sangareddy, Chinta Prabhakar, for…

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Gold Worth Rs 19 Lakh Concealed In Marker Pens Seized From Air Passenger In Tiruchirappalli

The passenger carrying the gold had been detained for interrogation. (Representational) Tiruchirappalli:  Smuggled gold worth Rs 19 lakh was seized from a passenger who arrived from Singapore in Tiruchirappalli, customs officials said today. The gold was found kept concealed in marker pens after removing the cartridges when officials checked the hand baggage of Narayanan after he landed in Tiruchirappalli yesterday night. It weighed totally 599 gms, they said adding the passenger had been detained for interrogation. Source link

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Man Beheads 13-Year-Old Dalit Girl Who Accused Him Of Misconduct, Tamil Nadu In Rage

The police dismissed media reports that the accused was mentally disturbed. Salem:  A brutal murder has left Tamil Nadu shaken, both because of its gruesome nature as well as the fact that it showed an extremely violent manifestation of casteism. Last week, a 13-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly beheaded by her neighbor in front of her mother’s eyes near Attur in Tamil Nadu’s Salem district. Dinesh Kumar, who belonged to a higher caste, allegedly shouted caste slurs as he attacked the young girl and decapitated her using a sickle. The…

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This 96-Year-Old Woman Scored 98 Per Cent In Kerala Exam

New Delhi:  A 96-year-old woman has cleared a test under Kerala’s literacy programme with flying colours, scoring 98 per cent marks. She was the oldest candidate to take the test under the programme, launched to eliminate illiteracy in the state that boasts of over 90 per cent literacy, the highest in the country. Karthiyani Amma of the Alappuzha district scored 98 out of 100 marks in ‘Aksharalaksham’ literacy programme test of Kerala State Literacy Mission. In the exam, her reading, writing and basic mathematical skills were tested. Approximately 42, 933…

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Chief Minister E Palaniswami Inaugurates Projects Worth 620 Crores In Tamil Nadu

Chief Minister Palaniswami inaugurated multiple projects in Tamil Nadu through video conferencing Chennai:  Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami today launched various projects completed at an estimated cost of a little over Rs 620 crore in the energy, home and highways departments. The chief minister, through video conferencing, inaugurated sub-stations established in various parts of the state like Theni, Erode and Ariyalur districts, an official release said. The sub-stations were set up to address issues including transmission losses and meeting peak power demand in the respective areas, it said. He…

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18 Disqualified AIADMK Lawmakers Won’t Move Court, To Face Bypolls

The 18 disqualified legislators are supporters of the sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran. (File) Madurai:  The 18 disqualified AIADMK legislators will not appeal against the Madras High Court’s order upholding Tamil Nadu Speaker P Dhanapal’s order disqualifying them, said their camp leader TTV Dhinakaran. Speaking to reporters in Madhurai today, Mr Dhinakaran said they would face the bypolls whenever they are held for the 20 vacant seats. On October 25, Justice M Sathyanarayanan, the third judge named by the Supreme Court after a split verdict delivered by a two-judge bench…

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Madras High Court Stays Online Sale Of Medicines

The Madras High Court directed the Centre to file a counter and posted the matter for further hearing. Chennai:  The Madras High Court on Wednesday granted interim injunction restraining online sale of medicines till November 9. Justice R Mahadevan passed the interim order on a plea moved by the Chennai-based Tamil Nadu Chemists & Druggists Association seeking a direction to authorities concerned to block links of websites that selling medicines online. The court directed the Centre to file a counter and posted the matter for further hearing to November 9.…

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For Drought Relief, Karnataka Government Seeks Rs 2,434 Crore From Centre

Karnataka registered a losses worth Rs 16,662 crore due to drought. (File) Bengaluru:  The Karnataka government on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to the Centre seeking Rs 2,434 crore under the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) for drought relief measures. During severe drought and devastating floods between July and August, the state registered a loss worth Rs 16,662.48 crore. “Karnataka has faced severe drought and devastating floods during Kharif 2018. On one hand, the parts of Malnad and coastal districts were affected by floods associated with landslides/mudflows during July-August and on…

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CBI Court Sentences Directorate of Light Houses and Lightships Official To 3 Years In Prison In Corruption Case

The CBI court also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on the Directorate of Light Houses and Lightships official Chennai:  A CBI court today sentenced a senior official of Directorate of Light Houses and Lightships to three years’ rigorous imprisonment in a corruption case. A CBI release said its Anti-Corruption Branch had registered a case in 2014 against K Shakthi, Deputy Director, Directorate of Light Houses and Lightships, Chennai, under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, alleging he demanded Rs 25,000 as bribe from contractor K Mani for issuing certain…

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Have Not Asked TTV Dhinakaran To Return To Party: E Palaniswami

Madurai:  Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami said on Tuesday that the party has not extended any invitation to sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran to return to the ruling party fold but only to those who had gone “off track.” Referring to the party extending an olive branch to 18 disqualified lawmakers, the AIADMK joint coordinator said some people were “lured away” with an intention to “break” the ruling party. “Some people went off track and we have invited them to return. We have not extended invitation to TTV Dhinakaran…

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Swine Flu Kills 8-Year-Old Boy In Coimbatore

The deceased boy was admitted for suspected dengue fever but it was diagnosed with H1N1 influenza. (File) Coimbatore:  An eight-year old boy suffering from swine flu died today at the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital, sources in the hospital said. N Sanjay, hailing from Samathur in nearby Pollachi in Tamil Nadu, was admitted to the hospital 10 days ago for suspected dengue fever, but later doctors diagnosed him to be suffering from the H1N1 influenza. He died today afternoon without responding to treatment, the sources said. Two other patients were undergoing…

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In Karnataka, Next Big Challenge For Congress, HD Kumaraswamy

Karnataka’s Ballari will choose a new parliamentarian on Saturday to replace B Sriramulu Bengaluru:  Karnataka’s Ballari will choose a new parliamentarian on Saturday to replace B Sriramulu, who is now representing a part of the Chitradurga district in the state assembly. The new lawmaker, though, will be a placeholder, filling in till next year’s general elections. The BJP is fielding Mr Sriramulu’s sister J Shanta, who had won an election from the area in 2009. The ruling Congress-JD(S) combine, however, is going all out to wrest this political prize, which…

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Northeast Monsoon Will Reach Tamil Nadu In 2 Days: Weather Department

Conditions are favourable for onset of northeast monsoon in Tamil Nadu, the Met department said Chennai:  Conditions are favourable for the onset of north east monsoon in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in the next two days, the regional weather office said today. While the coastal districts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry would receive rains in the next 24 hours, they would gradually expand to the other parts, Director of Area Cyclone Warning Centre, S Balachandran told reporters in Chennai. “Favourable conditions for the onset of northeast monsoon in Tamil Nadu…

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Chandrababu Naidu’s Party TDP Welcome To Join UPA, Says Veerappa Moily

Congress leader M Veerappa Moily said that the Congress would welcome the TDP to join the UPA alliance Hyderabad:  The N Chandrababu Naidu-led Telugu Desam Party or TDP is welcome to join the UPA for the cause of a united fight against the NDA, senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily said today. The TDP is currently engaged in seat-sharing talks with the Congress for the December 7 Assembly elections in Telangana, which was carved out of Andhra Pradesh in 2014. The TDP broke away from the NDA earlier this year…

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BJP On Dawn-To-Dusk Hunger Strike Over Arrest Of Sabarimala Protesters

More than 3,500 people have been arrested so far for protests over Kerala’s Sabarimala shrine Thiruvananthapuram:  BJP workers began a dawn-to-dusk hunger strike today in front of the Kerala DGP’s office in Thiruvananthapuram, intensifying its agitation against the CPI(M)-led LDF government’s crackdown on Sabarimala protesters. BJP cadres also took out marches to offices of the Superintendents of Police in all district headquarters to condemn the government for arresting the agitators. Addressing party workers in Thiruvananthapuram, BJP state president PS Sreedharan Pillai alleged the ruling CPI(M) was on the road to…

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No Police Protection For 4 Women At Sabarimala, Says Kerala High Court

Kerala police have arrested over 3,500 people in connection with the protests in Sabarimala New Delhi:  A petition by four women, seeking police protection to enter Sabarimala temple, was turned down by the Kerala High Court on Monday after the state government repeated its assurance of providing “necessary assistance” to genuine devotees. Massive protests by devotees and some priests has forced as many as nine women to turn back from various stages of their walk to the temple early this month, after the Supreme Court allowed women of all ages…

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Tamil Nadu, Other Southern States Allowed By Supreme Court To Burst Crackers Anytime In The Day, For 2 Hours

Tamil Nadu celebrates Diwali on November 6. New Delhi:  All southern states can burst firecrackers anytime in the day, for two hours, the Supreme Court said today. The ruling comes a week after the court restricted the use of firecrackers from 8 pm to 10 pm on Diwali to tackle air pollution.  The Tamil Nadu government yesterday urged the Supreme Court to allow bursting of firecrackers on Diwali morning as per religious practices in the state, besides the already permitted period between 8 PM to 10 PM.  The petition sought…

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Women Who Wanted To Enter Sabarimala Wanted To Disrupt Peace: Minister

New Delhi:  Women who wanted to enter the Sabarimala temple did so with the intention of disturbing law and order, Union minister K J Alphons said Monday. Talking to the media, Mr Alphons questioned the intentions of a ‘Muslim’ and a ‘Christian’ woman attempting to go to Sabarimala and alleged they were not there because of their love for Lord Ayappa but to create a law and order situation. “Who is trying to disrupt Sabarimala Temple? A Muslim lady who doesn’t even go to mosque. She tries to go to…

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More Than 3,500 Arrested As Police Cracks Down On Sabarimala Protesters

The BJP has extended full support to the Sabarimala agitation of devotees. Thiruvananthapuram:  Continuing its crackdown on protesters who took part in the Sabarimala agitation, police have so far arrested over 3,000 people across Kerala. DGP Loknath Behera Monday said in a statement that 3,505 people have been arrested in 529 cases registered in connection with the violence and demonstration against implementation of the Supreme Court verdict, allowing women of all age groups into the Lord Ayyappa temple. Condemning the police action on the Ayyappa devotees, BJP in Kerala has…

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MK Stalin Hits Out At AIADMK, Says It Is Government Of Corruption, Commission And Collection

DMK would emerge victorious in all the seats if election were to be held, MK Stalin said. (File) Nagapattinam:  DMK chief MK Stalin on Monday, attacked the ruling AIADMK, saying Chief Minister K Palaniswami was leading a government of ‘Corruption, Commission and Collection’ and was scared of facing the public in elections. “Despite the Madras High Court’s directions to hold local body polls in the state, the State Election Commission is delaying the process. When bypoll dates to Thiruvarur and Thirparankundamassembly constituencies were to be announced, the Chief Secretary wrote…

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Kerala Woman Names Activist Rahul Easwar In #MeToo

Rahul Easwar had invited the woman over to his flat, the woman had alleged. (File) Thiruvananthapuram:  Activist Rahul Easwar, who was arrested and then granted bail for his allegedly provocative remarks on the Sabarimala row, has been named in the #MeToo movement. Mr Easwar has denied any wrongdoing and said the allegations by the woman from Thiruvananthapuram were linked to the Sabarimala issue. The woman, who has not revealed her identity, alleged that Mr Easwar forced himself on her multiple times in early 2000, when she had just taken her Class…

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Congress Close To Finalising Seat-Sharing Formula

Congress planned to release its first list of candidates for the polls by Friday (File) Hyderabad:  The Congress is likely to contest in 90 constituencies, leaving the remaining 29 seats to its alliance partners–TDP, TJS and CPI– in the upcoming. Telangana assembly elections, according to latest indications. Polls to the 119-member assembly will be held on December 7. Sources in the four parties said Monday, the discussions were at an advanced stage under which the TDP has been offered 15 seats, the Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS) led by Prof Kodandaram…

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Sabarimala Temple Open To People Of All Faiths, Says Kerala High Court

Police arrested more than 3,500 people in connection with protests that rocked Kerala this month. (File) Kochi/Thiruvananthapuram:  The Kerala High Court today ruled that the Sabarimala temple is not only for Hindus but has a tradition of welcoming people from all faiths. The ruling by the Devasom Bench, in response to a petition filed by Hindu activist and BJP fellow traveller TG Mohan Das, came as the Kerala government decided to step up security in and around the temple once it opens next month. Mr Das petitioned that the high…

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Amit Shah Keen To Visit Sabarimala, Says BJP After Backing Protesting Devotees

Amit Shah’s wish to visit Sabarimala comes days after BJP claiming full support to protesting devotees. Thiruvananthapuram:  BJP president Amit Shah, who has pledged his party’s support to devotees protesting the entry of women of all ages into the Ayyappa temple, has expressed wish to offer prayers at the hill shrine in Kerala’s Sabarimala during the annual pilgrim season starting on November 17, a party leader said today. “The BJP president has expressed desire to visit the Sabarimala temple. But no decision has been taken so far,” a senior Kerala…

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AIADMK To 18 Sacked Lawmakers

Chennai:  The ruling AIADMK said 18 disqualified legislators can rejoin the party on one condition — they must “kneel” and “apologise” at the memorial of late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa. The 18 legislators were disqualified after they sided with rebel AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran, following a power tussle within the party after death of the former chief minister in December 2016. The AIADMK’s mouthpiece Namathu Amma credited the victory of all the 18 legislators in the 2016 assembly elections to Ms Jayalalithaa, and told them to “deeply repent”…

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BJP To Observe 1-Day Fast To Support Sabariamala Devotees

The Sabarimala Temple witnessed strings of protests by devotees and priests. (File) Thiruvananthapuram:  Kerala BJP Chief PS Sreedharan Pillai on Sunday while extending his support to Sabarimala devotees announced that the BJP will observe a day-long fast on October 30 in front of the Deputy General of Police’s office in the state capital and will march to Superintendent of Police’s office in other districts. Talking to ANI, Mr Pillai said that a 6-day Rath Yatra from Kasargod to Sabarimala will be organised from November 8. “Over 4000 innocent people were…

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Pinarayi Vijayan Takes On Amit Shah

Attacking Amit Shah, Pinarayi Vijayan said, “It is best if he does all this in Gujarat” Palakkad, Kerala:  Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday mocked at BJP President Amit Shah, saying his “strength” wont be enough to pull down the Kerala government led by the CPI-M. On Saturday, Mr Shah warned Mr Vijayan not to play with the Sabarimala issue and warned that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would not mind throwing out the Kerala government if it tried to tinker with issues of faith. Addressing a public meeting on…

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“Lotus In Karnataka Is In Coma”: Siddaramaiah Warns Yeddyurappa

Bengaluru:  Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah Sunday hit out at the BJP for predicting that the JDS-Congress government would fall and warned it against indulging in ‘Operation Lotus’ again, saying the the BJP was already in a state of “coma” due to its past deeds. Siddaramaiah is the head of the Congress-JD(S) coalition co-ordination committee. ‘Operation Lotus’ is a reference to the BJP allegedly luring several opposition MLAs to defect to ensure stability of its then-government headed by B S Yeddyurappa in 2008. “Yeddyurappa (now state BJP chief) has once…

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Attack On Jaganmohan Reddy An Attempt To Murder Him, Says Remand Report

J Sriniwas Rao who attacked Jaganmohan Reddy claimed to be his big fan. Amaravati:  The recent assault on YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy at Visakhapatnam airport by a restaurant employee was an attempt to murder him, according to the remand report submitted by police in a court. J Srinivasa Rao was a “staunch supporter” of Mr Reddy, police told a metropolitan court following a preliminary probe, while seeking remand of the accused. The YSRC had claimed that the cafeteria where the assailant was employed was owned by ruling…

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We Support Those Against Entry Of Women In Sabarimala: Kerala BJP Chief

Thiruvananthapuram:  The BJP will continue to stand by devotees opposed to the entry of all women to the Sabarimala temple, Kerala BJP President P.S. Sreedharan Pillai said on Sunday. Mr Pillai also announced a series of protests to ensure that Sabarimala’s uniqueness — keeping away women in the age group of 10 to 50 — was kept intact. The temple closed after five days of monthly puja on October 22. It will now open at 5 p.m. on November 5 and close the next day at 10 p.m. “We will…

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Ram Madhav Reminded On Twitter That Former Foreign Minister He Ridiculed Is SM Krishna Who Has Joined The BJP

India’s foreign ministers earlier were never noticed at international forums: Ram Madhav Hyderabad:  Ram Madhav, the national general secretary of BJP was trolled on social media after he said that India’s foreign ministers in the UPA regime were “never noticed at international forums” and pointed out a “funny instance”, when one minister read out the speech of his counterpart from another country at a key United Nations meet. Ram Madhav was addressing youth leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha in Hyderabad on Sunday. “There was a time when our…

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Total 3,345 Sabarimala Protestors Arrested Till Now

The arrests have been made for defying the September 28 Supreme Court order (File) Thiruvananthapuram:  Over 3,345 protestors, who prevented women from entering the Sabarimala temple, have been arrested since October 26 while 517 cases have been registered at various police stations across Kerala, authorities said on Sunday. On Sunday morning, Sabarimala tantri family member and activist Rahul Eashwar was arrested taking the total number of arrests to  3,346. He has been taken to Kochi. Mr Eashwar was arrested after the police received a complaint stating that he had made…

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On Amit Shah’s “Opening” Of Kerala’s Kannur Airport, Minister Thomas Isaac’s Comment

Amit Shah was permitted to land in Kannur airport which is yet to be opened on November 9. Thiruvananthapuram:  The “congratulations” Amit Shah tossed to partymen after landing at Kerala’s Kannur airport and his later challenge to the Left government, has irked state minister Thomas Isaac. Mr Shah, the minister indicated, was abusing the state’s hospitality. This morning, Mr Isaac tweeted: “Amit Shah permitted to land in Kannur airport which is yet to be opened on 9th Nov.That is our tradition of hospitality. But he is threatening to oust Kerala…

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Kannada Actor Sruthi Hariharan Files Sex Harassment Complaint Against Arjun Sarja

Sruthi thought of taking a legal action against Arjun on several occasions, she said. Bengaluru:  Kannada film actress Sruthi Hariharan on Saturday filed a sexual harassment case with the police against actor Arjun Sarja in Bengaluru, a week after she had named him on the social media. “We have registered an FIR (First Information Report) and booked the accused (Arjun) under various sections of the IPC on a complaint Sruthi filed at the Cubbon Park police station through her lawyer,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) D. Devaraj told reporters here.…

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Activist Rahul Easwar Arrested For Alleged “Spill Blood” Remark On Kerala’s Sabarimala

Activist Rahul Easwar belongs to the Thazhamon family of Sabarimala priests. Thiruvananthapuram:  Activist Rahul Easwar was arrested today for his alleged provocative remarks on the Sabarimala temple issue. A case was registered against Mr Easwar, who belongs to the Thazhamon family of Sabarimala priests, on the basis of a complaint filed by a person from Thiruvananthapuram, the police said. Mr Easwar had allegedly said that there were people ready to “make wounds in their hand and spill blood in the temple” to force the closure of the hill shrine in…

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“Ready To face Byelections Any Time,” Says Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami

In relief to AIADMK government, the court had upheld disqualification of 18 rebel AIADMK MLAs Coimbatore:  Buoyed by the recent Madras High Court verdict upholding disqualification of the 18 MLAs, ruling AIADMK on Saturday said it is ready to face the by-polls to the Tamil Nadu assembly any time, once the Election Commission announces the dates. Replying to a specific question on the preparedness of AIADMK to contest the by-polls, including to constituencies of these MLAs, Chief Minister K Palaniswami told reporters here that the party was ready to face…

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Chandrababu Naidu Meets Arvind Kejriwal, Mayawati In Delhi, Says Acting As A Facilitator

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu met Mayawati at her home today. New Delhi:  Political parties have to set aside their differences and work as a team to defeat the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections in 2019, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said on Saturday, as he met his counterpart in Delhi Arvind Kejriwal and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati with the message that he was acting as a “facilitator” to bind an opposition coalition. Mr Naidu met Aam Aadmi Chief (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal, Loktantrik…

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BJP Minister Refuses To Go On Stage After Low Turnout At Event In Tamil Nadu

Pon Radhakrishnan inaugurates a health and wellness center at Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu. Nagapattinam:  Union Minister of State for Finance and Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan refused to go up on a stage at a government event in Tamil Nadu’s Nagapattinam district after he expressed discontent over low turnout of people at the venue. Mr Radhakrishnan was there to inaugurate a state-government run family welfare centre on Friday. Around 20 people were present at the event. Irked by thin attendance, the union minister reprimanded the state health department officials. Video footage being circulated…

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Sri Lanka Political Crisis A Cause Of Concern For Tamil Nadu Fishermen, Says MK Stalin

DMK chief MK Stalin says Sri Lankan President’s decision has shocked Tamils world over. (File) Chennai:  Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief MK Stalin today said the political developments in Sri Lanka are a cause of concern not only for the Tamils in Sri Lanka but also for those living in Tamil Nadu, especially fishermen. To the shock of Tamils world over, former President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa has been appointed as the Prime Minister by President Maithripala Sirisena, the DMK president said in a statement. Mr Stalin said this…

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Madras Music Academy Bans 7 Carnatic Artistes From December Event

The Madras Music Academy has taken a strong stand against #MeToo accused. Chennai:  Cracking down on Carnatic singers facing sexual harassment charges, the Madras Music Academy has barred seven artistes from performing in the prestigious Margazhi festival in Chennai this December. After singer Chinmayi Sripaada “exposed” lyricist Vairamuthu in a series of tweets earlier this week, several artistes came forward to level accusations against academy gurus who had mentored them. “We can’t remain silent on what’s happening around us,” said Madras Music Academy president N Murali, referring to the MeToo…

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Amit Shah Becomes ‘First’ Passenger At New Kerala’s Kannur Airport

Amit Shah is in Kannur to inaugurate the new district office of the BJP. Kannur:  BJP President Amit Shah on Saturday unofficially became the ‘first passenger’ to have walked through the brand new international airport in Kannur, which will open shortly to the public. The Kerala government tried its best to thwart the landing of Mr Shah, but it had to bend after the intervention of the civil aviation authorities in Delhi. The date of inauguration is yet to be finalised. @AmitShah ji, The very first passenger at #Kannurairport during…

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Ashram Of Kerala Religious Preacher Swami Sandeepananda Giri Who Backed Sabrimala Verdict Attacked: Live Updates

Two cars and one scooter at the ashram were set on fire at around 2:30 am. New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram:  An ashram of Swami Sandeepananda Giri who supported the Supreme Court verdict allowing entry of women of all ages to Sabarimala temple was attacked early Saturday. Two cars and one scooter at the Swami Sandeepananda Giri’s School of Bhagavad Gita on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram were set on fire at around 2:30 am. The attackers also put a wreath in front of the hermitage.  Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who visited the ashram…

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Kerala Ashram School of Bhagavad Gita Run By Preacher Swami Sandeepananda Giri Who Backed Sabarimala Verdict Set On Fire

Two cars and a scooter belonging to Swami Sandeepananda Giri’s School of Bhagavad Gita were set on fire. Thiruvananthapuram:  An ashram in Kerala, founded by a preacher who supported the Supreme Court verdict allowing the entry of women of menstruating age to the famous Sabarimala temple, was attacked by unidentified persons late last night. Two cars and a scooter belonging to Swami Sandeepananda Giri’s School of Bhagavad Gita on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram were set on fire at around 2:30 am. The attackers also put a wreath in front of…

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu Says NDA Government Will Pay A Heavy Price For Conspiring To Finish Off His State

BJP will pay a “heavy price” if it doesn’t stop targeting leaders with tax raids: Chandrababu Naidu Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh:  Accusing the central government of conspiring to “finish off” the state, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday said, the BJP will pay a “heavy price” if it did not stop targeting his state leaders with tax raids and “whipping up sentiments” against his government. Mr Naidu was addressing a two-day conference of district collectors in Amaravati. “… What does the NDA government have against me? Personal vengeance……

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami

K Palaniswami alleged that after Jayalalithaa’s death, “some betrayers” joined hands with DMK (File) Coimbatore:  The dreams of those who tried to split AIADMK and capture power have been shattered following the Madras High Court verdict upholding the disqualification of 18 MLAs, Tamil Nadu Chief MinisterK Palaniswami said on Friday. Both party founder, late MG Ramachandran and former chief minister J Jayalalithaa had launched various welfare schemes for the benefit of the people of Tamil Nadu and worked for their uplift, K Palaniswami said at a function in Coimbatore. In…

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HD Kumaraswamy Gives Emotional Speech Again, Says Is Alive To Serve People

HD Kumaraswamy had earlier too made similar emotional appeals to people ahead of May 12 polls (File) Bengaluru:  Making an emotional appeal to voters in the party strong hold of Mandya, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Friday said he is living to serve the people of the state, who are his biggest asset. Hitting out at the BJP for repeated attacks on his government, HD Kumaraswamy said the power that he enjoys is by the grace of god and support of Congress MLAs and only they have the strength…

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