Telangana Congress Leader Damodar Rajanarasimhas Wife Padmini Reddy Joins BJP Returns In 10 Hours

Hyderabad:  This would have been one of the shortest stints of an individual in a political party in India. Padmini Reddy, wife of senior Telangana Congress leader C Damodar Rajanarasimha, was with the Congress in the morning, joined the BJP at around noon today only to be back in the Congress a little after 9 PM.  Ms Reddy’s husband C Damodar Rajanarasimha was the deputy chief minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh in the Congress government headed by N Kiran Kumar Reddy.  He is presently the in-charge of the party’s manifesto committee for…

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15th Finance Commission To Better Performing States

The 15th Finance Commission said there was “no intention” to penalize states achieving better performance Amaravati:  The 15th Finance Commission on Thursday said there was “no intention” to penalize, in terms of devolution of funds, states that achieved better performance. Finance Commission Chairman NK Singh said the Commission would have to give “further thought” to use of population criteria for central devolution, but maintained that it would “technically not” consider using a mix of census figures. “I can see the apprehensions the states have on use of population criteria. We…

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2008 Bengaluru Blast Suspect Arrested In Kerala’s Kannur

The arrested man is suspected to be an Indian Mujahideen terrorist (Representational) Bengaluru:  A suspect in the 2008 Bengaluru serial blasts, who has been evading capture all these years, has been arrested from a forest in Kannur district of Kerala, police said Thursday. He has been identified as Salim (42), a suspected Indian Mujahideen operative, they said. “Only thing we can say right now is that we have kept (detained) one person from Kerala and he has been produced before the court. Thereafter we are requesting police custody to question…

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RSS Leaders Sought Women’s Entry Into Sabarimala In 2006: Kerala Minister

Supreme Court last month allowed the entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala shrine Kochi:  Trying to turn the tables on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh on the Sabarimala temple issue, Kerala Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran today claimed that hardcore Sangh leaders had approached the Supreme Court 12 years ago, seeking entry of women of all ages into the hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa. He also equated the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) five-day march from Pandalam to Thiruvananthapuram on the issue with the “rath yatra” organised by the…

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Probe Agency Deputy Director Questioned In Tamil Nadu Gutka Scam

CBI also questioned a senior police officer in connection with the scam. New Delhi:  The CBI on Thursday questioned a deputy director in the Enforcement Directorate in connection with its probe into the Tamil Nadu gutka scam, officials said. SK Sheoran, Deputy Director in the Enforcement Directorate (ED), was an assistant director in the DGCEI when the scam allegedly happened. He was questioned at the Chennai office of the agency, they said. The agency also questioned Superintendent of Police, Villupuram, S Jayakumar in connection with the scam, they said. The…

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What About PM Narendra Modi In 2002?

Amit Shah had hit out at caretaker chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (File Photo) Hyderabad:  The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Thursday hit back at BJP president Amit Shah for questioning its chief K Chandrasekhar Rao’s move to go in for early elections in the state, saying he has done exactly what the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi chose to do in 2002. Addressing a BJP rally at Karimnagar, 160 km from Hyderabad on Wednesday, Mr Shah had hit out at caretaker chief minister Rao, saying it has thrust additional…

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64-Year-Old Gets Two Life Terms For Raping 11-Year-Old, Transmitting STD

A court in Tamil Nadu’s Thanjavur has awarded a double life term to a 64-year-old man (Representational) Thanjavur:  A court in Tamil Nadu’s Thanjavur has awarded a double life term to a 64-year-old man for raping a girl, who contracted a sexually transmitted disease (STD) following the incident in 2012. Women’s Court judge Balakrishnan sentenced Ramayan to double life imprisonment Wednesday and also slapped a fine of Rs 2,500 on him. According to the prosecution, Ramayan, a farmer from Orathanadu district, had befriended the 11-year-old girl and raped her. The…

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Deaths, Outage As Cyclone Titli Hits Andhra Pradesh

Cyclone Titli: Several flights and train services between Andhra and Odisha.have been affected. Amaravati:  The “very severe” cyclonic storm, “Titli”, left eightpeople dead, besides causing widespread damage in Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh on Thursday, the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) said. The cyclone threw normal life out of gear as heavy to very heavy rains started lashing the two districts since late Wednesday night. Eight people were killed. A 62-year-old woman died at Gudivada Agraharam village after an uprooted tree fell on her and a…

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Cyclone Titli Leaves 2 Dead In Andhra, 3 Lakh Moved To Safety In Odisha

Cyclone Titli hit the Odisha coast between 4:30 am and 5:30 am. Bhubaneswar:  Cyclone Titli that hit the coast in southern Odisha early this morning uprooted trees and electric poles. Two people have died in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, according to the National Disaster Management Authority. ‘Titli’ which intensified into a “very severe cyclonic storm” over the Bay of Bengal also brought with heavy rain and strong winds. Over three lakh people in Odisha’s five coastal districts were moved to safety as a precautionary measure. The disaster management authority has asked…

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Did Kerala’s Dams Worsen India’s Once-In-Century Floods

Rescuers evacuate people from a flooded area in Aluva, Kerala, on August 18. (Reuters) Kochi/Mumbai:  Joby Pathrose, a farmer living a kilometre away from the usually languid Periyar river in Kerala, was woken in the night by the sound of rushing waters. Hours later his plantations and everything he owned were completely submerged. “There was absolutely no warning from the government side,” said Pathrose, describing the devastating flooding that hit his village of Okkal on August 15. Mr Pathrose says local authorities had advised his fields were safe, despite the…

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Karnataka High Court To Decide On Turf War Between Lokayukta And Anti-Corruption Bureau

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy had earlier promised to empower the Lokayukta The turf war between the Lokayukta and the Anti-Corruption Bureau in Karnataka will soon be settled by the Karnataka High Court. The High Court will be deciding on two related issues – first, the legality of the Anti-Corruption Bureau constituted in 2016 by the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government and second, the restoration of the Lolayukta’s powers to investigate Prevention of Corruption cases against top government officials.   The formation of the Anti-Corruption Bureau was challenged by four private petitioners,…

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Hyderabad Airport Gets Interim International Departure Terminal

The Interim International Departure Terminal will also offer a ‘premium check-in’ facility. Hyderabad (Telangana):    The Hyderabad International Airport on Wednesday inaugurated the Interim International Departure Terminal (IIDT) that is set to begin operations from October 23. The terminal has been designed to cater to the continued growth in passenger traffic, while the existing Passenger Terminal Building facility has been expanded to more than double the present capacity. The new terminal building is an exclusive concourse to handle check-in, security, immigration, customs processes for departing international passengers. After completing the…

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